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April 26th, 2013
The iCar, Sort Of

It was rumored that the late Steve Jobs was hoping to step into the automotive industry, but with his passing the assumed ‘iCar’ never did make it to fruition. However, at this year’s Shanghai Auto Show, Volkswagen unveiled the iBeetle, a sort of iCar. While Volkswagen named this particular model with Apple’s signature ‘i’, the iBeetle isn’t exactly what any Apple fanatic had dreamed of. Other than a docking station for the smartphone located on the dashboard, the iBeetle also features built in iPhone integration systems—program dis...

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April 23rd, 2013
Shanghai Motor Show Highlights

For automakers, a motor show is the place to show off—the recent Shanghai Motor Show didn’t disappoint. Whether it’s a concept car that’ll never see the production line, innovative smart cars that will keep us connected or just plain ridiculous, supercars, here are some of the highlights from the Shanghai Motor Show. To celebrate their 50th anniversary, Lamborghini unveiled a special edition version of the Aventador. With increased horsepower and 50% more aerodynamically efficiency, Lamborghini showed off the super supercar to onlookers with the need for speed. Concept cars are always cool to look at, especially with the possibility that maybe some of them might head into pr...

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April 18th, 2013
Driving Simulation 'Game' for Teens

Lately, there’s been a lot of attention on teen driving, specifically safety concerns—teens are one of the groups of drivers most easily distracted on the road with cell phones, friends, and crazy hormones running through them. In an effort to teach teenagers how to effectively drive, One Simple Decision, a driver-training simulator aimed at teens was displayed at the annual Lifesavers traffic-safety conference in Denver. The simulator proves to be quite impactful as it comes off as a game yet highly educational. Unlike any other game however, i...

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April 11th, 2013
Why You Should Watch Top Gear

If you consider yourself to be a car enthusiast even at the most minimal level, Top Gear is the show for you. Premiering over 10 years ago in the United Kingdom, Top Gear entered its 19th season earlier this year. However, it’s not the longevity of the show or even its hosts—Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May who are all entertaining and well, very British—but the plethora of vehicles they drive to the extreme as they visit different locales across the world. ...

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April 9th, 2013
Signs of Bad Driving

With all the talk of self-driving vehicles and sensor technology to help drivers become better motorists on the road and increase safety for everyone commuting, it begs the question whether or not that kind of technology will be beneficial for even the worst drivers behind the wheel. Because ultimately, even with the latest driving systems integrated into a vehicle, can a bad driver become a better one (therefore a safer one)? What are signs that you&rsq...

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March 28th, 2013
Why a Sports Car?

As New York gears up for its annual International Auto Show, a plethora of high end sports vehicles customized down to its bolts will be taking center stage at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. Thousands of vehicles will be on display for hundreds and hundreds of car enthusiast spectators. While exhibitions like the New York International Auto Show feature dream vehicles (and that’s an understatement), it’s not hard to understand why sports vehicles (which are highly coveted in the show) are in such high demand. Forget all the extra glitz and glam, who wouldn’t choose an “average” sports car over a run-of-the-mill sedan? ...

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March 26th, 2013
Flying Cars & Scuba Vehicles

Flying cars and aquatic vehicles may still sound like something out of classic James Bond movie, but believe it or not, there are companies out there that do produce these multi-land/multi-functional vehicles. The benefits are clear—for one, you’ll be able to avoid a lot of traffic—you wouldn’t need to switch transportation options if your destination requires sea or air travel. Currently retailed at $279,000 Terrafugia’s Transition, this “roadable aircraft” is more driving airplane than a flying car. With its abili...

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March 19th, 2013
New Model Names From Geneva

While some nameplates have lasted for decades (which you can read about here), it‘ll be a while before we can determine if newer nameplates will also stand the test of time. An automaker’s goal may not necessarily come up with the next iconic nameplate, but that would obviously be a bonus.  There were several standout names (good and bad) among the new models previewed at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. A nameplate can say a lot of things about a car—whether it’s because the name alone provides enough intrigue or the actual meaning behind it explains a deeper connotation. One example would be the Lamborghini Veneno; Spanish for “poison&rd...

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March 14th, 2013
About Auto Shows

As the 83rd Geneva International Motor Show is wrapping up this week—with plenty of other auto shows driving in and out of convention centers throughout the rest of the year—the car enthusiast population has seen a fair share of vehicles styled from mild (not really) to wild (in many cases extremely wild). Somewhat are the days gone when auto shows was nothing more than an excuse for automakers to pair their latest model with well, a bikini clad model. While there’s still plenty of eye candy (sans bikinis), vehicles decked out from inside out are truly the main focus of these kinds of shows. Many of these outlandish vehicles probably will never make the production line but auto shows like Geneva’s and S...

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March 12th, 2013
Midlife Crisis Cars

Everyone will eventually go through a midlife crisis and everyone will have their own way of dealing with it. For a car enthusiast trying to reclaim their need for speed—cruising down streets with wind in their hair—then the obvious solution would be a high performance vehicle, obviously. As Porsches and Corvettes seem to be the typical choice for the macho man in the center of a midlife crisis, there are other vehicle options to satiate themselves. Alternative vehicles for a midlife crisis can still include luxury cars that are still powerful enough that drive like t...

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March 7th, 2013
Lasting Nameplates

Only a handful of nameplates are still in production today, which is quite a feat considering how often trends and styles in the automotive industry shift through the decades. Ford, Toyota, Mercedes and others have been able to create vehicle with nameplates that originated as early as the beginning of the 1930’s. Despite the actual look of the vehicle changing throughout the years, their consistent moniker proves the iconic longevity these vehicles have reached. Ford’s F-Series for example began production in 1948 after World War II and has bee...

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March 5th, 2013
Vehicles of the '90s

A decade of flourish and economic boom, the 1990’s brought us the widespread proliferation of the Internet, teenybopper pop, White House scandals and more. While not a milestone decade for new automobiles (unlike its preceding years which produced vehicles epitomizing its era), the 90’s did provide the steppingstones for today’s modern vehicles. Take the Ford Explorer...

