21 December 2012, according to Mayan calendar, the world will end. Some people do believe and some people don’t. However there is one thing is obvious, everyone wants to know what will happen on 21 December 2012.
If you believe the world will end up 21 December 2012, I have some luxury and stylish tips for saving your life. I would like to start from the car, you may go for Mercedes G-Class, Toyota Land Cruiser, Range Roverand Nissan Patrol. All of these SUVs are the best of the best on off road and any type of adverse terrain.
However, I need to pick one! And I am going for Toyota Land Cruiser. Land Cruiser is one of the toughest SUV on market, it is preferred by governments, diplomats, militaries, explorers. Land Cruiser does look quite but it may not offer the same level of Range Rover luxury. But, keep in mind our main aim is to survive! So, Land Cruiser will not break down, it is capable of going over any type of obstacle and Land Cruiser has its own coolness! Land Cruiser is rare, tough and cool. And Toyota Land Cruiser is the only SUV, which is gloves friendly. All the interior is designed to be operated by gloves!
Toyota Land Cruiser V8 is powered by 4.5-lt turbo diesel engine with 286 PS of power and 650 Nm of torque with 6-speed automatic transmission.
Now what to wear on 21 December 2012! For women: The coat is Mulberry Mongolian goat hair and leather coat. It is made from goat hair and promises to keep you warm with organic materials. You can wear whatever you like inside the Mulberry coat, because it will keep you warm at any condition. The bag is Bottega Veneta Intrecciato leather tote. It is big enough to accommodate many things inside, secured by the zipper. The bag should offer as much space as possible and it should be secured easily.
And for the boots, Alexander McQueen Shearling and leather ankle high heeled boots. They are matching with the Bottege Veneta bag and also the fur matches with Mulberry coat. Alexander McQueen boots offer great traction thanks to its chunky soles. And the last is the gloves, Causse Gantier Shearling gloves will match the coat and keep you warm. The rest of the collection is based on your taste.
For men: The coat Alexander McQueen Double-Breasted Shearling Coat, honestly with this coat you can start living in north pole! The bag, you need on as you will be in case of emergency, Yves Saint LaurentFull-Grain Leather Holdall Bag. This is similar to tote bag but way more masculine. For the boots, I am going to the classic Mark McNairy Timberland Chunky-SoleSuede Boots! They are not that aesthetic but they will do their job. And lastly the gloves, Mulberry Sheepskin Gloves. You can easily drive the Toyota Land Cruiser with these gloves, don’t worry!
|Mulberry Mongolian goat hair and leather coat £3500|
|Bottege Veneta Intrecciato leather tote £2690|
|Alexander McQueen Shearling and leather ankle boots £1125|
|Causse Gantier Shearling gloves £300|
|Alexander McQueen Double-Breasted Shearling Coat £3995|
Nissan NV200 is the London Taxi or Black Cab. If you ever been to London, you would definitely noticed the classic London Taxis or Black Cabs. Retro shaped, superb turning circle and old. London Taxi Company builds this retro looking London taxis and latest model is the TX4 (Hackney Carriage).
However, TX4 is not fuel efficient, comfortable. Therefore, Nissan introduced the NV200 model with 1.5-lt dCi diesel engine and 89 PS of power, 5.3 lt/km or 53.3 mpg fuel consumption and only 138 g/km CO2.
It doesn’t look as good as TX4 retro London cab but I am sure that Nissan NV200 will offer better ride. I wish that, London Taxi Company revised the original car with the contemporary needs of the passenger and changes in automotive industry. Its design is very unique and it is sad to see them disappearing on the roads.
Nissan Qashqai, I clearly remember the first day I read about Nissan’s new car Qashqai on Top Gear Magazine on 2007. It was totally something different than the existing model range and I was not able to pronounce it properly. Actually, with many people we had the same issue. We were trying to develop a phonetic and which end up totally wrong!
Qashqai was the leader of front-wheel drive small size SUV segment. Before Qashqai, only front-wheel drive concept was a bit risky. Because, it was contradicting with the mentality of SUV. Manufacturers were hesitating to remove the four-wheel or all-wheel drive system from an SUV. I was not that sure that, it would receive this success. However, it did!
Actually one my dear friend Ferruh Uztuğ was one of the first people in Turkey who bought the Qashqai. It was a bit risky decision and I didn’t wish to stop him from this exciting purchase. Hopefully, it was a gambling end up with win! Later on, Qashqai became so popular and strength its new segment of front-wheel driven small SUVs. Even the Land Rover followed this lead by front-wheel driven Evoque and Freelander.
I drove this car couple of times and it was way better than the Almera and Primera. Even the Nissan realised that those cars are terrible, and went into production. Once again, Qashqai is a great example of integration of cleaver and contemporary design with competitive features. And it was so successful, they introduced +2 model later.
The engine options are; 1.6-lt (117 PS) and 2.0-lt (140 PS) petrol engines and 1.5-lt (110 PS), 1.6-lt (130), 2.0-lt (150 PS) diesel engines. The best option will be the 1.6-lt diesel! 5-Speed, 6-Speed manuals; CVT and 6-Speed auto transmissions; front-wheel and all-wheel drive options are available across the range.
For pricing and specifications, please follow the Nissan’s web site.
Ferruh Uztuğ is Professor at Department of Communication Sciences at Anadolu University, Eskişehir, Turkey.
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Road & Track is an American car magazine and quite well known around the world. Recently, they made a great test of three amazing cars! Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, Nissan GTR and Porsche 911 Turbo S. All these cars are state of art engineering of automotive industry and present devastating performance.
Road & Track made a video to show the performance of these three cars. They calculated each of the cars’ acceleration performances. According to magazine, this measure is more appropriate than the maximum speed level. And I do agree with them, top speed is a bit utopic number for these cars. Especially, Veyron is capable of achieving more than 400kph, which is quite impossible to achieve on normal road condition.
The test shows that Bugatti is far beyond the other cars, but there is a mistake in this test. Road & Track did not measure these cars handling capabilities. People do not buy these cars to do drag races, they drive them in daily condition and handling is important as acceleration. If a car does not provide a proper handling, the acceleration becomes meaningless.
This test is exciting to watch but I cannot consider as a good performance measure. They should have done it like European magazines do it!
If you did not have time to visit Motor Expo this year, here you have the chance to see all the vehicles!
Mercedes New SLK
Mercedes New C Coupe
Mercedes SLS AMG
Mercedes CLS 63 AMG
Range Rover Evoque
Range Rover Sport
Land Rover Discovery
Bentley Continental GT
Bentley Continental GTC Ice Record
Bentley Continental GT Flying Spur
BMW M3 GTS
BMW 6 Series Cabrio
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