California Narrows the Right of Insureds to Independent Counsel

The 6th District Court of Appeal issued the attached decision, Federal Insurance Company v. MBL, Inc., which provides the liability insurance industry with new ammunition to defeat the right of policyholders to hire independent “Cumis” counsel.  In MBL, issued on Aug. 26, 2013, the insured was a supplier of dry cleaning products that had been sued for contribution under CERCLA for a soil and groundwater cleanup in the City of Modesto.  The contamination at issue was traced back to a dry cleaning facility.  After MBL tendered the matter for coverage, MBL’s  insurers reserved rights and appointed counsel.  MBL demanded independent counsel pursuant to California Civil Code Section 2860, arguing that the insurer’s reservation of rights created a conflict of interest for the appointed defense lawyer.

The trial court granted summary judgment to the insurers, finding there was no “actual” conflict of interest, as required to trigger a right to independent counsel.  The Court of Appeal affirmed, holding that there is no right to independent counsel based on a “general reservation of rights,” or based on any of the following specific facts and reservations:

1.  A reservation of rights based on whether the insured’s liability for pollution arose out of a government directive or request, which would bar coverage under an absolute pollution exclusion. The Court held that appointed counsel cannot influence the outcome of that issue, so there is no conflict of interest triggering a right to independent counsel.

2.  A reservation of rights to deny coverage for damages outside of the policy period. The Court held that, when the coverage issue in question relates only to the timing of damages, there is no conflict triggering a right to independent counsel. This is a very broad holding that could extend to a variety of contexts outside of the pollution context.

3.  The insurer’s separate defense of third party defendants who the insured had sued for contribution. The Court held that the insured failed to present evidence showing any “actual,” as opposed to “theoretical,” conflict of interest, and, since the insurers would have to indemnify the totality of loss among such parties, the insurers had no incentive to shift the loss from one insured to another.

The MBL decision, if allowed to stand, demonstrates that courts will demand actual and specific evidence of an insurance defense lawyer’s conflict of interest before approving the right to independent counsel. For that reason, the decision should not be perceived as simply limited to the environmental context. Letters to insurance carriers demanding independent counsel in any context should keep this decision in mind, and should specifically describe any conflict of interest triggered by a carrier reservation of rights which triggers the duty to provide independent counsel.

Reigniting Biogas in California

Creating energy from scrap and waste is not a new concept. Scrap wood, landfill gas, farm waste, and other “biomass” have all been used in the past to create electricity in California. For a number of reasons, such “bioenergy” projects have not yet become a mainstay of California’s energy portfolio. However, with technological advances and laws aimed at curbing climate change, bioenergy promises to become a prominent feature in California’s energy market.

“Digesters” have become a particularly promising form of bioenergy. Such facilities capture or digest “biogas,” such as methane, from animal manure and waste, and then use that captured gas to create electricity. Like other forms of bioenergy, such as scrap wood burning plants, digester projects are not new. In the past, digester technology was fairly crude and the production resulted in high levels of air emissions such as nitrogen oxide (NOx). However, a variety of new technologies — many of which are already employed successfully around the globe — have emerged to make the capture and use of waste materials more efficient with fewer air emissions.

Such biogas projects help reduce greenhouse gases by capturing methane that would otherwise have escaped into the atmosphere. Moreover, the animal waste, a renewable energy source, is an alternative to fossil fuels. And, with the new technology, electricity can be created that complies with air pollution laws and reduces the level of emissions that would have resulted from decomposition of the animal waste.

In short:

  • We have the tools to reduce emissions and create electricity through biogas digester technology.
  • And we certainly have the agriculture to support a proliferation of digester projects.

But do we have the law and policy get these projects off the ground?

The answer is decidedly “yes.”

For example, we have a renewable portfolio standard that requires the State of California to obtain 33 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2020, and a goal to obtain 12,000 megawatts (MW) of our electricity supply from distributed energy. Further, digester projects that result in emissions reductions can generate “carbon offsets” to be sold on the market for use by companies in meeting their compliance obligations under the cap-and-trade program.

Other policies have been enacted to specially advance bioenergy projects. For example, in 2006 then Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger issued Executive Order S-06-06 to start the bureaucratic wheels in motion to advance bioenergy by, among other things, setting a goal to obtain 20 percent of renewable electricity in California from biomass resources, creating an interagency bioenergy working group, and requiring a number of California agencies to initiate proceedings to encourage expanded supply of bioenergy. In 2012, Gov. Jerry Brown furthered his predecessor’s goal with a Bioenergy Action Plan that sets forth action items to expand research and development of bioenergy facilities, reduce permitting and regulatory challenges, and address economic barriers to bioenergy development. In 2012, California also passed SB 1122, which requires utilities to obtain 250 MW from bioenergy sources three MW and smaller.

State agencies and localities have also started taking action to promote and streamline bioenergy by, for example, developing programmatic environmental impact reports (EIRs) and making public funds available for projects. Several utilities have also advanced bioenergy by setting up programs to help with permitting and funding, and developing standard contracts for power purchase from bioenergy projects.

