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“It’s a HEMI”

By  On August 1, 2014 | Filed Under Car Articles

“It’s a HEMI”

You don’t have to be much of a car enthusiast to know there is something special about the word “Hemi”. It’s a term widely used in the car business and has been for several decades -in almost reverent terms at times.   But exactly what is a Hemi and what’s all the fuss about? To answer that question, let’s step back a few years and visit Chrysler in the 1940s. In the late 1940s, WWII had ended and everyone wanted a car –especially powerful, fast ones. To meet this demand, Chrysler introduced not just its first V8 engine but engines with unique cylinder head designs. Unlike other previous designs, these new engines had combustion chambers that were cast round in the shape of a dome, or “hemisphere”. This hemispherical design allowed engineers to place the intake an...

For Every Season, Turn, Turn, Turn

By  On July 29, 2014 | Filed Under Car Articles

For Every Season, Turn, Turn, Turn

Back at the beginning of the automotive age, the early 1900s, drivers signaled to pedestrians and other drivers their intention to turn (or stop) their cars with their hands. There were no formal turn signals back then. The first modern turn electric signal can be attributed to Edgar A. Walz, Jr. who, in 1925, secured a patent for one and tried to market it to major car manufacturers. Believe it or not they just weren't interested, and the patent expired fourteen years later. Interesting, the turn signal situation in Europe started differently. The solution for signaling turns or lane changes was originally by hand signals, but later via “trafficators”. Trafficators were mechanical arms built into the sides of cars. They were powered by electro magnets that raised an arm indicati...

Active Noise Cancellation – Now available in your car!

Automobiles are noisy things. Not only is there outside noise to contend with, your typical car –which is essentially a big, resonating box- generates plenty on its own. Automotive engineers, of course, have known this for a long time and have developed plenty of noise-deadening materials and techniques to quiet things down. Most of these techniques are rather simple, though. They include filling up body cavities with acoustic foam and gluing tar-like acoustic materials to the inside of car doors. Undercoating provides a measure of noise protection also. Today, however, there is another technique being used by car designers. It’s called Active Noise Cancellation. Though it’s been around for a while, Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) is just starting to be used in cars. It’s a v...

7 Things You Can Do To Make Your Car Last

You probably don’t need us to tell you that cars are expensive. Here are 7 simple tips that will help you get the most out of your new or used car and thus save you your hard earned money in the long run. 1) Take it easy during break-in – When driving a new car, take it easy for the first 500-1000 miles. During the break-in period , don’t drive the car above highway speeds or do any heavy towing. During this time, engine and transmission parts are wearing against each other and producing the last small bit of size and shape adjustment. This process is normal and settles all the moving parts into a stable relationship that will last for the rest of their working life. 2) Change your oil frequently – Yes, your Dad was correct when he told you this. Even though oil change...

Mahindra Cars – Top sellers

By  On May 1, 2014 | Filed Under Car Articles

Mahindra Cars – Top sellers

Mahindra & Mahindra is one of the topmost automakers in India. They manufacture cars as well as two wheelers and they are considered as the second biggest Indian carmaker after Maruti. Mahindra offers all types of passenger cars (together with electric vehicles) and commercial vehicles that are tough, reliable, environment friendly, and fuel-efficient. Mahindra was one of the first companies to introduce the concept of utility vehicles in India. It was in 1947 that the company introduced the iconic Willys Jeep in India. The Willys Jeep was one of the top selling vehicles of its time. Even today, the Mahindra Thar JEEP, which is hailed as the successor of the Willys Jeep, is a favourite when it comes to off-road adventures and jungle safaris. In fact, if one looks at the hi...

Drivers’ habits reveal common bugbears on the road

We all have our peeves when we’re driving, especially when it comes to what other motorists are doing. We drive in the hope that we get to our destination without a hitch, but even if we’re careful to avoid being caught up in something that makes it a little problematic, other drivers’ carelessness and lack of driving etiquette could ruin our trip. A survey of UK Driving Habits Revealed what makes it difficult for us to get on with the task in hand and what annoys us more than anything else. Some of the answers given were less than surprising, although there were a few responses which showed what gets on our collective nerves more than anything else when it comes to what other, more negligent drivers do when behind the wheel. Put that phone down Even though hands-free...

