Thursday, December 30, 2010

Eitech's Race Car Construction Set: Ja, Bitte!

The Germans are known worldwide for their engineering cleverness. Some of us here at TrulyObscure daydream about one day owning our own BMW (take a spin in one and you will appreciate). Thus, it comes as no surprise to discover German metal construction toy company Eitech. Eitech offers a extensive range of building sets for young, developing minds, ranging from their Beginner line of plastic sets for little children, to metal construction sets that include tiny starter sets, mid-range sets, solar sets, experimental emotional sets, and large sets with over 1,000 pieces for the experienced builder. In fact, Eitech products are credited and used in German schools (not a bad idea for the U.S. education system to consider).

We tried our hand at the Eitech Classic Radio Control Race Car Construction Set, designed for children 8 years and up. Including over 350 parts made of high-quality steel, we found ourselves both exhilarated and slightly frightened. But, keeping in mind these sets are designed for children, we determined to give it a go. Thankfully, the set includes a step-by-step set of illustrated instructions. Instructions can be hit or miss (we’re looking at you, Ikea), but Eitech’s instructions were clear and simple to follow. What is enormous about this kit is that a variety of different race cars and off-road usefulness vehicles can be built. Once one car is built, it can be taken apart and a dissimilar vehicle can be made. The auto is powered by a 2-way remote control (batteries not included), and can zip along fairly fast. A 9-volt block battery is included to power the car. All essential tools are also included in the set.

Our race car looked quite stylish and exceptionally shiny when we finished building it, attracting attention when we took this baby for a spin on the San Francisco streets. Amazon sells this set for $99.99 as well as a variety of other Eitech construction sets at a variety of prices that can fit every budget. Other Eitech sets include locomotives, dump trucks, construction cranes, and ingenious solar panel-powered vehicles and wind turbines. What better way to get the future generation to grow up green? These sets are a enormous gift to develop the minds of creative children and, for that matter, adults.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

All new Skoda Fabia WRC

Skoda is not fairly well known in the world rally circuit (WRC). But guess what, this season; Skoda Auto has some solemn plans to launch themselves as a rally car manufacturer. Skoda Auto has developed their tailgate Fabia into a rally car that will be competing in the 2011 WRC.

The car shown in the images here was really developed in the year 2000. Skoda Auto required competing with this car in the Super 2000 championships. As that plan did not work out, now Skoda Auto is going to join hands with Red Bull Racing and the fresh team will be called Red Bull Skoda Team. The 2011 Red Bull Skoda Team will include of champion driver Juho Hanninen and Navigator Mikko Markkula.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Toyotathon Deals on a New Toyota in Irving, Dallas, Hurst and Grapevine Ending Soon

Toyota of Irving wants to let you know that Toyotathon 2010 will be ending soon. If you’re looking for a fresh Toyota in Irving, a new Toyota in Dallas, a new Toyota in Hurst or a new Toyota in Grapevine be convinced to visit Toyota of Irving.

Toyotathon is here and Toyota of Irving hopes you’ll come by and purchase a latest or used vehicle during this special savings event. Specials include 0% financing on nine dissimilar Toyota models including the 2011 Toyota Camry and Tundra, 2010 Toyota Corolla, Highlander, Prius, Rav4, Tundra, Venza and Yaris. Every latest car purchase or lease also comes with Toyota Care a special two year/twenty five thousand mile preservation plan that includes roadside help.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Mercedes-Benz unveils redesigned C Class sedan

As the Detroit auto show quickly approaches, another automaker is unleashing photos of one of its more significant next-generation cars. This time it's Mercedes-Benz with its restyled 2012 C Class sedan.

It will come to showrooms by next summer and changes extend beyond those you can simply see in the pictures here, such as the restyled front end. C Class is Mercedes' little car in the U.S., the entry level into the luxury brand here.

The C250 will come with a innovative 201-horsepower direct-injection four-cylinder bi-turbo engine. The fancier version, the C300, will have a 228 horsepower V-6 engine. And fanciest will be the C350 with its 302-horsepower V-6.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Nissan delivers first LEAF cars in Japan

Nissan Motors, on Wednesday, deliver the initial 10 units of its 100 percent electric and zero-emission Nissan LEAF in Japan.

The all electric car, Leaf, which has taken the globe by storm, has delivered 10units to the Kanagawa Prefectural Government. Of which, six will be used for official purpose and the remaining will provide as hire cars to be used in the prefecture’s EV Sharing Model Business, the car-maker said in a statement.

Nissan Motor is predictable to sell 500,000 electric vehicles annually by the end of 2013, Renault Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn had told reporters on eve of the marketplace debut of the Nissan Leaf.

