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Old 30th January 2015, 19:53   #4411
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it is extremely difficult for the car following Electric cars to get used to regenerative braking as there are no brake lights and the car decelerates really fast.
Regenerative braking only kicks in when you step on the brake pedal, no?
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Regenerative braking only kicks in when you step on the brake pedal, no?
In the Tesla, at least as much as I remember from the test drive, the moment you take your foot off the accelerator pedal, it starts putting charge back in the batteries. You can change the regen level but don't remember if it can be completely turned off.
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In the Tesla, at least as much as I remember from the test drive, the moment you take your foot off the accelerator pedal, it starts putting charge back in the batteries. You can change the regen level but don't remember if it can be completely turned off.
+1, Most electric/plug-in cars including Tesla the regenerative braking kicks in as soon as you disengage the accelerator pedal. Unless there is a recent firmware change the brake lights don't come on automatically in Tesla (it may be a function of regeneration level) and definitely not for Leaf/Prius/Volt.
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the brake lights don't come on automatically in Tesla (it may be a function of regeneration level) and definitely not for Leaf/Prius/Volt.
I checked up on this on a couple of Tesla specific forums a little later and it seems the brake lights do come on when the regeneration is active.
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Congratulations! Photos? And yeah, DIY can save you a bunch of money if you have the will and orientation to do it. For GPS, cell phone is rather good for most things, unless you are driving around in places with no network coverage. You can get yourself a HUD or something for the phone and have your own nav screen.
So here's one I took a few days back when the sun decided to show mercy on us!

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So here's one I took a few days back when the sun decided to show mercy on us!

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Good stuff! Did you get the inspection done at Nissan? How do you compare Japanese car to German (seeing you owned a Vento in India)? Were you thinking of getting a German car here?

Oh, and am sure you had fun cleaning today morning
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Ahem, my original qn kinda remains then, so realistically its continue with my SHO or ScatPak Charger or WRX right.
Ahem ahem! Look what is being revealed tomorrow:
http://www.gofurtherlive.com/

The Ford Focus RS, rumored to have the 2.3 liter turbocharged four cylinder engine that churns out 330bhp in the Mustang
Just over 16 hours left...
If (and when) they launch it with AWD here, it will give a tough fight to the WRX.

We just have to wait and see when they bring it to the US though
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The Ford Focus RS, rumored to have the 2.3 liter turbocharged four cylinder engine that churns out 330bhp in the Mustang
Didnt knew they sold one with 20 extra horses in NH?
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Ahem ahem! Look what is being revealed tomorrow:
http://www.gofurtherlive.com/
Should be EPIC, A lot of dudes at work are genuinely excited. Any guesses on the price ~35K?
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Should be EPIC, A lot of dudes at work are genuinely excited. Any guesses on the price ~35K?
Right now it is anybody's guess but it will be tricky. They have to price it low enough to give competition to Golf R and yet at the same time not so low that it cannibalizes the ST.

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Didnt knew they sold one with 20 extra horses in NH?
Meh. Missing the forest for the trees, are we?
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Good stuff! Did you get the inspection done at Nissan? How do you compare Japanese car to German (seeing you owned a Vento in India)? Were you thinking of getting a German car here?



Oh, and am sure you had fun cleaning today morning

Lol that was an Herculean task. It took me 20 mins to dig the car out!

German cars are way way better. And the Tdi in my Vento is a lot better than the petrol ones here in the Jetta.

But then here with the road rules the make doesn't matter. I actually decided to go with Japs for that reason, among others of course
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Should be EPIC
It surely looks the part! A 320hp AWD 6 Speed Manual!
Well done, Ford. Now hurry up and bring it to US.

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Ahem ahem! Look what is being revealed tomorrow:
Can't wait either. Am pretty sure it will be launched in the US.

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Should be EPIC, A lot of dudes at work are genuinely excited. Any guesses on the price ~35K?
I would think 32-33k base - undercut Golf R yet not make ST irrelevant.

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Right now it is anybody's guess but it will be tricky. They have to price it low enough to give competition to Golf R and yet at the same time not so low that it cannibalizes the ST.
The Golf R test drives by media are slowly coming in - seems a solid car - VW hasn't under sold it this time - and most of the Euro features are coming in - of course at a price.

Edit - More information revealed, some highlights
  • 315 hp
  • Performance AWD with upto 70% power to rear wheels
  • Stiffer Suspension Setup
  • Stickier tires
Read more at Autoblog - Focus RS.
Now, where is the pricing?


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Lol that was an Herculean task. It took me 20 mins to dig the car out!

German cars are way way better. And the Tdi in my Vento is a lot better than the petrol ones here in the Jetta.
Well German cars have a ride and handling balance, I don't think a lot of other brands ever can match that. But of course they are costlier to buy, costlier to maintain and depreciate faster. But then that's what automotive love is all about. Btw, the new 1.8 T motors in the 2014/15 line of VW vehicles is a gem. The same that is sold in India on the Octavia TSi.

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Checkout a good video posted by Evo magazine on the new Focus RS. Mouthwatering stuff . Lot of up close scenes in the video shoot and talk about finer details and design cues and aerodynamic features.

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Apparently a certain Mr Block took it for a spin around the factory:

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