Re: Latest musings on the Panther from Autoweek
I went over the same thing in the Chevy 9C1 forum. It is a simple fact, the big RWD V-8 cars are a dinosaur just waiting to die. Now don't get me wrong, I love my Caprice and I know you guys love your Crown Vics, but the writing is on the wall. Remember the Mercury Marauder? How big of a flop was that? Chevrolet hit one out of the ball park 10 years ago with the Impala SS. Still that one car could not generate enough excitement to save that line. The marketplace for a big car is shallow, let alone the market for a sport/touring car that size. There is one, very simple reason these cars are going by the wayside...SUV's.
Look at the Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300M. The Chrysler has enjoyed very sucessful sales, and I am sure the Charger will follow. The market for a "family car" RWD V-8 looks to being headed towards more of a mid-size vehicle. GM just released the new Monte Carlo and Impala, and the both have an optional 5.3L V-8. Granted, both of those cars are still FWD but it is a step towards the performance that people are looking for in cars in that market segment.
Lets face it boys, the days of big RWD V-8 family cars is over. Again, don't get me wrong, I am not here bashing Ford, or the Crown Victoria. I work on plenty of them, and I drive plenty of them, and it will probably be my next car. People these days want a bigger SUV or a more versitle mini-van. As for the person who said he wants to see an new Ranchero...you got a better chance of seeing a new Edsel.