In sum, we have the policies in place in California to create the perfect storm for a surge in biogas digesters.

There’s just one sticking point: It’s been a while since a biogas digester project was successfully developed — from soup to nuts — in California. And with laws such as the California Environmental Qualiy Act (CEQA) and agencies such as the California Air Resources Board (CARB), the biogas industry is understandably worried about successfully cutting all of the red tape necessary to start operating here in California. For example, as reported by a recent Los Angeles Times article, after a number of digester projects failed in decades past, it’s been difficult to regain dairy’s confidence.

In the end, all of the components necessary to create a renaissance of biogas digester projects are present here in California. All we need now is for the regulators to give the final signals to farmers, investors, clean-tech companies, and other stakeholders so that California is seen as a low-risk market and the second wave of digesters can take hold to help California meet its laudable environmental goals.

MAZDA RX-8 FACELIFT 2011 Car reviews, Specs And Prices

MAZDA RX-8 FACELIFT 2011 Car reviews, Specs And Prices, what car reviews, A head of its Tokyo Auto Salon debut, Mazda have released an image of their facelifted RX-8 RS, an uprated JDM model. While the RS is a JDM only proposition, its styling will be shared by the facelifted RX-8.

Essentially, the facelift is a basic refresh of the styling with the bolt on bits getting a bit of a tweak. The front bar is sharper in its styling and features larger air-intakes, new driving lights and a splitter.

Exterior
New and larger front grille and oil cooling openings for a stronger front end design
New designs for headlamps, front fenders, rear LED lamps
New design rear bumper with larger exhaust pipes
New wheel designs with spokes in rotor look
Four new exterior colours
Sport Pack (standard, new to RX-8): Integrated front spoiler, side spoilers, floating-type rear spoiler for reduced lift
New dark grey, extra lightweight, forged 19-inch alloy wheels

Interior
Improved levels of quality craftsmanship
New centre console design
New variable red-zone tachometer
New instrument cluster colour for minimised eye strain
New steering wheel design
New front passenger seat tip and slide functionality for easier access to rear seats
Sport Pack (standard, new to RX-8)

Powertrain
The RX-8 facelift rotary engine delivers 170 kW/231 PS at 8,200 rpm and 211 Nm of torque at 5,500 rpm. It accelerates the RX-8 facelift from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.4 seconds and allows a top speed of 234 km/h.

The RENESIS engine of the RX-8 facelift is evolved to deliver even more sports car performance and driving fun – an attribute that Mazda`s sports icon has always possessed. Drive shaft torsional rigidity of the RX-8 facelift is improved by approximately 30 percent. Combined with the car`s high-mount backbone frame at the top of the transmission tunnel, this improves driving performance and reduces NVH. The differential gear ratio is lowered for the facelift version from 4.444 to 4.777 for improved performance feel, and the RENESIS rotary engine`s acclaimed smoothness and cultivation is enhanced by the introduction of a two knock sensor system, a first for Mazda, which detects and prevents knock better.

Safety
Active and passive safety always has top priority at Mazda and the RX-8 facelift is no exception. It comes with 323 mm ventilated front discs and 302 mm ventilated rear discs. ABS, traction control and DSC systems (disconnectable) are standard equipment. Still onboard is the limited slip differential, which automatically distributes the power between the rear wheels and ensures best possible acceleration and traction.

Mazda RX-8

Body
The RX-8 facelift continues to feature the front-midship engine, rear-wheel drive configuration of the original, delivering an ideal 50/50 weight distribution between the front and rear axles for fantastic handling characteristics. This acclaimed attribute is taken to a new level with improved overall body shell rigidity, steering feel and handling stability.

Body shell rigidity was further improved with a trapezoidal strut tower bar added at the front to enhance local rigidity of the front suspension tower areas. Together with other local rigidity enhancements, torsional (twisting) rigidity was improved by 5.4 percent and flexural (bending) rigidity by 8.7 percent.

Steering feel is further improved and more linear as well, with an enhancement of the main bar joint of the instrument panel for more rigidity of the steering mount area, and the addition of a new front suspension cross member filled with urethane foam for optimal ride comfort.

Overall driving stability is also increased with a reconfiguration of the rear suspension geometry and by increasing the size of the upper lateral link`s joint section by 7.5 mm for better control of toe-out change at rebound.

Prices :
Mazda Rx-8 prices starting at a price of approximately $ 26.795

Mazda Rx-8 Facelift Basic Specs :
Drivetrain : Rear Wheel Drive
Curb Weight (lbs) : 3065
City (MPG) : 16
Hwy (MPG): 22
Horsepower : 232@8500
Torque (lb-ft) : 159@5500
Wheelbase : 106.4
Length (in.) : 175.6
Width (in.) : 69.7
Height (in.) : 52.8

Mazda 3 (Axela) Reviews And Price

Global automobile manufacturers compete produce fuel-efficient cars. Such as Mazda continues to do a refresher on each model with SKYACTIV tech machine is fuel efficient.

