Great try for Aled Brew as the Dragons outclass Ulster

first_imgSunday Sep 6, 2009 Great try for Aled Brew as the Dragons outclass Ulster The Magners League kicked off this weekend, and earlier today we saw Welsh side Newport Gwent Dragons get their season off to a great start with a 23-6 win over a disappointing Ulster side at Rodney Parade.The Dragons scored three tries with Aled Brew, Richard Fussell and Ashley Smith all crossing the line, with Jason Tovey kicking a solitary conversion, and James Arlidge slotting two penalties.Ian Humphreys replied for Ulster with all they could manage, two penalties.After a slow start, the game livened up with a great try, finished off by Brew, but made with a superb backline move as Fussell flew in off his wing before giving it to Tom Riley, who then offloaded to his big winger.Interestingly, there was controversy in the scrum department as Italian referee Carlo Damasco sent off both Dragons loose-head pro Ali McKenzie, and Ulster tight-head BJ Botha following the front rows going down repeatedly.It was an easy win in the end for the Dragons, which means that they now top the table after round 1 of the competition. 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Press release: Digital mortgage signed by borrower and registered at HM Land Registry

first_img By working with partners in the industry, we have secured a simpler and faster service for the benefit of home owners. We are looking forward to rolling this out nationally and will be working with more conveyancers and lenders to do so. We’re delighted to have worked with HM Land Registry and Enact Conveyancing on this industry leading initiative to speed up property transactions. Initial feedback has been very positive, with customers finding the process simple, quick and secure. Although this initiative has started with re-mortgages we’re excited about the potential for it to be extended to purchases in the future. Trafalgar House1 Bedford ParkCroydonCR0 2AQ Ben Carroll, Enact Conveyancing’s Managing Director said: Using the ‘Sign your mortgage deed’ service will mean the borrower will no longer need to apply pen to paper and will instead digitally sign their deed online. Borrowers will save time as they won’t have to get their signatures witnessed or risk their documents being lost in the post. They will be able to log in and sign their deed at any time, meaning their application is more likely to move along more quickly. Borrowers using the service will confirm their identity using GOV.UK Verify. HM Land Registry safeguards land and property ownership worth in excess of £4 trillion, including around £1 trillion of mortgages. The Land Register contains more than 25 million titles showing evidence of ownership for more than 85% of the land mass of England and Wales. HM Land Registry’s mission is to guarantee and protect property rights in England and Wales. HM Land Registry is a government department created in 1862. It operates as an executive agency and a trading fund and its running costs are covered by the fees paid by the users of its services. Its ambition is to become the world’s leading land registry for speed, simplicity and an open approach to data. For further information about HM Land Registry visit gov.uk/land-registry. Follow us on: Twitter @HMLandRegistry, our blog, LinkedIn and Facebook. Enact Conveyancing is the UK’s largest direct conveyancing firm providing remortgage and home mover services to the mortgage industry and individual consumers. Coventry Building Society is the UK’s second largest building society and a top ten provider of savings and mortgages with over 1.8 million members. We emphasise innovation that benefits our customers and improves their experience, so we are extremely pleased to join HM Land Registry and Coventry Building Society on this pioneering effort to transform the conveyancing process. This fully-digitised journey will mean that a customer can sign their mortgage deed online at a time and place of their choosing, securely underpinned by the GOV.UK Verify platform. Mobile (5:30pm to 8:30am weekdays, all weekend and public holidays) 07864 689 344 Peter Frost, Chief Operating Officer at Coventry Building Society said:center_img Today, the first digital mortgage deed was entered into the Land Register. Part of the ‘Sign your mortgage deed’ service, HM Land Registry is building for a future without the need for a witness to watch as the homeowner applies an ink signature to a paper mortgage deed, saving time and providing a more secure service to homeowners, lenders and conveyancers.The registration forms part of HM Land Registry’s plans to transform the conveyancing market through quicker and simpler digital services and improved use of technology, making transactions instantaneous where possible and simplifying the home buying process. The registration of the deed follows months of collaboration and testing with Coventry Building Society and Enact Conveyancing and uses GOV.UK Verify to enable borrowers to securely verify their identity before digitally signing their mortgage deed online.HM Land Registry Chief Executive and Chief Land Registrar Graham Farrant said: Phone (Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5:30pm) 0300 006 3365 Contact Email [email protected] Press Office Notes to editorslast_img read more

