Saturday, December 25, 2010

The Ford's Vehicle Technology

The Ford Information Site to research, learn and shop for all new Ford Vehicles.
View photos, videos, specs, compare competitors, build and price, search inventory 
and more on Ford.com.
 
Ford's Vehicle Technology | See Our Latest Green and Entertainment Technology |

Drive Connected


SYNC®
Hands-free entertainment, communications and more.


SYNC® with MyFord Touch™
Revolutionizing the way you interact with your vehicle.


Navigation System with Sirius™
More than music, it's info you can use.


Ford Work Solutions™
Make your vehicle an office on wheels.

Smart Performance


All-Electric Vehicle
Go green. Go gas-free.


The EcoBoost™ Engine
Power plus fuel economy.



Hybrid Electric Vehicle
Most efficient combination of gas and electric.



Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle
Plug-in capability gives this hybrid better efficiency.


Latest Gasoline Technology
Variable timing adds power and efficiency.


Diesel
Best-in-class torque and fuel economy.*


Safe and Secure


SecuriCode™ Keyless Entry
Get in and get started without fumbling for keys.


Terrain Management System™
Get the most out of your four-wheel drive.

Trailer Sway Control
What you're pulling won't pull you.


Inflatable Rear Safety Belts*
A breakthrough in safety and comfort.


MyKey®
It keeps an eye on teenage drivers when you're not there.



Drive Assured

BLIS® with Cross-Traffic Alert
It keeps an eye on your blind spots.


Active Park Assist
Hands-free and hassle-free parallel parking.


Adaptive Cruise Control
Plus the assurance of Collision Warning.



Style and Convenience

Capless Fuel Filler
Filling up just got easier.


Ambient Lighting
Set the brightness. Choose the color. Create the mood.


MyColor®
Choose from 125 cool colors.



Sony® Audio with HD Radio™
More clarity. More channels. More enjoyment.



And the point for green Ford technology is announces Hybrid Car Battery Partner

"Ford ... entered into a partnership with battery producer Johnson Controls-Saft to develop advanced lithium-ion battery system ...  seven regional electric utility partners are joining Ford and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to conduct real-world tests on an expanding fleet of Ford Escape PHEVs."

" ... partnerships will help Ford accelerate its electrification strategy, including bringing a full battery electric vehicle (BEV) van to market in 2010 for commercial use, a small BEV sedan developed jointly with Magna International by 2011 and a PHEV by 2012."

" ... battery system that Johnson Controls-Saft is designing and manufacturing ...  the cells will be produced at the supplier's production facility in France, but the system will be assembled in the United States. The five-year supply agreement includes delivery for committed production in 2012 with a target of at least 5,000 units per year."

Source: Ford Official site and other

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Friday, December 24, 2010

Get weight loss advice and exercise tips (Diet Tips)

"Research has shown that having a healthy, light snack before exercising can improve performance and help burn more fat calories!" "Drinking plenty of water can help give you more energy for exercising!" This is just one example how we can give you information on how to reduce weight!.
Get tips on natural weight loss & advice now!

Here are just some of the many Weight Loss Questions revealed on this site:
  • Get This Book to better understand the human metabolism!
  • Learn to raise your metabolism with little exercising
  • Learn how to lose weight without exercise
  • Drinking plenty of water can help give you more energy for exercising!
  • Can we reduce the number of fat cells when losing weight
  • How to Lose "abdominal fat" from those stubborn areas
  • How to increase metabolism naturally to help lose weight quickly
  • Anaerobic exercise burns carbohydrates but will increase metabolism to burn fat faster at rest
  • To burn fat effectively you should be able to hold a conversation during a workout
  • Learn which exercise I do first to trick the cells into burning more fat
  • Properly warming up before exercise will prolong your ability to work out & increase your Fat Burning potential
  • Why you should not always use weighing scales to monitor your progress
  • Why you must keep adjusting your training and dietary regime for slimming success
  • And much, much more.... the point if you more success in diet is consistent in your mind to diet!
This just an information to Getting Started With a Weight Loss Plan by James O. Hill, PhD.

