The Coupe even looks wilder without its roof
After almost a year Lamborghini launched the Huracan LP610-4 they introduced the Spyder variant as well at the 2015 Geneva Motor show. The Huracan was brought to replace the iconic Gallardo and thus its successor had a humongous task to live up to its predecessors name and thanks to the brilliant engineering package, it was. The car was so good that it was even faster than its bigger and more powerful brother, the mighty Aventador.
When Lamborghini launched the Gallardo back in 2003, a few people said that it is not how a Lamborghini should be. It was not mad enough. But all this changed when the convertible came out in 2006 and this kept many people happy. The spyder changed the character of the supercar completely and it was just mad. Just imagine you drive the same machine with that roaring engine just behind your seat and with the roof off.
Just like what have seen with the Gallardo Lamborghini launched the coupe first then came the Spyder variant. With the Huracan Lamborghini repeated the history again, they launched the Coupe variant first and then decided to launch the soft top Spyder variant of the same coupe later. Just like we all would have expected the Spyder variant looked dead gorgeous without its roof but at the back it still carried the same naturally aspirated 5.2 Liter V10 unit which is one beast of an engine.
Update 05.05.2016:- Lamborghini launched the Huracan LP 610-4 Spyder in India today. T^he prices and details has been provided below
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The Toyota Fortuner is a mid-size SUV sold by Toyota in mainly the Asian countries. The SUV was launched in India and was assembled from CKD kits at the company’s plant located at Bidadi in Bangalore, Karnataka. The Fortuner is the best selling SUV in this segment and it out sells its competitors by a huge margin. Indian customers love its rugged look that gives it a commanding road presence.
The car is based on the Toyota Hilux which is regarded as one of the best built pick-up trucks of all time. Top Gear UK tested the truck and termed it as an ‘indestructible truck’ after it survived all their attempts to kill, which incuded setting the car on fire. Later, Top Gear UK took the car to the North Pole and also to the edge of an active volcano in Iceland and the car did the trips without any hiccups.
Toyota has now globally launched the next generation 2016 Fortuner simultaneously in Australia and Thailand. This is the first time that the SUV will be offered in Australia. It continues to share its underpinning with the Hilux pick-up truck.
Maserati CEO has confirmed that the Levante SUV will be launched at the Geneva Motor Show next year. The SUV was due to hit showrooms this year but it was delayed after production shifted from the US to Italy.
Since Maserati is owned by Fiat, everyone would have expected some elements of Jeep in the SUV. But this is not to be. The boss confirmed that the Levante would be a full Maserati vehicle and will be based on the Quattroporte. No help will be taken from Jeep engineers. This means that power will come from V6 and V8 engines. A hybrid is also expected. The SUV will get permanent all-wheel drive and will look different from the 2011 Kubang concept.
Production of the SUV is due to begin in February 2016 but production of pre-production models have already started.
The Maserati Levante will go against the Porsche Cayenne, Range Rover Sport and the Mercedes-AMG G 63
Maserati’s CEO went on to say that by the end of 2017, all the models will get a pug-in hybrid variant. He also confirmed that the Alfieri sports car is also under works. It was shown as a concept at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. It will be a two seater sports car and will sit alongside the GranTurismo in the Italian company’s line-up.
Porsche surprised many when they revealed the Mission E concept to the world.
After building a spectacular hybrid car (the Porsche 918 Spyder), Porsche has decided to build an electric concept car. Unveiled at the ongoing Frankfurt Motor Show, there is no word if this car will become a reality. But it is for sure that Porsche is now looking at electric cars for the future. The Mission E concept is an all electric sports car that brings new technologies.
Being a four door, four seater concept, it is obvious that this may also be what the replacement for the Panamera might look like. The future does look promising because of the new tech Porsche is bringing in and because this new concept looks spectacular. It has to be one of the best looking cars revealed at the show.
The concept also reveals the new power train options for the next generation Panamera. Porsche might introduce an all electric sedan. This will directly rival the popular Tesla Model S. It will also go against the upcoming all electric Aston Martin Rapide.
The vehicle has been built as a Concept Study.
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The Bloodhound SSC, the world land speed record challenging supersonic car, will be unveiled in London on 25th of this month. The vehicle will be shown to the public on 25th and 26th. Entry is free but the number of tickets have been restricted.
98 percent of the car has been completed but the carbon fibre bodywork on one side will be removed so that visitors can see the inside parts of the car and the carbon fibre, steel and alloy chassis. The completed cockpit will also be shown. Attendees can also experience the Castrol EDGE and Jaguar BLOODHOUND Driving Simulator and Castrol EDGE Virtual Reality Experience. The full Bloodhound team will also be there to answer any questions and to explain the record attempt vehicle.
Along with the supersonic car, the Jaguar support vehicles will also be there. The support vehicles are a Jaguar F-type R Coupe AWD and a Jaguar XJ R.
Sometime next year, the team will try to break the world land speed record that the Thrust SSC set in 1997. The record stands at 1227 kmph. The Bloodhound SSC aims to hit 1609 kmph with wing commander Andy Greene behind the wheel. He piloted the Thrust SSC to its record on 1997. The attempt will be made in South Africa next year. To achieve its target, the Bloodhound SSC will be powered by a Rolls-Royce EJ200 jet engine from the Eurofighter jet fighter as well as hybrid rockets from Nammo. The fuel used will be hydrogen peroxide oxidizer which will be fed by a 550 hp 5.0 litre V8 engine from the Jaguar F-Type R Coupe.
The second generation of Volkswagen’s Duster rival is here. And it will be coming to Indian shores soon.
The first generation of the Tiguan was launched at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show in production form. The concept was shown earlier at the 2006 Los Angeles International Auto Show. It is based on Volkswagen’s PQ35 platform which it shares with the Volkswagen Golf.
After selling over 2.64 million units, Volkswagen launched the second generation of the compact SUV at the ongoing Frankfurt Motor Show. The completely new SUV is the first SUV from the Volkswagen Group to be based on the MQB platform.
The German manufacturer plans to bring the second generation of the global compact SUV to the Indian market. It is expected to be shown during the 2016 Auto Expo in New Delhi.
At the ongoing Frankfurt Motor Show, Volkswagen is also showing the Tiguan GTE concept vehicle. This is a plug-in hybrid.
After launching the Ford Figo Aspire compact sedan, Ford is all set to launch the Figo hatchback by the end of this month. The Aspire is based on the hatchback and it was launched last month.
Both the cars are based on the same platform. The hatch will look identical to the sedan up to the rear wheels. At the rear, it gets new wrap around tail lamps. On the inside, while the Aspire sedan gets a dual tone setup, the Figo hatchback is expected to get an all-black interior.
The equipment level is expected to remain the same as the compact sedan. This means that the hatch will come loaded with features like a 4.2 inch SYNC multimedia infotainment system. It will also come with a lot of safety features like 6 airbags, anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) and reverse parking sensors.
The new car will have two engine options. The petrol will be a 1.2 litre Ti-VCT engine while the diesel is a 1.5 litre TDCI engine. Both will be mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. An automatic transmission is also expected.
The Ford Figo hatchback will go against Nissan Micra, Maruti Suzuki Swift and Hyundai Grand i10. It will be manufactured at the company’s Sanand plant in Gujarat along with the Aspire compact sedan. Expect high levels of localization from Ford to price the Figo aggressively.
The new hatchback from the American manufacturer will be launched on September 23rd, 2015.
The global luxury compact SUV market is growing rapidly. Major luxury car makers are looking to tap into the potential. We recently found out that Jaguar is planning to develop a few SUVs that will sit below the F-Pace.
Now, Volvo is developing a small global compact luxury SUV. It will be the third SUV from Volvo and will also be the cheapest. The SUV, which will be based on Volvo’s new modular CMA platform, is being co-developed with Volvos’s parent company, Geely. The platform will be shared with a similar offering from the Chinese company and the two SUVs will be manufactured at the same factory in China. Production may shift to Europe later.
The XC40 is expected to be the first product from the Swedish manufacturer to be powered by a new 1.5 litre three cylinder turbo petrol Drive-E engine. The new engine will also be used in other Volvo’s that will be built on the CMA platform. The new platform also allows the XC40 to have both manual and automatic transmission. Four-wheel drive can also be offered. A hybrid system is also expected to power the SUV. The maximum power output from the new engine will be around 180 hp and it will be manufactured in-house at the same plant where the XC40 will be made.
The XC40 will take on the BMW X1, Audi Q3 and the Mercedes-Benz GLA compact luxury SUVs. The other SUVs from Volvo are the XC60 and the XC90.
Remember the Ferrari LaFerrari, Porsche 918 and the McLaren P1? Those are all the latest breed of hybrid hypercars that combine the benefits of internal combustion engine and electric power to deliver maximum performance and consume very little fuel at the same time.
But this new technology was being implemented before these cars came out. The Toyota Prius is well know for its power train.
Now, as we see the world move towards hybrid engines, the Prius is the car that started it all. It is the world’s first hybrid car.
The first generation of the car was launched in 1997 as a compact sedan. It was sold only in Japan. In 2000, the sales of the Prius went global. The second generation, which was launched in 2003, was introduced as a hatchback and the third generation came out in 2009.
The Prius is sold in 90 different countries with Japan and the United States being its largest markets. Worldwide sales crossed the 3 million milestone in June 2013.
With every new generation, Toyota tries to improve the fuel efficiency by around 10 percent and this too, it has succeeded. This is a very tough task to achieve.
But one of the main drawbacks of the Prius was that it was a very boring car to drive. With the fourth generation however, Toyota claims it has created the most fun to drive Prius ever. The car was launched in Las Vegas a few days back.
Remember the dude who employed a few people to smash his Lamborghini Gallardo using hammers in China? Or the guy who smashed his BMW M6 in Frankfurt? Such incidents are back to haunt the car world. A chinese man has smashed his Mercedes-Benz S 63 AMG with a golf club. And just like the previous incidents, reliability issues and poor customer service led to the incident.
The 33 year old was protesting after his car stalled three times. He took it to the dealer who promised to exchange the car if the incident repeated. Unfortunately, it did. When he went back to the showroom, they told him to wait for the higher ups who had gone on a business trip.
Frustrated, he took a golf club from the boot and smashed the AMG. He smashed the body panels, windows, headlights and tail lights.
Such incidents are heart wrenching to see.
Based on the S-Class sedan, the S 63 is a high performance version tuned by Mercedes’s in-house tunners, AMG. The sedan comes equipped with all the latest luxuries and gadgets found in the normal sedan. A few design features set it apart from the regular car. It is powered by an AMG 5.5-Liter V8 Biturbo petrol engine producing 585 hp and 900 Nm of torque. It is mated to an AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission and power is sent to rear wheels. AMG’s all-wheel drive system 4MATIC system is available as an option. The car accelerates from a stand still to a 100 kmph in 4.0 (all-wheel drive) seconds and goes on to an electronically limited top speed of 250 kmph. It can be increased to 300 kmph with the optional AMG Driver’s Package. The car return 9.9 kms to a litre of fuel.
Lamborghini has confirmed that it will launch the open top version of the Huracan at the upcoming Frankfurt Auto Show. This come one and a half years after the Italian company launched the Huracan coupe.
The Huracan replaced the iconic Gallardo. But immediately a few felt that it was not as mad as a Lamborghini should be. All this is expected to change with the Spyder though. It should add more theater and drama and you will be able to hear more of that screaming V10.
The Huracan comes loaded with technologies that make it extremely quick on a race track. It is way faster than its bigger brother, the mighty Aventador.
The coupe is powered by a 5.2 litre V10 engine which produces 602 HP and 560 Nm of torque. It is mated to a 7-speed LDF dual clutch transmission and power is sent to all four wheels. The car accelerates to a 100 kmph from a standstill in just 3.2 seconds and it goes on to a top speed of over 325 kmph. Fuel efficiency stands at 8 kmpl.
The spyder version will have the same drivetrain. While the coupe weighs in at 1422 kgs, the spyder version will be a little heavier. So it will be just a little slower and will consume just a little more fuel.
The Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 Spyder will be priced more than coupe which retails at INR 3.43 crores (ex-showroom, New Delhi).
Is this the ultimate dream car? Mercedes-Benz thinks so.
After 44 years, Mercedes-Benz returned to the luxury open top limo business with the S-Class Cabriolet. Based on the C217 S-Class Coupe, this is a new beginning to the German manufacturer. Tracing back its roots, the previous S-Class convertibles were the W111 series built between 1961 and 1971. It succeeded the famous Ponton series. Both the cars were the best during their respective periods.