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February 28th, 2013
New Car Features in Select Makes

There is plenty of new car technology already being featured in today’s recent models—we’ve talked about some of these features on 2013 models and even smartphone sync technology. However, there are plenty of cool car features equipped in specific makes that haven’t quite reached mainstream status yet. A line of Nissan vehicles including the Altima, ...

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February 21st, 2013
The Coffee Car

No, Starbucks is not sponsoring a fleet of vehicles to bring you coffee throughout the day (although, maybe they should?). Coffee has been the go to for many morning pick-me-ups, so why not make use of the power of caffeine? With the use of The Co-operative Food’s own brand of coffee, Fairtrade, inventor Martin Bacon has been able to get a bean-powered vehicle to top off its speeds at 65.5 mph. Officials from Guinness World Records have noted that the caffeinated car now holds the speed record for the fastest car of this kind. Also known as the “Bean Machine&rdq...

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February 14th, 2013
Movies for The Car Enthusiast

Just like anything else produced in Hollywood, the automotive industry is depicted as almost a fantasy—watching the fastest, hottest cars doing nearly impossible things. Following up with Tuesday’s post about Cars Representing Movies, there are plenty of classic and recent movies that feature cars with an actual decent storyline (The Fast and The Furious franchise is still up for debate). Movies like 1971’s “Le Mans” or the 1966 “Grand P...

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February 12th, 2013
Cars Representing Movies

As the sixth Fast and Furious movie rolls out its teasers and trailers, you’ll probably notice that the movie is packed with high chase frills and thrills as basically every actor who has been involved with the franchise is back in action. However, the highlights of these previews were able to spotlight the true stars of the movie, the one factor that had guys racing to the theaters since 2001 (that’s right, it’s been a decade of fast cars and furious plotlines)—the vehicles. The Fast and Furious movies may show off the hottest cars of today being tested in impossible situa...

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February 7th, 2013
Buying a Car, Who Calls The Shots?

When a couple wants to purchase a vehicle, who’s the real decision maker? Most would perceive that men would have the last say and as it’s been recently surveyed (via national telephone inquiry) 72% of men do believe that yes, they are the ones who make the ultimate decision on what car to buy. Interestingly, the same survey revealed that 60% of women believe that they do. With a small marginal difference, the survey only proves that women are just as influential when it comes to car buying decisions. There are plenty of factors when it comes to shopping for a ne...

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February 7th, 2013
Enkei RPF1 Wheels

  ENKEI WHEELS is a custom wheel manufacturer known for the best racing, performance, luxury and truck & SUV wheels available at AutoPartsNetwork.com. ...

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February 5th, 2013
Super Bowl Car Commercials

Even though the Super Bowl is over, the commercials will last. Automakers put their creative team in overdrive as each car commercial raced to be the fan favorite and this year we saw everything from celebrity packed cameos (Willem Dafoe, Usher AND Kate Upton hamming it up for Mercedes-Benz) to babies from space, and even a homage to farmers. What were some other highlights? Audi was able to achieve a simple coming-of-age-story in 60 seconds with their “Prom” commercial. A kid going to his high school prom stag builds up his confidence and makes...

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January 31st, 2013
Big Plans for Big Rigs

Sometimes the road is a scary place, and for some drivers having a semi at a close vicinity doesn’t help—the possibility of such a huge truck behind you isn’t the best situation when you might have to stop suddenly. So, in an effort to prevent these accidents (and even fatalities), crash-avoidance technology has recently been the focus of truck makers and the federal government. One truck maker already making moves toward a safer big rig is Volvo, who recently equipped one of their trucks with an automatic emergency brake. One Volvo system...

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January 29th, 2013
Simple Car Features We Love

It’s the simple things in life we forget and more often than not we take for granted the little things our vehicles can do other than get us from point A to point B. A vehicle’s features are built with the driver in mind and more and more modern cars have been integrating technology to keep up with our needs. Safety, comfort, and just plain convenience are all considered when building a vehicle. Here are some car features we wouldn’t be able to live without. Let’s start out with the basics: automatic door/trunk unlock. It’s alm...

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January 22nd, 2013
The Barrett-Jackson Auction Spectacle

Car auctions aren’t anything new. But when it comes to a Barrett-Jackson auction, one of the world’s largest collectors of distinctive cars, bidding for unique and valuable vehicles is more than an event, it’s a spectacle. Barrett-Jackson’s most recent auction in Scottsdale, AZ gathered auto enthusiasts around the world who had the chance to flex their bidding muscles. While each vehicle sold was notable, there were some select cars that really revved up the bid price. At an event like this, it’s possible that the motivation for buying...

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January 17th, 2013
Advanced Driver’s Ed

As a teenager, you believe and absorb everything your driving instructor tells you. Once you pass the driving test and receive a license, the rules of the road are second nature and you only get better and better with more experience behind the wheel. However, what if you wanted to take your driving skills to the next level? There are actually advanced driving courses available that can make you a better driver than you believe to be. Driving events in the UK is one example of how to really assess driving skill and how to improve upon it. Driving events inc...

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January 15th, 2013
Lexus' New Technology Revealed at CES

It seems as if the automated car is becoming more and more inevitable. Automakers are taking the steps to ultimately produce a vehicle that is smart enough to operate itself. The biggest issue when it comes to automated vehicles for both automakers and consumer is exactly how safe it will be. What is the technology that will allow drivers to let go of the wheel and let the car drive itself? This years’ CES (Consumer Electronics Show) proved to be the exhibition for such technology to be showcased. In particular, Lexus revealed a car that anticipates r...

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January 10th, 2013
Survival 101: Vehicles

So how about that Mayan Apocalypse? Even though 2012 didn’t end with the bang that we were all (somewhat) worried about, there were probably some people out there preparing for the worse. Whether the end of civilization meant unforgiving climates, desolate seas, or an ultimate battle for survival, people are more than likely to search for areas that are at least bearable. How would they get there? With the right vehicle. ...

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January 4th, 2013
Ridiculous Road Rules

We can all probably agree that while some laws of the road are frustrating, e.g. no text while driving, speed limits, adhering to traffic signs. More often than not, these laws come from good intentions—mostly to ensure our safety—and ultimately create a better driving environment for everyone. While many drivers across the nation have no issue with the rules of the road, there are specific laws out there in certain parts of the country that are so absurd that it might make you want to ride your bike instead. There are some laws that you question what had previously o...

