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(Fox News)   Ford Motor Company brings back the minivan, but doesn't call it a minivan. After seeing a picture of it, they could categorize it as a SFV (Supremely Fugly Vehicle), joining the Nissan Cube in the SFV field   (foxnews.com) divider line 92
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2012-11-15 12:38:34 PM  
It looks like a stretched Kia Soul -- seating for 7 hamsters.
 
2012-11-15 12:52:45 PM  
That's not a mini-van, its just a van.
 
2012-11-15 01:40:29 PM  
Mock the Cube for style all you want, but after sitting in one wow is it roomy and it has a fantastic field of vision.
 
2012-11-15 01:44:54 PM  
I prefer my vans with fewer windows. You know. rapier.
 
2012-11-15 01:48:59 PM  
I'm perfectly content for someone else to own that.
 
2012-11-15 01:50:37 PM  
Yeah, that's pretty bad. Of course, it STILL doesn't hold a candle to this monstrosity:

codinghorror.typepad.com
 
2012-11-15 02:02:57 PM  

tnpir: Yeah, that's pretty bad. Of course, it STILL doesn't hold a candle to this monstrosity:

[codinghorror.typepad.com image 354x232]


I've said it before, I'll say it again: I liked the Aztec.
 
2012-11-15 02:05:18 PM  
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I've always wanted to turn an old Toyota van into a shaggin' wagon.
 
2012-11-15 02:30:20 PM  
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so it is a transit converted to carry people?
 
2012-11-15 02:34:59 PM  
"It's anything but a minivan," said David Mondragon, Ford's general manager of marketing. "In our mind, it's a people mover. We think of it as more of a utility, or kind of a hybrid sport utility, than a minivan."

Mondragon says the m-word is too polarizing and turns off Ford's target customers: 30- to 42-year-old parents who grew up with minivans and like their utility but don't want to sacrifice style. At one point, Ford even considered calling the wagon a "you-tility," but it turned out another carmaker already had dibs on that one.


Translation: "I'm going to tell you a lie and then explain why the truth is financially inconvenient." Farking marketers.
 
2012-11-15 02:43:57 PM  
That is damned ugly.
 
2012-11-15 02:47:20 PM  
My first minivan was an '01 Windstar. Drove that thing to death (175K miles) then went to get another one. They'd replaced it with the Freestar or some such shiat. Plastic everywhere, ugly as sin. We went running for an Odyssey. Got it in '06, it's still running without complaint at 170K+, and it's a HELL of a lot nicer looking than that monstrosity.
 
2012-11-15 02:47:49 PM  

GAT_00: tnpir: Yeah, that's pretty bad. Of course, it STILL doesn't hold a candle to this monstrosity:

[codinghorror.typepad.com image 354x232]

I've said it before, I'll say it again: I liked the Aztec.


Wasn't the Aztec kind of the prelude to many cars we have now lie the Honda CRv and so many others with that body style?
 
2012-11-15 02:49:59 PM  

WTFDYW: GAT_00: tnpir: Yeah, that's pretty bad. Of course, it STILL doesn't hold a candle to this monstrosity:

[codinghorror.typepad.com image 354x232]

I've said it before, I'll say it again: I liked the Aztec.

Wasn't the Aztec kind of the prelude to many cars we have now liKe the Honda CRv and so many others with that body style?


FTFM
 
2012-11-15 02:51:05 PM  

WTFDYW: GAT_00: tnpir: Yeah, that's pretty bad. Of course, it STILL doesn't hold a candle to this monstrosity:

[codinghorror.typepad.com image 354x232]

I've said it before, I'll say it again: I liked the Aztec.

Wasn't the Aztec kind of the prelude to many cars we have now lie the Honda CRv and so many others with that body style?


Maybe. And I drive an Elantra Touring these days, and the style is similar. Much less tall, but similar.
 
2012-11-15 03:00:34 PM  

dahmers love zombie: My first minivan was an '01 Windstar. Drove that thing to death (175K miles) then went to get another one. They'd replaced it with the Freestar or some such shiat. Plastic everywhere, ugly as sin. We went running for an Odyssey. Got it in '06, it's still running without complaint at 170K+, and it's a HELL of a lot nicer looking than that monstrosity.


I've had a Nissan Quest (92), Chrysler Town and Country(01), and a Honda Odyssey (05).
I just traded in my Odyssey for a 5 seater car, since kids have gone off to college and I don't need to seat as many and the extra 10 mpg is nice.

I LOVED my Odyssey. It is a great van. (I kinda miss it)
 
2012-11-15 03:20:25 PM  
My wife wants a new Dodge Caravan... as he 02 Chevy Venture POS is about to die(again, on second engine rebuild now, long story), but no new cars in the Baka clans future right now unless I end up with my grand dads Dodge truck...

If we had the money, I would get her to look at it.
 
2012-11-15 03:24:51 PM  

baka-san: Dodge Caravan....


That was my dream car back in 91/92. They're a lot better looking now.
 
2012-11-15 03:30:32 PM  
I liked minivans before they were cool again.
 
