Author: Jamie Ives

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Smart entry & Smart start: The Advantages

Now I had previously written about how the smart entry and smart start features work, on many of today’s vehicles. Now I thought to share the advantages of this system. The many advantages of this system include. The ability to lock and unlock your car without ever taking the electronic...

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Rain sensing wipers explained

Many cars these days including the New generation Toyota Camry Atara SL are equipped with a system known as Rain sensing wipers. By simply setting the windscreen wipers to Automatic and the system will then automatically turn on or off, when there is water on the windscreen from either rain,...

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DAC Explained

Many off road vehicle such as the new Toyota Rav 4 come with a system known as DAC or Downhill assist control, this form of system is available as standard on Automatic vehicles only. This intelligent system allows for feet off driving on steep off-road descents when engine braking alone...

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CVT Explained

There are many cars on the market today including the Toyota Prius range, Hybrid Camry and the new 11th generation Corolla, that have a transmission known as a CVT or Continuously Variable Transmission. This kind of transmission does not have the tradational gears that a normal automatic transmission. A CVT...

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Electric Vehicles Explained

A few vehicles such as the Holden/Chevrolet Volt and Mitsubishi i-MiEV are vehicles that can run on pure electricity. The running costs of these vehicles can be some what lower then traditional vehicles. There is a claim that an overnight charge of these vehicles will only cost around $2.50. Although this can...

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Drive modes explained

The Toyota Prius and Camry Hybrid typically come with some driving modes that can help improve fuel efficiency, these include for example Normal,Power, ECO and EV. Normal or Power mode depending on model will increase the response of the accelerator by up to 25%, this allows for quicker acceleration but...

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Hill start assist control (HAC) explained

On many modern car including many Toyota models come with a feature known as HAC or Hill start assist control. This system is typically available on Automatic models only including the 7-Speed multi-drive automatic that is available in the new generation of the Toyota Corolla Hatch. This system simply helps...

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Cabin Air Filters Explained

Every time you drive millions upon millions of microscopic particles can enter the interior of the car through the cars ventilation/air conditioning system. In order to prevent this many new Toyota models feature a cabin air filter. This filter is placed over the ventilation system in the vehicle typically located...

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Parking Sensors Explained

Most cars these days either came with or as an option parking sensors. These sensors can alert the driver if there is an obstruction in front or behind the vehicle and the sensors will use an audible warning alarm to indicate that there is an obstruction. Toyota’s for example that are...

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Touch Tracer Technology Explained

In Toyota’s latest generation of their Prius models they include a form of technology known as Touch Tracer. This kind of tech is built into the controls on the steering wheel. These controls are premium soft buttons. That allow you to hover over each of the buttons without having to...