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December 26th, 2012
How to Winterize Your Car

Winter is finally here, and it’s important to think about how to protect your car from the harsher weather. The act of getting your car ready for the colder months (also referred to as “winterizing”) is essential to keeping your car safe. There are four steps to winterizing your car. First, is checking your battery. The most reported issue with cars breaking down is dead batteries. Having your battery checked occasionally can save you a lot of money and headaches in the future. Second, is checking your tire pressure. When temperatures drop, things constrict including the ai...

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December 20th, 2012
Battle of the Sexes: Car Edition

It’s no secret, men and women come from 2 different worlds. Even when it comes to vehicles, each gender has a specific preference of what car they would consider buying—everything down to the color. Basically, men like big, fast cars from the USA while women prefer safe and sporty vehicles from across the sea—which really, anyone could have guessed. But why the difference? Men buy more status symbol vehicles while women don’t want a vehicle that will dominate their lives. As it has been surveyed that men are the primary consumers for high end vehicles as well as trucks (despite the brand), you can note that males that do buy those vehicles have a strong connection to it. They don’t just drive it, they take c...

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December 19th, 2012
Today's Iconic Cars From Movies

Iconic vehicles from fan favorite films and tv are often met with nostalgia; simply mentioning vehicles like the DeLorean (Back to the Future), Batmobile (Batman circa 1955), and Dodge Charger (Dukes of Hazzard) are often met with cult status enthusiasm. Those vehicles were not only part of the movie or show, but became characters themselves—most clearly evidenced by the talking future car of the 80’s, Knight Rider’s KITT, a Pontiac Trans Am.  ...

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December 13th, 2012
Dog Training: How to Drive a Car

Man’s best friend is now being trained as possibly man’s best driver. As a potential (and somewhat surreal) incentive for adoption, the Auckland Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) has been training rescue dogs how to drive a car. While it may seem a bit peculiar, the canine family has always been recruited in other human assist activities—leading the blind, working with law enforcement—and as it turns out, dogs are just as capable of driving a vehicle. The Auckland SPCA had trained a group of cross-breed rescue d...

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December 11th, 2012
Driving Activites That Can Be Illegal in the Future

It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost 30 years since it was mandatory for car passengers to wear a seatbelt. It’s even harder to believe that such a task—one that is undoubtedly simple and effective—needed to be enforced as a law. Today, there are several laws which have actually kept up with the times, e.g. the use of texting on a phone while driving leading to fines. However, there is a grey area—things that an average driver could do while driving that can be potentially dangerous but isn’t illegal. Here are three things that drivers may no longer be able to do in the near future: ...

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December 6th, 2012
Cars for First Time Drivers

You probably wouldn’t let a novice driver—perhaps your freshly licensed teenager—take out the Mercedes or BMW for the night out with some friends. Unless your kid showed some serious car driving prodigy potential, there are plenty of other vehicle options for first-time drivers. What makes a good first car? Teenagers will focus on the look of the car (obviously) with an emphasis of style, color and cool factor—throw in a decent sound system with some electronics to dock their smart phone and their set. Parents however, look past the look of the car (obviously) and focus on miles per gallon, safety, and price. Here are some cars that both parties can agree on. ...

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November 29th, 2012
Holiday Parking Tips

Parking at the mall during the holiday season can really smack the joy out of anyone—turning loving mothers into lioness’ hunting for the perfect spot. And honestly, that may be the mentality you need when looking for a parking spot. Here are some tips on how to deal with parking during the holiday rush. Start with a plan—figure out which mall you’re going to, which stores you’ll stop by, and most importantly what time you’ll go. Common sense tells you to go early and avoid the crowds but if you’re not a morning person, this option is already out the door. Consider the middle of day when early shoppers are on the outs and the evening crowd hasn't arrived yet. When...

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November 15th, 2012
The 'Route 66 of the Future'

Rather than focusing on technology to create vehicles for a safer and more efficient drive, Dutch design lab Studio Roosegaarde are instead focusing their attention on the road. As early as mid-2013, some of the earliest concepts for the “Route 66 of the future” will be implemented on a stretch of road in Holland—with blacktops across the rest of Europe following if things go well. So what are these ground breaking ideas? Dynamic Paint: Depending on the situation, paint will become visible to drivers. For example, when it gets icy out, whi...

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November 13th, 2012
Chevy's Hot Wheels

The entertainment industry isn’t the only one utilizing childhood nostalgia to turn a profit—Chevrolet, perhaps the epitome of American muscle vehicles, is already in the works to produce the first full-size Hot Wheels car for sale. Although there have been over 800 models and 11,000 variations of Hot Wheels cars that have been created since the sixties, the Chevrolet Camaro will be the first vehicle to drive on (and off) dealership in early 2013. ...

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November 6th, 2012
She's Honda

Is there such a vehicle that’s gender specific? While some vehicles are notorious for pushing masculinity and power, Honda is embracing the more feminine side of the market—offering its popular Fit subcompact with specific designs for the ladies—branding the car as “She’s”. ...

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November 1st, 2012
Social Road Trip

Though some consider social media to be nothing more than trivial status updates or exhaustive photo sharing, others find it to be a resourceful tool for daily tasks. A great way to utilize social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, and other mobile apps is for road trips. Take Foursquare for example, a GPS-based app on smart phones which allows users to “check-in” at a destination. This check-in feature can ultimately lead to finding great travel discounts—hotels, restaurants, and retailers sometimes offer loyalty deals for travelers often checking in at their business. The app also offers lots of tips and lists of what’s nearby. People love sharing, that’s what social ...

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October 25th, 2012
Why White Cars

Long ago are the days when silver reigned as the color of choice for vehicles in the US. Maybe it’s because of its neutral nature, its practicality, or its popularity with other brands and products (I’m looking at you, Apple), but white is the new silver. Let’s consider why the color white is the new trend—there are plenty of advantages, as well as some disadvantages, of owning a white vehicle. ...

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October 23rd, 2012
Cars Becoming Too Social?

