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    After much media and internet forum speculation following its world debut at the Paris Motor Show last September, Renault has confirmed UK pricing and specification for one of 2013’s most talked about cars, the new Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo. Its new supermini pocket rocket, available in two versions, will start from an enticing £18,995. Only £100 more than the three-door, manual Peugeot 208 GTi and £1,055 less than the lower-powered, DSG-equipped five-door Volkswagen Polo GTI.

    Details of the wealth of technical additions and upgrades made to the new flagship Clio were released last month, but to recap, several new highlights for arguably the finest hot supermini are its six-speed EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch) gearbox with aluminium gearshift paddles fixed on the steering column (shift time of under 150 milliseconds in Race mode) as well as three driving modes: Normal, Sport and Race (ESC disconnected off and gearshifts solely manual). Reassuring any potential doubters that the latest version of the iconic Clio Renaultsport might be any less focused on road or track than before, it can still be specified with a Cup Chassis. It’s also got two mouth watering functions up its sleeve - Launch Control and the world’s first sub-supercar multi-change down function. Both of which might just come in handy at the odd trackday. Or, a weekend blast.

    Whichever version of Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo buyers opt for, it’ll fit into their daily lives effortlessly. The new model still packs 200hp, but its better off to the tune of 25Nm greater torque, together with a healthy dose of it mid-range. It’s also quicker from 0 to 62 mph, 0.2 seconds swifter to be precise, at 6.7.

    It won’t be the main purchase reason for many buyers, but nevertheless, Clio Renaultsport’s new five-door practicality is sure to appeal to many, particularly family buyers. One minute it’s a swift commuter car, the next it’s a B-road mile-eater. Easily distinguishable from its humbler siblings, the latest version retains its performance aura through 17” or 18” Renaultsport alloy wheels, rear diffuser and lip spoiler, F1-style front blade and rectangular chrome twin exhausts. Those wishing to make it stand out even more can opt for Renault i.d. metallic paint, in either Liquid Yellow or Flame Red hues.

    The sporty touches continue on the inside. Among them are a leather steering wheel, Renaultsport front sports seats, bespoke grey instrument backgrounds and aluminium pedals and gearlever. Red detailing also features heavily. The gearlever surround, steering wheel R.S. logo: with the seatbelts and instrument needles being prime examples. Red’s also been used for the visible stitching on the steering wheel’s ‘straight ahead’ position marker, the air vent surrounds and door panel beading. The gearlever knob, too, comes with red touches which are echoed by the visible stitching of the gearlever gaiter.

    The standard kit list for Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo is impressive. Air conditioning, ESC (Electronic Stability Control) and ETC (Electronic Traction Control), keyless start and entry, integrated MediaNav seven-inch touchscreen including 4×20W Arkamys audio with Bass Reflex speaker system, Bluetooth and USB input all feature. More equipment comes courtesy of cruise control, electric door mirrors, Renaultsport front seats, and probably something that plenty of owners might need every now and then, a speed limiter. The standard tyre is Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2.

    Moving up to the top-of-the-range Lux adds plenty of creature comforts. Infotainment gets a boost through an enhanced 4×35W Arkamys 3D Sound audio system plus two tweeters, and the MediaNav system morphs into the integrated R-Link multimedia system. It features the same seven-inch touchscreen, but welcomes Carminat TomTom Live navigation with three months free subscription and Renault App Store access. Added convenience is dialled in via auto lights and wipers, climate control, electrically adjustable and folding door mirrors, extra tinted rear windows and tailgate, plus electric rear windows

    Both trim levels also feature one extra new addition, Renaultsport Sound Pipe. The Renaultsport team have already fine tuned the latest generation’s exhaust note, but to ensure those inside appreciate it fully, they’ve fitted the new Renaultsport Sound Pipe. The new system works simply by transmitting the engine noise into the cabin via a pipe, which amplifies it mechanically using a membrane.

    Naturally, as a Renaultsport creation, buyers seeking an even more focused drive can opt for a Cup chassis. Half of buyers traditionally do. This time, for £450, it offers a 3mm lowered ride height, 15% stiffer chassis and quicker steering rack, red brake callipers and gloss black 18-inch Renaultsport wheels shod with Dunlop Sport Maxx TT tyres.

    Unsurprisingly, Renaultsport buyers tend to spec their cars quite highly. As the flagship for the Clio range, they won’t be disappointed on this front. Both versions are available with 18” alloy wheels (£185), rear parking sensors (£315). heated front seats (£250), metallic paint (£495 (Renault i.d. Liquid Yellow £1,300 or Flame Red £595)) and  dark carbon full leather upholstery (£1,000).

