http://carsandbike.com Latest news about the leading cars and bikes manufactures, tendencies, new cars and bikes releases Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:10:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 Fiat and Chrysler to build 3 Jeep models in China http://carsandbike.com/ap-eu-italy-fiat-china.html http://carsandbike.com/ap-eu-italy-fiat-china.html#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:10:48 +0000 inna.ivanina http://carsandbike.com/?p=1590 Fiat and Chrysler plan to build three new Jeep models in China for that market, the biggest for the vehicles outside the United States

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ROME (AP) — Fiat and Chrysler announced plans Saturday to build three new Jeep models in China for that market, the biggest for the vehicles outside the United States, as they attempt to boost sales in a country where they lag behind their competitors.

The automakers said they will expand their joint venture with China’s Guangzhou Automobile Group Co. Ltd., and increase the portfolio of Jeeps, which are currently imported to China.

Production is expected to start in late 2015 in Guangzhou, the companies said in a statement, adding that they are considering a Jeep model “uniquely designed for China.”

Chrysler Group LLC spokesman Gualberto Ranieri declined to provide details on that model. He said in an email that more information will be announced at an “appropriate time.”

Fiat and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, who plans to complete the legal merger of Fiat and Chrysler by the end of the year, said in the statement that the deal represents the next phase in the “expansion on a global scale of the Jeep brand.”

The joint venture involving Chrysler, Fiat and Guangzhou Automotive makes the Fiat Viaggio in China, but no Jeeps are currently produced there.

China represents the largest Jeep market outside the U.S. with nearly 60,000 vehicles sold last year. Ranieri said the Jeeps that will be made in China would be sold only in that country.

Fiat and Chrysler were expected to try to increase sales in that high-growth market. Executives with Chrysler’s Jeep brand said as far back as the start of 2013 that they were in talks to build some vehicles in China for that market. They said the Jeep Wrangler would always be built in the United States, but there were opportunities among other models.

During the 2012 presidential campaign, Republican candidate Mitt Romney came under criticism for an ad that said Chrysler would build Jeeps in China — insinuating that U.S. jobs might suffer. That brought the 2009 government bailout of General Motors and Chrysler to the forefront in the days ahead of the election.

The claims were criticized for being misleading, since automakers were adding production facilities in China to meet rising demand there. Because of trade rules, it’s easier for companies to build cars for the Chinese market in China.

 

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Ford to offer 50th anniversary Mustang http://carsandbike.com/ap-us-auto-show-mustang-50th.html http://carsandbike.com/ap-us-auto-show-mustang-50th.html#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:32:36 +0000 inna.ivanina http://carsandbike.com/?p=1585 At the New York International Auto Show on Wednesday, Ford revealed the 50 Year Limited Edition.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Ford is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Mustang with a limited-edition model and a display atop the Empire State Building.

At the New York International Auto Show on Wednesday, the company revealed the 50 Year Limited Edition. The company will only build 1,964 special cars, honoring the year when the Mustang first went on sale.

“If you don’t like this car, you don’t like cars,” said Executive Chairman Bill Ford, whose first car was an electric green 1975 Mustang.

Earlier in the day, Bill Ford appeared with a bright yellow 2015 Mustang convertible on the 86th floor observation deck of the Empire State Building. It’s the first time a car has been there since 1965, when Ford put a Mustang convertible there.

The car had to be broken into five pieces for the ride up the building’s elevators and reassembled late at night, when the deck is closed to visitors. It will be on display until Friday.

The 50 Year Limited Edition models will come in one of the two colors of Ford’s logo: white or blue. Buyers can choose a manual or automatic transmission.

There are special chrome highlights around the grille, windows and tail lights. The Limited Edition will also be the only 2015 Mustang GT with a faux gas cap badge on the rear, where the original cap sat.

Limited Edition cars will be among the first built when 2015 Mustang production begins later this year. Bill Ford said the company hasn’t yet decided how to allocate them, or what the price will be. In 1964, the Mustang’s starting price was $2,300.

Ford chose to mark the anniversary in New York because the Mustang was first shown here at the 1964 World’s Fair.

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Toyota Camry gets a top-to-bottom makeover http://carsandbike.com/ap-us-auto-show-toyota-camry.html http://carsandbike.com/ap-us-auto-show-toyota-camry.html#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:22:04 +0000 inna.ivanina http://carsandbike.com/?p=1582 The redesigned 2015 Camry, unveiled Wednesday at the New York International Auto Show, is longer and wider

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NEW YORK (AP) — Shaken by the advances of newer, sportier rivals, the Toyota Camry is trying to shed its vanilla reputation.

The redesigned 2015 Camry, unveiled Wednesday at the New York International Auto Show, is longer and wider, with a large, aggressive grille and chiseled sides. Toyota says it changed every exterior piece but the roof.

The Camry has been the best-selling car in the U.S. for the last 12 years, supported by loyal buyers wedded to a dependable family car. But Toyota acknowledges that tastes have changed, and buyers of midsize cars want more style, comfort and performance to go with the reliability.

U.S. Toyota division chief Bill Fay said the company started redesigning the Camry almost immediately after a new version went on sale in 2011. Fay said the company knew it needed a more daring style after competitors like Hyundai and Ford offered newer, more striking designs.

“Everyone was raising the stakes a bit. We had to make sure we could keep this competitive,” Fay said Wednesday at the show.

Inside the updated Camry, there are softer materials and a wireless charging system. The body is stiffer and the suspension and steering were retuned for more responsive driving. Even the carpet and side mirrors were redesigned to make the car quieter.

The new Camry, which goes on sale this fall, will help the Camry defend its turf, which has been increasingly challenged by rivals.

The Honda Accord, redesigned for the 2013 model year, narrowed Camry’s full-year sales lead to 41,000 cars last year from 73,000 in 2012. The Nissan Altima and the Ford Fusion each had bigger percentage sales gains last year than the Camry.

What’s more, the new Mazda6 breezed past the Camry’s fuel economy numbers. And even luxury makers like Mercedes-Benz have introduced new cars that sell for under $30,000 — right in Camry buyers’ price range.

It didn’t help that Toyota’s reputation was hurt by a series of recalls in 2010. The Camry has never regained the 15 percent share of the midsize car market it held before the recalls. It controlled 13 percent of that market in 2013, with total sales of 408,484, according to Ward’s AutoInfoBank.

The midsize rivals are competing in a shrinking market. Young families and aging Baby Boomers are flocking to small SUVs like the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V, which offer more space and competitive fuel economy. Midsize car sales have fallen 8 percent so far this year, while small SUVs are up 20 percent, according to Kelley Blue Book.

In that kind of market, no one can stand still. Hyundai, which brought the midsize segment out of the doldrums with the racy 2011 Sonata, which went on sale in 2009, introduced a new Sonata in New York Wednesday.

The 2015 Sonata has ditched the sharp creases on the sides that polarized buyers in favor of a taut, refined look to match the upscale Genesis sedan. The new Sonata, which goes on sale this summer, has many new features, including Apple’s CarPlay system that lets drivers control their Apple devices through the car.

The more refined styling may disappoint some fans. Mike Cimino, a Hyundai dealer and vice president of Phil Long Dealerships in Colorado Springs, Colo., was hoping for a revolutionary change along the lines of the 2011 model.

“I’m wondering what they have that’s going to take them out of the box again,” he said.

But Dave Zuchowski, the CEO of Hyundai in the U.S., said Hyundai no longer needs to grab buyers’ attention like it did five years ago.

“We don’t have to stand on the table and shout,” he said.

Cimino, who also sells Toyotas, said the Camry doesn’t need to make revolutionary changes. Toyota buyers are extremely loyal, he said, and are satisfied with small upgrades in design and technology.

Aaron Bragman, the Detroit bureau chief for the car buying site Cars.com, says Toyota surprised him with the extent of the changes on the 2015 Camry.

“They had to step up their game,” he said.

