"The difference between men and little boys is the price of their toys."
"Everything in life is somewhere else, and you get there in a car."- E.B. White
"And I, I took the road less traveled by. I was using a GPS system."- Robert Brault
"Environmentally friendly cars will soon cease to be an option ... they will become a necessity."- Fujio Cho
"Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves." - Albert Einstein
Thursday, December 04, 2014
Friday, September 19, 2014
The innovative A3 e-tron delivers strong performance, with a top speed of 138mph and accelerating to 62mph in 7.6 seconds. On battery power alone, the Audi A3 e-tron’s top speed is limited to 81mph and can cover 31 miles without the need for the petrol engine.
Based on the five-door A3 Sportback, A3 e-tron can seat five people and accommodate 62 gallons of luggage.
The A3 e-tron it’s a step into the future of Audi’s plug-in hybrids. According to A3 e-tron project leader Jens van Eikels, Audi’s next generation model line will be provided with an e-tron plug-in hybrid.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is not only brute force, but it is also technologically advanced and most capable four-door muscle car in America.
Remarkable as it sounds, the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat puts all of the established German musclecars into the shade. The BMW M5, Audi RS 6 and even the 600hp M5 30 Jahre, look positively puny in comparison to Charger SRT Hellcat.
And the price is pretty accessible too, because it costs around £43,750. Quite a bargain for the world’s most powerful car, if you ask me.
Friday, July 11, 2014
In-car gadgets are nothing new but current products on the market range from the highly practical to downright bizarre. Here is a selection of new gizmos available:
Garmin Dash Cam 20
For people who drive for a living, it could be very helpful to be able to record their journeys especially when things go wrong.
This dash board mounted HD video camera records footage of the road while plugged in to a power source. It records the date, time and location of the journey and even has an automatic incident detector that tells the camera to automatically save the current, last and next recordings to provide a record of exact what happened.
Garmin's model has GPS and a 2.3inch LCD display screen.
Parrot Asteroid Tablet
This Bluetooth hands free entertainment and communication system connects to a wide range of smartphones, has options for different satellite navigation software and allows you to access your music through iTunes, Spotify and other systems. It has a steering wheel control hub and an option to search your music by saying the names of artists, tracks or albums out loud. Very useful for people who endanger themselves and other drives while scrolling through tracks or attempting to change CDs while the car is moving.
Rolls Royce Starlight Heading
Rolls Royce have installed some very pretty but almost completely useless fibre optic lights in some models of their cars. They are visible though perforated leather on the roof and the brightness is adjustable.
Sirius Back Seat TV
To keep children occupied on long journeys, this back seat system comes as an optional extra with some new cars and can also be installed after purchase. It streams kid friendly TV channels such as Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network and The Disney Channel into the car through an antennae on the roof. Picture quality is not quite HD but reviewers have said it is adequate for distracting restless children.
Night Vision for Cars
Different car manufacturers have different systems for bringing night vision into their cars. Mercedes use an infrared light projected onto the road and shown on a monitor to allow drivers to spot hazards in the dark. BMW use a system that detects heat signatures to show up people and animals on the road. It looks pretty cool and rather spooky too.
Auto-Mixing Travel Mug
This self-stirring travel mug is perfect for preparing diet drinks, sports drinks, baby formula etc. on the move. It runs on batteries and has a spill-resistant drink through lid. How many times a person would actually use it is not an easy question to answer.
Drivemocion Car LED Sign
Disgruntled or particularly happy drivers can now express their emotions with LED smilies. Different versions of the device come with different options. One model even allows drivers to make their own faces or messages. The road rage potential is enormous.
Dual Heating Travel Mug
These mugs keep drinks warm by plugging into either a USB port on a computer or a 12-volt DC socket in a car. Useful for long journeys or for students writing very long essays.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
At the top spot, once again, the Ford Fiesta leads the way with 9,450 registrations, followed by Volkswagen Golf. In third place is Vauxhall Corsa, moving the Ford Focus down to fourth place, tailed by Vauxhall Astra.
1. Ford FocusSales: 9,450
2. Volkswagen GolfSales: 7,134
3. Vauxhall CorsaSales: 6,536
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
The most common cause of uneven wear is poor wheel alignment. Hitting curbs, going over speed bumps and driving through pot holes can all contribute to your wheel not being properly aligned. When you hit a curb, for example, the wheel gets pushed out of alignment with the one on the other side. This means that they are not quite pointing the same way resulting in one tyre being dragged slightly along the road. While driving, you can detect poor wheel alignment because the steering wheel will slightly pull to one side or the other. Not only will this wear the tyre out very quickly on one side, it is also bad for fuel consumption. Fortunately, this is a common problem that is easily fixed with a few adjustments.
Another problem that causes uneven tyre wear is over/under inflation. This usually occurs when people find that their tyres keep going down and they keep pumping them up. If you tyre is going down then it has a hole in it. Getting a puncture repaired is much cheaper than buying a new tyre. Running your tyres under-inflated will not only wear out the edges of the tyre on the outside, it can cause damage to the lining of the tyre inside. Damaged lining is fatal to tyres. They will need replacing. Similarly, running them over-inflated causes them to wear right down the middle of the tread, making them illegal and thus, will need to be replaced.
Random patchy looking tyre wear can be due to faulty suspension. It can also be due to wheel problems such as buckling. Either way, these problems can be dangerous as well as costly if not sorted out.
Therefore, check your tyres when ever you think of it and stop these problems before they become a big expensive issue.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Citroen C4 Picasso
Mercedes S Class
Tesla Model S
Skoda Octavia vRS
Sunday, February 16, 2014
A new taxi for London has recently been unveiled, made by Japanese car manufacturer Nissan, which will go on sale in December.
Nissan has reworked one of its existing minivan designs to look like the capital's trademark black cabs. The design is sleek and modern with a new front grille, though the overall shape and size still comforms to the existing black cab design. The Executive Vice President of Nissan, Andy Palmer, said that it was important to retain the classic "bowler-hat" look, so that this new generation of taxis will be instantly recognisable with pedestrians on the busy streets of London.
With petrol engines under the hood, these new cabs will be cleaner than the current diesel-fuelled cabs. They will also conform to London's strict public transport regulations.
With only two London taxi manufacturers currently in play, this move show that Nissan is challenging the status quo. Nissan is already a popular taxi supplier to Tokyo, Barcelona and New York. We can expect to see these black cabs on the street by the end of 2014.
Thursday, January 16, 2014