News: Cadillac displays new SRX Crossover at Pebble Beach

cadillac-suv-fq

Cadillac has provided a special sneak preview of the next-generation SRX Crossover, a 2010 model that will launch worldwide in mid-to-late 2009. Cadillac says that the all-new SRX, unveiled at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, in Monterey, California, will “bring a more dynamic alternative to the heart of the luxury crossover segment, featuring a fresh iteration of Cadillac’s signature design language”.

The all-new SRX will debut at major global motorshows later this year, at which time complete details will be released. The 2010 model will replace the current SRX Crossover, which launched in 2004 as a key component of Cadillac’s ongoing product renaissance and global expansion. This next-generation crossover is similar in styling and proportion to Cadillac’s Provoq Concept that made its UK debut at the British International Motorshow in July 2008.

The all-new production model is being developed to achieve excellent driving dynamics and wet-weather traction, with an elegantly modern cabin designed to accommodate five passengers and ample luggage.

News: Collaboration between Aston Martin and Chinese artist Qin Yufen

aston-martin-art

Aston Martin Chief Executive Officer Dr Ulrich Bez, Aston Martin China Chief Executive Officer Kenny Chen and the artist Qin Yufen have unveiled Beijing 008 at the city’s Today Art Museum in Beijing’s Chaoyang district. This interesting art installation celebrates the arrival of Aston Martin in China through a mix of traditional craft, iconographic imagery and sculpture.

Qin Yufen’s artwork is a remarkable installation that brings together Chinese handicraft skills, theoretical physics and the striking form of Aston Martin’s V8 Vantage.

Born in 1954, Qin Yufen lives and works in Beijing and Berlin. Her work explores the intersection between art, nature and technology, using natural materials, flowing fabrics and traditional processes to highlight the beauty of natural forms and their technological equivalents. Working closely with the Today Art Museum, its director Zhang Zikang and Senior Independent Curator Huang Du, Qin Yufen based the installation upon Professor Stephen Hawking’s statement that ‘disorder increases with time because we measure time in the direction in which disorder increases’.

The resulting structure embraces history, time, culture and speed. A giant tape measure, built from steel and wood and carefully covered in hundreds of hexagons of yellow-dyed silk, symbolises the importance of eternal standards. Within the measure itself, a 2.4m high structure, the artist has illuminated Hawking’s quote using bright yellow neon. The measure is set on a vast carpet, imprinted with the distinctive radial city map of Beijing, signifying the earth, while high above, in the Today Art Museum’s cavernous main gallery, fly a swarm of kites, a traditional symbol of the city. Each kite has been painstakingly made by hand, depicting the evolution of form from bird into sports car. Finally, the piece is completed by a sculpture of Professor Hawking himself.

Mixing Qin Yufen’s own cross-cultural background with the industrial found objects that feature so prominently in her work, Beijing 008 is a deliberately ambiguous work of art. As the artist states, Hawking’s quote operates on a number of levels, but for her it represented the ‘essentially mysterious nature’ of the 21st century. Every element of the structure – save for the V8 Vantage – was constructed at the artist’s own studio in Beijing or at nearby workshops.

The show was officially opened by Dr Ulrich Bez, Kenny Chen, Qin Yufen and Zhang Zikang in front of a crowd of 800 friends of the gallery and of Aston Martin China. Beijing 008 was on show at the Today Art Museum, and coincided with the spectacular opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympic Games, held at the city’s new National Stadium, the ‘Bird’s Nest’.

The collaboration between Aston Martin and the Today Art Museum came at a critical time in China’s modern history, and marked the symbolic unification of East and West, as well as the arrival of a highly respected automotive brand into significant new markets and a globally respected gallery that has extensive experience of cultivating innovation.

Aston Martin Chief Executive Officer Dr Ulrich Bez, Aston Martin China Chief Executive Officer Kenny Chen and the artist Qin Yufen have unveiled Beijing 008 at the city’s Today Art Museum in Beijing’s Chaoyang district. This interesting art installation celebrates the arrival of Aston Martin in China through a mix of traditional craft, iconographic imagery and sculpture.

Qin Yufen’s artwork is a remarkable installation that brings together Chinese handicraft skills, theoretical physics and the striking form of Aston Martin’s V8 Vantage.

