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  1. RobStark

    Russia/Ukraine conflict

    Of course I prefer Democracy. It means Croatia's fascistic instincts can be checked with carrots and sticks down the democratic path. If cut off from the West, Croatia is subject to the abuses of Russia. Turkey doesn't feel it needs Paris, Berlin, or Washington to thrive. Or survive. Trying...
  2. RobStark

    Russia/Ukraine conflict

    They weren't because Turkey was not a fully functional democracy. If the Army smelled Islamism in a government , then the Army would remove that government. You can't have that in the EUs most populous country. Or a country tied with the EU's most populous country. Turkey isn't a small...
  3. RobStark

    Russia/Ukraine conflict

    Turkey wasn't admitted between 1987-2014. When secular government was insured by the Army. But the EU and USA insisted the Army get out of politics. Turkey won't be seriously considered for EU membership until it is a post Islamic fully secular democracy that aligns with Europe on women and...
  4. RobStark

    Russia/Ukraine conflict

    Are the Ruskies still trading BTGs for a few square meters of rubble that used to be Ukrainian Cityscape?
  5. RobStark

    Tesla BEV Competition Developments

    Back when Tesla commented on such things, Elon never mentioned Buick Roadmaster as one of the top sources of Model S conquest sales. :cool: There are always outliers.
  6. RobStark

    Tesla BEV Competition Developments

    All predictions about the future have assumptions. Mass conversion of Detroit 3 truck owners with the highest loyalty rates of any products is a whole lotta assumptions. On average Jeep vehicles are significantly more efficient than full size trucks. The brand new Wagoneers being the...
  7. RobStark

    Russia/Ukraine conflict

    Lets remember Turkey became an EU candidate in 1987 but will never become a member. France or Italy will block Ukraine from the EU as long as Russia strongly objects.
  8. RobStark

    Tesla BEV Competition Developments

    I think these are the types of folks that appreciate the utility of four wheel drive full size trucks but have up till now refused to buy full size trucks because they are gas guzzlers. For a combination of environmental/ running cost/image reasons. Cybertruck will remedy those concerns. BTW...
  9. RobStark

    Tesla BEV Competition Developments

    Same place everyone gets their info since Tesla stopped releasing CT reservation information. Surveys from cybertruckownersclub dot com. This is where the "over 2M reservations" comes from. Sandy's opinion on engineering should carry much more weight than the average armchair automotive CEO...
  10. RobStark

    Tesla BEV Competition Developments

    The ground up BEV Ford truck is coming in 2025. And will sell alongside Lightning. Ford thinks there is a large contingent of buyers that want (most of) the advantages of BEV but insist on traditional styling that will be buying trucks for at least a decade. I think there will be more cross...
  11. RobStark

    Russia/Ukraine conflict

    The Ukrainian government said they won't report those till the end of the war.
  12. RobStark

    Tesla BEV Competition Developments

    I agree. Lariat and Platinum can absorb much of the increasing cost. The Lightning Pro can not.
  13. RobStark

    US Market Situation and Outlook (Rob Stark's American Megathread)

    https://www.cars.com/articles/2022-cars-com-american-made-index-which-cars-are-the-most-american-451057/
  14. RobStark

    Russia/Ukraine conflict

    Lithuania must have run this by the White House/NATO headquarters.
  15. RobStark

    All discussion of Rivian Automotive

    Rivian has raised over $20B and has put over 5k vehicles on the road. Probably approaching 10k at the end of this quarter. That is a better result than any American automotive startup since Kaiser Motors not named Tesla.
  16. RobStark

    Tesla BEV Competition Developments

    MSRP equals cost right now. With a one year backlog. If they raise price by an average of $15k they should then have a 6 month backlog.
  17. RobStark

    Tesla BEV Competition Developments

    From Bloomberg.
  18. RobStark

    All discussion of Rivian Automotive

    The chances of Rivian liquidating at this point are approaching ZERO. The brand has too much value. IF Rivian is hemorrhaging money and Bezos taps out some Chinese automaker will buy Rivian and either assemble Rivians in the USA with Chinese parts and/or just manufacture them in China to...
  19. RobStark

    All discussion of Rivian Automotive

    Not exactly a disinterested objective observer.
  20. RobStark

    Russia/Ukraine conflict

    The Political class in Europe has completely justified their constituents belief in them. Interdependence with Russia has created a peaceful and stable Europe. Angela Merkle has no regrets making Germany dependent on Russian energy. Europe doesn't even need the USA anymore.
  21. RobStark

    All discussion of Rivian Automotive

    I think both are important. City slickers are never going to buy pickups in the same per capita numbers as the *sugar* kickers. You still want to concentrate stores/service centers in CA and TX.
  22. RobStark

    All discussion of Rivian Automotive

    Rivian just started shipping the greenish gray interiors recently. The off white interiors have been delayed again, supposedly sourcing problems. According to recent factory tours R1S SUVs are about 10% of current production. That doesn't mean Rivian is currently mass shipping SUVs to retail...
  23. RobStark

    Russia/Ukraine conflict

    This is the analysis if you filter out all the information you don't want to hear. The Russians are making advances in the East and the South. The Ukrainians say they are running out of ammunition and desperately need heavy weapons. You keep saying what is left are unmotivated idiots and what...
  24. RobStark

