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  2. smk4565

    Volvo News: 2019 Volvo S60: A Swede with An American Accent

    It looks good and has nice powertrain options, I think it is priced well too. The interior is clean and modern but I think there are better interiors in this segment too.
  3. Cubical-aka-Moltar

    Volvo News: 2019 Volvo S60: A Swede with An American Accent

    Very sharp. Elegant, clean exterior and interior design. I really like where Volvo has been going w/ their recent designs.
  4. smk4565

    Lexus News: The Uncertain Future of the Lexus GS and IS

    I first said they should use the 2.0T with electrification to get under the 2 liter gas tax level. You said they should use the 2.7 liter, to which I said is pointless because you can use the 3.0TT which is taxed the same as a 2.7. With the new GLS I wouldn’t be surprised to see the newly updated turbo 4 gonin there for China, but they might not care if the 3 liter sells well.
  5. Suaviloquent

    Random Thoughts Thread

    Oh. Well my math is a bit fuzzies, but I still like the idea of a sleeper stealth approach to off-road. Like try super hard to make your vehicle not look off-road capable - but like I get it, bumpers for ex are obvious when they are meant for off-road even when body colour. I thought Trailhawk = best off-road I did not know Overland = luxury + best off-road
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  7. Drew Dowdell

    Random Thoughts Thread

    LOL you're nutz! I don't think there is anything a Trailhawk can do that an appropriately equipped Overland cannot.
  8. ykX

    Random Thoughts Thread

    Definitely cool
  9. Suaviloquent

    Random Thoughts Thread

    I like the Trailhawk. Though for the Grand Cherokee, I would get some Mopar accessories to have body colour grille, mirror caps, a slightly lighter finish on the wheels, and perhaps regular finish tow hooks too. I would get back to chrome window trim, and remove the hood decal. I would keep the "Trailhawk" branding in a very stealth way, like a black sticker decal that you attach to near the black surround of window pillars. For the GC I kinda would want a 'sleeper' Trailhawk look, where the upgrades are masked so it doesn't actually look like you got the Trail hawk. Why? Because I think that like having a sleeper sedan - no one expects your normal looking GC to handle the rough stuff that requires Trailhawk level of equipment, and then...... BAM!!!! SHOW'EM WHOS DA REAL EL GRANDE CHEROKEEE!
  10. Yes, sorry for the side trip. Seems that as per @Drew Dowdell stated about the reduction in tariffs for imported auto's that the percent would be 15% down from 25% and now it seems that in an update, China just dropped it to 6%. http://money.cnn.com/2018/05/22/news/economy/china-cuts-car-tariffs-imports/index.html Seems that by 2022 the restriction of outside companies having manufacturing plants and ownership without a 50/50 Chinese partner will go away too. This is good news for GM and building of more Cadillacs in China.
  11. dfelt

    Random Thoughts Thread

    Chevy BOLT has their detailed service manual available on a USB thumb drive for $200 versus Tesla yearly subscription fee of $3,000. https://electricrevs.com/2018/06/05/revealed-secrets-of-the-bolt-ev-service-manual/ Some cool stuff on the bolt.
  12. Back away from the politics.
  13. Seems some flattery is in order for Tesla, as Chargepoint showed off at the Elevate Summit conference in LA a new 2 Megawatt charging connector that has similarities to the Tesla Semi charging connector. This new connector utilizes 4 pairs of liquid-cooled 500A DC charging pins. The goal is to have a standardized connector for EV Class 8 trucks and airplanes. This would allow you to have chargers that could handle from 100 to more than 860 volts of power quickly. The benefit of getting this standardized soon is so that all auto makers could plan to support this much higher level of charging even on normal cars. Imagine charging 600 miles of rang in about 5-10 min the equal electric charging of an ICE auto. https://electricrevs.com/2018/05/14/chargepoint-vs-tesla-megacharger-connector-comparison/
  14. Ultra-fast Charging of America In Europe they call it XFC or extreme fast charging, yet in the US, the agreed term is UFC or Ultra-fast charging. No matter what Electrify America, the company created to spend the VW settlement dollars on building out the US EV charging infrastructure has signed contracts with two well known companies (Black & Veatch and SAI Group) that are experienced in building charging systems. By June 2019 we will have 484 locations with 2000 UFC charging stations. This build out will cover a majority of the most common traveled roads allowing EVs to go long distances. SAI group will cover 16 states and Black & Veatch will cover 24 states. Part of the Dieselgate settlement of the US with VW is that they would invest $2 billion in building out the US electric charging infrastructure. This is phase 1 of 4 phases over the next 10 years, each phase costing $500 million. Based on when all this is to be completed, by 2028 you will have 8000 charging stations in almost 2000 locations. If the EV auto supports UFC charging, your looking at 80% recharge in 15 minutes for the average 310 mile battery pack. All charging locations will have at least 1 CHAdeMO 50 kW / 100 kW connection and the rest will be 150 kW to 350 kW CCS charging locations. Payment will be made via credit cards, ApplePay, AndroidPay and a smartphone app that is being released by Electrify America. Stated cost to charge will be no more than 30 to 35 cents per minute depending on the state. Electric Revs Story Electrify America Announces B&V, SAI Group as Design-Build Firms.pdf
  15. Drew Dowdell