For decades, car enthusiasts and average consumers have had a checklist when it comes to buying a car—brand, color, MPG—and newer technology like touch screen dashboards and the ability to sync your phone with a car have been generally welcomed. However, recent adverts from big brand name companies have been pushing other technological features as selling points for their vehicle—mainly components that work with social media. Yes, it seems like social media ...

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October 18th, 2012
Cars We All (Secretly) Want

Whether you saw it in the movies, at a car show, or just on the internet, there is that just ONE car that you (secretly) wish you owned. Some may hide their obsession for these cars because it’s just too much of fantasy, often blurring the line of acceptable obsession when it comes to fictional, inanimate objects. From classic, to subtle, to outright ridiculously cool cars, here are a couple cars we would all want to own. It’s easy to fall for cars seen in the media. There are several cars from television that made the jump from ...

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October 16th, 2012
Driver-less Cars Coming Sooner Than You Think

“Today we’re looking at science fiction becoming tomorrow’s reality—the self-driving car,” stated California governor Jerry Brown, as he signed the state legislation that will pay the way for driverless cars. Google has been testing autonomous vehicles for years now and believes that self-driving cars will be available on the market within the next 10 years. After safely experiencing a trip to Google’s headquarters in a self-driving Prius, Brown supports the new technology with a legislation that will esta...

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October 11th, 2012
Car Rivalries

Mac vs PC, Coca Cola vs Pepsi, McDonalds vs every other burger franchise—rivalries between companies are inevitable when it comes to selling similar products to the same specific groups of people. The automotive industry is no different, whatever type of vehicle—luxury, SUV, or gas efficient—are all aimed towards similar demographics. Whether it’s the automotive companies at each other’s throats or particular cars they produce, here are a couple of the most notorious car rivalries. ...

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October 9th, 2012
The Best Cartoon Cars

Nowadays, kids watching epic superheroes like Batman and Optimus Prime from Transformers are discovering these characters in a completely different way compared to generations past. For example, kids probably got their first taste of the Batmobile in Christopher Nolan’s reality grounded Batman Trilogy. Yes, the military style ‘bat tumbler’ worked in that incarnation, but it wasn’t the batmobile that many grew up with watching the animated series. And as for Optimus Prime (and the rest of the robotic cast from Michael Bay’s Transformers) the fact that he wasn’t a cartoon was enough to make any fan ‘roll out’ of their mind. ...

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October 2nd, 2012
Driving In The City

If you work in the city then you know what a hassle commutes can be. Between rush hour, busses, and construction areas, it’s easy to forget how to enjoy urban spectacles you probably pass by on a daily basis. Here are a couple tips on how to enjoy your ride when going downtown. Give yourself a head start. You probably already know when peak hours of traffic occur—morning commutes to work, lunch runs, and everyone’s favorite, the ride back home—so do yourself a favor and avoid rush hour! Commuting half an hour earlier (or even later) can probably save you some headaches.  Earlier commutes not only give you the advantage of avoiding traffic but also will give ...

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September 27th, 2012
Manly-Man Cars Women Love, Too

We’ve all heard it before, “Women are from Venus, men are from Mars.” The metaphor holds strong in many instances, even when it comes to cars (i.e. men consider horsepower while women heavily factor practicality and safety when buying a vehicle). Nothing is wrong with either thought processes, but it does add difficulty when making a purchase. Here are a couple cars that are manly enough for men that women love too. First off, all women have a taste for style and luxury, so it’s not a big surprise that most cars manly e...

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September 25th, 2012
Classic Car Reboots

The entertainment industry seems to have profited from a surge of reboots—bringing back movies from decades ago and giving them a modern spin. While there have been highs and lows with reboots, there’s always a sense of nostalgia and curiosity of how the finish product will be executed. The same can be said with the automotive industry as some manufacturers are reinventing the wheel (so to speak). V...

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September 13th, 2012
Cars With Cult Status

  Whether it made its mark sometime in history, became a pop culture gem, or is in the midst of gaining popularity, cult cars are often met with nostalgia and affection. Some cars have earned their cult reputation, others… are lucky. Check out these cult classics. Shuffle down the list a bit and we can start with the Volkswagon Microbus. Is t...

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September 6th, 2012
Tips for teen drivers and their parents

Back-to-school, specifically back-to-high-school, marks a new generation of drivers on their way to first period. While these first time drivers are excited to drive themselves to campus, parents back home might be a little worried. Here are some tips for teen drivers and their parents. Buckle up, hang up the phone, slow down, and don’t drink and drive. These are all common tips that all teenagers should already know but still be reminded of. It’s no secret that teenagers are impulsive, and there always seems to be a sense of invulnerability during that time of adolescence so there’s no reason for parents to not at least remind their teenagers about these common sense instructions. But do give teenagers some credit! Since 1982, fa...

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August 30th, 2012
Cars That Define Summer

  The days are long, the sun is out, and beaches are packed; it could only mean one thing, its summer! Summer is all about adventure, whether its endless days at the beach or road trips along the coast, you know that the sun and shine means more time outside. While some vacationers are out sailing into the ocean blue many are cruising towards their destination on land. Here’s a list of cars that define summer—vehicles that epitomize the freedom and fun that encompasses vacation season....

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August 28th, 2012
5 Personality Types and the Modified Cars They Love

On the road, what vehicle you’re driving is the only impression you can make on countless other drivers passing you by. You see a BMW and you think some corporate type, a Prius and you think of a dolphin saving tree hugger, a beat up used Civic… a starving college student? Often, consumers choose vehicles based on budget, mileage, style, and for some, one that fits they’re personality. ...

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August 23rd, 2012
Birds Prefer Red Cars... In a Special Way

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August 20th, 2012
What's In a Name?

Some vehicle brand names have become synonymous with luxury and prestige, while others style and safety. Whatever vehicle brand names have come to be known for, some of their origins may have remained a mystery upon consumers. How did today’s automakers get their monikers? ...

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August 16th, 2012
Car Dealerships Offer New Perks

You’ll probably find an espresso bar, a fine dining restaurant, or maybe even a high end salon at a 5 star hotel, but at a car dealership? When it comes to entertaining potential car buyers, TVs and soda dispensers just don’t cut it anymore. Dealerships across the USA are going above and beyond offering new perks—from food that’s not sold out of vending machines to other lavish, and some even sensible, amenities. While Honda dealerships are trying to keep their customers awake with an espresso bar, Cadillac chooses to offer their buyers haircuts at the in-dealership barbershop. More practical perks like paying traffic tickets an...

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June 13th, 2012
Mercedes SL Application Helps Owners Look the Part

Mercedes has created an app to make you look just as good as the car you drive, specifically if you drive the new 2013 Mercedes SL. Seriously. With the roadster’s sleek and sexy frame, the SL Bodywork app is a personalized fitness program aiming for drivers to feel and look good, whether they’re in or out of the car. The app is tailored for the typical Mercedes driver, mostly Type A personalities, allowing them to earn badges as fitness goals are reached as well as providing exclusive rewards to increase motivation. In an effort to help SL owners look the part, the SL Bodywork app is just the first in a line of apps to make Mercedes vehicles more than a car but a “wellness oasis and fitness studio in one”.  (...

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June 7th, 2012
The Apple iCar That Will Never Be

It began with the iPod, then the iPhone, the iPad , and now an iCar? Apple board member Mickey Drexler states that the late Steve Job’s dream was to create an iCar. Can you imagine? An Apple built vehicle! A car integrated with touch screens, connectivity to the aforementioned Apple products, and Siri voice recognition on the road—all executed with Apple’s signature minimalist, sleek style. Unfortunately, without Jobs it is unlikely that the iCar will ever be manufactured. Instead, current heads at Apple have recently been granted a patent for a steering-wheel-mounted remote or something or another. It’s kind of lame and seems like a step back for the visionary brand. Many Apple fanatics are sure to be fantasizing about other possibilitie...

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June 5th, 2012
What's Your Favorite Color of...Car?

Picture a Ferrari, any Ferrari. Luxury, style, fast, sexy and red. These all come to mind. Color is an essential way to sell a vehicle, but Jim Parker, Head of Exterior Color & Trim Studio shares that it goes beyond that, “It’s about what colors best express the brand and product, while still being able to touch the broad taste spectrum of our consumer base.” There are a lot of auto brands in the market with very distinctive color palettes. In the early 2000’s you may recall a lot of yellow Nissan XTerra’s on the road. It seems like that yellow fever (no relation to the disease) was passed down to Chevrolet’s Camaro, undoubtedly made popular by Michael Bay’s 2007 blockbuster Transformers. What both vehicles emulate with the col...

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May 29th, 2012
Driver’s Ed Courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

To make sure that no driver crashes one of their own vehicles, Mercedes-Benz has opened its own driving academy. Hit the brakes - that’s only partially true. Parents around the Los Angeles area can now enroll their eager adolescents into the Mercedes-Benz’s driving academy, an official state-certified teen driver training and education center. The academy covers the basics (essential information that any Driver’s Ed class should be providing) by offering classroom sessions and workshops simulating numerous driving situations on the road. The program also includes 30 hours of interactive online courses and 16 hours of actual behind the wheel training with professional drivers riding shotgun. With the addi...

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May 29th, 2012
Attention Bachelors: Create your Auto Themed Bucket List before its too late!

What do you want to do before you die? Thanks to 2007’s dramedy The Bucklist List starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, everyone young and old has created their own personal bucket list. For men out there looking for things to do before they get married, here’s a must-do list for all things related to the auto world. (Source) As you’ve noticed, this bucket list is organized into three tiers based on level of impact on a bachelor&r...

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May 21st, 2012
Is Forgetting To Signal As Dangerous As Texting & Driving?

What's as dangerous as texting and driving? A recent article suggests that forgetting to use your turn signal can be equally dangerous as disctractions from your phone. The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) reveals that Americans forget to use their turn signals 2 billion times each day, about 750 billion times per year, which translates into around 2 million accidents in the U.S. With the U.S. Census Bureau citing 10-11 million automotive accidents per year, it can be said that 1 out of 5 accidents happen due to that fact that drivers are simply ignoring the use of their turn signals. While several actions have been taken to decrease t...

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May 16th, 2012
Australians Have The Best Car Commercials: Video

If you’re a bit squeamish, it’s probably best not to watch the video below. This ad for Australia’s Ford Falcon EcoBoost, features two talking Cane Toads in the middle of the road conversing into the night. See it Here You learn a bit about Australia’s indigenous toads, like the fact that the poison these toads secrete as a defense mechanism against native wildlife is considered an aphrodisiac to some cultures. Let that settle in. You also learn that they are adept to how fast cars are (maybe from hours of Frogger game play). Apparently, one of the toads, Ralph, wasn&rsqu...

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May 14th, 2012
New Website for Cars is by Women for Women

Men love cars. Do women love cars? Yes! Auto Venus is an automotive industry based website ‘built for women by women’. The site covers basic topics that any auto focused hub would generate, including reviews on new cars, current trends within the industry, and…reviews on child car seats?  Don’t be fooled though, Auto Venus is far more than a spin on the automotive arena according to a mom’s perspective; all the female authors are clearly car enthusiasts at the core. The articles may have a feminine touch to them but the quality is solid, providing a refreshing take on vehicles that are usually reviewed for MPG and how fast t...

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May 10th, 2012
Best Trophy Cars

A luxurious house, a Rolex watch, or maybe some Italian designer duds can all point to superior financial success. What’s another way to let the entire world that you’re rolling deep? Your car. For those that have worked hard (or were just plain lucky) to earn enough money to burn on high-end vehicles, here’s a list of the best trophy cars out there. See the Cars Here You might find these gaudy rides driven by high-level execs, neurosurgeons, or sports superstars, like the BMW M5 and Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG. Those with plush tastes but who still have a need for speed can look no further than the Ferrari 458 Spider or...

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April 27th, 2012
Australian Makes Amazing Car Sound Effects

I’ve heard some pretty good impressions of celebrities, politicians, and even cartoons, but the video below features a guy who can do an even better impression of your car. Featured on a recent episode of Australia’s Got Talent, 19 year old Daniel does his impression, not of people, but several vehicles of different makes and models. It’s actually pretty amazing the kinds of noises he can produce and how much it sounds like the different engines. He even nails the effect of the vehicles passing by as the sounds vanish into the distance. Check it out here. Could this be the next ...

