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The Mainstream Room / Re: 2018 Buick Regal TourX
« Last post by veeman on October 17, 2017, 01:39:16 am »
This raised wagon thing looks great.  The grill and headlights combo has a modern Volvo vibe to it which is a good thing.  Everyone rags on GM for plastic cladding maybe because historically Pontiac went a little extreme with it.  Fact is GM is just copying the styling used by Subaru, Audi, and recently Mercedes (e class all terrain).  I don't think it looks great on any of them but visually it makes a raised wagon look more utilitarian and having more all terrain and all weather capability. 

How well this thing might sell here is mostly I think about how GM prices it.  It'll likely be quieter than the Subaru Outback and a bit anemic in power (just like the 4 cylinder Outbacks are).  If GM prices it in the low 30 thousands with standard options I think it'll sell well.  Buick has had a winner with the Enclave I think because they haven't been too ambitious in pricing and you get a very nice near luxury SUV for Honda Pilot money. 
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General Automotive / Re: Car Chat
« Last post by 68_427 on October 17, 2017, 01:13:31 am »
This was spotted locally.



Pretty good looking SUV IMO



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General Automotive / Re: Electric Charging
« Last post by Raza on October 16, 2017, 10:42:12 pm »
I'm still skeptical about a need for on the go charge stations. We already have them in our homes

And for the millions of people who live in apartments or homes without garages?
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The Mainstream Room / Re: 2018 Buick Regal TourX
« Last post by Laconian on October 16, 2017, 10:41:41 pm »
:hesaid:

1000lbs is a massive difference. Screw those press outlets for fudging it so badly.
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General Automotive / Re: Electric Charging
« Last post by Raza on October 16, 2017, 10:40:58 pm »
Suggestion. We should have a CarSPIN board covering EVs (plus I guess plugin hybrids), the technology behind them & their supporting infrastructure.

I was just reading about a new charge point for homes that have PV panels (or even wind generators). It make decisions about sourcing the charge: e.g. whether to favor home-generated juice rather than sending it out to the grid, or maybe save the home generated stuff for the Powerwall and only charge the car with low-tariff off-peak electricity from the grid.

The energy density of batteries is still much lower than that of gasoline; we don't have a Moore's Law ramping up batteries every year as we did for CPUs. but I think that disadvantage is being offset to some extent by smart management controls we're now seeing.

We don't have enough traffic to sustain much of anything outside of the politics forum.
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Well, the Impreza hatch was once touted as the best handling car of all time.  I'm not surprised Subaru learned something from the legend they created :lol:

 :lol: :lol: :lol:

Oh man....that guy was such a turd.
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General Automotive / Re: Electric Charging
« Last post by GoCougs on October 16, 2017, 10:33:31 pm »
Yeah, the mass is centralized more, and it allows you to take advantage of the chainring gearing as well, instead of just the cassette gears as with hub drive. Plus, the wheels are just standard wheels, so removing and installing the rear wheel isn't any different than a regular wheel.

I'm surprised they're considered motorcycles, though. Unlike hub drive, don't mid drive bikes have to be pedaled in order for the assist to work? IOW you can't just sit there without pedaling and have the motor do all the work for you like you can on a hub drive bike, unless there's some different system I'm not aware of.

I can see how it would be irritating to regular MTB'ers, though.

Most trails around here are multi-use - bikers, hikers and horses, and bikers have to yield to the other two. Ebikes scream, esp. on the flat. It's a recipe for a major wreck and could jeopardize biker access.
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Motorcycles / Re: Motorcycles.
« Last post by Raza on October 16, 2017, 10:14:34 pm »
Nope. There must be a bit of old sensibility here or these type of posts wouldn't happen. Macho shit, ha. Nope, just normal stuff.

How long can you keep up the deception?

Huh?
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Luxury Talk / Re: All-New Mercedes A-Class Loses Heavy Camo, Lookin' Real Stylish
« Last post by Raza on October 16, 2017, 10:12:12 pm »
We don't need updates on economy cars in Brazil or spy shots of an X2. There has to be some kind of significance or interesting angle for news to be posted. You look at a lot of Wimmer's CarScoops' posts, many of them can barely get more than like 4 replies. Thats an indication that people aren't interested. It feels like spam.

Dude, we barely talk about cars on this forum.  Leave him alone.  Let him post all the spy shots he wants. 
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General Automotive / Re: Electric Charging
« Last post by Cookie Monster on October 16, 2017, 09:50:11 pm »
Correct. Such ebikes (motor on the crank) have been all the rage (inducer) in mountain biking world and from what I can tell, is the way of the ebike going forward. They work well apparently.

Currently, in my area, these are considered motorcycles and cannot be used on trails by law. 250W continuous will have you blowing by 99% of riders (have to pedal for power to be applied).

Yeah, the mass is centralized more, and it allows you to take advantage of the chainring gearing as well, instead of just the cassette gears as with hub drive. Plus, the wheels are just standard wheels, so removing and installing the rear wheel isn't any different than a regular wheel.

I'm surprised they're considered motorcycles, though. Unlike hub drive, don't mid drive bikes have to be pedaled in order for the assist to work? IOW you can't just sit there without pedaling and have the motor do all the work for you like you can on a hub drive bike, unless there's some different system I'm not aware of.

I can see how it would be irritating to regular MTB'ers, though.
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