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Making Your Self Safe While Driving

Today, we drive safer cars on safer roads; decades of advertisements and public information campaigns have made many of us safer drivers. The U.S. logged the lowest accident fatality rate ever recorded in 2008 [source, because of this: NHTSA]. Despite this progress, unfortunately, the number of auto accidents and fatalities nationwide continues to be quite staggering: In 2008, there were almost 6 million car accidents from the U.S., creating more than 37,000 deaths. What’s more, automobile accidents are the leading cause of death for people between three and 34 with this country.

Improvements in technology will continue to assist bring those numbers down, but tha harsh truth remains that most car accidents are the result of human error. The simplest way to reduce the chance of being in an accident is always to practice safe driving behaviors. Whether you’re just understanding how to drive or you’ve been behind the wheel for many years, it’s a smart idea to review some fundamental rules for safe driving. Here are 10 driving tips that will help bring your and you passengers home unharmed.

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BMW X5 eDrive Features Plug-In Hybrid Prototype)

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Taking over the baton through the electric BMW i brand, hybrid technology comes to the X5 SUV.

When: February 2014

Where: Miramas, France

What: BMW X5 eDrive Plug-in Hybrid prototype

Occasion: Prototype drive

Overall rating: 4.5/5

BMW is working towards reducing the environmental guilt of large SUV ownership with the introduction of hybrid technology to its X5. Here’s our drive in a ‘technology prototype’.

Key Facts

Model driven: BMW X5 eDrive Plug-in Hybrid prototype

Engine: 2.-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol combined with an electric motor

Transmission: all-wheel drive, eight-speed automatic

Body style: five-door SUV

Rivals: Porsche Panamera Hybrid, Range Rover Hybrid

CO2 emissions: 89g/km (targeted) (Band A2, €180 per annum)

Combined economy: 70 mpg (4. litres/100km)

Top speed: 250km/h

-100km/h: 7. seconds

In the Metal: 4/5

Despite what the liberal use of camouflaging might suggest, there might be very little to differentiate the very last production version of this plug-in hybrid from other BMW X5 models. The tell-tale giveaway is the wing-mounted flap just above the front left wheelarch for the plug-in socket. In order to help reduce drag and improve fuel efficiency further, unlike the pre-production prototypes we drove, final versions are likely to have slightly smaller plus more aerodynamically-efficient alloy wheels to assist maximise airflow over their surfaces. BMW’s ‘air curtain’ design that channels air through the front bumper, over the face from the wheel and back out through a groove just ahead of the front doors will play a much bigger role with this X5 as well.

For the most part it will probably be very much a familiar feeling to the interior, where really the only change is going to be an additional button near to the gear selector, used to engage full-electric mode. The car’s large infotainment screen can do displaying an animated real-time status in which power source is now being used, as well as showing when energy recuperation is occurring. There is a decrease in the useable volume of the boot space however, due to battery cells and electric motor.

Driving it: 4.5/5

Obviously being pre-production prototypes, driving impressions needs to be taken with a pinch of salt. That said, in both full-electric and hybrid modes the hybrid X5 delivers quite an amazing drive. It will likely be possible for the X5 eDrive to travel approximately 30 kilometres solely on electric power – a distance that, based on BMW, is further than the average daily commute for 80 per cent of X5 drivers.

In town-like driving conditions with plenty of start-stop traffic the electrical-only function generates more than enough instantaneous torque to allow the X5 to feel quick away from the line. More so to get efficiently and permit the system to harvest further electricity when off-throttle and braking, despite the fact that of course the intention of the eDrive system isn’t to confuse other motorists as you silently race away from the traffic lights.

Provoke the throttle and the turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine spools into life and gives the X5 quite a healthy shove in the back. The petrol engine steps in and cuts out almost seamlessly dependant upon the requirements placed upon the eDrive transmission by the driver. Selecting the Sport driving mode fully engages the electric motor along with the petrol engine to provide maximum performance. The interaction of the petrol and electric motors offers an unusually good aural experience.

Whatever you get for your investment: /5

It’s likely that the plug-in hybrid X5 will be launched within the next 12 months – most likely at the Los Angeles Auto Show at the conclusion of the year – and while it remains too early to speculate on pricing, expect reduced. The X5 eDrive will qualify for government grants that, taking the i3 REX (range extender) by way of example, could visit a saving of €5,000. Another benefit may be the predictably low CO2 emissions, which should make the BMW quite reasonable with regards to road tax, and of course that determines the general purchase price too throughout the VRT. We’ll not assign a rating in this category until we know all the figures though.

