According to some recent reports, Suzuki Motor Corp will supply roughly 25,000 Maruti Baleno premium hatchbacks to Toyota Motor Corp. every year. With this, the Baleno will become the first Maruti car to be sold as a Toyota. It’s fairly well-known that Suzuki and Toyota will be supplying some of their vehicles to each other. This will lead to Toyota selling the Maruti Baleno premium hatchback and the Vitara Brezza compact SUV through its own network of dealerships. The launch of the Toyota-badged Baleno will take place in the first quarter of the next financial year.
It’s said that the Baleno that will be sold by Toyota Motor Corp. will get enough cosmetic changes to have its own identity. The exterior is likely to come with a new set of bumpers, a new grille, and updated headlamps and tail lights. Even the interior will get some changes.
“The decision has already been taken by both the headquarters in Japan and the first vehicle to be launched will be Baleno,” said an unnamed source close to one of the two companies. “The changes to be made have already been approved as well and both the companies have already decided on the number of vehicles to be supplied.”
“Toyota anyways doesn’t have any major investment plans in India until 2020 and Baleno is a product which is being exported to other countries including Japan hence there will be no issue regarding quality,” another person added.
Last month, a report revealed that Toyota’s version of the Baleno and the Brezza will be sold under a new sub-brand that will be known as the ‘Toyota Compact’. Speculations are rife that the upcoming sub-brand will be used for all the compact vehicles from Toyota that will be launched in developing car markets, including India. The new sub-brand will be used to establish a clear demarcation between traditional Toyota brands and the upcoming high value-for-money products for emerging car markets. The aforementioned reports also claim that the Toyota Motor Asia Pacific Engineering and Manufacturing Co. Ltd. would be renamed Toyota Daihatsu Engineering and Manufacturing Co. Ltd., and that it will become a part of the upcoming sub-brand.
Oil Filters 101- How to use?
If you own a car or truck, you’ve likely heard of your oil filter. However, you may not know what it is. Understanding some of the essentials of engine maintenance and how your vehicle works can help you keep your car or truck in better shape. This is the guide for you if you’ve ever asked what do oil filters do?
Oil Filters: The Basics
Unsurprisingly, the main purpose of your oil filter is to filter out contaminants from your car or truck’s oil. Engine oil is used by your vehicle to lubricate the moving parts inside your engine including gears, cams, piston, bearings and more.
Your oil is not consumed by the engine running. Instead, the same oil is used continuously and repeatedly until you change it. Therefore, it can pick up unwanted contaminants during its journey around your engine. This is where the oil filter comes into play. The filter helps to keep your oil cleaner for longer. Without it, you would constantly be needing an oil change.
As your oil finishes a loop of the engine and is about to start again, it passes through the oil filter. The benefits of the filter include:
- Catches contaminants in the oil including dirt, soot, varnish and sludge
- Keeps your oil cleaner for longer
- Helps oil flow around the engine more freely
- Improves engine performance
Changing Your Oil Filter
Clearly, the oil filter is an essential part of your engine’s regular operations. It is important to change your oil filter every time you change your oil. If you don’t, the new clean oil will be immediately exposed to the contaminants that were removed from the old oil. Additionally, the oil filter will not be effective in removing contaminants from the new oil.
You may be wondering how long does an oil change take? Depending on whether you do it yourself or have a professional do it, the process can take 15 to 60 minutes. If you are experienced or you take it to a shop that can see your vehicle right away, it will only take about 15 minutes. Otherwise, it can take a while longer.
During your oil change process, replace the filter once you have removed the old engine oil. Keep in mind that it may contain old oil, so you should place your drain pan beneath the filter before removing it. Simple losing the filter with a wrench then clean the mounting surface, ensuring you haven’t removed the gasket with the old filter.
Lubricate the new filter then screw it into place by hand. Typically, you do not need to use a wrench to tighten the filter. However, you should consult the filter’s instructions. Once the new filter is positioned, you can continue with your oil change.
Changing your oil and oil filter is a simple maintenance task. Anyone can learn how to do it. Head down to the best auto parts store near you and pick up a drain pan, wrench, funnel, oil and oil filter. You’ll be taking care of your own car or truck in no time.
