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Seven Tips for Automatic Transmission Care

On: Tue, Feb 25, 2014 at 2:05PM | By: Bill Wilson


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The modern automatic transmission is perhaps the most complex system in today’s motor vehicles, more complicated than even most engines. Fortunately, ensuring that it lasts as long as possible is comparatively simple. Here’s a look at seven easy tips that will help you to get more miles and less trouble from this all-important part of your car.


Renault Shows Buzzy Concept Car

On: Tue, Feb 25, 2014 at 8:56AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Renault is a marque that doesn't get a whole lot of buzz outside of Europe, but it's fixing to change that. At the Delhi Auto Show earlier this month, the French automaker revealed the first concept car that it's debuted outside of its home continent. The Kwid combines bio-inspired design with a companion drone that keeps an eye on traffic.


AND THE AWARD GOES TO...

On: Thu, Feb 20, 2014 at 9:59AM | By: Karen Cook


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If we gave an award for the Most Ridiculous Idea Ever, I would like to nominate Jean-Baptiste Segard's invention, the EP Tender.

What does it do? It provides a way to produce extra electricity during long trips where it may not be possible to recharge your battery. Sort of like those trucks with two gas tanks, the EP Tender is a little like an extra tank, only for electricity. Doesn’t sound too crazy yet, right? Read on.


Rent Me, Test Me, Buy Me

On: Thu, Feb 6, 2014 at 9:32AM | By: Karen Cook


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Back in the day, my generation purchased a vehicle based on what we needed the car to do (i.e. cart family around, attract potential partners, get back and forth to work, etc). We watched television commercials, asked questions of salesmen, and took test drives ranging from 5 to 15 minutes. Then we made a decision and bought a car. The up-and-coming generation seems to have a different approach. Television commercials may still pique their interest, but research is done online instead of at a dealership—with a salesman who may or may not answer honestly depending on how many cars he still needs to sell for the month.


 

Italy Invites Tattle-Tales

On: Mon, Feb 3, 2014 at 4:59PM | By: Karen Cook


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Remember when you were young and there were those things that adults talked about and did that were either hidden from the “children” or not discussed in front of them? This covered everything from books and magazines to movies and certain topics of conversation. When I was old enough to be privy to these things, I found among my dad’s belongings a pad of “parking citations.” Now my father was a police officer, but they weren’t those kinds of citations. These were a novelty and were intended for non-police citizens to leave on the windshields of drivers who were caught doing those irritating things that we all hate (except for those who do them, I guess). There were several categories and they all came with some very adult name calling. Even without the fine I’m sure it made you feel better to leave one for the guy who took up two parking spaces.


Questions Concerning Aluminum Cars

On: Tue, Jan 28, 2014 at 7:09AM | By: Karen Cook


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With all the research being done on materials to lighten the weight of vehicles in order to make them fuel efficient, a little research needs to go into figuring the other costs associated with these products. Just because you save money on gas doesn’t mean that the savings apply to other areas of the cost of a vehicle. Take the new trend in using aluminum for car and truck bodies, for example.


Something Old, Something New

On: Mon, Jan 27, 2014 at 5:48PM | By: Karen Cook


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They say everything old becomes new again. Fashions go out of style only to come back a few years later. The same happens with hairstyles, although I’m hoping we never get nostalgic for the afro. Cars are no different from any other trend. Shapes and colors come and go in cycles. Style and the coolness factor are not the only things that can bring back something from the past. Necessity plays its part too, and car manufacturers are digging into the history of the automobile to find ways to make modern vehicles lighter and more fuel efficient.


The Coldest Test Track in the US, and Why You're Safer Because of It

On: Mon, Jan 27, 2014 at 11:22AM | By: Bill Wilson


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The next time you set out on a winter’s drive, you might want to give some thought to the tiny town of Baudette, MN, population 1100. Why? Because chances are that many of the cold weather features in your vehicle were tested in this icy little hamlet just below the Canadian border.


Too Much Advertising?

On: Fri, Jan 24, 2014 at 5:21PM | By: Karen Cook


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Remember when it was all the rage to have an app on your phone that would tell you which stores were having sales as you walked through the mall? Some even gave digital coupons that were good for only a very limited time. This is old news on hand-held devices, but BMW is trying out the concept in its vehicles, obviously on a much larger scale.


Carbon Fiber Vs Steel

On: Thu, Jan 23, 2014 at 3:45PM | By: Karen Cook


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The Detroit Auto Show held earlier this month abounded with cars sporting the latest in technological applications. A popular trend among manufacturers appears to be carbon fiber used in the body of their vehicles. Previously this sort of thing would be reserved for race cars or high-end luxury cars due to the expense of producing and using the material. What we commonly call “carbon fiber” is actually carbon fiber reinforced polymer. It attracts manufacturers because it is five times stronger than steel and weighs two-thirds less. This means that, if a typical automobile is made of carbon fiber instead of steel, the mass weight will drop by 60% and use 30% less gas—and lower emissions from 10% to 20%.

Another drawback of carbon fiber was the time it takes to mold during production, about five minutes to mold a frame. A few years ago a Japanese company discovered that if a special thermoplastic resin was mixed with the carbon fiber the time could be reduced to less than 60 seconds. This could be part of the reason for the sudden use in newer cars.


Auto Companies Welcome Google Glass Into Cars

On: Fri, Jan 17, 2014 at 11:50AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Last week, all eyes were on the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. One of the biggest themes at this year's show was wearable technology—computing-power gadgets that you can wear on your wrist, over your eyes, and on your body. While automakers did not figure out a way to make cars wearable, they still got in on the craze. Several auto companies made announcements about integration with wearable gadgets. It's news that's both intriguing and terrifying.