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Car Buying Trends

1. Fewer bricks, more clicks. The all-day experience of car buying is going to go away. Buyers are already doing a lot of legwork online, but we’re moving beyond shopping and price comparison. Buyers may soon do some test driving using virtual reality. They’ll be able to play with all the different feature options and start configuring their dream car in the comfort of their home.

They’re still going to have to go into the dealership and test drive a similar car, maybe a base model. But after the test drive, they could go to a connected kiosk in the dealership, give their creation a few tweaks and order it up.

2. Faster changing demographics. The concept of “generational compression” was introduced to me by The Future Hunters, who were also guests of CDK and gave several presentations at the show.

The general idea is that as the industry looks to younger consumers, we’ll no longer be grouping their generations by decades, but by the kind of technology they’ve grown up with. These generations could span as few as two or three years because technology is changing so rapidly. Carmakers and dealers will have to be nimble to respond to the wants and needs of each new wave.

3. The rise of the Cybrids. Cybrids are the up and coming generation, and they differ from digital natives because they have a symbiotic relationship with technology. By 2020, Cybrids are expected to make up 40% of consumers in the US, Europe, and BRIC countries.

Cybrids are much more prudent from a financial standpoint. They’re much more concerned about the environment and eager to build a better planet. They’re less interested in owning things and more interested in the time/value proposition of what they consume.

4. Collaborative consumption. While the industry may previously have seen ridesharing as a threat, now they’reworking on a variety of ways to embrace it. The losses in terms of car sales probably aren’t going to be as drastic as people initially thought, because people who are driving for ridesharing services are driving those cars into the ground, so they’ll be replaced more frequently. That’s creating new and distinct buying audiences—the professional driver and a more occasional driver who cuts down on their driving by using ridesharing.

5. Fractional ownership. According to The Future Hunters, the average car sits unused for 94% of its life. All kinds of schemes are emerging to use cars more efficiently. Unlike Zipcar, which lets members access multiple cars located around town, multi-person leasing involves just one car, with multiple people sharing its use.

These kinds of service could appeal to people who live in urban areas who rarely need to drive, but also to people who can’t afford car ownership. For example, it may appeal to recent college graduates who are struggling to save money to move out of their parents’ homes but don’t have credit established or enough money for a down payment.

6. Driverless cars. There’s a lot of excitement about this, although I don’t think it’s at all clear what it’s going to look like and how long it’s going to take. Manufacturers have made great strides with the technology, but from a safety standpoint, there are still many things that are going to have to be done for the public to trust this type of apparatus.

Alejandra Villagra, Vaughn Lowery, illustration , tires, 360 MAGAZINE

Pirelli Introduces New Tires

PIRELLI INTRODUCES THE CINTURATO P7 ALL SEASON PLUS II
THE NEXT GENERATION OF TIRES SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED FOR THE NORTH AMERICAN TOURING MARKET

NEW TREAD COMPOUND AND AN OPTIMIZED FOOTPRINT HELP TO IMPROVE OVERALL WET PERFORMANCE

Pirelli today announced an update to their range of All Season tires designed for the North American touring market with the introduction of its new Cinturato P7 All Season Plus II.

Part of Pirelli’s Plus line of products, which are specifically designed to better meet the needs of drivers in the North American market, the Cinturato P7 All Season Plus II presents a new tread compound and an optimized footprint for improved behavior on wet surfaces. In particular, the new Cinturato P7 All Season Plus II showed an improved wet stopping distance.

Another area on which Pirellli’s engineers have focused to develop this new tire has been the wet handling and wet traction, while maintaining the tread wear, winter traction, noise, comfort, dry handling and steering performance of the previous generation.

The Cinturato P7 All Season Plus II is covered by a 70,000-mile limited tread wear warranty. The new Pirelli tire is now available in 30 sizes. The full 50 size range will be available in over the next few months.

Technical highlights include:

New Compound: A new functionalized polymer and increased silica content forms the new tread compound, which can also be found on the recently released Scorpion Verde All Season Plus II. This new compound delivers improved stopping distance in the Cinturato P7 All Season Plu II as well as enhanced overall performance in wet traction, handling and braking while maintaining the previous generation’s tread wear, winter traction, noise, comfort, dry handling and steering performance.

Optimized Footprint: A five percent larger contact area and optimized shape improves overall wet performance, braking and handling over the previous generation.

All Season Performance: The Cinturato P7 All Season Plus II is an extremely well-balanced tire that delivers high performance, low noise, and excellent handling.

www.pirelli.com

Adient Sells it’s Recaro Automotive Seating Unit

Adient, a global leader in automotive seating, has sold its Recaro Automotive Seating business to Raven Acquisitions LLC, a Detroit based, privately owned investment corporation. The transaction was effective January 1, 2020.

