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Toyota Spends 1.2 Billion Baht to Acquire Tasi

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Toyota Boshuku Japan, Toyota’s main automotive interior systems supplier, is spending 1.2 billion baht to purchase a local automotive seat producer, the Thai Automotive Seating and Interior Co (TASI).

Earlier, Toyota Boshuku held a stake of 50 percent in TASI. NHK Spring in Thailand with 35 percent and NHK Spring Japan are other stake holders. The deal has been made through Toyota Boshuku Asia Co., Toyota Boshuku’s Thai operation. Toyota Boshuku Asia general manager Akihiko Shimanouchi said that Toyota Boshuku Japan and Toyota Boshuku Asia would hold 50 percent each in TASI after the acquisition.

Toyota Boshuku Asia’s capital that would be raised to 210 million baht this month from 30 million would finance the investment. Operating cash flow and loans would also be the sources of 500 million baht funds.

Mr. Shimanouchi said that Toyota Boshuku Asia was mainly involved in research and development for automotive interior systems. Accordingly, it has revenue of 13.41 billion baht last year and is the group’s second-largest revenue contributor in Asia.

Two hundred ninety-two (292) billion baht was Toyota Boshuku Japan’s recorded total revenue in 2006 from its global operations. From these figures, 13.5 percent or 40 billion baht was earned from Asian operations.

With registered capital of 250 million baht, TASI recorded revenue of 3.5 billion baht last year, which were mainly from sales to Toyota for its passenger cars.

Every year, Toyota Motor Thailand produces nearly 140,000 passenger cars.

Mr. Shimanouchi continued that the acquisition would mark the Toyota Boshuku Asia as the group’s production base in Southeast Asia. Toyota, with total management control, could share its facilities and transfer technology from the parent company. It could also coordinate marketing initiatives.

He added that they envision a strong opportunity to grow in line with the automotive sector in Thailand. Furthermore, he said that all major car makers including Toyota have invested in large production in the country, which recently has made a big expansion. They also foresee an opportunity to take one step higher to take orders from other car makers aside from Toyota.

TBAS plans to invest more in research and development and production. Moreover, it plans to use TASI as a base to further export its products outside the country.

About Toyota

In 2006, Toyota, maker of quality Toyota cold air intake was engaged in several projects which were designed to solidify its foundations while continuing to grow.

Lexus, being the front product, launched its new flagship model – the LS – and the new global Camry went on sale. In Japan, a new Corolla range was introduced, highlighting the significance of this best-selling car.

As regards manufacturing, various new projects were initiated around the world. In May, manufacture of the Camry began in Guangzhou, China. Aside from this, the United States (Kentucky plant), which in October celebrated 20 years of production, began manufacturing the first Toyota hybrid vehicle to be built in North America – the Camry Hybrid. Furthermore, the Texas plant in November began producing the new Tundra truck, a key vehicle in Toyota’s North American lineup. And in Japan, the Toyota Motor Kyushu, Inc. began full-scale operations at its engine factory, while Toyota Motor Tohoku Co., Ltd. augmented its manufacturing capacity.

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Kelly Blue Book’s Top Picks for Best Fuel-efficient Vehicles

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Along with the heat of summer come high gas prices. Consumers will undoubtedly want to find ways to save a few dollars at the pump.

Drivers are often encouraged to improve their vehicle’s fuel economy by reducing air conditioning use, and checking important parts (like Mazda auto parts) — changing filters regularly, checking tire pressure, having fuel injectors cleaned and using a fuel additive to increase engine performance.

But are consumers actually using these fuel economy tips to help save money?

A recent Kelley Blue Book Marketing Research study on fuel economy has revealed that nearly six out of 10 consumers say they would be likely to change their filters at scheduled intervals and/or check their tire pressure regularly to achieve greater fuel economy or save money. Nearly seven out of 10 consumers (68 percent) also believe that by performing some or all of the recommended gas-saving maintenance to their car, they would save up to $200 annually.

“Gas prices have reached levels that are causing consumers to take steps they may not have when pump prices were more moderate to improve fuel economy and save a few dollars,” said Jack Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book’s “If these consumers actually perform all of these gas saving tips, it’s likely they could save up to 15 or 20 percent of their entire fuel costs annually.”

