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Pre-Production Review: 2013 Honda Accord – Part 2

Posted on 10. Sep, 2012 by .

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Five days ago, we published the first part of the 2013 Accord Review. It's not like us. Normally do things, but to get our hands on the second best-selling midsize sedan in America, we agree to get all you had to hold its breath If you want to know about the new Accord powertrain, interior and infotainment systems, simply click on more than one part and then head back here when you're done. I promise we are waiting for you.

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The 2013 Accord is the first real foray into the world of Honda CVT. Yes, I know the Civic Hybrid and some GX models with a CVT, but they are low volume niche vehicles. Let me make one thing straight away. I love CVTs. The reason for my love-that-dare-not-speak-its-name, and the reason we find the under the hood of the new Accord is the efficiency. For optimal efficiency, you want to operate a motor, such as. Near its most efficient speed possible over a wide range of speeds For performance, you want the engine to get its power band and keep it there as you accelerate. The problem of course was that CVTs take a while to make the transition from one relationship to another, a strange feeling when you used a transmission downshift in milliseconds. Honda did not explain how, but somehow makes changes, the new Accord CVT ratio is almost as fast as a traditional automatic. The difference behind the wheel is dramatic. If you cruise at 60mph and you. "Floor" a Nissan or Audi CVT, you get nothing for a moment, then the car starts to accelerate slowly and simultaneously increases the tach Once the tach reaches a certain point, you get maximum acceleration. Lift the pedal produces a moment where you have to accelerate as new CVT, then return to normal. The same maneuver in the Accord is more like an automatic that the transfer to a lower ratio moves very fast and returns to the higher proportion without "rubber band" effect, when done over. Compared to Honda's 5 or 6-speed car, I would CVT every day.

From a standstill, the 185hp, 2.4L engine of the Accord motivatess decent thanks to its low-end torque (181 lb-ft at 3,900 RPM) and the new CVT. If you are in a mountainous area as I live, the CVT has another advantage when climbing hills of the CVT continuously varies the conditions so that you can maintain a constant speed than a conventional automatic. As much as I love the CVT, the transmission would be my personal preference. On the base, LX, EX and Sport trim, the 6-speed manual transmission is a typical Honda close ratio manual that is wrong with the shorter end of the ratio scale for performance. The relatively low-end torque of the 2.4-liter engine seemed very "un-Honda", but is a welcome change. In true Honda fashion, the little four-cylinder engine sounded perfectly happy to rev up and keep the fun going.

The 278HP, 3.5L V6 from last year is back with a few tweaks to improve fuel consumption. The exhaust is tuned towards a decidedly sporty note was pleasant without being intrusive. Honda's new 6-speed automatic transmission sends power to the front wheels only sense of V6 torque control with the best of them. The revised cylinder management system proved to be a seamless and effective just like the V6 sedan to an average of 35mpg on a 20 mile highway trip. On the other side of the V6 lacks the low-end torque, which offer the latest in Honda 2.0L turbo and 6-speed auto is not the most responsive automatic. What Honda could do with a 2.0L direct injection turbo and new CVT? Let us hope that we will some day.

If traction is your game, then the Sport model is for you, especially because of the rubber decisions. Most of our time was spent behind the wheel of the base LX model, the stiff suspension seemed at odds with his grip ability. When it came time to swap Sport Accord, the reason for the shortage was obvious. Accords to base 16-inch, 205-65-series rubber rel. EX and Touring Accords are equipped with 215/55E17s while Sport models. 235/45R18s the stocks with the V6 Accord Coupe Despite the loss of the Accord double-wishbone suspension, the new Accord had no problems corner carving as a solid alternative to the Mazda 6 Road noise is decreased year-on outgoing Accord, but it's still some of the competition. Despite the new active noise canceling system, the Accord is even louder on the road than the Camry and the latest eerily quiet Buicks.

Drive – 2014 Accord Hybrid

Not due until mid-2013, Honda had me. A long ride in a prototype 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid This new hybrid is a complete departure from everything that Honda has done in the past. Previous attempts at the "hybridization" of the Accord were focused on adding some electric mojo its V6 model for even better performance. This time, Honda is aiming the Accord hybrid and plug-in hybrid Prius fully on the Chevy Volt, Fusion Hybrid and the Toyota Camry Hybrid and even.

The first to cover what the operation of the system. The Civic is often seen by Prius drivers because the engine can not be stopped, so even turns into "EV mode" the engine. The Accord takes this into the opposite extreme. Under 40 mph, the engine is not capable of driving the car directly. At speeds below about 40mph, Engine two drives the wheels of power from the lithium-ion battery or the engine One motor acting as a generator. At around 40mph, the car can engage a clutch package. directly with motor, a motor and two together whereby power to flow from the engine to the wheels (Whether the car couplings the motor or not depends on the battery charge status). Soon as the system is connected to clutch pack is in a position for providing a combined output of 196HP and EV mode is limited to approx 166HP.

If you have driven a Civic Hybrid, you know that. The system less than smoothly from a variety of angles Grabby regenerative braking and foreign, are transitions between EV and hybrid modes shrugs raw and vibration met. Perhaps the biggest struggle with the Honda Accord will convince buyers to the hybrid be a chance. Honda's larger drive motor and the ability to completely remove the engine from the drive train enables regenerative braking as smooth as any EV on the market. Even more surprising, the clutch is engaged when. The car in hybrid mode Despite my best efforts, the commitment was always perfectly smooth, so that the Toyota Synergy Drive system seems harsh in comparison. This is something that is not the Infiniti M35h or Hyundai / Kia hybrid system can be said.

On the road, the hybrid Accord more like the base LX model went through the low rolling resistance rubber and increased weight of the hybrid system. The suspension seemed to be a smoother ride than the other models-something to appreciate what I am, if I can be candid be distracted for a moment. It was not possible to get hard acceleration figures for the hybrid, but the "butt test" and show the power of numbers, it should be carried out on the 2.4-liter V6 and below. I averaged a solid 42MPG in my 45-mile, hour long test drive of the plug-in after the battery was exhausted.

