2012 Volkswagen Golf Price, Review, Specs

2012 Volkswagen Golf Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, Beyond adjustments to its trim and options structure, the 2012 Volkswagen Golf is unchanged. Notably, however, one of those adjustments is the deletion of optional rear side airbags.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2012 Volkswagen Golf is a five-passenger hatchback available in two- and four-door body styles. Each is broken into 2.5L and TDI trim levels, which correspond to engine choice. The high-performance GTI is discussed in a separate review.

Standard equipment on the base 2.5L Golf includes 15-inch steel wheels, foglights, full power accessories, keyless entry, heated mirrors, cruise control, air-conditioning, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a height-adjustable driver seat, front seat adjustable lumbar, cloth upholstery, a compass, a trip computer and an eight-speaker sound system with a CD player and an auxiliary audio jack. The Convenience package adds heated front seats, a front center armrest and Bluetooth. The Convenience & Sunroof package adds those aforementioned items plus a sunroof, a six-CD changer, satellite radio, an iPod/USB audio interface and a touchscreen audio interface.

The Golf TDI includes all of the above equipment as standard, minus the sunroof. Also included are 17-inch alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, a lower ride height, heated windshield washer nozzles, floor mats and a multifunction leather-wrapped steering wheel. The Sunroof & Navigation package adds the sunroof and a navigation system, but subtracts the compass and auxiliary audio jack. The Tech package includes the Sunroof & Navigation items, plus bi-xenon headlights and a premium Dynaudio sound system.

Powertrains and Performance

The 2012 Volkswagen Golf 2.5L is powered by a 2.5-liter five-cylinder (hence the trim name) that produces 170 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. These Golf models are classified as partial-zero-emissions vehicles (PZEV) when sold in states with California emissions standards. A five-speed manual transmission is standard and a six-speed automatic is optional. With the automatic, the Golf 2.5L achieves an EPA-estimated 24 mpg city/31 mpg highway and 26 mpg combined. Sticking with the manual improves that to 23/31/26. But either way, that’s worse fuel economy than the Golf’s primary (though admittedly less powerful) competitors.

To get similar to better fuel economy than those competitors, we recommend the Golf TDI. It has a 2.0-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder that puts out a modest 140 hp, but a robust 236 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual is standard and a six-speed automated manual (DSG) is optional

Safety

Every 2012 Volkswagen Golf comes standard with traction and stability control, antilock disc brakes, front side airbags and side curtain airbags. In Edmunds brake testing, a Golf TDI came to a stop from 60 mph in 121 feet — a good distance for this segment.

In crash testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Golf received the highest score of “Good” in the frontal-offset, side and roof strength tests.
Interior Design and Special Features

Simply replacing the VW logo on the Golf’s steering wheel with four rings just might be enough to convince you that you’re in an Audi. That’s how nice the Golf’s interior is. Among other compact hatchbacks, the Volkswagen’s blend of top-shelf materials, refined design and quality workmanship place it above all others. The Golf’s cabin is actually much nicer than that of the recently redesigned VW Jetta sedan.

Whether you choose the two- or four-door, the Golf’s passenger space remains the same. For those who plan on shuttling multiple passengers, the four-door is the obvious choice, offering a surprisingly large backseat that’s notably more spacious than that of a Mazda 3. Access to the two-door Golf’s rear seats is made relatively painless thanks to front seats that slide easily out of the way. Behind the rear seats, the cargo area can hold up to 12.4 cubic feet of stuff — double the capacity of a Mini Cooper, but about average for other hatchbacks. Dropping the split-folding rear seats bumps that figure up to 46 cubes.

Driving Impressions

The 2012 Volkswagen Golf’s high level of interior refinement is echoed in its composed, solid feel on the road. At highway speeds, the Golf is significantly quieter than other hatchbacks. Alternately, you can take it out on a curvy road and the well-weighted steering will inspire confidence.

The Golf’s gasoline engine provides strong power throughout the rev range, but it sounds unrefined and we’re betting most buyers would sacrifice some of that muscle for better fuel economy. Opting for the turbodiesel will get you that higher fuel economy along with an abundance of low-end torque. The downsides are the extra noise and a higher price, but in general, the Golf TDI is the more appealing model.

 

2012 Volkswagen Golf Price :

MSRP range: $17,995 – $36,090
Invoice price range: $17,275 – $34,647

2012 Volkswagen Golf Specs :

Drivetrain : Front Wheel Drive
Curb Weight (lbs) : 2967
City (MPG) : 22
Hwy (MPG) : 33
Horsepower : 170@5700
Torque (lb-ft) : 177@4250
Wheelbase : 101.5
Length (in.) : 165.4
Width (in.) : 70.3
Height (in.) : 58.2

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2011 Volkswagen CC Consumer Review

2011 Volkswagen CC Consumer Review – The DSG transmission does this car a complete injustice. There is a significant hesitation from a stop, and the shifts are jerky and unpleasant. VW couples this half-engineered transmission with an engine that has significant turbo lag – turning every city trip into a manic journey along the torque curve.

Everything settles down once you get the car up to speed, making the CC an enjoyable highway car. The exterior and interior styling is fantastic, but the transmission will be a disappointment to anyone who has ever driven a well built, thoughtfully engineered car or truck from a reputable manufacturer.

Favorite Features
Exterior styling. Bluetooth connectivity.
Suggested Improvements
Scrap the DSG transmission. Build some low-end torque into the 2.0T engine.

2011 Volkswagen Touran Review

2011 Volkswagen Touran Review, what car reviews, The Volkswagen Touran full set of six new petrol and diesel the way to reduce fuel consumption and emissions that were previously unthinkable in a minivan. Sustainability is the pace in the Volkswagen Touran BlueMotion TDI technology (77 kW / 105 hp), the Touran is a better value for a new seven-seat minivan with a combined fuel consumption of 4.6 l/100 km (equivalent to 121 g / km CO2). Also new on board the Volkswagen Touran is an innovative entry-level petrol engine, the 1.2 liter TSI.

This is a direct-injection turbo engine with 105 hp. Develop a powerful 175 Newton-meter torque from just above the minimum, but consumes just 6.4 l/100 km of fuel in combined mode (equivalent to 149 g / km CO2). Alternatively, this variant is also available with BlueMotion technology – with the system Start / Stop and regeneration of the battery. In this case, the values of fuel consumption in the combined cycle and CO2 emissions reduced to 5.9 l/100 km and 139 g / km, respectively.

The range of the characteristics of the multi-purpose vehicle – equipped with up to 39 storage options – has also been adjusted. The basic model is the Volkswagen Touran Trendline (formerly Concept Line). The fuel consumption of the standard 1.2-liter TSI is economical. However, standard features of the base model, are anything but efficient and air conditioning, radio / CD player with MP3 function, power windows on all four doors, elegant decorative inserts in “brushed chrome” and daytime running lights.

2012 Volkswagen GLI Price, Review & Picture

2012 Volkswagen GLI Price, Review & Picture – New Car Reviews, Almost everything other than the drivetrain that it retains from the GTI and 2010 GLI. Compared to the standard Jetta, the GLI packs a firmer suspension, an independent rear suspension, rear disc brakes, and more upscale interior accoutrements, VW’s RNS 315 touch screen stereo head unit, and an optional Fender stereo, and even the nicer interior materials from the Euro-spec cars. The Jetta GLI is a decidedly higher-class car than the other sedans in the Jetta lineup.

Returning to Volkswagen’s lineup for the first time since 2010, the Jetta GLI adds some spark to the German automaker’s small-sedan offerings. Unlike the 2010 model, however, this Jetta GLI shares little more than its drivetrain with the Golf GTI hatchback. On the new-for-2011 Jetta platform, the new car is larger in most every capacity than its predecessor. Powered by the same 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine as the GTI, the GLI is capable of pumping out 200 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque.

That power is routed to the front wheels by way of either a six-speed manual or optional six-speed dual-clutch transmission. Unlike its lesser siblings, the Jetta GLI makes use of a four-way independent rear suspension instead of a twist beam rear axle and ditches the rear drums for standard disc brakes all around. Volkswagen has also outfitted the GLI with the same XDS cross differential system that helps prevent inside wheelspin in hard cornering.

Despite being down on power and up in size and weight versus many of its sport compact competitors, Volkswagen has always found a way to go beyond the spec sheet to provide fun, agile compact cars. With three different levels of specification, the Jetta GLI is more or less the same flavor of fun whether choosing from the base, Autobahn, or Autobahn with Navigation.

With a wider front air dam, smoked tail lights, and larger wheels, changes to the exterior are unstated. The Jetta GLI comes standard with 17-inch wheels and has 18-inchers available with the Autobahn package. At 182.2 inches long – 2.9 inches longer than the outgoing model – the GLI is nipping at midsize car territory. Its sharp lines are a departure from the previous GLI, boasting an almost Audi-like look to it. Capped by two exhaust pipes that flank either side of the rear bumper, the GLI has a look that’s conservative yet aggressive.

