just better cars

just better cars

Just Better Cars

German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel hit back against Donald Trump‘s threat to place a massive tariff on German cars entering the United States, responding that the U.S. should just make better cars instead. “If you want to build cars in the world, then I wish you all the best. You can build cars for the United States, but for every car that comes to the USA, you will pay 35 percent tax,” Trump told the German newspaper Bild. Trump suggested that Germany was already treating the American automakers unfairly, noting the lack of Chevrolet in the country. Gabriel was unamused. “I believe BMW’s biggest factory is already in the US, in Spartanburg,” he noted in an interview with Bild. “The US car industry would have a bad awakening if all the supply parts that aren’t being built in the US were to suddenly come with a 35 percent tariff. I believe it would make the US car industry weaker, worse and above all more expensive,” he continued. “I would wait and see what the Congress has to say about that, which is mostly full of people who want the opposite of Trump.” When asked about the lack of American cars in Germany, Gabriel was even more blunt. “The U.S. needs to build better cars,” he said. — >>Follow Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) on Twitter Have a tip we should know? tips@mediaite.com
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Obviously, not all old cars share this quality. Heck, we can trace the living room cockpit back to the couchy bench seats of coach-built motoring. We can trace infotainment to the in-car HiFi. But I’m not just talking about luxury cars as a whole. A good luxury car still celebrates its cardom. Classic luxury cars would do this with huge, authoritative engines and suspensions that could have run comfortably over World War 1. They focused on engineering. And modern luxury cars often have neat engineering features, as well, with all the turbos you could want, magnetic suspension, and perfect tires, all of which are installed to chew up Nurburgring records with frightening regularity. But how often are they forgotten behind adaptive cruise control and Spotify?
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In fact, I take back the title. Maybe “better” isn’t the right word. And maybe I just chose it as clickbait. And maybe I’m a little glad I drive the majority of my miles in something more modern. But this morning, in the fog, when I had nothing to run on but hope and 91 horsepower, I was glad for my classic. Old cars fill a role new cars just can’t. And you should get one.
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Okay, not really. Even back then, it was vastly more complicated than that, and designers certainly didn’t call all the shots. I mean, look at that rally-spec wheel gap. Smaller wheels are cheaper and allow for more suspension travel, and lowering the car any more would have made it impractical. And there’s always cost. Not every car can have a glass roof, because people who buy Ford Festivas would rather not sell their fillings to afford them. Car designers have always had to adhere to function. But designers of yore could hide that function better. They had fewer parameters. They were allowed to design beautiful cars, and it was good. Because people like to buy beautiful cars.
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But surely it’s not so different today, right? I believe it is. Nothing changed overnight, but in the wide scope of decades, car design has begun to require more safety and better aerodynamics. Cars get bigger on the outside but smaller on the inside because they need to accommodate more robust skeletons that can withstand greater impacts. They get stubby little trunks because engineers need to eliminate drag, improving efficiency and saving those precious MPG decimals. Especially since cars can’t be light anymore, due to those thick, dense bones.
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When asked about the lack of American cars in Germany, Gabriel was even more blunt. “The U.S. needs to build better cars,” he said.
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Just Better Cars

“If you want to build cars in the world, then I wish you all the best. You can build cars for the United States, but for every car that comes to the USA, you will pay 35 percent tax,” Trump told the German newspaper Bild. Trump suggested that Germany was already treating the American automakers unfairly, noting the lack of Chevrolet in the country.
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Just Better Cars

This may seem like obvious car advice to the informed, but isn’t as well-known as you may think among many shoppers. I recently represented two sets of clients shopping at very different price points and very different cars. What made them similar was the fact that in both cases, the more expensive car with the higher payment ended up being the better deal.
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But I also needed a little adrenaline rush to jump start my second day awake, and the CRX dosed me up. Not that it’s a fast car. Not with 91 pensioner horses hobbling along under the hood. But the car is so connective. It’s so engaging. I find this in many old cars. Even slow ones. I think an old car’s connection occurs for two big reasons, and they both have to do with simplicity.
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As for the Subaru, it was a totally different story. There are no factory rebates on Outbacks because there is no need to offer them because of the insane demand around those cars. In spite of that, a local Subaru dealer offered almost $4,000 off the MSRP. The customer could also combine this awesome discount with the zero percent financing for the 48-month offer that was running that month.
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Advancement in automotive technology is wonderful. Today, cars are faster, more efficient, and often more reliable than ever, all thanks to dozens of strata of futuristic engineering. Direct injection, hybrid drives, automation. It’s an important vector for transportation, and I wouldn’t stop it if I could.
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But I think that so often a modern car is engineered to help you forget you’re in a machine. It begs your forgiveness for getting you up off your couch, out from in front of your TV. Everything is softened, complicated, quieted, and automated until you’re still in your living room. And indeed, based on the public enthusiasm for driverless, shareable cars, that’s where we’re headed.
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JustBetterCars.com in Roseville, CA is a family owned and operated dealership, serving N. CA for more than 15 years.  We treat the needs of of our customers like we treat our own family- with kindness, respect, and honesty. We know that you have many options available to you in your next vehicle purchase and we want to assure you that you’ve landed at the right place.  We strive to meet and exceed your expectations each and every time.  As owners, we ensure that not only we but our complete staff demonstrates our commitment to excellence!  It’s because of you that we’re driven to be just better!
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Welcome to JustBetterCars.com JustBetterCars.com in Roseville, CA is a family owned and operated dealership, serving N. CA for more than 15 years.  We treat the needs of of our customers like we treat our own family- with kindness, respect, and honesty. We know that you have many options available to you in your next vehicle purchase and we want to assure you that you’ve landed at the right place.  We strive to meet and exceed your expectations each and every time.  As owners, we ensure that not only we but our complete staff demonstrates our commitment to excellence!  It’s because of you that we’re driven to be just better!Our experienced sales staff is eager to share its knowledge and enthusiasm with you. We encourage you to browse our online inventory, schedule a test drive and investigate financing options. You can also request more information about a vehicle using our online form or by calling 629-8011.If you don’t see a particular vehicle, click on CarFinder and complete the form. We will gladly inform you when a matching car arrives. If you’d like to see a vehicle in person, click on Dealership: Directions for step-by-step driving instructions to our site, or give us a call. We look forward to serving you!
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JustBetterCars.com in Roseville, CA is a family owned and operated dealership, serving N. CA for more than 15 years.  We treat the needs of of our customers like we treat our own family- with kindness, respect, and honesty. We know that you have many options available to you in your next vehicle purchase and we want to assure you that you’ve landed at the right place.  We strive to meet and exceed your expectations each and every time.  As owners, we ensure that not only we but our complete staff demonstrates our commitment to excellence!  It’s because of you that we’re driven to be just better!Our experienced sales staff is eager to share its knowledge and enthusiasm with you. We encourage you to browse our online inventory, schedule a test drive and investigate financing options. You can also request more information about a vehicle using our online form or by calling 629-8011.If you don’t see a particular vehicle, click on CarFinder and complete the form. We will gladly inform you when a matching car arrives. If you’d like to see a vehicle in person, click on Dealership: Directions for step-by-step driving instructions to our site, or give us a call. We look forward to serving you!

Published on Jun 1, 2017 | Under Car | By michael ellis
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