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Japan’s Big Three’s Models Named “best Deals”


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Car buyers are always in the lookout for the car offering the best value for their money. Different firms have been guiding prospective car buyers on how to choose the vehicle the suits their needs best. From performance to fuel economy to safety, all bases should be covered in choosing a vehicle.

IntelliChoice, one of the leading sources of pertinent information to car buyers, recently announced their “Best Deals” list. The list contains what the online outfit thinks is the best vehicle in different classes. For the month of April, IntelliChoice announced their “Best Deals” and this has been done coinciding with the ongoing New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) in the Big Apple.

This month’s list includes several models from Japan’s three biggest car manufacturers. These vehicles are seen as the measuring stick for future production vehicles unveiled and showcased at the New York Auto Show. James Bell, the publisher of IntelliChoice.com, has this to say with regards to the list and the vehicles showcased at the event: “Even more than recent auto shows, the New York show offered a look at some very compelling future competition to many of the mainstays on our monthly ‘Best Deals’ list.”

The Honda Civic hybrid is rated as the best deal for the Compact Car over $16,000 class by IntelliChoice.com. For the Compact Car under $16,000 class, the best deal is touted to be the Honda Civic DX with an automatic transmission.

Aside from these two models, another Honda produced vehicle was named as a best deal in its class – the Honda Civic Si. The said model is named as the best deal in the Base Sport Car class. The Honda Odyssey is once again named as the best deal for the Minivan class. The Honda Odyssey has been dominating that class in recent history but will face strong competition in the form of the Ford Flex recently unveiled at the New York International Auto Show.

A Nissan model is also named as one of the best deals for the month of April. The Nissan Frontier King Cab XE 2WD with a manual transmission is named as the best deal for the Compact Pickup Truck 2WD class. The King Cab is the first crew cab body style compact pickup truck in North America and since its inception in the U.S. auto market has been popular among car buyers. With its trademark dependability, the Nissan Frontier is not a surprise choice as the best deal for its class. Its high performance construction and components such as the Nissan spark plug wires are one of the reasons why the Frontier sits at the top of its class.

Toyota, the surging Japanese car manufacturer, also landed several of its models at the “Best Deals” list. The popular Toyota Prius is named as the best deal for the Midsize Car under $21,000 while the Prius Touring is named as the best deal for the Midsize Car over $21,000 class.

For the Large Car class, IntelliChoice picked the Toyota Avalon Touring as the best deal for consumers. The Toyota Highlander Hybrid with a third row seating and 2WD configuration is named as the best deal for the Midsize Crossover class. The Toyota Matrix Standard with manual transmission is also named as the best deal for the Small Wagon class.

For the Compact Pickup Truck 4WD class, IntelliChoice picked the Toyota Tacoma Regular Cab 4WD as the best deal. The Toyota Tundra Regular Cab V6 2WD Short Bed is named as the best deal for the Full-Size Pickup Truck 2WD 1/2 Ton class.



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2008 Toyota Racing – German Grand Prix Feature


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The Best Time to Switch Car Insurance Policies – How to Save Money on Auto Insruance


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Ideally, you should start comparing insurance policies before your current policy expires. Once you have allowed a lapse in coverage, there may be additional difficulty getting new coverage at a fair price. Remember, insurers look at many factors to figure premium, and these include: age, gender, occupation, credit history and current insurance. A gap in coverage will raise questions that will need to be answered. Did you simply forget to pay a bill, or is there something more serious?  Do you frequently allow insurance coverage to expire, and what is the length of the gaps? Longer gaps may indicate that you drive without insurance, which makes you a higher risk person.

If you can plan a change, there are some good times to change auto insurance providers which should net you a reduced premium. For instance, your rates will go down at age 25, so if your insurance is set to expire the month of, or after your birthday, start shopping with your new age in mind. If you know that you are about to move or change jobs, consider changing your insurance provider before hand. It might be harder to get insurance if your move was over a long distance; you will now be an un-established person in a new town, which equals higher rates. Your new occupation can change your rates as well, especially if you begin work in a high risk category, or if you will use your vehicle more than you did before.

But, if your driving record is spotless, you are 25 or older, there have been no major changes, and your rates have either stayed the same or gotten higher, than you might consider now the time to shop for a discount. Some companies will match a policy and its price if you tell them upfront that you are doing this. Smart research and some basic knowledge will assure that you are getting the best insurance coverage for the best price.



