There are many stereotypes about what we as a community drive and to a certain extent, stereotypes are based on the most visible members of our community. The reality is that we live and work everywhere in the US and we are as diverse as the rest of the population. These are the words given out by Joe LaMuraglia who is the founder of Gaywheels.com. Gaywheels.com is a website that is very much dedicated to promote responsible consumerism. This website also tries to encourage every consumer in the market to patronize and use companies that are gay-friendly. After all, there are companies that discriminate such a group of people and these companies show off their dislike for gays through their advertisements, public announcements, and product endorsements. Gaywheels.com has just most recently listed out the vehicles that took the most interest among all gay and lesbian car aficionados, enthusiasts, and shoppers. This website sorted out all the searches and took out the ten topmost researched vehicles from the site. This kind of list actually just reflects what kind of products the gay and lesbian community is looking for in products in the market. The Mazda MX-5 from the Mazda Motor Corporation took a spot in such a list. This vehicle has been the most searched for various reasons and among which is that it can be easily maintained with auto parts like Mazda MX-6 parts and Mazda Navajo performance parts from various "auto parts" stores. Other vehicles included in the list include the Saturn Sky, Toyota Yaris, Dodge Caliber, Volkswagen Jetta, Toyota Camry, Audi A3, Toyota Prius, Saab 9-3, and the Pontiac G6. LaMuraglia even comments, Gay consumers as a group are more loyal to companies that demonstrate fairness and equality to the gay and lesbian community. Gaywheels.coms Top 10 vehicles are all from automakers that are gay friendly.
Honda is launching yet another vehicle in the United States and the rest of North America. And this time around, it would be called the Honda Fit. The "Honda Fit" has already been making its rounds in Europe and Asia. And it has already been reaping in success for it is already one of the huge and biggest sellers in those areas. According to Chuck Schifsky, who is the manager of the regional public relations operations of American Honda, The Fit comes to America with several attributes for those customers who want an attractive, efficient, and safe small car. Aside from this, the Fit is also claiming to be a huge potential for the American market. Despite it being physically small, it still holds a gigantic amount of features. This new vehicle holds a 1.5 liter VTEC engine that can actually produce some 109 horsepower. Features that it holds include front air bags, front side air bags, side curtain air bags, steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, air conditioning, air filtration, power windows, power side mirrors, a 60/40 split Magic Seat, anti lock ABS brakes, four interior configurations, a stick transmission system or an automatic transmission system, and it also comes as a hatchback. The Honda Fit would be joining the ranks wherein the Chevy Aveo, Toyota Yaris, Kia Rio, Nissan Versa, and Mini Coopers are competing with each other. Just like these other vehicles, the Fit is promising not only efficiency and performance despite its small stature. It is also promising
Buying a new car is an experience that few will ever forget: the smell, the pristine interior, and the flawless ride are some of the things enjoyed by new car owners. Yet, despite how well equipped even the most expensive cars can be, oftentimes they leave the showroom with several accessories missing. No, they werent stolen; instead, for some queer reason these must have accessories were not included with the sale. Lets take a look at six accessories every vehicle should have.Floor mats You have got to be kiddingno floor mats?! Oddly, "floor mats" are the chief accessory typically not included with any sale. Instead, you get a throwaway paper sheet for the driver. Without floor mats in place you can bet that the interior will be soiled in short order. Worse, if you wait too long your carpeting could be damaged which is especially bad news for you if you lease your vehicle. Just wait til you see the price of replacing damaged automotive carpeting!Cargo liners Like the interior, the cars trunk area is subject to dirt, debris, mud, the elements, and more. Some automakers have wised up over the years and included cargo liners as standard equipment while others make a cargo liner an expensive add-on, after-the-sale accessory for buyers.Bug shields If you live in a humid climate, a bug shield is a must. No automaker offers one as standard equipment; if you want to protect your hood and windshield a bug shield is a must. Also marketed as bug deflectors.Car bra Sure, they are stylish, but a car bra is much more than that. Offering protection to your grille and to the front part of your hood, a car bra can help deflect debris kicked up from the road. Who hasnt come across that sort of problem while traversing our interstates?Brake dust shields No, there isnt a safety aspect with a dust shield, but there certainly are aesthetic reasons why they make sense. You spent a lot for your tires and wheels, so why go through the hassle of a weekly cleaning just to keep your car looking great? Dust shields limit the dust so that you can do what you really want to do: drive.Car cover Whether you keep your car garaged or whether you leave it outside, a car cover is essential toward protecting your vehicles finish. Indoor air pollution and dust can damage a garaged vehicle; solar rays, moisture, bird poop, wind, and small impacts can damage exposed vehicles. For less than $200 you can buy a four layer, breathable car cover that will offer the protection your car so desperately needs. So, there you have it. Six essential auto accessories for every vehicle. Youll pay a mint for each accessory if you let your dealer add them in after the sale, so why not shop online with Car Stuff to find everything you need for your car and for less?
