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  2. Kia News: Kia Has No Plans For Truck, A-Segment Crossover

    I think Kia is smart to not go into the full size pickup truck war as well as the a-class subcompact market. Performance is always desirable by all fans so taking their existing products and offering a performance version of some would be a smart move.
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  4. Funny Story, The two Santa Fe Sports that Motor Trend tested were the base model and FWD(184hp) and the fully loaded one (240hp/260tq) and AWD and the 184hp one edged it in acceleration. I'd probably safe to assume the additional 500lbs and larger wheels did it in bu it's crazy how much weight can negatively effect the performance of a vehicle.
  5. While automakers are going crazy in terms planning new crossovers, Kia is showing some restraint. Speaking with Wards Auto, Orth Hedrick, vice president of product planning for Kia Motors America said the company doesn't see an opportunity to introduce an A-Segment crossover. “I don’t think we see an opportunity there. We have a lot of coverage in the marketplace now, and that is not a priority at this point. I think we would see more opportunity in C-segment (CUVs) then we would in A- or B-(segment models),” said Hedrick. Kia will also not join Hyundai with entering the pickup truck market. “It’s a big step to take and I think it’s a major commitment.” Hedrick points out that Nissan and Toyota have had issues in trying make a dent into the stronghold of large pickups by Ford, GM, and Ram. "It’s a fierce battle. You have to go into it eyes wide open,” said Hedrick. One interesting tidbit from Ward Auto's piece is that Kia is considering doing something similar to Hyundai's N performance sub-brand. Source: Wards Auto View full article
  6. Kia Has No Plans For Truck, A-Segment Crossover

    While automakers are going crazy in terms planning new crossovers, Kia is showing some restraint. Speaking with Wards Auto, Orth Hedrick, vice president of product planning for Kia Motors America said the company doesn't see an opportunity to introduce an A-Segment crossover. “I don’t think we see an opportunity there. We have a lot of coverage in the marketplace now, and that is not a priority at this point. I think we would see more opportunity in C-segment (CUVs) then we would in A- or B-(segment models),” said Hedrick. Kia will also not join Hyundai with entering the pickup truck market. “It’s a big step to take and I think it’s a major commitment.” Hedrick points out that Nissan and Toyota have had issues in trying make a dent into the stronghold of large pickups by Ford, GM, and Ram. "It’s a fierce battle. You have to go into it eyes wide open,” said Hedrick. One interesting tidbit from Ward Auto's piece is that Kia is considering doing something similar to Hyundai's N performance sub-brand. Source: Wards Auto
  7. Random Thoughts Thread

    My 1952 house 2000 sqft with 2 car garage, 3 bedrooms, 1 office, 1 3/4 bath on .3 acre lot. Bought in 1999 at $140,000, now valued at $452,800 by the county for tax purposes, $4,300 a year in property tax, but local realtors say it can sell for between $550,000 and $600,000. Washington housing market is crazy! 223% percent increase in 19 years. Crazy
  8. So the last few 'DG' threads got a little action, so here's a new one for you guys. A very simple, but challenging one. Only cars/trucks/SUV's that were discontinued/overhauled in for the 2018 MY are eligible. Rules- 1) Maximum of 5 choices 2) Only 2017 Model Year vehicles can be chosen 3) Your choices must have had 2017 be the last availability 4) Your choices must be models that received ALL NEW replacements in 2018, or were discontinued entirely 5) Any market is allowed 6) These are your only vehicles Enjoy!
  9. Random Thoughts Thread