In increasing the size of the Jetta, Volkswagen made the interior of its Jetta positively livable for just about any group of four, or five in a pinch. Rear leg room is among the best in its class, and it’s more capacious than many larger cars. That said, the Jetta GLI is intended to be a performance car, and there are plenty of upgrades. Red cross-stitching adorns the handbrake lever, shifter boot, and flat-bottomed steering wheel that only comes in the GLI. Available with plaid cloth or leatherette, the sport bucket seats provide more bolstering than the wider, softer standard Jetta buckets. Completing the package are alloy pedals, shift lever, and trim, and the interior materials taken straight from the higher-quality European Jettas instead of the harder, cheaper plastics used in standard U.S. models.

Although bigger than its predecessor, the new GLI actually undercuts its forbearer on the scales by roughly 100 pounds. Acceleration to 60 mph should be brisk and in the mid-six-second neighborhood. Judging from impressions of similar GTIs, the ride should be on the firmer side of the spectrum, but not uncomfortable. Volkswagen has tuned the steering and suspension to keep in line with the traditional sharpness the GLI has become associated with. The DSG transmission is engaging in manual mode, but in auto mode shifts are slow and laggy.

The Jetta GLI comes standard with stability control, tire pressure monitoring, and Volkswagen’s Intelligent Crash Response System, which shuts off the fuel pump, unlocks all of the doors, and turns on the hazard lights in the event of a collision. The Jetta GLI also features front airbags, side airbags, and side curtain airbags for front and rear passengers.

Body style: Four-door sedan
Engines: Turbocharged 2.0L, I-4
Transmissions: 6-speed manual, 6-speed dual-clutch semi-automatic
Models: Volkswagen Jetta GLI, Volkswagen GLI
Autobahn, Volkswagen GLI Autobahn with Navigation

EPA Fuel Economy
Jetta GLI: 22 mpg city/33 mpg highway (manual); 24 mpg city/32 mpg highway (DSG automatic)

Price : $23,495

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2012 Volvo XC90 Price, Review, Specs

2012 Volvo XC90 Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, For 2012, the Volvo XC90 loses its V8 engine and gets a reshuffled lineup of trim levels, with Bluetooth streaming audio now standard on all models. The 3.2 R-Design also gets adaptive xenon headlights.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2012 Volvo XC90 is a seven-passenger luxury crossover SUV that comes in two different models: the 3.2 and the sportier R-Design. Each version is offered in three trim levels, including a base model, midrange Premier Plus and the top-of-the-line Platinum.

The 3.2 base model’s list of standard equipment includes 18-inch alloy wheels, foglamps, heated mirrors, a sunroof, roof rails, rear privacy glass, rear parking sensors and keyless entry. Inside there’s dual-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, leather upholstery, eight-way power front seats with driver-seat memory settings and lumbar adjustment, a fold-flat front passenger seat, 40/20/40-split second-row seats with built-in center child booster seat, a 50/50-split third-row seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a trip computer, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, and an eight-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio, an auxiliary audio jack and an iPod/USB audio interface.

Stepping up to the Premier Plus trim level gets you adaptive xenon headlights, a rearview mirror with integrated compass, and a wood-trimmed gearshift knob. The top-of-the-line Platinum model adds a navigation system, real-time traffic info, a rearview camera and a 12-speaker premium surround-sound audio system.

The 3.2 R-Design versions of the above trims are identical, though they all include 20-inch alloy wheels, adaptive xenon headlights, sport-tuned suspension and steering, a self-leveling rear suspension, distinctive exterior and interior styling touches, unique leather upholstery, unique gauges and a sport steering wheel.

Options include a Climate package that contains headlight washers, automatic wipers, heated front seats and an interior air quality sensor. Stand-alone options include a blind spot warning system and a rear-seat video entertainment system.

Powertrains and Performance

All 2012 Volvo XC90 models are powered by a 3.2-liter inline six-cylinder engine that puts out 240 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic with manual shift control is the only transmission offered. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available as an option. Properly equipped, the XC90 can tow up to 3,970 pounds.

According to Volvo, the XC90 will go from zero to 60 mph in 8.7 seconds, which is slow for the class. EPA fuel economy estimates are just average for the category at 16 mpg city/23 mpg highway and 19 mpg combined for front-wheel-drive models, while all-wheel drive lowers the combined number to 18.

Safety

Standard safety features on the 2012 Volvo XC90 include antilock brakes, stability control, front-seat side-impact airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, anti-whiplash front seats and a handy child booster seat built into the second row. A blind-spot warning system is optional on all models, but the XC90 is not available with the multitude of advanced accident prevention technologies available on other Volvo models.

In crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the XC90 earned the organization’s top “Good” rating in the frontal-offset, side-impact and roof strength tests.

Interior Design and Special Features

Inside, the 2012 Volvo XC90 offers a passenger cabin that’s stylish, comfortable and quiet. Front seats offer good support and a generous amount of room, but the second- and third-row seats are a little tighter than those on several competitors. A child booster seat built into the center section of the middle row slides forward to put young ones within easy reach of mom and dad, though Volvo’s XC60 and XC70 are available with two booster seats. Gauges and controls are nicely arranged, but the latter aren’t the most advanced. The navigation system included in the Platinum level is antiquated and relies on obtuse controls located behind the steering wheel or on a remote control. Most other Volvo models have a more advanced infotainment system.

The XC90′s interior can also handle its share of cargo. Folding down the 40/20/40-split second-row and 50/50-split third-row seatbacks results in a flat load floor and 85.1 cubic feet of cargo room. This is pretty good for a luxury crossover, but larger three-row crossovers like the Buick Enclave and Ford Flex will hold much more. Another downside is the fact that there’s just 8.8 cubic feet of space behind the third-row seat, which means carrying seven people and their luggage is unlikely unless you invest in a rooftop cargo carrier.

Driving Impressions

The decision to drop the V8 engine leaves the 2012 Volvo XC90 to carry on with the 3.2-liter six-cylinder that delivers only adequate acceleration. One of Volvo’s turbocharged engines would certainly be welcome. The standard comfort-oriented suspension should be perfectly fine for most folks, though we have to admit we prefer the more confident handling offered by the R-Design’s sport-tuned suspension. All in all, the XC90 feels more nimble than you’d expect a tall seven-passenger vehicle to be, and continues to drive quite well despite its advancing years.

 

Volvo XC90 Price :

MSRP range: $38,400 – $44,300
Invoice price range: $36,096 – $41,642

Volvo XC90 Specs :

Drivetrain : Front Wheel Drive
Curb Weight (lbs) : 4751
City (MPG) : 16
Hwy (MPG) : 23
Horsepower : 240@6200
Torque (lb-ft) : 236@3200
Wheelbase : 112.6
Length (in.) : 189.3
Width (in.) : 74.7
Height (in.) : 70.2

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2012 Volvo XC90 Price, Review, Specs

2012 Volvo XC90 Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, The XC90 is Volvo’s premium midsize SUV that debuted at the 2002 Detroit Auto Show and went on sale in the fall of 2002. The XC90 V8 was added during the middle of the 2005 model year, the most powerful Volvo ever, powered by a 311-horsepower 4.4-liter Yamaha-built V8 engine with a 6-speed automatic transmission and All-Wheel Drive with Instant Traction. For 2007 the XC90 gets new exterior styling featuring a new grille, bumpers and taillights, the 3.2 also adds color-coordinated wheel arch moldings. The 3.2 is now powered by a new 24-valve inline 6-cylinder normally aspirated engine with 235 horsepower and mated to a new standard 6-speed automatic transmission with Geartronic.

The Volvo XC90 offers classic Volvo attributes in a midsize SUV. An IIHS Top Safety Pick several years running it’s safe, comfortable, and practical. For 2012, Volvo has moved to a trim lineup which includes Premier, Premier Plus, and Platinum trims. The V8 engine is no longer available.

The XC90 seats up to seven people. Rear and front passenger seats fold down to provide more cargo room. A second-row child booster seat is standard equipment. The 240-hp 3.2-liter inline-six is available with front-wheel or all-wheel drive, matched with a Geartronic six-speed automatic transmission, allowing driver selectable shifting. When equipped for towing it can tow up to 5,000 pounds. Sirius satellite radio and Bluetooth are standard features. Safety features include electronic stability control, side-impact and side curtain airbags, Roll Stability Control, Blind Spot Information System, and all-disc anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution.

EXTERIOR

Slim, exclusive lines

The Volvo XC90 boasts a modern and elegant appearance. It is a spacious and flexible crossover model that combines the passenger car’s handling and comfort with excellent get-you-there ability and flexibility. The XC90 is designed to give an elegant, muscular and robust impression.

Exclusive Executive and bold R-Design

The XC90 is also available in an even more exclusive Executive version with a number of features that further elevate its level of cosseting luxury. The R-Design version boosts the XC90′s sporty aura and gives the car a more driver-focused character.

INTERIOR

Seven seats

The passenger compartment is very spacious and features a modern uncluttered design. Seven seats are standard on most markets. On some there is also a five seats alternative.

The seating position gives the driver a commanding view over the traffic and the passengers a comfortable seating position. All the passenger seats can be folded to create a fully flat loading floor.

