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  • circlewcirclew Posts: 8,388
    Ditto. That's exactly what I was trying to say! This would be my choice over the competition. Seems to be heading that way over the entire Audi range of late.

    Regards,
    OW
  • Tag, any RWD car should have a better interior than an AWD car because the driver is going to spend a lot of time in it on snowy nights in January and February!
  • deweydewey Posts: 5,243
    Yes good point. All those cars listed as non-flops are based mainly on Toyota HSD two mode system. The two mode system made by BMW , MB and GM is crap.

    Toyota right now has a vast wide moat in terms of hybrid superiority. Nissan's Leaf looks like a car that may disrupt the hybrid market since an EV ideally would be superior to any hybrid car in terms of fuel efficiency and green bragging rights.
  • tagmantagman Malibu, CaliforniaPosts: 8,441
    I think I agree with your daughter! That so-called future Prius IS ugly. Let's hope that Toyota has better designs on the drawing board than THAT!

    Dewey was right when he pointed out that the pic has been circulating around for quite a while already, and no one really knows what it is supposed to be.

    TM
  • deweydewey Posts: 5,243
    I meet many types like Dre when I park my Prius out in front of WholeFoods.
    As soon as those female Wholefood shoppers stare at me with my Prius they look at me with the same hungry eyes as when they look at an organic quinoi salad. With such women I exercise far better better restraint than Tiger Woods since I dont want to be chased by my wife with her golf clubs.
  • tagmantagman Malibu, CaliforniaPosts: 8,441
    Nissan's Leaf looks like a car that may disrupt the hybrid market since an EV ideally would be superior to any hybrid car in terms of fuel efficiency and green bragging rights.

    The shortcoming of the Leaf might be its driving range. Like so many of the EV vehicles, it might be good for a commute, but no way anyone can take a trip with it. That's why a plug-in hybrid is preferrable IMO... it delivers the best of both worlds. I particularly like the idea behind the VW L1... using a small diesel engine to supplement the batteries, and offer driving range when needed.

    TM
  • deweydewey Posts: 5,243
    The G8 GXP too big?
    Yes too big for a European marque but as an American muscle car being BIG is usually a part of a multi-decade tradition. There are very few small American muscle cars out there.
  • tagmantagman Malibu, CaliforniaPosts: 8,441
    So, the Prius is a real chic magnet, eh? :surprise:

    TM
  • deweydewey Posts: 5,243
    A chic magnet?

    Based on my experience only among organic quinoi salad eaters.
  • tagmantagman Malibu, CaliforniaPosts: 8,441
    OW,
    I'm going to the show with my son and a group of guys from church. Not so sure I'll be taking many pictures this time. We'll see. But, I'll certainly let you know my impressions of the cool cars I get to see.
    TM
  • tagmantagman Malibu, CaliforniaPosts: 8,441
    organic quinoi salad eaters

    Haha... Are they good looking? At least, they are probably very healthy! ;)

    TM
  • deweydewey Posts: 5,243
    Are they good looking? At least, they are probably very healthy!


    Vivaciously good looking indeed. And in order to avoid my wife's golf clubs I dont know anything else about them. :cry:
  • tagmantagman Malibu, CaliforniaPosts: 8,441
    Self-control prevents me from finding out.

    Impressive... and ironic... afterall, it was your lack of self-control that contributed to your speeding tickets and ultimate purchase of a Prius. Now that you have the Prius, you have self control.

    Thank goodness, or you would no longer live in a wonderful home with a cucumber garden... instead you'd be in a pickle, likely made from the ex-wife's cucumbers.

    TM
  • circlewcirclew Posts: 8,388
    Hey, LD, nice to hear form you. I checked Dre's website for some clues but it hasn't been updated. It does, however, list the brands she is a spokesmodel for and Honda and her print clients include Nissan.

    Hope you visit the show for your excellent feedback!

    Regards,
    OW
  • jlbljlbl Posts: 1,333
    Some of you are visiting Car Shows this weekend. In my case is it time for my annual week-end in Paris (France, where else if not?) followed by a week on the Pyrenees trying to get some snow on and under me. I'll try then to have an eye opened for cars or car-related things, but I cannot promise much about.

    As regards as the new A8, I've posted I am not impressed with the exterior. The interior looks well craft, with this soft starry-sky gloom which is typical of Audi—very pleasant indeed. But I find this A8 interior also to be exaggerated, too much wooden and "crowded" for may tastes. The shift is just like an alien gun, by the way.

    Regards,
    Jose
  • laurasdadalaurasdada Posts: 2,687
    The Pats, while they disappointed me, did not surprise me. I had a feeling that the game wouldn't be as close as most thought. They're a good team at this point, but not a great team. Brady isn't quite the Brady of past, but maybe he's still a work in progress? Or, more credit to the pressure applied by the opponent's defense. Hopefully, these games are just tune-ups (a la the $%!!#$%!! Giants of a couple of years ago!) for the playoff run.