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Advantages of Buying Used Japan Cars


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There are countless number of advantages in buying used Japan cars. Most of them prefer to buy used cars because they are cheaper than new cars. However, being cheap alone doesn’t make buying a used car advantageous. There are many more reasons that makes buying used cars far better than buying new ones. Japan used cars are preferred by most people today as they are manufactured by renowned brands like Toyota, Nissan and Mitsubishi.

All used Japan cars are not manufactured in Japan

Used Japan cars not only refer to the cars that are manufactured in Japan. The cars (possibly manufactured in America) driven by Japanese owners are also termed ‘Japan cars’. There is absolutely no benefit in buying such Japanese owned used cars that are not manufactured in Japan. Just keep reading on the article to find the advantages of Japan made cars over the American ones.

Buying used Japan cars directly from Japan is beneficial

The American manufacturing companies like General Motors, Chrysler and Ford were the industry leaders several months ago. However, things have changed a lot these days- These industry leaders seem to have lost the loyalty of so many Americans who now look toward other manufacturers for better value and better prices, even if it means ignoring American pride and going after imported cars instead. People are now interested in importing Japan cars manufactured by Toyota, Nissan and Mitsubishi. There are several reasons behind this upturn:

It’s more attractive financially to obtain a car directly from Japan, even when you include the extra fees and monies you pay for shipping and taxes. It’s simply cheaper to buy a car directly from Japan than it is to buy a similar car made in the U.S. Another reason behind this great demand of Used Japan cars is that Japanese drivers are careful to maintain their car cosmetically and mechanically so virtually all cars put up for sale or export will be in great condition

Buying a Used Japan car will have all the accessories bundled

When speaking about the advantages of used Japan cars over the new ones, the first benefit blinking in our mind is the bundled accessories. Japanese cars are usually equipped with many options like air conditioning, power steering, power windows, air bags, ABS, music systems and much more. You will never have to spend an extra penny for adding stuff to your car.

Finding a used Japan car exporter

There are many used car exporters in Japan. However, while trying to buy a specific model of used Japan car (say) a used Toyota Carnia, it will be difficult to find the exporter of the same. You will have to search all the way around before you can find one. However, there are many service providers who list all the used car exporters in Japan all in one place. They gather the used car inventory information from almost all the used car exporters and list them in their website. All you have to do is to search the particular used Japan car with a few mouse clicks by relaxing in your home. With so many good reasons, there is no reason why you should not consider importing Japanese cars.



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Toyota Opens New Ontario Plant in Gloomy Economic Market


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The business of planning, locating, designing and building new factories is a multi-year project one that can take three even as many as five years to complete depending on local building code restrictions, weather delays, and other impediments. During that time, the winds of business can shift abruptly turning a once great idea on its head.

For Toyota, the opening of a new factory in Ontario this month is being done with mixed feelings. On the one hand, the factory represents an excellent chance for the Japanese automaker to aid the local economy and spread goodwill among Canadians along with building passenger vehicles that consumers really want like the popular Toyota RAV4 sport/utility model. On the other hand, business is down and demand isn’t what it was as recently as this past summer, meaning Toyota needs to step carefully when ramping up production.

Located in Woodstock, the plant represents a CDN$1.1 billion dollar investment by Toyota. It is the first all new plant to be built in Ontario over the past twenty years and the company has spent tens of millions of dollars training new workers. The Woodstock plant is the only location outside of Japan where the RAV4 is built.

“Having the best workers helps attract the best jobs, and that’s why we’re so pleased to work with Toyota. Our government will continue working with the auto industry to secure good jobs for Ontario families,” said Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty.

As of this writing, Toyota hasn’t said how many people will be employed at the plant, though the company does employ 4500 workers at its Cambridge plant where it builds several models including the Toyota Corolla and Matrix as well as the Lexus EX 350.

In 2007 Toyota passed General Motors to become the world’s largest automaker. Selling cars under the Toyota, Lexus and Scion nameplates, Toyota sells approximately nine million passenger vehicles worldwide. It is the second largest seller of vehicles in the United States, a market where year to date sales are down for all automakers. In Canada, the downturn is more recent, with Toyota sales near last year’s figures.



