Today: March 28 2017
The updated Ford Explorer - a vivid demonstration of how the weakening of the ruble influence on the Russian car market. For the most accessible version of the SUV, which is not too much has changed, asking to 350 000 rubles. more than before the restyling. However, we were lucky with the Explorer twice. Firstly, the mountain roads in Chechnya thoroughly cleaned so that we, in contrast to the first group, missed the plane and did not remain without cellular five hours. Secondly, with me in the car he was the owner dorestaylingovoy Explorer - use it to see small changes in an SUV was easier. External differences updated crossover from the previous version is simple.
With the oncoming lane suddenly flies hatchback and rushes right in the forehead our test Nissan Qashqai. Moment goes by the wayside and a few hundred meters from us crashed into a pole. Post falls, probably with a bang, but in the cabin crossover - no sound. Compared with its predecessor Qashqai definitely matured, adding exactly where the competitors. But the main thing is - the urban crossover Nissan appeared charisma. A string of new Nissan Qashqai met journalists in the outskirts of Madrid. Abundance of chromium in the exterior, LED elements in optics, 17-inch alloy wheels and stylish portrayal body - from afar and can not say that about fifty meters worth explicit representative of the mass market.
Test drive the tractor for transportation of an intercontinental ballistic missile RS-24. "Pinocchio", "Good", "cornflower", "gardener", "Flute", "Delight-2» - this is not the name of children's plays. This is a very powerful weapon of the Russian army: the same missile, "Good" one shot could decrease the population of the Earth in a million or so people. We experienced a car with less poetic name MZKT-79221, but no less important for domestic missile forces. It transports (and, if necessary, starts) intercontinental ballistic missile RS-24 «yars" developed by the corporation "Moscow Institute of Heat." Perhaps this is the most powerful machine on test "engine" of all time. But not because she diesel V12, developing 800 horsepower.
No, seriously, with a modern automotive industry is something strange going on. Once we get the hump surrounded zamylennye images, as one after another - breakthrough new items: Evoque SUV pulled up the bar and made himself big to adjust to the Range Rover, Mercedes blinded splendor S-class, very good new "three-pointer" and "Six» Mazda, Golf in become a benchmark for the seventh time, and seems to be time to have it bolted to the wings. A Porsche Cayenne with their breakthrough and now here Macan, on test drive we were in Leipzig, it is time to produce benefits «N rules to capture the world for Dummies." But we must not underestimate the Ewoks - Darth Vader in the course, it ends. With the latter, it seems everything is in order: we can argue about taste.
Bright yellow Porsche is parked at the office. I feel nervous minutes before the end of the day, or rather, to eight o'clock in the evening - this time with Bauman can go more or less calm. Suneshsya before - will have to push. Later - it means delay for some time meeting with Porsche 911 Turbo S, the most powerful and expensive 911-m in the lineup. Consider not the shortest, but relatively easy route, I fall into the sports bucket. Closely. Very closely. With 197 centimeters tall complain, but still ... While I groaned, trying to take a position different from the posture of the embryo, people gathered around: by yellow coupe, parked in front of the business center, few have been indifferent. Unscheduled photo shoot took another minute 15.
Peugeot 208 2012 year came in and was successful in all but transmissions, especially the "machines" that can ruin the whole were positive from bright appearance, excellent chassis, practicality and reasonable price. To remedy the situation, Peugeot has released a new modification 208 - a "robot". We understood that there was the power unit 1,2-liter engine and a new robotized gearbox worthy alternative 1,6-liter engine with the old AKP Roads Baltic. Four-stage "automatic" AT8 who used no alternative offered to Russian buyers who want a car with two pedals, always caused a number of complaints.
D-class updated and expanded at an incredible rate: here and new Honda Accord with Mazda6, and bright with Hyundai i40 Kia Optima, and a dozen other interesting models. Most of them we've traveled and mostly praise. But the question arose whether the Cubs were able to segment or already classical players, but in a new reading, outshine reference D-class representatives. One of them - it's certainly, Ford Mondeo fourth generation, which is sold on the market for six full years and still manages to keep up the momentum in the market. How durable potential of this model? We decided to look in terms of life success Mondeo and indirectly compare it with the young competitors, taking a test drive turbo sedan.
