Tuesday, December 7, 2010
The Dodge Caliber is a compact car produced by the Dodge division of Chrysler. It replaced the Neon, and went on sale in the spring of 2006 as a 2007 model year vehicle. The Caliber has five doors and can be considered a hatchback, a station wagon (see Hatchback vs. Station wagon), or a CUV. It is roughly the size of a Neon, and it debuted globally at the 2005 Geneva Motor Show. It features styling elements derivative of larger Dodge vehicles, such as a crosshair grille and large flared fenders. The Caliber is one of the first modern Dodge-branded vehicles for sale in the European, Asian, and Australasian markets. In North America, it was first shown on January 10, 2006 at the North American International Auto Show. Though not initially labeled a 'crossover', or CUV, the Caliber features many CUV-based nods that were further highlighted in the 2009-2010 models, such as a rough round back, irregular roof curve and lifted clearance, as compared to regular hatchbacks.
The car also features an optional electronically-controlled all-wheel drive system with variable torque at speeds of 25 to 65 mph (40 to 105 km/h) for optimal handling.
The Caliber rides on a heavily modified GS platform, co-designed with Mitsubishi Motors. The modified GS platform is now called the JS platform by Chrysler for mid-size cars and PM/MK for compact cars. It shares a portion of the platform with the Mitsubishi Lancer, but is most similar to the Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot. The Caliber has wheels that feature a 5-hole pattern with a 114.3 mm bolt circle.
The Caliber is built at the Belvidere Assembly (Illinois) plant, where its predecessor was produced.
The Caliber is an important vehicle for Chrysler in its quest to expand globally. The Caliber was one of Dodge's first modern offerings in Europe. Dodge also introduced the Caliber as part of its launch lineup in Asian markets such as Japan and Singapore, as it established new distribution channels there. It was introduced in China in 2008 as Dodge's second modern vehicle offering in that market. Dodge vehicles were last officially sold in China during the World War II era. The introduction of the Caliber has also marked the return of the Dodge brand to Australia, for the first time since the early 1970s.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the Caliber an overall Good score in frontal crash testing. The Dodge Caliber comes standard with side curtain airbags but torso side airbags are optional. The IIHS scored the Caliber Marginal overall in their side impact test. However that Caliber was not equipped with the optional torso side airbag.
The SRT4 model, introduced at the Chicago Auto Show in February 2006, is a replacement for the original Neon-based SRT-4 produced by Chrysler's Street and Racing Technology group. It is a hatchback set to compete with the likes of the Volkswagen GTI and the Mazdaspeed3. It features a 2.4 L DOHC 16V turbocharged I4 with dual variable valve timing (DVVT). It produces 285 hp (213 kW) at 6,400 rpm, and 265 lb·ft (359 N·m) of torque at 5,600 rpm using the Mitsubishi TD04HL4S-20 turbo. Edmunds tested one on a chassis dynamometer and obtained 281 hp (210 kW) and 261 lb·ft (354 N·m) of torque at the wheels. Edmunds called the manufacturer's rating conservative; putting more power to the road than cars costing twice as much. The engine is mated to a Getrag six-speed manual transmission, and utilizes a front-wheel drive drivetrain. The Caliber SRT4 utilizes a high-performance MacPherson strut front suspension, and a performance-tuned multilink rear suspension. The SRT4 uses large 13.4 in (34 cm) vented front disc brakes (from the Dodge Charger Police Pack version) with dual-piston calipers and 11.9 in (30 cm) rear single-piston disc brakes. It features four-wheel ABS, with electronic assistance. The wheels are 19 in (48 cm), five-spoke, SRT-stamped, painted aluminum. The car features Goodyear RSA 225/45R19 tires. Package options include polished aluminum wheels, Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires, SIRIUS satellite radio with Kicker SRT livin' loud audio, EVIC with performance pages, Security alarm, and optional paint colors.
Sunday, December 5, 2010
20 days to go for Christmas here in United States. I used to be sad every Christmas here in United States because I miss my family. My Christmas here is cold and feel alone. Even it is like that I always fight my emotion and being homesick.
This year is kind of tough to me because of some fights and straggle I did just to have my Education here in United State. It is sad to say that my husband cannot understand why I wanting to study, sometimes he cannot support my decision and respect it. It is a tough year but still I am so thankful because despite of everything I still can stand up my self and fight my emotion.
I achieved a lot of this year in a couples of months so a lot of reason to be happy in CHRISTMAS, I got my driver license, finished my CNA class and passed my State license. That is a big things I've done and a big step to pursue my medical school someday. This coming December 10 also is the starting of my Job in the Hospital sounds great right! Even it is a little hard here but still I pushed hard my self to become achiever. I am hoping that one day I can go farther of my career and become a stable someday. A lot to go to achieve my Dreams in Medical field but I will give my best to achieve it I will not surrender my dream because it is the only I have. I hope my work is not hard I can adjust easily and my workmate will never give a hard time to me. I known couples of them because I volunteer in the hospital where I'm going to work so I have more ideas about the area and what mostly task I'm going to do. I feel little nervous to encounter insane patient and demanding Nurse I just praying to God giving me enough patience at all time and giving enough strength and present of mind.
The excitement is in my heart to think everything is in right track but without knowing to my husband, he killed my excitement every time he opposed my plan and always to compete his self. He had the attitude which is hard to give my way because he don't have any consideration to think my situation and my future. I tried my best to be a good wife but still it is not enough to him to put in trust in me and be with me. I don't know why his attitude is always over power in me. All I know husband and wife should always have the harmony and respect each other and understand each other. Sometime I just feel unfair because I am always giving and waiting just to understand about what he deal of his passed life. I felt like my love is not enough for him. It is hard if you can't see any outlet for sincerity and trust in your marriage, It is hard if your the only one to have it and never received it in return. Many times I ask my mine what is the best thing just to have a peace in my mind because even I did not bather my self about the issues I found out in my marriage still not effective it's because He made me shaken my emotion and distract it many times through telling me I just using him, I'm not loving him, I did not care him and I am going to leave him sounds like a teenager to me. I talked to him many times but he still cannot comprehend. What I know in marriage it is the promise to God that no body can separate from husband and wife. The love and trust will molded and will growing two of you. Anyways even I have some issues about my marriage life I will still not losing I hope that one day I will be completely happy and me and my hubby will be successfull together. Is just so sad that you have everything then you have lacking a piece of Love and Trust I feel like it is a half of your life is gone. Maybe this is just a trials in my life which I need to face.
I hope I did not make a wrong decision . God will Power me and Guidre me.
I hope I did not make a wrong decision . God will Power me and Guidre me.
Only wish for Christmas LOVE, RESPECT, TRUST, HARMONY, PEACE IN WORLD, HAPPY, JOY, GUIDANCE, FAITH STRENGTH, OVERFLOWING BLESSINGS FOR THOSE WHO NEED MOST SPECIALLY THE STREET CHILDREN.
MERRY CHRISTMAS ALL AND HAPPY PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR.