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2019 Audi A8L quattro Review & Test Drive

Published on August 20, 2019, by in Automobile.

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The A8, Audi’s largest sedan, has always been somewhat of an underdog in the scheme of full-sized luxury sedans. However, the A8 is a well-known vehicle that is always deserving of a look for those who are not set in their ways with other large luxury sedans. The latest A8 redesign for the 2019 model year latches onto today’s tech to introduce a commendable competitor in a segment that is slowly giving way to large SUVs.

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The new 2019 Audi A8 in its A8L long-wheelbase form, currently the only variation available, is quite the comfy cruiser. The new A8 takes on a new approach that many vehicles are following where the engine is smaller but often assisted by either forced induction or a hybrid system. In the case of the new 2019 A8, the large luxury sedan gets help by way of a turbocharged V6 engine and a mild-hybrid system that is good for 335 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque, which is the only powertrain option at the current time. The engine, combined with a mild-hybrid system, gets mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Audi is said to have a V8 option later.

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Performance for the new Audi A8L is decent but there is somewhat of a confusion with classifying the A8 as a hybrid as it’s “mild” hybrid system is a 48-volt setup that is mostly utilized for quick restarts of the engine using the start/stop feature and powering accessories for a short period of time when the vehicle is coasting. As far as being an aid to add additional power, the mild-hybrid system doesn’t add much to the equation but is instead utilized more for powering ancillary items where the engine isn’t bogged down by the alternator taking up such a task. In all, there are times where the A8L can coast to a stop and shut down the engine for a short period of time. I’m not so certain such a task will save much on fuel as the so-called mild-hybrid system doesn’t seem to power accessories much longer than any other conventional gas-powered vehicle still allowing the air conditioner to get stale. Audi could have done much better here to at least run the air conditioner compressor off of the 48-volt system for longer engine-stop times at a traffic light or in a parking lot at idle. Fuel consumption is an EPA-estimated 19 mpg city, 27 mpg highway, and 22 mpg combined.

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Overall acceleration of the new Audi A8L is good for a big vehicle but don’t expect to win any races from a stoplight against its competition as a 60 mph from a stop takes about 5.6 seconds. Other aspects of the performance in the new A8L are somewhat disappointing as the vehicle tends to loft around much more than I would like exhibiting a big of a floating sensation, even in its Dynamic mode which claims to firm up the dampers and lower the vehicle slightly via the air suspension system. In most cases, the A8L is too soft and that softness doesn’t translate well to keep the A8L balanced at times. The quattro all-wheel-drive system does its job behind the scenes with no drama to be found potentially keeping the lofting body in check when you pull out in traffic from a turn or are caught in inclimate weather. While the ride quality is excellent, the extra softness takes away from having much confidence in driving spiritedly.

The technology used in the Audi A8L appears to try a bit too hard to pull off something amazing but falls short in its overall user-friendless. The two large touch screens adorned with a glossy fingerprint-collecting coating are bright with a clear high resolution. The use of the tactile feedback of pressing the screens is intuitive along with each vent’s air flow control but that’s where the good parts stop. The system tries a bit too hard to offer several functions but navigating the menu sets are initially confusing where there is somewhat of an overlap of menu sets departing from a consistent use learning curve. Don’t get me wrong, the new A8L serves up a plethora of tech features, such as wireless Apple CarPlay, full-color heads up display, an awesome virtual cockpit gauge cluster on a 12.3-inch screen, and even a full array of on-screen climate controls and seat massage functions. The rear seating, thanks to the optional Executive seating package, has a removable tablet-like device for controlling the seats, climate, and entertainment features for rear seat occupants. In all, if you owned a new Audi A8L with all the goodies you will get used to the system’s idiosyncrasies and overall experience may become enjoyable. Still, reaching that point will take a while, at least a few weeks in my opinion.

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The interior has exceptional fit and finish with plenty of luxury appointments throughout, including an abundance of customizable ambient lighting. The cabin is quite the inviting space and the seating areas are very comfortable without requiring many adjustments to find a good seating position. The long wheelbase of the A8L only improves upon the interior accommodations with extra legroom out back.