Drive – Coupe

With the Solara disappeared from the market, the average volume coupe is a strange attempt to corner the market, but Honda are trying the old school. The Accord Coupe is a huge selling point rear seat. The rear seat dimensions can make the coupe side profile a little unusual, but the increase in utility value is impressive. Because the coupe is only slightly shorter than the sedan with only a slight reduction in wheelbase and get rid of a few pounds, it drives pretty much the same as the sedan. The exception is of course the V6 model, which will be equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission. Honda was reticent, what is different about the V6 cog swapper, but conditions seem to be different vs. four cylinders and the clutch action is tighter and more precise. If you plan to want to opt for the coupe, remember that aerodynamic differences to reduce fuel consumption figures vs. the sedan 1-2MPG. Also equipped loses the 6-speed manual transmission, the system variable V6 highway economy 6MPG fall to 28MPG. Strangely, I found the Accord sedan with the "Sport" package and the four-cylinder engine to be more fun.

Honda has announced that the base LX model compliance with the standard backup cam, 8-inch infotainment screen, 16-inch alloy wheels and dual-zone climate control with $ 21,640, or a modest $ 200 increase over 2012th Meanwhile illuminates the top-of-the-line Touring model, which raises the radar cruise control, headlights, leather seats, dual exhaust, the V6, and Honda all new active safety technology will put you back $ 33,430. Overall, pricing is right in line with the competition, with the Hyundai / Kia ringing in lower and the Camry a bit more expensive if you make up for the feature differences. Honda has yet to publish the pricing on the Accord Hybrid, but expect it to start around $ 27,500 in the same neighborhood as the Camry and Fusion Hybrid. Expect command the plug-in at least $ 10,000 premium over the hybrid. It is obvious that this ninth generation Accord serious competition ahead of it with the new Ford Fusion, but Honda has not taken this lying down. The Accord has doubled in interior comfort and value by the disorder and more electronic goodies in each model. Your new infotainment system is finally on par is less attractive than MyTouch react far more. Camry buyers who would be looking for something a bit more fun to drive also do well to drop by the local Honda dealer.

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Retro Ram Art to Highlight Texas Parks

Posted on 09. Sep, 2012 by .

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Richard Truesdell

Chrysler's Ram brand on America's national parks heritage drawing to 3 million outdoorsmen in the biggest, most important target market for new pickups – presented with a retro-themed campaign, the 2013 Ram – Texas.

The four ads that resemble fine-art posters will be displayed in a hunting / fishing guide for outdoor enthusiasts in Texas, a huge leisure market, home buyers prime pickup. In the guide, takes Ram Truck other national advertisers, including Nikon, Bass Pro Shops, Geico, Dick Sporting Goods, Whataburger, and Wal-Mart. Ram is the exclusive automotive sponsor of the tour. Two of the ads are full page ads, the other two are double rooms with full-page ads.

The ads were developed by Anderson Design Group in Nashville, and they follow, in spirit, the color scheme and style of illustration of posters from the Works Project Administration. The New Deal agency was created after the Great Depression, and its Federal Art Project promoted the natural beauty of the American parks. This program made starving artists to work and produced some of the most iconic posters ever created in the United States.

"This was the perfect opportunity to get a different creative approach," said Olivier Francois, Chrysler's chief marketing officer. "The use of vintage styles, hand-made illustrations and muted color palette creates a nostalgic approach to advertising graphics, we hope that response from consumers helped as well as the original posters romanticize any national park destination."

It's almost ironic that the Americans need to be reminded of our rich national parks legacy of a man who once said this: "I am a Frenchman working for an Italian company, Fiat, the administration of an iconic American brand Chrysler. " Francois is also credited with green-lighting of the famous "Imported from Detroit" Super Bowl commercial featuring Eminem, a TV spot that many credit with one of the major turning points in the remarkable turnaround of Chrysler's 2009 bankruptcy.

These new ads have renderings of the Rio Grande Valley, Balanced Rock, Enchanted Rock and Lighthouse Rock, they. Backdrop for the Ram 1500 Mossy Oak Edition Outdoorsman, Ram 2500 Power Wagon, Ram 1500 Lone Star and Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn Like any good marketing program, check the posters Ram attributes that distinguish the truck from the competition.

"Ram Trucks are an essential tool of the trade for the avid outdoorsman," said Fred Diaz, Ram President and CEO. "The ads are a powerful statement about the beauty of Texas, my home state, while presenting features hunters and fishermen have in their trucks, including a powerful Hemi V-8 engine, towing capacity, all-terrain tires and versatility, with indoor combining style and luxury. "

Chrysler spokeswoman Kimberly Shults more light on the history of Ram pickup with respect to the Texas market. "In calendar year 2011, presented Texas 16 percent of all U.S. large pickup registrations Texas were pickup registrations almost three times larger than the next largest state, California, three of the 10 largest metro market areas for large pickup registrations are in Texas:.. Dallas, Houston and San Antonio, "she said.

"It is also important to note that Ram is celebrating its 10th anniversary of the sale of Lone Star model in Texas, a truck designed specifically to appeal to Texans," Shults continues. "And Ram has continued to draw inspiration from the Texas Collection customers, seen as published in the Laramie Longhorn model in 2011."

The prints and postcard sets from the ads for sale on the Anderson Design Group website. Desktop Wallpapers available for download on AutomotiveTraveler.com.

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Review: 2012 Chrysler 200 S Convertible

Posted on 08. Sep, 2012 by .

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So you are planning your next car be a cheap drop top for four people? If you live in America, your options are limited to odd. By my count, only five convertibles on our shores available that seats four and costs under $ 30,000. When the "convertible hatchbacks" (Cooper and 500c) from the list swipe left with three options. The Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder, Ford Mustang, and the former king of the bond sales charts: the Chrysler Sebring 200th Does this re-skinned front airbags for the driver, which was to win back that takes "best-selling convertible in America" crown?

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Convertible sales have. On a downward spiral since 1950 At the rate we're going, only 1.1 percent of new cars in the U.S. in 2012 sold his drop-tops. What's to blame? Well, the old Sebring certainly not help.

Because euthanasia was not easy in the cards, Chrysler opted for a re-skin. Much like a freakish face transplant by your favorite B-grade movie, the Sebring was nip / tucked everywhere except the doors and the roof. I can almost see, peeled the mask by Sean Connery. The problem is, as Mythbusters showed a new face can not hide what's underneath. The awkward hood strakes are gone, replaced by smooth sheet metal and a new nose sporting wavy Chrysler corporate grille. Unfortunately nothing could be done to disappear the enormous trunk lid, so that the 200 even more booty music video as Sir Mix-A-Lot. Frankenstein sparked the transformation with new wheels, LED running lights and bling-tastic 17 and 18 inch wheels. The result is a design that. Strangely, more cohesive than the original, more a statement of how wrong the original vehicle was than anything else

As with the Sebring, shoppers can choose between a traditional soft top or a trendy three-piece folding hard top for an additional $ 1,995. Best operation is limited speeds under 1MPH and lasts 27 seconds with the fabric top and 30 to the hard-top finish, substantially excludes stoplight top drops.

Interior

In our 200 S Sebring the origin, despite the reorganization of hand. How so? It's all in the forms. The parts are at least as smart as anyone, but because Chrysler could not afford to change the car difficult points, the Sebring silhouette in a strange position and the door handle incredibly large dashboard is unmistakable. Forms apart, no one can fault the material and workmanship. Gone are the made-like Rubbermaid are plastic, gone are the faux-tortoiseshell accents. Fortunately, the "fin" that dominates the dash was like a veruca was cut out. Replacing the oddly shaped (and oddly named) rubbery steering wheel is Chrysler's new corporate tiller from the 300th The same soft leather, chunky rim and audio controls are hidden on the back of the wheel for the ride.

Seating comfort is something of a mixed bag. The rear seats are unusual for a convertible: they are sized and shaped for normal adults, as you might expect, that a seat would be formed. Why does this sound amazing? Most of the "four seater" Convertibles have rear seats that are either odd upright or inclined forward to fit it into the vehicle. Meanwhile, the 200 has rear thrones is suitable for a 2-hour wine-tasting excursion. Unfortunately, the front seats are not as comfortable suffering from a solid and "over stuffed" bottom cushion, which made me like I was on a big gumdrop towers. Or a tuffet. This is a sitting position only Mrs. Muffet would be happy.

Carry four people with relative ease is something of a miracle, but ask all convertible to four people carry the baggage, is just a pipe dream. In 13.3 cubes, the 200 easy to swallow the Bootilicious croup four roles bags and some hand luggage. Let the upper and space shrinks to 6.6 cubes, good for a garment bag, a roller bag and a purse. A small handbag. Do not believe the purchase of the top things will improve, Chrysler designed the roof parts in such a way that the hard and soft peaks share some common design elements and occupy the same space in the trunk.

Infotainment

Of an inner element is not in the Sebring-to-200-transformation touched was the infotainment system. We get the same six-speaker base unit in the 200 Touring with the same CD player and Sirius radio. If you want to pair your Bluetooth phone, you will return $ 360th The limited edition model will be added to a 6.5-inch head unit, the standard Bluetooth, USB and iDevice love and a 40GB hard drive-based music library. A $ 475 Boston Acoustics speaker package is the 200 Limited and standard on the Chrysler 200 S. the last generation nav system is also available for an additional $ 695 in the upper ledges of the 200, but honestly, you'd be better off Aftermarket .

Drivetrain

Perhaps the biggest change in the 200, the metamorphosis is under the hood. Weaksauce the 2.7L and 3.5L V6 aging were paired with new 283HP 3.6L V6 Chrysler to their in-house built 6-speed automatic has been replaced. Change as a mid-year, the unloved 2.4L four-cylinder engine also gets some 6-speed love. The additional two wheels on the four-banger mean, it's finally the economic choice deliver 20/31 mpg vs. 19/29 for the V6. Before you discount the V6 in favor of the economy, our real numbers have to motivate them on an equal footing and with more than £ 4,000, it is a serious penalty for not checking that $ 1,795 box.

Driving

The Sebring was terrible on the road. The chassis was like a wet noodle, the cowl shake so bad you could have been churned butter and the whole car was so responsive to steering and throttle input were more suggestions than commands. Despite none of the shedding almost 4100 pounds empty weight, does offer 200 some rather unexpected improvement. While there is no hiding that the 200 is a heavy front-driver proved to the 200, too much fun on the twisty Northern California back roads that I wish to me, upgraded brakes. Seriously. Who would have thought?

The 200's suspension tweaks finally have the kibosh on wheel hop. In conjunction with the V6 equipped to reach front-wheel-peel easily and quite amusing. Take the 200 back to back but forgotten with a Mustang and you will all about the comfortable back seat. They are also painfully aware of how obesity has become the 200th There is no question, however, is the improved handling of the 200, it will always play second fiddle to topless pony Fords.

How it stacks up

If the Sebring and 200 exist in a vacuum, we would praise the 200 for a major change and the best convertible ever. The problem of course is that buyers have options and pricing is the omnipresent specter. In my eyes, everything can be forgiven for the right price. The Nissan Versa is cheap and "plasticky"? Damn right. But it is the cheapest car in America, so who cares? The Chrysler 200? It has a $ 26,995 problem. Yes, it is cheaper than the Mustang, Camaro, Eclipse and EOS. But it is cheap enough? Let's do the math.

First off, no one should be subjected to the four-cylinder 200, then $ 27,600 is the real basis of price. The Mustang convertible starts at $ 27,200, to throw in the automatic transmission, and you're at $ 28,395. For the extra $ 795, the Ford has greatly improved handling, more power, less weight and improved fuel efficiency. Win: Ford

The Camaro convertible is $ 32,745 (based on the automatic) and provides at least $ 3,500 standard equipment when compared to the 200 makes the true cost of 326hp and a better RWD chassis $ 1,645. Win: Chevy

The 200 gets some relief when pitted against the old and expensive Eclipse Spyder with his old 4-speed automatic and haphazard interior. Mitsubishi wants $ 27,999 for admission to the four-cylinder four-course party and a ticket to the show you're running a 265hp V6 eye-popping $ 32,828. Win: Chrysler

The 200 has a larger trunk than many mid-size sedans, more rear legroom than Mustang, Camaro and more visibility than better "everythings" as an Eclipse. The 200 is not the best convertible in the segment, but at least Chrysler changes mean that you do not, you're just renting a car summer tires more. Do not believe me? Rent a yourself and see. TTAC the last word? If you want a front-driver, you save $ 1,000 to buy the MINI Cooper Convertible.

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2013 SRT Viper: First Drive

Posted on 07. Sep, 2012 by .

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If you told me three years ago that I wrote my post last Dodge Viper, I would not have blinked. Surely this is loud, raw survive, gas-guzzling ode to testosterone would not define an era of hybrids, rising gas prices and their own manufacturer bankruptcy.

