2011 Skoda Rapid


Skoda has now introduced a car called the Rapid. It is Skoda's first compact type hatchback since the previous Rapid fastback of the 1980s or 1990s. The name also derives from the 1939 Skoda Rapide (which modernized Skoda). It will cost about €16,000; being the second cheapest Skoda. The car is based on the Vision-D concept car (along with the third generation Octavia).

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Dacia Duster to arrive in the UK in 2012


Renault's Romanian subsidiary Dacia will be using the Dacia brand in the UK starting with the cheap SUV the Dacia Duster according to Top Gear's James May.
We do not know if the British either pronounce it “Dar-cia”, “Dar-chia”, “Dar-cha” or “Day-cia”.
This probably useful for British customers to buy, better than buying an American or Japanese SUV, like the Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee or Toyota Land Cruiser which are very expensive.
The car offers a 1.5 litre diesel with 104bhp or a 1.6 litre petrol with 84bhp.

Spanish Grand Prix Results 2011

Well, it was almost business as usual at the front of the grid for the 2011 Spanish Grand Prix. Almost, but not quite.
Instead of Sebastian Vettel sitting on pole we had team mate Mark Webber finally getting his 2011 act together and putting the young German in second place. But another Red Bull lock0out nonetheless.
Sitting behind were the two McLarens, at least until Fernando Alonso had an injection of crowd power at the last minute and split the McLarens on the grid, pushing Button down to fifth.
And another injection of crowd power saw Alonso drive straight through the Red Bulls at the off to take first place – and the roars of the crowd.
Sadly, thanks to the topsy-turvy nature of F1 in 2011 where all depends on multiple tyre-stops and endless strategy changes from the pit wall, the Spanish crowd were silenced by Alonso’s eventual fifth place.
Button, by contrast, managed to slip from fifth on the grid to tenth, but thanks to his innate ability to manage his tyres did a three-stop race and ended up in third place.
Poor Mark Webber managed to drop back to third and become the first pole-sitter in the Spanish Grand Prix in years not to turn pole to victory.
Vettel managed to pass Alonso by jumping in to the pits early and set up a brilliant joust with Hamilton, who chased him down relentlessly.
Lap by Lap Hamilton harried and hustled Vettel – staying with the one second window to keep his DRS available – but Vettel kept reclaiming the gap Hamilton closed on the straights in every bend.
Here were two cars evenly matched with drivers at the peak of their powers. Each had different strengths on the day,  but in the end Vettel kept his nose ahead, winning by just 0.6 seconds.
A properly thrilling F1 Grand Prix in Spain.

McLaren MP4-12C: Fastest car on the Top Gear test track

The McLaren MP4-12C  became the fastest car on the Top Gear track in 1.14.1 .

Top Gear Test Track Power Lap Times
McLaren MP4-12C 1.14.1 (TBC)
Ariel Atom V8 1.15.1
Bugatti Veyron SS 1.16.8
Gumpert Apollo 1.17.1
Ascari A10 1.17.3
Koenigsegg CCX (with Top Gear spoiler) 1.17.6
Noble M600 1.17.7
Pagani Zonda F Roadster 1.17.7
Caterham R500 1.17.9
Bugatti Veyron 1.18.3
Pagani Zonda F 1.18.4
Maserati MC12 1.18.9
Ferrari Enzo 1.19.0
Lamborghini LP670 SV 1.19.0
Ferrari 458 1.19.1
Ariel Atom 1.19.5
Lamborghini LP560 1.19.5
Ferrari Scuderia 1.19.7
Nissan GT-R 1.19.7
Ferrari GTO 1.19.8
[Source: Cars UK]

Chinese cars: How worse they are

Introduction
Chinese cars are copycats of other cars like the Great Wall Peri is a copycat of a Fiat Panda
peri

Safety

Chinese cars are unsafe, one car the Landwind CV9 got 2 stars in the EuroNcap ratings.
cv9 2s

Car Firms of China

China is the largset car producer in the world producing 18 million cars.
The Car firms are and their subsidiaries are:

Chana Automobile Company, Ltd ( People's Republic of China)
Chana People's Republic of China Division China, South Africa, Spain, Singapore
Hafei People's Republic of China Subsidiary China
Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Corporation, Ltd ( People's Republic of China)
BAW People's Republic of China Division China
Foton People's Republic of China Subsidiary China
Dongfeng Motor Corporation ( People's Republic of China)
Dongfeng People's Republic of China Division China
First Automotive Group Corporation ( People's Republic of China)
Besturn People's Republic of China Division China
Freewind People's Republic of China Subsidiary China
Haima People's Republic of China Subsidiary China
Hongqi People's Republic of China Division China
Jiaxing People's Republic of China Subsidiary China
Vita People's Republic of China Subsidiary China
Xiali People's Republic of China Subsidiary China
Chery Automobile Company, Ltd ( People's Republic of China)
Chery People's Republic of China Division China, Africa, South East Asia, Russia
Riich People's Republic of China Division China
Rely People's Republic of China Division China
BYD Auto ( People's Republic of China)
BYD People's Republic of China Division China, Russia
Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation ( People's Republic of China)
MG United Kingdom Subsidiary United Kingdom, Chile, Argentina, China
SsangYong** South Korea Subsidiary Global
Roewe People's Republic of China Division China
Soyat People's Republic of China Division China
Yuejin People's Republic of China Division China
Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Company, Ltd ( People's Republic of China)
JAC People's Republic of China Division China
Geely Automobile ( People's Republic of China)
Geely People's Republic of China Division China, Russia, North Africa
Maple People's Republic of China Division China
Volvo (Cars) Sweden Subsidiary Global
Brilliance China Automotive Holding, Ltd ( People's Republic of China)
Brilliance People's Republic of China Division China, North Africa
Jinbei People's Republic of China Subsidiary China
Great Wall Motor Company, Ltd ( People's Republic of China)
Great Wall People's Republic of China Division China, South Africa, Russia, North Africa, Australia
LMC Bulgaria Division Russia, Europe
Shandong Kaima ( China)
Kaima People's Republic of China Division China
Jubao People's Republic of China Division China
Aofeng People's Republic of China Division China
China National Heavy Duty Truck Company, Ltd ( People's Republic of China)
Sinotruk Hong Kong Division China
Chongqing Lifan Automobile Company, Ltd ( People's Republic of China)
Lifan People's Republic of China Division China
Fujian Motor Industry Group Company ( People's Republic of China)
Soueast People's Republic of China Division China
Ziyang Nanjun Automobile Co., Ltd. (undefined People's Republic of China)
Nanjun People's Republic of China Division China
Guangzhou Automobile Group ( China)
Changfeng People's Republic of China Division China
Chenzhou Ji'ao ( China)
Ji'ao People's Republic of China Division China
Qingling Motors Company Ltd. ( China)
Qingling People's Republic of China Division China