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  1. 3 points
    Both of my Grandfathers who lived into their late 90's always told us grand-kids the following motto: "Learn from History so that you do not repeat the mistakes of the past. Draw INSPIRATION from the past to make a better future by ongoing learning and strive to contribute to bringing a better quality of life to humanity!" Both were Marines who fought in WWII and a few other theaters and always felt the biggest mistake is when we cannot help humanity to have freedom and move forward into the future. Living in the past with stagnate ways of doing things is death to humans. My inspiration is to always find new ways to help others and improve quality of life. Technology has done that and with it many others have drawn inspiration to help people have a better quality of life. Hurrah!!! to the Future! Here is a perfect video showing why we learn from the past, move to the future and help all.
  2. 3 points
  3. 2 points
    Electrics will need to step up in terms of compactness and longevity, preferably sooner than later.
  4. 2 points
    As a matter of fact @ocnblu, the trend has been moving upward towards the no haggle model and it’s not just the Costco/GM model which has been wildly successful. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.chicagotribune.com/autos/sc-end-dealer-haggling-autotips-1020-20161011-story.html%3foutputType=amp “People who remain stuck in the old ways or are complicit to the old ways, will always remain stuck while the rest of the world moves on.”
  5. 2 points
    You are utterly clueless as to what we both are talking about. Saturn is terrible example of what’s being done now. It was still a dealership and it’s problem had not $h! to do with its “no haggle pricing” and everything to do with the product itself. Seriously man. Pay attention to the actual facts next time instead of just making up your own.
  6. 2 points
    When you have actually read what I said and why I said it, then we can talk. Until then, like Drew said, this isn’t even for the US so you’re just spouting off about nothing as usual. For the record, this is a proper convertible and this is what you trade practicality for.
  7. 2 points
    Volkswagen is introducing a new generation of diesel engines with the 2.0 TDI Evo. This new engine is said to greatly undercut the limits of the tough new Euro 6d-Temp emissions standards. Volkwagen posted an interview with Sebastian Willmann, the Head of Diesel Engine Development at Volkswagen. In that interview he says that VW was able to reduce fuel consumption by 0.4 L/100km compared to the previous engine and reduce CO2 emissions by 10g/km. They did both of these things while also increasing power output. He further went on to explain that while there is a stigma surrounding diesel engines because of dieselgate, the diesel is still quite popular for its efficiency, range, and torque. Now, with this new engine, it is also substantially cleaner compared to prior engines. He says that diesels will remain especially effective for vehicles that require a longer range or extra torque for towing. These statements are in contrast to the direction that VW as a whole is taking in the segment of electric vehicles. VW has committed billions of euros to the development of an entire EV range. The first EV, the ID.3 is expected in Europe in early 2020 with top line models having a range of 342 miles on a charge. Reservations of the Volkswagen ID.3 topped 10,000 in its first 24 hours it was available.
  8. 2 points
    Another perfect slayed out explanation as to why Costco with their set prices have surpassed many dealers to become one of the largest dealers. People hate to deal with the haggle of sales at less than reputable dealerships.
  9. 2 points
    And playing just for you and those out of date ways,
  10. 1 point
    Only debatable to folks with out of date thinking and afraid to accept change ways. The rest of us know what’s coming and don’t have a problem with it. Good thing that little violin is still playing.
  11. 1 point
    It's there to fill the gap between the bumper and body. That's probably a modern aftermarket Continental kit. Good day for old GM sightings... saw a clean white early Fiero GT, a clean white mid 80s Cutlass Supreme 2dr (white 1/4 top and red interior), a clean bronze early 80s Camaro Berlinetta, a clean black '67 Camaro, a clean yellow '75 Olds 88 convertible top down, tan interior...a couple out enjoying the beautiful Friday afternoon weather...
  12. 1 point
    ‘57 Skyliner retractible hardtop, built ‘57-59. The horizontal, ribbed panels are just filler panels; pretty positive you can’t stand on them or they'd dent.
  13. 1 point
    Yeah- this is one of the historic red flags for me and the downturn of GM; when Chevrolet moved toward offering a 'poor man's Cadillac' stylistically. One can point to the '58 Impala (tho the Impy quickly got toned down), but in the early '70s, the big Chevys started to look too upscale from their station.
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  15. 1 point
    Sure, they have 4 sedans to sell. I won’t miss the death of the GLC coupe or GLA if that happens.
  16. 1 point
    "I can’t wait til this crossover craze blows up in all their faces." Does that include Mercedes Benz?
  17. 1 point
    Oh good, not only will there be QX30, QX40, QX50, QX60, etc But now we can have QX45, QX55, QX65, etc. The car companies are desperate to get crossover coupes on the market. I can’t wait til this crossover craze blows up in all their faces.
