Sunday, December 27, 2020

BMW Today – Episode 27: THE 4 Convertible

Welcome to this new episode of BMW Today. Fasten your virtual seatbelt and hit the road with the source of joy: The all-new BMW 4 Series Convertible.

The standalone body design has dynamically stretched proportions and a low-to-the-road silhouette. Expressive front end brings together tradition-rich and modern styling features. The prominent, upright BMW kidney grille references legendary sports cars from the brand’s past and signals the high cooling air requirement of the powertrain technology. Extremely slim LED headlights are standard, BMW Laserlight optional.

The newly developed panel bow soft-top roof marries the strengths of a retractable hardtop and the puristic appeal of a fabric hood, thereby combining the best of both worlds: its sleek surface gracefully arches over the passenger cell of the new BMW 4 Series Convertible and is 40 per cent lighter than the roof of the predecessor.

Carefully modified chassis geometry, mounting and set-up for added agility, precision and dynamic prowess make sure the new BMW 4 Series Convertible packages driving pleasure in a particularly exclusive form..Specially tuned lift-related dampers as standard, even stiffer M Sport suspension including variable sport steering are available as an option.

Inside the new BMW 4 Series Convertible, four seats and a modern, premium setting create a ticket to sporty driving pleasure combined with the allure of exclusive open-air motoring. The structuring of the equipment lines likewise reflects the shift in focus to dynamic performance that characterises the new model generation. And the new models offers a far wider range of driver assistance systems.

The all-new BMW 4 Series Convertible. Enjoy every edge.

Thursday, December 24, 2020

Happy Holidays!

Wishing you holidays filled with fun and laughter, and very best wishes for a prosperous new year.

Monday, December 14, 2020

Jaguar Vision GT SV | World Premiere

Re-think everything you know about electric gaming performance. The next chapter in our Gran Turismo story has arrived. This is the Jaguar Vision GT SV.

Friday, December 11, 2020

Can You Tow with an Electric Car?

Electric cars that can tow… is it possible? With the pure electric XC40 Recharge, you can tow about 2,000 lbs.

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Effortless Excitement | Driving the New GLB

The new Mercedes-Benz GLB is so much fun to drive. It runs smoothly, yet promises a lot of power and efficiency at the same time.

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

What Happens To An Engine Without Oil?

in this video we’re going to be discussing what happens when an engine has no oil. As a demonstration, we’ll be viewing an engine with and without oil running. This is the exact same engine on the left and the right, on the left with oil, and on the right without. Both engines will start at the exact same time, but the video on the right was filmed 24 hours after the video on the left, allowing for the engine to completely cool. This is a 212 cc air-cooled single-cylinder Harbor Freight engine.

There are five points we’re monitoring on each engine. Point one is the crankcase, below the level at which oil will rest. Point two is the top of the crankcase, where there obviously won’t be any oil resting near. Point three is the air-cooled cylinder bore. Point four is the exhaust pipe exiting the cylinder before entering the muffler, and point 5 is the valve cover. This is a pushrod style valve train with overhead valves.

Opening the crankcase reveals the permanent damage which occurred. First of all, look at the small amount of oil that didn’t quite make it out while draining. It’s quite dark, and this is after a 15 minute run with oil, and 15 minutes without, in a brand new engine. The oil which remained in the drained engine is clearly quite dirty, and actually it has quite a bit of metal content in it, as you can see reflecting as I move around the towel.

Examining further, I removed the connecting rod cap from the crankshaft. This is the bearing the crank rotates on. You can see the scored, less reflective surface of the cap. Indeed, you can see the scratches on the crankshaft as well. I would expect to see similar issues with the camshaft and cylinder bore as well.

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

New Jaguar E-PACE Plug-In Hybrid | Design Evolution

New and original, side by side. All-LED headlights and a new aerodynamically-optimised bumper combine with a redesigned grille and Leaper fender vents to give the 2021 New Jaguar E-PACE a modern, contemporary presence.

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Saturday, November 21, 2020

First Insights into the New Mercedes-Maybach S-Class 2021

Take a seat in the new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class. The interior is based on the revolutionary interior design of the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

New to the Mercedes-Maybach are the large decorative parts of the front seats. Noble wooden shells nestle around the back of the driver’s and passenger seats and make them look like spacious lounge chairs. When equipped with the first-class rear, a similarly striking wooden section sits between the two rear passengers. The special look of the driver display in the Exclusive display mode underpins the special position of the Mercedes-Maybach: Here, in the centre of the virtual dial, a rose gold stone can be seen, which appears three-dimensional. The framing of the round instruments also bears the brand-typical colour rose gold.

What do you think about the 2021 Mercedes-Maybach S Class? Do you like the new look?

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Do Electric Cars Have Good Performance?

Electric vehicle acceleration is more powerful than you may think. With 402hp, the pure electric XC40 Recharge accelerates from 0 – 60 mph in about 4.7 seconds. Now that’s performance.

Saturday, November 14, 2020

More Space, More Elegance: The GLE Coupé Exterior Design

In the first episode of Did You Know? from, we check out a few fun facts about BMW's company history.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Did You Know? Four Facts About BMW's History

In the first episode of Did You Know? from, we check out a few fun facts about BMW's company history.

