Do You Need It? – Fog Light Kit

Do you really need fog lights? Well, fog lights are only needed or effective in uncommon driving conditions. They are designed to cut down on the glare that is reflected back at you in bad weather. When there are suspended particles in the air from fog, snow, or dust normal headlights and high beams can cause blinding glare resulting in very poor visibility.

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Fog lights are typically located in or below the front bumper of your vehicle. They are angled down to illuminate the ground directly in front of your vehicle. The goal is to provide illumination that will not reflect back into your eyes. What actually achieves this is the pattern of light that the fog light lenses produces.

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Your normal headlights and especially your high beams create a blanket of light over a large area at a high enough angle to see far down the roadway. Fog lights create a distinct bar of light that illuminates down and to the sides. Good fog lights will have a sharp cutoff line on top that allows little light to show over it, preventing reflective glare from any particles above that.

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Who Knew? – Ionic First Generation Mazda Miata Revival

Hard not to love a car that is referred to as a roadster. Sometimes even harder to get original parts and keep it maintained. To help with this Mazda is going to be offering a factory restoration service for the NA MX-5 Miata. With over 400,000 sold in the US from 1989 to 1997, this little sports car still has a huge fan base.

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Usually a service only offered by a manufacturer of very premium brands like Ferrari or Lamborghini, this program from Mazda plans to fully restore these cars to factory-spec using genuine OEM parts. A current drawback is these “classic centers” doing the restoration are only located in Japan.

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Who Knew? – Good Neighbor Exhaust Sound Mode

Who doesn’t love the sound of a throaty V8 exhaust? That is just part of the joy of having a muscle car. Well, turns out that early morning departures and late night arrivals to your home may have your neighbors thinking poorly of your joy of this sound.

Surveys reveal that along with power tools, barking dogs, and band practice, loud engine noise is among the most annoying. Seems early morning lawn mowing wins, but that throaty exhaust sound is right up there on the annoying factor for some.

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What to do to save face with your neighbors? Ford has introduced a solution on the 2018 Mustang. An industry first development called “Quiet Exhaust” Mode. Match that up with the new ”Quiet Start” and you have the ability to lower the exhaust sound by 10 decibels and be able to program what time of day it functions.

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Do You Need It? – Interior Accent Lighting

Wouldn’t it be nice to have more control over your surroundings? To be able to adjust the ambiance and set the mood to match your every whim. You may be able to get a little of this feeling of empowerment by adding interior accent lighting to your Nissan vehicle.

There are a few different types of genuine Nissan accent lighting kits available based on the year and model you have. They can vary from the use of LED lighting that is white or red or blue or up to twenty different per-programmed color options controlled by a single switch. With the twenty colors you can chose any one of the colors or allow it to switch between colors every 3 seconds in demo mode.

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Do You Need It? – Door Scuff Plates

Door scuff plates or maybe call them door sill plates or call them the only thing between the delicate painted, trimmed, or carpeted areas of the entry way to your vehicle and muddy shoes.

First thing you or your passengers will see when getting into your vehicle is the door sill area. It will make a first impression. Will it be a good one or will it be a scuffed, rusted looking one? With constant wear from shuffling feet getting in and out this area can take a beating. To keep the paint from chipping and the trim and carpet from fraying it may be best to add some additional protection with some genuine Mitsubishi door scuff plates.

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Who Knew? – Eyes in Back of Your Head Exists

Remember how Mom and some teachers had the ability to know what was going on all around them even when it didn’t seem like they were looking? Nissan has developed a group of monitoring technologies that together has Mom-like abilities to monitor, respond, and protect occupants of some of their new vehicles.

They call it Nissan Intelligent Safety Shield Technologies suite, and it offers far more than just a color picture on an in-dash screen.

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Who Knew? – Volvo Cars Committed to Cleaner Future

Volvo Cars plans to sell one million electrified cars by 2025. It has announced that every Volvo model from 2019 will have an electric motor. It has been over a century since the invention of the internal combustion engine and now electrification is entering as the new player.

The technology to make it possible and the customer demand for electrified cars is driving Volvo’s commitment to introducing three levels of electrification in its model range. Mild hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and pure electric versions will be offered.

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Who Knew? – Hyper-Connected Intelligent Cars

Hyundai is going to be working with Cisco (worldwide leader in networks and security technology) to create a platform optimized for connected cars. The program will help enable two-way communication internally between the car’s system and externally with road infrastructure, other vehicles, internet devices and the cloud.

Hyundai’s goal is to have the safest and most advanced self-driving vehicles on the market and a big step to that is having extraordinary networking and security. Areas that Cisco will assist in include:

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Do You Need It? – Auto-Dimming Mirror

If you’ve driven at night in a vehicle with a standard inside mirror you have probably experienced the distracting glare of bright lights from a vehicle behind you. If you have a manual anti-glare feature, fumbling for the lever on the mirror to divert the sometimes blinding light can be awkward.

Great way to remove that unsafe distraction is to install an auto-dimming mirror. It will allow you to concentrate on the road while it automatically dims the light you see in the mirror. When the bright light is gone it returns to normal so you can still see detail in the view behind you. The brighter the light behind you the more the mirror dims.

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Do You Need It? – Child Booster Cushion/Backrest

What can you get a child that is four to ten years old and weighs between 33 and 80 pounds? A pony? No silly, a super safe car seat from Volvo.

Volvo Cars was the first car maker to actively test car seats since the 1960s. They continue to be a leader in the development, testing, and correct usage of infant, child, and booster seats. While the infant and child seats are designed to be used as rearward facing, the booster seat is for forward facing children.

Teaching adults to install and operate a child seat is one thing, but getting a child to stay in the seat can be a whole different story. That is why this new generation of booster cushion and backrest are more breathable and comfortable. Besides at four years old it is important to be in style and a good looking booster is way cooler than a traditional child seat.

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