The Myvi was developed jointly by Perodua and Daihatsu on the platform of the Daihatsu Boon, a compact car sold in Japan, with significant changes made to both the interior and exterior designs to adapt to the Malaysian taste. With prices ranging from 41,200 Malaysian Ringgits (1.14 million yen) to 51,300 Malaysian Ringgits (1.42 million yen), the Myvi is positioned as the top-of-the-line model from Perodua.
The Myvi’s main features include:
1. A stylish, specially designed exterior that expresses dynamism;
2. LED tail and stop lamps and door mirrors with turn signals —both firsts in this category— to create a sophisticated impression;
3. An instrument panel designed exclusively for the Myvi to add a classy feel to this model;
4. A split rear seat that permits free arrangement of the cabin and luggage compartments according to the number of occupants and the volume of luggage;
5. A high-performance 1.3-litre engine with DVVT (Dynamic Variable Valve Timing) that combines high power with low fuel consumption;
6. A crash safety body designed to protect the occupants from head-on, side-on and rear-on collisions while also minimising injury to pedestrians; and
7. Advanced safety features including dual SRS airbags and ABS for the upper grades 1.3SXi and 1.3EZi.
Is Toyota developing a motocross bike? Well, the short answer to that is, ‘No.’ But what has everyone talking is the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota MX Concept Bike. Built exclusively for the 2009 SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) Show, the JGR/Toyota Concept Bike is based on a 2009 Yamaha YZ450F and features some very unique modifications. Check out photos of the concept bike, engineered by the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota NASCAR group and sporting an array of specialty aftermarket accessories.
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The Joe Gibbs Racing Motocross/Toyota (JGRMX/Toyota) Concept Bike is a special one-of-a-kind project built specifically for the 2009 SEMA show. The JGRMX/Toyota motocross partnership, in conjunction with the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota NASCAR group teamed up to make the special bike a reality. The group logged more than 100 man hours on the project, and received modifications and accessories provided by 17 contributors to create a truly unique machine. The JGRMX/Toyota Concept Bike illustrates how far customizing can be taken, when combining a creative style concept with the latest in MX hardware, and some dedicated and talented technicians.
The project started out using a 2009 Yamaha YZ450F as the base platform to work from. The group utilized a specially lightened and polished frame, and installed carbon fiber body panels, and a custom fuel tank. Titanium and other exotic metals were used, where appropriate, to further reduce weight and provide an exotic appearance.
Cycra Racing supplied the front and rear fenders, and the front number plate. Lightspeed Performance Products pitched in with a carbon fiber chain guide, rear brake caliper cover, and fork guards to follow the carbon fiber body design theme. N-Style contributed the seat cover and exterior graphics.
The YZ450F engine was treated to a reversed location valve train from Xceldyne. Reversing the intake and exhaust valves on the cylinder optimized the bikes balance point. Further induction modifications included a fan-driven forced air intake system with fuel injection. A Carillo rod coupled with a JE piston and rings were installed to complement the top end work. Conventional radiators were dismissed in favor of a custom aluminum extrusion cooling system. The use of a special air driven starting system with an air tank integrated into the frame was another departure from tradition.
Final engine additions included Filtron air and oil filters, an FMF Racing exhaust system tipped with a light-weight carbon fiber muffler, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions brake and oil lines, a custom Toyota logo clutch cover, and clutch internal parts (basket, plates and springs) from Hinson Clutch Components.
The group fabricated a specially made swing arm with the Toyota logo machined into it. The rear shock included a custom reservoir mount location to move it further away from the heat coming off of the exhaust system. Clutch and front brake actuation were accomplished using levers by ARC Levers, and Motion Pro cables. Hammerhead Designs provided the shift lever and rear brake lever. The brake rotors were custom pieces with the Toyota logo engraved into them. Wheels from Spinergy Wheels utilizing Fiber Spoke Technology completed the chassis modifications. Sprockets, bars, and grips from Renthal finished the operational modifications.
An on board data acquisition system from Pi Research was the final touch to the project. This system was set up to provide real time information on functions such as suspension travel, engine temperature, and vehicle speed.
JGR/Toyota Motocross Bike Concept Features
Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A.
Joe Gibbs Racing Motocross Group
Joe Gibbs Racing NASCAR Group
Yamaha Motor Corporation
Modifications and Accessories
Front number plate
Front and rear fenders
Hinson Clutch Components
Clutch cover, basket, plates, and springs
Front brake and clutch levers
Rear brake, and shift levers
On board data acquisition system
Lightspeed Performance Products
Rear brake caliper cover and front fork covers
Handlebars and grips
Seat cover and graphics
Brown & Miller Racing Solutions
Brake and oil lines
Air and oil filters
Piston and rings
You have reached the net’s most comprehensive Ferrari Fiorano 599 GTB resource, where you can find everything you could ever have possibly wanted to know about this unique and currently rather elusive car. Ferrari have an unrivalled reputation in car design and manufacture. They have produced some of the world’s most successful and highly acclaimed cars, from likes of the Ferrari 250GT SWB to the F50, the list of Ferrari triumphs is endless. This exemplary record has been continued with the new Fiorano 599 GTB.
The Ferrari 599 Fiorano is not just another sports car; far from it. Ferrari have successfully achieved yet another new level of class and sophistication, while also delivering everything that you would expect from a sports car. Since first going on display at the Geneva Motor Show the Ferrari Fiorano has received the admiration of auto-enthusiasts around the world. However, you certainly do not have to be an enthusiast to fully appreciate the sleek, subtle curves, lines and utterly beautiful exterior design of this truly magnificent car.