Detroit, Michigan– Recaro Automotive Seating develops, produces and markets premium vehicle seats for OEMs and the aftermarket at three locations in Europe, the U.S. and Japan and employs approximately 425 employees. In fiscal year 2019, the business generated ~$150M in revenue.

With the new corporate structure, Recaro Automotive Seating will be able to focus on its core business – performance seats, ergonomic seats, and special applications – with shorter and faster decision-making processes allowing greater flexibility to better meet the requirements of the market.

The license agreement and therefore the right to use the Recaro brand on license for the development, production, and marketing of premium car seats is transferred to the new owners. The brand license is granted by Recaro Holding GmbH, Stuttgart/Germany, the holding company of Recaro Aircraft Seating and Recaro eGaming.

About Recaro Automotive Seating:
Recaro Automotive Seating has three locations in Europe, the USA and Japan. We design, manufacture, and market complete seats representative of our core competencies of design, ergonomics, robustness, lightweight construction, and first-class workmanship, under the brand name Recaro. Recaro Automotive Seating offers passenger car seats for OEMs and the
aftermarket, using the brand Recaro under a license of the Recaro Holding. For more information, please visit recaro-automotive.com


About Adient:
Adient is a global leader in automotive seating. With 83,000 employees in 35 countries, Adient operates 220 manufacturing/assembly plants worldwide. We produce and deliver automotive seating for all major OEMs. From complete seating systems to individual components, our expertise spans every step of the automotive seat-making process. Our integrated, in-house skills allow us to take our products from research and design to engineering and manufacturing – and into more than 23 million vehicles every year. For more information on Adient, please
visit adient.com.

About Raven Acquisition LLC:
Raven Acquisition is a U.S.-based LLC formed by a former RECARO executive and TCE Enterprises, a family investment LLC with extensive experience in the automotive industry, including two other manufacturing companies. After closing of the transaction, working capital and long-term financing will be provided by Arctaris, a Boston-based impact investment firm working in partnership with leading banks, foundations, private companies and government partners with a focus on job creation.

Rideshare Rooftop Ads

Today more than 80 members of the Independent Drivers Guild descended on City Hall to call for the city to reverse its ban on rooftop advertising for for-hire vehicles. The Guild testified at a City Council Transportation Committee hearing in favor of City Council bill Intro 1738, sponsored by Transportation Committee Chair Ydanis Rodriguez, which would allow for-hire vehicle drivers to earn much-needed extra pay through rooftop advertising. 

Exterior roof-top advertising opportunities are currently only afforded to medallion owners, but not FHV owner-operators, including drivers for app-based and livery services. Drivers can earn as much as $300 per month and $3600 per year through rooftop advertising without driving extra hours and adding to congestion.  Intro 1738 is the first of a handful of bills in the works to address the demands and concerns raised in IDG’s Drivers’ Bill of Rights, which has the support of more than nine thousand drivers so far. 

“For years, drivers have been struggling to make ends meet. Rooftop advertisements are an easy way for drivers to supplement their income without having to drive longer hours and add to congestion,” said IDG executive director Brendan Sexton. “In the life of an Uber or Lyft driver, an extra $300 per month can mean the difference between being able to afford health insurance or not. It can cover a month’s worth of fuel expenses or after school child care.”

“We are thankful to Chairman Ydanis Rodriguez and Members of the City
Council Transportation Committee for listening to drivers and we urge the Council to support this bill as an important step to provide immediate and much-needed relief to drivers,” added Sexton. “We are also pleased that the Taxi and Limousine Commission today voiced support for rooftop ads with the amendment we have urged which would require that ad revenue goes to drivers, rather than Uber or Lyft, leasing companies, or big fleet owners, as has occurred in the taxi industry.”

The IDG led a years-long campaign to win the nation’s first minimum wage for app-based drivers in New York City at a rate of $27.86 per hour, however app companies violated these rules and city regulators failed to take enforcement action. In response, more than 100 IDG members unveiled the Drivers’ Bill of Rights at City Hall this past fall, calling for the city to address concerns affecting drivers’ livelihoods. A week later, thousands of IDG members temporarily closed down the Brooklyn Bridge and the FDR in protest and in response to the city’s TLC ignoring Uber and Lyft’s violation of the City’s own minimum pay law. Now more than nine thousand drivers have signed on to the Guild’s Drivers’ Bill of Rights. Members of the Transportation Committee responded and have told the Guild they are working on a number of bills addressing the issues raised in the Drivers’ Bill of Rights. Today marks the first hearing addressing one of these issues and what the Guild hopes is the first of several bills to come before the committee to provide relief to struggling drivers.

