Black trucks, like this Ford Super Duty truck, make some pretty big statements about the driver
One of the biggest reasons that men drive big, flashy cars is because they feel it impresses women. However, according to a survey recently taken of over 2,000 drivers, the sports car might be the wrong ride for those looking to impress a potential date. According to what the survey found, women are much more likely to prefer men in a black truck.
Men who drive black trucks, whether they’re brand new and sleek, or they look like a beater with an engine for sale, tend to be more appealing overall. According to the survey, participants found people who drive a dark truck to be the most attractive option for a ride, with black trucks agreed upon as the most desirable color, which is a number not to be trifled with. Sports cars came in at barely 27%, which might be surprising for those who thought the need for speed was going to tip the scales in their favor.
Trucks, particularly black trucks, make some pretty big statements about the driver. Dark colors are attractive in general, but black has an attitude that’s been used by bad guys in films for years. It’s bad, and it gives off a vibe of confidence that can earn some serious notice. Not only that, but a truck also has the attitude of being tough, hard-working, and being a vehicle that can last through anything. That makes a statement about the person driving it, and it projects qualities people happen to find engaging.
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Solar powered cars are here. Ford recently unveiled a new concept car that runs on solar energy. It’s called the C-MAX Solar Energi Concept and it’s quite possibly the car of the future. The C-MAX combines the best of hybrid technology with the latest innovations in solar energy to produce a vehicle that can run over 600 miles when fully charged.
The C-MAX offers many benefits. They include:
It draws energy directly from the sun
Never needs to be plugged in
Goes over 600 miles on a full charge
Uses a renewable power source
It gets an EPA estimated 100 MPGe
Can reduce the greenhouse gas emissions the average gasoline powered vehicle releases into the atmosphere by four metric tons each year
Tracks the sun and amplifies its power
The C-MAX Solar Energi Concept car can run over 600 miles on a full charge
This innovative new vehicle is being developed by Ford with assistance from San Jose, California-based SunPower Corp. and Atlanta’s Georgia Institute of Technology. High-efficiency solar cells atop the C-MAX track the sun and a solar concentrator magnifies the energy captured from the sun’s rays up to 8 times as powerful. This produces about 4 hours’ worth of battery charge each day. This allows drivers to go miles off the electrical grid without fear of running out of energy. With a day’s worth of sunshine the C-MAX Solar Energi Concept performs just as well as Ford’s plug-in C-MAX Energi hybrid.
This Solar Energi Concept can also be charged at a charging station. This gives drivers another option when it comes to powering the vehicle. Even without that the vehicle can power 75% of trips the average driver of solar hybrid vehicle make.
We at Southwest Engines have to agree this is a great idea for saving energy. With the C-MAX Solar Energy Concept Ford is leading the auto industry into the future.
You look for used engines because sometimes, your old car is worth more than just money. You’ve had experiences in that car that you’ll never forget, and you want to keep it running not only for the transportation, but for the memories.
And there are other cars that you grew up with that hold a special place in your heart – the movie cars. These used motors may have been old and clunky, or sleek and futuristic. Whatever they were, the cars were at least as much a character as the people in the movie. We’ve found a few of the most popular to share something about your favorite automotive actors with you.
The Bullitt Mustang was Known for the Best Car Chase in Movie History
#5 – Mustang
Make: 1968 Mustang GT 390 Fastback
Engine: 390 cubic inch FE V8
Famous For: Best car chase in movie history
Bullitt used close-ups of the driver to add realism; it’s the first movie to do so.
Two cars were used for filming the chase; the primary car was so beat up by the end of filming that it had to be destroyed.
The Mustangs were modified by Max Balchowski to have stronger springs and shocks, braces on the inner fenders, and to coax a bit more power from the engine.
The 1969 Dodge Charger for the “Dukes of Hazard” was Originally Found in a Junkyard
#4 – The General Lee
TV Show:Dukes of Hazzard
Make: 1969 Dodge Charger R/T
Engine: 318, 383, and 440 CID V8s were all used.
Owners: Bo and Luke
Famous For: Lots of jumps, car horn sings “Dixie”
The car rarely survived the 150 jumps in the series. By the end, the show had gone through about 300 cars. Seventeen still exist.
To keep the nose up during jumps, the trunk was filled with sand or concrete.
