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Illustration of Lamborghini Urus by Kaelen Felix for 360 Magazine

Lamborghini Urus: Super-SUV

By: Emily Bunn x Vaughn Lowery

The marriage of a sports car’s athleticism and an SUV’s versatility is evident in the groundbreaking new creation from Lamborghini: The 2021 Lamborghini Urus. This super-SUV is the first of its kind on the market, offering an exhilarating driving experience to those behind the wheel. With the ability to host five passengers, this vehicle packs in pleasure and practicality wherever you go. The manufacturer elaborates on the invigorating experience of driving their super-SUV:

“It is the absolute all-round super sports car and more. It allows you to explore new paths and new ways to express yourself—to accept challenges confidently and to live life to the fullest. You are not afraid to go far: this is what you aspire to. Unlock any road, unlock your personality.”

The Urus rivals similar super SUV models like 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, but beats out the Trackhawk in terms of speed. Its twin turbo engine delivers 217kW per tonne, as compared to the Trackhawk, which only delivers 212kW per tonne. Further, the silhouette of the Urus resembles the electric Jaguar I-Pace, presenting a similarly aerodynamic exterior.

Other comparable models include the Audi Q8. While both vehicles have a top speed of 189.5mph (305 km/h), the Urus is able to hit top speed in 3.6 seconds, which is two tenths of a second quicker than the Audi Q8. Just like the distinguished sophistication of opera music, hearing the roar of the Lamborghini motor is music to driver’s ears.

Design

The interior of the luxe vehicle is inspired by aero-space design and driver oriented instrumentation. With a gear shift resembling a jet’s throttle and a start button hidden under a red flip cover, drivers are met with power and control immediately upon entering the driver’s seat. There are several interior cubby storage compartments, such as door pockets and a bin behind the floating center stack. With up to 22 ft3 of space in the car’s cabin  and the ability to fit 5 passengers, the Urus is spacious–especially when compared to other super cars.

Offering a choice of finishes–from leather to Alcantra, to wood and aluminum, or carbon-fiber­–the Urus is sure to look good from the inside out. The manufacturer now offers more customization than ever before. Clientele can choose from a selection of vibrant, eye-catching colors, including Giallo Inti (yellow), Arancio Borealis (orange), or Verde Mantis (green) with the available Pearl Capsule package. Alternatively, the standard palette offers more subtly attractive options, including black, grey, blue, and white colorways. Any of these fashionable exteriors create a beautiful contrast with the black and carbon fiber-trim. This model doesn’t fail to uphold the signature Lamborghini design with its Y-shaped details, front hood with a center peak, and crossed lines on the rear hood. With frameless doors and hexagonal detailing, this Lamborghini epitomizes modern glamour.

Technology 

Not one, not two, but three TFT LCD display screens are installed inside the Urus, transforming the interior to feel like a cockpit. The screens provide crisp graphics and are easy to view, without the need for any clunky buttons. You can use your finger on the touch screen to write in your destination, or other search requests.

The Lamborghini infotainment system is installed with a Bang and Olufsen radio sound system, smart phone interface with Apple CarPlay and Android Audio, a DVD-audio/video reader, 3D maps navigation system, USB capabilities, Bluetooth connection, and voice control recognition. Additionally, the vehicle has a fully digital gauge cluster.

If you’re looking for further refinement, the factory offers an array of optional lavish features for purchase. These features include front seats with ventilation, seats with massage functions, an upgraded sound system, the rear-seat entertainment system, and available Off-Road drive modes. A stand out is the optional hands-free tailgate feature for when you’ve got your hands full, just lift your foot to trigger the sensor beneath the rear bumper to activate the trunk and make loading or unloading your vehicle effortless.

Safety

Drivers feel secure as they transport their precious cargo in this super-SUV. With aluminum tires–21’ x 9.5’ in the front of the vehicle, and 21’ x 10.5’ in the rear–the Urus has some major brawn. At the same time, the multi-link front and rear suspension, with air springs, allows for smooth riding. The Urus is athletic without compromising safety, as evident in its quick steering and high-speed cornering modes.

The car comes standard with several key safety features such as adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go technology, standard blind spot monitoring, a night vision camera, available self-parking and driver assist, and an audio theft deterrent. Additionally, it is equipped with front, side, and overhead airbags to protect drivers and occupants in case of emergency.

Explore new paths in your Urus as you take on any terrain together.  Its Pirelli P Zero front and rear tires, offered in 21’ to 23’ size options, promise traction and performance. And if you want to take a pit stop along the way? The impressive braking system is equipped with carbon-ceramic brakes and front aluminum 10 piston brake calipers. These brakes, along with the premium shock absorbers, bring the car to a smooth halt from 70 mph to a full stop in 149 ft. Additionally, the car has front and rear anti-roll bars for extra braking power.