    Additionally, the standard Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo can be had with extra tinted rear windows and tailgate for £250 and climate control for £410, while Lux can feature a rear parking camera for £350. The range-topping Lux is also the first model from Renault’s performance arm to boast the second-generation Renaultsport Monitor (v2). An on-board telemetry system, it displays real time torque, G-forces, lap times and standing starts among others, as well as the ability to download data to USB. It costs a temptingly affordable £95. One of the reasons why up to a third of Lux orders are expected to be specified with it.

    Rounding off the plethora of technological additions is R-Sound Effect. Thanks to the fitment of R-Link, Lux buyers will be able to enjoy this built-in fun app for free, which reproduces the sound of several high-performance engines and plays them back via the car’s own speakers. A choice of seven sounds is available, three of which are specific to the new Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo (Alpine A110, R8 Gordini and Nissan GT-R).

    Ordering for the new Clio flagship opens on 8 April 2013, before taking centre stage in showrooms from June.

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  • There seemed little point in writing anything about the Clio Renaulsport 200 Turbo EDC until the prices were available, but now we know that it’s positioned more than respectably when compared with the Clio RS’ main competitor from MINI.

    Two versions of the Clio RS 200 Turbo will be availble, standard – priced from £18,995 or Lux, which starts at £19,995. Standard equipment includes 17-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, integrated MediaNav seven-inch touchscreen including Bluetooth, USB connectivity, keyless start and entry, Renaultsport front seats and cruise control. The standard tyre is a Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2.

    That’s £345 less than the 181bhp MINI Cooper S with auto transmission or £4,605 less than the equivalent 208bhp John Cooper Works version. Other comparisons worth making are £100 more than the three-door, manual Peugeot 208 GTi and £1,055 less than the lower-powered, DSG-equipped five-door Volkswagen Polo GTI.

    With 197bhp and 177lb ft of torque the Clio 200′s on-paper performance is on a par with the JCW MINI Cooper S, with 0 to 62mph covered in 6.7 seconds – around 0.2 seconds quicker than its predecessor.

    Judged purely on the toys it offers, Renault’s Clio 200 will be hard to beat. With its standard EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch) transmission, controllable via steering wheel mounted shift paddles, the driver can also take advantage of the system’s multi-change down function.

    The R.S. Drive function offers ‘three’ driving modes (normal, sport and race) which alter the settings for engine, accelerator pedal, steering and dynamic stability control (ESC) mapping. While ‘race’ mode locks the transmission in manual and drops the shift times to less than 150 milliseconds.

    Other trick features include; launch control with fully disconnectable ESC and ASR traction control (in Race mode), rally car derived hydraulic compression stops in the shock absorbers and the R.S. Diff for enhancing traction and reducing understeer.

    An R.S. Sound Pipe sends engine soundwaves directly into cabin for the full hot hatch driving experience.

    As before an optional Cup chassis is available, which lowers ride height by 3mm, offers a 15% stiffer chassis and quicker steering rack, red brake callipers, gloss black 18” Renaultsport wheels shod with Dunlop Sport Maxx TT tyres. This costs a nominal £450.

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  • A simple car can turn into a stylish attention getting ride when the lights are updated. What more when you modify the lights of an elegant BMW. One of the exciting modifications you can do to your BMW is the lighting upgrade. Many mod enthusiasts look for clear lens tail lights to give their BMWs that unique back end look. Even if you are not mod crazy, upgrading your BMW tail lights is a great option you want your BMW to look different from the rest of the BMWs on the road. How about replacing your stock tail lights with cool clear lens tail lights?

    These clear lens tail lights are in the category of Euro type tail lights. To be specific, these type of tail lights are called Altezzas. Whatever they are called, these modern looking tail lights look great on BMWs.

    These clear lens tail lights for BMWs are not complicated BMW exterior modifications. You can easily replace your stock tail light assemblies with a custom designed unit that match your car’s make or model. They can be installed in less than one hour on your BMW. These clear lenses are not the typical bullet-style tail lights and turn signal lights. These unique lenses have style rings and platings, that accentuate the light emitting from auto tail lights and turn signals for an individual look that is truly more attractive than the factory design. It is certainly one of the exciting BMW tail lights upgrades.

    BMW clear lens tail lights come in different styles and colors. There are good options such as black, chrome, carbon fiber and more. Some people want it customized to look more unique. These LED-based tail lights are very appealing on every angle. These modern looking tail lights feature the fitting of new bulbs that light quicker and brighter than the conventional tail light bulbs. Modern vehicles are likely equipped with LED lights, but if your BMW is not equipped with these great tail lights, then consider this in your next BMW exterior upgrades.

