Selasa, 31 Agustus 2010

Holden Viva Automatic Ultimate Choice


Holden Viva is the ultimate choice if you are looking for a mid-sized car that isn’t a Corolla. Holden Viva is meant for those buyers on a budget. If you are confused whether to buy it or not then read on.

Very simply, the Holden Viva is a keenly priced automobile and is well equipped, two of the most important factors to consider when purchasing a new car. In addition to this, it has a reasonable performance, agile and is fitted with a proper interior and spacious boot room.



No doubt the ride quality is up to par with its ability to soak up even the worse road surfaces, and the tyre and wind noises are passive. Under cushy and simple conditions the Holden Viva is a quiet and low impact ride. This provides a smooth ride helping to avoid the bumps and jarring of daily suburban driving.

With an average of 7.4 liters per 100 kilometers, you won’t have to worry about the recent fuel price hikes. So is the Viva the small car upheaval that Holden claims? Judged merely in product terms, not by a long shot. But on the sales charts, where things like space, value and features usually add up for more than sharp handling and modern design, the Viva is likely to make an impact.


The Comfortability Factor
There is ample space front up with good seat support and adjustable steering. The steering feels light and direct making maneuvering in the tightest spots quite easy.

Ride Quality
No doubt the ride quality is up to par with its ability to soak up even the worse road surfaces, and the tyre and wind noises are passive. Under cushy and simple conditions the Holden Viva is a quiet and low impact ride. This provides a smooth ride helping to avoid the bumps and jarring of daily suburban driving.

Standard Equipment
With the Holden Viva you get all the standard car features you may look for in a car mid size auto. Good fit-out, four air bags, air-conditioning, power front windows, remote central locking are just a few that are present in this cozy car.


Specification
Dimension
Wheelbase 2600 mm 102.4 in
Track front 1480 mm 58.3 in
rear 1480 mm 58.3 in
Length 4295 mm 169.1 in
Width 1725 mm 67.9 in
Height 1445 mm 56.9 in
Length:wheelbase ratio 1.65
Ground clearance
Kerb weight 1293 kg 2851 lb
Weight distribution
(Front)
Fuel capacity 60 litres 13.2 UK Gal 15.9 US Gal

Engine
Bore × stroke 80.50 mm × 88.20 mm
3.17 in × 3.47 in
Cylinders S-4
Displacement 1.8 litre
1796 cc
(109.599 cu in)
Type DOHC
Key:

SOHC
Single overhead camshaft

DOHC
Double overhead camshaft

OHV
Overhead valves

TS
Two stroke

SV
Side valves

Sl
Sleeve valves

oise
Overhead inlet side exhaust

4 valves per cylinder
16 valves in total
Construction
Sump Wet sumped
Compression ratio 9.70:1
Fuel system SMPFI
Maximum power
(ECE) 121.7 PS (120 bhp) (89.5 kW)
@ 5800 rpm
Specific output 66.8 bhp/litre
1.09 bhp/cu in
Maximum torque
(ECE) 169.0 Nm (125 ft·lb) (17.2 kgm)
@ 3600 rpm
bmep 1182.5 kPa (171.5 psi)
Specific torque 94.1 Nm/litre
Maximum rpm
Manufacturer GM
Code
Main bearings
Coolant Water
Bore/stroke ratio 0.91
Unitary capacity 449 cc/cylinder
Aspiration Normal
Compressor type N/A
Intercooler None
Catalytic converter Y

Performance
0-50 mph (80 km/h)
0-60 mph
0-100 km/h
0-100 mph
80-120 km/h (50-70 mph) in top
Standing ¼mile
Standing km
Top speed
Fuel consumption
CO2 Emissions
Carfolio Calculated CO2 ?
Power-to-weight 92.81 bhp/ton
READ MORE - Holden Viva Automatic Ultimate Choice

New Toyota Verso-S


Toyota will exhibit at booth at the Paris Motor Show, world premiere, a small van (MPV) referred back of S, and a restyled version of the model inside iQ. The Toyota Verso S re-segment small car family, where several years ago have only one representative: Toyota Yaris Verso.

The Japanese firm's replacement for the long-gone Yaris Verso measures just under 4 meters in length and will compete with the likes of the Kia Venga, Opel Meriva and Citroen C3 Picasso. We don't have anything else in the way of details, but European buyers should expect a similar petrol and diesel engine lineup to the Yaris.



The all-new Toyota Verso-S arrived at the world’s leading at the Paris Motor show in 2010. Underestimated, broad and ill-S Toyota Verso efficiency in the direction of an empty display. This brusquest overall length – to a lesser degree four beats – whatever the MPV in the segment-B in Europe. But attention to contingencies in any practical expression by the spaciousness of the interior design has maximum flexibility, convenience and caliber to understand the end-to-end.

