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  2. there's a couple that are interesting, but we don't need more brands here in the US, I don't think.
  3. Yep....some things never change! You need to check in on the fun....
  4. So many movies that I like that he was in....
  5. Bill......
  6. Again you refuse to see past the end of your nose. Come back when you get the big picture.
  7. Liking this one....maybe because I am getting old.....
  8. Wrong Bill, Fappy.
  9. you were president in independence day and you'll always be president of our hearts.
  10. EVs aren't even a niche segment yet tho. Percentages don't drive profits. 2016 U.S. EV sales soared like 37% IIRC (half are sold in CA due to that's state mandate), but that 37% growth only equated to POINT ZERO NINE PERCENT of all U.S. vehicle sales. (160,000 units out of 17,550,000 total). Want to bring on 10 EV models?? Sure, go ahead, but no one is buying.
  11. The formula is different for every company so tossing numbers out means little. Even then the real numbers to tell the tail are not out for us in the public sector so stop trying to make a point that you can not prove. As for EV cars Benz and Tessa could make 100 EV cars but till someone can make one that can be sold in the $20k-$30k range that most buyers can afford with out goverment kick backs and give it range and shorter charging times to where it does not alter you life style it means nothing. Anyone could make and sell a limited numbers of $100k EV cars for the wealthy to play with but to this point only a GM has even come close to offering one and even the profits may not be seen yet. You either chose to ignore the complexity of things are just do not grasp the big picture.
  12. yeah, the 'fix' didn't fix the problem. PLUS, now this The following recalls have been found for your 2016 Chevrolet Malibu E2 Program Title: Stochastic Pre-Ignition (SPI) Causing Cracked Piston Program Description: Certain 2016 and 2017 model year Chevrolet Malibu vehicles equipped with a 1.5L LFV engine may have a pre-ignition condition that could cause piston damage. If this condition occurs, the vehicle may perform poorly and oil consumption could increase. In addition, a service engine light may illuminate indicating an engine misfire. If the condition is present, and the repair below is not completed before multiple pre-ignition events occur, a piston may be damaged and the engine may need to be repaired or replaced. Repair Description: Reprogram the Engine Control Module (ECM) and change the engine oil with ACDelco dexos 1 Full-Synthetic motor oil of the part number as indicated in the parts section. (In Canada use the exact Mobil 1 part number specified in the parts section). It is very important that only oil with the correct part number is used in this repair. What was a love affair with the new ride has me quickly losing enthusiasm and confidence this crap is borderline unacceptable.
  13. Speaking of Volume, found this news article from this month. Seems that Ghosn could overtake GM this year, especially when Opel drops off GM. Nissan was going to be bankrupt before him. If he merges these 3 into one big company he might steer this ship to #1 in the world with VW in decline. "Nissan Motor Co., Renault SA and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. combined delivered 9.96 million vehicles last year, the alliance said in an emailed statement. The three automakers chaired by Ghosn finished fewer than 4,000 cars and trucks short of GM’s deliveries in 2016 and within about 350,000 units of new worldwide leader Volkswagen AG." Here is the link. http://www.autonews.com/article/20170208/OEM01/170209830/renault-nissan-nears-gm-global-sales-after-mitsubishi-rescue Is Chevy going to have 10 EV's by 2025? Mercedes plans to. And we know Tesla will never have 10 models. Takes them 4 years to come up with 1. You do have to look long term, that is why when you look at the big R&D spenders you have a good idea of who will have the leading products of the future.
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  15. You tend to just think profits alone are the key..... sorry that is any part of it. The other issues are controlling cost and that takes volume and sharing cost if you lack volume. to do development moving forward you need to reduce the cost of it either by selling a ton of new cars over many brands like VW. Or you can do limited partnerships on components or systems. Or you can merge with other makes but too often the other brands are damaged. Benz could sell components and systems but the odds are they will partner in a limited degree with someone to provide volume to reduce future cost. Smk you need to look ahead here not just what you did this year. The cost of new technologies is going to continue to increase but they are limited on how much more they can charge for a car. Just look at what EV cars cost and how important it is to drive down cost. This is why a car like the Bolt is a very important stepping stone to get cost down. i was in a Bolt today and I was shocked how nice and roomy it was. Now if they can only find a way to make it nicer looking on the out side.
  16. There are no French cars that interest me or most others here. Suspect quality, odd styling and features and no real lower prices will result in another failure. Even if they imported Opel I see no real gains. Their sales would not be enough. I expect failure unless they get some real help.
