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Nissan Mates Man And Machine

On: Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 3:20PM | By: Chris Salamone

ROLLE (Sept. 28, 2011) test 2

Year after year, car manufacturers improve vehicle ‘safety’ with new technologies developed after incredible investment into research and development. But at what cost? Do drivers really want a seven-speed automatic transmission for smooth shifting or scores of multi-directional airbags adding precious weight to an already bloated ride? Who knows, but most people can agree that any automotive technology improvements are usually exciting—regardless of how practical they might be. Unfortunately, Nissan’s new plan to develop hands-free R&D driving technology rides the same fine line of an exciting development mixed with questionable practicality.  

After determining your driving patters, Nissan’s ‘car of tomorrow’ will be able to predict your next move. In theory, as the driver thinks about turning right the vehicle will prepare itself to turn, choosing the proper speed and road position for you.

Now Men Can Smell Like Mercedes (But Not In That Good New-Car Way)

On: Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 1:03PM | By: Andrew W Davis

Mercedes-Benz Perfume for men test 2

From the folks that bring you custom helicopters, branded credit cards, the ridiculous smart transport module, and the occasional car, now comes what every rich, German-car-loving guy—and it is for guys—has been waiting for: Mercedes-Benz Perfume.

Hey! I know what you’re thinking, but just because it says “perfume” doesn’t mean it’s only for the ladies. And the proof is in Mercedes’ own spiel: “Innovative and unique, it is the first men's fragrance from Mercedes-Benz and it combines woody notes with floral freshness.”

So… yes. It’s perfume and it’s floral. But seeing as how the bottle design is “masculine, modern and elegant,” it HAS to be manly, right? Right!

Toyota Supra Gets Rendered

On: Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 12:40PM | By: Chris Weiss

Toyota Supra Gets Rendered test 2

A week ago, we heard a refreshed version of the Supra revival rumors. In the latest round of auto gossip, Toyota appears poised to develop a new mid-level sports car to replace its popular Supra model of the 80s and 90s. The RWD sports coupe could debut as soon as 2014. Or it could disappear into thin air as has happened in the past.

As we await the final verdict, one artist decided not to sit idly by, instead running with the news. Andreas Fougner developed some renderings of what he'd like the new Supra to look like.

Audi And FX Unveil Their Odd "Untitled Jersey City Project"

On: Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 2:42PM | By: Andrew W Davis

Audi And FX Unveil Their Odd  test 2

I'm confused.

Audi and FX Networks have posted all eight installments—or "eight short-form episodes" that are "fragments of a larger story"—of their "Untitled Jersey City Project", a, um... project they plan to show on television as "eight, two-minute episodes during FX's Sunday primetime movies." But this is not the confusing part.

This is: It is described in press releases as a "jointly developed 16-minute short-form original drama featuring the all-new 2012 Audi A6", though it is actually a rotten Sopranos/Brotherhood rip-off that offers more screen time to the now-passed Ford Crown Victoria than any Audi (and when it DOES show the Audi it's being driven recklessly). Wait a second...


Basic Tools

On: Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 1:24PM | By: Peter C Sessler

Basic Tools test 2

Over the years, I found that there are some inexpensive, yet almost indispensable, tools you should have available, assuming, of course, that you want to save money. Let's take a look at some:

Ford Builds A New Explorer (And Driving School) Out Of Bricks. LEGOS, That Is.

On: Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 10:15AM | By: Andrew W Davis

LEGOLAND-bound Ford Explorer test 2

While the original Explorer looked (and handled) like a brick, this is the first time Ford has actually built one OUT of bricks.

It's true. Somehow, in between building ACTUAL Fords, the folks at the firm's Chicago Assembly Plant found the time to put 380,000 LEGO bricks together atop a 768-pound aluminum support base to create a full-size mostly-red Explorer simulacrum.

That it weighs 2,654 lbs. and took 22 designers and more than 2,500 man-hours to create is interesting. But it’s where it’s headed that really matters.

A Plug On Spark Plugs

On: Tue, Sep 27, 2011 at 3:01PM | By: Peter C Sessler

A Plug On Spark Plugs test 2

A spark plug is one of the three indispensable items an engine must have in order to run. The other two are air/fuel and compression. Of these, the easiest to change or modify is the spark plug. You’ll often see ads in some automotive catalogs about some super-duper type of spark plug that will give you more horsepower and better mileage. Most of these don’t work and are a waste of money.

What Does Driving Stick Say About You?

On: Tue, Sep 27, 2011 at 12:37PM | By: David Walter

What Does Driving Stick Say About You? test 2

MINI was curious—since they have the highest percentages of manual owners—what driving a stick shift (or at least being able to) says about about a person. So they teamed up with Hunch to find out what separates those who can drive manual and those who can't. The results are in and looking great, thanks to a sweet infographic by Column Five Media.

So, which side are you on? Take a look, tell us what you think.

General Automotive Frequently Asked Questions #2

On: Tue, Sep 27, 2011 at 9:08AM | By: Peter C Sessler

General Automotive Frequently Asked Questions 2 test 2

Q: My car seems to be running normal (although the temperature gauge is higher than normal), but in the past week or so, I’ve noticed that the heat goes away. When I get home, I check the radiator and the level is down. There don’t seem to be any leaks anywhere, which puzzles me. And the engine oil looks normal so I don’t think there’s a head gasket problem, otherwise the oil would be contaminated. What gives?

A: Actually, you’ve answered your own question. The coolant has got to go somewhere, so if it isn’t leaking into the oil and the radiator and the cooling system is holding pressure, then the only thing it could be is a head gasket that’s going bad. Sometimes a head gasket gets worse gradually and there’s also the possibility that you’ve got a cracked head, as well. My feeling is that you’ve got a cracked head and a bad gasket. Start saving.

Near Mint Scout II Surfaces On Ebay

On: Mon, Sep 26, 2011 at 10:01AM | By: Chris Salamone

1973 International Harvester Scout II test 2

Every now and again a true gem stands out from the veritable hodge podge of random vehicles at Ebay Motors, and people notice. Usually, though, that gem is a slightly used Viper or low mileage resto mod Volkswagen Beetle complete with safari rack and tweed seats. With only two days remaining to bid, another type of vehicle has captured the spotlight: a 1973 International Harvester Scout II.

What’s so alluring about this particular Scout? Well, the owner claims this loyal truck carries only 86,000 miles and has never been sheltered by another garage. Ebay Motors writer Tony Piff claims: “It looks like an impressively well preserved time capsule, with straight panels and shiny paint. Even the fake woodgrain paneling is intact.”

General Automotive Frequently Asked Questions

On: Mon, Sep 26, 2011 at 9:08AM | By: Peter C Sessler

General Automotive Frequently Asked Questions test 2

Q: I’ve got a 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier which runs fine. However, in the past two years, I’ve noticed that the paint is actually coming off in certain areas—primarily on the roof and on the hood, leaving a light gray area. It isn’t rusting out or anything, but it sure makes the car look bad. What do you suggest?
This sort of thing is happening with other makes, too, not just your Cavalier. The problem is that the car makers don’t put as much paint on their cars as they used to, so the paint eventually wears-off. Obviously, your car is way past any kind of warranty action so you can either: A) leave it alone, B) touch it up (but that won’t look very good), or C) have your car repainted. If you plan on keeping your car for a while longer, option C is the best way to go. Of course, taking your car to a body shop and having it painted is a major proposition; however, you can take your car to Maaco, and the results aren’t bad at allconsidering what they charge. I’ve used them with pretty good results, and you’ll find they often run half-price sales. Call them and ask them when their next sale is on.