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RE: FCA Proposes a Merger with Renault

Now there are rumors of the talks being revived, with Nissan wanting a much larger cut of the action. One thing that hasn’t changed in all of this is that the clock is ticking on FCA. Beyond Jeep, Ram Trucks and its muscle/police cars the company is clearly not positioned for the future because it is woefully lacking in advanced technology. And the whole idea of merging with another automotive partner is designed to fix that. No that only applies to NA, it has no relevance outside. Fiat is much more than FCA outside NA. Renault wants a tie up to accessthe NA and have much more punch in the vastly bigger Global market. To put into perspective want I am referringv too. VW Corporation has only ONE PERCENT of it of it's total business in NA
RobertRyan 06/14/19 08:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: FCA Proposes a Merger with Renault

One free trade deal in particular with Thailand(TAFTA) signed in 2005, was especially bad for potential Australian truck production jobs since most of the small trucks sold in Australia are produced in Thailand like the Toyota Hilux, Holden Colorado, Isuzu D-max, Ford Ranger, Mazda BT-50, and Nissan Navara. Australia is a big enough auto market to apply high tariffs on their auto imports to protect domestic jobs without giving into high subsidies, but their hands were tied once they signed a free trade deal that lasts for decades with other Asian countries. Australia had to shell out more and more subsidies to get them to stay until it was no longer profitable. There were no " truck" production jobs before the TAFTA was signed, all these vehicles were produced in Thailand. It is when the US companies were not given subsidies they pulled out, nothing to do with tariffs
RobertRyan 06/14/19 05:32pm Tow Vehicles
RE: FCA Proposes a Merger with Renault

Tariffs are designed to raise money and/or to protect domestic manufacturing jobs from other countries who may have cost advantage due to lower labor/material cost, less regulation, and/or weaker currency. You of all people here should know this being that you had to see all auto manufacturing jobs leave Australia(much of it to Asian countries) due to low to non existent auto tariffs. No they did not leave Australia to go to Asian Countries. It was the US owned Manufacturers wanted to shut down the Australian manufacturing behind the car companies because the exchange rates were unfavourable, not tariffs Now they want to build up the Design and Development Cantres that these companies havein Australia to work on primarily US vehicles
RobertRyan 06/14/19 03:48am Tow Vehicles
RE: FCA Proposes a Merger with Renault

The tariff was negotiated by the UAW to protect American jobs. That is a fact. As far as price, where did I say it doesn't make any difference in price other than the fact that the price went up when Toyota and Nissan started making trucks in the US and not paying the chicken tax versus making them overseas and paying the chicken tax, not down. I showed you this data with factual number Tariffs do make differences in prices. They are designed to restrict competition. If that was not the case there would no current Tariff war with China
RobertRyan 06/13/19 06:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: FCA Proposes a Merger with Renault

How did the chicken tax prevent outside competition when US truck manufacturers had competition from several foreign manufacturers since it's inception? You don’t think a 25% tax would discourage competition? What do you think would happen to domestic truck prices if a 25% tax was applied to every truck when it left the factory? Ditto
RobertRyan 06/13/19 02:30am Tow Vehicles
Virtually Reality Showroom

Choose your new caravan at home with industry-first virtual reality experience Slowly, but surely, automotive technology is finding its way into Australia’s RV industry. First it was WiFi interactivity, allowing remote monitoring and operation of many features, then styling, as epitomised by new owner Walkinshaw’s emerging influence on the New Age range. Now Queensland's Zone RV has the tools ready to bypass retailers with the imminent introduction of its new Virtual Reality showroom that it says will change the way consumers experience and buy caravans. New software, developed exclusively for Zone RV is claimed to be the first fully configurable virtual reality caravan program. The VR experience allows potential buyers wearing a set of gaming glasses, to be fully immersed in the caravan experience, enabling them to walk through the Zone RV range, switching models at will and altering layouts, decor and other details via a hand-held wand. The technology is easy to use and enables users to browse a life-size catalogue to explore all the features. From our first-hand experience, you certainly don't have to be a gaming guru to get the hang of it. This functionality is particularly useful for fussy caravan customers, as the platform works with the same digital CAD files that Zone RV uses to design and produce the real finished caravan. This means the physical dimensions; the quality of finish and the user experience is about as close as you can get to being inside your own Zone RV van. As gamers will know, VR is an immersive experience, which transports the user into a different space that doesn’t recognise actual physical boundaries. So, for safety, the Zone RV software incorporates a virtual ‘fence’, which needs to be set to keep you within safe physical boundaries wherever you're experiencing the virtual tour. Currently, the experience is available for all room-scale virtual reality devices but in the future, there will be an app experience to bring the VR into your lounge room. This technology will allow buyers to customise their own van design, include upgrades, generate a quote, generate tare weight details and a build order that automatically syncs with Zone RV CAD software and is submitted to a sales portal. Far more sophisticated than the Matterport virtual tour that Paradise motorhome is using and that Zone RV adopted back in 2016. Zone RV’s Sales & Marketing Director, Matt Johns, said the new VR software allowed potential customers to explore all aspects of their prospective caravan and to make critical decisions on its size, layout, options and decor.
RobertRyan 06/12/19 10:42pm Travel Trailers
RE: Solo Women Travellers

