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2013 Honda’s Best Selling Models

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The Honda is in a top position with its models Honda Accord, Honda Civic and Honda CR-V. These three models are occupied the twenty best selling cars of 2013 list released by the Forbes. In this article, we will see its specifications that attract the customers.

  • Honda Civic: As of October 2013 the Honda Civic 27,328 with 32.1% change than 2012 (20,687) and has a year to date increase of 10.3%. It is occupied the second place after Toyota Camry. In the new model, there are some small changes than the 2013 model along with enhanced design and more functions.
    • Interior: In Honda Civic, the rear seats can folding back, rear ventilation ducts, and height adjustable driver seat and bucket front seats available. The power features are power mirrors, remote power door locks, and one-touch power windows.
    • Exterior: Rear defogger, intermittent wipers, steel wheels & spare and all-season tires.
    • Safety: There is a big list of safety features available in the Honda Civic. Four wheel ABS, dual front side mounted, and front & rear head airbags, remote anti-theft alarm system, and stability and traction control.
    • Pros and Cons: Available coupe body style, spacious interior, good fuel economy, composed and comfortable ride and wide variety of power trains are the pros. The cons are mediocre brakes, and natural gas and hybrid models have small trunks.
  • Honda Accord: With the last years redesign, Honda Accord’s sales are up 11%. It is next to the Honda Civic and occupied the third place as per October 2013 sales.
    • Interior: The interior features are like similar to Civic model like bucket front seats, height adjustable driver seat, folding rear seat back etc.
    • Exterior: The exterior features are 16-inch alloy wheels, steel spare wheel, temporary spare tires, and Variable intermittent wipers.
    • Safety: The safety features are similar with the Honda Civic.
    • Pros and Cons: Pros of 2014 Honda Accord are available coupe body style, responsive handling, quick acceleration, efficient and refined powertrains, high quality and roomy interior. Cons are split feature doesn’t have for rear folding seat, firm ride quality and the characteristics of CVT’s won’t suitable everybody.
  • Honda CR-V: For the compact crossover utilities, Honda CR-V is the hot market leader. With the redesigned Ford Escape and other strong contenders, Honda CR-V is fighting off. By 2013 October statistics its sales number is 22,554. The interior, exterior and safety features are mostly similar to the Honda Civic.
    • Pros and Cons: The advantages of Honda CR-V are strong crash test scores, ample standard tech features, user-friendly controls, good fuel economy, abundant cargo and passenger room. Cons are no manual transmission, some cheap cabin materials, and engine upgrade is not available.

The Honda Accord and Honda Civic are in the fourth and sixth places of the twenty best selling cars of 2013 list of Forbes. Even in the October 2013 sales, it is below twentieth rank, and there is great competition, Honda CR-V is in the top list at ninth place.
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Feb 7, 2014

Google Authorship for Auto Dealerships to Get Higher Click Throughs

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Google Authorship has began with the Google’s implementation of massive social network Google + (Google Plus). Google plus is an attempt by Google to directly compete with Facebook.

  • Google authorship: Through Google Authorship, Google allows the author to associate the content to publish with the Google plus profile. It pulls profile photos or images and other information into search engine results pages of the content author. The process for applying Google authorship is relatively simple. There seems to be no exact reason to whose authorship requests will Google chooses to approve. So the application process is easy enough that it is worth applying.
  • Why Google authorship? Google has its own social media platform. It pushes benefits to tying this platform into the websites. Google has also integrated voting buttons that allow users to “+1″ (as Facebook “Likes”) content and also to share content on their Google plus time line. The other useful feature is ability to claim for the content on a website or web page by simply linking it to your personal Google plus profile. The benefits of this are:
    • More exposure for your Google plus page.
    • Ability to get analytic data about social engagement.
    • From organic search results you can get higher click through ratios.
    • Increased credibility prior to the visitors clicking through to your website.
    • Satisfaction of knowing as you are more advanced than competitors.
  • How to apply: It just takes a few minutes to apply for the Google authorship. Just follow the steps below:
    • Check that your Google plus profile page has a recognizable head shot profile photo.
    • Make sure taht you have an email address (for example, content@dealership.com) on the same domain as your content (dealership.com). If you do not have an email address on the same domain of your content has, Google has an alternative method to link your content to the Google plus profile with a simple verification.
    • In the About section of Google plus profile page, add that email address. So it is easy for Google to associate your Google plus account with your dealership domain.
    • Make sure for each article you publish on that domain has a byline clear identification as you are the author (for example, “Author: John Doe” or “By John Doe”).
    • Furthermore, check if byline name matches the name on your Google plus profile.

