Maruti WagonR Stingray – Will it Garner Enough Attention in India

Auto industries are recording slow or negative growth worldwide and in India, but that does not necessarily mean it will not bounce back in near future. Major automobile brands are trying their best to present something new and definitely better automobile with every new launch. Maruti in its attempt to draw renewed attention to its brand is all set to launch a new WagonR – named as WagonR Stingray, in coming months, in India.

Maruti WagonR StingrayMaruti design aspects in the entry-level vehicles cannot be termed ‘Stylish’ but definitely carries a decent aura about them. The new WagonR Stingray brings a refreshing sportier and cleaner look on its front with a flat bonnet, all-new bumper with bigger air dam and a slimmer grille. On it rear side; the compact car is likely to feature slimmer tail lamps with clear lens and fresh bumper design – carrying the name plate with a bolder stance, and a rear spoiler. However, the side of the automobile is unlikely to bring any new changes. The alloy wheels will add more charm to the overall look of the car and deliver higher performance. In its interior, the new WagonR Stingray is expected to receive minor tweaks and come with appealing upholstery. Under its hood, it will be powered by 1.0L K10 series motor engine. The four-wheeler is sure to deliver decent mileage producing 67 bhp of power.

wagonr stingrayThe compact automotive segment is fiercely competitive in India, as higher sales percent are contributed from this segment. Indian auto market is very price sensitive and Maruti Suzuki competitively priced models had been quite popular in India, since its first model launched decades ago. Keeping with the brand’s reliability image, the all-new Maruti Stingray can do well in the Indian market. But having said that, the new Stingray has to compete well and prove its true metal to attract serious auto consumers in India.

posted by Sunita Devi @ Wednesday, July 24th, 2013 Comments Off links to this post
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Next Generation Honda Jazz to Get Bigger and Better

Honda silently discontinued the big hatch, Jazz from its portfolio after it got busy with the launch of its entry-level sedan, Amaze. Discontinuation of one of the highest selling global cars from one of the largest automobile markets like India simply meant that there was something better waiting. Honda recently has unveiled images of the 2014 Jazz, which is known as Fit in US market, and this new car has grown both in size and performance.

New Honda Amaze 2014The new Honda Jazz, basically a global offering from Japanese marque, has grown by about 50 mm in wheelbase and the sides of the car now have bolder character lines extending till tail light to give a stunning look. The tailgate is decorated with chrome garnish which upholds the brand logo. The rear bumper too is stylishly designed to look more dynamic compared to older version of the car. The company says that the new car has been benchmarked against Volkswagen Polo. The suspensions of the car have been modified to impart more confidence in the driver through a low-height driving position. Overall design also aids for better driving control in corners and at high-speeds.

2014 Honda Fit JazzComing to the powertrain, the Indian version of Honda Jazz is expected to have 1.5L diesel engine which is derived out of Earth Dreams technology of Honda. This fuel efficient engine has already been introduced to Indians through Honda Amaze. A 1.2L petrol motor, which is zippy in performance, may also be offered in the new car. Not many changes are seen in the design of dashboard however the seats may get new upholstery to induce dignity and comfortable feeling in interior space.

Following the success of entry-level sedan, Amaze, an MPV is also expected from the Japanese house. The Brio based MPV may be unveiled at 2014 Delhi Auto Expo and may come on Indian roads along with new Jazz by mid-2014.

posted by amithash @ Monday, July 22nd, 2013 Comments Off links to this post
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When Luxurious Touring Hatchbacks Take on One Another

While the competition in entry-level hatchback segment has been heating up with more European and Japanese brands entering the arena, luxury car market too has not been behind, with three German marques fighting for supremacy. The launch of Mercedes-Benz A-Class, few weeks ago has not only brought luxury cars closer to common man, but has also flagged off another battle between big brands. Audi A1 is expected to come out by the year end or beginning of 2014 and BMW 1 Series might roll out in September of 2013. While these compact luxury wagons will go head on head in next few months, there is one segment which stands between grand sedans and these small cars. This segment has sporty touring hatchbacks which orient themselves towards comfortable driving which is preferred especially while travelling over long distances. The newest contenders in this arena are Volvo V40 Cross Country from the Swedish auto maker and Mercedes-Benz B-Class. Although the car from Scandinavian country is costlier by approximately 5.5 lakh on ex-showroom price tag compared to its German rival, the features and finish of this classy hatchback, backed by the safety motto of Volvo is what differentiates this model from the B-Class.

