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  2. Random Thoughts Thread

    Watched last night an episode of Seinfeld's "Comedians in Cars getting Coffee" on Netflix. He had 1965 Buick Riviera. I am usually not into that kind of cars but boy this car is gorgeous. Pictures simply don't do it justice.
  3. February Car Spotter

    Your right, I will take a 71-72 over the 73. I do like that rear end.
  4. February Car Spotter

    I love the boattail Rivs, esp. the '71-72 with the oh-so-cool offset rear license plate..
  5. Random Thoughts Thread

    IIRC, the CC is on the Euro Passat platform (not the current US one) and the Phaeton was on the Bentley Continental platform (maybe also shared w/ the Audi A8 from 10 years ago?) A former boss of mine had a black on black CC, nice car...used to ride to lunch it..was tight w/ 4 people inside, though.
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  7. February Car Spotter

    I wish someone in the auto industry would bring back some style like this Riv. Talk about a lovely 1973 Lady!
  8. Kia News: Next-Generation Kia K900 Begins To Tease Us

    According to the sales data, 22 in Jan and 455 for all of 2017, so yes they should kill it off since it clearly does not make a profit. Just like all those german models that only sell a few hundred a year.
  9. February Car Spotter

    I didn't see the grille, only the side and taillights, so not sure of the year...
  10. h1 { color: blue; font-family: verdana; font-size: 300%; } Latest News Diesel Is No More At Porsche Nine years ago, Porsche introduced its first diesel-powered model, the Cayenne SUV. This was followed by diesel variants of the Panamera and Macan. But Porsche has now ended production of all diese… 3 comments Next-Generation Kia K900 Begins To Tease Us We cannot fault anyone who forgets Kia sells a flagship sedan. No, we're not talking about the Stinger. We're referring to the K900 which sounds like the name of a knock-off Doctor Who character.… 5 comments German Paper Reports Diamler May Have Used Defeat Device In Their Diesel Vehicles It seems Volkswagen wasn't the only German automaker that was using a defeat device in their diesel vehicles. Over the weekend, German paper Bild am Sonntag obtained documents that revealed Diamler… 5 comments Plans for A Seven-Speed Manual Camaro Appears To Be Scrapped About a month ago, we reported on a California Air Resources Board (CARB) document that revealed the 2019 Camaro could be getting a seven-speed manual for the 6.2L V8. At the time, speculation was … 3 comments German Automakers In A Panic Over Possible Diesel Ban Another wave of fallout from the Volkswagen diesel emission scandal could be coming later this week in a German court. Reuters reports that Germany’s federal administrative court will be ruling whe… 10 comments Latest Auto Show News Geneva 2018: 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Gets More Mercedes-Benz is hoping the updates that it is making for the 2019 C-Class will keep it towards the top of the midsize class. Exterior changes are subtitle with updated bumpers, LED lighting,… 14 comments Geneva 2018: 2019 Mercedes-AMG G63 Proves A Box Can Fly Last month's Detroit Auto Show saw Mercedes-Benz unveil the all-new 2019 G-Class. A number of folks were excited as this was the first full-redesign since the model was introduced back in 1979. B… 24 comments Chicago 2018: 2018 Fiat 500 Becomes All Turbo A moment of silence for the 1.4L MultiAir four-cylinder that powered the Fiat 500 since its launch 2012 as it will not be appearing in the 2018 model. Instead, Fiat has slipped in the turbocharge… 5 comments Chicago 2018: 2018 Hyundai Sonata Becomes Hybrid-ified Following a few months after the debut of the refreshed Sonata, Hyundai used the Chicago Auto Show to debut the 2018 Sonata Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid. Like the gas counterpart, the hybrid mode… 11 comments Chicago 2018: Volkswagen Finally Spills the Details for U.S.-Market 2019 Arteon Nearly after a year since Volkswagen unveiled the replacement for the CC at the Geneva Motor Show, the 2019 Arteon made its U.S. debut at the Chicago Auto Show today. Volkswagen will only offe… 14 comments Chicago 2018: 2019 Toyota TRD Pro Gets Upgraded It seems we were right on the money with our guess concerning Toyota's Chicago Auto Show debuts. Today, the Japanese automaker introduced updated versions of the TRD Pro family, comprised of the … 3 comments Latest Reviews Review: 2017 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD Mazda has a big dream for itself. It is trying to stand out from the competition by becoming more premium. The first steps of this process took place last year with a refreshed Mazda6 sedan. As we … 0 comments Quick Drive: 2017 Lexus GS 200t I have been on record of not liking the 2.0L turbo-four Lexus uses in a number of their vehicles. Previous reviews have highlighted the horrendous turbo lag and power falling off a cliff after a ce… 2 comments Quick Drive: 2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XLE Despite the popularity of compact crossovers, it seems somewhat odd there isn’t a large number of hybrid variants. In fact, there is only one available, the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. Going hybrid usually… 2 comments The Favorites of 2017 2017, a year many people would like to forget for one reason or another. Here at the Cheers & Gears Detroit bureau, it has been an excellent year in terms of the vehicles I have driven. Compared to… 3 comments Click here to view our privacy policy CheersandGears.com - Established 2001 P.O. Box 17974, Pittsburgh, PA 15235 You can manage your subscription settings at the following link *|unsubscribe|*
  11. Kia News: Next-Generation Kia K900 Begins To Tease Us

