The Car Geek: October 2006

The Car Geek

Monday, October 30, 2006

L.A. Automakers to Design Something Green

2006 Hummer 02 ConceptThe Los Angeles auto show is challenging the design departments of the major automakers to pen something green. And to take on the challenge are nine automakers who will design a vehicle that will be able to meet the environmental challenges that comes with living in L.A.

The winner is to be announced at the upcoming L.A. auto show which will be held in late November. The nine entrants are as follows:

1. 2006 Acura FCX 2020 Le Mans Concept - utilizes molecular nanotechnology which means a compact fuel cell. Materials used for this concept car are 100 percent recyclable.

2. 2006 Audi Dynamic Space Frame Concept - aerodynamic and stealth-like speedster. Its dynamic space frame integrates all fluid and electrical channels. A hydraulic fluid drive is place instead of the traditional driveshaft and suspension/body components.

3. 2006 Honda Extreme Concept - sporty two-passenger vehicle that features a pod-like cabin, consisting of a honeycomb chassis that is made from polycarbonate.

4. 2006 Hummer 02 Concept - with rugged capability and construction methods that promotes safety, accessibility and post consumer reuse. Powered by a fuel cell and breathes through a revolutionary phototropic body shell that produces pure oxygen throughout.

5. 2006 2015 Kia Sandstorm Concept - it's a bio-diesel electric plug-in hybrid with a fully recyclable battery. It has a solar-powered cooling feature and built-in detachable recycling bins.

6. 2006 Mercedes Benz RECY Concept - a combination of wood, alloy, glass and rubber creates an ultimate recyclable roadster of the future. This coupe is powered by a four-cylinder Blu-Tec bio-diesel motor. The RECY's open air design is perfect for enjoying LA weather and lifestyle.

7. 2006 Mini BioMoke Concept - its body is constructed from a single sheet of biodegradable sandwich paneling impregnated with palm trees seed. As it ends it five-year lifecycle its body composts to give way to tree growth and clean air.

8. 2006 Toyota RLV Concept - it has a lightweight, aluminum body, two –seat tandem vehicle featuring an innovative collapsible track system. It also makes use of a manual/pedal that may be used for heavy, stop-n-go traffic.

9. 2006 Volkswagen Nanospyder Concept - makes use of nanotechnology creating a vehicle that is capable of being assembled, disassembled and reassembled.

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Thursday, October 26, 2006

Hyundai's Remarkable Surprise

Hyundai Advantage: America's Best Warranty Hyundai Motor America has announced that it will extend its industry-leading warranty program through 2010. This move basically shows consumers that Hyundai is sincere in providing high quality vehicles. Aside from that Hyundai would also want for the public to know of the remarkable achievement that they have acquired in terms of car technology and they have decided that a ten-year warranty coverage is a perfect medium for them to show the strength of their Hyundai cars.

The ten-year warranty to be given by Hyundai also includes:

  • a 100,00 mile limited powertrain warranty

  • five-year 60,000 mile bumper to bumper protection

  • seven-year unlimited mileage anti-perforation coverage

  • 24-hour roadside assistance coverage at no extra charge for five years (with no corresponding mileage limit required) including emergency towing, lockout service and limited coverage for trip-interruption expenses.

  • And there is no deductible on any of the mentioned coverage.

I think it's really a great move for Hyundai to offer such ten year warranty since this clearly shows that they have confidence in the quality of cars that they make. And before I forget if you want quality Hyundai parts simply visit inner auto parts online.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Rides that Intimidate

2006 International CXT There is a great connection between a person's personality and his choice of car. Usually conservative types would prefer the same conservative quality in their vehicles. Fun loving people would normally choose cars that reflect the same sunny disposition they have. However, the most interesting buyers are those with competitive or aggressive personalities for they go for cars that seem to intimidate. And just what are these rides?

  • International CXT - has been branded as the most intimidating pickup truck. This vehicle can make a Hummer pullover and give way. It has a mammoth size of 21 feet long and 9 feet tall and weighs 14,500 pounds. It is powered with an international VT466 turbo diesel six cylinder engine that provides it with a 300 horsepower and an enormous 620 lb ft of torque. It has a maximum towing capacity of 40,000 pounds and can haul any vehicle weighing 12,099 pounds with ease.

  • Dodge Charger SRT8 - renowned for being the most intimidating family car. Its carnivore looking front grille exudes toughness. And don't forget to check out what’s under the hood: a new Hemi engine milled to a 6.1 liter capacity which generates 425 horsepower allowing the Charger to spring out from 0 to 60 mph in five seconds. All this saying, "don't mess with this beast."