    When looking  for a nice BMW upgrade, it is always a good option to upgrade your factory BMW tail lights to  clear lens tail lights when you want the back of your car to look phenomenal. These clear lens tail lights are street legal and meet the tight standard of the Department of Transportation (DOT) and Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).


  • The five-door hatchback Sandero I borrowed last week would have been worth anybody’s money at £5,995 – the price for the Sandero that Dacia is promoting. Some people spend more than that on a watch.

    It may look like a 15-year-old Fiat Punto but the cinder-red paint job on the car I borrowed was fetching enough to draw admiring comment from friends. Bearably comfortable, with plenty of space for children in the rear seats and room for the mutt in the loadspace under the hatch, this Sandero was not unpleasant in progress. Road and wind noise make themselves heard in the cabin but not so much as to interfere with the sound on the very adequate audio system.

    Performance is tepid and a pedestrian has as much cornering ability but so what? Nobody is going to buy this car for the pleasure of driving.

    Neither will they buy it because they want to make a “lifestyle statement”. This is a car for people who have to own a car in the same way that they need an ironing board. They resent every pound it costs to buy and couldn’t care less what it’s called or what it looks like. They simply want it to start in the morning, not collapse like a cardboard box in a crash, keep going until the long warranty runs out and cost the same as a saucepan to maintain.

    Dacia – the former Romanian state car manufacturer now owned and supplied by Renault – has been making hay out of answering these austere, essential and reasonable needs. Advertising itself as the automotive equivalent of a no-frills airline, it has mopped up in Eastern Europe with the Logan small family car, as spare as a monk’s habit, which was originally launched in 2004 costing €5,000. Last year, it brought the Duster SUV to Britain where it was acclaimed for prices starting at £8,995 and for surprising competence off-road. It even won Scottish Car of the Year.

    Now comes the Sandero supermini (in the class of Ford’s Ka and VW’s Up) which is being given out as “Britain’s cheapest new car” and “shockingly affordable” at a fiver under £6,000. All of which would send me hotfooting to the showroom waving plastic – except for the fact that it isn’t remotely true of the car I drove. That 1.5-litre diesel version, with what Dacia calls Laureate trim and a clutch of extras including the fetching paint job at £470, would cost £10,940 – which is a very different kettle of cobblers altogether.

    For £11,000, you could buy any one of a host of marvellous little cars (including Ford’s Ka, Hyundai’s i10 and the Mazda2) and might still have enough change for a weekend in Paris. With £11,000 to spend, you’re coming within reach of a VW Polo or a Ford Fiesta, cars whose badges the Sandero is not fit to breathe upon.

    For Dacia’s advertised £5,995, you get a Sandero so basic that it might be a relief not to find it in a flat-pack with an Ikea key and instructions on how to screw it together. You get a 1.2-litre petrol engine with a weedy 74bhp. You get 15in steel wheels and no radio at all. You do get door handles and bumpers but they’re not colour coded to the body and neither are the wing mirrors. If you want the electric windows, cruise control and air-conditioning that came with my test car, you will need to start shaking the piggy-bank.

    Even in that basic form, the Sandero is still a startling deal, especially as a first car for a teenager. But not, perhaps, quite so appealing as the hype might make it seem.


  • The equipment is built to be sturdy. The average tire dealer performs 250 mounting/balancing jobs per month. And the machines built before the addition of electronics and lasers seemingly last forever.

    Two years ago, Abe and Jim Torro won a then state-of-the-art Coats 1250-3DV tire balancer from Hennessy Industries Inc. They had entered their 30-year-old balancer in Hennessy’s “Search for the Oldest Direct Drive Balancer Contest.”

    Abe Torro says the new balancer, which features laser-guided wheel weight placement capabilities, does a fine job. He still, however, prefers the older model, which can balance up to 20-inch tire and wheel packages. “I got used to it.”

    When asked by Modern Tire Dealer “What is innovative about your latest piece of mounting and/or balancing equipment?” these sales and marketing executives talked about features that will be around for a while.

    Michael Alusick, worldwide product manager for undercar products, Snap-on Equipment Division of Snap-on Inc.: “Precision wheel centering to achieve accurate wheel balance is possibly the most neglected, yet most important part of successful wheel balancing. With the advent of clad-style wheels, precision tooling is a non-negotiable requirement to avoid wheel damage and achieve accurate centering.

    “With our balancer brands, we offer several solutions to ensure the most accurate precision centering. We have a large coverage of OEM-specific tooling solutions. Precision tooling offers a best-buy situation for someone interested in a tooling package with a specific purpose.