If you are looking for the best in open top luxury, obviously, this new vehicle will be in your mind. But what if 455 hp Mercedes-Benz is not enough for you? Well, this new car is the S 500 Cabriolet’s bad and bigger brother.
Welcome the Mercedes-AMG S 63 Cabriolet.
In the S-Class’s 48 year history, this is the first four seater, open top sports car that is being offered. It has been built for automobile enthusiasts who want both performance and luxury. It is the perfect blend of both worlds. The sports luxury car has been tuned by Mercedes’s in-house specialists AMG.
It will be shown at the upcoming Frankfurt International Motor Show.
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The Koenigsegg One:1 is one of the fastest cars in the world. And by saying that, I am not talking about the top speed. It is the fastest even on a race track. The car currently holds the record fastest lap at the famous Suzuka Circuit in Japan and at the iconic Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium. The One:1 is also expected to soon set a record on the legendary race track called the green hell, the Nurburgring Nordschleife.
Introduced at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, the One:1 is dubbed as the world’s first mega car. The name comes from the power to weight ratio, which is 1, that is, it has a 1 hp to 1 kg ratio. The hypercar is powered by a twin turbochraged V8 producing 1341 hp and 1371 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a 7-speed dual clutch transmission. The car accelerates from a stand still to a 100 kmph in just 2.8 seconds. It accelerates from a stand still to 400 kmph in around 20 seconds and goes from 400 kmph to a dead stop in just 10 seconds. Top speed has been rated at 440 kmph. Those figures are just mind blowing!.
But this does not seem to be enough for the Swedish company. They are now planning to build a track only hypercar that will be way faster than the One:1. The company’s boss, Christian von Koenigsegg, said that he was interested in creating such a model. It would not be based on any of their existing cars. It would be a bespoke model and will be built from the ground up. It would compete against the Aston Martin Vulcan, McLaren P1 GTR and the Ferrari FXX K.
Mercedes-Benz has started local production of the CLA sedan at its manufacturing facility in Chakan, near Pune, Maharashtra. With this the CLA has become the seventh Mercedes-Benz car to be locally produced in India. India has also became the second market outside Europe to actually produce the CLA-Class.
As demand for this stunning sedan increased, Mercedes say that they can now reduce the long waiting period. Prices have also fallen somewhere between INR 1 to 2 lakhs depending on the variant. The Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG, however will continue to be imported.
Based on the MFA platform, the CLA is actually their entry level sedan which is powered by two engines: a petrol and a diesel. The petrol unit is a 2.0 litre unit producing about 181 hp and 300 Nm of torque. The diesel on the other hand is a 2.15 litre unit producing 134 hp and 300 Nm of torque. Both the engines are mated to a 7G-DCT 7-speed dual clutch transmission.
The compact sedan competes against the likes of the Audi A3. Thanks to its design, it outsells the Audi even though the Audi is cheaper.
Well, it is finally here. The much talked about new, next generation Porsche 911. Why is this car so important you ask?
The 911 is the best selling sports car in the world. Launched in 1963, it is the best selling sports car in the world. It is known for its rear engine and for its precise and superb handling characteristics. For generations, the 911 has stuck with its rear engine layout and its engine has always been a six cylinder boxer unit. Over decades of development by Porsche engineers have made this car perfect.
While the base models were naturally aspirated, the more powerful versions were turbocharged.
If the previous generation 911, called the 991, is hated by purist, the new one might get an even worse response from them. Why?
The previous car, for the first time, replaced the hydraulic power steering unit with an electric one. This was perfectly ok for you and me but for the purists, it was the worst thing possible. It felt less 911 like.
With the new one, unfortunately, things have gotten worse. And by worse, I mean less 911 like. It will still be a great car to drive but not to the satisfaction of a 911 fan.
Finally, ill end the suspense and come to the major change. For the first time in its more than half a century history, the complete 911 line-up is going turbocharged.
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Yet another Lamborghini catches fire and is completely destroyed. The latest incident happened yesterday in Dubai. And the car in question is a limited edition Lamborghini Aventador LP 720-4 50 Anniversario.
The incident happened yesterday at the Dubai Marina and soon pictures and videos started popping up online. Fire fighters could not stop the blaze on time. The car suddenly caught fire just like the Gallardo which caught fire in Delhi recently.
The supercar was launched by Lamborghini in 2013 to celebrates its 50th anniversary. It has been limited to only 200 cars. 100 of them are coupes while the rest are roadsters. Sadly there is 1 less now.
The roadster is powered by a 6.5 litre naturally aspirated V12 engine producing 720 hp and 690 Nm of torque. The power generated is 20 more than the standard Aventador. The engine is mated to a 7-speed gearbox and power is sent to all four wheels. The car accelerates from a stand still to a 100 kmph in 2.9 seconds and it goes on to a top speed of 350 kmph.
The exterior of the car gets small cosmetic changes to differentiate it from the regular car and it also gets a new unique custom paint job. The changes on the inside include a semi-aniline leather upholstery.
The car costs USD $548000. Lamborghini should investigate why the car caught fire and rectify the problem if it is found in other 50th anniversary edition cars.
Renault is the leader in the European LCV market but are now looking to go global. They will launch their commercial vehicles at different markets around the world. The main focus is being given to the pickup truck segment as it contributes to 40 percent of LCV sales. Renault will launch their pick-ups in markets like Thailand and Australia.
The French manufacturer is closely observing the Indian commercial market to judge and enter it at the right time. They feel that the current composition is not attractive for them to enter now. Instead, they will wait for the market to mature. Japanese auto maker, Isuzu see the pickup truck market increasing to about 10 - 15 million units annually in less than 10 years and they have launched the D-Max 1 tonne pickup truck here. Another vehicle is expected to be launched next year.
Renault will soon have two pickups at their disposal. They recently launched a 1 tonne pickup called the Alaskan. It will go on sale next year. The other vehicle is the Duster Oroch, which is a 0.5 tonne twin cab pickup truck based on the popular compact SUV, the Duster. When Renault decides to enter the Indian commercial vehicles segment, the Oroch will be a popular choice to be the first vehicle released.
Bugatti usually concentrates their efforts in designing and building a car towards an exclusive group of customers. But now, for the first time, they have created something specially for the fans. They are now reaching out to millions of fans and gamers with the new Vision Gran Turismo.
The car draws inspiration from the racing success that Bugatti found in the 1920s and 1930s. Major inspiration has been taken from the Bugatti Type 57 Tank which won the 24-hour Le Mans race in 1937 and 1939.
The car was developed with Polyphony Digital Inc. They are the creators of the Gran Turismo video game franchise.
Vision Gran Turismo is a project in which the world’s leading brands develop concept cars for the game.
The Continental GT is one of the best selling models from Bentley. It is a grand tourer luxury coupe and was the first model launched by the British marquee after the it was taken over by Volkswagen.
It was initially launched in 2003 and it proved to be a phenomenal success for the company. The second generation of the car was launched earlier this decade. It is based on the Volkswagen Phaeton. The first generation car and all its variants were powered by a W12 engine. With the second generation, they introduced a superb V8 engine. A few minor cosmetic changes also made the Continental look so damn good all of a sudden. They also launched many variants of the car.
One of those is the Continental GT V8 Convertible. It is an open top version of the Continental GT V8 Coupe. The car was unveiled at the 2012 North American International Auto Show. The elegant grand tourer combines the latest technology with the finest luxurious interiors built with Bentley’s traditional values.
Mercedes-Benz is on a roll in India. Earlier this year, they became the best selling luxury brand in India. The German manufacturer plans to keep it that way by following it up with a slew of launches. After launching the S-Class Coupe and the S 63 AMG, they will launch another S-Class based vehicle.
The car in question is the Mercedes-Maybach S600. With this car, Mercedes brought back the legendary Maybach name, which went defunct in 2011. The limo is an elongated version of the S-Class sedan and it is even more luxurious.
The S600 is powered by a 6.0 litre V12 petrol engine producing about 523 bhp and 830 Nm of torque. It is mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission. The luxurious sedan accelerates to 100 kmph from a standstill in 5 seconds. That is impressive considering the size of this huge sedan.
Unsurprisingly, the S-Class comes with the latest in technology and safety. It gets a heated windsheild, LED intelligent lighting system, Magic Sky Control, heads-up display, Executive Rear Seat Package, Burmester 3D Surround Sound System and a pair of silver-plated champagne flute glasses. The safety features include airbags everywhere, Pedestrian Recognition, Cross Traffic Assist and night vision.
Mercedes-Benz will launch this luxury sedan on September 25th this year and will be the 12th product that they will launch this year. They plan to launch 15 cars by the end of the year. The previous model was the Mercedes-AMG C 63 S while the last is expected to be its flagship model, the Mercedes-AMG GT. Expect the S600 to cost nearly INR 3 crores (ex-showroom price). It will compete against the Bentley Flying Spur and the Rolls-Royce Ghost.
We have seen a few teaser videos showing what the Bentayga is capable of. A previous video showed about its off-roading capabilities. The Bentayga is the latest model from Bentley and it will be the only SUV in the company’s current line-up.
With the Bentayga, the British marquee wanted to take the SUV to a whole new level. When launched it will be the fastest and most luxurious SUV in the world.
It is based on Volkswagen’s MLB platform.The same platform will also underpin the new Q7 and the next generation Cayenne. The SUV will be powered by a twin turbo W12 engine that produces 600 hp and 900 Nm of torque. This makes it the most powerful SUV in the world. Other engine options will be 4.0 litre V8 petrol and a 4.2 litre V8 diesel. A plug-in hybrid is also expected.
This video shows the SUV reaching its top speed of 301 kmph in banked oval test track. This proves that it is indeed the fastest SUV in the world. The previous fastest was the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S which had a top speed of 286 kmph.
It remains to be seen how long it will hold the title for the most luxurious and the most fastest SUV. Rolls-Royce is bringing out its SUV called the Dawn and Lamborghini is coming up with the Urus SUV.
The Bentayga will be shown at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show and production will begin later this year.
If you have a lot of money and you would like to spend that on a car that would take you around in supreme comfort, then you are spoilt for choices. There are many luxury cars in the market for every budget. But what if you want a luxury car which not just cucoons you in luxury but also exposes you to the elements once in a while? What if you want a convertible luxury car? Unfortunately, your only choice would be the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe. The next closest option is a Bentley Continental Convertible but that is more on the sportier side.
But if your budget is on lower side, your worries can end. Mercedes-Benz has just launched the S-Class Cabriolet. Based on the S-Class sedan, which is one of the best luxurious normal cars you can buy. This new car is based on the S-Class Coupe that was launched last year.
The German company is launching the S-Class Cabriolet after 44 years. The previous car was the W111 which was the best car for its time. The convertible just took it to a different level. It was produced for 10 years, from 1961 to 1971. The W111 series succeeded the famous Ponton series which also featured a convertible.
With the C217, Mercedes-Benz is back in the luxury cabriolet cars business. It is the sixth and the last car released in the S-Class family. It comes loaded with technologies and equipment. A more powerful AMG variant is also available. The car will be shown to the world in flesh for the first time at the upcoming Frankfurt International Motor Show which will be held later this month.
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To keep up their incredible form, Mercedes-Benz has launched one of the AMG variant of the C-Class sedan in India. The car launched is the C 63 S. This is the most powerful of the AMG cars from the C-Class family. It also won the title of the 2015 World Car of the Year. This also happens to be the tenth AMG to be launched in India.
The sedan gets AMG specific exterior and interior changes. A few customization options are also available which sets it apart from the regular C-Class. The AMG C63 S is also loaded with comfort and convenience equipments and safety features.
The C 63 S is powered by a V8 biturbo engine from the AMG GT. It produces 510 hp and 700 Nm of torque. It is mated to an AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission. The car is also equipped with a sports exhaust system. while the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT allows you to choose between different driving modes. The AMG C 63 S can accelerates from a standstill to a 100 kmph in just 4.0 seconds and its top speed is electronically limited to 250 kmph. The car returns 11.9 kms to a litre of petrol.
The Mercedes-AMG C 63 S will cost you INR 1.3 crores (ex-showroom, New Delhi) and it will compete against the BMW M3.
Peugeot is an automotive country with a very interesting history. Ever since the company was set up, they have produced everything from pepper grinders to ammunition, dresses to cars. Buit for now, they have decided to stick to cars.
