Redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Spark gets More Power, New Styling


The fully redesigned 2016 Chevy Spark was unveiled at the The Big Apple International Auto Show this week. The new Spark features a more powerful engine, a lengthier wheelbase, newly available security features and updated exterior and interior styling.Within the 2016 Spark’s hood can be a new 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 98 horsepower, which is 14 more horsepower than the 2015 model’s engine makes. Driver and Car notes that while a 98-horsepower car is typically absolutely nothing to write home about, they expect the extra 14 horsepower should help it feel quicker in everyday driving. The Spark is accessible with either a five-speed manual transmission or a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Chevrolet estimates that the Spark will return 40 mpg highway when built with the CVT, which is slightly higher than the 39 mpg highway EPA rating of the 2015 model.The Spark’s new exterior styling is now being well received with the automotive press. Kicking Tires says the 2016 Spark has a more grown-up look, noting that “”It now looks much more like the remainder of the Chevrolet family and less such as a bug-eyed character from an anime cartoon.”” Inside, Chevrolet says it provides upgraded the Spark’s seats, instrument panel and available MyLink infotainment system, that features a 7-inch touch-screen. The 2016 Spark includes a standard rearview camera and rear park assist, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning and forward collision alert can be purchased. The Spark competes along with other subcompact cars like the Honda Fit, Toyota Yaris, Ford Fiesta and Hyundai Accent. The 2015 Spark currently ranks 8th in your affordable subcompact car rankings. Do you think the 2016 model will rank higher?

Unless You have Multiple Lives, It’s Time to Live the One You Got

Living life is not something you should wait to do. The whole idea of a 401k is a myth perpetrated by the man to keep the little people down. If you buy into the notion that we will all retire one day and then you’ll finally be able to live your life, then you my friend are a sucker. Sit back and actually think about it. You mean to tell me when you’re young, you should spend all your time working for someone else so that many, many years in the future you will be able to have sweet glorious freedom, right around the time your body starts falling apart. It’s totally crazy. A better course of action would be to rack up a bunch of debt now, living life, and when you’re immobile anyway, then you can work behind some desk and earn back the money you spent when you were able to live it. But it’s all a matter of choice. If you want to start living life now, here are some things to do.

Leave Your Job


This one goes without saying. Quit Your Job. Also, it doesn’t mean that you should strive to have income. Quite the opposite, you still need money to get by and do things. But what it means is don’t focus so much on the bottom dollar and that bank account number, instead, focus on living your life. Quit your job so you can focus on the things that matter to you instead of this insane notion of doing what the man tells you and then you go home and regret your very existence. It’s no way to be. Unbind yourself.

Get a Brand New Vehicle


New cars do a lot to make you feel a chance in your life. We often use the eras of our lives of times we owned different cars as benchmarks of what our life was life. So you too should do that, with this new chapter of your life. So get yourself to Temecula Toyota to start seeing what kind of cars they have that you can see yourself in. You’ll be surprised at how affordable it might actually be to get into a new car, and it won’t matter that you just quit your job. Plus, who cares, who really cares. What would you rather have, a good life now, or maybe a good life later? Please. You might also want to compare costs of new cars to the cars here: Toyota Escondido.

Eat Good


You can also make a big change by foregoing this silly notion you have to save money by going to fast food places. Instead of eating three fast food meals a day, eat two good meals, with fresh fruits and hummus and avocados. It’ll make your quality of life so much better. It’s easy to do and it’ll be so good for you and the loved ones in your life. Just eat a salad with some tuna in it.

