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  2. February Car Spotter

    Spent a few hours wandering around the Cleveland Auto Show yesterday, took a few pics, but mostly enjoyed taking in the new cars...huge crowd being it was a rainy Saturday afternoon. Highlights included the '19 Corvette ZR-1 convertible in orange, a Camaro ZL-1 in blue, the new Navigator in silver blue w/ light blue interior, the Continental in dark blue w/ light blue interior. Many of the Cadillacs were locked, couldn't sit in them...a bummer. The Lexus LC is quite wild looking in person. Really liked the Regal Sportback and Tour-X. Today was nice and sunny, took a drive up the Lake Erie Coast to see lighthouses in Dunkirk, NY and Erie, PA....saw a dark red G8 GXP and a current silver Nissan GT-R in Dunkirk. Drove out to Presque Isle, PA in Erie, beautiful beaches and park. The old Dodge truck was parked in front a winery near the PA-NY state line. Lots of wineries to explore up there.
  3. Yesterday
  4. EV trucks/ SUVs

    So here's an interesting article, in light of the rising hype over possibly "EV all the trucks!!' https://www.edmunds.com/tesla/model-x/2016/long-term-road-test/2016-tesla-model-x-tow-test-recap.html It's a worth-while, real-world read, and casts some real doubt on the viability of EV haul vehicles. Tester took a Model X, which has a tow rating about 4980 lbs, towing a teeny trailer around California for a 4-day road trip. Near 5000 lbs tow rating is pretty good in all actuality- that will handle most homeowner needs short of large boat or car-hauling. And the impression of the Model X's towing by the tester was very positive, performance-wise: "Right away, the Sepulveda Pass demonstrated what I love about towing with an electric vehicle. Many of the difficulties associated with climbing a grade simply disappear. A direct-drive electric motor never shifts; the revs have no need to climb. The Model X can generate so much power and torque that it never strains, never gets any louder. And the Tesla's cruise control is so unfailingly precise that your chosen speed never waivers even a half a mile per hour. Uphill, level ground — even downhill — it all feels exactly the same." Everything up to now sounds great, right? But the eyeopener for both the tester and the average consumer at large considering an EV (especially in the guise of a work/tow vehicle) is how an EV greatly alters travel times. This is the very thing EV OEMs MUST address to gain widespread market penetration. Day One Summary: Drive distance: 217 miles Total time: 8 hours, 9 minutes (5 hours, 2 minutes driving; 3 hours, 7 minutes charging) Day Two Summary: Drive distance: 308 miles Total time: 11 hours, 48 minutes (8 hours, 4 minutes driving, 3 hours, 44 minutes charging) Day Three Summary: Drive distance: 283 miles Total time: 9 hours 36 minutes (6 hours, 47 minutes driving; 2 hours, 49 minutes charging) Day Four Summary: Drive distance: 213 miles Total time: 7 hours, 5 minutes (4 hours, 48 minutes driving; 2 hours, 17 minutes charging) That a 220-mile trip should take 8 hours to complete is just not acceptable for the vast, vast majority of attention-deficit, instant-gratification, hurry-hurry consumers out there. I've done that leg (220 miles : Central NJ to upstate Hudson Valley NY and back) in 3.5 hours in a internal combustion Jeep- no refueling stops. I'm going to stick with taking 5 minutes to fuel versus adding 4.5 hours to a 3.5 hour trip anyday. EVs have a LONG way to go to get any meaningful market penetration.
  5. Volvo News: Volvo's Current Gas Engine Family To Be Its Last

    Ohhhh they will be built, but will they be WANTED?
  6. Random Thoughts Thread

    Thanks to Ocnblu for bringing this to my attention. Super Duty 455, 1000HP.
  7. Volvo News: Volvo's Current Gas Engine Family To Be Its Last

    Continue to ignore the future at your own peril. LIke a Caboose train employee, you will find yourself left in a field devoid of any purpose. You know the future is Hybrid / EV and China is calling the shots.
  8. Volvo News: Volvo's Current Gas Engine Family To Be Its Last

    Nope
  9. Short term car shopping. Again.

    OK, have some guidelines in this pursuit. Again, this is for my one son to have about 110 miles from me, in upstate NY. • Would like to stay under $10K. • Cruze-size or smaller. This one is from the wife, I don't see an issue going up one notch, esp since the size classes are so damned close to each other. Have looked online at some local pre-owned stuff, nothing so far has blown my socks off.
  10. Kia News: Kia Has No Plans For Truck, A-Segment Crossover

    Different is good in this case....
  11. February Car Spotter

    The Maserati SUV stretched into a 40-ft limousine.
  12. Random Thoughts Thread

    Thanks guys! Yeah, it's not easy-but positive steps should get me there.....
  13. Volvo News: Volvo's Current Gas Engine Family To Be Its Last

    Will people buy them
  14. February Car Spotter

    Idiots on the Pass today, 2nd weekend in a row of 24" powder dumps and this moron shows up in his FWD Audi with no chains and gets stuck. Resort folks used their F150 4x4 and pulled him out.
  15. Project INVICTA

    OK, bitches. This is the official calendar mark - work on the B-59 resumed today, 02-24-18. Handed off the front Al-Fin drums to my buddy to clean up. They were turned years ago, he's going to tend to some brake surface cleanup, paint the hubs, do a tiny bit of modification to allow for aftermarket rims, and clean out the bearing areas. Spring is around the corner, and it's time to get this road whale (on it's way to) motorvating. - - - - - EDIT : 24 hr turnaround, nicely cleaned up. Will clear coat when the weather is warmer. 12" Al-fin (finned aluminum) with iron liners, getting Kevlar shoes when installed.
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  17. Volvo News: Volvo's Current Gas Engine Family To Be Its Last

