Suzuki Ignis & India Made Baleno Gets Nominated For 2017 World Car Of The Year Award (WCOTY)
According to the latest reports both the Suzuki Ignis as well as the Baleno has been nominated for the 2017 World Car of the Year award in the new ‘Urban Car’ category. Now the particular reason why we are interested in this news is because of two reasons. The first one is keeping in mind the fact that the Baleno is already sold in the Indian market while the Ignis will be launched in between the time period of January-March 2017. While the second one being the fact that India is actually the production hub for both these cars.
The Suzuki Baleno is currently already being produced as well as exported from Maruti Suzuki’s production plants located both in Manesar and Gurgaon. Apart from the Baleno Maruti Suzuki will also start producing and also export the Ignis Crossover at their newest facility in Gujarat which has been prepped up to work on the new platform.
Coming to the new Urban car category, the criteria which the contenders will have to match to be nominated for the WCOTY award are each and every vehicle should have to be less than 4 metres in overall length, the car will have to be on sale in the two continents by spring 2017.
Now both the Baleno as well as the Ignis measures less than 4 metres in length. The Baleno is already on sale in the markets of Japan and also Europe while the Ignis Crossover is already on sale in the markets of Japan and will also be on sale in some other markets as well.
Both the Baleno as well as the Ignis will compete with six different cars in this particular category.
Ford EcoSport’s 1.0 litre EcoBoost wins ‘Best Engine under 1.0 litre’ award
The 1.0 litre EcoBoost engine under the hood of the Ford EcoSport compact SUV is a very popular engine among the American automaker’s engine family. The EcoBoost engine played a crucial role behind the success of the EcoSport. Now the 1.0 litre EcoBoost engine has been awarded the ‘Best Engine under 1.0 litre’ award at the International Engine of the Year Awards and that too, for the fifth year in a row.
The three cylinder 1.0 litre engine is known for being a well performing, fuel economic and easy going engine which ensures a smooth drive. In Indian market Ford Motors sells the EcoSport compact SUV with the 1.0 litre EcoBoost petrol engine under the hood in the trims like Trend+, Titanium+. In those trims the engine delivers an ARAI certified 18.9 kmpl of fuel efficiency. This engine is also a low car dioxide emitting unit, which makes it eligible for the award.
McLaren 570GT makes world debut at 2016 Geneva Motor Show
Mclaren Automotive has debuted the 570GT its newest addition to the Sports Series in Geneva. The supercar is essentially a 570S with more emphasis paid to everyday usability and comfort over long distances. The car is priced in the UK from £154,000 (INR 1,45,98,105) onwards.
At first glance the 570GT does not seem to differ much from its sibling the 570S, and that is probably due to the fact that it has the same front end. The similarities begin to fade away as the view progresses from the sides to the rear. The standard fixed panoramic sunroof and the side-opening rear hatch being the highlights. The leather-lined Touring Deck behind the seats can hold an additional 220 litres of luggage. This space can be accessed through the rear glass hatch and when combined with the 150 litres of luggage space upfront gives a total storage capacity of 370 litres. The posterior also comes with an extended fixed spoiler, with McLaren claiming that it gives the same aerodynamic performance as that generated by the flying buttresses of the 570S.
McLaren says that the 570GT has been equipped with the “latest technologies and highest quality materials”. They have equipped the supercar with extended leather upholstery, electrically adjustable heated seats with memory function, electric steering column, soft-close doors, subdued exhaust system and, front and rear parking sensors as standard fitment. Noise damping and absorbing materials have also been employed extensively to improve the refinements level inside the cabin. An 8-speaker McLaren Audio Plus system is fitted as standard but for those who want more, there is an optional Bowers & Wilkins 12-speaker audio system.
Land Rover Discovery Sport, Defender & India Bound Jaguar XE Honoured With Scottish Car of the Year Awards
Jaguar XE, Land Rover Discovery Sport and Land Rover Defender are three best selling vehicles from British luxury auto maker Jaguar Land Rover. All these three vehicles won awards at the prestigious “Scottish Car of the Year Awards” ceremony.
