A rotary powered engine is an engine that uses a rotor instead of a piston. This was made by Mazda in 4 rotor and 6 rotor models and is essentially an engine good for power but nothing else. They are loud and burn oil even when new just by design. They are now dead due to burning oil, advances in piston engine power, and the fact when a rotary engine hits 100 thousand miles, they are shot and need to be rebuilt, thus making them less reliable than even an American car.
At 8:30 Thursday, the 31st of March, 2016, Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors unveiled the new $35,000 electric sedan named the Model 3. Although this unveiling was only supposed to show glimpses of the car and minimal details, 3 cars were shown in their entirety. I suggest the 3 cars shown, all three sporting a different color are all different trims. The red Model 3 seems to be the base model, having taller sidewalls than the other variants, the silver car is probably the middle trim, and the black Model 3 seems to be the high performance model, with sporty paint and some unusual wheels. Although Musk did not elude to the optional drive-trains, he did state that even the slowest model will hit 60 mph in under 6 seconds, and that the minimum range of the cars is 215 miles, compared to the 200 rumored.
The interiors of all the Model 3s are Tesla-like in their technology, but very un-Tesla in their layout. Instead of a traditional Tesla 17-inch touchscreen in the center console, there is a floating tablet from the dash. Musk also stated that because of the small size, the dashboard and front seats were moved up slightly for more legroom in the back. Speaking of the rear seats, the three seats are underneath a panoramic sunroof, making the rear of the car feel more spacious to the passengers. Although Tesla has shown great success with it’s 3 point leather wrapped steering wheel, the designers have felt the need to change the look and install a 2 spoke steering wheel, very similar to what you would find on a Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
All four of the Model 3’s doors seem to be conventional (unlike the Model X) and the front shows similarity to many Porsches and the Model X, losing the black oval “grille”. Autopilot technology is standard on the new car, as well as a front and a rear trunk, as we have seen on the Tesla Model S and Model X.
The before-incentives price was also confirmed, with the base model starting at $35,000, even though Musk personally said that the base model Model 3 is the best $35,000 car you can buy.
All the images in this article are screenshots from the live stream on teslamotors.com .
There are many cars thought to be ugly, but I’ve compiled the 10 ugliest I can think of.
#10: The Fiat Multipla
The Fiat Multipla was and still is one of the ugliest cars made.
#9: The Ford Taurus (1999)
The Ford Taurus, a full-size American sedan is probably the most “swishy-swashy” designed car ever.
#8: The Nissan Cube
With it’s weird wrap-around rear window, strange wheels and a rear parking camera that looks like a zit, I can certainly say that the Nissan Cube deserves a spot on this list of the ugliest cars.
#7: The Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet
This is pretty self-explanatory. This is a Nissan Murano with a cloth folding roof. And it is very ugly.
This direct competitor to the BMW X6 looks like a CLA with the roof stretched up, and it’s disturbing.
#5: The Chrysler PT-Cruiser
This all-American economy hatchback from the early 2000’s is covered in vinyl wood, to complete the ugly look.
#4: The Fiat 500L
This Italian high-roof hatchback is nothing but ugly.
#3: The Pontiac Aztec
This vehicle is pretty ugly, and pretty much everyone agrees, but I think there are some even uglier.
#2: The Chrysler Crossfire
The Chrysler Crossfire looks like it took inspiration from a dog taking a poo.
AND THE #1 UGLIEST CAR EVER IS………………………………..
#1: The Subaru Tribeca
With the Alfa Romeo Inspired small grille, high roundish headlights and rear that looks like a kid with an overbite, this car is the single most ugly vehicle ever produced ever.
Please feel free to add your opinions in the comments down below, I read every one!
**Sorry for this being very late, I just realized this was not posted**
As you have probably heard, the 13-year-old Toyota experiment called Scion is coming to an end. In August, 2016 all current Scion models accept the tC will be rebadged as Toyotas.
I think they should continue the names of previous models. The current Scion FR-S should not be called the Toyota FR-S, but rather the Toyota GT-86. The current iM, should either be called the Toyota Corolla Hatchback, or revive the Toyota Matrix name. Although the Scion iA is not actually a Scion, in my opinion, should hold the name Echo in honor of the Toyota Echo we had many years ago.
Rather sadly, the Scion tC will not be produced as a Toyota, it will be discontinued due to lack of sales.
Scion over the years was not what it was supposed to be: a fun, reliable, quirky car for young 1st car buyers. In fact, the average age of a Scion owner was 40. Although it’s sad to see Scion go, it is understandable too.
Earlier this week, Radio Flyer released a commercial featuring it’s new Tesla modeled ride on toy. In the film, at approximately 1:13, the commercial is demonstrating the dual speed feature, that limits “inexperienced” drivers to 3mph, and “experienced” drivers to 6mph. This feature is fine and good, but the way that the commercial presents it is downright sexist. The “inexperienced” driver is a small girl, and she is overtaken by a small boy, understanded to be the “experienced” driver who speeds right past her.
We all understand that radio flyer is only trying to promote a new product and demonstrate a helpful feature, but in my eyes, the commercial producers just wanted to show that men are better drivers then women.
