Monthly Archives: December 2008

Ford Making Cars That Will Park Themselves


This isn’t the first time we’ve seen technology like this. BMW has the technology for their cars to pull forward into a garage after you get out of the vehicle and pull out the key. Toyota has a similar technology called Intelligent Park Assist, which lets their cars parallel park themselves into a parking space, although there have been some reports that this technology might need a little more fine tuning before it’s ready for the masses.

Ford has unveiled today their own parking assist technology which is similar to Toyota’s. The cool thing about it is that it will actually find (via sensors) a parking space before you can activate the system. It will be first rolled out in the Cadillac line of autos, but it should find it’s way to Ford and maybe Mercury, if that brand doesn’t hit the chopping block. Here’s a cool demo video from Ford.

SL65 AMG Black Series does a 4th Gear Dyno Pull


Not bad Mercedes… not bad at all.  This is a long pull, from 35mph in 4th gear all the way up to 190.  It’s pretty incredible to see the kind of torque this engine makes; even at 1,250 rpm’s, it doesn’t take much time for the Black edition to get into it’s power band and when that needle hits 80mph, this thing really starts screaming.  Make sure to turn up your speakers, the sound coming from this engine is pure bliss.

Merry Christmas from AutoAnything!!


From our family to yours, we wish you

a very MerryChristmas.


Merry Christmas Car… and we hope you find one of these under your tree!

Automotive Lights, Performance Parts and More Bling than Your Christmas Tree – AutoAnything Weekly Product Update


Even as it gets close to Christmas, we haven’t slowed down a bit and we have a Big update for you this week.  Make sure to fasten your seat belt as I get you caught up to speed.

APC – If you’re thinking you’ve seen this name before, you’re right. Gone for a while but back again and better than ever, APC is now under the corporate wing of Pilot Automotive.

  • APC Headlights – Whether you choose the black or the chrome housing, these projector headlights will light up the road ahead with a brilliant luminance.
  • APC LED Tail Lights – LED tail lights offer you that new car look without the new car price.  Individual LED’s will illuminate your tail lights and ignite your ride’s style.
  • APC Diamond Cut Tail Lights – Inexpensive with a high quality finish, APC’s diamond cut tail lights will transform your auto into a real head turner.  You even get your choice of chrome or black housings.
  • APC Euro Tail Lights – Get that Euro look without violating any laws.  APC’s Euro style tail lights are SAE and DOT approved, so you’ll never get in trouble with the law for having some extra flare.  Sonically welded for superior moisture sealing, these tail lights are the clear choice for brighter tail lights.
  • APC Parking Lights – Custom made for your vehicle and DOT approved, APC’s parking lights are perfect for replacing broken and worn out parking lights.
  • APC Corner Lights – Available in diamond, euro and amber styles, these corner lights will be sure to accent your vehicle in just the right way.
  • APC Bumper Lights – Need some better light on the down-low?  No better way than getting a fresh set of APC bumper lights installed.  Constructed from plastic and precision molded to fit your bumper, these bumper lights are as durable as they are easy to install.
  • APC Headlight Bulbs – Are you tired of the light output of your dull-yellow stock headlight bulb?  Are your dim fog’s not cutting it anymore?  Then step up to a brilliant set of APC Plasma and fog light bulbs.  You’ll get brighter whites and more illumination for better visibility and safer driving.

Spectre

  • Spectre Air Filter – Get more horsepower and better filtration with a Spectre air filter.  Washable and reusable, Spectre’s air filters are made from tough cotton gauze to last you (and your vehicle) a lifetime.
  • Spectre Cold Air Intake – Letting your engine breathe better has so many benefits; faster acceleration, higher engine efficiency and even improvements to fuel economy.  Reap these benefits today by getting a Spectre cold air intake system.

Wellstar – We can’t get enough of Wellstar lately; they keep sending us new products and we keep adding them.  I guess we’re suckers for bling.

  • Wellstar Complete Chrome Kit – Smear your ride with chrome bits from Wellstar.  This chrome kit is easy to install on any vehicle, using 3M tape to adhere over your stock parts.  Made from tough ABS plastic and them chrome plated to a high shine, these kits will set your ride apart from the rest for years to come.