    Some very cool and exciting changes coming. I agree with the last gen of ICE engines as you can use them for a long time and enhance via electrification.
  18. Was working on one job, private home, circa 2002. The ex-husband pulled up to talk to the x-W, had a "Desperation Red" ferrari 355 spyder. I was out in the garage making a custom dog door for her Bull Mastiff, and there were 2 'off the boat' old Italians guys there painting (in their 60s). When the guy came out & got into the car, I saw the 2 Italians watching the ferrari longingly from the garage. The guy cranks the sypder and it goes NeeNeeNeeNeeNeeNeeNeeNeeNeeNeeNeeNee and doesn't catch. One of the guys gestures toward the car and says to me in a heavy accent "Nice car, eh?" Naturally, I'm unimpressed. "Sounds like an old Chrysler!" I say back, and they scoff at me like I'm crazy. Guy cranks the ferrari again: NeeNeeNeeNeeNeeNeeNeeNeeNeeNeeNeeNee and it starts, sputtering a bit. "See?" I say to the painter, and he waves me off, like when spending $100K (or whatever) and getting old MoPar starter motor in your car is somehow acceptable. Junk.
  19. Could be collector, these rare Ferraris go up in value.
  20. During the press reveal of the Volvo V60 earlier this week, Volvo CEO Håkan Samuelsson and his colleagues took the https://t.co/STFoDTidXd

  21. During the press reveal of the Volvo V60 earlier this week, Volvo CEO Håkan Samuelsson and his colleagues took the time to answer some questions concerning the future of the Swedish brand. Road & Track jotted down some of the interesting bits from this. End of the road for Gas Engines Volvo made a surprising announcement last year with plans to electrify their entire lineup beginning in 2019. This includes mild-hybrid, plug-in hybrids, and electric vehicles. It seems this plan will also mark the end of development of gas engines. The current line of turbo and twin-charged engines represent the last new gas engines from the brand. Instead, Volvo will add more powerful electric motors to boost overall power. Down the road, Volvo hopes to follow Polestar by only offering pure EVs. Next-Gen SPA Platform to Lose Weight Volvo's current SPA modular platform isn't what you would call light. The V90 wagon can weigh as much as 4,561 pounds. The next-generation SPA platform, due out in 2021 will shed some weight. More Polestar Tuned Volvos Are Coming When Polestar was spun off to be its own brand, there were a number of people worried that it was end of the line for models like the S60/V60 Polestar. Not so according to Road & Track. A team of Polestar engineers will continue to operate in Sweden while the rest of the company sets up shop in China. They'll be tasked with making the next-generation Volvo models go fast and handle. No mention of when to expect new Polestar models or what they'll be based on. Other tidbits, The next-generation S60 sedan will begin rolling off the company's new Charleston, South Carolina assembly plant towards the end of this year. We're expecting to see Volvo debut the new model sometime before then, possibly the late summer or early fall. Volvo will also be conducting more design and R&D work in the U.S. This is partly due to the U.S. playing a crucial role in Volvo's future plans. The next-generation Sensus infotainment system, due in 2019, will be based on Google's Android smartphone OS. We hope this means a simpler user interface. Source: Road & Track View full article
  22. Volvo's Current Gas Engine Family To Be Its Last

    During the press reveal of the Volvo V60 earlier this week, Volvo CEO Håkan Samuelsson and his colleagues took the time to answer some questions concerning the future of the Swedish brand. Road & Track jotted down some of the interesting bits from this. End of the road for Gas Engines Volvo made a surprising announcement last year with plans to electrify their entire lineup beginning in 2019. This includes mild-hybrid, plug-in hybrids, and electric vehicles. It seems this plan will also mark the end of development of gas engines. The current line of turbo and twin-charged engines represent the last new gas engines from the brand. Instead, Volvo will add more powerful electric motors to boost overall power. Down the road, Volvo hopes to follow Polestar by only offering pure EVs. Next-Gen SPA Platform to Lose Weight Volvo's current SPA modular platform isn't what you would call light. The V90 wagon can weigh as much as 4,561 pounds. The next-generation SPA platform, due out in 2021 will shed some weight. More Polestar Tuned Volvos Are Coming When Polestar was spun off to be its own brand, there were a number of people worried that it was end of the line for models like the S60/V60 Polestar. Not so according to Road & Track. A team of Polestar engineers will continue to operate in Sweden while the rest of the company sets up shop in China. They'll be tasked with making the next-generation Volvo models go fast and handle. No mention of when to expect new Polestar models or what they'll be based on. Other tidbits, The next-generation S60 sedan will begin rolling off the company's new Charleston, South Carolina assembly plant towards the end of this year. We're expecting to see Volvo debut the new model sometime before then, possibly the late summer or early fall. Volvo will also be conducting more design and R&D work in the U.S. This is partly due to the U.S. playing a crucial role in Volvo's future plans. The next-generation Sensus infotainment system, due in 2019, will be based on Google's Android smartphone OS. We hope this means a simpler user interface. Source: Road & Track
  23. Random Thoughts Thread

    Seat belts were newly mandated for '66, so they were automotively topical. Wonder what/how the other end was attached to in the car.
  24. Mini News: BMW and Great Wall Team Up To Possibly Build Electric Mini in China

    One of the very rare cases where building something in China could make something more reliable.
  25. Random Thoughts Thread

    I'm sorry to hear about this, Dave. All of these shake ups shake us all up. Crazy stuff.
  26. I'm just pleased to read that Geely has stepped in to bail out Diamler, as I'm sure SMK is as well.
  27. Random Thoughts Thread

    Very nerve wracking, understandably, Uncle Dave. I hope it is resolved quickly.
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