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Range Rover Sport 2014 Review

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Esteemed Brit car maker Land Rover is soon to release its 2014 version of Range Rover Sport. According to market reports, the new model has undergone rigorous revision to come up with much improvised performance. It’s backed by the new aluminum chassis which has reduced around 700 pounds of weight for the model in comparison to its predecessor. Are you interested to know more about the Range Rover Sport 2014? Well, the following post would be handy for you as it’s a brief review of the new improvised Land rover creation.

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The car can be defined as a 5 passenger midsize SUV model with optional 3rd row seat that escalates its capacity to 7 passengers. The Range Rover Sport 2014 comes 2 types of trims- Supercharged & SE. Both the trims include auto xenon headlights, 19” alloy wheels, power-folding heated-mirrors, rear and front parking sensor, self-leveling air-suspension, power liftgate, 14-way customizable power front-seats, power tilt & telescoping steering wheel, front-seat memory setup, double-zone climate control and classy leather upholstery.

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Besides, you are getting voice-controlled navigation facility, 8” touchscreen display, rearview camera, 8-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, secondary audio jack & iPod/USB integration.

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The SE model includes a 3l V6 engine while the Supercharged trim is powered by 5l V8 engine. The SE engine produces 340 hp & 332 lb-ft torque while the supercharged model delivers 510 hp & 461 pound-feet torque. Both the trims follow 4-wheel drive and 8-speed automatic transmission.

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The fuel efficiency for the SE trim is up till 17 mpg in city and 23 mpg for highway. In case of the other one, it is 14 mpg for city and 19 mpg for highway.

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The 2014 Range Rover model reportedly sports a very sophisticated and high end interior. You will find no plastic pieces but rather ample classy leather surfaces & wide array of internal customization facilities which altogether make the car a truly worthy investment. In regards to safety features you are getting stability and traction control, antilock disc-brakes, front-seat airbags, curtain airbags, rear and front parking sensors as well as rearview camera.

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2014 Audi R8 V10 Plus Review

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Audi 2014 R8 V10 Plus is one of the most anticipated upcoming developments from the elite German auto maker. The R8 has always been captivating since its debut in 2008 and the R8 Plus returns with improvised model nomenclature, weight-saving measures, mild face-lift & of course manual automated transmission which more legitimate auto-transmission option.

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Are you intrigued to learn further about the Audi 2014 R8 V10 Plus? Well, the post here is a detailed discussion on the many amazing specifications of the new Audi model.

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The Audi R8 2014 is an advanced midengine two-seat exotic supercar and its V10 plus trim is a coupe-only model. To start with the R8 V10 Plus has been powered with V 10 5.2 L engine that produces up till 550 hp & 398 pound-feet torque. The car can hustle up till 60 mph within 3.4 seconds only. Either transmission would be available. The fuel economy of the car is around 13/22/16- or 12/19/14 for manual transmission.

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The Audi R8 V10 Plus 2014 assures an all-wheel drive. You are getting 19” wheels, cruise control, LED lighting, auto-dim rearview mirror, 7 speaker audio system, satellite radio, secondary audio jack, heater 8-way power-seats and auto climate control.

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The V10 plus model is backed by carbon-ceramic brakes & ample carbon-fiber trim aspects. For better weight savings, the model involves smaller fuel-tank & has deleted adaptive suspension & power seats. When it comes to the car interior, the vehicle promises lightweight comfortable seats that will surely ease your long-distance travel.

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The driving posture would be suitable for many. The most prominent part here is the center stack which is elegantly swooped away from driver. The microphone integration into the Bluetooth (located at driver’s seatbelt) is one of the most remarkable features of the car. A very classy leather & suede upholstery make the interior all the more inviting.

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The car comes with all sort of standard safety measures. These include stability control, antilock disc-brakes, knee airbags and side airbags. Traction control is also incorporated in the all new soon to release 2014 Audi R8 V10 Plus.

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2014 Jaguar F-Type Review

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The prestigious British car maker Jaguar has always been acknowledged for its supremely impressive makes and the same rings true with the upcoming 2014 F-Type. The new car has been highlighted as a powerful sports car with distinctive and agile features that assure high performance as well as instant responsive handling. The rider is promised of advanced driving, lightweight aluminum care body and supercharged engines. The article here presents a brief review on 2014 Jaguar F-Type.

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The Jaguar F-type 2014 can be described as fabric-top 2-seat roadster which comes in base, V8 S and S trims. The standard features comprising the handsome sports car include automatic dual-xenon headlights, 18” alloy wheels, running LED lights, rain-sensing wipers, headlight washer heated side-mirrors and deployable rear-spoiler.

