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pstarr wrote:Plantagenet wrote:FIAT commits to build CNG vehicles
Good choice, Fiat babe. Would you like a CNG fill-up now?
A pretty girl under a white catsuit is no answer to what lies ahead.
Lore wrote:I've worked for Italian companies for about 25 years. Great people, super on innovation, poor on execution.
If there is one thing Lamborghini, Ferrari, and Maserati do, it's execute.Lore wrote:I've worked for Italian companies for about 25 years. Great people, super on innovation, poor on execution.
pstarr wrote:If there is one thing Lamborghini, Ferrari, and Maserati do, it's execute.Lore wrote:I've worked for Italian companies for about 25 years. Great people, super on innovation, poor on execution.
Fiat has been acting like a world-class company recently. They've turned around Chrysler nicely after taking it over in 2009.
Fiat's announcement that they wouldn't build electric vehicles, but instead would develop and build CNG vehicles puts another major auto maker behind CNG.
Lore wrote:Fiat... have yet to have much influence over the actual engineering of the Chrysler brand
Plantagenet wrote:Lore wrote:Fiat... have yet to have much influence over the actual engineering of the Chrysler brand
IMHO, Fiat has already had a huge influence on Chrysler. For many years Chryslers were crappy cars---they were poorly made and poorly manufactured and broke down all the time. Fiat came in and made quality #1---they re-engineered the assembly line to maximize quality control---any problems and they shut down the whole assembly line until it is fixed. Period.
...quality controls aren't new to the auto industry. However, Mr. Betts said that under the Fiat ownership, this is the first time Chrysler has bolstered and expanded its quality controls throughout its manufacturing plants.
The increase in quality is already showing up in a huge increase in sales.
Having a world-class vehicle manufacturer like Fiat commit to CNG vehicles (while ignoring electric vehicles) is a good thing for the future of CNG vehicles. Having Fiat join Honda, BMW, Volvo, GM, and truck manufacturers in bringing out NG vehicles shows a growing commitment to a NG future for vehicles
J.D. Power and Associates ratings for nearly all of the higher volume Chrysler vehicles – Chrysler 200, 300, and Town & Country, Dodge Avenger, Durango, and Charger, and the Jeep Compass, Liberty, and Grand Cherokee – continue to lag behind comparable models from Chevrolet, Ford, Toyota, and Honda on key metrics like powertrain dependability, body/interior dependability, and feature/accessory dependability.
Making improvements upon the “Old” Chrysler will not translate into a prolonged period of above-average market share when the competition is continuously touted for their absolute levels of quality.
http://beta.fool.com/gibbstom13/2012/04 ... sler/3324/
Lore wrote: NG will remain a side show for most of these companies for many years to come...
Plantagenet wrote:Lore wrote: NG will remain a side show for most of these companies for many years to come...
Possibly----it depends on how quickly oil prices go up due to peak oil. As oil prices go higher, alternative fuels like NG become more attractive.
Some trucking lines are converting parts of their fleets to NG now.
pstarr wrote:Here's an idea planty! Try acting like a "scientist" instead of a partisan republican "consumer".
Show us some "progress," data demonstrating an ongoing and active conversion to NG; ie. historic conversions, past, current, and projected conversion. Those numbers should demonstrate when NG use will increase enought to mitigate the ongoing decline of conventional crude production and the depletion of reserves. Yeah, that kind of stuff. Not press releases. okay? thanks
dsula wrote:Pretorian wrote:I've seen trucks working on NG decades ago.
Where? In Pretoria?
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