    Volvo News: 2019 Volvo S60: A Swede with An American Accent

    This looks fantastic! Just visually, I would probably pick this over any of the competition.
  16. Anthony Fongaro

    Lincoln News: Rumorpile: Lincoln MKC to Become Corsair

    It makes the CUV sound a lot more distinguished and upscale. Very exciting times for Lincoln.
  17. Drew Dowdell

    Random Thoughts Thread

    Overland package is more $$$. That's the reason I started looking at this. I get the off-road suspension and 4x4, plus the tow package, plus heated and cooled seats (albert's request), for less money than the same config in an overland.
  18. ccap41

    Random Thoughts Thread

    Yeah if i lived somewhere different and used the extra goodies, I would definitely want that. ORRRRR I'd still want the more "road-ready" JGC and try and invest in a Wrangler as a toy anyway...
  19. Anthony Fongaro

    Volvo News: 2019 Volvo S60: A Swede with An American Accent

    Overall, this looks fantastic. Very interested on how the Polestar T8 will be considering for now you can only get it by Care by Volvo.
  20. dfelt

    Random Thoughts Thread

    I can respect that, yet as one that does go off road, I would take the Trailhawk over the Overland.
  21. Yup, Like what your saying but doubt it will happen. GOP want to cut SS and Medicaid but hands off as they ramp up spending on Defense. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/business/wp/2018/06/19/house-gop-plan-would-cut-medicare-social-security-to-balance-budget/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.8c523dad66de We spend way too much on defense and attempting to be the Global police force and we spend way too much on the Socialist liberal agenda of feed everyone, cloth and give a roof over your head which is also hurting us. Help enough to get people going but not give them everything and lets honor our retires that worked and paid into SS and Medicaid. Two areas that SHOULD NOT be reduced. BACK ON CADILLAC - I like the constant growth of the Chinese market and really hope this continues for GM there so that Cadillac can get back to their glory days or at least close to them.
  22. dfelt

    Volvo News: 2019 Volvo S60: A Swede with An American Accent

    I have to say I like the looks, from the Tail lights to the Thors hammer headlights, I like how it all comes together in a nice flowing style. Interior is great, as a solid flowing mix of technology and actual switches. I have to say I like this allot.
  23. ccap41

    Random Thoughts Thread

    See, with a JGC I would prefer to just have the street tires and Overland package because it would be capable enough for me as a JGC with 4WD. I don't need whatever makes it a Trailhawk and I'd rather it just look classy rather than "cool"(if that's the right terminology).
  24. Anthony Fongaro

    Random Thoughts Thread

    A go-anywhere JGC is always cool. I like the color combination as well.
  25. dfelt

    Random Thoughts Thread

    Really Cool story on the Original Preston Tucker! http://www.automobilemag.com/news/saving-prestons-tucker/ Very cool to read about it. Interesting to come to find out that the original wiring was flammable. The owner is doing a full restoration on it and will not drive it until the wiring is all replaced. That is a Bargain considering the cost new. So a 2yr lease maybe then is what it was traded in low mileage.
  26. Drew Dowdell

    Random Thoughts Thread

    The Renegade Trailhawk is actually surprisingly capable. I think the issue people have with the JGC Trailhawk is that it is no more capable than an Overland with the active suspension and the upper level 4x4 system (which both come standard on Trailhawk) This one I have pictured is $32k and 17k miles for a '17
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