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Volvo Leads in Technological Innovation According to JD Power

Volvo received highest Innovation Index ranking among all automotive brands in the J.D. Power 2020 U.S. Tech Experience Index (TXI) Study. At Berkeley Bob’s, the premier Bay Area Independent Volvo repair shop we are delighted by this news. Berkeley Bob’s specializes in Volvo maintenance and repair services. Naturally being a Volvo specialist shop we are equipped with the VIDA tool in addition our owner Sean Stephens is an ASE Master Technician, but has also been invited by the Volvo of North America to write technical articles for Volvo Techtips – a premiere technical resource periodical distributed to independent Volvo specialists throughout the United States. We are lifelong Volvo enthusiasts and are thrilled with the results of JD Power research. We are looking forward to servicing the newer Volvos with all their innovations for decades to come.  In the meantime if the Volvo in your driveway needs a bit of TLC trust Berkeley Bob’s to handle the service ... read more

Hybrid Repair in Berkeley, CA

Berkeley, CA, is known as a socially responsible city, which is why hybrids and Berkeley go hand in hand. Berkeley Bob's team of auto mechanics specializes in Hybrid service and repair to keep your hybrid operating at peak performance level, no matter your auto repair needs. Hybrid repairs come with their own set of challenges, which is why Berkeley Bob's auto mechanic team have taken specialized hybrid training courses to best serve you and your car. Our experienced team specializing in Hybrid service and auto repairs, focuses on safety and efficiency. They also provide complimentary inspections, including a performance and road test evaluation, to better be able to advise you with the condition of your car. Hybrids tend to be low maintenance vehicles but they still require regular oil change services, tire rotations, etc. At Berkeley Bob's, we recommend getting on a regular hybrid service and repair maintenance schedule. This will extend the life of your vehicle and help ... read more

Move over George Jetson…

Move over George Jetson…

       Since the 1960’s TV cartoon show The Jetsons first aired Americans have been dreaming about the possibility of cruising around in ground to sky vehicles.   The future is upon us and that dream has become closer to reality.  Behold the “Transition  Flying Car” from Terrafugia whose parent company is no stranger; Geely Holdings who owns Volvo Cars, Lotus Cars and China Euro Vehicle Technology.  Terrafugia started in 2006 by six MIT graduates is headquartered in Massachusetts but the company’s research and technology division happens to be here where no one does cutting edge better.          The two seater convertible flying machine is powered by a single 100hp 4 cylinder fuel injected internal combustion engine for flight made by Rotax, an Austrian company owned by Bombardier.  The drive mode utilizes hybrid electric motors probably similar in design to the Toyota Priu ... read more

VW to Sell ID Crozz Electric Crossover, Starting in 2020

VW to Sell ID Crozz Electric Crossover, Starting in 2020

Volkswagen announced that it will sell its new electric crossover – ID Crozz – in the United States staring in 2020. ID Crozz is a mid-sized crossover about the size of 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan.  The range is touted to be about 300 miles, not too shabby!  It’s also supposed to be capable of an 80% capacity charge in just 30 minutes using a 150-kilowatt CCS fast charging. Not much else is known about the car at this time.  We will keep you informed of future developments. Volkswagen has really jumped into the electric car market with its ID.3 (we blogged about it couple of months ago), now with their ID Crozz compact crossover and its plans to have production capacity of over 20 million electric cars per year by 2028. In the meantime, you can still service and repair your conventional Volkswagen at the Berkeley Bob’s auto repair shop. We remain committed to servicing gasoline engine Volkswagens while we tool up and train for the new crop of all-el ... read more

NEW for 2020!

NEW for 2020!

