Face Off: Fiat Linea vs Skoda Rapid

Italian car maker Fiat has been struggling in the Indian market for years now. Fiat’s first outing in the Indian car market proved disastrous for the company. While the company’s range was impressive, expensive spare parts, poor after sales services and lack of service centers quickly proved to be the Italian manufacturer’s downfall. This time around, Fiat is back with a refreshed range and an all new dealer and service center network to keep fans of the brand happy as well as to attract new ones. To keep pace in the heavily contended C2 segment, Fiat has recently updated its Fiat Linea sedan. We take a look at what the new car has to offer against the impressive albeit often overlooked Skoda alternative, the Skoda Rapid.

Design:

Fiat Linea:

The 2014 Linea doesn’t see too many changes save for a few chrome embellishments and slightly reworked bumpers. While the changes do not drastically change the sedan’s looks, they do add a bit of upmarket feel to the car. Sadly however, the Linea’s design is quite dated and fails to stand out from the crowd of zesty Fords, futuristic Hyundai’s and timeless Skoda’s. However, a Fiat’s true selling point isn’t its exterior, it’s driving dynamic. Sadly, this does not excuse the Italian manufacturer’s lack of inspiring design for what is currently one of three models on sale here in India.

2014 fiat linea review
The All New Fiat Linea

Skoda Rapid:

Skoda, as always, has done an impressive job on the Rapid. Although the car may not turn heads wherever it goes, the understated elegance coupled with the classic Skoda touch is a match made in heaven. While the car may be more than three years old now, the Skoda Rapid is still as fresh as it was when it first made its debut here in India.

skoda rapid compare
The Skoda Rapid

Round 1 Winner: Skoda Rapid !

Interiors:

Fiat Linea:

The interiors of the new Linea are quite impressive. A combination of beige and black gives the cabin a premium and sporty feel lacking in most cars in its range. The updated dashboard features a black center console with a secondary unit for climate control. The impressive ambient lighting bathes the Linea’s cabin in a beautiful amber. Steering mounted controls give the driver access to the infotainment system. Rear legroom is sufficient, headroom on the other hand is quite less and tall passengers may feel a bit cramped at the back.

 Dashboard of the 2014 Fiat Linea
The Dashboard of the 2014 Fiat Linea

Skoda Rapid:

The Skoda Rapid is almost four years old now and its age is now beginning to show, predominantly with its interiors. The dull grey and beige interiors are quite lackluster. Although the Rapid comes with automatic climate control and a fully loaded infotainment system, the lack of steering mounted controls and dated green backlight of the instrument cluster and the infotainment system gives the Rapid a rather unattractive cabin.

interiors of skoda rapid
Interiors of the Skoda Rapid

Round 2 Winner: Fiat Linea !

Engine:

Fiat Linea:

The Linea is offered with two engine options. The first being the 1.4 L T-Jet petrol engine that produces 112 HP at 5000 RPM and 207 Nm of torque at 2200 RPM. Fiat’s diesel Linea is powered by a 1.3 L MultiJet unit that produces 92 HP @ 4000 RPM and 209 Nm of torque @ 2000 RPM.

Unlike the Skoda Rapid, the Linea is offered only with a 5 speed manual gearbox.

Skoda Rapid:

Skoda offers both petrol and diesel options for the Rapid. The petrol powered variant houses a 1.6 L unit that produces 104 HP and 153 Nm of torque. It comes equipped with both a 5 speed manual as well as a 6 speed automatic gearbox that gives a respectable but not class leading mileage of 15 km/l and 14.3 km/l respectively.

The 1.6 L turbocharged diesel mill powering the Rapid produces 104 HP and 250 Nm of torque. While the power figures may be approximately the same as its petrol counterpart, the diesel offers peak power and torque figures at a lower point of the rev range allowing for better movement is slow traffic conditions. The diesel too is offered with both a 5 speed manual as well as a 5 speed automatic.

Although Skoda Rapid may offer better gearbox options, Fiat’s mechanical engineering prowess is unrivaled. The company’s T-Jet and MultiJet systems are one of the best in the business.

Round 3 Winner: Fiat Linea !

The Drive:

Fiat Linea:

Fiat is renowned for their extreme focus on driving dynamics. While other manufacturers are moving with the times by adopting technologies such as electric steering systems, Fiat has stuck with the classics to create an unadulterated driving experience. A risky move, but a move that works. The Linea is an absolute joy to drive and provides a familiar driving experience.

Skoda Rapid:

The Skoda Rapid exhibits extremely similar driving dynamics as well. Despite this however, the Fiat Linea feels like the more well balanced of the two. The Czech car maker stated that the Skoda Rapid will act as the brand’s experimental platform here in India. This means that we may be seeing an array of new variants with all new equipment inside the cabin as well as under the hood.

Round 4 Winner: Draw !

Verdict:

The Fiat Linea is an extremely well balanced car in almost every aspect. Save for the nearly ordinary exteriors, the Linea offers superb engines and beautiful interiors. With an improved service center network and updated lineup, the Italian manufacturer may soon make a sizable dent in the Indian car market.

With the huge success of the Octavia and Superb, Skoda has honestly ignored a car that could have easily become No. 1 in its segment. This time hopefully, we might see a new and improved Rapid to take on cars such as the Linea, Verna and City. With Skoda’s design finesse coupled with VolksWagen’s engineering capability, the Rapid has the potential to become an icon of the masses, similar to what the original Octavia did for the company. Until then however, Fiat Linea is the clear winner.

 

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo-lution and the revolution

Let’s talk about a car which was well-known throughout the world with its performance in its class. Can you guess it? Ok, here’s the clue, the car which was featured in “Two fast, two furious” and Jackie Chan’s “Who Am I”. Yes the car which had a glorious history in the past and probably the best car that Mitsubishi felt proud of building – It’s the Mitsubishi Lancer. Lancer is a compact car produced by the Japanese manufacturer Mitsubishi Motors since 1973.

Until 1992, Lancer was developed with a linked name under it and Mitsubishi used this car only for races such WRC and Dakar rally only, but at the beginning of 1992 Mitsubishi has introduced Lancer independently. So it has around 4 decades of history embedded in it. This is the car which made Mitsubishi flag waving around all the 7 continents in the world with different names in different continents. From 1973 to 2008, over six million units had been sold throughout the world. So let’s look into the history of this car and find out the amazing stuff which made this car a master piece.

Mitsubishi Lancer review

The Path:

According to Mitsubishi motors, Lancer has total 9 generations of cars starting from 1992-2014

Mitsubishi Lancer cars varients

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First generation (1992-1994):

This was the first generation car from lancer. It is powered by a 2.0 DOHC engine. This sports mechanical plate type LSD’s whereas the successive Lancer models have rear mechanical plate type LSD’s. Performance wise this is a great model as it has a top speed of 228 KMPH, but safety features like ABS, power windows and seats are absent.

Mitsubishi Lancer old model

Second Generation (1994-1995):

Introduced with enhancements such as wheelbase adjustments, front sway bar gets lighter and handling improvements. It also has the same GSR as the RS model.

Mitsubishi Lancer second generation

Third Generation (1995-1996):

Had many improvements including redesigned grill, bumper and improved air supply to radiators. It also featured new turbocharged compressors.

