Sunday, March 30, 2008

Nissan Micra

Nissan Micra

Class - five hatchback Class B
Seats - 3, 5
Start of production - 2003
The engine - gasoline, 1.2 litres to 1.4 litres volume
Power - from 65 to 88 hp
The types of transmissions - automatic 4 - speed, manual 5 - Speed
Drive - front
Estimated price - from $ 15890 to $ 19995

Nissan set a new standard for small cars in early 2003 with Nissan Micra (Nissan Mikra) and to this day it is one of the best car in the segment. Micra exterior design may not look attractive to everyone, but the car is well equipped, inexpensive in maintenance , has some special features (such as entry without a key and display congratulating on your birthday) and really worth the money spent, It does not matter whether you buy new or used vehicle.

Nissan Micro (Nissan Micro) is also easy to drive, and has a wide choice of engines: four petrol, two diesel and if there is a need, option LPG / liquefied gas. Models sold since October 2007, have been upgraded and have other names, depending on the edition and finishing.

Nissan Micra

Nissan Micra


There is a wide choice of engines ranging from petrol, the volume of 1 litre. Like similar models from other manufacturers, it is characterized by high fuel economy (4.2 l/100km), but has just 64 horsepower, so the major driving away from the city is a pain. In summer 2005 he was removed from production. Engines with 1.2 liters well suited Micra, and a car capable both for short trips on highways, and on driving inside the city. Since late 2007 Nissan added more economical (but less powerful) version - 65 hp

A car with 1.4 liter engine, 86 hp is a good choice for the driver, conducting a lot of time in travel by highway. There are also two diesel engine, 1.5 liters of volume, capacity 65 or 82 hp Both offer great fuel economy (you can expect less than 3.5 l/100 km), and driving with the more powerful of them - real pleasure.

Elongated body shape frees up lots of head space, although higher adult passengers back may seem slightly uncomfortable. For a car of this class front and rear has enough room for legs and interior seems bright and spacious. All engines adapted to normal driving conditions, while the R160 noisy at the start (though we can not say that this is an unpleasant sound). Noise from the drive kept at a low level, although at high speed may be some noise from the wind.

Nissan Micra received four stars in Euro NCAP kresh-testing. When the car started to produce in 2003, it was a solid result, now five stars have become the norm. Nevertheless, four stars - it is quite worthy. The high level of safety equipment, including four airbags - on all models except the base system E. Intelligent Key allows you to keep the key in your pocket, while opening the door or starting the engine a simple button.

Friday, March 28, 2008

BMW Brings Back Isetta

BMW is going to resume production of urban mini-car Isetta, which will become the most affordable model from BMW, to compete with Smart For Two models of Daimler, Fiat 500 and Volkswagen Up.


Currently, BMW chooses design for a car smaller than the size of MINI. It will come with small gasoline engine, which complies with current and future EU environmental standards. The hybrid versions of BMW Isetta is not planed, as these technologies are intended for larger models of the company.

In Europe, Isetta is well known - for many residents of Old World she was the first post-war car (produced in the period from 1955 to 1962). Car is also known as "Bubble Car", because it has the form of eggs and bubble windows. The machine was equipped with a motorcycle 9.5 hp engine and clocked up to 30 in 30 seconds.

According to BMW the current model design would no longer be so unique, as it would have to conform to modern safety requirements. Renewed Isetta will receive four wheels and two doors on the sides, however, will retain the body proportions and rear wheel drive. BMW plans to equip Isetta with a new environmentally friendly engine that, coupled with a small weight make it one of the most environmentally friendly cars.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

TAC Stark: Brazil's mini-SUV

Little-known Brazilian automakers TAC is going to mass produce new mini-SUV.




Exterior design of TAC Stark is somewhat in between Jeep Wrangler and buggy. The engine borrowed from a German Wolkswagen. Engine has 100 hp, and works on gasoline or ethanol. If the mini-SUV from Brazil appears on the market before competitors in this class, it will be the first off-road capable of working on two types of fuel.

