Car Reviews – AutoGeeze | Latest Sport Car News Insurance Wallpapers Rentals Prices Parts and Reviews https://www.autogeeze.com Bringing super sports cars at your own showroom Wed, 03 Jul 2019 12:42:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.4 Auto Accidents as a Rideshare Vehicle Passenger https://www.autogeeze.com/2019/07/auto-accidents-as-a-rideshare-vehicle-passenger/ Wed, 03 Jul 2019 12:42:38 +0000 http://www.autogeeze.com/?p=10582
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While taking a Lyft or Uber to get around is a great way to reduce traffic, save yourself the trouble of enduring parking in the city, and save the environment, it’s not without its shortcomings. For instance, you may be involved in an accident while in the backseat of a rideshare vehicle. Do you know who bears responsibility for any injuries you sustained? 

Knowing Whose Insurance Applies

If the ridesharing driver is deemed to be at fault for the accident, Uber and Lyft have third-party liability insurance plans, which can cover up to $1 million for your injuries. That said, those plans only activate after all possibilities to recover damages from the driver’s personal insurance plan have been exhausted. 

Maybe the driver wasn’t at fault for the accident. If so, the focus of your auto accident claims turns toward the actual at-fault driver. There’s a chance you may have to receive compensation with the help of legal assistance, depending on how complicated matters become. In either case, it’s good to look into what’s known as un/underinsured motorist insurance coverage. Such coverage could be of great help if the responsible party either doesn’t have insurance or doesn’t have enough insurance. 

Passenger Responsibility 

There is one exception to whether you have a solid case on your hands in the event of a ridesharing accident while you are a passenger. Passengers who are intoxicated or otherwise unruly and contribute to an accident because of their state of mind or actions harm their chances of receiving compensation. While such passengers may receive financial compensation, the total amount can be reduced according to their overall percentage of responsibility. 

Filing a Lawsuit 

Depending on your case, you may have no choice but to bring a lawsuit against the ridesharing company. The reason for this is that Lyft, Uber, and other companies like them work with drivers as independent contractors, not employees. That limits the company’s legal responsibility for a driver’s actions. 

While you do have the option of suing Lyft or Uber to receive compensation for your injuries, know that the companies have taken steps to make it considerably difficult to successfully bring a suit against them. It is best to focus on the company’s insurance coverage, or your driver’s insurance coverage before you think about hitting the company directly. Speaking with a legal professional can help you determine your best next move, and the best use of your time and energy. 

Damages To Consider 

Speaking of the best use of your time and energy, knowing what damages you can collect as a result of an accident can help you focus your case. For instance, you can receive damages for future and past mental anguish, physical pain and suffering, and physical injuries that result in impairment. Hospital, medical, disability, and rehabilitation expenses are another type of damages you can seek to recover. Maybe your injuries left you unable to work, or otherwise resulted in a loss of wages, which is another type of damages.

There is no need for you to bear responsibility for injuries suffered as a passenger in someone else’s vehicle. Now you have a better idea of how to proceed if you are ever injured in a ridesharing vehicle.

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Bosch water cooled radiator review https://www.autogeeze.com/2016/11/bosch-water-cooled-radiator-review/ Fri, 18 Nov 2016 05:05:55 +0000 http://www.autogeeze.com/?p=10291 bosch-water-cooled-radiator

Temperatures inside a car have to be regulated for comfort purposes. The performance of the car as well as its durability will be affected by the radiator. Any time you are driving your car, the radiator will be cooled by the air. That’s because it is located at the fore part of the engine compartment. Traditionally, these systems were being out of brass. These days however, aluminium is the main material used in its manufacture.

The water pump always pumps a coolant continuously so that temperatures are maintained at normality. Cooling is not always dependent on the car motion. There is some other mechanism that helps the system working even when the car is not moving. A fan that automatically switches on when temperatures worsen helps to maintain temperatures at an allowable range in situations when the car is in parking. Info: www.AutoDoc.ee

Without the radiator being in maximum function, temperatures may get too high especially on hot days. The radiator may leak so that the coolant quantity is reduced. In such cases, the entire cooling system will be affected. This sometimes may be beyond repair. However, repair may be applicable. For the previous case, you will need to consider several options in the market to get the best cooling radiator. Bosch being associated with best products will be on the top of the list.

With the interior location of the radiator, it will be necessary to have some other parts uninstalled to gain access to it. This may add on the replacement costs. After installation of the new radiator, a coolant fluid is filled in and your car is ready to go. Even if it may take some time, it is relatively easy and cheap to replace a radiator. You don’t have to hire the top rate mechanic to o the fixing for this reason.
After you suspect defects to your radiator system, it is wise to consider Bosch water cooled radiators for faster restoration of the car.

