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August 7, 2013

Volvo Canada Announces

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Volvo Cars of Canada Corp. has released pricing for the 2014 model year, featuring the most extensive lineup refresh in the company’s history. 2014 models arrive with new designs, upgraded features and new support systems. Volvo’s engine roster includes the 250 horsepower T5; 3.2-litre, naturally aspirated inline six-cylinder, making 240 horsepower; and the turbocharged T6 at 300 horsepower.

The front of the S60 has been redesigned sporting all-new exterior panels from the A-pillars forward including a new hood, front fenders and fascia. A wider grille with a larger Ironmark is flanked by new headlights while a larger, wider lower front intake gains bright accents and horizontally mounted LED daytime running lights. At the rear, new LED light guides on the taillights and new integrated exhaust pipes contribute to the more powerful road presence and self-confident stance.

The 2014 S60 lineup starts at $39,750 for the front-wheel-drive T5, while the T6 AWD lists for $47,550. Haldex Electronically Controlled AWD with Instant Traction is again available on the value-leading S60 T5 and can be added as a stand-alone option, with a price unchanged from 2013 at $2,400. A new sport package comprised of sport seats, paddle shifters, 18-inch Titania Alloy wheels and dynamic chassis is standard on the T6 AWD and optional on the T5.

For the XC60, changes begin on the outside, where the popular crossover sports a new hood, front fenders and fascia that emphasize a wider and more confident appearance. Redesigned headlights flank a bold new grille sporting a larger Volvo Ironmark. These significant exterior design changes emphasize the dynamic, capable nature of the XC60. With careful attention to detail, the designers have increased the XC60′s road presence. The popular XC60 crossover starts at $39,950 in 3.2 FWD and the T6 AWD starts at $47,950.

Volvo brings the XC70 into sharper focus with redesigned front and rear styling, including a new grille with a bolder, wider proportion, a larger Iron mark and LED daytime running lights, updated front and rear matte silver décor trim, rear skid plate décor and new taillight design. This bolder XC70 starts out at $43,450 in 3.2 AWD and $47,450 in T6 AWD trim. Among the more interesting safety features on the XC70 are the dual, fully integrated booster seats in the rear seating area. They are height adjustable, so they adapt as a child grows. What’s more, they look like normal seats.

Changes to the S80 begin on the outside, with a new front fascia incorporating a new grille design with larger Volvo Ironmark and grille pattern. Below the new bumper, a redesigned lower front intake stretches the visual width of the car to create a bolder, wider horizontal stance. New LED daytime running lights are positioned at the outer edges of the intake while the headlights also receive a new look. Following up at the rear is a redesigned bumper and new taillight design sporting LED graphics. Pricing for the S80 starts at $48,300 in 3.2 FWD and $55,450 in T6 AWD. Dressed in optional Inscription package, featuring Sovereign Hide soft leather, ventilated front seats and branded interior touches, the T6 AWD with Inscription represents Volvo’s most luxurious offering.

August 2, 2013

Rising Star

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FILIPINO-owned Dreamco Automobile Co. Inc., exclusive distributor of Jiangling Motor Co. (JMC) in the country, is confident that China-made cars are slowly gaining public acceptance in the Philippine market, so much so that it has announced the arrival of its newest mid-size SUV, the all-new JMC Orion.

Known as the JMC Yusheng in other countries, the all-new Orion is one of JMC’s frontliners in the SUV segment. Launched at last year’s Philippine International Motor Show (Pims), the seven-seater Orion is poised to go toe-to-toe with its Japanese- and Korean-made rivals.

Currently, the JMC Orion is the only mid-size, locally assembled SUV in the country. Its dimensions of 4,740mm x 1,895mm x 1,862mm (length x width x height), bring it close to the size of the Mitsubishi Montero and Hyundai Veracruz.

From the outside, it actually doesn’t look like a China-made car.

The muscular flanks and curvy tail lamps of the Orion create a fresh balance of aggression and sophistication.

Inside the cabin, occupants will delight in the soft, plush seats and comfort features. The instrument panel is easy to read with its straightforwardly simple but functional rotating round dials and knobs. The high ceiling and large windows accentuate the interior space, which is really generous. Able to accommodate seven passengers, the Orion is perfect for long journeys. The second and third rows provide ample legroom and headroom. Luggage space is more than adequate and the back seats can be configured as needed.

JMC collaborated with American carmaker Ford to refine the Orion’s 2.4-liter Duratorq TDCI engine, which sings to the tune of 140 hp—the vibration was adequately suppressed without compromising power.

During my test on highways, I was totally astonished at how smooth the five-speed manual tranny changed gears. Since the engine doesn’t need to reach higher revs in achieving optimum power-to-torque ratios, fuel mileage readings of 10 to 11 km per liter on mixed city driving can be expected.

Some of the Orion’s new features are 17-inch alloy wheels, leather seats, HID projector and fog lamps, keyless entry and alarm, three-point seatbelt, automatic door lock system and backing up radar system. There’s also an audio system with AM/FM/CD/MP3/Aux modes. Standard ABS with brake force distribution and dual front airbags add value to the package.

Despite its heavy curb weight, the Orion is surprisingly light on its feet with good traction and stability control that keeps the suspension well balanced, thanks to double wishbones in front and multi-link suspension in the rear.

The best thing about this vehicle is that you won’t feel that it’s “Made in China.” There is one good question, though: Would I buy this vehicle for P1.130 million? My answer: Why not? If your priority is practicality and functionality, it’s worth it.

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