    Nice shape there... I like!
  12. All I know, is that I have seen two truckloads of Bolts here in the last two weeks... Sales are picking up!!!
  13. Random Thoughts Thread

    Ok, so for years, I see a certain type of VW go by and I assumed it was a Passat of sorts, but sleeker. Turns out it's a CC. Even thought it's got 4 doors, the acronym CC stands for Comfort Coupe.' These cost quite a bit more than the Passat. I see these more than I see Phaetons. Phaetons look enormous for being VWs. What's the general on-the-street sentiment on CCs and Phaetons as far as popularity and dependability go? I'm guessing that the CC rides on a Passat chassis and that the Phaeton rides on an elongated Passat chassis? Not sure.
  14. February Car Spotter

    I definitely remember the model, but telling which year they were was not easy. Sometimes, the color identified the year because it was specific to that year. I remember that both the Toro and Riv of this series had one helluva C pillar (no B pillar, really, because the door/rear glass was frameless). I had only ridden in a Riv (it was an '83 and had the 4.1 litre 4 bbl. V6) but once actually drove an 80-something used Toronado. I could not believe how smoothly it rode and handled. Quite a ways up from a Cutlass Supreme. I believe it had the 5.0 Olds V8. Then I had to weasel out of not wanting to buy it. All of those cars had the engine facing forward and I don't remember how and where they placed the transaxle. I believe the Eldorado came on the same chassis. And I remember that, per the badging, some of the Eldorados had the 4.1 litre V6 (as a credit option), some had the 4100 Cadillac V8, and some were unfortunate enough to have the V8-6-4, in which the technology was not worked out. Cadillac lost a lot of fans because of that engine.
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  16. Short term car shopping. Again.

    No: who says one has to buy new? If I were blowing money, I might get a '60 Brougham, the car that shamed Rolls when it was produced : 80.2" wide, 225" long, 130" WB, 56" tall.
  17. So can the 9speed software updates be applied to the 2018 Cherokee to help with it’s issues...ie rough shifting in spots.
  18. Not a Tesla fan but not a hater either. I'd like to see them succeed but they need to get their crap together on the quality front before that can happen in the mainstream market. The one thing they have going for them is there probably aren't too many walk home issues which means most of their quality issues are more of an annoyance than anything. I have always been a big HP ICE guy but at the same time, I like to try different stuff. I would seriously consider a Bolt. I checked one out at NAIAS and didn't think it was too bad. In fact, I will probably even test drive one within the next few months. Free recharging at work means no fuel bill for me. That said, the current plan is a good deal on a used CTS-V Sport that I will drive for a year or so and then strongly consider switching over to a Volt or Bolt, but only if the price is right. I'm definitely not an early adopter that will spend whatever to be the first on the block with one. I did, however, by a Cruze diesel just because I had never owned a diesel before. haha
  19. Dream Car Garage- ATP Used Car Edition

    1) Cadillac CTS-V wagon - these suckers have held their value very well. Still #1 on my wish list. Would prefer a manual trans but they tend to sell for significantly more than the autos do. Begger's can't be choosers. 2) Cadillac CTS-V Sport - very likely to have one of these parked in my garage come summer. 3) Saab 9-4X Aero - I really can't believe how well these have held their value compared to other Saabs. I know it isn't a Saab in the truest sense but I think they are cool. 4) 2011 Saab 9-5 Aero - Okay, I am a bit of a Saab-o-file. My 2007 9-5 Aero was one of my favorite cars I've ever owned. How could this not be even better? 5) 1991 GMC Syclone - Like this one only a really clean driver so I could enjoy it. You rarely, rarely see these. Truthfully, this is #1 on my list, even above the CTS-V Wagon. I've always loved these things and still hope to have one some day. My problem now that I've gotten older is that I want my toys to be my daily driver because I got tired of my daily driver being parked out side while the barely driven toy took the spot in the garage. If I ever get a house with a 3 car garage, this will be the first remodel the house gets. If you give me a sixth, it would be a Pontiac Solstice GXP coupe, again, because of the rarity. Not so much because it was an awesome car. As you can see from my list, I like the oddballs. That being said, they are all relatively easy to find on the market right now other than the 9-4X Aero.
  20. Short term car shopping. Again.

