New Peugeot 108 review

The Peugeot 107 and its sister cars the Toyota Aygo and Citroen C1 were fantastic city cars for first-time drivers and downsizers. The low entry prices, keen three-cylinder engine and fun chassis sold the car well and even now years after they first came out they still feel rock solid. Replacing the 107 then is no easy task.

As is the way with the automotive industry, it has to be replaced though, and the new version is going to be called the 108. So, what’s it like?

The first thing you notice about the 108 is that it’s radically different to the 107 in design. This is still one of the shortest and lightest cars in the super mini class, although it is longer than the 107, to add extra boot space (the 108 has a 197-litre boot, the 107 a 139-litre boot) and rear leg room. Like the 107, the 108 will be rebranded as a Citroen and Toyota, but as before, it will be the Peugeot that offers the best deals such as those from Bristol Street Motors.

The new styling includes LED daytime running lights as standard, alloy wheels, sporty bumpers all round and chrome detailing on the bottom bumper air vents.

The new 108 will also be available as a three-door and five-door. Both with share the exact same dimensions, although the five-door version will be around 5kg heavier.

Unlike in the 107 range, there will be two engines to choose from in the 108, a 1.0-litre three-cylinder unit and a 1.2-litre unit. Both are petrol powered and Peugeot have worked hard to ensure that they are smoother and more economical than before. The 1.0-litre engine is the same as before but has been modified for less friction to reduce thermal properties.

No diesel engines will be available at launch, although a 1.3-litre diesel would suit the character of this car in my opinion.
In terms of equipment, the 108 will be more technologically capable than the 107. For the first time sat nav will be an optional extra and automatic headlights and wipers are on the card too.

Driving wise, Peugeot have said that the 108 maintains the playful character of the 107, yet delivers a more grown up and refined experience. In other words, the 108 will have go-kart handling characteristics but be quieter and smoother on the motorway and on uneven surfaces. This, I expect, will be a welcome improvement for owners of the 107.

Overall

Used Peugeot (click here) have always been a good buy and the 108 looks like it will be too. New pricing has not yet been announced but you can expect the entry-level car to dip under the £10,000 mark, as this is what made the older version so accessible. It is this accessibility which will drive sales and so if Peugeot can get the equipment levels right and avoid any new engine issues and recalls like some manufacturers (ahem, Porsche), Peugeot, Citroen, and Toyota could be on to another winner.

New 2015 Corvette ZO6 is a beast

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The Detroit Auto Show has had plenty of cars generating buzz, but the all-new 2015 Corvette ZO6 is getting plenty of well-deserved attention. The new Corvette Stingray is impressive on its own, particularly with the ZR1 package. But now track afficionados will have even more performance with the new ZO6. This is now a well-established tradition with Corvette and it’s a natural addition to the new C7 lineup. For the money, you won’t get better performance anywhere in comparison to the Corvette lineup of cars. The ZO6 starts to rival some of the supercars out there.

Many of the modifications might appear to be subtle but they help to create incremental improvements in performance. You’ll see some minor changes to the exterior of the Corvette, including a wider back side. But it looks very similar to the Stingray.

If you love sports cars, see this one in person and then set up an appointment to drive the ZO6 along with the Stingrays. You’ll come away impressed.

How to take the stress out of buying a new car

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Buying a new car can be a very stressful experience. There’s a lot riding on the outcome: even an inexpensive car can be a significant financial investment. Ideally, you and your car will be together for a long time, so there’s a lot of pressure to choose the right one. In addition, buyers, particularly first-time buyers, find themselves bombarded by information. This car costs less, but might be more costly to run, while another might be more expensive but help you save money over the long run. How do you sort through all the available information to find the right vehicle for you? Fortunately, there are a few ways to reduce some of the stress of buying a new car.

Decide what you’re looking for

Knowing what you want in advance can save you a lot of stress before you get to the dealership. A lot of the stress of car shopping comes from uncertainty; it’s much easier to decide what you want and then see if a dealership has it than to decide what you want while a salesman is trying to pressure you. Consider your budget and the features you need. Don’t just consider the car, but other factors such as insurance. Choosing the right car can not only save money on operating costs but also keep the price of new drivers insurance down.

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Ford reveals 50th Anniversary Mustang

The wait is finally over. Ford has revealed the all-new 2015 Mustang which will celebrate the 50th anniversary of this iconic nameplate. Ford had achieved great success with the current version of the Mustang with its retro design, so the bar was set very high with this new redesign. Opinions will likely vary, especially among purists who are very hard to please. In many ways this design is more evolutionary and incremental as opposed to something radical. It looks like the current body style was simply modified to look more modern and more like the rest of the current Ford lineup. Still, it’s unmistakably a Mustang, and that should please many fans.

The front view of the vehicle offers the most noticeable design change with the more modern looking headlamps. The front facia still looks like a Mustang, but now we’re seeing something more like the uninspired looks of the car from the 1990s. Meanwhile, the fastback rear end seems like the most aggressive part of the new vehicle and may save the overall design.

Some on the fan message boards are deriding the new design as looking like an Accord Coupe, but there was no way Ford was going to get a more modern design without getting some of this negative criticism. The retro Mustang was a massive hit, but it had lost its sales lead to the new, retro Camaro. Ford had to move on and the 50th anniversary offered the ideal opportunity.

The design provides a lower, wider stance with a reduction in roof height and wider rear fender. The return of Mustang fastback with a sleeker profile enabled by more steeply sloped windshield and rear glass.

Ford sees the new Mustang as a world car, so they will be aggressive about marketing this American icon overseas. Also, there are plenty of improvements to the vehicle as well that will please consumers.

The Mustang will now be available with three engines – a more powerful 5.0-liter V8, a 3.7-liter V6 and an all-new fuel-efficient 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine. With the emphasis these days on gas mileage that should help the vehicle appeal to a broader audience. The robust 5.0-liter V8 available in the Mustang GT will feature an upgraded valvetrain and cylinder heads that yield more than 420 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque. The standard 3.7-liter V6 will have at least 300 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque. Meanwhile, the Mustang EcoBoost engine uses direct injection, variable cam timing and turbocharging to provide both power and projected segment-leading fuel efficiency. Output is projected at more than 305 horsepower and 300 lb.-ft. of torque. It will be interesting to see the sales breakdown and how these engines feel in terms of power.

Ford is emphasizing that the new Mustang will be more nimble with better handling. The goal was to surpass the handling dynamics achieved in the recent Boss 302. Ford explains that the new Mustang features all-new front and rear suspension systems. At the front, a new perimeter subframe helps to stiffen the structure while reducing mass, providing a better foundation for more predictable wheel control that benefits handling, steering and ride. At the rear is an all-new integral-link independent rear suspension which might not please some of the purists. The vihicle has been modified and tuned for this high-performance application.

This new Mustang will generate considerable buzz and we’ll see how fans react when it goes on sale next year.

Love the Ron Burgundy – Dodge Durango commercials

This new Dodge Durango commercial starring Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy is hilarious. You can see more of them at the Dodge YouTube page.

The inspiration for this particular “MPG” commercial has to have come from this old promo video where Ron Burgundy couldn’t pronounce ESPN, which has to be one of the funniest Burgundy clips ever.

Ferrell will be back soon as Ron Burgundy again in “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.”

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