2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid
The concept of Hybrid vehicles might still be new for most of us Indians, and our Government is not doing enough to promote Green vehicles in our Country. But, some Auto manufacturers like Toyota, Mahindra and BMW has introduced Hybrid vehicles for our Indian market with very few takers, though.
Toyota Motor Corporation has sold more than 10.5 million Hybrid vehicles globally and has made constant efforts to Hybridise India. Recently they have introduced two new hybrid vehicles for the Indian market which includes the new Camry Hybrid and the Hybrid Pioneer: All-new Toyota Prius. According to Toyota these environment-friendly vehicles definitely can have a positive impact on the environment if they are used across the globe. They also did mention that they are euphoric to announce that they already have sold more than 10 million hybrid vehicles globally.
The Camry sedan is definitely India’s first Hybrid car which is manufactured here in India. The car promises a revolutionary hybrid technology, a modern and sporty exterior, the highest level of comfort inside and unmatched safety standard. All these features make the Camry hybrid a complete package.
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2016 Honda Accord Hybrid
The Honda Accord is a four door sedan from the Japanese manufacturer. Worldwide, the nameplate has been applied to coupe, wagon, hatchback and crossover cars as well. When it was on sale in India, it was available only in the sedan form. The car also had quite a considerable success in the United States. It was also one of the best-selling Japanese car in the U.S. for 15 years from 1982 to 1997.
In the early 1970s, Honda was in a crisis and were about to pull out of the automobile market. However, when they launched the Civic, it went on to become a success. They then decided to build a larger version of the car and it was called the Accord. Accord stands for “Honda’s desire for accord and harmony between the people, the society and the automobile”.The first accord was launched on May 7th 1976 as a 3-door hatchback and as a 4-door sedan the following year. The Honda Accord that is currently on sale is in its ninth generation now.
In India, the Accord was launched in 2001 but even though it was a good car, the sales never took off, especially for the V6 model. 13 years later, in early 2014, Honda pulled the plug on the Accord due to dwindling sales.
The Japanese manufacturer has launched the 2016 Honda Accord in Mountain View, California. This is the first time that Honda has launched a car in the Silicon Valley, the U.S. tech hub. The car will go on sale globally in August and it is also expected to be put on sale in India next year. The car comes with a host of new equipments and safety features.
Honda has decided to reintroduce the Accord in the Indian market again in the year 2016 and they though to go full hybrid this time. The is the ninth generation facelift model which not only gets sharper exterior and interior features but also gets a 2.0L Atkinson VTEC engine and also two electric motors.There are even three different drive modes as well which makes driving even more fun.
Update 25.10.2016:- Honda launched the new Accord Hybrid in India today.The prices and the other details has been updated in this article
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Volvo Launches Their Flagship XC90 Excellence T8 Variant In India
Volvo has launched the top end XC90 T8 Excellence SUV in India today. The high end hybrid vehicle is priced at INR. 1.25 crore (ex-showroom, Delhi) and will be sold in the Indian market via the CBU unit.
As far as the styling is concerned the top end variant does not look different than the other XC90 variants on offer. However the few changes comes in the form of V and C pillars finished in Chrome, while the lower door section also gets chrome moldings as well. Apart from all that the T8 variant also features 21 inch alloy wheels.
Volvo has gone a step further to make the top end variant of their flagship SUV offering stand out amongst the other luxury SUV’s on offer. The cabin inside features individual 4 seat configurations leaving plenty of space for the passengers. The XC90 gets two separate power operated reclining individual seats for the rear passengers. The seats in particular gets massage and ventilation function, while the removal of the third row seats has also resulted in plenty of legroom for the rear passengers. The rear seats passengers also gets an optional retractable touchscreen tablet and folding tables. To enhance the overall luxury experience of the occupants the SUV also gets a beverage refrigerator with bottle and glass holder as well.
The customized center console in between the two rear seats also is equipped with heated and cooled cup holders and especially handmade glasses by some renowned Swedish glass designing company. Apart from all that for the entertainment of the occupants inside, the XC90 T8 variant sports the 20-speaker Bowers and Wilkins sound system. The XC90 T8 Excellence variant also gets an ambient lighting system and illuminated storage spaces inside.
