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Offline sherob

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Re: Stylish car with decent mpg
« Reply #20 on: August 08, 2012, 08:15:42 am »
The Focus ST was supposed to be out already, now I hear September.  :o

You might checkout the Kia Optima... great looking car!  You can't beat the warranty on them either!
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Re: Stylish car with decent mpg
« Reply #21 on: August 08, 2012, 08:52:13 am »
I didn't used to be a fan of Korean cars but Hyundai has made huge strides in quality.
If you like the Genesis then check out the Elantra.  One of my friends has one and the 2.0 turbo makes great power but you can also get 40 mpg on the highway with it.

The Chevy Cruze and Ford Fusion are also nice looking cars IMO that get good MPG's.

Chances are that Korean car was made in the good old USA, our 07 Santa Fe  was made in Alabama.
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Re: Stylish car with decent mpg
« Reply #22 on: August 08, 2012, 08:55:42 am »
Chances are that Korean car was made in the good old USA, our 07 Santa Fe  was made in Alabama.

People don't realize that.

I have been to that facility, also I have been to Honda of Alabama, VW (TN), Mercedes manufacturing in Vance, Alabama. BMW in SC (4 times and their performance center/track), Nissan, and a host of others.

Made in USA with NON-union labor. 

Side note: My Tundra was built in TX, but I haven't been to the facility =)
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Re: Stylish car with decent mpg
« Reply #23 on: August 08, 2012, 08:56:26 am »
BMW is expanding the SC facility as GM is expanding in China and Ford is still cranking out F-150's in Mexico.
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Re: Stylish car with decent mpg
« Reply #24 on: August 08, 2012, 09:17:37 am »
Off topic I know.... But where did our beloved ZG1000 come from, somewhere in Nebraska right?
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Re: Stylish car with decent mpg
« Reply #25 on: August 08, 2012, 11:30:25 am »
Ford Fiesta, hatch and sedan both get 39 hwy with an automatic. You can get a sedan with an "economy" option thats gets 40. The Mazda 2 is basically the same car, less features, less expensive, less power, less mpg, hatch only though.  Fiat is way underpowered and only gets 35mpg. VW is having some quality issues lately, but the Jetta looks nice, in my opinion, Diesel is the way to go, recouping your higher initial costs faster than with a hybrid or totally electric. Chevy's Sonic looks nice too, designed and built here-what a concept. 
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Re: Stylish car with decent mpg
« Reply #26 on: August 08, 2012, 11:44:09 am »
Mazda 3 Skyactiv ain't too shabby.

- 27/39 mpg (SKYACTIV-G 2.0L MT)‡
- 28/40 mpg (SKYACTIV-G 2.0L AT)‡
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Re: Stylish car with decent mpg
« Reply #27 on: August 08, 2012, 12:01:57 pm »
Fiat 500

I thought we suggested that for a wife GF already, along with pics of car and Italy.  hmmm...perhaps another thread =)
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Re: Stylish car with decent mpg
« Reply #28 on: August 08, 2012, 12:28:20 pm »
Chevy's Sonic looks nice too, designed and built here-what a concept.

The Sonic is assembled in Orion, MI.  However, it is a joint Opel/Fiat design from Europe.  Worldwide, all of GM's subcompacts are going to the platform.  Chevy Spark and Buick Encore are the next vehicles.


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Re: Stylish car with decent mpg
« Reply #29 on: August 08, 2012, 12:39:47 pm »
Chances are that Korean car was made in the good old USA, our 07 Santa Fe  was made in Alabama.

Back around 1999 my dad bought some sort of Hyundai (used) and it was the biggest piece of crap that I had ever driven, but it is a completely different story now.

IIRC it has been almost two years that they have been making cars down in Alabama. 

When they came out with the 10 year 100,000 mile warranty several years ago, I knew they were for real. 

Keeping the economy going, one tank of fuel and two tires at a time.

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Re: Stylish car with decent mpg
« Reply #30 on: August 08, 2012, 12:44:54 pm »
Yeah, now Hyundai owns Kia... they've made HUGE advancements in their quality control... I remember when they first hit the shores, the Vega of South Korea.  ;D
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Re: Stylish car with decent mpg
« Reply #31 on: August 08, 2012, 12:54:55 pm »
Yeah, Opel, wrong choice of words, I meant, in house design. Spark is all electric right? Plus, it looks a third smaller than the Sonic.
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Re: Stylish car with decent mpg
« Reply #32 on: August 08, 2012, 12:56:39 pm »
Geez... Opel... we had an Opel Kadett L station wagon when I was a kid.  :o
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Re: Stylish car with decent mpg
« Reply #33 on: August 08, 2012, 07:18:29 pm »
Get her a C-14!!!
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Re: Stylish car with decent mpg
« Reply #34 on: August 08, 2012, 08:25:50 pm »
Spark is all electric right?


Spark isn't electric.  It is essentially a restyled Sonic (Front end looks like a Chevy version of a Honda Fit) with a 1.2L 80hp mill.  Sonic runs the Cruze engines - 1.4L Turbo and 1.8L NA.  Both run 138hp with 125 ft-lbs torque for the 1.8L and 145ft-lbs for the 1.4L Turbo.


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Re: Stylish car with decent mpg
« Reply #35 on: August 09, 2012, 04:43:17 am »
I dont know how much 'trunk' space the Mini's have, I can affirm that the Subaru's have good storage room in the back ::)

The Mini's trunk can't be much smaller than her Wrangler, but the milage would be better than double, and a ton of fun to drive..
Now about you riding in the back of the Subie, you're wifie put you back there, and we were not going to argue with her!  :battle:
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Re: Stylish car with decent mpg
« Reply #36 on: August 09, 2012, 06:02:09 am »
So, is the Spark a hybrid? If not, whats the purpose of it if its just a restyled Sonic with a smaller engine?
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Re: Stylish car with decent mpg
« Reply #37 on: August 09, 2012, 06:07:28 am »
So, is the Spark a hybrid? If not, whats the purpose of it if its just a restyled Sonic with a smaller engine?

No, it has a normal gasoline motor.  It is also about $2,000 less than the Sonic and is actually quite a bit smaller. 
Keeping the economy going, one tank of fuel and two tires at a time.

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Re: Stylish car with decent mpg
« Reply #38 on: August 09, 2012, 07:12:33 am »
The Mini's trunk can't be much smaller than her Wrangler, but the milage would be better than double, and a ton of fun to drive..
Now about you riding in the back of the Subie, you're wifie put you back there, and we were not going to argue with her!  :battle:

WOW it has only taken me five years to figure that one out, ya'll are some fast learners.
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Re: Stylish car with decent mpg
« Reply #39 on: August 09, 2012, 01:55:30 pm »
Wife and I both liked Hyundai Veloster turbo with manual transmission. Except we cannot find it anywhere !!!  :yikes:
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