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9 hours ago, dfelt said:

WILL THEY BE BACK AFTER A CURE IS FOUND FOR COVID-19?

There's not been a cure for any of the multiple, previous coronavirus's yet, don't expect one for this one either.

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7 hours ago, dfelt said:

Covid-19 Update

Everyone, we have a newer deadly strain 10 times stronger and Florida is our Ground Zero for it. Please be careful.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8471421/Mutated-version-coronavirus-stronger-spike-proteins.html

Scientist report on it is found here: https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.06.12.148726v1.full.pdf

(the downvote is for the bad news, not for you posting it - Thanks for posting it)

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7 hours ago, dfelt said:

Covid-19 Update

Everyone, we have a newer deadly strain 10 times stronger and Florida is our Ground Zero for it. Please be careful.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8471421/Mutated-version-coronavirus-stronger-spike-proteins.html

Read the link; that's the strain that's been here all along since Jan, it's not a "new" variant.

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24 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

It's a big ole wing and I'm really glad it's molded on and not a tacky(albeit functional) raised one. 

So true, my concern was it would be a Ricer type that has been used by Cadillac in past versions while testing on the Nuremburg ring.

This does look like it is better incorporated here.

19 minutes ago, balthazar said:

Read the link; that's the strain that's been here all along since Jan, it's not a "new" variant.

In the report, the strain has mutated to have stronger protein spikes that make it 10 times stronger on hooking in the lungs and to blood and causing problems. 

The hooks are what make this strain/variant even worse.

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32 minutes ago, dfelt said:

So true, my concern was it would be a Ricer type that has been used by Cadillac in past versions while testing on the Nuremburg ring.

This does look like it is better incorporated here.

In the report, the strain has mutated to have stronger protein spikes that make it 10 times stronger on hooking in the lungs and to blood and causing problems. 

The hooks are what make this strain/variant even worse.

Yeah, I think the molded spoiler looks waaaaay more suitable for a luxury car. If they want to rip out the back seats, insulation, make a fixed seat and have a hardcore street car like a CLK Black Series(I know that's a coupe), then I'm all for it and I understand. For a fast street car with a full interior and luxury amenities out the @ss, keep it a smaller spoiler. 

 

It isn't worse, it's just more susceptible to air transmission(at least that's how i read it). 

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42 minutes ago, dfelt said:

In the report, the strain has mutated to have stronger protein spikes that make it 10 times stronger on hooking in the lungs and to blood and causing problems. 

The hooks are what make this strain/variant even worse.

Your source stated that's the strain that's been in the US since Jan. Not "new".

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RIP - John Mooney, the man behind Catalytic converters dies at 90.

https://www.autonews.com/executives/john-mooney-force-behind-catalytic-converters-dies-90

Interesting law suite by GM against FCA about corruption in the UAW. Seems FCA has some big problems ahead of themselves. GM is accusing FCA of bribing the UAW leadership putting GM at a disadvantage in labor negotiations. 

https://www.autonews.com/executives/us-appeals-court-stays-order-requiring-gm-fca-ceos-meet

Seems if you have an Extra $420,000 you can be the owner of the Holy Trinity of Chargers 1969 style.

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https://www.thedrive.com/news/34492/the-holy-trinity-of-1969-dodge-chargers-is-up-for-sale-but-youll-have-to-buy-all-three

Seems this week Dodge will show off their 2021 SRT Lineup with a total of 8,950 Horsepower. July 2nd

https://www.thedrive.com/news/34472/dodge-will-unveil-the-new-2021-srt-lineup-this-week-with-8950-horsepower

More fun comes in the upcoming 2021 Ram TRX Hellcat powered truck and the poke at the Ford Raptor with a storage compartment that has a T-Rex chasing a Raptor. LOL, very funny and cool.

https://www.thedrive.com/news/33582/hellcat-powered-2021-ram-trx-easter-egg-pokes-fun-at-ford-raptor

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3 minutes ago, riviera74 said:

Autonews has a paywall.

I was able to read it without an issue, without paying.

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11 minutes ago, riviera74 said:

Autonews has a paywall.

I think your only allowed so many free stories per week. I was able to read them just fine.

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OUCH Rueters is reporting that auto companies are going to have to cut labor as governments and fleets have stopped buying.

62% of the 2.8 million auto's sold in 2019 to fleets went to rental car companies and Hertz is now bankrupt with an uncertain future as it dumps it global fleet of auto's on the used auto market.

On the other hand those in the market for a low mileage used auto might find some tasty deals as Hertz unloads.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-autos-fleet-sales-analysis/slumping-fleet-sales-weigh-on-u-s-auto-market-idUSKBN2411NH

GM, Ford, Nissan and FCA account for the bulk of the 16.4% of US auto sales in 2019 to the fleets. This worked out to 22% of GM's 2019 sales were to Fleets, 28% of Nissan 2019 sales were to fleets. Neither Ford or FCA were willing to divulge their fleet sales details for 2019.

With continued Auto Sales Blues, Automakers are ramping up Coronavirus Size discounts.

As an example, a sales executive in Manhattan bought a new Jeep Gladiator for $48,000 after Jeep discounted it $5,000 off the Employee price and gave a 7yr no interest loan.

Discounts across the auto industry are averaging $4,441 per auto right now. This is on top of 0% financing for 84 months.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-autos-incentives/automakers-rev-up-discounts-to-beat-coronavirus-sales-blues-idUSKBN2402EP

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Thanks @dfelt

I think I found my dream full sized pick-up truck.  More so than a 1990s 454 K5 or a 1990s Ram Indy Pace Truck or the SRT-10 Rams.