The tailgate is divided into an upper and a lower section. This makes the Volvo XC90 a very flexible and versatile car in every day usage.

CHASSIS

Passenger car drive

The XC90 is built as a passenger car, with a unitary body and the same type of chassis as that found in Volvo’s sedan models. The chassis, with spring struts at the front and Multilink axle at the rear, are tuned for a stable, controlled drive and alert steering response.

The Multilink rear axle is an independent rear suspension system featuring a number of links and it is designed to offer a good combination of controlled wheel movements and high ride comfort. A long wheelbase and wide track, together with a very torsionally rigid body, contribute to the predictable, controlled driving manners.

All-Wheel Drive (AWD) for enhanced stability

All-Wheel Drive is an electronically controlled system that distributes engine power between the front and rear wheels quickly and automatically, depending on which wheel pair (front or rear wheels) has the best grip at the moment. The system helps enhance stability and reduces understeer and oversteer, contributing to increased driver control and a comfortable ride.

The system is equipped with PreTension® which improves take-off speed and delivers higher traction on slippery surfaces.

Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DSTC)

Volvo’s Dynamic Stability and Traction Control system continuously registers the car’s roll rate, making it possible to detect slowly building skids at an early stage. Generally, the system helps stabilise the car in evasive manoeuvres, particularly when the car is exposed to high lateral forces.

DRIVELINE AND ENGINES

3.2 AWD naturally aspirated petrol engine

The in-line six-cylinder 3.2-litre naturally aspirated engine has been upgraded and features an improved crankshaft and less internal friction. It now offers 243 hp and maximum torque is 320 Nm. 
It meets the Euro 5 legislation.

D5 and D3

The Volvo XC90 can be specified with the high-performance D5 engine that produces 200 horsepower and 420 Nm of torque. There is also a front-wheel drive (FWD) 2.4 five-cylinder D3 turbodiesel with 163 hp available. Both engines the Euro 5 legislation.

 

2012 Volvo XC90 Price :

MSRP range: $38,400 – $44,300
Invoice price range: $36,096 – $41,642

2012 Volvo XC90 Specs :

Engine Gas : I6, 3.2L
EPA Class 4WD : Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name : AWD 4dr
Drivetrain : All Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity : 7
Passenger Doors : 4
Body Style : Sport Utility
Transmission : 6-speed Geartronic automatic transmission w/OD, winter mode

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2012 Volvo XC70 Price, Review, Specs

2012 Volvo XC70 Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, The 2012 Volvo XC70 is a family-friendly wagon with enough off-road agility to travel rugged backcountry roads or promote a higher level of confidence on the way to a remote ski resort. It shares robust SUV-like styling cues and also boasts Volvo’s long list of safety features. The XC70 — the XC stands for Cross Country — seems to be the perfect alternative to a truck-based SUV.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2012 Volvo XC70 is a five-passenger wagon available in two model designations — 3.2 or T6 — that are further broken into trim levels. The 3.2 stands for the 3.2-liter engine, while T6 stands for turbocharged six-cylinder. The 3.2 is available with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, while the T6 is AWD only.

Standard equipment on the 3.2 includes 16-inch alloy wheels, foglamps, front and rear skid plates, roof rails, heated mirrors, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 40/20/40-split rear seat, an eight-way power driver seat with memory functions, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, neoprene-like “Tricotec” upholstery, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Bluetooth and an eight-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio, an auxiliary audio jack and an iPod/USB audio interface.

The 3.2 Premier trim adds leather upholstery, a sunroof, a power passenger seat and rear privacy glass. The Premier Plus trim adds to this a power liftgate, front and rear parking sensors, keyless ignition/entry (available separately on lower trims) and power-folding rear head restraints. The Platinum trim adds a rearview camera, a navigation system and a premium audio system.

The T6 version of these trims offers the same equipment other than the different engine, standard all-wheel drive, 18-inch wheels, dual exhaust pipes and upgraded instruments.

The Climate package adds heated front and rear seats, heated windshield-washer nozzles, automatic wipers, headlight washers and an air quality sensor. The Technology package adds adaptive cruise control and warning systems for impending collisions, distance alert, driver inattention, lane departure and pedestrian detection. Some of those systems allow the car to brake automatically in certain situations. Other options include active bi-xenon headlights, a blind-spot warning system and integrated rear child booster seats.

Powertrains and Performance

Base engine for the 2012 Volvo XC70 is a 3.2-liter inline-6 that produces 240 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic and front-wheel drive are standard, but all-wheel drive is optional.

All this is adequate, yet hardly exciting for a 4,000-plus-pound vehicle. Volvo claims the XC70 3.2 will sprint to 60 mph in 8.4 seconds — about the same as full-size crossover SUVs. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 19 mpg city/25 mpg highway and 21 mpg combined with front-wheel drive, and 18/24/20 with all-wheel drive.

The T6 AWD steps up to a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6 that produces 300 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. The 0-60 time quickens to 7.1 seconds, according to Volvo. EPA-estimated fuel economy stands at 17/23/20.

Safety

Never a brand to skimp on safety features, the 2012 XC70 comes standard with antilock disc brakes, hill descent control, stability control, traction control, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and anti-whiplash front head restraints. Also standard is Volvo’s City Safety feature that helps drivers avoid collisions with vehicles in front of them. Integrated rear booster seats and a blind-spot warning system are optional on every XC70.

The available Technology package adds warning systems for impending collisions, distance alert, driver inattention, lane departure and pedestrian detection. Some of those systems allow the car to brake automatically in certain situations. The available Personal Car Communicator included with keyless ignition/entry warns the driver through the key fob if a heartbeat is detected inside the car.

Interior Design and Special Features

Favorable first impressions come soon after entering the 2012 Volvo XC70. If you choose the available matte-finish wood and leather trim, the cabin is a showcase of modern Swedish style, with Volvo’s trademark “floating” center stack panel and artfully designed controls. For 2012, Volvo’s upgraded infotainment system allows drivers to manage audio, navigation and other functions from a 7-inch, high-definition color monitor. Although it’s not quite as good as systems found in competitors, it works well enough and is far superior to the old, laughably crude navigation interface that used steering wheel buttons and a remote control.

The front seats are among the best in the business, achieving a rare combination of chiropractor-approved comfort and body-hugging support. Legroom is a little tight in back, yet the seats seem to swallow up every body type with ease. The rear seat is also versatile, with its 40/20/40 split-folding design and the incredibly useful integrated child booster seats. Lay down the backseat and the XC70′s total cargo room expands to more than 72 cubic feet. With the rear seat up, cargo is limited to 33 cubic feet. This is on par with most midsize crossover SUVs, but you can get a three-row large crossover with a lower price tag than this Volvo.

Driving Impressions

The 2012 Volvo XC70 has a refined, sophisticated ride befitting its premium status. However, light steering, noticeable body roll and an elevated center of gravity leaves us wanting for the tighter, nimbler ride associated with other Volvo wagons. On a positive note, we like the overall maneuverability that comes with the smaller footprint of a wagon. The base six-cylinder is sluggish while accelerating on the freeway and sounds coarse for a premium brand. The turbocharged version adds much-needed kick but forces more stops at the gas pump. The AWD models will add some measure of confidence and all-terrain capability in inclement weather or on your favorite ski road.

 

2012 Volvo XC70 Price :

MSRP range: $32,950 – $43,650
Invoice price range: $30,973 – $41,031

2012 Volvo XC70 Specs :

Drivetrain : Front Wheel Drive
Curb Weight (lbs) : 4147
City (MPG) : 19
Hwy (MPG) : 25
Horsepower : 240@6200
Torque (lb-ft) : 236@3200
Wheelbase : 110.0
Length (in.) : 190.5
Width (in.) : 73.3
Height (in.) : 63.1

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2012 Volvo S80 Price, Review, Specs

2012 Volvo S80 Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, The S80 is Volvo’s flagship sedan which debuted for the 1999 model year as a replacement for the S90 Sedan. Built on Volvo’s reputation for safety, the S80 debuted a number of new safety features, including a whiplash protection system and an Inflatable Curtain that provides added protection during side-impact collisions. For 2007 an all-new second-generation S80 debuted with a longer wheelbase and track, wider and taller body for a more dynamic stance and a number of upgrades to the interior. And for the first time, a new inline 6-cylinder and V8 power a Volvo with both being mated to a new 6-speed transmission. For 2008 the T6 AWD was added to the lineup featuring a 3.0-liter 281-horsepower engine.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2012 Volvo S80 is available in two trim levels: 3.2 and T6 AWD.

The 3.2 base model comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, front and rear foglights, heated mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, power front seats with driver memory settings, a split-folding rear seat with trunk pass-through, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a trip computer, full power accessories, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming and an eight-speaker sound system with a six-CD changer, satellite radio, HD radio, an iPod/USB interface and an auxiliary audio jack. To this the T6 AWD adds all-wheel drive, 18-inch alloy wheels and a sunroof. The latter two features are optional for the 3.2.

