Both the Yaris and Vios are in their second generations, and both top-model variants are powered by the 1NZ-FE 4-cylinder, twin-cam 16-valve engine with Toyota’s VVT-i or variable valve timing with intelligence, producing a modest 108 HP for the Yaris and 107 HP for the Vios and 14.5 Nm of torque. The difference is probably down to slight differences in ECU programming and possibly the exhaust path as the Yaris, with its hatchback body and slightly shorter exhaust coming straight from Thailand, whereas the Vios, with its 4-door sedan body and slightly longer exhaust is made locally in Santa Rosa, Laguna. Despite the small discrepancy in power, the curve is identical as both cars produce a strong low to midrange grunt, tapering off towards redline, using low-octane unleaded fuel. Both cars are capable of handling as much as 10 percent ethanol in most blended fuels according to insiders at Toyota, but to date, Toyota has been silent about how ethanol-blended fuels can impact their vehicle’s performance. Mated to the engine is either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic. FEATURED STORIES BUSINESS ICTSI disputes GSIS claim on 67-ha land BUSINESS SEC makes permanent cease-and-desist order vs KAPA BUSINESS ‘All’ hands on board Villar shows it can be done
The cable connectors and a fuse box terminal in the cars can degrade over time, and that can break the electrical connection between the trunk-mounted battery and the fuse box at the front. If that happens, the cars could lose electrical power, causing the engines to stall unexpectedly, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in documents posted on its website Saturday.
The museum is keen to stress that Knut has not been stuffed. Rather, a replica of the bear was made, based on Knut’s skeleton, in one of his favourite poses, and this was covered with the creature’s pelt, in a procedure known as dermoplasty.
Not all of the company’s dealerships will be rebranded. Dealerships selling premium brands such as BMW Tucson, 855 W. Wetmore Road, will continue to operate under their existing names. All totaled, AutoNation says the rebranding will involve its mass-market brand dealerships, which represent 80 percent of its 264 locations in 17 states.
Despite its test numbers, the B7 doesn’t feel particularly quick. Perhaps the larger turbos have added some lag, or the tuning of the electronic throttle is too relaxed. That and transmission ratios that are significantly taller than the old six-speed automatic’s conspire to make the car feel oddly sluggish at times. Ease onto the gas at 50 mph, and the pedal can move one-quarter of its travel before anything noticeable happens. The laziness is also apparent from a stop: Simply floor it, as we do in our 5-to-60-mph test, and the B7 is actually a couple of tenths slower than the old model. Even in cars such as this, it seems, fuel economy trumps performance, and the lovely, even swell of thrust you expect in powerful top-shelf sedans seems to be absent.
For me, the highlight of the new, more adjustable ergonomics package is the windscreen that can be cranked up or down (1.6 total turns) with a big knob on the dash. Airflow was much better and smoother in all positions. But we can’t ignore the wider, stiffer handlebar that can be rotated to land the grips an inch higher—a nice touch for the likes of my 6-foot-2 frame and long primate arms. The new seat proved comfortable after a long day. It’s narrower at the front as well as being lower in both of its height settings (33.5 or 34.3 inches; lower and higher options are available), and also can be adjusted for fore and aft tilt. Additionally, the bike itself is narrower at the waist, reducing the reach to the ground. Footpegs are closer together and therefore were lowered without reducing cornering clearance. An interesting note: The passenger seat can be easily located fore or aft in its mounts, which is nice for the second rider but it also functions as a movable bolster for the person at the controls.