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In car news, it seems that Hyundai may be shifting production of the Santa Fe SUV from the site of current assembly in Montgomery Alabama to Hyundai’s sister company (just 80 miles across the state line), Kia’s new plant in Georgia. Kia Motors, the South Korean automaker officially opened its United States plant in February of 2010 in West Point Georgia in the hopes of expanding its presence in the North American markets.
Posted In: Car News, Miscellaneous, Rumors
Tags: Hyundai SUV, Kia, KiaMotors, West Point plant Georgia
When Hurricane Katrina struck Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama and Hurricane Rita hit Florida, Louisiana and Texas, it was one of the worst natural disasters in United States history. Literally thousands of vehicles were flooded. Not many people are aware of the fact that many of those cars that were severely damaged during natural disasters (or major accidents) were then shipped to other parts of the country in the attempts to launder the titles and sell them to unsuspecting consumers.
Posted In: Miscellaneous, Reports, Safety
Tags: flood cars, salvage titles, carfax, totaled cars
A scenario I would like to pose to you:
Say you haven’t been feeling well lately and decide to make an appointment with whichever local physician currently accepts your insurance. You walk in, and see all the doctor’s giant-sized degrees nailed to the wall in all of their monumental, well-earned pride. Then you proceed to give all your information to the medical assistant and explain what the problem is. After she leaves, you find yourself waiting a little longer than you are comfortable with. You might even start to go so far as to wondering if the doctor has gone home for the day. Several seconds after you complete that thought, he walks in with a brilliant smile and makes you feel right at home… and terrible for getting angry with him.
He asks you very pointed questions, and you give him the best descriptions of the pain you’ve been suffering from. He then asks you to pull up your sleeve so he can check your blood pressure. He starts to pump, and after a couple awkward squeezes, can’t quite get the nozzle open quickly enough and has to start over. Then, he tries again, and this time says he lost count of your heartbeat. After half a dozen more tries, he laughs and says that was the one part of medical school he just could never get quite right. So he brings in a machine that will take it instead. It doesn’t actually make your visit any faster, and, in fact, takes longer because he has to engage the machine, but he assures you that the machine is much more efficient than he is anyway, so no big deal. At this point you might start feeling a little uneasy about what those big paper documents on the wall represent .
What does this scenario have to do with an automotive blog post? Please allow me to explain. Much the same as that medical degree your doctor has, your driver’s license signifies a few things to the world. It says you can legally operate a two-on piece of machinery at potentially fatal speeds with no problem. It says you can read and understand all of the signs and signals on the road and follow their instructions. At its most basic, your license to drive says you passed a test at the local DMV and maaaaybe failed one aspect of the test. More than likely, as is the case with most people that fail something, it was parallel parking. But hey, it’s allowed right? Eventually you’ll get it, won’t you? Well, maybe not.
Tags: Parallel Parking, Lexus, Ford, Ecoboost, Active Park Assist, Park Assist, parallelparking, BMW, activeparkassist, parkassist
The BMW Vision concept car clearly demonstrates that the Efficient Dynamics are fully compatible even when adapted to a sports car. This 2+2-seater with plug-in full-hybrid technology, combines the performance of a BMW “M” vehicle with a standard of fuel efficiency that, by far, exceeds other hybrids. This outstanding result is made possible by the combination of BMW ActiveHybrid components with an extremely economical combustion engine, and cutting edge aerodynamic qualities.
Posted In: Concept Cars, Hybrid / Green
Tags: BMW, vision, concept car, full-hybrid technology, diesel-based plug-in hybrid drive system
Over the past wonderful, invigorating, and very inspiring century of the history of automobiles, there have been some rides that have truly defined what cars are—or what they may be like some day—and then there have been the others. Perhaps a kind word to call these classic car flops would be a mistake. But in all reality, the best three words that can be used to adequately describe what these horrendous-looking cars truly represent would be as follows: The good, the bad, and the ugly (the super ugly, in all reality). Indeed, while there have been some major breakthroughs in the cars that we enjoy owning and driving these days—even if our auto bill negates that factor of joy in our minds when we get the statement in the mail each month—there have been some pretty sloppy mistakes (some of the ugliest cars ever to be made) that have been made along the way. To better enhance this perspective: these are, more than likely, four of the most hideous cars that have ever graced any showroom floor over the past hundred years of auto making.
