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  2. Drew Dowdell

    2019 Lexus ES Grows In Size, Adds F-Sport : Comments

    Because we all know you need at least 350 hp to get to the Old Country Buffet after bingo. This is the exact target market where enough horsepower is plenty. One thing that I'll give Toyota here is that their 3.5 V6 outperforms its spec sheet. The Avalon is way faster than it ever needs to be. With the 8-Speed and lighter weight over the previous model, this ES should satisfy the performance needs of the target market while still being very fuel efficient. But hey, maybe they should spend $15k more to get a lower power Benz with plastic seats.
  3. smk4565

    Ford News: Ford Slices and Dices Their Car Lineup

    Yep, this sounds like a Rick Wagoner "cut your way to profitability" plan and all that got GM was bankruptcy I think it makes sense to cut the Taurus globally, because it doesn't sell much here and you can sell a long wheel base Fusion in China if you have to. This does seem like a give up, and these cars do sell like 400,000 combined sales a year probably, that is a lot to just give away to other brands.
  4. smk4565

    2019 Lexus ES Grows In Size, Adds F-Sport : Comments

    Wow a 302 hp V6, how 2011 of them to offer that!
  5. smk4565

    BMW Concept iX3 Previews an Electric X3 : Comments

    Now they are onto something. The i3 is an ugly looking car with odd proportions and that combined with the small range is why it doesn't sell. This looks like a legit BMW, this will sell. These quirky, goofy EV's were never going to sell, I think car makers though EV buyers wanted something different. What people want is a BMW crossover, and BMW is giving them a BMW crossover.
  6. Cubical-aka-Moltar

    Ford News: Ford Slices and Dices Their Car Lineup

    Wowza. They've given up, admitting defeat in cars against the Asian brands.
  7. balthazar

    More content for the price...

    Current LaCrosse has had available wood since 2014. "Everybody" knows that. And:
  8. balthazar

    Ford News: Ford Slices and Dices Their Car Lineup

    Quite simply- an amazing milestone.
  9. regfootball

    Review: 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SEL

    i like your writeup, for fairness. I've looked at this vehicle several times since it came out and have driven it many times. Why? At one time it was to potentially be my inexpensive Cobalt replacement with AWD. So in that aspect it was a step up. And the Mitsubishi dealers here are very good and the actual prices you can buy these things at are jaw dropping low if you factor in incentives and discounts and the standard warranties. I had always looked at this as one of the first steps up from the old Suzuki SX4 of which i am quite familiar with and actually sold for awhile. And for a small SUV, it's room and space are very very good. Which is great for larger guys. Vehicles like HRV, CX3, Juke etc. don't seem to have the spaciousness of the OS. I like the interior in spite of its cheap spots and datedness. I like its simplicity. I don't like the non reclining rear seats. The cargo area is good sized. I have also found that at highway cruising, regardless of 2.0 or 2.4 it is comfortably decent at speed and can get close to 30 consistently on the highway with AWD. The Encore has an extra sense of luxury to it that this may lack, but comparatively, you can make a case for an Outlander Sport as a better buy / product than a Trax. Me personally, I would never get a Kona, HRV or CX3 over the OS. (side note, outlanders are not that much more than outlander sports). The OS really sort of takes over now for what the Lancer was in Mits product lineup. The volume selling small car. The eclipse Cross should have been larger. I do think the OS only makes sense up to a certain price point. I wouldn't look at a loaded one due to its datedness. But for an AWD crossover at or below 18-20k in real money, for the right buyers i endorse it. I think there is a point where you start to look at lower level Escapes as an upgrade competitior. We have some friends who have one and they have always liked it. I could be fine putting my teenage daughter in one when she starts driving, if it is a good money choice. Mitsubishis biggest fault with this so far is never putting a real awesome powertrain it it.
  10. William Maley

