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Prices For 2008 Lexus RX 350 Revealed

January 30, 2007 Leave a comment


The auto industry’s leading luxury SUV when it comes to sales has already informed the public of the amounts that its price tags would contain. This vehicle is the 2008 Lexus RX 350 and many people in the industry are quite excited not only by the new prices but also by the new features that this vehicle would be coming with.

According to Lexus, the base 2008 Lexus RX 350 would be coming with changes done to its exterior car parts. The list of changes includes a new design on the front grille plus the door handles would be coming in chrome. Optional choices include alloy wheels which measure 18 inches and come with seven spokes.

New exterior colors have also been added to the list of options – Brandy Wine Mica and Desert Sage Metallic. For the interior, the added color choice was Black Bird’s Eye Maple which is a color of the wood trim.

You interested in the kind of engine that this one comes with? The 2008 Lexus RX 350 would be boasting of a 3.5 liter V6 engine which the company claims has the capacity to spurt out 270 units of horsepower plus 251 lb. ft. of torque.

If you are opting to purchase the 2008 Lexus RX 350 with a front wheel drive, you would have to shell out $37,400 while $38,800 would be for one that comes with an all wheel drive.

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Tesla Opens New Facility, Plans for a Four-Door Sedan in 2009

January 30, 2007 Leave a comment

Tesla Motors is expanding its worldwide facility with the opening of a new technical center in Rochester Hills, Michigan. This is the second technical center located in the United States, joining the company’s headquarters located in San Carlos, California.
Tesla Motors, the leading manufacturer of high-performance electric vehicles based in Silicon Valley said the Michigan Technical Center in Rochester Hills will be the home of research and development of future Tesla models. The company said they are adding up a new item on their product lineup by beginning their newest project called “WhiteStar”, a new four door, five-passenger high-performance electric sedan that is scheduled for production by 2009.

“This tech center will be home to the engineering, quality and supply chain staff working on WhiteStar and other Tesla cars coming down the line. With our state-of-the-art CAD and CAE design and simulation tools, this center will enable us to bring high-quality products to market quicker than traditional manufacturers.” said John Thomas, General Manager of the Michigan Technical Center and Senior Director of the WhiteStar program.

“There are thousands of highly experienced automotive experts in this area. We felt it was smart to use the existing test tracks, validation equipment, wind tunnels and more, rather than duplicating these costly investments.” he added.

Tesla Motors said they had decided to put a new technical center in Rochester Hills, Michigan because the region is the home of several giant automakers and other automotive companies. Tesla Motors’ worldwide facilities also includes assembly plant for the Tesla Roadster located in England and motor manufacturing plant in Taiwan.

Martin Eberhard, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Tesla Motors commented:
“We’ve put together a great team at Tesla Motors. Growing Tesla Motors and creating higher-volume models requires more talented automotive engineers with experience in developing, manufacturing and assembling high-volume cars. We can hire the best, most experienced automotive talent here in Michigan.”

For auto enthusiasts, watch out for the new Tesla four-door high-performance electric sedan in 2009 and see what it has to offer. Now if you are looking for quality auto parts for replacement like Plymouth Parts, just go to your trusted auto parts store online.

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IntelliChoice.com’s Best Deals of January 2007

January 19, 2007 Leave a comment
IntelliChoice.com Best Deals of January 2007: Chevrolet Corvette
IntelliChoice.com, one of the leading sources of automotive information sources on the web has released the Best Deals for the month of January 2007. IntelliChoice.com’s Best Deals determine new vehicles like cars, vans, SUVs, and trucks that have the best ownership cost and value in 29 various classes. These vehicles are judged based on certain criteria including price, market condition, offered rebates, and other data obtained from several automotive resources.

Here is the list of IntelliChoice.com’s Best Deals of the Month for January 2007:

Subcompact – Honda Insight (Manual)
Base Sport – Honda Civic Si (Manual)
Compact over $16,000 – Honda Civic Hybrid (Auto)
Compact under $16,000 – Honda Civic DX (Auto)
Midsize over $21,000 – Honda Accord EX w/Leather (Manual)
Midsize under $21,000 – Toyota Prius
Large – Toyota Avalon Touring
Near Luxury – Audi A4 1.8T
Sport – Chevrolet Corvette
Luxury – Lexus GS 300 RWD (Replaced Lexus LS 430)

Small Wagon – Scion xB (Auto)
Midsize/Large Wagon – Subaru Outback 2.5i
Mini-Van over $24,000 – Honda Odyssey EX
Mini-Van under $24,000 – Honda Odyssey LX
Full-Size Van – Chevrolet Express 1500 Passenger Van

Compact Utility over $21,000 – Ford Escape Hybrid 2WD
Compact Utility under $21,000 – Toyota RAV4 2WD
Intermediate Utility over $29,000 – Toyota Highlander Hybrid 2WD
Intermediate Utility under $29,000 – Honda Pilot LX 2WD
Utility over $36,000 – GMC Yukon XL 1500 SL 4WD
Utility under $36,000 – GMC Yukon SL 4WD
Compact Pickup 2WD – Toyota Tacoma Regular Cab PreRunner 2WD

