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The 2017 Toyota Camry

The 2017 Toyota Camry

The new Toyota Camry is exactly what people want in a midsize car. The new headlight cluster uses LED running lights, making the Camry stand out. The side rocker moldings and the bottom sections of the front and rear side panels have also been upgraded. At the back, the taillights also get the LED treatment, accompanied by a new rear bumper. With a hint of sportiness, the trunk edge now has a spoiler-like shape that supposedly helps airflow smoothly over the rear.

The 2017 Camry's front seats have ample adjust-ability and are adequately supportive. Rear accommodations are also very generous. Highway ride and overall quietness are among the best in the class.

The latest Camry now has ISOFIX attachment points at the rear. With these attachment points, child seats can be easily and securely installed in the rear seating area. However, they also need to have compatible ISOFIX attachments.

The 2017 Toyota Camry models include 9 airbags, with driver knee airbag and rear side airbags for outboard occupants, as well as electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution, and a Smart Stop Technology brake-override system.

Safety options include a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, a forward-collision warning system, lane departure alert, and automatic high beams.

01-03-2017 15:49     74 views

Toyota Camry 2.5 V

Toyota Camry 2.5 V

The Toyota Camry 2.5 V is a highly spacious offering equipped with the latest trends in creature comforts and technology. Thin chrome accents in front and at the rear give it the right amount of bling while the slight curves around the body maintain the classy business look of the sedan.

With the new headlight cluster uses LED daytime running lights, making the Camry 2.5V stand out even during the day. The side rocker moldings and the bottom sections of the front and rear side panels have also been upgraded. At the rear, the taillights also get the LED treatment, accompanied by a new rear bumper. With a hint of sportiness, the trunk edge now has a spoiler-like shape that supposedly helps airflow smoothly over the rear.

This Camry 2.5V features a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder 16-valve gasoline engine that can produce a 178 horsepower. It comes standard with front-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission.

01-03-2017 15:38     112 views

Toyota Corolla Altis XLI

Toyota Corolla Altis XLI The Corolla Altis XLI is a compact sedan makeover for the 2017 model year. This new Corolla Altis XLI now adds sporty style and top-notch safety to its list of strong qualities. It’s new face is visually bolder, stronger, and wider. Credit goes to the new headlights (incorporating Daytime Running Lights or DRLs across the line-up), bumper, and grille. Apart from the strong and wider look, it also smoothens out it’s appearance. More changes are found in the wheels with new designs (same sizes) and new rear combination lamps.

Toyota Corolla Altis XLI is powered by a 1.6 DOHC 4 cylinders 16-valve gasoline engine. It can churn out a massive power of 122 hp. A 4-speed automatic transmission routes all the power to front-wheel drive.

28-02-2017 16:01     245 views

Toyota Corolla Altis

Toyota Corolla Altis

Here comes the new generation of Toyota Toyota Corolla Altis. Changes are mostly cosmetic. Here are a few new things in the Corolla Altis.

The headlamps have become slimmer along with the radiator grille which gets only two slats as compared to the previous one three slat grille. The air dam which is in three parts get three black slats across the width with aggressive cuts towards. The tail lamps, like the headlamps have become slimmer and the new design gets clear lens with a new LED pattern.

The new Corolla Altis can see the debut of LED headlamps in that segment and can not be standard across the trims.

The interior hasn’t changed much as well. The dashboard layout is exactly the same but the new Altis gets turbine-like round AC vents.

The Altis is equipped with Toyota’s fare of safety features such as SRS airbags (System is designed to supplement the seatbelt system and improve occupant protection in certain type of crushes. Airbags supplement the seat belt and enhance passenger safety in certain types of collision.), anti-lock braking system (ABS) and Global Outstanding Assessment (GOA)-compliant body. Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) prevents wheel lock up during sudden braking or in slippery conditions. Electric Brake Distribution (EBD) ensures optimal brake force is applied to each wheel while Brake Assist (BA) reduces stopping distance so you can stop in time by generating a larger braking force. The standard attachment points at the second row left and right rear seats enables you to fit two ISOFIX-compliant child seats to provide complete riding protection for your children.

28-02-2017 16:01     196 views

My car comes from USA

My car comes from USA

More than 100 million vehicles involving 17 automakers have been recalled worldwide, including 69 million in the U.S. alone, underscoring the scale of the crisis. Because of the scope of the recalls, the replacements are going to take years.

