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Concept Honda Civic Likely A Reality

Concept Honda Civic Likely A Reality

Honda does not do a good job with its concept cars. No, they are not design failures – rather, they usually are not truly concepts.

When Honda displays a concept vehicle at an auto show, visitors need to ask Honda show representatives if the car they are seeing will be built. Likely, the answer is yes as the vehicle you are looking at may already been green-lighted for production.

Concept Civic

At the 2011 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Honda revealed one such “concept” vehicle – the Honda Civic. Calling it a concept isn’t accurate – this model resembles the 2012 Honda Civic right down to the wheelwells.

But first, some Honda Civic history. This model was introduced as a subcompact to the US market in the early 1970s, the first Honda passenger vehicle sold in America. Always popular, the Honda Civic is a perennial top-five selling car for Honda, rivaling the Honda Accord in sales and competing directly against the Toyota Corolla.

Stronger Competition

Larger these days and now sold as a compact, the Civic is facing renewed competition from American and Asian automakers alike. Typically, the Civic is completely redesigned once every four or five years, but this latest generation model is hanging around for a sixth year. Credit Honda for taking into consideration what its competitors are offering, cars such as the Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus and Hyundia Elantra which have leapfrogged the Civic in technology and fuel efficiency.

On display at the NAIAS are conceptual versions of the ninth generation Honda Civic coupe and sedan. This vehicle retains much of the Civic design logic, but it also brings back a hybrid model. That hybrid will be powered by a lithium-ion battery, allowing the Civic to claim some of the highest fuel efficiency of any standard hybrid.

Design Language

From the exterior, the Civic concepts reveals the sedan’s and coupe’s smooth, yet striking lines with steeply raked windshields, broad posture and noticeable character lines along the side view. That lower character line on both vehicles widens toward the rear fenders to deepen the active impression of forward energy. In other words, the car looks to be ready to move when it is sitting still. Credit the Civic’s deeply recessed headlamps for adding to that mystique.

Inside, Honda promises to maintain the fit and finish and ease of use cabin layout that has long been a selling point for the Civic. Though the exterior reveals the direction for the 2012 Civic, Honda has held back on what the cabin will look like as well as what they will be doing under the hood.

Fuel Efficiency

The biggest challenge for Honda is responding to what its competitors are doing: offering one or more models capable of achieving 40 mpg on the highway, something which eludes the Civic. Indeed, the Hyundai Elantra threw the gauntlet down when its 2011 model was released – both manual and automatic versions get 29 mpg city, 40 mpg highway – much better than the Civic. The Cruze, too, has an ECO model which betters the Civic, getting 42 mpg on the highway.

Don’t expect Honda to roll over and play dead – the Japanese automaker is keeping some things close to the vest and may surprise us later in 2011 when the 2012 Honda Civic debuts. What won’t be a surprise is the vehicle’s exterior which is currently being showcased at auto shows across North America, representing the ninth generation compact Honda Civic coupe and sedan.…

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How to Craft a Killer Honda Civic For Sale Ad

How to Craft a Killer Honda Civic For Sale Ad

So you’re selling your Honda Civic. Maybe you’re getting a new one, or maybe you have one car too many (many Civic lovers collect them like baseball cards). Whatever the reason, you want to get the best . With a few guidelines, you can write an effective ad to get your Honda Civic for sale off the market and get money in your pocket.

What Channel Will You Use?

The first question to ask yourself is: where will you post your Honda Civic for sale? If people in your area use Craigslist, that’s a great tool, for many reasons:

o You can include more details than with a classified ad

o You can add photos

o People can email you about the car rather than calling

o Easy to search online

If you’re eBay savvy, consider selling your Civic there. You can reach a wider audience who is interested in Civics, and you may even find a buyer from across the country that is willing to come get the car. Thousands of people search for Honda Civics for sale on eBay, so you will have a better likelihood of getting a great price for it.

If you live in a small town where Internet is a foreign world, go with a traditional classified ad in your local newspaper.

