Friday, March 11, 2011

Most Stolen Cars in America – Top 10 List

1) 1994 Honda Accord: A popular car with the consumers is also a popular car with the thieves. With this kind of popularity, there is a high demand for parts to keep them running.
2) 1995 Honda Civic: A very popular car in the 1990s makes the Civic a popular target for thieves. Many people like to by used ones to fix these cars up creating a demand for aftermarket parts.

3) 1989 Toyota Camry: Being such a reliable car in the early 90s mean there is a demand for parts keeping thieves busy puts this car on the Top Stolen Car list.

4) 1997 Ford F-150 Pickup: Being one of the most popular trucks on the market puts the Ford F-150 on one of the most popular trucks to be stolen. Many other trucks produced by Ford use many of the same parts giving reason why this is probably so popular.

5) 2004 Dodge Ram Pickup: Being the fact that the 2004 Dodge Ram Pickup is a work truck, possibly filled with building supplies or more expensive cargo probably gives thieves incentive to snatch one of these vehicles if to come upon one.

6) 2000 Dodge Caravan: Hard to believe that minivans are actually on this list but they are. The 2000 Dodge Caravan makes it to number 6 on this list probably due to the double sliding doors making the van such a good cargo carrier.

7) 1996 Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee: A classy SUV for the mid-nineties, the 1996 Jeep Cherokee/ Grand Cherokee is a favorite among thieves. Hard to believe with all the problems they had with the drivetrain.

8 ) 1994 Acura Integra: Noted for the popularity of street racers keeps the 1994 Acura Integra on the list for cars most stolen. This quick little car is a favorite for high performance and reactive speed.

9) 1999 Ford Taurus: The Ford Taurus was a very popular economical car during the late 1990s making parts to currently keep them running in today’s economy also very popular. Because of this, the Ford Taurus is on the Top ten Cars Most Stolen list.

10) 2002 Ford Explorer: A very popular SUV for the early part of the 2000s was the 2002 Ford Explorer. Mixed with the fact that many other Ford vehicles shared many parts put this vehicle on the Top Ten Most Stolen Vehicle list.

The Izaro GTE Electric Supercar

Who said that electric cars can’t be powerful or as powerful as other supercars that run on regular fuel? At least this seems to be the thought of the Spanish Izaro company that just announced it’s plans for an electric supercar that will bring power to the people but without the fuel costs and carbon emissions.
Named the Izaro GTE, the supercar is said to achieve 0 to 60 mph in under four seconds with a top speed that exceeds 200 mph and all that with zero carbon emissions. A very bold claim, because there’s a saying that goes: if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. But let’s see what other specs they have for us.
Coming in two versions, one 100 percent electric and a hybrid, the Izaro GTE will be sporting 495 hp (the all-electric version) and 416 hp (for the hybrid). According to the company, the range of the electric version will be around 150 miles, give or take because of the driving.
Priced at around $76,000, the light Izaro GTE (it weights bellow 2,200 pounds because of the materials used) will (hopefully) become a reality.

Range Rover Sport RS from Project Kahn

It’s hight time for the 2011 Range Rover Sport RS to get some new looks and this is thanks to Project Kahn which fitted it with a new body kit adding sportier looks and also performance. More info after the click.
Project Kahn Range Rover Sport RS Front
Project Kahn Range Rover Sport RS Front

Made from carbon composite materials, the 2011 Range Rover Sport RS kit from Project Kahn weights less than the original body kit (by up to 50 percent). Not only does the new carbon body weigh a lot less (no pun intended), but it also offers new design possibilities in terms of finishing.
Featuring new bumpers both to the front and to the rear, new wheel arches and new 22-inch wheels, the new look package is complee. In the performance department, the 2011 Range Rover RS will only sport a new exhaust system worth 5,000 euros (installation included). But considering the lighter weight of the body, it might bring a couple more hp which couldn’t hurt.
Those interested in the body kit for the 2011 Range Rover RS from Project Kahn will be able to get it next month, though we didn’t manage to find the exact price for it, but maybe it won’t bee too expensive.

