Saturday, January 1, 2011

The Three Kings of Low Fuel Consumption




Once upon a time, in the Land of the Rising Sun, there were three kings of fuel economy. First there was the fourth-generation Nissan March (known in other markets as the Micra), second was the new third-generation Toyota Vitz (Yaris), and third is the fifth-generation Daihatsu Move.

I know. Three non-hybrid cars were reigned as the three kings of low fuel consumption thanks to its idling stop technology and CVT. These two gifts that powered the Three Kings. There were like Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, and King Kong. Come to think of it, the leader was none other than the new 5th-generation Daihatsu Move because of the fuel economy of 27.0km/L. The second best is the Toyota Vitz that has the fuel economy of 26.5km/L. Third place goes to the Nissan March because of the fuel economy of 26.0km/L.

I guess fuel economy is the main reason how these Three Kings behave normally in the eyes of Japanese customers. How about the target customers? The 4th-generation March is mostly targeted to someone who want a normal car and its normal behavior is the main priority. The 3rd-generation Vitz has four various styles offered for different customers. The Vitz F is made for those who want a simple vehicle, the Vitz U is rather an improved version of the Vitz F and made for advanced customers. The Vitz Jewela is made for the most fashionable people, especially the ladies. The Vitz RS is an enthusiasts' favorite because of the sporty characteristic and the manual transmission. The 5th-generation Move has two styles; the normal Move is made for simple and the Move Custom is made for those looking for style. The best variant for the Move is not always the Move Custom but its always the Move Custom RS because of the turbo engine fit for a kei car enthusiast.

Those Three Kings of low fuel consumption stand together as one for now, and always will be...

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!!!

Toyota FT-86 G Sports Concept

Suzuki Swift Sport

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X

Honda CR-Z

Lexus LFA

How do you guys think? These GT5 snapshots of cars in a Special Stage Route 7 where fireworks occur serves me a point for my first blog of 2011!

Isn't it great? Today is the first day of the year!

January 1, 2011!

1-11-11

Put 5 Pocky sticks and here we go!

Welcome to the new year!

Friday, December 31, 2010

Like a Biribiri






With the advent of new 100% Electric cars, it seems that we are now stepping in the age of "biribiri". If you say biribiri, No. We are not referring to our favorite To Aru character, Mikoto Misaka. If you say biribiri, we say it's electricity.

With the upcoming documentary flick, Revenge of the Electric Car, coming soon, it seems the electric car craze is now a step further to create a better world. The world of Zero Emissions can be sound fine but this is a start.

This is the start of the "Biribiri" phenomenon...



NO!

NOT THAT!

THAT!


..well, that's my last blog for the year 2010. I hope I had fun of that year! Next year would be a brighter year for everyone.

Thank you and have a HAPPY NEW YEAR to all!

My Lords of Shadow First Impressions


When I got this game as a gift since Christmas Day, what can I say about Hideo Kojima's latest creation of 2010 since Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker, debuted since April 2010?

For me, the gameplay is superb because of the deadly combos a player must pull in order to take out a battalion of immortal enemies, even vampires and werewolves.

It takes determination to master the game, but this game is more of a challenge. I first played that game and I finished it in two days.

Every time I defeated an enemy, I gained tons of experience points to purchase new combos that can be proven useful. I can also buy artwork based on the game, from concept art, sketches, and storyboards.

When the first time I encountered a puzzle, I have to find the scroll for this puzzle. Surely, if you solve it on your own without the help of a hint scroll, you'll gain tons of experience, but sorry for me because I solved most of the puzzles with help, and rarely without help.

I also proven that if you want to heal during a battle, Light magic should help, but if you want increased power on your attacks, Shadow magic can help. Trust me, these magics are proven useful, especially the boss battles.

Thank you Kojima Productions for this latest creation and good luck on your upcoming projects! Speaking of which, for Japanese-speaking otakus who owned this game felt very amusing because most of the voiceovers from the Metal Gear series, including Keiji Fujiwara (Drebin from MGS4) as Gabriel, Kikuko Inoue (Rosemary from MGS2 and MGS4) as Marie, Mugihito (Hot Coldman from MGSPW) as Zobek, and others that made it an all-star cast!