In later seasons, the studio would use old jump footage to save on cars.
The car used in the first episode was found in a junkyard. It was refurbished and sold for $110,000.
James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 was Known for It’s Cool Gadgets like Missile Launchers and tire Slashers
#3 – James Bond’s Aston Martin
Movie: First introduced in Goldfinger
Year: 1964, 6 through 2013
Make: Aston Martin DB5
Engine: 3,995 cc Inline-6
Owner: James Bond
Famous For: Spy gadgets for missions
In the books, Bond has an Aston Martin in Goldfinger but uses a Bentley in the rest of the series.
Gadgets on the Aston Martin include:
Revolving number plates
Gas and oil slick spouts
Passenger ejector seat
Missiles, lasers, and more
The 1963 Volkswagen Beetle aka “Herbie” Could Really Do a Wheelie
#2 – Herbie
Movie: First appearance in The Love Bug
Year: 1968, 5 movies through 2005
Make: 1963 Volkswagen Beetle
Engine: 356 Porsche, modified VW Bus engines, 1835cc VW engines
Owner: Jim Douglas
Famous For: Anthropomorphic racecar
In Herbie: Fully Loaded, the bug got a top speed of 132 mph.
Herbie can really do a wheelie.
During the course of the original 4 Disney movies, more than 50 Beetles were used in production. For the 2005 Fully Loaded movie, 38 more cars were added to that mix.
The DeLorean DMC-12 Was Chosen as the Time Machine for its Futuristic Looking Gullwing Doors
#1 – De Lorean
Movie:Back to the Future film series
Make: DeLoran DMC-12
Engine: 2,849cc PRV V6
Owner: Doc Brown
Famous For: Time travel
The DMC-12 was the only car created by the company.
In development, the time machine went from laser device to refrigerator before finally becoming a car.
The DeLorean was chosen for its futuristic looking gullwing doors
5 DeLoreans were used in filming, as well as a “process” car, a DeLorean with an off-road VW frame, and a full-sized fiberglass model.
We love our cars, and seeing a car take on a life of its own is always thrilling. These classic cinema cars have made film history and become icons in their own rights. While your own car may not have instant worldwide recognition, sometimes it can be just as iconic to you of good times you’ve experienced. So enjoy your car and all the adventures it brings to you.
The Ford Windstar was produced by Ford Motor company from 1994 through 2003. It had been created to replace the rear wheel drive Ford Aerostar which was losing sales to Chevrolet and Pontiac. Although Ford knew the end was coming for the Aerostar, it delayed discontinuing the model for several years. It is one of the only vehicles that Ford produced that continued to run concurrently with its successor.
The Windstar was quite popular from the onset, especially with families. It was spacious and had enough cargo room to haul around the soccer and baseball gear for the kids. Moms across the United States loved it so much that it is the only minivan so far to see two generation. The first engine made available was the 3.0 L Vulcan. Since this was a vehicle driven for the most part by families, the engine provided plenty of power for what it was used for.
Anti-lock brakes were offered as a standard feature. It had dual airbags and seven passenger seating. The 3.8L Essex engine was offered as an upgrade. This was the same engine as was in the Taurus.
The van was offered as a base GL and a luxury model known as the LX. For a brief period of time another model was featured as well, the Windstar Cargo Van.
The Ford ZX2 was a restyle produced by Ford Motor Company starting in 1997. The vehicle was built as replacement for Ford’s compact sport car, the Ford Probe. Itwas not styled to be a sedan or a wagon. Ford was looking to attract a new audience to this redesign and their target was the yourth market. It was built at Ford’s plant in Sonora, Mexico.
Ford was doing a makeover of the Ford Escort and though it was built on the same platform, Ford decided to drop the hatchback from the line up and added a sporty coupe to take its place.
A very rare model was released only for 1999, the Ford Escort LX wagon. It had an unusual trim package and came with chrome 14 inch wheel covers and other features.
The Ford Escort Zx2 trim models included a base and the LX, which came with more meatures. The reverse lights were also moved and now occupied the same piece as the tail lights.
Unfortunately sales were never what Ford had hoped for with the redesign of the Escort. One more effort was giving to revive the line when the ZX2 S/R was introduced in 1999 but did not increase sales enough to salvage the vehicle. When the Ford Focus was introduced in 2001, Ford cut the ZX2 back to fleet sales before dropping the line altogether in 2003.