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April 24th, 2012
New App Aims to Prevent Texting While Driving

Driving distractions from cell phones, and texting in particular, has been a major concern for law enforcement and vehicle safety organizations since the conception of SMS began. As if speaking on the phone weren’t distracting enough, drivers are now causing accidents while sneaking glances at text messages, tapping out responses, and opening apps while behind the wheel. Until now, the main solution has been increased fines to send the message that texting and driving isn’t worth the penalty. But now, there’s a new high tech solution that, believe it or not, is a smartphone app that actually prevents cell phone distraction. The new Drive Safe Mode™ ...

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April 23rd, 2012
Ford Promotes New Focus with a Game of Pinball

Have you ever met anyone whose parallel parking skills reminded you of a game of pinball? Someone at Ford certainly did and it inspired a pretty outrageous way to advertise their new active park assist feature. To let French drivers know about the new feature, Ford’s marketing team set up a billboard-sized digital display that mimicked the scoring display you might see on an old arcade pinball machine. The scoreboard was set up above a lone parallel parking space between two cars that actually lit up and let out pinball noises when bumped by careless French drivers as they attempted (poorly) to squeeze into the vacant space. At the end of the video, a brand new Ford is awarded to the worse driver as designated by his exceptionally high pa...

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April 18th, 2012
SRT (Not Dodge) Unleashes The New 2013 Viper

At the 2012 New York International Auto Show, many vehicles boasted revolutionary MPGs and heightened environmental consideration, but only one turned the focus to its 640 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque. That was the 2013 SRT Viper, which showcased many other improvements to match the bulks in power. The Viper isn’t under the Dodge name anymore. Instead, its namesake is of Street & Racing Technology (SRT), which is a high-performance auto group under Chrysler and the team which has historically been responsible for working on new Viper projects. SRT has continued a commitment to improving the Viper, and the impressive horsepower and torque are improvements to the last Viper which sported 600 ponies and 560 t...

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April 16th, 2012
New Car Trends: Fuel Economy is In

Gas prices continue to rise these days and bank accounts aren’t the only things being affected among consumers. According to a recent study, the average fuel economy of new cars purchased is also rising – no doubt an indication that unfaltering price increases at the pump have made a significant impact on driver's buying decisions.  Understandably, it seems as fuel costs increase, drivers wish they could their ride could get them farther on a single tank. When it comes time to buy a new vehicle, drivers that don’t opt for a used vehicle are springing for cars with better gas mileage to curb the inevitably rising cost of oil. According to the study performed at the University of Michigan, t...

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April 12th, 2012
Bubba Watson: 2012 Masters Champion and Big “Dukes of Hazzard” Fan

Any golf fan knows that Florida’s Bubba Watson is now the proud owner of a nice new green jacket after winning the 2012 Masters Championship. What they might not know is that he is also the proud owner of a bright orange 1969 Dodge Charger called The General Lee, known famously as the iconic chariot of “The Dukes of Hazzard.” One of 321 models used in the 1980’s TV program, the charger was bought by Watson in January for $110,000. The Charger boasts a 440 cubic inch Magnum V-8 engine which cranks out 364 horsepower – a few more than the actual horse ridden by General Lee in the Civil War. Aside from the bright color and powerful engine, Bubba’s new ride also features a Confederate battle fla...

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March 22nd, 2012
Introducing the BatMobile Err I Mean DeltaWing

It may never actually be piloted by the caped crusader, but the new Nissan DeltaWing certainly looks like something out of a comic book. But instead of cruising the streets of Gotham City, the DeltaWing was designed to tear through laps on a racetrack. That said, it does have potential to demonstrate some superpowers in the racing world. Backed by Nissan and Michelin, the DeltaWing project focuses on furthering the motorsport industry by innovating a vehicle that maximizes efficiency with optimal aerodynamic properties, heightened fuel economy, and lowered tire consumption all while delivering exceptional speed and performance. To test the new creation, the DeltaWing will run in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the world’s oldest endurance ...

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March 8th, 2012
The Latest, Greatest, and Craziest: Geneva Motor Show 2012

The 2012 Geneva Motor Show opened this week and we’re already seeing some amazing wheels being showcased. With wacky designs and extreme horsepower, Switzerland’s annual automotive extravaganza is always sure to showcase some of the most amazing automotive spectacles of the year. Among the many highlights was a one-of-a-kind open-top Lamborghini that sold for 2.8 million, a 1,200 horsepower Bugatti convertible, Bentley SUV, and many other high-octane rides that are just as visually striking as they are powerful. Despite all the plethora of super performance engines and sleek streamlined designs, technology won over this year with the Chevy Volt taking the prestigious Car of the Year award. After a series of rigorou...

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March 7th, 2012
(Don’t) Look At This Invisible Mercedes!

  Have they invented the world’s first invisible car? This video of Mercedes’ new hydrogen powered F-Cell might make you think so, but it’s not actually the case. That is, unless you consider environmental visibility, since the F-Cell boasts 0.0 environmental impact. As for the cloaking effect featured in the thumbnail above, that’s a clever stunt that Mercedes launched to promote their new vehicle that is “invisible” to the environment. To do it, the people at Mercedes equipped a vehicle with a series of cameras on one side and a shroud of LEDs on the other to display the camera view and create the illusion of tra...

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February 29th, 2012
Easy Ways to Save Fuel

  Gas prices are still rising, and the cost to fill up has jumped significantly even since our post about 3 Low Cost Auto Parts that Improve Gas Mileage. The climbing prices have made everyone more conscious of their gas consumption and made them desperate to find ways to up their fuel economy and lower their bills.   There are many ways to reduce fuel consumption and many are just simple changes to driving habits, or things to be aware of. We recently found a helpful article about gas consumption...

