Saturday, April 30, 2011

One day at Lithia Chrysler Jeep Dodge Of Renton

Because of my overall enthusiasm over the 2011MY vehicles offered from Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep, I spent some time visiting Lithia Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Renton earlier and what I checked are these;

1) The Chrysler 200 sedan

I was impressed from the Super Bowl Ad featuring Eminem that carries Chrysler's "Imported from Detroit" concept, so I found out how good the Chrysler 200 really is. I have to keep that in mind that the 200 is Chrysler's debutante that replaced the dull Sebring sedan, despite this is the Sebring's minor change model. The front looks like the Kia K7/Cadenza while the back looks like the Buick Regal/Opel Insignia. This new design really rocked me. The interior made it somewhat premium, premium enough to satisfy me. The Uconnect feature's not so bad either.

2) Chrysler Town and Country minor change

For 2011MY, Chrysler's Town and Country minivan garnered a minor change. It will soon arrive in Europe as the Lancia Grand Voyager (except in U.K. where the Chrysler brand remains). What I miss is the Swivel n Go function that the latest model ditched. It's a shame that rotating seats are not in their agenda but still the new Town and Country looks more of an Americanized Toyota Alphard minus the ottoman. If the new Town and Country reached to the Philippines soon, maybe we're going to love this luxury minivan even further. I bet celebrities would love to relax inside the Town and Country but it's much more expensive than the Hyundai Grand Starex.

3) Dodge Durango

Where has it been after its two year disappearance? Major major... The 2011MY Durango from Dodge returned after its two year demise. It's now based on the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the downzising makes it obvious that the Durango is now a crossover utility vehicle. Tough on the outside, luxurious on the inside. I'm impressed to see the new Durango improved even further. I hope CATS Motors bring this car soon!

Efini MPV and Toyota Land Cruiser 200 in a Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin episode

Efini MPV in a Minsan Lang Kita
Iibigin episode

Toyota Land Cruiser 200 in a Minsan
Lang Kita Iibigin episode

On the April 29, 2011 episode of Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin, I saw the Mazda Efini MPV (LVEW) and the Toyota Land Cruiser 200 (URJ202W) on that episode.

Wow, the Land Cruiser 200 URJ202W looks nice, especially that this car made an appearance incidentally on a Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin episode.

The Efini MPV seems to be a good people mover but since this car's old, I can't help it but appreciate its standards.

Fast Five

Fast Five
Year: 2011

Filmmaker: Universal Pictures

Cast: Paul Walker
Vin Diesel
Tyrese Gibson
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson

For ten years since the first one showing in 2001, The Fast and the Furious franchise is among the best pick among car enthusiasts because of its high-speed races that pits them straight to their bucket seats, making this the ultimate high-speed action thriller car enthusiasts would love to watch. For the franchise's 10th anniversary, Universal Pictures unveiled Fast Five, the fifth installment of The Fast and the Furious franchise.

This fifth installment centers on former undercover cop Brian O'Connor (Paul Walker) and street racing ex-convict Dom Torretto (Vin Diesel) as they venture on the beautiful scenery of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, as they tried to pull off the ultimate million dollar bank robbery. This heist is not enough for the two of them and they're going to need a lot of help with their old friends from the previous Fast and Furious movies, most were played by Jordana Brewster, Sung Kang, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris and Gal Gadot. This ultimate bank robbery that will set them free forever. However, there is trouble when a ruthless federal agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson) chases down Brian and Dom through Brazil because both Brian and Dom are branded criminals. However, the only way to stop the real enemy relies within those two. The real enemy is none other than the drug lord who controls the trade in Rio named Hernan Reyes (Joaquin De Almeida).

High jumps, car chases, the vault heist done by the old Charger sedans, Dom's 900 horsepower Charger Coupe rides again, what's inside Dom's garage, and 2011 Charger Cop Cars hijacked by the gang for some quarter mile drag race, this is how hot Fast Five is. There are other cars featured in Fast Five as well including the Nissan R35 GT-R, Nissan Z33 Fairlady Z, the legendary Ford GT, Dom's Charger coupe, two old Charger sedans painted in matte black for the vault heist, latest-generation Dodge Charger in Rio de Janeiro Police livery, and (gasp) the Lexus LFA. There are so many souped up cars, of tuners, muscles, and exotics, featured in Fast Five. Which is your favorite?