    Ford Slices and Dices Their Car Lineup

    Ford is serious about cutting costs and that means cars will be cut. During the company's first-quarter earnings, it was announced that Ford would be killing off the Fiesta, Focus Sedan/Hatch, Fusion, and Taurus in North America. The only vehicles that will remain are the Mustang and the upcoming Focus Active in 2019. This will save Ford $11.5 billion and up their cost-cutting goal to $25.5 billion by 2022. This is a sizeable increase from $14 billion projected by CEO Jim Hackett in October. “Everything is on the table. We can exit products (and) markets. We will do that. That work (started in October) has really gained traction. We have looked at every single part of the business. It’s a very complex endeavor. We are determined to turn this business around right throughout the whole company. There’s more work that’s underway,” said Ford Chief Financial Officer Bob Shanks. The move to reduce Ford's passenger car lineup is not shocking. Sales of Ford's passenger cars have been tanking for the past couple of years as trucks/SUVs have taken off. We've also be reporting on the death of Ford's car lineup in the rumorpile within the past year. It is unclear the timeframe as to when the various models will end production for North America. Our guess would be Taurus, Fiesta, Focus, and Fusion. Ford is also not planning "next generations of traditional Ford sedans for North America.” Instead, the company will focus on what it calls “white space” silhouette vehicles - models hat combine attributes from cars and utility vehicles (A.K.A. crossovers) Also in the cards are hybrid powertrains for various models and 16 electric vehicles by 2022. By 2020, the company expects 90 percent of their North American lineup will be comprised of pickups, SUVs, and commercial vehicles. For the time being, other markets will continue to get the Fiesta, Focus, Fusion, and Taurus. One item that is still up in the air is what will happen to the Lincoln models that share platforms - the Continental and MKZ. Source: Ford, Automotive News (Subscription Required), Bloomberg, The Detroit News
  11. Ford is serious about cutting costs and that means cars will be cut. During the company's first-quarter earnings, it was announced that Ford would be killing off the Fiesta, Focus Sedan/Hatch, Fusion, and Taurus in North America. The only vehicles that will remain are the Mustang and the upcoming Focus Active in 2019. This will save Ford $11.5 billion and up their cost-cutting goal to $25.5 billion by 2022. This is a sizeable increase from $14 billion projected by CEO Jim Hackett in October. “Everything is on the table. We can exit products (and) markets. We will do that. That work (started in October) has really gained traction. We have looked at every single part of the business. It’s a very complex endeavor. We are determined to turn this business around right throughout the whole company. There’s more work that’s underway,” said Ford Chief Financial Officer Bob Shanks. The move to reduce Ford's passenger car lineup is not shocking. Sales of Ford's passenger cars have been tanking for the past couple of years as trucks/SUVs have taken off. We've also be reporting on the death of Ford's car lineup in the rumorpile within the past year. It is unclear the timeframe as to when the various models will end production for North America. Our guess would be Taurus, Fiesta, Focus, and Fusion. Ford is also not planning "next generations of traditional Ford sedans for North America.” Instead, the company will focus on what it calls “white space” silhouette vehicles - models hat combine attributes from cars and utility vehicles (A.K.A. crossovers) Also in the cards are hybrid powertrains for various models and 16 electric vehicles by 2022. By 2020, the company expects 90 percent of their North American lineup will be comprised of pickups, SUVs, and commercial vehicles. For the time being, other markets will continue to get the Fiesta, Focus, Fusion, and Taurus. One item that is still up in the air is what will happen to the Lincoln models that share platforms - the Continental and MKZ. Source: Ford, Automotive News (Subscription Required), Bloomberg, The Detroit News View full article
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  13. Suaviloquent

    More content for the price...

