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The 20 worst traffic cities in North America goes far beyond Los Angeles

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

Thanks to the modern technology that allows cars to drive using signals bouncing off satellites, we now know more than ever before just how much time we waste in traffic. A new study by the TomTom navigation service says the average driver in America’s largest cities spends 20 percent more time traveling during the rush hour than off-peak — and that aside from the never ending snarl of Los Angeles, several cities on both coasts are seeing their driving time, and heart rates, on the rise.

By measuring the travel times of thousands of drives covering millions of miles in 26 U.S. and Canadian cities, TomTom says it was able to gauge not just how much time drivers in any given city spend in rush hour, but how that flow changes between different times and different days. The results show that the differences among the worst cities aren’t as great as you might think; Los Angeles drivers lose an average of 40 minutes for every hour they spend on the road at peak travel, but in Seattle it’s a still-stressful 35 minutes.

The TomTom North American Congestion Index

2012 Ranking 2011 Ranking % delay from congestion
1. Los Angeles 1 33%
2. Vancouver 2 30%
3. Miami 5 26%
4. Seattle 12 25%
5. Tampa 6 25%
6. San Francisco 9 25%
7. Washington, D.C. 4 24%
8. Houston 18 23%
9. Toronto 3 22%
10. Ottawa, Canada 15 22%
11. Atlanta 11 21%
12. Montreal 7 20%
13. San Diego 17 19%
14. Chicago 19 19%
15. New York 10 17%
16. Calgary, Canada 13 17%
17. Philadelphia 16 17%
18. Dallas-Fort Worth 20 16%
19. Boston 14 16%
20. Baltimore 25 15%

TomTom’s numbers do put some manageable figures to the purgatory of Los Angeles traffic. The average City of Angels resident with a 30-minute commute loses 92 hours a year — nearly four days — to traffic congestion. No city in North America suffers a worse backup in evening commutes, or sees its side roads slow down more under the burden.

Other cities are not that far behind. TomTom’s study also covered Canada, and found that despite smaller populations, its cities were just as traffic-choked, with Vancouver worse than any U.S. city outside Los Angeles. The next four cities on the ranking — Miami, Seattle, Tampa and San Francisco — all suffer similar amounts of delay at rush hour. Only Tampa was not also among the cities with the worst increase in congestion, with Seattle gaining four percentage points of delay time from 2011 to 2012.

The least-congested city in TomTom’s list? Minneapolis, where an hour in a peak commute will add an average of 16 minutes in delays, and where traffic moves at a relatively speedy average of 40 mph. Even with that relative brisk pace, Twin Cities commuters still spend a total of two days a year stuck in traffic. No wonder automakers think people might check Facebook and Twitter from behind the wheel. With that much time to waste, what else can they do?

By Justin Hyde | Motoramic – link

EVCARCO, Inc. Signs an Agreement to Purchase The Third Stone Corporation, a Software Development Company

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

FORT WORTH, TX - EVCARCO, Inc. (OTC.BB: EVCA) (EVCA.OB), a Future Driven® Automotive Retail Group announced today that on May 8, 2012, it entered into a Share Exchange Agreement, for the acquisition of The Third Stone Corporation (TSC).

EVCARCO will acquire all of the common and preferred shares of TSC in exchange for 1,664,752,000 shares of its common stock and 1,000,000 shares of Class B Convertible preferred stock. The acquisition should be completed by May 25, 2012.

Mack Sanders, CEO of EVCARCO, stated, “We saw great potential in the products TSC is currently developing and decided to take advantage of the opportunity to acquire the company. We hope that the acquisition of TSC will not only diversify our business and add value to our shareholders, but also enable us to develop applications for the alternative fuel automotive market.”

Gary Easterwood, CEO of TSC, said, “We are a technology company seeking long term relationships with companies that share our passion. With EVCARCO, we feel confident our goals will interlock and technology will continue to drive us both to achieve shareholder value.”

For more information on EVCARCO, Inc., please view: www.evcarco.com. Shareholder inquiries should be directed to (972) 571-1624.