Mitsubishi Lancer 3rd generation cars

Fourth Generation (1996-1998):

In this generation of Lancer it received major exterior and as well as interior changes. The same RS and GSR models were continued in which the RS model was given a limited-slip front differential and a friction type LSD at the rear and GSX seats. The active yaw control first appeared in this generation GSR model as an option. Both GSR and RS models get a new twin scroll turbocharger and fog light enhancements.  The design aspects resulted in better performance.

Mitsubishi Lancer 4th generation cars

Fifth Generation (1998-1999):

In this generation the Mitsubishi Lancer received improvements such as interior upgrades and new body kits which made it even more sporty!

Mitsubishi Lancer 5th generation cars

Sixth generation (1999 -2001):

This generation of Mitsubishi Lancer received upgrades such as Larger inter-cooling apparatus & new pistons were introduced in the car. New body works with new bumper enhancements were introduced. A new model called RS2 was introduced in GSR and RS platforms. In 1999 a special edition called the Tommi Mäkinen Edition was launched. It was named after the legendary sports car rally driver Tommi Mäkinen and it won WRC rally championship for that year.

Mitsubishi Lancer 6th generation cars

Seventh Generation (2001-2003):

In this generation Mitsubishi Lancer cars major changes were applied on the car Chassis and Drive Trans. Automatic Drive Tran and Chassis Tweaks were introduced in to the car. A new model GT-A (gentlemen express edition) was added in the Line-up excluding GSR, RS, and RS-2. This model was introduced and discontinued in the same year 2002 and did not appear in any generations after the 7th generation. But the same GT-A gear box was used in the 9th generation model. The major enhancements include spoiler enhancements, light improvements, deluxe interior and exterior specs are introduced. After 4th generation this model is the total improved one.

Mitsubishi Lancer 7th generation cars

Eighth Generation (2003-2005):

In this generation 6 speed manual gear box was introduced along with the 5 speed manual, super active yaw control was also introduced. In this generation another two variants were introduced along with GSR and RS, those models are MR RS and MR GSR. The GSR and RS were having the 5-speed gear box and while the new MR GSR and MR RS were having 6-speed gear box. Enkei wheels, Brembo Brakes and Bilstein shocks were introduced to enhance the performance aspects of the car. It is one of the most successful models in the whole Mitsubishi Lancer series and is taught to be one of the first lancer car introduced in US and gained huge popularity.

Mitsubishi Lancer 8th generation cars

Ninth Generation (2005-2007):

This generation was first exhibited in Geneva Motor Showto market it in both Japan and Europe. In this along with those 4 variants 2 other variants were introduced GT and MR Tuned by RALLIART.  The MR Tuned by RALLIART was based on Tommi Mäkinen Edition which was released during 1999. The GT version is a blend of both RS and some aspects of GSR model with a revised 5 gear box. This generation was also introduced in U.K with the names FQ-300, 320, 340, FQ-360 and MR FQ-360. Along with UK the car was introduced in Philippines too. So with this generation Mitsubishi Lancer gained Europe and as well as some parts of Asian markets too.

Mitsubishi Lancer 9th generation cars

Tenth Generation (2007-Present):

This is the present generation of Mitsubishi Lancer cars and this generation begins in 2007 and continuing until now with the new Lancer Evolution. As previous generations faced tremendous success, this generation Lancer cars concentrates on reaching worldwide production. Hence it released the tenth generation model all over the world starting with Asiatic countries such as Japan, China, India, Philippines, Malaysia and Europe and as well as United States, Germany, Australia and New Zealand. Mitsubishi Lancer faced a great success with this generation of cars.

This generation has two cars which are very popular in the lancer series.

  • Mitsubishi Racing Lancer: MRX09 is a racing variant from the lancer series. It is a cross country rally car for Dakar rally.
  • Mitsubishi lancer EVOLUTION: This is the present 2014 model and look more in detail about this car now to find some interesting aspects about the car. Through this Mitsubishi wants to compete against the new bees and want’s to gain the lost glory through this.

Mitsubishi Lancer 2014Generation of Lancer (Image Source): wikipedia.org

Review: Styling

Exterior:

The exterior of this car looks amazing and the body of the car looks very aggressive, and thanks to its muscular body line. Mitsubishi states that “This body is a mix match of all lancers which were released from the beginning”, so this car is carrying the legacy of lancer design. The best thing when it comes to the exterior of this car is the bumper. If we observe the lancer history, bumpers always get major changes. They are getting stronger and act as a signature element of the Mitsubishi Lancer. The 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer also have same two variants as always : The MR and GSR. These are some differences in between these two models.

Mitsubishi Lancer 2014 Exterior specs

Mitsubishi Lancer 2014 exterior

Interior:

This is one of the very few cars people buy almost exclusively for the performance that the car produces rather than the luxury. But this model has the luxury item too. In terms of interiors, the car looks very neat and clean. In its range it offers some great interior features such as Sportive Recaro Seating, Three spoke steering wheel with audio, cruise and central controlling systems embedded on it. The biggest difference when we compare the interiors of GSR and MR models is the narrow central console and leather fittings as MR gets a premium aluminum and leather-trimmed. Both of these models gets the same interior features such as Cruise Control, Power windows and side mirrors, Color LCD multi-information display, Automatic climate control, 6.1 inch touch screen audio display. But the GSR model gets something more such as the Powerful audio system, Sports Fabric Interior, Sirius XM Satellite Radio, Remote keyless entry, Glossy back trim, FUSE Hands-free Link System with USB port etc.

Mitsubishi Lancer 2014 interior

Review: Engine and performance

This car (both GSR and RS) is powered by 2.0-liter Turbocharged 16-valve I-4 with DOHC and MIVEC which generates peak torque range up to 300 @ 4000 RPM and the horsepower generates up to 291. The engines are same in both GSR and RS model, the major difference between them is GSR has 6-speed gear box while RS has 5-speed gear box. The top speeds of both are same and ranges at 146mph and while GSR model can reach 0-60 at 4.5secs, for RS it was 4.9secs. The fuel economy for GSR model is 17 in city and 23 in highway, while for RS model 17 in city and 22 in highway.

Mitsubishi Lancer 2014 engine

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Review: Safety

Wide range of safety features such as Electronic engine immobilizer, Child safety locks, shock protection body, Active stability and traction control, Anti-theft security alarm, 7 airbags, Sportive ABS+EBD, trunk entrapment release handle, Brembo braking system and it has 5 star rated ancap rating.

Pros and Cons:

Pros:

  • Aggressive body looks.
  • Speed and Handling around corners
  • Smart interiors
  • High performance

Cons:

  • Need some extra horse power
  • Maintenance. ( Lancer’s major drawback)

Rivalry:

A car with a glorious history also has some big fat rivals too.Taking into account the pricing, performance and luxury Mitsubishi Lancer competes with :

  • BMW 135i.
  • Subaru WRX STi.
  • Mazda 3 sedan.
  • Subaru impreza.

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Commercial:

Bottom-Line:

This car has a glorious history and is considered as one of the finest performer ever. This car has all the features including good interiors, aggressive exteriors, and is one of the most successful compact sedans in the market. If you have enough money this car would be a great choice .This car has always been the darling car enthusiasts, car racers, ralliart champions and anyone who love to customize their car with a wide range of new accessories. Lancer Evolution has made Revolution in the automobile world!