Born in 1954, Qin Yufen lives and works in Beijing and Berlin. Her work explores the intersection between art, nature and technology, using natural materials, flowing fabrics and traditional processes to highlight the beauty of natural forms and their technological equivalents. Working closely with the Today Art Museum, its director Zhang Zikang and Senior Independent Curator Huang Du, Qin Yufen based the installation upon Professor Stephen Hawking’s statement that ‘disorder increases with time because we measure time in the direction in which disorder increases’.

The resulting structure embraces history, time, culture and speed. A giant tape measure, built from steel and wood and carefully covered in hundreds of hexagons of yellow-dyed silk, symbolises the importance of eternal standards. Within the measure itself, a 2.4m high structure, the artist has illuminated Hawking’s quote using bright yellow neon. The measure is set on a vast carpet, imprinted with the distinctive radial city map of Beijing, signifying the earth, while high above, in the Today Art Museum’s cavernous main gallery, fly a swarm of kites, a traditional symbol of the city. Each kite has been painstakingly made by hand, depicting the evolution of form from bird into sports car. Finally, the piece is completed by a sculpture of Professor Hawking himself.

Mixing Qin Yufen’s own cross-cultural background with the industrial found objects that feature so prominently in her work, Beijing 008 is a deliberately ambiguous work of art. As the artist states, Hawking’s quote operates on a number of levels, but for her it represented the ‘essentially mysterious nature’ of the 21st century. Every element of the structure – save for the V8 Vantage – was constructed at the artist’s own studio in Beijing or at nearby workshops.

The show was officially opened by Dr Ulrich Bez, Kenny Chen, Qin Yufen and Zhang Zikang in front of a crowd of 800 friends of the gallery and of Aston Martin China. Beijing 008 was on show at the Today Art Museum, and coincided with the spectacular opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympic Games, held at the city’s new National Stadium, the ‘Bird’s Nest’.

The collaboration between Aston Martin and the Today Art Museum came at a critical time in China’s modern history, and marked the symbolic unification of East and West, as well as the arrival of a highly respected automotive brand into significant new markets and a globally respected gallery that has extensive experience of cultivating innovation.

News: UK motorists switching to smaller, more efficient vehicles

Values of larger, less fuel efficient cars continue to fall at above-average rates as growing numbers of UK motorists shift into smaller vehicles in an effort to lower their running costs.

According to EurotaxGlass’s, publisher of Glass’s Guide, cars perceived to be less fuel efficient and potentially the subject of much higher rates of road tax, such as large executive cars and larger 4x4s, have dropped by as much as eight per cent in a single month this summer.

“The current economic climate has accelerated a trend of downsizing in all but the smallest used car segments,” comments Adrian Rushmore, Managing Editor at EurotaxGlass’s.  “Dealers have reported that significant numbers of customers feel coerced into a change of car because their current mode of transport had become a financial drain on their incomes.  Others were opting for a change because they feared that the major costs of fuel and VED [vehicle excise duty] would become a greater financial burden in the short to medium term.”

This desire to downsize is a mixed blessing for car dealers. “With demand across the used car market as a whole continuing to ease back, it is some small consolation to retailers that the current economic turmoil is at least driving sales of smaller models.

“However, these customers are presenting dealers with a lot of unwanted part exchanges — cars that are fuel inefficient, with high emissions and often large. These include off-road 4x4s, large MPVs, and mid-sized and large executive and luxury saloon cars.  Dealers are left to anxiously ponder the demand for, and declining values of, such cars. In some instances trade demand has been totally absent, as dealers consider how low retail prices need to be set in order to attract customer interest.”

The only encouraging news from the market during the last couple of weeks is that both buyers and sellers are becoming more accustomed to the low prices, and this has meant that more transactions are taking place.

News: Website Content Editor and Motoring Writer wanted

Car enthusiasts, this is your dream job. If you’re a dab hand with words, are very computer savvy and are passionate about all things automotive, we’re looking for a website content editor/motoring writer for our motoring titles

We love cars, and we hope you will, too because you’ll be helping look after our car-related websites: NZ Performance Car, NZ Classic Car, NZV8, Car and SUV, and RV Lifestyle. They’re the online equivalents of some of the market-leading magazines we publish, and extend through to the events we run and our TV show Jim Beam Performance Car TV.