Thule

  • Thule 562 Ski Rack – This non-locking ski rack is both functional and cheap, perfect for those times you only need to get to and from the mountain without making a pit stop at BeauJo’s Pizza.  Vertically holds two pairs of ski’s; sorry snowboarders, you’re not invited on this trip.

Window Canvas – Plaster your ride with pride and expressions that only Window Canvas rear window graphics can deliver.  Many flavors to choose from, so take your pick.

  • Window Canvas Flag Window Graphics – Let everyone around you know where your allegiance lies with this vinyl flag graphic.  Available in lots of flavors, from American to Confederate to Jamaican.  And if your into this kinda thing, make sure to check out the “Vengeance Clown” graphic, it’s wild.
  • Window Canvas Military Window Graphics – Show your support to our troops with these Military themed rear window graphics.  By land, sea or air, these graphics will clearly let everyone know which military branch you back.
  • Window Canvas NFL Window Graphics – With the Superbowl just over two months away, nothing will let you support your team like an NFL window graphic.  If you consider yourself a die hard fan, let everybody know it by pasting one of these across your rear window.
  • Window Canvas NBA Window Graphics – Don’t like football? How about basketball?  Same story here, just different logos and different passions.
  • Window Canvas MLB Window Graphics – Is football or basketball in the off-season? Don’t get caught with your guard down by showing pride for your favorite baseball team.
  • Window Canvas Ford Window Graphics – Make your truck look like it was built Ford Tough with a Ford rear window graphic.  You choose: black background or burly diamond plate.
  • Window Canvas Personal Expressions Window Graphics – Personal expression is all about, well, personal expression.  So it doesn’t matter what you want on your rear window, from a hottie to a beefcake, from a kitties to camouflage, we’ve got it all.

Meet the Mansory Bugatti Veyron Vincerò


Mansory Bugatti Veyron - Drivers Side

Yet another edition of the extremely exclusive Bugatti Veyron has been released, and this is perhaps the most exclusive of all.  The first reason is that this edition isn’t made by Bugatti.  In fact, it’s a German coach builder and tuner by the name of Mansory is responsible for this one.  Mansory is known for their passion for British sports and luxury cars, but I guess they are giving some of their love to their German brethren.  But not too much of their love, as only three Veyron’s will be touched by Mansory’s craftsmen.

Not much is know about the Vincerò yet, except that it isn’t any more powerful than the standard Veyron.  Most of the modifications appear to be visual;  carbon fiber paneling adorns most of the body while polished doors, fenders and mirros provide an elegant two-tone finish.  You’ll probably also notice a V emblem at the bottom of the horseshoe grill,  the branded symbol of the Vincerò.

New 10-spoke alloy wheels finish off the exterior nicely while leather mesh combo dresses up the interior.  All in all, this Veyron should be a little lighter and dare I say, a touch more aerodynamic, which might amount to something on the performance meter.  So if 0-60 MPH in 2.5 seconds isn’t fast enough for you, maybe the Mansory will give you the edge until Bugatti releases the Super Veyron in 2010.  Hit the jump to view the gallery!

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Rhys Millen to Attempt a Backflip in a Trophy Truck on New Years Eve


Red Bull rocks.  It’s great for energy, a great mixer if you spend a night out on the town and they seem to have a limitless amount of money to spend on special events.  From the Red Bull Flugtag to the Air Races to this; the Red Bull New Year No Limits showdown.

Rhys fractured 5 vertebrae last year attempting this stunt, but that’s not stopping him from trying it again.  He’s spent the last year figuring out what went wrong (and healing his spine), and he’s now confident that he can pull it off.  The stunt will be performed on New Years Eve in Las Vegas and shown live on ESPN, and in high def on ESPN HD, at 11:00 PM eastern time (8:00 PM pacific).  Robbie Maddison will also be attempting at a 96 foot vertical jump on his dirt bike, so it should make for an interesting New Years Eve, hopefully no one gets hurt this time!

I know Russia’s hurting too, but maybe they still have cheap gas?


Otherwise I don’t think they would have ordered so many cars new cars. While the origin of the cars is currently unknown, I can only hope that they bought a few of them from our struggling factories in Detroit, lord knows they need it!

