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Friday, May 11, 2007
NEW 2007 Perodua Viva

Perodua Viva TV Commercial



Viva-cious little runner

True love. Can you find it with a car? Well, Perodua thinks so, and it believes it has the perfect little vehicle to capture your heart.

To live, to love. This is the fully-loaded 1.0l variant.
Sounds a little far-fetched? Not really, because this one will simply run and run.

It's called the Viva, and the A-segment vehicle rolls in as the Kelisa's replacement and, at some point in the near future, the Kancil's too, though not quite yet completely at the moment.

A shape that will eventually be familiar to all.
If it looks somewhat like a downsized Myvi, well, you could say it is, at least a little. Some of the contours and lines on this - essentially based on the previous generation Daihatsu Mira - will look familiar, but there is enough to suggest that it is its own car. Sleek more than outright pretty, but nonetheless a very sociable-looking creature.

As for the choice of name, "to live" is what it is, and that's what Perodua says the vehicle is all about, a vehicle that represents a love for all things vital, and a zest for life.

Certainly, it's a big offering for a small car - wider and longer externally than the cars it replaces (it's even longer than the Myvi, at 1845mm to the latter's 1835mm), the cheer is carried into the interior, where significantly more cabin volume than the Kancil and Kelisa is to be found.

The design cues in the cabin falls in line with what was first seen in the Myvi; the lines and colour combinations give the interior a clean, unfettered look.

Granted, you could call it plain, and some parts are still a little plasticky to touch and sight, but on the whole, there's lots of appeal; given that this is an entry-level, affordably priced A-segment vehicle, it is eminently forgivable.

Whatever it is, it all feels and looks light years ahead of that in a Kancil, if you do a quick A-B jump-in comparison.

You can fill 'er up, certainly.
Notable features include all doors that open to a class-leading 90º wide angle, and improved luggage carrying capacity with the rear seats folded down.

There's also a fair bit in the way of storage compartments, a big plus. The 1.0l models come with an integrated seat height adjuster, which allows the seat to be raised by 45mm; handy, this one.

In all, the Viva features a rather comprehensive standard equipment list, though most of these are to be found on the Premium variant - if you want ABS and EBD, dual SRS airbags, reverse sensor, seat belt anchor adjuster and retractable side mirrors, this is the one you need to be looking at.

Three engine choices are available for the Viva, these being the EF-VE 660cc, ED-VE 850cc and EJ-VE 1.0l; all three 3-cylinder, 12-valve units come shod with DOHC, electronic fuel injection and DVVT (dynamic variable valve timing).

Power output for the 660 is 47bhp at 7,200rpm, while max torque is 58Nm at 4,400rpm. The 850 turns out 52bhp at 6,000rpm (and 76Nm at 4,000rpm), while the 1.0l puts out 60bhp at 6,000rpm (and 90Nm at 3,600rpm). Kerb weight starts from 755kg for the 660 to 800kg for the 1.0l auto.

A total of six variants will initially go on sale, with a choice of a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic drivetrains. The 660cc comes only in five-speed manual, as does the 850cc, and the 1.0l versions are split into four forms, these being the 1.0 SX manual (standard trim), 1.0 EZ auto (standard), 1.0 SXi manual (premium) and 1.0 EZi auto (premium).

In terms of actual performance, there is enough to put together a brief, initial report. Weeks ago, Perodua organised a test drive for the media, but such was the need to keep things under wraps that the event was held inside the confines of Sebana Cove Resort in Johor.

The drive time was very limited - what else would you call six minutes in a Viva, covering a total of 4,400m (well, it does sound more impressive than saying 4.4km)?

That it rained didn't help things further; speeds went down to a brisk pace of about 50kph. In effect, there was little to be had about the vehicle as far as notes were concerned.

But there were observations made, not gleaned from the above drive, of course. While not divulging any details, I can tell you that vis-à-vis against the Kancil, there is enough improvement in overall terms that it's safe to say there's no looking - or going - back once you've gotten behind the wheel of the new one.

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For one, steering response and overall drivability levels are way up - even in basic form, the Viva shows up the Kancil for what it is, something that's soldiered on for a good 13 years now. It feels zippier, more nimble, and on the whole, a more cheerful proposition to nip about town in.

Seat comfort is decent, and though the three-cylinder jobs mean that the Viva is hardly the final word in refinement, noise levels are decently manageable for intermediate-haul city use.

Ditto the Kelisa. While that was certainly fun to drive, the Viva actually feels more inspired; the 1.0l, in particular, feels quite the brisk, peppy performer, and is obviously the pick of the entire lot.

Perodua states that the Viva has 90% local content from rollout, a considerable achievement. The company is expecting a sales target of 6,500 units per month, of which 55% is expected to be 1.0l variants.

