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  1. It’s been 10 years together!

  2. Was just told I "must not be much of a car guy" since I don't know about the 2025 Pontiac Firebird that has apparently been on the car show circuit recently. Must have been pretty well hidden since I've been to each of the big 4 US car shows every year since about 2010.

  3. It's weird, when I worked for the energy company, the only spam calls I would get on my work cell phone would be from other energy companies trying to get me to switch providers. Now I work for a municipal government and the spam calls on my work cell phone are from.... energy companies trying to get me to switch providers.

  4. I want to propose a U.N. resolution for a global ban on Homescapes/Lawnscapes ads and all of their related apps.

    It's for the good of the world. Corona can wait.

  5. If you’ve gotta wear a mask, wear the #Cadillac of masks.

  6. Today is 611!

    1. trinacriabob

      trinacriabob

      And yesterday was Trump's birthday ... just like January 9 is Nixon's birthday.

  7. At an event is Seoul, South Korea yesterday, Genesis finally unveiled their new GV80 luxury SUV. The overall look of the GV80 has been leaking out on the internet for months, but we finally get the full official release now. The interior and exterior of the GV80 is designed with a common thread to give a familial look with the G70, G80, and G90. The GV80 introduces a new quad headlamp design that will eventually filter out to the other vehicles in the Genesis lineup. The crest grille first seen on the G90 is here too. The interior of the GV80 focuses on the "beauty of white space". The designed accentuated the width and space of the of the interior with wide horizontal lines and thin air vents. In the center is a 14.5-inch split screen infotainment display. Genesis intentionally limited the number of hard buttons and switches for aesthetic reasons. The GV80 comes in either 5-seat or 7-seat models. On up-level models, soft materials cover every surface from the inside of door handles to quilted knee pads that line the lower sides of the console. The transmission selector is a dial in the center console. The integrated controller can be operated by an onscreen keyboard or by handwritten letters. Trips in the GV80 are designed to be stress-free. It gets equipped with a Road Active Noise Cancellation technology to reduce road noise. The system is one of the advanced and fast responding systems in the world. The electronically controlled suspension with road preview helps maintain a smooth ride by recognizing road imperfections ahead via a front camera. The GV80 is based on a unique new rear-wheel drive platform, while all-wheel drive is available. In South Korea is till be equipped with a 3.0-liter six-cylinder diesel engine while the U.S. will get a choice between two unspecified turbocharged engines. All-wheel drive models in the U.S. will be equipped with an electronic rear limited slip differential. There is a host of safety and driving assistance technologies in the GV80 including Smart Cruise Control with Machine Learning, Highway Driving Assist II, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Blind-Spot collision Avoidance Assist, Rear cross-traffic collision avoidance, and driver attention alert warning. In the event of a collision, there are 10 airbags, including a center mounted airbag between the front occupants. The 2021 Genesis GV80 will go on sale in North America later this year.
