Almost every new or used car buyer is anxious to get “as much as possible a car” for their money. In other words, buy a car as high as possible class. Many are even willing to permanently abandon the idea of buying a new car – after all, in the secondary market, you can buy a car for one or even two classes above for the same money. Let’s look at how car classes are defined, how they have changed over time, and why this whole system is not perfect. Continue reading
From refrigerators to buying a Volvo
The history of the Geely brand began not so long ago – in 1986, when Mr. Li Shufu borrowed a certain amount of money from his family and organized production … No, not cars, but refrigerators. Seven years later, in 1994, he decided to engage in transport and mastered the production of motorcycles, then mastered small vans, and only in 2001 his company received the approval of the authorities for the production of cars. Continue reading
Soplatformenniki and restyling
It was the Elantra HD that at one time became a pioneer in terms of using the new J4 platform, on which Kia Ceed and Cerato will be released a bit later, the ix35 crossover, the Tiburon coupe and much more. As the model of the “main” brand of the Korean concern, Elantra was the first to try on the Gamma family of engines, and even a hybrid version, which did not reach Russia. Continue reading
The fourth-generation Elantra is a boring machine in all respects. Both in terms of design and in terms of operation. No hidden corrosion, tricky electrics or characteristic breakdowns that you will not find among competitors in the segment. Usually, it all comes down to a simple replacement of consumables and a touch-up of chips – we saw this in the first part of the review. In the second part, we understand the engines and gearboxes, which, as it seems, are also not inclined to present expensive surprises. However, problems are encountered.
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The first-generation Impreza of the 1992 model was built on a shortened platform of the Outback model, and received a wide range of atmospheric boxer engines (1.5, 1.6, 1.8 and 2.0 liters), which became the hallmark of the Subaru. Somewhat later, they were joined by a 2.5-liter unit, which migrated from under the bonnet of the older Outback model and was intended primarily for the American market. Together with them could work either a 4-speed automatic transmission or a 5-speed manual. Continue reading