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Old 06-19-2009, 10:41 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Hm... Is your BMI like 13?

I'm just over 22... like 23.3 I think. (Damn WiiFit.)

IIRC, my "ideal" weight is something like 144lbs.

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Old 06-22-2009, 01:04 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I feel better in smaller cars. I fit best in my old 84 Cavalier wagon. My a-bodies are considered midsize and are the biggest thing I would feel comfortable in, even though I have a hard time reaching the radio. Sometimes I would drive my friend's Bonneville or my grandma's Caprice and I felt like I needed pillows surrounding me so I would not fall over and so I could see over the dash, even with the seat all the way up. I am 5'8" and about 140-150#.

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Old 06-23-2009, 02:26 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by i_am_socket View Post
Not to take this off on a tangent, but whatever happened to the appropriate naming of a vehicle's size class? My 'rolla is classified as a compact, but is the size of midsize car from 5 years earlier. A sub-compact would be a Metro by my understanding, but now that would be a sub-sub-compact?

I'm just annoyed that it's impossible to get a new car that's cheap to buy, gets insane milage, runs forever, and can be easily fixed. I would be happy if they just did a re-release of the old CRX.
I agree. I took note that it is a warm climate people coming up with the ideas, you may get the dainty CRX type for all I could guess..
if a billionare wanted to be a trillionare, they would mimick a version of the 1980s subaru ea82..and the ten gears, and oh no, spend 3 dollars more for 15 inch wheels.. but, ya know, economical to a dummy is a small thing, it makes small things, it thinks small things, and then we all shrink to it after the abuse of being forced into it...
I hope it aint ricer mentality, they got another surprise coming. Ingenuity with real knowledge is necessary. Alot of the world has modeled after americans that did not like small, it could stay that way with a 3 main boxer engine.. and fly above (pun intended) the japan that knows it. germany knows it, france knows it, america knows it..there is not much room for excuses to mass produce at cheap cost and pretend the products integrity isn't needed for longevity of real business...and without symmetry (oh no another pun) of real drivetrain with an optional AWD...of the real kind.
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Old 06-27-2009, 03:29 PM   #14 (permalink)
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The most common excuse for driving something big is fear of collisions. Alot of people have the misconception that as long as they're in something waying 4000lbs+ and 3 feet off the ground, they are untouchable. I recommend to anyone : look up iihs on youtube. compare smartfortwo and an astro van.
Also compacts are known to be the cheap cars with sub-standard fit/finish. That of coarse is changing.
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A couple of quick items.
Looks like they have a website, sorta. Not much there actually.
V-Vehicle Company: The New American Car Company
Some company reps and Louisiana politicians were up in Washington recently to lobby the DOE for grants and loans.
And lastly, I have a sneaking suspicion about what company may have been involved on the vehicle design: an x-prize entrant neamed Global-E. If you look on the page linked, they mention a third vehicle design owned by a undisclosed manufacturer which is aiming to introduce the vehicle to market in early 2010. With v-vehicle slated to start production in mid- to late- 2010, the time-line fits. Global-E is a Louisiana company, making the location relatively close to the manufacturing facility.

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