Sunday, November 8, 2020

Safety and Assistance Systems: Paul Wallace Tests the GLE Coupé

The new GLE CoupĂ© is big on safety and comfort. It comes with the newest generation of safety and assistance systems to make any driving mode a pleasure. 

Join Paul Wallace from Supercars of London in Andalusia as he test-drives the new Mercedes-Benz GLE CoupĂ©. Distance Assist DISTRONIC helps maintain a desired distance to the car ahead and live traffic information feeds the car with real-time data to make the drive safer. And don’t get us started about the support provided by Active Steering Assist and Active Lane Keeping Assist. Discover all the little helpers that make driving the new GLE CoupĂ© a breeze.

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Why More Boost Doesn't Always Mean More Power

If two engines have the same boost, and the same displacement, why does one make more power than the other? The answer is complex, but ultimately it comes down to how much air (specifically oxygen) can you get inside an engine's cylinders. The more air you have, the more oxygen you have, thus you can inject more fuel and produce more power. But manifold pressure is only one measurement that will determine how much oxygen you'll have within your combustion chamber.

Temperature and humidity also play a role on the engine's performance. You need to look at manifold density, instead of simply boost, to really know how much air the engine is getting. Not to mention ignition timing, air/fuel ratios, and the efficiencies of the turbos you are using. This video will break it all down from beginning to end!

Humidity Effects On Performance:
I spoke with a Ford engineer about how humidity affects horsepower. He stated that humidity acts like EGR. For example, combustion with 1% water by mass (not to be confused with relative humidity percentage) is nearly equivalent to using 1.7% EGR. As humidity increases, you increase your mass flow rate, which increases heat capacity, which causes cooler combustion and reduces combustion pressures.

Monday, November 2, 2020

New Jaguar E-PACE Plug-In Hybrid | Power With Progress

The New E-PACE PHEV sits upon our Premium Transverse Architecture. Designed for the latest electrified powertrain technologies, including the P300e PHEV model, E-PACE delivers the confidence-inspiring dynamics, traction and refinement expected from a Jaguar.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Aerodynamics in a Strong Body – Paul Wallace Drives the GLE CoupĂ©

The car is the newest member of the Mercedes-Benz EQ Power family – one of the brand’s most powerful plug-in hybrids. Fulfilling the promise of its bold, aerodynamic appearance, the car offers a sporty driving experience – you will see once you activate EQ Boost.

But the beauty of a plug-in hybrid is you can also go for smooth sailing, reducing local emissions while relying mainly on the car’s battery with around 100 kilometres in pure electric range. Being a pedal-to-the-metal kind of guy, our host Paul made it an exciting challenge.

Model only available in selected markets.

GLE 350 de 4MATIC Coupé:
Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert: 1,3–1,1 l/100 km;
Stromverbrauch kombiniert: 28,7–24,9 kWh/100 km;
CO₂-Emissionen kombiniert: 34–29 g/km.*

Sunday, October 25, 2020

New Jaguar XF | Introducing the New Saloon and Sportbrake

All-new LED headlights, exquisite exterior detailing, active road noise cancellation for absolute tranquility, and an all-new interior featuring our next generation Pivi Pro infotainment. 

Beautifully crafted and designed for your world. This is the New XF and XF Sportbrake.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Can A Dead Battery Ruin Your Car's Alternator?

What should you do if your car battery dies? Is it okay to jump the car and drive off, or is it better to use a battery charger, rather than relying on your alternator to charge the battery? This video will test various parameters of a car’s electric system to determine what effects will result from running with a dead battery, versus running with a charged battery. We’ll examine battery voltage (engine on and off), alternator voltage, alternator amps, and alternator temperature. Does a dead battery cause your alternator to overheat? We’ll find out in the video!

Note: If you’re stranded because of a dead battery, you should get your car jumped so you can get where you need to be. Obviously in emergency situations, do what’s safest for you, rather than what’s ideal for your car.

Monday, October 19, 2020

Myth or Fact? A Hybrid is too Complicated for Everyday Life

A hybrid is too complicated for everyday life. Matthias Klöpfer, responsible for the development of hybrid transmission software at Mercedes-Benz, demonstrates the opposite.

Friday, October 16, 2020

New Jaguar XF | Design Evolution

New and original, side by side. 

From the wealth of beautifully crafted exterior updates to an all-new interior, explore the New Jaguar XF and XF Sportbrake in unique detail.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Paul Wallace Test Drives the New GLE Coupé

Join Paul Wallace of Supercars of London in Andalusia as he test-drives the new Mercedes-Benz GLE CoupĂ© that combines SUV and plug-in hybrid. Let’s put its electric range of 100 km to the test. 

With its reimagined rear end, the GLE CoupĂ© always looks ready to pounce. It combines visual strength and elegance without compromising interior space or aerodynamics. Fulfilling the promise of its appearance, the car offers a sporty driving experience – you will see once EQ Boost is activated! 

And inside, the revolutionary infotainment system MBUX offers a number of helpful features. Combined with top-of-the-range safety and assistance systems, this turns every journey into a relaxing experience.

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Porsche Reinvents The Brake Rotor - No Rust, Low Dust, No Fade!

