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Cars

Roger Donovan
March 9, 2006

What’s your dream car? Is it any of these: Porsche 911, Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro, Jaguar X type sports wagon, Convertible Volvo C-70, BMW Z3, Dodge Viper, Volkswagen Beetle, the new Opel Astra, Toyota Tundra or Mercedes Benz? Whatever is your dream car or the car that you currently own, the idea of traveling long distances with family or friends in a car that you like is thrilling all the same.

If the freedom to pull over wherever you like, travel on the road as you wish and the idea of owning some space on wheels are enticing, the compulsion of commuting to work, dropping children at school and visiting the markets for shopping and hundreds of other places has made cars a necessity of modern life. It’s unimaginable to go on in life without a car. Sooner or later you need to have one.

Since its invention in 1896 by Henry Ford, cars have come a long way in terms of innovations in design. Traveling is still the prime aim. Yet other things like looks, comfort, durability and price factor heavily influence our thoughts while purchasing a car. Cars with rich interiors, fit with hi-fi audio/video systems, and efficient air conditioners are the norm rather than an exception these days. At the higher end of the spectrum you have cars with navigational aids, equipped with hi-tech communication facilities among other things.

Latest cars are designed to meet stringent emission levels for pollution. There are a few companies that offer solar and electric powered cars keeping in mind the impending fossil fuel shortage. Though the takers are less for the time being and gas run cars holds there own, soon cars run by alternative fuel would be a compulsion rather then a choice.

Statistics reveal that there are 1.8 vehicles per household in the USA. In addition, the rest of the world, with the exception of under developed nations, which are trying to catch up with the USA in terms of owning a car.

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