  • Enzo Ferrari - intimidating in a classy way. It is capable of reaching 60mph in 3.3 seconds and has a top speed of 225 mph which is made possible by its 6 speed gearbox that is mated with a Ferrari V12 engine. Built for the privileged, only 349 of this supercar were made in 2003.

  • Rolls-Royce Phantom - a picture of fame and wealth. What could be more intimidating than that? This car is powered by a BMW 7 series engine tuned to produce 453 horsepower and 531 lb-ft of torque that can make this sedan to spring out an amazing 60 mpd in 5.7 seconds.

  • BMW M6 - considered as the most intimidating sports car. The M series exemplifies BMW's high performance models tuned with factory-improved power and handling. The real power of BMW M6 is under its hood where a 500horsepower formula 1 inspired V10 engine lies waiting to be awakened to spring to power of 60 mph in 4.1 seconds.

  • Toyota Prius - the Prius' entire power-train management system is intended for the smooth execution of the hybrid power can prove to be a major headache to many auto mechanics. Its aerodynamically sound hatchback shape achieves a 0.26 drag coefficient. Toyota Prius is powered by a 1.5 liter, 110 horsepower engine combined with a 67 horsepower electric motor and a continuous variable transmission.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Babe Magnet Rides for 2007

Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano Is there really a connection between attractive women and cars? According to, there is.

In fact they went through the trouble of listing the five automobiles for 2007 which they predict are going to be major babe magnets. Check out these babies and see if they want to be with their drivers:

  • Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano - Its hot red color screams s-e-x. The Fiorano is powered by a V12 engine with 612 horsepower exemplifying a man that can go "all night long".

  • Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder - who wouldn't want to ride this car? With this car, you would probably never care where the guy takes you. Equipped with a V10 engine that produces 520 horsepower and an engine sound that roars with power, the Spyder is 100% a babe magnet.

  • Porsche 911 Turbo - truly masculine with its monster engine that produces 480 horsepower with a twin-turbo engine. Its curvaceous form and vicious side intakes are simply perfect for gripping the road. Its handsome look is enough to catch any woman's eye.

  • BMW M3 Coupe - this coupe although looks corporate but reflects an appeal that says "I can also be fun and naughty." This baby can reach 60 mph in an amazing 4.8 seconds. The M3 stubby rear end gives you the impression that it can get really aggressive with its 333 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. And don't women just love the same qualities in men?

  • Mercedes-Benz SL55 AMG - this baby has the word smooth written all over it. This car is not all pretty face though; it boasts of power from its 5.5L V8 Kompressor engine providing it with a 517 horsepower. Its supple interior can make any woman sigh in sheer delight; its automatic transmission guarantees a smooth ride.

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Saturday, October 14, 2006

Volvo XC90: Billionaire's Choice

2007 Volvo XC90 Volvo's lines of XC90 cars have charmed not only average earners but also one of the wealthiest men on earth, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud.

There are two types of XC90 sold the 2006 Volvo XC90 and 2007 XC90. The 2006 XC90 is a four-door sport utility that can accommodate at least seven passengers. It is available in two trims the 2.5 T and the V8. The 2.5 T is equipped with a 2.5 liter, I5, 208 horsepower turbo engine that can reach 17mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. It also comes with a standard five-speed automatic transmission.

The V8 on the other hand is equipped with a standard 4.4 liter, V8, 311 horsepower engine that can reach 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on highway. It comes with a 6-speed standard automatic transmission with overdrive. The 2006 Volvo XC90 is a more of a carryover from 2005.

The 2007 Volvo XC90 is also a four-door sport utility that can accommodate up to seven people. It is also available in two trims the 3.2 and V8. The 3.2 is equipped with a 3.2 liter, I6, 235 horsepower engine that is capable of reaching 17 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on highway. The V8 is set with a standard 4.4 liter, V8, 311 horsepower engine that can attain 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on highway. The standard overdrive 6-speed automatic transmission is available on both trims.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Martha Stewart wants to Design a Car

Martha Stewart wants to Design a CarThe Life magazine quoted Martha Stewart saying. "I have a Suburban, I live in my car. I have all these beautiful homes, but I actually live in my car. I commute because I like to go home to my farm. I like to see my animals every day, to take walks, to look at my gardening."

The magazine asked the domestic guru about what she hasn't created yet that she'd like to do. The 65 year old entrepreneur said she'd like to do many things like designing a car. She might have en eye on car designing. She also said she wanted a larger car.

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Monday, October 09, 2006

Wheel Covers: what are they?