But the survey also revealed that only 23 percent say they would be willing to reduce air conditioning use. Even less popular options include having fuel injectors cleaned (17 percent), and using a fuel additive in each fill-up to increase engine performance (five percent).

Meanwhile, 26 percent of those surveyed said they would employ all of these recommended fuel-saving tips to achieve greater fuel economy or save money, and a contrasting five percent said they would do none.

When thinking about their next new-vehicle purchase, 69 percent of consumers are likely to change the vehicle they drive in order to improve their fuel economy or money situation: 22 percent would buy a hybrid version of a vehicle they already have; 21 percent would take a step down in vehicle size; 14 percent say they would buy a vehicle with a smaller engine or an engine with less power; and 12 percent say they would buy a diesel vehicle. Thirty-one percent of consumers say they would not change their next vehicle to improve fuel economy.

To help those consumers considering their next car purchase, the editorial staff at Kelley Blue Book’s put together a list of fuel-efficient favorites. Here’s the list:

Kelley Blue Book’s Editors’ Top Picks for Best Fuel-Efficient Vehicles

Small Sedan

Honda Civic Hybrid – The Honda Civic Hybrid is the Prius alternative with more mainstream styling, if not all the fuel economy.

MPG – 40 (city), 45 (highway)

Mid-size Sedan

Nissan Altima Hybrid – Beneath its sporty-sedan sheet metal, Nissan’s Altima Hybrid uses licensed Toyota hybrid technology.

MPG – 35 (city), 33 (highway)

Luxury Sedan

Mercedes-Benz E320 Bluetec – Powered by a state-of-the-art clean diesel engine, the Mercedes-Benz E320 Bluetec is as powerful and smooth as you’d expect anything wearing a three-pointed star to be.

MPG – 23 (city), 32 (highway)

Compact Pickup

Toyota Tacoma – The Toyota Tacoma’s bulletproof reputation for reliability is bakced by some of the category’s best fuel economy.

MPG – 20 (city), 26 (highway)

Full-Size Pickup

Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra – GM’s excellent new Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra are just about the most fuel-efficient full-size pickups out there.

MPG – 15 (city), 20 (highway)


Audi TT – The 2008 Audi TT deftly maximizes turbo power and efficiency in one fun and fuel-frugal coupe.

MPG – 23 (city), 31 (highway)

Small SUV

Ford Escape Hybrid – revamped for 2008, the Ford Escape Hybrid combines excellent mileage with SUV versatility.

MPG – 31 (city), 30 (highway)

Mid-Size SUV

Toyota Highlander Hybrid – The Highlander Hybrid is Toyota’s only hybrid SUV, and the only one to boast a lineage that includes the revolutionary Prius.

MPG – 28 (city), 25 (highway)

Large SUV

GMC Acadia – With more cargo volume than the brand’s own Yukon, the three-row GMC Acadia delivers everything most families require from a traditional full-size SUV but with significantly better mileage.

MPG – 16 (city), 24 (highway)


Mazda MX-5 – Some of the same characteristics that make the small and lightweight Mazda MX-5 one of the purest dirver’s cars of all time help make it a joy at the gas pump too.

MPG – 22 (city), 27 (highway)


Honda Odyssey – What some consider the best minivan available, the Honda Odyssey, also delivers the best mileage. Under light loads, the Odyssey can cruise on just three of its six cylinders.

MPG – 17 (city), 24 (highway)


MINI Cooper – A secret weapon in the fight against fuel prices, the extremely fun MINI Cooper delivers highway mileage of up to 36 mpg.

MPG – 27 (city), 37 (highway)


Toyota Matrix/Pontiac Vibe – The Toyota matrix and Pontiac Vibe cousins are small but tall wagons that have been delivering outstanding fuel economy since the 2003 model year.

MPG – 26 (city), 33 (highway)

* (Note: All fuel economy figures reflect the new-for-2008 model year guidelines, per

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About Declarations Pages in Auto Insurance

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To break the declarations page down further, we’ll discuss each aspect presented on the page, and this is done in no particular order, meaning your declarations page may or may not have the same information in the same order listed here. First we’ll mention the auto insurance company’s information on the page. The declarations page will have the name of the insurance company, as well as their contact information including a phone number and address. If you need to contact the company, the information is readily available here and also on the insurance card that you should have somewhere in your car in case it is immediately needed.

