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.
Let’s talk windshield wiper blades. Now, that may seem like a pretty mundane topic, but think about how important your vision is. We work hard to protect our eyes. If we need contacts or glasses, we take care of them too. Well, wiper blades are critical to our vision when we drive. We all really ought to think about wipers as part of an important safety system. We should think about maintaining safety, not just responding when our wiper blades fail.
Some of the highest-priced car repairs could have been prevented with inexpensive, simple car maintenance. By performing this maintenance on a regular basis, you can potentially save yourself thousands of dollars over the lifetime of your car! Here are a few simple items to do on a regular basis: