Tuesday, May 15, 2012

A Review Of The 2012 Nissan NV

The commercial van market is currently dominated by Ford's Econoline van. Commercial trucks are generally functional vans with an emphasis on practicality over function. However, there's a new van on the market; the Nissan NV. This van has been available in over forty countries with exception of America. That's about to change with the introduction of the Nissan's commercial van. The primary target market is small business owners, delivery services and even food truck companies. There are two types of engines available for the Nissan NV; a six cylinder and a more powerful eight cylinder engine. This will be the first commercial vehicle from Nissan available in the United States.

The van is equipped with a ramp which makes it accessible for handicapped individuals in wheelchairs. Some of the models are available with an adjustable roof. This can come in handy if one needs to haul large cargo along. It's also convenient to shorten the height in case the vehicle needs to be parked in a small garage or fit through a narrow drive way.

Nissan is keeping the NV relatively affordable; the entry level model is expected to be priced around $24k. The frame was designed to be fully boxed for optimum stability and durability. Branding is an important concept for business owners and the Nissan NV allows you to do just that. The car can be "wrapped" with any design and logo of the buyer's choosing.

The middle storage bin offers a large amount of space for personal items such as cellular phones. There is a console available which can be used as a laptop stand. Bluetooth compatibility is available which allows the driver to receive phone calls while keeping hands safely on the wheel. Buyers can choose from vinyl or cloth seats. Features including Bluetooth compatibility and a rearview camera can be added on as options.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

A Brief History of Suzuki

This Japanese automobile manufacturer has a rich history reaching back over 100 years. From the small family business, started in the beginning of the 20th century to the international corporation the Suzuki brand is known for today their commitment to providing excellent build quality at an affordable price has remained the same.

Michio Suzuki started a small family company producing looms for the silk industry in Hamamatsu, Japan in 1909. By 1922 the company had grown rapidly due to the superior quality and innovation their products became synonymous for. Suzuki later spotted a niche in the transport market for affordable, reliable transport.

Unfortunately the Second World War delayed the progression of the Suzuki company as preparations for war took president over domestic concerns but the Suzuki company survived and was eventually taken over by Suzuki's son Shunzo Suzuki. His first major contribution to the company was a unique type of motor that could be attached to a bicycle which was able to drive the cycle while pedalling, while freewheeling or be disconnected altogether.

Once patented the Japanese government subsidised his work. The complete motor was manufactured by Suzuki and gave rise to numerous racing victories.

By the mid 1950's the company had been rebranded the Suzuki Motor Co. and was mass producing lightweight motor vehicles. In 1963 the company began exporting their range of lightweight motorcycles to the USA.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Maruti Suzuki Alto

The Maruti Suzuki Alto is one of the most popular cars and highest selling cars in the small car segment in India. It is available in three variants: Maruti Suzuki Alto Standard, Maruti Suzuki Alto LX and Maruti Suzuki Alto LXi which are BSIII and BS IV compliant. For anyone looking for an automobile that delivers optimal performance, the Maruti Suzuki Alto can be the optimal choice.

The Alto has just the right compact dimensions and muscular built that makes it the leader on Indian roads. Maintenance and fuel economy do not pose as problems while owning an Alto. No wonder the Indian crowd, especially the middle class, loves this car. The Alto has not remained the same ever since its debut. As per the prospective buyers' needs, Maruti Suzuki upgraded the automobile.

The Alto has undergone a couple of minor enhancements in the exteriors as well as the interiors. It has received a new athletic grille and a much more generous bumper. It also got itself painted in two more cool colours, Caribbean Blue and Wine Red. Below the hood of this new car is a powerful 796cc motor.

This engine can stir up 46.3 bhp and a maximum torque of 62 Nm. A 5-speed, all synchromesh, manual transmission is standard in the Alto. The Maruti Suzuki Alto car comes in both petrol and CNG versions. The front suspension has a McPherson Strut with torsion type roll control device. The rear of the car flaunts coil spring gas-filled shock absorbers with three link rigid axle and isolated trailing arms.

The ride quality is enjoyable and comfortable. The steering, at times, is spongy though. The stiff suspension takes all the bumps to itself without sending across a harsh message of the rough roads to the occupants. The quick responsive brakes and stiff chassis give the Alto its marvellous driving character.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Overview of Maruti Suzuki Kizashi

Maruti Kizashi is a mid-sized sedan, which is expected to launch in 2011, January. So far Maruti Suzuki has launched four sedans: SX4, Baleno, Esteem and Swift Dzire, and Maruti Kizashi will be the fifth sedan from the leading auto company in India. Initially, Kizashi was introduced by Suzuki in United States in 2009 May and following that it was introduced in Japan in 2009 October, in North America it was introduced in 2009, December and in Australia 2010 May. Now, Maruti Suzuki plans to launch Maruti Kizashi in India. Kizashi was unveiled at Auto Expo 2010 January, which was held in New Delhi.

The car is having a great look with perfect finish and fit. It has sporty wheels with polished aluminum coat. Kizashi body lines are very much attractive and deliver a clear tight look. Apart from that the sedan is equipped with 17 and 18 inch alloy wheels, keyless ignition and Akebono sourced brakes. One has the option of choosing leather or cloth seating, it is equipped with 425-watt Rockford Fosgate audio system that comes with Bluetooth capability, iPod connectivity and it has a standard auto duel-zone climatic system. The dash of Kizashi comes with enormous features but with tidy package. Other attractive interior features of Maruti Kizashi are - trip computer, power sunroof, telescoping steering wheel and so on. Maruti Kizashi price will range between 17 and 18 lacs and the model variants are yet to be announced.