    Almost saw an accident yesterday...going down a major 4 lane street w/ lot of potholes...cop was up ahead, parked in the right lane, lights on, parked behind a car he'd pulled over...partially in the street, partially on the curb...car in front of me dodges a pot hole and almost veers into the cop as he is getting out of his car...
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    Almost in a very bad traffic accident this morning, someone in a silver Acura blew a red light at twilight, almost missed them and pulled out into the intersection...had I pulled out, they would have T boned me in the drivers door. Not good. Wife gasping in the back seat when she happened to glance up was the only thing that stopped me. Wife this morning was livid that she had gained ten pounds... and then realized the family cat was standing behind her on the scale. Bother in law had a tumor removed, they are not sure if it is cancerous or not. No one in the Buffalo hospital system can figure out what it is...sending sample off to Harvard medical. NOT the way you want to go to Harvard. he is my age...not good...additional growth in his abdomen will require surgery. they think he might have additional growth in his chest, they are doing ultra sound and MRI to figure WTF is going on. Daughter is going to model UN as part of high school project...I am headed to Michigan to coach/judge in a debate tournament at Hillsdale College in about an hour. Getting out of Columbus will be a bear.
  11. Random Thoughts Thread

    I have a 21 year old daughter and a 24 year old son who both ahve fantastic jobs, daughter is making north of 50K son is making north of 60K, both are being priced out of local amrket because house prices in Columbus are going off the chain. My house has gone up in value $25k in the last two years.
  12. Random Thoughts Thread

    When I was looking at buying a house in Denver back in '05-07, I was looking at 2500 sq ft split levels and ranches, 60s-70s construction on decent sized lots, in the $350-450k range...same houses now are $500-750k.
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    I looked up the Post WW2 stucco ranches in L.A. that I grew up in and their prices are scary. I'm constantly scratching my head as to who can afford them. Someone must be able to or they couldn't charge those prices. The supply and demand curves must be intersecting. My parents couldn't buy those same houses if fairly new to L.A. in this day and age. Prices are high, but assessments as a percentage in L.A. aren't as absurd as they are in other major urban areas. As for square footage, 1,200 s.f. sounds like my cup of tea. I had a Southern styled brick ranch with the open carport at one side when I lived in Atlanta that was about 1,300 s.f. I loved it. Not too big, not too small. Driving by it if and when I'm in town breaks my heart because I don't have it anymore. I sensed that it was an up and coming area, and I was correct. They put a spur of their rapid transit system going fairly close by to it because the nearby area turned into a suburban business district. Well, when living near Seattle, I had to downsize into condo/townhome type living. It, too, was o.k., but nothing like what I had in Atlanta. But, OTOH, I had no yard work. Either way, if you want to buy a detached home in L.A. with 3 bedrooms for about $350K to $450K, it will be in South Central or maybe Compton, the latter of which is not in the city of L.A. Also, I've heard that some white folks are moving back into the South Central area, fixing up the homes, and living in them. They'd be smack between downtown and the harbor suburbs, although the area looks and feels sort of banal and doesn't have a lot of trees on the lawn strips. You fly right over it on approach to LAX. In reality, South Central has converted from having an African-American majority to having a huge Hispanic population within the last 2 decades. Let's just say it's still not the optimal part of L.A. to live in for low crime and good schools. As for art deco, the design of homes/buildings and ships cross-fertilized each other in that era, I believe.
  14. Random Thoughts Thread

    I know there is a lot of work in NJ/NYC area, I get headhunters pinging me about gigs there all the time.. if I wasn't working out of my house and couldn't find something in CLE/CMH/PITT, I'd consider looking at the East Coast and fly out and back every week (if I could get a high enough rate to offset travel expenses). My sister did that for 15 years from Arizona--traveling all over the country and to the UK...but the life of a road warrior consultant is always intense.
  15. Random Thoughts Thread

    My house is probably worth $230K...two story colonial, 16 years old. Ranch homes can be really comfortable.
  16. This is completely untrue; there are loads of DOHC engines in drag racing & the equivalent of NASCAR- the valve actuators don't care if the front wheels are turning one way, both ways or steering straight.
  17. Random Thoughts Thread

