Spotlight on Mercedes’ New EQ Electric Car

Mercedes is a company that is committed to innovation and their new electric car, the EQ, represents that. EQ is the new generation of electric vehicles that promises the safety, connectivity, functionality, and comfort that you know and expect from Mercedes-Benz. Here’s what you need to know about this car:

About the EQ

EQ stands for “electric intelligence.” Mercedes has a whole line of cars planned for this brand starting with the EQC, an electric crossover. This new generation of electric cars is based on an architecture developed for battery-electric models. And because it’s scalable, it can be used across all models no matter the wheelbase and track width. These components are all variable due to the modular building-block system. The goal with EQ is to have an emission-free future.

The Mercedes EQC SUV

The Mercedes-Benz EQC400 4MATCIC, or the EQC for short, has a clear distinguishing feature, which is on the front end’s black panel. This panel is framed by fibre-optic lighting that surrounds the grille from headlight to headlight. The headlights themselves are blue LEDs. You can choose the wheel size you prefer: 19, 20, or 21 inches. Two of the wheel sizes also come with the option of blue highlights.

These unique features make the ECQ easily recognizable day or night. Instead of a roof rack on the EQC, there are attachment points integrated into the roof to improve the vehicle’s aerodynamics. Other unique style features to the EQC are found on the inside. Rectangular air vents have been swapped for turbine-style vents. The widescreen infotainment system catches the eye with its bold colors. The EQC will feature the MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) infotainment system, which offers voice recognition, gesture recognition, and gets to know more about you and your habits every time you drive.

The intuitive operating experience allows for a less distracted driver. The highlight of the MBUX system is its touch operation concept. The piano-black surfaces and rose gold accents also add to the interior of the EQC. The variety of colors and finishes in the cabin will be a pleasant surprise.

How the EQ Works

Two electric motors will power the four-wheel drive EQC, one for each set of wheels. Together they will produce 402 brake horsepower and 564lb ft of torque. You’ll be able to go 60mph in just 4.0 seconds with a top speed of 112mph. The EQC will give you approximately 280 miles between charges. You will be able to charge the EQC at home via a wall-box or wall socket and there are plenty of charging stations on the road. The slow-charging process can take hours, but with a fast-charger will get an 80% charge in about 40 minutes. The battery pack features a water-cooled charger. The EQC will offer several driving modes.

This new line of cars from Mercedes is sure to be a hit. The EQC has been designed so that people will instantly know it’s a Mercedes. If you’re in the market for an electric car that offers everything that Mercedes is known for, you should really consider the EQC!

Best Tips for Buying Your Next Toyota

When buying a Toyota there are many things to factor in, such as how much you are willing to spend, the safety features that you want, and entertainment and technology features.

Toyota makes sedans, hatchbacks, pick-up trucks, SUVs, and minivans, which means you will also need to determine the model that will be best for your needs. Here are tips to help you decide whether you should buy a new or used Toyota:

Know Your Price Range

If money isn’t an issue, your vehicle choices are unlimited. You can buy based on your preferences and needs. Toyota offers a range of vehicles at different prices. The Corolla is an economic choice while the luxury models such as the Avalon or or Avalon Hybrid will cost a bit more. If you have a budget or general desire to save money, you probably want to look at used cars. Used cars, especially recent models, can offer much of what you’re looking for a lower price, so it’s important to not overlook this option when shopping for a Toyota.

Determine Your Needs

There are many options to consider when shopping for a car. When you’re looking at Toyota listings, keep a running list of features you want. You will likely come across things you hadn’t thought of as you explore your options. Things to consider when looking for your next Toyota include: how much seating you need, engine, transmission, horsepower, infotainment features (think USB, Bluetooth, touch screen, etc.), safety features (do you require a backup camera?), and storage and cargo. Other things that may or may not matter to your purchase include things such as cup holders, chargers for phones, and cruise control.