Get Their Attention

Your ad, no matter what channel you use, has to get people’s attention. Don’t be wordy; say what you need to say and get to the point. In your ad include details on:

o Year and color of the Honda Civic for sale

o Price you’re asking

o Accessories you’ve added

o Mileage

o Any repairs it needs

o Photos

o Contact information

Write it with benefits. Make the reader want to buy your Honda Civic. Entice them with exciting words and appealing descriptions. If you’re using eBay, use a bold colored heading and bullet points to accent the features.

What Not to Do

While you don’t want to focus on the negatives, don’t leave them out completely. If your Honda Civic for sale needs a new transmission, you must disclose this. Otherwise, you waste your time and the buyer’s time when he comes out to look at the car only to find it in disrepair.

Selling Your Car

Make yourself available. Don’t post an ad when you’ll be out of town. Respond promptly to any and all inquiries, and schedule appointments to show your Honda Civic. Be honest with interested buyers and you’ll find the right one to buy your car from you.…

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First Look: Hot, New 2012 Models

First Look: Hot, New 2012 Models

The 2012 model year is still months away from starting. Then again, some new models released this spring such as the Ford Focus are designated as 2012 cars. Models years are blurring, but come this fall there will be several new cars on the market, hot models you’ll want to consider if you put off your new car shopping until after Labor Day.

Honda Civic — When was a Honda Civic ever considered hot? Well, it may not have the looks you’d want in a car, but it is a strong seller year in, year out. In addition, you can buy a Civic coupe and customize it to your heart’s content, a tuner favorite at that. For 2012 the Civic will be revised and it will offer improved fuel economy. That’s important because the demand for cars getting exceptional gas mileage is rising. Honda will answer that call by introducing a high fuel economy model pegged to get 41 mpg highway. All other models will enjoy decent fuel efficiency too, posting somewhere in the upper 30s on the open road. The 2012 Honda Civic goes on sale this spring.

Scion iQ — Sold as a Toyota in other markets, we’ll see the diminutive iQ in Scion badging when it goes on sale this summer. Powered by a 1.3-liter four cylinder, this car offers seating for three adults and one child. Paired with a continuously variable transmission, the iQ is expected to rack up exceptional gas mileage, perhaps nearing 50 mpg which would make it the gas mileage champ when it hits the market. This car is about the size of the Smart ForTwo, the only other A-segment model sold in America.

Fiat 500 Convertible — This summer, the ultimate compact car drop top will be introduced. The Fiat 500 convertible joins the coupe and will roll out in time for your beach visits and around town excursions. This model hasn’t been priced yet, but is rumored to cost under $20,000 making it the most affordable convertible on the market.

Hyundai Veloster — Arriving before Thanksgiving, the Veloster takes off where the Tiburon once ruled. This unique coupe, with one door on the driver’s side and two doors on the passenger side, is underpinned by the same platform powering the compact Hyundai Elantra. This means you’ll get a car with sporty good looks and the capability of delivering 40 mpg on the highway, a winning combination no other model sold today can offer.

Ford Focus ST — The 2012 Ford Focus is out, but it isn’t the model rabid enthusiasts want to see. Instead, it is the Ford Focus ST, a performance hatchback designed to take on the Mazda 3 and Mitsubishi Lancer Raillart. This model will get an EcoBoost 2.0-liter four which means that direct injection and turbo power will unite to rocket this 250 horsepower machine down the road.

Other new models slated to show up for 2012 include the Mitsubishi Lancer EVO, a Toyota sports car, an unnamed replacement for the Dodge Caliber, the next generation Volkswagen Passat, a new Subaru Impreza and a handful of new products from Kia, BMW, General Motors, Mazda and MINI.…

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Honda Civic – It’s an Attractive and Comfortable Car, Bags of Fun to Drive

Honda Civic – It’s an Attractive and Comfortable Car, Bags of Fun to Drive

The Honda Civic is a radically designed family hatchback which is built by one of the world’s most technologically innovative car makers. Despite this, Honda has a reputation for conservatism as its cars have traditionally appealed to older buyers, largely because the exterior design has typically been rather unadventurous. Not here though, as the Civic combines cutting-edge interior and exterior design with some great engines, excellent reliability and superb practicality. This latter point is largely down to a carrying capacity that’s much better than most key rivals, but the car’s popularity is also helped by the generous equipment levels.