mercedes-benz-b-classAt the first sight it is the Volvo V40 Cross Country which looks more appealing compared to B-Class. With its aggressively designed front, sloping down roof at rear and the wavy finish of the tailgate, the V40 Cross Country can simply amaze any person with its beauty. The B-Class on the other hand is decently styled with LED daytime running lights, bold character lines, 7-twin-spoke alloy wheels and dual exhaust system with oval shaped pipes. The interior for Mercedes-Benz B-Class comes with Artico type leather upholstery and is trimmed with different designs like Matrix finish or black high-gloss ash wood finish which uplifts aesthetics of the car. The Volvo V40 Cross Country gets seats which are designed to be more sporty and comfortable with leather and textile fabrication options. Electronic Climate Control with filters breathes fresh air into the cabin. Volvo has given options for trims to make the cabin more glorious. Comparing the interiors Mercedes-Benz ranks higher when it comes to storage space since its seats can be folded down to give 1545 litres of luggage space.

V40 CrossCountryComing to performance, Volvo has loaded a D3 turbodiesel motor which is known for its fuel economy and wonderful power output. The maximum power for this motor is 150 bhp @ 3500 rpm. The luxury automobile from Mercedes-Benz house gets 1.6L engine which has variable valve timing and direct fuel injection technology to give out 120.69 bhp @ 5000 rpm. The diesel version is a 2.2L motor which employs Common-rail Diesel technology to get 107.28 bhp @ 3200-4400 rpm.

Safety being the strength of Volvo products stands as the crown of V40 Cross Country. A range of preventive safety features including some crucial ones like Collision Warning with Full Auto Brake and Pedestrian Detection System, Blind Spot Information and Cross Traffic Alert, Dynamic Stability Control, Corner Traction Control and ABS protect the car from encountering dangers. To protect passengers the basic structure is reinforced with high strength material carrying crumple zones. There are airbags surrounding passengers to cushion them against impacts. Mercedes-Benz too has incorporated some important safety features like Attention Assist, Hill Start and Hold function, ESP and Tyre pressure monitoring system.

posted by amithash @ Thursday, July 18th, 2013 Comments Off links to this post
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Will Datsun GO Make it Big in India?

Datsun made its grand global comeback after 30 years at Kingdom of Dreams, in Gurgaon, India, unveiling its new generation hatchback – Datsun GO, which will hit the Indian roads by early 2014 followed by other emerging markets Indonesia, Russia and South Africa. Datsun GO’s name is inspired from it’s a century back first Datsun, the DAT-GO and promises to deliver better performance and easy mobility to people around the globe. With Datsun GO, the trio Renault-Nissan-Datsun expects to revive its presence in the emerging markets and grab up to 60 percent global automobile market share. The brand Datsun is all set to bring the combination of aspiration and trustworthiness.

Datsun GoDatsun GO has been built to cater the growing demand for value for money motor cars in emerging markets such as India, Indonesia, Russia and South Africa. The Datsun GO features aggressive design details with interesting and attractive cuts that adds charm to the car. The interior of the new hatch is made comfortable and spacious and comes with a modern dashboard featuring Mobile Docking Station enabling drivers to connect to their smartphones. Under its hood, it carries a 1.2L engine mated to 5-speed manual transmission to offer optimal response and agility in congested traffic conditions. The Datsun GO is modern, stylish and built with apt local preferences to deliver engaging driving and worry-free ownership experience.

Datsun Go InteriorDestiny of the all-new hatch GO will depend on how successfully the brand answers to auto buyers’ needs and delivers its key values Dream, Access and Trust effectively. The compact car segment is highly competitive in India, as multiple models across brands are trying to capture part of the big pie. Once it hits the Indian shores, it will compete with existing popular models such as Hyundai i10, Chevrolet Beat, Maruti Suzuki WagonR and Nissan Micra Active. Indian auto market is price sensitive and the real performance of Datsun GO will depend on its ability to deliver complete package of power, performance, comfort, fuel efficiency and value propositions to consumers. Designed elegantly and price attractively below Rs. 4 lakh, the car should be able to garner desired consumers attention and decent market share in India.