Lexus reveals IS facelift at the French Auto Show at Paris

The Japanese people from Lexus decided to create a facelift version for the IS model, scheduled to start at the Paris Auto Show and bringing little improvements but not significant changes. The Lexus IS200d comes equipped with a diesel engine of 2 liters capable to deliver 150 horsepower and 340 Nm of torque. Regarding the aesthetics, the optical blocks were slightly redesigned, the changes being not very obviously.
Lexus IS250C
Lexus IS250C
The F-Sport option list was improved by the Japanese manufacturer bringing a redesigned front part with a modified grille and spoiler. New 18-inch alloy wheels are also available while at the interior shift paddles for changing the gears are the novelty along with the leather steering wheel.

Lexus IS250C
Lexus IS250C
Leather seats complete the new improved F-Sport option list for the IS range. The body paint color range is now wider but also new alloy rims are available for the facelifted Lexus IS expected to start at Paris.
Lexus IS250C
Lexus IS250C

Toyota got hit by another recall: more than 1 million units

The Japanese manufacturer Toyota is facing another big recall involving more than 1 million units. More exactly, 1.13 million Corolla and Corolla Matrix units may create problems due to defective engine control modules. Americans at NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) said that the engine of the models told below might stall and not start anymore.
Toyota Corolla Matrix
Toyota Corolla Matrix
Toyota specified that the models equipped with the 1ZZ-FE engine and also with the front-wheel drive. The Japanese manufacturer also claimed that no incidents involving this problem appeared so far.

This malfunction could cause beside the engine start failure, also the malfunction of the transmission of the model. The late September is the period when Toyota will start to repair the cars affected by this recall. The faulty part is produced by Delphi corporation, in U.S., a company that provides electronic parts for more manufacturers. This recall proves again some problems surrounding the Japanese car manufacturer

new Audi A1 received the first tuning kit from Senner Tuning

The German tuning house Senner decided to develop a tuning kit for the fresh Audi A1, a tuning kit that relates both to the performance and aesthetics. This tuning kit developed by Senner Tuning comes with more changes that affects, in the good way, the performance than changes that are regarding the aesthetic part, a fact that is normal for a just-released model.
Audi A1 by Senner Tuning
Audi A1 by Senner Tuning
New stainless steel termination for the exhaust system were mounted by the tuners, the price for the exhaust pipes reaching 899 euro. Barracuda Voltec T6 18-inch rims are offered with this tuning package, the price for the rims and the Hankook S1 Evo 225/35 R18 tires reaches 1599 euros.
Audi A1 by Senner Tuning
Audi A1 by Senner Tuning

Audi A1 by Senner Tuning
Audi A1 by Senner Tuning
In order to improve more the visual appearance, the tuner lowered the ground clearance of the small A1 by operating some changes at the suspensions.
Audi A1 by Senner Tuning
Audi A1 by Senner Tuning
Enough with the aesthetic improvements. The German tuner provides a TDi engine with a capacity of 1.6 liters able to develop 140 horsepower, 310Nm of torque and will remove from your pocket 899 euro. As a conclusion, Senner Tuning offers a tuning package for the new A1 which costs 3397 euro and the main attraction of the package is the new improved engine.
Audi A1 by Senner Tuning
Audi A1 by Senner Tuning

new Super Car Koenigsegg CCXR

You will not see Warren Buffett driving around in one of these....

Perhaps the most expensive and rarest of all super powerful and super expensive cars is the Koenigsegg CCXR which is manufactured in Sweden by a team of beautiful blond builders in bikinis. Only six pieces of the car have been sold at a sticker price of (hold your breath) $1,900,000.00 (yes, that is almost $2 million dollars).

