But we gotta say, this Startech program really captures our imaginations. Click past the jump to read about the Land Rover Defender 2012 Land Rover Defender Rugged and ready to rumble at moment’s notice, the Land Rover Defender is an awesome utility vehicle that gives off an all-conquering aura few of its competitors can match. On top of that, the Land Rover Defender will also come with a 2.2-liter diesel engine that delivers a total of 122 horsepower at 500rpm and a peak torque of 265 lbs-ft at 2,000rpm.
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Major manufacturers are already well aware of the flexible nature of some styling details, like the roof style and door counts. Many are rumored to have 10-foot-tall HD walls in some design conference rooms. Over the course of the video meeting, far-flung design staff can flash up a life-size image of their vision on the wall monitor for all to evaluate together, in real time. Spinning around as easily as a web configurator, these models are actually immense bits of data. A report from many years ago outlined the difficulty GM — in particular — has in moving huge, vast amounts of encrypted data across its global network. Slow transfer speeds are only the beginning. Enough about how great design renderings are.
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The cargo area has 33 cubic feet of space with all rows in use. That was plenty of space, but if I needed more, I simply folded a portion of the third row. 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan: Car Seat Check The Grand Caravan has three sets of Latch anchors. Two sets are in the second row; the third set is placed in between the middle and outer seats in the third row. When a car seat is installed with the Latch anchors, it occupies two seats — reducing seating from three to two. My kids’ car seats all fit well in the Grand Caravan, and installation was easy. What can I say?
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But pickup demand kept up and not just because of a healthier housing market. With the top seven automakers reporting numbers, August sales increased 16.5%; they’re up 9.9% for the year, and by day’s end we could see the best sales pace since before the recession. You could chalk it up to a healthier economy in general. Consumer confidence, often up and down depending on the month, has seen a sustained lift as unemployment in July (the latest month of data) fell to 7.4%.
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FINA World Aquatics Championships
The 15th FINA World Championships are taking place in Barcelona this year, and the photography is a feast for the eyes. FINA is the Swiss-based international swimming organization that holds the championships for aquatic sports every two years. The sporting event that includes swimming,diving, open water swimming, synchronized swimming and water polo, ends on Aug. 4.-Leanne Burden Seidel ( 24 photos total )
Russia warms up ahead of the Synchronized Swimming Free Combination Final on day eight of the 15th FINA World Championships at Palau Sant Jordi on July 27 in Barcelona, Spain.( Al Bello/Getty Images)
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What are the haps my friends
September 2nd, 2013: Have you ever wanted to OWN a comic? Well that’s crazy but did you know you can own a part of a comic ?
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What are the haps my friends
August 29th, 2013: If you’re in Toronto I recommend going to go see Shakespeare In The Ruff ! I saw their Richard III last night and it was basically the best – I’ve never seen Richard be so funny before ( here’s a Star review !). And you can bring a picnic blanket to sit on and a picnic to eat during the show and that is DELIGHTFUL. If you’re in Toronto, check it out!
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It was a lively week at The Kitchn, with discussions about freezer cooking, what you drink with meals, and the best way to thaw meat. Read on for these and more, including a tour of Joy the Baker’s sweet home kitchen, and a 10 summer recipes that should inspire your weekend cooking.
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Summer Salad Recipe: Roasted Garlic, Olive & Tomato Pasta Salad Happy weekend, folks! Do you have big plans for Labor Day? A cook-out? Maybe a slab of perfectly grilled steak ? Or a freshened-up pasta salad ?
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It was hard not to like it. Click here to view the embedded video. I imagine that, like most newer cars, the new Carols are superior in every way and handle the duties of Japanese city life with just as much skill as the older model I drove, but I am disappointed that Mazda has let the cheerful face of the car go away. While they have continued to hang ever more outrageously grinning grills and swoopy sheet metal on all of their other cars, would it hurt them to let the little Carol, the car with the name that helped Mazda break into the passenger market, join in the fun? Come on Mazda, it doesn’t matter how practical the new Carol is, without a smile on her face she’s just not going to get noticed and will remain just another wallflower on the edge of the dance when she really needs to be out there shaking things up. Thomas M Kreutzer currently lives in Buffalo, New York with his wife and three children but has spent most of his adult life overseas.
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I got a lot of tickets in that car. This, roughly, is the response I’d have liked to have given to my busty friend. (Remember her? She’s three paragraphs above). Where’s the disconnect? Let’s see if we can unpack it: 1.
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The plan administrator has given me the option of a growth and income fund that is “managed exclusively for the fund.” There’s no ticker symbol. How can I vet the fund with an independent rating site? And are those funds common in 401(k)s? —D.S., address not disclosed Almost half of the assets in 401(k) plans aren’t invested in mutual funds, according to the Investment Company Institute, a mutual-fund industry trade group. Increasingly, assets are invested in products that aren’t always as transparent as mutual funds. Your plan may have chosen to replace your fund with what’s known as a collective investment, which is managed by a trust or a bank, perhaps to reduce overall costs. Although you might not have access to the day-to-day performance of those replacements, the Department of Labor still requires 401(k) providers to furnish participants with certain performance data and costs.
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When choosing where to invest my 401(k), I put 70 percent in an index mutual fund that is tied to the S&P 500. The remaining 30 percent I put in index funds tied to international, small-cap, and mid-cap stocks. I’m in my late 40s; do you think this is a smart move?—A.T., Arlington, Texas We don’t think that anyone should have 100 percent of his or her 401(k) money invested in stocks, because a more diversified portfolio will help protect it from getting pummeled in economic downturns. If you were in your 20s you could afford to be heavily invested in stocks, but as you get closer to retirement you should probably shift to a more conservative, bond-centric portfolio. Many people in their 40s should consider placing about 30 percent of their investments in bonds. To achieve this you could take roughly half of the money you have invested in the S&P index fund and move it into a low-cost index bond fund.
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