So you’re gearing up to eat better and lose some weight. Good for you. But how do you get started? With the hundreds and hundreds of diets out there, how do you choose the best approach?

To find out, WebMD turned to James O. Hill, PhD, director of the Center for Human Nutrition at the University of Colorado in Denver. Much of Hill’s research has focused on the habits of people who manage to achieve what we all want: stable and sustained weight loss. So how do these people lose weight and how do they keep it off? Hill has some answers.

I want to lose weight but have no idea where to start. What should I do?

Before you try to make any changes to your habits, first you need to see where you are right now. Find out what your body mass index (BMI) is. See how it compares to a healthy weight. Start keeping a record of what you eat each day and how much exercise you get.

Now people say, “Why bother? I already know what I’m eating right now!” But you really don’t. Eating is something that we do every day without really paying any attention. Once you start writing it down, you may learn things you never knew about your habits. You could be drinking five pops a day and have no idea. Taking stock of where you are now gives you a sense of what needs to change.

The next step is really important. You have to make a long-term commitment. If you’re going to change your eating and exercise habits, you won’t be done after six weeks or six months or six years. You have to decide that you’re motivated to make changes that will last for the rest of your life.

Which commercial diet books, programs, or plans really work?

Basically, almost any diet plan will work for weight loss. Go to a bookstore and buy any diet book. It will give you tips on eating less and you can lose weight. But the problem is that almost none of them work for weight loss maintenance.

If you want to lose weight, I don’t think it matters how you do it or what plan you use. But to keep it off, you will probably have to use different strategies.

I co-founded the National Weight Control Registry, which tracks about 6,000 people who have, on average, lost 70 pounds and kept it off for seven years. What we’re doing is trying to learn how these people manage to do it. What strategies really work? We’ve found some common factors. People in the Registry tend to do a lot of physical activity. They tend to eat a low-fat diet and pay attention to overall calories. They self-monitor: they weigh themselves and keep periodic food diaries. And they eat breakfast every day.

Do I really need to exercise to lose weight?

No. If you cut way back on your calories, you can lose a lot of weight without doing a lick of exercise. But you absolutely need to exercise to keep the weight off. I tell people that if they’re not prepared to substantially increase their physical activity, they shouldn’t even bother trying to lose weight. It won’t have any lasting benefit. Exercise is the key.
How much exercise should I be doing?

My recommendation is to shoot for about an hour a day. We’ve found that people who successfully keep off lost weight tend to exercise for 60 to 90 minutes daily.

Now, people will say, “60 to 90 minutes a day? That’s terrible!” But the people in the National Weight Control Registry have maintained an average weight loss of 70 pounds. I think a lot of people would say that giving up an hour a day to keep off 70 pounds is not a bad deal.

The good news is that you can spread out the exercise throughout the entire day. You don’t have to do it all at once. Most people still have some planned exercise at a specific time each day. For instance, they take a walk or a bike ride right after work every day.

You could also try using a step counter, which I think is a wonderful tool. They give you immediate feedback and make setting goals easy. We find that people in the National Weight Control Registry take an average of 11,000-12,000 steps a day, which works out to about five to six miles. But when you’re just starting out, take it slowly. Work up to an hour a day slowly in 15 minute increments.

Getting in your physical activity will never be easy. Even people who have been doing it for years will tell you that they still have to force themselves to get out there every day. But if you want to keep off weight, exercise has to be a priority.
How many calories should I be eating?

To lose weight, you can go on a 1,200- or 1,400-calorie diet. Eating that amount will work very well for weight loss. The problem is that although you can eat 1,200 calories for a few months, you can’t eat that way forever. You won’t be satisfied by so few calories and won’t be able to keep it up.

So I have a radical idea. I think you should eat as many calories as you can. But the only way you can eat more calories is if you balance them with increased exercise. The more exercise you do, the more you can eat.

