Small cars out of Japan actually come as no surprise, since the island nation of Japan is one of the most densely populated in the world. Still, people and goods need to move around, which is why Japan seems to be the home of the compact hatchback. In less densely populated countries, small cars took a while to catch on, but after the 1974 OPEC Oil Embargo, and the decades of rising fuel prices which followed, small fuel-efficient cars suddenly made a lot of sense.
Toyota is one of the world's largest automakers, and Toyota hatchbacks have earned worldwide appeal, such as these Toyota hatchbacks that we think are worth considering, the Toyota Passo and Toyota Vitz. On paper, they look very similar, but in sheet metal, they demonstrate a couple of differences that are worth noting.
First, both of these Toyota hatchbacks sport a series of fuel-efficient three- or four-cylinder engines, ranging from 1.0ℓ to 1.8ℓ, in both gasoline and diesel flavors, actually two of the top-ten most fuel-efficient vehicles in Japan. The engine options are paired with either four-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmissions, and a choice of front-wheel or all-wheel drive. Continue reading “Comeback of the Hatchback: Toyota Vitz vs. Toyota Passo” »
Automakers produce concept vehicles every year. Many cause nothing more than a ripple of yawns, but a few standout at every trade event they appear at. Some transcend the years to become iconic, leading many car guys to wonder what if. If you sat down with a group of those car guys, you could not get a consensus on which concepts are the most iconic ever dreamed up. What appeals to one, may not to the whole group. Luckily, only one person was asked to compile this list, making it much easier. Here are five of the most noteworthy concepts ever produced; in one maybe not so humble opinion.
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It is a well accepted fact that fossil fuels are finite and burning them is detrimental to our environment. Automakers, being aware of both facts, have been trying to tackle the issue of alternative fuels for several years. One way to do so is with fuel cell vehicles that are powered by hydrogen. Ever on the cutting edge, Toyota began selling a hydrogen fuel cell car in Japan in December of 2014 and has recently released the vehicle for limited sale in North America. Known as the Mirai, it is considered to be the first commercially available hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. Before we get our cart in front of the horse, let's have a look at hydrogen as a fuel, then get into a quick review of the Mirai.
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When Karl Benz patented his first ''Motorwagen'' on January 29, 1886 it couldn't even climb a small incline without someone pushing. The test model was so hard to control that Benz crashed it into a wall while demonstrating it to the public. With so many limitations, he had to worry about the practicality of the first car. Little could he imagine his underpowered three-wheel cart morphing into a 469 bhp monster capable of demanding the attention of the most jaded automotive aficionado. Continue reading “A Quick Review of The 2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 S-model Coupe” »
When it comes to car maintenance, perhaps the most frequent thing we need to do is wash the carand change motor oil. Of course, less often, we also need to change the engine air filter, engine coolant, transmission fluid, brake pads, brake fluid, and tires, to name a few. Most older vehicles, as the age-old rule-of-thumb suggests, had their oil change every 3,000 miles or three months, whichever came first. Modern vehicles may stipulate, depending on usage, up to 10,000 miles between oil changes, thanks to modern engine manufacturing processes, as well as modern lubricant technology. The question is, is your motor oil doing all it should, or all it could? Are you ready for a different kind of oil change?
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The history of car transmissions
Over one hundred years ago, when the internal combustion engine barely produced a single horsepower, a single-speed transmission and clutch was all that was necessary to get moving. With the introduction of the 1886 Benz Patent Motorwagen, the first road trip traveled along at a blistering 16 km/h. Eventually, with the development of more powerful engines, multispeed transmissions were necessary to eliminate the jerky motion that would inevitably occur when slamming into gear to get moving. Multispeed transmissions also enabled cars to go ever faster, such as the 1908 Ford Model T, equipped with a 15 kW engine and two-speed transmission, which had a top speed of up to 72 km/h.
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Nissan’s rich history, dating back just about a century, is matched only by its rich variety of vehicles. Today’s lineup ranges from the tiny Nissan March / Micra to the Nissan NV350 commercial van, and includes everything in between, such as the subject of today’s article comparing used Nissan compact cars, the Nissan Sunny and Nissan Tiida.
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Even though summer is winding down, there is plenty of time for a last minute road trip or two. Whether it is a trip to a relative's home or out to the family cabin, you can not attempt any trip without the right playlist. Even if you have the best playlist in the world, if your car stereo is subpar, it is a waste of time playing it. Continue reading “Top Car Audio Upgrade Tips” »
As long as you keep an eye on your tires’ performance, record your mileage, and understand what to look for, knowing when to replace tires isn’t too much of a hassle. In this article we cover why it’s important to keep your tires in good shape and indicators that tell you when you should begin shopping for replacements.
The Purpose of Tires on Your Car
1. Tires support your car.
Did you know that the contact patch of a tire is about as small as a single postcard? One tire actually supports around 400 kilograms! This means that the structural integrity of the tire must be perfect; any cracks or signs of unusual wear should be flagged as a warning sign that the tire is not up to par.
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A lot of people do it. It's right there, buzzing away. Your phone just went off, alerting you to a text message from someone. Who is it from? What if it's important? OMG, I have to read it right now or it's going to drive me crazy! So, you pick up your phone and look away from the road, the next thing you know you are waking up in hospital wondering what happened and why you can't feel your legs.
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