  8. At an event is Seoul, South Korea yesterday, Genesis finally unveiled their new GV80 luxury SUV. The overall look of the GV80 has been leaking out on the internet for months, but we finally get the full official release now. The interior and exterior of the GV80 is designed with a common thread to give a familial look with the G70, G80, and G90. The GV80 introduces a new quad headlamp design that will eventually filter out to the other vehicles in the Genesis lineup. The crest grille first seen on the G90 is here too. The interior of the GV80 focuses on the "beauty of white space". The designed accentuated the width and space of the of the interior with wide horizontal lines and thin air vents. In the center is a 14.5-inch split screen infotainment display. Genesis intentionally limited the number of hard buttons and switches for aesthetic reasons. The GV80 comes in either 5-seat or 7-seat models. On up-level models, soft materials cover every surface from the inside of door handles to quilted knee pads that line the lower sides of the console. The transmission selector is a dial in the center console. The integrated controller can be operated by an onscreen keyboard or by handwritten letters. Trips in the GV80 are designed to be stress-free. It gets equipped with a Road Active Noise Cancellation technology to reduce road noise. The system is one of the advanced and fast responding systems in the world. The electronically controlled suspension with road preview helps maintain a smooth ride by recognizing road imperfections ahead via a front camera. The GV80 is based on a unique new rear-wheel drive platform, while all-wheel drive is available. In South Korea is till be equipped with a 3.0-liter six-cylinder diesel engine while the U.S. will get a choice between two unspecified turbocharged engines. All-wheel drive models in the U.S. will be equipped with an electronic rear limited slip differential. There is a host of safety and driving assistance technologies in the GV80 including Smart Cruise Control with Machine Learning, Highway Driving Assist II, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Blind-Spot collision Avoidance Assist, Rear cross-traffic collision avoidance, and driver attention alert warning. In the event of a collision, there are 10 airbags, including a center mounted airbag between the front occupants. The 2021 Genesis GV80 will go on sale in North America later this year. View full article
  9. At an event in Vail, Colorado today, GMC took the wraps off the 2021 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL. As before, the top of the Yukon lineup will be the Denali trim, but joining the Denali for the first time is the brand's new AT4 trim which is a more off-road ready version. The Yukon gets an all-new interior while the Denali gets its own exclusive version. The Denali instrument panel is completely new and there are also unique seats and four color themes. Real wood trims with a natural look and texture join with a Denali only leather, hand-stitched interior. For the driver, there is a 15-inch diagonal multicolor heads-up display. On the Denali, AT4, and SLT trims, there is an available power sliding center console that allow the console to slide back up to 10 inches offering a large storage area. Joining the lineup is the AT4 version. All GMC nameplates except the Savanna will be getting an AT4 version by the end of this year. The Yukon AT4 gets a unique front fascia, and body color or dark accents around the outside, and a pair of red recovery hooks on the front. The AT4 can be ordered with a four-corner air ride adaptive suspension that can raise the vehicle an additional 2-inches. The air ride system also lowers the vehicle 0.75 of an inch when at speed and can lower the vehicle up to two inches for easier ingress and egress. Also included in the Yukon AT4 are at two-speed transfer case, 20-inch wheels, traction select system with off-road mode, hill descent control, skid plats, AT4-exclusive leather appointed seats, heated steering wheel, heated and cooled front seats, and heated outboard second row seats. The 4th generation of GM's magnetic ride control is available in certain trims. Also available is an electronic limited slip differential. When in 4WD low, the eLSD operates at full lock to prevent wheelslip. The Yukon will offer three engine choices. An all-new version of the 6.2-liter V8 that produces 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque is a