The India bound luxury sedan XE from Jaguar won the “Best Executive Car” awards, while it also won the “Best Design and Innovation” awards at the same event back in 2014. Commenting about the vehicle Alisdair Suttie, the President of the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers, has said, "With its fine lines penned by Scotsman Ian Callum, the Jaguar XE is as good looking as executive saloons come. It has abilities to match its looks, with first rate ride, refinement, driving dynamics and efficiency." The new Jaguar XE will be showcased at the upcoming 2016 New Delhi Auto Expo by the British marquee. Once launched, it will be the cheapest offering from Jaguar in India, and it will compete against the likes of Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Mercedes Benz C-Class and the Volvo S60. The Jaguar XE is built on an all new lightweight aluminium intensive monocoque body frame. Under the hood it gets a 3.0 litre 6 cylinder all aluminum Twin-Vortex supercharger engine, paired with a ZF 8HP45 8 speed automatic gearbox, capable to churn out 344 PS peak power and 450 Nm peak torque. The XE can reach 0-100 kmph in 4.9 seconds, with a top speed of 250 kmph.
Hyundai Creta garnered success instantly after its launch in last July. It received more than 20000 bookings before the launch, and post launch Creta became Hyundai’s Favorite compact SUV in the country. Until now, the Creta has received more than 70000 bookings and 340000 enquiries from India, and globally the made in India car was sold over 15770 units.
The compact SUV has received positive response from Latin American countries like Colombia, Costa Rica, Peru and Panama. Middle East countries like Oman, UAE, Saudi Arabia and African countries like Egypt, Morocco and Nigeria also shown interest in this car. Hyundai Creta comes designed by Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design philosophy. It comes available in 3 different engine options, which are 1.6 litre Gamma Dual VTVT, 1.6 litre U2 CRDi VGT and 1.4 litre U2 CRDi.
Commenting on the global success of Hyundai Creta, Mr. Rakesh Srivastava, Senior vice President, sales & marketing, HMIL has said, “The Hyundai Creta launched in July as the perfect SUV is a trendsetter in the Indian market. Creta heralded a new chapter in Hyundai’s success story across the world showcasing HMIL’s success of ‘Make in India’ manufacturing initiative. Now the Creta goes global and we have received strong response from world markets. Our goal is to maximize our production to make 10000 units of Creta to meet the global customers’ demand while maintaining our leadership position in the domestic market. With another success story of Creta, Hyundai reassures its commitment to the Indian market and promises to develop truly world class products.”
It has earned several titles earlier. Enzo Ferrari called it as, "The most beautiful car ever made." In 2008 The Daily Telegraph placed it at the top of "World’s 100 most beautiful cars of all time” list. In 2011 Jeremy Clarkson called it as the “Essence of British brilliance”. Now in one worldwide polling campaign, Jaguar E-type earned the award of “Best British car ever made”. Among several other iconic cars like McLaren F1, Mini, Bentley Speed Six, Rolls Royce Silver Ghost, Range Rover and Jaguar XKSS the stunningly gorgeous E-type garnered most votes.
Jaguar E-type is one of the iconic cars of all time in the world automotive history. It was manufactured in between 1961-1975, and while most of the contemporary cars used to come with features like drum brakes, live rear axles, and not so impressive mediocre performances; E-type shot into fame with monocoque construction, disc brakes, rack and pinion steering, independent front and rear suspension set up and unbelievably beautiful design. It debuted with a stunning 242 kmph top speed and ability to reach 0-100 kmph within sub 7 seconds. It the predecessor of the present day beauty Jaguar F-type.
Datsun may not be the popular auto manufacturer in India, but the brand surely has some avid fans. Recently Datsun has fetched a total of 1 lakh customers.