While the manufacturer doesn’t offer a lengthy warranty– providing three years with no mileage cap, without any complimentary scheduled maintenance–this car is built to last. However, if you’re looking for that extra protection, there are several extended warranty and maintenance plans available for purchase.

Performance

The Urus is powered by a powerful 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine with an output of 641hp, producing a maximum torque of 850 Nm (626,93 lb.-ft.) @ 2,2520-4,400 rpm. Feeling the need for speed? Accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.6 seconds, and reach a top speed of 190 mph, or 305 km/h in this sporty SUV. The 8-speed transmission is automatic with driver selectable mode, sequential shift control with steering wheel controls, and an oil cooler. Additionally, the engine has its own auto stop-start feature. The vehicle has eight cylinders, and a total displacement of 3,996 cm³.

When it comes to fuel efficiency, this Lamborghini gets 12mph in the city, or 17mph on the highway. The fuel tank has a capacity of 22.5 G. Equipped with AWD, you can drive anywhere with confidence and power.

Cost

The Urus’ MSRP totals $218,009, with a destination charge of $3,995. Compared to the rest of Lamborghini’s luxurious portfolio, this particular model is the most affordable and versatile option. Here at 360 Magazine, we took a spin in the manufacturer’s testing vehicle, which cost $282,649 with all the car’s capabilities fully loaded.

If you’re searching to cruise in style without compromising functionality, look no further than the 2021 Lamborghini Urus. Stars like Justin Bieber–who drives a custom barbie pink one, and Kanye West, who has his own custom, cream colored model–know that this super-SUV is the choice for drivers looking to stand out. Another member of the Kardashian crew, Kylie Jenner, also owns this super-SUV, which she posted about on her Instagram. Similarly, Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers flaunts his fancy super-SUV, decked out with a gloss black trim. Cardi B also just bought her husband–Offset from the rap group Migos,–one, the perfect present to transport the posh celeb duo in style. No matter where you go, every ride in the Urus promises VIP treatment to all of its passengers.

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IDTechEx Explores NiMH Batteries

When we talk about battery-electric vehicles, the lithium-ion battery is dominant; however, for full hybrid electric vehicles (those that have electric-only modes but do not plug-in), NiMH batteries are still the most common battery on the road. With the growing market for hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), will this drive further demand for NiMH batteries and stop them from being eliminated from the automotive market?

The new report from IDTechEx on “Full Hybrid Electric Vehicle Markets 2021-2041” covers this topic along with the key players and geographical markets for HEVs. Battery and motor-generator technology is analyzed for HEV cars, buses, and trucks, giving forecasts for Li-ion and NiMH battery demand over the next 20 years.

Toyota is the ruling OEM in the global HEV car market, with over 60% market share in 2019. Other manufacturers have started to eat into this share over the years, but Toyota still reigns supreme. While the other OEMs have mostly transitioned towards Li-ion batteries for their HEVs, Toyota remains committed to NiMH batteries and HEVs for the foreseeable future, with the majority of their line-up now using either NiMH or Li-ion depending on the specifications. For the relatively small batteries that are used in HEVs, the NiMH is still sufficient to meet requirements. It is also much more technologically mature and is less costly than Li-ion.

In 2020, NiMH batteries were still the dominant form installed in HEVs, largely due to Toyota. As Li-ion costs continue to fall and HEV battery capacity increases, NiMH are unlikely to remain competitive but will still see an increase in short term demand. Source: IDTechEx report: “Full Hybrid Electric Vehicle Markets 2021-2041“.

Sales of HEVs have continued to grow throughout the COVID-19 pandemic despite the downturn of the overall car market. This, combined with Toyota’s dominance and NiMH portfolio, provides a good market for NiMH batteries, at least in the short term. Li-ion technology is still evolving and reducing in price; at a certain point, it may no longer be cost-effective to continue using NiMH. Additionally, fossil fuel bans are incoming, with countries like the UK banning purely internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles by 2030 and only allowing hybrids “that can drive a significant distance with zero emissions”. HEV manufacturers will likely increase the battery capacity in order to give more electric-only range, making the Li-ion option more appealing. Even with this stay of execution for HEVs, banning vehicles with ICEs of any sort is likely to follow shortly after. This will eliminate the HEV in many markets and hence the demand for NiMH.

IDTechEx recently published the report “Full Hybrid Electric Vehicle Markets 2021-2041“. This report gives an in-depth look at the historic HEV market in China, Europe, Japan, South Korea, and the US, with an outlook over the next 20 years. An extensive model database of over 80 HEVs sold between 2015 and 2019 is used to determine the market’s battery and motor-generator technology in addition to geographical markets and manufacturer market shares. The total cost of ownership calculations is compared with ICE and 48V hybrids, as well as how HEVs can help manufacturers meet new European emissions targets. For more information on this report please visit www.IDTechEx.com/HEV.

