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Getting to Know the 2007 Hybrid Car Line Up

More and more car manufacturers are developing “greener” versions of their well-known brands. The infusion of Hybrid technology has made a big splash in the motoring world and its popularity as well as the growing concern for the environment has added to the demand for this type of vehicles, urging more vehicle manufacturers to add more of their vehicles in the hybrid bandwagon to capture more potential consumers in the market.

One of the newest in the batch 2007 hybrid car line up is the 2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid, the third in Toyota’s Hybrid vehicles. The Camry hybrid boasts of a performance of a top notch six-cylinder engine with the fuel economy of a four-cylinder engine. Although it is not as fuel efficient as the first Toyota hybrid, the Prius, the Camry hybrid is a whole lot better than the regular Camry.

Never to be left behind, giant Japanese car manufacture Honda, has also the Hybrid Accord and the Hybrid Civic. These two sedans offer what Hybrids are known for, less emission and less fuel consumption.

The 2007 Honda Accord Hybrid alone combines luxury and fuel efficiency that is truly environment friendly. Even with a V6 engine that generates 253 horsepower, you can be sure that you will get more miles to the gallon. It is a nice change knowing that you get the luxury and power that you want and still get the fuel economy that we all deserve.

Then there is the 2007 Civic Hybrid which continuously provides the true essence of hybrid technology. Its ingenious engineering has rightly earned it its Advanced Technology Partial Zero-Emission Vehicle (AT-PZEV) rating. What this means is that you don’t only get from point A to point B in less gas usage, but also save the environment by not adding to the air pollutants already swarming over it.

Joining the Hybrid car race in 2007 is General Motors second Hybrid vehicle, the 2007 Aura Hybrid sedan. This will be competing with other high-end hybrid cars such as the Toyota Camry Hybrid and the Honda Accord Hybrid. Sporting a V6 engine as well, the Aura Green Line is dedicated to providing utmost engine power with minimal gas consumption. Its engineers claim that it will be able to generate 20 percent savings in fuel economy over its conventional model.

Nissan has also announced that a 2007 Altima Hybrid will be offered and has offered test drives and a glimpse of its development vehicle. In a deal inked with Toyota, Nissan will be dedicating five years into the project with the Hybrid Technology developed by Toyota.

Rumoured to be unveiling its first hybrid model, Volkswagen is said to be preparing a full-hybrid car for 2007 but it hasn’t disclosed yet which car model they will be infusing the technology. Latest rumours said that it would be on the Jetta for the upscale engine level or in the Passat for the four-cylinder class.

With more and more vehicle manufacturers realizing the potential of Hybrid vehicles, it won’t be long before every car produced will be infused with the Hybrid technology. And as oil prices continue to soar and concerns for the environment are ever growing, we can all be sure that these vehicles will be welcomed with open arms.

 

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Education

Cell Phones and the Dentist

Don’t you just hate people who talk on their cell phones while they drive? Blindly babbling away, not paying attention to the road, endangering everyone nearby … so inconsiderate.

Anyway, today while I was chatting on the phone and driving to the dentist, I got a tiny bit distracted and turned onto the wrong road … twice. But I cleverly figured out a shortcut back to where I belonged and pulled into the parking lot right on time. Unfortunately, it was the parking lot at my doctor’s office, not my dentist’s.

Now, I’ve always been a little reluctant to go to the dentist. When I was young, they used to lie to me to get me there. Of course once I knew what was happening I would throw a crying fit — in the car on the way to the dentist, in the elevator on the way up to the office, in the waiting room, in the dentist’s chair throughout the entire visit, in the office while my mother paid, in the elevator on the way down, in the car on the way home, and once again when my father came home that night just to be sure everyone knew how I felt about it.

My mother was afraid of the dentist. And she shared that fear and its effects with her children. She picked our dentist based solely on the fact that he would give her lots of Novocain. Lots of Novocain. Much Novocain. Beyond that, she never really bothered about the skills-as-a-dentist thing.

My own theory is that dentistry was invented by Beelzebub, based largely on the fact that our dentist looked exactly the way I imagined a Devil’s minion would look. And, oh, by the way, when we were finally done and wanted nothing more than to run as fast and as far as possible, he would smile at us kids, with his coke-bottle-thick glasses making him look popeyed, and hand us each a lollipop. Maybe not the best dentist, but surely a clever businessman lining up return customers.

Today, even after better dentists have shown me that there may possibly be some redeeming value in dental care, I still get a bit unsettled before an appointment. Therefore, I have two things to say about the cell phone thing:

1) It might have been the fact of going to the dentist that distracted me and not the cell phone. I think, maybe, my subconscious was trying to get me to go to the wrong place and miss my appointment completely. Self-protection is a very powerful instinct in times of peril. That could explain it.

