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C919


The C919 -- a twin-engine, narrow-body aircraft seating up to 174 people -- is similar in size to the Airbus 320 and Boeing 737 series of jets, long the workhorses for airlines around the world.

With a flying range of up to 5,555 kilometers (3,451 miles), it is designed to compete head-to-head with its Airbus and Boeing rivals, and said to easily cover popular business and leisure routes from China such as Shanghai to Singapore and Beijing to Bangkok.




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Postby Parodite » Mon Nov 02, 2015 8:07 pm

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C919


The C919 -- a twin-engine, narrow-body aircraft seating up to 174 people -- is similar in size to the Airbus 320 and Boeing 737 series of jets, long the workhorses for airlines around the world.

With a flying range of up to 5,555 kilometers (3,451 miles), it is designed to compete head-to-head with its Airbus and Boeing rivals, and said to easily cover popular business and leisure routes from China such as Shanghai to Singapore and Beijing to Bangkok.




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Postby Torchwood » Mon Dec 21, 2015 3:10 pm

Tilting trains are cool, they can go up to 30% faster through curves. Early models had the tilt compensate for all the curve, which led to motion sickness (what you saw and what you felt did not match) but compensating for most but not all, solved the problem.

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Postby Nonc Hilaire » Mon Dec 21, 2015 4:29 pm

Who is making the best cars under $30k these days? Mrs. Hilaire wrecked her Prius. We're thinking maybe a Prius V, but have not been following except to note that electric cars don't seem scheduled for prime time until 2017.

What family car would you buy for under $30k?
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Postby Heracleum Persicum » Mon Dec 21, 2015 8:53 pm

Nonc Hilaire wrote:.

What family car would you buy for under $30k ?




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Postby Torchwood » Tue Dec 22, 2015 1:37 am

Nonc Hilaire wrote:Who is making the best cars under $30k these days? Mrs. Hilaire wrecked her Prius. We're thinking maybe a Prius V, but have not been following except to note that electric cars don't seem scheduled for prime time until 2017.

What family car would you buy for under $30k?


If you want to help save the planet, don't buy a hybrid, but what Americans call a "compact" with one of the new high performance small petrol (gasoline) engines. Both Ford and VW have brought out over here models (Focus, Golf) with 1 litre 3 cylinder engines, which are supercharged and turbocharged, fuel economy pretty much as good as a hybrid and better performance and handling ( I always thought that the Prius was a bit of a dog).

I presume that they are available in the US. A new Focus with their Ecoboost engine is around £17K ($25K) here, and cars tend to be cheaper in the US. I drive a Focus myself, an excellent car, but with a conventional 1.6 litre 4 cylinder engine.
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Postby Nonc Hilaire » Tue Dec 22, 2015 5:26 am

Torchwood wrote:
Nonc Hilaire wrote:Who is making the best cars under $30k these days? Mrs. Hilaire wrecked her Prius. We're thinking maybe a Prius V, but have not been following except to note that electric cars don't seem scheduled for prime time until 2017.

What family car would you buy for under $30k?


If you want to help save the planet, don't buy a hybrid, but what Americans call a "compact" with one of the new high performance small petrol (gasoline) engines. Both Ford and VW have brought out over here models (Focus, Golf) with 1 litre 3 cylinder engines, which are supercharged and turbocharged, fuel economy pretty much as good as a hybrid and better performance and handling ( I always thought that the Prius was a bit of a dog).

I presume that they are available in the US. A new Focus with their Ecoboost engine is around £17K ($25K) here, and cars tend to be cheaper in the US. I drive a Focus myself, an excellent car, but with a conventional 1.6 litre 4 cylinder engine.

I liked my 205 Ford, but the metal was too thin. It accumulated dings constantly. The nice thing about the Prius was that it only fueling once a month.

