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What’s New with 2008 Chevrolet Corvette

When we talk about Corvettes, we all think of lightning speed and power, don’t we? But Corvette is not all about speed but it is also about cool interior amenities too! Yup, this is absolutely true! Chevrolet believes that speed comes with style as well, so they built the 2008 Corvette to satisfy us with the best auto performance plus the coolest features that will meet our standards in the aspects of comfort and styling! It’s an all-new Corvette for all of us and I think we’ll never ask for anything else because it’s all here in this remarkable vehicle.

Let us check what’s new on the 2008 Corvette’s features and specifications which I researched before I went on with my studies about Nissan engines and Nissan floor liners.

  • All-new LS3 6.2 L V-8 engines for Coupe and Convertible: 430 hp (321 kW)
  • 424 lb.-ft. of torque (575 Nm)
  • 436 hp / 428 lb.-ft. (325 kW / 580 Nm) with new, optional dual-mode exhaust system
  • High-flow cylinder heads
  • Enhanced valvetrain High-flow intake manifold
  • Larger-bore block with structural enhancements
  • Improved manual transmission shift effort Quicker shift times on paddle-shift six-speed automatic 2.73 performance axle ratio available with six-speed paddle shift (included with Z51 package Improved steering feel)
  • Standard split-spoke cast aluminum wheel design for coupe and convertible versions
  • Available polished forged aluminum wheel design
  • New Keyless Access remote key fob with integrated key
  • Interior trim enhancements for all models, including wrapped center trim plate with Cyber pattern and new, brushed aluminum accents
  • Custom Leather-Wrapped Interior Package available for all models in exclusive, new Linen and Sienna colors
  • New sill plates
  • iPod/MP3 jack included on all sound systems except navigation
  • Personal Audio Link available as accessory for navigation system
  • OnStar and XM Satellite Radio standard on all models
  • Auto-dimming mirrors with compass standard on all models
  • Two new premium exterior colors: Jetstream Blue Metallic Tintcoat and Crystal Red Metallic Tintcoat
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Finding Used Auto Parts Online

Actually finding a used part online for your car is very simple if you know where to look. From looking on Yahoo Answers site and the emails and questions I get, there are a lot of people that are having a hard time finding the parts they are looking for. I thought this was common knowledge but I was wrong. So this post is my attempt to make it common knowledge.

Car-Part.com is it. This site is the most usefull used auto parts locator on the internet. If you go to their site you will see that you can enter the criteria into the form, click Search and you have an extensive list of parts that you can filter through by price, location, description, etc.

The nice thing is that you can sort the search by location, where you will get a list of salvage yards and auto parts suppliers in your town that carry your part.

I have used this site for over 6 years and it is still the most powerful used auto parts locator tool.

Trademark Infrigement

Opened up my email this morning and got a not-so-pleasant surprise.

SATA wants my domain, because I infringed on their trademark. This domain – satagun.com, was a good domain, good traffic producer. Haven’t made a cent from it but nevertheless, was fun to own a good domain. When I got it I didn’t even think about the trademark issue. I guess I should have.

Oh well, next time I’ll think twice before getting a domain that has a trademark in it.

So remember 2 things boys and girls, 1 – SATAgun.com is closed and 2 – Don’t buy a domain that has a trademark in it.

I think I heard a story about someone getting their mcdonaldssomethingsomething domain taken away by mcdonalds, so be careful about picking your domain.

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Jeep Concepts of 2007 SEMA

I’m wondering what’s new with the Jeep® brand today. I haven’t been updated since I got busy fixing my Chevrolet pickup flywheel and Chevrolet pickup hitches. But when I heard something about Jeep yesterday, I never felt so thrilled because when September arrives, new Jeep concept vehicles will be introduced at the 2007 SEMA.

Jeep® concepts will constantly rise as one of the mighty vehicles in the planet! I’ll trade my car for one of these rides if given a chance. Anyway, our business here is all about Jeep concept vehicles and the upcoming 2007 SEMA. I know everybody’s excited even the Mopar team! They can’t wait to drop the bomb that would definitely stun us all!

First Jeep Concept – the Wrangler JT Concept! This monster is basically inspired by the latest 116-inch Wrangler Unlimited. Are you kidding me? This is absolutely radical! We are talking great power here. The power goes along with an easy-to-handle removable hardtop. Back at the Easter Jeep Safari, the Wrangler JT has gone through and climbed up from treacherous terrain and holes. JT has proven its worth as a certified off-road vehicle by showing off its capabilities as a 4×4 mean machine!

