Carl F. W. Borgward marketed his first car in 1924. Dubbed the Blitzkarren(''electric car'' and pictured above), it was a simple three-wheeled cart powered by an underwhelming 2 bhp motor. The vehicle was built with the single purpose of being a delivery vehicle for cash strapped German tradesmen after WWI. Despite its small motor and a tendency to tip to the side on its front wheel, it became a huge success, becoming the main delivery unit for the German postal system. By 1929, Borgward had been able to absorb smaller automakers Hansa and Llyod into his Goliath-Werke Borgward & Co, forming the largest business concern in the Bremen, Germany area. Continue reading “Borgward: A History And A Revival” »
Why is oil so important for your car’s engine performance? Well, it’s one of the most critical aspects to any car, and is regarded by mechanics as the lifeblood of the machine; carrying lubricant through the engine’s cylinders, and collecting debris, all while under extreme heat and pressure. Continue reading “Why Is Oil So Important for Your Car’s Engine Performance?” »
Regarding tires, there are at least a couple of things that we know for sure. First, they come in all sizes and types, depending on vehicle type, season, and traction requirements, to name a few. Second, tires don’t last forever, from as little as 20,000 miles to 80,000 miles, and will, sooner or later, require replacement.
When it comes time for replacement, there are typically two ways to go about it. One way is to simply ask your trusted technician for replacement tires, all-season tires for a 2005 Toyota RAV4, for example, and he’ll look up a list of tires that are designed to fit the vehicle. The only thing you, as a customer, might have to do is choose between brands and models. On the other hand, you could go out shopping for tires on your own, at which point it becomes a little more complicated.
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We all know that the most beautiful people gather together many times a year to celebrate their own beauty. Occasions like the Oscar's and the Cannes Film Festival are proof that beauty gathers to honor itself on a regular basis. What if cars had overinflated egos as well? Which ones would gather to preen and run around tracks all day for the common people to photograph and fawn? Which car would peacock enough to standout as the most beautiful? As with people, the most beautiful is a highly subjective decision, but we think that the following five cars would be serious contenders for the top spot on the ''Podium of Beauty'' no matter who was judging. Continue reading “5 Of The Most Beautiful Cars On The Market Today” »
Small cars out of Japan actually come as no surprise, since the island nation of Japan is one of the most densely populated in the world. Still, people and goods need to move around, which is why Japan seems to be the home of the compact hatchback. In less densely populated countries, small cars took a while to catch on, but after the 1974 OPEC Oil Embargo, and the decades of rising fuel prices which followed, small fuel-efficient cars suddenly made a lot of sense.
Toyota is one of the world's largest automakers, and Toyota hatchbacks have earned worldwide appeal, such as these Toyota hatchbacks that we think are worth considering, the Toyota Passo and Toyota Vitz. On paper, they look very similar, but in sheet metal, they demonstrate a couple of differences that are worth noting.
First, both of these Toyota hatchbacks sport a series of fuel-efficient three- or four-cylinder engines, ranging from 1.0ℓ to 1.8ℓ, in both gasoline and diesel flavors, actually two of the top-ten most fuel-efficient vehicles in Japan. The engine options are paired with either four-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmissions, and a choice of front-wheel or all-wheel drive. Continue reading “Comeback of the Hatchback: Toyota Vitz vs. Toyota Passo” »
Automakers produce concept vehicles every year. Many cause nothing more than a ripple of yawns, but a few standout at every trade event they appear at. Some transcend the years to become iconic, leading many car guys to wonder what if. If you sat down with a group of those car guys, you could not get a consensus on which concepts are the most iconic ever dreamed up. What appeals to one, may not to the whole group. Luckily, only one person was asked to compile this list, making it much easier. Here are five of the most noteworthy concepts ever produced; in one maybe not so humble opinion.
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It is a well accepted fact that fossil fuels are finite and burning them is detrimental to our environment. Automakers, being aware of both facts, have been trying to tackle the issue of alternative fuels for several years. One way to do so is with fuel cell vehicles that are powered by hydrogen. Ever on the cutting edge, Toyota began selling a hydrogen fuel cell car in Japan in December of 2014 and has recently released the vehicle for limited sale in North America. Known as the Mirai, it is considered to be the first commercially available hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. Before we get our cart in front of the horse, let's have a look at hydrogen as a fuel, then get into a quick review of the Mirai.
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When Karl Benz patented his first ''Motorwagen'' on January 29, 1886 it couldn't even climb a small incline without someone pushing. The test model was so hard to control that Benz crashed it into a wall while demonstrating it to the public. With so many limitations, he had to worry about the practicality of the first car. Little could he imagine his underpowered three-wheel cart morphing into a 469 bhp monster capable of demanding the attention of the most jaded automotive aficionado. Continue reading “A Quick Review of The 2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 S-model Coupe” »
When it comes to car maintenance, perhaps the most frequent thing we need to do is wash the carand change motor oil. Of course, less often, we also need to change the engine air filter, engine coolant, transmission fluid, brake pads, brake fluid, and tires, to name a few. Most older vehicles, as the age-old rule-of-thumb suggests, had their oil change every 3,000 miles or three months, whichever came first. Modern vehicles may stipulate, depending on usage, up to 10,000 miles between oil changes, thanks to modern engine manufacturing processes, as well as modern lubricant technology. The question is, is your motor oil doing all it should, or all it could? Are you ready for a different kind of oil change?
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The history of car transmissions
Over one hundred years ago, when the internal combustion engine barely produced a single horsepower, a single-speed transmission and clutch was all that was necessary to get moving. With the introduction of the 1886 Benz Patent Motorwagen, the first road trip traveled along at a blistering 16 km/h. Eventually, with the development of more powerful engines, multispeed transmissions were necessary to eliminate the jerky motion that would inevitably occur when slamming into gear to get moving. Multispeed transmissions also enabled cars to go ever faster, such as the 1908 Ford Model T, equipped with a 15 kW engine and two-speed transmission, which had a top speed of up to 72 km/h.
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