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  2. 2019 Lincoln MKC Clips Its Wings: Comments

    Yeah, great city..I need to go back out there..haven't been out since 2010...have friends in Portland and Beaverton and been to a few conferences there. Love the beer, been to a number of the McMinimins owned places...I remember especially liking the Blue Moon Tavern & Grill.
  3. 2019 Lincoln MKC Clips Its Wings: Comments

    Some awesome places to visit on Couch Street. Named after John H. Couch the treasure and a sailor of Portland OR. Couch Beer is pretty good there too since there are a bunch of micro brews in that area. I agree with everyone that modern auto's are a pain in the ass to P - Park. Another reason I love my SUV's.
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  5. 2019 Lincoln MKC Clips Its Wings: Comments

    I've done that before..one of the things I love about the ground clearance of 4x4s. I don't believe in parallel parking, but I can do it. The worst time I had parallel parking was in Dec '04 in downtown Portland on Couch Street (which is inexplicably pronounced 'cooch') when I went to Powell's Bookstore...it was raining, and I was in an '04 Grand Prix rental..too low to go up on the curb, and hard to see out of..
  6. 2019 Lincoln MKC Clips Its Wings: Comments

    Part of that problem is a double edged sword.. Be safer so they make wider, thicker pillars. But we want to learn how to drive better but we can't see out of these cabins anymore. My Escape had a wicked blind spot at the back because they had itty bitty rear windows but they sat up so high that a car could literally be below the window when I look back and miss it if I didn't use the mirrors as well. You used to just be able to turn your head and look with your own eyes now we almost have to use multiple things/systems to make sure we're clear. This would cover parallel parking and the curb as well. That works great with an SUV with some sidewalls on their tires but that can't be done in like any car. or one with lower profile wheels were there's less give in the tire and it might not be angled just right to go up on the curb.
  7. 2019 Lincoln MKC Clips Its Wings: Comments

    That is why you have higher ground clearance. My daughter used to be afraid of parallel parking her Durango. I taught her to just pull in, take the front wheel up onto the sidewalk / curb and then slowly drop it off back onto the street. Parallel parked in record time. She never has a problem and loves how easy it is to do. Yea, many are not able to P - Park, but I consider myself the exception rather than the norm. Just drive up, drop off and done being parked close.
  8. Trumpchi Auto brand? Really? Talk about coming into an Auto market with a looser of a name. They so need to rethink the marketing and branding of their auto's. They would be better off just merging with FCA or buying them out and using the US branded names as a minimal select group would buy a Trumpchi brand not to mention I am sure Trump would sue about his name being used.
  9. Seven years ago, Chinese automaker Guangzhou Automobile Group (GAC) entered into a joint venture Fiat Chrysler Autom https://t.co/dDbOiQQscy

  10. 2019 Lincoln MKC Clips Its Wings: Comments

    Yep, I've only done it a handful of times as well.
  11. 2019 Lincoln MKC Clips Its Wings: Comments

    Same here. Always was able to parallel park anything that I was able to legally drive that I was licensed for. Parallel assist? For wicked blind spotted vehicles? Sure...not only useful...but helpful! I learned how to parallel park a similar ride. The only windows I had to go with when backing up were these at the back, and the side mirrors. Talk about blind spots... I feel that our society does not take enough time to teach and practice good, safe and necessary driving skills to avoid killing ourselves on our roads. We spend an enormous amounts of money trying to solve the riddles of how to make our cars safer, how to introduce all kinds of safety features and electronics and nannies and ultimately make our cars drive themselves...yet we have NEVER EVER TAUGHT OURSELVES PROPERLY HOW TO DRIVE PERIOD! In all the human intelligence thrown into our safety regarding cars, we have ignored the most basic one of them all...to teach ourselves how the phoque to drive! We are willing to throw all kinds of data to self driving cars, yet we never gave that much attention to ourselves... Ironic on so many levels...
  12. 2019 Lincoln MKC Clips Its Wings: Comments

    Parallel parking was one of those things I remember having to practice for the driving test, but that I never do...I think I've only parallel parked maybe a dozen times in 30 years of driving. I can do it if I have to, but I don't believe in it. I always either park in a lot, a garage, or valet.
  13. Seven years ago, Chinese automaker Guangzhou Automobile Group (GAC) entered into a joint venture Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Currently, the joint venture locally builds the Cherokee, Compass, and Renegade. The venture also imports the Grand Cherokee and Wrangler for Chinese buyers. It has proven to be successful as the venture saw its sales triple to nearly 150,000 vehicles in 2016. Because of this, GAC wants to strengthen their ties with FCA. "GAC has a real interest in deepening relations with Fiat Chrysler to expand outside China, especially in the U.S. Fiat hasn’t been able so far to catch up with competitors in China, so there is much room to improve," said Vincenzo Longo, a strategist at IG Markets in Milan. In an interview with Bloomberg, GAC President Feng Xingya said the two automakers are in discussions about deepening their partnership. The key items being focused in the discussions include models, production, and sales targets. Xingya also hinted that GAC wanted to work FCA in the U.S. when it plans to launch their unfortunately named Trumpchi brand by 2019. “We are very satisfied with our cooperation with FCA. We have yet to reach a conclusion on how to cooperate with FCA when we begin manufacturing in the U.S., and we have also not begun discussions with other Chinese automakers on whether to make cars together in the U.S,” said Xingya. Source: Bloomberg
  14. Seven years ago, Chinese automaker Guangzhou Automobile Group (GAC) entered into a joint venture Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Currently, the joint venture locally builds the Cherokee, Compass, and Renegade. The venture also imports the Grand Cherokee and Wrangler for Chinese buyers. It has proven to be successful as the venture saw its sales triple to nearly 150,000 vehicles in 2016. Because of this, GAC wants to strengthen their ties with FCA. "GAC has a real interest in deepening relations with Fiat Chrysler to expand outside China, especially in the U.S. Fiat hasn’t been able so far to catch up with competitors in China, so there is much room to improve," said Vincenzo Longo, a strategist at IG Markets in Milan. In an interview with Bloomberg, GAC President Feng Xingya said the two automakers are in discussions about deepening their partnership. The key items being focused in the discussions include models, production, and sales targets. Xingya also hinted that GAC wanted to work FCA in the U.S. when it plans to launch their unfortunately named Trumpchi brand by 2019. “We are very satisfied with our cooperation with FCA. We have yet to reach a conclusion on how to cooperate with FCA when we begin manufacturing in the U.S., and we have also not begun discussions with other Chinese automakers on whether to make cars together in the U.S,” said Xingya. Source: Bloomberg View full article
  15. 2019 Lincoln MKC Clips Its Wings: Comments