  18. 1 point
    The return of the Infiniti FX, gone since 2013. I hope that this is the first Infiniti with an infotainment system that belongs in 2020 not 2010. I still do not understand why anyone would want a CUV with a coupe roof.
  19. 1 point
    That roof line says I have little headroom for people over 5'6" tall.
  20. 1 point
    Exactly my point. Not every damn thing out there needs a drop top and sure as hell not a CUV. Oh and that last pic is the convertible I would have only in black with a white ragtop and red leather interior. ‘59 please. Wildly popular? I know you are not talking about the Dakota Convertible. From an article that took all of eight seconds to find. “A scant 2842 adventurous souls took Dodge up on its top-down Dakota offer that year. For 1990, even with the addition of four-cylinder trucks and the color blue to the paint options, sales fell to just 909.” Source (and proving how not everything needs or should have a drop top). https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2018/06/27/1989-91-dodge-dakota-sport-convertible
  21. 1 point
    Assumption is what you made and the first 3 letters is what a person is when they make those Assumption's about a person. I DO NOT hate convertibles or any open top auto and just because I have a Silicon nose bridge and my cheeks from my face now cover my nose due to cancer, I still do not hate them or being out in the sun. I am more cautous about being in the sun, but there is really only ever been a real convertible and that was built in the early years when size did not matter and you could have a real convertible and @balthazar has shown us many lovely REAL convertibles. The only one I really love and was driven by the one man I have always drawn inspiration from Arnold Schwarzenegger is this: 1957 Cadillac Convertible that he has owned since he bought it. Second most lovely convertible is the Cadillac Convertible Eldorado he drove in his 1985 movie Commando: Even though it was FWD. Course I have always had a soft spot for this lovely Cadillac Convertible: 62 series Cadillac Eldorado Convertible. In regards to the Dakota pickup truck convertible, it was a cool concept poorly executed and they could have done much better if they wanted.
  22. 1 point
    It’s a special song for folks who complain about progress and change.
  23. 1 point
    We will see if VW can have its cake and eat it too. I do hope that VW has abandoned its fraudulent ways.
  24. 1 point
    Ram has announced the pricing on the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. The lowest priced model will be a Quad Cab 2wd Tradesman model, starting at $38,585 including destination charges. The EcoDiesel is a $4,995 option, making it about $3,000 more expensive than a V8 Hemi-eTorque. The EcoDiesel takes the crown as the half-ton diesel with the highest amount of torque, 480 lb-ft at 1,600 rpm, and highest towing capacity in the class at 12,560 lbs. Horsepower is rated at 260 at 3,600 rpm, an 8 percent increase over the previous version. Fuel economy ratings will be announced closer to release in Q4 this year. The new EcoDiesel will be available in all trims and configurations including the Ram Classic and the Ram Rebel. Here is how the Ram EcoDiesel stacks up to the completion from GM and Ford. RAM - 260 horsepower / 480 lb-ft at 1,600 rpm GM - 277 horsepower / 460 lb-ft at 1,500 rpm Ford - 250 horsepower / 440 lb-ft at 1,750 rpm Related: GM Delays Diesel Launch; Expands 6.2 V8 Availability GM Inline-6 Diesel Rated Ford Releases Details on 2018 F-150 Diesel Ram Press Release on Page 2 Pricing Announced for New 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel pricing starts at $36,890, plus $1,695 destination New Ram 1500 EcoDiesel produces the highest half-ton diesel torque at 480 lb.-ft. and highest half-ton diesel towing capacity at 12,560 pounds Ram 1500 Rebel now available with EcoDiesel option for the first time Ram focused on establishing powertrain technology leadership in the truck segment Class-exclusive air suspension enhances fuel economy, improves ride control, off-road capability, ease of entry and exit, cargo-loading effort and features automatic load leveling August 16, 2019 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Ram Truck today announced pricing for the 2020 Ram 1500 powered by the new 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel engine with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $­­­­­­36,890 for the Tradesman Quad Cab 2WD, plus $1,695 destination. The EcoDiesel is a $4,995 option, or $3,000 premium over the 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 eTorque ($3,300 on Tradesman, Big Horn/Lone Star, Rebel and Laramie base models). “The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel offers the best torque and towing among all half-ton diesel trucks,” said Reid Bigland, Head of Ram Brand. “Now with a 10-year track record, the Ram brand has emerged as a truck powertrain technology leader. Overall, the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel has outstanding pick-up truck capability and is truly in a class of its own.” The 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is available across all models and configurations, including a first-time offering in the Ram Rebel. The Ram 1500’s all-new 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel leads the half-ton pickup truck segment in torque with 480 lb.