The name of AHG-Sports, founded in 2009 as tuning brand of the car dealer Guenther at Hamburg, Germany, is worth to be noticed. Since 1977 the Hanseatic car dealer is THE expert for new and used Nissan cars, acting on four places on the Elbe river meanwhile. The premium brand of Infiniti is present with success since 2009 in Hamburg and, since 2010 also in Berlin and Frankfurt. Comprehensibly, the „tuning spin-off“ under direction of Michael PENNING is more orientated towards Infinity, the noble brand of Nissan. Here, high quality tuning and exclusive service are in perfect combination.
SsangYong is gaining a solid reputation for producing strong, comprehensively equipped and extremely well priced vehicles, and its new Rexton W CSX brings a robust and purposeful contender to the light commercial vehicle sector.
Noted for being a highly competent off-roader, Rexton W is the third iteration of the Rexton, a car that has won customers and admiration around the world. Building on this pedigree, the new car uses a body on frame construction for maximum strength, double wishbone and coil spring suspension to the front, and a five link rigid axle with coil springs at the rear.
SEAT presents the perfect car for enjoying both life and performance: The new Leon ST CUPRA combines top performance in a unique way with style and utility. A maximum load space of 1,470 litres can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in the Leon ST CUPRA 280 in just 6.0 seconds – that’s how fast versatility can be. The stunning design, individual equipment options and excellent quality are further points that make the Leon ST CUPRA a very special proposition indeed. In true SEAT fashion, exceptional value-for-money is, of course, a given.
One common concern about using Electric Vehicles (EVs) is how charging works when out of “home range”. To alleviate this concern, several companies are looking at charging techniques using electromagnetic induction. Electromagnetic induction is a method of transferring energy from one place to another wirelessly- no actual physical wire connection is involved. It is the physical principle behind the operation of electrical transformers, of which billions exist around the world. Today we have a lot of people thinking that electromagnetic induction might be a great way to charge EVs too. This means that EV owners wouldn’t have to stop and plug in their cars to charge them. They could be charged when they are parked or conceivably while they are being driven (!)
A radical new concept? Not exactly, electromagnetic induction is being used to charge vehicles now, just not in the US. An inductive charging system has kept 30 electric buses running in both Genoa and Turin (Italy) for more than a decade. Coils buried in the road bed restore 10 to 15 percent of the bus battery’s charge during each stop for passenger pickup. The system’s German manufacturer, Conductix-Wampfler, claims a 95-percent energy-transfer efficiency, and no weather-related issues. Not only that, longer battery life is attributable to the frequent battery charging cycles.
In the US, electromagnetic induction is still being investigated but it’s a hot topic. Utah State University has an electromagnetic induction system under development with seed funding provided by the Federal Transit Administration. Many private enterprises are also looking at implementation of induction for vehicle use.
Perhaps the ultimate goal is recharging EVs as they roll down the road. Last year, the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) launched the first true electric highway. Two electric buses operate on a 15-mile public-transit route in Gumi, South Korea, with recharging power supplied by strips buried under 5 to 15 percent of the roadway. By energizing the strips in sync with bus movements power consumption is optimized. KAIST hopes to expand its system to a dozen buses this year.
There are a plethora of automotive technologies that would have been deemed pure fantasy just a decade or so ago. Here are four, in particular, that are going to change the way we drive and interact with our cars.
1) Countrywide EV Charge Stations
A common concern for EV owners is how they will charge their cars when on long trips. In order to mitigate that worry, various automakers are building the EV filling stations of the future. For example, Nissan, maker of the popular Leaf EV, has announced a partnership with quick-charge provider CarCharging to add 48 chargers in California and select spots on the East Coast. Dozens more quick-chargers have been installed in select states under several federal-private programs. As others jump on board, it’s not crazy to expect that you’ll be able to drive an EV cross-country before long.
2) Enhanced Heads-Up Displays
Today, heads-up windshield displays show a few pieces of driving of data to the driver, things like how fast you’re going, what gear you’re in -that sort of thing. This reduces the driver’s need to take their eyes off the road. The new “Super Multiview Head-ups Display” (SMV-HUD) brings this idea into the future with actionable information and guidance. Imagine road warnings, turn-by-turn navigation arrows indicating your next turn or street names appearing virtually in the distance. Someday you might even be able to drive safely in heavy fog with a head-up display that is integrated with adaptive cruise control and in-car cameras. No longer will bad weather be an issue when you absolutely need to go somewhere.
3) Car-to-Local Object Communications
Using in-car sensors and transmitters built into roadside devices, Connected Cars will be able to send and receive speed and location data to and from each other. The goal of the system is to improve the flow of traffic, avoid collisions and alert drivers to upcoming traffic situations. Its not just a fantasy, a Car-to-Local Object Communication System is being tested now at the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute in a year-long test of several thousand connected cars.
4) Autonomous Cars
You’ve probably heard of this one already courtesy of Google. This is the car that drives itself; thanks to cameras, sensors, radar, lasers and a lot of computer science magic. A lot of people are concerned about this because giving up control of a car to a computer seems a touch risky. “Why would anyone do this,” is a common comment. The answer comes from the sales staff at Urse Dodge Chrysler Jeep and they explained to us that, in theory, fleets of autonomous cars and trucks could dramatically reduce traffic and vehicle accidents. That’s hard to argue against. The other answer is that self-driving cars could be great for the daily commute. The cars drives itself and you can concentrate on your work.
Not many people pay attention to their car’s cooling system. Especially when a car has low mileage, there’s little to be concerned about, however, as the miles pile on things may start to happen. Lets take a look at what your coolant system does and things that you can do to make it last for years.
The primary job of an automobile’s cooling system is to remove the excess heat generates as you run your engine. As a result of combustion, the coolant temperature in a car can heat up to well over 200 degrees, and that energy has to go somewhere! That’s when the engine coolant starts working. The coolant absorbs engine heat and transfers it to the radiator where it is dissipated into the outside air.
As a car owner, you should know that a major factor that affects the reliability of your cooling system is the frequency of regular maintenance it receives -such as coolant changes and checks of hoses and belts. Motorists should consult their owner’s manual for specific recommendations about how often to flush the coolant system and change the coolant. A coolant removes dirt or sediment that has accumulated over the years.
Something that all drivers should know how is how to check the coolant level in their cars. It should be regularly checked at the reservoir and there are indicator lines that will show you what level it should be at. If you are unfamiliar with what your car’s coolant reservoir looks like, and how indicator level lines work, consult your owner’s manual. If the coolant is low in the reservoir, Reedman Toll Jaguar recommends a 50/50 mix of approved antifreeze and water should be added. By the way, when the coolant level is checked, do a visual inspection of hoses, belts for age-related cracks, and the radiator for any coolant leaks.
Drivers should always be aware of signs of trouble, particularly with older cars. Obvious signs of cooling system problems are the vehicle temperature gauge on the dash rising near the danger zone. If the temperature gauge does rise into the red zone, you can be almost certain that you have a cooling system problem of some sort. If see leakage of a green fluid inside your car, under the hood or on the ground under your car, you likely have a coolant leak and should consult a mechanic.
The coolant systems in today’s cars are very reliable and only need periodic maintenance. If you attend to the manufacturer’s maintenance schedule and perform a visual inspection periodically, your car’s coolant system should last for many, many years.
What glows and instantly ignites terror in the hearts of drivers everywhere? Nope, it’s not that bioluminescent Alien standing in the middle of the road (although that’s pretty frightening too), it’s the dreaded “Check Engine” warning light glowing in your car.
We all know that the Check Engine Light or “CEL” turning on in your car can be a scary affair. Sometimes it indicates a minor situation, such as a loose gas cap, but it sometimes it means “you are about to spend a lot of money” and that can be pretty frightening. Before making any assumptions, though, it may be a good idea to understand your CEL and what makes it turn on.
Your CEL is a warning lamp on your car’s instrument panel that lights up when the car’s engine computer detects a problem with your car’s engine or a connected part. All cars have some sort of on-board diagnostic system that connects to your CEL.
There are three states that a CEL can be in: off, blinking or on
1) OFF – When it’s off, all is good. No problems have been detected.
2) Blinking – When your CEL blinks briefly, it means the car has experienced a momentary issue, probably nothing to worry about. If it comes on and stays on, however, that’s an indication of a problem that could be more serious. If the check engine light blinks constantly, you need to have your car checked ASAP as it has experienced a major malfunction.
3) ON – This means that the engine’s computer has detected a problem and a service professional should take a look at the car.
Since 1996, all cars sold in the United States have been required to have something called OBD-II in them. “OBD” stands for On-Board Diagnostics, and it’s a standardized way for the engine sensors to report problems. When the CEL comes on, the system records a code that identifies the problem. The neat thing about OBD-II is that it’s ubiquitous. While some manufacturers have equipped their cars with other proprietary diagnostic systems, OBD-II is the same on every car. This means that it’s easy and cheap for mechanics and do-it-yourselfers to buy what’s called a “scan tool” or download the fault code from the OBD-II system to a computer. CarMD is one such service that consumers can buy into and use to diagnose their own vehicles.
Understanding what it means when your CEL comes on, and how to best respond to it can help you keep your car running well, creating less pollution and saving you money.
Yes, an entire article on washing a car. Believe it or not, very few people know how to do it correctly! Here are a few things to know:
1) Wash your car when it’s cooler outside – Heat will cause the soap and water to dry quickly which will leave streaks on the paint. If the weather is going to be a scorcher, first thing in the morning is a good time to do it, or when the car is parked in the shade, the sheet metal will be much cooler and your car will look better.
2) Wash your car soon after stuff has be depositied on the paint – Do a full wash as soon as you see things like bird droppings, dead bugs, etc. Bird droppings, in particular, have a high acidity that if left on the paint for any length of time can eat into the clear coat.
3) Use a special automotive cleaner – This is one of the most common mistakes. Dish soap, laundry soap, and household cleaners are often too harsh to use on a car’s paint. They can strip off the protective wax coating. A dedicated carwash formula, on the other hand, is formulated with a milder soap that doesn’t affect the protective coating.
4) Don’t use abrasive cloths or sponges when washing – Whether washing or drying, never use a rough cloth or other material with a surface that can leave scratches. A large soft sponge works well, or many professional detailers prefer to use a lamb’s-wool mitt. The reason for this: The thick nap of the lamb’s wool allows loose particles to be worked up into the wool rather than remaining on the surface.
5) Use a bug-and-tar remover when needed. Mild car wash formulas often aren’t strong enough to remove road tar, grease, or similar residues. For this, don’t just scrub harder, use a strong bug-and-tar remover is a good idea. It is specifically formulated to be kind to your paint finish.
6) Use a chamois or terry towel to dry the vehicle – Many professional detailing shops use terry towels. A natural chamois works well too but requires more maintenance. It can’t be stored wet and becomes stiff when dry, needing to be remoistened before use.
Information Source: Reedman Toll Chevrolet