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  1. 2 points
    GM doesn't do RWD unibody crossovers. FWD/transverse is their sweet spot, because they can share them across four brands and many models...keep them generic and cheap to build.
  2. 2 points
    Not really... The GM-Ford 10-speed uses a total of four planetary gear sets and 6 clutches, although no more than 4 clutches and 3 sequential ratios are ever engaged at any one time (not counting the axle ratio). It is impractical to try to use every single element as input and output to one another.
  3. 2 points
    Cadillac MUST, in any forward-looking planning, MUST keep its recent volume in the forefront. There already isn’t enough volume to support both the CT5 & CT4. Add to that there’s not enough volume to support a full catalog that matches all tiers that brands selling double the volume struggle at, and the path is clear. Keep the mission tight & clear and stick to it. Volume low? Keep the upper tiers, cultivate your image, dump the low margin low priced stuff.
  4. 2 points
    Because Audi, BMW, Lexus and Infiniti are also. Compact premium crossovers are a growth segment, and it's available in 7 seat form.
  5. 2 points
    Great Read about RJ CEO of Rivian and his confirmation that you can purchase and add auxiliary battery packs to your truck or suv and that the Rivian auto's will allow vehicle to vehicle electric transfer. https://www.thedrive.com/tech/28323/the-drive-interview-rivian-automotive-founder-and-ceo-rj-scaringe Great info about the company and the truck and suv that goes into mass production next year and the Amazon and Ford investment. Gotta say this interview is awesome, but I love this at the end as he is a Combustion Guy. @ocnblu Worth the Read, but thought you would find this interesting. Quote: I understand you grew up helping your neighbor restoring 356s. Yeah! Are you a Porsche person? I am, but more so, I'm a combustion guy. I love the sound of a combustion engine. I love a manual. How do you sell someone like me on your car? I grew up restoring classic Porsches and I had all kinds of crazy projects. I built engines, I'm an absolute car person. It's like the heart of my life. I love cars. But, I don't view electric and combustion as being at odds with one another. It's just a very different and new flavor. I've been driving electrics for a while and it's a completely different experience and, I think, in a positive way. You lose the manual, you lose some of the noise, but you gain incredible smoothness, incredible torque response, and precision with throttling that torquing in and out. I find it more enjoyable, but I think it is a process. People that grew up with something, it’s always a transition, just like anything else. There are all the cliché analogies, that the combustion engine with being a manual transmission is like a horse in the 1930s. There are people who grew up around it like it and appreciate that, but it is absolutely not going to be a long term part of the transportation system. It just simply can't, for a variety of reasons.
  6. 2 points
    Yes, when you read the story I at least took it to be the Percent of the Tariff applied to the cost of the product. Yet with that said, I can totally understand that without a clear statement of what that number means it would be confusing for people. I have actually reached out to the writer of the story to ask him for clarification of those numbers. Will post the reply once I hear back. Thank you both
  7. 2 points
    Alt-Right or Alt-Left or Centrist, who cares if they are looking to make things better for the whole rather than the one! Sadly we have leadership that I believe is too focused on the one and as I posted above on todays story about Trumps Protectionist approach to deal making, in the long term, this is going to HURT America! He seems to have a to hell with the Constitution and the freedoms our soldiers have fought for here over his own image and personal agenda that helps the less than 1% like the Koch brothers. These two stories seem to support that feeling of protect the 1% and to heck with the rest. https://www.foxnews.com/politics/billionaire-koch-brothers-wont-support-trump-in-2020-snubbing-his-bid-for-second-time https://www.gq.com/story/koch-brothers-eye-the-democrats There is a very libertarian focus from them now on their switch from Tea party / GOP to support the Democrats.
  8. 2 points
    True but again, I was speaking in general terms. I tend to tune out the extremist posts because it tends to be devoid of actual facts and isn’t based on reality (more like it supports a certain idealism mindset). I have family members that deal with life that way and I do not deal with life that way so we just don’t see eye to eye on political and social matters. If extends to the internet community as well. Too much “radicalized” thinking with no room for moderate compromise mindset for my taste.
  9. 2 points
    Yes and no. (1) The engine isn't the problem. You need a new oil pan and exhaust down pipe of course but that's not a big deal. The 2.7T four banger is 10~12mm taller but that's shorter than the empty space under the 2.0T's dress cover. (2) GM's new 9-speed transmissions, however, DO NOT have the torque rating to handle 348 lb-ft much less any higher output version of the 2.7T. This is part of the reason Ford did not adopt the GM-Ford 9T65 transmission, but instead made an 8-speed version of the decade old GM-Ford 6T75 (used in the XTS VSport, etc.) which they called the 8F57 to handle the Ford Ecoboost 2.7T V6's 380 lb-ft in the Edge ST. Basically, the quickie solution will be for GM for buy a few Ford 8F57 trannies for these applications.
  10. 2 points
    Honda Clarity- the Aztek of the 20-teens. Abysmal design.
