The BMWMotorradRS models have always enjoyed a reputation for being the perfect all-rounders. The new BMWR1200RS fuses these credentials with both sharp performance and a sporty, dynamic design. The aerodynamically styled semi-fairing with twin headlights forms the “face” of the new BMWR1200RS and makes the fusion of tourer and sports machine plain to see. The dynamic proportions, with the low-set front and the delicately styled tail jutting up at the rear, give the bike a slight wedge shape and leave no doubt as to its sporting prowess, along with its many other talents. Two colour and finish variants each underline the powerful character of the new R1200RS, but in their own individual way. This results in a choice of two different styling variants: the classically sporty basic colours Lupin blue metallic / Light grey metallic and the sporty and exclusive “Style2” variant in Granite grey metallic matt.
From the tiny iQ to the giant Land Cruiser V8, Toyota seems to have almost all sectors and niches in between covered. It has four ranges offering petrol-electric hybrid power options, and one of them – the Yaris Hybrid – is currently the only non-plug-in car that qualifies for a full discount on the London congestion charge.
And then there was one true defender of the shade, assistant managing editor Bill Jackson: “I like the color. Further, if one does not like the color, BMW has other shades it can paint the car. If there’s something to not like, it’s that the paint is an extra-cost option.”
I’ve owned quite a few Tercel wagons of this generation (though most of mine were the common-in-California front-wheel-drive type), and I respect these things for their simplicity, cargo capacity, and reliability. True, they were underpowered and not exactly inspiring to drive, but they could be very lovable . Living in Denver, I see these cars just about every time I hit the junkyard, but mostly they don’t seem special enough to merit photographing. Realizing that this one is 30 years old, however, inspired me to pull out the camera. Sold in New Mexico, died in Colorado. There’s some rust, but more of the paint-burned-off/snow-buildup variety than the cancerous Midwestern type, You are awesome! The notorious “ice maker” next to the license plate. I’ve never been fully clear on what you got with the SR5 package, which was available on just about everything Toyota sold in the 1980s. The 3A engine was harder to kill than rats and cockroaches combined. Because the driver had to select front- or four-wheel-drive manually, many owners of these no-center-differential-equipped cars tore up tires and/or wore out drivetrain components by driving 365 days a year on dry pavement in the 4WD setting. Probably most of those Tercel 4WD owners bought Subarus after this happened. With the air conditioning turned off, you were jamming econo. I was able to skip chaining up when driving Donner pass in the winter in FWD Tercels, simply by picking up this emblem at the junkyard and adding it to my cars. Easiest 4WD conversion ever!
Further development of the eight-speed Steptronic transmission for improved efficiency, raised comfort levels and enhanced dynamics. Another common theme of the new diesel-engined BMW 5 Series variants is the positive influence of the eight-speed Steptronic transmission on performance and fuel economy. The latest update of the automatic transmission has been tuned precisely to the performance characteristics of the new-generation power units. Further improvements to internal efficiency and longer gear ratios open up additional efficiency potential. An rpm-linked vibration damper with engine-specific tuning allows economical driving at low revs to be combined with increased driving and acoustic comfort. In addition, converter slip during gear changes has been further reduced. The updated eight-speed Steptronic transmission also offers a predictive shift strategy, which works in conjunction with the car’s navigation system – even when the route guidance is not active – to ensure that gear changes are timed precisely according to the driving situation at hand. Based on navigation data, the gearbox identifies and takes into account an approaching corner, intersection, roundabout or motorway slip road. If the vehicle is approaching an intersection or a bend, for example, it changes down early to the most appropriate gear, making optimum use of the engine braking effect. The gearbox then shifts to the optimal gear to accelerate dynamically out of the bend. Furthermore, interaction with the navigation system allows unnecessary gear changes between two successive bends to be avoided.
