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According to Cars.com’s American-Made Index, the number of truly American-made cars has been steadily declining over the years. In order to qualify for the index, there are a few requirements: the U.S. must be the car’s manufacturing location, each car must have at least 75% U.S. parts, and each car must have a successor on the market for the following year.
These requirements were almost too much for 2014’s lineup of cars. Only ten cars even met the minimum qualifications, compared to 30 just three model years ago. Here are some top cars that made the list or barely missed out.
5. Dodge Avenger: Made in Sterling Heights, Michigan
The Dodge Avenger sedan was third on 2013’s American-Made Index, but missed out continue reading…
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If you’re a speed demon in need of a fix, a few spins around the racetrack often does the trick. For amateur racers in Texas, there are plenty of opportunities to perfect your driving skills and pit them against other racing enthusiasts. If you have the need for speed, check out these four awesome Texas racetracks that open their gates to the public from time to time.
Located in Cresson, just a few miles from the Dallas-Forth Worth metroplex, the Motorsport Ranch offers 1.7-mile and 1.3-mile road racing tracks for practice, races, and special events. Membership in the ranch is required, but the facility is available to outside clubs for race events on a limited basis. Race cars, sports cars, and motorcycles are all allowed on the tracks, and a current racing license, as continue reading…
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If you’d rather get a root canal than wash your car, help is on the way. Forward-thinking engineers at the UK-based Nissan Technical Centre have developed a revolutionary new paint coating, dubbed Ultra-Ever Dry, designed to make car washing a thing of the past. The time has come to put away the sponge and chamois and let technology do the dirty work.
How Does It Work?
Hydrophobic (water repelling) and oleophobic (grease repelling) coatings have been on the market for many years. Rust-Oleum, for example, sell a spray-on coating called NeverWet that sheds moisture, and Apple began applying oleophobic coatings to iPhone screens with the introduction of the 3GS. But Nissan’s “nano-paint” technology is something new.
Engineers at Nissan explain the coating this way: Imagine millions of tiny umbrellas pressed side-by-side on your car’s paint job. Water, sleet, even mud roll right off the umbrellas without ever touching the surface of the vehicle. Dirt and debris don’t stick. The coating has a matte finish and unusual tactile sensation, similar to a cat’s tongue. continue reading…
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Most people associate driving through North Texas as driving in the Dallas metropolitan area. However, what they don’t realize is that North Texas is much more than the cityscapes. In fact, there are several scenic drives in North Texas that are nowhere near the image that most people share. The following is a list of seven stunning drives that cruise through North Texas:
The Bluebonnet Trail
Imagine driving for miles and miles and seeing fields covered with bluebonnet flowers. Miles of bluebonnet fields is exactly what you can see less than 30 minutes from Dallas on either I-45 South or bordering country roads. During the month of April, during the Bluebonnet Trails Festival, bluebonnets are additionally seen starting in Dallas and working south all the way to the Bluebonnet Trail.
Granbury Historic Square
Not all scenic drives are rural. The drive to Granbury Historic Square is perfect for the history buff. Just 38 miles from Fort Worth, visitors find a drive full of historic markers, and landmarks with that transport them back to the wild west. Stop in town and have a fantastic lunch at one of the great restaurants or watch one of the popular gun battles reenacted. continue reading…
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Every year, the most creative automakers in the world get to step out of the competitive practicality box that dominates the market and delve into the imaginative landscape of concept cars. Now is a great time for the medium, as technological advances make concept cars as much about thrilling features as sleek designs.
Let’s take a look at some of 2014’s most interesting concept cars and then see what’s in store for the years ahead.
Based loosely on the European-only Tiguan, VW’s T-Roc is an odd duck that’s only silly outside the context of other, oddly sized convertibles. It’s essentially a compact SUV with a convertible top, following in the footsteps of the German automaker’s recent love of small, jumpy SUV crossovers.