The smallest four-seater in the world, Toyota iQ comes with an internal review at the Paris Motor Show, and the Aygo model comes with a small class connectivity technology, suggestively called Connect. Also, Toyota's stand at Paris will host the FT-CH concept, already presented in Geneva in March 2010, and the Prius plug-in hybrid - an advanced version of the hybrid Prius, which will be available on sale in Europe 2012.


READ MORE - New Toyota Verso-S

Minggu, 29 Agustus 2010

New Alfa Romeo Brera 2010 Specification


The special edition Alfa Brera "Italia Independant", which will be produced in a limited run of 900 units for Europe, Japan and Australia, is available for order in Germany with prices starting from €29,700 for the 185HP 2.2-liter four-cylinder JTS model and from €38,850 for the 260HP 3.2-liter JTS V6 model that's offered in both front- and all-wheel drive versions.

Alfa Romeo in collaboration with stylish goods brand Italy Independent has release a special Alfa Romeo Brera model, the Alfa Romeo Brera Italia Independent Special Edition.



Created in collaboration with domestic fashion house "Italia Independent", the limited run Brera coupe is about style. Special exterior touches include a Titanium opaque paintwork with matching 18-inch alloy wheels in a turbine pattern, red colored brake callipers and an aluminum fuel cap.

The 2+2 coupe's interior is decked out in carbon fiber trim and black leather upholstery with contrasting red seams. The brushed aluminium "Italia Independent" logos, pedals and foot rest complete the package.

The vehicle's standard equipment includes seven airbags, automatic dual zone climate control system, cruise control, fog lights and a high-end audio system.




Specification
Wheelbase 2525 mm 99.4 in
Track front 1579 mm 62.2 in
rear 1559 mm 61.4 in
Length 4413 mm 173.7 in
Width 1830 mm 72 in
Height 1341 mm 52.8 in
Length:wheelbase ratio 1.75
Ground clearance
Kerb weight 1480 kg 3263 lb
Weight distribution
(Front)
Fuel capacity 70 litres 15.4 UK Gal 18.5 US Gal
aerodynamics
2010 Alfa Romeo Brera 2.0 JTDm See all Alfa Romeo models
Drag coefficient
Frontal area
Cx
engine
2010 Alfa Romeo Brera 2.0 JTDm See all Alfa Romeo models
Bore × stroke 83.00 mm × 90.40 mm
3.27 in × 3.56 in
Cylinders S-4
Displacement 2 litre
1956 cc
(119.362 cu in)
Construction
Sump Wet sumped
Compression ratio 16.50:1
Fuel system common rail direct diesel injection
Maximum power 170.3 PS (168 bhp) (125.3 kW)
@ 4000 rpm
Specific output 85.9 bhp/litre
1.41 bhp/cu in
Maximum torque 360.0 Nm (266 ft·lb) (36.7 kgm)
@ 1750 rpm
bmep 2312.8 kPa (335.4 psi)
Specific torque 184.05 Nm/litre
Maximum rpm
Manufacturer Fiat
Code
Main bearings
Coolant Water
Bore/stroke ratio 0.92
Unitary capacity 489 cc/cylinder
Aspiration Turbo D.
Compressor type
Intercooler
Catalytic converter Y

0-50 mph (80 km/h)
0-60 mph
0-100 km/h 8.80 s
0-100 mph
80-120 km/h (50-70 mph) in top
Standing ¼mile
Standing km 30.20 s
Top speed 218 km/h (135 mph)
Fuel consumption 7.1/4.4/5.4 l/100km urban/extra-urban/combined
CO2 Emissions 142.0 g/km
Carfolio Calculated CO2 ? 145.80 g/km
Power-to-weight 113.51 bhp/ton

Engine location Front
Engine alignment Transverse
Drive FWD

Key:

FWD
Front wheel drive

RWD
Rear wheel drive

AWD
All wheel drive

4WD
Four wheel drive


Steering rack & pinion PAS
Turns lock-to-lock
Turning circle
Suspension front I.DW.
rear I.MultiLi.
Key:

I
Independent

LA
Live axle

dD
de Dion axle

W
Wishbone

DW
Double wishbones

CS
Coil springs

ARB
Anti-roll bar

LS
Leaf springs

SE
Semi-elliptic leaf springs

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Wheels front
rear
Tyres front 225/50 R 17
rear 225/50 R 17
Brakes F/R VeDi/VeDi-S-ABS

Key:

Ve
Ventilated

Di
Disc (Disk)