    Russia/Ukraine conflict

    My guess is a large percentage of the incompetent and dumb Russian soldiers have bee killed. What is left is the more competent and smarter Russian soldiers. Like Doggydog said, Ukraine needs more EW equipment. And artillery, armour, drones etc.
  25. RobStark

    Russia/Ukraine conflict

    Interesting 5 minute read https://www.newstatesman.com/world/europe/ukraine/2022/06/in-ukraine-russian-is-now-the-language-of-the-enemy
  26. RobStark

    Tesla BEV Competition Developments

    You have taken Ford's PR department's talking points hook, line and sinker. They love talking about "all new" this and that. "Completely redesigned" this and that. Rarely true. And not so in this case. Truth isn't subject to a vote.
  27. RobStark

    Tesla BEV Competition Developments

    What I listed as changes is a conversion. You make changes during a conversion. And what I said is factually correct. Farley is confident they can ramp up Lightning gliders to a million per year. Because it is a variation of what they have been building for over 50 years.
  28. RobStark

    Tesla BEV Competition Developments

    Its frame is a slightly modified ICE F-150 frame. To make room for the battery pack. The IRS is little modified Expedition suspension. "Completely redesigned front end" they removed hard points inside the engine bay not needed for ICE/transmission mounting points. The Brakes are from the...
  29. RobStark

    Russia/Ukraine conflict

    The Soviet population in 1980 was double what the Russian population is today. Soviet deaths estimated up to 15k in Afghan campaign. I have seen estimates as high as 31k for Russian dead in Ukraine campaign after 100 days.
  30. RobStark

    Russia/Ukraine conflict

    Russia has a 3.3x numerical advantage. A smaller percentage of the Ukrainians fleeing till the war is over are men of fighting age than population as a whole. Ukraine enacted a conscription draft 1st day of Russian invasion. The Kremlin is afraid of enacting a draft. Motivation affects how...
  31. RobStark

    Tesla BEV Competition Developments

    Mach-e is the 20th best selling BEV in the world. Not bad for a non clean sheet ground up BEV design. Not a compliance car either but a how can we make a "Ford Model Y" raiding the Ford corporate parts bin as much as possible. The F-150 Lightning is an ICE F-150 conversion and Ford stopped...
  32. RobStark

    All discussion of Rivian Automotive

    Rivian reiterated 25k deliveries this year at shareholder meeting yesterday. https://www.barrons.com/articles/rivian-rivn-stock-electric-trucks-annual-meeting-51654592557
  33. RobStark

    Tesla BEV Competition Developments

    https://www.detroitnews.com/story/business/autos/chrysler/2022/05/23/stellantis-battery-plant-kokomo-indiana/9899280002/ BTW Lucid got 520 miles from 118 kWh in the Air Dream and 516 miles from 112 kWh in the GT. That is net. Observers that have done range test and looked at the Data think...
  34. RobStark

    Tesla BEV Competition Developments

    Etron GT is a Taycan clone. VW Group sold 6k Etron GTs and 41k Taycans in 2021. Near the Model S peak. My guess is the ASP is around $150k. I don't doubt they are profitable.
  35. RobStark

    Tesla BEV Competition Developments

    Stellantis is promising a large EV that goes 500 miles on a 118 kWh pack. In other words a Lucid Air Dream clone/competitor. This is the teaser they provided. Artist Rendering Not a large SUV. This is an STLA Large vehicle. Likely a replacement for Chrysler 300,Dodge Charger & Challenger...
  36. RobStark

    Russia/Ukraine conflict

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-61702862
  37. RobStark

    Russia/Ukraine conflict

    A lot of people liked this Utube channel's summary of the 1st phase of the Russo-Ukrainian War. Here is their second video.
  38. RobStark

    All discussion of Rivian Automotive

    RJ had a long interview at Bernstein’s 38th Annual Strategic Decisions Conference. I am reposting Longhorngirls' notes from rivianforums. "Here are my notes. I don’t think there was very much new information. I was surprised that RJ said that they are currently building four vehicles this...
  39. RobStark

    US Market Situation and Outlook (Rob Stark's American Megathread)

    Malls are becoming ghost towns and difficult to find new tenants. Stock/business analyst say the future of malls is selling food, services and experiences not shoes, clothes, electronics and most physical goods. About seven years ago a Ford dealer rented a large location about three times a...
  40. RobStark

    US Market Situation and Outlook (Rob Stark's American Megathread)

    https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a40180155/ford-ev-online-sales-no-negotiation/
  41. RobStark

    The Resource Angle

    https://www.reuters.com/business/autos-transportation/stellantis-secures-lithium-supply-california-ev-batteries-2022-06-02/
  42. RobStark

    Russia/Ukraine conflict

    They won every important battle. Until the end. I suspect you don't know your own history.
  43. RobStark

    Russia/Ukraine conflict

    France beat both the Prussians and the Austrians in the War of the First Coalition from 1792-97.
  44. RobStark

    Russia/Ukraine conflict

    No it wasn't. They kept winning every battle until the very end, gave up and lost the war. Then the British sacked Washington DC in 1814 for good measure.

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