Family Guy presents It's A Trap!

Family Guy presents
It's A Trap!

Family Guy does Star Wars Episode VI by spoofing the final chapter of the Star Wars trilogy and it was one overacting spoof that made it more hilarious than the two Family Guy Star Wars specials such as Blue Harvest (since 2007) and Something Something Something Dark Side (since 2009). With all of the O.A. stuff poured it on the Family Guy-gagged version of Star Wars Episode VI: The Return of Jedi, I bet this is one heck of a ride to the bathroom to laugh all you want, remembering those damn funny scenes. What's even more to fuel up the whole gig is adding Roger and Klaus from American Dad and Tim and Rallo from Cleveland Show as special guests on It's A Trap!

For those who watched the original Return of the Jedi story, you probably know what that meant and this gagged version still brings Chris as Luke, Brian as Chewbacca, Peter as Han Solo, Lois as Leia, Quagmire as C3PO, Cleveland as R2-D2, and Stewie as (you know who) Darth Vader. This chapter packed with gags, gags, and more gags filled as Luke continues to battle against the Dark Side.

Guess our hate got us even more powerful and the jokes never been so damn fresh, funny, and The Force will bring us super stomach aches after spending the whole hour laughing. Whoever watched this would want to watch it a thousand times than Blue Harvest (the Family Guy-gagged version of Star Wars Episode IV) and Something Something Something Dark Side (Family Guy-gagged version of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back). Pinch me, I witnessed the humor and makes me want to see the Millenium Falcon blow up the Death Star II's power station and take note the Power Station band. I guess this was unknowingly a LOL (laugh out loud) feat for Seth McFarlane and friends to blow up the whole Star Wars franchise while it lasted. Episode IV, V, and VI were just the beginning for them and spoofing it was a creative fun. I terrifically love it!

Featuring the voices of : Seth McFarlane, Seth Green, Mike Henry, Alex Borstein, Mila Kunis, Patrick Wartburton, et. al.

DVD/Blu-Ray Release Date: December 21, 2010

Distributed by: 20th Century Fox

Super-hot old Mustang appeared in Banana Split's Damoobs ni Kuya Jobert

Ford Mustang on Banana Split's
Damoobs ni Kuya Jobert

A first-generation Ford Mustang appeared on some portion of Banana Split, called Damoobs ni Kuya Jobert, a segment where Jobert teaches a man how to get a girl by any means necessary.

To impress a girl if a smile is not enough, Jobert's advice is to have a sports car, like that Ford Mustang muscle car on that segment.

Also on the mini-series The Amazing Microwave Pandesal Rangers, the bad guy wearing black tortured our heroes, interrogating them that where is "The Amazing Microwave Oven", but someone's here and who is that mystery hero? Tune in next week!

Peugeot iOn

2011 Peugeot iOn

Also under the partnership between Mitsubishi Motors and PSA Peugeot Citroen, the Peugeot iOn shares the same electric car status as the Citroen C-ZERO and the Mitsubishi i MiEV.

Since both the Peugeot iOn and the Citroen C-ZERO were both built by Mitsubishi Motors and sold for the European market, most European buyers can experiencing some confusions on which electric car they would buy. For Peugeot fans may choose the iOn and for Citroen fans may choose the C-ZERO.

More importantly, both the iOn and the C-ZERO are equipped with the Mitsubishi YF41 motor that can go for about 160km in one full charge. And yes, a full power goes from about 6 hours of charging. Power output is 64PS/3,000-6,000r.p.m. and torque output is about 18.4kg-m/0-2,000r.p.m.

MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THE ION:
I guess both the Peugeot iOn and the Citroen C-ZERO are the same coins for European customers, even when built from Japan via Mitsubishi Motors under their partnership. However, as for my point of view, I would either go for the Peugeot iOn or the Citroen C-ZERO for its eco-car status. 6 hours of charging may take up to about 160km, which means that this electric car can go places around the European continent.

Photo: PSA Peugeot Citroen

What? Melason is one of the top five unpopular celebs according to TV5's Juicy?

Aw man...

