Toyota Camry: the fulfillment of desires
"Toyota Camry" new generation replaces its predecessor, produced in Japan and the United States since 1996. Official dealers offer in Russia, "Camry" only Japanese assembly in three versions: with a…

Continue reading →

Chery Tiggo, Toyota Rav 4, Hyundai Tucson: Learn, Learn and Learn
The Japanese auto industry is seven decades old. Korean is a quarter of a century younger. The Chinese are just getting up "on the wheels." Is it possible to catch…

Continue reading →

Nissan Micra: Look into your eyes
Of particular interest to the "Mikre" is caused not only by a bright appearance - the former model was the European bestseller of "Nissan", its circulation exceeded 1.3 million units.…

Continue reading →

Chery Tiggo, Toyota Rav 4, Hyundai Tucson: Learn, Learn and Learn

The Japanese auto industry is seven decades old. Korean is a quarter of a century younger. The Chinese are just getting up “on the wheels.” Is it possible to catch the difference in education on the example of specific cars? It is painfully great temptation to save, while not losing in quality!

Cherie-Tiggo from China is 50% cheaper than Japanese RAV4! Even if you give up Hyundai-Tussan in favor of Cherie, there will be enough money for a long vacation in hot countries. Or is it better to spend them on study?

Price seduction

China is in a hurry to pass all exams externally and be in the lead. Where does this speed come from? Perhaps the Chinese are learning not so much from their own mistakes as from others’ mistakes and successes?

The basis of such assumptions was the “Cherie-Tiggo”: yes, the car was copied from the previous-generation Toyota-RAV4 … but is it so bad? A picture of the learning process appeared in my head. With a new Toyota, a young Chinese spins his wings and removes the hood – body builders will investigate them. Door panels, buttons, handles are taken away for detailed study by designers by his no less inquisitive colleague … And so the car is taken apart to the last screw. To do everything no worse than the Japanese! And so to the 112th anniversary of Mao! This is, of course, a joke.

However, an impartial examination does not give grounds for irony. “Tiggo” assembled with dignity, as evidenced by the quality of color and pairing body panels. Hiding from the November wind in the salon, I immediately found in “Cherie” a lot of little things familiar from other brands. Although the interior is a little disappointing – the instrument panel is made of hard plastic, the ventilation vents hang loosely in the air ducts, the leather dressing leaves much to be desired …

Noise haunts travelers, no matter what road the Tiggo moves at whatever speed. At the first moment it seems as if the door did not fully stand in the opening or the glass is not closed. And with the fastest possible acceleration, the engine performs the main part.

“Chery” equip license motor “Mitsubishi” 2.4 liter capacity and 129 hp, which, against the backdrop of competitors all-wheel drive “Tiggo” enough barely. After 5000 rev / min, “twisting” the engine is almost useless, and up to 3000 it is frankly lazy.

Cross-country qualities are very modest – in the transmission with an automatic electromagnetic clutch connecting the rear wheels, not even a forced lock is provided. If there is snow porridge under the wheels, and the terrain makes it slow down to a snail, Tiggo tries to stall. You have to play with the clutch: probably, after such experiments, a shiver appeared when you started moving. Ground clearance is limited by the exhaust system bellows at a height of 155 mm. When trying to hang out the car, the plastic creaked ominously, and the doors began to open poorly.

But on a slippery surface, the “Chinese” demonstrates a docile nature: if you go into a turn a little faster, it slides outside with all four wheels, and under the gas discharge it will smoothly go into a skid. On a straight line, returning to the trajectory the “Chery” who has strayed off is easier than ever – push harder on the accelerator. Only be careful with the steering wheel: it is sharp enough, but it is not informative.

More recently, I had a different opinion about the “Chinese.” It seemed that they would catch up with Korean cars in five to seven years. Now I think there will be enough three for them – the Celestial auto industry is learning, learning, learning …

Middle class

Tucson (Tucson) is located in the US state of Arizona. Half a million inhabitants, fifty sports clubs, a dozen museums, four newspapers, its own airport … the most common American city. Why was a car named after him? The answer will give the indigenous people – the Indians of the Pima tribe, in whose language the word Tucson means “spring at the foot of the Black Mountain.” Indeed, in this area the sun shines almost all year round.

And we have come winter. At this time, such a machine could not be by the way: with powerful steel protection, decent ground clearance and forced locking of the center differential. Therefore, after a couple of kilometers traveled outside the city, I want to turn into the forest and check the Tussan by a snow-covered path.

Although the result is already predictable: a serious off-road on the Hyundai is better to go around, but where a car gets up, it passes without blinking an eye. In the assets of the machine system all-wheel drive, automatically distributes the moment between the axles. On a hard surface, it transfers 100% of the thrust forward, and in the event of a slip, the viscous coupling moves up to 50% to the rear wheels. In especially difficult situations, the 4WD Lock button is useful.

Once, Koreans bought from their eastern neighbors licenses for the production of aggregates, copied design and design methods. Those times are over – “Tussan” was created on the “Elantra” passenger platform, and this is not the first independent development of Koreans. Highly qualified engineers are grown, the automotive school is set. Impressions?

“Tussal” is perceived as a rather heavy, solid car. Reactions to a wheel are late a little and do not differ in accuracy. The suspension cope with unevenness easily and naturally, and the reserve of energy intensity allows you to relax.

Toyota Prius: The Dawn of Hybridization
When Toyota started selling Prius in 1997, each sold car, according to experts, brought the company a loss of $ 16,000. For eight years, the model has won a lot…

...

Toyota Highlander: Highlander
“Highlander” is a car for those who cannot buy a Lexus, but would like a car with the same level of comfort and wealth of equipment — short and clear,…

...

Mitsubishi Lancer: Tenth Shaft
A rare case: sales of the new - the tenth - generation of Mitsubishi Lancer start first in Russia, and only then in Europe and, by the way, in Japan…

...

Ford Mondeo, Mazda 6: Soul Mates
In our market, powerful versions of these two family sedans look like direct competitors. After all, the relationship between the brothers does not always develop so perfectly as in the…

...