Next, you should find your policy number. Your policy number is a way the auto insurance company can identify you without using your name. This lessens confusion as there is typically more than one client sharing the same first and last names. A policy number can include numbers and letters together, or just numbers. You will need to know your policy number any time you want to contact the insurance company. You can also find your policy number on the insurance card.

Information regarding the coverage you have purchased is also included in the declarations page. The coverage you purchased will include the minimal requirements provided by your state, as well as any additional coverage options you felt the need to purchase. Bodily injury liability, property damage liability, personal injury protection, and uninsured motorist bodily injury may be some of the coverage options you purchased that will be listed on the declarations page. Read more about automobile premiums and policies in Auto Car Insurance Premiums section of author’s site.

The cost of each coverage you purchase for your auto insurance policy will also be listed on this page. The price of your policy is determined by individual factors, including the cost of coverage you added to your policy. If you carry additional coverage options past the state’s requirements, you can look at these “extra” options and decide if they fit into your budget, or if you can add more coverage for added protection.

Your deductible amounts may also be listed in the declarations page. A deductible amount is the amount of money you are willing to pay, out-of-pocket, when you make a claim to the auto insurance company. Any time you file a claim and expect the insurer to cover an accident-related cost, the insurer requires you to pay upfront a deductible. This amount can range from $250, to $1,000 or higher. The lower deductible you choose for your policy, the more expensive your policy premium will be.

Look for the policy periods on the declarations page to find out when your coverage begins and when it ends. You should also be aware that you have the option with the insurer to automatically renew your policy when it expires. This helps to avoid any time period of not carrying auto insurance, known as a policy lapse. It is illegal to drive a vehicle without proper auto insurance so it is vital that the policy always be in effect.

You will also notice your information, or the policyholder’s information, listed on the declarations page. Your name, address, and phone number will be listed on the page. It will also have information regarding the vehicle(s) you have insured with the company, such as the year, make and model of each vehicle. Always keep this information up-to-date with the auto insurance company so they can contact you easily with any questions they have or information they need.

You may think the declarations page is just one more nagging piece of paperwork, but in actuality it is the most important piece of paper that you have for your auto insurance. You will need to review your declarations page every time your policy renews to make sure no coverage was accidentally dropped or so you know your information is correct. Don’t disregard your declarations page as it comes in the mail or think of it as worthless because you think you already know what coverage is on your auto insurance policy.

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Interview With Mine’s Niikura Michizo: Gt-r Super Tuner

“The name: It’s plural of mine. I thought ‘Mine’s’ would be better than answering, ‘Niikura’. I designed the logo myself. I like simple and cool designs. I like simple cool designs, that’s why my cars aren’t always decked out. ”

You may or may not know the name Niikura Michizo, but you definitely know the name Mine’s. Born in 1952 in Hayama, Japan, Michizo is the man responsible for the Japanese tuning house that has developed some of the fastest GT-Rs in the world. Niikura-san’s long love of the GT-R began in his teens when his father gave him a hand-me-down Skyline—nice dad, huh? His first “new” car was a Celica GT-S.

While in high school he maintained a huge interest in motorbikes as well as cars. It was at Isho College that he’d further develop into a forward-thinking engineer and tuner. Almost right after college Michizo joined Bridgestone and there he remained for 12 years, moonlighting the last few years to start up Mine’s. Rather than blowing the money on sake and women, he wisely invested his earnings at Bridgestone to buy the necessary equipment to make sure that his shop would be more than just a lift and an air compressor.

“The name: It’s plural of mine. I thought ‘Mine’s’ would be better than answering, ‘Niikura’. I designed the logo myself. I like simple and cool designs. I like simple cool designs, that’s why my cars aren’t always decked out. ”

You may or may not know the name Niikura Michizo, but you definitely know the name Mine’s. Born in 1952 in Hayama, Japan, Michizo is the man responsible for the Japanese tuning house that has developed some of the fastest GT-Rs in the world. Niikura-san’s long love of the GT-R began in his teens when his father gave him a hand-me-down Skyline—nice dad, huh? His first “new” car was a Celica GT-S.

