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2016 Nissan TITAN XD makes world debut at Detroit Auto Show

I have to admit I like the new design of the Nissan Titan a lot better than the old one.

Nissan President and CEO Carlos Ghosn unveiled the all-new 2016 TITAN XD at the Detroit Auto Show this week. This is Nissan's bid to make an aggressive return to the full-size pickup segment. This new truck was created specifically with American consumers in mind. You can see in some ways the styling has a more traditional front grille though it definitely has some Nissan flair to it as well. The new TITAN sports a Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel and aims at a "new class" of full-size truck between current heavy-duty and light-duty offerings.

The with core planning, design and engineering of the new truck was conducted in Tennessee, California, Michigan and Arizona, and it will be assembled in Mississippi, with engines from Tennessee and Indiana.

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Total cost of owning a car

The total cost of owning a car can be determined by several different factors. While the price you pay for the car is certainly a large factor, it's not the only cost that needs to be considered. You must also consider how much it costs to maintain, insure and fuel the car.

Why do these other costs matter when you're determining the total cost of owning a car? Let's say that you spent $1,000 putting new brakes on a car that you paid $500 for. With that additional cost, you have now effectively paid $1,500 to provide yourself with a vehicle. If you pay $500 a year over five years to insure the car, that will add up to an additional $2,500 to keep your car on the road. If you spend $100 a month on gas for your car, you will end up spending an extra $1,200 per year.

There are many tools available to those who wish to compare the cost of ownership of one vehicle with another. For example, if you wanted to compare a Sonata with the , you can get a rough estimate of how much it would cost, over a period of several years, to own the Sonata as compared to the Tacoma.

If you don't like the thought of putting a lot of money into a vehicle, it may be worthwhile to buy new instead of used. While a used car may still come with a warranty, a new car will also come with a warranty, but may also have better gas mileage and cost less to insure.

Getting the best value for your money when you buy a car is easier to accomplish when you understand the factors that go in to the total cost. Knowing this figure will help you to determine if you want to buy new as opposed to used, or if buying a car with a lower sticker price is really the better deal compared to a car that may have a higher sticker price.

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There Are Several Advantages to Buying a New Car

The new car market is packed with plenty of exciting vehicles. Here are some of the advantages of choosing to purchase a brand new ride.

The majority of new cars come with a very lengthy warranty. In fact, some vehicles are backed by a 100,000-mile powertrain warranty. If the vehicle develops a problem during the warranty period, the automaker will cover the cost of the necessary repairs. This helps the car owner save a lot of extra money in the long run.

Oftentimes, an older vehicle will suffer from a lack of modern features. While some of these features are designed to increase comfort, there are others that enhance the vehicle’s safety. A few of the most intriguing features to hit the market include blind-spot monitoring, rearview cameras, Bluetooth connectivity, LED daytime running lights and touchscreen interfaces.

With the proper maintenance, a new car should last longer than a used vehicle. Although a new car will be test-driven by a few people, the total mileage will still be very low. This is a big advantage to motorists who plan on keeping their vehicle for a long time.

Although used vehicles have a lower price tag, new cars are provided with better financing rates. Some car dealerships also offer various deals throughout the year. This helps to relieve some of the financial burden of owning a new car.

Automakers typically make gradual improvements to a vehicle. Although every case is different, a new vehicle should be better than the outgoing model. This is especially true for vehicles that have been completely redesigned.

The entire experience of shopping for a new ride can be very exciting. It is actually a dream come true for some drivers.

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New 2015 Corvette ZO6 is a beast

The Detroit Auto Show has had plenty of cars generating buzz, but the all-new 2015 Corvette ZO6 is getting plenty of well-deserved attention. The new Corvette Stingray is impressive on its own, particularly with the ZR1 package. But now track afficionados will have even more performance with the new ZO6. This is now a well-established tradition with Corvette and it's a natural addition to the new C7 lineup. For the money, you won't get better performance anywhere in comparison to the Corvette lineup of cars. The ZO6 starts to rival some of the supercars out there.

Many of the modifications might appear to be subtle but they help to create incremental improvements in performance. You'll see some minor changes to the exterior of the Corvette, including a wider back side. But it looks very similar to the Stingray.

If you love sports cars, see this one in person and then set up an appointment to drive the ZO6 along with the Stingrays. You'll come away impressed.

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