SKYACTIV technology already applied in the Mazda2 is now applied to the Mazda Axela, or Mazda3 is called. to satisfy consumers the Japanese automaker is launching a new Mazda3 models that carry the fuel-efficient SKYACTIV oil

The model is currently being produced at the factory Mazda Hofu Plant in Yamaguchi prefecture, Japan. The first model Mazda3 using 2,000 cc engine with direct injection SKYACTIV SKYACTIV-drive 6-speed automatic.

SKYACTIV Mazda3 cars offer a different flavor of driving the car class by offering performance yet fuel-efficient.

In Japan, the Mazda3 has been carrying the “intelligent-Drive Master (i-DM)”. These features are exactly the same as that used on cars or Mazda2 Demio in Japan. Besides fuel economy, Mazda is already using these features are very giving of driving pleasure and comfort for passengers.

Mazda3 one of Mazda’s sales milestone, at least one third of the car carry the company’s global sales of Mazda. With the presence SKYACTIV Mazda3 engine, the more models that carry the Mazda engine SKYACTIV tech smart.

Mazda CX-9 Price, Review & Picture

Mazda CX-9 Price, Review & Picture – New Car Reviews, For 2011 the CX-9 gets chrome interior accents, new seat fibers, and softer leathers, There is also a redesigned rear climate control console, refreshed keyless entry and start system, a 4.3-inch LCD, and two-stage heated seats (standard on Touring and Grand Touring, optional on Sport). A back-up camera is available for the first time in 2011.

The 2011 Mazda CX-9 crossover SUV is a big competitor in its segment. The vehicle has three rows and it now enters its fourth year in production. The CX-9 has already established a great reputation and image. Now, it is offered with enhancements to its exterior and interior packaging too so it is even more appealing.

The CX-9 was awarded the Car of the Year Award in 2008 by Motor Trend. At present, there really is no offering that competes with the CX-9. This seven seater hosts a large cargo area with 17.6 cubic feet of space. It handles rough and smooth terrain, it is easy to handle, and manages all road conditions with ease. The cabin has plenty of niceties for entertainment and comfort. It has a refined handling despite its larger size as well.

The iconic smiling grille on the CX-9 makes this vehicle aerodynamic. Exterior enhances include the addition of rear garnishments, rear lamps, and mew mirrors. The 2011 offering is offered with a Dolphin Gray exterior too. Overall, the CX-9 has an exceptional package and price.

Designers hoped to achieve a “sophisticated appearance” with the CX-9′s redesign. A thick chrome bar makes the front grille pop, while the flowing profile, raked windshield, and muscular corners evoke an attractive sports car like attitude.

Three zone climate control, power windows, and plenty of rear under storage come standard on the CX-9. Leather wrapped steering wheel, shift knob, and center armrest, as well as Bluetooth connectivity are also included. How does 100.7 cubic-feet of cargo room (with both second and third rows folded) sound?

The 2010 CX-9′s 3.7-liter V-6 makes 263 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. It’s a fun big ride thanks to the fully independent suspension fore and aft. If towing or soft-roading is your thing, go with the all-wheel drive setup that’s capable of sending as much as 50 of torque to the rear rubber when the situation warrants.

Driver and passenger dual front, side, and side curtain airbags come standard on the CX-9. Dynamic stability control and traction control help to keep all four wheels planted. On Grand Touring models, there’s also an available blind spot monitoring system.

Bodystyles: SUV
Engines: 3.7L V-6
Transmissions: 6-speed automatic
Models: Sport, Touring, Grand Touring

EPA Fuel Economy
FWD: 16 mpg city/22 mpg highway
AWD: 15 mpg city/21 mpg highway

Price : $28,805 – $34,215

2012 Mazda 5 Price, Review, Specs

2012 Mazda 5 Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, The Mazda5 is redesigned for 2012 with a more expressive exterior design. The Mazda5 debuted for the 2006 model year as a new type of small car from Mazda with a blend of style and functionality that combines the dimensions of a compact with available seating for six. For 2008 the Mazda5 received exterior styling updates, a 5-speed automatic transmission, rear air vents, and improved fuel economy. The Mazda5 shares underbody architecture, suspension design and components with the Mazda3 in a unique wedge-shaped body that features two sliding doors and a low floor. Inside, the Mazda5 features three rows of theater-style seating with slide and recline adjustments for the second row. The second- and third-row seats fold to create a nearly flat cargo floor.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2012 Mazda 5 is a three-row, six-passenger compact minivan available in three trim levels: Sport, Touring and Grand Touring. The base Sport comes standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, full power accessories, keyless entry, cruise control, automatic climate control (with rear vents and fan controls), a height-adjustable driver seat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player and an auxiliary audio jack.

The 5 Touring adds 17-inch alloy wheels, foglights, a rear spoiler, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a trip computer and Bluetooth. For the Touring, the optional Moonroof & Audio package adds a sunroof, satellite radio and a six-CD changer. This package is standard on the 5 Grand Touring, which also gets automatic xenon headlights, heated mirrors, automatic wipers, driver lumbar adjustment, heated front seats and leather upholstery.