Porsche Surface Coated Brakes have a thin layer of tungsten carbide on the outside of the rotor. This tungsten carbide layer means no rust, significantly less brake dust, and they don't have brake fade typical of cast-iron brake rotors. 

The tungsten carbide layer is applied using high velocity oxygen fuel spray, and provides a rotor that lasts about 30% longer than traditional iron rotors. Better performance comes at a price, but they're about 1/3 the cost of carbon ceramic rotors. 

These PSCB rotors come standard on the Porsche Cayenne Turbo and Cayenne Coupe Turbo. Check out the video to learn all about Porsche's world-first brakes!

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Compact Sports Car with a Character. The BMW 128ti.

The exceptionally sporty alternative of the BMW 1 Series is here and ready to conquer the streets. With its specially tuned M Sport suspension and Torsen limited-slip differential, the exclusively front-wheel-drive compact sports model has an unwavering focus on providing highly engaging driving pleasure. It’s 2.0-litre engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology develops 195 kW (265 hp). The eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission is fitted as standard.

Exclusive distinguishing features on the inside and outside of the BMW 128ti give the car a distinctive appearance. Taking the M Sport model as a basis, it adds specific covers and trim mouldings, side skirt trim and a “ti” badge ahead of the rear wheels in a sporting red color.

The BMW 128ti breathes new life into a long tradition at BMW. Since the 1960s the “TI” (later “ti”) badge has stood for “Turismo Internazionale” and marks out particularly sporty models – from the iconic BMW 1800 TI and BMW 2002 TI to the BMW 323ti Compact and BMW 325ti Compact of the late 1990s.

Sports car with a character for your sporty ambitions.

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Myth or Fact? A Hybrid Uses More Fuel than a Non-Hybrid

A hybrid uses more fuel than a non-hybrid. This is one of many myths about electric mobility – but these are not always true.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

How Does Brake-By-Wire Work? Plus: Audi e-Tron Sportback Review!

Audi's e-Tron Sportback features brake-by-wire. What is brake-by-wire, and is it safe? In this video we'll look at the technology and engineering involved with brake-by-wire, talk about why it's done, what benefits it has, and what failsafes exists in case of emergency situations. Brake-by-wire ultimately uses electronic control of the disc brakes. But if things go wrong, there's still a way to stop the car. Check out the video to learn all about it!

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

VISION AVTR: The Road Test

Inspired by the film Avatar, we created the Mercedes-Benz VISION AVTR. Is it ready for the streets? Check it out.

Friday, September 25, 2020

2021 Volkswagen ID.4: First Look —

The newest Volkswagen is all-electric, part of the German automaker’s commitment to electrifying its lineup in the coming years. But unlike the out-there ID. Buzz or ID. Buggy concepts, VW’s first long-range all-electric vehicle in the U.S. (the e-Golf was certainly not “long-range”) is … a sensible SUV: the ID.4. Watch the video to learn more.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Do Performance Air Filters Actually Work?

Performance air filters claim to increase horsepower and improve acceleration, but do they actually work? I took four air filters, included dirty & clean OE filters, a low cost aftermarket filter, and an expensive performance filter and put them to the test. To measure differences in horsepower and torque, each filter was put on a Mustang dynamometer, with multiple runs. A VBOX was used to measure real world acceleration differences. 

The idea behind performance air filters is that a less restrictive air filter means the engine doesn’t have to work as hard to bring in air. That means it’s more efficient, and makes more power. It could also mean the engine pulls in more air, and with more air, the engine can inject more fuel to make more power.

Saturday, September 19, 2020

BMW Today – Episode 24: Luxury Class Highlights

Embrace the highest of luxury by hitting the play button. This video takes you on a VIP journey and introduces three grand BMW Luxury models:

The BMW 8 Series Golden Thunder Edition combines the fascinating dynamic performance and striking quality of every BMW 8 Series model and enhances it with a touch of extravagance.

In the BMW X7 Dark Shadow Edition, the experience of luxurious driving pleasure has reached a whole new dimension. The edition model now brings out the imposing presence and exclusive charisma of the BMW X7 in a particularly concentrated form.

The BMW 7 Series Sedan with exclusive BMW Individual features adds unmistakable accentuations to the high-class interior that give the character of a custom-built vehicle.

Now let the magic happen.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

G-Class XTREME | Pushing the Limits with Mike Horn

Two G-Classes, extreme athlete Mike Horn, rough terrain and lots of adrenaline. Follow Mike Horn and the G-Class on an adventure of the superlative – around the world from Pole to Pole.

After three extreme and exciting years, Mercedes-Benz brand ambassador, extreme athlete and professional adventurer Mike Horn has successfully completed his so-called “Pole2Pole” expedition – a trip no one has dared before. The clue? Against all odds, Mike Horn was first to circumnavigate the world vertically, from Switzerland to the South Pole over to the North Pole and back home again. His companions: lots of adrenaline, one ship and two Mercedes-Benz G-Classes.

The Pole2Pole expedition took Mike Horn from Africa via Antarctica to Australia, New Zealand and the Artic. Whether in the desert of Namibia, the virgin forests of Papua New Guinea or in the tundra of Kamchatka – Mike Horn did not take it easy on the G-Class but instead pushed the four-wheel drive vehicle to its very limits. After all, even at the end of the world, driving pleasure is still important. Watch our recap video and listen to Mike Horn tell his strong story.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Exploring the All-New BMW 4 Series, Inside and Out.

