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  2. Look, as a car, it's great. If it meets the spec targets, it will undoubtedly offer incredible performance, and it will probably sell out with ease and give Lotus a nice little profit in doing so. But if you look at it as a Lotus, this is quite a letdown. In an era when everyone is churning out 4 figure hybrid and EV hypercars, it would have been incredibly refreshing- and true to the spirit of the brand- to have forgone that with a new Esprit w/ an N/A Cosworth V8, a manual transmission, and sub 3,000lb curb weight.
  3. What a shame. The Alltrack is all things considered one of my favorite new cars on the market. It is such an incredibly well-rounded car that punches above it's price tag and class. This might have to make me reevaluate my future purchase for a new family friendly DD. VW is stupid.
  4. Yeah well I never said Cadillac was being logical about the ATS pricing lol. Still, $38K is a decent price for the CT5 regardless of its polarizing looks. The base price of the 2018 coupe was just north of $38K. Quirky sidenote: I’m one of the few people that actually like the last gen CTS coupe, fat ass and all. They should have continued it with the current CTS but alas, offering variety within each model seems to be a thing of the past these days.
  5. Modern auto highbeams usually stay off in the city because of the street lights.
  6. They ride like a car. Smooth and stable. They're really just a Ford Taurus wagon, though never marketed as such. The regular V6 version I had got reasonable mpgs for a 7 seater, above the EPA highway rating of 23. The Explorer was a great driving and riding SUV as well. I had one on a trip from Pitt to Syracuse NY to Edison NJ to Pitt and it was great. The only thing a little wonky is the seating position, but I experience that in most Fords. I can never seem to get the seats low enough for my preference.
  7. How is the ride comparing to car/van/suv/cuv? It looks like it should ride more like a car but isn't it on the same platform the Explorer and Taurus were? I don't know if that means good or bad, lol.
  8. Were all 53 eldorados convertibles then?
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  10. I've had them as rentals a few times and they're great vehicles.
  11. Lotus, aiming to rejoin the ranks of the supercars again is introducing a new limited production halo vehicle. The Evija will be a fully electric hypercar costing $2.11 million each with only 130 copies made. The car is said to be capable of 1,973 horsepower from four electric motors and have a range of up to 250 miles. Electric vehicles aren't known for being lightweight with their heavy battery packs, so Lotus is offsetting the 70 kWh battery's weight with a fully carbon fiber monoque chassis. Lotus is confident that the car will reach the 3,704 lb. target weight. The 0-62mph time is said to be less than three seconds with a top speed of more than 200 mph. The car can run at full power for 7 minutes on a track before the battery derates the power output. With 350 kw chargers the Evija can be recharged from 0 to 100 percent in 18 minutes, however the battery is compatible with future 800 kw charger as they become available. The design of the Evija is meant to evoke a LeMans racer, and it includes two venturi tunnels to reduce air pressure and reduce drag. The rear of the tunnels are fitted with a ring of red ribbon LEDs to look like the afterburners of a jet. The interior is quite minimalist with a rectangular steering wheel and a single pod of honeycomb shaped buttons up the center stack. It lacks the traditional center screen and instead uses the driver information screen for all feedback. Chinese auto manufacturer Geely bought Lotus in 2017 and the Evija is the first model launched since the purchase. Lotus plans to build more models suited for the Chinese market, including an SUV. View full article
  12. Lotus, aiming to rejoin the ranks of the supercars again is introducing a new limited production halo vehicle. The Evija will be a fully electric hypercar costing $2.11 million each with only 130 copies made. The car is said to be capable of 1,973 horsepower from four electric motors and have a range of up to 250 miles. Electric vehicles aren't known for being lightweight with their heavy battery packs, so Lotus is offsetting the 70 kWh battery's weight with a fully carbon fiber monoque chassis. Lotus is confident that the car will reach the 3,704 lb. target weight. The 0-62mph time is said to be less than three seconds with a top speed of more than 200 mph. The car can run at full power for 7 minutes on a track before the battery derates the power output. With 350 kw chargers the Evija can be recharged from 0 to 100 percent in 18 minutes, however the battery is compatible with future 800 kw charger as they become available. The design of the Evija is meant to evoke a LeMans racer, and it includes two venturi tunnels to reduce air pressure and reduce drag. The rear of the tunnels are fitted with a ring of red ribbon LEDs to look like the afterburners of a jet. The interior is quite minimalist with a rectangular steering wheel and a single pod of honeycomb shaped buttons up the center stack. It lacks the traditional center screen and instead uses the driver information screen for all feedback. Chinese auto manufacturer Geely bought Lotus in 2017 and the Evija is the first model launched since the purchase. Lotus plans to build more models suited for the Chinese market, including an SUV.