  NEW for 2020! Cruise in and try out the new coffee station in the customer waiting area at Berkeley Bob’s.  Our little green friend is overjoyed!  You will be to as you brew yourself a fresh, hot cuppa joe to sip while we do the paperwork

Barnacle vs Boot

Barnacle vs Boot

Heard about the Barnacle? It’s a device that is quickly making the boot obsolete.  The boot has been used in the Midwest and on the East Coast as a driving deterrent for non-ticket paying drivers. Attached to the car’s wheel the boot restrains the wheel from rotating and forces the car to be towed away rather than driven.  The Barnacle attaches to the car’s windshield with two pumps and it’s deters driving by obstructing the drivers view of the road.  The device is impossible to pull off as it resists hundreds of pounds of pulling pressure.  Also a siren will blare if someone attempts to drive the car with the device installed.  The Barnacle is user friendly.  Just call the phone number on the device, pay the outstanding tickets and you’re given a magic code which unlocks the Barnacle.  The driver then leaves the unlocked Barnacle on the sidewalk to be retrieved by parking enforcement.   The need for the car to ... read more

Honda E Electric Vehicle

Honda E Electric Vehicle

The new electric car from Honda, called the “E” is the first large production all battery electric powered vehicle from Honda.  The “E” will be marketed and sold in Europe.  Unfortunately the company has no plans to make them available in the US, too bad because this car is designed for the needs of urban San Francisco Bay Area drivers.  Small enough to cruise the congested city streets with ease in addition to fitting into the smallest of parking spaces.  The range is a modest 135 miles but offers a speedy charging rate, 10% to 80% in 30 minutes.  Honda has two HP options to choose from; 134 or the more powerful 152.  The exterior resembles a lovable, squeezable character right out of a Disney animated film but inside the “E” is loaded with high tech gadgetry and was designed without external side view mirrors which are replaced by two dash screens bringing the total to five which span the entire dash.   Other ... read more

Volkswagen Announces Electric Volkswagen ID.3

After the debacle with diesel emission cheating, Volkswagen has done a full 180 and in September, at the Frankfurt Motor Show, will introduce electric Volkswagen ID.3  Details are still pretty sketchy, but Volkswagen has announced that it will offer three versions -  low end version with electric range of 200 miles, mid level version with the range of 260 miles, and the high end version with electric range of 340 miles.  As all electric cars, it will be a lively vehicle, with excellent acceleration.  While we don't have many details, it is supposed to be priced similarly to a fully equipped Volkswagen Golf TDI.  Naturally when the electric Volkswagen will become available in the US, we will provide full service for ID.3 owners. In the meantime,  we are happy to service and repair most Volkswagen models you may currently own. We will, of course, continue to keep you informed about this new exciting electric car

What happens after Toyota Supra’s 4 years free Apple CarPlay ends?

Road/Show has announced the top level 2020 Toyota Supras will be equipped with Apple CarPlay.  The Apple CarPlay is the infotainment system used widely by BMW.  Toyota is not offering an android option for their Supras.  However, they have introduced Google’s equivalent smart-phone mirroring on select Canadian and USA models namely; Sequoia, 4-Runner, Tacoma, Tundra and SUV’s.    Apple CarPlay will be free on the applicable Supras for 4 years then mostly likely an annual subscription fee will be charged like BMW has been doing.  Toyota’s offer of four years free is quite generous compared to BMW who initially offered the technology as a one-time cost option but now gives one year free then charges an $80 per year subscription.  When Motor 1 reached out to Toyota’s Customer Care Senior Analyst of Connected Technologies, Jarrod Marini regarding the billing plan for the future he said “We haven’t decided yet” (w ... read more

Samsung and Volvo Partner

The Volvo group has forged an agreement with Samsung SDI to develop and supply battery cells and modules for its Volvo electric trucks. Samsung will supply these components to the Volvo Group to be assembled in their manufacturing facilities and are for use in Volvo’s all electric trucks. Volvo Trucks of North America has quickly moved into the all electric truck area, their FL Electric trucks began rolling off the assembly line earlier this year.  An all-electric garbage truck is also in the works for Volvo as is an autonomous, cab-less all electric truck.  No stranger to electric vehicles their sister company, Volvo Buses have been manufacturing and selling all electric buses since 2010. Volvo is now expanding their VNR series with an all electric.  This all electric truck is being tested in California now with sales beginning in 2020.  Volvo says the new truck is ideal for heavy urban distribution, drayage and other regional applications an option for cit ... read more

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