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The Sleeper: A Sub-9-Second Toyota Camry that Looks Stock

Posted By: on April 12, 2015
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Sleeper Toyota Camry at SEMA Show

At the 2014 SEMA show in Las Vegas a bevy of dynamic and outrageous vehicles were on display to give us a look at what the imagination might be able to create into an actual vehicle. Among the many crazy looking, intriguing and surprisingly inventive showing at the show was a simple and subdued appearing Toyota Camry whose only visible additions were the tinted windows. This car begged the question of belonging in a show like this it seemed to be completely out of place, but the simple reality is this Camry was in fact the right car in the right place.

The Camry in question is actually called a sleeper car and one that allows Toyota to showcase their imagination and racing development. Under this very plain and unassuming exterior was a full racing beast that can excite even the most avid race driver or enthusiast and offer a massive amount of power, precision and acceleration in a car that will rival many others on the track.

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2015 Buick Regal: Living up to its Name

Posted By: on August 17, 2014
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2015 Buick Regal

The Buick Regal has had a very long history of being a great mid-sized sedan that has been popular with many generations. The Regal for many years seemed to be the one Buick that didn’t attract only the retired generation but instead was a symbol of comfort, style and luxury that anyone would be proud to own and drive. Now that Buick has partnered with the European automaker Opel, many in the lineup now have a distinctly European feel to them and the Regal is no exception to that statement offering a distinct character that reminds anyone who has spent time in Europe of their class of vehicles.

The Regal enters the fray by adding a lot more technology to the interior allowing connectivity throughout the vehicle and keeping drivers and passengers connected. This allows the Regal to compete on a high level with the Audi A4, Volkswagen CC and Acura TLX. As stated the new features for 2015 include the new 4G LTE connectivity in the OnStar system creating a Wi-Fi hotspot for anyone to stay connected on the road. The Regal did not leave out its iPhone users either by adding the Siri Eyes Free technology to this great vehicle.

As one of the best and most uncompromising vehicles on the road the Regal offers drivers everything they could want when behind the wheel. With an expertly tuned suspension the car handles all road defects with ease and experience. The steering is substantial and smooth allowing for a very easy and comfortable ride. As a luxury-oriented sedan the Regal is equipped with one of the quietest cabins on the market making it easy to have a family sing-along or for owners to leave the busy workday behind as they drive home after a long day at work.

According to Miami Buick, two engines and three differing setups are offered on the Buick Regal starting with the base engine which comes in the form of a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine offering 259 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine is married up with a six-speed automatic transmission that helps to gain a fuel efficiency of 21 city/30 hwy mpg for the front-wheel drive version and 19 city/27 hwy mpg for the all-wheel drive models.

Taking the same engine and putting it in the Regal GS model offers the availability of a manual transmission when desired. This set up offers the same power numbers and the automatic is the same transmission. The fuel efficiency number come in a little differently with the manual transmission achieving 20 city/31 hwy mpg, the automatic in front-wheel drive reaches 21 city/30 hwy mpg and the all-wheel drive automatic achieves 19 city/27 hwy mpg. The manual is not available for an all-wheel drive model across all Regal models.

The second engine offered is a 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine that is an eAssist mild hybrid engine that reaches 182 horsepower and 172 lb.-ft. of torque. Mated to the same six-speed automatic transmission this powertrain will achieve 25 city/36 hwy mpg worth of fuel economy to enjoy by using a dual-function generator/motor and a lithium-ion battery pack to help take the burden off the engine entirely.

As a premium sedan the Regal needs to caress and coddle the driver and all passenger and this car does so in grand design and fashion. All materials are top notch, soft, well positioned and very eye-catching. The complete level of sophistication inside the Regal is more than exemplary for the Buick lineup. There is more than ample space throughout the cabin for all inhabitants to enjoy the ride and with added touches of two-toned beauty and wood accents this car really makes anyone inside feel special and well taken care of.

On the outside the Regal offers a very classy look starting with the signature chrome waterfall grill that is situated between two royal looking headlights that draw the eye toward the rear of the car. The stance of this car is, well Regal as the name states with a strong presence and very upscale trim the car truly makes a signature status statement when driving or as it is parked. The final exterior feature is the full set of star-fan inspired wheels that just look both impressive and menacing at the same time.

As for standard equipment, the Regal offers a very impressive list including leather upholstery, 12-way driver and passenger seats, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, an eight-inch color touch screen with Buick’s IntelliLink infotainment system, a rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity, a seven-speaker audio system, USB ports, 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, GM’s StabiliTrack stability control, traction control and antilock brakes with brake assist. With this menu of features on board the Regal even at the base model is a car that will make any driver very happy behind the wheel.