Peugeot will soon re-enter India. This will be their third attempt to enter the country. The French company first entered India in the 1990s with the 309, which was offered with petrol engine and a diesel engine. They had partnered with Standard but unfortunately, they had to exit the Indian market as Standard closed down. Earlier this decade, they tried to re-enter India and brought the 208 hatchback and the 508 sedan for testing. But it ddin’t worked out for them due to a slump in the European economy. For their third attempt on the desi market, Peugeot will launch the new 2015 Peugeot hatchback. As PSA sales have picked up, it looks good for the French guys to return.
The Peugeot 208 is a premium compact hatchback that was launched at the 2012, Geneva Motor Show. The car went on to become the brand’s best-selling model. The hatchback got a facelift earlier this year. The 208 is available with a range of petrol and diesel engines. A warmer GT line of cars and a hotter GTI variant are also available.
Recently it was spotted testing on our Indian roads which gave us a hint that Peugeot might launch this hatch in India soon. So here is the complete review of the hatch and the things you should know.
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The Hindustan Ambassador is one of the most iconic cars. Though many claim that the iconic sedan started production in 1958, its predecessor, the Landmaster is the original Ambassador. Production of the car was started in 1954 and the series went on till 2014 with only minor changes.
While the Ambassador was based on the Morris Oxford Series III, the Landmaster was based on the Morris Oxford Series II. The car was produced in Uttarpara, Kolkata, West Bengal.
It was known for its spacious rear seat, comfort and ride quality which was exceptional for a car from that period. Many politicians preferred to be chauffeured around in a Hindustan Ambassador and the most common colour for the car was white.
The car won the World’s Best Taxi award by Top Gear UK after it won a race hosted by the show’s former presenter, Richard Hammond. It was by driven by British Touring Car Championship driver Gordon Shedden. Its mighty opponents included a 1997 Fairway Driver London Taxi, a 1970 Volkswagen Beetle from Mexico, a Ford Crown Victoria from the United States, a Toyota HI Ace from South Africa, a Mercedes E-Class from Germany and a Stretched Lincoln Town Car from Russia.
The car holds the world record for a mass produced car for the longest number of years with minimal design changes, on the same assembly line.
One year after it was launched internationally, the Land Rover Discovery Sport has been launched in India.
It comes equipped with features like an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, multiple USB ports, a 16 speaker Meridian audio system, panoramic sunroof and leather upholstery. It also gets dual-zone climate control, LED day-time running lights, cruise control, tyre pressure monitor, ambient lighting and park assist. The car can seat a maximum of 7 people. It has an optional 5+2 layout.
The SUV, which is based on the Range Rover Evoque, is powered by a 2.2 litre diesel engine available is two states of tune. The TD4 variant produces 148 bhp of power and 400 Nm of torque while SD4 produces 188 bhp of power and 420 Nm of torque. Power is sent to all four wheels via a 9-speed ZF automatic transmission. To aid off-roading, the car comes with Haldex All-Wheel Drive system and Land Rover’s Terrain Response System.
The Land Rover Discovery Sport replaces the Freelander 2 in the British manufacturers line-up. The car will be sold as a CKD and they will be assembled at Land Rover’s plant in Pune. The car will compete against the Audi Q5, BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLC and the Volvo XC60.
Prices for the 2016 Discovery Sport are given below. All prices are in Indian rupees (ex-showroom, Mumbai).
Volkswagen’s upcoming compact SUV, the Tiguan has been spotted completely undisguised for the first time. The SUV, that will eventually make it to India, and it will be revealed at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show that will be held later this month.
Just like other Volkswagen models, it will be based on the German manufacturer’s MQB platform. Engine options have not been announced yet but it is likely to be powered by a 2.0 litre diesel engine producing 187 hp. A petrol engine might also be offered. A four-wheel drive version will also be available.
The Tiguan SUV will be available in three versions: a 5-seat compact SUV that will compete against the Renault Duster and the Hyundai Creta, a 7-seat long wheelbase SUV that will compete against the Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour and the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport. The third version is a sporty coupe version. Volkswagen will also build a high performance ’R’ variant of the coupe SUV.
From the spy pictures, we can see that the top end variant of the compact SUV will get lots of equipment like a sunroof. It looks like the car was snapped while it was being filmed for an advertisement.
Volkswagen will launch the Tiguan SUV in India sometime next year. To keep the price in check, they will assemble the SUV locally.
Kahn Design’s new coach building division has taken one of the most perfect cars in the world and they have been busy redesigning it. Some owners feel that they are messing about but they have full support from Aston Martin. The British manufacturer is giving them chassis to build the new car, known as the WB12 Vengeance.
Kahn Design has replaced the elegant design with a brutal one. The car is hand built and is made from aluminium. "WB" stands for "Wide Body". Design changes include an aggressive Hannibal Lecter grille and round tail lights. From the looks of it, the car lives up to its name.
Under the hood you find the same engine that powers the DB9. It is a 6.0 litre V12 engine called the AM11 engine. It produces 510 hp and 620 Nm of torque. It accelerates from a standstill to a 100 kmph in 4.1 seconds and goes on to a top speed of 295 kmph. The car is mechanically unaltered.
The video shows the car testing at England’s Millbrook Proving Ground while the firm’s CEO, Afzal Kahn looks on. It will be limited to only 20 units. Whatever you might feel about the car, it is nice to see coach building back!!
Even though Lexus has not official entered India, we see a lot of Lexus SUVs plying on Indian roads. And the most common vehicle is the LX SUV. So it is ideal for Lexus to enter the Indian market with the LX.
The full-size SUV has been on sale since 1996 and is in its third generation now. All three generations are based on the tough Toyota Land Cruiser.
The third generation of the car, also called the LX 570, made its debut at the 2008 New York International Auto Show. The 570 has received facelifts in 2010 and 2012. The latest facelifted version of the SUV was revealed at the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The major changes for the 2016 car are a redesigned exterior, more features, more safety equipment and a new automatic transmission.
Lexus is the luxury brand of the Japanese auto maker, Toyota and the LX is a more luxurious version of Toyota’s go-anywhere long-running SUV, the Land Cruiser.
Peugeot is considering entering India .... again!!
The French manufacturer entered India in the 1990s with a partnership with Premier but they soon left as Premier closed. They tried entering a few years back but decided against it as there was a slowdown in the European market. Now, as PSA sales have picked up, they are considering entering India again.
Peugeot imported a 208 hatchback for testing purposes. The facelifted version of the car was launched earlier this year. It comes loaded with LED lights, 7-inch touchscreen system, Park Assist that allows the car to park and leave the parking space automatically. The car rides on 16 inch or 17 inch alloy wheels.
The hatchback is powered by a 1.0 litre petrol engine and a 1.2 litre petrol engine. A 1.6 litre diesel in 2 states of tune are also available. The car will compete against the Honda Jazz, Volkswagen Polo, Hyundai i20 and Fiat Punto.
A more powerful 1.2 litre turbocharged petrol engine and the same but more powerful diesel engine is also available. That car will compete against the Volkswagen Polo GT TSI and TDI.
Transmission options available are a 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic gearbox.
For those looking for a hotter car, Peugeot might even bring in the 208 GTi. It will compete against the upcoming Abarth Punto and Volkswagen Polo GTI.
The 208 is the best-selling hatchback for Peugeot. If the brand does re-enter India, Citroen might not be far from coming into India as well.
Ferrari is the most iconic names in the automobile history. They are known for their truly stunning road cars and their participation in the Formula 1 World Championships.
Owning a Ferrari shows power. Their cars are some of the most expensive and exclusive cars in the world. But some of their supercars are even more exclusive than the others.
They are limited run cars and you have to meet certain criteria’s set by the company to buy them. Sometimes you are chosen by the company that only then you have the privilege to buy those cars.
This prestigious line-up of rare cars was started by the one of best cars the Maranello based company has built, the 250 GTO. The latest addition to this line-up was the LaFerrari. All the cars have been built using the latest technological innovations for those respective periods.
We will definitely see more powerful and exclusive Ferrari supercars.
It is not every day you come across such inspirational stories but when you do, it is worth mentioning.
We all know that cancer is one of the most feared and deadliest diseases. This video shows the story of a man named Jon Livermore who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Many people have died due to the disease.
During times like these, people usually prefer to do what they have always loved to do and keeps them happy and occupied. This helps them relax their minds and help them fight the disease better. That’s exactly what Jon did.
Jon, with the help of his friends and family, worked on his Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX project car. He worked tirelessly even after his chemotherapy sessions. The car features carbon fibre parts and it produces 702 bhp and 800 Nm of torque.
His favourite car, sometime back, would have been the Lamborghini Countach. But after living in Asia for a while, it turned to be the Lancer Evolution. The Evo is a favourite among tuners and many cars have been modified. The car was launched in 1992 and after 10 generations, it will be discontinued at the end of this year.
Jon Livermore has since been completely cured of the deadly disease.
Following the death of Jules Bianchi and Justin Wilson, the debate over closed cockpits has again resurfaced. Bianchi died after suffering head injuries after a crash at last year Suzuka Grand Prix while Wilson died after suffering head injuries from flying debris at last weekend’s IndyCar race at Pocono.
FIA had first considered closed cockpits after the death of F1 legend Ayrton Senna. Work began in 2009 after a loose wheel hit and killed Henry Surtees. A week later, Felipe Massa suffered head injuries after he was hit by a spring at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Closed cockpit tests were conducted but the pros were outweighed by the cons. Initial fighter-jet style canopies would send debris high into the air but the major drawback found from those tests was the delay in the driver getting out of the car in the event of an accident or medical crews attending to the driver. They would have to remove the canopy first.
FIA is now looking to design cockpits the would deflect debris and at the same time, will not hinder the driver from exiting the car. This has led to a new blade concept. It uses a series of vertical blades of different heights.
Closed cockpit test will be carried out next month after F1 technical chiefs discussed it with the FIA and pressed for the same. Closed cockpits would greatly help open-wheel racing cars like F1 and Indy cars.
The Vantage is a name used by Aston Martin for high-performance GT cars. The original V8 Vantage was launched back in 1977 and is hailed as "Britain’s First Supercar". Production went on till 1989 and a total 534 cars were built.
Later the car was unveiled as the AM V8 Vantage concept at the 2003, North American International Auto Show. While the production variant of the model was introduced at the 2005, Geneva Motor Show. It was designed by Henrik Fisker and was built in Gaydon, Warwickshire, England. Inspiration for the car was taken from the GT racer.
The V8 Vantage S was later launched on 25th January 2011. The car is powered by the same V8 engine. powering the 4.7 litre V8 engine but it produces more power. The V8 Vantage S will come with beefed up suspension, better transmission and improved aerodynamics. It is also available as a coupe and as a roaster body form. We shall now look only at the coupe.
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Prior to the launch of the S-Class Cabriolet, Mercedes-Benz has launched a teaser photo showing the car with its top down. The photo also reveals the interiors of the car. The interior looks identical to the S-Class Coupe.
The photo shows the car next to its predecessor, the S-Class Cabriolet W 111. The W 111 convertible was produced between 1961 to 1971. The German manufacturer did not build any S-Class Cabriolet after that. That is about to change with the 2016 S-Class Cabriolet.
The car is based on the S-Class Coupe and is expected to be powered by the same engine that are available in the coupe version. AMG variants of the cabriolet are also expected. Main changes to the car will be a new rear deck and a new top. The car will have a foldable fabric soft-top.
The S-Class Cabriolet will be launched at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. The AMG variant maybe launched along with the car or they maybe launched at a later date.
The car does not have any direct rival. Its closest rival would be the Bentley Continental GTC and the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe. The upcoming Rolls-Royce Dawn will also compete against it.
The upcoming Renault Kwid is one of the most awaited cars in the hatchback segment. The car was revealed recently and the design showed a more rugged looking car than your regular hatchback. The interior also looks better than its competitors.
The car is based on Renault’s new Common Module Family and Affordable (CMF-A) Platform and it is the first car to based on it. The KWID will be powered by a 800cc petrol engine producing a maximum power of 57 bhp. It will be mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. Around 6 to 8 months after the car is launched, it will also get a more powerful 1.0 litre engine and an AMT automatic transmission.
The car will come loaded with equipments like digital instrument cluster, power windows, air conditioning, chrome air vents, Media NAV with radio and Bluetooth and also a 7-inch touchscreen.
