The Orb



The Wagon


I really really do love wagons.  The dark blue one to the rear is my 97 Volvo 850 Base model wagon ( Volvo 855). To the fore is a 2006 Volvo V70R.. quite a sweet beast actually.

Mine is the predecessor of the V70. There has however been a significant increase in size. I also just learned that after 2013 there will no longer be V70s sold on the US market. I don’t like this. There has been a huge upsurge in the crossover SUV realm. I can appreciate the increase in AWD options but really like how these two wagons pictured here sit close to the ground and really aren’t as large as a Rav-4 or Subaru Forester. What happened to the AWD low sitting sweet wagon?

There are arguably advances in fuel efficiency that make the new crossovers a good idea but Volvo’s V70s and 855s have just as good fuel consumption as their sedan versions, but have that extra cargo space for hauling the bikes or your longer furniture from Ikea.

Side-note:  I am looking into selling mine some time and getting a 2000 V70 AWD or else one of these V70Rs. This here is  my dream car.


Tesla Model S

DSCF0361 DSCF0361 DSCF0360 DSCF0357 DSCF0356 DSCF0354 DSCF0355I was at the MN C&C this past Saturday and got to see the Tesla S sedan.This purely electric car has a range of 208-265 miles and the Tesla guys say that there are soon going to be Tesla specific charging stations all the way from here in Minneapolis all the way to San Francisco, every 150 miles. This is excellent.
You have two options; a 60W battery or an 85W one.
Trunk in the back and the front. The batteries are below the cabin yet the car is still really spacious. Feast your eyes on it’s futuristic interior!
This is the future.. now just to make it more affordable. The car costs a base price of $62,400, including the $7,500 Federal Tax Credit.