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    Hyundai Showcases Eco Model Elantra
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    Australia’s incredible Solar panel-powered EVX Immortus
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    Audi Unveils its new Self-driving R8 e-tron in Shanghai

Tips And Guides

Four Tips for Keeping Your Car in Great Shape

October 11, 2018 • Auto Tips and Guides

You try to stay in good shape. Get as much exercise as possible, eat right kinds of foods and stretch for flexibility at every opportunity because

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Audi News and Reviews

Audi Unveils its new Self-driving R8 e-tron in Shanghai

May 25, 2015 • Audi, Autos News, Supercars

Yes, now you can reply to important emails, update your blog or upload selfies on Facebook while you are on road driving your car and this is

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Top Autos

Ballin’ On A Budget: The Cheapest And Best Luxury Cars To Buy

January 20, 2016 • Auto Tips and Guides, Top Autos

If you are a car lover, you want the best and most beautiful cars on the market. The thought of driving around in a Bentley or BMW is enough to send

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How “suicide doors” survived

Porsche recently made news by announcing that they are working on the Mission E, an extremely high performance electric car (EV) with dozens of state-of-the-art features. One feature that is decidedly not state-of-the-art, though, is the rear “suicide doors.”  For those who aren’t familiar with suicide doors: Suicide doors are car doors with the hinges at the rear of the door. This means the door opens “backwards.”

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The first suicide doors actually appeared on horse-drawn carriages in the 1800s. The reason is likely because rear-opening doors allowed people to enter and exit carriages easily. This feature made just as much sense on the horseless carriages so it soon appeared on the early motorcars.  By the way, no carmaker has ever called rear-hinged doors “suicide doors.” That would have been a pretty dumb marketing move. Some sources point to a safety issue as the suicide door’s name: If a rear-hinged door unlatched at speed, the wind rushing could violently throw the door backward.

The tendency to use suicide doors in car designs was extremely popular in the 1920s and 1930s but started to slow down before WWII. After the war, a few brands continued them. These included Ford, Mercury, Lincoln and Studebaker. By the late 1940s, the design was beginning to be seen as antiquated and very few cars were built with them.

A few notable examples since the end of WWII:

1948 Tucker – Preston Tucker packed his vision of a modern postwar car with dozens of practical ideas and he thought center-opening doors would be best for passenger access.

1957 Cadillac Brougham – The limited-production Eldorado Brougham was one of the most advanced cars of its day, yet Cadillac gave it suicide back doors purely for design reasons.

1961 to 1969 Lincoln Continental – Probably the best-known postwar car with suicide doors. The ’61 was a strikingly good looking car and would influence American luxury car design for years. The front and rear suicide doors gave it a dramatic effect.

1967 to 1971 Ford Thunderbird – When adding a back seat sent Thunderbird sales soaring in the late 1960s, Ford figured that doubling the door count would help too, so they added a rear set of suicide doors.

According to CDJR Mopar Parts, a popular on-line retailer for Mopar parts, very few cars offer suicide doors anymore, possibly for safety reasons more than anything else but some still do for the sake of design. For example, Rolls-Royce uses what it calls “coach doors” on current models. The company’s explanation for fitting these doors crosses into the realm of pompousness. This comes right from the company’s own sales materials: “The rear passengers do not merely “get out” of a Rolls-Royce, but rather stand and disembark as if from a Riva motor launch onto a glamorous private jetty in Monaco or on Lake Como.” Yup, that’s what we thought too when we saw our first set of suicide doors.

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Autobody-Checklist

Your Autobody Checklist

January 30, 2017 • Auto Tips and Guides • Views: 985

Autobody Checklist Here’s something you don’t hear very often: “I had a accident with my car but it was cheap to fix.” No matter how minor any accident is, it always seems to be expensive to repair. Sometimes very expensive.  We asked Ada Dodge of Ada, a local Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram

A good cell phone never lets you down on road

December 21, 2016 • Autos Articles • Views: 1769

Are you hoping to enter the New Year in style as well as in good financial shape? The time is now to start contemplating the ways you come in strong and take on the upcoming year with style, savings and enjoying the many perks of a new cell phone plan. The cell phones not only …

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Tips to have a safe vehicle ride in wintry conditions

December 7, 2016 • Auto Tips and Guides • Views: 2199

How to stay safe when driving in wintry conditions New research published by comparison website confused.com has revealed that a quarter of motorists have either been involved in an accident or had a near-miss behind the wheel in poor conditions. Amanda Stretton, the motoring editor at

Street Food Van trend highlighted by Van Monster

September 6, 2016 • Auto Tips and Guides, Info Graphic • Views: 1844

The popularity of the street food is going up since few years. The term street food has an increase of about 80 per cent in its search volume between 2014 and 2016. The food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation says that according to their recent surveys, around 2.5 billion people eat

Keep the wheels of your car in check

August 18, 2016 • Auto Tips and Guides • Views: 4196

If someone calls the current times in which we live a time of hastiness and obsession, then I’m sure that a lot of people would agree with this statement, wholeheartedly. Life has become so fast paced it seems that if you stop to take a breath or to appreciate your surroundings, you are going to

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3 Signs That You’d Make A Great Mechanic

August 3, 2016 • Auto Tips and Guides • Views: 1515

If you made it here, then it’s safe to assume that you absolutely adore cars. When there’s nothing more pressing happening, your mind automatically strays towards gorgeous body kits, gnashing pistons and burning rubber. With this kind of passion, have you ever thought of making a living from

Hyundai Showcases Eco Model Elantra

July 2, 2016 • Autos News, Hyundai • Views: 2138

Hyundai’s 2017 Elantra will focus on eco-friendliness but with new designs. The all new Hyundai Elantra has faced a complete redesign for the 2017 model year, and there is high praise already surfacing for their Eco model which is anticipated to provide industry leading fuel-economy. Just another

Bad Boys What You Going to Do When a RAM Truck Chases You Down?

July 2, 2016 • Ram • Views: 1254

2016 RAM Hemi Police Truck Revealed Ram will be offering two great choices for their new law enforcement lineup. At one end you will have the 2016 Ram 1500 police truck—also known as the Special Service truck. This truck will include a 5.7-liter HEMI with nearly 400 horsepower and lb-ft of

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About Manual Transmissions

July 1, 2016 • Autos Articles • Views: 1294

If you are reading this article you are likely looking to learn more about cars, specially about manual transmissions. Many people do not know how a manual transmission works because they didn’t learn how to drive a car on one and they haven’t had a reason to learn how to drive one as of yet.