Saw a very cool car the other day. The parking lot was full of all types of vehicles but one drew me over to it magnetically, so to speak. Sleek lines, twenty-inch wheels and it looked like it had been working out. It was pure muscle, just like its ancestor from the early seventies. The Dodge Challenger not only caught my eye, but I looked it over like it was in a car show. My oohs and aahs were silent, but they were still there.
There it was, right there in a parking lot for everyone to se and I saw it all. The only thing I didn’t do was wait around long enough to ask the owner for a test drive. It was dark, with tinted windows, and looked as if it was just about to take off in a cloud of dust. It was truly impressive. It was one of those cars that doesn’t even have to start up and you just know it’s a fast machine. You know by the way it’s built and the way it was designed. Then when you look through the windows, all your thoughts are confirmed. The Challenger seems to be a dream car the same way it was when the first generation was produced from 1970 to 1974. Whenever it drove by, it created excitement and anticipation in almost everyone who gazed upon it; the anticipation of it flexing its muscles and screeching off as it burned rubber.
The excitement came when it actually did leave black marks on the road and disappeared in a hypersonic getaway. Those were the days. And those were the days that everyone thought were gone. Well, now that reality is back. And the anticipation and excitement are back too. As explained by Arrigo PalmBeach’s review, the Challenger exudes strength from every angle and it gives the impression of a finely tuned speedster that’s ready to take on all comers.
The whole presence of this car in a simple, everyday parking lot seemed sort of perfect. It was the only car that really looked as if it were worth having. It had a cool factor and a design element that wouldn’t stop. I must have looked at it for a good ten minutes, secretly hoping the driver was a friendly person who understood a fellow car enthusiast when he saw one. But no such luck. I’ll have to go see one and maybe take a real test drive at the local dealer.
BMW like any reputable auto-manufacturer is keeping up with all the motoring trends of 2013 with it’s the 7-Series sedans, and has refreshed its latest range extensively.
Exterior of the 2013 BMW – 7 Series
Although from the outside the 2013 BMW 7 Series looks very similar to 2012’s package, having given it only a minimum revamp it offers an all-new set of V-8 engines, a revamped ActiveHybrid7 model, 8-speed automatic transmissions, and a new batch of infotainment systems as well as an higher version of the iDrive interface mode.
There’s plenty to enthuse about the 2013 fifth generation of the 7-Series with its nice amount of kick to the shape, more kick in its tail, and with a longer-wheelbase adding, another 5.5 inches of back-seat legroom. Front cabin seats in the new 7-Series are slimmer, more curvy exclusive of adjustable thigh bolsters, if you haven’t had these out on a long road trip will give you an ache free trip. The 7-Series has a reputation for offering superb, multi variant-adjustable seats good for keeping your body you sore-free over long stretches of treacherous roads.
For 2013, all 7-Series models now get an air suspension system, as well as dynamic damping, which enables the driver to fine-tune the ride and handle responsiveness dictated to by road conditions. Also for 2013, new muted ambient lighting, better sound insulation, and other small changes to the interior make it a more comfortable and give a more peaceful ride. In the 750i models, the dual-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 now engines out 445 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque. Also featuring the V-8 is the performance driven Alpina B7, which fires 540 horsepower and followed by 538 pound-feet of rotational power.
Goodies in the driver assistance package include an Sensitized Active Speed Control system with Halt & Start. This will halt the vehicle to a complete stop if the driver doesn’t respond to waiting traffic. Also an Attention Assist Warning system monitors the driver’s behavior and displays a coffee cup picture if it detects a level of fatigue.
Interior of the 2013 BMW – 7 Series
A Driver Assistance Package features are available with rear spot detection, a lane-change warning system that vibrates the wheel when the car moves from its lane.
An updated version of BMW’s iDrive soft-ware has been added in all 7 Series models. There is a real time new navigation system, which adds 3D elements to the display, thanks to the powerful 1.3-GHz processor and a 3D graphics card, improving the overall ease and delivery speed of the system as well. And what makes this latest iDrive soft-ware better is its updated the menu system, updated navigation displays, and voice control–including voice-to-text features and other voice editing software. Learn more about the new technology of BMW 7 Series by visiting www.bmwoftowson.com.