Worth Noting

Unlike many hybrid vehicles, the X5 eDrive still is able to pack ample performance, which, when you consider the physical dimensions of the car, can make it that little more impressive. Included with this, during the discussion with one of the prototype’s engineers, we had been told that this towing ability of the plug-in hybrid version will be the same as that of the conventional X5 (that’s 3,500kg for all four-wheel drive versions). And even though this new eDrive system was showcased within the X5, the machine itself is relatively compact, which means that it should require little change to be installed into other models.

Summary

At first glance the idea of a small petrol engine within a large SUV like the BMW X5 may seem like a stretch too far in order to keep the environmentally-concerned bureaucrats happy, even with the latest electric technology on-board. In reality, it is in fact an engine and transmission solution that could end up being the more popular choice, especially because of the relatively short urban commuting life of most X5s, and judging with the pre-production prototypes we drove, it will be sufficiently good to convert many.

Choosing the Right Ford for Your Family

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Like many people who are die hard Ford fanatics, you might absolutely refuse to drive any other type of car. But whether you drive a Mustang or a Focus, there often comes a time in your life when you know you need to get a new car. So how do you decide what type of Ford is right for you?

There are a lot of options for helping your family finds its perfect Ford. You can visit a dealership, like Chino Hills Ford, or a dealership’s website, like http://fairviewford.com. But it never hurts to have a little basic knowledge of the different types of cars Ford rolls off the line.

Right now, Ford makes sedans, sports cars, hybrids, SUVs, and trucks. If you’re in need of a commercial vehicle, they make those as well, from large trucks to delivery type vans.

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But most families prefer sedans or SUVs. Though a truck or sports car might be right for some families, most dismiss them because of their inability to hold many people. A sedan is meant to be a family car. It has four doors and most of them hold at least five passengers. The doors in the back also make it easy to load car seats and groceries and for people to get in and out of the rear seats without a lot of climbing or having to pull the front seats forward.

SUVs are also a great option for a family. They usually hold four to five people as well, and are higher off the ground than a traditional car, making them almost akin to a minivan. Many SUVs today also get great gas mileage.

If you’re starting your Ford hunt, this information will help a dealership find the right car for you.

We’ve Been All Waiting For This: Nissan Is Back On Track

Muscle Milk Pickett Racing has said goodbye to Honda and hello to Nissan. For its new entry in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, the team will utilize engines from Nissan and tap Nismo factory resources to compete in Rolex 24 at Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans.

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This new partnership marks a big leap forward for Nissan’s motorsports activities in the United States. Although Nissan dominated U.S. sports car racing from 1988 to 1991 – winning four consecutive driver’s championships, three manufacturer’s titles and 33 IMSA races – the automaker stopped competing more than 20 years ago when times were financially tough.

Muscle Milk Pickett Racing ORECA 3Invigorated by strong consumer sales and a desire to compete, Nissan will also be introducing its own drivers to help pilot the team’s ORECA 3 racecar. This includes Nissan P2 World Endurance Championship regular Alex Brundle, who will join the team for the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The international roster of drivers also includes Muscle Milk Pickett Racing’s Klaus Lucas and Graf Luhr. The latter is no stranger to Nissan colors – winning the GT1 World Championship aboard a Nissan GT-R with Michael Krumm in 2011.

“Muscle Milk has a tremendous record in American sports car racing so to have the chance to join such a prestigious American team is excellent. I’m looking forward to making the most of it,” said Brundle. “Klaus and Lucas have driven in the American series for a quite a while now so I can learn quickly from them. I am looking forward to the challenge.

Before the Rolex 24, the Nissan-powered Muscle Milk Pickett Racing ORECA 03 is slated to hit the track for the first time this weekend in the Roar? , a sort of pre-season warm-up prior to the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Nissan Motorsport Director Darren Cox is eager for the new challenges racing in this series and believes Nissan will quickly make its mark.

“We’re glad to welcome Muscle Milk Pickett Racing to the Nissan family and look forward to having our official drivers learn from such a successful team,” said Cox. “We are also very proud to have brought Nissan back to the forefront of U.S. sports car racing. Our company has an incredible pedigree dating back to the old IMSA championship and I’m certain Nissan and NISMO will add to that history in the coming years.

