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American car maker Chrysler released a statement saying it recorded its best December sales since 2007, indicating that recovery from the recession that lasted a couple of years is on the horizon. Other U.S. automakers haven't released their sales reports yet, but estimates are that Chrysler is perhaps the only one that has recorded significantly increased sales during last year.
Chrysler's total 2012 sales were 21% up compared to 2011, which could mean that consumer power is getting stronger, as this is a company that makes a lot of expensive, luxury cars that not everyone can afford. This last December, Chrysler sold a total of 152,367 vehicles, with the Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV, Ram pickup as the best-sellers. The company, that has Italian car maker FIAT as the majority owner, has increased its U.S. market share to 11.2%, thanks to the good salesmore »
A lot of car owners have a favorite type of car from a certain car maker and they stick with it for years, staying loyal customers to the same manufacturer because their product has proven satisfactory to them. Japan car maker Honda and German manufacturer Volkswagen have put some pretty similar models on the market over the years, so although you are perhaps a fan of one of the two brands, you might consider giving the other one a chance and see what it has to offer. That is why a comparison between two cars from the two companies is useful if you are looking to buy a car and you can't decide which one to choose.
An interesting comparison between two models in the same category from these two companies could be made for the 2013 Honda Accord Sedan LX and the 2013 Volkswagen Passat S. Starting with the technical specifications, you could say that the Passat hasmore »
There is virtually no car that is completely quiet and doesn't produce at least a small amount of noise while the engine is running. However, there is quite a difference between today's cars and those from 30-40 years ago. Technology today helps car manufacturers produce some pretty quiet vehicles, with electric and hybrid cars at the top of almost all quietest cars lists. The noise level is usually measured with sophisticated sound level meters to determine the decibel level both inside and outside the car. Besides hybrids and electric cars, diesel-powered cars provide the lowest noise levels due to the fact that diesel engines work at lower revs. The following three cars are considered by most experts to be some of the quietest cars on the market today: Mercedes S350 CDI, Lexus LS 600h L and BMW 335d coupe.
The Mercedesmore »
The New Year is upon us and now is the time that we turn our attention to what’s hot in the twelve months to come; even for adults, the newest toys are the best toys. For car lovers, there’s nothing better than the newest models; waiting to see what the newest features will be for the luxury cars we all covet (or are lucky enough to own), is one of the best parts of the New Year and 2013 is no exception. This coming year promises to be a spectacular one for luxury models. Here are the top five luxury cars for 2013:
The Audi - as a brand - is always something special; the ultimate in sleek sophistication; and the Audi A5 is no exception. Sporty, fast, and beautiful, the A5 is offered in three luxurious models - the 2.0T quattro Coupe, the 2.0T quattro Cabriolet, and the 2.0T FrontTrak Cabriolet. All models feature a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and standard safety features such as four-wheel anti-lock brakes, head restraints in the frontmore »
Taking drivers education courses is very beneficial for teen drivers, so that they can get the necessary knowledge regarding road rules and acquire the experience and techniques they need in order to operate a motor vehicle properly. But, with school and a series of other activities teens have nowadays, finding time to go to a driving school is getting more and more difficult. That's why there are online drivers education courses to help both teens and their parents avoid the hassle and save some valuable time.
The online courses can be a convenient and efficient way to learn road rules and how to become a safe driver. The lessons are interactive and fun, unlike the boring classroom lessons provided in most driving schools. When applying for the course, you will get 50 free practice permit tests, to get prepared for the DMV exam. They contain state-more »
When you are buying a car for your teen kid, there are several factors you have to take into consideration. The car has to be reliable with good safety features, fuel efficient, and preferably not too expensive.
One of the most suitable cars for young drivers is the 2011 Hyundai Sonata. It's a 4-door mid-size sedan, with a 4-cylinder 2.4-liter engine with 198 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. With a very comfortable and roomy interior, the Sonata has very good handling, excellent fuel economy with 22 mpg for city driving and 35 mpg/highway. It has a lot of safety features, including 4-wheel ABS, front and rear head airbags, emergency braking assist, anti-theft alarm system, traction control and driver head restraint whiplash protection system. Plus, you can get for a pretty reasonable price of about $20,300.
An even more affordable car suitable for young drivers is the Mazda 3 five-more »
Gasoline is a transparent liquid made from petroleum. It contains over 100 chemicals, such as benzene, ethyl benzene, and toluene. All of these chemicals are toxic and have very negative effects on the environment. The amount of these chemicals in gasoline is pretty small, though. Mostly, gasoline consists of hydrocarbons, with paraffins, olefins and cycloalkanes as the most present components.
The use of gasoline in vehicles with internal combustion engines leads to air pollution, creates smog and damages the ozone layer. When gasoline is burnt in car engines, toxic gases, such as carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides, are created and released into the environment. The carbon dioxide that is released has very serious negative impact on the environment. The result is severe climate changes, such as increasing average temperatures, rising sea levels, and polluted air.
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Each year, the time around Thanksgiving is a time when most of the country's population travels back home to spend the holiday with their families. That is when you should expect airports to become very busy and crowded, but even though getting on a plane is the fastest way to get home, statistics show that this year most people will travel by car during Thanksgiving. That is due to the fact that gas prices are down in most states, and air travel will see a slight decrease as a result. The large number of people deciding to travel by car will lead to increased demand for rental cars, which in turn brings higher rental car prices.
All these facts lead to one conclusion, that traffic will be much more dense and a lot more cars will be out on the roads than usual. That is why an increased number of car accidents are expected these couple of days. Contributing factors that lead to more car crashes include drivingmore »
Italian luxury sports cars maker Maserati has unveiled the Gran Turismo Sport model at the Geneva Auto Show earlier this year, and it's meant to be a successor to the previous Gran Turismo S model. It's a 2+2 sports coupe, a vintage Maserati destined to be a huge success among lovers of fast and amazingly good-looking cars.
This 4-seater has elegance and high performance written all over it. Starting from the super hot exterior looks, going through the luxurious and extra quality interiors, all the way up to the incredibly powerful engine.
The Gran Turismo Sport's amazing beauty inevitably lead me to start reviewing it's exterior design first. At the front of the car is the oval black grille, typical of Maserati, with the classic emblem in form of a trident in the middle of it. The new so called Blu Sofisticato paint is an excellent choice which accentuates themore »
SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) is an association founded in 1963, which represents a network of manufacturers, retailers, car clubs, race teams, car dealers and auto restorers.
The association famously organizes an aftermarket product trade show at the Las Vegas Convention Center each year, which is the most popular show of its kind worldwide. It's an event where car tuners can see the latest products from manufacturers from all over the world.
This year the show will be held from October 30 and will last through November 2. More than a 100,000 visitors are expected to visit the event in Nevada.
There are some very interesting projects coming to Las Vegas this fall. One of the most anticipated vehicles is the 2013 Dodge Ram 1500. The truck made by Mopar, which provides service for Chrysler and supplies it with parts, is fitted with a 6.4-liter Hemi V8 engine. The mostmore »