European cars are synonymous with the European style and exoticness of the areas they are from, and the sight of them brings to mind memories of each area that they hail from. There are some iconic European car brands that immediately bring to mind that feeling of Europe and its fashion, culture and history. Here are 5 of the most iconic European car brands. Read more
There is no doubt about it; the popularity of four wheel drives has grown significantly over the past couple of decades. Four wheel drives are now known not only as 4WDs, four wheel drives, but also as SUV’s, sporting utility vehicles, and AWDs, all wheel drives. Four wheel drives are now commonly used for everyday driving as well as for off-road travelling and camping trips. Read more
Getting a new car isn’t easy, it’s annoying and difficult and takes a great deal of time and effort. Even with all that most of the time people will still get ripped off because they simply don’t know what to look for. Here’s a quick list of five things to look for in order to figure out the best available option for a vehicle.
5 Star Safety Rating
This is a little obvious, but it’s absolutely necessary, the first qualifying factor in any new car. A five star safety rating is a must have for any caring driver. Picking up a five star car like the new ford fiesta gives a driver a sense of safety and surety, a knowledge that all of the newest safeties have been installed and that, should you drive safe, nothing will go wrong.
This is the sign of a car that is up on future technology and won’t fall behind. Being as connected as possible with the outside world is an advantage that no driver should give up. If nothing else its very helpful to have your music, your files and everything else all in the same place, your music, your Bluetooth, communication and everything else you can do remotely from the comfort of your car.
Low Fuel Consumption
Petrol is becoming more expensive by the week and with the prices not looking like they’re going down any time soon you’ll need to make sure that Fuel Consumption is kept to a minimum. In these modern days the ability to keep your car working on the cheap is important. A lightweight car with low fuel consumption is generally considered a must for an efficient budget car. It also cuts down on pesky oil changes and other annoying obligations.
It’s a strange thing to request but it’s more for what it implies than what it actually is. Taking the care to add adjustable suspension means a dedication to quality and performance that goes past most models. Adjustable suspension hints to a company that expects you to be able to go everywhere and do everything on the road and is willing to prepare you for eventualities.
Provided warranty and registration
It’s not necessarily a guarantee of quality auto-mobile, but there’s a reason behind it and people think well of it for a reason. While there are sometimes extended warranties that result in the cars death the day after expiration. However provided registration as well gives a willing to wear some of the cost for you in order to guarantee your quality.
Of course there are no guarantees of quality this world, and you should still do your own research, look around and most importantly have a qualified mechanic look over the vehicle beforehand. Yes, even if you’re buying out of dealership, yes, even if it just got done with another mechanic. Look carefully, figure things out, and proceed with caution. It’s a jungle out there.
People usually admire magnificent inventions which inspire awe from any point of view. That is why we can easily point out that the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST is admired by everyone. It is a marvelous invention manufactured by Ford, which hides an extremely powerful engine inside the perfectly shaped body. The overall mark of the car shows that this model has proven to be one of the best during the last couple of years from this segment. 2014 Fiesta is a whole package – it has an irresistible interior and exterior design in combination with a powerful engine which can satisfy the tastes of even the pickiest customers. The model brings refreshment in the product line of Ford in general terms, not only in its segment.
There are the ever present talks that changes in taxation will be underway in order to tax us on mileage in 2014 instead of per gallon of petrol. This leaves this blogger feeling a little uneasy, reason being is that our elected officials are absolutely failing and balancing the nation’s checkbook and instead of cutting more pork fat they instead want to take the easier route by taxing those who have to travel. First off the U.S. is far too expansive for a train system such as Europe, probably because we have the fucking Amtrak system that is government funded and outdated and overly expensive. Flights are relatively cheap if you are flying over a decent amount of miles. But for most of the country we have to take our vehicles to our intended destinations because public transit is crap and plus, taxing us per miles seems like a shitty idea.
First off I drive less than 10,000 miles a year so it wouldn’t affect me very much but the problem was that I recently had to drive 1,700 miles a month as the job I had was the best I could find after the economic collapse in 2007 and in order to save money meant that I had to hyper-mile as well as drive a smaller car that was better on gas mileage and emissions than my 4×4. If we switch to taxing by the mile then why the fuck am I driving a four banger? I can get a Viper now since gas is cheaper and I’m only taxed per mile. Fuck you mother earth and eat some burnt rubber while I’m at it. But reality sets in and we look at state gas taxes as well as the fact that our shitty elected accountants will simply tax us on both mileage and per gallon.
Our country will keep ramming down new taxes in more creative ways because they need more money. Read my blog “No New Taxes”. We have enough shit to deal with and changing the tax plan will just piss everyone off more. It’s all smoke and mirrors and although they claim that it will be better for the majority, they usually are correct at first until they rape that system. Look at our social programs and how debunked they are, do you want these people in charge of more responsibility even though they can’t maintain what they currently have now?
