Five Hot New Motorcycles to Ride in 2014

Italy’s MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 is among the new bikes hitting the market in 2014. If the call of the open road is ringing in your ears as you ring in the New Year, you’re in luck. There’s a whole slew of hot new motorcycles to rev up your 2014. Here are five of our favorites here at E3 Spark Plugs, in no particular order: Harley-Davidson Street 750 and 500: Harley-Davidson’s first all-new model in 13 years is powered by an also all-new power system dubbed “Revolution X,” featuring a liquid-cooled 60-degree V-twin with chain-driven single overhead camshafts that operate four valves per cylinder. It’s credited with keeping the seat high, but the center of gravity low. These bikes are expected to be a hit with the young urban market. BMW...

February 9, 2015
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Car Insurance Discounts You Might Not Know About

Work from home? Live on a farm? Got a college degree? All of these can score you a discount on your next car insurance policy. While you probably see or hear advertisements from auto insurance companies every day, you rarely hear the details about how you can get extra discounts. Companies love to draw you in with promises of savings. What they do not tell you is that even more savings may be available to you. All you need to do is ask. Low mileage drivers: If you only have a short commute to work or work from home frequently, you may not put many miles on your vehicle throughout the year. While the mileage numbers and discounts vary by company, drivers with low annual mileage can save about 10% on their insurance. Discounts may also be available if you only drive a couple of days...

February 9, 2015
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Hustle Cars – How those Groovy ’70s Rides were Cast

“American Hustle” boasts not only a cast of Hollywood heavy-hitters and a crazy true-life story base, but a plethora of groovy vintage rides, too. The American Film Institute named American Hustle the year’s best film, and it’s either already won or is nominated for a slew of film festival and critics awards including seven 2014 Golden Globes nods. judging by the box office figures, moviegoers agree. It boasts a serious Hollywood hotshot cast and a captivating storyline, no doubt. But the real scene stealers are those uber-glam 70s styles (man perms notwithstanding) and those oh, so groovy rides. The film follows con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) and his seductive British partner Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) as they’re forced to work for crazed FBI...

February 9, 2015
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Six New Year’s Resolution for Car Owners

You probably make a few New Year’s resolutions for yourself every year. Many people look for ways to improve their health and general lifestyle. If you own a car, there are some resolutions you can make to keep your vehicle in good condition and avoid breakdowns. Change the Oil: One of the best ways to ensure your vehicle’s engine lasts is to change the oil on a regular schedule. You can do this project yourself or take your car in for service. You may find that a professional oil change does not cost much more than doing it yourself. There will not be any used oil to dispose of either. Check Your Tires: It really does not take time to take a walk around your car and look at the tires. Check the wear pattern and amount of remaining tread. If you notice unusual wear, take...

February 9, 2015
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Five Automotive Trends to Watch in 2014

The new Mazda 6 could be the one to usher in the era of diesel cars, some automotive pundits predict. Just as dozens of “Top 10″ lists, naming highlights of 2013, are coming out it’s also time to look forward to the new year with a look at trends that will take over and shape the automotive industry in the coming year. Here are some of the top trends for 2014: Hybrids Take Over: Chances are you know at least a dozen people who are driving hybrids and that number is predicted to rise steadily as they become the norm. As hybrid manufacturers add new models to their lineup there will be more options for people who currently can’t find one which they like. Prius alone already boasts four different models. And as people trade in their old hybrids, the second-hand...

February 9, 2015
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Mercedes AMG Vision Gran Turismo to Hit the Real-World Streets

That sleek, sexy and super fast Mercedes AMG Vision Gran Turismo in the wildly popular game may hit the real-world streets soon. It’s pretty safe to say that you’ll never see most of the sleek, stunning supercars created exclusively for the Gran Turismo video game franchise pull up next to you at a red light. But there may be one exception coming soon. Florida-based J&S World Wide Holdings head Jeff Halverson was so enamored with the Mercedes AMG Vision Gran Turismo’s static show car displayed at the recent LA Auto Show that he decided to create a street-legal version. Halverson reportedly will use the 2014 SLS AMG GT as the car’s base, but re-body it into carbon fiber to resemble the crazy beautiful game version. It’ll boast the same 6.3-liter V8...

February 9, 2015
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Four New Rides We’re Anxious to See in 2014

2014 Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid The New Year always means new rides. And we here at E3 Spark Plugs are anxiously awaiting the arrival of several in 2014. Here are our top three picks: 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid: Inspired by the vintage 917 racers with a black-and-white livery scheme, the new Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid can go 0-60 in 2.8 seconds and is capable of speeds of over 211 mph. And, it can go about 18 miles on a charge before switching over to the gasoline engine. It’s pricey, though. A limited-edition model will set you back a cool $970,000. Look for it in early 2014. 2014 Tesla Model X: This one is perhaps the most anticipated debut of the year. Touted as a cross between a stylish SUV and a practical-yet-uber-cool minivan, the specs include a futuristic touchscreen...

February 9, 2015
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GM Makes History Today – Names Mary Barra First Female CEO in Global Automotive Industry

GM’s Mary Barra, the world’s first female CEO of a major automaker. General Motors Co. (GM) CEO Dan Ackerson today officially announced that he’s retiring in January. And his successor just made global automotive industry history. GM confirmed rumors circulating throughout Detroit that longtime company executive Mary Barra would take the helm, becoming the world’s first female CEO of an automaker. Barra, 51, joined GM as a factory floor intern 33 years ago, steadily climbing the corporate ranks over the next three decades. Her first official job with the company was as a plant engineer in the Pontiac Motor Division, where her father had worked for 39 years as a dye maker. She immediately stood out in the profession where there were few women and even fewer...

February 9, 2015
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Thousands of Drivers in Souped Up Rides Honor Paul Walker at LA Car Rally

Some 20,000 fans turned out for an impromptu tribute rally for late actor and racer Paul Walker. Hollywood and the racing community remain in a state of shock over the sudden loss of actor and accomplished racer Paul Walker, who was killed, along with his friend and business partner Roger Rodas, in a November 30 single car crass in Los Angeles. To honor the late star best known for The Fast and the Furious film franchise, some 20,000 fans turned out at an impromptu rally in the LA suburb near the crash site. Promoted via Facebook and Twitter, the rally attracted thousands of drivers in souped up cars including modified Porches, Corvettes and Camrys – all in a nod to Walker’s love for all things automotive. The actor was an avid car enthusiast who competed in the Redline...

February 9, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Recommends: 5 Great Holiday Gift Ideas for Car Enthusiasts

What’s on Santa’s list for the car enthusiast you love? E3 Spark Plugs has a few great gift ideas. Hanukkah is here and Christmas is less than three weeks away. And we know you’ve still got lots of holiday gift shopping to do. We’re here to help! Check out E3 Spark Plugs‘ list of the top holiday gift ideas for the car enthusiast you love: Retro Heated Travel Mug: It sports a ’60-esque retro design and connects to your car’s 12V cigarette lighter and can heat drinks to 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Perfect for those long morning or late night treks. $29.95 from DrivingComfort.com. Poster pic of your loved one’s beloved ride: Snapfish.com offers some very cool ways to show off a gorgeous ride. Upload a pic and choose from a variety of display...

February 9, 2015
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