  11. 2 points
    Must be why Trump was trying to nominate himself for it in regard to his “great” work with N. Korea. Would it be great then? Talk about clutching some pearls. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-usa-trump/trump-makes-his-case-for-nobel-peace-prize-complains-hell-never-get-it-idUSKCN1Q42FJ
  12. 2 points
    Right after he gets his face added to Mt. Trumpmore.
  13. 2 points
    Once again, we have the arsonist wanting credit for putting out the fire that he started.
  14. 2 points
    Well I love green and blue vehicles. The Challenger has already been posted in green. Challenger in Indigo Blue: Grand Cherokee in green:
  15. 1 point
    Ford unveiled the 2020 Escape ahead of the New York International Auto Show and yesterday I finally got my chance to check it out. The Escape’s overall shape has lost some of its edge. It is now more rounded and car-like born out by the fact that it is longer, lower, and wider than the current model. From certain angles in the front, it almost looks to be a Tesla, an association I’m sure Ford won’t mind me making. In back, it has lost almost all of its character. Scrape the badges off and I couldn't tell you what manufacturer this car came from. Inside is a mixed bag. The dash is laid out in a simple organized fashion and I like how it no longer juts out at you as the outgoing model does. The screen is well placed and easy to reach. My experiences with Sync3 in the past have been good, so I expect that will carry over into this Escape. The rear seat room is good for the class, though the rear seats do sit lower than I would like. Where I’m let down is in the quality of materials. Everything seems to be made of hard plastic. The door panels in the rear were especially tupperware feeling. One strange item is the unusual placement of the engine start/stop button, down and behind the steering wheel almost as if they were intentionally making it hard to reach. I did back to back comparisons with Ford’s competition at the show and I would put the new Escape near the bottom of the list on interior quality. It is even a step backward from the current Escape. The Escape will have four powertrain choices, a 1.5-liter turbo, a 2-liter turbo carried over from the previous generation, and making a return is the hybrid version, powered by a 2.5 liter 4-cylinder. A plug-in hybrid will also be available, but only in front-wheel drive form. The most interesting of these engines is the 1.5 liter. It is a 3 cylinder EcoBoost producing 180 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque. It is capable of running on just 2 cylinders during times of light load. I liked the 1-liter 3-cylinder EcoBoost in the Ford Fiesta, and if this new 1.5 liter runs the same, that would be a good thing. Driving impressions will have to wait till later this year when the Escape goes into production. Overall I think this Ford could and should do better on the interior quality. A 3-cylinder turbo may be a hard sell no matter how good the mileage is and Ford will have an interesting time convincing customers of that. You can read more about the 2020 Ford Escape from the release article below. View full article
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    The idea that one Rivian can charge another Rivian out in the wild is, of course- interesting, but imagine how many decades it might take for 2 to find each other in the same place.
  19. 1 point
    They say it was done to hide sacred Indian locations, so who knows maybe National Treasure is right, hidden city of gold?
  20. 1 point
    The new Lincoln Aviator is RWD. Why won't Cadillac build a RWD unibody crossover since the death knell of the original SRX? Mercedes and (especially) BMW sell RWD CUVs all the time. Certainly, given the current Cadillac lineup, there is room for a RWD CUV NOT named Escalade (which is a RWD BOF SUV).
  21. 1 point
    They had BOF platforms---they were already making the 4Runner, Sequoia, and Land Cruiser. But they realized they could make more car-like crossovers from unibody FWD car platforms that would be more appealing to women, and it ended being a means of printing money... Jeep had the unibody SUVs long before that, but they were purpose-built RWD based platforms, not generic FWD sedan mediocrity.
  22. 1 point
    I think there is a typo in the original post above, it says The GLA can be purchased as a 5-seater or 7-seater with a second row that can slide fore and aft up to 6 inches. I think that should read GLB. Another sentence references the GLC, when it should be GLB. Nomenclature confusion?
  23. 1 point
    BMWs are expensive Civics and accords. No soul, no character.
  24. 1 point
    E codes are just the platform generation codes that BMW fans use to refer to specific generations...no different than Mustang fans referring to Fox bodies, SN95 and S550, M-B fans with W126, W124 (both favorites of mine), w140s, etc..or Corvette fans talking about C5, C6, C7, etc or Camaro fans talking about 5th gen or 6th gen models.
  25. 1 point
    Same. I had a chance to drive a friend's father's E39 540i as well. This gentleman had a late 1980s Bonneville SSE that he traded in for that 540i. I had a chance to drive the Bonneville too. I liked both cars but I did prefer the Bimmer.... (you did not read that...OK?)
  26. 1 point
    At any rate...business does not l8ke uncertainty. This creates unneeded tension and chaos in the economy.
  27. 1 point
    well, 100 units is bigger than 50 units, or 30 units. That much is clear.
  28. 1 point
    Internal Combustion's been here since day 1, still controlling 97% of the global market 140 years later, but it "can't be long term". That, folks, is salesmanship!
