Pajero Sport Automatic and Its Rivals

Mitsubishi’s Pajero Sport Automatic or Pajero Sport (AT) comes with an array of fascinating features. In this article, we will be discussing about the most prominent ones among them and will also tell you how those features compare against the features of rival vehicle models on paper.

Mitsubishi has launched this new vehicle to offer stiff competition to rival automakers such as Hyundai, Toyota and Ford. The vehicle will fiercely compete with the automatic, two-wheel models of the Hyundai Santa Fe, the Ford Endeavor and last but definitely not least the Toyota Fortuner.

Let us begin the discussion with the power offerings of all these cars. The automatic version of the Pajero Sport come equipped with a 2.5-liter diesel engine. It possesses the ability to offer 176 bhp. The torque produced by it is also highly impressive at 35.69 kgm. The Hyundai vehicle Santa Fe, which is believed to be one of the closest rivals of the Mitsubishi creation, boasts a 2.2-liter diesel engine.

It’s true that both the Ford Endeavor and the Toyota Fortuner come powered by larger 3.0-liter engines, but their mills are capable of producing power of just 154 bhp and 169 bhp respectively. This makes the engine of the newly launched automatic vehicle from Mitsubishi more powerful than the ones produced by these two rival groups.

The torques produced by the engines of the Ford vehicle and the Toyota creation is definitely slightly more than the torque produced by the Pajero Sport Automatic. However, that shouldn’t tag those cars as winners and the primary feature one looks for when checking engine specifications is the amount of power is can generate.

The new Mitsubishi creation also competes well with all its rivals when it comes to its transmission. Like the Ford and Toyota cars, it also carries 5-speed automatic transmission, which is pretty impressive.

Some other prominent features of the Mitsubishi vehicle are found in its interior. The car has been made even more special with a completely revamped interior. The automaker has added components such as a reverse parking feature, navigation system, DVD player, a cooler box and a range of other such amenities inside the vehicle.

While the above mentioned features are some new additions to the care, there are many features that Mitsubishi has decided to keep intact. The above mentioned engine specification is surely one of them. The fuel efficiency of this vehicle is also the same as its manual counterpart. Both these vehicles are capable of providing users with a fuel efficiency of 12.1 km/liter.

Why a Used Range Rover Sport Is Your Dream Vehicle

Deciding to buy a new car can be like diving head first into the middle of the ocean. Not only are there hundreds of websites, dealerships, and resell services to choose from, there are just too many automobiles out there! Those of us not blessed with being “car guys” feel like every four-door sedan is exactly the same. Even larger vehicles all seem to be the same. So, for the uninitiated, allow me to whittle down the options to only the correct choice. When looking for a quality mid-sized car used, range rover sport is the way to go.

The merits of the range rover line are well known by most. The name still carries weight as a leader in the industry. Range rovers are a model that savvy car buyers have come to trust. For some, the standard model provides everything they need. An aesthetically beautiful design, excellent gas mileage, and safety features throughout the vehicle, the choice seems obvious. However, for a discerning buyer hoping to maximize the value of buying used, range rover sport provides so much more.

Among the greatest features is the remote keyless entry. Never again deal with diving into a purse or fishing around past wallets and change to find your key fob. Busy parents juggling children or wielding sacks full of groceries can move in and out of their vehicle with ease. Best of all, you’ll never lock your keys in the car again! The keyless system allows your key fob to remain safely in its place (in the aforementioned purse or pocket) from the time you leave home until your eventual return, without having to touch the actual remote once.

Safety and collision features have advanced by leaps and bounds over the past few years, but the best way to remain safe in your car is still to avoid getting into an accident. This advanced technique requires seeing the danger before it occurs. The range rover sport offers a number of Vision Assist safety features to make spotting problems an automatic process. The surround camera system allows the driver to access a complete 360 degree picture of their vehicle on the sport’s touch screen display. Additionally, the adaptive front lighting system allows the headlights to turn with the steering wheel, shining light onto dangerous curves as opposed to the lovely view directly ahead. With automatic high beam assist, when the outside light falls below the system’s acceptable threshold, the high beams will automatically activate, shining a light on any danger lurking in the darkness.