The Nissan owned Japanese auto manufacturer presently sells two models in Indian market, which are the compact hatchback Datsun Go and the MUV Datsun Go+. Although Datsun is one of the very popular brands in various parts around the globe, but in Indian market they couldn’t make a strong foothold due to the tough competition and comparatively dull design of their cars. Although, Datsun Go comes quite impressive in the segment and it comes with some best in the segment features too. Datsun revealed their Redi Go concept a few months ago, and in 2016 there is a chance for them to reveal the Redi Go production model. Although Datsun is yet to reveal the exact details about this car.
Incidentally Datsun Go compact hatchback is powered by a 1.2 litre 12 V 3 cylinder DOHC engine mated to a 5 speed manual transmission, which delivers 68 PS peak power at 5000 rpm and 104 Nm at 4000 rpm. On the other hand, the Datsun Go+ comes with a 1.2 litre 3 cylinder engine, mated to a 5 speed manual gear box. The powertrain of Datsun Go+ delivers 68 PS peak power and 77 Nm maximum torque.
As the great Indian festive season is nearing, various auto manufacturers are trying to get new customers by bringing several new ideas and offers. Toyota Kirloskar Motors recently launched ‘Q Service Festive Delights’ across all authorized Toyota dealerships in India to cheer up the customers. This campaign will run for two months, from 1st October – 30th November.
In this campaign Toyota Kirloskar Motors will offer the customers a wide range of exiting offers like - Dubai trip Package for lucky customers, weekly lucky draw on EM 60 (Express Maintenance in 60 min-Toyota Unique Initiative), Attractive gifts and offers for Etios customers celebrating 3rd year vehicle anniversary, 35% off on car care treatments, Upto 60% discount on select accessory packages, Assured gifts on purchase of batteries, Assured gift on purchase of Tires, Attractive offers on U-Trust, 5% discount on Road Side Assistance [RSA].
Commenting on the launch of this Campaign, Mr. B. Padmanabha, who is the Vice President of Customer Service Group, Toyota Kirloskar Motor, has said, "Toyota Kirloskar Motor is a customer centric company that continually innovates and improvises to ensure we exceed customer expectations at every touch point. We are extremely delighted to announce our "Q Service Festive Delights Campaign"; the exciting range of offers is our way to express our gratitude towards the trust and admiration of our customers for our products & services. We at Toyota are constantly striving to ensure that our customers are satisfied not only at the time of purchase but also during the ownership period of their vehicle. We look forward to a great festive season and we are sure we will add to our customer’s celebrations with our amazing offers."
Workplace safety is a big concern for all the automobile manufacturer companies, and Toyota Kirloskar Motors seems to have taken the issue pretty seriously, probably that’s why they won the Golden Peacock Occupational Health and Safety award 2015. To be precise Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt Ltd.’s (Biddai) Ramnagar plant in Bangalore achieved this feat for the company.
This award is considered the benchmark for the companies regarding the issue of employee health and safety at the work place. Earlier, Toyota Kirloskar Motors has won the Golden Peacock Environment Management award in 2010, so this is just another glorious chapter added to their history.
This award is considered the benchmark for the companies regarding the issue of employee health and safety at the work place. Earlier, Toyota Kirloskar Motors has won the Golden Peacock Environment Management award in 2010, so this is just another glorious chapter added to their history. Sapeaking about the issue, Mr. Raju B Ketkale, Senior Vice Precident (Manufacturing) of Toyota Kirloskar Motors has informed, that this achievement is an inspiration for them, which will keep them on track of improving their process and aim to deliver the best safety to the employees. He also said informed, the company will keep a keen eye to improve the standard of safety, health and work environment for their valued employees. The notable point is Toyota not only won the award for employee safety, but they also introduced the airbag safety system in their cars, which was the first such practice in Indian automobile industry, so, it can be easily said, they showed the path in passenger safety in India. Mr. Raju B Ketkale also said that, winning this award has shown that the safety measurements are integrated both in places for their employees as well as in Toyota products too, for the customers.
