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More often than not, if you are in a group of gearheads at a local car show, track, parking lot, driveway, wherever, you will inevitably hear the following: "Oh, they (meaning the parent company of the car in question) were so stupid for doing XYZ to our cars." Every 19-year-old with a set of keys and that insatiable itch to speed has thought that they were at, one point or another, smarter than the company that built the car they are driving.
Not too long ago, Hyundai vehicles were overlooked by most new car buyers. They were well-built and loaded with features, but they lacked any sort of style. The 2008 introduction of the Hyundai Genesis luxury sedan changed all that, and brought some much needed attention to the South Korean car brand. Fast forward a few years, and Hyundai now commands a sizable chunk of the U.S. and international car markets. Stylish models like the Hyundai Elantra, Hyundai Sonata, and Hyundai Equus now pack customers into the showrooms. Proving that value doesn't have to be boring.
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When most people think of scenic driving, images of the Blue Ridge Parkway or Route 66 often come to mind. Many of the best spots may go unnoticed, however. A prime example is Scenic Highway 11, tucked into a cozy little corner of South Carolina. This 112-mile route offers some of the best camping, hiking, and picture-taking opportunities in the United States, with plenty of great shopping and dining venues only a short drive away.
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Life is filled with uncertainties; that’s why people have insurance and savings accounts. No matter how careful we are, however, sometimes things can knock even the most cautious person off her feet. Fortunately, if you own a reliable vehicle, you can always be reasonably safe and comfortable, even if you have only a small amount of money. Here’s why:
Electric vehicles (EVs) have been in widespread use for only a few years. Yet they have proven themselves capable of going anywhere a conventional automobile can while consuming zero fossil fuels. One EV, however, has shown that it can go somewhere that no gas-powered vehicle can go: the moon. That’s the remarkable feat behind the story of the Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV), known to most people as “the moon buggy.”
Road development in the US has followed the same basic pattern since the end of World War II: Add more lanes, make them wider, and increase the speed limits. It’s a good strategy, given the pace of development over the past 50 years. The nation’s expansion during that time has been explosive, even when allowing for the occasional recession.
There’s some advice that’s repeated so often it’s almost universally accepted as true, whether or not actual evidence exists to back it up. You’ve almost certainly heard most of these snippets of popular wisdom. Here are some of the more popular ones:
• Swimming within a hour of eating causes muscle cramps.
• Always brush your teeth after every meal.
• Brown bread is healthier than white bread.
• Margarine is better for you than butter.
• Change your oil every 3000 miles to maintain your engine longer.
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The attitudes of the average 20-something and 30-something have changed dramatically since the 1970s and 80s. Evidence is mounting that younger Americans just don’t have the automotive passions of their parents, and this is disconcerting to auto executives everywhere.
The question is, will a new wave of cool cars inspire this generation (and future generations) to fall in love with the automobile... or has America's love affair with the automobile peaked?
If you want a luxury car that isn't entirely boring to drive, then you've probably heard of Infiniti. This luxury division from Nissan offers a wide range of premium models like the Infiniti Q50, Infiniti Q70, and Infiniti QX60. From their luxury SUVs to their sport coupes, each Infiniti is engineered to excite the driver while coddling them in luxury.
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Hyundai is issuing two recalls which will begin sometime in September. The first covers 225,000 Santa Fe SUVs from model years 2001-2006 and built between March 31st, 2000 to February 15th, 2006. The front coil spring is prone to corrosion from common road salt. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that if the spring fractures it could puncture a tire, which could lead to an increased risk of accidents. So far there have been no crashes, injuries or fatalities stemming from this problem, but there have been more than a thousand warranty claims. 90 of them contained reports of the spring contacting the tire. 94% have been filed in states which routinely use salt on the roads in the winter.
Toyota has issued a very small recall on some very new vehicles. Only 263 of the new Sienna minivans have been sold, but dealers have been ordered not to sell any on their lots until they have been repaired.