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  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I've been seeing a lot of GSs, probably a dozen this week.

    I'm sure the family resemblance is intentional, but for me, I would have made the IS and GS look sporty, and kept the LS and ES more conservative.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Next door neighbor has the 3rd generation model, then got a 2nd gen model for his daughter. Then a friend just got a new LX (replaced a Tribute), and another friend just picked one up on Sunday (replaced an Odyssey).
  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,071
    Champagne-colored 2013 Chevrolet Malibu on PA Turnpike.
    Black Dodge Charger on Tabor Avenue near Levick in NE Philly.
    Black Chevrolet Volt on Bingham Street near Unruh in NE Philly.
    Light blue Toyota Camry on Bingham street near Hellerman in NE Philly.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,909
    Caddy dealer has about 20 XTS right now. Saw a white Dart on the Dodge lot. Nothing else of interest.

    Local motorcycle cops appear to have new rides - I know they had BMWs (perfect for Bellevue, surprised the city doesn't have a fleet of 5er cop cars) once, now appear to be Yamaha, big maybe FJR1300 or something.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    How can you not notice a broken down car that delayed me for about an hour near Chain Bridge?

    Worse, he broke down on the bridge, but they moved it to the DC side, causing a huge backup. :sick:
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,909
    Not new cars, but saw two MB sedans with matte black paint this morning. Looks terrible when dirty - as if the [non-permissible content removed] effect of a matte black 5 year old S-class isn't enough.

    Saw yet another Infiniti Minivan - must have sold 20K of them within 10 miles of me alone.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    More than the R-class?
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,909
    Compared to the Infiniti? R seems to be a relatively rare bird anywhere - not many people bought into the idea of what looked like a Pacifica for twice the price.

    Or for the douchey set, na, it's almost an invisible car, way too subtle for that group, even in AMG trim.

    I have a crazy R-Class idea - I wonder if it is long enough, with rear seats removed, to fit a bike. As I have the motorcycle itch, I have considered ways to haul a bike, as I can't exactly fit it in either of my cars, even with the fintail's spacious trunk. But a diesel R, with some kind of ramp or pulling system, would be a pretty unique toy hauler. Low enough to not be cumbersome, rare, boring enough to not attract attention.

    On the new car front, saw another Exner (I think that's what I will name them) GS on the road, initial sales anyway should be quite healthy.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    GS is at 4 times the rate of the old one, roughly.

    More importantly it shows up on the charts.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,909
    I would expect even more than 4x. Who actually bought a 2012 GS, and what was wrong with them?

    The Germans need competition, that segment can become beige very quickly, as the new 5er has shown.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I'm just happy to see a Lexus selling that isn't the RX or ES.

    They're doing a motorsport model of the LS.

    What's gotten in to them lately? :D
  • texasestexases Posts: 5,424
    I can't imagine a bike short enough to fit in an R, upright, at least...
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,909
    So the motorsport model can now compare with the base models of the competition. Sadly, that base iso-tank LS has a following.

    I think Toyota finally got tired of the motoring world (validly) complaining about their boring products. Profits are good, but image is nice too.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,909
    Hmm didn't think of that, maybe I remember it looking taller than it is (been ages since I have noticed one on the road).

    The idea of some non-pickup low step up hauler for a bike, that isn't a trailer, has some appeal.
  • texasestexases Posts: 5,424
    Here you go:
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,953
    Perfect. :-)
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,909
    Not bad, even has the right wheels. Just needs a rear cover to keep the bike dry.

    Hmm...maybe an R-class interior could be hollowed out to give more height. This daydream is becoming expensive.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 13,585
    tad on the short side I would think.

    If you really wanted something, an actual viable option is a Transit Connect. No, not quite up to your normal standards for a DD, but it least it can actually haul the bike!

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,909
    Hmm, that might work. Wonder when we'll ever get it in a diesel...although I guess the new age gas engines aren't too bad.

    Would solve storage issues too, to keep the bike in a vehicle, as my building has a mere one spot per unit, and I've already cringed at parking the bike against the wall and crowding the car in front of it.
  • Do the seats fold down in an R-Class?

    If so, I bet a bike would fit...

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