While in high school he maintained a huge interest in motorbikes as well as cars. It was at Isho College that he’d further develop into a forward-thinking engineer and tuner. Almost right after college Michizo joined Bridgestone and there he remained for 12 years, moonlighting the last few years to start up Mine’s. Rather than blowing the money on sake and women, he wisely invested his earnings at Bridgestone to buy the necessary equipment to make sure that his shop would be more than just a lift and an air compressor.

After Bridgestone you established Mine’s. What concept did you have in mind?

Simple is best. A well-balanced car that stops, turns and can go fast. Another thing, I like to do things that my competitors don’t and can’t do. I like to do things fast. I like to build [my products and cars] quickly and be on time. I hate to be slower than anyone else. Tuning doesn’t have regulations like motorsports, but my thing is to be faster than the cars that are fully decked out like motorsports cars. The parts I develop are for my customers, but they also have to function and be good for the car. I want to keep my parts as realistic attainable tuning parts for consumers. It’s easy to build a bigger displacement engine, but how many people do that? Which leads to keeping it simple.

I learned a lot in my younger years. I had been involved with motorsports and worked with them when I was younger. I wanted to learn; the whole experience was a learning process. Teams are just there to win. I wanted to absorb what was available to me from motorsports. And I’ve put what I’ve learned in that experience into my tuning and products. From R32 to beginning of R34 I was prety much went to every race in the Super Taikyu series.

You must have become very familiar with the series, but also the development of racing and products. How do you use R&D to develop your products?

To develop my parts I would actually get into races and test my products. I do a lot of tenstive on-track testing privately. Testing, R&D you don’t necessarily have to go full throttle for a race distance. That’s not what’s needed for R&D. What I’ve striving for is not the ultimate speed or quickness or time. It’s actually drivability, or driving pleasure. It has to do with feeling comfortable while you’re driving, what the driver feels. You Have to feel good, safe about the feel of the vehicle. That’s a lot deeper than just speed or horsepower.

Tell us about the GT-R legacy and why you’ve chosen to continually developer the Skyline.

Long ago it was known as a very good car and the one to tune. And that’s what I was attracted to. I was attracted to the potential of the GT-R and because it was difficult to tune. For the US, I’m really looking forward to releasing parts for the Z and the new 2008 Nissan GT-R. I want to open a shop in LA and have that be my US headquarters. Sometime next year.

What are your thoughts on the new VQ38 versus the older RB26?

They’re completely diferent engines, of course, but they’re both GT-R motors. They’re great motors. Even if the new engine isn’t an RB, I can tune it. I’m not worried. As a characterisics of the car, I don’t think it’s the type of car you just want to max out the horsepower on. The characteristic of the new GT-R won’t be to boost the engine power, but to increase the total factor of the car a little higher. With the VQ it’s an advancement of technology using an aluminum blocking, compact V- engine. I have no worries about the engine, because it’s been developed by one of the best engineers at Nissan. I’m confident it’s a good engine to start with.

And what about the old GT-R versus the new one?

In Japan a lot of people say that the R33 isn’t an exact successor to the first-generation GT-R, it’s not an improvement, neither is the R34 to the R33. Neither is the R35 to the R34. They have all their own characterisitics. Some good and bad. Some people like the R32 better etc. So all four of them would have different characteristrics.

What is your philosophy on design and how does that factor into the looks of the new GT-R?

I think overall the design concept or deisgn character is similar to the R32 and R33. The R34 is a sportier looking car. And that’s your first impression. Whereas the R32 and R33 and new GT-R is design more or less than grows on you. The GT-R and Ferrari are two different cars. The GT-R enthusiasts wouldn’t accept the GT-R to be like the Ferrari and neither are the designers trying to imitate Ferrari—contrary to what some people may think. The debut of the R32 is very similar to the current vehicle. But even now the R32 is the most popular Skyline of all time.

Who do you see purchasing the new GT-R and what rivals does it have in Japan and in Europe?

I don’t think, at this point, there are any rivals to the GT-R in Japan. If it’s not limited to Japanese cars it’d be Porsche and BMW. I think the buyer would probably increase a little bit in terms of age, higher than before.

