As an Independent Service Centre specialising in German autos – we see a wide variety of luxury brands and models. German luxury brands – BMW, Audi, VW, Mercedes-Benz and Skoda – are known for their versatility and reliability. Often with a high price tag, quality German engineering has ensured these brands are synonymous with luxury. Choosing our top choices is not an easy task.
One of the least expensive in the Audi range is the compact A4 sedan which scores high in the reliability rating and doesn’t compromise on the luxurious feel. The Audi A4 Allroad has a more rugged design but is just as worthy in terms of reliability.
Given the rising popularity of SUVs – this is one car that scores highly in reliability. In 2017 it was voted one of the 10 most reliable vehicles by consumers.
This is sold as a coupe or convertible and it is a fun drive and comes in at a great price point for its safety features and reliability.
BMWs premium compact comes with a top safety rating and is still one of the most popular luxury ranges from BMW.
More powerful and more technologically advanced – this is the range to invest in if you’re willing to spend a bit more for luxury.
This compact design makes this a great city car – it’s sophisticated and very reliable.
Best Car Service Centre – Volks Affair
No matter what model you drive, the only way to ensure your car stays reliable is to make sure you have it serviced regularly. Volks Affair is your go-to dealership alternative. Our expert car mechanics know all there is to know about German vehicles and how to keep them in optimal condition. We are known for our friendly and transparent customer service and we’ll talk you through every step of the way. For a quote, repair or service, don’t hesitate to contact us today or book a service with our online booking system.
In previous blog posts, we reported on the falling car sales in 2019. Australians aren’t rushing to buy new cars; however, SUV’s are still proving to be one of the most popular choices for people looking to invest in new or second-hand cars. Here are our top-rated small SUVs.
Our Audi service specialists highly recommend this auto for its active safety features. It may be the smallest SUV in the Audi range, but It is a comfortable ride and a solidly built vehicle. Its sporty, compact looks make it a great city run-around.
The BMW X1 is a popular choice and our BMW service team find its interior practical and functional. Although its finishes aren’t as prestigious as the X3, the X1 still proves a reliable choice for a small SUV.
This is a fabulous option – it’s smart and trendy with great safety features and smartphone connectivity. Although it is pricier than its rivals, our Mercedes-Benz service team enjoys the snazzy design and the up-to-date technological features of this German Auto.
To keep your vehicle running for many years, it is important to ensure it has a regular service. At Volks Affair, we ensure your vehicle is kept in optimal condition – as an Independent Service Centre, we are trusted by the community to provide honest advice and quality car service. We are conveniently located in South Melbourne, and we are experts in all German vehicles. If you’re having any car trouble or simply want a car service centre the can provide you with transparent costs and trustworthy advice then give us a call or book online today.
We specialise in servicing BMW, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen and Skoda. All new and returning customers are welcome.
It’s interesting to see how popular European car brands such as BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz are increasingly focusing on driver experience and creating an emotional connection to the brand. Our BMW Service team in Melbourne take a look at the future path for the popular German Auto manufacturer.
BMW Vision Next 100
BMW has revealed its futuristic Vision Next 100 concept car. The concept car is in commemoration of BMW’s hundredth anniversary and it gives us a solid idea of the direction BMW is heading in the future.
Our goal was to create a very personal vehicle. There will always be that highly emotional connection between a BMW and its driver.
Head of BMW Automobile Design
Emotions are at Play
We all know that playing on people’s emotions is an age-old marketing technique, but BMW is striving to intensify the emotional connection between their brand and the driver. With today’s advances in technology the connection between driver’s and their cars can be heightened and BMWs concept car makes sure technology and driver can interact seamlessly.
BMW envisions their cars providing subtle intuitive guidance. The car will be kitted out with a digital ‘BMW Companion’ that will strive to meet personal mobility preferences. The future fully automated ‘ease-mode’ will allow the digital ‘Companion’ to take over driving tasks. In ease-mode (autonomous drive mode), the interior of the car will be designed to be a space suited to the driver preferences (it can be entertaining or relaxing). The front seats will be able to swivel round to face the back seats to ‘ease’ conversation.
In ‘boost-mode’, the seats will face forward, and the steering wheel will emerge from its hidden spot so the driver can resume control of the car.
BMW Service Melbourne: Volks Affair
At Volks Affair our BMW Service team is proud to be experts in German Autos. We specialise in BMW service and repair to keep it in optimal condition. Volks Affair is a genuine dealership alternative conveniently located in South Melbourne.
Hybrid cars are here to stay and if you are the eco-conscious owner of a hybrid German vehicle then you’ll need a trusted electric and hybrid car service team.
Our favourite German brands – BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi – are all producing hybrid cars for the Australian market.
Hybrid Cars and the Australian Market
Australia hasn’t seen the incentives, such as tax rebates, offered by other countries to convert to more environmentally friendly low-emissions vehicles. But us Aussies have been embracing the green lifestyle anyway – opting for cleaner and more fuel-efficient technology. It would be wonderful to see the local and state governing bodies take a more proactive approach and introduce incentives for people to reduce their carbon footprint. It is estimated that road traffic in Australia in responsible for about 13% of greenhouse gas emissions. With the fluctuating and ever-increasing fuel price, green vehicles are a wise choice.
