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2012 Fiat 500 named best automobile in Travel + Leisure

Known for providing a readers with discernment into a authentic, a innovative and a irresistible, Travel + Leisure named a new 2012 Fiat 500 “Best Car” in a eighth annual “Travel + Leisure Design Awards.” The 2012 Travel + Leisure Design Awards commend new products, buildings and destinations that urge a transport knowledge by courteous design.

The Fiat 500 will be featured in a Mar emanate of Travel + Leisure that will be accessible on newsstands Feb 17, 2012. In addition, a Fiat 500 will be famous during a Travel + Leisure Design Awards eventuality on Mar 7, 2012, during Department in Berlin, Germany.

“We are intensely respected to win a ‘Best Car’ Design Award pretension from Travel + Leisure,” pronounced Tim Kuniskis, Head of FIAT Brand North America. “In addition, a alfresco Fiat 500 Cabrio, a disdainful 500 and 500c by Gucci models and a high-performance Fiat 500 Abarth yield drivers with a best of Italian character and pushing excitement.”


Building on a attributes that done a strange chronicle an idol some-more than 50 years ago, a 2012 Fiat 500 models yield an wholly new era of drivers with a best of Italian motoring: craftsmanship, character and safety, total with fun-to-drive small-car efficiency.

Expanding on a qualities that have done a strange Fiat 500 (Cinquecento) a undying and fit automobile, a new 2012 Fiat 500 Cabrio (500c) adds alfresco leisure and even some-more pushing enjoyment. And with a deftly designed multi-position power-retractable cloth tip and iconic body-side silhouette, a new Fiat 500c delivers character with class-leading interior sound quality.

Arriving into a U.S. marketplace in a first-half of 2012 and building on a fad of a Cinquecento, a new Fiat 500 Abarth is designed for track-day enthusiasts and pushing purists who wish a ultimate high-performance tiny automobile with a extraction of an disdainful Italian exotic.

Offering even some-more exclusivity and style, a singular book 2012 Fiat 500 and 500c by Gucci models arrive during FIAT Studios national this December. Full specs are accessible by clicking HERE.

Source: Fiat USA

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Cars round executive Moscow in anti-Putin protest

February 18, 2012 08:07 GMT

Today is Saturday, Feb. 18, a 49th day of 2012. There are 317 days left in a year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Feb. 18, 1861, Jefferson Davis was sworn in as provisional boss of a Confederate States of America in Montgomery, Ala.

On this date:

In 1546, Martin Luther, personality of a Protestant Reformation in Germany, died in Eisleben.

In 1564, artist Michelangelo died in Rome.

In 1735, a initial uncover presented in America, “Flora, or Hob in a Well,” was achieved in present-day Charleston, S.C.

In 1885, Mark Twain’s “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” was published in a U.S. for a initial time.

In 1930, detailed justification of Pluto (now designated a “dwarf planet”) was detected by Clyde W. Tombaugh during Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Ariz.

In 1953, “Bwana Devil,” a film that heralded a 3D breakthrough of a 1950s, had a New York opening.

In 1960, a 8th Winter Olympic Games were rigourously non-stop in Squaw Valley, Calif., by Vice President Richard M. Nixon.

In 1970, a “Chicago Seven” defendants were found not guilty of conspiring to stimulate riots during a 1968 Democratic inhabitant convention; 5 were convicted of violating a Anti-Riot Act of 1968 (those philosophy were after reversed).

In 1972, a California Supreme Court struck down a state’s genocide penalty.

In 1977, a space convey Enterprise, sitting atop a Boeing 747, went on a lass “flight” above a Mojave (moh-HAH’-vee) Desert.

In 1984, Italy and a Vatican sealed an settle underneath that Roman Catholicism ceased to be a state sacrament of Italy.

In 2001, automobile racing star Dale Earnhardt Sr. died in a pile-up during a Daytona 500; he was 49.

Ten years ago: Andrea Yates went on hearing in Houston, charged with dual depends of collateral murder for a drownings of 3 of her 5 children, ages 6 months to 7 years. (Yates was found guilty, though her philosophy were overturned; she was clear in a retrial by reason of insanity.) France’s Marina Anissina and Gwendal Peizerat (PEH’-zeh-rah) narrowly won a Olympic ice dancing bullion medal.

Five years ago: A troops helicopter crashed in southeastern Afghanistan, murdering 8 U.S. use members; 14 survived with injuries. Twin automobile bombs blew adult in a mostly Shiite area of Baghdad, killed during slightest 62 people. A span of bombs on a sight headed from India to Pakistan killed 68 people. Kevin Harvick nosed out Mark Martin in a raging wreck-filled finish to win a Daytona 500. The West routed a East, 153-132, in a NBA All-Star game.

One year ago: The United States vetoed a U.N. fortitude that would have cursed Israeli settlements as bootleg and called for a hindrance in all allotment building; a 14 other Security Council members voted in preference of a measure.