You can create dealership’s business or personal Google plus pages on which you can connect with your friends. Google plus has been continuously raising with users, and with many features they have implemented since they launched. It is quickly becoming one of the widely used social media platforms.
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Feb 3, 2014

Great Choices of Small Cars 2013

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There is no secret that increasing consumer demand for economical cars or vehicles has sparked a small car renaissance among United States automakers. Nearly five years ago, it was tough to find five entry-level small cars to recommend. If you are in market for the new economical car that does not feel small in value, the following cars should be on your preference list.

  • 2013 BMW 1-Series: With moderately priced compact cars, Audi and BMW have expanded their lineups and with the CLA Mercedes Benz will soon do the same. The Mercedes yet to come and the Audi A3 due for a redesign, so our favorite of the group is the BMW 1-Series. It’s enough with the base engine in 128i, but 300 horsepower turbocharged inline six cylinder in 135i makes it as a rocket. The 1-Series is offering most of the vaunted 3-Series handling prowess, but with a slightly lower price and a bit less refinement.
  • 2013 Buick Verano: Sometimes the brand image can hurt when small luxury cars built on an economy car platform. But with General Motor’s Buick Verano it is different. It is based on Chevrolet Cruze, which also made this list, but Verano offers quieter interior and even more refinement than Cruze. Available 250 horsepower turbocharged four cylinder engine adds muscle to natural athleticism of compact’s.
  • 2013 Chevrolet Cruze: The Cruze is the best small car from Chevrolet. It offers levels of refinement and quietness those are not just impressive for General Motors, but for the automotive market (in general). Base engine is fuel efficient, but the better choice is 1.4 liter turbocharged four cylinder. It provides better fuel economy (in the Eco trim up to 42 mpg highway) offers more torque, and quieter. Inexpensive and roomy, to the typical small midsize sedan, Cruze is an economical alternative.
  • 2013 Chevrolet Sonic: If Cruze is not the best small car then the Chevrolet has another ever built, Sonic. It is having the same engine choices as Cruze but in smaller package. Its lighter weight makes it more agile and quicker than its bigger sibling. The Sonic hatchback with the 1.4 liter engine and six speed manual transmission is sporty.
  • 2013 Dodge Dart: The Dodge Dart offers technology and refinement which we do not expect in the small car class. As a typical midsize car, it has much rear seat space. We like 1.4 liter turbocharged engine with manual transmission. But CEO of Chrysler feels that the dual clutch automated manual transmission is not right for the American audience. That will be correct with the release of forthcoming nine speed automatic transmission, which make Dart as good as any car in the class.

The other small cars that you consider of 2013 models are Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Honda Fit, Hyundai Elantra, Mazada Mazda3, Mazda MX-5 Miata, MINI Cooper, Volkswagen Jetta, Volkswagen Golf and GTI.
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Jan 30, 2014

Top Eight Fuel Efficient Cars of 2013

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With the price of fuel getting higher, people are looking for purchasing cars that use less fuel for a given mileage. Today, fuel efficiency is the major selling factor for vehicles. The more fuel-efficient the car is, the higher it sells. Keeping these things in mind, auto traders in US listed some of the fuel efficient car brands in 2013. This article mentions fuel-efficient cars of the year 2013.

Fuel efficient cars of 2013

1) Honda CR-Z
Honda CR-Z offers four cylinder engine and has a sporty look. It features a design cabin built with high quality and soft touch materials. It has comfortable seats with good legroom area. Moreover, it has more cargo space than others. It consumes less fuel and is listed as one of the fuel efficient brands in 2013. The mileage of Honda CR-Z is 37 miles per gallon.

2) Chevrolet Spark
Chevrolet Spark has four cylinder engine, and is one of the most fuel efficient cars in 2013 and gives a mileage of 34 miles per gallon. Chevrolet spark also offers spacious cabin area and great outside visibility.

3) Toyota Prius
Toyota Prius comes with high tech features with practical functions and bring to users, and is top rated for fuel economy. It gives a mileage of 50 miles per gallon. Not only it has superior fuel economy, but has features such as high tech and a comfortable ride.

4) Toyota Prius C
Toyota Prius C beats other cars in terms of fuel economy. It gives an mileage estimation of 50 miles per gallon. It has a roomy interior and offers favorable pricing.

5) Toyota Prius V
Toyota Prius V has a station wagon body that makes a family car. It is rated as one of the fuel efficient cars in the United States. It gives a mileage of 42 miles per gallon.

6) Ford C-Max
It has been rated top fuel efficient car recently. The car gives a mileage of 43 miles per gallon. It carries more passengers with comfort and serves best alternative for those who consider minivan.

7) Volkswagen Jetta Sportswagen TDI
A car with a superior fuel economy, Volkswagen Jetta TDI offers comfort with nice interior, huge cargo area and smooth, refined ride. It gives a mileage of 34 miles per gallon.

