Designed by Austrian architect Karl Schwanzer, the BMW headquarters building in Munich, Germany, suggests the shape of four vertical cylinders in a car engine, while the neighboring museum structure represents a cylinder head. For almost 50 years this skeuomorphic high-rise has stood as an architectural landmark in the Bavarian capital, paying homage to the petrol-fueled engineering that drove the company’s success and made it one of the premier luxury and high-performance automakers in the world. At this legendary location, new BMW buyers receive the royal treatment, complete with airport pickup, a four-course meal prepared by celebrated chef Bobby Brauer, a tour of the BMW museum and assembly line, an interactive experience of the futuristic technology in the pipeline, and a full tank of gas when they drive away in their freshly minted BMW.
In case you hadn’t noticed, gone are the days of the corner gas station with one skilled mechanic who “does it all.” The fast pace of technological change in the auto industry, especially in areas of innovation such as fabrication materials, safety, and computer diagnostics has rendered such quaint throwbacks obsolete. Today, the best “mechanics” are really now service technicians with expertise in electronics, plastics, metallurgy, structural engineering, cost estimating, refinishing, and insurance and other related skills.
Since different car manufacturers nowadays use different technologies and material mixes in the vehicles they produce, these service technicians obviously must face the challenge of becoming knowledgeable in working with those technologies and the recommended repair procedures specific to each make and model.
Can you imagine a greater contrast than that between vehicles from Ford Motors and those from Tesla, Inc.? With the dates of their respective foundings (1903 and 2003) separated by exactly 100 years, the two companies together in many respects encapsulate the full gamut of vehicle design and engineering evolution since the beginning of the automobile industry to the present day.
What if? Two simple words. But when combined, the possibilities are endless. This thought is at the core of every BMW innovation. And it’s led our engineers to develop everything from industry leading mobility solutions to impressive technology and a state-of-the-art driving experience.
Ever since they first started producing automobiles in 1928, Bayerische Motoren Werke (“Bavarian Motor Works,” or BMW) has been known for the excellence of the German engineering they build into all their cars. BMW owners are familiar with the singular sensation of driving a BMW: behind the wheel, they sense this luxury brand just feels different. Anyone who drives a BMW simply knows without a doubt they are driving a BMW. The experience can best be summed up in the BMW slogan: The Ultimate Driving Machine.
But what happens if your vehicle is involved in a vehicular mishap and gets damaged? Sure, car accidents happen. But a collision shouldn’t permanently deprive you of the joy of driving your BMW. That’s why it’s important to choose the right repair shop! When it comes to restoring your vehicle to its original specifications, BMW’s network of Certified Collision Repair Centers knows no equal.
You know what to expect when driving a BWM. If you live in Long Island and choose Keri Coach Works to repair your vehicle, here is what you can expect.
From the symmetry of their Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system to the layout of the unique horizontal Boxer engine to the abundance of advanced safety systems, every Subaru vehicle is designed from the ground up to deliver the best driving experience possible. The infographic below will give you just a taste of the advanced features you will find in Subaru vehicles.
You may or may not know that Japanese car maker Honda also owns the Acura brand. That being the case, it should come as no surprise that, superficially at least, the Honda and Acura lineups bear some striking similarities. Indeed, some people say they are indistinguishable. Though Acura cars incorporate some of the same parts used in equivalent Honda models, and are manufactured to Honda levels of quality, the main difference is that Hondas are built for functionality whereas Acuras are built for luxurious comfort. Thus, Acura offers features not automatically available in Honda cars, such as more built-in entertainment options and power seats that can be heated or cooled.
Most automobile afficionados know that Hyundai and Kia are both South Korean car companies. They may also know that Hyundai is a part-owner of Kia, as a result of the latter’s 2007 bankruptcy. It should come as no surprise, then, that comparable models of each car maker share similar if not identical basic body structures. And while Kia does still operate independently and has a separate design workshop, marketing, and branding, both companies offer the same 10-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty.
Some car owners are loyal to the Nissan brand. Others swear by Infiniti. Yet, at first glance, the Nissan and Infiniti model lineups look very much alike. Aside from the fact that Infiniti vehicles cost somewhat more than equivalent Nissans, what’s the difference?
When it comes to vehicle quality, INFINITI is a brand that’s recognized around the world as the epitome of luxury. Combining advanced mechanics with high-end amenities, INFINITI models embody the zenith of style, safety, comfort, and drivability.
Luxury—that is why you chose INFINITI, isn’t it? When it comes specifically to technology, the brand is a leader in many aspects that make it appealing to drivers and passengers alike. And you’d be hard-pressed to pick out which of its advanced luxury features is your favorite:
- The car’s Intelligent Key technology, which automatically unlocks the vehicle when it detects the key is nearby?
- The Forward Emergency Braking system, prevents fender-benders by calculating the distance between the car and the vehicle in front of it?
- The Around View Monitor technology, which irtually eliminates all blind spots for the driver?
- Direct Adaptive Steering, a feature that allows the driver to choose one of three steering modes best suited for the situation?
- Intelligent Cruise Control
- InTouch Services, which can help vehicle owners remember appointments or automatically call for help in the event of an accident?
But…but…what if the unthinkable happens? What if, in spite of all those advanced safety and driver-assist features like the InTouch system, your INFINITI vehicle is somehow damaged in a collision or other unexpected mishap? Who will you call to repair it?
From Steel to Aluminum
Aluminum was not the first choice for Henry Ford, designing his first car in 1896. Several years later his Model T, affectionately referred to as Tin Lizzy, was fashioned from vanadium alloy steel, offering superior strength. This first Ford vehicle was self-starting, much like its inventor. Ford’s first truck followed in 1917, based off the Model T and named the Ford Model TT. The truck had a cargo capacity of one ton, which was no small feat for that era.
Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right. – Henry Ford
The Ford F Series trucks were introduced in 1948, and the company reveled in its success for many years. Today’s Ford F-150 allows for as much as 3,270 pounds of maximum payload with the Heavy-Duty Payload Package. As an innovative company, Ford debuted the aluminum body F-150 to a skeptical public, inviting claims from rival manufacturers that it was no longer a serious contender in the pickup market, as real trucks have steel beds.