Expect everything that will made Fast Five as thrilling as a 100-octane car. Those who loved the Fast and Furious franchise may going to love it even more in celebration of the franchise's 10th year that keeps thrill-seeking car enthusiasts expect more, feel more, see more. This is going to be an edge-of-your-bucket-seats excitement!

Watch your backs!

More "use in a sentence" jokes and more Whose Line Is It Anyhow!

What just happened on the April 29 episode of Lokomoko U?

- Basketball gags

- Kinds of transportation rushed through the dula-dulaan stage for another Bata Bata Tayo'y Tumula!

- Something else? More jokes from Talentadong Family like;

1) Followed - Inday! Pumunta ka doon sa tindahan! FOLLOWED ka ng 30 pesos!

2) Anyhow and anyone - Aha! Sino ang kumain ng ANYHOW na ANYONE sa mesa!

3) Bohol - Huwag kayong lalapit dahil may BOHOL si Piolo!

4) Michael - Huwag diyan! Huwag diyan! MICHAEL-iti ako diyan!

5) Deposit - The water comes out DEPOSIT!

6) Number Two - Kapag ang pangalan mo ay Alberto, pwede ka rin tawaging NUMBER TWO!

7) Hostess and Schooling - Hello? HOSTESS? Who's SCHOOLING this?

- Another round of Who's Line is it...Anyhow?!

1) You're nothing but a second-rate trying hard, copycat! - Cherrie Gil

2) Hipo ka nang hipo, piga ka ng piga, gusto mo lang palang pumasok - Door knob

3) Wag mo akong bilugin! - Kulangot

4) Wala namang ganyana! Porke one sided ang buhok emo na? - Jose Rizal

5) Wag mo akong silipin, di ako bintana! - Cleavage

6) Bakit kayo nagagalit pag di ako nilalabasan? - Ballpen

7) I'm a beautiful brown butterfly! - Baklang Ipis

"The lighter side of soda"

What just happened at the April 29 episode of Bubble Gang?

- Those Bubble Gags prove that waiters are very accident-prone.

- What causes the Siony Appliances' downfall of sales? A Shark TV better than Siony's?

Why bought a TV from a rival company?

- Kanina ka pa? Bubble Gang does Lipton Sparkling by gagging this commercial as Flipton Sparkling! The lighter side of soda!

Bubble Gang does Lipton Sparkling

- La la la la la, la la la la la, Cheche Bureche in barber. See who's got a haircut...

I'm going to cut your hair

Cheche's new hair

- A magic glasses that once you wear it, fanservice ahoy!

- Live in front at your living room again, another D'Wonder Boys performance on stage with the song, Baby Baby.

D' Wonder Boys in Baby Baby

- Ogie Alcasid showcases some womanly stuff that is not "manly" for men

- This scene shooting is time wasting with some extras

- Welcome to the Feeling Pogi club! Those who are Feeling Pogi are welcome!

Imortal finale brings the war beyond good and evil to the very end

Imortal finale

Every Filipinos around the world experienced the grand finale of the fantasy-drama Imortal. On that finale, Lia Ortega (Angel Locsin) formed an Army of One, an army where humans, werewolves and vampires collide to stop Magnus (Jake Roxas), Lucas (Rico Blanco) and his formidable foe of ultimate monsters that will wipe out humanity once and for all.

As the war rages on, with Magnus neutralized, and Mateo (John Lloyd Cruz) freed (gotta love his motorbike stunts), we witnessed the final showdown. A two versus one battle that will made me put it on the books. Mateo and Lia face off against Lucas in an intense battle.

Seems Lucas is impossible to defeat. No matter how hard these two tried, they still can't kick Lucas' butt. With all that suffering, the combined powers between Mateo and Lia shattered Lucas into pieces, resulting to the end of the battle.

The army of one finally defeated the ultimate enemy and moments later, Lia gave birth to a baby girl. Lia told her baby girl that everything will be OK. Mateo also said it too that everything will be OK.

Final Impressions: Imortal might seem to be inspired from Twilight because of werewolves and vampires we, teenagers and young adults believed. What I'll miss is the superb stunts, amazing fight scenes, the love story between Lia and Mateo, and of course, what we also miss is Jethro's blogs called Mga Pangitain ni Jethro (which is somewhat amusing that someone found it and Jethro's blog exists but now its done). This is an impressive masterpiece ABS-CBN pulled out to surpass its rivals and with this finale, they achieved everything they've got to pleased the teenagers and young adults with their desire among vampires and werewolves. Cheers to the cast and staff!