Here is IDG’s prepared testimony for today’s hearing:

Testimony of Brendan Sexton, Executive Director
Independent Drivers Guild (IDG)
Before the City Council Committee on Transportation
January 22, 2020

Good morning Chairman Rodriguez, members of the Transportation Committee. My name is Brendan Sexton and I am the Executive Director of the Independent Drivers Guild, otherwise known as IDG. We are here to wholeheartedly support Intro 1738. 

Joining me today on this panel are some drivers who will help me tell our story — the story of how app-based drivers who, despite the reforms passed by this Council and despite what TLC claims, continue to struggle to make a fair and livable wage. (and I’d also like to acknowledge the IDG members drivers who have joined us here today in the audience) As we explained to this Committee back in September, the minimum pay rules are failing to meet their intended goal as Uber and Lyft continue to circumvent the rules and the TLC continues to ignore our pleas for assistance and enforcement. 

More than 100 IDG members came before you that day to seek your help as we rolled out our Drivers Bill of Rights to address these and other concerns affecting drivers’ livelihoods. A week later, thousands of our members temporarily closed down the Brooklyn Bridge and the FDR in protest and in response to TLC ignoring Uber and Lyft’s blatant violation of this City Council’s own minimum pay law. I am pleased to know that the City Council, and especially the Members of this Committee, have heard our pleas and a number of bills addressing the issues raised in our Drivers’ Bill of Rights are in the works. Today marks the first hearing addressing one of these bills and what we hope is the first of several bills to come before this committee to provide immediate and much-needed relief to drivers.

As many members of this Committee know through our discussions over the last few months, we believe Intro 1738 is a very important measure that would provide app-based and livery drivers with an opportunity to supplement their income from driving. This is money that will go directly into the pocket of FHV owner-operators – not base owners, not Uber, not Lyft.

This legislation would require that the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) issue permits to allow for exterior rooftop advertising on any type of for-hire vehicle, provided such advertising complies with all applicable laws, rules, and regulations. Exterior roof-top advertising opportunities are currently only afforded to medallion owners, but not FHV owner-operators.  This bill would provide for parity, equality, andNa significant step in the fight for the fair treatment of these hard-working New Yorkers. 

We were all dumbfounded when, in August of 2019, TLC took away this ability — and only from FHV drivers.  Given the continuing struggles FHV drivers continue to go through, this just added insult to injury. 

Intro 1738 corrects this injustice by affording FHV drivers the opportunity to contract with TLC approved advertising companies for digital rooftop advertising and earn $300 per month/$3600 per year in
supplemental income. As you will hear from the drivers themselves, this additional income can and will make a big difference in the lives of FHV drivers as it can cover any number of expenses, such as health insurance, which is not provided by the app-based companies, a months’ worth of healthy groceries (according to the USDA),  or 100% of a driver’s monthly fuel expenses.

It is also important to note that this opportunity to earn additional income comes without any obligation to spend additional hours on the road and, as a result, will not increase congestion.  It will also allow hardworking drivers to bring home the same income while spending less time on the road and more time with their families.

All that being said, we also want to ensure there are additional driver protections built into this legislation to ensure that it is the drivers who benefit from this opportunity, not the app companies, not leasing companies and fleet owners. ALL drivers must be afforded this opportunity without undue interference from the exploitative nature of app-based or leasing companies. While 80% of our industry’s drivers own their own cars, 20% do lease.  And as you all know, our industry’s drivers have major issues with predatory leasing companies. (and we have been talking with Council Member Moya about his leasing legislation). Therefore, while this legislation as currently drafted will definitely benefit a majority of our drivers, we are less certain, given the leasing industries tendency to take advantage of our drivers, about the rest. 

We would like to see an amendment to Intro 1738 that provides TLC with the regulatory authority to ensure drivers are protected and not further exploited by preventing leasing companies as well as the app companies from either requiring or prohibiting drivers from obtaining rooftop advertising and ensure that any and all revenue derived from such advertising goes directly and fully to the driver at a fair and mutually agreeable rate.

In speaking with some of you on this Committee, another concern has been raised that I would like to address. We have spoken to a major rooftop advertising company (who we understand will be testifying here today) who currently provides exterior rooftop advertising to the taxi industry and it is very clear: the existing benefits to the taxi industry from digital rooftop advertising will not be diminished or diluted by this bill in any way. To the contrary, if advertisers and drivers are able to deploy rooftop advertising on both taxicabs and FHVs, the advertising coverage to advertisers would be expanded within the city, and rooftop advertising becomes more attractive to advertisers and ultimately becomes more sustainable for all vehicle classes.  

