Friday, December 24, 2021

Walkabout Wednesday Classic Porsche at Williams Crawford. 356 to 993


Here we go on another Walkabout Wednesday looking at the classic selection. Andy Pearce is asking Adrian Crawford to explain the difference between models, the subtleties and the favourites.

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

10 Reasons Why Engines Lose Power Over Time


There are four things a gasoline engine requires to generate power and almost any engine problem will come down to something relating to one of these four factors. 1. Air 2. Fuel 3. Compression 4. Spark

Dirty Air Filter
A clogged air filter makes the engine work harder to pull in air, and can restrict the maximum amount of air let in. Less air means less power.

Exhaust Restrictions
The engine will have to work harder to push out exhaust gases, limiting power. Catalytic converters can clog up on engines with an improper air/fuel mixture or as a result of fuel additives reacting within. Mufflers can also fail internally, and alterations of the internal piping can result in an airflow restriction.

Fuel Injectors
Deposits can build up on the injectors over time from heat soak or poor fuel. Small restrictions can cause the O2 sensors to read a lean mixture, and so more fuel will be added to compensate. This can result in a rich mixture for the cylinders without injector problems, or even misfiring if the injector isn’t capable of injecting enough fuel.

Fuel Pumps
Overtime the fuel pump can wear out, but it might not necessarily fail catastrophically. While it may still be able to supply fuel at lower pressures, it may begin to struggle to provide fuel at higher pressures or for longer durations.

Worn Piston Rings
One of the major things that can happen over time is the piston rings will wear down, and this will allow for blow-by. Some of the high pressure air and fuel mixture combusting will pass by the pistons and travel along the cylinder walls into the crank case. This is pressure that should be pressing the piston down, so power is lost. It also means less compression as some of the air can escape as the piston travels upward on the intake stroke.

Carbon Deposits On Intake Valves/Valve Seats
If carbon deposits build up on the valves or valve seats, this can prevent the valves from closing properly. If an intake valve cannot fully close, it will allow air to escape during the compression stroke, effectively lowering the compression ratio.

Carbon Deposits On The Piston
If deposits build on the piston or cylinder walls, these deposits can create hot spots. These hot spots can result in engine knock if conditions allow for it. If the engine is capable, it will retard the ignition timing to reduce the likelihood of knock. By retarding the ignition timing, power is lost.

Fouled Spark Plugs
Spark plugs can build deposits with time. Inconsistent spark plug firing means you’re likely to misfire. Maintaining clean plugs ensures that the spark part of the equation doesn’t result in a loss of power.

Saturday, December 18, 2021

The BMW Christmas Film | Happy Holidays from BMW​


It was just a few nights before Christmas, and all through the Four Cylinder building, not a person was stirring not even an engineer. An office Christmas party was about to begin, and everyone gathered around, except for Christoph Waltz, who was nowhere to be found... Follow Christoph Waltz trying to escape The BMW Christmas party, encountering familiar faces including Alexa Chung and Supercar Blondie.

​ ​The party in the film is a fictional party and was not BMW’s Christmas party. All participants involved in the production of the video were tested for covid-19 and have followed the regional covid-19 regulations.​

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

A Tribute to Sir Stirling Moss and the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR


Farewell to a legend: “The Last Blast” follows the unparalleled drive of the famous Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR “722” in a London tribute to Sir Stirling Moss.

Sunday, December 12, 2021

How Can Brakes Cost $10,000? The Brilliance Of Carbon Ceramics


High performance, track-capable vehicles are often found paired with carbon ceramic rotors. While the rotors tend to be more expensive, they offer many advantages over traditional cast iron rotors. I teamed up with Brembo to learn all about carbon ceramic brake rotors, and how their performance differs from cast iron. We’ll discuss brake fade, weight, rotational inertia, grip, ride quality, dimensional stability, wear rates, brake dust, corrosion (rust), and appearance. There are many differences between the two styles of brake rotors; we’ll also discuss three factors that lead to a significant difference in price.

Monday, December 6, 2021

The New C-Class in 360°


Join us for a scenic drive through the Alpine foothills. Here’s your opportunity to get a really great immersive view of the new C-Class.

This 360° video allows you to check out the car’s athletic proportions as well as getting a feel for its capabilities on the road.

Inside, you’ll be able to experience the luxurious, spacious cabin, get a close-up look at the new customisable centre display and take in other futuristic features – like the activation of driver preferences with a simple touch of your finger.

The availability of the communication module (LTE) is temporarily limited for certain vehicles due to supply bottlenecks. Please note that especially Mercedes me connect services including the emergency call system (eCall) are not available in the affected vehicles. Ongoing actual information is available at your Mercedes-Benz dealer.

Friday, December 3, 2021

BMW Materia: The Garden of Possibilities | BMW USA


The BMW iX is the most sustainable BMW produced to date, not because of its electric drivetrain but because of the circularity of its manufacturing processes.

