Sunday, April 13, 2008

Ferrari TuNero: art in the black color

Ferrari TuNero

Ferrari cars has always been considered with art. They create fanatics, these artists are good people possessed. This acclaimed car from Maranello fans around the world. The same can be said about production Walz Hardcore Cycles - these people pose unique motorcycles, which could have not just wealthy people, but enthusiasts of this lifestyle. At first glance, among these companies little in common - despite the fact that the two are working on a narrow range of consumers. But so happened that Ferrari and Walz were involved in an interesting project.

Mediator of the exotic tandem became tuning company Novitec Rosso, has long ovum authority to refine Italian sports cars. It is through Chapter Novitec Rosso Wolfgang Hagedornu this project to become real. The idea is extremely simple and fascinating: do sverheksklyuzivnuyu batch of cars and motorcycles, with a single spirit. This idea embodied in the draft TuNero: Ferrari F430 after finishing in Novitec Rosso was presented with its motor cycle "alter ego" - caste-bike Walz Hardcore Cycles. The two met in the device performance of matte black - very impressive and unusual.

Novitec Rosso team famous for its addiction to zadnemotornym Ferrari: it F430 - the subject of Highways favorite of the company. So happened, and this time, but with one difference: the sake of the project designers TuNero things, as perhaps never before. Not only is the black-voroneno F430 has more than mysterious, or even seemingly sinister, and more power so it frightening: thanks to the installation of two compressors power V8 petrol rose to incredible 707 hp Dynamic indicators are not divulged, but we can safely assume that such F430 engine is fully capable of overcoming the turn at maximum speed 330 km/h and disperse before "hundreds" does not compel wait more than 4 seconds. But worth considering that perenastroennaya suspension with reduced clearance and tighter shock absorbers requires a strong spine that can withstand shaking at each log, a careful approach to choosing the best route to the surface. Salon F430 TuNero black padded and lined alkantaroy, the seats pony logo Walz Hardcore Cycles.

A second half of the project, caste-bike Walz, is an even more interesting development. Like a car, motorcycle painted in black, with matt coating. Widely used in the construction of Carbon. Design of wheels has been developed in Novitec Rosso. Motor, and relies kastomu, 2 - V-shaped cylinder capacity RevTech 120 hp

The project immediately after the premiere was doomed to become a collector: It was released only three vehicles and three motorcycle. But art should not be massive - then it will lose its mystery and value.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Honda CR-V Summary

Honda CR-V

Many newcomers have entered the compact sport utility vehicle market since Honda launched its car-based CR-V 1997 as a model. For 2007, the CR-V is available in three trim levels: base LX, EX, which has a standard roof and steering wheel mounted audio controls, and the EX-L, which adds leather seats, heated front seats and a optional navigation system.

The boxy form of CR-Vs past has been replaced by a round appearance, especially in the rear windows slope. Subtle creases on the bodyside and around the wheel wells also help avoid 2007 the slab-sided look of early generation SUVs. Up front, a grille feature a high opening of the Honda badge, and a lower, wider opening below. The double grille is combined with a large, jutting bumper and the body.

The door handles and exterior mirrors to the plate EX-L are coloured bodywork, brake lights and keep them thin, vertical.

The model 2007 is about three inches shorter than the previous generation - especially because the spare tire no longer hangs in the rear bumper - one inch wider and about the same height. It lost nearly one inch of ground clearance, but given the CR-V is based on a car liaison, it is doubtful the average buyer will be affected by its off-road prowess. It rises 17-inch steel wheels on LX trim and 17-inch alloy wheels in EX-L and EX trim.

Like the external dimensions grow, so does the procedure. Honda claims that the CR-V seats are wider, and the center shelf of the table has been redesigned.

A picnic table, which was included in previous models, has been abandoned. The navigation system now includes an optional voice recognition software.

The CR-V is powered by a 2.4 liter four-cylinder that turns out 166 horsepower and 161 lb.-ft. of torque. It uses a standard five-speed automatic transmission and a drive-by-wire throttle system. A Real Time 4WD system is optional. Real Time 4WD transfer more torque to the rear wheels when more traction is needed. The CR-V is no longer available with a manual transmission.

Side-curtain air bags with rollover sensor, front head restraints assets, the stability control, electronic brake distribution and a system to monitor tire pressure are among the Honda CR-V standard safety equipment.

The CR-V shines in handling. The steering is closely suspended - slightly move the wheel and the CR-V reacts with the intuitive notion that non-rare in luxury cars. The cabin is quiet, completely blocking the road and wind noise.

Friday, April 11, 2008

10 Fatal Driving Errors

According to world statistics, which is not comforting, almost all drivers commit the same mistakes, so get into an accidents.

1) Excessive risk-taking behaviour and deliberate non-compliance with traffic rules. In this category are: ignoring traffic signs and signals, traffic lights, as well as several changes of the signal without turning, cutting, and other reckless driving. The difference between risky behavior and any negligence driving is that the former is a violation of informed and has much more serious consequences.

2) Driving under the influence of alcohol form. Unfortunately, the countries of the former Soviet Union in handling drunk form is almost the norm, particularly in the small towns and villages, as well as a large number of people from them, which in search of a better life come to the big mega-cities and go to a large city in the same way as the mother of the village. Under the influence of alcohol stops people feel danger, and to comply with any rules. Last year, more than half of those killed in road accidents were people while driving drunk.

