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Design Students: Opel Wants You To Create A 'Lounge In Motion'
Design Students: Opel Wants You To Create A 'Lounge In Motion'

Like Whitney Houston, Opel believes that children are the future -- of cars. The German subsidiary of General Motors has just launched a contest for design students, with the goal of creating a concept car that could one day roam the roads. The contest rolls out in two stages. Stage one centers on...Read More»

Pulled over by the police
Aggressive Driving Class: A Personal Experience

Sometime ago I screwed up while driving to a friend’s home in a neighboring state. After arriving late to the party I was informed that it was a well known speed trap and not to feel bad about the ticket. It happens. Wanting the whole experience to go away I marked guilty on the ticket and...Read More»

2010 Honda Odyssey 5dr Touring w/RES & Navi Angular Front Exterior View
Customizing Your Company Van With the Right Accessories

Company vans are a worthwhile investment for any business, and customizing them with accessories can help increase the van’s safety, value, utility, and appearance in the long run. A few examples of accessories you can buy include power inverters, lift gates, seat covers, and back-up cameras...Read More»

2011 Dodge Ram Outdoorsman
Dodge Ram Offers New Outdoorsman Model: Sorry, Jet Li Not Included

If you were one of the many that headed to the movie theater to check out the new summer action movie “The Expendables”, packed full of explosions, killer fight scenes, and an overdose of testosterone, then you saw the beefy 1955 Ford F-100 roll across the screen. Offering bullet-proof...Read More»

2010 Prius vs. 2007 Prius
Toyota Prius Passion Contest Is Ending

In the U.S. the Toyota Prius has been around for ten years. Arising out of a Toyota document called the Earth Charter, the Prius went through five years of planning and development before its launch in Japan in December of 1997. The project was labeled the G21 project, picking up the designation...Read More»

2010 Ford Transit Connect
Passenger Van Review: 2010 Ford Transit Connect

It's difficult to put the Ford Transit Connect into one particular category. It has a small 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that gets a mere 136 horsepower, and is more based on a car than a van. The van also doesn't have the option of a 15 seater like most others in its class. The Connect is not...Read More»

2010 Volvo C30
Smart Car Shopping: Who's In Control Here? Part II

Car dealers train their sales staff to stay in control of a customer’s buying process at all times. There is a well established sequence of events that begins when customers first step onto the sales lot, and ends when they drive away in their new car. Dealers know that if sales staff does not...Read More»

2009 Honda FCX Clarity
Top 5 Japanese Car Ads

You live on a crowded island, you tend to lack a few things. Like a proper perspective on the world, or a diversified gene pool. Or perhaps you begin to do crazy things like drink copious quantities of alcohol, and then design unreliable cars like the British.  Or if you are the Japanese, you do...Read More»

2007 Subaru Impreza 4-door H4 MT i Side Exterior View
Subaru Could Be In For An Extreme Makeover

Subarus are many things: sporty, reliable, fun to drive, and a favorite among tuners. But there's one thing Subarus aren't, at least by conventional standards: pretty. One man has been given the task of changing that. Since its U.S. launch in 1968, Subarus have been compared (unfavorably) to...Read More»

gm direct injection technology 021
The Benefits Of Direct Injection

Modern direct injection systems use a high pressure design, though some of the earlier models used a low pressure system. There are a couple of benefits to using a high pressure GDI (gasoline direct injection) system; the primary of which is greater control over the fuel. Under a high pressure...Read More»

Carbon Motors E7
Has The Cop Car Gone Soft? Carbon Motors Says No

How many times have you seen a police car, especially a Ford Crown Vic, not the Mercedes E-Class or BMW 5 Series you see over in Germany (lucky Polizei!) and thought, wouldn't it be cool to drive one of those interceptors right up behind some yuppie jerk and scare the Rolex right off him with a...Read More»

2009 Nissan Altima 4-door Sedan I4 CVT S Open Doors
Auto Insurance Coverage Explained

Auto insurance is a necessity. Picking the right car insurance coverage protects you if you cause an accident, or if a tree limb lands on your car. It’s important to understand the options when you shop for quotes. Common types of auto insurance coverage include: Collision: This car insurance...Read More»

Pirelli P-Zero Super Trofeo tire
How Safe Can An Old Tire Be?

Tire aging has surfaced as an issue in a civil trial that has two huge automotive names defending themselves in a Montana courtroom. Ford and Firestone are two of the defendants in the case. The details of the accident emerged as lawyers made opening statements and were reported in the online...Read More»

2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 2WD Reg Cab 119.0" Work Truck Wheel Cap
Tire Aging: The Unseen Danger

Most car owners think that the best way to measure how safe their tires are is by using a tread depth gauge (or Abe Lincoln’s head on a penny), but maybe you should be using a calendar instead. This issue was taken up in a paper delivered to the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society in 2006. The...Read More»

2006 HUMMER H1 Alpha
Man Versus Hummer (And A Brief History)

In 1985, AM General began production on the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV), or Humvee. After the vehicle received considerable positive attention during the media’s coverage of the Gulf War, AM decided to launch a civilian version of the truck in 1992. The original Hummer, or...Read More»

2002 Mercury Cougar Sport Premium
Have You Driven A Hideous Mercury Lately?

I read today that Ford may well be winding down Mercury a brand that once had a brand image, a car line and products that people once bought. And for the life of me, when I read that, I could not think of a single memorable Mercury car or commercial in the last decade. Sure there are some models...Read More»

2008 Lamborghini Gallardo
Volkswagen Takes Controlling Stake in Italdesign Giugiaro

On Tuesday the Volkswagen Group announced, at a joint press conference with Italdesign Giugiaro, it will take a 90.1 percent stake in the Italian design firm, with the Giugiaro family owning the remaining shares.  With a history of successful cooperation between the two companies, creating...Read More»

2005 Buick LaCrosse 4-door Sedan CXS Dashboard
Do You Need a Bill of Sale To Sell Your Car Privately?

More Americans are selling their cars on their own instead of trading them in. It’s another consequence of the economic downturn. Yet most of us only sell a handful of cars in our lifetime. Learning how to do it is a process. One of the most difficult areas for private sellers to navigate is...Read More»

2010 Ford Transit Connect
Ford Transit Connect: Truck Of The Year

At the 2008 Chicago Auto Show, the Ford Transit Connect was revealed, a truly revolutionary automobile for the North American market. The Transit Connect brings a contemporary van to North America, something that it hasn’t seen in its history. And despite the fact that the van is compact and...Read More»

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