Thursday, December 30, 2010

Vehicle Trends of 2010 / Happy New Years

It's been a tough year in the auto industry, with companies being pushed to their limits to produce competition-worthy vehicles in order to stay afloat. In the midst of many recalls (undoubtedly from pushing products out the door too quickly) we have seen numerous changes in the ways companies are designing their vehicles - some great, and others questionable in my opinion...

Fuel Economy
Even though companies have always been aiming to produce fuel efficient cars, never has it been more important than this past year. With the state of the global economy, fuel economy was essentially the largest purchasing factor for most consumers who were overlooking the usual "fun" aspects in favor of saving on petrol. Vehicles like the Ford Fiesta, Chevy Cruze Eco and the Hyundai Elantra all have astonishing fuel economy, somewhere in the 40mg range, without having batteries or other nonsense.

More American Cars Getting Turbos
Ford grabbed 2010 by the balls by introducing its lineup of vehicles equipped with "ecoboost" engines. Now sure, other companies have been combining direct injection with forced induction for a long time now, but it's a new concept on American cars. 

Korean Manufacturers Moving Up
If you think you've seen more Kia's and Hyundai's on the street this past year, it's because you have! It seems like they have finally made a big name for themselves with models like the Kia Optema, Hyundai Genesis, Hyundai Sonata, etc. North Americans aren't afraid to have a Korean car in their driveways.

LED Headlights
I'm undecided on whether or not I like this trend. On one hand, I think it looks amazing on the Audi's, but they're bright as hell when you're in oncoming traffic - almost unnaturally bright.  What do you guys think?

I might not post tomorrow or Saturday so I'd like to wish everyone a happy new year, and remember to hang up the keys so you don't get anally violated by the police officer who pulls you over and gives you a DUI. They're everywhere this year. 

So have fun whether you're spending an evening with the Mrs...


Or whether you're out partying with your friends...


22 comments:

  1. I absolutely love the Audi LED lights - especially on the R8 - the curve of those lights are so defining and just make them stand out.

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  2. I like Led lights but they can blind you sometimes. Btw hope you have an awesome new years!

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  3. Happy New Year and don't forget, don't drink and drive :)

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  4. Man that guy is cool. The ladies love men with dead animals on their heads!

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  5. I hate the LED lights, I drive a lot at night and those suckers are dangerous to other drivers.

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  6. I can't stand the newer LED lights they blind the shit out of oncoming traffic. Have A Happy New Year!

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  7. mm hopefully i get some cash next year and get myself some decent wheelz!

    happy new year!

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  8. batteries or other nonsense? what's wrong with batteries?

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  9. The lady in red looks like an axe murderer.
    (But her friend could eat a banana sideways so it's all good.)

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  10. its almost 2011, that means time to roll out the 2012 cars! ha

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  11. Haha, looking great. Happy new year! :D

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  12. I dont know that I have seen an Audi with those lights yet but the design looks kinda wicked!
    Happy New Year bud.

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  13. gas full car is good car :)

    happy new year

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  14. fossil fuels
    fossil fuel
    fossil fue
    fossil fu
    fossil f
    fossil

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  15. I f'n hate LED lights. Blinding people on the road so you can have a blue tint should be illegal.

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  16. Fucking LED headlights rape my eyes every time.

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  17. I liked the R8 when it came out. Still a good design to be honest.

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