Congratulations to the Royal Couple!

The Royal Wedding

The world witnessed the Royal Event of the year, which is the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Elizabeth Middleton held at the Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace in London, UK.

Further reading: 

At the Royal Wedding, Prince William appointed as the Duke of Cambridge and Kate Middleton appointed as the Duchess of Cambridge.

Everyone around the globe witnessed this Royal Event of the year and the crowd cheered at the time Prince William and Kate Middleton finally tied the knot.

Congratulations to the Royal Couple! 


Friday, April 29, 2011

Subaru Legacy B4 (BM9) - Forza 3 Owner's View

Super GT BM9 ready to dance

The Legacy B4 BM9's tangle

Final Impression: This is the first time I even get my hands on the fifth-generation Subaru Legacy, in B4 sedan trim. Needless to say that the B4 is favorable by Legacy fans because of its sports car like agility and performance. Here in Forza Motorsport 3, it's all about how well you can master the last tangle with the Legacy B4 2.5 GT.

Most BM9 Legacy B4 owners love to trick this out with upgrades or decorate it any way they like. Some decorated the BM9 Legacy B4 to look like the Super GT Legacy B4!

Did anyone danced with B4? Those who did not, DANCE WITH B4!


El Shaddai -Ascension of the Metatron-

If there was a hack-and-slash action adventure video game that is much sleek and smooth in the eyes of otakus everywhere, El Shaddai is the answer.

In El Shaddai, players take the role of a human being named Enoch. He was sent by the Heavenly Council to capture the angels known as Grigori, which they abandoned Heaven and residing on Earth due to the temptation with humans. The quest beyond good versus evil begin and the fate rests in the hands of Enoch.

As a hack-and-slash adventure, El Shaddai turns the table among its rivals and players experiment many battle styles to defeat ruthless enemies. Your main weapon, the arch, serves as the main weapon that you can slice against several enemies but if the enemy has your arch, you can get it back by any means of fistfights. There can be multiple weapons around the El Shaddai game and how you use it is up to you. One word of warning however that the arch may sometimes lead to its dark side after several fights. In the beginning, you must retrieve the arch from the enemy and purify it back with heavenly worldly powers so you can send these rouge angels back to Heaven.

Graphics seem to be more dull but it seems to be somewhat sleek and smooth, making it the slickest adventure game played for the extreme. Voice casting seems to be more fine but it can be somewhat redundant in the ears of players. The soundtrack seems to be fine but somewhat plain.

El Shaddai seems to be the slickest and smoothest hack-and-slash action game ever to hit on Playstation3 and XBOX 360. How will it appeal? Time will tell.

Official Site:

Moymoy Palaboy, Roadfill, and Sam Pinto did a good game at a Family Feud episode

Moymoy Palaboy, Roadfill, and Sam
at a Family Feud episode

Bubble Gang's Moymoy Palaboy (James Macasero), Roadfill (Rodfil Macasero), and Sam Pinto played in a Family Feud episode as the "Spooky Nights" family led by Sef Cadayona!

Unfortunately, they were beaten by the "Dwarfina" family consisting of Pauleen Luna, Derrick Monasterio, Mico Aytona, and Vaness Del Moral.

At least, that was a good game, Moymoy, Roadfill, and Sam. Good game \(^_^)/

Can a toy cell phone act like a real cell phone? Just ask Magic Singh!?

Magic Singh is holding the boy's
toy cell phone

Can a toy cell phone act like a real cell phone? With Magic Singh, you can have your toy phone act like a real phone, but be warned, a phone call straight from the toy phone can cost you thousands of pesos! Ouch!

While if its too early, Banana Split played us another game of Hula-Hulaan! Madali Lang! Please Hear It! Hula-hulaan, Just Name It! Here are the Q&A on that segment;

Question 1: Weather Man ng bayan, love ng madlang people, maging mapanuri nang mahulaan, siya si.....

Answer: Kuya Kim Atienza

Question 2: Galing sa PBB, ginagaya si Tito Boy, taga-pulot ng bata sa dagat, siya si...