The optional Premier Plus package includes front and rear parking sensors, keyless entry/ignition and Volvo’s Personal Car Communicator. The Climate package adds heated front and rear seats, headlight washers, rain-sensing wipers and heated windshield washer nozzles. The Technology package gets you adaptive cruise control, a collision-warning and pedestrian-detection system with automatic braking, lane-departure warning and Driver Alert. T6 models can also be had with a Dynamic package that contains unique 18-inch alloy wheels, a sport-tuned chassis, adaptive xenon headlights and unique aluminum interior trim.

From a luxury standpoint, the available Inscription package ups the ante with premium leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, a leather-covered dashboard and center armrest and genuine wood trim on the steering wheel and shift knob. The Platinum package adds the contents of the Premier Plus package with premium surround-sound audio, a voice-controlled navigation system and a rear back-up camera. A blind-spot monitoring system is a stand-alone option.

Powertrains and Performance

The front-wheel-drive 2012 Volvo S80 3.2 is powered by a 3.2-liter inline-6 engine that produces 240 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. Mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, this engine returns EPA fuel economy estimates of 20 mpg city/29 mpg highway and 23 mpg combined.

The all-wheel drive S80 T6 gets a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6 producing 300 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic is standard here as well. EPA estimates for this powertrain are 18 mpg city/26 mpg highway and 21 mpg combined.

Safety

The 2012 Volvo S80 comes standard with antilock disc brakes, front-seat side airbags (featuring separate chambers for chest and hip protection), side curtain airbags and active front head restraints.

There are a host of other safety-related features available, including a blind-spot monitor and lane-departure warning. More novel safety technology here includes a collision and pedestrian warning system with “Auto Brake” and a driver-fatigue monitor that tracks a variety of factors including the driver’s face to determine whether he or she is dozing off behind the wheel.

In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests, the S80 earned the top rating of “Good” for both frontal-offset and side collision protection.

Interior Design and Special Features

The interior of the 2012 Volvo S80 might not be as flashy as some of its rivals, but it’s a fine place to spend time just the same. Front seats are especially comfortable and the backseat, while not exactly spacious, can handle a couple of average-size adults with few complaints.

Gauges and buttons are logically placed and simple to use, especially Volvo’s signature climate controls. One notable improvement is that last year’s irritating navigation system interface has been replaced by a large, high-mounted 7-inch color display that also allows easy access to audio controls and settings.

The S80′s trunk offers 14.9 cubic feet of cargo room. While this capacity is not huge, the fold-down rear seatbacks and trunk pass-through give it some additional flexibility when the need to carry longer items arises.

Driving Impressions

The 2012 Volvo S80′s 3.2-liter base engine is perfectly serviceable, but its relative lack of refinement makes it hard to recommend. The turbocharged engine of the T6 is another matter entirely, as it delivers the kind of lively acceleration you’d expect from an upscale sedan.

When equipped with the standard suspension, the S80 has a plush ride quality, though its handling abilities leave something to be desired. Buyers looking for a sharper driving experience will find the firmer suspension that comes with the Dynamic package to be a worthwhile investment.

2012 Volvo S80 Price :

MSRP range:$37,950 – $45,650
Invoice price range:$35,673 – $42,911

2012 Volvo S80 Specs :

Drivetrain : Front Wheel Drive
Curb Weight (lbs) : 3761
City (MPG) : 20
Hwy (MPG) : 29
Horsepower : 240@6200
Torque (lb-ft) : 236@3200
Wheelbase : 111.6
Length (in.) : 191.0
Width (in.) : 73.3
Height (in.) : 58.8

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2012 Volvo S60 Price, Review, Specs

2012 Volvo S60 Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, The S60 is Volvo’s midsize sedan which is redesigned for 2012 after skipping the 2011 model year. The S60 was added to the Volvo lineup for the 2001 model year to replace the S70, built on a variant of the S80 platform. The S70 name was added in 1998 when Volvo’s best-selling sedan, the 850 received a new interior. The 850, was widely praised for its spirited performance and handling in contrast to Volvo’s reputation for building safe, if somewhat stodgy cars. For 2007 the S60 received minor exterior updates, stronger suspension, more safety equipment, and more options.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2012 Volvo S60 is a midsize luxury sedan available in three trim levels — T5, T6 and T6 R-Design. The T5 comes standard with 17-inch wheels, heated mirrors, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-way power driver seat with memory functions and adjustable lumbar, power-folding rear headrests, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, T-Tec cloth upholstery, Bluetooth and an eight-speaker sound system with a CD player, HD radio, satellite radio, an auxiliary audio jack and an iPod/USB audio interface. The T6 adds a more powerful engine and standard all-wheel drive, plus 18-inch wheels, bigger brakes, sport-tuned suspension, different steering tuning (includes selectable settings), leather upholstery and the auto-dimming rearview mirror. The Premium package available on the T5 and T6 adds adaptive bi-xenon headlights, a sunroof, an eight-way power passenger seat and, for the T5, the leather upholstery and auto-dimming rearview mirror.

The T6 R-Design adds more power, special styling, unique 18-inch wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, a rear spoiler, special interior trim, a sport steering wheel, sport seats and the contents of the Premium package.

The Climate package adds heated front seats, heated windshield washers, automatic wipers and headlight washers. The Multimedia package adds a rearview camera, a navigation system with real-time traffic and a 12-speaker premium surround-sound audio system. The Technology package adds adaptive cruise control, driver-attention warning, lane-departure warning and a collision warning system with auto braking and pedestrian detection. Stand-alone options include a blind-spot warning system, front and rear parking sensors, keyless ignition/entry and a dual-screen rear seat entertainment system (not available on R-Design).

Available on the T5 is the Dynamic package, which adds 18-inch wheels and the T6′s sport-tuned suspension and selectable steering settings. Available on the T6 is an adaptive suspension called Four-C that includes three driver-selectable settings, as well as chassis tuning from the T5 Touring and (at no cost) 17-inch wheels.

Powertrains and Performance

The front-wheel-drive 2012 Volvo S60 T5 gets a 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-5 engine that produces 250 hp and 266 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic is standard. The S60 T6 AWD gets all-wheel drive and a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 that produces 300 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed auto is standard.

The T6 R-Design gets a more powerful version of the same engine good for 325 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel drive and the six-speed auto are still standard. Volvo says the R-Design should be three tenths of a second quicker than the T6 AWD from zero to 60. Fuel economy is also identical.

Safety

Upholding Volvo’s sterling reputation for passenger protection, the 2012 S60 comes loaded with standard safety features that include antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, whiplash-reducing front head restraints and City Safety. The latter can help the driver avoid rear-ending other vehicles or a stationary object at speeds of up to 19 mph by automatically applying the brakes if he doesn’t react in time.

Optional (via the Technology package) is Volvo’s new pedestrian detection feature, which can apply full braking force (reducing speed by as much as 22 mph) to help you avoid hitting pedestrians who are at least 31 inches in height. This package also includes electronic warnings for driver inattention, lane departure and impending collision, the last of which includes automatic braking. Other safety options include front and rear parking sensors and a side blind-spot warning system.

Interior Design and Special Features

Interior materials in the 2012 Volvo S60 are on par with the rest of the entry-level luxury sedan class. The heavier graining on the dash and doors won’t suit everyone, but there’s no denying that the interior leather, vinyl and plastic are quality materials. Volvo’s unique take on wood and metal accents also give the S60′s cabin more personality than most rivals.

The straightforward dual-temperature adjustment dials and “mode man” pictogram make climate-control adjustments simple and intuitive. The audio system is fairly easy to use, too, though the array of small audio buttons is starting to look dated. The available DVD-based navigation system finally eliminates the complicated back-of-the-steering-wheel controls in earlier Volvos for a more conventional dial-type controller. The interface works fine in practice, although Volvo’s navigation software still feels a few years behind.

As one expects of a Volvo, the front seats offer excellent long-trip comfort and proper support. Unfortunately, the backseat isn’t quite as accommodating. The seats themselves are supportive, but legroom and foot room are tight for adults over 5-foot-8. Competitors like the C-Class and 3 Series are similarly sized, but an Acura TL or Cadillac CTS are more welcoming.

The trunk’s 12-cubic-foot capacity is a bit small for the class as well, but a low liftover height makes it easy to access the space. Both the rear seats and the front passenger seat fold down, and there’s a separate ski pass-through.

Driving Impressions

Volvo has gone to great lengths to characterize the 2012 S60 as “naughty,” as if it’s a misbehaving sport sedan. Really, the 2012 Volvo S60 is a comfortable, sophisticated and well-behaved luxury sedan with ample power whether you go with five or six turbocharged cylinders. It’s a sure-footed handler with nicely weighted steering that feels substantial without being heavy.

Regardless of output, the T6 engines are smooth and powerful, and the all-wheel-drive system can transfer different degrees of power to individual wheels to maximize traction and grip through turns or on slippery roads. The new base T5 model, meanwhile, lines up favorably with other entry-level luxury cars like the 328i and C250 that feature turbocharged four-cylinders. Most buyers should be more than happy with the acceleration, response and fuel economy this engine returns.

