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2011 Mitsubishi Lancer: I Like

If you are looking for better control and power when city driving, then the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer is the perfect fit. And with top control and entertainment features on-board courtesy of the new Fuse system and the Rockford Fosgate audio system, a long trip is no longer boring with this latest reincarnation of the old favorite Lancer.

Consumers can choose from among the four basic trims, the DE, ES, GTS and Ralliart and comes in AWD and FWD and each of these trims offer a different set of features to match varying needs and preferences. The Lancer DE is the base trim and the cheapest among the four trims but don’t think that Mitsubishi scrimped on the features of this sedan. This comes with 16-inch steel wheels, tilt-only steering wheel, the usual power accessories and the 4-speaker CD and MP3 stereo. The 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer ES on the other hand packs almost the same features compared with what’s inside the DE. This trim simply adds air conditioning, keyless entry, improved interior thanks to upgraded upholstery, center arm rest, cruise control, controls on the steering wheel and also an auxiliary audio jack for the driver’s stereo. Powering the DE and the ES trims is the advanced DOHC MIVEC 16-valve engine made from aluminum and provides 152 horsepower at 6000 rpm. This engine ensures better fuel economy with reduced emissions, without the drive worrying about a sacrificed sporty performance. In fact the engines of the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer DE and ES distributed in California are certified as Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle. Power is directed on the DE trim using the 5-speed manual transmission, and the ES is directed by either the 5-speed manual or the higher end continuously variable transmission or CVT with INVEC-III.

The 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS trim takes power a step up. This one comes with the 2.4L 4-cylinder engine that racks up an additional 200 bhp over the ES and DE trims. As standard consumers can also expect the 5-speed manual gearbox and the CVT with INVEC III and backed by the Sportronic technology that can allow shifting using the magnesium steering wheel paddle. This also comes in automatic transmission. When it comes to features, be ready to welcome the 18-inch alloys, sports-tuned suspension system, keyless entry, Fuse system, satellite radio and a few more amenities that make life on the road convenient. Want sophistication and heightened excitement when it comes to driving the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer? If yes, then the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart should be considered. With its dynamic and turbocharged engine, this is perhaps your smartest choice when it comes to sedan shopping. Largely influenced by the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancers Evolution (which should be separately reviewed from the Lancer 2011), this sporty sedan delivers 237 horses at 6000 rpm. Powering the four wheels are the All-Wheel Control (AWC) system and the Twin-Clutch Sportronic Shift Transmission. Thanks to this Mitsubishi initiative, you’ll have a fun time enjoying manual transmission without using the clutch pedal!

Color-wise, you can find five available options starting with rally red metallic, or dark red to classic black. Lovers of light-colored sedans will also like the options available for the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer. One can choose from the white 2011 Mitsubishi Lancers or the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancers that come in gray colors. and though the interior looks don’t do match justice to the ‘muscle and brawn’ delivered by the exterior design and accessories of the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer, still there are some bright spots in the Lancer interior like the addition of 710-watt Rockford Fosgate as a premium sound system and the Bluetooth 2.0 Hands Free Phone (for GTS). Exterior looks and sporty performance aside, the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer is known for its safety.

2012 Toyota Hi-Lux: More Fun, More Power

My girlfriend added that I should get a second-hand car. She just loves to travel, and yes I love travelling as well. Actually, I’m starting to save so that I can have my own second-hand car more like a Toyota or Honda vehicle- not too fancy, just right for city driving and for travel needs. But if and I’ll say this again, I have the means then I am strongly considering Toyota Hi-Lux. This is just a power player on and off the road, and this is tried and tested. I have seen how this worked when I was still connected with a construction company. This is the kind of vehicle that gets used in visiting unpaved roads and rough and rocky project sites, and the Toyota Hi-Lux delivers.

I know there are many fans of the Hi-Lux out there. And the good news is that the 2012 Toyota Hi-Lux is available, back with new designs and extra power. Based on multiple resources, the latest touch on the Hi-Lux features a new upper dashboard design with new, horizontal center instrument cluster. On the exterior, expect to find new bonnet, radiator grille, headlamps and front bumper. By the way, the 2012 Toyota Hi-Lux will come in four trims, the DLX, Hi-Lux DLX+, SR and Toyota Hi-Lux SR+. When it comes to body styles, choose from Single Cab, Extra and Double Cab. When it comes to power, expect 106 kW and 343 N m of torque and lower fuel consumption if compared with previous models.

