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Ford to make recyclable cars?

January 26, 2006 Leave a comment

So Toyota makes the most environmentally-friendly vehicles eh?

Well how about this: recyclable cars?

According to company officials, Ford has reportedly begun a secret research project that will result in the ultimate green vehicle – a car that can be completely recycled.

The mission is known within the company as the “Piquette Project”, after the name of the Detroit plant where the original Model T was designed. According to The Detroit News, the project’s goal is to “develop renewable, clean and safe vehicles that would be both socially conscious and provide a competitive advantage in the marketplace.”

According to media reports this week, Ford hopes to have something to show by 2008 as part of the company’s celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Model T. The desired end product reportedly will be a fully recyclable car based somewhat on the Model U concept from 2003. Its recyclability will stem from the fact that it will be completely easy to disassemble; all parts not reusable in automaking will be biologically based materials.

We-ll. Looks like U.S.’ number two automaker is not about to go quietly into the night.

But until Ford gets around to making those recyclable cars, we’ll have to rely on proper maintenance of our vehicles, responsible driving, and reliable online auto parts stores like Auto Parts Corner to give us top of the line auto parts including Ford fender, radiators, door handles, sound deadeners and more.

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After a long day…

January 19, 2006 Leave a comment

Been a long day – you’ve just finished giving your favorite ride, your four-year old Mazda a nice facelift with those new grille guards, hubcaps and bumpers you’ve ordered from Auto Parts Corner. You’re tired, but quite proud of yourself. Tomorrow, you’re driving a fresher car.

In the meantime, here’s something to help you keep that smile on your face:

Bumper Snickers:

  • “Be Patient, I’m pushing a big motor home” (on a car being towed behind a motor home)
  • “My kid beat up your honor student.”
  • “If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you.”
  • “It has recently been discovered that research causes cancer in laboratory rats.”
  • “IRS: We’ve got what it takes to take what you’ve got.”
  • “If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends? “
  • “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say will be misquoted, then used against you.”
  • “Corduroy pillows: They’re making headlines!”
  • “Gravity- It’s not just a good idea, it’s the LAW!”
  • “A fool and his money are a girl’s best friend.”
  • “BAD COP! – NO DONUT!!!”
  • “Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.”
  • “If you can read this, I can hit my brakes and sue you.”
  • “Black holes are where God divided by zero.”
  • “Out of my mind. Back in five minutes.”
  • “Cover me. I’m changing lanes.”
  • “As long as there are tests, there will be prayer in schools.”
  • “Laugh alone and the world thinks you’re an idiot.”
  • “Sometimes I wake up grumpy, other times I let him sleep.”
  • “HANG-UP & DRIVE”
  • “I want to die in my sleep like my grandfather; not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car.”
  • “I didn’t fight my way to the top of the food chain to be a vegetarian.”
  • “It is as BAD as you think, and they are out to get you.”
  • “I took an IQ test and the results were negative.”
  • “Okay, who stopped the payment on the reality check?”
  • “If we aren’t supposed to eat animals, why are they made of meat?”
  • “It’s lonely at the top, but you eat better.”
  • “Forget about World Peace… Visualize using your turn signal!”
  • “Warning: Dates in Calendar are closer than they appear.”
  • “Give me ambiguity or give me something else.”
  • “We are born naked, wet and hungry. Then things get worse.”
  • “Make it idiot proof and someone will make a better idiot.”
  • “He who laughs last thinks slowest.”
  • “Always remember you’re unique, just like everyone else.”
  • “Lottery: A tax on people who are bad at math.”
  • “Consciousness: that annoying time between naps.”
  • “Very funny, Scotty. Now beam down my clothes.”
  • “i souport publik edukasion.”
  • “We are Microsoft. Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated.”
  • “Be nice to your kids. They’ll choose your nursing home.”
  • “There are three kinds of people: those who can count and those who can’t.”
  • “Why is ‘abbreviation’ such a long word? “

Thinking of putting one of them on your bumper, aren’t you?

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New Camry set to make waves (again)

January 12, 2006 Leave a comment
If you’ve always thought that the Toyota Camry looked like something your soft-spoken dad would drive, maybe you’d like to take a look at the all-new, 2007 Camry and the Camry Hybrid – both unveiled by Toyota at the 2006 American International Auto Show in Detroit. Then maybe, just maybe, you’ll change your mind. The Camry after all, is America’s bestselling car – and has, over the years, created the benchmark for sedans in terms of comfort, performance and intelligent design.

