cars

Caliber-ated To Replace The Neon

The Dodge Caliber actually started out as a concept car during the 2005 Geneva Motor Show. It has been exquisitely designed so as to fill in the void left by most vehicles. It also is marketed towards no particular target area for it is generally meant for the US market as well as the international market.

Remarking on the concept vehicle, Trevor Creed, the Chrysler Group?s senior vice president for design, states, ?With its bold styling and clever packaging, Caliber is pure Dodge. This concept is a new slant on one of the world?s most competitive segments. The Dodge Caliber concept brings emotion to the C-segment sea of sameness and strongly hints at the future direction of Dodge in the global car market.?

Now, making its way to the market is the 2007 Dodge Caliber. It is due to come out in the middle of this year. Dodge says that this vehicle is the effective replacement of the bland and monotonous Dodge Neon. The Dodge Caliber has been made to be a bold sport utility vehicle minivan crossover. It holds a confident and breezy side glass. Its platform is actually the very same one that the upcoming new generation of Mitsubishi Lancers would be using. Its engine is a gas engine that is from the Mitsubishi and Chrysler joint ventures. This SUV minivan crossover features Chrysler?s first continuously variable transmission, or also known as the CVT. The CVT has been specially designed so as to increase performance and fuel efficiency at the same time. Talk about hitting two birds with one stone. The Dodge Caliber holds five doors.

Another new thing that the Dodge Caliber will be boasting about will be the electronically controlled all wheel drive system. This also optimizes fuel efficiency. This system works on demand and it drives only the front wheels until power to the rear wheels is actually needed. If you are interested in acquiring your own Dodge Caliber, you may have to start deciding first as to what color you would like the Dodge Caliber to come in. Dodge offers a variety of colors for this new vehicle. These new colors are ultimately something that could make the Dodge Caliber unique and very different from the rest of the machines rolling down the streets. The color choices comprise of stone white, marine blue pearl, steel blue metallic, sunburst orange pearl, solar yellow, black, bright silver metallic, and inferno red crystal pearl.

auto care

Prepare Your Car For Wintry Weather

Will your car be ready for winter?

For Rent-A-Wreck, a company that specializes in renting used cars at lower prices, maintaining a fleet of mechanically sound vehicles is a high priority. The company offers some tried-and-true tips on preparing your car for winter.

* Replace worn windshield wipers and refill the wiper fluid reservoir. With worn wipers that are not making even contact with the windshield glass, being able to see the road in front of you in heavy rain or snow becomes difficult. Special winter wipers with ice guards have become popular in recent years. Winter wipers are heavier than regular wipers and should be switched in the spring to avoid excess wear of the wiper motors.

* Wiper fluid is important, especially when roads have been treated with salt or chemicals that splash onto windshields. It’s not unusual to use a half-gallon of fluid during a lengthy drive in a snowstorm. Top off your supply after Thanksgiving and keep what’s left in the trunk for a mid-winter refresh.

* Inspect all tires and replace when necessary. Even in small amounts, snow and ice cause tires to barely grab the road, making worn tire tread especially dangerous. Snow tires provide the best control and are a good investment for vehicles that must be driven before streets are plowed or for areas where snowfalls are frequent. In areas where snow is an occasional nuisance, all-weather radials will suffice. Be sure to check tires for proper inflation. The owner’s manual and the inside driver’s side door should contain proper inflation levels.

* Test and replace coolant and antifreeze. Auto parts stores often sell antifreeze testers for less than $5. They are simple to use and the actual test takes just a moment. Frozen coolant lines might expand and burst an engine block if your antifreeze is not replaced immediately.

A complete flush and refill with 50 percent antifreeze and 50 percent water will keep your engine cooling lines free of ice in the winter and remove rust and dirt particles that effect the cooling system in the summer. In climates where temperatures drop to less than 34 below zero, a mixture of 70 percent antifreeze and 30 percent water is necessary.

* Don’t forget routine maintenance, including replacing worn parts like hoses, belts, water pumps, spark plug wires, and distributor caps. Cold weather can hasten their deterioration. Check under the hood for cracked rubber on hoses and for slack and damage to belts that drive the engine, alternator, air conditioning and fan.