Dr
Drum

S
Servo-assisted

ABS
Anti-lock Braking System

Brake ∅ front 330 mm
rear 292 mm
Braked area
Transmission 6 speed manual
Top gear ratio
Final drive ratio 3.55
READ MORE - New Alfa Romeo Brera 2010 Specification

Sabtu, 28 Agustus 2010

New Jeep Commander Generation 2010


2010 Jeep Commander largely unchanged. Medium SUV is basically a stretched version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Commander comes in Sport and Limited trims. The Jeep Commander is a niche vehicle for people who like to go off-road and need a lot of passenger room. However, reviewers say that the passengers you haul down the trail in the Commander won't be happy campers. While some high-tech interior features, like Chrysler's uConnect multimedia entertainment system are available, the Commander just isn't as comfortable as competitors. The Overland model has been discontinued. Each is available with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Low range gear for off-roading is a standard Limited, optional on Sport. All the Commander seat seven passengers.



Sport has a 210-hp 3.7-liter V6 engine. Standard Limiteds and optional on the Sport is a 357-hp 5.7-liter Hemi V8 with Chrysler's Multi Displacement System cylinder deactivation. 305-hp 4.7-liter V8 has been discontinued. All engines team with 5-speed automatic transmission. The commander assessed to tow up to 3500 pounds with the V6 and 7400 pounds with the V8. Security features that are available include ABS, traction control, charging system, curtain side airbags, front and side airbags. DVD entertainment, navigation system, glass-camera and power adjustable pedals are among the choices. Also offered are Chrysler's Uconnect multimedia suite, which can include a wireless cell phone link, 30-GB hard drive to store digital music and image files, and navigation systems.



If you're looking for a comfortable SUV with plenty of seating space and towing capabilities, check out the Chevy Tahoe. Though it doesn't have the off-road chops of the Commander, some critics say it can handle the off-road terrain that most consumers will throw at them. If you just need people-moving ability and don't plan to go off-road or tow, check out the Chevrolet Traverse. It can seat as many as the Commander, costs a little less, is more comfortable to drive and gets better fuel economy. While it isn't as rugged as the Commander, if you can confine your driving to the pavement, it may be a better choice for you.

The 2010 Commander is largely a carryover from the 2009 model year, and is available in two trims: Sport and Limited. It's also available as a rear-wheel or four-wheel drive vehicle. If you're dead set on the Commander, check out this month's best Jeep Deals to see what discounts and incentives are available.


The Jeep Commander offers three different transfer case/driveline options for selection, depending on the model. The base is called Quadra-Trac I, which is a single speed (no reduction gearset for a “low” range) transfer case, incorporating a “power divider” to send power to the front driveshaft, and consequently, the front driving axle, only when slippage is encountered.

The second system, called Quadra-Trac II, is standard on the Commander Limited and optional on the Commander Sport and Rocky Mountain. This system contains an electronically controlled clutch pack that engages to transfer up to 100 percent of the available engine torque to the axle wit hthe most traction. This system also adds a Neutral and Low range selection for special situations.

The third and final system Jeep offers on the Commander is the most complex system, the Quadra-Drive II, standard on the Overland, but optional on all other models, in keeping with Jeep's “You Talk, We Listen” attitude. This system has the “brains” to deliver power only where it is usable, in a normal or low range, based on speed sensor inputs and distributed by Electronic Limited Slip Differentials (“ELSD” in Jeep speak) in both the front and rear axles as well as the transfer case. These three inputs allow the computer to constantly offer the power where it can be most safely utilized, by the tires with the most traction.

The tires on the Commander remain as Goodyear being the supplier, in sizes of P245/65R17 BSW all-terrain as standard, OWL as optional on all but the Overland models, where 245/65R18 BSW tires are standard. Jeep offers 2 different wheels, depending on the tires supplied. In the 17 inch diameter size, a 17” x 7.5” inch machined face aluminum wheel is utilized, and in the optional 18 inch size, an 18” x 7.5” Chrome clad aluminum wheel is supplied.

Trailer towing packages are optional on all models except the Overland, where the high end Trailer Towing Group IV is standard, in keeping with the nature of the fully equipped vehicle.

Jeep has announced enhancements to the 2008 Commander models, Overland and Limited, that include: No Charge MyGIG Infotainment System with integral Navigation system (a $900 value), Power Sunroof w/Command View dual skylights, available SIRIUS BackSeat TV, the SmartBeam headlamp system, which adjusts to ambient lighting conditions, illuminated (fade in and out) entry, and active “three blink-then-off” lane change turn signal position.
READ MORE - New Jeep Commander Generation 2010

New Chrysler Aspen Specification

The Chrysler Aspen Limited 4X2 is Chrysler's full-size SUV. The Aspen shares the same platform as the Dodge Durango. It is clear that when the Aspen was on the drawing board we were not suffering from a credit crunch or gas price hikes. However, although the sheer size and cost of the Aspen may deter buyers, some buyers actually need vehicles like the Chrysler Aspen Limited 4X2 in order to tow large boats or trailers. We should not forget that there is a place for vehicles with huge towing capacities - try towing a 40ft trailer with a Prius!



