Saturday, April 5, 2014

Renault Duster

After the failure of Logan sedan in the Indian markets, the French car manufacturer Renault came back with the Duster which created a sensation in the Indian automobile industry. The company had done perfect groundwork in understanding the needs of the Indian customer and getting their car modified accordingly. Renault Duster, basically a sports utility vehicle was launched in India in the year 2012 and was, straight away, welcomed with high appreciation and sales.

The Renault Duster is endowed with a muscular body with five doors, raised suspension and big tyres, flared wheel arches, scratch plate and plastic cladding on the lower portion of the two tone coloured bumpers and stylish roof rails. Unlike regular SUVs with seven seats, Duster has only five seats which mean there is more space for storage.

There are three engine options available along with fuel options of petrol as well as diesel. The petrol engine is powered with five speed manual transmission gear box, where as the diesel engine is mated with both 5 speed and 6 speed manual transmission. The 4 cylinder in-line 1598 cc petrol engine, with Multi-Point Fuel Injection system churns out 102.5 bhp at 5850 rpm and a maximum torque of 145 Nm at 3750 rpm. The 4 cylinder in-line 1461 cc diesel engine dCi churns out 83. 8 bhp at 3750 rpm and a maximum torque of 200 Nm at 1900 rpm and the 4 cylinder in-line 1461 cc diesel engine dCi churns out 108.5 bhp at 3900 rpm with a maximum torque of 248 Nm at 2250 rpm. The suspension system of Renault Duster imparts precise handling and a pliant ride even on bumpy roads. It has a turning radius of 5.2 m which aids in turning the vehicle easily at tight corners.

The beige coloured interior with its first-class leather seats, plenty of leg space and head room is rather luxurious. The curvy instrument panel, well-finished metallic door handles, chrome gear knob finish, glossy grey front finish and the charcoal grey floor finish impart a plush look. The driver's seat can be smartly adjusted in 8 ways. Renault Duster is embedded with safety features like engine immobiliser, central locking, engine protective under guard, door open warning light, dual front airbags, ABS, EBD, brake assist, rear defogger, front fog lamps and reverse parking sensor.

Some of the luxury features include keyless entry, power windows with illuminated switches, AC with heater and pollen filter, rear AC vent, tilt steering column and touch-screen audio with satellite navigation.

Renault Duster is priced between Rs 8 lakh and Rs 12 lakh. With competitive pricing and good after sales service, Duster has managed to retain its top position amidst rivals like Ford Ecosport.

Renault Koleos Face-lift 2014

Renault Koleos is a compact SUV manufactured by Renault Samsung motors, a subsidiary of Renault. It had debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in 2000. Even though the French Motor company Renault designed it, Nissan developed the Koleos. At present, the Koleos is sold across five continents and in the markets as varied as Europe, South America and Asia-Pacific.

Ever since it was introduced in the global market, there have been many modified versions of the car. The face-lifted version of the Koleos was unveiled at the Delhi Auto Expo in February 2014 and the production version is expected to hit the markets soon.

The face-lifted Koleos will come in two versions - a cut-price version with front wheel drive offering a six-speed manual transmission and a four-wheel drive version with a six-speed manual transmission. The Koleos will fight for its space in the compact SUV segment with the veterans in the field like Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour, Chevrolet Captiva, Honda CRV, Hyundai Santa Fe and BMW X1 among others.

What sets the Koleos apart from its rivals is its size and appearance. It is a large vehicle that will come with a 2.0-liter diesel engine, which can generate a powerful output of 171 bhp and a maximum torque of 360 NM. This is a lot of improvement over the current version.

The face-lifted Koleos comes with a heavily chromed grille, a bigger Renault logo and a dash of chrome on the side protector as well. The base model will have a single toned 17-inch alloy wheels and the 4X4 variant gets a two toned version of the alloy wheels.

The interiors of the Koleos are quite impressive as well. The dashboard is simple looking and comes with easily manageable controls. The Bluetooth compatible audio system comes as a standard and features Bose music system with five speakers and an amplifier. The safety features in the Koleos include air bags (eight in total), speed limiter, ABS with EBD, electronic stability program and brake assists. A few other features like coat hangers, smart card access key, sunblind and an illuminated glove box are also distinctive features of this SUV. It also comes with automatic headlamps and leather upholstery.

The Renault Koleos face-lift 2014 will be equipped with a reverse camera, hands-free card, Hill start aid and hill descent control. It has a unique feature, which is the Blind Spot Warning (BSW) that will give a visual alert when a vehicle is detected in a blind spot to help it overtake safely.

