Fiat

The Fiat Group or Fiat S.p.A. is an Italian automobile manufacturer. The company was founded in 1899 by a group of investors. One of the main investors was a man named Giovanni Agnelli. Fiat cars are manufactured worldwide.

Fiat initially focused on developing and manufacturing cars and today the company is responsible for prestigious firms such as Lancia, Alfa Romeo, Autobianchi, Innocenti, Abarth, Fiat, and Maserati.

The company has also diversified through the years and manufactures not only automobiles but also agricultural and construction equipment, buses, military vehicles, fire trucks, motorcycles, and airplanes. The company also produces metals and car components, and the company is also involved in the IT field as well.

Fiat has entered into several contracts with other car companies through the years, but Fiat has still steadily seen a decrease in profits over the past few years. In 2004, Sergio Marchionne took over Fiat as the company’s CEO. Since Machionne stepped in Fiat has taken an upturn financially and is likely to see an improvement image wise as well. Popular current models include the Fiat Doblo, Idea, Multipla, and the Panda. Other popular models include the Punto, Stilo, Croma, Grande Punto, and the Sedici.

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The Fiat Doblo is a van or a leisure activity vehicle. The Doblo was the recipient of the “2006 Van of the Year” award. The van comes with an impressive line of engines and is versatile enough to be used either domestically or commercially. The Doblo was first produced in 2001 and production continues to date.

The Fiat Idea is a mini MPV. The Idea provides sliding and folding rear seats. The five-door MPV provides engines that are Euro 4 compliant. The Idea was first produced in 2004 and production continues to the present.

The Fiat Multipla is a compact MPV. The Multipla offered two rows of three seats and provides 430-litres of luggage space. The Multipla was first produced in 1998 and production continues to the present.

The Fiat Panda is a city car that comes with the option of split rear seats. The second generation Panda received minor changes. The Panda comfortably seats four and comes with a range of engine and transmission choices. The first generation Panda was produced from 1991 to 1992 in the United Kingdom, and the second generation Panda was produced from 2003 to the present.

The Punto is a supermini that has been produced for three generations. The first generation Punto was produced from 1993 to 1999. It came in three-door and five-door form, and it replaced the Fiat Uno. The second generation Punto also came in three and five-door hatchback form and was produced from 1999 to 2003. In 2003, the Punto was enhanced with interior enhancements and an added engine option. The latest Punto is still in production to date.

The Fiat Stilo is a small family car. It comes in three forms; the three-door hatchback, five-door hatchback, and five-door estate. The Stilo replaced the Fiat Bravo and was produced from 2001 to 2007.

The Fiat Croma has been produced through two generations. The first generation was produced from 1985 to 1996. In 2005 the Croma was introduced as a large cross-over wagon. It comes in three trim levels and five engine options and is still currently in production to date.

The Fiat Grande Punto is a supermini that comes in three and five-door hatchback form, or as a three-door convertible. The Grande Punto replaced the Fiat Uno. The Grande Punto has been produced from 1993 to the present.

The Fiat Sedici is a mini SUV. The Sedici comes with four-wheel drive and is considered a 4X4. The Sedici was first produced in 2005 and continues to be produced to date. For more go to www.fiatcarreviews.co.uk.

Fiat is a very versatile and diverse group. The Fiat Company has been able to successfully grow and implement new innovative technologies within a broad spectrum of markets.

Renault Grand Modus Car Review

The Renault Grand Modus is basically a compact people carrier. The car’s main strength is its versatility which is down to generous interior space and sliding seats. Thus the Modus can either offer those sitting in the back lots of room, or provide a large area for cargo to be carried in the boot. The Grand Modus is also relaxing to drive.

Practicality

The Renault Grand Modus offers wide-opening doors and a tall stance, both of which help make access to the interior a simple operation with no fuss.
The Grand Modus is also more than six inches longer than the standard Modus, again improving interior space. The rear seats slide backward and forwards allowing you to decide whether extra space for passengers or cargo is the priority. So whether you want limo-like space for rear seat occupants or the ability to transport everything and the kitchen sink, the Grand Modus is your man.

