40 Years After His First Car Broke Down In Woods, Man Discovers It Covered In Moss

Some things must be lost for decades in order for us to appreciate their real value later in life.

That was the case for Pekka Nummelin, a carpenter born and rasied in Mekkeli, Finland, and his first car that he abandoned in the woods behind his parents house, 40 years ago. He originally bought the seafoam green 1967 Ford Anglia to help him get to and from his first job while still living at home in his early 20s, his son Tommi Nummelin told HuffPost in an email.

However, the car struggled through the cold Finnish winters as Pekka drove 20 miles each day on dirt roads. When the upper radiator hose came lose, spraying anti-freeze all over the road one night, he assumed it was leaking and filled the compartment with water. The water partially froze the cooling channels overnight, preventing the engine from starting the following morning. Once Pekka and his brother tow-started the Anglia with a tractor, the icy water in the radiator reached the hot engine, cracking the block and killing the poor car right there on the spot.

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“My uncle helped my dad by towing the car in the woods behind their house,” wrote Tommi. “Dad bought another Anglia … leaving the old sedan behind for spares.”

After his parents died and his remaining family members moved away, Pekka relocated to the other side of town and built his life with Tommi’s mother. However, his parents’ property and all that remained on it was never sold, left untouched and isolated.

Last weekend, the family was discussing cars when his father said his old Anglia was probably sitting right where he left it in 1974. So they decided to then pay the old house a visit — only 20 miles away from their new location — and see if the car was still there.


“After walking for some minutes through the forest that has slowly been growing the last 40 years, we found a small mossy patch in it where he had left his car,” Tommi told HuffPost. “The Ford was in better nick than anyone really expected. Because of the remote location, all glasses and lights (except one that was smashed during towing) were intact.”


From the pictures Tommi initially posted on Reddit, one can tell that the paint is still in good condition, and the chrome pieces look nearly perfect. However, Tommi said that the car has sunk almost six inches into the ground, likely rotting the bottom of the car.


The men plan to return soon with a shovel and lock-picking tools to check out the interior of the Anglia — it seems that Pekka lost track of the keys over the years as well.

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Town & Country Earns Highest Approval from Owners According to a recent J. D. Power Study


Philadelphia: The best cheese steaks, the best restaurants, the best museums – great reviews are what keep people coming back and the Town & Country is no different. According to the J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Initial Quality Study (IQS), the Chrysler brand vehicle ranked highest among minivans for the third time in four years.

The IQS is based on responses from more than 86,000 owners of 2014 model-year vehicles after 90 days of ownership. The study asks customers to identify issues with their vehicles’ design, as well defects.

 

“This is the third time in four years that Chrysler Town & Country leads the Minivan segment in this quality survey,” Doug Betts, Senior Vice President-Quality, said. “It reflects the commitment of employees who develop, build and test these vehicles and their recognition that every employee has a role in continually improving the quality of our products.”

 

The Chrysler Group’s ultimate family vehicle, the Chrysler Town & County, was significantly updated for the 2011 model year and previously achieved the highest ranking among minivans in 2011 and 2013.

The IQS study, now in its 28th year, is based on a 233-question survey conducted between February and May 2014.

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Philadelphia: Cash for Clunkers

What Is “Cash for Clunkers?”

Cash for Clunkers refers to a government program called Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS). Under this program, the government gave incentives to consumers to purchase more fuel-efficient cars. When you traded in your less fuel efficient vehicle for a new, more fuel efficient vehicle, you’d get a voucher ranging from $3,500 to $4,500.

The program was designed to provide stimulus to the economy by boosting car sales, while at the same time, putting safer, cleaner and more fuel-efficient cars on the roads.

The program had been very popular and helped to revive the auto industry and economy, however funds quick ran out and the program’s end date is August 24, 2009 (it began on July 1, 2009).

So basically, if a dealership is offering you this deal – proceed with extreme caution and read all of your paperwork thoroughly.

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Philadelphia: Jeep Named Top Patriotic Brand in the United States

Philadelphia: Cherry Hill Jeep is proud to announce that Jeep has once again, for the second year in a row, been named the #1 Patriotic brand in the America.

With Independence Day around the corner, Jeep, Levi Strauss and Coca-Cola are the top three most patriotic brands in American, according to a Brand Keys survey.

Colgate and Disney round out the top five. Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google, eBay, Walgreens and Sam Adams all move into the top 50.

Marketers like the July 4th holiday because it gives them an opportunity to bring out the patriotic flag-waving and red-white-and-blue motifs, said Robert Passikoff, founder and president of Brand Keys, Inc., the New York-based brand loyalty and customer engagement research consultancy.


“Marketers cue the marching bands and majorettes, and look to leverage all the patriotic emotions that symbolize America,” Passikoff says.

To determine which brands actually led when it comes to patriotism, Brand Keys did a statistical “drill-down,” part of a larger brand values survey, to identify which of 225 brands were more associated with the value of “patriotism.”

The consultancy had 4,680 consumers ages 16 to 65 evaluate a collection of 35 values, including “patriotism.”

Brand engagement is more emotional than it is rational, Passikoff says.

