Automotive News Visits Bay King Chrysler



We had the privilege of having Automotive News stop by their first Canadian dealership and explore the ins and outs of our new store. We explained our new mentality of a dealership and our commitment to changing the experience of our customers. Thank you for watching and feel free to come by for a coffee and chat any time!

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Wey XUV Concept

Wey XUV Concept

IAA Frankfurt 2017

Great Wall was established in 1984 and is China’s largest maker of SUVs and pick-ups, selling over a million SUVs each year in the local market, today mostly under the Haval-flag, the Great Wall-badge is now only used for the pick-up Wingle and small sedans (Voleex C30, C50), which will be phased out soon. In 1998 Great Wall already reached top position in the Chinese pick-up market.

Great Wall has been infamous for copying lots of models from manufacturers like Toyota (Deer, Sail, Feelfine Concept, Phenom/Voleex C10/C20R, Florid/Haval M4, Cowry/Voleex C80, Coolbear/Haval M2), Isuzu (Sailor, Sing, Pegasus, Hover/Haval H3, Wingle), Honda (Voleex C50), Nissan (Voleex C70, never saw the daylight though) and Fiat (Peri/Haval M1). Great Wall’s earliest models include the Deer, Sail, Sailor, Sing and Pegasus. The former two were copies of the Toyota Hilux and 4Runner, while the latter three were all based on the old 1988 Isuzu TF/Faster/Rodeo platform. Great Wall sales really took of after Isuzu Axiom-clone Hover was launched.

Haval became a sub brand in 2013, as Great Wall aimed to build on the strong brand recognition of Haval. Haval has a line-up which fully consists of SUVs and crossovers, passenger cars and pick-ups continue to be sold under the Great Wall marque, although passenger cars have been phased out, apart from the Voleex C30.

Wey is a new upmarket brand of Haval/Great Wall. Like the cars of its parent company, they are designed by former BMW SUV designer Pierre Leclercq. Wey was launched at Auto Guangzhou in November 2016 with the W01 and W02, which went into production as VV7 and VV5 respectively. The VV5 has the size of a Audi Q3 or BMW X1 (4.4 metres), while the VV7 is somewhere between BMW X3 and X5 (4.8 metres). The Pi4 concept previews a BMW X4/X6 or Mercedes GLC/GLE Coupé-style SUV based on the VV7, while the P8 is a plug-in hybrid version of the VV7, which premiered on the IAA Frankfurt 2017 car show. The XUV Concept is another world debut in Frankfurt.

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Top 3 Advantages of a Car DVR That Make the Device a Must For All Car Owners

Because of the challenges of insecurity in the present society, the Car DVR is now a tool for people who would like to keep their vehicle under surveillance against theft or accidents. Yet, most people have not come to appreciate its importance as a security and safety facility for their cars.

The term “DVR” means digital video recorder. Here are top 3 benefits you can derive from a car DVR if it is installed in your car.

First and foremost, it is advisable to get the DVR system for all vehicles, most especially emergency vehicles like taxis or cabs since they pick and drop people throughout the day. If you unknowingly pick up an alcoholic passenger at a late night time, you may be in a dangerous situation. Nonetheless, if the digital video recorder is already installed in your car, it will offer you extra security. You will be able to document the complete events that may transpire between you and your passenger, if peradventure you face any threatening behaviour from such a passenger. This will be good evidence for you to defend yourself during the investigations of law enforcement agencies.

The Car DVR can also be used to address the claims of accidents. The system is being used today to record all the events of a journey so that if an accident happens, the footage of the video will serve as evidence. The documentations of the camera play a vital role in protecting you from wrong accusations on the cause of the accident; it also prevents the possibility of high claims from your insurance company. The documentations of the DVR system consist of the condition of the road, the traffic load, the weather condition at the time the accident takes place, and the behavior or act of the driver prior to the crash. These are useful for investigations.

The device is quite beneficial too as regards giving you the consciousness of safe driving. You will want to drive carefully, knowing that you’re being monitored by the camera. So, it helps to develop a good driving habit in compliance with traffic rules and regulations. By so doing, the chances of having an auto crash coupled with its attending insurance claims will be greatly reduced.

DVR systems come in a wide variety of small sizes, thus making it easy to mount them on your vehicle’s windshield or the dashboard. A car DVR is ideal for trucks, cars or any other kind of vehicle. Even if you want to capture interesting events that are taking place on the road, you should opt for this device. You just need to search for the type that you like from the available options being offered at online stores.…

The Difference Between Photorealism and Hyperrealism

“Hyperrealism is a genre of painting (and sculpture) that resembles a high resolution photograph and is a fully-fledged school of art that evolved naturally from Pop Art, which led naturally to Photorealism.

Consequently, Hyperrealism is effectively an advancement of Photorealism. However, whereas Photorealists reproduced photographs so exactly that the human eye could not distinguish between the original photograph and the resultant painting, Hyperrealists took the techniques employed much further in that they developed ways of introducing narrative, charm and emotion into their paintings – which from a distance look like photographs but which when examined more closely are clearly nothing of the sort.

The term “Hyperrealism” was primarily applied to an independent art movement and art style in the United States and Europe that has developed since the early 2000s.

It evolved from the word Hyperealisme, which was first used by Isy Brachot in 1973 as a French word meaning Photorealism. It was the title of a major catalog and exhibition at his gallery in Brussels Belgium in that year. European artists and dealers have since used the word Hyperealisme to describe painters influenced by the Photorealists”.

The Encyclopaedia Britannica defines Hyperrealism as an “American art movement that began in the 1960s, taking photography as its inspiration. Photo-realist painters created highly illusionistic images that referred not to nature but to the reproduced image. Artists… attempted to reproduce what the camera could record. Several sculptors… were also associated with this movement. Like the painters, who relied on photographs, the sculptors cast from live models and thereby achieved a simulated reality”.

While the Encyclopaedia Britannica is satisfied with placing Hyperrealism in a semi-historical context and leaving it at that, Wikipedia goes further into defining the difference between Photorealism and Hyperrealism: “Hyperrealism”, it says, “is contrasted with the literal approach found in traditional photorealist paintings of the late 20th century. Hyperrealist painters and sculptors use photographic images as a reference source from which to create a more definitive and detailed rendering, one that unlike Photorealism, often is narrative and emotive in its depictions… The photorealistic style of painting was uniquely tight, precise, and sharply mechanical with an emphasis on mundane everyday imagery, as it was an evolvement from Pop Art.

Hyperrealism, on the other hand, although photographic in essence, can often entail a softer and much more complex focus on the subject depicted, presenting it as a living tangible object. These objects and scenes in Hyperrealism paintings and sculptures are meticulously detailed to create the illusion of a new reality not seen in the original photo. That is not to say that they are surreal, as the illusion is a convincing depiction of (simulated) reality.

Textures, surfaces, lighting effects and shadows are painted to appear clearer and more distinct than the reference photo or even the actual subject itself”.

Many artists, dealers, gallery and museum curators confuse the issue because there is no static definition of Hyperrealism. Consequently, photorealist artists are often described as hyperrealists – and vice versa. The true hyperrealist, however, …

Engineering insights: Automotive industry



Automotive engineer Oliver Tomlin works for Mira Ltd, and engineering service provider to the automobile industry. Oliver recounts his journey from engineering student to professional engineering consultant. Now involved in recruiting graduate engineers himself, Oliver highlights some of the qualities that companies look for in new recruits and explains how to acquire these.

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