lundi 23 août 2010

Japanese Companies Show Off Their Coolest Cars

Lexus LF-A

If there was ever a car to shake off Lexus's staid image, it's the LFA supercar. Revealed for the first time on Oct. 21 by Toyota chief Akio Toyoda, the $375,000 car is no ordinary Lexus. Powered by a 4.8 liter V10 engine, it has a top speed of over 200 miles per hour and does 0-60 mph in just 3.7 seconds. Production will start late next year and Toyoda says only 500 will ever be built.
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Toyota FT-86

Toyota's FT-86 could be the sporty car to fill the gap left by the cancellation of MR2 and Celica sports models in 2007 and 2005, respectively. A lightweight, rear-wheel-drive sports coupe, the FT-86 is being developed with Subaru parent Fuji Heavy Industries and will feature a two-liter boxer engine and six-speed manual transmission. According to reports, Toyota is aiming for a price tag not too far over $20,000.
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Toyota FT-EV Concept II

Even smaller than Toyota's iQ microcar, the tiny FT-EV II is a compact electric vehicle designed for driving short distances. The FT-EV II has a top speed of about 62 mph (100 kmh) and a range of 56 miles (90 km). Despite its diminutive size—it measures just 2.73 by 1.68 meters—Toyota says there is ample room for four adults.
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Toyota Prius Plug-in EV

This version of the Prius Plug-in concept first showed at the Frankfurt show in September and is the first Toyota vehicle powered by lithium-ion batteries. Based on the third-generation Prius, it can be charged from an external power source, such as a household outlet, and in electric-power-only mode can go 12 miles, significantly further than a regular Prius. Toyota reckons that adds up to fuel economy of 55 km per liter (130 mpg) and CO2 emissions of 42 g/km.
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Nissan Leaf

Billed by Nissan (NSANY) as the world's first electric vehicle designed for large-scale volume production, the Leaf is the Japanese automaker's flagship "zero emission" model. First shown in Japan in August, the Leaf can go around 100 miles on a single charge and, excluding the batteries, will cost no more to buy and run than a traditional gasoline-powered car. Charging time is seven hours, although a 30 minute quick charge can get batteries back up to 80% of full power.
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Nissan Land Glider

Nissan reckons the eye-catching electric-powered compact Land Glider has a potential to become a new means of urban transportation by helping reduce traffic congestion and promote effective use of parking spaces. At just 43 inches (110 cm) wide, it should slice through traffic.
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Nissan Fuga

A new version of the top of-the-line Fuga sedan, known as the Infiniti M in the U.S., will go on sale this fall in Japan. Next year a hybrid version with lithium-ion batteries will follow, the first hybrid from Nissan using its own technology. (The Altima hybrid currently on sale uses knowhow bought from Toyota.)
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Nissan Roox

In Japan, where more than a third of cars sold are 660cc minicars, Nissan's boxy Roox could find many fans. It measures just 3.4 meters long by 1.5 meters wide. Nissan says it will be the most spacious four-seater in its class. What's more, to ease access the Roox comes with sliding doors.
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Nissan NV200 Vanette Taxi

The NV200 Vanette Taxi is designed to accommodate the elderly and the disabled with various design features, including rails to help make it easier for passengers to enter and exit. It is set to go on sale in Japan by the end of 2010 and meets government regulations promoting universal design for taxis.
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Honda CR-Z hybrid

For all Honda's success in recent years, enthusiasts complain that the company has lost interest in sportier models. The CR-Z, a sporty hybrid, should help assuage such concerns. The model at the Tokyo show is very close to the production version that will go on sale next year. Sportier than Honda's current hybrids, the CR-Z has a 1.5-liter engine and a six-speed manual transmission.
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Honda Skydeck

The Honda Skydeck is slightly larger than the company's current offerings, seating up to six passengers. Design features of the concept car include scissor-doors that open skywards and a space-saving, minimalist interior. Honda isn't saying if or when it will launch a production version of the Skydeck. However, the company has indicated it plans to launch hybrids in the future.
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Honda EV-N