Introduced in 1955, the Ford Thunderbird was built by Ford Motor Company. The vehicle was in production for forty years until Ford finally discontinued the vehicle in 2005.
Built originally as a two seat convertible, the car was named after a mythological creature of the aborigenal peoples of North America. Despite its look and feel, Ford never marketed the Thunderbird as a sports car. Instead Ford used the car to create a new vehicle segment entitled the Personal Luxury Car segment.
The first car was shown at the Detroit Auto Show in 1954. The first production car available to the public had a 292 cu in Y block V8 engine. It was popular from the outset and over 3,500 cars were sold in just the first weeks.
Although originally created as a convertible, a hard top option was added for 1958 and the size of the engines was increased as well. The two door convertibles were given the larger 352 cu inc FE V8 engine with either a three speed automatic or three speed manual transmission.
While the Ford T-Bird has seen many design changes through the years, the fact that it was becoming larger and larger seemed to spell the end for the vehicle. Ford continued to change the interior and exterior packages in an effort to boost sales but this did not have the intended effect. By 2004, under 12,000 units were sold and Ford made the design to finally retire the line. 2005 would see the last of the Thunderbirds and another chapter of Ford entered the history books
The Ford Tempo was produced by the Ford Motor Company from 1984 to 1994. The Tempo design had actually begun back in the seventies in response to two oil embargos experienced by the United States at that time. The push inside Ford was to develop vehicles that were economical to operate and environmentally friendly. The goal was to come up with vehicles that were ergonomic and had a more aerodynamic design.
Extensive wind tunnel testing was done on the tempo resulting in over 450 hours and 950 design changes.
The 1984 Ford Tempo was the outcome of these tests. It was given a 60 degree windshield and aircraft inspired door frames. The first engine for the Tempo was a 2.3 Liter HSC I4. Mercury Lynx were nearly identical cars and shared the same engines as well as other features. The Mercury Topazalso shared the engine and the transmission of the first Tempo. The difference in the vehicles were mostly cosmetic, differing mostly in the frond and rear end styling.
The trim levels and a new engine were a few of the changes Ford made to the Tempo for 1992, the Tempo GL Premier Edition was introduced to give some variety to the vehicle and was only available for that one year. Slumping sales and a new car slated for placement in the Tempo’s slot ultimately led to its demise and it was discontinued after 1995.
The Ford Taurus is produced by Ford Motor Company and has been in continuous production for nearly twenty years. The Taurus was a unique concept car introduced by Ford in 1986. It had a revolutionary design when it was introduced to the North American market. The Taurus was the first car to introduce the European body style to American consumers. The new features were a welcome change to consumers in North America who were tiring of the same boxy designs be offered.
The Taurus was the bestselling car in the United States from 1992 through 1996 before it lost its hold on the market to the Toyota Camry. The First Taurus offered a 2.5 Liter four cylinder engine and it was dubbed the Taurus MT5. This was exclusive to the sedan body style and was not offered with the equivalent Mercury Sable. Many remember this particular car from its appearance in the movie RoboCop.
There have been a number of redesigns over the years and in 2000, a redesign replaced the oval design elements that had been the cars unique signature. From 2000 through 2003, the car was known as the Taurus SES Sedan . Because the Taurus was losing sales, Ford cut back on some of the luxury features of the previous years in order to keep the car in a competitive price range.
In keeping with Ford’s decision to change all of the names of it vehicles to word’s beginning with the letter F, the name of the Taurus was changed to the Ford Five Hundred. This proved to be a disasterous move as the car lost all brand recognition with consumers. In 2008, the name was brought back and is was marketed as the Ford Taurus SEL.
The Ford Ranger is a compact truck built by Ford Motor Company since 1976. The Ranger offers the consumer an option when a full size truck is either unnecessary or unwanted. Since many people need the capabilities of a truck for hauling various things but don’t want the expenses that go along with owning a full size truck the Ranger is an excellent option.
Given the difficulties of manuevering a full size truck, the smaller Ranger makes good sense. The Ranger is offered in with a four wheel drive as an option hand has the capacity to haul a four foot wide sheet of plywood. This was not accidental but done specifically as one of the selling points of the truck.