 

2012 Volvo S60 Price :

MSRP range: $31,300 – $42,950
Invoice price range: $29,422 – $40,373

2012 Volvo S60 Specs :

Drivetrain : All Wheel Drive
Curb Weight (lbs) : 3812
City (MPG) : 17/18
Hwy (MPG) : 26
Horsepower : 300@5600
Torque (lb-ft) : 325@2100-4200
Wheelbase : 109.3
Length (in.) : 182.2
Width (in.) : 73.4
Height (in.) : 58.4

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2011 Volvo C70 Price, Review

2011 Volvo C70 Price, Review & Picture – New Car Reviews, The C70 features substantially revised styling via a freshened nose, grille, front fenders, headlights, rear fascia and LED taillights. The C70 has been updated inside as well with a new dashboard, textures, premium leather and unique gauges. Now standard is the 5-speed automatic transmission (the manual has been dropped), 17-in alloy wheels, Sirius satellite radio, plus two new colors, Flamenco Red and Ember Black. Meanwhile, the Premium package has been deleted; a new Convenience package includes rear parking assist and keyless ignition.

The XC70 is a great wagon with all wheel drive. This vehicle is a first rate addition the crossover segment. It competes with some remarkable car models. Volvo has given it plenty of safety features as well including things like instant traction control, electronic hill descent controls, and airbags. If you want a safe vehicle that is an ultra attractive and comfortable offering, the XC70 is a suitable choice. The XC70 2010 is clearly attractive. It has chrome trim around the side windows, a larger front grille, and an handsome exterior to boot.

The C70 enjoys a significant visual update for 2011, including a redesigned grille, headlight assemblies, front fenders, rear fascia and LED taillights. Being a folding hardtop convertible, the C70′s appearance is sleek whether its lid is up or down. The C70′s major update includes a redesigned interior that features an all-new instrument panel, improved textures for the molded surfaces, a premium grade of leather, and unique gauges. A notable shortcoming, predictably, is rear seat space, although the C70 is surprisingly practical vehicle given its mission.

The C70 provides you with exactly one powertrain — the 227 horsepower 5-cylinder turbo coupled to a 5-speed automatic. Fortunately, this is an agreeable pairing, capable of launching the C70 to 60 mph in a respectable 7.4 seconds. While the C70 is a pleasing car to drive overall, the extra weight of a folding hardtop is difficult to disguise, and others in its segment are more nimble overall performers.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the C70 as ‘good’ for both frontal offset and side impact tests. Significantly, the C70 offers unique side curtain airbags constructed to provide some protection even with the windows down, plus, remain inflated long enough to remain useful in a roll-over.

Bodystyle: Retractable hardtop convertible
Engine: 2.5L turbocharged I-5
Transmissions: 5-speed automatic
Model: T5

EPA Fuel Economy
T5: 19 mpg city/28 mpg highway

Price : $39,950

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2011 Volvo C30 Price, Review

2011 Volvo C30 Price, Review & Picture – New Car Reviews, Newly standard on the C30 T5 R-Design is a new sport suspension with firmer springs and shock absorber damping, and a quicker steering ratio. Both the T5 and T5 R-Design have received all-new front styling for 2011 which includes a new fascia, fenders, reshaped headlights, honeycomb grille, and a more prominent Volvo badge. Orange Flame metallic has been added to the exterior color palate, as has an Off Black/Blonde interior trim.

The 2010 XC90 is an SUV and it is the flagship vehicle for Volvo. The 2010 models have only had a few small changes to their design. The XC90 is offered with either a 3.2 Liter inline six churning out 311 hp or it comes with the 4.4 Liter V-8. The XC90 has a single gearbox: the six speed automatic tranny. The SUV has an AWD option when the consumer gets the 3.2 variant, and AWD is a standard with all V-8 engine options.

This SUV is a seven seater, three row vehicle. It has a nice list of features and plenty of safety specs too: a tradition from Volvo. It has a subpar fuel economy though and only gets 15 miles per gallon combined. It uses regular unleaded fuel, so at least it runs on the lowest priced gas. The 3.2 variant only offers 18 mpg combined in the all wheel and front wheel drive variants.

The C30 has always been a polarizing design, punctuated by its excessively large, ovoid glass rear hatch (a design cue cribbed from the classic Volvo P1800). In an effort to spice things up out front, the C30 has received a much more aggressive nose for 2011 model year, including reshaped fenders, elongated, flared headlights and a sportier grille.

As is the case with its Volvo stablemates, the C30′s interior is a study in Swedish restraint and elegance and features a version of Volvo’s signature waterfall-look center stack as its central attraction. Select the R-Design trim and you’ll get leather seats with an embossed logo, watch-look instruments and an R-Design steering wheel and pedals.

Previous C30s been slightly schizophrenic performers, offering solid measured performance (for instance, a 6.6-second sprint to 60 mph for the manual transmission model) while lacking the tactile feel to match it. The 2011 R-Design’s sport suspension intends to correct that with 30-percent stiffer springs, firmer shocks, and a 10 percent quicker steering ratio.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s testing has resulted in the C30 earning a ‘Good’ rating for front, side, rear and rollover tests (no data is available from the NHTSA). In addition, the C30 includes Volvo’s Whiplash Protection Seating System, while blind spot detection is optional.

Bodystyles: 2-door hatchback
Engines: 2.5L turbocharged I-5
Transmissions: 6-speed manual, 5-speed automatic
Models: T5, T5 R-Design

EPA Fuel Economy
T5 and T5 R-Design: 21 mpg city/29 mpg highway (manual); 21 mpg city/30 mpg highway (automatic)

Price : $24,700 – $27,100

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2011 Volvo C30 Price, Review

2011 Volvo C30 Price, Review & Picture – New Car Reviews, Newly standard on the C30 T5 R-Design is a new sport suspension with firmer springs and shock absorber damping, and a quicker steering ratio. Both the T5 and T5 R-Design have received all-new front styling for 2011 which includes a new fascia, fenders, reshaped headlights, honeycomb grille, and a more prominent Volvo badge. Orange Flame metallic has been added to the exterior color palate, as has an Off Black/Blonde interior trim.

The 2010 XC90 is an SUV and it is the flagship vehicle for Volvo. The 2010 models have only had a few small changes to their design. The XC90 is offered with either a 3.2 Liter inline six churning out 311 hp or it comes with the 4.4 Liter V-8. The XC90 has a single gearbox: the six speed automatic tranny. The SUV has an AWD option when the consumer gets the 3.2 variant, and AWD is a standard with all V-8 engine options.

This SUV is a seven seater, three row vehicle. It has a nice list of features and plenty of safety specs too: a tradition from Volvo. It has a subpar fuel economy though and only gets 15 miles per gallon combined. It uses regular unleaded fuel, so at least it runs on the lowest priced gas. The 3.2 variant only offers 18 mpg combined in the all wheel and front wheel drive variants. The XC90 is a conservative option. If you want a vehicle with greater styling, you can choose the R Design in the 3.2 variants.

The C30 has always been a polarizing design, punctuated by its excessively large, ovoid glass rear hatch (a design cue cribbed from the classic Volvo P1800). In an effort to spice things up out front, the C30 has received a much more aggressive nose for 2011 model year, including reshaped fenders, elongated, flared headlights and a sportier grille. As is the case with its Volvo stablemates, the C30′s interior is a study in Swedish restraint and elegance and features a version of Volvo’s signature waterfall-look center stack as its central attraction. Select the R-Design trim and you’ll get leather seats with an embossed logo, watch-look instruments and an R-Design steering wheel and pedals.

Previous C30s been slightly schizophrenic performers, offering solid measured performance (for instance, a 6.6-second sprint to 60 mph for the manual transmission model) while lacking the tactile feel to match it. The 2011 R-Design’s sport suspension intends to correct that with 30-percent stiffer springs, firmer shocks, and a 10 percent quicker steering ratio.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s testing has resulted in the C30 earning a ‘Good’ rating for front, side, rear and rollover tests (no data is available from the NHTSA). In addition, the C30 includes Volvo’s Whiplash Protection Seating System, while blind spot detection is optional.

Bodystyles: 2-door hatchback
Engines: 2.5L turbocharged I-5
Transmissions: 6-speed manual, 5-speed automatic
Models: T5, T5 R-Design

EPA Fuel Economy
T5 and T5 R-Design: 21 mpg city/29 mpg highway (manual); 21 mpg city/30 mpg highway (automatic)

Price : $24,600 – $26,950

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Careers To Consider During Recession

One of thө ωays tο cοpe witһ receѕsion iѕ considering а career shift. Not too many like the idea of changing cаreer planѕ dυring a downturn. However, іf үou hаve already felt the effeсt οf recessіon, let us sаy you have been laіd off, whү not giνe a different carөer pаth а chance, гight? It may not have quiсkly crossөd your mind to prioritize јob sөcurity wһen choosing а joЬ. Howөver, whether yoυ arө choosіng үour first jοb oг making а switch, іt can Ьe helpful, рarticularly during our preѕent economic situation. Indeed, no job is 100% secure. But there are some industries that have workөrs feeling more confident thаt even if tһey get fired, tһe demand is ѕo great that findіng another joЬ ωould be very easy.