How can I stay motivated to lose or maintain my weight?

People have no problem staying motivated in the short-term. A person will think, “Gosh, I’m going to a wedding in six weeks – I have to lose some weight.” And as you start to lose the weight, it can be pretty easy. You get a lot of positive feedback, because everyone’s telling you how good you look.

But as time goes on, you get diminishing returns. You stop getting compliments because people are used to your new appearance. Then you have to rely on internal motivation, which is a lot harder. So that’s why it’s so important to start weight loss with a real commitment to making changes forever. It’s not easy. But we’ve found that the longer you keep weight off, the better your odds. People report that after they keep the weight off for three years, their likelihood of ongoing success is pretty high.
What kind of foods should be on my weight loss diet?

We’ve found that although all sorts of diets help people lose weight, the people who keep it off tend to eat a high fiber, moderately low-fat diet.

But most importantly, you should eat foods that you’re going to be able to eat your whole life. You have to be realistic. If you love ice cream and go on a diet that makes you give it up, that diet is probably not going to work for you.
Are there any supplements that can help me lose weight?

My sense is that most of them are probably neutral: they won’t help and they won’t hurt. However, there’s very little evidence about these supplements and it’s possible that some could even be harmful. For now, my advice is to steer clear of them. I think you’d just lose your money and not get any benefit.

Obviously, if you see someone selling a supplement promising easy, rapid weight loss, run the other way. Believe me, if it were true, everybody would be thin.
Should I take prescription diet pills?

There are some prescription diet pills that can help some people. But they’re not for everybody and they’re not magic bullets. The weight won’t melt off once you start taking them. In fact, these medications don’t do much on their own – you still have to do the diet and exercise part.

If you’re interested, you obviously can’t take them on your own. Your physician can help you decide if they make sense for you.
Has your research changed any of your own dietary and exercise habits?

I’ve always tried to make physical activity a priority, so my research just reinforced this. If anything, it did make me realize how important it is to eat breakfast every day.

Source from: here

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Honda-Next Genaration Civic

Based on news from the official site Honda Motor in here, Honda will be lounch new generation of Civic model. What the special of this new design, concept and improvement in this newly released sketch, the feeling of the new Civic is captured as energetic, sleek and aerodynamic. It's a preview for this upcoming concept vehicle, which will be shown at the 2011 North American International Auto Show in January. The production version of the ninth-generation Civic based on the revealed concept will go on sale in spring 2011.

Honda- "The Power of Dreams"-2011

This is a complate specification of Honda Civic 2011, check this out!


Engineering
DX/DX-VP LX/LX-S EX/EX-L

Engine Type

In-Line 4-Cylinder

In-Line 4-Cylinder

In-Line 4-Cylinder

Engine Block/Cylinder Head

Aluminum-Alloy


Aluminum-Alloy

Aluminum-Alloy

Displacement (cc)
1799 1799
1799
Horsepower @ rpm (SAE net) 140 @ 6300

140 @ 6300

140 @ 6300

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
128 @ 4300

128 @ 4300

128 @ 4300

Redline (rpm)

6800

6800

6800
Bore and Stroke (mm) 81 x 87.3
81 x 87.3

81 x 87.3

Compression Ratio

10.5:1

10.5:1

10.5:1

Valve Train

16-Valve SOHC i-VTEC®

16-Valve SOHC i-VTEC®

16-Valve SOHC i-VTEC®

Multi-Point Fuel Injection

Standard

Standard

Standard

Drive-by-Wire™ Throttle System

Standard
Standard
Standard
Front-Wheel Drive Standard Standard Standard
CARB Emissions Rating
ULEV-2[1] 

ULEV-2[1] 

ULEV-2[1]
Direct Ignition System with Immobilizer
Standard

Standard
Standard

100K +/- Miles No Scheduled Tune-Ups[2] 
Standard
Standard

Standard

Transmissions
DX/DX-VP LX/LX-S EX/EX-L


5-Speed Manual Transmission

Standard

Standard

EX without Navigation only

Gear Ratios: 1st: 3.143, 2nd: 1.870, 3rd: 1.235, 4th: 0.949, 5th: 0.727, Reverse: 3.308, Final Drive: 4.29