Kia Sportspace Concept Unveiled at Genevav


Kia Motors Europe unveiled the all-new Kia SPORTSPACE concept, a couple of upgraded production models and its latest powertrain technologies on the 85th Salon International de l’Automobile in Geneva.Designed for long distance driving, the new Kia SPORTSPACE concept has been made for fast and efficient travel, with maximum comfort and minimal stress.Designed at Kia’s European design center inGermany and Frankfurt, beneath the direction of Gregory Guillaume, Chief Designer Europe, the SPORTSPACE comes with a striking, sporty wagon silhouette.The car arrives out of a commitment to provide exciting and stylish transportation for four, without sacrificing the performance, sustainability and economy where Kia is well known.The functional and spacious cabin is designed to be as light and airy as possible, using a full-length panoramic sunroof providing natural light through the interior. The cabin itself combines functionality with modern styling. Luxurious leather is using combined with contemporary technical materials – like carbon fibre and milled, anodized aluminum – as the driver advantages from a configurable digital display.

2016 Kia Optima Unveiled in New York

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Five years ago Kia Motors America (KMA) debuted the re-designed Optima at the New York International Auto Show and introduced a game-changing midsize sedan that catalyzed the brand’s design-led transformation.

History was repeated when the all-new 2016 Kia Optima, a symbol of the Kia brand’s maturation through continuous refinement and obsessive attention to detail, made its debut here today. An instant hit with consumers looking for a fresh alternative to an otherwise staid segment, the Optima has been KMA’s top-selling vehicle for three consecutive years, and the all-new model is poised to continue that success.

Conceived under the watchful eye of Kia’s president and chief design officer, Peter Schreyer, with modern and instantly recognizable design cues, the Optima maintains its athletic identity but rides on a chassis that is longer, wider and stiffer for improved ride and handling and a more spacious cabin. Available with three engine choices, including a new 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that’s mated to a seven-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT), the Optima is more confident than ever on the road.

The all-new Optima’s roomier, more luxurious cabin features an impressive level of craftsmanship that will come standard across five trim levels – LX, LX Turbo, EX, SX Turbo and SXL – when sales begin in the fourth quarter of 2015. As with its predecessor, the all-new Optima will be built at Kia’s plant in West Point, Georgia. Pricing will be announced closer to the vehicle’s launch date.

“The 2016 Kia Optima changed the way people felt about the Kia brand, and KMA owes much of its growth and success to its head-turning design and sporty performance.”

“It was – and still is to this day – a fresh alternative in the midsize sedan segment, and it amplified a five-year design-led transformation that propelled Kia to record-setting sales year-on-year,” said Michael Sprague, executive vice president, sales and marketing, KMA.

“The all-new Optima retains the signature personality of its predecessor, but we’ve literally improved everything, providing more space, better ride and handling, more technology and greater refinement.”

Instantly Recognizable European Design

Because the previous generation Optima was such a success story for the brand, Kia’s designers had to strike a delicate balance, retaining the identity of the vehicle while, at the same time, making a confident move forward to keep the car modern and fresh.

Sweeping contemporary surfaces and modern architecture inspired the design of the all-new Optima, revealing a sophisticated and dynamic sedan that is instantly recognizable yet has more road presence than ever.

The all-new Optima is boldly designed to be functional and sporty with exterior dimensions that are marginally longer, taller and wider. The wheelbase has been extended to 110.4 inches (increased 0.4 inches), and the vehicle has been widened to 73.2 inches (increased 1.0 inch). Both changes enable a roomier and more comfortable cabin with more head room, shoulder room and rear seat leg room. The increased dimensions also allow for more cargo capacity in the trunk.

The aggressive front clip pulls the sheet metal taut over the wheel arches, and the swept-back headlights reach deeply into the fenders. On the SX and SXL trims, Kia’s signature tiger-nose grille is hot stamped and composed into a sophisticated pinpoint design that bears a strong resemblance to Kia’s luxury sedan, the K900. The all-new Optima introduces Kia’s first application of bi-functional HID headlights – with available Dynamic Bending Lamps and High Beam Assist – that illuminate the tarmac around corners.

The greenhouse silhouette maintains the raked A-pillar and sweeping C-pillar that lend the Optima its sport-sedan appearance. The rear vent windows kick up smartly just ahead of the carved rear fenders. As with its predecessor, the all-new Optima incorporates a raised deck lid, and the use of available LED halo-style tail lights mimics that of the Cadenza premium sedan.