    Well, the Rolls-Royce Phantom is 79 inches wide, 227 inches long and 65 inches tall (1 inch less than an XT5 crossover). And that is the short model, the LWB is 236 inches long, a full foot longer than a Suburban. But unless you are buying one of those, then you are out of luck for a "full size" car.
  21. Part of 'knowing how to build a truck', perhaps the #1 crucial factor, is building it at a profit. With the typical markup of mercedes product vs. actual cost to build, half of that is already baked into the equation. Or should be. Regardless, the chart shows the trend, and next year when Ford & Chevy can say they sell a higher percentage of luxury vehicles than Daimler, and on the heels of a new downmarket a-class promotional blitz, I think some heads that otherwise wouldn't; will turn.
  22. Correct, and that was sort of a payback for the Infiniti Q30/QX30 being built on the A-class platform. Bt to dfelt's point, yes Daimler knows how to build certain types of trucks, but they have Freightliner, Western Star, Mercedes heavy duty trucks, off road trucks like the Unimog, etc. They do have a pretty broad portfolio.
  23. Industry News: More Luxury Car Buyers Are Moving to Trucks and SUVs

    Probably all a financial decision... couldn't make a profit with the investment that a new platform would require to build a midsize pickup that is price-competitive in various markets...so they leveraged an existing platform from their partner..and if it tanks in the market, not a big investment loss.
  24. If Daimler knows how to build trucks then why bother with rebadging a Nissan? Clearly they know how to build select types of trucks, not all trucks!
  25. Wiki is very questionable but I would guess about as good as our own gov web site that I posted. Oregon has a very green gov and if you had checked the 2nd link and changed from Washington to Oregon you would find that as of 2016 they have ZERO Coal power production plants. Natural Gas, 1 nuclear plant and 2 petro plants otherwise all wind, Solar, Hydro and BioMass power plants. https://www.eia.gov/state/?sid=OR They are very green state. Yes in 3yrs time, you can convert over from dirty greenhouse gas production electric plants to green production plants and the PNW aka Oregon and Washington has made that massive transition. Yes we pay for it as Oregon has a high Income tax, but no sales tax. Washington has no income tax but high Sales Tax. Seems to work for us. Also back in the late 90's both states had voter approved to wind down and replace all nuclear plants by 2020. Both states each have 1 plant that will be decommissioned in 2020 as they retire nuclear totally. I will have to look for it, but all petro / NG plants will be converted over to BioMass power generation plants. The goal was by 2025 or 2030 both states are to be 100% renewable electric production.
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  27. Mercedes isn't losing anything though. Just making up numbers but if 7 years ago there were 1 million cars sold that were over $60,000 and Mercedes had 20%, and now there are 2 million cars sold that cost over $60,000 and Mercedes had 15%, they still sold 300k cars vs 200k. All this shows is people that were buying pickups in 2010 are still buying pickups and now they pay more for them, part due to inflation, part due to these high trim options. And the luxury brands aren't losing to Ford or Chevy, I don't see a $65,000 Fusion or Malibu on sale. Ford and Chevy can barely give sedans away. With pick up trucks though, buyers have 5 choices, GM ,Ford, Ram, Toyota, Nissan, and that is about it, in full size or mid-size. I feel like if Lexus, Mercedes, Infiniti, Tesla, etc all entered the luxury pick up market, then they would steal a whole lot of sales. Because why buy a Ford, when you can have a Tesla with 600 hp (assuming they can build it). Mercedes probably should dress up the X-class and use the twin turbo V6 and bring it here. I think they could take the G-wagon's frame and make a pickup if they wanted, and with the 450 hp and 603 hp V8s they have, that would squash an F150 Raptor. Daimler knows how to build trucks, they are probably the #1 truck maker in the world, but pickup hasn't been a focus.
  28. February Car Spotter

    Got home and took advantage of the unseasonably warm weather (14 degrees warmer here than Phoenix today!)--walked a couple of the furs up and down my street...while walking I hear something rumbly--like an older car coming down the street--and turn to see a '79-85 Toronado roll by...silver, dark red top..clean shape as far as I could tell in the gloaming.
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