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Honda City has Emerged as The Best Selling Car https://www.autogeeze.com/2013/06/honda-city-has-emerged-best-selling-car/ Mon, 24 Jun 2013 15:54:04 +0000 http://www.autogeeze.com/?p=8871 Honda-City-2013

Now, Honda City has emerged as the best-selling car in C+ segment. It is a marvelous sedan car which has ruled in its segment for more than a decade. The first Honda City in India was launched back in the year 1998 and since then lots of changes have been brought to the sedan in India. In 2009, Honda City has also been awarded as the ‘Car of the Year’ in India.

Exterior

In the year 2012 Honda City has been reviewed from all angles. The outside rear view mirrors are dressed elegantly with turn indicators. In the front, the look is changed with a premium chrome radiator grille. Ample of chrome gives you a feeling of luxury and holds Honda badge very proudly. The ground clearance is enhanced at 165 mm, thus giving a top-notch stance to the car. The new 10 spoke alloy wheels are commendable and look jaw-dropping when the car moves. The new set of rear combinations tail lamps are rendered to 2012 Honda City sedan enhancing its style quotient.

The dimension of the new Honda City is- its length is 4,440mm; width is 1,695mm; and height of the car is 1,485 mm. The wheelbase of the car is 2550 mm and the total ground clearance is of 165 mm. These measurements are standard throughout the range of Honda City but only the kerb weight varies.

Interior

Despite being a 2008 design, the interiors of Honda City still looks contemporary, although now-a-days most of the competition is offering more bells and whistles than the Honda City. The cabin is spacious sufficient room in both the rows.

Honda City falls in the C+ segment sedan car with royal interiors and seating capacity for 5 people. The interiors of the Honda City integrate an elegant and attractive design. The interiors with superior seat fabric and improved neo Centre Control Panel with the stylish Chrome garnish gives the car an upscale feel.

The interiors of the new Honda City are very attractive with the dual tone dashboard. The Corporate grade of the Honda City comes with all the new Black interiors and will appeal to customers who are looking for affordability in a premium sedan. Honda City offers very stylish, spacious and comfortable room with generous leg space; excellent front visibility; and enough head space for a 6ft tall person.

The Honda City has raised the ground clearance and it still has good amount of headroom. The Honda City designers changed the seat rail design and also reduced the thickness of cushion, to reduce the seating position of driver by 15mm.

Engine

All the variants of Honda City are equipped with the same capacity engine 1.5L (SOHC); i-VTEC engine that offer high engine performance. Its 1497cc power plant produces an 116.38bhp power at 6600 rpm; and 146Nm torque at 4800rpm. There are 4 cylinders in the engine and the engine features 4 valves per cylinder; along with larger 28mm diameter intake valves by Electronic fuel injection. The mighty engine is mated to a synchronized 5 speed manual with an option of automatic transmission in the high end variant. It claims to deliver a class leading 16.8kmpl mileage with new the Honda City.

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Ferrari 612 Scaglietti: What makes it the fastest car? https://www.autogeeze.com/2012/11/ferrari-612-scaglietti-what-makes-it-the-fastest-car/ Wed, 21 Nov 2012 16:50:29 +0000 http://www.autogeeze.com/?p=8258

Ferrari is often seen and heard in different forms of media for its high speed and the number of crashing stories over different roads. However, its latest model- Ferrari 612 Scaglietti is getting popular for some other reasons. It is now being considered by the police department counting over its rocket speed of 320 km per hour (or 199 miles per hour). This latest machine was designed simply replace the earlier smaller models of 456M. The present big size simply makes this model a true four seater car having sufficient space over the rear seats for adult people. Now, let’s check out what makes Ferrari 612 Scaglietti among the fastest car in this world.

It’s the engine and weight saving technology which makes the difference

If you dig slightly deep into Ferrari 612 Scaglietti to check its specifications and compare with other cars, you could easily understand why this car is among the fastest ones. It is designed by the folks from Pininfarina, which is powered by the engine of 5.7 L. The presence of such high end engine makes this car a supercar, which has the potentials to move at an incredible speed of 199 miles per hour. If you compare it with similar kind of police car models including the Lamborghini Gallardo found in Italy, Ferrari 612 Scaglietti seems to be leading in many ways. Secondly, if you check at the weight of this machine, it is engineered with all aluminum technology, which makes the car light and fast. So, the basic reasons why this car is among the fastest is the high end engine and all aluminum technology that makes it light and sporty.

