Ugh…Update

So my last post had a blurb about other car companies who use the tagline “the first ever” and I said that I thought Infiniti used it in a recent ad. Well, as I was watching a ubiquitous car show on Velocity I saw probably the ad I was thinking of….

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Which can be watched here.

I guess I have to reiterate…Stop The Madness!!!

All new cars are the first ever!

We get it!!!

Thanks for listening….

…See You Down The Road!

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Ugh…

Someone please stop the madness!

The first time I noticed it was when the Pontiac G6 came out. The ad tagline was “The First Ever Pontiac G6”, or something very similar. Then it seemed like more new GM vehicles used it in their ads, including the 2016 Cadillac XT5 crossover SUV. Now, other car companies like Infiniti have jumped on the bandwagon.

Please stop saying “First ever”!

I’m not sure why this has me so rankled but know that it has. Maybe it’s because it seems like PR/Advertising laziness or maybe it’s just kind of annoying, like the phrase “it is what it is”. Whatever the case, it needs to stop now! All new cars are the first ever! You don’t need to spell it out in your advertising!

This “Auto Critic” even said it!!! Someone take away his press cars…stat!

But seriously, the more you call a new car a first ever the more annoying, watered down and un-special that phrase becomes. It’s the automotive equivalent of YOLO and it needs to die a quick painless death form the automotive advertising lexicon.

Thanks for letting me rant.

… See You Down The Road!

2016 Dodge Dart GT (non-turbo)

041316_0153_2016DodgeDa1.jpgThe original Dart was a stylish (for the time) car but it was killed off in the mid-70s. The irony is that in its first few years of life the Dart was a full-size sedan. Its 3rd year brought something interesting; they shrank it, making it into a compact car…something that is pretty unheard of today!

041316_0153_2016DodgeDa2.jpgI was pretty sad when I heard that FCA was killing off the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200. They seemed like very well put together cars that were also stylish and fun to drive. But unfortunately, the car landscape is changing and with low gas prices all around people are buying more small or medium crossovers than passenger cars, not even taking pickups into consideration as the Ford F-150 is still the top selling vehicle in the US some 30+ years running. Another factor is ease of ingress/egress in today’s crossovers compared with small sedans and the amount of money car makers are putting into the small crossover realm.

2016 Dodge Dart
2016 Dodge Dart

The real shame is that FCA has that styling thing down pat. Good looks and sporting intentions abound in the lineup and the Dart is no slouch in either aspect. We got to drive a Dart in a closed-loop urban setting and were happily surprised with how well it handled and how nice the car actually is.

2016 Dodge Dart Limited
2016 Dodge Dart Limited

With plenty of power on tap from the start, we were able to get through city traffic with little effort and the suspension soaked up the bumps with ease.

Surprisingly quick and very comfortable. The interior is very nice and the instrument cluster is top-notch. Seriously, the design of these is crazy good.

2016 Dodge Dart GT
2016 Dodge Dart GT

Look to pick up one starting at $22095. Just hurry as the Dart is short on life these days.

Tesla Model X…Addendum

Tesla Model X Front Falcon Doors

After finally watching the entire launch video…the uncomfortableness of Elon Musk on a stage, which is actually a little comical, was mostly palatable…I have to admit that there are two things that I missed in my previous post.

Firstly, that front end. From the front three-quarter view it’s not bad but straight head on it’s…weird. There’s a great expanse of nothingness under the badge and the opening that surrounds it down to the widely dark and foreboding opening just above the air dam. It just seems that it was cut off too short, adding to the egg look of the vehicle. It is definitely not as profound as the Model S and maybe that’s why it seems odd. It’s just a flat surface heading into the wind that is guaranteed to be a great bug collector in the Summer months.

The second thing I missed was all the storage space in the thing. I should have known that Tesla wouldn’t let the buying public down and they sure didn’t. There is space under the second row of seats, much like a on an airplane, with room for backpacks or other small bags. There is also a deep well in the rear hatch area that seems deep enough to handle large bags and suitcases. I think the only thing you can’t really do is haul a yard of dirt in it…I hope someone proves me wrong on that one!

Thanks for stopping by.

Quant F Concept

nanoFlowcell AG Presents New QUANT F in Geneva

In the ever-increasing world of exotic cars, meaning low volume and non-standard drivetrains and not your run-of-the-mill Ferrari or Lamborghini, there is a new player who is bringing something different to the table by the way of electricity. The company is called nanoFlowcell and that car is the Quant e-Sportlimosine and soon-to-be-announced redesign called Quant F.

nanoFlowcell AG Presents New QUANT F in Geneva

The technology used in the Quant cars is the nanoFlowcell battery. This particular type of battery creates electricity using two ionic fluids, one positively and one negatively charged, and electrolytes to complete the reaction. The interesting part is that the electrolytes are what need replacing when the “fuel” gets low. The ionic fluids are stored in two tanks, each with about 66 gallons of fluid. The nanoFlowcell takes the two ionic fluids and along with the electrolytes, create electricity…enough electricity to push the Quant F to a range of almost 500 miles! The top speed of the Quant F is about 186 miles per hour but since this is a prototype, there has been no real data on how the Quant will perform in the real world.

nanoFlowcell AG Presents New QUANT F in Geneva

A four-seater, the Quant F is designed to take its occupants wherever they want to go in style and comfort.

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The announcement of the economy of the Quant and it’s technology begs the question: Should Tesla and the rest of the automotive world be afraid?

Coolest. Limo. EVER!

It’s amazing how creative some people are and even more amazing when that creativity starts with a PT Cruiser…

Check out the video.

Where Have All The Drivers Gone

Ever since Google introduced its driverless car program there’s been much speculation about where they could go and how far this technology could take us, literally and figuratively.

Now there’s a slick animation showing just how this could change the way we get from A to B. The speculators are going crazy now.

As an automotive enthusiast, I’ve been thinking about how this really will affect the world and what it might mean for everyone. There’s so much to think about with this that it’s difficult to come up with a good starting point and almost overwhelming, given all the different facets this “issue” encompasses; from basic transportation to freight delivery to insurance and vehicle upkeep and maintenance.

Luckily, this is not something that will change overnight. No, something this momentous will take years to sort out all the intricacies and nuances of just how we get to the end result: Driverless vehicles that will allow us to enjoy more quality time while getting from A to B.

So this beginning is just that, a beginning. Just like the horseless carriage of the early 20th century, the driverless car of the early 21st century will be fraught with setbacks but also triumphs, with new technologies and new ways of thinking. With an open mind we can let the changes happen and realize that life could be better…as long as the technology lets us be who we are and be safe and economical.