Overall, Renault Koleos is a large and spacious SUV with impressive safety and comfort features. It comes with a good fuel economy and offers a judicious blend of style, comfort and elegance.

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Peugeot 407 Reviews


Peugeot 407 is manufactured by largest French car maker Peugeot and it was launched in the year 2004 but bought into market a year later in 2005. This model is the latest version of the prestigious coupes. Peugeot 407 is available in three models that are coupe, saloon, and estate.

They are available in both petrol and diesel engines. The style of this model plays a vital role, merging stature and enhancement to manufacture a product that will be competent for long distance journey with complete comfort and high recital growths.

The Peugeot models are luxurious and the Peugeot 407 is featured with two new levels of performance. This model was introduced with two new engines and both the engines are powerful and possess less CO2 emissions. It is their motive to manufacture engines that provide significant advantages by plummeting fuel utilization and CO2 release, but at the same time imposing for their excellent power deliverance.

The ambience of model 407 looks up to date and fashionable as it is made up of spongy touch materials. The nerve centre of a car is the dashboard and the dashboard of 407 possess a flurry of chrome border dials, switches and buttons to handle the various facets of climate, and also its unique multimedia systems are planned utilizing the most complex technologies yet offering the simplest customer experience.

The systems assure exciting entertainment in the form of a superior touch screen interface, providing a productivity of 4×20 watts from eight loudspeakers, aux - in to connect your MP3 player, an in dash 6 discs MP3 CD changer and an SD memory card reader for those who consider good music are available in little packages.

Now talking about comfort both the seats of drivers and person along for the ride are comfortable which provides a great back support and hand rest.

All the models of Peugeot are well-known for its safety measures. The engineers are very much honest about safety measure. After all you deserve it. The models of Peugeot possess active safety features which includes of 6 air bags but the model 407 possess active safety which includes of 9 air bags to provide you with complete safety.

The brakes discs are made with strong metals with the diameter of 330 mm and the best part is that it is made with superior ESP steadiness control. In addition this model is manufactured with anti skid function. The facility of ESP can also be used to handle the anti locking brake system.

Another highlight, gear changes are executed without any interruption of the driving power. While it's automatic transmission assures you with smooth gear shifts, its manual mode provides maximum control of the engines.

Peugeot RCZ Review

Going back to about 25 years before today, Peugeot might be a brand that came with quite a high prestige to offer those who own one. This was possible thanks to the manufacturer's 205 GTI which was considerably amazing back then. However, unfortunately, it seems that Peugeot has not been able to really amaze car enthusiasts any longer for decades. Yet, things are about to change for the manufacturer thanks to their new Peugeot RCZ which is a coupe one of its kind and has a lot to offer. After hearing all that, the next thing that may sound more interesting is often what the car can probably offer for real.

Well, to get things started, car enthusiasts worldwide may think of this Peugeot RCZ as a rival to the Audi TT. Every car enthusiast knows how Audi TT performs and what it can give to the drivers. With that being said, the car enthusiasts out there may have acquired the big picture of the coupe offered by Peugeot. However, it may turn out quite unfair just to look at the big picture instead of paying attention to every detail of the coupe. Therefore, it is wise to read on.

First of all, what Peugeot may offer to the car owners - and the one that may turn out the most innovative feature - is the so-called double bubble curving shape applied to the roof as well as the glass rear window of the RCZ coupe. This is one of the key factors that make Peugeot RCZ stand out from the rest of coupes from the other brands in existence. Peugeot has managed to lengthen this roof in such a way that it forms a fluid, single and streamlined envelope with the coupe's rear window. As a result, optimized aerodynamics is something the driver of this coupe can expect. Also, the overall visual style of this particular coupe is an eye-catching one that will freeze the eyes of the surrounding crowd. It seems that people will not get tired of looking at this RCZ over and over again.

Then, the next item of innovation is the coupe's aluminum roof arches which are meant to maximize the dynamism of the coupe. Viewed from the side, this particular coupe will proudly display the taut and firm contours supported by the coupe's rear wings with generous curves, sides that are deeply sculpted and the coupe's front wings which are very prominent.

Yet, another feature offered with the Peugeot RCZ is an enveloping bonnet. Thanks to such a bonnet, it has been possible for the manufacturer Peugeot to reduce the size that the front wings may have taken. Also, with its wide opening, accessing the engine as well as the front wheel arches becomes a lot easier.