There are a number of dealer-installed extras that will be available later in the model year, including remote ignition, an iPod interface, a Garmin portable navigation system and a DVD entertainment system.

Powertrains and Performance

Every 2012 Mazda 5 is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that produces 157 horsepower and 163 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual is standard on the Sport, while a five-speed automatic is optional on the Sport and standard on everything else. In Edmunds performance testing, a 5 Grand Touring went from zero to 60 mph in 9.5 seconds — slower than most typical minivans and many compact SUVs. With either transmission, fuel economy is estimated at 21 mpg city/28 highway.

Safety

Every Mazda 5 comes with standard stability and traction control, four-wheel antilock disc brakes with brake assist, front side airbags and side curtain airbags. In Edmunds brake testing, the 5 came to a stop from 60 mph in 130 feet — a few feet longer than average.

Interior Design and Special Features

While the 5 is obviously smaller than the typical minivan, it still packs plenty of interior versatility. The comfortable second-row captain’s chairs slide and recline, and the passenger-side seat features a nifty pop-up center table and storage space that can be fitted between the chairs (and later stowed away, creating a walk-through channel to the third row). The third row is big enough for kids and is easier to get into than every crossover third row we can think of. At the same time, the sliding rear doors mean easy access, particularly in parking lots.

Up front, the new 5′s dash layout has remained largely the same, and the overall look is sleeker now. All of the controls are easy to reach and use, and that helps the 5 feel much more like a regular car from behind the wheel. The front seats provide respectable comfort, though taller folks may wish for more rearward seat travel.

Driving Impressions

If you want some added utility but don’t want to give up the agility and urban maneuverability of car, the 2012 Mazda 5 is an excellent choice. Acceleration is slightly pokey (especially on hilly terrain), but the 5′s handling is excellent. On winding roads, the 5 rewards the driver with precise steering and controlled body motions. Passengers riding with an enthusiastic driver will also appreciate a retuned suspension that helps keep them from sliding and swaying in their seats. On the Edmunds test track, the 5 nearly matched the handling numbers of the much smaller Mazda 2. Quite simply, the 5 is fun to drive, something we can’t say about any other regular minivan.

2012 Mazda 5 Price :

MSRP range : $19,345 – $24,025
Invoice price range : $18,116 – $22,495

2012 Mazda 5 Specs :

Type : MiniVan
Passengers : 6
Doors : 5
Gas Mileage : 6.8 L/100 KM
Engine : 2.5L L4 DOHC 16-valve
HP (hp@rpm) : 157 @ 6000
Torque (lb.ft@rpm) : 163 @ 4000
Drivetrain : Front-wheel drive
Transmission : 6 speed automatic
Opt. Transmission #1 : 5 speed automatic
Brakes : 4-wheel disc
Bodystyle : MiniVan
Length (mm) : 4 585
Width (mm) : 1 750
Height (mm) : 1 615
Wheelbase (mm) : 2 750

2011 Mazda 2 Reviews And Price

It seems like every car in the world has an interior key / button to open the door, close the window automatically opens / closes. In the Mazda2, this button on the center stack, in front cupholders and to the right parking brake. It’s an odd place for it, and even after months of pushing ’2.

Another thing I’ve seen over the road noise at speeds above 60 mph. It’s not hard, but it’s far from quiet, and long trips the hum becomes annoying. On the other hand, the Touring trim seats firm and supportive, and suppressing her tiny holes and bumps.

Mazda 2 is highly regrettable to lose the spirit of how quickly the machine on tilt. This is almost instantaneous. On flat land, shifted to the first is still jerky, and I hope there are sixth gear. But I love the overall agility, and have been caught thanks to the parking lot with a radius of 16 feet, 1-inch rotating.

2011 Mazda MX-5 Review & Price

2011 Mazda MX-5 Review & Price, Total production of Mazda Motor Corporation’s MX-5 sports car (known as the Mazda Roadster in Japan) reached 900,000 units on February 4, 2011. This significant milestone was achieved 21 years and 10 months after mass production of the first-generation MX-5 commenced in April 1989. The MX-5 was initially certified by Guinness World Records as the world’s “Best selling two-seater sports car” when production reached 531,890 units in May 2000. Guinness updated the record when production passed 700,000 and, later, 800,000 units. Currently, Mazda is reapplying to Guinness World Records to have the record updated to 900,000 units.

During the 1960s and 1970s, numerous lightweight and fun-to-drive sports cars offered nimble handling and free-spirited open-air motoring. In the 1980s, Mazda decided to resurrect this spirit with a new roadster for the modern age. Using the latest engineering techniques, Mazda developed the MX-5 and announced it in February 1989 as a reminder that driving could still be fun despite ever-stricter safety and quality standards. To this day, the MX-5 remains the longest enduring nameplate in Mazda’s global lineup.

Nobuhiro Yamamoto, program manager of the current MX-5, said, “Since Mazda launched the original MX-5, it has undergone two complete product redesigns and a series of upgrades. Its enduring success is due to the strong support it enjoys from MX-5 fans around the world. Going forward, I will strive to keep the MX-5′s spirit alive while evolving it into a car that will be loved by even more people.”