    Thanks for the thoughts, I'm not sure that things are better for me. Aspects of the situation appear to be changing for the better, which is good and makes me happier, but I'm not sure that it will ultimately go in the direction that I so hope for. The last seven months have both flown by and dragged on for an eternity.

    2009 has been a challenging year for many, I sincerely hope that 2010 will be the best year of our lives! Of course, to be followed by even better years...

    '13 Jaguar XF, '11 BMW 535xi, '02 Lexus RX300

  • deweydewey Posts: 5,243
    No self control whatsoever. You remember how I scorned and howled at BMW after they sold me the biggest lemon possile in the form of a BMW 335i.

    Well guess what. I am already curious about the new BMW 5 series.

    Fortunately what will stop me from buying a 2011 BMW series are those ridiculous run flat tires. I never want to confront warranty issues if I ever decide to replace my run flat tires with regular tires. Especially after all those dealership visits with my BMW 335i.

    What makes me so crazed about BMW is their independence. Daimler aggressively tried to buy out BMW in the 1950s. BMW's Quandt family fierecely resisted and since that day BMW has become the only independent luxury auto company in the industry. (MB is dependent on Daimler).

    It's this fierce independent spirit that makes me admire BMW despite the trials and tribulations I had with my BMW 335i.

    A BMW 520d is the BMW that I woudl buy with run flats. No other one.
  • tagmantagman Malibu, CaliforniaPosts: 8,441
    what will stop me from buying a 2011 BMW series are those ridiculous run flat tires.

    Dewey,

    Tell me why you hate the run flats as much as you do.

    TM
  • tagmantagman Malibu, CaliforniaPosts: 8,441
    Yes, here I go again with even more evidence of hybrids in the lux segment. I don't know how much evidence you guys will need before you start posting that you agree with me, but here I go with some more...

    Rolls-Royce is working on a hybrid version of the Ghost that will share its technology with the BMW ActiveHybrid 7. Sources say that engineering the hybrid version of the Ghost will be fairly straightforward since the F01 7-Series and the Ghost share the same platform. Other fuel-saving features will include a start-stop technology system. A 20kW/155 lb-ft electric-motor will sit between the 8-speed ZF automatic transmission; however, no electric-only driving mode will be available.

    Overall, fuel-economy should be improved by 15 percent.


    Not a massive increase in fuel efficiency, IMO, but it is indeed yet another clear step towards hybrid technology in the luxury segment... and I think we can all agree that a Rolls-Royce Ghost certainly qualifies as a luxury vehicle.

    TM
  • tagmantagman Malibu, CaliforniaPosts: 8,441
    Whaddya know... The evidence just keeps piling up...

    Press Release:

    BMW ANNOUNCES PRICING FOR THE 2011 BMW ACTIVEHYBRID 7

    The most powerful hybrid luxury sedans will be priced from $103,125

    Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey, December 2, 2009… BMW announced pricing today for the 2011 ActiveHybrid 7models during their North American debut at the Los Angeles International Auto Show. BMW’s first hybrid performance/luxury sedans will arrive in showrooms in Spring 2011 with a base MSRP of $103,125 including destination and handling for the ActiveHybrid 7 and $107,025 for the long wheelbase ActiveHybrid 7L.

    The BMW ActiveHybrid 7 Sedans feature BMW’s 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 mated to an

    8-speed automatic transmission and hybrid electric motor. The auto stop-start feature improves efficiency without interrupted climate control and other features. Additional standard equipment includes 19-inch wheels and tires, Alcantara headliner, leather dashboard and ventilated active front seats. The Premium Sound System, Head-up Display and Rear View Camera are also standard on the ActiveHybrid 7 as are Comfort Access, Soft-close doors and Automatic trunkgate closing.

    Options and packages include a Camera Package, Driver Assistance Package, BMW Night Vision and Rear Seat Entertainment Package. A Luxury Rear Seating Package is available on the ActiveHybrid 7L. A full list of options to tailor the BMW ActiveHybrid 7 to individual tastes is listed below.

    2011 BMW ActiveHybrid 7 packages and optional equipment:
    * Camera Package $350
    o Side view cameras
    * Cold Weather Package $800
    o Heated steering wheel & rear seats
    * Driver Assistance Package $1,350
    o Automatic high beams, lane departure warning,
    active blind spot detection
    * Rear Seat Entertainment Package $2,200
    o Multimedia player and two 8-inch screens
    * Luxury Rear Seating Package (750Li only) $3,700
    o Rear ventilated, massaging Comfort Seats
    * BMW Night Vision $2,600
    * 20-inch wheels $1,300
    * Power Rear Sunshades $1,000
    * Ceramic controls $650
    * 6-disc DVD-changer $600
    * iPod/USB-Adapter $400
    * Satellite radio $350
    * Smartphone integration $150


    :shades:

    TM
  • m4d_cowm4d_cow Posts: 1,491
    You currently have enough evidence to win over the US court marshall.