According to TV5's Juicy, these are the top 5 stars under the list of "La Ocean Deep" (Juicy's term for unpopular stars) as follows:

1) Ronnie Liang

2) Chokoleit

3) Mariel Rodriguez

4) Janelle Jamer

5) MELASON tandem (Melai Cantiveros and Jason Francisco)


What? Melason's in the list of the Top 5 "La Ocean Deep" artists of 2010? That's not true! Melason's a popular and funny tandem in the eyes of Filipinos since Pinoy Big Brother. They made appearances in ASAP, Banana Split, Impostor, and Kokey@Ako.

How can the Melason tandem seems to be unpopular according to TV5's Juicy?

Citro├źn C5 Second Generation - Phase II

2011 Citroen C5

The second generation Citroen C5 positioned as the flagship executive sedan that counters against rivals such as the Subaru Legacy, Honda Accord, Renault Laguna, Kia Optima, Hyundai Sonata, and Volkswagen Passat. Blessed with the dynamic styling cues that is "more German" than being French, the Citroen C5, in sedan and tourer grades, became a must have since it won the 2009 Semperit Irish Car of the Year and the 2008-2009 Japan Import Car of the Year.

In 2010, the Citroen C5 sedan and tourer are progressed even further by receiving its minor change. The minor change changes the headlamps' design by adding some kind of new "Dark Crystal" treatment and the tail lamp design has changed. The new face lift provides distinctive styling for their discriminative tastes. Also improved for Phase II is the improved Hydractive Suspension for the finest handling and cornering efficiency no matter which road conditions you're on such as dry tarmac, leafy roads, snowy roads, or cruising in the rain.

A new engine is added on the Citroen C5 II Phase II, which is none other than the new e-HDi 110 FAP engine equipped with micro-hybrid technology. The micro-hybrid technology provides an idling stop function that brings the e-HDi engine to a complete halt while being stationary, like for instance stopping at the red light. The primary transmission on the e-HDi 110 FAP engine is the 6-speed electronic-controlled manual transmission with paddle shifters. If you're not into that engine, there are other engine types available such as the HDi 140 FAP, HDi 160 FAP, V6 HDi 240 FAP, HDi 110 FAP, HDi 200 FAP, VTi 120, and the turbocharged THP 155.

My thoughts about the C5:
Citroen's flagship executive medium sedan, the C5, is much more than gaining its modest looks and modest behavior only a sophisticated executive would offer. With the second-generation Citroen C5 now on its second phase, it aims to be an efficient eco-car thanks to the new e-HDi engine with micro-hybrid technology. What's more enjoyable is the updated Hydractive Suspension for increased cornering levels. The new C5 sedan and tourer is the best of both worlds.

Photo: PSA Peugeot Citroen

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Epic Win!

Earlier, in the second-to-the-last episode of Pilipinas Win na Win, someone won the jackpot prize of one million pesos in the final day of the OMG Ano Ito!

Wow! The answer was "Torotot"! Some Pinay named Cherries won the jackpot prize of one million pesos!

Such an epic win! The end of 2010 marks the end of Pilipinas Win na Win. :-(

It's been a great show while it lasted...

Make the torotot a memoir for Win na Win.

The Cars of 2010 Finale: My Picks

I already tackled all of the cars of 2010 from Europe, Japan, Korea, and America. For my finale of this blog, I wonder which of these cars are approved for my pick?

MY TOP TEN CARS OF 2010

1) Subaru WRX STi 4-door
2) Volkswagen Polo GTi
3) Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
4) Skoda Fabia RS/Fabia Kombi RS
5) Audi A8/A8L
6) Honda CR-Z
7) Nissan Elgrand (E52)
8) Volkswagen Touareg/Touareg Hybrid
9) Audi R8 Spyder
10) Lexus LFA

CUTEST COMPACTS
1) Toyota Passo
2) Nissan March (K13)
3) Subaru Pleo

COOLEST COMPACTS
1) Daihatsu Move Custom
2) Subaru Lucra Custom
3) Toyota Vitz

BEST EXOTICS
1) Lexus LFA
2) Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
3) Audi R8 Spyder