This role requires an enthusiastic person with strong writing skills and fast computer skills. Working in a small team (and in conjunction with our huge team of magazine contributors and editors), you’ll be researching news, writing articles and car reviews, and uploading and scheduling content. You’ll be at the hub of all things new and exciting in the automotive world, and some things old and exciting (like a million dollar 300SL Merc!)

Working primarily with our web-based content management system you must be able to work unsupervised. It should go without saying that your written English must be top notch —people who can’t spell or who can’t write coherent sentences aren’t the right fit. Ideally you’ll already be a fountain of knowledge about automotive matters, from modified Japanese imports to electric vehicles, supercharged muscle cars to concours-winning classics.

So, to recap the important things you need for this job:
1) Total enthusiasm and passion for cars
2) Ability to write articles quickly
3) Highly web-savvy
4) Able to cope with varying workloads, and can meet deadlines

This is a junior to intermediate position and training will be provided.

Send in your CV with some examples of your writing to
The publisher
gvincent@parkside.co.nz

Audi: Audi RS6 quattro Avant 2008 Review

audi-rs6-fq

The Olympics are on as I write this article. China is in the lead in the medals table (most likely because their lungs are used to Beijing’s air quality). To get to the Olympics you have to be faster, stronger, more focused. It takes dedication, flexibility, a competitive spirit, and the willingness to get up in the morning a good two hours before most of us have finished dreaming about relaxing by the pool with a burger and milkshake.

Could the Audi RS6 qualify for the Olympics? No. It’s a station wagon on steroids; a sports car with a paunch. It’s lost the lithe athleticism that’s required due to an abundance of accoutrements such as an automatically closing tailgate, in-dash TV, and a set of deep, leather-clad, electrically adjustable bucket seats that clasp your torso like fat kid grips a hotdog.

The RS6 is like a prop forward in the 100m dash — comparatively speaking, it’s quick, but it’s never going to beat the true 100m runners. And when it wants to stop, there’s a much larger amount of muscle to decelerate.

But is that a bad thing? Short of airfreight, the Audi RS6 has to be the quickest way to move large boxes and a family around. It’s a supercar you can take on holiday without even having to deflate the beach ball.

Motive power is supplied by a 5.0-litre twin-turbo V10 (derived from the Lamborghini Gallardo’s engine) that bulges out of the engine bay like a weightlifter in a leotard. The stance at the front is all muscle, but it’s not just the front wheels that pull the car along. The quattro system (with electronic stability control and electronic diff lock) keeps the 580bhp and 650Nm in deep communication with the ground via a slick-shifting automatic six-speed dual clutch gearbox, which can also be controlled using paddles behind the steering wheel.

That combination equates to an almost Playstation-esque driving experience. Simply floor the throttle and marvel at how the scenery becomes distorted without you really even realising you’re gathering pace at a rapid rate of knots. Such is the aplomb with which the RS6 insulates you from its potential rawness, that it doesn’t seem anything like 4.6 seconds to 100kph.

Being a station wagon (with a practical 1660 litres of boot space), Audi has included useful movable load anchors, and a cargo net that extends from the top of the rear seats up to the ceiling — good protection against moving loads under braking, especially when you consider the Audi’s cross-drilled discs which are the size of table saws.

The four 20-inch wheels come wrapped in 275/35R20 Rubber — the bulky Audi needs those large contact patches. The suspension can be set to comfortable, dynamic or out-and-out rock solid sporty for rapid motoring.

Driven in a more lethargic manner, the RS6 performs excellently. There’s very little engine noise, the handling manners are perfect, and the Bose Surround stereo is exceptional. Parking is easy too with sensors front and back, and a reversing camera with direction visualisation (lines that change angle when you turn so that you can see where you’ll end up) and parallel park assist.

The large screen also serves as the hub for the entertainment system and satellite navigation. DVDs can be played via the screen while the car is stationary (as per watching the TV), and there’s a 6-CD stacker which is MP3 compatible. The satellite navigation is Audi’s usual option with the almost alluring female voice encouraging you to ‘please turn left in 100m.’ A jog wheel and two buttons facilitate data entry into the unit.