The available engines included in the first Rangers included the 2.3 Liter OHC Four cylinder In 1985, a 2.2 Liter Mazda/Perkins diesel engine was added as an option.
The Ranger GT was added in 1986 and came with a standard cab short bed with a 2.9 Liter Cologne V6. In 1989 the 2.0 Liter engine was discontinued in the Ranger and now had a 2.3 Liter distributorless ignition system.
Although there have been rumors circulating for several years that Ford has plans to reintroduce the F-100 and retire the Ford Ranger, nothing substantial has surfaced. To date, Ford states that it has plans to continue to produce the Ford Ranger
The Ford Probe was produced by Ford Motor company from 1989 through 1997. It was a joint venture undertaken by Ford and Mazda to replace the Ford EXP. The Probe was built completely on Mazda’s G platform and there was some talk of using it to replace the Ford Mustang.
The first models were built with unique sheet metal and given an interior that was borrowed from the FCRX-7, a sports coupe already produced by Mazda. The engine options included in the first generation Probes included a 2.2 L with 120 hp and a 2.2 Liter Turbo enginewith 145 hp. Transmissions for the vehicle included a four speed automatic and a five speed manual transmission.
.By 1992, a slightly redesigned Probe was debuted in December of that year for the 1993 model year. Assembled by AutoAlliance International in Flat Rock, Michigan, two trim levels were offered. The base model, Probe GL had a starting price at $13,000 and came with a 2.0 I4 engine as the standard motor. It was given a performance instrument cluster with a tachometer and electronic AM/FM stereo, also as standard equipment.
The Probe GT was a intended as the sportier model and had a starting price of $15,504. Standard equipment for this upgraded version included a 2.5 Liter V6 engine Good year Gatorback tires, five spoke aluminum wheels and foglights.
The Probe was never the success that Ford hoped it would be and because of the high price and lack of originality in its design. For the price, most consumers could choose a more prestigous vehicle. The Ford Probe was discontinued after 1997.
The Ford Mustang began its long history on March 9, 1964 in Dearborn, Michigan. A product of Ford Motor Company, the public got its first glimpse of the pony car on April 17, 1964 at the New York World’s Fair. It is Ford’s longest running model that is currently still in production.
What is it about the Mustang that has made such a popular choice for so long? Nobody really knows for sure but the public has had a love affair with the famous pony car since its inception. It was so popular in fact that it outperformed any Ford’s wildest fantasy’s concerning its success. Original sales predictions called for about 100,000 to be sold in its first year but 18 months out more than 1 million were produced and sold.
By the seventies, it had slipped somewhat because the designers at Ford began to tinker with the size and weight of the automobile. Lee Iacocca stepped in and returned the car to a glimmer of the former style and design. And in 1975 Ford reinstated the the 302 CID V8 engine and included an economy option known as the MPG Stallion.
1978 saw more changes to its appearance and it was at this time that the King Cobra Mustang was introduced.
Although other pony cars has seen tremendous success as well, known have ever reached the level of the Mustang. To date it is Ford’s most popular car since the launch of the Model A.
The Ford Freestyle was first introduced by Ford Motor Company in 2005 as a full size SUV seating up to 7 passengers. The SUV is popular in the United States with families looking for a sportier type vehicle that the typical minivan. The Freestyle fits this category perfectly and is a quite popular with slightly larger families.
Ford had been following a strategy to rename all its vehicles with words beginning with the letter F. This plan proved to not be quite as successful as Ford had hoped so they began returning to previous traditional names in 2008. The Ford Freestyle was affected by this policy change and for the 2008 model year became officially known as the Ford Taurus X.
Before the name change the Freestyle had featured a 3.0 L engine and had a CVT transmission. The Freestyle also offered three rows of seats like other full size SUV’s but also had what it called command seating. The front seating had a higher H-point to increase driver visibility and ease of entry and exit.
The Taurus X is now offered with a 3.5 Liter Duratec engine and a 6 speed automatic transmission. It is built on a Ford D3 platform and has an updated powertrain. The CVT transmission that had been used in the Freestyle was upgraded to a six-speed 6F automatic. The Taurus X was sold for a short period of time in 2009 before being discontinued in February 2009.