Running on a diesel engine with more kick than most cars its size, the T-Roc puts a sporty spin on other large, open-top concepts like the Hummer convertible and the out-of-fashion Jeep. Unusual, sure, but it could be a heck of a lot of fun. continue reading…
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Get your engines revved up for some family fun at a car show near you. If you love classic cars or are just looking for something exciting to do with the kids, a great car show offers lots of fun at a low price. You can enter your own car and, with any luck, you’ll win some bragging rights.
Here are five family-friendly car shows cruising through north Texas in 2015.
Classics on the Square
On the last Saturday of each month, classic car owners and enthusiasts gather in Historic Downtown McKinney, TX to appreciate all types of classic cars and trucks. Hosted by the Morning Maniacs, the car show runs from 7:30-10:30 a.m. and is open to all ages. continue reading…
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Dallas has a diverse selection of museums that can fit into any family’s vacation plans. Whether your family enjoys art, science, or history, these four museums will keep you interested for hours.
1. Dallas Museum of Art
Since its founding in 1903, the Dallas Museum of Art has grown into an impressive institute hosting permanent collections including:
- Ancient Mediterranean art
- South Asian art
- European art
- African art objects
- Decorative and design arts
- Ancient American art
Some highlights from the collections include works by Claude Monet, Juan Gris, and Paul Cezanne.
The museum offers free general admission. Visitors may need to pay for special events, though, including the concerts, readings, and film screenings. continue reading…
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As you climb into your sensible sedan and drive to work, do you start dreaming about flying past other drivers in a shiny new sports car? Do you picture the wind in your hair as you cruise down the highway, with all the other cars jealous of your cool ride? You don’t have to break the bank on a sports car, and you won’t be stuck with a model with terrible MPG. Here are the top four picks on the road today.
2015 Scion FR-S
The Scion FR-S isn’t the fastest or most powerful car on our list, but it’s one of the most affordable at less than $30,000. With a flat-4 200-horsepower engine, the Scion is the car you take out on windy country roads because of its excellent handling. Engineers revamped the suspension system in 2015, giving it a more grounded feel and better steering than last year’s model.
Enjoy the fuel-efficient 25/34 mpg city/highway as you go from 0-60 in seven seconds, hitting a maximum speed of 150 mph. There’s no doubt that the Scion FR-S is one of the most efficient sports models on the market. continue reading…
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Police departments around the world have added supercars to their vehicle line-ups in recent years. While the purpose of some is mostly to raise public awareness about road safety, some are in use for regular police service. Here are just a few examples.
Lamborghini Gallardo – Italy
You’ll find this supercar patrolling the streets of Rome. With its 560 horsepower engine, the ability to go from zero to 60 miles per hour in 3.7 seconds, and a top speed of 203 miles per hour, criminals don’t stand a chance of getting away from this sleek cruiser. The Italian State Police received the Gallardo as a donation from Lamborghini.
Porsche 911 – Germany
While there are indeed speed limits on the Autobahn, at 80 miles per hour: that’s still higher than you’ll find on most American freeways and highways. The Germans needed a car that’s capable of patrolling the 6,800 mile stretch of freeway, and with its superior handling at any speed and awesome horsepower –the minimum horsepower for this model is 350 — the Porsche 911 suits this purpose very well. continue reading…
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If you were to close your eyes and think of a state with a large German population, which would you imagine? New York, maybe, where so many immigrants land. Wisconsin, which has Milwaukee and the Brewers. Possibly Illinois, which has Chicago — one of the beer capitals of the United States.
Would Texas be on that list? Probably not, but it should be. Texas actually has a surprisingly rich German culture, which they celebrate with a plethora of Oktoberfests. Here are four such festivals that are definitely worth a visit (preferably with a designated driver).
1. Addison Oktoberfest
According to Addisontexas.net, the Addison Oktoberfest is the “most authentic Oktoberfest outside Munich!” continue reading…