Learn everything you need to know to become a 4 Series expert. From the clear design of the interior to the use of cutting-edge technology – everything is aimed at putting the driver into the focus. You can even go for more by choosing the M Sport model as alternative to the standard specification. Either way the all-new BMW 4 Series is going to be the boldest on the street.

Monday, September 7, 2020

INSIDE AMG – Cylinders | Exclusive Insights Into the Development

The heart of every Mercedes-AMG is, of course, the engine. As the engine itself is an extremely complex component, we’ll focus on the cylinders in this episode.

Friday, September 4, 2020

Exploring the new BMW 5 Series, inside and out.

A new chapter in the book of success. Time for you to meet the new BMW 5 Series Sedan and the new BMW 5 Series Touring in detail.

Learn more about the extensively updated exterior design with its heightened presence and sporting allure and a further enhanced premium feel in the interior. Experience the increased efficiency and dynamism through drive system electrification, cutting-edge innovations in the areas of driver assistance and connectivity.

Are you looking for something more dramatic, more distinctive? In this case you can further tailor the look of the new BMW 5 Series with a variety of stunning M Performance parts and even enhance the vehicle´s performance. The choice is yours.

Saturday, August 29, 2020

2021 Porsche 911 Targa 4S Review - Big Beautiful Glass!

The 2021 Porsche 911 Targa 4S, priced over $180,000 as equipped in this video (starting MSRP just over $135,000), is the most expensive Porsche I've driven to date. It's based on the 8th generation Porsche 911, and positions itself between the Coupe & Cabriolet, with an electronically folding soft top, and a vast rear windshield. The 8th gen 911 features a 3.0L twin-turbocharged boxer six-cylinder engine, with new, larger turbos and clever asymmetrical variable valve lift system. Is it worth the price tag? Check out the video to learn all about it!

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Mercedes-Benz Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC | The Traffic Jam

The evolution of DISTRONIC Active Distance Assist: Push the pedals in traffic jams is a thing of the past since this assistance system from Mercedes-Benz was introduced.

Sunday, August 23, 2020

BMW TODAY – Episode 19: Power of choice: X3.

The power of choice is in your hand. The BMW X3 is available with multiple drive technologies, so it’s pretty sure you can find the perfect match for your needs. The BMW iX3 is made for pioneers who want to drive green with zero emissions. The BMW X3 is the core of the family with its 17 years on the market. The BMW X3 Plug-in Hybrid is just the best of both worlds. While the BMW X3 M is for those who feel most alive on the track. It’s all up to you and your preferences.

Monday, August 17, 2020

When To Shift Gears For The Best Fuel Economy

When is the best time to shift gears for maximum fuel economy? In this video we look at how to drive efficient, how to drive with good fuel economy, and when to shift gears to maximize fuel efficiency. When you're accelerating and shifting through the gears, it's important to keep the engine in an optimal region where it operates most efficiently if you want to maximize fuel economy. This engine region is determined by an engine's brake specific fuel consumption (BSFC).

BSFC is a measurement of the amount of fuel required to produce a certain amount of power, for a given engine load and RPM. Generally speaking, BSFC is highest in high load, low RPM regions. This video will demonstrate this by conducting a test showing fuel consumption with the engine at four different operating regions, but with the same power requirement for each - to keep a car moving at 60 mph. Check out the video for full details, and to learn when the best time to shift is!

Friday, August 14, 2020

BMW TODAY – Episode 18: Digital Services.

What can your BMW do for you? Get you to your destination on time? Always have an answer to your questions? Or just entertain you? The answer to all these questions is: Yes! Thanks to the BMW Digital Services and BMW Connected.

Learn more about them in this episode of BMW TODAY.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Mercedes-AMG A-Class – Chase Your Dreams

No limits, no straight lines, just a race to the stars. The perfect blend between performance and comfort it’s like a dance, stylish and powerful, this is the Mercedes-AMG A 35 4MATIC Saloon.

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Jaguar Racing | Destination Zero

The impact of climate change is clear, and future generations depend on the actions we take now. Join our Destination Zero journey and help us create a greener tomorrow: Zero emissions, zero accidents, zero congestion.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

From Vision to Reality – the EQS

The Mercedes-Benz VISION EQS represents a new approach to sustainable modern luxury which combines dynamic performance with a comfortable and luxurious driving experience.

Sunday, August 2, 2020

2020 Volkswagen Golf TSI 6-Speed Manual: Virtual Test Drive —

We take the 2020 Volkswagen Golf TSI 6-Speed with a manual transmission for a test drive and check out the interior, exterior, and cargo space.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Engine Oil Tips - Viscosity Grades

How thick your oil is at its normal operating temperature? How cold it could get before your oil stops flowing? How thick your oil is at hot temperatures?

This educational video will teach you everything you need to know about viscosity grades!

Monday, July 27, 2020

In the Wind Tunnel with the New Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series

The detailed aerodynamic work also includes the now almost fully panelled underbody, which must not only meet aerodynamic requirements, but thermal ones as well (heat dissipation). The flat underbody is equipped with specially designed longitudinal fins. These air channellers have been meticulously optimised to ensure optimal air flow to the rear diffuser. The entire package accelerates air flow, significantly increasing downforce. All measures are coordinated and interact with the new rear aerofoil concept. The result of all these measures is a downforce level of well over 400 kilogrammes at 250 km/h.