For the past few months, our team has engaged numerous council members on this and other pressing issues, and I’d like to thank Chairman Rodriguez for spearheading the effort to introduce this bill.  I’d also like to take a moment to thank those of you who have chosen to stand with IDG, our drivers and working-class New Yorkers by sponsoring and supporting this bill – it’s clear that you all truly understand just how important this income will be for drivers and their families. Your care is also demonstrated by the other issues on the agenda today–with regard to legislation that would create a Black Car and Livery Task force, we applaud any efforts that would assist with the viability of this industry and help our brother and sister black car and livery drivers. We would only recommend that the legislation be amended to provide for driver and/or driver labor organization representation on the task force.

It’s important to note that Intro 1738, which is related to exterior advertising, is very different from the internal panel advertising legislation. The policy question regarding internal panels entails different considerations that have been the subject of litigation, and although IDG supports any effort to provide increased opportunities to supplement FHV driver income, we believe these issues should be separated. The exterior advertising legislation already has broad support within this committee and we want to ensure that the support that we have worked to secure is in no way jeopardized by an unrelated piece of legislation. 

In closing, I want to thank the Committee for all the work you have done and all we have accomplished together over the last few years in providing relief to 80,000 working families – specifically the approval of landmark driver income and transparency legislation in 2018. And while this has provided some needed relief,  the TLC’s resulting regulations and their lack of enforcement has caused some real problems whereby the full intent and goal of this legislation has still yet to be realized. 

More work needs to be done, but Intro 1738 is an important and significant first step and FHV drivers need to know that this committee, that the City Council is listening and doing all they can do
to help. 

Lexus, IS 350, F Sport, automotive review, Vaughn Lowery, 360 Magazine

LEXUS IS 350 F SPORT AWD

By Vaughn Lowery

Have you ever driven on the streets and wondered, “Why people purchased this small Lexus?” At first glimpse, it’s unassuming and subtle. But after testing out the 2019 Lexus IS 350 F Sport AWD, we possess an entirely different perspective. At roughly $51,640 USD, this model definitely is a contender for the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series.

DESIGN

The overall skeleton of the model hasn’t changed much in the last 20 years. The silhouette still appears somewhat the same. Of course, the most pronounced new features are the triple beam headlamps with a set of divorced daytime running lamps adjacent to an overly pronounced spindle grill. The front is aggressive and brave which fits in line with Lexus’s new mantra, “To be bold.” Once you stamp F Sport badging onto this vehicle, you get 18″ 5-spoke wheels and an interior which is unique in its class.

Inside, the cabin is quiet and the overall instrument panel dazzles. With the click of a button on the steering wheel, you can see different screens and reports which are mostly up to your customizations. The 10.3 inch infotainment system is sleeker and larger than its precursors. Middle counsel bears an arm control with a mouse-like joystick which allows you to toggle around the menu. The race-inspired front seats are heated and cooled as well as exhibits an F Sport insignia. Multi-adjustable, power front seating, allows the driver to feel more in control of the vehicle. There’s a ton of legroom in front if you push the seats back, only you lose most of the already non-existent legroom in the rear. All in all the car seats 4 comfortably but 2 of the adults shouldn’t be over 5’7. There’s no panoramic roof offered, but the sunroof makes it feel more receptive. Not to cite, the faux suede headliner makes the car feel luxurious. In accession, the analog clock in the center of dash adds a tinge of elegance with functionality.

Technology

Although Lexus Enform allows you to immediately speak with an operator for directions while in motion, there’s still no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. Yes, you can split the screen to view music while you watch directions, but it can get quite cumbersome while driving. And, since you want to pay close attention to the road, the dual/triple view can make it tough to focus on the mapped out routes which were programmed for your road trip.

The 10-speaker Premium Sound System adds an element of enjoyment which most models in its it class can’t come near to. So if you love music with heavy bass lines like we do, then this system delivers. In gain, the static Bluetooth capabilities along with Siri Eyes Free should keep you somewhat intuitive in this compact world.

We highly recommend this model for youthful car enthusiasts who reside in overcrowded urban centers. Short wheelbase, parking assist and backup cam makes it easy to fit in small parking places.