The hatchback will be manufactured at the Renault - Nissan plant in Chennai and will benefit from 98 percent localization. The KWID is expected to cost between INR 3.5 lakhs to 4 lakhs. This will compete against the Tata GenX Nano, Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 and the Hyundai Eon.
Though not officially, but some dealers have already started accepting orders for the future hatchback. The booking amount is INR 25,000. The car will be launched sometime in September.
To replace the previous generation BMW 3-series coupe, the German manufacturer launched the 4-series coupe at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January 2013.
The car is available as a coupe (F32), a convertible (F33) and as a Gran Coupe (F36). The car sets itself apart from the 3-series sedan to offer customers better looks with its sleek body. It is based on the latest generation of the 3-series sedan. It is a baby 6-series had has been inspired by the 3-series. The sporty theme is continued on the inside as well.
The car is available with a range of petrol and diesel engines but the range topper is the BMW M4. Four-wheel drive option is also available. Expect only the four cylinder engines here.
BMW is planning to bring the coupe to India by the end of the year. It might even be joined by the convertible and the Gran Coupe.
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It has been confirmed that Jaguar is developing a few new SUVs to be sold along with the F-Pace SUV. All the SUVs are expected to be smaller than the F-Pace. The smallest SUV might be a rival to the Audi Q1 and the Mini Countryman.
Sporty intentions from the British auto maker means that it is unlikely that Jaguar will launch a larger seven seater SUV. But that does mean that we will see coupe version of the SUVs to rival the BMW X2, X4 and X6, Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe and GLC Coupe. Audi also plans to release the Q6 and Q8 coupe version of their SUVs.
Jaguar will also build a sportier R and SVR versions of their SUVs to rival the M and AMG vehicles and they will be sold as technical flagship models. All the SUVs will be dynamically capable to offer performance oriented driving. Jaguar design director, Ian Callum, has also confirmed that an electric SUV is also on on its way to join the Jaguar line-up. This news is strengthened by the fact that the company has applied to trademark the name ‘EV-Type’.
Jaguar will move production of a few models to the Magna Steyr factory in Graz, Austria. This is being done to free up space at its UK facility in Solihull in the West Midlands.
The Jaguar F-Pace will be launched early next year.
During the course of last weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix, Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg and Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel suffered tyre blowouts. Nico suffered a tyre blowout during the second practice session while Vettel lost his rear right tyre during the penultimate lap of the race. He was in third place when it happened and it resulted in him losing a podium place.
The race was held at the iconic Spa-Francorchamps race track in Belgium. It is one of the favourite tracks loved by most drivers and fans thanks to high fast flowing corners.
Pirelli however suggested that Ferrari were to blame because Vettel’s tyres had done 28 laps when the blowout occured. There is no explanation as of now as to why Rosberg’s rear tyre failed.
While Rosberg has his incident when he was driving at 320 kmph, Vettel was driving at 300 kmph and had just come out of Formula 1’s most challenging and technical corners, Eau Rouge. If it had happened 200 metres before, the outcome would have been different. Rosberg also managed to control his car and not crash and that, he says, is why there is no explanation for what happened.
The drivers have called for an improvement in tyres after an investigation before the next race. The next race will be the Italian Grand Prix held at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza circuit on September 6th.
In 2013, Pirelli had requested to limit the maximum number of laps a driver can run with a set of tyre. The proposal put forward limited the maximum distances as 50 percent of the grand prix distance for the prime tyre and 30 percent for the option tyre.
This was rejected by the teams. If it had been applied, Vettel’s tyres would have been limited to 22 runs. So Pirelli feel that the Italian team did not manage their tyres properly.
Mercedes-Benz is on a roll right now. After launching the C-Class Coupe, the company launched the performance version, the C 63 AMG Coupe. It will join the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe and the Mercedes-AMG C 63 sedan in the C-Class line-up.
Both the C-Class Coupe and the C 63 AMG Coupe will be revealed at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show (IAA). The C 63 Coupe will be launched on 15th September 2015 and sales will begin in March next year.
Compared to the regular C-Class Coupe, the AMG performance version gets a aggressive body kit and muscular body, performance tuned new suspension and brakes and a 4.0 litre biturbo V8 engine.
The C 63 AMG is the most successful car from AMG. Since its launch in 2011, the C 63 Coupe has steadily grown to make an impact on the car market. This time, the new C 63 Coupe looks similar to the sedan from the front but the rear is completely different. It has been taken of the C-Class Coupe which takes its design cues from the larger S-Class Coupe. The car, overall, looks similar to the larger S-Class Coupe AMG.
The new 2016 Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupe is available in two variants. The normal variant and a more powerful ’S’ variant.
Renault - Nissan Automotive India have begun a massive downsizing project that could see around 3000 employees being fired at one of the largest car factories in India. This mainly because a fall in demand for Renault and Nissan cars in the past few months that has seen a rise in inventory.
The factory, located in Oragadam, Near Chennai, was set up in 2010 with an investment of INR 4,500 crores and its capacity is rated at 4 lakh vehicles. It was inaugurated by the chairman and CEO of the alliance, Carlos Ghosn.
Demand was high when the company launched the compact SUV, the Duster. It was further increased by its sister car, the Nissan Terrano. But since then, as the competition catches up, sales are falling. Renault’s latest MPV, the Lodgy, has not been able to sell in large numbers. Renault are now pinning their hopes on the new compact hatchback, the Kwid.
Declining sales has led to as many as 5,140 Dusters and 4,100 Lodgys stored in the factory yard. A further 10,500 more cars have been stored at dealerships across the country. This huge inventory has led to a cut in production. It has fallen by 50 percent, from 40 cars an hour to just 20. Renault and Nissan dealers were drawing nearly 12,000 cars a month from the factory but that number has now fallen to 4,000.
The factory is now firing around 3,000 employees. Most of them will be casual labourers, trainees and apprentices. Regular employees will not be affected. The factory has faced labour issues before.
Mercedes-AMG has released the first official video of the C 63 AMG Coupe. The car is a performance version of Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe that was launched recently.
The C 63 AMG Coupe is powered by a twin turbo 4.0 litre V8 engine in two states of tune. The base variant has a power output of 469 hp and 650 Nm of torque. It accelerates to a 100 kmph from a standstill in 4 seconds. The more powerful ’S’ variant has a power out put of 510 hp and 700 Nm of torque. It accelerates to a 100 kmph from a standstill in 3.9 seconds. The engine is mated to AMG’s Speedshift 7-speed sports transmission and power is sent to the rear wheels. The car rides on 18 inch or 19 inch wheels.
The mechanical parts of the car are shared with the C 63 AMG sedan while the exterior resembles the C-Class Coupe that looks like a baby S-Class Coupe. The S-Class Coupe was launched in India recently whereas the C 63 AMG sedan is expected shortly. Considering that Mercedes-Benz is on an offensive in the country to capitalize on the growing luxury market, we should see the C-Class Coupe and the C 63 AMG Coupe on Indian soil soon.
The man who acted as Batman in the thrilling Dark Knight Trilogy directed by Christopher Nolan, Christian Bale is all set to star as Enzo Ferrari in upcoming biopic. The movie will be directed by Michael Mann and it will portray the rise of Ferrari through the eyes of its founder. They last worked together for the 2009 movie "Public Enemies".
The director has been trying to start work on the movie for 15 years now and it will be based on Brock Yates’ 1991 book, Enzo Ferrari: The Man, The Cars, The Races, The Machine. It looks like things have finally started to move now. It is also understood the Robert De Niro is also playing a similar role, but for a different movie on the legendary Ferrari founder. Both the movies are under production at the same time.
Born on 18 February 1898 in Modena, Italy, Enzo Ferrari was an Italian racing driver who first founded the Scuderia Ferrari Grand Priz motor racing team and he later started manufacturing road cars under the brand name Ferrari. The name has become the ultimate luxury status symbol. He died on 14 August 1988 in Maranello at the age of 90.
So which movie will you watch? The Robert De Niro’s movie or Christian Bale’s movie or both?
A video of the next generation Audi R8 Spyder testing has emerged. The car was spotted testing on the Nurburgring Nordschleife race track in Germany, and on the roads around the track.
We expect the R8 Spyder to look similar to the R8 Coupe that was launched at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. At the rear, it will get a few aerodynamic upgrades, and a flat rear deck with air vents for cooling the massive engine. Just like the outgoing R8 Spyder, the new one will feature a soft top. Audi is using after soft top even as Ferrari and McLaren chose the hard top for the 488 Spider and the 650S Spider respectively.
The new car will be powered by a 5.2 litre V10 engine in two states of tune. In the base car, it will produce 540 hp and 540 Nm of torque. In the V10 Plus variant, it produces 610 hp and 560 Nm of torque. Power is sent to all four wheels via a 7-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox. The Spyder will be a little heavier than the Coupe.
The next generation of the Audi R8 Spyder will be launched at the Los Angeles Motor Show in November.
The Audi A5 is a grand tourer based on the Audi A4 sedan. It was launched in 2007. The facelifted version of the car was unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. It received an update in 2013 and another update in the beginning of 2015.
The A5 is the third coupe that the Ingolstadt based manufacturer has built after the R8 and the TT. It is available as a 2-door coupe, 2-door cabriolet and a 4-door sportback.
With the luxury segment growing at a rapid pace in India, Audi is all set to release the A5 coupe in India soon. It will compete against the BMW 4-series coupe, which is also slated for an India release and the recently launched Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe. Together, they will open a new segment in the Indian market and reach out to more customers. The car will add more glamour to the ever expanding Indian luxury car market.
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Formula 1 is the most prestigious class of auto racing. It is sanctioned by the Federation Internationale de I’Automobili (FIA). It is the highest class of open-wheel racing cars. The FIA is its regulatory body and it manages all Formula races and the rules.
All teams in the championship are governed by a set of rules known as formula. Grand Prix racing began in 1906 but Formula 1’s inaugural race was held in 1950.
Formula 1 is back after its summer break and then next race will be held at Spa Francorchamps. The 66th season has ten teams taking part in it and races will be held at 19 different race tracks. The number of races was reduced from 20 to 19 after the ownership of legendary Nurburgring circuit changed hands and it pulled out. Let us have a look at all the race tracks that are a part of the current 2015 season.
Ferrari released a brief statement stating that they would retain their driver, Kimi Raikkonen, for the 2016 season of the Formula One World Championship.
Considering the fact that Kimi lags his team mate Sebastian Vettel by 84 points, there were speculations that Ferrari were looking to replace him.
But Ferrari feel that considering the excellent relationship between Kimi and Sebastian, extending his contract would bring more stability to the team. Ferrari were considering other drivers to replace Kimi considering his poor form. They were lookin at Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg. But William’s Finnish driver, Valtteri Bottas was the hot favourite.
This move means that Bottas is likely to stay with Williams.
The Finish driver entered Formula 1 in 2001 and drove for Red Bull Sauber Petronas. He then moved to McLaren Mercedes a year later. In 2007, he moved to Scuderia Ferrari and won his first and only F1 champion title. He later left F1 after the 2009 season and moved to World Rally Championship. In 2012, he came back to F1 and drove for the Lotus F1 team. He again moved to Ferrari in 2014 and finished 12th. He currently stands 5th with 76 points after 10 races.
Kimi will retire from F1 after his contract with Ferrari expires.
Rumours of Aston Martin producing an all-electric Rapide emerged a few months back. Now, at the recently held Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the British manufacturer’s CEO Andy Palmer revealed that the car was indeed under development.
Aston Martin wants the power output to be very high and they are prioritizing performance. So the car will have 800 hp but still have a range of 200 miles (322 kilometres). The manufacturer wants the car to be capable of being driven a few laps around a race track or even a lap around the legendary Nurburgring Nordschleife. The car will rival the Tesla Model S.
The electric sedan will be sold along with the V12 powered Rapide. The company says that to continue selling the V12 cars, they will have to sell electric cars as well. This is because a manufacturer should maintain average fuel efficiency across the range of vehicles it sells. And that average efficiency is going up due to rising environment concerns.
The current Rapide S luxury sedan is powered by a 6.0 litre AM29 V12 producing 552 bhp and 630 Nm of torque. It is mated to a Touchtronic III 8-speed automatic gearbox. The car accelerates from a standstill to a 100 kmph in 4.4 seconds and it goes on to a top speed of 327 kmph.
The electric Aston Martin Rapide will be launched in 2017. The DBX crossover concept that was shown at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show is also being developed in EV, plug-in hybrid and internal combustion versions.
Honda has started work on the next generation Brio hatchback.