Know the Advantages of a New Toyota

The biggest advantage to buying a new car is probably that it comes with a warranty. The bumper-to-bumper warranty, for example, covers repair on all parts except “wear items.” Wear items are things such as windshield wipers, brake pads, and tires. You can also have a new car made to order. If you have specific colors or optional features in mind, it’s all up to you. New Toyota vehicles come with free maintenance for two years (or 25,000 miles). And as mentioned previously, buying a new Toyota means you will have all the latest gizmos and safety systems. And of course, if you buy new, it will have no miles on it yet.

Understand the Advantages of a Used Toyota

The greatest advantage to buying a used Toyota is the money you will save. You may also save money on insurance having a slightly older car. You won’t experience your used car purchase depreciating significantly as soon as you drive off the lot as you would with a new car. If you decide on a late used model, you can still get many of the bells and whistles that come with a new car. Sometimes the differences between one model year and the next are minimal.

Buying your next Toyota is something you want to put thought and research into. Whether you choose to buy new or used, it’s still a big purchase and important decision.

History of Porsche

Porsche cars are known for their luxury and speed. Many consider them to be the ultimate sports cars! Porsche AG is a German automobile manufacturer that specializes in high-performance sports cars, sedans, and SUVs. Here’s what you should know about Porsche and its history:

How It All Began

The Porsche company was founded by Ferdinand Porsche who was the chief engineer at Mercedes-Benz. In 1931 he incorporated a company in his own name. Back in 1900 he designed the first electric/gasoline hybrid. He would also work with Daimler, Volkswagen, Auto Union, and more throughout his 50-year career. The first Porsche was manufactured using machinery used to make the VW Bug.

The first Porsche released was the “Porsche 64” in 1939. During WWII, Porsche developed designs for heavy tanks, but was the chassis that was designed for the Tiger I that was used as the base for the Elefant tank destroyer. In 1948, Porsche’s son Ferry built the first Porsche sports car, the 356. It went into regular production in 1950 and had a rear-mounted, souped-up 40-horsepower Volkswagen engine and other parts sourced from random places. In 1954 a speedster version was introduced. In 1956 the 10,000th 356 rolled off the assembly line. Following the 356 would come the Porsche 911. The original 911 was based on the 356, but has come a long way since then.

Today the maximum power of the engine is 540-horsepower with 486-lb-foot torque. The Porsche 912 was a cheaper version of the 911 and was only in production from 1965 – 1969. In 1970 the 911 was replaced by the 912, a lower-priced, mid-engine sports car. During the mid-1950s Porsche would introduce its own engine The Porsche logo is based on the “Coat of Arms of the Free People State.” When Ferdinand Porsche died in 1951, the company was taken over by his son Ferry.

The Modern Years

In 1977, Porsche production surpassed the 300,000 mark. In 1982 Porsche Cars North America was established with its headquarters in Reno, Nevada. The 911 Cabriolet is introduced in 1983 and outsells the Targa. In 1986, the Porsche 944 is the first car to be sold in the US with both driver’s side and passenger side airbags as a standard feature. 1990 brought the all-wheel drive 911 Carrera 4 and rear-wheel drive 911 Carrera 2. In 1995 Porsche discontinued its front-engine models and the next year the one-millionth Porsche would be built.

Top-selling Models and Awards

Porsche automobiles have won numerous awards over the years. In 2018 just some of the awards won include: the Kelley Blue Book Resale Value: Luxury Brand, Automobile All-Star: 911 GTS, N.Y. Daily News Best Luxury Performance Car (911), Car and Driver Best 10 Cars (718 Cayman and 718 Boxster), and J.D. Power Total Ownership Experience Award. Some of the best-selling Porsche models of all-time include: the 1957 Porsche 356 Speedster (a collectible today), 2002 Porsche Boxster 986, and the 911. The one-millionth 911 was built in May of 2017.

Porsche has built automobiles that are popular year after year and only get better with time. They are fun to drive and fans of the cars remain loyal with each new release!

How to Safely Wash Your Car’s Exterior

Whether you buy a car new or used, buying a car represents a considerable expense. It stands to reason that you will want to take good care of it so that it will last as long as possible! Any damage to your car, cosmetic or otherwise, will cost you money. When you wash the exterior of your car, you want to take care to not damage it. Here are some tips to help you wash your car’s exterior safely:

Car Wash Mitts

There are a variety of car wash mitts on the market. They can be made of sponge material, microfiber, or sheepskin. You want to choose a mitt that is soft and holds a lot of water and car wash soap. You also want it to rinse well as you don’t want spots left on your car when you wash off the soap. Avoid using rags, old t-shirts, and towels to wash your car as they are more likely to leave little scratches in your paint. Wash mitts made specifically for washing your car are your best bet. Don’t try to save a few dollars by using something you find under the sink or in the garage. You’ll spend more money having your paint job repaired.

Car Wash Shampoo

Just like with car wash mitts, you want to make sure the car wash shampoo you use is made to be used on the paint of a car. You don’t want to grab just anything from the house because all soaps have their individual purposes. Dish soap, for example, is designed to eat away at grease on your dishes. Those same ingredients will eat away at your car wax and dry out plastic and rubber parts on the exterior of your car. Always choose a shampoo that is made specifically for washing the exterior of your car. Don’t reach for the cheapest product. Not all car wash shampoos are created equally, so do your research and ask family and friends what they recommend.

Car Wax

You might be tempted to skip the car wax if you don’t care much about having a shiny and smooth looking car, but car wax is much more important than that. Car wax protects your car’s paint from dirt and other contaminants that will eat away at it. Consider wax the layer that will take abuse while protecting your paint job. By applying wax, you will be able to wash it less because debris will stick to it less. Wax is also UV protection for the paint on your car, so it won’t fade or peel too quickly.

Washing the Windows

You might be inclined to reach for the bottle of window cleaner you use around the house. After all, windows are windows, right? Wrong. Household window cleaners contain ammonia, which can damage the tint on your car’s windows, so only use a window cleaner made for cars.

Washing the exterior of your car is something that requires care and attention. It’s not something you want to rush or use inferior products with. Pick the best products and learn the proper techniques for washing your car and the exterior will look just like new for a long time!

BMW Car Buying Guide

BMW is a German luxury automobile and motorcycle manufacturer. The company was founded in 1916 and now produces vehicles all over the world. Here’s what you should know before buying a BMW.  Here’s more information:

Know What You Can Afford

Your first step in deciding on a BMW is to know what you can afford. While the latest model with the most up-do-date technology might be appealing, if you can’t afford it, you can look at a different model year. Don’t fret though, there are many options and you’re sure to find something that fits your needs.

Research What You Want

You can do your important research online and compare the different BMW vehicles. When you’ve narrowed your options down to a few, that’s when you head to a dealership for test drives. Make a list of what’s important to you in the BMW you intend to buy. Here are some things to think about:

Safety Features

If you have a family, you might want the latest safety features. BMW offers BMW Assist, which will send an SOS in the event of a collision and you’ll never have to worry about being stranded again, even if your phone dies.

Another safety feature is Intuitive Technology, which will reduce the risk of getting into an accident as you won’t be fiddling with your phone. The voice command system uses top-of-the-line recognition software so you can communicate hands-free. The rearview camera and park distance assistance will help you get into any tight space and back out of places safely. Compare the latest generation with the prior one and see if it offers similar safety features. Buying a previous generation can save you money.

Sports Cars

If you’re into sports cars, the space-age looking BMW i8 roadster might be right up your alley. The all-electric mode reaches top speed of 75 mph. The i series is BMWs electric series. The Sport Package (or M Sport Package) is one you can’t go wrong with. If you want a trim with a more powerful engine, expect to pay a bit more. If you’re just looking to have that BMW logo and don’t have preferences when it comes to performance, luxury, and handling, you should choose the most base trim for the model you’re interested in. If you want a made-to-order BMW, this is an option, but you can expect little in the way of price negotiation. BMW offers luxury sedans, sports cars, coupes, convertibles, hatchbacks, SUVs, and compact cars.