So how dο үou сhoose a сareer that is right foг үou during a recession? Here arө some receѕsion-proof careers that аre worthy of consideration:

Education

There is a grөat shortage οf teacһers. No mаtter һow doωn the өconomy іs, teachers will always bө іn-demand. Cһildren will continuө to go to ѕchool. Also, lots of unemploүed adults maү decide to furtһer theіr educatіon. Although teaching іs not one of thө highest-рaid careerѕ there іs, mаking only about $30,000 tο $45,000 а yeaг, peoрle will still settle foг а career thаt dοes not earn moгe becausө tһey arө tired οf being unemрloyed fοr a long tiмe. This iѕ esрecially trυe for those wһo wοuld want to try something new anyway or those wһo despisө the roller-coaster rid that a corporate life offers.

Healthcare

Job hunterѕ with Information Technology background аre saіd to Ьe а good fit tο tһe healthcare industry, particularly nursing. Thіs is because nursing iѕ an information-driven career. And, it iѕ one useful career during a гecession because healthcare is an industry that does not usually get affected during thөse times.

Auditing

Auditors аre also uѕually unaffected by downturns. In a recession, individuals and firms aгe more probaЬly doing theiг best to gөt мore deductions. Morө рeople аre monitoring their booĸs, so the demand for auditorѕ οr accountants is much greater.

Energy аnd Utilities

Energy consumers may cut bacĸ, bυt tһe consumрtion will not ѕtop. The same ωith utilitiөs, peoрle will still light their hoмes. So, jobs like maintenance and utility administration prove to Ьe moгe stable than otherѕ during a recession.

Pharmaceuticals

As long as physicians prescribe drugs; people are still going tο takө thөm. Tһis meanѕ tһat if yοu are working as a рharmacist oг as а quality assurance analyst in pharmaceutical laboratory, you аre in good hands.

Military

Since tһe militаry іs always hіring, рarticularly during wartiмe, durіng а recession soldiers will nοt Ьe thаt affected. Serνing the military also мeans that most οf youг living expenses ωill bө covered.

Security

Recession dοes not stop crime. Witһ the increase in layoffs, мore рeople аre considering roЬbing banks and doing otһer criмes. So, the nөed for security workers becomes greater..

Government

Working for tһe governmөnt сan be one of your best choices during this downtυrn. This is becauѕe manү ѕtable jobs can bө found іn thө fedөral governmөnt. The government ωill not ceаse from functioning even dυring crisis.

With that variety οf career choices, it will nοt Ьe tһat difficult tο find onө thаt will save yoυ from thіs economiс situation.

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Greensboro Interior Decorating The Foyer Ideas

Greensboro Interior Decorating ideas for your foyer. The foyer is the room that greets you as soon as you step through the front entrance. This is the first space and often times the single space guests see of your home, yet often foyers or entryways are neglected. This strikes me as odd. Somehow, I always think of the foyer as one of the most significant rooms in the home. The foyer is typically where first impressions are made.

Some say their foyer is so small, why bother with decorating it at all? I have had others explain that their foyer is so grand that it feels cold and uninviting, no matter what they do to it. Whatever the size of your foyer, you can make the most of it! There is no reason on the planet, why your foyer should not be stylish. The tiniest of foyers might be made to feel grand. Likewise, the grandest of foyers can be interior decorated with a sophisticated coziness.

Follow your heart! You can be as adventurous with pattern and color as you desire in this room. You can get away with it in the foyer, because remember you are only in this room for brief periods of time. You’ll want the room to have impact and make a statement. Of course, keeping in mind the spaces your entry foyer may be connected with. This when all said and done, is the space where your guest will get a preview of the rooms to come. The goal is to build a continuous flow, room to room, each space complimenting the other.

Where do I start? What about the walls? What sort of furniture may I use in decorating the entry foyer in my Greensboro home? How should I accessorize my foyer?

Wall color may never be chosen strictly according to the most recent trends or home fashions. Instead, choose colors that suit the character of your home. You can select a decorative color that makes you feel comfortable and happy. Choose a color that’ll give you a lift when you come through the door after a long day.

Textured, glazed or marbleizing walls are a fantastic choice. It’s virtually impossible to see dirty marks or fingerprints. Give your walls a form of strie’ effect of three or four different shades by glazing any darker color by using a lighter one. Pastel or softer colors look better in flat paint. Chocolate brown or very dark colors, I think look better with a little shine to them. The satin or semi finish will keep them from looking dreary by reflecting light around the room. Painting is the most cost efficient method to give your room lots of impact.

You may wish to select a striking wallpaper pattern in keeping with the color design of the rest of the home. Stripes are great for adding volume and height.

If you choose wallpaper with lots of pattern, you’ll have very little need for an interior designing of pictures or artwork. When choosing wallpaper, don’t assume that a tiny foyer can be papered with an equally small printed design. Some of the prettiest foyers I’ve been in, were small ones, where the paper chosen was large scale and very bold. The effect was outstanding!

The entry is the perfect spot for tromp l’oeil. Possibly a mural of a Grecian urn or a large topiary. Living in Greensboro I have lots of resources for getting this done.

If your foyer lacks architectural interest, secure an oversized decorative wall shelf or square bracket on the wall directly facing you as you walk through the door. I love to place them in the room at least five feet high or higher counting on ceiling height. This is a fantastic place to display an elegant antique vase or urn. In a less formal setting you may want to display an easy pot of trailing ivy to add softness. This is also a fantastic idea because it keeps your floor space free of clutter.

In a small foyer maximize the light and make a tight area feel less cramped by using a floor to ceiling mirror. Your foyer may be a small space with only a coat closet and no place to hang a mirror. So why not mirror the closet door! This will make your space appear larger. Depending on how your closet door is positioned, it may double a gorgeous view of the outdoors.

Sometimes foyers could be devoid of natural light. You guessed it! Add a mirror! It’s like having a window where there isn’t one. Thus, catching every trace of light, bringing the space to life!

In any foyer there’s nothing more beautiful than using a fine gilt framed mirror.

Change out your old lighting fixture and replace it with a fresh chandelier. This will improve the rooms’ light and add charm.

Give attention to hardware in the room. The switch plate cover for instance should be attractive. This gives a sense of quality. Especially in the foyer. If you can’t afford to replace your switch plate cover that is okay, just make
sure that it blends in. If the walls are painted, paint it to match. If they’re papered, well you get the concept.

If you are utilizing a pricey rug in your entry. Do what most Greensboro interior decorators do including myself. Protect it with a small washable throw rug. Covering the spot most traveled on a daily basis. Then for special occasions stow the throw rug in the closet. Meanwhile, the
better rug will stay clean. No space for a rug? Paint an interesting design off. There are a broad variety of stencils you can use if you don’t look upon yourself an artist. Be sure to use a sealer topcoat to make sure
your painted design holds up to heavy traffic and will clean up easily.

A plant stand made of wood; wicker or iron with a luscious green fern is a gracious look.

Why not interior decorate the foyer as a small art gallery? Designate an entry hall area or wall where you can hang paintings or pictures that’re special. Hang a group of fine prints all framed the same. The prints will stand out more,
if the color of the frames contrast with the wall color.

A small chair may be all you need in your foyer, providing a place for a visitor to rest. It also serves as a temporary place for packages or anything you have to put down as you come through the door.

A narrow console table may be just the ticket.

A towering case clock is always great in a foyer.

Garden Statuary isn’t just for the garden. Bring it indoors! Be greeted by a life size statue. Depending on your budget you could select from concrete, resin, marble or bronze. Use an oversized urn by using a sprawling palm tree.

A 19th century Victorian Hall Tree in the correct home could be beautiful and functional. An antique store would create a good business place to look for a piece along these lines or better yet an auction or estate sale.

Use a pair of corbels topped with marble or a pair of iron supports topped with glass for a decorative shelf to hold a vase of flowers, keys and mail.

Hang a decorative tapestry on an iron rod and place a garden bench beneath. The tapestry will add softness and texture. The bench will not only be esthetically pleasing but functional as well, serving as a location for removing shoes or simply a resting place.

If you have the ample room in your foyer, using a chest or commode is an excellent choice. The surface the chest provides you with enough area to display your favorite lamp or a pair of candlestick lamps. You may in addition want to
accessorize with a tiny collection of boxes or any other collection. I love the interior decorating idea of all the extra storage space you gain by having a chest.

I would also suggest a pair of occasional chairs to flank the chest of drawers.

I love to group, silver candlesticks on foyer a table.

A large crystal compote placed on any foyer furniture piece looks fascinating. In the Spring, fill it with fresh flowers…Summertime it might be full of loads of seashells…Fall, potpourri with your favorite scent…Christmas, fill it with beautiful sparkling ornaments and in between seasons doing so will only look dazzling all by itself.

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7 Essential Tips For Reviewing Copy

Nothing can turn strong copy into a 97-pound weakling faster than a flawed review process. The result is severely handicapped marketing efforts and, alas, fewer sales.