A serious contender (if it comes do price and speed) of Tesla Motors. Swedish Koenigsegg states it is the fastest green (biofuel) super car in the world capable of achieving a top speed of 250 miles an hour (any faster would make it an airplane). So who buys a $1.9 million car? Well, the people that sit on one of the largest oil reserves in the world, the Royal Family of Qatar. The simply flew over the car from Qatar to London for the summer. The Koenigsegg CCXR was last spotted in front of Harrods (which happens to be owned by the Royal Family of Qatar as well).

The owner of this car sure doesn't seem to worry about Compound Interest any longer... I guess it is all about striking a balance.

optometrist builds you the 'most affordable' supercar

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On his way back from the 2007 Italiano Concorso, David Alan, 63, an optometrist by profession, realized that he wanted to doctor more than eyes: the cars. Hence came his custom car building company, Autosports. Three years ago he has dreamt of building the world’s most affordable supercar in Western Pennsylvania. After three years and three custom-built cars later, David saw his cars going fast up to 220mph and wants them to go even faster in future.

david alans most affordable supercar prototype gt malan
Alan’s dream came true and his first prototype, a black GT Malan with thick orange racing stripes across the hood, competed in the Speed Channel’s nationally televised ‘Battle of the Supercars’ – a show that pits the world’s top customizable cars against one another in a series of performance-based tests. The car performed well against the Gumpert Apollo, a German-produced supercar that’s four times the price.
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Alan’s car was a 750hp beast that took more than a year and $125,000 to build and passed through three builders before taking the present form. This car is branded as Alan’s own car, because he bought its parts from a local company an altered them heavily to suit his needs. The packages for building the supercars start at $100,000 and deliver a performance at a cost that’s too less to its competitors.
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The cars are built strictly as per customer’s specifications and the internal structure is provided by the Boston-area Factory Five Racing. There is no limitation and the customer can ask from diamond studded interior, to 1,000-horsepower engine, to sequential transmission, any kind of paint, horsepower, engine and God knows what not, but everything to give the customer a delight of driving a supercar s/he has imagined.
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Kicherer Mercedes-Benz SLS Supersport Edition Black

Fine-tuning brand Kicherer recently released a new version for the sleek AMG Mercedes-Benz SLS – called the 2010 Kicherer Mercedes-Benz SLS Supersport Edition Black. The SLS is tuned to make it a sportier version. It has a new spoiler front skirt, special rear diffuser fins, screw-thread sports suspension system, and a stainless steel exhaust system. Both the suspension system and the exhaust system are adjustable by car’s patron/driver. Aside from that, the 2010 Kicherer Mercedes-Benz SLS Supersport Edition Black's adjustable exhaust system can produce a sonorous or a restrained tone. All these new parts, made by Kicherer, are made of carbon of the highest quality.

The 2010 Kicherer Mercedes-Benz SLS Supersport Edition Black also highlights a new (3-part 20-inch) RS-1 lightweight wheels, which adds another sporty dimension on this classic sports car. As for the engine, this vehicle has an output of 620PS instead of 575PS of the standard

Lumma Design BMW CLR X 650 M

Famous German tuning company Lumma Design just revealed its new tuning package – the 2010 Lumma Design BMW CLR X 650 M. Based on the 2010 BMW X6 M, the vehicle is completely reworked with a massive body kit, quad tailpipes, sporty interior and most importantly a boosted 670hp (493kW). It is a total transformation of the four-door sports coupe, but it retains the X6 M's aggressive stance.

The 2010 Lumma Design BMW CLR X 650 M has a new front spoiler, three air ducts plus LED daytime running lights; it also displays fender extenions, side skirts and rear panels with air panels with air ducts. As for the speed, the 2010 Lumma Design BMW CLR X 650 M is capable of 194mph (312 km/h). Compared to the standard BMW X6M, the 670hp is a 20 percent boost; the torque meanwhile had a 25 percent improvement as it peaks up to 850Nm