Jaguar XF R-Sport Is Set To Be Released On The 2014 Geneva Motor Show

The Jaguar British manufacturer is going to be launching its XF R-Sport model on the Geneva Motor Show, starting next week, with minor tweaks to deal with and a fresh new 2.2-liter four-cylinder diesel engine, mated in an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The Jaguar XF R-Sport will thus develop 160 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, sprinting from to 60 mph in 9.8 seconds, an indication that this R-Sport isn`t that sporty.

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2015 Jaguar XF R-Sport

But regarding styling, the XF R-Sport screams by using a fashionable character due to its sporty front bumper, side sills taken from the XFR as well as the 17-inch alloy wheels.

The interior of the 2015 Jaguar XF R-Sport can also be designed to suit its customers high-demands, with a suede-look cloth on the seats with contrasting stitching, offered in different colors.

The 2015 Jaguar XF R-Sport feature stainless-steel pedals and plenty of its R-Sport badging everywhere inside.

The 2015 XF R-Sport will come in Sportbrake wagon and sedan, and only the diesel engine is available. We have been also not sure 100% whether the R-Sport models will be launched in america and the prices it demands.

Handy Hints to Get Rid of that Weird Odor in the Car

Weird odors are a common problem for many cars. For some of them, the source is pretty obvious but, for others, drivers have no idea where the smell is coming from. Getting rid of that unwanted smell can be a tricky task as some of them can be really persistent, but here are a few tips that can help.

1. Vacuum

This will get rid of a surprisingly large number of odors. The reason why so many stick around for so long is because they get trapped inside the fabric. Vacuuming can oftentimes solve this problem, especially if you use the special attachment designed specifically for upholstery. Just be sure to get into every single corner and be really thorough and persistent. If this is not enough and the upholstery still smells, a steam cleaning is in order.

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2. Sprinkle baking soda

Baking soda is great for getting rid of smells when you spilled something on the carpets. It just needs to be rubbed in thoroughly and then left to sit for a few hours. Afterwards, the baking soda can simply be removed through vacuuming and, with it, the odor should go, as well.

3. Use charcoal

You might not know this, but charcoal is a main ingredient in a lot of water and air filters because it is really great when it comes to absorbing smells. It is also very easy to use in case you want to get rid of an odor inside your car. Simply take some regular charcoal that you would use for a grill and leave it inside the car for a few days. The smell will get absorbed into the charcoal and disappear.

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Take The First Glimpse With The 2015 Jeep Renegade

Ladies and Gentlemen, here is the all-new baby Jeep you’ve all been expecting. It is designed for the European market, even though it is not called Jeep Junior or Laredo. Which is a shame, because that name is too cool for an issue that looks like this, it is officially named Jeep Renegade.

The 2015 Jeep Renegade is going to be revealed entirely over the next few days ahead of its official debut on the Geneva Motor Show. It is said to be in line with the Fiat Panda 4×4, which kinda explains the styling, and it will have strong ties to the new Fiat 500X crossover, also set for Geneva debut.

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2015 Jeep Renegade Leak 1 175×175 at First Look: 2015 Jeep Renegade

2015 Jeep Renegade is going to be offered in numerous body style with a removable roof, and a choice of powertrains from Fiat’s 1.4 liter MultiAir to Chrysler’s own 2.4 liter Tigershark. The automobile reminds us of the JDM-only Nissan Cube with a Jeep face and jacked-up ride height. Some may find it quite funky, although it looks kinda miserable.

Official details are expected to be released soon, so stay tuned.

Top Three Reasons To Love the Nissan Rogue

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It doesn’t take a crystal ball or the fore-casting powers of Nostradamus to divine that crossovers are a very popular form of transportation these days. And why not? They combine the nimble handling and easy storage access of the hatchback commuter with the more comfortable ride quality found in larger, full-size SUVs. Before you visit Nissan Universal City and check out a Rogue for yourself, let’s take a look at some of the reasons we love the award-winning Nissan crossover.

Ample Cargo Space

There is nothing more useful in a family hauler than this stat, and it probably sells more Rogues than anything else. Simply put, the Rogue is one of the few crossovers to boast seating for seven and a true third-row seating option. That’s huge in the crossover wars, and something the other guys can’t beat…yet.