In addition to those loyal buyers, Toyota has another advantage: the weak yen. Adam Jonas, an auto analyst with Morgan Stanley, says the depreciation of the yen has translated into a $2,500 to $3,000 profit per vehicle for Japanese automakers.

That’s helped Toyota maintain its lead, since it can make a profit even if it offers big discounts. The average Camry currently sells for $23,965, or around $900 less than the average midsize car, according to KBB. Only the Dodge Avenger sells for less.

Those profits can also be reinvested in better products, like the new Camry.

“They will do what they need to do to stay on top,” said Stephanie Brinley, an analyst with IHS Automotive.

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Hyundai overstated mileage for revamped sedan http://carsandbike.com/ap-as-skorea-hyundai.html http://carsandbike.com/ap-as-skorea-hyundai.html#comments Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:42:53 +0000 inna.ivanina http://carsandbike.com/?p=1577 South Korea's largest automaker Hyundai Motor Co. claimed it overstated the gas mileage of its revamped Sonata sedan in publicity material for the media

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Hyundai Motor Co. said Monday it overstated the gas mileage of its revamped Sonata sedan in publicity material for the media.

South Korea’s largest automaker said it was a mistake that a tentative mileage figure from internal tests was included in a presentation to reporters.

The government Friday said the mileage of the upcoming Sonata was 12.1 kilometers per liter (28.4 miles per gallon) instead of the 12.6 kilometers per liter (29.6 mpg) Hyundai said on March 4.

In 2012, Hyundai and its affiliate Kia Motors Corp. were found to have overstated gas mileage on 900,000 vehicles sold in the U.S. They agreed to pay up to $395 million to consumers as part of a settlement. Then Hyundai blamed procedural errors.

Hyundai vice president Hwang Chung-yul had touted the new family sedan’s fuel economy, saying it was a 6 percent improvement from its predecessor’s 11.9 kilometers, or 28 miles.

Hyundai said the mistake resulted from its effort to emphasize the improved fuel economy of the new Sonata, even though it was heavier than the previous model. It apologized in an emailed statement for not being more prudent.

Hyundai began receiving pre-orders for the revamped Sonata earlier this month. It is scheduled to go on sale in South Korea later this month.

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California mulls how to regulate driverless cars http://carsandbike.com/ap-us-driverless-cars.html http://carsandbike.com/ap-us-driverless-cars.html#comments Wed, 12 Mar 2014 07:57:14 +0000 inna.ivanina http://carsandbike.com/?p=1574 What do you think of driveless cars? Soon or later you will be able to buy such a car, but do you know how to regulate the vehicles that haven't been fully developed yet.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sooner or later, consumers will be able to buy cars that rely on computers — not the owner — to do the driving.

Though the technology is still being tested, the day it rolls out into broad public use can now be measured in years, not decades.

With that timeframe in mind, California’s Department of Motor Vehicles on Tuesday began puzzling through how to regulate the vehicles that haven’t been fully developed yet.

Among the complex questions officials sought to unravel at the initial public hearing on regulations in Sacramento:

How will the state know the cars are safe?

Does a driver even need to be behind the wheel?

Can manufacturers mine data from onboard computers to make product pitches based on where the car goes or set insurance rates based on how it is driven?

Do owners get docked points on their license if they send a car to park itself and it slams into another vehicle?

Once the stuff of science fiction, driverless cars could be commercially available by decade’s end. Under a California law passed in 2012, the DMV must decide by the end of this year how to integrate the cars — often called autonomous vehicles — onto public roads.

Three other states have passed driverless car laws, but those rules mostly focus on testing. California has mandated rules on testing and public operation, and the DMV expects within weeks to finalize regulations dictating what companies must do to test the technology on public roads.

Those rules came after Google Inc. had already sent its fleet of Priuses and Lexuses, fitted with an array of sensors including radar and lasers, hundreds of thousands of miles in California. Major automakers also have tested their own models.

Now, the DMV is scrambling to regulate the broader use of the cars. With the federal government apparently years away from developing regulations, California’s rules could effectively become the national standard.

Much of the initial discussion Tuesday focused on privacy concerns.

California’s law requires autonomous vehicles to log records of operation so the data can be used to reconstruct an accident.

But the cars “must not become another way to track us in our daily lives,” John M. Simpson of the nonprofit Consumer Watchdog said at the hearing. Simpson called out Google, saying the Internet giant rebuffed attempts to add privacy guarantees when it pushed the 2012 legislation mandating rules on testing and public operation.

Seated across from Simpson at the hearing’s head tables was a representative from Google, who offered no comment on the data privacy issue.

Discussion also touched on how to know a car is safe, and whether an owner knows how to properly operate it.

Ron Medford, Google’s director of safety for its “self-driving car” project, suggested that manufacturers should be able to self-certify that their cars are safe. He cautioned that it would get complicated, fast, if the state tried to assume that role.

In initial iterations, human drivers would be expected to take control in an instant if the computer systems fail. Unlike current technology — which can help park a car or keep it in its freeway lane — owners might eventually be able to read, daydream or even sleep while the car did the work.

Responding to a question received over Twitter, DMV attorney Brian Soublet acknowledged that the department is still grappling with the most fundamental question of whether a person will need to be in the driver’s seat.

Maybe not, by the time the technology is safe and reliable, he said.

Soublet asked who would ensure that owners know how to use the new technology. Should the onus be on dealers, manufacturers, owners?

Representatives of automakers suggested they shouldn’t be asked to guarantee the capability of owners. John Tillman of Mercedes-Benz said the DMV could test owners on basics such as starting and stopping the automated driving function.

Automaker representatives also expressed concerns that other states could pass regulations that were substantially different from California, creating the kind of patchwork rules that businesses hate.

States outside California have been in touch and are following California’s rule-making process closely, said Bernard Soriano, a deputy director at the DMV.

Other discussion centered on how vulnerable the cars could be to hackers, who might wrest control of the vehicles.

Industry representatives said that while that’s a concern, they would vigilantly guard against such vulnerability because it would be disastrous.

DMV regulation writers will post draft language regulations around June, then alter the rules in response to public comment by fall in order to get them finalized by year’s end, Soublet said.

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First 2 Corvettes pulled from Kentucky sinkhole http://carsandbike.com/first-2-corvettes-pulled-from-kentucky-sinkhole.html http://carsandbike.com/first-2-corvettes-pulled-from-kentucky-sinkhole.html#comments Tue, 04 Mar 2014 14:56:49 +0000 natalia.maslova http://carsandbike.com/?p=1569 Two classic cars swallowed by a sinkhole beneath the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky have re-emerged. Six more prized vehicles are still lodged in the giant hole

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Two classic cars swallowed by a sinkhole beneath the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky have re-emerged.

Six more prized vehicles are still lodged in the giant hole that opened last month at the Bowling Green museum.

Workers in a cage were lowered into the hole to hook straps around the cars removed Monday, a 2009 ZR1 Blue Devil and a 1993 Ruby Red 40th Anniversary Corvette.

Museum Katie Frassinelli says workers hope Tuesday to recover a 1962 black Corvette. She says the others won’t be pulled out until workers further stabilize the sinkhole.

Chevrolet spokesman Monte Doran says the ZR1 has minor damage. He says the other car has more extensive damage and body panels will need replacing.

Chevrolet will oversee restoration of the cars at a Michigan plant.

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California court: Drivers can read cellphone maps http://carsandbike.com/california-court-drivers-can-read-cellphone-maps.html http://carsandbike.com/california-court-drivers-can-read-cellphone-maps.html#comments Fri, 28 Feb 2014 10:07:31 +0000 natalia.maslova http://carsandbike.com/?p=1564 Drivers in California can legally read a map on their hand-held cellphones while behind the wheel, a state appeals court ruled Thursday

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FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Drivers in California can legally read a map on their hand-held cellphones while behind the wheel, a state appeals court ruled Thursday.

The 5th District Court of Appeal reversed the case of a Fresno man who was ticketed in January 2012 for looking at a map on his iPhone 4 while stuck in traffic. The driver, Steven Spriggs, challenged the $165 fine.