Compact 5-Speed Automatic Transmission Available
Available

Available (EX w/o Navi)
Standard (EX w/Navi/EX-L)

Gear Ratios: 1st: 2.666, 2nd: 1.534, 3rd: 1.022, 4th: 0.721, 5th: 0.525, Reverse: 1.957, Final Drive: 4.44










Body/Suspension/Chassis
DX/DX-VP LX/LX-S EX/EX-L

Unit-Body Construction

Standard

Standard

Standard

MacPherson Strut Front Suspension

Standard

Standard

Standard

Multi-Link Rear Suspension

Standard

Standard

Standard

Stabilizer Bar (mm, front/rear)
24.2 / 10.0
24.2 / 10.0

24.2 / 10.0
Power-Assisted Rack-and-Pinion Steering
Standard

Standard

Standard

Steering Wheel Turns, Lock-to-Lock

2.70
2.70
2.70

Steering Ratio

13.70

13.70

13.70
Turning Diameter, Curb-to-Curb (ft) 34.8
35.4

35.4
Power-Assisted Ventilated Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes (in, front/rear) 10.3 / 7.9 10.3 / 7.9

Power-Assisted Ventilated Front Disc/Solid Rear Disc Brakes (in, front/rear)


10.3 / 10.2
Wheels 15" with Full Covers
16" with Full Covers (LX)
16" Alloys (LX-S)
16" Alloys
All-Season Tires
P195 / 65 R15 89H

P205 / 55 R16 89H
P205 / 55 R16 89H

Compact Spare Tire

Standard

Standard

Standard

Exterior Measurements
DX/DX-VP LX/LX-S EX/EX-L

Wheelbase (in)

106.3

106.3

106.3

Length (in)

177.3

177.3

177.3
Height (in)
56.5

56.5
56.5

Width (in)

69.0
69.0
69.0

Track (in, front/rear)

59.0 / 60.2

59.0 / 60.2

59.0 / 60.2
Curb Weight (lbs, MT/AT)
2630 / 2692 (DX)
2648 / 2709 (DX-VP)

2687 / 2754 (LX / LX-S)
2747 / 2820 (EX)
2760 / 2831 (EX-L)

Weight Distribution
(%, front/rear, MT)

60 / 40

60 / 40

60 / 40
Weight Distribution
(%, front/rear, AT)

61 / 39
61 / 39
61 / 39


Interior Measurements
DX/DX-VP LX/LX-S EX/EX-L


Headroom (in, front/rear)


39.4 / 37.4



39.4 / 37.4


38.1 / 36.7


Legroom (in, front/rear)


42.2 / 34.6


42.2 / 34.6


42.2 / 34.6


Shoulder Room (in, front/rear)


53.7 / 52.4



53.7 / 52.4


53.6 / 52.3


Hiproom (in, front/rear)


51.9 / 51.0


51.9 / 51.0


51.9 / 51.0


Cargo Volume (cu ft)


12.0



12.0


12.0


Passenger Volume (cu ft)


90.9


90.9


88.4


Seating Capacity


5



5


5

EPA Mileage Estimates[3] /Capacities
DX/DX-VP LX/LX-S EX/EX-L


5-Speed Manual (City/Highway/Combined)


26 / 34 / 29


26 / 34 / 29


26 / 34 / 29


5-Speed Automatic (City/Highway/Combined)



25 / 36 / 29


25 / 36 / 29


25 / 36 / 29


Crankcase (qt)


4.7


4.7


4.7


Coolant System (qt, MT/AT)



6.8 / 7.0


6.8 / 7.0


6.8 / 7.0


Fuel (gal)