The next one is the Jeep Wrangler Ultimate Concept! This vehicle turned out to be an urbanized off-road ride which focused merely in city-type auto styling. But it still remained as a mean off-road vehicle in spite of having a different type of conception which is way off from the Jeep® brand’s direction!

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All-New Mazda2 All Set for Sale in Summer 2007

Mazda Motor Corporation has just held a rollout ceremony for its all-new Mazda2 (known as the Demio in Japan) at its Ujina Plant No.1 (U1) near Mazda’s headquarters in Hiroshima. The first car to come off the line is bound for the Japanese market, with sales due to commence in summer 2007.

Thanks to the significant weight reduction during its development, the all-new Mazda2 is roughly 100 kilograms lighter than its predecessor, placing it among the most fuel efficient vehicles in its class. Aside from that, the new Mazda2 also boasts a substantially improved safety performance, as well as upgraded Mazda performance parts.

The all-new Mazda2 European model was greeted with great acclaim at its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2007 and again at its Asian debut during the Shanghai Motor Show in April.

At the roll-out ceremony Mazda’s Executive Vice President, Robert J. Graziano said, “The all-new Mazda2 is the first of Mazda’s new generation products to evolve to the next stage. While the current model was intended for the domestic market, the new model has been developed into a globally competitive car. I wish to congratulate you all on your hard work, which has now successfully brought us to the start of full mass production. I am convinced that the all-new Mazda2 will capture the hearts of our customers and demonstrate to drivers the world over that, ‘Mazda vehicles look inviting to drive, are fun to drive, and make you want to drive them again.’ The new Mazda2 offers an exhilarating driving experience that is the soul of Zoom-Zoom and we will continue to build cars with the strong understanding that safety and environmental friendliness are a vital part of making cars fun-to-drive.”

Along with continuing production of the all-new Mazda2 at the U1 plant, additional Mazda2 production will begin at the Ujina Plant No.2 (U2) in June 2007. Sales will commence in Japan, followed by Europe and Australia and other markets. Production of Mazda2s for the Chinese market is scheduled to start at the Changan Ford Mazda Nanjing plant by the end of 2007.

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Consumers Now Switch to Small Cars

Small vehicles means small fuel tank, small fuel consumption, and small fuel costs. Am I right? Of course I am. Want some proof? Then read this out.

Power Information Network (PIN), a division of J.D. Power and Associates that provides transaction information and automotive solution for consumers has already gathered their real-time retail transaction data from various dealerships all over the United States. It shows that consumers who own large trucks and SUVs are now switching to smaller vehicles as fuel gas prices continue to increase. This is because small cars consumes less fuel compared to large trucks and utes.

“We’re seeing a broad, long-term but gradual movement to smaller vehicles. For example, during periods of high gas prices over the past two years, we’ve seen movement from larger to smaller SUVs. However, the total SUV pie remains largely intact.” says Tom Libby, Senior Director of Industry Analysis at PIN.

According to the data gathered by PIN from February up to April 2007, the sales for full size pickup truck, mid size truck, and large utility vehicle segments significantly drops as the fuel prices continue to rise. In fact, owners of large trucks and utility vehicles trade for smaller vehicles or in another vehicle in the same segment. According to PIN, not all vehicle segments are affected with increasing oil prices. The demands for large and midsize cars, small crossovers, and small SUVs remain unchanged.

In addition, The consumer demands for smaller vehicles and the increasing gas prices also triggers the growth of vehicle models equipped with 4-cylinder engines.

Bob Schnorbus, Chief Economist at J.D. Power and Associates concluded: “The recent strength of the small vehicle segments – pricing, styling and an increasing number of new models – is receiving an additional boost from high gas prices. We’re expecting the small vehicle segments to continue to grow, regardless of gas prices, but higher gas prices certainly will help these segments relative to others.”

Well, if gas prices continue to increase in the coming months or years, maybe we wont see cars rolling in the streets… just bicycles, probably with Centerline wheels? Lol!

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1998 Toyota T100

Here’s my Toyota T100. Finally done. This is the photo of what it looked like when I just bought it.

And here is the photo of it now.

To see more photos of the build go to www.mirru.com. I was going to use it as my shop truck but when I closed the shop this truck became my toy.

