The Ford Aspire facelift is powered by a 1.2-litre, three-cylinder TiVCT petrol from the Dragon series churning out 96bhp powerplant which can be found on the current gen Freestyle. The Aspire also comes powered with the 123bhp, 1.5-litre, four-cylinder TDCi diesel engine on offer. Transmission duties will be done by a 5-speed manual gearbox. Ford, however, did not bring the diesel-automatic combo to the Indian market at launch. The only automatic petrol combo can be availed in the Titanium trim and is priced at Rs 8.49 lakh, ex-showroom. The petrol AMT is powered by the 1.5-litre TiVCT engine and is mated to a 6-speed AMT unit. All variants get dual-airbags, ABS and EBD as standard.
The weather and longer exposure didn’t suit some contenders. The 10-week test meant we also had to revise our criteria as several of the 15 contenders went grey – while still beading water. But the heart of the test remained the same: water beading, which we checked throughout. We also factored in ease of application, initial finish, plus that last check on how each section looked at the end. Price was the final factor. Yet while the test was tougher, there were still some familiar names at the top.
Arguably that sentiment applies most strongly to BMW, and by extension Alpina. Nowadays there is a bewildering array of niche-busting models in the BMW line up, and even Alpina was forced down the diesel SUV route, but of course it wasn’t always like that. Once upon a time BMW and Alpina solely occupied themselves with the very finest sports saloons and coupes on the planet. By and large Alpina still does, certainly, though the frustration in some parts at BMW’s endless diversification arguably comes from its simple line up being so effective for so long.
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According to one example provided by a leading multi-franchise dealer, if the lender’s finance rate was 5 per cent interest but the dealer could sign up the customer at 12 per cent, the dealer could reap a kickback of about $10,000 on a loan for a $50,000 car. That’s in addition to the dealer’s profit from the sale of the car itself.
The base LT specification also enjoys all the new safety/driver assistance technology of the other Acadia models, with the exception of auto-park and front park assist. That means you get the 360-degree camera that offers up to 17 variations of the screen view (including a trailer hitch guidance view), the lateral impact avoidance system that’ll help prevent you from knocking down a filtering motorcycle when you change lanes on a congested motorway, and the Holden Eye — an imminent collision warning system that’s one of the best in cardom and future-proofs the Acadia for further autonomous driving upgrades. The latter is one of the keys to Acadia being able to identify pedestrians and cyclists, and automatically apply the brakes at urban speeds if required.
The Achilles W101 X is the “surprise” guest of this Auto Bild test. If the magazine did not have high hopes for this Indonesian tyre, it was pleasantly surprised by its winter performances. It costs just over half the price of a Michelin tyre – the 4 tyres cost Auto Bild 350€ versus 675€ for the Latitude Alpin 2 – and yet it manages to hold its own. Although its steering response is sometimes slow and it understeers in the wet, Auto Bild drivers never found themselves in difficulty. However, its price must be put into perspective since it has the highest rolling resistance which in the long term means higher fuel consumption.
The pieces include two unisex suede sneakers inspired by Lagerfeld’s iconic style — a tuxedo jacket, high white collar, tie and sunglasses. In accordance with this theme, the women’s line has a tuxedo-inspired T7 track jacket with matching pants and a T7 jumpsuit, both stylish plays on Puma’s iconic Track Jacket with 7mm stripes. Priced at RM170 to RM670, pieces from the collection are now available for purchase here .
This particular animal is a Mazda R100 all the way from Vancouver, Canada. Rod from Hot Rod Resto’s built the car in his shop from the ground up, with the key centrepiece of the build being the 20B rotary engine sporting a big single turbo. Rod found the car 11 years ago, and before the build started the car was actually partly used a doner car for one of Rob’s mates R100’s, donating the firewall and the belly before Rod began cutting the it up to get it ready for time attack duties. The car needed to be cut anyway to fit the T56 ‘box, the fit is so tight inside that the trans is left exposed with no tunnel between it and the driver!
More than that, “It’s a strong signal to the other big corporations that the region is vibrant,” said Montvale Mayor Michael Ghassali. “We have all the amenities they need, from shopping and dining to transportation and easy access to New York City.”