BorgWarner is an industry leader as a manufacturer of powertrain solutions for all types of vehicles. BorgWarner is best known for its line of Turbochargers that it makes for everything from standard passenger cars to pick-up trucks, to heavy duty construction machinery. If you drive a turbocharged Ford, Dodge, Audi, or Subaru chances are you have a BorgWarner turbo in your vehicle. BorgWarner is number 355 on the list of Fortune 500 companies and managed 7.1 billion dollars in sales last year. BorgWarner is truly a powerhouse in the auto parts industry.
Recently, BorgWarner has decided to
sell its Turbochargers directly to consumers. This is a big change for
BorgWarner because in years past their turbos were only available to the
largest distributors and dealerships across the globe. Now anyone can purchase
a turbo directly from BorgWarner. Some of the best places to buy a BorgWarner
turbo are BuyAutoParts.com, CarPartsWarehouse.com, and TurbochargerPros.com.
All of these sites offer a full line of OEM replacement BorgWarner Turbos at
BorgWarner makes a premium product
and you deserve to get it at a premium price. Now that BorgWarner has decided
to sell its parts to consumers, you can find a great deal by visiting one of
the sites mentioned above. If you need to replace your turbocharger, I
recommend that you check out BuyAutoParts, they can get turbos for almost any
type of vehicle (construction vehicles included!), they have great prices, and
their customer service is exceptional.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Brand new cars with turbos and superchargers cost a lot of money, this makes sense. What’s confusing is how used car prices sky rocketed in the last few years. It was getting to the point where someone could actually sell a car for more than they paid for it a year down the road.
A few factors led to the price increase of used cars. No one wanted to take out new debt, or they couldn’t qualify for credit to buy a new car. So, owners held onto their own used cars. Car manufacturers also limited the amount of production during the recession. Since no one bought cars and car companies didn’t make any cars, a shortage of used cars existed. Since I was able to stay awake in most of my Econ classes at school, I know that when supply goes down price goes up.
Now that there is some light at the end of the tunnel of the recession and gas prices have leveled off, people are buying new cars again. Used car demand is going down a bit, and thus so are the prices. The National Auto Dealers Association of America predicts that prices on used cars will continue to fall. Midsized and compact cars could see a decrease up to 5% in June.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
BMW constantly tries to make their cars more powerful with turbochargers and diesel injector pumps, but the company just became more powerful in a different way. A recent study conducted by Millward Brown shows that BMW has passed Toyota to become the most powerful automobile brand. They estimate the BMW brand is worth $24.63 billion. BMW is now the number one luxury car maker in the world, and it also has the most valuable brand. That’s a pretty good one-two punch.
|Out of the Way Toyota|
Toyota falls second to BMW by roughly $3 billion. Toyota and most other Japanese car companies were hurt by the earthquake and the Fukishima Nuclear accident. These disasters caused shipment delays, and crippled supply chains.
Figuring out the worth of a brand is a tough job. Some people say it is even to subjective to gage. However, Millward Brown claims they can do it. To figure out brand worth, Millward Brown conducted over two million surveys in greater than 30 countries. They also added in the earnings from branded products, and the power the brand has on the company’s bottom line.
Other notable outcomes of the survey are Hyundai being the first Korean car company to make the top ten ranking at number 9, and Ford is the only American company that made the cut at number 7.
Rankings in Billions
1. BMW 24.63
2. Toyota 21.79
3. Mercedes 16.11
4. Honda 12.64
5. Nissan 9.85
6. VW 8.51
7. Ford 7.02
8. Audi 4.70
9. Hyundai 3.59
10. Lexus 3.39
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Cadillac is about to launch its new XTS, and it is not the center console screen or the navigation unit that people are talking about. The feature getting all the buzz is a little well known gadget known as the iPad. Every XTS sold will come with a brand new Apple Tablet. Each iPad will be preprogrammed with apps designed to enhance the driver’s experience. The most important app is the one that educates the car owner on how to use Cadillac’s new Cadillac User Experience, CUE for short. CUE is a tablet-like infotainment unit system in the cars dash. When a customer buys an XTS they will get a tutorial on how to operate the CUE but some people take a little longer to learn, thus the iPad is there for help. It has 12 videos explaining how to use CUE to its fullest.
Besides helping the not so tech savvy learn how to use CUE, the iPad also comes preloaded with an app called MyCadillac and OnStar. MyCadillac offers parking and maintenance assistance. With the OnStar app the owner can check gas levels and unlock doors.
