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    • By ccap41
      Hey-o,
      I haven't really started a running thread for the new car yet so here it is. I think I owned the car for 8 days when I had my windows tinted 20% all the way around. I cannot stand driving a car w/o tint or the look of a vehicle w/o tint.
      This is about the only "before" picture I have of it.

      Only a few days and $270 later...
      There was actually one thing I bought prior to buying a car that I wanted in my next vehicle... a dash cam. After the accident and knowing that had I not had a witness stop and give their side of the story it could have been a hell hole of he-said she-said.. So I did a little research and bought a Spytec A119 w/ the GPS(you can get it w/o the GPS). Super clean and muuuuch easier install than I expected. The only wires exposed are coming from the center console down and then again from the headliner to the cam itself. The rest is completely hidden.


      A view from the driver's seat... I don't see it at all. That's exactly what I wanted to keep it from being a distraction.

      A view from the outside. It's very difficult to see.

      This past week I finally ordered and received my wheels and tires. This is the first vehicle I've ever actually gone through with changing them as I've always wanted to on all of my vehicles.
      I went with a 18x8 Konig Oversteer wrapped in a 225/45ZR18 Continental ExtremeContact DW. I'll be using the OE setup for the winter months.
      I'll get better pictures of the wheels when I get home.

      OE wheel/tire combo = 47lbs

      New wheel/tire combo = 42.5lbs

       
      I think the only other thing that I would really like to do is wrap the chrome door outline in black or a black chrome.
    • By dfelt
      G. David Felt - Staff Writer Alternative Energy - www.cheersandgears.com
      China’s Influence on GM, EVs, and Others!
      We saw just at the end of 2016 Toyota saying they would build a team to focus on EVs. This being a complete reversal of their pledge in 2013 to focus on Hydrogen as the practical alternative to traditional ICE autos. Toyota will have a long range EV auto out on the market for the 2020 auto year. Being that 2019 is when you're 2020 autos will start selling, this puts Toyota 4 years behind GM's Chevrolet BOLT EV.
      What would cause this change to happen? China is what has happened. China started to push the global auto industry by stating that 8 percent of auto sales in 2018 be each vendor has to be EV or plug-in hybrid. 10 percent is the number for 2019 and 12 percent in 2020.
      Toyota one would think should be fine with their Prius line of Hybrids until you realize that China has stated all hybrids such as the Prius, Volt and others built outside of China are considered ICE autos. Currently the only Hybrid being built in China that is a legal hybrid is the Cadillac CT6 plugin hybrid. Toyota is planning to start selling a plugin hybrid in China in 2018 as a 2019 model.
      So we are seeing that Toyota is being forced to get over their EV allergy and come up with a real plan to have a global EV on the market in 2019 as a 2020 model year. Daimler has a large EV roll out planned for the global market by 2021. VW has stated they will have multiple EVs rolled out around 2019 through 2021. So has BMW, Audi, etc.
      So where does that leave GM? What is GMs strategy now that China is flexing their muscle and setting some big standards for an auto company to play in their backyard?
      We have the Cadillac CT6 plugin hybrid. Chevrolet BOLT EV able to be exported to China. GM announced that they will start building a China market Chevrolet Volt as they start to push the Chevrolet brand in China next year. GM has also announced a Buick Velite 5 Hybrid for the Chinese market starting at 265,800 yuan or about $38,600 US. This will have a 72 mile pure electric mode before the generator kicks in giving it a 480 mile range. EVs in China are exempt from sales tax and license plate quotas.
      According to Fox Business news, Buick sold 1 million autos in China for calendar year 2016 rising to the number two auto brand sold behind Volkswagen. They also go onto say that Chevrolet has been selling legacy models only up till now and GM has announced 20 new models for China by 2020 the first being a China version of the Chevrolet Equinox. GM says China is demanding the same models they have in the US and as such, China and the US will be more aligned to have identical models. GMs China business is stated to have produced $2 billion in income last year. China clearly helping GM to sell 10 million cars in 2016 globally.
      How important is the China Market to GM? In the Month of January Cadillac sold 10,298 autos in the US. Cadillac sold 18,000 in China for the month of January. Clearly China will continue to take on a bigger and bigger role in GM’s ongoing growth.
      So where does that leave GM in regards to EVs, auto production, etc.? Reuters points to a story they did back in January 2016 where CEO Mary Barra stated that they could build the dies used to stamp the auto parts in china for 20 to 40 percent less than in Europe or the US. Dies will start to be built and shipped out worldwide from China. Clearly this would tend to show that GM will be affected by the China market more and more.
      So this brings me back to my original question of what is GMs plan for their EV strategy. We have seen and heard so much about the competition and yet with GM this seems to be a black hole. Knowing that GM sold about 1.5 million auto’s last year in China and now for next year 10 percent will have to be EV / Plugin Hybrids, that means 150,000 of these auto’s. For Volkswagen, this is an even bigger number since they are number 1 in the market and have no EV or hybrid that I am aware of.
      All Auto companies who do not have a specific plugin hybrid built in china or EV to import into China is going to find selling auto’s to be very difficult.
      References
      Reuters story
      AP story
      Fox Business Story
      CNN Money Story
      Motley Fool Story
      Reuters 2016 story
    • By William Maley
      As Genesis begins to find its feet and start building out its lineup, its focus will be building up credibility as a competitor to the likes of Audi, BMW, Lexus, and Mercedes-Benz. Worrying about volume and sales expectations will not be a high priority. 
      “It’s about establishing a brand, establishing a credible brand,” said Genesis boss Manfred Fitzgerald to CarAdvice.
      “We are in here definitely not to lose money, but I couldn’t tell you [about volume expectations] because it’s not our priority, because if I was thinking about that it would be something distracting and what might have caused the wrong answers to some of the questions here. So we are focused on showing our competence in design and also what we can deliver to the customer in terms of service and experience.”
      Currently, Genesis' lineup is comprised of the G80 midsize sedan and G90 flagship. In the coming years, the brand will launch the G70 compact sedan, two crossovers, and a GT coupe.
      One vehicle you will not see coming from Genesis is a supercar or a high-end performance car.
      “I might not be your typical marketing guy, I don’t believe in target groups, I believe in doing great models and creating great products – and hopefully there will be many people that love them and fall in love with them and that’s it. If you need a halo vehicle? That’s not our spiel.”
      Source: CarAdvice
      Pic Credit: William Maley for Cheers & Gears

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    • By William Maley
      As Genesis begins to find its feet and start building out its lineup, its focus will be building up credibility as a competitor to the likes of Audi, BMW, Lexus, and Mercedes-Benz. Worrying about volume and sales expectations will not be a high priority. 
      “It’s about establishing a brand, establishing a credible brand,” said Genesis boss Manfred Fitzgerald to CarAdvice.
      “We are in here definitely not to lose money, but I couldn’t tell you [about volume expectations] because it’s not our priority, because if I was thinking about that it would be something distracting and what might have caused the wrong answers to some of the questions here. So we are focused on showing our competence in design and also what we can deliver to the customer in terms of service and experience.”
      Currently, Genesis' lineup is comprised of the G80 midsize sedan and G90 flagship. In the coming years, the brand will launch the G70 compact sedan, two crossovers, and a GT coupe.
      One vehicle you will not see coming from Genesis is a supercar or a high-end performance car.
      “I might not be your typical marketing guy, I don’t believe in target groups, I believe in doing great models and creating great products – and hopefully there will be many people that love them and fall in love with them and that’s it. If you need a halo vehicle? That’s not our spiel.”
      Source: CarAdvice
      Pic Credit: William Maley for Cheers & Gears
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