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Summer is the season for family road trips. We load up grilling supplies, bathing suits, pails and shovels, and the kids and head off for fun in the sun. Some of us take our pets along and we know they need some extra care when traveling. They need to be in the backseat, for instance. Putting your pet in the front seat can leave them vulnerable in an accident. The airbag alone can kill them when it deploys, since it was not made to protect small critters. We also never, EVER drive with our pets in our laps. It’s both dangerous and illegal. And we ALWAYS put them in a safety harness.
When automobiles first hit the market they were driven mostly by men. Women could drive too. There was nothing saying they couldn’t, but generally men piloted the new rage in transportation. All that has changed. Women drive to work, ferry the kids to school functions, do the shopping, and any number of other errands that men shirk if they can. They also have strong opinions on what they want in a vehicle.
Although Daewoo cars aren't very interesting to look at or drive, they're a brilliant alternative to walking or taking the bus. The Daewoo Lanos is an affordable hatchback, with lots of room to carry your stuff around. The Daewoo Nubira offers plenty of passenger room, at a price that's much lower than its Japanese competitors. All of this affordability is interesting, as is the Daewoo story. Well, part of the story anyway...
Tags: daewoo, lanos, Nubira, korean cars, General Motors, Laganza
Of the many car companies to come from Japan, only a few were able to come here on their own. The rest made the journey by building vehicles for American car companies as private label manufacturers. One of these contract car builders was Isuzu Motors, purveyors of SUVs like the Isuzu Rodeo and Isuzu Trooper. And they've made a lot more vehicles than you probably think they have.
Tags: isuzu, trooper, impulse, i-mark, Ascender, amigo, joe isuzu
We’ve already explored the final resting places of historical vehicles but movie buffs have a sweet spot in their hearts for fictional cars as well. These automobiles don’t usually have lines but they become characters just as easily as the people who speak.
Road trips are an integral part of the American summer. We are a country that likes to travel and we have such a huge piece of land that you can see anything from mountains to beaches to sun dappled forests all in the same day if you choose. Over the years automakers have produced cars made to answer the call of wanderlust.
Automobiles are part of our collective history. Things happen to cars and the people in them which give them a special place in our hearts and minds. Even tragedies lend an air of mystery to the vehicle involved and, as a society, we seek to preserve them. So, what has happened to the various historical vehicles and where are they now?*
So, you see a commercial for a hot new car or you see one in your neighbor’s driveway and you think, “Man, I’d like to drive one of those!” You aren’t in the market for a new vehicle, but your interest is piqued and you call the dealership to see if you can drive one. Or maybe you are looking to trade your old car for a newer model and you schedule an appointment to test out something snazzy. Then the enthusiasm wanes and you don’t show up, or you forget you had an appointment at all. This is a problem for dealerships across the nation. “No shows” cost sales and are generally disappointing for sales personnel.
There are more and more stories concerning new automobile technology. President Obama even recently “test drove” new vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology. He wasn’t on the road or even in a real car but he virtually tested some technology of the future and gave it his seal of approval. Autonomous vehicles are also hot topics and are seen as an inevitable advancement in personal travel.
Tags: technology, autonomous, self-driving
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched a preliminary investigation concerning 2004-2007 Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis, and Mercury Marauder vehicles, all produced by Ford. The investigation stems from five complaints received by the NHTSA stating that the vehicles became difficult or impossible to steer while driving.
Tags: ford, crown victoria, grand marquis, marauder, steering
There’s a huge challenge with a “huger” reward available to all hackers. If you happen to be in Beijing this week and you think you have exceptional hacking skills, stop by the 2014 SyScan Conference. There’s $10,000 on the table for anyone who can hack into the computer inside a Tesla Model S.