The current Brio, was introduced in 2011,and is known for powerful engine in a small compact package. The car offers brilliant driving pleasure. One of the major drawbacks that pulled back sales of the hatchback is that it has a very tiny boot, less space for rear passengers and also the absence of a diesel engine.
The next generation of the compact car will continue to be based on the current car but it will get a new rear and new interiors. The interiors will be more spacious than before and it will also get a bigger boot. The glass hatch will go and the car will get a conventional tail gate.
The car is expected to be powered by the same 1.2 litre i-VTEC petrol engine producing 86.76 hp and 109 Nm of torque. The Brio is also expected to get a diesel engine for the first time. The unit will be a smaller verison of the 1.5 litre i-DTEC engine that is present in other Honda models. The engines will continue to be mated to a 5-speed manual transmission and a 5-speed automatic transmission.
Currently, the Brio platform spawns the Brio hatchback, the Amaze sub-4 metre compact sedan and the Mobilio MUV.
The next generation Brio will be revealed sometime in 2017.
The festive season is around the corner. With festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi, Bakrid, Dussehra, Diwali and Christmas fast approaching, auto makers are all set to launch new models in India to tap into the growing market. Over the recent past, the luxury car market and the SUV car market have seen the biggest boom. This also the time where you can find dealers giving dishing out discounts to move units and to promote the product.
Here is a list of some of the cars that you may not have read about that may be entering the Indian market soon. Everything from small hatchbacks to SUVs to sports cars are being launched. These are only a few.
Nissan launched the fourth generation Micra in India in 2010 as soon as it was launched globally. It was positioned in the premium hatchback segment. The first generation of the hatchback was launched in October 1982 and was designed by Naganori Ito. While the facelifted version of the fourth generation car was released in 2013.
When the new car was launched, the Japanese manufacturer continued to sell the pre-facelift model after modifying it a little bit. It is now being offered in a lower spec and is called the Micra Active while the Micra still continues to be offered as a premium unit.
The Nissan Micra Active that we are talking about is being offered with only a 1.2 litre petrol engine. This engine is larger than some of its competitors though. A diesel engine is not available. The engine is paired to a manual transmission. Nissan has not offered an automatic transmission.
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This is very sad news. 51 year old American Lenny. B. Robinson who is also known as the Route 29 Batman has died after he was involved in a car collision late on Sunday night near Hagerstown, Maryland.
Robinson used to drive around in his black custom Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder with a Batman costume always in the trunk. It took him 45 minutes to wear the costume and make up. He used to visit sick children in hospitals wearing that Batman costume. All he wanted to do was to bring a smile on their faces. He even used to give the children gifts.
On Sunday night, as usual, he pulled up at a local gas station and treated kids present there at that time. He then drove off. Soon, his supercar faced engine problems and he was forced to pull over on an unlit stretch of Interstate 70 and he got out of the car. He parked on the median and people behind him stopped and switched on their emergency lights.
Even though he had parked on the median, a small part of the car still protruded into the fast lane. The car was then struck by a Toyota Camry. The Camry pushed the Gallardo into Robinson, who died on the scene. The Toyota Camry driver was unhurt in the incident. Police are still investigating the accident and as of now, no charges have been filed yet.
Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari and the National Green Tribunal (NGT) recently decided to ban all diesel vehicles over 10 years old from running on the road. This was done as these old cars increase air pollution and are not as safe as new cars. The ban is in effect only in Delhi for now but will soon be enforced in all other major metro cities.
To aid owners dispose their old diesel cars, the government has decided to offer incentives and tax benefits for those who scrap their old cars. The incentives offered vary depending on the size of the vehicle. For small passenger vehicles, it is INR 30,000 and it goes up to INR 50,000. For commercial vehicle it is likely to go up again depending on the size of the vehicle. Large trucks will get INR 1.5 lakhs. After owners scrap their cars, they will be given a certificate which can be produced during the purchase of a new car to get a discount which will be the above mentioned amount.
The government is setting up 8 to 10 industrial units across the country to scrap old cars. The transport minister is also asking auto makers to start manufacturing Euro 6 compliant vehicles as soon as possible. The NGT is also supporting this.
Volkswagen is developing a high performance version of the Tiguan Coupe SUV and it is being developed by the company’s R division.
The performance Coupe is expected to get a sloping roof line, and more aggressive styling. It might even look similar to the Volkswagen Cross Blue Coupe Concept shown at the Detroit Motor Show earlier this year. On the inside, it is expected to get all the latest safety features, an active instrument display and a heads-up display.
The Coupe R will most probably be powered by a 2.0 litre petrol engine producing around 300 bhp and 380 Nm of torque. It will be similar to the one found on the Golf R. It will be mated to a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Latest technologies to improve handling characteristics are likely to be used. A new suspension and damping systems are also expected.
The regular Tiguan SUV is expected to be launched at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show next month and it will come to India mid next year. While the Tiguan Coupe is expected to be launched globally in 2017, the R version of the coupe will come out only in 2018. The engine options for the regular car are a 1.4 litre petrol, a 2.0 litre petrol, a 1.6 litre diesel and a 2.0 litre diesel. There is no word from the German manufacturer regarding the Tiguan Coupe landing on Indian shores.
Please note that the Volkswagen Tiguan SUV is not the same as the Volkswagen Taigun. The Taigun is a smaller and compact SUV.
The Italian design house Icona is all ready to release its first supercar at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance 2015.
The car was originally presented at the 2013 Shanghai Motor Show and its design inspiration was taken from the world’s fastest plane, the Blackbird SR-71. The Vulcano is the world’s first titanium car. The full titanium car takes 1000 hours to hand-craft. The car is built by Italian coach builders, Cecomp and is designed by Samuel Chuffart. The powertrain is being built by two motorsport greats: Claudio Lombardi (ex Scuderia Ferrari director) and Mario Cavagnero (the man behind Lancia racing team).
The Icano Vulcano is powered by a supercharged V8 producing 670 hp and 840 Nm of torque. The engine can be tuned up to 1000 hp if required. It is mated to a paddle-shift gearbox from Automac Modena. The car accelerates from a stand still to a 100 kmph in 2.8 seconds and it has a top speed of 350 kmph.
The car will be launched this weekend at Pebble Beach, California. The once an year event is considered to be one of the most prestigious events in the automotive world. Lamborghini is also launching a limited edition hypercar during the event.
Maserati launched the GranTurismo as a two-door, four-seat coupe at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show. It shares its platform with the Maserati Quattroporte, the Ferrari 599 GTB and the Ferrari Scaglietti.
Maserati followed this up with the launch of a convertible version which was revealed at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show and production its production was started in 2010. The car retains the same two-door, four seat configuration of the coupe but gets a canvas folding roof. The car, known as the GranCabrio, is also called the GranTurismo Convertible in a few markets.
The GranCabrio is powered by the same V8 engine called the Ferrari / Maserati F136 range that is found in the GranTurismo coupe. The car is also the first four seater convertible from Maserati. The front-mid engined car was designed by Jason Castriota from the Italian design house, Pininfarina. The sports car is manufactured in the Viale Ciro Menotti Maserati factory in Modena, Italy.
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The Nissan Micra has been around for the past 33 years. It was initially launched in 1982. The car has been with us, in India, since 2010. The car is now in its fourth generation.
The fourth generation of the car was launched at the 80th Geneva Motor Show in March 2010 and was launched in India the same year. The car received a facelift in 2013. The hatchback is the first locally manufactured product in India.
To celebrate its 5th anniversary in India, Nissan launched a limited edition variant of the Micra called Micra X-Shift. The X-Shift is an automatic variant of the cheaper variant. This allows customers to have an easier access to the automatic transmission. Nissan will limit the Micra X-Shift to 750 units.
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Bentley launched the Continental GT in 2003 and it was the first car to be launched after Volkswagen took over the company in 1998. It is also the first Bentley to use ’mass production’ manufacturing techniques. The Continental is one of the most successful and best selling cars in Bentley’s history.
The British manufacturer launched the second generation Continental in 2010 and deliveries began in early 2011. The car recieved a small update in 2014. The company slowly launched different versions of the car that included both a coupe and a convertible powered by a V8 or a W12. A few special edition vehicles were also launched.
The latest in this line-up is the GT3-R. It was launched on 17th June 2014. It was inspired by the Continental GT3 race car that won the second round of Blancpain Endurance Series at Silverstone. This victory became the company’s first win in the UK after 84 years.
The coupe, which is based on the Continental V8, is an interpretation of performance-focused luxury. It is the most dynamic car built by the Crewe based British manufacturer. Only 300 cars will be made. They will be hand built in Crewe and finished by Bentley’s motorsports division.
Maruti Suzuki is planning to introduce the hybrid technology into the country. The engine will feature a mild hybrid technology and is aimed to reduce fuel consumption as well as emissions.
The system is called the SHVS mild-hybrid system. It will use an integrated starter generator that provides assistance to the engine by sending power from a motor when the car accelerates. Brake energy recuperation will be used to recover energy during braking. The cars equipped with this new technology will also get a start-stop function as well.
The first product that will get this new tech is the Ciaz diesel. The sedan has already started arriving at some Maruti Suzuki dealerships. The car seen in the pics is a Ciaz diesel hybrid in the VDi+ trim. On the outside, the sedan remains identical to the Ciaz diesel already available in the market. The only noticable difference that it gets are the DDiS and SHVS badging. On the inside, it gets steering mounted audio and bluetooth controls. The car also comes with dual airbags, ABS and EBD as standard.
The Ciaz equipped with SHVS mild-hybrid system is expected to be launched soon and will cost a little more than the regular Ciaz diesel.
The manufacturer is also planning to bring in the new Boosterjet 1.0 litre engine. This will probably be seen in the upcoming YRA hatchback which has been named the Baleno.
An year after the Discovery Sport went on sale globally, Land Rover is finally launching the SUV in India. The launch is expected to take place on the 2nd of September. This comes a month after the car was spotted testing on Indian roads. Dealers have also started takings bookings of the vehicle. Land Rover recently started assembling the car at its factory in Pune.
The Land Rover Discovery Sport is a new compact SUV from the British manufacturer that takes its design cues from the Range Rover Evoque. The car gets features like self parking, pedestrian airbag, ambient lighting, 8-inch touchscreen system, panoramic sunroof and dual zone climate control. The car can seat 7 people.
The new SUV will come with a choice of 2 engine options. The petrol is a 2.0 litre turbocharged engine producing 250 PS while the diesel is a 2.2 litre engine producing 180 PS. Both engines will be paired to a 9-speed automatic transmission. Power is sent to all four wheels.
The car will replace the Freelander 2 in the company’s line-up and will take on the BMW X3, Audi Q5, Volvo XC60 and the upcoming Mercedes-Benz GLE. Expect the SUV to be priced around INR 50 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi).
The Omni is one of the most iconic cars currently on sale in the Indian market. The car was launched back in 1985 and it was called the Maruti Van. It was changed to Omni in 1988. In 1998, it received a facelift and again another minor facelift in 2005 that included minor cosmetic improvements to the exterior and interior.
The Omni is available in 4 variants. The original car is a 5-seater. The 8-seater was launched in 1996 and the cargo was added later in 2004. Though Maruti Suzuki are targeting the van towards rural buyers, the car continues to see well in the urban market as well where it finds more commercial buyers than private buyers. The Omni is a favourite for cargo vehicles and ambulances.
Maruti Suzuki has sold more than 15.7 million units of the budget van in India untill now.
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The Mahindra TUV 300 was shown in sketches earlier this month and the manufacturer said it has been designed by taking inspiration from a battle tank. Italian design house Pininfarina helped in designing the vehicle.
First pictures of the vehicle without camouflage have emerged showing what the car would look like. The test mule in the pictures is a base version of the car and features black plastic bumpers, door handles and steel wheels.
The SUV has a high front nose, flat bonnet and a flat roof. These design cues, along with the vertical tail gives it a rugged look. The radiator grille features a 7-slat Mahindra grille. The rear has a black D pillar and a spare tyre mounted on the tail gate. The vehicle gets new headlights and vertically mounted tail lights.
Underneath, the TUV 300 is based on a body-on-frame construction and the SUV is powered by a mHawk diesel engine. Expected power output is 80 hp. An automatic AMT transmission might also be available. A four-wheel drive version will be launched at a later stage.
The car will be less than 4 metres in length and will qualify for excise duty concessions. It will come with premium interiors and will feature new equipment like a touchscreen system. The car is expected to be launched mid-September and it might cost a little more than the Bolero.