Moving onto a slightly different topic, you’ve been in just about every version of Sony’sGran Turismo. Is Mine’s in the next GT?

350Z and the GT-R will be in the new Gran Turismo. When I get the new GT-R, I assume it’ll be in the game, too. I’m looking forwad to getting involved with the game again. I work closely with Yamauchi-san, I know him very well and ensure that my vehicles feel like they should in the game. The production study of the game it’s very intense, very precise. They use a lot of laser scanning devices to scan the whole car. I do give input of the sound of the car and all other parameters.

When should we expect the next Mine’s Nissan GT-R? And what color will it be?

I hope to release the new GT-R within this year. And it’ll be white of course.

Get the full story with drifting and car racing video footage of Niikura Michizo interview.

By: Toyota USA Blog

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I Need Cheap Car Insurance as Protection for My Car

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When I bought my new car, I knew that I needed cheap car insurance. However, when I was searching out for a good car insurance policy, I realized that it is not as easy as it seemed. There are so many auto insurance companies around that I can get my policy from, and I don’t know which one is the best for me. This is the reason why I thought of using the internet to find the right auto insurance policy for my vehicle.It is better to look for cheap automobile insurance policy on the internet as there are many online companies that offer rebates on auto policies that are sold online. The added advantage of using the internet to find the right car insurance policy for yourself is that you don’t have to waste time visiting and phoning individual car insurance companies for information and quotes about their insurance policies.

Of course, if you are busy, you can always hire a broker to do all the work for you and help you find the right car insurance policy. However, the broker has to be paid for his services. Therefore, by using the internet, you can actually save money and time, and get as many car insurance quotes as possible from car insurance companies.

With the use of the internet, it is possible for you to get numerous car insurance quotes while sitting in the comfort of your own home. By filling up an online insurance quote form with some personal information about you and your car, like your age, gender, and the model and type of car, you will receive your cheap car insurance quote within a very short time.

Fitting an approved immobilizer in your car is a great way to get yourself a cheap car insurance policy. Generally, if you don’t use your car much, you will be offered a cheap policy. This is the reason why you have to mention the number of miles you drive per year when you fill out a form for an insurance quote. Car users are offered cheap car insurance policies for decreased usage because the possibility of them getting involved in accidents is much reduced if they don’t drive so often.

Paying an expensive deductible is another way for you to find a cheap car insurance policy. By paying a higher deductible, you will end up paying cheaper monthly installments for your car insurance policy.

If you get yourself a standard auto policy, you are provided coverage if your family and you meet with an accident. However, you will have to get additional coverage if you have other people in the family who are using the car. This is why you have to include youthful operator’s coverage in your policy. With this coverage, the other driver who drives the car is provided protection if he or she is involved in an accident.

However, this does not mean that you have to add everyone who drives your car to the insurance policy. Instead, you have to restrict the number of drivers in the policy if you want to get a cheap car insurance policy. Most importantly, you have to reduce the number of drivers aged below 25 in the policy. You will also get a cheap car insurance policy if you drive a car with a small engine.

However, in a bid to get yourself a cheap car insurance policy, you should not forget that you need to have all the necessary coverage in your policy. The perfect car insurance policy is one that offers you medical payments coverage, collision coverage actual cash value, auto coverage, physical damage coverage and injury coverage. You need to have all these types of coverage in your insurance policy so that all the bills that come from the accident will be paid by your car insurance company.

With all these done, I managed to find an affordable car insurance policy that also provides coverage for damage and covered auto protection. And with this, I need not tell anyone anymore that I need cheap car insurance for my car. I use this site to get cheap auto insurance quote

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Kickingtires Reveals Family Cars of the Year

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Family cars face painstaking demands. These days, they are used not just for family driving adventures but for business purpose as well. With the versatility expected of them, automakers find it hard to emerge as the best in the family car segment – but this is not the case with Honda. Earlier, 3 of Honda’s vehicles were awarded the “Best Car for Small Families,” “Best Car for Big Families,” and the “Best New Car for First-Time Drivers” by KickingTires.The 2007 Honda Accord emerged as the “Best New Car for Small Family. Honda Accord parts are especially designed to face rigorous family car’s demands. For the 2007 model year, Accord was given new trim called SE-V6. Also, for the sedan version, cool blue metallic color was made available. The runners-up for the Best New Car for Small Families were BMW 328, Ford Five Hundred, Honda Civic, Hyundai Sonata, Infiniti G35, Mazda5, Mazda6, Subaru Legacy, and Toyota Camry.