If there were awards for cute cars at this year's Tokyo Motor Show, Honda's EV-N would stand a good chance of success. Looking a little bit like a 1960s Honda N360 microcar, the EV-N concept car is a thoroughly modern electric vehicle powered by lithium-ion batteries. Solar panels on the roof aid recharging. Honda hasn't said if it has plans to commercialize the EV-N.
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Honda EV Cub

For all the hype, there are many unanswered questions about the viability of electric cars, given the current limitations of battery technology. In the near term, motorbikes like the Honda EV Cub might be more practical. Taking design cues from the Honda Cub, the best-selling motorcycle in history, the electric version features a two-wheel drive system (a motor for each wheel) that improves handling on difficult surfaces. It could hit dealerships by the end of 2010.
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Mazda Kiyora

Mazda isn't showing new models at the Tokyo Motor Show. Instead, it's highlighting a host of technologies to help it improve average fuel economy by 30% by 2015. Mazda says gas-sipping technologies help make its Kiyora compact concept, first shown in Paris last fall, achieve similar fuel economy performance to hybrids.
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Subaru Hybrid Tourer

A premium touring car concept, the Hybrid Tourer combines Subaru's key technologies—boxer engines and all-wheel drive—with two electric motors to improve environmental performance. At low speeds, the rear motor is used until the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine takes over; when the car is accelerating uphill, the front motor (which usually acts as a generator) assists to drive the front axle.
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Subaru Plug-in Stella

The Plug-in Stella, alongside the Mitsubishi i, is one of two electric vehicles launched in Japan this year. Subaru's car uses a lithium battery and electric motor capable of running for up to 50 miles (80 km) on a full charge and a top speed of 62 mph (100 kmh). The version on show at the Tokyo Motor Show has what Subaru calls "a playful design" created in collaboration with Beams, a Japanese retailer.
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Daihatsu Deca Deca

Minicar specialist Daihatsu calls the Deca Deca its "super box." Huge swing-out doors on the passenger side combined with slim, folding seats make it easy to store and move large items in a tiny vehicle. Like all mini-vehicles in Japan, it is powered by a gas-sipping 660cc engine.
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Daihatsu Basket

The Basket is another fun minicar concept. Mixing practicalities with enjoyment, the Basket has a removable hardtop roof over the front two seats and removable canvas top over passengers in the rear. Based on Daihatsu's popular Mira, the Basket is powered by a 660cc engine.
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Suzuki Swift Plug-in Hybrid

Small car specialist Suzuki is yet to sell a hybrid, but when it does it will probably look like its Swift Plug-in Hybrid concept, which combines a motor, battery, and engine-powered generator and, Suzuki says, is designed to be primarily driven on electric power. For the short distances, it is powered by a battery that's charged from a household mains socket. When the battery runs low, a 660cc engine powers a generator that charges the battery.
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Suzuki SX4-FCV (Fuel-Cell Vehicle)

Even though General Motors sold what was left of its stake in Suzuki in 2008, the two carmakers continue to partner on fuel cell technology. The SX4-FCV combines a GM-produced fuel cell with a Suzuki-developed high-pressure hydrogen tank and a light, compact capacitor that recovers energy during braking. Suzuki says is testing the SX4-FCV on public roads with a view to commercialization.
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Mitsubishi Concept PX-MiEV

The Mitsubishi Concept PX-MiEV is a plug-in hybrid crossover SUV. In electric mode, the PX runs for up to 30 miles and operates in either front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive modes. When battery power runs low, a 1.6-liter gasoline engine acts as a generator to power the electric motors. At higher speeds, the engine and electric motors jointly drive wheels. Mitsubishi reckons the PX-MiEV can achieve fuel economy of 50 km/l (117.6 mpg)
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Mitsubishi i-MiEV Cargo

Based on the production i-MiEV electric vehicle, the i-MiEV Cargo adds a bit more space: Its luggage compartment is a generous 1.45 meters wide, 1.18 meters deep, and 1.1 meters high. That, the company says, makes the i-MiEV more practical than its minicar-based forerunner. What's more, the rear-wheel-drive i-MiEV cargo will can run the same distance 100 miles (160 km) on single charge.

dimanche 22 août 2010

les 4x4 des villes

Désignés comme coupables de la pollution automobile, les 4x4 font leur mue et se nomment désormais « crossovers » ou SUV. Et abandonnent bien souvent les quatre roues motrices.