One small moan is that although there is a lot of oddments space, the compartments are all on the shallow side so items tend to come out of them over bumps and around corners.
A comfortable position behind the steering wheel is easily obtained thanks to a wide range of adjustment while the high driving position and large glass area mean great visibility – however on the downside the windscreen pillars can obstruct the view at junctions.
The Renault Grand Modus is solidly built with everything well screwed together. The cabin is well-finished with digital instruments sunk into the top of the dashboard. Most of the plastics look and feel reasonably upmarket.

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Life Style

The Renault Grand Modus may be tall and practical, but Renault’s designers have given it a touch of joie de vivre making it easy on the eye.
On the road the focus is on comfort with a soft suspension absorbing all but the worst that our highways have to offer these days.
On the motorway the Renault Grand Modus is smooth and settled while on more twisty routes there is little lean through corners and road holding is competent.
All things considered, the Renault Grand Modus is an extremely refined car. Wind and road noise are about as welcome in the interior as a pickpocket at a funfair while only the smallest petrol engine makes more of a fuss than it should. The diesels, as with most modern oil burners these days, are remarkably quiet.
The Renault Grand Modus is easy on the wallet when it comes to running costs with decent fuel economy combining with relatively low insurance costs and cheap servicing.
It has a good turning circle so is useful as a city car while weekend shopping or leisure trips are also within its scope. Environmental concerns are best met by the diesel powered Grand Modus which uses fuel like a miser and is a good choice for those looking for a green compact MPV.  Carbon dioxide emissions are also low so it will avoid paying the London congestion charge.

Security and Safety

As far as deterring the criminal element goes all versions of the Renault Grand Modus rely on central locking, deadlocks, an alarm and an engine immobiliser.
The Renault Grand Modus maintains the French company’s good record for safety equipment by including at least four airbags and sophisticated brake safety systems on all versions of the compact MPV. One negative though is that stability control costs extra.

The Finishing Touches

The Renault Grand Modus comes in two levels of trim – Expression or Dynamique – with entry-level models fitted with kit such as electric front windows, air-conditioning, a single CD player and remote central locking. Step up to the more expensive Dynamique car and Renault throw in alloy wheels, electric rear windows and door mirrors, curtain airbags and a leather steering wheel.

Summary

The Renault Grand Modus – based on the Clio supermini – is a practical compact MPV that has much to recommend it due to a clever design.
All versions of the car are good to drive and there are lots of engines and trim levels to choose from.
The car is surprisingly capable on long journeys as it takes little out of occupants on motorways while still being fun to take down twisting county lanes.
Of the available power plants, the entry level 1.2 litre petrol is adequate, but the more powerful 85 bhp and 105 bhp diesels are better giving decent performance while the range-topping 1.6 litre petrol engine with an automatic gearbox gives the Renault Grand Modus some kudos when the traffic lights turn green.

Aston Martin

With their name derived from the Aston Clinton hill climb and the last name of one of their founders, Aston Martin began in a small, West London workshop in 1914. Originally Bamford & Martin, they constructed their first car in 1915 but couldn’t carry on production because of the first world war. When manufacturing resumed, they made cars to compete in the French Grand Prix and were able to set speed and endurance records at Brooklands. Unfortunately, the company bankrupted by 1924 and was sold.

For years the company struggled financially and had numerous investors come and go. Even though they had great racing success, the company decided to focus on road cars, still struggling to survive.

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In 1993, Ford bought the auto-maker and placed it in their Premier Automotive Group. With new capital invested into the company, production was increased and new engine models were introduced. A new factory was built for the brand, new models were introduced, they continue to market their luxury and style, and by 2005, Aston Martin had returned to racing.

With all the positive changes that have taken place, the future of the brand is currently uncertain. Ford has found themselves cash strapped and have authorized the sale of the division. Various companies, many with no automotive experience, are bidding and only time will tell who will purchase Aston Martin and what direction they will take it.

