Archive for November, 2006

Holiday related Highway Casualties declined this year

November 29, 2006 Leave a comment
Holiday Traffic Fatalities and Injuries DropCommissioner Jeffrey B. Miller has recently announced that there is significant decrease in the number of highway casualties, injuries and total crashes during the five-day Thanksgiving holiday driving period compared to the same period last year.

According to Miller, “We had better weather than last year for the driving period, but I believe the decreases are in part the result of tougher traffic-law enforcement by our troopers and greater use of seat belts by the public.”

He further stated the compared to last year; only 11 people were killed unlike last year wherein 13 people were reportedly killed in car accidents. Car injuries also declined from 503 last year to 379 this year. Car crashes also dropped to a significant number from 1,738 to 1,066 this year. This significant dropped in the road accidents were also attributed to the increasing use of seat belts among drivers and passengers.

During the holiday period, State Police always makes it a point to take part on national programs (Click It or Ticket and Operation C.A. R. E. program) that aims to increase seat belt usage and reduce traffic crashes on interstate highways.

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MAZDASPEED3 Bags Canadian Car of the Year Award

November 24, 2006 Leave a comment
The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC), an association of professional automotive experts has selected the new MAZDASPEED3 as the one of the new best vehicles of 2007.

The 2007 MAZDASPEED3 won the Best New Sports/Performance Car Under $50,000 category in AJAC’s Canadian Car of the Year awards. The award is given to selected vehicles in different classes based on test drives in public roads and in other high performance driving tracks. Automotive journalists evaluate each vehicle in each class based on back-to-back test drives. The MAZDASPEED3 performed well in the test runs and was selected as the best in the New Sports/Performance Car category.

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Mitsubishi’s “i” Mini wins the “Most Advanced Technology” Special Achievement Award

November 22, 2006 Leave a comment
Mitsubishi i: Most Advanced Technology
In the news: Mitsubishi Motors Corporation was happy to announce that their “i” mini passenger car won the “Most Advanced Technology” Special Achievement Award voted by the Car of the Year Japan’s Executive Committee*1. The “i” is the first mini passenger car to be given this honor.

This is not actually the first time for Mitsubishi to be awarded by the Car of the Year Japan’s Executive Committee*1, ten years ago its “Galant/Legnum” was declared Car of the Year Japan for 1996-1997.

The “i” was developed as an innovative Premium Small Car to overcome the problems that are traditionally associated with the category: design versus comfortable interior space and comfortable interior space versus impact safety. Mitsubishi was able to provide solution to these problems by developing a new and leading edge “rear-midship layout” that mounts the engine forward of the rear axle line and in turn makes way for three new innovations within the category’s dimensional constraints: futuristic and uptown styling, agile handling and a comfortable ride plus an excellent multidirectional impact safety. But the feature that really helps the “i” to obtain the award is its highly exterior and interior design.

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GM Plans to Introduce a New Key Fob

November 17, 2006 Leave a comment
According to a report from USA Today, General Motors is planning to launch a new key fob in April next year that features technologically advanced vehicle functions. GM said it will be first to offer remote two-way communication with the vehicle using LCD screen on the key fob. GM also said that it provides greater range than any other key fob systems from other automakers.

GM's LCD Key Fob
GM’s new key fob can perform functions like determine pressure on all the tires, check the odometer reading and fuel levels, change audio and radio settings, and even lock or unlock the vehicle’s doors. All the information will be displayed on the LCD screen.

The new key fob will be an available option on GM’s full-size SUVs, pickup trucks, and crossovers for $150.

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Renewable Fuels to Provide US with 25% Energy by 2025

November 15, 2006 Leave a comment
In the news: Rand Corp. study has recently showed decreasing costs of ethanol, wind power and other forms of renewable energy. The said sources of energy are predicted to provide US with at least 25% conventional energy by 2025 and the good news is that it will not entail for additional expense.

Further results of Rand study also shows that if US would derive 25% of its power from renewable energy then it will be able to reduce its oil dependency by 20% which is approximately equivalent to the imported oil from Saudi Arabia and Venezuela. And since the use of fuel is lessened it would also lower down carbon dioxide emissions by two-thirds approximately covering the next 19 years. Plus it is also assumed that the costs of renewable energy will continuous decline which makes it even more practical to use.

Reid Detchon, executive director of the Energy Future Coalition which is a foundation funded by bipartisan group sponsoring the Rand Study said in an interview: “We hope it will help policy planners rethink the context.”

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Chevy Silverado Bags 2007 Best Redesigned Vehicle Award

November 10, 2006 Leave a comment
Thumbs up for the Chevy Silverado!

