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  • Skyactiv has to be among the lamest monikers ever attached to an automobile.
  • And a dash plaque too, I'm sure the MOPAR boys will get all creamy over this.
  • Well, originally it stood for "Super High Output" but that dates back to the late eighties when the first one with a Yamaha massaged V-6 in it. Ford has been into silly acronyms for a long time, dating back to the ridiculous ( and unpronouncea…
  • I was reading a review for this vehicle on the automotive(dot)com website and was shocked by this: CADILLAC CTS SPORT WAGON Base Price: $40,435 As-tested: $54,635 That's a whole lot of cheddar for a 2WD version even if it is well equipped. Add in…
  • I'm a wagon guy and was excited about the prospects of a true manual transmission in a five-passenger wagon but looking at the latest information (at cadillac.com) it looks like the manual transmission that has been promised since this variant of t…
  • The XC60 package itself is a home run (or very close to one) but the pricing seems too much for what you get. A S80 with the same drive train, and purportedly the company 'flagship', can be had for less. Also the forced (no cost option) sunroof…
  • Perhaps that was intentional. (double gulp)
  • The only problem with that reasoning is that the horse and buggy was the alternative when automobiles were introduced. I suspect that getting twenty-five percent of Toyota customers to step up for the purchase of $50,000 compacts with a 200 miles …
  • Maybe in ten years somebody else will be able to marvel at another vehicle that produced "zero emissions" during its lifetime.... http://www.leftlanenews.com/californias-zero-emission-law-could-cost-toyota-1b.h- tml California’s zero-emissi…
  • That EV RAV4 existed for one reason, the California Air Resources Board requirement that manufacturers produce zero emissions vehicles for public consumption. These EV vehicles cost upward of forty-thousand dollars new (when a loaded RAV4 cost ri…
  • The program, as it has been laid out, is poorly focused. The government should be attempting to get older highly polluting cars off the roads. I don't think this money will, in the long run, make any difference vis-a-vis the future viability of t…
  • Well, they made the leather and the aluminum roof rails standard equipment. Last year they had a "Base" model (that supposedly didn't really exist on dealer lots) that had a cloth interior and the Journey version brought the leather. Now they've g…
  • So Infiniti has been sitting on the 2009 factory production for the U.S. market for ten months just so they can dump them into dealer inventory a month before most 2010 models hit and haven't changed anything, save an increase in the sticker price …
  • These vehicles are piling up like cord wood on dealership lots. Just be patient and that incentive, or perhaps some kind of staggeringly good lease deal, will be back soon enough. This EX35 is hardly priced to sell and the luxury car market is con…
  • The M-coupe rides harsher than the M-Roadster so unless you have test driven one on the same roads as the Edmund's tester your saying the remarks are "way off" must be considered in that light. Several published reviews have mentioned that BMW migh…
  • I really loved the aubergine color (didn't care for the beige interior mandated) and was disappointed to see at the San Jose Auto Show that it wasn't in the offing for 2008. 'Tis a shame, I really thought it was a classy color (very Mercedes) on a …
  • That is a strange coincidence. 13.04.2001 a day that will live in infamy. Paint durability (as opposed to the appearance which is (generally) very good, especially on the Lexus cars) is poor because the water soluble paints used (for environm…
  • The economy is bad and that would effect luxury cars across the board but I think the fact that Consumers Reports has said Lexus ES350 is below the industry average on reliability has to hurt sales too. Rock solid reliability has been a touchstone o…
  • Well, Edmunds has the 1992 Honda CX manual listed as having 42 mpg city and 48 mpg highway. I'll chalk your "mid 50's" recollection up as nostalgia. The fact that you are concerned with pricey out of state gas vis-a-vis the cheaper in state gas …
  • Having owned Toyota vehicles from the last three decades I'd say the decline started quite some time ago.
