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Monthly Archives: March 2012

The Beetle Makes an Astounding Comeback

Everybody is excited about the new look that the Beetle will be sporting this year. The new Beetle Turbo is glossier and sportier, with creased sheet metal and a lowered roofline, so unlike its tubby predecessor. At long last, there is a Beetle that looks more masculine yet retains its cute, unassuming look. In addition, even though the roof is considerably lower now, the headroom is still amazingly ample with enough headspace to fly a big kite.
The interior of the Volkswagen is amazingly uncomplicated and the sun visors are still there, adding to the retro-like appearance of the car. For those who like great sound, you will definitely fall in love with the Turbo Beetle because it has got some kick ass Fender audio system and while the interface seems a bit complicated (no problem with the techies), you can surely get used to it in no time at all.
The power train of the new Beetle will make you drool with pleasure as you manage your sharp turns and maneuver on those curves with its easy shifts and timely revs. The entire chassis complements the engine weight and the tires so that you almost do not feel a thing on the bumps and the gutters. Gone is the old air-cooled Beetle and in comes the re-engineered Volkswagen of our time.
Aside from the new look, let us talk about performance. The new VW Beetle is powered with the 200 horsepower 2.0 liter VW engine. What I like most about the old Beetle is that it is so quick to react off the line yet it does not leave you hanging when you are trying to make short stops and hustles.  That astounding capability is still present in the new VW Beetle. You can buy the standard six-speed manual transmission but there are other variations as well.
I even tried revving the engine while cruising and the engine did it without much of an effort, thanks to the unique engineering design of the VW engine. With its dual clutch transmission, you can feel the almost seamless shifts inside the gearbox. The six speed manual is cheaper by over a thousand dollars than the other model.
Everybody knows that the Beetle is perfect in grip even on sharp turns and the new Turbo Beetle once again proved the car worthy of its name. Although there is a noticeable amount of lean when doing the turn-ins at the corner, the car simply plants itself firmly to the ground and holds its line.

The 2012 Acura NSX

In January, the new concept of the upcoming 2012 Acura NSX was announced in the North American Auto Show 2012. The new Acura NSX is considered to be the next generation Honda NSX concept in progress. On the other hand, previous concepts remained in the new Acura NSX. The previous model is a mid-engine, all-wheel drive coupe with 2 doors. These features are being adopted in the new prototype. Meanwhile, the new concept is much lighter compared to its predecessor. The integration of the light materials and contemporary platform enhances the overall weight of the vehicle. Acura NSX added an electric motor, which creates a hybrid-type of vehicle. It is integrated in the dual clutch transmission that delivers the most excellent fuel economy.
Initially, the new model was based on the Acura Advanced Sports Car Concept publicly released in 2007. In 2010, the model was called the Honda HSV-010 GT. It runs in 3.4-liter B-8 engine with 500 horsepower. During the last quarter of 2010, it was reported that the NSX successor will be created by Honda. The new concept of the Acura NSX has always been rumored to come out within this year. In fact, the new concept was dubbed as the NSX second generation model. It is fully-equipped with the V-6 hybrid power train with an all-wheel drive formula. The eco-friendly Acura NSX is composed of 3 different electric motors to boost the vehicle’s speed. On the other hand, the engine’s horsepower was not yet revealed to the public. Meanwhile, the aerodynamic design improves the overall handling of the new Acura NSX.
The 2012 Acura NSX provides the most excellent car acceleration with the new all-wheel drive system. Honda offers the VTEC system (Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control) system. The hybrid setup is one of the primary highlights of the new concept. Some people claimed that the idea of the Acura’s hybrid sports car was first created for a famous Hollywood actor. People spotted a unique Acura car in the set of the film the Avengers. Robert Downey Jr. was seen to be driving an exclusive Acura NSX made just for him. Today, several television advertisements are being aired in the United States alone. However, the production of the second-gen NSX will be offered by 2015. The production of the new Acura NSX is set to be built in Marysville, Ohio. The 2015 second generation NSX model is expected to be released by 2014.