It’s an attractive and comfortable car, bags of fun to drive, and it’s British-built. What more could you want?

Honda should be applauded for avoiding the temptation to tone down the Civic from their earlier concept designs.

The triangular foglights and exhausts, visor-like headlamps and racy, squat forward profile are all present and correct and give it a dramatic, purposeful poise.

Why should buyers of small cars like this be spared such vanities as folding mirrors, or stealthed rear door handles, which make the five door car look like a coupe?

HONDA CIVIC – Did you know?

The Civic accounts for around a third of Honda’s global sales, with the car having been produced in 11 countries and sold in 160.

When launched, the Civic had by far the biggest boot of any car in its class. Whereas the typical capacity was around 320 litres, the Civic could accommodate 485 litres

While most petrol engines feature just one spark plug for each cylinder, the Civic 1.4 I-DSi powerplant features a pair of plugs for each cylinder

When unveiled, the eighth-generation Civic was awarded the highest ever pedestrian safety rating by EuroNCAP

Honda Civic – TYPES

Sep 2005: The eighth-generation Civic reached showrooms, with a choice of three engines. The entry-level car featured a 1.4-litre petrol engine (badged 1.4-DSI), while there was also a 1.8-VTEC unit. Diesel fans could opt for Honda’s excellent all-alloy 2.2-iCDTi unit.

Jan 2006: A new Civic IMA hybrid saloon was offered, but it didn’t feature the radical five-door hatch styling, even if the technology was more cutting-edge.

Jan 2007: A three-door Civic was introduced, in the shape of the Type S, which is fitted with a choice of 1.8 petrol or 2.2-litre diesel powerplants. There was also a high-spec edition introduced, called the GT.

Mar 2007: The Honda Civic Type R went on sale, using the same three-door bodyshell as the Type S, but with Honda’s fabulous, high-revving 2-litre VTEC petrol engine to give 198bhp. Once again, there was also a high-spec GT derivative offered.…

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Top Two Nissan Models

Top Two Nissan Models

The Nissan Motor Company is one of the best Japanese car makers in the world. They produce great high quality vehicles and have a great diverse lineup of cars. With such a great lineup it can be a little difficult to narrow the list down to the two best models made by the company. We have picked what we think are the two best cars made by Nissan.

The Nissan GT-R was an obvious choice to be in the top two cars made by the company. When the GT-R was introduced to the world it stunned critics and consumers. The reason why it stunned everyone is because the car offered Ferrari and Lamborghini performance at a price starting under $100,000. No other car on the market has ever offered such performance at a price that low. Even with a low price point, Nissan has still managed to make sure the car is high quality, reliable, and is made of the best materials in the industry. Many people still wonder how the company is able to make such a great car for such a low price. One of the goals of Nissan for this car was to stun the industry and really establish a name for themselves in the high performance car market. I think they accomplished both of these tasks very well.

The next car on our list is the 2011 Nissan Altima Hybrid model. Here we have hybrid car built on the great Nissan Altima platform and produces 198 horsepower. A money saving advantage of this car is that it qualifies for the Federal Hybrid Tax Credit which will help you reduce the price of this great car. Hybrid cars are important for reducing our gas consumption and Nissan has really made an appealing hybrid model for people who don’t want the normal boring hybrid automobile.…

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Starting a Mobile Oil Change Or Mobile Detailing Business in Louisiana Considered

Starting a Mobile Oil Change Or Mobile Detailing Business in Louisiana Considered

If you are considering a mobile automotive business because you like cars and have experience there, plus you realize that jobs are still hard to come by, but the economy is showing good signs of recovery then perhaps you ought to probe this thought of yours a little more. Not long ago, someone just like you was considering the same thing, his name is Scott.

Scott is from Louisiana, and he’d decided that either a mobile oil change business or a mobile auto detailing company was something he’d like to do. And since it was mobile he could afford to start this business without too much capital outlay. Still, he had some questions for me knowing that I had spent some 27-years in the mobile automotive service sector. Below are his questions and I bet they will help answer a few of yours too! Good Morning Scott, you are on the air;

1) My biggest concerns are what licenses and permits do I need for the business?

