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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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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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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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How Mechanic Training Can Help You Diagnose and Fix “Engine Knock”

March 1, 2018

As a car mechanic, you will probably experience a fair share of clients coming in worried about a mysterious noise under their hood. Quite often, you will likely be able to diagnose this problem as ‘engine knock’, also known as pinging or detonation. Engine knock signifies that something is off with an engine’s spark ignition

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What Students in Automotive School Need to Know About Rear-Engine Vehicles

August 3, 2017

With the vast majority of cars, you know that you just need to pop open the hood to get at the engine. Some cars, though, are designed a little differently: their engines are located in the rear of the car. It might seem like this isn’t a huge deal—cars are cars, engines are engines, and

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Pursuing Automotive Training? 4 Reasons Drivers Should Use Winter Tires

November 2, 2016

  Black ice, snow, and slush can create hazardous conditions for drivers during the notorious Canadian winter months. So much so that provinces like Quebec and British Columbia have introduced laws making the use of winter tires mandatory during the winter. This isn’t without good reason. When Quebec passed its law, winter tire usage rose

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Roboracing: What Automotive School Students Should Know About the FIA’s New Driverless Car Series

April 7, 2016

This year, racing fans will get to witness something they’ve never seen before: a motor series featuring driverless cars. Roborace will be part of Formula E (for electric), and will feature 10 teams of 2 cars each. Without drivers controlling the cars, the real stars of Roborace will be the engineers that program their algorithms.

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2015 LA Auto Show: A Recap for Students Pursuing Automotive Industry Training

November 26, 2015

Last week marked the end of the 2015 LA Auto Show, and this year was one of the biggest in the event’s history. Over the past few years, the LA Auto Show has had a strong focus on green cars, with automakers from around the globe mainly placing new fuel-efficient models on display. This year,

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All About the 2016 Chevy Colorado Diesel Pickup

August 6, 2015

General Motors has announced that it will be offering its clients the option of a turbodiesel four-cylinder engine in its 2016 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon models. The trucks are expected to go on sale later this year. Both gasoline and diesel-powered engines have their own advantages. And while a gasoline engine is the standard

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Toyota Introduces New Ultimate Utility Vehicle and More

July 23, 2015

Toyota built an Ultimate Utility Vehicle (UUV) to put on display at this year’s Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) conference. The UUV looks like a combination of a Sienna minivan, a Tacoma pickup truck, and what can only be described as a polished version of a vehicle featured in Mad Max. Auto-lovers might be excited

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