Safety

Lexus Safety System+ comes standard on this trim. It offers an array of modifications which will come in handy on extended trips where driver’s fatigue can creep in. On plenty of occasions while in heavy street traffic, the Pedestrian Detection alerted us to be cognizant of jaywalkers which is the norm in NYC. Furthermore, since the car sits low, many cars couldn’t take notice of its small physique, but our Pre-Collision System managed to keep us on our toes while others proved to cut us off. Moreover, while on long distance trips lane departure and steering assists came in handy alongside of radar cruise control. In increase, the Intellingent High Beam headlights work like a charm on the Brooklyn Bridge and inside the Holland Tunnel, providing us with ample light while inside those dark pockets.

Performance

With virtually the same powerplant of the 2020 Toyota Supra, this 3.5L, V6 aspirated engine outputs 311 HP with 280 lb-foot of torque. It may not be as responsive as its predecessor, the 2014 IS which possessed a 5.0L V8, but it unquestionably has its soul. Overall the chassis is nice and has a stiff suspension. In Sport+ Mode, the steering feels stiffest and the exhaust notes are intensified. The AWD adds about 200lbs to the car’s weight, but it’s easily worth it. Particularly, if you like to claw around corners while being planted. With 22 mpg city, 31 mpg highway and 25 mpg combined, she’s worth her weight in gold.

In short, the Lexus IS 350 F Sport AWD is quick, nimble and delivers the right curb appeal at the right price. In fact, she’s approximately $10,000 less than a beamer which possesses far less features. Thus, if you’re in the market for a seductive compact sports sedan with a ton of driver intuitive amenities, then look no further.

For all things Lexus IS F Sport AWD go HERE.

Harley-Davidson Museum, Milwaukee, 360 MAGAZINE

Harley-Davidson Museum

When autumn arrives, look to the Harley-Davidson Museum to keep the good times rolling. New exhibits, family-friendly fun and more promise to deliver miles and miles of smiles. Whether it’s opening the doors for Gallery Night or bringing hundreds of fitness fans to campus for a Spartan workout, the H-D Museum has something for everyone this month.

NEW INSTALLATIONS
“Building a Milwaukee Icon: Harley-Davidson’s Juneau Avenue Factory” (open now)
A recently recovered cache of architectural drawings includes plans for the original Juneau Avenue facility. The pencil drawings, along with archival photographs, demonstrate the whirlwind pace of the company’s early growth. While building an international business—going from producing just over 1,000 motorcycles in 1909 to manufacturing 27,000 motorcycles in 1920—the company’s Milwaukee factory experienced near-constant expansion. Construction through this relatively brief period created the buildings that today, a century later, are still the proud home of Harley-Davidson.
“Building a Milwaukee Icon” provides a snapshot of Harley-Davidson’s formative years and illustrates a chapter of Milwaukee history when the city was known as the “Machine Shop to the World.”

Experience Gallery: Model Year 2020 Harley-Davidson motorcycles
Always a favorite photo opportunity for riders and non-riders alike, the H-D Museum’s Experience Gallery has been revamped to feature five 2020 Harley-Davidson motorcycles – including the all-new, all-electric LiveWire™!

Custom Culture Installation: “Blackbird”
Blackbird, from the minds of Bobby Greene and Justin Walls, pays homage to Joe Petrali’s 1936 EL landspeed motorcycle. Elements of Petrali’s machine are imitated in this contemporary custom bike. Both vehicles use Harley-Davidson handlebars and forks made for board trackers; both have hillclimber frames; and their wheels are the same design and size. On display for a limited time, race fans will be thrilled to get an up-close look at this tribute to historic motorcycle landspeed racing.   

EVENTS
$10 Tuesday are back!
Don’t forget: Museum admission on Tuesdays from October through April is just $10, no reservation required. And kids are just two for $10, too! Plus, a Hamilton gets you the delicious chef’s choice Taco Tuesdays at MOTOR Bar & Restaurant.

Free admission during Gallery Night
Friday, Oct. 18, 5-9 p.m.
Visit the H-D Museum for FREE on Friday, Oct. 18. Presented by the Historic Third Ward Association, Gallery Night & Day is the two-day premier art event in Milwaukee for both the experienced artist and beginning admirer. Tonight, be sure to check out “Building a Milwaukee Icon: Harley-Davidson’s Juneau Avenue Factory.” Free Friday night Museum admission from 5-9 p.m.; regular Museum admission applies on Saturday.