This report forms part of the broader electric vehicle and energy storage research from IDTechEx, which tracks the adoption of electric vehicles, battery trends and demand across more than 100 different mobility sectors. This is summarized in a master report: www.IDTechEx.com/EV, or for a further in-depth analysis, please see the full portfolio of electric vehicle research available from IDTechEx: www.IDTechEx.com/research/EV.

IDTechEx guides your strategic business decisions through its Research, Subscription and Consultancy products, helping you profit from emerging technologies. For more information, contact research@IDTechEx.com or visit www.IDTechEx.com.

Land Rover Defender Illustration Shot by Kaelen Felix for 360 Magazine

2021 Land Rover Defender

Craftsmanship with Capability

By Emily Bunn x Vaughn Lowery

Reimagined after 70 years of innovation and improvement, the newest model of Land Rover’s Defender 110 honors the company’s history of creating safe and reliable vehicles, with a new-found attention to detail and design for the 21st century.

At CES 2021, Chief Design Officer of Land Rover, Gerry McGovern, spoke about the Defender 110 and said,

“The new Defender is respectful of its past but is not harnessed by it …. This is a new Defender for a New Age. Its unique personality is accentuated by its distinctive silhouette and optimum proportions, which make it both highly desirable and seriously capable – a visually compelling 4×4 that wears its design and engineering integrity with uncompromised commitment.”

Whether you’re off-roading, looking to pick up some necessary lockdown supplies, or traveling to see friends and family, the Defender promises to get you to your destination safely. Here at 360 Magazine, we recently took the luxurious yet rambunctious 2021 Land Rover Defender for a test drive, and were impressed by the car’s capabilities and curb appeal. We took the vehicle out for a spin to retrieve must needed supplies from various retailers including Home Depot, PetSmart, and Michael’s Art Supplies, shoot emerging recording artist LaJUNE, and pop in on my son and mother after they recovered from COVID-19 for some much needed fun. During all of these getaways, the Defender’s breaks dug deep into the asphalt at stop signs and hugged tight corners. All of the passengers felt safe and secure in the vehicle which operated with control and ease throughout all of our adventures.

Other recently released vehicles– such as the Mercedes Benz G Class, Toyota 4Runner, and Jeep Grand Cherokee– all pale in comparison to the Defender’s sleek design and driving capability, crafted with commitment to your safety and pleasure.

Design

The Defender’s doesn’t put style over substance as its incredible capabilities match its dazzling curb appeal. Immediately upon viewing the available Indus Silver, Gondwana Stone, or Pangea Green paint jobs shine with a glimmer of affluence and sophistication and compliment the vehicle’s constructivist, modular interior. A magnesium cross bar beam has been installed both for its reductive design and durability that it grants to the vehicle’s body. Beautiful alpine lights in the rear of the vehicle allow for an open-air design from floor to roof. The large panoramic sunroof in the car cabin makes the vehicle feel even more spacious by letting in even more light.

Additionally, the second row of origami seats can fold down to allow even more room inside the car cabin. With these seats folded down, the Defender 110 offers a total storage capacity of 78.8 cubic feet, or 36.2 cubic feet with the second row of seats positioned upright. Deep pockets on the back doors, baskets on the side doors, and a lockable 1.5-gallon glove box each allow for easy access to storage inside the vehicle.

Designed to maximize storage, users can lift up the floor to reveal a hidden storage bin equipped with a tool kit. In the trunk, a clip-in, textured floor design designed for rugged use covers the floor and the backs of all of the seats. This load space lets users transport the treasures and grit of your outdoor adventures, and can be hosed off or machined washed once arrived at your destination.

As you’re cruising down the road, the car’s all terrain, blackout tires will transport you on a smooth ride to any destination you can dream of, and in case of emergency, a full-size spare tire is mounted on the rear of the vehicle. The wheels come in several available sizes (in): 18 x 8.0, 18 x 8.0, 20 x 8.5, 22 x 9.0. Additionally, the rear of the vehicle possesses advanced tow assist and an ultra-strong tow hitch receiver with a maximum towing capacity of 8,201 lbs.

Technology

The new Land Rover Defender 110 offers the world’s first dual-modem, dual eSIM design, manufactured to enhance efficiency and function. Furnished with the Pivi Pro infotainment system in the vehicle’s dashboard, the system alerts drivers with Software-Over-The-Air (SOTA) updates, and lets users stream music and operate applications with CloudCar technology. CloudCar technology allows for drivers to safely and seamlessly incorporate their digital lives into their driving– drivers can dial into meetings, store calendar invites, and stream music services like Spotify, TuneIn, and Deezer with ease.

Further, a 10-inch high-resolution touchscreen allows drivers precise control over the vehicle with a digital speedometer display. Everything a driver needs to adjust is easily accessible. Other capabilities include driver assist, advanced off road, and standard off road standard packs. This model also offers Bluetooth, Android audio, and Apple CarPlay, so you can stay connected with those you hold close, no matter how far away they are.