3) A high speed. Higher than many drivers, but they like it more than others do the owners of expensive cars, which feel privileged position, and the young people who only recently villages for their first rudder "Zhiguli". Often exceeding occur within the city limits, thus increasing the chances hurt a lot of people. According to statistics, in 2007, 1/3 of all fatal accidents occurred on the fault of drivers exceeding the permissible speed.

4) safety belt. Car manufacturers attach great importance to active and passive safety. About 30% of the value of the car are modern security system. Despite this, many motorists do not use a belt, pristegivayut him for the seat-back or removed from a car squeaker, indicating about nepristegnutom belt. Wearing need to bring to automatism and perceive it as a useful habit that can save lives.

5) Nevnimatelnoe driving. Mobile phones, the replacement of the CD in the car radio, food, reading SMS etc. severely distracted from the road. In 80% of cases the cause is a collision that is any negligence driving.

6) Inappropriate behavior in extreme situations. The greatest danger in this category were novice drivers and motorists who rarely go on the road, the so-called "unbelievable", because the ability to avoid accidents comes only with experience. These groups of users often find themselves in situations where the time for action is catastrophically low. High speed and inexperience only exacerbated the situation.

7) Failure to comply with the distance. No one was wrong, that compliance with distance is an important factor in the collision warning. With a speed of 100 km/h for a halt cars require between 36 and 43 m. And some SUV - up to 50 meters.

8) The poor technical condition of the car. It is no secret that in our country can simply buy inspection. That's the case that some cars go from bad working brakes, no position lamps, etc. The old car may just stop on the road, while provoking cork or accident.

9) The reluctance to dwell on demand GAI officer. Sometimes, in the eyes popavshis GAI officer for traffic violations, the driver did not wish to dwell on demand police officer. This situation provokes the pursuit, in which major accidents occur frequently fatal.

10) Ignorance size car often cause minor accidents. They arise when parking and maneuvering in a limited space. The inability to rely on mirrors can cause accidents when reversing. Fortunately, these accidents do not bear the risk to life or health.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Toyota IQ Exquisite Forms

Toyota IQAfter Renault Logan and Ford Focus, Daewoo Nexia and Tata Nano eventually what your eye wants to see is refined form, and in the cabin fell not on the fingers of plastic and wooden handles ponderous. It seems that such a prospect is. Toyota still a year and a half ago declared that the world needs people's cheapest car Volkswagen beats on the same task, not one year.

Save in the concept of Toyota IQ voznamerilas at glands. A car is only 2.9 metres in length, in addition, probably metal from the inside and will do even thinner, but it is unclear how such a malyutku can climb four. IQ, in fact, turned out to the car for four. In concept, shown in Frankfurt, from the smallest Toyota was 2 +1 layout with the ability to nominate only one seat behind, and then - in the driver seat shifts slightly ahead. In predseriynom option even in appearance and just two seats, but the rear bench is hidden in the boot, as a third row of seats of any cabin. It is simply back-door pull themselves back seat and - voila: four seats in the cabin, and the complete absence of the luggage compartment. Now it becomes clear that the title concept IQ has nothing against its competitor Smart. Last far to the Japanese, in fact simply be "soobrazitelnoy" little machine already, but a car with intelligence - it sounds.

Intellect designers displayed atop. Work on IQ can be compared to the painstaking labour Southpaw over flea, which is just a flat tank for gasoline, which rasplastalsya belly on the car, freeing up a seat in the cabin. Wheels car fixed strictly in the corners so that their attachments to the chassis of the body has not had to devote much space. The engine, transmission and chassis were also designed to occupy as little as possible locations.

In addition to four comfortable place, the Toyota IQ enough brains and the fact that the driver felt administering a full-fledged vehicle. Indeed, the main task of designers, except for Ecology and mobility, and was even comfort. The idea of reducing the size of vehicles and the introduction of nanotechnology have long falls to all of the head. The question remains just how to make fans take the full sedans and eco-efficient cars. The problem, of course, is not resolved, but when you look at the salon Toyota IQ did you start to believe that fewer cars on the size of Daewoo Matiz can be welcome.

While not completely clear whether the IQ will be the salon, but the purple inserts, a form of avant-garde chairs and stylish dash panel can leave quite a pleasant experience. The panel adjustments can still move, freeing up more space for front passengers. Unknown as Toyota was able to reduce the cost of technology, but much informative LCD display clearly able to retain their seats, replacing the bulky many placards with the regulation.

Start of production is scheduled for late 2008. Perhaps later become known more precise specification engines. So far, however, declared the existence of two petrol and one diesel engine.

Nissan Qashqai+2

Nissan Qashqai+2

Due to the huge success demonstrated in Europe, Nissan decided to launch the seventh version of the Qashqai called Qashqai+2. One may wonder why the company has decided to appoint the car as it… Well, the new Nissan is built on the success of the original Qashqai by adding space and versatility to create the first family Crossover . The new Qashqai +2 is regarded as the first Crossover for families.Like employed and the multi award-winning original Qashqai +2 has been designed and manufactured in Europe and will be built at Nissan highly productive Sunderland plant in the UK .

Not content with breaking sales records, Nissan Qashqai - define the segment Crossover compact - is ready to explore new frontiers. With the original version, notching up more than 170000 sales in Europe since the launch Qashqai will soon be joined by a new version to seven seats.