    I believe only CT is a higher cost of living than NJ. Notorious for taxation- yes, but there's a LOT of income/employment here; huge for pharma. I'm in my 12th year of self-employment, work full-time/steady, currently have jobs booked into May, all with ZERO advertising. No web page/ phone listing/ network service/ etc. Our house is a 25-yr old ranch in VG shape, Zillow says it's worth $450K.
  18. BMW has announced today that it has signed a “letter of intent” with Chinese automaker Great Wall Motor on producing electric-versions of the Mini in China. The German automaker in a statement said the next steps will be agreeing on the details of a possible joint venture and clarifying various aspects such as a location for production. The two have been in talks for almost the past two years - Great Wall confirmed the talks back in October. It is expected that the electric Mini will be similar to the concept that debuted last year at the Frankfurt Motor show. BMW also confirmed that production of the electric Mini will also take place at their Oxford, Great Britain plant starting next year. Source: Reuters via Automotive News (Subscmiription Required), BMW Press Release is on Page 2 BMW Group plans joint venture for MINI electric vehicles in China MINI brand set for growth with local partner No plans for additional sales organisation in China Expansion of BMW Brilliance Automotive joint venture Munich. The BMW Group is in advanced discussions to ramp up the global success of its MINI brand through a new joint venture in China. A key element of the brand’s continued strategic development will be local production of future battery-electric MINI vehicles in the world’s largest market for electromobility. To this end, the BMW Group has signed a “letter of intent” with the Chinese manufacturer Great Wall Motor. In addition to production of the first battery electric MINI at the main plant in Oxford starting in 2019, this signals a further clear commitment to the electrified future of the MINI brand. Next steps will be to agree on the details of a possible joint venture and cooperation agreement and clarify aspects such as the choice of production location and concrete investments. The BMW Group has no plans to set up an additional sales organisation in China. The company is firmly committed to continuing the successful cooperation with the established sales structure. Independently of its strategic considerations towards the MINI brand, the BMW Group will further expand its highly successful BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA) joint venture in China with its partner, Brilliance. In addition to its two automobile production locations, BBA already runs an engine plant, which includes a battery factory for electrified BMW brand vehicles produced locally in Shenyang. This is the first battery factory operated by a premium automobile manufacturer in China. In recent years, BBA has become a cornerstone of the BMW brand’s success in its largest market and serves as a model for the continued development of MINI in China. Around 560,000 BMW brand vehicles were delivered to customers in China in 2017 – more than in the next two largest markets, the US and Germany, combined. In 2017, China was MINI’s fourth-largest market, with around 35,000 units delivered. This underlines the brand’s additional global potential. The successful strategy for expansion of the BMW Group’s global production network obeys a clear rule: Production follows the market. However, expansion of the BMW brand in its largest markets, such as China, has not led to a decrease in production at the company’s German plants. On the contrary, between 2007 and 2017, production in Germany increased by close to a quarter to around 1.15 million vehicles per year. At the same time, almost half of all BMW production now takes place at plants outside Germany. A similar growth strategy could accelerate development of the MINI brand significantly without questioning the BMW Group’s commitment in the UK. The company has made significant investments over the years to step up its involvement in the country. View full article
  19. BMW has announced today that it has signed a “letter of intent” with Chinese automaker Great Wall Motor on producing electric-versions of the Mini in China. The German automaker in a statement said the next steps will be agreeing on the details of a possible joint venture and clarifying various aspects such as a location for production. The two have been in talks for almost the past two years - Great Wall confirmed the talks back in October. It is expected that the electric Mini will be similar to the concept that debuted last year at the Frankfurt Motor show. BMW also confirmed that production of the electric Mini will also take place at their Oxford, Great Britain plant starting next year. Source: Reuters via Automotive News (Subscmiription Required), BMW Press Release is on Page 2 BMW Group plans joint venture for MINI electric vehicles in China MINI brand set for growth with local partner No plans for additional sales organisation in China Expansion of BMW Brilliance Automotive joint venture Munich. The BMW Group is in advanced discussions to ramp up the global success of its MINI brand through a new joint venture in China. A key element of the brand’s continued strategic development will be local production of future battery-electric MINI vehicles in the world’s largest market for electromobility. To this end, the BMW Group has signed a “letter of intent” with the Chinese manufacturer Great Wall Motor. In addition to production of the first battery electric MINI at the main plant in Oxford starting in 2019, this signals a further clear commitment to the electrified future of the MINI brand. Next steps will be to agree on the details of a possible joint venture and cooperation agreement and clarify aspects such as the choice of production location and concrete investments. The BMW Group has no plans to set up an additional sales organisation in China. The company is firmly committed to continuing the successful cooperation with the established sales structure. Independently of its strategic considerations towards the MINI brand, the BMW Group will further expand its highly successful BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA) joint venture in China with its partner, Brilliance. In addition to its two automobile production locations, BBA already runs an engine plant, which includes a battery factory for electrified BMW brand vehicles produced locally in Shenyang. This is the first battery factory operated by a premium automobile manufacturer in China. In recent years, BBA has become a cornerstone of the BMW brand’s success in its largest market and serves as a model for the continued development of MINI in China. Around 560,000 BMW brand vehicles were delivered to customers in China in 2017 – more than in the next two largest markets, the US and Germany, combined. In 2017, China was MINI’s fourth-largest market, with around 35,000 units delivered. This underlines the brand’s additional global potential. The successful strategy for expansion of the BMW Group’s global production network obeys a clear rule: Production follows the market. However, expansion of the BMW brand in its largest markets, such as China, has not led to a decrease in production at the company’s German plants. On the contrary, between 2007 and 2017, production in Germany increased by close to a quarter to around 1.15 million vehicles per year. At the same time, almost half of all BMW production now takes place at plants outside Germany. A similar growth strategy could accelerate development of the MINI brand significantly without questioning the BMW Group’s commitment in the UK. The company has made significant investments over the years to step up its involvement in the country.
  20. Random Thoughts Thread

