2006 Mercury Mariner Hybrid and Ford Performance Parts

Written 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 byrepparttar 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 ofrepparttar 142046 Mercury Mariner Hybrid is that it satisfies both your environmental conscience and sense of style. Mariner Hybrid retainsrepparttar 142047 clean, tailored appearance ofrepparttar 142048 conventional Mariner," said Peter Horbury, Executive Director, North American Design.

Being a full hybrid,repparttar 142049 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 fromrepparttar 142050 battery, is able to driverepparttar 142051 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 runsrepparttar 142052 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 inrepparttar 142053 driver's side rear-quarter window that helps coolrepparttar 142054 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 Empire

Written by Mazda Fan

Car enthusiasts are always onrepparttar lookout for an affordable sports car. Overrepparttar 141990 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, torepparttar 141991 delight of millions worldwide,repparttar 141992 Mazda Miata was born.

The very first Miata was extremely small in size andrepparttar 141993 complete effect was certainly remarkable. Takerepparttar 141994 wheelbase, which was just 89.2 inches and stretched to a total of 155.2 inches. The highly engineered steering combined withrepparttar 141995 smaller disk brakes worked like a charm. The interior amenities were minimal, but sufficient.

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