We're going to have to put some efforts into selling the car, but the kind of impulsive demand is going to be driving the sales for the subsequently three years, Ghosn said. There is such a curiosity about the car and notice to the car.
The car has already sold out for this fiscal year in Japan at 6,000 orders and in the U.S. at 20,000, reaching manufacture limits.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has prearranged the 2011 Nissan Leaf a mileage rating of 99 miles per gallon (mpg); besides dubbing the electric car to be the "best" for fuel competence and the environment.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Trailer-Lift enables on-site servicing and repairs to vehicles

Trailer-Lift looks like a traditional vehicle trailer but incorporates a specially modified scissor lift which means that servicing and repairing vehicles can be carried out from the customer’s office or house.

This is seen as a new income stream and puts no limits on income generated by their service departments. It seems that car owners and dealers and favor this option which avoids disrupting their busy lives and Service Managers save cash on courtesy cars as well as boosting profits from increased business. And of course Trailer-Lift provides car fleet managers with that superfluous facility to help keep their vehicles on the road delivering winning results for their customers.

Trailer-Lift managing director, Tim McCullagh, says that this is becoming a very accepted trend with car dealerships and general car maintenance companies around the globe. The product was originally invented to maintain rally cars at events as there are no garage facilities or electricity contribute. However, we are experiencing amazing curiosity from countries all over the world for a multitude of uses.

The trailer can transport vehicles and raise them in the air for inspection, repairs or display. The hydraulic lift is powered by a self-sufficient 24v battery which can be charged from the towing vehicle; therefore no external power supply is necessary.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Mercedes-Benz to set record production for 2010

In the United States, Mercedes-Benz expects to conclude 2010 in third-place, when competing against other luxury automakers counting Lexus and BMW. However, the brand expects to fabricate a record number of cars this year as demand for the E and S-Class is hiking.

Mercedes-Benz said in a declaration today that it plans to produce 1.2 million cars and SUVs in 2010, beating its preceding record of 1.19 million set in 2008.

Our production was running at elevated speed, especially in the second half, Wolfgang Bernhard, who heads Mercedes operations, said in the declaration.

Mercedes is the universal second-largest maker of luxury vehicles, coming in behind BMW.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Next A-Class to get AMG version

Now that BMW has the 1 Series M Coupe and Audi the RS 3, Mercedes-Benz also wants a slice of the strong small car scene and its protagonist will be an AMG version of its subsequently A-Class.

According to Auto car, the A25 AMG will be based on the next-generation A-Class and will be powered by a 2-litre four-cylinder engine that will put out as much as 240kW, albeit that's still 10kW shy of the aforesaid German rivals.

Reports also suggest that a dual-clutch transmission with six forward gears will be fraction of the smallest AMG package to date.

Even though the next A-Class will still be front wheel driven, you don't have to be anxious about the A25 being a torque-steer extravaganza - AMG are developing an all-wheel drive system for the baby surprise.

Nor should you fear it being too top-heavy like today's A-Class as the latest model is set to move onto a conventional platform as Mercedes-Benz ditches the 'sandwich floor' design of the present A.

That should mean a sportier and more low-slung design for the complete A-Class line-up, in the process also making it more desirable to the younger intention audience that Merc no doubt want to attract.

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Renault Set For January Sales Bonanza With 2011 New Car Range Price Reductions

PARIS – December 16, 2010: Energy and train prices might be increasing, but car buyers in the New Year can look forward to some January bargain-hunting at the present that the cost of buying many new Renaults is being cut in premature 2011, in spite of the increased VAT rate.

Following the recent simplification of its car assortment, Renault has announced key model pricing with result from 4th January 2011, including the new 20% VAT rate. The welcome news for anyone with funds left after the celebratory period is that many of the best-sellers will be the identical price, or in many cases, substantially less than today, by up to £2,000.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Direct Line offers winter driving guidance

Car insurance supplier Direct Line has advised drivers to take care on winter roads and offered its top tips for getting behind the wheel in hazardous conditions.

According to the firm, to avoid having an accident, and in turn rising their car insurance premiums, drivers should ensure that their wiper blades are in high-quality condition and use de-icer so they have good visibility.

It is also advisable to drive gradually and leave plenty of distance between cars in case the roads are icy.

Direct Line advised people to be conscious of other drivers on the road and give them more warning than customary when turning, stopping, or changing lane and to approach corners extremely carefully.

The insurer also told anyone who is planning on fitting snow tyres to help them cope with the winter weather to inform their car insurance provider as a few may class it as a modification and charge an extra premium.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Electric Car Battles Heat Up – A Long Road Ahead

Nissan delivered its first the entire electric Leaf to the customer in Redwood City, California Saturday. GM CEO, Dan Akerson called the Toyota Prius hybrid a geek mobile. GM’s have Chevy Volt is also being rolled out to dealerships this month.

Akerson’s tough words are an indication of the significance of the electric car market as it moves from infancy into something not quite as developed as puberty. Automakers are obviously experimenting with cars as varied as the all-electric Tesla Roadster that runs on laptop batteries and retails for more than $100,000, to the Honda imminent hybrid getting an average of 41 m.p.g. and selling for less than $20,000.

