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Top Iconic Cars That Should Be Insured

Cars are a way that some people display their fortune, taste, and passion. Cars are a status symbol in our country and Hollywood actively plays into this concept. For some shows the cars became the focal point and continue to maintain their stature today. With all that these cars are worth today, one must wonder how much auto insurance is in place to protect these cars. Just like athletes insure the body parts that keep them playing, studios must insure the cars that defined their production. Just like it is important for these cars to have auto insurance, you should also maintain car insurance on your vehicle.

1. 1963 Ford Econline Custom Van: Scooby- Doo

What first started out as a cartoon was recreated into a movie. Being careful to stay close to the original concept this iconic van was recreated to help the gang solve their mysteries. Though it is not as detailed as other cars on the list, this simple design still became a Hollywood icon.

2. 1962 Volkswagon Beetle: The Love Bug

Who would have ever though that the love bug would be a force to be reckoned with? This is the classic tale of not being able to judge a book by its cover. What looks like a simple car has a complete mind of its own

3. 1982 Customized Pontiac Trans Am: Knight Rider

Perhaps one of the smartest cars on the list, KITT works alongside detective Michael Knight. Though the story is a little more complicated than that, this car became Michael’s partner in crime and often times provided humor to serious situations. Though the show was only on for a few years this car help launch its own iconic standing and the career of its driver.

4. 1969 Dodge Charger: Dukes of Hazard

Arguably more iconic than Daisy’s dukes, this car was a staple for the show. While always running from the law enforcement, Bo and Luke seem to have a hard time staying out of trouble. With the help of the General Lee the boys fly around Hazzard County trying to avoid the law.

5. 1982 Delorean DMC-12: Back to the Future

What list would be complete without this icon? What teenager hasn’t wished that they would find a time machine? Granted not everyone wants to be sent back into a different decade because of a slightly off beat scientist, but one can still dream. The perfect time traveling machine if you ask me.

Saab BioPower 100 Debuted At Geneva Motor Show

Pure ethanol power was unleashed by the Saab BioPower 100 concept at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. Saab extends bioethanol engine technology by formulating the first-production-based turbo engine that runs on 100 percent bioethanol. It promises a never before seen performance from a car using similar fuel. The said concept boasts a peak output of 300 horsepower with remarkably reduced CO2 impact.

Saab’s new concept combined the capabilities of turbocharging and sophisticated engine management with pure bioethanol fuel. It is the proof that green cars could also be thrilling to drive. The automaker’s BioPower 100 concept is an addition to the growing ‘flex-fuel’ segment in Europe’s auto market. The said market is dominated by the brands Saab and Volvo. As a fact, both automakers have already contributed several green cars in the said territory. But they do not simply limit their contributions to engines. You see, their studies also extend to auto parts like Volvo coil springs, Saab brakes, and more. This is done to push efficiency to the maximum.

“This exciting concept shows the tremendous potential of bioethanol, in terms of both performance and future opportunities to ‘rightsize’ engines,” says Jan Åke Jonsson, Saab Automobile’s Managing Director. “Bioethanol is already entering the European market as E85 fuel and we look forward to seeing further supply infrastructure developments that will make it more widely available in the future.”

The concept is an evolution of the automaker’s 9-5 SportCombi. The 19-inch ‘turbine’ alloy wheels inspired by those of the award-winning Saab Aero X concept which has debuted at Geneva in 2006. The interior of the car delivers a luxurious feel that is bolstered by the unique white leather upholstery mated to the main fascia and door trims. These are finished in black leather overlaid with carbon fiber-effect. The car is also equipped with Saab’s innovative AlcoKey, a device that aids drivers steer clear of drinking and driving.

The Saab Biopower development is focused on the ethanol fuel. The first attempt was the E85 fuel which is 85 percent bioethanol and 15 percent gasoline. The recent attempt is the BioPower 100 Concept which runs on 100 percent ethanol. The concept wanted to showcase how bioethanol could be extended to offer not just improved emissions potentials but dramatically enhanced performance as well.

The fuel is designed to resist harmful self-ignition, or ‘knocking’, as the fuel/air mixture is compressed in the cylinder. It is denoted by E100′s high 106 RON octane rating. The Concept operates with a compression ratio of 11.0:1, compared to 8.8:1 for the standard gasoline engine. This outstanding ratio has been yielded by altering the shape of the piston crowns to diminish the volume of the combustion chamber hence increasing the engine’s compression ratio.

Presenting ‘Cool’ Auto Glass!

While the new technology is presenting its inventions to the world, the automobile industry is also showing us their progress with keeping up with the technology. One of the inventions is ‘cool’ auto glass.

Since the summer is adding more and more degrees to help us sweat, the new concept of ‘cool’ auto glass is not a bad idea at all. The state Air Resources Board is also suggesting that this new invention could help us spend our summer cooler.

The federal studies found that the ‘cool’ auto glass could cut the inside temperature of car that is parked in the sun by about 12 degrees cooler, compare to the standard windows that are used in our vehicles today.

Keeping the interior temperature cool could actually help save our environment, because cooler temperature inside means less use of air conditioners. The new invention does not stop here. Less use of air conditioners also means less fuel consumption. The study shows that about 5.5 percent of America’s fuel, about 7 billion gallons of gas, goes to air conditioners.

There are two ways for the sun to transfer its energy. One way of transferring its energy is visible light waves. Stopping this form of energy is not practical, since blocking the visible light only means that the driver will not able to see out.

However, there is another form of heat transfer which is invisible ‘near-infrared’ waves. This form of wave is the answer to our ‘cool auto glass’. The creation of the new auto glass combines the thin layer of silver and other metal forms between the layers of the windshield, thus reflecting almost all infrared waves and keeping the inside temperature down.

According to Air Resources Board, the price involved in this project was estimated only about $111 per vehicle. The money that would be spent for new windshields would soon be exceeded by the cost of gas that you would be saving in a year or two.

However, the change will not take place overnight. The automobile companies and glass producers demand for more time required to take this change on their side and make adjustments.

The state California would be the first one to adjust to the new glass. However, if the change goes well, it will move on to the other states. And as for us drivers in California, let’s hope that the ‘cool’ windshield could visit us sooner to help us add -12 degree to the blazing summer temperature.