We will look at the Focus. I like the simplicity of the electric, and living in Florida there is lots of sun but this seems like exactly the wrong time to to go electric. The tech will be so much better in 2018/19 the current crop may depreciate too quickle. A low cost conventional car seems like the car for the times if it is comfortable for a big driver.
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Re: Transport: Planes, Trains, Boats, and Autos

Postby Heracleum Persicum » Tue Dec 22, 2015 2:11 pm

Nonc Hilaire wrote:
Torchwood wrote:
Nonc Hilaire wrote:Who is making the best cars under $30k these days? Mrs. Hilaire wrecked her Prius. We're thinking maybe a Prius V, but have not been following except to note that electric cars don't seem scheduled for prime time until 2017.

What family car would you buy for under $30k?


If you want to help save the planet, don't buy a hybrid, but what Americans call a "compact" with one of the new high performance small petrol (gasoline) engines. Both Ford and VW have brought out over here models (Focus, Golf) with 1 litre 3 cylinder engines, which are supercharged and turbocharged, fuel economy pretty much as good as a hybrid and better performance and handling ( I always thought that the Prius was a bit of a dog).

I presume that they are available in the US. A new Focus with their Ecoboost engine is around £17K ($25K) here, and cars tend to be cheaper in the US. I drive a Focus myself, an excellent car, but with a conventional 1.6 litre 4 cylinder engine.

I liked my 205 Ford, but the metal was too thin. It accumulated dings constantly. The nice thing about the Prius was that it only fueling once a month.

We will look at the Focus. I like the simplicity of the electric, and living in Florida there is lots of sun but this seems like exactly the wrong time to to go electric. The tech will be so much better in 2018/19 the current crop may depreciate too quickle. A low cost conventional car seems like the car for the times if it is comfortable for a big driver.

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Gas now less than $ 2 a gallon, probably will go lower and stay there for some time

QX50, a crossover, Quatro, V6 aluminum engine block, 375 HP .. in Canada C$ 35,000 (U$ 25,000)

Small cars good for Europe, in US you need a tank :lol:

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Postby Typhoon » Tue Dec 22, 2015 2:29 pm

If I had to bet, I'd probably bet on fuel cells rather than batteries for electric cars in the future.

The energy density situation for batteries is little changed at the beginning of the 21st century from that at the beginning of the 20th century.

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Re: Transport: Planes, Trains, Boats, and Autos

Postby Typhoon » Tue Dec 22, 2015 2:35 pm

Heracleum Persicum wrote:
Nonc Hilaire wrote:
Torchwood wrote:
Nonc Hilaire wrote:Who is making the best cars under $30k these days? Mrs. Hilaire wrecked her Prius. We're thinking maybe a Prius V, but have not been following except to note that electric cars don't seem scheduled for prime time until 2017.

What family car would you buy for under $30k?


If you want to help save the planet, don't buy a hybrid, but what Americans call a "compact" with one of the new high performance small petrol (gasoline) engines. Both Ford and VW have brought out over here models (Focus, Golf) with 1 litre 3 cylinder engines, which are supercharged and turbocharged, fuel economy pretty much as good as a hybrid and better performance and handling ( I always thought that the Prius was a bit of a dog).

I presume that they are available in the US. A new Focus with their Ecoboost engine is around £17K ($25K) here, and cars tend to be cheaper in the US. I drive a Focus myself, an excellent car, but with a conventional 1.6 litre 4 cylinder engine.

I liked my 205 Ford, but the metal was too thin. It accumulated dings constantly. The nice thing about the Prius was that it only fueling once a month.

We will look at the Focus. I like the simplicity of the electric, and living in Florida there is lots of sun but this seems like exactly the wrong time to to go electric. The tech will be so much better in 2018/19 the current crop may depreciate too quickle. A low cost conventional car seems like the car for the times if it is comfortable for a big driver.

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Gas now less than $ 2 a gallon, probably will go lower and stay there for some time

QX50, a crossover, Quatro, V6 aluminum engine block, 375 HP .. in Canada C$ 35,000 (U$ 25,000)

Small cars good for Europe, in US you need a tank :lol:

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A few years ago, I had a rental Austin Mini Cooper in Chicago.

