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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.…

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The 2010 Honda Civic

The 2010 Honda Civic

Honda is a recognized manufacturer of power equipment, recreational vehicles and most importantly, cars. The 2010 Honda Civic carries on a legacy of a model that has been a very successful seller. In 1973 Honda introduced the civic. Since then the civic has become Hondas number one seller.

The 2010 Honda Civic is available in the following trim levels or models; DS, LX, EX EXL, SI, and Mugen. The DS is a so called “stripped down” version which is usually not as plentiful as the other models. The LX model has the most popular items, such as power windows, locks, CD player and air. The EX will have the same options as the LX but adds rims instead of hubcaps and a six disc changer. The 2010 EXL will have all of the features standard to the previously mentioned models and added leather and sunroof. The SI and Mugen are specialty cars and offer several features or options to choose from.

The Civic LX model sells the best. Why is this? Because it has what most people want in options. By putting the most popular features in the LX model, the 2010 Honda Civic LX remains the best seller out of the lineup.

One important thing to remember is that the Civic is available in the coupe and sedan model. Honda has managed to create a sedan, or four door car that has the visual aspects of a two door, or coupe design. The sedan outsells the coupe because of the styling aspects and versatility.

For 2010, the Honda Civic has an outstanding warranty. For the first three years or thirty six thousand miles the owner is covered under what is called a “bumper to bumper” warranty. For this period everything but wear and tear items such as brakes, windshield wipers and light bulbs are covered. The 2010 Honda Civic also comes with a standard five year, sixty thousand mile power train warranty. The power train warranty covers all internal parts of the motor and components of the transmission. For added protection Honda has several options that will extend your warranty coverage time or components. Most of the time these extended warranties can be financed into the total price of the car.

For over forty years the Honda Civic has remained an excellent seller for the company. For 2010 the Civic carries on Hondas tradition of providing reasonably priced quality vehicles to the public. In return Honda has become a leader in car manufacturing. The 2010 Civic will hold its resale value and provide years of enjoyment that eventually may be passed down from generation to generation. Customer reviews of the 2010 Honda Civic are strong and reflect the editor’s reviews of being a dependable car.…

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Used Honda Cars

Used Honda Cars

Honda provides a wide range of used Honda cars for sale. Used cars are a great alternative if you do not have the economy to buy a new one. Honda is promoting used vehicles from other parties through automobile dealers. The approved used Honda dealers provide many additional benefits. The benefits are as follows. First of all they provide a wide range of financial solutions. They provide flexible financial options for you to help in owning a car of your choice. They provide the proper or correct vehicle history. The used Honda for sale is often checked thoroughly for its history regarding the previous ownership, confirm whether any unsettled financial problems with the vehicle, any major accidents and also any change in the original registration number has occurred. They provide a certificate of history clearance at the delivery of the vehicle. The entire used Honda car for sale will be checked rigorously. Trained Honda technicians do multipoint check which includes lighting equipments, suspension, brakes, steering and even body work. They also conduct a detailed engine check and a thorough road test for customer safety and satisfaction.

Car market in fact provides a large variety of car models in different range of prices. There are many used car Calgary fairs with cars of your dream in good prices. But before reaching out for such sales it is always good to do some home work. You should learn a few things about the purchase. In such there are many people involved who don’t have the right intentions. Before getting impressed with the look of the car it is important to know about the engine, mileage, previous history of the car before fixing a deal. There is a simple way to test the engine to make sure it has no problems. You should just start the car and look at it movements while it is still working. If the movement is more than usual then try to avoid that vehicle. Then if it is a diesel driven car then accelerate the car and just see the smoke emission. If the car engine is proper then no much smoke is emitted. If the car has some problem then it emits more black smoke. Then better go for another car. You should also carefully listen to any strange noises while the engine starts and works. If the engine start and work without any typical sound or if everything is quiet then you can have a test drive.

A test drive will help you to find out how comfortable you feel in the car. If you are happy with the test drive then try to trace for any past accidents or damages in the car. You can hire a technician to do this. There will be many technicians around the used car Calgary to help you out in this. You can also have a talk with the technician about the cost of the car and whether it is worth for it. They may have more experience in the way the engine works and can spot out the efficiency of the engine easily. Then try to compare the price with the other cars of the same model and with its mileage. Used cars are not necessarily being inferior in performance and uncomfortable than the new one. There are a lots of cars displayed in the used cars Calgary. Little patience and good knowledge about the cars can help you to choose the best among them in the best price.…

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The All New 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid

The All New 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid

The new 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid brings an exciting new vehicle to the Honda lineup. It includes the latest version of the Honda Integrated Motor Assist hybrid drive train. In addition, it has the best EPA-estimated fuel economy of any sedan in the United States. Its fuel economy is 44 mpg* city, highway, and combined.

The 2012 model has received a face lift with sleeker styling including the front grill, headlights, taillights, wheels, and side mirrors. The Civic Hybrid is in either cloth or leather seats and can also be equipped with a navigation system.

For the 2012 model, the Honda Civic Hybrid uses a 1.5-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine which incorporates friction-reducing technologies for greater efficiency. It has a lighter, more powerful electric motor that produces up to 23 horsepower and a combined horsepower of 110. When the driver accelerates, either the engine or the electric engine and the motor propel the car. While cruising, either engine can propel the vehicle. The gasoline engine deactivates when the driver brakes and the electric motor acts as a generator to restore power to the battery pack. When the brake pedal is released, the engine starts up again.

The Civic Hybrid has a high-class interior with many different standard and optional features. The interior has the most frequently referenced information close to the driver’s line of sight. The new Intelligent Multi-Information Display is in the upper tier and has the ability to show audio system information such as album artwork or personal wallpaper backgrounds. It also includes an Eco Guide screen that gives the driver feedback on driving style and how it affects fuel efficiency. The blue/green Eco Assist indicators are located to the side of the speedometer and help increase the driver’s awareness of ways to drive more efficiently. The Civic Hybrid comes standard with a 160-watt AM/FM/CD audio system with six speakers. When equipped with the navigation system, it also includes XM Radio. The navigation system is Honda’s own satellite-linked navigation system with voice recognition and includes a 6.5-inch touch screen. The system includes a 16 GB flash memory database for a faster response time and has FM traffic. Bluetooth HandsFreeLink is also offered with the Civic Hybrid, allowing drivers to make and receive phone calls. It also supports audio streaming with compatible devices.

The Civic Hybrid is not only convenient and fun to drive, it is also safe. It includes many safety features such as Brake Assist, anti-lock braking system with electronic brake distribution, Motion Adaptive EPS system, front side airbags, side curtain airbags, and dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags.

The 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid has arrived.

* Based on 2012 EPA mileage estimates, reflecting new EPA fuel-economy methods beginning with 2008 models. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.…