The Swift Platinum edition looks quite modern and updated but we must inform you that this is not a special edition hatch from the manufacturers stable; instead the modified Swift that you are seeing in the images has been created by a Bangalore based dealership.
They are calling this tweaked version of the Swift the ’Platinum edition’ and we must admit that it is carrying lots of goodies with it. The front of the car has a silver painted front grille and airdam which usually comes in Black color in the standard version of the Swift. The headlamps cluster too has been replaced with LED daytime running lamps and it is not clear from the images but it seems like it also have been fitted with projector headlamps at the front, whereas the brakes lights at the rear have been replaced with LED lamps.
The side profile of the car gets a new side skirt and grey colored alloy wheels while the rear gets a roof mounted spoiler. Lastly both the front and rear gets a lip spoiler, the exterior also gets some attractive body graphics and a ’Swift’ logo, while the interior has been fitted with premium leather seats and quality music system and an amplifier. There have been no changes under the hood of this car though.
We must admit that this initiative from the dealership will atleast help the Swift lovers of India to forget the sorrows of the Swift Sport not being launched in India anytime soon. The modification will be available on both the variants of the car including Diesel and Petrol and this exclusive Platinum edition could be yours if you shell out an extra 1, 40,000 Rupees over the on road price of the Swift.
Please do let us know your thoughts on this new Swift Platinum edition and you can also go through the details of the upcoming Maruti Suzuki Swift here.
Tata Motors will be investing heavily on the UK Research and Development (R&D) centre through its subsidiary Tata Motors European Technical Centre (TMETC) which is in the National Automotive Innovation Campus (NAIC).
The TMETC will also be joined by Jaguar Land Rover and the Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) located at the University of Warwick itself. The NAIC will receive around £30m which is roughly around Rs. 306 Crores from Tata Motors. It will also get support from its other partners like Jaguar and Land Rover alongside UK Government’s Higher Education Funding Council England (HEFCE).
The main purpose of NAIC will be to build a research hub where people can research and contribute towards finding and exploring new technologies which will reduce the use of fossil fuels and CO2 emission simultaneously. The construction of this NAIC unit will begin from September 2014 and if everything goes according to plan the new facility will start operating from the year 2016. Once completed the new facility will become home for 1,000 world class engineers and scientists and the building in particular will have state of the art engineering workshop and laboratories, it will also be the centre for facilitating new Vehicle Concept Development which will also include Tata motors own lineup of cars in the near future.
Dr Tim Leverton, Head of Advanced Engineering and Product Development for Tata Motors, said that this new facility will be the next step in creating World class products for the Global customers and the TMTC will play an important role in that plan.
Nick Fell, Director and Head of Tata Motors European Technical Centre, said that they are delighted by the Tata motors decision of investing in their facility and are eagerly looking forward in working with Tata Motors teams from this world class base.
Whereas the WMG Chairman, Professor Lord Bhattacharyya added that their vision will be to develop and link people, research and world-leading infrastructure to create and develop novel technologies which will also be beneficial for the economic growth and wide economic benefit from the creation of such World leading technologies.
With environment regulations and Greenpeace activists breathing down necks of most automobile manufacturers, it’s inevitable that most would switch to electric power, thereby slowly killing the theatricality that normally comes with gasoline power.
With its "i" range of vehicles, BMW has taken the first major step towards environment sustainability while providing a solution for high gasoline prices. But, they’re not done yet. According to reports, it seems that future mainstream BMWs will begin to share genes with their "i" range of vehicles. That includes electric propulsion in the form of a hybrid system or a full electric system. They’ve plotted the same move before, but it never really caught on nor was Bimmer interested in beginning large scale production. Since, emission norms are getting stricter in Europe with laws mandating brands to achieve CO2 level emissions of 95 g/km by 2020 and many other countries following suit, BMW and many other manufacturers are forced to make such moves. Execs, however, do keep promising us that switch to electric power will not hurt the "sheer driving pleasure" that comes with a Bimmer.
Expect CFRP technology and the latest in electric propulsion technologies from the BMW i8 and i3 to make its way into other Bimmers.
