There are many stories of Land Rover vehicles around the globe. But, have you ever heard a tale, where a fleet of Land Rover Series I SUV’s still is the lifeline for an entirely remote and important zone.
Well, if you ever get a chance to visit or even visited the Sandakphu trail situated in the Northern most part of West Bengal, which is also the border area of Nepal and Sikkim, you will surely understand what we are trying to explain here.
Land Rover Taxi Association of Maney Bhanjyang is the largest operator of Land Rover Taxis in the entire South East Asia. While there are some people who claims that, this is also the biggest Land Rover Taxi operator association. Keeping aside the debate and controversy; one thing is for sure that, these fleet of ageing Land Rover Series I vehicles are the "lifeline of an entirely remote area", where there is no tar topped roads, but only some rocks laid to be called as the ‘Road’.
The association is known as the Singalila Land Rover Association, and it operates a total number of 45 Land Rover Series I vehicles. Although these SUV’s are more than half a century old, but all of them still looks and performs as good as new. From the exterior, the iconic Land Rover Green badges are gone or completely faded away; instead there are aluminium plates with the iconic Land Rover symbols and the name itself. Surely those badges took the toll of travelling on the rough roads and cloud wrapped gushy wind.
The president of the Singalila Land Rover Association Mr. Kalu Tamang discussed with us, how these Land Rovers came in the region.This is surely an interesting feature which not only proves the capability of this ageing Land Rovers but also their importance for these people living in these remote areas.
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It is very much obvious, that Mercedes Benz is the most popular luxury car brand among all the auto manufacturers under the sun in the earth. They certainly broke and created numerous trends for centuries. Logos are always meant to be memorable, visually appealing and they should deliver some message. The Mercedes Benz logo is one such logo, which has astonished the world for long time. Mercedes Benz vehicles have lots of stories, which we have read and heard at some point of time. But, many people don’t know that, the name ‘Mercedes’ and company logo ‘three pointed star’ also has an interesting story.
Mahindra is one the leading auto manufacturers known for their range of amazing stylish off road passenger cars. They have been the strongest competitor in the off roading vehicles in the Indian automotive sector for long time. If we have to talk about the off roading cars from Mahindra, then we must not forget the legend Mahindra Scorpio. It has been the best and most popular car in the segment for long time.
Although, lately, there are so many other auto manufacturers bringing up their array of off roading vehicles, but no matter what, it is an undeniable fact that Mahindra Scorpio still is one of the most popular off roading car of the nation, and that too with sheer style. Specially, the youngest generation of Scorpio comes with extreme urban appeal. It has been named as the ‘SUV of the Year’, ‘Peoples SUV of the Year’ several times.
Mahindra Bolero has been one of the best selling and most popular vehicles of India with off roading capability. It was launched in 2000, and since the launch one and a half decade has passed. It is still one of the best selling automobile of India. The Jeep like front facade, the good off roading capability, the quite well comfortable riding – Indian people liked all of it.
Here we tried to bring a few important milestones of Mahindra Bolero’s career.
If we talk about global brands in the automobile sector, Japanese brands are surely come at the forefront as global names. Recently, we saw a study, which revealed, Toyota is the most searched automobile brand in Google. Not only that, it is the Toyota is the most popular automobile brand all around the globe. Like Toyota, Honda is another global brand from the soil of Japan. Founded in 1946 by the founder of this company Soichiro Honda, this automobile company has become one of the biggest auto makers of the earth.
When Soichiro Honda founded Honda, he was already nourishing a dream of becoming a global car maker. Albeit, achieving the goal of becoming a global maker was not that easy indeed. Honda was already popular in Japan with their business of Motorcycles. Now, when Honda was eyeing the global market, they started exporting Motorcycles to the foreign markets also. Along with that they build a very good sales network in United States of America. Not only that. Honda also focused on making their products locally for the dedicated markets, and started producing motorcycles, automobiles, and power products at the plants located around the world. To simplify the matter we can say, Honda followed their founder’s philosophy of “building products in the market where they are sold.” Honda began their overseas expansion project in 1952 with the exportation of Club Type F motorcycles to Taiwan. Later that year they exported Dream to Okinawa and Philippines. Two years later in 1954, Juno was another product Honda exported to the USA, although as trial project.
