E3 Spark Plugs’ Favorite Detroit Auto Show Debuts

The 2015 Chevy Corvette Z06 is among the top debuts at the Detroit Auto Show. The automotive New Year is truly starting off with a bang at the Detroit Auto Show (formally known as the North American International Auto Show). We here at E3 Spark Plugs are honed in on all the media coverage and a few of the major debuts have really piqued our attention. Here are three of our favorites thus far: 2015 Chevy Corvette Z06: This sleek street race-capable roadster boasts a minimum 625 horsepower and 635 foot-pounds of torque, and was GM’s fastest car ever when engineers tested it at the Milford Proving Grounds. That’s thanks in large part to the aluminum frame and a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 with a custom-made 8-speed automatic transmission. The Z06‘s looks are...

February 9, 2015
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GM Sweeps Car/Truck of the Year Awards Ahead of Detroit Auto Show Start

The 2014 Silverado, North American Truck/Utility of the Year winner. The North American International Auto Show, informally known as the Detroit Auto Show, kicks off later this week, but it’s already making headlines with the announcement of its North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year picks. This year, GM – the Bowtie brand – takes top honors in both categories with the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and the Silverado. The Stingray’s win is no surprise to automotive industry pundits. It’s already racked up a mantle-full including Automobile Magazine‘s Automobile of the Year and Road and Track‘s Performance Car of the Year awards. Named for the 1957 racing concept car that won the SCCA (Sports Car Club of America) National Championship...

February 9, 2015
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Toyota’s Hydrogen-Powered Fuel-Cell Car Commands Attention at CES 2014

Toyota’s hydrogen-powered fuel-cell car is turning heads at CES 2014 and will hit the California market next year. The 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas opened with a bit of theatrics. Actor Christopher Lloyd of Back to the Future fame blew into town in the film’s famous time traveling DeLorean. But once the smoke dissipated and Dr. Brown left the stage, it was another futuristic ride that stole the spotlight. Only difference – the Toyota FCV isn’t a far-off fantasy. In fact, the company’s hydrogen-powered fuel-cell vehicle has been 20 years in the making will hit West Coast showrooms as early as next year. Toyota has unveiled several prototypes of fuel-cell vehicles over the past decade. A fuel cell is a device that converts chemical energy...

February 9, 2015
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2014 Team E3 Racing Competition Revs Up

Calling all up and coming racers and pit crew members – it’s that time again. The 2014 Team E3 Racing competition is officially on. It’s a fantastic way to show your stuff and land valuable sponsorship and prizes. If you’re looking to rev up your pro racing career, sprint on over to the E3 Spark Plugs Facebook Fan Page. Become a fan if you’re not already, then click the Team E3 Racing Contest button. To enter, create a unique video about your racing history and why you want to be on Team E3 Racing! Upload it to YouTube & title it “2014 Team E3 Spark Plugs Racing Sponsorship Contest!” Finalists will be announced at the end of January. Then, it’s up to E3 Spark Plugs’ Facebook Fans to help determine the winners by voting for...

February 9, 2015
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Self Driving Cars – Not If, but How Soon and How Much, New Study Shows

Lexus’ self-driving car concept was unveiled a year ago. Experts say we can expect SDCs to be the norm within just a few decades. It’s been the stuff of science fiction for decades. But in just a decade, self-driving cars will be on pace toward becoming the norm, according to data from a new study by IHS Automotive, a provider of global market and economic information. Researchers predict that annual sales of autonomous cars will surge from 230,000 in 2025 to upwards of 11.8 million by 2035. The cumulative result – 54 million driverless cars in use around the world, with as many as a third of them right here in the good ol’ USA. In fact, by 2050, nearly all private and commercial vehicles built will be self-driving. While the notion of millions of vehicles on...

February 9, 2015
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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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