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A Short History of the SUV for Students in Mechanic Programs

December 6, 2018

Canadians love their sport utility vehicles (SUVs). In fact, while passenger car sales have been dropping for years, SUV sales are skyrocketing and now account for 44.3% of all vehicle sales in Canada. We rely on our SUVs for everything from getting the groceries to planning rugged camping adventures. SUVs are so common that it

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A Guide to Understanding Cruise Control for Students in Auto Repair Training

November 29, 2018

Cruise control is a system for automatically maintaining a car’s speed at a set value. For long drives on straight roads, without too many other drivers around, it can be incredibly useful. Instead of continually monitoring and making fine adjustments to their speed, a driver can simply concentrate on steering, and allow cruise control to

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Here’s What Students in Automotive Mechanic Courses Need to Know About the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer

November 22, 2018

It’s been more than 10 long years, but the Chevy Blazer is finally back—sort of. Unveiled this summer in Atlanta, the rebooted 2019 Chevrolet Blazer doesn’t actually look anything like the classic K5 Blazer for which it’s named. While that may disappoint those who were hoping to see a tough off-road vehicle, this crossover still

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Does Tesla Have a Reliability Problem? What Students in Automotive Mechanics Training Need to Know

November 15, 2018

Since releasing the record-setting Tesla Roadster in 2008, Tesla has built a worldwide reputation as one of the world’s leading makers of high-performance all-electric cars. The company has enjoyed a tremendous amount of public hype over the years, and it’s built a loyal following of devoted Tesla drivers with its sleek designs, over-the-air updates, and

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Highlights of SEMA 2018 for Students in Automotive Training

November 8, 2018

The SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) Show is the world’s biggest automotive speciality products trade event. Every year, manufacturers, automakers, and retailers converge in Las Vegas, Nevada, to showcase the hottest new car parts and display the year’s most cutting-edge concept and custom vehicles. Students in automotive training looking for inspiration on their own custom

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Interested in Auto Mechanic Training? Here Are 3 Little-Known Facts About Headlight Design

November 1, 2018

Headlights can sometimes be overlooked in discussions about cars. Although they’re essential safety features, allowing us to drive at all times of night and in all visibility conditions, they haven’t historically had the same levels of experimentation or variety as some other elements, largely due to years of strict safety regulations limiting their development. A

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Students at Automotive School, Feast Your Eyes on the Bollinger B2

October 25, 2018

The automotive industry recently received an electric shock with the premiere of the new Bollinger B2 model. Although it may seem like just another truck, it has quickly set itself apart by being the world’s first all-electric, all-wheel drive pickup truck. The B2, which builds upon the design and function of its predecessor the B1,

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Interested in Training for Mechanics? Here’s What You Should Know about the Aquatic Amphicar

October 18, 2018

Although it was in production for only five years from 1960 to 1965, and the innovations it introduced were never taken up by other major car manufacturers, the Amphicar Model 770 is a curiosity worth learning about. The world’s only mass-produced civilian amphibious passenger vehicle, it was capable of running both on land and in

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What is Engine Displacement? 5 Facts for Students at Automotive Mechanic Schools

October 11, 2018

The word ‘displacement’ usually has a negative meaning, but in the motoring world—the more displacement the better. Engine displacement is a term relating to the combustion process of the vehicle, which generates the power to get the wheels moving. You might not have heard of the phrase before, but you’re likely to know plenty about

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How the Thing Baffled Pros with Car Mechanic Training: A Guide to the Volkswagen 181

October 4, 2018

There are many, and few, ways to describe the Volkswagen Thing. Emerging onto the automotive scene in the 1970’s, this multi-purpose car quickly became an exotic oddity in North America. Although the Thing cruised through Europe, it had a relatively brief sales run in the US. Referred to as the bucket wagon, its strange minimalistic

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