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  1. GMC had a bit of a surprise for the Dubai International Motor Show with the Desert Fox Middle East truck concept. De https://t.co/ZyOFRMSHvH

  2. Can I get one that sounds like a Quad-4 about 10,000 miles overdue for an oil change? Or one that sounds like a steam engine.
  3. I don't think the Bolt EV is soul sucking at all. It's a hoot to scamper around in because the torque comes on so strong.... more so than any 4-cylinder mid-size.
  4. The Nissan Titan will soon be available for sale in China. According to Automotive News, Nissan is planning to expor https://t.co/u47w0F3PCV

  5. Toyota News: Toyota Prius V To Cease Sales In U.S.

    Teo? I'm surprised that the Prius V is going away. They must have sold well in Pittsburgh, I see a fair amount of them here.
  6. Mazda News: Mazda Updates the 6 With A Turbo Engine Option

    Oh, I was only replying to your "all turbo".
  7. The Toyota Prius V is an odd duck in the Prius family. The wagon/van shape offered buyers more space to carry stuff https://t.co/IukWVaOXFd

  8. I'm talking about the packaging rather than the material of the part. most of those probably came in a simple box if in a box at all
  9. Thanks... I hate our excessive use of plastic. I got the battery cable for the Honda yesterday and it came in no less than 3 layers of plastic and a cardboard box (Plastic outside the box, the box, foam padding, plastic bag, car part)..... for the negative cable.... for a car.... It's going in an engine bay of a 14 year old vehicle. Do they think I'm hanging it on my Christmas tree?
  10. Mazda News: Mazda Updates the 6 With A Turbo Engine Option

    I'm not understanding what you're aiming for? What is the base engine you'd like to see in the Mazda 6? What's wrong with the current engine now as a base?
  11. Ram News: Spying: Ram 1500 Sporting A Split Tailgate?

    The Cheby picture was a comparison to the over-complex Ford solution... I wasn't citing it as an example of a solution without a problem. I had the Chevy example on my Avalanche and it did lower things just enough to make it more comfortable getting in and out of the back. The Avalanche also had a convenient grab handle at the top of the bed wall... no need for a post sticking out of the top of the tailgate Man-Step.
  12. You're about 3 decades late. The Generic Asian Sedan put most of the sameness into cars that we have today.
  13. I don't believe that globalism is a danger persay, but I do believe we've taken it way too far coupled with the disposable society. It's not cars where I think we've gone too far... it's the plastic fork. We as a society have decided that it is more cost/time effective to: 1. Pump oil out of the ground. 2. Ship that oil to a processing center that turns a portion of that oil into liquid Polystyrene. 3. Ship that Polystyrene to another processing facility that forms the polystyrene into a fork. 4. Cut down a tree 5. Pulp the tree 6. Ship the pulp to a processing center 7. turn the pulp into cardboard. 8. Print lettering on the cardboard and shape it into a box 9. Ship the boxes to the plastic fork factory 10. Pack the forks into boxes 11. Ship the boxes to warehouse distribution centers 12. Ship the boxes to stores 13. Drive to store to buy plastic forks 14. Use plastic fork once and throw away. F O U R T E E N major steps just so we can avoid: 1. Wash the metal Fork. I hate plastic forks and I avoid them whenever possible... everytime I am handed one at a restaurant all of those steps go through my mind. They, to me, are the biggest worst example of what is terrible about globalism.... the fact that all of that can be made cheaper (Time = money) than just washing a metal fork. The fact that Buick builds vehicles in China or S. Korea for consumption in the US is small fry by comparison.
  14. So what you're saying is that even the Amish are more forward thinking about energy than you are? I like the rumble of a big fat V8 just as much as you do, but I also admit that the Bolt and Pacifica Hybrid powertrains thoroughly impressed me and I'd have no trouble with either powertrain as a daily driver..... I wouldn't want the rest of the car personally because neither of them are my style, but the powertrains were good enough for me to toss the idea around in my head a bit. I think the way you present your argument is what gets the reactions you get. There are rational reasons for moving forward with EVs, there are fewer to be had for holding on to ICEs longer than necessary. EVs are going to be a growing part of the automotive landscape. What you and I think about EVs is not going to change the timeframe of that happening.

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