And if you are embarking on an ambitious road trip to see your far-away family? The Defender 110 offers six standard speakers, or an optional Meridian sound system with subwoofers, so you can keep the beats bumping. Wherever you go, Smart Voice Guidance technology will optimize routing to get you to your destination most efficiently.

The Defender is equipped with AC power, so you can power accessories (such as a cooler) from remote locations. Wherever you go, the advanced technology and luxurious experience of driving of Land Rover Defender 110 stays with you.

Performance

Equipped with all-wheel drive, this off-road vehicle can handle all landscapes. The Defender’s auto-functionally Terrain Response 2 and ClearSight Ground View technologies can recognize different types of outdoors terrain and adjust the vehicle accordingly. Whether you are driving through the desert or tundra, the Defender promises the same deluxe driving experience. With a built-in hydraulics system, the Defender is able to be raised or lowered over whatever external grit you encounter, protecting the vehicle and its occupants against a single scratch. The Defender’s Response 2 technology grants intelligent off-road technology to drivers, optimizing traction in various outdoors environments.

Beneath the hood, the Defender is equipped with both dual turbocharged and supercharged Inline 6 engines, and a 48-volt hybrid system. The Defender offers a permanent magnet electric motor. With such a powerful system, the Defender can put out 396 peak horsepower at 5,500rpm, and 406 pound-feet of torque at 2,000-5,000rpm. The vehicle also boasts an 8-speed automatic transmission and dual-range gearbox. The fuel economy of the Defender is also impressive, with 1t MPG in the city, or 20 MGP on the highway. The 2021 Land Rover Defender is expedition ready wherever you wish to go, while assuring that safety and comfort come along for the ride.

Safety

Engineered without compromise, the Defender commits to the utmost safety of its users. Land Rover’s 2021 Defender comes with driver assist, which includes emergency braking, lane keep assist, traffic sign recognition, cruise control, speed limiter functions, driver condition monitors, and front and rear parking aids. The vehicle’s 3D Surround Camera system, developed with Bosch, is equipped with four wide-angle HD Cameras that provide a 190-degree field of view– a 50-degree wider field of vision when compared to traditional rear-view mirrors. This system includes a 3G bits/s video backbone and 14 ultrasonic sensors, which makes backing up into the smallest of spots effortless. Even if your trunk is full, the Defender is equipped with a digital rear-view mirror for increased visibility.

Best of all seat pretensions and front-impact, side-impact, and overhead airbags have been installed to protect passenger’s heads and torsos in case of a crash. To further ensure the safety of its occupants, the Defender protects its passengers with a security system designed to anticipate and detect unwanted vehicle intrusion.

Ergonomics x Additional Features

At a modest MSRP of $62,250, the Defender offers luxury and sophistication to anyone ready to get behind its wheel. Upon purchase, there are four optional accessories packs that allow users to specifically tailor their Defender experience: the Explorer Pack, Adventure Pack, Country Pack, or Urban Pack. The Land Rover Defender 110 drives users to experience new landscapes of life, during a time while everyone else is staying inside. Accoutered with a pop-up roof tent accessory, the Defender is ready to travel with you wherever you go, whether it be on an outdoors expedition or just a short trip to the grocery store.

The Land Rover Defender 110 model will be released for sale in the U.S. in early 2021.

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Lexus Illustration by Kaelen Felix for 360 Magazine

Lexus – “All In”

Sneakerhead, audiophile, fashionista, gamer … these people are “all in” on their passions. In a new marketing campaign breaking today for the Lexus 2021 IS, the automaker celebrates its own obsession: an unapologetically pure sports sedan. Entitled “All In,” the new campaign engages an audience that’s just as unapologetic about pursuing their unique interests. It features influencers and deep, diverse media partnerships.

“The IS customer is our youngest, most fiercely authentic yet,” said Lisa Materazzo, vice president of Lexus marketing. “The marketing campaign, like the new IS, is equally authentic and celebrates those who fully embrace their passions.”

Rather than casting actors, the campaign features eight micro-influencers. The first spot, “Names,” moves quickly through people from different walks of life who introduce themselves by the names they’ve earned—be it sneakerhead, gamer or audiophile.

Another spot, “Vanity Plates,” demonstrates just how far these enthusiasts will go to show off the obsessions that define them.  To ensure a connection with all consumers, unique ads were created to further explore the meaning of “all in” for Asian, Black, Hispanic and LGBTQ markets.

“Names” and “Vanity Plates” will air during primetime, special events and sports including NFL playoffs and NBA. Potential drivers and enthusiasts of Lexus will be able to ask their Google Assistant-ready devices about the new Lexus IS model to learn more about the vehicle’s latest technology, audio, performance and safety features, as well as a link to nearby dealerships. The campaign also includes video, audio, connected speakers, print, social and display.

