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  2. I do like the idea of a walkable neighborhood, haven't lived in one in a long time. My neighborhood is very quiet day and night, but not really much to walk to...though I did walk home from the tire shop when I had my Jeep in getting tires about 18 months ago, but all the restaurants along the way are mostly fast food. I do have a Thai resturant I could walk to, though..it's pretty good. When I lived in Phoenix and Denver the neighborhoods were somewhat walkable, esp. Phoenix where I was 2 blocks away from a street w/ my grocery and lots of trendy restaurants that I drove to often. But given the horrific climate in Phoenix, no one walks. The best mix of livability w/ walkability I've experienced in the past were in college towns, Kent, Ohio and Ann Arbor, Michigan. I enjoyed the years I lived in each town. Haven't been back to A2 in 20 years, but have visited Kent a couple times in the last year, the downtown is great..lots of new development on and off campus.
  3. 2019 model is very dated, dating back to 2013 on the platform from 2006. The all new 2020 might increase in sales due to no American competition.
  4. I am honestly surprised stock holders have not sued and demanded Musks Head on a platter. https://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/tesla-stock-price-stats-put-stock-plunge-into-perspective-2019-5-1028228512#shares-have-been-cut-in-half-since-musk-s-funding-secured-tweet5 WOW
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  6. From $358 to $200: the pain has settled in, hung curtains and planted the flower beds.
  7. I agree that I can see China buying them, but they will keep the Tesla factory here just let everyone go, automate the rest of the place and bring in their own people to live in dorms. This would give them an access opening to the US market. Then as they finish up the Chinese factory start production there for the local market.
  8. How? Tomatoes make me ill. I have to disagree with that above statement. Sorry.
  9. LOL, I also was exposed to Led Zepplin later in life, grew up on Big Band music, played trumpet and piano in the past, now just listen to others more talented than I was. Stray Cats and Depeche Mode were my jam!
  10. This is totally understandable, the Avengers / Iron Man movies have made peoples interest in electric Audi's rise. I read somewhere that they were getting requests to buy versions of what Tony Stark was driving. Yet if they think Marvel movies will drive profits for them, I think they lost a seal in that engine some where.
  11. If anything the Chinese will buy them and move production to China.
  12. The Beetle dying is what ultimately killed the TT I think. The Z4 will be the only German 2-seat roadster left.
  13. Wonder what their model for this being successful was?
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  15. Depends if they want to be all electric or not.....
  16. Wonder about the test crash worthiness myself....
  17. Very thorough. My take on the corolla is as follows; much like a Kleenex tissue- if it's new, clean & uncrumpled, it has a latent function when needed. The very second it gets used, its garbage.
  18. I rented a car because I got a good deal. AAA was giving a 3rd weekend day free if you paid for 2. Not only that, I got bumped up from a compact (because they didn't have any) to an intermediate. The car assigned to me was a 2019 Toyota Corolla LE. It was bronze with a black cloth interior and wheel covers on what appeared to be 15" wheels. Its styling is acceptable. The signature "angry appliance" grille isn't as bad as it is on some bigger Toyota's and Lexus products and an identifiable front fascia/bumper is welcomed. The greenhouse is sort of dull, as is the rear fascia. The small slats at the edges of the front bumper are odd but sort of grow on you. I think they're more stylistic than functional. So be it. Within the first half hour of driving it on the interstate, I made up my mind about this car. It's competent and easy to live with but it's boring. The last time I had a Corolla was in Montreal about a decade ago. It was a 10th generation Corolla. (I cheated and looked at Wikipedia to figure out its generation.) What I remember is how vague the steering felt but that, with that, the road was fairly well isolated. It was a trade-off. The current Corolla provides more steering feel and, with that, more of what is going on with the tires is transmitted through the steering wheel. There is more road feel but there is also more tire and road noise that is sent into the cabin. It's not significantly more, but I noticed it. For its genre, acceleration is fine for everyday situations. It's not the best car to get out of the way or merging onto the freeway when dueling with an aggressive V-8 equipped Ram/F-150/Silverado/Tundra driver. I'm almost sure the engine is their ubiquitous 1.8 litre 4 cylinder