When Passion meets Profession : An Auto Love story
Photography runs in blood, but what gives me a kick, it's my passion or rather obsession with cars and bikes. I’m crazy and closely follow all events and launches in the automobile. In the past 10 - 15 years, Jaguars, Porsche, Range Rover, BMW, Benz, Audi have all become common on our Kerala Roads. Recently I came across several pictures of a Maserati Levante in Kerala, a rarity in Kerala. High end cars like Bently, Rolls Royce, Maserati, Bugatti are not at all common and it's very hard to find one on our roads.
A few days back, I got a call from a car detailing company, EuroTeq Premium Car Detailing, for a shoot. Euroteq is based out of Trivandrum, Kerala. We had a brief discussion and he mentioned that I will get to shoot a Maserati Levante (the first ever Maserati SUV). I was numb first when I heard this. And just informed him then and there that I would be there when the car arrives. I hung up the phone, but not before thanking them for considering and giving me the opportunity to shoot such a rare car. It took me some time to realise, I had seen a few advertisements and leaked images of this car, but never in my wildest dreams did I think I could see a Maserati so up and close.
Maserati is an Italian car manufacturer that makes luxury and sports cars. Founded in 1914 by Alfieri Maserati, one of the five brothers in the Maserati family. Maserati always focused on racing. Throughout its history, Maserati has participated in various forms of motorsports including Formula One, sportscar racing and touring car racing. The ownership of the Maserati brand has changed hands, from Maserati to Orsi followed by Citroen and De Tomaso Era. Now the company is owned by Fiat Chrysler Group. In India, they have a few cars on sale and dealerships are only in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. The entry level of the Maserati brand is the Ghibli Sedan, which is powered by a V6 petrol and diesel engine. Its bigger brothers are very expensive and comes with higher technical specifications. V8s GranTurismos and GranCabrio range are also on offer. The very first thing you will fall in love with is their trident badge, which is the most attractive factor of this brand.
The Maserati Levante is a mid size luxury SUV based on a concept car they had debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show. Later they started production in the year 2016-’17. Levante has an eight speed automatic transmission from the sixth generation Maserati Quattroporte. And it's an all wheel drive. Levante rides on air suspension and can be controlled electronically, which can be raised or lowered depending on the terrain.
The Levante features an U-shaped radiator grille with 8 vertical chrome slats and the Maserati's trident logo in the centre. The grille is flanked by slim headlamps and circular fog lamps. The side profile is more that of a coupe. Three small vents are placed on the front fender and a trident logo can be found on each of the C-pillars. At the rear, the Levante features a roof-mounted spoiler, triangular LED tail lights and quad exhaust tips. The Levante gets a 3 spoke multifunction steering wheel with paddle shifters and a twin pod instrument cluster with a relatively large MID in the centre. The seats and a few dashboard clusters are covered in luxurious leather upholstery. There is a very unique analogue clock placed on top of the dashboard.
EuroTeq Premium Car Detailing
So what is Car Detailing ? Well, when there is a thorough cleaning, polishing or restoration of your automobile it can be termed as auto / car detailing. The detailing of vehicles can be done on both exterior as well as the interior. This is based on customer’s requirements.
Professional car care and detailing solutions are now a thing in today's world. The performance and looks matter at the same time. Let's consider a scenario, when do we visit a workshop ? It's when one of these conditions falls in i.e. when we have a serious issue or a regular maintenance for our vehicle or it could be minor accidents like some scratches or a dent. On the other hand, to keep our cars clean and tidy we need to wash every day or at least once a week.
Let's look at the history of the painting and waxing of vehicles. It is believed that in the 1800's Germans used animal wax to keep their horse carriages in condition for the exterior paint as well as for the interiors. In the 1900's the newer technologies emerged which used different types of solutions like, Paint Waxes which protect the paint from scratches. In recent years, we have more advanced paint protection solutions like paint sealants ( mostly known as nano paint protection ), polymer coating, ceramic coating, etc.
Cleanliness is next to Godliness. During the Monsoon season, it demands you to put in more effort to keep your cars clean and neat. The rain and monsoon season is something which is really enjoyable, but unfortunately our car gets damaged in a way you don't even expect. This can even cause rust, corrosion and paint to degrade. The interiors also get dirty quickly during the monsoon season, with the mud on the carpet floors and moisture on leather seats that can have an adverse effect on the interiors. These kind of damages can be checked with the help of a professional auto detailing. The benefits of detailing are as follows
- It give a long term crispness and shining to your car
- It helps you maintain your car exterior and easier to keep it clean.
- Makes the car scratch less
- Dust protection, i.e. keeps the dust away.
- Few windscreen and glass protections would prevent the water droplets from settling down and providing us better vision during all seasons.
- Alloy wheels protection, which keeps the wheels clean and makes it easier to keep the whole car clean.
And Yes, the difference between good and great is attention to the detail. I have seen as well as experienced it at EuroTeq car care. They do a lot of car care solutions starting from wash to detailing including paint restoration, or anything you name it. When you drive out of EuroTeq, you get the same feeling of driving your car out with showroom shine, everytime. Planning to give Care Treatment to your car ?
EuroTeq Premium Car Care at Ambalamukku, Trivandrum, Kerala helps to keep the car clean, neat and out of Germs. Contact them at ☎️ 9048481739, 8157853857, or just drive in.
*All the pictures were taken using Sony A7M3, ZEISS Batis 25mm f/2 and ZEISS Batis 85mm f/1.8 lens.
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