The RS6 left me feeling a bit like watching the opening ceremony at the Olympics. I was wowed, awe-struck, but then I realised there was a lot of electronic trickery, and somehow it felt kind of empty. It’s mercilessly quick, and contains almost every electronic option you’d need (except, surprisingly, tri- or quad-zone air conditioning), but when you buy one, you have to understand that for $251,000 you’re buying performance that is effortless; an inconspicuous super-tourer with which to bludgeon away the kilometres, but not necessarily one you’ll drive just for the hell of it. Now, where’s my beach ball.

Click through to the next page to read the full specifications of the Audi RS6

Price: from $251,000. Our test model had the optional load retaining kit ($400)

What we like

  • It has almost everything¦

What we don’t like

  • Except soul
Model
Audi RS 6 Avant
Engine / electrics
Engine type

Aluminium ten-cylinder V90° spark-ignition engine with FSI petrol direct injection, twin turbochargers, regulated high-pressure and low-pressure fuel system

Valve gear / number of valves per cylinder

DOHC cylinder head, roller cam followers with hydraulic valve-play compensation, continuous camshaft adjustment for the intake and exhaust valves, maintenance-free timing assembly via chain / 4V

Displacement in cc / bore x stroke in mm / compression

4991 / 84.5 x 89.0 / 10.5 : 1

Maximum power output in kW / at rpm

426 / 6250-6700

Maximum torque in Nm / at rpm

650 / 1500-6250

Engine management / mixture preparation

Fully electronic engine management, single-rod ignition coils, 2 control units as ‘master-slave’ concept, drive-by-wire throttle control, sequential petrol direct injection, cylinder-selective knock control, adaptive lambda control (per cylinder bank), mapped ignition with solid-state high-voltage distribution, comfort and quick-start system / secondary air system, Bosch ME9.1.2

Exhaust emission control

Single-pipe manifold with 4 integrated close-coupled main catalytic converters, each with pre-catalyst and post-catalyst probe

Emissions rating

Euro 4

Alternator in A / battery in A/Ah

190 / 520 / 110

Drive / transmission
Drivetrain type

quattro permanent four-wheel drive with self-locking centre differential with asymmetric/dynamic distribution of torque
electronic stabilisation program ESP, ASR traction control,
electronic differential lock EDL

Clutch

Hydraulic torque converter with lock-up clutch

Gearbox type 6-speed tiptronic with DSP (Dynamic Shift Program) and Sport program
Gear ratio in 1st gear / 2nd gear

4.171 / 2.340

Gear ratio in 3rd gear / 4th gear

1.521 / 1.143

Gear ratio in 5th gear / 6th gear

0.867 / 0.691

Reverse gear / final drive ratio

3.403 / 3.317

Running gear / steering / brakes
Front suspension

Independent four-link front suspension with virtual steering axis, anti-roll bar, spring/damper unit

Rear suspension

Independent-wheel, trapezoidal-link rear suspension, anti-roll bar

Steering / steering ratio / turning circle in m

Maintenance-free rack-and-pinion steering with speed-dependent power assistance (servotronic) 12.5 / 12.2

Brake system, front/rear

Dual-circuit brake system with diagonal split, anti-lock brake system ABS, brake servo, electronic brake-force distribution EBD and ESP, ventilated brake discs at front and rear, front: six-piston high-performance brakes

Wheels / tyres

9J x 19 alloy wheels in 10-spoke design / 255/40 R19

Performance / consumption / acoustics
Top speed in km/h

250 (governed)

Acceleration 0-100 / 0-200 km/h in seconds

4.6 / 14.9

Fuel type

Unleaded Super, 95 RON (91 RON with slight reduction in performance)

Fuel consumption: urban / extra urban / overall, l/100 km

20.4 / 10.3 / 14.0

CO2 mass emission, g/km

333

Standing / drive-past exterior noise level in dB (A)

84/74

Servicing / guarantee (New Zealand)
Oil Change

15,000kms or 12 months

Audi Cover/ Vehicle/ Paint/ Rust Perforation Warranty 3 years/ 3 years with unlimited mileage/ 3 years/ 12 years
Weights / loads
Unladen weight in kg / gross weight limit in kg

