Friday 13 February 2015

Renault Clio mk1

Renault Clio I (its name deriving from the Greek muse of history – Clio) was first introduced in June 1990 at the Paris Motor Show, with sales starting shortly after. The car replaced the ageing Renault 5 in the company’s line-up (although 5’s production continued until 1996). In the same year the car has won the European Car of the Year title. Clio used many of the Renault 5’s underpinnings such as the suspension and the floorpan, however they have been significantly redesigned. At first the engine range included 1.1, 1.2 and 1.4 petrol engines as well as 1.7 and 1.9 diesels. In 1991 a sportier version of the Clio was introduced, called the 16S (16V in most markets outside of France). Two years later, in 1993, Renault has introduced the top-of-the-range Clio Williams. The limited edition of cars over 5,000 units in total) was powered by a 2.0 16V petrol engine. In 1994 the facelifted Clio phase 2 has been introduced. Most noticeable was the change in the front grille from two metal ribs to a single colour-coded slat grille and also the change in the rear bumpers and lights. There were also some other minor changes in the interior design and safety equipment. The ageing 1.1 petrol engine was removed from the range.

The second modification occurred in 1996 with the introduction of Clio phase 3. The Phase 3 has different, more rounded headlights, incorporating the turn signal in the unit with the headlight. The bonnet curved more around the edges of the lights. The tailgate incorporated a third brake light and a new script "Clio" name badge, following the same typeface as contemporary Renaults. Some mechanical improvements were also made, which improved the car’s safety and fuel-efficiency.

In 1998 the production of the Clio for European markets has ended, and the next generation was introduced. During the 8 years of its life, Clio has consistently been one of the best selling cars in Europe, with a total of 4 million units manufactured.





Renault Clio I (1:43)
by Universal Hobbies


Friday 30 January 2015

Renault Megane RS (2004)

Renault Mégane RS (Renaultsport) was presented in 2004. It was based on the 2nd generation of the Renault Mégane and was available as a 3-door and a 5-door hatchback. The car is powered by a 2.0 turbocharged engine that produced 224 bhp and reaches the max speed of 236 km/h.  A diesel version was also available with a 173 bhp 2.0 dCi engine and a top speed of 220 km/h. The car has redesigned bumpers and suspension compared to the standard version. The production of Renault Mégane RS II ceased in 2010, with the introduction of the next generation.





Renault Megane RS 2004 (1:43)
by Universal Hobbies

Saturday 3 January 2015

2014 - Summary


I have never done this before, but considering my blog is entering its 4th year, I thought the time has come to finally do it - the first ever Summary of the year.

2014 has been a good year for both my collection and the blog itself. 13 new models have entered my collection last year, some of which have already been posted on the blog. The ones which haven't made it online yet (mostly due to my busy schedule), will be appearing this year, so stay tuned!

Last year I have also added a few sub-pages to my blog, so it is more sophisticated now :) I invite you especially to visit the "Gallery" page, where all of the more artistic photos will be displayed.

I also took part in some online blog-competitions. For most of them with moderate success, however a moment of pride came in June when my blog managed to win one of competitions for the best blog of the week "Najlepszy Blog Tygodnia". The picture of it is below.

The Top 10 Most Viewed Cars of 2014

I also thought it would be interesting to make use of the Blogger's function to give exact pageviews figures for each post and provide you for the first time with the top 10 most viewed car models on my blog.


Saturday 25 October 2014

Renault Clio IV RS

Renault Clio RS was presented in 2012. It is based on the 4th generation Renault Clio. The Clio RS uses a 1.6 turbocharged petrol engine which has 200bhp and a top speed of 230 km/h. It is also the first ever RS to have a dual clutch gearbox.





Renault Clio IV RS 2012 (1:43)
by Norev

Saturday 27 September 2014

Opel Combo Tour

The second generation of Opel Combo was introduced in 2001. The car is based on the platform of Opel Corsa C and uses most of its engines. A novelty in the model were the sliding rear side doors (versions with either single passenger side door or double doors were available). Apart from the traditional van version, a passenger version called Combo Tour was also offered. In some markets the Combo Tour Tramp was offered as well. It was thought as a more off-road recreational vehicle. It features enhanced suspension tuning, increased ground clearance, chassis protection covers and numerous styling details that differentiate it from standard Combo Tours. Combo C was produced in Portugal until 2006, when the production was moved to Zaragoza in Spain. The production of the Combo ended in late 2011, with the presentation of the next generation.