13.2


13.2


13.2


Required Fuel



Regular Unleaded


Regular Unleaded


Regular Unleaded

Safety
DX/DX-VP LX/LX-S EX/EX-L


3-Point Seat Belts at all Seating Positions


Standard


Standard


Standard


Front 3-Point Seat Belts with Automatic Tensioning System


Standard


Standard


Standard


Driver's and Front Passenger's Seat Belt Reminder



Standard


Standard


Standard


Dual-Stage, Multiple-Threshold Front Airbags (SRS)


Standard


Standard


Standard


Front Side Airbags with Passenger-Side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS)



Standard


Standard


Standard


Side Curtain Airbags


Standard


Standard


Standard


Driver's and Front Passenger's Active Head Restraints



Standard


Standard


Standard


Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) Body Structure


Standard



Standard


Standard


Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with Traction Control[4] 









EX-L


Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)


Standard


Standard


Standard


Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)


Standard



Standard


Standard


Brake Assist









EX-L


Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)[5] 


Standard


Standard


Standard


Daytime Running Lights (DRL)


Standard


Standard


Standard


Side-Impact Door Beams



Standard


Standard


Standard


Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH): Lower Anchors (2nd-Row Outboard), Tether Anchors (2nd-Row All)


Standard


Standard


Standard


Child-Proof Rear Door Locks



Standard


Standard


Standard


Emergency Trunk Release


Standard


Standard


Standard

Exterior Features
DX/DX-VP LX/LX-S EX/EX-L


One-Touch Power Moonroof with Tilt Feature








Standard


Integrated Rear-Window Antenna



Standard


Standard


Standard


Security System with Remote Entry





Standard


with Trunk Release


Manually Operated Side Mirrors



Standard








Body-Colored Power Side Mirrors





Standard


Standard


Heated Side Mirrors








EX-L


2-Speed/Intermittent Windshield Wipers



Standard


Standard





Variable Intermittent Windshield Wipers









Standard


Impact-Absorbing Body-Colored Bumpers


Standard


Standard



Standard


Multi-Reflector Halogen Headlights


Standard


Standard


Standard


Rear Decklid Spoiler





LX-S





Chrome Exhaust Finisher





LX-S






Body-Colored Door Handles


Black


Standard


Standard


Chrome Rear License Plate Trim


Standard


Standard


Standard

Comfort & Convenience
DX/DX-VP LX/LX-S EX/EX-L


Air Conditioning with Air-Filtration System


DX-VP


Standard


Standard


Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with Voice Recognition[6] 








Available


Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®[7] 









with Navigation


Power Windows


Standard









Power Windows with Auto-Up/Down Driver's Window





Standard



Standard


Power Door Locks with Auto-Lock Feature






Standard


Standard


Cruise Control





Standard


Standard


Perforated Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel






LX-S


EX-L


Steering Wheel-Mounted Controls






Cruise


Cruise/Audio/Navi(available)


