Continuously Variable Transmission Explained: The Key to Efficiency

transmissionIf you’ve been car shopping recently, you’ve probably seen the abbreviation “CVT” on some new models. This stands for a “Continuously Variable Transmission,” an old technology made new. Capable of drastically increasing fuel economy, this new technology is taking over the industry. Let’s explain Continuously Variable Transmission.

According to Autotrader, a CVT works by using a pair of cone shaped pulleys and a high-strength belt in lieu of a gearbox. While in a traditional transmission it has to shift into gear, disengage, and shift to other gears, a CVT is always in the optimum gear ratio (even though it doesn’t actually have the “gears”).

The advantages to this are multifold, including cost and performance. Because transmissions are traditionally considered the most complex aspect of a car (some with over 1,000 individual parts), it’s more affordable and less complex to use a CVT. They also get great fuel economy, one reason green companies started using them.

Why haven’t we seen them before? CVT technology is actually popular in small-engine industries. The only reason it hasn’t been adopted in cars is because you need high-strength materials that can withstand highway speeds. Until recently, these were hard to come by.

Discover more about CVT models by stopping by Gossett VW Porsche.

Porsche Mission E Design: 600 Horsepower of All-Electric Energy

2016 Porsche 911
2016 Porsche 911 – Available at Gossett VW Porsche

Because Porsche is known for its high-performance 911 models, it came as a surprise to many that the brand recently announced it would be creating over 1,000 jobs to build the new Porsche Mission E. This all-electric model is well-known for its quick charge times and advanced technologies.

The Porsche Mission E design is drawing attention as an alternative for gasoline-powered high-performance models. While there are some models out there like it, including the Tesla and BMW i8, the Mission E has a whopping 600 hp and charges to 80% in 15 minutes, according to iDigital Times. You heard right!

“Digitization will be growing up with us,” said Uwe Huck, Deputy Chairman of the Porsche AG Supervisory Board. “And Factory 4.0 will be a major challenge for the workforce, trade union and employer. We will be taking new approaches but not giving up on the social aspects. With this decision, Porsche is driving flat out with no speed restrictions into the automotive and industrial future.”

Though many thought the Mission E might just be a cool concept car, Porsche’s announcement that it would be setting aside resources for 1,000 new jobs to make the car drew astonished reactions. This model could just redefine the way we think about cars.

Fun Things To Do After Thanksgiving Dinner

ThanksgivingEver find yourself looking for fun things to do after Thanksgiving dinner? We’ve thrown together some cool ideas to help you get out and about on one of those most wonderful days of the year.

# 1 – Go to the movies!

Many film studios wait until late in the year to release productions, knowing that this is primarily when people are in the mood for a movie. Not only do we recommend going to see a movie after Thanksgiving dinner, but see a comedy and bring the whole family.

# 2 – Play games!

Board games for the kids, Texas Hold ‘Em for the parents.

# 3 – Take a hike!

If weather is permitting and you can make it outside before sundown, there is nothing like taking a hike with your relatives. Plus, this will give you a chance to walk off the huge meal you just ate.

# 4 – Decorate for Christmas!

If you are the practical type, why not enlist your guests to help you decorate for Christmas? It can be fun to put up Christmas lights and plus, it gets you outside. Or you could just use something like this to get rid of your guests, which is probably more likely.

The All-New 2017 Porsche Macan GTS Is Red, Black, and Cool All Over

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As if the Macan couldn’t get any cooler, Porsche has decided to honor the Macan line with a GTS badge for 2017. Striking aesthetic enhancements and thrilling performance enhancements ensue, all dressed in a compelling red and black.

In the performance department, the 2017 Porsche Macan GTS sees tweaks on all levels. For braking, the Macan GTS will feature large 360 mm rotors up front and in the rear with red calipers adding a dash of color behind the black, alloy wheels. Air suspension is a standard feature on the Macan GTS and ride height is lowered 10-millimeter reduction to improve center of gravity.

Under the hood, the 2017 Porsche Macan GTS uses the same powertrain as the Macan S. It’s a powerful six-cylinder with two turbochargers. With all of the unique enhancements for the GTS, output is measured at 360 horsepower and 369 lb-ft for torque. Add the available Sport Chrono Package and the all-new 2017 Porsche Macan GTS will take you from 0 to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds.

How to Increase the Resale Value of Your Vehicle

When it comes time to sell your vehicle, the first thing you should do is put yourself in the place of the buyer. What do you see? You might see a vehicle that appears as if it has not been taken care of.

Now while you know the truth, a buyer doesn’t have that luxury. They have to go on what they see! This is why cleaning up your vehicle can increase its resale value. Here’s how:

headlight# 1 – Your headlight lenses can grow murky and hazy over time, giving your vehicle an overly broken-in appearance. Very lightly sand and then polish this haze away.

# 2 – Detail your interior. If you don’t want to do it, it pays to pay a professional. A potential buyer may find a filthy interior uninviting and generally off-putting. If you choose to do it yourself, break out the toothbrush, Q-tips, and all of your odd-shaped vacuum attachments! Getting the filth and dirt out of those nooks and crannies is what makes the difference.

# 3 – Do the easy fixes, as CNN Money suggests. Things like a burned-out taillight or a damaged muffler are going to affect resale value more than what they cost to repair.

