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Thursday, 25 May 2006
Fuel Efficient Cars: Honda Sport Fit or a Honda Civic
Topic: Autos/New Cars/Trucks

Drivers Want to Downsize Gas-guzzling SUVs to Cars with Better Mileage

Everybody is Getting Pinched: From the pizza delivery Guy, Home Builders, Construction Workers, Farm Workers to Real Estate Agents

I read with great delight that some company stocks are going up. Apple is doing well. So are Wal-Mart and countless others. Luxury home builder Toll Brothers reported a 3 % increase in net income for the second quarter. Just like any other company, oil-derived materials such as PVC pipes and other building products costs went up. Even the trucks that used to deliver the products start charging more. It has been noted that investors have become pessimistic about the housing market. In some California towns, they pull out completely. As the market slows down, builders will have to start devising gimmicks and incentives to get this rich niche of buyers. Everyone knows that luxury homes are a discretionary product. Those who are on the market specifically for such homes can afford to wait for better deals. Investing their money in those homes will have to see that home builders want to sweeten the deals.

Companies as well as individuals are looking for ways to cut costs: Honda, Toyota, Kia, Nissan & Chevrolet Offer Econoboxes

The 2007 Honda Fit Sport 5-door Sedan is a great little car that will help save gas and money. It is not like a marketing gimmick used by GM for the 2006 and 2007 model year vehicles. GM is saying that if you have Onstar and agree to sign up for the fuel protection program, you will save more than $100 per month. By the way, you have to drive a certain amount of mileages.

Why should you buy one of these little, itzy bitsy cars such as the Fit?

For one thing, you don't have to worry about parking and cutting down on your lunch meals because you have to save for gas. In these times of unstable gas prices, owning a gas guzzling vehicle will surely create a huge dent in your pocket. That is where the Fit comes in handy. Keep in mind that the concept of small cars has been very popular in Asia and Europe for a long time. American consumers have been used to the bigger-is-better-attitude had a hard time to let go.

The Honda Fit Sport is the type of upright boxy-looking car you on the streets of Paris, London, Madrid and some Asian countries. It is a good little car for city dwellers, empty nesters and first-car buyers. This 13-foot-long econobox from Honda will meet your needs. The good thing is that the Fit is not expensive. For $15,970, it can be yours. It is equipped with five-speed automatic transmission, 15-inch alloy wheels. If you want to pay less, then you are going to have a Fit with 14-inch alloy wheels. The 15-inch wheel Fit also has upgraded paddle shifting derived from race cars. The Fit is only 157 inches long. It will fit in any parking lot. It will fit like a Mini. The interior of the car will handle five people. Depending on the size of the passengers, let us say that four people will fit easily. The Fit is somewhat tall. It is 60 inches tall or 4 inches taller than many sedans. It has 42 cubic feet of cargo room with back seats down. You can raise the rear seats' cushions to a near-vertical position, clamped against the front of the seat backs. You will have 50 inches of vertical room for tall cargo. The only downside is that the ride may not be comfortable. If you are looking for comfort, you may think about a bigger vehicle. The ride can be jerky and rough. There is road noise to deal with. So far, the Fit is rated the best little car by Car and Driver Magazine which did a comparison test of seven tiny cars. It rated the Suzuki Reno, Dodge Caliber SE, Hyundai Accent GLS, Toyota Yaris S, Kia Rio5 SX, Nissan Versa and Honda Fit Sport.

In these times of high gas prices, you may want to feel less pain. The SUV and minivans may be parked in the driveway for some time. Drivers are taking shorter trips. They are traveling less than before. It is time to have a small car.

Posted by Fashionista Shopping Analyst at 8:31 PM PDT
Updated: Thursday, 25 May 2006 8:33 PM PDT
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Wednesday, 10 May 2006
2007 Toyota Tundra is Bigger, Bolder and more reliable
Mood:  celebratory
Topic: Autos/New Cars/Trucks

Based on its FTX concept, Toyota Engineering produces the 2007 Toyota Tundra which shows a combination of styling, brute power and bold design. The 2007 Toyota Tundra made its recent Texas debut in Austin. What was clear is that the company kept its FTX design concept. So far, the company officials are proud of their latest output. They are recognizing that all the cars they built before were just rehearsals for this one. More importantly, they want true truck buyers to consider the 2007 Tundra because it has everything that they want in a truck. They are counting on its assets such as looks, size, power, capability, reliability and quality.

Jim Press who is Toyota Motor Sales president and chief operating officer is not hiding the news. He wants truck buyers to take a look at the new Tundra. The 2007 Tundra fits the image that true truckers want. "This is the most exciting and important product in our history," he said in Austin, Texas. He is the guy who said that the previous trucks were just warm-ups for this one. He is providing us with more secrets now. He reported that the Tundra team spent seven years working on the truck, concentrating on a key part of the segment it labels "true truckers." For the people who use trucks mostly for work and other activities, he has this to say, "You will not be sorry." He also targets the female drivers who want the power and reliability of Toyota. This truck is American as apple pie. To meet the needs of the American consumers, styling and engineering took precaution to have the latest details done in the USA. Built exclusively in the US, the Tundra will soon be coming out of the San Antonio and Princeton assembly lines.

What are the size and models like?

Toyota Motor company will produce the B Cab first. It is an extended cab with bonus room in the back but without the doors. Then, you will have the four-door C Cab which is an Access Cab replacement that is closer in size to Toyota's current crew cab, the Double Cab. With this truck, Toyota will offer a larger Double Cab with four doors and great roominess. Also, the three grades of Base, SR5 and Limited will be available.

The 2007 truck comes equipped with a new 5.7-litter i-Force V-8 engine that Toyota reports allows a towing capacity in excess of 10,000 pounds. Jim Press said that it is one of the largest engine the company has ever built. It has a six-speed automatic which provides power and smoothness. With the 5.7 liter, the 2007 Tundra will be offered with a 4.0-liter V-6 engine and updated version of the current 4.7-liter V-8.

Rest assured that the new truck will give you more shoulder and hip room. The command and control center is designed to give the trucker a clear view of the instrument panel and convenient access to knobs and switches.

Posted by Fashionista Shopping Analyst at 3:12 AM PDT
Updated: Wednesday, 10 May 2006 3:35 AM PDT
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