In addition to state of the art safety features, and modern day technological conveniences, the range rover sport comes with Sirius satellite radio fully installed. Gain access to a wealth of music stations, sports coverage, and talk radio of the highest caliber, available only to the discerning audience who seeks it out. With peace of mind, creature comfort, and on board entertainment, we hope you will make the right decision, and choose to purchase a used range rover sport.

Getting Familiar With the Pajero Sport Automatic

If you ask a car enthusiast to list the most impressive Mitsubishi creations to date, one name he will surely take is Pajero Sport Automatic. This vehicle enjoys significant popularity in every country it has been launched in. It is believed that for people belonging to the middle-income group, this vehicle model is the most loved sports utility vehicle.

Pajero Sport is not a new car. It was earlier available as a vehicle with manual transmission. However, things changed last November, when the company decided to launch a new version of the vehicle. It’s needless to say that the new version, instead of having manual transmission, came equipped with automatic transmission. The name Pajero Sport Automatic was derived from this newly added feature of the vehicle.

A large share of the people who were in love with Pajero Sport decided to replace their old vehicle with the automatic version of this Mitsubishi creation. As a result, within a jiffy, authorized dealers of the company saw all the pieces of the newly launched car disappearing from their showrooms.

The automatic transmission is not the only feature that separates Pajero Sport from the Pajero Sport Automatic. The new car comes with a range of other modifications. Particularly, its exterior is significantly different from that of its predecessor. However, that doesn’t mean that Mitsubishi has kept its interior intact.

The Japanese automaker, known widely for its innovations, has included all the features it added to the limited edition Pajero model some time back into the Pajero Sport Automatic. Here, it must be mentioned that the limited edition model was launched just a few weeks before the launch of the automatic version of Sport.

The most exciting additions to the vehicle include an integrated DVD player, an advanced navigation system, a cooler box, and a fresh feature called reverse parking.

There are also some features that Mitsubishi has decided to keep unchanged. One of the most prominent examples of such a feature is the car’s engine. Like its predecessor, the Sport Automatic also carries a 2.5 liter four-cylinder turbo diesel engine. Reports suggest that right now the car maker has no plans of manufacturing this automatic vehicle with a 4×4 engine.

Aluminum and Magnesium Wheel Advantages for Automotive Performance in Luxury and Sport Applications

Mark Lisnyansky, President of Magnesium Inc. notes that, “Wheel weight is very important to overall performance as it is key component in “un-sprung” vehicle mass. Generally, the accepted rule for thumb for predicting performance benefits from sprung vs. un-sprung weight reduction is a factor of approximately 4:1. For every pound of un-sprung mass eliminated a four fold advantage is gained in vehicle performance parameters. For example, forged magnesium, large diameter wheels ( 20″-22″) increase the weight advantage over aluminum by eliminating, on average, 70-75 lbs. un-sprung mass, which would provide the same acceleration time and braking distance benefit as eliminating 250-300 pounds from the vehicle engine, chassis or passenger compartment.” Mr. Lisnyansky goes on to say that, “By virtue of these lighter wheels, forged wheels are at least 20% lighter, sustaining equal loads with better characteristics, which is always easier on the car and its suspension. Lighter wheels also yield shorter breaking distance, which saves lives, shorter acceleration and reduces fuel consumption.”

The forged aluminum and magnesium wheel manufacturing process is critical to wheel strength. They are produced by applying extremely high forces to base material in a contained die. The forged wheel blanks, or “pre-forms”, undergo very beneficial changes in metallurgical grain structure during this process. The more random grain structure found in standard cast wheels becomes a more highly organized and aligned grain structure when wheels are forged. More importantly, forged wheel metallurgical microstructure in both aluminum and magnesium can be further oriented in the forging process to provide the highest material strength exactly where wheels see the highest loading from road surface hazards or from lateral and other loading generated by the vehicles own inertia. Going one step further, today’s advanced computer aided modeling techniques allow the wheel manufacturer and the automaker to collaborate in optimizing a specific forged wheel geometry and design for the utmost strength and safety on the vehicle.

SMW Engineering, a division of is a leader in developing magnesium wheels. Engineers at acknowledge another important feature of forged wheels over low pressure cast wheels is the integrity of surface finish achievable. Most final wheel styles and finish combinations are enhanced by the density and uniformity of cosmetic surfaces on forged wheels. This is particularly important on higher-end vehicle applications where a bright wheel finish is desired but chrome plating is not an alternative due to mass, cost and environmental considerations. Forged, bright polished wheels certainly make a dramatic addition to the vehicles appearance and aesthetics.

