Monthly Archives: March 2013

  • Volkswagen Golf Wins World Car of the Year!

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    This year, the Volkswagen Golf beat out 41 other vehicles to win the title of World Car of the Year! It’s the fourth world car win for Volkswagen, and the second for the Golf itself. Never heard of the World Car of the Year? It’s only been in existence since 2005. It is voted on by 48 international automotive journalists from 22 countries and has been announced every year since 2006 at the New York International Auto Show.

    This year the Volkswagen Golf topped the Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Porsche Boxster / Cayman and Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ/Toyota GT-86, which were the other finalists. All cars must be sold in at least five countries on two different continents to be eligible for the awards. While this eliminates some of the innovative, more specialized vehicles, it does seem like a good requirement for an “international” award. Unfortunately, this new Golf is not yet available in the US market. Likewise, there were some grumbles last year, when the winning car was another Volkswagen, the Up!, which is also not available in the US market.

    Since 2006, three other awards have also presented along with the World Car of the Year. This year, World Performance Car went to the Porsche Boxster / Cayman, the third such win for Porsche. The Tesla Model S won for World Green Car, the first win for Tesla.  Jaguar also had its first win with its Jaguar F-Type winning World Car Design of the Year.

    It will be interesting to see whether Volkswagen can keep its streak alive next year and make it three in a row. Maybe Audi will be able to stage a comeback after being shut out from the top finalist positions this year. Audi is the manufacturer with the most overall wins across categories, with six.

    For more information on the World Car Awards, visit the website here.

    And remember, just because your vehicle didn’t win the World Car Awards, it doesn’t mean you can’t load it up with Award-Winning Accessories.

  • The New York International Auto Show, A Must See!

    auto showThe New York International Auto Show takes place every year at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. More than 1,000 vehicles are on display, filling 846,000 square feet of exhibition space. Officials expect more than 1 million people to visit the 2013 show. Attendees will be among the first to see such vehicles as the new Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG, Audi A3 sedan, Cadillac CTS and more. The New York International Auto Show is open to the public from Friday, March 29, 2013 to Sunday, April 7, 2013.

    2013 marks the 113th anniversary of the New York International Auto Show, North America's first and largest attended auto show. In 1900, the New York International Automobile Show became North America's first automotive exhibition. For over one hundred years, through depression, war, boom-time, oil crisis, recession and growth, it has continued its pioneering tradition of bringing new and innovative ideas to a national and world stage.  Combined with the City's energy, and the fact that metro New York is one of the nation's largest markets for new car and truck sales, the show is now one of the most important automotive events in the world. If you are in the area you should defiantly try to get to the show, it is amazing. Some of my favorite parts of this show are the featured Concept Cars as well as the Just Revealed. This is a great family event, there are activities for the children like simulators, video games, and movie cars and with all the lights and sounds it will keep the little ones entertained. Whether it is a family tradition or your first show, there is something for everyone and always a great value!

  • Cool Limousines Are Anything But Traditional

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    I remember when I was a kid, I was always impressed by limousines. When we would drive by one on the highway, I always assumed a celebrity was inside. Back then limos only seemed to be available in traditional styling and black or white, but nowadays I see all sorts of cool limousines. I've seen a so-called "party limousine" driving around town; a Hummer limousine that is painted pink and is presumably used for bachelorette parties or the like. It got me thinking about what other kinds of vehicles may have been turned into cool limousines.

    Ferrari Cool Limousine

    I'm not sure how fast this Ferrari limo can go, but there is no doubt you will be turning heads when cruising along in this bad boy. Its wing style door are one unique feature, and will grab attention even when parked. I honestly don't know whether I would want to get out of this Ferrari when I finally reached my destination.

    Prius Cool Limousine

    If you're more concerned about fuel efficiency than speed, this Prius limo may be a better bet for you. It sure has an interesting look to it, and I can see it becoming popular at "green" weddings.

    Mini Cooper Cool LimousineMini Cooper Cool Limousine

    This pink Mini Cooper limo also has an interesting look. If you'll notice, the back of the vehicle has an open bed, but that's not for doing any kind of hauling. This cool limousine has its own built-in pool!

    Hummer Cool Limousine

    Here is the kind of limo that first attracted my attention. This beast of a limo appears to be a super stretch, and check out those wing doors again, stealing some style from the Ferrari! Some Hummer limos can hold up to 26 passengers, a definite party limo.

