Summer of 2013...

Discussion in 'Website news & discussions' started by xcel, May 7, 2013.

  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    A little update as I continue planning the 48-state run.

    [fimg=right]http://www.cleanmpg.com/photos/data/501/ThinkBlue.jpg[/fimg]Driving a 2013 Corolla S. To compare against the 2003 (I like the 03 better for some things and the 13 for others) while we wait to see the new 2014 Corolla early next month.

    Been on the phone and sending e-mails to VW PR, Marketing, Accounting, SG, Shell, and Guinness since 09:00 this morning and with the final going out at 06:30 PM this evening.

    The graphic wrap is 95% complete and looks good. I cannot release it yet but will once we receive approval from Volkswagen. The embedded is a sneak peek however ;) There will probably be a hashtag in front and the period dropped around the ThinkBlue logo when it is all said and done.

    I am trying to get the first aluminum cased SG-II for the drive and will give it away to the person who comes closest to the guessing the final mpg to within one-hundreth of an mpg.

    Left my checkbook in the Jetta Hybrid on the way up to Elkhart Lake (drove back the Corolla at the last minute) and my phone charger at the hotel. Need to go plug in my phone into the car for 30 or so minutes and this sucks.

    I have "stuff" to post but need to take a break as it has been a really long day.

    Wayne
     
  2. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    I should not have posted so soon. Received more e-mail regarding the graphics and sent out my last e-mail of the night 5-minutes ago.

    The ThinkBlue. logo is branded so that will stay. Some movement of graphics in the rear is probable and I requested that some QR tags be placed on the car for consumer connection in case it is displayed at a show after the fact?

    This is turning into a not so productive day but the minutia is being ground into submission one way or the other ;)

    Wayne
     
  3. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    My father tripped and fell into a window well at his home yesterday morning breaking his leg. He had surgery late yesterday afternoon so I have been a bit indisposed from about 11:00 AM yesterday onward. I have to leave again early this afternoon so will be gone for much of the day/evening/night again.

    I am scheduled to attend the BMW i3 reveal in NY City on the morning of Monday June 29th. From their I immediately fly out to LAX to pick up a 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid. Which also means I have to reschedule the Cruze TD :(

    More later.

    Wayne
     
  4. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Sorry to hear about your dad. Hope he gets better soon.
     
  5. Ouch. Hope he has a speedy recovery.
     
  6. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Edwin and James:

    He is still at the rehab facility so I have been going up there every other day and he is getting better...

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    2014 Mazd6 leaves and the 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid arrives.​

    Heading to NY for the BMW i3 reveal next week with the Jetta Hybrid review occurring the day after in Los Angeles.

    2-weeks after that, the Corolla short lead in San Diego and the following day, the Audi TDI family in Washington DC.

    Wayne
     
  7. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    Headed to the Corolla short lead in San Diego this morning and from there, the Audi TDI event in Washington DC on Wednesday. Anything you can think if, fire way and I will ask the powers that be at these global launches what's up.

    Wayne.
     
  8. joesgot4

    joesgot4 Well-Known Member

    wayne, how are you?what happened to the 48 state drive you were gonna do ,just started reading this thread and may not be up to date
     
  9. fishnrib

    fishnrib Christian

    Here it is while you are waiting on a response from Wayne.

    http://www.cleanmpg.com/forums/showthread.php?t=47780
     
  10. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Tom:

    Thanks for updating Joesgot4.

    And the e-mails are once again flying...

    Could be a 2014 Audi A8 L TDI on a kilo tank drive, a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray on a "special drive" from one racing venue to another racing venue, and an Accord Hybrid or Plug-in hybrid for the week following the LA Auto Show in and around LA? None are set in stone by any means but the detail work is being completed.

    Even tried to setup an Accord Hybrid vs. Fusion Hybrid shootout but it looks like that was squashed early on.

