Tuesday, July 2, 2002
The Cefiro Brougham VIP, since its 2000 launch, has carved out its own market niche, that of a limousine-like conveyance with features that could only be found in European sedans costing two or three times its price. Thanks to the electronic gadgetry, bag loads of space and of course, that legendary, silky-smooth 2.0-liter twin-cam 24-valve V6 VQ engine, the black-and-gray sedan found a steady market. With the 2002 Brougham, Nissan Motors Philippines is hoping that lightning could strike again.
It was around two years ago when we last stepped into an Opel. As competent as the Astra was, back then we concluded that the Honda Civic and the Ford Lynx—our top two for the 1.6-liter segment had nothing to fear from this diminutive German car. However, much like enjoying a good French wine, a single two-hour sitting may not do enough justice to this car. So this time, we’re taking a four-day affair in the hopes of confirming our original findings—or else swallow our pride and admit that we made some booboos before.