Lexus is connecting with an audience that embraces their passions fully by providing content that celebrates those who go “all in.”

  • Epic Race. Lexus partnered with MotorTrend for an epic race between race car driver Rhys Millen and downhill skater Josh Neuman at speeds of over 70 MPH on Malibu’s legendary Deer Creek Road. The video is live now.
  •  Travel Influencer. Lexus is partnering with Courageous Studios, CNN’s brand studio, to produce a documentary-style campaign that follows Ugandan-American photographer, self-proclaimed geography nerd and travel expert Jessica Nabongo. The first black woman to visit every country in the world, Jessica’s story unfolds as she approaches her next milestone: seeing every state in the U.S. The campaign will be distributed via CNNgo in February.
  •   Fantasy Football. Last Fall, Lexus worked with Yahoo to create dynamic banners on the Yahoo Fantasy Football web site that leverage the players’ stats to serve custom ads to fans engaging in their passion.

About Lexus

Lexus’ passion for brave design, imaginative technology, and exhilarating performance enables the luxury lifestyle brand to create amazing experiences for its guests. Lexus began its journey in 1989 with two luxury sedans and a commitment to pursue perfection. Since then, Lexus has developed its lineup to meet the needs of global luxury customers in more than 90 countries.

In the United States, Lexus vehicles are sold through 242 dealers offering a full lineup of luxury vehicles. With six models incorporating Lexus Hybrid Drive, Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader. Lexus also offers eight F SPORT models and two F performance models. Lexus is committed to being a visionary brand that anticipates the future for luxury customers.

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Lexus Press Release Image curtsey of Jesse Zand
Lexus Press Release Image curtsey of Jesse Zand
Lexus Press Release Image curtsey of Jesse Zand

H. R. OWEN BUGATTI WELCOMES TWO RACING LEGENDS TO ITS WORKSHOP

H.R. Owen Bugatti has been entrusted with the care of the last ever racing Bugattis; two unique EB110s campaigned during 1994, 1995 and 1996. The extremely rare cars, two of around 150 built in total, arrived at H.R. Owen Bugatti Service in London for their routine annual maintenance, to be cared for alongside the team’s array of Chirons and Veyrons.

The EB110s are two enormously complex cars, both based on the later EB110 SS, powered by a quad-turbocharged 3.5-litre V12 engine, delivering around 600hp through an advanced all-wheel-drive system. And while they’re each built around a very similar formula, they were designed to race under very different conditions.

The iconic blue car, EB110S LM, was built to race at Le Mans 24 Hours in 1994, on the 55th anniversary of Bugatti’s last win at the event. Having been completed in less than six months, the car looked set for a successful race, regardless of having five turbos changed and a fuel tank leak. In fact, it looked as though a top-five finish was likely until a suspected tyre blowout ended EB110 LM’s race with just 45 minutes remaining.

The silver car, EB110S SC GTS-1 was destined to race in the North American WSC GT series, and has a few subtle revisions over the LM, including a slightly raised ride height, reorganised cockpit and adapted bodywork. In 1995, it recorded a fifth-place finish at Watkins Glen and sixth-in-class at Sears Point before looking on track for a successful Daytona 24 Hours race before stopping short of the finish line with transmission issues.

Since their racing days, both EB110s have led busy lives with their passionate owner; EB110 SC GTS-1 appeared in photos for the launch of the Centodieci, while EB110 LM appeared in promotional materials created for the race-bred Bugatti Bolide.

H.R. Owen CEO, Ken Choo, said: “Caring for a Bugatti is unlike caring for any other type of performance vehicle; the world’s most advanced materials and technologies combine to create a car that pushes the boundaries of speed and usability. Looking after any Bugatti is a privilege, but to be responsible for the maintenance of the last ever Works racing Bugattis is extremely special. It speaks volumes of the expertise of our Service team and our advanced facility that our customers trust us not just with their Chirons and Veyrons but also with priceless pieces of Bugatti history like these two racers.”

About H.R. Owen Bugatti Service

H.R. Owen is the only Bugatti Partner of Excellence in the UK, with a dedicated boutique in the heart of London’s Mayfair and the advanced Bugatti service centre in North Acton, London. Entrusted with the repair and maintenance of the most advanced performance cars in the world, H.R. Owen Bugatti Service is staffed by the UK’s most experienced Bugatti technicians with over 22-years joint experience.

Tickets on Sale for New Three-Day London Concours

The London Concours presented by Montres Breguet, returns to the Honourable Artillery Company from 8-10 June 2021, expanded with an all-new ‘Style Edition Day’ and a ‘Supercar Day’. Tickets are on sale now, starting from just £25.

Previously held over two days, the London Concours will capitalise on visitor demand for more luxury brand content – from jewellery to bespoke suits – and modern supercars. At the heart of each day will remain the collection of nearly 100 rare and iconic luxury cars of all ages that has quickly cemented London Concours as one of the UK’s top motoring events.