Compact Pickup 4WD – Toyota Tacoma Regular Cab 4WD (Manual)
Full-Size Pickup 2WD 1/2 Ton – Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab LS 2WD
Full-Size Pickup 2WD 3/4 Ton – Ford F250 Super Duty Crew Cab XL 2WD Short Bed
Full-Size Pickup 2WD One Ton – Ford F350 Super Duty Super Cab XL 2WD DRW
Full-Size Pickup 4WD 1/2 Ton – Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Extended Cab LS 4WD
Full-Size Pickup 4WD 3/4 Ton – Ford F250 Super Duty Crew Cab XL 4WD Short Bed
Full-Size Pickup 4WD One Ton – Ford F350 Super Duty Crew Cab XL 4WD Short Bed

Now for the best OEM parts on the web like Eibach Pro Kit, just visit your trusted stores online.

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BMW Reveals New 1-Series Three-Door Model

January 17, 2007 Leave a comment
BMW New 1-Series Three-Door Model
The German luxury car maker BMW had just started the year 2007 with the release of a new version of 1-Series. For 2007, the company adds up a three-door model for the 1-Series with a bunch of new interior and exterior styling. The new three-door 1-Series is now equipped with a larger BMW signature kidney grille and lower front spoiler.

Standard safety features of the BMW 1-Series include Dynamic Stability Control with Dynamic Traction Control, Hill Start Assistant, Brake Pre-tensioning, Brake Drying, and Brake Fade Compensation, six standard airbags, Brake Force Display function on the rear lights, and Run-flat tires with Tire Puncture Warning System.

Different engine options are available ranging from 4- or 6-cylinder engine with power output ranging from 116 horsepower up to a monstrous 265 horsepower. Powertrain technologies for the engine range include High-Precision Direct Injection, VALVETRONIC and Bi-VANOS technology. Brake Energy Regeneration, Automatic Start-Stop function and Electric Power Steering are also included.

Optional and available features of the new BMW 1-Series include MP3 and USB capability, iDrive system, Adaptive Headlights, and Cornering lights. BMW will present the 1-Series at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. Watch out for this vehicle when it arrives in dealer showrooms in March. Meanwhile, you can find quality auto parts like BMW parts at the trusted aftermarket stores on the web.

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Buy A Car With Bad Credit – When Is The Right Time To Purchase A Car?

January 5, 2007 Leave a comment

Buy A Car With Bad Credit – When Is The Right Time To Purchase A Car?
If you are thinking about purchasing a new car with bad credit, timing is important. Sadly, millions of people are living with bad credit. Unfortunately, it takes time to improve or boost credit rating. Still, if you need to buy a new car, there are options. Before buying a car, carefully consider whether now is the right time.

Can You Buy a Car with Bad Credit?

Buying a new or used car with bad credit is very possible. Of course, there are some disadvantages. Because of a bad credit rating, many lenders consider bad credit applicants a huge risk. Thus, they are likely to increase the interest rate on the auto loan. This way, if and when a loan defaults, the auto lender is able to recover some of their money. Furthermore, some dealership will not approve a bad credit loan application unless there is a co-signer or down payment.

When is Buying a Car with Bad Credit a Good Idea?

If you are hoping to quickly improve your credit score, buying a car with bad credit is a wise move. Rebuilding or re-establishing credit is challenging. However, if you obtain an auto loan, and make regular payments, your credit will improve in as little as six months. Increasing your credit score opens the door for lower rates on future auto loans and credit account.

Because bad credit auto loans have higher interest rates, you must be in a position to afford higher monthly payments. If possible, finance a low amount. You may choose to buy an inexpensive car, or purchase the car with a sizeable down payment.

Purchasing a New Automobile after Bankruptcy or Repossession

If you experienced a recent bankruptcy or repossession, consider postponing buying a new car. A bankruptcy or repossession is extremely damaging. Hence, if financing a new vehicle, you may obtain an interest rate 18% or higher.

To avoid excessively high rates, consider rebuilding your credit first. You may apply for an unsecured credit card or store credit card. After 12 months of timely payments, your credit score will have likely improved. Make a habit of reviewing your personal credit report. Once your credit score has improved, now is the time to finance a new vehicle.

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Riding Low

January 5, 2007 Leave a comment
Riding LowDo you like to ride low?