The Rapid Motor Vehicle Company was started in 1902 by Max Grabowski. It was the manufacturer of some of the earliest trucks and was purchased in 1909 by GM. In 1912 the name GMC was first used at the New York Auto Show and in 1996 the suffix Truck was dropped. What most people don't know is that GMC also makes cars. In 1902 Max Grabowski founded a company called the "Rapid Motor Vehicle Company", which developed some of the earliest commercial trucks ever designed. In 1909 the company was bought by General Motors to form the basis of the General Motors Truck Company, from which GMC Truck was made. In 1912 the name "GMC Truck" was first shown at the New York Auto Show.In 1996 GM dropped the word 'truck' from the GMC Truck name, thus creating the GMC name as we know it today. There never was a Grabowski Motor Company or a Grabowski Motor Corp. They now make personal automobiles, as well as pickup truck and bus engines. General Motors Corporation NYSE: GM, also known as GM, is a United States-based automobile maker with worldwide operations and brands including Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Daewoo, GMC, Holden, Hummer, Opel, Pontiac, Saturn, Saab, and Vauxhall Chevrolet and GMC divisions produce trucks, as well as passenger vehicles. Other brands include ACDelco, Allison Transmission, and General Motors Electro-Motive Division that produces diesel-electric locomotives. GM also has stakes in Isuzu, Subaru, and Suzuki in Japan and a joint venture with AutoVAZ (Lada) in Russia. In December 2003, it acquired Delta in South Africa, in which it had taken a 45 percent stake in 1997, and which is now a fully-owned subsidiary, General Motors South Africa. GM's headquarters are in the Renaissance Center in Detroit, Michigan. General Motors is the world's largest vehicle manufacturer and employs over 340,000 people. In 2001, GM sold 8.5 million vehicles through all its branches. In 2002, GM sold 15 percent of all cars and trucks in the world. They also owned Electronic Data Systems from 1984 to 1996 which is a former Ross Perot company and, prior to selling it to News Corporation, DirecTV. GM owned Frigidaire from 1918 to 1979. The current chairman (since May 1, 2003) and chief executive officer (since June 1, 2000) is Rick Wagoner, succeeding John F. Smith, Jr. General Motors is selling its 20 percent stake in Fuji Heavy Industries, the parent of Subaru, in a deal that could raise more than $700 million as per news released on October 6, 2005. Also, General Motors Canada auto workers voted on Sunday to ratify a new contract that will lay off 1,000 workers over the next three years, the Canadian Auto Workers and GM said. General Motors lost 2.5 billion dollars last year, and would have made a profit if it was not saddled with 6 billion dollars in health costs. The UAW and GM are now reaching agreement to reduce this health cost by about 1 billion dollars annually.
The Asian automobile manufacturing market is much broader than many American consumers understand it to be. Beyond Honda, Hyundai, Toyota, and other household names there are quite a few automakers that are growing in size and respectability in their own markets. Two of these companies have already committed to selling their models in the U.S., but there are three others worth knowing about and watching.Starting in 2007, two Chinese automobile manufacturers will be exporting cars to the U.S. and Canada. Geely Automobile Company and the Chery Automobile Company are part of the first wave of new Asian automakers preparing to serve the U.S. market. I wont go into more detail about these two manufacturers, so please read a related article I wrote titled, Chinese Cars: Redefining the Market, to learn more about them.Proton -- Proton Holdings, the parent corporation of Proton Motors, is the largest manufacturer of vehicles in Malaysia. Volkswagen and Proton signed a strategic partnership agreement in October 2004 whereby Volkswagen cars would be built on Proton assembly lines beginning in 2006. Apart from the VW venture, Proton has a line of models of its own consisting primarily of subcompact and compact sized vehicles. Proton cars are currently exported to Australia and the company is eyeing the U.S. market perhaps as early as 2010. In addition to its VW relationship, Japanese automaker Mitsubishi owns nearly a 16% share in Proton.Hindustan -- Since 1950, Hindustan Motors has been building cars for the Indian market. Their current line up of automobiles, looking as if they were built in the 1950s, do not match up to current world styling standards. However, the emerging Indian economy has been providing remarkable growth across all business sectors and the Indian automobile industry is ripe for renewal. The Ambassador Grand, one such model, has recently been updated to meet current European emissions standards. Look for a Hindustan model to be exported to Europe first before taking on the highly competitive U.S. market.Tata -- Unlike "Hindustan Motors" , Indias Tata Motors is currently producing cars that look as if they were designed recently. As the only Indian car company featuring cars built and designed by Indians, the companys Indica V2 and Indigo compacts have received a favorable reception at the Geneva Auto Show. Plans to export directly to the U.S. have been considered but Tata cars may get to the U.S. under another label before then, such as Ford or Dodge.Beyond these five companies other state run automobile manufacturing companies have sprung up in communist controlled China. If Geely and Chery succeed, more makes will follow and the floodgates will be open. More choice is coming for consumersfor better or for worse.