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Nearly every American has heard or read about Tesla Motors as they are making headlines for all kinds of reasons lately. There Model S car’s quick change battery and high mileage capabilities are almost as interesting as their battles with states to get permission to make direct sales to customers. The brand has proven to be so innovative and popular that even General Motors is wary of what Tesla sales could mean for the future of GM. So, how did such a high-end and costly brand become so loved by the general public? The answer is complicated.
Body-on-frame SUVs are a highly endangered species. People always liked the size and utility of the SUV, but once gas prices started skyrocketing, they didn't really appreciate the poor fuel economy. So automakers moved toward modeling SUVs after cars—including building them atop unitized frames—and the so-called crossover or CUV was born and started replacing the true, truck-based SUV en masse. Some of the last remaining body-on-frame SUVs, including the Ford Explorer, Dodge Durango, and Nissan Pathfinder, have already moved to unitized crossover construction, and in some cases, sizing and packaging. There are very few "real" SUVs left.
Posted In: Car News, Reports
Tags: Toyota, body-on-frame, SUVs, crossovers, off-road
It was recently revealed that the Ford Motor Company will soon be offering the 2014 Ford F-150 passenger pickup models with a unique equipment option. The new features available through this equipment package allows the 2014 Ford F-150 models powered by the Ford 3.7L V6 engine to run on compressed natural gas (CNG) or on liquid propane gas (LPG).
Most people envision the backroads of this country to hold charm and easy driving, but they also hold something else: the title of being the most dangerous place to drive! It’s true, the deadliest roads in this country are in rural areas, not urban streets like you might think.
Disappointing information over the last few years has shown a trend that was unimaginable 50 years ago—people just don’t seem that “into” their cars anymore. Indicators like the amount of time people spend in their vehicles, the number of drivers licensed issued, how many cars are registered, and public transit seem to indicate that people aren’t driving as much as they once were. So is the American love affair with cars over or will this trend of disinterst pass?
New videos have made their way around the internet over the last few weeks that show a startling reality for drivers: the technology in our cars has made them hackable!
The Chevy Impala is one of the most recognizable brands in the General Motors and has seen more than one glory day in its time. Over the last decade or so, this famous model has been more popular as a rental vehicle or government issue car than it has been a private form of transportation. General Motors recently redesigned the Chevrolet Impala in an effort to get one back into the driveways of American motorists, and they may have just scored big with their overhaul. Consumer Reports recently released their review on the model, and it get a surprising score.
Infiniti has nicknamed its new 2014 Q50 "the car that never forgets." While driver-specific memory for things like seat position aren't new, the Q50 takes the technology to a new level, offering a very personalized experience for up to four drivers.
Posted In: Car News, Technology
Tags: Infiniti, luxury cars, technology, memory, Q50
Tesla and Nissan seem to get the most attention when it comes to the electric vehicle market. Tesla rose out of nowhere, created the first truly sporty electric car, and has continued to develop sexy, luxurious EVs with robust ranges and quick acceleration. Nissan received its attention for launching the Leaf, the first mass market electric vehicle of the modern era.
A number of other manufacturers, including Mitsubishi, Chevy, and Honda have released their own electric vehicles. While these offerings have made a little less noise than those from Nissan and Tesla, they have quietly earned some impressive accolades. The latest is the Fiat 500e, which was recently named "Top Electric Vehicle" by the Northwest Automotive Press Association (NWAPA).
Heat waves are plaguing parts of this country, or as people from the southern states call it “the middle of summer”. Many parts of the nation are dealing with extreme heat and unpleasant humidity, and drivers dread getting into their cars. Going for a ride can feel like torture, even to the people who normally love driving their cars around. There are a few things you can do to minimize your discomfort when you have to drive somewhere this summer—hopefully the tips below will get you through the extreme heat. Learn about keeping the cabin cooler for your comfort as well as keeping your car from overheating.
When your car's interior is a mess, it can be very difficult to sell it at a good price. Keeping a clean interior will help maintain a higher re-sell value and turn heads. Here are some of my personal interior detailing tips I learned through many years of cleaning my own interior and helping friends get their cars show ready.