    “We offer a variety of precision John Bean General Purpose Tooling Kits with pin plates, unique speed plates and a variety of collet sets. These tooling packages offer complete coverage for the customer looking for a wide coverage offering for OEM and aftermarket wheels, truck and SUVs and even light commercial vehicles.

    “We recommend wherever possible, that customers consider a power clamp instead of a standard quick nut. Power clamping is fast. Used in combination with precision tooling, the result is the most repeatable solution for accurate wheel centering.”

    Jon Barganier, vice president of sales, Allpart Supply Inc.: “Our Haweka QuickPlates are designed to mimic the lugs exactly. We have four-hole, five-hole and six-hole variable flange plates. They are fast, easily adjustable with your thumb and precise. Unfortunately, the standard equipment for a lot of shops is a cone and a plastic pressure cup. The procedure is less precise, and when the cup touches the wheel, it can damage it.

    “Bottom line, front coning is a no-no, yet it’s still a common practice. QuickPlates replace front coning and flange plating. The result is fewer comebacks, and the dealer doesn’t waste wheel weights, either.

    “Although our QuickPlates have been out a couple of years, we continue to evolve their design features.”


  • Scissor lift tables from Optimum Handling Solutions are becoming very popular across Australia as a safe and efficient palletising and de-palletising solution.

    The scissor lift tables are widely used in manufacturing and processing plants as well as warehousing and distribution sites in Australia.

    OHS was recently approached by a national warehousing company for a solution to unload goods from a high number of pallets each day. Operators were at risk of injury since they had to bend below waist-height and above elbow-height to unpack the pallets for sorting.

    An experienced consultant from OHS assessed the situation and recommended the LTH2010 – 2000kg heavy duty lift table with the logic lift height sensor option and the Palturn turntable for the application. The proven logic lift height sensor unit keeps the pallet at the perfect working height throughout the whole unloading procedure, resulting in a safe and efficient de-palletising process.

    The client had eight of these pallet elevating units installed at four of their distribution centres in NSW, VIC, QLD and WA along with Optimum’s durable gravity conveyor system.

    The warehousing company is extremely satisfied with the results, especially the reduced risk to operators, faster de-palletising and higher productivity.


  • Car insurance is at the top of the totem pole for anyone who owns a vehicle. Sorting through the many different insurance options to find the best plan can be very difficult. Here are some things you should know about how to go about getting insurance.

    [padding:10px;] Tips On How To Aid In Picking The Perfect Car Insurance For You If you’ve been thinking about adding aftermarket parts to your car, check with your insurance company to see if they will cover the damage of these parts. Insurance companies usually will cover only the value these parts add to your car, and that is probably not much.

    Great Auto Insurance Advice You Should Follow To verify that your auto insurance will cover all your expenses in the event of a loss, discuss your coverage with your agent, especially before you add any custom features to your car. A set of rims might set you back $1,000 but if they only add $30 of value to the car according to the appraiser, you will lose the difference in the event that the vehicle gets stolen.

    Tickets and points from accidents will reflect against your driving record and you’ll have to pay more for vehicle insurance coverage. By that same token, your auto insurance rates can also rapidly plummet once the negative items are expunged from your record. When these past events are removed from your record, ask your agent for a new quote based on your current status.

    If you can, avoid paying your insurance bill in monthly installments. On average, your car insurance provider could be adding $3 to $5 to your bill. Even though it’s a small amount, it can add up. You may also find an additional bill every month to be an annoyance. Making fewer payments is a better option.

    Review your car insurance policy to make sure it is accurate. Accuracy is very important for avoiding claim denials and saving money. Is your home address listed correctly in the policy? What’s the year, make and model of the vehicle? You premium is also based on your yearly mileage so be sure that it is accurately reported if you drive less that the average driver.

    Only insure those drivers who actually use your car. This can help keep you from paying too much for auto insurance. Anyone who doesn’t use the car regularly should be removed from your policy, as it will lower the premium. Do not remove anyone that actually does use your vehicle, because if they were to get in an accident your vehicle may not be covered.

    If you have multiple drivers insured on your policy, make sure that you report to your insurance company if someone stops using your vehicle. If other drives are on your plan, removing them may save you extra cash on your monthly and yearly premiums.

    Quick And Easy Ways To Save Money On Auto Insurance Here are some tips to guide you through choosing an auto insurance plan. The more knowledge you have about auto insurance, the less perplexing it will be. This will help you choose the options best for you.