Answer: Jayson Gainza

Question 3: Magaling na singer, asawa niya si Dingdong, sumikat sa "Parang Di Ko Yata Kaya", siya si...

Answer: Jessa Zaragoza

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Alpha Bert vs. Letter Man Round 2!

Letter Man turns TUBIG into LUBID

Alpha Bert attacks by turning

What the fudge! Son of a bee! It's the second round of Alpha Bert (Jobert) vs. Letter Man (Jason Francisco) in the April 28, 2011 episode on Banana Split Daily Servings! After Letter Man robbed some money at the bank, he encountered some man and then Letter Man turned the man into a rock! Alpha Bert sprung into action! Letter Man attacked Alpha Bert by turning TUBIG into LUBID. With Alpha Bert out from the LUBID, he attacks Letter Man by throwing some BATO. While the BATO goes airborne, Alpha Bert turned BATO into TAO, reverting the rock back to a human and body slammed Letter Man! Alpha Bert wins!

Look out stupid O.A. people, because Banana Split warns against the O.A. by showing up another three stupid things Banana Split don't want you to do it in ANG O.A. MO!

Number One: Adjusted the clock by 12 hours!

It's 7:00 AM!

Number Two: You think the lightest was the heaviest to lift!

Too heavy for something light

Number Three: Second-hand newspapers for sale!

Newspapers for sale

Another mishaps with Magic Singh again! This time, Magic Singh tries to take some of the load off from the woman's bag. The woman thinks this bag's too heavy. When Magic Singh goes HARA HARA KING KING, her bag is empty, leaving no trace of her stuff!

Magic Singh tries to take some
of the load off

Ang TV Patrol Text Joke: Nagpaalam si Inday "Ma'am, uwi na po ako ng probinsya. "Nagpaalam ka na ba sa sir mo?" Tanong ni ma'am. Sagot ni Inday, "Nauna na po siya. Dun na daw po kami magkikita." Unfortunately, 6,789 viewers are not laughing while 4,322 viewers laughed. According to guest star Maja Salvador, those 6,789 viewers who did not laugh at Inday's joke were the wives who lost their husbands to the kasambahays.

Carte Blanche Limited Edition

Carte Blanche Limited Edition

This is the Carte Blanche limited edition packaging in collaboration with Bentley. The covering shaped like the Bentley Continental GT, which is James Bond's new car on his mission to Dubai. This latest novel was written by Jeffrey Deaver, who wrote 28 novels that sold over 20 million copies globally.

It is limited to 500 copies and it costs 1000 British Pounds (about 72,000 pesos estimate). Pre-orders are open on so for those who are willing to get the special version should buy it immediately before its gone for good.

The latest Bond novel, Carte Blanche, is set to be on sale this late May 2011.

Aston Martin V8 Vantage S and V8 Vantage S Roadster

2012 Aston Martin V8 Vantage S

The custom variant of the Aston Martin V8 Vantage, the V8 Vantage S, proves that this brand truly has a fighting stance in the world of sports cars. The custom version of the V8 Vantage, the V8 Vantage S, draws inspiration from its big brother, the V12 Vantage and its available in coupe and roadster. The body-colored bumpers, LED rear lamps, sporty rims, and every sporty detail made this grand tourer more ultimate than the original V8 Vantage. Those who are looking for some real thrills should consider the Aston Martin V8 Vantage S Coupe while for those who want some open air fun should consider the Aston Martin V8 Vantage S Roadster.

No matter which model you are up to, the V8 Vantage S is packed with the 4.7 litre V8 engine that delivers 430 bhp of power and 361 lb.ft of torque. The new V8 Vantage S can accumulate a maximum top speed of 189 miles per hour and grudgingly consumes 21.9 mpg EC combined. Both the V8 Vantage S and the V8 Vantage S Roadster are fully equipped with the 7-speed Sportshift semi-auto transmission that can be set to Manual Mode for manual shifting fun at the road ahead.

With safety is Aston Martin's priority, the V8 Vantage S is equipped with the safest features such as ABS brakes, electronic brake assist, Dynamic Stability Control, and traction control system. There are tons of driver aids include Cruise control, Hill hold assist, Rear parking sensor, and Servotronic speed sensitive power steering. Dual stage Driver/Passenger Airbags and Tire pressure monitoring system comes equipped on the V8 Vantage S. Don't forget when you're in there.