“When it comes to engaging the consumer, waving an American flag and actually having an authentic foundation for being able to wave the flag are two entirely different things and the consumer knows it,” he says. “More importantly, believability is key to the engagement paradigm. The more engaged a consumer is with a particular emotional value and the associated brand, the more likely they’ll trust that emotion and act positively on that belief.”

It’s not surprising that many brands in the top 50 are American icons.

“This is not to say that other brands are not patriotic, or that they don’t possess any patriotic resonance,” he says.


Rational aspects like being an American company, or being “Made in the USA” or having nationally directed CSR activities and sponsorships all play a part in the make-up of any brand.

The company received comments last year about how some of the top 50 most patriotic brands didn’t belong there because they weren’t actually manufactured in the United States.

“That’s the rational side of decision-making,” he says “One thing marketers should have learned about brands over the past couple of decades is that those brands that can make an emotional connection with the consumer always have a strategic advantage over competitors when it come to the marketplace battle for the hearts, minds, and loyalty of consumers.
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Philadelphia: Kelley Blue Book name Jeep Patriot and Jeep Compass Most Affordable SUVs of 2014

Philadelphia: Cherry Hill Jeep is proud to announce that Kelley Blue Book gave the Jeep brand two accolades for 2014 Most Affordable SUVs, with the Jeep Patriot ranked first and the Jeep Compass ranked second.

With a low starting Fair Purchase Price of $15,851, the Jeep Patriot takes the title of most affordable SUV by a mile. The Patriot gives you the cool looks of a classic off-roader, with a practical, efficient compact SUV underneath. It gets fuel economy of up to 30 mpg on the highway, and has lots of room for gear.

Jeep offers two models for less than $20,000. The Compass brings unique styling to the compact SUV category, blending hatchback proportions with a Grand Cherokee nose. The Compass is available with a starting Fair Purchase Price of $18,392.

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Philadelphia: 2014 Jeep Cherokee is off-road tough and luxurious

Philadelphia: 2014 Jeep Cherokee is off-road tough and luxuriousFor an extraordinary off-road experience, the 2014 Jeep Cherokee has little competition since this rough-and-tumble crossover is all about driving in any condition – but that includes taking it easy for a trip to the mall or date night too.

When you consider a small crossover for off-roading, the 2014 Jeep Cherokee can keep up. It also has the V-6 engine option, the same six-cylinder variety offered in the Grand Cherokee.

With four trim levels on the Cherokee, this SUV holds five passengers with choices of the Sport, Latitude, Trailhawk or Limited variety.

On the Sport, you can expect 17-inch steel wheels and all-season tires, full power accessories, keyless remote entry, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and a handy 60/40-split folding and reclining rear seat.

For technology additions there is Bluetooth connectivity, as well as a 5-inch touch-screen interface, USB for connecting and an SD card reader. If you want to add more, you can up the features with the Cold Weather Group package, which will give you a wiper de-icer and heated front seats. Stand-alone additions include alloy wheels, a rearview camera and a CD player, which does not come standard on the Sport trim level.

On the Latitude, you get all of the above, plus alloy wheels, roof rails, fog lights, privacy-tinted glass, LED interior lighting, a folding front passenger seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel that also includes audio controls and a 115-volt outlet. To add on to this trim level, there is a good range of choices from the V6 engine to front/back sunroofs in which the front roof completely opens. You also can opt for a higher-end audio system and 8.4-inch touch-screen interface.

The Comfort/Convenience package will give you a power lift gate, automatic headlights, dual-zone automatic climate control, eight-way power driver seat, rearview camera and a remote start option.

The Trailhawk is the Jeep Cherokee’s off-road star and only comes in a 4WD with 17-inch wheels and all-terrain tires. The suspension tuning is geared to dirt road capability, and there is also a rear locking differential, skid plates with tow hooks and an 8.4-inch touch-screen with satellite radio. To upgrade this trim level, the Comfort/Convenience package can be added, but with a panoramic sunroof that opens over the front and rear seats as well as  leather upholstery.

The Technology package option will add automatic high-beam control, adaptive cruise control, forward collision, lane-departure warning, blind-spot and rear cross-traffic warning systems and a parallel and perpendicular parking assist.

On the high-end Limited, you get all the Trailhawk features except the off-road goodies, but still there is the same interior technology features. The Limited also comes with 18-inch alloy wheels and all-season tires, automatic headlights, keyless ignition/entry and heated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. There is leather upholstery and a cargo cover with a rearview camera.

For additional features on this trim, you can opt for the same add-ons as on the Trailhawk, but the Luxury Group Package is the option versus the Trailhawk’s Comfort/Convenience package and along with a power lift gate you can add the features on the Luxury Group Package of xenon headlights, upgraded leather upholstery and ventilated front seats.

Under the hood, the 2014 Jeep Cherokee has a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 184 horsepower and 171 pound-feet of torque. On the three higher trim levels you can choose instead the 3.2-liter V6 engine that ups the horsepower to 271 with 239 pound-feet of torque. For all trim levels you get a nine-speed automatic transmission.

