How to Be More Eco-Friendly When Washing Your Car

Every car owner wants to make sure that his car is well-maintained and clean. Regular maintenance is vital in prolonging the lifespan of a vehicle. Habitual cleaning is essential as well not only in making a car last longer, but also in ensuring that a car’s paint job stays nice, smooth and shiny for a long time. But regular car washing could heavily impact the environment in a number of ways. For one, hand-washing a vehicle, which is actually a popular and also a cheap option, makes use of a lot of water. Then, there are also residues from cleaning products that could cause environmental harm. So, what’s a car owner to do?
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The Elantra’s Road to Car of the Year Glory!

There are many automotive awards around the world up for the taking every year, but only a select few vehicles have what it takes to clinch the sought after Car of the Year title. The new Hyundai Elantra is a proud member of this elite group, having claimed this accolade not just on local South African soil, but also in the international arena. At the beginning of this year the Elantra was named 2012 North American Car of the Year at the Detroit Auto Show after facing strong competition from the VW Passat and Ford Focus. Only two months later the Hyundai Elantra 1.8 GLS clinched the South African Car of the Year for 2012 title.

More than simple good looks

But this is far from being just the automotive industry’s equivalent of a beauty pageant. The Hyundai Elantra wasn’t just judged on its appearance, but had to beat the competition in a range of stringent pre-set criteria in order to be voted the most outstanding new vehicle of the year. Factors taken into account include comfort, handling, design, safety, driver satisfaction, innovation and of course, value for money. By the end of 2011, a total of 10 finalists were selected and announced in the media. And earlier this year these top vehicles were subjected to a thorough 2-day evaluation at the Gerotek test facility near Pretoria. The Car of the Year Jury, made up of the country’s top full time motoring journalists, each received 25 points in total to allocate to no less than 3, or more than 5 of the finalists. The end result? A landslide win for Hyundai with the Elantra’s final score totaling 230 points compared to the runner-up Kia Picanto’s 155 points and 3rd place VW Jetta’s 141 points.

A showroom favourite

Though even prior to its South African Car of the Year announcement, the Hyundai Elantra already proved to be a showroom favourite. Besides its striking appearance echoed by the brand’s trademark fluidic sculpture design language, it also boasts a host of luxurious features and finishes throughout. The range offers a choice between a manual 1.6 GLS as well as a 1.8 GLS with manual and automatic transmission options. Both petrol-driven engines offer exceptional power along with surprisingly low fuel consumption figures. Top-end safety measures along with a long list of convenience features come standard and with a price tag starting at the mere R200k mark, you’re assured of a great value buy. After all, the Elantra has the title to prove it.

The New BMW 650i Is The Ultimate Luxury Vehicle

BMW brings luxury, safety and comfort in a sleek new vehicle. The BMW 650i’s redesigned exterior, complete with a new sculpted hood, is sure to turn heads. The new BMW 650i offers many features that are luxurious, especially when compared to other cars on the market. These features are aimed at providing the most comfortable ride in the sleekest looking car for both the driver and passengers alike.

Interior Features

This car makes driving easy with an onboard navigation system featuring traffic alerts. It also has BMW Ultimate Service, Bluetooth Wireless Technology and Climate Zone Ventilation for extra convenience while driving. Listening to music is easy with and USB adaptors for your iPod as well as a surround sound system and SIRIUS satellite radio. The BMW 650i strives to make its seats as comfortable as possible with multi-contour seats that have a 4-way lumbar support, a backrest that has an adjustable width, an upper backrest that is articulated and a built in memory system for both the driver and passenger seats, as well as head restraints. The driver’s side also has a memory system for the mirror positions as well as the steering wheel. The interior is made of Nappa leather for added comfort and sleekness. There is an automatic climate control that includes a temperature control for both the passenger and driver. The power windows have a one touch operation for easy up and down for the rear and front windows. There is ambiance interior lighting as well as illuminated mirrors on the front visors. Cup holders in the front seat make it easy for both the passenger and driver to store their drinks. For cold mornings there is a rear window defroster in addition to a heated driver’s door lock.

Performance and Specifications

The BMW 650i is full of power with its V-8 engine and an 8-speed 400 hp automatic transmission. It also features Dynamic Stability Control, twin power turbo technology and electronically controlled engine cooling. The tires are BMW cold weather approved and will keep the driver from skidding and sliding on icy roads. The adaptive headlights are LED and make it easy for the driver to see at night. The brakes utilize energy regeneration that converts kinetic energy into electrical power that is usable. The electro-hydraulic brakes also add to the overall safety of the vehicle. To make it easier to park there is a parking distance control, and for ultimate convenience BMW the keyless remote entry feature.


The exterior has many new features available. The windshield wipers are rain sensing and the headlights have retractable headlight washers, which help visibility at it’s best on even the rainiest of days. The doors and hood are both made out of aluminum for endurance. The front side fenders are thermoplastic and the trunk lid is made out of sheet molding compound. Buyers can customize their BMW 650i by choosing from metallic or standard paints.