Nobody counted on such a quick recovery for the Fiat-owned Chrysler Group or the lunatic vision of Fiat / Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne and designer / transmission / speeders / executive Ralph Gilles, now CEO of the SRT division. We found out. At the New York International Auto Show earlier this year that the Viper would be back as a 2013-model

As I made clear what I thought to be my last Viper review, which was the second-generation model in 2008, I liked the car. I respected them. But a car like that has no place in today's market. To make any sense at all, the need 2013 more refined and grown-up. When my time in two development Vipers in South Haven, Michigan's Gingerman Raceway is an indication, SRT has nailed it.

Technically, I have written my last Dodge Viper SRT10 review but only because Chrysler continues its war against the Dodge brand by selling their strongest and / or most iconic models. As the non-Dodge Ram pickup, this car is now known as SRT Viper.

The interiors were not ready for photography and some outside Macken reinforced that this very early engineering vehicles, but the chassis and drivetrain are done basically. Some optimization is safe to continue, but with the exception of an all-powerful exhaust resonance at high speeds, I have not noticed much change I would. (The exhaust work is not finished, and I actually prefer over the car at low speeds sound that the 2010 model.)

After a few laps in a Refresher Course 2010 Viper, the last model year for two conditions, I took about a dozen rounds in a yellow base Viper, which carries only a SRT badge and a blue uplevel Viper GTS. Both were coupes, like the convertible will be introduced later. The awards will be announced in about a week, all we know is now the difference between the two trim levels around $ 20,000. When new, the 2010 Viper Coupe started at $ 91,935, including destination charge. The exclusive use of a manual transmission car is sure to narrow its audience more than its price. And so it should be.

The difference between the two generations could not be clearer. Although they both have 8.4-liter V-10 engine output with outrageous that they are driven to 60 mph in the first Transition (and enough torque to drive in virtually any gear at any speed) allows the 2013, the world is a dynamic front.

Honestly, felt the 2010 easier to control than I remembered, but at the present time it is practically squirrely by anyone's standards, and it is extremely sensitive to sudden inputs of any kind What always worried me about the earlier Vipers was their unpredictability and inconsistency of breaking with a tendency to oversteer / understeer tug of war with the driver in the middle and pulled in both directions.

You could comb over every inch of the car as do the Zapruder film and career of driving it, such as the Millennium Falcon training to detonate the Death Star from – and still approach it with trepidation every time in it. With mastery of a car is always an illusion, but if it seems impossible, the challenge seems pointless. Ultimately, then the car itself.

Is changed. The 2013 has all the acceleration rage of 2010 – more, actually, with 640 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque from 600 hp and 560 pounds-feet, thanks to a variety of engine upgrades, saying lead his engineers it is virtually a new engine. The difference here is the ability of the car to manage the power and weight. Of the first corner, his composure is evident. On the 50th, it is their consistency.

For 2013, the six-speed Tremec transmission has closer gear ratios, and gone is the previous car StairMaster style clutch pedal resistance. (No longer is asymmetric Viper owners are simply picked out of a crowd.) Along with the lighter clutch a satisfactory shorter stick comes with shorter throws and more precisely defined goals. SRT says the center console itself is a little low, but that depends on where you position the new sports seats, height adjustable now, either manually or powered.

Equipped with the optional Track Package included the yellow car lighter wheels (25 pounds ago, compared with more than £ 30 storage), two-piece slotted rotors and sticky tires: Pirelli P-Zero Corsa. Regardless of trim and equipment variants, the tires measure P295/30ZR18 in front and P355/30ZR19 in a barn-wide rear and the brakes include the same four-piston calipers and wheel diameter, which supplied all of Brembo.

The car turns elegant and precise as the engineers say, the steering feels faster, even though the relationship has not changed. Credit belongs partly stiffer torsional rigidity and a redesigned rear suspension, which fought draw compliance. A wider track front minimize understeer.

The brakes provide exceptional bite of minimal pedal travel, especially when compared with the 2010 model year.

I learned more from the GTS, the standard tires wore (also P-Zero, but not Corsa), and had several settings for the electronic stability control system in which the car is based only on or off. (As required by law, the Viper now has stability.) When is the base model of stability admirably discreet, but the GTS adds two more liberal settings between sport and track. The track setting, SRT says, will be spinning even the car. I stayed with sports. There is also a standard launch control function for the fastest sprints, but it is not yet fully calibrated and was not verified yet.

Between the less conservative stability setting road tires and the GTS "two-mode suspension is softer street settings updated, I was able to throw the car around more, which showed her better manners. No amount of rubber can hold as much torque in check and while the rear end loose, put him back in line more predictable.

The 2013 is about 100 pounds lighter by the liberal use of carbon fiber, aluminum and magnesium over a steel frame. But it feels even lighter, and the weight distribution is now 49.6/50.4 percent front / rear. In the Viper, the driver sits far behind the car yaw center, a sense of what the car seems to do it – once you get adjusted.

Between his better steering feel and newfound spirit of cooperation, the 2013 Viper ride feels much more like teamwork. In the old car, it was like playing with a ball hog – one that occasionally went into his own thing, which involved too often do dislike pavement.

Unfortunately, I have not the cars on the road, but the base model was quite comfortable, and there is a dramatic difference between the GTS comfortable Street and solid track settings.

Many would argue the Viper always needed stability control. Now he has it, and when it needs them less than before, the 2013 Viper still seems to have a narrow margin of error. It is a car that can be learned over time and many rounds must, and I believe this is a very good thing. Nobody wants a pet viper. There is no shortage of tame sports cars on the market. But we want a tamable Viper, and the previous generations do not bear this feature.

If the Dodge Viper has improved a notch between the first and second generation, then it increases SRT five notches this time. I'm still not sold on the new auto styling, but each love is blind there is much to love. There are supporters who always buy the next Viper. For those who were on the fence, it's time to get excited.

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Pre-Production Review: 2013 Honda Accord, Part 1

Posted on 05. Sep, 2012 by .

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Redesigning the second best-selling midsize sedan in America is not an easy task. It is also one that does not happen very often for fear of doing something wrong. But even with all the bad press, the new Civic, sales are booming. Apparently this is not done Honda sit on their hands but, when it came to the new Accord. Honda invited us to Santa Barbara, the all-new, smaller, 9 Generation Honda Accord try. That's a bold opening event not only with a new engine and transmission under the hood, but a completely new hybrid technology on offer as well. If you know how it goes or how much it costs like to have our Honda overlords decreed our lips until 10 must be sealed 6:00 Eastern. Set yourself a reminder and then click-through. The jump for part one

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The previous generation Accord suffered from some slightly cartoonish styling flair as "plump" headlamps and a "Jaguaresque" oblique strain. For 2013, Honda returned to a more traditional, some say calm, exterior. Unlike the swoopy styling of Hyundai and the "wannabe Camaro" tail on the Malibu, the Accord is simple and undeniably elegant. Compared to the new Fusion Thew, the Accord seems decidedly less sexy. In contrast to the other entries in this segment (except for maybe the Camry), the Accord is the family demographic play with low band-lines for better visibility for children and high roof lines for better headroom in the rear. There are of course the necessary smaller front-end tweaks to the various Accord Trim lines for differentiation. Now bears the all-new hybrid drive a very different, and oddly aggressive front end with LED headlights. During the quieter styling is not really news for Honda, the Accord are dimensions. Despite winning both cargo and passenger ships room is the ninth generation Accord almost four inches shorter than last year, and riding on a one-inch shorter wheelbase. Despite the right-sizing, the suspension changes for 2013 resulted in a slight increase in the turning circle to 38.1, more preferably greater than the Camry, Sonata, and even the Fusion.

As before, the Accord is also as a large two-door coupe. Our time with the coupe was limited, but it impresses with an expansive trunk and back seat. The options matrix is largely the same for the two-door Accord with the exception of the V6 and 6-speed manual transmission combination that is exclusive to the coupe.

Interior

The interior of the Accord is likely to be their biggest selling point. Honda knows her audience well and it shows, with a well-presented, but simply laid out interior. For 2013, Honda has not radically altered the interior, opting instead for incremental improvements on the previous model. The new dashboard is soft touch and made from a piece of plastic to reduce squeaks and rattles. The steering wheels are redesigned for improved comfort and are in most models are not worthy in Split leather trimmed Lexus. The combination of these improvements is a much quieter cabin than before, a common complaint about the 2012 model. Honda achieved a quieter ride by not only adding more foam, but the installation of an active noise cancellation system in all Accord models. The system is similar to the noise-canceling headphones you wear on an airplane.

As expected, seating comfort was great for my 6-foot, 190 pounds and under, thanks to a standard driver's seat and tilt / telescoping steering wheel, it was easy to find a comfortable seating position for a 2-hour drive. Also improves the contact points on the dashboard, doors and center console are to reduce fatigue on long trips. Despite small on the outside and a smaller wheelbase than its predecessor, legroom is a welcome by 1.3 inches and the rear trunk was from 1.8 to 13.7 cubes Total finally put the Accord has grown in line with the competition. Base model Accords are also well equipped with dual-zone climate control, automatic headlights, cruise control, rear view camera and a one-touch up / down windows for driver. Mainly because of the comfortable seats and standard gadgets, "easy to live" a phrase that comes to mind is kept.

Infotainment & Gadgets

The midsize sedan market is an interesting segment, as buyers want reliability and reduced prices for the latest gadgets. Honda has not announced pricing yet, but expect a hike of at least a few Benjamins on the base LX model. Fighting the inevitable increase is a bevy of new standard equipment includes an 8-inch infotainment screen with Honda Link. The new infotainment software is similar in function Toyota Entune and Ford's MyFordTouch systems enables smartphone app integration and voice commands. Honda has also thrown in SMS text messaging integration for good measure. In an interesting twist of Pandora Radio, and a few other functions of Apple iDevices and SMS for Android devices is limited for the moment.

More on the EX model, which is Honda's new "Road Watch" system, which uses a CCD camera in the side view mirror and shows your blind spot on the 8-inch infotainment screen. You also get keyless entry / go, and a few speakers.

More on the EX-L model or get a higher resolution 8-inch screen and a 5-inch touch screen LCD in the center of the dashboard, which acts as the primary audio control interface. The addition of the second screen, you can show audio information at the same time as the 8-inch display either the navigation screen to see (if you chose it) or any other source of information.

Honda's new infotainment software is very responsive, provides a sharp contrast to sluggish Ford Touch-screen interface. Compared to Toyota Entune system, the Honda system is well thought out a little better, more responsive and has a much larger library of voice commands. All three systems perform similarly when it comes to commanding music from your iDevices, USB stick or (optional) hard drive music library voice comes. Of course the big news on the Honda's front is that unlike Entune and MyTouch, Honda Link standard.

If your pockets know no depths to sell more Honda like the latest driver aids such as radar cruise control, LED blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, lights and much more.

Drivetrain

No new car would be complete without a completely new engine and not a completely new engine would be complete without an eco-friendly name and a new transmission. Enter the Honda Earth Dreams 2.4L four-cylinder engine and all-new Honda CVT. While I'm still not clear what the earth dreams mean, the new mill-numbers, which are important. As you would expect from a Honda engine comes 185HP at a lofty 6,500 rpm. What you would not expect it to 181-lbft torque arriving at a low 4,000 rpm. If you love something V6 coming EX-L V6 and the new Touring model with a slightly revised 3.5L V6, good for 278HP and 252 lb-ft of twist. Like last year, the V6 from Honda "Variable Cylinder Management" system, which will turn off the rear bank of cylinders when cruising on the highway offer speeds. Honda has been the system for 2013 removing the four-cylinder mode and expand the range that the three-cylinder mode operates in. be covered during the new 2.4-liter engine with either the 6-speed manual or a new CVT optimized, the V6 is only with a new 6-speed automatic in the sedan, while the 6-speed manual in the coupe. If fuel economy is what you need, the CVT is the best choice deliver 27 city, 36 highway. The 6-speed manual transmission is economy 24/34 and the V6 is the thirstiest in the crowd on 21/34 with the 6-speed automatic.

All new hybrid system

The current Accord Hybrid was an odd duck. Instead of improving the fuel consumption, Honda utilizes their IMA (Integrated Motor Assist) to improve performance. The system is lack of electric only mode and 40% lower fuel consumption than the Camry Hybrid from shoppers scratching their heads and buy something else before the Honda model euthanized in 2007. For 2013, Honda went back to the drawing board and created a completely new hybrid system from scratch. The system starts with a new 2.0L, 137PS four-cylinder engine that utilizes Honda's VTEC system to switch between a gasoline and an Atkinson profile so this the first ever, the machine I

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Updated Info: GM to Ax Silverado/Sierra Hybrids for 2014?