    At that price the Envision makes decent sense. But laquer coated lol, the only Buick’s that even get wood trim are Avenir models, everybody knows Buick’s don’t get real wood trim. Even the Lacrosse doesn’t get real wood. And Mazda’s got great interiors dude, I just hate the white ivory leathers. We can agree to disagree, but what I can say is that if the Buick has better interiors by your opinion than even the German makes in it’s competitive set and the Mazda has a worse interior yet it offers real premium materials and not plastic wood, then I suppose Mazda is on par with Audi, Lexus, Acura and Lincoln in terms of interiors in top end models
  14. That is a nice looking CUV EV. Nice Job BMW.
  15. dfelt

    Random Thoughts Thread

    That tailgate better be able to handle 500lbs. I have never had a truck that could not handle me standing on it and unloading rocks, bark, etc. Failures of any kind can hurt people and all should be a recall as a matter of consistency.
  16. dfelt

    Random Thoughts Thread

    How about we stop padding the very old history of GM and drop the 80's and 90's and focus on the last 18 years. That is the core of the auto's on the road today and I can tell you GM will not be the top dog. As @Cubical-aka-Moltar states the Recall Rate Per 1,000 cars is very interesting and I bet even the Germans will jump up there if you look at the 2000 to 2018 period only compared to when they were very small in the 80's and 90's. So tell us where this chart came from as I would like to see the source myself. Thank you,
  17. Have these on my Suburban and Durango, BFGoodrich All Terrain, Highly recommend them.
  18. dfelt

    More content for the price...

    Totally disagree with you as the wood dash trim is lacquer coated and not plastic, but I can see how some would see it as plastic. CX-9, what a joke that is the biggest plastic crap CUV around and way over rated. Spent weeks in one of their new top end and wrote a review on it. Terrible power, gas guzzler, plastic crap everywhere, terrible seats, I would never recommend it to even an enemy. You can get fully loaded Envisions for 40K, not the MSRP 54K. I posted about that too in regards to my sister and many people who have been in it love it especially her best friend who is a lexus lover and now looking to replace her lexus cuv with the Buick due to the far superior interior and room on top of how quiet it is. Room in the Envision beats out the CX-9 both front and back seats even though it is a smaller CUV for 5. Spent far to much time in all the auto's you mention and the only thing to step up from the Buick would be the Cadillac you mention.
  19. Cubical-aka-Moltar

    Random Thoughts Thread

    Sounds like automakers are inconsistent in what issues qualify as a TSB vs a recall.
  20. balthazar

    BMW 750Li vs Cadillac CT6 | TestDrive Showdown

    No-oooooo; I read here a post by someone that the CT6 & 7-series "don't compete" with the s-class because of price tiers. Besides, the video didn't include the s-class, so it literally wasn't competing with these 2.
  21. ccap41

    Random Thoughts Thread

    As little as 150lbs isn't a small amount, imo. That just doesn't seem like the kind of thing for a safety recall, imo. Standing on the tailgate probably already has warnings and such saying you probably shouldn't be doing it anyway. This sounds equally as dangerous as a tailgate falling off. It's for the 2017 Silverado. "" BRAKES (PWS) TSB #PIT3665F NHTSA ID #10129088 JANUARY 23 2018 Additional Info:How to Fix Summary: This Preliminary Information communication advises the technician that the Hydro-Boost is not serviceable and will need to be replaced if the brake pedal moves or applies on its own at a full turn. TSB #PIP5411E NHTSA ID #10123239 OCTOBER 12 2017 Additional Info:How to Fix Summary: This Preliminary Information communication provides information to the technician about vehicles that may have hesitation or a stalling condition while in ambient temperatures 100 degrees or higher. Technician may find Diagnostic Trouble Co
  22. balthazar