EVCARCO, Inc. is a Future Driven® Automotive Retail Group focused on deploying a coast-to-coast network of environmentally friendly franchised dealerships, vehicles, technologies and sustainable solutions. EVCARCO is bringing to market the most advanced clean technologies available in plug-in electric, alternative fuel, and pre-owned hybrid vehicles from multiple manufacturers.

For additional information on The Third Stone Corporation, please view: www.thirdstonecorp.com.

The Third Stone Corporation is a forward thinking software provider dedicated to improving and enhancing lives through innovation. The company is currently producing applications targeted at consumers who use technology to boost their daily productivity. Utilizing proprietary technology coupled with the latest available development tools and processes, The Third Stone Corporation is on the leading edge of new ideas and has the technical expertise to quickly convert those ideas to marketable applications. TSC has a diverse development portfolio of applications and services targeting sport, social media, finance, and home automation sectors.

Forward-Looking Statement
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Coda Automotive All New Pure Electric Sedan

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

The US auto industry was rocked by its worst downturn in more than a generation as two automakers, General Motors and Chrysler, seeked to restructure their operations through bankruptcy, while a third producer, the Ford Motor Company, slipped by and avoided a similar fate. Never before in the history of building cars in the US has the domestic market been battered so badly.

Small Manufacturers Get Noticed

While the major manufacturers seek to reposition themselves for the decade ahead, several smaller builders of electric cars are now getting started. Tesla Automotive built its beautiful Roadster and hopes to have a sedan on the market within the next year or two. Fisker Automotive rolled out is Karma sports sedan when production started just a few months ago.

Another manufacturer who is in the process of getting into the game is Coda Automotive. Based in Santa Monica, California, the company is developing a five passenger sedan that they hope to have on sale for the California market in Fall 2010, possibly beating the Chevy Volt to market which is set to appear around November 2010.

May Beat The Chevy Volt To Market

Unlike many pure electric models, the Coda sedan will be aimed to the average consumer and be much more affordable. With federal tax credits and possibly state credits the final price for a fully equipped Coda sedan should be even more attractable.

The Coda model is expected to have a range of 90-120 miles and be rechargeable in as few as two hours time to give drivers 40 miles of commuting range. That latter figure is noteworthy because the Chevy Volt, which will include a supplemental gas engine, is expected to travel some 40 miles on pure electric power before the gas engine kicks in. The Coda’s lithium-ion batteries will be sourced from China, though the company has promised to line up a US battery supplier down the line.

Well Equipped, Not Stripped

Coda says that factory-standard equipment will include a telematics package, navigation with turn-by-turn directions, a “green screen” that monitors driving efficiency, roadside assistance with an emergency button, a Bluetooth system with an embedded microphone, AM/FM/XM radio with Sirius satellite capability, iPod dock, MP3/USB connectivity, security system, aluminum wheels, and power windows, doors and mirrors. Safety equipment includes anti-lock brakes with electronic stability control and advanced airbags with an occupant detection system. The vehicle is backed by a three-year/36,000 mile warranty.

Hybrid Diesel Cars From Volkswagen and Peugeot

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Article by Dean Forster

Living green, save the planet and Earth Day. These are all phrases that we have become familiar with over the past couple of years. A few more words that you may have heard that just started to evolve might include hybrid diesel, Peugeot, electric cars, and Volkswagen. Why are these words so prominent in today’s society? It is because gas prices are on the rise and so is air pollution. We are striving to find vehicles that offer the best gas mileage as well as the healthiest choice for our earth. So, what exactly is a hybrid diesel? Hybrid diesel is a vehicle that is eco-friendly and will soon be in the top spot of the green-car market. A hybrid diesel is a mix between diesel fuel and electric to power the vehicle.

You can find many vehicles that offer this type of power. Trains, towing trucks, and everyday drivers are offering hybrid diesel. Some manufactures that produce these vehicles are Volkswagen followed by Peugeot. Peugeot is the number one manufacturer of mopeds and scooters in Europe today. If you just need to travel a short distance to get to your destination you might want to consider a moped. Peugeot is also attempting to produce a hybrid diesel car that can get up to 82 mpg. How would you like to drive one of those cars? Volkswagen has been known for many years to produce vehicles that have high fuel mileage.

