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Most of us can recognize a car’s brand name as “foreign” or “domestic,” but beyond that, it’s hard to tell the difference between the two labels. Here’s some background information that can help you see whether a foreign or American brand is right for you.
Foreign Brands Are More American Than You Think
Many car models labeled “foreign” by their brand name alone are actually manufactured in America using more than 75 percent American parts, which makes them more American than most American brands. You can check which cars qualify as American-made on Cars.com’s American-Made Index. Toyota and Honda both have plenty of models on this list, continue reading…
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Everything is big in Texas, and Dallas festivals are no exception. Dallas has some of the best festivals for all interests. Whether you like art, music, or big ferris wheels, take a drive to Dallas to experience some of the best festivals in the country.
Here are five Dallas festivals you won’t want to miss.
The Scarborough Renaissance Festival
Springtime offers eight weeks of festivities in a 16th century English Village. Visitors travel from all over to experience this one-of-a-kind festival enjoyed by all ages. Expect to see guests dressed in costume along with the costumed actors. The festival has over 200 performances each day. Watch jousting and knighting ceremonies, eat a turkey leg, and enjoy artisan demos, such as glass-blowing, all on the festival grounds in Waxahachie, continue reading…
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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…