But Spriggs said he’s no champion of those who think they can get away with cruising down the road while staring at their phone or engaging in other such dangerous behavior. Spriggs would like the law that ensnared him to be rewritten so officers can do their job unencumbered.

“We’re distracted all the time,” he said. “If our distractions cause us to drive erratically, we should be arrested for driving erratically.”

It’s personal for Spriggs, whose son suffered a broken leg from a driver who was chatting on a cellphone. Spriggs said he uses a hands-free device to talk and drive.

The incident that ensnared Spriggs happened when he was stopped by roadwork. He had grabbed his cellphone to find an alternate route when a California Highway Patrol officer on a motorcycle spotted him and wrote the ticket.

Spriggs first challenged the case in traffic court, where he lost, and then appealed it himself to a three-judge panel in Fresno County Superior Court, where he lost a second time.

Determined that the law didn’t apply to him, Spriggs took it to the appellate court, but this time with help of a law firm that stepped in to represent him pro bono.

In their 18-page ruling, the appellate judges said California’s law that prohibits people from talking on their cellphones without a hands-free device could have been written more clearly, but it doesn’t apply to looking at maps on cellphones. The law the CHP officer used to ticket Spriggs applies specifically to people “listening and talking” on cellphones, not using their mobile phone in other ways, the court said.

Texting while driving remains illegal under another California law passed after the one at issue in Spriggs’ case.

Attorney Scott Reddie, who represented Spriggs, said it’s now up to the state attorney general’s office to decide if it will challenge Thursday’s ruling to the California Supreme Court, which is choosy about which cases it hears. Nicholas Pacilio, a spokesman for Attorney General Kamala Harris, said the office is reviewing the ruling.

Neither Reddie nor Pacilio were familiar with other states that prohibit drivers from looking at cellphone map applications.

Spriggs, who is entitled to recoup his $165 fine, said the Superior Court judges who had upheld his violation were guilty of overreaching by applying the spotty law to him. He hopes that California legislators will now revisit the issue and fix it.

“They’re going to have to do something,” he said. “I just hope they take a look at the big picture.”

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VW in $9.2 billion offer for truck maker Scania http://carsandbike.com/vw-in-9-2-billion-offer-for-truck-maker-scania.html http://carsandbike.com/vw-in-9-2-billion-offer-for-truck-maker-scania.html#comments Mon, 24 Feb 2014 11:05:32 +0000 natalia.maslova http://carsandbike.com/?p=1558 Volkswagen is offering 6.7 billion euros ($9.2 billion) to take over the rest of Swedish truck maker Scania

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BERLIN (AP) — Volkswagen is offering 6.7 billion euros ($9.2 billion) to take over the rest of Swedish truck maker Scania.

Europe’s biggest auto manufacturer says it wants to purchase the 37.4 percent of Scania it doesn’t already own.

Volkswagen says its offer of 200 Swedish krona per share represents a premium of more than 50 percent.

Wolfsburg-based VW estimates that a takeover will result in cost savings of 650 million euros a year.

VW published the offer Friday as it announced that its annual net profit fell 58.2 percent last year to 9.07 billion euros due to the integration of Porsche.

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Take Care of Your Car with Best Car Care Kits on Amazon http://carsandbike.com/take-care-of-your-car-with-best-car-care-kits-on-amazon.html http://carsandbike.com/take-care-of-your-car-with-best-car-care-kits-on-amazon.html#comments Wed, 19 Feb 2014 07:58:49 +0000 Diz1 http://carsandbike.com/?p=1523 There are a lot of car care products on the market; however, if you look best car care kits, you should consider buying on Amazon. Read on to learn more!

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If your car is more than just a vehicle for you, you need to read this article badly. If your car is your friend, you need to read it too. There are a lot of car care products on the market; however, if your car is your friend, you won’t use regular ones, or the ones that will cause damage to paint, wheels, rubber, and vinyl trim.

Meanwhile, it is hard to choose the best car care kit. Just visit any car care store and you will see how many different items they have – numerous car care kits, car polishers and car polishes, car waxes, wheel cleaners, paint cleaners, rubber dressings, and many more. Every item is produced by dozens of different companies that offer different prices and quality. What can you do to choose the best car care kits? Read the article where we’ve chosen top 4 car care kits and go to Amazon to buy one.

Griot’s Garage 11131 Starter Car Care Kit

Griot’s Garage is a known company in the automobile world. It produces high quality car care products since 1990 when company’s founder Richard Griot decided to make a line of products for automotive enthusiasts who care about their cars. Griot looked for the best of the best, so we won’t be surprised if you love Griot’s Garage Starter Car Care Kit.

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Griot’s Garage Starter Car Care Kit includes all car care products that every car enthusiast needs. The kit is also great for beginners as it is easy to use. Just follow the next 4 steps to reach perfection:

  1. Clean your entire car with Car Wash and Wheel Cleaner.
  2. Remove the contaminants from your car’s paint with Paint Cleaning Clay and then apply Speed Shine.
  3. Use Best of Show Wax to wax your car and protect it from the elements. Waxing enhances paint color and depth, as well as allows you to reach a polished look.
  4. Use Vinyl & Rubber Dressing to protect tires, exterior trim, as well as interior parts of your car.

Griot’s Garage Starter Car Care Kit is an ideal product for many reasons. The most evident one is that it fits both beginners and seasoned detailers. With Griot’s Garage Starter Car Care Kit you will clean your entire car from top to bottom quick and easy, forget about contaminants in car’s paint and taints. Push “Buy Now” button to purchase the car care kit and learn more about it.

Meguilar’s Ultimate Car Care Kit

If you are looking for a car care kit that will meet all your needs in terms of quality, ease of use, price, and many more, Meguilar’s Ultimate Car Care Kit can be recommended. The kit includes everything a pro of car cleaning looks for – overall 12 items, from car polishers and waxes to towels. With Meguilar’s Ultimate Car Care Kit your car will look as if you had just bought it. The kit includes the following items:

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  1. Ultimate Wash and Wax. Use it to clean your car and then make it shine and glossy. The product allows lifting dirt and grime from the paint easily, uses synthetic polymer technology.
  2. Ultimate Compound. Micro-abrasive technology used in Ultimate Compound allows you to restore paint color and clarity without scratching. Forget about rubbing and polishing compounds – with Ultimate Compound you will do with oxidation, scratches, and water spots with a single movement.
  3. Ultimate Polish. Add depth and color, make your car’s paint look clear and glossy with Ultimate Polish. Use it before waxing to reach the better result.
  4. Ultimate Liquid Wax. The wax features ThinFilm technology that makes the process of waxing an easy thing to do. Even in full sun, Ultimate Liquid Wax is easy to apply and remove. Suitable for any type of paint.
  5. Ultimate Protectant. The product protects the car from UV with its clear-coat technology. Ultimate Protectant can renew exterior trim, moldings, and even tires by protecting them from UV.
  6. Ultimate Black. Use the product to restore and renew exterior plastic parts, vinyl, and rubber parts, such as moldings, bumpers, door handles, etc. The product also uses the clear-coat technology, protects the car from UV. The substance is durable, non-greasy, easy to apply and remove.
  7. Ultimate Quik Detailer. The product features hydrophobic polymer technology that allows the detailer to repel water and maintain water beading. The product allows you to protect your car better thanks to bridging the gap between the traditional washing and waxing. Your car’s paint finish will look even better with another layer of protection that the detailer offers. It helps keep the car clean and fortifies wax.
  8. Supreme Shine Microfiber Towel, Foam Applicator, Microfiber Wash Mitt, and Water Magnet are also included in Meguilar’s Ultimate Car Care Kit. They will allow you to clean your car quick and easy, guarantee no taints and strokes.

As you see, Meguilar’s Ultimate Car Care Kit includes a whole bunch of different items. If you are a perfectionist and a real car enthusiast who can spend hours with his/her car, we recommend this kit. Push “Buy Now” button to purchase the car care kit and learn more about it.