Bogged down in routine, we often lament that we do not have enough time to play computer, card, board, outdoors - it does not matter. The main thing - we miss rest, passion, intellectual or physical stress that give us so much entertainment. But sometimes luck. North landfill NAVAK near Belgrade in new Mazda3 projector and seeing the readings on the glass, made exactly in the style of combat aircraft sight in one of my childhood favorite flight simulation, I realized acquaintance to the car for me has become a journey into the world of childhood games, the truth more computer yet. It seems that such associations machine caused not only me: Marketing Director Mazda Motor RUS Andrey Glazkov presenting novelty, also recalled children's entertainment.
The ski resort of Austria, is much more interesting to ride in cars with non-studded tires on bare ice, and not on a snowboard. No, Opel had not planned to write off a few cars. Just thought of that so you can best demonstrate the operation of a new system of intelligent all-wheel drive, which has appeared only on models of Opel Insignia Country Tourer, Opel Insignia OPC and Opel Mokka. Ice track near the town of Obertauern - a real Mecca for skiers and snowboarders, with an abundance of turns varying degrees steepness. Plus the sun instantly turns less in the shade. So, it will be very slippery. Because of the morning mist and shadows of the mountains it seems that ...
Raceway, Autobahn limit, primers, mountain road slippery with snow and fog porridge - not all experiments with new tires Cordiant Sport 3 were planned but all the better: we were able to test a new model of the Russian rubber in various conditions. What trials endured skepticism towards the Russian manufacturer. Initially sunny Barcelona portends trouble. Site of the first test was the local track "Formula-1» - Barcelona Circout. The track is quite compact, and diesel Audi A4, shod in Cordiant Sport 3, not too suitable for driving on it. However, it was enough to immediately take: Cordiant Sport 3 strikingly different from the "oak" plastic tires that seems all at the words "Russian tires."
Leon ST-wagon is extremely rapid outlines. Hardly anyone dare call ponderous car or inharmonious. Brand new look - doubtless merit of design department head of the Spanish Alejandro Mezonero-Romanos. The current design concept for the company called Seat worth very successful and reflects the real value of the Spanish. Yes, elegant body and hides under a well-known German units, but why not? These units are effective and up to date, and suspension tuning from the Volkswagen widely considered exemplary. But it is a new "seatovsky" design - the success of the brand. Spain goes on a huge number of car brand Seat. Naturally, not all of them are the latest model years, so there is something to compare.
Once in Cheratnovo me attached two - asked to sell the test Honda Civic. I did not know what to say, on the scams they were little resemblance. "I am ready to give half right now, for a second I'll go to the ATM. Sell, eh? "- Do not let casual acquaintances. Probably, this could only happen with Honda Civic. In Russia, popular models in recent years is through the roof. Civic was in the police reports, and sales rankings in the first places. The explanation for this has always been extremely simple: a lot of machine for reasonable money. This also can be attributed to more prestige brand Honda, modern design and slower than the competition, the annual loss of value. But in the ninth generation model was suddenly not as popular as in previous - Japanese too famously killed a price tag.
We are accustomed to the electronic gas pedal, but the brake pedal and steering wheel have always been mechanically connected to the wheels. Now it's in the past. The first batch proof before you - Infiniti Q50. People are less involved in the control of the machine. Modern electronics has taught car yourself brake, accelerate, keep your distance. Infiniti Q50, in addition to this, and knows how to hold his own series. And all thanks to the DAS - direct adaptive steering, the same one-by-wire. Under normal conditions for the steering angle corresponds to two electric motors mounted on the track rod. They receive commands from three electronic control units that analyze information from multiple sensors - speed, acceleration, steering angle, roll and others.
For the Mazda crossover CX-5 - special. This car first tried to imagine all the range of technologies Skyactiv. He also became the engine Mazda sales in Russia, which has long been awaited by the Japanese car in the class of compact crossovers. We first debuted machine 2,0-liter gasoline engine Skyactiv-D power 150 hp, later joined her and a top petrol variant with 192-horsepower engine. And now, when the diesel "Mazda" for over a year plow spaces of Europe, CX-5 to "heavy" fuel and drove to Russia. Unlike Europe, where customers can choose between two versions 2,2-liter turbodiesel (150 175 or HP), we have available only a more powerful version, and only with 6-step "automatic."
