Sometimes you just need to get from here to there. Bells and whistles may not be necessary or affordable, but transportation at its most basic is necessary and, if it can be made affordably, it will sell. India produces one of the cheapest cars on the planet and, while it isn’t sporty, doesn’t go very fast, and doesn’t have much room, it does get you there. The 2014 Tata Nano is about to hit showrooms in the Middle East and it will have more options and upgrades available than ever. Continue reading »
Electric vehicle options are ever expanding. More and more manufacturers are producing them. The public is increasingly aware of the damage gasoline powered vehicles are doing to the environment. So why aren’t more EVs being sold? Recently a couple of surveys were done by Navigant Research in an effort to answer this question.
Why do consumers buy electric automobiles? That depends. Some want to be kind to the environment. Some want to cut their gasoline costs. Some are attracted by the modern technology. The question is can you afford to go green. Here are a few things to think about. Continue reading »
With more EV charging stations popping up all over the country, some might expect that electric vehicles will soon take over the streets one day. What many people don’t realize is that there’re some serious roadblocks when it comes to EV ownership and it’s not likely that these cars will ever become mainstream, unless the makers address certain issues first. Auto makers have been banking on high gas prices to drive buyers to alternative powered vehicles, but the numbers just aren’t there yet. Continue reading »
There’s a lot of things going on with solar-powered vehicles that make them look out of this world; their body paneling is what harvests energy and it has to lie a certain way to be effective. Most would say that solar vehicles look like flying saucers from a 1950s B-movie. The newest generation of engineers want to change that exterior design in order to push solar cars one step closer to the public marketplace. Engineers who design and develop the more normal-looking platforms call these project cars ‘cruisers’. These cruisers are said to look more like mid-sized sedans than alien aircraft. The cruiser has been described as being a two-door coupe with a large rear hatchback—it also has twice as much storage space as a Honda Civic.
Green showrooms and free charging stations are gaining the interest of certain dealerships for eco cars, like plug-in hybrids and electric cars—but those incentives are failing to make the grade. New car sales professionals are reporting that very few hybrids and electric cars are actually being bought by drivers in this country. Continue reading »
Coinciding with Earth Day 2013, the automotive experts over at Kelley Blue Book have named their top 10 green cars of 2013. The list runs the full spectrum from light hybrids to full-blown electric vehicles. Continue reading »
Nope, not Henry Ford. He invented the assembly line.
If you’re into classic cars, you might be tempted to say that it was the Duryea brothers, but that’s wrong too. The first working car to be designed and constructed in America was built by a man named John Lambert, all the way back in 1891.
April 5th, the Festivals of Speed returns to St. Petersburg for the tenth year. The weekend’s events begin that Friday with the Luxury Lifestyle Jet Port Reception in an actual hangar at the Tampa International Airport. There you’ll find the world’s most exotic vehicles, delicious foods and drinks, live jazz music and both a live and silent auction all in one place!
Sunday, the 7th, the main event will take place in downtown St. Petersburg at the Renaissance Vinoy Marina. Expect to see hundreds of exotics vehicles; fine wine, spirits, food, and cigars; and luxurious jewelry and timepiece displays.
The Festivals of Speed has announced their first event of 2013. Saturday, March 9th, some of the world’s finest vintage and contemporary automobiles, motorcyles, aircraft and watercraft will gather at the Amelia Island Plantation Resort (just outside of Jacksonville, Florida).
The event kicks off with the Luxury Lifestyle Cocktail Reception where enthusiasts can enjoy handcrafted cocktails, fine wine and spirits, delicious foods, smooth jazz, and fashion displays. The main event features more than 250 examples of the most exotic transportation on the planet.
Read on for more details. Continue reading »