2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport ES

Information Specification Image Review 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport ES
At first glance, the naming of the 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport seems to make sense. This compact SUV looks the part of an automotive athlete with its aggressive, Lancer Evolution-inspired front-end styling and semi-crouching stance. But sadly, there's really not enough under the buff body to justify the "Sport" portion of this model's moniker.

On paper the Outlander Sport looks promising, as it is loosely based on the Mitsubishi Outlander, a crossover SUV we've praised in the past for its agile handling. Baby brother Sport is 14 inches shorter, 2 inches lower and as much as 700 pounds lighter, all favorable factors that should add up to increased agility and performance. But in the real world we've discovered that these would-be advantages yield nothing particularly beneficial.
The Sport's lighter weight would be an advantage if it could be had with the bigger Outlander's more powerful engine choices, but the Sport only comes with the 148-horsepower inline-4 borrowed from the Lancer sedan. And when it's coupled to the CVT, the end result is lackluster acceleration. The Sport's handling will likely be fine for most folks, but those looking for performance that matches the Sport's name and looks will wish for less body roll and more grip during spirited cornering.

If you forget about the "Sport" part, this Mitsubishi is pretty agreeable. It provides a smooth, quiet freeway ride and comes with a fair number of features for relatively short money. But pitted against other compact crossovers, the Outlander Sport doesn't really make the cut. Other similarly sized runabouts, such as the Kia Sportage, Mini Cooper Countryman and Nissan Juke are more enjoyable to drive thanks to superior performance and handling. And if you'll be frequently hauling luggage or cargo, more mainstream models like the Chevrolet Equinox, Honda CR-V and even the regular Outlander are going to be more practical and useful overall.
 The Outlander Sport is offered in ES or SE trims with front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive (SE only) configurations. The standard engine is a 148-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired with either a 5-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Standard features on the Outlander Sport include seven-airbags, vehicle stability control, anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist, hill start assist, heated mirrors, body-colored door handles, LED tail lamps, traction control, and a tire-pressure monitor. A chrome tailpipe finisher, Xenon headlights, illuminated vanity mirrors, heated front seats, automatic climate control and passive entry make the SE trim unique.
 Despite its name, the 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport offers little in the way of sportiness. Acceleration is passable, but often you'll find yourself wishing for more power when entering highways and passing. Handling is similarly disappointing for driving enthusiasts, with noticeable body roll that does little to instill driver confidence or fun. To its credit, the Sport does have a smooth and quiet ride, making it an acceptable companion on long road trips.

Bajaj Has revealed the new pulsar 200NS

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Bajaj has unvieled a latest generation of the iconic Pulsar Bike, an brand new 200cc motorbike, dubbed it as new Pulsar 200NS (it mean "Naked Sports").

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This bike uses a new liquid cooled, 199.5cc  4-valve, carbureted engine with a new triple spark plugging system which is coupled with a 6 speed gearbox. The new engine produces 23.18bhp at 9500rpm & 1.86kgm of torque at 8000rpm. Bajaj company claims that this new Pulsar is capable of 0-60kph in 3.61sec and 0-100kph in 9.83sec.

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The chassis are steel fabricated, twin-spar and a perimeter type frame, with a rectangular type tube section swingarm which offers over 3 times the lateral stiffness of the existing Pulsar 220. It also employs a gas filled monoshock suspension & under a belly mounted exhaust, which keeps center of gravity very low. The bike comes with a petal type disc rotors front and rear, measured 280mm and 230mm, with a  17 inch alloy wheels and tubeless tyres at both ends.

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Speaking on this occasion, Mr. K Srinivas who is the President-Motorcycles of Bajaj Auto said, "Pulsar has now celebrated a 'Decade of Dominance' with 10 years of leadership in the Indian performance motorcycle market. The Pulsar 200NS showcases the next leap in technology and design and will set the standard for others to follow. We believe that 2012-13 will be an exciting period where Bajaj Auto will excite customers both here and abroad."

