Round 1, Part 2 of CSR101!
Sorry, I accidentally prematurely posted part of Round 1, Part 2 of CSR101!
It is now raining very aggressively, as per the nature of British weather.
As the two wake up after a good night’s sleep, Emiri thinks of the last vehicles she saw.
Emiri: “That Vento Aureo was really nice, but I’m hoping to see more!”
Haruki: “That’s why I got more magazines with me.”
Haruki takes another magazine from his bag, this one titled “FULL SHIFT”
Emiri: "Isn’t “Full Shift” that one show where 3 men mess about with cars?
Toyhatsu Tammy 1.7e Kawai
Emiri: “Kawaii this certainly isn’t, I might need eye bleach after seeing this.”
Haruki: shows her some kittens
Emiri: "Thanks . "
what a bizarre design, it just doesn’t work at all. it was not considered.
Mondo EB5 Lux First Edition
Emiri: “The design on this one is very …interesting. The front is angular and pointy, yet the rear is very blobby and rounded. The bisexual flag stripe is cute though! Haruki, what do you think?”
Haruki: “They say these are pretty easy to drive, whether manual or automatic, but they only have a dual-clutch automatic left. It should be comfortable and reliable, but safety tests show it’s not as safe as the other cars we looked at. It does boat a great fuel efficiency though.”
Emiri: “Anything more on this car?”
Haruki: “After looking at some research, these seem to have a body constructed from untreated steel, meaning rust protection is lacking. Seems these won’t last particularly long.”
Emiri: "This did look bizarre anyway, but turns out it’s not my car.
The Mondo EB5 was not considered as the design was …interesting and the environmental resistance is low.
Reduit Automotive, GSR10, Turbo
Emiri: “This one seems interesting, if a bit bland to look at. Looking through, the automatic transmission means it’s very easy and comfortable to drive, but I would prefer manual… are these reliable?”
Haruki: “These cars are actually very reliable, exceptionally in fact. They consistently get a great grade on reliability lists, which is especially bizarre for a Reduit. The comfort is good, if not particularly outstanding, and it’s all round a solid choice, possibly hampered by a more bland styling.”
Emiri: “The styling isn’t my cup of tea, but it is a very solid car. Shame it’s only available in automatic…”
The Reduit GSR10 was almost considered. Stats were decent, but looks weren’t her type.
Haruki: “Here we have a coupe. It looks great!”
Emiri: “A coupe? Show me! That last coupe was very stylish, shame it was so hard to drive…”
Haruki: “This coupe may only have four seats, but it’s a highly comfortable yet enjoyable car. It’s also got great safety equipment, including ESC.”
Emiri: “Is it a durable car? I don’t want another Aveanto, or something like that Tianjin PuTao ShaBi thing this guy complained so much about…”
Haruki: “It is reliable, not many issues have been reported by owners, whether mechanical, electrical or general trim quality, and they also report paintwork and bodywork is of high standard. The coupe style does lead to a heavy practicality compromise…”
Emiri: “It’s still practical enough to carry all my manga around.”
Haruki: “The engine of this car is the real highlight, somehow the engineers managed to achieve not just high efficiency, but consistently high efficiency across the rev range!”
Haruki: “So would you consider this one? I personally really like the design.”
Emiri: “Yes, this car looks great, it looks much fancier than the others with that sleek coupe style!”
The Kurokama SC-C was considered. Stylish coupe with solid stats makes it a more left-field option compared to the hatches.
Nohda Star Convoy
Haruki: “It has been a while since I last saw a kei car. Yet here it is, a version of the Nohda Star Convoy they sell back in Japan.”
Emiri: “I have always wanted to try a kei car! Being so small they should be very good in the city.”
Haruki: “These little cars last pretty well especially considering what they are, a small cheap city car. This model has a 1.3 turbo I3, so it is not technically a kei car. But while it isn’t very comfortable, it’s a good, if slightly boring car to drive. And while safety is just good enough, ESC should keep it from getting in a crash in the first place, and the quick performance helps with providing a fun small car. Having only four seats is to be expected as these are very small vehicles.”
Emiri: “This one certainly seems interesting, the style is boxy yet modern, and most importantly it’s got an ANIME MECHA paint job.”
Haruki: “Motorway economy is disappointing as it was not designed, in fact it uses a lot of fuel considering the size, weight and engine size. This car won’t be great for longer trips.”
Emiri: “I might move on, this one is certainly not great for the trips to London and even Europe which I have been taking recently. But I do really like kei cars… I might put this one on the list because why not?”
Haruki: “You could just take the train there anyway, that’s how we do it in Japan.”
Emiri: “Fair point, but trains here are expensive.”
it was considered, but low comfort and inferior motorway economy are an issue… but after all, it is a kei car size… who uses a kei car on the motorway anyway? Also very nice Gundam!
Huangdou-Hirasawa PRSONA 88 Edition
Emiri: “It’s another cute little car! I have a good feeling on this one, it’s got cool quirks such as the rear spare wheel, and features such as those little cubbyholes I can use to store important manga!”