    Harley Cool Limousine

    Coolest of all is this Harley Davidson limo. I have no idea how this thing works, but it features both an interior area to relax and drink champagne AND an exterior bench seat.

    Un-Cool Limousine

    Regular limousines look sort of boring now, don't they?

    Have you ever spotted a cool limousine? Have you ever ridden inside of one? Let us know all about it in the comments!

  • Change Of The Season Means Time For Automobile Maintenance.

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    The changing of the seasons is often one of the best ways to time basic automobile maintenance.  Spring is at hand, to help your car make the change from winter to spring, some auto repair and maintenance is sorely needed to correct the damage from winter and prepare your car for better days ahead. As you plan all of your outdoor spring projects, giving your car a quick going over inside and out is a great place to start

    Tire Care-Even if you have all season tires, this is an excellent time to inspect your tires to determine if they need replacement. While you inspect, look for indications of uneven wear, or where your tread is more worn on one or two spots of some tires but not others. Rotate your tires and/or have a computerized tire alignment performed on your vehicle

    Remove Bad Interior Smells---After a long winter, the interior of your car can really smell bad.  Melted snow combined with closed ventilation can really cause a mildew-like smell in your vehicle.  To help get rid of the smell vacuum the interior of your vehicle. Use a stain remover to clean away any stains.  Also, use an odor-lifting product such as Febreze on your seats and floorboards.  This will make your car or truck smell like a new car.

    Take A Close Look--Do a close visual inspection of the underside of your vehicle. Even if your car, truck, or SUV came with rust proofing or you had this package added, road salt and other winter driving factors can do a number on both the outside and underside of your vehicle. Rust proofing rarely lasts the lifetime of most cars and you may need to get yours updated. If you find your vehicle is just too grimy or streaked to make an adequate assessment, consider going to a car wash that offers pressurized cleaning that can go up beneath the frame. Spot washing is great, but it won't remove the leftover salt and debris that may be impacted in the wheels and in structures beneath the passenger or engine compartments. Look at your vehicle lights to be sure all are operational. Even a small thing like a burned-out marker plate light can cost you a ticket from the police and perhaps marks against your driving record in some states that can affect the price of your car insurance. A dead headlight can make it very hard for you to see even if a cop doesn't happen to see you. Determine if it is time for a tune up, an oil change, and the all-important drainage and replacement of your radiator/coolant liquid. These are all jobs you can tackle yourself even if you aren't America's best mechanic. Explore under the hood, take a sharp look at your belts and hoses. Anything that appears cracked, leaking, or otherwise damaged warrants swift replacement. Some of these you can do yourself while others you may want to hand off to a mechanic

    Organize Your Vehicle--A lot of times, winter can cause havoc on the organization within your vehicle. Start by cleaning out any trash and removing unneeded items like that ice scraper.  Go to the store and buy containers and trunk organizers to keep everything in order.  A trunk organizer can neatly store away jumper cables, flashlights and emergency tools. Interior organizers can help keep track of pens, paper and other things rolling beneath the seats and on the floorboards of your car or truck.

    Once the critical repair and maintenance are complete, you can drive happily into those warm spring days and nights. Keeping your vehicle clean not only protects your valuable vehicle investment, it also fosters a sense of pride and accomplishment.

  • Vent Visors and Their Many Uses

    A vent visor, also commonly known as a rain guard, rain visor, window visor, or window deflector – protects you and the interior of your car, truck or SUV from wet weather, by deflecting rain, snow, sleet, wind and hail away from the windows of your vehicle, allowing you to keep your windows open even in inclement weather.  With a vent shade keeping the messy weather out of your car while having your windows open there is no chance of fog forming on the car windows. They even reduce heat build-up in your parked vehicle by allowing the windows to be partially open. A vent visor also helps you save on fuel costs and improves gas mileage because you don’t have to run your air conditioner to keep yourself comfortable every time it rains in summer. Visors can prove to be handy accessories, blocking the sun from a driver's eyes and kept passengers cool. Vent shades are the car accessories mostly used by those people who love to drive by enjoying the fresh air. Apart from the uses mentioned above, these are also used for improving the looks of the vehicle. They are available in different colors. One of the best things associated with Vent shades is that they can be easily attached. There are some vent shades that even do not need any fixings or drilling while installing it. Generally, the guards are just clipped into the required position by using a sticky tape which you will get with the visors. So if you are looking to combine distinctive style with year-round protection, then vent visors will do the job.

