Archive for June, 2007

Toyota Fills the Gap, Launches Fully Redesigned Premio and Allion

June 8, 2007

Toyota Premio

In Japan last June 5, 2007, Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) launched the fully redesigned Premio and Allion that will hit the market on winter by 2007.

For the record, Toyota’s conventional molded vehicle was the Corona, which in 2001 was replaced by the conservative Premio and the sportier Allion. For this year both models have been systematically given a face-lift. Automatically, they are virtually indistinguishable to the Camry, but each mock-up features uniquely individual styling in keeping with Toyota’s Vibrant Clarity design viewpoint. Camry is a mid-size car manufactured by Toyota and considered to be the most popular vehicle in the North American market at the same time as the bread-and- butter vehicle of the said company.

The redesigned models unveiled were designed to further improve the appeal of its predecessors. The first generation of this two were launched in December five years ago were “five number” sedans that appealed to patrons with its unique styling that induced class-surpassing superiority, roomy interior, user-friendliness and outstanding driving performance.

These redesigned model exteriors possess a sense of extravagance and charisma, while the newly stretched and widened interior exhibits an improved sensation of eminence and space. Other features that have been adopted for better convenience includes:

– Smart Entry & Start System
– A color rear-view monitor
– HDD navigation system compatible with G-BOOK
– The new 1.8-liter engine
– Super CVT-i (Super Continuously Variable Transmission-intelligent) transmission provides superior cruising performance
– The 185-inch-long front-wheel
– Engine displacement of 2,000cc or less
– Advanced telematics service
– Warning function when the driver approaches a stop sign or a school

The innovated vehicles also feature security and ecological performance at the peak levels of their class. Toyota expects to sell a combined 60,000 units of both new models.

BMW to launch 7-Speed Gearbox in 2008 M3

June 5, 2007

BMW M3

BMW is reportedly set to launch its 2008/2009 M3 coupe with an all-new seven-speed double-clutch gearbox as an alternative to the regular six-speed manual. According to Autocar, official confirmation regarding the move has already been sent to BMW dealers.

According to the Leftlane News, the gearbox will go by the name M DCT, and is very similar to Volkswagen’s DSG transmission. To make shifts both smooth and extremely quick, a dual-clutch system features two computer-controlled clutches. Simple automated manuals — such as BMW’s SMG — provided quick shifts but can be jerky during tame driving.

The M DCT model will likely be a few tenths of a second faster than the manual M3. The transmission is being built by Getrag. Drivers will be able to use a shift lever or paddles to change gears.

The M DCT will be offered on the new M3 in March 2008.

2007 Nissan Maxima

June 2, 2007

2007 Nissan Maxima is a midsize sedan and accessible in two trims, the Maxima 3.5 SE and Maxima 3.5 SL. The SE is intended to be the sportier than the other one.

This model of Nissan offers new aggressive exterior, innovative interior and responsive acceleration. Other features include:

• Manually Interactive Automatic Transmission
• Xtronic(TM) Continuously Variable Electronically Controlled Manually Interactive Automatic Transmission
• Tilt Steering Column
• Telescopic Steering Column
• Power Engine Speed Sensing Rack and Pinion Variable Assisted Steering
• Independent McPherson Strut Front Suspension With Coil Springs and Shock Absorbers
• Independent Multi-Link Rear Suspension With Coil Springs and Shock Absorbers
• 27-mm Rear Stabilizer Bar
• 12-Volt, 55-Amp Hour Battery
• Battery Saver
• Delayed Power Retention
• 2 Front Power Outlets
• Drive-By-Wire Control For Throttle
• Audio and Navigation Pre-Wiring
• Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) Vehicle Stability Control System
• Electronic Brake Assistance
• 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
• Front Power 320-mm X 28-mm Vented Disc and Rear Power 292-mm X 9-mm Solid Disc Brakes
• Electronic Brake Force Distribution
• Traction Control
• Driver Airbag With Dual Stage Deployment
• Passenger Airbag Cutoff Sensor Activated By Seatbelt Engagement
• Front Passenger Airbag With Dual Stage Deployment
• Front and Rear Automatic Locking Retractors
• Front and Rear Crumple Zones
• Front Seatbelt Height Adjusters
• Rear 3-Point Center Seatbelt
• Front Pretension With Force Limiters
• Trunk Anti-Trap Device
• Seat Mounted Front Side Airbags
• Front and Rear Side Head Curtain Airbags Located In Roof
• Front and Rear Outboard 3-Point Seatbelts
• Side Door Guard Beams
• Child Safety Door Locks Located On Rear Doors
• Selective Unlocking Via Remote
• Vehicle Anti-Theft Via Alarm and Engine Immobilizer
• Power Door Locks
• Valet Lockout
• Multi-Function Remote Operates Door Lock/Unlock, Anti-Theft, Power Windows
• Panic Button
• Remote Trunk Release Located On Multi-Function Remote
• Home Link(R) Universal Garage Door Opener Located On Interior Rearview Mirror
• Remote Fuel Door Release
• Intelligent Key Card Key
• Keyless Entry Operated Via Key Fob
• Cloth Seats
• Front Dual Reclining Bucket Seats, Passenger Side Manually Adjusts 4 Ways Total With Driver Adjustable Seat Height and Adjustable Headrests
• Driver Manual Lumbar Support
• Rear 60/40 Split Folding Bench Seat With Adjustable Headrests and Fold-Down Center Armrest
• Driver Power Seat Adjusts 8 Ways Total
• Cargo Area Tie down Hooks
• 2 Front and 2 Rear; 4 Cup holders Total
• Front Dual Door Mounted Storage
• Lockable Glove box
• Front Dual Seatback Storage Pockets
• Cargo Net
• Covered Lower Console Storage Located On Floor
• Overhead Console Storage
• Coin holder
• Warning Lights Include Seatbelts Unfastened
• Maintenance Interval Indicator
• Steering Wheel Mounted Controls For Cruise Control and Audio
• Trip Computer With Average Fuel Consumption, Miles To Empty and Stop Watch
• Digital Clock
• Cruise Control
• Exterior Temperature Gauge
• 8000-RPM Tachometer
• Tire Pressure Monitor
• Front and Rear Dual Map Lights
• Delayed Courtesy Light
• Trunk Light
• Automatic Headlights With Automatic On/Off and Dusk Sensor
• Cornering Lights
• Front Fog lights
• Perimeter Lighting
• Halogen Headlights
• AM/FM Radio With 8 Speakers Total; CD Player
• Front Auxiliary Audio Input Jack
• Diversity In-Glass Radio Antenna
• Skyview(R) Panel Roof
• Interior Air Filter
• Separate Driver/Front Passenger Climate Controls
• Automatic Climate Control
• Rear Air Conditioning Ducts
• Leather Steering Wheel
• Leather Located On Shift Knob
• Carpet Located In Passenger Cabin and Trunk
• Compact Spare Tire
• SBRP245/45VR18, All-Season Tires
• Alloy Wheels, 18-In. X 7.5-In
• Dual Body Color Power Adjustable Exterior Rearview Mirrors
• Power Window Lockout
• Rear Window Defroster
• Sunshade For Sky view(TM) Roof
• Electro chromic Interior Rearview Mirror
• Front Dual Illuminated Vanity Mirrors
• Power Windows With Front Dual One-Touch Up, One-Touch Down and Pinch Protection
• Tinted Glass
• Front Dual Sun visors
• Variable Intermittent Windshield Wipers
• Front and Rear Body Color Bumpers
• Front Air Dam
• Rear Spoiler
• Metallic Paint (If Selected)
• Chrome Located On Exhaust Pipes