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What can you do to your car to save fuel?

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Fuel prices are on the rise, and those fill-ups are no trivial expense. Once you leave the station, that gasoline has a strong environmental impact. In the United States, cars and trucks cause more air pollution than any other factor. Motor vehicle emissions are responsible for almost half of the smog in our air, which directly affects our health. In cities, these emissions are linked to respiratory illnesses like asthma and bronchitis.

Switching to a more fuel-efficient vehicle can make a big difference in your car’s gas mileage, but not everyone is ready to go out and buy a new car. For drivers who want to save on gas without getting a brand-new vehicle, there are some kits and options to help improve your car’s fuel economy. http://tpt.to/a2fqNlQ

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Saab files for Bankruptcy

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It looks like Victor Muller’s dream of saving Saab is over with Saab shares suspended and the company filing for bankruptcy.

Saab has produced nothing since April and has lurched from crisis to crisis ever since. Victor Muller has pulled every trick he knows – and some he didn’t know he knew – to keep Saab afloat, but it looks like it’s all for nothing. http://tpt.to/a2dcMQw

2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class official images surface

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Following yesterday’s leaked brochure images, hat tips to crafty GermanCarForum.com member “ich” for once again uncovering these official yet unreleased photos of the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class http://tpt.to/a2cKHBR

6 Simple Tips to Keep Your Car Running Longer

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If you’ve ever owned a car for several years — or just driven one that’s several years old — you know that it takes some work to keep it running. The good news is, how often your car breaks down and how much those repairs cost you are largely within your control. Here’s a quick rundown on how to keep your car on the road —and more money in your pocket. http://tpt.to/a2bSqzc

How Laser-powered Headlights Work

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By now you’re no doubt aware that lasers are good for so much more than just blowing up Imperial Star Destroyers. Over the years they’ve developed a lot more down-to-earth, practical uses — like reading CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray discs, correcting blurry vision and creating dancing dots on the floor for your cat to chase.

Now you can add to that list, “illuminating car headlamps.” That’s right; vehicle headlights are getting the laser treatment, courtesy of BMW. The high-end German automaker announced the innovation at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, showcasing the technology on its i8 hybrid sports car concept... http://tpt.to/a2bb5tR

Top 10 Everyday Car Technologies that Came from Racing

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Watching car racing, whether it’s Formula One, NASCAR or dirt track, is adrenaline pumping and fun. Hopping into your Honda Fit or Toyota Corolla and tearing down the road (safely, of course) keeps the fun going. Oh, you don’t think so? Actually, those two little economy cars have more in common with race cars than you might think and we’re not talking about tuned or tricked out Fits or Corollas. Right out of the factory, car racing technology has influenced production cars in some surprising ways.

Car racing teams have always sought to build the fastest and best-performing cars possible. They’ve enlisted some of the top car designers and engineers to help with the job. When car racing has a breakthrough, it is almost always applicable in some form to mass-produced cars. As a result, race technology has influenced many of the components of the car sitting in your driveway — from the basic engine design, to the position of the ignition, and even the rearview mirror.

As it turns out, you don’t have to go much further than your own garage to have a race car experience. To find out the top 10 racing technologies that might be in your car, keep reading... http://tpt.to/a2bqHNR