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hondaman,The Liberty is pretty nice. I just could not deal with the truck like ride and the fact that DC builds the thing.
To all you Bank One customers out there, hold on to your pocket books!
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It's a point by point comparison picture showing an Escape and CRV side by side! They do almost look IDENTICAL! The question is did Honda look at the new Escape styling before coming up with the new CRV design? From that pic I would say ABSOLUTELY, I hadn't realized how similar the styling on the 2 were since I think the huge front lights on CRV's (overdone styling IMHO) tend to make you forget about everything else. lol )
If Ford is decontenting the Escape trim lines, they are subtracting equipment to increase their profits per vehicle. That's true. Now, ask yourself why. Answer: they aren't making enough money on them. If we were to compare the two vehicles, we'd need a profit per vehicle analysis. I haven't found one. I do have averages for each company, though.
"Not surprisingly, Honda made more money per car than any other automaker, $1,661. That's nearly $400 more per car than Nissan Motor and $500 more than Toyota. GM was the only domestic producer to make money: just $337 per car. Ford Motor lost $1,913 [per vehicle]."
So, last year, Honda averaged $3,574 more per vehicle. Note, these figures are calcuated using the price that dealers pay, not the price the customer pays (so dealer markups are not a factor).
Here's the full article (mostly about manufacturing and the risks Honda is taking). Forbes
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