No, this isn’t the movie. Though I really love that movie, the original version that is. I am talking about the strip that is so popular among tuners and car manufacturers. It’s name is oft-repeated when talks shift to car testing and development. I am talking about Nurburgring. I just did a little research on this strip since this name once again popped out when I did a small research on the Lexus LF-A. I also remembered this strip since I read that the Nissan Skyline GT-R was also tested here.
The Nurburgring is also named as the The Ring by the enthusiasts; and this race track is located in Nurburg, Germany. In its original form, the race track originally featured four track configurations. This race track as mentioned played host to a number of cars in production and most importantly played host to prototypes in development. The demanding layout of the tracks help car manufacturers probe their cars and prototypes. Some of the big names that used this site includes Nissan for their GT-R, Toyota for the Lexus supercar, BMW, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, Audi and Saleen and also General Motors. General Motors is new to the track and one of the very first models that was tested at the track is the Cadillac CTS-V and the fifth generation Chevrolet Corvette.
Sold for one tenth of the car’s original price! A bit extreme but it can happen, don’t you think? This is your car’s hidden value that you will only realize once you decide to sell it. Car depreciation is a fact of automotive life that you should be aware of, that is if you want to get the best value and benefit from your car. Depreciation is known as the decrease in your car’s value over time. Usually the measure is used as a percentage of the value of the car after three years, or after 36,000 miles. There are a number of studies done to find what cars depreciates fast, and which cars depreciate less over time. One thing stands clear though, that car depreciation is a fact of life and that drivers and car consumers should accept this bitter fact. Just because this is given, doesn’t mean that there is no escape from depreciation. In fact there is; there is a way to lessen the impact of car depreciation. That’s by being well-informed and by making the right decisions at the right time. So I checked on some articles that mentioned car depreciation, and one car that is mentioned that can least depreciate over a span of three years is the Mini. At least in UK, there is a survey that was conducted that indicated that Mini is the car that depreciates the least. An article on MSN.com also listed the ten car models that fight depreciation best. The article listed the BMW M5, the Mercedes-Benz SLK 200K, the Jaguar XK, the Range Rover Sport 2.7 TDV6 S, the Audi TT, the Mini Convertible, the Audi Q7 TDI S Line, the Alfa Romeo Brera 3.2 Q4 SV, the Audi A4 Cabriolet 2.0 TDI S Line and the Volvo C70 2.4i Sport as the ten cars that resist car depreciation the best.
Often the cars that least depreciate over time are that cars that are rare and are top on their classes. Most of the time, the fuel used will be a factor as well due to the sky rocketing prices of petrol. It is also noted that expensive cars from the manufacturers that has no background of making luxury cars tend to lose their value fast. In the end, smart selection of cars is a must. And a number of tips are available around, just waiting to be learned.
We all know how important the BMW Safety Assist. Now it’s time to take a look at one of the underlying technology that makes the BMW Safety Assist works. After the MyInfo service that comes with every safety assist, there is also the Automatic Collision Notification feature. So how does this technology works?
This features comes in handy during accidents and emergency situations. To be more precise, it begins its help the moment the air bags have been initiated or when severe impacts do happen on the road. When any of these two happen, signal will be sent to the BMW Assist Response Center. Now at the center, Assist Response Specialist will then receive information about your car and will attempt to speak to you or the other passenger of the car. If the event has been grave and you cannot speak, the Response Center can direct the appropriate emergency services to your location.
This will actually start with the BMW 2008 X6 and the soon to be released 2009 BMW models. These Google Maps as we know it will form part of the BMW Assist Safety Plan. A feature that can allow BMW drivers and passengers to send directions, phone numbers and other relevant information from Google Maps to the BMW car.
First a quick look on the BMW Assist. This idea was first launched in 1999 as a way of helping BMW drivers navigate unfamiliar roads and terrains with ease and convenience. This is also envisioned to support the driver at times of emergency and can guide drivers out of the traffic jams. This works with the BMW Navigation System and the BMW preparation for Bluetooth mobile phone with integrated SIM card. But aside from these, the Assist also features the emergency call feature that can send pertinent information to BMW Service Headquarters. The system will actually send an automatic signal once the crash sensors in the airbags are activated in the event of a breakdown. In case you drive your car on the Autobahn, the Assist can also give you reliable and up-to-date traffic information. These are just some of the features of the BMW Assist technology.
So aside from Automatic Collision Notification, Emergency Request, an Enhanced Roadside Assistance; there is also MyInfo. MyInfo feature GoogleMaps for your driving convenience. The MyInfo feature on the BMW will of course allow you to reach your destination faster, conveniently and safer. So how does MyInfo works? First you have to research and to search for business locations and addresses using your home’s pc using Google Maps. With the use of the MyInfo service, you can then transfer these information that you have collected to your BMW. When you are already inside your car, you simply push the MyInfo button at the Assist Menu. With this, you can already call the phone number directly with the Bluetooth linked mobile phone. if your car is equipped with the navigation system, you can start the route guidance.
This feature is actaully available on 2008 and later X6 and all 2009 BMW Assist models, with the exception of the X3 and Z4.