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You are also getting complete power accessories, automatic climate-control, cruise control, very elegant suede and leather upholstery, power-adjustable 6 way seats etc. The car interior feels truly sporty with well-bolstered seats, racy stitching and easy handle flanking.

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The base and S trims have been powered with 3.0 liters V6 engine while the V8 S option comes with 5.0 liters V8 engine. The 3 l engine in base produces around 340 hp & 332 lb-ft torque while the S engine produces 380 hp and 339 pound-feet torque. In case of V8 S, the engine will be delivering a super impressive 495 horsepower & 460 pound-feet torque. All 3 cars promise 8-shift automatic transmission with manually shift control. The base model is expected to accelerate from 0-60mph within 5.1 seconds.

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In terms of mileage, it’s 20 mpg for city & 28 mpg for highway for the base trim, 19 mpg for city & 27 mpg for highway for S trim and 16 mpg for city & 23 mpg for highway for V8 S. T

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The Jaguar 2014 F-Type has been backed by several cutting-edge safety features. These include stability & traction control, antilock disc-brakes, rollover protection bars and seat-mounted airbags.

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The V8 S model comes with rear parking-sensors. You have the option to add on front parking-sensors, blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert system, automatic high-beams and adaptive headlights could be added on to all the trims.

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Volkswagen Golf R Revealed Ahead Of Frankfurt

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Volkswagen has reportedly unveiled the cover from its state of the art all new Golf R. The iconic German auto manufacturer disclosed exclusive snaps on its much awaited new development as ell highlighted on its major details prior to the vehicle’s scheduled debut at Frankfurt Car Show this year. The premium sporty hatchback is declared to house a cutting –edge engineering. Are you looking forward for a few glimpse of the Golf R? Well, the article here is a short post discussing the awesome characteristics of the brand new Volkswagen Golf R 2015.

When it comes the car exterior, the Golf R assures everything expected by hatchback enthusiasts. You will find big wheels, quad exhaust-pipes and one body kit.

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The other updates are tinted taillights & aggressive LED headlights. According to experts, the Golf R cabin will of course bear its hallmark sporty feel.  It implies the very sport thick steering wheel, several stitching & the Alcantara upholstery. The most treasured asset of the car surely lies under its hood. You are getting the latest model of VW 2l turbo four-cylinder engine.

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The powerful engine is expected to produce nearly 300 hp, from 5,500- 6,200 rpm. The maximum torque would be 380 Nm which is 30 Nm increment from earlier Golf R version.  Then, you are getting six-speed manual transmission with reinforced clutch & short-travel shifting. This Volkswagen 2015 Golf R could be purchased with 6 speed DSG dual-clutch gearbox. The car hosts advanced sports-suspension setting tuned individually into the vehicle.

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The Golf R sits around 5mm lower in comparison to Golf GTI. Besides, the car comes with new bumper, rear diffuser, side sills, chrome double tailpipes & new layout frame for bi-xenon headlights. The Volkswagen Golf R 2015 assures 4 wheel (all wheel) drive.

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The all new Golf R represents the second genre of hottest hatchbacks from the prestigious German auto manufacturer. Volkswagen was not clear with either release date or pricing of the car. You could expect a complete information on the availability of Volkswagen Golf R at the Frankfurt Car Show this year.

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BMW reveals Concept M4 coupe

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Esteemed German auto maker BMW recently went official with its all new cutting edge Concept M4 coupe. The formal announcement took place at the prestigious Pebble Beach automobile weekend on August 15th, 2013. The iconic automaker promised amazing look and fantastic state of the art features with the brand new M4 model. Are you a BMW enthusiast waiting to know more about the Concept M4 Coupe? Well, the post here lays down a short brief highlighting on the major aspects of the grand car.

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To start with, M4 Coupe has been designed based on the fundamental BMW M ideology- the car is an awesome blend of easy everyday suitability combined with great motor racing prowess. It can be dubbed as the successful continuation of M3 which has been showcasing spectacular motorracing on road for 4 generations. The car has been designed with an urbane Aurum Dust shade which is developed exclusively for the Concept M4 coupe.

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It portrays a supremely strong body language radiating extreme dynamism. There are big air inlets adorning the car front and low rear indicating vivid visual signs of the car’s immense potential. The CFRP elements like the roof, front splitter & rear diffuser have underlined the concept of optimized lightweight to its minute most detail.

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The BMW Concept M4 coupe assures precise control, great power & superior grip that altogether confirming the most cherishing & unforgettable drive- both on road & race track. The car sports two round LED headlamps and the M4 bonnet hints on the super powerful engine inside with its hallmark power dome.