Imagine that you go into the DMV to get your new tags; oops you forgot your tax document that states that you are all paid up on your fees. No tags for you. This is stupid and the fact that diesel is more expensive than petrol is even worse. We have idiots running the show and it’s affecting each and every one of us. In conclusion I feel that we need to fend off any new taxes as well as work on shrinking our current ones.
A hard lesson in the 80’s was that boxy was beautiful. With flat faces and hoods sticking out into the next time zone meant that you had a ghetto sled that was ready to collect money from your working gals. Today Cadillac has decided to incorporate a more linear design with subtle curves and for a design snob such as myself, I think it works. While Cadillac’s sights are on the Bavarian bulbous battlewagons of the East we see that they are not simply copying the designs of the round BMW’s and although Mercedes has a more chiseled look to it, there seems to be a large degree of separation. The problem Cadillac faces is that when you drove previous models you sensed the cheesy and flimsy parts of other badge models and its look was as if they simply added two front quarter panels and some phony trim and emblems. Of course we know that there is a global model underlying in each 2014 Cadillac but it seems that the designers are getting better at differentiating it or at least hiding the flimsy bits.
I have liked the boldness of the CTS since its inception and of course there has always been a soft spot for the CTS-V. I personally am a sucker for special editions that actually means there is some go-fast parts under the hood and not just some fucking ground effects (looking at you Honda and Toyota). The problem is that I never bought one. The reason is simple, why pay a steak price for steak shaped hamburger? I always thought Cadillac vehicles were too expensive for what they truly were. Today however we see the Cadillac 2014 CTS that are showing some sweet additions as well as German-like innovation. First off we see that GM has finally planted the 8-speed transmission in the 2014 CTS which should help on all around fuel efficiency. As like most Americans in general the CTS is getting bigger around the waist yet shorter (due to preservatives and smoking) in overall height. This actually will give the new Cadillac a sleeker look and less resistance to wind. Unlike America, this 2014 Cadillac is going on the “biggest loser” and that female Hitler Jillian is making it shed weight. As a result the CTS is a chubby girl in weight less than the BMW 5-series claims GM.
Ok so what about the V-series CTS? Well my coke dealer told me that he also deals to the design team members of Cadillac and that they are looking at the 6.2 liter Supercharged V8 to produce just around 600 ponies. Possible issues with the 8-speed handling that amount of awesomeness means that they will probably also use the 6L90 automatic slushbox. Now if they love me then we shall see an estate version as well as the TREMEC robot penis (manual) as an option. Stay classy Cadillac
We have already seen the 2014 Corvette Stingray as well as the Chevy Silverado but what else is in stock for the North American new cars and trucks. It seems that everything is getting put under the knife in order to tighten up any loose skin. New designs are meticulously tested and re-designed to lower the drag-coefficient. Through wind tunnel testing as well as computer generated real world elements means that 2014 new cars and trucks are being delivered to achieve optimal efficiency. As a result of the optimization of fuel efficiency and the wants and needs of potential buyers is causing an odd effect in what I have dubbed Ultimate Phantom Gender Role Reversal All-Wheel-Drive Design or UPGRRADD. In all actuality it is a downgrade for off-road enthusiasts as more truck-based sport utility vehicles get turned into a steamy uni-body all-wheel-drive van that has been doing a little doping. If you want proof then take a look at the Nissan Pathfinder. The 2014 Nissan Pathfinder looks like it has daddy issues and went under the knife to become a soccer mom, form bushwhacker to bush-trimmer.
On the other side of the spectrum you have vehicles such as the Subaru XV CrossTrek that is an Impreza that is also on the Lance Armstrong diet. Don’t get me wrong, I like the Subaru XV as it fills a void for adventurers and lesbians that need a car that can do more. From hauling around dogs that are your emotional child tampons to hauling around kayaks, mountain bikes, climbing gear and for the 75% remainder that will still put a Yakima roof rack on it only to never ever use it. But the point of vehicles like these is to give the utility of a sport-utility-vehicle yet the gas mileage of a economical car. Subaru has had years to perfect their AWD system and have pared their ultra reliable opposed-piston engine with a continuously-variable-transmission. Subaru has also received direct-injection technology with the joint effort of the FR-S/BR-Z project that has helped to add efficiency to each of their engine designs.
The new 2014 and 2015 cars and trucks will be looking to fill each and every niche market (even for us gearheads) and if vehicles such as the BR-Z are successful then we will still see engineers dedicating their time to developing vehicles that are fun to drive. Since people are disgusted with their weight……of their vehicles means that the 2014 new cars are going on a “breaking bad” diet as they will be frantically ditching weight. We know that there is going to be changes among our vehicles as they become more like our smartphones and less like our super cool H2 Hummers. And though we can’t predict the future I have felt a tingly feeling in my liver that can only mean one thing. That “thing” is that overall prices will still be going up and that because of collective bargaining, more robots will be added to the construction process for 2014 new cars, suvs, and cars.
