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Quirinus_Obsidian
2007-09-12, 04:56 PM
Okay. Mazda released the new 2008 Mazda6 at the IAAA in Frankfurt, Germany this week. The car is absolutely stunning. Visually, symmetrically, it is just as perfect as a car can be.

Linkage (http://www.autoblog.com/photos/2008-mazda6-2/392537/full/)

If there are any car people out there, or anyone that can appreciate beauty, any thoughts?

LCR
2007-09-12, 06:07 PM
That's an Asian car.
Thou shalt not buy Asian cars.
German cars are superior in design and engineering, most French cars look better, British cars are (the few still existing) extremely good looking and fun to drive.
Well, okay, Asian cars are better than most American cars.

ArqArturo
2007-09-12, 06:13 PM
Looks pretty good. Although I'm more of a fan of muscle cars, myself (especially the Chevelle), I like the BMWs a lot. Especially the Mini Coopers.

Asian cars, well, there are a few (like this Mazda) that are good, but then, there are many costumized asian cars that look really bad.

ForzaFiori
2007-09-12, 06:46 PM
That's an Asian car.
Thou shalt not buy Asian cars.
German cars are superior in design and engineering, most French cars look better, British cars are (the few still existing) extremely good looking and fun to drive.
Well, okay, Asian cars are better than most American cars.

your forgetting the most import country of cars.

ITALIAN CARS!
they look best, are faster, all that stuff.

BubbaK
2007-09-12, 08:33 PM
Very nice looking car, definitely

Midnight Son
2007-09-12, 09:31 PM
I don't fit in your fancified tin fiberglass cans. Here's somethin' more my style.
http://www.ajeepthing.com/images/2007-jeep-wrangler-4drs.jpg

I'd also love to have one of these beauties (http://richarda.addr.com/site/cars/1968charger/charger2.jpg)

Supagoof
2007-09-13, 02:26 AM
Oooh, I'm so torn.

Do I defend my nationality through the pushing of various reasons as to why our cars are great? (Like the design for corn fuel (http://www.gm.com/explore/livegreengoyellow/index.html?seo=goo_e85_flexfuel)/fully electric (http://www.teslamotors.com/)/raw off the (http://www.fordshelby.net/) line power (http://www.dodge.com/en/2008/viper/))

Or do I keep loyalty to my first car (http://www.opelgt.com/photos/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=18894), though it not be from the USA, still kicks butt? (And yes, I still have it, and yes it's a collector.)

Or maybe I'll go with cars that have shown themselves to be just plain smarter (http://www.hybridcars.com/cars.html) in intent and design...

Sigh, what a conundrum.

Back to the point I suppose, which is that the Mazda 6, though it's not visibly appealing to me, is an ok car. The engine, though being upgraded to 250 HP (previously 215), is a Ford - so there goes the whole "Asian Car" theory. (Except that they are probably still made in Asia...). Roomier for the family, it's only a mid size sedan.

And like Midnight Son above me, I have to go with something a little more rugged...like.
http://a332.g.akamai.net/f/332/936/12h/www.edmunds.com//pictures/VEHICLE/2008/Lincoln/2008.lincoln.navigator.20123456-E.jpg
Yep, that big pig is not for it's gas mileage or even it's prestige, it just happens to be among the more comfortable cars I've driven whose size fits me. I live with a snow season, so 4 wheel drives a must. And the bells and whistles really appeal to me. Otherwise I'd probably go with something less expensive like a land rover or FJ cruiser.

Plus, I want to one day walk into a dealership and say "I want a vehicle that rhyme's with Inkin Avigator. Color rhymes with ACK!

As for my first car, under a cover in the garage, here's a pic of what it looks like..1972 Opel GT
http://www.classiccar.com/photopost/data/514/Opel_GT2.JPG
A fine German automobile that has only given me trouble with the carburetor. I have to keep repairing the float in it because it leaks. Handles like a dream though. Perhaps someday I'll be able to import a 2.2 engine and mount it in there so I can compete in the autocross club in my city. The 1.9 litre just doesn't cut. (Sorry, have never taken it to get the HP tested, otherwise I'd throw that stat in here as well.)

Though, all in all, nothing beats this sweet ride..
http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i278/wolfshonor/pimp/p-carriage.gif
I know you all wish you had one of those. :smalltongue:

LCR
2007-09-13, 02:29 AM
your forgetting the most import country of cars.

ITALIAN CARS!
they look best, are faster, all that stuff.

Aside from the ridiculously overpriced luxury cars (Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, the latter being a subsidiary of VW), they also tend to fall apart.


Oooh, I'm so torn.

Do I defend my nationality through the pushing of various reasons as to why our cars are great? (Like the design for corn fuel (http://www.gm.com/explore/livegreengoyellow/index.html?seo=goo_e85_flexfuel)/fully electric (http://www.teslamotors.com/)/raw off the (http://www.fordshelby.net/) line power (http://www.dodge.com/en/2008/viper/))

Or do I keep loyalty to my first car (http://www.opelgt.com/photos/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=18894), though it not be from the USA, still kicks butt? (And yes, I still have it, and yes it's a collector.)

Or maybe I'll go with cars that have shown themselves to be just plain smarter (http://www.hybridcars.com/cars.html) in intent and design...

Sigh, what a conundrum.

