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Friday, July 02, 2010

Wagons appreciation Pt 1: Autoconnexions (Alfa and Ford)

Why Autoconnexions?  It's because I'm covering Alfa Romeo and Ford.  Both Marques are currently Distributed by Sime Darby Autoconnexions, Malaysia (SDAM).

Oh! Almost forgot to Mention, this is a series of Wagon Appreciation to be published from 2 July to Mid August.  There are 8 parts in total. 

Without further ado, let's appreciate these wagons:

1) Alfa 159 Sportswagon:


Here are the Detailed Descriptions and Specifications of this BELLA.

ALFA ROMEO 159 2.4 JTDM Lusso QTRONIC

Overview:

     * Estate
    * Automatic
    * 2.4L
    * Diesel


5 Doors, Automatic, Estate, Diesel, 200 bhp. Metallic Carbonio Black, TOTAL SPECIFICATION including colour factory satellite navigation, contrasting Natural Sport leather upholstery, electric sunroof, paddleshift gear change, front and rear park distance control, aluminium roof rails, carbon fibre dash, alloy wheels, integrated Bluetooth, i pod connection, 10 CD auto-changer, electric folding mirrors, cruise control, dual zone climate control, multi-functional steering wheel, auto lights, auto dimming rear view mirror, centre arm rest, computer, traction control, remote locking, full electrics plus much more.  Sportwagon. STUNNING. Fantastic performance and economy.

VEHICLE SUMMARY

Body style      Estate
Engine size     2387 cc
Fuel type     Diesel
Number of doors     5
Number of seats     5
Gearbox type     SEMI-AUTO
CO2 emissions     210 g/km
Insurance group     14
Vehicle tax band     K
Standard manufacturers warranty (miles)     Unlimited mileage
Standard manufacturers warranty (years)     3 years
Standard corrosion guarantee     8 years
Standard paintwork guarantee     3 years


PERFORMANCE AND ECONOMY

Fuel consumption (urban)      24.4 mpg
Fuel consumption (extra urban)     47.9 mpg
Fuel consumption (combined)     35.3 mpg
0 - 62 mph     8.5 seconds
Top speed     139 mph
Cylinders     5
Valves     20 v
Engine power     200 bhp
Engine torque     295 lbs/ft

Dimensions:

Height      1422 mm
Height inclusive roof rails     No details available
Length     4660 mm
Wheelbase     2700 mm
Width     1828 mm
Width including mirrors     No details available
Fuel tank capacity     70 litres
Gross vehicle weight     No details available
Luggage capacity (seats down)     1235 litres
Luggage capacity (seats up)     445 litres
Max loading weight     No details available
Max roof load     50 kg
Max towing weight (braked)     1500 kg
Max towing weight (unbraked)     No details available
Minimum kerb weight     1655 kg
Turning circle (kerb to kerb)     11.1 metres

Safety:

3 rear 3 point seatbelts
Alfa Romeo branded aluminium brake callipers
Anti-intrusion beams on all doors
Child locks on rear doors
Driver/front passenger side airbags
Drivers knee airbag
ESP
FPS fire prevention system
Front passenger airbag deactivation
Front seatbelts+load limiter and pretensioner
Full size driver and passenger airbags
Seatbelt warning
VDC with hill holder (ABS + ASR + EBD + Brake assist)
Window airbags
Alfa code immobiliser
Remote central locking/doors+fuel cap+tailgate
Volumetric anti theft alarm.

Here's a Parting shot of the BELLA:

Stunning isn't it?  Now let's PRINT out this Article and Show SDAM (Sime Darby Autoconnexions) high level employees what they missed out.

2) FORD MONDEO Estate:

EXTERIOR:


THE INTERIORS:

Check out the HUGE Boot space.  Great for Dog lovers.  The seats are 60:40 split foldable.  1000+ Litres of boot space at your disposal after Split/folding the rear seats.

HERE'S MY PARTING SHOT:


Above: Best angle of Ford Mondeo Estate. 

Sorry, for did not include the Specifications.  TOO MANY Engine options.  But I reckoned if SDAM are convinced, the 2.3L Engine + 6 speed Automatic (as found in Sedan) is the BEST bet.  Oh! Since this is a LIFESTYLE car, please bring in the SUNROOF + Roof Rail version.

ADDED (1550hrs):  Please bring in this trim: Titanium X and Engine + Specifications:

OVERVIEW:
Body style      Estate
Engine size     1997 cc
Fuel type     Diesel
Number of doors     5
Number of seats     5
Gearbox type     6 speed AUTO
CO2 emissions     187 g/km

PERFORMANCE AND ECONOMY (Source: Ford Australia)

Fuel consumption (urban)      7.7L/100km
Fuel consumption (extra urban)   5.4L/100km
Fuel consumption (combined)     6.2L/100km
NOTE: Fuel Consumption slightly BETTER than Camry HYBRID.

0 - 62 mph     9.1 seconds
Top speed     215km/h
Cylinders     4
Valves     16 v
Engine power     163 bhp@4000rpm
Engine torque     340Nm@1750-2500rpm

DIMENSIONS: (source: autotrader.co.uk)

Height      1512 mm
Height inclusive roof rails     1548 mm
Length     4830 mm
Wheelbase     2850 mm
Width     1886 mm
Width including mirrors     2078 mm
Fuel tank capacity     70 litres
Gross vehicle weight     2300 kg
Luggage capacity (seats down)    1733L
Luggage capacity (seats up)     542L
Max loading weight     689 kg
Max roof load     75 kg
Max towing weight (braked)     No details available
Max towing weight (unbraked)     No details available
Minimum kerb weight     1611 kg
Turning Circle: 11.8m

SAFETY:

3 point height adj front seatbelts + pretensioners
ABS+EBA
Curtain airbags
Driver/front passenger airbag
Drivers knee airbag
ESP + Traction control
Intelligent Protection System (IPS)
Side airbags
Three 3 point rear seatbelts
Remote central double locking
Thatcham category 1 alarm+immobiliser

END OF Engine+Specifications.

Again, this posting is to LURE SDAM (Sime Darby Autoconnexions Malaysia) to bring in these 2 beauties.  THE Alfa 159 Sportswagon and THE Ford Mondeo Estate.

That's all folks, thanks for having the time and patience to read this blog entry.

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