The new Peugeot 408 marks a further step in the Marque's offensive on the world's foremost automobile sphere. Despite being present on the Chinese sphere for 5 years only, the Peugeot Marque sold over 410 000 cars in 2009. This corresponds to a 44% sales increase compared with its 2008 performance.
Following its fine performance in the M1 segment with the success of the 307 saloon and the 307 notch-back, of which 3522800, have been manufactured worldwide, Peugeot is now quite legitimately embarking on a Chinese sphere offensive with its new Peugeot 408.
This new prestigious notchback intended for the Chinese sphere will serve to reinforce Dong Feng Peugeot's offering provide on the M1 segment that accounts for over 45 % of the total sphere.
In this manner, the new Peugeot 408 should allow the Lion Marque to increase its sales volumes by over 30% in 2010, compared with 2009, and thereby to grow at twice the forecast pace of the sphere.
The 2007 Nissan Sentra SE-R, which marks the return of Nissan's legendary sport compact sedan, provides more performance, performance and technology than any SE-R that has come before. It is available in two models - Nissan Sentra SE-R and Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V, every utilizing an advanced 2. 5-liter DOHC 4-cylinder motor developed specifically for the SE-R.
Special emphasis was placed on the SE-R Spec V's new high output version of the QR25DE 4-cylinder motor, with extensive modifications to the top end of the motor that help the SE-R Spec V achieve 200 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. Among the original Spec V motor features are use of a original resin intake manifold and dual branch exhaust manifold; updated piston crown shape to support a higher compression ratio (10. 5:1); iridium tipped spark plugs for enhanced combustion characteristics; and a updated cam shaft profile, reinforced connecting rods and 8-counterweight crankshaft to achieve a higher redline limit of 6800, rpm. The SE-R Spec V is available only with a close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission.
In the space of chassis, handling and braking performance, the SE-R Spec V is equipped with higher rate springs, shocks and bushings; 225/45WR17 uni-directional high performance tires; high capacity front disc brakes with 12. 6-inch rotors; and a updated cowl top structure and a original cargo mounted V brace, both utilized for increased body rigidity.
The SE-R model provides fun-to-drive performance and aggressive, sporty look to those who want the comfort of an automatic transmission. The QR25DE motor is tuned to deliver 177 horsepower and 172 lb-ft of torque (on regular unleaded fuel).