As a new year approaches it’s an exciting time for automotive enthusiasts. Why? The new year models and technology begin to leak out and be introduced to the public. For some models it’s simply a slight refresh, and for others a radical departure that engages the imagination! In this four-part series we’ll be looking at awesome video footage revealing what’s in store for 2014, both the average and the very highest levels of automotive perfection.
First up is the new 2014 Chrysler 300C. To me, from the day this modern version was released, looked like the coolest gangster sedan that even a sports car enthusiast wouldn’t mind using to just to cruise down the road in style.
Okay, this next one is an unusual entry to say the least, but it certainly is a unique and interesting approach to the automotive world and sparking the shared interest in cars between parents and their children. The concept, brought to us by Toyota and called the “Camatte57s”, is aimed at bringing parents and children closer together as they work in collaboration on building their ideal car. The vehicle aims to convey the joy and dreams of motor vehicles to current and future drivers by providing an opportunity for parents and children to together experience the fun of driving, car customization and car enthusiasm. Compared to the “Camatte” concept exhibited in 2012, the Camatte57s allows an even greater ease and range of customization possibilities.
WHAT ARE THE MAJOR FEATURES?
1) DETACHABLE BODY PANELS ENABLE EASY, EXTENSIVE CUSTOMIZATION
The vehicle body exterior consists of 57 detachable small lightweight panels to allow easy and extensive color and design customization.
2) OPEN-TOP ROADSTER STYLING WITH COMPACT AND INTIMATE INTERIOR
The roofless design offers a liberating driving experience while also enhancing visibility to increase ease of customization. Seats are in a closely arranged triangular configuration with one front seat and two rear seats to emphasize family intimacy and facilitate communication.
3) EVEN CHILDREN CAN DRIVE IT
Acceleration and braking pedals and seats can be adjusted to enable operation by children, while an adult seated in the rear-right seat assists steering and braking to help develop the child’s driving skills.
WHERE DOES THE NAME CAMATTE COME FROM?
The name Camatte is based on the Japanese word for care and is meant to signify “caring for others” and “caring for cars”. The “s” stands for the Japanese word sawaru, which means to touch. The name thus reflects the idea that people should feel more in touch with each other and with vehicles.
Stay tuned for Part #2 in our series, Cool Cars Coming In 2014.
You may have been late on a few bills, or life quite literally handed you lemons, and it all seems irrelevant now, until you go to purchase a new car. The only thing stopping you is a stellar credit history and the lack of funds. What’s a desperate person to do? While it may seem appealing to purchase a car from those on-the-corner-lots, the follow-up maintenance and repairs may be more expensive in the long run.
Did you know that the force from hitting a pot-hole or speed bump can exceed several tons? The vehicles suspension and steering system supports the weight of the vehicle, absorbs shocks and bumps from the road, and allows the front wheels to pivot allowing steering and controls the geometry of the tire and road relationship for best traction and handling under changing road conditions.