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The next generation Pulsar 200NS will be on sale till April 2012 and Bajaj has also announced that the pricing shall stay under Rs 1 lakh.

2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4

Information Specification Image Review 2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4
The wait is over ladies and gentlemen: Lamborghini’s next hypercar has made its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show, and dare we say what a hypercar it is! The new Bull God will feature an earth shattering 700hp V12 and the highest power to weight ratio of any car in its class. Yes, this is the new, long waited Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4.

Lamborghini is really good at creating sinister super sports cars, but it is equally as talented at naming them. According to the company, "Aventador" was the name of a bull that entered into battle on October 1993 at the Saragossa Arena, earning the "Trofeo de la Peña La Madroñera" for its outstanding courage. Having the courage to go up against a new world of super sports cars will be the name of the game for the new Lamborghini flagship. Today’s world is extremely high-tech and many new players have entered the arena. Lamborghini has been promoting its carbon-fiber monocoque technology and the Aventador’s 2.9 second 0-62mph, but will that be enough?

According to Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini. "The Aventador is a jump of two generations in terms of design and technology, it’s the result of an entirely new project, but at the same time it’s a direct and consistent continuation of Lamborghini’s brand values. It is extreme in its design and its performance, uncompromising in its standards and technology, and unmistakably Italian in its style and perfection. Overall, the dynamics and technical excellence of the Aventador LP 700-4 makes it unrivaled in the worldwide super sports car arena."
 Supercars from Sant'Agata have always been known for crazy speed, so in the interest of full disclosure, the Aventador's top clip is an especially ludicrous 217 mph. Also ludicrous: a sticker price starting at $393,695, or over thrice the price of said ZR1. That's a lot of moola, for sure, but given the Aventador's scintillating stats, it begins to look less rip-off Vette and more bargain Bugatti, a car that costs roughly $2 million yet is barely quicker. All that said, when waxing lyrical about his brand's latest achievement, Lamborghini president and CEO Stephan Winklemann isn't as enamored with the Aventador's dynamite acceleration, or stratospheric top speed, or single-family-home price tag as he is with the supercar's handling. Yes, unlike Lambo's previous poster material -- last year's Murcielago, and the Diablo and Countach before that -- the Aventador's number-one development objective was to turn right and left as skillfully as it jets straight ahead.
 The full-time all-wheel drive Aventador LP700-4 is powered by a 691 horsepower 6.5-liter V12 controlled by a 7-speed automated manual with super-fast shifting ISR (Independent Shifting Rods). An innovative carbon-fiber monocoque passenger compartment combines exceptional lightweight engineering with the highest levels of stiffness and safety. An innovative and highly sophisticated double wishbone with pushrod spring and damper suspension was inspired by Formula 1 racing and tuned to meet the needs of a high-performance vehicle. Standard carbon ceramic brakes offer superior durability and reduce brake fade, where the brakes become less effective due to overheating in extremely demanding conditions such as racing. Signature Lamborghini features include upward-opening doors and electronically-managed air intakes that open depending on the outdoor temperature and the need for cooling air.

The standard multimedia system includes navigation, touch-screen display, traffic data, iPod connection, USB interface and Bluetooth. The wide range of exterior and interior colors allows for personalization. An available transparent engine cover allows the owner to display the engine, and a rear parking camera with front and rear sensors is optional.

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Hyundai releases the SPY pictures of new Santa Fe

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Hyundai Santa Fe will receive the carmaker’s fluidic sculpture makeover and the proof is here. These spycam pics  was posted on the blog of Hyundai which shows the design changes on the new Santa Fe.

The front styling of this car more in line now with Hyundai’s global family models. The headlights are the ones seen like the new Verna. It also have the Hyundai traditional heaxagonal grille which is mostly parallel to the upcoming Sonata. It looks like the grille gets which a slight overdose of chrome.

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The overall is the aggressive looking, the front styling is complimented by very thick bumper and a larger fog-lamp and LED driving lights which are incorporated in the fog light housing. The aggressive styling continued to the sides it is flared wheel arches, huge ORVMs, a prominent beltline and a upward swooping window lines. At the rear, the SUV gets reworked LED tail lamps & is redesigned tail gate and a bumper.