Top 5 Hybrid Cars Available in India
The world automotive market is becoming more and more open towards the hybrid and electric cars. But India customers still are not so much open about the hybrid cars or electric ones. We still rely heavily on fossil fuels over environment friendly electric or hybrid powertrains. Though in recent past we have seen the Indian customers are gradually opening up towards new ideas. More and more customers are now a days opting to buy the hybrid cars.
Indian government is also encouraging the customers to buy hybrid cars for better environment in future. The hybrid cars come with a specially discounted price, which is offered by the Indian government. Here we made a list of the top 5 hybrid cars available in Indian market. Interestingly, in this list you will find supercars to small hatchbacks as well as executive sedans also.
Bollywood Actor Shah Rukh Khan Takes Delivery Of His New BMW i8
It is hard to keep track of every Bollywood actor and their swanky new rides that they add to their garages often but when it comes to King Khan the situation is little different. Recently Bollywood Actor Shah Rukh Khan bought a brand new BMW i8; this car was delivered at Bollywood Baadshah’s doorsteps by Sharad Kachalia who happens to be BMW Navneet Motor’s director.
Shah Rukh Kahn may not be a huge car fan but he does have plenty of sweet rides to his collection. Infact Shah Rukh Khan’s BMW 7 Series is popular across Mumbai because he has been using the car for a long time now. As already mentioned that Shah Rukh Khan may not be a huge car fan but he has some really good collection of cars which includes an Audi A6, BMW 7 Series, Bentley Continental GT, and Mercedes-Benz GL- Class which actually is mostly used by his wife Gauri Khan and also a Rolls Royce Phantom.
Shah Rukh Khan choose the White color for his new BMW i8, he is definitely the third celebrity in Mumbai to own the new Hybrid from BMW after Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and actress Shilpa Shetty. The BMW i8 is priced at INR. 2.29 Crores ex showroom. Unfortunately the Baadshah himself was unavailable for any comment about his newest purchase.
2016 Volkswagen T-Prime Concept GTE
German automaker Volkswagen has been teasing the 2016 Beijing Auto Show bound concept SUV for last few days, which would be a luxury centric large crossover SUV and which would be positioned above the Volkswagen Touareg. Now the German automaker has unveiled the car at the ongoing Beijing Auto Show 2016. We all know how the Chinese market has grown lately, and all the automakers are rushing to get a fare share of the market pie in the country. Volkswagen has also set the target to launch few China centric cars. This car comes with similar objective.
Dubbed as the Volkswagen T-Prime Concept GTE the new large SUV gives us the previews of the future Volkswagen SUV lineup. This car gets power from a plug in hybrid powertrain and it also gets an All Wheel Drive (AWD) mode. The car comes packed with several cutting edge technologies like Curved Interaction Area. Expect this technology to be introduced to the future Volkswagen SUVs.
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2016 Volvo XC90 T8
Volvo XC90 is the flagship SUV of the Swedish automaker which not only offers premium luxury and comfort to the occupants, but it also offers dynamic safety features. Although in India Volvo is not a very popular brand, but many people who love luxury and comfort with safety prefer the brand.
Next generation Volvo XC90 was launched in India few months ago, and it directly competes against the Audi Q7, which is also another dynamic vehicle launched in India recently. The XC90 was first introduced to the Swedish automaker’s lineup in 2002. It was based on the P2 platform, and later when Volvo launched the second generation XC90 in 2014, it came based on SPA platform.
The second generation Volvo XC90 gets a design which reflects power, style and masculinity. The XC90 T8 on the other hand is also capacitated with a hybrid powertrain. No more haters for hybrids. Uniquely it is the first car in the world, which can get power from other cars without arousing any suspicion.
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How Toyota Prius’s hybrid powertrain works: Video
Hybrid powertrain is one of the most talked about topics now a days in automotive technology. And, when it comes to hybrid powertrains, Toyota is certainly at the forefront in developing the technology and making hybrid cars. Presently at its fourth generation Toyota Prius is a highly appreciated hybrid car around the globe.
The style might not be charming, but the car features an environment friendly powertrain, which ensures less emission. Toyota has released a video recently, which shows how the hybrid technology works. The Prius comes equipped with 1.8 litre 4 cylinder VVT-I petrol engine paired with a permanent magnet AC synchronous electric motor and a sealed Nickel-Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) battery. The 1.8 litre combustion engine produces 98 hp peak power, while the combined output stands at 134 hp. The petrol motor churns out 142 Nm peak torque, and the combined output is 207 Nm. Transmission duty is done by an electronically controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (ECVT) gearbox.