Audi A6 Allroad Car Review

The Audi A6 Allroad is a classy four-wheel-drive version of the A6 Avant estate offering lots of room for driver and passengers with added ground clearance for some not too strenuous off-roading.

Audi A6 Allroad

Practicality

The Audi A6 Allroad offers all the benefits of a normal A6, so drivers and passengers alike will be perfectly comfortable.

All the controls and switches are logically placed and there’s a good amount of seat and steering wheel adjustment, so unless you are Giant Haystacks there is no problem finding a decent driving position.

As the Allroad matches up with a regular A6 Avant there’s plenty of space and indeed the former is beefed up so offers a vast 565-litre boot with the seats up.

Lower the rear seats – an easy operation to accomplish – and up to 1660 litres of luggage can be accommodated. A wide opening and high roof make loading awkward objects simple.

The interior is littered with cubbyholes and power points to make family life that bit easier.

The Audi A6 Allroad offers plenty of head and legroom for rear passengers – three adults can easily travel in the back in comfort.
Audi’s renowned build quality is in every fibre of the Allroad. The build quality is excellent with materials used inside and out suggesting it will last a very long time.

Life Style

The A6 Allroad is classy enough to operate purely in the executive sphere, but Audi have attempted to make it more a lifestyle model for families that get out and about.

As such, it isn’t instantly recognisable as a soft-roader with steel body protectors, extended side sills and plastic wheelarches the main clues to its identity.

The interior is cosseting making long journeys easy to bear. The leather seats are comfortable and supportive while fit and finish are outstanding.

There are features such as the chrome-trimmed heater switches and central multimedia controls that show real thought in design

Servicing costs are likely to be similar to the A6 – more than reasonable – and while economy may be slightly dented by the four-wheel-drive system, retained values are likely to be top notch when it comes to selling it on or trading it in.

The Allroad uses an air suspension that can be set to increase the ground clearance for gentle off-road excursions. It provides a comfortable ride and keeps the big estate body under control through the corners. The standard quattro four-wheel drive system ensures excellent traction.

The handling is composed and stable, and the steering precise, if a little lifeless. Overall, the Allroad does a good job of ironing out the many humps and hollows that litter our roads.

The Allroad does a great job of insulating its occupants from exterior noise at all speeds.

Despite the presence of the roof rails which are standard on all cars, wind noise never intrudes into the cabin, and the engines are civilised performers.

Security and Safety

The Audi A6 Allroad is fitted with  number of systems to deter car thieves including an alarm, Immobiliser , deadlocks, remote central locking, unique fit stereo, marked parts, locking wheel nuts, visible VIN  and secure spare wheel.Audi A4 allroad quattro/Innenraum

As far as safety is concerned the A6 Allroad covers all the bases with stability control and anti-lock brakes helping to avoid accidents, while the standard four-wheel-drive will help prevent an accident in the first place.

There are also twin front, side and curtain airbags protect passengers if the worst happens. Options include adaptive headlights that can shine round corners.

The Finishing Touches

Every A6 Allroad comes with dual-zone climate control, aluminium cabin trim and modern touches such as an electric parking brake. The Allroad is also fitted with Audi’s MMI system that allows you to control various in-car functions using a rotary dial linked to a display screen. The Audi includes cruise control, electric heated mirrors, electric windows, heated seats, radio/CD player, alloy wheels, front fog lights and a hands- free phone kit.

Summary

The Audi A6 Allroad is an excellent all-rounder offering a practical and stylish package for family motoring. The handling is sharp making it great to drive while the interior offers a quality fit and finish.

The Allroad is available with two turbodiesel engines. Both the 183bhp 2.7-litre TDI and 236bhp 3.0 TDI have plenty of pulling power for easy overtaking. The 3.2 V6 petrol is smooth and refined, if a little short of pull at motorway speeds. There are no such worries with the 4.2 V8, which is very quick but also quite thirsty.

