Saturday, December 19, 2009

Cadillac SRX -Second Generation-

Derived from the Provoq crossover concept, and mostly targeted for well-experienced adults everywhere, the second generation SRX from Cadillac provides a whole variety of features and conveniences adults would love to enjoy, especially for the whole family.

This stylish crossover utility vehicle is no gimmicks for car enthusiasts like you; the new SRX looks more like a Cadillac CTS than the previous-generation model resembles like an Escalade. What makes the SRX stands out the rest is the strikingly aggressive design that gives this crossover the commanding presence adults would love to take at look at it.

From the SRX's striking design, the performance comes great with the choice of two six-speed automatic transmissions (Hydra-Matic or Aisin Warner with Eco Mode), and a choice of two engines (3.0-litre V6 or 2.8-litre V6 turbo). We might think the turbo engine looks great for adrenaline junkies, but the 3.0-litre V6 engine is a fresh start for first timers. The SRX also comes with an optional all-wheel drive, so you can go anywhere you want, all the time.

If you are concerned about the SRX, the safety features from this crossover got your back always. With airbags, daytime running lamps, traction control, StabiliTrak, anti-theft system, anti-lock braking system, keyless entry, tire pressure monitor system, fog lamps, and rear-parking assist, you can rest assured that you are safe in this vehicle always.

The SRX's comfort zone looks somewhat focused on hospitality and passion adults never faced from the previous-generation SRX. The accented French stitching that covers all the SRX's seat adds a nice touch to this crossover. It has an impressive paneling, entertainment system, AM/FM/CD/MP3/DVD player with navigation system as an option, and loads of accessories, including the optional noise canceling wireless headphones for the best sound experience, it might be best for everyone to take control of the SRX's interior features that treat them with the premium touch.

When compared to other luxury crossovers, such as the Lexus RX, Audi Q5, BMW X5, and Mercedes-Benz M-Class, the chances may vary for the crossover enthusiasts who wanted to take the verdict. It does not matter how well is the SRX's design, quality, and performance, the SRX is built mostly for the experienced drivers who are willing to take advantage of its premium features. Without those premium features, the new Cadillac SRX would be nothing, a ship without a water.

Photo: Autoblog

Mazda Carol HB25

2010 Mazda Carol

If you don't know what in the world is the Mazda Carol, then I'll explain more about this before explaining this latest model change.

Back in the 60's the Mazda Carol is a mini 4-door sedan built by Mazda. With the introduction of the Autozam brand in the 90's the Carol name has been revived as a cute kei car, but it's just a 3-door kei car. In 1995, the Autozam Carol received a full change way before Mazda stop making Carol cars in 1998. In 1998, Mazda brings in the new Carol, but it was an OEM of the Suzuki Alto. When the Suzuki Alto reached its 6th generation, the Carol is followed in a 5th generation basis.

When the seventh-generation Japan-spec Alto (not to be confused with the Maruti Alto sold worldwide, including the Philippines as the Suzuki Celerio), the Mazda Carol follows its model change as well.

Under the chassis code of HB25, the sixth-generation Mazda Carol tries to be more cuter as the Suzuki Alto. Since the Mazda Carol is the OEM of the Suzuki Alto, you can experience the same characteristics. The DOHC 658cc VVT engine, the available transmissions (CVT, 4AT, and 5MT), the same optional 4WD drive-train, and the same interior.

2010 Mazda Carol

My thoughts about the Carol:

With the Suzuki Alto (Japan-spec, not the Celerio) updated, the Mazda Carol is updated as well, but I think there's nothing much to say about the latest model. With the smiley face (or Nagare) in the front of the new Carol, the other views are the same as the seventh-generation Japan-spec Alto. In other words, this car is still boring for me so leave this one to Japanese women who had a liking over kei cars.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Seventh-generation Suzuki Alto (Japan-spec)

Suzuki Celerio

2009 Suzuki Alto Concept

What is the difference of the seventh-generation Suzuki Alto (known in other countries such as the Nissan Pixo, or even the Suzuki Celerio) built for worldwide markets or the seventh-generation Suzuki Alto built for the Japanese kei car market? The answer is a lot, the Japan-spec Suzuki Alto is a lot different from the Maruti-spec Alto which is sold from other countries, including the Philippines as this, a Nissan Pixo, a Maruti Suzuki A-Star, or even as a Suzuki Celerio, like the ones sold in the Philippine market.

Before telling the details of the Japan-spec Suzuki Alto, let us review the quick rundown on what is a Suzuki Alto:

A - Affordable.

L - Light on gas.

