• Features

    Learn Your Car’s Real Name with the Name-u-lator


    Research shows that over 40% of Millennial motorists have names for their cars. Why are so many people naming their car? Because when you name your car, something extraordinary happens. It becomes part of the family; it becomes part of you.

    So if you want to give your car a name but you don’t know where to start, we can help. We’ve found the coolest car name generator which will inspire you to choose the perfect name for your ride.

    Try the Mobil 1™ Name-u-lator today. Simply answer a few questions about your car, such as its superpower, personality and even the emoji’s that best represent your car, and the generator will pick the name destined for your treasured motor.

    Try the Name-u-lator now! Click here

    The fun doesn’t stop there. If you purchase 5 quarts of Mobil 1 synthetic motor oil at the following three participating retailers:

    AutoZone
    Advance Auto Parts
    Pep Boys

    …you will receive a free, personalized license plate frame with your car’s unique name.

    In fact, I wanted to put the Name-u-lator to the test myself as embarrassingly I don’t have a name for my purple Dodge Challenger SRT. I know, how could I live with myself? I’m pretty sure it’s a sacrilege for a so called ‘car guy’ to not have a name for their car.

    Now, what type of name would my muscle-bound Dodge Challenger get, something rugged and masculine, right? Knowing that the most popular car names include Ol’ Faithful, Baby, Bessie, Bob, and Buddy, I expected to get something similar.

    What did I get?

    ‘Queen Bea’.

    After a bit of banter and name calling in the office (Lee got the pretty cool name ‘Smokinn’ for his pickup), I sat back and reflected on the name. I’ve always thought of my car as female, as she’s there for me through thick and thin and is always in control (like all women in a relationship!), and so the strong name Queen Bea is more fitting than I first thought.

    Little did I know that the superstar Beyonce is known as Queen Bee (spelt slightly differently) as well. For me, ‘Queen Bea’ encapsulates the personality of my car amazingly – my Dodge Challenger SRT is powerful, in control, beautiful, independent, and not afraid of adventure and fun.

    Now thanks to the Name-u-lator I can cruise into the sunset with Queen Bea, reflecting on all the miles we’ve driven together and fondly remember the day Name-u-lator came up with the perfect nickname for my beloved set of wheels.

    Now It’s Time to Get Your Car Name and Unique License Plate

    1. Take the Name-u-lator challenge. Click here and find the true identity of your car and your car’s unique name

    2. Receive your free unique license plate frame if you purchase 5 quarts of Mobil 1 synthetic motor oil at the following three participating retailers: AutoZone, Advance Auto Parts and Pep Boys

    Become a part of the community: take a photo of your ride car and upload it to the gallery here, and check out more cool names that other car lovers have unveiled.


    This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of ExxonMobil. The opinions and text are all mine.



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  • Latest Release

    SRT Trio Gets The Vapors: 2014 Chicago Auto Show

    The SRT brand made a (tiny) bit of news today at the Chicago Auto Show. Three of the four SRT vehicles will be offered up in new special versions dubbed the Satin Vapor editions. The Dodge Challenger, Chrysler 300, and Dodge Charger will all be made available in this new style, with each vehicle getting a specific exterior and interior treatment. Additionally, each version is very moderately priced. MUST WATCH: Audi S5 Snow Drift Goes Very, Very Wrong: Video The Dodge Challenger Satin Vapor Edition wears 20-inch wheels, which are finished in a black satin chrome. On the outside, the mirrors and gas flap door also feature a black satin finish. The overall paintwork is available in either white, red, or orange. Inside, the Challenger gets Napa leather seats and suede inserts. Chrysler outfits the 300 SRT with the same 20-inch wheels, and the exterior bits also get the satin black pieces. Paintwork is offered up in either white, silver, or a color called Granite Crystal. On the inside, there is Napa leather and piano black trim pieces. CHECK OUT: Meet The Bugatti Veyron Of The Dubai Police Fleet: Video Finally, the Charger gets... you guessed it, satin black trim bits on the outside and 20-inch wheels. Exterior color choices are white, red, silver, and graphite. On the interior, the Napa leather is mixed with suede inserts. SRT is trying (if only a little), but so far, the Chicago Auto Show is underwhelming on all fronts.

    The SRT brand made a (tiny) bit of news today at the Chicago Auto Show. Three of the four SRT vehicles will be offered up in new special versions dubbed the Satin Vapor editions. The Dodge Challenger, Chrysler 300, and Dodge Charger will all be made available in this new style, with each vehicle getting a specific exterior and interior treatment. Additionally, each version is very moderately priced.  MUST WATCH: Audi S5 Snow Drift Goes Very, Very Wrong: Video  The Dodge Challenger Satin Vapor Edition wears 20-inch wheels, which are finished in a black satin chrome. On the outside, the mirrors and gas flap door also feature a black satin finish. The overall paintwork is available in either white, red, or orange. Inside, the Challenger gets Napa leather seats and suede inserts.  Chrysler outfits the 300 SRT with the same 20-inch wheels, and the exterior bits also get the satin black pieces. Paintwork is offered up in either white, silver, or a color called Granite Crystal. On the inside, there is Napa leather and piano black trim pieces.  CHECK OUT: Meet The Bugatti Veyron Of The Dubai Police Fleet: Video  Finally, the Charger gets... you guessed it, satin black trim bits on the outside and 20-inch wheels. Exterior color choices are white, red, silver, and graphite. On the interior, the Napa leather is mixed with suede inserts.  SRT is trying (if only a little), but so far, the Chicago Auto Show is underwhelming on all fronts.
    The SRT brand made a (tiny) bit of news today at the Chicago Auto Show. Three of the four SRT vehicles will be offered up in new special versions dubbed the Satin Vapor editions. The Dodge Challenger, Chrysler 300, and Dodge Charger will all be made available in this new style, with each vehicle getting a specific exterior and interior treatment. Additionally, each version is very moderately priced.

    MUST WATCH: Audi S5 Snow Drift Goes Very, Very Wrong: Video

    The Dodge Challenger Satin Vapor Edition wears 20-inch wheels, which are finished in a black satin chrome. On the outside, the mirrors and gas flap door also feature a black satin finish. The overall paintwork is available in either white, red, or orange. Inside, the Challenger gets Napa leather seats and suede inserts.

    Chrysler outfits the 300 SRT with the same 20-inch wheels, and the exterior bits also get the satin black pieces. Paintwork is offered up in either white, silver, or a color called Granite Crystal. On the inside, there is Napa leather and piano black trim pieces.

    CHECK OUT: Meet The Bugatti Veyron Of The Dubai Police Fleet: Video

    Finally, the Charger gets… you guessed it, satin black trim bits on the outside and 20-inch wheels. Exterior color choices are white, red, silver, and graphite. On the interior, the Napa leather is mixed with suede inserts.

    SRT is trying (if only a little), but so far, the Chicago Auto Show is underwhelming on all fronts.

    via: Motor Authority

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  • Top 10s

    10 Collectible Muscle Cars You Can Afford: They’re Not *All* $3.5M Corvettes

    It’s mind-boggling. You sit there for hours, watching middle-aged guys in Hawaiian shirts and big watches bid stupid money on muscle cars on the myriad cable channels that broadcast collector-car auctions these days. Crappy models that were being swapped amongst migrant farm workers a decade ago for tens of dollars go for high five-figures now. And the good stuff is all over $100K. The great stuff? That’s in the millions: A 1967 L88 Corvette went for $3.5 million at Barrett-Jackson—before all the fees that make founder Craig Jackson wealthy. So it’s safe to say that you probably can’t afford the classic muscle car of your dreams. (What are you going to do with a $3.5 million Corvette anyway? Drive it?) READ MORE ››

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  • Top 10s

    Should These ‘Top 10 Classic Cars Of Tomorrow’ Really Be On This List?