buy-up option. Standard is the venerable 5.3-liter, updated with new stop/start technology and dynamic fuel management which can allow the vehicle to run on as few a two cylinders. Additionally, a 3.0 liter inline 6-cylinder turbo diesel joins the Yukon for the first time. No matter which engine is selected, the transmission is a 10-speed automatic activated through GMC's new Electronic Precision Shift push-button selector. Like the recently revealed 2021 Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe, the Yukon gains 4.9-inches in wheelbase and that leads to a big increase in interior room. 2020 Yukon 2021 Yukon Change Wheelbase (inches) 116 120.9 +4.9 Overall Length (inches) 203.9 210.0 +6.1 Legroom – Third Row 24.8 34.9 +10.1 Cargo Room Behind Third Row (cubic feet) 15.3 25.5 +10.2 Maximum Cargo Room (cubic feet) 94.7 122.9 +28.2 2020 Yukon XL 2021 Yukon XL Change Wheelbase (inches) 130 134.1 +4.1 Overall Length (inches) 224.3 225.2 +0.9 Legroom – Third Row (inches) 34.5 36.7 +2.2 Cargo Room Behind Third Row (cubic feet) 39.3 41.1 +1.8 Maximum Cargo Room (cubic feet) 121.7 144.7 +23 The 2021 Yukon and Yukon XL go on sale later this year with pricing to be released closer to on sale date.
  10. At an event in Vail, Colorado today, GMC took the wraps off the 2021 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL. As before, the top of the Yukon lineup will be the Denali trim, but joining the Denali for the first time is the brand's new AT4 trim which is a more off-road ready version. The Yukon gets an all-new interior while the Denali gets its own exclusive version. The Denali instrument panel is completely new and there are also unique seats and four color themes. Real wood trims with a natural look and texture join with a Denali only leather, hand-stitched interior. For the driver, there is a 15-inch diagonal multicolor heads-up display. On the Denali, AT4, and SLT trims, there is an available power sliding center console that allow the console to slide back up to 10 inches offering a large storage area. Joining the lineup is the AT4 version. All GMC nameplates except the Savanna will be getting an AT4 version by the end of this year. The Yukon AT4 gets a unique front fascia, and body color or dark accents around the outside, and a pair of red recovery hooks on the front. The AT4 can be ordered with a four-corner air ride adaptive suspension that can raise the vehicle an additional 2-inches. The air ride system also lowers the vehicle 0.75 of an inch when at speed and can lower the vehicle up to two inches for easier ingress and egress. Also included in the Yukon AT4 are at two-speed transfer case, 20-inch wheels, traction select system with off-road mode, hill descent control, skid plats, AT4-exclusive leather appointed seats, heated steering wheel, heated and cooled front seats, and heated outboard second row seats. The 4th generation of GM's magnetic ride control is available in certain trims. Also available is an electronic limited slip differential. When in 4WD low, the eLSD operates at full lock to prevent wheelslip. The Yukon will offer three engine choices. An all-new version of the 6.2-liter V8 that produces 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque is a buy-up option. Standard is the venerable 5.3-liter, updated with new stop/start technology and dynamic fuel management which can allow the vehicle to run on as few a two cylinders. Additionally, a 3.0 liter inline 6-cylinder turbo diesel joins the Yukon for the first time. No matter which engine is selected, the transmission is a 10-speed automatic activated through GMC's new Electronic Precision Shift push-button selector. Like the recently revealed 2021 Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe, the Yukon gains 4.9-inches in wheelbase and that leads to a big increase in interior room. 2020 Yukon 2021 Yukon Change Wheelbase (inches) 116 120.9 +4.9 Overall Length (inches) 203.9 210.0 +6.1 Legroom – Third Row 24.8 34.9 +10.1 Cargo Room Behind Third Row (cubic feet) 15.3 25.5 +10.2 Maximum Cargo Room (cubic feet) 94.7 122.9 +28.2 2020 Yukon XL 2021 Yukon XL Change Wheelbase (inches) 130 134.1 +4.1 Overall Length (inches) 224.3 225.2 +0.9 Legroom – Third Row (inches) 34.5 36.7 +2.2 Cargo Room Behind Third Row (cubic feet) 39.3 41.1 +1.8 Maximum Cargo Room (cubic feet) 121.7 144.7 +23 The 2021 Yukon and Yukon XL go on sale later this year with pricing to be released closer to on sale date. View full article