Skoda Rapid Spaceback- An Overview

The Skoda Rapid which was launched in 2012 is bigger than the Fabia and smaller than the Octavia hatch. Keeping this in mind, Skoda recently launched its Skoda Rapid Spaceback for people looking forward to a more stylish and cheaper car. The Skoda Rapid Spaceback is a hatch version of the regular Skoda Rapid and with no doubt it looks way edgier than any hatch.

SKODA Rapid Spaceback

One thing that should be kept in mind is that the Skoda rapid spaceback is not an estate version of the regular skoda rapid and rather it is a traditional five door hatch. Spaceback offers a good suspension however; some exterior appearances like the long nose and short rear overhang can make the car look very peculiar. Comparing it with the regular Rapid, the Rapid spaceback is 180mm shorter in length but identical from the front grille to the rear doors. The rear obviously takes a shape of a conventional hatchback.

INTERIOR

Coming to the interiors, the wheelbase of both the Rapids are same and therefore the spacious interiors remain by and large, unchanged. The Dash is made of hard and black plastic but the design is robust and sophisticated and same as the regular skoda rapid. Spaceback comes in with attractive 17-inch alloy wheels (Elegance version) and extra glass in the rear hatch. It is also decked up with improvements such as a revised multi-function steering wheel, a neater stereo installation, and new trims and seat fabrics, electro-mechanical power steering instead of a hydraulic set-up. The only problem with the ride is its over firmness. The boot space of this car is 415 litre but still roomier than any of its rival hatchbacks.

Skoda Rapid Spaceback is surely a thumbs up when it comes to space and style. The rear legroom is very much spacious followed by excellent headroom and many more storage spaces. There is a giant panoramic glass sunroof too. Other features include air-conditioning, remote central locking, electric front windows, a height-adjustable driver’s seat and an alarm. Mid-spec SE trim adds body-colored door handles and mirrors, 15-inch alloy wheels, a glove box, a multi-function steering wheel, Bluetooth, rear parking sensors, cruise control, front fog lights, electric rear windows and a front center armrest. The Elegance variant which is the top most variant also get bigger alloys, climate control, a height-adjustable passenger seat and many more! Skoda has also done some practical designing like the ice scraper which is concealed on the fuel tank cap, a multimedia device bracket to hold a phone, a removable waste basket in the door paneling holder and a warning vest holder under the driver’s seat.

SAFETY

Skoda has played very clever when it comes to the safety of its passengers. It comes with a wide range of safety measures such as ESC (Electronic Stability Control) including ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) and six airbags. When the curtain airbags are activated, it creates a wall to protect passengers in both the front and rear from potential head injuries.

ENGINE

Skoda Rapid spaceback comes in four variants- S, SE, Elegance and GreenLine specs. It comes with a 55 KW 1.2 Litre MPI engine which reaches 0-100 KM at 13.8 seconds and has a maximum speed of 173 KMPH. Similarly, it also comes with 63 KW/73 KW 1.2 Litre TSI engine. It also comes in diesel 1.6 TDI engine with different power outputs ranging from 66 KW and 77 KW. 66 KW 1.6 TDI and 90 KW 1.4 TSI engines are mated with seven speed DSG automatic transmission. The 90 KW 1.4 litre TSI engine reaches 100 km in 9.4 seconds having a maximum speed of 203km/h. Skoda Spaceback is an environment friendly car emitting Carbon dioxide ranging from 114-134 g/km.

FEATURES

Start stop system- The start stop system automatically switches off the engine when the vehicle is stopped thereby saving fuel and preventing the vehicle from emitting pollutants.

How does it work? When the driver stops the vehicle and shifts the gear to neutral, releasing the clutch pedal, the engine switches off automatically. The engine starts when the driver shift’s gears.

Energy recovery- What it basically does is makes the kinetic energy into usable electricity. This saves the fuel which would be otherwise used up to charge the battery.

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BOTTOMLINE

The Skoda Rapid Spaceback was launched in 2014 in the United Kingdom. Skoda Rapid Spaceback is not yet launched in the Indian market. It will be a clear hit once it launches in India. The skoda Rapid spaceback is aimed at the younger buyers as it looks sporty and chick. It is very affordable and is also for the family.

KIA Quoris : An Overview

Today lets study about a car which is famous for its ‘Tiger Nose’ grille and the manufacturer from South Korea who rules Middle-East and USA with its product- KIA.  This Korean based company is now planning to get a pre-dominant position in USA, Canada and Middle East markets with its new releases. Among those new releases 2014 KIA Quoris is one of the major cars in that Line-up. Way back in 2012 KIA produced its Quoris model for the first time and obtained a huge success. With this success, in 2012 KIA is planning to release a new model under its 2012 successful Label “Quoris”.

Apart from countries like USA, Canada and Middle-East, KIA is now concentrating on some European countries and as well as the Chinese markets with its new release. In order to face competition with European Manufactures, the car is all set to be well equipped with all the luxurious elements as European people love luxury cars more than any other segments. On the contrary Chinese people love performance oriented cars. So in order to win both the European and Chinese markets, the car is 100% required to be well equipped with luxury and performance manyfold. So KIA has designed a car with a power packed combination of both luxury and as well as performance, and that is the KIA 900 which is also called  “Quoris”.

Tit Bits : KIA derived its name from Sino-Korean language which is translated to give a meaning as “rising out of Asia”. So the car which is designed at present by KIA is called as Quoris in Korea only, when it comes to Canada and U.S the car is to be called as the K900

2015 Kia K900

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Technical Specifications:

These are some of the technical specifications of this car. Check it out.

Kia k900 technical specifications

The technical specifications look quite solid and makes this car to be a potential competitor with well known brands. So let’s jump to reviewing the aspects of this car.

Review: Looks/Styling

Exterior:

A head turner from every angle and also has an enhanced outer body, KIA has given this car a versatile and elegant look which attracts you at the first glance itself and thanks to its aerodynamic body designed by KIA motors that has brought this elegant feel to the car. The black chrome plated grille with black spokes inserted vertically and the LED fog lights on both sides in front of the car brings the KIA’s legacy of tiger nose look to this car. The tail lamps with LED toughing’s at the rear end of this car and alloy wheels makes this car look more classy and hip. The Power folding mirrors on sides, door scuff plates, and Keyless entry by using remote smart key has made this car quite impressive and astonishing.  The best part of this car is the panoramic glass which is present on the top rear end of the car. This is adjustable by using a central control on the dash board and while driving to exotic locations, this feature might help you to get some picturesque moments from the car itself for sure. Overall the car’s exteriors are quite brilliant and dynamically engineered.

kia exterior

Interiors:

The car’s interiors are also quite impressive in par with the exteriors. When it comes to the car interiors, one which is considered as the center of attraction is the leather treatment it has recieved. The leather work on seats, Dashboard and some aspects of this car gives an aesthetic appeal to this car and crates a luxurious spell to the folks seated inside of this car.  The standard interior features such as audio/Bluetooth  wireless technology/cruise-control buttons mounted on Steering wheel, Push Button to Start/Stop, Auto-diming the rear view mirror with Home-link and compass, Driver information System, Power tilt and telescopic steering, audio system with 17 surrounded speakers powered by Lexicon have certainly increased the beauty of this car. Overall, interiors are good but it needs some more improvement in order to compete against German automobile legends, as this car was designed by considering the German market too.

