Discussion in 'Mopar / FCA News' started by CharlesTown Cob, Aug 17, 2020.
You'd be hard pressed to find a real leather interior these days, maybe in a bentley or rolls
I love the idea of all wheel drive, but...
For a company having enough problems already with CAFE, imagine the fuel mileage penalty that AWD in a V8 engine vehicle would be.
Becoming the design and HP king of electrics is Dodge's future. With autonomy there are no need for crash standards, you can have a 2000hp 69 charger electric skateboard chassis and swap the body over in the winter for a grand cherokee.
As for Dodge and electrification... look, the whole brand image of Dodge is muscle, which usually goes hand in hand with a big V8. Can you outperform a Hemi V8 with an electric platform? Absolutely. Is that the brand identity of Dodge? No, not really at all. People are not out there screaming for electric cars. It's a niche still, and you can sell to that niche, and supposedly it will eventually become mainstream, but until it does there's no market reason to spend billions to play in it yet.[/QUOTE]
- Yes Dodge and even Chrysler goes with v-8 and a lot of performance heritage and that is something they need to protect but they cant just keeping building gasguzzlers, and with electrification comes a lot of improved driveability so they better be on top from the beginning.
Being in from start would be a nice surprise since mother usually ends up late in the party.
- its impossible to build a BOF to unibody standards, The new Wagooner/ GC and Durango should be built as a unibody, othervize it would just be another suburban like thing in mopar clothes.
- The real difference is that they have made the same car feel different, behave different and have each own customer group while still being basically the same car.
Alfa, Maserati... I believe that Ram 1500 has it as option. Full grain leather it is.
Napa leather is leather, and far from being fake, it is one of the highest quality grades for general use (What Is Napa Leather? - BestLeather.org (at https://bestleather.org/types-of-leather/napa/ )). The more common automotive leathers are also still leather. You cannot call something “leather” unless it is made from animal hide. The reason people claim that car leather is not leather is that automotive leathers undergo lots more correction and surface treatment (effectively layers of paint) to make them colorfast, stain resistant, and—for the cheaper grades—to create the impression that you have a full, unsplit hide.
That said, you’ll find that only about half of the surfaces on your “leather” seats are actually leather. The panels you don’t sit on are often vinyl, or synthetic fleece fabrics where rubbing resistance is desirable (base of the seat, for example).
Alcantara, on the other hand is an entirely synthetic material (a polyester/polyurethane mix) - it’s also a trademark, so some manufacturers offer the same thing, but not under the brand-name, as “micro fiber”. Ultrasuede is a similar product, and is also synthetic. There are also a few leather substitutes coming on stream that are made from fungal root structures (mycelium): these are very close to leather in appearance and texture. They’re still very expensive now, but may end up as a cheaper alternative to leather in future.
In cars, Nappa leather is a broad and somewhat ambiguous term referring to soft, smooth, often full grain leather made from animal hide. Full-grain indicates that the leather in question still has its textured surface or that the surface is unaltered. What is Nappa Leather in Cars? (at https://www.autolist.com/guides/what-is-nappa-leather )
Nappa is fake - note the play on words they use by adding another P to fool you
Nope. Nappa is just a variant spelling of Napa, CA, the town where the tanning process was invented in the late 19th Century.
Don't take it from me, just do a Web search for "napa versus nappa leather".
Not even in the US would you be able to get away with naming an artificial product with a name that differs from the name of the real one by a single, silent, letter.