Check some special features

Digging deep into its specs, Ferrari 612 Scaglietti features a space frame chassis made exclusively through special heat treatments, which made the alloy panels more resistant to things like deformation. The 540-horsepower 5748cc V-12 carried four valves in each and every cylinder, which are made through light alloy, along with having a completely new exhaust system meant to slash down the back pressure. This was positioned far behind towards the front axle for excellent handling.

Ferrari 612 Scaglietti is among the first model to have the Control for Stability and Traction or CST technology, which empowers the users. This technology simply works for antiskid and antilock functions, which also had both normal and sport settings. The buyers had options while buying this car, either to opt for a traditional six speed manual transmission car or go for an updated version carrying the F1 derived paddle shift system.

A responsible design

According to Massimo Fedeli (Managing Director) of Ferrari calls 612 Scaglietti as a high performance car, wherein the company simply focused to design features which could help people to enjoy fast and secure driving experience. During the 60th anniversary tour, the company found this opportunity as the best time to render 612 Scaglietti HGTS car to the police services based in Ireland, England and Wales. The company calls the design of this car as a responsible design from the company as it has the elements of safety along with high speed. The Ferrari 612 Scaglietti HGTS is considered as a perfect choice for the activities carried out by the police with a four full seats vehicle with added elements of safety and responsibility.

Final word

The Ferrari 612 Scaglietti is named after a popular coachbuilder called Sergio Scaglietti and is considered as a perfect blend of comfort, luxury, performance and speed. You can enjoy a smooth car drive with speed and security along with accommodating three additional people while enjoying high speed with utter luxury. That’s the style of Ferrari 612 Scaglietti.

About The Author: This was a guest post by Richard Gorman veteran in direct response marketing and advertising.

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Australia’s New Sweetheart https://www.autogeeze.com/2012/09/australias-new-sweetheart/ Wed, 12 Sep 2012 04:13:16 +0000 http://www.autogeeze.com/?p=8159 Mazda 3 Chevrolet Cruze

Something curious is taking place Down Under- for the first time in fifteen years the King of the Australian road, the muscular Holden Commodore, is being usurped by a new breed of small, city-friendly, economical hatchbacks. Nothing could be further from the sweat and dust of the outback, from the masculinity that for many defines the Australian psyche – and has for years shaped their automotive predilections.

The new upstart responsible for causing this seismic shift on Australia’s roads is the Mazda3. The first thing you notice about this sleek hatchback, is that despite its relatively diminutive stature, it is anything but a ‘girly’ motor. Its sculpted bonnet crashes down like a wave off Bondi Beach into a downright aggressive front grill. In fact the front grill is so wide and so in your face that it gives the Mazda3 the air of a cocky teenager, challenging its elders and the status quo of their outdated beliefs. Underneath the bonnet there are a variety of options, from a super-efficient diesel engine to a super-fun 2.0 DISI petrol engine. It’s the latter that really allows you to enjoy the lightweight body of the car – and any car looking this sporty really deserves a bit of oomph under the deck. It’s really not hard to see why this car has captured the imagination of Australian drivers. If you’re looking for more information then click here.

Whilst the Commodore may be slipping in popularity, Holden are not prepared to give up their dominance over the Australian motoring market without a fight. Their contender? The Cruze hatchback. Although less in-your-face than the Mazda3, it still has something about it which lets you know it has a wicked side. It may not be the leather clad biker you don’t want your daughter dating, but it’s no choir boy either. With the Cruze, Holden are looking to win back the fleets which have been the back bone of their business – fleets which have had to look towards greener options – and it looks to be in a good position to do just that. The decision to include both a turbo diesel and the 1.4 intelligent Turbo induction petrol engine is indicative of how important economy is to their target market. The latter engine is able to make a 1000km trip on a single tank, which is handy if you’re crossing the outback! Although selling well, the Mazda3 is still proving the more popular of the two, although some believe the more restrained looks of the Cruze- and its home field advantage- will see it win out in the end. For more info check out this here.

The Mazda3 and the Cruze may be the new sweethearts of the Australian road, but Australia hasn’t quite given up on its macho image just yet. The Toyota Hilux outsold both last month and cars don’t come much more butch than that!

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2013 Ford Shelby GT500 vs. 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 [Video] https://www.autogeeze.com/2012/07/chevrolet-camaro-zl1-vs-ford-shelby-gt500/ Tue, 03 Jul 2012 04:23:00 +0000 http://www.autogeeze.com/?p=7999 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 vs. 2013 Ford Shelby GT500

Two muscle cars battling for road supremacy, the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 fared against the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1Inside Line will be driving us on the compelling battle of these two sought after muscle cars from Detroit. Watch the video after the break.