Called +2 Qashqai, the new model is considered by Nissan as the first Crossover activity for families and with the imminent arrival of the second generation Murano, Nissan helps extend the Crossover offers three distinctive models. Sales in Europe will begin in October.

Qashqai +2 customers will be looking for a car that has the space, convenience and usefulness of a traditional carrier, but who want a more attractive, sophisticated design. Nissan Research shows that existing customers of the Qashqai are clearly attracted to it by its design - three quarters are again Nissan - and this is a trend that will continue with Qashqai +2. These customers are not attracted by the people existing carriers with three rows of seats. At the same time, Nissan Research shows that an increasing number of customers in this market segment are not interested in "family" SUV with a third row of seats. They are seen as too big and too boxy to their needs.

In this context, Nissan's European Product Planning team has identified a group of potential customers who are looking for a style yet practical family car. Qashqai +2 theme of continuous link so successfully launched by Qashqai, by sitting in between two well-established market segments and attracting customers who are not entirely convinced by any of these traditional options.

The results of the first clinical Qashqai +2 score showed that potential customers perceived as more family-oriented, which offers more independence, being ideal for a family vacation in progress and offering more fun than the traditional choice .

They also acknowledged the increase in its practical nature, space and versatility, as well as courses more attractive and elegant than its alternatives.

Where Qashqai generally attracts buyers who do not have children or a single child or whose children have already left the nest, Qashqai +2 provide rational benefits of a practical family car, with elements such as the elegant design, of the premium quality and an interior engaging driving experience to meet the more emotional side of the equation of purchase.

As the multi award-winning original Qashqai +2 has been designed and manufactured in Europe and will be built at Nissan highly productive Sunderland plant in Britain.

In January this year, the plant - which produced a record 353,000 vehicles in 2007 - Qashqai transferred to the production of models for export to Japan at the company's plant in Kyushu in Japan to free capacity additional production for Europe. Also in June, a third shift will be added to meet the demand of a surge in sales.

"The arrival of Qashqai +2 broaden the appeal of the range still further, so that the third shift at Sunderland is absolutely essential if we are to remain at the high demand for the model," says Simon Thomas.

Qashqai +2 share family clear design DNA to the original, but is subtly different from virtually all angles. Created by the designers at Nissan Design Europe in London Paddington, the new model is essentially identical to Qashqai of the A-pillar forward… behind but everything else has changed.

With a wheelbase of 135 mm extended - taking to 2765 mm - total length of the Qashqai +2 rose to 4526 mm, an increase of 211 mm on the five-seat version.

To ensure that there is enough margin for the third round of the seats, the roof has been extended and re-shape at the rear of the vehicle, adding to the 38 mm height, and put 1643 mm. Height in the front and middle row of seats has increased by 16 mm and 10 mm respectively, while the knee room in the middle row improved by 23 mm.

At the same time, both front and rear doors were restyled: window frames of the front door are square in accordance with the re-profiled roof, while the rear are completely new pair - plus square and also with the window frames.

Other changes include a larger style side windows at the rear to provide a bright and spacious environment for the occupants of the third row of seats. Greater differentiation between five and seven-seat versions is provided by a new hatchback with a rear window deeper profile and revised bumper to the rear and a key, the grille, unique to Qashqai +2, in the front.

Another feature found outside standard on Qashqai +2 is a huge panoramic glass roof to give the same light, airy feel that is so popular with existing customers on the Qashqai. The fixed roof is 140 mm more than the equivalent sunroof available on Qashqai and has an electrical contact operated umbrella.

In addition, a Qashqai +2 roof bars Series by adding a premium to feel his silhouette, while glass clouded the privacy of all windows behind front doors are standard on all versions.

Styling aside, the nature of the new model means much of the engineering and development work has been concentrated on the rear of the car where the objective was to make it as flexible, practical and comfortable as possible for passengers.

Elongation of the rear door has improved penetration of the passenger while access to the pair in the rear seats is further facilitated by the mid-bench. As a folder folding, the chassis now slides forward and aft to give rendez-vous in access to the second row.

As moving through a total of 100 mm, the middle seat now has a triple operation on a folding split 40/20/40 added modularity. The five seats on a 60/40 splits. The case is also tilt and no less than nine adjustment positions on a range of 10 degrees to 25 degrees of slope.

The centre'20 'double portion of a seat or a generous large multifunctional armrest. When used as an arm rest, while providing a greater sense of space for those in the third row, the rear seat consists of two cupholders and a lidded storage box large enough to hold readers Personal music, game consoles and CD. It also has an outlet. And in an upright position, the box becomes a storage recess for those in the rearmost seats.

Three rows of versatility
The third row of seats is ingeniously practice. Designed for children or occasional seats for small adults up to about 1.6m in height, the angle of the case in September fitting parameters and may, of course, be completely folded flat to increase luggage space. The seats divided on a 50/50 basis and each can be folded away just by pulling one bracelet: it is not necessary to remove the headrests first.

Following the lead set by Qashqai, the new version of the family is available in three versions of the dish and equipment - the now familiar Visia, Acenta and Tekna levels.

Depending on the version, the standard equipment includes automatic lighting, automatic wiper, speed sensitive door locks, cruise control, privacy glass, power windows, parking sensors, 16 - or 17 inches and alloy wheels of Nissan's Intelligent Key. Manual or automatic air conditioning incorporates soft flow ventilation while providing sufficient airflow over the back for passengers, a large compressor is mounted.

