A few days ago, the last two-door model wearing the legendary “M3” badge rolled out from the assembly line in BMW’s Regensburg plant. While the production of the BMW M3 E92 Coupe is discontinued, the convertible version will be manufactured until September.

Not that there was something wrong with the BMW M3 E92 Coupe, on the contrary. With more than 40,000 models sold, it proved to be the most successful model in the E9X generation M3 (E90 Sedan, E92 Coupe and E93 Convertible). Introduced in 2007, this generation is the first to have a V8 engine under the bonnet.

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BMW fans consider the E9X generation M3 to be among the most desirable series to own; the coupe version being a favorite especially among those who actually want to take their M3 to the race track on a regular basis.

The reason behind the decision is that there are significant changes in the BMW offering these days: the family oriented compact executive models will continue to have the traditional “3-Series” badge, while the sportier models will be named the “4-Series”.

A brand new M4 will be introduced soon, but there will be no more coupes in the offering. The new M4 will be built based on the four-door sedan. Apart from the name, the M4 is likely to return to a straight-six engine fitted with two or three turbochargers.

Over the years, BMW released a number of special editions for the E9X M3 series. The GTS Coupe had a more powerful engine delivering 444HP (450PS), a number of aerodynamic improvements and a special, two-seat cockpit. 135 GTS Coupes left the assembly line altogether.

Speaking about rare M3 E9X’s, the M3 CRT (Carbon Racing Technology) is even rarer: only 67 examples were made. The M3 DTM Champion Edition is also a collector’s piece: only 54 cars were made, one for each DTM race victory for BMW between 1987 and 2012.

Everybody dreams about owning a supercar like a Ferrari, Porsche or Lamborghini, and there is nothing wrong with this. The problems start when people actually get to buy one. Many of these proud owners are astonished when they find out how expensive and complicated is to maintain these supercars: a single set of tires can cost thousands, and a Lamborghini Aventador isn’t about good gas mileage, either.

The bill for a single racetrack day can easily put large holes in the finances of a not-so-rich family. If the car breaks down, the repair costs are usually beyond the reasonable levels, and these supercars do break down from time to time.

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Not to mention the fact that second hand prices are nowhere compared to the original price tag.

Let’s face it: owning a supercar is overly expensive for the majority of us; however, renting one can be relatively cheap, while the driving fun remains exactly the same. This is what Hertz is experimenting with its Dream Service, a program that allows ordinary people to rent cars like a Ferrari F430 Spider, Aston Martin V8 Vantage Coupe, Lamborghini Gallardo, Nissan GT-R, Audi R8, SRT Viper, Bentley Continental GT, or Porsche 911.

The price tag for a really exclusive car like the Gallardo is expected to be around $1500 a day. A more common Vantage or R8 will cost $1000, and „low-end” models such as a Porsche Boxster will cost less than $400. 75 miles are included in this price, additional miles costing from 49 cents to $3. However, the price doesn’t include insurance, and it seems that Hertz doesn’t allow the cars to be taken to the racetrack.

It is woth noting that the idea is not new: during the ’60s, Hertz had a deal with Carroll Shelby. The legendary constructor provided a whole fleet of Ford Mustang Shelby GT350s for rent. The program proved to be a huge success, and today, these cars are sought after collector’s pieces.

The car that you choose should be a vehicle that it keeps you running on the road, and gives you the comfort that you expect from it. Fresh news keeps you posted about the latest upcoming of different car models, and the Camaro1LE is one that has amazed everybody in the auto industry.  This car is considered as an icon and the history of Camaro clearly justifies its exemplary presence on the road. It will rekindle your passion to drive a car. Undoubtedly, Camaro cars have a remarkable reputation in the market but also stand up in the reputation in an unexpected manner.

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Features of Chevrolet Camaro

The wheel arches are menacing and protruding, and the car has hunched shoulders, this is mainly responsible for the Chevrolet designers giving the vehicle a leaning aggression in a forward manner.  The powerful engine of the car has an expansive bonnet; LED highlights are responsible for brightening up the way of the car and also give unusual gaze to the car. The car is designed in such a way that it has a classic design combined with modern aesthetic appeal and is comparable with that of the Ford Mustang 302.