 

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2012 Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG https://www.autogeeze.com/2012/02/2012-mercedes-benz-sl-63-amg/ Sat, 25 Feb 2012 05:59:02 +0000 http://www.autogeeze.com/?p=7605

The new version of the high performance Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG has been finally unveiled, featuring systematic lightweight construction, a boost in output and driving dynamics, and 30 percent less fuel consumption and emissions.

The SL 63 AMG is based on a lightweight all-aluminum body shell similar to that of the SLS AMG super sports car which reduced the weight of the car by 125 kilograms. With a kerb weight of 1845 kilograms and an output of 537 hp or 564 hp, the new model can sprints from 0-62 mph in just 4.3 seconds or 4.2 seconds respectively, with a top speed of 155 mph.

For the first time, the new SL 63 AMG is available with a choice of two power outputs. With the AMG 5.5L V8 twin-turbocharged engine, it delivers 537 hp and 800 Nm of torque. But for more power, buyers can opt to the AMG Performance package which bumps the above figures to 564 hp and 900 Nm.

Its performance is further boost by the winning combination of the enhanced AMG sports suspension based on Active Body Control (ABC), new AMG speed-sensitive sports steering, the AMG high-performance compound brake system and the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission.

Fuel economy wise, the new SL 63 AMG has a NEDC combined fuel consumption of 9.9L per 100 km for both power outputs, a full 4.2 litres or 30 percent lower than for the outgoing model.

The new Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG will be launched in May 2012.with prices starting at €157,675 for SL 63 AMG, €189,269.50  for SL 63 AMG Edition 1 and €14,280 for the AMG Performance package (incl. 19% VAT).

Check out our high resolution gallery and press release after the jump.

2012 Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG:

Press Release:

The new Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG: Enhanced performance, reduced weight and lower consumption

The stage is set for the new Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG. The new version of the high-performance Roadster impresses on several counts: systematic lightweight construction, a boost in output and driving dynamics, and 30 percent lower fuel consumption and emissions. Thanks to an all-aluminium bodyshell, similar to that of the SLS AMG super sports car, the vehicle weight has been reduced by 125 kilograms. With a kerb weight of 1845 kilograms and an output of 395 kW (537 hp) or 415 kW (564 hp), the new model has the perfect recipe for unparalleled dynamism and a superior driving experience.A further boost in performance comes courtesy of a winning combination: enhanced AMG sports suspension based on Active Body Control (ABC), new AMG speed-sensitive sports steering, the AMG high-performance compound brake system and the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission. An enticing mix of stylish design, extensive standard equipment and a high safety level.

Ola Källenius, CEO at Mercedes-AMG GmbH: “The new SL 63 AMG is yet another masterpiece from Mercedes-AMG. Be it driving dynamics, lightweight construction or efficiency – the SL 63 AMG represents a giant leap forward. Following on from the SLS AMG Roadster and the SLK 55 AMG, it now makes our unrivalled roadster family practically complete.”

Superior performance and high efficiency: the SL 63 AMG is available with a choice of two power outputs for the first time. The AMG 5.5-litre V8 ‘biturbo’ (twin-turbocharged) engine delivers 395 kW (537 hp) and 800 Nm of torque. If the AMG Performance package is specified, these figures rise to 415 kW (564 hp) and 900 Nm – more power than any other competitor in this segment. The result is high-calibre performance, as underlined by the acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.3 or 4.2 seconds, and to 200 km/h in 12.9 or 12.6 seconds respectively. Top speed is 250 km/h (electronically limited), although this rises to 300 km/h (likewise electronically limited) with the AMG Performance package on board. NEDC combined consumption comes in at 9.9 litres per 100 kilometres for both power outputs – a full 4.2 litres or 30 percent lower than for the outgoing model.

The eight-cylinder powerplant with the abbreviation M 157 features a combination of innovative high-tech components for high power output, and it delivers exemplary, low fuel consumption. In addition to spray-guided direct petrol injection, the engine boasts an all-aluminium crankcase, twin turbochargers, four valves per cylinder with camshaft adjustment, air/water intercooling, alternator management and an ECO start/stop function. The weight-optimised AMG sports exhaust system with two chromed twin tailpipes produces a distinctive engine sound.