Check the video to learn how Prius’s hybrid powertrain works.
Hyundai might have a popular fan base in India, but they didn’t dare to sell the Sonata sedan in India, as the sales figure sored. Indian customers being very much price sensitive, Hyundai was selling the Sonata to them at a price around INR. 20 lakhs. Launched in 2001 this car gave the Honda Accord pretty tough competition, but in India it couldn’t get the desired sales figure for the South Korean automaker.
However, after a year of discontinuation of Hyundai Sonata the company is all set to showcase the Sonata hybrid at the upcoming 2016 Auto Expo at Greater Noida in first week of February. Although Hyundai is tight lipped regarding the relaunch of Sonata in India, but as it seems they are considering the Indian market as a viable option for the Sonata Hybrid. The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is suave looking stylish car with lots of features to attract the customers toward it. Before you see the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid in flesh at the 2016 Indian Auto Expo, let’s take a close preview of the car here.
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No wonder how much profit you make out of automobile business, environment friendliness is the matter of concern for every automaker. Therefore hybrid cars are becoming more and more relevant. Toyota is at the forefront of the hybrid car segment in world automobile market. Although several other automakers have been trying to make hybrid cars or even completely electric cars. But none of them have been able to grab a fare share of the automobile market except the Toyota. They scored big with their hybrid cars like Prius and Camry hybrid.
Hyundai being one of the largest automaker of world couldn’t grab the hybrid market. But, now they are all set to try their luck and compete against Toyota Prius with their first hybrid car Hyundai Ioniq. Recently the South Korean auto giant has revealed a rendered image of the Ioniq. The compact sedan looks to be defying the trend of hybrid car segment. Well, there is no point in hiding that the hybrid or electric cars have never been aesthetically beautiful or even stylish enough. Hyundai Ioniq seems to be a stylish car with an environment friendly power plant beneath its hood.
Earlier in 2015, TopSpeed.com has already got some spyshots of the car going to the Arctic circles for extreme cold weather testing. Hyundai Ioniq will come in with different powertrain options, which include plug in gasoline/electric hybrid, gasoline/electric hybrid and a completely electric powertrain.
The naming of the car is also pretty unique, as it refers to the elements of the creation. Ion is an electrically charged atom, the usage of the word “Ion” in the first part of the name suggests to the electric powertrains, while the second part clearly depicts the unique place this car is about to get in Hyundai lineup. In the Ioniq logo, the letter “Q” is portrayed as a visual breakthrough, which acknowledges the fresh approach of the advanced, low emission mode; as Hyundai officially puts it.
Although, the South Korean automaker has launched the all new Ioniq hybrid on 14th January, but the Hyundai Ioniq will go to production assembly sometime around mid 2016, while the car will be globally introduced at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show and New York Motor Show.
Update 05.01.2016:- Hyundai released few more images of the Ioniq and we have updated the review with the new images as well
Update 07.01.2016:- Hyundai released more images of exterior, interior and informations regarding the hybrid powertrain of Hyundai Ioniq. We have updated the review with new images and informations.
Update 14.01.2016:- Hyundai launched the Ioniq. We have updated the review with latest informations and images of the car.
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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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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.
If you talk about hybrid powertrains, people will readily tell you hybrid cars are not fast enough, not beautiful. Well, that might be true in some cases, but not entirely. However, this decade has been the decade of hybrids. Plenty of hybrid cars have made their appearance in front of us. Porsche being one of the famed sports car makers also tried their hand in the hybrid segment. They made some beautiful vehicles which are not only beautiful and faster, but also powered by hybrid drivetrain.
Porsche 918 Spyder was one such car which has been a showpiece model in the history of sports cars. First unveiled at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show this car was depicted as the direct successor of the Porsche Carrera GT. Built in two different body types, roadster and coupe - the car was manufactured in a limited number of 918 units in the time period of 2013-2015. In March 2015, the last Porsche 918 Spyder rolled out of the assembly line. Although, this car is not anymore in production, but the legacy surrounding the beauty and superb performance is still on.
How was this car in flesh? How did it perform? Let’s take a look.