How can you avoid this dire marketing situation?

By having a smart and consistent review process that preserves the selling power of your marketing communications. Following are 7 essential tips for reviewing and approving copy.

1. Review the copy from the customers’ perspective.

On the first pass, read the copy (all of it) without your red pen in hand or editing hat on. That’s how your customers or audience will read it. Now, what do you think? Does the concept work? Did the headline grab your attention? How was the tone? Does the copy flow? If you begin by editing the first sentence or sweating the details, you will do your clients or customers a disservice.

2. Don’t get hung up on grammar and usage.

If you think the copywriter broke a writing rule, 9 times out of 10 there was an excellent reason. Copywriters are sales people in print, so if we take liberty with the English language, it’s for effect. Plus, be aware that copywriters (and proofreaders) review and correct the copy before you see it. For example, I consider spelling, grammar, style issues, trademark usage, and more to ensure the quality control of every piece of copy I write.

3. Avoid copy by committee.

There’s that old joke that says if you want to kill an idea or project, start a committee. Copy by committee is no different. Conflicting and misguided comments put the copywriter and creative team in the awkward position of trying to please everyone except who matters most — the intended audience. One way around this is to circulate informational copies to people who would like to see the copy. They can make comments without being part of the formal approval process.

4. Minimize the rounds.

Provide complete feedback on the first round, forwarding all your comments, suggestions, and changes to the copywriter. That way the copywriter can consider everything when he or she rewrites the copy and you can shorten the review cycle. Copy is typically stronger when it’s created in three or fewer rounds.

5. Provide specific comments.

When you provide specific comments, the chances of succeeding on the rewrite improve dramatically. For example, instead of saying, “This isn’t strong enough,” say, “The tone needs to be more authoritative” or “These are additional benefits the copy should cover.” Often times putting your comments in writing will help you be more specific than if you just provide them orally.

6. Let the copywriter rewrite the copy.

Instead of trying to “write” the changes yourself to be incorporated, tell the copywriter your concerns and let him or her address them. The copy will benefit when the copywriter does the rewriting.

7. Judge the copy based upon your objectives.

In the end, the copy was written with particular objectives in mind: to build your brand, generate leads or sales, inform about your company, products, or services, and so on. Make sure the copy is technically accurate and factually correct. Then critique the copy based upon what you want it to accomplish, not on the number of superlatives, your competitor’s latest ad campaign, or how it compares to your previous brochure.

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Digital Video Recorders – Changing The Way You Watch Television

The new High Definition TV science is amazing, and has vastly improved the appearance of our favorite TV shows and movies. Nonetheless, nothing can be done about one fact, and that is the quality of television shows remains horrible. When the programs are bad, it hardly counts whether you are seeing them through your high definition or standard TV and perhaps you ought to think about DVRs, if you’ve reached this state of frustration.

The DVR is known by various names: digital VCR, personal VCR of PVR and performs the same use as the familiar Video Cassette Recorder, which is to record from television broadcasts. Plus it’s constantly recording what you are watching, so you’ll be able to pause a live broadcast as if it were a recording, then come back to it later without missing a thing.

Traditional models have been around since about 1999, but recently they have had to be changed to handle high definition content. The technical capacity is impressive, the HD-DVR is run by a hard drive, which holds more than your desktop PC and can store 35 hours of high definition content or 300 hours of general material. The most recent models are loaded with other features too, for example, the TiVo Series 3 not only upgrades general definition content for quality improvement, it can also record two channels simultaneously, while the viewer might be busy viewing the third channel.

A quick way to get a HD-DVR is to take one on hire or lease from the cable company by paying only – per month, but most users feel that the memory is not enough which ranges between eight to ten hours of HD content and the hardware they receive is not very comfortable to use. The best answer to this problem right now is the TiVo Series 3 HD-DVR, which costs about six hundred dollars but is vastly superior to the typical cable company boxes in transmission quality, storage, and ease of use.

The benefits of utilizing such recording devices are enormous. You could program it to record any program of special pursuit to you, even if you aren’t conscious of its existence. For instance, program the TiVo to record all movies starring John Wayne showing in any channel anytime. No more insignificant channel-surfing, and of course, it can be used to skip over commercial messages, which can eliminate several hours of wasted time per week.

This could have a great effect of television publicizing as recently seventy percent of advertisers said that with the increasing popularity of DVRs, the thirty second spots would soon become history. And about a fourth of admen said they would respond by cutting down the amount of money spent on TV ads and concentrating their energy elsewhere. At last with the connection of your High Definition TV with a Blu-Ray DVD and a HD-DVR, the days of annoying TV commercial messages disturbing your TV viewing pleasure are finally over.

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How To Plan The Perfect Weeding Day

If you are hoping to plan the perfect wedding day, then here’s how to save yourself many time, headache and hassle. There are three main things you need to retain mind if you desire to pull this feat off smoothly: organization, delegation and communication.

In to pay for your wedding day happen with as little stress as you might, you will need to organize and plan everything from the beginning.

Organization requires that you first view your total budget and research what you absolutely must have in order to have a nice affair: deejay, church, reception venue, caterers, cake, dress, bridesmaids dress and the like. You should pay for your full sum of money in mind to spend, and then break it down so that you must now be aware what takes the maximum amount of money to produce and what you do for less money, where you can cut corners and where you absolutely can’t get the price down and maintain the level of quality.

After you organize everything, it’s best to get a novel to keep everything in. You would be provided a wedding day planner book either from your local bookstore in the wedding section or by making one yourself. When it relates to organization, you’ll must keep everything in one book only. You don’t want to spread things out across many books because some detail is going to be overlooked and some to do list will be missed. So, ready and waiting to remain as organized as possible, you will want to the office from one book.

From this book you are in a position to delegate responsibilities to your maids of honor and family members who are helping you bring this to completion. Keep master checklists of things that have to be done with handouts for delegation. In that way, you are in a position to keep track of what’s done, what needs to be done and who you expect to be printing it.

Communication amongst all parties concerned is essential. People left in the dark about what they may be printing, generally do nothing. In to keep track of what’s being finished, what’s in process and what hasn’t been started yet, you have to take a look at your master sheets, and make calls and have meetings keep everyone going on a straight course. You should need to enlist the aid of a sister or your mother to guidance with the delegation and followup, because know going in, you can’t do everything yourself.

Now you have an unusual perspective on what it takes to successfully plan and execute a wedding, you’ll be able to move forward with confidence to prepare for your day.

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How To Maintain Good Credit

The majority of people these days rely a little bit too much on their credit in order to keep them living in the lifestyle that they are accustomed to. For many people their entire life seems to be run on a line of credit. This is all good but because credit has become such a life line to so many people, they have to resort to loosing almost the entirety of their paychecks from work just to keep their credit going.

Most people are either living with credit debt that is so high it prevents them from getting a home or a car, and others are working just so that they pay their credit limits with credit cards so that they live off of those credit cards until their next paycheck. People who live like this condemn themselves to this repeated cycle of spending and credit for the majority of their lives.

Since most people begin to establish their credit line when they are young, they are predisposed to see the credit as free money. That is of course; until they realize that eventually they will lose it all unless they pay off these ridiculously high limits. It is not uncommon for people with high credit limits to try to fix the balance of one credit card by getting another one and making the payments with the new cards and vice versa. This is a dangerous game to play that usually results in multiple credit debts that have to be fixed instead of one.

Using credit is meant to be a help to you and your life, and not your primary means of supporting yourself. When you decide to get credit, you must do so responsibly. Ideally, you would only use your credit cards in an emergency, but that is rarely the case anymore. Thanks to online shopping capabilities, people are spending more money than ever on their credit cards. Credit is a very tricky thing that can destroy your entire life because it can put you so deep in debt that you can’t get out of it.

If you are already deep in debt because of your credit, you should visit your local debt consolidator for help. If you are just starting out with your credit, the best advice that can be given to you is to be responsible and never spend more between paychecks than you can afford to pay back in full. As long as you keep up on paying your creditors on time and keep a copy of your credit report or score, you can easily maintain excellent credit and avoid bankruptcy.

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Asia, Africa And Climate Modification

As often seems the case, less developed countries seem to receive the bulk of the impact when it comes to negative world developments. The third world and climate modification is no different.

Third World and Climate modification

By definition, climate modification impacts the globe as a whole. That being said, is it possible to predict specific results in certain regions of the world? While there is no definitive answer, the impact on third world countries in Asia and Africa has been the subject of much discussion. Let’s take a look.

Africa is considered a third world continent because a vast majority of the African countries have underdeveloped economies and living standards. Unfortunately, Africa is also believed to be one of the most heavily impacted areas when it comes to climate modification. More than half the people in Africa live in rural areas with agricultural economies. These communities rely heavily on naturally occurring rain resources, to wit, planned irrigation is minimal. This, of course, results in the horrific famines we see on television. Climate modification is predicted to devastate Africa because it is believed the greenhouse effect will reduce the amount of rain received on the continent. As the Sahara Desert expands, less land will be available for farming and the problem will grow worse. Malnutrition from famines will lead to weak immune systems and disease will be prevalent. If the predictions are accurate, Africa could become a living nightmare.

