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2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

 

Becoming difficult to tell it apart from the new C-Class and S-Class as it ties in more with these two.

 

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Crafty interior, I'd say one of the best in this segment. They've ditched the iPad mounted on top of the dashboard trend.

 

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Nice car, but it looks too much like the S and C. MBs traditionally have some shared design language between the models, but at least there was some difference between the models and their designs.

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2017 Bolt EV: Nice vehicle to slot under the Volt, but at a 30k starting price (with federal tax credit applied) and low gas prices, they will have a hard time moving them.

 

.2017 Lexus LC500: All the unique details come together well here, even with the predator grille. The tan interior is where I want to be; sweet car.

 

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The Buick Avista concept is a beauty also

 

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Agreed, will be interesting to see what comes of it in production. It is built on the same platform as the Cadillac ATS, which has a coupe variant that has not been sales success at all. The new Camaro uses the platform too, so that might keep the low volume other brand stuff alive as they seem to sell fairly well.  I'm most interested to see if GM develops a turbo V6 and what all they do with it.

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The 2016 Lincoln Continental concept is one sexy beast.

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http://jalopnik.com/2016-lincoln-continental-concept-this-is-it-1694455362

 

 

Here's the production version. Some cool details made it through approval (door handles, seats, side mirrors, blue interior, etc.).

 

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http://www.caranddriver.com/news/2017-lincoln-continental-photos-and-info-news

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Where's the shifter?

 

And personally, I think the Cadillac CT6 is a much better looking car.

 

Lincoln ditched the knob for buttons, left side of the nav screen:

 

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I agree. Cadillac's flagship will def have more presence on the road. Although this car has nice details here and there, as a whole it gets a meh from me. Center stack screams "Ford" more than "flagship".

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Here's the production version. Some cool details made it through approval (door handles, seats, side mirrors, blue interior, etc.).

 

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http://www.caranddriver.com/news/2017-lincoln-continental-photos-and-info-news

 

That blue on blue! I need a towel. (drooling)

 

Glad to see we're finally getting away from beige on tan and silver on gray.

 

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There were more guys taking pics of the "booth babe" at that display than there were taking pics of the Lambo. 

 

I was happy to see an Alfa Romeo display, and got a close-up view of both the 4C and the Giulia Quadrifoglio. They really need to offer a manual transmission in the 4C. 

 

I wish Houston would get more concept cars, but I've gotten resigned to the fact that we'll always be in the second tier of the car-show circuit - if you're not NY, LA, or Detroit, you can pretty much forget about most concept cars making an appearance, at least while they're still relatively new. 

 

The new Lincoln Continental is quite attractive, and Lincoln seems intent on cultivating a new generation of customers, as they were offering $75 to anyone who signed up to test drive one at a dealer. 

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The 4c is awesome.

 

If I ever have the funds to afford a fun weekend car in the 75-100k range, this will be it, real manual or not.

 

Likewise. Even with a healthy amount of options, the 4C would come out at well under 75K, closer to the mid-60s (at least the coupe - the spyder's a bit more).

 

I think the only other manufacturer making a comparable pure driver's sports car in a similar price range right now is Lotus. The Fiat Abarth always gets referred to as being a "baby Ferrari", but the 4C is much closer to being the real deal. 

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Speaking of Nissan, quick update on my 2012 Leaf I bought the other month. So far it's the best car I've ever owned (and it only cost me $10,800 w/ 11k miles). We live in the loop and it takes care of 90% of our driving needs. No oil, gas, transmission to worry about... and it's a full size so there's plenty of legroom in the back row(I'm 6'2" and easily fit in the back).

 

After driving an EV, I've grown accustomed to the car being completely silent and find myself thinking other cars I get in are having engine problems. Charging is simple and fast since I installed a 220v (L2) charger on my garage... but I can also charge at any 110 outlet. As an example, I drove my Leaf out to my parents (30 miles to Cypress), charged using a 110 outlet for 7 hours, and drove back that night w/out range issues. Freeway speeds are what really kill range, so driving faster than 60mph starts to reduce where you can go. If you live in the burbs and expect to commute at slower rush hour speeds, it can go further cruising at 35 mph.

 

The #1 question I'm asked is how much my electric bill went up. I honestly haven't noticed a change since I charge 1-2 times a week, and it's the equivalent of running an electric dryer for 6 hours at a time. I pay about .09 cents per kwh for my wind plan, and average 4.2 miles per kwh... so it costs me a little more than 2 cents per mile that I drive. 

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ha, so Acura saw that hideous Lincoln concept and decided to give up their contest to try and have the ugliest car lineup? Good for them.

I personally hate cars that don't have names. Naming a car after letters and numbers is silly. I know everyone does it in emulation of BMW, but they should stop now.

The Acura Legend was a terrific name, Acura TL, that means nothing, but Legend, that's special.

The one exception is the Mark series name, Lincoln Mark vii just sounded like something I wanted to know more about.

Ferrari Testarossa, that name evokes many more things in my mind than Ferrari 458 (although I would enjoy owning a 458, as it is the sexiest car I believe I've ever seen).

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