Even if you do purchase a Peugeot or Volkswagen, you still need to do your part in maintaining your vehicle. Routine oil changes are a must. You want to check the oil every time you fill up at the pump to make sure your not burning any oil. Check the air filters to make sure that the filters are not clogged with dirt and other debris. A clogged air filter will cause less air to enter the engine with will prevent your engine from running properly. You will also want to rotate the tires when needed and check the PSI in each tire every time you fill up the fuel. If you are able to get 82 mpg you might want to check the tires when your tank is half full as well as when you fill up. Why is this so important? If your tires are low on pressure then the car has to work over time to spin the tires. This causes more fuel to be burned up. Check the fluids in your car whenever you are filling your car with fuel, also.

You can also increase your gas mileage on your hybrid diesel by the way you drive. Driving with extreme road rage can reduce your gas mileage as well as put you in danger. Aggressive driving puts extra pressure on the engine which causes your engine to work extra hard and burn more fuel. Driving the speed limit and using cruise control can help you get the most mpg. Avoid braking fast and flooring the accelerator pedal. Try to do every transaction as smoothly as possible. When you are driving you will want to put your vehicle in overdrive or in the highest gear possible if you have a manual transmission. Just drive your car the way it was meant to be driven and you will have the results that are promised to you.

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Toyota Introduces Yaris HSD Concept

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Article by Lyndhurst Toyota

The Yaris HSD concept makes its world debut at the Geneva motor show, marking an important step in the company’s strategy for rolling out full hybrid technology across its European model line-up.

Toyota’s goal is to offer full hybrid power in all its models in Europe as early as possible in the 2020s, a programmer which began in 2010 with launch of Auris HSD in the C-segment. Yaris HSD will bring Hybrid Synergy Drive to the supermini B-segment, which accounts for the largest share of the European new car market.

The current growth of the B-segment is one aspect of a shift in public demand. Customers are becoming more receptive to new technologies.

There is also a significant increase in the number of customers who are making engine type their primary purchase consideration. Public perception of hybrid has matured to the point where it now ranks as a clear alternative to diesel or petrol engines.

The number of people choosing hybrid is increasing steadily and has doubled in the past two years. This has created a gateway to the Toyota brand: customers looking to buy a hybrid are three times more likely to consider a Toyota.

Toyota’s proven Hybrid Synergy Drive is aimed principally at demanding, urban customers who expect a new driving and ownership experience from their car. Delivering low fuel consumption, emissions and cost of ownership with relaxed and quiet performance, HSD proves that environmental responsibility and low running costs do not have to compromise driving pleasure.

Among the first Auris hybrid owners, the majority quote relaxation, an engaging driving experience and the learning of new driving habits as the most rewarding aspects of their new car.

Exterior design a new direction for the next Yaris

The Yaris HSD concept inherits the clever packaging that has historically been a fundamental of element of Yaris, with a spacious and practical interior married to a more advanced and sophisticated exterior design.

The upper grille opening is shallow, flanked by highly contoured headlamps, promoting a smooth airflow over the upper body. The Toyota emblem is fully integrated into the front lip of the bonnet.

In profile, the cars monoform shape is emphasised by a long, sweeping roofline and single, crisp character line running the length of the vehicle. Short front and rear overhangs and a long wheelbase maximise the room inside for passengers and luggage.

There are a number of styling cues that identify the car as a Toyota full hybrid. Flat, vertical aero corners minimise air turbulence and house front foglamps and matching rear reflectors. Airflow is also managed by a large, integral rear spoiler, underbody covers and 18-inch aero wheels with enlarged gaps to promote cooling. Attention to detail extends to the aero-efficient shape of the door handles and rear side view cameras (featured in place of conventional door mirrors).

The hybrid-specific white pearl paintwork is exclusive to the concept car and shows off a new development of this finish, with sparkling blue metallic accents created using multi-layering application techniques. The cars Hybrid Synergy Drive is further indicated by hybrid blue Toyota badging, LED daytime running lights and synergy blue illumination of the rear-view camera housings and doorhandles.

Hybrid Synergy Drive in the B-segment

Fuel efficiency and low CO2 emissions are established attractive qualities in the B-segment. Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive will carry these forward with the additional benefit of offering fully electric driving capability a function that is particularly effective in urban environments.

In all-electric EV mode the system produces zero CO2, NOx and particulates tailpipe emissions.