BEST MINIVANS
1) Nissan Elgrand (E52)
2) Mazda Premacy
3) Nissan Serena

BEST MEDIUM SEDAN
1) Kia K5
2) Volkswagen Passat B7
3) Renault-Samsung SM5/Renault Latitude

BEST PREMIUM SEDAN
1) Audi A8/A8L
2) Aston Martin Rapide
3) Bentley Mulsanne

BEST GLOBAL CAR
1) Chevrolet Cruze
2) Ford Fiesta
3) Hyundai Accent

BEST CROSSOVER
1) MINI Countryman
2) Nissan Juke
3) Subaru Impreza XV

MOST ECCENTRIC
1) Audi A7
2) Mitsuoka Like
3) GM Daewoo Alpheon

BEST SPORT COMPACT
1) Citroen DS3
2) Volkswagen Polo GTi
3) Honda CR-Z

BEST SPORT COUPE
1) Peugeot RCZ
2) Cadillac CTS Coupe
3) Renault Wind

BEST HIGH PERFORMANCE CAR
1) Subaru WRX STi 4-door
2) Cadillac CTS-V Coupe
3) Audi RS5

BEST DIESEL-FED CAR
1) Kia Sportage R
2) Citroen DS3
3) BMW 5-Series

BEST ECO-CAR
1) Daihatsu Move/Move Custom
2) Toyota Vitz
3) Nissan March (K13)

BEST JDM CAR
1) Subaru WRX STi 4-door
2) Honda CR-Z
3) Lexus LFA
4) Nissan Elgrand (E52)
5) Subaru Trezia

BEST GERMAN CAR
1) Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
2) Audi R8 Spyder
3) Audi A8/A8L
4) Volkswagen Polo GTi
5) Porsche Cayenne/Cayenne S Hybrid

BEST FRENCH CAR
1) Peugeot RCZ
2) Citroen DS3
3) Citroen C4
4) Renault Latitude
5) Renault Wind

BEST KOREAN CAR
1) Kia K5
2) Renault-Samsung SM5
3) Hyundai Avante
4) Kia Sportage R
5) GM Daewoo Alpheon

WORST CARS OF 2010
1) Subaru Pleo
2) Volkswagen CrossPolo
3) Opel Meriva
4) Toyota Passo
5) Subaru Lucra
6) Audi A7
7) SEAT Ibiza ST
8) SEAT Alhambra
9) Volkswagen Sharan
10) Volkswagen Passat B7

BEST ELECTRIC CAR
1) Chevrolet Volt
2) Nissan Leaf
3) Mitsubishi i-MiEV

BEST CAR WITH THE BEST COMMERCIAL
1) Subaru Trezia
2) Nissan Elgrand (E52)
3) Subaru WRX STi 4-door
4) MINI Countryman
5) Peugeot RCZ

BEST HYBRID CAR
1) Honda Fit Hybrid
2) Nissan Fuga Hybrid
3) Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
4) Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid
5) Honda CR-Z

BEST AMERICAN CAR
1) Ford Fiesta
2) Chevrolet Cruze
3) Buick Regal
4) Chevrolet Volt
5) Ford Explorer

BEST SPORT UTILITY VEHICLE
1) Ford Explorer
2) Porsche Cayenne/Cayenne S Hybrid
3) Jeep Grand Cherokee
4) GMC Acadia Denali
5) Toyota FJ Cruiser

FIERCEST RIVALS
1) Toyota Ractis and Subaru Trezia
2) Lexus LFA and Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
3) Cadillac CTS-V Coupe and Audi RS5
4) Mazda Premacy and Nissan Serena (C26)
5) Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ford Explorer

OVERACHIEVERS
1) Honda CR-Z
2) Nissan Leaf
3) Chevrolet Volt

BEST 5-DOOR HATCHBACK
1) Alfa Romeo Giulietta
2) Renault Megane GT Berline
3) Citroen C4

BEST INTERIOR
1) Nissan Elgrand (E52)
2) Audi A8/A8L
3) Bentley Mulsanne

BEST CAR MADE OF LOVELY STUFF
1) Toyota Passo
2) Subaru Lucra
3) Nissan March

BEST CAR MADE OF MEANER STUFF
1) Subaru WRX STi 4-door
2) Audi R8 Spyder
3) Volkswagen Polo GTi

