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    The Sunday Column - April 12, 2015


    • Back from Easter Break and talking about a crazy race idea

    I have a bad habit of going onto YouTube and falling the down the rabbit hole of other similar videos. If I'm trying to find a video for a news story or see if there is a new episode of a show, I will likely find myself wondering where that hour went because I went through the similar videos. Now while this sometimes affects my work, it has also brought forward some intriguing sights.

    For example, I have become a fan of Best Motoring. This was monthly video magazine that was released on VHS/DVD in Japan from 1987 to 2011. The show was unique as it brought in race drivers to evaluate and put different vehicles through different challenges. One of those challenges they did for a time was a production model endurance. This saw a group of vehicles doing either two heats of varying times or laps, or one continuous heat of many laps or 20 to 30 minutes. They would monitor oil and water temps in the vehicles, along with measurements of other components and driver impressions to pick a winner.

    This had me wondering if something like this could happen again. Someone in the U.S. or elsewhere getting a group of cars and racers and putting them to this sort of test on a track. It might not happen due to automakers being somewhat concerned what could happen, but it would provide a unique window into how these vehicles fared in extreme conditions.

    Other thoughts from the week:

    • This month in Pandora's Box comes to us from Mercedes-Benz as they have announced plans to do a mid-size truck that will come out in the latter part of this decade. Also, the U.S. branch wants it as they see a potential marketplace.
      • Umm, Lincoln Blackwood, Mark LT Redux?!
      • Now Mercedes is getting some help with this project from Nissan. This is another addition to the two automaker's alliance which includes such items as the new Smart ForTwo and Renault Twingo.
      • All I'm hoping is that Mercedes' home office puts a kibosh on the U.S. getting this

      [*]Sticking with trucks for a moment, this week also saw Ram's brand president say there will not be a midsize truck from them due to the numbers not working.

      • If he is talking about a truck that is something like the Ford Ranger or this prototype which has been reported as a new midsize from Fiat, then it makes some sense. Trucks like these would cost $30,000+ and be pretty close to a full-size model in terms of size and capability.
      • Also if Ram was to bring a midsize over, it would take a lot of time and money to get it ready for North America. Consider GM's midsize trucks and how long it took them to get over here.
      • If I was to take a guess at what Ram possibly has in the cards, I would put some money on a compact truck. Something like a Promaster City with a truck bed or something akin to the Fiat Strada.



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    I have a bad habit of going onto YouTube and falling the down the rabbit hole of other similar videos. If I'm trying to find a video for a news story or see if there is a new episode of a show, I will likely find myself wondering where that hour went because I went through the similar videos. Now while this sometimes affects my work, it has also brought forward some intriguing sights.

     

    LOL!  I knew I couldn't be the only one that fell into that YT trap-circle ... or whatever you want to call it.  I can't say how many hours I've "wasted" because I've clicked on similar videos of what I either have watched or for what I'm searching.  It can be very ... very ... intriguing.

     

    Great Sunday Column ... TY, WM!

     

     

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    Love the first line in you Sunday column.  It caught my interest, right away.  Well, at least you save us all some time by posting your find. lol

     

    About putting the new cars on the track against other cars performance is a great way to build buyers confidence.  I say do it all the time.  I would have thought that they already did do this.

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