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40 MPG Cars – Affordable and Fuel Efficient

Tuesday March 29th, 2011 at 12:33 PM
Posted by: aquadog

2011 Chevy CruzeWith fuel prices continually rising, 40+ mpg cars are looking like a great option for consumers who can’t afford or don’t want hybrid technology. Without breaking the bank, these affordable fuel efficient cars range from $15,000 to about $20,000 and all provide 40 mpg or more highway mpg driving. Companies that have joined the 40-mpg club are Ford, Honda, Kia, Mazda, Hyundai, Chevrolet, and Smart.

Automakers are achieving the 40 mpg mark by using lighter-weight materials, modern gasoline powered engines with direct injection and six-speed automatic transmissions along with additional fuel-saving technologies such as low-rolling-resistance tires.

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Audi A3 Sedan Concept to be Shown at Geneva Motor Show

Tuesday February 22nd, 2011 at 9:22 AM
Posted by: aquadog

Audi A3 Concept Notchback SedanAudi has released a few sketches of its A3 concept sedan version that is bound for the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. Audi describes the A3 concept as a “four-seater notchback sedan” that will measure 174.84 inches long (4.44 meters), which is about six inches longer that the current A3 model. The redesigned A3 also promises a little extra power and more premium features. The A3 concept car features a 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder, 408-horsepower engine, a seven-speed S-tronic twin clutch transmission, Audi’s quattro AWD system, LED headlamps, a trapezoidal grille, and an arching roofline and low C-pillar for a coupe-like appearance.

Illustrations after the jump.

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Infiniti Etherea Concept Car – A New Type of Luxury

Tuesday February 15th, 2011 at 2:22 PM
Posted by: aquadog

Infiniti Etherea Concept CarInfiniti will be debuting their compact luxury concept car, the Etherea, at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show in March. Geared towards younger car buyers who are looking for a “new type of luxury”, the Etherea will take elements of a coupe, sedan, hatchback and crossover to create a car that is distinctly different from anything currently available in the luxury compact class.

The Etherea concept car features the crescent-shaped C-pillar from the Essence concept car, high-tech interpretations of traditional Japanese materials and finishes, a new mechanical layout and innovative access arrangements, making the 4.4m compact car feel spacious.

Photo gallery after the jump
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Car Companies are Spending Big Bucks on Super Bowl Ads

Tuesday February 1st, 2011 at 3:22 PM
Posted by: aquadog

2011 Super Bowl XLV (45)2011 Super Bowl XLV (45) , the biggest television event of the year is coming up this Sunday, February 6, and the auto companies are spending big bucks ($3 million for 30 seconds) on advertising that will rival beer companies’ air time. Car makers such as Audi, BMW, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, Suzuki, Volkswagen, and Bridgestone are all going to be making TV appearances from pre-game through post-game shows. Some companies have already started to build their campaigns before Super Bowl Sunday through social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Audi is stirring up interest for their A8 Super Bowl commercials by posting the “Audi Estate Sale” on Facebook and messages on Twitter. Audi will also takeover YouTube’s homepage on Super Bowl Sunday.

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Mercedes-Benz MFA Compact Coupe and SUVs to Hit the U.S. Starting in Summer 2013

Monday January 31st, 2011 at 3:11 PM
Posted by: aquadog

Mercedes-Benz AMG B-ClassDue to the American preference for smaller cars and to keep up with rivals BMW and Audi, Mercedes-Benz announced it will be releasing a new compact car family based on the new Mercedes Front-wheel-drive Architecture (MFA), that will hit the U.S. starting in summer 2013.

The new series will include coupe (“baby CLS”) and SUV versions and possibly a convertible or a shooting brake version geared towards a younger clientele. There will also be two hatchback versions (next generation A- and B-class models) offered in Europe; however, Mercedes has no plans of bringing them to the U.S. unless there is a demand. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cash for Clunkers Bill in Congress

Friday March 20th, 2009 at 8:33 AM
Posted by: m35man

clunker car

You know that old Studebaker your Uncle Freddie has in his back yard? The one that makes strange noises and smokes like a paper factory every time he takes it out for a spin? Everyone knows someone who has an old beater like Uncle Freddie’s.

Well, if you can convince old Freddie to give the vehicle to the government and buy a hybrid, for instance, he might just benefit from a stimulus package designed just for people like him who are holding on to old cars that would be better for the environment and everyone in general if they were taken off the road.

If a proposed bill to give consumers turning in old beaters cash vouchers worth as much as $7,500 to buy new, more fuel-friendly cars passes, Uncle Freddie will be in the pink and the Studebaker will be history.

This is the type of forward-thinking innovative legislation we need right now. Getting old fossil fuel-only burning cars off the highway is beneficial for everyone involved. Consumers get a price break on a new car. A fuel-efficient vehicle is added to the American fleet. The dealer selling the car makes a much-needed profit on the vehicle. And the salesman working for the dealer makes a hopefully healthy commission and keeps his tenuous job yet another day. I mean, I’ve heard of a win-win situation, but this is a win-win-win-win situation.

Read more about the Cash for Clunkers stimulus program, as reported by the Detroit News, after the jump:

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Rental Car Leave Behinds

Thursday December 11th, 2008 at 7:1212 AM
Posted by: goofshow

Have you ever left behind your favorite CD in a rental car? Sure, we all have. Besides the-music-you-love, what really bizarre items have patrons left behind in their rental cars? Auto Rental News (yes, there is such a website) surveyed their readers to find out the most strange, weird, and bizarre items they have found in their rental car. As an insight into the human character, here were a few notable prize entrees:

1) AFTERBIRTH-Yes, a woman in Ketchikan Alaska gave birth at home and was driven to the hospital in a rental car. The doctor told her to bring along the placenta. Whoops! She left it behind in the trunk.

2) A GOAT’S HEAD-Rental car rule of thumb: never rent a van to a meat dealer. A week after the vehicle was returned, a goat’s head was found in the wheel well.

3) A SEVERED HUMAN HAND-It was found in the trunk of the car. The car was used in the commission of a crime. The police were called and they came and took the severed hand.

4) GUNS- This is a common left behind item for law enforcement officials who usually leave it under the driver’s seat when it becomes uncomfortable to drive with the weapon on their belt.

5) COCAINE- At a car rental place in Canton Ohio, their was a large weekend rental of Cadillac Sedan de Villes. Imagine the egg-on-the-face of one renter who left behind $80,000 worth of cocaine.

What have you found left behind in a rental car? We want to hear about it!

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