Every Toyota full hybrid comes with low cost of ownership built-in. The high fuel efficiency and low emissions save on fuel bills, attract tax benefits and inner city congestion charge exemptions and keep running costs down. Moreover, Hybrid Synergy Drive is designed for low maintenance requirements and hard-wearing performance. The system has no starter motor or alternator, the timing chain is maintenance-free and there are no drive belts, which improves reliability and saves on upkeep bills.

Toyota engineers continue to focus on how overall system performance can be improved by capturing solar power. Yaris HSDs roof is entirely covered with solar panels, to provide independent powering of the cars air conditioning unit, thus reducing fuel consumption.

HSD powertrain downsizing the engineering challenge

Introducing full hybrid technology to the B-segment has presented Toyota with some unique engineering challenges. The powertrain design has to be tailored for installation within Yaris’s compact and extremely efficient packaging, without compromising its quality and performance, or detracting from the passenger accommodation and loadspace. Success in this task is essential to meet the growing demand for urban-friendly family vehicles, in which space and the benefits of hybrid performance are prime requirements.

European production

The production model which will follow the Yaris HSD concept will be launched throughout Europe during the second half of 2012. Cars will be built at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Frances Valencienes plant.

Full hybrid technology will become an increasingly significant part of Toyota’s mainstream vehicle production in Europe. With Auris hybrid already being built at Burnaston in the UK, Toyota is the only car manufacturer to be producing hybrid vehicles at more than one European factory.

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Car Rental Leader Hertz Puts Teradata in the Drivers Seat

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Article by RealWire

Teradata to improve database analytics, business insight, scale up as data volumes grow

The Hertz Corporation (NYSE:HTZ), the largest worldwide airport general use car rental brand, and Teradata (NYSE: TDC), the world’s leading analytic data solutions company, announced today that Hertz has selected a Teradata Active Enterprise Data Warehouse environment to provide a new, powerful and accelerated foundation for business critical reporting and decision making on integrated data.

The new analytic environment will enable real time access to fresh information, and smooth system scalability as requirements for data visibility rise.

“As our business continues to grow, we realized the need to upgrade our data warehousing systems to meet our internal requirements,” commented Joseph Eckroth, Hertz Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer. “We’re confident that the Teradata system’s performance in handling complex queries and providing us with real time access to fresh information will be beneficial in enabling us to quickly retrieve the most relevant information, while giving us the scalability we’ll need as our business grows.”

The world’s leading car rental brand selected the new Teradata 6650 and a Teradata Data Warehouse Appliance used for a data analytics test system. Hertz is also implementing Teradata products for backup and recovery, the logical data model for travel companies, which encompasses five Teradata products: Decision Experts, Profiler, Professional Services, Advanced Analytics Support and Managed Services.

Over the course of the next 30 months, Hertz plans on developing an analytical and operational global data warehouse in order to support customer relations, fleet operations, corporate analytics, and pricing/yield management.

The new Active Data Warehouse will provide an optimal environment for deep data integration and more timely and powerful analytics. The data infrastructure deployment will involve consolidating data from an assortment of data marts across the organization into one integrated, centralized data warehouse.

“Specifically, Hertz was looking for ways to accelerate complex query processing, cut through the complexity of information management and move to a much more pro-active, effective analytical environment,” said Tony Palladino, Teradata Industry Vice President. “Teradata was able to provide Hertz with the complete package of query performance, user concurrency, rich functionality, and relevant experience.”

The power and scalability of Teradata platforms support businesses of every size whose increasingly complex business demands are driven by robust growth requirements and the emerging need for pervasive business intelligence.

About Hertz Hertz is the largest worldwide airport general use car rental brand operating from more than 8,500 locations in 146 countries worldwide. Hertz is the number one airport car rental brand in the U.S. and at 83 major airports in Europe, operating both corporate and licensee locations in cities and airports in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. For more information please visit the Hertz website.

About TeradataTeradata Corporation (NYSE: TDC) is the world’s leading analytic data solutions company focused on integrated data warehousing, big data analytics, and business applications. Teradata’s innovative products and services deliver integration and insight to empower organizations to achieve competitive advantage. Visit teradata.com for details.

