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    First snow of the season...just light flurries, but starting to stick...after heavy rain yesterday and last night.
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  4. Toyota News: Toyota Prius V To Cease Sales In U.S.

    Rav4 and Highlander hybrid are where it is at. The Prius serves a mission for being an affordable hybrid, huge mpg for the commuter types that do 95% of their driving alone. But for families that want crossovers, the answer is already there with their hybrid crossovers, just advertise them more and make them better. They are selling 4,000+ Rav4 hybrids a month and I feel like they don't even advertise that they have it.
  5. The Toyota Prius V is an odd duck in the Prius family. The wagon/van shape offered buyers more space to carry stuff https://t.co/IukWVaOXFd

  6. Toyota News: Toyota Prius V To Cease Sales In U.S.

    They need to do a Prius crossover..
  7. The Toyota Prius V is an odd duck in the Prius family. The wagon/van shape offered buyers more space to carry stuff while returning high fuel economy numbers. But its run in the U.S. will be coming to a close at the end of this year. "After six years and nearly 160,000 units sold in the U.S., the decision was made to end Prius V production for the U.S. and Puerto Rico this December," said Toyota's East Coast communications manager Corey Proffitt to Green Car Reports. Proffitt went on to say the Prius V would continue to be sold in other markets around the world, but it is unclear whether Canada will be part of that or not. Declining sales is the key reason Toyota is pulling the Prius V out of the U.S. 2011: 8,399 2012: 40,669 2013: 34,989 2014: 30,762 2015: 28,290 2016: 14,840 2017 (YTD): 8,299 The reason for the massive drop-off in 2016 is due to Toyota launching the RAV4 Hybrid with sales of 45,000 models. In 2017, Toyota has moved around 41,400 units. Source: Green Car Reports View full article
  8. Toyota Prius V To Cease Sales In U.S.

    The Toyota Prius V is an odd duck in the Prius family. The wagon/van shape offered buyers more space to carry stuff while returning high fuel economy numbers. But its run in the U.S. will be coming to a close at the end of this year. "After six years and nearly 160,000 units sold in the U.S., the decision was made to end Prius V production for the U.S. and Puerto Rico this December," said Toyota's East Coast communications manager Corey Proffitt to Green Car Reports. Proffitt went on to say the Prius V would continue to be sold in other markets around the world, but it is unclear whether Canada will be part of that or not. Declining sales is the key reason Toyota is pulling the Prius V out of the U.S. 2011: 8,399 2012: 40,669 2013: 34,989 2014: 30,762 2015: 28,290 2016: 14,840 2017 (YTD): 8,299 The reason for the massive drop-off in 2016 is due to Toyota launching the RAV4 Hybrid with sales of 45,000 models. In 2017, Toyota has moved around 41,400 units. Source: Green Car Reports
  9. Random Thoughts Thread

    Probably tough to see via my schitty phone camera, but apparently this Odyssey has the very rare 'Duct Tape Emblem Package' :
  10. Sound deadening, I think mainly..and it does make the engine compartment look more tidy. The reality is today few owners ever open their hoods..it's something done at the dealer or other service shop when changing oil, etc. So it's out of sight, out of mind. I think I've only had the hood open 3 times on my Jeep in the 7+ months I've had it.
  11. Plastic engine covers... Is there a reason for them? Aesthetics? People dont want to see the engine as they feel wires and hoses is ugly? Doesnt the palstic engine cover rob power through keeping the heat in instead of dissipating it? Anyway...I hate these plsatic engine covers...even the high end Mercedes Benz ones that actually look like they were engineered to be part of the high horsepower formula...
  12. Mazda News: Mazda Updates the 6 With A Turbo Engine Option

    i don't have complaints about it, your comment was about a downsized turbo engine to keep CAFE up. i was giving an example of one, but i don't know how that would affect their CAFE rating. we shall see what the upgrades to the 2.5L engine do for power and economy. i think the rumor is up about 10HP, making it 194. The big question is if they've done much else to the powertrain...aka upgraded to an 8speed.
  13. I meant to write 1982. Im at work so I had to write that post up quickly. I had to serve a client so I made another boo-boo...
  14. I'm talking about the packaging rather than the material of the part. most of those probably came in a simple box if in a box at all
  15. @balthazar Thank-you for correcting me. Yes. It was in 1981. I just made the boo-boo of thinking it was in 1977 when GM downsized its fullsized models that the homogenized process began. My dad had a 1979 Impala 2 door with the 305. I knew the 305 was part of that homogenized process (hence those pics of the 3rd gen F-Bodies and G-Bodies engines and the mention of the not so HO 5.0 in California Vettes and Caprices and Fleetwoods) AND I knew that those fullsized models were also part of that homogenized process (hence why I mentioned Caprice and Fleetwood and the like) I assumed that the 305 started popping up in all divisions in 1977. To be fair...correct facts are correct facts.
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    As the former owner of a 55 Chevy...this is painful to look at.
  17. OK, so they were off by 5 years so only 35 years ago.
  18. Tesla Unveils Their Electric Semi Truck

    Yes that happens some times when on the freeway or a main road, otherwise Tesla has a repair van yes still ICE come to you at your location, repair and get you on your way. Far more flexible way of getting your auto repairs and back into use. He has said he hates that they have to use ICE for service and towing but until they can cover those segments, he is accepting it. Still hates it though.
  19. 1940 Ford plastic : distributor caps (2), coil housing, steering wheel, headlight switch knob, starter button. DONE!
  20. Correction. There was a very limited sharing in the A-Bodies beginning in '61, when the Tempest & F-85 got the Buick 215 V8 as an option, but that only lasted '61-62 @ Pontiac & '61-63 @ Olds. The next instance was '70, after Pontiac dropped it's OHC I6 and went to the Chevy IBC I6 250. But this was only in the Tempest / LeMans/ base Firebird- the GTO, Firebird Esprit, Trans Am, LeMans Sport, GP, Cat, Executive & Bonneville all ran Pontiac-only engines. There was scuttlebutt in the mid '70s when GM, due to production constraints, put Olds' 350s in other brands, and vica-versa. Got sued. It was the genesis for the legalese "some engines built by other Divisions of GM". Next instance would be the Olds'-built Diesel 350s in the other brands starting in '78. These were still singular scenarios. General Motors 'engine homogenization' didn't really begin until GM Powertrain took over all Divisional engine development- this would be 1982. Pontiac Division built it's last V8 in '81; the T/A offered it's 301 4bbl, 301 Turbo, or the Chevy 305. In '82, it was only the 305 "Corporate" V8. Tho some singular Divisional engine physical production continued (Buick still built the 3.8 V6 for many years, for EX), they became 'Corporate' engines. GM engine homogenization began corporate-wide in 1982. Cadillac was the most proprietary for the longest... but that too has fallen by the wayside. Unfortunately.
  21. If it makes you hot that you think another male thinks you are hot below the belt...than sure... Why not! Just to let you know though...I knew at a very early age that I dig females. Only females. But I am comfortable with MY sexuality to help you come out of the closet if it means that I got to compliment your...um...manhood... Enjoy...and good luck in your newfound sexuality...
  22. Tesla Unveils Their Electric Semi Truck

    No comprendo, huh? No me sorprende...
  23. The red arrow, does that mean I'm a hottie below the belt?
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