    Hybrid is coming, I agree. The thing is there are many areas outside Europe that just cant warm up to diesels yet, so in themeantime hybrid seems like the only way. Doesn't necessarily mean it will be popular though. Remember the possibility that companies pull this move to tackle the ever so strict CAFE law. Of course, it's like killing 2 bird with one stone. :shades:
  • Give me an A8L hybrid and I'll jump. Maybe.

    The wife has the '10 Q5 and said she's even interested in the A3 diesal and would love to see a Q5 hybrid.
  • cyclone4cyclone4 Posts: 2,287
    Yes, here I go again with even more evidence of hybrids in the lux segment. I don't know how much evidence you guys will need before you start posting that you agree with me, but here I go with some more...

    Tag, you don't have to convince me (Mr. Hybrid :) ) on this topic. I am very excited about the future of luxury hybrids. We already enjoy the RX450h but this is just the tip of the iceberg.
  • deweydewey Posts: 5,243
    What is there to like about run flat tires?

    I dont know your situation but here in Canada they are $800 each with taxes (CDN$ almost = US$). Equivalent non-run flats are a fraction of that price.

    I needed 8 new tires after 32 months of driving--both snows and summer tires. Which means $6400 just for rubber tires within two years and a half.

    With a regular tire I can use a spare tire if I have a flat tire. If I am lazy which most times I am I can just call AAA( CAA in Canada) to get towed to a place where I can get a new tire.
  • deweydewey Posts: 5,243
    The true innovation in hybrids/electrical vehicles is in economy/mainstream cars. Any hybrid BMW driver will look like a dumb patsy compared to a BMW 520d driver.

    I can just hear a hybrd S Class owner saying the following:

    " Wow oh wow my 295 HP hybrid MBS400 can get 3MPG better than a 382 HP MB S550 ? Imagine that? Now my conscience feels sooo good."

    You know the old cliche: A fool and his wallet is easily parted. And that cliche fits perfectly for anybody who buys a RR Ghost or BMW 7 series for environmental reasons.
    Forget the whole idea of flaunting myself and making a statement with a RR. I would have the hybrid marque removed from my RR because it just reeks with hypocrisy in terms of buying a heavy tank while simultaneouslly being self-conscious about the environment.
  • lexusguylexusguy Posts: 6,419
    It's this fierce independent spirit that makes me admire BMW despite the trials and tribulations I had with my BMW 335i.

    The one BMW I really like is the 335i coupe. Other than that, I think BMW has lost their way a bit lately. The run flats, the dumb shifter, the dumb turn signals, etc. The last M5 was an epically good machine. The current one is essentially a computer with wheels on it that's terrible to drive everywhere but a race track.

    BMW seems to be giving less and less attention to what goes into actually driving the car - steering response, throttle and braking, and giving more and more attention to stuffing their cars full of as much technology as possible, whether it works or not.

    While I've never liked the Cayenne, the argument can be made that (at the time) Porsche needed to do it in order to have the money to develop their sports cars. Why is there an X6 M though?
  • jimbresjimbres Posts: 2,025
    The one BMW I really like is the 335i coupe. Other than that, I think BMW has lost their way a bit lately.

    BMW fan that I am, I hate to admit this, but you're right. If I had to replace my car today, I'd probably beat the bushes for a low-mileage E39 with a stick. (Chances are pretty good that I'd be looking for a long time.)

    As far as I'm concerned, BMW currently makes nothing that's craveworthy.
  • m4d_cowm4d_cow Posts: 1,491
    Uh, I agree. The only convenience is not having to replace your tire right after puncture so one can drive to "safety" (in my book it's called "nearest mechanic") to have the tire replaced.

    I dont like the price, the stiff sidewalls, and the fact that BMW no longer give us a spare tire in the trunk.
  • circlewcirclew Posts: 8,388
    I can tell you the RFT worked for me. My '06 330xi made it 100 miles with zero pressure. The next day, I got a Goodyear dealer to plug it for a temp fix, which I only used for a week while I waited for a new tire that was on order at the time for a complete fix.

    Regards,
    OW
  • cdnpinheadcdnpinhead Forest Lakes, AZPosts: 3,290
    As far as I'm concerned, BMW currently makes nothing that's craveworthy.

    Mostly I'd agree, but I'd rephrase your statement to say that BMW currently markets nothing in North America that's craveworthy. They sell manual transmission-equipped 2, 2.5 & 3 litre diesels, with real tires, in the rest of the world that I'd buy one of tomorrow, if I could.

    They're not, and they never will be, mostly thanks to CARB, U.S. lawsuits (RFTs) and the EPA (it costs a fortune to get each version of a car approved). Those RFTs may make sense "back East" where towns are close together, but getting a flat in Nevada at 3 in the morning on the weekend with RFT tires is a whole 'nother world -- one that Germany knows nothing of.

    Oh boy.
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