Mazda’s senior managing executive officer in charge of development, Seita Kanai, said, “More than 20 years have passed since the first-generation Mazda MX-5 was born. During this time, society and vehicles themselves have changed significantly. Responding to environmental issues and the depletion of the Earth’s natural resources has become increasingly important for all automakers. As part of its environmental efforts, Mazda announced its new SKYACTIV technologies last year. Currently, we are pushing forward with development of future products that will incorporate these technologies. Many of the elements that go into our SKYACTIV technologies, such as comprehensive weight reduction, grew from the long years of development work that have gone into the MX-5. Indeed, the guiding principle behind the SKYACTIV technologies – to build cars that are fun to drive – is perfectly embodied by the MX-5.”

“As we head toward the next production milestone of one million units,” Kanai continued, “Mazda is committed to further evolving the MX-5. We will refine its fun-to-drive character and further enhance its environmental and safety capabilities. As Mazda passes its 91st birthday, we are turning our sights toward our 100th anniversary. In the years ahead, we will continue to cherish the MX-5, alongside its loyal fan base, as the symbol of the Mazda brand.”

Mitsubishi Galant Price, Review, Specs

Mitsubishi Galant Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, In the 1980s the Mitsubishi Galant was known for its sporty dynamic in both styling and ride. Unfortunately, for most of the past two decades, the Galant has spiraled downward. The current-generation Galant was introduced in 2004, and perhaps the Galant misplaced the memo about it being 2012, because styling hasn’t progressed much since then.

Considering that we’re now on our third Toyota Camry since the current Galant was introduced, it’s not surprising that Mitsubishi’s delay in updating the Galant’s style has translated into low sales figures, and it’s not on many shopping lists these days. A meek 2.4-liter inline-4 engine offers a back-of-the-pack 160 horsepower, and its ancient four-speed automatic transmission isn’t helping the Galant’s case either

Sassy Styling, Both Inside and Out

With its crisp, neatly folded exterior sheetmetal and pleasing proportions, the handsome 2011 Mitsubishi Galant mid-size luxury sports sedan certainly stands apart from other vehicles in its class.

Notable in its good-looking design is its prominent front fascia which features a very bold-looking silver painted mesh grille. Squared-off headlights that contain a smaller pair of lamps stacked one on top of the other at the outer edges are also a styling tour de force. The prominent creases along the hood give the design a brawny look. Without question, the front end styling of this sedan is truly unlike any other.

A futuristic-looking yet elegant “cat’s eye” taillight design and a sporty trunk lid-mounted lip spoiler (the latter element included on the Galant SE with Leather package) can’t help but please the discerning eye.

Front and center inside the Galant’s warm-looking interior is the tall center console waterfall that is done up in a handsome silver finish, its controls a thoughtful blend of knobs and buttons that never overwhelm the senses both visually and in functionality. Perched atop the center stack in the Galant SE is a very intuitive, 7-in. touch-screen DVD-based navigation system; a convenient rear backup camera system is also included. A chrome shift lever gate and thin strips of silver-colored trim that line the gauge faces and lay horizontally across the dashboard top off a rich-looking interior design deserving of a vehicle that should cost thousands of dollars more than the Galant’s very attainable price point.

Fuel-Efficient 2.4-Liter Engine

All 2011 Mitsubishi Galant models are powered by a venerable 2.4-liter, 16-valve SOHC inline-4-cylinder engine that features Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic Control (MIVEC) for improved power production, fuel economy and lower emissions. This engine produces 160 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 157 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm. A variation of this powerplant that has been certified as a Partial Zero-Emissions Vehicle (PZEV) is available for sale in California, Maine, Massachusetts, New York and Vermont and produces slightly less horsepower with a rating of 155 bhp. A 4-speed Sportronic® automatic transmission that gives the driver the option of manually shifting gears when desired is standard equipment.

This quiet and efficient powertrain not only produces outstanding fuel economy with a highway rating of 30 mpg but also saves its owner additional money at the pump as this engine runs on regular-grade unleaded fuel.

Chassis: Smooth Operator

Thanks to the Galant’s rigid chassis and ideally-placed sound insulation, occupants are treated to a hushed ride from a well-engineered platform that keeps sound intrusion to a minimum. Thoughtful design can also be found in the car’s independent suspension – a MacPherson strut configuration with coil springs that reside in a sub-frame up front and a low-mount multi-link setup in the rear of the vehicle – allowing for supple suspension damping that soaks up road irregularities with aplomb along with providing responsive handling.