The key data at a glance:

  SL 63 AMG
Displacement 5461 cc
Bore x stroke 98.0 x 90.5 mm
Compression ratio 10.0 : 1
Output 395 kW (537 hp) at 5500 rpm
415 kW (564 hp) at 5500 rpm*
Max. torque 800 Nm at 2000-4500 rpm
900 Nm at 2250-3750 rpm*
Engine weight (dry) 204 kg
Vehicle weight acc. to EC 1845 kg
Fuel consumption, NEDC combined 9.9 l/100 km
CO2 emissions 231 g/km
Efficiency class F
Acceleration 0-100 km/h 4.3 s 4.2 s*
Top speed 250 km/h**

*With AMG Performance package **Electronically limited

Intelligent lightweight construction with aluminium bodyshell and carbon fibre

Intelligent lightweight construction is one of the major factors behind the low fuel consumption figures. The SL 63 AMG is based on a lightweight all-aluminium bodyshell similar to that of the SLS AMG super sports car. Compared to the outgoing model, this design not only delivers a significant weight saving of around 110 kilograms, it also greatly enhances rigidity, safety and comfort. Intelligent lightweight construction also means that the components have been optimised in line with their specific purpose. Various types of processing are used for the aluminium components, for instance, which are produced as permanent mould castings or vacuum die castings before being processed into extruded sections or used as sheet aluminium with varying wall thicknesses. The result is high rigidity, high safety and improved vibration characteristics. For the cover behind the tank, the designers use even lighter magnesium material in some cases. High-strength steel tubes are integrated into the A-pillars for safety reasons.

The boot lid helps to further trim the weight. For the first time on a volume-produced model, the inner support is made from lightweight carbon-fibre composite. The extremely rigid carbon-fibre component is bonded to the plastic outer shell, resulting in a weight saving of five kilograms compared to a conventional boot lid – an innovative solution destined initially for the SL 63 AMG. This raft of innovative lightweight-design measures means that, at an EC kerb weight of 1845 kilograms, the new SL 63 AMG is 125 kilograms lighter than the model it replaces.

AMG sports suspension based on Active Body Control

The lightweight-design measures are not just limited to the body of the SL 63AMG, however, as the steering knuckles and spring links on the 4-link front suspension and almost all of the multi-link independent rear suspension components are made of aluminium. The reduction in unsprung masses enhances both agility and the response of the spring and damper components.

Mercedes-AMG is remaining faithful to the ABC active spring and damper system: the new SL 63 AMG is equipped with an enhanced version of the AMG sports suspension based on Active Body Control as standard. During the design, development and testing phases, the focus was firmly on driving dynamics and performance. Exceptionally sporty characteristics with reduced roll angles and firm body damping (“Sport”) or more comfort-oriented settings for a high level of comfort on long journeys (“Comfort”) can be selected at the push of a button. To enable greater agility and faster cornering speeds, the SL 63 AMG has more negative camber all round and fully revised elastokinematics.

Equipped with the new, electro-mechanical AMG speed-sensitive sports steering, the flagship AMG model impresses with its fleet-footed, agile cornering and exceptional feedback at the critical limits. The steering has a constant and more direct ratio, and variable power assistance which adjusts in line with the suspension settings. Further standard equipment includes 3?stage ESP®, a speciality exclusive to AMG with “SPORT Handling” mode for particularly keen drivers, while options available from the AMG Performance Studio include an AMG rear axle differential lock and AMG performance suspension.

Individuality: AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission

Power transmission can likewise be adapted to specific requirements, as the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission has four modes to select from: “C” (Controlled Efficiency), “S” (Sport), “S+” (Sport plus) and “M” (Manual). In “C” mode, the ECO start/stop function is active at all times and switches off the eight-cylinder engine when the vehicle is at a standstill. Plus the transmission characteristics are tangibly soft, with smooth and early gear changes. Second gear is generally used as the starting gear in this mode.

The engine and transmission are far more agile in “S”, “S+” and “M” mode; in addition, the stop/start function is deactivated. Partial suppression of the cylinders proves perfect for a committed driving style: briefly and precisely interrupting ignition and injection under full load leads to even faster gearshifts than before. A welcome side effect of this is the emotive sound impression. An automatic double-declutching function for downshifting and the RACE START function are also included as standard with the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission.

Newly developed AMG high-performance compound brake system

Maximum performance is also a top priority when it comes to braking: the newly developed AMG high-performance compound brake system features 390 x 36 mm compound discs with six-piston fixed callipers at the front and 360 x 26 mm integral discs with single-piston floating callipers at the rear. An electric parking brake is fitted as standard, while options available from the AMG Performance Studio include red-painted callipers to denote the AMG Performance package and the even more high-performance, weight-optimised AMG ceramic high-performance compound brake system as seen on the SLS AMG.

The SL 63 AMG leaves the factory fitted with five-twin-spoke AMG light-alloy wheels painted titanium grey with a high-sheen finish, shod with 255/35 R 19 front and 285/30 R 19 rear tyres. Multi-spoke AMG forged wheels from the AMG Performance Studio with 255/35 R 19 front and 285/30 R 20 rear tyres – also available in matt black including a rim flange with a high-sheen finish – help to reduce the unsprung masses.

