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Automotive Fashion Disasters We Would Like to See Disappear (2nd of a series) — Carbon Fiber Stickers

This series is written by Ice Man, a well known personality in the auto performance tuning circuit. Often a judge in major car shows held nationwide, he is regarded as an expert in car enhancements and styling. Much like Dr. Gregory House on TV, Ice Man is borderline arrogant, painfully critical, and definitely one of the best in the motoring field.

WARNING: If you are reading this and have any of the products mentioned, I’m sorry for being too critical but it doesn’t change the fact that your car still looks “passe” and “uncool”.

Auto Fashion Disaster No. 2: Carbon Fiber Stickers

These were actually cool when they first came out,… for around 3 months. Once again we have a product that tries to emulate the real thing and caters to people who choose to not spend on the real thing.

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Three of the Most Famous Cars from Movies

Millions of people around the world utilize cars for their daily lifestyle. Your car gets up to and from work, allows you to drop the kids off at soccer practice and take family vacations. Meanwhile, hundreds or even thousands of car manufacturing companies are releasing newer and better versions of these sedans nearly every week. With millions of vehicles on the market, one may think that the wide collection of cars have nothing more to offer when it comes to design as there are thousands of drivers who have the same exact vehicle on their garage. However, there are certain high-profile cars that can be considered invaluable due to their rising popularity, regardless of their ordinary make or model. These kinds of cars take driving from merely a chore to a luxury.

So how did these cars become famous?

Simply put, these high-profile cars have achieved their popularity due to their role or part in blockbuster films or movies. Whether they’ve been driven by the bad guys or the good guys, the following 3 cars have been well recognized by people all over the world because of simply performing and driving on screen.

1.The 1976 Chevy Camaro from the 2007 hit movie Transformers.

Who doesn’t recognize the solid yellow with two black stripes on the hood of this sedan? Playing as the first version of Bumblebee until he decided to transform in a classier and brand new Camaro, the 1976 Chevy Camaro was the top choice of film directors. Sure you think the car is trashy and a running scrap metal, however, this is how the directors really intended Bumblebee to look during his first appearance in the movie. The producers of the movie even asked help from GM managers to assist them in choosing the crappiest looking Camaro they could find.

2. The Aston Martin DB5

The Aston Martin DB5 that was used several times from the series of James Bond movies, such as Casino Royale and Goldfinger. All the elements of the movie are powerful and sleek from the lead actor to the story line to the stunts and action scenes. It would be a shame if the vehicle that Bond was riding was a piece of scrap metal, right? The Aston Martin DB5 is the perfect match for this dynamic and elegant film with ZF five-speed transmission and a 4.0-liter aluminum engine that can go top speeds of up to 145 miles per hour and can reach acceleration speeds from zero to sixty in a matter of 7.1 seconds. Only two of these vehicles that were originally driven by Sean Connery in the movie remain. One was bought for a whopping $4.1 million during a 2012 auction.

3. The DeLorean DMC12 from the 1985 movie Back to the Future

Known as the time machine which Doc Brown and Marty McFly drove to go back in time, the DeLorean DMC12 featured the Gull Wing style doors and a fiberglass body type. This particular type and model of vehicle was produced during 1982 with only 9,000 units made. 6,500 units are still believed to be used.

Other vehicles that have achieved popularity include the 1967 Shelby Mustang GT500 from the movie Gone in 60 Seconds and the 1977 Pontiac Trans AM from the 1977 film Smokey and the Bandit.

Sam is a car and motorcycle enthusiast who grew up riding a Harley Davidson with her dad and had a fascination for motorcycle accessories. She is also amused by any type of movie featuring fast cars, bad boys and the open road.

Hybrid Cars: Sacrificing Comfort and Style

Hybrid cars are the new demand these days, no thanks to the growing problems of continuous oil and fuel price hikes. While we see this is as a good resolution, obviously we will have to sacrifice a lot of things such as comfort and style. Hybrid cars are modernized looking cars that are getting close to what we all had in mind when we were projecting the future look of transportation.

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The latest batch of hybrid cars do have that futuristic look but apparently, the usual leg room and the mileage that we normally get from the traditional vehicles will have to be modified a bit, a lot of it pointing towards issues that will definitely not sit well with most people looking for luxury when it comes to getting places.

Apparently the shift towards modernized hybrid cars will have its impact. Some may like it while others will not. But this early there are bound to be limited options considering car manufacturers such as Honda and Toyota have only begun developing these cars at present. Notable is the Toyota Prius which has gotten a lot of attention in the process. Honda is not far behind and expect other ones trying to stay afoot with them as the demand for alternative modes of transportation is gearing up.

Cost-wise, there will be other factors such as alternative fuel that will headline the news. Compatibility will certainly be something since alternative fuel development will be needed. That is perhaps one hindrance that most car manufacturers have to contend with since engines of these hybrid cars will have their share of fuel preferences. Better yet, if they can accommodate these bio-fuels and the traditional gasoline (assuming they stabilize in the future) would be great alternatives. You just never know when everything may go back to normal hence these considerations are on the car manufacturers line of developmental issues.