Mitsubishi Galant Specs and Price :

4dr Sdn ES

Specs :
• Transmission: Automatic
• Drivetrain: Front Wheel Drive
• MPG: 21 City / 30 Hwy
• Engine: Gas I4 2.4L/145
• Horsepower: 160 @ 5500
• Torque: 157 @ 4000 2.4L/145

Price :
• MSRP: $21,899
• Invoice: $20,975
• Nat’l Avg. Paid: $22,322

4dr Sdn SE Transmission: Automatic

Specs :
• Drivetrain: Front Wheel Drive
• MPG: 21 City / 30 Hwy
• Engine: Gas I4 2.4L/145
• Horsepower: 160 @ 5500
• Torque: 157 @ 4000 2.4L/145

Price :
• MSRP: $24,299
• Invoice: $23,273
• Nat’l Avg. Paid: $24,689

2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Price, Review

2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, Enhancements on the 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander include an optional auto-dimming rearview mirror and a standard “Eco” indicator drive lamp. The Outlander’s rearview camera system has been changed to one that displays in the rearview mirror, and the lineup of trims has been whittled from four to three.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander is available in three trim levels: ES, SE and GT.

The entry-level ES is equipped with a four-cylinder engine and comes standard with 16-inch steel wheels, roof rails, air-conditioning, cruise control, remote keyless entry, full power accessories, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, cloth upholstery, reclining rear seats and a six-speaker CD stereo with an auxiliary audio input jack.

The SE adds 18-inch alloy wheels, foglights, turn-signal mirrors, keyless ignition/entry, upgraded gauges and upholstery, a six-disc CD changer, sliding second-row seats, third-row seats and steering-column-mounted paddle shifters.

All Outlander GT models are powered by a 3.0-liter V6 and come with all the above-mentioned features plus automatic xenon headlights, automatic wipers, automatic climate control, chrome accents and soft-touch dash and door trim. The AWD GT also includes an active front differential, hill start assist and an advanced AWD mode selector.

SE models are eligible for the Premium package, which adds a sunroof, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a rearview camera, a nine-speaker Rockford Fosgate premium sound system with satellite radio and the soft-touch interior trim. The Touring package is offered on GT models; it features most of the amenities in the Premium package and adds leather upholstery (front- and second-row seats), heated front seats and a power-adjustable driver seat.

A hard-drive-based navigation system with real-time traffic and digital-music storage is available as a stand-alone option for all trims, as are rear parking sensors, Mitsubishi’s Fuse hands-free link system, a rear entertainment system and remote engine start.

Powertrains and Performance

The Mitsubishi Outlander ES and SE are powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 168 horsepower and 167 pound-feet of torque. The GT has a 3.0-liter V6 that’s good for 230 hp and 215 lb-ft of torque. Four-cylinder Outlanders come standard with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), while the V6-powered GT uses a traditional six-speed automatic. Both have manual-shift capability.

All-wheel drive is offered as an option on the SE and GT, while the ES is front-wheel drive only. The AWD system offers different driver-selectable modes to optimize traction in varying conditions. The GT’s all-wheel-drive system features an improved front differential and additional modes.

Safety

All major safety features are standard on the Outlander, including antilock disc brakes, stability control, front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. Whiplash-reducing front head restraints are also standard.

In the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s frontal-offset and side-impact crash tests, the Outlander earned the top rating of “Good.” In roof-strength tests, the crossover scored an “Average” rating.

Interior Design and Special Features

With its square lines and unadorned surfaces, the Outlander’s cabin has an austere, masculine feel, with fewer accents and flourishes than you’ll find in some rival crossovers. Some might appreciate this lean aesthetic, but others might find the cabin too stark; additionally, there are some subpar plastics here and there. GT models are the nicest of the bunch, featuring a soft-touch upper instrument panel, and door trim with eye-catching double-stitch accents. The steering wheel tilts but doesn’t telescope, which may be an issue for taller drivers. The Outlander’s Fuse system allows you to make phone calls and access your iPod via voice commands, and it is relatively intuitive to use.

SE and GT models come with a third-row seat that will suffice in an emergency, but this seat is too slight and ineffectual for regular use. It’s small and cramped, and is located uncomfortably close to the tailgate glass; it also lacks proper padding, which results in its occupant being able to feel the seat’s frame in intimate detail. On the plus side, the Outlander offers a unique flip-down tailgate capable of supporting up to 440 pounds. With the second- and third-row seats folded, total cargo space measures nearly 73 cubic feet, which is very roomy for a small crossover SUV.

Driving Impressions

When it comes to driving dynamics, the 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander is among the most enjoyable picks in its segment. Its handling limits are noticeably higher than the typical crossover’s, its steering is pleasantly weighted and its suspension is tuned to deliver sportiness that doesn’t come at the expense of comfort. While the Outlander’s V6 isn’t as powerful as those in the Kia Sorento or Toyota RAV4, it offers brisk acceleration. As an added bonus, the all-wheel-drive system ably keeps the car planted on loose road surfaces like sand and snow.