Energy Storage and the Future of Energy

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Article by Jack

One of the main criticisms of wind and solar power is their nature as intermittent sources of energy. If the wind stops blowing on the plains of North Dakota, or clouds cover the desert in California, blackouts could occur across the country if these renewable energies were primary sources of power.

So the challenge for investors is finding who will supply the technology to smooth out those peaks and valleys. Some new technologies are now emerging that have the potential to play a big role in the future of renewables.

Battery storageA123 Systems (Nasdaq: AONE ) and Ener1 (Nasdaq: HEV ) have been testing battery storage in locations around the world with some success. Ener1 has a million deal with the Russian Federal Grid Company, and A123 Systems is on its second deal with AES Energy Gener in Chile for a total of 32 MW.

Inverter manufacturer Satcon Technology (Nasdaq: SATC ) has even talked about adding battery storage to their inverters to kill two birds with one stone.

The problem for battery storage is scale. Batteries may be able to charge quickly and release energy quickly, but right now they can’t store mass amounts of energy for the grid — something renewable power needs.

Pumped hydroStore energy by pumping water uphill and release energy by capturing the energy of it running downhill. Simple, cost effective — and so far, our best answer to energy storage. There are 21 GW of pumped hydro in the U.S. and 38 GW in Europe, but this isn’t a solution for all problems. Wind-heavy areas like North Dakota and offshore aren’t exactly conducive to this, nor are deserts where solar power is most effective.

Compressed air storageMaybe the more immediate answer is compressed air storage. Think of this as a huge compressed air tank that is filled during off-peak hours and released as needed to provide electricity. There are two sites online in Alabama and Germany, with Pacific Gas and Electric (NYSE: PCG ) and New York State Electric and Gas looking to get in the game.

The PG&E site in Kern County is 300 MW so the potential size of compressed air energy storage is much larger than battery storage right now.

Bottom lineEnergy storage roadblock that may decide how quickly renewable energy becomes adopted on a wider scale. With GW of projects in the works at solar leaders First Solar (Nasdaq: FSLR ) and SunPower (Nasdaq: SPWRA ) , the next challenge may be out of their hands. Southern California can only handle so much solar power before the lights start flickering when a cloud passes overhead. Energy storage is the key to make sure that doesn’t happen.

There are no sure-fire solutions, but batteries are sure to play a role in smoothing out energy supply. It may not be on a GW scale, but even on a much smaller scale, A123 and Ener1 are working to play a role in making the grid both cleaner and smarter.

SAAB - Going Extinct, Does it Really Matter to Any of Us?

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Article by Carmour Tan

Ever heard of the brand SAAB? I suppose you have. Ever seen the actual car recently? I suppose you haven’t. Neither have I. But what we do know of Saab is that GM owns the brand and due to the recent global economic crisis, GM needs to unload its under-performing brands from its stable and like its other Swedish counterpart Volvo, which is currently owned by Ford, Saab needs to be sold off to someone who is actually crazy enough to take control of it. Now why do I say crazy in this context?

Ever seen a Saab recently? Yes, I asked that question above and you’d note that you have not unless there’s one sitting in your garage and you’re the owner of that Saab. And that would be the only Saab in a 20km radius. This is the reason why I’m saying that the person who wishes to take over this company and brand is foolish or plain crazy. No one actually buys Saabs. Of course, we’re on a planet of about 6billion people or so (give or take a few billion) so somehow, Saab may have found a white knight in the form of Spyker, another Scandinavian car manufacturer which builds really outrageous cars for the obscenely rich and not so famous (as I still don’t know anyone or read about anyone who bought them). Talks on the sale and purchase have been going on and the conclusion is that it’s down to the price. It’s obvious if you want to take over an ailing company, you’d want it dirt cheap and without debts. Even the crazy entrepreneurs from Spyker would want to bargain until the cows come home. But for all you know, it’s a lost cause already and Saab is on the verge of extinction.

But enough on whether the deal is successful or not; the bottom-line is that Saab is a struggling brand that’ll go under if the deal with Spyker does not go through and it will be picked apart like that British manufacturer Rover and its engineering, blueprints, chassis designs will be sold to some Chinese company and rebranded as such. Imagine this; Rover is dead, from the ashes rose ROEWE. Close, but still no cigar. So imagine Saab as SAABE or BAAB.Or even SAAC (hey, isn’t that already a Chinese manufacturer?).