The 2016 Optima rides on alloy wheels ranging from 16 to 18 inches, with three new unique 18-inch wheel designs, depending on trim level. Three new exteriors colors compliment the latest Optima’s sophisticated styling: a vibrant blue inspired by a sparkling ocean underneath a sunny sky; a dynamic grey with olive undertones, and a deep red that gains depth from the use of aluminum pigments.

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Exquisite Interior Craftsmanship

Optima’s interior is larger and more comfortable with an innovative and functional cabin that is well-appointed with class-up touches. Drawing inspiration from Kia’s premium and luxury sedans, the Optima utilizes more soft-touch materials throughout the passenger compartment. Optima’s luxurious interior is obsessively crafted with an impressive attention to detail and features real stitching along the dash and doors, complimented by tasteful metallic accents, varying by trim level.

The driver-oriented cabin has been simplified with a cleaner, more unified design than the previous generation, with a stronger horizontal plane and a wider center console that help create a greater sense of space. By grouping and reducing the number of functional keys and buttons, Kia’s already-superior ergonomics are markedly improved.

The interior design team also paid particular attention to seat comfort. A stiffer seat frame reduces vibration and soft foam in the headrest, upper back and thigh-support areas allows occupants to nestle into seats with deeper side bolsters made with denser, more supportive foam. For extra convenience, heated and ventilated front seats are available with power adjustable driver and front passenger seats. For added convenience, the 2016 Optima offers a height-adjustable front passenger seat, a feature normally found only in premium vehicles. Depending on trim level, the seats are covered in cloth, leather or luxurious Nappa leather and two new interior colors – a rich merlot and a dark aubergine – are available.

Convenience and Technology

Kia’s cutting-edge connectivity system, UVO, comes standard with four additional eServices not previously available on Optima: Geo-fencing, Speed Alert, Curfew Alert and Driving Score. Additionally, Optima is Kia’s pilot vehicle for the introduction of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay (late availability), which allow drivers to access a suite of core functions from their smartphones. After connecting their smartphone to the head unit via the vehicle’s front fast-charge USB port (another fast-charge USB port is located in the rear seat), the 8-inch touchscreen screen displays the smartphone’s most important features. Core functions including music, messaging, navigation and voice calls are available via the screen, the steering wheel or via voice command. Kia is one of the first to deliver this technology, which is available for select Android phones operating with Lollipop or Apple phones operating with iOS8.X or higher. Any future third-party apps that are added by either Android or Apple will be available for customers to enjoy from their respective app store.

While the standard six-speaker audio system will satisfy all but the most demanding enthusiasts, true audiophiles will gravitate to the available Infinity Premium Audio System, which includes 14 speakers, Clari-Fi technology and an upgraded 630-watt digital amplifier. Clari-Fi is a patented music restoration technology that rebuilds audio signals that are lost in the digital compression process. This technology breathes new life into your favorite music, restoring a high-fidelity listening experience to any compressed digital source. Optima’s premium Infinity audio system also comes equipped with next-generation QuantumLogic Surround technology, which extracts signals from the original recording and redistributes them into an authentic, multidimensional soundstage for playback that is clear, refined and detailed. Kia was one of the first automakers to incorporate Clari-Fi technology into their audio systems with the debut of the 2016 Sorento, and Optima is the first-ever Kia sedan to feature QuantumLogic Surround technology.

The all-new Optima takes convenience to the next level with a long list of available technologies across the various trim levels. Available on every Optima is a rear-camera display while SX and SXL trims offer an available 360-degree Around View Monitor. Available driver-aid technology, including Advanced Smart Cruise Control (SCC), Blind Spot Detection (BSD), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) and Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) – which, under appropriate conditions, will bring the vehicle to a complete stop to potentially avoid a collision or reduce damage – makes the task of driving easier and more convenient. Also available for the first time on any Kia vehicle are Bi-function HID headlights with Dynamic Bending Lamps (DBL) and intuitive High Beam Assist (HBA), which recognizes oncoming traffic and automatically switches the lights to low beam until the opposing vehicle has passed.