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The exterior of the new Audi A8 has remained to keep its classic style but takes use of some high-tech features, as expected, to raise the bar using OLED rear lighting that performs and dancing routine when you unlock the vehicle. The front HD Matrix LED headlights are exceptionally bright and light the areas needed as you drive through bends. The turn signals take use of the fancy LED lighting tech for a directional signaling out back and up front. The 20-inch wheels combined with the chiseled aluminum panel lines throughout the A8L draws your eyes for a stately presence that the A8L makes sitting still or cruising down the road.

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Much about the new Audi A8L is an extension of the classic mold that the A8 has always defined. With high expectations abound in such a vehicle, the A8L doesn’t fully execute for those who are critical. However, through the use of a lot of tech and classic design, the A8L draws the proper attention but not on the scale of its competition. In a nutshell, the A8 is something different and often different is just enough to turn heads and garner a new buyer that doesn’t know any different. To conclude, the new Audi A8 has a respectable price point that may undercut some of its competition landing at $101,095 for my nicely-equipped new A8L test vehicle.

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2020 Kia Optima

Published on August 14, 2019, by in Automobile.

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I know, these two pictures do not give away much. One is a heavily camouflaged prototype. the other a close up of the headlight assembly.
Still, there isn’t that much out there on the next generation Optima. So this is something.
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After seeing what Hyundai has done with the rather stunning new 2020 Sonata, expectations for the new Optima are pretty high.


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7 Tips for Taking Care of Your Car’s Engine

Published on August 12, 2019, by in Automobile.

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The engine of each car is basically its “heart”, for this reason to perform with a good daily maintenance will extend its life time, for this reason, you as a mechanic should advise the public well in this regard.

That said, here are some items on the care you should advise your customers to take care of their car, and thus help them extend the useful life of it by offering an added value to your services.

1. Changing cables and spark plugs

The first thing you should suggest to them is changing spark plugs and wires. As you know, the electricity that passes through the wires goes from the distributor to the spark plug to generate the spark that ignites the mixture of air and gasoline in the combustion chamber. But the condition of the cables, whether due to wear or age, can affect this process and prevent the engine from starting or costing it to combust.

To prevent this from happening, it is best to change the cables and spark plugs to allow the above process to be carried out normally says the owner of transmission repair St Louis MO

2. Change of fuel filter

Another tip for your customer is the replacement of the fuel filter, since over time it accumulates particles or even impurities that affect the operation of the engine. The use of a new filter allows the fuel to flow cleanly and the engine can burn it more easily.

3. Paying attention to dashboard lights

It goes without saying that dashboard lights signal the status of each vehicle system, so it’s very important to pay attention to those that are on, whether it’s the check engine light, battery light, oil pressure or engine temperature. If any of them is on, it is best to perform a service to identify the cause of the problem.

4. Maintain the fuel tank with an advisable level of gasoline.

In order to avoid that the sediments of the old gasoline, that are seated in the bottom of the tank, can cause some internal damage in the engine the most advisable thing is to load gasoline before the level is below the quarter of tank. In this way the residues will not reach the engine.

5. Keeping the engine leak-free

It is very important for the vehicle user to check if the car has any oil or coolant leaks, as this situation can cause the engine hoses to fail due to the intense heat and pressure they receive.

If this happens, you should check the condition of the hoses, which do not have grooves or are deteriorated by use, because the leaks of some of these liquids can cause them to be below the proper level and thus generate wear to the engine and consequently damage.

6. Keeping the motor ventilated and cooled

For a correct functioning, the most advisable thing is to maintain an adequate ventilation for a good combustion process. The air filter is in charge of keeping the engine properly ventilated, avoiding the accumulation of impurities and dirt. For this reason it is very important to change it regularly to keep it clean. On the other hand, in order to prevent the engine from overheating, a good coolant must be available to keep the temperatures at adequate levels.

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7. Changing the oil regularly

Finally, and perhaps one of the most important aspects for the care of the engine, is the change of oil frequently, which allows a good lubrication of its components. Having clean, fresh oil will also prevent the engine from overheating and wear. The regular periods to change this vital element can vary according to the type of engine (synthetic or mineral). In general, every 5 thousand or 8 thousand kilometers, according to the specification of each vehicle, it is necessary to make the change.

With these tips not only help your customers extend the durability of the engine, but also generate confidence when sending their car to repair with you.

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