what hasn’t occurred at AutoCarTechNews Mid-West in fairly a while? Mission automotive work. I’m ashamed however I’ll admit it, there hasn’t been a wrench spun in longer than I care to confess. So, beginning this morning, as you learn this, I’ll be selecting up the Imperial’s transmission and the torque converter that likes to play hide-and-seek and can get to work on slapping that pile again collectively once more! So benefit from the air-con whilst you learn a few of final week’s random tidbits of stories that had been simply fascinating sufficient to roast and pile collectively for an additional plateful of Scrapple. Get pleasure from!
1. Nonetheless came visiting on a ship, nonetheless applies.
The Buick Envision is likely one of the few Chinese language-assembled autos bought in America. It does promote fairly properly (we suspect that the majority patrons don’t know or care about the place it comes from) however it does have one main flaw that cropped up final July: it was one of many merchandise that was hit with a hiked tariff. GM filed for an exemption the second the hike was introduced, however final month the U.S. Commerce Represenative’s workplace produced the response: “nope”. So, in case your Gram-Gram was impressed by the “That’s Not A Buick!” advert marketing campaign and favored the small, upright little field, you may need to go along with her to the dealership.
2. Don’t fear, the scary automotive gained’t get you.
We’re massive followers of the Cadillac V-series round right here. It was good to see well-optioned automobiles that would change personalities and develop into violent brawlers on the drop of a hat. The CTS-V is a legend, the ATS-V a V6-powered ripper, and each might include shift it your self guide transmissions…what wasn’t to love? Nicely, to some Cadillac house owners, it was the ability half. Throughout an unveiling for the brand new Cadillac CT4 and CT5 (the replacements for the ATS and CTS, respectively) GM President Mark Reuss famous that “After we did a V-series, they had been hammers…there’s some intimidation there.”
Proper, as a result of a softer, fluffier duck-badged pseudo-luxury Audi-like sedan is the reply?
three. R.I.P. Ford Fusion Sport
The loss of life of the common automotive marches on at Ford. Sadly, a really beneath appreciated and potent mixture is gone: the Fusion Sport, a 325 horse all-wheel-drive beneath the radar flyer. It’s not excellent in any regard and it doesn’t seize the creativeness like a Mustang does, however in case you don’t need anybody to concentrate to you whilst you blast down the street, this was a strong selection. To learn extra from a check drive we did some time again, CLICK HERE.
four. “Free”, you say?
The excellent news: Volvo is providing up a program known as “Tow For Life” and it does imply that in case you personal a Volvo, any Volvo, you qualify for a free tow to a Volvo service location. There are catches, although: First, that free tow is simply good for 25 miles. Second, you should have your automotive repaired on the Volvo service facility or you may be paying for the tow. However hey, it’s a Volvo…how unhealthy can life be?
5. Does that qualify as a blessing or a curse?In one other spherical of, “I can’t imagine I’m truly typing this”, we have now what is perhaps the strangest damage that you could possibly undergo whereas working a moped. A 35-year-old man in the UK needed to go to an emergency room 9 days after he fell off of his moped and bruised his perineum that brought on him to endure a uncommon type of priapism that was not painful, and in response to the ER report, maxed out on the honest-to-God actual scale of stiffness. In laymen’s phrases: After bashing his taint, this man had a nine-day erection that would’ve been used to interrupt up concrete. I truly needed to kind that out. Docs truly needed to go in and create synthetic blood clots to cease the circulate of blood into the organ to repair the issue, which is a quite simple manner of explaining the intense quantity of science that went into saving this man’s manhood and performance. After a yr, the person is again to regular.
It’s additionally launched a brand new time period to my lexicon after studying the medical report: “traumatic coitus”.
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