“You’ll have to grab this next exit, mate”, I say, with what I believe to be plenty of notice. “This one on the left?” says Aaron, still running his fingers over the Alcantara, perusing buttons, gripping the steering wheel and playing with the drive-mode selector. “Yeah, this one on the left. Now! Go! This one!” Only an hour prior to this moment, my good friend Aaron was piloting his relatively sedate and economical Mazda 6 wagon down the Hume Highway, ferrying his wife and daughter to our house for a quiet weekend in Canberra. Once unpacked and settled, he says, ”So, this wagon of yours… Can we take it out for a spin?”. I happily oblige. Fast-forward an hour and we’re on the Monaro Highway, caught on the right shoulder with our exit two lanes over rapidly approaching. As Aaron looks anxiously over his left shoulder at the conga line of cars meandering in the lane, he realises that it’s now or never. With a sudden … [Read more...] about 2012 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG review
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The redesign of the Ford F-series trucks, launched in 2014, set a new standard for fuel economy and lightweight vehicle construction. But armed with stopwatches and trained eyes, the GM engineers believed they saw problems. “They had a real hard time getting those doors to fit,” Tim Herrick, the executive chief engineer for GM truck programs told Reuters. His team did more intelligence gathering. They bought and tore apart Ford F-series doors sold as repair parts. Their conclusion: GM could cut weight in its trucks for a lower cost using doors made of a combination of aluminum and high strength steel that could be thinner than standard steel, shaving off kilograms in the process. These pounds and penny-based decisions will have major implications in the highest stakes game going in Detroit: dominance in the world’s most profitable vehicle market, the petrol-fueled large pickup segment. What’s more, GM is banking on strong sales of overhauled 2019 Silverados and … [Read more...] about GM squeezes pounds and pennies to attack Ford’s pickup profit machine |
Tony Paul The Detroit News Published 8:59 p.m. UTC Jul 18, 2018 Nic Manion had just won $2.85 million, so how did he celebrate? "We went and played putt-putt!" the Muskegon man said, with a chuckle, Tuesday afternoon -- after waking up from a nap a few hours after finally arriving back in Michigan following an 18-day run in Las Vegas. "There's this indoor, glow-in-the-dark putt-putt, kind of like blacklight bowling, mini-golf course. And then we went bowling after that. "There was like 10 of us that did that. "I don't drink at all, well once in a while, but I don't get crazy." Manion's life has changed drastically since arriving in Vegas at the beginning of the month. He went there just hoping to win a satellite tournament that would get him into the World Series of Poker's Main Event. Manion was eliminated late Saturday night, just short of the ultimate prize, the $8.8-million first-place payout that went to Indianapolis' John Cynn. There was a bit of disappointment in the … [Read more...] about WSOP roundup: Muskegon’s Nic Manion celebrates with … putt-putt?
Maybe your first thought was of the insanely overpowered Boogie-Draymond-Durant-Klay-Steph lineup the Golden State Warriors now can assemble, and of what never-before-seen levels of basketball excellence that group could unlock together. Mine was. But neither of us will ever see that. Grant that, in the upcoming season, DeMarcus Cousins will return from the serious Achilles injury that ended his 2017-18 season and reduced him from an obvious max-contract superstar to accepting a cheap one-year deal. Grant, even, the much shakier proposition that when he does return, he will return as some recognizable version of himself: The outrageously gifted seven-footer who, at his best and prior to the injury, somehow fit Tracy McGrady’s and Charles Barkley’s skill-sets more-or-less comfortably into Shaquille O’Neal’s body. Grant that he will return ready and eager to fit in, to play the Warriors’ smart, creative, decentralized ball, to pass and cut and screen and … [Read more...] about This Is Wack