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When a group of car folk are together, and the talk turns to perfect body proportions, this is what starts forming in my mind while I'm waiting my turn; short frontal overhang / hood, long rear deck /overhang.
[Altered wheelbase race car has both axle centers moved forward, then I digitally slid the greenhouse forward about a scale foot].
 

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This whole crossover craze has gone a bit too far....

Been away for a while.. summer stuff.. figured I'd get out an live while the weather was warm. Decided to get back into riding bikes.. had given it up back in '05 after my then wife (now ex) had issue

Been out enjoying nature today... photos from Brandywine Falls in nearby Cuyahoga Valley National Park. 

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Most people are not aware that Braking in your auto could change starting January 1st 2021 when a no copper law goes into effect for California and Washington state in regards to brake pads. As such a R&D storm has been going on to find a suitable replacement.

Copper is toxic to both humans and animals and as such, the west coast had back in 2014 passed laws giving till 2021 to replace it to meet clean water quality standards. This was led by San Francisco that was failing their water quality tests due to the high copper concentrations from brake pad dust.

I had forgotten about this till I came across this updated story here:

How the New Copper Ban Is Affecting High-Performance Car Brakes (thedrive.com)

Yes they focus on high performance auto's as Europe also pushes to ban copper in break pads, but it will be interesting to see how this plays out.

Seems JLR is defending what it sees as a theft of intellectual property by the VW company. To quote the story: The vehicles in question include the Porsche Cayenne; Lamborghini Urus; Audi Q8, Q7, Q5, A6 Allroad and E-Tron; and VW’s Tiguan.

Seems that VW tried to get this dismissed, but the US court system found sufficient evidence to allow the trial to move forward to the court room. JLR says that VW can remove the illegal AWD traction control option systems from their auto's to continue to sell them in the US. Who knew that the ability to select Snow, Mud, Rain, Sand, etc. modes in an SUV was patented to just one company.

Jaguar Land Rover Sues to Ban VW Group's SUV Imports to America (thedrive.com)

 

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This is awesome, always like it when they point out their own errors or false stuff that gearheads know would not be possible, but it does play for a good laugh.

 

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GM attempted during bankruptcy to thin their low volume small Cadillac dealerships by offering $100,000 to walk away from being a dealership. No one really took them up on the offer. Today GM is offering 880 small / low volume dealerships anywhere from $300,000 to $500,000 to dealerships that are not willing to join them in moving the Cadillac brand to an all EV product line, service EVs and offer charging as well as remodel to the grand new vision that GM has for Cadillac.

Since there is room to negotiate the amount paid, it would seem that many of these small dealerships that move a few Cadillacs a month might actually take GM up on their offer to pocket up to half a million dollars and stop being a Cadillac dealership. A solid way to step away from the EV plan for those wary of the future and investment it will require.

Original story was here: EV-wary dealers offered upward of $500,000 to drop Cadillac (autonews.com) (SUBSCRIPTION REQUIRED)

Free read here: GM offers to pay dealers to drop Cadillac brand in switch to EVs | Autoblog 

Takata, the AIRBAG company that made faulty cheap airbags and keeps giving has ended up in another massive auto recall.

GM will recall nearly 6 million 2007 to 2014 trucks to replace 100 million airbag inflators at an estimated cost of $1.2 Billion dollars. Full size Trucks and SUVs are being covered here. Unlike Honda, Ford and BMW that had deaths associated to the fatal hardware, GM has not had a single case to date, but the NHTSA is not taking any chance on additional American Deaths and issued this morning a mandatory recall to replace the parts.

GM Recalling Nearly 6 Million Vehicles Over Eternal Takata Scandal (thetruthaboutcars.com)

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While I love to travel, I have to say, this video makes me think twice about visiting eastern European countries. Talk about using up a life or two of his 9 lives.

 

A very Cool Restoration video.

 

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On 11/20/2020 at 8:48 PM, balthazar said:

As stated before [and re-verified here] - the Bolt sells VERY well for a BEV; #4 in the U.S. in 2019 at 16,418 units. Model 3 is an anomaly at 159K units, #2 prius prime was 23,630, #3 model x was 19,225. #5; Model S- 14,100. I don't think that's bad at all.

But if we don't highlight the propulsion, and look at the Bolt vs. same-class vehicle types, then no; 16K units isn't great. Would a kia soul be in that class (31,621 U.S. sales)?

Prius Prime is a plug-in hybrid... not a BEV. 

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Talk about a Face only a Mother Could Love. The first review of the all new 2021 BMW M440i coupe and the car is just UGLY IMHO. No Style, Nothing exciting to look at, almost makes one want to puke.