Back in December, the founder of Tesla Motors, Elon Musk tweeted that the company was working on a new type of charger that moves away from the wall and automatically connects to the car like a solid metal snake. At that time, very few people believed that they were actually going to do it.
Now Tesla Motors has tweeted that they have indeed created such a charger and they have uploaded a video of a prototype model. The company did not say anything about the device making it into production. Hopefully, it will remain a prototype because that is one scary thing to watch. Even if they put it into production, very few people are expected to buy it.
Tesla Motors in an American automotive and energy storage company that was co-founded by Elon Musk in 2003 with its global headquarters in Palo Alto, California. Musk is currently the chairman and CEO. They built electric luxury cars that can match the pace of a sports car. The current line-up has the Model S with the Model X launching soon. With Tesla concentrating on increasing their products on offer, launching Autopilot and building a battery factory, nobody expected that this charger will see the day.
The Pagani Huayra was launched in 2011 and it succeeded the popular Zonda. The car is named after Wayra Tata which means “God of Wind”. The car is powered by a 6.0 litre twin-turbo Mercedes-AMG V12 that produces 730 HP and 1,000 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a 7-speed sequential gearbox. The car features active aerodynamics. It has four flaps, two at the front and two at the rear, which opens and closes depending on the grip required by each tyre.
Performance wise, the Huayra dominated over most supercars and hypercars at that time. It won Top Gear magazine’s ‘Hypercar of the year 2012’ award. On the Top Gear show, the Huayra was the fastest car around the Top Gear test track by setting a time of 1’13”8. It was nearly 1.5 seconds quicker than the second fastest car, the Ariel Atom V8.
Unfortunately, Pagani built only 100 cars and they were sold out earlier this year. But they confirmed that a roadster version would be unveiled at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.
McLaren Formula 1 driver and 2009 World Champion Jenson Button has become a victim of a daring robbery. The former world champion was holidaying in a rented mansion in Saint Tropez located in the French Riviera with his wife and group of friends.
The burglars pumped anesthetic gas into the air conditioning vents of the mansion and knocked the occupants unconscious. Two men then broke into the mansion and stole articles worth USD $450000. This included his wife’s Jessica’s engagement ring. The engagement ring was stolen from the bedroom.
Button and others woke up feeling groggy and drowsy. They soon realized that they were victims of a stunning break in robbery. Police have confirmed that this type of robbery is a growing problem in the region. Luckily, nobody was harmed during the incident.
The 35 year old British driver stays in Monaco which is 130 kms from Saint Tropez. He currently drives for McLaren Honda and won his first and only F1 World Champion title when he drove for Brawn GP in 2009. He married model Jessica Michibata in January this year. Rumours claim that he might leave Formula 1 after this season and become a host on the popular British TV show, BBC’s Top Gear.
During the on-going Gamescom 2015, the makers of Need For Speed, Electronic Arts have released another trailer of the upcoming game. The Gamescom is being held between 5th to 9th August in Cologne, Germany.
The 2015, edition of the game looks back at the older iconic versions and draws inspiration from them. The game is based on night time street racing and has 5 story modes: Outlaw, Style, Build, Speed and Crew. Each mode is based on a real life person. They are based on Shinichi Morohoshi, Ken Block, Akira Nakai, Magnus Walker and the Risky Devil racing team.
The game features extensive tuning, performance and visual upgrades with aftermarket brands like Liberty Walk. Almost every single visual and performance parts can be modified. This even includes the sound system.
The game is expected to be launched early November for PS4, Xbox One and PC. The official trailer for the game was launched in June.
Below we have provided the list of cars that were revealed to the world which will feature in the game
The Maserati Quattroporte is a four door full size sports luxury saloon. The Italian name, when translated to English reads ‘four doors’. The car was initially launched in 1963 and is in its sixth generation now. The first generation was the company’s first large sedan and it had their first V8 engine.
The sixth generation Quattroporte was introduced during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January 2013 and it has grown in size to differentiate it from the Maserati Ghibli. The luxury sports sedan was designed by Lorenzo Ramaciotti and shares drivetrain, platform, suspension and a few body elements with the smaller Ghibli but it has a longer wheelbase. The Maserati is built at the Officine Maserati Grugliasco plant in Grugliascon near Turin.
The Italian manufacturer is entering India with three showrooms and this four door sedan will be a part of the line-up that will be offered in the country.
Ever since motor racing started, organisers have always tried to clamp down on the engines used to keep the competition even. The prestigious Formula 1 is no exception. Ever since it’s inception in 1947, a set of regulations or Formula was kept for the engine as well.
Formula 1 engines have been subject to continuous changes to increase safety and efficiency. It also puts a cap on the maximum horsepower to keep the championship a level playing field.
Usually, a Formula 1 engine has a short stroke. This is done to prevent a failure when the engine is revving at extremely high speeds. To make up for the short stroke the engines have a larger bore. Bore is the diameter of the cylinder whereas the stroke is the length the piston travels inside the cylinder. It is the distance between the top dead centre (TDC) and the bottom dead centre (BDC).
Ever since Formula 1 started, the various engine regulations set included number of strokes, number of cylinder, use of a turbocharger or a super charger, revolution limit and the fuel used.
As we all know, overtaking on a two lane highway can be dangerous and that the problem is aggravated when overtaking a truck as we cannot see the oncoming vehicle. The accident rate due to this reason is high and we regularly see videos and hear about such incidents from around the world. This dashboard camera video clearly shows the perils involved.
The driver of this sedan cannot see the oncoming vehicles and passes very close to them. Then when he finally attempts to overtake the truck, he collides head on with another oncoming truck. The vehicle following the car which seems to be another truck rams into the car completely decimating it. The driver could have easily driven faster and overtaken the truck without causing an accident. Luckily, no serious injuries were reported in the incident.
These types of accidents are exactly what Samsung is trying to avoid with their safety trucks. The trucks have video cameras at the front. The images captured by these cameras are then projected at the rear. The driver of the car behind the truck can see the oncoming vehicles and can overtake when it is safe. We hope that these safety trucks are soon put into production by all truck manufacturers to make the roads a safer place to drive.
The German big 3 luxury auto makers, Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz have agreed with Nokia to buy its mapping and location services HERE. All three manufacturers will have an equal share in the acquisition. None of them seek a majority stake. The company will continue to remain independent with their product being offered across other industries and to other auto makers as well. It will be open to all customers. HERE currently offers its mapping and location services in nearly 200 countries in over 50 different languages.
The main advantage for the automotive industry would be a development towards autonomous driving and new assistance systems. High definition cameras and sensors on cars can update the data on the mapping system with real-time vehicle data. This will be available to all automobile manufacturers and they can offer their customers brand-specific services.
Future development could help recognise dangerous road conditions and road contours which can warn drivers and activate assistance systems and reduces the risk of accidents. In a green zone, the car can automatically shift to an efficient driving style. Current systems are able to recognise road signs like speed limits and warn drivers and offer assistance during critical situations.
The high amount of data collected can be tailored to the driver’s individual requirements. The next level autonomous systems would require high precision maps with updated date on the vehicle surroundings exact to the nearest centimetre. This is required in order to react in real time. HERE already produces extremely precise static maps.
Abarth was founded by Carlo Abarth in Bologna, Italy on 31st March 1949. Carlo’s astrological sign, Scorpio was used for the company logo. Abarth started building sports cars like the 204 A and they successfully competed in various racing events.
In 1951, company moved its headquarters to Turin and in 1952, its association with Fiat began. Abarth produced the original 595 and it was based on the original Fiat 500. In 1971 Fiat completely took over Abarth and it became Fiat group’s racing department. In the 1980s, the Italian manufacturer used the Abarth name for performance cars.
On February 2007, Abarth was re-established as an independent unit as the Abarth & C. S.p.a. Currently, Abarth sells the 500 coupe, the 500 convertible, the 595coupe, the 595 covertible, the 695 and the Punto Evo. The Italian tuning company has 10 world records, 133 international records and more than 10,000 track victories to its name.
Fiat has now officially launched the Abarth brand in India and its first offering is the Abarth 595 Competizione which is being brought in as a CBU. It will later be followed by the Abarth Punto Evo.
Nicolas Hulkenberg is a German professional racing driver. His formula 1 career started in 2009 when he became a test driver for the Williams team. The following year, he raced for the British team and finished 14th in the drivers championship that season. In 2011 he joined the Sahara Force India Formula 1 team as a test driver. Vijay Mallya is the team principal. He raced for the team and finished 11th. The following year he moved to Sauber F1 team. After an unsuccessful season, he came back to Force India. He finished 9th in the 2014 season and he stands 9th in on-going season as well.
On 14th June 2015, Nico Hulkenberg won the prestigious 24 hours of Le Mans Endurance Race along with Nick Tandy and Earl Bamber. He is the first active F1 driver to win the famous endurance race since Johnny Herbert and Bertrand Gachot did it in 1991.
After performing this amazing feat, it is no wonder that he is wanted by other Formula One teams. Hass racing will be joining Formula 1 next year and they are looking for new drivers. The team principal Gene Haas admitted that he wants to sign up Nico Hulkenberg but feels that the chances are very low. Drivers generally do not prefer to move to new teams.
At the same time, Nico is having a great time with Force India. He is also pitted to replace Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari for the 2016 season if Ferrari’s talks with Valtteri Bottas fails.
Pininfarina is an Italian design house founded in 1930 by Battista Farina. It was run by the famous designer Sergio Pininfarina till 2001. The company is known for its tie up with Ferrari. Their customers include Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo and Lancia. They also produce limited edition cars. Their latest project is the Ferrari Sergio which will be limited to only 6 units.
The latest Mahindra compact SUV, the TUV 300, has been designed with the help of Pininfarina. The partnership would help in the design of future Mahindra vehicles.
Earlier this year we heard that Mahindra were looking to buy the Italian car design firm. A little over a month back, that plan fell through after the banks rejected Mahindra’s offer to pay half of Pininfarina’s $97 million worth of debt.
It has now been confirmed that the talks between Mahindra and Pininfarina are set to resume next month. This comes after the Italian company’s net debt increased from 44.8 million euros in December 2014 to 52.7 million euros. During the first half of the year, the company posted a loss of 4.4 million euros. It has also been understood that Mahindra would like to invest the lowest possible price in the design firm.
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is known as one of the most luxurious cars on sale today. It is often said that to see the features that will be available in normal cars a few years down the line, one must always look at the features available in an S-Class. The current version of the car, the W222, was launched in early 2013. It features the latest technologies like the Magic Body Control.
The variants of the luxury sedan that are on sale in India are the S 350 CDI which is powered by a V6 diesel engine and the S 500 which is powered by a V8 petrol engine.
After launching the S 63 AMG Coupe in India, Mercedes-Benz is considering launching the S63 performance sedan in India. The sedan, considered to be one of the best cars in the world, combines luxury and sports car like performance and driving dynamics perfectly. The car was launched during the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.
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During the last DTM race held at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria, Audi motorsports chief gave an instruction over radio to his driver asking him to push the Mercedes-Benz cars out.
Seconds after the message, which read “schieb ihn raus”, Audi driver Timo Scheider hit Robert Wickens’s Mercedes which in turn took out Pascal Wehrlein’s car. The nudge took out both Mercedes-Benz cars and they ended up on the gravel. The incident happened on the last lap of the race. At that time, Pascal Wehrlein was leading the championship.
Initially, Audi boss Dr Wolfgang Ullrich denied giving out the message. In fact, he even claimed that he did not know who said it. But later he admitted to shouting out the message and apologised to Mercedes. He insisted that he usually does not communicate with the drivers and did not know that the radio was open.
Timo Scheider was later stripped off his sixth place finish after an investigation be the stewards determined that he had deliberately hit the Mercedes. Even though no other action was taken over against Audi, they are not out of trouble yet. After Timo’s disqualification, the race stewards decided to forward the incident to the appeal court of the DMSB. DMSB is Germany’s FIA recognised national sporting authority. They cited possible unsporting instruction via radio. Additional punishment could be handed out to Audi for the controversial incident.
After the iconic Porsche 911, the Porsche Boxster and the Porsche Cayman are going to get downsized turbocharged engines. They entry level sports cars will lose their six cylinder engines for an all new turbocharged flat four. However, performance versions like the GT4 will stick to six cylinder engines.
The base versions of the Boxster and Cayman will be getting a 2.0 litre engine that is said to produce around 240 Hp while the S and GTS version will get a 2.5 litre engine producing approximately 300 Hp and 370 Hp respectively.