Nissan Qashqai : le pionnier

A lui tout seul, le Qashqai a pratiquement lancé la mode des crossovers, ces véhicules à mi-chemin du SUV et de la berline. Avec son look de petit 4x4, son prix raisonnable (à partir de 19 850 euros) et ses capacités d'accueil, le il est aussi venu chasser sur les terres des monospaces compacts et des breaks.
Conçu à l'origine sans aucune prétention hors du bitume, le Nissan est choisi par une écrasante majorité de clients roulant en deux roues motrices. La transmission All-Mode, plus chère, est quant à elle réservée aux plus grosses motorisations et n'a pour seul argument que de permettre une conduite en toute sérénité quelles que soient les conditions climatiques.
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Mitsubishi ASX : le challenger

Anti-Qashqai, l'ASX ? D'un gabarit comparable à celui de son rival de Nissan, le Mitsubishi s'en distingue par un look qui reprend l'identité de la marque japonaise et qui s'inspire, pour la face avant, des méchantes sportives Lancer Evolution. Bénéficiant du renom de Mitsubishi en matière de 4x4, l'ASX sera pourtant vendu en version deux roues motrices, la transmission intégrale étant une option à 2 000 euros.
Pour faire la différence avec le Qashqai, l'ASX adopte un châssis faisant la part belle au plaisir de conduite et un moteur Diesel puissant (150 chevaux), étonnamment sobre (moins de 6 litres) et échappant à tout malus, même en 4x4.
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Hyundai ix35 : offensive coréenne

Le remplaçant du Tucson se lance à l'assaut des stars du marché. Sous une robe inédite, le nouvel ix35 témoigne des ambitions du constructeur coréen : original, dans l'air du temps et bénéficiant d'une finition plutôt bonne, il s'attaque aux Tiguan et autres Kuga. Là aussi la transmission 4x2 sera choisie par la majorité des clients, même si la version 4x4 de 136 chevaux échappe au malus. Le coréen compte par ailleurs sur un prix assez agressif (à partir de 26 990 euros) et sur un équipement complet dès la finition de base pour séduire. Mais l'argument final sera sans doute la garantie de cinq ans, sans limitation de kilomètres !
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BMW X1 : le sportif de la bande

Face au récent succès des SUV et autres crossovers, BMW ne pouvait pas rester inactif. Le X3, vieillissant et trop cher, se voit donc épaulé par un tout nouveau X1. Selon la tradition maison, les moteurs et le châssis visent le dynamisme, et un peu moins le confort. L'addition reste salée (28 650 euros pour un quatre-cylindres essence en finition d'accès) sans que le X1 justifie un tel prix par sa finition, assez moyenne, ni par son équipement, incomplet. Il existe en transmission sDrive (deux roues motrices) et en xDrive (intégrale). En sDrive, ce sont les roues arrière qui propulsent l'engin. Résultat ? En cas de neige, votre X1 éprouvera donc les plus grandes difficultés ! Un comble pour un supposé SUV…
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Kia Sportage : le vent en poupe

Kia n'en finit pas d'étonner. Après les excellentes Cee'd, l'originale Soul, le réussi Venga et le luxueux Sorento, c'est désormais au tour du Sportage, son SUV compact, de faire peau neuve. A part le nom, le nouveau venu n'a plus rien de commun avec l'ancienne génération.
Délibérément tourné vers les prestations routières, le Sportage sera lui aussi essentiellement vendu en version deux roues motrices. A Genève, les premiers exemplaires présentés affichaient une finition du plus bel effet, conforme aux nouveaux standards de la marque. Le prix devrait rester raisonnable, et la garantie de sept ans sera évidemment incluse.
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Nissan Juke : petit frère

Devant le succès du Qashqai, Nissan décline la recette dans le segment inférieur. D'un gabarit de (grosse) citadine, le Juke s'adressera essentiellement à une clientèle urbaine. A part pour le gros moteur essence, on ne trouve pas ici de transmission intégrale : le Juke ne reprend de l'univers des SUV que le look. Et quel look ! On aime ou on déteste, mais Nissan a laissé libre cours à l'imagination de ses designers pour un résultat étonnant. Nous, on aime, mais reste à savoir si la clientèle fera du Juke le même succès que le Qashqai.
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Dacia Duster : soldes toute l'année