2) If it was the cell phone use, I think I deserve an exemption from condemnation because, after all, I was on my way to the dentist. Maybe I wouldn’t have been able to talk again when I came out. One little slip of the drill and, oops. Or I could have choked on one of the forty appliances they had crammed into my mouth just before asking me how I was doing.

Either way, I feel completely justified in continuing to judge others if they use a cell phone while driving. Unless, of course, I learn that they were on their way to the dentist.

 

Automotive

Cruising With the Infiniti Q45

Sold in the United States, in Canada, in the Middle East, in South Korea, and in Taiwan, the Infiniti is the luxury brand running under Nissan Motors. At present, Nissan Motors is contemplating on releasing the Infiniti brand in other markets like in Europe (taking Russia and Ukraine by 2007), China (possible 10 dealerships by next year), and also in Japan after two years.

The models of this brand of luxury vehicles are identified easily because their names are usually made up of one or two capital letters that are appended by numbers. The numbers are supposed to indicate the capacity of the engine. At present, Infiniti has only three car models which are the sedan, the coupe, and the sports utility vehicle. All vehicles under this brand are traditionally based on the very same automobile platforms that some Nissan models also utilize. Compared with Nissan vehicles, Infiniti vehicles often hold and feature more powerful engines, tuned suspensions, steering systems, and more luxurious interior appointments.

Interested parties and Infinity owners could buy top quality discount auto parts from Auto Parts Go’s online store. Auto Parts Go offers new auto parts, replacement car parts, OEM auto parts, and aftermarket auto parts. As for Infiniti parts and accessories, the Auto Parts Go offers parts for the Infiniti G20, the I30, the I35, the J30, the M30, the Q45, and the QX4 among many others. For the Infiniti Q45 parts, the list includes blow motors, wiper blades, differential seals, a/c condensers, headlight bulbs, air filters, water pumps, starters among many others.

One of the vehicles that run under the Infiniti brand and name is the Infiniti Q45. It has Xenon headlights that contain seven lenses which makes it look high technology. The chrome grill of this vehicle is highlighted by chrome Infiniti logo along with some tasteful chrome accents that shine on the trunk lid and the door sills. The seats of the Infiniti Q45 have been gracefully and comfortably done. They are adjustable and are covered in supple yet tough leather. The interior is climate controlled. The rear seats could actually recline and are heated. It has luxury features that complete the whole package of the Infiniti Q45.

The Infiniti Q45 comes with a whole package of features. The list includes a 10-way power driver’s seat, an 8-way power passenger’s seat, a 2-preference memory for driver’s seat, mirrors, and wheel, heated front seats, climate-controlled front seats, heated power rear seats, a dual-zone climate control, a power tilt and telescopic steering wheel, rear audio and climate controls, an Infiniti analog clock, an intelligent cruise control system, a 300-watt Bose audio system, a rearview monitor, an Infiniti voice recognition system, and a satellite radio among many others.
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Health

Getting A Clean Carpet: Tips And Tricks

Do you have stains, dirt, or other blemishes on your carpet? If so, you are probably in need of a carpet cleaning company. But, like most people, you probably unaware of what a good, reliable carpet cleaning company consists of, making it hard for you to pick out a company. In the following piece, you will be given advice to assist you in making this important decision.

If your carpets are looking really worn down, it might be time to call in a professional carpet cleaning company. With so many choices it can be hard to know which company is best. Asking friends and family members for referrals is usually a great way to find a company you can be happy with.

Inquire about the fees they charge to move furniture. Many companies will not tell you this right away, but many of them charge fees if they have to move your furniture in order to clean your carpet. It would save you a bit of money if you remove all of the furniture yourself before they get there.

You must take the time to make sure any carpet cleaning company you’re interested in working with is trustworthy before you do business with them. Research the company and check their customer reviews. Check with the Chamber of Commerce, Better Business Bureau and/or other validating agency to find out about the history of each company.

When you see that there is a stain on your rug, do not wait to clean it off. The best chance that you have to get a stain before it sets into your rug is within the first few minutes of the occurrence. This will help you keep your carpet from acquiring permanent marks.

If you are thinking about having your carpets professionally cleaned, call around to a few different companies. Ask about any specials they are currently running such as multiple room discounts, or your first carpeted room free. Some companies will do one free room, in hopes that you will hire them for additional rooms.

When hiring a carpet cleaning company, get an in home estimate. It is easy for a company to give you an estimate over the phone, but that estimate will not take into account the current condition of your carpets or the true square footage of carpeted areas. Things like stairs can also cost more, and that is often forgotten in a phone estimate. Avoid surprises by asking the company to come to your home before providing a price.

In conclusion, if there are flaws in your carpet, you more than likely need the assistance of a company who cleans carpets. You probably did not know what to look for when choosing this kind of company. However, now that you read the above piece, you are knowledgeable about what makes a carpet cleaning company a good one.

