QOTD: Best Wishes for Future Success?

Corey Lewis
by Corey Lewis
qotd best wishes for future success

It’s that special holiday time of year again. For a few short weeks, people go out of their way to be nice to others, and to wish one another the best in the upcoming new year. While the niceness still abounds, we want to know which car manufacturer receives your well-wishes for the future.

It’s not an easy time in the car-making business. Ford’s experiencing low share prices and is implementing irritating buzz-wordy “mobility” talk. Nissan’s CEO recently had a little compensation scandal. General Motors is closing down several plants. And Tesla is finishing their cars in tents purchased from Bass Pro or wherever.

It’s not all bad, though. Truck sales are up, and likewise are sales of profitable crossovers. Consumers have more choice than ever of egg-shaped adventure vehicles to take them to a big-box store for Cyber Monday. But I digress.

(Ed. note — We’re running QOTD late today due to holiday travel. As stated last week, our schedule is going to be a little weird until Jan. 2. Thanks for understanding! — TH).

Whether a manufacturer is down on their luck (Fiat) or doing very well right now (Honda), we want to know which you’d like to see succeed. A single company from which you’d like to see a marked improvement in some area or areas. Perhaps the company needs a turn-around in reliability, build quality, or their model lineup. I’m building to something here.

My pick is Volvo. The plucky Geely-owned Swedish brand is on the upward swing lately, in sales and product offering. And I think they can do more. Their present models aren’t what they used to be. Volvos of old were no-nonsense boxes with a bit of luxury (sometimes), designed to run for a long time without much fuss. They were prestigious, but in a subtle and unassuming way. Sturdy, hard-wearing; like a well-constructed tweed blazer. With the introduction of the 850 model in the early ’90s, Volvo headed down a different path (which Ford paved ahead through the new century). It’s a path they still seem to be on today; cost-cutting, front-drive, disposable vehicles. Buttons peel, electrics and sensors have issues, and nothing feels special or unique. Perhaps Geely can continue Volvo’s upward trajectory; they’ve let the brand have general independence since assuming control in 2010. I’m hopeful.

Time will tell for Volvo. But for now, tell us which car manufacturer you want to thrive.

[Images: General Motors, Volvo]

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  • Hummer Hummer on Dec 27, 2018

    Since GM is giving up all performance cars that don't start with a C, my hope for future performance only exists at Dodge. I hope to see Dodge release their next Generation V8s with aluminum blocks and add a midsize (SS Sedan sized) car based off of the Gulia platform with the amazing 392 they have. Maybe we'll get lucky and they'll have something with over 400 cubes with the new engines

  • Scott25 Scott25 on Dec 27, 2018

    I’d just like to wish every manuafacturer the ability to stop throwing billions of dollars into the autonomous mobility dumpster fire, and spend that money in places where it’ll actually affect consumers TODAY. Making EVs truly viable should be priority #1. I keep imagining that 30 years from now we’ll be laughing about the 2010’s vision of an autonomous future like the 50’s with their flying cars.

  • Bullnuke It may be awhile before these show up on US shores. The MV Fremantle Highway has just started demo/reconstruction in Rotterdam after the large fire when transporting its last shipment of electric Porsche products.
  • Fie on Fiasler Big, fast and thirsty does not equal good. True luxury is not cobbled together by the UAW.
  • Inside Looking Out I see it as gladiator races - only one survives in virtual world.
  • Crown They need to put the EcoDiesel back in the Grand Cherokee. I have a 2018 and it has been the most reliable vehicle I ever owned. 69,000 miles and only needed tires, and regular oil and fuel filter changes.
  • El scotto Y'all are overthinking this. Find some young hard-charging DA seeking the TV limelight to lock this kid up. Heck, have John Boehner come up from Cincy to help the young DA get his political career going. Better yet, have the young DA spin this as hard as he or she can; I'm the candidate for Law and Order, I defied our go-easy office and leadership to get this identified criminal locked up. Oh this could be spun more than a hyper active kid's top.Now I'd do some consulting work for Little Kings Original Cream Ale and Skyline Chili.