Mazda Highlights from 1990-2004

What’s new today? If you’re going to ask me, I’m up to the old stuff right now. I mean, after a stressing study about the Nissan mud flap and Nissan oxygen sensors, I wanted to study about the oldies! And fortunately, I found something that might amuse you. I’m not going to write something here if it wasn’t trivial or informative, so you better be interested. Just kidding!

Anyway, here are some bits and pieces of colorful Mazda’s history and highlights from the year 1990 to 2004. In case you are one of the Mazda geeks, you better read this, believe me. And in case you want to learn more about Mazda history, just visit this site and you’ll be provided with the complete information. As per the following list, this one was lifted from here.

1990

  • Formation of Mazda Systems Services of North America, Inc. (MSS) in Flat Rock.
  • MRA Flat Rock expansion to include testing for local parts development.
  • MX-5 Miata and MPV each receive a “10Best” award from Car and Driver.
  • Mazda enters the U.S. sport-utility market segment with the 2-door Mazda Navajo.
  • MPV 4WD named “Best New Van” by Automobile Journalists Association of Canada.
  • MX-5 Miata receives “Automobile of the Year” award from Automobile Magazine.

1991

  • MX-5 Miata and MPV 3.0-liter V6 each receive a Car and Driver “10Best” award.
  • Agreement with Ford Motor Company to develop and manufacture a new Mazda compact B-Series Truck for the North American market, starting in 1993.
  • Introduction of the all-new MY1992 Mazda 929 luxury sedan and MX-3 sports coupe, the first in its class offered with a 1.8-liter V6 engine, the smallest V6 in mass production.
  • MX-3 awarded “Best New Sports Car” by Automobile Journalists Association of Canada.
  • One-millionth Mazda B-Series Truck sold in the U.S.
  • Automobile Magazine names MX-5 Miata to its “All-Star” list.
  • RX-7 wins “Best New Performance Car” by Automobile Journalists Association of Canada.
  • Mazda’s four-rotor 787B wins Le Mans, becoming the first and only Japanese manufacturer to win this famous endurance race.

1992

  • Introduction of the MY1993 RX-7.
  • Opening of the new $9 million MRA/MSS building in Flat Rock.
  • MMUC becomes a joint venture between Mazda and Ford Motor Company, named AutoAlliance International, Inc. (AAI).
  • Assembly of the all-new 1993 Mazda MX-6, 626, and Ford Probe begins at AAI.
  • Completion of MANA’s Quality Research Building and the $25.6 million Woodhaven Inland Port facility in Woodhaven, Michigan.
  • Mazda MX-6 and 626 classified as a domestic fleet under EPA guidelines.
  • MX-5 Miata receives a “10Best” award from Car and Driver.
  • Automobile Magazine names MX-5 Miata to its “All-Star” list.

1993

  • Assembly of the one-millionth vehicle at AAI.
  • Introduction of Mazda’s all-new MY1994 B-Series Truck, assembled in Edison, New Jersey.
  • Mazda RX-7 named as a Car and Driver “10Best.”
  • Automobile Magazine names MX-5 Miata to its “All-Star” list.

1994

  • Introduction of the 1995 Mazda Millenia, an all-new luxury sedan.
  • Introduction of the high-output, fuel-efficient Miller-cycle engine (in the Millenia S), the first automotive application of Miller-cycle technology.
  • Mazda sets sixth year of record passenger car sales in the United States.
  • Mazda introduces the MY1995 Protegé, featuring OptiSpace design.
  • Mazda RX-7 named as a Car and Driver “10Best.”

1995

  • Mazda RX-7 receives fifth “10Best” award from Car and Driver.
  • Automobile Magazine names MX-5 Miata and Millenia to its “All-Star” list.
  • Millenia S named “Best New Luxury Car” by Automobile Journalists Association of Canada.
  • Millenia S Miller-cycle engine named as one of the “Best Engines” by Ward’s Auto World.

1996

  • J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Study rated the following among the top three vehicles per segment in initial quality: Compact Car – Mazda Protegé; Compact Pickup – Mazda B-Series; Sporty Car – Mazda MX-5 Miata; Entry Luxury Car (Under $35,000) – Mazda Millenia.
  • Ford Motor Company increases its equity in Mazda Motor Corporation to 33.4 percent.
  • Millenia S Miller-cycle engine named as one of the “Best Engines” by Ward’s Auto World.
  • Automobile Magazine names MX-5 Miata and Millenia to its “All-Star” list.