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Intellichoice.com Publishes June’s "best Deals”


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IntelliChoice.com announced last June 19 it’s “Best Deals of the Month” for cars, trucks and SUVs for June 2007. The list depicts that as the country is geared into the summer driving season, Toyota and Honda sedans vehicles, as well as American truck automakers, which are enduring winners, continue to hold their ranks steadily.

Publisher James Bell of IntelliChoice.com said that Toyota along with its Lexus brand continued to hold down nearly one-third of their overall list, with 11 total winners. He added that American truck makers appeared to be frustrated with the Toyota Tundra, at least from an overall cost-of-ownership panorama.

The Best Deals of the Month identifies new cars, trucks and SUVs with the best ownership cost value within 33 respective classes. The selection process was based o the current car pricing, market conditions, as well as the lowest national manufacturer consumer new car rebate. IntelliCChoice.com has also make use of up-to-date information gathered from various automotive resources to assess what it costs to buy, own and operate each new model-year trim line over a five-year basis.

For this Month’s “Best Deals”, the MINI Cooper bested in the subcompact car class. The Honda Civic Hybrid and Sedan, both equipped with quality Honda Civic exhaust, are the chosen cars for the compacts over 16000 and compacts under 16000, respectively. The Toyota Prius is the chosen midsize car over and under 21000.

Other “Best Deals” for the month of June include:

MINI Cooper Convertible (convertible),

Audi A4 Convertible (luxury convertible),

Lexus IS (near luxury), Lexus ES (luxury car),

Toyota Avalon (large car),

Honda Civic Si Coupe (base sports car),

Chevrolet Corvette (sport car),

Lexus GS (sport sedan/wagon over 38000),

Infiniti G35 Sport Sedan (sport sedan/wagon under 38000),

Ford Escape Hybrid (compact/utility crossover),

Toyota Highlander Hybrid (midsize crossover),

Lexus RX 400h (luxury crossover),

Toyota Matrix (small wagon),

Subaru Outback Wagon (midsize/large wagon),

GMC Yukon (SUV),

Hummer H3 (intermediate utility),

Lexus GX (luxury SUV),

Toyota Tacoma Regular Cab 2WD (compact pick up truck 2WD),

Toyota Tacoma Regular Cab 4WD (compact pick up truck 4WD),

GMC Sierra 1500 Extended Cab 2WD (full-size pickup truck 2WD 1/2 ton),

Ford F250 Super Duty Super Cab 2WD (full-size pickup truck 2WD 3/4 ton),

Dodge Ram 3500 Quad Cab 2WD (full-size pickup truck 2WD one ton),

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Regular Cab 4WD (full-size pickup truck 4WD 1/2 ton),

GMC Sierra 2500 HD Crew Cab 4WD (full-size pickup truck 4WD 3/4 ton),

Dodge Ram 3500 Quad Cab 4WD (full-size pickup truck 4WD one ton),

Honda Odyssey Passenger Van (minivan),

Chevrolet Express 1500 Passenger Van (full-size van), and the

Dodge Grand Caravan Cargo Van (cargo van).

IntelliChoice.com is a source for automotive ownership cost and value analysis. Its “Best Deals of the Month” identifies new cars, trucks and SUVs with the best ownership cost value in 33 respective classes. Current car pricing, market conditions and the lowest national manufacturer consumer new car rebate are the criteria upon the selection. Aside from that, IntelliChoice.com uses the latest information from a large number of automotive resources to assess what it costs to buy, own and operate each new model-year trim line over a five-year basis.



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Get the Cheapest Car Insurance


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With the market flooded with various car insurance companies, it becomes important to know how to get the cheapest car insurance deal.

If you are a car owner, affordable car insurance is something you can’t do without. Car insurance gives a sense of security to the car owner in case of financial loss due to an accident or theft. In case of any accident, insurance helps in providing claims for all the expenses borne by the car owner. It is therefore important to choose the cheapest car insurance that offers you the maximum coverage and thereby helps you to reduce the overall expense of running a car on the road.

Generally, the cost of car insurance depends on various factors like, cost of the car, ownership of the car, security features available in the car and the type of insurance cover required by the car owner.

You can get the cheapest car insurance if you are the only owner and driver of your car or if your car has some security features. This gives a sense of security to the insurance company that your car is safe and is less likely to be stolen or met with an accident. Some other factors that determine the cost of insurance are, the size of car, parking place, age and gender of the driver. A small sized car and safe parking can help you get cheap car insurance.

