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Different Types Of Materials For Car Seat Covers

Covers are an essential accessory to improve the interior look and feel of your car. While choosing covers for seats, the choice of material is of utmost importance. Most often car owners are confused about the material as there are many choices available.

It is important to choose the right material, especially while opting for customized seat covers for your vehicle. You have to balance aesthetics with durability, comfort and value to ensure that you get the best value for money.

Educating yourself about the different materials will help you to make an informed choice. Here is a list of some materials used for making seat covers.

  • Velour

Velour is the most common and basic seat cover material. This material mimics the look and feel of the original upholstery of the vehicle. Covers made from Velour are soft and comfortable, but when it comes to durability, they lag behind.

  • Jacquard

Jacquard is heavy and rough, when compared to velour. Covers made of jacquard feature a center panel. The material is economic and provides good protection to the seats. However, jacquard is not waterproof and also lacks durability.

  • Neoprene

Neoprene is a durable material that is a good choice for seat covers. Neoprene covers are made from the wet suit material, that is highly water and stain resistant. Neoprene covers are available in a variety of designs and colors and can be customized to fit the seats snugly.

  • Faux Leather

Leather look or faux leather seat covers provide the aesthetics of original leather covers, while being easy on the pocket. These covers are easy to clean and highly durable. Faux leather is waterproof as it has a Vinyl barrier. However, the material is not suitable for places with extreme temperatures as it tends to get hot in summers and cold in winters.

  • Carbon Fiber

Carbon fiber is breathable and compression resistant. Covers made from this material are durable and easy to maintain. The fabric is UV-resistant and protects the seats from abrasion, stains and wear and tear.

There are many other materials used to make seat covers such as denim, sheepskin, mesh, canvas etc. Choose a material that suits your requirements and the overall interior of the vehicle.

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Philippines To Receive Its First Shelby Dealer

Not every country gets the dealer for the cars that they want; it’s ultimately up to the manufacturer to decide if they think that the market is worth entering. Philippine’s auto enthusiasts finally have some good news from Shelby.

The Ford aftermarket company recently appointed an exclusive distributor for the Philippines; Autohub Group of Companies. The company will be in charge of selling aftermarket auto parts, including kits, as well as Shelby-modified vehicles, acting as the US manufacturer’s official and exclusive supplier.

Autohub Group of Companies President Willy Tee Ten says that they’ll be bringing in as many products from Shelby into the Philippine auto market as they can, acting as the exclusive distributor for the US company’s products, covering auto parts, accessories, as well as upgrades. They’ll also handle the installation of said parts, including kits and superchargers.

Autohub has stated that they won’t be selling Shelby cars immediately, but they’ll be doing so in the future, via indent orders, for those in the Philippines who are interested in owning their very own Shelby. The company has yet to reveal which models they’ll be selling, but there are talks that say it’ll be, at least, the Shelby GT, GT-S, and, possibly Super Snake.

As part of their deal, Autohub will be sending its technicians and mechanics to Shelby, in the US, for training. This will allow the distributor to properly install aftermarket upgrades, particularly the supercharger kits to the Mustang’s V8 iterations.

As for the distribution of Shelby vehicles, Tee Ten announced that Allen Pascual will be in charge, to act as the head of Shelby Philippines in the future, on top of his leading of the Autohub Car Care Services (ACCS), which handle all aftermarket parts and accessories under the Autohub Group umbrella.

Neither Shelby nor Autohub has revealed the date when Shelby Philippines will officially open, but Tee Ten reports that they’re just waiting for the finalization process to finish on the deal; with the final signature having yet to be filled out. He says that they’re expecting it around January; sometime in the earlier months of 2020.

 

 

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Americans Spent Over $43B On Video Games In 2018

Americans clearly love their games, whether it’s cheap games or premium games, as shown by a recent report from the Entertainment Software Association and the NPD Group, published early January 2019.

According to their data, American gamers accounted for a whopping $43.4 billion in revenue for the US video game industry for the year of 2018. This number is an 18% increase in revenue from 2017’s number of $36.9 billion, according to data from the market intelligent company, Sensor Tower.

Divided up by their source, hardware revenue accounted for $7.5 billion, a 15% growth from the $6.5 billion recorded by 2017. Software sales revenue, which included physical and digital sales, as well as in-game purchases and subscriptions, accounted for $35.8 billion, which is a growth of 18% from 2017’s $30.4 billion.

Acting ESA President and CEO Stanley Pierre-Louis said that the economic growth that the video game industry is experiencing is a reflection of its growth as a part of mainstream American culture. Across the country, people of all backgrounds, and of all ages can be counted as some of the most passionate video gamers and fans. Interactive entertainment, he says, has now become the most influential form of entertainment in America.

Video Games Industry Analyst Mat Piscatella, the NPD Group, says that 2018 was another record setting year for the US’s video game industry, thanks to consumer spending going up by 18%, past $43 billion. He says that, whether it was playing on the go with a mobile device or at home on a PC or console, consumers across the country, of all ages and interests, found something from the video game industry to match their needs whether it’s cheap games on the PC or free-to-play games on mobile. All platforms; console, PC, and mobile, saw significant growth, alongside developments in the market’s portions, like subscription and streaming services.

According to a report from the NPD Group released early 2019, the number of mobile gamers in North America went up by 5% in 2018, all amounting to the largest segment of profit within the gaming industry. Piscatella says that this is because there’s a lot of variety when it comes to mobile gaming, with games for all sorts of demographic available on the platform.

 

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Why You Should Go For Similan Islands Diving

The Similan Islands are a wonderful archipelago located in the Andaman Sea, about 100-kilometres north from Phuket. These small islands are breathtaking that all you need is some snapshots to reminisce memories here. Most people come here on a day trip tour, but it’s highly suggested to try liveaboards as it’s cheaper. Spend around two to four days to experience Similan islands diving and you’ll enjoy it. The trip is faraway from Phuket, so travel at night and when you wake up, enjoy the daytime by diving.

To get to the Similan islands, you’ll need to book a tour that takes you first to a snorkelling experience. Then you’ll head to the main island where you can dine in a restaurant and be accommodated in hospitable hotels. Try not to deal with the cheapest speedboat unless you’re on a tight budget. You’ll be worried too much if you travel with limited space. If you’re a professional diver, there are many dive centres to check out and book for a day trip to Khao Lak. Or you’ll prefer the liveaboard cruise to have a great Similan islands diving experience.

What to Remember So You Won’t Get in Trouble

The Thai government takes care of the national parks found in the Similan islands. They inform people to preserve and handle it well. As a ruling, tourists and divers visiting Similan for diving are not allowed to feed the fishes, no matter how they swarm around and beg for food. They are also not allowed to pick any coral or sea life. And lastly, if they come across a coral, they need to swim above and not walk on it.

Staying over the Similan

You’ll find a hard time booking an accommodation here, especially that they are limited in this area. However, after the Similan islands diving, you can spend the night and rent a small tent or air-conditioned bungalow. The latter is more comfortable as you’re provided with your own bathroom with shower. You also get a sea view from the balcony and lots of fresh air. Be here between October till May as scuba diving is closed the rest of the year due to bad weather conditions.

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