Doesn't the Majestic 19 foot fit this style? It sits on only four wheels, not six and the idea seems much the same. I actually met a single woman that truly enjoyed her Majestic 19, was definitely on her own, and did caravans with a single group quite often. Seems very much a growing trend here, whether a Motorhome or a towed RV
RobertRyan 06/12/19 06:41pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Solo Women Travellers

This approach sounds insulting to women. Will solo men also be able to purchase this single-bed option? Will solo men use the 4WD? As a solo 4x4 Class C user for almost 30 years, I have often wished for a single bed option to free up more space for other functions in the small size rigs I prefer. Not at all, as there is a large group of women who organised a solo women's Rally in Australia of RV users. No the manufacturer is not excluding men at all, but showing how their small Motorhomes are female friendly
RobertRyan 06/12/19 04:41pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: FCA Proposes a Merger with Renault

You don’ think they could have sold a lot more of those small trucks here if they had been 25% cheaper? How many trucks do you think Toyota and Nissan would sell here if they were 25% more expensive? It didn’t protect the UAW because none of the plants are unionized and most are in right to work states where they pay substantially less. Basically, those states are doing the same thing as Mexico. You are stuck on this 25% as if they were exactly 25% more expensive which is false. If you look at original MSRP of Toyota pickups in the early 90's, the MSRP of these pickups actually increased when they start building the pickup in Fremont, California. The prices never decreased from that point on either so where you are getting this notion that the trucks built overseas were 25% more? Please show me links that these trucks cost 25% more because I am not seeing it. 1990 Toyota Pickup 1991 Toyota Pickup The UAW was the one that negotiated the 25% chicken tax with President LBJ to protect UAW jobs, and it is them who continue to lobby to keep it in place. Not the US truck manufacturers because it did nothing to help protect them. The UAW wants you to believe that it is the greedy US manufacturers that were the ones that want to keep it in place, but that is not true based on lobby records. I'm not saying they are 25% more expensive but it does restrict competition which allows them to charge more than if they had that competition. The Chicken tax also protects Toyota and Nissan from foreign built trucks. It allows them and US manufacturers to charge more for their trucks because they don't have to fear foreign built vehicles. Toyota and Nissan can now charge the same for their trucks without paying the 25%. That 25% now stays in their pockets instead of going to government. Their profit per truck can now equal or exceed the US manufacturers because they aren't paying the tax and are non union. Toyota, Nissan and other foreign car builders are not UAW. Right to work states allow them to build their vehicles in the US at much lower labour rates. Just like Mexico. People have some strange ideas about the real consequences of tariffs. Totally correct Tariffs are used as a trade weapon, very much in evidence between China and the US now You also have hidden Tariffs, not mentioned above.that does not allow products that do not conform to regulations being sold . As those non NA Pickups are small 3litre Diesels amongst other things they cannot be sold in the US. UAW is in lockstep with US manufacturers, the Manufacturers are very happy to have a 25% Tariff, it prevents outside competition
RobertRyan 06/12/19 04:27pm Tow Vehicles
RE: FCA Proposes a Merger with Renault