While forging processing cost is higher than the standard, low-pressure casting process used on wheels that come as original equipment on many vehicles, even the most cost-conscious auto manufacturers do install forged wheels on their highest performing vehicles. By optimizing wheel strength through process and material choices, the many benefits in overall vehicle performance will make forged magnesium wheels one of the key milestones in upcoming production vehicle refinement, performance and safety improvement.

Technology in forging magnesium wheels is always advancing. With the new technologies come new applications in forging and coating. SMW Engineering and are researching and testing new design methods regularly. The racing world, automotive and motorcycle, has for some time adopted magnesium wheels as efficient tools for weight reduction, better handling and increased performance. Luxury car and bike manufacturers are now meeting consumer interest and demand for not only high-performance magnesium wheels but exclusively designed and coated magnesium wheels. recently announced the introduction of one-piece, forged magnesium wheels for street use in North America. The wheels are 20 to 30 percent lighter than forged aluminum and offer increased safety and performance.

“The U.S. wheel market is quite formidable and we intend to supply a smaller but very important segment of the 100 million vehicle wheels used in North America,” said Mark Lisnyansky, President of “We will provide the best-in-class wheels that automakers can offer as an option on new vehicles and consumers can add to their present vehicles.”

The magnesium alloy wheels are initially available in 20 and 22-inch sizes, and are treated with a high-tech anti-corrosion coating. The company will also be developing wheels in various sizes and compositions for specific North American applications.

The Upcoming Buick LaCrosse Super Sport

Edmunds and several leading automotive blogs are theorizing that Buick will finally go ahead and build a sport version of its popular LaCrosse midsize sedan. Unlike the original model, the proposed car will be a true roadster as Buick seeks to inject some youthfulness into its aging model line. This is big news for Buick, which hasn’t built a true youth oriented car since stopping production of the hot-rod Regal Grand National during the 1980s. Will the Super Sport be enough to help Buick recapture a lost segment of the marketplace? That remains open to debate, so let’s see what Buick is planning with the Super Sport and then you can decide for yourself.

For the past several years, Buick has been near the top in most customer satisfaction and quality surveys. After years of languishing much further down the list, Buick decided to truly emphasize quality and that move has paid off. However, quality cars are one thing while exciting cars are another. Quite simply, Buick hasn’t been building cars that are high on the “wow” factor list. Sales have remained flat as the age level of its buyers continued to rise. Anyone who understands the business of cars will tell you that you must continually appeal to a younger audience in order to grow and prosper. Let’s just say that even younger AARP drivers haven’t been heavily drawn to the current Buick model line up.

As far as the Super Sport goes, the car is based on the concept Velite a car that has been appearing at auto shows over the past few years. Much like the Lexus SC430, the Super Sport will be targeting upscale buyers attracted to a combination of luxury, performance, and premium styling. While drive train information hasn’t been finalized, reports of a 300 hp V8 being offered has been circulating. Likely, this engine will be mated to a six speed automatic. A 3.6L twin turbo producing more than 400 hp has also been rumored for the Super Sport, but that engine choice might be scratched if gas prices remain historically high.

Information about specific Super Sport features is rather limited, but if the car holds true to the Velite concept, buyers can expect the following with the Super Sport:

— Heritage styling based on a late 1930s Buick boat tail design. Buick’s recognizable waterfall grille design coupled with decorative side portholes are also expected to appear on the Super Sport.

— 20 inch front wheels and 21 inch rear wheels; rear wheel drive.

— Leather 2 plus 2 seating.

— A retractable hood that will fit snugly into the trunk.

— Full cabin amenities including OnStar and XM satellite radio switches integrated into the dashboard.

Beyond what has been listed, the rest is speculation including possible build and release dates for the Super Sport. GM’s current financial woes will impact the final decision on whether to build this car, but if approval is given a 2008 or 2009 release is possible.

Yes, Buick needs a car of this caliper to breathe new life into a rather uninspiring line up. Prices for the Super Sport will likely exceed $40,000 limiting the car’s appeal to those with significant means. Still, if Buick is able to pull it off the Super Sport it may pave the way for additional model changes, perhaps even opening the door for a Regal-inspired car to rejoin the line up. Now that would be great news for a brand that sorely needs a fresh youth injection.