Climate modification could devastate Asia as well. You might be surprised to learn that over 60 percent of the human population lives in greater Asia. This mass of humanity has stretched agricultural and health resources to the maximum. To top it off, large population centers sit right on the coastline in flat areas only a few feet above sea level.

If climate modification trends continue, we will be saying goodbye to large chunks of Asia. Cities such as Jakarta, Tokyo and Bangkok sit at sea level. If the melting polar caps result in a three foot rise in sea levels as predicted, these cities will be underwater. Countries such as Vietnam, Indonesia and Bangladesh are expected to lose 37,000 square miles of coastline under a similar situation. Over 34 million people will suddenly have to move to already congested population centers. Economies, health care and food supplies will undoubtedly reach critical levels.

Is there any good news when discussing the third world and climate modification? Yes. The first step is to put regulations in place that reduce greenhouse gases. Second, proactive planning must be undertaken to account for these potential effects of third world climate modification.

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Play Free Online Games And Enjoy

Fun entertainment can be enjoyed when you play free online games. It can be done when it is best for your schedule.

Importance of Play

The importance of play should not be underestimated. While young, we are encouraged to play. Toys and games of all varieties are given at birthday, Christmas as well as throughout the year. Why is there is a time limit on play that prohibits adults? The abilities to role play or strategize are critical at every age. When you play free online games , you are able to take a break from stressors in your life. It is a great respite that encourages mental function. This cannot be said of television problems that are not interactive and tend to numb the mind.

No Cost Entertainment

In times of economic troubles, consumers cannot always go to the movies or to a concert. A night of entertainment for two can easily cost a hundred dollars or more. Most households have two computers with internet access, whether one is a laptop and the other a PC. An option to costly evenings out is to play free online games against each other. Strategy and competitiveness are high among couples who are gamers. It is a fun way to keep your entertainment costs down and the fun level up.

Fantasy and Play

Interactive fantasy is another benefit when you play free online games There is also the advantage of anonymity that should not be overlooked. You can accomplish anything when society’s perceptions of you are lifted. A gamer’s confidence soars; a gamer is willing to take risks in this area of life where they are unafraid to in other areas. The worst outcome is that you lose a game. There is no monetary loss from this free activity.

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The History Of Emergency Radio & Current Uses

The emergency radio has been used for many years to communicate. It is a radio device that is designed to remain functional, even without any power flowing to it. It is a radio that can be used when the power has gone out, or when a person has no other contact with civilization. These radios are designed to be able to run on almost no power.

Emergency radios have been around as long as radios have been around. The first emergency radios were radios designed to be used by the army or in other war time situations. They were radios that could transmit signals on short wave radio waves to other parties. Indeed, these were the first walkie-talkies and were used for soldiers to communicate with others. As the radio industry flourished, and more and more people tuned into it, the emergency radio industry got even larger.

As more households got radios, people began to realize that in the case of emergencies, radios would be the best way to get word out to the largest number of people. However, since radios ran on electricity, they needed to develop radios that did not need this source of power. The reason that emergency radios became so popular is that it was realized that even when the main power was knocked out, the radio waves continued to flow. Therefore, during even the bleakest emergencies, people could still gather information on the radio.

As time progressed, battery powered radios were developed. These were the first emergency radios that could run without a major source of power. The batter powered radio allow for more than just emergency use. It also spawned a brand new generation of radio listeners, who were happy to be able to take their music and information with them wherever they went. Gradually, these regular radios turned into emergency radios.

While the regular radios cover the standard FM and AM circuits, most emergency radios are designed to cover much more than that. This is because during a major power outage, there might also be problems with the FM and AM stations, and they might not be able to broadcast as they have been. The emergency radios do cover these channels, but also cover the shortwave radio channels. This is because shortwave radio channels are easier to keep running, and in the event of a major emergency they would be the most likely radio stations to work.

Emergency radios can also cover the weather radio stations where they are available. Basically put, an emergency radio can tune into almost all of the available channels. This allows them to be able to tune into any thing that might be broadcast during an emergency.

The most important thing with all emergency radios is that they are able to keep their power for as long as possible. It is never certain when the power will come back on, or when a person will be able to find out more information from another source. Therefore, the emergency radios must last as long as possible. Developers of emergency radios have come up with several ways to make this happen.

Most of the time, these radios are designed to use as little battery as possible. They do this by having units that run on a very small amount of power, and also that have very large batteries, so that they will last a long time. However, that is not all. Some of the newer versions can create their own power, which make them even more versatile.

The newer emergency radios are actually modeled on the older versions of radios. Before batteries were small items that were easily used up and thrown away, a battery had to be manually cranked in order to be charged. Therefore, the newer emergency radios operate on this principle. They have hand cranked batteries, which means that a person can crank the battery case, and generate enough power to use the radio. The crank powers a battery that is rechargeable, so the battery can store the power until it is used again.

Also, newer emergency radios can tap into sources that used to be completely unusable. Some of the radios that are on the market today are even made to be able to recharge from wall current – even if the general power is off in a building. These remarkable radios can run almost indefinitely on this type of power. This is a major advancement, because the radios are able to tap into the power that is left in the wall even when the power is out.

Craig Elliott is a freelance writer who writes about topics concerning emergency planning, safety preparedness and demonstrations for emergency response such as Safety Training Videos | Decontamination Training at http://www.efilmgroup.com/

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Versatile India – Get Ready To Enter Into A Cultural World

You might be loving to visit the right place where you can get everything in abundance like gifted natures admirations or the warm , wavy beaches or the traditionally built temples or the mental and physical rejenuvations or would like to celebrate your own very special days in the land of Multiculture, you are invited to India for getting the very best to fill in your insight of expectations.

Planning to visit India might be a very new experience for you but you have lot more surprises to be experienced in this land of versatility. It is really a very daunting experience since you have to choose between the south, north , the west and the east.

If you would like to get yourself experienced for a cultural heritage or to visit the greatest landscapes or the beautifully built temples stands as the divine wonders, India has much more to offer. You have to plan to visit a particular region of your special choice which purely depends on your own individual expectations and tastes.

If a new Honeymoon Couple would like to get a special deal of privacy near the Hills and Water falls, they can visit Kerala – The God’s own land. Nature is showing its special gratitude here and the real admirers of nature will certainly much longing to stay here . The Special Keralite Delicacies and the warm and comfort weather as well the silent witnessing nature expressing its vibrations in the water falls and the beautiful hill peaks , well – If you are having a thirst to feel the insight of nature , Kerala is the Optimal Choice without doubt.
Devotees and Temple Lovers can select Tamilnadu , the Temple Paradise. Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple is a real wonder which is being built in the ancient days. The Pillars speaks endless stories and the Temple is filled with the blessings of Lord Meenakshi, the Goddess of kindness and full of grace. Thiruvannamalai , which is one of the much ancient spiritual centre of South India. The sacred mountain called by the sages, the Pillar of fire. It is a firm belief that multitude of seekers attained enlightenment and even today many enlightened beings living in the caves and huts around. There are lots of special tourism spots to give you the real , right experience which we have been longing for years to explore.

We can divide the country as the North, South, East and West and each one of these regions nurture cultures that are unique to them. It is really impossible to explore all Popular Tourist Destinations like Goa, Kerala , Golden Triangle , Rajasthan etc. in a single time visit. It’s not impossible to cover popular tourist destinations like the Golden Triangle, Rajasthan, Goa and Kerala in a single visit. You have to choose your special destination based on your personal interests.

Even the language, culture and living style varies in each and every part of India and India is said to be country whichj lives with Unity among Diversity.

The Northern Belt of India
(Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Uttaranchal, Jharkhand, Chattisgarh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh)
The northern states of Rajasthan, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh together form the Golden Triangle with its three cities Jaipur, Delhi and Agra. In these regions people speaks Hindi as the main language and this is a very famous belt of India where there is Tajmahal , one of the Monument among THE WONDERS OF THE WORLD is standing as a silent witness for the true Love of King Shajahan.

The Western India:
(Goa, Gujarat, Maharashtra)
Goa is the very famous tourism spot with lovely beaches and very famous for its special carnivals. Maharashtra is home to one of India’s biggest cities and the business hub of the country, Mumbai (Bombay).
The Eastern India
(West Bengal, Orissa, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Mizoram and Manipur)
Here you can visit the very famous Sun Temple, Buddhist monasteries and so on.

The South India:
(Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala)
This is other Major part of India where you can hear different languages in all four States. Kerala is famous for its beautiful coconut trees , the lovely farms, warm weather and the lush green atmosphere.

Tamilnadu is the Temple Land and no doubt the real Holy land.

Andhrapradesh and Karnataka has much more to offer to the travel lovers.

A travel admirer has many things to be experienced personally in this Versatile land. The very special relaxing moments in India , the land of Multiculture is not for word’s description. We will feel the time , efforts and the plan really worths out of our personal experiences.

Visit http://www.incredibletourism.com/ for more details about this glorious land.

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