Haruki: “Not only is it practical and stylish, it’s actually very reliable and long lasting, proving wrong the reputation Chinese products have built, with a durable engine, quality construction and even great paintwork. This car is built well, although the crash safety isn’t the greatest we have seen. However, with ESC crashes are much less likely, and having 5 seats certainly helps with carrying friends and ugh dakimakuras.”
Emiri: “The looks are the highlight, but the review also says it has good comfort and is even enjoyable!”
Haruki: “It is also fuel efficient, with great fuel economy combined, and even on long motorway driving!”
Emiri: "This one gets my attention, I’ll put this car on the list.
Huangdou was considered, good stats and great style, safety is a bit low though
Emiri: “It certainly is a car indeed. And a very adorable one!”
Haruki: "While the marketing department don’t exactly believe in this car, it actually is a very nice car to drive! The reviewer stated that “Driving the Beat is a joy”, seeing as it is easy to drive and also very enjoyable I don’t see anything wrong with that! These also come with ESC and 5 seats, also giving it great practicality.
Emiri: “I wonder if it’s nice on long trips…”
Haruki: “Comfort is good enough, reports say it’s decently comfortable, if nothing special. However the engine is a great unit, with a smooth and responsive character, while combining high reliability and good refinement. Fuel efficiency is also great, so even though service costs might be higher, the reliability and efficiency do help with keeping it cheap to run…”
Emiri: “I really like the way it looks though, it’s so damn adorable I want one!”
The Kadett Beat was considered for a solid performance characteristic and great design.
Emiri: “This… looks like a 4x4.”
Haruki: “Weirdly it actually does not have a 4x4 option, all of these are rear wheel drive. For some reason it’s got a 4 speed manual transmission, rare in the 1990s let alone now. Also the tyres are of different sizes. Yet it has the latest in safety technology, even then it gets lower safety ratings than many of the other cars.”
Emiri: “Nah, not what I want.”
Haruki: “Fair enough.”
The Gorge Pine was not considered due to bland design and low stats.
Basilio Tredici TS 1.6
Emiri: “This one’s different, it hails from Italy!”
Haruki: “Italian cars have gained a reputation for poor reliability, but this one bucks the trend with reliability that’s just as good as the other cars here, and corrosion resistance that really confuses those who believe Italian cars are rustbuckets.”
Emiri: “What’s it like to drive though?”
Haruki; “Driving isn’t hugely special, it’s safe enjoyable but most importantly, it’s a comfortable vehicle, the kind that leaves you feeling relaxed after a long drive. However as it only has four seats, it might not be as practical given its larger footprint, as most cars of this size will have 5 seats. One issue for you might be that this model is only available with an automatic transmission…”
Emiri: “Hmmm, the design doesn’t capture my interest though, it’s a tad conservative…”
The Tredici was not considered, it was a comfortable vehicle but the styling was somewhat strange, and it lacked a manual transmission.
Koji Tramo K
Haruki: “This one looks clean and minimal. It’s a sharp looking car.”
Emiri: “Looking at the performance, it doesn’t seem particularly quick.”
Haruki: “With a 0-60 above 12 seconds, this one isn’t exactly a high performance vehicle. Considering the performance, fuel economy isn’t special either. But it drives nicely, is somewhat enjoyable, the interior feels good and most importantly, it’s quite a comfortable vehicle in general.”
Emiri: “Is it reliable by any chance?”
Haruki: “I would say so, these have good reliability, and the quality of paint and undersealing is on par with the competition.”
Emiri: “This car seems decent and all, but it lacks that certain sparkle to me. It’s pretty sharp, if minimal”
The Koji Tramo was not considered. Solid effort, design was decent.
Emiri: “Seems the designers for this car were inexperienced, as this car does look rather bizarre.”
Haruki: “The car is quite comfortable, somewhat enjoyable too. But yeah, the design needs work.”
Emiri: “To whoever designed this, you’ll get there.”
The Hoshi Nicco was not considered, the design was just too bizarre in this example.
Emiri: “I think this might be the wrong year…? This looks like 1996, not 2013…”
The Toyotsubishissan Imprancerolla Airstrip was not considered. Design is bland and not period-correct at all.
Hansheng Dojyan Isekai Edition
Emiri: “If I wanted a bus, I might as well take the bus.”
The Hansheng Dajiban was not considered, it was simply the wrong vehicle.
Haruki: “I need to go do more important things, will see you later Em!”
thinks to himself “I should really help her realise sanity, she behaves very strangely over Japan, anime and manga!”
Emiri: “Minim…al design. It looks pretty simple, but reading through Haruki’s magazine they say it’s comfortable but not particularly easy to drive. The paint looks very nice and smooth though so it does seem decently built, but it just looks a little simplistic.”
Sakoku Minim was not considered, simplistic design and low drivability.
Emiri: “There’s the second magazine done, now to wait for Haruki… In the meantime I might as well watch something, probably some anime…”