Keeping your dog safe and secure in your car is important whether you’re just going for a quick trip around town or on a cross country summer adventure. An unrestrained dog can become a potential hazard and a serious distraction.
In 2011 AAA and Kurgo conducted an online survey of 1000 dog owners and found that 84 percent of survey takers allowed their dogs to roam freely in the car and 65 percent admitted to being distracted by their dog while driving. So, here are a few tips to keep you and your pup safe this summer:
Don’t put a pet crate on the front seat; airbag deployment could be fatal to your dog in an accident
Don’t leave your dog in your parked car, car temperatures can rise quickly in the heat and heat stroke can happen in minutes
If you’re transporting your pooch in a small pet carrier the best place for it is on the floor between the front and rear seats, if it was designed for use with a seatbelt then go ahead and put it on the backseat restrained with the seatbelt.
Make sure the tag attached to your dog’s collar has your correct information including a cell phone number.
Take a minute to learn of a vet in the area of your destination, also keep a pet first aid kit and health records should there be an emergency.
Before you set out on the road take a few minutes and do a little research on the best way to restrain your dog in your vehicle, there are many choices for harnesses some of which have been crash tested.
Have fun and stay safe on the roads this summer.
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Nissan has announced the engine that they will be installing into their ZEOD race car for the 24 hour Le Mans race and other endurance races. This 1.5L 3 cylinder turbo engine will put out 400 horsepower and 280 pounds of torque with peak power at 7,500 rpm, very impressive for an engine weighing only 88 pounds.
The ZEOD will use a gasoline-electric hybrid electric engine which should put them in good competition with Audi’s R15 e-tron car that won the last 2 24 hour Le Mans races for its class. Nissan also claims that the car can do one lap on full electric power, which will be a help for a race that focuses on fuel economy and speed to lessen pit stops.
Hopefully in the future we will see engines like this being put in production cars. This engine would not be suitable for a production car but if they could use some elements from it and create something new and strong then that could be a good sales boost for Nissan. Everyone would love the have a car that would have great gas mileage and power that can put you back in the seat a bit.
Ford‘s vision of a sports truck is entering a new model year with the 2014 F-150 SVT Raptor Special Edition that keeps the mechanicals intact, simply adding some unique to this version cosmetic touches.
These cosmetic touches include a Ruby Red Metallic exterior color or optionally, Tuxedo Black Metallic, and boxside graphics on the outside, and ‘Brick Red’ seat bolsters with black inserts and cloth honeycomb highlights, console top finish panel and center stack and door panel applique accents, on the inside.
Aside from that, it is still the same Ford F-150 SVT Rapor we know powerede by a 6.2-liter V8 engine producing 411 horsepower and o434 lb.-ft. of toruqe, mated to an electronic six-speed automatic transmission and a 4WD system featuring electronic shift-on-the-fly capability for the transfer case.
Marketing has grown to be such an important part in the automotive industry to the extent that it is not involved in the very first stages of development of new cars. This explains why carmakers have started creating a biography for a single target buyer even before they have begun developing a model car. Take Infiniti for instance, who knows everything about the people who will be buying its upcoming compact model, which is loosely inspired by the Etherea concept (shown in the picture) and due to appear in 2015.
“The target customer is a French lady called Pascale. She’s 34 years old, living in London with an English guy who works in banking,” Nissan global product planning boss Andy Palmer told Autonews Europe. “We pick a lead market, we pick a lead customer and we research in detail that lead customer. Every car has a person with a name, an income and a lifestyle and that gives product planners a reference of where we’re going with the car,” Palmer explained.
The goal of this extreme form of customer profiling it to give designers and planners a clear focus of what is required from the car they will develop. It is only natural that the more radical the car is, the less mainstream the customer will be. Usually, the fictional client lives in the country or region where the car will sell the strongest. When it developed the Juke, Nissan used the same approach, and the automaker has already identified the customer for the new Qashqai compact crossover due next year. Palmer didn’t get into personal details about the next Qashqai’s typical buyer, however they did day that the person is urban and European.