Convenience for the driver

Chevrolet Camaro can be driven on the road as well as on the track. As Lynch Chevy by Milwaukee claims; the car is perfect at the time of rain and thunder and other dangerous weather conditions. It gives a full convenience to the driver by arranging all the required things in the dashboard.  You can even use the Bluetooth connectivity in the car and is supportive in the range starting from your position in the driver’s seat. Besides the Bluetooth connectivity, even the audio system of the car can be utilised via the wheel-mounting controls that are installed in the steering wheel.

Performance of the car

Chevrolet Camaro provides you with a high standard performance in all its models.  The stunning petrol engines offer a range of high class performances. You will experience a scintillating acceleration due to the Coupe’s model stylish design. It is ensured that the power of the car doesn’t come and affects the safety of the car. This is mainly because the all the engines of Chevrolet Camaro have a top class speed of about 155 mph. Chevrolet Camaro is also known as the ‘American Muscle’ but you don’t need a lot of muscle to drive it!

Some of the combining factors that make Chevrolet Camaro remarkably classic car are the safety, handling, fuel efficiency, technology and the build quality. When you think of a car, you think about the dream car you wish to have for your self and Chevrolet Camaro can be one of them.

It is true that first hand cars are very expensive with the primary fact that these are not only brand new but these are first-class built with standard features and warranty. The showroom price being high along with the insurance for car, with registration would definitely make the buying process rather expensive.  So a buyer would always think twice whether to go for a first-hand car or a used car. However before taking a decision on buying a car, it is always good to check how extensively you use your car everyday. Depending on the travel time per week or per day, you can decide to fix your budget and then take the next step of analyzing the market for used cars.

For Sale

Used cars market is very vast as there are plenty of car owners who opt to change their cars frequently for many reasons. Whatever reason you have, the dealers of used cars would always make a thorough quality check of the car to make sure that the car is in perfect working condition and is ready for re-sale. Annville Autos Service Dept. offers first class service, so be certain the dealership you are visiting has some high reviews with their service/tech department. Beginning from registration documents to the set of insurance documents and any other service details of the car must be completely surrendered to the dealer in order to make sure that the car has valid insurance and also in the list of registered cars.

It is also true that many used cars are maintained in a perfect way that they are equally appearing and best to go for it and enjoy a test drive. Another important factor is that there is a vast online market that specializes in used cars ranking system that includes small cars, hybrid cars, large cars, sport cars, luxury cars, luxury wagons, mid scale cars and upscale mid size cars.  Ranking of used cars can also be dependant on the budget that begins from $ 12K. This includes cars, SUVs, trucks, vans and hybrids.

Buying a used car is very easy and the entire processing system of choosing a used car and getting it registered in your name is much faster and you can quickly check the performance of the used car by taking a test drive. Another important advantage is the budget if it is low to very high that you can adjust depending on your choice of car model. There is a huge range of choice in cars that begin from Toyota to Ford extending to Benz class.

Did you know that Kia is the second largest automaker in South Korea? Did you also know that Kia comes from several Korean words meaning ‘to rise out of Asia?’ Well, not too many people know these important facts about Kia Motors, so don’t feel bad.

In fact, Kia wants you to feel good about them and all of their little known facts.

So, here are a few of them for you to ponder and appreciate:

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• Kia is South Korea’s oldest car company.

• Kia began in 1944 as a maker of bicycle parts.

• Over 32% of Kia’s stock is owned by Hyundai Motor Company.

• Kia sells more than one and a half billion vehicles a year.

• Kia’s revenue for 2012 was more than $42 Billion.

• Kia has a manufacturing plant in Georgia, U.S.A.

• Kia makes cars, SUVs, commercial vehicles, electric and hybrid vehicles.