So you may now ask why Saab on the verge of going under? It has heritage, it built decent cars once but why isn’t anyone buying them, especially here in South East Asia? Simple; It has no brand awareness whatsoever. No one wants to buy an unknown car. Look at the uphill battle cars like Skoda, Seat, or Chery face. Some of these brands may be built like a tank, or even have the build quality of a croissant. But the reason why these cars are not selling is that they have no brand awareness. I can bet you that most of you don’t have a friend or a relative who owns a Saab or any of the cars mentioned above. In my 37 years of living, I’ve only met one person whose dad drove a Saab 900, and that was 15 years ago.

For their marketing plan and brand awareness, Saab wants us to equate its aviation and fighter plane heritage to their cars. But in all honesty, even if we bothered looking at fighter planes we’d all want F14 Tomcats and F22 Raptors instead of Saab Viggens. See? The same problem happens when it comes to their fighter planes. We all want something else rather than a Saab. I’ve never met anyone that was looking for an executive level car tell me that he recently went to a Saab showroom in Kuala Lumpur to look at the cars there. All I’ve met say that they’re looking for a Mercedes, BMW, Audi or even Lexus. I’ve never known anyone that even suggested looking at Saabs.

Saabs are quirky. They used to have their ignition keys beside the handbrakes. So that when you hop in the car, you place your hand near the handbrake, insert the key into a slot beside the handbrake, start the car and reach a few centimeters to drop the handbrake then reach for the gear stick right in front of the brake. Extremely logical, but do we honestly care for small details like that when we’re so used to finding a keyhole close to the steering wheel? If you look closely at the underneath of a Saab you’d see that it has another mud flap somewhere in the middle of the car in between the front and rear tires. Somehow this little thing works by keeping mud off the sides of the car. This company has thought of nearly everything. Except dashboard design. They think that their dashboard relates to the cockpit controls of a Saab Viggen. For Gods sake they’re wrong. A fighter plane’s cockpit is not the final word on ergonomics. It’s messy. Like having Swedish meatballs thrown together with jam and brown sauce. All these little things supposedly give Saab its character. It’s nice, but we all know that if we wanted Swedish, we’d go for a Volvo. At least it has an IKEA style sense of design. If we wanted quirky and character, we’d go Italian, go for an Alfa Romeo, as stylish as an Italian Suit yet with slightly sartorial or slightly silly touches that we’d love, and temperamental to boot.

Would I miss Saab if it went the way of the dodo? I don’t think so as I’ve never actually wanted one in the first place. It was the same as when MG Rover kicked the bucket - I couldn’t care less that it happened. However if Ferrari went bust and stopped making cars, I’d cry and wear black for a month or so.

And what does Saab give us that we can’t get from any other car? I still don’t know. If you do know, you must be a Saab owner and therefore you’re biased. If you’re a Saab owner and you’re feeling angry at this article, you shouldn’t. You should treat this as an early warning and sell your car as quickly as possible and buy something that isn’t a Saab before it is worth lower than the value of scrap. And don’t get any ideas that your Saab will be a collector’s item one day. If it isn’t a Ferrari or a Bugatti, it may be better if you actually sell it and save yourself the pain and suffering in the long run.

Author is an expert on articles concerning cars. He is also a regular car blog and car forum contributor.

VW Grille: A Legacy of Greatness

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Article by Miranda Restelle

Quality has never been stressed by German automobile manufacturer VW. Taking its roots from the progressive principles of the Nazi regime, VW has produced various lines of vehicles that embodied the high-standard and supremacy of old Germany. Today, in its quest for being the best, VW has endured the test of time and has become the fourth largest automobile manufacturer of passenger cars and Europe’s largest auto-maker. VW is responsible for the sale and service of Audi, Bentley and Lamborghini. Known throughout the entire world for its blue VW logo, the company redefined innovation and efficiency in every vehicle that they have released in the market.