Innovation is just another side of being aggressive in any market space. When it comes to a product like an automobile, which is essential and luxurious at the same time, auto makers opt for various innovative methods to impress and woo the customers. It has been a long practice among the automobile makers around the globe, hiring celebrities, specially movie stars; and making some movie clip like advertisement for some particular car model or brand. But as this practice has become cliché now, auto makers are taking up various innovative ways to continue and increase their ad campaign. In this interesting video, we have seen such an advertisement, where Japanese auto maker Honda showcase their six decades of journey through an unique video made by paper arts.
In this video, there is no compilation of old video clips, old images; neither is anyone talking. The journey was shown here through illustrations on paper, which are being manipulated by various animators. The video starts with cycles, and gradually made to the early bikes era. The video shows Honda boat engines which the company has been making since long ago. The video also features the Honda S500 which was the first production car from the Japanese auto manufacturer. Starting with that, they have showcased the present generation of car models too, specially SUVs and MUVs.
This interestingly unique video also showcases various racing cars, including the F1 racing models made by Honda. Not only that, Honda has always been a world leading brand when it comes to making off roading vehicles, motocross bikes. We can see those models featured in this video too. They have showcased the humanoid robot too. Lastly the video ends with airplane, which also has been one of the large projects of Honda.
Audi A3 has been a popular car all around the world since long. Recently the famed German auto maker celebrated 20 years of Audi A3.
On 18th September 1995, the first Audi A3 rolled off the assembly line of Audi plant in Ingolstadt. Since then Audi has built more than 3.5 million A3 all around the world. According to the German auto maker, one out of every five Audi cars sells from this model line, which comprises models like Audi A3, Audi A3 Sportback, Audi A3 Sportback e-tron, Audi A3 Sportback g-tron, Audi A3 Sedan, Audi A3 cabriolet, Audi S3, Audi S3 Sportback, Audi S3 Sedan, Audi S3 Cabriolet and lastly the Audi RS 3 Sportback.
All of these vehicles from A3 family are equally stunning and popular across the globe. Surprisingly, they are also built on the same production line at the Ingolstadt plant.
Talking about this joyous moment, Prof. Dr. Hubert Waltl, who is the Audi Board Member for Production, said that, “20 years of the Audi A3 – that is 20 years of success in the compact class. Back then, we founded a new segment with the A3. Today, the high-volume A3 family is a fixed component of our model lineup,” Her was also saying, “Two decades of the Audi A3 – and behind it a highly qualified production team. Without them, such a success story would not have been conceivable.”
In the Ingolstadt plant, Audi now produces the Audi A3, A3 Sportback, A3 Sportback e-tron and A3 Sportback g-tron models. In 2014 alone, this plant produced a total of 188465 automobiles in the A3 line. Audi believes celebration of this compact sporty car will begin a new era of A3 in the future.
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.
While we talk about foreign auto manufacturers, the usual popular big boys in Indian market are Japanese and South Korean giants, while among others German makers like Mercedes Benz, Volkswagen has always been quite popular here. However, in Europe Skoda has always been one of the biggest and most popular auto manufacturers of all time. They have been present in Indian since November, 2001, but unlike their parent group Volkswagen they could not make much profit in India, despite being here for more than a decade, although they are still one of the biggest auto manufacturers of Europe.
Like any other automobile company Skoda also has a rich heritage and history which started way back in 1895. In this time period they produced several popular passenger car models, as well as during two world wars they produced several military vehicles, which earned them a distinguishing identity around the globe. They began with a bicycle, and gradually they became one of the leading automobile companies of Europe.
This year the famous Czech auto manufacturer is celebrating their 120 years. On this occasion we would like to bring you a short tour to the history of Skoda, which we can easily say as, ‘120 years of history on the wheels’.
So, let us take a look at the history of winged arrow.