2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Price :

MSRP range: $22,345 – $27,895
Invoice price range: $21,402 – $26,717

2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Specs :

Drivetrain : Front Wheel Drive
Curb Weight (lbs) : 3384
City (MPG) : 23
Hwy (MPG) : 28
Horsepower : 168@6000
Torque (lb-ft) : 167@4100
Wheelbase : 105.1
Length (in.) : 183.7
Width (in.) : 70.9
Height (in.) : 66.1

2011 Mitsubishi Strada Triton HD-X Spec Review

Strada Triton HD-X is made in mitsubishi car designed to conquer obstacles medan.Untuk prove very complete. Plus it makes the soil exposed to rain draining red ready HD-X 4M40 engine capacity of 2.8 liter SOHC engine has a power 97PS diesel with torque 22kgm

Track conditions are not shaped and deserve to be called the track “Hell” because of the difficult shot more than 10 km per hour was so slippery. Plus obstacles such as puddles of water, roads derivatives with the angle of 48 degrees, sharp turns uphill and the path with a depth of 30 centimeters long enough to test the power of the engine, the legs (suspension), and comfort.

Changes to the suspension by means of five leaves per combined double action makes more tender pickup dings and the rear does not move wild. On the contour of uneven road four wheel having traction remains the same because it is equipped with M-Locker.

No wonder, when crashing three-fourths as deep mud tires, HD-X drove with ease and does not sound tough new conflict. This is because the high ground clearance thanks to the use of tire size of 245/75 from the previous 205. Even if there was no minor collision, do not worry’d stuck by the axle or other components. For the design of the bottom of the HD-X flat.

So also when out of the mud, while rising to the surface of the ground, underneath the bumper and there was no affected. Plus a curved design helps the car deck out with ease. Proven under the front bumper does not tackle the ground while passing through derivative 48 degrees.

Start the engine power was tested after street derivatives. We must turn with sharp corners and uphill. Without stepping on the gas pedal too much, HD-X can creep well. Maybe this is after there is change in torque of 20.2 kgm to 22 kgm making power under a bit grumpy.

Kala try out the track 2, track conditions slightly below 1. There remains the mud, the Superbowl and several broken and the road curves uphill 20 degrees. Permanent road surface slippery but not slippery as the first.

Price : $ 28900

2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse Price, Review

2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse Price, Review & Picture – New Car Reviews, 2012 is the last model year of production for the Eclipse and, in order to send it out on a high note, Mitsubishi has added a Special Edition model to the mix. This SE model will feature black side mirrors, dark finish alloy wheels, and an extensive list of high-end standard features seen on the GS Sport.

Mitsubishi’s distinct sports coupe is back for 2012, but according to the automaker, this is its last year of production. For Eclipse enthusiasts looking to buy this boldly styled coupe in its final year, there is a new model Mitsubishi is calling the Special Edition. The Eclipse SE features black side mirrors and 18-inch dark finish alloy wheels, to name a couple features. The 2012 Eclipse is powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 162 horsepower.

If you have a lead foot, Mitsubishi offers a GT model that has a 265-horsepower 3.8-liter V-6 engine under the hood. This engine is paired with a five-speed automatic transmission that incorporates Mitsubishi’s Sportronic transmission technology. The GS model is the most affordable of the lineup.

Standard features include a six-speaker 140-watt AM/FM/CD player with MP3 playing capability, dual exhaust, and 18-inch alloy wheels to name a few. The Eclipse is equipped with six standard airbags, as well as electronic brake force distribution. Other safety features include active stability control, and traction control logic. The standard Eclipse might be a bit light on the power for some, but the GT is a more competitive coupe.

The 2012 Eclipse has a very distinct look. It features fender flares that widen the vehicle’s stance, as well as fog lights and a low-profile front end. The rounded rear may be considered by some to be the weak point, although the dual exhausts do help. The Eclipse rides on standard 18-inch wheels that add to the sportiness of the coupe and convertible.

The interior of the Eclipse is very sleek, which adds to the sportiness of the car. It features sporty chrome pedals. The interior control panels illuminate a light-blue color at night, and Mitsubishi says the gauges were inspired by those found on motorcycles.

While the base Eclipse’s 2.4-liter engine doesn’t pack much punch with 162 horsepower, the GT model is more likely to satisfy. It packs a 3.8-liter V-6 engine that produces 265 horsepower. This vehicle is paired with a five-speed automatic transmission with Mitsubishi’s Sportronic transmission technology, which allows the driver to manually select gears. The Eclipse features numerous standard safety features such as six airbags and Electronic Brake-force Distribution. Other standard features include active stability control and traction control Logic.

Body Style: Coupe, Convertible
Engines: 2.4L, I-4; 3.8L V-6
Transmissions: 5M; 4A; 5A
Models: GS, GS Sport, GT, SE

EPA Fuel Economy
Eclipse four-cylinder: 20/27-28 mpg city/highway
Eclipse six-cylinder: 16-17/24-25 mpg city/highway

Price : $19,499 – $29,089

2012 MINI Coupe Price, Review, Specs

2012 MINI Coupe Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, The MINI Coupe is MINI’s new 2seat coupe with a distinctive flat silhouette and stepped up rear end design. The MINI Coupe is offered with the same drivetrains as the other models and includes a John Cooper Works version. MINI describes the chassis, weigh balance and body structure as geared toward driving fun and is offered with exclusive colors and materials, the roof in contrasting colors and a new version of the optional Sport Stripes. The two-seat configuration allows for cargo stowage behind the seats, rear luggage area with a high liftgate and a two-piece luggage compartment cover in a three-dimensional design.