Snapshot of Popular Hybrid Cars in Australia
BMW have a number of hybrid vehicles on the Australian market already with plans to launch more electric models in the future. The iPerformance vehicles are described as a marrying of combustion engine engineering and modern battery technology. The aim is to reduce carbon emissions but still have the luxurious feel and drive that is distinctly BMW. You can use a public charging station to charge the battery or a household socket. The BMW i3 (2013) will get you 130 km on battery and 100km from petrol.
A popular model is the Audi A3 Sportback e-Tron (2014). This is a petrol-electric hybrid with great fuel efficiency and keeps its sporty shape.
Mercedes-Benz is keeping up with their competitors, but their 2015 C-class only offers 31km electric range.
Hybrid cars are something to keep our eye on. Although Australia has been slow in adopting them, it is certainly something that is only going to be enhanced by future technology.
Car Service Specialists
At Volks Affair our speciality is German car service and repair. Our mechanics are professionals and experts in the field. We keep up to date with all the latest in car technology and can offer standard servicing on hybrid vehicles. Volks Affair is an independent car service and repair centre. We pride ourselves on the personal service we give to our customers and the open and honest way in which we communicate. If you own a German vehicle, hybrid or not, and live in Melbourne then look no further than Volks Affair.
If you love your performance vehicle – and let’s face it – who doesn’t, then you need to ensure it is serviced by the right car mechanics. Our skilled mechanics are experts when it comes to BMW, Audi, Volkswagen, Skoda and Mercedes Benz. They know what it takes to keep these superior vehicles in top condition. Today they’re going to give us their top reasons for investing in a German engineered car, be it new or used.
Built for Performance
German engineering is highly sought after. If you’ve ever had the privilege of driving on the speed limitless autobahn, then you’d know how important it is to have a smooth ride at top speeds. Driving a dependable and performance orientated car allows for a luxurious and comfortable journey no matter what your speed. There’s no shaking or jostling – just a quiet, smooth ride – you’ll hit top speeds before you know it.
Tested at Speed
All cars go through safety tests – it’s critical. German cars are tested with the Nürburgring track in mind. In fact, the Nürburgring and automotive development go hand-in-hand. The track puts our favourite German cars through the paces of speed, performance and handling. The track’s range of altitude, turns and steep ascents and descents make it a firm favourite to test car performance and handling.
Always cutting-edge and setting the pace for style and design. BMW, VW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi are all instantly recognisable.
Along with huge brand reputations comes the need to stay ahead of the pack. German vehicle manufacturers are constantly innovating to ensure they are not only up-to-date with the latest technology but also driving it forward.
As cutting-edge and innovative as they are, German cars are also steeped in history. These long-known brands have risen up to become a part of our modern culture. The history of German cars started with the invention of the four-stroke internal combustion engine by Karl Benz and Nikolaus Otto in 1870. From the outset, these famous brands focused on reliability, functionality and quality. These are still the pillars upon which they are built.
The need for German cars to constantly innovate and adapt to the changing demands of consumers means that German car service specialists must also have the latest diagnostic tools and know-how to deal with these advancements. At Volks Affair, we ensure our car mechanics have the technical expertise to repair and service all German brands.
Australian Consumer Choices
Known for their reliability, superior engineering and comfort – choosing between luxury SUVs can be an exciting but daunting task. There are plenty of factors to consider, including who will service your vehicle. Here at Volks Affair- our Audi and BMW service teams – are always keeping an eye on vehicle trends and we’re delighted to see our favourite German SUVs are becoming increasingly popular in Melbourne.
According to ACA Research the upward trend in SUV sales is continuing on from 2017. SUVs seem to be the preferred vehicle of choice amongst Australians and luxury German vehicles are a fashionable and attractive option. The BMW X3 and the Audi Q5 are fast becoming top luxury family SUVs, the BMW X3 is especially popular with its signature double kidney grille front and sleek body.
2018 – BMW X3 and Audi Q5: At a Glance
Both the BMW X3 and the Audi Q5 have turbocharged four-cylinder engines with the option to upgrade to a more performance-oriented model.
Both cars have sleek, well-fitted interiors and make perfect family vehicles. They fit 5 people comfortably and have enough boot space for all the family vacation baggage.
Both cars offer high resolution digital screens, but an interesting difference is that BMW X3 only supports Apple CarPlay whereas Audi Q5 supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. That may be a deciding factor for many.
BMW X3 2018
- iDrive – for natural navigation, just speak.
- Heads-up display – speed limits, navigation and collision warnings are projected onto the windscreen so you can keep your eyes on the road
- Driver Assist – will give you warnings if an accident risk is detected
- All wheel drive
- 6 airbags
- Voted Carsales best SUV over $50000 2017
- Sports models offer virtual cockpit
- Safety technology – includes rear cross traffic alert and side-assist (you’ll be warned if you’re about to open your door onto a cyclist)
- All Wheel drive
- 8 airbags
As with most cars it’s really a personal choice and a case of test driving both models. If you are planning to invest in a new car this year – our advice is to opt for one the superior luxury German models. Just make sure you have a top-quality service centre that can service and repair your vehicle to keep it in top condition.
Audi Service and BMW Service
At Volks Affair our highly skilled BMW and Audi mechanics will service your car with the latest diagnostic equipment. If you want your car serviced by experienced and trusted technicians, then look no further. We offer competitive pricing and we’re conveniently located in South Melbourne. We welcome all new and returning clients, so contact us today!