Monthly Archives: July 2015

3 Different Mud Flap Types for Your Pickup

Mud flaps are designed to protect a truck’s side panels from stone, gravel, mud, and other debris that fling out from the tires. A pickup truck unprotected by mud flaps runs the risk of having numerous dents, dings, and paint damage to its exterior. Any pickup owner can benefit from installing mud flaps on his or her truck.

Unfortunately, mud flaps are not created equally. Design, material, and manner of installation will likely differ from one mud flap maker to another. When visiting a dealership, check if the pickup truck you’re interested in already has its own mud flap. If it does, check if they’re in good condition or if they suit your taste. If not, you can always look for better mud flaps. Below are the different types you can purchase for your pickup:

Heavy-Duty Rubber

Heavy-duty rubber mud flaps are among the most basic yet durable materials available. They can come with a rigidly straight outline or a slight curve to fit the frame of your vehicle and wheel snugly.

Molded Plastic

Molded plastic mud flaps are generally make-and-model-specific. However, their advantage over their rubber-made counterparts is that they can be painted to match the color of the pickup truck they’re installed on.

Sheet metal

Available in stainless steel and aluminum, these are mainly ideal for decoration because they are potentially risky to use in soft ground. If you only travel on city streets, then sheet metal mud flaps can be an extremely attractive option.

Fashion Trends Inspire the 2015 Lincoln MKC

Lincoln’s first ever small premium utility, the 2015 Lincoln MKC, boasts of strong colors and a sensual texture that one might be intrigued as to where car designers derive their inspiration when designing the vehicle.

Color, Materials, and Fabric

 Jenny Kubinec, Lincoln’s color and materials designer, said that she gained a trove of inspirations by immersing herself in trending fashion movements while designing the 2015 Lincoln MKC. “Seeing something as simple as an elaborate stitching on a handbag, or an accent color on a designer jacket, can really impact our design strategy,” she said.

The inspirations she gathered from the fashion world were integrated in the interior and exterior designs of the MKC. For instance, the vehicle’s leather seats were of a soft cream color that exudes a feminine appeal, while the more “masculine” Espresso-colored dark wood appliques and instrument panel balances the effect.

Color Choices

 When deciding on the color of the vehicle, Lincoln designers assessed possible choices in addition to popular ones like white, black, silver, and red. According to the designers, the more vibrant colors would appeal to more expressive car buyers. For instance, the Tahitian Pearl, deep plum with a hint of an iridescent finish, is considered an expressive choice, along with the cooler Midnight Sapphire and Smoked Quartz.

Lincoln Bringing the Continental Back

Lincoln’s Continental was considered the pinnacle of luxury vehicles during the 1950s and 1960s, and had been the choice ride of celebrities and American presidents alike, from Elvis Presley and Babe Ruth to Ronald Reagan and John F. Kennedy. Unfortunately, Lincoln had temporarily ceased production of new Continental models in 2002. That is, until today, when the Lincoln brand unveiled its concept of the 2017 Continental during this year’s New York Auto Show.

Power and Style

 Following today’s trend of power and style, the 2017 Lincoln boasts all the hallmarks of a world class luxury sedan, with a simple yet elegantly sleek design. Yet don’t let the simple design deceive you from the power it packs under the hood. The new Continental is powered with a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 EcoBoost Engine, and though Lincoln remains tight-lipped about its actual power, experts estimate that it could reach to at least 400-horsepower.

Luxurious Interior

 The new Continental brings back all the elements of a 1970s luxury sedan, while adding a modern spin on the car. Its classy past-meets-future-style interior will definitely entice Lincoln fans into considering driving their own Continental, and enjoying its amazing features.

The plan for the new Continental, however, is more than just a concept. It has been given the green light to begin production, and you should expect to see this revamped and powered model of the Continental among Lincoln dealerships beginning next year.

The 2015 Lincoln MKC: A Crossover to Consider

The 2015 Lincoln MKC is an impressive vehicle for many reasons. First of all, the compact crossover is a good choice if you’re looking for something between an ordinary car and an SUV. Small families wanting a flexible transport vehicle will do well to invest in one of Lincoln’s latest offerings.

From the outside, the MKC looks great. The traditional crossover styling is modified by some unique touches; the front-end is slimmed down, while a split-wide grille takes up the front. The back is also nice to look at; full-width taillights and a two-piece tailgate are a sight to see when on the road. You can be sure to turn some heads when you drive this car.

It isn’t just nice to look at though. Under the hood, the 2015 MKC has a 2.3 liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. The engine can have you running from zero to sixty in under seven seconds. This is better than a V-6 and is on par with a V-8. Combine this with an impressive steering system, and you can have a powerful and smooth ride.

The interiors are nothing to sneeze at either. It’s spacious enough for most purposes and is comfortable for its passengers. Consider checking out the 2015 Lincoln MKC at local Hammond, LA Lincoln dealerships and experience everything you just read.