interior KIA k900

Review: Engine & Performance:

This car is equipped with two different engines V6 (Low-end), V8 (High-End). Both of these engines are powered by the DOHC direct injection fuel system. The low end V6 can churn maximum power up to 311 horsepower and 293 pound-feet of torque and while the high-end V8 can produce a maximum amount of power up to 420 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque.  Both of these engines are powered by the all-new 8-speed transmission gear box for precise amount of power release. As far as the performance is considered, the car has the same ECO, NORMAL, Comfort mode in which the Eco-Mode offers higher rate of fuel-efficiency than the other two modes. The performance of this car on city roads is quite high with good turnings, decent fuel consumption and great power transmission.

engines KIA k900

Review: Suspension

The major advantage of this car is its suspension. The car is powered by standard 18-inch alloy wheels (Low-end), and 19-inch chrome wheels (High-end). To support both these two variants, KIA has offered an advanced, five-link, fully independent front and rear suspension. Due to this the car is resistant against the friction aspects, and the shock absorber absorbs the impacts.

Review: Safety

The K900 is powered by several safety measures such as the Driver Information Display, distinctive airbags range as much as 9-Airbags with advanced shock absorption technology, and Knee Pad air bags, Surround View Monitor, Advanced Smart Cruise Control, Blind spot detection, ABS, Traction Control etc. These safety measures certainly increase the safety quotient of this car.

Kia K900 safety features

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Brand of cars to consider before buying this are:

  • Hyundai Equus.
  • BMW 7 Series
  • Audi A7
  • Lexus  LS460

Take It:

  • Engine and performance
  • Standard equipment usage
  • Very neat and clean looks

Leave It:

  • Interiors not up to expectations.

Conclusion:

Overall the car looks quite good and has all the necessary features, but the interiors need to be improved to tackle the German flagships. The biggest factor that can help this car to gain momentum in the German market is its price tag, as the price looks pretty descent !

HYUNDAI GENESIS -THE ORIGIN OF SAFETY

With a lot of money at stake and an ever increasing demand for cars, it has become mandatory for major car manufacturers to provide something more substantial, something more cutting edge in shortsomething like the Hyundai Genesis. Luxury has become a commonality. Safety is what brings us closer to experiencing a good drive. The Hyundai Genesis (2015), a mid size sedan would definitely entice the world with its top notch high end features and the security to keep you assured.

Overview:

Luxury cars are growing traditional and clichéd. With a lot of money at stake, the buyer has certainly a hangar of cars to choose from. The buying decision lies in the most intricate details [Wife for those who are married 😉 ] Apart from the design aesthetics, Technology is also essential when it comes to buying a car.

Hyundai Genesis 2015
Hyundai Genesis 2015
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With the word safety being thrown around, I am “safely” going to cut to the chase and analyze all the features that Hyundai proudly flaunts.

Hyundai Genesis-Other Word for Safety! Check the Video below:

SAFETY FEATURES:

Auto Braking System:

With unreliable traffic and uncertain roads, the chances of colliding your car with another seem probable. However, Hyundai has equipped the new Genesis with an Automatic braking feature that works in coordination with inbuilt cameras as well as the radar sensors that detect any obstacle. You might not be able to view anything while driving your car during foggy conditions, but the genesis works with its “spidey like senses” that detect any obstacle. Even if the driver shows signs of giving up before a catastrophic accident, as a last resort the Genesis applies its full braking force to stop the car.

Lane Departure Warning & Lane Keep Assist feature:

Moving on and crossing lanes in a traffic-flooded road can definitely require trained hands and judgment skills. The Genesis features its Lane Assist Feature that comes in handy by automatically detecting the driver’s difficulty while trying to shift to another lane and provides gentle handling capability to the driver. If the vehicle slips out of the current lane, the Haptic Feedback System will take care of such hassles and allows the vehicle to get back on track.

Blind Spot Detector and Rear Cross Traffic Alert System:

With its radar system, the Genesis easily detects blind spots that are very dangerous and it notifies the driver with its audio and video

Cruise Control:

Cruise worry free with the all-new cruise control system that automatically adjusts your cruising speed. It also adapts to the speed of the car going in front of you. What’s cool is that the car will completely come to a halt and start again even with the absence of a driver.

LCD Safety Display

The Genesis also comes with a heads up display and another 7-inch LCD color Display, providing vital information like the driver’s line of sight, the navigation speed, the Blind spot detection etc.

Hyundai Genesis camera safety
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HID Headlight assist feature:

One major cause of verbal abuse on Indian roads is the usage of the “dimmer-dipper” while driving at night. However careless you are or the other driver might be, the Genesis shows its road safety manners quite amicably. The dimmer and dipper are adjusted automatically when a car is detected in front of you.

Air Bags:

Hyundai has been quite magnanimous with its Air bag facility in the Genesis, gracing all the passengers with an Air bag each, providing a breath taking 9- Air bags. What’s really cool in addition is that the driver is provided with a knee airbag too.

Hyundai Genesis Air bags safety
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TECHNOLOGY:

Smart Trunk:

The car might have seemed as smart as your phone but Hyundai took the safety features to newer levels. Even the trunk of the Genesis is smart. Imagine you are out with your wife or girlfriend (irrespective) after a thrilling shopping experience; odds are that both your hands would be full (with shopping bags)and the Hyundai Genesis is one friend that you can rely on. Once you are done shopping and move close to the car’s trunk (approx 3 ft) and stay for 3 seconds or so, the trunk would automatically open. Quite a relief isn’t it ?(Don’t get your hopes high, I was talking about placing only the shopping bags in the trunk and not the reason for those bags 😛 )

Hyundai Genesis boot trunk
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C02 Sensor:

No other car has this technology. The genesis is the world’s first car that has an inbuilt C02 sensor. While driving, any car would absorb Carbon Dioxide. The sensors built in the Hyundai Genesis detect the Carbon Dioxide and thereby activates the car’s ventilation to intake ample amount of fresh air.

Tyre Pressure Sensor:

Hyundai Genesis indicates which tyre is running low on air and needs refilling.

 SPECIFICATIONS:

Hyundai Genesis comes in variants such as:

Genesis 3.8 and 5.0

The 3.8 Ltr V6 engine model has 311-horse power at 6000RPM and has a Gasoline Direct Injection System. It comes with an 8-speed auto transmission system with an all wheel drive option. The 5.0 L v8 Engine model comes with a 420 hp engine at 6000 RPM with a Gasoline Direct Injection System and a Tuned Intake System. The 5.0 L also comes with an 8-speed auto transmission.  Built with 18-inch premium alloy wheels, Hyundai Genesis comes equipped with 13.6-in power assisted ventilated disc (4 piston) front brakes, and 12.4 –in solid disc (1 piston) rear brakes. The 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels are a tad sturdier in the 5.o L model. The rear view mirror comes with compass and auto dimming capability. Also, the Genesis comforts the driver with ventilated seats that come with power bolsters and cushion extenders for that extended comfort.The Lexicon Surround sound that is supposedly one of the most premier brands is locked and loaded in the Hyundai Genesis, with 7, 14 and 17 speakers.