Production capacity is a maximum of 8,000 units per month, so that should mean less waiting time, unless everyone rushes out and orders one now. Still, there's decent stock on hand; 2,000 units are available at launch.

Ah, yes, prices. The 660 goes for RM28,400 (solid) and RM28,800 (metallic), while the 850 is priced at RM32,500 (solid) and RM32,900 (metallic).





For the 1.0 SX, it's RM36,800 (solid) and RM37,200 (metallic); the 1.0 EZ is RM39,800 (solid) and RM40,200 (metallic), while the 1.0 SXi is RM40,800 (solid) and RM41,200 (metallic).

Finally, the 1.0 EZi, which goes for RM43,800 (solid) and RM44,200 (metallic); all prices are on-the-road, with insurance. Oh, and how about this - the Viva comes with a three-year warranty. It's a first for Perodua.

Five colour options start the ball rolling, these being Glittering Silver, Passion Red, Tropical Green and Pearl Jade, all metallics, with Ivory White the only solid colour.

Take your pick.
A black unit was spotted during the test drive, but it'll be some time before that comes into the line-up. Yes, and given the example pictured above, there should be a blue somewhere in the future too, I suppose.

So, true love? By all accounts, surely, interminably, until the next one comes along to replace it years on - if the target is to deliver the best entry compact in the country, then the Viva hits the spot quite nicely. Like I said earlier, this one will simply run and run.

Perodua Viva Price:
660cc Manual - RM28000
850cc Manual -RM33000
1000cc Manual - RM39000
1000cc Auto - RM42000
1000cc Manual High Grade - RM43000
1000cc Auto High Grade - RM46000

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Monday, April 30, 2007
Bugatti Veyron Top Speed at 407.4km/h

Bugatti Veyron Top Speed at 407.4km/h on Top Gear



The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 is currently the fastest, most powerful, and most expensive street-legal full production car in the world, with a proven top speed of over 400 km/h (407.9 km/h or 253.2 mph), though several faster or more expensive vehicles have been produced on a limited basis. It reached full production in September 2005. The car is built by Volkswagen AG subsidiary Bugatti Automobiles SAS in its Molsheim (Alsace, France) factory and is sold under the Italian/French Bugatti marque. It is named after French racing driver Pierre Veyron, who won the 24 hours of Le Mans in 1939 while racing for the original Bugatti firm. It is also the world's second supercar with 16 cylinders, after the Cizeta Moroder V16T.

Specifications

The Veyron features a W16 engine—16 cylinders in 4 banks of 4 cylinders, or the equivalent of two narrow-angle V8 engines mated in a "W" configuration. Each cylinder has 4 valves, for a total of 64, but the narrow V8 configuration allows two camshafts to drive two banks of cylinders so only 4 camshafts are needed. The engine is fed by four turbochargers, and it displaces 8.0 L (7,993 cc/488 in³) with a square 86 by 86 mm bore and stroke.

Putting this power to the ground is a dual-clutch DSG computer-controlled manual transmission with 7 gear ratios via shifter paddles behind the steering wheel boasting an 8 ms shift time. The Veyron can be driven by full automatic transmission. The Veyron also features full-time all-wheel drive based on the Haldex system. It uses special Michelin run-flat tires designed specifically for the Veyron to accommodate the vehicle's top speed. Although these tyres are built to withstand extreme temperatures, at top speed they will only last for 15 minutes before running out. This is not a problem however, since at that speed the fuel will run out in 12 minutes.[1] While unusual for street-legal cars, frequent refuelings and tire changes are a common occurence in high speed car racing. At comparatively lower speeds (e.g. "only" 300 km/h instead of 400), both tires and fuel last significantly longer.

Curb weight is estimated at 4,160 lb (1890 kg). This gives the car a power to weight ratio of 529 bhp/tonne.

The car's wheelbase is 2710 mm (106.3 in). Overall length is 4462 mm (175.8 in). It measures 1998 mm (78.7 in) wide and 1206 mm (47.5 in) tall.

Final Numbers

Vehicle type: mid-engine, all-wheel-drive, 2-passenger, 2-door coupe
Base Price: € 1,127,210 (£757 359, $1,440,800)
Engine type: quad-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 64-valve W-16, aluminium block and heads, direct fuel injection
Displacement: 7993 cm³ (488.8 in³)
Performance Ratings as Tested :

* Zero to 60 mph (97 km/h): 2.3 s
* Zero to 100 mph (161 km/h): 5.4 s
* Zero to 150 mph (241 km/h): 10.1 s
* Zero to 200 mph (322 km/h): 18.2 s
* Standing Quarter-Mile / 402 Meter: 10.2 sec @ 153 mph s [4]
* Zero to 100 km/h: 2.4 s
* Zero to 200 km/h: 5.5 s
* Zero to 300 km/h: 18.3 s
* Zero to 400 km/h: 32 s [5][6]

Top speed (Electronically Limited): 253 mph (407.5 km/h)
Theoretical Top Speed: 257 mph (414 km/h) [7]

Best Record: 253 mph (407 km/h)

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Wednesday, April 4, 2007
NEW BMW 335i Coupe 2007

BMW 335i Coupe 2007 Promotional Video



The turbocharged 2007 BMW 3-series coupe has 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque in U.S. spec. Also sold here will be 230-hp 328i and all-wheel-drive 328xi coupes.