Fuel Economy

These days, miles-per-gallon fuel economy is king and the Rogue delivers. The 26/33 rating is a class leader and something that helps make the Rogue a crossover to beat. The other guys are playing catch up.

Interior Refinement

The Rogue gets high marks for its interior, too. The newly redesigned interior boasts a ton of soft-touch materials and high-tech features. There’s a four-speaker stereo system, Bluetooth, obligatory rearview camera, and auxiliary audio jacks and USB ports. You can also get optional features like a navigation system, Bose nine-speaker stereo system, climate control and a signature Nissan moon roof just like in the popular Murano. There’s also an available option called Nissan’s Around View which is definitely worth checking out. It features a monitor linked to four different cameras to give the driver a 360 degree view around the vehicle. That can come in very handy when parking in tight spaces and is a significant safety feature any time.

To find your own Nissan Rogue or other great car or truck, be sure to visit Downtown Nissan. They have a great selection of new and pre-owned Nissans, all at great prices.

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Mopar Gets To Show Off 22015 Chrysler 200

The Mopar brand will have plenty to demonstrate at the Chicago Auto Display (CAS) inIllinois and Chicago, Feb. 8-17, including more personalization selections for the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200, an augmented actuality application for customizing a Ram van, a new line of merchandise honoring the 50th anniversary in the 426 competition HEMI engine- and “Moparized” products in the Chrysler Group manufacturer area.

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Even though the 2015 Chrysler 200 produced its debut at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit altering what consumers expect in the mid-size sedan, Mopar may help customers boost it with the availability of over 100 Mopar parts and accessories just before the end of year. Building about the modified vehicle initially exhibited at NAIAS, Mopar has added a lot more quality elements and extras to show off the 2015 Chrysler 200 for the Chi town Auto Show.

“Chrysler Group revealed the revolutionary all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 at Detroit, and that we wanted to complement the spirit of this gorgeous mid-sized sedan by displaying how Mopar parts and accessories can help proprietors personalize and customize it to truly ensure it is their own,” said Pietro Gorlier, CEO and President – Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC’s service, pieces and consumer-care brand name. “The Moparized version of your 2015 Chrysler 200 on display at Chi town demonstrates our commitment to dealing with all Chrysler Group manufacturers to offer Mopar products that permit customers customize their trip right when it arrives inside the showroom? Additionally, even before through the Mopar Custom made Shop.”

The Mopar-modified 2015 Chrysler 200 showed at the CAS uses the Chrysler 200S as its beginning point, then brings from there to help make the vehicle a lot more original and different. The exterior of the modified Chrysler 200 sticks out and shines bright, due to a striking Lunar White-colored Pearl Tri-jacket color.

To give it a sportier feel, it has been equipped with a body bundle that includes part sills, a chin spoiler, and a rear fascia valance. To add to the look, upper and lower Mopar grille composition have been extra, along with special aluminum exhaust tips.

The customized Chrysler 200 on display at the CAS is operated by a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 motor that positions best-in-class 295 horsepower as well as 262 lb.-feet. of torque to the Silk Lite Bronze 19-inch multi-spoke wheels.

Matching the exterior seem, the Mopar-modified 2015 Chrysler 200 interior is enriched with premium white leather material seats accented with bronze stitching, with bronze decorations also emphasizing the bezels and the steering wheel. Mopar floor mats also augment the interior.

In addition to the Mopar products featured on the customized 2015 Chrysler 200 exhibited at the CAS, a menu of more than 60 additional Mopar parts and accessories will be offered as soon as the car gets available at dealerships in the 2nd quarter, with in excess of 100 products in the end of the schedule year.

Clients will have the choice of personalizing the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 and also other vehicles within the Chrysler Class product collection right at the factory. From the Mopar Personalized accessories, elements and Retail outlet requested by the customer through the order process are additional at the production line before the car arrives on the dealership, together with the installed Mopar products on the vehicle’s Monroney sticker.