    Random Thoughts Thread

    The issue with the chart above & toyota, is well over 40 million are ALL in the last 10 years or so. They were very solid prior to the early 2000s. That's either an unlucky roll of the destiny dice or a marked change in corporate mindset.
  23. BMW has been saying for some time that an electric crossover based on the X3 is coming. Today at Auto China, we got our first look at it as the Concept iX3. The iX3 has some subtitle design differences when compared to the standard X3. Up front is a new take on the iconic BMW kidney grille as they are joined together. Other details include special wheels to improve aerodynamics, blue accents, and a small door on the front fender for the charging port. Power comes from BMW's fifth-generation EV hardware which includes an electric motor producing 270 horsepower and a 70-kWh battery pack. BMW claims a range of 400 kilometers (about 249 miles) on the WLTP test cycle. The Concept iX3 can handle a charging rate of up to 150 kW, which will allow it to get an 80 percent charge in a half-hour. The production version of the iX3 is expected to launch in 2020 as part of BMW's plan to introduce 25 electrified vehicles by 2025. 12 of those models will be full EVs. Source: BMW The BMW Concept iX3 Electric mobility arrives at the core of BMW. BMW Concept iX3 with more than 200 kW/270 hp electric motor and a WLTP range of more than 400 kilometres (249 miles). The BMW Concept iX3 represents another milestone on the road to locally emission-free driving under the BMW Group’s electrification strategy. And so a Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) once again blazes a trail for a new and groudbreaking form of BMW’s fabled driving pleasure. The current BMW X5 xDrive40e iPerformance (petrol consumption combined: 3.4 – 3.3 l/100 km [83.1 – 85.6 mpg imp]; electric power consumption combined: 15.4 – 15.3 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 78 – 77 g/km) made its debut in 2015 as the BMW core brand’s first plug-in hybrid model. And the BMW ActiveHybrid X6 presented in 2009 was the world’s first Sports Activity Coupe with a full-hybrid drive system. The BMW Concept iX3 previews the fusion of the multi-faceted driving pleasure for which BMW X models are renowned and a locally emission-free drive system. The version of the fifth-generation electric motor developed for the SAV generates maximum output of over 200 kW/270 hp. The likewise model-specific high-voltage battery has a net capacity of over 70 kWh, which is enough to give the electric SAV a range of more than 400 kilometres (249 miles) in the WLTP cycle. Another feature of the high-voltage battery developed for the fifth generation of eDrive technology is its optimised charging capability. The energy storage system has a newly developed Charging Control Unit and is designed to be hooked up to fast-charging stations generating up to 150 kW. The high-voltage battery can be charged in just 30 minutes from one of these stations. Electric mobility also means a differentiation in design. In the front, the kidney and the brand emblem show the affiliation with the BMW i brand. The closed double kidney with the blue accentuation continues the BMW i Vision Dynamics brand already featured in the BMW i Vision Dynamics. The closed area within the kidney reduces air resistance, providing aerodynamic benefits. Identifying features of the BMW Concept iX3 include a closed-off BMW kidney grille with familiar BMW i car graphic, BMW i Blue accents around the kidney, around the brand logo at the front and along the side skirts, and a diffuser element in the same colour integrated in the rear apron. These styling cues provide a striking contrast against the Moonstone Silver matt exterior paint finish. The concept study is also fitted with light-alloy wheels in an aerodynamically optimised design. Alongside the world premiere of the BMW Concept iX3 and the BMW i Vision Dynamics study also on display in Beijing, the BMW Group is also highlighting the spectrum of design differentiation between the BMW and BMW i brands. The styling of the BMW i Vision Dynamics is characterised by the pioneering design language developed exclusively for BMW i models. The signature looks of BMW i cars will also mark out future models from the brand. This study of a first all-electric model from BMW is clearly defined by the robust and sophisticated all-round character of an SAV, which remains unaffected by the presence of a locally emission-free drive system under the skin. The electric drive will be visible through the design elements from the BMW i design language in the exterior design mentioned above. View full article