Design: stylish, superior, dynamic

SLS AMG Roadster, SLK 55 AMG and SL 63 AMG – as the latest addition to the AMG Roadster family, the flagship V8 model displays the hallmark styling elements of a superior high-performance car from Affalterbach: the dynamically distinctive AMG bodystyling comprises the front apron with large air dams, AMG-specific LED daytime running lamps and a lower cross strut in silver chrome. Among the particularly eye-catching features are the new AMG radiator grille with a double louvre in silver chrome, the side sill panels and the “V8 BITURBO” logos on the vent grilles with fins in silver chrome. At the rear, the AMG spoiler lip, the two chromed twin tailpipes of the AMG sports exhaust system and the diffuser-style rear apron with body-coloured insert draw the design to a fitting conclusion.

Vario-roof: MAGIC SKY CONTROL as an option

The sixth-generation SL retains the space-saving, electrohydraulically retractable vario-roof, enabling the SL to be transformed into a roadster or a coupe, as the mood takes the driver and depending on the weather, in under 20 seconds. In contrast to the outgoing model, there are three versions to choose from for the new SL: painted roof, glass roof or the unique panoramic vario-roof with MAGIC SKY CONTROL. Its transparency can be switched to light or dark at the push of a button.

Interior: a feast for all the senses

The SL 63 AMG interior is likewise inspired by the SLS AMG and offers a feast for all the senses: the four air vents styled like jet engines, the E-SELECT lever and the AMG DRIVE UNIT are all reminiscent of the super sports car. Standard equipment includes AMG sports seats in single-tone or two-tone nappa leather with a unique V8 seat upholstery layout and AMG badges in the seat backrests, a multicontour function and seat heating as well as AMG carbon-fibre trim, AMG illuminated door sill panels, ambient lighting and an IWC-design analogue clock. One of the stand-out details on the AMG performance steering wheel is the AMG logo in the lower metal insert. The sportily designed AMG instrument cluster provides a wealth of information and includes a TFT colour monitor, AMG start-up display, AMG main menu and RACETIMER. Outstanding material quality and high-calibre workmanship underline the attention to detail paid by the Mercedes and AMG experts.

Further standard equipment for the SL 63 AMG at a glance (selection):

  • ATTENTION ASSIST
  • COMAND Online with 6-disc DVD changer
  • Anti-theft alarm system
  • Frontbass
  • Remote-unlocking boot lid incl. power closing for boot lid
  • Intelligent Light System ILS
  • MAGIC VISION CONTROL adaptive windscreen cleaning system
  • NECK-PRO head restraints
  • PRE-SAFE® system
  • Automatic, pop-up roll-over bars for driver and front passenger
  • Draught-stop

In keeping with tradition, the SL 63 AMG has an extensive range of optional extras (selection):

  • AIRSCARF neck-level heating
  • Active Parking Assist incl. PARKTRONIC
  • Bang & Olufsen BeoSound AMG high-end surround sound system
  • Driving Assistance package Plus (DISTRONIC PLUS incl. BAS PLUS, PRE?SAFE® brake, Active Lane Keeping Assist and Active Blind Spot Assist)
  • harman/kardon® Logic 7® surround sound system
  • KEYLESS-GO Convenience package (incl. remote-closing boot lid and HANDS-FREE ACCESS system)
  • Exclusive nappa leather
  • Climatised seats
  • Electric draught-stop

Even more individuality is possible with optional extras from the AMG Performance Studio:

  • AMG Performance package (increase in maximum power of 20 kW (27 hp) and maximum torque of 100 Nm; AMG engine cover in genuine carbon fibre, AMG rear axle differential lock, AMG spoiler lip in genuine carbon fibre, red-painted callipers, AMG performance steering wheel in nappa leather/DINAMICA)
  • AMG forged light-alloy wheels
  • AMG forged light-alloy wheels, painted matt black, rim flange with a high-sheen finish
  • AMG performance suspension
  • AMG ceramic high-performance compound brake system
  • AMG Exterior Carbon package (cross strut in front apron, exterior mirror housings and spoiler lip in genuine carbon fibre)
  • AMG Performance Media with telemetry function (available from September 2012)
  • AMG performance steering wheel in nappa leather/DINAMICA

The designo range for the SL 63 AMG, available ex factory, offers a wealth of tailor-made individualisation options to cater for practically any requirement. As well as being able to choose between designo magno cashmere white and designo magno alanite grey matt paintwork or designo mocha black and designo graphite metallic paintwork, customers can also opt for an expressive designo zircon red paint finish. There is a range of designo leather or Exclusive designo leather appointments in eight attractive colours to match these paint finishes. All rounded off perfectly by a choice of designo trim, headlining and seat-belt options.