The 2012 MINI Coupe is MINI’s new two-seat coupe that is distinguished from the other MINI models by a unique flat roof and stepped up rear end design. The MINI Cooper Coupe is powered by a 121-horsepower 1.6-liter engine and the Cooper S Coupe offers a 181-horsepower version with a twin-scroll turbocharged and direct injection. The John Cooper Works Coupe bumps the power to 208 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque from the turbo engine. The unique silhouette of the MINI Coupe incorporates steeply raked A-pillars and windshield, integrated roof spoiler and active rear spoiler.

The Coupe represents the brand’s foray into what it refers to as the super compact sports car class, an attempt to maintain the traditional MINI design ethos while creating a car optimized for spirited motoring.

The Coupe distinguishes itself visually with an unusual “helmet” roof (available in black, red and silver) supported by black pillars. There are oval-shaped recesses in the roof liner for increased headroom inside, while the rear section of the roof houses an active spoiler that extends automatically at 50 mph to optimize airflow. The steeply raked windshield is slanted an additional 13 degrees compared with a normal Cooper for a sportier look.

For all of the structural and aesthetic changes, the Coupe is still heavily based on the MINI Cooper. The pair share the same engine options, which in the case of the base coupe is a 1.6-liter inline-four cylinder. The little engine sports parent company BMW’s flexible VALVETRONIC variable valve timing technology and produces 121 horsepower and 118 lb-ft of torque at 4,250 revs, good for a quoted zero-to-60 mph time of 8.3 seconds. It certainly won’t be winning any drag races, but it won’t live in fear of being smoked by semis, either.

Inside, the Coupe utilizes the traditionally quirky MINI control and instrumentation layout, with an enormous speedometer in the center of the dash and a steering-column mounted tachometer. In keeping with the nature of the car, sport seats are fitted as standard. A pass-through feature links the trunk to the passenger compartment for extra cargo versatility to go along with the car’s racy styling.

Befitting the brand’s quasi-premium intentions, the Coupe features a healthy list of standard equipment including speed-sensitive power steering, electrically adjustable exterior mirrors, height-adjustable seats, air conditioning and an audio system with MP3-compatible CD player and AUX IN connection.

Optional equipment includes Park Distance Control, black headlight housing, xenon headlights, Adaptive Headlights, Comfort Access, automatic climate control, automatically dimming rear-view mirror and exterior mirrors, a storage package and for the aesthetically challenged, a rear luggage carrier rack. Entertainment options include a Harman Kardon sound system, Bluetooth mobile phone preparation, a USB audio interface and a navigation system with a 6.5 inch display in the center of the speedometer.

Additionally, a wide variety of racing stripes, graphics and unique upholstery options are available for customers desirous of additional personalization.

Active safety features include Dynamic Stability and Traction Control systems and, as an option, an Electronic Differential Lock Control that helps keep the inside front wheel from spinning excessively when exiting tight turns.
In the event of a collision, the Coupe comes equipped with dual front and head-thorax airbags, which are integrated into the sides of the seat backrests and protect the head, upper body and hip area from injury in the event of a side-on impact.

2012 Mini Coupe Price :

2012 MINI Cooper Coupe – $22,000: Power comes from a 1.6 liter 4-cylinder making 122-hp at 6,000 rpm and 118 lb-ft of torque at 4,250 rpm. 0 to 62 mph comes in 9 seconds with a top speed of 127 mph.
2012 Mini Cooper S Coupe – $25,300: Power comes from 1.6 liter 4-cylinder with a twin-scrool turbocharger making 184-hp at 5,500 rpm and 192 lb-ft of torque between 1,600 – 5,000 rpm. 0 to 62 mph comes in 6.9 seconds with a top speed of 143 mph.
2012 Mini John Cooper Works Coupe – $31,900: Power comes from a 1.6 liter twin-scroll turbocharged 4-cylinder engine making 211-hp at 6,000 rpm and 192 lb-ft between 2,000 and 5,100 rpm. 0 to 62 mph comes in 6.4 seconds with a top speed of 149 mph.

2012 Mini Coupe Specs :
Engines & Power
Standard Engine : 1.6L 121 hp I4
Horsepower : 121 @ 6000 RPM
Torque (lb-ft) : 114 @ 4250 RPM

Transmissions
6-Speed Automatic Overdrive : Opt.
6-Speed Manual Overdrive : Std.

Fuel Economy
City (mpg) : 28 – 29
Highway (mpg) : 36 – 37

Comfort & Convenience
Sunroof : N/A
Air Conditioning : Std.
Power Windows : Std.
Power Door Locks : Std.
Leather Seats : Opt.
Power Seats : N/A
Max. Seating : 2
Number of Doors : 2

Entertainment
Cassette Player : N/A
CD Player : Std.
Nav. System : Opt.

Safety
Airbags : Driver; Passenger; Side
ABS Brakes : Std.
Traction Control : Std.
Stability Control : Std.

Final Assembly
Location : Great Britain