First established in 2017, the London Concours attracts an extremely high calibre of cars and luxury partners to the Square Mile. In 2020, cars were on display across nine classes and three major features. In 2021, the organisers will gather an even higher standard of cars in classes as diverse as The Italian Berlinettas, The Young Timers, Great Marques – Porsche and a 60th anniversary celebration of the Jaguar E-Type.

Visitors to day one of the show, the VIP Preview Day, will be treated to exclusive previews of the cars, along with live judging of the classes throughout the day and an Awards Evening with cocktails and champagne. On day two, some of the world’s most sought-after luxury brands take centre stage, with live watchmaking classes, talks with fashion and design luminaries and a host of luxury shopping boutiques. Day three welcomes a collection of the latest supercars into the venue, lining up alongside the London Concours’ existing selection of vehicles.

The London Concours is famed not just for its displays, but also for its atmosphere. For 2021, the event welcomes a host of new food and drink partners, as well as all-new hospitality experiences, including live mixology, and a Veuve Clicquot drinks evening on each day of the event.

Andrew Evans, London Concours Director, said: “As the London Concours continues to evolve, we’re always looking for ways to develop a show that’s perfectly in tune with our audience’s wants and needs. The message we’ve received loud and clear, both from partners and visitors, is that there’s demand for even more of the luxury, supercar and hospitality elements of the show, which is exactly where we’re focusing for 2021. We’ve always created the London Concours around the idea of an automotive summer garden party and next year, more than ever, London Concours will be a party to remember.”

The London Concours takes place from 8-10 June, 2021. Tickets are available here with 20% off using the code LCEARLYBIRD21

2021 Toyota C-HR Nightshade Edition

By Chris Gates × Vaughn Lowery

The 2021 Toyota C-HR Nightshade Edition offers luxurious features coupled with affordability for the perfect winter ride. Starting at $24,245 MSRP (excluding DPH), features for the all-new Nightshade edition include Black fabric interior with gunmetal trim, Black 18” alloy wheels, Black Lug Nuts, Black Door Handles, Black Chin Spoiler and Black Badges. The collective look is chic and refined.

Never one to blend in, the C-HR Nightshade Edition is available in exterior colors Black Sand Pearl, Blizzard Pearl with Black Roof, Magnetic Gray Metallic with Black Roof, and Supersonic Red with Black Roof. And overall, the C-HR packs a lot of attitude in a compact package all on its own, measuring 172.6 in. long on a 103.9 in. wheelbase – making the C-HR a tight, agile form that’s a joy to wheel through urban areas. The C-HR offers a modern and uncluttered interior with a bold placement of accents and a driver-centric orientation. They call it “MeZONE,” but it’s hardly selfish at all. It means fun for the driver and welcoming for passengers.

For 2021, the Toyota C-HR now comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense (TSS 2.5) across all grades. Safety and excitement all in one stylish package! Additionally, all 2021 C-HR models come standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. In addition, all trims come standard with SiriusXM® All Access 3-Month Trial Satellite Radio.

The 2021 Toyota C-HR possesses an engine with a 2.0-Liter 4-Cylinder DOHC 16-Valve with Valvematic, 144 hp @ 6100 rpm/139 lb.-ft. • at 3900 rpm. Mileage estimates on the vehicle are 27/31/29 (mpg city/highway/combined, respectively).

This holiday season, consider investing in the new 2021 C-HR, an investment sure to please!

The Best Car Alarm Systems for Your Vehicle: 7 Great Choices

In 2019 there were roughly 721,000 vehicles stolen. Those thefts encompassed everything from cars to motorcycles.

Vehicle thefts can be costly, not only for drivers but for insurance companies. That then raises coverage rates which again, costs drivers additional money.

While there are several strategies you can use to reduce your odds of being a car theft victim, few are as effective as installing the best car alarm system you can get your hands on. There are a lot of car alarm systems on the market today. Few though will give you the quality and price you’re looking for in a protection solution.

If you’re curious to know which alarm you should invest your money in, keep reading. Below, our team breaks down a handful of excellent choices.

1. Pyle Car Alarm System

One of the best car alarm systems on the market today is also one of the most hotly mentioned car alarms on the internet. We’re talking about the Pyle Car Alarm System.

When you pop open your Pyle alarm box, you’ll see a couple of key fobs, a bit of wiring, and three accessories you’ll need to leverage to get your system running. Once your set up is in place, you’ll enjoy car jack protection, panic mode, and an ignition kill switch.

The Pyle system also has special modes like valet mode as well as an override switch that can help you get your car going again if your alarm is overzealous in its protection.

2. Compustar CS7900

Coming in at just under $200, the Compustar CS7900 is another wonderful system that’s worth your investment. Immediately, you’ll notice its key fob’s digital display which can make unlocking and checking on the status of your car a blast.