 

Enough fun facts for now. Kia is interesting, though. “To rise out of Asia” is a very telling name, however. That’s just what Kia did. They not only rose out of Asia, but they rose out of poverty, Japanese occupation and a third world existence, into what might be called a Phoenix-like rise to prosperity. Kia, not unlike Hyundai and several other companies in the region, pulled themselves up by their bootstraps and marched into a first world life, full of opportunity and world trade. They weren’t handed the opportunity, they made it for themselves. Where there was nothing – in South Korea after the war – there is something now. There are jobs and food and freedom and cars. Cars that sell all over the world. Cars that have made South Korea a leading manufacturer to be reckoned with on a par with other first world countries. Cars that have passed down the opportunity of free markets and business that the South Koreans had not even know existed before.

 

More facts provided by Team KIA of NH:

• Six Kia brands won the Top Safety Pick Award from IIHS

• Kia builds and sells military vehicles to South Korea.

• Kia built 26 cars in 1986 and built over 90,000 the next year.

• The Kia plant in Georgia cost over one billion dollars.

• Kia sold over one and a half million vehicles in 2012.

• In 1951, Kia built complete bicycles.

• In 1957, Kia built motorcycles.

• In 1962, Kia built trucks.

• In 1974, Kia began to build cars.

 

Kia. How do they do that?

Who doesn’t like Chevys? Answer: nobody. That’s right, pretty much everyone likes Chevys for one reason or another. Chevy has been around for more than a hundred years, so they must have figured out the car game by now. By the looks of their new line up, it appears that they most certainly have figured this whole car thing out.

They must have done it decades ago, because many of their cars, whether vintage or relatively new, have become classics and extremely desirable and valuable.

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The Camaro, the new one, not the one from the 1960s, is one of those newer cars that is becoming more classic each day. The Camaro has such a futuristic look to it that it’s a bit foreboding, until you gaze at it for a bit longer. Then you see the classic Chevy lines and you can feel the power oozing out of every inch of the powerful design.  Power is what the Camaro is all about. Power and elegant beauty all in one single car.

The evolution of this amazing vehicle began with its grandfather, the 1967 Camaro. That too was a classic. In fact, it’s one of the most desirable classics out there right now. People get into bidding wars when they find a restorable Camaro. It’s almost not safe to leave your house anymore; you might see a 60s Camaro that you can buy.

The new Camaros have just about the same problem, if you can call it a problem. One of the new Camaros pulled into the local gas station the other day and a beautiful woman got out to fill her gas tank. This woman was truly beautiful, no doubt a bout it. The first man cam over to her and started talking. I knew that was going to happen. Then a second man came over. Then I went over. Before you could say “See the USA in your Chevrolet” all three of us had forgotten the woman and were totally engrossed in the car itself. We did ask her a few questions – and the subject of her phone number never came up.

We wanted to know about her car so we asked Lynch Chevy of Milwaukee, “How fast was it.”  “Can I look inside?” “What’s that for?” We went on and on until she put the gas pump back and she said she had to go. All we wanted was a little friendliness. Maybe a couple of us were hoping she would offer us a test ride. But of course, that was when we had our bubble burst. She got in the car and drove off. We were all so sorry to see the car go. And the nice woman too.

Pikes Peak International Hill Climb has seen quite many four-wheel monsters, but the Red Bull-sponsored Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak might top them all. Peugeot’s newly developed machinery will compete in the Unlimited Class, where only the sky is the limit when it comes to power.

Thanks to the 3.2-liter bi-turbo V6 engine, this 875 kg car behaves like a paper napkin in the jaw of an angry pit-bull.

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Peugeot made huge efforts to build the Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak, but then they encountered another problem: this car is definitely not for novice drivers. So they hired Sebastian Loeb, the Frenchman who won nine World Rally championships. After the first test runs at the high-security track at La Ferté-Vidame, in northwestern France, even Loeb was astonished by the brutal force of the Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak.

“The Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak is a rocket! It’s so powerful! The first time you drive it, each gear change practically stuns you. The shifts are really brutal, and it takes a little time to anticipate the sudden jarring. You get used to it, but it was quite disorienting to begin with.” – he said after the first laps.

The Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak is totally custom-built having the wide tires of an endurance racing prototype, the differential of a WRC car, and the downforce, acceleration and breaking of a Formula 1 car. Under its mean-looking carbon bodywork there is a tubular steel frame with a V6 3.2-litre bi-turbo petrol engine delivering 875hp through a four-wheel drive transmission.

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That is enough power to take the Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak from 0-62 miles per hour in 1.8 seconds. If the driver has enough road to keep on with full throttle, it can hit 125 in 4.8 seconds and 150 in 7.0 flat. Now that is very fast even for the Pikes Peak. Consider the narrow, 20-kilometre track going up the Colorado mountain at an altitude 4,301 metres, and it will be obvious that Loab will have absolutely no room for error.

This post was written by Zoltan, who writes for Firm Guide. Since he was a small kid, he was passionate about technolgy: airplanes, cars, bicycles, you name it. He also loves to write. Today he is living his dream: he’s writing about cars.

Nissan has big plans in the future, not just for their electric and hybrid models, but they are also embarking into unfamiliar territory. They are looking to compete in the compact van segment in North America with Ford when they announced their new NV2000 model. Ford has a stronghold since the segment became relevant just a few years ago, they have done so with their Transit model which is growing in popularity. Ford has also just announced their family van, and Transit smaller brother the Tourneo. So it is safe to say Ford has quite a grip on this segment, so for Nissan to leap into this arena, could be a dangerous choice.

Dangerous might be a word that critics may place on this decision by the Japanese automaker, but Nissan themselves fell incredibly confident that they can make this work for their brand, and successfully compete with a big player like Ford. They know their model will work, because of its proven success in Europe and Asia, but North America is a different ball game, so what sort of changes will they need to make? Well for starters they want to make sure that everyone understands that the NV2000 isnt just some revamped minivan, but it is a model that they know works, and is simply reconfigured for the North American market. The biggest change of course is the engine. Nissan plans to switch out the diesel engine for a 2.0-liter gasoline engine which will give operators about 24 combined miles per gallon. They will also improve the leg room and cargo capacity, stretching it out. Because we all know more and bigger is better in North America. This increase in cargo size and leg room will allow flexibility for the vehicle to be either used as a passenger vehicle, or a commercial vehicle, totally up to the owner. Choices are also another big thing that American consumers must have.

With about 40 thousand compact van, commercial and passenger being sold in North America each of the past couple of years, and with Ford coming out with their revamped Transit for 2014, Nisan is jumping into this game at the perfect time. They will not only give an alternative to consumers, but will reap the benefits of this small market. For more on not just the van segment, but the other breakthrough models of 2013-14 for Nissan check out www.pompanonissan.com, a South Florida Nissan dealer.

The Jeep story is a war story.  In the late 1930s, when it became obvious that US was eventually going to be pulled into the war in Europe, the various branches of the military started to look at the necessary material preparations involved.  At Reedman-Toll Jeep, Langhorne, PA,  they informed us that the US Army contacted 134 companies and asked them if they had interest in building a prototype of a small, 4WD reconnaissance car. Only two companies responded to the request; Willys-Overland and The American Bantam Company.  The lack of response almost certainly due to the impossible deadline they had placed on the request: a working prototype needed to be delivered within a mere 49 days.

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Willys asked for more time to deliver a prototype but the Army refused the request.  The bankrupt American Bantam Car Company, who had no engineering left on the staff, solicited Karl Probst, an ex-Bantam consultant to help them out.  After turning down Bantam’s initial request, Probst responded to a direct Army request and commenced work. Working at a feverish pace, Probst laid out full plans for the Bantam prototype, known as the BRC (Bantam Reconnaissance Car), in just two days.  While much of the vehicle could be assembled from off-the-shelf parts, custom 4WD components were to be supplied by Spicer Corporation.  The hand-built prototype was completed and driven to Camp Holabird, MD for Army testing September 21, 1940.