2025 / 2655

Axle load limit at front / rear in kg

1410 / 1380

Roof load limit in kg

100

Capacities
Cooling system capacity (incl. heating) in litres

14

Engine oil capacity (incl. filter) in litres

11.2

Fuel tank capacity in litres

80

Body / dimensions
Body type

Unitary steel body, galvanised, aluminium wings and bonnet

Number of doors / seats

4 doors / 5 seats

Drag coefficient Cd / frontal area A in m2

0.35 / 2.36

Length / width excl. mirrors/ height, mm

4928 / 1889 / 1460

Wheelbase / track at front/rear, mm

2846 / 1614 / 1637

Height of loading lip in mm

630

Luggage capacity in l, acc. to VDA block method

565 – 1660 (loaded up to roof with rear seat folded down)

Notes

1. Car’s unladen weight excluding driver. Optional extras may increase its unladen weight and aerodynamic drag coefficient, in which case the payload limit and top speed will be correspondingly lower.

2. Measured by the VDA test method using 200 x 100 x 50 mm blocks. Second value for Avant: rear seat back folded and loaded up to roof.

3. If not available, Super unleaded (95 RON) can be used; power output will be slightly reduced. Performance and consumption data were taken with SuperPlus unleaded (98 RON).

4. Depending on driving style, road and traffic conditions, environmental influences and the car’s condition and equipment, the fuel consumption obtained in practice may differ from these standard test values.
5.0 V10 FSI quattro Avant
Cubic Capacity: 4,991
KiloWatts/Bhp: 426 / 580
Torque (Nm/rpm): 650 / 1,500 – 6,250
Cylinders / Valves Per Cylinder: 10/4
Fuel Injection System: FSI
Drive Train: quattro
Transmission – Tiptronic With DSP & Sport Program: 6 speed
Servotronic Steering Assistance
Suspension: Dynamic Ride Control, Three Stage Variable Suspension
Acceleration 0-100 km/h (secs): 4.6
Top Speed (km/h): 250
Fuel consumption combined in l/100 km (CO2 emission): 14.0 (333)
Audi Cover Assistance – 3 Year Cost Free Motoring
Galvanised Body – 12 Year Anti-Corrosion Warranty

Safety and Security

ABS with EBD (Electronic Brake Pressure Distribution) and Electronic Brake Assist
ASR Traction Control System, with EDL – Electronic Diff Lock and ESP
Front Passenger Airbag Key Deactivation
ISOFIX Child Seat Anchorages Front & Rear
Active Front Head Restraints
Driver & Passenger Airbags, Side Airbags Front And Rear, and Sideguard Head Airbag System
Head Restraints Front & Rear
5 Auto-Retract 3-Point Seatbelts
Tyre Pressure Monitoring System

Exterior

Alloy Wheels (quattro GMBH desgn): 20″ 5 Spoke Design
Tyres: 275 /35
Aluminium- Look Housing for Exterior Mirrors
Auto Headlight Activation with Rain Sensor, Coming-Home and Daytime Driving Mode
Automatic Dimming Exterior Mirrors – Electric & Heated with Memory function
Automatic tailgate operation (electric open and close)
Black painted brake callipers with RS6 emblem
Bi- Xenon Plus with Adaptive Light
Tyre Mobility System
Headlight Washers
Rear Fog Lights

Interior

Air Conditioning with Sun Sensor & Humidity Sensor
AMI Audi Music Interface For Connection With MP3 & ipod Devices. Operated Via MMI & Multifunction Steering Wheel
Auto Dimming Interior Mirrors
Carbon Styling Package
CD Changer for AMI
Cruise Control
Dash Inserts: Carbon Atlas
Bose Surround System
Driver Information System
Dual Band GSM Hands-Free car phone in MMI
Electric Front Seats with Lumber and Drivers Memory
Electric Windows Front & Rear
Electromechanical Parking Brake
Heated Front & Rear Seats
Height And Reach Adjustable Steering Column: Electric with auto easy entry
Illuminated Vanity Mirrors

Interior Trim

Silk Nappa Leather With Piping
Leather Gear Shift: Perforated Leather
Leather 3- Spoke Multifunction RS Flat Bottom Sports Steering Wheel with shift paddles
Lighting Package
Multi Function Trip Computer with Colour Display
Multi Media Interface (MMI)
Advanced Parking Aid Front & Rear with rear view camera
RS6 Sports seats
RS6 door sill trims
Navigation
Split Folding Rear Seat
Storage Package
TV Reception
Through Loading Ski Sleeve

Words and photos Darren Cottingham


Road Tests / Car Reviews: Skoda Fabia 1.6 16V 2008 Review

skoda-fabia-fq

For those of you not au fait with the greatest band in the world, AC/DC, here is a quick history lesson.

