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31st August 2008

All-New 2009 Honda Fit Big on Style and Refinement, Small on Price and Fuel Consumption

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All-New 2009 Honda Fit Big on Style and Refinement, Small on Price and Fuel Consumption
Pricing starts at $14,550 with A/C, AM/FM CD player and power windows; EPA fuel economy up to 35 mpg highway

The completely-redesigned 2009 Honda Fit is set to go on sale August 26 with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $14,550, plus a destination and handling charge of $670, American Honda Motor Co., Inc., announced today. The Fit Sport, equipped with additional premium features, is also set to debut with a starting MSRP2 of $16,060, plus destination and handling.

The Fit is designed to lead the subcompact segment with a quality feel and a multi-functional interior. The Fit has become more refined for 2009 with a sportier demeanor through improved suspension, steering and body rigidity enhancements; an improved rear Magic Seat®; and a high level of standard safety equipment, including the addition of the Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure and front seat active head restraints. A new, more powerful 117-horsepower, 1.5-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine further improves the Fit’s high-revving, fun-to-drive character.

“With the all-new Fit, Honda is offering premium features and advanced technology within a high-function, small vehicle package,” said Dick Colliver, executive vice president of American Honda. “Customers who choose the Fit are choosing superior refinement and premium quality, along with value and economy.”

Dimensionally compact on the outside with an overall length of 161.6 inches, the interior provides a surprisingly spacious passenger volume of 90.8 cubic feet and a rear cargo volume of 20.6 cubic feet. The seats offer multiple seating and cargo-carrying configurations – tall object mode, long object mode and utility mode – in addition to the standard five-passenger mode.

An improved rear Magic Seat provides one-motion dive-down functionality without having to remove the rear seat head restraints to folds flat into the floor, creating a rear cargo volume of 57.3 cubic feet. Dual-stage, dual-threshold front airbags, dual front-side airbags with passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS) and side-curtain airbags are standard equipment on all models.

The engine produces 117 horsepower at 6600 rpm and 106 lb-ft. of torque at 4800 rpm. A 5-speed manual transmission is standard and a 5-speed automatic transmission is available. Steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters allow for manual gear selection on the Fit Sport equipped with the available automatic transmission. The Fit equipped with the available automatic transmission achieves an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) city/highway fuel economy rating1 of 28/35 miles per gallon. The Fit with a manual transmission and Fit Sport with either a manual or the available automatic transmission achieve an EPA city/highway fuel economy rating1 of 27/33 miles per gallon.

The Fit comes with standard amenities such as air conditioning, an AM/FM/CD audio system with four speakers, MP3/WMA playback capability, Radio Data System (RDS), auxiliary audio input jack, power windows, power mirrors and power door locks. The Fit Sport adds alloy wheels, an underbody aero kit, rear roofline spoiler, fog lights, security system with keyless remote entry and cruise control. The Fit Sport audio system provides six speakers, a five-mode equalizer and a USB Audio Interface .

For the first time, the Fit is available with the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with Voice Recognition on the Fit Sport, featuring a 6.5-inch screen and more than 7 million points of interest. Models equipped with the navigation system also include Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®), also known as electronic stability control.

The front MacPherson strut suspension and torsion beam rear suspension settings are tuned to provide a sporty, solid and dynamic driving experience. Upgraded by 1-inch on each model, larger 15- and 16-inch wheels (Fit and Fit Sport respectively) are shod with 175/65 R15 84S (Fit) and 185/55 R16 83H (Fit Sport) tires. The standard anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic brake distribution (EBD) uses 10.3-inch ventilated discs in the front and 7.9-inch drums in the rear.

2009 Honda Fit Pricing

Fit Transmission MSRP2 City/Hwy./Combined1
5-Speed Manual $14,550 27/33/29
5-Speed Automatic $15,350 28/35/31
Fit Sport Transmission MSRP2 City/Hwy./Combined1
5-Speed Manual $16,060 27/33/29
5-Speed Automatic $16,910 27/33/30
Fit Sport
with Navigation
Transmission MSRP2 City/Hwy./Combined1
5-Speed Manual $17,910 27/33/29
5-Speed Automatic $18,760 27/33/30

1 Additional media information and high-resolution photography is available at www.hondanews.com.

2 Based on 2009 EPA mileage estimates, reflecting new EPA fuel economy methods beginning with 2008 models. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

3 MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $670.00 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.

4 The USB Audio Interface is used for direct connection to and control of some current digital audio players and other USB devices that contain MP3, WMA or AAC music files. Some USB devices with security software and digital rights-protected files may not work. Please see your dealer for details on compatibility.

5 Certain functions that rely on a satellite signal will not work correctly in Hawaii and Alaska. These functions include but are not limited to automatic clock updates and time zone adjustments.

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31st August 2008

Moscow Auto Show and russian girls

Hot pics, guys! As we know, the best way to get the attention of autofans, who often happen to be male, is to display its cars next to hot sexy babes. Look at the photos from Moscow Auto Show. The slav girls look so hot! Click on images to enlarge.

