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  2. h1 { color: blue; font-family: verdana; font-size: 300%; } Latest News Sales of Chevrolet Bolts Rise Due To Model 3 Delays, Tax Credit Concerns Tesla's production hell seems to be only getting worse than better. Various issues at their Freemont plant has caused the automaker to push back their goal of producing 5,000 Model 3s from late las… 12 comments 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio is An Expensive Proposition It has been a long wait for those wanting the high-performance Stelvio Quadrifoglio to arrive at their nearest Alfa Romeo dealer. But they won't be waiting too much longer as Alfa Romeo has revea… 20 comments More Luxury Car Buyers Are Moving to Trucks and SUVs If you have been following auto sales for the past few years, then you know that SUVs and trucks currently dominate the sales charts partly due to the low gas prices. This is especially true when i… 34 comments Leaked: Is this the 2019 Volvo V60? Next month at the Geneva Motor Show, Volvo will be showing off the new V60 wagon. At least that was the plan. Only a few hours after Volvo dropped a teaser video, a couple pictures of the supposed … 5 comments Subaru Prices 2019 Ascent Before the Ascent arrives at dealers later this summer, Subaru has revealed the pricing. The new three-row crossover will begin at $32,970 (includes a $995 destination charge). That nets you a 26… 8 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 Quick Drive: 2017 Cadillac ATS Coupe 2.0T Luxury It feels a bit odd to be spending some time in the 2017 Cadillac ATS coupe after driving the CT6 earlier this year. In a way, it felt like I was stepping back into the past where Cadillac was makin… 23 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|*
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  4. Random Thoughts Thread

    rode past my local Buick / GMC dealer and spotted 2 Veranos- going to check them out. - - - - - Another beautiful Cadillac 4-door coupe (tho I prefer the 'Western' low bed style immensely) ~
  5. .30 doesn't seem high to me. It's generally harder to get a shorter vehicle to match the .cd of a longer one, so it goes against that to accept the stumpy CLA is matching the s-class in .cd.
  6. 'The Bolt's not large enough for people looking for a mid-size car.' Model 3 interior volume: 97 CF. Bolt EV interior volume: 95 CF. At least the Bolt has a cargo opening you can fit more than a shoebox through. The industry has been moving to smaller & smaller vehicles on the whole. Though it doesn't suit my preferences, large cars (or what is so labeled these days) are on the way out (I buy trucks, anyway). Model 3 sedan unfortunately will be born into a rapidly shrinking segment, whereas the much more practical Bolt is in the growing segment. Model 3 should have been the Model Y first.
  7. Short term car shopping. Again.

    I was at the auto show today, I thought the 2018 Accord was nice, the interior is actually better designed and better laid out than the Acura’s. Acuras I think are a huge waste of money, they are basically the same as a Honda for $15k more. I am not saying a Subaru is nicer than others in that price range but they have AWD, are good on safety, pretty good on gas, so they make a good used car for a college kid, sort of the same way a used Volvo is a good safe used car. I think Mazda has nice interiors and build quality for their price. I actually like the Impala for a full size sedan, Malibu and Fusion I am not impressed with. VW’s are blah and boring, I feel like there is a lot of low rent plastic in every VW also.
  8. the market needs a mid size or large car at a palatable price. by that, I mean something not as small as Bolt / Volt.
  9. I'd like to see C/D test other Mercedes or someone else test a CLA. I have read the European spec CLA rates a little lower on drag that the American market car, but .30 seems way too high. I came across a an E-class coupe wind tunnel test where it registered a .24 which is in line with what they claim.
  10. Right, I could make a flying car that ran on cheez wiz and if there was only one of them hand built in my garage it wouldn't do any good. Tesla needs to figure out how to get the stuff they design to actual buyers.
  11. Good question- probably to serve the general corporate narcissistic ideology. Just like this: Car & Driver tested a number of cars in the wind tunnel in 2014 to check the OEM claims. Mercedes claims the CLA is at .23, but it tested at .30. Volt matched it's claim of .28 on the nose, BTW.
  12. But the Bolt is small, for people that only want an EV no matter what, then it is fine. But if I were in the market for a mid-size sedan or RAV4 sized crossover or 3 row crossover, as most shoppers are, then I would not be looking at a Bolt. The Bolt isn't as fast as a Model 3 either. Now if they make a 220 mile range EV Malibu or Equinox for $37k, then game on.
  13. Short term car shopping. Again.

