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Petrolicious

The folks at Petrolicious have been posting a new video each week since 2012. Each one is an intimate story, that reminds us why we are car enthusiasts. The way that they share each owners tale is art. Be warned, it is very easy to lose hours watching, enjoy!

2016 Mazda CX-9 Gallery

Whenever I see a Mazda6 in person, I am struck by what an attractive sedan it is. I have a feeling that the CX-9 may give me a similar feeling. I posted some live photos from the floor of the NAIAS last week, but here are some of Mazda's official photos and video: 

Exterior

Interior

B-Roll Footage

Happy Groundhog's Day!

Despite predictions of an early Spring by both Punxsutawney Phil, and Staten Island Chuck, Fiat is predicting 6 weeks more winter. Fine by me, there hasn't been nearly enough good days to sled this year. Either way, enjoy Fiat's tribute to winter below:

Happy Birthday JS!

2017 GMC Acadia

 

  • 700-lb. lighter, more efficient crossover aimed at heart of midsize segment
  • Expanded range of available active safety features, including Front Pedestrian Braking and Surround Vision Camera
  • New powertrains include a 2.5L I-4, offering a GM-est. 28 mpg hwy, and an available est. 310-hp 3.6L V-6
  • Acadia Denali with new, exclusive Continuously Variable Ride Control
  • New Acadia All Terrain with an advanced AWD system with Active Twin Clutch
  • On sale this spring

"The strategic re-scoping of the 2017 Acadia offers customers a midsize crossover positioned between the compact Terrain and full-size Yukon. Depending on the model, it is available with five-, six- or seven-passenger seating, while offering greater maneuverability than the first-generation model.

“The new Acadia captures a greater feeling of refinement, in everything from the responsive feeling behind the wheel to the way passengers interact with its intuitive features,” said Rick Spina, executive chief engineer for compact and crossover SUVs at General Motors. “It’s a vehicle that offers the functionality Acadia is known for, while delivering big advantages and balance to customers’ everyday lives.”

The new Acadia is 700 pounds lighter than the current model, which pays dividends at the gas pump. A new, 2.5L engine is standard, offering an estimated 28 mpg on the highway for FWD models (EPA estimate not yet available; estimate is based on GM testing). City fuel economy offered is GM-estimated at 22 mpg (FWD) and is bolstered by GMC’s first application of Stop/Start technology, which enhances efficiency in stop-and-go driving.

A new, available 3.6L V-6 engine is more powerful and efficient than the current model, while offering 4,000 pounds estimated trailering capability (with the available towing package). It is GM-estimated at 310 horsepower (231 kW) and 25 mpg highway (FWD models – EPA estimate not available).

Both of the Acadia’s new engines feature direct injection and variable valve timing, and both are mated to six-speed automatic transmissions and an electronically controlled drive mode selector."

2017 GMC ACADIA PRELIMINARY SPECIFICATIONS

Models:

GMC Acadia / Acadia Denali / Acadia All Terrain

Body style / driveline:

crossover SUV / front-engine; front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive

Construction:

body-frame integral

EPA vehicle class:

sport utility vehicle

Manufacturing location:

Spring Hill, Tenn.

Powertrains

Engines:

Ecotec 2.5L DOHC I-4 (LCV)

194hp @ 6300 rpm (SAE certified)

190lb.-ft. @ 4400 rpm (SAE certified)

22mpg city / 28mpg highway (FWD)

Hydra-Matic 6T50 six-speed automatic transmission

3.6L V-6 VVT DI (LGX)

310hp @ 6600 rpm (est.)

271lb.-ft. @ 5000 rpm (est.)

17mpg city / 25mpg highway (FWD)

Hydra-Matic 6T70 six-speed automatic transmission

Dimensions

Exterior

Wheelbase (in / mm):

112.5 / 2857

Overall length (in / mm):

193.6 / 4917

Overall width (in / mm):

75.4 / 1916

Overall height (in / mm):

68.7 / 1745 (w/o mast, w/ roof rack)

Track (in / mm):

64.5 / 1638 (front)
64.5 / 1638 (rear)

Curb weight (lb / kg):

3956 / 1794

Interior

Seating capacity:

five, six or seven passengers (depending on model/configuration)

Headroom (in / mm):

front: 40 / 1016 (without sunroof)
2nd row: 39.6 / 1006 (without sunroof)
3rd row: 37.2 / 945

Legroom (in / mm):

front: 41 / 1042
2nd row: 39.7 / 1008
3rd row: 31.1 / 789

Shoulder room (in / mm):

front: 59.4 / 1508
2nd row: 58.7 / 1490
3rd row: 54.3 / 1378

Hip room (in / mm):

front: 55.7 / 1414
2nd row: 53.3 / 1355
3rd row: 42.9 / 1090

Cargo volume (cu. ft. / L):

12.8 / 362 (behind third row)
41.7 /1181 (behind second row, third row folded)
79 / 2237 (second and third rows folded)

Note: Information shown is current at time of publication.

Insane Inflatable 5K

The Insane Inflatable 5K will be at the Gilmore Car Museum this July! Find the details HERE

"The Insane Inflatable 5K is coming to your neck of the woods! Get ready to experience the most fun, wild and insane obstacle run in the world. Get “pumped up” for a course filled with the world’s largest and most extreme inflatable obstacles ever created. Here’s your chance to be a kid at heart, and insane by choice!"
 

Dino Nugget Parmesan Recipe

I don't remember where I happened upon this recipe, but it is a favorite of ours, I believe we found it on the side of a box of spaghetti noodles...

Dino Nugget Parmesan

Prep Time: 10 Minutes  Cook Time: 15 Minutes

Ingredients:

1 Jar (24oz) Red Pasta Sauce of your choice        

1/2 Pkg Spaghetti Noodles 

20-24 Frozen Dino Nuggets                                  

1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese

1 Cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

Steps:

1.   Preheat Oven to 400 F. Spread 1/2 jar of sauce on bottom of 13x9 baking dish. Arrange dinos in single layer on sauce. Cover with mozzarella and parmesan cheeses.

2.   Bake Approximately 15 minutes.

3.   While dinos are baking, cook pasta according to directions on package, and heat remaining sauce.

4.   Serve paste with sauce, and cover with baked dinos.

Sides: I tend to serve it with original Bosco Sticks and steamed broccoli tossed with parmesan cheese.

The kids love it, and its a nice change of pace from the norm for the adults.

Dajiban

I stumbled on the top video last summer, and have had the urge to find one of my own ever since. Dajiban quite literally translates to Dodge Van. What a great vehicle for taking the whole family on the Woodward Dream Cruise, or 28th Street Metro Cruise! Some day...

NAIAS 2016: Live Photos

Here are some pictures that I took at the North American International Auto Show this past Saturday.

2017 GMC Acadia

2017 Mazda CX-9

Dodge Charger Hellcat with matching Simpson Child Seats

2017 Ford Fusion Platinum

2017 Infiniti Q60

Toyota Tacoma Back to the Future

Toyota i-Road

Toyota Kikai Concept

Victory Empulse TT