    I've always been able to parallel park my vehicles but I could see it being very useful on larger CUVs with wicked blind spots.
  16. Subaru News: Subaru Teases 2019 Ascent

    EXCITEMENT! Cool to see the whole release of this bad boy and if it really will live up to the potential Excitement!
  17. Random Thoughts Thread

    Random CUV observation--the new CR-V has cool taillights..been behind 3 of them at night over the last week...the horizontal elements remind me of recent BMWs, but then the turn signals (amber) and brake lights (red) are vertical elements shooting upward out of the horizontal part....
  18. 2019 Lincoln MKC Clips Its Wings: Comments

    Seems like it would be a nice to have when confronted with parallel parking.
  19. 2019 Lincoln MKC Clips Its Wings: Comments

    You're not forced to use active park assist if the vehicle is equipped with it.
  20. Would you buy an Envision or an SRX?

    Just because others do it doesn't make me like it in a Buick.. Sweet, Benz offers a n/a V6 as well. I don't like that either. That's literally the last Benz with a n/a 6cyl as they know there's greater benefits to a turbo 6. Buick is plastered w/ them. It isn't news that a Buick is a bargain brand compared to Benz so I'm not sure why the comparison. Acura offers a hrbrid MDX, Infiniti is in worse shape with an old 3.5 V6 as well. Apparently n/a V6's are a thing in this class. Not my cup-o-tea. Sorry, there's just zero appeal in the current Buick lineup. While they look better than they did a few years ago they still have an old people vibe to them and, in my opinion, they don't differentiate themselves from Chevy enough to justify the premium. The new GS is sharp as hell though, so there's that.
  21. Subaru News: Subaru Teases 2019 Ascent

    Next Tuesday at the LA Auto Show, Subaru will unveil their three-row Ascent crossover. Before then, Subaru has released a teaser photo of the Ascent. The photo gives us a good look at the roofline and greenhouse which scream Forester to us. There also appears to be flared fenders up front that were on the Ascent Concept that debuted earlier this year at the New York auto show. We know that the Ascent will be underpinned by Subaru's modular Global Platform that underpins the Impreza and Crosstrek. Source: Subaru View full article
  22. Subaru Teases 2019 Ascent

    Next Tuesday at the LA Auto Show, Subaru will unveil their three-row Ascent crossover. Before then, Subaru has released a teaser photo of the Ascent. The photo gives us a good look at the roofline and greenhouse which scream Forester to us. There also appears to be flared fenders up front that were on the Ascent Concept that debuted earlier this year at the New York auto show. We know that the Ascent will be underpinned by Subaru's modular Global Platform that underpins the Impreza and Crosstrek. Source: Subaru
  23. Would you buy an Envision or an SRX?

    I wonder what our differences in ages are.... if effortless torque is fancy, my old '81 is the automotive equivalent of Cher in a glitter bath. Also... that means that EVs are fancier than any ICE could ever be. Joking aside, the torque in the Acadia is plenty strong and you don't need to rev the engine to get it. That was true with the prior V6, and it was something I harped on them for... but it is no longer the case. Again, the comparison here isn't Turbo V6es... Spend the same number of dollars as Buick V6 over at Benz, BMW, or even Lexus, and you're getting a Turbo-4 or a less powerful NA V6. The GLE gets a 302hp NA V6 compared to the Enclave's 310... but Buick isn't even supposed to be competing on that level.
  24. Random Thoughts Thread

    Had a year old Hyundai Santa Fe Sport as rental on our family vacation last week. Did over 250 miles on highway and some city driving. Not a bad car even in the base form, good amount of space, large trunk. Base seats are just ok, not bad but not super comfortable either. Connecting and streaming music through Bluetooth was easy and worked well. Handling was decent but steering is very vague, to the point when it was hard to keep the car in lane, and I never had that problem in any car I have driven before. Steering totally killed it for me.
  25. Volvo News: Uber orders 24,000 Volvo XC90s

    Cool
  26. 2019 Lincoln MKC Clips Its Wings: Comments

    I would rather have it as an option. I myself see no need for it. Proper planning makes these electronic options just that optional and for the most part lazy people features. Driving is a privilege you earn and you should be actively involved in all you do even when you use your auto to haul. Right now we have way to many nanny devices that has created a very lazy group of drivers.
  27. Would you buy an Envision or an SRX?

    Sure as heck are. Effortless torque is absolutely fancy. That's one reason EVs will/are be so nice.
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