Just a quick thing about the selection of new Mercedes-Benz station wagons.
In the old days, we had the 300TD (turbo diesel), then we had the W203 wagon. There has been an absence of a new Mercedes wagon in the states for far too long. Now, the only Mercedes-Benz wagon you can buy today in the USA is the E-Class.
We did not receive the S204 Wagon.
We did not receive the S205 Wagon.
We did not receive the X208 Shooting Brake.
We did not receive the C117 Shooting Brake.
Meanwhile, your main competitors have been giving us wagons.
We have had a BMW-3-Series wagon since before 2000.
We have had a BMW-5-series wagon since before 2000.
We have had an Audi A-4 wagon since before 2000.
We have had an Audi A-6 wagon since before 2000.
We’ve even had an Audi Allroad since 1999!!
So, if you are from Mercedes-Benz and you are reading this, YOU ARE LOSING MONEY. Please import new wagons to the USA, we really like them.
In our imaginations, electric cars that have a practical range, look normal and are not break-the-bank expensive to buy are far away dreams. But, with each generation of electric car, this dream becomes more and more realistic.
The G-Whiz is inexpensive, the Tesla Model S has a great range and the Nissan Leaf is relatively normal looking, but is there a car that combines all these traits?
GM will start production of their all new Chevrolet Bolt in October of 2016. The Bolt, the Volt’s smaller brother has a 200 mile range, it looks like a normal new car with distinctive creases, a big bumper and aggressive lights, and most importantly, before government incentives, the Bolt will go on sale for about $38k. Depending on where you live and what incentives you get from the state, this price may drop closer to $30k.
Like GM, Tesla is also working on their next car, also aimed at the middle class market. Unlike GM, their car will be released in 2017 and will take on the body style of a sedan, although the unveiling and pre-orders will start in March of this year. The Model 3 promises to have a 200 mile range and cost only $35k. The Tesla Model 3 shows similarities to the other cars in Tesla’s range: the Model S and the Model X.
In the coming years, expect to see many other practical, good looking reasonably priced electric cars.
An Imagination of what the Tesla Model 3 will look like.
The new Infinity QX30, seen at the 2015 International Los Angeles Auto Show, is Infinity’s approach into the small luxury crossover segment of the market. Currently, this part of the market is dominated by the BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA, the Range Rover Evoque and the Audi Q-3. The only Japanese competitors are the Lexus NX and the Acura RDX, so the Infinity will have a lot of competition against it. The small luxury crossover segment is hard to get accepted into and easy to be thrown out of.
Infinity will be entering the segment with a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder turbocharged platform, using a 7 speed automatic transmission hooked up to all 4 wheels. This crossover is based off of the Infinity Q30 hatchback concept, hopefully both begin production soon!!
Range Rover Evoque
After Jeremy’s “incident” at the BBC, Amazon Prime has included him and the other hosts James May and Richard Hammond in their new show with the rumored name “Gear Knobs”. This is Jeremy’s commercial advertising the new Fire TV Stick and the new show coming in 2016. To former Top Gear fans, the commercial is typical Jeremy. Riding a Segway indoors, spending half a year watching TV and looking down on his former employer is what he does…
Don’t believe me? Take a look for yourself!!
As we all know, gasoline will soon become too expensive to be practical and alternate fuel vehicles will the be the way of the land. Many vehicles from several different manufacturers are competing for head of the newly found electric car market. Some electric cars, such as the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, are extremely cheap, coming in at around $23k. Others, like the new Tesla Model S, have magnificent range (265 miles) but are comparable to dream cars in price. Some Teslas are priced north of $100k. The real challenge is balancing price and range. So the question is: How much does each car cost divided by the range it gets? (Price of car/range of car)
Many cars have a great balance. The Tesla Model 3 (coming soon) has a remarkable range of 200 miles and an unbelievable price tag of only $35k. This gives the Tesla Model 3 a cost of 175 dollars per mile. This is the lowest (best) competitor. On the other side of the scale, cars like the BMW i3 are very lopsided. The BMW i3 has a range of 81 miles and a crazy price of $43.3k. This gives the i3 a price of 535 dollars per mile, the worst contender as of now. You can find a complete chart below or at this link.
|TESLA MODEL 3||$35,000||200||$175 / mile of range|
|TESLA MODEL S||$71,000||265||$268 / mile of range|
|CHEVORLET SPARK EV||$26,000||82||$317 / mile of range|
|TESLA MODEL X||$80,000||230||$348 / mile of range|
|NISSAN LEAF||$29,800||84||$355 / mile of range|
|KIA SOUL EV||$34,500||93||$371 / mile of range|
|FIAT 500E||$32,600||87||$375 / mile of range|
|SMART ELECTRIC DRIVE||$25,700||68||$378 / mile of range|
|MITSUBISHI i-MiEV||$23,800||62||$384 / mile of range|
|FORD FOCUS ELECTRIC||$29,200||76||$384 / mile of range|
|VOLKSWAGEN E-GOLF||$36,300||83||$437 / mile of range|
|MERCEDES B-CLASS ELECTRIC DRIVE||$42,400||85||$499 / mile of range|
|BMW i3||$43,300||81||$535 / mile of range|