Wheel Covers Do you want your wheels to look like those expensive custom wheels without having to spend so much money? ---Impossible? Think again. By simply using wheel covers or hubcaps you can get that custom wheels look that you desire. And the best thing about using wheel covers is that they cost only a fraction of the price you would usually pay for a new set of wheels. Plus, you can easily install them yourself.

Wheel covers or hubcaps enhance the looks of your ride. They are available in various sizes and styles and are very easy to install. All you have to do is to press-fit them into the rim of your wheels. No need for wheel alignment, wheel balancing and definitely no need to buy new set of tires.

Some of the most popular manufactured styles of wheel covers are those with chrome spoked, five-starred, scooped and bladed. In terms of quality, presently manufactured wheel covers has improved immensely especially with added features such as chrome lugs and rings that provide it with an authentic look similar to those expensive custom wheels.

In purchasing wheel covers it is very important that you choose those that will match your car's wheel size. And don't forget to take notice of the retention system used. Experts say that two of the best wheel covers are those with steel spring or ABS clip and those with retention ring. Why you need to know this? Because wheel covers with good retention system will last longer and therefore help you to save money. Plus, you will not fear that your wheel covers will get detached from your wheels.

Wheel covers are available in most automotive shops whether online or in your local area. Purchase your wheel covers now and give your ride a touch of class.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Toyota Awarded Autoliv for Developing New Safety Technology

Autoliv Inc logoAutoliv Inc., the worldwide leader in the development and manufacturing of automotive safety systems was recognized by Toyota and gave the company the Toyota Technology Award for their development of the new Seat Cushion Airbag, one of the "world's first" features of the new Lexus LS460. This innovative Seat Cushion Airbag indeed features the world’s first frontal airbags developed for the rear seats.

The new airbag is located in the seat cushion and works along with the safety belt system to reduce the impact upon vehicle collisions thus protecting the passengers on the rear seat. Autoliv developed and designed the new Seat Cushion Airbag exclusively to work with the new reclining relaxation seat system developed by Toyota's Lexus luxury division.

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Monday, October 02, 2006

Presenting the 2007 Mazda RX-8

2007 Mazda RX-8 InteriorMazda continues in developing production cars that uses rotary engine with the release of the Mazda RX-8 sports coupe for the 2007 model year.

Although Mazda gave the RX-8 a few updates, the sports coupe has a new styling and new features for three optional packages. The RX-8 is available in Sport Package, which includes HID headlights, fog lamps 18-inch wheels, and other sporty features. The Touring Package adds a moon roof, auto-dimming mirror, and a bunch of new audio features, while the Grand Touring Package features power-adjustable seats and leather interior trims. Powertrain options include a 212-horsepower coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission or the more powerful 232-horsepower with a six-speed manual transmission.

2007 Mazda RX-8

Under the hood is Mazda's pioneered rotary engine called the advanced RENESIS (Rotary Engine genesis), making the RX-8 the only rotary-powered car in the world to be mass produced.

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Sunday, October 01, 2006

Honda Announces 2007 CR-V pricing

2007 Honda CR-V
With an additional 10 more horsepower (up to 166) and a new look, the 2007 Honda CR-V hit dealerships last Friday week with its price only slightly up $205 (at $21,195 for the base model). The base 2007 CR-V LX with a five-speed automatic has a sticker price of $21,195, including a $595 destination charge.

A top-of-the-line CR-V EX-L Navi with four-wheel drive is a new trim level and starts at $28,595.

And the numbers? The CR-V is equipped with a 166-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and a standard five-speed automatic transmission. A satellite-linked navigation system with voice recognition and a rearview camera option adds $2,000.

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How to Get Your Car out of a Sticky Situation

Car stuck in snow Driving during a snowy weather can cause some driving miscalculations and you can find yourself stuck without any help in sight. What to do when it happens?
1. Turn off all the electrical accessories for example your car radio and others. Roll down your window in order for you to hear which wheels are spinning.
2. It would also help if you can lessen the air of your tires since much softer tires have better gripping power. You may also use old carpets, sand, salt or kitty litter to increase the grip of the tires. If you have a shovel then simply dig out the snow to provide a path for the wheels to move.
3. Try to keep the front wheels straight. And then try to rock your vehicle repeatedly shifting from drive mode to reverse and then back again while braking quickly between shifts. However be careful when shifting gears quickly since this may lead to automatic transmission failure.
4. If after all your effort still your car refuses to budge then let your vehicle rest for a while just to give time for the tires to cool down.
5. Try to get help or assistance. Have you car towed or have some bigger car to help pull your car.
6. After your car is removed from being stuck the first thing that you need to do is to check all the air pressures of your tires. Likewise, inspect your tires for any damaged cause by the relentless spinning during the time that it was stuck.
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