BMW MATERIA, The Garden of Possibilities celebrates this notion and the 300 mile range of the iX that in Los Angeles connects to various biomes; from ocean to forest to desert.

Through BMW MATERIA we showcase these biomes: living organisms and sustainable material developments derived from nature. We believe in protecting our planet and are inspired by the potential it presents to our future.

Biomaterials are a new frontier of sustainability, and the iX is the grand capsule for you to explore the world. The iX relies on materials derived from mushrooms to dampen sound, plastic alternatives agar or chitosan, moss, cork, and much more.

BMW Materia takes liberties in terms of what's possible today, and what's possible in the future.

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Mercedes-Benz Driving Assistance Systems


The latest generation of Mercedes-Benz driving assistance systems was introduced with the premiere of the new S-Class in September 2020.  

The driver is supported by numerous new or extended systems which now also come as standard in the EQS, the EQE and the new C-Class. How they work and how they can make driving more comfortable and safe, is explained in this video.

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

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.

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Sporty Test Drive in the Luxurious New C-Class


This may just be the most stylish and exclusive C-Class yet. Reduced exterior lines meet muscular details.

Thursday, November 18, 2021

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, November 15, 2021

Volvo Cars x Vox Creative Presents EV Driver’s Ed 101


As Volvo Cars continues its mission to become fully electric by 2030, we thought it was the perfect time to update the classic driver’s ed video with our electric future in mind. Welcome to EV Driver’s Ed 101, where we’ll be covering everything you’ve ever wanted to know about driving an EV and more, with a little help from the Volvo XC40 Recharge.

Friday, November 12, 2021

Introducing the All-New Audi Q4 e-tron | ft. Desi Lydic


The fully-electric Audi Q4 e-tron is here to put luxury electric driving firmly within reach. Join The Daily Show’s Desi Lydic as she uncovers the next step in electric innovation. A premium electric car that boasts the first ever available AR head-up display found in any Audi and fast charging capabilities that’ll have you on the road within no time.

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Volvo C40 Recharge Pure Electric | Product Walkaround


Discover Volvo’s pure electric technology and style design featuring a personalized walkaround of the C40 Recharge. A full electric crossover SUV that represents the shape of our future.

Saturday, November 6, 2021

Mercedes-Benz Star – A Trademark That Made Its Mark


100 years ago a circle and a star came together. The symbol that changed the automotive landscape forever.

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

VW Atlas Cross Sport GT Concept Walkaround with Jamie Orr and Hein Schafer | VW


Dreaming in Kingfisher Blue. 

Jamie Orr shows off his take on a sportier Atlas Cross Sport, combining fresh styling updates and a unique color palette. Watch Jamie give a tour of the latest concept with SVP of Product & Strategy Hein Schafer. 

Concept vehicle shown. Not available for sale.

Sunday, October 31, 2021

How The Glass Inside Your Car Is Engineered - Not So Simple!


As new display technology continues to develop and the auto industry pushes our car interiors to mirror our smartphones, what do these new screens and displays actually mean for the car? What are the drawbacks? 

I paid a visit to Corning’s Sullivan Park campus in New York to learn from some of their top automotive glass scientists and perform a few tests myself to see how different factors like durability, readability and glare come into play in the design and creation of these displays, and how future-thinking companies like Corning are engineering with these in mind. We’ll talk about how the glass is made, how it stands up to the tests I’ll perform and why the glass composition is more important than you’d think.

Thursday, October 28, 2021

The Marco Polo | Living and Sleeping


There are many features to discover in the Marco Polo. Learn how to open and close the electric pop-up roof via the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Control app or headunit.

Monday, October 25, 2021

How to Install Car Seats — Cars.com


In this video, we'll walk you through how to install a rear-facing infant seat, a convertible car seat and a booster seat in a car. Every car seat is different, so be sure to read the owner’s manual and your car’s owner’s manual when installing a seat.

Friday, October 22, 2021

INSIDE AMG – Performance Wheels | Innovation and Design


Which material represents the future of forged wheel construction at Mercedes-AMG? How do design and technology interact as part of the wheel development process?

And what special features had to be taken into account when designing the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE wheel? In this episode of INSIDE AMG, Felix meets Frank and Bernhard, who explain all the technical details to him, from the historic wheel model of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.8 AMG from 1971 to the wheel of the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE. Can he prise one or two secrets from them about the future of the wheel?

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Did You Know? Four Facts About BMW's History


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

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Good Headlights Mean Fewer Crashes - IIHS News


Good IIHS headlight ratings linked to lower crash rates

The headlight ratings program developed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is reducing dangerous nighttime crashes in the real world, a recent study shows.

Nighttime crash rates per mile are nearly 20 percent lower for vehicles with headlights that earn a good rating in the IIHS evaluation, compared with those with poor-rated headlights, the study found. For vehicles with acceptable or marginal headlights, crash rates are 15 percent and 10 percent lower than for those with poor ratings.

Sunday, October 10, 2021

The Marco Polo | Mercedes-Benz Advanced Control Functions


Mercedes-Benz Advanced Control (MBAC) makes camping with the Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo even more comfortable.