The Chrysler Aspen Limited 4X2 uses exactly the same suspension layout as the Dodge Durango, independent, double-wishbone front and non-independent solid-axle rear. The Aspen comes with a 303-hp 4.7-liter V8 or a 335-hp 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engine and either rear- or all-wheel drive. Both engines are mated to a five-speed automatic transmission and the Hemi V8 includes the Chrysler Multi-displacement System (MDS) which is capable of shutting down 4 cylinders to conserve fuel when not required.

Conventional 2009 Chrysler Aspen are available with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. 2009 Chrysler Aspen Hybrids are AWD only. Maximum towing capacity is 8900 lb for conventional models, 6000 lb for the Hybrid. A low-range gear for off-roading is an option on non-Hybrid AWD models. The 2009 Chrysler Aspen its available in safety features include ABS, traction control, antiskid system, curtain side airbags, and front side airbags.



Standard seating is for eight with a 2nd-row bench; available buckets reduce it to seven. A power liftgate and rearview camera are standard on all models. Leather upholstery and navigation system are standard on Hybrid and available on other models. DVD entertainment is optional on all.

The Consumer Guide Automotive compare places each vehicle into one of 18 classes based on size, price, and market position for consumer choice. Premium Midsize SUVs are similar in size and construction to Midsize SUVs. Most, in fact, are gilded versions of Midsize SUVs; though a few are exclusive upscale designs.



New or significantly redesigned models include the Infiniti FX and Mercedes-Benz M-Class. The Chrysler Aspen adds a gas/electric hybrid model, and the Mercedes-Benz M-Class and R-Class add a new diesel powerplant, as does the Volkswagen Touareg 2.

Specification
Wheelbase 3028 mm 119.2 in
Track front 1636 mm 64.4 in
rear 1636 mm 64.4 in
Length 5100 mm 200.8 in
Width 1930 mm 76 in
Height 1887 mm 74.3 in
Length:wheelbase ratio 1.68
Ground clearance 220 mm 8.7 in
Kerb weight 2224 kg 4903 lb
Weight distribution
(Front) 52.60 %
Fuel capacity 102.3 litres 22.5 UK Gal 27 US Gal

Drag coefficient 0.391
Frontal area 3.10 m2
Cx 1.21

Bore × stroke 93.00 mm × 86.50 mm
3.66 in × 3.41 in
Cylinders V-8 in 90.0° vee
Displacement 4.7 litre
4701 cc
(286.873 cu in)
Type SOHC
Key:

SOHC
Single overhead camshaft

DOHC
Double overhead camshaft

OHV
Overhead valves

TS
Two stroke

SV
Side valves

Sl
Sleeve valves

oise
Overhead inlet side exhaust

See more...
4 valves per cylinder
32 valves in total
Construction cast iron block; aluminum alloy head
Sump Wet sumped
Compression ratio 9.00:1
Fuel system SMPFI
Maximum power
(SAE net) 307.2 PS (303 bhp) (225.9 kW)
@ 5650 rpm
Specific output 64.5 bhp/litre
1.06 bhp/cu in
Maximum torque
(SAE net) 447.0 Nm (330 ft·lb) (45.6 kgm)
@ 3950 rpm
bmep 1194.9 kPa (173.3 psi)
Specific torque 95.09 Nm/litre
Maximum rpm 6000 rpm
Manufacturer Chrysler
Code
Main bearings
Coolant Water
Bore/stroke ratio 1.08
Unitary capacity 587.63 cc/cylinder
Aspiration Normal
Compressor type N/A
Intercooler None
Catalytic converter Y

Engine location Front
Engine alignment Longitudinal
Drive RWD

Key:

FWD
Front wheel drive

RWD
Rear wheel drive

AWD
All wheel drive

4WD
Four wheel drive


Steering rack & pinion PAS
Turns lock-to-lock 3.410
Turning circle
Suspension front I.U&LW.ARB.
rear LA.WL.ARB.
Key:

I
Independent

LA
Live axle

dD
de Dion axle

W
Wishbone

DW
Double wishbones

CS
Coil springs

ARB
Anti-roll bar

LS
Leaf springs

SE
Semi-elliptic leaf springs

See more...
Wheels front
rear
Tyres front
rear
Brakes F/R VeDi/Di-S-ABS

Key:

Ve
Ventilated

Di
Disc (Disk)

Dr
Drum

S
Servo-assisted

ABS
Anti-lock Braking System

Brake ∅ front 336 mm
rear 352 mm
Braked area
Transmission 5 speed automatic
Top gear ratio 0.67
Final drive ratio 3.55
READ MORE - New Chrysler Aspen Specification

Kamis, 26 Agustus 2010

New Holden Announces New Compact Car for 2010


GM Holden manufacturer from Australian has announced plans to build a new small car based on the Delta platform which is also the basis of the Chevrolet Cruze and Opel Astra 2010. Unlike traditional Holden new car will be driving the front wheels and features new technologies to improve fuel economy.The new car will be available in both sedan and hatchback body style when it goes into production in the summer of 2010 at the Elizabeth manufacturing facility in South Holden Australia. The majority of car design and engineering will be conducted at Holden's Port Melbourne headquarters in Victoria, ensuring that the production model will have a unique appearance that was built specifically for the Australian market.

Powertrain options will include a variety of four-cylinder petrol engines with direct injection and at least one diesel. Engineers are currently looking into the possibility of offering the new car with start/stop technology and the ability to use alternative fuels such as E85, LPG and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG).

GM Holden will build an all-new small car in Australia alongside the country’s best-selling Commodorerange. The second carline will start in the third quarter of 2010 with support from the Federal and South Australian Governments.

The vehicle will be based on General Motors’ global Delta small car platform and feature new technologies to increase fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse emissions. The new front-wheel-drive vehicle will be built as a sedan and hatch at GM Holden’s Elizabeth manufacturing facility in South Australia. Design and engineering work will take place at the company’s headquarters in Port Melbourne, Victoria.

Start-stop hybrid technology and capacity to run on alternative fuels such as E85, diesel, LPG and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) are all being considered for the vehicle’s development.
It will be GM Holden’s first locally produced car beyond its current range of larger vehicles since the Asian economic crisis ended Vectra production in 1998.

The program will require 500 to 600 existing employees at Elizabeth and is estimated to provide 500 to 600 local supplier positions. GM Holden Chairman and Managing Director, Mark Reuss said the announcement provided opportunity to take a leading role in developing alternative fuel and fuel saving technologies in Australia for Australians.

Mr Reuss said the program would be a major contributor to the economy, generating an estimated $70 million to $80 million in wages and $30 million in research and development.
“Together with Government, we are extending the scope and consumer appeal of our local manufacturing efforts,” Mr Reuss said.

“We have been building Holden cars to suit the needs of Australian motorists for 60 years. These plans build on that tradition.
“We recognise the needs and desires of motorists are evolving with growing concern around environmental factors and shifting consumer sentiment.
“Such evolution calls for an innovative approach to complement our current offering.
“Just as our leading Commodore range will continue to undergo technological development, this new vehicle will cater for growing demand for smaller cars focussed on economy.
“We are planning for the future to produce a wider range of cars in Australia to cater for a variety of driving needs.”

Flexible manufacturing infrastructure will be introduced to the Elizabeth plant to make it capable of producing a series of GM global vehicles in years to come.
It also provides opportunity to develop an export program for the vehicle, particularly to other right hand drive markets around the world.

Mr Reuss paid tribute to the Federal and South Australian Governments for their ongoing commitment to the Australian automotive industry.
“The Rudd Government’s Green Car Innovation Fund has provided opportunity to turn our plans into reality,” Mr Reuss said.
“This announcement complements the vision we share with the Government of reducing Australia’s dependence on foreign oil and making motoring better for the environment.
“It demonstrates commitment to an Australian automotive industry which extends beyond manufacturing at GM Holden to thousands of suppliers and dealers across the country.
“That demonstration was clearly seen by our parent company in its decision to support this program.
“The support of the Federal and South Australian Governments in securing this program recognises the fundamental role which automotive manufacturing makes to national and state economies.
“By working together, we have ensured GM Holden will continue to make a major contribution to the nation’s economy for many years to come.”
GM Group Vice President and Asia Pacific President, Nick Reilly, today added his support to the program as proof of GM’s capacity to innovate across the region.
“This announcement recognises the ability of GM, GM Holden and the Australian automotive industry to see the future and move in the right direction,” Mr Reilly said.
“This program simply would not have occurred without such partnerships.
“Producing this vehicle will continue Australia’s proud history of innovation as part of the GM group’s broader commitment to energy diversity.
“I thank the Australian Federal Government and Government of South Australia for their commitment to manufacturing in the Asia Pacific region.”

