Check Out This Season’s Hot Gifts For Car Lovers

December 3, 2008

HILLSBORO, N.H., Dec. 3 /PRNewswire/ — Finding a great gift for a car lover can be a challenge. You want to find something they will love and can really use. Fortunately, there are great ideas that will bring smiles to drivers, gear heads and commuters this holiday season.

Premium headlights improve safety

For an unexpected gift that will improve safety, think about high-performance headlights. SilverStar(R) ULTRA bulbs from OSRAM SYLVANIA produce the whitest, brightest light. Studies have shown that whiter, brighter halogen lighting can improve reaction time, increase nighttime visibility and provide better roadside viewing. OSRAM SYLVANIA SilverStar(R) ULTRA bulbs are up to 50 percent brighter and increase downroad visibility by up to 40 percent when compared to worn standard bulbs. Since headlight bulbs dim over time, evaluate them every year for optimum performance and replace them in pairs before they burn out ($49.95 for two).

GPS keeps drivers on track

Global Positioning Systems, or GPS, provide turn-by-turn driving directions. You type where you are and where you are going and a live map appears. A gentle voice warns you when a turn is approaching and lets you know when you made a wrong turn. Many models can be transferred from one car to another and some even offer real time alerts and advice to navigate around traffic. Others include options for off-road navigation for hiking, fishing or mountain biking ($130-$500.

Satellite radio makes driving fun

Satellite radio can make time pass quickly for someone with a long commute or anyone who spends a lot of time in the car. You need to purchase a receiver ($50-$200) and a monthly service plan ($7-$20 per month). You’ll get over 100 radio stations that you can’t get anywhere else, including music, news, sports and entertainment stations featuring celebrities like Howard Stern, Jamie Foxx and Martha Stewart.

Programmable tire gauge simplifies maintenance

The next generation of tire gauges allows you to input the factory recommended tire pressure for your car, then offers a large, backlit display with the tire’s current air pressure compared to the factory recommendation ($20).

Lauren Fix’s Guide to Loving Your Car: Everything You Need to Know to Take Charge of Your Car and Get On with Your Life

Lauren Fix’s straight-forward, clear and fun advice makes caring for your car easier. Fix offers tips on how to select the best car, essential maintenance, driving tips, how to talk to your mechanic, how to master easy repairs and what repairs are best left to the experts ($16.95St. Martin’s Griffin).

About OSRAM SYLVANIA Automotive Lighting

OSRAM SYLVANIA, together with OSRAM GmbH, is the world leader in automotive lighting for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and the aftermarket. The company’s global automotive lighting division has its principal North American operations in Hillsboro, N.H., with nearly 700 employees. In addition to TS 16949, this facility has also achieved ISO 9001 and 14001 certifications. Automotive Lighting designs, develops, manufactures and markets state-of-the-art automotive light sources, including auxiliary, advanced halogen, LED and high-intensity discharge lighting for interior, exterior and forward lighting applications. More than 400 lamp types are produced for cars, trucks, and electronics in facilities throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Automotive applications for OEMs are marketed under the OSRAM brand while products for the aftermarket are sold under the SYLVANIA brand. For more information, visit www.sylvania.com/auto.

More information on headlight safety, maintenance and a review of SYLVANIA SilverStar(R) ULTRA is available in Lauren Fix’s Guide to Loving Your Car: Everything You Need to Know to Take Charge of Your Car and Get On with Your Life by Lauren Fix, the Car Coach(R), America’s award-winning automotive expert. The book is available at major book retailers and online booksellers.


OSRAM SYLVANIA is a leader in lighting solutions and specialty products that feature innovative design and energy saving technology. The company sells products for homes, businesses and vehicles primarily under the SYLVANIA brand name, and also under the OSRAM brand. Headquartered in Danvers, Mass., OSRAM SYLVANIA is the North American operation of OSRAM GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of Siemens AG. For more information, visit www.sylvania.com.


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