Posted on 05. Sep, 2012 by .

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Update: 05/09/2012

This is GM sent the note to us (see below) the weekend after we ran this story.

"GM is fully vetted in the development of technologies to our customers around the world use energy to help efficiently and reduce their dependence on oil required. Customer needs, changing vehicle technology, government regulations and business conditions continue and develop, so GM periodically the real-world customer benefits and affordability of technologies that we are considering for our regional and global vehicle programs.

"As a result of these reviews, some technologies are in front, pulled postponed or canceled. This is a normal course of business.

"GM does not contain guidance on which technologies will be used in future vehicles."

We can not say that this is a surprise. Reports begin to filter through the continued viability of a hybrid program for the new 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500th

According to GM Inside News, it had some serious, early speculation that would be the new GM full-size trucks have a smaller, more economical engines and a more powerful electric motor and battery, but lately the stores of information have dried up. GM Inside News also speculated that some of the technology can be used for models such as the Cadillac Escalade, but for the rest of the new platform lineup continues – was canceled the powertrain option – SUVs and pickups.

The V-8 pickups, better known as "mild hybrid" because of their relatively limited two-mode auxiliary electric motor skills seemed like a good solution if it came equipped for the first time on the previous generation pickups and full-size SUVs . The system could support a full battery or battery at lower speeds (Mode 1) run, but it could also help in the drive train at higher speeds (Mode 2). Through the use of the V-8 as its main power supply, towing capacities and ratings remained high enough to accommodate a lot of half-ton buyers.

Current EPA fuel economy rating for the half-ton truck (with the 6.0-liter V-8) 20/23 mpg in city / highway and 21 mpg combined were.

We know that many dealers in recent years had trouble selling these vehicles because of the modest fuel economy benefits, but traders were saddled with additional powerful sticker costs, sometimes over $ 5,000. We also know that GM can not this new technology and powertrain option put into the lineup at the start of the new truck, to wait for a year or two before revealing a newer, improved hybrid system.

The last time we were with GM said representatives of the two-mode hybrid, they were very optimistic. Using a new, built in-house electric motor, which would allow for better towing and overall performance and better fuel economy But that seems to have stopped. Of course we will also suggest that better gas mileage with a smaller trubo-diesel or turbo petrol engine has been achieved.

With the new truck by the next in the six to 10 months, which is definitely late in the process to kill to think any advanced technology. We have to wait and see what the impact could be that, if we know for sure.

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2014 Honda Accord Hybrid: First Look

Posted on 05. Sep, 2012 by .

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  • Competes with: Toyota Camry Hybrid, Ford Fusion Hybrid, Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
  • Looks like: A Honda Accord after a rhinoplasty
  • Drive: 196-hp, 2.0-liter gas-electric drive with CVT, front-wheel drive
  • Hits Dealers: 2013

In addition to the redesigned 2013 Honda Accord sedan and coupe introduced the Accord Hybrid for 2014. It is the first Accord Hybrid since 2007, but unlike its predecessor, two generations ago, using a green fast V-6 gas-electric drive, the ninth generation Hybrid maximizes gas mileage with a four-cylinder.

Like the Ford Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi, the Accord Hybrid will come as a conventional hybrid and a plug-in hybrid that is capable of 10 to 15 miles of all-electric range. The Accord Plug-in hybrid coming in early 2013, the conventional hybrid show up later this year.

EPA figures are still pending, but expected the Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid to 100 MPGE beat – what Ford expects the Fusion Energi – a total range of 500-plus miles. The automaker has not revealed many details on the conventional Accord Hybrid, including mileage expectations.

Both vehicles combine a 2.0-liter four-cylinder in a more efficient Atkinson cycle with two electric motors on electric or gasoline engines, or through a combination of the two. Combined output is 196 horsepower and 226 pound-feet of torque. The Accord Plug-in Hybrid used to travel a 6.7-kWh lithium-ion battery and 124-kW electric motor up to 15 miles purely on electricity, says Honda. That beats the Toyota Prius Plug-in (11 miles, according to the EPA), but far behind the 2013 Chevy Volt (38 miles).

Accord hybrid carries dramatic visual changes, including a unique grille immersed in the direction of the lower bumper. Aerodynamic alloy wheels, blue-tinted headlamps and the requisite hybrid badges round out the visual changes. Inside, unique gauges flanking the speedometer, with power and charge meter on the left side and battery and fuel cell area on the right side. An information display with different screens – including a real-time display that shows driving efficiency – sits on the speedometer, but it is not as elaborate as the Fusion hybrid LCDs. Boot capacity has not yet been announced, but they will shrink a lot because of the battery.

Like other plug-in hybrids – but not extended-range EVs like the Volt – causes hard acceleration, the engine. Charge for the 15-mile route takes less than three hours on a 120-volt outlet, says Honda, or less than an hour on a 240-volt plug in (Level 2). The Accord Plug-in hybrid does not accept Level 3 fast charger, though. As with most EVs, dashboard controls and a smartphone app you can set load times or condition of the cabin.

We'll let you know as we hear more details.

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Capsule Review: 2013 Corvette 427

Posted on 04. Sep, 2012 by .

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Neil Armstrong died on 25 August this year, and the nation mourned, twice as much. First, for the man, and secondly, what he was: hero, explorer, a symbol of a time when all that was best in America on a column of smoke and flames rose dancing in the sky.

The astronauts, of course, drove all Corvettes. GM gave a white '62 for the first high-flyer Alan Shepard on his return to Earth, then a Florida dealer made available subsequent year lease deals astronauts sit behind the wheel of the latest models – clever PR safe, and yet it seemed a perfect fit. During the first 'Vette Piper Cub were as Bell X-1, were those who were piloted by the likes of Gus Grissom and Alan Bean could produce the Right Stuff, the fastest and most efficient machines America.

Sixty years after GM built the first Corvette (and about 56 since she got the recipe right), here we are with a probe to Mars, and it is a robot with a sarcastic Twitter feed. Heroes are rare, the cult of celebrity now sheds light on the kind of people you would cross the street to avoid. And like the Corvette?

The Convertible is the latest failure for the C6 'Vette in production since 2005, the sixth generation Corvette is now almost completely overshadowed by the strong sales Camaro. Rumors about the C7 flit over the Internet at a speed of conjecture, but if you would count the click-check I had more attention should be drawn by war correspondence about the struggle between the ridiculously powerful supercharged pony cars.

