Podcast: Nissan's subscription program, Ford Escape & Toyota Motor Manufacturing

Podcast: Nissan's subscription program, Ford Escape & Toyota Motor Manufacturing
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In this week's podcast there was one section where I literally couldn't stop laughing. So, I think this is probably one of our more entertaining episodes.

We start off talking about Nissan's foray into vehicle subscriptions with the Nissan Switch program, then have a great discussion about the Ford Escape, which is all-new for 2020 and has a hybrid version. The bulk of our discussion, however, is about the cool Toyota Motor Manufacturing Assembly Plant in Princeton, Indiana, with our guest Larry Nutson, the executive producer and Chicago Bureau Chief at The Auto Channel.

This week's quiz was about fake trim levels. Spoiler alert: I did not win. And, we also talk about whether or not we'd "subscribe" to a vehicle program. Interesting concept, but you'll have to listen to the podcast for my answer and my reasoning.

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  • The switch basically raises the Enterprise car issue ("we'll pick you up"). I suppose that the base subscription could be for a Leaf, but if you need a gasoline powered car to drive to Denver, I suppose you have to drive the Leaf to wherever Nissan has its depot (and from the podcast, not the dealer) to make the swap. Similarly, the Home Depot may be 2 miles away, but how far is the depot, or is someone going to drive the Frontier out to you and pick it up?

    The two of you seemed to gloss over that if the average lease is $250/month,this is 2 to 3 times as much. The average car payment of $550/month is not comparable, as you don't own a car at the end of the subscription.

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