2006 Mercury Mariner Hybrid and Ford Performance PartsWritten by Jenny McLane
The Mercury Mariner Hybrid uses both gasoline engine and electric motor, which gives a 50% increase in driving efficiency with a much lower emission. All this is achieved by use of 6 powertrain components, which work in perfect unison. Ford motor has 40 patents in hybrid engine technology and 70 pending.
"The greatest appeal of Mercury Mariner Hybrid is that it satisfies both your environmental conscience and sense of style. Mariner Hybrid retains clean, tailored appearance of conventional Mariner," said Peter Horbury, Executive Director, North American Design.
Being a full hybrid, Mercury Mariner employs both series- and parallel-hybrid characteristics. The gasoline engine shuts down to conserve fuel during coasting, at stoplights, and at low speeds. The electric motor, drawing electricity from battery, is able to drive vehicle without assistance up to 25 mph.
It has 2.3-liter DOHC Duratec four-cylinder engine with 2 ac electric motors with 250 D-size nickel-metal hydride batteries in a compact, rear-mounted, sealed package. The vehicle could go up to 25 mph with only electric power. The gas engine automatically shuts down at stoplights, during coasting or while vehicle is crawling at low speeds. 2006 Mercury Mariner Hybrid has a greater fuel economy in city driving where electric motor runs vehicle up to as much as 25 mph.
The Mariner hybrid has 16-inch, five-spoke aluminum wheels wrapped with 235/70R-16 all-season tires and a discreet air vent in driver's side rear-quarter window that helps cool rear-mounted nickel-metal hydride battery pack. It has an all-new Intelligent 4WD System, which automatically transfers torque from front to rear as required by road conditions without driver intervention.
Mazda’s Miata Starts Off EmpireWritten by Mazda Fan
Car enthusiasts are always on lookout for an affordable sports car. Over years, many companies have tried to fill that niche, with varying success. Indeed, it takes a brave and intelligent manufacturer to come up with an attractive, pleasurable and cost-conscious sports vehicle. Luckily, Mazda was able to do just that.
Plans for a unique open two-seater began around 1981. With a team based in both California and Japan, a design focused on a compact, streamlined, easy-to-handle, and overall unassuming sports car began to take shape. Around 1989, to delight of millions worldwide, Mazda Miata was born.
The very first Miata was extremely small in size and complete effect was certainly remarkable. Take wheelbase, which was just 89.2 inches and stretched to a total of 155.2 inches. The highly engineered steering combined with smaller disk brakes worked like a charm. The interior amenities were minimal, but sufficient.