What Your First Car Says – About Your Personality.

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Did you just get a brand new car – and is it your first car? Well, if it is – I am so sure that you are already head over heels for your car. Did you know – that your car reveals a lot about your personality. It varies from color to size for example: the color red is for the young and who’d like speed in their life similarly if you are driving an SUV – then you are more of practical and safety person. We all have that habit of associating a certain car to a person.

So let’s find out what do you drive – and how that defines you as a person.

1 – Small Cars

People who drive small cars are the practical ones – especially when you are driving in the city. You are doing a favor on yourself by driving these cars as they are small, Compaq and convenient. With the kind of traffic that you deal with  – it becomes important to chose a car practically, keeping in mind all the important aspects especially parking – small car drivers are not basically attention seekers , but they do have a reliable car – and a lot of parking space.

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2 – Midsized family car

If you own a midsized car – it means that you are a family man. You are not a complete travel freak – but you wanted a car with some extra space – so that the complete family can enjoy a ride. You can also take a short trip – and all your luggage is going to easily fit in your car. You opted for a car – that becomes a car for the entire family and obviously keeping in mind the budget – a midsized car is perfect for you.

3 – Luxurious cars

Well, now who doesn’t want a luxurious car? Let’s face it – we all want it! It is just that – the added constraints attached to it, held us back. Luxurious cars are for executives, business owners and celebrities. Owners of these cars independent and well to do – and these cars become a status symbol for them. Luxurious cars are for those who earn the big bucks!

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4 – SUV’s

If you own an SUV – then you probably have a big family or is it just the size that matters? A lot of people are attracted towards buying a SUV” as they like more adventure in their lives. If you are also looking for some adventure or you want to take the complete family along with you – This is your car. You just have to accept that “parking” your car will be a big problem.

5 – Extra Luxurious cars – Sports cars.

These cars are for the young and the rich. People who like a lot of speed and attention in their lives – generally go for a sports car. And it is ok to flaunt your car – because not everyone can afford one these days.  Sports cars owners are full of life and they like to be the centre of attraction. Today’s youth dreams of becoming the owner of sports car – yes! That’s the dream.

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It is not just the type of car that says a lot about you – but also the color. For Example: Red for the ones who like speed and adventure, black for those who are aggressive and silver for those who are calm.  It depends on you whether you want a car for your convenience or luxury – but it will always send of some message about your personality.

 

 

Celebrating the Citroen DS

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It is amazing how time goes by. The children have grown up, the Beatles and Led Zeppelin are an alien name to this modern generation who are prone to Snoop Lions ( or may be dogs) and Eminems and the cars that were the apple of the eye, at the same time, the signature of your stature have now become obsolete as far as design is concerned. Nonetheless, they still remain to occupy that special place in your heart and really give you a sense of those times when everything is becoming modern.!

Jumping to the topic, the iconic Citroën DS to celebrate its 60th birthday at the London Classic Car Show (January 8-11). Unbelievable, isn’t it?

The DS (pronounced Déesse, the French word for Goddess) was launched at the 1955 Paris Motor Show where its avant-garde design stunned show goers.

At a time when most cars were rear-wheel drive and running on old-fashioned ‘cart springs’, the DS19’s futuristic specification featured front-wheel drive, hydropneumatic self levelling suspension, a semi-automatic gearbox and even a fibreglass roof to lower the centre of gravity.

The homage to the DS and its sibling the ID (pronounced Idée, French for Idea) at the show being staged at the ExCeL International Exhibition Centre in London’s Docklands, will include a number of different examples including the Break or Safari estate car and the highly collectable convertible or décapotable.

Two classic DS models will be on display on the DS show stand – a 1972 DS21 Prestige and an exceptionally rare 1966 DS21 Décapotable with coachwork by Henri Chapron.

In addition to the static display, DS models will also make a number of star appearances on ‘The Grand Avenue’ – a unique motoring catwalk allowing the most iconic cars to be fired up and driven around the show.

The DS cars will be a 1967 Citroën ID21 Safari, a 1972 DS Group V rally prototype; a 1961 ID19 and the DS 5 used by President Hollande at his inauguration.

And bringing the story right up to date, the London Classic Car Show marks the UK debut of the new, stand-alone DS brand. The separation of Citroën and DS was announced on 1 June and the two marques exhibited side by side as two distinct brands for the first time in Europe at October’s Paris Motor Show.

The award-winning DS 3 – shown in Ultra Prestige form – and a flagship DS 5 Hybrid4 will represent the current range.

 

Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Review

 

If not the Energy Independence and Security Act is repealed, 50-mpg cars will be thick on the street in almost a decade. If you find this notion not that happening, take a comfortable place in the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat’s ability to binge-drink premium fuel. Tread heavily the throttle as if you own a private pipeline and this hellion can burn 1.5 gallons of high test in less than a minute flat. Texans with the pumps and space to pander to such ­pleasures can suck this car’s tank dry in the time it takes to read this article.