Mothers Hardcore Enthusiast Car Care Kit

Mothers is known to produce one of the best car care kits, so it is natural that we will include two car care kits by this company in the list. Meet Mothers Hardcore Enthusiast Car Care Kit, a must buy for car care perfectionists.

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Mothers Hardcore Enthusiast Car Care Kit includes all necessary items to make your car shine. If you pay attention to details, love your car to look brand new, Mothers Hardcore Enthusiast Car Care Kit is for you. The kit includes a bottle of high quality Car Wash, California Gold Clay Bar System, Reflections Car Wax, Spray Wax, Top Coat, Tire Care, Leather Care, Wheel Mist, and Back-To-Black.

Mothers Hardcore Enthusiast Car Care Kit is easy to use: just apply the needed substance on your car and scrub it with a microfiber towel. The high quality shine is what you get when use this car care kit. Of course, you can expect that the aesthetic appeal of your car will also get better as there will be no scratches and defects. Push “Buy Now” button to purchase the car care kit and learn more about it.

Mothers Power Polishing Kit

The last of our best car care kits is different from the previous ones. After all, not all people are fans of cleaning their cars for hours. Mothers Power Polishing Kit offers you everything to cut polishing time dramatically.
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Mothers Power Polishing Kit includes PowerBall 4Paint Kit (Yellow PowerBall and FX Synwax), PowerBall, PowerBall Mini Polishing Tool, PowerCone, and PowerMetal Polish that guarantee that you will no longer polish your car for hours. You can expect the shine of the highest quality and a better overall finish.

Mothers Power Polishing Kit can be used to polish any part of your car – from paint to chrome wheels, bumpers, and even black trim. To note, the balls and the cone are destroyed easily, so you will have to change them repeatedly if use often. Push “Buy Now” button to purchase the car care kit and learn more about it.

To sum it up, if you are looking for the best car care kits, you should definitely consider the aforesaid products. However, if you want to buy the most effective in cleaning but gentle car care kit, we would recommend Griot’s Garage Starter Car Care Kit. It is the best choice you can make.

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TOKYO (AP) — Toyota said Wednesday it is recalling 1.9 million hybrid Prius cars globally for a software glitch that could cause the vehicle to stall.

Toyota Motor Corp. said that 997,000 Prius cars in Japan, some 713,000 in North America, another 130,000 in Europe and the rest in other regions are being recalled for a problem in the software to control the hybrid system.

No accidents or injuries have been reported related to the problem.

The software could cause transistors to become damaged, causing warnings lights to go off, driving power to be reduced or the car to stop. The recalled vehicles were manufactured between March 2009 and February 2014.

The Japanese automaker suffered massive recalls starting in 2009, affecting more than 14 million vehicles for problems including floor mats, gas pedals and brakes.

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Must-Have Car Accessories: the Automatic Smart Driving Assistant http://carsandbike.com/must-have-car-accessories-the-automatic-smart-driving-assistant.html http://carsandbike.com/must-have-car-accessories-the-automatic-smart-driving-assistant.html#comments Tue, 18 Feb 2014 07:28:44 +0000 Diz1 http://carsandbike.com/?p=1475 Would you like to upgrade your auto with one of the latest must-have car accessories? The best way to achieve this aim is to install the Automatic Smart Driving Assistant in your vehicle. The device is currently available on Amazon for a reasonable price

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Do you want to upgrade your auto with an awesome tool that will give you an opportunity to change your driving for better? Make an order of the Automatic Smart Driving Assistant on Amazon and you’ll have the most technologically advanced car! This device belongs to the best-selling products of the trustworthy online retailer, as it lets drivers develop a habit to save on fuel consumption.

Moreover, it’s considered to be one of the best car apps providing the detailed information about your trips, which means you won’t need to strain your brain anymore. In case of a crash, the Automatic Driving Assistant will notify the local authorities of your problems for them to help you as soon as possible. Keep in mind that the item isn’t a privilege, it’s one of must-have car accessories that every driver living in the 21st century should have!

Does It Take Any Efforts to Install the Device?

If you don’t like the idea to go through the hassle of complicated installation, the Automatic Smart Driving Assistant is a perfect option for you! The installation process is almost effortless, as it doesn’t require using any additional tools. The only thing you’ll need to do is to plug the device into the OBD-II port in order to establish wireless connection between your vehicle and smartphone.

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Is It Comfortable to Operate the Device?

Do you make comfort a priority when you drive your automobile? The Automatic Driving Assistant location near the steering wheel is very convenient, as you’ll have easy access to the device whenever you like! There’ll be no necessity to divert your attention from the road and risk your life. Don’t hesitate to buy the product on Amazon as you won’t find better must-have car accessories that would encourage your road trip safety!

What Information Does the Device Provide?

The Automatic car app will provide you with the detailed information about your driving on a weekly basis. Buy the device on Amazon and you’ll have an opportunity to see MPGs for all of your journeys. If you are a driver of an old automobile that doesn’t show fuel efficiency on its dashboard, you will also have this option!

Another reason why the Automatic Driving Assistant belongs to must-have car accessories is its capability to disclose gas stations and their prices to keep you well-informed of your expenses. Connection to the onboard computer of your automobile will help you detect the problem when you see the ‘check engine’ light and offer the best possible ways to solve it! If you have a serious case, the device will show the nearest locations of highly-reputed mechanics who would deal with your issue.

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How Can the Device Help in Case of an Emergency?

In case of an emergency, the Automatic Smart Driving Assistant will help you avoid tragic consequences! The device detects any collision via its built-in accelerometer and informs the local authorities of your location via the iPhone connection. It can also send a message to your relatives to make them aware of contacting the 911 service! Your road trip safety is in your hands!

How Can You Save Money Using the Device?

What do you think about an idea to change your driving style and stop squandering a fortune on fuel? Purchase the Automatic Smart Driving Assistant on Amazon as it is one of the best ways to save gas in the tank of your vehicle and therefore your hard-earned money! The device will give you audio hints when you start wasting gas because of rough braking, speeding, rapid acceleration, and other actions that reduce fuel efficiency. Don’t neglect your chance to drive without losses and fill your piggy bank with hundreds of dollars every week!

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What Car Do You Need to Operate the Device?

The Automatic Smart Driving Assistant is meant for any car with a gasoline engine manufactured in the United States beginning from 1996. Keep in mind that the driving assistant doesn’t work with vehicles requiring diesel, natural gas, or electricity. Today, you can use it only on the territory of the USA, but the company is planning to change this situation later.

What Phone Is Required for the Device?

The Automatic Driving Assistant is compatible with iPhone 4s, 5, 5c, and 5s, that’s why it’s reasonable to obtain one of the mentioned mobile devices beforehand. As a bonus, the item reduces the consumption of your phone’s battery life to a minimum due to the Bluetooth 4.0 technology and advanced methods of saving energy. Doesn’t it sound awesome that you won’t need to worry about charging your mobile device before getting behind the wheel? As for me, it does! The product is definitely one of the best car accessories to have by your side!

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What Do Drivers Think about the Device?

Other customers’ feedback is an important aspect to take into account before buying any product as it can guarantee high value for your hard-earned money! Look through the most helpful comments of drivers who have already used the Automatic Smart Driving Assistant in order to assure yourself you’ll remain satisfied with your purchase!