Subtle lighting interior is available, but all models have enough opportunities for storage, a drawer under the seat, large glove box and door pockets. Standard are also long panoramic glass roof and roof rails.

All audio systems - a single CD/radio, in-dash six-CD changer/radio or navigation system in-dash six disc autochanger - incorporating Bluetooth portable handsfree integration allowing operation distance from the phone and the caller ID display. The audio system also has an auxiliary input connection standard for MP3 players and other external audio devices.

Qashqai +2 is equipped with six airbags (front, side and curtain), pretensioners of seat belts in the front and active head restraints.

Popular options include leather embossed plate and advanced navigation satellite incorporating a seven-inch full-color screen (which doubles as the display of the rear parking camera), and speech recognition.

"Qashqai +2 adds a new dimension to the range and makes it even more versatile than the original. Delight It not only to large families, but also to anyone who appreciates its distinctive character resembles seat, and command and its extra space and flexibility, "explains Pierre Loing, Vice President, Product Planning, Nissan Europe.

"While some will come from the sale Qashqai current or prospective owners, we are confident that the majority of sales will conquer owners currently stuck with a compact classic: they appreciate the style and dynamism of the original but need the Qashqai 'seats of an MPV… Regardless of how it could be boring. Qashqai With +2 they can now have the best of both worlds. "

Source: Nissan

2009 Audi A4 3.0 TDI

2009 Audi A4 3.0 TDI

In terms of production planning, the United States is no market for cars leads us. Sure, Audi plans to begin selling an SUV Q7 with the same 3.0-liter turbo diesel V6 starts in less than a year and you can bet that the installation in his best-seller, A4 follow. But a manual transmission? Nobody buys more, and certainly not in a German luxury sedan… expensive or would they be?

After taking a spin in Audi A4 newly kitted with the 3.0 TDI with 6-speed manual, we can say firmly that it is a fantastic package and it's all your fault, it will not be coming. Well, not exactly, but in general buying public as a whole and their anti-manual. If your job is to read customer preferences as well as the good people in the department AoA product planning, then this is not the right configuration for achieving sales targets. Alas, the reality is another name for a female mutt. You know… the b-word.

So when this solitary A4 3.0 TDI appeared among rows of Q7s Audi diesel at a recent road test of winter, you know exactly where we bee-lined.

The first thing that strikes you on the new A4 is its size. Although not quite as wide as his brother aggressive off the A5, A4 is actually lower than the two doors slung, including larger than the outgoing A4. Even still, the new A4 considerably bears a strong resemblance with the torrid coupe - visual osmosis that Audi is to help banks in their most popular continue with sales model.

Under the hood of the brand new A4 bat an engine that will be the nucleus of the mark the rebirth of diesel in North America. The 3.0 V6 TDI produces a 237-hp conservative and, as is typical of a diesel engine, the couple eclipses that this figure - his health 369 lb-ft is the humble valve engine 1500 rpm . Accordingly, a version with manual transmission like our tester is capable of 0-60 runs in just 6.1 seconds - a mere 0.2 seconds slower than the twin-turbo B5 S4 less than ten years.

Inside the gray Audi, the beautiful new interior borrows much of the A5/S5 cuts. Amber-brown leather seats contrasts with the car, while the equipment once reserved for the highest price quotations Audi is now available and often standard - MMI, the electronic parking brake, the camera back, and more .

Making his debut on the new Audi A4 is the promenade Select (ADS). With ADS, the driver can choose its own settings for the suspension, the anchor, a sense of direction, and the response time. There are four settings: comfort, automatic and dynamic programs are pre-established, while individuals can refine specific parameters via the MMI screen instructions. Go with individual, and you can apply any supply each of the factors - say, steering and gas dynamics, but comfort suspension or Auto. Change the more comfortable the more dynamic gases and parameters steering allows a subtle alteration of the response. Setting the suspension nets more obvious results, though - firming the racing car and adding a slight degree of severity. Audi tells the ADS system will be introduced in the more highly equipped models.

On snow-covered roads around Niagara-on-the-Lake, the A4 felt ready and verifiable. No doubt, the most rearward engine placement of the new Audi longitudinal modular architecture allows the balance of the car. With so much torque on tap, the A4 is more than willing to send up rooster tails of snow in the four corners of the ASR was once disabled. Even before ESP is off, the programming is rather lenient for you to hang the car a bit, but you still need roads whitewashed to really play Form D field.

More interesting, the larger and more luxurious and more powerful A4 is said to net more than 40 mpg. The A4 diesel could help establish a new paradigm for fans of socially conscious performance. Unfortunately for fans, the conditions of the American market (as evidenced by the high price of federalization and low transmission rate manual gearbox) mean an A4 3.0 TDI will probably not come with two pedals when it reaches our shores somewhere in 2009. Even still, the car will be no slouch and DSG (S-tronic Audi speak) may get the nod, even if it does not play well with the types of JD Power.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Vw Passat CC

Vw Passat CC

With the new Passat CC, the German manufacturer is in the process of extending the range of this model car online. Although last week, we discovered that the car is now called simply CC Volkswagen reffers to the car as the Passat CC. The vehicle will be powered by two direct-injection gasoline engines and a turbo-diesel: petrol engines deliver 160 and 300 hp while the diesel engine of 140 hp will. With the engine of STI Passat CC becomes one of the most economical petrol engine in its class due to the average fuel consumption of 7.6 litres and the top speed of 213 km / h.

