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JimT@Future-Product-Innovations
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Fiat 500 -- So NOT attractive
JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   4/15/2013 2:46:32 PM
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There was a recent TV commercial I saw for the Fiat 500 (slide 6 of 25) where they showed it driving off a cliff into the ocean for its long journey to North America ,,, it then drives up the beach to a dealership near you.  A fun metaphor for Trans-Atlantic imports --- but they also made the statement that it had "Sexy" Italian styling.   Maybe that's why they drove it into the Atlantic, because it sexy to a Manatee? I seriously am missing the attraction to this car -- See the manatee likeness-?

manatee

Rob Spiegel
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Re: A car that fights evil
Rob Spiegel   4/15/2013 1:24:02 PM
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Superman!? Is there a Superman car, Chuck. Last time I read that comic, there werw no cars associated with the Man of Steel. Perhaps things have changed.

AnandY
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Re: 2013 NY auto show
AnandY   4/15/2013 3:30:03 AM
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Those ratios are not remotely representative of today's vehicle sales (pure EV sales are expected to be a very small fraction of overall), but they are representative of future thinking.

@Charles, In the slide-show, I dont see any car model which runs on solar power ? Does it mean that there is not much innovation happenign in solar-powered cars ? Do you expect solar-powered cars will become commercially viable in future?

AnandY
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Re : Slideshow: A Tour of the Top Cars at the 2013 NY Auto Show
AnandY   4/15/2013 3:25:31 AM
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@Lauren, thanks for the slide show. I am sure it was not an easy job to select 25 top cars from 1000 car list. I really liked the design of "The McLaren 12C GT Can-Am". Since its a limited version, I wish I had bought one of those cars.

Charles Murray
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Re: 2013 NY auto show
Charles Murray   4/12/2013 6:36:39 PM
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Auto Shows are notorious for displaying the latest and greatest, Gorski. Those ratios are not remotely representative of today's vehicle sales (pure EV sales are expected to be a very small fraction of overall), but they are representative of future thinking.

Sannerwind
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Turbine Replacement For Reciprols
Sannerwind   4/12/2013 6:04:33 PM
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@All we have a high efficiency multifuel inexpensive high performance turbine which can replace reciprocals. It can run on NG, CNG, Methanes, or diesel, gasoline, home heating oil. Our first app is on-site power genertion, but, we have a number of opportunities to retrofit vehicles,  Want to keep technology in the US column.    Can herald e a lifetime engine  Sannerwind@gmail.com  

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Steer towards the future
Rigby5   4/12/2013 1:44:01 PM
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While half million dollar cars are interesting, they are not mainstream.  Hybrids are the most appealing for now, but we should not lose sight of the long term goal.  Hybrids have 2 systems, so are not optimal as far as weight or complexity. 

All electric should remain the ultimate goal, and that means things like standardized battery units that are easily exhanged, lighter and smaller 2 seat commuter body shells, more use of plastics like carbon graphite composites, detachable generator trailers for range extension, chemical catalyst heaters that don't draw battery power, no wasteful battery draw like remote entry, minimalism, etc.

We could easily have had practical all electric decades ago, and some customers have always wanted it, more will as gasoline is bound to rise in price.

And hybrids should all be diesel.  There is no way gasoline engines can even get close to approaching the efficiency of diesel for generating electricity.

So again this is not very encouraging to see we have not made very much progress.

ChasChas
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Great Show -Great Showcase
ChasChas   4/12/2013 9:55:35 AM
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Great Show - A look at the future - A place of dreams - Great promises!!

BUT for me (and maybe most of us) when I actually pull out the old wallet and come back down to earth, the winner is:

The 2013 Ford Fusion Energi Titanium Plug-In Hybrid gets a combined driving range up to 620 miles.

Gorski
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2013 NY auto show
Gorski   4/11/2013 8:55:43 PM
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It is interesting to see the shift in emphasis by the car manufacturers.

From your pictures I counted 13 hybrids, 8 gas and 5 electric vehicles. Hybrid seems the way to go until and if batteries get better.

Charles Murray
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Re: A car that fights evil
Charles Murray   4/11/2013 8:09:44 PM
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Looks like you have a lot of company among people who like gimmicks, Rob. We've got Superman and Green Lantern here, and the Batmobile's always good at drawing a crowd.

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