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Thinking ahead: Avoiding pitfalls when buying used cars

When the time comes to change your car, buying used makes sense for a number of reasons. It's important to be aware of the fact that buying used can be more of a risk than buying new, and it's up to you as the customer to be on the lookout for red flags. The majority of used cars on the market are good buys, but there are a small number which are particularly good or bad. Here, we look at a few pitfalls to avoid as you're on the lookout for a used vehicle. Ask for full paperwork The history of a car can tell you a great deal about the shape of its future. A car which hasn't caused any previous owners a great deal of grief is a welcome sign. Conversely, vehicles which show recurring problems throughout their history should be steered clear of. While taking a look at the en...

What You Should Know about Bluetooth

Bluetooth is a wireless technology that allows two compatible devices to communicate with each other. In an automobile, it lets you operate a mobile phone "hands-free," meaning you don't have to hold the phone while making or taking a call or accessing the phone's address book. While Bluetooth has become the auto-industry standard for hands-free phone technology, compatibility varies from phone to phone. To make matters worse, the interface and features vary from car  to car. In this article we review the basics of Bluetooth technology in automotive applications. Compatibility and Interface First, you want to make sure that your phone is compatible with the car you're considering. Most automakers provide an online list of phones that they've tested and are certified to work wi...

What You Should Know About Automotive Backup Cameras

On March 31, 2014, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) finalized regulations meant to reduce automotive “backing accidents”.  According to the federal agency, backing accidents result in 15,000 injuries a year and 210 deaths. The regulation sets a 2018 deadline for rearview monitoring technology to be standard on all passenger vehicles sold in the United States. Even without the 2018 federal regulation, today they are becoming more and more common. For the 2014 model year, 46 percent of vehicles sold in the United States include back-up cameras.  Considering a car with one now, here's what you need to know about how they work and how effective they are. No longer a high-ticket item NHTSA estimates that adding back-up cameras and displays that...

What to Look for in In-Dash Navigation Systems

Even though smartphone navigation apps have become almost ubiquitous, automakers are offering more in-dash navigation systems in vehicles than ever before. If you're thinking of including an in-dash “Nav” in your next vehicle, heres some things to know. Screen Size One of the most important aspects of choosing an in-dash Nav system is screen size. Screen size can range from 5 inches to 10 inches. Regardless of size, make sure that the screen is easy to see, even in bright sunlight.  If the display is a touch screen, ensure that it's simple to use. Many Nav systems allow you to input destinations using voice activation but voice input doesn't always work well. This is definitely a feature you need to try before you buy if you intend to use it extensively. Mapping Softw...

The Chrysler Cummings Story

By  On September 28, 2014 | Filed Under Chrysler

The Chrysler Cummings Story

Back in the early 1980s, Chrysler was the only one of the big three automakers that did not have a diesel engine in their model lineup.  In 1978, General Motors offered a 350 cu.in V8. in their Oldsmobile line.  Ford followed in the early eighties with an International Harvester 6.9L V8.  In 1982, Chrysler jumped in and sourced their first diesel from Mitsubishi. It was a 4.0 liter, in-line six diesel, which was thrifty and reliable, but at 105 hp and 169 lb-ft of torque, it was considered relatively underpowered. However, it proved popular enough that the company realized that needed a diesel permanently in their lineup, just a much more powerful one. The solution to the problem came in the form of the Cummins B-series 6 cylinder engine. Cummins had a stellar name in the c...

About Continuously Variable Transmission (CVTs)

Today we have a new type of transmission technology to consider when looking at a new car.  It’s not a familiar old automatic or standard but a CVT (continuously variable transmission).  A CVT seems similar to an automatic transmission when driving but it operates on an entirely different principle. They offer more useable power, better fuel economy and smoother driving than traditional automatic transmissions too.  Here’s how they work: Conventional automatic transmissions use sets of gears inside that provide different ratios or speeds. Transmission control units sense speeds and shift the  transmission's gears automatically to provide the most appropriate ratio for a given driving situation.  Lowest gears are selected for low speeds, middle gears for acceleration, and...