Spartan Workout Tour
Saturday, Oct. 26, 8-9:30 a.m.
Unleash your inner Spartan! The H-D Museum is hosting a free, 90-minute workout catered to all fitness levels and led by a certified Spartan SGX Coach in Milwaukee on the grounds of the world-famous Harley-Davidson Museum. The Spartan Workout Tour is extremely doable and productive for any and all levels of fitness. Our certified Spartan SGX Coaches will lead you in a workout that helps everyone from beginners to workout fanatics take it up a notch. You’ll meet new friends. You’ll get helpful tips, practical new training techniques, and even a special “Spartan Workout Tour” T-shirt to commemorate the fun. And just like you, the freebies don’t stop when the workout is done. Show your workout T-shirt and get free admission to the H-D Museum. Experience the thrills and heart-pumping adrenaline that Harley-Davidson – the Official Motorcycle of Spartan US – has built over 116 years. We’re here to help racers get revved up!

Skulloween Bike Night
Thursday, Oct. 31, 5-9 p.m.
It’s time. After a summer full of hitting Milwaukee’s favorite hotspots, the Wisconsin Ale Trail will make one final stop at the Harley-Davidson Museum for Skulloween Bike Night (5-9 p.m. on Thursday, October 31st) where one lucky person will ride off on a brand-new Harley-Davidson! Join the fun and it could be you who holds the keys to this Great American Freedom Machine at the end of the night.
Qualifiers from Harley-Davidson events throughout the summer will have a chance to see if it’s their key that gets the motor running on this Harley-Davidson motorcycle. But even if you didn’t enter previously, you still have a chance to win as one lucky entrant will be drawn at Skulloween Bike Night. Come on down for your chance to win the prize of a lifetime and enjoy a night of rolling sculptures, music and loads of great prizes!

LEGO Mystery Mural
Nov. 2 & 3, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
The Harley-Davidson Museum and LEGO invite all Milwaukeeans to make your mark on a piece of Harley-Davidson history. Visit the H-D Museum on Saturday, Nov. 2 and Sunday, Nov. 3 as an 11-foot-by-4-foot mural is built by you … yes, you! Kids of all ages are welcome to pop into the H-D Museum lobby to snap LEGO bricks into place and help build the mural that will remain on display until spring. Kids 17 and under will get free admission to the H-D Museum this weekend to help spark those creative juices. Plus, the new Family Fun Guide shines a spotlight on all the kid-friendly fun to be had on campus.
But the merrymaking doesn’t stop there. Kids ages 3-7 will be able to take a spin on the all-new H-D™ IRONe™ electric balance bikes. Dress for the weather and experience the thrill of these twist-and-go bicycles in Motorcycle Plaza. Plus, one lucky winner will ride off on an H-D IRONe bicycle! Airbrush tattoos, hands-on activities and specials at MOTOR Bar & Restaurant (did someone say Build-Your-Own Mac & Cheese, Hot Coco Station and a Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary bar?) promise to bring ear-to-ear smiles to all. Support your community with the 8th Annual #DWYD Toy & Book Drive. Donate a Toy or Book to the Milwaukee Child Advocacy Center (MCAC) in affiliation with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and receive 15% off at MOTOR® Bar & Restaurant. H-D® Fat Boy® motorcycle LEGO Kits available in the Shop along with apparel customization.

SAVE THE DATES
Veterans Day Appreciation
Friday, Nov. 9 – Sunday, Nov. 11, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Black Friday Beerfest
Friday, Nov. 29, 4-7 p.m. (VIP entry at 3 p.m.)

Happy Harley Days
Dec. 7, 14 and 21, 10 a.m.-6p.m.

About the Harley-Davidson Museum

A walk through the Harley-Davidson Museum® is a walk through the history of America. With an unrivaled collection of Harley-Davidson® motorcycles and memorabilia, a 20-acre, park-like campus, and a calendar full of activities, the H-D Museum™ is one of Milwaukee’s top tourist destinations for visitors from around the globe. A visit to the H-D Museum™ is an experience that will stay with you for a lifetime. Make your plans to visit the Harley-Davidson Museum® at h-dmuseum.com.

Aptera Motors , 360 MAGAZINE, Never Charge, solar-charging

APTERA

APTERA UNVEILS WORLD’S FIRST “NEVER CHARGE” ELECTRIC VEHICLE

Power Required for Most Driving to Come From the Sun, Not the Grid

Aptera Motors, makers of the world’s most efficient passenger vehicles, introduces Never Charge, an integrated solar-charging option that means never having to charge your car again. This is the first solar vehicle-charging system capable of meeting well over the mileage needs of most drivers.

“A no-fuel transportation option is finally possible, the result of Aptera’s efficient vehicle technology and today’s leading solar cells,” said Aptera co-CEO Steve Fambro. “This is a genuinely off-grid solution and something that can power my home. I’ll feel much better about my energy-use footprint with an Aptera in my driveway.”