  24. BMW has been saying for some time that an electric crossover based on the X3 is coming. Today at Auto China, we got our first look at it as the Concept iX3. The iX3 has some subtitle design differences when compared to the standard X3. Up front is a new take on the iconic BMW kidney grille as they are joined together. Other details include special wheels to improve aerodynamics, blue accents, and a small door on the front fender for the charging port. Power comes from BMW's fifth-generation EV hardware which includes an electric motor producing 270 horsepower and a 70-kWh battery pack. BMW claims a range of 400 kilometers (about 249 miles) on the WLTP test cycle. The Concept iX3 can handle a charging rate of up to 150 kW, which will allow it to get an 80 percent charge in a half-hour. The production version of the iX3 is expected to launch in 2020 as part of BMW's plan to introduce 25 electrified vehicles by 2025. 12 of those models will be full EVs. Source: BMW The BMW Concept iX3 Electric mobility arrives at the core of BMW. BMW Concept iX3 with more than 200 kW/270 hp electric motor and a WLTP range of more than 400 kilometres (249 miles). The BMW Concept iX3 represents another milestone on the road to locally emission-free driving under the BMW Group’s electrification strategy. And so a Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) once again blazes a trail for a new and groudbreaking form of BMW’s fabled driving pleasure. The current BMW X5 xDrive40e iPerformance (petrol consumption combined: 3.4 – 3.3 l/100 km [83.1 – 85.6 mpg imp]; electric power consumption combined: 15.4 – 15.3 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 78 – 77 g/km) made its debut in 2015 as the BMW core brand’s first plug-in hybrid model. And the BMW ActiveHybrid X6 presented in 2009 was the world’s first Sports Activity Coupe with a full-hybrid drive system. The BMW Concept iX3 previews the fusion of the multi-faceted driving pleasure for which BMW X models are renowned and a locally emission-free drive system. The version of the fifth-generation electric motor developed for the SAV generates maximum output of over 200 kW/270 hp. The likewise model-specific high-voltage battery has a net capacity of over 70 kWh, which is enough to give the electric SAV a range of more than 400 kilometres (249 miles) in the WLTP cycle. Another feature of the high-voltage battery developed for the fifth generation of eDrive technology is its optimised charging capability. The energy storage system has a newly developed Charging Control Unit and is designed to be hooked up to fast-charging stations generating up to 150 kW. The high-voltage battery can be charged in just 30 minutes from one of these stations. Electric mobility also means a differentiation in design. In the front, the kidney and the brand emblem show the affiliation with the BMW i brand. The closed double kidney with the blue accentuation continues the BMW i Vision Dynamics brand already featured in the BMW i Vision Dynamics. The closed area within the kidney reduces air resistance, providing aerodynamic benefits. Identifying features of the BMW Concept iX3 include a closed-off BMW kidney grille with familiar BMW i car graphic, BMW i Blue accents around the kidney, around the brand logo at the front and along the side skirts, and a diffuser element in the same colour integrated in the rear apron. These styling cues provide a striking contrast against the Moonstone Silver matt exterior paint finish. The concept study is also fitted with light-alloy wheels in an aerodynamically optimised design. Alongside the world premiere of the BMW Concept iX3 and the BMW i Vision Dynamics study also on display in Beijing, the BMW Group is also highlighting the spectrum of design differentiation between the BMW and BMW i brands. The styling of the BMW i Vision Dynamics is characterised by the pioneering design language developed exclusively for BMW i models. The signature looks of BMW i cars will also mark out future models from the brand. This study of a first all-electric model from BMW is clearly defined by the robust and sophisticated all-round character of an SAV, which remains unaffected by the presence of a locally emission-free drive system under the skin. The electric drive will be visible through the design elements from the BMW i design language in the exterior design mentioned above.
  25. William Maley

    BMW Concept iX3

  26. Drew Dowdell

    Random Thoughts Thread

    I think all of them could should be recalls, but only 1/3rd of them were. The Tacoma tailgate could fail with as little as 150 lbs of weight on it... that means, me standing on the tailgate could potentially collapse it and I would be injured, probably severely.... but it was just a TSB. See now why I don't put much stock in number of recalls per vehicles sold?
  27. ccap41

    Random Thoughts Thread

    Honestly, the seat bolt potentially coming lose is more serious than anything with a tailgate. Brake like seems more serious but if you're in an accident and you get rear ended at least your seat belt is working. Recall vs TSB
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