Friday, July 24, 2020

The Joys of Teaching Your Teen To Drive a Stick Shift —

In honor of National Stick Shift Day — a holiday created by the editors at — Editor-in-Chief Jenni Newman's teen willingly agreed to be her guinea pig and learn how to use a manual transmission. Watch the video to see how it went.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

BMW Brakes System: High Performance Stopping Power | BMW USA

There's more to the Ultimate Driving Machine than racing across the open road towards your next great adventure. Slow your horses, because the braking system in a BMW luxury car is an expertly crafted piece of auto technology designed to keep drivers safe.

Through countless stress tests across a wide array of locations, environments, and scenarios, the BMW braking system exceeds expectations. Featuring strength four times more powerful than the engine, stop your vehicle in seconds and enjoy being able to control distances with extreme precision.

In order to reach its full potential, the braking system experiences a 'training period' that runs for the first 300 - 400 miles. During this time, you may notice sounds coming from the brake disk and pad, but not to worry! This is simply a sign that the auto technology is adjusting and doing its job.

Keep your BMW's brake rotors and pads operating smoothly with these helpful car maintenance tips for cleaning your rims:

- Use acid-alkaline free wheel cleaners to reduce corrosion risk
- Avoid an overuse of tire-shine products, as this may cause brake pads to become contaminated & potentially less effective
- Do not use high-intensity water sources when cleaning the rims, as this may cause brake parts to bind & make excessive noises
- Gently tap the brakes every few miles after cleaning to help dry the components

Keep in mind that if your vehicle sits idle for long periods of time without being driven, it may be more susceptible to braking disk corrosion. In most cases, moderate use of the brake pads will help to eliminate slight surface corrosion.

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Mercedes Spark Plugs Fire 5 Times For Better Efficiency

Mercedes Multi-spark Ignition (MSI) is designed to fire the spark plug 5 times (sequentially) every power stroke in scenarios where the gas pedal isn't pressed much and the engine RPM is low. In these low load, low RPM scenarios, it's more efficient, more stable, and more consistent when running a multi-spark ignition methodology versus the traditional single spark ignition. Check out the video for full details on how this system works, and why it's more efficient!

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

The New Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series: World Premiere | Trailer

At Mercedes-AMG, the Black Series has been synonymous with a very special type of car since 2006: uncompromisingly sporty, with an expressive design and the most consistent technology transfer from motorsport to series production. Black Series models are exclusive automotive rarities. They have not been developed to gather dust in collectors’ garages, but for high-speed use on racetracks, despite being approved for roads. The Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series represents a new highlight in this tradition: it is the most powerful Mercedes-AMG with a V8 series engine.

What does the engine do for the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series? It gives it a completely independent character, which is not only reflected in the type of power delivery, but also in its very particular sound pattern. And it enables highly impressive driving performance: the two-door vehicle shoots from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds, and to 200 km/h in under nine seconds. The top speed is 325 km/h.

Sunday, July 12, 2020

What If You Forget To Change Your Oil?

Can you damage your car by not changing your engine oil on time? How a late oil change affects your car.

Monday, July 6, 2020

Crash Tales – Episode 2: Midlife Crisis

Do you sometimes feel like you’ve hit a brick wall at the end of a workday? Fred and Tommy do. They’re crash test dummies.

Friday, July 3, 2020

Is It Okay To Skip Gears In A Manual Transmission?

Is it okay to skip gears with a manual transmission? Ultimately, manual transmissions are designed with flexibility in mind. Inherently they allow for choosing any gear at any time, but that doesn't necessarily mean you should.

Of course, and gear you select, you need to make sure that the engine RPM will not exceed redline, and it's also wise to rev-match (or double clutch, if needed), as to not damage your synchronizers or clutch.

An unmatched upshift will result in a rough shift. An unmatched downshift can easily result in additional synchronizer wear, as well as clutch wear, and can also upset the balance of the car. That said, skipping gears, when matching engine RPM appropriately, does not cause any harm to the drivetrain, and is completely fine to do.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

The GLE 2019 – Safety & Assistance Features

Safety first: Together with Bernd Schröder, we demonstrate the safety and assistance systems of the Mercedes-Benz GLE 2019.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Sharper Than Ever. The New BMW M5.

The new BMW M5 is here and it is sharper and more compelling than ever. Blending a business sedan’s unruffled everyday usability with unbeatable high-performance sports car dynamics to alluring effect. A punchier look and powerful, sporty aura, with black styling details underlining its elite status. Do you feel it?

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Mercedes-Benz EQA: Winter Testing

From Sindelfingen to Arjeplog, Sweden. We tested the driving performance of the Mercedes-Benz EQA during the chill of winter.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

How Manual Transmissions Work - A Simple Explanation

How do manual transmissions work? We'll learn how clutches work, how gears work, and how shifting works with a detailed explanation using a 5-speed manual transmission as an example. 