These days, you can find a number of car insurance companies available in the market that claim to offer the cheapest car insurance. They have various insurance policies such as liability car insurance, comprehensive car insurance, and few more. These policies differ in terms of coverage offered. Also, many of the car insurance policies are subject to various terms and conditions due to which many car owners may not be entitled to apply for such policies. Thus, finding the cheapest car insurance can be a time consuming and a difficult task.

If you want to get the cheapest car insurance, the best way is to take the services of a car insurance broker. They can help you get the car insurance as per your needs and budget, also they will ensure that you get the maximum coverage in case of any loss to your car. This is possible because the car insurance broker is able to compare different car insurance deals available in the market.

They are not enticed by the cheapest car insurance offers of other insurance companies. Rather, they will go in detail about the terms and conditions of the cheap insurance. With the help of their adequate knowledge, they are able to advise you which type of car insurance cover is right for you. Depending on that, you can decide whether you should go for the Third Party car insurance, the Third Party Fire and Theft or the Fully Comprehensive car insurance.



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Camry: Goes Hybrid


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Toyota Camry has been the best selling car in America for several years. This sedan debuted for the 1983 model year replacing the rear-wheel-drive Corona

There have been several redesigns and revisions over the years. The Toyota Camry Hybrid is a hybrid version of the Camry sedan. It is a 4 door, 5 passenger family sedan, available in one trim only, the 4 Door Sedan. It is a new addition to the Camry lineup which has good quality and reliability with increased fuel efficiency.

“The Camry Hybrid is equipped with a standard 2.4 liter, I4, 192 horsepower, hybrid engine that achieves 33 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. A variable speed automatic transmission with overdrive is standard.” Reviewers state that the Camry Hybrid is a good performer and one of the most fuel-efficient mid-size vehicles around. The driving experience in the Camry Hybrid is as excellent as a normal sedan. ‘Most of the time you can quite simply forget that you’re driving a hybrid’

In terms of exterior design the Camry Hybrid does not stand out, unlike the Prius. Its physical appeal is similar to a conventional Camry’s outfit.

The Camry has a moon roof which is something unavailable on the Prius. It also has a side glass that arcs inward as it rises, suggesting a canopy

2008 Camry Hybrid is a comfortable vehicle that’s packed with all new auto body parts.

The driving position is excellent. Even with the optional navigation system, remarkably few buttons are needed to operate this complex machine. Riding this car gives a feeling of comfort with the windshield and dashboard pushed forward and out of your face.

Interior features include: an audio control surrounded by a beautiful translucent blue trim; a JBL audio system, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob, an electro-chromic rearview mirror, and a garage door opener.

The 2008 Toyota Camry Hybrid does very well in government crash tests. According to usnews.rankingsandreviews.com, the 2008 Camry Hybrid earned five out of five stars for both frontal and side impact tests.

“The new Camry Hybrid has traction control, vehicle stability control, anti-lock brakes with brake assist and electronic brake force distribution, as well as a tire-pressure monitor.” The Camry also crumple zones that are designed to absorb collision impact. It also has all kind of airbag that exists in all conventional sedans.

“The 2008 Toyota Camry Hybrid ranks 2 out of 25 Affordable Midsize Cars.”

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Car Production For 2009


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The coming year 2009 is expected to bring with itself many promising models which would feature better engines, higher fuel economy, and much more power then their ancestors. Auto majors are itching to showcase their technological and design achievements in their new cars and improved variants. Lets us take a look at some of the cars that are likely to be produced in significant numbers in 2009.

• Toyota corolla: Probably the most eagerly awaited models of 2009, the 10th generation Toyota corolla will be available for every pocket. The most popular car of all time would be available in two engine variants – 1.8 Litre DOHC 16 valve I4 with 138Hp and 2.4 Litre I4 with 158Hp respectively. This practical sedan will feature electronic stability control, traction control, ABS, BA, EBD and the usual airbags among others as safety equipment.

• Dodge Journey: Coming to the budding SUV crossover market is the Dodge Journey. With its first car based crossover, Dodge has entered in this segment with Journey- is an all new car, with a seating capacity of up to 7 people and having four cylinders with a v6 engine. Crossover cars have the convenience of a SUV truck along with the ride quality and fuel efficiency of a car; this makes a crossover car an excellent choice in today’s economy.