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Kevko designates awards for IMCA rookies, state champions through 2020 season

first_imgFAIRMONT, Minn. – A company with a long list of IMCA customers has signed on to give awards to rookies of the year and state champions through the 2020 season.Kevko, of Fairmont, Minn., gives claim or crate engine oil pans to IMCA Modified, IMCA Sunoco Stock Car, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod and Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMod national rookies of the year.State champions in the same divisions receive $50 product certificates.“IMCA is a huge part of our business. We offer a lot of new products for claim and crate engine drivers,” said Kevko Manager Josh Ruby. “We like being able to commit to a three-year program and supporting two groups of drivers.”“Obviously, we want to support drivers who are new to this sport or new to their division and sup­port them any way we can,” continued Ruby, who races a Modified. “State awards allow us to recognize drivers who race all season. It’s nice to give back to drivers who are out there racing week in and week out.”Kevko certificates will be presented during the national awards banquet in November or mailed beginning the following week from the IMCA office.Product awards to be given at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s include a Mod Rod to champion and a pair of jack stands to the runner-up in the Modified main event and a wheel socket to fourth place finishers in Stock, Hobby and Northern SportMod mains.More information about Kevko oil pans and other high performance parts and accessories is availa­ble by calling 800 770-3557, on Facebook and at the www.kevkoracing.com website.“This program has a lot of layers we are really excited about. The three-year commitment demonstrates Kevko’s vision with IMCA and I can’t wait to present a one-of-a-kind Mod Rod to the champion in Boone,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder said. “It will be a moment to capture for sure.”last_img read more

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Swim advisory issued for two beaches

first_imgA swimming advisory has been issued for two South Florida beaches.Authorities are reporting that bacteria enterococci or fecal properties has been detected in the water at both Crandon South Beach in Key Biscayne and Haulover Beach South.The bacteria could be the result of storm water run-off, wildlife, pets and human sewage and are advising the public to avoid those areas until further notice.For more information click here.last_img

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Anthony Anderson’s childhood memories at Santa Anita

first_imgNew You Media‘s recent YouTube video features Santa Anita Park through an interview with Anthony Anderson. Anderson discussed how he has been coming to The Great Race Place since he was a young boy, mentioning that he can still remember only eating the mac n cheese. The interview was conducted on a day Anderson purchased a suite for some friends and himself. Appearing to have a great time, Anthony Anderson was all smiles.Via YouTubelast_img

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Consider storage expenses in marketing

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLCI’ve noticed far fewer bad corn crop pictures and farmer complaints this year versus previous years. Most farmers are generally happy with crop conditions. Usually by mid-July at least some farmers are complaining about drought conditions and wondering why corn isn’t at $5. This could be a sign that a huge crop is nearly made or at the very least a very good crop is out there.Some in the trade have focused discussion to ear weight as a reason why prices should increase. They say too much June heat forced corn to grow too fast, which compromised the health of the plant and the weight of the ear. If true, this could have a big impact on yield production. In the past few years though, ear weight ended up being higher than many thought, which caused underestimating national yields prematurely.Still, in 2010 many thought there would be a record production in August, but final national yields were 10 bushels less than what was estimated. There is still a lot of growing season left until harvest and no one knows for sure what final yields will be. Don’t give your storage awayAll too often farmers are too focused on cash prices and don’t pay enough attention to their storage expenses. However, if farmers want bigger premiums and profits, they need to think about grain marketing differently than “conventional” wisdom. This is especially true in years when grain prices are at or under breakeven points. Following illustrates a mistake many farmers make who do NOT have 100% on-farm storage capacity.Many farmers make their first, and maybe only, sale before harvest for December or January delivery to capture some market carry premium while also allowing them to core their bins during the winter. This makes perfect sense for farmers with 100% on-farm storage, but for farmers who don’t have full storage on their farm, it is usually a mistake.For example, in May corn prices for harvest delivery were $4.25 while January delivery was $4.35. This meant there was a 10-cent market carry premium for a farmer to hold their grain after harvest for 2 months (i.e. 5 cents/month). Seeing this premium, some farmers sold some of their corn they were storing at home thinking they were getting a good deal. But now corn is under $3.80, and since these farmers don’t want to sell for that price, they will likely have to pay storage fees at a commercial facility for around 5 cents per month waiting for prices to increase.Put another way, these farmers likely will wipe away all market carry profits from the original trade on grain storage fees waiting for higher prices on stored corn in a commercial facility. If these farmers have to wait for 6 months after harvest looking for a big rally they will be incurring 30 cents in storage fees. In the end these farmers are 20 cents behind. I arrive at that price taking the 10 cents profit on original market carry sale on the stored bushels, less the 30 cent 6 month storage fee on any unpriced grain in commercial storage.Obviously I understand the need to core bins centers in the winter and I appreciate that farmers are trying to secure market carry with January delivery. However, a better idea would be to sell grain for harvest delivery on that first sale and look to make more harvest sales down the road as prices increase. Most end users will allow farmers to move a sale for harvest delivery forward in time if it is discussed a little bit ahead of time with the buyer. Most end users should be willing to pay the farmer a premium to do so. The reason why is because the market is paying a premium to hold grain in storage and it’s harder to buy bushels later on than during the middle of harvest.Many farmers can wait until February or even March to core their bins centers out, this could provide another additional two free months of on-farm storage. This allows for even more time for prices to rally on any unpriced grain, and that doesn’t even take into account the possible basis bump potential. Thus, by waiting, farmers aren’t “giving away any storage.”It’s difficult for farmers without 100% on-farm storage to estimate their storage needs each year. That’s why I suggest hedging with futures. This allows for flexibility in deciding when, where and how much grain to move. Plus it leaves the option open to pick up market carry premium too. Flexibility in your grain marketing strategy and sometimes “going against the grain” will lead to increased profitability. Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results. He can be contacted at [email protected]last_img read more

