5/19/09

"1" does not always mean 100% American.

The outcome from a latest research by Gallup declares a strong growth in buyer interest for American car brands. It's totally fine, only there are less American car brands in existence than earlier. The recent decrease in sales volume of Pontiac, Saturn and Hummer leave just ten really American brands: Chrysler and Dodge, Cadillac and Jeep, Buick and Ford, Mercury and Lincoln, Chevrolet and GMC trucks as against almost 2,000 American brands which has been registered since the industry's beginning.

Thousands of autos that we think were built by United States' automobile plants might have been built by Canada's plants or in Mexico. Although it m
ay be decked with badge that verifies Ford or Chrysler, it's a chance that the car could came out of a U.S.A.-based assembly plant owned by a company abroad. However, the Mercury Grand Marquis, is still being created, but not from an assembly plant in the US. It's built in St. Thomas, Canada, Ontario, while the Ford Crown Victoria has been discontinued.

Here some
American cars which have actually been built in other countries:
Buick Lacrosse has been assembled in Canada nowadays. As for Chevrolet HHR it's been built in Mexico. Mercury Milan, Ford Fusion and Chrysler PT Cruiser has been assembled in Mexico as well. Next, Chevrolet Impala, Chrysler 300, Ford Flex, Dodge Charger and Challenger, Lincoln MKX and Town Car, Mercury Grand Marquis has been assembled in Canada. Chevrolet Aveo has been built in Korea.

What about foreign cars? Many of it are actually assemble
d in the United States. For example, the Toyota Camry and Avalon, BMW's Z4, the Honda Element and Accord all these cars are actually built in the United States.

Sometimes when we think we are supporting our homeland makers we are practically contributing to the coffers of foreign companies.
So, are we supporting our own compatriots, when we buy American cars? What about foreign cars which were built in the U.S.A. ? How do we realize the difference?

You can find the solution straight on the auto's dashboard in the 17-digit number which called Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). In fact, you will find the solution located in the first letter or number of the VIN.

A #1 denotes that the car was built in the United States; the #4 and #5 as a rule show that the car was built abroad. A #2 denotes that the car was built in Canada, the #3 denotes that the car came from Mexico. Letters are as well used to identify where the car came from, the letter "J" represents Japan, "K" identify Korea, "W" represents Germany, "S" indicates that car is from England, "Y" for Sweden.

Anyway, some cars which built in the United States are built with 50% or more foreign components. So, a VIN beginning with "1" does not actually mean that these cars are absolutely American.
Another good thing, read the window sticker - U.S. manufacturers are necessary to specify the source of a car's parts and its final assemblage point.

So, if you were thinking about purchasing a new car, hope it would be 100%
American car.

5/8/09

Seven cars for collectors to be.

Imagine, what the cars of the modern history have a good chance will goes down in history as the Classic Cars in 20-25 years.


So, let see what we have.


#7 - Lamborghini Reventon

Some of us has thought that Lamborghini’s bosses were planning “to make money easy” at the Lamborghini Reventon first appearance. Some of us look at the Lamborghini Reventon’s posters with the heart break.

Lamborghini Reventon is 2-door coupe with the 6.5 L (400 cu in) V12 engine based on Murcielago LP640. The Reventon accelerates to 100 km/h (62 mph) in the 3.4 seconds, and is capable of reaching a maximum speed of over 340 km/h (210 mph).

This supercar has a good chance to become the rarest car in the world because only 200 cars were produced. And the prices of new cars are more than one million Euro.


#6 – Renault Avantime

Originally the Renault Avantime was taken as the marketers’ joke. A few people believed that the Renault Avantime is useful large 3-door coupe.

Nowadays, you can buy the Renault Avantime with great discount in comparison with initial cost. But this car might goes up in price in 20 years time because people love of buying unnecessary old things.



#5 - Mercedes SLR McLaren

A Anglo-German joint development is the Mercedes SLR McLaren. Today this is one of the most expensive and powerful cars.

Mercedes SLR McLaren’s versions are 2-door coup or 2-door roadster uses carbon fibre for its entire body construction in an attempt to keep the weight low. Mercedes SLR McLaren accelerates to 100 km/h (62 mph) in times less than the 3.7 seconds, and reaches a maximum speed of 334 km/h (208 mph).


#4 - Pontiac Aztek

The Pontiac Aztek was designed by GM when crossovers were so popular. But even being in popular demand the Pontiac Aztek has been voted the ugliest car in the world.

But in ten years the Pontiac Aztek will become a collectable car and the vivid example of the pre-economic crisis’ wastage of General Motors. Most people love of buying the “freaks”.


#3 - Hummer H2

The Hummer H2 became an epoch-making car for Hummer. These cars opened the “door to the hearts’ buyers”. But the luxury of inside of a car and huge spending of fuel has shut that door at the same time. The Hummer H2 reaches speed of 60 km/h in 8.2 seconds and spends about one US gal. per 13 miles. Despite, these people who were buying these cars really knew what they purchased.


#2 - Audi TT

In 1995 at the Frankfurt Motor Show the Audi TT was first time shown as a concept car. In 1999 the Audi TT Roadster was presented under the name Audi TTS. The producers were proud of TT’s aerodynamics which wasn’t as good as thought. The death of some owners was caused by insufficient car’s aerodynamics. Therefore the cars in original version have a good chance to become the classic cars in 20-25 years time.



#1 - Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4

The Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4 is a fabulous car for huge amount of money. And it doesn’t matter that only 200 examples of the Veyron have been built. The number of the Bugatti Veyron’s fans grows with each passing day.

But it is difficult to imagine how much will the Veyron cost in a few years. Nowadays the initial cost of the Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4 is more than 1,000,000 euro.


Who knows what will happen in 20 years time?

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