My Comment:

As a custom variant of the V8 Vantage, the Aston Martin V8 Vantage S is target for the hardcore car enthusiasts who are looking for some pleasures of a clean getaway. Those guys who put on their leather-scented man perfume, strapped on their business suit, and getting ready for their next getaway should be prepared for this ultimate grand touring V8 monster. This could be Aston Martin's star of the show.

Photo: Aston Martin

LOVE IT! 2011 Dodge Charger Cop Car Fast Five BTS キタ━━━(゜∀゜)━━━!!!!!

With Dodge Charger team up with Universal Pictures for Fast Five, coming in North American theaters this Friday, Dodge and Universal Pictures continues to build hype around the 2011 Dodge Charger by offering us a behind-the-scenes video of the quarter mile drag race with Brian (Paul Walker), Dom (Vin Diesel) and the boys racing with the hijacked Dodge Charger Cop Car at the streets of Rio.

Who will win the million dollar quarter mile race? Watch Fast Five in theaters this late April at North American theaters. It will showing in Philippine theaters this early May and in Japan this autumn.

It begins... Innova and Fortuner recalls

Check out the article at Top Gear Philippines:

In Vietnam, Toyota made a major recall in Innova and Fortuner models for braking systems, bolts, and seats.

Looks like we're opening the case again...

Does it affect the Innova and Fortuner models sold in the Philippines as well?

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The truth behind the Barasoain Church illustration at the old 10-peso bill according to Kuya Keem

Another Magic Singh hijinks at the April 27 episode of Banana Split Daily Servings! He's trying to see if three men come crossing to the tree, they're gone.

Three men are still here!

Don't worry, Magic Singh's magic always cheat. LOL

There's a cat in the Barasoain church illustration
at the old 10-peso bill

Is there really a cat at the top of the Barasoain Church illustration at the old 10-peso bill? Mutanglawin Kuya Keem explained why while he was at the Barasoain Church replica. Maybe the cat at the illustration does exists after all and attacked Kuya Keem!

There were another three things Banana Split don't want you to do it on another ANG O.A. MO!

Number One: An extremely high price for a special halo-halo.

How much is this special halo-halo?

Number Two: Showing your singing talent when unnecessary.


Number Three: Pretending to commit suicide so your friends can stop you.

Get down, moron!

Promise them not to do it or else, ANG O.A. MO!

Ang TV Patrol Text Joke of the Day: Ano ang tawag kina Batman at Robin pagkatapos silang masagasaan ng pison? The answer is Flatman and Ribbon. About 3,554 viewers laughed on the joke while 12 viewers did not according to guest star Maja Salvador.

The PSN account's "Swerteng Malas"

If Natasha alyas Ansha says;

"Swerte ka kung meron kang PSN (Playstation Network) account pero ang malas mo kung may isang taong nag-hack sa PSN account mo."

This caused an outrage among PSN account users. Most of them will never gonna play online with games like Metal Gear Online, SOCOM 4, or even use the Ad-Hoc Party function to play Monster Hunter Freedom Unite and Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker cooperatively.

In other related terms, some anonymous hacker hacked our PSN account, our names, addresses, zip codes, almost everything. Oh, damn it, damn it, damn it!

Even I got affected on this issue!


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Alpha Bert faces a new villain!

Letterman vs. Alpha Bert

On the April 26 episode of Banana Split Daily Servings, we were introduced by Alpha Bert's biggest threat to mankind, Letterman (Jason Francisco)! When a woman rejected a young man's love letters, some granny (Kuya Jobert) appeared and this granny wants Jason Francisco to do just like Alpha Bert. The granny gave Jason the magic ring, and transformed into Letterman. When Jason as Letterman saw the girl hanging out with Alpha Bert, Letterman gave his powers a test drive, against the LOLA by turning this into BOLA! Granny turned into a ball! Alpha Bert showed up and he wants to battle Letterman! Who will win the battle? Alpha Bert or Letterman? Find out soon! (and this is getting interesting!)

I have your wife's photo
on my wallet!

Another Magic Singh mischief! First off, he wants you to get the picture of your woman, then he rips your picture into pieces. Meanwhile, he wants your peer's wallet and then, HARA HARA KING KING! The picture of your woman is placed at your friend's wallet! Magic!

