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Car Technologies That Will Drive the Future

 

self-driving-car-technologyAuto technology is advancing at a rapid pace and so far, has been one of the world’s most innovative industries. As manufacturers continually push the boundaries of technological advancements, we are left in awe of all the new possibilities getting ready to welcome us. From the introduction of self-driving cars, to research on new energy sources, the future certainly looks bright for auto enthusiasts. What are the features that we are most interested in? Keep on reading to uncover the most awaited car technologies of the future. Read the rest of this entry »

Top 5 New Clean Cars for 2017

Top 5 New Hybrid & Electric Vehicles for 2017

The world of automobile technology is constantly evolving and has now reached a point where self-driving cars are about to become a reality. But before we start discussing autonomous vehicles, let’s take a look at top five hybrid and electric cars that are hitting the showrooms this year. These vehicles will not only help save fuel but also contribute towards environmental protection by drastically cutting down emissions. Read the rest of this entry »

What to Do After a Car Accident

Berkeley Auto Collision Center’s Accident Checklist

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Car accidents are a scary reality for drivers everywhere. As careful as we may be, there’s always a possibility that the unthinkable will happen. Knowing what the steps are ahead of time, will help you protect yourself during a time when you will most likely be clouded over with emotions following the car accident. You should also be prepared to contact an auto accident attorney if damages or injuries occur. Read the rest of this entry »

What Google Learned from 2 Million Miles of Autonomous Driving

Autonomous Vehicles Evolving Quickly

Google has proudly announced that their self-driving cars have now driven over 2 million miles and are a lot closer to achieving complete vehicle automation. These cars have been mastering the art of managing complex situations on public roads that may range from avoiding cars going the wrong way, to being aware of a bicycle darting in front of traffic. Read the rest of this entry »

Meet SION, Sono Motors’ Groundbreaking Solar Powered Car

This New German Car Charges Itself on the Street

Sono Motors, a German startup, has managed to raise more than $200,000 towards the production of a solar-charged electric vehicle called SION. Once built, the electric car will use solar panels as its main power source. Since the EV will generate its power using the solar panels integrated on the sides, roof and rear, the vehicle will have a rather unusual look. The German automakers intend to sell two versions of the electric vehicle–a $13,000 ‘Urban’ version concocted with a single charge range of 75 miles, and an $18,000 ‘Extender’ version designed with a single charge range of 155 miles. Read the rest of this entry »

Volvo Survey: Californians and New Yorkers Want Autonomous Cars

Volvo Body Shop Discusses Self-Driving Cars

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Volvo Drive Me Autonomous Driving Test Car via Wikimedia Commons

Cool news from the automotive sector: Volvo recently partnered with other companies to pack its vehicles with autonomous auto technology. The company’s vision is compelling: to allow drivers to experience the autonomous option while retaining the choice to operate vehicles manually. To determine whether consumers will actually embrace autonomous vehicles, Volvo has conducted a worldwide online survey. Volvo’s Future of Driving survey has elicited over 50,000 responses and facilitated the largest conversation on this topic to date. Read the rest of this entry »

The Top-Rated Hybrid and Electric Cars for 2016-2017

This Years Top Hybrid & Electric Vehicles

The growing market for hybrid and electric cars has profoundly changed the automotive industry. Carmakers around the world are expanding their catalogues to supply this new market’s demand. This is good news for consumers, but it’s also confusing for shoppers. With so many choices, how can you narrow down your options and choose the best hybrid for your needs? Both Car & Driver (C&D) and Edmunds recently named their 2016 top picks for hybrid and electric cars, and here’s what you need to know. Read the rest of this entry »

Is Honda Moving to Take on Tesla Motors?

Honda Clarity: Three New “Green” Electric and Hybrid Models

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Photo credit: Bbqjunkie at English Wikipedia (Wikimedia Commons)

Honda has a long history in the electric/hybrid car market. Looking to re-energize its “green” automobile brand, Honda just announced an upcoming launch of three new vehicles. Many in the auto world wonder if this means that the Japanese company is preparing to take on billionaire Elon Musk’s Tesla Motors. Read the rest of this entry »

Lexus: One of The Car Brands Consumers Trust Most

Lexus Wins KBB’s 2016 Brand Image Awards

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Image credit: WikiMedia Commons

Kelley Blue Book recently released its 2016 Brand Image Awards, and Lexus won two categories, including the “Best Overall Brand” and “Most Trusted” by consumers. This award reflects this line’s overall reliability and the trust that drivers have with every Lexus model. Read the rest of this entry »

Why You Should Consider a Prius for Your Next Car

Here’s What’s New in the 2016 Toyota Prius Hybrid

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When Toyota introduced the Prius in 2000, it became the car of choice for environmentally conscious drivers (not to mention fashion-forward celebrities at the time). Not everyone was impressed, though, especially with the early models’ handling and interior design. Fortunately, Toyota got the memo, and the company’s engineers have worked tirelessly to up their game and create stunning changes. The result? The 2016 Prius retains its well-deserved reputation for fuel efficiency, but the overall design is much more stylish and functional. Let’s take a peak under the hood.

Still Best in Fuel Efficiency
The Toyota Prius beats all other hybrid cars with its overall rating of 52 mpg. This is a combination of 58 mpg city driving and 53 mpg highway driving. The Prius can run solely on electric power up to 45 mph – great for city driving. The new lithium-ion battery pack is smaller and lighter than the nickel version used in older models; this improvement boosts fuel efficiency.

New Engineering Insights
Toyota modified the Prius gasoline engine so it’s quieter but retains power. The continuously variable transmission system changes speeds on a continuum rather than through fixed gears to get better fuel economy. The redesigned 2016 model offers the latest frontal-collision and pedestrian-protection systems, available as upgrades.

Better Interior
The interior is quieter and more stylish with soft-touch surfaces, chrome, and a colorful digital display. The sedan comfortably seats four, although you can squeeze in five. Starting at $25,035, the 2016 Prius is fun to drive, easy on the wallet, and great for the environment. Even better: hybrid repair costs are typically lower than traditional gas car repair costs.

Need Auto Body Repair for Your Hybrid or Gas Vehicle?

The Shattuck Auto team provides auto repair services for many Bay Area Prius drivers. We’re highly trained in hybrid auto repair and have see more and more hybrids in our shop each year. Give us a call at 510-848-6281 or contact us online to schedule an appointment!