QOTD: Sailing Past Sinking Ships in 2019?

qotd sailing past sinking ships in 2019

Last Wednesday, our Question of the Day asked which automaker you wished well in 2019. Today we take a different approach, and ask which automaker doesn’t need any of your positive internet thoughts and prayers.

The question is a simple one: Which single manufacturer do you think is best positioned to succeed in 2019? This OEM don’t need to change many things around, as in your view they’re doing things (mostly) the right way.

Though ’tis a simple enough question at its base, the more one ponders, the more difficult it becomes. A few passing thoughts came and went while struggling for the correct answer:


Trucks and SUV/CUV action = good. Closing plants and cancelling models = bad. But GM hasn’t closed the factories yet.


The new Ranger, though expensive, seems pretty okay. Trucks and SUV/CUV action is good. Cancelling all cars save the Mustang = bad. Mobility!


The company has fifty billion different CUV offerings, and considerable fleet sales for that tasty volume. But it also has a few legal issues with its recently ousted chairman, and that might spell a rocky road forward.


Broad product offering is very good. But M-B has stooped lower and lower into bargain-basement lease customer territory, and here in 2019 their long-term reliability is pretty questionable.

Every manufacturer I considered has a chink in its armor; something they’re not doing quite right. Alas, I don’t have an answer for today’s question. But perhaps one of you can convince me there’s a manufacturer standing out above the rest in 2019.

[Image: Ford, Mercedes-Benz]

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  • CaddyDaddy CaddyDaddy on Jan 02, 2019

    Nissan: A sinking Ship? I would say that is the accurate statement of the new year! Happy 2019. My prediction, GM Full Size twins to take big hit. FCA 1500 series to be the big winner. Sadly, Tacoma and Tesla fan boys will solider on in the comment section.

  • FCA will be just fine so long as they keep building a supply of TIPMs for the suckers that bought their vehicles. Should keep them in business, well, forever.

  • Sgeffe Bronco looks with JLR “reliability!”What’s not to like?!
  • FreedMike Back in the '70s, the one thing keeping consumers from buying more Datsuns was styling - these guys were bringing over some of the ugliest product imaginable. Remember the F10? As hard as I try to blot that rolling aberration from my memory, it comes back. So the name change to Nissan made sense, and happened right as they started bringing over good-looking product (like the Maxima that will be featured in this series). They made a pretty clean break.
  • Flowerplough Liability - Autonomous vehicles must be programmed to make life-ending decisions, and who wants to risk that? Hit the moose or dive into the steep grassy ditch? Ram the sudden pile up that is occurring mere feet in front of the bumper or scan the oncoming lane and swing left? Ram the rogue machine that suddenly swung into my lane, head on, or hop up onto the sidewalk and maybe bump a pedestrian? With no driver involved, Ford/Volkswagen or GM or whomever will bear full responsibility and, in America, be ambulance-chaser sued into bankruptcy and extinction in well under a decade. Or maybe the yuge corporations will get special, good-faith, immunity laws, nation-wide? Yeah, that's the ticket.
  • FreedMike It's not that consumers wouldn't want this tech in theory - I think they would. Honestly, the idea of a car that can take over the truly tedious driving stuff that drives me bonkers - like sitting in traffic - appeals to me. But there's no way I'd put my property and my life in the hands of tech that's clearly not ready for prime time, and neither would the majority of other drivers. If they want this tech to sell, they need to get it right.
  • TitaniumZ Of course they are starting to "sour" on the idea. That's what happens when cars start to drive better than people. Humanpilots mostly suck and make bad decisions.