“Edition 1” with attractive appointments combination

To mark the launch of the new SL 63 AMG, AMG is also offering the special “Edition 1” model. The “Edition 1” is opulently appointed and includes the following as standard:

  • AIRSCARF neck-level heating
  • AMG forged light-alloy wheels, painted matt black, rim flange with a high-sheen finish
  • AMG Performance package
  • designo Exclusive leather in classic red or deep white with contrasting topstitching
  • designo headliner in black leather
  • harman/kardon® Logic 7® surround sound system
  • MAGIC SKY CONTROL panoramic vario-roof

Features exclusive to the “Edition 1” include special designo magno crystal silver paintwork and, if designo Exclusive leather in classic red is specified, contrasting red topstitching on the steering wheel, headliner and dashboard. A set of designo velour floor mats with edging in designo classic red leather round off this exceptional package of appointments.

The world’s safest roadster

A crash-optimised aluminium structure, standard-fit PRE-SAFE® system and assistance systems on a par with those of the S-Class make the SL the world’s safest roadster. The rigid aluminium bodyshell forms a robust occupant compartment as well as precisely defined deformation zones at the front and rear. If the vehicle rolls over, A-pillars made from a steel-aluminium material mix and two automatic roll-over bars help to protect the occupants.

The restraint systems, including two-stage driver and passenger airbags, have been further enhanced. A headbag extensively covers the side head-impact area. An additional thorax airbag in the backrest can protect the upper body in the event of a side impact. Further new standard features for the SL include the Mercedes-Benz-developed NECK-PRO crash-responsive head restraints. An active bonnet and a front end with a large, yielding impact area help ensure pedestrian protection.

A winning formula: the SL models made by AMG

The powerful SL models from Affalterbach are among the most successful AMG models of all time: almost 5000 SL 63 AMG models with eight-cylinder naturally aspirated engine were sold between 2008 and 2011. Over 21,500 of the SL 55 AMG models with V8 supercharged engine produced between 2001 and 2007 were sold, making it the best-selling AMG model so far. The total number of SL AMG models with eight-cylinder engine sold to date stands at over 26,500.

The new Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG will be launched in May 2012. Prices at a glance (incl. 19% VAT):

SL 63 AMG: €157,675
SL 63 AMG “Edition 1”: €189,269.50
AMG Performance package: €14,280

 

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The Suzuki Swift Sport – safety rating and overall review https://www.autogeeze.com/2012/02/the-suzuki-swift-sport-safety-rating-and-overall-review/ Tue, 07 Feb 2012 11:01:27 +0000 http://www.autogeeze.com/?p=7309 The newest model in the Sport range by Suzuki has been manufactured with the aim of dealing with the major issues raised by the first edition, produced back in 2006. These problems included issues with performance, fuel efficiency and the internal quality of the car, but Suzuki has worked hard to overcome most of these deficiencies with this second edition. To begin with the new edition features improved standards of the internal materials, although the plastic used for the majority of the interior lining is still not luxurious by any means is rather flimsy; however it is still superior overall to what might be expected of a car in this range.

When it comes to fuel efficiency, the five-speed gearbox that the previous version of the Swift Sport was fitted with has been upgraded to a six-speed manual version. This enables the driver to keep the engine revs down when cruising, ensuring that the fuel economy level is significantly better than on the previous edition. The engine is a lightweight 1.6 litre petrol one, which keeps its speed and grip on the roads best when you approach corners as quickly as possible, before slowing going round the corners and then hitting the accelerator again quickly once you are on a straight road again. The engine is never going to hit really dangerous speed levels, which will disappoint some, but will certainly not impact on its appeal as a family car.

Overall this will not be a particularly popular car for families however, as it is still not ideally suited to everyday, practical driving purposes. While it has the space and child seat mounts for containing children, the actual access to the rear of the car is restricted by the three-door design and the boot is not really big enough for family storage needs. However the car does score very high ratings with the AA, with a rating of nine out of ten, with features such as airbags and ABS included as standard. The car is also very well built and has performed well in the crash tests conducted by organisations such as NCAP, which means that you’ll be well protected in the unfortunate event of a road traffic accident.

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2009 Volkswagen Polo https://www.autogeeze.com/2012/01/2009-volkswagen-polo/ Wed, 25 Jan 2012 02:54:09 +0000 http://www.autogeeze.com/?p=7172 The 2009 Volkswagen Polo was a completely new model that was greatly revamped from the 2008 model. Many find this to be a terrific option when looking for their next used car. The body has been redesigned to not only be lower but also to be wider as well. The horizontal grille is smaller but still quite stylish. The rear lighting of the 2009 Volkswagen Polo has been designed in an L-shape. In Europe, there is a three door as well as a five door model. Both of course are hatchbacks.

