Archive for June, 2011

Maintaining your Car for Longer Life

In order to make sure that your vehicle remains sturdy, you should find ways to help keep your car running smoothly. An ordinary person can also check their vehicles not relying on the car technicians and mechanics – which are capable of checking and maintaining our cars. This might help you in extending the life of your car and maintaining your its good performance.

MAKE IT AS A PRACTICE

By doing a regular checkup, it gives your car a good health and as a result you have to spend less money for the repairs. One of most important parts of a car that needs a habitual checkup is the engine. Engine serves as the heart of a car, just like our heart it needs to be healthy so we need to take care of it. Most of the people also forget to change the oil of their car which is recommended by car manufacturers to help maintain the excellent performance of the engine.

MAKE IT CLEAN

Keeping your car clean extends the life of a car. There are environmental aspects that can cause a dilemma to your car such as the ruthless winter conditions, corrosive elements, high temperature, bird droppings, tree deplete and others. These can affect the exterior and interior (mechanical aspects) parts of your car so cleaning is necessary.

MAKE IT SLOW

Avoid not going beyond the limit of your car; short breaking, high speed driving and other relentless types of driving can cause a transmission weary and problem to the engine.

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Debut of BMW M3 CRT Sedan

One of BMW‘s remarkable cars is the M3, now they have revealed the lightweight edition of M3 called M3 CRT. This car is equipped with BMW’s advanced Carbon Racing Technology.

With the help of BMW’s newest lightweight material, the Carbon Fiber reinforced plastic which they used in the two front seats and in the hood. M3 CRT is more powerful with good handling on tracks and just 45kg lighter than the normal M3 sedan. They also used a Titanium exhaust, 9 inch y-spoke alloy wheels and much improved sound proofing system. As they have done a tremendous job in improving the weight of this car, the design is also a big factor in this model. They installed a front lip spoiler, vented hood, blacked-out grilles, and a tail spoiler to make the CRT more good looking. With its great standards like navigation, a high-end BMW Individual audio system, and parking sensors, M3 CRT is definable as one of the greatest cars of BMW.

BMW M3 CRT is powered by a 4.4 liter V8 engine that has a stunning power of 444 hp at 8300rpm and 440 Nm torque at 3750rpm. The engine is paired with a seven speed M-DCT dual-clutch transmission system with the ability to dash from 0-62 mph at about 4.4 seconds and has a maximum speed of 180 mph. It is said that only 67 units of this model will be produced and each car will be painted in frozen polar silver metallic with orange and black in the interior.

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New Generation of Sports Car – Audi A7

Car manufacturers have done a tremendous job in staying and surviving the epic battle of introducing new models of cars to the car market today. As some developers revealed their latest model, Audi has also unveiled their new car named Audi A7. This is a sporty and more space car that is equipped with the most advanced technology today. One of which is the Google Earth, an internet feature which is now in car features, and other information and entertainment designs. It is powered by a 310 horsepower supercharged V6 engine paired by an eight-speed tiptronic transmission with Quattro all-wheel drive system. A7 is not just about its power train specs; interior design is also one of its highlights. Using leather, brushed aluminum with plenty amount of real woods. In terms of its features you can have the following: navigation, phone connectivity, SD slots, 3G data and a wireless connection. With the help of the advanced technology of Audi’s infotainment system, those features are built with the new version of Multi Media Interface. A 7 inch screen slides out on the dashboard as you start the engine. The screen will be used as the navigation, climate controls, entertainment features and external cameras. Touch screen input may not be available but the MMI’s knobs, buttons and steering-wheel-mounted controls works perfectly. Audi A7 has also this feature that gives free internet connection to the passengers in the car, called the T-Mobile 3G which is also used for navigation system and other features.

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Historic Car Show at the Church

Big Country Region Car Club showed different types of vintage automobiles displayed in the parking lot at The Church in Seven Run. Old music serenades the visitors and car lovers while they are enjoying watching the restored cars. Jerry Prodoehl, Director of Big Country Region Car Club brings his 1939 Chevy truck which he said that it is originally a farm truck in his family. He decided to bring back his vehicle, and now when you look at it you never thought that this truck spend hard day on the farm.