Many features, such as the electric pop-up roof, ambient lighting, heating or the coolbox are accessible through the head unit and the MBAC app via Bluetooth® wireless technology. Supply status levels for water, auxiliary battery, and more can be checked quickly.

Thursday, October 7, 2021

The All-New BMW 2 Series Active Tourer


The next progression in driving pleasure - Introducing the all-new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer.

The second generation of the sporty all-rounder returns with the 230e xDrive plug-in hybrid and 223i, boasting a far wider range of equipment than its predecessor, perfect for anything life throws at you.

Complemented by a luxurious interior, with space creating a “floating” armrest, advanced curved display, and wireless charging for compatible phones.

Monday, October 4, 2021

Engine Knock Sound - Explained


What is the knocking sound coming from my engine? What is engine knock? Why is my engine making a knocking noise? Engine knock, or pinging, occurs when a separate pocket of air-fuel mixture ignites after the spark has ignited the air-fuel mixture within the combustion chamber. Engine knock can be prevented using higher octane fuels, retarding ignition timing, or by using a lower compression ratio, among other solutions.

Friday, October 1, 2021

Never Use This Gas In Your Car!


It's very important to put the correct fuel in your car, whether that's 87 regular gas, or 91 premium gas. Using the wrong fuel, at an octane rating too low for your vehicle, can result in severe engine damage caused by knock. Lower octane rating fuels are more susceptible to knock. In some high elevation states, 85 octane fuel is sold, which should not be used by modern cars.

Why would we sell a fuel in the United States that could destroy your engine? Well it worked just fine with old, carbureted cars. But modern cars with electronic fuel injection and electronic ignition timing don't like it. Why not? Watch the video to see why this fuel is still sold today, how elevation impacts octane rating, and why modern cars can't use it. It can even void your warranty! Wild.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLB35: Review — Cars.com


What the heck is a GLB, and what does it mean that it's been AMG’d? Watch our video to find out.

Saturday, September 25, 2021

The New EQE: World Premiere | Trailer


Our new all-electric avant-garde business saloon features a sporty “purpose design” with all the characteristic elements of Mercedes-EQ, one-bow lines and cab-forward design.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Importance of Child Restraints


This IIHS crash test demonstrates what happens to unrestrained children in a frontal crash. About a third of children under 13 who were killed in crashes in 2019 weren't restrained. That's more than 200 kids.

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Is Keeping Your Old Car Better For The Environment?


Is it better for the environment to keep your car that already works, thus not creating something new and using new resources, or to buy something new that's more efficient? 

Gas cars require less emissions to produce than electric cars, so out of the gate they're more environmentally friendly. However, gasoline cars produce far more emissions while in use, versus electric cars, so eventually the scales tilt in favor of EVs. But is it within a meaningful amount of time, or should we simply be preventing the creation of new waste, by keeping and maintaining what we already have? And what about all of those metals required for EV batteries? 

In this video we'll focus on both the emissions and the resources, to determine if you should keep your used car, or buy a new car, as it relates to going green.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

New Jaguar E-PACE | Innovation and Technology


The New Jaguar E-PACE is equipped with smart and intuitive technology. With the all-new Pivi Pro infotainment system and advanced in-car artificial intelligence, relax into a seamless journey.

Monday, September 13, 2021

The New BMW iX3. All You Need to Know.


A fully electric sports activity vehicle? Meet the new BMW iX3.

With the latest fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology, the new BMW iX3 has a range of 460 kilometres (286 miles) on a single charge (WLTP), perfect for adventures. The latest digital instrument cluster keeps the driver up-to-date on the range and system performance. BMW Live Cockpit Professional with optional 12.3" display has information, music and key functions all just a tap or voice away.

A refined design gives the new BMW iX3 a sculpted look, finished with new BMW i touches including BMW i Blue accents and an enclosed BMW kidney grille. The standard adaptive LED headlights are now 10 mm slimmer to give the new BMW iX3 a modern and aerodynamically poised look.

Friday, September 10, 2021

Explore Mercedes-Benz New All-Electric Concept EQG


The legend stronger than time gets ready for the age of e-mobility. The Concept #EQG combines unmistakable G-Class design language with the avant-garde edge typical of an all-electric Mercedes-Benz.

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

The New BMW X3 Plug-In Hybrid. All You Need to Know.


The new BMW X3 Plug-In Hybrid. All you need to know.

Express your individuality with the latest sportiness, comfort and versatility from the new BMW X3 Plug-In Hybrid.

A larger BMW kidney grille and slimmer accentuated front headlights with full LED technology give a modern edge and a powerful presence for the new model. Aluminium roof rails lead to the rear where sculpted full LED taillights and a redesigned rear bumper complete the look. On the inside, the new standard sports seats and optional 12.3" central Control Display with touch function put technology and comfort in the driving seat.

