AD #2418 – Ford Ranger Raptor Debuts in Europe, Short Sellers Take Advantage of Tesla Volatility, Digital Cockpit for Buses

August 21st, 2018 at 11:25am

Runtime: 6:01

0:29 Feds Accuse FCA of Trying to Corrupt UAW Talks
1:11 VW Can’t Shake Diesel Scandal
1:40 Short Sellers Take Advantage of Tesla Volatility
2:42 Ford Ranger Raptor Debuts in Europe
3:25 Bugatti Creates 5 Million Euro Supercar
4:23 Digital Cockpit for Buses
5:02 Nissan Aims to Become 3rd Largest OEM in China

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15 Comments to “AD #2418 – Ford Ranger Raptor Debuts in Europe, Short Sellers Take Advantage of Tesla Volatility, Digital Cockpit for Buses”

  1. Larry D. Says:

    Historically, short sellers have lost a cumulative $3 BILLION to date. Do you have any data to show what, if anything,they were able to recover after Musk’s surprising interview and remarks? I have not seen any numbers anywhere.

  2. Larry D. Says:

    1 of course I meant short sellers of TESLA stock, not of… Ford or GM.

  3. John McElroy Says:

    Larry, as you know, short sellers make money when a stock price goes down. Tesla went from $379 to $305 just this month alone. No doubt more than a few Tesla shorts were rejoicing…as long as they had the discipline to sell.

  4. Larry D. Says:

    3 We know all that, and we know that short sellers of Tesla had lost a total of $ 3 Billion until recently, I was hoping there would be some facts (numbers) as to how much of that they have recovered recently, if any. I would bet, 1% or less.

  5. XA351GT Says:

    If Ford is smart they’ll offer both gas and diesel versions of the Ranger Raptor. That way you catch all the buyers . Those that love either powertrain option .

  6. Larry D. Says:

    IF they were smart, they would. But smart is not a word I associate with Hackett, Bill Ford, or the failed and fired Mark Shields.

    If they offer the diesel, (a longshot), I bet they will make it a $4k option like all domestics do in their full size pickups.

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    For the foreseeable future, the Ranger will get only four cylinder gas engines in the U.S,, turbocharged ones with 2.3 liter displacement. Would Raptor buyers want an engine with only 210 hp, even if an oil burner?

  8. sunrack Says:

    My guess is that the Ranger Raptor in the US will be offered with the 2.7 Ecoboost. BTW it is unfortunate that the Ranger will not be able to compete directly with a Tacoma by offering a manual. The 20 Bronco should offer a 6-speed manual if they are serious about competing with the Wrangler (~25% take-rate). That one thing will sway this buyer on choosing between a Bronco and Wrangler.

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    8 Unfortunately, manual transmissions are harder and harder to get. I just read that 2019 Audi A4 and A5 will be automatic only in the U.S. MINI still offers manuals in most configurations.

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    8 Most of what I’ve read is that the Bronco will have a 2.3 turbo and 10-speed automatic, like Ranger, and no manual. Also, a hybrid is rumored, probably the system to be used in Mustang.

  11. Larry D. Says:

    9 Today’s (and even some mid-90s) automatics are also manuals if you bother to use them like that.

    But most people, even myself who drove manuals only from 1979 to 2005, do not bother, because in addition, today’s 7, 8 and 9 speed automatics, and even the ZF 5 speed auto of the 90s, are 1,000 TIMES better than the Execrable 3-speed autos you got with your Ford Contour Rentals in the 90s and before (and I was unfortunate to have to live with such a rental for couple days)

    Further, today’s automatics have 100% reversed the MPG advantage of the manuals in the 90s and before. Today’s autos get better MPG than the manuals.

    Auto buyers in the US did not bother with manuals when automatics were really bad. Why would they bother today when they are PERFECT?

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    11 Some of us just like to drive manuals. It “feels good” to drive a manual well, matching revs so a passenger doesn’t even feel the gear changes. Yes today’s automatics work well, but my favorite automatics are the Toyota and Ford hybrids with no bands, clutches, or other friction elements, just gears.

  13. Larry D. Says:

    12 then you are covered by bothering to use the auto in its manual (manumatic) mode.

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    13 Surely you are not serious.

    There is no similarity between driving a manual transmission, and manually changing gears with an automatic. That applies whether the automatic is a torque converter unit, or a DSG, and whether it is shifted using paddles, like many current cars, or mechanical pushbuttons, like in the 1957 Chrysler I once had.

  15. sunrack Says:

    Forcing us to take automatics is just another step to full autonomous appliances and then the control freaks will swoop in and outlaw human drivers. We’ll end up doing so only at private special vehicle events. Sort of like horse shows today. I’ll give you my manual transmission when you pry it from my cold, dead right hand and left foot.