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SUVs Gain Popularity in India – Inch into Hatchback Price Range

SUVs started off their journey in India with the name of Jeep, wandering in some hilly areas of the country. With the entry of brands like Toyota and Mitsubishi and development of newer products like Safari and Scorpio by homegrown brands, SUVs became a symbol of authority and wealth in India. Hatchbacks have made it big in India ever since automobile revolution started in the country. With time the development in new product range brought sportier small cars which crossed the Rs. 4 lakh zone and got placed at newer pricing levels. While these premium hatchbacks have bloomed and have seen their fruits, there has been a shift towards newer body styles in recent times. Young executives who are interested in touring and adventure seeking have been looking for automobiles which suit their personality at work while not letting down their off-road driving passion. Automobile brands of today are turning their focus from the already saturated hatchback market towards these emerging trends to give a new beginning to the territory of SUVs in India.

Renault Duster vs Mahindra XUV500Though there has been a change in what consumers are looking for, one factor remains almost the same when it comes to India. This factor is related to pricing of the automobiles where homegrown brands like Mahindra and Tata have natural advantage since they have been ruling SUV segment for generations. Responding to recent developments these marques have made full use of their advantage and have launched their classy SUVs, the Safari Storme and XUV500 at price range of Rs. 10 lakh to Rs. 16 lakh. To combat this pricing strategy foreign brands have come up with a different idea where they try to address the requirements in a cost-effective manner. Thanks to their efforts, SUVs which once upon a time were known as large and mighty wagons, have changed their personality to come as compact and more elegant looking automobiles.

Ford EcoSportOne of the first models to charge up the SUV arena in India was Duster, a compact SUV from French car maker, Renault. This car has changed the fortune of the manufacturer and has set a new benchmark for segment leaders like Bolero and Scorpio. Post the launch of this model there have been newer automobiles entering SUV segment carrying the price tag of Rs. 6 lakh to Rs. 14 lakh. Quanto from Mahindra, the compact version of Xylo, is one such model which came out in 2012. Although the response for this car has not been as good as that for XUV500, it is doing a pretty decent job for the company being priced at Rs. 6 lakh for base model. While Duster has been ruling the market on one side bagging huge sales, the first worries for Renault recently came out in the form of EcoSport. This automobile from Ford is much sportier and dashing compared to the French car. Starting at a price of just Rs. 5.68 lakh, this compact SUV has disturbed premium hatchbacks and entry-level sedans like the Amaze – the car that created huge buzz in the country prior to launch of EcoSport. The demand for these small SUVs has forced auto makers like Nissan, Hyundai and Tata to work on automobiles for this segment. It is the versatility and comfort derived from these cars that has resulted in a shift towards SUVs in Indian market.

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Jaguar F-type – The Sports Car with Tremendous Performance

Jaguar F-Type is the perfect blend of luxury and sporty character. The F-Type signifies the coming back of 2-seater version of Jaguar sports cars. The car is loaded with many innovative features and technologies. It is going to give a tough competition to the Aston Martin Vantage and the Porsche 911 Carrera. The sports car is available as a CBU with two powerful engines which deliver outstanding performance. With air splitters, venturi, air vents on side body and scoops on bonnet the automobile stands aerodynamically competent while the engines and transmission push the car to its extremes. The classy design of alloy wheels add to the appeal while the wheel arches surrounding them show off the strength and valour of this powerful machine. The eye-catching xenon headlamps lend a stylish look and function brilliantly to illuminating the road ahead in best possible ways when the car is busy speeding on the highway.

Jaguar F-type IndiaJaguar F-Type is available in two stunning variants among which one of them has a V6 engine and the other has a V8 motor. The flamboyant 3.0L engine is supercharged and has boost control technology which takes power and torque delivery to their next levels. The engine is capable of churning out 375.4 bhp of power. This engine is specifically crafted for F-Type and has not been used in any other model of Jaguar. With this engine the car can touch peak speeds of 275 km/h and can reach 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds. The other variant of the F-Type, the V8 S, is more powerful and is equipped with a splendid 5.0L engine that is supercharged and pumps out 488.1 bhp of power. The V8 variant has a maximum speed of 300 km/h and can jump to 100 km/h in 4.3 seconds. Engines of both variants are mated to 8-speed Quickshift automatic transmission which brilliantly couples characteristics of automatic gearbox and dual-clutch transmission types to get the best from both the worlds.

