2007 Lexus GS 450h: Full Hybrid Technology Revs Up With Superior Toyota Aftermarket PartsWritten by Jenny McLane
The 2007 Lexus GS 450h is world's first hybrid luxury sedan and first full hybrid vehicle with a front engine and rear wheel drive.
'Once again, we've applied our formula of no compromise engineering - this time to a luxury sport sedan which proves to us that hybrid power trains can work superbly in virtually any application,' said Lexus Vice President of Marketing Mark Templin. 'It's very important to continue pursuing substantial reductions in fuel consumption and emissions, while continuing to improve performance and driving pleasure. Our customers wouldn't have it any other way.
It will be a rear wheel drive full hybrid making it able to travel at low speeds under electric propulsion alone. Lexus says GS 450h will have gas mileage similar to average 2-liter, 4-cylinder compact sedan.
The Lexus GS 450h is a Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle. A SULEV-rated vehicle is 90% cleaner than average new car.
The GS 450h will have a 3.5-liter V6 engine combined with a high-output electric motor--all driving rear wheels--to pack horsepower at level of a V8 engine. Lexus says it will have horsepower equivalent to a 4.5 liter V8. 0-60 acceleration is expected to be less than 6 seconds. For perspective, 2006 GS 430 has a 4.3-liter V8 that has 300 horsepower.
Ford Ranger 2005: Still America's Best Selling Compact With The Best Ford Replacement PartsWritten by Jenny McLane
A Ranger equipped with German 4.0-liter overhead-cam V6 has an optional five-speed automatic available complements each available engine with close ratios for better throttle response when accelerating, towing a trailer or driving off road. The Ranger line offers a range of options: Edge, Tremor, and FX4 models are available, with upgraded audio and wheel packages. There are Regular Cab and Super Cab extended-cab bodies, but no crew cab.
The 2005 Ranger is available in XL, XLT, Edge, and FX4 and FX4 Level II trim levels, in Regular Cab and two- and four-door Super Cab configurations. It has two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive. A 7-foot box option is available on XLT Regular Cab Styleside models. Five-speed manual and five-speed automatic transmissions are available.
The Ford Ranger 2005 has 3 engines to choose from: The 2.3-liter four-cylinder is a modern dual overhead-cam design with four valves per cylinder rated at 143 horsepower and 154 pound-feet of torque. The optional 3.0-liter V6 is a traditional overhead-valve engine rated 154 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. This engine has flexible fuel capability, which can operate on ethanol, gasoline or any combination of two fuels in same tank. This engine is standard on all 4x2 SuperCab models equipped with a five-speed automatic transmission.
XLT adds chrome trim, interior amenities (including a CD player, tilt wheel, full carpeting), and useful truck accessories (rear step bumper, sliding rear window, mud flaps). XLT 4WD models get step bars and fog lights, 16-inch aluminum wheels.
Edge models feature upgraded shock tuning and larger wheels and tires. Edge comes in 4x2 and 4x4 editions, but either way it rides at 4x4 height. It also has either a 6-disc in-dash CD player or an MP3 player, depending on model. The Tremor package includes an upgraded Pioneer AM/FM/MP3/6CD system with a 510-watt amp, 10-inch bass subwoofer and four large speakers. A high-output alternator keeps current flowing and white-faced gauges add interior style. The Tremor package also includes five-spoke 16-inch wheels.