The Aptera, which can go 1,000 miles on a single charge, is four times more efficient than the average EV. At 100 watthours per mile, it boasts the lowest energy consumption of any electric vehicle on the road. A modest solar complement integrated into the surface of the Aptera’s body can now supply up to 40 miles’ worth of power per day and more than 11,000 miles of total charge per year with no impact on performance.

Never Charge is the first offering to provide truly grid-independent transportation. It will allow drivers to use the excess power they generate to run their homes or feed it back to the grid at night. It also precludes Aptera from having to incorporate a rapid-charging solution into the vehicle or build out a proprietary charging network.

Initially available as part of a special-edition package, Never Charge will ultimately be an option for any Aptera vehicle. Option details and pricing will be announced in coming months, prior to the start of pre-orders.

To find out more about Aptera and Never Charge, visit: www.Aptera.us or watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlGKZe4EYj4&feature=youtu.be

About Aptera Motors

Aptera Motors strives to positively impact the planet by building the world’s most efficient transportation. With advanced aerodynamics, lightweight structures and an efficient powertrain, Apterae use less energy by a factor of four than the average electric vehicle. This enables Apterae to travel more than 1,000 miles on a single charge while providing safety, comfort and a fun driving experience.

Hot Wheels, Jay Leno, Jay Leno's Garage, Auto, Car Enthusiasts, NBC, ferencomm, 360 MAGAZINE

JAY LENO’S GARAGE


NEW EPISODE: “Sky’s the Limit” – Wednesday, October 2 at 10 PM ET/PT


Since the turn of the last century, cars and planes have led parallel lives as planes have dictated both the look and the science of cars. In this episode, Jay goes up in the air with his old friend John Travolta to discuss his fascination with airplanes and plane-influenced cars! Whether he’s using a Dodge Charger to land a U2 reconnaissance plane or blowing flames in a mind-bogglingly powerful aero-engine car, the sky’s the limit for Jay in this thrill-a-minute homage to vehicles influenced by flight.

About “Jay Leno’s Garage”
Jay Leno’s Garage” takes fast and furious car fans for a high-octane spin across the country with a mix of stunts, reviews, celebrity interviews and challenges. As well as putting some of the world’s most amazing vehicles through their paces, Jay meets fellow car enthusiasts from whom he’ll discover the touching, hilarious and sometimes hard-to-believe stories that make these cars more than just rubber and metal. There’s no wheel Jay won’t get behind to tell the story of our love affair with the automobile. 

Lexus, IS 350, F Sport, Vaughn Lowery, 360 MAGAZINE

How to Make Your Car Look Cool: 3 Steps

Are you tired of driving a car that makes it look like you’re on your way to the PTA? Check out this guide to learn how to make your car look cool.
There are currently 300 million cars on the road in America.


It’s likely your car blends in with the other cars on the road. Do you want to stand out? You’ll have to make your car way cooler. You’ll have so much pride in your ride and your friends will want to drive in your car.
When most people think of a cool car, they think of buying a hot sports car or another trendy car. Are you on a budget? There are ways to make your existing car cooler without spending a ton of money.


If you want to know how to make your car look cool, follow these simple steps.


Step 1: Get Your Car Washed and Detailed


The first step is one that everyone should follow regularly — not only getting your car professionally washed but also detailed. You can add all of the upgrades and details you can afford. But if your car is dirty, it will look cheap.


Don’t only focus on washing the car’s outside but also the inside. Clean up any trash, vacuum the floors, and add an air freshener.


A professional detailing is also necessary, which is an in-depth cleaning from top to bottom. If your car has any scratches, you can give your car a good wax and mask those scratches.


Step 2: Paint or Wrap Your Car


The easiest way to make your car look brand new without buying a new car is by repainting your car.
Even if you paint your car its original color, a fresh coat of paint will give your car a youthful appearance. But you can also paint your car a different color or a combination of different colors.


However, painting your car is permanent. Do you want another way to change your car’s appearance without investing in a permanent makeover? Wrap your car.
A wrap can be applied to your whole car or just a portion of your car. A wrap can be a color but they can also be graphics, images, text, designs, and even textures.


Step 3: Buy New Wheels


A new set of wheels can make any mom or dad car stand out. Adding new wheels can give your car a little bit of personality.


You can choose many new wheel options that work for all cars, not just insanely large rims. There are also wheels that work within all budgets. In addition, buying new wheels is also beneficial for your car.


What do you do with your old wheels? You can sell them back at any cash for junk cars place and make some extra money off of your old wheels!


How to Make Your Car Look Cool: Follow This Restoration and Upgrade Advice


From buying new wheels to professional detailing, there are many ways to upgrade your car without buying a new one. You just need to know how to make your car look cool.
Need more car advice? Want to know the latest models and the newest trends? We offer an auto section. Continue reading our blog!

