The Naza Kia Forte has bagged another award, the latest being its sixth since its debut here in November 2009. The car was named as the Debut Model of the Year at the 2011 Frost & Sullivan Malaysia Excellence Awards. The award is presented to models – launched between November 2009 to November 2010 – that made a significant impact in the market with a substantial sales volume and positive market acceptance.Since its launch in November 2009, Naza Kia Malaysia has sold a total of 6,878 units of the Forte as at the end of the first quarter this year. Frost & Sullivan consultant for Asia Pacific Automotive and Transportation Practice, Ahmad Faridz Dzulkarnain, said the Forte broke the monotony in its segment by offering a very bold and dynamic European styling vehicle packed with high technological features and fitment level at a very attractive price point. “The market acceptance of this model was phenomenal based on its sales volume of more than 5,200 units … [Read more...] about Kia Forte named Debut Model of the Year by Frost & Sullivan
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Ah, car of the year (COTY) awards. The magical time of year when every magazine, website, and national auto journalist association decides that it has to make a definitive call on the best automobile that money can buy. And though nobody on the consumer end really takes these things seriously (when have you ever heard someone say they bought a car because it was (institution name here’s) COTY?), the folks in charge of these awards get incredibly intense about their mission. Take the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) and its self-righteous rage at a Canadian journalist, Michael Banovsky, who had the gall to report that the Canadian COTY competition removes perfect scores (as revealed in the judge training webinar video above). The AJAC immediately demanded a retraction, clarifying what their video didn’t: No votes were thrown out, but rather if any appear as a 10, they are “discounted” to 9.9 during tabulation by the international accounting … [Read more...] about Canadian Car Of The Year Kerfluffle
Today, on the last day of media access to the LA Auto show, the mystic powers that be continued VAGs green run by selecting the Audi A3 TDi as the 2010 Green Car of the Year (The Jetta TDi won last year). In the running this year were the Audi A3 TDI, Honda Insight, Mercury Milan Hybrid, Toyota Prius and Volkswagen Golf TDI. According to the LA Auto Show, The Green Car of the Year® award is a program that honors environmental leadership in the automobile field and recognizes vehicles that are readily available to consumers during the award year. Green Car Journal/ editors perform an exhaustive review of vehicle models to identify the five finalists. The winner is ultimately decided by jurors such as Jay Leno, Jean-Michel Cousteau, Carroll Shelby, Matt Petersen of Global Green USA and the Sierra Club’s Carl Pope, along with Green Car Journal editors.Interesting then that this same bunch of car czars chose the Chevy Tahoe two years ago for getting 1 MPG better than the … [Read more...] about Audi A3 TDI Named Green Car Of The Year
And yes, as with TTAC’s Ten Worst, Detroit gets it between the eyes. From the Aveo (“if Fiesta is the iPhone of ‘minis, Aveo is a pair of polystyrene cups and a shoelace”) to the Sebring (“so bad, even the man at Hertz will wince apologetically as he hands you the keys”), to the Jeep Compass (“winner of the Not Going Down Fighting Award). But thanks to the wild diversity of the UK market, there’s plenty more to chuckle about. Asian oddities like the Ssangyong Rodius (“like the result of a genetic experiment by a blind, fingerless, sadistic scientist”) and the walking dead Nanjing/SAIC/MG F roadster (“it costs £16.5k. A last-gen TF can be had for £4k. Do they think we’re stupid?”). And weird Euro models like the 2CV tribute Citroen C3 Pluriel Charleston, the Mercedes CLC and the practical-to-the-point-of-horror Fiat Qubo. Bloated plutcratmobiles like the BMW X6 and Maybach Landaulet arelauded for … [Read more...] about Top Gear Announces Whiskey-Tango-Foxtrot Cars Of The Year
In a surprise press conference that had not been confirmed as late as last night, Toyota’s president Akio Toyoda laid out plans for Toyota getting back to normal. Bottom line: Toyota hopes to be back to normal by the end of the year.“To all the customers who made the decision to buy a vehicle made by us, I sincerely apologize for the enormous delay in delivery,” Akio Toyoda said.Production operations had been halted after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Production gingerly came back on-line at the beginning of the week. Currently, manufacturing plants in Japan are working at 50 percent of capacity due to parts availability, while those in North America are operating at 30 percent of capacity.Today it was announced that in Japan, normalization of production is expected to start in July, with full normalization to be established at around November or December.Outside Japan, depending on region and vehicle model, normalization of production is expected to start in … [Read more...] about “Enormous Delay In Delivery:” Toyota Production Back To Normal – By The End of The Year
Motor Trend COTY choice yesterday, and today we’ll be jumping right into the depths of the Malaise Era for the MT gurus’ 1976 choice: the Dodge Aspen/Plymouth VolaréA-Body compacts, the Dodge Dart and Plymouth Valiant (though the Dart and Valiant were available along with the Volaré and Aspen for the 1976 model year). The new Mopar compacts had reasonably modern chassis and suspension design, but the styling was frumpy and they were far thirstier than the Dodge- and Plymouth-badged Simca and Mitsubishi captive imports. Car of the Year material, or not? For the sake of flame wars argument, we’ll include imports (for reference, the Toyota Celica Liftback won MT‘s Import Car of the Year award in ’76). What’s it going to be? The hot-selling ’76 Cutlass Supreme, with its perfect-for-the-time styling? The Pucci Edition Lincoln Mark IV? The Plymouth Arrow? Discuss. Image source: Old Car Brochures … [Read more...] about Car of the Year Revisionism, 1976 Edition: If Not the Volaré/Aspen, What?
