By on January 6, 2015

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Another car carrier incident, another hot Porsche and Chinese channel stuffing. Oh and the MINI Paceman is dead.

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28 Comments on “While You Were Sleeping: January 6th, 2015...”


  • avatar

    “MINI is rationalizing its lineup”, thereby cutting its possible combinations to less than three trillion

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      I saw a Mini CLUBSAUCE yesterday, was not impressed.

    • 0 avatar
      JMII

      Since Mini has yet to release a pickup version they haven’t reach zenith yet. Thus I’m disappointed they are cutting back on models. It’s too soon for those of us that wanted a Mini El Camino. We can only gaze upon the Red Bull promotional ones and wonder why this was not available next door to our local BMW dealership along with the other 100 silly variations to the Mini.

      Appreciate that the pict used is a “brown wagon”.

  • avatar
    Lie2me

    Slow news day, huh?

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    carguy67

    Jeez … just how car-unsavvy are people, anyway? Most newer cars can run a range of fuel, and even NA engines lose some power on lower octane fuel. My Mustang GT ‘loses’ about 10lb-ft of torque in the mid-range when running regular–which is fine by me ’cause I get free regular gas on my folks’ farm–and I can hardly tell the difference between running premium (there does seem to be slight hesitation when I punch it). I guess most people simply don’t understand internal combustion.

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    APaGttH

    Interesting on the Ford Ecoboost and good to know, we can’t buy 93 octane to get the optimal power if we wanted to in Puget Sound.

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      Why is this, state taxation or regulation on fuels? It’s not like 93 can’t be available everywhere. That’s not especially fair to consumers, especially with so many cars at high compression and requiring premium fuel these days.

      • 0 avatar
        carguy67

        I don’t think it’s a regulatory or tax issue because higher octane–e.g. 95 and 100 octane–is available at selected stations, often near water recreation sites so high-powered boats can fuel there.

        • 0 avatar
          CoreyDL

          Thanks, makes sense. I guess there’s no option to have an 87 and a 93 tank, and mix it 20/80 or something to come up with 89?

          (Don’t hold me to my fractions, I hate that sort of math.)

          • 0 avatar
            carguy67

            Edited my previous post–removing comment about 87/91 blending–because it dawned on me you CAN blend from 87/93 (two tanks). In fact, I think I’ve seen pumps where you had 4 grades between 85 and 93, and they probably come from 2 tanks. My guess is the pumps capable of advanced fractional blending are more expensive and the demand for anything greater than 91 octane is probably not that high.

          • 0 avatar
            Vulpine

            What’s screwy is when you have a car that recommends 91 octane but your choices at the pump are 87, 89 and 93. Do you go up a grade, or down? At the moment going up a grade isn’t a pain in the wallet; when prices go back up, that’s another story.

    • 0 avatar
      MrGrieves

      Here in the rural deep South I know of one station that still sells leaded gas. It’s rated at 110 Octane. Big warning label says “contains lead”, “may void warranty.” Ya think?

      The people who buy that stuff are cut from the same cloth as the people who “Roll Coal” with their diesels.

      • 0 avatar
        Vulpine

        Ah, but in the Rural Deep South there are people still driving ’50s and ’60s land yachts as daily drivers and those engines can’t run unleaded without a lead-replacement additive.

        • 0 avatar
          Lorenzo

          When it’s time for a valve job, and cars that old that are daily drivers have already had at least one, just replace with hardened valves and valve seats. I don’t think lead protected much of anything else, since it was an anti-knock/octane-boosting additive.

    • 0 avatar
      Lou_BC

      I don’t know about the Ecoboost engines in cars but in pickups Ford ratings are based on 87 octane. If you go with higher octane fuel the ECU adjusts and ups power. GM’s new 6.2 has its max power rated to run on premium. It looses power on regular. The manual even states that it may knock and cause engine damage on anything less. The Ram 5.7 is supposed to use midgrade and its power ratings are also affected.

      I’d rather see ratings based on a lower grade of fuel with an uptick in power with premium.

  • avatar
    JohnnyFirebird

    I spent half an hour trying to explain what a Paceman was to our dealer group owner the other day. “Okay, so it’s like a Cooper, but bigger. But only two doors.”

  • avatar
    Vulpine

    I figured this was coming; too many companies were trying to take advantage of what could only be a short-term market flood.

  • avatar
    Quentin

    Someone needs to trim down BMW’s lineup, too. The 8 iterations of the 3 series sized cars is getting out of control.

    • 0 avatar
      JohnnyFirebird

      For markets like Canada this is especially rough: what are the odds that they’re going to have a 3 series sedan / wagon / GT in 320 / 328 / 335 / 335d spec with or without xDrive that a client wants, in the colour the client wants? Even at port or through other dealers it’s unlikely. Either factory order or forget about “building and pricing” your ideal 3 series.

  • avatar
    Fordson

    “The internet is up in arms about the Mustang Ecoboost losing power on regular fuel – just like every other turbocharged engine by any manufacturer does.”

    Fixed that for you.

    And in other late-breaking news, turbocharged engines return poorer fuel economy when driven hard.

    Those damn turbo engines…

  • avatar
    Joss

    They’ve gotta get that hull off sandbar soon.My guess they loaded the 1/3rd one area for quick on/off. Then engaged ballast to compensate. Something broke.

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