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Chevy posted numbers for 2005 that said they out sold ford by 21000 vehicles.
Ford has found, (through a independant source) that they actually out sold chevy by 5000, if you only count vehicles that were registared last year.
This means, according to the news, that GM was counting cars and trucks they shipped out to dealers, not cars and trucks that were actually sold to consumers. Could this be why there are some discounts from GM dealers right now?
Actually GM and Ford both posted there sales numbers and Chevy did outsell Ford I don't remember the numbers thought. But now Ford is saying they have more registered vehicles but that is not the way it works it goes by how many sold, who is right? don't know but this could get ugly.
Like I said in the beginning post, GM said they outsold ford by 21000 vehicles. Ford is saying that GM sold that many cars to dealerships, not to actual consumers who would then register their vehicles. GM was padding the numbers, and Ford is saying that their commercial stating that GM is, "Americas #1 brand" is false advertising.
When is a car actually counted as sold? Care to guess? When it drops off of the convoy truck at the dealership. Chevy (and Ford) are notorious for playing fast and loose with the numbers, counting either dealer deliveries (that's actually when the car is sold), or registrations, depending on what works best. Enron's got nothing on these guys.
I think the classic was 5 years ago, when Cadillac had to publicly apologize to Lincoln because they padded sales figures by a few thousand units. 'Course, both of them are neglecting the real issue- did they outsell Toyota!
It is very sad, but Ford will survive. They have a better truck, more selection, more power, and the Toyota wave of success, like anything, will come to and end. Ford is doing restructuring, and they are shutting alot of plants, and Yota is building a huge plant in southern ontario. It is a necessary evil, and it is helping Ford save alot. Some people will buy a toyota becasue of its warranty. Some will buy because they are also relaible like Ford. Some for fuel economy, and some because they had a ford before and it satrted to act up at 300 000 miles, and trucks should last forever. Why because they can't fix the darn things anymore!
The toyotas will get stuck in the mud eventually.
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