-ft. and diesel towing capability of 12,560 pounds. The 2019 Ram 1500 Classic is also offered with the second-generation 3.0-liter EcoDiesel. Pricing for the Ram 1500 Classic EcoDiesel (Crew Cab 4x2) starts at $39,140, plus destination. Fuel economy ratings will be announced closer to when trucks go on sale early in the fourth quarter of this year. All-new EcoDiesel engine The third generation of the turbocharged EcoDiesel V-6 delivers increased torque and horsepower, along with superb fuel economy and minimal levels of noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) to meet the needs of Ram 1500 owners. In the 2020 Ram 1500, the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 is rated at a best-in-class 480 lb.-ft. of torque at 1,600 rpm, a 14 percent increase from the previous-generation EcoDiesel V-6, which peaks 400 rpm earlier. Horsepower increases 8 percent to 260 hp at 3,600 rpm. Several significant changes contribute to the new EcoDiesel’s improved dynamic and fuel economy performance. A new-generation water-cooled turbocharger with variable geometry is more efficient and provides improved response as engine rpms rise and fall Redesigned intake ports to improve engine performance and fuel economy Introduction of a dual, high-pressure and low-pressure exhaust gas recirculation system, a first for a diesel engine in North America. The EcoDiesel’s existing high-pressure EGR, with cooling exhaust gases drawn from the exhaust manifold, is augmented with a low-pressure EGR system that draws exhaust gases after they exit the diesel particulate filter. The addition of cooler, low-pressure exhaust gas makes a significant contribution to improved fuel economy and lower oxides of nitrogen (NOx) The compression ratio is changed to 16.0:1 from 16.5:1, which helps reduce exhaust emissions, particularly NOx Redesigned high-pressure (29,000 psi/2,000 bar) direct-injection fuel injector nozzles Combustion chamber geometry optimized to improve fuel economy Redesigned aluminum-alloy pistons improve fuel economy. The redesigned pistons use thinner piston rings and coating on the side skits to reduce friction The piston pin is offset 0.3 degrees from the centerline to reduce “piston slap” against the cylinder wall, minimizing NVH The lower portion of the two-piece oil sump uses a sandwiched polymer/metal material to reduce NVH The Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system is 50 percent larger and incorporates a new-generation diesel oxidation catalyst with the Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) system to reduce NOx New-generation brake system vacuum pump with low-friction blades contributes to improved fuel economy The upgrades build on the EcoDiesel V-6’s attributes and performance that made it a winner of Wards 10 Best Engines award for three consecutive years. The 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 uses dual overhead camshafts (DOHC) with four valves per cylinder and a 60-degree angle between the cylinder banks. The block is cast with compacted graphite iron, which provides strength to dampen vibrations, but weighs less than grey cast iron. A compacted graphite iron bedplate adds rigidity to the block. The EcoDiesel V-6 uses a forged steel crankshaft and connecting rods for strength and durability. The aluminum alloy pistons are cooled on the underside via oil jets. Heat-treated aluminum cylinder heads use individual bearing caps to reduce friction and minimize NVH. The chain-driven overhead camshafts employ roller-finger followers. The 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 is produced at the FCA Cento facility in Ferrara, Italy. Ram 1500 The 2020 Ram 1500 is the no-compromise benchmark for durability, technology, efficiency and convenience with features never before offered in a pickup. The Ram 1500 features up to 12,750 pounds of towing capability (5.7-liter HEMI V-8) and 2,300 pounds of payload. Ram’s eTorque mild hybrid system delivers improved fuel efficiency in both V-6 (standard) and V-8 configurations. As a segment disrupter, the new Uconnect 4C with a massive 12-inch touchscreen leads the pickup world in technology, featuring split-screen capability, 360-degree camera views and exclusive content from SiriusXM with 360L. Active safety and security systems include adaptive cruise control, Forward Collision Warning, Blind-spot Monitoring and Ready Alert Braking. Class-leading ride and handling is accomplished via a class-exclusive link-coil rear suspension system with optional Active-level four-corner air suspension. The 2020 Ram 1500 also features twice the interior storage capacity versus the competition. Unsurpassed powertrain warranty – five years/100,000 miles The 2020 Ram 1500 is backed with a five-year /100,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty. The powertrain-limited warranty covers the cost of all parts and labor needed to repair a covered powertrain component – engine, transmission and drive system. The standard three-year/36,000-mile Basic Limited Warranty provides bumper-to-bumper coverage for the Ram 1500, from the body to the electrical system. Manufacturing The 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is built at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant (SHAP) in Sterling Heights, Michigan. About Ram Truck Brand In 2009, the Ram