BTW diesel is only very cheap to refine when it's a marginal product, as it
was in the old days.
Now that diesel demand is greater (in Europe, at least) than the proportion
in which it is produced in the cracking process it has become expensive.
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"Matt Macchiarolo" < firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
Diesel here in Georgia was more expensive than premium unleaded a year
ago, about the same a month ago, and 20 cents a gal cheaper now. The
interesting thing is, diesel has stayed the same, around $2.80 a
gallon, while gas has gone up.
Yes in the past Mercedes cars were a bit ugly, but you obviously haven't
looked at the recent Mercedes E series of cars.
IMO they are lovely looking.
Mercedes passed on the ugly looks to the Chrysler 300.
Geez, what an objective statement. You might inform yourself that
many people consider a number of MB models gorgeous -- especially the
S, CL, SL, and CLS. OTOH, the Compass, Caliber, Charger... need I go
Timeless is a nice way to put it. They certainly aren't out of style. 20
year old Mercs don't have any character lines on them anywhere, or any kind
of styling features. They weren't really styled at all, just basically a
block of soap.
I admit new ones are quite a bit more styled. I was just saying they didn't
actually use styling for a long time, say 1960 to 2000. I'm not saying I
didn't like the styling - I'm saying there wasn't any. If you don't put
lines on something, it's just flat.
With all due respect, I must disagree...
How about plain old 'bad styling' or possibly worse, 'functional styling'?
The original Beetle was styled for the functionality of that car, and with
Third Reich artistic standards.
The Citroen 2CV the same, minus the Third Reich artistic constraints.
Many more examples up to the time of those you've mentioned; again, styled
for the function only.
And my favourite for sheer ugliness, The Aztek. Had to pass one at my
corner -- a bright yellow brick -- for many months, and frequently had to
answer the question, "What in hell is /that/ monstrosity?" It too was
styled for it's function.
People these days drive more 'vehicles' than 'cars', and the vehicles
generally have the artistic appeal of any military vehicle. And the cars
have been homogenized to aesthetically offend nobody, with the
side-effect of pleasing very few. Which is why a typical highway today
looks like a mass of military maneuvers mixed with mostly
undifferentiateable little buglets milling around like bees in a hive or
ants in a hill.
Just my $0.02 Canadian....
Piero Drago had little money but designed a car which introduced many new
design features. It's at the opposite end of the scale as the most desired
car of all time, the 1967 Ferrari 330 P4. Probably a lot more money went
into the "style" of cars which no one wants.
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