2007 Toyota CamryToyota Camry Hybrid

According to Toyota officials, the new Camry is more sophisticated than its predecessors, with rounder lines and more muscular details, along with luxury features that customers demand. This includes a lower roof line and a wider stance, as well as zoned climate controls, an ionizer to improve interior air quality and even an upholstery fabric that’s “gentle on the skin”.

If you want to do more than just giving your current ride a facelift with new auto parts like grilles, hubcaps or spoilers from Auto Parts Corner, you may want to check out these new Camry specs:

Option packages:

CE
Vehicle Stability Control with Traction Control (VSC/TRAC)
LE
JBL premium 6-disc in-dash CD changer with Bluetooth. 8 speakers, 440 watts
power moonroof
16-inch alloy wheelsVSC/TRACautodimming rearview mirror with compass
SE
JBL premium 6-disc in-dash CD changer with Bluetooth. 8 speakers, 440 watts
VSC/TRACpower moonroof
leather-trimmed interior
available heated leather front seats
Homelink
autodimming rearview mirror with compass
Navigation with JBL premium 4-disc in-dash CD changer with Bluetooth, 440 watts.
(AT version only)
all-season radials
XLE
Navigation with JBL premium 4-disc in-dash CD changer with Bluetooth, 440 watts.
(AT version only)
all-season radials
leather-trimmed interior (4 cyl only)
available leather heated front seats
VSC/TRAC
smart entry system with push button start (V6 only)

Engines:

2.4-liter 4 cylinder VVTi, twin cam, 4 valves per cylinder. 158 hp at 6,000 rpm, 161 lb-ft torque.
3.5-liter V6, dual VVTi, twin cam, 4 valves per cylinder. 268 hp at 6,200 rpm, 248 lb-ft at 4,700 rpm.
Transmissions:

Four cylinder versions are available with a 5-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transaxle (FWD). The V6 is available with 6-speed automatic

Front suspension is MacPherson strut with antiroll bar. The rear suspension is independent dual-link with antiroll bar. Standard ARBs are 24.2mm hollow, the SE model gets 25mm solid ARBs.
Four-wheel disk brakes with ABS.

Power-assisted rack and pinion steering with a 36 ft turning circle and 3.2 turns lock-to-lock.

Standard wheels are 6.5×16 front and rear. The SE model gets alloys – 6.5×17 front and 7×17 rear. Tires are 215/60 all around, except for the SE, with 215/55’s.

EPA city/highway fuel economy numbers range from 25/34 for the manual transmission four-cylinder, to 22/31 for the V6.
The new Camry will arrive at dealers’ showrooms in March, and will come in five grades, including a hybrid model arriving later in the year.
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Looking for a new car for the New Year?

January 5, 2006 Leave a comment
Brand New Year. If you’re looking to buy a new, more fuel-efficient car, this list of 2006’s 10 Most Fuel- Efficient Cars from Edmunds.com will be worth your ‘net time:

Rankings are based on the Environmental Protection Agency‘s (EPA) miles-per-gallon ratings for city and highway travel. More specifically, we used the EPA’s combined fuel economy formula: 55 percent of city mpg rating plus 45 percent of highway mpg rating. The rating for each vehicle below is expressed in mpg as a city/highway ratio. All ratings apply to base models equipped with a manual transmission, except where indicated otherwise with an asterisk.

  1. Honda Insight — 60/66
  2. Toyota Prius — 60/51*
  3. Honda Civic Hybrid — 49/51*
  4. Volkswagen Golf TDI — 37/44
    Volkswagen New Beetle TDI — 37/44
  5. Volkswagen Jetta TDI — 36/41
  6. Toyota Corolla — 32/41
  7. Scion xA — 32/37
  8. Hyundai Accent — 32/35
    Kia Rio — 32/35
  9. Honda Civic — 30/40*
  10. Pontiac Vibe — 30/36
    Toyota Matrix — 30/36

For more details on this, just click here (http://www.edmunds.com/reviews/list/top10/108467/article.html?tid=edmunds.h..research.topten.3.*)

Meanwhile, you can always click over to Auto Parts Corner for your auto parts needs.

Happy 2006 to everyone!

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