On the one hand, 2007 Honda Odyssey was given the “Best Car for Big Families” commendation. Honda Odyssey is a minivan introduced by the automaker in 1995. The runners up for said title were Acura MDX, Chevrolet Suburban, GMC Yukon, Hyundai Entourage, Kia Sedona, Mercedes-Benz R-Class, Toyota Highlander, Toyota Sienna, and Volvo XC90.

For the “Best New Car for First-Time Drivers” category, 2007 Honda Civic emerged as the winner. Honda Civic parts are especially engineered to be accommodating to first-time drivers. The car’s auto parts can be easily operated so it fits . The runners up for the category were Honda Fit, Hyundai Elantra, Hyundai Sonata, Mazda3, Pontiac Vibe, Scion tC, Subaru Impreza, Toyota Camry and Toyota Matrix.

Finally, for the “Best New Car for Empty Nesters” category, 2007 Jaguar XK emerged as the winner. The runners up were BMW 650, Chevrolet Corvette, Ford Mustang, Infiniti G35, Infiniti M45, Lexus LS 460, Mazda MX-5 Miata, Mercedes-Benz SL-Class and Volvo C70.

“Before we named the four finalists for Family Car of the Year in our first annual Lifestyle Awards, we considered all the 2006- and 2007-model-year vehicles we’ve tested and narrowed them down to a select group. We’ll tackle the other Lifestyle categories as we get closer to the final awards Jan. 3, but for now see what other cars we recommend for families and how staffers Mike Hanley, Kelsey Mays, Patrick Olsen, David Thomas and Joe Wiesenfelder debated the winners” KickingTires revealed.

In most categories, analysts say that Honda and Toyota car parts are showcasing excellence. As observed by analysts, prices for highly equipped models have greatly increased with time and innovations.

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Another Disappointment for Toyota

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At the start of the current Formula One season, Toyota vowed to catch up with BMW Sauber in the constructors’ championship standings. But nine races in the season so far and Toyota only has nine points. The team is now sitting on sixth place. Meanwhile, BMW Sauber is increasing its lead on the “rest of the pack” as McLaren and Ferrari are on top of the standings.

At the British Grand Prix, Toyota’s woes continue as both Jarno Trulli and Ralf Schumacher did not finish the race due to malfunctioning cars. During qualifying, Toyota showed promise of a better performance after Schumacher qualified for the sixth spot while Trulli is in tenth.

But when the race went underway, things started to go wrong for the Japanese Formula One team. On lap number 22, Ralf Schumacher was forced to retire after his car’s wheels had a problem. Prior to the race, Schumacher is showing improvement after a string of poor performances at the start of the season.

Needles to say, the German Formula One driver is visibly disappointed. “That was a disappointing day,” said Schumacher. “We retired when I had a problem with our front left wheel although we still have to investigate the exact cause. I felt the failure as I came into the complex and I had to retire straightaway. It is a pity because we looked strong all weekend and we were confident of a good result today.”

Schumacher pointed out that they will be studying the car and find out what went wrong in preparation for the next race of season which will take him back to Germany. “Unfortunately we had lost some positions at the start as well so we will need to look into that to understand why that happened.”

Despite the retirement, Schumacher is still upbeat by the progress that they are doing in their car which would need a strong Toyota Hawk brakes just to slow it down. “So it’s clear that the outcome is not satisfactory but the positive thing is that we were back in the top ten with both cars in qualifying. We had quite good lap times today and we were able to stay with the BMWs and the Renaults while I was in the race. So we have showed a decent performance and I’m reasonably happy with that. The fact that we were able to fight higher up will give the team an extra push as we prepare for the next race at the Nürburgring.”