 

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This has got the Hellcat motor AND is LIFTED.  THIS is what I want from fullsized pick-ups. LIFTED with big ass horsepower V8s.  With that colour too!!!   And a T-Rex WOULD be my favorite dino...

https%3A%2F%2Fapi.thedrive.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2020%2F05%2FRam-TRX-Hero-1.jpg%3Fquality%3D85?w=1440&auto=compress%2Cformat&ixlib=js-1.4.1&s=6c51ee9fdef83ad7f2d1e577e4decfcd

 

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1 hour ago, oldshurst442 said:

Thanks @dfelt

I think I found my dream full sized pick-up truck.  More so than a 1990s 454 K5 or a 1990s Ram Indy Pace Truck or the SRT-10 Rams.

 

https%3A%2F%2Fs3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com%2Fthe-drive-cms-content-staging%2Fmessage-editor%252F1589984302444-tflscreenshot.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&ixlib=js-1.4.1&s=ba8966483ae429c85969f17b94500c45

 

This has got the Hellcat motor AND is LIFTED.  THIS is what I want from fullsized pick-ups. LIFTED with big ass horsepower V8s.  With that colour too!!!   And a T-Rex WOULD be my favorite dino...

https%3A%2F%2Fapi.thedrive.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2020%2F05%2FRam-TRX-Hero-1.jpg%3Fquality%3D85?w=1440&auto=compress%2Cformat&ixlib=js-1.4.1&s=6c51ee9fdef83ad7f2d1e577e4decfcd

 

I get 403 Forbidden error on both links.

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25 minutes ago, riviera74 said:

I get 403 Forbidden error on both links.

Yeah me too.

Ill find other pics from other sources to post.

The pics were from Dfelt's link about the 2021 DODGE (Rams will always be Dodge to me) Ram Rebel TRX

2020 Ram Rebel TRX - Everything You Need to Know

Ram just unveiled the Hellcat-powered Ram Rebel TRX concept

And of course what the thing that really really makes me be a closet MOPAR fanatic. 

2 things. The HEMI Hellcat engine AND...MOPAR silliness. 

Leaked Ram Rebel TRX Easter Egg Throws Serious Shade at Ford's F ...

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Why am I watching Ted 2 and I want to hate it soooo bad and change the channel, because I tried watching the first one and I really didnt like it but I really didnt watch it because I want to think Im better than that,  but Im watching  this one, and Im laughing and,  and I continue watching and I continue laughing and I still want to hate it yet Im laughing and I still keep on watching?

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11 hours ago, dfelt said:

OUCH Rueters is reporting that auto companies are going to have to cut labor as governments and fleets have stopped buying.

62% of the 2.8 million auto's sold in 2019 to fleets went to rental car companies and Hertz is now bankrupt with an uncertain future as it dumps it global fleet of auto's on the used auto market.

On the other hand those in the market for a low mileage used auto might find some tasty deals as Hertz unloads.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-autos-fleet-sales-analysis/slumping-fleet-sales-weigh-on-u-s-auto-market-idUSKBN2411NH

GM, Ford, Nissan and FCA account for the bulk of the 16.4% of US auto sales in 2019 to the fleets. This worked out to 22% of GM's 2019 sales were to Fleets, 28% of Nissan 2019 sales were to fleets. Neither Ford or FCA were willing to divulge their fleet sales details for 2019.

With continued Auto Sales Blues, Automakers are ramping up Coronavirus Size discounts.

As an example, a sales executive in Manhattan bought a new Jeep Gladiator for $48,000 after Jeep discounted it $5,000 of the Employee price and gave a 7yr no interest loan.

Discounts across the auto industry are averaging $4,441 per auto right now. This is on top of 0% financing for 84 months.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-autos-incentives/automakers-rev-up-discounts-to-beat-coronavirus-sales-blues-idUSKBN2402EP

This sadly is just the start. Rumors out of Dearborn are suggesting  a production cut of about 20 percent of all models after they catch up to pre Covid inventory. This might the first year we see a sale slide on trucks......

Also hearing pretty much all Equinox models will be coming out of Mexico- not good for those who work in Canada......

 

Lack of Auto shows might not be a bad thing...as we really are not going to see too much new for a while- The Focus has started to switch to EV now..

I would assume most GM models will just see good refreshes for the moment..

I see to get my fix of classic cars somehow....the Dream Cruise here in Detroit was cancelled.......

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* just saw an anti-theft banner ad for certain types of catalytic converters *

It's amazing to think that, for U.S. cars, the 2020 model year marks 45 years of the inclusion of a catalytic converter.

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6 hours ago, daves87rs said:

I see to get my fix of classic cars somehow....the Dream Cruise here in Detroit was cancelled.......

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8 hours ago, daves87rs said:

I see to get my fix of classic cars somehow....the Dream Cruise here in Detroit was cancelled.......

Here in Washington state all the Octoberfest festivities have been canceled since no large outdoor or indoor gatherings are being allowed. While sad at first as there is a German Town here Leavenworth that is awesome to visit in the mountains had one of the best Octoberfest with so much beer to try.

Yet now the focus will be to do mini Oktoberfest's with family in the home. A refocus is what will be needed and a change in marketing to keep folks interested and buying.

Airbus is saying huge employment cuts are coming. Boeing has done it here, we are entering a new era of employment and a change in how we do business to stay safe.

I am thinking virtual visits to auto museums will have to suffice till we can get back out physically.

Stay physical at home to stay in shape all.

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Basically may as well cancel the rest of 2020.  I think it's going to be a while before indoor events of any sort are back to 'normal' in the US.  

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