While the turbocharged 911 line-up will debut at the 2015, Frankfurt Motor Show, the new Boxster and the new Cayman will not been seen until early 2016. That means they might debut during the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The sports cars are also expected to get a lot of new safety features and convenience equipments.
There is also a rumour that the Porsche Cayman, for the first time, will be positioned below the Boxster as the entry level sports car. This is because the Boxster has always out-sold the Cayman. The Porsche Boxster is a soft-top convertible while the Cayman is a coupe. The cars will be called the 981.2 Boxster and Cayman.
A new high performance version of the F12 Berlinetta is coming. The car, which might be called the Ferrari F12 GTO or even the Ferrari F12 Speciale, it is expected to be revealed during the upcoming 2016 Frankfurt Motor Show in September. The F12 GTO will be revealed along with the Ferrari 488 Spider.
The Ferrari F12 Berlinetta is powered by a 6262 cc naturally aspirated V12 engine producing 730.56 HP and 690 Nm of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a dual clutch F1 transmission. The car accelerates to a 100 kmph from a standstill in 3.1 seconds and to 200 kmph in 8.5 seconds. The car has a top speed on the greater of 340 kmph.
While the rest of the Italian company’s line-up is going turbocharged, the F12 GTO is expected to continue with the same naturally aspirated V12 engine. But now, it will produce around 760 HP. The car features upgraded aerodynamics and weight reduction of around 200 kgs.
The F12 GTO was snapped inside the Ferrari factory ahead of its launch next month. The picture shows air vents on the rear fender, a completely redesigned rear bumper and diffuser. Since it is a performance variant of the F12, expect the supercar to be considerably more expensive and since it might be the last of the naturally aspirated V12s, it will be a collector’s item.
Train accidents at level crossings are common. Usually, the crossings are unmanned and people attempt to cross before the train arrives. They sometimes cannot make it and it leads to a big tragedy. Hundreds of people are killed across the world every year due to train collisions at level crossings.
On July 18th 2015, in New Paris, Indiana, a Chrysler 300 limo got stuck on the tracks and found itself in the path of a cargo train. The train driver could not stop in time and rammed into the limo dragging the car along with it. You can hear the brakes of the train screeching. Luckily, the driver and passengers of the limo made it out in time and no one was injured in the accident.
What is surprising is that the limo did not split into two as everyone would have expected. That should be because of its exceptionally strong mid structure. Hats off to those who designed the car.
With increasing number of accidents at level crossings, I hope that this video will help increase awareness. Drive safe and never attempt to cross in front of an oncoming train. Always be careful while crossing an unmanned railway crossing.
Ever since Lamborghini launched the Huracan, the baby Lamborghini, during the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, a roadster version of the car was expected. Now, after Ferrari showcased the new 488 Spider, rumours have emerged that the Italian manufacturer is already working on it.
The Lamborghini Huracan was built as a successor to the legendary Gallardo that is the best-selling Lamborghini of all time. The Huracan is powered by a 5.2 litre V10 that was used in the Gallardo. But now it produces 602 HP and 560 Nm of torque. It is mated to a 7-speed LDF dual clutch transmission and power is sent to all four wheels. The car accelerates to a 100 kmph from a standstill in just 3.2 seconds. The supercar comes loaded with technology to make it a track potent machine. An open top convertible version of this car will add more theatre and drama to it.
The Lamborghini Huracan Roadster will be powered by the same V10 engine producing the same power and torque outputs. The car is expected to be launched during the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, 2 years after the coupe was launched at the same place, and it will compete against the Ferrari 488 Spider and the McLaren 650S Spider.
Though Lamborghini are denying it, it is understood that a new limited edition hypercar will be shown during the Concours d’Elegance. The Concours d’Elegance takes place every year in Pebble Beach, California and it is one of the most prestigious automotive events. On an average, 15,000 people attend it with ticket prices costing not less than $300.
Over the years, during this event, Lamborghini has shown exclusive cars like the Reventon and the Veneno. Reventon was limited to 36 units while only 13 units of the Veneno were built. The new hypercar from the Italian manufacturer will be no exception and it will be a limited production vehicle. 20 coupes and 10 roadsters are expected to be built.
This year, the event will be held between August 10th to August 16th. Lamborghini will show the cars to only a selected few wealthy and serious Lamborghini collectors. The new hypercar will be based on the Aventador SV and but will have power outputs near the 800 Hp mark. It is expected to weigh lesser and have better aerodynamics.
Considering the prices of the Reventon and the Veneno, the new hypercar will be extremely expensive. Consider it to cost more than $2 million. The Reventon was sold for more than $1.5 million while the Veneno was sold for more than $4.5 million.
The Reventon went on to debut at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show while the Veneno debuted at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show. So expect the new hypercar from Lamborghini to be shown to the public either during the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show or the 2016 Geneva Auto Show.
The Isuzu MU-7, just like most of its competitors in this segment, is based on a pick-up truck. The SUV is based on the Japanese companies D-Max pick-up truck. Both the SUV and the pick-up truck are on sale in India and they are the only products they have offered in the country.
The MU-7 SUV was launched in the end of 2013, and it seats seven people. Initially, it was offered only with a manual transmission. Now, as sales of automatic cars are picking up, Isuzu has launched the automatic variant of the MU-7. Its competitors, the Toyota Fortuner and Pajero Sport are offered with an automatic transmission. The Ford Endeavour is also expected to be launched with an automatic transmission.
Isuzu are known for their diesel engines. They sell vehicles over 6 lakh vehicles annually in more than a 100 countries. They assemble the MU-7 SUV and the D-Max pick-up truck from CKD kits at the Hindustan Motors Ltd facility in Thiruvallur near Chennai and sells the vehicle from dealers in 25 different cities Isuzu Motors India began work on a proposed manufacturing facility in Sri City, Andhra Pradesh in January 2014. The plant is expect to begin operations early next year.
After launching the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe and the S-Class Coupe AMG in India, the German manufacturer is all set to launch the S-Class AMG sedan in India. The S63 AMG is the performance oriented variant of the luxurious S-Class sedan. The company recently imported one unit to India and dealers have already started taking bookings.
The S-Class is one of the most luxurious sedans in the world and it comes loaded with the latest technologies and equipments. The Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG will get all the new gizmos and safety features present in the sedan. But to differentiate it from the regular sedan, customers are offered a personal customization program. On the outside the changes include an AMG body kit which includes new sport bumpers, AMG alloy wheels and a lowered suspension.
The S63 AMG is powered by a 5.5 litre V8 engine that develops 577 Hp and 900 Nm of torque. It is mated to a 7-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT dual clutch automatic transmission. Power is sent to either the rear wheels or all four wheels. The rear wheel drive car accelerates to a 100 kmph from a standstill in 4.4 seconds while four-wheel drive car does the same sprint in 4 seconds.
The S63 AMG will be launched in the country later this year but expect it to cost around INR 2 crores (ex-showroom).
Volkswagen has now overtaken Toyota in terms of overall sales to become the world’s best-selling manufacturer for the first half of 2015 only. The German manufacturer had overtaken the Japanese manufacturer in 2009 as well with a margin of 4 lakh units. Volkswagen had vowed to become the largest manufacturer by 2018.
Toyota sells cars under three brand names. They are Toyota, Lexus and Scion. Volkswagen Group sells cars under the Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, Seat, Skoda and Volkswagen marquees. They also sell Ducati bikes and commercial vehicles under MAN, Scania, Neoplan and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. Hence, they can reach out to a wider audience.
Unfortunately for both the manufacturers, as global demands fall, they are not able to keep up the expected sales figures. Compared to the first half of 2014, Toyota’s global sales fell by 1.5 percent and Volkswagen’s global sales fell by 0.5 percent. Volkswagen was resuced by the European market where sales rose by 6 percent.
During the first half of 2015, Toyota managed to sell 5.02 million units globally whereas Volkswagen sold 5.04 million units. General Motors came third with 4.86 million units. Over the next few months, we are bound to see a close battle between the two companies.
Today, Mahindra finally revealed details of the first of their upcoming three much awaited SUVs. This new SUV, previously known as the U301, is a sub-4 metre SUV and it will be called the TUV 300 (pronounced TUV 3 double O). TUV stands for “Tough Utility Vehicle” and 300 stands for the series.
The manufacturer and the Italian design company Pininfarina, whom Mahindra are planning to buy, designed the SUV together. The Indian based SUV manufacturer said that the design of the TUV 300 was inspired by a battle tanks and it will have rugged looks. The interiors are expected to get a premium finish and new equipment including a touchscreen system.
The car will be powered by a mHawk engine similar to the ones found in the Mahindra XUV 500 and the Mahindra Scorpio but it now produces lesser power. The engine is called mHawk 80 and is expected to produce 80 HP. The car is also expected to get a much better NVH levels. The TUV 300 was designed at the Mahindra Research Valley in Chennai and it will be manufactured at Mahindra’s Chakan plant.
The SUV will be launched 6 weeks from now but a four-wheel drive version will be launched at a later date. Mahindra will also develop a left hand drive version for global markets. The TUV 300 will be a new product and it will not replace any other product from Mahindra. It is expected to be priced at a premium though. The TUV 300 compact SUV will cost a little more than the Bolero.
Top Gear is a British television series featuring high end sports cars and supercars. It was first aired on October 2002 and featured Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and Jason Dawe. Jason Dawe was replaced by James May from the second season. The show went on to become the most popular motoring shows in the world. The latest season (Season 22) gathered 6.49 million viewers from the U.K alone.
As you all know, Season 22 was stopped mid-way after presenter Jeremy Clarkson got into an altercation with one of the show’s producer, Oisin Tymon. He was later fired for getting into a fist fight with the producer. The other two producers also refused to renew their contracts.
Now, all three have tweeted that they have signed up for a new show with Amazon and it will be broadcasted on Amazon Prime, the company’s on-demand TV service. Amazon Prime said that their customers wanted them back on screen. The name of the show or the format has not been announced yet. Filming will begin shortly and the first season of the show will air next year.
Jeremy said that he felt like he has climbed out of a biplane and stepped into a spaceship and May added that the have become a part of the new age of Smart TV.
Jeremy Clarkson tweeted “I’m very excited that Hammond, May and I have signed a deal with Amazon Video”.
Richard Hammond tweeted “I’ve got a job I’ve got a job I’ve got a job. Haircut, clean jeans and practice driving again. Forrrrwaaaaaaaard!!”
James May tweeted “Good news! I’ve got a job with Amazon Video UK. Bad news! So have the other two”.
This new show is the most awaited show of 2016 and it will be great to have the former Top Gear trio back on TV together.
The BMW M3 is one of the most famous sports cars in the world and is known for its on-track abilities. It is a high performance variant of the BMW 3-series. Over the regular 3-series, the car features body kits, new engine and transmission, upgraded suspension, brakes and tyres.
The original M3 was launched in 1985 and it is currently in its fifth generation now. The F80 M3 is powered by a 3.0 litre, 6 cylinder engine producing 431 HP and 550 Nm of torque. It is mated to a 7-speed M dual clutch transmission. The car accelerates from a standstill to a 100 kmph in just 4.1 seconds.
This video shows behind the scenes footage taken during the filming of latest Installation Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation and it stars Tom Cruise and Simon Pegg. Tom Cruise can be seen showing off his driving skills behind the wheel of the latest BMW M3 sedan. The video involves drifting, driving down a staircase and driving in the narrow lanes of Casablanca, Morocco..
The Hyundai i20 (also known as Elite i20) is a compact hatchback launched in 2008, this hatchback also replaced the Getz in the Korean manufacturer’s line-up. The second generation of the car was launched in India in the August of 2014.
The premium hatchback featured Hyundai’s ‘Fluidic Sculpture 2.0’ design philosophy and came loaded with new equipment that was seen for the first time in the segment. The hatchback went on to win the “Car of the Year” award in the country.
The Elite i20 in India is powered by a 1.2 litre Kappa petrol engine producing 83 HP and 113 Nm of torque. It is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. A diesel engine is also available, which is the 1.4 litre CRDI unit producing 89 HP and 219 Nm of torque. It is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox.
The new Hyundai i20 is expected to get a 1.0 litre, three cylinder turbocharged engine that is expected to produce 118 HP and 172.1 Nm of torque. This new engine will help boost the fuel efficiency and also help increase sales. This is a good move considering that many manufacturers are now shifting to downsized turbocharged engines. The other new engine that will be offered is a 1.4 litre engine. The facelifted car is also expected to get minor exterior changes. It will be launched sometime next year.
Toyota launched the Innova in India around ten years back and it replaced the successful and popular Qualis. Back then, everyone said it was a mistake. Stopping a very successful car that bought in the cash for the automobile manufacturer and replacing it with a brand new MPV. But the Innova proved that its launch was no mistake and went on to become the best selling MPV in the country. It has held that title for 10 years now.
Over this period of time, the car got few facelifts to keep it fresh in the market and at par with the other MPV’s that were launched to compete with this big daddy. The Innova got another facelift in 2015, which featured a larger front grille. The MPV is manufactured in the company’s Bidadi plant near Bangalore. The popular people mover will soon be replaced by a new generation car and we have seen some rendered image of that new Innova going rounds on the internet.
The car that you see in these images is a facelifted 2011, model in the VX trim and is finished in dark grey metallic color. It has seating capacity of 8 people and is powered by a BS 4 compatible 2.5 Litre diesel engine.
In the review below I have tried to share some important knowledge and my experience after driving this used MPV around the streets of Bangalore.
Click past jump to read more about the 2011 Toyota Innova VX
The Bugatti Veyron, built by the German manufacturer Volkswagen, and it is known as the world’s fastest car. The original car, which was launched back in 2005, had a top speed of 407 kmph. This was not enough for the manufacturers. They then launched the Super Sports version that could reach 430.9 kmph. The Bugatti Veyron Super Sports has been recognised by the Guinness World Records as the fastest car in the world. The hypercar was built by Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S in Molsheim, France.
The roadster version of the car is called the Veyron Vitesse. The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse is the fastest roadster in the world. Like all the Veyrons, it is powered by an 8.0litre W16 engine. Its power output is the same as the Super Sports. It develops 1,200 HP and 1,500 Nm of torque. It is mated to a 7-speed DSG gearbox. The car accelerates to a 100 kmph from a standstill in just 2.6 seconds and it has a top speed of 410 kmph. This can be accessed only on closed roads and for normal use, the top speed is limited to a sensible 375 kmph.
Every year, the police close a section of Idaho’s Highway 75 in the U.S. It is used to host the Sun Valley Road Rally where participants are allowed to reach the top speed of their cars. The entry fees are sent to The Drug Coalition, a charity organisation.
This year, a one off Veyron Vitesse called the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse L’Or Rouge, or simply the “Hellbug” took part. The car managed to hit a top speed of 235.7 mph or 379.32 kmph giving out an amazing fighter jet like noise.
Ferrari has revealed the 488 Spider ahead of its official debut at 2015, Frankfurt Motor Show in September. The supercar comes with a Retractable Hard Top that takes 14 seconds to open. This is the most powerful mid-rear engined convertible V8 supercar ever built by the Italian manufacturer.
Everything else about the car is similar to the 488 GTB. It is powered by a 3.9 litre V8 producing 661 HP and 760 Nm of torque. The car is expected to accelerate to a 100 kmph from a standstill in 3 seconds.
The 488 Spider gets all the technological innovations seen on the 488 GTB. It gets the blown spoiler and the aerodynamic underbody, exhaust headers with equal length piping and also electronic systems like SSC2 Side Slip Angle Control System. Just like the coupe, this car has also been developed using a simulator.
The chassis of the 488 Spider is made up of 11 different aluminium alloys. This provides a 23 percent improvement in the stiffness compared to the outgoing car. The electric glass rear wind stop can be adjusted to three different settings.
The Ferrari 488 Spider replaces in the 458 Spider in the Maranello based company’s line-up. The drop-top supercar will also be launched in India shortly but expect it to cost more than INR 4 crores (ex-showroom, Mumbai).
A differential is a key part of the car that allows you to take corners at higher speeds. Introduced sometime around 1937, this is one of the most important technologies ever to go in a car. Nowadays, car manufacturers are introducing new kinds of differential like electronic differential to exploit the performance of the car. The differential is also a key part of off road vehicles where it is used to get the best traction available.
A differential is used to help the car turn easily. With its help, the inside wheels rotate slower than the outside wheels. This simple trick improves the handling and safety of a car tremendously.
I am pretty sure that most of you do not know how a differential works. How this component works is usually very difficult to explain considering the complexities involved in the mechanism. However, this film shot in 1937 explains exactly how it works and is very easy to understand. It starts with the basics and explains using sticks for representation.
The Around The Corner video was shot by Henry Jamison Handy and was commissioned by Chevrolet Motor Division and General Motors Sales Corporation. Enjoy this superb old video.
Ever since Mahindra launched the new Scorpio way back in September 2014, we knew that the automatic variant will be coming. But it took them 10 months to launch it. Mahindra has silently launched the automatic variant of the new Scorpio and they have launched it around the same time Hyundai launched the Creta diesel automatic.
The new Scorpio comes with restyled exterior that includes new headlamps and tail lamps and a new grille that makes the car look aggressive. But the main changes are a new modular chassis and new suspension, all designed to reduce body roll.
The automatic transmission will available on the fully loaded S10 variant only. The SUV will be powered by a 2.2 litre mHawk diesel engine producing 120 BHP and 280 Nm of torque. It will be mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission which is available as an option. It will be available for both the two-wheel drive vehicle and the four-wheel drive vehicle. This transmission is the same unit that was available in the previous generation Scorpio but now shifts faster. The transmission gets a manual ‘M’ mode for more torque and manual control and a Winter/ Wet ‘W’ mode for more grip while driving over slippery surfaces.
The new Mahindra Scorpio S10 automatic costs INR 13.13 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the two-wheel drive car and INR 14.32 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the four-wheel drive car.
The Automotive Hall of Fame is an American museum for celebrating extraordinary achievements and honouring famous personalities from the automotive industry. Founded in 1939, it currently is located in Detroit, Michigan. The museum has honoured more than 800 great people from the automotive industry and inducted more than 250 others including Carl Benz, Ettore Bugatti, Henry Ford, Ferdinand Porsche, Robert Bosch, Mario Andretti, Enzo Ferrari and founders of various other automobile companies.
Ratan Tata, the founder of Tata Motors, was instrumental in the success of the company. He worked towards making the Indica and Nano a success. The Tata Indica was the first fully Indian made car and the Tata Nano is the world’s cheapest production passenger car. In 2008, he bought the British brands Jaguar and Land Rover which were under heavy losses. He was responsible for turning around the fortunes of the company. He stepped down as chairman of the Tata Group in 2012.
The 77 year old has now been inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame for his contributions to the automotive industry. The ceremony was held in Detroit on July 23rd. He was inducted along with founder and chairman of Penske Corporation, Roger Penske, co-founder of Haynes-Apperson Automobile Co, Elwood Haynes and Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo.
After launching the Polo GT warm hatchback in India, Volkswagen now seems to be considering the much hotter Polo GTI for the Indian market. The car was recently imported into the country and has been spotted testing on Pune roads. This comes has a blessed relief for all the motoring enthusiasts and petrol heads in the country.
The Volkswagen Polo GTI is powered by a 1.8 litre turbocharged petrol engine. It is the same engine present in the Skoda Octavia but in the Polo GTI, it delivers more power. The engine produces 192 HP and 320 Nm of torque for the manual and 250 Nm torque for the automatic. It is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission or a 7-speed DSG automatic transmission. The 6-speed manual might not make it to Indian shores. The car will accelerate to a 100 kmph in 6.7 seconds. The top speed will be limited to 250 kmph.
To differentiate it from the regular Polos, the GTI gets redesigned front and rear bumpers and GTI badging on the grille. It also gets new alloy wheels and twin exhaust pipes.
The Volkswagen Polo GTI is expected to cost around 16 lakhs (ex-showroom) and it will compete against the upcoming Abarth 595 Competizione which will be launched early next month.
As the monsoon begins, car care beings very important considering safety aspects and maintenance of your vehicle. There is an increase in the number of accidents reported during the monsoon season. Reasons for an increase in danger is due to water logging in critical components of the car, rust, low visibility and aquaplaning.
The following car maintenance tips will help keep your car in a good condition and reduce the risk of an accident.
The facelift model for the Mercedes-Benz SLK, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC has been spotted testing at the infamous Nurburgring. The new nomenclature from the German manufacturer shows that the car is a roadster belonging to the C-Class family which includes the C-Class sedan and the GLC SUV.
The test mule spotted had a few camouflaged parts which showed that the new car will feature a redesigned front bumper, rear bumper and new headlights. The car is also set to feature refreshed tail lamps and new exhaust pipes. The roadster is also expected to get new interiors along with new equipment.
To power the regular SLC, the same range of engines currently available might continue to be offered. The engine on the AMG variant is likely to be changed. The 5.5 litre V8 on the SLK 55 AMG may be replaced by a new 4.0 litre twin-turbocharged V8. A new AMG variant called the SLC 450 AMG might also make its debut. It will be powered by a 3.0 litre V6.
The Mercedes-Benz roadster is expected to make its debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show in September and it will rival the new Audi TT and the legendary BMW Z4.
The McLaren 675 LT is a track focussed supercar from the British manufacturer. The car, based on the McLaren 650 S, is available only as a coupe and only 500 will be ever produced.
The 675 LT features a carbon fibre bodywork for weight reduction. The supercar weighs a 100 kgs less than the standard 650S. It is powered by a re-engineered version of the company’s M838TL V8 engine that’s twin-turbocharged. It now produces 666 HP and 700 Nm, which is 25 HP and 22 Nm more than the 650 S. It is mated to a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox that now responds twice as fast. The car also features upgraded suspension, carbon ceramic brakes and Pirelli P-Zero tyres.
Chris Harris, a professional driver and reviewer, has got his hands on one such example of the car. Watch as he unleashes the true potential of the track focussed car which competes against the Ferrari 458 Speciale.
The Honda CR-V is a compact crossover from the Japanese manufacturer. It was launched in 1995 and is in its fourth generation now. In the first nine months of 2014, the CR-V was the best-selling SUV in the world.
The fourth generation CR-V was launched at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show. It came to India on 15th December 2011. In India, the SUV gets a 2.0 litre and 2.4 litre engine with both a manual and an automatic transmission. The car equipped with the 2.4 litre engine has four-wheel drive.
To increase its appeal, the fourth generation CR-V gets a facelift. The 2015 vehicle gets a new diesel engine and a new nine-speed automatic transmission as well as better refinement and comfort, safety features and more equipment. Honda claims that the new CR-V is also more engaging to drive.
Fiat recently confirmed that they are working on a rival to the Mazda MX-5 roadster and it will be called the Fiat 124 Spider. Now they have also confirmed that for all Abarth fans, a high performance version of the 124 Spider is also being developed. Thus there will be two variants, a comfortable Fiat model and an extreme Abarth model.
The car could feature performance elements like carbon fibre splitter, sporty exhaust pipes, lowered suspension, Abarth alloy wheels and paint scheme. The car is expected to be powered by a detuned version of Alfa Romeo 4C’s 1.75 litre turbocharged engine and it will produce around 200 HP. The sports car is expected to weigh less than a tonne.
The Abarth version of the 124 Spider will compete against the Porsche Boxster. However, in the absence of a performance oriented Mazda MX-5, a direct rival will be absent. This should benefit the Italian company the drive up sales.
Abarth is all set to enter India next month with the 500 Competizione. Fiat should launch both the variants of the 124 Spider in India. As the Mazda MX-5 is not on sale here, there is no direct rival to the car.
To cater to the premium cars segment, Maruti has launched new set of showrooms called the Nexa showrooms. This showroom will only cater to premium buyers and will sell cars above 8-10 lakhs. This has been developed to give the buyers of these cars a premium experience.
The company has launched 30 showrooms initially but it will expand it to a 100 showrooms in the next 6-8 months. To attend to the customers, Maruti has hired a 1,000 relationship managers but that number is expected to go up to 2,500.
The showrooms will get a better design and lighting. Maruti will also offer loyalty programs called MyNEXA and rewards to the customers. Customers can also take deliveries of the cars from inside the showroom. The new tech the Nexa showrooms get are iPads that can be used to configure the cars and have a look at financial schemes. Buyers can also download a smartphone application called the NEXA Owner’s App that gives access to service history and requests, emergency support, accessory purchase and event updates including booking.
The NEXA showrooms will sell the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross which will be launched in the country early next month. The company might also sell the Ciaz and the upcoming YRA premium hatchback.