Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Sri Lankan President relaxes restrictions on used vehicle imports

Sri Lanka's vehicle importers met with the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa today at the Temple Trees to discuss the restrictions and levies imposed by the Ministry of Finance on the vehicle imports. 

Following the meeting with the Vehicle Importers Association a decision was taken to relax the age limit of reconditioned vehicles. 

Accordingly, the age limit for reconditioned cars has been increased to two years from the previous limit of one year and the age limit for commercial vehicles has been increased to four years from the previous limit of three and half years. 

On a request made by the Vehicle Importers Association for revision of the duty structure, President had explained that higher duty structure cannot be changed since revenue safeguards were important in the current context.

 The government raised taxes significantly on motor vehicles effective March 31, 2012, as a measure to arrest the growing trade deficit and curtail the expenses the government incurring in importing fuel. 

Deputy Minister of Finance and Planning Geethanjana Gunawardena, Secretary to the Ministry of Finance Dr. P.B. Jayasundera, President's chief of Staff Gamini Senarath were also present at the discussion. 


Thursday, September 1, 2011

Toyota Yaris (2011) review

This is the third Toyota Yaris to have been launched since 1999, and by some way the most conventional. Toyota's reason for toning down some of the design elements - the previously wide-eyed front styling, for example - isn't, as you might think, to avoid scaring off older buyers. On the contrary, they love the Yaris to bits. The new policy, strange as it may seem, is to attract younger ones.
The only case of Toyota becoming more radical, rather than less, in the new Yaris is the reduction in the number of windscreen wipers. Nowadays there's just one - a large item which, thanks to a shimmy shake halfway through its travel, clears about as much of the screen as two smaller wipers did in the past. But even this has been done for soberly calculated reasons of reduced wind noise and increased aerodynamic efficiency, not to add extra funkiness.

Something similar has been going on inside. The instrument panel for the new Yaris is right in front of the driver, where most people put it, and not perched in the centre of the dashboard as it was on the earlier models.

For me, this makes the dials easier to read, but there are other things to be concerned about. Although I imagine the interior design probably looked good on a computer screen, it's badly spoiled in real life by wide gaps between panels and the use of very cheap and clunky plastics.

Whatever the opposite of a jewel in the crown is, it can be found by going to the back of the car and opening the tailgate. Having done this, you will find one of the most wretchedly low-rent parcel shelves offered by any manufacturer. I suppose it's nice to know that someone has found a use for empty cereal packets, but this is not the sort of thing you would expect to find on any car costing more than, say, £7000.

Yet the cheapest model costs £11,170 (vastly more than the entry-level Ford Fiesta, Renault Clio or Vauxhall Corsa), and if you go for the top model you'll be asked to pay over £15,000. At the very least, for that money I'd be wanting a parcel shelf that didn't feel as if it would split in half if I so much as sneezed at it.
Not everything about the Yaris makes it seem overpriced. The major controls are all firm, without being overly heavy, and they all require similar effort to use. The ride and handling are very good as long as you're driving on a well-surfaced road (not so much if the road is bumpy - this may be a Japanese car, but its suspension set-up is as German as a Wagner overture). And it's quite spacious.

How spacious, exactly? Well, with the rear seats in place there's 286 litres under that ghastly excuse for a parcel shelf, and that's good going considering that the Fiesta, Clio and Corsa (which are all longer than the Yaris) are all in the 285-295 litres range. And, as with many Japanese cars, there's still a remarkable amount of room left over for tall rear-seat passengers.

Every third-generation Yaris which has so far been made available for the media to drive on UK roads has used the 1.33-litre petrol engine. No others are in the country yet, but that's okay because the 1.33 - which feels very well-suited to the car - is expected to be the best-seller in this country by a long way. For the record, the other options are a one-litre petrol engine and a 1.4 turbo diesel.

The diesel Yaris is the fastest-accelerating in the range, despite having a maximum power output of only 89bhp compared with the 1.33's 98bhp. It's also the most economical on the official EU test cycle and emits the least CO2, but it adds £1500 to the price, and not many supermini owners are going to drive far enough for the reduced petrol costs and tax payments to claw that back.