I’m talking about your car, van, SUV or truck. The thing you drive out of your garage every morning. I’m thinking of getting a nice, meaner look to my car and this might just to the trick – lowering it a little closer to the ground.

www.enjoythedrive.com has excellent advice on how to lower your vehicle:

  • Lowering your vehicle not only drops its center of gravity, making it more stable in turns, it also makes it look sleek and mean. Lowering kits are available for practically every 2-wheel-drive car, van, SUV and truck on the market–and even for a few 4-wheel-drive trucks.
  • Most of these vehicles feature coil springs in the front, so some lowering kits are as simple as a swap to shorter coil springs. (It’s not wise to cut or heat your springs to lower your vehicle, because you will seriously reduce its ride quality and handling abilities, and you also may affect suspension geometry, which means you won’t be able to steer as well and your tires will wear unevenly.)
  • Shorter coil springs often drop the nose a couple inches. They usually are stiffer than the springs they replace, in order to control the suspension’s movement faster, since there’s less suspension travel. Stiffer springs do improve handling, but they also provide a harsher ride. To remedy this problem, some companies offer progressive-rate coil springs, which start out relatively soft but get stiffer as they’re compressed. (Try Eibach springs for exceptional handling and cornering ability).
  • Another option to lower the front end is a set of dropped spindles, which will not reduce your vehicle’s suspension travel–or a set of lowering control arms, which often provide a 4-inch drop. If you want to go lower still, you can combine dropped spindles and lowering springs to slam the front end as much as 5 inches.
  • If your vehicle has I-beams up front (rather than control arms), you can lower it with a set of dropped I-beams (appropriately enough). This setup is commonly used on 2-wheel-drive (and some 1996 and older 4-wheel-drive) Ford trucks.
  • As for the rear, most vehicles feature leaf springs out back. To lower this setup, you can change spring shackles and hangers to move your vehicle’s leaf springs higher, which results in a lower stance. This does bring the body and frame closer to the axle housing, though, which will reduce suspension travel.
  • Another approach is a simple swap to de-arched leaf springs. However, they provide a softer ride, which means they will reduce your vehicle’s hauling and towing capacity.
  • If you’d like to maintain both a comfortable ride and your current hauling capacity, you can swap to new leaf springs that include an overload leaf. It doesn’t come in contact with the other springs until you add a load to your vehicle; then it stiffens the springs to accommodate the extra weight.
  • If you want to go really low in the back and you don’t mind making some permanent modifications to your vehicle, there’s only one way to go: a flip kit and a C-notch. A flip kit actually moves your vehicle’s axle housing above the leaf springs. To provide for additional clearance and suspension travel, you’ll then need to notch the frame. The C-notch kit gets bolted to the frame to reinforce it where you’ve done the cutting.
  • Lowering kits for 4-wheel-drive trucks remain scarce, but you can drop a vehicle that’s equipped with a torsion bar independent front suspension (IFS) system from 1 to 4 inches using a torsion bar relocator kit. It’s pretty much the opposite of what’s used in lift kits.
  • Many lowering kits also include new struts or shock absorbers to control up-and-down movement at each wheel.
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Editor’s Pick for 2006 from TheAutoChannel.com

January 4, 2007 Leave a comment
Mark Fulmer, Editor-in-Chief of TheAutoChannel.com, one of the leading source of automotive news and information has released his best picks for the year 2006. Check it out and read what he has to say. You can also check out Auto Parts Corner to look for quality auto parts like bumper or spoiler.

Mini Cooper S.
Mini Cooper S
Give me the Pacific Coast Highway on a deserted weekday early morning and put me in the Mini with paddle-shifters on the wheel. It will take a while to get that grin off my face. Earlier this year, I was doing just that when lo and behold who should appear over the crest of an upcoming hill than another Mini. It’s driver was so obviously pleased to see another fully aroused Mini-ist that he stuck BOTH hands up through the sunroof and started waving. It is indeed possible to both laugh and pray at the same time.

Toyota Camry Hybrid
When you test the car that is the current American best-seller, you tend to look for flaws. I looked at highway cruising speeds while making 50 miles to the gallon. I looked at a stoplight while using no fuel and creating no air & noise pollution. I looked on the steep inclines of the Pacheco Pass highway while using the passing lane. Then I stopped looking and just enjoyed this year’s most impressive sedan.

Volvo C70
This is superior performance wrapped around spectacular comfort. Then add the delightful duality of hush-hush sweet quiet of a hard top transformed into rush-rush excitment of topless flight. Awesome. But if it’s price is out of your range, be sure to test drive the new VW Eos – another winner.

Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

2006 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
Pure testosterone. 500-horsepower. 0 to 60 in 4.5. Improved handling. But it makes my list because of the legendary engine sound.

Nissan Quest/ Honda Odyssey
These two excellent minivans will delight drivers of either of the two classic Left/Right Brain intellectual camps. The Quest will satisfy the folks on the right with its comfort, curves, sensory refinement. The logic and practicality of the Odyssey with its vertical lines and no nonsense engineering is a great fit for the Lefties.

Honda Ridgeway
A whole new species of pickup truck. 5 star crash ratings. Fully work capable with “In-Bed Trunk” and dual rear gate, and at the same time a silky sedan driving experience. The rear bench seat is spacious and actually comfortable.

Tesla

2006 Tesla
Even though I haven’t been behind the wheel yet, this sleek dream car with its 248-hp electric motor leaves its fossil-fueled, torque curved limited cousins planning their retirement. Couldn’t happen too soon.

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