In terms of performance, Peugeot offers 3 engine options for this outstanding coupe of theirs. First, there is the 1.6 THP 16V 200 bhp engine option. Then, there is the 1.6 THP 16V 156 bhp engine option. Those are for the petrol engines. Now, for the diesel engine, there is the 2.0 HDi FAP 16V 163 bhp engine option. And, when it comes to steering, this coupe is equipped with hydraulic power steering feature. Thanks to such a steering feature, this coupe can easily be driven through corners without the coupe losing its stability. And, the RCZ coupe responds very well to the steering in most occasions.

The braking system on the Peugeot RCZ is also a powerful one. With front ventilated discs measuring 302 millimeters in diameter and with a thickness of up to 26 millimeters, the braking system is a hard-wearing one. Meanwhile, for the rear braking system, this coupe comes offered for sale with brake discs measuring 290x12 millimeters. Yet, there are more to the braking system. The owners of this coupe may well expect the presence of EBA - which stands for Emergency Brake Assist - and EBD - which stands for Electronic Brake force Distribution. With these features, the brake pressure on each wheel is very likely to be pretty efficient.

To add to the driver's driving pleasure, this particular coupe grasps the road perfectly. The coupe features an inverted type of pseudo McPherson assembly as its front suspension. The RCZ that comes with the 200 bhp engine option even features an anti-roll bar that is uncoupled. On the other hand, the rear suspension is a trailing-arm type featuring rigid arm joints. The base and the gravity center of the coupe have even been lowered as well for the sake of the driver's pleasure.

However, what have been revealed so far with concerns to the coupe are all about the visual and technical aspects. What about the comfort that the Peugeot RCZ may offer? Well, in terms of comfort, Peugeot offers pretty smooth and high quality upholstery. Better yet, it is even possible for the RCZ owners to upgrade the upholstery to the superior Nappa leather. Yet, the seats inside the coupe are sports car typical. The position is low yet ergonomic providing a great level of comfort to the passengers inside.

Yet, when it comes to entertainment, this RCZ features a set of high technology equipments that may well include Peugeot's new multimedia systems, JBL Hi-Fi systems, USB sockets and so on. And, unlike the other cars, there is an analog clock instead of a digital one in the center of the instrument panel. And, in order to reflect how a sports car may feel, the background of the instrument panel is made of genuinely pressed metal.

The steering wheel is also of fine quality. It is covered with fine leather. Better yet, it is even equipped with collar as well as thumb rests that are covered with chrome finishing. And, for easy readings for the driver, the dial backs come with carbon tone which is enhanced even further by making use of back-lit and laser cut readings.

Now, it seems that the least discussed item here is safety of the Peugeot RCZ coupe. Well, the coupe features driver and front passenger airbags along with 2 neck airbags built into its seats. Of course, the airbags are not the only items available when it comes to safety. Taking into consideration the new protocol of the Euro NCAP, Peugeot has equipped their RCZ coupe by means of a pyrotechnic pop-up bonnet. This bonnet is designed to minimize the impact pedestrians may experience should a collision takes place in the front side of the coupe.

Another safety feature is a spoiler. Peugeot RCZ comes with a self-adjustable spoiler that works accordingly to the speed of the coupe. The spoiler works in two positions. It will first open when the RCZ coupe reaches 53 mph. Then, the spoiler will extend even further if the coupe reaches a speed of up to 96 mph. By means of such a spoiler, this top-notch coupe will obtain an even higher aerodynamic efficiency.

After all being said, it may well be true that Peugeot may not have shown what it can do for decades. However, with the presence of Peugeot RCZ, those car enthusiasts or those who are perhaps intending to buy a sports car or a coupe may need to consider buying an RCZ. Yet, they need to keep in mind that there is a pretty good chance they can still find even more options available right from Peugeot.

Peugeot 307 , Car Review


The Peugeot 307 is a family car which has been in production since 2001. In the year 2002, it was awarded the European Car of the Year title. Production continues to this day for the Peugeot 307, despite the launch of the 308, the intended successor to the Peugeot 307. The hatchback production models were first introduced back in European markets in 2001as the successor to the 306. The Peugeot 307s were sold worldwide in Australia, New Zealand and Asia, but not in Canada. Peugeot 307s were even sent to Mexico and were sold in a 1.6 and 2.0 liter engines which were gasoline powered.

