Posted in Car Manufacturing Process

UK Car Industry Has Received Well-Timed Backing

In recent weeks the UK car industry has received a number of financial packages which are aimed at trying to support the sector in the coming years. Private and public sector money could amount to 2.6 billion over five years which will safeguard jobs and also create new roles in the car industry.

The government has already implemented projects to try and support car manufacturing in the UK, with the 400 million vehicle scrappage scheme helping out.  Car owners were able to trade in their old car for a new model and get 2,000 knocked off the asking price for a limited time.

The scheme was a huge success and got a mention in yesterday’s Budget as one of the most positive projects the government has implemented. Chancellor Alistair Darling also mentioned the government’s involvement in persuading Nissan to develop its first electric car at its Sunderland site.

There was some concern that once the scrappage scheme ended the industry would suffer a slump, but the new plans could negate that.

Nissan is again helping out and the Guardian reported that the Japanese car manufacturer is spending 420 million on building new zero-emission electric vehicles at its north-east plant.

Around 50,000 Nissan Leafs will have rolled off the production line each year by 2013 and it is set to be the first affordable, mass-produced electric car in the world. The government is backing the project by investing more than 20 million in the scheme and it is also getting 197.3 million in funding from the European Investment Bank.

American car giant Ford is also bolstering the UK car industry with a 1.5 billion investment into developing research at its Essex facility.

The government will then make 380 million available to Ford in the form of loans from its Automotive Assistance programme.

Another automotive company which has benefited from government support is Vauxhall, with a 270 million loan.

It is encouraging to see so many foreign manufacturers investing in the UK and hopefully that will bolster the car manufacturing industry.… Read more ...

Posted in Best Designed Cars

New Models Boost British Car Industry

From Bentley to Mini and electric cars to supercars, 2010 is proving a bumper year for new model launches in the British car industry.

After the credit crunch inflicted temporary closures and cutbacks to the major UK car plants, a range of ground-breaking new models are breathing fresh life back into the sector.

In an exciting series of launches, all-new metal from iconic British brands like Rolls Royce, Bentley, Land Rover, Mini, Aston Martin and Jaguar – and many more manufacturers besides – are set to roll off UK production lines.

In part one we looked at new car developments at the prestigious marques Bentley and Rolls Royce.

In this second of a series of articles, we take a look at the exciting new cars being developed by three very different but similarly iconic British car brands – Jaguar, Land Rover and Mini.

Mini

Recent announcements from Britain’s famous small-car brand, Mini, have shown the company to be working overtime on a startling array of new models.

Having already revealed a large-scale, five-seat SUV to be called the Countryman, rumours are that plans also include an even larger 7-seat ‘Countryman Plus’ and a three-seat coupe version called the ‘Canyon’.

Far removed from their name, the company is clearly thinking big about the future of the brand!

But as these larger new models will be built by the company’s Magna Steyr production partner in Austria, of more interest to watchers of the British industry will be two further new Mini models that have been confirmed for production in the UK.

Staying more true to the original car’s micro ideals will be a sporty two-door Coupe and a topless Roadster model, both of which were revealed in concept form at last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show.

Already having won praise for the handling and sense of fun of its hatchback model, these two new Mini models are expected to take these brand values to new levels, with sharper driving dynamics and featuring the company’s most powerful engines.

The new sporting pair have received the green light for production at the company’s Cowley plant in Oxfordshire, where the Mini hatchback, convertible and Clubman models are already built. Although neither are expected to hit the roads until 2011.

Land Rover

Further north at Midlands-based 4×4 specialist Land Rover, preparations are well advanced to unveil a new baby model in the company’s range.

To be called the Evoque, the company promises that the styling of their all-new compact Range Rover will remain true to the striking LRX concept and claim it will offer buyers “a desirable, premium and coupe like SUV”.

Evidently having noticed the sales success of ‘soft roaders’ like the Nissan Qashqai and Kia Sportage, most of which are sold in 2WD guise, this new baby Range Rover will also be the company’s first ever model to offer customers the option of having a two wheel drive only powertrain.

Quite a mould-breaking way to celebrate this year’s 40th anniversary of the first appearance of the Range Rover brand!

The production version of the Evoque is in the final stage of preparation and expected to be revealed at the Paris motor show in September, ahead of first deliveries to customers in 2011.

Jaguar

Not to be left out of the fun of having a new model to parade, Jaguar recently launched its all-new flagship XJ.

Hoping to win another round of plaudits following the praise heaped on the company’s recent XF model, the new XJ executive limo similarly reinvents the company’s design heritage with a sleek, head-turning new shape.

The company has promised … Read more ...

Posted in Car Fueling Systems

3 Ways To Save On Gas! Reduce Your Monthly Gas Bill Immediately

If you’re looking to save on gas and reduce your monthly gas bill, this article is going to show you exactly how to do it. Most people don’t take these steps because they see them as intimidating or complicated. The good news is that anybody can put these three steps to use in a matter of minutes and save 20% – 30% on gas costs each month.

 Here are the three most effective things that you can do to save on gas:

Save on Gas Tip #1: Properly Inflate Your Car’s Tires

The difference between several miles-per-gallon of performance can often be attributed to under or over inflated tires. Give your tires the right amount of air or take it to your local shop and ask them to do it for you.

Save On Gas Tip #2: Drive at Optimal Speeds

Depending on the car, driving over 15 miles per hour and under 60 miles per hour puts your car in it’s maximum fuel efficient state of movement. Don’t break any laws or drive dangerously, but going too slow or too fast will affect your mileage.

In addition, don’t ‘blast off’ when a light turns green, only to stop again at the next red light. Accelerate slowly and you’ll see a big improvement.