The exteriors include projector headlights with LED light accents, Automatic rain sensors, automatic defogging windshields with humidity sensors, proximity key entry and water repellent glass acoustic laminated windshields . Steering wheel mounted cruise controls, Audio controls, paddle shifters forms the nice interior of the car.

Hyundai Genesis interiors

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PRICING:

The Hyundai Genesis comes at a price ranging between US$ 37,825-51,500 (Rs.22lakhs-31lakhs) However, the expected price in India is around 35 lakhs.

Bottom Line:

“Safety is the new Luxury”

Sure, it might not hold the luxury tag like BMW, Mercedes, and Audi. But, the new Hyundai Genesis surely defeats these luxury rivals with its own class and distinctive features!

Visit Hyundai Genesis Website: www.hyundaigenesis.com

VOLKSWAGEN POLO- OWNERSHIP REVIEW

In India one of the most popular types of cars are the Hatchback’s. A small sized car which can fit 5 people, fuel efficient and relatively economical to buy. Anywhere you look in an Indian city & you will for sure find a Hatchback. For years now Maruti Suzuki has ruled the Hatchback segment with a variety of cars for sale in this segment but in recent years they have come to face a lot of competition from other manufacturers. One of them is the mighty Volkswagen !

When Volkswagen introduced the Volkswagen Polo back in 2010 to the Indian market, the car came as a refreshing modern addition to the hatchback segment which seemed to be ageing a bit back then. The car was aggressively styled, spacious, had lots of modern technology fitted in, and was a lot sportier in terms of rid and handling than most of its competitors ( thanks to its stiff suspension ). But there was one part of the hatchback segment which seemed to be an unexplored territory in India.

The Hot Hatch

A hot Hatch is a sort of a hooligan version of the civilized hatchbacks many people use in their everyday lives. They look almost the same (few cosmetic changes are made at times to better performance) or exactly the same to the cars they are based on but aren’t the same under the hood. Around the world, the Hot Hatch range of horsepower is quite wide. They go from 120hp up to 250bhp. But in India this isn’t the case. Back in 2010 if someone wanted a hot hatch in India there wasn’t much choice to go for. There is the Punto sport ( 90HP) but many people (including this cars owner) looked away from fiat due to its poor after sales quality, interior quality, and service problems such as lack of spares.  One more reason for the lack of interest in this segment is that in India people do tend to lean toward to fuel efficiency and cutting down running costs rather than having a car that can make you smile wide as u depress your right foot. Volkswagen decided to give this category a shot with the Polo 1.6. Although VW has stopped production of this car in India (due to it not being able to become the hit they thought it would be, their current entry in this segment is the Polo TSI) it still remains a very appealing car to those petrol heads around town.

This specific Polo 1.6 belongs to a good friend of mine and he was very kind enough to allow me to drive it and do this review on it. He bought the car in April 2011 and has done about 14000kms on it and every time I see him drive it there never seems to be nothing but a smile on his face (there was one on my face too, when I drove it!) What makes this car appealing u might ask? Well let’s take a look at it in a bit more detail.

Exterior Design and looks:

The Volkswagen polo is a car which was designed keeping in mind the modern world. Most car manufacturers are designing their hatchback keeping the youth in mind (considering that nowadays hatchbacks are the cars which most people in their youths go for because of their pricing and value for money). The Volkswagen polo is one car which oozes modern design philosophy. Its aggressive styling and sharp lines are very striking and attractive to look and the same principle is followed all along the car.

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The aggressive styling of the front make it very appealing to the modern generation.

The car’s front end is what is the most striking and distinctive to look at! The whole flow of aggressive and bold lines along the car starts from here. The uniquely styled headlights and bumper give the car a menacing look (at night there is no question on which car is behind you when you see those set of headlights). Although this car is styled in this manner, there is still a certain amount of fluidity in the whole overall shape of the car.

Due to the lack of a proper boot, the nice looking sharp lines come to a somewhat of an abrupt end. However Volkswagen has done its best to make the rear of this car as good as the front (tried & in my opinion the front looks very much better than the rear). The 15” alloy wheels look good too and suite the cars design very well.

Volkswagen polo ownership review
The bold lines flow right along the car.

When it comes the build quality of the car there is no doubt of the supremacy the German manufacturer holds in this area. The exterior feels very solid and very well put together. The quality of the body work Is very good and the finish as well. This is one area I feel Volkswagen has the edge over other cars in its segment although there are a few which run close with it – one being the Fiat Punto and the Honda Brio.

Interiors Design & Quality:

Take a look inside and the polo follows the same standards it does on the outside. The interior of the car feels very solid and the materials used are of quite a good quality. The Instrument cluster makes use of modern technology with a digital display which gives the driver information about fuel quantity and data from the trip computer such as fuel consumption average, real time consumption, range, and speed. The display itself is very clear and easy to read. There have been complaints that at night, especially on the highway the screen is a bit too bright and hampers visibility a bit but the owner of this car said he didn’t find the display disturbing at night and I too didn’t find it very disturbing while on the highway.So I guess we will leave this up to personal opinion.

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The solid and good looking interiors of the polo 1.6

The Center console is simple and functional in its design. It isn’t cluttered with buttons and the controls are simple and easy to use. The touch and feel of the controls too is solid as with whole of the car. However when it comes to comforts, the Polo 1.6 isn’t as well equipped as one would want. There is no climate control all thought the air conditioning is powerful and cools the car well. The music system doesn’t have AUX or Bluetooth capabilities but the speakers are powerful and clear lending to a more pleasurable drive.

The seats on the Polo 1.6 are comfortable and supportive to be in. The driver seat is height adjustable and the steering can be adjusted in rake and reach but the reach is limited to only 3-4 inches. The interior also comes in a nice dual tone beige and black color scheme. But all in all there is nothing to complain about with this interior, its solidly built and will last long into the cars life.

Engine & Driving Dynamics:

Now we come to the part which really sets this car apart from the others in its segment. The Engine!  The car is powered by a naturally aspirated 1.6L four cylinder engine which churns out 103bhp @ 5250 RPM and 153NM of torque @3750 RPM. In India these number are usually reserved for the mid-size sedan segment (By looking at these numbers itself anyone would come to think that this car is no slouch). It doesn’t let your expectations down. Initially it does take a bit to get going, but as the RPM needle crosses 1500 – 2000 RPM it comes alive and you suddenly find your body a little further away from the steering wheel if you weren’t leaning back into your seat already. Lean in to the throttle further and the engine just pulls all the way through up to the red line. This sensation of being pressed in your seat is also accompanied by a deep roar from the engine bay. However while idling I found that there is a minute lag in throttle response.

This hunk of an engine is mated to a Five-speed manual gearbox. The gearbox itself is slick and slots into gear very easily making changing gears a peach. But it lacks that mechanical feel and on a side note to engage reverse you have to push the gear leaver down and then push it into the direction of first gear. The gear ratios are more suited to city driving. On the highway due to the lack of low end torque you do need to downshift a gear to overtake but else this can take you up to some serious speeds which could get you into some serious trouble!