Most models sold will be diesels, with the 2.7-litre  forming an admirable entry-level model. Smooth and quiet, it’s blessed with an excellent Tiptronic six-speed auto as well, though larger engines will be needed if performance is the order of the day.

Chevrolet

In 1910, William Durant, the founder of General Motors, was forced out of the company. He wanted to rebuild his reputation in the industry, so together with Swiss racecar driver, Louis Chevrolet, they began their own automotive venture. Chevrolet LogoOn November 3, 1911, Chevrolet was created. Incredibly enough, in only five years Chevrolet was profitable enough to allow Durant to buy majority shares in General Motors. By 1917 he was back as president of GM and Chevrolet was merged into the company. Chevrolet went on to become the best selling and best known brand of GM. Chevrolet has been sold around the world under other brand names assumed by General Motors such as Opel, Vauxhall, and Daewoo.
Recent years have brought financial hardship with rising costs and slumping sales. To counter this, Chevrolet is in the process of restructuring itself. Besides closing factories and downsizing its workforce, the company also plans on offering innovative new features on upcoming models. They are also planning on reintroducing one of their most popular models after seven years absence in the market, the Camaro. The popular muscle car ended production in 2002 but will reappear in 2009.

Save on parts

Car repairs can be incredibly expensive, whether you’ve been the victim of accident on the road or a component in your vehicle has stopped working properly.

Spare parts often don’t come cheap, particularly when considering you’ll likely be charged a hefty bill to install them by a mechanic.

Fortunately, you can save a lot of money if you search for the part that you require online. You can also ensure that you get the best deal available by comparing prices from brokers nationwide.

Moreover the whole process only takes a matter of minutes. Once you know which part it is that you need replacing, for example a gearbox for a Fiat 500, you simply enter this information at an appropriate site (BuyYourCarParts.co.uk offers this service).

Once you submit your details, they are automatically sent off to hundreds of parts suppliers all over the country. The dealers who have the part in stock will then reply to you with a quote via email – usually within just 15 or 20 minutes.

Consequently, you can quickly compare the quotes and determine where you’ll be able to buy your car spares from for the cheapest price.

Simple!

Used cars with a modern touch

Thinking of getting yourself a second hand car but desire a car with more up to date technology? Well we can help you out with a few suggestions.

If you are on a budget but want a car which is able to connect to your iPod, a second hand Ford Fiesta is a good place to start, as any model produced after 2005, should have an auxiliary input built in, usually between the gearstick and the handbrake.

Got a bit more to spend? Most Range Rovers of the last 5 or so years have featured pretty decent levels of equipment, they have often included the option of having a rear seat entertainment system also, which helps keep the kids quite, and it was pretty common so it shouldn’t be too hard to buy one used. On the down side, whilst you save money by buying the car used, you should beware of potential servicing costs for such a vehicle.

Looking for a good used car which can offer great fuel economy? Then buying a used SEAT Ibiza Ecomotive might be a good route to go down. Its 1.4-litre diesel engine can do an incredible 88mpg and the car itself can travel at 100mph. It doesn’t appear to have sacrificed anything to achieve its green credentials and the Ecomotive comes with air-con, CD/tuner, electric front windows and a multifunction steering wheel as standard.

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Welcome to BaSprog

We are an independent group who shall be using this site for news and reviews regarding anything which has anything to do with the motor world, we may even offer the odd bit of advice! Over the years we have acquired a lot of knowledge when it comes to cars.

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I myself drive a second hand Lexus Ls which has forced me to get actively involved in the car, often in a vain attempt to reduce servicing costs. One thing I have come to realise however is that I actually enjoy the hands on approach when it comes to automobiles, I’m not sure whether it is because of the extra man points it incurs, or the fact that it’s an excuse to get dirty and create some extra washing for the wife.

So if you need any advice, whether you seek certain car parts or advice on buying, don’t hesitate to ask, hopefully we will be able to offer some food for thought.