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Jan
27

Six Fun Car Facts That Will Amaze You

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If you’re reading this, you’re probably a car lover. And though you may be pretty knowledgeable when it comes to the exciting world of automobiles, we guarantee that there are some car facts you’ve never heard before. Here’s a list of six interesting car facts that will blow your mind:two happy women in a car

What Was the Most Expensive Car Ever Made?

The 1931 Bugatti Royale Kellner Coupe was priced at $8.7 million and the most expensive car to ever hit the market. It’s 12.7L engine was originally intended for an airplane and is also one of the largest engines ever used to power a car.

What Was the Last Car Built with a Cassette Player?

We all know that today most cars are manufactured with high-tech infotainment systems instead of CD and cassette players. The last car that was made with a cassette player was the 2011 Ford Crown Victoria, and was available as an option.

How Do Car Sales Work in Malaysia?

One of Malaysia’s car regulations will certainly shock you. When a specific car isn’t selling within a segment, competitors can complain to authorities who will make sure the price of that car is increased to “level” the competition. This regulation caused the Passat CC to skyrocket in price from $80,000 to $90,000!

What is the Craziest Feature on a Saab?

Drivers can use the GM II on a Saab 9-3 SS to play a game of ping pong. They can go to the airbag/SRS system submenu to find an easter egg where a game of pong can be enjoyed thanks to the Tech II option.

What Happens When Someone Wins a Car on a Game Show?

We’ve all seen those game shows where one lucky winner goes home with a free car. These cars are usually given away as an advertisement by the automaker and require the winner to pay sales tax. You may not be as envious of the winner when you learn that these car sales taxes can get pretty expensive. For instance, winning that brand new Escalade will require more taxes than the entire price of a fuel-efficient sedan.

What Exactly is that “New Car Smell?”

That leathery, plasticky smell we experience when we first step foot into a new car is pleasurable and even addictive at times. This “new car smell” is a mixture of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that come from sources such as cleaning compounds, carpeting, leather, paint, and vinyl treatment. Many automakers are actually looking to eliminate this smell from their cars as it can often cause drowsiness, headaches, allergic reactions, and eye irritation.

There you have it. Six surprising facts about cars that you may not have known. Feel free to pass this list on to your fellow car fanatics; we know they’ll be just as amazed!

Jan
13

If You Own A Volkswagen Passat Do You Throw Like A Girl?

I was watching the amazing Bronco’s and Ravens Playoff game (congrats to Ray Lewis) the other night and happened to see Volkswagen‘s new commercial for the Passat. Normally commercials don’t garner my attention, but I started out with a father and son playing catch, so me being a father to a couple of boys I watched.

In the commercial, which is included at the end of this post,  the son is having a hard time throwing the ball as he is still learning. Then we see the father throw the ball (like a girl) and realize that the son’s lack of throwing ability is a result of the father. The voice over touts the durability of the Passat and to pass down something that your children WILL be grateful for.

It was a funny commercial and creative. While I’m not sure they meant to insinuate that Passat owners throw like girls they do a good job at creating enough interest in the car to make me want to check it out.

The Passat starts at $20,845 and gets 32 mpg on the highway and 22 in the city. It also offers:

  • 2.5L, 170 hp, 5-cylinder engine
  • Multi-function steering wheel and trip computer
  • Bluetooth® with audio streaming
  • Power-operated side mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • Automatic headlights with Coming/Leaving Home feature
  • 6 airbags
  • 3 years/36,000 mile (whichever occurs first). No-Charge Scheduled Carefree Maintenance Program.
  • 6-speaker sound system with MP3- and WMA-compatible in-dash CD player, AM/FM radio, and AUX-in for portable audio players
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)

Dec
19

2013 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 – No Comparison

Normally I would compare two cars, but I love the 2013 Dodge Challenger so much that I don’t think I can compare it with another. Instead I’ll highlight why I think this car is bad ass.

The Challenger started production in 1970 and was in direct competition with the Chevy Camaro and Ford Mustang. It’s currently in its 3rd generation and in my opinion has captured the beauty and power of the 1st generation Challengers very well.

There are seven Challenger models available, but the one I especially like is the SRT8 392. This is the top line model, but it’s done right. The price tag is $44,775 and is worth every penny. That is unless you don’t want to pay for a “392 Hemi V-8 harnessed by a world-class suspension and superior brakes.”

The 392 Hemi produces 470 horsepower and 470lb ft of torque. That may not be as beasty as the Camaro ZL1 or Shelby GT500, but it’s enough.

A cool feature of the SRT8 is the Adaptive Damping Suspension or ADS. It allows you to  set the ride and handling capability to match street conditions. You can choose “Auto” when your just cruising or switch to “Sport” when you need a firmer suspension and increased handling. When it’s time to turn up the heat you can switch to “Track” mode for quicker shifting points and  quick responsiveness.

What I really love about the SRT8 392 is the look. It’s classic and modern all mixed up in one making for a tough, sporty, muscle car that is ready to take on anyone and anything. I would drive this car any day of the week. This car deserves to be driven and collected!