Yet there is no denying the old girl is a stunner. It's not really a Z06 convertible, more of a Grand Sport with extra add-ons such as carbon fiber body parts. Nor between the huge alloys and serving platter brakes, power bulge in the hood (also carbon fiber), and those two gray-blue stripes on the ethereal white body, you can tell this car is something very special: a paved speedboat .

It is, per expectation, like plastic than Heidi Montag left breast. Push the rear bumper for easy flex makes some alarming It makes little sense that this car precision machined or eternity is built.

But then the rules of the Corvette-dom. 'Vettes are a big Chevy V8 front, rear-wheel-drive the back, thin body in between and a lamentable interior on the inside. Speaking of which …

It do not mean to complain the inside of a C6 Corvette overmuch. Everything you've heard over the last eight years, is true – the navigation system is outdated, the quality of materials seems equal to the price tag, and there are a number of minor annoyances. The top, for example, has a manual lock, which is a bit fiddly and the power-folding mechanism spared several times.

But we know all this. We had set out these shortcomings us over and over again until they are gospel. Corvettes are fast, but they are sticky. You are rude. One day the C7 could correct deficiencies, but the C6 is not simply measure up to European standards. Right?

Somehow, sitting in the 427, none seems to play these "truths" role. The way it looks from the outside, the inside feels like a cigarette boat. Yes, the seats more comfortable than well fed, but that's a tram, not a track-special coupe.

Already feeling melt away prejudices, I push in the clutch and press the start button of a rectangular later. Two minutes later, no idea what one Corvette could far behind a cloud of burnt hydrocarbons left as the 427 shows clearly what it is.

This is a wonderful car. Absolutely wonderful. It is not only extremely powerful, with the Z06 offers seven-liter mill 505hp, but there is little to nothing away from the experience.

Sure, all this power used by large, sticky Michelin Pilot Sport, and the balanced chassis suspended based on the hyper-adaptable and ICP confusing Magnetic Ride Control, but the 427 is anything but buttoned-down. Full throttle in second gear, feel the chassis greed and hear the change, because the plume grab harassment three thousand revolutions per minute, and open the 'Vette shouts his battle cry.

A 80s-style heads-up display rolls over green illuminated numbers at a ridiculous pace. If you are accustomed mph, you will think you have switched over to metric. If you're used to metric, you will think that you are looking at one hundredth and tenth on a stopwatch.

The 427 rushing along the driveway with the unstoppable thrust of a Saturn V. Without a roof, there is nothing to dampen the thunder of uncorked LS7; come from the loud pedal and the resulting crump-crump sounds like an echo of distant artillery. If you do this thing go through a tunnel and it's not you cackle like a madman, you're probably a communist. Or dead.

All that was missing from my experience with the 911 can be found here. The 'Vette has none of the finesse of the niner, and much less functionality. But it is somehow more honest, analog, not digital – an F-14, not a flight simulator.

It is unfair to call it raw, you would not have the same name for a sledge hammer or a SPAS-12. The Corvette is simple, brutal, visceral and vital sports cars have otherwise forgotten how to be.

At the end of the production run, it's just a funny plastic car with a huge heart of pure aluminum. I love every single thing about them.

A 1967 427 Stingray once driven by Neil Armstrong is for sale on eBay right now, bid rumored to be in the quarter-million range. Ghoulishly had the car not been just a reserve when originally listed, but now it is almost certain to reach a higher number of his death.
It's a battered old thing, clapped-out and ill-treated. With the chopped-up fender flares and a patina devotion Something special, though, something worth preserving.

It's hard to imagine a modern astronauts behind the wheel of modern 427th Not that slipping the bonds of Earth takes much less courage than before, but there is less of a by-the-seat-of-your-pants air above.

These days such a thing as an autonomous car might be more appropriate. Or in view of the successful flight of SpaceX (one step closer to Weyland-Yutani), maybe a Model S?

No, this is not a car for today's scientist-explorers. Instead, there is a link back to the time, a corresponding flag bearer of the 60th Anniversary a truly exceptional car.

His replacement, the C7 is, undoubtedly, a refinement in many ways: how to sit properly in the car amenities, better electronics, reduced fuel consumption, probably faster and improved.

Hard to say, but whether in fact. Better than this, the last hurray for the sixth generation Corvette

For there is one God damn rocketship.

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Top 10 Tailgating Cars

Posted on 04. Sep, 2012 by .

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It's football season again, and that means a return to the parking lot for the revered pregame party: tailgating. Parked cars, grilled meats, refreshing drinks and overpriced Fan Jerseys team up to help you, you steel yourself to cheer on your team.

It is a time honored tradition. The American Tailgaters Association notes that it existed before cars began, with the first of these party. Before a football game between Princeton and Rutgers way back in 1869 This was played out like rugby than football, with 25 players on a side. It was a different time, to say the least: Someone had to take care of the horses.

Today veterans elaborate tailgate setups with pull-out grills, team flags and tailgate have adapted vehicles, but each with a spacious car can throw a decent bash. We interviewed dozens of hatchbacks, cars, SUVs, pickups and minivans – basically anything that can hang in the the back – to see which cars awarded the most help in the We points for seating, cargo space, extra "asphalt art." storerooms and tailgate-friendly features, and we are all committed to tailgating functions available from the factory. They build almost everything you would want out of aftermarket parts, but we wanted to focus on factory options.

Here are four rungs qualifiers. Remember, above all, please responsibly tailgate.

Quarterback

2012 Honda Odyssey

The Odyssey is a tailgate machine. 38.4 cubic feet – for a small grill can accommodate up to eight fans with plenty of space behind it. Or take five fans, collapsing the third row and 93.1 cubic feet for have all Their equipment. Models with the rear-seat entertainment system features a cargo area power outlet to your speakers or run electrical cooking gadgets. Step up to the Odyssey Touring Elite trim, and you'll get Honda's 16.2-inch rear-seat entertainment system. It can split the screen between two sources of audio-video and HDMI inputs. That said, you could stream coverage of pregame sportscast from a smartphone while someone plays Madden 13 on the other side. Tailgating will never be the same.