Following our article about the faulty Takata airbags that can kill drivers and passengers, we publish now the list of vehicles that need airbag replacement.

The list is long so we'll try to keep track of vehicles that can be found in Cambodia.

Let's start with vehicles built or assembled for the USA. Here is the last list released on Thursday, January 19th, 2017:


Acura US:

  • 2002-2003 Acura TL
  • 2003 Acura CL
Audi US: (+170,000 vehicles)
  • 2006-2013 Audi A3
  • 2005-2008 Audi A4 Avant
  • 2006-2009 Audi A4 Cabriolet
  • 2005-2008 Audi A4 Sedan
  • 2010-2011 Audi A5 Cabriolet
  • 2003-2011 Audi A6 Avant
  • 2005-2011 Audi A6 Sedan
  • 2009-2012 Audi Q5
  • 2017 Audi R8
  • 2008 Audi RS 4 Cabriolet
  • 2007-2008 Audi RS 4 Sedan
  • 2005-2008 Audi S4 Avant
  • 2007-2009 Audi S4 Cabriolet
  • 2005-2008 Audi S4 Sedan
  • 2010-2012 Audi S5 Cabriolet
  • 2007-2011 Audi S6 Sedan
  • 2016-2017 Audi TT
BMW US: (+840.000 vehicles)

  • 2008-2013 BMW 128i
  • 2008-2013 BMW 135i
  • 2008-2013 BMW 1 Series M
  • 2000 BMW 323i
  • 2002-2006 BMW 325Ci
  • 2002-2003 BMW 325iT
  • 2001-2011 BMW 325i
  • 2001-2011 BMW 325xi
  • 2002-2003 BMW 325xiT
  • 2006-2012 BMW 325xiT
  • 2000 BMW 328i
  • 2006-2013 BMW 328i
  • 2006-2013 BMW 328xi
  • 2006-2013 BMW 328i xDrive
  • 2001-2011 BMW 330i
  • 2001-2011 BMW 330xi
  • 2002-2006 BMW 330Ci
  • 2006-2013 BMW 335i
  • 2006-2013 BMW 335xi
  • 2006-2013 BMW 335i xDrive
  • 2009-2011 BMW 335d
  • 2007-2013 BMW 335is
  • 2002-2003 BMW 525i
  • 2002-2003 BMW 530i
  • 2002-2003 BMW 540i
  • 2001-2013 BMW M3
  • 2002-2003 BMW M5
  • 2013-2015 BMW X1 sDrive28i
  • 2013-2015 BMW X1 xDrive28i
  • 2013-2015 BMW X1 xDrive35i
  • 2007-2010 BMW X3 xDrive30i
  • 2003 BMW X5 3.0i
  • 2003 BMW X5 4.4i
  • 2007-2013 BMW X5 xDrive30i
  • 2007-2013 BMW X5 xDrive35i
  • 2007-2013 BMW X5 xDrive48i
  • 2007-2013 BMW X5 xDrive50
  • 2007-2013 BMW X5 M
  • 2009-2013 BMW X5 xDrive35d
  • 2008-2014 BMW X6 xDrive35i
  • 2008-2014 BMW X6 xDrive50i
  • 2008-2014 BMW X6 M
Chrysler: (+370,000 vehicles)

  • 2003-08 Dodge Ram 1500
  • 2005-08 Dodge Ram 2500
  • 2006-08 Dodge Ram 3500
  • 2006-08 Dodge Ram 4500
  • 2008 Dodge Ram 5500
  • 2005-08 Dodge Durango
  • 2005-08 Dodge Dakota
  • 2005-08 Chrysler 300
  • 2007-08 Chrysler Aspen
Daimler: (+130,000 vehicles)
  • 2008-2009 Sterling Bullet 4500
  • 2008-2009 Sterling Bullet 5500
  • 2007-2009 Dodge Sprinter 2500
  • 2007-2009 Dodge Sprinter 3500
  • 2007-2017 Freightliner Sprinter 2500
  • 2007-2017 Freightliner Sprinter 3500
  • 2010-2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500
  • 2010-2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3500
Dodge/Ram:
  • 2008-2014 Dodge Challenger
  • 2006-2015 Dodge Charger
  • 2005-2011 Dodge Dakota
  • 2004-2009 Dodge Durango
  • 2005-2008 Dodge Magnum
  • 2003-2009 Dodge Ram 1500
  • 2005-2009 Dodge Ram 2500
  • 2006-2009 Dodge Ram 3500 Pickup
  • 2007-2010 Dodge Ram 3500 Cab Chassis
  • 2008-2010 Dodge Ram 4500
  • 2008-2010 Dodge Ram 5500
Ferrari US:
  • 2010-2015 Ferrari 458 Italia
  • 2014-2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale
  • 2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale A
  • 2012-2015 Ferrari 458 Spider
  • 2016-2017 Ferrari 488 GTB
  • 2016-2017 Ferrari 488 Spider
  • 2009-2014 Ferrari California
  • 2015-2017 Ferrari California T
  • 2013-2017 Ferrari F12
  • 2016-2017 Ferrari F12 tdf
  • 2016 Ferrari F60
  • 2012-2016 Ferrari FF
  • 2017 Ferrari GTC4 Lusso
Fisker:

  • 2012 Fisker Karma
Ford US: (+360,000 vehicles)
  • 2004 Ranger
  • 2005-06 GT
  • 2005-07 Mustang
GM US:
  • 2003-05 Pontiac Vibe
  • 2005 Saab 9-2X
GMC:
  • 2007-2013 GMC Sierra 1500
  • 2007-2014 GMC Sierra 2500
  • 2007-2014 GMC Sierra 3500
  • 2007-2014 GMC Yukon
  • 2007-2014 GMC Yukon XL

Honda US: (+5 millions vehicles)

  • 2001-2011 Honda Accord
  • 2008-2011 Honda Accord Crosstour
  • 2001-2011 Honda Civic
  • 2002-2011 Honda CR-V
  • 2011-2015 Honda CR-Z
  • 2003-2011 Honda Element
  • 2010-2014 Honda FCX Clarity
  • 2007-2013 Honda Fit
  • 2013-2014 Honda Fit EV
  • 2010-2014 Honda Insight
  • 2002-2004 Honda Odyssey
  • 2003-2011 Honda Pilot
  • 2006-2014 Honda Ridgeline - Driver’s side airbag
  • 2006-2010 Honda GL1800 Gold Wing (motorcycle)

Infiniti US:

  • 2003-2008 Infiniti FX
  • 2001 Infiniti I30
  • 2002-2004 Infiniti I35
  • 2006-2010 Infiniti M
  • 2002-2003 Infiniti QX4
Jaguar US:

  • 2009-2015 Jaguar XF
Jeep US:

  • 2007-2016 Jeep Wrangler
Land Rover US:

  • 2007-2012 Land Rover Range Rover
Lexus US:
  • 2007-2012 Lexus ES350
  • 2010-2017 Lexus GX460
  • 2006-2013 Lexus IS250/350
  • 2010-2015 Lexus IS250C/350C
  • 2008-2014 Lexus IS F
  • 2012 Lexus LFA
  • 2002-2010 Lexus SC430
Lincoln:
  • 2007-2010 Lincoln MKX
  • 2006-2012 Lincoln MKZ/Zephyr
McLaren US:
  • The 650S
  • The 650S
  • 2016-2017 McLaren 570
  • 2015-2016 McLaren 650S
  • 2016 McLaren 675LT
  • 2012-2014 McLaren MP4-12C
  • 2011-2015 McLaren P1
Mazda US: (+60,000 vehicles)
  • 2003-07 Mazda6
  • 2006-07 Mazda Speed6
  • 2004-08 Mazda RX-8
  • 2004-05 MPV
  • 2004 B-series truck
Mercedes-Benz US: (+700,000)
  • 2005-2014 SLK convertible
  • 2005-2014 C-Class sedan
  • 2005-2014 E-Class sedan
  • 2005-2014 M-Class SUV
  • 2005-2014 GL-Class SUV
  • 2005-2014 R-Class coupe
  • 2005-2014 SLS coupe
Mercury:
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  • Mercury
  • 2006-2011 Mercury Milan
Mitsubishi US: (+10,000 vehicles)
  • 2004-05 Lancer
  • 2006-07 Raider
Nissan US: (+690,000 vehicles)
  • 2001-03 Nissan Maxima
  • 2001-04 Nissan Pathfinder
  • 2002-04 Nissan Sentra
  • 2001-04 Infiniti I30/I35
  • 2002-03 Infiniti QX4
  • 2003-05 Infiniti FX
Pontiac:
  • 2003-2010 Pontiac Vibe
Saab US:
  • The Saab 9-2x, 9-3 and 9-5
  • 2005-2006 Saab 9-2x
  • 2006-2011 Saab 9-3
  • 2006-2009 Saab 9-5
Saturn:
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  • The Scion xB was recalled in May 2016.
  • 2008-2009 Saturn Astra
Scion:
  • The 2008 and 2009 Astras were the only Saturn models impacted by the Takata airbag recall. (SATURN)
  • 2008-2015 xB
Subaru US: (+180,000 vehicles)
  • 2003-06 Baja
  • 2003-05 Legacy
  • 2009-2012 Legacy
  • 2003-05 Outback
  • 2009-2012 Outback
  • 2004-11 Impreza
  • 2012 WRX
  • 2006-2012 Tribeca
  • 2009-2012 Forester
Toyota US: (+877,000 vehicles)
  • 002-05 Lexus SC
  • 2002-05 Toyota Corolla
  • 2003-05 Toyota Corolla Matrix
  • 2002-05 Toyota Sequoia
  • 2003-05 Toyota Tundra
Volkswagen US: (+680,000)
  • 2009-2017 Volkswagen CC
  • 2010-2014 Volkswagen Eos
  • 2010-2014 Volkswagen Golf
  • 2013 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2009-2013 Volkswagen GTI
  • 2012-2014 Volkswagen Passat
  • 2006-2010 Volkswagen Passat Sedan
  • 2006-2010 Volkswagen Passat Wagon