A BMW dealership from the Czech Republic is actually responsible for this unique piece of art, not BMW directly. The dealership chose a local artist Andy Reiben to turn the new 3er saloon into an eye-popping piece of psychedelic candy. Before finally getting its final details done with a brush, the four-door model was first wrapped in matte vinyl, then sprayed with cans of paint; that must have take a lot of time.
When the work was finished, and he was able to take a step back and look at the creation he dubbed, “Flodium”, Reiben said: “It really is a strange feeling when you as a painter are standing in front of the hood of a beautiful black car and you are to make the first dot by the brush, which then will dance about the body to your notes and ideas and will turn everything in brilliant colour artwork.”
In an effort to reinvigorate sales and seek new customers, Scion could be considering a change in its brand direction. Where would that change go you might ask? Scion would farther market to the burgeoning entry-level luxury segment- something the German brands are already starting to milk. This is a conversation that originally started with the brand’s birth: to aim Scion vehicles at budget-savers from Korea or the low end of the luxury market.
“We were torn at what direction to go,” Toyota‘s North American CEO, Jim Lentz said to Automotive News. “We could go any of those directions.”
Scion hit a more expensive level with the FR-S, and there’s more potential for that to grow with the Toyota-badged convertible version of the car shown last month in Geneva. However, bringing the convertible over to Scion would mean an increase in price creeping into the high 20,000 range.
Budget vehicles were available for around $13,000 when Scion launched. Even though there are still cars priced at that level, Lentz said the market is moving up. “Today it’s hard to find much value below $18,000 to $20,000. There’s going to be a big need in the $25,000 range for a fun-to-drive, nice-looking value-oriented product.”
It is unclear yet if moving to a more expensive model range will really help Scion, bu the flexibility is there. A rear-wheel drive vehicle could easily spawn from the FR-S while less expensive front-wheel drive cars to compete with Mercedes’ new CLA would also be easy for the brand to cobble together.
Lexus, as the crossover segment continues to grow, is considering adding a three-row model joining the RX (pictured on the right) which is currently the only CUV in the Japanese automaker’s lineup.
According to Lexus vice-president of marketing Brian Smith, the automaker could convert one of its body-on-frame SUVs, the GX or LX, to unibody platforms. In an interview with WardsAuto, Smith said that a three-row, unibody crossover is something the market could be seeing from Lexus in the future. It is also what Lexus believes the consumers want to see.
“In general, CUVs of any size are becoming a bigger force in the industry,” Smith said in the interview. “So as we sell more products globally, I think that could lead to new products for us.”
With its RX model, Lexus already dominate the two-row segment, which is considerably larger than most of its competitors, although still too small to compete against models like the Acura MDX or newly introduced Infiniti QX60.
General Motors has informed roughly 900 of its over 3,000 Chevrolet dealerships that they qualify to sell the 2014 Corvette Stingray when it launches. This means that when it becomes available this summer, fewer than one-third of the Chevrolet dealerships will be eligible to sell the new Stingray, however, the dealerships that are eligible can begin ordering the sports car in the coming weeks. Causing it to limit allocation and inventory to its highest-volume Corvette dealerships, Chevy expects the demand for the Corvette Stingray to outstrip supply.
“Chevrolet provided dealers with guidance and requirements early in 2012 so dealers would know well in advance whether they would likely receive Corvette models during the initial six to nine months after launch,” Russ Clark, Chevrolet marketing director for performance cars, said in a statement.
The 900 dealerships chosen account for 80 percent of Corvette sales last year and other dealerships won’t be allocated any inventory until at least six to nine months after the new Stingray’s launch. To be eligible to receive the 2014 Corvette Stingray in their inventory, the dealerships had to sell at least four Corvettes last year.
Still, the dealerships picked will have to meet several other requirements including having Stingray specialists in both sales and service. All of these specialist then must attends a 1.5 day training session at the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Dealer Sales Academy at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch in Nevada. Excluding travel expense, the cost is $2,000 per person to attend this session.