Good writeup.

It's important to think in terms of risk, though. It's fun to be in this market, but risk comes with every purchase; and the more ambitious you are, the higher the risk. That isn't necessarily good or bad; you just have to understand your own risk appetite. Sooner or later you will find a car that you… » 11/25/14 2:56pm Yesterday 2:56pm

It will have to be a Fiat platform. That's what Alfa currently uses for smaller cars, it's what Fiat previously used for larger cars before pulling out of the market, and what are the other options? They're hardly going to use a Jeep platform to build a 3-series rival. Alfa can't afford to build a new platform from… » 11/24/14 10:55am Monday 10:55am

The problem with resorting to historical claims is that most parts of the world have been controlled by multiple powers over the years; you can't just pick a random one.

Crimea was controlled by the Ottoman empire much longer than it was controlled by the precursors of today's Russia; surely it rightly belongs to… » 11/23/14 2:06pm Sunday 2:06pm

But we already have a much larger section of the car market which is full of "posers" in this sense; folk who buy a stock Discovery (or Jeep or whatever) even though they will never tackle terrain more challenging than a 5 inch kerb.

Land Rover are already neck-deep in this problem, if you see it as a problem (they… » 11/21/14 9:47am Friday 9:47am

Not sure how to design a better car? Uncertain how to satisfy customers? Desperate to "find your own lane" without actually making any difficult decisions for yourself? The solution is easy! Let's just follow last year's buzzwords and fashions!
* Hybrid;
* Crossover;
* Not really sure what to do with the interior, just… » 11/20/14 5:19pm Thursday 5:19pm

It's a good idea. Not totally new, but it's a good idea and it's a shame it doesn't get more traction.

I usually keep a bike in the back of my daily driver - it's handy for short trips, especially when parking or traffic are tough, or if I need to leave my car elsewhere for some reason. » 11/20/14 9:12am Thursday 9:12am

A few hundred dollars for a flight? Count yourselves lucky. I just paid $5500 for flights, so my wife and I could spend christmas with the inlaws. No, that's not business class, it's the cheapest tickets I could get over the christmas/new year peak season...

Supply and demand. » 11/19/14 10:17am 11/19/14 10:17am

It's a little more than a "trim level" if it has a different body, too.

Maybach is a valuable brand. Last time around, they positioned it at the top of the hierarchy, presenting Maybach like a separate carmaker, with an M where the three-pointed star used to be. Now they've moved it much further down the hierarchy; now… » 11/19/14 9:37am 11/19/14 9:37am