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  1. The GCI shots look better than the in-person photos of the prototype, which looks, well, unfinished like a prototype. There's something about the finishing of the sheetmetal and panel gaps that make it look like a work in progress. I expect the actual car to look better... http://www.automobilemag.com/news/tesla-model-3-ev-finally-revealed/
  2. http://leasehackr.com/blog/2015/11/25/epic-leftovers-part-2-lease-the-chevy-cruze-for-37month-0-down FYI, if you do a bit of Googling, you'll see that folks are getting all sorts of amazing lease deals on Cruze. Best I saw on the GM-Volt forum was $28.24/month with $0 drive-off + $700 Costco cash card... so the net cost of the 24 month lease was actually -$22.24. You can follow Leasehackr on Facebook and Twitter for updates on deals.
  3. Super comfy! The rear seat headrests are like pillows, and the rear mats are made of sheepskin. The car at the show had actual pillows, too, but I thought they were sort of tacky.
  4. I checked it out today at the show. Lots of clever design details; the dash has a spacious-feeling horizontal theme, and the air vents are nicely thought out. Much more interesting to look at than HR-V, but nowhere near as spacious or practical inside. Surprisingly, HR-V has a plusher interior than the new CR-V, which has rather cheap feeling a dashboard and door panels, even on the Touring model. Lots of choices in the subcompact crossover segment now: HR-V, CX-3, Renegade, 500X, Encore, Trax, and Soul, as well as smallish premium compacts like GLA, Q3, and Countryman.
  5. Both the C7 Stingray and Chevy SS I drove--and really, any GM pushrod V8--idle roughly. You can feel the engine shaking around after start up. That's okay for a Corvette or a muscle car, but something like a Cadillac sports sedan should have better refinement. The naturally-aspirated SS also has fairly awful fuel economy: 14 mpg in the city. The C7 gets good numbers on the highway because of its tall gearing and aerodynamics; good luck accelerating in seventh gear. A heavily reworked 3.6 TT is more appropriate for a vehicle like ATS-V.
  6. I guess my area is very competitive. There are 17 Cadillac dealers within 60 miles of here.
  7. You configure a vehicle with the options you want, and they give you a quote for that vehicle as-equipped. Click on "Options." TrueCar provides a useful baseline price for car shopping. I configure cars on TrueCar to match what the dealer has in stock, then email the internet sales department to beat the TrueCar price. On every occasion, it's worked. Makes sense, as TrueCar charges dealers $299 per transaction.
  8. ATS-L looks good. Its front fascia and grill are different, too, and I like it more than the SWB ATS's front end. But why get an ATS-L when you can get a CTS for 320i money? The deals on CTS are amazing, and I'm surprised it's not selling any better. I'd seriously consider one if I were in the market for a 5-series sized car:
  9. They do exist. Two weeks ago, Tesla hit the 200 mark, and they're growing at the rate of one new location per day. http://insideevs.com/tesla-opens-supercharger-200/ To be honest, a CNG range extender is a horrible idea. Probably the worst idea in the world, no offense. I tried searching for CNG filling stations, and they're located at bus depots, dump truck yards, gas company lots, taxi co-ops, and ports. None of these locations are convenient to the public. Talk about range anxiety!
  10. By next year, I wouldn't be surprised if it's easier to find a Supercharger than a public CNG station:
  11. Watch the numbers on the speedometer fly! My parents actually had an early 2013 Model S. It was one of the rare 40-kWh, sub-$60,000 cars that Tesla later cancelled. Interesting fact: the car was actually a 60-kWh car but electronically limited to 160 miles of range. No actual 40-kWh cars were made; they were all 60s that could be "unlocked" if you paid Tesla another ten grand. My parents kept the car for a year and ended up selling it for a bit more than they paid new. They're now leasing a Volt as they wait for the Model III. As cool as the Volt is, it's not quite as nice to drive as a Model S.
  12. I test drove the A3 and found it was excellent. Reminded me of the B5 A4s from the late-90s: compact, fun-to-drive, with a feeling of quality and solidity. Very well-equipped for the money, too, with standard leather, panoramic sunroof, and xenon headlights for $30K. That said, I'd rather have the hatchback versatility of the GTI.
  13. Electric motors are very efficient (80-90%). The very best heat engines (i.e., ICE) are only 30-40% efficient. Even if these plug-in hybrids weigh in over 5,000 lbs, there should still be a substantial increase in fuel efficiency compared to the standard car.
  14. It's okay. They've made an ad with Robyn! Filmed in LA:
  15. Looking forward to what the next generation of EVs will bring. The second-generation Volt and LEAF will be MY 2016, as will the $35,000 Tesla rumored to be named Model E. My guess is that Volt will come down another $5,000 in price, and LEAF will have an optional 150-mile range. Tesla should have no problems with demand for Model E; my guess is 100,000 units for the first full year of production. This year, they are on track to deliver 40,000 units of a car that costs twice as much. In the US, Model S is actually the best-selling car with a base MSRP of $60,000 or higher, outselling competitors like A7, CLS, 6 Series Gran Coupe, as well as exec limos like S-Class, 7-series, and A8, and not to mention, all of Jaguar.
  16. I sat in a Fusion the other day and found the front seats couch-like in their softness. I like supportive seats, and this would be a deal breaker for me. Perhaps the sports seats in the Titanium cars are firmer. I just priced a Fusion Titanium with no options on TrueCar and got $25,503, or 19% off MSRP of $31,425. There are a ton of incentives on this car; too bad most of them are retail-only and cannot be applied towards a lease.
  17. Euro 6 is as stringent as US emissions requirements. It's just that demand for a manual transmission "hot" hatchback that does 0-60 in 8+ seconds is extremely low in the US, where gasoline is only $4/gallon. Cruze Diesel has not been selling well. Now imagine the demand for one where only 10% of the US motoring population can drive it.
  18. Sometimes GM just makes you go, "Hmmm..." I drove a Volt a few days ago, and as I reached for the Drive Mode button to switch from Normal to Sport mode, I turned off the car instead. The power button is right next to the Drive Mode button, which is right next to the entertainment/HVAC capacitive buttons. Luckily I was in a parking lot and the vehicle behind me was patient, but still it's a boneheaded design fault.
  19. Have you priced an S65 AMG recently? The previous-gen car started at $212,000. You could buy an S550 and two Model S's for the same price. According to the EPA, the S65 AMG has a 333-mile range combined. A hypothetical S74 AMG Electric Drive with a 120 kWh battery would have at least a 400-mile range.
  20. Then sell it on its performance merits. It can be the quietest, smoothest, and quickest S-class ever. Put a Model S P85 motor in each of the axles and call it a day.
  21. Not pretty by any means, but there's certainly some innovation going on. The ideal truck would be an F-150 with the Ram 1500's powertrain (EcoDiesel and eight-speed) and the Sierra's exterior and interior.
  22. Mazda did all this--new design with low compression ratio--to avoid the "hassle" of urea injection. Instead, it's giving them headaches, and the fuel economy and performance aren't that great to boot. Last week, I filled up the diesel exhaust fluid on the E350. Dumped five gallons of generic DEF into the tank ($26), good for another 10,000 miles. Hardly a hassle.
  23. White male privilege means no one questions why you got that really great job; it’s assumed you were just highly qualified.
  24. Many of the cab companies around here use these as taxis, and I can see why. There isn't another vehicle I can think of that provides a better balance of fuel economy and interior space. Add to that its strong reliability track record and low running costs, and it's probably the best taxi out there from a functional standpoint.

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