With the new BMW X3 Plug-In Hybrid, all of the charging solutions you need can be unlocked from within the MY BMW app. See charging history and program climate functions right from your mobile device. Further interaction with the car can be unlocked using the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant, adjust the driving mode or open the windows using simple spoken instructions.

Saturday, September 4, 2021

The Audi Grandsphere Concept: Experience High-Class Future


A grand entrance for a new chapter in the story of progress. Designed from the inside out to redefine how you experience the journey, the Audi grandsphere concept is our vision of future premium mobility.

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Jaguar Classic | Introducing C-type Continuation


70 years after it first raced to victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Jaguar Classic introduces the C-type Continuation. Hand built to the original 1953 specification, this strictly limited run celebrates the iconic model’s motorsport heritage.

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Safety and Assistance Systems in the EQA


The Driving Assistance package means less worry, less stress and the reliable support of our safety and assistance systems. And if you like to keep an eye on everything, the Parking package provides you with a 360-degree camera.

Monday, August 23, 2021

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.

Friday, August 20, 2021

WHEN THE OIL SAVED THE ENGINE IN A HYPERCAR


In their debut season in the World Endurance Championship and preparation for their first 24 Hours of Le Mans, Glickenhaus have had some eventful races! Take a closer look behind the scenes in their garage in Portimao! Spoiler alert, courtesy of Jim Glickenhaus: "Quite frankly, the oil is what saved that engine"

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

2021 Volvo XC60 Recharge Review: Plug-In Hybrid Pass/Fail — Cars.com


The 2021 Volvo XC60 Recharge is Volvo's plug-in hybrid version of the XC60, but how does it do as a PHEV? Let’s run through the various categories and see where the XC60 Recharge passes and fails.

Saturday, August 14, 2021

Battery and Charging in the New EQA


Delete your weather app! In the new EQA, you can enjoy maximum range under all weather conditions. Have a look and be curious.

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Sunday, August 8, 2021

The EQA and Its Clear Design Language


Great design doesn’t leave you guessing. So naturally, the EQ identity of our EQA is visible in all the details, both in and outside of the car.

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

ID. Light | Knowing Your VW


Shows how the ID.4 interior lighting feature alerts the driver to various vehicle conditions and feature operation.

Sunday, August 1, 2021

How To Power Shift Correctly - Go Faster Without Destroying Transmissions


Powershifting, no-lift shifting, or flat foot shifting is a method of changing gears in a manual transmission where you do not take your foot off the gas pedal. 

Unfortunately, this shifting method is very tough on clutches, so there's a right way and a wrong way of doing it. Cadillac, with the CT4-V Blackwing, has developed a methodology to powershifting that maintains boost pressure of the twin-turbo V6 engine, while reducing the engine load during the shift. 

This clever trick involves altering ignition timing, wastegate control, and the bypass valve control. In the end, the desired result is great - a seamless manual transmission shift, all without lifting your foot off the throttle.

Monday, July 26, 2021

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.

Friday, July 23, 2021

Mercedes-EQ Enthusiasts – With the EQS on the Circuit de Monaco


A journey that begins on a Mercedes-Benz e-scooter is quickly transformed into a superlative driving experience, as Nyck and Dennis take a lap of the world-famous Circuit de Monaco in the new electric luxury saloon by Mercedes-EQ: the EQS. Tune in to see what Nyck has to say about the racetrack, his career and the insider secrets of efficient driving. Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

2021 BMW M440i: Review — Cars.com


The redesigned 2021 BMW M440i convertible is comfortable for cruising, sporty around corners and classy all the while. Watch our video to find out more.

Saturday, July 17, 2021

360° Test-Drive in the New EQA


Experience the immediate acceleration power, the clever recuperation and the almost silent drive feeling of an electric drivetrain. Drive along our host Leonie von Hase in the new EQA, the fully electric entry model of the new Mercedes-EQ brand. Get in!

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

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.

Sunday, July 11, 2021

Future of Design - Volvo Cars


Imagine it – every new Volvo car in 2030 being fully electric. We have so many opportunities to approach our designs in new ways as we explore the potential of emerging priorities like aerodynamics and material choices.

Friday, July 9, 2021

LEVEL UP! How to Keep Your Brakes Working Properly


Well-functioning brakes are essential for a safe journey. Get all the important information about how brakes work and what to look out for, from our host Chris Brow.

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

The All-New BMW 2 Series Coupé.


You know who you are. Now embrace it. The all-new BMW 2 Series Coupé. Show your true colours.

The all-new BMW 2 Series Coupé embodies sporting prowess with a focus on an athletic design, powerful engines and sophisticated chassis technology.

A new eye-catching front end featuring triangular forms and diagonal lines makes for a striking look to the all-new BMW 2 Series Coupé. Flared wheel arches and a muscular power dome at the centre of the bonnet give a clear indication of the car's pure driving pleasure.

Compact dimensions and an intelligent lightweight design give the car a distinctive driving dynamic. Almost perfect 50:50 weight distribution and optimised aerodynamics enhance the car’s abilities in everyday driving and give that unmistakable BMW character.