For both auto detailing and mobile oil changing you will most likely need to speak with your local municipality, if there is none, talk to the county. Most likely you will need standard business licenses. Many jurisdictions have specific rules on auto services. Plus, for mobile detailing you will need to find out about their “NPDES Permits” so that should be your first question due to storm drainage, remember Louisiana has very low ground water table, in many places it is at the surface or even above, as the world learned in the ninth ward of New Orleans for instance.

There may also be a concern about used oil discharges and environmental considerations, obviously you have to remove the used oil and take it somewhere. Ask where, if you don’t get an answer follow the EPA guidelines, luckily in Louisiana there are folks who will take the used oil for ships, road coatings, or re-refining.

2.) Do I have to have a LLC for the business to get started?

Well, I am not a lawyer thank god, and so I cannot give you legal advice and I’d be a fool to do so in Louisiana, as their laws are different from the rest of the country although most of their business laws are similar. You really need to speak to a lawyer about that, perhaps get a hold of a local SCORE counselor in your area. You can do this by walking into the chamber of commerce to refer you, without being a member yet. Personally, I’d incorporate depending on your personal assets and size of your business.

3.) I guess a guide in the step by step process would be very beneficial for me.

Interestingly enough, I am considering on writing an eBook on this topic and will most likely do that this year. However, I do recommend the Melric’s Guide for starting a mobile oil change business, and you can find this online, it’s very reasonably priced, with lots of good information. It’s currently the industry standard for mobile oil change companies.

Indeed, I’d like to thank my readers for sending in their small business questions, so that I might also help others. If you have questions for our weekly column or radio interviews, let me know.…

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Oil Change: An Element of Proper Engine Maintenance

Oil Change: An Element of Proper Engine Maintenance

Motor oil carries hazardous engine deposits away from the engine. An oil filter removes these impurities from the lubricant, so that it can continue to protect the engine parts. It is the main line of defense against abrasion and engine deposits, and should be renewed in conjunction with an oil change before it becomes clogged. Full flow filtration systems in today’s cars pump the lubricant through to the filter before it reaches the engine parts. Like the oil itself, the filters vary, and each different kind has different effects on each engine. The two basic types of oil filtration used in cars are spin-on and cartridge filters, although most cars today are made to fit cartridge filters. However, this can vary by manufacturer: though many have switched back to using the cartridges, the spin-on variety was the standard for years. The spin-on filters are fashioned inside a metal can which unscrews from a mount on the engine. This makes installation and replacement during an oil change much easier and cleaner than the cartridge filters. The cartridge cost less because it uses less materials, but it tends to drip excess oil in the process of replacing it with a new one.

The materials used to make the filter can have a difference in the effectiveness of the filtration. Single-pass efficiency, multi-pass efficiency, and micron rating are the three main criteria for determining how well an oil filter will keep the lubricant clean. The filter’s ability to remove contaminants on a single pass through the filter helps determine the single-pass efficiency. Subsequent passes through the filter determine the multi-efficiency rating. An acceptable filter will eliminate at least 98 percent of the impurities on the fast pass. However, the multi-pass rating is a better indicator of the filter’s efficiency because contaminated oil will continue to run through the engine. An ideal multi-pass rating is at 96 percent of the impurities that pass through the filter after the first time. The micron rating is a measurement of what size particles are allowed to pass through. An ideal micron rating is 10, this means that large particles cannot pass through the filter and damage the engine; larger particles tend to cause more damage. The filter’s ratings can vary depending on the type of materials used to make the filter and its thickness.

Choosing the right filter is just as important as choosing the right oil when getting an oil change. It should be changed regularly along with the oil because it loses its effectiveness if it is already full of particles and impurities from the used oil. Refer to the owner’s manual for your vehicle to determine the best filtration system for the type of engine and conditions.…

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New Honda Hybrid Cars

New Honda Hybrid Cars

New Honda hybrid cars for 2010 include the Honda Civic Hybrid and the resurrected Honda Insight Hybrid in a more practical 4-door form. While gas/electric hybrids are relative newcomers to the automotive market, Honda set the pace for hybrids with the introduction of the original Honda Insight Hybrid in 1999.