One place the Volkswagen polo seems to be different from the rest is its suspension tune. Whether you like It or not is up to personal opinion. Some people like having stiff suspension as it contributes to better handling characteristics and less body role during cornering and then there are the people who like to have a softer state of tune so that all the bumps and potholes are soaked up. Well, from day one the Volkswagen polo has been criticized a bit for having too harsh and stiff a ride, but I don’t mind it. For me it’s not that harsh it does a decent job of dealing with our constantly dug up and pothole ridden road (there are cars which deal with the roads much better e.g. Hyundai i20, but then again it can’t match up to the way this car takes the bends). The car feels planted at highway speeds and give the diver more confidence in driving the car. The steering is light which is perfect in the city but for highway driving a bit more weight would have been a lot better. The steering is a bit dull in feedback which is nice if u don’t want the steering constantly moving around to every bump and pothole forcing the tires to move, but if u prefer a steering with feedback then you might not fancy this one ( This is due to it being an electronic power steering rather than hydraulic).

All in all this is a nice car to drive. With its powerful engine and its good handling and road holding you find yourself wanting to spend more and more time with it and drive it on a nice highway till its tanks are empty (suggest you don’t though).

 Service & After Sales:

When it comes to VW’s service the owner said that delivery and availability of parts weren’t an issue with Volkswagen polo. However he did mention that if he had any specific technical complaint the ability of the VW’s mechanics to troubleshoot and isolate the problem wasn’t good enough. He once found himself complaining about the same problem twice. Each time the representatives said they found the issue and fixed it but the problem lingered. Only on the third attempt was the problem actually resolved.

Where The Volkswagen polo 1.6 isn’t up to mark:

–         The initial throttle response is a bit slow.

–         There isn’t as much low-end torque as expected for a petrol engine, so for overtaking (especially in a fully loaded car) on highways you do have to down shift a gear to get the engine to its peak torque output.

–         For people who like riding in comfort this is not a car for you in terms of ride quality. You do feel the bumps and potholes in the car due to its stiff suspension.

–         The car isn’t packed with as many features as it competitors like the Hyundai i20, Fiat Punto, and the Honda Brio.

Bottom Line:

This car was definitely a hot hatch for the Indian market (I say it because VW has stopped production of this car in India). It was most definitely an appealing car to look at and drive and would get your adrenaline pumping when you want it too. But if any company including Volkswagen wants to bring out a true hot hatch and contend seriously, then I think they should take things a step further (Maybe more powerful engines and better handling).

Face Off: Nissan Micra vs Renault Pulse

The Renault Nissan Alliance has given birth to a vast array of cars for the Indian market. With an impressive (and almost identical) lineup of cars from both sides, one can be forgiven for his indecisiveness in choosing between the two brands. We take a look at the Nissan Micra and Renault Pulse to see which car is the better bet.

Design:

Nissan Micra:

The Micra was never the most appealing hatch in the Indian market. Its cute-sy design failed to impress and with cars such as the Fluidic i20 and Volkswagen Polo entering the market, the Micra was in need for a major revamp. That revamp came in the form of a makeover last year to improve its image among buyers.

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The Nissan Micra Facelift Improves The Aesthetics of the Rather Uninspiring Predecessor

Although the latest facelift does improve the Micra’s looks, the car’s proportions still look out of place. However, with its aggressively styled headlamps and revamped rear end, the new Micra is a drastic improvement over the previous gen model. The Nissan hatch also comes with a new chrome grille and LED taillights that build on the car’s premium appeal.

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Rear View of the Nissan Micra

Renault Pulse:

Unlike Nissan, the French car maker has retained the original design of the hatchback. However, with subtle structural changes such as the re-sizing of the grille, altered contours and its large Renault badge, Renault has endowed the Pulse with a more masculine character.

Renault pulse review
The Pulse’s Altered Dimensions Add a Bit of Masculinity To The Hatch’s Appearance

However, with its dated design, the Pulse loses out to the more recent Micra facelift.

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The Pulse Is Quite Dated In Terms of Design and Equipment

Round 1 Winner: Nissan Micra !

Interior:

Nissan Micra:

Much of the new Micra’s facelift manifests itself with its interiors. The piano black center console and Nissan’s dual display system are the two most eye catching design elements of the Micra’s cabin. While the larger display is used by the infotainment system, the secondary screen displays the AC settings.

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The Interiors of the Nissan Micra Facelift Look Far Better and More Upmarket Than the Pulse’s

The cabin is far more upmarket with updated plastics and aluminum finishes all over.

Renault Pulse:

The Pulse’s interiors are relatively rather dull and drab. The company’s choice of colors of beige and grey all over makes the Pulse’s cabin look quite cheap. The choice of plastics and fabric are not up to the mark as well.

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The Interiors of the Nissan Micra Facelift Look Far Better and More Upmarket Than the Pulse’s

Since the Pulse and Micra share the same platform, the interiors of the Renault hatch are almost identical to the first generation Micra.

Round 2 Winner: Nissan Micra !

Engine:

Nissan Micra:

The Micra is powered by both petrol and diesel engines. The petrol variant make use of a 1.2 L three cylinder engine that produces 76 HP at 6000 RPM and 104 Nm of torque @ 4000 RPM. Although the 1.2 L petrol unit produces a respectable amount of power, the engine could do with some remapping for better accessibility of peak power and torque. Power is sent to the front wheels via a 5 speed manual with a CVT gearbox also available.

The diesel engine is a 1.5 DCi unit that produces 65 HP @ 4000 RPM and a peak torque of 160 Nm @ 2000 RPM. The diesel Micra is equipped with a 5 speed manual only.

Renault Pulse:

The Pulse uses the very same engines except for slight changes to the performance numbers. The 1.2 L petrol mill produces 74 HP @6000 RPM and 104 Nm of torque at 4000 RPM. The 1.5 L diesel mill outputs a peak power figure of 63 HP at 4000 RPM and 160 Nm of torque at 2000 RPM.

Although the Pulse produces slightly lesser numbers, the difference in power is almost negligible with no tangible differences in top speeds or acceleration rates.

Round 3 Winner: Draw !

The Drive:

Nissan Micra:

One major issue with any Nissan developed car is the stiff clutch. Although the clutch pedal and clutch movement feels sturdy, the Japanese automaker could have added a lighter movement to allow ease of use under heavy traffic conditions. The Nissan Micra’s compact structure means that the 1.2 L petrol is relatively quite powerful and the Micra that works well under heavy stress.

The inclusion of ABS across a majority of the models and the choice of two or four air bags means the Micra is also one of the safest hatches as well.

Renault Pulse:

The Pulse, although identical to the Micra improves on the Nissan hatchback’s driving dynamics. The clutch pedal had just enough pressure to not be a nuisance in city traffic but offered enough feel for accurate clutch movements. The engine was extremely responsive and just as much fun as the Micra. However, the brakes left much to be desired. The Spongy and vague feel greatly depreciates driver confidence.

Unlike the Micra, the Pulse slightly skimps on safety features such as ABS and airbags along a number of variants. Hopefully the French automaker will understand that safety is the need of the hour and introduce a better set of options in the Pulse’s next iteration.

Round 4 Winner: Nissan Micra !

