In the ’Dieselgate’ scam 11 million Volkswagen cars have been affected
Volkswagen has been one of the largest automaker of the world. But due to the recent Dieselgate scam their brand image has been affected very badly. The Dieselgate scam first came under light in the US, when several Volkswagen diesel cars equipped with the company’s EA 189 TDI engines were detected emitting 40 times higher Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) than the permitted emission limit.
The shocking fact was, that the automaker has been selling these cars across the world in several markets fitted with an emission cheating device, which emits less NOx in controlled environment like lab tests. Recently the German automaker took a decision to buy back or repair the affected cars, and it also agreed to give the affected customers compensations, as the repairs will reduce the performance and fuel economy of these cars. Here is a video showing how the emission cheating device works.
The German company will compensate the affected customers as well
As it seems Volkswagen trouble with Dieselgate scam is not getting over so easily. Finally the Volkswagen officials, lawyers and US government officials has come to a deal, according to which the German automaker will buy back the affected diesel cars which are equipped with the particular TDI engines and the emission cheating devices.
The German company will not only offer buy back options to the affected customers of those particular cars, but also give compensation to them. Although the German automaker is yet to reveal any detail officially, but they might offer buy back to those customers whose vehicles are relatively newer. The company will consider the facts like model year while buying back the cars. The owners of the newer cars will receive less compensation and the removal of the cheating devices. While the older vehicles will receive updates and more compensation, as these vehicles will be affected on the performance and fuel economy front after the cheating device removal. The amount of the compensation is not confirmed, but it might come between $1700 to $5000 depending on the car.
Volkswagen’s Dieselgate scam has been the biggest automotive scandal ever till date. The German company has been selling cars with emission cheating devices fitted to the TDI engines which emit less nitrogen oxide in controlled test environments. Whereas these cars were tested emitting 40% more nitrogen oxide in general environment. After the scandal came into light in US last year, several countries ordered probe against the company across the world. In India too the company was found selling cars fitted with emission cheating devices.
Maruti’s first attempt at building a compact SUV. Does it tick all the right boxes?
Utter the name ‘Maruti Suzuki’, and the first image that comes to the mind of most Indians is of a reliable and famous small car manufacturing company, that is known for producing cost effective and fuel efficient cars. But off late, Maruti Suzuki is trying to shed its image of a budget car manufacturer, by expanding its portfolio and providing products around the 10 lakh price bracket. The Ciaz was an attempt in-line with these efforts to produce more premium cars, as was the highly debated decision of opening specialized premium NEXA outlets across the country.
And with Indian customer preferences shifting towards the crossover segment, it was high time that the country’s biggest car manufacturer launches its contender in the battle. Hence, the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza was launched on the 8th of March 2016, thus making Maruti’s debut in the sufficiently crowded sub-4m SUV segment.
The Brezza isn’t the first time that Maruti has ventured into the SUV segment. The Japanese car maker launched the Grand Vitara almost a decade ago, though it could not make its presence felt in the market. Therefore, the Brezza carries huge responsibilities of establishing Maruti’s presence in the SUV segment, while competing with established head-on competitors.
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Reason behind the recall program is emission inconsistency
Volkswagen India has recalled a total of 3877 units of Vento sedan due to inconsistent Carbon Monoxide (CO) emission. The recalled Vento sedans are equipped with 1.5 litre diesel and manual transmissions. Apart from this the German automaker has stopped selling the particular Vento variant as well. The DSG transmission variants have not been called although, and these cars will continue to sell.
Volkswagen has been facing flaks all around the globe for their emission cheating devices fitted to the Volkswagen group vehicles. In India too the brand has sold plenty of cars which emit way higher level of NOx. But the company says, this is a completely different issue, and not related to the global emission scandal.
Volkswagen Vento comes with three engine options which include dual petrol engines and a single diesel engine. The diesel variant is powered by a 1.5 litre TDI turbocharged engine which gets mated to both a manual gearbox and a DSG unit. The powertrain churns out 105 PS peak power and 250 Nm peak torque. On the other hand the petrol variants include a 1.6 litre MPFi engine which churns out 105 PS peak power and 153 Nm peak torque. The other a smaller 1.2 litre turbocharged direct injection petrol engine is there, which produces 105 PS peak power and 175 Nm peak torque. Both these engines come equipped with manual gearboxes with DSG transmissions as option.
In the season of festivities, we the petrolheads have reason to rejoice again, as in a few days 2016 edition of the Indian Auto Expo will be organized at New Delhi from 5th to 9th February, 2016. This is certainly the biggest automobile convention of Asia, organized by Society of Indian Automobile Manufactures (SIAM) jointly with the Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) the 2016 edition of the prestigious biennial event will be bigger and better.
More than 65 automobile brands including Indian and international companies, are expected to showcase their exciting car models in the 13th edition of the event. Incidentally, in 2014 nearly 55 brands showcased their products at the event. Sadly, there will be few major brands missing this time. We will get to see some exciting new models, some new launches including world launches and hopefully a few concepts at the upcoming event.
The organizers are expecting more than 6 lakh footfall at the India Exposition Mart Ltd (IEML) in Greater Noida, resulting a 20% rise in the number of visitors. The total floor space for the event has been increased by 37240 square metres with six completely new air conditioned halls, alongside the already available eight halls, resulting the total floor space to around 79000 square metres.
Before you prepare yourself to visit the upcoming Auto Expo, we will give you a lowdown on the facts and frequently asked questions like – how to get there, timing of the show, which are the participating brands, which are the brands to miss, floor plan, hospitality, major launches to watch. Keep reading the article.
The Mid-Size sporty utility segment of India may not be crowded but it surely has some worthy competitors in it take Ford for instance who is one of the major players of this game launched their Endeavour SUV almost 10 years ago in India which really became popular amongst the crowd initially because of its big brawny size, spacious and practical interiors and those powerful diesel engines under the hood. As time passed its fame and glory started to fade away, now there can actually be two major reasons behind it, the Japanese manufacturer Toyota introduced their Fortuner SUV already in this segment which also possessed almost the same characteristics that the other SUV had or with the introduction of more premium entry level vehicles from renowned manufacturers like Audi, BMW and Mercedes their customers have actually moved to a totally different segment.
After Ford saw the falling sales figures there were actually two things that Ford could have done, either they could completely let go or try to revive the Endeavour SUV which is definitely a worthy vehicle in this segment.
During August last year the Blue oval showcased an Everest Concept (Endeavour is also known as Everest in other International markets) SUV in Australia which actually indicated that their next generation Endeavour SUV will be coming soon and look exactly the same as the concept because Ford has a reputation of not messing too much with the overall styling of the concept when they turn it into a final production ready vehicle, we have seen that in time of the Ford Ecosport too.
Ford recently unveiled their production ready Endeavour and believe it or not the production variant looks exactly the same as the Everest concept which was showcased a year ago in Australia. Ford claims that their new Everest SUV seamlessly blends rugged offroad capability with exceptional ride quality and also dynamic handling, it also gets a new sculpted chiseled exterior styling along with many technological updates which makes it an all rounder. The new SUV will be launched on January 15th 2016 and it will made available with 2.2 Litre diesel as well as a powerful 3.2 Litre diesel paired either to a manual or automatic transmission.
Update 20.01.2016:- Ford Launches the Endeavour in India today. The prices and details has been provided below.
Update 24/12/15:- The details about the Indian spec Ford Endeavour has just surfaced and we have updated the review according to the information available
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There is absolutely no point for telling, that the Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire is the best selling and most popular compact sedan of India. In India, where people searches for luxury and comfort at a cheaper price, compact sedans fulfill the demand for them when they go to buy a car. Maruti Suzuki, being the most trusted brand of India in the automobile sector has launched the swift based compact sedan on 26th March, 2008. It came replacing the Maruti Esteem.
The popular sub four metre sedan draws power from two different powertrains, which are 1.2 litre K-Series petrol and 1.3 litre DDiS diesel engines. Till now, the compact sedan has been equipped with 5 speed manual gearboxes in both petrol and diesel variants. The petrol variant had a 4 speed automatic option albeit, but the diesel variant was equipped with 5 speed manual transmission only. Recently we have spotted the top end diesel variant with an Automated Manual Transmission (AMT), and Maruti Suzuki just launched the AMT variant of its most popular car in India. Not only that, this is the first sedan from the Indo Japanese automaker with an AMT gearbox.
As we have already said, Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire is the most popular compact sedan in the country, getting an AMT set up in the diesel variant will give the car even more sales boost.
Update 07.01.2016:- Maruti Suzuki has officially launched the Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire ZDI AMT at a price of INR. 8.39 lakhs. ZDI is the top end variant of the Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire model. The details regarding the powertrain, price of the new model are out along with new images and press release. We have updated the review with the new information, press release and images.
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Ford might not be at the forefront of the Indian automobile industry, but they have found a strong foothold with their offering in the compact SUV segment of Indian market. Ford Ecosport is one of the best selling and most popular cars in India, which has gave the American automaker lot of confidence. Now, as the Indian automobile market is expanding rapidly, and people are tending to buy more and more expensive vehicles, Ford is trying to grab a strong share of the market pie with their latest offerings.
A few days ago they launched Ford Figo in the compact hatchback segment and Ford Figo Aspire in the compact sedan segment. Both these vehicles belong to a completely new generation and sport new dynamic design language. In upcoming few years the American auto giant has a plan to launch several other cars in India, among which Ford Mondeo will be a prime one. Expected to be launched sometime around middle of the 2016 this car will be a stylish offering from Ford.
Mondeo is a popular midsize sedan from Ford since its introduction in 1992, which is also known as Ford Contour and Ford Fusion in North America. The present generation Ford Mondeo is the fourth generation version of the model. Since its introduction in 1992, this car has gone through several facelifts and design changes. The latest generation model sports the present generation design language of Ford and it looks uber cool and stylish.
Before this car gets launched in India, we brought you a detailed review of the car. Take a look.
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Gone are the days, when Indian car enthusiasts had no liberty of buying luxury cars or expensive sports cars in their own country, rather they had to import those cars from overseas at an expense of extra money. The taste of Indian buyers has changed drastically, alongside the capability to buy expensive cars. Now a day, more and more luxury car makers are bringing expensive machines on wheels in this country. Brands like Audi, BMW, Ferrari, Jaguar, Lamborghini, Land Rover, Maserati, Mercedes Benz, and Porsche are showing keen interest in expanding their Indian lineup, which is definitely a silver line for auto enthusiast of the country.
In recent times, we have seen the auto industry has flourished by the expensive models in the country. As we are about to bid goodbye to 2015, it’s worth mentioning that in this year too we have seen plenty of expensive cars launched in the country. Mercedes Benz has been at the forefront of the expensive car launches in 2015, while other auto makers like BMW, Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Maserati also brought their own exotic machines.
Before we move on to another year, let’s take a look back at the expensive car lineup, which has been launched in 2015.
The countdown has begun. We are about to leave 2015 and start our journey in the year 2016. Like every year, 2015 too brought us some stunning cars. We observed some completely new models, some new generation models and several facelift cars launched in our country. In a few months we are about to see some spectacular car launches in the country. In the meantime, when we are counting down the last hours of the 2015, let’s take a look back at the hottest car launches of 2015.
In the year 2015, we have seen some gorgeous German luxury utility and sports models like new Audi Q7, BMW I8, and Mercedes Benz AMG GT made entry into Indian automobile market, while Swedish automaker Volvo has launched XC90, which can be called an epitome of luxury and undoubtedly one of the safest cars of the world at present. American automaker Ford has launched a rejuvenated Ford Figo, which looks absolutely stylish. Hyundai launched a stylish SUV Creta, which became an immense hit among Indians. Mahindra, undoubtedly the most popular SUV maker of the country has been at the losing end of the battle because of steep competition from other automakers. They tried to bring back their good luck by launching TUV300, a rugged looking revolutionary SUV inspired by a battle tank design. In the hatchback segment the most profound entry was in form of Renault Kwid. So many things in so little budget; imagination is possible now with Kwid.
Well, the list goes on and on. We choose 10 hottest cars among so many, which were launched in the year 2015. Here are those hottest 10s presented in an alphabetic manner. Check out.
Tata Motors might not be the strongest player in the SUV segment of the Indian automobile market, but their Tata Safari is surely one of the strong players in the segment. Amidst the wait for the launch of Zica, Tata Motors has just launched Safari Storme Varicor 400, which is a more powerful variant available with the Tata Safari Storme VX top end trim. The 400 of the name indicates a more powerful torque amount which is 25% higher than the outgoing variants.
The new Tata Safari Storme Varicor 400 doesn’t boast any notable exterior or interior changes. The only major change come in form of the new powertrain. This car expected to give other SUVs like Mahindra XUV500 a tough competition with its powerful powertrain. Let’s take a look at the new SUV.
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Maruti launched their premium hatchback offering Baleno during the festive season here in India and it also went on to become one of the favored hatchbacks. The sources reveals that the new hatchback even received around 40, 000 bookings so far.
Currently the car is available with both petrol and diesel engines, while the petrol variant is taken care by the 1.2 Litre K12 engine which is capable of producing about 83 Bhp of peak power and 115 nm of torque on the other hand the diesel variant uses the 1.3 Liter Fiat sourced Multijet unit which is good for around 74 Bhp of peak power and 190 Nm of torque. But recently Autocar India revealed that Maruti might also offer the more powerful variant of the 1.3 liter unit which is capable of producing an impressive 89 Bhp of peak power and 200 NM of torque; this is also the same engine which also powers the Ciaz diesel sedan.
Currently both the diesel and petrol variant of the Baleno hatchback is offered with a 5 speed manual transmission while the CVT automatic gearbox is offered with the petrol variant only.
The Baleno hatchback takes on the likes of the Hyundai Elite i20 and the Honda Jazz and if Maruti actually offers this diesel unit with the top spec Baleno variant it will definitely give the hatchback some more edge over its rivals for sure.