  13. I think the Flex could sell in adequate numbers(enough to pay for itself) if it got a good update for the first time in awhile. It's one vehicle where the owners absolutely love them but a lot of people don't even think to look at them in the first place, for whatever reason. They're almost minivan-like utility in the low entrance height and interior space but probably too wagon-like for people to look too hard into. The most recently updated ones look really good. If I needed the additional space, I would have given them a solid opportunity. My issue would have been wanting the 3.5TT and those are probably a little costly trims still.
  14. 4 '53 Eldorados together (out of 532 built / 192 known survivors as of 2012) ~
  15. That is weird. Why would they not look at an Escape or an Explorer? Whatever happened to the Flex?
  16. Strange that Fusion owners would consider a CR-V or RAV4, but not an Escape. I do hope the Fusion CrossSportXTouringEstate comes here.
  17. Wasn't that the coupe that was also a couple grand above the sedan? It's actually good to see them embracing the tweener thing again. I think that will help them out some.
  18. Well, when they sell 18 of them in two years, hopefully it will get the axe after that. Hopefully the lot gets trimmed sooner by getting rid of the bucket of pukes in the GLC Coupe, GLE Coupe, X4, and X6. FCK THOSE VEHICLES. I think it could be competitive but I think there is zero chance it could outsell the F150 unless the next F150 is a COMPLETE dud AND it falls to #3 behind the Ram and Silverado making the Toyota #3 and F150 #4. Also, to the best of my knowledge, those sales are F series, not just F150. That would mean Toyota would need their Tundra to have HD versions and try and take that whole market as well.
  19. If you're driving in the city, they will never be on because there are always lights around you that they sense.
  20. That's what I said, "you'd think if people knew about it, it would have sold well enough to be kept around." Absolutely. People who had TDi's, loved them. I had two friends with them and they also loved them. They could eek out 50mpg.
  21. Ford is planning a dramatic change to their European lineup. Autocar reported yesterday that the automaker will be replacing the Mondeo (Fusion to us), Galaxy, and S-Max with a new "single crossover-style estate model" - think Subaru Outback. Not many details are known about this new model. It is expected to use Ford's C2 platform which underpins the new Fiesta and Focus. A range of gas and diesel engines will be available, along with 48V mild-hybrid system. The new wagon is expected to arrive in early 2021 in Europe. Autocar notes that this model is expected to be sold in other markets such as North America. While this model is quite different from three it will replace (a midsize sedan/hatchback/wagon and two vans), it is expected to outsell all of them. Last year, Ford only moved 50,000 Mondeos, 24,000 S-Maxs, and 12,000 Galaxy. Numbers according to Autocar that are too small to make any profit. As for the U.S., the reason is likely due to Ford to possibly keep sedan buyers in the showroom. Last July, we reported that Ford was considering doing an "Outback competitor" with the Fusion name. Source: Autocar View full article
  22. Ford is planning a dramatic change to their European lineup. Autocar reported yesterday that the automaker will be replacing the Mondeo (Fusion to us), Galaxy, and S-Max with a new "single crossover-style estate model" - think Subaru Outback. Not many details are known about this new model. It is expected to use Ford's C2 platform which underpins the new Fiesta and Focus. A range of gas and diesel engines will be available, along with 48V mild-hybrid system. The new wagon is expected to arrive in early 2021 in Europe. Autocar notes that this model is expected to be sold in other markets such as North America. While this model is quite different from three it will replace (a midsize sedan/hatchback/wagon and two vans), it is expected to outsell all of them. Last year, Ford only moved 50,000 Mondeos, 24,000 S-Maxs, and 12,000 Galaxy. Numbers according to Autocar that are too small to make any profit. As for the U.S., the reason is likely due to Ford to possibly keep sedan buyers in the showroom. Last July, we reported that Ford was considering doing an "Outback competitor" with the Fusion name. Source: Autocar
  23. Other than the engine change, the Vega didn't really have any major revisions during it's 71-77 run. Federal bumpers and a revised nose and taillights in '74, grille change in '76...the Pinto went through more styling changes during it's longer run, albeit minor also.
  24. I would argue that the Pinto was a better engineered car than Vega. Media ruined Pinto with the overblown fire risk situation. Pinto survived without major revisions over its entire 1971-1980 run. How many transformations did the Vega go through over that same time period, even losing its name before the Cavalier came along in 1981. GM threw all kinds of mechanical and styling revisions at it, but the die was cast with those early, egregious missteps. The Vega was way more a public betrayal. More of a forfeiture. More of a suicide pill. Gremlin was a brilliant marketing stroke by a company working on a shoestring. By necessity it had super reliable mechanicals because its parent had no money to radicalize it. The Japanese live life on a smaller scale by necessity than Americans. Everything is miniaturized. So they had no problem building a subcompact that was fully engineered. The Japanese engineered everything in an upward direction, where Americans scaled their larger stuff downward.
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