Audi Q3 Compact Luxury SUV Faces Hulk Competition in the UK

Audi A3

Audi has exploded the compact luxury crossover market with the Q3 SUV even in the high class competition across the markets

At the time, Audi Q3 and BMW X1 were the only crossovers in the market, but then the world has seen the bombardment of crossovers in the market from almost all the leading automakers e.g. Mercedes Infiniti, Volvo, Volkswagen, Jaguar, Cadillac, and even several Japanese automakers Lexus and Subaru as well. With the introduction of crossovers from almost all automakers, the market has been diluted with the hundreds of models and trims in the crossover segment and the situation turned into exclusively bad for the automaker.

How Audi Would Beat the Competition?

Audi has planned to beat the competition with its redesigned models in the UK and the USA markets. They have started implementing the plans by redesigning the Q3 with an emphasis on the practicality and growth of updated styling. They have offered the utmost customization and personalization on their crossover trims. It just didn’t stop here, taking advantage of the innovative technologies, Audi has introduced the tour de force technological advancement in the cabin and pushed their brand identity a lot. Due to its publicity and practicality, Audi Q3 reconditioned engines are still famous and available in markets.

Q3 Interior

New Compact and Customizable Q3

The first generation of the Audi Q3 was a bit boring model and it has given a greater chance to other brands to come into the competition and give a tough time to the automaker. Now it has been introduced with a great personality and with more angular shapes, and themes on its exterior and interior. The massive change, Audi has introduced is the new colour scheme on the Q3 models, sharper hexagonal grille which grabs attention a lot.

In the North American markets, Audi Q3 is the smallest crossover and still makes an achievable difference to the usable space. The passenger space has grown up a lot and practicality at its peak. It has sufficient headroom and legroom for a human body frame of 5’11”.

Up-to-Date Technology

The biggest generational change is in the updated technology and it is being offered on the new Audi Q3 where a world class digital gauge cluster has been displayed on the 12.3 inch display and a virtual cockpit when an upgrade option is offered. It offers satellite navigation, audio, communication and vehicle information which can be showed in two altered layouts and controlled from the steering wheel. All this system was one of the best in class setup and covered with a leather cover on the steering wheel. All the controls have been placed on the 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock on the steering so there is no need to take your hands off the steering wheel.

Throughout the cabin, high class materials have been used and exclusively excellent switchgear has been used as well. A funky little sculptural door handles and one thing that is according to the reviewers, seems odd is volume knob and driver has the same controls on the steering wheel. Same has been offered on the back seats for passengers and the main screen has been angled towards the driver which shows that who is actually person in charge of selecting the options and even the radio stations.

Good Foundation with Upgraded Engine Trims

When the updated Q3 was introduced in Europe, it was introduced with a massive range of engines and in the North American markets, Audi skipped the new engines and powertrains. This time, Audi has decided to introduce the same in the US markets as well.

The latest generation of 2.0-litre TFSi engine would be introduced in all US markets where the 2.0-litre tfsi 184hp model and a 228hp model would be available. The 184hp is paired with 236lb-ft of torque, it should be sufficient power for a crossover. Next version would be a high pro 2.0t engine capable of generating 258lb-ft of torque and takes only 6.3 seconds to reach the 62 miles per hour sprint. This version speeds effortlessly as it has plenty of torque and through the heart of the power band where the vehicle spends it’s a lot of time in the good power band. The only transmission on offer is the eight speed Quattro all-wheel drive and it will no longer be standard at all. Now the euro spec seven speed transmission would be offered as standard transmission.

Audi is using the VW Group’s MQB Platform and it is a quiet leap forward thing for a new Q3 model. Unlike the European markets, Americans do not have any option to select adaptive dampers and can adjust to the road conditions.

Electric cars vs. diesel cars: pros and cons

Electric cars vs diesel

So, you’ve finally made the decision to buy a new car, but with so many makes and models out there, it can be a tough decision to make. A lot of hype has been created around electric cars, especially after the government of UK announced the ban of petrol and diesel cars after the year 2040.

First things first, identify the type of driving you’ll expect from your new car. Are you buying a car to travel to work, drive around town, on the highway or maybe a combination of them all? Make sure to keep all these factors in mind before choosing the type of engine in your new car.

Whether you want to stick to the traditional options of petrol and diesel or choose an electric car, it’s all going to impact your driving experience, your wallet, and the environment. Let’s discuss the pros and cons of both diesel vs. electric cars so that you can make an informed decision before spending your hard-earned money.


Electric cars

An electric car is powered by rechargeable batteries that are installed inside the car. An electric car looks the almost the same like other vehicles, except that it doesn’t have an exhaust system. They work entirely through electricity. The sales of electric cars are rising by each passing year, but about 0.2% of cars worldwide are currently electric. Some of the popular electric cars include the Tesla Model S, Renault Zoe, and the Nissan Leaf. Keep reading to learn more about the pros and cons of buying an electric car.