Crorepattis eager to get their hands on the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class can now pre-order the vehicle, with deliveries promised at the first half of January, 2014. All they have to do is pay upfront Rs 25 Lakhs and wait till the beauty arrives. That’s quite a huge amount for pre-booking a vehicle. But, then again, the S-Class’ target customers wouldn’t mind shelling quarter of a crore to stay ahead of others interested in the same.
Reports suggest that Merc will start selling the S-Class Launch Edition, which is a S500 with a few extra bits and bobs. For the Indian Market, Merc has set aside 125 units for eager customers to get their hands on. However, being powered by a petrol 4,663cc V-8 engine, unless you owned several petrol stations, running the S500 over long distance would hurt your bank account. So, it’s not a variant that people are looking forward to.
The variant they’re looking forward to is the S350 BlueTEC which, sadly, will arrive only by end of June 2014. Along with its arrival, Merc will begin the CKD assembly of the new S-Class, which would help in pricing as well as availability.
But, if you’re to eager to get your hands on one, do head to the nearest Mercedes-Benz dealer with your cheque-book.
It’s been a while since Maruti-Suzuki brought something new to the table. So far, they’ve been simply phasing out updates and facelifts for its entire range. Most people will disagree, saying that the Maruti -Suzuki Stingray is a brand new car. To us, it looks like an angular,flashy version of the Wagon-R. Not something that we’d consider "brand new".
Well, now we can expect new from their stable. Suzuki has previewed a concept called the A-Wind, that is considered as a precursor to a something new from Suzuki. We don’t know whether it’ll all-together be another hatch or a face-lift that will seek inspiration from the concept. We do have our bets placed on the former.
Suzuki has also released some technical details of the concept. It measures at 3600mm long, 1600mm wide and 1540mm high with a 2425mm long wheelbase. Powertrain includes 1.0-liter 3-cylinder motor coupled to a CVT gearbox, that was seen in many other concepts at the Tokyo Motor Show, also makes its way into the concept hatch. Expect its production spec model to break cover at the 2014 Auto Expo in New Delhi.
For those of who aren’t aware of it, Mahindra isn’t all about rolling out utility vehicles and trucks. They actually have a Racing program that, until now, focused their efforts in MotoGP’s Moto3 category. But, now they’re all set to include another form of motorsports that might significantly help engineers research in future technology.
Mahindra announced they’re all set to compete in the much-talked-about Formula E that will take place in September 2014. Mahindra Racing is currently the 8th team and the only Indian team that has confirmed its participation in the championship. It will have a total of 10 races all around the world, starting with places like Beijing, Brazil, Berlin, Miami and Monte Carlo. They will all share the same track that is used for its petrol counterpart, Formula One.
“With advanced operations and expertise in electronics, IT, automotive technologies and manufacturing, we are already seeing a fusion of this technology into our electric vehicle operations. Racing will further accelerate that trend while Formula E is set to raise awareness globally about the benefits of electric vehicles.” says Anand Mahindra, chairman and MD of the Mahindra Group. It is indeed awesome to see Mahindra take the initiative to compete internationally while using the platform to research into technologies for their future road cars.
The Toyota Innova has been one of the best selling cars and Toyota’s success story in the Indian market. Starting at around Rs 11 Lakhs, it’s one of the most comfortable people carriers that money can buy. Even, after several years since launch, the Toyota Innova is the only one MUV that leads the segment without any threats from any other brand.
Well, now they’ll have something to fear. India’s favorite Maruti-Suzuki that sells the Ertiga (which is something close to a people carrier) is now planning to come up with a model above the Ertiga that will rival the Innova in its segment. Codenamed the RX, the MUV is in its developing stages with a design still yet to be decided. Currently Maruti isn’t sure whether a crossover design like the Tata Aria or the MUV design like the Innova should make it into the RX. Even the powertrain department is still under question since Maruti doesn’t have a capable engine to power utility vehicles. Rumors suggest that Maruti will develop a 1.6-liter diesel engine in-house that is meant for future Utility vehicles and crossovers.
