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  1. Agreed, with today's petroleum feedstocks the only way you can make affordable 95 octane is by blending in much higher than the standard 10% ethanol. Of course the automakers will use the expensive 10% or less ethanol to pass the emissions and MPG tests then stick us consumers with the choice of runnng them on $5/gallon 95 octane E10 or $3/gallon E50.
  2. Chicago R models

    Is Big Brown trying to get around the contract, or are they that short of drivers?
  3. Much of the rest of the worlds businesses have a longer focus too, they think out years and decades while we only think in quarters. That's why during the 80s recession when american investors were fleeing the big truck business Daimler, Renault, and Volvo took some short term losses and bought Freightliner, Mack, and White. Same thing is happening in the auto biz now- Ford's current "leadership" would sell the company's heritage for a good quarter's financials and GM is basicly a remarketer of everyone else's cars and trucks. Both are withdrawing to their home markets and maybe China. Meanwhile VW and Toyota are worldwide full line manufacturers building and selling everything from mini cars to Class 8.
  4. Like Ford, VW Group has been sending a lot of conflicting signals lately...
  5. Ford Market News

    Every once in awhile I'll look up a part for one of my VW Golf TDIs and out of curiosity see what other cars it's used on and find the same chassis part is used on Golfs, Jettas, Passats, and their Audi, SEAT, and Skoda equivalents. OK, that's an acceptable compromise- All those vehicles have gross weight ratings within a 20% or so range. But now VW is using Golf chassis parts on the 7 passenger Atlas SUV, and they're threatening to hack that up into a pickup truck? VW'd best not dispute any warranty claims arising from my hauling a half ton in the Golf! On the other extreme, VW is trying to use those same chassis bits in the next size down Polo et al, were the dead weight of bits designed to hold up a giant SUV or pickup is just that, dead weight. What we used to call the A series platform (Golf, Jetta, etc.) sells over a million units a year. IIRC the Focus and it's Escape/Kuga/B-Max and Transit Connect variants sell over a million units a year... If they can't get sufficient economies of scale at those numbers, compromising the Fiesta, Fusion, Edge, etc. platforms to share parts ain't gonna help much.
  6. Chicago R models

    Could be a rail yard to rail yard "rubber tire transfer" between railroads, in which case the Teamster UPS contract does not apply.
  7. Good points. The F650 and 750 work well enough for most users at a competitive price. But GM and Toyota are now entering the same market and offering more capability with cabovers in the case of GMC and tandems and higher GCWs from Toyota. Both GM and Toyota will soon be able to offer everything from small cars to the bottom of Class 8, and Ford will have to follow suit to remain competitive. Wouldn't be to hard too add a Cummins B series, Eaton and Allison transmissions, tandem axles, etc. to the F series- Heck, Cummins will even do the engineering for them. A little more work to adapt the Cargo to U.S. regulations and they'd have a cabover too. But with a Ford management of the month that has end of lifed the Ranger/Everest platform before it's even made it back to market in the U.S. and thinks they can replace the Fiesta, Focus, Fusion/Mondeo, Taurus, and their SUV variants with one platform, I don't expect much.
  8. IIRC 3.90 final drive with direct drive top gear and 11-22.5 tires, gave 1800 RPM at 55.
  9. The Postal Service ran Mack tractors with the Maxidyne engines and 5 speed Maxitorques for years in urban applications, with an average load of around 20,000 pounds but sometimes loaded to the legal limit. Starting in 2nd gear was SOP for the drivers unless they were starting on a hill or with full loads, and after a decade's use many of these trucks still had their original clutches. The Maxidyne engine has so much torque that 2nd gear starting under moderate loads is no problem.
  10. Mack Superliner in Brazil

    Exchange rate is about 3 BR Reals for a Dollar, so price is around $45k. Brazil was another missed opportunity for Mack, their import restrictions are a PITA but the market is so big you can't ignore it. Missed opportunities like that are how Mack became a pawn in Volvo's acquisitions instead of the worldwide brand leader Mack should have become.
  11. News- Ford Medium Duty Trucks

    That's typical Class 6/7 operations, truck sits more than it's parked. For example, at UPS a straight truck sits parked until afternoon, then makes a 10 mile or so trip to a medium sized shipper where it sits a while being loaded. Another 10 miles back to UPS, where it maybe sits a bit before a door opens up to unload it. Repeat a couple more times a day 'til the truck gets parked for the night. So we're talking about maybe 10-20k miles a year for an original owner that will maybe keep it 10 years... Well within the life expectancy of an F650/750. Class 8 linehaul is a whole different world where a UPS Mack will cover 500 miles on the day shift, then cover another 100-200 miles on the night shift running to the intermodal yards and suburban hubs.
  12. News- Ford Medium Duty Trucks

    For most Class 6 and 7 applications the F650 and 750 are more than adequate and quite affordable. If you need more payload or run a hundred thousand miles a year you're going to need a more expensive premium truck, period.
  13. Ford Market News

    And as a Super Tenere rider, I have to thank Ford for saving Yamaha back in the 80s! Yamaha builds a lot of high tech mobility, from the Toyota S2000 back in the 60s to even the power wheelchairs they currently build.
  14. Ford Market News

    What torques me is that Ford is boxing themselves into the SUV and truck business. Looking at past history, buyers will move to SUVs and trucks when gas is cheap, then swing right back to high MPG sedans when gas prices rise. Then Ford, GM, etc. scramble to tool up to build small cars again while the rest of the world's car makers have small cars ready to go. There's also the possibility that the auto affordability crisis forces buyers back to sedans, and perhaps with a vengeance when they figure out that the "rugged" SUV they've been looking at is nothing more than a jacked up wagon/hatch with an even more jacked up price tag. Ford is especially vulnerable to this consumer awakening, what with their best selling SUV in North America, the Escape, being sold as the C-Max high roof sedan in some markets. The dragged out wait for the Ranger and even more tardy Bronco don't help either. And if Ford can keep the slow selling Flex around, why can't they bring existing heavy truck products like the Cargo here?
  15. Stopwatching the train from the video, it looks to be doing at least 30 MPH. At that speed, the stopping distance likely exceeds the sight distance by a good margin= Probably no way the train crew could have avoided the crash. Truck driver clearly at fault, wasn't even supposed to be there in the first place.