Car technology and features

Car and automobile review

The car technology today has advanced significantly that the cars of the past years are very far behind in terms of powerful engine power, advanced safety features, sleek design, and driving control and comfort among others. Here’s a look and review of the past cars of the year 2008.

2008 BMW X6

BMW offers coupe agility and SAV (Sports Activity Vehicle) versatility in the X6, which made its world debut at the January 2008 Detroit Auto Show. The five-door X6 is a variant of the X5 but unlike the X5 and most other SUVs, its roofline tapers off sharply to the rear and it has four sculptured seats in a much higher, commanding position. The X6 comes with either of two engines: the X6 xDrive 35i has a 3.0-liter, in-line 6-cylinder engines packing 300 bhp while the X6 xDrive 50i has a new 400 bhp V8 with max torque of 450 lb-ft/1800-4500 rpm, twin turbo technology and direct gasoline injection – the most powerful engine in BMW’s world.  Both powerplants are mated to a 6-speed A/T.

The X6 is loaded with electronic driving aids and advanced safety features including intelligent xDrive all-wheel drive (AWD) technology, Dynamic Stability Control, Dynamic Performance Control, Integrated Chassis Management, Hill Descent Control, Trailer Stability Control, Dynamic Brake Control, Dynamic Traction Control, Active Cruise Control plus the usual ABS and many airbags.

2008 Toyota Corolla Altis

The 10th generation Toyota Corolla Altis is the first completely redesigned passenger car to be unveiled in 2008. The world’s best-selling vehicle is now a global sedan offered in three grades with two engines and five variants, ranging from the high-end V-grade 1.8 and 1.6-liter automatic transmission (A/T) to the G-grade 1.6 A/T and 1.6 manual transmission (M/T) and entry-level E-grade 1.6 M/T. The 1.8 DOHC VVT-I engine delivers 132 ps/6000 rpm and max torque of 170 Nm/4200 rpm while the 1.6 VVT-I produces 109 ps/6000 rpm and 145 Nm/4400 rpm peak torque.

Lower and wider, the new Altis has HID headlamps, integrated turn signal lamps, an AM/FM tuner with 6-CD player, multi-information display and 21 separate storage compartments in the cabin. The Electronically Controlled Transmission (ECT) has Electric Power Steering with 4-speed gate-type A/T. Machpherson strut up front and rear torsion beams compose the suspension system with 10-spoke 16-inch alloy wheels for the V-grade and 7-spoke 15-inch alloy wheels for the G and E grades. The trunk can accommodate four golf bags even with the 60/40 split rear seat up. The list of safety features includes ABS with EBD and Brake Assist, front and rear disc brakes, dual SRS airbags (for the V-grade), Whiplash Injury Lessening (WIL) front seats and the improved Toyota GOA (Global Outstanding Assessment) body structure.                                                    

2008 Mitsubishi Lancer

This Mitsubishi Lancer of 2008 has a new 2.0-liter 4-cylinder Mivec aluminum engine producing 152 hp/6000 rpm and 20.3 kg-m/4250 rpm max torque. Aside from 32 more horses than the previous Lancer engine, the updated 4-banger has a dual overhead camshaft and, in the GTS version, a continuously variable transmission (CTV) with a six step “Sportstronic” mode using magnesium steering wheel paddle shifters borrowed from the 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander SUV which shares its global platform with the Lancer. The lower-end lancer will have a 5-speed M/T. Wider and with a longer wheelbase, the latest Lancer shares design cues with the Mitsubishi Concept-X show car, including the “shark-nosed” front inspired by jet fighter air intakes. Inside are a red-lit multi-information display, two tone center instrument panel and 650-watt Rockford Fosgate audio system with 6-in-dash CD/MP3 tuner (and a 10-inch subwoofer in the trunk). Seven airbags are standard in the US version.

2008 Audi S5

This 2008 Audi S5 is powered by a 4.2-liter V8 direct fuel injection engine (354 bhp/7000 rpm and 325 lb-ft/3500 rpm max torque) mated to a 6-speed M/T or a 6-speed A/T, the S5 rockets from the zero to 100 km/h in only 5.1 seconds. Quattro all-wheel drive is standard working with a 40/60 from-to-rear torque split. Larger and roomier than the gumdrop-shaped Audi TT sports car, the S5 has a north/south powertrain arrangement that Audi recently reconfigured to reduce the weight cantilevered ahead of the front wheels. In the M/T S5, better balance was achieved by moving the front differential forward and ahead of the clutch. A beautiful interior, lowered ride height, stiffer damping, dual branch exhaust, rear spoiler and 18-inch alloy wheels further enhance the S5’s stylishly dynamic image.

2008 Volvo XC70

The 2008 XC70, the Cross Country AWD version of the classic Volvo V70 wagon, is powered by a 3.2-liter, 6-cylinder engine mated to a 6-speed Geartronic A/T and packing 235 hp and 236 lb-ft torque. The XC70 is virtually identical mechanically to the V70, but its ground clearance is raised to 8.3 inches for offroading. Aside from the new engine, the XC70 shares other things with the top-of-the-line Volvo S80 premium sedan, such as an all-new luxurious interior with simple controls reflecting the refined minimalism of Scandinavian design; plus cutting-edge safety technology including a system that warns of cars in your blind spot and another that sounds an alarm and initiates braking when you are closing in too fast on a car ahead. Aside from these, the XC70 is equipped with ABS, traction control, stability control, hill descent control and front, side and side curtain airbags.

2008 Nissan Grand Livina

The Nissan Livina shares the same platform as the Renault Clio and the same suspension as the Nissan Tiida, the MacPherson strut up front and torsion beams at the rear with stabilizers fore and aft, which means that it has a more comfortable car-like based MVP. The third row seat folds flat forward easily, with headrests in place, to increase cargo space. Two airbags, ABS with EBD, fog lamps and turn signals integrated in the side mirrors are standard safety features in the 1.8-liter Livina.