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by Nick Winfrey

While we’ve all put in the hours—and the elbow grease—buffing hoods and waxing wheels and spritzing windshields with streak-free solutions, few of us take the time to care adequately for our cars’ interiors. However, upholstery upkeep is an essential part of any vehicle cleaning regimen, especially for those of us with leather or vinyl surfaces that can quickly crack or fade when neglected. Thankfully, Mothers has your seats (literally) covered with its line of LeatherTech car care products.

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Whether you’re looking to take an extended test drive, or are simply in need of a cool car to tool around town in while on vacation, Toyota has you covered with its new rental car program. Offering a total of 27 models that cover a broad spectrum including sedans, SUVs, trucks and hybrids, Toyota Rent a Car is available at over 85 percent of Toyota and Scion dealerships across the country. Toyota does not have rental stations at airports; however, dealerships do offer off-site pick-up service. Rates are competitive, and 24-hour roadside assistance is complimentary, making the service a viable alternative to traditional rental car companies. Afraid of falling in love with your rental? No worries! Most vehicles are available for sale after four months of service.

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  • pinitbutton Aston Martin Introduces Alternative Fuel Vehicles    Car News

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While Aston Martin has long been known for its fast and fuel-thirsty luxury vehicles, a pair of recent partnerships hint at the British badge’s increasing interest in alternative fuels. In May, Aston Martin made racing history by entering the first hydrogen-powered car in an FIA-sanctioned event at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring. The result of a collaboration with powertrain specialist Alset Global, the Aston Martin Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S was also the first car to complete emission-free laps in an international race—at times at speeds of up to 160 mph. Fitted with the same 6.0-liter V12 as the base model Rapide, the four-door sports car can run on pure gaseous hydrogen, standard gasoline, or a combination of both. Although it has already proven itself road-worthy after this grueling event, a production version of the Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide is at least another five years away.

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Armor All Custom Shield Coating is available in black, white and clear

by Michael Gately


Three Months of Stylish Paint & Body Protection

Let’s face it: auto bras, those pesky pieces of vinyl that protect the front-end of your car from road debris, are ugly and quite expensive.
Besides, what guy wants to suffer the embarrassment of squeezing his car into a “bra”?

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STP Gas Booster Concentrated Fuel System Treatment

by Michael Gately

Unless you’re a hard-core gearhead, you might not know that the condition of your car’s fuel system, which transports fuel from your gas tank to the engine, can have an enormous effect on the engine’s performance.

The fuel system (including the fuel tank, fuel pump and filter, emission control system and fuel injector) is susceptible to all types of harmful deposits that can gradually reduce engine power, fuel efficiency and driveability over time.

Enter the STP Gas Booster Concentrated Fuel System Treatment – a powerful fuel additive designed to eliminate these deposits in order to restore your engine to peak performance.

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  • pinitbutton Apple and Volkswagen Launch New iBeetle    Car News
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Three-quarter view of iBeetle

Months after shipping Siri out on the road in select Honda models, Apple is now further infiltrating the auto market with the iBeetle, the stylish, high-tech product of a partnership between Volkswagen and the Silicon Valley giant. Available in both coupe and convertible forms, this special-edition Beetle not only offers Apple-inspired design features and color schemes, but also advanced integration for the iPhone and other Macintosh products. Along with an in-dash iPhone dock that allows easy access to Apple’s Siri personal assistant and navigation system, Volkswagen and Apple have also teamed up for an app that allows your phone to communicate directly with your car. Offering Spotify and iTunes integration, a detailed vehicle monitoring system, and a variety of social media platforms that keep drivers connected while on the road, the iBeetle blurs the lines between computer and car. Check back for more information on this innovative vehicle as we near its release date early next year.

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GM’s 4G technology will allow for faster and more sophisticated navigation systems

General Motors recently announced a partnership with AT&T that will bring 4G connectivity to most of its vehicles by 2014. With the new 4G system, cars will act as mobile Wi-Fi hotspots, allowing for back-seat video streaming, more sophisticated navigation and wireless internet access for multiple devices. While some companies such as Ford Motors are relying on systems that work through drivers’ smart phones, GM notes that an in-car 4G system would transfer data ten times faster than existing 3G networks, and holds the potential for constant updates and upgrades through the use of apps. Although the technology is still in the developmental stages, production is on the horizon and consumers can expect 4G in most 2015 model year Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles. However, while General Motors may be the first out of the gates with Wi-Fi on the road, don’t be surprised to see other automakers follow suit in the near future — luxury brands such as Audi and BMW have already expressed interest in developing similar systems.

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The 2013 Honda Accord will offer integration with Apple’s Siri personal assistant

In another step towards the iPhone’s ever-increasing ubiquity, Honda has teamed with Apple to integrate support for the software giant’s Siri personal assistant in its vehicles. The first cars slated to receive the high-tech treatment are the 2013 Honda Accord, Acura RDX and Acura ILX.

Dubbed Apple Siri Eyes Free, the service connects to drivers’ iPhones via Bluetooth, bringing the smooth-talking assistant into your car. Through the program, drivers can dictate texts, make phone calls, play music and get directions without ever touching a key or taking their eyes off the road. Developed with the idea of minimizing distraction in mind, Eyes Free works with steering wheel controls, and also keeps phones from lighting up in order to keep the temptation to respond immediately at bay.

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  • pinitbutton BMW Expands Partnership with Fairmont Hotels & Resorts   Car and Travel News
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The BMW 750i is available for chauffeur service at all Fairmont Hotels in the United States and Canada

BMW recently announced the expansion of its partnership with Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, offering complimentary local shuttle service at all U.S. properties. Already available at Canadian locations, the service will be available to all Fairmont President’s Club members, and will feature both the BMW 750i sedan and the X5 SUV. For those looking to experience their surroundings at a somewhat slower pace, Fairmont also offers complimentary usage of BMW Cruise Bikes. Designed for frequent Fairmont guests, the President’s Club is free to join, and includes additional benefits such as high-speed wireless internet, expedited check-in and check-out, and athletic apparel by Reebok.

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Browsing the internet while driving is a growing problem on the road

While law enforcement agencies across the country have been cracking down on texting while driving in recent years, a new study shows that surfing the web behind the wheel is a growing problem, as well. According to a survey by insurer State Farm, which polled a group of 4,000 drivers over the age of 18, 48 per cent of respondents ages 18-29 admitted to surfing the web while driving, up 29 per cent since 2009. Those over the age of 29 are also browsing the net in bigger numbers, with 21 per cent owning up to the practice.

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