Research – check online or with your local library or bookstore for reference material on various car models, options, their comparative costs and their track-record for reliability. Check the Classified section of your local newspaper to compare prices. Call the Vehicle Safety Hotline (800-424-9393) to learn whether a specific car model has ever been recalled. Costs – the real cost of a car includes more than its purchase price. Consider the vehicle’s reliability. An unreliable car may cost you much more in frequent repairs, not to mention the aggravation and time lost from work you may experience. Financing terms can also significantly affect your total costs. Check with your local bank, credit union or even insurance company or motor club to compare rates. Used Car Dealers – check with the Better Business Bureau to learn if it has received complaints against a particular dealer. Never rely solely upon oral promises of a salesman which will be difficult or impossible to enforce; ask the salesman to put it in writing. If you are considering buying a specific car, insist upon having the vehicle inspected by an independent mechanic before you buy it. Refusal to allow an independent inspection should be a clear warning, and you should consider taking your business elsewhere. Ask if the vehicle has ever been in an accident. "Buyers Guide" – Federal law requires dealers to affix a Buyer’s Guide sticker on the window of each used car. The sticker will inform you as to whether the car comes with a warranty and, if so what specific protection the dealer will provide; whether the car is sold "as is" (with no warranties); that you should ask to have the car inspected by an independent mechanic before you buy; that you should get all promises in writing; and what some of the major problems are that may occur with any vehicle. If the deal was conducted in Spanish, you are entitled to retain a Spanish-language version of the Buyer’s Guide. Warranties – Buying a car "as is" disclaims all warranties. You should not expect any legal protection if the car is a "lemon." In Florida, there is no Used Car Lemon Law. If the dealer does not affirmatively disclaim all warranties in writing, you will be covered at least by implied warranties of merchantability (the product will do what it is supposed to do), fitness for a particular purpose (dealer’s advice that the car will be suitable for a particular use, such as hauling a trailer), and a good title. If the dealer provides its own written warranty, read the terms carefully to determine what repairs are covered, the extent of coverage (parts, labor, deductibles, exclusions) and the other terms and conditions. The dealer may try to sell you an extended service contract. You should consider the extent to which the same repairs are already covered under the dealer’s warranty. The value of a service contract is determined by whether its price is likely to be greater or less than the cost of repairs to the car. Private Sales – You may save money by buying a used car from a private individual, such as through the classified section of your local newspaper. However, you should be aware that private sellers do not have to provide you with a Buyer’s Guide, and do not provide implied warranties under state law. Therefore, it may be even more important to obtain warranty promises in writing and to obtain an independent inspection prior to purchase.
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What this means for the driver is that the engine can go directly to the best rev range for a given situation. This rev range is typically either the one that delivers the most efficiency, most power, or most torque. Once in its happy rev range, the engine just holds its revs and the gears “change” as the relative sizes of the two pulleys change. The result is a smoother, more efficient and quicker drive than an normal automatic. There is a downside though, and that’s the energy losses due to friction are greater with a CVT – about 5 to 15% depending on the type, whereas with normal gears it’s more like 2-5%. As ever, development is closing the gap, and the fact the CVT allows the engine to remain in its optimum rev changes more than compensates for the extra efficiency loss.
Pony ORM will create our primary key for us automatically if we don’t specify one. To create a foreign key, all you need to do is pass the model class into a different table, as we did in the Album class. Each Required field takes a Python type. Most of our fields are unicode, with one being a datatime object. Next we turn on debug mode, which will output the SQL that Pony generates when it creates the tables in the last statement. Note that if you run this code multiple times, you won’t recreate the table. Pony will check to see if the tables exist before creating them.
Monica drove off at breakneck speed around the airport. She swung the car round a left-hand bend, skidded off into the right-hand lane, and almost ran a blue car off the road. The woman driver of the blue car came alongside us again and a heated exchange in Portuguese ensued with international hand gestures (from Monica) who slammed her hands on the steering wheel, cursing as she kangarooed the car forward and then slammed the brakes on three times. The blue car kept pace with us and pulled in front of Monica as she reached the Arrivals drop-off area.