Since the 2014 Jeep Cherokee is all about taking it off the road, for the hardy driver the 4WD can be had with either engine type too.  Taking that a step further you can choose between two different 4WD systems. The standard system on the Sport, Latitude and Limited is of a light duty variety, the Active Drive I 4WD system good for winter roads. On the Trailhawk, or as an option on the other trims, it’s the Active Drive II system with low-range gearing.

For safety, the 2014 Cherokees has antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front and rear seat side, side curtain and front knee airbags as well as the optional rearview camera that comes as an option on all models. The Trailhawk and Limited trims also have the optional  packages with even more safety features like a forward collision warning system that has an  automatic brake intervention when needed, a lane-departure warning system and blind-spot and rear cross-traffic alerts.

If you are used to Jeep Grand Cherokee luxury, the 2014 Cherokee redesign has stepped up in this department, as well. The interior has a quality look and feel, and the Jeep styling can’t be beat. The knobs and dials are ultra-easy to use and for passengers even the rear seat reclines. There is also plenty of head room, but passenger comfort does cut into the cargo space so that even with the seats down in the back there is only 54.9 cubic feet available for hauling.

The 2014 Jeep Cherokee’s four-cylinder has been built tough to drive aggressively when needed; however, getting up to speed on the highway takes more time than the competition. With the V-6, you get a stronger bang for the buck – and it’s an easy drive, taking the highway and the dirt with ease.

For the off-road junkie, the Trailhawk trim stands out from the competition, but all around the 2014 Jeep Cherokee knows what it means to perform.

Should You Need to Know: Take note of the 2014 Jeep Cherokee’s four-wheel-drive Selec-Terrain dial offering choices of Auto, Snow, Sport and Sand/Mud modes. On the Trailhawk, you also get an added Rock mode choice.

Miles Per Gallon: The 2014 four-cylinder Jeep Cherokee provides 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. The V-6 engines deliver 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.

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2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland

“This car will give you all of the performance, all the luxury, all the style you could want from an SUV at any price.” - Alex Le Friec from EverymanDriver.com

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Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn Redefines Premium Pickups

Cherry Hill RAM: 2013 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn Named to Ward’s 10 Best Interiors List for 2013From wardsauto.com:
The Laramie Longhorn is one of few entries in this year’s Ward’s 10 Best Interiors competition to receive near-perfect scores cross the board, with one juror commenting that this is what a truck would look like “if Bentley made pickups.”

Supple leather is everywhere, in just the right shade of saddle brown that fits with the dusty copper motif of the great American West. Lightly finished real burled walnut trim, as if repurposed from fence posts or a classic barn, is applied throughout the cabin.

Continue reading: http://wardsauto.com/ward039s-10-best-interiors/ram-1500-laramie-longhorn-redefines-premium-pickups

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2013 Dodge Dart: Eco-Friendly Extreme

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Many of today’s drivers try to at least be aware of their vehicles impact on the environment. And while many manufacturers try to catch up to this growing trend, the 2013 Dodge Dart leaves them in the dust.

From wxyz.com:
On this Earth Day, Detroit is flexing its eco-muscle and offering cars that get better gas mileage, use recycled products and cheat the wind. All in an effort to save money and the environment.

The Dodge Dart helps save the environment by offering world class aerodynamics and getting 41 miles per gallon

This Dodge packs a powerful punch in the Earth-friendly department. At the end of each Dart’s life ALL the plastics and metals can be recycled.

The Dart’s carpets are made from recycled milk jugs, and the noise cancelling padding in the trunk is made from recycled denim jeans.

But that’s not all! The power steering operates without toxic fluid and the time between oil changes are now farther apart.

“With the Dart you can go up to 8,000 miles before you are required to get an oil change, which is good for the environment because of less waste,” says Peter Milosavlevski, Dart’s Organization Engineer.

Chrysler is dedicated to being eco-friendly.

Continue reading: http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/money/auto_news/aerodynamic-dodge-dart-helps-chrysler-cheat-the-wind-and-become-earth-friendly

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2013 Ram 1500 SLT V-6 Big Horn Quad Cab

2013 Ram 1500 SLT

For the 2013 model year, the Ram 1500 received a comprehensive refresh was named our 2013 Truck of the Year in the process. After spending some extended seat time in a mid-range Ram 1500 SLT Big Horn V-6, our decision to give Ram the award for 2013 was firmly validated.

Having already experienced the opulence of the leather-lined Laramie Longhorn, we purposefully selected a mid-pack trim level that would be representative of a large volume of sales, as well as within reach of the majority of new truck buyers. Apart from the rich leather, fine stitching and luxury features of the Longhorn, we wanted to examine the Ram 1500 on its inherent merits, not just the icing on the cake.

Even in the workmanlike SLT Big Horn V-6 trim, the Ram impresses. Aside from a generous level of equipment relative to similarly-priced competitive models, the Ram’s performance, comfort and refinement all stood out as baked-in traits that buyers would get regardless of trim level.

Continue reading: http://www.trucktrend.com/roadtests/pickup/163_304_2013_ram_1500_v6_quad_cab_first_test/index.html

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