Have you ever looked at the description for a vehicle in a commercial, classified ad, or the sales brochure, and asked yourself, “What are all the abbreviations, initialisms, and acronyms?” Every automaker uses automotive-speak and, like all abbreviations, it makes it easier to describe things in shorter terms. For example, isn't it easier to say “ABS” in conversation than “Anti-Lock Braking System?” In an automobile, to save space on the dashboard, an “ABS” light may illuminate to let you know the system is activating or is malfunctioning. “ABS” is much quicker to recognize than, and takes up much less space than, the entire “Anti-Lock Braking System” spelled out on the dashboard. Here are a few common automotive-related abbreviations, initialisms, and acronyms and what they mean.
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If you ask a casual observer at a car show what they are looking for it is one of two things. The first is an outstanding example of an original vehicle. The other is the most eye catching car modifications. While an all original vehicle is often a thing of beauty and restorers work very hard to keep their cars in shape, modified cars take a great deal more imagination and originality to attract attention, frequently testing an owner's artistic and engineering mettle in order to garner ''Best in Show'' honors. Often, modifieds are the cars that capture an observers imagination, making them wonder ''how did they go from concept to reality?'' Other car modifications make you wonder why in all that is holy would someone do that to a car? Let's have a look at some of the best and craziest car modifications, funny cars, and souped up cars around.
The Best Avenger
The comic books have been drawing attention for decades. Currently, the world is enthralled by the Avenger movie series. When any bit of folk fare begins to take such a larger-than-life hold on the world's imagination, there is going to be a car geek out there who will modify their ride to match the mania. German graffiti artist Rene Turrek decided to create a work of folk art on the body of a Lamborghini Gallardo. Not satisfied to simply paint the Lambo in an Avenger's theme. Turrrek decided to trick observers with thermochromatic pigments. At first glance, you see a ho-hum shade of purple that looks a bit out of place on any Lambo, but douse it in cold water and a great portrait of Captain America appears out of thin air. Other than the paint, there are no other car modifications to mention, but who really needs to soup up a Lamborghini Gallardo? Continue reading “Best Car Mods of 2015” »
South African road trips can introduce the most experienced traveler to outstanding wonders and new adventures at any moment. There are plenty of reliable roads and destinations can include anything from a sandy beach with clear blue seas to snow capped mountains that offer rugged climbing for the more adventurous, with plenty of bush and history in between. With that in mind, here is a look at several South African road trips that offer a single day, a weekend, or a entire holiday full of fun. Perhaps you will discover the African scenic drive that you will want to add to your itinerary.
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Experience the freedom your automobile offers by taking one of the world’s best drives. The world’s best drives are excellent destinations for a summer road trip or weekend travel. In this article we identify some of the world’s best drives along with the attractions that make them desirable.
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Summer is here, temperatures are rising, and that means two things: The kids are out of school and it’s time for summer vacations. If you’re not planning on flying to your destination, are you and your car up to the task? Here are some summer driving tips, for you and your car, which will help you make the most of your summer travel plans. Remember, as much as your car is a machine, the driver is also a machine, of a sort, and both need regular maintenance (rest), fuel (food and drink), and proper care (sunglasses) to work properly.
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Looking under the hood of a modern car, practically anything that was built in the last ten or fifteen years, you’d logically conclude that you would have to be a master mechanic to even understand what’s going on under there, much less diagnose and repair. Still, even if you don’t know the difference between an air fuel ratio sensor and a variable valve timing oil switching valve, there are still plenty of things that have not changed in decades, such as light bulbs and the engine air filter. Continue reading “One Afternoon – DIY Car Repairs for the “Average Joe”” »
With an ever-increasing interest in making less of an impact on the environment, not to mention reducing operating costs, it’s really no surprise that gas mileage in the average new automobile is getting better every year. First, carbon dioxide has been directly linked to climate change, which is causing problems around the world, and transportation carbon dioxide emissions, generated at a rate of about 9 kg per gallon of fuel burned, accounts for about one-third of global carbon dioxide emissions. (Power production and industrial applications account for the other two-thirds). Additionally, because transportation fuels, including gasoline, diesel fuel, natural gas, and propane, are all derived from dwindling in-ground petroleum reserves, they’re getting more expensive. The obvious solution to both of these problems is to reduce how much fuel you burn, so improving gas mileage is in everyone’s best interests. Continue reading “2015’s Top Five Most Fuel Efficient Cars (and how They Got That Way)” »
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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