First team

2013 Dodge Grand Caravan

The Grand Caravan has 33 cubic meters of space behind the third row and 83.0 cubic feet behind the second. Its standard Stow 'n Go seats create large underfloor compartments before the second line, drinks, food and gear can stow. The third row seat flips back for a rear-facing tailgate seat – also standard – to sit two or three revelers, where cabin prevents some of the December wind offset possible. A flip-down rear entertainment screen, can now stream pregame coverage from your smartphone.

2013 Toyota Sienna

While Sienna is missing the tailgate seat Grand Caravan, it features a 16.4-inch dual-view screen, similar to the Odyssey, and the two side-by-side components can (but without the HDMI input) play. The cargo area has an optional power outlet and 39.1 cubic meters – best if you plan to carry the people in all three rows. Stick to two lines, and you have 87.1 cubic feet of space. Place the gear Raider Nation, and make sure these high-rays leave directly to the Chiefs fans the opposite property.

Second team

2012 GMC Acadia

Like all major intersections of GM, the Acadia SUV minivan gap bridged best. Behind the third row is 24.1 cubic feet of cargo space, and the Acadia offers cargo-area stereo controls so that you are not going to skip ahead to the tracks on your "Hail to the SEC" mix. (Four ZZ Top songs were probably one too many, anyway.) A rear-seat entertainment screen is optional, and small storage well under the cargo floor, you can hide your valuables.

2012 Honda Ridgeline

The Ridgeline, the ace in the hole is a standard 8.5-cubic-foot trunk under the cargo area. With durable siding and a drain plug that empties under the truck, the Ridgeline is a 255-liter cooler on wheels. You'd need two large rollers cooler correspond to such capacity. Within the crew cabin, and the second row of seats to reflect higher memory for a grill to allow. Or save the space for people and tether cooking, bed to eight tie-down cleats. The Ridgeline has covered less space than the minivan, but it's easily the best tailgating pickup available.

2012 Nissan Xterra

The Xterra has modest volume – 36.3 cubic feet behind the second row – but the available EasyClean cargo area covers the loading base and second row backrest with a hard coating, which is quickly wipe. Let the plane at home, you're not to scrub stains afterwards. Underfloor cargo areas keeps your valuables, and if you. Tailgate on grass or mud, there is a ventilated storage space on the roof They accuse the really messy stuff up there.

2012 Toyota 4Runner

An optional sliding cargo area in the five-person 4Runner extends up to 440 pounds of food and drink near tailgaters. Let the folding table at home, this has a built in. Be aware, though: you have to choose between a third row and the back, you can not have both. Under-deck storage and a cargo area power outlet round the SUV strengths. Slide back the cover and are backed up to 46.3 cubic meters of storage space. Heck, it might be more appropriate, as this season pass rush.

Third team

2012 Ram 1500

The first to offer the RamBox Ram for 2009, and since then increased the storage compartment in availability. Lockers sit above the pickup of the rear fenders similar to the drain plugs in the Ridgeline bed trunk. In fact, Ram says that a Ram fit with the 6-foot-4-inch bed of up to 280 containers in its RamBox – enough for a family of thirst tailgaters. Need more space? Available in the bottom passenger compartments removable liners have also emptied. Bring on the ice.

2012 Honda Fit

Not everyone tailgating vehicle must be a giant. The fit is among the space-efficient cars on the market, so go ahead and move to the next to the big boys. With 20.6 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats, and a flip-up second row for larger memory can handle it much longer than suggested by its exterior can. It might be the best choice for the creeping away fan: small enough to go unnoticed, but with enough room for a tailgate spread that makes your home team pride. And when it's time to go, the Fit is small and zippy acceleration make the filing of the parking lot a lot easier.

2012 Subaru Outback

The Outback has 34.3 cubic feet behind the second row, and some underfloor storage – nothing too exciting – but his trump card is a standard washable cargo compartment. That beats even a washable floor: a real mess back there and you can remove the tray from total to hose him. Just do not throw the chaos on this car with all the Cleveland Browns flags. That would be like kicking a guy when he's down be.

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Review: Toyota Etios, Indian Spec, In India

Posted on 04. Sep, 2012 by .

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Toyota is known for developing high quality vehicles, but for the first time there is an exception. This exception is known in the form of the Toyota Etios, which is the quality Toyota for missing. The Etios is positioned as an entry level sedan in India, where it competes with the Maruti Suzuki Dzire (Swift sedan), Ford Classic (last generation Fiesta) and Mahindra Verito (Renault Logan). Toyota reputation in India is that people swear blind to the brand. However, when the company launched the Etios, many people changed their very thinking about the brand.

Toyota tried every way to get the Etios, which in hatchback guise has available (called the Etios Liva) The company sell a cricketer as a brand ambassador is involved, it launched a TRD badged limited edition variant and even started a one-make racing series named Etios racing. But neither does much for me.

The styling is bland and the Etios looks simple and edgy. Toyota has pumped in Rs. 3200 ($ 600 million) crore on the Etios project. If so much money is invested, why did the styling for a throw away? To cover up, the outdated design has added Toyota bits of chrome here and there.

Occur and it will get worse. The dashboard is outdated and the quality levels are pretty bad. There are plenty of gaps that. The Etios The AC vent positioning is all wrong and the instrument cluster is mounted in the middle, something we saw in the 1990s. The only good part about the car is the space. The Etios not offer plenty of legroom for front and rear passengers.

Power comes from a 1.5-liter gasoline engine with 90 hp and produces 132 Nm. Power delivery is smooth. The engine is well insulated, but gets rugged with high revvs. The steering and clutch are light and make the Etios very easy to drive on congested roads. However, the handling is poor and the Etios has absolutely no sense. You simply get zero feedback. The ride quality is good, and so are the brakes.

The Toyota Etios is a car that needs major improvements. The vehicle is a testimony to the fact that you can not use to sell your brand to below average products. The world is getting smarter, people are getting smarter and they understand blatant cost cutting. The Etios is missing a center ceiling light, rel adjustable seats / belts and electrically adjustable rear view mirrors. Toyota must be unique game on if they want to capture the compact sedan space.

Faisal Ali Khan is the owner / operator MotorBeam.com, a website for the automotive industry in India.

Editor's note: As Etios Chief Engineer Yoshinori Noritake explained, the Etios for the BRIC countries and customization is such that many people in these markets can afford designed. Toyota was well aware that the car collide with Toyota's brand image. Noritake said: "People are striving for a real car with room for the family tell us they want a Toyota, but our price is much too high.".

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