Les SUV sont à la mode, les voitures low cost aussi. Dacia propose donc un SUV low cost. Logique non ? Mais low cost ne veut pas dire ici au rabais : le Duster affiche un physique plutôt séduisant ainsi qu'une fabrication sérieuse. L'intérieur n'est certes pas des plus extravagants, et les plastiques sont assez simples, mais l'ensemble est plutôt solide, comme le reste de la voiture d'ailleurs. Dacia n'utilise en effet que des composants Renault et Nissan éprouvés, notamment pour les moteurs et les transmissions. Une fois encore la version 4x2 devrait constituer l'essentiel des ventes, et c'est dommage : le Duster 4x4 apporte une sécurité supplémentaire et affiche de réelles dispositions hors du goudron !
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Volkswagen Tiguan : sérieux

Même pour faire un SUV, le constructeur de Wolfsburg ne se départ jamais de son sérieux. Le Tiguan est donc à l'image des autres productions de la marque : rigoureux, sans fioriture, pas très « fun » mais bien construit et bien fini. Exactement ce qu'attend la clientèle de la marque, qui trouve dans le Tiguan une alternative crédible au monospace Touran ou même à la Golf SW. Doté de la transmission intégrale 4 Motion dans la plupart des finitions, le Tiguan est également décliné en Bluemotion, le label écolo de la marque, qui impose les deux roues motrices. La version TDi 140 échappe ainsi au malus écolo.
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Chevrolet Captiva : la bonne affaire

Assurément le SUV le plus imposant et le plus baroudeur de notre sélection, le Captiva assure au niveau look. Avec sa calandre et son emblème Chevrolet, il distille même un petit parfum d'Amérique ! Il repose pourtant sur un Opel Antara et carbure au diesel avec un 2.0 VCDi qu'il partage avec la Cruze. Ultraéquipé dès la version de base, il offre en plus un grand espace intérieur et des prestations routières de bon niveau. La transmission à deux roues motrices concerne le plus gros des ventes, d'autant que la version 4x4 est plutôt réservée aux modèles haut de gamme.
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Renault Koleos : le SUV à vivre

Partageant ses gènes avec le coréen Samsung, le Renault Koleos connaît en France une carrière discrète, due à son design sans éclat. Dommage, car ce SUV est pétri de qualités, à commencer par un bon confort sur tous les types de routes et des prestations routières plus qu'honorables. La version 4x2 est effectivement au programme, et les diesel offrent 150 ou 175 chevaux. Il ne manque plus au Renault qu'un petit lifting pour tenter de séduire sur un marché en pleine renaissance.
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Toyota RAV4 : le précurseur

Bien avant le Qashqai, le premier SUV urbain du marché, c'est lui ! Depuis 1994, le RAV4 a évidemment beaucoup évolué, gagnant en longueur, en largeur et en espace habitable mais améliorant aussi ses prestations routières. La génération actuelle ayant déjà quatre ans, Toyota a décidé de lui offrir un sérieux lifting. La motorisation évolue aussi, notamment au niveau de la boîte de vitesses automatique. Evidemment décliné en deux roues motrices, le RAV4 échappe lui aussi au malus malgré ses 150 chevaux.
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mercredi 11 août 2010

8 leisure activity vehicle (LAV)

The Renault Kangoo

The Renault Kangoo and Kangoo Express are panel van and leisure activity vehicle produced by French automaker Renault since 1997. The Kangoo is manufactured in the MCA plant in Maubeuge, France, and in Santa Isabel, Argentina. It is also sold by Nissan in Latin America and Europe as the Kubistar.

The New Renault Kangoo and New Renault Kangoo Express were the new generation light commercial vehicle (LCV) in Renault's lineup. Based on the Scenic and manufactured in Maubeuge, sales began in January 2008.
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Citroën Berlingo

The Citroën Berlingo is a panel van and leisure activity vehicle produced by the French manufacturer Citroën since 1996.