Truck brand launched as a stand-alone division, focused on meeting the demands of truck buyers and delivering benchmark-quality vehicles. That focus leads Ram to design the industry’s most innovative, award-winning trucks, emphasizing durability, strength, technology and efficiency. With a full lineup of trucks, including ProMaster and ProMaster City vans, the Ram brand builds trucks that get the hard work done and families where they need to go. From the no-compromise Ram 1500 that defines the future of pickup trucks with innovative design, the highest quality materials and class-exclusive technology, to the Ram Heavy Duty which combines the ability to out-power, out-tow and out-haul every single competitor with the segment’s most comfortable ride and handling, Ram is committed to product leadership. Ram continues to outperform the competition and sets the benchmarks for: Most powerful: 1,000 lb.-ft of torque with Cummins Turbo Diesel Highest towing capacity: 35,100 lbs. with Ram 3500 Heaviest payloads: 7,680 lbs. with Ram 3500 Most luxurious: Ram Limited with real wood, real leather and 12-inch Uconnect touchscreen Best ride and handling with exclusive link coil rear and auto-level air suspensions Most interior space with Ram Mega Cab Most capable full-size off-road pickup – Ram Power Wagon Most-awarded light-duty truck in America Highest owner loyalty of any half-ton pickup Over the last 30 years, Ram has the highest percentage of pickups still on the road Giving maximum effort all day, every day with confidence, the Ram Truck lineup steps forward with the full force of modern capability providing confidence-inspiring features and class-exclusive vehicle safety.
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  26. 1 point
    I see some G6es... but not a lot of them. There are more Grand Ams than you can swing a dead cat at.
  27. 1 point
    Negotiating an agreement is not a sign of being corrupt. Charging more for the same item another seller does isn't either. When Snap On sells a ratchet that performs identical to another for quadruple the price, are they 'less than reputable'? BTW : Costco may also be 'corrupt' because it doesn't adhere to the same pricing other sellers do (never mind it may be lower). Isn't that how this snap judgment thing works?
  28. 1 point
    You would know all about pishposh being an expert on the subject matter and all. He is not wrong. Dealers that do that are a joke and in this day and age, it is pretty damn easy to make dealerships regret the practice of overcharging just because they can. For all of Tesla’s flaws, their sales model will eventually spread to others who will get tired of these shady dealers that do nothing but make potential customers run far away from thus killing the bottom line of the manufacturers for which they sell. People are slowly but surely seeing through the tactic and eventually, the rules will change, pishposh and all.
  29. 1 point
    And then after three or four years, Volvo will be forced to cut at least five of those models because of low or nonexistent sales.
  30. 1 point
    They can start with the crossovers that are so popular these days, especially at Cadillac.
  31. 1 point
    It will be interesting to see how the performance compares to cars like the Ferrari 488. In Z51 spec the estimated 0-60 time sounds in the same range, but over $200k less... It's in the 718 Boxster/Cayman price range, but potentially playing at a higher level...
  32. 1 point
    What a bitchass travesty, to use the legendary COPO designation with an "e" in front of it.
  33. 1 point
    Thank you for the birthday wishes! I appreciate it!
  34. 1 point
    Really like this pic. Fleetwood Series 60 Special in the background- note the vinyl roof. Cadillac started this feature on the '56 Eldorado Seville… and when NOT padded / using small back windows or enlarged C-Pillars, it looks really classy / luxurious IMO.
  35. 0 points
    Surreal, how many times has this been tried? Saturn is a prime example, but there have been others. The only thing dfelt can do is buy his new Corvette (and never take the top off) from a dealer who does not price gouge. This is plenty powerful enough. Simple. Done.
  36. -1 points
    And you talk about others' READING COMPREHENSION? Makes perfect sense
  37. -1 points
    Easily debatable when it comes to crappy electric cars and their ilk. I'm seeing much more Oldsmobile than Cadillac in this. With Pontiac headlights. A mishmash of all things GM at the time... but mostly it looks like the '71 Oldsmobile Delta 88. A little out of tune, but we're not singers around these here parts.
  38. -2 points
    We get it. You hate convertibles, or any open top vehicle. Because "the sun". But there are others who enjoy them. The Dakota convertible was built during a time when Chrysler Corporation spearheaded an industry-wide convertible renaissance. And they sold a lot of them, company-wide, for many years. They burst the convertible market wide open and let some fresh air in. Surreal, a convertible has ALWAYS been a trade-off. They are for people who willingly take the trade in practicality for the freedom of open-air driving. This T-Roc continues a very long Volkswagen tradition of catering to these individuals... who are willing to sacrifice ultimate practicality for enjoyable motoring.
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