The BMW 335i coupe that goes on sale in September 2006 may look like nothing more than the latest chapter in the 3-series coupe book, but there are some radical changes under the skin. The 335i (the C goes away on this coupe as it did on the 650i for the 2006 model year) will have a 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six with piezoelectric direct injection. It’s the first gasoline turbocharged BMW in decades.

BMW claims the 335i coupe will accelerate from 0 to 60 in 5.3 seconds — scarcely more than the outgoing E46 M3. Our acceleration times in BMWs typically are even faster than the company’s claimed times, so an instrumented test time of five seconds flat isn’t out of the question. The 335i will be limited to 150 mph when equipped with an optional sport package.



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Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2007

See Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2007 Review



Larger and More Powerful

Benz hasn't said much, but we do know the Mercedes 2007 S-Class will be 1.7 inches longer, almost an inch wider, and ride on a 124-inch wheelbase, about 3 inches longer than its predecessor.

These new dimensions create 1.5 inches of extra elbow room and slightly more headroom. Rear-seat passengers get an extra half inch of knee room compared to the preceding series. The trunk is bigger, too, up to nearly 20 cubic feet.

Behind the new engine will be the same driver-adaptive 7G-TRONIC seven-speed automatic that's also used in the 2006 M-Class. And as in the M-Class, the transmission will be controlled by a small electronic shift lever on the right side of the steering column. The design is very much like the one BMW pioneered in the 2002 7 Series, you lift the stalk up for "Reverse," push down for "Drive," and push a button on the end for "Park." Once under way, manual shifting is possible with buttons on the back of the steering wheel.





New Interior

The shifter isn't the only thing Mercedes lifted from the BMW design center, the interior looks like an homage to the present 7 Series.

In the center of the dash is an 8-inch high-resolution display for a new "Cockpit Management and Data System" (COMAND), which Mercedes says is more intuitive, and the system is operated by a COMAND Controller located on the lower center console. Sounds like iDrive to us, does it sound like iDrive to you? If you're like us, and hate the big knob, Mercedes says many vehicle controls are accessible by conventional hard keys, the multifunction steering wheel and optional voice control.

Among the new extreme features list are front seats that adjust 16 ways and offer several optional choices of ventilation and ergonomic adjustability. Optional Drive Dynamic seats will feature 25 individual pneumatic chambers and four levels of pulsating massage.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2007
The Collection of Audi Car 2007

2007 Audi Collection for Audi's Fan



The origins of Audi

The company traces its origins back to 1899 and August Horch. The first Horch automobile was produced in 1901 in Zwickau. In 1910, Horch was forced out of the company he had founded. He then started a new company in Zwickau and continued using the Horch brand. His former partners sued him for trademark infringement and a German court determined that the Horch brand belonged to his former company. August Horch was forced to refrain from using his own family name in his new car business. Horch immediately called a meeting at the apartment of Franz Fikentscher to come up with a new name for his company. During this meeting Franz's son was quietly studying Latin in a corner of the room. Several times he looked like he was on the verge of saying something but would just swallow his words and continue working, until he finally blurted out, "Father - audiatur et altera pars... wouldn't it be a good idea to call it AUDI instead of HORCH?". "Horch!" in German means "Hark!" which is "Audi" in Latin. The idea was enthusiastically accepted by everyone attending the meeting. [1] It is also popularly (but incorrectly) believed that Audi is an acronym which stands for "Auto Union Deutschland Ingolstadt". Audi produces over 2 million vehicles annually at its main production site in Ingolstadt. Audi has another production plant in Neckarsulm.

Audi started with a 2612 cc (2.6 Liter) four cylinder model followed by a 3564 cc (3.6 L) model, as well as 4680 cc (4.7 L) and 5720 cc(5.7L) models. These cars were successful even in sporting events. August Horch left the Audi company in 1920. The first six cylinder model ,4655 cc (4.7 L) appeared in 1924. In 1928, the company was acquired by Jørgen Rasmussen, owner of DKW, who bought the same year the remains of the US automobile manufacturer, Rickenbacker including the manufacturing equipment for eight cylinder engines. These engines were used in Audi Zwickau and Audi Dresden models that were launched in 1929. At the same time, six cylinder and a small four cylinder (licensed from Peugeot) models were manufactured. Audi cars of that era were luxurious cars equipped with special bodywork.

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