When Ford and GM owners brag about sales figures to somehow “prove” their trucks are the best available, I say three things:
- Consumers aren’t always rational – They don’t necessarily buy the “best” car or truck on the market. There’s a lot of emotion in car purchases.
- Sales figures are influenced by a variety of factors – From incentives to geography to politics to a consumer’s previous experiences. You can’t study them in a vacuum.
- Fleet sales – Ford and GM roll massive numbers of fleet trucks into their sales figures.
I’m going to focus on #3 right now (you can read more about #1 and #2 here).
The news today is that almost one-third of Ford’s sales are to fleets, which are defined by convention as companies owning at least 15 trucks. Chrysler-Fiat? 30% GM? Just 26%.
Here are fleet sales numbers for the first quarter of 2012, courtesy of Automotive News (subs. req’d):
We all have had those days when we daydream of taking our frustrations out. And in the fact that the frustration is a car dealership and quite often, we don’t have pleasant thoughts. In case you were wondering what those “unpleasant” thoughts may look like, check out the video below.
Auto fires are rare (unless you drive an F150, but that’s another story). However, despite their relative rarity, we’ve all probably seen at least one vehicle fire on the side of the road. Ford cruise control fires notwithstanding, car fires can occur. The questions is, do you know what do you do when the vehicle you’re driving catches fire?
Here are some helpful tips:
In response to the recent media coverage surrounding local Texas governments not having Toyota’s in their fleet even though the Tundra/Tacoma plant is nearby, Toyota officials have decided to end all production in Texas. The plan is to move somewhere else, where Toyota can get mo’ respect.
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