If you don’t Want to Go Korean – Go Japanese!

For those who are looking for an economical car that is also somewhat fun to drive, a Kia seems like a very sensible choice to make. The safety ratings for Korean makers are superior to most and inferior to almost no other vehicles in their class. If the vehicle will be used to transport the family especially, having a solid safety rating is something that should be required, and Toyota fits this bill with almost all of their offerings. Studying Toyota Vehicle Safety Ratings will give the average buyer an idea of what type of car they will be buying. Everyone knows Toyota has had some trouble in the past, while Hyundai is taking over considerable market share. However, Toyota has spent billions in considerable adjustments to their newly improved safety ratings.

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Whether Korean or Japanese, these are car makers that just about any company can do maintenance on. The performance of maintenance takes less time and the parts are less expensive, meaning that the car will be more affordable to maintain. Both in the short term and the long term this is an extremely important advantage to have when purchasing an automobile. Considering that costs for maintenance on other cars can add up to thousands of dollars a year, it is important to know what you want to pay ahead of time. Continue reading If you don’t Want to Go Korean – Go Japanese!

Ssang Yong Actyon – an excellent car and a special appearance on the road

I’m looking for a new car and I stopped to Ssang Yong Actyon. This is a compact SUV with a coupe profile built by the South Korean automobile manufacturer Ssang Yong Motor. Ssang Yong Actyon replaced the Ssang Yong Musso (by the way one of my neighbors has a Musso for the last 12 years and he’s very pleased of it). The name is an amalgam of the words “action” and “young”.

Ssang Yong Actyon

The single 2-liter turbo diesel engine develops 141 hp and can be associated both with manual gearbox and an automatic transmission. Top speed is 163 km / h, fuel consumption is 9.4 l/100 km city, 6.3 l/100 km extra urban and 7.8 l/100km combined. The engine and the gearbox are very reliable. The car looks good on the road and it behaves brilliantly at high speeds on rough terrain. Spare parts are not expensive comparing with Hyundai or Kia. Certainly excels in front of other Korean cars. Continue reading Ssang Yong Actyon – an excellent car and a special appearance on the road

Fresh News On The Best Korean Cars!

In the world, things happen at the speed of sound, so don’t be surprised to hear that many elements have changed since last week. Especially in the car manufacturing business which tries to surprise its buyers with new and interesting stuff. Let’s see together if they actually manage to do this or not.

The biggest and latest fact about our beloved Korean cars revolves around Kia and Hyundai. These two companies are faced with another lawsuit due to their incorrect mpg claims that have misled the buyers. This problem appeared in the U.S. Central District Court in Los Angeles and people declare they have been led to believe that the mileage will be smaller. Surprise! It didn’t happen this way and now the two companies want to compensate the ones that had to suffer. But, since no job is that easy, the declarations states that the compensations offered will not cover the lost value of the vehicles.

“Plaintiffs and the Class have been damaged by Hyundai’s and Kia’s misrepresentations, concealment, and non-disclosure of the incorrect fuel economy numbers, because they were misled into purchasing Hyundais and Kias of a quality different than they were promised, and paying higher fuel costs they would not otherwise have paid.” This is a quote from the suit that hopes to bring in the amount of $775 million. Don’t know if they are going to make it, but the models who are kept under observation are the 2012 Hyundai Accent, 2012/13 Elantra, 2012/13 Veloster and from the Kia lineup Optima Hybrid, Rio, Soul and Sportage.

We don’t know how this is going to end, but we do promise to stick to the news and find out more. However, this lawsuit will probably not affect Kia and Hyundai as much as the “enemies” would want. And as a proof we have the Kia K3 that has revealed its quality looks. Built on a  Cee’d platform, this car will feature a 1.6 l  GDi petrol engine that can deliver up to 140 hp. Among features, buyers will enjoy chrome body mouldings, big alloys, satnav, trip computer and leather seats. Pretty interesting if you ask me. For the US this K3 will be known as Forte while for the rest of the world it will wear the Cerato name.


And last but not least, Hyundai (the Veloster model) comes up with a dual clutch gearbox that plans to improve fuel economy and give sports drivers a better experience.  The intention is to offer a new satisfaction to those with a serious driving background that are looking for something new from a car. With the suit and all, comes a bit ironic, but life goes on and everyone must move with the flow.

Well, pretty much this is the news that will keep the car fans wondering what is going to happen next. Plenty of people are eager to learn about the new updated brought to the models but a mistake like this might cause real disappointment among buyers.

We will try to come back with fresh news and see what will happen next. Until then, have a fabulous weekend!

Hot News From the 2012 Paris Motor Show!

In this moment I am sure we have plenty of reasons to be thankful for, but the strongest one remains the fact that it is FRIDAY! Another week is ready to end and before thinking in terror at the other one that comes so fast, we should at least enjoy the beginning of this weekend. But how else could we do it, if not with the latest news regarding the 2012 Paris Motor Show.

