Thursday, February 01, 2007

Cadillac’s Fashion At The Park

First Lexus goes on a fashion trend and now Cadillac is going to have its own fashion event – the Fashion at the Park and it would be starting on the 7th of March up until the 10th. It would be held at the North Park Center and there would be fifteen different shows.

Aside from the usual glitter and glamor of designers and their creations, Cadillac would also be showing off some of its best fashionable vehicles. It would be also setting on display the different designs and technologies that their cars have. You would also be able to meet the sexy Cadillac XLR roadster as well as the much talked about Cadillac Escalade at the event.

Interested? Tickets are sold at $25 at the cheapest.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Jeep’s Safety Tips

The Winter X Games is on! And extreme as this event may be, the Jeep brand is, at the same time, sharing its safety tips for everybody.

Dr. John R. Tongue, a fellow at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, says, “More than 12 million Americans will take advantage of the winter season and spend time outdoors sledding, skiing, snowboarding or snowmobiling this year. Of those, nearly 400,000 -- or approximately one out of every 30 -- Americans will sustain a winter sports-related injury. Our goal is to make sure consumers embodying the adventurous Jeep motto, 'go anywhere, do anything,' are acting in a safe and intelligent manner whether they're on the slopes or in their own backyard.”

The doctor even further shares, “A proud sponsor of the Winter X Games since 2002, Jeep has been dedicated to safety and outdoor action sports for more than 66 years. The Jeep Safe Way to Play campaign combines Jeep's commitment to safety and adventure in an effort to ensure that the same attention to safety designed into every Jeep vehicle is carried over to sledding, skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling.”

Here are some of the driving tips as shared by automobile brand, Jeep:
  • Drive slowly. Snow on the road could make driving quite slippery so drive slower than usual. Make sure that your vehicles come with the best safety features and technologies.
  • Be aware of the ice. The sun may already be up but there are still some icy areas around.
  • Have first aid kits handy. Anywhere you go, do not forget to bring a first aid kit. You might need that.
  • Alabama To Use Alternative Fuel

    Many states are trying out vehicles that use alternative fuel. And the state of Alabama is joining in the band wagon. What it’s head, Governor Bob Riley, mentioned is that the state would then be transferring from ordinary vehicles to units that use ethanol for their fleet. This, of course, is a way to let the public know that using alternative fuel vehicles can be actually done.

    Aside from this, the governor also mentioned that they would also be working on making the availability of alternative fuels much easier for consumers. And at the state’s Motor Pool, the state would be investing $324,000 so as to be able to put in a fuel tank of E-85 which has the capacity to hold 12,000 gallons of such a kind of alternative fuel.

    Be excited for such would be available come this May.

    Tuesday, January 30, 2007

    2008 Lexus RX 350: How Much?

    A couple of days ago, the Lexus luxury brand has already shared the new prices for the 2008 Lexus RX 350 – the leader in sales of luxury SUVs. With the new prices, there would also be new upgrades to the vehicle which include:
  • exterior enhancements
  • new front grille design
  • extgerior door handles in chrome
  • 18-inch alloy wheels with seven spokes
  • two exterior colors: brandy wine mica & desert sage metallic
  • new interior wood trim color

  • So much would be the new prices for the vehicle?
    $37,400 – front wheel drive unit
    $38,800 – all wheel drive model

    Good deal, I may say.

    Monday, January 29, 2007

    Which Sedan Gets The Best Fuel Economy?

    Are you in the market for a good sedan? Well, not only a good sedan that would give you the things you need in a vehicle. But more of a sedan that would also allow you to save much on fuel. After all, the prices of fuel is sure going higher and higher again these days.

    Well, here is a list of 2007 model year sedans and their fuel economy. Maybe it could help you out pick the right one for you.

    55 mpg
    Toyota Prius 4-Door Liftback
    Toyota Prius Touring

    39 mpg
    Toyota Camry Hybrid 4-Door Sedan

    37 mpg
    Toyota Yaris Sedan
    Toyota Yaris S

    36 mpg
    Toyota Corolla CE
    Toyota Corolla S
    Toyota Corolla LE

    35 mpg
    Honda Fit 5-Spd MT
    Honda Fit Sport 5-Spd MT

    34 mpg
    Honda Fit 5-Spd AT
    Honda Civic Sedan DX 5-Spd AT
    Honda Civic Sedan LX 5-Spd AT
    Honda Civic Sedan EX 5-Spd AT
    Honda Civic Sedan EX 5-Spd AT w/ Navigation System

    33 mpg
    Hyundai Accent GS 3-Door
    Hyundai Accent SE 3-Door
    Honda Fit Sport 5-Spd AT
    Hyundai Accent GLS 4-Door
    Kia Rio Base
    Kia Rio LX
    Kia Rio SX
    Honda Civic Sedan LX 5-Spd MT
    Honda Civic Sedan EX 5-Spd MT
    Honda Civic Sedan EX 5-Spd MT w/ Navigation System

    31 mpg
    Ford Focus Sedan S
    Ford Focus Sedan SE
    Ford Focus Sedan SES
    Ford Focus 5-Door Hatchback S
    Ford Focus 5-Door Hatchback SE
    Ford Focus 5-Door Hatchback SES
    Mazda MAZDA3 i Sport 4-Door
    Mazda MAZDA3 i Touring 4-Door
    Hyundai Elantra GLS
    Hyundai Elantra SE
    Hyundai Elantra Limited

    30 mpg
    Chevrolet Aveo LS 4-Door
    Chevrolet Aveo LT 4-Door
    Saturn ION 2 Sedan Manual
    Saturn ION 3 Sedan Manual
    Nissan Sentra 2.0
    Nissan Sentra 2.0 S
    Nissan Altima 2.5
    Nissan Altima 2.5 S

    Thursday, January 25, 2007

    Driving Safely During The Winter

    Here are some tips to keep you and your car in mint condition despite driving through snowy and icy roads:

    If you are driving through snowy roads, make sure that you do not speed up. You see, your tires may give up and send you skidding through the road.