Almost every one of us, at least once in lifetime gets attracted to watching motor sports, be it a Formula one race or cart racing, be it bike race or any other form of motor sports. While sitting with clenching fists and watching those mean machines running past the track with some bombing like noise or to be precise wild roar, I found myself thinking many a times about the history of this adrenaline pumping sports.
Well, many of us felt the same, but most people don’t know the exact history of the early motor sports. Although the present motor sports scenario is mostly popular in countries which have always been the pioneers of motoring, such as United States of America or Germany, but the first motor sports was held in a country which enriched the world with their rich culture and many other elements of heritage.
We are talking about France! 121 years ago, 22nd July, 1894, world’s first automotive competition was held in this country from Paris to Rouen in Normandy, a 127 km race, which certainly became the first chapter of auto racing history of the earth. Although we are talking about the first automotive race, but honestly it was not a ‘race’, but mostly an exhibition where the first generation horseless automobiles took part and make the first footsteps of the automobile racing history.
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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.
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.
The iconic Land Rover Range Rover celebrated its 45th Birthday today, the first generation Range Rover which was called Classic was showcased infront of the media for the first time in the year 1970 and it went on sale at the very same year after that three more generation went by currently the Range Rover which is available Internationally is the fourth generation SUV which was introduced in the year 2012.
The two doors Classic featured a lightweight aluminum V8 engine and an all wheel drive while it was also available with all around disc brakes. Much later in 1981 Land Rover also introduced a four door variant while it also came with an automatic gearbox back in the year 1982 which was something really unbelievable. Later in 1986 a diesel engine was introduced to the lineup and in 1989 it also became the World’s first 4X4 SUV to get the anti lock disc brakes.
Much later in 1992 the Range Rover also received other safety features like Electronic Traction Control and automatic electronic air suspension.
The second generation was introduced later in the year 1994 and was known as P38a, this funny name was given to the SUV because it was built in the building 38A at the Solihull factory. Compared to the previous generation SUV this was more luxurious and also featured better interior. While this also provided even better off road capability which it was known for.
This was also the first Range Rover SUV that was easily recognized with its iconic silhouette, floating roof, clamshell bonnet, practical split tailgate and continuous waistline which is still continued even today. While the earlier generation already was loaded with couple of technologically advanced features this new generation SUV took it to the next level.
When 3 legends sits together to discuss Classic cars you can have an idea of what’s coming next. That’s right in this video you can watch Lord March founder Goodwood revival, Brian Johnson lead singer of the AC/DC rock band who also happens to be a hardcore auto enthusiast and above all a huge Jaguar car lover and lastly the man Ian Callum design Director Jaguar himself talks about some of the Classic Jagaur cars that were produced.
We can see them talking and discussing about the iconic Jaguar C and D Type and even watch Brian Johnson dirving one of them through the beautiful Country roads. They even talk about the recently unveiled XE sedan which is composed mainly of Aluminum which actually took lot of weight away from the car and making it one powerful yet one perfect handling car. We can even see Ian Callum driving one of the classic E Type in this video and discussing about the originality of the Jaguar designs and the great length they go while designing and building a new car.
We can also watch the iconic C, D and the E type at the end of the video which are three of the most beautiful cars that came out from the Jaguar’s stable.
Do we ever forget an old War Hero?
Atleast I don’t think so because they have served us with all their strength and
courage when there was no one around. You might all be thinking who am I referring to in these above lines well! I am talking about the iconic Mercedes Benz model series 124. Recently the 124 Series from the legendary German premium auto manufacturer Mercedes Benz has earned the H registration plate which actually signifies that they have achieved the young Classics status.
This car has number of prestigious awards under its name and if you ask me the 124 series have seen and experienced it all. The iconic series was actually available with various body shapes and sizes and between the time periods of 1984 to 1997 more than 2.7 million units of these were made which also speaks of its popularity. The premium saloon was launched back in the year 1984 and replaced the W123 model., it was available with the following models which included the 200 D, 250 D, 300 D, 200, 230 E, 260 E, and 300 E.