BEST REBADGED CAR
1) Buick Regal
2) Subaru Trezia
3) GM Daewoo Alpheon

...and that does it! These are my picks among the cars of 2010! I hope the year 2011 will be a brighter future for the automotive industry and I hope there's more to come to these. By the year 2011, expect full model changes, minor changes, and additional models of your favorite models, plus debuts of new cars.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The Cars of 2010 Part Four: North America

Hey y'all! Whatcha doin? It's me. I already covered most of the cars of 2010 from Europe, Japan, and South Korea. This time, time to cover most of the North American cars on sale this year.














LIST OF AMERICAN CARS OF 2010

General Motors
1) Buick Regal (Debut, naming returned and as an OEM of the Opel Insignia)
2) GMC Acadia Denali (Additional Model)
3) Chevrolet Cruze (Debut, global car sourced from Korea as the Daewoo Lacetti)
4) Chevrolet Volt (Debut, first electric car)
5) Cadillac CTS Coupe/CTS-V Coupe (Additional Model)
6) Cadillac CTS-V Wagon (Additional Model)

Ford
1) Fiesta (Debut, global car from Europe)
2) Explorer (Full Model Change)

Chrysler Group
1) Jeep Grand Cherokee (Full Model Change)

Infiniti
1) M (Full Model Change, sourced from Japan as the Nissan Fuga)
2) QX (Full Model Change)

Acura
1) TSX Sport Wagon (Additional Model, sourced from Japan as the Honda Accord Tourer)

Scion
2) tC (Full Model Change)

These are the cars from North America, on my finale, MY PICKS!

See ya!

A sexier Leaf, an aggressive Juke, and a sovereign Elgrand modded for TAS 2011

2011 Nissan Leaf Aero Style Concept

2011 Nissan Juke Sporty Package

2011 Nissan Elgrand Rider Premium Concept

It begins... Just before the Tokyo Auto Salon 2011 hits this January, Nissan modified some of the new ones for the show, including the new, 100% electric, Nissan LEAF, the Rock'n Small Juke, and the King of Minivan, the Elgrand.

The LEAF modified as the LEAF Aero Style Concept provides overall sexiness and feisty status on Nissan's 100% electric car. The Juke Sporty Package made it even more aggressive. Lastly, the Elgrand Rider Premium Concept is Autech's answer to Modellista's Royal Lounge for the Alphard and Vellfire.

There's also a special appearance of the Nissan Serena C26 Autech Rider, NISMO Elgrand E52, Nissan Fairlady Z (370Z) Version NISMO, and the Motul Autech GT-R as seen on the Super GT races (and now on Gran Turismo 5). There will be a special appearance of the ultimate GT-R modified for the show, the NISMO GT-R RC.

I wonder what would the NISMO GT-R RC look like?

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Leaked brochure of the 2012 MR Wagon shows its new face...

2012 Suzuki MR Wagon leaked brochure

Believe it or not, this leaked brochure shows the new face of the 2012 Suzuki MR Wagon and this new face gives somewhat of a sad look...

Still, this will be targeted for several young Japanese women. With the idling stop added, the new MR Wagon can go to about 25.5km/L.

Find out if the new MR Wagon hits Japan this January 2011. A new Nissan Moco may follow...

Photo: Response.jp

Is Ford ready for the age of "idling stop"?


According to some sources, including Carscoop, North American carmaker, Ford, is readying the use of idling stop technology on compact cars and crossovers.

By 2012, most Ford models in North America will be equipped with the idling stop function. It seems that North America is now into the age of idling stop technology since Japan.

Looks like North America is now into the age of eco cars...

