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      I've always contended that the problem with the...

      I've always contended that the problem with the old GM structure wasn't about rebadging or platform-sharing, it was about the fact that they insisted on maintaining separate organizational silos to...
    2. Here's the CARB certification for a 1.4 engine on...

      Here's the CARB certification for a 1.4 engine on the 2016 Jetta:

      http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/onroad/cert/pcldtmdv/2016/volkswagengroupofamerica_pc_a4130054_1d4_u2.pdf

      -Andrew L
    3. Yeah. My brother has a rusty '88 245 in...

      Yeah. My brother has a rusty '88 245 in Pittsburgh, and he's had a hard time getting it through inspection for a few years now. I know of a couple shops in the Philly area that would put a sticker on...
    4. This is my dad's Celica that he finished...

      This is my dad's Celica that he finished restoring last year:

      http://i57.tinypic.com/2hg917d.jpg

      http://i59.tinypic.com/2bxj6d.jpg

      This is actually the Fiat 500 copper color. It's a fairly...
    5. I don't necessarily mean that they should have...

      I don't necessarily mean that they should have taken sides on the union issue. I just would have liked to know how many workers felt the way that one did. The overall gist of the episode was that...
    6. They hack thousands of desktop PCs at one time,...

      They hack thousands of desktop PCs at one time, so why wouldn't they hack thousands of cars? The researchers who demonstrated the Chrysler flaw have shown that it's easy to bulk scan for vulnerable...
    7. I've listened to this several times since it...

      I've listened to this several times since it first came out. I think it's a great example of how "it's not the people, it's the system." People adapt their behavior and motivations to the environment...
    8. I grew up with one of these Tercels, an '85. My...

      I grew up with one of these Tercels, an '85. My parents had it from '85 through '98. It was the 3-door like this one, but it was a little better equipped. This one looks like a true bare-bones...
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      While I can't deny that was a foolish thing to...

      While I can't deny that was a foolish thing to do, I think these guys were really intent on doing something that can't be denied or downplayed. Up to this point, a lot of people have been dismissing...
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      Yeah, I guess that can't be helped. I was really...

      Yeah, I guess that can't be helped. I was really looking for some commentary on what it means at the industry level, if it turns out that Toyota really stepped in it this time. We've never quite seen...
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      By a "compliance car", I mean one that's...

      By a "compliance car", I mean one that's primarily built for the purpose of complying with the California ZEV mandates. The reason why I don't think the Mirai should be considered a compliance car is...
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      Toyota fires back at fuel cell critics

      I thought this was worthy of a new thread rather than adding to one of the back-and-forths on fuel cells that already exist. The issue I really want to get at here is not the same old debates about...
    13. This was my experience too, and it's hard for me...

      This was my experience too, and it's hard for me to understand why "kids today" supposedly don't see the appeal. I'm 31, so I went through that period in the very early '00s. I mean, we did have the...
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      For what it's worth, I don't think the NYPD uses...

      For what it's worth, I don't think the NYPD uses non-hybrid Fusions as marked cars in real life. That Hollywood mockup appears to be a pretty well-equipped non-hybrid SE Ecoboost. I think they use...
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      That NV200 appears to be one of the auto-show...

      That NV200 appears to be one of the auto-show prototypes, which had those dark gray wheels. The production cabs all have silver wheels, as far as I know. Just thought that was interesting because...
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      Well, I think there are really three different...

      Well, I think there are really three different questions here, potentially with three different answers. Do young people want to own cars for practical reasons? Are young people car enthusiasts? And,...
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      That's kind of the point. Ghostbusters is...

      That's kind of the point. Ghostbusters is supposed to be a low-budget startup staffed by a bunch of eccentrics. Why would they spend like $40K on a new crossover without much space inside? If they...
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      No generalizations are perfect, but I've rarely...

      No generalizations are perfect, but I've rarely met people from well-off or highly-educated backgrounds who were familiar with any kind of hands-on mechanical work. I went to a fairly well-regarded...
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      This is really it right here. I think there's a...

      This is really it right here. I think there's a big and increasing class divide on this. Today, kids who grew up in relatively "privileged" settings don't know which end of a screwdriver to hold....
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      What's the story behind this? Are mechanical...

      What's the story behind this? Are mechanical parts hard to find for these? I guess Cadillac was all unique stuff back then, so maybe so. The new one probably has a carbureted 307 in it...

      -Andrew L
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