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Forum: Car Chat 05-27-15, 07:42 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 410
Posted By Sulu
Typical of GM, it hobbled the sale of Saab right...

Typical of GM, it hobbled the sale of Saab right from the start, just like it did with its on-again, off-again sale of GM Europe / Opel / Vauxhall and the sale of Hummer. Before the complete Saab...
Forum: Car Chat 05-27-15, 07:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 235
Posted By Sulu
Have you ever known a car salesman to really...

Have you ever known a car salesman to really understand what they are selling, especially when it comes to complex, modern software-controlled nannies?

I am an engineer and I like to be prepared...
Forum: Car Chat 05-27-15, 07:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 262
Posted By Sulu
Hyundai is too late, but they try to spin it...

Hyundai is too late, but they try to spin it another way.


Only Toyota, Ford and GM's Voltec system use some sort of eCVT / Power Split Device transmission (and, arguably, Honda's new system may...
Forum: Car Chat 05-27-15, 06:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 262
Posted By Sulu
It does not seem much better than my ESh then. It...

It does not seem much better than my ESh then. It sounds like it merely has a slightly larger battery. If I am going to spend the thousands extra dollars and give up that much more trunk room (even...
Forum: Car Chat 05-27-15, 06:18 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 410
Posted By Sulu
I think VW would rather buy a near-dead carmaker,...

I think VW would rather buy a near-dead carmaker, not one that comes kicking and screaming with conditions (like Marchionne and Fiat would). Their recent co-habitation followed by a quick parting...
Forum: Car Chat 05-27-15, 06:12 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,712
Posted By Sulu
Unless our definition of "strut" is different, I...

Unless our definition of "strut" is different, I do not believe that the traditional gooseneck hinge has a strut; it does have a spring to help pop the trunk lid off the latch, but not a strut....
Forum: Car Chat 05-27-15, 10:12 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 410
Posted By Sulu
If Mr. Marchionne truly believes that the...

If Mr. Marchionne truly believes that the industry needs more consolidation in order that smaller brands may survive, he does not have to look to merge with giants like GM or VW.

There was a deal...
Forum: Car Chat 05-26-15, 09:59 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,712
Posted By Sulu
I was just about to add that some Hondas had...

I was just about to add that some Hondas had those articulated trunk hinges, but you beat me to it.

But while switching from the gooseneck trunklid hinges to the fancy (and expensive) articulated...
Forum: Car Chat 05-26-15, 09:42 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 749
Posted By Sulu
My first car (of my own) was a 1987 Toyota...

My first car (of my own) was a 1987 Toyota Corolla, with 13", 80-series (HIGH profile / narrow) tires. It is a well-known fact that wider tires (lower profile sidewall) tend to float on snow and rain...
Forum: Car Chat 05-26-15, 09:29 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 483
Posted By Sulu
The international (rest-of-the-world) Odyssey is...

The international (rest-of-the-world) Odyssey is MUCH smaller (and likely much lighter, due to smaller size) than the American Odyssey MAXIvan. This is what I found on Wikipedia:

International...
Forum: Car Chat 05-25-15, 09:50 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 749
Posted By Sulu
I agree. Why spend (and keep spending) the bucks...

I agree. Why spend (and keep spending) the bucks that you don't have buying and trying to maintain a used (and perhaps abused) luxury car? Why not spend it on something simpler and cheaper, like a...
Forum: Car Chat 05-25-15, 09:32 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,712
Posted By Sulu
There is no doubt about German technological...

There is no doubt about German technological innovations and engineering design know-how. Just look at what the Germans have given the automotive world: the first motorcar, the Diesel engine, all the...
Forum: Car Chat 05-19-15, 10:06 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 4,524
Posted By Sulu
It looks like it rides on a FWD chassis because...

It looks like it rides on a FWD chassis because it does. All VW Group cars (with the exception of Porsche) and SUVs ride on FWD-biased, AWD-capable chassis.
Forum: Car Chat 05-15-15, 01:07 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 878
Posted By Sulu
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If you cannot sleep each night, worrying about whether you will lose your bank account balance overnight, you either take your money and...
Forum: Car Chat 05-13-15, 07:34 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 878
Posted By Sulu
When the government (or another, lending...

When the government (or another, lending government) has to call in the IMF (the International Monetary Fund, not Tom Cruise), things are in really desperate shape. The conditions they impose are...
Forum: Car Chat 05-13-15, 07:27 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 878
Posted By Sulu
The bank account may be depreciating faster than...

The bank account may be depreciating faster than the value of the car -- here one day and gone the next. If they left the money there and suddenly the government freezes all accounts or banks...
Forum: Car Chat 05-13-15, 01:24 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 878
Posted By Sulu
Ethan Hunt (aka Tom Cruise) and the Impossible...

Ethan Hunt (aka Tom Cruise) and the Impossible Missions Force is going to save Greece?

:D:p

That may be better than what the real IMF (International Monetary Fund) would do.
Forum: Car Chat 05-13-15, 01:18 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 878
Posted By Sulu
The Greeks (and the Russians earlier) are not...

The Greeks (and the Russians earlier) are not buying new cars because they are a necessity; they are buying new cars because it is a hard asset that is much safer than leaving it in the bank.

If...
Forum: Car Chat 05-12-15, 01:35 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 5,535
Posted By Sulu
It is about getting bodies into the showroom. If...

It is about getting bodies into the showroom. If there are no bodies in the showroom, how do you sell?

And it is not just the Dads. It is also the boys (and girls) who are attracted by the...
Forum: Car Chat 05-12-15, 09:22 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 292
Posted By Sulu
So TSI is VW's equivalent of D4-S, Toyota's...

So TSI is VW's equivalent of D4-S, Toyota's combination of direct injection and multi-port fuel injection.
Forum: Car Chat 05-11-15, 06:30 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 402
Posted By Sulu
I see this as rather one-sided in terms of the...

I see this as rather one-sided in terms of the sharing of technology. Is there really any Mazda technology that Toyota would want?
Forum: Car Chat 05-11-15, 06:24 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 402
Posted By Sulu
You are talking about supply but with very little...

You are talking about supply but with very little demand, that supply may take a long time to come.

Toyota seems to be hoping that by sharing its FCV patents for free, that it will increase...
Forum: Car Chat 05-08-15, 10:11 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 681
Posted By Sulu
Interesting difference in intake valve timing... ...

Interesting difference in intake valve timing...

Audi closes the intake valve very early, limiting intake pressure; Toyota closes the valve very late, allowing some pressure to escape, thus...
Forum: Car Chat 05-08-15, 09:42 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,993
Posted By Sulu
Oh, great, now Honda has its own shield/beak...

Oh, great, now Honda has its own shield/beak grille.

That rear chrome piece gives it an angry unibrow look. And it makes that BIG rear end look even taller and BIGGER.
Forum: Car Chat 05-06-15, 10:22 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 4,022
Posted By Sulu
The Voltec drivetrain/transmission has always had...

The Voltec drivetrain/transmission has always had 2 electric motor-generators, just like Hybrid Synergy Drive. The differences being (as I remember from when the 1Gen Volt came out) are:
One Voltec...
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