Nissan Juke News 

Nissan Juke: Touted as the Urban Proof of the Super minis
Nissan Juke, considered as the most extreme and the smallest member of the Nissan’s range of crossover cars is touted as the “urban proof” among the other super mini cars of today. We have tried to see the car ourselves and had seen it lined up with other four cars occupying the same amount of space fiscally and physically. Nissan Juke

The Cube shares its space with the Juke; the Note is a little different from its siblings known as B-segments; the Thick C Pillar hampers visibility. The scattershot strategy conducted shows that Nissan Juke actually deserves to be called as such.

The Nissan Juke sits on a similar platform like the Cube and Note. The three are all within 155 millimeters of their lengths. The Tiida on the other hand sits on a similar space that is extended and this has also formed Micra’s basis. This gives us the point of view that their corresponding characters make them different from one another.
There was a point in time that the Cube has been described by the car’s designer as a car that seems to stand still even when it’s moving. However, the Nissan Juke’s chest that is puffed out, glass house that seems to look like a turret and rear tail that looks like a boat are enough reasons for this car model to compete with the other larger bullies.

As of this car’s aesthetic appeal, Nissan Juke comes with a terrific appeal at the kerbside, which can never be unmistakable, even in the traffic or even when it is being driven by. The car’s DRG is stratified and its blister lamps fender top is considered as something unique in the see of different cars.

The car’s rear elevation is much better along with its lamp graphics, which emphasize the car’s bustle butt and wide hips. Even the Jude’s lower bumper does not spoil the SUV vibe. Many would claim that this flamboyance level hasn’t been accessed before until now.

Nissan Jude’s center console, which has been “motorcycle inspired” and its driving fin cards for its doors, are definitely positioned in the right lines but they give the feeling of being tokenistic and they can’t be seen when you are driving.

So, for those people out there who are looking for a car, which they can brag to other then the Nissan Jude is a great choice for them.


GM Announces Stoppage of Volt Production

General Motors gives another means to idle some 1,300 workers when everything seems to be brighter for the auto industry. The automaker has announced it will be halting its production of Chevy Volt for five weeks because of low sales.  The shutdown will start from March 19 until April 23 and gave no indication the shutdown will be extended or not. It was relatively a disappointing move as electric cars have been on the showdown and have grabbed the limelight when increased sales and public interest showed signs of hopes.
It was in 2010 when the automaker got the public attention when it launched the Chevy Volt filled with glitters and grandeurs. The Chevy did not perform well in terms of sales and performance when just recently it incurred high fire risk issue. It was a blow dealt with poor sales results.
Chevy Volt is one of the hopefuls among electric cars dealing with the fuel-efficiency issues and auto enthusiasts have put high preference on it but Volts appeal seem to dwindle fast. Observers blamed it to its high price tag and consumers are quick to shift to cheaper brands of the same fuel-efficiency promise. Chevy Volt is placed at high $41,000 and a generous $7,500 tax credit did not boost its appeal.
Volt is not alone in poor sales performance and has Nissan Leaf for a company when the Japanese car only sold 1,154 units a little more down compared to Volts 1,203 units.  Both electric cars have high hopes for 2012 and still hoping to reap the fruit of their hard works in the next quarters of the 2012.
Auto Economist like Lacey Planche is quick to note that Volts poor sales reflect that consumer’s interest and appeal for Volt’s type of car is not that high and results in its failure to lure car enthusiasts to buy it. It could have account to poor marketing and fire risk issues.
Volt is still trying to dispose an oversupply of 6,000 units with 154 units per day that need to be sold. The figure is seen as a big challenge to GM thus the decision to stop production comes as a rescue. But GM is assuring people in the industry that the production will be temporary as GM and all electric car automakers are very hopeful that electric cars is the answer to the continuing gas price hike. GM is committed to make electric cars as the car for the future and it has no intention of backing off.