Today’s Birthdays: Former Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown is 90. Actor George Kennedy is 87. Former Sen. John Warner, R-Va., is 85. Author Toni Morrison is 81. Movie executive Milos (MEE’-lohsh) Forman is 80. Singer Yoko Ono is 79. Singer-songwriter Bobby Hart is 73. Singer Irma Thomas is 71. Singer Herman Santiago (Frankie Lymon and a Teenagers) is 71. Singer Dennis DeYoung is 65. Actress Sinead Cusack is 64. Actress Cybill Shepherd is 62. Singer Juice Newton is 60. Singer Randy Crawford is 60. Rock musician Robbie Bachman is 59. Rock musician Larry Rust (Iron Butterfly) is 59. Actor John Travolta is 58. Game uncover horde Vanna White is 55. Actress Jayne Atkinson is 53. Actress Greta Scacchi (SKAH’-kee) is 52. Actor Matt Dillon is 48. Rapper Dr. Dre is 47. Actress Molly Ringwald is 44. Actress Sarah Brown is 37. Actor Kristoffer Polaha is 35. Singer-musician Sean Watkins (Nickel Creek) is 35. Actor Tyrone Burton is 33. Rock-singer musician Regina Spektor is 32. Actor Shane Lyons is 24. Actress Maiara Walsh is 24.

Thought for Today: “Opinion is that practice of a tellurian will that helps us to make a preference but information.” — John Erskine, American author and teacher (1879-1951).

Copyright 2012, The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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Metromover eases transport in Miami

MIAMI — It’s strictly called a Metromover, though you’ll hear it called a “people mover.” Whatever we call it, this towering sight is your giveaway sheet to sightseeing in downtown Miami.

Think subway, though one building above travel level. No operators. The automobile or cars stop, we get on and an programmed voice tells we about a subsequent stop.

There are 21 Metromover stations, though a Bicentennial Park Station is sealed for renovation. When it reopens, it will be renamed Museum Park Station for a construction of a new Miami Art Museum and new Miami Science Museum.

Just opposite from a Port of Miami is a Bayside Marketplace selling and dining area. Because of a tighten vicinity to journey ships, it can be a tiny touristy. But it’s value going for good food, and tiny boats can take we on a debate of a internal area. It’s only off a College/Bayside Station.

During NBA season, we can see Lebron James and a Miami Heat play during American Airlines Arena — only off a Park West Station. The locus is home to many other events. Events are staged during a Miami Convention Center and a circuitously Knight Center — that has a possess station.

Three Metromover stations are nearby Mary Brickell Village (Eighth Street, Promenade/Tenth Street, and Mary Brickell Station). There are copiousness of good restaurants and selling here in a center of a Financial District. It’s a good place to see how a locals look, emporium and eat.

At Bayfront Park Station we competence find a festival going on, or suffer this 32-acre park by sitting in a sandy area along a water, journey ships in a distance.

A brief travel divided from a Omni Station is a Adrienne Arsht Center for a Performing Arts, that has concerts and dance events via a year.

If we have time, Miami Beach’s South Beach area is only a $2 train outing opposite Biscayne Bay. Just locate a train during a Omni Center and suffer a beach, selling and parks.

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The Simpsons 500: The Top Cars of 1989


By Robby DeGraff,

The 500th part of America’s favorite cartoon, “The Simpsons,” front Sunday night. It’s a record-setting show, a longest using primetime comedy in TV history. Of course, we’ve seen all sorts of charcterised cars on a long-running show, from “The Homer” (the automobile that Homer designed for his brother’s association and that gathering that association into bankruptcy) to Apu’s red 1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, screaming eagle hood decal and all. Let’s transport behind in time 23 years ago to see what a 5 best offered cars were when “The Simpsons” debuted in 1989:

1. Honda Accord: A indication that could make Mr. Burns fuss “Excellent.” Available as a notchback coupe or sedan, we can still see some 1989 Accords pushing around today, interjection to that arguable 2.2-liter four-cylinder. What’s not to adore with that 80s dim red interior and pop-up headlights? Not to discuss it wasn’t odd to find one with a 5-speed primer transmission.

2. Ford Taurus: This automobile was expected to get an “Mmmmm, donuts,” acknowledgement from Homer, formed on a new-at-the-time dull shape. The Taurus was a large strike for Ford; after a introduction in 1986, Ford built a millionth Taurus in 1989. The initial era Taurus won many awards from renowned publications, and was famous for both a then-futuristic looks and mythological opening from a 143-mph SHO model. This was America’s family car.

3. Ford Escort: Otto a train motorist expected gathering one of these in his off hours; it was a many affordable Ford of a time, and we could find them everywhere. More than 330,000 Escorts rolled off a lot in 1989, sole in hatchback, hire wagon, or 5-door hatchback form. The Pony model, interconnected with a 4-speed primer and 1.9-liter 4 cylinder engine, achieved an EPA estimated 38mpg on a highway- though you’d have to have been all right with not carrying any power-steering or atmosphere conditioning.

4. Chevrolet Beretta-Corsica: The Corsica was creatively designed to impersonate that “European sports-sedan” flair. Did it work? In hindsight, not so much. The Corsica was forsaken into a lot of let fleets, though a “sporty” coupe version, a Beretta GT, was a NASCAR fan’s dream car, with a 130-horsepower 2.8-liter V-6 trustworthy to an discretionary five-speed primer transmission. Plus, how could one forget those singular dark doorway handles found by a B pillar? As Ralph Wiggum once noted, “That’s unpossible.”

5. Chevrolet Cavalier: As Bart Simpson says, “Ay Carumba.” While this was a top-selling car, it was not a citadel of quality, and a styling did not age gracefully. A three-speed involuntary or five-speed primer powered this compress coupe, automobile sedan or wagon. The prohibited rocket indication was a Z24 trim package, with gas-pressurized shocks and a 130-horsepower V-6. Available in coupe or convertible, a Z24 came off a public line with two-tone paint jobs, and aerodynamic physique kits.

While a Simpsons continue to make D’oh!, usually dual cars from this list of best sellers sojourn in production: The Accord and a Taurus.

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