Auto History Spotlight: Soichiro Honda, Founder of Honda

The automaker that today goes by the name Honda states that their basic philosophy is to “provide joys around the world through new challenges and the realization of dreams”.  Honda has come a long way since its beginning and today offers innovative and high quality vehicle lineup around the world. There are Honda dealerships dotted around the U.S.  We sat down with one recently, David Hobbs of WI, to discuss, among other things, the Honda brand, its history, and where the automaker is today. Of particular note, we learned that brand loyalty is consistently high and the dealership has found that Honda owners find it important to stick with the brand they love, and so even when their vehicle needs change, they keep coming back. The company was originally founded by a man named Soic...

EU Agrees 2020 Car Emissions Targets

By  On July 2, 2013 | Filed Under Car Articles

EU Agrees 2020 Car Emissions Targets

In a compromise between car industry manufacturing interests and the environment, a new deal has been hammered out in Brussels that will mean ever more fuel-efficient cars are likely to hit the roads in future. The meeting agreed to 2020 car emissions targets of 95g carbon dioxide per km of average emissions for each new car produced in Europe. Who were the players? All nation-states in the European Union were represented at the negotiations. However, as the pre-eminent European car-manufacturing nation with luxury brands such as BMW and Mercedes to look after, Germany took the lead in arguing for greater average emissions compared to other countries. However, the current EU President, Ireland and other smaller nations such as Denmark argued for lower emissions to ensure a g...

Top 4 Things to Consider While Buying Car Audio Systems

Car buyers today are passionate about listening to their favorite songs and music while they are driving. The demand for better car audio systems have gone up in the last few decades and there are many top car audio systems companies that have done well to impress buyers all over the world. If you are looking for car audio system for your car you need to be sure about what you really want from it and how you are going to get the best deals. If you are particular about the kind of car audio system that you want to install in your car you need to do some research that can help you to find the right deals. Brand It is recommended that you start researching on the top brands that are available locally in your area and the ones that have better reputation in the market. There are many ...

Review of the Chevy Bel Air

By  On June 3, 2013 | Filed Under Car Articles

Review of the Chevy Bel Air

The Chevy Bel Air is an American icon. With its long body and slick lines, it was the classic embodiment of America during its peak. There were seven generations of the Bel Air, with production running from 1949 to 1975. Thanks to some auto experts we spoke to at Annville Auto used cars in PA, we got the rundown of each generation of the Bel Air. The first generation was produced from 1949 – 1954 and was revolutionary because it featured a non-detachable solid roof. The Bel Air became the company's flagship model. The first generation Bel Air featured either a 3-speed manual or a 2-speed automatic transmission. It had a 3.5L engine and came in two and four-door varieties. The second generation was made from 1954 – 1957. It had a number of enhancements, both to its appea...

5 Simple Checks to Keep Your Car Running

A vehicle is a product of great significance that plays a role in our daily lives. Now sure, not all of us drive and to those who don’t this is not applicable; however, to those of us that do, there are essential routines to maintain your vehicle in a strong working order. By taking into consideration the key variables to maintain a vehicle to a prime condition you will grant yourself the comfort of knowing it will last a long time and be a reliable companion when you need it to be. The five simple checks to keep your car running well are: 1. Check your oil: The oil level is of great importance to a vehicle. It should be checked once a week on level ground. You wait a few minutes to allow the fluid to level and then you take the dipstick (normally on the right side of the engin...

5 Things You Shouldn’t Do If You’re Involved in an Accident

Accidents can happen anywhere at any time. In the UK alone 17,000 people a year die from accidents, both on the road and off it. Unfortunately we never know when disaster can strike. It’s impossible to guess when and where accidents will happen - or how bad they will be - but what we can do is prepare for them. So check out five top-tips for what not to do when involved in an accident. 1.  Don’t panic The worst thing you can do in an accident is give in to your nature fight or flight instinct. If you panic you could turn a bad situation into a disastrous one. Instead try to keep your cool, breathe in and out and assess what’s going on around you before you make a decision. Don’t lash out or give into anger against anyone also involved as this could escalate into ...

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