I bought my Automatic from my local Apple Store ($100, same as Amazon) and I absolutely love it. I’ve had it for 3 weeks now and it’s totally changed the way that I drive. I’ve stopped speeding and braking hard in pursuit of achieving a perfect 100 score for the day and ultimately the week. It takes no effort to plug in and use. I haven’t run into any problems with it so far and I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in saving money and changing the way they drive and also for people who like to collect statistics about how much they drive and how much they spend driving!
(By Dave Clarke)

I’ve been using Automatic for a few months now in my almost 15 year old Volvo V70 wagon, a car that obviously is not outfitted with all the modern conveniences of modern cars. luckily, Automatic gives me access to cool modern features like trip mileage, routes, parking locator, crash notifications, and service light readings and reset functionality. I’ve also found that over time, I have also learned to be a smoother driver, thanks to the real-time driving feedback that tells me if I am driving too fast, accellerating too quickly, or braking too hard.
(By Albert C. Ocampo)

I really like this little device, and I think different people will use it in different ways. For me, it’s not necessarily about increasing my fuel efficiency while I drive, but helping me understand how much I’m spending on gas over the course of time. When I start up the app, I really like how it shows on the main screen how much I’ve spent on gas for the week. After driving out to see a Warriors game, I could easily see how much more I spent to drive (gas plus parking) than it would have cost to take the subway. The next time I drive to the airport, I’ll be interested to see what the total cost is, so I can compare that to taking transit. Also, I love that it keeps track of where your car’s parked, without you having to remember to set a marker on another app.
(By Eric Simundza)

What Else Can You Obtain to Upgrade Your Auto?

The Automatic Smart Driving Assistant is definitely an awesome item to upgrade your auto, but there are some other products to install in your vehicle! The Zubie Key is regarded as one of the top car accessories due to a high level of comport it ensures. Obtain this device on Amazon to turn your driving into an easy, safe and inexpensive practice. Look through a wide range of its benefits:

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  • Zubie provides easy installation. Just plug the item into the OBD port of your automobile and start using it!
  • The Zubie Smartphone App will inform you of your driving behavior and help you improve your habits behind the steering wheel.
  • The constant connection allows the device to detect vehicle / phone locations whenever you need it. The data is shown on a special map.
  • Zubie alerts will tell you that your automobile has crossed the borders you have set.
  • The product will notify you of the problem when you see the ‘Check Engine’ light and give you useful tips to solve it.
  • Zubie also provides discounts for automotive service and assistance in saving on insurance.

Customers’ Feedback:

The installation was really easy (it’s like plugging in a USB key, and the app helps you find the OBD port). It starts logging pretty quick, and is pretty accurate. I would say the biggest plus for me was showing me how badly I’m driving. I drive too fast and brake too often, and after enough notifications to that effect, I started slowing down and giving myself more space (hard to do in SoCal traffic, but doable). It’s great seeing your progress and seeing the areas your driving needs improvement on, since we all think we’re better drivers than we truly are.
(By R. Sanchez)

It works as advertised. Super easy to install, the app on my Galaxy Note 2 works fine and the information that I get from the device is easy and clear to understand. I decided to buy it since I had to share my car with someone else, I wanted to check how the other person was driving the car. I have gotten reports of hard breaking twice since I have teh zubie. I will recommend this device to everyone who wants to be aware of the health of your car.
(By lolo)

I have used a few systems like this but Zubie is by far and away the easiest and best solution. Plug it in, set up the app on your phone and off you go! Already saved me once…it reported my battery was about to die before it died.
(By Joshua Konowe)

Another awesome option for everyone interested in improving driving habits is the PLX Devices Kiwi Bluetooth Wireless Trip Computer and OBDII Scanner. It is developed by one of the leading Silicon Valley corporations manufacturing advanced automotive gadgets. Obtain this device on Amazon to enjoy the following benefits:

  • A compact design of the item (2.75 x 1.25 x 0.6 inches) provides proper comfort.
  • A 6-foot OBDII cable ensures easy installation that takes less than 10 seconds.
  • A built-in power switch helps you save your car’s battery without disconnecting it.
  • The device ensures wireless connection of your automobile’s onboard computer to the Android OS-based smartphone.

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Customers’ Feedback:

I bought this after my car threw me a check engine light. I bought it and discovered it was something related to the secondary oxygen sensor. I was able to buy the proper sensor, install it and clear the code. I’ve had this for a few months now in my 2007 Mazda 3 GT hatchback and it works awesome with my android phone and the torque app. It reports a bunch of useful data that would require dozens of gauges or a mini-computer that you sometimes see in high end luxury vehicles. I recommend this to everyone who wants to see data in real time from their car or simply to access OBD2 codes and clear them.
(By Zack)

I have had this for about a year now. Paired with my Droid and the Torque app, this thing will pay for itself in no time. I have used it when shopping for used cars to check if there are any issues with the car and I have also used it to help some friends out with car issues. This will do most of the things that shops charge you $100 for, but you can do it over and over as much as you want. It is also pretty cool to use it to monitor temperatures and several other options in the Torque app. Highly recommended. Don’t get the cheap ones, this is the one to get.
(By Nathan B.)

I paired this up with my Droid X2 using the Torque Pro app and they work flawlessly. Installation took all of 5 seconds in my 1999 Mustang GT. Just plug and go. The GPS trip mapping is almost unnerving as to how accurate it is. I would definitely recommend this to anyone, even the most casual of car users. As one reviewer has already posted, you can mount your phone to your windshield similar to mounting it as if you were using it for the gps app and then be able to keep an eye on real time engine statistics.
(By NeedleGuy)

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Tech Adventure: Maximizing the iPhone 5S During Cycling Trips http://carsandbike.com/tech-adventure-maximizing-the-iphone-5s-during-cycling-trips.html http://carsandbike.com/tech-adventure-maximizing-the-iphone-5s-during-cycling-trips.html#comments Mon, 17 Feb 2014 11:29:32 +0000 natalia.maslova http://carsandbike.com/?p=1470 The iPhone 5S has a lot of features intended for a cycling trip. Apple unveiled changes into its GPS mapping, while retaining its key features including the reliable Glonass.

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Of the multitude of smartphones and stand-alone GPS devices currently on the market, the iPhone 5S is arguably the standout, packing a lot of features intended for cycling trips or runs, this device has endeared itself to avid cyclists and runners worldwide. Recently, Apple unveiled significant changes to its GPS mapping, while retaining its key features including the reliable Glonass. In order for the device to run these features seamlessly, Apple has equipped the handset with the new A7 chip that they promise will be twice as fast as its predecessor, making it the first 64-bit smartphone on the market.

GPS Products and Promotions

The use of GPS and virtual maps isn’t entirely new to the market, for those of us who have been using our smart devices when on the road. From sportsbands with GPS capabilities to sending out promotional offers to smart devices, companies have fully maximized this feature to increase profits. Prior to their sportsband, Nike had already released a GPS running app that tracked runners routes, entitled the Nike+ for iOS that used the GPS to track the progress of the runner, keeping accurate data of the distance, time, and pace in which the subject in question ran. All data is kept safe on your iPhone or can be transferred to your PC.
But, some companies also venture into using this feature as a promotional tool. In 2005, Partypoker partnered with GPS Industries to market their online poker brand at 15 golf courses. “GPS Industries’ advertising network represents a unique way to invite consumers within the golfing community to continue their competition online at the world’s largest online poker site,” said Partypoker’s Head of Marketing, Sanjay Balakrishnan.
Ellen Keohane of Direct Marketing wrote that since mobile phones are now equipped with GPS, it makes locating customers much easier. In fact, they don’t need to tell their devices where they are, it will automatically record your current location, and provide you with the nearest establishments within the vicinity.

This feature, when maximized on the road, can bring more excitement to your usual cycling trips. Read on below to learn more about this handset’s specifics that you can utilize on your next exertion.

Glonass

In 2011, Apple debuted this Russian navigation system on their iPhone 4S. As you cycle, this feature will provide you with a three-dimensional location pinpointer, which includes altitude, longitude, and latitude.

• How does it work with the iPhone GPS?
Glonass increases navigation accuracy by two meters, as it has 24 satellites worldwide, which works with a standard mobile GPS satellite. If you’re in a forest where GPS signals are blocked, the Glonass satellites will still be able to pinpoint your exact location instantly.

• Advantage of Glonass over GPS
While both systems have their fair share of strengths and pitfalls, the Glonass is more accurate in the Northern Hemisphere.