The Berlingo uses the same chassis and looks very similar to its PSA Group stablemate the Partner. It was launched in 1996, and a revised version featuring a redesigned interior and front end was released in November 2002 (Berlingo I Phase 2). The passenger car version is named Multispace, and sells well in several European countries due to its practicality and comparatively low pricing.

The Berlingo II is based on PSA's Platform 2 (like the Citroën C4) and therefore is slightly larger and more expensive than its predecessor. The engine range is expected to be similar to other current models of the PSA group. It has been officially unveiled in January 2008.
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Peugeot Partner

The Peugeot Partner is a van and leisure activity vehicle made by the French car manufacturer Peugeot. The van is named Partner and the leisure activity vehicle Partner Combi. In Italy it is known as the Peugeot Ranch.

It is nearly identical to the Citroën Berlingo. Both the Berlingo and Partner have been produced in CNG and electric versions, all with four-cylinder engines.

The second generation Partner has been officially unveiled by Peugeot in January 2008. It came on 5 May 2008 on the European market. Several countries sell this generation alongside the original Partner, including Mexico, which continues to sell the original Partner as the Grand Raid.
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The Fiat Doblò

The Fiat Doblò is a panel van and leisure activity vehicle produced by Italian automaker Fiat since 2001, it was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in 2000.It was first launched to the public in Holland, and received the "2006 International Van of the Year" award by an international jury from 19 countries. In Singapore, a 1.4-litre LAV variant is marketed as the Fiat Panorama in 5 and 7-seater versions.

The Doblò carries a payload of up to 730 kg (1,609 lb), with an interior volume of 3.2 cubic metres (110 cu ft). The Doblò uses platform of Fiat Palio Station Wagon.

All new Doblò will be published in the early 2010, this new vehicle is developed in Turkey by Tofaş and will be built also by the Turkish company. The 2010 Doblò uses new platform which has 2,755-millimetre (108.5 in) wheelbase, 790-litre (170 imp gal; 210 US gal) luggage compartment, and low CO2 emissions (129 g/km with the 1.3 Multijet 90 PS (66 kW; 89 hp) engine. Even though it is not sold in Mexico, the new Doblò will also be sold in North America as RAM model, starting from 2012.
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Volkswagen Caddy

the first Volkswagen Caddy is a light pickup truck, and van based on the Volkswagen Group A1 platform, shared with the small family car Volkswagen Golf Mk1.

In late 2003 at the RAI Commercial Vehicle Show in Amsterdam, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles debuted the Typ 2K Caddy panel van.

The Typ 2K shares 50% of its modules with the Volkswagen Golf Mk5 and Volkswagen Touran. The new model Caddy has a more aerodynamic design, the angle of the windscreen and A-pillar is more horizontal, this makes the dashboard big and the bonnet (hood) small.

The full Caddy line-up varies from a Panel Van, Window Panel Van, Kombi (spartan seven-seat version), Caddy Life (7-seat family version), and a Camping version called the Caddy Tramper or Caddy Life Camper.
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Opel Combo

The Combo is a panel van and leisure activity vehicle from Opel, which is branded as a Vauxhall, Holden and Chevrolet, depending on the market. A pickup truck variant, designed in Brazil is available in South America, southern Africa and Australia, but not Europe. It is sold under the Holden badge in Australia.

The Combos share platforms, vital components and some body panels with contemporary subcompact Opel Corsas, which used to be a typical pedigree for such a vehicle. The generations are denoted A and B in typical Opel fashion, but Holden applied the codes SB and XC respectively, reflecting the relation with SB and XC Holden Barinas (Opel Corsa B and C, respectively)

The second generation was launched in 2001. While most competitors severed their connections with their subcompact brethren, Opel decided to base the vehicle on the Corsa again. The use of subcompact Gamma platform constrained the overall width of the vehicle. While the general body shape was updated to fashionable "flush" look, the front part (up to the A-pillar) is shared with the Corsa. Compared to previous generation, the Combo B gained sliding rear side doors (versions with either single passenger side door or double doors are available).
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Škoda Roomster

The Škoda Roomster (Typ 5J)is a five-door five-seat multi-purpose vehicle-styled leisure activity vehicle, produced by the Czech automaker Škoda Auto. It was a revealed as a production model in March 2006 at the Geneva Auto Show, with sales starting in June 2006. It is built at the Škoda factory in Kvasiny, Rychnov nad Kněžnou District.