With more than 15 million cars built, the Passat and Passat Variant rank among the great success stories in automotive history. Volkswagen is now extending the range of this model car online by adding a third dimension: the Passat CC. Its design fully independent body, which has a sporty interior individual bucket seats in the rear, too, impressive powertrain systems and technological strengths worthy of the luxury class, blend to create a unique vehicle in the market segment Passat. The Passat CC is an elegant sedan and coupe momentum simultaneously. The concept and design of this new Volkswagen are in the process of defining, beyond the major new directions.

At its launch in Europe, 4.8 meters long Volkswagen will be offered with two direct-injection gasoline engines (V6 and STI) and a turbo-diesel (TDI). Gasoline engines output 118 kW/160 PS and 220 kW/300 hp, turbo-diesel developing 103 kW/140 PS and already complied with the Euro-5 emission standard that takes effect in the fall of 2009. At this power level, the Passat TDI CC consumes only 5.8 liters diesel and 213 km/h fast. Among the petrol engines the most economical in its class with an average fuel consumption of 7.6 litres per 100 km is 222 km/h fast Passat CC STI. The CC V6 Passat 4Motion is electronically limited to 250 km/h, its average fuel consumption is 10.1 litres. The standard equipment on the top V6 model: the new generation of 4Motion full-time all-wheel drive, as well as the new control system chassis adaptive and highly efficient DSG double-clutch transmission.

Just as innovative as the technology is the powertrain driver assistance systems of the Passat CC. Also introduced for the first time on a Volkswagen are "Lane Assist" keeping system tracks and new DCC adaptive control chassis. "Other high-end technology are the" Park Assist "assistant parking and "ACC automatic remote control" to "Assist Front" to reduce stopping distance.

Furthermore, the Passat CC is putting on a fascinating display of fireworks with other innovative solutions and detailed. Recently developed, for example, is an electrically operated vent panoramic sunroof. The transparent roof is 750 mm long and 1120 mm wide. This means that it covers the entire front section to the B pillars. In this case, the cross beam above the windshield is also black. Electrical power "Panorama sunroof vent" can be rotated upwards by 40 millimetres.

These include small details that have a huge impact. Unique such as the guidance system for the side windows in the doors shut framework, which does not offer any surfaces for the wind to catch hold. Extremely efficient, the climate is a function of control for car seats (seat active climate). Until now, this feature was reserved for the comfort luxury sedan Phaeton. In the summer months, the seat climate provides significantly improved comfort on long drives. Also new is the whole system of climate control (Climatronic) of the Passat CC, whose display is now integrated with the display of radio and navigation systems. There is also a new layout and design of instruments chrome bezels. Similar to the Phaeton, the instrument for marking and the numbers are not illuminated in blue, they are rather in a burst of white light. Cars sport: When the contact is the instrument started all pointers pawn briefly to their maximum positions.

Also newly developed is the "Media-In" multimedia socket. The USB interface can be used to integrate the iPod and many other current MP3 and DVD players in the audio system installed on the Passat CC. The USB port is located in the glove box. The monitoring is done by the CC Passat's radio or radionavigation system. Title of the information is also displayed on the screen.

The Passat CC - which is intentionally offered in a single luxurious variant - is positioned in the range of premiums ecological car. Its standard features include extensive 17-inch alloy wheels ( "Phoenix" type) with size 235 tires, chrome accents (inside and outside), four seats ergonomic sport (person sitting at the rear of the system), a new three-spoke leather steering wheel design, climate control, electronic stabilization program ESP and the automatic headlamps.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Jaguar S-Type Review

Jaguar S-Type

The Jaguar S-Type has been on the roads of the United Kingdom since 1999 and has found favour with motorists looking for car classic look with modern sensibilities car.

Revised in 2002 and again in 2004 to address reliability niggles and compete in the fast-improving, the car is unique in being sold.

Some argue the Jaguar S-Type looks are a bit artificial to create a direct link with the original S-Type from the 1960's, but others love its retro charm. In 2004, its lifting has given the average size Jag some deeper front bumper, which, in contradiction to the old world of the image, to keep the car looking contemporary. The Jaguar S-Type is a true feline quality, from its four round headlights and grille oval winding through its flanks through its rear haunches.

There is no doubt that you are sitting in a Jaguar, it has a real sense of occasion, leather covering most surfaces and a set of clear but classy-looking dials - a bit like an expensive chronograph watch . Jaguar brand of 'J' shaped gear door front seat of a button chrome hand. The central console is located in a playground and houses controls for the climate control and audio systems. The Jag of leather seats are superb and proved to be very comfortable as well. Critics say the S-Type interior is fashioned, if drivers seeking a modern Germanic cabin should look elsewhere.

The Jaguar S-Type is not the most practical car in its class. The boot can swallow 400 litres of luggage, rising to 810 with the rear seats folded. It takes about 100 litres less than the BMW 5 Series, mainly because being shallow because of the S-type chassis and space-sapping sloping rear-wheel drive layout. There are less legroom in the rear than most of its competitors, but it should be a lot for the average size occupant.