German ingenuity has become a standard in auto making. During World War II, the company started out as a mass production company for the German people. The fuhrer Adolf Hitler commissioned Austrian automotive engineer Ferdinand Porsche to make some changes to his 1931 original design of the VW Type 1, more commonly known as the Beetle. The most patriotic leader wanted a vehicle to suit the needs of the common working man. Keeping this demand in mind, the eager Porsche modified the Beetle with better fuel efficiency, reliability, ease of use and economically efficient repairs and parts. With these changes, VW became the vehicle of choice for the German people and eventually catapulted the company into global automobile leadership.

VW today has become a household name for innovation and efficiency, constantly producing cars that are sleek and unique in the aspect of aesthetics while boasting of economically sensible automobile performance. Patterned after the same principles that made the VW Beetle a global standard, VW has released a remarkable line of automobiles. Among the greats are the VW Golf, California, Polo, Caddy, Rabbit, GTI, Passat sedans and wagons. These brands are the VW global bestsellers mainly because of the valuable efficiency and performance they feature. They can be modified and enhanced with the use of VW parts to suit the need of the consumers.

One of the many accessories that can supplement the automobile is the VW grille. Aside from being a remarkable aesthetic add-on, the VW grille significantly provides an effective optimization of the vehicle’s engine performance. This is enhancement is accomplished by the VW grille as it assists the radiator in cooling the engine. Cool outside air is systematically absorbed by the vehicle by the use of the VW grille. This prevents the engine to break down to due to excessive temperature as the radiator is cooled down by the outside air that is circulated inside the hood. VW grilles are made out of high-durable plastic or metal. This ensures the the grilles withstand the atrocious heat.

It is good to know that there are parts and accessories that VW provides to consumers as many of them increasingly look for the ways to improve the performance of their beloved VW cars. What is more better to know is that these parts, the VW grille for one, are manufactured under the supervision of one of the world’s best.

Miranda Restelle is a freelance writer and car enthusiast. She believes that women should see the beauty and style in cars, as they see the beauty and style in fashion.

Future Fiat Models

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Article by Carazoo.com

Future Fiat Models for India

Fiat with the history of 100 years is a highly reputated car brands with the international fame. It is the only car manufacturer who was honoured with the title European Car of the Year” number of times.

Fiat entered the car industry in 1900 and in the initial years produced 24 cars. The Fiat logo is striking with- oval on a blue background was designed by Biscaretti (a senator involved in the establishment of Fiat).

The brand is not new in India and every one is familiar with its model Fiat Padmini. In those day the Fiat was given a high status and owning a Fiat car was regarded as a symbol of status. But the fame did not last long, with the launch of new cars and other car manufacturers entering the Indian car industry, the Fiat started loosing it s significance. It also started facing problem with the Indian partner and also other problems in dealership, customer care, and spare parts. All this forced the car manufacturer to leave India.

But the decision was not on the permanent basis and decided to re-enter India with a very strong attitude. They launched Uno which was a great performer but failed to impress the Indians in terms of design. The car manufacturer did not loose confidence and decided to launch more cars. Later the brand introduced another car from the small car segment which was enhanced with better performance and improved drivability called Fiat Palio. The car did gain success in the Indian car market and as the second step it replaced Palio with another model called Adventure. But this did not gain any attention and finally turned out to be a failure too. Then the company introduced Palio Stile which received saw a good demand resulting in good sales.

All this time the car manufacturer was focusing on cars which carried the price tag lower than the Rs 10 Lakh. Fiat then decided to divert a little towards the premium segment and launched one of the most striking hatchback on the Indian roads called Fiat 500. It is a two-door life style coupe which carries an expensive price tag of Rs 15 Lakh. The car which is powered by a 1.3L turbo-charged engine delivering 75bhp, offers a great sporty styling and classic interiors loaded with rich features. This launch was then followed by another premium model called Linea which truly impressed the Indians.Realising its success in the premium segment, the company decided to lay it focus on this segment. Fiat carries more upcoming models to be launched in India.

Fiat Grande Punto

Grande Punto a great success on the roads of Europe is expected to carry the same fane in Indian car market too. Hailing from the small car segment, Grande Punto is said be produced in India and sold through Fiat-Tata dealer network. The small car is enhanced with spacious interior, trendy exterior, affordability and unmatched performance. It is expected to come with a1.2 and 1.4 petrol and the 1.3 Multijet diesel with the price range of 5 to 6 lakhs.