Automotive

Your Car Can Run Smooth With These Tips

Do you wish you could fix your car yourself? It might seem hard to fix a car, but it is rewarding when you can do it. You could also save a lot of money by fixing your car yourself and performing preventative maintenance. Use the tips below to help you do your own car repairs.

Familiarize yourself with the dashboard of your car. Your dashboard should display five different kinds of warning, including the check engine light, oil pressure warning, an alternator warning, a temperature warning and a brake warning. Learn to recognize these different lights so you can easily identify what needs your attention.

When taking your car to a repair service, make sure that you have all documentation handy. This is important as you do not want the mechanic to do tasks that have already been performed on your car. This can help you save a lot of time and money with your repair.

If you hear a squealing sound when you step on your brakes, it is likely that you need new brake pads or rotors. Do not wait to have a mechanic check your brakes. There will be more damage to pay for and it is also dangerous to drive your car if your brakes are not functioning properly.

You don’t want rust to attack your car so take the time to wash it on a regular basis. Although all cars rust at some point in time, it is possible to delay this from occurring by washing off salt and chemicals immediately. Protect your paint with regular waxing.

When searching for an auto repair shop, you should choose one that specializes in the brand of vehicle you have. While there are probably many trustworthy shops in your area, going with one specializing in your car makes it more likely that the technician knows what they are doing. They will also probably have many parts needed for your car.

Before dropping your car off for repairs, remove any valuables. Your personal items can get in the mechanics way, and they may have to move them. Empty the trunk too.

Verify that a prospective mechanic is familiar with your specific car. There are certain specifics which he needs to know before doing any repairs. If you’re not comfortable with your mechanic working on your car, take it to the dealer instead.

You can repair your car if you dedicate yourself to the process. You may not understand the individual parts yet, but you will. Remember the tips in this article for reference. Fixing your car is possible if you use these tips.

Automotive

Luxury Cars and Resale Values

When it comes to ultra-luxury, high-end vehicle leasing, there is no doubt
that the best deals are those cars that hold their value. With this in
mind, we single out a few truths about residual values that consistently
apply to high-end leasing.

The most determining factor when it comes to resale values is public
perception of the brand, not its reliability ratings in quality surveys.
Take the Jaguar for example: it is consistently rated as a quality car, but
because of questionable reliability perception among the public, it takes a
sharp dip in value at the end of its lease-term

Higher-tech options and other cutting-edge features do not necessarily mean
the car will fare better. By the time your car is two years old, better
and cheaper systems will render the laser-guided cruise control, navigation
systems and built-in cell phone obsolete. Look for functional features,
such as automatic transmissions, power windows and wheel-drive to enhance
the vehicle’s value in the used-car market.

Used-car buyers view less favorably luxury vehicles that come with big
incentives. These are perceived as questionable in quality and
reliability.

 

Automotive

2006 Sports Cars Parade

The year 2006 offers several new sports car designs – from exterior body parts to more defined interiors. One of the most sought after sports car to date is the efficient 2006 Saturn Ion – its enviable rust and dent proof body and added horsepower. With its extra size, it has the combination of the Quad Coupe and 2003 Sedan, restyled with smart modernism and small back entrance doors. The four-speed transmission was replaced by a five-speed automatic transmission. The price could vary from $12,000 to less than $20,000 per car.

Next in line is the Mazda MX-5 Miata, which was introduced at $28,000 as the manufacturer’s suggested retail price. It is reasonably priced, with a system built for key free entry, air conditioning, two seats, and a steering wheel wrapped in leather. It has a six speed manual transmission, leather seats and optional sport suspension with 2.0-liter dual overhead cam and four-cylinder engine. The space provided in the trunk is 5.3 cubic feet. However, the lowered body and back tires are not devised for use during muddy or snowy seasons.

Here comes another American accomplishment legend – the Ford Mustang with its multi-valve overhead cam, which generates 300 horsepower. This retro inspired modern car is more rapid and more responsive than it has ever been. Available for about $21,000, it is well furnished in both convertible and coupe designs. Fanatics can choose between automatic and manual transmission engines. Tires are trendier at 18 inches… Since it has been introduced in 1964, the name Ford Mustang has competed with Firebird, Camaro, Barracuda, etc for more than 40 years, and is standing by its name.

For those who are looking for striking and lavish sky-scraping performance sports car, the Cadillac XLR is a better choice. The approach is over-sensitive, sophisticated, dominant and unique with attractive interiors and a hardtop convertible that can go in and out in just thirty seconds. It offers a resolute hold and superior handling in a fiery 320 horsepower engine. It is even faster than Jaguar XK8, Mercedes SL500, and Lexus SC430 is a silent machine whether the convertible’s up or down.

These are just a few of the most infamous sports car this year. Passionate drivers and collectors are just starting to do their own research and before long, these cars will either be sought for collectibles or for private use… It is true that these sports cars are toys for the “big boys”.