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The M4 model will be running on advanced 3 l in-line twin turbocharged 6-cylinder engine which is expected to extend 335kW instead of 310 kW from the 4 l V8 powered M3 engine. Drive would be channeled to the rear wheels via 7-speed double clutch gearbox. As per the market reports, the all new BMW M4 will be accelerating from 0-100 kilometers per hour under 4.5 seconds – and would be able to claim the optimum pace limited to around 250 km per hour. You will find kidney grille-bars on the car front flaunting the glam M4 emblem.

 

 

 

 

 

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Buy almost new, get it checked over – then keep it

If you want the secret of successful and cost effective motoring, these words sum it up; buy almost new, get it checked over and then keep it for a long time whilst looking after it as best as you can.

Of course, there’s a lot more to it than that but that’s it in a nutshell unless you really know what you’re doing when it comes to mechanics. For most of us, this is a sensible way to progress.

Remember that cars are probably the biggest expenditure most people make in modern life that doesn’t hold their value. So whilst the value of the house you’ve bought will generally keep pace with inflation, and may outstrip it if you get lucky, or whilst buying an antique may hold its value or even increase; a car won’t. And it’s generally quite a big item for most people, which also decreases quite steeply in value in most cases.

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Obviously, there are many other things we do in modern life that may be non-essentials for which there is zero “return”, like holidays, meals out or clothes. But the point is that cars take up a far bigger chunk of our disposable income in most cases.

One exception to the rule

The first big exception to all this, however, is if you simply love cars, love motor racing or classics and are generally “addicted” to the whole thing; something of the proverbial “petrol head”. If this describes your existence, then motoring is something else altogether. It’s all about sheer pleasure; your hobby, to put it mildly, or maybe even your love, to put it stronger still. In these cases, it’s still important to keep it affordable. But it’s not a question of simple economics. For many such people, cars are everything. From having a gamble on different types of motor racing, such as the outcome of Formula One races, to attending rallies, motor shows, car clubs or renovating vintage vehicles. If this is the case, then there’s no real price on utility as long as you’re sensible about it, keep your feet on the ground and don’t be reckless in your car spending.

Choosing a car as a necessity

Nevertheless, for most people, a car is an absolute necessity and we don’t want to run around in an old banger, which may let us down now and again. So it’s all about striking a sensible balance. But if you buy nearly new and have the car checked by a professional engineer, you should be able to pick up a relative bargain, particularly if you buy privately.

The engineer’s report is well worth paying for and may even be a good bargaining chip. In other words, it can often pay for itself. Even if you’ve paid for the report and don’t end up buying the car because of it, it has still been money well spent. Just be sure to agree the purchase price “subject” to a good report, just as you would when buying a house and commissioning a survey. The principle is exactly the same.

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When choosing which car to buy, start with the make. When car manufacturers have a certain ethos of quality and reliability, it tends to run through everything they do. So, for example, Honda always score highly in these surveys of reliability. The actual model is usually of secondary importance. Other carmakers also continually score highly and vice versa. So do try and look at the objective and independent reliability scores.

Of equal importance is the necessity of having the car properly serviced. Be absolutely sure never to skip on the regularity of servicing, but, at the same time, don’t make the mistake of thinking that the manufacturer’s official dealerships will necessarily do a better job. Often, these places are a lot more expensive and a small independent garage that you know and trust will do as equally thorough, if not a better, job.

Also, drive your car carefully. Do all you can to treat it gently, drive at a steady pace, don’t drive too quickly, don’t brake too quickly and it should give you many years of relatively trouble-free and cost-effective motoring.

One More Thing

Another exception to the rule is if the car is an investment, which may take one of two forms. The first is as a working vehicle of some sort, such as a car to hire out or as a taxi. In which case, the whole business premise is different. The other is as an investment, which you hope will store its value well and maybe even appreciate quickly; a classic car. In these cases, buy carefully, enjoy your purchase and keep it as well as you possibly can. But drive it sparingly and it should do well if you’ve picked the right one.

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How to Avoid Breaking Down in the Winter

It seems to be common knowledge that the winter, and especially wintry conditions, is the most dangerous time to travel on the road. In addition to the extra wear and tear your auto can experience from cold conditions, salty roadways, and road delays, there are the other drivers to contend with. You, no doubt, can drive safely in any weather, but there are obviously those who can’t. More than a quarter of all road collisions are caused by cold, wet road surfaces. We recommend caution. We also recommend keeping your vehicle properly maintained to get it through the winter without any difficulty. Other than maintenance, roadside assistance and breakdown cover is essential, are excellent options, for mechanics and novices alike, for peace of mind in the winter. There is nothing worse than being broken down on the side of the road while it’s cold outside. We’ll help you make sure that never happens to you.