In addition to that fun feature, you’ll enjoy a car unlock range of 3000 feet, compatible impact sensors that can make your alarm more proficient at warding off thieves, and an alarm siren that reaches 105 decibels!

3. CarLock 2nd Gen

One of the biggest barriers people run into when considering the installation of some of the best car alarms is how hard alarms can be to install. The CarLock 2nd Gen takes that concern and obliterates it.

With the CarLock 2nd Gen, all you have to do to get protected is plug its dongle into your vehicle’s OBD port. Just like that, your car will be able to alert you to suspicious activity on your phone and can be tracked.

The downside with the CarLock is that it can be disabled by unplugging it. That can put your vehicle at higher risk but on the plus side, you won’t have to read this article to find affordable installers to help you get this device up and running.

4. CrimeStopper

If bang for your buck is at the top of your best car security alarm system want list, check out the CrimeStopper. In addition to having one of the most attractive brand names in the car alarm market, the car stopper package comes with two key fobs, a starter kill that can stop thieves from hot-wiring, and can even be used to work on two separate cars.

You read that right! This alarm system and its key fobs are capable of being synced with up to two vehicles which can provide a level of protection for both of your cars (assuming you have two) that are parked in the same driveway.

5. Avital 5303L

If your car isn’t capable of remote starting and climate reconfiguration the Avital 5303L can bring your vehicle up to speed if it’s compatible. That means no more getting in your car and waiting for the engine or the cabin to warm up before starting your commute.

Of course, in addition to that fun feature, the Avital does offer passive security features including the ability to alert you to suspicious activity should somebody be trying to hotwire your system or gain brute force entry into your car’s cabin.

6. Omega K8 Mundial

Another bang for your buck option that ends up on most of the best car alarm security system lists is the Omega K8 Mundial.

This device has a ridiculous loudspeaker which will definitely scare anybody trying to thieve your car away. Also, its transmitter offers ample options (4) which you can customize the behaviors of and control chirp volume on. That chirp volume control can be helpful if you get home late and are eager to not wake your neighbors when arming your system.

Finally, the Omega 8 has key-less settings that enable you to warm your vehicle remotely, much like the Avital 5303L.

7. Viper 5706V

Our last alarm pick is certainly not our worst. As a matter of fact, some would call the Viper 5706V among the best car alarms on the market.

From its digital fob displays to its door and truck triggers and cabin controls, this $300 timeless alarm system is well worth the buy!

It even has a one-mile activation range which can make finding your car with its panic button a breeze in a crowded parking lot.

Any Best Car Alarm System Choice Will Make Your Vehicle Safer

If you have any concern whatsoever that your car could be stolen (and you should) invest in one of the best car alarm system choices we’ve shared. Yes, doing so represents an expense but that expense pales in comparison to the amount of effort you’ll need to put into managing a taken vehicle.

We hope you found this post helpful and welcome you to read more of the content on our blog.

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Car Questions: How Are Remote Starters Installed?

Remote starters are super convenient, so there is no wonder why you would want one in your automobile. No more sitting in a freezing car while you wait for your vehicle to warm up. You can do it from the inside of your home. How cool is that? 

But if you don’t currently have a remote starter, you may be wondering, “How are remote starters installed”? Well, luckily for you we have the answers. In this guide, we’ll explain the steps to installing a remote starter.

Continuing reading below.

How Are Remote Car Starters Installed?

Remote starters must have a properly installed control module, wiring, and a bypass module to function correctly. The control module does all of the remote start operations by communicating with the car’s internal systems. The bypass module makes the remote starter work on up-to-date vehicles without needing to disable its factory security system.

Wiring connects the starter to the automobile so that everything functions properly. Lastly, the remote transmitter is what you would use to control all of the operations of the remote start system.

Each component of the remote start system connects and communicates with the control module to provide all of the remote start operations. The process works similar to a computer’s motherboard.

How Are Remore Starters Installed? The Basic Steps

You’ll have to determine where you place the primary module. It should be in a secured, yet hidden location. The most popular place that people put it is in the panel below the steering wheel. Putting it in this area allows it to connect directly to the ignition.

Next, remove the panel underneath the steering wheel to gain access to the wires that connect to the starter. Once you get to the wires, it’s imperative that you connect the wires securely. Any loose wiring could lead to damage to your vehicle or an injury. So make sure the connection is strong.

It helps to use heat shrink tubing and electrical tape. Attach the 12v constant wire to the power wire of your system. The 12v constant wire is the wire that’s connected to your battery and it’s usually located within a group of wires that are attached to the ignition switch.

If you read your car manual, it should tell you where this specific wire is. Next, attached the accessory wire. The accessory wire provides power for the heater and air conditioning control, and it provides energy to the 12v wire. Connect the accessory wire on the starter to the accessory wire on the car. To install this specific wire, attach it to the multimeter while the key is turned to the off position and the voltage is zero.

