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Car review
December 30, 2010   
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The Debutante
The Skoda Yeti was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in the spring of 2009. Despite its unimpressive dimensions (4,223 mm in length, 1,793 mm in width, and 1,691 mm in height), the vehicle has an attractive look. It has a spacious interior and quality finishing materials. The luggage compartment offers 405 l and its maximum loading capacity is 615 kg. The Yeti comes with a 2 l diesel engine—delivering 110 hp, 140 hp or 170 hp—that is also used in other vehicles manufactured by the Volkswagen corporation, which owns Skoda. Also available are two turbocharged gasoline engines, the 1.2 l TSI/105 hp and 1.8 TSI/160 hp. The electronic four-wheel drive transmission system is the same as in the Octavia Scout. It is based on the fourth-generation Haldex system with an expanded off-road mode that changes reaction time and the sensitivity of the gas pedal and the ESP system. The Yeti comes with a six-speed manual transmission or a six- or seven-speed automatic DSG transmission.

The entry-level 1.2 TSI version with manual transmission and front-wheel drive costs zl.62,900. A model with the DSG 7 transmission carries a price tag of zl.72,200. The Yeti with a more powerful gasoline engine and 4WD costs zl.83,800. The most expensive model, featuring a 140 hp turbocharged Common Rail engine and six-step DSG transmission, will set you back zl.108,600.

Touch of elegance
The Mazda CX-7 has been available on the Polish market since 2008. It is 4,680 mm long, 1,870 mm wide and 1,645 mm high, and both its size and elegant body leave the competition behind. The interior is more traditional, with ample space for five passengers, and a 455 l luggage compartment. The finishing materials are of average quality by European standards. The CX-7 comes with a choice of two powerful engines: a turbocharged 2.3 l/260 hp gasoline unit and a 2.2 l/173 hp Common Rail turbodiesel. The latter is widely recognized as one of the best on the market; it is responsive and economical. The car comes with 4WD and a six-speed manual transmission. The gasoline-engine version with a long list of accessories costs zl.155,900, while the diesel version is zl.132,900. The CX-7 may also be purchased as a commercial vehicle. Standard features include ABS, ESP, a complete set of airbags, air-conditioning, an electric package, and an audio/CD system.

Racing spirit
The Outlander is one of several 4WDs from Mitsubishi, on sale since 2003. The company’s longstanding racing experience and a record of successful performance in the demanding Paris-Dakar rally, have earned it a reputation as a manufacturer of durable cars capable of facing the roughest road conditions. This is especially true of the Pajero Evolution racing models, which have little in common with the vehicles you commonly see on the road.

The Outlander can hardly be called an all-terrain vehicle because its All Wheel Control system can only cope with undemanding off-road conditions. The 4,665 mm x 1,800 mm x 1,680 mm body with its characteristic large trapezoid grille is one of the most harmonious and stylish on the market. The cabin is spacious and can seat five or seven depending on the option. The five-seater version has a 771-liter luggage compartment. All driving comfort and safety features come as standard.

The vehicle comes equipped with a choice of two gasoline engines (2 l/147 hp and 2.4 l/170 hp) and two turbodiesels (2 l/140 hp and Common Rail 2.2 DID/156 hp). The cheapest Outlander fitted with a 2-liter gasoline engine costs zl.84,999. The most expensive turbodiesel will set you back zl.178,300.


Commentary
Arkadiusz Tomala, managing director and CEO of MMC Car Poland Sp. z o.o., the importer of Mitsubishi cars to Poland:

“For over two years the Outlander has been the best-selling SUV in the mid-range segment. This results from its excellent engines and accessory packages. Also, the Outlander was among the first vehicles in this segment to be offered certified as a commercial vehicle, attracting great interest among customers. Since April 2009, this model has been the top-selling SUV in Poland. From January to November 2010, a total of 8,658 units were sold, 4.2 percent more than in the same period of 2009. In this way, for the first time in the history of our company, we managed to leave behind our main Japanese rivals, Honda and Nissan, and won second place, after Toyota. Poland is now the fourth largest European market for Mitsubishi Motors, after Germany, Britain and Spain.

Wojciech Drzewiecki, CEO of automotive market research company Samar:
The all-terrain/sports utility vehicle market, comprising SUVs and crossovers, keeps growing despite difficulties. Demand for such vehicles is rising, and manufacturers are responding by gradually expanding their product ranges. In the first three quarters of 2010, nearly 29,000 units were sold in this market segment, a growth of over 37 percent compared with the same period of 2009. Customers are particularly interested in small all-terrain vehicles such as the Nissan Qashqai, Mitsubishi Outlander, Honda CR-V and Suzuki Grand Vitara. They account for more than 80 percent of the all-terrain/sports utility vehicle market. Large SUVs are slightly less popular, but their sales grew by over 30 percent as well. It can be expected that interest in this type of vehicles will remain high. The poor condition of Polish roads, though visibly improving, stimulates the development of this market.
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