• Nissan Murano: Sold in more then 130 countries Nissan Murano is one of the best selling models of Nisan in recent times. With more curves, completely changed rear design, dual exhaust ports and a nice looking shiny grill, the New Nissan Murano is better styled than the previous version. Nissan Murano comes with a standard set of 18 inch wheels and has a better aerodynamic performance than the previous version for better mileage and less noise by wind friction.

• Jaguar XF: In an attempt to spice up its league of aging models, Jaguar’s S type line-up is being replaced by Jaguar XF. Being a midsized car and having rear wheel drive abilities make it a promising substitute to luxury imports like Mercedes E-class, Lexus GS and BMW 5 series. In a deliberate attempt by the company to increase sales and beat the completion, XF looks loaded; it excels in styling, interior design and added features. The Jaguar XF comes with a 4.2 litre V8 engine which churns 300 Hp with 310 pounds feet of torque. There is also another variant with a supercharged 4.2 litre engine that generates 420hp and 408 pounds feet of power; this takes it miles ahead of the competition.

• Toyota Matrix: Being referred to as hatchback version of Corolla, the Toyota matrix will have its second generation homecoming in the year 2009. Design wise, it looks much peppier then Toyota Corolla, and is sure to attract young but serious crowd. With four versions to choose from, and an all wheel drive option, this car also sports a 1.8 and a 2.4 Litre engine which produce 132 and 158 Hp.

So, if you are thinking to buy that dream car of yours, think again! In the coming year 2009 they might not remain as attractive an option.



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Toyota Service


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How to save money on your next Toyota service

Toyota servicing is now much cheaper, for those in the know.

Thanks to European legislation, you no longer have to be tied to high Toyota service costs, dictated by your local dealer.

In October 2003 new European legislation affecting the motor industry came into force called “Block Exemption Regulation” 14002002 (BER), and this now means that you can book your next Toyota car service online and save up to 50% on what you might pay at your local Toyota dealer.

Before the law changed it was difficult to have new cars within their warranty period serviced outside a franchised dealer. If you wanted to shop around for the best prices on Toyota servicing, your hands were tied.

The change in the law now gives every car owner the freedom to service their car away from the main dealers, and still have their warranty protected.

Thousands of Toyota car owners have now taken advantage of their new right and reduced their Toyota serving costs, whilst benefiting from the convenience of booking with national car service providers such as Service A Car.

Service A Car is a leading online car servicing network that prides itself on the quality of its Toyota servicing, their customer service and transparent pricing. Because the company is not tied to any particular car manufacturer, they are able to service any make of vehicle and compete freely in the market, on a like-for-like.

Every vehicle is rigorously serviced according to the manufacturer’s servicing schedule, using genuine recommended parts fitted by qualified technicians. This means that every Toyota car service fulfils the warranty criteria and there is no compromise on the servicing standards of a main dealer.

Companies like Service A Car, who fulfil the warranty criteria when servicing your Toyota, are able to maintain your service book, just as main dealer can – thereby protecting your warranty and helping you to maximise the resale value of your Toyota car.

Of course, booking direct with a national car servicing network has its own advantages:

·         You no longer have to do all the running around. Service A Car collects your Toyota in the morning and delivers it back that afternoon, free of charge

·         You pay a fixed Toyota service price, which can be up to 50% below the price at the Toyota servicing desk of your local dealer

·         No additional work is carried out without your agreement, which means no nasty surprises when it comes to paying the bill

·         Trained Customer Advisers are on hand throughout the day to keep you informed of progress, and report back on problems you asked to be investigated as part of your Toyota service e.g. knocks and rattles

·         Your Toyota service includes a free wash and vacuum clean

·         You simply pay with your credit or debit card and your car is delivered back to your home or work address.

Our advice for saving money on Toyota car servicing is to contact a national car servicing network, who is not tied to any one particular car manufacturer, like Service A Car.

So, before you book your next Toyota service, why not ask your local dealer to tell you the cost of the service (plus parts, oil and any extras) and then compare it with a fixed price quote from a national servicing network, like Service A Car?

Happy motoring,

Howard.

Chairman Service A Car



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