mercredi 11 août 2010

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.
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
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.
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.
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.

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