  • Carsdirect doesn't have an inventory search feature tied to website but generally the affiliated dealer will honor the Target Price that's provided there. Now a basic Lexus anything is hard to come, like most luxury car proprietors Lexus dealers a…
  • The best time to buy would depend on what exactly you were looking for and if that was something that would be in dealer inventory. For a car in dealer inventory the "best time" would be the end of a month when the incentives are in effect and that …
  • The previous post (#2265) is NOT quite accurate. Sales people get paid a base salary as well as getting a piece of the dealer profit for a particular sale. Also salespeople who can move volumes of vehicles get additional bonuses from selling cars …
  • I suspect that Hyundai is going to run into the same problems that VW did with the Phaeton, namely, perception problems compounded by the reality of customers dealing with a dealer network unable to deliver a "luxury" buying experience. When you …
  • It seems a very strange marketing decision for a Japanese manufacturer to bring the smaller less powerful engine to the states and the larger to Europe. I think some buyers (as opposed to lookers) may just jump to the wait and see camp with a more…
  • I was watching TV last night and saw a commercial for the Infiniti EX. I don't watch much television but I figure that the Infiniti dealers with a bunch on the lot will be glad to hear some marketing is occurring. BTW, the vehicle (at least this p…
  • Healey has a pretty heavy foot, but he puts his numbers in context about the type of driving done. He praised the engine which likely means he was flogging it pretty good too. He tends to get better mileage with slow cars. That Autoweek mileag…
  • James R. Healey of the USA Today had a decidedly mixed review for the Infiniti EX in today's (15-2-2008) paper, you can read the online version here: Infiniti EX review @ USA Today "•Overall: Cramped and jiggly. Not for robust people or t…
  • Really, I sat in the front and back seat of the passenger side of an EX at the San Jose show earlier this year and, while far from roomy, it didn't seem the chore that you describe and I'm 5'10" (almost 5'101/2") and big boned (read: fat). The re…
  • On one of the last pages of this EX forum somebody posted a link to a YouTube video of an EX test and using that led to my watching all the YouTube Infiniti EX road test videos posted there. One of them, I noticed, showed the seatbelt narrowly es…
  • Why would anyone buy the EX over a sporty sedan that handles better, gives better gas mileage, has more room in the back, and costs less? The EX will go the way of the Lexus IS SportCross - discontinued within 2-3 years. Well I've been making that …
  • Looking at Edmund's pricing information that $3300-off price is just slightly above invoice, which is about the best a savvy buyer will be able to do until Infiniti needs to start kicking in the dealer cash and rebates, which I consider inevitab…
  • I think that there exists a market for a sporty 2+2 CUV but no manufacturer has hit the home run, the target vehicle that will define that niche market, yet. Acura released the RDX, more of a four seater but pretty sporty by CUV standards, with g…
  • This is exactly what I was talking about when I commented on the original first drive article for this vehicle. The value equation just does not add up well with the EX35. The reality for somebody looking at cars on the lot is that the cost is $ 1…
  • Interesting, because I find the affectation of the giant shaped tailpipes that are popping up on cars these days (like the base TL) to be positively hideous. Especially when taken to the extreme with shaped faux-outlets like on the Lexus LS. One r…
  • "You can blame the weak US dollar for that... Recession or not.. you can't expect companies to sell their goods below cost.. How would they stay in business?" Actually, Henry Ford said that he would give them (the customers) the cars as long as t…
  • The powertrain warranty is for 6 years and 70,000 miles so it still is in effect. I say buy the used Acura and save the $9,000 bucks for the repairs that likely will never come.
  • New cars sure are cheaper North of the border, but most manufacturers will refuse to honer the warranty of cars purchased in Canada. I guess if you are buying an out-of-warranty car, this wouldn't be an issue.
  • The Volvo is an Alpine unit. It doesn't have Dolby C on the tape. The bass in Pro Logic mode is a bit much. Too boomy. My guess is the Dynaudio speakers are better than the Beemers. I think the top system for the convertible has even bigger sub…
    in Volvo C70 Comment by charlesb July 1999
  • Fwd conversions to AWD remain nose heavy. Moreover, the weight increase blunts performance. (Most Quattro Audi's are pretty sluggish.) I think Volvo did about as much as they could, performance wise, with the aging S70 platform. The press hammere…
    in Volvo C70 Comment by charlesb June 1999