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7 Indie Films That Made Blockbuster Money

first_imgThese movies defied expectations by winning over audiences and critics alike to score huge box-office numbers.Top image via Warner Bros.Mega-blockbuster franchises — like the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Star Wars Saga, or (frankly) any Disney property — yield massive global box office success. From a studio standpoint, this is a jackpot, but the studios don’t see these returns without first forking out millions upon millions in production and marketing costs. There is, however, a tiny sector wherein the micro-features of the world explode and rake in the cash. Each follows a different path, but they all strike a major chord with audiences. Let’s take a look at some of the most profitable small features of the 21st century.Napoleon DynamiteImage via Fox Searchlight Pictures.Premiering at Sundance in 2004, Napoleon Dynamite flew under the radar until word got out about the film’s quirky, offbeat comedy chops. The cast of unknowns contributed to the film’s sensibilities, and the audience responded in a big way. This success would later go on to boost director Jared Hess‘s career, landing him bigger and bigger directing opportunities — such as last year’s Masterminds. Fox believed in the property so much there was even an animated spin-off.Production Budget: $400,000Final Gross: $46,117,721Paranormal ActivityImage via Blumhouse.In the same vein as 1999’s The Blair Witch Project, this micro-budget found-footage hit took a different approach to its marketing plan. Early social media campaigns and viral attraction efforts to get students and audiences to “demand” the film at nearby theaters created mystery and anticipation for the film. The tactic worked, scaring upwards of $190 million — as well as five sequels.Traditionally, horror films offer the greatest return on investment. They’re cheap to make, and they draw huge crowds. Some other recent successes include Unfriended, Annabelle, The Devil Inside, Insidious, and Paranormal Activity 2.Production Budget: $15,000Final Gross: $193,355,800Magic MikeImage via Warner Bros.Steven Soderbergh’s stripper dramedy impressed critics and audiences alike by making quite an impact at the summer box office. Marketed as a broad comedy, this film surprised audiences — a broad comedy it is certainly not. However, it still earned back its budget — and then some. The studio took this formula of low-budget with big stars and energetic marketing and applied it again with the sequel Magic Mike XXL and hit another home run. Sidenote: securing names like Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey for your film can’t hurt it either.Production Budget: $7,000,000Final Gross: $167,221, 571The Passion of the ChristImage via 20th Century Fox.Mel Gibson’s controversial depiction of the last few hours of the life of Jesus Christ was a distribution nightmare. Gibson has stated before that nobody wanted to handle the picture. He took it to almost every major studio head, and despite his mega success with Braveheart, Gibson could not land distribution. The studio heads did not consider the graphic depiction of Jesus’s death a financially responsible decision. Breaking all expectations and records alike, The Passion of the Christ would go on to earn an incredible 1,749% profit.Production Budget: $35 millionFinal Gross: $612 millionThe Fault in Our StarsImage via 20th Century Fox.With big help from the popularity of its original source material, The Fault in Our Stars hit the Young Adult generation hard with an opening night theatrical release that broke records. 20th Century Fox produced the picture and enlisted Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber (The Spectacular Now) to pen the script and The Secret Life of the American Teenager star Shailene Woodley for the lead role. The recipe was a critical and commercial mega success for Fox and director Josh Boone.Production Budget: $12,000,000Final Gross: $307,239,013The King’s SpeechImage via The Weinstein Company.Oscar glory almost always promises ticket sales, as the crew behind The King’s Speech discovered after winning Best Picture and Best Actor. The film premiered at the Telluride Film Festival, gaining traction and building anticipation before its theatrical release. Considered the most successful independent British film to date, The King’s Speech is a masterclass in word-of-mouth marketing and the annual awards seasons push.Production Budget: $15,000,000Final Gross: $430,821,166My Big Fat Greek WeddingImage via IFC FilmsSpeaking of word-of-mouth, My Big Fat Greek Wedding’s rise to box office glory was slow but steady. The film surprisingly never hit the number 1 spot at the box office, but the money still poured in, eventually making the film one of the highest-grossing romantic comedies of all time. A sequel premiered in 2016, but it met worldwide disdain and barely earned back its budget.Production Budget: $5,000,000Final Gross: $368,744,044Have a favorite indie film success story? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