There is always the need for improvement when it comes to something so important and useful to us as vehicles. What use to be a slim pick has blown up to a multitude of transgendered new cars for 2014. There is a vehicle type to satisfy every need on the market from clown car to a super duty extra mega ultra cab dually. What is changing is the weight and aerodynamics of each vehicle as efficiency is now a big fat diabetic elephant in the room.
We as car buyers are pretty spoiled as we have so many companies vying for our dollars. I can’t really say it is a bad thing as capitalism takes over and competition produces a better produce. Yes I said it, capitalism has helped you get a better car for less so think about that when you drive your car to your Karl Marx social club.
So what will the new cars for 2014 have for the gear heads? Well a lot actually. Horsepower still sells and with the trickle down racing technology and components such as alloys and carbon fiber means that cars running six second 0-60 times is our wife and mistress cars as ours are running four’s and five’s. Less weight plus more horsepower and fuel economy means that you can afford to still go cruising. Plus our V6 engines of today with direct injection are now easily making 300 plus horsepower under normal aspiration.
Rear-wheel drive is always popular as well as the six-speed manuals. Sure there are more paddles on steering wheels than in a German S&M dungeon but auto manufacturers are still throwing the true gear heads a bone when it comes to performance and track inspired rigs.
So what to expect for new cars for 2014? Carbon and aluminum is going to be in abundance as steel gets butted out more and more. Auto manufacturers are all in talks with 3M and DuPont and other chemical and component companies as they want carbon frames and body parts and they want them now and below cost. A lot of the plastic will be covered by real and certainly fake naked carbon fiber and I have no problem because car companies like GM need to stop with all the stupid ugly ass plastic interior parts. At least the Corvette Stingray looks a lot better in side than the previous generation.
As far as powertrain goes, there will be more lightweight parts going into engines as well as tighter and more sophisticated parts. You will get great gas mileage but let’s hope the engine never craps out on you when your warranty expires. Exciting is the fact that batteries are on a perpetual renaissance as much smarter individuals than myself continually improve life and functionality of the new batteries thus driving down prices of existing ones. Thanks science and chive on.
Over the past few years vehicle sales have become more stagnant as individuals are looking forward to getting more fuel-efficient 2014 cars. The problem that arises with most fuel-efficient vehicles is that the vehicle is usually trending away from stylish good looks as well as creature comforts in order to gain optimal efficiency. Since the auto industry has become so competitive with auto manufacturers all over the globe now competing in more markets, has led to engineers having to use more creative and innovative ideas.
With industrialized nations all of the world passing more regulatory emissions standards has caused auto manufacturers to focus on a globally certified powerplant that can pass emissions standards globally. For the 2014 cars we will see more lightweight components being placed in the engines as well as more efficient technologies such as direct injection fuel and electronically controlled valve timing. This of course is just the start of technologies to come to the mass market as engineers will also be working on such improvements as higher-speed and less restrictive transmissions as well as more intelligent all-wheel-drive systems. Maximizing the amount of power production off of the vehicle’s fuel source is a main concern but only one of the many attributes of the vehicle being revamped.
Along with the 2014 cars designs and powertrains, we are seeing new components being placed in the vehicle in order to lighten its overall curb weight. Engineers are using designs that add structural integrity yet less material in order to maintain overall rigidity. Using alloys as well as carbon fiber composite material is helping to significantly reduce the weight of these 2014 cars. Auto manufacturers such as Ford Motor Company have stated that they plan to reduce overall weight of every single vehicle in their production line up by an average of 750 pounds. This will include their lineup of 2014 cars, trucks, vans, and commercial vehicles.
With new designs and powertrain and structural components of vehicles engineers are now testing created designs in order to recapture lost energy due to breaking. For years auto manufacturers such as Toyota and Honda have worked with her hybrid vehicles in order to regain spent energy by using a regenerative braking technology. This is common among hybrid vehicles yet the technology is usually have to incorporate a large battery cell as well as a large amount of the electronics that added a much larger cost and weight to the vehicle. Engineers at the Mazda motor company have introduced their design in order to recapture lost energy by utilizing energy storing components such as diodes and Transformers that are technologies that are off the shelf therefore keeping costs down and weight low. The process and uses a regenerative brake technology turns we will inertia into electricity similar to current hybrid designs. So for the 2014 cars that are coming to the market place we will see many more improvements in order to lower emissions and raise the average miles per gallon. And an added extra bonus for consumers is a little extra horsepower for the 2014 cars.