Autofrankie News: Gay-friendly cars of ’07 by

December 29, 2007

Our friends over at have picked the most “gay-friendly cars” of the year 2007, so before we say good bye to the year that has been, let us take a look at what they have. These selections were filed under four categories, because each writer would have to name their picks for all the categories.

Revving up its powerplant, the flashy and youthful Volvo C30 takes the title as the Best New Car. According to the founder of, the fresh C30 is a “perfect blend of modern-retro styling, versatility, safety and fuel efficiency.” We agree that the C30 is undoubtedly a good and hip new car, but we prefer the Nissan GT-R. Its Nissan parts were sexily contoured to suit both sexes, even our gay friends. But hey, it’s Joe LaMuraglia’s call right? We may agree or disagree along the way but these are the cars that made it to their list, so let’s just check them out. The other three Best New Cars were: the Audi A5/S5, Audi R8, and the Saturn Astra. (Wait, a Saturn?)

The Best Makeover title went to the Cadillac CTS. The best family car is the Buick Enclave, while the Best Club Car goes to the Lincoln Navigator. Pretty cool ride, I agree with their choice, this ride is really an eye-catcher and a pretty attention-drawer before entering a club. Here’s an interesting category: Best Date Car. This title went to four different cars—and shockingly enough, the Toyota Corolla is one of them. The other three Best Date Cars were: The Audi TT Cabriolet, Jaguar XK Convertible, and the MINI Clubman.

Anyway that is what’s happening in the automotive industry—aside from all the carmaker’s bickering and new creations, it is nice to sit back every once in a while and get a new perspective of what other people think about these cars too.


Autofrankie News: The Ferrari 612 shooting brake by Vandenbrink

December 28, 2007
The Ferrari 612 by Vandenbrink (photo from

We see Ferrari cars as sleek, sexy, and contoured for extreme aerodynamics. Personally, contrary to arch nemesis Porsche’s SUV, I do not agree to the notion that it is time for Ferrari to follow this lead. A Ferrari is just not quite the same if it will come in a bigger, bulkier package. The same thing goes if it will have a sort of hatchback… But Vandenbrink convinced me otherwise. This photo tells it all, how Michiel B. van den Brink was able to think up of a way to integrate a hatchback into Ferrari’s tradition of aesthetically defined contours seamlessly. (It still has not gotten a nod of approval from the Italian boys though, so don’t get all excited.)

This shooting brakes concept for a Ferrari is highly agreeable—a very brave move for a famed designer. This two-door wagon is just as bad and jaw-dropping as other Ferraris, but it does not have the same edgy flair. But it will do, if Ferrari is really looking for a good design to make their vehicles reach a whole new level. So this gets a hats-off from Autofrankie, but I would like to hear what you guys think about this design. Do you think that Vandenbrink will be able to get the Italian boys to put the stallion marque in front of this concept?

Autofrankie News: Add Color to your Chevy Camaro

December 27, 2007

The 2009 Chevy camaro Colors

Well, since the year is about to end, I have decided to post some interesting news about the automotive world. It should give us all an idea as to what 2008 will look like—and the same thing goes for the 2009 Chevy Camaro.


2007 has proved itself to be very bright for the Camaro. First of all, it has opened the doors for the Camaro to bask in the spotlight as Bumblebee in Transformers. Imagine the Camaro being all mighty and telling the Beetle, hey, it’s my turn. (Good thing though that the Nissan GT-R wasn’t unveiled at that time, coz its Nissan parts will surely kick the Camaro’s bumper.) But aside from that short-lived fame in the big screen, the Camaro has undergone some notable changes in the fascia and underneath the hood. Now if you too are excited to see just what this baby will look like, then here are a few teasers. Your imagination needs to be flexed a little, because I have here the different shades that the Camaro will be available in. Note though that while Chevrolet has not released any statement regarding the 10 different colors that the Camaro will have, this comes from an alleged reliable source according to Autoblog. Apparently, “a painter at an unspecified dealership” now has the list of the Camaro’s colors. So, check out these shades and lemme know which do you prefer.


Roll ‘em up, roll ‘em down

December 21, 2007
View from BMW windows

Imagine taking a ride downtown in your 2008 BMW 3-Series Coupe. You stop at a red light just when a hot chick happens to be strutting at the sidewalk. Naturally, she gave your smooth car a very coy once-over, as if waiting to discover the equally hot driver behind the wheels. So you take her cue, and controlled your power windows to reveal to her what her destiny looks like. Pretty smooth huh? This is all thanks to the very efficient BMW window regulator in the car. If the roster of BMW parts in the 3-Series is incomplete without this component, can you just imagine what a big loss you will incur to let that moment pass by?