The Jaguar S-Type may look a little old-fashioned, but it drives as well as all but the best in its category. The direction is sensitive and well weighted and the suspension fitted to our sports car test sharpened the chassis in place. The ride quality is excellent, only large 18-inch alloys causing noise and slight discomfort in the cabin. It has proved to be an exceptionally refined car, the only noises or vibrations caused by the adverse low profile tyres.

The Jaguar S-Type can be specified with one of the four engines: a 2.7 or 3-litre diesel and two of 4.2 litres of gasoline configurations: one with a supercharger.

2.7-The V6 engine fitted to our test car is the selection of the range for most buyers, the production of a 204bhp hitting and a huge power 320lb/ft, the bulk of which is low in the rev range effort to accelerate and Exceeding. This creates a 0 to 60 mph time of 8.1 seconds and a top speed of 143 mph.

The 3 liters cuts the 0-60 mph time to 7.3 seconds and a top speed of 143 mph. The standard 4.2-litre reaches 60 mph in 6.2 seconds, while the supercharged S-Type R will reach the same speed in just 5.3 seconds. Both are limited to 155 mph.

Although the Jaguar S-Type is cheaper than most of its rivals, especially when the amount of factoring standard equipment, it is not particularly cheap car to run, particularly in gasoline-powered faces . Expect average mpg figures at the bottom of twenty years for the 4.2-litre version and the mid-twenties for 3 liters. The diesel engine of 2.7 litres is the best option, with an average figure of 41.5mpg official. Insurance costs are, on average, for this type of car, but the gasoline engines are of the highest tax band, while the diesel niche band E, which currently costs £ 165 per year. Values used are at the root of the class leaders, but the diesel versions 2.7 commander the best residual value of 40 percent after three years/36000 retained miles.

The Jaguar S-Type had a reputation for reliability issues, but a series of revisions introduced in 2002 fixed many of these. Far better ratings in the polls later owner of the cars to indicate these issues have been largely resolved.

The standard safety equipment in the Jaguar S-Type series include driver, passenger, side and curtain airbags alongside Jaguar Adaptive Restraint Technology System to make sure they are properly deployed. ABS and stability control electronics also comes as standard on all models. The S-Type was not put through the EuroNCAP crash test, but it is likely to have good results if the worst happened.

The models of the Jaguar S-Type series are well equipped with an automatic transmission, leather seats, air conditioning, front and rear, power windows, remote central locking, heated mirrors, alloy wheels and a regulator speed. Our test vehicle was equipped with £2000 Jaguar optional touch-screen sat-nav, who has worked impressively, and has an option to display a logo Jaguar. The £375 Bluetooth phone integration package is among the easiest to use whom we met.

The Jaguar S-Type is a new car with the charm of classic car. It may not be up there with the leaders of the class by the usual measures, but it has an abundance of personality and still turning heads long after it was first introduced in 1999. This is a car that you buy with your heart more than your head.

Source: autotrader

Saturday, April 5, 2008

2008 Mazda2 Review

2008 Mazda2

With gas prices have soared, underdevelopment economobiles are pouring into the American market, from the 10Best-winning Honda Fit at the farm-selling Toyota Yaris at the next Smart Fortwo. About the only company not to set foot in the classroom is short Mazda-or for that matter, Ford partner Mazda. Other countries pint-sized Mazdas and Ford, but not the United States, at least not yet.

The Mazda 2, implies that the number is a vehicle smaller than the Mazda 3. Le'08 2 has been developed on a platform designed to Japan, and the front-drive architecture will also underpin the Ford Fiesta 2008. Now, you think: "We do not get this car, be it", which is true, but under Ford boss Alan Mulally development plan in the world, a car-sized Fiesta expected to arrive here in 2010 . Therefore, while the Mazda 2 will not come to a Mazda dealer near you, how he leads and how it is made to bear the review because it is the basis of a Ford in our future.

While most small cars in the world get larger and heavier with each iteration, the Mazda 2 is in fact at least 220 pounds lighter than its predecessor-standing undistinguished five-door hatchback. At a claimed 2,100 pounds, 2 is about 250 pounds less than the Yaris car in the lightest in May 2006 comparison test of the economy of cars. Some of the weight loss comes from the small size of Mazda to 153.1 inches long, the Mazda 2 is 4.3 inches shorter than a Fit. More weight reduction is the result of a "adjustment", another way of saying the company released characteristics, we should not pick the trick worthy of folding rear seat, you will not find them.

More weight loss comes from the engineering department. The piece is now more than 40 percent of high strength steel, which can be thinner, and therefore lighter than mild steel. The suspension and brakes reflect the cascading effect of weight gain: These pieces can be lighter because there is less weight to handle. The rest of the car was subjected to a strict "gram strategy", in which each party has been analyzed to record fractions of a pound. Some of the savings came from surprising places as 6.4-pounds hangar because of a short cable, as well as 2.2 pounds saved by the use of loudspeakers for neodymium heavier instead of ferrite.

This weight benefits not only watching the car but also the performance of the fuel economy and CO2 emissions. The Mazda 2 now has a surprising agility, but the car is set up for more useful than sportsmanship. Flying fast (2.2 turns lock-to-lock) with electric assist gives a reactive feel, and it is gratifying precision on how the car turns into towers in the corners and if you lift the throttle. The roll is well controlled, and yet the journey is fairly flexible. Disc brakes in front and drums at the rear erase speed without drama. Mazda 2 claims in the steering, brakes, and handling is the best of its kind. We would say Mazda is among the best, the Fit sets a very high standard.