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, tests show that the airbags at problem have a 50% chance of exploding when deployed in an accident compared to a 1% chance for other airbags. Takata stated that the recalls should be completed by end of 2019 to make sure vehicles are recalled before the air bag inflator becomes much more dangerous.

If you get a second-hand car coming from the US and present in the above list, it's time for you to worry. You can check if your vehicle is at risk on the official US website. Then you can contact the official dealer in Cambodia to see what they offer.

22-02-2017 11:42     2,612 views

Another way to die in a car

Another way to die in a car

The scandal is gigantic! Tens of millions of drivers and passengers risk their lives daily getting in a car: airbags can explode anytime!

The culprits are Takata-made driver and/or passenger airbags that equip some 20% of the cars worldwide. In the early 2000's the Japanese company Takata replaced the airbags propellant with ammonium nitrate that becomes highly inflammable in contact with water and unstable with high temperatures. Humidity? Heat? Well, one or the other can be found in any country. And both of them make even the problem worse, like a tropical country such as Cambodia.

According to an Independent Testing Coalition, an ammonium nitrate compound that doesn't include a moisture-absorbing substance is more likely to explode after long-term exposure to heat and moisture. And Takata airbags do not include moisture absorbent. So the question does not seem to be 'if' one airbag will explode but 'when'!

An exploding airbag might not be such a problem though surprising and unpleasant. The problem is the exploding power of the ammonium nitrate that does not only inflate the bag but also breaks the device and projects metal parts everywhere. Those metal parts are responsible for serious injuries and deaths. Airbags made by Japan's Takata Corp have caused at least 16 deaths and 180 injuries reported worldwide.

Cars are recalled worldwide to upgrade the airbags. Only in USA more than 68 millions cars have already been recalled. Recall means being put on a waiting list that can last a few years. And that does not solve the problem because the wrong airbag is change for a new wrong airbag. Problems are just pilling up.

The last updated list from December 2016 includes the following brands that present models with dangerous airbags: Acura, Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Daimler Trucks, Daimler Vans, Dodge/Ram, Ferrari, Fisker, Ford, GMC, Honda, Infiniti, Jaguar, Jeep, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, McLaren, Mercedes-Benz, Mercury, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn, Scion, Subaru, Tesla, Toyota, Volkswagen. The list is not complete yet.

All models of a brand are not to be recalled. It depends where they have been assembled. For example, Honda said it concerns only the models built in Japan, Thailand and US. Well, just 100% of Honda cars found in Cambodia!

Japan-branded vehicles are the most popular in Cambodia. According to Mr. Pily Wong, chief executive for the Cambodian distributor of Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen, the Cambodia’s lax import rules make it an attractive market for second-hand importers, yet the risks were also apparent. Control are not very strict with pollution and safety standards. Do not count on your second-hand cars importer to send you a letter about a free airbag exchange.