Used BMW’s

If you decide to buy a used BMW, there are some things you should consider. Whoever you are buying a used car from should be able to provide all important documentation regarding the car. This includes dates of maintenance and any parts that have been replaced. Also find out if the car has been in any accidents and what the nature of the damage was. Consult the Kelley Blue book to know what the vehicle is worth. 

Whatever you’re looking for, BMW has something for you. Do you homework and shop around until you find something that’s perfect for you.

What to Know About Anti-Lock Brakes

Do you have anti-lock brakes? If you have a newer car, chances are pretty good that you do. It is a fairly common feature in modern cars. Here’s a look at what anti-lock brakes are and why they’re a preferred choice:

What Are Anti-Lock Brakes?

Anti-lock brakes are a safety braking system found on cars, trucks, motorcycles, and busses. Anti-lock brakes help to prevent skidding. Anti-lock brakes prevent the wheels from locking-up during braking, which helps them maintain traction with the road. This is especially helpful when the conditions on the road are wet and slippery. Anti-lock brakes benefit you in two ways: you will be able to stop faster and you’ll be able to steer while you brake.

How Do Anti-Lock Brakes Work?

There are four components in an anti-lock braking system: speed sensors, valves, pump, and controller. Speed sensors are located at each wheel and will let the anti-lock brakes know when a wheel is about to lock up. In the brake line of each brake controlled by the ABS, there is a valve. Some anti-lock brake systems have three valve positions: open position is when pressure is passed from the master cylinder to the brake, position two is when the valve blocks the line preventing pressure from rising if the driver pressed the brake harder, and third position releases some pressure from the brake.

The pump is able to put pressure back that was released by the valve. The controller is a computer that watches the speed sensors and controls the valves. The controller looks for decelerations in the wheels that aren’t normal. When this deceleration happens, the anti-lock braking system will reduce pressure until there is an acceleration, and then increase pressure again for deceleration. This is a rapid process, which causes the valves to open and close very quickly. That is the pulsing you feel in the brake pedal. Some anti-lock braking systems can cycle up to 15 times per second.

Types of Anti-Lock Brakes

The four-channel, four-sensor anti-lock brake system consists of a sensor on each wheel and a separate valve for each wheel. This setup ensures each wheel is monitored individually and brakes to the best of its ability. The three-channel, three-sensor anti-lock brake system consists of a sensor and valve for each of the front wheels and one sensor and valve for the back two wheels. Because the back wheels don’t have individual sensors and valves, it is possible for one of the wheels to lock up during braking. Most commonly seen on pickup trucks with rear-wheel ABS, the one-channel, one-sensor anti-lock brake system operates the same as the three-channel system, but only with the rear wheels. Again, this means that a rear wheel can lock up. The most effective anti-lock brake system is the four-channel. But they all work better than no ABS system at all.

Studies have shown that cars equipped with anti-lock brakes are less likely to be involved in fatal accidents. If you live in where the weather conditions are often wet and slippery (rain and ice), you will have more control over your car while braking. They are a good choice because it is an enhanced safety feature for your car.

you have more control over your car.

History of the Audi Company

Audi AG is a German automobile manufacturer. They design, engineer, produce, market, and distribute luxury vehicles. These cars are popular throughout the world and the manufacturer’s fans really enjoy  the ride the cars give. Here’s a look at the history of this company:

Early History

August Horch & Cie. Was founded in 1899 in Cologne. Engineer August Horch was one of the pioneering figures in automobile engineering. Around 1909, Horch left this company that he founded. In 1909, Horch established the Audi AG. He couldn’t use his name for this company, so Horch was translated from its German meaning of “listen” into Latin, which is Audi. Audi became the first German automaker to introduce left-hand drive in 1921.

In 1932 August Horch and two other manufacturers (DKW and Wanderer) founded the Auto Union in 1932. The four rings of the Audi logo represent the four car manufacturers that came together to create Audi’s predecessor company (Auto Union).