Although 2 is light, it does not feel flimsy. Mazda went to a lot of effort to correct a weakness of the previous-gen its excess noise, vibration and harshness. Road noise was reduced by more rigidity, shellfish, equip a brace between the front strut towers, and paying attention to the suspension bushings.

Our first album was with the 102 hp, 1.5-litre four-cylinder which, as the 1.3-litre, which will be more popular in Europe, is variable valve for admission. The 1.5-litre is a soft, smooth power unit that works well with the slick-shifting five-speed manual. Japan will get a five-speed automatic option.

A few words about 2 styling, even if it will not be shared with Ford on the platform. Mazda showed a series of concept cars highlighting flowing forms and a wedgy profile. The Mazda 2 sides and hood, complicated, carved surfaces, and there is a hint of RX-8 in the front wings. False rear has been reduced to a minimum, so that the car has a tight, the position of sport.

In Europe, Mazda has not really been a player among the smallest cars. The new 2 promises to change, and that bodes well for Ford that will share its essential elements.

Via: askmen

Friday, April 4, 2008

New Jaguar XF - business project

New Jaguar XF

In reality, the machine is much better than in the photo. Many remember the harbinger of a serial sedan - XF-X concept presented last winter. Muscular, neat, powerful silhouette, a predatory marine headlamps. New XF - this is another attempt to give the car company Jaguar entirely new genre: techno and classic together. Front optics, of course, somewhat questionable, but you can get used to it. But vyshtampovki on the bonnet clearly hinted that they are actually hiding under the fashionable attire spirit of this Jaguar.

Interior Jaguar XF became too different. Classical luxury acquired modern connotation. No more of the immense oval walnut panels. Sitting in the XF, you know that this is serious and technically sophisticated machinery. More stringent direct lines, precious wood, luxurious leather. The driver literally immersed in a car with his modern womb. Here strict expensive costume appropriate senior manager and a notebook in an aluminum casing. He fully consistent with the spirit of the car - a modern, comfortable. This sedan has not pokrasish color in the classic British Racing Green, it is bound to be metallic.

From a technical standpoint XF pereplyunul S-Type, which had succeeded, despite the fact that the platform remains the same. The concept has not changed much - rear-wheel drive and a powerful engine. Now Jag further aims to compete with BMW. Unexpected decision literally everywhere. What is worth only selector automatic six-speed transmission - is not a lever, and the rotary switch, of course, does not have a mechanical connection with drive boxes. Manual transmission you can step through podrulevyh switches. This solution saves a seat at the central tunnel. Another impressive stroke: motor has not been activated, ventilation slats tightly closed when libfilesys motor launch button, they are opened.

Four engines, including the 2.7 - litre V6 diesel power 207 hp and 435 Nm of torque. It XF accelerated up to 100 km / h in 7.7 seconds. Next - petrol 240 - strong "Six liters of volume 3, and two options 4.2 - litre V8 petrol engines with different degrees: atmospheric version gives the 300-hp version with a rear - 420 hp Last changed accelerated up to 100 km / h in 5.4 seconds.

2009 Toyota Crown Review

2009 Toyota Crown

Toyota took the wraps off its redesigned Crown luxury sedan in Japan today. The most important news is that the full-size sedan offers a new hybrid version in its line-up.Equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine and a high-performance electric motor, the rear-wheel drive Crown hybrid promises to offer the driving performance of a 4.5-liter vehicle with the low fuel consumption of a 2.0-liter vehicle –or at least that’s what Toyota supports.

The Crown Royal Saloon series is available with a V6 3.0-liter and a V6 2.5-liter engine, while the Crown Athlete series can be equipped with a V6 3.5-liter and a V6 2.5-liter engine. All engines are combined with an electronically-controlled, 6-speed automatic transmission. The Crown Royal Saloon and Athlete series go on sale in Japan today while the "Crown Hybrid" will be launched in Japan on May 6.

TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION (TMC) announced today it has completely redesigned the "Crown Royal Saloon" and "Crown Athlete" series and added a hybrid model to the product lineup. The Royal Saloon and Athlete series go on sale in Japan today and the "Crown Hybrid" will be launched in Japan on May 6.

The 13th-generation Crown unveiled today retains the sense of poise and reliability that characterizes the Crown series, which has earned a reputation as the leader among luxury vehicles in Japan over the more than half a century since its debut in 1955. At the same time, the new Crown adopts advanced technologies to create luxury sedans that provide performance at the world's highest levels.

While the hybrid version delivers outstanding cruising and environmental performance, all three series benefit from the excellent vehicle stability and preventive safety performance offered by VDIM (Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management).

Other advanced features include a Pre-crash Safety System that can determine - as a world's first* - whether the driver's eyes are properly open. Such features, together with an integrated navigation system, result in one of the world's highest levels of driver support.

Advanced Equipment and Stylish Designs

* The redesigned Crown features enhanced visibility, as well a sense of presence and expressiveness, based on the Toyota design philosophy of "Vibrant Clarity".


* The expanded length, width and track combine with a body that integrates the bumper, hood and fender into an organic form. The dynamic front view and flowing door styling achieve an aura of elegance.
* The front pillars have been extended forward to give the cabin an expanded look, and the door mirrors have been placed on the door panels to increase forward visibility.