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February 15th, 2012
Top 10 Super Bowl Car Ads

Hope you enjoyed the big game a couple weeks ago – we certainly did. We also enjoyed all the big budget ads that are guaranteed to go along with the biggest televised sporting event of the year.   This year there were plenty of automotive ads to enjoy, including everything from vaporizing vampires to the new Acura NSX as sought after by Jerry Seinfeld. Among our favorites was Hundai’s Genesis Coupe, which showed that a responsive brake / acceleration sequence can second as an effective resuscitation technique, and Honda CR-V’s re-invigoration of Ferris Bueller’s Day off with some help from Matthew Broderick.   ...

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February 12th, 2012
Telsa 2014 Model X -- All Electric and Faster then a Porche 911

As a startup, sharing parts between models means more efficient manufacturing, & since that is the main hurdle between Tesla & commercial success at this point--their designs are brilliant, & electric cars are widely known to be of the best near-future technologies--leveraging work on the Model S sedan for the Model X crossover will, possibly, make clearing that hurdle a bit simpler. Sharing parts between models is a common practice in the auto industry, though it can be taken far--just ask the "old" General Motors. But in Tesla's case, sharing 60 percent of the parts between the Model S & Model X makes great sense. Called "falcon wings" by Tesla & Elon Musk, the doors don't open upward like traditional...

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February 10th, 2012
Valentine’s Day Sale

  Valentine’s Day is upon us, and for those scrambling for the perfect gift to show you care, we would like to help.  People love their cars and they spend a lot of time in them, which is why a gift for your ride means a whole lot more than some boring flowers or chocolates. So while we may not be in the confectionary or flower arrangement business, we can at least help you find the perfect gift for the car lovers in your life. This year, we suggest you think outside the box, and start thinking inside the garage.   For some, the key to their heart is also the key to the ignition, so be sure to hit our Valentine’s Day Sale for great deals on car accessories like ...

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February 7th, 2012
Automotive Advice from Company President, Charles Bonfiglio *Guest Post

*This is a guest post written by APN president, Charles Bonfiglio: Hi my name is Charles Bonfiglio I'm a car guy and I have been a car guy all my life. I owned and operated eight of the largest Auto Repair & Tire Centers in the world and have worked on all the kinds of cars - Mercedes Benz, BMW, Corvette, Chevy, Cadillac, Honda, Toyota - all of them. So my advice to you is that when dealing with cars, it is just as important to deal with the car owners first to make sure that they get the advice they need. So be sure to talk with your mechanic about what your car needs before you get any work done to ensure you are aware of all the options that you have for the repair or service, like brand p...

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January 26th, 2012
Audi's New Super Bowl Ad Vanquishes Blood Suckers

With the big game coming up, we're not sure whether to be more excited for the action during the matchup, or the commercials during the breaks. Everyone knows the Super Bowl showcases the year’s best ads and, like many others, we can’t wait to see what 2012 has in store. Apparently Audi couldn’t wait either, and released this clever Super Bowl ad early, featuring a camp of festive vampires and the Audi S7’s new LED headlights, which would make the AS7 the ride of choice for any vampire hunter. ...

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January 18th, 2012
Comparative Shopping Sites: Why Auto Parts Buyers Should Beware

When searching for auto parts online, it’s easy to find yourself at a comparative shopping site. Comparative shopping sites are online portals that aggregate thousands of places your product is being sold online so you can find the lowest price. These sites are great for clothes, DVDs, or other products that will provide equal performance wherever they come from, but when it comes to auto parts there are a few reasons comparative shopping sites probably aren’t your best choice.  The problem with comparative shopping sites is that the only real comparison is price. When it comes to quality, warranty, and customer satisfaction, most of these sites do very little to let you know anything about where your product is coming from. When buying a part for your veh...

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January 13th, 2012
Ford's Uses Extreme Weather Tunnel for Vehicle Testing

I stumbled across a recent Popular Mechanics article the other day that described the ways Ford tests it’s vehicles in the most extreme weather conditions. I had always assumed they took the vehicles and tested them on location, but in the Ford testing facility, it turns out the most extreme weather conditions can be found without ever leaving the garage. It’s more of a wind tunnel than a garage, actually – much like the ones you see featured in some luxury and sport vehicle commercials to showcase the elegant and aerodynamic shape of each model. This wind tunnel, however, simulates a lot more t...

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January 9th, 2012
2012 Detroit Auto Show Coverage

What better way to kick off 2012 than with brand new cars, customs, and concepts at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show which opened its doors today. Also known as the North American International Auto Show, hosted in the COBO Center in Detroit, the show runs from January 9th - 22nd and is the largest auto show in the United States. We’ve been following the action on a few different auto-focused blogs, and since we weren’t at the show personally, we thought we would share some of our favorite sites that are now covering the biggest auto show in the US.   Check out the pictures, articles, and videos here: ...

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December 21st, 2011
The Iguana Amphibious Speed Boat: The Craziest Thing I’ve Seen This Week

Getting a boat launched certainly isn’t the most exciting part of sea travel, and neither is getting it back on land. For owners of the new Iguana 29, however, you can skip the docks by beaching your boat and then driving it home.   Drive it home at 5MPH that is. This new amphibious speed boat lets you cruise the seas at up to 35 knots, but it also has deployable tank treads that can easily climb up the shore and navigate the beach. Again, you won’t be breaking any land speed records, but it’s convenient enough that you can drive the boat to the trailer without leaving the parking lot – plus the thing looks so cool any speed inadequacies are made up for by the fact that your boat is equipped with tank treads. &nb...

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December 16th, 2011
Toyota's Fun-Vii Concept Car Gives Me the Creeps

Toyota recently released a video to promote their concept car, the Fun-Vii. The new concept car is shown to have a digital display as an exterior, allowing for instant graphical changes like you would with a cell phone background, full-windshield navigational displays, and a general bombardment of images and colors that are more likely to induce a seizure than help you with your daily commute. ...

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December 7th, 2011
Torrey, the Meineke/Tint World/Auto Parts Network Kitten

I work for Auto Parts Network, but being the small start-up E-commerce company that we are at this point in time, our offices are on the back side of a Meineke shop (which also includes a Tint World franchise).  The owner of Auto Parts Network, Charles Bonfiglio, also owns this Meineke franchise (and the Tint World franchise), and is utilizing this space for offices to try and keep start-up costs for Auto Parts Network low, which we pass on to our customers in lower prices.  This will be a great story for the future, when we are a big successful company, you know how it goes, “Remember when our offices were on the back side of a Meineke shop?  Ha, ha, ha!”  But I digress. The other day I was walking around the Meineke/Tint World/Auto Pa...