Still Loving It: 1992 Mitsubishi Gallant

A cousin of mine checked out the blog and found out many car-related contents and stories. He told me that I should write something about his car too, the blue 1992 Mitsubishi Gallant. It’s so old-school right? It may be old, but still it serves its purpose for the family as one reliable ride. This is one competent sedan that packs 195-horsepower engine.  In terms of features, the anti-lock brakes come as a standard with leather seating surfaces. This is a reliable sedan no doubt, but there are more competent sedans available right now. I also remembered that this was the same car owned by a friend of ours then who was into buy and sell of cars.  By the way, did you know that the name of the car is taken from the French word ‘galant’ which means chivalrous?

New Look for 2012 Toyota Hi-Lux?

Can we expect a modified version and a new look for our favorite pick-up, Toyota Hi-Lux? While researching on some of my topics and assigned tasks for the day, I happened to check out this news item saying that the latest pictures of 2012 Toyota Hi-Lux were revealed ahead of the official unveiling of the model on July 1. Based on the news reports, this latest version of the popular Toyota Hi-Lux will be unveiled in Australia on July 1, and will be on sale three months after its local unveiling. Check the link for the picture of the newest 2012 Toyota Hi-Lux, and the news item further reveals that that the headlights used are bolder and squarer and are similar to the LandCruiser 200 Series. While there are changes on the front end and the accessories of the pick-up, there were no reported major modifications on the engines and transmission. Let’s wait and see for the official unveiling of this Toyota pick-up.

Losses in billion$

According to some reports, Nissan may forecast a loss to as much as 1 billion USD. Based on the report, the announcement of that loss may happen this Monday when Nissan announces the third quarter earnings. The figures will reflect the slump that is happening in auto sales right now and this is also a reflection of the impact of the stronger yen. It is not just Nissan who has this problem. As reported too, rival Toyota Motors Corporation will be handed its first operating loss since World War. Nissan is Japan’s third largest automaker. The supposed ‘loss’ of Nissan is actually based on the survey conducted among analysts.

The latest news on Nissan is that the company is now also lining up for help. The company is now also seeking a federal efficiency loan in the US and this is the only Japanese car maker to do so. To be exact, Nissan is seeking the federal loan under the US program for the fuel-efficient automobiles and the company is competing with General Motors Corporation, Ford Motors and Tesla. The source of funds will be the Energy Department and loans will be taken out from the $25 billion fund. These will be the source of the low cost loans which can be  given to succesful applicants in one or two months. The rules for the low cost loans has been finalized last November and the department got 75 applications for projects and the overall project cost $38 billion. Of the 75, only 25 were considered as substantially complete.


Murcielago: The Gas-guzzler?

With rising petrol prices, some consumers are taking a step back and taking a good look at their situations at the outside. Who wouldn’t? Rising prices of oil means spending more for gas, while reducing the budget for other expenses. Owners of fuel efficient cars need not worry but for the owners of the so-called gas-guzzlers on the road this issue is sure to worry them a bit. One such car that is often labeled as a gas-guzzler is the Lamborghini Murcielago LP 640 roadster. A gallon of gas on this roadster can get you to only 8 miles in the city! The Murcielago post 13 miles per gallon on highways. Based on estimates, a driver of the Murcielago is expected to pay $5,025 a year in fuel costs.
Pic 2 Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 Roadster 07

The roadster version of the Murcielago. If enthusiasts can shell out more than $300,000 for this roadster, then perhaps the cost of fuel for a year that can help sustain the Murcielago won’t worry the enthusiasts too much?

The LP640 of Lamborghini was initially introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2006, and this model is modified for the coupe version. Performance and power is centered on the 6.5 Liter engine that can produce 472 kW. As with the base Murcielago, engine is mounted backwards. The body of the car is crafted from steel and carbon fiber. The vehicle also features a new 18 inch Herrera alloy wheels and the vehicle also retains the original car’s scissor-opening doors. When it was initially offered in the market, the LP640 coupe has a sticker price of $318,800. The term ‘LP’ actually stands for Longitudinale Posteriore that actually refers to the longitudinally-mounted engine.

The car above is the roadster. The new Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 Roadster was unveiled at the 2006 Los Angeles Autoshow. The car retains the same engine and the only design modification were the oil cooling vents behind the air intakes, interior changes and a reinforced body.