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  1. balthazar

    Ford News: Ford Is Planning An All-Electric F-150

    It's not ugly or anything, it just has no personality in profile. It could be any brand.
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    Random Thoughts Thread

    Yep, and no one in politics on any level in the state gives a shit. - - - - -
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    Random Thoughts Thread

    I'LL TAKE IT !!!
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    Ford News: Ford Is Planning An All-Electric F-150

    It's only that quick when you warm the batteries up for an hour. We've seen the video.
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    Ford News: Ford Is Planning An All-Electric F-150

    2020?!?!?!?!?!? Going by the industry standard September intro, that's 8 months from now. Atlis just FIRST showed their hand-built concept a few weeks ago- they're not going to have assembled product ready for delivery in even 23 months (Dec 2020). What'd it take Tesla (which was already in regular production) to get the Model 3 out from it's first showing- something like 30 months?
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    Tesla Laying Off 7% of Workforce

    I've only got a toyoto boycott working over here; it's Bill that's boycotting Tesla (and electric lights). :D
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    Tesla Laying Off 7% of Workforce

    WHOA WHOA WHOA! Multi-billionaire throwing people out of work struggling to pay of holiday credit card bills! BOYCOTT!
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    BMW News: BMW Refreshes the 2020 BMW 7-Series

    BMW has no design direction- they merely tweak the same few details. For decades. Literally no advancement, nothing new. Here, they selected the grill, upped the size by 10%, and took the rest of the day off. You owe them a 'thank you' card, BTW.
  9. I've never been on a public bus. Never taken uber/lyft. Been in a taxi only once. All this despite living in 2 major cities during 4 years of college. Trains are the only thing I've been on numerous times. Just haven't lived in areas where public transportation was around. Plus my work is 100% non-condusive to public transportation. I think it's great its available for those that can take advantage of it, but it's certainly not a thing that everyone should try to take part of.
  10. RE RoHall's garage, I think Horsey was right- 2 car families were not automatic then, and your garage was likely intended for 1 car and lawn stuff/whatever. My parents were married in '64, didn't get a 2nd car until... hmmm, might have to ask my pop. He had a '70 Catalina (bought new), then he picked up a used circa '72 Nova in the mid '70s, and I think he traded that on the '77 Safari he bought new- by then there were 3 kids.
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    Random Thoughts Thread

    Another Jerseyian here, so I can relate. Wife & I have already (jokingly) started talking about which states are a new possibility (most under the guise of ruling out those that aren't). Standard of living is very high and there's a ton of employment opportunity... but yeah; Jersey has 2 major cons: congestion and taxation. We're good staying until retirement, but the way the [usual politicians] continually crank taxes up on everything, they're bulldozing people to the borders. Whoever stated that 'economies of scale' lower prices has yet to explain how the most densely-populated state has the highest property taxes in the nation. My town would moan when one of the major corporations left, talking about ratables being down, so they had to raise taxes to compensate. Then a new, bigger corporation would settle in... and they raise taxes to provide services. I guess they assume no one is paying attention- too numb from the 10,000 needles into the vein.
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    BMW News: BMW Refreshes the 2020 BMW 7-Series

    7-series is a dinosaur (although I will say the interior looks pretty nice). But the people you bought one to impress are only seeing the outside, and the body is 20 years old at this point. BMW exterior styling; paddling in a circle.
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    Detroit 2019: 2020 Kia Telluride: Comments

    Just saying- why not embrace your identity- use Korean mountain names- fits better with 'kia', dudn't it? Further, kia could have korean holiday sales events, like 'Seollal Sales Days' Feb 4-6, and 'Chuseok Sales Days' on Sept 12-14; grab the shoppers who missed American holiday sales events. Makes sense. ;)
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    Cadillac News: Cadillac CT6: I'm Not Dead Yet (For U.S.)

    ^ Audi really only has 6 models too; the other 6 "no one buys".
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    Detroit 2019: 2020 Kia Telluride: Comments

    This is just another "fwd/transverse appliance, nothing interesting". Also, perhaps something like "Kia Paektu" would've been a more fitting name.
  16. flathead VEE eight tho, yes? Or were you pining for a Ford I6 flathead? (85 HP IS a neck-snapping amount to handle)
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    Engine Roadmap for Cadillac 2020

    First off, 'XT3' and 'CT4' should not happen. Lineup spread too thin & they are redundant. XT6 should have merely been a 3-row 'XT5 ESV'. I would add an AWD XT4-V and XT5-V.
  18. Here we're 'worried' about a "Corvette engine from 2015" but we're advocating inline 6s from the 60, 70, and 80s.
  19. I can't believe the average new car payment is $538/mth. Here at Rancho Balthy, the highest monthly we've had over... 8 different vehicle loans is $249. Yet I build & price different new trucks and cringe at the payment which comes in between that low-mid $500 to low $600 range.
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    Cadillac News: Cadillac CT6: I'm Not Dead Yet (For U.S.)

    There are also those who look down those who buy German lux cars, believe it or not.
  21. Find an (online) clean Chevette and marvel at the interior. It had nothing inside, and you sweated. It was 10,000 miles away from a Cadillac/mercedes. Now a kia forte HAS to have a leather-wrapped steering wheel, touch screeen, full power features/A/C, active safety warning features, 17" alloy rims, etc etc etc. It even looks like a low end mercedes. How they hell could it possibly be $8000?? Then we have the supposed wave of electrics coming, just about ALL of them priced 25% higher than their gas counterparts. Heading right toward $40K average price? Yep, I think so; electrics are supercharging that price push. If a brand was to offer a quirky, futuristic, Minimalist Kar with a base sound system, A/C, crank windows/manual seats, no heated seats/wheel, no screen, peppy performance, upper class MPG- it has a chance but at those levels it starts to simply compete with used stuff, better equipped. So it hopes to 'win' volume on those who are willing to do without but HAVE to have a brand new car. How many consumers is that pool comprised of? I blame the massive upgrading of entry level cars in features and design; it's eroded the degree of difference vs. upper crust cars, and upended the pricing range. Ultimately, a lot more model lines are going to fall- as amenities greatly overlap and size differences are minimal and everyone has 3 or 5 CUVs- the industry sags with oversaturation. I've advocated for this before and I still think it has major merits. Less model lines, more variants within the model line. Mainstream brands STILL have too many model lines- it's not going to last ESP if new EV brands actually start producing.

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