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  • Good Samaritan Helps Bus Driver

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    When driving a bus in city traffic all day, you might expect a car accident to be your main hazard of the job. But in Chicago recently, a CTA driver was tased and robbed by one of her passengers. The assault left her slumped over the wheel, unable to move on her idling bus. Luckily, Good Samaritan Konetheian Sims walked by, noticed the slumped body and called the police.

    Sims also flagged down an additional CTA driver, and together the two of them tried to help the fallen driver. They suspected a stroke or seizure, but when the driver had recovered enough to talk, she told them the real story. When the police arrived, she was able to provide more details. She says that she picked up a single male passenger, and only a few blocks after he got on, he demanded to be left off. When the driver pulled over to comply, she was shocked three times with a stun gun, and the aggressor went through her pockets as well.

    Nobody knows how long the driver may have been left unattended of Good Samaritan Sims had not walked by and stopped to help. Sims is just happy that he was able to help the woman. Unfortunately the attacker has not been identified yet, but police are reviewing the CTA’s surveillance footage for clues as to his identity.

    For more information, check out this article.

    Do you have any Good Samaritans you’d like us to mention on the blog? Let us know in the comments!

  • Start Your Spring Cleaning By Organizing Your Work Van.

    work vanWith Spring right around the corner why not start your spring cleaning by organizing your work van. If you are looking to get organized there is no need to order customized storage system that will cost you a small fortune. If you are an individual that works out of your truck or van, then you know how frustrating it can be when things are stuffed here and there, with no real home for anything at all. Now with all the options available, you can easily adapt any type of system to accommodate your every need, and design a fully functional storage system that will keep you and your business running smoothly. Organizing your tools in a van does not have to be a challenge. Installing shelving can help you safely store tools and equipment, while allowing easy access to everything you need to do your work. Organize your work van to make your workday more efficient. If your job requires numerous tools, bolts, screws and large items, designating a specific area inside the van for each item will make everything much easier to find. When you arrive at your next job, you will not have to search for the items and tools you need to perform the job because you took the time to organize. Nothing wastes more time than searching through boxes and piles of random tools and parts, trying to find the right one for the job.

     

    After you are done installing your shelving, storage systems, racks and tool boxes, why stop there. Organization does not just have to take place inside of the work van, use the outside of your work van as well, get those ladders up on ladder racks and free up some inside space.

    Having an organized work van make you look more professional, shows you have taken the time and effort to invest in your business, it shows you care, and that will not be over looked by your potential customers.

     

  • Die Hard 5 Destroys Dozens of Vehicles in Car Chase

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    Die Hard 5 (or A Good Day to Die Hard) has been out in theaters for two weeks. Thought the critics have not loved it, and audience reviews are mixed, it has already made nearly $200,000,000 worldwide. If you have already seen the movie, you know that it has loads of explosions and car chase action sequences. Have you ever wondered exactly how these action films get shot? How the explosions and crashes and car chases are filmed?

    For this particular movie, hundreds of cars were destroyed or damaged to film the various action scenes. For the lengthiest chase scene in the movie, which depicts John McClane racing around the streets of Moscow, 518 cars were damaged while filming. In addition, 132 cars were completely destroyed. The total cost in vehicles for filming that one particular sequence was $11 million! For some, that sum may seem ridiculously large, not only in terms of dollars spent, but also due to the waste of materials. I cannot disagree that is does seem like a waste to use these cars only to destroy them. However, when your film is pulling in hundreds of millions of dollars, you can afford to wreck vehicle after vehicle! What do you think? Should movie studios attempt virtual car chase scenes to minimize vehicle casualties or does the fact that the cars and their destruction are real contribute to the scene? Let us know in the comments below!

    Finally, if you are looking to give your vehicle some added protection, Pacer Performance Products manufactures a line of products to help protect bumpers, doors, and tailgates. Though they may not protect your car during a chase, they will certainly help prevent everyday dents, dings and scratches. Still, if you see Bruce Willis speeding along behind you, it's probably a better bet to just get out of his way!

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