About the vehicle
The new small, front-wheel-drive, four-cylinder vehicle to be built by GM Holden at Elizabeth will be based on General Motors’ global Delta small car architecture.
Other examples of the architecture will include the next generation Chevrolet Cruze and Opel, Vauxhall and Saturn Astra.

The architecture was primarily developed by GM Europe in Russelsheim, Germany for GM markets around the world. Local design and engineering work on the Australian vehicle will take place at GM Holden’s Port Melbourne headquarters in Victoria.

Direct injected petrol and diesel variants of the vehicle will be produced with GM Holden considering a range of alternative fuel or fuel saving technologies including E85, LPG, CNG and start-stop hybrid capability. Further details about the vehicle including its nameplate, design specifications and pricing will be determined closer to the time of production.

Given the competitiveness of the small car segment, key decisions will be made to ensure the first Australian-made small car choice for many years will be a compelling one.
The vehicle will be built in the south bodyshop of the Elizabeth facility, which was previously used for the Vectra assembly in the late 1990
READ MORE - New Holden Announces New Compact Car for 2010

New Holden Cruze 2010 Specification

New Holden Cruze was the first of a new wave of General Motors' global product and enter the Australian small car segment is equipped with a striking road presence, developed a high level of interior comfort and safety features. All-new Holden Cruze Australian who made her debut at the 2009 Melbourne International Motor Show, signaling the latest corporate participants in the competitive small car segment. The car is powered by 1.8 liter four-cylinder gasoline engine or optional 2.0-liter ECOTEC four-cylinder turbocharged common rail diesel engine, Holden Cruze will go on sale in the second quarter of 2009.




Exterior
With a wide track, long wheelbase and its wheels located at the outer edges of its body, the Holden Cruze sedan's 'four-door coupe' styling delivers the presence of an upscale mid-size sedan. State of the art manufacturing processes ensures gaps are minimised and margins in the exterior design deliver high levels of quality, fit and finish. Holden Cruze has been designed to appeal to drivers who value sophisticated design combined with sporty good looks.




Interior
The Holden Cruze boasts one of the most advanced interiors of any small car on the market offering exceptional quality and functionality, while delivering sportiness and luxurious comfort. Stylish and spacious, the Holden Cruze interior offers exceptional fit and finish and comfort with contoured sport seats and a dual cockpit design which houses an advanced integrated centre panel with graphic information display and CD with MP3 "plug and play" functionality. An integrated centre stack houses the infotainment display, radio and HVAC controls resulting in a fresh and contemporary look. With generous rear passenger leg, head and shoulder room this small car comfortably sits five adults, and when combined with one of the largest range of standard features from the base model customers do not need to compromise on large car features. Storage, functionality and convenience applications found on the new Holden Cruze are plentiful with 60/40 split rear seats, seatback pockets, a centre console CD storage, a shopping bag hook and six cup holders.



SPECIFICATION
The impressive level of standard safety features across the range:
* Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
* Traction Control (TC)
* Anti-lock Brakes (ABS)
* Brake Assist (BA)
* Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
* Six airbags including driver, front passenger, front side and curtain airbags
* Seatbelt retractor and lap pretensioners with seatbelt load limiters
* Sixty-five percent of the structure is high-strength steel
Holden Cruze CD Feature Highlights:
* 1.8 litre 4-cylinder ECOTEC petrol engine or optional 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbocharged common rail diesel engine
* 5-speed manual transmission or optional 6-speed automatic transmission with Active Select
* 16 inch steel wheels
* Body coloured door handles and mirrors
* Electronic Stability Control (ESC) incorporating:
o Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
o Traction Control (TC)
o Brake Assist (BA)
o Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
* 6 airbags including:
o Front airbags for driver and front passenger
o Front side impact airbags
o Side curtain airbags
* Automatic headlamps
* 6 speaker audio system with MP3 compatible in dash CD, radio and MP3 "plug & play" functionality with graphic information display
* Air conditioning
* Steering wheel audio controls
* Cruise control
* Trip computer
* Power windows, front and rear

Holden Cruze CDX, specific feature :
* 1.8 litre 4-cylinder ECOTEC petrol engine
* 5-speed manual transmission or optional 6-speed automatic transmission with Active Select
* 17 inch alloy wheels (4)
* Front fog lamps
* Leather steering wheel
* Leather appointed seats
* Heated front seats
* Rear park assist
READ MORE - New Holden Cruze 2010 Specification

Minggu, 08 Agustus 2010

New VW Touren MPV


Volkswagen dealers from England, is now accepting orders for the Touran minivan was redesigned in 2011 with the first delivery will take place on 22 September. Prices for seven-passenger MPV range from £ 17,585 on the road for the Touran with a 1.2-liter TSI gasoline, to £ 25,535 for the range-topping Sport model with a 2.0-liter TDI diesel engine and DSG transmission.