Fiat Bravo

This hot looking hatchback is said to venture the small car segment in India. In India it is said to be powered by a 1.9-litre Multi-jet turbo diesel and 1.4-litre petrol engine. Bravo would be brought to India as completely built unit and will challenge Skoda Fabia, Honda Jazz and Volkswagen Polo (to be launched), Fiat Bravo is powered by a 150 bhp 1.9 Multijet diesel unit. Sadly just like the Fiat 500, Bravo too will be heavy on pockets with the price tag of around 20 lakh).Fiat Alfa Romeo

The Fiat Alfa Romeo will be also brought to India as a completely built unit. The car which was displayed at the 9th Auto Expo in Delhi in Jan 2008 is said to be the one of the fastest car from Fiat product line. The Alfa Romeo comes with a 2.5-litre V6 diesel engine with an output of 188 bhp. It will be also seen in 150 bhp 1.9-litre multi-jet petrol engine. The imported model is expected to have an estimated starting price of Rs 25 Lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).

EVCARCO’s Corporate Development Update Regarding its Future Driven® Brand

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Fort Worth, Texas – EVCARCO Inc. (OTCBB:EVCA) (OTCQB:EVCA), a Future Driven® Automotive Retail Group today announced updates to the shareholders and investment community on recent corporate developments, future plans, growth strategies, capital needs and changes to its share structure.

The Company has been working diligently to cultivate several, potentially valuable joint partnerships, identify new markets with products that provide carbon reduction technologies, sales channels, and sources of revenue.

As the Company moves forward, it continues to operate from its Micro-New Car Dealership in Ft.Worth, Texas that has generated cumulative gross revenues of $2,208,948.00, as of the last reported period of September 30, 2011. These revenues represent sales of new electric cars, EV charging stations, and pre-owned vehicles. The Company also continues to expose and market its Master Franchise and Single Locations Franchises opportunities of the Future Driven® Dealership Franchise.

On February 22, 2012, the Company announced that it signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with HFX Laboratories, Inc. regarding the market development, testing and licensing of the HFX4 Hydrogen Hybrid Combustion/Fuel Enhancement Systems. The Company is currently conducting tests of the HFX4 Hybrid System. The system produces hydrogen for use as a catalyst in the vehicle’s combustion system. The hydrogen catalyst is introduced into the vehicle’s air intake to completely utilize the fuel in the combustion process. The goal is to find in EVCA’s Due Diligence, results of 20% to 35% improvement in MPG and a reduction in emissions in the range of 60%, depending on engine efficiency.

Mack Sanders, CEO of EVCARCO, stated, “We have continued to work on expanding and growing acceptance of environmentally friendly vehicles. With recent increases in gasoline and diesel, we expect more consumers will feel the pain at the pump and embrace our products.”

Effective November 30, 2011, the Company amended its Articles of Incorporation to increase authorized capital. The increase was necessary in order to accommodate conversion of debt taken on over the same year. As of the date of this release, significant portion of the convertible notes payable has been paid off.

For more information on EVCARCO, Inc., please view: www.evcarco.com.  Shareholder inquiries should be directed to (972) 571-1624.

EVCARCO Inc. is a Future Driven® Automotive Retail Group focused on deploying a coast-to-coast network of environmentally friendly franchised dealerships, vehicles, technologies and sustainable solutions. EVCARCO is bringing to market the most advanced clean technologies available in plug-in electric, alternative fuel, and pre-owned hybrid vehicles from multiple manufacturers.

Forward-Looking Statement

This release contains forward-looking statements that reflect EVCARCO Inc. plans and expectations. In this press release and related comments by Company management, words like “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “forecast,” “objective,” “plan,” “goal” and similar expressions are used to identify forward-looking statements, representing management’s current judgment and expectations about possible future events. Management believes these forward-looking statements and the judgments upon which they are based to be reasonable, but they are not guarantees of future performance and involve numerous known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the Company’s actual results, performance, achievements or financial position to be materially different from any future results, performance, achievements or financial position expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements.

Investor Relations Contact:

Jack Eversull

The Eversull Group, Inc.

972-571-1624

214-469-2361 fax

[email protected]

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