Crap: Subaru is Leaving the WRC


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Times must be tough if the auto maker who made it’s name competing in the World Rally Championship is dropping out.  Sure, participating in the WRC is expensive, but it’s crucial for two things; R&D and marketing.  Subaru’s philosophy has always been to make safe, reliable cars that were fun to drive.  They incorporated lessons learned from the WRC into every vehicle they made.  Improvements to the engines, braking, handling, chassis structure and more were all derived from their Rally heritage.

It was probably tough for Subaru to bite the bullet on this, but maybe it makes immediate financial sense and will play into a longer-term strategy toward fuel efficiency, something Rally isn’t exactly known for.  As governement regulations get tighter across the board, Auto manufacturers can get pushed into a corner.  I never would have thought Suburu would drop their WRC team, but maybe it’s their only option for long term survival.

Goodbye SWRT and good luck to both Atkinson and Petter, two of my favorite WRC drivers.  Hit the jump to read the full press release.

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Happy Holidays! – An AutoAnything Weekly Product Update


What’s that old saying, “Time flies when you’re having fun.”  Well the same is true if your keeping busy.  Not only have we been helping lots of people find great gifts this holiday season, but we’ve also been busy adding new auto parts to our website.  This week we’ve got some really great new products, anything from stocking stuffers to people pleasers.  Check it out!

Neon Signs Who needs Christmas lights when you’ve got a huge neon sign in your garage which proudly proclaims that “It’s 5:00 Somewhere”.  These signs are big and bright, a perfect addition for any garage, basement or den.

Q3 Innovations is the go-to company for gadgets that are portable, informative and promote safety.  We just picked up three of their product lines, all of which make great stocking presents.

AlcoHAWK – Have you dipped into the eggnog a little early this holiday season?  Make sure you stay safe by monitoring your Blood Alcohol Content with a high quality breathalyzer.

  • The AlcoHAWK Slim breathalyzer is small enough to keep in your pocket, yet accurate enough to tell you when you’ve had too much.
  • The AlcoHAWK ABI breathalyzer is bigger than the slim, but also more accurate.  Reading all the way up to 0.4% BAC, this breathalzyer is perfect for most situations.
  • The AlcoHAWK Pro is for the people who need to know exactly how inebriated they are.  With it’s specialized built-in sensor, the Pro makes sure that you blow hard enough to get an accurate reading.  Precision sensors measure within +/- 0.01% @ 0.10% BAC.
  • The AlcoHAWK PT500 is the most accurate breathalyzer in the line up.  Whether you’re a concerned parent or an aspiring cop, the PT500 will let you know exactly how booze is in the blood.

ThermoHAWK – Whether you’re working on an engine or cooking on the grill, an infrared thermometer will let you know exactly how hot something is without burning your fingers.

  • The ThermoHAWK 220 is great for lower heat applications with a range of 10 to 230 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • The ThermoHAWK 420 is the ultimate portable infrared thermometer.  Measuring temperatures from 10-428 degrees Fahrenheit, it comes with a keychain ring so you’ll always have it with you.

RadarHAWK – Avoid costly speeding tickets and expensive insurance rates by giving yourself an edge that only a radar detector can give you.

  • RadarHAWK Traveler II
    • English: This bilingual radar detector warns you with words when the fuzz are out on the prowl.
    • Español: Este detector bilingüe del radar le advierte con palabras cuando la pelusa está hacia fuera en el vagabundeo.
    • Español to English: This bilingual detector of the radar notices to him with words when down is towards outside in I wander.
  • RadarHAWK SM – Like the majestic leaf, the RadarHAWK SM captures the sun’s energy to power its internal solar cell, keeping you both green and ticket-free.

Posi Quiet brake pads get the squeak out of your brakes while providing excellent stopping power.  Available in three compounds:

  • Posi Quiet Ceramic brake pads are Posi Quiet’s longest lasting brake pad, and their low-dust ceramic compound keep your rims looking good.
  • Posi Quiet Semi Metallic brake pads are inexpensive, but that doesn’t mean they skipped on quality control; each brake pad is hand checked to ensure production standards are met everytime.
  • Posi Quiet Extended Wear brake pads will outlast the competition and are also easy on your rotors, reducing the total cost of maintaining your vehicle.  Great for fleet service vehicles that see constant use and abuse.

