Choosing between 2WD, AWD and 4WD

Posted in Auto News, Jeep

It doubtful that there is any vehicle characteristic laden with more confusion and conjecture than the type of drive the vehicle has. Everyone seems to have an opinion on the merits of 2WD vs AWD vs 4WD vehicles and some of these opinions are quite entrenched. In this article we will take a quick look the three different systems so you have some objective data to consider on this subject.

2WD

2WD drive systems do exactly what you would think. The engine power is distributed through just 2 of the vehicle’s wheels. Most smaller vehicles today are 2WD with the front wheels being driven (FWD). FWD configurations benefit from having the engine weight balanced over the front wheels. This allows for superior traction and steering.

The History of Honda

Posted in Auto News, Honda

Soichiro Honda founded his Honda company in 1948. Focusing on developing cheap transportation, Honda strapped an engine to a standard bike and created a very efficient means of transportation. This ingenuity was the start of the Honda empire. Ten years later, Honda would reach American land and establish the American Honda Co.

The Honda brand became synonymous with reliable and innovative engineering. The company’s motorcycle division registered a tremendous sales increase and during the 1970′s and Honda became the world’s largest motorbike maker.

Its production of cars however, that had started during the 60′s was rather slow. Honda cars failed to impress the average American driver. The reason: having been designed for the Japanese market, the small-sized cars were a huge contrast to the large vehicles favored by Americans.

What the Heck are Oxygen Sensors?

Posted in Auto News

If the “Check Engine” light in your car is shining bright, it’s because the control module in your car has sensed a problem. Unfortunately, often it’s because an oxygen sensor has gone bad.

Great, but but exactly what are they?

Oxygen sensors are little devices located on your car’s exhaust system that monitor how your engine is running. Technically they adjust the engine’s air/fuel ratio so that your engine runs well and exhaust emissions are minimized. They typically last over 100K miles but, with cars routinely being used for much longer than that, it is common for O2 sensors to need replacement at some point during a car’s lifetime.

The Range of the Chevy Volt

Posted in Auto News, Chevrolet

The Chevrolet Volt runs longer on its built-in batteries than any other plug-in hybrid on the market today. The Volt’s gasoline engine doesn’t switch on even under maximum acceleration. Why is that? Well, it’s simple, it was designed that way! Furthermore, the 2016 Chevy Volt maintains that feature, and expands its electric range from 38 to 50 miles–ensuring even more all-electric distance.

So who said it was designed with the goal in mind? In an interview with Tim Grewe, chief engineer for vehicle electrification and Pete Savagian, general director of electric drive engineering at General Motors, the two engineers explained that the Volt was designed to travel on pure electricity as far as possible from the very start. In fact, the goal was to eventually reach 50 miles of range in all electric mode.

Bentley Continental GT Speed Breitling Jet Team Series Limited Edition

Posted in Auto News, Bentley

2016 Bentley Continental GT Speed Breitling Jet Team Series Front AngleBentley is taking its fusion of luxury and performance to new extremes with the launch of the Continental GT Speed Breitling Jet Team Series. This exclusive series is limited to just seven cars, each inspired by one of the seven Breitling Jets.

Renowned for their precision, speed and daring, this summer the Breitling Jet Team will be performing across the United States and Canada in a grand tour of epic proportions. To commemorate this spectacle, Bentley’s Mulliner division has re-imagined the Continental GT Speed to mirror the distinctive look of the Breitling Jets, fusing extreme customisation with immense speed.

Using Exhaust Energy

Posted in Auto News

Did you know that your vehicle’s exhaust can be a source of energy that you can use to improve your cars efficiency? New concept? Nope, turbochargers have been doing it for years. What a turbocharger does is use the exhaust gas to drive a fan that pushes additional outside air into an engine. More air (technically oxygen) means stronger explosions that drive the pistons. This makes more power. Turbochargers are very common today on everything from sports cars to large diesel trucks.

The Japanese firm YGK recently unveiled a hybrid powertrain that uses exhaust gases to spin a turbine that generates electricity, just like an alternator does. In this YGK embodiment, the exhaust turbine-generator charges up a “super-capacitor”. In theory, an exhaust turbine-generator could be used to charge a battery pack but for instantaneous use, a large capacitor could be used also.

280 kph for the A 45, CLA 45 and GLA 45 AMG – with the PEC Vmax-Module

Posted in Auto News, Mercedes-Benz

280 kph for the A 45, CLA 45 and GLA 45 AMG – with the PEC Vmax-ModuleAre open-top cars really more fun to drive? It depends but open-top speed cars definitely are! Thus, when it comes to the A 45, CLA 45 and GLA 45 AMG, performmaster is lifting the voluntary 250 kph speed limit with the PEC Vmax-Module. “This new development is our perfect tool to accelerate all AMG A-class variants to 280 kph,” says an enthusiastic Udo Heinzelmann. Customers get 30 kph more at only € 1790 – quite a bargain, isn’t it?

Chrysler 300C Wrapped in SRT Version by HplusB-Design

Posted in Auto News, Chrysler

2015 HplusB Chrysler 300C CRD Touring Front AngleThat it is possible to transform a retro-look US car into a (thoroughly positively meant) “exotic vehicle” only by wrapping has been proven without any doubts by HplusB-Design in Monheim on Rhine by tuning this presented here Chrysler 300C CRD Touring in SRT design. For the very enthusiastic Rhinelanders, car wrapping, window tinting, car tuning and advertising techniques are daily bread.