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Toyota Prius Wins Title of
'Best Engineered Vehicle for 2004' by AEI
March 8 / -- The readers and editors of Automotive Engineering
International (AEI) have selected the 2004 Toyota Prius as the
"Best Engineered Vehicle of 2004."
new Prius was selected because it breaks new ground in hybrid passenger
car technology and engineering.
It features significantly more power and performance than the
previous model, as well as best-in-class fuel economy and emissions. This Prius represents Toyota's second-generation
gasoline/electric hybrid technology and is the first hybrid to
provide room, comfort, and features of a midsize sedan.
Electronic Stability Control
Makes a Big Difference - University of Iowa Automotive Safety Study
March 8/- According to a new research study conducted by the
University of Iowa, Electronic Stability Control (ESC)can make a
critical difference in maintaining vehicle control in an emergency
the National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS) owned by the National
Highway Traffic Safety, researchers were able to study drivers
during true-to-life critical driving scenarios that could lead to a
loss of vehicle control. The
study concludes that 34 percent more drivers maintained control of
their vehicles with ESC than without.
SAE International Launches New
Service for Automotive Industry – Pool of Experts
March 8 / -- SAE International announced it is launching a new
service for the automotive field: Automotive Resources Institute (ARi).
ARi will provide engineering and business consultants,
speakers and teachers to help craft solutions to challenges
identified by the automotive industry.
sets ARi apart from similar organizations in the industry, is that
ARi's approach streamlines the search process by taking the
guesswork out of choosing the right consultant. ARi's qualified
consultants have a broad spectrum of expertise ranging from
technical and corporate management to design and product
5 Gas & Money Saving Tips
Kelley Blue Book
Calif., March 8/ -- In light of the skyrocketing gas prices across
the nation, Kelly Blue Book offers these gas and money saving tips:
1. Switch to a lower grade gasoline if your car does not require the
2. Use a fuel
injector cleaner additive. Clean
injectors will help
your vehicle get up to 5 percent better gas mileage.
3. Turn off your air conditioning, but don't roll down
your windows. Both create drag on your car.
4. Check your
vehicle's air filter and tire pressure.
normally from a fully stopped position.