Unlike many sports cars, the elegance of the Ferrari 599 Fiorano’s exterior is also carried through to the hand-crafted, personalised interior design, which is both sporty and extremely comfortable. The interior makes use of the latest in carbon fiber and aluminum material technology, as well as taking full advantage of more traditional materials, such as leather. In their efforts to produce a high performance sports car that is a pleasure to drive, Ferrari have certainly not forgotten about the passenger. Both driver and passenger will travel in supreme comfort and style, in fact a central grip has specifically been included to provide extra support for the car’s passenger.
Moreover, Ferrari have designed the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano with a wide range of personalization options, giving each car its own unique signature. It is possible to make choices in a wide range of categories, including; equipment and travel, racing and track, exteriors and colours and interior and materials. Within these categories buyers can choose to add a multitude of amazing features. For example, you can choose to have a state-of-the-art carbon fiber steering wheel with an LED display, which is made possible by the very latest technological advancements in this field. Conveniently, afully integrated satellite navigation system is yet another optional extra that is available with the Fiorano.
This fantastic car isn’t just about looks, although it does undeniably look great, the Ferrari 599 Fiorano also outperforms other cars in this field. You need but glimpse the car’s impressive specifications to see that it does indeed deserve the title of super-car. The engine has a maximum power of 456kW at 7600rpm and a maximum torque of 608Nm at 5600rpm. The Fiorano can achieve speeds in excess of 205 miles per hour, accelerating from 0 to 62mph in under four seconds.
>Chinese manufacturers are probably not afraid of copying anything. The pictures show that the Chinese managed to copy such brands as Mercedes, BMW, Smart Cars and even a whole bus. Chinese manufacturers also copy the badges, slightly changing the name.
A Chinese company entitled Haunghai Automobile was definitely not afraid of violating the rights of Hyundai, which created Santa Fe. The Chinese manufacturer duplicated Santa Fe, its car looking just like Hyundai’s SUV. What is most amazing is that both cars were presented at the Beijing Auto Show. During the auto show the majority of industry insiders came up to one conclusion that the whole front of the Chinese car is copied from the Santa Fe, including the radiator grill and head lamps.
The rest of the car looks pretty much like another representative from the Korean auto industry – KIA. The company’s Kia Sorento probably served as the main (if not the only) source of inspiration for the Chinese manufacturers. However, Hyundai Motor is currently the only threat for Haunghai Automobile, who is accused of stealing the design. It is most likely that the Korean car manufacturer will analyze the impact of Haunghai’s creation on the sales of Santa Fe in China before filing the lawsuit. The legal actions will be taken in case the sales in China will severely affect Hyundai.
Another Chinese company, based in Shandong, made a copy of Smart but after Daimler-Chrysler filed complaints against the Chinese replica, the company that created the copy stopped its production. Huo Yun EV, the Chinese vehicle, is in fact different from Smart, especially regarding its engine. The car it runs on an electric engine and not a gasoline powered one. Huo Yun EV reaches 31 mph and its batteries can hold up to 75 miles.
According to an article written in Economist, fake cars that are manufactured by such firms as Shuanghuan Automobile and Chery, are probably be the most complicated. In the picture there are BMW’s X5 and the Shuanghuan CEO.
The average car features 6,000 parts without counting the number of people that fit these parts together in a way that the car can actually be driven. It is amazing how the Chinese are able to make a profit. A real car needs a material cost that cannot be compensated only by cheap labor force. The Economists writes:
“That they can sell these cars for half the price of the originals suggests that something odd is going on. They either do know their own costs (a distinct possibility), have revolutionized car-making (highly unlikely) or are being subsidized in some way. For the time being, no one knows.”
Surprisingly enough Italians also managed to copy a car. Italians were always famous for purchasing exclusive and fashionable bags from Gucci and watches of the popular Swiss brands. At the end of February, 2008, police discovered a new wave of accurate copying. The manufacturers were able to break up the ring trading with fake Ferrari vehicles for a real price fraction.
The police accused 15 individuals of faking red Ferrari sports cars and putting them up for sale to fans of the brand. It is worth mentioning that some of the Ferrari fans were aware of the fact that they purchase a counterfeit car.
People who produced counterfeit Ferrari cars used a few original parts but most of the parts were fakes. The body parts were taken from cars of other brands. These parts included: chassis, roofs, hoods, trunks and doors. Workers modified the part so they would look like the original ones. Some of the counterfeit Ferrari cars were sold for 20,000 euros, which is approximately 1/10th of the price of genuine Ferrari. Police managed to confiscate 21 cars, seven being produced in Sicilian garages and 14 already sold.
However, not only Italians can accurately fake Ferraris. The Chinese are in the field as well. Franco Frattini, the European Commissioner for Justice and Home Affairs, stated that the Chinese were able to make a counterfeit Ferrari car.
“This is the seventh one, produced in China” mentioned Frattini.
The EC stated that it is going to crack the illegal business down. It has recommended a punishment of minimum four years in prison. The fine that the European Commission puts on fake product manufacturers is at least 100,000 Euro and in case there is a connection with a criminal organization or the business carries a health risk the fine may reach 300,000 Euro.
The members of the European Union may impose greater penalties or fines.