M7 Coprocessor

While on a trip with this app, you’ll still be able to monitor your health and fitness levels. With the inclusion of the M7 coprocessor, the 5S can control motion tasks such as the compass, accelerometer, and the gyroscope. This paves the way for new and intuitive fitness apps. According to Apple Marketing Chief Phil Schiller, the M7 measures these sensors without tapping into the energy released by the A7 chip. If the phone recognizes that you’re cycling, it will automatically call a navigating app to provide directions. It’s also capable of determining if you have switched to walking, prompting the device to give the right information without waking the device.

Turn by turn Navigation

Previously, iOS 6 users were able to enjoy a narrative turn-by-turn navigation, life-like road signs, traffic forecasts, and 3D city views. With the new iPhone, there is a new walking navigation, which comes in handy as you stroll with your bike. This feature gives detailed instructions when you are venturing to unfamiliar places. To activate this, you must toggle the settings icon, wherein you have to change the default car setting to walking. A word of caution: these walking directions aren’t exact instructions; they are automobile directions with a longer time frame.

Frequent Locations Tracker

When the new iOS rolled out, the iPhone 5S was given the new Frequent Locations Tracker. The idea of this feature is simple – to track your GPS coordinates, providing you with accurate information on the cycling hot spots you can visit. The beauty of this app is that you it allows Apple to use your frequent locations to improve the Maps. If you update to iOS 7, the company offers the option to enable the Maps and the Frequent Locations as part of the OS set-up procedure.

Improved Maps

The new Apple smartphone gives cyclists the chance to maximize the Apple Maps with a new user interface:

• Maps bookmark syncing
With the help of iCloud, you are now able to sync all your Maps bookmarks. On here, you can add your favorite hiking spots, which will show up on your iPad and Mac.

• Night mode
This feature automatically activates when walking in the dark. As opposed to the traditional bright white map, this has a dark gray background, which works seamlessly with many auto navigation systems.

Based on all of these features, you should be able to maximize your brand new iPhone 5S on your next adventure with this array of apps. So, what do you think of the iPhone 5S as a cycling companion?

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Written by Reese Jones, a true iFan since the birth of iPhone in 2007. She has been following all the Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conferences and has written a multitude of blogs about the latest innovations from Steve Job’s company. If you want to know more about her findings, follow her on Twitter.

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Sinkhole swallows cars at Corvette Museum in Ky. http://carsandbike.com/sinkhole-swallows-cars-at-corvette-museum-in-ky.html http://carsandbike.com/sinkhole-swallows-cars-at-corvette-museum-in-ky.html#comments Fri, 14 Feb 2014 09:20:16 +0000 natalia.maslova http://carsandbike.com/?p=1466 A sinkhole opened beneath the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky and swallowed eight prized cars, piling them in a heap amid loose dirt and concrete fragments

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — It was a sight to make a classic car lover weep: A gaping sinkhole opened beneath the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky and swallowed eight prized cars like they were toys, piling them in a heap amid loose dirt and concrete fragments.

It happened early Wednesday morning while the attraction dedicated to the classic American sports car was closed to visitors.

“They’re all just kind of nose down in the bottom of the hole,” said Western Kentucky University engineering professor Matt Dettman, part of a team brought in to assess the damage and stability of the surrounding area.

Six of the cars were owned by the museum and two — a 1993 ZR-1 Spyder and a 2009 ZR1 Blue Devil — were on loan from General Motors, said museum spokeswoman Katie Frassinelli.

The other cars damaged were a 1962 black Corvette, a 1984 PPG Pace Car, a 1992 White 1 Millionth Corvette, a 1993 Ruby Red 40th Anniversary Corvette, a 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette and a 2009 white 1.5 Millionth Corvette.

“All of these have a unique story behind them,” said museum executive director Wendell Strode. “They’re special.”

An Indiana man donated the 1962 Corvette before his death. He babied it so much he wouldn’t drive it in the rain.

“It was just a very immaculate car,” Strode said.

The museum has insurance coverage for the damage to the cars and the structure, he said.

The hole opened up at about 5:40 a.m. CST Wednesday, setting off an alarm and a call to the fire department, said Bowling Green city spokeswoman Kim Lancaster.

No injuries were reported. Frassinelli said no one was in the museum at the time.

The museum attracts about 150,000 visitors each year. It’s located near the factory where the iconic Corvettes are made.

The hole opened beneath part of the museum’s domed section, an original part of the facility that was completed in 1994. The area will remain closed. The fire department estimated the hole is about 40 feet across and 25 to 30 feet deep. The rest of the museum will operate normal hours Thursday, officials said.

The museum said a structural engineering firm determined the perimeter of the domed area is stable.

Pictures of the sinkhole showed a collapsed section of floor with multiple cars visible inside the hole. A few feet away, other Corvettes sat undamaged. Most of the vehicles were later removed from the damaged area, and the museum was contacting their owners.

“It’s certainly a sad day here,” Strode said.

Visitors trickled into the museum Wednesday, some unaware the main exhibit area was closed. They gazed at the Corvettes on display in the main lobby and shook their heads in amazement that prized Corvettes had been swallowed by the earth.

“That’s a whole lot of money just to throw down a hole,” said Alida Kriete, who stopped with her family on their way back home in Indiana after a vacation to the Gulf Coast.

Dettman estimated it could take weeks to months to repair the damage. The expense could run into hundreds of thousands of dollars, depending on the extent of any structural damage, he said.

Lancaster said information was still being gathered about what exactly happened, but it appeared to be the first problem of its kind at the property.

Bowling Green sits in the midst of the state’s largest karst region — the Western Pennyroyal area, where many of Kentucky’s longest and deepest caves run underground. A karst region displays distinctive surface features, including sinkholes.

Sinkholes are common in the area, but this one was unique, Dettman said.

“One, it’s full of Corvettes, and two that it was inside a structure,” he said.

Geologists were still trying to determine what caused the sinkhole to open up.

Some of the foundation beneath the dome’s main tower appeared to have been undermined, Dettman said, but “the primary foundation system around the perimeter of the structure hasn’t been undermined.”

Jason Polk, a geography and geology professor at Western Kentucky University, called it an isolated event, and said there was no indication that the sinkhole could spread.

“It’s been stable,” he said. “We haven’t seen any other activity or movement since this morning.”

Strode said it appeared at least two of the Corvettes could be saved, but museum officials were still trying to determine the extent of the damage and the value of the eight cars. He didn’t know how soon the cars could be recovered.

“Safety will be paramount, but we’ll also want to move as fast and as appropriate as we can,” he said.

The museum is set to host the 2014 Corvette Caravan in late August, a celebration marking the museum’s 20th anniversary. Museum officials expect car clubs from all 50 states and beyond to converge on Bowling Green for the celebration.

The museum had already hired an engineering firm to oversee the repairs, Strode said.

“The Corvette Museum has overcome adversity before and we’ll overcome it again,” he said. “And we’ll have something spectacular to show you back there in short order.”

Bowling Green, Ky., is also the lone place where General Motors builds the iconic Corvette.

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Associated Press writers Brett Barrouquere and Rebecca Yonker in Louisville contributed to this report.

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Aston Martin recalls more than 17,000 luxury cars http://carsandbike.com/aston-martin-recalls-more-than-17000-luxury-cars.html http://carsandbike.com/aston-martin-recalls-more-than-17000-luxury-cars.html#comments Fri, 07 Feb 2014 11:04:48 +0000 natalia.maslova http://carsandbike.com/?p=1462 British luxury carmaker Aston Martin says it is recalling 17,590 sports cars because of a problem with the accelerator pedal molding

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LONDON (AP) — British luxury carmaker Aston Martin says it is recalling 17,590 sports cars because of a problem with the accelerator pedal molding.

The company said Wednesday there had not been any accidents or injuries stemming from the fault, which can cause the engine to idle unexpectedly.

The global recall will affect all of the company’s left-hand drive cars made between late 2007 and the end of 2013. Right -hand drive cars made between May 2012 and December 2013 also will be recalled.

The new Vanquish model is not affected.