that has been around for eons. Kudos for how nicely the engine bay is laid out. It's very logical. Fluid checkpoints are easy to identify. It would be a snap to change the battery. And, of course, there are what appear to be hard plastic manifolds that are an everyday occurrence on price leader Asian imports. Since a person spends most of their time inside the car, the Corolla's interior is worth talking about. The seats are nicely contoured, have decent looking stitching, and don't tire you out after a long interstate jaunt the way small car seats used to. The dash is fairly sensibly arranged in most aspects. There are the 2 large dials with the tach and the speedometer with fuel and temperature gauges inset into each of these dials. Thankfully, there is a temperature gauge. On econoboxes like Chevy Sparks and Sonics, the temperature gauge is now gone. I want the redundancy of a temperature gauge backed up by a warning light. What was irritating is that the Corolla has square information area between the big round dials that tells you all sorts of things. The A and B trip odometer is easy to set and reset. However, while you might get range and current fuel economy, I could not find a simple setting for a digital display of the speed. I find this to be an excellent thing to have and one that is easier to work with than the speedometer dial. I therefore had to rely on the dial. Maybe I couldn't find the setting. On Cruzes and Focuses, for example, the easily located digital speed display is much appreciated. There are three stalks on the Corolla. One is the turn signal, the one at the right is for the wipers, and the cruise control is on a stalk set in as a downward angled protrusion on the right. I don't like the appearance of it but it's easy to work with. There are some other things worth mentioning about the Corolla's interior. There is a somewhat chunky and tall horizontal band at the right of the instrument panel for the driver. With this, the audio screen, which is fairly large, is set within it and avoids what I call the "laptop left open" look. In the upcoming 2020 Toyota Corolla, the "laptop left open" is overly prominent. I think I'll pass. The screen is fairly easy to navigate. Two horizontal air conditioning vents and a separate digital clock are above it. Below it is the climate control. What was unique and likable here was the use of toggles instead of dials to regulate the temperature. You just tap them upward or downward to get the desired Fahrenheits. That small panel is also easy to work with. The glove box is fairly spacious. However, the center console has a few demerits. The cubby hole in front of the shifter with the USB ports and lighter is small and not optimal for larger phones. Also, the armrest and the space inside the console are underwhelming. In larger Toyotas, these become more capacious. There are a few more things about the interior's ergonomics. I like that Asian cars are retaining floor tabs to release the trunk AND the fuel door from inside the car. A secured fuel door is a good thing to have. Surprisingly, the Corolla also offers good visibility. I dislike rear headrests but it appears they are here to stay. The two principal ones are integral with the rear seat while the center one is adjustable. If they weren't there, visibility would be even better. While not a religious diatribe, a revelation came to on the third day ... of the rental, that is. I was out of town with the car on the first two days and used it locally on the third day. A friend of mine was in the car on the third day I had it and was going on about how all these Toyota Corollas now had CVTs. I was convinced that mine had a geared transmission. As it turns out, it did have a CVT. It's a modified CVT, though. It shifts from first to second gear the "normal" way before operating as a CVT. This is probably to pacify those who would otherwise detest CVTs ... and there are many. However, I should have known better. In situations where I had to pass or pick up speed, the rpm's spooled upward and then wound down slowly and haphazardly. With a step gear transmission, the shifting of gears would have been crisper and identifiable. The plus side of the CVT is that, on freeway jaunts with some minor amounts of stop and go traffic, the car was pulling in about 38 mpg. I believe that, on a highway jaunt that has no gas stops and the like, the Corolla 1.8 + CVT can get 40 mpg. The Corolla appears to be about the same size as a Chevy Cruze but can't touch the surprising refinement of the Cruze. Instead, it almost drives more like a Focus. It's also priced more like a Focus while Cruzes cost a few thousand dollars more. For those seeking value on a budget, you really can't go wrong with a Toyota Corolla and its legendary reliability. However, if someone needs to drive a car that they also really like, this may not be the car for everyone. I give the Corolla a strong B+.