Teammate Jarno Trulli on the other hand was also forced to retire on the 43rd lap due to handling problems. The Italian Formula One driver is visibly disappointed by his sting of bad lucks in the weekend leading to the race. “This has been a difficult weekend for me and today was no exception. All weekend I’ve struggled with very high tire wear compared to my team-mate. It started badly on Friday and I was unable to find a way to improve my car all weekend. So I was expecting a tough race but as it turned out the race was even worse so we need to look into the reason for that,” said Trulli.

Trulli concluded his sentiments regarding the British Grand Prix saying: “So we must now forget this one and look forward to the next race because every grand prix is a different story. But for me it was a weekend to forget.”

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2008 Toyota Camry Solara Review – a Review of the 2008 Toyota Camry Solara Coupe

The 2008 Toyota Camry Solara is both tech-savvy and reliable, accommodating new features that provide safety and convenience. Impressive new features include this model’s Vehicle Stability Control with Brake Assist, which combined with traction control helps to reduce tire slippage due to sudden steering or change in road conditions.

The 2008 Camry Solara offers several standard safety features, including front, side and rear curtain airbags. Its Tire Pressure Monitoring adds to safety, letting the driver know when the tires are getting low. The Camry Solara, even with its striking appearance, is family-oriented with its rear-seat child restraint system and LATCH, a safety feature that drops tether brackets and anchors for children.

Halogen headlamps and LED taillights, and a power tilt/slide moonroof with sunshade contribute to the sleek body style and a power-retractable fabric convertible top is available on the soft-top model.

Interior comfort is provided by a defroster-linked air conditioning and climate control with air filtration, and a 60/40 fold-flat bench seat with adjustable headrests. The Camry Solara also comes standard with a digital quartz clock, an AM/FM CD 6-disc in-dash changer with WMA/MP3 playback and satellite radio capabilities and in-glass antenna, or body-mounted antenna for the convertible. Bluetooth capabilities and wireless technology also is available on the Camry Solara.

Toyota includes an information display with average speed, instant and average fuel economy, distance to empty and elapsed time functions. The Camry Solara comes at two power levels, including 155-horse power, 4-cylinder engine or a 210-horse power, V6 engine.

Toyota’s 2008 Camry Solara is a car that combines safety, style and affordability, making it one of this year’s most attractive new models.

By: Toyota USA Blog

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Car LED Tail Lights

When we talk about the look of a vehicle then lights are the first thing which comes in our mind. In cars and trucks we can find lights at many places like in the front as a headlight, in back as tail light and inside the vehicle as a body light. But the most important ones are the headlights and tail lights because it not only enhances the look of the vehicle but it is also important for the safety of the passengers, especially during the night time of the driving.

Here in this article I am discussing about the tail lights. Vehicle tail lights are found in various types such as smoked, chrome, black and LED tail lights. I am going to tell you about the LED tail lights in this article. We can find different types of LED tail lights. The different types are LED tail lights, Euro LED tail lights, Black Chrome LED tail lights and Smoked LED tail lights. The biggest advantage of using LED tail lights is that it does not burn out. There are some more advantages also such as it uses less power to illuminate and it turns on instantaneously. It gives a stunning and striking look in the night and its visible range is far more than the other lights. LED tail lights are made up latest LED bulb technology. It comes in different types of colors and shapes.

Almost for all make and model’s tail lights can be found on the website related to LED tail lights. Some of these brands and models are:

- Acura – CL, Integra, Legend, NSX, etc.
- Audi – A4, A6, A8, S4, TT.
- BMW – M3, 3, 5, 6, 7 series.
- Cadillac – CTS, Escalade, Seville, Eldorado.
- Chevrolet – Cavalier, C1500, Cobalt, Lumina, Malibu, Prizm, Silverado, Suburban.
- Dodge – Avenger, Caravan, Charger, Dakota, Durango, Intrepid, Magnum, Neon, Stealth.
- Eagle – Talon, Vision.
- Ford – Bronco, Contour, Escape, Escort, Excursion, Expedition, Explorer, Mustang, Probe, etc.
- GMC – Canyon, Envoy, Jimmy, Safari, Sierra, Suburban, Yukon.
- Honda – Accord, Civic, CRV, Element, Odyssey, Passport, Pilot, etc.
- Hyundai – Talon, Vision.
- Infiniti – FX, G20, G35, Q45, QX4.
- Isuzu – Amigo, Hombre, Rodeo, Trooper.
- Jaguar – S-Type, X-Type, XKR, XK8, R2.
- Mercedes – C220, C280, C320, 300E, S500, SLK, CLK.
- Nissan – 240SX, 200ZX, Altima, Frontier, Maxima, Pathfinder, Pulsar, Titan.
- Toyota – 4Runner, Camry, Celica, Corolla, Land Cruiser, Paseo, Solara, Supra, Tundra.
- Volkswagen – Beetle, Cabrio, Corrado, Golf, Scirocco, Touareg.
- Volvo – 850, C70, S40, V40, XC70, XC90.

