Watch Driven Season 1 Episode 11’s promo Be sure to make a date with Driven this Sunday at 10.30pm on 8TV as Alis takes a road trip with the all new diesel-fueled BMW X1 sub-compact SUV. Driven continues to support the nostalgic world of classic cars with a feature on the sexy-looking Volvo P1800, a gorgeous star in the hit 60’s TV series, The Saint. Sharizan takes on a horsepower frenzy with a re-birth of a Japanese legend, a car that gave Porsche an unforgettable challenge at the notorious Nurburgring circuit. Yes we are talking about the Nissan GT-R R35, all 480hp of it! You can also head to Driven.com.my to catch-up on previous episodes and take part in the final week of The Double Barrel Hunt contest, which may land you a ride in a track-ready Lotus 2-Eleven around the Sepang circuit. You will also get the chance of driving a brand new BMW on track. … [Read more...] about Driven reviews the all new BMW X1, the monstrous Nissan GT-R and the classic Volvo P1800 this Sunday
Watch Driven Season 1 Episode 7’s 30 second promo This Sunday Driven will showcase the Panamera and find out if Porsche has done it right with its first 4-door Gran Turismo. In this special episode the team also puts Klang Valley’s transportation system to the test. Sharizan, Alis and Harvinder will be given a set of missions to accomplish while they make their way around Klang Valley via a car, a bike and our public transportation system to find out which mode is most effective in terms of time and money. You can check all these out this Sunday at 10.30pm on 8TV! Comments and feedback can be posted on Driven.com.my. … [Read more...] about Driven reviews the Panamera and puts different transportation to the test!
As we know, the once-glorious Buick has two objectives today: To sell GM products to Chinese people, and to sell Opels to North American people. Of the five Buick models in the US, three (Verano, Regal and Encore) are badge-engineered Opels or at least have their Opel twins. And fourth, the Cascade convertible, is coming soon.It thus makes sense to look at Opels as potential Buicks. It even works the other way, as many Opels feel a bit like Buicks. With their visual bulk, hard-to-see extremities and hefty weight, they seem much bigger than they really are. In fact, they feel more American than Euro Fords.So when I got my hands on an Opel Mariva for a week, I tried to see it as a Buick. When you look at it, with its minivan-like profile and weird shoulder line, it doesn’t look like one. But it turns out it would make for a terrific Buick.Why? Because Buicks are cars for old people. And while the Meriva is supposed to be exact opposite, it actually does the job even better than any … [Read more...] about European Review: Opel Meriva 1.6 CDTI
Is there a car enthusiast whose pulse does not quicken when he or she hears the brrrap brap of the exhaust when the North American spec Fiat Abarth fires up? TTAC’s managing editor Derek Kreindler is correct, the Abarth does indeed sound faster than it actually is, but it still sounds glorious. Don’t tell me that an inline four can’t sound as exciting as a V8 or even a V12. Saying that an eight or a twelve “sounds better” than a four is like saying that a big band sounds better than a trio, as if you can’t enjoy both Duke Ellington and Cream.Not only does it sound good when you start it up, I suspect that the ECU on the Abarth’s turbocharged and twin-intercooled 1.4 liter motor may even be deliberately dumping a little unburned fuel into the exhaust manifold on throttle overruns. You start looking for tunnels and concrete walls just to hear the sound reverberate. Of course, while the Fiat Abarth playing the Rice Krispies … [Read more...] about Review: 2015 Fiat 500 Abarth
Traditional car shoppers are moving away from small sedans and toward compact crossovers. That’s the conventional wisdom used to explain the slowing sales we see in some models. But could there be another reason? Could it simply be a lack of focus and attention to the compact segment?There is one model that’s seen a meteoric rise in sales since 2013: the Sentra. Nissan’s complete overhaul three years ago and aggressive pricing doubled Sentra sales since then, moving it from a “top 15” player in sales to number five in 2015.In an effort to maintain the trajectory, Nissan opted for a major refresh after just three years on sale. (Sounds like the Honda plan with the Civic, doesn’t it?) Perhaps the key to compact success is a combination of frequent updates and more gadgets for shoppers to choose from. That sums up the 2016 Sentra perfectly.Exteriornew Civic, Elantra, and other compact cars.Up front, Nissan grafts a new … [Read more...] about 2016 Nissan Sentra Review – Nissan’s Compact Goes Premium
2016 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro 4.0-liter DOHC V6, port injection (270 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm; 278 lbs-ft @ 4,400 rpm)Five-speed automatic17 city/21 highway/18 combined (EPA Rating, MPG)17.7 (Observed, MPG)Base Price (SR5): $34,615*As Tested: $43,160** Prices include $960 destination charge. Since the introduction of its fifth generation, the Toyota 4Runner has been sold in three flavors: the base SR5, the loaded Limited, and the off-road focused Trail. But Toyota has a history of making small batches of special edition models and, for 2015, the carmaker showed off the Trail-based TRD Pro.The TRD Pro featured unique suspension with remote reservoir Bilstein shocks and taller springs, black TRD wheels wrapped in Nitto Terra Grappler A/T tires, unique skid-plates, grille, badges, interior trim, and one special red color.For 2016, the TRD Pro is back, and this time it’s in everyone’s favorite color: Brown Quicksand!In recent months, I’ve … [Read more...] about 2016 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro Review – Take Two!