Joe Hyla, the event coordinator said that they are helping each other in bringing classic cars into life. Hyla owned a 1967 Chevelle Malibu and a member of the Anne Arundel County chapter since 1984. Big Country Region is actually a Chevrolet Club but in a Saturday show they accept various kinds of models because it is a non-judge occasion. They let other people to showcase their vintage with no competition at all, purely just for fun. In connection with this, they let visitors to pick their favorite car and the top three cars will be given a trophy and the same time the Director (Prodoehl) will give the Director’s Choice trophy to the owner of his favorite vehicle.

The Club will hosts 4 Car Shows and one of this show is an annual show which is held at the Downs Park in Pasadena. Big Country Region Car Club is also a member of the Vintage Chevrolet Club of America (VCCA) and they scheduled to travel this year for the VCCA Fiftieth Anniversary event.

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Redesigning Toyota Yaris – More Competitive in its Class

Toyota has made a lot of cars that makes a name in the car market. As the competition of a subcompact-car segment gets tighter and tighter, Toyota has made a ground-up redesigning for their price leading car, Yaris for 2012 version. With a bright-white tone, the prototype rinses out certain aspects of the shape. There are random bumps and plunges that add character at the cost of its consistency. It is said that this is the sportiest of all Vitz variation way back in March because of its mesh grille and triangular fog light covering. There are no official specifications regarding to its power train, the interior designs and features. But the design for the American version will implement the normal dash design; the gauges are located in front of the driver though the only changes are it is a left hand drive.

There are rumors that the new 2012 Toyota Yaris will be using the 1.5 liter four cylinder engine paired by either a six speed manual or a continuously variable transmission with an expected fuel consumption of 40 mpg on the highway. A hybrid version of this car is impossible at this time but the company promised to add European lineup at end of 2012. This model is expected to have a five door hatchback and four door sedans which will be available in Toyota showrooms soon.

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Hands-free Car Device – SuperTooth HD

Advanced technologies are very common to all the cars today as well as devices and car accessories. There is a device that offers impressive features and adds comfort to your car called the SuperTooth HD. The features of this gadget are dual microphones, one touch pairing, and voice recognition which have the ability to send email, text and Facebook and Twitter status updates.

The SuperTooth HD has a dimension of 4.9 inches in height, 2.3 inches in width, and 0.9 inch in depth with a weight of 4 ounces (4.8 ounces when a metal clip is included). Large button in the front holds most of the controls like when you turn it left or right, volume will decrease or increase, when you press down, it enables the voice command; hold it for three seconds and it will automatically redial the last number. If you want some tutorials, you can say “What Can I Say” anytime you want and the unit will give you a tutorial. This device is also compatible to some other gadgets like Samsung Infuse 4G and HTC Thunderbolt. SuperTooth HD is paired with a 5.4 watts class D amplifier with pair of speakers. This gives a good sound quality and noise containment. It is a good choice for anyone whose car lacks hands-free Bluetooth support.

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New Generation of Perodua Myvi

Perodua has released the new version of Myvi and it is called the New 2011 Myvi. They have made lots of revisions to this car like smooth, more space and refined interior, more improved safety features and better functionality and equipments. Although they are using the tradition reliability but the features and technological concept are more improved to have the best vehicle performance.

The length of its interior is about 3,765 mm, 75 mm more compare before; the cabin space is much bigger at about 15 mm. It has a well-known slope that gives a good visual styling with a feature that improves pedestrian collision safety aspects. To improve its aerodynamics, they made it a front bumper lower lip which mark it as an air spat. You will also notice its brawny style and has a horizontal that is found on the front bumper. The New 2011 Myvi has bigger dimensions with unique and all new dashboard design. As far as the automatic version is concern, an automatic gear shifter is located at the center console. While in manual version, it has the usual floor mounted gear lever and a cubby hole at the center console. One of its stunning designs in the interior is the new instrument panel which features the Toyota Camry meters. All the six versions are using the K3-VE 1.3 liter DVVT twin-cam mill which has a power of 90 hp at 6,000 rpm and a torque of 117 Nm at 4,400 rpm. In standard, it is equipped with SX five-speed manual and EZ four-speed auto guise, in Premium – SXi manual and EZi auto is used, and the Elegance versions are the SXE and EZE. In terms of entertainment features and devices, Myvi has these features that are competitive to the market today. It offers USB and SD card support, Bluetooth capability for phone and audio, DVD based system with MP3/WMA playback. New Myvi is available in six colors, Ebony Black, Glittering Silver, Medallion Grey, Pearl White, Mystical Purple and an Ivory White solid shade.

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