Although the Bantam prototype met almost all of the requirements, the Army felt that the company (Bantam) was too small to supply the number of vehicles it needed, so it supplied the Bantam design to Willys and Ford who were encouraged to make their own changes and modifications. The resulting Ford “Pygmy” and Willys “Quad” prototypes looked very similar to the Bantam BRC prototype and Spicer supplied very similar four-wheel drivetrain components to all three manufacturers. It now was a contest among three possible suppliers.

Fifteen hundred of each of the three models were built and extensively field-tested. The Willys version of the car would become the standardized jeep design, designated the Model MB and was built at their plant in Toledo, Ohio.  The Army chose Ford as the second supplier but they were required to build their Jeeps to the Willys’ design. American Bantam, the creators of the first Jeep, spent the rest of the war building heavy-duty trailers for the Army.

Incidently, none of the original manufacturers actually used the term “Jeep” to designate their vehicles. Although there is some debate as to the origin of the name, many historians acknowledge that it was a slang that was applied to the vehicle’s military name “GP Vehicle” (General Purpose).  This seems likely because of the tendency to make non-sensical military acronyms into words is very common. For example, HMMWV (for High-Mobility Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicle) has become commonly known as the Humvee.

Today, Jeep is a major brand of automobiles that is manufactured by Chrysler Group LLC, a multi-national company in a global strategic alliance with the FIAT Group SPA.  The former Chrysler Corporation acquired the Jeep brand along with its remaining assets in 1987 from American Motors Corporation (AMC). Although it has made trucks, Jeeps line of vehicles today still consist solely off-road and sport utility vehicles.

 

In the early 1950s, Chrysler had a world class performer with its hemispherical V8 engine.  The engine displaced 331 cu.in. and proved its race worthiness at automobile racing events such as Lemans, Dayton, Indianapolis, and others. In 1954, Chrysler hired a new stylist, Virgil Exner, who redesigned the entire Chrysler and line. Today, Exner is considered the father of the “Fast Look” that distinquished the Chrysler line for the 1955s. His designs were simple and lacked the multiple stripes of chrome that most 1955 model cars were embellished with.  The illusion portrayed by the 1995 Chryslers was of “fast, forward movement”.

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It was in 1955 that the first Chrysler 300 was offered to the world.  It was called the C-300 because the factory installed 331 cu. in. hemi engine with a Carter 4 Barrel carburetor, solid lifters and free-flow exhaust, generated a genuine 300 HP. It was the first modern American automobile engine to do so. Thanks to Exner, the 300s also had a multiplicity of other distinctive features. For example, they had extra firm suspensions which allowed them to sit lower and corner far better than most other cars on the market.  Other options such as luxurious leather upholstery, the new PowerFlite transmission and a well designed instrumentation panel made the C-300 the “ultimate gentleman’s sports sedan”.

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Oh, and it was fast. Tim Flock raced the C-300 at Daytona in 1955, winning both on the road course and the “flying mile”. The 1956 model, now designated the 300B, won both events that year as well. In fact, the Chrysler 300s dominated NASCAR tracks in 1955 and 1956, taking the overall championship both years. Frankly, the folks at Reedman-Toll DCJ in Langhorne, PA to tell us those triumphs were instrumental in creating the legend of the Chrysler 300 and its hemi engine.

In 1959, Chrysler replaced the then 392 hemi head engine was discontinued and replaced with a 413 cu. in. wedge head design. For 1960 the wedge style engine was equipped with the unique and exotic cross-ram carburetor induction system (see photo). This new arrangement provided much higher torque at lower speeds in addition to substantial power at higher RPMs.

There were 14,268 hardtops and 2,588 convertibles of the C-300 cars produced, not large volume for 11 years of production. The cars were offered in only a limited number colors and trim and only in two door hardtops or convertibles.  They could be ordered with a standard transmission in certain years, but production was very low with that option, most owners seemed to prefer the convenience of the PowerFlite automatic. Still, each year since 1955 saw the engineering and performance of the famous Chrysler 300 improve. The result is that Chrysler had established a great engineering tradition that is evident in this top-end automobile that some think of as the “Duesenburg of the 1950s”.

Photos courtesy of allpar.com, examiner.com and Chrysler.com