"This is one of 120 machines. Most of the settled in Moscow, and the rest went to the regions ", - says the manager of the press fleet, passing the keys to the Land Rover Freelander in version Dynamic Black. I swear, I did not worry so even driving Jaguar XFR on summer tires in a heavy snowfall. Imagine that the chances of finding the same car on the road close to zero, is expensive. But it is unique Freelander Dynamic Black, how do we draw? The second generation Land Rover Freelander, appeared on the Russian market in 2006, survived not one facelift. However spetspaket should place apart from the restyling. This is, first of all, the desire to play with the English content.
Too great was the disappointment of fans of BMW in the "five" in the body E60. After giperpopulyarnoy, which became one of the symbols of his time E39 it became a real failure. In milder expressions is confirmed and the staff of the Russian representative at the presentation of the Bavarian company updated BMW 5-th-Series in the back F10. Yes, tells us Corporate Communications Director «BMW Group Russia" Vasily Melnikov was the decline of interest to the model in its segment inferior to "competitor A" and "B competitor" (the names of companies following corporate ethics are not called, but not difficult to guess ), but with the release F10 Bavarians took the first place - people are happy with the machine.
Hardly Victoria Beckham, participating in the design of one of the versions of Range Rover Evoque, assumed that anyone would ever think to drive such a beauty in the dirt. And even more to pass on it by polygon Land Rover Experience in the village Ilinskoe Dmitrov district, Moscow region. He is famous in the first place that the present forest there you can ride on the Defender. However, the head of school Experience says Evoque owners and frequent visitors here - want to make sure that their car is capable of much. And make. On the Evoque, we've traveled all the same routes, which are experiencing Range Rover Sport, Vogue, Freelander and Defender. Spared only one area reserved exclusively for Defender.
According to legend, run, organized by Volvo, we came to Karelia to find fragments of Sampo - the mythical source of happiness and prosperity. And actually - to bring together the experience of the updated lineup Volvo. More new parts 3 500 2014 got machine model year. This is the biggest update in the history of the company. Still, the entire range of stylistically and technically led to a common denominator, removing the brackets XC90 - it soon awaits generational change. Mean line machines 2014 model year in harmony with Karelian landscape. It may seem that in terms of design the new restyling is rather a step back.
Update, but not a new-generation model - it's usually either work on the bugs, or the desire to somewhere in the middle of the way to refresh the already successful car to bring it to the attention of the media and spur sales. Paradox, but representatives of automotive brands in this commenting reasons updates prefer not to specify neither the one nor the other factors remaining somewhere in the middle, and fending off questions about typical phrases desire to do the best for the buyer. Nevertheless, take a look at the list of innovations in some fresh car as it becomes clear what is sought by the company. In the case of an updated Insignia, which we have used to try, obviously - Opel aims to be modern and to be close to the premium.
He's a big, yellow, spilling manure on fields. Best purchase after Lamborghini. So we move into the Fens in Lincolnshire to meet with a man named David. In his hands the keys of Terragator 8203. It costs £ 205 000, weighs a little less than nine tons and wide - more than three meters. And David is going to let Top Gear ride it on public roads! He is amazingly serene. Not nervous. Just frighteningly calm. It turns out that because Terragator actually belongs to Richard, who whiter paper. The largest transportation tricycle in the world, Terragator used for spraying any manure. The fields. Lime slurry and other farm liquids. But he can ride on the roads. And it does not need any special rights.
They both belong to the premium class, both are extremely popular: Audi Q5 per year were sold 2012 5 800, by July 2013 - 4 329, Volvo XC60 for 2012 - 6 472, by July 2013 - 2 571 instance. And yet, by and large - they are opposites: Scandinavian Volvo, all the forces trying to prove his right to be called a premium, and Audi, literally 15 years ago on the site of the former Swedes, and now doing everything (and has, incidentally, a good chance) to get ahead of BMW and Mercedes-Benz to become the leader in sales in this segment in the world. And, yes, we can throw tomatoes: for comparison, we chose a hybrid and diesel Q5 XC60.