Verdict:

Although both cars are almost identical, the results speak for themselves. The Nissan Micra is a newer offering that adds better safety options across a larger number of variants and its updated interiors are far more appealing than the Pulse’s dated beige cabin. The inclusion of an automatic gearbox also means that the Nissan Micra is an option to an increasingly automatic inclined audience.

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Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 – the Bumblebee

The General Motor’s subsidiary Chevrolet is known for its high class and trendy looking designs. Today lets review a car which is built by Chevy under General Motors. This car has un-matchable aggressive looks and it is probably the best of Chevy’s design ever. It has been featured in Michael Bay’s sci-fi film …. yes you got it right it’s the bumble bee Camaro.

Chevrolet Camaro

Camaro is a well-known car to everyone who loves to see Hollywood sci-fi flicks. Surely it is one of the best cars ever built, and it has gained many fans throughout the world, including the Hollywood director Michael bay. If you have seen the transformer series completely, you will find only three cars in common Megatron, Optimus Prime, and Bumble bee (Camaro). Except these 3 cars the remaining cars change with every sequel. This clearly shows that Camaro is one of the important cars in transformer series ( and for the company ). So without waiting, let’s get in to the review of this amazing car. The basic idea of this car is based on the GM Zeta Platform which is awarded with “the best in show” award.

Even before reviewing this car let’s look into some technical specifications of the car (so we can have clear understanding about the aspects of this car)

Technical-Specifications:

Chevrolet Camaro technical specifications

Yup, the technical specification of the car looks solid. Read on,

Review: Styling

Exteriors:

When it comes to exteriors, the car looks amazing and perfectly crafted. With looks, the car has no drawbacks at all, from every angle the car looks picture perfect. Comparing the new Camaro with the old Camaro, we can observe some minor and as well as major changes in the body.The front bumpers are tweaked and the revamped grille with the V shape and the new Halogen head lamps with glowing LED halo rings makes the car look aggressive and monstrous. These stuff look even more interesting if we see the car from the front angle as it looks like a beast with a big pair of eyes watching us. The tail-lights also get minor changes and looks gorgeous, the side profile of the car looks very attractive and adds a touch of beauty to the car. All this looks even more attractive and aggressive when the car is set to roll on the road on max speeds.  Beautiful creased lines on the car give the car a sportive feel and at the same time it shows the aerodynamic design of the body. The car has an amazing body length measuring 190.4 in total length, 75.5 width, and a height of 54.2

Interiors:

The interiors look splendid with well suited and subtle colors, perfect tailoring, and remarkable accessories. The old Camaro was awarded with Interior of the Year award in the Sports Car Category by Wards Auto way back in 2010. The same legacy is continued in the new design too. The front bucket seats with black leather engraved on it looks amazing and adds a luxury feel to this car. The cabin looks fab with genuine black leather touches making a perfect interior for the car. The suede leather on steering with the central controlling features adds enough vibe to this car and can attract more number of sales to the company. If you are that kind of a guy who loves sporty looks than luxury and elegance, then there is an optional Recaro Sports Seats available for you to customize your interiors. Though the car has a low measurement 190.4 x 75.5x 54.2, the car’s interior look real spacious. The credits go to the designers for increasing the length of the car in a seamless manner.

Chevrolet Camaro interiors

Review: Engine and Performance

The power to this car comes from the supercharged 6.2-liter and 3.6-liter V-8 code named LSA, which is considered as the most predominant V8’s ever built till date. This engine gives the car monstrous power – enough to drive off the roads. The 3.6-litre V8 is designed to produce 312 horsepower at 6500 rpm and can churn a maximum torque of 278 at 5100 rpm while the 6.2-liter V8 with Active Fuel Management engine can produce maximum power up to 426 horsepower at 5900 rpm and can churn a maximum torque of 278 at 5100 rpm. With the 6 speed automatic/manual gearbox and magnetic shock which are found in cars like corvette, adds precise amount of power and performance to the engine.

Chevrolet Camaro 2013 - engine

Review: Handling and Mileage

The handing of the car is quite amazing and the credits for this amazing handling dynamics goes to its rigid body structure and the super efficient Chevy aerodynamics, that makes the car to move like a skate board on skating rink and Camaro engineers have worked hard in certain mathematical principles in-order to obtain accurate cornering and maintaining the stability on road. The mileage of this car is pretty impressive as it has good mileage range up to 19/30 mpg on City/Highway with the automatic transmission. The fuel efficiency has certainly increased when compared to the old Camaro (thanks to the revised engine tweaks)

Chevrolet Camaro 2014

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Review: Safety

This power packed car is also power packed with good safety features. For a sports car, safety is very important as chance of getting into accidents is high. The safety features of the car include,

  • At front Camaro is equipped with both front and rear head airbags and side-mounted airbags for extra protection.
  • On star emergency system, which alerts the nearest emergency care if any accident happens
  • ABS (Anti-Lock Breaking Systems)
  • Stability control program
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 5 star rated safety
  • Traction control system

Rivalry:

Chevrolet Camaro, in its class faces rivalry with some of the most predominant sports cars ever built on earth, starting from

  • Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
  • Ford Mustang Shelby
  • 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
  • Dodge Challenger

Chevy Camaro Commercial:

Pros:

  • Trendy design
  • Nice interiors and exteriors
  • Powerful Engine Specs
  • Handling and safety

Cons:

  • Price tag
  • Poor rear vision
  • Hard plastics for interiors

Bottom-Line:

If you are a die-hard fan of transformers, then I am sure that this car is one of your dream cars, and if you have enough money in hand, the car is not a bad choice at all as it has the desired features ie. sporty speed, aggressive looks, decent mileage and great handling.

Pontiac G8 – the Police car

Today lets speak about a car which was actually “The Lasting Standing Car from Pontiac Clan” – the Pontiac G8. It is stated as the last standing car from Pontiac because after this car was released to the public, general motors which runs the Pontiac Company announced that it has decided to suspend the Pontiac Brand due to low investment and Bankruptcy, and hence the tale of Pontiac came to an end in the automobile history!

The last release from Pontiac is G8 and today I am going to review about this car. This car was first unveiled at 2007 Chicago Auto Show. It was the first rear wheel drive offered by the company since its 1986 releases of Bonneville and Parisienne. G8 was based on the famous General motor’s GM Zeta Platform.

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Pontiac G8: At present

After this major statement of shedding the company, the cars left in the company’s inventory were offered at a discount of $2000-$5000. The cars left after the sales discount were given to the U.S Government and now the Pontiac G8 serves as Police Vehicle for Los-Angeles Police Department (LAPD). It was also featured as a police department car in the famous game “Need for speed: Most Wanted”.

