September 8, 2011

Honda PH recalls over 19,000 units for window problem

Following the announcement on Monday that some of Honda’s Jazz, City and CR-V models had a faulty power window master switch assembly, Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) began sending letters of notice on Tuesday to owners of models included in the recall. The company said that 19,143 units of Jazz (2005-2007), City (2006-2008) and CR-V (2005-2006) had to have faulty window switch with countermeasure parts. "The silicon component commonly found in air fresheners or automotive cleaning agents, etc. enters into the power window master switch. This accelerates wear in the contact area and over time, wear particles accumulate between the power source and ground of the unit switch. The resin material of the unit switch is then heated and carbonized. This may cause smoke and in worst case, partial burning of the window switch cover," HCPI explained in its press statement. It said that the replacement of affected parts will be carried out in 28 authorized dealers and three service centers nationwide, free of charge and will take no more than 30 minutes. Though there are still no accidents or injuries reported related to this defect, Honda's local arm said the voluntary recall is part of its safety measures. HCPI also assured that owners of Jazz, City and CR-V models not included in the list, as well as those who own Civic, Accord, Pilot, Odyssey and HR-V, are not affected and have no reason to worry.


September 1, 2011

2011 Toyota Sequoia

For one of the most reliable manufacturer names in the industry, style and class, and a great safety packed SUV, the 2011 Toyota Sequoia is a great choice for all consumers looking for a top of the line SUV today. Although it is a little on the pricier end, with the base model coming in at $40,030, it is well worth it if you want a quality and powerful SUV. It features a massive interior space with roomy seating, even in the third row seats, an extremely quiet and smooth ride on the highway, offers quick acceleration, and offers a high towing capacity.

The SR5 base model offers a powerful 4.6 liter, V8 engine, with an automatic transmission. Although not the best in gas mileage, getting 14 miles per gallon in the city and 20 miles per gallon on the highway, it is still comparable with other SUVs as far as gas mileage. It features Bluetooth wireless technologies, a 4 wheel drive, iPod input connections, satellite radio, side and curtain airbags, a navigation system, stability and traction control, and fold-down third row seats. So, although it is at a high price range, the features on the inside are luxurious features, and the safety features are at the top of the industry standards.

There are several prices for the 2011 Toyota Sequoia starting with the base, and going all the way up to the Platinum FFV model, with a price tag of $60,405. This model offers a much more powerful engine at 5.7 liters, V8 flex-fuel engine, with an automatic transmission. It also adds in a DVD player, leather interior seats, additional cargo space, all-season tires, touch-screen navigation system, heated and adjustable front seats, automatic transmission, and all the interior class you can imagine. So if you want luxury, class, style, and most importantly optimal safety for you and your family, the Platinum FFV might come at a cost, but you won't be sorry about the purchase. Not only that, it offers a great re-sale value on the market as well.

With a more powerful 310 horsepower engine than its previous 2010 model, additional safety features added in, the ability to reach 60 miles per hour in 6.7 seconds, which is comparable to a sedan style car, the 2011 Toyota Sequoia will not disappoint consumers; either in style, interior luxury and the roomiest interior seating, style, the safest and smoothest ride available, and the ever trusted Toyota named backing up its performance features. So, when considering your next new SUV purchase, the 2011 Toyota Sequoia should be a great contender for any consumer searching for a new SUV, especially if you want luxury features, for much less than most luxury SUVs (Lexus, BMW, or Mercedes) today; and still, you get the luxury features those vehicles offer.

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June 1, 2011

2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

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The 2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe is a 2-door, 4-passenger family coupe, available in 8 trims, ranging from the 2.0T Manual to the 3.8 Track Auto.

2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Specs:

EPA Fuel Economy:
City: 17 – 21 Highway: 26 – 30
Available Engines:
210-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (regular gas)
306-hp, 3.8-liter V-6 (regular gas)
Available Transmissions: 5-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
6-speed manual w/OD

Standard 18-inch alloy wheels
19-inch alloy wheels (R-Spec, Track)
Xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights (3.8 Track)
Red Brembo brake calipers (R-Spec, Track)

The Genesis coupe has a "2+2" seating
Standard remote keyless entry
Standard Bluetooth, iPod connectivity
Available leather upholstery
Available automatic climate control
Available touch-screen navigation system

Standard safety features include:
Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes with brake assist
Electronic stability system
Side-impact airbags
Side curtain airbags
Active front-seat head restraints

New or Notable:

Rear-wheel drive
Turbo four-cylinder or V-6
Seating for four
10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty

2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Review:


V-6 power
Highway stability
Street handling
Front-seat comfort
Value for money


Buzzy turbo four-cylinder
Uninspiring shifter (manual transmission)
Ride quality on rutted roads (Track models)

2011 Honda Civic Sedan

2011 Honda Civic Sedan Pics

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2011 honda civic front
The 2011 Honda Civic Sedan is a 4-door, 5-passenger family sedan, available in 13 trims, ranging from the DX 5-Spd MT to the EX-L 5-Spd AT w/ Navigation System.