McLaren 60S Spider Crashes on a Wet Road in Austria

A white McLaren 60S Spider recently ended up in a solo crash on an Austrian highway in the Eselstein tunnel. The accident took place in wet conditions, which are probably the cause of this collision. The driver lost control over the vehicle and it crashed into a guardrail. While the driver suffered only minor injuries, the front of the car was severely wrecked. This is not the first accident reported for the McLaren 60S Spider, which was officially revealed at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year. Another accident of the supercar took place in June when a customer was test driving it in Singapore. The 60S Spider carries a 3.8L V8 twin-turbocharged engine generating 641 hp and 500lb/ft of torque. This powerful engine allows it to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in a mere 3.0 seconds...

Nissan LEAF crossed with a Nissan Frontier

By  On September 19, 2014 | Filed Under Auto News, Nissan

Nissan LEAF crossed with a Nissan Frontier

Who said that trucks could only be a lifestyle choice and are not meant for transport? Think again before you have a look at the new truck designed by Nissan engineers. Their latest offering is a good looking truck that will be used around their shop. This is another great invention from the engineers, who simply love to tinker with things. The one-of-a-kind electric vehicle would work great for large warehouses, airports, municipal gardening, etc. Currently, the Frontier will be used around the tech center property for hauling supplies and people. The project kept the engineers together and busy for months and after careful considerations; they decided to go with a Frontier bed. Soon, the vehicle was turned into a reality with the right set of minds and tools. The cross between ...

Chrysler Challenger Hellcat Gets A 825 Horsepower Endorsement

Horsepower is like trees. The more you have, the better off the world is for it. Well, at least that is what Chrysler could be thinking, as Jalopnik sources hint that the Challenger Hellcat could be boasting a 825 horsepower powerplant, underneath that 707 horsepower one we've heard so much about. So why did they get it wrong? For one, marketing teams aren't exactly sticklers for accuracy, so 707 probably just sounded like their lucky number. Two, considering that Jalopnik's sources is also saying that the 707 horsepower Hellcat is having a 'hell' of a time meeting emission requirements to go on sale legally in the United States, they may have to tweak its horsepower to play nicely with government officials. But you know what that means? It will just be that much easier to tweak it b...

BMW Expands the Range of BMW 2 Series Active Tourer

BMW has decided to offer some more choices to the consumers with the introduction of BMW 2 Series Active Tourer. The new vehicle will be available in three engine options and the intelligent all-wheel drive system BMW xDrive. The vehicle will also be available in two diesel engine variants that will be available with petrol engine options. The 2.0 liter four cylinder petrol engine in the BMW 220i Active Tourer offers peak output of 192 bhp and 280Nm. The vehicle takes 7.5 seconds to accelerate from zero to 62 mph while offering top speed of 230 kmph. The BMW 220d Active Tourer gets high torque 2.0 liter four cylinder diesel engine that produces 190 bhp and 400 Nm torque. BMW 216d Active Tourer will be the first 1.5 liter three cylinder diesel engine that produces 116 bhp and 270 ...

A Unique Aluminum Word Cloud Sculpture Revealed By Jaguar And London Design Museum

London Design Museum will display the XE word cloud sculpture between September 5 and October 6 and is made of 95 words from different languages such as English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, etc. The Jaguar design team has designed the aluminium installation so as to celebrate the debut of latest vehicle form the company on 8 September - the XE sports saloon.  A number of creative experts from different fields of designing got together to help in the graphic artwork, stage design and metal work of the word cloud representation.  The team that was involved in the opening ceremony of the London Olympic was the one that created the words through computer modeling and used metal craftsmanship. The Jaguar XE will get unveiled in the hotter XE S variant at the Paris Motor Show a...

Aston Martin Rapide S: A Family-Friendly Supercar

Taking out our family on weekend is very normal for most of us. But do you and your family enjoy the journey to an exotic place in your car? We had a great time taking our kids out last weekend in our newly owned Aston Martin Rapide S. Aston Martin Rapide S is the largest car offered by the British automaker. My family was awed by the car’s exquisite outlook. No doubt, it is the most beautiful sedan - a head turner. The interior of the car is lustrous with supple materials and glass switch-gear. The back seats are, however, rather small and cramped. My kids who took the rear seats hardly fitted in, but were happy with the rear-seat entertainment system which kept them entertained. The car is packed with a standard Aston performance powered by its 550-horsepower V12 engine...

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