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Technical Specifications:

  • Car Name: PONTIAC G8
  • Type: sedan
  • Seating: 5-seater
  • Torque: 248 lb-ft @ 2,100 rpm
  • Engine: 3.6-litre V6 Engine
  • Horsepower: 256 @ 6,300 rpm
  • Base price: $31,995
  • Top End Price: $37,860

Review: Styling

Exterior

The car exterior looks very aggressive and dashing. These qualities helped this car to get a chance to serve as one of the strongest police academies in the world. The muscular appeal of this car comes from its grille; the dual port grille with the company logo studded at the center makes this car look more aggressive from the front. The wheels are 19- inch in length with polished aluminum plating and the two halogen fog lamps at front makes the car very classy. The rare end of this car was equipped with high erected lights that makes car look sporty. The elongated front end of the car makes it a very safe car.

pontiac g8

Interiors:

The interiors are designed with great leather work and the aesthetic appeal of this car attracts you during the first glance itself. The Highly bolstered two-tone sport seats and leather fitting on steering looks awesome and the increases beauty of the car. The seats in the car are adjusted electronically in order to give more comfort to the people while traveling longer distances. The dash board looks great with good place of controls around it. The 230 Watt audio system in the dashboard is powered by Blaukpunkt which produces high quality of audio. The other features such as the AC-vents in both front and back, Cruise Control System, Sensors for car parking, Satellite radio are present in the interiors of the car as well.

Pontiac g8 interior

Review: Engine and Performance

The car is powered by a 6.2L LS3 V-8 engine, which can produce horse power ranging up to 402HP, and can churn enormous amount of torque up to 546NM. The engine is new in the GM’s series of Small block V8 line-up. It can reach 0-to-60 mph in just 4.7 seconds. This kind of power comes in handy for the police department in order to catch rash drivers on the road. Another feature which has certainly improved the performance of the car was its suspension; the car is powered by a four-wheel independent suspension which can be adjusted in order to deliver high performance on both road and off road traveling. The MacPherson strut used in this car helps to run the vehicle on any type of roads. The Handling of the car was amazing with sharp and clean turnings as it was tested and rated as the best by automobile experts in one of the most famous racing tracks in the world – the Nuremberg ring.

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Review: Safety

As a prestigious LYPD car, this car has a wide range of safety features equipped in it. The safety features include

  • Four wheel breaking support by ABS
  • Traction control
  • Electronic Stability Program
  • Thorax airbags on seats
  • Side impact airbags
  • 5 star safety rating from On Star.

Pros:

  • Aggressive and muscular appeal of the car
  • Handling
  • Well-equipped interiors
  • Safety quotient.

Cons:

  • Cost of ownership
  • Not so trendy exteriors

Verdict:

Although the Pontiac brand is discontinued, the glory of the company will be continued by the Pontiac G3. When it comes to ratings, the car has all the feature needed & security/safety features, great handling, Power packed performance, Good engine etc. The owners who got this car at last moment during the ending of Pontiac clan will for sure feel proud of their choice for sure.

2014 Scion FR-S Monogram: An Overview

Now-a-days, getting a sports car to our home is a million dollar dream as many sports car prices are reaching sky high!  From Mustang to the Dodge Viper, every sports car price is equal to our full life savings and we can only find these cars in houses of Business Tycoons, Hollywood Actors and Music Artists. Now imagine a car which costs just less than half of the price of those sports cars and yet as powerful as those sports cars 🙂 Today lets review a car which was styled by Toyota and built by Subaru. The car which is ought to be called as “A sports car at a manageable price”. This is the all-new 2014 Scion FR-S Coupe.

Scion review

Both Toyota and Subaru made an alliance to build a car that can be more fun to drive, making the dream come true, and fast enough to call it as sports material. Thus the new Scion FR-S concept was born from this alliance and at just $25,000 USD your dream of riding a sports car will turn out to be a reality. Though this is not a typical Scion, but has some desired features enough to call it a sports car.

Before going inside the review of this car- these are some of the technical specifications of this car. Have a look

Technical-Specifications:

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The technical specifications look quite good and reasonable. Though it has some drawbacks, we have to consider that with such a price we can’t expect high qualified equipment’s in a budget sports car like this. So let’s get into the review of the new 2014 Scion FR-S Monogram.

Review: Engine and Performance

After observing the technical specification we can come to a point where we can judge the performance of the car. By looks the car looks like an ordinary sports bread, but under the hood the capacity is low. The 2014 Scion FR-S is powered by a 2.0-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine which can generate a decent amount of power up to 200 horsepower. It is not able to generate much torque at all, as it can only generate a peak torque up to 6400rpm ( which is a considerable drawback of this car ). Another thing that is considered as both advantageous and a disadvantage too i.e. due to the flat layout of this engine the boosting capability of this car is low which is a considerable drawback, but this also turns out to be an advantage too as this can help to increase the handling of the car at a gradual speed and due to thee factors, the handling capabilities of this car turns out to be amazing than any other car in its class. In terms of reaching speeds, the car has a capability of reaching 0-60 mph in just 6.4 seconds.  These specs have certainly increased the performance rating of this car.

2014 Scion FR-S Monogram engine

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Review: Safety

Safety should be considered as one of the most important aspect when it comes to cars, especially in sports cars as the chance of facing accidents are high in sports cars than other cars. Scion has powered this car with the safety measures that are quite needed for it. The Safety measures include:

  • 6 Airbags (Front 2, Back 2, Curtain Air bags 2)
  • Anti-Lock brakes
  • Stability control
  • Traction Control System
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 5star overall safety score
  • Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has rated safety as “Good”

The new scion hasn’t been crash tested yet, but the previous version of scion 2013 has gone under crash test and returned with some good scores and as the new car is not changed at all – the vehicle seems similar to its predecessor. If tested, there is a chance that the new scion will also score well.

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Review: Styling

Interior:

When it comes to car interiors, they are decent and not as luxurious as in other sport variants. The car interiors are filled with some soft plastics which in turn decreases the interior looks. When it comes to space quotient, the car cabin looks quite spacious and in the front there is enough leg space but this quotient gets decreased when it comes to the rear seating as they were designed by considering the children in a family. However they can be folded in order to get some extra boot space. The black coated leather in interiors look neat and clean. All the controls in the car are neatly furnished and other features such as Bluetooth and Auxiliary Cable connectivity, Touch screen Radio, Touch Navigation System, AC-Vents, Mp3/IPod Support, Climatic control cabin, Cruise Control are also present in this car.

2014 Scion FR-S Monogram interiors

Exterior:

The exterior of the car is actually better than interior. The well-built body and its aerodynamic design looks stunning and has all the looks enough to call it a sports car. From every angle the car looks stunning and attractive. The broad front adds more beauty and as well as safety to the car. The distant projected lights and fog lights at front and the red night vision lights are amazing and well fitted. The rear rip spoiler and rear rip bumper helps the car to be in a constant position at top speed. The body is fully coated with a thin paint protection film that adds a glossy deign to the car. The other features such as mudguards, plated alloy wheels, and not to forgot the scion badging looks very pleasing and can seize you in first look itself.

Pros:

  • Price tag
  • Well-Built
  • Handling
  • Trendy Exteriors
  • Sportier,racier feel

Cons:

  • Interiors
  • Engine performance
  • Less power generation.

Rivalry:

The new 2014 Scion FR faces rivalry in its class from cars like

  • Porsche Cayman S
  • Nissan iDx
  • Hyundai genesis
  • Mercedes SLK 350
  • Audi TT

2014 Scion FR-S Monogram compare

Bottom Line:

This car is a gift to people who dream to own a personal sports car yet on an affordable price. For Those who can spend 25K USD, it is not a bad choice at all as in this price tag this is the only car available in the market. Though it is not fully loaded to call it a full-fledged sports car, but it can be called as a Mini Sports Car.