    • I've not owned a Northstar/ Shortstar, but all the numerous other GM engines have all been excellent- no issues. Had a 3.1L 6 go to 147K- didn't burn/lose oil. • Subaru has had some major issues in recent years, but I've not heard of issues for Mazda. Toyota, I wouldn't take one for free if I had to keep it- terrible quality. Not a fan of Japanese brands anyway. • Haven't figured out the budget yet, like I stated above. It's not a matter of affordability, but rather simply how much we'd be willing to spend.
  14. FIAT itself is the money pit; Alfa Romeo is just a poor decision. Then again, Sergio has clearly demonstrated that he basically hates Chrysler and Dodge, so if he siphons $$$$ for Alfa Romeo and FIAT great for him. Bad for all others. Will Chryco survive until 2021? Place your over/under bets.
  15. Small problem: execution and product availability are everything in this business. Elon Musk and his crew have clearly underachieved on this one. Seems like no one can actually get their hands on a Tesla model 3. Pitiful.
  16. Short term car shopping. Again.

    Not trolling, I had a 10 year old GM Northstar derived engine that burned oil, and my friend had the same car and it burned oil. Although Audi 2.0T engines burn it way faster. And I happen to think Mazda and Subaru build a pretty good vehicle, and the Mazda 6 or Legacy new or used would be be good options here. And as I mentioned used Hyundai Genesis are cheap and pretty nice, the Optima I think is pretty good and not too expensive either. The 2018 Accord is nice, but that would be higher than the budget I think for this case.
  17. Subaru News: Subaru Prices 2019 Ascent

    I can tell in these parts Subaru keeps selling more and more and i think it was wise that Toyota runs them now because i bet subaru's growth is a lot from toyota customers. So if that is the case its fine that they keep making them more bland. a coworker bought an impreza crosstrek manual (the last version). It's actually a really cool rig. Another coworker got a new impreza and we both looked at it and said its not the same, and he said he was really glad he got the one he did before they changed it. This Ascent just looks to me like Forester XL but i know of two people who are looking at these like AWD never existed before. One has an outback currently, and the other just got married and are probably planning for kids.
  18. February Car Spotter

    Yeah, kind of dim under the car...the QS&L near me (Valley View, Oh) has racing cars in side--a Michael Andretti Indy Car and an older Monte Carlo stock car.
  19. Why would Mercedes make up cD numbers? No one is buying cars based on them, they aren't used in any marketing, other than a stat line on a web page after about 50 other measurements and specs are listed. And nose shape has very little to do with drag, there are a lot of ways to improve or hurt aero. There are pointy noise cars with bad drag coefficients too. And the drag efficient of the AMG GT sedan doesn't matter, what does matter is it will be faster than an E63 which can already beat an M5.
  20. Random Thoughts Thread

    So, I lament the departure of the Buick Verano. Well, the situation is "summery" elsewhere. In Europe, it continues as the Opel Astra (not to be confused with the miserable Pontiac Astre, the Vega's counterpart). Over there, the side profile is unmistakably that of the Verano. The front end looks like that of a Hyundai Accent. Can't tell what the rear looks like. The dash is unmistakably that of the Buick, but without the faux wood. That effect seems to be waning in popularity. Since this is the Italian site, there is no icon of the Union Jack that you can hit for an English translation. As the bottom left is the icon for "configuratore," which is where you build your own. If you're like me, you click on the option that says "automatico" or "automatica." http://www.opel.it/veicoli/gamma-astra/astra-sedan/caratteristiche.html
  21. February Car Spotter

    I'm betting many more people lease in and around Seattle (less so in Tacoma!) and cars come off leases. I really think that the area is much more receptive to foreign iron than to American iron. I recall seeing most people of means on the Eastside behind the wheel of an expensive German car. I was in one of these joints and there were 2 cars hoisted up. One might have been a T-bird. The other a Monte Carlo. Not completely sure. However, sitting directly under them for prolonged periods wasn't a lot of fun because the lighting isn't as good as it is elsewhere in the restaurant.
  22. I understand the point your making. I do believe the blunt front end of an auto though makes a difference in this and that you are right, I think many of the .cd numbers are extremely variable depending on where one measures. This site is really cool as they have a full auto testing wind tunnel that does measure everything. The pictures do show that they have a stream of smoke to help identify the over the top measuring much like the MB pic above. https://www.horiba-mira.com/our-services/full-scale-wind-tunnel-(fswt)
  23. I believe the MB pic is merely illustrative, not a candid shot of actual testing. That said, it is impossible to tell a given sedan's aero by it's appearance. The number is a cumulation of dozens of tiny tweaks / surfacing.
  24. Short term car shopping. Again.

    Likely your test drive should be done after dark so no one sees you driving it.
  25. Short term car shopping. Again.

    Trolling. Lots of 20 year old GM products doing just fine. Got my oil changed in my vee dub at the Audi dealership in Asheville when I was visiting my mother...crowded and they were moving metal unlike the dealership next door. Lots of good car makers in addition to Benz. Escape is actually a Decent looking vehicle. Seems like it would be a good choice.
  26. I called them as every auto and the size of the battery (Most expensive component) makes every conversion a custom quote. I agree with you that the 1yr warranty is weird and I would have expected longer too from Tesla, but at least they are trying. I wonder when GM or Toyota will offer EV powertrain kits on their crate sales site.
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