Manual transmissions are without a doubt one of the greatest and most enjoyable automotive inventions. But how do stick shifts work? It all starts at the engine, where the flywheel transmits power to a clutch disc that's sandwiched between the pressure plate. The clutch disc is splined to the transmission input shaft, which rotates the gear assembly. A selector fork allows the driver to choose which gear to select, and power will then be routed to an output shaft and then a differential, ultimately reaching the driven wheels. Manual transmissions are super cool, check out the video for details as to how they work!

Thursday, June 18, 2020

BMW Plug-In Hybrids. Driving and Handling.

Driving a Plug-in Hybrid is a new and exciting experience. Watch this video and you will know how to fully engage with the efficiency of your car. To best manage the energy flow, BMW has developed special features like the Anticipatory Hybrid Drive, the Adaptive Recuperation and the Route-Ahead Assistant.

Driving excitement and efficiency are effortlessly united in all BMW Plug-in Hybrid models.

Monday, June 15, 2020

Meet Mercedes DIGITAL: The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter – 25th Anniversary

To mark its 25th anniversary, Mercedes-Benz is dedicating the third episode of the Meet Mercedes DIGITAL news format to the Sprinter.

For a quarter-century now, the name Sprinter has been synonymous with an entire class of vehicles. With the highlights of the current generation and the eSprinter, Mercedes-Benz Vans has once again set standards for urban delivery traffic. The focus is not only on the current generation of vehicles: a journey through time leads through the success story of the van whose predecessors were already on the roads in 1955.

Friday, June 12, 2020

Experience the Thrill of the All-New 2021 BMW 4 Series | BMW USA

Expression comes in many different shapes & forms. Looking for the perfect luxury vehicle to encapsulate your individuality and self-expression? Then the All-New BMW 4 Series Coupe was built for you.

Designed with you in mind, the 4 Series Coupe is freedom on four wheels made possible by a perfect harmony of world-class engineering and performance. Featuring the BMW TwinPower Turbo engine, expertly tuned suspension, responsive steering and controlled handling, this 4 Series Coupe defines dynamic driving. That means your ride is smoother, faster, and more stylish than ever.

Enticing from the first glance and especially when sitting behind the wheel, the 2021 BMW 4 Series is a true game changer. Discover the All-New 2021 BMW 4 Series Coupe and express who you are proudly.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

The New E-Class Sedan 2020: Made to Win the Day

An all-round dynamic character: Discover the new E-Class sedan with a visibly sportier design, intelligent MBUX infotainment system and comfort that is second to none

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Can A Dead Battery Ruin Your Car's Alternator?

What should you do if your car battery dies? Is it okay to jump the car and drive off, or is it better to use a battery charger, rather than relying on your alternator to charge the battery? This video will test various parameters of a car’s electric system to determine what effects will result from running with a dead battery, versus running with a charged battery. We’ll examine battery voltage (engine on and off), alternator voltage, alternator amps, and alternator temperature. Does a dead battery cause your alternator to overheat? We’ll find out in the video!

Note: If you’re stranded because of a dead battery, you should get your car jumped so you can get where you need to be. Obviously in emergency situations, do what’s safest for you, rather than what’s ideal for your car.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Audi 2021 RS 6 Avant Defined: Overview

Audi engineers discuss the cohesive design of the new 2021 RS 6 Avant, its daily usability and its sport DNA.

Sunday, May 31, 2020

BMW TODAY - Episode 6: Inside the home of BMW Group Classic.

Follow us on an exclusive tour through the history of BMW. The garage of BMW Group Classic in Munich is the place where the most iconic BMW vehicles are stored – from Elvis’ BMW 507 to unique prototypes, and even the fastest BMW race car ever built.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Meet Mercedes DIGITAL: Welcome to the E-Class Family

The new dream cars E-Class Cabriolet and Coupe from Mercedes-Benz and Mercedes-AMG celebrate their digital world premiere.

Monday, May 25, 2020

BMW TODAY - Episode 5: Plug-in Hybrids Explained

A plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV) combines the best of both worlds: it offers a combustion engine and an electric motor, each capable of powering the vehicle on its own. How it works and how we get the right BMW DNA into it you will learn in this episode of BMW TODAY.

Friday, May 22, 2020

The Volvo XC40 Recharge: Walkaround

Take a tour with our experts, Beatrice Simonsson, David Holecek, Caroline Kjellin, and Malin Ekholm to learn more about the XC40 Recharge – our first pure electric car.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

BMW TODAY - Episode 4: At the BMW Welt.

BMW Welt is located in the immediate vicinity of the company’s headquarters. It’s a place full of stories in a place full of history. In this exclusive tour through the heart of the brand, we show you some of the highlights the most visited tourist attraction in Munich has to offer.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

The 2020 Volvo S60 – 400 horsepower

Effortless performance with unmatched efficiency. The 2020 Volvo S60 Plug-In Hybrid model provides a more sustainable form of power, along with zero-emissions capability. This 400-hp powertrain offers effortless performance with unmatched efficiency. Optional Features Shown

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Power from within. The BMW X5 Protection VR6.

The new BMW X5 Protection VR6 combines outstanding performance, maximum comfort and exclusive features with innovative safety concepts for protection in every situation. The driver and passengers of the BMW Protection VR6 are protected by an approximately 30 mm thick multi-layer safety glass with an internal polycarbonate splinter protection layer.