Find the Ignition Wire

The ignition wire provides power to the ignition system and the fuel pump, and it should connect to the ignition switch that’s located underneath the steering wheel. Again, check your car manual to get the information on where to locate this wire and find out its color. After you find the ignition wire, connect it to the multimeter while it still shows no voltage,and it’s connected to a ground wire.

The next step is to connect the parking light with the brake wires. The brake wire is typically located in the switch harness over the brake pedal. It may also be near the parking lights. Once you locate it, go ahead and connect it.

This is an essential step because connecting a brake wire is what prevents a thief from driving away in your vehicle while it’s running with the remote start function.

Connect the Tachometer Wire

Locate and connect the tachometer output that’s located on the remote sensor. Doing this step is mandatory because it helps to disengages the starter once the vehicle has started. The tachometer wire can be found by following the spark plug wires to where they gather at the distributor.

From there, you should see a tiny wire harness that should be labeled to show where the tachometer wire is. Again, you can look at your owner’s manual to get the exact location.

Once you’ve followed all of the steps listed in the remote starter instruction manual, be sure to secure the wires with wraps to keep them neat and organized. Doing so helps to protect the wires.

How Are Remote Starters Installed? Hire a Professional

Remote starters can be done by reading an instruction manual, but it’s best to get them installed by a professional. As you can see, there are a lot of intricate steps to remote start installation.

However, you can save yourself a lot of time and energy by relying on a professional to put the system together for you. For additional information, check out the highlighted link to learn more about expert remote start installation and all of its perks. 

Also, it’s a good idea to use the same remote start system from the auto shop that you use. A lot of times, buying a remote start system and getting it installed elsewhere sometimes causes complications.

How Are Remote Starters Installed: No-Hassle Installation

Now that you’ve read the information above, you no longer have to ask the question of “How are remote starters installed”? The process of installation is a bit tricky, especially if you’re not good with mechanics.

But with that said, your best bet is to get your remote starter installed by a professional. That way, you can ensure that the job is done right and you don’t have to go through the headache and hassle of doing it yourself.

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Celebrating 106 Years of Maserati From A to Z

This year, the spotlight of the world mobility stage has been firmly on Maserati and the Brand has entered a new phase in its history, guided by the audacity embedded in its DNA. A celebration of the past and a look to the future merge.

Today, the day of the Marque’s anniversary, Maserati celebrates its foundation and its history reaching back more than a century, and looks towards the future. Exactly 106 years ago, Alfieri Maserati joined forces with his brothers Ettore and Ernesto to establish “Alfieri Maserati”, at number 1A on via de’ Pepoli, in the heart of Bologna, Italy.

“Maserati from A to Z”: a visual journey with a rapid flow of images making up an exciting story, recounting the Brand’s spirit and its constant striving for performance, innovation and exclusivity. The storytelling is timed to the beat of the alphabet and lists what Maserati has been and what it will be in the future.

“We’re starting from our roots to build our future,” Maserati CEO Davide Grasso underlines. “We’re proud to have shown that our present is guided by the audacity of those who look to the future with confidence, undaunted by difficulties. 2020 marked the start of a new Era for our Brand and, now as never before, we need to be authentic and to return to our Marque’s timeless values to face the challenges that await us with our energy undimmed. For Maserati, this is a time to build our future.”

Maserati Brand Movie

The film, “Maserati A-Z”, is a celebration of the Brand. A short film that highlights all the various factors behind Maserati’s audacity. The storytelling is punctuated by the letters of the alphabet and is the perfect representation of the Brand’s past, present and future.

In 4 minutes, the film features over 30 vehicle models and a modern, eclectic cast, which convey a timeless spirit through imagery with a strong visual impact. The Soundtrack is a special “Maserati Mix” of the iconic “The Chase” by Giorgio Moroder. 

The Maserati Alphabet: the alphabet of audacity

A – Alfieri

B – Bora, Boomerang, Biturbo

C – Customize

D – Design

E – Electrification

F – Fast

G – GranTurismo

H – Heartbeat

I – Innovation

J – Just one Look

K – Keep Dreaming Big

L – (True) Love

M – Made in Modena

N – Nettuno

O – Original

P – Passion

Q – Quattroporte

R – Rebel

S – Sound

T – Trident

U – Unorthodox

V – Visceral

W – Winning in Style

X – Xtravagant

Y – Yours Forever

Z – Zooming into the Future

The Maserati Alphabet is a celebration of the past, present and future of the Trident brand. The hero film showcases the many diverse elements that make Maserati so audacious, ending with a roll call of our future models. Z stands for “Zooming into the Future”: the Brand is set to take centre stage with revolutionary new cars, innovations and projects. The focus is already strongly on the future.