    Wow...NJ is notoriously high for taxes, isn't it? Probably higher valuation also. To put it in perspective, the 1200 sq ft house in Phoenix was valued at $320k, my Ohio house at $165k.
  21. Random Thoughts Thread

    Ready?? 2030 SF, .9 acres, $12,500 property tax. - - - - - No city/local taxes in Jersey (that I know of). In fact, there are urban tax zones where the sales tax is 3.5% instead of the 6.625%.
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    I love Art Deco architecture. And furniture...and the Art Deco Look in locomotives and trains. Delta had an art decoish looking series of tools back in the day also. Love the Bernie sign in the yard a year and a half after the election.
  23. Random Thoughts Thread

    Higher in Cuyahoga County...I have a 2700 sq ft house on a quarter acre lot and its a little over $4200/yr..
  24. Random Thoughts Thread

    I am pro immigration but it is creating a lot of problems in a lot of places. I currently have an exchange student from Denmark and apparently the number of young men who are immigrants with knives up to no good is rather high. I bet Italy has a lot of good kids, I have always admired Italy in a lot of ways. Irony of Irony, my student from Denamrk shared a flight with a girl from Italy when he arrived in Columbus in August. Property tax cheap here in Ohio, $1800 a year for me...2000 square foot house on a quarter acre lot in a decent subdivision. Nothing if one is an OOmpah Loompah. Charlie says he wants the Canyon metallic Ecosport from the other thread back at the factory, pronto.
  25. Dream Car Garage- ATP Used Car Edition

    Forgot to come back and post this- Durango R/T 640i Gran Coupe 997 C2S 5th Gen ZL1 Vert Wrangler Rubicon
  26. Nahhh that's more like a n/a ratio of hp:tq. I'd bet it's like most of its competition's 2.0T's in that it'll have 232+tq FWIW, the current 2.0T in the Santa Fe Sport puts out 240hp and 260tq. I know that doesn't mean it will be that same engine or output but I don't think it would be a weak sauce engine as the middle engine in the lineup.
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