ಶುಕ್ರವಾರ, ಡಿಸೆಂಬರ್ 30, 2011

Important Tips for Packing Boxes and Storage Services

How the providing of your things are done at the time of moving, makes sure what will be the result of the switch. You need certain type of top-quality providing content which covers all your things in the appropriate way and guarantees appropriate protection for them. So as to reduce your problem the Chicago movers provide you moving boxes at reasonable costs and at quality. Different kinds of moving boxes are required for different kinds of objects and goods. Chicago mover provides you with the right kind of moving boxes for your favorite things and they do the providing themselves and seal it subsequently using proper packing tapes.

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Storage Facility should be needed

Are you shifting just for moment and might come back to the same place after some time? Well, in this situation you require just certain most essential things to be taken with you and need some products to be placed in your old house only. The Chicago moving companies remember your advantage has presented the service of storage space for your various storage space specifications. The Chicago movers moving companies provide you the benefit of saving your things for daily permanently. Also, they offer you with 24/7 security for your elements and services such as environment handled storage space for your advantage.

ಬುಧವಾರ, ಡಿಸೆಂಬರ್ 28, 2011

ಶುಕ್ರವಾರ, ಡಿಸೆಂಬರ್ 16, 2011

Fisker Suspension

Edmunds has a very nice photo review of the Fisker Karma suspension.

My takeaway: heavy car, expensive chassis, very complex.   But also very impressive, considering the complexity of the machine.   Tesla, for its Roadster, let Lotus take care of the chassis and suspension design and had to focus mostly on the powertrain.

I will be amazed if Fisker makes enough money to stay in business with this model.  

Professional Chicago Movers are more reliable than Contract Laborers

When researching moving companies, it is necessary to do your homework and inquire about out those that only deal with professional movers. Companies with professional movers are probable to be licensed and insured, have a trustworthy status in the community and pack and load your prized belongings with interest and knowledge. Even if there are contract laborers that will also act efficiently, you are motionless running a risk by hiring a moving company without knowledgeable staff. For instance, a contract laborer is moving your coffee table, when the glass top falls and shatters on his hand. Is that contract laborer insured? Will he sue you for damages? What if the contract manual worker is untrustworthy and steals your beloved items? Also, who would you feels more contented with handling your priceless family heirlooms: professional movers, or contract laborers who do different jobs every week?

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We USA Moving and Storage, Inc., a Chicago Movers in Illinois, only do business with professional movers. Our policy is to not work with bond laborers so we can promise our clients that their property will be handled with the utmost care and expertise. Our movers are a quantity of the greatest paid in the industry and we have kept them so happy some have even stay with us for more than a decade. Our professional Chicago mover will do as much or as little as you wish. Be it to enfold, pack and cargo all of your items or just securely cover and pack your most valuable belongings; our Chicago movers are trained to do it all.

Contact us for a free estimate (800)626-4474, and our Chicago movers will be happy to help you have a successful, hassle-free moving experience.

ಗುರುವಾರ, ಡಿಸೆಂಬರ್ 15, 2011

Cadillac 4 Cylinder

This is what the world has come to.   GM is putting a four-banger in a Cadillac.  

But this isn't the I4 of old, this is a modern, direct injected turbo with variable cam timing.  The GM 2.0L Ecotech makes 270HP and 260lb-ft of torque.  It is a similar engine to the Ford 2.0L Ecoboost which is now the fuel economy option for the Explorer. 

By comparison, the FWD versions of the famed Northstar engine family (LD8) made 275HP and 300ft-lbs, out of a whopping 4.6L of displacement.



ಬುಧವಾರ, ಡಿಸೆಂಬರ್ 14, 2011

2013 Mercedes-Benz SL Picture Leaked


What's the only thing better than a 700-horsepower super-coupe? Why, a 700-horsepower supercar roadster, of course! Since the last two V12 supercars from Lamborghini – the Diablo and Murcielago – both spawned open-top derivatives, we knew it would only be a matter of time before the Aventador would follow suit.

Now the word on the street is that Lamborghini has got the Aventador Roadster all but completely ready to go, and that it is likely to present the roofless despot at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

We're hearing that the Murcielago Roadster's notoriously useless umbrella roof contraption has been replaced by something more functional, which we can only hope for. One way or another, we'll be finding out soon enough, as the Swiss auto expo is only a few months away.

Source: Teamspeed.com

ಮಂಗಳವಾರ, ಡಿಸೆಂಬರ್ 13, 2011

iDrive Prank Box

I was sent this prank gift box, which is hilarious.

It is designed to look like a believable (but crazy) product, the iDrive, which is a suction cup and claw mount to mount iPads and other devices on your steering wheel or other unsafe places.  Photos on the back show it being used in cars, on a factory runabout and also on a jet ski. I wonder, though, how the box maker gets away with using "iDrive", which is a real trademark for a number of different types of products, including data storage and surgical staplers.

The actual product is the prank box itself, one of many that are sold by Prank Pack.

I am going to use it on a friend, who is both a car nut and a Apple cultist.

