Thursday, March 18, 2010

Peugeot RCZ

Most Peugeots used the numerical system for their car names having the zero or double zeros in the middle on it, for instance; the 207, 308, 3008, and the 5008. This time, the tradition of having this numeric naming system has been broken, because the name "RCZ" is finally unleashed from Peugeot. Started as the 308 RCZ concept car, as seen in the 2007 IAA on Frankfurt, Germany, Peugeot decided to create the brand's most sophisticated sports car to rival against the Audi TT. In the other hand, the RCZ is not very competitive against the Audi TT, because of its speed and handling, but when it comes to pricing, the RCZ is surely a winner.

The RCZ's exterior boasts its stunning boldness, undeniable sexiness, and its glamorous detail, from front and back. As from the exterior, the interior of the RCZ is quite an appealing trick to take lust for granted. With the paneling so manly, drivers can almost feel for the seducing feel of this French bombshell. Besides, the seating capacity is for four passengers. What I do not like about the RCZ is its rear seats because passengers find it difficult to get in or out from these rear seats, due to less legroom than the front seats. What makes up to these rear seats are the only room for the women's purses, your laptop, and everything you are carrying with it during those long highway drives.

The RCZ has two different engines to choose from (as of press time), a 1.6 THP turbocharged engine capable of releasing 156PS of power and the 2.0-litre HDi diesel engine which has lesser emissions than the first engine I mentioned here. Aside from the engine choices, the RCZ is equipped with power steering for precision, powerful braking system, adjustable spoiler that pops up when it reaches it top speed or braking, pop-up bonnet for less pedestrian impacts, and four airbags equipped in the front side.

My thoughts about the RCZ:
Although I am going to say that, the RCZ is a decent competitor against other FWD machines such as the Honda Civic Type R, the Kia Forte Koup, or even the Citroen DS3. With its decent features, bold design, and a new name to the new Peugeot (consider the new logo by the way), I can rest assured that the RCZ makes an decent machine, which others think this is a vehicle waiting to be a rant, and others think they will rave it. Is it a rant or rave? You decide when you are behind the wheel of the new Peugeot RCZ.

Photo: Peugeot

Monday, March 15, 2010

Kia Sportage R (Third generation Sportage)

2011 Kia Sportage R (Second-Generation Sportage)

Last two weeks in the International Motor Show at Geneva, Switzerland, Kia Motors has just unveiled the Kia Sportage's full model change, and yet it will be on sale this month at South Korea as the Sportage R.
(The R name is used at the second-generation Sorento and the Carnival minor change, as part of Kia's new naming structure from the Ks to the Rs that brings the Peter Schreyer design level up to the red zone)

Launched in 1993, ended in 2002, returned in 2004, and made a full model change in 2010, the Sportage always stands up from its fall to its awakening and continues to ravage against its top rival, the sexy Hyundai Tucson iX. (second generation Tucson) Now onto the description; while retaining Kia's trademark design language, the third generation Sportage was based on the Kia Kue concept, as seen in NAIAS on Detroit. This new face gives this smart crossover the sexier treatment that makes the Hyundai Tucson iX rival envious, and it is truly a lust for Korean car enthusiasts. Except for the backside, it makes it hard to distinguish if it is a Mazda CX-7, a Hyundai Tucson iX, or the real deal.

The Kia Sportage has a pleasant interior, which has a mixture of mature enjoyment, developed comfort, and grown smartness for adult drivers who are ready to take on the world. This crossover's leather seats are ventilated to cool down the drivers in their hot summer days, while the cluster ionizer air conditioning cools down the entire interior, perfect for those who are ready for the long vacation.

The R-engine, found on the Kia Sorento R and the Hyundai Tucson iX, which is a 2.0-litre diesel engine, adds a fastidious touch for the new Sportage. With the power output of 184PS, the new Sportage's performance is built to be a high-performance crossover utility vehicle that can be bragged by other drivers. Aside from the R 2.0-litre diesel engine offered, there is an optional Theta II 2.0-litre petrol engine available. The new Sportage is equipped with the new six-speed automatic transmission.

My thoughts about the Sportage R:
To negotiate the thrill of this evolved crossover, it is not surprising that the Sportage R is a great alternative to the Hyundai Tucson iX rival, as if you want to weigh against these Korean crossovers and see which one is right for you. I am flabbergasted that this new crossover might be the envy of all the Korean crossovers sold worldwide, and yes, it will be the best pick for the thrilled customers. How will the new Sportage R succeed? Find out when this car will be on sale in South Korea this month and soon in other markets, including the Philippines! The results might stun you!
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