Fear not, for this critical piece of metal assures that the power windows will work anytime it has to. The windows are very important components of the car. It lets the car occupants breathe in fresh air—whether air coming from the ac, or the fresh air outside. It makes the car friendlier and more appealing than, say, an armored vehicle with such little windows. With a car’s power windows, the carmakers understand that drivers must posses the power to completely control the car. Hence, the windows are not just a sheet of glass that was installed on car doors—they are actually the mirrors that allow us to appreciate being inside the car.

Compared to manual window regulators, power window regulators are expected to have a longer mortality. Especially for the ones that are crafted by BMW, drivers need not worry for any trouble. But in case the windows start to fail, find a high-quality window regulator replacement, and you’ll be good to go.

Keeping BMWs safe—the BMW brake pad sensor

December 15, 2007


The brake pad sensor

What makes the car a very safe thing to drive around with is its brake system. Imagine, how can the foot be able to stop a speeding car in case a pedestrian suddenly appears out of nowhere? It is incredible indeed, for a driver to have the power to control the car. For BMW drivers, they are lucky enough to experience a very efficient brake system. After all, it comes readily complete with BMW parts such as the brake pads, the rotors, and the calipers. Among the given parts, the brake pad is the one that is most likely to wear out at an early time. This is because the brake system needs the element of friction. Friction acts as the damper that allows stoppage. This, however, also causes the brake pad to wear out easily.

BMW is a carmaker that understands this, which is why they created the BMW brake pad sensor. This device is actually a wiring that is plugged onto the brake system, effectively determining whether or not it is time to replace the brake pads. Simple wonders that contribute a lot to the car’s safety huh? But when you think about it, this genius piece of component is nothing that BMW cannot think of.

Spice up those wheels!

December 14, 2007
Nice BMW hubcaps

Driving on the road may be such a drag for the car, but not if it is hooked up with some heavy-duty set of wheels. After all, the wheels are the main components that actually transport the car. These circular devices make it possible for the car to exert motion by rolling down the street. Is it not such a wonder how the engine and the steering wheel can control the car wheels? Let us say you are driving a BMW X5. The high-quality BMW parts of this luxury SUV will all be futile if the wheels are not in perfect condition. So for instance you acquire a flat tire, the wheels will not move smoothly, rendering the car impaired. Bottom line is, it is very important to take good care of something as vital as the car wheels.

Aside from wheel maintenance, there is also another way to spice up your ride. That, is by getting some neat BMW hubcaps. These aesthetically defined coverings are mounted at the center of the wheels. If one knows how a wheel looks like without hubcaps, he or she will know that the sight of all the exposed lug nuts is not so pleasant. This is exactly what we are avoiding if we have the hubcaps. Usually adorned with the carmaker’s logo, the hubcaps are ideal ways to enhance the wheels’ appearance even while they are in motion. So what are you waiting for? Hide those unsightly lug nuts and purchase a pimpin’ hubcap now!

How to jazz up a high-performing car

December 13, 2007
Neat huh?

Lucky drivers who have the luxury of driving high-performing cars practically have nothing to worry about. Take the BMW cars. No matter what series, their inherent German trademark of excellence is very well reflected in the car’s performance. After all, BMW parts are crafted out of efficiency and quality design which made the marque stand out in the automotive industry. Hence, if you are among these lucky drivers, all you have to do is to maintain the car parts. But then again maintenance is a car owner’s initiative to keep the car running in excellent condition. So this is really nothing new. BMW or not, you would have to maintain it. So what could a driver do to jazz up an already snazzy and high-performing car like a BMW?

There are many ways to improve the performance of a BMW. If you think that there is already nothing more that you could do for its improvement, then you are wrong. Installing some engine parts will surely do more to what the BMW can do, performance-wise. But if you are looking for ways to make the BMW twice as eye-catching as it already is, then maybe it is high time to consider purchasing some BMW spoilers. Installing this solid piece of metal onto the rear end of the car instantly gives it an “edge”—pun not intended—over the other cars. Aesthetically, a spoiler will add a little pizazz to a BMW, or any other car for that matter. But aerodynamically, it contributes more. Spoilers are usually installed on cars that need to go faster because it “spoils” any unfavorable air movement that may put a damper to the car’s motion.

So you see, there is actually more to it than just the aesthetics. By installing some neat BMW spoilers, the car is now jazzed up, and truly high-performing.