With its armoured passenger compartment, Post-Blast-Protection and Leak-resistant tank, the BMW X5 Protection VR6 brings a new level of safety to life.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Car Care During Coronavirus | Consumer Reports

If the coronavirus pandemic has kept your car parked for longer than normal, these tips can help ensure that you have a smooth trip when you start driving again.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

The Volvo XC40 R-Design I The Walkaround

Size up our compact, crossover SUV, the Volvo XC40. A vehicle brimming with city style and intelligent use of space, including wheels that turn heads, carpeting made from 97% recycled PET bottles, handy hooks for bags, an optional cargo divider in the trunk, and much, much more. It’s the type of attention to detail Scandinavian design is famous for.

Monday, May 4, 2020

BMW TODAY - Episode 3: THE M2 CS

What makes a car a thoroughbred M automobile, Markus Flasch? Watch the latest episode of BMW TODAY, this time with the CEO of BMW M, right from M TOWN at the BMW Welt.

Friday, May 1, 2020

What Does CVT Stand For? - CarSpeak by

What is a CVT? What does CVT stand for? CarSpeak from breaks it down for you. We brought our employees in front of the camera to help define automotive terms and keep you informed. 

CVT stands for Continuously Variable Transmission.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

BMW TODAY - Episode 2: THE 1.

From the heart of the brand: Watch our latest episode of BMW TODAY right from the BMW Welt. This time, Florian Moser, Spokes Person for the BMW 1 Series, is presenting you THE 1. BMW TODAY is a new video series in which you can follow the protagonists into the heart of BMW – locations you might not be able to discover yourself (at the moment), showing you cars, concepts and hidden places of BMW.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

What is ABS? - CarSpeak by

What is ABS stand for? What does ABS mean? CarSpeak from breaks it down for you. We brought our employees in front of the camera to help define automotive terms and keep you informed.
ABS stands for Anti-lock braking system.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

The Art of Leadership. The BMW M8 Competition Gran Coupé.

In times of uncertainty, it’s more important than ever to find solace and support in the things that inspire us. For EDM superstars Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, that passion is music. See how one of the most successful DJ duos in the world reflects on the unique moments that have had a lasting impact on their lives and what drives them to stay as leaders in their field.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

A Tribute to Sir Stirling Moss

Paying tribute to a racing icon and sporting legend. Rest in peace, Sir Stirling Moss. We’ll miss you.

Monday, April 13, 2020

Will Running Out Of Gas Damage Your Car?

Can running low on fuel actually damage your car? Obviously you don't want to be stranded, and it's certainly not safe to have your car run out of gas while driving, but can you cause any harm to your car by driving without much gasoline in the tank?

We'll discuss what happens with your fuel pump, catalytic converters, and your engine as whole, and what happens with each of these components when you run out of fuel. You may be surprised to learn what effects driving on low fuel can have, and what your owner's manual may claim can happen with your vehicle. Check out the video for full details about driving while low on gas.

Friday, April 10, 2020

The Curve Up Ahead: Flatten the Curve with BMW | BMW USA

The journey ahead may have some bumps, but the open road will be waiting for you soon.

Remember - stay home, practice social distancing, and plan your next great adventure with BMW.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

The Volvo XC90 Plug-in Hybrid I The Drive

Take a lap around the neighborhood—in Pure Mode with zero tailpipe emissions. Discover the XC90 Plug-in Hybrid standout features, like the optional six seating configuration with captain-style chairs, and the standard Panoramic Roof that bathes the cabin in natural light. Our largest SUV is sure to leave a big impression.

Monday, April 6, 2020

How To Clean CoronaVirus From Your Car

While we might be smart about cars, we here at Kelley Blue Book are not health experts. But we do want to help keep everyone healthy. Here then are some quick and easy ways to make sure your car is safe from the CoronaVirus, using information gleaned from the experts at the Centers for Disease Control.

Friday, April 3, 2020

The art of leadership. The BMW M8 Competition Gran Coupé.

In times of uncertainty, it’s more important than ever to find solace and support in the things that inspire us.
For EDM superstars Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, that passion is music. See how one of the most successful DJ duos in the world reflects on the unique moments that have had a lasting impact on their lives and what drives them to stay as leaders in their field.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Thanks to Everyone Giving Their Best ❤

Dear Mercedes-Benz fans, more than ever, safety first. For us, for you, for everyone. We may not be together, but we can stick together. Thank you to everyone who is doing their best. Take care of yourselves, your Mercedes-Benz team.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

The Volvo XC40 | Smart Storage

A place for everything. The Volvo XC40 makes every drive more organized with large door bins, a glove compartment folding hook, an optional cargo divider, and wireless charging.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Mercedes-Benz Museum – A Girl Called Mercedes

The short film, which lasts around two minutes, invites the viewer to see the history of the Mercedes-Benz brand in a new dimension.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

For Their Future

The car you trust to protect them, now protects their future. At Volvo, we are taking a lead with electrification in the auto industry. From now on, every new Volvo model will be electrified.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Make Your Move: With Nick Fouquet and the Marco Polo

Without having found his true purpose, Nick Fouquet was wandering through life. For all of his life he has been running. In the wrong direction.