8) Scion iQ
Scion iQ, a highly fuel efficient car that gives a mileage of 37 miles per gallon which makes it an ideal car in the city. It offers surprising comfort and standard features that are easy to use. Though it is one of the smallest cars, it offers spacious legroom area.

With the improvement in technology, many highly fuel efficient cars have come up. These cars are not only economical in terms of fuel consumption, but also fulfill everyday driving needs. Read the rest of this post

Nov 12, 2013

Evolution of Automobile Engines

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The engine is the crucial part for an automobile. The modern engine as you see today evolved over a long period. It passed through different stages.

The first automobile Motorwagen from Benz got patented in 1885. This had a single piston engine and could generate two third of a single horsepower. The first affordable automobile was made by Ford. The Ford model T was released in 1908. It had a capacity of twenty two horsepower, 2.9 liter and with four-cylinder engine.

Automobile engines are constantly evolving. Today, much more powerful engine are available. These engines cauuse less environmental pollution, more durable, quieter and more fuel efficient. In this article we will discuss the evolution (important stages) of the automobile engine.

  • Four stroke engine: In the late eighteen hundreds the internal combustion engine improved. When the piston in the internal combustion engine moves up and down twice, the four stroke engine will take the burn gasoline in four stages. Those four stages are intake, compression, power and exhaust. Four stroke engines are advantageous when compared with previous two stroke engines. These cause cleaner emissions, high torque, more power and durability, and improved fuel economy. Four stroke engines are more complex and it is expensive to manufacture.
  • Forced induction: Forced induction engines were used for aircraft engines. From 1960s onwards they were sued for car engines. Forced induction is beneficial to small engines. The small engines with forced induction will generate extra power without increasing engine size and high fuel usage. The forced induction engines can get more power from each stroke because of air is forced into combustion chamber at a higher pressure. With the help of fuel, air and ignition, the engine can cause motion in the vehicle. The power generated by the engine’s pistons increases by cramming more air into the engine.
  • Fuel injection: Before fuel injection the carburetor was used to mix fuel, air and sends it to the combustion chamber. The carburetor will allow air and fuel into the engine while pressing the accelerator pedal. The fuel injection replaced the carburetor since late 1980s because of effective system of mixing air and fuel. The fuel injection process controls by the engine’s on board computer. The fuel injected engines with computer controlled can even start effectively on cold days. These are more expensive to repair than the carburetors. These became industry standards for fuel delivery.
  • Direct injection: The fuel in the direct injection will directly spray into the combustion chamber of the engine. The computer controlled system will take care of the fuel burning as per the requirement to the engine. In fuel injection, the air and fuel will mix and then it will go to the engine. But here this step is removed and because of computer controlled fuel burn leads to the better fuel economy and more power than the fuel injection.
  • Aluminum engine blocks: For better performance, the engine started made from aluminum instead of iron was used in engines. Today, iron is used for large engines and for small engines aluminum is using. As aluminum is light, it reduced the engine weight by half. Thus, it improved it increases the fuel economy. Also, the aluminum does not have the capability to bear heat and not stronger than the iron. The problems faced in the beginning with the aluminum are tremendously reduced.
  • Overhead camshafts: The valvetrain controls the flow of fuel and air into the cylinders. The camshafts are a part of valvetrain. These drives the valves in a more direct manner compared to overhead valves and pushrods. The overhead camshafts will provide better performance. These are made increased completely and more cost.
  • Variable valve timing: The traditional engine does not allow when more air required in cases like hard acceleration. It impacts performance. The variable valve timing will allow much air or reduce the air flow as per the requirement of the engine. It will provide more flexible power delivery and fuel economy. But it costs greater to produce.
  • Engine control unit: The engine control unit control and manage the processes like idle speed, fuel injection, air and fuel mixture, ignition time and others. It provides the better diagnosis of the problems and fuel economy. The technology makes more completely and cost.
  • Diesel and hybrid engines: Diesel engines to start with were noisy, less reliable and smells. But the present diesel engines are competing with the gasoline or petrol engines. The hybrid engines are become more environmental friendly and fuel efficient than the traditional fuel cars.

The auto mobile engines are keep on developing. The problems faced in the early stages of the engine are greatly reduced. New types of metals, techniques and technologies are being used to improve the performance. Read the rest of this post

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Oct 18, 2013

The Blind Spot Detection and Warning technology

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This system consists of two radar units and it is similar to lane change assistance system. This technology devices are mounted invisibly to the corners of the rear bumper. From those two radar units one will operate as a system master and the other is configured as a slave. With the help of private data link, the data of both the radar units will combine with the sensor data fusion tracking algorithm.