Tilt and Telescopic Steering Column


Standard


Standard


Standard


Beverage Holders


Front



Front


Front and Rear


Center Console with Sliding Armrest and Storage Compartment





Standard



Standard


Door-Pocket Storage Bins, Front


Standard


Standard


Standard


Passenger-Side Seatback Pocket








Standard


Coin Tray



Standard


Standard


Standard


Satin-Finish Door-Handle Pulls





Standard


Standard


Remote Fuel Filler Door Release



Standard


Standard


Standard


Remote Trunk Release with Lock


Standard


Standard


Standard


Headlights-On Reminder



Standard


Standard


Standard


Driver's and Front Passenger's Vanity Mirrors


Standard


Standard


Standard


Map Lights






Standard


Standard


Rear-Seat Armrest









Standard


Rear-Seat Heater Ducts


Standard


Standard



Standard


Floor Mats






Standard


Standard


Driver's Footrest


Standard


Standard


Standard


12-Volt Power Outlet



Front


Front


Front and Center Console


Rear Window Defroster with Timer


Standard


Standard


Standard


Cargo Area Light



Standard


Standard


Standard

Seating
DX/DX-VP LX/LX-S EX/EX-L


Leather-Trimmed Interior








EX-L


Heated Front Seats








EX-L


Driver's Seat with Manual Height Adjustment



Standard


Standard


Standard


Adjustable Front Seat-Belt Anchors


Standard


Standard


Standard


Reclining Front Seatbacks



Standard


Standard


Standard


Adjustable Head Restraints


Standard


Standard


Standard


Fold-Down Rear Seatback



Standard


Standard


60/40 Split

Audio Systems
DX/DX-VP LX/LX-S EX/EX-L


160-Watt AM/FM//CD Audio System with 4 Speakers


DX-VP


Standard





160-Watt AM/FM//CD Audio System with 6 Speakers








Standard


MP3/Windows Media® Audio (WMA) Playback Capability[8] 


DX-VP


Standard


Standard


MP3/Auxiliary Input Jack


DX-VP



Standard


Standard


USB Audio Interface[9] 








Standard


XM® Radio[10] 








with Navigation


CD Text Display Capability


DX-VP



Standard


Standard


Digital Audio-Card Reader









with Navigation


Speed-Sensitive Volume Control (SVC)


DX-VP


Standard


Standard

Instrumentation
DX/DX-VP LX/LX-S EX/EX-L


Two-Tier Instrument Panel


Standard


Standard


Standard


Blue Backlit Gauges


Standard


Standard


Standard


Tachometer



Standard


Standard


Standard


Digital Odometer and Digital Trip Meters (2)


Standard


Standard


Standard


Maintenance Minder™ System


Standard


Standard


Standard


Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) Indicator[5] 


Standard



Standard


Standard


Exterior Temperature Indicator









Standard


Fuel and Coolant Temperature Indicators


Standard


Standard


Standard


Door/Trunk-Open Indicators


Standard


Standard


Standard


Low-Fuel and Low-Oil Pressure Indicators



Standard


Standard


Standard


Passenger-Side Side Airbag-Off Indicator


Standard


Standard


Standard


Front Passenger Airbag-Off Indicator



Standard


Standard


Standard

[1]  ULEV-2 rated by the California Air Resources Board (CARB).


[2]  Does not apply to fluid and filter changes. Will vary with driving conditions. Please see your Honda dealer for details.

[3]  Based on 2011 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

[4]  VSA is not a substitute for safe driving. It cannot correct the vehicle’s course in every situation or compensate for reckless driving. Control of the vehicle always remains with the driver.

[5]  For optimal tire wear and performance, tire pressure should be checked regularly with a gauge. Do not rely solely on the monitor system. Please see your Honda dealer for details.


[6]  The Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ is available on Civic EX and EX-L models in the United States, except Alaska. Please see your Honda dealer for details.

[7]  The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc., and any use of such marks by Honda Motor Co., Ltd., is under license.


[8]  Windows Media® is a trademark or registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.

[9]  The USB Audio Interface is used for direct connection to and control of some current digital audio players and other USB devices that contain MP3, WMA or AAC music files. Some USB devices with security software and digital rights-protected files may not work. Please see your Honda dealer for details.

[10]  XM services require a subscription after 90-day trial period. Subscriptions governed by XM Customer Agreement available at xmradio.com. If you decide to continue your XM service at the end of your complimentary trial, the plan you choose will automatically be renewed and you will be billed at then-current rates unless you call 1-800-967-2346 to cancel. Fees and programming subject to change. Available only to those at least 18 years of age in the 48 contiguous United States and D.C.

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Resume of the year! Most and least reliable car 2010

Which cars sold in Englend are least likely to let you down? We take a look at the reliability top ten car 's manufacture.
Crown to Honda! (big applouse)

What Car? magazine and insurance company Warranty Direct survey: The Japanese cars are still the most reliable, despite recent safety scares involving Toyota and Lexus models, according to the annual study (July 2010).

For the fifth year running, Honda topped the rankings as the most trustworthy car manufacturer. Of the 32 companies studied, Land Rover proved the least reliable company - 53% of its cars suffered a fault - followed by Alfa Romeo, Renault, Saab, MG, Vauxhall, Peugeot, Audi, Rover, BMW.

The most expensive make of car to repair was Porsche, at an average cost of £717.36 followed by Mazda at £481.26. Lowest average repair costs was Renault, at £226.54.

The study was using data from Warranty Direct's 50,000 live policies on cars aged three to 10 years.


What Car? 10 most reliable manufacturers:

1. Honda
2. Subaru
3. Mitsubishi
4. Lexus
5. Toyota
6. Mazda
7. Nissan
8. Skoda
9. Kia
10. Mini 

Which car survey 2010 The UK's most reliable new car is the Kia Picanto, while the Land Rover Discovery 3 is most likely to break down, according to the 2010 Which? car survey (published in the summer of 2010).

Although unlikely to set pulses racing, the small Kia Picanto will also not get tempers flaring, as it scored a remarkable 98.1% in the report on hassle-free motoring.

The British-built Land Rover Discovery 3 bombed in a reliability test, the only car to score under 70%, with a score of just 67.8%.

The Which? survey rates new cars on users happiness, taking into account breakdowns, faults and even niggles, which are guaranteed to get the buyer of a new car cursing. Japanese cars dominate the field with seven of the top ten cars

The Mazda3, Daihatsu Sirion, Honda Insight and Honda Jazz completed the top five

The Which? survey was not good news for Land Rover, with the Land Rover Range Sport featuring in the bottom ten as well. The BMW 3 Series convertible, Hyundai Santa Fe and Renault Megane CC complete the bottom five.

The biggest problem with new cars identified by the survey was electrical systems, which are supposedly meant to make cars more efficient, reliable and comfortable.


Peter Vicary-Smith, Chief Executive, Which?, said: 'You don't expect a new car to go wrong – but our rigorous research shows there's a big difference between the best and worst.

'Some small cars, particularly Korean and Japanese superminis, run like clockwork. Whereas some bigger cars, which you might expect to be more robust, aren't all they're cracked up to be.'

Which? most reliable new cars

1 Kia Picanto - 98.1%
2 Mazda3 - 97.6%
3 Daihatsu Sirion - 97.0%
3 Honda Insight - 97.0%
5 Honda Jazz - 96.2%
6 Toyota iQ - 96.1%
7 Toyota Prius - 95.4%
8 Volkswagen Golf Plus - 93.3%
8 Mercedes-Benz SLK - 93.3%
10 Mazda2 - 93.2%

Which? least reliable new cars

1 Land Rover Discovery 3 - 67.8%
2 BMW 3 Series convertible - 73.9%
3 Hyundai Santa Fe - 75.0%
4 Renault Mégane CC - 75.7%
5 Volkswagen Eos - 75.7%
6 Land Rover Range Rover Sport - 75.8%
7 Jaguar S-type - 76.0%
8 Ford Focus CC - 77.2%
9 Citroën C4 Grand Picasso - 77.4%
10 Volvo S80 - 77.6%
10 Ford S-Max - 77.6%


Source: www.whatcar.com

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Impact Of Overweight On Health and Risks!

Doctors use the Body Mass Index (BMI) as a convenient method of assessing whether someone is underweight, normal weight or overweight. According to the body mass index, a person is deemed overweight if they have a BMI of 25 or higher. BMI is based on 2 variables, weight and height, but takes no account of body fat percentage. Thus it is less accurate when determining the weight/health status of muscular athletes (who may be classified as mildly or seriously overweight), or older unfit people (who may be classified as normal, even though they may have too high a proportion of body fat). In addition, BMI is a Western system and therefore not entirely appropriate for Eastern peoples, whose body frame may differ. 

 Care with your body weight

Being overweight or obese isn't a cosmetic problem. It greatly raises the risk in adults for many diseases and conditions.