Cadillac is not only providing the iPad to help customers learn about how to operate their new vehicle, they are offering an iPad to become more luxurious. They plan not to just use the iPad from Apple but also borrow Apple's customer service. They want to have the car equivalent of the Apple Genius Bar. GM has sent 25 experts around the country in support of CUE, and every Cadillac dealership will have two technology.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
If your big gas guzzler has been having diesel fuel pump or diesel injector problems and you are in the mood to get rid of the big vehicle and downsize to something sporty than the Beijing Auto Show was the place for you. The show has come and gone, and it brought some great new sporty cars. The vehicles in the show were either geared towards improved fuel economy or edgy designs.
The biggest head turner at the show was the Lamborghini Urus. Executives at Lamborghini expect the Urus to more than double all Lambo sales. The car may be named after an extinct cow, but it surely will move more like a cheetah with an estimated 600 hp under the hood. The Urus won Autoweeks top honors at the show.
BMW’s i8 Concept Spyder was also a show stopper. This topless two door is actually a plug-in. Looks like Tesla has a competitor for high class plug-in. You’ll be able to go 0 to 62 mile per hour in 5.0 seconds while still getting 75 miles per gallon.
One of my favorite looking cars from the show was from a Chinese car manufacturer, Jianghuai Automobile Company. The JAC Heyue SC Coupe has styling that is classic but not too overdone. The one area the car is lacking is in its guts. It only has a 162 hp 2.4L engine.
Friday, April 27, 2012
We’ve all dreamt about the idea of hopping into our car, popping our destination into the car navigation system, and sitting back and listening to the car stereo while our car drives itself. Google has been working on the autonomous car for years now, but who knows when the day we start seeing these cars for sale will come. Out of the 160,000 test miles Google has put on these cars there has never been an accident, so the reason for delay is more about legality. However, many car companies are making steps in this direction. For years cruise control has been almost a standard feature on any car, leaving only steering and breaking up to the driver. Many of us have cars that can parallel park themselves, alert us if were crossing into another lane, and have cameras that give us a complete view of our surroundings.
Cadillac is one of the manufacturers making bold steps into the future of the automobile industry. With what they dub “Super Cruise”, their vehicles will be able to control the steering, gas and brakes with no input from the driver using all of the technology that are in most new cars already. Although full-autonomous driving is the end goal, the feature would most likely be limited to highway-only use to start. Sensors and cameras will let the car know its surroundings and it will rely on the GPS to know its location. Sounds simpler than you’d expect, right? Check out a video of Super Cruise in action here.
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Monday, April 23, 2012
Lamborghini has been hinting for awhile now that it was considering either a sedan or a crossover for its third model line, and the answer is finally here: a crossover named the Urus. While it may end up with a supercharger (and hopefully avoiding parent company's Volkswagen Jetta turbocharger), you can bet it will still be extremely fast. Urus is the name of a Spanish breed of bull that is known for both its fighting size and hauling size. They are known for having broad shoulders and being taller than most. While I’m not sure the attribute of extra height applies in this metaphor, the Lamborghini Urus is certainly a broad, sleek, powerful, and beautiful crossover.
The first thing you’ll notice about the Urus is that, despite being a crossover, it still thankfully looks like a Lamborghini. Its super aggressive lines and low structure create an image that is distinctly Lambo. The Urus will be a 4x4 with over 600 HP, stretching over eight inches longer than an Aventador and costing over 200k. They project sales volume to be about 3,000 per year which will triple Lamborghini’s annual production.
Press releases state that the production model will be available in 2015 and that they are trying to make it powerful but less polluting. By 2015 European high-performance cars will need to be able to emit no more than 200 grams of CO2 per km in order to pass recent regulations so the Lambo will have to be somewhat eco-friendly
A big help in this department will come from shedding as much weight as possible using light and strong materials in construction in lieu of metal. Even the interior will be optimized for lightness. Steering will be electro-mechanical and the range of travel adjustment on the suspension will be 3.5 inches.
Fifty percent of sales are projected for the U.S. The Urus wil hunker down to a minimum height of 65.4 inches with a width of 78.4 inches. The 196.5 inch current length is matched to a wheelbase measuring 114 inches. Four passengers are said to have plenty of room inside, even with head room in the back seat.