The Roomster is Škoda's first car since the Volkswagen Group's take over of the brand that is not based entirely on an existing Volkswagen Group platform - although it is fundamentally based on the A4 (PQ34) platform, but with some unique additions. It shares components with the previous Škoda Octavia and the current Škoda Fabia. The name is reportedly a conscious combination of the words 'Room' and 'Roadster', and the split personality theme is played out in the design with a carefully honed 'driving room' ahead of the B-pillars, and a generous 'living room' to the rear. The Roomster therefore competes both in the mini MPV and leisure activity vehicle markets, which it will be sharing with the Fiat Idea, Nissan Note, Opel Meriva, Citroen C3 Picasso and Volkswagen Golf Plus.
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Ford Tourneo Connect

The Ford Tourneo Connect is a leisure activity vehicle produced by Ford, which was first put into production in 2002 to the British market. The Transit Connect is a panel van version of the Tourneo Connect. Principally termed a commercial vehicle, Ford predicted relatively low sales of between 800-1000 mainly to taxi operators, due to its given status as a commercial vehicle. However, Ford describe the Connect as a 'dual use' vehicle, equally able to meet business and leisure needs. It was put into production to rival the similar models of the Citroën Berlingo, Peugeot Partner, Volkswagen Caddy Tour and Fiat Doblò and the Opel/Vauxhall Combo Tour.

5 Mini multi-purpose vehicle en test

Daihatsu Materia

The Daihatsu Materia is a mini MPV manufactured by the Japanese automaker Daihatsu.
It is based on the platform of the second generation of the Daihatsu Sirion and is largely identical to the second generation of the Toyota bB.

Comes in 1.3L and 1.5L varieties with a 4WD version in the pipeline, manual and Auto versions. (Currently in UK they only have the 1.5L Version 16/11/2007) 0-60 mph times 10.8 seconds for manual, and 13.7 seconds for Auto (UK Versions)

Maximum speed of 106 mph (171 km/h) and for automatic 102 mph (164 km/h)

In the tenth series of Top Gear, Jeremy Clarkson jokingly compared the Materia to the Ascari A10, saying, "Sure the Daihatsu Materia is a good car... but on balance... I'd go for the big, yellow, shouty car instead."

This generation of the Materia is sold in Japan as the Daihatsu Coo and the Subaru Dex and mainly as the Toyota bB.
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Honda Mobilio

The Honda Mobilio was a seven-seater mini MPV produced by Japanese automaker Honda for its domestic market from 2001 to 2008. It was the second in Honda's Small Max series. It also took Honda's Global Small Platform and their i-DSI engine. Among its features were sliding doors that could open for easier entry and exit in small spaces.

In May 2008, the Honda Freed was introduced, replacing the Mobilio and Mobilio Spike
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Nissan Cube

The Nissan Cube is a mini MPV produced by Nissan and currently sold in Japan, North America and Europe.

The third generation Nissan Cube was revealed for the first time at the Los Angeles International Auto Show, on November 19, 2008. While this is the third generation of the vehicle, it is being offered for export markets, including Europe and North American market, for the first time. The Cube went on sale in Japan in November 2008 and the U.S. in May 2009.
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Toyota Sienta


The Toyota Sienta is a small five-door minivan with sliding doors sold only in Japan. Introduced in September 2003, it seats seven despite its very small size. It features avant-garde styling that is very similar to the Renault Twingo.

The Toyota Sienta is a three-row, seven seater compact MPV based on the popular Vitz subcompact. Built as a fun family vehicle, the Sienta comes with a distinctly front and a lavish interior.

The interior is highly flexible with the seats able to be knocked down in various configurations to accommodate varying luggage sizes. Multi compartments are available in convenient areas of the cabin for easy storage of small useful items. Large sliding doors at the rear ensures ease of entry for passengers.

