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Porsche Presents Luxury Home and Office Collection

Written by in September 25, 2013 at 09:06 AM

911 CarreraFor any fan of the Porsche car brand, some good news has arrived from the automaker. Porsche Driver’s Selection, the automaker’s line of lifestyle apparel and accessories, has just introduced unique home and office items last week at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt. These new items feature parts from 911 Carrera and 911 GT3 Cup Race cars. For any fan of the 911 being able to have your own office chair, or shelving in your home made from an actual Porsche may be a dream come true.

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The 2014 Buick LaCrosse

Written by in September 25, 2013 at 09:02 AM

2014 Buick LaCrosseThe Buick Lacrosse is a luxury mid-size sedan that has held its place in the market on a consistent basis – and that is no easy feat considering it competes with the likes of the Acura TL and the Lexus ES 350. The LaCrosse is sharply styled, with an urban elegance, it appeals to consumers who value reliability and handling efficiency over raw power. The interior features classy ambient lighting along with plush seating and a user-friendly soft-touch instrument panel. The 2014 models began arriving at dealerships around the country, including Pitre Buick of NM, this summer. Potential buyers will be pleased to know that there have been a number of updates including exterior styling tweaks that modestly alter the sedan’s appearance.  The cabin of the LaCrosse gets new seats and revised dashboard controls with a simpler interface. Power continues to come from a mild hybrid powertrain, consisting of a 2.4-liter four-cylinder 182 horsepower hybrid engine along with an 11-kilowatt electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery pack mated to a six-speed automatic transmission or a 303 horsepower 3.6-liter V6 flex-fuel engine with a six-speed automatic transmission that puts out 264 pound feet of torque. Buyers have a choice of front wheel drive or all wheel drive.

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The History of the Nissan Brand

Written by in September 25, 2013 at 08:38 AM

NissanNissan has been around for over eighty years and is the sixth largest carmaker in the world.  They have over 150,000 employees worldwide and their cars are becoming more popular every year.  Some readers might remember that before the name Nissan was emblazoned on each of its vehicles, Datsun was badged on to each car and truck.  You rarely see those old cars anymore, however.  Most of those very small vehicles are probably in the wrecking yards or rusting in someone’s back yard.  They served their purpose, though, and moved the company from the old world into the new.

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For Every Season Turn, Turn, Turn

Written by in September 25, 2013 at 08:33 AM

At the beginning of the 1900s, automobile drivers signaled to pedestrians and other drivers their intention to turn (or stop) their cars with their hands.  There were no turn signals back then. As the graphic below illustrates, the hand signal conventions for right and right turns and stop haven’t changed since that time.

According to the December 1985 issue of Popular Mechanics, the first modern turn electric signal can be attributed to Edgar A. Walz, Jr. who, in 1925, secured a patent for one and tried to market it to major car manufacturers. Believe it or not they just weren’t interested, and the patent expired fourteen years later.

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The Iconic Dodge Challenger Returns for 2014

Written by in September 25, 2013 at 08:24 AM

The 2014 Dodge Challenger has recently arrived on the scene. The muscle car – with historical roots -  is a five-passenger coupe available in a variety of trim levels for the 2014 model year, including SXT, SXT Plus, Ralleye Redline, R/T, R/T Plus, and R/T Classic. The Challenger was re-invented by Dodge a few years ago, and has had muscle car fans in awe of its ability to stick strongly to its historical roots, while also presenting as a modern day muscle car.  For 2014, the availability of certain features has been extended. Every Challenger can now be equipped with performance suspension and brakes as well as 20-inch aluminum wheels. Also new is an option package for entry-level Challengers and SXT models called the Super Sport Group. It includes 20-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels, rear spoiler, performance suspension and brakes, and a quicker steering ratio. A Super Sport Group includes zinc steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles and a Sport Mode that changes the automatic transmission’s shift timing for best response, and more.

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Automotive Key Types

Written by in September 25, 2013 at 08:19 AM

Standard Keys and Electronic Key Fobs

The basic car key, which was common up until the mid-1990s, has no security feature other than the unique profile on the shank. It’s easy to copy these basic car keys, virtually any hardware store can do it for about $3.

On most modern cars, an electronic key fob (also known as a remote or transmitter) accompanies a basic car key. Depending on the automaker or complexity of the design, an electronic key fob may incorporate features such as unlocking the car doors, opening the truck and even sounding an emergency alarm.

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