AGV Corsa Helmet SR Tested
Your helmet may be the most important piece of motorcycle gear. It can make all the difference in a crash. While everyone’s preferences are different, there are always a few helmets that stand above the rest. AGV’s Corsa helmet is one such helmet. It combines great styling with a high standard of quality into a product that is as comfortable and effective as it is eye-catching.
AGV’s Extreme Standards
For years AGV struggled to create a helmet that was just right. While many helmets were good, almost all had some issue that kept them from being great. The brand’s solution to this is its Extreme Standards project. The main element of this project is a series of head scans used to better profile helmet fitment to a wider range of head sizes and shapes.
The results of this project have been strong. The Corsa and fully carbon fiber Pista GP are both great helmets that fit and feel better than any of AGV’s previous offerings.
AGV’s designers have significantly changed the size of the Corsa to make it a better fit for most riders. Smaller upper and frontal sections, as well as a shrunk visor mechanism, have allowed some major improvements to the helmet:
- The impact absorption material is thicker, offering greater head protection.
- The helmet features AGV’s Super Super Light shell made from composite fiber, aramid and carbon-fiber materials. This is very lightweight but also strong.
- The padding is made from Lycra and Shalimar that is breathable and comfortable.
- A sanitizing treatment helps keep the padding clear and fresh.
- The window is nine percent larger than previous helmets. It provides superior visibility in both track and street settings.
- The helmet is very aerodynamic, especially in a slightly tucked position.
- The helmet feels stable even in high-speed situations.
The chin strap doesn’t always fit comfortably. Additionally, the visor locking mechanism and airflow vents are difficult to operate with gloves on. However, the visor can be locked in three positions: one that is completely open, one for some air flow at low speeds and one for full closure.
All in all, the Corsa offers some of the best head protection combined with an aggressive look, comfortable feel and good aerodynamics. It represents a new day for AGV. It is the motorcycle helmet many riders are dreaming of being able to find.
Choosing the Right Helmet
Every rider has his or her list of favorite helmets. These won’t be the same for everyone because different people have different heads. However, the right helmet is always one that provides effective protection while fitting securely and comfortably. No number of extra features or bargain pricing will overcome inadequate protection or a helmet that is too uncomfortable to wear.
With its Extreme Standards project and the Corsa helmet, AGV will undoubtedly be on many motorcyclists’ lists of favorites. The strong shell, effective impact absorption and comfortable shape check all the most important boxes.
Own the Road With These Popular Semitruck Accessories
Your semitruck is durable and functional, but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring! There are plenty of inexpensive accessories that can be quickly installed and take your truck to another level. Here are some popular items that will give your truck a stylish new look.
Stainless Steel Vent Visors
Do you crave fresh air when you cruise down the highway but hate the wind noise? Stainless steel truck vent visors are perfect for you. They cover the tops of your windows, which allows you to keep your windows open while quieting wind noise, keeping your windows from fogging and preventing snow, rain or hail from entering your cab. The stainless steel is durable and won’t rust. These visors come in a wide range of sizes, making it easy to find one that fits your truck. These are sold in pairs.
Spike Rear Axle Cover With 33-Millimeter Thread-on Nut Covers
Want to add some originality to your axles while protecting them, too? These spiked chrome axle covers protect your axles from moisture, grease and dirt while hiding existing stains. Chrome is a durable material that will ensure your axles stay safe from the elements. They are designed for the unimount hub pilot wheels that are 20, 22.5 and 24.5 inches. Each wheel requires one kit, which comes with the cover, ten 33-millimeter threaded nut covers and a detachable hubcap.
Four-Inch 16 LED Tiger Eye Marker Lights
Tiger Eye Marker Lights are popular and extra bright LED marker lights for trucks. With 16 LED bulbs each, there is no doubt you’ll be spotted on the road. The bulbs are available in red and amber, and the lenses are available in clear, red and amber. These are 12-volt lights with two wires each. They’re inexpensive and sold individually.
Contact an expert today for more information about these accessories and make a statement on the road.
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