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      07-14-2019, 01:29 PM   #36
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Originally Posted by mkoesel View Post
Unfortunately for the rest of the industry, it doesn’t matter because all the customer cares about is what’s actually available to buy, not about how it got there.

VAG intends to compete in the EV space with a wide range of every-man’s products (and some premium ones too) built on their new MEB platform. They’re a giant corporate machine and are unlikely to fail outright at this goal, as analysts will suggest. So, there *is* a way forward regardless of what sketchy nonsense might be playing out at other shops.

I believe BMW is going to make it work too, but they don’t have any more time to waste with the wrong man steering the ship. So they need to get this right. And if not Benz, then they better cozy up to someone who’s both on top of things and has deep pockets.
It would be interesting to know the reasoning behind the collaboration with Ford on the MEB platform and commercial vehicles. I'm wondering if VAG had not gone through the Dieselgate episode, would it have courted Ford to use the MEB platform and the investment in Argo? The collaboration between the two companies appears pretty in depth in markets outside the USA.
A manual transmission can be set to "comfort", "sport", and "track" modes simply by the technique and speed at which you shift it; it doesn't need "modes", modes are for manumatics that try to behave like a real 3-pedal manual transmission. If you can money-shift it, it's a manual transmission.