Consumers also have a wide range of engines from which to choose. There are two different 1.2 litre engines with three cylinders. One of these is capable of creating 60 hp and the other 70 hp. There is also a 1.4 litre option which can produce 85 hp. Another engine option is a turbo-diesel. These are three types of these all having 1.6 litre engines. One model can generate 75 hp, another creates 90 hp and the third has 105 hp. Another performance engine to be found in the 2009 Volkswagen Polo is a 1.4 litre TSI. This turbocharged engine is quite powerful and ideal for the consumer who wants more of a performance car.

Unlike many other economy cars, driving the Polo does not make you feel like you’re sacrificing quality. The car drives quite comfortable and is quiet. While the 2009 Volkswagen Polo has not had its interior dimensions increased overall, the engineers altered the proportions somewhat to allow for a bit more shoulder room. However, for long legged passengers in the back seat, the ride may feel a bit cramped. This is now a cheap Volkswagen polo, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to get a bargain of a car.

Crash testing ratings on the 2009 Volkswagen Polo have turned out quite well. In a crash test conducted by the Euro-NCAP, the 2009 Volkswagen Polo earned five stars which is the top rating that a car can earn. Another benefit to owning a ’09 Polo is that tests have shown it also has a 15% less side impact intrusion than the 2008 Polo. Another improvement is that the front foot area of the car sustains 50% less instruction from a frontal collision. When you buy a used 2009 Volkswagen Polo, you know you’re getting a safe car for you and your family.

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2012 Kia Sorento https://www.autogeeze.com/2012/01/2012-kia-sorento/ https://www.autogeeze.com/2012/01/2012-kia-sorento/#comments Tue, 17 Jan 2012 07:11:32 +0000 http://www.autogeeze.com/?p=7115

There are, and there will always be, a lot of midsized SUVs that aim to bring your family, and your things, anywhere anytime –a perfect family car. It is of no surprise that Kia wanted to have their share of this market and thus brought about the Sorento. Initially released as a 2003 model, the Sorento went on the design lineage of being a truck more than a car if anything else. It had a separate frame, again like a truck, that gave it good towing capabilities, with an option of converting it to a four-wheel drive.

However, these didn’t sit well for those that wanted an SUV that replaced an actual car, rather than a truck. There were issues that included rough handling, and poor fuel efficiency. That being said, Kia made it a point that the second generation Sorento will fit to the market it was supposed to cater.

First released as a 2011 model, the 2012 Sorento is now a crossover (i.e. car-based) that will suit more families and their long drives –lined to seven seater cars. It is also Kia’s first model to be actually built in the United States. The question now is, what does this revamped Sorento have to offer and how will it fare against the previous model? For starters, it may seem that it’s quite similar to another Korean manufacturer’s model – the Hyundai Santa Fe. The new Sorento now allows the option of having two four-cylinder and a V-6 instead of just having two sizes of V-6 engines. Mileage also improves, with the 175-hp. 2.4-liter four-cylinder going at 21 miles/gallon at city driving and 28 in highways.

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For 2012, they also offer a direct-injection version, which has 191 horses and can go at 32 miles/gallon. While the 276-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 version,  that comes as a 6-speed automatic, can go 20 miles city and 28 miles highway. Both versions also offer great A/C, Sirius satelite radio and a tilt/telescopic steering wheel. Then there’s the EX version that has 18-inch wheels, key-less ignition and proximity sensors. Buyers can customize their Sorentos to include navigation kits, leather seats, great sound and DVD entertainment systems compatible with iDevices.

One of the exciting features the 2012 Kia Sorento we want to highlight are it’s panoramic sun roof and railing that goes well on its crossover side making an impressive appeal on outdoor goers touring the country. The HID headlights and LED rear lights along with its flashy exterior will make Sorento a perfect ride for corporate or family city driving.

The all-new Sorento is also available is colors such clear white, bright silver, titanium silver, metal bronze, java brown, spicy red, denim, ebony black and snow white pearl.

One of the important aspect as a family car is the safety features Kia Sorento had to offer. The mini-crossover comes with standard with antilock disc breaks, stability control, hill-start assist, hill descent control, front active head restraints, front-seat side airbags and side curtain airbags that cover only the first and second rows. Besides these features, Sorento scored four-star rating being awarded for both frontal and side-impact protection on government safety testing and titled “Good” for frontal-offset, side-impact and roof-strength crash tests by Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The 2012 Kia Sorento proves to have redesigned the landscape of city and touring in one, creating a new class of mini crossovers.

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