Battery costs make the electric vehicles more luxurious than their gasoline counterparts and companies are taking two paths. One is the huge, car-only style batteries favored by the Chevy Volt and the other is bundles of battery cells similar to those used in a laptop being used by Tesla, Toyota and Daimler AG.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Elvis Presley’s Mercedes Benz fails to make its asking price at auction

It seems no even Elvis Presley is recession proof after a Mercedes Benz limo previously owned by The King was sold at auction for half of its estimated selling price.

We reported previous month that the Mercedes Benz 600 Saloon car, which is reported to be one of just a handful of cars to have been registered in the Blue Suede Shoes singer’s name, was predictable to make between £150,000 and £200,000 when it went under the mallet at Mercedes Benz World in Weybridge, Surrey at the beginning of the month.

However when the Mercedes Saloon went up for auction previous Monday, it sold for £80,700, less than half of the expected top end of the probable price for the car with the famous connection.

However the auction house which was dependable for selling the vintage ride, Bonhams, defended the apparently low auction price, saying that the £80,700 which it achieved was fair considering that the car is realistically worth £40,000 when you take out the Elvis Presley link. Bonhams suggested that the estimated selling cost of £150,000-£200,000 was unrealistic.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

City on the halt: Lagos’ 10-hour paralysing traffic jam

This is the most horrible traffic jam I have experienced in my 17 years in Lagos. I have been here since about 9.30 a.m., it is now 2.30 p.m. and the complete road remains blocked. As it is already, the day is wasted.

MOTHER of all traffic jams. That was what Kunle Bodurin, a medical tackle sales representative, yesterday called the scene ahead of him as he resignedly stepped out of his car at Charity Bus Stop and surveyed the endless line of vehicles, three abreast, winding their way towards Anthony, along Oshodi-Oworonsoki thruway.

Anthony spot was where the gridlock, Bodurin referred to started at about 6.30 a.m.
Shortly after, it led to a gridlock that paralyzed activities in Lagos metropolis for close to 10 hours.

Bodurin said it was very annoying as slowly but steadily, the seconds ticked away into minutes and before I knew it, I had used up more than three hours, stuck at a point.

Monday, December 6, 2010

America On Wheels Museum hosts book drive, wreath decorating contest

America on Wheels Museum is celebrating its Train Time Holiday Exhibit with a unique December line-up. The exhibit runs through the ending of the month.

In addition to enjoying the museum's holiday compilation of trains, visitors can:
Dec. 12: Bring a gently used or new book to the museum to donated to Judith's Reading Room, which sends fully-stocked book carts to public who are not mobile, for example, in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, in institutions or on active-duty overseas, according to their website.

Dec. 18: Enjoy free admission to the museum with the contribution of a new, unwrapped toy.

Dec. 19: Listen to public holiday tunes at the museum from 1 to 4 p.m.

Dec. 22: Get $1 off admission on this specially-priced day. Also be sure to vote for your favorite garland in the Holiday Wreath Decorating competition. Winners will be announced at noon.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

US Auto Industry Gains 17% in November

According to Auto data, automakers’ sales for November totaled 873,323 cars and light trucks, which are up by nearly 17 percent from the year-ago total.

It was another solid rise for the automobile industry in the United States previous month, lifting expectations for a strong finish to the year specially with the typically robust holiday sales season looming. The results lifted the seasonally attuned annualized sales pace to 12.26 million vehicles.

Ford, General Motors (GM), Chrysler and Honda are among the numerous others, which reported a gain of as much as 11 percent more. Ford GM and Chrysler cited burly sales of pickup trucks, sport-utility vehicles (SUV) and car-based SUV’s dubbed crossovers.

On the other hand, Toyota was one of the little makers that saw a decline. The company’s sales dropped 3.3 percent, which was forced by a 17 percent drop in sales of its cars. Toyota said that a shift by buyers to trucks and SUVs caused the refuse, although Nissan and Honda showed no ill belongings from that trend. Nonetheless, the car sales industry made an overall increase of about six percent so far this year, while truck sales soar as much as 17 percent.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Porsche Encourages Designers to Develop a Sports Car Pattern and Win Tuition

Porsche teamed up with Design boom to launch a competition for those who have an profusion of imagination, a passion for cars and a resourcefulness to achieve wonderful and unexpected results in developing patterns for the Porsche Cayman model variety. The entrants are expectant to unveil both repeating and non-repeating original designs, which will be featured on both sides, back, front as well as on the top of the sports cars.

Those who want to contribute in the ‘Radically Rorsche’ competition, are invited to visit the dedicated page to download EPS files to use them as the canvas for prospect pattern designs for the side, top, front and rear views. They will also have to supply short description of their work in English to explain the idea. The finished works should be submitted to the website by January 1, and the public will be selecting greatest four designs from January 9 and through the end of the month. The chosen concepts will be implement by Porsche on four real Cayman model range sports cars, and then their photos will be posted to the website for the after that round of voting set to run from February 20 to March 30.