2007 Chevy Silverado
Kelly Blue Book (, one of the leading online sources of automotive information has recently announced the finalists and the winner of its 2007 Best Redesigned Vehicle award. The award is given to the vehicle that demonstrated new improvements from their predecessors. Judges from rated the vehicles based on various criteria including exterior and interior styling, technology, comfort and convenience features, performance/capability, driving dynamics, safety, fuel economy, overall refinement and value.

Among the top 10 finalists, the redesigned 2007 model year of the Chevrolet Silverado has been declared as the winner. said they chose the vehicles because of its improvements in powertrain, chassis, ride and handling, and interior features. Other nine finalists include Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Aveo Sedan, Chevrolet Tahoe, Chrysler Sebring, GMC Sierra, GMC Yukon, Lexus LS 460, Mercedes-Benz S-Class and Toyota Camry.

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Winners of the Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle Awards

November 7, 2006 Leave a comment
IntelliChoice Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle AwardsIntelliChoice.Com, the market leader in providing automotive ownership cost and value analysis for consumers has released the winners of the eight annual Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle Awards. The award is given to the car manufacturer that has the highest rating among automakers that offers certified pre-owned (CPO) programs. Jaguar has dominated the Luxury program for five years in a row, but this year, the award was given to Cadillac CPO program ending Jaguars reign. Meanwhile, here is the complete list of the winners of the IntelliChoice.Com’s Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle Awards.

Best Luxury Program Award – Cadillac Certified Pre-Owned

Best Luxury Warranty Award
Cadillac Certified Pre-Owned
HUMMER Certified Pre-Owned
Saab Certified Pre-Owned

Best Luxury Inspection Award
Land Rover Certified Pre-Owned
Jaguar Select Edition Certified Pre-Owned
Volvo Certified Pre-Owned
Audi Certified Pre-Owned
Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned

Best Luxury Brand Value Award – Lexus Certified Pre-Owned

Best Non-Luxury Program Award – Volkswagen Certified Pre-Owned

Best Non-Luxury Warranty Award – Volkswagen Certified Pre-Owned

Best Non-Luxury Inspection Award – Suzuki Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles

Best Non-Luxury Brand Value Award – Scion Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles

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Yahoo! Autos Launches New Alternative Fuel Website

November 3, 2006 Leave a comment
Yahoo! Autos Green Center
Looking for the best alternative fuel vehicle? Let Yahoo! Autos help you out.

Yahoo! Autos, one of the leading automotive sources of information on the web has recently launched the Yahoo! Autos Green Center, which is an interactive website that provides automotive consumers with significant and unbiased information on alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) and alternative fuel technologies such as hybrid, flex-fuel/ethanol E85, biodiesel, natural gas, electric, fuel cell, and hydrogen vehicles.

Yahoo! Autos is working in conjunction with Environmental Defense to provide the Green Rating for vehicles that determines the emission, fuel economy, and other environmental factors. Yahoo! Autos Green Center allows visitors on the website to do things like:

– Research the pros and cons of available alternative fuel technologies
– Access federal and state incentive programs and alternative fuel station locations.
– Tap into the knowledge and experience of current AFV owners and other interested buyers through Yahoo! Answers, and Yahoo! Groups.
– Watch expert video reviews of alternative fuel vehicles.
– Find the latest news about alternative fuel technology
View any vehicle’s Green Rating, or compare any two vehicles’ environmental impact using a gas mileage impact calculator.

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Hydra Spyder is Set for Mass Production

November 2, 2006 Leave a comment
A guy from Rochester, New York named John Giljam designed and created an amphibious car called the Hydra Spyder that can actually take a drift on the streets and cruise into water. A few years ago, Giljam created the world’s first aquatic RV. Now, the 46-year old inventor is set to put the Hydra Spyder on a mass production with target sales of 75 units per year. And the price tag? Well, getting this amphibious car will cost you $155,000.

Hydra Spyder
The Hydra Spyder features a Corvette V8 engine, but Giljam said they are planning to upgrade it with the supercharged 502 CDI Chevy Race engine delivering about 400 to 500 horsepower. The Hydra Spyder is also equipped with a jet propulsion system, air retractable suspension on all four wheels, and a fiberglass body. In fact, Giljam already made a test run for the Hydra at London’s Docklands during the high-speed boat chase in the Bond film “The World Is Not Enough.”

When traveling on water, the driver will just press button and the amphibious car will change the transmission type, drive the jet propulsion system, and then retract the wheels. The Hydra can travel in water with a speed of up to 50 mph. Watch out coz we might see this amphibious car dominates the streets and where else? Lakes and rivers maybe.

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