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Ford Spark Plug Settlement

Ford Spark Plug Settlement

If you are a current or former owner or lessee of one or more of the following vehicles containing a 5.4 liter 3-valve engine (including flex fuel vehicles), you may be a member of a Settlement Class and entitled to reimbursement of Spark Plug Replacement related expenses:

2004-2008 Ford F-150 trucks
2005-2008 Ford Expeditions
2005-2008 Lincoln Navigators
2006-2008 Lincoln Mark LTs
2005-2008 Ford Super Duty trucks (F-250 and F-350)

 

This website provides you with important information with respect to the Settlement Agreement and benefits for which you may be eligible.



FORD MOTOR CO. SPARK PLUG AND THREE VALVE ENGINE PRODUCTS LIABILITY LITIGATION

The current status of this matter is as follows: The parties have reached a nationwide settlement which was granted final approval by the Court on January 26, 2016. Class members can now submit claim forms requesting partial reimbursement of costs incurred in connection with spark plug replacements that cost more than $300 to replace all 8 spark plugs, or more than $37.50 for each plug replaced.

Claim Form deadline for Spark Plug Replacements performed before receipt of Notice: 8/25/2016
Claim Form deadline for Spark Plug Replacements performed after receipt of Notice: 2/27/2017

Important Dates to Remember

Date

Event

June 18, 2015

Date on which preliminary approval of Settlement was granted.

December 22, 2015

  • In vehicles with more than 120,000 miles, date by which spark plugs must be replaced by an authorized Ford Dealer to be eligible for reimbursement.

  • Date by which letters sent to the Claims Administrator requesting exclusion from the Settlement must be postmarked.

  • Date by which objections to the Settlement must be filed with the Court and copies sent to the Parties’ Counsel must be postmarked.

  • Date by which Notices of Intent to Appear at hearing must be filed with the Court and copies sent to the Parties’ Counsel must be postmarked.

January 25, 2016, at 1:30 p.m.

Fairness Hearing to be held at the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Thomas D. Lambros Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, Courtroom 351, 125 Market Street, Youngstown, Ohio 44503.

August 25, 2016

Deadline for submitting claims for Spark Plug Replacements performed before October 23, 2015

February 27, 2017

Deadline for submitting claims for Spark Plug Replacements performed on or after October 23, 2015

 

Ford spark plug settlement Case Documents

Final Order and Judgment Granting Approval of Class Action Settlement.

Long Form Notice

Preliminary Approval Order

Settlement Agreement

How do I file a claim? If you are a Class Member and you have a receipt or documentation for your Spark Plug Replacement, you should complete the Standard Claim Form online or mail it to the address on the Claim Form.

If your Vehicle has more than 120,000 miles and you have not replaced the plugs because a Ford dealership representative told you to wait to do so, you must replace the plugs no later than December 22, 2015 to be eligible for reimbursement.

For Spark Plug Replacements performed before October 23, 2015, claims must be submitted online or postmarked no later than August 25, 2016.

For Spark Plug Replacements performed on or after October 23, 2015, claims must be submitted online or postmarked no later than February 27, 2017. Spark Plug Replacements performed on or after October 23, 2015 must be done at an authorized Ford dealership to be eligible for reimbursement.

 Claim Form

What You Don’t Know About Helmets Could Kill You

Bikers are a pretty safe group once they have experience. It seems that the biggest problem is the way other drivers on the road behave, and being on a motorcycle puts you at a disadvantage when it comes to protection. Passenger vehicles obviously have a protective cage to safeguard occupants, while bikers are totally exposed to the elements. Even though laws regarding helmet use vary state to state, it just makes sense to wear one regardless of where you are. However, helmets aren’t created equally, and choosing the wrong one could be a deadly mistake.
You Should Know the Statistics Before You Get on Motorcycle
Bikes are great. They provide the freedom to travel, are economical, and are easier on the environment than passenger vehicles. Let’s be realistic, though. Bikers face serious risks, and if you start to become complacent and forget this, you’re putting yourself in danger. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gathered some statistics you need to be familiar with before you get on a bike.

  • Every year, 55,000 motorcyclists are hurt in accidents.
  • More than 2,200 bikers die in collisions annually.
  • If you’re in a collision, there’s more than an 80% chance you’ll be hurt or killed.
  • Compared to a person in a passenger vehicle, the risk of death is 16-times greater.
  • You can reduce your risk of death by almost 30% if you wear a helmet.