The Peugeot 307 made use of a reworked 306 platform, which is consistent with the Citroen Xsara and the Citroen ZX. Despite using the same platform, the 307 is much larger than the 306 in every direction. The styling consistent with the 307 was first seen on the Peugeot 206 and Peugeot 607 models. The Peugeot styling came with upswept headlights and a highly sloped windscreen. The styling seen on the 206 was the first departure from the Pininfarina styling and the 307 is consistent with this departure. The Peugeot 307 has a height of 59.4 inches which lands itself in the middle of the spectrum between small family cars and compact MPVs. Some people even consider the 307 as a low compact MPV because of its height and profile. The wedge shaped body of the Peugeot 307 gives it a very long front end, but the car is equipped with four doors, making the Peugeot 307 a family car.

Initially, the Peugeot 307 was a 3 and 5 door hatchback and was not made into a sedan until the year 2002 with the release of two estate models. The Peugeot 307 Break and 307 SW are externally identical, with the SW version having silver roof bars and a ¾ length panoramic glass roof as standard equipment. The Peugeot SW is much more versatile than the Peugeot Break model as the SW features an optional third row of removable seats, which makes it of the MPV configuration. The Peugeot SW only exists because a compact MPV was not developed by Peugeot, unlike Citroen. Citroen developed the Xsara Picasso to exhibit a flexible but road stylish car.

The 2005 models of the Peugeot 307 were revised to compete with the rivals that emerged in the market since the original release of the Peugeot 307 in 2001. Among styling changes, the Peugeot 307 featured a larger air intake which was first established by the Peugeot 407.

Rally racing in the form of the Peugeot 307 WRC based on the 307 CC, which replaced the very successful Peugeot 206 WRC in the World Rally Championship in 2004. The vehicle was nicknamed, "The Flying Frog" and "The Whale" was plagued by transmission problems and only came into its racing prowess as the model was discontinued at the end of 2005

Friday, March 7, 2014

Citroen Cars Review

Citroen's recent range of cars displays the features and technology that only the French carmaker can offer to its customers. Among its most popular cars are those in the C range. The C1 is a lively and appealing compact car. The C1's sleek look and cheerful design makes it an exciting car to drive. While the car may seem small, it has huge benefits such as economic fuel usage and environment-friendly emission. It can also carry four people comfortably.

Next in the range is the C3. This petite car demonstrates power, safety and comfort. It has an impressive look with a spacious and elegant interior coupled with seven powerful engines of choice. On the outside, the car looks very cute but it has a spacious cabin perfect for a comfortable drive for the family. It is also equipped with top-of-the-class safety systems to ensure peace of mind while driving.

Citroen's C4 cars are practical, economical and comfortable cars. The C4 has features that make driving comfortable and relaxed. It has many kits and easy-to-use tools that aid the driver during a trip all within an arms reach. It also sports powerful but economical and eco-friendly engines. Its sleek and fine appearance makes it a driver's car of choice.

The C4 Picasso is the ultimate driver's car. Its glaring appearance and unique style stands out from among other cars today. Both the C4 Picasso and the Grand C4 Picasso are so wonderful that one would want to grab the steering wheel and drive it on immediately with a wide grin on the face spanning from ear to ear. The Picasso models are essentially the modern cars perfect for the modern lifestyle.

Citroen also offers other models with equally elegant and comfortable features. Among these is the New Berlingo, a stylistic and energetic van with spacious and comfortable interior which is popular with Citroen Berlingo leasing customers. The new C5 is another top-class car made by Citroen that features elegance and pleasure while driving and now Citroen C5 contract hire is very popular. These cars are definitely wonderful to drive. When one drives a Citroen car, it will surely create an impression of elegance upon the driver. One will certainly become an eye-catcher with his or her Citroen car.
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Automotive Modifications For Drifting

The drifting world is a complex mix of one-timers, enthusiasts, semi-professional and professional. While there are different outlet arenas for this mixture, one thing is constant. For a car to drift well, modifications are crucial. It is true that a car can drift without modifications, but it is unlikely to do well in any competitions, and it will eventually need mods if the driver continues to drift. Our third article in our drifting series will focus on typical modifications for a drift car, and some unique modifications.

There are seven main areas of a car that drifters tend to modify:

1. Drive train

2. Tires

3. Interior

4. Exterior

5. Engine

6. Steering

7. Suspension

This article will cover the first four modifications, drive train, tires, interior and exterior. Followed by an article dedicated to engine, steering and suspension modifications. Modifications to drift cars are critical and technical, and thus, take more time to cover than other drifting subjects.