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Ross knows what new import McKines is made of: ‘He wants to win’

first_imgMOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend “More than practice, I had the chance to be with the team and get to know my teammates as people and they get to know me and that translates on the basketball floor,” said McKines, who is playing for his third PBA franchise after making his league debut for the Alaska Aces in 2013.“It’s good that he was able to come early and go through the playoff process with us and how we operate in practice, how we operate during games,” Ross said.Ross added that the Beermen’s quest for a Grand Slam gives McKines’ more reasons to win.“It adds extra motivation for him and he’s a winner so it’s easy for him to integrate with us,” said Ross.“I’m playing on the best team in the PBA and I play with a lot of heart and passion so no pressure just all opportunity,” McKines said.ADVERTISEMENT Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ And how could he not? It was a game where then-Rain or Shine import Wendell McKines muscled his way to 53 points on 16-of-23 shooting from the field and 17 rebounds with five assists and five blocks to boot.“I’ve never played with him but playing against him, he’s a beast,” said Ross, who doesn’t have to worry about slowing down McKines with the Oakland, California native suiting up for the Beermen in the 2017 Governors’ Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“One game in the semifinals when he was still with Rain or Shine, he put 50 points on us so he’s a tough dude, he’s hungry, he wants to win and he knows the task at hand.”McKines, who turns 29 next month, won’t get to play until the next several weeks but his work has already started in May when he joined SMB here.center_img Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Wendell McKines. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netAs a five-time PBA champion, Chris Ross has been through a lot of playoff games and yet he could still remember that particular Saturday night when his San Miguel Beermen lost to the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in Game 2 of the Governors’ Cup semifinals two years ago.The game was forgettable for the Beermen, who lost, 113-110, after they blew a 20-point lead in the third quarter, but somehow, Ross recalled that moment on the fly.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lassiter gets back at TNT 5 years after his first Finals loss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend View commentslast_img read more

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Ford Endeavour vs Toyota Fortuner vs Chevrolet Trailblazer