2012-11-15 04:22:49 PM  
Oh come on those are beautify queens compared to the Element
 
2012-11-15 04:25:48 PM  

Earpj: dahmers love zombie: My first minivan was an '01 Windstar. Drove that thing to death (175K miles) then went to get another one. They'd replaced it with the Freestar or some such shiat. Plastic everywhere, ugly as sin. We went running for an Odyssey. Got it in '06, it's still running without complaint at 170K+, and it's a HELL of a lot nicer looking than that monstrosity.

I've had a Nissan Quest (92), Chrysler Town and Country(01), and a Honda Odyssey (05).
I just traded in my Odyssey for a 5 seater car, since kids have gone off to college and I don't need to seat as many and the extra 10 mpg is nice.

I LOVED my Odyssey. It is a great van. (I kinda miss it)


One of my favorite videos is this one, pitting a Dodge Charger Daytona against an '06 Odyssey filled with strippers. The Honda mops the floor with the Dodge.
 
2012-11-15 04:46:23 PM  
Ick . Do not want.
 
2012-11-15 04:46:34 PM  

Earpj: dahmers love zombie: My first minivan was an '01 Windstar. Drove that thing to death (175K miles) then went to get another one. They'd replaced it with the Freestar or some such shiat. Plastic everywhere, ugly as sin. We went running for an Odyssey. Got it in '06, it's still running without complaint at 170K+, and it's a HELL of a lot nicer looking than that monstrosity.

I've had a Nissan Quest (92), Chrysler Town and Country(01), and a Honda Odyssey (05).
I just traded in my Odyssey for a 5 seater car, since kids have gone off to college and I don't need to seat as many and the extra 10 mpg is nice.

I LOVED my Odyssey. It is a great van. (I kinda miss it)


I know I will eventually be in a minivan. Our kids are getting bigger. We switched from a full-sized sedan to a CUV and I see a van on the horizon. The ironic thing is that I love full size sedans and can't wait to have a quality one again. This will be about seven years from now.

/dammit
 
2012-11-15 04:48:13 PM  

whizbangthedirtfarmer:

I know I will eventually be in a minivan. Our kids are getting bigger. We switched from a full-sized sedan to a CUV and I see a van on the horizon. The ironic thing is that I love full size sedans and can't wait to have a quality one again. This will be about seven years from now.

/dammit


Can't go wrong with an Odyssey.
 
2012-11-15 04:50:17 PM  
Aww look the current crop of parents wants to still think they are cool so no calling anything a mini-van or station wagon.

Face it you are just a taxi service for your crotch dropping.
 
2012-11-15 04:52:01 PM  

tnpir: Yeah, that's pretty bad. Of course, it STILL doesn't hold a candle to this monstrosity:

[codinghorror.typepad.com image 354x232]


Well Im sure the group that made it was trying to see if they could out ugly the Aztec.
 
2012-11-15 04:53:45 PM  
Since there's nothing as fine, they need to bring back the Econoline!

Dad had a '79. Colored tan and rust, with orange shag interior.

/no wonder I don't mind all primer cars, sheesh
 
2012-11-15 04:59:41 PM  

phlegmmo: It looks like a stretched Kia Soul -- seating for 7 hamsters.


102% off-topic, but I passed a Kia Soul last weekend plastered with a half-dozen Obama-hatin bumper stickers, driven by a pure stereotype of the pissed-63-year-old-female-TeaBagger.

The urban hamster marketing came to mind and I laughed for miles.
 
2012-11-15 05:01:15 PM  

angry_scientist: Since there's nothing as fine, they need to bring back the Econoline!

Dad had a '79. Colored tan and rust, with orange shag interior.

/no wonder I don't mind all primer cars, sheesh


Eh, it's still around. The E-series.
 
2012-11-15 05:03:35 PM  
I don't mind vans, but every. last. van I've ever ridden in smelled like a van. It's like the air system doesn't recycle the air enough so everything smells like the van's interior, distilled, concentrated, and blown in your face every time you turn on the vents.
 
2012-11-15 05:04:43 PM  

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so it is a transit converted to carry people?


Yes, that's why they have the word "Transit" in the name. Sure it looks fugly, but the Transit is a very popular work van in Europe and it seems to be catching on well here.
 
2012-11-15 05:04:47 PM  
The Aztek was a little ahead of its time. Anyone who was ever inside one when it first came out will tell you as much. The thought they put into how stuff was laid out, the features, etc, are just starting to become standard now. It was an incredibly versatile and brilliant car.

But yea, its outside style left a lot to be desired.

Ford did a great job on the new escape. Almost just bought one. However by the time you option it out, you are in the mid 30s, and it isn't that nice of a car.
 
2012-11-15 05:05:27 PM  

angry_scientist: Since there's nothing as fine, they need to bring back the Econoline!


Learned to drive in a 1962, 3 on the tree, in the winter in New Jersey. I'll take my 2004 Sprinter over that any day.

Turbo diesels, the instant solution to the oil crisis.
 
2012-11-15 05:16:05 PM  
That's the Transit Connect wagon. It's a refresh of the one you see delivering flowers and drycleaning.
It's a fair bit smaller than the current minivans from Chrysler, Honda and Nissan. It's got either a 2.5L four or a 1.6L turbo and 6 speed automatic.