BMW M240i xDrive
Fuel consumption combined 1/100km: 8.8 – 8.1 (WLTP), CO2-emissions combined: 200–185 g/km (WLTP). Further information: www.bmw.com/disclaimer.

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Exploring the First-Ever BMW iX


Ready to get up to speed on the first-ever BMW iX? Meet the latest BMW iDrive technology, discover flexible charging solutions and say hello to our sustainable design. This is the Ultimate Electric Driving Machine and we’re here to give you a closer look at our latest model.

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Volvo Cars - XC60 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid Walkaround


Learn more and take an in-depth tour of the smarter XC60 - with refreshed design details and Google built in, it’s smarter than ever

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

5 Warning Signs You Car Needs New Brake Pads


The brake system is among the most essential areas of the automobile -- it is essential for security. This concise video lists 5 warning signals that the driver may need new brake pads, including a soft pedal. In addition, it describes factors that lead to tear and wear of brake pads also provides hints to assist drivers to maintain the durability of the brake pads.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

The New S-Class | High-Tech for Maximum Comfort


Up to 19 motors in the front seats make for comfortable seating – a number that indicates the complexity of the technology installed in the seats.

However, the seats not only play a major part for comfort, but also where safety is concerned. And of course when it comes to luxurious wellbeing: all the seats available for the S-Class carry the seal of approval by the Healthy Seating campaign.

ENERGIZING seat kinetics is available in the S-Class for the first time. Small changes in the angles of the seat surface and backrest tension and relax the muscles, benefiting the circulation.

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Why Don't Solar Powered Cars Exist?


Solar power is abundant and readily available, so why don't cars use it?

With electric cars becoming more popular and a shift towards renewable energy sources is taking place, an obvious question becomes: why don't we simply put solar panels on top of cars? Could this help with the lack of charging infrastructure? Realistically, what would it take for solar powered cars to work out, and why haven't they been successful up until this point?

This video will analyze the surface area of a modern car, providing an estimate for how much solar power it could actually generate, what speeds the cars could be capable of, and how long the cars would take to charge. We'll take into consideration the solar constant, the amount of solar power that actually reaches Earth's surface, the efficiency limits of solar panels, the curvature of the Earth (it isn't flat), and analyze how this impacts a solar car's performance. We'll also check out Aptera Motors, who's planning to make a car that will never need to charge, thanks to solar panels!

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Jaguar I-PACE | EVeresting Challenge with Elinor Barker


Electric performance, reaching new heights. 

With World champion Elinor Barker at the wheel, see the Jaguar I-PACE shrug off steep inclines and near freezing temperatures at the UK’s highest paved road to triumphantly complete the Everesting challenge on a single charge.

Thursday, June 3, 2021

The New S-Class | Alien Car Meets Pure Luxury


The previously optional MULTIBEAM LED is now the standard headlamp for the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

As well as variable control of low and high beam, it also features Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus. The optional DIGITAL LIGHT system enters series production for the first time at Mercedes-Benz. This allows completely new functions, e.g., the projection of guidelines or warning symbols onto the road ahead.

In the MULTIBEAM LED headlamp, a light module with 84 LEDs arranged in three lines creates a grid in the form of a matrix. With this arrangement, not only the light distribution of the high beam but also that of the low beam is freely configurable and technically precise. MULTIBEAM LED therefore allows different light functions to actuate independently.

Saturday, May 29, 2021

How To Make Your Car Last A Long Time - Simple Checks


The best way to keep your car in great shape is to regularly check the vehicle and keep up with preventative maintenance. This video will outline simple checks you can make on your car. The more frequent you check things like tire pressure and engine oil the better, but it's good to check all of the items in the video at the very least twice a year either yourself or by a professional.

We'll look at three main sections in this video. First we'll discuss tires, brakes, and suspension. Next we'll look under the hood and look at fluids and filters. Finally we'll look at exterior checks such as lights and wipers. Catching any issues early can help you make sure your vehicle lasts as long as possible.

Sunday, May 23, 2021

The Porsche Cayman GT4 Has Dimples Like A Golf Ball!


The Porsche Cayman GT4 and GTS 4.0 both feature a naturally aspirated flat-six cylinder engine. They both have PDK and manual transmissions offered. And in this case, they're both the same shade of blue. But there are actually dramatic differences in terms of how these cars perform, much of which might be overlooked by the naked eye. The aerodynamics of the GT4 are all about downforce, while the GTS 4.0 is all about minimizing lift. The GT4 has an upgraded chassis, suspension, wheels, tires, engine tune, and many aerodynamic changes to maximized downforce and minimize drag. Part of the solution? A dimpled underside, similar to that used on a golf ball!