Other Hellcat stats are more or less similar astonishing. This is the first American sedan armed with 707 horsepower [see “The Maddest Motor” on page 2]. The one German four-door capable of whipping it to 60 mph, the Porsche Panamera Turbo S, costs nearly three times the Charger’s $64,990 base price and falls shy of the Dodge’s claimed 204-mph top speed. Massive Brembo brakes and 20-inch Pirelli gumballs make this family hauler much more than a straight-line special.

With pump prices tumbling below three bucks a gallon and the Saudis discounting crude to put a stop to the up rising tide, the super Charger arrives at a moment of opportunity. Designed in Michigan, assembled in Canada, and powered by a Mexican-made engine, it is a poster child for NAFTA pragmatism. It also owes one to Fiat Chrysler boss Sergio Marchionne, who waved a figurative arrivederci to Ferrari with one hand while welcoming the Challenger and Charger Hellcats to the menagerie with the other.

No amount of rocket science was needed to strike out GM and Ford. The pushrod V-8 wearing one of the engine world’s most holy nameplates made its first appearance in 2003 Ram pickups—albeit minus the actual hemispherical combustion chambers of yore. The Charger’s skeleton parts were handed down by Mercedes a decade ago during the ill-fated DaimlerChrysler lash-up. In this very year the nicely rendered face lift replaces the stale gun-sight grille with seven air-inlet and -outlet ports. Sinister HID headlamps, growling cat badges, and a manly pair of pipes are also new.

Children shy away at the booming sound of a blown Hemi starting; at full throttle, its supercharger whine and exhaust howl carry for quite a long distance. While you are cruising, the mighty engine murmurs barely audible bass notes, its tailpipes giving no permission by computer-controlled butterfly valves.

Pity the Hellcat’s 275/40ZR-20 tires attempting in vain to put down more than 8000 pound-feet of torque (650 pound-feet at 4800 rpm from the engine multiplied by 12.34 through the driveline in first gear). Pirelli’s stock gives rise to a notch every time a driver lights the smoke grenades under the rear fenders. There is a lot of gratitude to a hair-trigger throttle, remedial right-foot reprogramming that is essential to in-town puttering. Squeezing in the gas to pass will snap the traction at 40 mph on dry pavement, or as high as 80 in the wet. In the hands of a driver lacking respect for what was once known as war emergency power, the Charger SRT Hellcat is the loosest of all road cannons.

On the other side, in capable hands, it will not fail to thrill and amaze. To wring Chevy Corvette Z06acceleration from this 4592-pound sedan, we put out of action the stability controls, warmed the rear tires, set the transmission to track mode, placed the dampers in sport mode, and squeezed the throttle pedal with due deliberation. The tires bite in 1.6 seconds, the time it takes to reach 30 mph, then squeals again during the 1-2 shift at 40. What sounds like shredding titanium is the engine protesting the momentary power reductions accompanying each up-shift. What feels like teleportation flings you to 60 in 3.4 seconds and to 128 mph in the quarter-mile. From rest to 170, the hairy Hemi posts an average 0.34 g of acceleration. Pleasure receptors think they have always been treated to great sex, a tasty sirloin, and Dutch chocolate ice cream—all at once.

Very good braking and cornering performance are also part of the deal. Massive Brembo six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers grabbing two-piece rotors halt this car from 70 mph in 153 feet—averaging 1.07 g’s—with virtually no fade. Pirelli P Zero rubber stuck the Hellcat to our skidpad at 0.94 g. While there is some amount of under-steer at the limit which is really not an issue when the lightest brush of the accelerator will step and hold the tail out as wide as you like for as long as you have your appropriate judgement.

The steering is heavy during parking man oeuvres, but, once you start to roll on, the extra effort falls exactly in sync with the quick ratio. Actual nuances of road feel are transmitted through a rim wrapped in perforated leather. The quality of the ride is extremely poised for a 200-mph muscle car. Front buckets trimmed with suede are supportive but could use stiffer side bolsters to resist this car’s cornering loads which are exceptional. Rear passenger heads ride beneath the dot-patterned shading of the back glass, but there is more than enough room and comfort for two, plus maybe a slim child.

Top: In darkness it creeps, enfolding the night in its black wings. Or something. We have been listening to a lot of old Tom Waits records.

Along with this a great feature includes tapping the SRT button on the dash and the 8.4-inch touch screen becomes the ultimate gaming console. Track, sport, custom, and default modes let you tune engine output, curb down effectiveness, the traction helpers, and transmission and shifter activity. In Race Options, you can configure launch control and an upshift light. Valet mode allows you to hand over the car to a parking attendant without fear of catastrophe. In Performance Pages, you can read instantaneous power, torque, and boost, or conduct a full road test by recording acceleration times, braking distances, and peak g’s in all four directions. There is even an eco mode complete with a green-leaf graphic. This one is for comic relief.

One of the most remarkable thing about this Charger is that it is the complete package one wants to have—daily commuting comfort which adds up with berserk special-occasion performance, all at a realistic price. To add on, it cracks the door to subsequent products, such as a supercharged Viper and a Jeep Grand Chero­kee Hellcat. Until GM and Ford chime in with their 700-hp sedans, or until the fuel sippers arrive—whichever comes first—the Charger SRT Hellcat is the uncontested king of American four-door performance.