This is a car commonly seen in Japan, due to its easy maintenance, low FC for MPVs ranging from 12km/l to 16km/l, and its great sliding doors. The car can also be found easily in Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan, most of them there were parallelly imported.

Toyota Sienta received a facelift in Year 2006, 3 years since its first production. Newer colors were added, such as Apple Green, Gun-Metal Grey, and Metallic Blue. And the facelifted models also contain double electric-powered sliding doors feature.
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Renault Modus

The Renault Modus is a mini MPV designed by the French automaker Renault and built in Valladolid, Spain since September 2004. The production version is very similar to the concept car of the same name, which was presented at the 2004 Geneva Motor Show. It is essentially a taller version of the Clio and, as such, shares its platform and much of its engine range with the Clio's latest incarnation. Originally marketed as "a higher-range alternative to the Twingo and Clio", it is targeted at people who want the practicality and versatility of the larger Renault Scénic but without the added size. The Clio platform that spawned the Modus also gave rise to the current Nissan Micra and its monospace relative, the Nissan Note.

lundi 9 août 2010

Copying claims in car industry

Chinese cars have become notorious across the western world for their allegations of copying designs.below some examples of copying.
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Chinese Chery QQ a carbon copy of the Daewoo Matiz
Chery QQ
Daewoo Matiz
the QQ, a car being sold by Chinese company Chery is such a blatant rip-off of the Daewoo Matiz that Daewoo's distributor had to take out ads in the local Malaysian media informing consumers about what the "real" version was.
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Shuanghuan Noble from Smart ForTwo
Smart ForTwo
Shuanghuan Noble
The Shuanghuan Noble has caused numerous controversies, with Mercedes-Benz even filing a lawsuit against Shuanghuan because of the similarities with the Smart Fortwo. Mercedes-Benz also persuaded the Italian court to prohibit the car from being exhibited at the Bologna Motor Show, but this was violated and the car was put on display.
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Wall Peri from Fiat Panda
Wall Peri
Fiat Panda
the Great Wall Peri is that it is based heavily on older models by other manufactures. The entry-level motor is supplied by Mitsubishi and both the interior and exterior resemble the second-generation Fiat Panda.

In December 2006, Italian automaker Fiat considered taking legal action against Great Wall Motor, claiming the design of the Peri as being a copy of their popular second generation Panda.

On July 16, 2008, a Turin court upheld Fiat's claim and banned the Peri from being imported into Europe. In addition, the court order ruled for Great Wall Motors to pay Fiat a 15,000 euro fine for the first Peri imported, and an additional 50,000 euros for every subsequent car that was imported.
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Great Wall Wingle from Isuzu D-Max
Isuzu D-Max
Great Wall Wingle
Great Wall Wingle comes standard with a (134 hp/200 Nm) 2.4-litre four cylinder petrol engine which is licenced from Mitsubishi Motors.

It has been noted by motoring journalists that the Wingle shares a very similar side and rear-end profile to the Isuzu D-Max sold since 2002.
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The Great Wall Florid from Toyota Vitz
Toyota Vitz
Great Wall Florid
Styling is almost entirely copied from the first generation Toyota ist (Scion xA), while the nose section is inspired by the second generation Toyota Vitz (Yaris hatchback).
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Great Wall Haval H3 from Isuzu Axiom and Toyota 4Runner
Isuzu Axiom
Great Wall Haval H3
Toyota 4Runner
it is based heavily on older models by other manufactures. The entry-level motor is supplied by Mitsubishi, the exterior resembles the Isuzu Axiom and the chassis is from a Toyota 4Runner. The Haval H3 has wheelbase of 2,700 mm (106.3 in) and 1,520 mm (59.8 in) wheel track. As the Haval H3 is a Crossover Utility Vehicle, it features 4-wheel drive (4WD), however it can be switched to standard 2-wheel drive.
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BYD e6 from Honda Odyssey
Honda Odyssey
BYD e6
an EV crossover/MPV with a front end similar in appearance to the JDM Honda Odyssey.
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BYD B8 convertible from Mercedes SL
BYD B8
Mercedes SL
B8 convertible Mercedes SL-lookalike. it said someone's gonna die dramatically in this thing.