Jaguar F-type SpoilerThe two variants, V6 S and V8 S, differ from each other in many ways – the main differentiator being the number of exhausts. The V6 model has twin exhaust pipes placed at the centre at rear of the car, whereas the V8 model has quad exhaust pipes which are located on either sides of rear. The soft-top convertible automobile has an electronically retracting rear spoiler to add more flavour to its dynamic driving qualities. One step into the aggressive yet elegant Jaguar F-Type and the driver can conquer every bit of the road with great power while sits back in a luxurious nest enjoying the conquest of tarmac.

posted by amithash @ Tuesday, July 9th, 2013 Comments Off links to this post
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Audi A3 – Superior Sedan with Tremendous Performance

The four-ringed German car is all ready to roll out its much awaited sedan – Audi A3 in India which is an absolute head turner. The sedan is a stylish three-door car and exudes style. Audi A3 was first unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show 2011 as a concept. The wheelbase of 2636 mm and broad tyres increases the stability of the vehicle. The sedan has good turing radius that helps it to manoeuvre in every nook and corner of the city.

Under the hood, the car is expected to have the flamboyant 2 litre TDI Clubsport Quattro engine that will mill an adrenaline pumping power of 224 bhp and a handsome torque of 450 Nm for a smooth ride. The car is capable of crossing 100 km in just 6.6 seconds and can reach a peak speed of 240 km/h. The hydraulic suspension system imparts precise handling even on the bumpy terrains.

Audi A3 SedanThe sedan sits on bolted wheels that impart robustness to the car. The interior of A3 is luxurious and is adorned with elite material. The air vents are intelligently positioned at various places forming a jet design to enhance the comfort and looks. The elegant steering wheel enhances the quality of driving, as changing gears is now at the command of your fingertips. The central console has leather trimmer struts with stylish buttons that adds to the classy interiors. The navigation and the entertainment keys are easy to manage through a monitor. The seats are comfortable and come with perfectly customisable height, length and incline options. The concave door handles increases the ease to operate them. The six piston brake calipers and brakes discs help in sudden braking.

Audi A3 will be laden with an array of safety features like six SRS Airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, ESP, speed sensing door locks, remote central locking, rear wiper and defogger, fog lamps and seat belts for everyone.

The sedan is expected to be launched in early 2014 in India and will be available with a price tag of Rs. 22 lakh to Rs. 28 lakh. The sedan is expected to gather loads of applauds once it is launched in India and will give a tough competition to the cars in its segment.

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Introducing Aston Martin Lagonda in India

When luxuriousness comes with on-road authority and when grace of the flowing sheet metal beautifies a wagon with unique design attributes which stand as a crown to the model, you know that it must be an Aston Martin. These magnificently chiseled automobiles made their debut in India back in 2011. Known as the Aston Martin Lagonda, this British car manufacturing company has a long history of producing some classy sports cars. But where do Aston Martin cars stand in Indian market? What are the strengths of the Aston Martins over other cars?

Aston Martin in IndiaAmalgamation of Power and Luxury:

All Aston Martin cars carry hefty V engines which generate huge amount of power. The V8 Vantage has the smallest engine in Aston Martin’s India portfolio which delivers an eye-popping 420 bhp of power. The beautiful beast One-77 with its pointed nose and the large haunches carries a 7.3L V12 which gives out a stupendous power of 750 bhp. The car can cross the 320 km/h mark on the speedometer and can do to 100 km/h in mere 3-4 seconds.

Aston Martin V8 VantageSo much to boast about the power and speed, but all these models of Aston Martin actually looks much beautiful to its aggressive character displayed on road. The wide, long and contoured nose, the sloping down roof-line, the large alloy wheels and some classic design uplifts using LEDs and chrome are simple words to put together an Aston Martin. But the way these qualities are mould to make one stunning car is what carves a special place for the British marque in the automobile world. And coming to the cabin, well it is much more adorable than you could expect. Apart from being exceptionally comfortable, everything from the dashboard to the buttons and switches stand a class apart compared to other high-end cars from big brands. This amazing amalgamation of power, richness and charm is what keeps the Aston Martin cars apart from other luxury cars of India.

