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2012 Chevrolet Spark Preview


Critical Knowledge:
  • All-new, 5-door hatchback subcompact
  • Based on Chevrolet Beat concept
  • Designed and built in South Korea
  • Production version to be unveiled at Geneva Auto Show in March of 2009
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2012 BMW 1 Series Preview

Highlights:
  • New front and rear fascias
  • New headlight and tail light clusters
  • New "air curtain" front aerodynamics to lower wind resistance
  • Standard 230-horsepower, 3.0-liter inline-6 engine (128i Coupe and 128i Convertible)
  • Sta
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2012 Audi A6 Preview

Highlights:
  • All-new redesign
  • Sedan body style will be followed by a wagon
  • Lighter materials to reduce weight and improve fuel economy
  • Standard 3.0-liter V-6 gasoline engine
  • New 8-speed automatic transmission
  • New hybrid and diesel powerplant
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2012 Volkswagen Passat Preview

2012 Volkswagen Passat Photo GalleryHighlights:
  • All-new redesigned model
  • Same width and height, but slightly longer
  • More amenities than its predecessor
  • Standard 2.0-liter, turbocharg
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2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe Preview

Mercedes-Benz launches a high-performance, two-door variant that competes directly with BMW's M3 Coupe and Audi's S5. Under the hood of the all-new C63 AMG Coupe is a 6.3-liter V-8, mated to a 7-speed automatic. The engine is rated at 451 horsepower with 443 lb.-ft. of torque.
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What is Defensive Driving?

Technically speaking, the term 'defensive driving' is defined: "driving to save lives, time, and money, in spite of the conditions around you and the actions of others.' This definition is from Safe Practices for Motor Vehicle Operations, a publication from the American Society of Safety Engineers. In layman's terms, it means operating a motorized vehicle in a manner that anticipates driving situations before they happen rather than reacting after the fact.
There are many good defensive driving tips. These include the following:
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How to Avoid Falling Asleep At the Wheel

It is estimated that more than 1,500 deaths each year are attributed to driver fatigue, and sadly nearly all of those are preventable if drivers were aware of five simple steps to avoid falling asleep at the wheel.
1. Do not get behind the wheel without proper rest. Most people need 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night. Without sleep, a person's sleep debt builds up. Before venturing out on a drive, ensure that you have had several consecutive nights of comfortable sleep.
2. Arrive at the destination before midnight.
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Winter Weather Driving Safety Tips

Days are getting shorter, leaves are falling from the trees, and temperatures are plummeting winter has arrived. While most of us quickly alter our attire for ice and snow, many forget that it is just as important to change many of our habits behind the wheel. With that in mind, here are a few very important winter weather driving safety tips:
Driving a vehicle safely during winter usually means slowing down. Roads are more slippery and tires provide less grip as their rubber compound hardens in lower temperatures.
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Tips for the Test Drive

Test driving a car takes just a short time, but it is one of the most important steps in determining whether or not a new vehicle is right for you. The most important part about a test drive is removing the subjectivity, or emotion, and focusing on the objective at hand to determine whether this is an ideal vehicle for your particular life situation. While test drive opportunities are not always optimal, it is important to look for certain things during your time behind the wheel, and to learn as much about the vehicle as possible.
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Long-Distance Driving Tips

Driving long distances is something many of us do on a regular basis. With that in mind, we have compiled a list of long-distance driving tips that you might find helpful. These include the following:
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