That's nice, but your " trucks" are totally irrelevant outside NA where Global companies are making huge profits . Australia is the largest market outside NA for US Pickups and roughly 2000 are sold annually. Mainly " Lifestyle" or PR uses Funny, in Australia, trucks are #1 and #2 on the top vehicle sales list source They are not " trucks" here but Utes or cars. Trucks refer to your HDT or MDT vehicles anything that is not a CAR/ truck. People get upset here if you refer to a midsize Pickup or US Pickup as a "Truck". You do not take your Navistar or Freightliner to the Supermarket to buy food, but you do with your RAM , Silverado, or Ford
RobertRyan 06/11/19 06:09pm Tow Vehicles
Solo Women Travellers

This is an unusual tack from this manufacturer New Pathfinder 4WD motorhome offers super-single option With statistics showing that 22 per cent of their buyers are solo female travellers, Clontarf, Queensland-based off-road motorhome manufacturer Explorer is offering a super-single bed as an alternative sleeping option on its latest Pathfinder 4WD model that made its debut at the recent Queensland Caravan Supershow. Based on the buyer’s choice of a Toyota Hilux or Ford Ranger cab chassis, the Pathfinder is Explorer’s first motorhome with a transverse front bed. The 900mm x 1000mm super-single, or alternative 1500mm x 1000mm double bed are located in the motorhome’s Luton peak, with those choosing the single bed option gaining additional storage space in the nose of the peakExplorer’s joint owner John Burke, said the number of single female travellers had grown in recent years, with four wheel drive motorhomes being their preferred mode of transport. “Even if they never use the 4WD to its full capability, women like the security of knowing that it will get them out of a sticky situation in a wet National Park,” .While Burke said that few of Explorer's solo female customers took advantage of their vehicle’s 4WD to access remote areas, they had the confidence that their motorhome was built to take them there, if they wanted to. “Our motorhomes have conquered all the major Outback Highways, the Canning Stock Route and even the Telegraph Track to Cape York,” he said. “Customers may not plan such adventurous travels, but they like to know they vehicle can.” https://i.postimg.cc/K4XsDYf1/image.jpg https://i.postimg.cc/Cx0wFM0M/image.jpg https://i.postimg.cc/J7JwGwPs/image.jpg https://i.postimg.cc/1zgC26d8/image.jpg
RobertRyan 06/11/19 05:12pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: FCA Proposes a Merger with Renault

Toyota and Nissan sold trucks with the chicken tax and they are still here because they sold 4wd extended cab trucks with long beds unlike the others who mostly sold 2wd regular cab trucks with short beds. That's nice, but your " trucks" are totally irrelevant outside NA where Global companies are making huge profits . Australia is the largest market outside NA for US Pickups and roughly 2000 are sold annually. Mainly " Lifestyle" or PR uses https://i.postimg.cc/ZqYp2hD0/image.jpg
RobertRyan 06/11/19 04:32pm Tow Vehicles
RE: FCA Proposes a Merger with Renault

And the marriage ends before the ceremony starts: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/05/business/fiat-renault-merger-withdrawn.html Now they are getting back together
RobertRyan 06/11/19 04:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: FCA Proposes a Merger with Renault

Toyota and Nissan and Honda build those vehicles in the US to get around the tariffs, which drove the rest away. It's easy to be competitive if you have a 25% advantage right from the get go. And build a good vehicle: I had a 1978 Civic 2d hatch back, 1977 Accord 2d hatch back, and 1984 Prelude all made in Japan, the 1987 Acccord 4d was made in America along with the 2001 Accord EX V6 4d, I could not tell the difference in quality. Then later I bought an used 1991 Prelude. Honda put new seat belts in the 1991 Prelude under special safety warranty in 2013 +/-. I lost count of the number of Honda motorcycles I owned. Maybe ATC90, Trail 90, Trail 110, SL175, Trials 250, SL 350, probably others. Enjoyed ever one of them. The number of good vehicles that are being produced outside the US that are not sold in the US is growing exponentially,
RobertRyan 06/11/19 04:16pm Tow Vehicles
RE: FCA Proposes a Merger with Renault

