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Consumer Reports holding tournament to crown Drivers' Choice champion {Autoblog}

Mar 20th 2011 10:44PM It'll be interesting to see how CR arranges things so the Camry, Prius, Tacoma and some Lexus all win.

Study reviews break-even point for hybrid vehicles {Autoblog}

Mar 14th 2011 3:21PM Some interesting reading:

In the 1960 Mobilgas Economy Run, a Rambler Custom two-door sedan returned 28.35 miles per US gallon (8.297 L/100 km; 34.05 mpg-imp) over a route of more than 2,000 miles (3,219 km), finishing first in the compact class. Further proof of the American's exceptional fuel economy came when an overdrive-equipped car driven coast to coast under NASCAR's watchful eyes averaged 38.9 miles per US gallon (6.05 L/100 km; 46.7 mpg-imp). However, the most astounding demonstration was the record set in the Pure Oil Economy Trials, another NASCAR-supervised event: 51.281 miles per US gallon (4.5868 L/100 km; 61.586 mpg-imp).

You may note that the Rambler used no batteries. :cough: #hypermileTHAT

:goes back to polishing his Excursion:

Study reviews break-even point for hybrid vehicles {Autoblog}

Mar 14th 2011 3:16PM Gruv, can you tell me the top five countries the US buys oil from?

Hint: Saudi Arabia ain't on the list.

Also, Everyone worries about the Chinese. But if we had to expand using oil today, we couldn't afford it, and given the average Chinese consumer is far poorer than we were back in the 50s and 60s, China can't either.

Finally, this is interesting reading:

In the 1960 Mobilgas Economy Run, a Rambler Custom two-door sedan returned 28.35 miles per US gallon (8.297 L/100 km; 34.05 mpg-imp) over a route of more than 2,000 miles (3,219 km), finishing first in the compact class. Further proof of the American's exceptional fuel economy came when an overdrive-equipped car driven coast to coast under NASCAR's watchful eyes averaged 38.9 miles per US gallon (6.05 L/100 km; 46.7 mpg-imp). However, the most astounding demonstration was the record set in the Pure Oil Economy Trials, another NASCAR-supervised event: 51.281 miles per US gallon (4.5868 L/100 km; 61.586 mpg-imp), which AMC sagely noted, "No car owner should expect to approach in everyday driving."[10]

You may note the Rambler used no batteries. :cough:

Kid-sized Mini Seven is perfect for minimalist children {Autoblog}

Mar 12th 2011 7:49PM I'm thinking Hayabusa upgrade, and slicks. Best. Trackcar. Ever.

Video: How not to clean up from the NYC snow storm {Autoblog}

Dec 28th 2010 12:55PM Clearly, your browser link is corrupt, and you mistook Autoblog for its bleeding heart offspring Autoblog Green, or some other equally idiotic tree hugger blog.

Please delete this link, and send all your money to the "Save the Spotted Owl by Bankrupting Five Million Americans Fund".

You jackwagon.

Video: How not to clean up from the NYC snow storm {Autoblog}

Dec 28th 2010 12:46PM New York City???!?!?!

Git a rope...

(Thankls to Pace Picante Sauce...)

Report: Chevrolet considering new high-end Silverado {Autoblog}

Dec 9th 2010 6:56AM Oh, please.

Spare us your "patriotism/national security" lament. You tree huggers are getting tiresome trying to push the claim that anything which kills snail darters and spotted owls is unpatriotic and dangerous.

Why not increase our dependence on foreign spotted owls, and use whatever gasoline we wish? In ten years, China and India will be the two largest gasoline consumers, and I don't see you whining about them. Why?

Oh, wait. We are the United States of America. We need to protect the world from itself, regardless of what it costs our own citizens. We ship our industry and jobs overseas, enrich foreign countries, but thank god our bankrupt populace can breathe clean air, while we starve to death.

You greenies all seem to think that you have some sort of moral high ground from which to dictate to America as to what WE should do, in order to make YOU happy. My answer to that is that until you can figure out a way to repair our economy, and rein in foreign excesses, you need to close your mouth about what WE need to do.

The popular claim you use now is that people who buy full size trucks never use them. Here are a few things to ponder:

One truck owner in a neighborhood can provide a truck for several neighbors' occasional use, allowing many people to benefit from one truck purchase, and avoiding increasingly ugly rental rates for local truck usage.

Insurance for standard, light duty pickup trucks runs about 56% of what insurance on a comparable automobile would.

Trucks protect their occupants better in crashes with automobiles. This is even more prevalent when large SUVs are used in this comparison, and when small econoboxes are exclusively compared to trucks and SUVs, the numbers are frightening.

Any pickup truck is more mobile in snow, mud and other adverse terrain as compared to a normal automobile. In particular, small economy cars, with small tires using high efficiency tread designs, are fairly useless in all adverse road conditions, especially snow.

Dude, I'm a vet. Disabled and service connected. For you to tell me I'm unpatriotic for not driving the sort of vehicle YOU want me to drive is an insult, not only to me but to every other vet. Drop by a local VFW hall, and tell the people there they're unpatriotic for not driving a little rollerskate. Then have fun running from them, as they chase you, in their pickups.

But thanks for all the fish...

GM claims Buick Regal sports most powerful processor {Autoblog}

Nov 12th 2010 3:02PM Pity they didn't put some of that power into the engine output. At 220 HP, the top Buick Regal is a limp--wristed base Opel clone...no V6, no 325 HP, and Buick is so ashamed of it they describe it, in their ads as a "sport-injected engine"...no mention of the fact that it lacks two cylinders and 100+ HP over the one they sell overseas.