  17. I will be honest that PSA has nothing of interest to me and in talking to others, many have not cared for their style. So be interesting to see if it is the same customers Fiat has grabbed, those that want weird quirky european style small cramped auto's. I really question their ability to make it here.
  18. So help me.... One of these days these Miami drivers are going to make me test the loss damage waiver on my rental car. Worst drivers in the US.

    1. dfelt

      dfelt

      Greater NY area is just as bad! :lol:

  19. While the big story at PSA Group (parent company of Citroen and Peugeot) is about the possible sale of Opel, they are also getting ready to begin to take their first steps into re-entering the U.S. marketplace. In April, car-sharing service TravelCar will launch at airports in Los Angeles and San Francisco. The service has been operating at various airports and train stations in Europe since 2012. The expansion into the U.S. is thanks to a 15 million euro (about $18.5 million) investment by PSA Group and MAIF, a French insurance company. TravelCar is different from other car-sharing services such as ZipCar and GM's Maven as it rents out other people's cars. The service allows owners free parking at airports if they allow their vehicles to be rented out. In turn, TravelCar says their rental rates are about half when compared to those from rental car companies. MAIF will be providing the insurance on the vehicles that are rented. “We announced our progressive entry to North America by launching mobility services with our partners. We deploy these services worldwide to meet customers’ expectations. With TravelCar today, we’re writing the beginning of this new step overseas,” said Grégoire Olivier, Head of Mobility Services, PSA Group. This investment is the first part of 10-year plan announced by PSA Group last year to possibly re-enter the U.S. Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required), PSA Group Press Release is on Page 2 PSA Group and MAIF join forces to bring TravelCar to the United States with carsharing services As part of the Push to pass strategic plan, an operation which fuels PSA’s ambition to become the preferred mobility provider for customers worldwide A concretization of the 10 years’ PSA project for the progressive entry into North America with mobility services launching As of April 1st 2017, TravelCar with the support of PSA Group and MAIF enters the United States with car rental offers for travelers, in Los Angeles and San Francisco airports. The offered solutions are designed to optimize cars ensuring they rarely go unused and become a resource for car owners. Three kind of services are offered to travelers; either owner or car user. Car owners who make their vehicle available for rent benefit from free parking. If the vehicle is rented out, the car owner is also paid. An advantageous-price parking solution is also available for car owners who prefer not to share their vehicle. Last, car users looking for a vehicle can have access to a private car at a reduced price – approx. 50% less expensive than with a traditional car rental offer. This kind of offer is today unique on the American market, which has more than 850 million travelers per year. Los Angeles and San Francisco airports are respectively the 2nd and the 7th biggest airports in the United-States. Moreover, the 2 cities located close to the Silicon Valley are favorable for these new offers deployment. For this launch, TravelCar just finalized a fundraising of €15 million thanks to PSA Group and MAIF. It is a significant deployment for the French company TravelCar, which was founded in 2012, and has a network of over 200 agencies and 300,000 users in ten European countries, before entering the American continent. “We announced our progressive entry to North America by launching mobility services with our partners” declares Grégoire Olivier, Head of Mobility Services, PSA Group. “We deploy these services worldwide to meet customers’ expectations. With TravelCar today, we’re writing the beginning of this new step overseas.” “With PSA Group and MAIF support, TravelCar entering the American market is taking a new step forward in its international growth”, declares Ahmed Mhiri, Founder & CEO TravelCar. “Our offer takes care of travelers from their departure, offering them a parking solution, and their arrival with an accessible and eco-responsible mobility solution.” “We are pleased to support our partners in their growth and development, especially at the international scale when the time has come ... and that’s now for TravelCar!" declares Eric Berthoux, Deputy CEO of MAIF Group. View full article
  20. While the big story at PSA Group (parent company of Citroen and Peugeot) is about the possible sale of Opel, they are also getting ready to begin to take their first steps into re-entering the U.S. marketplace. In April, car-sharing service TravelCar will launch at airports in Los Angeles and San Francisco. The service has been operating at various airports and train stations in Europe since 2012. The expansion into the U.S. is thanks to a 15 million euro (about $18.5 million) investment by PSA Group and MAIF, a French insurance company. TravelCar is different from other car-sharing services such as ZipCar and GM's Maven as it rents out other people's cars. The service allows owners free parking at airports if they allow their vehicles to be rented out. In turn, TravelCar says their rental rates are about half when compared to those from rental car companies. MAIF will be providing the insurance on the vehicles that are rented. “We announced our progressive entry to North America by launching mobility services with our partners. We deploy these services worldwide to meet customers’ expectations. With TravelCar today, we’re writing the beginning of this new step overseas,” said Grégoire Olivier, Head of Mobility Services, PSA Group. This investment is the first part of 10-year plan announced by PSA Group last year to possibly re-enter the U.S. Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required), PSA Group Press Release is on Page 2 PSA Group and MAIF join forces to bring TravelCar to the United States with carsharing services As part of the Push to pass strategic plan, an operation which fuels PSA’s ambition to become the preferred mobility provider for customers worldwide A concretization of the 10 years’ PSA project for the progressive entry into North America with mobility services launching As of April 1st 2017, TravelCar with the support of PSA Group and MAIF enters the United States with car rental offers for travelers, in Los Angeles and San Francisco airports. The offered solutions are designed to optimize cars ensuring they rarely go unused and become a resource for car owners. Three kind of services are offered to travelers; either owner or car user. Car owners who make their vehicle available for rent benefit from free parking. If the vehicle is rented out, the car owner is also paid. An advantageous-price parking solution is also available for car owners who prefer not to share their vehicle. Last, car users looking for a vehicle can have access to a private car at a reduced price – approx. 50% less expensive than with a traditional car rental offer. This kind of offer is today unique on the American market, which has more than 850 million travelers per year. Los Angeles and San Francisco airports are respectively the 2nd and the 7th biggest airports in the United-States. Moreover, the 2 cities located close to the Silicon Valley are favorable for these new offers deployment. For this launch, TravelCar just finalized a fundraising of €15 million thanks to PSA Group and MAIF. It is a significant deployment for the French company TravelCar, which was founded in 2012, and has a network of over 200 agencies and 300,000 users in ten European countries, before entering the American continent. “We announced our progressive entry to North America by launching mobility services with our partners” declares Grégoire Olivier, Head of Mobility Services, PSA Group. “We deploy these services worldwide to meet customers’ expectations. With TravelCar today, we’re writing the beginning of this new step overseas.” “With PSA Group and MAIF support, TravelCar entering the American market is taking a new step forward in its international growth”, declares Ahmed Mhiri, Founder & CEO TravelCar. “Our offer takes care of travelers from their departure, offering them a parking solution, and their arrival with an accessible and eco-responsible mobility solution.” “We are pleased to support our partners in their growth and development, especially at the international scale when the time has come ... and that’s now for TravelCar!" declares Eric Berthoux, Deputy CEO of MAIF Group.
  21. With this, the need for a mid-engine Vette just became a forgone conclusion. The current Camaro, despite some of its literal shortcomings, just gets better performance with each update it seems. Just non-stop performance.
  22. This is true. Although I suspect the trolls & politics are sure not unique to C&G.
  23. I do think there will be more mergers or some brands going away as time goes on. Most industries have consolidation, especially once such as auto manufacturing. However, Nissan made $3.7 billion in profit first 3 quarters last year, which puts them on pace for about $5 billion for the year, and Renault made $3.74 billion in profit for all of 2016. So together they are pulling in near $9 billion a year in profit. GM in 2016 posted a $9.43 billion profit for the year. Ghosn's alliance is doing well, although I think they'd be better off fully merged and dumping Mitsubishi car line and using them only has commercial trucks and the Electric business. Mitsubishi lost money last year. Daimler did $9.28 billion in profit last year, so they don't really need a partner to survive, even more so since they just said they are going to sacrifice profit to spend more on R&D. Ford with all their volume only did $7.4 billion.
  24. and that look tho...
  25. Another idea is a naturally aspirated DOHC V8 that is coming for a high rev engine. Oppenhieser has stated the Z/28 was a Natural Asperated car and a high rev engine may be a nice fit.
  26. Sticky throttle was the linkage rod under the gas pedal: an adjusting nut was catching the edge of the floor. Clearanced it there and no more hangups. Perhaps a two-fold positive of the previous throttle issue: 1. Ran the engine probably close to redline 3 or 4 times (no tach, but HP is rated at 3800 RPM) and 2. I didn't panic at all, which is a good sign for going out on the road. The 3 bystanders watching it roll back & forth reported it sounded really good: ran smooth and had a nice minor rumble. I was trapped in the cab with a roaring non-clutch fan so I didn't hear it well. Still want to go over all the brake fittings and double check, check all the fluids again, then start the registration/insurance dance.
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