AD #1639 – Indian Ford Coming to U.S.? All-New BMW 7 Series, Honda’s 2-Wheel Rocket Ship

June 11th, 2015 at 11:58am

Runtime: 6:38

- Indian Ford Coming to the U.S.?
- All-New BMW 7 Series
- Green Cars Get Worse As Year Goes On
- Hyundai Tests Small Crossover Waters
- Volvo Tech Cutting Insurance Claims
- Honda Introduces Near-MotoGP Bike

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24 Comments to “AD #1639 – Indian Ford Coming to U.S.? All-New BMW 7 Series, Honda’s 2-Wheel Rocket Ship”

  1. Lex Says:

    The Ford EcoSport and Baby Santa Fe look like winners to me. I just hope the driving dynamics are better that the Buick Encore and Chevy Trax. I have not gotten to a chance to drive the New Honda HRV but it is on my to do list.

    The New Ford Grill on the new Edge and EcoSport needs to be placed on the Escape. That would make the Escape a more attractive vehicle in front IMHO. The Rear and sides are other wise great looking.

    I would also like to know what is the ratio of AWD to FWD sold among CUVs and SUVs in each region of the country? I would think living in the Northeast the ratio of AWD to FWD would be 10 to 1? I wonder if Gary Vasilash can pull those figures on a year to date basis.

  2. Chuck Grenci Says:

    How many more vehicle-types can the U.S. absorb; there’s got to be a breaking point (even as current sales seem to be booming). I guess they just keep coming and either fill a new niche, displace a vehicle already here or grow the segment. Choice is good I suppose; but it does start to boggle the mind (with so many).

  3. HtG Says:

    At $180k I’m going to assume the Honda bike comes with a body bag as standard equipment. Don’t you even look at one, Sean. :)

  4. Kit Gerhart Says:

    2 To me, it’s how many vehicles of the same type the U.S. market can absorb. It seems that the number is “a lot” when it comes to smallish tall wagons, AKA CUV’s.

    Meanwhile, other types get completely neglected. There are exactly zero rear drive car-height wagons available in the U.S. market, and there is only one minivan, the Mazda 5, since the others have become 200 inch long 4600 pound tanks.

  5. Kit Gerhart Says:

    3 Talk about a niche market. For $15K, you can get a street bike that will go 180 mph, but if that isn’t fast enough, and you have a lot of spare money, Honda has just what you need.

  6. Sean McElroy Says:

    @HtG – I completed a basic motorcycle riding coarse about a month ago. I’m excited to start riding (don’t have a bike yet) but sport bikes (while cool) are not on my radar.

  7. Brett Says:

    I’m old-school, so I lust for the Suzuki TU250X. It’s like the bikes I rode as a teenager.

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I like the looks of the TU250X, but like a little more motor, and suspension travel for crappy roads, so I have a KLR650. I wish Kawasaki would make a retro styled pure street bike with the KLR motor.

  9. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ Sean: Put your ass on some class,go Harley.I started off with jap,then english,and finally was able to buy my first ‘basket’ harley back in 72,and I never looked back.Are they road pizza machine fast? Nope.But most that buy or build their Harleys ain’t looking for that $hit.Btw,my fist harley was a small bearing 52 pan and a rigid frame.Lots of fun.I finally had to give up riding back in 2001.But in all fairness,the docs told me when I got out of the army,NEVER ride motorcycles,lol.But I did,and thankfully I knew when it was time to sell off the bikes,and start taking it easy.You have a whole life of riding in front of you now,use it well,and enjoy every second your getting wind in your face.Your first cross country trip will be a unbelievable experience,so take pics,lots of them.

  10. RS Says:

    Some time ago, John interviewed a Honda executive who downplayed Nissan’s recent market successes. He said that Honda does not and will not go after fleet sales in order to increase sales volume figures.
    Do the automakers release the number of fleet sales for their vehicles? Someone must know the fleet sales figures because it is part of the auto sales language. Is that information only available to industry insiders or is it an estimated number? I would be interested to know about the number of retail vs fleet sales as part of the monthly and annual sales data.

  11. Brett Says:

    I strongly suggested to the Suzuki dealer that the mfg ought to take the 650cc single drive train out of the S40, fuel inject it, and make a TU650X. I’d rob a bank to get something like that. :)

  12. Sean McElroy Says:

    @G.A. – My plan is to restore a ’58 Harley Pan Head my uncle, who lost a battle to cancer a few back, owned. While that’s going on I’d like to get something cheap to better my skills on.

  13. Scott-in-Cleveland Says:

    As far as the Ecosport goes, I hope they take the spare tire “backpack” away.

  14. Sean McElroy Says:

    *a few years back

  15. Kit Gerhart Says:

    11 The S40, formerly Savage is a nice “thumper,” if you like forward controls. Were it not for the forward controls, I might have gotten an S40 instead of the KLR, though my dirt bike suspension works a lot better on bad roads.

    The carburetor on the S40 works well enough, as does the one on my KLR, but I’m sure gas mileage would be a little better with FI. Cold starts are a little easier with FI, but they seem to have the carburetors very well sorted out on the few bikes that still have carburetors.

  16. cwolf Says:

    All these small utes have become foreign regardless of the maker, so I’ll prolly buy something larger from Ford or GM and still made in the US, …even if its a whale of a gas hog. Not many people like me left these days!

  17. FSTFWRD Says:

    Sean, Look more for a “Sport/Touring”, like a Honda VFR. Stay away from a Hardly Ableson, just technology that is too, too old. Maybe a Buell might be just the trick for you. But most of all, ride carefully!! (I’m 64 and have been riding since I was 14. With no accidents, BTW)

  18. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ Sean: Good idea.I’m sorry about your uncle,but I’m willing to bet he would be more then pleased with you getting his old pan back on the road.

    The 58 is a big bearing lower end.Plenty of beef.Also 58 was the first year for rear suspension,which means you don’t HAVE to run the polo seat.I never could get used to that damn thing.

    Also,don’t change out the cam and lifters for solids.That destroys the oil pressure.Upgrade the hydraulics,but don’t get rid of them.Also,there are kits to replace the stock oil pump with an aftermarket high volume/low pressure.That is a great improvement too.

    Harleys are low pressure/high volume engines,at least the older ones.You’ll get along fine with the dual fire/single points ignition system.Don’t forget when kicker it over,use the compression stoke with ignition on,after giving it a few primer kicks,switch off.I’ll tell ya more if ya want me too.

  19. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ 16,FSTFRD: I’ve been riding sinece I was 11,and I’m coming up on 64 here shortly,no tickets,no accidents either.There is nothing wrong with the old harleys.If you are a wrench,you’ll have one for life.Nothing fancy or wingding fast,just a plain old big bike that rides great,and handles great for it’s size and weight.

  20. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I’ve been riding since I was 27, also with no accidents. I’m 68. Maybe we are a lucky bunch.

    As with cars, different people like different things in bikes. I’ve had various Japanese bikes, BMW’s, and a Buell. Most of my current riding is relatively short trips, sometimes on not-so-good country roads, and the KLR650 dual sport is great for that, even though I never use it off road. Also, I just like the relaxed sound and feel of the big single. The KLR replaced a faster, smoother V-Strom 650, but for the riding I do, I like the KLR better.

    I also have a big scooter, a Honda SilverWing. The scooter has better weather protection, the engine is smoother, and it’s being automatic is nice when I’m feeling lazy. The KLR’s suspension is much better, though.

    What am I saying here? Some people like Harleys, some like sport bikes, etc. Figure out what your priorities are, and select a bike accordingly.

    Regarding the KLR650 that I really like, it is not for everyone, because it is tall. I”m 5’10″, and I can’t put me feet flat on the ground with it.

  21. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ 19,Kit: Your right.I,myself,loved long distance riding.Can’t beat a big ol harley for that.Goldwings are too smooth,and kinda look funny,to me at any rate.

  22. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I had an ’82 Gold Wing which I liked for highway riding. It even got good gas mileage, about 50 on the highway. The current Gold Wings are just too huge for my tastes, though the quiet, silkey smooth engine is cool.

  23. Sean McElroy Says:

    @G.A. – When the time comes for actually wrenchin’ on the thing we should hook up via email.

  24. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ Sean: You got it bro.