Say BMW and one of the few things that will come to mind to average consumers and watchers like me is their high sticker prices. Why not, the BMW brand is nor ordinary brand. It is a luxury label, and often only the select few has access to this car brand. If you are one of those who still dream of getting a BMW, then read well. BMW will introduce in the US market what is referred to as the cheapest BMW of ’em all; the BMW 1 Series. The BMW 128i which is slotted in between the BMW Mini and the 3-Series is the least expensive among the BMW models and the least horsepowered as well. This 128i is actually part of the BMW 1 Series- the Series that is code-named the E87 and was in production since 2004. The 1 Series of this car manufacturer is the only vehicle in its class that features the rear wheel drive and the longitudinally-mounted engine.
As I mentioned a while ago, this line will be introduced in the States; with the 128i and the 135i leading the line. The 128i will feature the same engine that is fitted on the 328i and the 528i. That’s 230 hp, 3.0 liter inline-six with 200 pound of torque. The 135i on the other hand features a twin turbo, a direct injection 3.0 liter and 300 horsepower.
The 1 Series that are in production (I learned that not all are destined for the US market) may include the 3-door, the five door and the 1 Series coupe and the 1 Series convertible.
All the best and the newest designs and trends in automotive sector will be unveiled this week. The Geneva motor show is about to open, with leading names of the automotive industry joining the said exposition.
What this automotive exposition has to offer this year is yet another round of new models, concept cars, technical innovations and of course innovations and technologies leading to better environmental sensitivity. With current innovations and developments leading to greater ‘green’ awareness, leading automobile makers both in US and the Europe incorporate a number of new technologies that are designed to make these vehicles and technologies earth-friendly. Prime examples of cars that will showcase these new technologies are the Saab with its BioPower option that allows the car to run on bioethanol and the BMW car that is equipped with EfficientDynamics. What is the EfficientDynamics all about, perhaps you may ask. This actually refer to a number of engineering improvements that are designed to reduce the weight and at the same time increase the efficiency of the car’s engine and the transmission.
Enter Nano: The No Frills Car From Tata Motors
One car that is expected to make a splash on the Geneva motor show is Tata’s Nano. This is the European debut of the so-called world’s cheapest car.
Though this car from Tata Motors is expected to be unveiled this week, this car will not be available in the market for a few more years.
Rolls-Royce too is expected to present its newest addition to the line- the new Phantom Coupe. This coupe is based on the 101EX experimental hand-built car that the brand first showed in 2006. Of course the sporty new Mini John Cooper Works will be at display as well. Aside from new cars from big automobile players, new technologies will be presented on the motor show as well. Some of the new technologies that will be presented include the wiperless windscreen and Microsoft’s partnership with Fiat to produce the “in-car connectivity”. Featured as well are new gadgets and accessories that can make every car look good and stylish.
The 78th motor show in Geneva is expected to run from March 6 to 16.
One more reason why I am maintaining this blog, is to tell you what type of cars I really like. What really matters to me- am I a fan of speed? Do I drool over highly customized rides? Do sports cars make my heart beat faster? Or am I one of those who have the passion for energy-efficient and highly efficient cars? I will let you know a secret of mine; style matters for me.
First on the list for me is the MINI Cooper. From the moment I saw the Mini Cooper at play on the film The Italian Job that stars Mark Wahlberg and Charlize Theron; I know that this iconic car belongs to my garage. (I know, let me dream for a while.)
It all started in 1959 when a new car was introduced in England and this car featured a transverse-mounted engine and an efficient boxy front-wheel drive lay-out. The design of the new car is revolutionary and this set the car apart from the usual pack on the road. Its name says it all- this is a mini but then without sacrificing interior space. Completing the iconic look, is the affordability of the vehicle, its style and of course the convenience of easy parking even on small spaces. Sales of the Mini shot up and have become a favorite over time.
The Mini has been available in a number of generations and has served a generation of fans and enthusiasts.
Another news item that should make every Mini fan excited-our favorite Mini is getting a makeover! The BMW brand is expected to release the first new models under the Mini John Cooper Works badge. This new model is expected to be showcased at the Geneva Motor Show this month. If you are still wondering what’s with the John Cooper name, then here’s a little recap for you. John Cooper was the racing constructor and tuner that was responsible for the first Mini Cooper. So what’s the new Mini got to offer?
For starters, this will feature a 1.6 liter four-cylinder engine with twin scroll turbocharger and petrol direct injection that can deliver 155kW and this car can feature a maximum torque of 260 Nm between 1850 and 5700 rpm. The JCW gets to 100km/h in 6.5 seconds and the Clubman on the other hand zooms to the same speed at around 6.8 secs!
This Mini is expected to be unveiled today, March 4 and will be released in the market starting July 2008. Aside from the fact that it can offer you better performance, the car can deliver better styling as well. Some of the things that will come as a standard on the Mini or JCW include the leather sports steering wheel, air conditioning, interior trim in glossy Piano Black and Anthracite roof lining. For the music lover in you, an upgraded sound system is present that features 10 speakers. Another great vehicle in the making don’t you think?