Unveiled to the public for the first time at the Leipzig Motor Show in April, bringing the revised Touran Golf / Polo / Touareg styling-imitating and rows of fresh engine that includes a new 1.2-liter TSI petrol with 105HP and 129 pounds feet of torque that returns 44.1 mpg UK on the combined cycle.


In the form of BlueMotion technology, complete with Stop / Start and regeneration of the battery, 1.2-liter TSI engine capable of returning 47.9 mpg and emit an estimated 139 g / km of CO2

German car makers are offering one more unit of petrol and four diesel engines, ranging in power from 90HP to 170HP. For more information and pictures on the 2011 Touran, click here to see our previous article.


CGI from this Autozeitung show their interpretation of the next Touran. This should be presented this year. Figure shows the evolution of more conservative than the current car. Which, by itself, a design very boring. VW should consider adding a bit more sportiness to design, or better yet, create a five-seat mini-MPV that can correct the sporty version, while seven-seat would be more utilitary. Golf Plus is not playing a very good game, needed more space.
READ MORE - New VW Touren MPV

Sabtu, 07 Agustus 2010

Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG

Inden Design have launched a new (and very expensive) widebody treatment along with some performance upgrades for the Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG hardtop roadster. According to the tuner, the basic wide body kit is priced at €19,000, but to complete the look you'll have to dig out another €3,500 for the bonnet, €800 for the rear diffuser in carbon fiber and €999 for the front apron. And oh, did we mention that the assembly of the kit costs €8,000 and the lacquer finish an extra €7,500? Add them all up and you're already in €38,800.

For the 20-inch deep-dish alloy wheels shod in Dunlop tires size 275/30 R20 up front and 325/25 R20 at the back, you'll have to remove another €13,200 from your bank account.


An extra €1,500 will get you an electronic module for lowering the suspension, while Inden Design also offers a rear parking camera for €900, daytime running lights for €420, a sport exhaust for €1,200 and a power kit that increases output from 518HP to 560HP for an undisclosed price.

AMG has published new info and pictures of the 2009 SL 63 AMG that will replace the outgoing 2008 SL 55 AMG on its official site. Apart from the common aesthetic changes with the 2009 SL-Class (see here) that include the redesigned front-end and minor enhancements in the interior, the 2009 SL 63 AMG also features a new bodykit, darkened headlamps and tail-lights and new 19-inch alloy wheels.



However, the most significant changes are under the hood starting off with the naturally aspirated 6.3L V8 engine that generates 525 HP and 630 Nm of torque (SL 55 AMG: 5.5-liter supercharged V8 with 517 HP and 720 Nm). According to Mercedes-Benz, the new SL 63 AMG sprints from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4,7 sec or 0,2 sec slower than the outgoing SL 55 AMG. -Continued

The V8 engine unit is combined with a new MCT 7-speed sports transmission that's apparently quicker than the standard 7-speed G-Tronic. Additionally, the 2009 SL 63 AMG also gets a new sports suspension and a new speed sensitive steering wheel system. Finally, there's also a new 3-stage ESP system (ON/SPORT/OFF).
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Mitsubishi Galant Evolution

In 2009 a slightly used Mitsubishi Galant. Since then, almost every time I spy another car like mine, this is an older model. Something about the original version of the series when my car just for me, is ugly.

If you know much about cars, you know that every four or six, if the car is selling quite well, manufacturers release "all new" series of the same name. Sometimes, just like the old version in several ways, and usually remains in the same size class. Other times, changes in car size, appearance, and can even change from a compact to mid size. But there are other ways to change the car, without the "all new." Usually, in the age of any series, the car will get a "refresh" or "face-lift." This usually involves changing the headlights, taillights, bumpers, and even sometimes fenders, trunks and hoods. Although basically the same car, this new addition can drastically change the look of the car.

This is the case with the Mitsubishi Galant. In the year 2003 - the year 2004 as a model - an all new Galant was introduced, to move from compact to mid-size car. At that time, Mitsubishi tried to go for the brand family ""-see, placing schnoz in the middle of the lattice. I do not think I'm alone in thinking it is a design error.


This car looks best in red, so this is a glamorous shot of the prettiest, I could find. In other colors, it looks ugly and rather boring. Someone at Mitsubishi would think so, because in the year 2007, they kept the same car, but give it the face lift. Missing is the nose, but the remnants remain. hood still has a stylish line that points to where the nose should be, and new replacement grille still have a bulge.

Not too much improvement, but definitely better. Someone must have thought they did not really exist, but there must have enough life left in the Galant for them to try again. In the year 2009, they changed the hood, grille, and bumpers. All schnoz remains missing, though - oddly enough - not going to change the headlights.



While I really love my car, and thought it looked pretty great (even better now, with tinted windows), I still think Mitsubishi missed a golden opportunity here. And now that the car has gone through seven model years, there will of course not a chance. Mitsubishi Galant has stopped production, ending with the year 2010. This is not surprising either. It landed on the list "" the worst seller in recent years, perhaps because there is virtually no promotion. When was the last time you saw an ad Galant?

But what is not selling Mitsubishi Outlanders. And the Lancers. Sporty Lancer Evolution is a runaway hit. It does not hurt that they come with a look of "new family" for their other car, which features an aggressive grille that somewhat resembles an old-school Cylon, Battlestar Galactica from the original. I can not help thinking, what would I Galant look like if they get a ballsy, and grafted a new look at the last round Galants? Well, I'm a graphic artist, so I thought I would find out. Now, do not be too critical. Try to prove what?
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Rabu, 04 Agustus 2010

Mitsubishi Grandis Specification


The Mitsubishi Grandis is a car that’s all too readily overlooked just because it’s not one of the big names in family transport. It looks great, drives far better than it should and has a whopping and genuinely clever interior.

There are two engines to choose from, neither of which is a sure fire winner. Both petrol and diesel take around 11 seconds to see off 60mph, but the slightly noisy diesel at least can provide dramatically superior fuel economy.

In the inherently uncool world of the large MPV the Grandis at least looks the part. And the fact that it's half-decent to drive gives it another edge over the usual mumsy fair out there. Bold, swoopy interior design can't quite hide the fact that some of the plastics are a bit cheap. The diesel engine is sourced from Volkswagen though, so that should be very strong.

This is what it all boils down to with MPVs, and the Grandis isn't to be found wanting. A proper seven-seat configuration that folds and concertinas and all sorts. It's not the biggest or easiest to use, but it's right up there. If you take the Renault Grand Scenic as the mid-size MPV benchmark then the Grandis fairs well on initial purchase price. It might not hold its value like some of the more desirable cars in this segment though, so you could lose out in the long run.


Specification:

Performance
Maximum Speed (MPH) 121
0-60 MPH (seconds) 10.80
Litres / 100KM (urban) 6
Litres / 100KM (extra-urban) 6
Litres / 100KM (combined) 7
Miles per gallon (urban) 34
Miles per gallon (extra urban) 50
Miles per gallon (combined) 43

Emissions
Euro emissions standard 55
Carbon dioxide (CO2) 176
Dimensions and weight
Kerb weight (kg) 1710
Length (mm) 4765
Width (mm) 1795
Height (mm) 1655
Wheelbase 2830

Technical
Number of doors 5
Cubic capacipty (CCs) 1968
Brake horse power (BHP) 134
Number of cylinders 4
Camshaft DOHC
Number of valves 4
Fuel type Diesel
Fuel aspiration Turbocharged
Fuel delivery Direct Injection
Driven wheels Front Wheel Drive
Number of gears 6 Speed
Transmission type Manual
Max torque (lb ft) 228.66
Max torque (NM) 310
Max torque RPM 1750
Fuel tank capacity (litres) 65

Comfort
Adjustable Steering Column/Wheel (Rake) standard
Air-Conditioning N/A
Climate Control standard
Comfort Ventilated Front Seats N/A
Cruise Control standard
Electronic Climate Control N/A
Electronic Climate Control N/A
Leather Trim N/A
Remote Audio Controls N/A
Satellite Navigation N/A
Seat Adjustment N/A
Seat Height Adjustment N/A
Seat Lumbar Support N/A
Seats Electric N/A
Seats Heated N/A
Steering Wheel Mounted Controls N/A
Telephone Equipment N/A
Telephone Hands-Free System N/A
Television N/A
Trafficmaster N/A
Upholstery Cloth N/A
Upholstery Leather standard

Exterior
Adaptive Headlights N/A
Adaptive Headlights N/A
Alloy Wheels standard
Headlamp Wash N/A
Heated Door Locks N/A
Mirrors External N/A
Spare Wheel N/A
Sunroof Electric standard
Tailgate Window N/A
Towing Equipment N/A
Safety and Security
Air Bag Anti-Submarine N/A
Air Bag Driver standard
Air Bag Passenger standard
Air Bag Side standard
Alarm standard
Anti-Lock Brakes standard
Anti-Roll Bar N/A
Central Door Locking standard
Exterior Lighting N/A
Fire Extinguisher N/A
Front Fog Lights N/A
Head Air Bags N/A
Immobiliser N/A
Parking Aid standard
Power-Assisted Steering standard
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