    A temperature gauge would help you out a lot during driving. That way, you can check if you can already speed up or slow down.

    If you are on black ice, drive more slowly. You would know you are on black ice if your car’s tires are kind of quiet. Other hints are that the temperature has dropped and your windshield has started fogging up.

    If you start skidding, keep your feet on the gas pedal. And make sure that you do not panic. Always keep your head clear and let your mind show you where you want to go. More likely than not, you’ll be back on the road in no time at all.

    Wednesday, January 24, 2007

    Driving In Winter

    If you have ever dealt with black ice, you would know that it would seem as if there was no ice at all. All you experience is when your car starts to skid off the road.

    Did you know that black ice is one of the main causes of accidents during the months when the temperature is low? However, it is not the only reason for accidents during the said wintery months. Here are some:
  • Your vehicle is using old tires or is using tires not made for snow.
  • You lack a gauge that checks out the outside temperature.
  • You never thought that you would be driving in such road conditions.

  • Well, it still is best to be safe and sure. So when the temperature starts dropping, be on the alert. You would never know when black ice would hit.

    Tuesday, January 23, 2007

    You Need Good Tires In Winter

    Why do you need good tires during winter driving? Well, tire manufacturers made winter tires to have a different tread design so much so that they get a good grip of the road. Plus, these winter tires also have been created with some rubber compounds so much so that you would not be skidding through the road during driving in the cold.

    Normand Latremouille is the expert of winter tires from Michelin and he shares, “Changing, mounting and balancing tires every six months ends up costing a lot more over three to five years than having a separate winter driving set.”

    “With four-wheel drive, it comes down to adhesion,” expresses Steve Erlichman of Mercedes Benz. “With four-wheel drive, it comes down to adhesion. The more power you have to all four wheels and double the grip, the safer and better handling you have in both wet and dry conditions.” Erlichman even shares his philosophy on this, “A smoothness to your driving in bad weather also helps. Go as smooth on the throttle and brakes as posisble. Also, don’t make any quick movements that will cause you to break traction. You can’t defy the laws of physics and when you lose too much grip, sometimes there is nothing that will help.”

    Thursday, January 11, 2007

    AutoWeek Releases Best List Of 2007 NAIAS

    AutoWeek’s editorial staff annually does their share of judgments during the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) and just recently, the magazine has already informed the public of their top choices among the lots of vehicles set on display at the car show.

    Most Fun: Dodge Viper
    Dodge Viper
    Bob Gritzinger (senior news ed for AutoWeek): 600 hp, 8.4 liter V10, breathing so heavy the Dodge boys had to add half a dozen new hood vents just to bleed off the excess heat. The car goes 0-60 mph in less than four seconds, and goes 0-100-0 mph in 12 seconds flat. What could be more fun than that?

    Best Concept: Ford Interceptor
    Ford Interceptor concept vehicle
    Mandel (senior editor at AutoWeek): No matter what you call it, this Ford sports sedan based on a stretched Mustang chassis is one hot concept. We can only hope Ford takes the next step to put this pony car for the family man into production as soon as possible.

    Most Significant: Chevrolet Volt
    Chevrolet Volt
    Gritzinger: The idea behind the car – a pure electric powertrain that gets its energy from plugging in at home or work, or from an on-board generator powered by a small gasoline engine – is surprisingly simple. GM says they’ll be ready to build this car by 2010 or 2012, and unless battery companies can’t come through, Volt and GM’s E-flex System could spell the beginning of the end of America’s addiction to foreign oil.

    Best In Show: Jaguar C-XF
    Jaguar C-XF
    Mandel: C-XF, the concept version of the coming S-Type replacement, is the sexiest four-door we’ve seen from Jaguar in years. This car draws a line from past Jaguar sedans to Jaguar sedans of the future.

    Best Sports Car: Chevrolet Corvette
    Chevrolet Corvette

    Best Exotic: Bugatti Veyron
    Bugatti Veyron

    Best Sedan: BMW 3-Series
    BMW 3-Series

    Best People Mover/SUV: Honda Odyssey
    Honda Odyssey

    Best Economy Car: Audi A3
    Audi A3

    Best Luxury Car: Audi A8L
    Audi A8L

    Best Coupe/Convertible: BMW 6-Series
    BMW 6-Series

    Best Truck: Ford F-Series
    Ford F-Series

    Best First New Car: Honda Civic
    Honda Civic

    Star-Studded 2007 NAIAS

    Have you been to the 2007 NAIAS?

    If you’re a car lover, you would surely not want to be left behind. In fact, many people have already been there.

    Which celebrities have been there?

    * Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke (Dancing With The Stars)

    * Bobby Flay (chef and restaurateur)

    * Seal, Kelis, Tamia, and Sisqo (R & B singers)

    * Bill Gates (Microsoft)

    * Bobbie Thomas (Fashion Police)

    * Deborah Norville (Inside Edition)

    * Tommy Davidson (comedian)

    * Marvin Winans, Jr. (songwriter)

    And the list is still continuing to grow! Join up and rub elbows with the stars and the cars.