Drive train customization of a drift car is, without a doubt, the most important of the seven. In order to properly drift, one must first consider installing a limited slip differential (LSD). While some vehicles come standard with a LSD, the most typical stock differential is open. Unfortunately, open and viscous differentials do not allow for control of a sustained slide. The most popular type of limited slip differential is the "clutch-type", which allows for invariable lock-up activity of the vehicle during both acceleration and deceleration. Two other types of differentials that are prominent among drifters include, a "spool" differential and a welded differential. Spool differentials are interesting, in that, they perform no differential effect, the wheels of the vehicle are simply locked together. On the other hand, the welded differential is a procedure that welds the side gears together, making a drift possible at a high rate of speed. There are definite cons when choosing to go with a limited slip differential alternative. For example, while a welded differential is much cheaper, it makes parking more difficult and is devastating to the drive train over time. So while there are cheaper methods of obtaining a differential system that will allow for accurate drifting, in the long term, it is most efficient to go with a LSD.

Another major modification to the drive train of drift cars is the clutch. Some drifters opt to buy inexpensive clutches often, because regardless of the amount of money spent on them, they will have to replaced time and time again. However, many professional drifters choose ceramic brass button or multiple plate varieties of clutches for their durability. A further benefit of these more durable clutches are their ability to withstand the clutch-kick technique of drifting. Clutch Masters, Competition Clutch and Daikin/Exedy are all prominent performance clutch manufactures that drifters look to, when searching to modify their stock clutch.

Any drifter will tell you that they go through a lot of parts, it is just a hazard of the game, but there is no part they go through more than tires. The tires that one utilizes typically depends on their current level of drifting and where they drift. Many competitive forums, such as D1 Grand Prix, only allow certain commercial tires that are approved by their particular agents. However, those who drift that aren't quite on the D1 level have a different approach when choosing their tires. Drifters typically place different tires on the front and back of the car, with the good tires going to the front. Due to the damage that drifting can cause to tires, some opt to use pre-owned tires on the back of the car, because of the likely hood of them being used after a show or competition is slim to none. However, one must not underestimate the power of good tires.

Tires are the key element to grip, and maintaining the best possible grip is essential for control, speed and a quick snap on the beginning entry. Fortunately for the higher budget drifter and teams with great funding, tire manufacturers are now producing tires with the drifter in mind. For example, Kumho is now producing special effect tires that will give a drifting crowd colored and scented smoke. For all of the talk about tires, it is critical to safety that tires have adequate tread. Those opting for cheaper used tires, often find themselves planted in a wall because the tires were not adequate for drifting purposes.

Most drifting fans are well aware of the fact that drift cars are not pretty. While a few are show quality, this is typically a function of available funds, not being a good drifter. All drift cars get beat up...that is just the name of the game. So one may question why would a drifter spend money modifying the interior of their car. The answer is simple, these interior customizations aren't for looks, they are done to make drifting easier. Some interior modifications include, seating, steering wheel, hand brake and gauges. For example, with a bucket seat and harnessing, drivers are free to simply turn the steering wheel versus brace against it. Additionally, replacing the locking knob on the hand brake with the a spin turn knob ceases locking up of the hand brake when it is pulled. Some choose to move the hand brake's location or add a hydraulic hand brake actuator for increased braking force. These hand brake mods are critical, because of the techniques that involve the emergency brake in drifting.

Exterior modifications are just as important as the interior. Drifters often find themselves purchasing many body kits, spoilers, wings and vented hoods. Chassis customizations often include tower, b-pillar, lower arm and master cylinder braces. All of these braces increase the stiffness of the chassis, making for a better drift experience. Typically, mods such as spoilers and wings are only done when a car is asked to produce more downforce on large, open tracks. Over the years, drifters have learned that when it comes to body kits, there are ways to save some hard earned cash. While most body kits are bolted on, the drifter will often use zip ties which will allow the body kit to break away from the car in the event of an accident rather than be destroyed.

All drifters choose what modifications that they feel are most important, and budget will often play a large roll in these decisions. Professional drifters have sponsors that provide the funds for these modifications, as long as their driver is producing, but this is a catch twenty-two for those who are serious about breaking into the sport of drifting. We will cover the final three typical modifications in our next article, and address this catch twenty-two that hopefuls find themselves in.

Stay tuned for our next drifting article, all brought to you by Modified 240 []!