Back to the point I suppose, which is that the Mazda 6, though it's not visibly appealing to me, is an ok car. The engine, though being upgraded to 250 HP (previously 215), is a Ford - so there goes the whole "Asian Car" theory. (Except that they are probably still made in Asia...). Roomier for the family, it's only a mid size sedan.

And like Midnight Son above me, I have to go with something a little more rugged...like.
http://a332.g.akamai.net/f/332/936/12h/www.edmunds.com//pictures/VEHICLE/2008/Lincoln/2008.lincoln.navigator.20123456-E.jpg
Yep, that big pig is not for it's gas mileage or even it's prestige, it just happens to be among the more comfortable cars I've driven whose size fits me. I live with a snow season, so 4 wheel drives a must. And the bells and whistles really appeal to me. Otherwise I'd probably go with something less expensive like a land rover or FJ cruiser.

Plus, I want to one day walk into a dealership and say "I want a vehicle that rhyme's with Inkin Avigator. Color rhymes with ACK!

As for my first car, under a cover in the garage, here's a pic of what it looks like..1972 Opel GT
http://www.classiccar.com/photopost/data/514/Opel_GT2.JPG
A fine German automobile that has only given me trouble with the carburetor. I have to keep repairing the float in it because it leaks. Handles like a dream though. Perhaps someday I'll be able to import a 2.2 engine and mount it in there so I can compete in the autocross club in my city. The 1.9 litre just doesn't cut. (Sorry, have never taken it to get the HP tested, otherwise I'd throw that stat in here as well.)


That's a very nice Opel, although I generally like Britsh sports cars better (or roadsters, for that matter).

If you like SUV's, you should try the VW Touareg (http://www.hofele.com/design/de/VW_Touareg/img/vw_touareg_front_largo_schräg.jpg), Porsche Cayenne (http://www.boerse-online.de/static/bilder/auto/porsche/cayenne_facelift/cayenne_facelift_01_bg.jpg) or a Range Rover (http://www.fermodes.de/pictures/autonews/01537-gross.jpg). I think they look better than a Navigator, but they are all way out of my league :smallwink:

Charity
2007-09-13, 02:52 AM
I am torn between these two
http://gallery.atomclub.com/albums/userpics/10004/Atom%20220a%20MS.jpg
http://autoshow.roadfly.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/04/IMG_3696.JPG.jpg
Seriously I am... the lotus is so much practical but the atom it's so bloody quick...

Archonic Energy
2007-09-13, 02:59 AM
what's the price gap between the lotus & the atom?

Bugatti Veryon rulez ok.

Charity
2007-09-13, 03:56 AM
http://cars.uk.msn.com/Usedcarguide/article.aspx?cp-documentid=475430

lotus starts around £8k the Ariel ~£16k

Archonic Energy
2007-09-13, 04:39 AM
hmmm tough choice.

i'd go for the Elise... but i'd dream of the Atom! :smallbiggrin:

if of course i ever bother to get lessons:smallwink:

The Prince of Cats
2007-09-13, 07:58 AM
I has been mentioned here already, but I want a Tesla Roadster (http://www.teslamotors.com/design/gallery-body.php) like you would not believe. Apparently, revving the engine sounds like a jet-fighter warming up a few miles away. Quiet engine appeals to me...

Of course, when I started driving, I almost convinced my parents to buy me an MG Midget (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:MG_Midget.jpg). There are 100 reason why it is not the best choice of cars, but you know what they say about your first love... (they bought me a Ford Fiesta for the same price, which lasted all of two months before it was dead) I still think I will get myself one for 'weekends' if I can ever convince my wife that we need two cars.

Exachix
2007-09-13, 03:49 PM
Ok...

The car I will be insured on when we get round to it will be:
http://www.roverland.info/assets/images/2001_90_county_300Tdi_red_front_right_.jpg

Or more likely:
http://www.ciliffe.com/landys/landy%20pictures/LR%20Series%202.jpg
Only as a Long Wheel base Car...

Quirinus_Obsidian
2007-09-13, 05:44 PM
I am seriously partial to the Mazda6 because I currently drive one, and I love it to death. The best car I have ever owned. It is fun to drive, comfortable, performs well for it's size, and great on gas (30+mils per gallon). Plus it is a really good looking car. :smallcool: It is very similar to http://images.autobytel.com/view/aic/MAZDA/MAZDA6/hbk/usa_2007_mazda_mazda6_hbk_4_x_exfrdrvr75_x.jpg, but silver and with slightly darker tinted windows (not illegal though).

Funny ye should mention it is an Asian car. It is actually built in Flat Rock, Michigan; where I used to live. :smallbiggrin:

Catch
2007-09-13, 06:11 PM
The Telsa Roadster is absolutely stunning and I want one. I'm also 19 and broke. So it's not happening. However, I know that the next car I buy will be a hybrid or a full electric, depending on what's new in the auto world when I actually can afford a new car.

And a *fist shake* at all the Hummers and SUVs. Such a waste.

Supagoof
2007-09-14, 02:18 PM
And a *fist shake* at all the Hummers and SUVs. Such a waste.

Yeah, well pbbbst!:smalltongue:

Heh, that being said. The SUV (http://file.kbb.com/kbb/VehicleImage/337x250/2006/XUMVMARHY061.jpg) I bought for my wife, so go shake your fists in the air somwhere else. :smallwink:

It gets better mileage then our corralla did. 31-mpg (Sorry oversea friends, don't know what that equates to in kpg.)