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Today, sport utility vehicles (SUVs) are everywhere you turn, most offering crossover appeal (the utility of a truck paired with the comfort and convenience of a car) and some including high-end luxury amenities. This wasn't always the case, though, and a few pioneering models paved the way for the many modern SUVs on the market today. Here are just a few notable SUVs that took the automotive industry by storm.
In 1935, Chevy became the first car company to offer what today we recognize as a full-size SUV in their Suburban Carryall, a car that really could fit the whole family and luggage. In truth, this vehicle was originally used much like a modern commuter bus, offering transport to and from train stations.
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America has a long love affair with beautiful cars, maybe because the industry sprang from American ingenuity, or maybe because car culture is so much in step with our ideals of freedom and capitalism. Either way, it's not unusual for motor vehicles to feature prominently in films. Classics from the Batmobile to KITT from Knight Rider certainly earn a mention, but there's plenty of competition for the most notable cars in cinematic history. Here are a few of the most renowned movie cars to grace the silver screen.
Aston Martin DB5 - Goldfinger
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Plenty of automobiles have had a good run in their time, but a few lasted longer than others and earned the title of top seller. Here are 10 that remain among the best-selling cars in history.
Consistently cited as a best seller, Corolla has been in continuous production since 1966. It's gone through 11 generations and sold more than 40 million units. With high ratings for safety, economy, and overall value, not to mention fairly high style points for a cost-effective daily driver, it's no wonder this Toyota model has been popular for decades.
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You might think clean, green electric cars are a relatively new addition to the automotive industry, but nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, electric vehicles predate the gas-powered cars that most people drive today. While modern iterations of electric vehicles are far superior to those invented nearly 200 years ago, it's important to understand that the roots of this revolution in individual transport run deep. Here's a brief history of how electric cars came to be.
The First Electric Cars
Interestingly, several countries started to develop the concept of electric vehicles around the same time, in the early part of the 19th century (several decades before Ford got his assembly line up and running).
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Vehicle maintenance, including monthly fluid checks and regular visits for professional servicing, is essential to ensuring your car performs as it should. Over time, wear and tear will necessitate repair and eventually, replacement of parts, but with proper maintenance, you can generally stave off disaster.
While most drivers understand the importance of checking their oil and tire pressure on a monthly basis (at least), they may not realize that there are certain tasks that should be performed seasonally to ensure a car is ready to handle changes in weather. Regardless of whether you live in a predominantly cold or hot climate (or somewhere in between), you need your car to work. Here are a few tips for smart seasonal upkeep.