The company says molding from a Chinese supplier was found to be defective.

The Aston Martin is regarded as one of the world’s finest sports car and has long benefited from its association with the James Bond films.

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3 Essential Travel Items to Get More Luggage Storage Space in Your Car http://carsandbike.com/3-essential-travel-items-to-get-more-luggage-storage-space-in-your-car.html http://carsandbike.com/3-essential-travel-items-to-get-more-luggage-storage-space-in-your-car.html#comments Tue, 04 Feb 2014 07:06:46 +0000 Diz1 http://carsandbike.com/?p=1413 Do you want to expand your car’s space for luggage storage to take more things on your trip? In this case, the only solution is obtaining Thule cargo boxes known as the most essential travel items due to their numerous benefits

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Are you concerned about the lack of extra storage space in your automobile, which doesn’t allow you to take everything you need on your trip? Fortunately, you don’t have to worry about this problem anymore as Amazon offers a number of high-quality cargo boxes for a reasonable price! These products have a status of the most essential travel items among people who appreciate their luggage security and proper comfort on the road. Don’t hesitate to order one of these awesome rooftop accessories to enjoy every moment of your journey instead of worrying about the shortage of free space in your automobile. Look through the best-selling cargo boxes and choose the best option for your vehicle!

Thule 669ES Mountaineer ES Rooftop Cargo Box

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One of the most essential travel items is the Thule 669ES Mountaineer ES Rooftop Cargo Box enjoying wide popularity among travelers due to its durability and high efficiency! Purchase this product on Amazon to make your car equipped with all the essentials for your next journey! The main features of the box providing extra space for luggage storage are as follows:

Storage: 17 cubic feet or up to 110-lbs of cargo per box
Length: 91.5″
Width: 28.2″
Height: 16.6″
Weight: 45 lbs
Mounting System: easy-snap
Box Opening: passenger-side
One-Key Lock System: yes
Capacity (Skis): 6-8 (maximum length of skis – 217 cm)
Capacity (Snowboards): 4-6

Customer’s Feedback:

It goes without saying that Thule racks and cargo boxes are considered the best available. So I was pleased to say the least when I found them available on Amazon. The Mountaineer was the right fit for my needs, rooftop cargo storage with ample space, a lock and a box which would attach to my factory installed roof racks on my Toyota Seqouia. The box is extremely sturdy and stores a lot. I could not be more pleased with my purchase and even more pleased I was able to use Amazon to make it! (By M. Ebels)

Thule Atlantis Rooftop Cargo Box

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The Thule Atlantis Rooftop Cargo Box is meant for everyone who goes on a long journey and needs to take a lot of things. Don’t miss an opportunity to obtain this item from Amazon as it secures the largest amount of luggage storage space compared to the other products of this category. Look through the details of this product to make sure you’ll remain satisfied with your purchase!

Storage: 21 cubic feet or up to 110-lbs of cargo per box
Length: 93″
Width: 37″
Height: 18″
Weight: 70 lbs
Mounting System: easy-snap
Box Opening: passenger-side
One-Key Lock System: yes
Capacity (Skis): 6-8 (maximum length of skis – 198 cm)
Capacity (Snowboards): 4-6

Customer’s Feedback:

Well my family and I bought this for our trip to Myrtle Beach and it performed as designed! One of the best purchases I have made so far this year. I put it on top of our Honda Odyssey myself no problem. I really appreciated how easy it was to install and how much cargo it carried! We had so much more room in our van and that made the price worth it. I would recommend this to any family looking for a cargo box. (By Thomas)

Thule 667ES Excursion ES Rooftop Cargo Box

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If you are looking for a compact cargo box, you’ll definitely appreciate the following item as it is smaller than its competitors and very convenient! Obtain the Thule 667ES Excursion ES Rooftop Cargo Box to forget about discomfort on the road! Here are the major features of the product you should look through to make sure it’s the best option for you:

Storage: 13 cubic feet or up to 110-lbs of cargo per box
Length: 55.5″
Width: 35.2″
Height: 18.2″
Weight: 38 lbs
Mounting System: easy-snap
Box Opening: rear-side
One-Key Lock System: yes (rear)
Capacity (Skis and Snowboards): N/A

Customer’s Feedback:

Very impressed with the buy. Always wanted to open up more room in the vehicle and this does the job. Traveled in high winds from 25 to 40 knots and held on nice. Never really noticed that it was up on the car. Keeps the rain out real nice too. Installation is quick and I can do it all by myself within a couple minutes. (By User 210)

What Are the Benefits of Thule Cargo Boxes?

These cargo boxes boast high quality as all of them are manufactured by Thule, a Swedish company with a worldwide recognition. The products mentioned in our list are praised as the most essential travel items due to their numerous advantages that are as follows:

  • UV and impact-resistant ABS plastic construction provide proper durability of Thule cargo boxes.
  • The items are compatible with all the Thule base racks, round bars and the majority of factory roof racks.
  • The products give an opportunity to save interior space in your saloon and keep it dry in case of transporting snow- or watersport gear.
  • The Heavy-duty lid and base of any cargo box also ensure safety of your equipment as it will not roll around during transportation.
  • The easy-snap mounting system secures quick installation and removal of the items. Drivers don’t need to use any tools, that’s why they can avoid wasting their efforts and time.
  • Both passenger- and rear-side openings allow for easy loading and unloading.

What Else Does the Product Box Contain?

Apart from to the product itself, you won’t have to buy any additional items as all the mounting hardware and straps are included in the box with it. Make an order of Thule cargo boxes on Amazon, which is the most reliable online retailer, to make sure your purchase will not miss anything and you’ll get the following items:

  • 4-U-bolts and 4-Easy-Snap housing clamps ensure a secure hold;
  • 4-rubber U-bolt gaskets protect the box finish;
  • 1-sheet of vinyl hole covers seal the holes that you don’t use;
  • 1-One-Key lock and key guarantee safety of box contents;
  • 2-tie down straps keep the box tight on your car’s rooftop via connection to the edges of the Easy-Snap clamps;
  • 1-user’s manual / warranty card provides illustrated guidelines of installation and removal of the box.

Thule is a reliable company that has provided drivers from different parts of the world with excellent transport solutions for more than seven decades. Don’t miss your chance to acquire one of the mentioned cargo boxes to equip your automobile properly wherever you go!

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Toyota tells dealers to stop selling 6 models http://carsandbike.com/toyota-tells-dealers-to-stop-selling-6-models.html http://carsandbike.com/toyota-tells-dealers-to-stop-selling-6-models.html#comments Fri, 31 Jan 2014 09:59:35 +0000 natalia.maslova http://carsandbike.com/?p=1409 Toyota has told North American dealers to stop selling six popular models with heated seats because the fabric doesn't comply with U.S. safety codes and potentially could catch fire

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DETROIT (AP) — Toyota has told North American dealers to stop selling six popular models with heated seats because the fabric doesn’t comply with U.S. safety codes and potentially could catch fire.

The order affects 36,000 cars, trucks and minivans, about 13 percent of the inventory on dealer lots in the U.S., spokesman John Hanson said. Also affected are additional vehicles in Canada, Mexico, Korea, Israel and other countries, but no total number was available.

No fires or injuries have been reported, but Toyota can’t legally sell cars that don’t comply with U.S. safety codes, Hanson said.

Dealers can no longer sell certain Camry, Avalon, Sienna and Tacoma models with heated seats from the 2013 and 2014 model years, as well as Corollas and Tundras from 2014. The Camry is the top-selling car in the U.S. with more than 408,000 sales last year.

One soft material beneath the seat covers does not comply with U.S. safety standards, Hanson said.

Toyota doesn’t know yet how long the repairs will take. Hanson said a replacement material is being manufactured and already is being installed at factories. Dealers will use the material to fix cars now on their lots. “We don’t think it will take long to get the parts and make the changes,” Hanson said. “I don’t have any numbers on the timing.”