On a golf ball, these little dimples cause turbulence, meaning little pockets of swirling air, so instead of a laminar boundary layer, you have a turbulent boundary layer. In this case, the turbulent boundary layer stays attached to the golf ball longer, wrapping around the ball, meaning the wake behind the golf ball is smaller when the airflow detaches from the golf ball, and a lower pressure region forms. With a smaller wake, the ball has less drag, and thus can travel farther. Porsche says the same logic applies to the GT4, in their words: “At the front end, the special surface on its underside is dimpled, reminiscent of that of a golf ball. As a result, the airflow follows the contour more precisely, reducing drag.”

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Did You Know? Four Facts About BMW's History


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

Friday, May 14, 2021

Engine Knock Sound - Explained


What is the knocking sound coming from my engine? What is engine knock? Why is my engine making a knocking noise? Engine knock, or pinging, occurs when a separate pocket of air-fuel mixture ignites after the spark has ignited the air-fuel mixture within the combustion chamber. Engine knock can be prevented using higher octane fuels, retarding ignition timing, or by using a lower compression ratio, among other solutions.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

World Premiere of the New Concept EQT


With the Concept EQT, Mercedes-Benz Vans is giving a tangible impression of the first premium vehicle in the small van segment for families and private customers keen on leisure activities: the T-Class and its fully electric variant.

The near-series-production concept vehicle combines ample and versatile space for up to seven occupants and a generous luggage compartment with a Mercedes-typical design and approach to high-class appeal, comfort, functionality, connectivity and safety. Mercedes-Benz Vans is thus translating the Mercedes-Benz V-Class’s recipe for success into a compact format, bringing a new premium quality into the small van segment. The Concept EQT by Mercedes-EQ underscores the unique combination of premium comfort and uncompromising functionality with electric driving pleasure with an electric longboard which is perfectly integrated into the load compartment.

Sunday, May 2, 2021

BMW Today – Episode 33: Luxury Class Highlights – THE 8 Golden Thunder Edition


Welcome to BMW Today. Let’s talk about luxury sports cars. Shall we? Fascinating dynamic performance is the striking quality of the BMW 8 Series models. And now besides power, they also have a touch of extravagance in their look. The BMW 8 Series Edition Golden Thunder demonstrates once again the capacity of BMW Individual to turn special vehicles into unique automobiles for customers with the very highest expectations in terms of style and quality. The exclusive exterior and interior design features add unmistakable accentuations. These give the edition models the character of a custom-built vehicle.

A body finish in Sapphire Black metallic or Frozen Black metallic and carefully selected colour accentuations in gold underscore the athleticism of the luxury sports cars. The dark look is supplemented by BMW Individual High Gloss Shadow Line with extended features and black brake calipers for the M sports brake system. Here, a striking contrast is created by means of golden accentuation lines running from the front apron to the side skirts and on into the rear apron.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

The New EQS | All You Need to Know


Check out all the important characteristics of the new EQS: outstanding interior design, the efficient electric drive, the ecosystem and the technology.

Sunday, April 25, 2021

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!

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Monday, April 19, 2021

Luxury and Well-Being in the New S-Class


With its trim elements and the metallic mixed fabric, the interior of this new S-Class isn’t just a pleasure to look at – it also provides excellent well-being.

Friday, April 16, 2021

Is Ethanol Bad For Your Car's Engine?


Will ethanol damage your car's engine? Is E10, E15, or E85 bad for you car? Can your car handle using ethanol/gasoline blends? This video aims to demystify the effects of alcohol fuels on engine wear, looking at Ethanol, Methanol, Unleaded Gasoline, and alcohol fuel blends.

A study was conducted published in SAE which was supported by the US DOE and US Army, which looked at various fuels and their effects on engine internals, such as the cylinder liner, piston rings, cam lobes and cam followers, and valve guides. They also looked at engine oil wear metal content, as well as sludge, varnish, and deposit formation in various engine locations. The results indicate the various effects of alcohol fuels on an engine.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

The Best Use of Fully Electric Driving. BMW Electric.


BMW continuously supports customers to be using eDrive technologies in the best way. BMW electric vehicles come with features and services that sincerely enhance the efficiency of electric driving. These include the intelligent BMW eDrive regulation systems, connectivity services for XEVs, and the high voltage battery and charging technology. All of these working together form the core of Sheer Electric Driving Pleasure.

In this video you will learn how to keep the driving range as high as possible by implying simple changes such as: preconditioning, removing unnecessary accessories, or keeping the windows closed. There are two factors that primarily affect the vehicle’s range during the journey: your driving style, and certain vehicle settings. Therefore using “Eco Pro” mode, setting the recuperation level to “Adaptive” or using the route-ahead assistant, all have a positive impact on driving efficiency.

Finally, learn more about charging your electric vehicle correctly. The charging process from 0 to 80 percent is considerably faster than charging the last 20 percent. Another possibility to make charging more efficient is charging up to a programmed departure time.