TAC Stark length is about 4 meters, wheelbase - 2.5 m, weight is only 1300 kg. In Brazil SUV will be sold as early as next year at a cost of $41,000, and from 2012 mini-SUV will ship to other countries for $13,000.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Ford Fiesta

Ford Fiesta

Class - five door hatchback Class B
Number of seats - 5
Start of production - 2002
The engine - gasoline, 1.3 litres to 1.6 litres volume
Power - from 80 to 100 hp
The types of transmissions - automatic 4 - speed, manual 5 - speed, robotic 5 - Speed
Drive - front
Estimated price - from $ 14325 to $ 18070

Fiesta - is one of the most recognizable names in the auto world. For many people, Fiesta has become a synonym for the phrase "small car" or "compact car". When buyers think about small cars, they automatically imagine Ford Fiesta.

In late 2005 Ford Fiesta has been completely revised and updated, thus received more elegant appearance and become more practical, without jeopardizing the ease of use.

Ford Fiesta

Ford Fiesta

Ford Fiesta one of the most practical car in the class of "compact cars", of course not counting the Toyota Yaris, Renault Clio and Fiat Grande Punto. It has enough room in front, and the rear, new Ford Fiesta without problems fits 4 adults. The new Ford Fiesta is easy to manage and it goes where you tell it.

Fiesta comes in 4 editions (excluding sports Zetec S and ST): Studio, Style, Zetec, Zetec Climate and Ghia.

Wide choice of engines is available. 73 hp 1.25 liters - in easy driving through the city, 1.3 liters was available for a limited period (2002-2003) and was slightly weaker than the engine with the volume of 1.25 litres. Which has replaced it later. Engine with the volume of 1.4 litres. is not bad in urban driving, but had some difficulties on faster roads. For fans of speedy ride most suitable one is 1.6 litres. with 100 hp.

Speaking of safety, the new Ford Fiesta has shown a good result, 4 of the 5-star rated Euro NCAP. In the accident, auto provides good protection, but driver chest still exposed to some danger. In addition, the car is equipped with two front airbags and ABS. Side airbags are also available as optional equipment. Each car also comes with anti-theft, so you can sleep peacefully.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Daewoo Matiz

Daewoo Matiz

Class - A five-class hatchback
Number of seats - 4
Start of production - 1998
The engine - gasoline, the volume of 0.8 litres to 1.0 litres
Power - from 51 to 63 hp
The types of transmissions - automatic 4 - speed, manual 5 - Speed
Drive - front
Estimated price - from $ 7400 to $ 10860

Global giant General Motors bought Daewoo, when in 2002 the Korean company went bankrupt. One of the main benefits of GM Daewoo cars, is they all come with three year free annual maintenance.

Deo Matiz - well-built multi functional car, which is has not bad capacity, combined with a more attractive appearance than those of its competitors. Excellent warranty, free service for 3 years, a relatively small price, all this makes the Daewoo Matiz very attractive buy.

Since its release, attractive Matiz remains to this day the most competitive model Daewoo. Matiz comes in two editions - SE and SE + and is available with two engines 800 cc and 3 cylinder 1.0 litre 4 cylinder.

Daewoo Matiz

Daewoo Matiz

Daewoo Matiz


The latest version with a 1.0 liter engine more usable than 800 cc, which is experiencing difficulties if fully loaded on highways. If most of your time you spend in the city, you can buy and cheaper version of 800 cc. That is quite agile for urban traffic, cheap and reliable. Version 1.0 is good a choice if you go for full load or drive on highways a lot.

With standard upright driving position and excellent visibility, Daewoo Matiz is one of the easiest cars to driving. In urban traffic, where agility and excellent visibility is important, Matiz brings the most pleasure. Small size auto and ease of driving will allow you to park in places where ordinary car could not.

For its class Matiz is quite spacious, but with each additional passenger car agility deteriorates.

Regarding safety, the Matiz received three stars out of 5 rated Euro NCAP. It has two airbags, stability and security systems.

Daewoo Matiz is sold as cheap and cheerful city car. However, in comparison with cars the same age and type, such as Kia Picanto, the cost of Matiz is not so impressive. That is, prices are very similar, but Picanto for example has more different functions for the same money.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Audi TT All Wheel Drive Quattro Coupe

In April Audi company intends to begin selling all wheel drive coupe and roadster versions of TT, equipped with basic 2 litter petrol turbo engine with direct fuel injection system FSI.


Standard TT comes with 4-cylinder 2-litter 200 horsepower engine, with maximum torque -280 Nm and with a six-speed automatic S-tronic as the only transmission choice with this engine. The all wheel drive TT can also be ordered with a 250-hp 3.2-liter V6 with the choice of a six-speed manual or a six-speed S-tronic transmission.

Performance: from 0 to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds.