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{Wheels.9.588}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Thu, 23 Aug 2012 17:06:43 EDT (4 lines)

Saw a car yesterday that I did not recognize and its hood emblem was
unfamiliar to me. Turns out it was a Fisker Karma!

Surprised to find out there's a Fisker dealership in town.

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{Wheels.9.589}: Jil {rabbit} Fri, 24 Aug 2012 08:17:39 EDT (3 lines)

I hope the company makes it, but it's facing some serious hurdles.

Haven't driven a Fisker, although I have (briefly) driven a Tesla.

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{Wheels.9.590}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Fri, 24 Aug 2012 10:42:07 EDT (3 lines)

Yeah, I've seen some of the stories coming out of Autoblog about the
various issues they've had. Maybe it was a bad idea to name the car
the "Karma"...

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{Wheels.9.591}: Jil {rabbit} Fri, 24 Aug 2012 10:46:55 EDT (1 line)

Ha!

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{Wheels.9.592}: Alex {alex} Tue, 28 Aug 2012 09:42:56 EDT (HTML)

I actually can believe I saw a brand new VW Beetle, but the new shape really took me by surprise. It's much sleeker and sexier than the more rounded bubble shape of the older new Beetle. Some years ago, my wife had a used 2000 Turbo Beetle for a while, and it was loads of fun to drive. But, the build quality was really crappy... window switches falling apart, etc. Who knows, maybe VW got its act together since 2000, but the experience left me very wary of buying a VW.

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{Wheels.9.593}: Jil {rabbit} Tue, 28 Aug 2012 10:05:01 EDT (2 lines)

I've heard that about VW, but it does seem to have come up, at least
in JD Power reports.

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{Wheels.9.594}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Mon, 05 Nov 2012 10:48:36 EST (14 lines)

Saw another Fisker Karma this morning. Though, for all I know, it
could be the same one I saw a couple weeks ago.

Also, I've been watching season 21 of Fifth Gear courtesy of someone
on YouTube. They reviewed the Vauxhall version of the Chevy Volt, the
Ampera (see what they did there?). The biggest difference is the front
end design. Otherwise, unsurprisingly, the same vehicle.

One interesting tidbit from their review: Apparently, if the battery
gets below a certain charge level the car will not allow you to
accelerate aggressively to preserve charge (or something). They (Tiff)
were trying and the car would cut power output. They weren't specific
on the details. Not sure how frequently it could be an issue in real
world use.

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{Wheels.9.595}: Jil {rabbit} Mon, 05 Nov 2012 10:56:45 EST (7 lines)

I think the Ampera is by far the better-looking vehicle. I've not
heard about it cutting power output, but I'm guessing that you'd
really have to push it.

I've only seen Fifth Gear a couple of times - I'm not a fan - and
they do seem determined to take everything far beyond what any
reasonable driver could expect to do.

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{Wheels.9.596}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Mon, 05 Nov 2012 13:01:08 EST (15 lines)

Heh. Tiff was driving the Ampera pretty hard and doing lots of crazy
evasive maneuvers. So, he was really pushing it. Probably much more so
than anyone would under "normal" use.

Though I could see an emergency situation where something that like
that could potentially cause more harm. But, I don't know how likely
that emergency scenario would even be.

I like their team car reviews where all four hosts review the same car
together. Also, they frequently have segments on used cars and what
can be had at a specific price point, particular class of vehicle, or
with a particular technology or feature.

It makes for a nice occasional break from Jeremy Clarkson on Top Gear,
too. :D

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{Wheels.9.597}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Mon, 05 Nov 2012 14:56:21 EST (8 lines)

I want to also mention another interesting comparison that Fifth Gear
performed. they took a vehicle (a diesel powered one) with Stop/Start
built-in. They drained the entire fuel system, filled it with 1 litre
of diesel, and then drove around London with the start/stop system
disabled. Then, they did the same test but with the start/stop feature
active to see how much further they could get on the same amount of fuel.

In their trial, they got about 10% further with start/stop active.

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{Wheels.9.598}: Jil {rabbit} Tue, 06 Nov 2012 08:18:12 EST (2 lines)

There are a few vehicles over here now that have start/stop ... not
just hybrids.

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{Wheels.9.599}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Sat, 24 Nov 2012 16:23:27 EST (4 lines)

Four words that never should be put together but actually were: Aztek
Rally Sport Edition.

HAHAHAHAHA!

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{Wheels.9.600}: Alex {alex} Mon, 26 Nov 2012 15:04:16 EST (HTML)

This morning, I saw someone driving a Dodge Omni.

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{Wheels.9.601}: Jil {rabbit} Mon, 26 Nov 2012 19:55:46 EST (1 line)

Heavens. I worked at a Chrysler dealership when those were around.

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{Wheels.9.602}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Thu, 18 Apr 2013 11:03:54 EDT (5 lines)

A really well maintained Mitsu 3000GT VR-4. Talk about a blast from
the past.

I keep seeing a white Tesla Model S around town, too. Not sure if I
keep seeing the same one or if more than one person owns one in the area.

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{Wheels.9.603}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Wed, 27 Nov 2013 15:37:57 EST (3 lines)

Got passed yesterday morning by a Fiat 500L. Almost mistook it for a
Mini CountryMan. Surprised at how big the 500L is compared to the
regular 500s I've seen around town.

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{Wheels.9.604}: Jil {rabbit} Wed, 27 Nov 2013 18:41:21 EST (3 lines)

It's a mini-SUV, basically.
I'm driving one from Toronto to Detroit in January. Not much room in
the driver's foot well ... should be interesting.

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{Wheels.9.605}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Thu, 28 Nov 2013 12:26:22 EST (1 line)

Heh. Will be looking forward to your review of that.

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{Wheels.9.606}: Jil {rabbit} Thu, 28 Nov 2013 13:48:32 EST (2 lines)

I've only driven it for a short period, so the longer-term drive will
probably have me loving or hating it.

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{Wheels.9.607}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Fri, 04 Jul 2014 13:43:52 EDT (5 lines)

I had a WTF moment last night. I saw my first Nissan Murano
cabriolet/convertible. The Murano softop comes third in my ugly
vehicle list behind the BMW 6-series GT and the Honda CrossTour.

Whose bright idea was that?!?

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{Wheels.9.608}: Jil {rabbit} Sat, 05 Jul 2014 07:36:28 EDT (1 line)

I actually liked it, believe it or not. They didn't make many of them.

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{Wheels.9.609}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Sun, 06 Jul 2014 14:17:43 EDT (2 lines)

I'm not surprised they didn't make many. What model year(s) were they
available?

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{Wheels.9.610}: Jil {rabbit} Sun, 06 Jul 2014 15:06:52 EDT (2 lines)

Looks like they still are.
"http://www.nissanusa.com/crossovers/murano-crosscabriolet"

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{Wheels.9.611}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Mon, 07 Jul 2014 11:08:06 EDT (1 line)

Gah! My eyes! :-P

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{Wheels.9.612}: Ford F150 {fvehafric} Tue, 08 Jul 2014 17:58:13 EDT (1 line)

Nope.

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