# 4 – Make her shine! Nothing says “This vehicle has been properly taken care of” like a nice, shiny finish. Wash it thoroughly and give it a good wax job. You should even consider using a clay bar to remove surface stains. Buff out superficial scratches.

As you apply these tips on how to increase the resale value of your vehicle, always ask yourself, “What would I pay for this vehicle?” Let that thought guide your work.

Exciting Improvements for the Porsche 911 Targa 4 and Carrera 4

The 2017 Porsche 911 Targa 4 and Carrera 4 models are set to roll out next year and with them come a lot of exciting performance advancements.

First and foremost, we will see a new engine with these two models. Porsche has designed and perfected a 3.0-liter flat six twin-turbo motor that delivers 370 horsepower and 331 lb-ft of torque. That’s 20 more horsepower than the previous year. Pick up the “4” versions of these two models and enjoy 50 more horsepower and 37 more lb-ft. of torque.

Not just in the power department, the improvements for the Porsche 911 Targa 4 and Carrera 4 include enhancements in handling and response as well. The electro-hydraulically controlled all-wheel drive that the 911 has become well-known for has been designed to respond “even more quickly and sensitively.” The Porsche Active Suspension Management is standard to all Carrera models. According to a press release, PASM not only “aids stability during cornering,” it also “lowers the ride height by 10 millimeters compared to the previous model.”

Sounds like the Porsche 911 is headed in the right direction!

2016 Porsche 911
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5 Memphis Museums to See

Memphis is a city that is full of wonderful culture! The best way to explore that culture is to visit the various museums in the cities. Here are 5 Memphis Museums to see.

National Civil Rights Museum

Memphis served as the heart of the Civil Rights movement in America. This museum documents the struggles and triumphs of a movement that is still alive and strong today.

Stax Museum of American Soul Music

Soul music is, well, the soul of the city, and there’s no better place to explore its influence than at this wonderful museum.

Graceland

Speaking of music, the King of Rock and Roll’s home is filled with Elvis artifacts and memorabilia.

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

In addition to music, Memphis is also big on other forms of art. This art museum houses many of the artistic cultural pieces of the city.

The Children’s Museum of Memphis

For the little ones, the Children’s Museum of Memphis is the perfect place for them to explore their surroundings and simply have fun being a kid!

Simple Ways to Improve Fuel Efficiency

gas gaugeIn today’s world, drivers are always looking for ways to obtain a better fuel economy. However, you don’t need a fancy hybrid car to accomplish this goal. Here are some simple ways to improve fuel efficiency.

Don’t Slam on the Accelerator or Brakes

When you suddenly stop or start your car, you are also decreasing your fuel efficiency. In order to avoid higher prices at the pump, be sure to accelerate and coast at a more manageable rate.

Drive the Speed Limit

Speeding is not only unethical, it’s also inefficient. When you accelerate to speeds faster than 50 mph, your gas mileage decreases exponentially. A steadier pace will win the race in the long run.

Lighten Your Load

Packing the back of your car with too much stuff can really hurt your fuel economy. For every additional 100 pounds of cargo, your fuel efficiency decreases by 1%. By removing unneeded weight from the car, you can save some much-needed money.

Porsche Tops 2015 J.D. Power APEAL Study

J.D. Power and Associates is a global market research company which produces many of what are widely regarded as benchmark studies in the automotive field. Porsche was recognized by the company in two of these recent studies.

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For the 2015 J.D. Power ‘APEAL’ study, the firm evaluates what it calls “Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout.” This breaks down into eight different categories, such as ride, handling and braking, and engine/transmission.

Surveyors then asked over 84,000 people to evaluate their new vehicles based upon these categories. The average for premium vehicles is 841. The industry average is 798. Porsche scored a whopping 874.

For the 2015 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study, Porsche beat every other brand. This is the third year in a row that Porsche has taken the lead. This study measures the number of problems a brand’s vehicles have after 90 days of ownership.

Porsche sees this success as being largely dependent on customer satisfaction. Matthias Müller, Chairman of the Executive Board of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, said in a press release, “We see these awards as confirmation of our strategy for high quality standards in design, development and production and in continuously offering Porsche customers a unique purchase and ownership experience.”

Tips to Help Maintain Coolant System

overheating vehicleFor a long time, Porsche and Volkswagen vehicles were unique for being air-cooled. These days, these machines are liquid-cooled. The way it works is that the heat from your engine passes into the fluid and then the fluid passes through your radiator where it is cooled and heads back to your engine to absorb more heat.

The coolant system on your vehicle is a vital system so it is always a good idea to make sure it is healthy. How can you help maintain your coolant system?

Check for leaks

Always be on the lookout for leaks. A hose is the usual suspect as hoses can occasionally fail. In the case of a leak, you might see radiator fluid on the ground where your car has been parked. You might also see it, or feel it, on one of the hoses. A leaky radiator is a serious issue. In any case, you should never drive a car leaking fluid. Have a professional examine the car as soon as possible.

Maintain Proper Fluid Levels

Coolant does contain water so it can evaporate over time. Check your coolant level from time to time and, if you need to, add more. Your coolant system is pressurized and should never normally need large amounts of fluid. If it does, there’s likely a leak.

Never Drive an Overheating Vehicle

If you notice that your temperature gauge is rising, or you see steam coming from under your hood, immediately pull over and turn off your engine. Overheating can do serious damage to a vehicle, even totaling it.