The E-series is being replaced by the full size Transit, which is the same size as the Sprinter.
 
2012-11-15 05:17:17 PM  
Get used to Euro-vans on the road. They look weird now, but we'll get used to them.


CSB: My parents are giving me their 2003 Olds Silhouette next MAy. 60,000 miles and I wish I had it now.

/Used to have a full-sized custom van when the kids were babies/toddlers--best kid vehicle ever.
 
M-G
2012-11-15 05:22:19 PM  

Dead for Tax Reasons: so it is a transit converted to carry people?


Nope. It's smaller than a Transit.
 
2012-11-15 05:23:31 PM  

HMS_Blinkin: Dead for Tax Reasons: [upload.wikimedia.org image 280x173]
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so it is a transit converted to carry people?

Yes, that's why they have the word "Transit" in the name. Sure it looks fugly, but the Transit is a very popular work van in Europe and it seems to be catching on well here.


I believe the Transit is larger than the Transit Connect.


The Transit Connect commercial version has had a second row bench seat option since it came out in the US. I'm guessing they decided to appeal to a new demographic by giving it a third row, comfort and luxury options and probably some sound insulation.

I've driven the commercial version. It handles like a go-kart and has terrible road noise. It is a pretty good vehicle for a small business with light-duty needs though.
 
2012-11-15 05:27:02 PM  

Big_Thumb: That's the Transit Connect wagon. It's a refresh of the one you see delivering flowers and drycleaning.
It's a fair bit smaller than the current minivans from Chrysler, Honda and Nissan. It's got either a 2.5L four or a 1.6L turbo and 6 speed automatic.

The E-series is being replaced by the full size Transit, which is the same size as the Sprinter.


Hmm, aren't the Transits already here? I've seen a few on the roads already.
 
2012-11-15 06:08:46 PM  
I could see small businesses deploying these as a nicer alternative to the utility versions, but beyond that, yeah right...
 
2012-11-15 06:11:54 PM  
I have 4 kids. My Dodge Grand Caravan (2011) is the third Dodge/Chrysler I've had. There just isn't anything better at doing what it does. Move lots of stuff for a reasonable price, reasonably comfortably. But in 2 years one of those kids moves out and I might downsize to something like this. It looks like it will be a little less expensive and be a little more efficient. Or a Mazda5.
 
2012-11-15 06:28:39 PM  
My wife has a Mazda 5, but I drive it plenty. It is a winning formula for an inexpensive family vehicle.

$18k starting price
Two sliding doors
Three rows of seating
Manual transmission available.
25/30MPG (city/Hwy)

We call it the tinyvan, since it is built on the Mazda3 frame. It is dwarfed by Odysseys.
 
2012-11-15 06:33:09 PM  
Had to drive Dodge vans for work a long time now, I have to say as a Ford man, Dodge/Chrysler does know how to make a pretty good van.
 
2012-11-15 06:41:08 PM  

Earpj: Can't go wrong with an Odyssey.


If you trade in often....
 
2012-11-15 06:54:56 PM  

WTFDYW: GAT_00: tnpir: Yeah, that's pretty bad. Of course, it STILL doesn't hold a candle to this monstrosity:

[codinghorror.typepad.com image 354x232]

I've said it before, I'll say it again: I liked the Aztec.

Wasn't the Aztec kind of the prelude to many cars we have now lie the Honda CRv and so many others with that body style?


As a former owner of a yellow one, I miss my Astek. Yes Astek with a K that's how it was spelled.

/my lawn...
//belt onion etc.
 
2012-11-15 07:22:39 PM  

GAT_00: tnpir: Yeah, that's pretty bad. Of course, it STILL doesn't hold a candle to this monstrosity:

[codinghorror.typepad.com image 354x232]

I've said it before, I'll say it again: I liked the Aztec.


Ditto
 
2012-11-15 07:24:14 PM  

Earpj: Can't go wrong with an Odyssey.


But you can with a Venture...

Oh lord can you.
 
2012-11-15 07:35:42 PM  
Take me, Spanish caravan

/Yes, I know you can
 
2012-11-15 08:15:43 PM  
Hmmm... It WOULD be nice to get rid of this Montana POS and get back into a Ford...
click
Neat
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I like it!
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Nice interior
readreadread
starts at $19K or thereabouts? So about $25K for one with a couple options...
readreadread
"The Transit Connect Wagon will be made in Valencia, Spain, and exported to the U.S., Asia and Europe...."
OoooKay! Looks like we're keeping the Pontiac for a while.
 
2012-11-15 08:31:40 PM  
A nice van is like a 4 or 6 cylinder pickup, not that manly, but damn useful.
 
2012-11-15 08:35:04 PM  
New caravans have the Pentastar 283BHP v6.

283HP minivan.

They make supercharger kits for the Pentastar already and there's a chip mod due out any day.

the Caravan weighs A THOUSAND POUNDS LESS than than the Challenger

283HP minivan

Supercharger

new ROM

wide pipes

20" rims

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the most legendary sleeper of all time.

OF ALL TIME
 
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