Monday, December 27, 2010

Tongue Tarang Tongue for 12-27-10

The Tongue Tarang Tongue from the December 27 episode of Banana Split is here:

Pinoy: Pa-sexy
Spanish: Pa-elya

Pinoy: Sabi ko... asan ka na
Japanese: Sankana kaku

Pinoy: Puruntong ni Ryan
Spanish: Karsunsilyo ni Agoncillo

Pinoy: Napakalusog
Japanese: Tomabashiya

Pinoy: Nahuli ng bonggang bongga
Spanish: Extrabagansya

Pinoy: Lasing lumakad
Japanese: Sumuray

Pinoy: Pangalawa si Eddie Garcia
Spanish: Segunda manoy

Pinoy: Opinyon
Spanish: Korokoro

On the Banana Split mini-series, The Amazing Microwave Pandesal Rangers; to defeat Ted, a.k.a. Pandesal Ranger 2 with Liver Spread, who was brainwashed by the bad guy wearing black, Noli has a strategy to defeat Ted, but not in a 3 vs. 1 basis. It should be a one by one battle.

The Cars of 2010 Part Three: South Korea

Previously, I've covered up the 2010 cars from Europe and Japan. For my third part, time to cover up the list of cars from South Korea! I know, we, Filipinos, love Korean cars and so do I. Here goes;







LIST OF KOREAN CARS IN 2010

Renault Samsung:
1) SM5 (Full Model Change, now original and no longer a rebadged version of Nissan Teana)

Kia
1) Sportage (Full Model Change)
2) K5 (Debut, a full model change of Optima)
3) Forte Hatchback (Additional Model)

Hyundai
1) Avante/Elantra (Full Model Change)
2) Accent (Full Model Change, in South Korea, the Accent naming returned, replacing the Verna)

GM Daewoo
1) Alpheon (Debut, based on the Buick LaCrosse)

These are the cars from South Korea for 2010. Wonder which of these Korean cars a favorite among Filipinos? Next part, I'll tackle North American cars! Bye!

There was a radio ad for the Blizzard?

2011 Foton Blizzard


During a commercial break on DZRH, I listened across a radio commercial for the Foton Blizzard (SUP) Pick-up...

Is it really "Pogi"?

Ang poging-poging na pick-up?

Hmm... fine for me about that radio ad for the Foton Blizzard

Sunday, December 26, 2010

The Cars of 2010 Part Two: Japan

I've already tackled the European cars of 2010, now for my second part, I'm going to tackle the Japanese cars of 2010:
































LIST OF JAPANESE CARS OF 2010:

Toyota
1) Passo (Full Model Change)
2) Ractis (Full Model Change)
3) FJ Cruiser (Japan Debut after four years in the United States)
4) Vitz (Full Model Change)
5) Lexus LFA (Debut, Limited to 500 units)
6) Noah G's (Additional Model, sporty version of Noah)
7) Voxy G's (Additional Model, sporty version of Voxy)

Daihatsu
1) Boon (Full Model Change)
2) Move/Move Custom (Full Model Change)

Mitsubishi
1) RVR (Debut, Naming returned and now as a crossover)
2) i-MiEV (Debut, first electric vehicle from Mitsubishi)

Honda
1) CR-Z (Debut)
2) Freed Spike (Debut, additional model for the Freed)
3) Fit Hybrid (Additional Model)

Mitsuoka
1) Galue Classic (Additional Model)
2) Like (Debut, based on the Mitsubishi i MiEV)
3) Galue (Full Model Change, now based on the Nissan Teana)

Nissan
1) Juke (Debut)
2) March (Full Model Change)
3) Elgrand (Full Model Change)
4) Fuga Hybrid (Additional Model)
5) Serena (Full Model Change)
6) Leaf (Debut, first electric car from Nissan)

Mazda
1) Premacy (Full Model Change)

Subaru
1) Impreza XV (Additional Model)
2) WRX STi 4-door (Additional Model, returned for the third generation)
3) Lucra/Lucra Custom (Debut, based on the Daihatsu Tanto Exe)
4) Pleo/Pleo Custom (Full Model Change, based on the Daihatsu Mira)
5) Trezia (Debut, based on the Toyota Ractis)

Suzuki
1) Swift (Full Model Change)
2) Landy (Full Model Change, based on the Nissan Serena)
3) Solio (Full Model Change)

These are the JDM cars of 2010. Next time, I'll cover the cars from the home of dramas and K-Pop, South Korea!

See you next time!
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