- Ang TV Patrol Text Joke of the Day: Alam nyo bang maaga daw naulila si Dagul kaya siya naging pandak? Dahil walang magulang, walang nagpalaki sa kanya. (No offense, Dagul my man) 2,354 viewers laughed on this joke, only 2 were not laughed on this joke. (Like what guest star Maja Salvador said, the two people who did not laughed at the joke were Dagul's parents.)

Let's recap the 04-19-11 and 04-20-11 episode of Banana Split...

Sorry if I missed two episodes of Banana Split last April 19 to 20 because of my busy schedule.

Right now, let's recap what happened for my enjoyment;

On the 04-19-11 episode:

- The girl's doll is missing. Alpha Bert (Jobert) and Alpha Boy Regino (Igi Boy) sprung into action. The first word was TOYO, swap the letter T with Y, and it's a YOYO. The girl said it was wrong, she wants MANIKA. And by MANIKA, that's the word came from MANTIKA, then remove the T.

- Magic Singh ate the family's picnic with a little HARA HARA KING KING!

On the 04-20-11 episode:

- We take some English 101 lessons with Prof. Ryan Valkswagen (Ryan Bang). What we learned that "CARPET" means "alaga mong aso sa loob ng kotse", "FLYING CARPET" means "lumilipad na aso sa loob ng kotse", and "BLESSING IN DISGUISE" means "biyayang mapagkunwari".

- We saw Magic Singh (Jayson Gainza) making mischief to others. Now it's your turn to do some mischief the Magic Singh way, like how Magic Singh poured ash on his arm and puff it off 'till the words "MAGIC" appeared. How did he do that? He poured oil, and then dried. Be sure it's not hot oil!

- Bea Alonzo guests in the "ANG TV PATROL" segment!

- Natasha alias Ansha (Pooh) showcased the lucky situations turned unlucky in another SWERTENG MALAS, like you found a wallet but there's no money inside and getting married but you'll pay for the debts.

My surprise for three years of blogging...

Good morning/afternoon/evening sir/ma'am, I wished you all good health and good luck to all.

As you may noticed upon what I said,


Today, I made an official announcement to make;

Ladies and gents, I officially made an account to so I can blog more!

I'm sure most of you know what is, right? It was set up by the world famous Danny Choo, a correspondent in all things anime, manga, games, and everything Japan. He's the director of the Japanese lifestyle TV show, Culture Japan. Most otakus visit and blog there to blog everything Dollfie, figures, life, and what are they doing.

I did this because I want to expand presence to the blogging world. Don't worry, I'll keep blogging on either Multiply or Blogger but for limited purposes. If I want to put something 100のヴィ学 (folks, don't tell me what's 100のヴィ学 is), I'll show it on

See you there...

Flashback: The old Toyota Hilux was heroic after all...

This classic Toyota Hilux commercial in Thailand was aired in the 1980's and this pick-up truly is heroic after all, giving this old Hilux the name, Toyota Hilux Hero.

On that commercial, operators noticing that the fire is bursting on the refinery and what they don't know that the teacher and the students are crossing on the danger zone! To save them, the staff get inside the Toyota Hilux Hero to save them before they got barbecued. At the end, the main character turned off the fire from the pipeline. Everyone is saved by the Hilux Hero!

The Hilux truly was heroic after all...even in Thailand...

Rate Ko: 4.0/5.0

Kia Sorento R in a Mula sa Puso episode...

Kia Sorento R in a Mula sa Puso episode
(look at the left)

I just noticed that there was a Kia Sorento R appeared at a Mula Sa Puso episode since April 25, 2011.

What's that Sorento R doing here in the drama?

Making pansin-pansin on the TV drama?


Peugeot 308 series Minor Change

Since its launch at 2007 as the successor of the Peugeot 307, the Peugeot 308 advances that the previous 307 can't do. It comes with the hatchback, station wagon, and a convertible, which leaves customers a wide variety of choices to choose from. Now, this year marks the second phase of Peugeot's 308 range sporting a new trademark look that brings the "Motion and Emotion" tagline come closer to reality.

2012 Peugeot 308

The 308 hatchback is the standard choice for beginners. On its second phase, only the 5-door hatchback is offered. The 3-door hatchback was dropped, making it an unpleasant drawback for the hardcore Peugeot fans. A decent rival to the Citroen C4, Volkswagen Golf, Honda Fit, and the Renault Megane Berline.