An upscale backs-seat entertainment package brings an iDrive controller and two 9.2-inch screens fitted behind the back of the front seats. rather than integrated into them.
Whether fixed bollards are better for you or the removable ones? This depends on where it is placed and for what purpose. For instance, parking areas could benefit more from the fixed ones. On the contrary, removable bollards are beneficial for areas that permit access of certain vehicles and prohibit others.
The base of these posts is fitted to the ground. This way they can fold and allow the vehicles to drive over them or can be completely removed from their socket to grant access to certain vehicles.
Being removable does not mean that its mechanism can be controlled by anybody or everybody. The security personnel can only control its movement. They have customized designs that are kept in accordance with the demands of the owner and can be controlled by authorized personnel only.
• These posts can be moved to grant access to emergency vehicles for certain areas where general public is not allowed.
• These posts are ideal for concerts, carnivals and other temporary events that require tight security, but temporarily. These removable, safety bollards control the public and vehicle access. Plus, they are also useful in protecting VIP personnel from their fans and the general public.
• These are comparatively inexpensive than fixed bollards. The reason is that the material used in its manufacturing is generally light, in order to support the portability and retraction. These can also be hired from manufacturing companies if you feel like you are going to use them once or twice. Although, it is better for event management companies to purchase them for long term use.
• These bollards are also used in sensitive areas to control traffic. They can be lowered to allow the traffic to pass or can be raised for checking cars in case of some threat or emergency situation.
Chevrolet has officially announced the pricing of their 2014 Chevrolet SS, which debuted in Daytona early this year to start at $44.700, inclusive of $995 destination charges.
It will be available for sale in USA later this year. It‘s the first rear-drive performance car by American carmaker since 1996.
The SS is catering for those who only need one vehicle for the family and wants a powerful one in the same time. It comes with 415 horsepower V8 with 415 lb-ft of torque, estimated to reach 60mph in 5 seconds. The transmission is 6-speed automatic but can always be manually shifted with the steering-wheel mounted shift paddles.
The SS comes with plenty of high tech features that gives more attention for safety and driver such as Remotelink app to enable drivers to start their vehicles or unlock their doors by using smartphone. They also come with push button start, keyless access and rear-vision camera with rear park assist.
For those of you who are in Maryland, you might want to check out their inventories in JBA Chevy dealer of MD.
It is not always true that the best car tyre brands always mean the best quality. You will find tyres of local make equally of good quality but the best part is that they are cheap tyres and you can afford them. The cheap tyres can be found in the local tyre shops that may or may not sell branded tyres too.
Why will the local tyre store not cheat you?
You might think that the budget tyres may not be of good quality but this is not always true. Even in those shops where the budget tyres are being sold, there are experts sitting out there to offer you the best. These experts do not keep any stones unturned in paying adequate attention to the rubber compound, tread pattern and also the condition of the internal structure of the tyres. This is because even if a particular tyre shop is selling budget or cheap tyres and you buy from them, you will perhaps never go back to the dealer if you find that you were not delivered what you were promised.
Let us say for instance, you were told by the local tyre dealer that despite the low price, the tyres will offer excellent service. But when you finally fix then into your car, you find to your utter dismay that they are not working the way you had expected them to or according to what you were told. So, once you discover this you will perhaps never go back to the same dealer. And the best part is that these local car tyre dealers will never want to disappoint their clients because they know it will earn them bad reputation.
Recently, a test was conducted by the magazine known as “What Car?” It conducted tests to compare the quality and effectiveness when the tyres tread on wet as well as dry grounds. Few of the branded tyres that took the test included Michelin in the category of Premium Tyres, and Sunew, Ovation, and Arrowspeed in the category of Budget tyres. Each of the cars with the respective tyres were to travel 70mph on wet as well as dry grounds. It was found that the branded car tyres did not pass all the parameters that were laid down for a tyre to be declared the best. In fact in few of the parameters, the local made tyres performed better than the branded counterparts.