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Saturday, January 12, 2013

The Best 5 Finalists of Car of the Year 2013

Entering the new year of 2013, Institution Car of the Year (ICoY), the world's leading automotive institute has prepared the award for the best cars in the world. This award includes a model made for the year of 2013 and was introduced in the second half of 2012 in the global automotive market. Total of 8 cars used as the Car of the Year 2013 finalist. what the best variants assessed? Apparently the choices range from the compact city cars to the expensive high speeds sports cars. Finalists are the Ford B-Max, Hyundai i30, Mercedes Benz A-Class, Peugeot 208, Renault Clio, Subaru BRZ/Toyota 86, Volkswagen Golf and Volvo V40.

Announcement of the winner of Car of the Year (CotY) 2013 will be conducted on March 4, 2013 at annual automotive event the Geneva Motor Show 2013. CotY is an international award, judged by the judges panel from the European senior journalists. The purpose of this award is named the new cars sold most extraordinary in the 12 months before the date of the coronation. Among the eight finalists, there are 5 attractive finalists for modern design, dynamic and elegant coupled with the outstanding performance of the car.

1. Renault Clio
Clio is a compact city car from Renault that has made quite a good market at the global level. In addition to its dynamic look and cater for cosmopolitan society is also supported by a powerful engine performance and lightly while accelerated. This is because the Renault's engineers installed 4-cylinder inline engine with 2.0 liter capacity that capable to producing 203 PS of power and 215 nm of torque.
2013 Renault Clio. (Picture from: http://www.boldride.com/)
That power is capable of delivering 0-100 kph in 6.9 seconds and can run up to 225 kph of maximum speeds. This car is equipped with all wheel drive from Nissan Juke.
Renault Clio RS Red Bull Racing RB7. (Picture from: http://www.larevueautomobile.com/)
Even as performance, currently Renault collaborating with the Red Bull's F1 team to make the Clio RS RBR RB7 which is only sold in five countries: France, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, and Austria. For each unit the price offered starting at 27,900 euros (approximately U.S $35 thousand or Rp. 335 million).

2. Peugeot 208
Peugeot 208 is the next generation of the popular series 206 and 207. The 208 series got levels rise after production of the GTi version began. Appearance with more macho and the addition of accessories and greater power. The model scheduled will go on sale in the second half of 2013.

Peugeot 208 GTi uses a lower front bumper and sporty side skirts design. Furthermore, the 17 inches carbon rim that chosen to wrap the 205/45 tires. While the front and rear brake discs with diameter of 302 mm and 249 mm.
2013 Peugeot 208 GTi. (Picture from: http://www.sempretops.com/)
To spur this car, Peugeot installed the turbocharged 1.6-liter engine that produces 197 PS and maximum torque of 275 nm. Acceleration 0-100 kph can be completed in under 7 seconds. The acceleration capabilities proves that the small capacity engine car could be fast.

3. Toyota 86 & Subaru BRZ
These two sports car were brother, Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ got the Top Safety Pick achievment from the American's Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

As reported Inautonews last year's edition, that test results finally answer all questions about the available safety devices work with Toyota-Subaru.
2013 Subaru BRZ. (Picture from: http://www.caranddriver.com/)
2013 Toyota 86. (Picture from: http://www.thetorquereport.com/)
In the two-door sports sedan that has an active safety devices such as ABS, EBD, stability control, and traction control. The Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 using 4U-GSE boxer type engine that has a capacity of 1,998 cc with technology that Toyota called ia D-4S (direct injection 4-stroke gasoline superior), plus 6-speed manual transmission and automatic. The power output of 200 PS at the rotation of 7,000 rpm and torque of 205 nm at 6,400 rpm of rotation, and driven by the rear wheels drive system.

4. Ford B-Max
From so many of the Ford's creations that are pretty much awaited by global consumer today is Ford B-Max MPV. With the ability to accommodate five passengers were marketed in Europe on late 2012.

This car offers innovative engine technology is fuel efficient that's not surprising since only three cylinders engine with capacity of 1,000 cc.
2013 Ford B-MAX. (Picture from: http://www.thaicarlover.com/)
What's interesting about this car though is small, but its engine is equipped with a turbocharger that's has direct injection by using the 6 holes injector and so that can generate power 74 kW (100 PS). Its combination fuel consumption (standard) reached 23.4 kpl and the car can also be driven up to maximum speed of 188 kph.

5. Volvo V40
The V40 was the latest sport hatchback sedan creation from the Volvo manufacturer whose the shares are now owned by China's companies. Volvo V40 is claimed, developed by utilizing the latest automotive technologies that make it more safe, comfortable, and have enough large power.

That power of V40 is above the average sport aura hatchback's, such as the Golf GT. The power of V40's engine can reaches 254 hp while the other car with the same class can produced power in the range of 115 hp.
2013 Volvo V40. (Picture from: http://www.autoblog.com/)
When compared with the Toyota 86 in terms of power of engine, Volvo V40 still superior. Where's the maximum power of Toyota 86 is 187 hp at 7,000 rpm and has a maximum torque of 205 nm at 6,600 rpm. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | OVI | PIKIRAN RAKYAT 04012013]
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