  11. FORD MOTOR COMPANY FOURTH QUARTER 2019 U.S. SALES 2019 Q4 2018 % Cha nge Year-to-Date 2019 2018 % Cha nge SALES BY BRAND Ford 568,507 581,386 -2.2 2,310,494 2,393,731 -3.5 Lincoln 33,355 28,307 17.8 112,204 103,587 8.3 Total vehicles 601,862 609,693 -1.3 2,422,698 2,497,318 -3.0 SALES BY TYPE Cars 63,400 107,491 -41.0 349,091 486,024 -28.2 SUVs 208,387 217,343 -4.1 830,471 872,215 -4.8 Trucks 330,075 284,859 15.9 1,243,136 1,139,079 9.1 Total vehicles 601,862 609,693 -1.3 2,422,698 2,497,318 -3.0 FORD BRAND Fiesta 7,315 15,212 -51.9 60,148 51,730 16.3 Focus 0 13,078 N/A 12,480 113,345 -89.0 C-MAX 0 213 N/A 38 6,683 -99.4 Fusion 32,137 48,636 -33.9 166,045 173,600 -4.4 Taurus 769 6,988 -89.0 9,924 28,706 -65.4 Police Interceptor Sedan 88 1,762 -95.0 3,427 7,382 -53.6 GT 42 24 75.0 229 126 81.7 Mustang 17,124 14,223 20.4 72,489 75,842 -4.4 Ford Cars 57,475 100,136 -42.6 324,780 457,414 -29.0 EcoSport 14,051 16,038 -12.4 64,708 54,348 19.1 Escape 47,587 62,178 -23.5 241,388 272,228 -11.3 Edge 37,621 35,184 6.9 138,515 134,122 3.3 Flex 6,147 4,150 48.1 24,484 20,308 20.6 Explorer 48,083 56,316 -14.6 168,309 227,732 -26.1 Police Interceptor Utility 3,201 8,385 -61.8 18,752 33,839 -44.6 Expedition 24,267 14,140 71.6 86,422 54,661 58.1 Ford SUVs 180,957 196,391 -7.9 742,578 797,238 -6.9 F-Series 233,952 230,312 1.6 896,526 909,330 -1.4 Ranger 33,059 0 N/A 89,571 0 N/A E-Series 12,837 11,387 12.7 45,063 47,936 -6.0 Transit 36,885 31,331 17.7 153,868 137,794 11.7 Transit Connect 10,208 8,705 17.3 41,598 31,923 30.3 Heavy trucks 3,134 3,124 0.3 16,510 12,096 36.5 Ford Trucks 330,075 284,859 15.9 1,243,136 1,139,079 9.1 Ford Brand 568,507 581,386 -2.2 2,310,494 2,393,731 -3.5 LINCOLN BRAND MKZ 4,080 4,931 -17.3 17,725 19,852 -10.7 Continental 1,845 2,424 -23.9 6,586 8,758 -24.8 Lincoln Cars 5,925 7,355 -19.4 24,311 28,610 -15.0 Corsair/MKC 7,549 6,971 8.3 25,815 26,241 -1.6 Nautilus/MKX 7,727 8,687 -11.1 31,711 28,573 11.0 MKT 275 540 -49.1 3,388 2,324 45.8 Aviator 6,424 0 N/A 8,323 0 N/A Navigator 5,455 4,754 14.7 18,656 17,839 4.6 Lincoln SUVs 27,430 20,952 30.9 87,893 74,977 17.2 Lincoln Brand 33,355 28,307 17.8 112,204 103,587 8.3
  12. MONTH OF DECEMBER YEAR-TO-DATE Model 2019 2018 2019 2018 Rio 2,144 1,608 24,961 22,975 Forte 7,635 7,709 95,609 101,890 Optima 7,141 7,809 96,623 101,603 Cadenza 237 198 1,630 4,507 Stinger 1,034 1,289 13,861 16,806 K900 30 55 390 354 Soul 6,932 10,128 98,033 104,709 Niro 2,284 2,006 24,467 28,232 Sportage 8,426 6,998 89,278 82,823 Sorento 7,319 8,502 95,951 107,846 Telluride 6,496 N/A 58,604 N/A Sedona 1,551 1,126 15,931 17,928 Total 51,229 47,428 615,338 589,673
  13. According to the Rumorpile, Toyota is working on bringing back the Venza, a car that went out of production after 2015. The original Venza did not sell very well, partially due to its wagon-like shape and also relatively high pricing. It also lacked any off-road pretense that typically comes with a crossover. The problem for Toyota is that there is a large Venza sized gap in their SUV lineup between the RAV-4 and Highlander. This time around, the Venza would ditch the wagon looks and instead be a true crossover along the lines of the Chevrolet Trailblazer, Honda Passport, and Ford Edge. There is a possibility that the Venza would come in only hybrid form using the same 2.5-liter setup with rear electric motor that the Highlander uses. If the rumors prove true, you could see a new Venza hit the auto show circuit as early as 2021.

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