Saturday, July 31, 2010
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Tuesday, July 13, 2010
The Peugeot 3008 (Hippopotamus amphibius), or hippo, from the ancient Greek for "river horse" , is a large, mostly herbivorous mammal in sub-Saharan Africa, and one of only two extant species in the family Hippopotamidae (the other is the Pygmy Hippopotamus – or the Austin A40 – now extinct.) The 3008 is the third largest land animal (after the elephant and the white rhinoceros) and the heaviest extant artiodactyl, despite being considerably shorter than the giraffe.
The 3008 is an SUV, and therefore it can be semi-aquatic, able to cross small streams and city flash floods, and climb tall roadside kerbs, rivers and lakes where territorial SUVs preside over a stretch of river and groups of 5 to 30 females and young. During the day they remain cool by posing in local watering holes like Bangsar or Sri Hartamas. They emerge at dusk to graze on Starbucks Coffee and other places where expensive coffee and clothing is served. While 3008s rest near each other in the water, grazing is a solitary activity and the 3008 are not territorial on land.
Despite their physical resemblance to pigs and other terrestrial even-toed ungulates, their closest living relatives are the slightly dumpy looking Audi Q5 (the Q7, while huge looks so much better looking – somehow those longer overhangs front and rear and that longer bonnet helps a lot) from which they diverged about 55 million years ago. The common ancestor of Q5 and 3008s split from other normal looking SUVs (like a Mitsubishi Airtrek, Subaru Forester, Range Rover, Freelander etc) around 60 million years ago. The earliest known 3008 fossils, belonging to the genus ugliesthippoaroundus in Africa, date to around 16 million years ago.
The Peugeot 3008 is recognizable by its barrel-shaped torso
, enormous mouth and teeth,
nearly hairless body, stubby legs and tremendous size. Check out the overhangs front and rear.
It is THAT disproportionate in terms of looks.Press photos make it look decent. My photos make it look decent too. You have to see it for yourselves to see how horrid it is. Anyway, it is based on the the third-largest land mammal by weight, behind the white rhinoceros and both species of elephant. Despite its stocky shape and short legs, it can easily outrun a human with its efficient 1.6liter 156bhp turbocharged engine. 3008s have been clocked at 30 km/h (19 mph) over short distances due to having the same engine as the current Mini Cooper S, the Peugeot 308GT and also due to its 6 speed automatic gearbox (over the ancient 4speed automatic in the 308 sold here in Malaysia).
And that folks, is the new Peugeot 3008. NAZA underestimated the demand for this in Malaysia as for RM145K, people seem to want this funny looking SUV. Some even chose to buy this due to Audi having a 1 year waiting list for its Q5 over the 3008's 8 to 10 month waiting list. Being more than a 100k cheaper yet still a European import makes it pretty desirable. But it's plain ugly and pretty pointless as it has no real off-road capability whatsoever. I'd never buy an SUV just for its commanding driving position especially if it looks like a hippo. People are buying for the badge, purely for the badge and the image (what image?) that a continental has over here in Malaysia.
Much like those Avanza owners. Buy a crap van just because its a Toyota. Now they're buying an ugly SUV because its a Peugeot. Please people...if you want to buy a Peugeot here in Malaysia, there is the 407 and pointy nosed 308 for you to buy. Not a water loving mammal.
Friday, July 09, 2010
After a bit of light reading at syedoutsidethebox.blogspot.com I have extracted this for you to read.
“The CEO (of Proton) said that they have sembahyang hajat when they embark on something or other at Proton. The CEO and his Managers all sembahyang hajat together, with the CEO playing imam.
My view is this. Cars are made of steel, aluminium, parts and components. The European cars can now give up to 60 MILES PER GALLON or equal to 20 kilometres per litre of diesel !! The new technology in
Europe is diesel driven. It is becoming clean, with a very low carbon footprint and gives great mileage.
Even the Chinese cars like Chery (a recent member of the car fraternity) are latching on to European standards and technology. I dont know how sembahyang hajat plays into all this? I believe at least one religious person has said before that the 'sembahyang hajat' does not work. “
The above was an excerpt from the above mentioned blog where some political in nature Malaysian bloggers had dinner with the CEO of Proton so that he can explain some politically charged issue that I have no concern of whatsoever. We all know that ‘Sembahyang Hajat’ means a Prayer for a Wish/Request. If the above statement is true (Note the ‘IF’ word here) this is what Proton is resorting to conducting all the time when it builds cars for the general public to sell then we now know the actual problem of Proton. They are hoping for something called Divine Intervention.
Divine Intevention is a term for a miracle caused by God's active involvement in the human world. I mean would God actually dabble with the creation of a new Proton? Would The Almighty be willing to turn a lemon, like say the Satria Neo I drove recently, and turn it into a Ferrari Enzo beating creation? Or send his Angels down from Heaven and mould that ugly Proton Waja into a Maserati Quattroporte everytime a Waja leaves the assembly line? Would the same Angels also tune that exhaust note of sad, dumpy looking Proton Saga and make it sound like something Mozart wrote?