2012 Peugeot 308 SW

If excursion is the French families' type, the 308 SW is offered with some extra space at the rear. It chooses the Subaru Legacy Touring Wagon, Renault Megane Sport Tourer, Opel Astra Sport Tourer, Mazda Atenza Sport Wagon, or even the Volkswagen Golf Variant as the rivals.

2012 Peugeot 308 CC

The disappearance of the 3-door hatchback does not need to worry about hardcore Peugeot fans because a quick alternative, the Peugeot 308 CC, is offered. With the 308 CC received a minor change, most fans will love it even further because of its open-top fun riding. It targets the likelihood of the Renault Megane Coupe-Cabriolet.

The latest addition to the new 308 range is the all new 1.6 litre HDi FAP 112 bhp Euro 5 engine with e-HDi micro-hybrid technology and the latest generation idling stop system, worthy enough to call the 308 Minor Change a full-fledged eco-car. As an eco-car, the new 308 consumes 4.5L/100km, CO2 emissions weighing 118kg/m, top speed of 190km/h, and it is equipped with the 6-speed manual transmission. If it's not your thing, you can also try a wide variety of lineup to choose from;

1) 1.4L VTi 16v 98 bhp BVM5
2) 1.6L VTi 16v 120 bhp BVM5
3) 1.6L VTi 16v 120 bhp BVA4
4) 1.6L THP 16v 156 bhp BVM6
5) 1.6L THP 16v 156 bhp BVA6
6) 1.6L THP 200 bhp BVM6 (exclusive on the 308 GTi 5-door hatchback)
7) 1.6L HDi 8v FAP 92 bhp BVM5
8) 2.0L HDi 16v FAP 150 bhp BVM6
9) 2.0L HDi 16v FAP 163 bhp BVA6

My comment:

The Peugeot 308 minor change is ready to show its character lines that will stand the rest. Aside from that, the new 1.6L e-HDi engine with the innovative Micro Hybrid Technology is made to show its true eco-car character. Three body types; the 5-door hatchback, the SW, and the CC, received its minor change that will make customers love the new 308 even further as if it was from the pre-minor change model. This car is ready to play in the rainy plain in Europe.

Photo: PSA Peugeot Citroen

Monday, April 25, 2011

Aston Martin Virage and Virage Volante

2012 Aston Martin Virage and Virage Volante

Back in 1989, Aston Martin launched the Virage as a replacement to the Aston Martin V8 sportscar. Production is ended in 2000 but in the year 2011, Aston Martin decided to give the Virage another try as the new Virage, the latest debutante in the Aston Martin lineup consisting of the DB9, DBS, V8 Vantage, V8 Vantage S, V12 Vantage, and the Toyota iQ-based Cygnet compact.

On the exterior design, playboys have a high chance to be confused because the new Virage looks more the same as the Aston Martin DB9 or DBS. The front, the rear, the side, everything looks the same but to help them obtain the Virage, look for the Virage badge on it.

This also applies to the interior as well, the new Virage really looks the same as the DB9 or the DBS. To solve this, look for the Virage marking on the interior. Looks like Aston Martin wants us to play the guessing game, figuring out which is the DB9 or the 21st century Virage.

The 21st century Virage comes in two forms, the coupe and the open-top Volante, and both of these variants come with the high-performance 6.0-litre V12 engine that has the power output of 490bhp/6500rpm, torque output of 420lbs-ft/5750rpm, and it comes with the 6-speed Touchtronic Auto transmission. This V12 engine complies with Euro V emission standards.

My Comment:
Reviving the Virage name can be a tough act to follow from the premiere Kuwaiti-owned British sports car maker but despite the revival, the 21st century Aston Martin Virage looks more like a carbon copy of the Aston Martin DB9. Can the Virage replace the DB9? Aston Martin says no because the DB9 still lives on despite the addition of the Virage in the list of Bond cars ready to be commissioned for Her Majesty's Secret Service. If James Bond meets the Virage face to bumper, will he accept the offer from Her Majesty's Secret Service? If he does, this is going to be a wild ride.

I can always think that this is the spiritual successor to the V12 Vanquish...

Photo: Aston Martin
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