I promised that I will come back with an update and I did! The 2012 edition of the Paris Motor Show really came up with these fabulous models of cars that simply left us breathless. Many stunning appearances and concept projects from all around the world have made the delight of the public without any effort. Those who had the chance to visit the show were the lucky audience of fabulous cars as Toyota GT86 TRD, 2014 Mazda6, 2013 Honda CR-Z, 2013 Audi SQ5, Onyx Hybrid or Peugeot 208 Type R5. The models were many more of course, but this was a simple gist with what you had at the show.

And now coming back to what we are interested: the Korean cars present at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. As a little reminder, you should know that from the beginning of the show, last Saturday and until now, a number of Korean cars have made their debut or appearance at Porte de Versailles. Among them we find the 2013 Kia Pro_cee’d three door, the 2013 Kia Carens, Kia Optima Hybrid, Hyundai i20 WRC and Hyundai  i30 three-door.


Let’s talk a little about them.

Starting the Kia series is the 2013 Kia Pro_cee’d which represented a great premiere and reminded us a bit of its sibling Hyundai i30 three-door. The differences between this model and the five-door Kia presented at Geneva are not big and the car brings its A game with both gasoline and diesel engines, a good range of power (89-133 horses), six speed manual, automatic and a dual clutch transmission. But the hottest element present here is the cool and stylish design that makes you want to really drive this car, not only own it.


Next to this, in the Kia family we also have Kia Carens, which is a redesigned Rondo, that caught pretty good in Europe, but not in North America. Its goal is to ride on a new different platform which features a cab-forward design and an expanded wheelbase to correspond with the five and seven seats configurations. And from the looks of it I believe it’s got it.

As for the Hyundai family that is in a continuous growth, the i20 WRC is a wonderful surprise. Like a reenactment of a “Fast & Furious” scene, this Hyundai is ready to return the World Rally Championship with a 1.6 engine and around 300 horsepower. The interior is very light in order to have as much rapidity as possible and the car is ready for some action. The other Hyundai in the show surprises mainly through its gorgeous design and fluidic sculpture. The pleasure of driving around a car like this will definitely make you forget about all your worries. Just think about 16 inches alloy wheels or new fog lamps and you will understand the difference.


That’s all folks! See you next week!

Say Hello To The 2012 Paris Motor Show!

Hellooooo people! Are you enjoying this beautiful fall already, or are you too busy to think about the tiring week that is about to pass? I hope it is not the second one because boy, you are going to be sorry later. Life is too beautiful to spend it complaining or feeling sorry.

Therefore, I am here to help you see that. Well, more the Paris Motor Show, than me. You are going to love it so much!

First of all, for those of you who are not necessarily familiarized with this show let me give you a couple of information that will get you into the spirit.

The Paris Motor Show, or how it is known in France, Mondial de l’Automobile, is a biennial show, held in October and which is considered to be the first important motor show in the history. It was organized first in 1898, by Albert de Dion and has gathered around millions of people and investors. Thus, nowadays the Paris Motor Show is one of the most popular shows that unite new productions and concept car debuts under the same roof .

The 2012 edition will start Saturday, 29th of September and end Sunday, 14th of October. If you are around, then you should know that in order to get to Place de la Porte de Versailles, where the show will be hosted, you have several options. By metro and tram (Porte de Versailles Station- no 12, 8, Balard Station-no 3,2), bus and bike (no 39, 80 and no 15049-2 Rue Ernest Renan) or by car (A1, A3, A14, A10).

As for the prices that will assure you the access at the show, they are 13 € for adults, 7 € for teenagers or students and 11 € for groups of minimum 15.

Ok, now that we have cleared all this stuff, it is time to go big. Who will be there?

Starting from a general point of view, the visitors will have the possibility to check out amazing cars like BMW 3 Series Touring, Chevrolet Trax , Citroën DS3 convertible, Ferrari Enzo Successor, Fiat 500X, Jaguar F-Type, Lexus LS Facelift , Mazda6, Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG Shooting Brake, Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid, Opel Adam , Peugeot 301 , Porsche 911 (991) Carrera 4/4S , Range Rover (L405), Škoda Octavia III or Volkswagen Golf VII.

Don’t worry I haven’t forgot about you Korean cars lovers. Among the ones which will proudly come in front of the jury will be Kia Carens , Kia pro_cee’d, Hyundai i20 WRC and Hyundai i30 three- doors.

While the former model is sleek, family-friendly, with an aerodynamic and more athletic design, the second model is a three- door format that comes with both gasoline and diesel engines, 1.2/ 1.6 and a hell of a package.   As for the i20 WRC Hyundai all we can say is: wow. A tuned, upgraded car that will stand as a model for Volkswagen Polo-R and will come with a turbocharged petrol engine of 200bhp. And last but not least, Hyundai i30 smashes the competition with its fabulous sporty look added to the already known“fluidic sculpture.” 

 All these will go on sale starting with the spring of 2013 in different areas of the world. Yey!

But there is more to come, so stay tuned for the best motor show of the year!