Monthly Archives: March 2014

Hybrid Cars Going Mainstream

Hybrid Cars Going Mainstream

Drivers fed up with forking over a small ransom to fuel their cars at the gas pump, combined with ethical and environmental concerns regarding societal dependence on the oil industry, are increasingly opting for hybrid cars. These vehicles feature a small fuel-efficient gas engine combined with an electric motor that assists the engine while accelerating. The motor is powered by batteries that automatically recharge as you drive, giving 20 or 30 miles more per gallon than a standard automobile. As fuel efficiency is a top priority for many consumers, industry experts believe that the hybrid vehicle may be at a tipping point, on the verge of mainstream acceptance. Industry Evolution Since the first mass-produced hybrid vehicle was introduced in Japan by Toyota in 1997, there has been a steady rise in awareness and acceptance of this techno ... read more

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Hotest Trends in Cars Today

Hotest Trends in Cars Today

There are more electronics, more communications gear, more safety features and more power—as well as more efficient power—coming. Here’s a look at what’s hot and trendy on showroom floors and at auto shows: Electronics Everywhere Cadillac’s 2004 SRX crossover sport utility has drive-by-wire throttle control, which means there’s no mechanical link between the accelerator pedal a driver touches and the throttle for the SRX’s engine. Instead, electronics tell the throttle what the driver wants and help the engine respond. In BMW’s 2004 X3, the xDrive all-wheel-drive and traction system is controlled by electronics that monitor things a driver can’t: the rotational speed of each wheel, and the vehicle’s yaw and lateral acceleration. It also looks at the steering angle the driver has set and whether the brake pedal has been pushed. All are factored in by the electronics as it determines where, among the four wheels, to transmit torque while ... read more

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What to look for in your used car before you buy

What to look for in your used car before you buy

There are many benefits to purchasing one of the many used cars for sale. Not only do you bypass the issue of how quickly brand new cars depreciate but you also save money. In fact, you save money not only in the purchasing of the vehicle but also in repairs. A new automobile will always need work as it is driven and begins to accumulate miles, while a previously owned one has already been driven enough to get the bugs out, metaphorically speaking. Of course, all vehicles need work at some point, but a previously owned one has at least already gone through the initial wear and tear. There is also a wider selection and you can save money on insurance, too. One of the first things to do when considering a previously owned car is to get a Carfax. All you need is the vehicle identification number (VIN), which is located on the bottom of the windshield on the driver’s side or on the driver’s side door. Purchasing the Carfax is well worth it because it gives you a history ... read more

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