On the sides of the car, the two radars are pointed well and this will detect the moving vehicle beside the car fitted radar. The area that contains five lanes is scanned. Compared to the lane change assistance systems, the range of the rear is shorter, but this BSP is very easy to install and lower in cost. So, this will optimize for the freeways and slow speed urban driving. This system gives very low false alarm rate and performs excellently.

This system performs, objective to lane mapping, tracking, the warning algorithms and detection algorithms and the extra customer code can also be integrated. This system requires no extra control units. This cost efficient master slave and innovative system design interfaces all controls and indicators and performs all the functions and also communicates with the vehicle data bus.

This radar sensors monitor the space behind the road and alongside the car, also display the visual signal which is near the outside mirror. This is to indicate is their any moving vehicle in the blind spot.

This system can withstand strain and monitors the areas that are difficult to see to avoid the hazardous situations to the driver. Read the rest of this post

Oct 1, 2013

What are the Dangers of Drunk Driving?

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Drunk driving is very dangerous to anyone who drives after drinking alcohol. At anytime, they may get arrested as they tend to take more risks. This mostly happens with youngsters, who mostly drunk and drive and are responsible for many fatal accidents. Even though the penalties vary from state to state, for minors if the BAC is over 0.01, it results in DUI and the legal limit of alcohol for adults, which is over 0.08. Most drivers get arrested under DUI for an average of 0.16 BAC.

Drinking alcohol below legal age is illegal, most minors and teenagers are drinking alcohol, these days. Alcohol drinking and driving associated may lead to car crashes and kills a number of teenagers. This will also kill many innocent people. Drunk driving is thus dangerous.

For drunk-driving, even the first-time offenders also receive the fines and even we see many of them in jail and now the judges are mandated by state laws, by which they are to impose higher penalties for the repeated offenders. It is a continuous problem and is forcing the police to impose more restrictions and increase the penalties for the drivers who are drinking or have BAC 0.08 or more. This is not only fining the penalties but also sometimes the license will be suspended for 6 months and if the case is serious and repeated then it may for even 2 to 3 years. This will also leads to higher car insurance premiums and probation for 3 to 5 years etc. depends upon the case.

Affect of alcohol on you:

  • You loose the sense of distance and see double, your speech will slur.
  • From poisoning of alcohol you will get sick and sometimes even die.
  • Your inhibitions will be loosen that leads to make bad judgments, which results in car accidents, violence etc.
  • This will also cost you your freedom, you can lose your driving license, grounded by parents and even end up in jail.

Drinking alcohol causes dehydration, but most of you think that it will quench your thirst. Read the rest of this post

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Sep 24, 2013

Types of Cars Based on General Classification

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Every car is categorized into a specific classification. The classification is for the purpose of taxation, size of the vehicle and its function. There are many classifications for vehicles. The manufacturing companies and other organizations create separate classifications of vehicles for different reasons and requirements.

Sometimes classifying cars is not easy. For the purpose of describing vehicles, automobile manufacturers and organizations use some basic categories. To determine different aspects of vehicles and for tax purposes, vehicle classification is made by the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration and the Federal Highway Administration. These standards are generally used by automobile industries.

  • Subcompact cars: Subcompact cars generally in 165 inches or 4191 mm in length. And the weight is less than 2500 lbs. As per the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the subcompact car has between 85 cubic feet and 99 cubic feet of interior volume. These are smaller than a compact car and larger than a micro car.
  • Compact cars: These are larger than the subcompact cars and smaller than the mid-sized cars. As per the United States Environmental Protection Agency, for international models approximately 175 inches or 4450 mm. And for the United States it is 161 inches or 4100 mm long.
  • Mid-sized cars: Mid-sized cars have the facility to accommodate 4 or 5 passengers. The weight of a mid-sized car is between 3000 lbs to 3499 lbs. The design length is between 110 cubic foot and 119 cubic foot. These are larger than the compact cars.
  • Full sized cars: These are larger than the mid sized cars. It has the facility or comfort to accommodate at least six or seven people. Full sized cars built weight is 3500 lbs. These are with a length of 102 cubic foot or more.
  • Station Wagon: Station wagon is also called as estate car. They are comfortable to sit and can accommodate 5 or 7 people. These can be classified as compact size, mid size or full size. The station wagons have extended interior with a third seat or extended rear cargo area or luggage platform accessed through car. In that place we can carry small and midsized items. The station wagon cars in the early days used to collect the people and their baggage from railway station because of its advertisement. Some of these cars are still consider as passenger carrying.

Before you buy a car check with these classifications. Based on the members the car will accommodate you can choose a car after inquiring with different companies on different models. Read the rest of this post

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Sep 2, 2013