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Mercedes-Benz A-Class – Advance, Alive and Adrenaline

The Pulse of Next Generation – Mercedes-Benz A-Class; is ready to take the Indian auto space by storm tomorrow i.e. 30th May, 2013. The compact luxury mode of mobility has it all what can make car enthusiasts drool over a car. The new A-Class looks promising that keep our hearts racing with its expected high-performance, high-efficiency, comfort and safety features. A-Class from the stable of Mercedes will introduce truly redefining mode of mobility in India.

Mercedes-Benz A-Class

The new A-Class has been redesigned keeping in mind the Indian consumers of 2013. It brings refreshing exteriors with long hood and soft nose, curves and cuts at appropriate places that adds more charm to the car. The diamond grille is unmistakably the most alluring feature of this vehicle. The 302 diamond pins embellishment at the front part, makes it one of the most attractive faces the Indian automobile space has ever seen. Despite small in size, than general Mercedes cars, the cute luxury compact car is likely to have sporty features, to excite the urban drivers.

A-Class interior

This urban compact car boasts of an exclusive comfortable interior with cool sporty ambience. The inside of this cool high-tech car is well-organised and built with top-quality materials to attract and relax the consumers. The air conditioner helps you to stay at your comfortable temperature on the drive.

A-Class Infotainment

Mercedes-Benz has incorporated multiple infotainment features in its upcoming luxury compact car such as the CENTRAL MEDIA DISPLAY that enables you to control all your media from one place, the 17.8 cm display with multi-function audio, navigation and web functions, that helps you stay connected on the move. Driving the cute A-Class will be an exciting experience for its proud urban owners.

The new A-Class is agile as well as fun to drive and yet packed with a host of safety features that will make you feel relax whenever you sit behind the wheel. The four-wheeler is likely to equip with top-notch safety features Intelligent Light System, Exhaust tail pipes, LED running lamps and LED indicators. Mercedes has made the A-Class in its likeliness retaining the brand’s image of stability, power and superior design. An attractive car with modern features will make owners – a happy driver.

posted by Sunita Devi @ Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 Comments Off links to this post
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Learn Ways to Protect Your Car from Being Stolen

Your car is one of your dearest possessions and you definitely can’t imagine a day without it. Besides you invested your hard earned cash to own the motor vehicle. With increasing vehicle theft at an alarming rate you need to keep your four-wheeler safer than before. The National Crime Report Bureau’s findings stated car theft accounted for 44.36 percent of total number of theft cases happened in India, during 2011. Uttar Pradesh tops the list, followed by the state of Maharashtra and Delhi. Motor vehicles are easy target these days with fast reselling capacity. Parts of the four-wheeler can be easily sold separately which makes it even more difficult to track down. Of all the cases only 24.2 percent of cars are recovered. Here are the few tips that every four-wheeler owners must know:

Protect Your Car

Never Forget to Lock Your Car
Locking your vehicle when travelling through neighbourhoods you are not sure of or when you park your car in a garage or public place; is one the best ways of safeguarding your four-wheeler from theft. Not alone the doors, it’s advisable to keep your windows shut as well, to ensure complete safety.

Leaving Your Car Running Unattended, A Big NO!
Sometimes in hurry we tend to leave our motor vehicle for few minutes without turning off the ignition, without locking or leaving key in the car, these are the common scenarios when most of the automobiles were stolen. So leaving your vehicle running unattended is sure way to attract car thieves.

Don’t Leave Valuables in Your Car
Valuables like laptop, mobile, bag or purse, jewellery or cash should not be kept visibly when you leave your four-wheeler, as it may tempt thieves to break the windows for the valuables. If there is no way at all, then keep your valuable items in a place where it can’t be seen easily. But it’s better to avoid keeping costly items when you are not around.

Always Park in Safe Area
Park your vehicle in a safe and well-lighted area so as to protect your valuable possession from any untoward incident. On the other hand, parking in an area which is notorious for theft or criminal activities, there are high chances that your car can be stolen or even damaged. So park safe and be safe.

Don’t Leave Car Documents
Never leave car documents like registration number, driving license or ID card in your car. These documents can be used while selling the stolen vehicle. In case of theft, identifying car documents will make things easier for thieves.

Care Your Vehicle Regularly
Keep your personal mode of mobility in good shape. Check your gas or fuel before starting for a journey so that you may not end up at a place far away from fuel station. Also, timely check up of your car will reduce chances of sudden break down. And well-maintained vehicles are harder to break or stolen.

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