Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is the world’s first plug-in hybrid SUV and it aims to tap into the growing electric/hybrid market. Hybrid cars have been making a steady entry into the Kenyan market but electric cars are yet to find acceptance. This is not a consumer problem per se but a lack of infrastructure and lack of government incentives. In other countries, electric cars attract much lower taxes than fuel burners but in Kenya this incentive is non existent or at best negligible. The 2013 Mitsubishi PHEV has a claimed range of 60.2 Km on rechargeable electricity alone and a range of 879 Km on both electric and petrol power. Driving Modes EV Driving Mode In this mode, the car only uses electric power stored in the battery and is driven by electric motor. The petrol engine remains off and no fuel is combusted…

Why Electric Vehicles Are Gaining Traction In Kenya

Why Electric Vehicles Are Gaining Traction In Kenya

Electric vehicles have been around for centuries since a successful experiment performed in 1827. Over the years, they have evolved from hybrids to fully electric vehicles with companies like Tesla championing this move. Electric vehicles have been widely accepted in the European and American markets. However, they haven’t been as popular in the African market until recently. For a few years now, Kenya has opened up its market to electric vehicles.  With popular carmakers like Toyota introducing its hybrid cars, many people are becoming aware of the importance and advantages of electric vehicles. This has led to businesses like a Hungarian company, Nopia Ride, to launch its fully electric taxi business. Additionally, Kenyan-owned companies like Knights Energy play a big role in the transition to electric vehicles and sustainable energy by pioneering Zero Emission Transport Options i.e. Electric Vehicles in Kenya. They carry out…

Pros And Cons Of An Automatic Transmission

Pros And Cons Of An Automatic Transmission

Driving an automatic transmission is the norm in the modern world due to its many advantages. This preference began as a matter of convenience as more motorists wanted a less stressful drive to and from work. Despite being more expensive than manual cars, people seemed to like the automatic ones more. Now, most cars on the road have an automatic transmission. Automatic transmission cars have proved themselves over the years as reliable, convenient and effortless. However, if you’re looking for a car, it’s important to know both the good and bad of an automatic transmission so as to make an informed decision. Here are some pros and cons of automatic cars.   Pros Convenient There’s no doubt that automatic transmission cars are more convenient than manual transmission cars. If you’ll be using it as a daily commuter car, then you don’t want the hassle…

5 Cool Car Technology You Need For A Better Driving Experience

5 Cool Car Technology You Need For A Better Driving Experience

Car technology nowadays ranges from necessary to luxurious. Though some prefer a simple car with minimum electronics in the way, it’s nice to have some exciting features to improve your driving experience. Whether you like a booming sound system or nifty displays, here are some cool car technology you can’t go wrong with. High-End Speakers Who doesn’t like a good sound system in their car? This usually comes in handy during those long road trips where you could use all the entertainment you can get. Car manufacturers have caught on to this demand and now, most luxury cars come with pre-installed high-end speakers such as Bose. However, if you still want to upgrade your car’s sound system, you should get it done by a professional. Head-Up Display This one leans towards the luxurious side but it can also be useful if you find it…

Mazda Skyactiv Technology – Indepth Look

Mazda Skyactiv Technology – Indepth Look

By working on the basics, Mazda created the Skyactiv technology that elevates the car’s performance to new heights. It offers more than just an efficient engine but a full range of technologies including the chassis, transmission and body that work together for optimum performance. Mazda came up with the Skyactiv technology to equip its cars with the latest technology without compromising its designs, drive and feel. From 2011, Mazda cars came with Skyactiv technology starting with the Mazda Axela. Mazda now boasts of some of the best performance cars with pleasant driving experience. From cleaner emission engines to smoother transmissions, here’s what the Skyactiv technology is all about.   Clean Engines This innovation was inspired by the need to produce safe and environmental friendly cars in line with the new emissions policies. To ensure that their engines were on top of these standards, Mazda…

Toyota KDSS Technology

Toyota KDSS Technology

The Toyota Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS) is a technology that uses hydraulics to adjust front and rear stabilizer bars. It solves the classic 4×4 dilemma of stabilizer bars. The dilemma is that for off-road driving, stabilizer bars are not desirable as they impede suspension travel and wheel articulation. For on-road driving, stabilizer bars are highly desirable as they prevent a vehicle from rolling over at high speed. Most modern 4x4s do not achieve their full off-road potential due to stabilizer bars. Then enters the KDSS. It works by automatically stiffening the stabilizer bars at high speed to limit or negate body roll. At lower speeds, the KDSS softens the stabilizer bars to allow for suspension long travel and greater wheel articulation. A vehicle fitted with KDSS is very stable on the road and highly capable off the road. It simply offers the best…

Toyota Prado 150 Grades and Technical Specs

Toyota Prado 150 Grades and Technical Specs

Toyota Prado TX – 2.7L Petrol This is the entry level model for the Japanese Domestic Market. Its only available in petrol Technical: Transmission: 5-Speed Manual and 4-speed Automatic Engine: 2.7L, VVTi, DOHC, 163 HP Brakes: Front and rear ventilated discs Dimensions(Length Width Height): 4930 x 1885 x 1845 mm Suspension: Independent double wishbone -front and rear, 4 link type Safety: Antilock Brake System(ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution(EBD), Vehicle Stability Control(VSC), Traction Control(TRC) Airbags: Driver and Front passenger. Anti-theft: Immobilizer Headlamps: Auto Cut, Manual leveling Interior: Front Seats: Active Headrests, 6 way adjustable Driver’s seat, 4 way adjustable Passenger seat, Driver power lumbar support 2nd Row Seats: 40:20:40 Split foldable, 3 Headrests, 3rd Row Seats: 50:50 Split manual foldable Audio: AM/FM CD Player with 6 Speakers Cup Holders: 4 cup holders – 2 at the 1st row and 2 at the 2nd Row Air Conditioner:…

Subaru EyeSight Technology

Subaru EyeSight Technology

Subaru EyeSight is a technology that monitors traffic movement, optimizes cruise control, and warns you if you sway outside your lane. The Pre-Collision Braking feature can even apply full braking force in emergency situations, helping you avoid or reduce frontal impacts. The core of the EyeSight system is its set of dual color cameras. Intelligently and unobtrusively placed near the rearview mirror, they scan the road for unanticipated dangers. This advanced system provides extra awareness, safety, and added peace of mind every time you drive. Features of the Subaru EyeSight Technology 1. EyeSight Adaptive Cruise Control To keep a safe distance from the car in front of you, choose the distance you want to preserve, and EyeSight will automatically adjust your speed to maintain your selected distance 2. EyeSight Lane Keep Assist and Sway Warning EyeSight monitors your position on the road and will…

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