T - Technology from Japan.

O - Outstanding value for money.

These words truly describe what the Suzuki Alto is, and now, it is about time to tell Suzuki fans the understanding of the Japan-spec Suzuki Alto. The Japan-spec's design derives from the pre-production model shown at the Tokyo Motor Show since October. It appears that Japan is the only one who did not get the seventh-generation model, but due to mishaps, they did not want the Maruti-made Alto's look, so they decided to create an original seventh-generation Alto design for the eyes of Japanese consumers, especially Japanese women everywhere. There is a detail that Mazda would use the new Japan-spec Alto for their OEM vehicle, known as the Carol, but Nissan dropped out the previous-generation Alto's OEM, known as the Pino, due to the arrival of Suzuki Palette's OEM named Roox.

Suzuki Celerio interior

2010 Suzuki Alto interior

When comparing to the Maruti-made Alto's interior to the Japan-spec Alto's interior, most Alto fanatics would spot the differences because the Japan-spec Alto's interior design may look somewhat vanilla than the Maruti-made Alto, but for the eyes of the Japanese women, the interior of the Japan-spec Alto looks cute as its round-like dashboard and scooter-like meter.

2010 Suzuki Alto

Unlike the Maruti-made Alto's performance features, such as having a 1.0-litre engine, and a choice of 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual transmission, the Japan-spec Alto carries a 660cc DOHC VVT engine that delivers less power but improved fuel economy ranging from 23.0 to 24.5km/L. Aside from the Japan-spec Alto carrying the 5-speed manual and the 4-speed automatic transmission, it also carries an improved CVT, found on the Suzuki Palette and Palette SW mini-kei-vans.


For over 30 years of Alto-ism served all over the world, the new Alto regained its legendary kei car heritage and now for the seventh-generation model, both the Maruti-made Alto and the Japan-spec Alto would work things out to the world thanks to the Alto's affordability, gas-mising attributes, innovative technology, and the value cherished among car enthusiasts who are looking for efficiency and affordability they can rely on. The new Alto makes a perfect rival to the Daihatsu Move, Daihatsu Mira, Mitsubishi Minica, Kia Morning, Mitsubishi eK Wagon, and the Honda Life respectively. You are welcomed to take full advantage of the new Alto and start the revolution that was happened for over 30 years of Alto-ism.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Peugeot 5008

In South Korea, they have the Ssangyong Rodius (Stavic) and the Hyundai Grand Starex. In Japan, they have the Honda Stepwgn, the Toyota Noah & Voxy twins, and the Nissan Serena. In France, Peugeot's new multipurpose passenger vehicle brings out the best for the European families everywhere. This is the 5008, the newest people carrier from one of hardest working French automobile brands, Peugeot.

Borrowed from the new platform used from the 3008 crossover utility vehicle, you can examine the design flow of this new family mover from the front, side, and the back. Most European car enthusiasts can feel the love-it-or-hate-it decision, once they tried the 5008 for the very first time.

Since the arrival of the 5008, there are two gasoline-powered engines and four diesel-powered engines available as of press time. From the 1.6-litre VTi engine to the 2.0-litre HDi FAP diesel engine, drivers can choose which engine type is suitable to the 5008. Only on the manual transmission-equipped variants is the gearshift indicator, which allows the car to determine the best time for the driver to shift gears.

On the safer point of view, the 5008 is equipped with six airbags, which provide maximum protection for everyone inside, intelligent distance alert system determine the right speed on the right road, anti-skid system, traction control, electronic handbrake, and hill assist. An optional phone added in the 5008, providing the most of the emergencies when needed.

With the interior features, such as the optional rear-seat entertainment system, panoramic roof, optional navigation system, USB connectivity, air con, heads-up display (same as the 3008), and many storage features, you can rest assure that these features are made to be almost premium. Aside from calling it a premium multipurpose passenger vehicle for adults, the 5008 is built for everyone, even kids who are enjoy watching their favorite movies at the passenger side.

Most Pinoy Peugeot fans would wished that this brand would not be abolished from the Philippine market, despite poor reputation, because there are more Peugeots to come in the Philippine market, such as the 3008 crossover, all 207 and 308 variants, the 407 sedan, estate, and coupe, the Mitsubishi Outlander OEM, known as the 4007, or even this 5008 MPV.

With the 5008, most parents cannot wait to take advantage of these rich features suitable on most occasions. Not only the families trying this new French MPV, but also people with great interests would love to witness the 5008 for their first test. Whether you favor it or not, the 5008 designed and engineered to be almost a premium, with the pricing most likely to credit for the drivers.

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