2011 Honda Civic Sedan DX 5-Spd MT is equipped with a standard 1.8-liter, I4, 140-horsepower engine that achieves 26-mpg in the city and 34-mpg on the highway. A 5-speed manual transmission with overdrive is standard. The EX-L 5-Spd AT w/ Navigation System is equipped with a standard 1.8-liter, I4, 140-horsepower engine that achieves 25-mpg in the city and 36-mpg on the highway. A 5-speed automatic transmission with overdrive is standard. The 2011 Honda Civic Sedan is a carryover from 2010.

2011 Honda Civic Sedan Specs:

EPA Fuel Economy:
City: 21 – 26 Highway: 29 – 36
Available Engines:
113-hp, 1.8-liter I-4 (natural gas)
140-hp, 1.8-liter I-4 (regular gas)
197-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (premium)
Available Transmissions: 5-speed automatic w/OD
5-speed manual w/OD
6-speed manual w/OD

Sedan or coupe, manual or automatic
Available high-performance Civic Si
Natural-gas GX available in four states
Available navigation system
Sedan and coupe both seat five

2011 Honda Civic Review:


Well-executed transmissions
Nimble handling
Interior build quality
Civic Si's performance


Backseat too low to the floor
Modest trunk size
Firm ride
Higher trims get expensive
Stability system unavailable on most trims

2011 Ford Fiesta

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The 2011 Fiesta is a 4-door, 5-passenger family sedan, or wagon, available in 5 trims, ranging from the S Sedan to the SES Hatchback.

Upon introduction, both trims are equipped with a standard 1.6-liter, I4, 119-horsepower engine that achieves 28-mpg in the city and 37-mpg on the highway. A 5-speed manual transmission with overdrive is standard, and a 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive is optional.

2011 Ford Fiesta Specs:

EPA Fuel Economy:
City: 28 – 29 Highway: 37 – 40
Available Engines:
120-hp, 1.6-liter I-4 (regular gas)
Available Transmissions: 5-speed manual w/OD
6-speed auto-shift manual w/OD

2011 Fiesta Reviews:

New or Notable

All-new subcompact model
Sedan and four-door hatch
Manual and automatic transmissions
Optional Sync system can run some smartphone apps
Seven airbags, stability control standard
Upscale options


Low wind noise
Fuel efficiency
Cabin quality
Seat comfort
Safety features

Smaller cabin than some competitors
Modest cargo space
Awkward gearing with manual transmission
Automatic isn't always smooth
Modest highway acceleration
Somewhat firm ride

February 18, 2011

Hyundai i40 revealed ahead Geneva Motor Show unveiling

Hyundai has published first pictures and inside informations of the i40 before its Geneva Motor Show unveiling. As a wagon edition, the i40 is Hyundai's first jab at the D-segment in Europe.

Fundamentally a European version of the Sonata in the U.S., the i40 has been redesigned on the outside to specialize the continent-wide models. Yet, the i40 has been produced specifically for the European market, with a bundle of powertrains, equipment and technology custom-built for European orientations. Market launching is anticipated to commence soon after its Geneva launching with the sedan following later in the year.

On the external Hyundai has given the i40 its 'fluidic sculpture' innovation language which can be identified by its hexagonal grille flanked by two jewel-like headlamps along with the glaring characterful lines that flow from front to rear.

Uniques features include heated and leaning front and rear seats; a fervent steering wheel; and an active de-mist system that automatically detects and clears mist on the windscreen.

Under the hood the i40 has a 1.7-litre diesel engine which emits just 113 g/km of CO2 emissions – a best-in-class figure according to Hyundai.

Also following the i40 in Geneva are the Curb concept and 1+2 Veloster both of which had their world premieres at the North American International Auto Show last month.

July 22, 2010

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