From A Playstation Games To An Actual Car Brand

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For the new PlayStation® 3 racing game Gran Turismo® 6, the Mercedes-Benz designers have developed the visionary concept of a super sports car – the Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo. Extreme proportions, sensual contours and intelligently implemented high tech blend to form a body that visually brings to life the breathtaking performance of 430 kW (585 hp) and 800 Nm of torque. As a 1:1-scale model, the Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo is celebrating its world premiere on 19 November 2013 at the opening of the new Mercedes‑Benz Research & Development Center in Sunnyvale, California. The super sports car with its hallmark Mercedes gullwing doors will be taking to the virtual racetrack when the new racing game goes on sale in December 2013 – as the first of the Vision Gran Turismo series of vehicles.To mark the 15th birthday of the popular Gran Turismo® series in 2013, Kazunori Yamauchi, Producer of Gran Turismo series and President of Polyphony Digital Inc., called upon the world’s leading automotive manufacturers and design studios to look forward into the future. Using the theme Vision Gran Turismo, these creative teams were to develop concept models which give a unique insight into the further development of the automobile. As virtual vehicles that nonetheless function just like a real car, the visionary concepts will be gradually unveiled in and integrated into the new game Gran Turismo® 6 through online updates.

Extreme proportions and variable LED radiator grille

By virtue of its proportions and expressive appearance, the Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo embodies the brand’s defining design philosophy of sensual purity in a unique way. The design of this concept car reflects to extreme effect the perfect symbiosis between emotional, sensuous contours and intelligently presented high tech, says Gorden Wagener, Vice President Design Daimler AG.

The sports car proportions that are a typical Mercedes feature have been reinterpreted: the long bonnet has a flowing transition into a compact greenhouse offset to the rear, which takes the form of an aerodynamically efficient water drop to descend slightly at the rear, where it rests on the rear end with broad shoulder contours. The dynamic aura is accentuated by an extended, dramatic side contour and a pronounced bulge to the wheel arches, which blend into the low-slung, muscular bodyshell. The angled headlamps, with their colour scheme and determined look, convey a sense of sportiness and readiness to leap forward. This impression is reinforced by the bonnet with its expressive forms and motorsport details, such as the release catches on the bonnet and the fuel cap, for example. The red-glowing contour lines on the lower part of the vehicle create an effect similar to that of exterior ambient lighting and stand out from the silver-painted bodywork. This makes the Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo look even more aggressive.

Another eye-catching feature is the radiator grille – a reinterpretation of the wide Mercedes-Benz sports car grille with central star. Its shape is reminiscent of the legendary 300 SL racing car of 1952. However, instead of classic louvres the grille of the show car features exclusively LEDs. The variable LED grille with different light patterns is a further development of the diamond grille introduced with the new A-Class.

Purist interior dedicated to speed

The exterior design, which is systematically and passionately geared to motor racing, is congenially mirrored in the interior of the two-seater. Inspired by the Formula 1 cockpit, the red integral sports seats blend into the black flooring of the footwell to form a protective shell. The form of this flowing, sculptured shell suggests enormous forward thrust. The dashboard also creates an equally dynamic effect. It has been designed in the form of two gullwing doors which are positioned on each side of the steering column. As a result the actual doors themselves appear to be an extension of the instrument panel.

The central display is optimally positioned in the driver’s field of vision: it takes the form of a glass surface floating directly above the racing steering wheel with its shift paddles, and shows all the relevant information such as road speed, engine speed and operating temperature as required. Operation is by rocker switches in the centre of the dashboard and in an overhead console, like in a jet. The steering column visibly penetrates the firewall to the engine compartment, creating a visual connection between the driver and the heart of this super sports car, the AMG V8 front-mid engine.

Intelligent lightweight construction and authentic racing car sound

The AMG V8 biturbo engine delivers an exceptionally agile response to even the smallest movements of the accelerator. It develops 430 kW (585 hp) and a maximum torque of 800 Nm. With an aluminium spaceframe body and components in carbon fibre, the material of choice in motor racing, the Mercedes‑Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo tips the scales at only 1385 kilograms. That amounts to around 2.4 kilograms per hp – an unrivalled figure in the super sports car segment, and one that guarantees exceptionally dynamic performance. Excellent deceleration values and fade resistance at the highest level are ensured by the AMG ceramic high-performance composite braking system. The AMG sports exhaust system with eight tailpipes integrated into the rear end provides a powerful accompaniment whenever the car accelerates, and ensures an unrivalled motorsports sound experience. For fans of Gran Turismo® 6, the Mercedes-AMG sound specialists have created a powerful, sonorous exhaust note that authentically celebrates the V8’s love of high engine speeds.