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7 minutes ago, ocnblu said:

Sooo... Toyota showed off their new Venza and Sienna today.  Seems strange that someone wouldn't have posted a thread on them.

 

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I happened onto a really tasty pasta sauce flavor - mushroom and green pepper.  I recommend it!

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5 hours ago, riviera74 said:

What piqued my interest is who is NOT on this list: no FIAT/Chrysler product, no Nissan/Infiniti product, no Mazda or Hyundai/KIA product.  Oh, and no German Anything either.  Also, mostly BOF SUV/pickup trucks with relatively few cars/minivans and almost NO CUVs.

CUVs might be a surprise.....

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12 minutes ago, daves87rs said:

Van is kinda sexy.....or I am really getting old.... 😮 

Maybe you need to sleep and look at that Big Mouth Billy Bass mouth MiniVan in the morning. 

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4 hours ago, dfelt said:

Maybe you need to sleep and look at that Big Mouth Billy Bass mouth MiniVan in the morning. 

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Yeah, maybe I’ve grown used to them I guess. Will say the van has a nice rear though for its size... 😉 

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3 hours ago, daves87rs said:

Yeah, maybe I’ve grown used to them I guess. Will say the van has a nice rear though for its size... 😉 

As we get older, us guys do like a rear on a woman! :P :D 

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Seems VW woes in selling auto's continue and could mare their ICE product line big time.

Seems the all new Mk8 with over the air software updates is so buggy that auto shipments for sale have been suspended and this seems to be a trend among all their new models with auto shipments being suspended till software is fixed.

https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2020/05/mk8-golf-deliveries-suspended-over-software-gremlins/

Diesel gate haunts VW, now it would seem that neither EV or ICE is able to escape the Gremlins of rushed software. 

Welcome to the computer age VW.

For the Ford Fans, seems a Russian moder has created the ultimate E-Series Van.

Ford Raptor Van 6x6

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https://www.thedrive.com/news/33515/russian-built-ford-raptor-bus-is-the-ultimate-e-series-van

 

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14 hours ago, balthazar said:

I don't think that was the point. Rather; that the volume of e-class fleet/taxi perhaps warrants s slightly higher degree of quality to maintain that revenue stream. Aren't all e-class built in Germany & exported?

Saying that because E-class is used in limo or taxi and therefore it is not luxury it is the same thing can be said regarding Cadillac and Lincoln, which actually used a lot as fleet vehicles.

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1 hour ago, ykX said:

Saying that because E-class is used in limo or taxi and therefore it is not luxury it is the same thing can be said regarding Cadillac and Lincoln, which actually used a lot as fleet vehicles.

Cadillac hearses and Lincoln limousines.  Been that way since at least the 1950s. 

This might clear up a few things about German cars in general. . . . or not: https://www.insidehook.com/article/vehicles/field-guide-most-popular-yuppie-car

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3 hours ago, dfelt said:

Seems VW woes in selling auto's continue and could mare their ICE product line big time.

Seems the all new Mk8 with over the air software updates is so buggy that auto shipments for sale have been suspended and this seems to be a trend among all their new models with auto shipments being suspended till software is fixed.

https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2020/05/mk8-golf-deliveries-suspended-over-software-gremlins/

Diesel gate haunts VW, now it would seem that neither EV or ICE is able to escape the Gremlins of rushed software. 

Welcome to the computer age VW.

For the Ford Fans, seems a Russian moder has created the ultimate E-Series Van.

Ford Raptor Van 6x6

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https://www.thedrive.com/news/33515/russian-built-ford-raptor-bus-is-the-ultimate-e-series-van

 

That is a badass van.....

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3 hours ago, riviera74 said:

Cadillac hearses and Lincoln limousines.  Been that way since at least the 1950s.

And vice versa. Since the 1920s at least.
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This might clear up a few things about German cars in general


Somewhat fawning...

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On 5/15/2020 at 7:02 PM, balthazar said:

I've been on a plane I think 4 times in 30 years. Not a big traveler.

In your case, a broom might be a better way to fly...just kidding, bro.....!

https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/498551-ford-to-require-trump-to-wear-mask-during-plant-visit-report

Ford won a bit of my respect for this. 

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On 5/18/2020 at 10:52 PM, daves87rs said:

Van is kinda sexy.....or I am really getting old.... 😮 

They need to do a TRD version w/ some ground effects, black wheels, red leather interior, black roof, big wing on the back...

BTW, the Japanese-market Alphard van is available w/ a TRD kit...

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9 hours ago, William Maley said:

I would have, but I hav been quite busy with the day job. New project is taking a lot of me and has caused a number of items to be pushed back (sees list of reviews needing to be written).

Hopefully, I will do some news writing in the next week or so depending on this project.

Also, I happen to like the new Sienna. I'm very much the outlier in this forum.

Have we told you lately that we appreciate your continued participation?

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5 hours ago, Robert Hall said:

They need to do a TRD version w/ some ground effects, black wheels, red leather interior, black roof, big wing on the back...

Now that would be quite a wing.... 🙂 

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'Round herr, gasoline jumped 20c overnight.  It's back up to $2.20 something in these parts.

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16 hours ago, Robert Hall said:

They need to do a TRD version w/ some ground effects, black wheels, red leather interior, black roof, big wing on the back...

 

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Now for some mind soap :
 

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5 hours ago, ocnblu said:

'Round herr, gasoline jumped 20c overnight.  It's back up to $2.20 something in these parts.

Yep, jumped up here as well. For whatever reason, they expect it to go higher too.......

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2 hours ago, daves87rs said:

Yep, jumped up here as well. For whatever reason, they expect it to go higher too.......

Gas rose here by about a dime from yesterday down here.

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There is a BIG difference between Cadillac hearses and ambulances and Mercedes E Class taxis...

Why E Class sedans are NOT luxury is BECAUSE the E Class car is made into a taxi FROM the factory...

In Cadillac's case, Cadillac just supplied the rolling chassis to independant coachbuilders and they completed the fitment of their bodywork and interiors and the final assembly.  

What all this means is that the E Class, FROM THE FACTORY is built, produced with SPARTAN, UTILITARIAN interiors...and sold to liveries.  

The Cadillac hearses and ambulances were created by outside independent companies.  Interiors and bodywork and assembly... Cadillac just supplied the rolling chassis and the dashboard. 

Now... 

Im giving a tongue and cheek response and opinion to all this E Class talk of it not being a luxury car.  JUST to prove a point with another point of view that was given a month or two ago.  Plus to troll a certain resident poster that has blinders on. 

This post here is just to set the facts.  Cadillac did not build ambulances and hearses. They just supplied the chassis.  

And why Lincolns and Cadillacs were and are still hearses along with Mercedes Benzes?  

Because your final ride should be made with class. And what better final ride of your time on earth to be made than with a finest of all automobiles?  A Lincoln or Cadillac in North America and in Europe, I would imagine that to be a Mercedes.

 

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