Friday, March 13, 2020

The Mercedes-Benz GLE (2019) – Driving Features

Together with Bernd Schröder, we will show you what the new GLE can do.
The electronic suspension E-ACTIVE BODY CONTROL easily adapts to countless road conditions. In addition, the air suspension automatically lowers the car at high speeds or lifts it up when the SUV is off-road.

Thanks to the CURVE function, the GLE leans into sharp bends like a motorcycle. And anyone who is delighted by the SUV’s high level of comfort will be surprised by the power the six-cylinder petrol engine has to offer.

Saturday, March 7, 2020

The BMW Concept i4: New Electric Car | BMW USA

Welcome to a reimagined world of electric vehicles, starring the brand new BMW Concept i4. Our First-Ever electric Gran Coupe offers a multi-sensory experience fusing sleek, modern style with exhilarating power and range.

Sculpted for the future, the BMW Concept i4 touts a sustainable interior design and clean contours that emanate confidence.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

New Jaguar F-TYPE | Strength in Numbers

F-TYPE is Jaguar design in its most beautiful form – lean, elegant and athletic from any angle. It's the ultimate British sports car.

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Rediscover Driving Pleasure: The New GLC

The new GLC: updated engines meet refreshed design. A special feature is the EQ Boost. This built-in system ensures efficiency and driving pleasure while enabling the recovery of energy.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

The Future of Sound Of Electric Vehicles | Vision M Next | BMW USA

How do you create a sound that doesn't exist yet? That's the challenge BMW acoustic engineer and sound designer, Renzo Vitale, has taken on with the M Next.

Monday, February 24, 2020

New Jaguar F-TYPE | Exterior Design

Purposeful, beautiful and timeless.
Super-slim pixel LED headlights and subtly enlarged grille features make the New Jaguar F-TYPE look more dramatic than ever.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Making of: Mercedes-Benz VISION AVTR

Mercedes-Benz and the upcoming “Avatar” films – what at first seemed to be an unexpected global partnership, turned into a unique interdisciplinary experience.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Power Trunk Lid | Knowing Your VW

Learn multiple ways to unlock and open the power trunk lid and customize its opening height.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

New Jaguar F-TYPE | Passionately Individual in Portugal

The New F-TYPE R is Jaguar design in its most beautiful form – lean, elegant and athletic from any angle. Watch as our pulse-quickening sports car roars through the rolling roads of Portugal.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

The New XC90 I Drive the Future :30

The car you trust to protect them, now protects their future.
The new Volvo XC90 Plug-in Hybrid Electric luxury SUV has been recharged. Now with a range of new interior and exterior design upgrades the car has a more refined and powerful presence.

XC90. Recharged.

Monday, February 3, 2020

On The Road To... | The EQ Range by Mercedes-Benz

Whether you are travelling with your family, discovering new regions, in town or on business, there is an EQ model from Mercedes-Benz.

Friday, January 31, 2020

Panasonic Jaguar Racing | Santiago E-Prix Pre-Race Vlog

Jaguar Racing drivers certainly kept themselves busy in Chile! Go behind the scenes at the ABB FIA Formula E Santiago E-Prix with Mitch Evans and James Calado ahead of a scorching round 3 race at Parque O'Higgins.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Comparing The GLC To Its Predecessor – What’s New?

Experience the difference between the new GLC and its predecessor. The GLC has definitely evolved into a true gem.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Night At The Mercedes-Benz Museum

How about being locked up at night in the Mercedes-Benz Museum? For a handful of influencers and photographers, this dream came true.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Panasonic Jaguar Racing | Santiago E-Prix Race Preview with James Calado

The car is performing well so it's down to us to do the job. We've got to be realistic, but finishing 5th would be an awesome result for me."

Sunday, January 19, 2020

A Rock Saved Our 4x4 At Dakar!

When their 4x4 flipped over, the only thing that was stopping the 4x4 from falling into a ditch was a small rock! Luckily an assistance truck was on not too far away to help!

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Mercedes-Benz Powertrain

Mercedes-Benz Powertrain produces innovative and reliable powertrain components according to globally uniform quality standards.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Mercedes me Flexperience | Freedom for Every Moment

12 cars in 365 days and one fixed rate. Mercedes me Flexperience is a fully digitalised subscription model.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Audi Presents: Tilted World

Back to balance: We at Audi feel a particular sense of responsibility when it comes to the topic of sustainability. Our goal: a 30% reduction in our CO2 footprint by 2025*. The fully electric e-tron models take us some of the way there. Find out more now – because every contribution counts.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Supporting The Unsupported At Dakar

No stranger to Dakar! We spoke with Romain LeLoup to find out what Dakar means for him, and how the #OriginalByMotul category has evolved over the past 3 years!

Saturday, January 4, 2020

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA | Versatility in Motion

A body redesign on the 2020 CLA features an extended length with an expressive sharp-nosed front. The versatility to balance sportiness and comfort makes for the ultimate package. With 64 color ambient lighting options and active LED headlamps, the CLA coasts through the night in a style all its own. Experience life the way you move.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

The Last Mile | Beetle

After 70 years, the Volkswagen Beetle is retiring. Say g(o\!/o)dbye with Ren McCormack, Kevin Bacon, Andy Warhol, and Andy Cohen as the little bug drives its last mile. #TheLastMile