If the dawn of the 21st century had to be characterized by any particular automotive meme, it would unequivocally be acknowledged as the era when electric vehicles came to prominence the world over. From the inception of the electric car in the 1830’s to the overwhelming success of hybrids such as the Toyota Prius, this epoch will be remembered as the time when the electric car’s steady development has come to maturity. Let’s take a trip down the electric vehicle’s storied road from its unlikely conception to its rise to international preeminence.
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Having fun on the road doesn’t have to come expensive. Of course, there are those supercars that can cost *gasp* over a million dollars, but we’re not going to mention those. After all, if you’re in the market for that, you probably got linked here by accident, anyway. On the other hand, if you’re like the rest of us, you’d like to know about used sport coupes that we can actually afford, such as these three beauties picked from our stock, the Mazda RX-8, Nissan Fairlady Z, and the Toyota Celica.
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Toyota Motor Corporation unveiled the Toyota Corolla to the Japanese public in November 1966. The Corolla gained instant fame, and has since sold over 40 million models in more than 150 countries and regions. After 11 generations, the Toyota Corolla, to this day, holds the title as the best-selling sedan worldwide.
The Toyota Corolla was designed to be the classic family car, to meet the changing needs of the Japanese commuters during the 1960s. While other automakers offered basic safety features as optional, the Corolla was among the first to include safety features, such as rear back-up lights as a standard feature. Toyota has a long history of putting safety, quality, and customer needs at the forefront of their manufacturing, which remains alive today.
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After considering the time and money spent shopping for, buying, and maintaining a used car, it should come as no surprise that, for many of us, buying a used car could be the second-biggest purchase that we'll ever make. Clearly, transportation is important, whether for family or for work, but transportation doesn't take care of itself. Buying a used car is merely the start of a hopefully long, relationship.
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Believe it or not, in some countries like Kenya or the United Arab Emirates, the highway patrol can stop you if your car is too dirty. This means that washing your car is not optional. Luckily for some people, washing their own car is therapeutic. It is their way of unwinding after a long week in the office with the boss breathing down their neck.
Many people, men especially, tend to treat their cars with so much care and affection—taking note of even the tiniest scratch—that it’s easy to think that they have fallen in love. However, even with such good intentions, not many car owners know the correct steps for protecting their car’s exterior when washing it themselves.
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Way back in the archives of automotive history, there was a simple vehicle consisting of three wheels, two of which were driven by a single-speed transmission and an internal combustion engine. The Mercedes-Benz Patent Motorwagen powertrain was so simple, in fact, that it didn’t even need a clutch. Of course, fast-forward to the modern automobile, and it’s nearly the difference between a paper airplane and the Space Shuttle.
Over the last 120 years, major advances have been made in power, speed, and efficiency, most of which goes unnoticed by us, but there are still choices to be made. The modern automobile, in its many variations, comes with an engine, transmission, four wheels, power brakes and steering, and a myriad other comfort, convenience, and safety options. One option on many vehicles today is all-wheel drive. What is it, and what isn’t it? Finally, do you need it?
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The most popular new vehicles are only the most popular because they are the best. Sure, cheaper vehicles might steal the limelight, but not for very long. Poor quality or short-lived technology catches up with owners, sooner or later, and they quickly tire of paying for constant repairs. Of course, that's not the only reason people buy vehicles. Sometimes there is a certain brand appeal, which makes a vehicle popular. If you are looking for a good deal on a used vehicle, it is pretty much a sure bet that you will find the best used-car deals on the best-selling new cars. Continue reading “2015's Popular Sedan Selection” »
The remedy for a dead battery is not always to simply replace it. Sometimes, the solution is as easy as giving your car a jump start. It can safely be assumed that everyone who owns or operates a vehicle will come across this problem at least once in their life. However, what most people don’t realize is that knowing how to jump start a car is pretty easy.
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According to some sources, the roads in Africa range from “pretty good” to “impassible,” part of which depends on what vehicle you drive. A decent sedan is enough to handle all the “pretty good” roads in the city and suburbs, the occasional pothole, or even some of the rougher patches in undeveloped areas. Go any further, and you need a vehicle with a little more ground clearance, bigger tires, maybe all-wheel drive (AWD) or four-wheel drive (4WD), and an engine to match. Continue reading “Africa's Best-Selling Crossover SUV's 2015” »