Two brothers, Angus and Malcolm Young, start a rock band in 1973, write some of the best songs ever and are immortalised on the bedroom walls of 13 year-old boys around the world.

Now here’s the thing. Both brothers play guitar, but in 35 years of the band performing and recording, Malcolm has never played a guitar solo. Not a single, solitary note.

Angus has always been the school uniform-clad demon, writhing around like a dying cockroach while ripping out face-melting solos on his Gibson SG guitar. Malcolm, on the other hand, has stood quietly in the background, holding the rhythm solid and going largely unnoticed for 35 years.

The Skoda Fabia is also the ignored sibling of a famous family, always a distant second in the Volkswagen Group to either the pert Polo or popular Golf.

Unlike Malcolm, it seems that Skoda has finally stepped out of the shadows with a new platform for the Fabia (shared with SEAT) and delivered a solo worth listening to.

The new Fabia platform is a little bigger than the previous model which puts it between the Polo and Golf size-wise

Price-wise it is a different story as the Fabia has a unique position as there is not an equivalent engined Polo model to match on price, and the Golf range is more expensive.

However the forthcoming Polo could well be based on the Fabia platform and share closer pricing.

At the moment though, the Fabia starts at $27,990 for the 1.4 diesel rising to $29,990 for the 1.6 auto version as tested.

There are quite a few things to like about the Skoda Fabia. The interior is probably one of the best in its class with a real air of quality about all controls and surfaces, something that is very hard to find in the sub-$30,000 bracket.

The seats are firm and give decent support, while in the back there is a good amount of leg room even for tall people. While a band’s roadies won’t like the diminutive size, the interior is quite spacious both for groupies and luggage.

The only real problem with the interior is the centre arm rest which while providing storage, obscures the hand-brake but it can be folded out of the way.

The quality feel inside also translates to ability on the road where the Fabia shows enough competence to make it an interesting proposition to drive. The ride is compliant and the car feels quite solid though a little high when pitched into corners. Work the suspension hard and it starts to feel a little rubbery and roll through corners is evident but it still gets along back roads quickly with a minimum of road noise and a good amount of feel through the steering wheel and seat.

The engine growls like a would-be rock singer when you give it an audition and produces a good amount of power to back up the noise. The best word to describe acceleration is ‘brisk’ but it does get the job done. The 6-speed auto is well-sorted and the manual shift option helps to make the performance sportier.

Economy is not bad either with a combined total of 8L/100km on my various trips, while a long suburban run at 60km/h saw a best of 6.8L/100km

Aesthetics aren’t really the Fabia’s strong suit — the back and side are very non-descript — but it’s redeemed slightly by a moderately handsome front end and the MINI-style white roof.

While the Skoda Fabia doesn’t have the cachet of its savvy, cafe latte, Volkswagen brethren it is just as solid inside and as likeable to drive.

It won’t set the world on fire with solos that will inspire every teen to take up the guitar but it will, like Malcolm Young, provide a quality rhythm without fuss.