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Smart Performance and Safety

The 2016 Optima features a uniquely engineered body that combines various high-tensile strength steel alloys and sits on a chassis that is stiffer and more durable thanks to the increased use of Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS). With more than 50 percent of the body constructed from AHSS, the all-new Optima represents a 150-percent increase over the previous car. The greater use of structural adhesive by more than 450 percent over the previous generation improves NVH and contributes to structural rigidity. Engineers also added more hot stamped components to the all-new Optima, a 350-percent increase over the 2015 model. This body structure helps provide crash protection, better driving dynamics, and is the foundation for a quieter ride.

Additional innovations were implemented to reduce NVH, lighten the vehicle and enhance aerodynamics. The 2016 Optima is the first Kia to feature a panoramic sunroof support structure made with carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic, which helps reduce weight and lower the vehicle’s center of gravity. A larger full floor under cover helps reduce wind noise and aid fuel efficiency. Increased dash insulation, added windshield side molding and the increased use of structural adhesive ensure a quiet ride with reduced road and wind noise. Engine mounts, body panels and wheels all are stiffer on the all-new Optima, reducing vibrations, engine noise and road noise. Larger cross-member bushings are utilized to help isolate road and engine noise, as well as reducing engine vibration through the floor and steering wheel.

Improving ride and handling was a top priority for engineers. Overall, the chassis is lighter and stiffer, resulting in improved steering response, high-speed stability and handling. Moving the suspension location points of the front and rear sub-frames outward optimizes suspension geometry for a smoother ride over uneven pavement. Where the previous Optima made due with dual bushing mounts, increased lateral stiffness was achieved with a four-bushing mount system for both sub-frames. The increased stiffness pays dividends in improved steering response and tractability through corners. More robust wheel bearings up front and the addition of larger dual lower control arms at the rear also help refine the all-new Optima’s ride and handling characteristics. Available Rack-mounted Motor Driven Power Steering (R-MDPS) improves steering response with a higher gear ratio.

The all-new Optima is available with three engine choices, striking a performance balance between sportiness and fuel efficiency. Two powerplants carry over from the previous generation, the 2.4-liter GDI four-cylinder, available on the LX and EX models, and the 2.0-liter GDI turbo engine, available on the SXL and SX Turbo models. While the engines have yet to receive EPA certification, the 2.4-liter is estimated to produce 185 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 178 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm. The 2.0-liter turbo is expected to generate approximately 247 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 260 lb.-ft. of torque at 1,350 rpm. Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with Sportmatic®shifting while the SX and SXL trims add paddle shifters. Both engines have been retuned for fuel economy and better performance and drivability with maximum torque now available at a lower RPM.

All new for the 2016 model is a 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbo engine. The 1.6-liter will be offered on the LX trim. Pushing out an estimated 178 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and a stout 195 lb.-ft. of torque at just 1,500 rpm, the new engine mates to a seven-speed DCT, a first for the Kia brand. The transmission optimizes the engine’s responsiveness for a sporty feel that doesn’t sacrifice fuel economy. Also new for the Optima, Michelin tires are available on all trims. All three engines channel energy through the front wheels.

Scheduling Expert Service


When it comes to routine maintenance for your Honda, it’s important that you take it to a place you trust. At Honda Mission Valley, you know that the people working in their service center are the utmost experts in Honda care. They are professionals who work with Hondas day in and day out and they know Hondas better than anyone. Taking your car to experts in Honda care like the professionals at Tipton Honda, will mean it will last you for many years and miles to come.



Conveniently, most dealerships offer the option for you to schedule your service online. Simply provide your name, contact information, make and model of your car, and the service you need to schedule. From oil changes to tire rotations, your dealership can take care of it all. After you fill out the form, someone from your service center will get in touch to confirm the time and date of your appointment. Many service centers also offer a quick lane service for tire and oil changes. If you’re unable to make an appointment in advance and find yourself with an unexpected emergency and need assistance with basic maintenance, you can drive into the quick lane and get service done fast. Of course, it always helps if you can call or schedule online, in order to make the process faster for everyone.
If you’re looking to extend the life of your car, making sure it’s taken care of with the proper routine maintenance is of the utmost importance. Having the correct oil in your car can keep your engine running longer. Having your tires inflated the right amount will make them last longer and will also improve your car’s mileage. Let the experts at your dealership take care of your car for the best results.

How does tuneup actually work


Actually, there is no such thing as a tuneup in the traditional sense of replacing parts to bring the ignition and fuel systems up to specs for maximum performance and efficiency, and there hasn’t been for years.

About the only things left from the traditional tuneup are new spark plugs, which is typically done every 100,000 miles, and replacing the air filter periodically. The federal EPA and Department of Energy say that replacing a clogged air filter will not improve gas mileage but can improve acceleration 6% to 11%. The agencies do not say what benefit can be derived from fresh spark plugs, but computers that control today’s engines adjust the air-fuel mixture and spark timing to compensate for wear, such as when the electrodes on spark plugs are worn down.

Even so, some car owners still dutifully take their car in periodically to have it “”tuned up.”” Instead, service technicians will inspect and perhaps test the fuel, ignition and emissions systems to look for faulty vacuum hoses, oxygen sensors and other parts that can hurt performance. The federal government, for example, says a bad oxygen sensor can give engine computers false readings and reduce fuel economy as much as 40%.

Having your vehicle serviced and inspected periodically is a good way to extend its life and keep it operating efficiently. However, walking into a repair facility and asking for a tuneup is a bad idea because it indicates you’re still living in the previous century and have extra money you would like to spend. Some in the auto-repair business will take advantage of those opportunities.

Look in the owner’s manual for your vehicle (or separate maintenance schedule) to find what the manufacturer recommends, and see if you can even find the words “”tuneup.”” For example, we looked at the maintenance guide for the Ford Fiesta that also applies to other Ford vehicles. The first mention of anything related to a traditional tune-up was to replace the engine air filter every 30,000 miles. The only other related item was to replace the spark plugs every 100,000 miles.

Take a peek at the 2016 Jaguar XF


Competes with: BMW 5 Series, Cadillac CTS, Audi A6
Looks like: A more streamlined XF
Drivetrains: 340- or 380-hp, supercharged V-6; eight-speed automatic transmission; rear- or all-wheel drive
Hits dealerships: Winter 2015

After a long run since its initial debut for 2009, Jaguar is introducing the second-generation XF midsize luxury sedan at the 2015 New York International Auto Show. The original XF was billed as a sedan with a coupelike design, and that trend has exploded in recent years. The new sedan was designed to further emphasize its coupelike profile, but the new version is also more practical with increased interior room this year.

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Under the skin, the new XF’s architecture relies extensively on aluminum to decrease weight up to 265 pounds compared with the outgoing model, while the inside is packed with new driver assistance and multimedia technology.

Jaguar’s F-Type is one of the most aggressively styled coupes on the market, and designers used some of those cues with the new XF sedan. They didn’t get too crazy, though, and there’s a fair amount of the outgoing XF in the design despite a 2-inch-longer wheelbase (116.5 inches) and overall slightly shorter length (195 inches).

The most notable design changes include more upright front styling and a 2.6-inch-shorter front overhang, plus the new rear quarter windows are said to increase visibility and allow more light into the cabin.

The sedan uses more aluminum to decrease weight and increase structural rigidity. Jaguar says the unibody chassis is aluminum intense; the hood and front fenders are aluminum, and the sides of the car are one piece of aluminum. All said and done, the rear-wheel-drive XF is 132 pounds lighter and the all-wheel-drive model is 265 pounds lighter than the outgoing model.