ಗುರುವಾರ, ಡಿಸೆಂಬರ್ 8, 2011

Old People Cars

According to the Detroit News, this is the list of most popular vehicles for senior citizens.  I have added additional information: which models are discontinued.

1. Lincoln Town Car, 90%

2. Buick Lucerne, 87%

3. Cadillac DTS, 85%

4. Cadillac CTS, 74%

5. Cadillac STS, 71%

6. Hyundai Azera, 25%

7. Chevrolet Impala, 51%

8. Buick LaCrosse, 59%

9. Lincoln MKZ, 54%

10. Toyota Avalon, 54%

The interesting question to me is, what will the old folks buy now that the softly spring boats have mostly gone extinct?

ಬುಧವಾರ, ಡಿಸೆಂಬರ್ 7, 2011

2012 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo First Spy Shots

2012 Volkswagen Beetle TurboVolkswagen began building buzz for the 2012 Beetle. The company's executives were throwing phrases like "fun to drive," "masculine" and "Porsche-derived styling" toward the would-be Beetle successor as far back as the 2010 Paris Motor Show. In this business, you either learn to read through hyperbole or choke to death on it, so it goes without saying that our hackles were quivering with skepticism at the time. Volkswagen could hardly blame us.

Source: autoblog.com

Remember Pearl Harbor!

A momentous day in U.S. history.


ಮಂಗಳವಾರ, ಡಿಸೆಂಬರ್ 6, 2011

World’s Top 10 Expensive Car Crashes

It’s always a sad situation when someone wrecks a car and the situation would be much worse if its an expensive car. The insurance and repair costs will be much higher for these cars. This adds fuel to the fire and the repair costs might make you weep at times. The wrecks which we have shown involve unique and rare cars which billionaires can only afford.


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Source: worlds top 10 expensive car crashes

Ferrari launches limited edition 599 GTB 60F1

ferrari 599 GTB 60F1

Ferrari has been successful in winning the formula 1 races for 60 years till now and to celebrate it, the company has introduced a special edition version of the 599. Its the Ferrari 599 GTB 60F1. The Ferrari 599 GTB 60F1 will only be available in three liveries.

The 375 F1 livery pays tribute to Froilan Gonzalez's first victory for Ferrari at the 1951 British Grand Prix, while the Ferrari 150 Italia scheme is a tip of the hat to Fernando Alonso's win at Silverstone, the same track that Gonzalez conquered for the automaker's first gold. Alonso took the honor of the company's 60th time at the top of the podium. Ferrari also plans to sell the Ferrari 599 GTB 60F1 in a third variant that plays off of the 150 Italia livery.

Source: autoblog.com

ಸೋಮವಾರ, ಡಿಸೆಂಬರ್ 5, 2011

Volt Battery Fires NBD

The blogosphere and news media have become somewhat excited about the Chevy Volt battery fires, and GM has been very defensive, going so far as to offer to buy back Volts from any skittish customers.

I don't see what the big deal is.

There zero cases of Volts having battery thermal issues after getting in an accident in the real world.  There have been a couple of cases of garage fires, however the causes are not yet known and it is quite possible that the fault lies in poorly done 240V wiring, and not with the Volt.  

There are four cases of Volt batteries having thermal reactions after being first disconnected from their liquid coolant supply, then damaged, and then overturned by NHTSA.  This is like sideswiping a pole at high speed, at exactly the point where the battery extends out towards the sides of the car, then rolling over, and then letting the battery sit damaged for several days without being discharged.  

Here's an experiment: smash a gasoline car in such a way as to rupture the gas tank. Then turn the car over and let the fuel run where it will.

Also, consider the number of gasoline vehicle fires that occur every year.  In 1999, there were 288,000 highway vehicle fires, due to all causes (accident and otherwise), according to the NFPA.  According to a 1990 study by NHTSA, motor vehicle fires due to accidents occurred at a rate of 2.86/1000 vehicles. 

So if Volts had the same rate of accident caused fires as gasoline vehicles, we would expect to see about 14 Volt fires this year.  But we haven't, even though Volts do carry gasoline on-board.

Aptera Dead!

I have been watching with morbid fascination the death spiral of Aptera, the designer of the electric trike that looks like a big spermatozoan, which didn't do well in the Progressive Automotive X-prize competition.  To stave off death, Aptera was working on a traditional 4-wheel vehicle concept which they hoped would attract new investors and help them qualify for a DOE AVTM loan.  Aptera stated that they needed $150 million in new money to start work on the new vehicle, but investors did not come to the table.

And that was a wise decision.  Despite an interesting and aerodynamic design, the Aptera 3-wheel concept was not practical for any large market, and would have been very expensive to produce in small volumes.   Like the other X-prize finalists running 3-wheel designs, Aptera was more of a design study than a marketable product.   

To date, there are still no production-ready enclosed 3-wheelers for sale in the U.S. and I doubt there will ever be.  The inherent safety and comfort trade-offs are too great for more than a few novelty-loving customers.

The question in my mind is, who is next to fold?  Up-start auto companies funded by venture capital don't have a shining history (DeLorean, Bricklin...).  Will Tesla and Fisker make it, financially, or will they burn through their cash before catching on?