A Look At The Fiat 500

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After a long absence from the US, Fiat, largely due to the relationship they are involved with at the new Chrysler Corporation, re-entered the market with the Fiat 500. During their opening introduction salvos, they featured full page newspaper ads that high-lighted the small car. Quite honestly, the first impression, based on these ads was not particularly favorable. It looked like just another toy car doomed to quick extinction by American tastes for big and bigger.

Then something happened. Perhaps it was the Jennifer Lopez link, but when TV ads began appearing that gave close up views of this vehicle, perception changed. What a delightful little car this Fiat actually was, once you got up close and personal. This little gem has great, novel European lines, and extremely attractive styling. Like Jennifer, there is no doubt that this thing is hot, which may not be everyone’s favorite temperature. To be sure, it is small. Surprisingly, for its size it seats two rather comfortably. That is the market segment they are after.

Many American car buyers will not be impressed. To many, Euro style means unattractive. There is some apprehension about quality, as well as price and power. The Fiat 500 comes into the market with a MSRP just under $16,000. But the range for upscale models coming in the future can exceed $20,000. Fiat claims mileage of 30 city/38 hwy with its 1.4 liter engine. None of these figures can be considered exceptional for its class, but they are acceptable. These are the kinds of issues stateside drivers will have on their minds when they consider purchasing a Fiat. Some already wonder why this particular vehicle was chosen for the US market when Fiat has a number of sportier and more practical models in their line-up. Others will regard this sub compact as a novelty, but novelty, if done right does have a market.

The Fiat 500 is being offered in a hatchback and well as a convertible. Both offer Bluetooth technology as standard equipment as well as usb playback. The convertible offers more standard items like 15” wheels, AM/FM/CD3 radio, leather steering wheel and chrome wheel covers. Options include a Bose sound system and a leather package. Leave it to the Europeans to offer a lighter and ashtray option. The standard transmission is a 5 speed manual but a 6 speed automatic is also offered.

Often the attractiveness and appeal of a car can be enhanced when vibrant colors are offered. Fiat is clearly aware of that and offers 14 appealing hues, and as many as 12 seat covering options. Even the convertible tops colors; black, beige and red are fun. Incidentally, the top can be lowered at speeds up to 50 mph.

So far the jury is out on the diminutive bug-mobile. If cute, and fun and different are acceptable, it works. If the goal is a vehicle for families, it’s not the best choice. Neither is it the ideal vehicle for long trips or carrying cargo. If the goal is a very cute sub compact car that will do well in city driving conditions, the Fiat 500 or the Fiat 500c convertible can be the perfect vehicle.

Nicole Rodgers has been blogging in the automotive, technology, and finance industries for three years. Last year Nicole decided to purchase a new car. Before making this huge purchase she always checks to see if she has a good credit score. Knowing she had a good score Nicole made her car purchase. With her new car Nicole made sure to check insurance quotes online in order to get the best deals. She knows that she is well covered and saved a lot of money.

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Find Your Sports Gear for Cheap Online

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There are many different ways to find products for cheap online; however, there are a limited number of ways to find the exact products you want. The first thing about online shopping is that many products that require fitting, trying on, or involve comfort whatsoever naturally tend to make people searching for those products online more nervous when deciding whether or not to buy. The fact that the purchaser is unable to try or fit the product before they buy to make sure it fits perfectly often becomes the deciding factor turning people away from buying online products. While this is a big issue for clothing such as men’s suits or woman’s wedding dresses it may be less of an issue for less expensive items. For example, if you are searching for a pair of running shoes to buy for cheap; then the best place to start is probably your local retail store. Surprised? Don’t be. The act of trying on your favorite shoes is the best way to remain confident before you buy. By going to your local retail store and selecting the perfect pair of shoes that you know fit you will have much more confidence in searching for them online and be much more comfortable purchasing them when you find the lowest price.

Everyone knows the lowest prices for our favorite retail products exist online. For this reason, it is extremely important to try on and pick out the items you want to buy before ever beginning your Internet search for the lowest prices. Not only does this process make you more comfortable by letting you try on the item, but it also allows you to know the price available in stores in order to gauge what kind of deal you are getting online. For example, you can find the hot new Reebok Reezig shoes at your local shoe store selling for $80-$100; however, by going online you can find them for significantly less. Many large online retail websites even offer free two-day shipping, free return shipping, and price match guarantees. With this in mind, you should always begin your search for cheap prices of your favorite products at your local retail store and end it on the web. By trying on your items in person before you buy you will be able to search the exact make and model number of the item online and most likely find the absolute lowest prices available while remaining confident in the fit and comfort of the item once you feel it is time to buy.

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Equipment Used in Kids MMA

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Choosing the right kind of kids MMA equipment is very crucial. They must provide protection and be stylish so that your children will be more motivated to participate in the sport. Children who watch professional athletes on television while they fight may have certain preferences or may want the same kind of gear that they see their favorite player is wearing or using. As parents, we need to make sure that while we satisfy our children’s requests, the equipment are made from high quality materials, made to last a long time, safe to use, and serve their intended purpose quite well.

You want your children to be able to want to wear their MMA gear and wear them with confidence, giving a good impression to everyone who sees them, especially with other students and teachers in MMA School. When in school, students are usually in traditional gis or in shorts with gloves and protective head gear, shin guards, and elbow pads. You can let your children choose designs or styles they like and they will normally get similar ones their MMA idols or favorite players wear. Your children will also need gym bags since they will be using these to put their equipment and clothes in when they go to MMA School. For home practice and use, you can get training pads and grappling dummies so they can perfect moves they learned at school. Include your children when making the decision because if they don’t like what you picked for them, they will only refuse to wear and use those items.

For the clothes, make sure they fit properly, not too loose or too tight, so that they can move freely and comfortably. Mixed martial arts is a contact sport and you want to make sure that your kids’ clothes and equipment fit right so that they won’t make mistakes or get distracted because they are constantly adjusting their clothes or worrying that they fall off during sparring.

Since MMA is such a popular sport, you won’t have any problems finding the equipment your kids can use when learning it. You can go to sport supplies stores or shop online and there is always a very wide array of choices.

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Runners Knee And Running Shoes

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Runner’s knee is the bane of many runners, simply because it is such a common but frustrating injury. If it isn’t properly treated it can linger for months if not years, and may never go away unless someone who understands the condition treats the runner. So what can you do about runner’s knee, and more importantly what can you do to help prevent it?

The proper footwear is essential if you want to avoid getting runners knee. It’s no wonder that many people get the condition when they are running on hard surfaces without footwear which cushions the foot. If you have flat feet, then buying running shoes with extra arch support is very important as this stops the tibia rotating inwards. When the tibia rotates inwards it changes the biomechanics of the leg and can lead to excess cartilage wear and, over time, runner’s knee.
One thing to remember is that runner’s knee is not a very accurate description. There are numerous conditions that could be classed as running knee, and health professionals often won’t differentiate between them. If you think you have runners knee – which could mean patella tendonitis, patellofemoral syndrome or something else – then it’s important to go to someone who is used to dealing with runners and the injuries which they are most likely to pick up.

Overall, runner’s knee is something that’s easily avoided. Just make sure that you don’t run too far in a short space of time, limit your training sessions to quality instead of quantity and back off the mileage if you start to feel pain in the knee region. The correct running shoes that are high quality, such as the New Balance MR993, are also essential. Many runners ignore this advice and end up with a serious injury that could have been avoided if they’d been more patient and listened to their body. Knee injuries are very common, but that doesn’t mean all runners need to experience them.

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