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Discussion in 'General Elio Discussion' started by Johnny Acree, Apr 7, 2017.
The real question is, when will Elio publish a new blog?
Nope. The real question is when will they no longer publish anything at all.
Speaking of apologies, I'd just be happy with an apology from Paul Elio. And no - it's not for not (and probably never) building the Elio - the world's full of visionary dreams that don't ever make it to reality - and I knew at the very least this wasn't a sure thing when I signed up.
(And it's a whole lot easier to see the mistakes looking back than looking forward.) I have no rancor for the man as long as I can believe that it seems most likely that his intent was good, even if it turns out his execution may have been disastrous.
But regardless of how pure his intent, he owes us (many of you far, far more so than I, as a relative late-comer to the Elio fold) an apology for going completely incommunicado about the state of this dream so many of us were willing to share in, and back him for.
For that, I can only mentally quote the world renowned Peter Venkman. "Yes it's true. This man has no ....!"
Here's an apology from Paul Elio May, 2017 in Shreveport. So even though its almost 2.5 years old, it's an apology. He did not show up in Shreveport until a year later after this apology and then it's almost been 1.5 years since his last appearance with the press there but he did apologize. It was almost a year from this that he showed up in Columbus with the press talking about companies like Elio motors that could be in the Lordstown plant and then after that on Facebook they had to confirm that they were not going to be in Lordstown but in Shreveport. So that seems to be the communication with Shreveport.Plus he was predicting the startup in 2018.
Here's the apology (10:15 mark onward):
August 23 2017
Changes For The Better
October 4, 2019
By just about any measure, the automotive industry in the United States is thriving. Since 2010, sales have improved each year. While sales are robust, there are many aspects of the automotive industry that car buyers would like to change. At Elio Motors, we are in the process of building a company that we believe will alter the course of transportation. Throughout this process, we have heard from many future Elio owners who have expressed changes they would like to see in the industry. Today’s blog from the archives will look at a handful of these changes and how we will incorporate them into our business.
The vast majority of car buyers despise the process. Autotrader conducted a study that found less than 1% of consumers are content with the current car buying process. To improve the way Elio owners purchase their vehicle, we will make several significant changes. We plan on having Elio centers in the top 60 markets. When visiting an Elio store, visitors will feel an environment more reminiscent of a tech store than a car lot. Future buyers will have the choice of either using a kiosk or being walked through the process by a friendly, informative Elio Motors employee. Additionally, the base price is set, which means that our stores are haggle-free zones. Traditionally, the most painful part of the car buying process has been negotiating the price. For Elio Motors customers, the price will be the same for every customer, regardless of location, group or occupation etcetera as we have rolled all discounts into one low price for everyone.
Making an “Option” an Option
The term “option packages” is a bit of a misnomer. Automakers offer a package of available accessories; however, the customer cannot choose to remove or add certain options from the package, costing consumers hundreds of millions of dollars annually. For this reason, we will let our customers choose their options a la carte through our ePlus: My Elio, My Way program. Instead of having to settle on an extravagant and pricey option package, Elio customers will be able to select only the options they want. Additionally, Elio customers will be able to add additional options as their needs change and/or keep up with the latest technology as it is introduced by bringing their vehicles back to a retail center.
An Emphasis on Fuel Efficiency
Even during respites of exorbitant gas prices, Elio Motors and our customers would like to see an enduring emphasis on fuel efficiency. There are several reasons an emphasis on fuel economy is important. For one, a fuel-efficient vehicle saves drivers money during times of both high and low gas price. Additionally, fuel-efficiency shrinks our carbon footprint, reduces our dependency on foreign oil, and can help cut the trade deficit. Regardless of the reason, fuel-efficiency should be a constant emphasis in the automotive industry.
The automotive industry in the United States is vitally important to the economy and the creation of American jobs. While sales are strong, several important changes can be made to further improve the way the industry operates. Our vision is to implement changes that benefit our customers: a better buying process, an option program that saves customers, and a long-term emphasis on reducing carbon emissions and producing a green vehicle.
I posted a response just now on that YouTube video. I am TrashPanda365 there...
I understand the sentiment.....
I just hope they’re still swinging.
This is a problem with using old blogs. The information is out of date. In 2017, sales went down.