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December 1st, 2011
K&N Offers Free Performance Air Filters for Product Testing

  A few weeks ago we told you about Bully Dog and how they offer free products to customers that donate their vehicles for a couple days of new product testing. Offering up your vehicle for testing is a great chance to get some free auto upgrades, and there’s no risk to your vehicle, but Bully Dog isn’t the only manufacturer that does it.   Need a New Performance Air Filter? If you head to K&N’s website (http://www.knfilters.com/vehicles/needu.htm) you’ll see some places all over the world where they are calling vehicle owners of all makes and models to donate a few days of their ride to test the performance of their ...

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November 18th, 2011
Find The Perfect Holiday Gifts at APN

The Holiday season is upon us, which means you should probably be stressing out about finding gifts for all your loved ones. We can't help you with E-Readers, blankets with sleeves, or DVDs of the latest vampire movie, but we can make sure all of the car-lovers in your life are taken care of with the new launch of the APN Pre Holiday Sale.  The Auto Parts Network Pre-Holiday Sale - Now 'till December 9th If you think the best stuff under the tree ends up behind the wheel, Auto Parts Network has great automotive gifts for just about any car enthusiast. Maybe your garage-tinkering uncle is looking for some new performance parts, or your sister is looking to add some style to her rid...

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October 28th, 2011
Bully Dog Performance Parts: Beta Tested, Customer Approved

Bully Dog offers up a vast selection of high-quality performance auto parts like air filters, intake kits, exhaust systems, and ...

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October 19th, 2011
Crazy Concept Car Reborn

Melbourne-based car manufacturer, Holden, has re-created their first-ever 1969 concept car, the Holden Hurricane. It's been over forty years since the first debut in 1969, but a group of Holden workers have made it a special project of theirs to restore the revolutionary concept, an endeavor which they have been working on since 2006.   The finished vehicle will be showcased in the Motorclassica Car Show in Melbourne, AU where it is sure to turn a few heads and jog a few memories. In its day, the Hurricane not only looked the part of a futuristic vehicle, but packed several ground-breaking technological features that are commonly used in vehicles today. Though you wou...

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September 26th, 2011
K&N Performance Air Filters – The Brand that Battles Dealerships for their Customers

  K&N Air Filters is an awesome company for their commitment to quality and their passion for providing the best air filters out there.   That said, we think there is a lesser-known reason K&N rocks – not related to product performance, but to the confidence they display in their own warranty, and in their pledge to protect customers from swindling dealerships that try to falsely void factory warranties.    The K&N Consumer Protection Pledge   For K&N CEO, Steven Rogers, it isn’t enough that you just buy a high performance K&N air filter, he wants to be sure that your K&N products can be installed without vo...

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September 21st, 2011
What Does Power Sound Like? MagnaFlow Exhaust Has the Answer

Exhaust system manufacturer, MagnaFlow is committed to the philosophy “Quality, Power, and Sound.” MagnaFlow strives to produce the best performance exhaust systems available on the market, and while they certainly deliver on the promise of quality and power, they go above and beyond to prove themselves in the department of sound. Listen to MagnaFlow Products in Action Online From the MagnaFlow website, visitors can do more than just look at MagnaFlow exhaust systems – they can actually hear them thanks to a vast audio library that lets customers access sound clips of MagnaFlow products installed on a variety of awesome vehicles. Just go to...

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September 21st, 2011
Dodge Dakota R/T Wins K&N Air Intake Kit Facebook Contest

Congratulations to Paul Busby, the August winner of the Auto Parts Network Facebook Contest!  He has been notified via email and will soon receive a K&N Air Intake Kit for his '99 Dodge Dakota R/T. Here's Paul's reaction to the news of his prize: "YAAAAA HOOOOOOO!!!!! My Baby will Purrr with the new K&N Air Intake system! Thank You So Much!! Ive never won anything like this!!" We were almost as excited as he was. Also, a big thanks to everyone who posted their cars on our Facebook Page! And don't forget... this is a monthly contest, so keep those car photos coming. You could be our next winner! Here are ...

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September 20th, 2011
Fuel Economy and Performance? It Can Be Done

Computer chip programmers might just be the best power-per-dollar investment for your car or truck. CPU programmers boost power and fuel efficiency using a variety of low and higher octane fuel levels. But the extent of CPU programmers don't end there. Some even recalibrate your speedometer when using larger diameter tires. Or scan the engine for trouble codes. Chip programmers work by altering factory fuel/ignition timing tables in the Electronic Control Module (CPU). A lot of today's chip programmers also provide you with the ability to switch to different performance modes, such as: improved torque more horsepower improved fuel effici...

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September 15th, 2011
The Tesla Roadster – Very Green and Extremely Mean!

Very green in that it is a totally electric car that can go 244 miles on a single charge and Extremely Mean because it can go from 0 to 60 in about 3.9 seconds!  The Tesla Roadster is made by Tesla Motors in California and was first available in 2008.  It is an engineering marvel that looks very similar to a Lotus Elise and in fact shares some parts with that car.  Lotus provided advice to Tesla on designing and developing a vehicle, as well as producing partly assembled vehicles.  The Tesla Roadster is the first all-electric vehicle in serial production to be made in the United States that is capable of running on the highway.  This is not the only first for this uniquely engineered car; there are several, actually:  The first to use lithium-ion battery...

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July 25th, 2011
Welcome to the New Auto Parts Network Blog!

It's official. Auto Parts Network has just kicked off our latest addition to our site, and we will blogging and discussing a number of interesting things going forward. We will soon be launching information articles, how to guides, and lots more to make your automotive experience here at APN the best on the web. I would love to get some feed back from people about what they want to hear? What are the most common repair questions you have? What would you like to see a video of? Perhaps that really difficult installation of that part you have been thinking about getting from our site? Or perhaps you vehicle has some weird issue - a noise, an electrical...

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