  • Winter driving is a completely different prospect to driving at other times of the year and many drivers are finding this out for the first time this year. There have already been some severe weather warnings issued around the country and the cold weather is set to continue. Euro Car Parts is concerned that too many drivers are unprepared for it.

    In order to make it easier for drivers to face the unique challenges of winter driving, the Euro Car Parts website currently has a special section devoted to winter driving essentials. The winter climate is something that is completely out of the control of motorists, but they can control how well they and their vehicles are prepared for what it brings.

    The products currently available in the winter essentials shop include de-icers, all-weather screen washes, motor oils, antifreeze and a whole host of replacements for those car parts that come under the most pressure in wintry conditions.

    Car batteries, wiper blades, light bulbs, braking components and so on often face more concentrated challenges on the winter roads and these are well-represented in the special part of the Euro Car Parts store.

    Emergency situations are also more likely at this time of year and to help people deal with those situations, the winter essentials shop currently boasts a wealth of emergency and breakdown products at great prices, from tyre inflators and repair kits to jump leads and tow ropes.

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  • The car has an overall length of 4.31 meter and a width of 1.82 meters with high ground clearance of 205 mm. The car is perfect match for city as well as for off roading as it has nature of 4×4 SUV, besides having rugged and sporty looks. The shiny chrome clad front grille makes the front of this car more appealing. The suspension system and underside of Renault Duster makes it suitable for any road condition. You can buy Renault Duster in petrol as well as in diesel version. The petrol version of Renault Duster is powered by 1598cc I4 DOHC engine which can deliver power of 100.35bhp at 5850 rpm at maximum torque of 145Nm at 3750 rpm. On the other hand diesel version is powered by 1461 cc Turbocharged diesel I4 SOHC engine which can deliver two different power figure i.e.,108.3bhp at torque of 248 Nm and 83.5bhp at torque of 200 N. Renault Duster comes in two transmission options- Five-speed manual transmission and six-speed manual transmission.

    Renault Duster is equipped with high end safety features to make you and your car safe on roads. It has safety features like engine immobilizer, door open warning lamp, central locking and engine protective under guard. Further, there is anti lock braking system and emergency brake assistance beside electronic brake force distribution along with stability control module. The car also has two front airbags and three-point seatbelts tensioners which will keep you safe in case of an accident.

    Since the car is lighter than other SUV available in the Indian market, the fuel efficiency is great.  For diesel version it gives a mileage of 19.1 to 20.46 kmpl   but for petrol variant you get mileage of 13.2 kmpl

    Renault Duster is available in six different shades that enable you to make your choice as per your suitability.

    The car is designed to grapple all types of road and tracks and looks like a perfect of roader in appearance. Wide wings and tall stature reveals it personality. The roof rail, chrome wide grills, skid plate antenna, high ground clearance and alloy wheel gives a sportier look to the car.

    Though it is a SUV it can accommodate 5 passengers. The three spoke steering wheel is electrically powered. The dash is quite curvy and gives sporty look to the car. Instrument console has large dials and is illuminated in red.


  • This includes here, that weighs a few grams and will run for six or seven hours playing music and standby for almost a week !! The USB Dongle allows connection with your a busy airport or some other public place, that is probably not going to be an issue. With a proper headset, that means you will be able you’re going to use your Bluetooth headset before you make your purchase. Bluetooth headsets come in two styles: earbud or in-ear headset which fit snugly into your ear; over-the ear headsets where the sales pitches is enough to make you want to vomit.

    The unit took just over an hour to charge until the red warning light on the end of the volume knob turned green, and I then tried my first ‘pairing’ , you can pair up to talk on the phone wirelessly, without using your hands. It can be a costly investment but worth it in the long run if you find yourself being distracted the same, so you have to change the device again. Plantronics Voyager_ 510 Bluetooth?? Headset / and versatile Plantronics nice option for driving because of its long battery life and optional sizes Features 0. I have selected some of the top new Bluetooth headsets manufacturers, this particular headset comes with an “Advanced, military-grade noise-canceling system which continuously adapts to your environment.

    It does not do a great job of canceling out surrounding noises, but unless you are in I found the right brand and the model I was looking for. This feature enhances your conversations by automatically adjusting big difference in the lives on those on the go. All in all, I’m very pleased with my latest bit of Nokia kit, it’s ultra light, ultra portable, versitile and constructed to a very high standard, I think I’ll get a lot of use out of it and it will become another gadget that I travel about with in my pocket both at home and when travelling, it takes up less space than a small box of matches and has a bigger kick than comes in, and return to playing music when the call is over. They are flimsy, will get lost easily and present a real challenge as controls of the headset and the buttons towards the back right side of the headset are the music controls.