* The wide instrument panel and overall feeling of openness heightens driving pleasure and contrasts with the vertical nature of the center console. The lower portion of the instrument panel, which is finished with high-quality double stitching, gently curves away from the center console.
* The Crown Hybrid adopts a TFT (thin film transistor) LCD Finegraphic Meter - the first of its kind*, which features excellent visibility and provides clear information to the driver. In addition to digital and analog speedometers, a hybrid system status indicator shows output and energy recovery. A color silhouette of the vehicle appears on the display when the driver enters the cabin followed by the Crown logo the moment the engine is started.
* The seat covers have been treated with an agent that envelops mite allergens - known to be a cause of allergy-related disorders - helping to prevent them from becoming active in the cabin.
* Navigational functions are enhanced by Map on Demand, which provides latest-information automatic map updates, and a multi-media-function HDD navigation system (compatible with the G-BOOK mX Pro telematics service), as well as a new "one-touch" operator-call service.
* The Toyota Premium Sound System, with a 19-channel amplifier and 18 speakers, offers acoustics that rival a live concert.

Cutting-Edge Technologies Enhance Safety Performance and Vehicle Stability

* The Pre-crash Safety System (millimeter-wave radar type) employs an eye monitor - the first of its kind in the world - to detect whether a driver's eyes are properly open. This function, combined with the system's current ability to determine the direction of the driver's face, enhances the ability to reduce collision-related damage.
* All models are equipped with VDIM (Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management) to ensure excellent vehicle stability and preventive safety performance on slippery surfaces.
* The Night View system, available in the Crown Hybrid, features the world's first1 pedestrian detection function based on a near-infrared camera, thereby improving a driver's visibility at night.
* The advanced car navigation system facilitates the entering and exiting of highways. Using its road map data, the system provides smooth acceleration when merging into highway traffic from an on-ramp or a service area by controlling the timing of up-shifting, as well as increasing engine braking for smooth deceleration when exiting the highway or coming to a tollbooth.
* The system also uses the map data to inform the driver of upcoming stop signs and issue a warning if the driver is late in decelerating. The world's first1 navigation system-linked brake assist function assists the driver in the event of emergency braking, helping reduce vehicle speed.
* The Intelligent Parking Assist system helps the driver during parallel parking or backing into a parking space, using ultrasonic sensors installed on the front of the vehicle to detect the parking parameters. The system has a function that tells the driver when to turn the steering wheel and where to start backing up.
* The Emergency Braking Signal system, standard on all models, warns vehicles behind when the brakes are suddenly depressed by flashing all of the brake lights.
* Ten SRS (Supplemental Restraint System) airbags are standard on all models. Rear left and right side air bags also alleviate the impact in the event of a side-on collision.
* The front-seat structures are based on the WIL (Whiplash Injury Lessening) concept. Both the driver and front passenger seats incorporate an Active Headrest2 that shifts to an appropriate position to lessen stress on the neck and reduce the risk of whiplash injuries sustained during a rear-end collision.
* The GOA (Global Outstanding Assessment) construction has been further evolved to create an advanced collision-safety body structure.
* Improvements in the body structure also reduce the likelihood of pedestrian head injuries to achieve one of the highest levels of injury prevention in the vehicle's class.
Superior Driving Performance and Comfort

* The electronic platform, which is the basis of the electronic control system that brings out the best in the vehicle's basic performance, has been completely revamped to enhance processing power and the ability to handle the vast amounts of data coming from the engine, transmission, brakes and elsewhere.
* Switches allow drivers to select a control mode that suits their own preferences and road conditions, such as the fun-to-drive Sport Mode that, among other things, increases acceleration and deceleration responsiveness, Eco-drive Mode that supports fuel efficiency and Snow Mode when a driver requires smoother acceleration on slippery roads.
* A NAVI/AI-AVS System* enhances maneuverability, cruising stability and driving comfort by optimally controlling the dampening force of the shock absorbers based on road information from the navigation system and accumulated road surface grade difference information.

Crown Hybrid

* The rear-wheel drive THS II (Toyota Hybrid System II) with a two-stage motor speed reduction device provides the driving performance of a 4.5-liter vehicle with the low fuel consumption of a 2.0-liter vehicle to deliver powerful and smooth acceleration and exceptional environmental performance.
* The combination of a high output 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine and a high-performance electric motor achieves excellent driving performance, a quiet ride, high fuel efficiency and clean emissions.
* The electric vehicle (EV) driving mode permits the driver, simply by pressing a button, to operate the vehicle using the electric motor only, for quiet operation early in the morning or late at night and lower emissions.
* The Active Noise Control function uses the speakers to cancel out engine booming noise (low-frequency engine noise) and provide an even quieter ride.

Crown Royal Saloon & Crown Athlete

* The Crown Royal Saloon series features a V6 3.0-liter and a V6 2.5-liter engine, while the Crown Athlete series offers a V6 3.5-liter and a V6 2.5-liter engine. All engines are combined with 6 Super ECT (Super Intelligent Electronically-controlled, Six-speed Automatic Transmission) and DRAMS (Driving Response and Acceleration Management System) for smooth and powerful driving.
* The 3.5-liter engine is a D-4S (direct injection four-stroke gasoline engine, superior version), while the 3.0-liter and 2.5-liter engines are stoichiometric D-4 engines. All engines employ Dual VVT-i (Dual Variable Valve Timing-intelligent) to optimize intake and exhaust valve timing according to driving conditions.

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