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March 21, 2013 at 4:18 pm

What Is It About A Nissan?

The Nissan brand of automobiles has been an international staple in the industry since the first Datsun rolled off the assembly line in 1935. Over the years, the company has remained a pioneer in automotive technology by creating award-winning engine designs and advanced electronics to enhance the ride. Read the rest of this entry »

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April 12, 2007 at 10:16 am

Vauxhall vxr8 Review

I read a nice review of the vauxhall xvr8 on blog. The review is worth the read and will be summarized below.

Firstly the Vauxhall vxr8 will be the second Australian Muscle Car to come to Britain, following the Monarco (which was exciting due to the excellent performance achieved by mixing the 6 liter V8 vauxhall engine and rear-wheel drive set up).

Since the Vauxhall vxr8 is the second Australian muscle car it had to beat the Monarco, and let me explain why. Firstly it has some similarities since it is powered by the same 6 litre v8 vauxhall engine, however it has been modified and improved to provide greater efficiency, for example the new vauxhall engine can produce 420 bhp and 406 lb-ft torque meaning 0-60 in 4.9 seconds, which the Monarco takes over 5.

The vxr8 has a bit more functionality for the family with 4 doors and more room, although if you wanted a family car buy a ford galaxy or a cheaper car without the 6 litre vauxhall engine, this is a muscle car meant for speed and turning heads. It still manages to do this and has all the boys toys once your in the car from climate control to leather trims and beautiful furnishings.

With the massive vauxhall engine the car should have ample brakes, which it does and can stop the car from 60mph faster than most cars due to the 365mm disc brakes in the front and can even beat cars such as the BMW 5.

One major improvement is the options available including a automatic gearbox option, satellite navigation, 20-inch alloys and even with these extras the car is cheaper than most competitors in its league.

The car drives superbly as you would expect and in my eyes it beats the Monarco so it can only get better.

For the source of the review and to see a picture of the vehicle visit the blog article

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March 30, 2007 at 10:30 am

Best Car To Own 2007

Auto Express have a survey which is like the Oscars, but with a public vote. Each year tens of thousands of drivers are surveyed to determine the best car to own. The survey covers aspects such as driving, which cars let you down (e.g. brake down or need replacement parts), build quality, efficiency, effect on the environment etc and this year the results were not predictable as a black horse comes through to win many of the awards.

The survey is called Driver Power for those interested and was completed by the end of January 2007. Some unusual finding s to come out of the survey is that almost 1 in every 2 drivers has had a brake down in the last 3 years.

The results are across the main categories of car including Super mini / city car, Compact family, family, compact executive, sports, off-road / SUV, compact MPV / MPV and so without further a due here are the results:

Super mini/city car
Class Rank Make and model Rating
1st place – HONDA JAZZ
2nd place – SKODA FABIA

Compact family
1st place – HONDA CIVIC
2nd place – TOYOTA COROLLA

1st place – SKODA OCTAVIA
2nd place – MAZDA 6

Compact Executive
1st place – LEXUS IS
2nd place – BMW 3-SERIES

1st place – HONDA S2000
2nd place – MG ZT

1st place – LEXUS RX
2nd place – TOYOTA RAV4

Compact MPV/MPV
2nd place – FORD C-MAX

Notice the once really bad car make to own (skoda) is not a serious contender and the Skoda Octavia winning the family category.

It goes to show that reputation is not everything and user reviews should be read before making a purchase. wait ago skoda. I am surprised vauxhall did not make an entry, especially with the v8 vauxhall engines and the more popular v6 vauxhall engines. Maybe these cars are just too expensive for the average Joe like me to ever own.


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February 28, 2007 at 5:11 pm

Vauxhall Astra 1.6T 180 SRi review

There are many places on the web to get reviews from, and I personally review everything before i buy since that way there are no little surprises in store and problems can be ironed out.

Autoexpress is a excellent place for reviews, and i recently read a review on the vauxhall astra 1.6t 180 SRI, in which i will summarized here.

Firstly there are some changes to the look of the vauxhall astra from previous models is minor and not the change which makes us wow, however there worth a mention and include new lights, a different bumper and a choice of trims.

Right now for the good stuff. The best vauxhall car part is the new 1.6 litre turbocharged car engine which has won recognition in the new vauxhall corsa vxr and vauxhall vectra. So why is the engine such a masterpiece (and my favorite vauxhall part), well it can do 0-60MPH in under 8 seconds (almost beating the last models 2 litre car engine), with a maximum speed of 137mph (my vauxhall corsa – 1995 hatchback – does 78mph before shaking violently. This engine also pushes out 177bhp and 230Nm of torque which is impressive compared to the vauxhall astras old engine.

The engine is driven via a 6 speed manual car gearbox and subsequently the vehicle can keep up with the newest hatchbacks on the market and it performs like a dream by providing a smooth yet powerful drive through the gears making overtaking a simple pleasure and it ain’t bad with noise on the motorway either. Of course all this comes at a price of fuel efficiency but not as much as you think with a nice 36.7mpg, a 6mpg improvement from the previous model and cutting C02 output by a extra 14 percent .

One interesting fact autoexpress point out is that you would be better off with the lower bhp 1.9 litre CDTI turbo diesel vauxhall astra instead for the tax benefits.

So to conclude the improvements make it a worthwhile upgrade and for only a extra £15 recommended retail price increase, however there are better models out there for the money.

Facts from autoexpress review – also visit for some nice pictures.

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February 23, 2007 at 2:02 pm

Smart For Two Review

Previously a post was left for the smart for two ‘addition , which is a stylish convertible about half the size of a normal hatchback and enough power to take off. Well there is a review for the new cabriolet model on autoexpress which is summarized here.
First of all it seems looks wise the new smart for two is like the old version, same design so whats changed?

Well firstly several car parts have been upgraded, for example new electric power steering, the body of the car is larger adding stability and extra storage for baggage and the passenger.

You can get a high liter diesel car engine version but the review is in the basic 1 liter petrol engine. this may sound small however so is the car and it is enough umph to get places and has great fuel efficiency.

The cabriolet supports the obvious components from full length sunroof and collapsible rear section, all electronically operated of course, the improvement lies in the ability to do these functions at any speed, not just stationary. Another benefit is once the roof dropped you actually get improved cabin space.

Another major advancement is the plastics, which are now much superior quality giving extra charm and boost.

The car engines are all 999cc (1 liter) however they deliver impressive stats from 71bhp and 84bhp in turbocharged guise which means overtaking and getting up the nasty hill on the way to work is a breeze and with this you get about 60 MPG, which is incredible fuel efficiency.

The major flaw pointed out by autoexpress is the car gearbox since it is five speed and semi-automatic, this may sound good but the automatic is less responsive to the throttle and going through gears is difficult at the best of times.

The overall opinion on the model is good, the new improvements out way the bad and the cosmetic upgrades and a increase in size means great things for the smart for two, whichever model you choose

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August 14, 2006 at 5:23 pm

New Alfa Romeo Car Reviews

We have reciently been working on reviews on the different cars in the Alfa Romeo range. The revews give details on the look of the cars as well as some security details and reliability. Own an Alfa Romeo or perhaps you wish to know how your car fared or you just wish to buy one the reviews can be seen in the Alfa Romeo section lick hereto go directly to the Alfa Romeo main page.

If you wish to give your views of the cars or about the reviews you can have your say in the forum

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