This car was actually popular for its solid built quality and advanced German engineering, later in the year 1993 the model series name was changed to the E Class. This saloon featured a suspension system with individual wishbone control arms at the front and a multi-link independent suspension at the rear and was popular amongst the crowd for its impressive handling, advanced safety features. The E Class design was inspired from the W 201 and possessed clear sporty lines and body panels which were made out of high-strength steel and people back then specially preferred it for its advanced technological features it carried back then, the interior comfort and spaciousness and offcourse its modern design.
This is perhaps one of the most famous iconic car available both in International market as well as our Indian market, this brand is mainly popular because of its products various shapes and sizes, their go kart like handling and lastly impressive pricing; perhaps you all have guessed the name by far. yes! Ladies and Gentleman I am talking about the iconic British car manufacturer Mini, on 17th August this month Mini completed its 55th Birthday and it was celebrated that in style at the Country of Kent UK where all the members of the classic Mini and the new MINI community met.
For your information this type of International Mini Meet is not new and the first ever International Mini Meet (IMM) was held back in Germany in the year 1978, back then it was a small event which went on for three days. However its popularity grew slowly and all the Mini fans and members started to travel further and finally it turned into an International meet. This International Mini Meet takes place in different Country every year and returns to United Kingdom after every five year and which could be the best place to celebrate Mini’s 55th Birthday other than UK itself which is the birth place of the Mini.
That’s right the first Classic Mini was first made in Birmingham and it went on sale in the market on 18th August 1959. Two models from the Mini factory in Birmingham that went on sale looked almost similar except the difference in their Radiator Grilles, hub caps and the paint finishes. The two Mini’s that went on sale that time were called the Morris Mini Minor and the Austin Seven which were designed by designer Alec Issigonis, whose main priority was to fit the four seats within the small exterior dimensions and provide the perfect driving properties and also make sure that the car consumed less fuel and above all was reasonably priced.
Usually you will find us reviewing new cars or motorcycles that were launched recently in both National as well as International markets but today we are here for a special cause because today we will be giving you our first impression of a car which is still very much alive in our hearts and is also considered as one of the most beautiful car’s ever made. Although it now has a successor which can be seen roaming on our Indian streets as well but today we will be giving you all the details of its predecessor which dominated the streets with its sheer looks, charismatic presence and that powerful engine.
Readers, we are here to bring all the details of the Jaguar Lightweight E-Type which is not only the predecessor of the recently launched Jaguar F-Type but was the one responsible for bringing a revolution in cars design history back in Black and White days. The prestigious British auto manufacturer Jaguar has gone one step ahead of bringing the magical era back and decided to build the remaining 6 Lightweight E-Types which will be sold to 6 customers mainly Jaguar classic car collectors, now if you are thinking that how much will it costs let’s just say these are priceless collector’s items and unfortunately you only can get your hands on one if you have a really deep pocket but if you are an avid auto enthusiasts then you would really love what we are bringing to you in this review.
The Lightweight E-Type saw its first Sun in the year 1961 and in between 1963 and 1964 Jaguar has offered lightweight version of the E Type which was specially developed for racing. Jaguar decided to build 18 of these models but unfortunately only 12 of this track focused E-Types were built. Now Jaguar and Land Rovers Special Operations team has decided to build the 6 lightweight E-Types which were part of the ’Special GT E-type’ project at the same workshop situated at Jaguar’s Browns Lane plant in Coventry where the 12 Lightweight E-Types were built back in February 1963.
Now many will call it pure madness but for those who loved this legendary E-Type will have a different opinion.
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Steve McQueen, “The King of Cool”, is back in the news. McQueen’s iconic white Gulf suit from his cult racing film Le Mans, went under the hammer for a staggering Rs 4,27,67,001. No, this is not typing error and the auction makes McQueen’s suit the most expensive item of racing memorabilia to be ever sold.
Porsche is back at the Le Mans. The manufacturer had made the announcement in June this year and now it has released another video showcasing the brand’s history when it ruled the legendary race in France. Porsche has 16 overall victories as the 24 hour race which is a record and it won seven in a row from 1981 to 1987. Porsche’s return to the LMP1 class, the highest at the race, in 2014 is highly anticipated amongst not only the motorsport community and in the automobile world in general.