  29. 1 point
    Ugh: acres of cladding, another anemic engine, FWD. WTH is mercedes doing down in this segment?
  30. 1 point
    I guess by making the engine compartment look like a normal ICE CUV helps make it less strange like other EVs. And the EQC and Etron are both based on normal CUV platforms, not dedicated EV platforms.
  31. 1 point
    Because is very hard to do a wide ratio with a small number of speeds. Or, rather, it'll take a very large diameter planetary gear set. Most automatics get to >7 to 1 by using three planetaries in series. With 1 planetary set you can only get 3~4 speeds. By the time you put in all the additional planetary gear sets you may as well get more speeds from them. More gear sets in the same length however means smaller gear widths. Smaller gear widths means lower torque capacity.
  32. 1 point
    There is no scale or units on the left side of the graph. What do those numbers even mean?
  33. 1 point
    I know about them and being jewish has nothing to do with being objective or truthful on Israel or jews in general. These images are everything you need to know how Hamas conducts its conflict and than Israel get blamed for the death of innocents by the West. I personally might not be impartial on the subject but I see how so many things gets twisted by the world media that just playes into the extremists hands. Not just with Hamas or Hezbollah. In any case, I don't want to derail the thread, I just can't stay silent on the subject.
  34. 1 point
    Looks like it was designed to be a rental car.
  35. 1 point
    No, no GLB selling anywhere yet. It's international debut was yesterday in SLC. I think that pic was just speculative fiction.
  36. 1 point
    While I agree with your statement above in general, calling Israel apartheid country is simply wrong and incorrect use of the word. Blaming them for death of fake journalists or aid workers is not truthful either. Also, it was proven time and time again that Hamas doctored and faked death of the children during last few conflicts.
  37. 1 point
    Just another generic econobox CUV. Nothing significant.
  38. 1 point
    Regardless of political party, Washington doesn't run on 'morals' but $$$$. It's all about what companies/organizations own what politicians through lobbyists and donations.
  39. 1 point
    But I will listen to Blu if he posts actual arguments and backs them up with evidence. I could care less if people scream alt right or libtard or whatever. They just look stupid when they sling mud... And yes alt right is in many ways vile..
  40. 1 point
    I will Second that Vote with a Clear set of rules about respectful posts, no profanity, keep it on point, Post links to articles that back up your post. I think you can have civil discussions on politics with a clear set of boundaries and if needed, then ban the select members who ignore the rules from that workgroup.
  41. 1 point
    At the risk of getting banned or worse, both Obama and Trump should be looked at as war criminals. Zero respect for the office of the president as a post world war two institution. Absolutely zero. I feel the same way about Kennedy, Truman, Reagan, Clinton, Both Bushes. Feel the same way about Joe Biden. Any hope for decency or leadership out of the white house is a fools errand IMHO. Washington is pretty much the absolute bottom of the moral Universe. I absolutely agree that he did not deserve it. He belongs in prison for a number of things....just like Trump. We should dynamite mount Rushmore, it is a moral and visual desecration to a sacred Indian mountain. Making it in the first place was wrong, keeping it there is wrong also. Dynamite for the win. The sooner the better.
  42. 1 point
    That'll take time, money and it'll be a tough engineering project. The 9T65 barely fits all the 9-gears in its envelope which is about the same as the 6T75. It actually uses a chain drive to connect the axle to the output ring gear. If you want more torque handling, the transmission needs get bigger or it needs to lose gears or it needs exotic materials. IMHO, speeds are not as useful as many people think. Ford did not find the 9-speeds to be any more efficient than its 8-speeds and hence did not adopt them despite paying for part of their R&D. What's more important is the ratio spread. I'll venture to say that a 6-speed or even 5-speed will be practically as efficient as a 9 or 10-speed if it has the same ratio spread of 7.6:1. This is particularly so when you have an engine with a torque plateau of 348 lb-ft @ 1500-4000 rpm.
  43. 1 point
    I am sure there are others who did not "deserve" it. Obama is the one who came to mind at that juncture. Cheapens it for some important hysterical historical figures who've won it in the more distant past.
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    It is usually fun to see non-production concept cars in commercials.'cause the only electric VW builds now is in the same body shape they've been producing since -IIRC- 1977. BUT VW really should 'batten down all it's hatches' before this sort of thing -if it became regular- mars the EV push : https://finance.yahoo.com/news/audi-recalls-first-electric-car-165340036.html
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  48. 1 point
    Going Green Part II From this: To this: Forgetting about the scandal, I think both commercials are fantastic and extremely well done.
  49. 1 point
    Agree, I think with Fords debt, that price gouging will be a reality.
  50. 1 point
    A Hard Cheap Tupperware plastic interior is part of how KIA sells so many of its cars (Stinger and K900 aside). Of course, if Ford had its way, no one ever buy a three-box sedan for the next decade or three. Since the Escape is (relatively) cheap, Tupperware plastic interior comes with the package. A Lincoln Navigator it is NOT.
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