It doesn't matter what the Chinese market will buy in regards to our tow vehicles. North America is a big enough market to have multiple truck brands like Chevrolet, GMC, Ram Ford, Nissan, Toyota, and Honda with vehicles specific to our market and still be profitable. Heck, I would wager that a few other foreign truck brands could also join in if they built a factory here like Nissan, Toyota, and Honda did and make vehicles we actually want instead of just small trucks. Toyota and Nissan and Honda build those vehicles in the US to get around the tariffs, which drove the rest away. It's easy to be competitive if you have a 25% advantage right from the get go. Oh so True Nope, as I said above. Them not building a vehicles US buyers wanted is what drove them away. If price drove people's buying decisions over wants in the US then base model trucks would outsell higher priced optioned trucks, but that isn't the case here. See my previous answer
RobertRyan 06/11/19 04:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: FCA Proposes a Merger with Renault

Crazy stuff... FCA has withdrawn it's offer from Renault. Link It appears this is a ongoing story, now they are in talks again
RobertRyan 06/11/19 04:04pm Tow Vehicles
RE: FCA Proposes a Merger with Renault

It doesn't matter what the Chinese market will buy in regards to our tow vehicles. North America is a big enough market to have multiple truck brands like Chevrolet, GMC, Ram Ford, Nissan, Toyota, and Honda with vehicles specific to our market and still be profitable. Heck, I would wager that a few other foreign truck brands could also join in if they built a factory here like Nissan, Toyota, and Honda did and make vehicles we actually want instead of just small trucks. Toyota and Nissan and Honda build those vehicles in the US to get around the tariffs, which drove the rest away. It's easy to be competitive if you have a 25% advantage right from the get go. Oh so True. Anyway the Global market is 100 million vehicles and those manufacturers who do not sell in the US, are making profits or huge profits elsewhere. Reason VW, Toyota then currently Renault/ Nissan / Mitsubishi are 1, 2, 3 Globally with GM 4th, Ford is 5th or 6th
RobertRyan 06/11/19 04:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Air braked Truck Brakes for a 13,000lb Off Road Caravan

That's crazy, I've never heard of air brakes on such a lightweight trailer. Maybe they went with air to eliminate the issues with electric brakes in mud and water. It is 13,000lb Travel Trailer, so not exactly lightweight, unlike a US 5th wheeler it will be going Off Road. So far from Crazy "Crazy" being an opinion, a subjective term, not meaning it's bad, just very different and unusual. But 13K is very light for a trailer with air brakes. Most air brake trailers I've seen are 25K plus GVWR. It had to be a little pricey to set up that pickup to control and supply air brakes. It is a custom build, manufacturer builds only Off Road Caravans and went for full air brake An ex Texan , if some what eccentric , naturalised Australian built this for his own brand of Off Road Caravan https://i.postimg.cc/8zKXTz41/image.jpg https://i.postimg.cc/jSxNZ6z5/image.jpg
RobertRyan 06/06/19 01:50am Travel Trailers
RE: Air braked Truck Brakes for a 13,000lb Off Road Caravan

I think I'd rather have electric-over-hydraulic brakes. Especially if the tow vehicle doesn't have an engine-driven air compressor. I do like that air-suspension however. Not great Off Road.Electric Brakes Do not know they use Hydraulic brakes on that, but the air suspension maybe a clue
RobertRyan 06/05/19 02:57pm Travel Trailers
RE: Air braked Truck Brakes for a 13,000lb Off Road Caravan

What's the deal with the American full size pickup in the first couple pictures, we saw 1 F150 and 1 F250 when we were in Aus for 3 weeks road tripping. The F150 was painted in a Construction Company paint job, and the F250 was towing a race car trailer. Not exactly vast in number as you probably noticed.They are doing conversions on HD Diesel Pickups, about 2000 all up sold annually. The US Pickups are more CAR/ Truck than the Hino light truck . If it came down to it you could have the equivalent of a F750 4x4 towing it Last Ford F150's were sold in 1992 in Australia What is sitting next to it killed the F150's. Last F250/ F350's were sold from Ford in 2006, all Diesels https://i.postimg.cc/BvBV8zQG/image.jpg https://i.postimg.cc/ZKCbm8Yc/image.jpg Of the 2000 conversions done here( none sold from a OEM dealer), most are " Lifestyle Vehicles", others are PR vehicles, some are used for towing. What is more surprising is we are the greatest users of US Pickups outside NA https://i.postimg.cc/nh5b1gvb/image.jpg
RobertRyan 06/05/19 01:45am Travel Trailers
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