There are some simple common causes for breakdown in winter. We’ll discuss the most common.

Dead batteries cause more people to breakdown in inconvenient spots than any other cause. Luckily, this is an easy fix. You just have to remember to do it. Most auto centers will test your battery function for free if you can’t do it yourself. Check this every quarter or so. Twice a year is acceptable. If your battery is getting to the end of its useful life, consider investing in a new one before it gets cold out.

Fender Benders are the second most common cause of having your car rendered suddenly immobile. We’ve already basically mentioned this in the introduction. Just take caution, avoid traffic in bad conditions, drive with restraint. Also, make sure that important areas, like your tires, are fit for the conditions they have to carry you through.

Tire Blowout is the third most common cause of breakdown. We mentioned tires above, but this is another angle to consider the issue from. Snow Tires are great in the winter, but wear quickly in all weather, especially summer. If you have snow tires, take them off after it warms up, and check them for wear more often than you would normal tires. Behaviour like this can help you replace a tire before it blows.

Basic Car Systems (mechanical, drive, electrical, and cooling systems, to be exact), are the next most common cause of road failure in autos. Have a trusted mechanic inspect all of these, to make sure that they are in order and will get you from point A to point B safely.

Lost Keys and Running Out of Gas are the 8th and 9th most common cause of problems related to car travel. Both of these are easy enough to correct. Just have a system and keep your head about you. You should be able to avoid both of these face palm moments. But don’t beat yourself up if this does happen to you. It happens to us all, sooner or later.

We wish you all the safety while traveling this winter. We also hope you’ll take a little time and make sure these different factors are taken care of in your vehicle. They could save you from a minor inconvenience, or a dangerous accident. Either way, it’s better to avoid those things in the first place.

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The Unlikely Hero of Recycling: the Automobile

When you tell someone that recycling is good for the environment, they probably think of averting plastic bottles and bags from the ocean and dropping paper products into a separate waste bin at work. While those types of recycling are noble and effective, they only account for a small portion of the materials and items that can be recycled.

In fact, you might be surprised to learn that the most recycled item in the United States. can’t be sorted or dropped into a wastebasket at all; it’s the automobile.

The impact of auto recycling

One of the obvious reasons for the automobile’s status as the most recycled items is its size. When someone buys a new car, they can’t just leave their old one sitting on the side of the road.

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Thankfully, it’s the size of the automobile that makes it so recyclable as well as so hard to litter or abandon. In terms of potential for raw material recovery, the materials that make up automobiles have an incredibly high potential for reuse.

Steel – Undoubtedly as a result of the auto industry, steel is by far the most recycled raw material in the United States. It’s recycled with more frequency than aluminum, paper, glass, and plastic combined. And that’s something to be happy about, because recycling steel and tin saves somewhere between 60-74% of the total energy it would take to manufacture them from scratch.

Aluminum – Aluminum is quite easy to recover from automotive sources, and it can be processed and reused in product packaging in as little time as two months.

Batteries – Out of all auto parts, batteries are the most-recycled. Over 70% of auto batteries find their way to a recycling/disposal facility, which keeps toxic lead and corrosive materials out of local landfills and waterways.

Where recycled cars find new life

So where do all the materials derived from old cars get reused? Oddly enough, most of the steel recovered from old cars is reused in the auto manufacturing industry. Aluminum, on the other hand, is reused across a wide range of industries and applications.

Some individuals and municipalities have found especially interesting ways to reuse and recycle automobile materials.

In 2012, a green infrastructure company by the name of Axion used a blend of plastics called STRUXTURE, 80% of which is post consumer (20% from recycled car bumpers), to construct the second and longest bridge on American roadways to be made entirely from recycled plastic.

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In a more artistic instance of reuse, two green architects in Berkeley, CA collected and salvaged the roofs of 104 scrapped cars and used them as siding for their modern, zero-waste home.

With so much potential for reuse, there’s simply no excuse to let any old car go to waste in a scrapyard. The next time you buy a new car and dispose of your old one, make sure it’s recycled and not abandoned. Recycling your car could be the single biggest contribution you make to a cleaner environment.

 

Gail Watkins, who writes for HR Owen, is a self-proclaimed car fanatic, from the newest luxury car to refurbishing antiques, Gail is raring and ready to go. Her dream is to take a trip across the US in a Dodge Viper, making sure to drive the iconic Route 66.

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