The Iconic 2006 BMW 330i and Partstrain's Commitment to Product Excellence

Written by Jenny Mc Lane

The 3-series each year sells about 450,000 worldwide-making it one ofrepparttar biggest single car lines from any carmaker, which is especially remarkable for a premium vehicle. All U.S. 3-series models come with front, front-seat side, and full-length curtain air bags, but not with rear-seat side-impact air bags, because BMW claims "advances in side-impact safety are such that it is no longer necessary to offer rear side bags." "We cannot afford to take a risk with this car, because it is too important," says BMW's R&D chief Burkhard Göschel. "If you look atrepparttar 137996 Z4 asrepparttar 137997 extreme, as avant-garde, this is inrepparttar 137998 middle between safe and avant-garde."

The BMW 3 Series represents 40% of BMW's vehicle output. It is, as one BMW executive said, "the core product forrepparttar 137999 brand." Not only is it important to BMW economically, but also its status as an iconic car is crucial torepparttar 138000 company's image. For many, it'srepparttar 138001 car that says, "I've made it," or at least, "I'm on my way."

The BMW 330i has a three-stage variable induction system, an electric cooling pump and a volume-controlled oil pump that only pumps as much oil as needed, saving engine power. Its new engine weighs 22 pounds less than its predecessor does. It is also more powerful, more fuel-efficient and more compact. In addition torepparttar 138002 usual double VANOS magic, this engine featuresrepparttar 138003 Valvetronic continuously variable valve lift.

BMW's double-pivot independent front suspension has been adapted forrepparttar 138004 3 Series, with a pair of lower arms that complementrepparttar 138005 car's upgraded MacPherson struts. An all-new five-link rear suspension, featuring many lightweight aluminum pieces, is combined with an all-new, more rigid chassis. Oversized ventilated discs in all four corners and an aluminum steering rack ensure precise handling and braking.

Moving Toward the Future with Volvo 3CC Concept and Volvo Performance Parts

Written by Jenny Mc Lane

PremAir is offered on Volvos today. The technology removesrepparttar ozone fromrepparttar 137995 air sucked intorepparttar 137996 radiator, making select Volvo models four-wheeled pollution vacuums. PZEV engines meet partial zero-emission vehicle standards in California and New England, and are amongrepparttar 137997 cleanest-burning vehicles of any kind regardless of their requirement for gasoline.

Volvo 3CC concept wonrepparttar 137998 “Best Design” atrepparttar 137999 seventh Annual Michelin Challenge Bibendum, whererepparttar 138000 alternative-fuel concept vehicles compete as automakers are challenged to find better, greener ways of producing vehicles. We seerepparttar 138001 Volvo 3CC as a functional demonstrator from which clean, safe and efficient vehicles can be derived inrepparttar 138002 future," says Volvo Car Corporation spokesman Dan Werbin, Director Volvo Cars North America.

The 3CC is powered by 3,000 lithium-ion cells like those in a laptop computer, can accelerate to 60 mph in 10 seconds while emitting zero emissions, according to Volvo. It will travel 180 miles on a single charge, and can cruise at speeds as high as 85 mph. Unique engine housing construction allowsrepparttar 138003 Volvo 3CC to conform to a wide variety of propulsion systems, giving itrepparttar 138004 flexibility to meet ever-changing power source requirements whether they call for gasoline, diesel, hybrid, electric, or bio-fuel motors.

The 3CC is a small, sleek and environmentally efficient car with a powerful, zero emission electric power train, great aerodynamics and a lightweight, high-strength steel space frame. Volvo could not compromise on safety forrepparttar 138005 3CC thus it developedrepparttar 138006 unique 'Volvo safety ride down concept' to absorb collision forces in a frontal impact by controllingrepparttar 138007 forward motion ofrepparttar 138008 occupants.

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