JCP writes:So here’s the least sexy question of the year. For those of us with the need for six seats (and climbing over the middle row of an SUV is unacceptable) what is your take on the reasonable lifespan of the current minivan lineup? I’m curious what you can expect to be a reasonable number of miles on a Caravan, Oddessy or Sienna if you were to be traveling 900 miles on Christmas Eve or New Years Day? Breakdowns with a family of six in this situation can get very expensive fast, so replacing the vehicle before it breaks can make financial sense. How far would you recommend pushing it?Assumptions; minivans are purchased new and all regular maintenance is done. Do you have any thoughts on the various models and do any of them have timebombs under the hood?Sajeev answers:I hate answering questions like this. And not because they aren’t sexy, I think that damn near anyone can make a minivan look sexy. It’s all about being comfortable with yourself and a … [Read more...] about Piston Slap: The Least Sexy Question of The Year?
After a trip to Bulgaria and the much anticipated June 2012 World Roundup, I wasn’t going to let the London Olympics go without an update on the UK car market. London-ed out already? No worries, you can visit 167 additional countries and territories in my blog, go on, you know you want to!Or you can check out the Top 260 best-selling models in the US in July here.The last time I spoke to you about the UK car market in detail was in May 2011 for the Royal Wedding…Since then there has been a lot of water down the (London) bridge. That was an easy pun…Over the first 6 months of 2012, new car sales are up 3% year-on-year in the UK to 1,057,680 units, which in the current sombre European context is actually an excellent performance. The Ford Fiesta is the best-seller in the country as it has been in 2009, 2010 and 2011, with sales up 15 percent to 59,570 units and a 5.6 percent market share.Below, the Vauxhall Corsa is up 22 percent and passes the Ford Focus, … [Read more...] about Best Selling Cars Around The Globe: The 347 Best Selling Models Of The Olympic Country
If you want to own one of the world’s best engines (as ranked by a panel of multi-national auto journos), you don’t necessarily have to find a higher paying job or buy a plane ticket to Europe.Most categories at the recently announced 2016 International Engine of the Year Awards were won by high-end powerplants and European mills you won’t find in North America — except for one entry dominated by Ford.Winning the sub 1-liter class for the fifth year in a row was Ford’s 1.0-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder, an engine available in the Fiesta and Focus, but rarely talked about on these shores. (Unless you’re TTAC’s managing editor).That tiny mill was lauded for its technology and power-to-displacement ratio. The automaker uses the 1.0-liter EcoBoost in a slew of European models, with one in five new Ford vehicles featuring the engine last year, according to the company.The North American take up rate? Ever so drastically less.In a wildly … [Read more...] about There’s an Affordable International Engine of the Year Winner, if You Can Find It
The preliminary list of semifinalists of the 2015 North American Car & Truck of the Year is out and oddly, Volkswagen didn’t make the list.General Motors sports four car of the year nominees, including the Cadillac CT6, Chevrolet Camaro, Malibu and Volt while Tesla’s Model X is up for Truck/Utility of the year. Automotive journalists — 57 of them, in fact — will vote on the cars in October.The winners will be announced in January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.Here is the list of nominees (our predictions) in no particular order — or perhaps alphabetical:Car of the YearBMW 7 Series (10 to 1 — The last BMW to win was Mini in 2003 and voting for BMW is like cheering for the Yankees.)Cadillac CT6 (5 to 2 — Cadillac has won COTY once in its 23-year history, in 2012 for the ATS. If they chopper one of these over the testing ground in Michigan, they could significantly improve their odds.)Chevrolet Camaro (3 to 2 … [Read more...] about North American Car, Truck of the Year Semi-finalists Announced, Let’s Debate