Jaguar is really making some news especially in terms of design after Ian Callum, took the responsibility on his Shoulder. Under his direction we have seen the stylish F-Type come alive and started ruling the streets from the year 2013 and now another car carrying the Jaguar logo has bagged the award of the ‘Most Beautiful Car of 2014’ at the 30th edition of Festival Automobile International in Paris.
The XE which was first showcased at the Paris Motor Show itself last year is already sold in number of markets including Europe and UK. Ian Callum himself was present at the award show and collected the prestigious award infront of the Crowd which consisted of over 600 VIP guests and more than 60 of the media. The award show began from the 28th January onward and concluded on 31st of January, the gala event was held at the Hotel des Invalides, where the XE was showcased along with 18 other concept cars including some of the popular concept cars like the Jaguar Project 7.
The XE faced tough competition this year from the Mazda MX5, the Fiat 500X and the Mercedes C Class Estate but it has won the accolade by public vote and more than 100,000 votes casted across the Country. The XE won the title with 28 percent of votes; previously it also has won the title of ’Best Production Car’ by Auto Plus magazine and the listeners of French radio station, RTL.
Stepping in its first year in the market the BMW i3 has already bagged number of awards for itself and now there is one more award that has been added to the long list. At the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show the BMW i3 was awarded the 2015 Green car of the year by the Green Car Journal a magazine which focuses on environmental friendly green cars.
Since its market launch in 2013, November BMW has sold more than 12, 000 units of their premium all-electric vehicle, which also proves that it is possible to produce a car which provides you with all the luxury that you expect out of a premium car while also emitting zero emission from the tailpipe when being used. The i3 surely picked up lot of success after its launch and is now the third best selling all-electric automobile on the market. The BMW i3 was also awarded with this honor not only because of its zero emission when the car is in use but also because of the high percentage of sustainably produced materials used during the process of its manufacturing and also for its lightweight and futuristic design.
BMW has used carbon-fibre (CFRP) passenger cell which not only is strong but also extremely lightweight at the same time, renewable interior materials, state of the art connectivity features and impressive and technologically advanced powertrain engineering. The electric motor which powers the i3 produces about 170 hp of peak power and 240 Nm of torque and the electric drivetrain also claims to provide an impressive and responsive drive and acceleration. This all electric car can reach the 0-100 km/h mark in 7.1 seconds and also comes with good range and proves to be a very useful car for everyday driving within the city and also to work.
Neither Jaguar nor Mercedes has been able leave a deep scratch in the minds of the people of Germany other than the Mini. That’s right! Well it may sound surprising to you that the Mini has bagged the "Best-looking car of 2014" award in its class facing a tough competition from among 94 vehicles in ten categories
Mini, the British car manufacturer always have retained the styling tweaks of their cars like Cooper, Countryman, Paceman etc. the same and which are considered to be ‘cute’ by most people across the world. Perhaps this is the reason why; Mini has been able to add this prestigious award in its kitty.
Since this year Spring, Mini has played it safe by maintaining a safe position in the market through its classic proportions, the typical three-way structure of its body, all-round greenhouse and roof, and a modern interpretation of hallmark brand design features. These were of course more than enough to win the hearts of the people and thus the readers of Stuttgart, the automobile magazine have voted it as the ‘best looking car of 2014’. Mini scored the first position among the ‘minicars’ segment competing with seven other cars from different manufacturers belonging to its class.
The folks over at Mini are overwhelmed after they received such a prestigious title. Anders Warming, Head of MINI Design said, “We at MINI Design are particularly proud to have won this award. Positive feedback from customers and fans is very encouraging to us in our day-to-day design work for the MINI brand; we very much look forward to pursuing this work further.”
Awards like this really comes as a motivational factor to the companies which means that they would definitely try hard to keep up the work and we, the ardent motor-enthusiasts anticipate to see new innovations from them.