The Buick Regal also costs close to $32K, fully equipped, which puts it waay up among much better cars, both in size, power, and luxury. Sort of makes a statement as to the preferences of the Chinese, that they expect this to be a big seller, over there. Sadly, it's unlikely to sell much here, thus hastening the end of Buick as an American brand.

So what was the last GM car which was actually exciting, and class-leading, and was not called a Cadillac CTS? That would be the 1956 Corvette.

Incidently, you can buy a Ford Fusion, with similar mpg, equivalent interior and an optional V6 with forty more horsepower, for less than the Buick...and get it with AWD, if you want, or as a hybrid.

Mahindra adds Mojo to the motorcycle market with new two-wheelers {Autoblog}

Oct 1st 2010 9:08AM Wow, you gotta hand it to Mahindra. Who else could have thought of bringing out vaporware motorcycles to compliment their current vaporware pickups? And boy do they have some exciting specs. A 300cc single cylinder motorcycle making about 25 HP and weighing (with 90% fuel and "tools", of course) over 350 lbs. I seem to recall that a 1965 Suzuki 250 X6 Hustler made 32 HP around 45 years ago, and did it with a carburetor, not FI. The X6 also weighed less than 320 pounds (but that was without the "tools", of course).

But don't dispair. Mahindra will also wow you with more state of the art tech, such as the "shining yellow" tube frame and "special LED lights". And there's more...

India’s largest petal disc brakes
India’s widest rare tyres with tubeless technology
Radial calliper breaking technology
Tear drop design
Double barreled exoframe
And best of all...dual exhausts!

Okay, so India is a different market. So is most of the Far East. Roads are loosely described, in many places over there, as any reasonably flat surface dry enough to support a vehicle, and not containing trees or shell craters. Thus, cars and motorcycles sold over there are designed with much more thought given to reliability, ease of repair, suspension travel and the ability to burn 27 octane gasoline.

But paying four large for this thing, even ignoring Mahindra's dismissal of the concept of on-time deliveries, is asking for a leap of faith that makes Evel Knievel's Snake River Canyon jump look downright pedestrian. The only silver lining I see is that it's possible all those newly affluent Indian customer support people who work for Hewlett-Packard will buy one, and then have to call the Mahindra customer support center, which will be located in Palau.

Coda CEO on electric sedan's $44,900 price: "Price is not the decisive factor in electric cars." {Autoblog Green}

Sep 23rd 2010 8:02AM If...

The entire world oil supply was to become unavailable to the United States, and the only way to get around was by bicycle, rickshaw or an electric replacement vehicle, then I suppose I'd have to buy an electric car.

Realistically, with the oversupply of oil in the world, and per capita usage of oil dropping steadily, your prediction of doom is totally unrealistic. Further, even if such a thing happened, electric cars would still be available to buy and use, and I'd lose nothing, and gain a great deal, by NOT buying one until it became absolutely necessary.

Your "new technology" argument doesn't hold water, because currently the most advanced, cutting edge products you can buy today fail miserably in comparison to the most ordinary of ICE cars, and come with a hefty price penalty, as well.

Global warming isn't a result of ICE cars (assuming "global warming" actually exists at all, which is still open to question, since long before the industrial age came along, global temperatures soared far beyond current levels, for reasons totally unassociated with the evil ICE), but instead results from the production of energy. Your electric cars need to be powered, just like their criminal ICE cousins, and the pollution cost of producing the energy needed to do that will fall principally on the use of coal. Coal, you may note, is a very dirty substance, when burned to produce energy. The energy producing industry cannot yet make a financial case for NOT using coal, since cleaner forms of energy production are prohibitably expensive (wind and solar power), or socially unacceptable (nuclear). Thus, all an electric car does is trade the pollution an ICE car produces for the pollution which must be produced for an electric car to operate.

Peak oil. This is a moving target, arbitrarily set by a variety of foundations, think tanks, research institutes and tons of "non-profit" organizations, operated solely to lend validity to what is at best a vague, uncertain future date. Even the most rabid environmentalists are unwilling to state that all the world's oil reserves have been discovered and are being exploited, and further, when pressed, these same "experts" reluctantly admit that it is likely that less than half the recoverable oil reserves which exist on Earth have been located.

Finally, there's this. The one thing worth noting about the current state of electric vehicles is that as time passes, the technology used in building them will improve. Right now, that technology isn't even remotely good enough to produce a viable financial competitor to the ICE. In the future, it very well could. When that happens, then electric cars will reach equality in the marketplace, and be purchased by mainstream buyers. Until then, deceptive reasoning, misleading pronouncements and an artificially created "need" for the electric car industry to thrive does very little except undercut the credibility of not only the current products, but the success of future products, as well. When electric cars can win a place in the market bgy their competence, then I'll welcome them. Until then, their supporters (that would be you) serve only to annoy and irritate me, by implying that because I'm unwilling to accept an inferior product, I'm somehow evil, ignorant and a threat to the world.

I wish the electric car industry well. As for those of you who remain busy thumping tubs, ringing welkins and otherwise muddying the waters of reality, I merely hope you all DO buy the cars you so desperately support, today. Since you want them, you can obviously afford them, and a fool and his money may soon be parted, but at least you won't be using any of MY gasoline.