    Should These 'Top 10 Classic Cars Of Tomorrow' Really Be On This List?

    Should These 'Top 10 Classic Cars Of Tomorrow' Really Be On This List?
    Let’s start this off by saying the folks at Hagerty know classic cars. They know them really well, and that’s why they’re good at pricing them, insuring them, and generally understanding the world of collector cars from minor muscle machines to top-flight European exotics. So when we hear that Hagerty had just put out a list highlighting the new vehicles that it feels should be considered future classics, we expected to be in total agreement. We aren’t.

    The rules: They must be new cars and they must start below $100,000. Out of ten on the list… we agree with about three of them. Maybe four.

    Let’s go through this list one vehicle at a time, shall we?

    1. Jaguar F-Type R

    2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

    No question, an easy pick and we would put it atop our list as well. However, we feel this one gets in by the skin of its teeth based on the rules. Hagerty is going off MSRP, but if you find someone who had actually paid just $99,000 for this crazy kitty we’d be shocked. Your author has driven a V8 S… which wore a sticker price of $104,000.

    2. BMW M5 Sedan

    2014 BMW M5

    Not a chance. If the E39 M5 hasn’t made the leap yet, then the latest iteration won’t either. We’re not saying the E39 won’t get there, because it definitely will… but it’s not there yet. If you have your eye on owning one though, you’d better do it now. As for the current car, just wait for it to depreciate… massively.

     3. Chevrolet COPO Camaro:

    2014 Chevrolet COPO Camaro

    Instant collectible. It’s produced in small batches, so its limited availability makes it instantly desirable for collectors.

    4.  Maserati Ghibli S:

    Maserati Ghibli

    You know how much current collectors love theoriginal Ghibli… wait, they don’t? Ah, got it. Look, the old Ghibli is a pretty cool looking machine, and the new car is, well, actually rather excellent, but it’s no future classic. No one will be pining for a vintage (current) Quattroporte 25 years from now, and no one will be pining for the baby version either.

    5.  Alfa Romeo 4C:

    2014 Alfa Romeo 4C

    Yes, a thousand times yes.

    6.  Chevrolet Corvette Stingray:

    2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible

    This will inevitably be a future classic, but that’s practically cheating. It’s going to take some time, of course, but it will eventually get there. Buy one for your great grandkids… because you’re not likely to see it rise in value in your lifetime.

    7.  Nissan 370Z NISMO:

    2014 Nissan 370Z NISMO

    Nope. The 240Z? Come to papa. A 1984-1989 Z31 300ZX? Maybe someday. The twin-turbo Z32? There’s a chance, but we’re a ways off. The 350Z? Never. The 370Z is a great leap over the 350Z, and it’s a blast to drive… but we don’t see folks clamoring for them in the future.

    8.  Dodge Challenger Shaker:

    2014 Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker

    The future generation will probably opt for the 370Z Nismo before it spends serious coin at an auction block for a modern Challenger. This is just another thing that the old Challenger does better than the new Challenger… bring bucks at the auction block for years to come.

    9.  Jeep Wrangler Rubicon X:

    2014 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon X

    The most confusing choice on the list. All those CJ5 and CJ7 Jeeps aren’t forecasting too strongly, so why should the Rubicon X? Think 4.0-liter I6-equipped Jeeps, not 3.6-liter units (even though that engine is WAY better than the last one Chrysler stuck in there).

    10.  Ford Fiesta ST:

    2014 Ford Fiesta ST (Euro spec) - First Drive, March 2013

    This one… actually could happen. The Fiesta ST could be one of those once in-awhile something-special machines that flies in out of nowhere, impresses everyone who touches it, and leaves us far to quickly. We hope that’s not the case, but it’s highly probable.

    So there you have it. That’s the Hagerty list, and that’s how we feel about it. We’d just like to reiterate that Hagerty typically knows what it’s talking about… so we could be way off. What do you think? Sound off below.

    via: Motor Authority

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