1997

  • MSS, MRA, MANA, and MMA consolidate operations under the new business name Mazda North American Operations (MNAO), headquartered in Irvine, California.
  • Millenia S Miller-cycle engine named as one of the “Best Engines” by Ward’s Auto World.
  • Mazda introduces its new “Winged M” brand marquee worldwide.
  • Automobile Magazine names MX-5 Miata to its “All-Star” list.

1998

  • Mazda redesigns the MX-5 Miata for the first time since its introduction nine years earlier, debuting the new car as a 1999 model.
  • The MX-5 Miata receives a Car and Driver “10Best” award.
  • Debut of the MY1998.5 Mazda B-Series Cab Plus 4, the first 4-door import brand truck.
  • Introduction of the all-new third-generation Protegé as a 1999 model. The Protegé receives Ultra Low Emission Vehicle status in California.
  • Millenia S Miller-cycle engine named as one of the “Best Engines” by Ward’s Auto World.
  • Mazda Protegé DX named “Best New Car” under $13,000 by Kiplinger’s New Cars and Trucks 1999 Buyers Guide.
  • Consumers Digest names the MX-5 Miata, Protegé, and B-Series Truck to its 1999 “Best Buy” list.

1999
The MX-5 Miata celebrates its 10th anniversary with a Special-Edition model and receives numerous accolades, including:

  • Fifth “10Best” award from Car and Driver.
  • Named to Consumers Digest “Best Buy” list.
  • “Best Convertible” in MotorWeek’s Driver’s Choice Awards.
  • One of Sport Compact Car’s “Eight Great Rides.”
  • Protegé named “Best New Family Sedan (Under $25,000)” by Automobile Journalists Association of Canada.
  • Mazda debuts MY2000 MPV.

2000

  • Car and Driver ranks Mazda Protegé ES “#1 Compact Sedan.”
  • Automobile Magazine names MX-5 Miata to its “All-Star” list.
  • Tribute introduced as a 2001 model year vehicle.

2001

  • Mazda Motor Corporation celebrates 70th anniversary of automobile manufacturing.
  • Introduction of the MP3, a production-quality sport compact car.
  • Mazda MX-5 Miata, MPV, and Tribute named Consumers Digest “Best Buys.”
  • Introduction of the Mazda Protegé5 as a 2002 model.
  • Tribute named “Best New Compact Sport Utility” and “Canadian Truck of the Year” by Automobile Journalists Association of Canada.
  • MNAO acquires naming rights to one of the nation’s premier road racing circuits, now called Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

2002
Mazda Tribute receives several awards, including:

  • Automobile Magazine’s Reader’s Choice Award for “Best Small Sport Utility Vehicle.”
  • Edmunds.com Editor’s Choice Award for “Small SUV of the Year.”
  • The MX-5 Miata named to Automobile Magazine “All-Star” list for the 12th time.
  • MNAO launches MAZDASPEED performance badge.
  • Mazda introduces turbocharged MAZDASPEED Protegé as a 2003 model.
  • MAZDASPEED Protegé, parts, accessories, and merchandise go on sale at Mazda’s exclusive MAZDASPEED dealers.
  • Mazda launches U.S. production and North American sales of 2003 MAZDA6 sports sedan.

2003

  • Mazda introduces 2004 RX-8 sports car. The world’s only rotary-engine sports car is first with “Freestyle” door system and room for four adults.
  • Mazda introduces the 2003.5 MAZDASPEED Protegé.
  • Mazda introduces 2004 MAZDA3 4-Door and 5-Door.
  • RX-8 RENESIS rotary engine wins 2003 International Engine of the Year.
  • MAZDA6 wins more than 60 domestic and international awards during its first year, including a Car and Driver “10Best,” Automobile Magazine “All-Star,” and MONEY® magazine “2003 Best Mid-Sized Sedan.”

2004

  • Mazda introduces 2004 MAZDA6 5-Door and Sport Wagon, and 2004 MAZDASPEED MX-5 Miata.
  • Edmunds.com awards MAZDA3 the “Most Wanted Sedan Under $15,000.”
  • Kiplinger’s Personal Finance awards MAZDA3 “Best New Car Under $17,000” and “Best New Sports Car” honors to the RX-8.
  • RX-8 receives Car and Driver “10Best” award, MONEY® magazine’s “Best Sports Car” award, and is a 2004 Automobile Magazine “All-Star”

Automobile Journalists Association of Canada awards:

  • 2004 Canadian Car of the Year – MAZDA3
  • 2004 Best New Economy Car – MAZDA3
  • 2004 Best New Sports Coupe/Sedan (under $35,000) – MAZDA3 Sport
  • 2004 Best New Sports/Performance Car – Mazda RX-8
  • 2004 Best New Family Car – MAZDA6
  • Mazda RX-8 awarded 2004 Le Guide de l’Auto Car of the Year.
  • MAZDA6 named an Automobile Magazine “All-Star” for the second year in a row and MONEY® magazine’s “Best Family Sedan.”
  • AutoWeek awards MAZDA3 “America’s Best Economy car.”
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McLaren Mercedes Teams up with BELTE

BELTE, a Germany-based international company that specializes in aluminum heat treatment has recently announced that it has made a long term partnership with Vodafone McLaren Mercedes F1 team to be the Official Supplier for Heat Treatment Solutions for the team. So this means that BELTE products will add up to the features of McLaren Mercedes MP4-22 like Mercedes Benz belts.

Markus Belte, Chief Executive Officer of BELTE said: “BELTE is very excited about joining Vodafone McLaren Mercedes – a team that demands the very best technology and engineering design. We are looking forward to contributing advanced technology to the team as well as using the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes global marketing platform to strengthen the implementation of our strategy to position BELTE as the market leader worldwide in aluminium heat treatment solutions.”

Meanwhile, Jonathan Neale, Managing Director of McLaren Racing also said: “We are delighted to welcome BELTE as an Official Supplier to Vodafone McLaren Mercedes. Both BELTE and the team share the same core focus on innovation and engineering excellence. We are confident that Vodafone McLaren Mercedes can strongly support BELTE in its global expansion plans – this is an exciting step and we look forward to a successful future together.”

Let us just wait for the next Formula 1 race this season and see if this partnership works well for Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team to land its 2nd F1 victory.

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2007 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SE

If you happen to trace the evolution of the Nissan Maxima, you’ll notice that it has totally emerged as a modified mid-size sedan. And it’s very different from the old and previous generations of the Maxima. It was first introduced in 1981! Wow! I never knew that Nissan Maxima was built before I first walked on earth. Man! That is way too old, but not as old as the beetle. I wonder if the first generations of this model are equipped with strong Nissan suspension bushings or Nissan clutch master cylinders, what do yah think?

Anyway, if you happened to get curious about this car, I have produced some of the basic information about the 2007 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SE from this site. Who knows? You might be interested to buy this car!

Specifications:

  • Base Price: $28,050
  • Price: $36,015
  • Engine Type: aluminum alloy dual overhead cam V6 with variable valve timing
  • Engine Size: 3.5 liters / 214 cu. in.
  • Horsepower: 255 @ 6000 rpm
  • Torque (lb-ft): 252 @ 4400 rpm
  • Transmission: CVT
  • Wheelbase / Length: 111.2 in. / 194.4 in.
  • Curb Weight: 3591 lbs.
  • Pounds Per Horsepower: 14.1
  • Fuel Capacity: 20 gal.
  • Fuel Requirement: 91 octane unleaded premium gasoline
  • Tires: P245/45 VR18 Goodyear Eagle RS-A
  • Brakes, front/rear: vented disc / solid disc, ABS, EBD, BA, TCS standard
  • Suspension, front/rear: independent strut /independent multilink
  • Drivetrain: transverse front engine, front-wheel drive

Performance:

  • EPA Fuel Economy – miles per gallon
  • city / highway / observed: 21 / 28 / 22
  • 0 to 60 mph: 6.6 sec

Options and how much they cost:

  • Splash guards, front and rear – $140
  • Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) – includes full-size spare tire on alloy wheel – $600
  • Power glass sunroof (replaces SkyView roof) – $900
  • 5-piece floor and trunk mat set – $170

Driver Preferred Package includes:

  • Bluetooth hands-free phone system
  • power folding side mirrors w/memory
  • driver’s seat with memory and power lumbar
  • heated power tilt and telescope steering wheel with memory
  • auto entry/exit system
  • Xenon HID headlights, rear sonar system

Sensory Package includes:

  • Leather-appointed seats
  • 4-way front passenger seat
  • heated front seats
  • exterior mirrors

Premium Audio Package includes:

  • Bose¨ audio system with AM/FM/CD6
  • 8 speakers
  • MP3 playback capability
  • speed-sensitive volume control
  • Radio Data System

Additional charges to own the vehicle:
Navigation system: $1,800
Destination Charge: $605

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