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The Evolution of 4-Cylinder Engines

Four cylinder engines became popular in the 1970s and 1980s, primarily because of several major gasoline shortages.  Prior to that, American manufacturers traditionally offered V6 and V8 engines in their cars as American consumers were accustomed to powerful, gas consuming cars.

It wasn’t  until Toyota and Honda imported “econo boxes” into this country, starting in the 1970s, did American manufacturers realize that they had better change their thinking regarding engine size and fuel economy.  Toyota introduced the Corolla and Camry and Honda countered with their Accord and Civic.  The “sub-compact” Toyotas and Hondas all came with small block, lightweight 4-cylinder engines.

The Toyotas and Hondas were extremely popular, and, within a few years, captured up to 30% of the American auto market.  Their cars were in demand because they offered consumers an alternative from the large, heavy gas guzzling V6 and V8 cars that were the only cars on the market up until this time.  The imported Toyotas, Hondas, and Nissans were very reliable, low maintenance and, because of their small 4-cylinder engines, were much more fuel efficient and they were fun to drive!

Because of the tremendous sales gains of the imported cars in the 70s, 80s, and 90s, GM, Ford and Chrysler revamped their small car line-ups to compete.  Chevrolet introduced the Vega, Citation, Chevette and Cavalier.  Ford came out with the Pinto and the Maverick, while Chrysler offered the Plymouth Valiant.  What do these new American made cars have in common?  One, they were more compact in size and two, they all featured small displacement, more fuel efficient 4-cylinder engines.

Four cylinder engines have become more and more popular.  They are more refined and sophisticated and starting around the late 1990s and early 2000s, every manufacturer featured 4-cylinder engines as standard equipment in their sub-compact and compact models, and some mid-size and luxury models offered 4-cylinder versions as well.

As a result of advanced technology, the 4-cylinder engines in today’s cars are more powerful, are quieter, have higher displacement, more horsepower and torque and, at the same time, have considerably higher EPA fuel economy ratings.

Over the past fifteen or twenty years, Ford, Chevrolet (and GM),  Chrysler, Toyota, Honda, Mazda, Hyundai, Kia and others have developed “state-of-the art” 4-cylinder, turbo-charged engines.

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Observations On Current Auto Exterior Design

Is it just me or have the auto designers gotten together and compared notes regarding auto exterior design?  Have you noticed that many of the major brands have incorporated similar design “cues”?

Design Cue 1:  Sculpted Side Body Panels

Upon close examination, you will notice that every auto brand – as of 2018 – has sculpted side body panels (doors).  Here is an example:

 

Design Cue 2:  Front End Styling

Lexus and Toyota emphasize the “radical” or “far out” front end design.  The 2018 Toyota Camry and Avalon have blacked-out front grills in the shape of a large “shark’s mouth”, giving the car a “mean”, almost menacing effect.  The 2018 Ford Focus, 2019 Hyundai Veloster, 2018 and 2019 Audi A6, 2018 and 2019 Audi A4, 2019 Chevrolet Cruz, and 2018/2019 Honda Accord are a few of the many models that tout this popular styling trend.

 

 

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Car Care

After-market car care products can always prove challenging when first buying your car. Choosing the right products for your car helps in keeping your vehicle in excellent conditions. After purchasing your vehicle, the logical step is getting and using the right tools and chemicals that give it a perfect shine. Car applicators, sponges, car vacs, brushes, dusters, and leather care products keep the interior looking its best.

There is a various advanced level of car care far beyond those old stand-bys. Polishing utilizing a gentle, high lubricity formula that’s easy and safe for all paint types is the best. The latest clear coats can be used on daily basis to remove grime, dust and loose contaminants. You can establish a relationship with a reputable car shop if you are not versed as to what products are right for your vehicle.

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Tesla Roadster 2020

The Tesla Roadster 2020 is the world’s first all-electric premium gaming car, and the 2020 model shows you do not have to be eco-conscious. This high-end,  two-digit performance engine, is the best in its class. This is the second model year of the all-electric two-seater sports car. As part of the 2020 model, adjustments have been made to respond to some feedback from the 2019 model.

If you drive, you reach 227 miles in all-electric mode. As you approach the flush, you can recharge the batteries (which are lithium particles) with a powerful re-interface component. This process can take up to 3.5 hours. This car weighs less than 3,000 pounds. Has a 240p electric motor that pulls the gaming car up to 60mph for 4 seconds and is incredibly quiet in a purely electric state. The Roadster has a smoother look, a less appealing side, and a lighter look. Keep Reading

The Audi Q7 Is A Leader In Luxury SUVs

A pioneer in the luxury SUV class, the 2010 Audi Q7 accompanies three distinctive motor alternatives, every one of which is certain to satisfy their proprietors. The main motor alternative inside the 2010 Audi Q7 is a 3.6 liter, six chamber motor which produces 280 torque. This motor accompanies a programmed transmission and all-wheel drive. The six-chamber motor can go from 0 to 60 mph in only 8.2 seconds, however, has peripheral fuel proficiency of 14 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the expressway.

The following level motor up on the 2010 Audi Q7 costs an extra $4,000 and is a 3.0 liter six chamber motor which produces 225 pull. The 3.0-liter motor likewise accompanies a 6 speed programmed transmission and all-wheel drive. While at the same time the 3.0 liter V6 delivers less torque, it keeps running off of diesel fuel and shows signs of improvement fuel proficiency than the 3.6-liter choice. The 3.6 liter V6 diesel motor can go from 0 to 60 mph in 8.5 seconds and gets 17 miles for every gallon in the city and 25 miles for every gallon on the expressway.

Albeit a few pundits have recommended enhancements on the FX50’s payload and traveler region, they say that the magnificent motor tends to compensate for those issues. The survey of this vehicle at Edmunds.com says this, The 2010 Infiniti FX50 might be light on reasonableness, however, its noteworthy execution, one of a kind styling and innovative highlights make for an engaging general bundle.
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