The XF’s longer wheelbase opens up backseat space for passengers with an additional 0.6 inches of legroom, 0.9 inches of knee room and 1.1 inches of rear headroom. The backseat is mounted lower than the outgoing XF for the additional headroom, a move made possible by the longer wheelbase and increased distance of the front seat from the rear.

Jaguar is positioning the XF as more upscale now that its lineup includes the XE entry-level sedan. The XF’s interior features a standard 8-inch touch-screen featuring iPhone and Android application integration with compatible apps.

An available 10.2-inch touch-screen uses Jaguar’s latest InControl Touch Pro multimedia system. The big screen is customizable with background wallpapers like a computer desktop as well as widgets to provide shortcuts to favorites. There’s also a smartphone-like pinch-zoom function. The XF’s InControl Touch Pro uses a solid-state drive instead of a traditional hard drive that Jaguar says increases access time to speed up navigation positioning. The upgraded system includes an 825-watt Meridian sound system.

Jaguar is entering dangerous territory here with no buttons on either side of the screen, and instead has integrated capacitive controls into the bottom of the touch-screen. Other automakers have poorly executed similar designs, though we’ll have to get some hands-on time with Jaguar’s system to evaluate it.
Under the hood

Two supercharged V-6 engines power the 2016 XF, with the choice of a base 340-horsepower and the 380-hp XF S. Zero-to-60 mph comes in 5.1 seconds with the more powerful engine. All engines pair with an eight-speed automatic transmission, and there are separate transmissions for rear-wheel-drive XFs, which use a lighter and more compact transmission versus the available all-wheel-drive models that use a different transmission. Like before, the rotary knob gear selector carries over. The all-wheel-drive system is available with both engines and in normal driving, all available torque is sent to the rear wheels. When slippage is detected the system will send torque to the front wheels.

Developed on the F-Type and used in the XF is a torque vectoring via braking system that lightly brakes the inner wheel upon corner entry to mitigate understeer and increase agility. Jaguar says the XF has near 50-50 weight distribution thanks to its aluminum construction. The F-Type sports car shares a similar front suspension design with the XF, and lessons learned from the sports car are found in the electric power steering tuning and available adaptive suspension.

A number of advanced driver safety features are available, including collision warning with automatic braking called Autonomous Emergency Braking that first gives the driver an audible and visual warning before initiating braking force and then full braking if necessary. Closing Vehicle Sensing and Reverse Traffic Detection also warn of approaching vehicles from the rear.

Lane departure warning and lane keeping assist systems are available, as is a drowsy driver monitor that evaluates steering, pedal and instrument activity to determine when a driver is drowsy and will provide visual and audible warnings if necessary. The camera system that assists many of the advanced safety data also feeds a Traffic Sign Recognition feature to capture road sign speed limits and cross-references GPS data to ensure accuracy.

Showing Your Girl You Love Her Is Better Than Just Telling Her

When your woman has her special day coming up, whether it be her birthday, or valentines day or any other day that has some special meaning, like an anniversary, or something like that, you have to show her you love her. You can tell her you love her, and you had better do that too, but you need to show her in a way that she can then tell her friends about. No girl brags to her mom and sisters that her boyfriend says he lovers her. They need proof, and there’s no way to prove merely whispered words. And it’s in your best interest for them to believe you that you love her. So what can you do to make you girl feel special because of some material action? Here’s how.

Buy Her A New Dress and Earrings


Any fool can buy how woman a pair of earrings or a necklace, and sure, that shows some love. But even more love can be shown by getting her a matching dress so it’s a whole outfit. Not only does that mean she can fully dress in wares that you bought her, but it also means that she can wear it to a family gathering and when someone compliments her on her dress, she gets to say that you bought it for her and then bam, you are in the good graces of everyone there. That goes a long way and you may think it’s cheating but it’s not, it’s really nice.