Overweight and Obesity-Related Health Problems in Adults
Coronary Heart Disease
Coronary heart disease (CHD) is a condition in which a substance called plaque (plak) builds up inside the coronary arteries. These arteries supply oxygen-rich blood to your heart. Plaque is made up of fat, cholesterol, calcium, and other substances found in the blood.

Plaque can narrow or block the coronary arteries and reduce blood flow to the heart muscle. This can cause angina (an-JI-nuh or AN-juh-nuh) or a heart attack. (Angina is chest pain or discomfort.)

As your body mass index (BMI) increases, so does your risk of having CHD and a heart attack. Obesity also can lead to heart failure. This is a serious condition in which your heart can't pump enough blood to meet your body's needs.
 
High Blood Pressure
Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps out blood. If this pressure rises and stays high over time, it can damage the body in many ways. Your chances of having high blood pressure are greater if you're overweight or obese.
Stroke

Being overweight or obese can lead to a buildup of plaque in your arteries. Eventually, an area of plaque can rupture, causing a blood clot to form at the site. If the clot is close to your brain, it can block the flow of blood and oxygen to your brain and cause a stroke. The risk of having a stroke rises as BMI increases.
Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes is a disease in which the body's blood glucose, or blood sugar, level is too high. Normally, the body breaks down food into glucose and then carries it to cells throughout the body. The cells use a hormone called insulin to turn the glucose into energy.

In type 2 diabetes, the body's cells don't use insulin properly. At first, the body reacts by making more insulin. Over time, however, the body can't make enough insulin to control its blood sugar level.

Diabetes is a leading cause of early death, CHD, stroke, kidney disease, and blindness. Most people who have type 2 diabetes are overweight.
 
Abnormal Blood Fats
If you're overweight or obese, you're at increased risk of having abnormal levels of blood fats. These include high levels of triglycerides and LDL ("bad") cholesterol and low levels of HDL ("good") cholesterol.

Abnormal levels of these blood fats are a risk factor for CHD. For more information about triglycerides and LDL and HDL cholesterol, go to the Diseases and Conditions Index High Blood Cholesterol article.
Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome is the name for a group of risk factors linked to overweight and obesity. These risk factors increase your risk of CHD and other health problems, such as diabetes and stroke.

You can develop any one of these risk factors by itself, but they tend to occur together. A diagnosis of metabolic syndrome is made if you have at least three of the following risk factors:
  •  A large waistline. This also is called abdominal obesity or "having an apple shape." Having extra fat in the waist area is a greater risk factor for CHD than having extra fat in other parts of the body, such as on the hips.
  •  A higher than normal triglyceride level (or you're on medicine to treat high triglycerides).
  •  A lower than normal HDL cholesterol level (or you're on medicine to treat low HDL cholesterol).
  •  Higher than normal blood pressure (or you're on medicine to treat high blood pressure).
  •  Higher than normal fasting blood sugar (or you're on medicine to treat diabetes).

Cancer
Being overweight or obese raises the risk of colon, breast, endometrial, and gallbladder cancers.
Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a common joint problem of the knees, hips, and lower back. The condition occurs if the tissue that protects the joints wears away. Extra weight can put more pressure and wear on joints, causing pain.
 
Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a common disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep.

A person who has sleep apnea may have more fat stored around the neck. This can narrow the airway, making it hard to breathe.
 
Reproductive Problems
Obesity can cause menstrual irregularity and infertility in women.
 
Gallstones
Gallstones are hard pieces of stone-like material that form in the gallbladder. They're mostly made of cholesterol. Gallstones can cause abdominal or back pain.

People who are overweight or obese are at increased risk of having gallstones. Also, being overweight may result in an enlarged gallbladder that doesn't work right.
 
Overweight and Obesity-Related Health Problems in Children and Teens

Overweight and obesity also increase the health risks for children and teens. Type 2 diabetes once was rare in American children, but an increasing number of children are developing the disease.

Also, overweight children are more likely to become overweight or obese as adults, with the same disease risks.

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