2021 BMW M440i is one long-faced coupe - Roadshow (cnet.com)

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If ya love Baja racing, then the Bronco R model that raced and finished, but still after two years did not win is cool. Truly pushing the boundaries of racing rigs.

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Ford Bronco R redeems itself, finishes the 2020 Baja 1000 - Roadshow (cnet.com)

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Car options in a year will be reduced by one less option. VW has decided to kill the Passat as it is being replaced by the ID.4 EV CUV. Seems VW believes the market is dying for cars as everyone wants trucks or SUV/CUVs.

Volkswagen Passat Receives Date of Execution; VW Shifts Production Power Away From Lame Sedan (thetruthaboutcars.com)

Poor BMW ICE, getting sat on by a Porsche EV.

Porsche Taycan Driveway Crash Is Everything Wrong With High-Power Electric Cars (jalopnik.com)

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8 hours ago, balthazar said:

^ To clarify; the GM-to-Cadillac offer is to ALL dealerships; 880 is the total number of Cadillac dealers right now.

Awesomest thing in the world is if 880 dealers accept the offer.

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8 hours ago, David said:

Talk about a Face only a Mother Could Love. The first review of the all new 2021 BMW M440i coupe and the car is just UGLY IMHO. No Style, Nothing exciting to look at, almost makes one want to puke.

2021 BMW M440i is one long-faced coupe - Roadshow (cnet.com)

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If ya love Baja racing, then the Bronco R model that raced and finished, but still after two years did not win is cool. Truly pushing the boundaries of racing rigs.

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Ford Bronco R redeems itself, finishes the 2020 Baja 1000 - Roadshow (cnet.com)

Love the Bronco, agree on the BMW. 

2 hours ago, ocnblu said:

Awesomest thing in the world is if 880 dealers accept the offer.

Right, so Cadillac can go bankrupt and sell zero cars. Try again , Clyde. 

8 hours ago, David said:

Car options in a year will be reduced by one less option. VW has decided to kill the Passat as it is being replaced by the ID.4 EV CUV. Seems VW believes the market is dying for cars as everyone wants trucks or SUV/CUVs.

Volkswagen Passat Receives Date of Execution; VW Shifts Production Power Away From Lame Sedan (thetruthaboutcars.com)

Poor BMW ICE, getting sat on by a Porsche EV.

Porsche Taycan Driveway Crash Is Everything Wrong With High-Power Electric Cars (jalopnik.com)

They are right about the market dying for cars. One of the many reasons I did not get a GTI/GLI and got a truck instead with my last vehicle purchase. 

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I absolutely love this. Would so totally rock it. 

Global warming it would see has reached a tipping point...and not a good one. 

 

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I know I post lots of videos, but if you watch none of the rest..w.atch this. This channel went through 3 Land Rover defenders in the first 200 miles of driving. And no, none of them were destroyed in accidents. 

One reason Land Rover, BMW, and the like will never get a dime of my money. 

But the video is funny. 

 

More good jeep content...

 

 

I love this channel. 

More Jeep content. 

 

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Heck yes on the thunder chicken...had a guy I knew get a new one back in 74 or so....neat car....remember being a young boy and listening to that thing roll up in the driveway 

Last post for a bit, Have a fetish for VW campers. 

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3 minutes ago, balthazar said:

$50 grand and steel 'spare rim' wheels. Land Rover = junk.

Kind of an anti-bling move.

I did discover yesterday on FB that apparently Escalades ordered w/ 22s are shipped w/ these plain wheels---kinda of an anti-bling look also.

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4 minutes ago, balthazar said:

$50 grand and steel 'spare rim' wheels. Land Rover = junk.

Yeah, and the one in the video needed a replacement motor b efore it hit 200 miles,  definitely not something you would spend actual money on. 

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11 minutes ago, Robert Hall said:

Kind of an anti-bling move.

I did discover yesterday on FB that apparently Escalades ordered w/ 22s are shipped w/ these plain wheels---kinda of an anti-bling look also.

But they're not SOLD with those.

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3 hours ago, ocnblu said:

Awesomest thing in the world is if 880 dealers accept the offer.

So it the “awesomest” thing if 880 dealerships shut down and thousands of people lose their jobs (and most won’t even get a piece of that $500k for each dealership)? All because of your disdain for EVs? You’re a special kind of Jack up aren’t you? Where is that American jobs first policy you have advocated over the last five years or so?

 

For the record, I figured you were probably making a joke about it but at the same time, you probably actually want that to happen. Make sure you repay that though to any nearby Caddy dealers that may close their doors. Maybe you can hire the body guys that will get laid off as a result. 

29 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

Why do you hate choice?

Because it frightens him. 

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