New Car


You may think i’m crazy to suggest that you buy your girl a new car but that’s just why it works. If you see the line up of cars at San Fernando Ford you won’t think i’m so crazy. In fact you’ll think i’m perfectly sane, because the cars are cool looking, new and shiny, and the monthly payments are not outlandish. You’ll be amazed at the kind of deal you can get. And when your woman wakes up on her special day and sees a new car in the driveway she’s going to freak out. Also they’re running some amazing deals at Sunrise Ford of North Hollywood. You’ll be the king of her heart for years to come. And when she arrives to work, her co-workers will be impressed, and when she goes to her parents house for dinner, they’re going to be amazed. You’ll be the hero and the man. And that’s good!

Get Her a Cat


There’s only one thing women love more than new cars, and that’s new kittens. Sure they turn into old gross cats, but the joy a kitten brings to a life is worth it for inevitable turn. So get a little kitty from the shelter and box it up and give it to her and she will be so thrilled when that little meow comes out and fills her heart with love. Everyone loves a kitten.

The Honda Civic Actually Looks Like This


Concept Honda Civic; Manufacturer Images

Looks like: Honda’s ready for the inevitable “Furious 8” auditions
Defining characteristics: Fastback design, longer wheelbase, wider stance, LED headlights
Ridiculous features: Massive rear wing
Chance of being mass-produced: 100 percent; a sedan body style arrives first in fall 2015

Honda held the world debut of the Civic Concept at the New York International Auto Show today. The coupe concept heralds the forthcoming 10th generation of Honda’s compact car, which is set to arrive in sedan form in fall 2015. The coupe will come later, along with a new four-door hatchback body style. The performance-oriented Si trim level will continue and a high-performance Type-R model will also be offered. Enthusiasts, take a moment to rejoice.

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In typical Honda fashion, the Civic Concept’s design gives a good idea of what the forthcoming production car will look like; Honda Executive Vice President John Mendel said it is “”very close”” to the Civic you’ll be able to buy.

Concept cars usually have aggressive design cues that get dropped during the development of the production version, but there are some significant features that enhance the concept’s appearance and will more than likely stick around. One of them is the new fastback roofline, which ends right near the car’s tail. It’s a sleeker look than the current Civic coupe and is somewhat reminiscent of the Hyundai Veloster’s roofline.

An updated version of the Civic coupe’s grille is more upright and sits ahead of the hood’s leading edge. It’s an interesting look and, along with the large mesh lower grille and chin spoiler, enhances the concept’s sporty looks.

The Civic Concept doesn’t have a finished interior, but Honda did provide some details about what will be under the hood of the 2016 Civic. The base engine will feature double overhead cams rather than the current single overhead cam engine, and Honda will offer a turbocharged 1.5-liter engine with direct injection. A six-speed manual and a continuously variable automatic transmission will be available.

Honda also noted some of the safety features that the 2016 Civic will offer like lane departure warning, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control and Honda’s LaneWatch blind spot camera.

The Civic has faced increased competition in the compact-car segment recently, and it received a quick refresh a few years ago following a 2012 redesign that didn’t move the bar forward enough. Honda recognizes the competition’s advances and says it aims to do the same with the new Civic. “We can up the ante too,” Mendel said.

What you need to know about car engines


Think back 100 years to a world where people generally got around by walking or riding horses. What changed things? The invention of the car. Wheels may be 5500 years old, but the cars we drive round in today made their debut only in 1885. That was when German engineer Karl Benz (1844–1929) fastened a small gasoline (petrol) engine to a three-wheeled cart and made the first primitive, gas-powered car. Although Benz developed the automobile, another German engineer, Nikolaus Otto (1832–1891), was arguably even more important—for he was the man who’d invented the gasoline engine in the first place, about two decades earlier. It’s a testament to Otto’s genius that virtually every car engine made ever since has been inspired by his “four-stroke” design. Let’s take a look at how it works!