The Rising Popularity of Hybrid Cars in Australia

The Rising Popularity of Hybrid Cars in Australia

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 iPerformance

 

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.

 

  • Audi e-Tron

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

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.

Melbourne Car Mechanics – Top 5 Reasons to Drive a German Car

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.

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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.

Design

Always cutting-edge and setting the pace for style and design. BMW, VW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi are all instantly recognisable.

Innovation

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.

Tradition

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.

 

Volks Affair

 

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.

Audi and BMW Service Specialists Spotlight on Luxury SUVs

 

Blue BMW service at Volks Affair

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

Audi Q5

  • 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!

Mission: Impossible – Fallout: A showcase for performance BMWs

While Tom Cruise fans are enjoying his latest appearance as Ethan Hunt in the next instalment from the Mission Impossible franchise, the Volks Affair BMW service team is looking forward to watching those BMWs in action. BMW has partnered with Paramount Pictures since 2011 in the amazingly popular Mission Impossible movies.

Mission to Thrill – BMWs perfect advertisement

“Mission to Thrill” is the name of BMWs new marketing campaign and the movie is a spectacular display of thrilling car chases and vehicle stunts.

The cars showcased include:

  • BMW M5
  • BMW 5 series sedan (1986)
  • BMW 7 series sedan

And for a bit of fun the BMW RnineT Scrambler – because what would a Mission Impossible movie be without some daring motorbike stunts?

The Head of Brand Communications at BMW – Uwe Dreher said:

” BMW and Mission: Impossibleare a perfect fit. This provides the ideal stage for our most dynamic business athlete: the BMW M5.”

An ‘athlete’ it certainly is – it’s a sleek, high performance sedan with a 4.4 litre V8 biturbo engine with TwinPower Turbo technology. It is going to deliver some edge of the seat, fast-paced sequences.

Also making an exciting appearance is the 1986 BMW 5 series sedan (E28) – proving that even older models of German engineered vehicles still have what it takes. This was the first of the 5 series to come with an anti-lock braking system (ABS).

If you’re a BMW fan, make sure you find some time to see German vehicles pushed to the limit in Mission: Impossible – Fallout.

BMW Service

If you’re a BMW driver, ensure your car is serviced by an independent automotive workshop like Volks Affair. Our service technicians are VACC-certified and use the latest BMW repair tools. We use genuine BMW or approved parts and we are committed to providing quality service.

An important part of our quality service assurance is to provide fair and transparent quotes. We pride ourselves in the level of communication between our technicians and our customers. You will be involved in the decision making and we will let you know our recommendations and prices before the work is done.

All of our services include fluid and oil changes, safety checks and an on-road test. You are welcome to discuss any concerns with us. For further information, please visit our BMW Services page or give us a call.

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The name MINI is taken from the British Motor Group’s original car, the Austin Mini and Morris Mini. They were small cars, so, in 1959, were aptly named. In 1969, ten years after their creation, the “mini” part of these two car names took over as the marque. BMW bought the Mini in 1996, when it took over Rover Group. The cars would continue to be known as Minis until, in 2003, BMW decided to capitalise. Since then, the car has been called MINI. (more…)

Prestige German Utes

Prestige German Utes

Australia’s ute sales continue to break records. Last year was the second year in a row in which a ute was the most sold car in Australia. Last year, our light commercial vehicle sales grew by over 20%. Utes made up three of the top five vehicles sold, and four of the top ten. Where once utes were rough-and-tumble, workers’ vehicles, the market now exists for prestige, dual-cab utes at once suitable for a 4×4 offroad family holiday, a trip to the office or a hard day’s work on site. Volkswagen’s Amarok is a fine example of this, with sleek design, and comfortable interior, but with a robustness and readiness for rough work and offroad hauls. Since 2010, it has become a favourite of those looking for a little luxury between large loads. Mercedes-Benz is also set to break into Australia’s ute market, with the soon-to-be-released X Class. BMW are also hinting at releasing a prestige ute. This week, we take a look at the X Class, the Amarok, and BMW’s plans for a prestige ute. (more…)