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If you’re remotely interested in the car industry, at one point in time you’ve asked yourself this question: What’s with all the various power ratings? We’ll see an engine develop X amounts of either kW, HP, BHP, PS or even WHP, depending on where we read the information.

That’s why we decided to answer this question, and explain in simple terms just what is the difference between all these ratings, and how they are measured nowadays with new cars.

Curious to find out? Hit the jump then.

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Last week, we heard about Bentley fitting its flexible-fuel 6.0-liter W12 engine to all of its Continental range. But while many of us figure out that this means the car will run on gasoline, E85 ethanol fuel or any mixture of the two, not a lot of people know the full deal behind these flex-fuel vehicles.

That’s why we decided to tackle this technology. Whether it’s called flexible-fuel, flexi-fuel, flex-fuel, flexifuel or anything in between, we’ll present the advantages, disadvantages and why we might see it implemented in more and more vehicles.

Curious to find all that out? Hit the jump!

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We’ve already talked about various types of transmissions found on cars when we debated over the age-old dispute manual versus automatic gearboxes setups some time ago.

But a “new” competitor (if we can call it that way) is slowly but surely becoming increasingly popular with carmakers from around the world: the Continuously Variable Transmission, or CVT, for short.

Even though the first prototype was devised by Leonardo da Vinci in 1490, the system is just now becoming efficient enough to be employed on cars. Curious to see how CVTs work, what are their advantages and disadvantages and why we’ll see more and more of them on upcoming cars?

Then hit the jump and find out!

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I’m sure most of you know that our current way of living relies heavily on fossil fuels, from the food we eat to the work we do or the things we use everyday. But I’m also quite certain that most of you know that fossil fuel reserves will one day come to an end. Don’t go thinking we’ll leave our grandchildren stuck solving that problem though, as scientists estimate the end of fossil fuel reserves (oil at least) to arrive as soon as 2025.

That’s why the automotive industry, one of the most reliant branches of the business on fossil fuels, is working hard to find new alternative means of powering vehicles and slowly but surely getting rid of our addiction to petrol, diesel or any such kind of fuel.

Hybrids and plug-in hybrids are becoming major trends these days (just look at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show which is filled with such concepts or production cars). But another means of propulsion is also looking very good in the eyes of the public: hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

But as it gains more and more influence, few people actually know the whole story about such cars, trucks, buses or anything in between. That’s why we decided to explain just how hydrogen fuel cell vehicles work, what are their advantages and disadvantages and, most importantly, why we won’t see them on the roads for quite some time.

So hit the jump and find out.

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Perhaps some of the most important parts in any car are the tires, because, obviously, they are what keeps your precious vehicle going on the road.

We’ve already talked about the various advantages and disadvantages of certain types of tires, all-season, summer and snow ones, in various conditions. Now though, we’ll tackle a new type of tire technology, which is slowly becoming more and more present on the roads: run-flat tires.

Hit the jump to find out how they work and, more importantly, if they are any good.

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Hybrids and plug-in hybrids are currently the biggest trends in the car industry, as more and more vehicles use electric motors in one way or another to help out the regular engine.

But even though hybrid and plug-in hybrid cars are extremely popular, especially with the eco-friendly crowd, most people don’t really know what sets them apart. As such, we want to reveal to you what’s the difference between a regular hybrid car and a plug-in hybrid, and of course try to find out which is better.

So charge up your battery packs, fill up the gas tank and hit the jump.

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Hello and welcome to another edition of RPMGO Answers, our own feature where we take various automotive-related debates or questions and try to explain everything in simpler terms.

We’ve already talked about quite a few things, but this time it’s something which has really been bugging us, due to the massive snow falls we’ve been experiencing: All-season tires vs summer tires vs winter tires – Which is best and under what conditions?

Although the question may seem trivial, some people just don’t have the money to sport different tires every season, and we thought we should explain what are the basic advantages and disadvantages of each type of tire, so that you will find the best compromise.

Hit the jump to find out which is the best type of tire, and how do each of them fair in the snow, rain and dry road conditions.

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Welcome to another edition of RPMGO Answers, our bi-weekly feature (hey, we even got a logo now!) in which we try to explain some of the most common auto-related debates in the industry. We’ve talked a bit about the various types of traction systems up until now, pitching front and rear wheel drive against each other, or four-wheel drive against all-wheel drive.

Now though, we’re taking a route into a more performance-oriented segment of the industry, and will talk about forced induction methods, more specifically about turbochargers and superchargers, in order to find out which is better.

So say goodbye to naturally-aspirated engines and hit the jump so we can reveal a few things about these relatively easy ways of getting more power from regular engines.

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Hello and welcome to another edition of RPMGO answers, where we take a stab at explaining in more layman’s terms various automotive debates or technologies.

We’ve already covered a few basic things, and now we’re treating something a bit more in depth: What’s the difference between four-wheel drive (4WD) and all-wheel drive (AWD) vehicles?

Now you may be inclined to say that there isn’t any difference, but this is due to marketing terms and various PR work from carmakers, as there are quite a few things setting the two systems apart. If you want to find out what they are, hit the jump.

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Welcome to another edition of RPMGO answers, our bi-weekly feature in which we tackle various questions or debates from the auto world.

We’ve already revealed the advantages or disadvantages of the manual and automatic transmissions, but now we will take on another spirited debate: front-wheel drive or rear wheel drive – Which is better?

Hit the jump as we reveal to you which is better in unfavorable conditions like snow, mud or rain; which more fun to drive and which is better in the long haul in terms of cost.

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Hello and welcome to the first edition of “RPMGO answers”, which is a new feature in which we take commonly asked car-related questions and, as you might have guessed, try to find an answer for them, or at least the next best thing.

The first question is something which has crossed the minds of many car buyers, and, depending on their native country, will find various answers: Which is better, a manual (stick shift) transmission or an automatic one.

Read on to find our answer and various things you need to keep in mind when considering them.

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