Great fun to drive, very convenient with regards to parking compared to the canonical SUV tank wannabe.
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Postby Nonc Hilaire » Tue Dec 22, 2015 4:01 pm

Typhoon wrote:
Heracleum Persicum wrote:
Nonc Hilaire wrote:
Torchwood wrote:
Nonc Hilaire wrote:Who is making the best cars under $30k these days? Mrs. Hilaire wrecked her Prius. We're thinking maybe a Prius V, but have not been following except to note that electric cars don't seem scheduled for prime time until 2017.

What family car would you buy for under $30k?


If you want to help save the planet, don't buy a hybrid, but what Americans call a "compact" with one of the new high performance small petrol (gasoline) engines. Both Ford and VW have brought out over here models (Focus, Golf) with 1 litre 3 cylinder engines, which are supercharged and turbocharged, fuel economy pretty much as good as a hybrid and better performance and handling ( I always thought that the Prius was a bit of a dog).

I presume that they are available in the US. A new Focus with their Ecoboost engine is around £17K ($25K) here, and cars tend to be cheaper in the US. I drive a Focus myself, an excellent car, but with a conventional 1.6 litre 4 cylinder engine.

I liked my 205 Ford, but the metal was too thin. It accumulated dings constantly. The nice thing about the Prius was that it only fueling once a month.

We will look at the Focus. I like the simplicity of the electric, and living in Florida there is lots of sun but this seems like exactly the wrong time to to go electric. The tech will be so much better in 2018/19 the current crop may depreciate too quickle. A low cost conventional car seems like the car for the times if it is comfortable for a big driver.

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Gas now less than $ 2 a gallon, probably will go lower and stay there for some time

QX50, a crossover, Quatro, V6 aluminum engine block, 375 HP .. in Canada C$ 35,000 (U$ 25,000)

Small cars good for Europe, in US you need a tank :lol:

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A few years ago, I had a rental Austin Mini Cooper in Chicago.

Great fun to drive, very convenient with regards to parking compared to the canonical SUV tank wannabe.

I'm too big to drive a mini, but I did give my future ex-wife her first orgasm in the back of one back in the seventies. There's a lot to be said for leg power and cramped spaces.
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Postby Nonc Hilaire » Tue Dec 22, 2015 4:16 pm

Heracleum Persicum wrote:
Nonc Hilaire wrote:
Torchwood wrote:
Nonc Hilaire wrote:Who is making the best cars under $30k these days? Mrs. Hilaire wrecked her Prius. We're thinking maybe a Prius V, but have not been following except to note that electric cars don't seem scheduled for prime time until 2017.

What family car would you buy for under $30k?


If you want to help save the planet, don't buy a hybrid, but what Americans call a "compact" with one of the new high performance small petrol (gasoline) engines. Both Ford and VW have brought out over here models (Focus, Golf) with 1 litre 3 cylinder engines, which are supercharged and turbocharged, fuel economy pretty much as good as a hybrid and better performance and handling ( I always thought that the Prius was a bit of a dog).

I presume that they are available in the US. A new Focus with their Ecoboost engine is around £17K ($25K) here, and cars tend to be cheaper in the US. I drive a Focus myself, an excellent car, but with a conventional 1.6 litre 4 cylinder engine.

I liked my 205 Ford, but the metal was too thin. It accumulated dings constantly. The nice thing about the Prius was that it only fueling once a month.

We will look at the Focus. I like the simplicity of the electric, and living in Florida there is lots of sun but this seems like exactly the wrong time to to go electric. The tech will be so much better in 2018/19 the current crop may depreciate too quickle. A low cost conventional car seems like the car for the times if it is comfortable for a big driver.

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Gas now less than $ 2 a gallon, probably will go lower and stay there for some time

QX50, a crossover, Quatro, V6 aluminum engine block, 375 HP .. in Canada C$ 35,000 (U$ 25,000)

Small cars good for Europe, in US you need a tank :lol:

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QX50 is $35k US. I will look at them, though. I'm really trying to avoid financing though. Who makes Infinity? I know Lexus is Nissan and Accura is Honda but forget about Nissan.
Typhoon wrote:If I had to bet, I'd probably bet on fuel cells rather than batteries for electric cars in the future.

The energy density situation for batteries is little changed at the beginning of the 21st century from that at the beginning of the 20th century.

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Maybe eventually. I really just need a car to go ten miles a day, and fuel cells are still pretty far out there.
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Re: Transport: Planes, Trains, Boats, and Autos

Postby Typhoon » Mon Dec 28, 2015 5:02 pm

Nonc Hilaire wrote:
Typhoon wrote:
Heracleum Persicum wrote:
Nonc Hilaire wrote:
Torchwood wrote:
Nonc Hilaire wrote:Who is making the best cars under $30k these days? Mrs. Hilaire wrecked her Prius. We're thinking maybe a Prius V, but have not been following except to note that electric cars don't seem scheduled for prime time until 2017.

What family car would you buy for under $30k?


If you want to help save the planet, don't buy a hybrid, but what Americans call a "compact" with one of the new high performance small petrol (gasoline) engines. Both Ford and VW have brought out over here models (Focus, Golf) with 1 litre 3 cylinder engines, which are supercharged and turbocharged, fuel economy pretty much as good as a hybrid and better performance and handling ( I always thought that the Prius was a bit of a dog).

I presume that they are available in the US. A new Focus with their Ecoboost engine is around £17K ($25K) here, and cars tend to be cheaper in the US. I drive a Focus myself, an excellent car, but with a conventional 1.6 litre 4 cylinder engine.

I liked my 205 Ford, but the metal was too thin. It accumulated dings constantly. The nice thing about the Prius was that it only fueling once a month.

We will look at the Focus. I like the simplicity of the electric, and living in Florida there is lots of sun but this seems like exactly the wrong time to to go electric. The tech will be so much better in 2018/19 the current crop may depreciate too quickle. A low cost conventional car seems like the car for the times if it is comfortable for a big driver.

.



Gas now less than $ 2 a gallon, probably will go lower and stay there for some time

QX50, a crossover, Quatro, V6 aluminum engine block, 375 HP .. in Canada C$ 35,000 (U$ 25,000)

Small cars good for Europe, in US you need a tank :lol:

.


A few years ago, I had a rental Austin Mini Cooper in Chicago.

Great fun to drive, very convenient with regards to parking compared to the canonical SUV tank wannabe.

I'm too big to drive a mini, but I did give my future ex-wife her first orgasm in the back of one back in the seventies. There's a lot to be said for leg power and cramped spaces.


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Nonc Hilaire wrote:
Heracleum Persicum wrote:
Nonc Hilaire wrote:
Torchwood wrote:
Nonc Hilaire wrote:Who is making the best cars under $30k these days? Mrs. Hilaire wrecked her Prius. We're thinking maybe a Prius V, but have not been following except to note that electric cars don't seem scheduled for prime time until 2017.

What family car would you buy for under $30k?


If you want to help save the planet, don't buy a hybrid, but what Americans call a "compact" with one of the new high performance small petrol (gasoline) engines. Both Ford and VW have brought out over here models (Focus, Golf) with 1 litre 3 cylinder engines, which are supercharged and turbocharged, fuel economy pretty much as good as a hybrid and better performance and handling ( I always thought that the Prius was a bit of a dog).

I presume that they are available in the US. A new Focus with their Ecoboost engine is around £17K ($25K) here, and cars tend to be cheaper in the US. I drive a Focus myself, an excellent car, but with a conventional 1.6 litre 4 cylinder engine.

I liked my 205 Ford, but the metal was too thin. It accumulated dings constantly. The nice thing about the Prius was that it only fueling once a month.

We will look at the Focus. I like the simplicity of the electric, and living in Florida there is lots of sun but this seems like exactly the wrong time to to go electric. The tech will be so much better in 2018/19 the current crop may depreciate too quickle. A low cost conventional car seems like the car for the times if it is comfortable for a big driver.

.



Gas now less than $ 2 a gallon, probably will go lower and stay there for some time

QX50, a crossover, Quatro, V6 aluminum engine block, 375 HP .. in Canada C$ 35,000 (U$ 25,000)

Small cars good for Europe, in US you need a tank :lol:

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QX50 is $35k US. I will look at them, though. I'm really trying to avoid financing though. Who makes Infinity? I know Lexus is Nissan and Accura is Honda but forget about Nissan.


Infiniti is Nissan.

Nonc Hilaire wrote:
Typhoon wrote:If I had to bet, I'd probably bet on fuel cells rather than batteries for electric cars in the future.

The energy density situation for batteries is little changed at the beginning of the 21st century from that at the beginning of the 20th century.

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Maybe eventually. I really just need a car to go ten miles a day, and fuel cells are still pretty far out there.


Not a recommendation. Just a comment on the current electric battery car fad.
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Postby Nonc Hilaire » Sat Jan 16, 2016 11:38 pm

The car search is leaning towards the Subaru Legacy. AWD, cool optical safety suite, boxer engine and substantial build quality. Free lifetime synthetic oil changes, too.
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Nonc Hilaire wrote:The car search is leaning towards the Subaru Legacy. AWD, cool optical safety suite, boxer engine and substantial build quality. Free lifetime synthetic oil changes, too.


Looks like this year's model is jazzed up a bit.
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Typhoon wrote:
Nonc Hilaire wrote:The car search is leaning towards the Subaru Legacy. AWD, cool optical safety suite, boxer engine and substantial build quality. Free lifetime synthetic oil changes, too.


Looks like this year's model is jazzed up a bit.

The optical sensors automatically throttle the engine down if you approach an object too quickly and sound a warning, then apply the brakes. Blind spot detection. Other warnings and steering assist if you drift out of your lane.You get that plus AWD for the price of a standard FWD midsize car.

Not exciting or luxurious, but I think Subaru has trounced the competition in practicality and value.
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Postby Typhoon » Sun Jan 17, 2016 7:45 pm

Nonc Hilaire wrote:
Typhoon wrote:
Nonc Hilaire wrote:The car search is leaning towards the Subaru Legacy. AWD, cool optical safety suite, boxer engine and substantial build quality. Free lifetime synthetic oil changes, too.


Looks like this year's model is jazzed up a bit.

The optical sensors automatically throttle the engine down if you approach an object too quickly and sound a warning, then apply the brakes. Blind spot detection. Other warnings and steering assist if you drift out of your lane.You get that plus AWD for the price of a standard FWD midsize car.

Not exciting or luxurious, but I think Subaru has trounced the competition in practicality and value.


It is interesting how what would have been optional features on a high end luxury car in the past are now standard features on a good affordable workaday car.
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Postby Nonc Hilaire » Sun Jan 17, 2016 10:21 pm

Typhoon wrote:
Nonc Hilaire wrote:
Typhoon wrote:
Nonc Hilaire wrote:The car search is leaning towards the Subaru Legacy. AWD, cool optical safety suite, boxer engine and substantial build quality. Free lifetime synthetic oil changes, too.


Looks like this year's model is jazzed up a bit.

The optical sensors automatically throttle the engine down if you approach an object too quickly and sound a warning, then apply the brakes. Blind spot detection. Other warnings and steering assist if you drift out of your lane.You get that plus AWD for the price of a standard FWD midsize car.

Not exciting or luxurious, but I think Subaru has trounced the competition in practicality and value.


It is interesting how what would have been optional features on a high end luxury car in the past are now standard features on a good affordable workaday car.

They claim the self-driving car is about three years off. That would be great for interstate road trips and rush hour traffic.
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