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Thursday, April 14, 2011

A Modern Twist to Iconic Cars

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As of April 5, 2011, I've officially been working in Manila Bulletin as an intern. Assigned to the Motoring an Properties section of the paper, I've been going around writing stuff about automobiles, real estate and random places. Here's a  recent article I've written as an intern so far. 


A MODERN TAKE ON CLASSIC CARS
BY ANDREW G. GAHOL

The 2011 Manila International Auto Show (MIAS), which opened last Thursday, April 7, 2011, was not only an exhibit of new auto models and concepts, it also showcased redesigned models based on iconic cars to satisfy the modern needs of car enthusiasts in a technologically progressing world.

Based on their appearance, it could be observed that new models have a staggering resemblance to their predecessors. Mini Countryman, Ford Fiesta and Porsche 911 GT2 are only some of the cars featured during the MIAS that can be considered to be the modern versions of iconic cars.

Manufacturers of these classic auto brands reconcile the vintage appeal of the car models with new technologies and designs to guarantee that these vehicles do not only remain iconic but also timeless.



Countryman: the maximized Mini


The retro car known as the Mini was popular among British car buyers and was considered to be a fashion statement in the 1960s and 1970s. One of the most bought cars in the history of the auto industry, it has been dubbed by Autocar Magazine as “Car of the Century” and "Number One Classic Car of All Time" by Classic and Sports Cars Magazine.

Makers of the Mini aim to bring the brand to the future by launching its newest model, The Mini Countryman. Countryman, the first crossover SUV launched under the Mini Marque by BMW in 2010 at the Geneva Motor Show, stays true to the Mini’s classic design by retaining the distinct features that made the iconic car so famous - from the trademark chrome toggle and its huge central speedometer to its quirky interior and the sporty driving experience.

Countryman is the first ever Mini to have four doors, seating for five adults, and an available four-wheel drive. The Countryman is able to accommodate more passengers but still retain the Mini’s bold styling.

Countryman is 347mm longer than a Mini hatch, coming in at 4097mm long. It's 154mm taller and has 10mm more ground clearance. Luggage space is 350 liters and 1170 liters with the rear seats folded. Mini promises a passenger-friendly interior seating that will be easily configurable according to the passenger’s needs.

2011 Ford Fiesta breaks new grounds


            In the course of the model line’s existence, the Ford Fiesta has always been a superstar in the subcompact vehicle market, dominating the world’s small car sales charts since 1976. Since the first ever Ford Fiesta began production, more than 12 million have been built worldwide according to Ford.com

            This Ford model with so much history returns in 2011 with a bang by launching a new line of Fiestas in the auto market. The 2011 Ford Fiesta is a sleeker take on the classic Fiesta promising more fuel-efficient technology than its predecessors at a relatively cheaper price. Fiesta also prides itself as an eco-friendly vehicle which everyone can afford.

            The Fiesta has already crossed the one-million sales mark and is continuing to thrive worldwide.

Porsche 911 GT2 and its long history of style


            The Porsche 911 GT2 hails from a long line of superior and gorgeous Porsche models. Since the first Porsche 911 was manufactured in 1963, the model line has been considered by many automotive enthusiasts to be the purest sports car ever made. As such, design changes have come with great care. In fact, the car's overall design has changed little in its long history. It is also one of the most iconic and recognizable cars of all time.

            Faster than ever before, the Porsche 911 GT2 is the latest Porsche design to hit the Philippine market. Carrying the time-tested repute of the Porsche 911, the GT2 proves to be an all-rounder in terms of aesthetics, durability, speed and maneuverability.

            Nothing comes close to the GT2 as a luxury sports car. Porsche did the impossible by making an already-superior design even better.