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#10924 of 10933 Re: . [texases]
May 20, 2013 (6:27 pm)
I don't know what Toyota's "plan" for the new Avalon was. It was always a nice "tweener" between the Camry and the ES. It was less expensive than the ES, but bigger. Now, it's smaller than the previous models, and rides hard. I don't get it, they killed their core audience IMO.
Saw a new Fiat 500 Abarth. Sharp looking car, just tiny
#10925 of 10933 Re: . [texases]
May 20, 2013 (7:10 pm)
I wonder how the Avalon is inside, compared to the ES. I noticed the A-pillar was OK - a little bit of a close call, but headroom was marginal at best. The car must be designed for people who are about 5'7". Too bad, as I actually think the car looks OK. I think it might have needed more thigh support, too, along with the IS.
#10926 of 10933 Re: . [tjc78]
May 21, 2013 (10:07 am)
Heck, they killed their core audience by making the new Avalon so ferociously ugly.
#10927 of 10933 Re: . [lemko]
May 21, 2013 (10:44 am)
I'm tellin ya, Toyolex has resurrected Virgil Exner - the one from 1961-62. Maybe the next Lexus LS will have a square steering wheel and a pushbutton transmission.
I saw an Accord Sport this morning - dark blue with a tacky tape pinstripe. Dealers are still sticking on that junk?
#10928 of 10933 Re: . [lemko]
May 21, 2013 (2:53 pm)
by making the new Avalon so ferociously ugly.
Yep, I wouldn't touch it on looks alone. Smaller size and rough ride just add to the dislike. My 03 and 06 were great cars. Oh well, I have an all domestic fleet now!
May 21, 2013 (7:36 pm)
Been seeing a couple SantaFe sport models each day lately, must be selling pretty well.
May 22, 2013 (11:05 am)
I saw my first BMW Gran Coupe (6Series four door) and it seems just as irrelevant as in photographs. It looks like a Coupe from straight on but from the side it's not different enough from the F10 (current 5 series) to justify an extra $15K IMO.
I also saw a new convertible 3er (E92) looking very spiffy in dark blue with the hardtop up.
Later I saw a Mini Roadster which looked nice despite being off-white but it occurred to me that I have seen very few of these tho they have been out for a while. I think people know instinctively that a two seat roadster should not be driven by the front wheels. Previous attempts at FWD roadsters haven't done well (Mercury Capri). If BMW/Mini were smart they'd turn the Mini drivetrain around and drop it behind the driver. An affordable mid-engined two-seater would fill a much better niche successfully exploited by the MR2 and (to a lesser extent) the X 1/9. They could call it the Mini Sprite .
#10931 of 10933 2014 Silverado
May 22, 2013 (1:25 pm)
I just received an email from GMInsideNews which contained a link to an article about the new 2014 Silverado. The below quote is NOT encouraging, if you're a fan of GM or Chevy or the Silverado:
There are no twin-turbo powertrains, electronic gear selectors or eight-speed automatics. Instead, Chevy has stuck with what it knows best and improved just about every aspect of the Silverado, from hood to hitch.
Yeah, right, they've improved everything, except their drivetrains, which cannot match the competition.
#10932 of 10933 Re: . [fintail]
May 22, 2013 (2:45 pm)
Yep, I've seen two today. Not a bad looking SUV, IMO.
May 22, 2013 (7:02 pm)
For more proof that my zip code has too much money, I saw 6 (!) Tesla S this afternoon. It was like there was a convention in town. Also a Gran Coupe, facelift LX570, no Santa Fe Sports.