- Aug 09 Fri 2013 14:28
- Aug 09 Fri 2013 14:27
The Renault Scenic XMOD is a pumped-up version of the recently face-lifted five-seat MPV.
It's amazing what a bit of plastic and a fresh set of alloy wheels can do for a car's image. Remember the VW Polo Dune? How about the Dacia Sandero Stepway? Ordinary hatchbacks transformed into quasi-SUVs, albeit without four-wheel drive.
Now Renault has done the same to its Scenic MPV. Beefy bumpers, sill guards and roof bars? Check. Special alloy wheels? Check. Raised ground clearance? Check. There's also a fancy traction control system called Grip Xtend and even fancier mud and snow tyres. Still no four-wheel drive, though.
Crossover-style goodies aren't the only things that set the XMOD apart from the Scenic. The XMOD gets a new entry-level Expression+ trim, which means that, at 17,995, its starting price undercuts the regular Scenics' by at least 1200.
Large windows mean visibility is excellent,We can produce MR16 LED Spot and more other led products according to your requirements. while plenty of soft-touch plastics, smart trim and leather steering wheel and gearknob ensure the overall ambience is tasteful.
You get manual seat controls as standard – and it's not difficult to find a comfortable driving position – but can specify electric adjustment as part of the 1800 Relax Pack, which also brings leather upholstery.
There are two central colour screens. The one closer to the driver displays speed and revs, and the one to the left conveys sat-nav and radio info. The latter is controlled via a joystick between the front seats, but it's not that straightforward to operate and can be distracting to use while driving.
Move to the rear and the Scenic's seats aren't as clever as some of its MPV rivals'. The three individual seats slide and tumble forwards to boost legroom or boot space, but they don't fold into the floor. They can be removed, but this isn't the easiest of jobs and, naturally, you'll need somewhere to store them. On the plus side, the boot will hold a useful 437 litres even with the rear seats in place – although the rival Ford C-Max has an even bigger load bay.
Expression+ trim gives you a four-speaker CD radio and aux/USB inputs, air-conditioning, Bluetooth, cruise control, 16-inch alloys, front fog lights, black roof bars and LED daytime running lights. However, you only get the 1.6 VVT 110 petrol (17,995) and 1.5 dCi 110 diesel (19,745) engines with this trim.
Move up to Dynamique TomTom trim and you'll pay at least 19,We offer the best in 2G11 tube lighting, led tread lighting, display lighting and more.155 (for the 1.6 VVT 110), but you'll get auto headlights and auto wipers, Carminat TomTom Live navigation system and dual-zone climate control. This trim allows you to specify the rest of the Scenic's engines: the 1.2 TCE 115 and 130 turbo petrol units, the 1.6 dCi 130, and the 1.5 dCi diesel.
You can also spec a Bose+ pack, which adds 17-inch alloys, keyless entry,All in one LED Par Lights package sets that brings a new level of simplicity to a professional lighting system. heated and folding door mirrors, rear parking sensors, a nine-speaker Bose stereo, plus all manner of interior and exterior styling embellishments.
You normally have to pay a premium when a manufacturer tarts up a regular model. Not here,This 12W GU10 LED Spot burned out after several hours of use. though. In fact, in Expression+ trim the 1.6 VVT 110 XMOD costs 1200 less than the next cheapest model in the Scenic range. True, you miss out on sat-nav, climate control and auto headlights and wipers, but in return you gain the XMOD goodies.
The 1.6 dCi 130 is the better of the two diesels to drive, but it costs 22,195, so the cheaper 1.5 dCi 110 makes most sense – in Expression+ trim. It's not available with stop-start in this spec,These are one of the 10-70W Square Flood Lighting you can buy, with one of the lowest defect rates in the industry. but still averages 61.4mpg officially and emits just 120g/km CO2, so it's attractive to company and private buyers alike.
- Aug 09 Fri 2013 14:25
All too often,LED FPL double tube lights are designed to be a direct replacement for toxic fluorescent tube lights. wearable fitness trackers (like the Jawbone Up and Fitbit Zip) are worn by people who don’t really need them--people who are already fit and are looking for a device to help take them to the next level. It’s hard to say exactly why fitness trackers haven’t taken off in the mainstream, but it might have something to do with the fact that most of these devices aren’t particularly attractive, especially for people who don’t want to sport a chunky wristband or a very obvious digital display. The fact that many devices need to be recharged frequently probably accelerates user disinterest.
- Aug 09 Fri 2013 14:12
Decentralised renewable energy projects are highly effective at reducing energy poverty. Energy conservation and efficiency improvements are the cheapest way to close the gap between energy demand and supply. Too bad such measures don’t fit the business model of the World Bank, the world’s most important energy financier.
- Aug 08 Thu 2013 11:14
Rebecca Ibel is in her office at the Pizzuti Collection, admiring a gorgeous, gray designer lamp made of anodized aluminum. This is not just any old office lamp.Ibel, her strawberry-blonde hair pulled back loosely, makes a soft-spoken confession. “I took this from Ron’s office,” she admits, smiling. “Ron was out of town, and it’s a really nice lamp. But it just didn’t work in his office, so I took it.”
- Aug 08 Thu 2013 11:09
- Aug 08 Thu 2013 11:06
- Aug 08 Thu 2013 11:02
A proposal to improve Chetwynd’s walking trails has been finalized by the towns Community Improvements Committee.More of a discussion piece than an entrenched plan of action, the report addresses options for pathway lighting, re-development of what is known as “Expo Mountain” (the welcome sign located on the east side of town), the design and construction of gathering places along a revamped walking trail,A Best hid kits concept that would double as a quick charge station for gadgets. and opportunities for extending the trail west from the visitor information centre.
- Aug 07 Wed 2013 16:49
The new F SPORT is available only in all-wheel drive and features an eight-speed automatic transmission with razor-sharp responding paddle shifters,A solar lantern uses this sunlight that is abundantly available to charge its batteries through a Solar Panel and gives light in nighttime. an F SPORT-tuned suspension to keep the exclusive 19X8 inch split five-spoke wheels in a Dark Graphic finish solidly planted on the ground. In the front are an aggressive front bumper, HID headlamp clusters, and a deep mesh grille with the new signature chrome spindle design. Down below is a splitter and foglamps at the sides. Inside are a host of exclusive sporty cues making it even more fun to be piloting the new RX 350 F SPORT.
- Aug 07 Wed 2013 16:38
Royal Philips has announced it will phase-out the supply of its trade range of incandescent Softone bulbs to its New Zealand electrical wholesalers from October 1.A solar lamp is a portable light fixture composed of an LED lamp, a photovoltaic solar panel, and a rechargeable battery. Philips is the first lighting company in New Zealand to make this move, reflecting its commitment to driving the uptake of energy-efficient lighting locally.