  19. Kinda wish they had buses around here....would be nice for the afternoon ride home....
  20. Random thought: sun dried tomato vinaigrette dressing is downright delicious.
  21. On an early 90s trip right now.....
  22. Love my current inner suburb.. ~5 miles from downtown, walk to all sorts of restaurants, grocers, bakeries, patio bars, doctor, dentist, barber, gym, subway station, movie theatre (though it will be torn down for condos within a few years), 3 minute walk to kids school. Still quiet enough at night I don't get woken by sirens, horns, 5am garbage trucks etc of downtown. More likely to be woken by territorial trash pandas fighting.
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  24. Its a French sir name. Cadillac is a street name, and the Metro station is on that street and so the Metro station takes the name of the street its on. https://www.google.com/maps/@45.5768388,-73.5466271,3a,39.8y,65.5h,88.64t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sBqKV-qH-HXp0f4krtejSLQ!2e0!7i16384!8i8192 My 99 soon to be 100 year old auntie lives near this Metro station. In fact her old apartment and her new old age home is a mere 5 minute walk from there. Further east on Sherbrooke Street, there is a McDonald's. That would be the first McDonald's Iv ever been to waaaay back when I was 5 or 6 years old. A little later, a Burger King opened up. And you guessed it...that would be the first Burger King Ive ever been to. Both are still there. A St. Hubert BBQ rotisserie chicken restaurant is a tad closer. My family would eat there too often enough. The Olympic Stadium is further WEST on Sherbrooke street. Yes. The Montreal Expos would play there. And yes...I would go see them play often as I lived close by. On Ste Catherine Street. Yes...The same Ste Catherine Street that is the heart of Downtown Montreal. Pie-IX Metro station is where the Olympic Stadium is. In Between Cadillac Metro and Pie-IX Metro would be Viau Metro station. And those are the streets that those Metro Stations are on. The Stadium would be between Pie-IX and Viau... When clicking on the link, turn the direction towards west, and not even advancing forward on anything and you would see the Olympic Village Appartments.
  25. After 20 years, Audi will be sending off the TT coupe and convertible into the great parking lot in the sky. During the brand's annual meeting today, Audi CEO Bram Schot said a new strategy focusing on sustainability means the brand has to cut a number of models that don't make economic sense. “There will be lots of things that we won’t do any more in the future, or things that we do less. We focus maximum resources on our key projects,” said Schot. This is part of an effort to get the brand back on track in terms of sales and profit after the diesel emission scandal which culminated in the arrest of former CEO Rupert Stadler and an 800 million euro ($895 million) fine. Schot did reveal that the TT would be replaced by a new "emotive" electric vehicle in the same price range. No other details were given. The TT isn't the only model on the chopping block. The R8 sportscar is being questioned as to whether or not it fits into Audi's new focus. Also, the successor to the A8 flagship may go all-electric. Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required) View full article
  26. After 20 years, Audi will be sending off the TT coupe and convertible into the great parking lot in the sky. During the brand's annual meeting today, Audi CEO Bram Schot said a new strategy focusing on sustainability means the brand has to cut a number of models that don't make economic sense. “There will be lots of things that we won’t do any more in the future, or things that we do less. We focus maximum resources on our key projects,” said Schot. This is part of an effort to get the brand back on track in terms of sales and profit after the diesel emission scandal which culminated in the arrest of former CEO Rupert Stadler and an 800 million euro ($895 million) fine. Schot did reveal that the TT would be replaced by a new "emotive" electric vehicle in the same price range. No other details were given. The TT isn't the only model on the chopping block. The R8 sportscar is being questioned as to whether or not it fits into Audi's new focus. Also, the successor to the A8 flagship may go all-electric. Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)
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