Save On Gas Tip #3: Use a Fuel Additive

By using a fuel additive like the ones produced by Fuel Infusion, you’ll not only save dramatically on your fuel expenses but you’ll help the environment. They produce a tablet that’s put into your gas tank every time you fill up. You’ll not only experience better mileage but you’ll improve your engine’s shelf life.… Read more ...

Posted in Car Development Process

How The No-Fault Principle Automobile Insurance Works

No-fault principle car insurance coverage refers to insurance contracts under which the insured is indemnified for loss by his or her corporation with no establishing who was at fault initial. The primary aim of this insurance coverage will be to reduce the cost of premiums by eliminating the litigation approach more than the lead to from the accident. By introducing an aspect of simplicity motorists may be assured of receiving rapid payments for injuries.

As you’ll recognize, this kind of insurance doesn’t guarantee the involved parties, absolute justice as will be the case if they were defendants and plaintiffs within a common law practice. It offers average justice for everybody in motor vehicle accidents. The speedy justice is advantageous in particular should you look at the economical angle.

Even so, it need to be noted that the no fault principle will not prevent the victims of automobile accidents from in search of legal action in a bid to recover additional amounts from the defendant. The capability to sue is typically influenced by the province too as other situations. In order for such actions to be fruitful there are specific situations regarding the case which have to be fulfilled. Among other conditions, death, disfigurement and monetary thresholds will be the principal considerations. In some provinces, you could only sue for financial loss and not discomfort or suffering.

Even though, it helps eliminate delays, when this principle was introduced in some parts of Canada such as Saskatchewan, it was not mainly because of delays however the low percentage of vehicle owners who carried liability insurance coverage covers at the time.

Just before you go for this kind of insurance cover, you will discover particular points you’ll want to have in mind. Initial, you ought to realize that the term no-fault will not mean which you will never ever be at fault when an accident occurs. Insurance companies need to obtain somebody at-fault completely or partly whenever an accident occurs.

A different issue you should realize is that when you find yourself found at-fault immediately after the accident has occurred, it really is added for your insurance record. The direct effect is enhanced policy costs as that you are now considered a larger threat.

One particular great factor about no-fault principle car insurance coverage is that the guidelines are typical in regards to assigning within a province hence all insurers must abide by the set requirements. The criteria on the other hand differ with different provinces. As an illustration a driver who rear-ends a further automobile on an icy road in Ontario is at fault considering the fact that Ontario fault determination guidelines need drivers to take road circumstances into consideration.

Lastly, the percentage of fault is employed to decide the level of deductible which you need to pay. It is also essential to note that though not all provinces have no-fault principle vehicle insurance coverage, all provinces possess a degree of no-fault accident benefits coverage. This suggests compensation for the driver, passengers and pedestrians injured or killed within the accident. Such compensation covers rehabilitation and health-related expenditures, loss of earnings because of disability, funeral expenditures and death. With this data in mind, you might not longer be confused by the principle behind this sort of insurance.… Read more ...

Posted in Car Engine Assembly

Finding Automotive Wiring Diagrams

Finding Automotive Wiring Diagrams

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As an owner of a car, I find myself becoming educated on the subject of automotive wiring. Since I am just about the last person who should be playing with anything that has electrical current running through it, I was hesitant to attempt to tackle the issue of automotive wiring.

However my vehicle decided otherwise when it started to randomly select electrical systems that it wanted to me tamper with. When the electric seat belts started to slide back and forth without reason as I drove down the highway, I decided I better figure out how to tamper with the electric systems, considering the exuberant rate of automotive repair.

I found myself with a decision to either, break down and spend $100 an hour for a so-called expert to look at it and try to repair it, or I could learn how the electrical system of my car worked. Considering my level of ignorance I probably was going to try to conquer the impossible. After all the only thing I knew about electrical systems is that AC/DC was a rock band and that dummies and wiring usually did not get along.

However despite my reluctance, I set out to learn what I could about automotive wiring. I quickly learned that there is a huge supply of information available on the subject of automotive wiring. A quick search on Google provided me with an array of information. There are many different levels of sites offering information.

Some sites provided a basic overview of the average electrical system of most cars. A company named Long Island Customs offered some great basic information. They stated that their information was simply for a basic understanding and not for a detailed explanation of particular models. However they actually provide some thorough information on basic systems such as AC and lighting. They also provide some great trouble shooting information.

Another site for general information on electrical systems is . This educational website offered general programs on electrical systems in their integrated publishing section.

 considers itself the leading source of professional diagnostic information. They offer full diagnostic flow charts of automotive electrical systems. Their charts offer both system and component perspectives.

I found a great site for individual systems that covered all American made cars from 1985 to 2009.

 breaks it down by system, such as headlights, computer data lines and AC systems. Their individualized charts start at $5.99. They also offer information on 1960-1984 models starting at $6.99. They print the information into an Adobe PDF document and offer rushed service guaranteed to provide you with the diagrams for your particular car in less than 24 hours.

 offers a basic explanation of electrical information in an MS Word document; however they do not supply charts or schematics.

Two other sites that I found to offer great information were  and .  provides complete color diagnostics for most makes and models. What I found interesting(?) is freeauto will provide you these color automotive electrical charts and all the other information on their informative website for $11.99. They also assist you with basic electrical theory, electrical harnesses and test equipment.

 offers a CD-ROM that contains wiring systems for every car from 1979 to 2009, for only $17.98. They also offer CD-ROMs and instant downloads for specific models of cars. They only charge $14.98 for this information.

I also decided to look around to see if I could find manufacturers’ manuals that offer automotive electrical diagrams for particular makes and models. What I found was that Haynes Auto Repair Manuals offer a repair manual for just about every … Read more ...