It’s not a surprising move, given the rising popularity of the segment. And with Maruti-Suzuki looking to increase its already-dominating market share, having a capable utility vehicle will help them to a significant extent
We definitely knew this would be coming. After BMW showed off the production spec BMW i8 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, we knew it was destined for greatness. With a fuel-sipping, 231-horsepower 1.5-liter 3-cylinder engine coupled to a 131-horsepower electric motor, the i8 is sufficiently powerful. If you don’t think so, try mixing the hybrid combo with a CFRP body (that is known to be lightweight) and you’ve got a capable mid-engined supercar sprinting from 0-100 in 4.5 sec and touch a limited top speed of 250km/hr.
That may not be a lot to the hardcore few, but achieving such performance figures will managing 40 km/l of petrol and emitting fewer than 59g of CO2 per km will appeal to the many. So many, that in fact the first year production stock of the fuel-sipping i8 have sold out. This achievement can also be attributed to the not-so-crazy price tag of $135,925 for a mid-engined Bimmer that goes easy on your wallet, in terms of running costs.
That said, it looks like people all round, who used to sneer at the thought of a Prius, are slowly embracing hybrid technology in their future cars. So, Mother Nature will have something to be happy about.
After a slew of launches over the past few months that broaden Honda’s range of vehicles, it is evident that Honda has turned from a low-laying brand into an aggressive player that is gunning for the top spot in the Indian market.
Years after staying low with a 4-model lineup that were only petrol-powered things started picking up pace when the previous City, with its cool design and punchy 1.5-liter petrol engine, garnered attention and cheques. In its time, it was one the best sedan offered under 10-Lakhs. But, with the evergrowing competition, rivals started offering better features and better powertrain whilst remaining in the sub-10 Lakh category. With the gripe that Honda didn’t offer a diesel engine nor better equipment, sales began to dive, though not significantly as it was still the most reliable petrol-powered sedan money can buy. It still wasn’t enough to take on rivals like Hyundai and Volkswagen.
After the Honda Amaze was announced with a 1.5-liter diesel engine, people went crazy about it. Who wouldn’t? It was the first Honda in India to come with a diesel engine. It was so good that in the first few weeks it amassed 30,000 bookings. But, Honda didn’t simply sit still and watch the sales figures rise. Instead they decided to focus on the one car that helped them enter Indian hearts in the first place and after much speculation, Honda has officially announced the next generation Honda City that, finally, comes with a diesel engine and some really nifty features.
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One question lingered in our minds when we heard about Jaguar plotting the spiritual successor to the E-Type. How can somebody improve upon the design of a car that is considered to be one of the most beautiful cars to date? Well, once Jaguar took the wraps off their CX-16 Concept, a couple of years ago, we were blown away by what Jaguar’s chief designer Ian Callum and his team can do. That was probably the second most beautiful thing that ever came out with a Jaguar logo, after the E-Type did almost 50 years ago. The smooth curves, the crouching stance of the animal it’s named after and the latest in sports car tech really made us fall in awe with CX-16. But, being a concept, there’s always that question of whether they’re going to build it or not. Fans of the Leaping Jag were begging on their feet for Jaguar to build the CX-16.
Well, Jaguar listened to everybody’s prayers and announced the production spec CX-16, or as you may all be aware of, the F-Type Roadster last year. And it was literally a CX-16 Concept without a roof and with a price tag. Sitting on a shortened platform from the XK and powered by a fiesty 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 engine, it was a hoot to drive. And if that wasn’t enough for you, just simply look at it. Absolutely beautiful in every aspect. All these qualities helped the F-Type Roadster garner critical acclaim, awards and considered by most to be one of best cars launched this year.
But, hang on! When Jaguar showcased the CX-16, it had a fixed, sloping hardtop. When is the F-Type going to come with that ? As people say, good things come to those who wait and after, almost a year of waiting, Jaguar has finally lifted the covers of the F-Type Coupe and, surprisingly, a new variant for the F-Type range.
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