Apart from these, LED tail lights for some more brands and models can be found such as tail lights for the models of Subaru, Saturn, Pontiac, Plymouth, Suzuki, Mitsubishi, Mazda, Lincoln, Mercury, Lexus, Jeep, Isuzu, Kia, Geo, Daewoo and Chrysler. For models visit the webpage related to LED tail lights. All you have to do is to find out which is best for your vehicle. Some tail lights of popular brands and their price range are:

- 73-91 Chevy Blazer Altezza Tail Lights — $60 – $70.
- 00-01 Infiniti I30 Euro Red Led Tail Lights — $180 – $200.
- 93-97 Toyota Corolla Black Altezza Tail Lights — $150 – $160.
- 03-05 Chevy Cavalier OE Style Tail Light Left Driver — $70 – $80.
- 99-04 Vw Jetta MK4 Blk Altezza Tail lights — $ 110 – $125.
- 98-00 Honda Accord DX/EX/LX Carbon Fiber Tail Lights 4DR — $120 – $130.
- 93-97 Toyota Corolla Clear Altezza Tail Lights — $135 – $145.
- 93-02 Chevy Camaro Z28 Clear Tail Lights — $100 – $120.
- 93-02 Chevy Camaro Chrome Smoked Tail Lights — $100 – $110.

These are some popular one at the lowest price. Apart from these you can visit the website related to LED tail lights.

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By: Toyota USA Blog

Archive for June, 2009

Cheap Car Insurance – How to Get It

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With gas prices being the way they have people all over the country have started to get creative with their finances and the costs associated with auto travel.

Prices vary from company to company, so it pays to shop around. Get at least four to five price quotes. You will find that there are several websites out there that can save you the time from doing this the slow and hard way as they will often get you quotes from up to a dozen companies all at once. You can call companies directly or access information on the Internet. Your state insurance department may also provide comparisons of prices charged by major insurers. And no, companies like Progressive that claim they will compare other companies, but they are an insurance company, so they are not to be trusted. They only have one interest, and that is to promote their own business.<p>

Bigger is not always better. There are several low cost automobile insurance companies offering competitive rates in relation to the big names out there. This makes it possible to save a bundle on this expense. Many people seem to ignore this cost and tend to accept the burden of expensive insurance even when monthly payments almost match a car payment. In one case, I lowered my car insurance rates by about 50% when I found a good local company (I had switched from a really big name company).

One of the best ways to get cheap car insurance is simply to use a service that forces insurance agents and brokers to compete against one another. At the end of this article is one example of such a site. As soon as you finish your online quote request, multiple agents will contact you. But it is important to NOT sign up with any one of them immediately-Instead, let them know that you are awaiting calls from other local insurance providers. After 5 or so of these people have contacted you, you should have a good idea of what sort of range you might expect to pay.

Then, if you really want to get the cheapest car insurance possible, simply tell the agents that you are ready to buy within the next 24 hours with whichever company offers you the lowest insurance rates. This really puts the fire under them, and is sure to create the most optimal pricing for you. Of course, be sure to carry through on your promise.

If it makes sense, you may want to consider getting a bundle package. Basically, see what it might cost to insure not only your car, but also your home, property, health and life insurance. This can save a person around 10% – 30% depending on the company you go with; and it does make paying your bills easier as well.

Oh, and one more tip, remember that the more info you provide upfront, the more accurate your quotes will be, and the more likely the insurance companies will be responsive to your inquiry. This is especially true when filling out a quote from multiple companies.