The trim level most likely to appeal to UK buyers is called TR, which is the only one available with all three engines and a choice of three- of five-door body styles. TRs don't have electric windows in the rear (a bit niggardly considering the most expensive one costs £14,760, wouldn't you say?), but the specification does include air-conditioning, see-me-home headlights, traction control, leather trim for the steering wheel and gearknob and the Toyota Touch system, which is basically just a full colour touchscreen controlling the audio, phone and Bluetooth controls.

Touch can be upgraded to Touch and Go, which adds various online services (for which you'll need a compatible phone, among other details which your local dealer will explain to you) plus satellite navigation. The satnav was plain wrong about many of the speed limits in the area of the media launch, and the voice directions were occasionally garbled, but the display itself - though small as these things go - is usefully clear.
Below TR there's T2, which probably isn't going to sell well because it's available with only the one-litre petrol engine. Further up the range, there's SR, which is meant to be sportier (though the larger wheels, low-profile tyres and "sports" suspension just make it slightly less comfortable), and T Spirit, which is the luxury model.

T Spirits are the only versions with dual-zone climate control air-conditioning and a panoramic glass sunroof. The sunroof has two blinds, so that the front passengers, or the rear passengers, or both, or neither can be sit in the shade as they wish. It's an extremely simple idea, extremely simply executed, but it may also be the single cleverest thing about the Yaris.

Source: by David Finlay (30 August 2011)

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Honda to soon offer CR-Z with turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine

As part of plans to heighten the appeal of the Honda CR-Z in key world markets, the carmaker will equip the compact coupé with an all-new, turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine option. The CR-Z is currently only offered with one engine option: a hybrid that features a 112bhp 1.5-litre petrol engine mated to a 14bhp electric motor. The CR-Z is expected to get an all-new turbocharged 1.6-litre powerplant that is currently being developed at Honda’s Tochigi R&D centre. The new engine is an essential part of a downsizing program initiated at Honda.

This engine is also meant for the Jazz, Civic and Accord. This engine is meant to offer the performance of a typical 2.0-litre engine from a capacity of only 1.6 litres. It features forced induction and Honda’s patented VTEC-i fully variable camshaft timing system. According to Autocar sources in Japan, the new engine will probably come in two versions: a standard 160bhp model and a highly tuned 200bhp version meant to match the now defunct 2.0-litre VTEC engine in the Civic Type R.

It’s likely that this more powerful spec will form the basis of a CR-Z Type R, tentatively slated to be released late next year. As sales of the two-door coupé have begun to drop in the company’s domestic market, Honda had to come up with plans for more than a hybrid engine for the Japanese Car of the Year.

Courtesy : 4wheelsnews

Friday, November 26, 2010

Toyota to introduce 11 new or redesigned hybrid vehicles by 2012

By 2012, Toyota Motor Corp. intends to debut 11 new or redesigned hybrid vehicles; however, this doesn’t mean that it has neglected the internal combustion engine. Takeshi Uchiyamada, executive vice president in charge of r&d, said that Toyota aims to boost the fleet's fuel efficiency by equipping smaller vehicles with turbochargers and direct fuel injection. In an interview, Uchiyamada said that in the next five years, carmakers will follow the general trend of downsizing of engines and using turbochargers. He said that direct fuel injection is also being developed. He said that turbos and direct fuel injection will be added across Toyota's lineup--even in four-cylinder engines and models such as the Corolla and Camry.

Uchiyamada, who served as the chief engineer of the first-generation Prius, said that eventually, there will be a considerable number of vehicles that will be powered by engines with turbochargers. There are other modifications, including expanded use of idle-stop technology (which saves fuel by turning off the engine when the car stops) as well as advances in variable valve systems.

To keep its edge against competitors such as Hyundai Motor Co., Toyota will need to adopt new technologies. Uchiyamada said that four of the 11 upcoming hybrids will be model changes of existing hybrids. Seven will be new models and these would either be stand-alone hybrids or hybrid versions of vehicles that didn't have a gasoline-electric option previously.

Courtesy: autonews

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