There are no details for the engine till now. We expect Hyundai to unviel the production version of the Santa Fe at New York Auto show.

2012 Nissan Leaf

Information Specification Image Review 2012 Nissan Leaf
Introduced just last year, the Nissan Leaf was the first full-electric vehicle to be marketed to mainstream American buyers. In many ways, it succeeds in being just as accessible as its manufacturer intends. The Leaf has a spacious cabin, with a tall, airy greenhouse that comfortably seats four full-size adults and provides excellent visibility. On the road, the car boasts peppy acceleration and, were it not for the lack of engine noise, you'd probably be convinced you're driving one of any number of gas-powered models. And though the Leaf's cargo capacity is on the small side, this Nissan has hatchback utility in its favor.

Once you factor in the $7,500 federal tax credit (residents of certain states are eligible for additional credits as well), the 2012 Nissan Leaf's pricing is quite affordable. A 220-volt home-charging station that costs $2,200 is a must-have, but the financial blow is softened by a tax rebate as well. Charging the Leaf costs less than paying for gas, though the picture may be less favorable in states with tiered electricity rates, depending on your usage.

At the end of the day, however, electric cars come with certain compromises. The EPA rates the Leaf's range at just 73 miles, a number we essentially verified during a six-month test of the Leaf. This isn't a problem on shorter commutes, but it presents challenges on lengthier trips, since the number of charging stations is currently quite limited. And charging takes quite a bit longer than the minute or two you'd spend filling a gas tank; plan on this process taking about 30 minutes at a quick-charge commercial station and 4-8 hours with the home charger. Of course, those are both rare, so for the moment you're likely looking at a recharge time of twice that or more with a standard electric outlet.

Officially rated at 99 mpge (miles per gallon equivalent), the city rating is an incredible 106 mpg while the highway rating is 92. That may not sound significant, but when every mile counts, it is. Crawling along in gridlock the next day it was reassuring to see the mileage range number on the dash sit idle mile after mile. But on the highway the digits would often count down like the dying seconds on a scoreboard, a rather frightening distraction as I attempted to summon Jedi-like powers to slow the countdown to what I foresaw as my inevitable destination – stranded on the side of the road.

In fact, I became so paranoid of the quickly depleting energy supply that I switched off the climate control in order to conserve as much battery life as possible. As silly as that may sound, within the Leaf’s Carwings telematics system there’s a screen that will tell you how much range you can gain by doing just that. It’s not insignificant either, totaling three whole miles on this journey. A mild inconvenience on an ideal day, my worry of reaching home was so severe I did so even with the mercury sitting at the freezing point.

Nearing my house and off the highway the range reading ceased its recessionary stock market-like fall at 17 miles and my emotions switched from worry to a cocksure attitude as I decided to drop in to the grocery store – warming my now frozen toes in the process.

For 2012, Nissan added the optional winter package as standard equipment on all Leafs, including electric warming for the battery pack, heated front and rear seats, and even a heated steering wheel. For the higher-level SL model, it added a DC quick-charging port as standard equipment (previously optional), which allows an 80-percent battery recharge in 30 minutes at rare public DC charging stations.

Along with the upgrades came higher prices, unfortunately. The base 2012 Nissan Leaf starts at $35,200, and the Leaf SL model at $37,250. Most owners are likely to qualify for a $7,500 Federal income-tax credit for purchase of an electric car, though Nissan also offers a $349 monthly lease on the car that wraps the tax credit into the price. Additional regional and corporate incentives may be available as well.

You could view the 2012 Nissan Leaf as the first vehicle for a new century of electric cars. It's on the market now, it's fully a "real car" with modern features and conveniences, and it gets high safety ratings from the usual agencies. It offers an excellent demonstration why plug-in cars have a bright future--though it will take decades for plug-in cars to become a noticeable fraction of the 1 billion vehicles on the planet, and we'll not likely see the "end of gasoline" in any of our lifetimes.

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