The optional equipment offered for the Buick Regal include all-wheel drive as the only stand-alone feature with all others being grouped into packages. These packages start with the Premium I package that is made up of the eAssist mild hybrid engine. The Premium II package that improves the standard turbocharged engine. With either Premium package features are added including keyless entry, push-button starting, a remote starting system, a heated steering wheel, a hard-drive based navigation system, a power sunroof, 18-inche aluminum-alloy wheels, HID headlights, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warnings and rear cross traffic alerts. Putting all these optional features into a Regal will create a car that many will not want to every step out of and might just choose to have a rolling office to work from.

The 2015 Buick Regal starts with a very reasonable opening price point of $30,700 for the base model and moves up to $32,600 for the Premium I package and just below $35,000 for the Premium II package. The GS model will add a bit of sport and 20-inch wheels for an asking price of a little more than $38,000. These prices and all the features listed make the Buick Regal one of the most affordable nearly-luxury cars offered for the new model year.

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Posted By: on October 7, 2013

When you’re developing a business plan, you need to identify an element that makes your company unique and distinguishable from all the others in order to stand out and have an advantage over competitors. There’s Read On »

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Posted By: on December 10, 2012

The trade show is an integral part of the engine that drives global sales.  They bring together parties who are inherently interested in doing business with each other.  When an industry or professional group meets, Read On »

2014 Dodge Ram: Great Truck with Nice Innovations

Posted By: on April 16, 2014
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2014 Dodge Ram

As with any truck owner, brand loyalty is huge and once a truck owner knows what brand they are going to be loyal to it rarely if ever changes.  This holds true for owners of the Dodge Ram just as much as any other truck and with the release of the Hemi engine a few years ago, Ram enjoyed some serious changes in loyalty from other trucks to theirs.

For 2014, the Dodge Ram has already won the award for Motor Trend Truck of the Year and is still a fan favorite in many ways.  Showing off with the best gas mileage for full size trucks, with the V6 and eight-speed transmission, the 2014 Dodge Ram is a tough truck to beat.  Many of the upgrades were made for the 2013 model year, but the 2014 carries over as a fantastic truck.

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1957 Chevy Bel Air Stolen in 1984, Returned in 2014 Fully Restored

Posted By: on February 20, 2014
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57 Bel Air

There was really no hope for a return of his stolen 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air. At least that’s what Skip Wilson thought when it was stolen from his front yard in 1984. Now, thirty years later, the car has been returned. Better yet, it’s been fully restored and is ready to hit the car shows if he wants.

Since it was stolen, it has gone through four different owners. It never hit the radar of the authorities because the first character of the vehicle identification number was missing. When it was discovered in a crate bound for a buyer in Australia, the police tracked it back to Wilson.

“It’s got a new motor, upholstery, brakes, rims and tires, and the gauges – those are new, too – only say nine miles,” said Wilson.

He had to supply proof that it was his, but once that was located, he had to pay $900 to have it transported a few weeks later. When it was sitting on his front lawn, it was a junker, a shell of a car that needed desperate repairs. Now, those repairs have been done. No word from the person who restored it, the seller, or the Australian buyer.

Wilson has not indicated his plans, though he could take it to a Chevy dealership and have it sold in no time if he chooses.

“Every time I saw one of them on the road, I thought it was her,” he said. “It’s just unbelievable.”

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A Tribute to the 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

Posted By: on January 19, 2014
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1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

It has been over a decade since the Pontiac Firebird Trans Am was in existence. Despite it’s popularity amongst hot rod lovers, the consolidation to the Camaro brought the 35-year reign of “dirty birds” to an end and opened the doors for cars like the Dodge Challenger to com back into the picture.

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Posted By: on March 7, 2013
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Bear Arms - Model 1896 Swedish Mauser 6.5x55

It’s not just a political debate. Here, a Model 1896 Swedish Mauser 6.5×55 is proudly presented by the arms of the bear that it once shot. Definitely creepy. Possibly pretty darn nifty.

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Posted By: on March 4, 2013
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Baby crocs

Such cute little guys. Today, they fit in your hands. Tomorrow, they’ll eat your hands.

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Old Ads didn’t Say much

Posted By: on February 20, 2013
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Vintage Studebaker Ad

It didn’t take much to sell cars in the old days. You just showed a picture of the vehicle, perhaps an image of the engine, and made a claim. Apparently, that’s all that worked.

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Epic Ride of the Day: 1969 Chevrolet Camaro

Posted By: on February 5, 2013
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1969 Chevrolet Camaro

There are certain cars that define a generation. The 1969 Chevrolet Camaro is one of them.

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LEGO Sushi Looks Almost Edible

Posted By: on February 3, 2013
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LEGO Sushi

Sushi isn’t just about having rice-covered ingredients wrapped in seaweed that you can eat. It can also be something really cool like a huge variation made up of LEGO pieces. As they found over at Techi, it can also win you a variation of Iron Chef, LEGO style.

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