    There may be an opportunity for some members to participate in a drive with multiple 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee’s equipped with the 3.0L Eco Diesel and 8-speed AT later this winter as well? "Maybe" as that one is still being tossed around from department to department.

    Busy all darn day with these drives!!! In a good way that is ;)

    Wayne
     
  11. Diesel. Not just a fuel, its a lifestyle
     
  12. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi James:

    It sure is! What is your take now after you have been overridden with PHEV enthusiasm ;)

    Next

    While it is only a one day short lead or possibly even a regional, I am scheduled to attend the 2014 Nissan Rouge launch in Smyrna, TN next Sunday morning and returning on Monday evening.

    2014 Nissan Rouge

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    The $22,490 (S trim) to start 2014 Nissan Rogue’s best attribute? Like the Pathfinder, its innovative EZ Flex Seating System takes the cake. Every seat except the driver's folds down. The front passenger seat folds rearwards, allowing transport of longer items when combined with the flat folding 40/20/40-split 2nd row seat. The optional stadium-style, flat-fold 3rd row 50/50-split bench seat improves passenger versatility further. Rogue offers 37.9 inches of 2nd row legroom with its 9.0 inches of fore/aft adjustment.

    A 170 hp and 175 lb-ft. of torque 2.5L I4 is mated to Nissan's next-generation Xtronic CVT providing a 26/33/28 mpgUS city/highway/combined EPA rating.

    While there on Sunday morning, Nissan is providing us some time in the 2014 Pathfinder Hybrid which is what I really cannot wait to drive :)

    2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid

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    Wayne
     
  13. I'm hooked on ev driving. Anxiously awaiting next years releases. I love this volt but if there's a City Express EV or Env200 in passenger format I'd probably jump on it next year.
    If it weren't ev I probably would have went with the cruze diesel but would have needed to do something about the seats.
     
  14. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi James:

    The Cruze TD would have been a poor choice. To much NVH, to little rear seat room, and too expensive. :(

    Wayne
     
  15. I keep hinting to the Agent that next year we should sell her elantra, she take the volt, and I'll get a full BEV.

    She's not going for it. Likes her Elantra more than the Volt.
     
  16. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi James:

    I do not blame her as I do too.

    Wayne
     
  17. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    While I am trying to source a short few days with a 14 Mazda3 with the MT and then the 14 Corolla LE Eco for a short few days drive with a swap in Western Chicago on Tuesday, I heard back from Mercedes-Benz just a few minutes ago about the 27/42 mpgUS city/highway combined rated E250 4MATIC turbo diesel.
    A lot of activity today with near term vehicle loan arrangements. It has been far too long since we have had a week long full review vehicle to push to their limits in a very green sort of way.

    Could be a very busy next few days with the 14 Nissan Rouge short lead (incl. the Pathfinder Hybrid) on Sunday afternoon and Monday in Smyrna, TN. and a quick flight back to MKE Monday night.

    And another moment ago I received the following from MBs National Press Fleet Mgr.
    Wayne
     
  18. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    While we are moving into the late fall period, the 2014 Kia Soul + is in the drive for a very short 4-day stint. I like it a lot better than I would have first thought. A 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage is heading this way on Friday. The following week a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee arrives for a 1,090 mile run in < 24 hours without refueling. At least that is the plan as I type. Been working out the final details of that drive for the past 6-hours in fact. We will probably see the MB E-Class BT after the LAAS Press days sometime?

    Wayne
     
  19. Less than 24 hours, more than 1000 miles. Yup, thats what I call a road trip
     
  20. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi James:

    Yeah, that is one helluva road trip. :)

    Honda just confirmed that the 14 Accord Hybrid is available on the 18th when I fly into LA for the LA Auto Show Press Days. We may be doing a little event drive out of Honda's HQ the following week with the 82 mile range Fit EV going at least 100-miles to make it to San Diego.

    This is going to be an interesting couple of weeks if I do say so myself.

    Wayne
     

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