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31st August 2008

Ch-Ch-Changes: 2009 Impreza and Tribeca models

With a 5 percent yearly sales gain over 2007, Subaru is having a good year. What better way to enter the 2009 model year than with updates to one of its top sellers, the Impreza, and one of its worst, Tribeca.

With its standard boxer engine and symmetrical all-wheel drive, the Impreza has enthusiasts on its side. For 2009, the Impreza is available in 2.5i, WRX, 2.5GT, Outback Sport and WRX STI trim levels.

All Imprezas get rear disc brakes and a standard electronic stability system. The new 2.5GT has a 244-horsepower, turbocharged 2.5-liter boxer engine with a standard automatic transmission, a power moonroof and automatic climate control.

The WRX gets a 41-hp bump, now at 265 hp. The Outback Sport and WRX STI are relatively unchanged.

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31st August 2008

Should we be forced to buy pedestrian-safe cars?

It seems the blog subject has changed somewhat from Pedestrian Safety to motorcycle safety. Anyway, on that last point, i do not agree with the comments made by E=mc2 – “I believe a simple roll bar. side impact bar and lap belt system could be designed in a way that have mimimal to no impact on the bikes performance, but the safety improvement would enormous.”

Now im not a motorcycle rider, but i see the suggestions as being potentially more dangerous. A roll bar ?… i’ve not seen a bike roll as such, the tend to drop onto their sides. A side impact bar ?… either dropped onto their side or hit side-on by another vehicle the potential is there to trap the riders leg/s. Lap belt ?… I’ve seen a number of bike accidents (admittedly bike races on TV), but i always see the bike travelling a lot further than the rider. To have the rider strapped onto the bike by way of lap belt or trapped by way of side impact bars to me would create way more horrific injuries to the riders than they are already subject to..
“What about when you buy a car? Do you take pedestrian safety into consideration, or is it the furthest thing from your mind? Perhaps we have a social responsibility to buy pedestrian-safe cars given, as Scruby points out, the population is getting older and more inclined to walk in front of our cars.”

Pedestrian safe cars – in my opinion there isnt such a thing. Your car can have the latest in everything imaginable, but at some point in time, a pedestrian will be killed – a 1 tonne (or more) vehicle versus 50 – 100 kilo person.. bottom line we as pedestrians (and we all are at some stage of the day) need to take more care and be accountable for our own actions – regardless of age.

Just my 2 cents worth.

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31st August 2008

Paris Motor Show preview: Seat Ibiza Cupra

Seat is to launch its hot-hatch Ibiza Cupra at the Paris Motor Show in October.

It’ll get the VW Group’s 1.4 TSI engine, complete with twin turbos to give 180bhp, and the new seven-speed DSG sequential-shift gearbox with steering wheel-mounted paddle-shifts.

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31st August 2008

Why this sexy Peugeot purrs

Peugeot’s sleek concept marks a new design direction.

This sleek four-door, four-seater concept is the first glimpse of Peugeot’s new 608 luxury sedan.

After the lacklustre response by buyers to the 607 here and in some European markets, the French carmaker has rethought the design direction of the big sedan.

It will be unveiled as the RC concept at the Paris Motor Show in October.

Peugeot has such prestige Germans as the Mercedes-Benz CLS in its sights.

The RC’s unique selling point will be Peugeot’s latest hybrid fuel technology.

Peugeot Automobiles Australia spokesman Mathew McAuley says the hybrid powertrain is the direction in which Peugeot is going.

McAuley says he also believes there is room in the local line-up for a big luxury sedan despite the lacklustre sales of the 607.

However, he could not confirm if Australia would get such a car.

“We’ll have to wait and see,” he says.

Peugeot has sold 293 607s here since 2001 and sales have never really sparkled.

Last year 25 were sold and so far this year only 12 buyers have put a $73,500 3.0-litre V6 into their garages.

The RC concept is the work of Peugeot’s new design boss, Jerome Gallix.

It follows a stream of RC show cars, including the RC Spade and RC Diamond concepts from 2002, and the super-sleek rear-engined V12 turbo-diesel 908 RC that was unveiled in 2006.

Like the previous RCs, the latest version has glamorous looks but the hybrid powertrain is a first for an RC concept.

Peugeot describes the concept as a working laboratory that brings together several stylistic, engineering and technological ideas in a single vehicle.

The car is designed to provide a high level of efficiency in performance and environmental impact.

Peugeot has not yet released engine details, but says the hybrid powertrain develops 233kW and emits only 109 g/km of CO2 when on the combined fuel cycle, or zero CO2 when used only in electric mode.

Gallix has made the trademark Peugeot grille and headlights more aggressive in keeping with the car’s sleek profile.

When the 608 does go into production it is widely expected to be built off the same platform as the Citroen C5 and feature a similar line-up of turbodiesel and petrol engines.

However, there is speculation it could also use C6 underpinnings.

The 608 is expected to be launched with a choice of 2.0 and 2.2-litre four-cylinder HDi diesels. Flagship variants will be available with a 2.7-litre V6 oil-burner, an engine shared with Land Rover and Jaguar.

The car is expected to go on sale in Europe late next year, the hybrid powertrain later.


- Herald Sun

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