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Drugą generację Opla Combo przedstawiono w 2001 roku. Samochód bazuje na płycie Opla Corsy C i korzysta z większości jej silników. Nowością w modelu były suwane tylne drzwi, dostęne na jedną lub obie strony pojazdu. Oprócz tradycyjnej dostawczej wersji, sprzedawana była też osobowa odmiana pod nazwą Combo Tour. Na niektórych rynkach oferowano również wersję Combo Tour Tramp. Auto pomyślano jako uterenowiony pojazd rekreacyjny, z wieloma modyfikacjami podkreślającymi jego rekreacyjny, „uterenowiony” chakarkter m.in podwyższone zawieszenie oraz plastikowe nakładki na zderzaki. Combo C wytwarzano w Portugalii do 2006 r. Od 2006 r. produkcję przeniesiono do zakładów Saragosie w Hiszpanii. Opla Combo C wycofano z produkcji pod koniec 2011 roku, wraz z prezentacją następcy.





Opel Combo Tour 2003 (1:43)
by Minichamps
Dealer Edition

Wednesday 3 September 2014

Renault Laguna Grandtour (2007)

Renault Laguna Grandtour is the estate version of the Renault Laguna. Similarly to the hatchback version, Grandtour was presented during the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show. The car has a length of 480,3 cm (10,8 cm more than the hatchback) and it's boot has 508-1593 litres of capacity.
To see the Renault Laguna III hatchback CLICK HERE.

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Renault Laguna Grandtour to wersja kombi Renault Laguny. Podobnie jak wersja liftback, Grandtour'a zaprezentowano podczas Międzynarodowej Wystawy Samochodowej we Frankfurcie w 2007 roku. Samochód ma długość 480,3 cm (10,8 cm więcej niż w liftbacku) a pojemność bagażnika wynosi 508-1593 litrów. 
Aby zobaczyć Renault Lagunę III w wersji liftback KLIKNIJ TUTAJ.





Renault Laguna Grandtour 2007 (1:43)
by Norev (serial number 517741)











Tuesday 19 August 2014

Izh 2126

Izh 2126 "Oda" is a compact Soviet hatchback, produced from 1992 to 2005 by the IzhAuto. The development of the car began in the late 1970's, after the Soviet officials ordered a relatively simple, but modern car in order to increase the sales (especially in the western markets). Many prototypes were made during the early 1980's in order to improve the car's flaws, such as a nosiy gearbox. In 1984 a prototype Izh-04 underwent some national tests and has been directed to production. Unfortunately, the death of Dimitriy Ustinov , the then Minister of Defense of the Soviet Union, in December 1984 resulted in a sizeable cut in the funds. This meant that the car had to be re-designed to lower the production costs. The prototype of the final version called Izh-05 appeared in 1987, however due to the economical crisis and the collapse of the USSR it had to wait another couple of years before it went into production.This happened in 1992, but only a very small number (about 5000) of Izh 2126 models was made up until 1996. Production on a larger scale began as late as 1997. The last Izh 2126 left the factory in Izhevsk in 2005.

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Iż 2126 "Oda" jest kompaktowym hatchbackiem radzieckiej produkcji, wytwarzanym od 1992 do 2005 roku, przez zakłady IżAwto. Prace nad samochodem rozpoczęto pod koniec lat 70., gdy konstruktorzy z tamtejszych zakładów otrzymali zadanie zaprojektowania relatywnie prostego lecz nowoczesnego samochodu, w celu zwiększenia sprzedaży (szczególnie na rynkach zachodnich). Na początku lat 80. stworzono kilka prototypów aby poprawić wszelkie niedociągnięcia, jak chociażby głośna praca reduktora przekładni głównej. W 1984 roku prototyp serii Iż-O4 przeszedł badania państwowe i był rekomendowany do produkcji. Niestety, śmierć Dimitrija Ustinowa, ówczesnego ministra Obrony Narodowej w grudniu 84 r. spowodowała znaczące obcięcie funduszy. Znaczyło to że samochód musiał być przeprojektowany aby obniżyć koszty produkcji. Ostatnia prototypowa seria (wersji produkcyjnej) Iż-O5 pojawiła się w 1987 roku,jednak ze względu na kryzys ekonomiczny i upadek ZSRR, trzeba było czekać jeszcze kilka lat nim auto weszło do produkcji. Stało się to w 1992 r., ale tylko niewielka liczba (około 5000) egzemplarzy Iża 2126 została wyprodukowana do 1996 roku. Produkcja na większą skalę rozpoczęła się dopiero w 1997 roku. Ostatni Iż 2126 opuścił fabrykę w Iżewsku w 2005 r.





Izh 2126 1992 (1:43)
by IST Models
Kultowe Auta PRL-u (DeAgostini)


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