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{Wheels.5.3508}: Ford F150 {fvehafric} Tue, 12 May 2015 10:33:49 EDT (2 lines)

This is pretty cool
http://www.lov2xlr8.no/broch1.html

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{Wheels.5.3509}: Jil {rabbit} Tue, 12 May 2015 11:50:06 EDT (1 line)

That's a great site.

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{Wheels.5.3510}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Mon, 22 Jun 2015 16:10:00 EDT (13 lines)

NHTSA has some 'splaining to do:

"Last Friday, the U.S. Transportation Department’s Office of Inspector
General dropped the sledgehammer on the NHTSA over its failings in
automotive safety.

The 42-page report released to the public Monday says the agency fails
to do all it can to promote automotive safety, from carefully
reviewing safety issues and holding automakers accountable for
potential problems, to carefully collecting data and properly training
its employees, The Detroit News reports."

"http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/report-nhtsa-failed-consumers-over-automotive-safety/#more-1097473"

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{Wheels.5.3511}: Jil {rabbit} Sat, 27 Jun 2015 12:11:52 EDT (6 lines)

I'm not surprised.

Frankly, I was very surprised at how quickly NHTSA jumped on Toyota
during its "unintended acceleration" days and slapped on a fine. I
always wondered if it had anything to do with the fact that the
government had just financially supported GM and Chrysler.

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{Wheels.5.3512}: Jil {rabbit} Sat, 27 Jun 2015 12:22:48 EDT (4 lines)

"http://jilmcintosh.typepad.com/jil/2010/04/nhtsa-vs-toyota-faster-
than-a-speeding-bullet.html"

My take on it.

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{Wheels.5.3513}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Sun, 28 Jun 2015 15:48:10 EDT (3 lines)

Interesting thoughts. I hadn't thought about the timing of it nor had
known about the relative shortness of the initial investigation period
before fines were levied.

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{Wheels.5.3514}: Jil {rabbit} Mon, 29 Jun 2015 07:00:02 EDT (1 line)

I was very surprised.

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{Wheels.5.3515}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Wed, 15 Jul 2015 22:58:20 EDT (7 lines)

This? This is all kinds of awesome.

"Only in Japan: Dodge van one-make racing series is a thing"

http://www.autoblog.com/2015/07/14/japan-dodge-ram-van-racing-video/

A racing series using modded Dodge Ram vans.

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{Wheels.5.3516}: Jil {rabbit} Thu, 16 Jul 2015 07:07:55 EDT (6 lines)

Someone else showed me that.

My husband always said there should be minivan races, but they should
have to start LeMans style, by running over with the shopping cart,
piling in the groceries, strapping the baby into the seat, and then
getting behind the wheel...

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{Wheels.5.3517}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Thu, 16 Jul 2015 11:09:21 EDT (2 lines)

Don't forget waiting for the sliding side door to close. That always
seems to take the longest.

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{Wheels.5.3518}: Jil {rabbit} Thu, 16 Jul 2015 11:14:17 EDT (3 lines)

Oh, yes! Power liftgate and power sliding doors! Plus you have to
load the DVD in the rear-seat entertainment system before you can
drive away.

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{Wheels.5.3519}: Ford F150 {fvehafric} Thu, 16 Jul 2015 11:41:52 EDT (1 line)

With an open bag of cheetos on your lap.

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{Wheels.5.3520}: Jil {rabbit} Mon, 27 Jul 2015 18:03:02 EDT (1 line)

This week's car.

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{Wheels.5.3521}: Jil {rabbit} Mon, 27 Jul 2015 18:03:47 EDT (4 lines)

That's the 2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG GTS, which replaces the old gull-
wing SLS as the top-line sports car.

I wish you could hear the exhaust note ...

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{Wheels.5.3522}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Tue, 28 Jul 2015 13:08:17 EDT (2 lines)

OMG! I love that car. Every test drive I've seen of it just leaves me
drooling.

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{Wheels.5.3523}: Jil {rabbit} Tue, 28 Jul 2015 14:01:16 EDT (3 lines)

It's really slick. I wish I could use it to its full advantage. The
wing doesn't deploy until I'm 20 kilometres over the legal speed
limit in my province ...

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{Wheels.5.3524}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Tue, 28 Jul 2015 15:22:59 EDT (1 line)

Ha! Any chance you can take it out to a local track?

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{Wheels.5.3525}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Tue, 28 Jul 2015 15:23:58 EDT (1 line)

How far are you from Mosport? ;)

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{Wheels.5.3526}: Jil {rabbit} Tue, 28 Jul 2015 20:55:41 EDT (1 line)

About 30 minutes ... but I don't have it long enough, alas.

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{Wheels.5.3527}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Wed, 29 Jul 2015 10:45:46 EDT (1 line)

Looking forward to your write-up!

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{Wheels.5.3528}: Jil {rabbit} Wed, 29 Jul 2015 11:09:48 EDT (5 lines)

I'm figuring out how to approach it, and I think I'm going to take a
more laid-back tact. The Internet's full of serious road and track
tests. I'm thinking more along the lines of, "You will probably never
even sit in one of these, so here's the rush you get when you're
driving it."

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{Wheels.5.3529}: Jil {rabbit} Wed, 29 Jul 2015 11:10:49 EDT (6 lines)

One of the big issues is other drivers. I had to go into downtown
Toronto with it yesterday and took the highway. I had guys running up
on the back of me, or pulling out to get alongside, so their
passengers could film it on their phones. A couple of times I was
terrified somebody was paying so much attention that they were going
to hit me.

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{Wheels.5.3530}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:05:01 EDT (4 lines)

Not surprising. They're rare enough in the wild right now that those
in the know are probably beyond excited to see one.

But, still, definitely scary for you!

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{Wheels.5.3531}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:07:02 EDT (6 lines)

BTW, I just saw this piece about FCA agreeing to buy back 200,000
Dodge trucks and SUVs as part of agreement with NHTSA over failure to
recall vehicles due to defects. The list of affected vehicls is at the
end of the article under "FCA vehicle buybacks"

"http://autoweek.com/article/car-news/fiat-chrisler-forced-buy-back-500k-vehicles"

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{Wheels.5.3532}: Jil {rabbit} Wed, 29 Jul 2015 15:02:48 EDT (2 lines)

You're going to see more of this. NHTSA was asleep at the wheel, and
automakers took advantage of that.

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