• Jun 17, 2008


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May was apparently a tough month for Ford's big SUVs. With consumer demand understandably cold for the gargantuan utes and their hard-to-swallow 12 mpg city ratings, Lincoln Navigator sales slid 37 percent while Ford Expedition sales were down 43 percent. As a result, Ford Motor Company has announced that its Wayne, Michigan, plant that assembles these vehicles will close down for nine weeks starting on Monday. While the plant sits idle, Ford will increase production of its passenger cars to better meet market demand for smaller and much more fuel efficient vehicles. Like we didn't see this coming...



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Hey Hummer haters from a few threads below, where are you now? You should be tossing your 2 cents in here as another poster child for bad gas mileage. You don't actually think this thing get over 12 MPG do you? Course, I dont care, I think ill take my Hummer for a gas spewing ride right now. Woo hooh.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Oh, and a 08 honda Civic. The H2 and others are for pleasure, currently the Civic gets the mileage for round town errands.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ The Luigiian

        Also, I work at home, so most driving is to get lunch, go to appointments or cruise. My wife drives a Subaru and works 1 mile away, in the same development. I guess I just think an auto enthusiast website should, for the most part, be a sanctuary where you can love your vehicle no matter what and people respect it. Naturally, a few will come running at the word "Hummer" but overall I expect better from the readers here, otherwise they might be in the wrong place. Also, I spend all my extra money on cars, I am usually broke but having fun. Most people think I am nuts, so someday I will be that "dead crazy guy with the cars". Oh well, we all go around one time!
        • 6 Years Ago
        "I also own a Harley, a 01 Viper and a Grand National, my 08
        Challenger is due in 2 weeks... Oh, and a 08 honda Civic. The H2 and
        others are for pleasure"

        Geez, dude, sounds like you don't need to worry too much about gas
        prices. That's hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of metal right
        there. I think the vast majority of posters on here are commenting on
        middle class soccer moms whose sole vehicle is some lumbering SUV and
        can barely afford the fuel bills on the beast, not a rich guy that
        treats it as a plaything.

        I personally cannot fathom being able to go onto a website and
        ridicule people who feel that using a gas-guzzling Hummer as a commuter vehicle is
        anything other than ridiculous and borderline retarded. It's an off
        road vehicle. I'm not one to talk about peoples' choices, but I will
        say this: If I were in your shoes and had enough money to buy not
        only a Hummer, but also a Viper, a Grand National, a Harley, a
        Challenger and a Civic, I'd at least add to that list a
        Mercedes-Benz, a Lexus or something else with real class to be seen
        around town in.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Sorry about the line spacing on my comment, by the way.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Silly you. Why did you have to stoop to my level and make assumptions. No where did I say I disliked people with nice things. I love nice cars. I don't like luxury SUVs. I don't hate you. I just don't like your choice in cars. You resorted to name calling and defensiveness. I was just wishing you fun and wondering why it was so fun to pay so much to drive a big suv while all those eco friendly people look down on you. It's an honest question that you still haven't answered. You need to relax.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I do agree that in most instances Americans want larger vehicles but I wonder if the technological innovations can keep up with the rising cost of fuel. A $52k Yukon Hybrid is an option for only about 25% of the population unless you want to forego that tuition plan for your kids.

      An EV Suburban-sized vehicle (if one existied) will be very expensive for quite awhile.


      • 6 Years Ago
      Ford should cease production of the Navigator for GOOD. The ghastly monstrosity that it is.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is just the natural swing of the market. Everyone knew eventually the SUV bubble would burst. The market shifted to smaller cars in the 70's and now we are back at that point in the cycle.

      Hybrid technology is still in it's infancy, eventually they will be able to make large vehicles that get reasonable gas mileage and average vehicle sizes will swing up again.

      Nothing is ever static.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ford really has to do this. I'm curious as to the percentage of lease buyers out there. Between the lease payment and gas bill the gigantic suvs suddenly lose the appeal. Close to nine years and 228,550 on the odometer and my expedition has been a trooper. Spark plug blowout is on the 5.4 not the 4.6.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Don't get me wrong, the GM and FoMoCo SUV's are very nice, but I think it'd be nice if they Cancelled production for about 2-3 years and sold all of the 06-08's before making more of them.

      If you're at a party with 200 people and you make chips, but no one eats them, they're obviously not wanted.
      GM and FMC make the chips (suv's) no one wants anymore.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Thats why you bring beer. Everyone loves beer!
        • 6 Years Ago
        guess no one is getting high at that party.
        • 6 Years Ago
        ....and the beer is Hybrids.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I have never liked the current gen Expedition or Navigator. The previous or first generation was not great either for that matter.
      Ford seemed to be light years behind GM and some of the SUV's from Japan.
      Regardless of the fact that mechanically the Ford product was never really behind the other companies.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hey at-least they are doing something about it rather then continuing to build them and letting them sit. its better then the "The economy will bounce back and gas prices will drop" strategy at some of the other auto makers.
      • 6 Years Ago
        • 6 Years Ago
        Where does this 12 MPG come from?

        I get 17 MPG, as I have stated before, in my 07 Expy.

        Autoblog got 16:

        Considering the curb weight of three tons and our mix of driving, we weren't disappointed when we achieved 16.0 MPG over the course of the test.

        ..in their own tests.

        I don't know where or how someone got 12.
        • 6 Years Ago
        that video is informative, but also has its fair share of flaws. e.g., it suggests driving older cars, but modern safety technology is completely left out of the picture (stability control (would prevent many roll-over accidents, let alone any accidents), more airbags, stronger safety cell, etc). as another e.g., it ignores fuel consumption problems of older cars. as another e.g., it ignores that older cars tend to be poorly maintained such that they are horrible polluters and are worse polluters even when well-maintained. as another e.g., there is a huge inequality of car size on the roads nowadays such that a small toyota corolla from the early nineties would be totalled and its driver annihilated if it was involved in any serious accident with an SUV. as another e.g., it completely ignores the ability of old cars to have their parts recycled or used for scrap. and so on, and so on. it's very one-sided and seems to have been made with a conclusion already drawn and any persuasion put in the middle without balance. i don't think it is very credible.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I commute 20 miles a day and the F150 is being parked as we speak for the 15mpg city it gets for me. I'm putting a down payment on a Kawasaki Eliminator 125, I'm lucky enough to live in the desert southwest and can ride that sucker 95% of the time, thank god.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Bringing up what happened in the '70's with this crowd of kiddies punching away on mommy and daddies computer serves nothing to their education that what comes around goes arround.

      Look to the past to predict the future.
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