Keeping these factors in mind will help you maximising the range of your BMW — and with BMW technology, services and solutions, driving electric will be easy, convenient, and enjoyable.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Sustainability Initiatives from Mercedes-Benz


Since inventing the car, we’ve been fighting the wind. We’re happy to say that, thanks to one of our many sustainability initiatives, we’ll soon be working in partnership.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Did You Know? Four Facts About BMW's History


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

Monday, April 5, 2021

The M Series: BMW M3 & BMW M4 | BMW USA


M: The most powerful letter in the world. BMW M vehicles are best seen, heard, and experienced. Unparalleled performance from the word 'Go' awaits.

Level up every drive with unmatched agility and power with the BMW M3 Sedan. Featuring a compelling front design inspired by classic BMW models, the frame less, vertical kidney grille takes center stage on your performance sedan.

In the driver's seat, the latest car technology- from sleek digital displays, fully integrated apps, and customizable transmission, engine, steering, and brake settings. The M3 Sedan was rafted to blow you away with style, class, and power. The engine roars thanks to an available 503 horsepower, generating a 0-60 time of just 3.8 seconds.

Get your heart racing with the show-stopping BMW M4 Coupe. We know looks matter – and the BMW M4 Coupe is pure style, with performance and pride built into every detail. Grab attention with a distinct front end design, stay safe with high-powered brakes, and drive with the best as the M4 unleashes intense power.

BMW M models are high-performance vehicles you can drive every day.

Thursday, April 1, 2021

When Should You Replace Your Vehicle's Battery?


On this community episode of Saturday Mechanic Ben and Russ tackle the question of when you should replace your vehicle's battery.

Monday, March 29, 2021

Friday, March 26, 2021

What Is Two Step? Rev Limiters Explained


Two-step rev limiters have two separate RPMs for which a rev limit is set, depending on certain conditions. Typically the first rev limiter is used when the car is stationary, as launch control. 

The second rev limiter is the redline (or slightly past) there to ensure you don't damage the engine by over-revving. Rev limiters work by either limiting fuel, or limiting spark. You can run a lean A/F mixture, or cut fuel entirely. Likewise, you can retard spark timing, or kill the spark entirely, but this means unburnt fuel will exit the exhaust, thus leading to pops and crackles as the unburnt fuel ignites with the outside air. 

Two step is not by design an anti-lag system, but by significantly retarding the timing, it can act very similarly, and achieve the same goal, though only for launches. Once the vehicle is moving, the system will not attempt to maintain boost during shifts, as traditional anti-lag systems would.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

The First-Ever BMW i4


The first-ever BMW i4 is designed with heritage, passion, and the future in mind. The BMW i4 combines optimized aerodynamics, a balanced weight distribution, and an all-electric drivetrain for an extraordinary performance. While at the same time, it is an ideal companion for long-distance journeys - with a range of up to 590 km*.

Get to know the first-ever BMW i4, introduced by Domagoj Dukec. Head of Design BMW.

* preliminary manufacturer estimate, not official EPA values.

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Engine Knock Sound - Explained


What is the knocking sound coming from my engine? What is engine knock? Why is my engine making a knocking noise? Engine knock, or pinging, occurs when a separate pocket of air-fuel mixture ignites after the spark has ignited the air-fuel mixture within the combustion chamber. Engine knock can be prevented using higher octane fuels, retarding ignition timing, or by using a lower compression ratio, among other solutions.

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Jaguar E-Type | 60th Anniversary


Today marks the 60th anniversary of the iconic Jaguar E-type. Celebrate with us as we reminisce about one of the world's most-loved cars, hearing from our CEO Thierry Bolloré and Design Director Julian Thomson on what makes the E-type so very special.

Thursday, March 11, 2021

The Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric | Safety


The XC40 Recharge is a genuine Volvo car, designed to protect what’s important. Its advanced body structure is designed to protect all occupants — and even the battery — in case of a collision.

Monday, March 8, 2021

New Jaguar F-PACE | Perfect Harmony with Judy Wu


Finding beauty in the function, and making the functional things thrilling. For Fashion Designer Judy Wu, that's where the magic lies. 

This is the New Jaguar F-PACE.

Friday, March 5, 2021

Safety & Assistance Systems in the New E-Class


Inside the E-Class is the next generation of safety and assistance systems with some features directly derived from higher classes – giving it one of the highest levels in active safety in this vehicle segment. Further evolved is the parking package with 360° camera as well as the URBAN GUARD vehicle protection.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

The New Porsche 911 GT3's Engine Is A Masterpiece


The new Porsche 911 GT3 engine revs to 9,000 RPM. The 4.0L boxer six-cylinder is naturally aspirated, producing 502 horsepower and 346 lb-ft of torque. The engine is packed with clever features including individual throttle bodies, two resonance valves, rigid valve train, DLC-coated rocker arms, large-bore cylinders, and a dry sump oil system with seven pickup locations, ensuring proper oil flow under track conditions. The 4.0L has seen numerous updates since its introduction in the 2011 GT3 RS 4.0, and has been used in subsequent 911 GT3 variants since.

The 2022 GT3 has also lapped the Nurburgring in just under seven minutes! Thanks to weight reduction through material selection such as carbon fiber reinforced plastic, titanium engine components, and special glass, the curb weight is kept low. Handling is improved with a new front and rear suspension, completely redesigned from the standard 911. Grip is maximized with Michelin Cup 2 R tires, and significantly increased downforce over the previous GT3.

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Digital World Premiere of the New C-Class Sedan and Wagon


The new C-Class already looks to be in motion at a standstill with its dynamic proportions, thanks to the combination of short front overhang, long wheelbase and rear overhang. 

The sporty bonnet with power domes accentuates this urge of forward motion. The windscreen and passenger cell have been moved to the rear for these classic proportions known in the industry as “cab-backward design”. 

The preceding model was already a great step forward in terms of a high-value appeal in the interior, and the new C-Class goes even further with respect to modern luxury. The interior adopts highlights from the new S-Class, adding a sporty touch.

Sunday, February 21, 2021

The Best Way To Compare Engine Efficiency - BSFC


Brake Specific Fuel Consumption (BSFC) is a great way to compare the efficiency of engines. It's often referred to in units of g/kWh, (for example: 200 g/kWh) and represents the amount of fuel flowing into the engine versus how much power the engine actually makes. BSFC is directly correlated to the efficiency of an engine. The lower the BSFC, the more efficient an engine is.

In this video we'll define brake specific fuel consumption, show how it correlates with efficiency, look at a BSFC map, compare BSFC with RPM, air-fuel ratio, and engine size, and talk about ways of optimizing BSFC. We'll also look at how you can analyze the BSFC of your car engine if you have an MPG readout. This is helpful in determining what the best gear to be in for maximum efficiency.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

More Space, Easier Loading | Space Concept in the New GLA


Thanks to its longer wheelbase, the new Mercedes-Benz GLA offers a more spacious cabin. 22 mm more headroom in the front result in improved visibility for the driver.

In the rear, passengers enjoy more legroom. Clever stowage options await as well.

The enlarged boot offers great accessibility – without encroaching taillights. Loading has gotten much easier thanks to the EASY-PACK feature, HANDS-FREE ACCESS, and a lowered boot sill.

Model, services and products available in selected markets. This film shows optional equipment depending on individual configurations and respective markets.

Monday, February 15, 2021

Jaguar Design | Beautiful Details with Amanda Hardingham | Pivi Screen


Discover the elegant details of our new curved #PiviPro​ infotainment system with Jaguar Designer Amanda Hardingham.

Friday, February 12, 2021

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Groundbreaking with Security. The BMW X5 Protection VR6.


BMW was the first manufacturer in the world to introduce factory-installed integrated protective equipment for SAVs. The new BMW X5 Protection VR6 combines outstanding performance, maximum comfort and exclusive features with innovative safety concepts for maximum protection in every situation.

Sunday, February 7, 2021

5 Car Noises to NEVER Ignore!


If you hear any one of these 5 noises coming from your car, it's time to take it to your trusted auto repair shop to get checked out! The Auto Man, Brian Bowersock, tells us what to do if we hear these car sounds.

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Comparing the E-Class (2021) to Its Predecessor – What’s New?


How was the Mercedes-Benz E-Class improved compared to its 2016 predecessor? The E-Class just received the biggest facelift ever.

Monday, January 25, 2021

The First Drive of the BMW M5 CS Sedan | BMW USA


Join BMW M CEO Markus Flasch & 2-time Daytona 24-hour winner Connor De Phillippi in an exclusive first-time drive of the M5 CS in the US at the BMW Performance Center.

As a professional racer, Connor De Phillippi knows a thing or two about high-performance racing cars. So when he says he's impressed, the world listens.

Watch this exclusive first drive and discover why Connor's impressed by the 627 horsepower, 4.4-liter BMW M Twin Power Turbo V-8 engine. As the most powerful BMW production ever, the agility, power, and sleek style of the First-Ever M5 CS is unmatched.

With alcantara leather wrapped around the steering wheel recreating the sensation of driving a race car, the M5 Competition Sport's style doesn't stop there. The M5 CS also features M Carbon front bucket seats and lightweight rear bucket seats. The First-Ever BMW M5 CS hits the streets with M-specific design options and styles you won't see anywhere else – including special headlights, gold bronze accents, and unique badging.

Feel the power for yourself behind the wheel of the 2022 BMW M5 CS.

Friday, January 22, 2021

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, January 18, 2021

The MBUX Hyperscreen is Digitalisation at Its Best


The MBUX Hyperscreen is digitalization at its best and a milestone in the merging of analogue and digital design.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Advanced Driving Experience. BMW is a part of CES 2021.


Communication on an emotional level is no dream anymore. The next big step toward future mobility is humanizing technology. Discover how the BMW iX takes a leap forward by evolving from science and engineering to art and design.

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Next Level Features | Safety and Assistance in the New GLB


Some of the safety and assistance features in the new GLB come straight from higher vehicle classes – adding some true comfort and safety to this family-friendly SUV.