Actually I don’t think so. You have to actually help yourself first before others can help you. If the product is already a half baked one, then you’ve got it all wrong. Even sembahyang hajat will not help.
A systematic definition of miracles performed by apostles. Of course, no one in Proton are apostles, but the following defines what a miracle is in an Islamic sense. I am using this since Sembahyang Hajat was brought up and if they did one everytime they launched a car, they must have did it when they launched the Satria Neo, Persona and Saga. Anyway, the definition of a miracle can be found in the work of the Muslim scholar al-Īd̲j̲ī Mawāḳif, historian A.J. Wensinck states.The main purpose of miracle is to prove the sincerity of the apostle and has to satisfy the following conditions:
1. It must be performed by God
2. "It must be contrary to the usual course of things"
3. It should be impossible to contradict it
4. "It must happen at the hands of him who claims to be an apostle
5. "It must be in conformity with his announcement of it, and the miracle itself must not be a disavowal of his claim"
6. "It must follow on his claim.
Right. Number 2 means that the miracle ‘must be contrary to the usual course of things’. If the build quality of a Proton is usually bad, (remember that Satria Neo I talked about recently? Bad seat, bad air-cond blower etc.), then nothing could ever stop everyone from criticizing it.
This is the same if it was a Toyota Avanza. I say that the car is absolute crap because it is. No miracle can ever change the fact that it has leaf springs, a badly designed shape and a lorry chassis. If it were built differently, it wouldn’t be an Avanza. The only miracle I see that Proton wants to emulate from
is the fact that lots of people are gullible and, to put it bluntly, idiotic enough to buy one. So maybe, on that note, all those Sembahyang Hajat actually works. People are rushing out and buying at dumpy looking Proton Saga. With that, I take back everything bad I said in this article about Proton conducting the Sembahyang Hajat. Or do I? Toyota
Now speaking of cars that have actual quality, this E-Type from the early 1970s (a Series III V12) recently made its way across the border up North. A thousand kilometer trip was not a problem for it and the only set-back that happened to it was a speedbump that was too high, resulting in a cracked exhaust that was easily fixed. Oh, I was there when the mechanics took the car to get the exhaust repaired. Ever heard a Jaguar V12 unsilenced? I have. It was epic.
On the same note, the owner of that wonderful car also made another 1,800km trip in a 1995 Toyota Estima Lucida which had over 260,000km on the clock without any issues.
Cars like these will go on forever. Like the Mercedes W124 I reviewed earlier. It seems that the notion where old cars are clunkers and break down all the time should be put to rest. It all takes some routine maintenance. Stuff that needs to be changed, when it needs to be changed, should be changed. Cars with great build quality will last nearly forever. No extra prayers needed. Just a simple ‘Bismillah’ before you start your day is all you need….. If you’re a Muslim that is, and a short prayer for a splendid and productive day for others out there is all you need to do. It is as simple as that folks.
Thursday, July 08, 2010
Good afternoon. I had this piece written showing evidence that those LED lights you see on those Audis, Porsches and other cars are purely fashion or style statements. Click here to read the article posted on MyAutoblog.org.
Saturday, July 03, 2010
Hello again. I have been pretty busy travelling around the Peninsular recently. I made a 2 trips down South. One to Muar, Johor and one more to the Lion City for a change of air. I basically went to someplace a little more hectic but surprisingly more organized than Kuala Lumpur, so it was good.
The 'murtabak singapore' at Zam Zam and at Victory next door ( both pictured above) is nice on a Sunday morning, or for lunch or for dinner.
Oh yes. Check out this little Suzy. It is smaller than a Jimny SJ413. But it has chunky off-road tires, taller suspension and all the off-road goodies. I wonder if this little car does leave the island for off-road jaunts in Malaysia.
Now I've not been quiet on the writing front. I have been writing new pieces for MyAutoBlog.org.
The following are some that I think are worthy to share in here...........................
1. The Beacham Jaguar MkII. You now don't have to send that Jag of yours for a modernization in the UK anymore. Click here to read the article.
2. Gordon Murray's T25. A nice small car concept. I like small cars. The original Mini is one of my favourite drives and so was my 2nd Gen Honda Civic. Of course, this is smaller than my Civic, and smaller slightly than the Mini. Go here to see some pics and a writeup about it.
3. Drive a black car? Some more useless research conducted by people who want grants from the government or to show that they are doing something with taxpayer's money at all those Institutes of Higher Learning.
4. The next Suzy Swift is out. Check out how much it doesn't differ here. It may be longer, wider and taller, but it stays the same.
5.Late night shopping at Mustafa's in Little India, Singapore, a Toyota with a Subaru Scoop (even in Singapore we get mods like this) and an old W124 wagon plying the streets of Singapore at night. They don't throw out their old stuff all the time if you know what I mean. Click here for this.