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Chrysler will be having its 20th Annual Chrysler National Event and at the same time the second annual Collector Car Appreciation Day on Friday at the Carlisle Fairgrounds. The event is expected to be special offering excellent cars, entertainment for the visitors and some on-site stars such as John Schneider, Cindy Williams, Paul Le Mat and William Ostrander, with the help of the Christine Car Club. The show will be expected to have 50,000 people with a 2.200 cars are expected to be displayed in the showfield. Cars that are used by some celebrities in their movie are also present like the original General Lee Charger from “The Dukes of Hazzard,” an original T-Bucket from “Happy Days” and the original ’32 deuce coupe that Le Mat drove in the climactic race scene in “American Graffiti.” A duplicate of the “Christine” car will also be on the field.
Awards and prices are also offered during the event. In this 2011 Chrysler Nationals Show, will pick one car from the showfield to be honored as the “Top Eliminator.” Parents are encouraged to bring their children on the show as Carlisle Events support the “Take Your Kid to a Car Show”.
As a tribute to the 75th birthday of BMW 328, one of the most successful and good looking sports cars of BMW, the company unveiled their special model – BMW Hommage. This is a lightweight car because most of its parts are made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic that offers outstanding ratio between weight and stability. Its gross weight is only at about 780 kilograms. The design is very unique and you will notice its exterior specially the headlights and the huge carbon fiber X nose, it’s one of a kind. The twin elongated kidney grille set-up is the same as the BMW 328 and its windshield is divided into two.
Just like its predecessor, this is a two-seater sports car with expressive exterior design but the difference is it is made through a modern interpretation. The BMW Hommage is well-developed and detail-oriented; precise lines run across to the body of the car. The extremely wide and flat front end is strongly three-dimensional, generous surfaces and concise lines give the front end a powerful appearance. The concept is very impressive as it is based on the Efficient-Dynamic Concept giving a long bonnet and drawn back seating. The specifications and details of the BMW 328 Hommage have not yet been released but it is rumored that it uses a 3.0 liter straight six engine.
Alpha Romeo has made its new model of car named Alpha Romeo Giulietta. It is a medium sized sedan that offers safety, comfort, style and power. Safety features are very important to a car and this vehicle is full of that features such as six airbags, three-point seatbelts, collapsible pedal and steering column, anti-whiplash active headrests, multiple LED driving lights for visibility and reversing sensors. Its interior offers more comfort as it has a lot of space to both headroom and legroom – from front seat to back seat; seats and steering wheel are fully adjustable. It is capable of having four full sized adults.
Giulietta are equipped of different systems such as the DNA system (Dynamic Normal All-weather), the Multi Air Engine system and the fuzzy logic systems. This DNA system gives the driver a choice by selecting a mode of the car with just a click of a button away. Multi Air System is the reason of the car power, efficiency and reduced emissions. The fuzzy logic system gives the driver a great handling, cornering and a perfect driving experience. In addition, Guilietta uses a 17 sport alloy wheels and low profile tires that give a perfect grip on the road.
Car manufacturers are starting to introduce electric cars in the market today. Automakers develop these kinds of cars because of the rapidly increasing of fuel; gasoline and diesel, and also to decrease pollution in the environment; greenhouse effect and other pollutants. But this concept has some weaknesses, and one of its weaknesses is the charging station. As we all know that batteries has a limited electricity output and it needs to be charged, but the problem is there are no charging stations yet until TVA and the Electric Power Research Institute unveils their concept in charging electric cars.
The first station is located at EPRI’s Knoxville research center of Dutchtown Road which is called the SMART station, for SMART Modal Area Recharge Terminal and the second station is located at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. These stations are equipped with 12 kilowatts of solar panel and a battery array of 5 kilowatt-hours of storage; this will help to analyze the possible capabilities of an electric car and also to supply its power. This serves as the research model of the electric cars on how they perform when they travel extended distance. It is the first charging stations in East Tennessee.
The stations will have 3 to 6 months of testing period and after that another stations will be added in Knoxville. To build a charging station it will cost at about $500,000 to $600,000 with the expense split between TVA and EPRI. This will not only recharge the battery but the power provider and utility research firm will study the different features of an electric car charging; its design, development, and a range of battery systems including customer behavior as well as the electricity system.
As generation passes by, many of the car manufacturers created a more advanced cars in terms of their systems and looks. But these cars are still using gasoline and diesel as a fuel. In 2012 Mazda aimed to develop a zero emission car in Japan. Mazda wants to help the environment by creating an emission free car and this can be done by using an electric car. They planned to have battery-run at an estimated driving range of 200 km (124 miles) and the model is based on Mazda2/Demio subcompact. Though electric car has still a weakness; the battery is expensive and its driving range is limited. Most of the car makers such as Mitsubishi Motors Corp, Nissan Motors Co, Volkswagen AG and Toyota Motor Corp announced its preparation in entering the electric car market as Japans government tighten their environmental regulations.
There are lots of cars nowadays that have different systems and styles but one common thing to them is maintenance. All of the cars should have a regular check-up to maintain its good condition and this job is done by automotive people. Technicians in this field should have a competitive skills and knowledge, and should learn new techniques and ideas so that they can meet the needs of their customer. Almost all of the car manufacturers today have an advance technology systems in their cars. This means that a technician should have a continuous learning about car maintenance because they are expected to inspect, maintain and repair a variety of cars.
As number of cars increased in this generation, automotive service technicians are also in demand. In every year, cars became more complicated, and in every refined car repairs, a specialized service technician is needed. The job of a car technician should not only be limited to oil changes and front-end alignments, but also he should have the ability to identify and solved the major problem of a car by using the appropriate way of fixing it.
“Somewhere West of Laramie” is the well-known tagline promoting the Jordan Playboy.
James Lackey, 74, of Wayne County was inspired by an April 1966 article from “Antique Automobile” about Jordan and his automobile company. And so he decided to build his own.
He found a Playboy that costs $2,000 which needs repair. Lackey began ordering all the parts he need before he started restoring the car. When the parts arrived, Lackey began removing every bolt of the car. After more than 14 years of work on the car, Lackey had a completely restored Playboy.
The Jordan Motor Company was established in 1916 in Cleveland. Using parts and components from other manufacturers, the Jordan Motors assemble cars. The company’s head was Ned Jordan which was a former advertising executive who said, “Cars are too dull and drab.” They became known not just because of their cars but because of their advertisements.