As for vehicles already on the road, Toyota contends a recall isn’t necessary since there have been no fires or incidents, Hanson said. It will petition the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to ask that the problem be declared “inconsequential” to vehicle safety. NHTSA said it is monitoring the risk from the problem and will take public comment on the petition. If it grants the petition, there won’t be a recall.

Earl Stewart, owner of a dealership in North Palm Beach, Fla., said he can sell only a few of the 30 Avalon full-size cars on his lot because most have heated leather seats. “Hopefully we’ll get some parts in where we can get them fixed by the end of February,” he said. Other models such as the Camry aren’t as affected because they are more often sold with unheated cloth seats, he said.

The timing couldn’t be worse. With much of the nation in the midst of a record cold snap, people will take heat wherever they can get it. “There’s sure to be high demand for models with seat heaters,” said Karl Brauer, senior analyst for Kelley Blue Book.

All the vehicles affected by the order were made at U.S. factories, Hanson said. Some were exported to South Korea, where safety regulators discovered the problem after disassembling seats and testing individual fabrics, he said. U.S. safety standards require fabrics to resist flames at a certain rate, but the one fabric didn’t meet the standard, Hanson said.

Toyota is the global leader in sales, ahead of General Motors Corp. and Volkswagen AG. It has struggled to regain its once sterling reputation for quality after announcing massive recalls over several years, starting in 2009, for a variety of defects including braking, accelerators and floor mats.

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Malaysia eases auto curbs to woo foreign makers http://carsandbike.com/malaysia-eases-auto-curbs-to-woo-foreign-makers.html http://carsandbike.com/malaysia-eases-auto-curbs-to-woo-foreign-makers.html#comments Tue, 28 Jan 2014 09:55:22 +0000 natalia.maslova http://carsandbike.com/?p=1403 Malaysia unveiled a new auto policy Monday, offering incentives and easing curbs on the production of small, energy-efficient cars to vie for investment with Thailand and Indonesia

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia unveiled a new auto policy Monday, offering incentives and easing curbs on the production of small, energy-efficient cars to vie for investment with neighboring rivals Thailand and Indonesia.

Trade Minister Mustapa Mohamad said new manufacturing licenses will be issued for carmakers producing green vehicles. It is a significant change in policy as the government previously only issued new manufacturing licenses for vehicles with engine size of 1.8 liters and above to protect national car makers Proton and Perodua.

Mustapa said the new auto policy aims to raise total industry production to 1.25 million vehicles and exports to 250,000 vehicles by 2020. Last year, Malaysia’s vehicle production was around 570,000 vehicles and exports at 20,000. That was dwarfed by Thailand which makes more than 2 million vehicles a year and by Indonesia with annual production exceeding 1 million.

The policy also aims to double exports of auto parts and components to 10 billion ringgit ($3 billion) by 2020, Mustapa said.

“We want to promote a competitive and sustainable domestic automotive industry. The most important objective is to make Malaysia a regional auto hub for energy efficient vehicles, including the production of hybrids and electric vehicles,” he told a news conference.

Malaysia is trying to play catch up with its neighbors. Thailand has a lead with its “Eco Car” program launched five years ago while Indonesia introduced its “Green Car” scheme last year, both focusing on small, fuel efficient cars.

Mustapa said incentives including tax rebates and grants will be offered to manufacturers based on their investment. More than 2 billion ringgit ($603 million) in soft loans will also be offered to promote the development of energy efficient vehicles, he said.

He said there will be no limit on foreign ownership of ventures under the green car program.

“You have this (program) in Indonesia and Thailand too, but we believe ours is more comprehensive. We will open up the whole car market for energy efficient vehicles,” he said.

Mustapa said some car models produced by compact car maker Perodua as well as Japan’s Honda and Mazda have met fuel efficiency standards to qualify as energy efficient vehicles, and recently announced plans to expand production.

Malaysia was once Southeast Asia’s top passenger car market but lost out to Thailand years ago, partly due to policies to protect home grown car brands. Import taxes have dropped under the region’s free trade pact but Malaysia imposes excise duties of up to 105 percent that kept prices of foreign cars high.

Mustapa said the government collected 9.83 billion ringgit ($3 billion) in tax revenue from the auto industry last year, with excise duties accounting for 75 percent of the total. The industry contributes about 3.4 percent of gross national product.

Due to the government’s high budget deficit, he ruled out any move to cut excise duties but said the government “is open to the possibility of reducing excise duties gradually” if its fiscal situation improves.

The new policy will bring more competition for struggling national carmaker Proton.

Proton’s new chairman Mohamad Khamil Jamil told reporters that Proton will implement “new programs in tandem with the new policy” but didn’t elaborate. “Proton will continue to survive and God willing, be strong and better.”

Once the king of the road in Malaysia, Proton’s fortunes have dwindled, with its market share falling to under 30 percent from more than two-thirds a decade ago due to greater competition.

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Chrysler targets top midsize cars with new 200 http://carsandbike.com/chrysler-targets-top-midsize-cars-with-new-200.html http://carsandbike.com/chrysler-targets-top-midsize-cars-with-new-200.html#comments Wed, 22 Jan 2014 09:37:09 +0000 natalia.maslova http://carsandbike.com/?p=1397 The 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan is unveiled, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Mich

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DETROIT (AP) — Three years ago, Chrysler gussied up the antiquated Sebring midsize car, gave it a new name and prayed that it would make enough money to help the company survive.

It worked. Prodded by a Super Bowl ad featuring rapper Eminem, Americans noticed the restyled 200, even though it leaned through turns and cruised noisily down the highway. Buyers mostly liked one thing: It was cheap. Huge discounts shrank its price to among the lowest in the market.

Still, the car wasn’t a top seller and captured just 3 percent of the market last year. But now, a resurgent Chrysler is rolling out a revamped 200, this time with hopes of competing against the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Ford Fusion — not just on price, but on style, gas mileage, refinement and beauty.

The new 200, to be formally unveiled Monday at the Detroit auto show, is based on underpinnings designed by Chrysler’s new owner, Italian automaker Fiat. But the car is still uniquely American, with a roomy interior, a quieter engine, an athletic stance and a curvaceous body that looks like a more costly Audi. It also invested $1 billion at a Detroit-area factory to boost quality as it tries to carve out a spot in the largest and most competitive segment of the U.S. market.

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“It’s brutal,” Al Gardner, CEO of the Chrysler Brand, says of the fight for midsize-car buyers. “You’ve got to be as competitive as you can.”

Last year, Chrysler sold just over 122,000 of the 200s, less than a third of the Camrys sold by Toyota.

Executives won’t give sales goals, but they’re hoping the new 200 gets a bigger slice of the pie, especially since it’s widely believed Chrysler will cancel the 200′s sister car, the Dodge Avenger, to focus marketing dollars on the 200. Executives won’t comment on the Avenger’s future.

The timing for the new 200 isn’t ideal. Buyers are starting to shift away from midsize cars in favor of small and midsize crossover SUVs. Some analysts expect the midsize car market to shrink slightly this year.

But Stephanie Brinley, an auto analyst with the consulting company IHS, says the 200′s styling will help it pick up sales if it drives and rides well. “Visually it’s where it needs to be, and I think the interior is where it needs to be. It looked great,” says Brinley, who previewed the car in December.

Gardner says the 200 will deliver on ride, handling and performance with two engine choices: a new 184-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder, and a 295-horsepower 3.6-liter V6. It also has a nine-speed automatic transmission that will take the four-cylinder engine to 35 mpg or more on the highway, he says. The car also features an electronic shift system with a knob instead of a bulky lever, saving space for storage of large objects such as purses.

Despite all the improvements, Chrysler plans to cut the base sticker price of a 200 by $95, to $22,695 including shipping, when the car hits showrooms in the spring.

Mitch Clauw, chief engineer on the 200, says the company can cut the price because its costs are lower. The 200, he said, is built on the same underpinnings as the Dodge Dart and Jeep Cherokee, so development costs are lower. It also shares engines with other vehicles.

“It allows us to give more value for the same cost,” he says.

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