07-02-2017 11:57     2,810 views

Toyota Vios 1.3L E

Toyota Vios 1.3L E

The Toyota Vios E comes standard with front-wheel drive, a four-speed automatic transmission with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and a 1.3-liter four-cylinder 16-valve gasoline engine that can produce a 98 horsepower.

06-02-2017 12:32     2,758 views

Toyota Vios

Toyota Vios

The new Toyota Vios is a luxury car especially for lovers of comfort, performance and good modern car. The Toyota Vios has been stretched into a long and sleek sedan. Bold, aggressive lines show a confidence heretofore lacking in Toyota's designs. Strong dual shoulder lines give the body a neat.

Upfront, the Toyota Vios features with the projector headlamps and LED daytime running lamps. The side profile looks sporty with bold shoulder line, flared wheel arches and leaning stance. At the rear, there is wrap around tail lamps and large chrome strip across the boot. Inside, there are some new innovation. The motor has revived, which is without a doubt to add a superior economy. The new Toyota Vios is a genuine extravagance auto essentially for family and every one of the general population that are mates of solace, great execution and cutting edge auto. Standard equipment on the Vios includes a black and beige interior with a touchscreen infotainment system and lots of chrome inserts. Equipment such as a 3-DIN music system with steering mounted controls, leather upholstery, start-stop button, automatic climate control, a Theft Deterrent System, dual airbags and anti-lock braking system are exclusively available on the top-spec model of the car.

The Toyota Vios comes standard with safety features such as ABS and EBD, dual airbags, five shoulder belts and even Isofix anchors. Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) prevents wheel lock up when braking. Electric Brake Distribution (EBD) ensures optimal brake force is applied to each wheel while Brake Assist (BA) reduces stopping distance so you can stop in time. The Vios is equipped with an airbag for both driver and passenger. Effective controls stabilize the vehicle to prevent over-steering or under-steering when cornering on slippery surfaces. Sensors detect when the car is skidding sideways and applies brake force independently to any four wheel while automatically controlling engine output. The winshield reflects harmful rays and reduces heat build-up in car to keep vehicle cool while keeping you safe as it also prevents break-ins.

Other comfort and safety features include an Eco meter, a push start system, a smart entry system and engine immobilizer.

06-02-2017 12:17     2,716 views

Suzuki Celerio

Suzuki Celerio

The Suzuki Celerio is a compact hatchback yet spacious inside, but creating this space has resulted in some fairly bland, square styling on the outside. Indeed, all versions come with five doors as standard, along with relative luxuries including alloy wheels, air-con, a DAB radio, Bluetooth and electric front windows.

Suzuki Celerio’s cabin is built from hard and unforgiving materials. Even by the relatively low standards of this city car class, moreover, Celerio’s interior looks and feels decidedly cheap. Everything seems well bolted together, but the plastics aren’t textured in a particularly appealing way and the plastic steering wheel feels low-rent, too. Celerio comes with a height-adjustable driver’s seat, which is rare in the city car class. The seat is easy to adjust, but it could do with a bit more side and lower back (lumbar) support. The dashboard is relatively easy to get to grips with, thanks to the simple rotary controls for the heater. The Celerio is equipped with a high-tech color touchscreen to access all these features, on the other hand. The Celerio’s stereo gets a small display on it, but it’s monochrome and difficult to read, making it relatively tricky to change albums, or find the person you want to dial in your phonebook. At least the screen is flanked by chunky, well-labelled shortcut buttons, and there are separate controls for the Bluetooth system on the steering wheel.

The Suzuki Celerio comes with six airbags: two ahead of the driver and front passenger, one either side of the front occupants to protect the upper body, and head-level side-curtain airbags extending past both rows of seats. There is the mandatory electronic stability control, with anti-lock brakes. Active safety is aided by the excellent vision out, which maximizes your ability to see other road users and reduces fatigue.

However, no reversing camera is available, even as an option. Nor can you get auto emergency braking, or any other active driver-assist technology.

04-02-2017 16:54     2,889 views

Suzuki Celerio 1.0-liter

Suzuki Celerio 1.0-liter

The new Suzuki Celerio comes with a 1.0-liter three-cylinder 12-valve gasoline engine that produces 67 horsepower. It is associated with a 5-speed CVT (continuously variable transmission) automatic transmission.

04-02-2017 16:54     2,900 views

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