Posted In: Classics, Good, Bad & Ugly, Miscellaneous
Tags: car, cars, ugly cars, Peel Trident, Reeves Octoauto, Briggs & Stratton Flyer, Stratton Flyer, Briggs, Renault Dauphine, BWM
The concept design of the first Ford Mustang took place from 1960-1963 after Ford’s Manager Lee Iacocca expressed a vision to create a new compact car, a vehicle that would appeal to the Baby Boomer generation, that would be fast, fun to drive, and affordable. Although it was a tough sell, supporters convinced Ford to move forward on the project.
Buying a used or a new car is a really big decision. Over the past decade and a half, since the advent of the internet, the world of car buying and shopping has been changed forever. But this change actually works out to the advantage of the consumer over the seller or dealer, because it enables you to really look around in order to net yourself the best deals. Like many other things in life, it is always wise to make a well-informed decision. And thanks to the power of the web, this can be rather easily accomplished these days!
Posted In: Car News, Miscellaneous
Tags: new car, car, used car, buying a new car, buying a used car, new car sales, used car sales, online car shopping, used cars online, new cars online
There are many facets to buying a used or a new car that one should really take into consideration before they up and make that big purchase. Sometimes consumers struggle when it comes time to make would will more than likely going to be one of the biggest purchases of their lives. But there are some really easy tips that you can follow that not only can net you best deal on a new or used car, but that can allow you to also enjoy the peace of mind in knowing that you made a wise and well-informed purchase.
Posted In: Miscellaneous, Reports
Tags: car, car buying tip, used car, new car, car sales, dealership, car dealership, car tips, car shopping
There are many consumers who are still at odds as to whether or not they should make a purchase of what was, until the recall of a failed braking mechanism and several other parts, one of the top-selling cars in the US: Toyota. While it is always good to be wary when making any vehicle purchase, be it used or new, there are some pretty innovative changes that Toyota has made over the months that have ensued. Even as they recoil from what is perhaps the most horrid PR nightmare any company could ever stomach—one that caused the company CEOs and board to be publicly lambasted by the US Congress—there are still reasons it might be smart to consider these cars when deciding what vehicle to purchase. The company has striven to prove itself, and is in no financial trouble, unlike GM and others of the Big Four in the US—able to operate due only ’ to continued financial assistance from the US government.
Posted In: Car News, Recalls, Reports
Tags: Toyota, Toyota recall, buying a Toyota, new Toyota, used Toyota, Toyota repairs, Toyota parts, Toyota autos
In January 2010, a San Diego car accident resulting in the death of a 15-year-old skateboarder was caused by a 92-year old man who drove away because he hadn’t even realized that he had struck a person. According to a news report, the elderly driver said that he thought he had run over an animal or a bird, but when he saw a vigil at the scene of the accident the following day, he realized that he may have actually hit a human being.
Posted In: Miscellaneous, Reports, Safety
Tags: driving, accidents, elderly, senior citizens
“The times they are a-changin”; the words from the popular Bob Dylan song come to mind as we take a look at what is happening in the auto world today. Gas guzzlers are looking like they may become obsolete in the near future, at least at Ford, that is, as they prepare to launch the Ford Fiesta this summer (the first time the sub-compact car has been offered since the 80s).
The launch of the Fiesta is another example of Ford’s effort to change the company's image from a top-seller of big trucks (historically famous for the F-150 and SUVs, such as the Ford Explorer) to an automaker that designs high-quality fuel-efficient cars. This summer’s plan to re-introduce the Fiesta starts the evolution as Ford prepares to promote its first sub-compact vehicle in over a decade.
Posted In: Miscellaneous, Videos
Tags: ford fiesta, american idol, cars