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Steps to Take Following a Car Accident

Car travel has become so commonplace in everyday life that it is easy to take peaceful car rides for granted and ignore the potential hazards cars create. No one wants to imagine being involved in a car accident. But in the unfortunate event you ever are in an accident, you should always remember to take these steps to ensure any claims you may want to make against whomever caused the accident are preserved:

Do Your Best to Remain Calm

Yes, this one is much more easily said than done. Your heart is probably racing. You are probably upset or angry with the person who caused the accident, and you may be in physical pain. Even so, you must do everything you can to keep your cool if you want the accident and, down the line, your claim against whomever is responsible, to be handled properly.

Check to See If Anyone in Your Car—Including You—Is or May Be Injured

Car accidents can lead to all types of injuries. Some are minor, some are of life-altering severity and some are so catastrophic they can lead to death. You may not realize you are injured until hours, days or even weeks after an accident. Once the dust has settled, check yourself for any signs of injury, such as scrapes, scratches, skin discoloration, bumps anywhere on your body, blood or anything else that feels or appears abnormal. If you are physically able to do so, you should call the police. If you need emergency medical treatment, tell the operator to send an ambulance to the scene. You should also begin taking pictures of your car and of any injuries you believe you sustained.

If You Feel Up to It, See If Anyone Outside Your Car Is Injured

If you feel you can exit your car without risking any further injury to yourself or anyone else, check on the driver and any passengers in all other vehicles involved. They will likely appreciate your concern, and this will give you an opportunity to assess their physical and mental state in the moment if they claim any injuries later. When you check on them, exchange car insurance information with all the other drivers involved in the accident and talk to anyone who witnessed the accident.

Call the Police and Talk to the Responding Police Personnel When They Arrive

Calling the police is essential. When they arrive, they will take statements from all the drivers and witnesses, record each driver’s insurance information, make note of any citations being issued, issue citations and write a comprehensive report. It is important to make sure the responding police personnel get as much information about the accident as possible to determine who caused it and what penalty will be assessed to whomever is responsible. They will also likely ask if you need emergency medical care. If you do want medical attention, they will call an ambulance staffed with emergency medical technicians to the scene. Just to be on the safe side, you should let medical personnel examine you.

Take Pictures of Everything—Yes, Everything

You should take as many pictures of the cars and people involved in the accident as you can. These pictures will be extremely valuable as evidence of the accident’s severity and as evidence of any injuries you sustained. Without this type of evidence, even the best personal injury lawyer will be starting off at a disadvantage in proving your case. Taking pictures of the scene can be beneficial, too, to provide context when you describe the accident later.

Go to the Emergency Room, Even If Only As a Precautionary Measure

Even if you are not in pain and you do not feel any different than normal, you should go to the emergency room to be examined. Deciding you feel fine at the scene, declining treatment and then realizing you need to be treated after the fact is the last thing you want. Beyond the inconvenience of then having to get to the emergency room or an urgent-care facility on your own, there is a chance your injuries will have worsened in the time since the accident.

Contact an Experienced Car Accident Attorney

You want someone with experience in the courtroom and someone who knows how to recover the money clients are owed. When you select an attorney, you should choose the Los Angeles car accident attorney who will be your most effective advocate both in court and in negotiating with insurance companies. Contact West Coast Trial Lawyers for additional information about how to select the best personal injury lawyer.

File Your Insurance Claims

This is where getting insurance information from any other drivers involved in the accident will pay off. If you do not have their information, you cannot file a claim for damages with their car insurance company and recover for your injuries. An experienced car accident attorney will be able to guide you through the claim process. Without this information, even the best personal injury attorney will have difficulty collecting your damages from the at-fault person or persons.

Be Diligent with Respect to Continuing Medical Treatment for Your Injuries

Listen to your doctors. Attend your follow-up appointments with them. They will discharge you from their care when they believe you are well enough to do without it. Do not try to manage your own care. Your doctors have your best interest in mind and will treat you until you have reached maximum medical improvement.

Take Your Car Accident Attorney’s Advice

The process of recovering damages from at-fault drivers after an accident seems daunting. When an experienced Los Angeles accident attorney is representing you, you will have peace of mind in knowing your attorney has a thorough understanding of the judicial system and knows how to handle your claim. The ability to receive thoughtful advice from a seasoned professional is one of the biggest advantages of having an accident attorney to represent you. Trust your attorney’s judgment and listen to the advice your attorney provides. In the end, when your claim is resolved, you will be happy you did.