If you look at the numbers, sales of the Murano are on fire with a 72% sales jump in January of 2015 vs 2014 thanks to the new model. Looking more closely however, you’ll see that there was practically nowhere to go but up as the Murano barely outsold the now-dead Venza. Putting that in perspective, Nissan’s compact Rogue is the 6th best-selling SUV in America and the Murano is 26 rungs lower on the sales ladder. Nissan sells more Rogues in 6 days than Muranos in an entire month. Rather than killing the model as Toyota did with the Venza, Nissan decided to re-invent the formerly bland soft-roader into a flagship crossover. This actually makes sense, because it helps keep the mid-sized 5-seat CUV from being the awkward “middle child” between the 7-seat Rogue and the 7-seat Pathfinder. Does the all-new and all-curvy Murano have what it takes to compete with the Edge, Grand Cherokee or even the RX 350? ExteriorThe exterior of the 2015 model is a sharp departure … [Read more...] about Review: 2015 Nisssan Murano Platinum (With Video)
(Everybody say “Hi!” to Nick, who is here to share his tale of Transit Connect ownership with the B&B! — JB)Last year, when my wife and I were first looking at minivans, I went by the Ford dealer to check out the new Transit Connect. The van really appealed to me, with its emphasis on utility, its quirky charm, and the Euro pedigree. My wife, our designated minivan driver, wouldn’t give it the slightest consideration. She deemed it more suitable for a mobile pet cremation business than for Mommy duty. We wound up with a Nissan Quest, which I wrote about here and with which we have been very happy.Last year I started a surfboard business. This meant that I was borrowing the Quest for long stretches at a time. It also meant that it was finally time for me to consider getting something appropriately capacious for myself, giving me a perfect excuse to add a Transit Connect to our fleet.I started by looking for a one-year old, certified pre-owned model. My local … [Read more...] about Reader Review: 2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon XLT
Having endured 12 hard Canadian winters on an island covered in red dirt, this 2004 Toyota Camry is about to enter its thirteenth; its tenth since my father-in-law took ownership.That red dirt is truly key to the story, because its color comes from Prince Edward Island’s high iron oxide content. Yes, that iron oxide. Rust.But the Camry, undercoated three times since 2007, is an almost rust-free wonder with nearly 340,000 miles under its belt.The steering sucks. The grey paint is greying.Everything else is more representative of a Camry freshly driven off the lot in 2004 than a car that spent tens of thousands of miles on salty, snow-covered roads being driven back and forth between Summerside and Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.On PEI, the snow blows off potato fields and drifts beside barns and on top of roads, leaving exposed red dirt that then blows across the road, as well. It is, to put it lightly, a brutal climate for cars, and it’s not … [Read more...] about 2004 Toyota Camry LE V6: 340,000-Mile Used Car Review
2017 Subaru BRZ 2.0-liter BOXER four-cylinder, DOHC, direct/port injection, Dual Active Valve Control System (205 horsepower @ 7,000 rpm; 156 lbs-ft @ 6,400-6,800 rpm)Six-speed manual (opt. six-speed automatic w/ paddle shifters), rear-wheel drive21 city/29 highway/24 combined (EPA Rating, MPG)11.1 city/8.0 highway/9.7 combined (NRCan Rating, L/100km)Base Price: $26,315 (U.S.) / $29,745 (Canada)As Tested (Limited/Sport-Tech): $28,465 (U.S.) / $31,745 (Canada)Prices include $820 destination charge in United States and $1,750 CAD for PDI and A/C tax in Canada. Back in May of this year, TTAC reported the list of changes coming for the 2017 Subaru BRZ and asked if what amounted to a rather modest workover would get consumers excited enough to reverse the sports coupe’s declining sales trend.Having spent a week acting barely responsible in Subaru’s only two-wheel-drive offering, my belief is no, the BRZ will not buck the trend. After commuting in … [Read more...] about 2017 Subaru BRZ Review – Better, Not Best