first_imgThere is little to doubt that the SUV is more of a want than a need in India. People get attracted to the aura of the SUV and as a result these big barges have become fantasies for many. Cashing in on this mind set, manufacturers are busy offering the latest from their stables here in India.While Chevrolet launched the TrailBlazer here last year, Ford too upgraded the Endeavour. However the king of the ring has always been the Toyota Fortuner and now we have a new one. So is it better than the rest? Time to find out.The design change aside, the fortuners imposing stance remains. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)Design:Fortuner: The new Fortuner has a much sharper design than before. The LED headlamps are sleeker and the large chrome grille is now a two-tier affair. While the design might have become edgy, what remains unchanged is the imposing stance and that should attract quite a few posers. In profile the Fortuner makes its purpose clear. With a clearance of 220mm and generous ramp and departure angle, the Fortuner is ready to take on any challenge.The Fortuner is available with multiple engine options. In this test we deployed the 2.8-litre motor which offers 177bhp. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)The Fortuner comes with 6-speed automatic transmissions. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)Endeavour: The Endeavour recently got upgraded and it was a generation change and as a result it looks rather smart. The front end has that butch feel to it and the huge chrome grille and massive headlights give it that perfect look. The massive fender flares look smart and doing a good job in filling up the wheel arches are the 18in tyres. In profile one can also see the massive 220mm clearance which the Endeavour offers. In all this behemoth can wade through 800mm of water. From the rear too the Endeavour looks impressive.advertisementThe Ford has the biggest engine here displacing 3.2-litres. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)The Ford comes with 6-speed automatic transmissions. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)TrailBlazer: The TrailBlazer on the other hand has a more old-school design. It comes with the same traits of having a massive front end. But when it comes to design, it does not look as flamboyant as the Endeavour. The two-tier grille is unmistakably Chevrolet. The TrailBlazer sits on massive 18in wheels but at 253mm, it does offer more ground clearance both. All three of these behemoths sport a body-on-frame chassis design.The Chevrolet too has a 2.8 much like the Fortuner. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)The Chevrolet comes with 6-speed automatic transmissions. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)Interior:Fortuner: Stepping in requires a bit of an effort on all three of these SUVs. So having a side step is a necessity rather than a convenience. The Fortuner presents itself in a very plush manner. The interiors look smart and the colour combos are interesting too. But the best thing is that the dash is now new and is not shared with the Innova Crysta. The Fortuner offers multiple glove compartments and lots of stowage bins.While the Toyota has a shift-on-fly 4wd system, Ford offers a terrain response system that sets up the Suv for any situation. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)The entertainment device is now a touchscreen unit and offers all functions including satnav. The instrument panel is good too and has a soothing blue backlight. The seats are electrically operable and are comfortable large perches. The same is the case at the back. The third row though is not as usable. Boot space is generous and one can also fold down the second and third row to increase the same.The all new dash looks smart and the central entertainment device is large and easy to use. Multiple buttons on the steering operate various things. Quality is very good as well. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)The instrument panel looks good, is easy to read and at the same time extremely informative. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)Endeavour: Once in the Endeavour feels like being in a car of a higher class. The dash is beautifully laid out and features two-tone colours. The centre console houses a large display which not only works as an entertainment device but also supports Ford’s latest Sync 2 system. But the highlight of the Endeavour’s dash is the instrument panel. It is an all-digital affair which is not only comprehensive but also fully loaded. We loved this feature.The beige and black treatment livens up the interiors. The black panel on the centre console looks a bit bland although is functional. The instrument panel on the Ford is the best in business. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)The front seats are also supremely comfortable and electrically adjustable too. There is ample space at the back too. However the high floor does cause a bit of concern. The third row is electrically adjustable but space is restricted. So expect it to be fit mainly for kids. Boot space is good and multiple options are available to extend loading space. In all with both rear rows folded the Endeavour can take in 2,300 litres of cargo.advertisementThis digital display offers plenty of options and allows one to tune it to his or her taste.(Photo: Nishant Jhamb)TrailBlazer: The interiors of the TrailBlazer are not as sci-fi as the Endeavour. Sure it too gets a two-tone treatment inside and an equally large dash. But the treatment is not as serious. The centre console houses a large LCD screen and Chevrolet is also offering the MyLink interface. The instrument panel is also a plain jane twin-pod affair. However there are plenty of in-cabin storage options including multiple glove compartments.While the dash of the Chevy might not be futuristic, it is functional. The centre console houses the touch screen entertainment panel and right below sits controls for the climate control system. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)The rear seat too suffers from high floor syndrome. But knee room and headroom is aplenty. The third row much like the other two here suffers from restricted knee room and a long journey with two adults seated can be quite a pain. Both the rows fold down and as a result max cargo volume can go up to 1,830 litres.The instrument panel is informative but does not feature a stylish design. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)Engine:The Fortuner gets a 2.8-litre diesel engine offering 177bhp and 450Nm of torque. The Endeavour comes with a large 3.2-litre oil burner. This common-rail, diesel churns out 200bhp and 470Nm of torque. The Chevrolet gets the 2.8-litre Duramax engine. Now although it is a smaller engine, it churns out 200bhp and 500Nm of torque. All three here come with 6-speed automatic gearboxes but the Fortuner is the only one here which gets paddle shifters.However the Toyota and the Ford offer a 4WD system. While the Toyota has a shift-on-fly system, the Ford offers a terrain response system where the driver can select the terrain he or she is tackling and the system adapts to that. This allows these two SUVs to prove more capable off the road. The TrailBlazer on the other hand is only available in rear wheel drive guise.The Fortuner goes for the old-school start up way where the whole thing shakes up. But the best thing is that it settles down quick. On the move the big SUV feels quick and gets to speed easily. The gearbox shifts up quickly and the shifts are seamless. This makes the Fortuner a rather easy SUV to drive. The NVH levels have become better too but are not as good as the Ford. The multiple drive modes also help the Fortuner to up the ante when it comes to performance. There is a marked difference in acceleration and there is a proper tug which the driver can feel.advertisementPerformance:Start up the Ford and the cabin is filled up with literally nothing. The insides are kept silent thanks to a very well thought NVH package inspired by noise cancelling headphones. Step on it and the Endeavour lurches forward with a lot of energy. Speeds climb rapidly and at 100kmph the Endeavour feels very comfortable. The gears shift smoothly and occupants are cocooned in comfort. There is ample torque on tap too and just a gentle press on the accelerator is enough to propel this massive SUV forward.Photo: Nishant JhambHowever get into a sporty mood and that’s when you would feel the difference. The gearbox does not feel as quick and the best way to tackle this situation is via manually shifting down. Once revved hard, the engine noise does creep into the cabin but this is at the end of the rev range and something which is not a common occurrence in everyday driving.In short the Endeavour is not a sports car and therefore indulge in a gentle cruise rather than spirited driving and you will truly enjoy the finesse. There is also little to doubt the off-roading capabilities of the Endeavour. I remember driving on the infamous Lahar Beds in the Philippines in the previous generation Endeavour without getting stuck!The rear console on the Fortuner offers a 12V charging point along with stowage options. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)So the little sandy track we threw at the Endeavour was devoured without much fuss. There was plenty of traction and the massive tyres ploughed through the sand relentlessly. Needless to say I am keen to indulge in some more serious off-road driving in the Endeavour.Ride Quality:The Chevrolet surely is not as silent as the Ford. However in spite of being smaller, the Duramax engine does have plenty of punch to offer. It climbs up to the 100kmph mark within 10.1 seconds and it is from here that the cabin starts getting tad uncomfortable thanks to the engine noise.The Endeavour on the other hand offers controls for the aircon and charging point. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)Nevertheless we must say that for a vehicle which weighs over two tonnes, it is quick. The automatic box is a bit jerky when pushed hard and likes to be treated gently. In manual mode though the gears actually hold on and do not upshift. This also gives the driver the feeling of driving a proper manual. However if you want to indulge in some serious bits of off-roading, remember that the TrailBlazer is a RWD only. While wading through water and all should not be a cause of concern, things might get tricky on sand and snow.The Fortuner comes in with a stiff setup which works well at speeds. The Fortuner shows the ability to maul most ruts and rough tracks. However on the downside, the slow speed ride is a bit uncomfortable and small humps tend to shake up the interiors. The hydraulic power steering unit on the Fortuner though feels a bit heavy and this is one cause for the driver to feel slightly tired after prolonged bumper-to-bumper traffic.Rotary display of the climate control reminds one of the Chevy Beat. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)Comfort:On the upside, there is a decent amount of feedback and coupled with the stiff set chassis, the big Fortuner feels more poised around corners. When it comes to ride quality, the Ford impresses. There is very little which could dislodge this big SUV. Ruts or even those menacing potholes have little to do when they encounter the Endeavour. However as in case of typical softly sprung barges, the Endeavour displays a bit of body roll.However it does not get up to alarming levels by any margin and accolades to Ford for getting the tuning nearly perfect. The other big cause of concern while driving these SUVs is manoeuvrability. The Endeavour is endowed with a light steering which helps while in the city and especially whilst turning around.The Fortuner emerges the winner thanks to the new engine characteristics and the level of comfort it offers. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)The Chevrolet though is not as comfortable as the Endeavour and has the tendency to skip when encountering potholes. There is also a prominent thud felt within the cabin. The steering feels a bit heavy and the turning circle is large too. In all the TrailBlazer does feel a tad heavy to drive. However this is the case of most full size SUVs in the market today.Verdict:Any test involving SUVs is ever so engaging. In this test the Fortuner emerged as the winner clearly. The new Toyota is even better than before, offers plenty of space and at the same time will likely offer better resale value.Ford Endeavour vs Toyota Fortuner vs Chevrolet TrailblazerThe Endeavour on the other hand was the winner last time we compared it with the TrailBlazer. While it is a very capable SUV, in certain parameters, it is overtaken by the Toyota. My particular favourite on the Endeavour remains to be the instrument panel.The Chevrolet though capable is rear wheel drive and this means it loses out on crucial points. But make no mistake it is a comfortable SUV as well.last_img read more

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