Wellstar is maker of all things chrome.  If you want to add some shine to your ride, whether it’s to the grill, the mirrors, door handles or pillars, Wellstar’s got what you need to roll like a baller.

  • Wellstar Chrome Fuel Door Covers are made of tough ABS plastic and install using heavy-duty 3M adhesive tape, so no drilling or cutting is necessary for installation.
  • Wellstar Chrome Pillar Covers vertically accent your ride by covering your A, B, and C pillars with the brilliant shine of chrome.  These covers look great by themselves, but combine them with some other chrome accessories and you’ll be in for a dazzling treat.

Sweet Revenge, or, What to do if you don’t want your SUV towed


Lets face it, parking tickets suck.  It’s even worse when you get towed… and you always feel so helpless.  It doesn’t’ matter how much you plead with the tow truck driver, they’re not gonna let you off the hook.  Well the lady in this video was fed up, so she gave the driver a dose of his own medicine.

Top 10 Least Stolen Vehicles of 2008


Looking to buy a new car?  This list will not only help you avoid theft issues, but it’ll also point you in the direction of cheaper car insurance rates.  Make sure to avoid some of the hotter vehicles of 2008.  Hit the jump to see the list!

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Mercedes-Benz Snowflake Generator


Mercedes SnowFlake Generator

If you’re looking to kill some time and like car parts & fractals, then Mercedes has just the thing for you.  Their snowflake generator uses auto parts like a spoiler, tach needle, brake disc, shift knob, wheel and tire to create something beautiful.  When you’re all done, enter a personalized message and click go.  A short but sweet animation will play and then you’ll have the option to send it off to a friend via email.  Check it out at Mercedes-AMG.com.

Top 10 Most Stolen Cars of 2008


Ever wonder why insurance rates are so high on your car?  Relatively low dollar cars like used Honda Civics and Accords often fetch insurance premiums higher than cars which are 2-3 times more expensive.  The reason is that these cars are highly desireable to theives.  Hit the jump to see if your car made the list for the top 10 cars stolen in 2008.

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Video: Guy Changes a Car’s Tire While It’s Doing Donuts


Don’t try this at home!

The Worlds Most Unique and Crazy Limousines


Various Exotic Limousines

I’ve collected some some photos of the world’s most luxurious, unique and wild limousines.  Many of these are custom made for the limo companies and some are custom ordered for the rich and shameless.  Hit the jump to view all the pics, I promise you won’t be disappointed!

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2009 Dodge Ram – LA Auto Show


2009 Dodge Ram

As fun as SEMA was, we didn’t get our fill of that new car smell, so one of the AutoAnything crew hit the LA Auto Show last week to pickup the scent once again.

One truck in particular caught our eye; the ’09 Dodge Ram.  Believe me when I say that this ain’t yo daddies 1500!  The exterior has some significant yet subtle changes that improve the looks and add functionality.  Optional two-tone paint adds a nice touch, as do the extra chome accents on the door handles and mirrors.  Dodge has also revolutionized the truckbed with toolboxes that are integrated into the sides of the bed.  The RamBox Storage System is paint-matched, lockable, weatherproof, drainable and illuminated for the ultimate style, utility and convenience.  The addition of chrome-tipped dual exhaust system integrated into the rear bumper finishes off the rear end nicely.  Not only has Dodge redesigned the Ram on the outside, but it’s all new on the inside too.

More interior options like heated and cooled front seats and a 7.1 surround sound system that will rock whatever you load up in the integrated multimedia and navigation system.  The nav system, dubbed uConnect, has a slew of new features including bluetooth, wifi, integrated Sirius Satellite radio and a 30 gigabyte hard drive.  The all-new dash board looks both clean and functional; dual glove compartments give ample storage room while stitching accents the instrument panel.  The Ram Crew cab is even more spacious in the rear with innovative “store in the floor” bins that have removable liners for easy cleaning.

Dodge has stuck with the 5.7-liter hemi for the top-o-the-line power plant, but you can also get a 4.7-liter flex fuel V8 or a 3.7-liter V6.  The rear suspension has been given new coil springs and a mulit-link design to maximize towing capacity without sacrificing ride quality.  I’d suggest taking a look at the RamChallenge to find out how much more capable the horned beast has become… plus it’s pretty entertaining to watch.