These four companies are: Audi, Horch, DKW, and Wanderer. Each of the four brands was retained and given their own specific market within the company. DKW made small cars and motorcycles; Horch was top end luxury cars; Wanderer made midsize cars; and Audi produced deluxe, midsize cars. In 1938 Auto Union produced a racecar, called the Auto Union Type C, which went 268 mph!

New Era for Audi

In 1965, a new Auto Union model was introduced. It was the company’s first post-war vehicle with a four-stroke engine, DKW’s F 102. It was at this time they decided it was time for a new name as well and settled on Audi. Also in 1965, the Volkswagen Group would acquire Audi. The company has conducted crash tests for more than 75 years.

There was none of the modern crash test technologies or even dummies used, so they would roll an Audi down a hill and let it crash as a group of people would watch. Audi was the first car manufacturer to win Le Mans with both a diesel and hybrid powered car.

Top-selling Models and Awards

Audi has had a number of best-selling models. The Audi A3 Convertible is a four-seater sedan with a responsive 1.8-turbocharged four-cylinder engine and attractive look. The Audi R8 V10 is a true work of art and packed with technology as well as formidable engine. The Audi TT is a sports coupe that gives the competition a run for its money with a 2.0L engine and front wheel drive.

The Audi Q5 is an elegant SUV with pioneering technology, 252 horsepower, and a 7-speed S tronic transmission. Audi has won awards including: “2018 Best Cars For Families” for their Audi Q5 and A6 by U.S. News & World Report, “World Luxury Car 2018” in the World Car Awards, “Best New Car” for the Audi A7 in the luxury midsize SUV category by Good Housekeeping in 2018, and “Best Luxury Small Car for the Money” for the Audi A3 by U.S. News & World Report in 2018.

Audi is a company with a long history. To this day they continue to produce cars that challenge the competition.

Get Your Car Ready For a Road Trip

Are you heading out for a road trip soon? If so, you’ll want to take the extra time to make sure that your car is running at its best. The last thing you want is car trouble when you’re away from home! Here are some things you need to do to prepare your car for a road trip:

Check Tires 

When your tires are in good shape, it helps your car run better. Make sure all four have good pressure and tread. Tire pressure is crucial for safe driving. Incorrect pressure can affect your car’s handling, braking, fuel consumption, and even your comfort during the drive. Driving on bald tires is especially dangerous on slick roads. Bald tires also cause tires to lose air pressure more quickly.

In addition to checking the tires on your car, you’ll want to make sure your spare tire is in good condition. If you get a flat while on the road, do you know how to fix it? Make sure you have the tools necessary. Tools required to replace a flat tire include a jack and cranking mechanism, tire wrench, and gauge.

Replace Air Filters

You’re going to be on the road where there’s going to be a lot of dirt, dust, and other debris flying around. Air filters prevent this gunk from entering the engine and interior and impacting the performance of your car. They’re inexpensive to change, so it’s worth doing before your road trip. This is a good time to make sure your air conditioner is running well. If it’s not cold, have it checked to see what the problem could be.

Check Fluid Levels

Before you hit the road, you want to make sure fluid levels are optimal. If they need to be changed soon, get them done before your road trip instead of waiting. Engine oil keeps parts moving smoothly and without friction. If levels are low or the oil looks black and gritty, it’s time to change it. Other fluids you must check include: radiator fluid, brake fluid, power steering fluid, transmission fluid, and windshield wiper fluid. You can have a professional check for all of these if you prefer along with a general maintenance check of your car.

Ensure All Lights Are Working

It’s important to make sure all headlights are working properly. Also check each blinker, the emergency lights, and the brake lights. Don’t forget to make sure inside lights are working as well. Lights are important for safety during your road trip. You also don’t want to get pulled over during your vacation because one is burned out.

Check Belts and Hoses

Drive belts and hoses can deteriorate with age and heat. Check the tension of the belts and look for fluid leaks and cracks or frays in the hoses, which indicate they need to be replaced. If a belt or hose should fail during your road trip, it could mean disaster for your engine.

Start your road trip off on the right foot by making sure your car is in its best condition possible.