AD #1990 – Toyota Strengthens EV Development, Drive For Free…But There’s A Catch, Jaguar Reproduces 1957 XKSS

November 17th, 2016 at 11:55am

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- Toyota Creates Venture Company to Develop EVs
- EPA Labels More Accurate
- Jaguar Reproduces 1957 XKSS
- Acura Reveals Future Interior Design
- Drive For Free…But There’s A Catch
- Hyundai Shows Off Autonomous Ioniq
- VW e-Golf Updates
- Mitsubishi Hints at Future Design Direction
- Mazda Unveils New Prototype Racecar

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14 Comments to “AD #1990 – Toyota Strengthens EV Development, Drive For Free…But There’s A Catch, Jaguar Reproduces 1957 XKSS”

  1. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Regarding the EPA numbers, the actual tests are too “easy,” relative to real world driving, so they have been downwardly adjusted certain percentages over the years, to better reflect the mpg people actually get.

    Still, there is a problem. Since the “highway” test is done at relatively low speed, the results, adjusted or not, don’t accurately reflect the difference between cars, and trucks/SUV’s at 75-80 mpg on the interstate. An example is that my Corvette gets about 29.5 mpg on my ~1100 mile trip between FL and IN on the interstate at 75-80 mph. A friend gets about 2 mpg worse mileage for the same trip at similar speed in his CRV, which has a better highway rating.

  2. Chuck Grenci Says:

    I generally find the new of late EPA numbers to be pretty accurate: more so the highway numbers (at 65 mph); the city numbers can be somewhat more variable (per different users), that they, are more of a ‘dart-board’ kind of number. The numbers provided, more often than not, will give the customer a relative comparison between models and I believe that is their most important function.

  3. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ Kit: Your vette has the aerodynamics,the crv doesn’t,lol.I think your mpg’s out of your new vette is terrific.

  4. G.A.Branigan Says:

    I’ll never see the full hwy mpg rating for my van.When I leave my valley,it’s climbing up and down mountain passes.I just set the CC at 65 and kick back and enjoy the ride.I still get in the mid 20′s.

  5. Kit Gerhart Says:

    With most cars I’ve had, I consistently beat the city rating and, except for the Corvette, get a little less than the highway rating on the interstate.

    The only car I’ve had, with which I average less than the “combined” rating, is the Prius. I’m not complaining, though. I average about 46 for driving that includes some very short trips, some interstate driving, and everything in between.

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    4 Mid 20′s isn’t bad. On non-hilly roads, you would probably maych the highway rating at 65 mph.

    The mileage of my Vette drops a lot in shorter trip driving with stops, etc. Still, I get low 20′s, handily beating the city rating of 16.

  7. Bob Wilson Says:

    I was listening to the Ford Ecosport podcast while driving my BMW i3-REX and too often it sounded like they were describing my car.

    Bob Wilson

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I bet Ford wishes they had that Ecosport now, rather than a year from now. Those small, tall wagons are becoming a really hot item.

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Will Ecosport be the first Indian car in the U.S.? Royal Enfield bikes come from India, but I can’t think of any cars that do.

  10. Ziggy Says:

    I was interested in the Ecosport until I heard that it won’t be available with a spare tire, not even a donut, just some fix-a-flat. I’m too old school to mess with that stuff, I have blown out sidewalls before where that stuff would have left me stranded on the side of the road. I’m not interested in run-flats either, they produce too rough of a ride for me and my delicate backside :)

  11. Bob Wilson Says:

    #10 – add a receiver hitch and a spare tire holder. My first BMW i3-REX mod was adding a 2″ receiver hitch to carry my wife’s wheel chair carrier.

    Bob Wilson

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I last used a spare tire about 40 years ago. When the OEM run flats on my Corvette wear out, I will replace them with non run flats, and take my chances. In the unlikely event I have a flat, I’ll get a flat bed, or repair, as needed.

  13. Bob Wilson Says:

    #12 – The previous owner had a flat repair and must have used the tire ‘goop’ kit which was missing. So I replaced it with a quality, tire plug-kit and 12 V air pump.

    With the recent cold snap, it is time to top off the tires. Given the sad state of gas station air pumps, it pays for itself within a year from lower tire wear, improved fuel/EV efficiency, and precise handling.

    About the Ford Ecosport, the specs show it has the same empty weight as our 2900 lb, BMW i3-REX. But at 168 hp, the 2014 BMW i3-REX has more ‘gitty-up.’

  14. Ukendoit Says:

    I had been on vacation, so I’m playing catch up with these shows & comments. The Pacifica should definitely win NACTOY. I rented one for the drive down to FL and was very impressed with it. The wife even wanted me to ask if we can buy it rather than return it. It handles much more like a car than previous versions and got great gas mileage. The newest generation U-connect with a large screen was very intuitive and easy to use. The stow-n-go seats made it really versatile for cargo/seating as we met our friends down there and could pop seats up as needed. If you are interested in the hybrid version, you may be able to get it cheaper than the standard version! (Click on my name for the link to explain that math.) I am interested in driving the Bolt though before I make any new car purchase.
    As far as the talk of ride quality for luxury cars (Buick/Caddy/Lincoln), I prefer the tight German handling but can see how some would prefer the soft, floaty ride. Seems to make sense to have Buick soft & Caddy tight (to compete with German/Japanese), but Buick is trying to shed its “old person” stigma as well as continue to be highly competitive in China. With most in China being chauffer driven though, maybe a cushy ride would do better there?