Price: from $27,990. As tested $29,990

What we like

  • Raspy engine note
  • Interior quality
  • Auto transmission

What we don’t like

  • Armrest is too high and interferes with gear changes/handbrake operation
Performance
Acceleration (0-100km/h) 11.5 seconds
Performance
Engine Power – KW 78.3@5600
Engine Torque – NM 153@3800
Performance
Top Speed 185km/h
Tyres
Alloy Wheels Yes
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft Double-Overhead (DOHC)
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC (Cubic Capacity in cm3) 1598
Emissions
CO2 (g/km) 180
Engine and Drive Train
Compression Ratio 10.5:1
Engine Orientation IN-LINE
Cylinders 4
Cylinders – Bore (mm) 76.5
Cylinders – Stroke (mm) 86.9
Engine and Drive Train
Engine Orientation FRONT TRANSVERSE
Engine and Drive Train
Fuel Delivery MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank (Litres) 45
Engine and Drive Train
Number of Gears 6 SPEED
Weight and Capacities
Gross Weight (kg) 1630
Emissions
HC (Hydrocarbons) 0.062
HC+NOx N/a
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1498
Height (mm, inc. roof rails) N/a
Vehicle Dimensions
Length (mm) 3992
Weight and Capacities
Luggage Space (Litres, Seats Down) 1163
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 300
Load Weight (kg) 515
Roof Load (kg) 75
Towing Weight, Braked (kg) 1000
Towing Weight, Unbraked (kg) 500
Min Kerb Weight (kg) 1115
Number of Seats 5
Emissions
Noise Level dB(A) 74
NOx (Nitrogen Oxides) 0.032
Engine and Drive Train
No. Valves 16
Tyres
Space Saver No
General
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Emissions
EU Emission Standards EURO 4
Engine and Drive Train
Transmission Type SEMI-AUTO
Weight and Capacities
Kerb-Kerb Turning Circle (metres) 10
Tyres
Front Tyre Size 205/45 R16
Rear Tyre Size 205/45 R16
Spare Tyre Size 205/45 R15
Spare Tyre Size 205/45 R16
Wheel Style ATRIA
Wheel Type 16″ ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Wheelbase (mm) 2462
Width (mm) 1642
Width (mm, inc. mirrors) N/a

Words Ben Dillon, photos Darren Cottingham

News: Suzuki Alto coming to New Zealand in 2009

suzuki-alto-fql

The new generation Suzuki Alto mini-car is set for a New Zealand launch next year.

The stylish five-door hatchback goes into production in October and makes its world debut at the Paris international motor show the same month.

Destined to be a significant international car, the new front wheel driven Alto is the fifth world strategy car from Suzuki, following the success of the Grand Vitara, Swift, SX4 and Splash models.

Suzuki expects annual production of the Alto to reach 960,000 by 2010, with around 100,000 units destined for European markets.

As the smallest world car yet from Suzuki, the highly efficient Alto is totally in tune with today’s needs.

The thrifty car is characterised not only by low running costs but also for its strong styling and European flair.

Prominent ornate headlights, a bold front end with a deep grille, teardrop roofline, high metal-to-glass ratio and flared wheel arches provide a highly distinctive look for the new Alto.

“This fresh styling creates a sense of dynamism even when the car is stationary,” said Tom Peck, General Manager of Marketing for Suzuki New Zealand Limited. “We have every reason to be highly enthusiastic about the arrival of this new car which we expect to have here by mid 2009.”

The new Alto is based on the funky A-Star concept car, recently shown at a number of international motor shows.

Powering the latest Suzuki passenger car will be a Euro 5 compliant one-litre engine with CO2 emissions lower than 109 grams/kilometre.

The lightweight, aluminium K10B engine displaces 996cm3 and has three cylinders.

Alto was a pioneer of mini-cars in New Zealand, with the first generation version going on local sale in 1979.

The early models were built in many countries worldwide and were also assembled in New Zealand into the eighties.  Alto played a significant role in establishing the brand locally as an automobile manufacturer.

Suzuki is the leading international manufacturer of mini-cars in the world and the twelfth largest motor manufacturer.  The marque is represented in 190 markets and has achieved nine years of consecutive growth.

In addition to the unveiling of the new Alto in Paris, Suzuki will also display two hydrogen fuel-cell models — the SX4 FCV and the Crosscage which has an air-cooled fuel-cell system.

News: Dodge Journey coming to New Zealand soon

dodge-journey-fq

The soon to be released in New Zealand Dodge Journey looks set to provide affordable seating for seven.

The front-wheel drive Dodge Journey has 5+2 seating as standard across the range and loads of family-friendly features including a tilt and slide flexible seating system; spacious under-floor storage bins and under-seat storage areas; rear doors that open to 90-degrees for easy access when installing child seats; a rear conversation mirror and climate control that operates in all three rows.

The new Dodge comes with a choice of a 2.4-litre petrol engine or a 2.0-litre diesel engine. The diesel engine is available with either a manual or dual-clutch automatic gearbox and will return up to 6.5L/100km (combined cycle).

The entry-level SE model will come with three-zone climate control; a tilt and telescope steering wheel; tyre pressure monitoring; power-folding and heated wing mirrors; electric windows and six-disc CD with MP3 compatible sound system all as standard.