The Design of the Helmet Matters
There are agencies like IIHS that verify the safety of all sorts of things, from vehicles to child booster seats, but there isn’t one that publishes the safety data of helmets. Guidelines for helmets are created by the Department of Transportation, and they do verify helmets meet them, but they don’t publish the data in any type of consumer-friendly way. Helmets that meet their guidelines are marked with a sticker, but it’s important to be aware that similar decals are sold individually, and it’s easy to make a helmet appear as if it meets DOT standards when it doesn’t. Some manufacturers go the extra mile to get certified by American National Standards Institute (ANSI) or Snell. Because their guidelines exceed the DOT’s minimum requirements, the NHTSA believes helmets that meet their approval are good choices.
A Tucson collision repair shop provides us with 5 tips for choosing a safe helmet:

  1. Skip novelty designs. German army and skullcap designs will not provide adequate protection in a collision. A full-face model is best.
  2. Avoid helmets that have embellishments. Anything that extends more than two-tenths of an inch from the helmet poses a risk. This includes visors and decorative items like spikes, which seem to be trendy right now.
  3. Choose a helmet that has a chinstrap and sturdy rivets. This is one of the requirements from the DOT. If a helmet does not have them, it does not meet the minimum safety requirements.
  4. Select a heavy helmet. Some companies will skimp on protective padding and use materials like Styrofoam. This doesn’t cut it in a collision. Materials that provide optimal shock absorption are heavy, and a helmet that uses them will weigh at least one pound.
  5. Opt for a thick, hard helmet. The material of choice in a safe helmet is often polystyrene foam, and it should be at least one inch thick. It’s also firm, so avoid helmets that feel padded or have give on the inside.

Wearing a Helmet is Essential, but Accident Prevention is Better
You may be a safe rider, but you’re only as safe as the other drivers on the road. Unfortunately, people don’t instinctively look for bikers, so it’s up to you to compensate for their lack of concern. In addition to choosing a safe helmet, you should consider additional protective gear like gloves, over-the-ankle boots, and abrasion-resistant attire. Bright colors and reflective clothing can also help, as it catches the attention of drivers, so they become aware of your position. Experts also recommend that motorcyclists travel in groups whenever possible, simply because it increases visibility.
When you purchase your new helmet, keep these things in mind. It may be helpful to research different brands and models online before you select one. This way, you can be sure you’re choosing one that’s undergone safety tests and is certified. It’s also worth noting that if you live in a state with strict helmet requirements, you must wear a DOT-compliant helmet to be compliant with the laws.
Jamie Hanninen is the marketing manager for Phoenix auto body

Land Rover Tips I wish I knew 7 years ago

I have owned a Land Rover for about seven years, and have picked up a few tips in my time. Here are some of the ones I wish I had known when I first bought the car, as they would have saved me a lot of time, trouble and money.

Halogen Bulb Tip

At some point, you may need to replace your halogen headlights. Firstly, you should make sure to purchase them from a reputable Land Rover Parts supply store; to be sure that you do not have another burn out in six months. Don’t touch the glass when you handle them. Use clean gloves or a clean rag. The oils on your skin will stick to the bulbs glass and cause hot spots that will make your new bulb burn out a lot quicker than it should.

Changing a wheel

For some reason, you will find that your wheels may become difficult to remove. Apparently, there are salts and chemical reactions that cause a corrosive bond to form between the cars alloy wheel and the hub. Give it a good blast with some electrical contact cleaner and maybe some spray-able lubricant.

Hydraulics

Try to use a reputable and reliable brand of brake fluid inside your brake system and clutch system to help stop seal failures. If your local mechanic starts claiming that the DOT 3-4 rating concerns your hydraulics system then kindly inform them otherwise and ask for the brake fluid of your choice. Bring it along with you, if you do not feel that you can trust them.

Hoses and Pipes

Examine them during autumn and winter so as to see how the summer has affected them. If you have had a particularly hot summer, then the hoses may have begun to wear prematurely. When they are hot, they are less able to dissipate the heat efficiently. In winter, this is not such a big problem because the cold surrounding air takes the heat away, but a hot summer does not provide this needed relief, which means that extra wear and tear is inevitable in summer. If you start to see any wear then have a new hose kit installed on your car as soon as possible; before any problems start.

Alignment or Steering

You may have a problem with one (or both) if your car does not track in a straight line, or steers off in a different direction when your front wheel make contact with the ground (after being in the air). Go and have your alignment checked first, because it is easier to spot and easier to fix. If that was the problem, then thank your lucky stars. If not, then you will have to enquire into getting your steering checked. A Land Rover expert will be able to pin point the problem and fix it. A less competent mechanic is going to have to pull your car apart before finding the misaligned part, so he/she can fix it. There are a great many parts that are involved in steering a Land Rover. A land rover expert will be able to identify and fix a problem with steering in no time. A regular trade’s person will be at a loss.

About author: Alisia Jones is a freelance writer and a car enthusiast. Here she is sharing some valuable information with her readers on Land rover parts and accessories.