New Honda Hybrid Cars: Civic Hybrid

The Honda Civic Hybrid was introduced in 2002 as a direct competitor to the Toyota Prius. The 2010 incarnation sports a 110-hp 1.3 liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine with Integrated Motor assist (IMA) and permanent-magnet electric motor. The theory behind Honda’s hybrids is simple; primary locomotion is provided by an under-powered, un-thirsty internal combustion engine. Additional power for better acceleration is made by a small electric motor that lies sandwiched between the engine and transmission.

The Honda Civic Hybrid features all the amenities of the decked-out EX model (sans moonroof) and adds several “goodies” unique to the hybrid. A CVT transmission, a unique 15″ alloy wheels, turn signals integrated into the outside rearview mirrors and automatic climate control are among the features reserved for this particular Honda hybrid car.

New Honda Hybrid Cars: Insight

I sold Hondas when the original Honda Insight was released. It generated quite a bit of showroom traffic but the majority of conversations went something like this:

“Hi; I’d like to see the new Honda Insight.”

“Sure, I have one on the showroom floor right over here.”

“Cool! Where’s the 4-door?”

“Actually, it’s only available as a 2-door.”

“Bye…”

The 2010 Honda Insight (available only as a 4-door this time) share the same engine and transmission as the Civic Hybrid and has amenities that are similar as well as comparable fuel economy ratings at 40/43 (vs. Civic Hybrid’s 40/45 rating). Regardless of which of the new Honda hybrid cars tickles your fancy you can be assured that economy, durability and resale value will be rewards you will reap.…

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Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback Offers Impressive Styling!

Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback Offers Impressive Styling!

One of the success stories for Mitsubishi Motors has been its Lancer compact, a line of fun to drive cars that offers good looks, amazing speed and much more at a very fair price. Mitsubishi has gotten lost in a crowded field of automakers selling their wares around the world, but when it comes to one model that is synonymous with the brand, the Lancer is it.

Lancer Sportback, Five-Door Hatchback

This summer Mitsubishi is rolling out a new five-door hatchback model to complement the four door sedan. Called the Lancer Sportback, the latest iteration on the Lancer theme offers the same aggressive styling found in the Lancer Evolution, but with more interior room which is just right for today’s active lifestyles.

Powered by a potent yet fuel efficient 2.4L I4 engine producing 168 horsepower and 167 lb.-ft of torque, the standard engine is paired with a five-speed manual transmission while a six-speed CVT transmission with magnesium paddle shifters is optional. But if more power is desired, an optional 2.0L MIVEC turbocharged engine is available, this choice producing a robust 237 horsepower and 253 lb.-ft of torque. Yes, all wheel drive is standard and thanks to its active center differential, the Lancer Sportback Ralliart is likely to deliver best in class performance.

Familiar Styling And Yet….

From the front of the Lancer Sportback, familiar styling cues found across the Lancer line are evident. From the C-Pillar back, the Sportback offers sleek wagonesque style which makes bringing along plenty of sport gear a pleasure. Though about the same length as the standard sedan, the Lancer Sportback offers a lot more interior room which can be maximized when the rear seats are folded flat. On the GTS, that model offers another way to gain additional interior room as the rear cargo floor can be lowered by three inches.

The Ralliart version also features an amazing sound system, one that includes a 140-watt CD/MP3 audio system with six speakers or optional Rockford-Fosgate Premium Sound System. A route guidance system is also available as is Sirius Satellite Radio.

Safety features include front and side-impact air bags and side curtain air bags, plus a driver’s knee air bag. Stability control and a reinforced impact design offers an additional level of protection while an anti-theft system helps thwart thieves.

With a beginning price of under $20,000 and retailing for just over $27,000 fully equipped, the Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback offers a very good mix of power, ride, versatility and value. Just what youthful buyers want, the same kind of people who are attracted to the Lancer Evolution.…