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Toyota is known for their effort to make the environment better by manufacturing hybrid cars like Toyota Camry Hybrid, Prius. They are known as the pioneer of hybrid technology. To promote the hybrid and electric vehicles in India they took part in the “FAME India Eco Drive” rally which is an awareness rally to be run in between three cities - Delhi, Jaipur and Chandigarh. This rally is being organized by the Ministry of Heavy Industries (MoHI) and it started from Red Fort of New Delhi on 26th November. In this several hybrid and electric powered cars is running to promote the awareness of energy conservation.
The rally promotes mass adoption of hybrid and electric powertrain for vehicles under the National Scheme on Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles (FAME) India. The rally will arrive in Jaipur on 30th November and Chandigarh on 7th December 2015. Started from Red Fort of New Delhi, it covered Connaught Place, Maitry College, NH-8, MG Road in Gurgaon, District Collectorate in Gurgaon and concluded at MDI Gurgaon. More than 50 hybrid and electric vehicles from different auto makers took part in the rally.
Speaking at the flag off ceremony Mr. T.S Jaishankar, the Deputy Managing Director, Toyota Kirloskar Motor has said, "India emerges as the 4th largest consumer of energy in the world, following the US, China and Russia in energy accounting for 4.4% of global energy consumption. We feel privileged to be a part of the FAME Eco Drive to educate and encourage the use of full hybrid vehicles in India. Toyota Camry Hybrid is the first ever locally manufactured full hybrid vehicle with 48% more fuel efficiency and emits 25% lesser CO2 when compared to the car of the same size in petrol variant. From fuel efficient vehicle to developing ground breaking technology, our focus is on environmentally sustainable solutions in everything we do and every vehicle we make. The recently notified demand incentives for buyers by the Govt, in the form of an upfront reduced purchase price of environment friendly vehicles will give a boost to the demand and encourage faster adoption of these vehicles in India."
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.
Maruti launched the Ciaz SHVS (Smart Hybrid vehicles by Suzuki) diesel in India today with prices starting at INR. 8.23 Lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi).
The Ciaz SHVS diesel looks identical to the petrol Ciaz and only gets an additional SHVS badge on the bootlid and also some additional warning lights on the instrument console which actually helps it to differentiate it from the standard sedan. As far as the trim levels are concerned the Ciaz SHVS diesel carries the same trim levels which include base Vdi, Vdi(O), Vdi+, Zdi and Zdi+. According to Maruti Suzukii the Ciaz SHVS diesel will return about 28.09 kmpl, which actually also makes it most fuel efficient diesel car of India while the second position is also occupied by Maruti Suzuki’s very own product the Celerio diesel.
As fars as the drivetrain is concerned the Ciaz Hybrid diesel is powered by the same, 1.3 Litre DDiS diesel unit which produces 66Kw of peak power at 4000 rpm and 200 NM of maximum torque at 1750 rpm. The engine is paired to a 5 speed manual transmission which sends all the power to the front wheels. The Ciaz Hybrid diesel can accelerate from 0-100 km/h mark in 13.2 seconds.
The Hybrid system consists of a start/stop system while the SHVS system in particular gets an Integrated Starter Generator (ISG) and lithium ion batteries. The ISG motor acts as a starter and supplies power during startup of the engine, while the energy stored in the batteries helps in restarting the engine, while it also supplies power during acceleration. The car also gets equipped with gear shift indicator as well. The batteries which support the system are also high capacity batteries.
The Maruti Ciaz Hybrid Diesel will take on the likes of the Honda City, Hyundai Verna and also Volkswagen Vento Diesel.
The Ciaz has definitely helped Maruti Suzuki to get their foothold back in the midsize sedan segment of the country which was dominated by Honda since the day they introduced the City in Indian market.
The Ciaz was launched back in 2014 and it definitely attracted lot of attention as soon as it was launched and even was able to beat the City in sales number for some consecutive months. Now Maruti has decided to launch a mild-hybrid variant of the Ciaz sedan on September 1st 2015. Maruti is calling it Ciaz SHVS which actually stands for Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki.
So what is different in this new engine? The SHVS variant gets a larger capacity battery and integrated starter generator. The Ciaz SHVS also gets start/stop function as well. And when you combine all these technology together the sedan promises to return a better fuel efficiency figures. Compared to the current Ciaz diesel model whihch returns about 26.21 Kmpl the Ciaz SHVS promises to return about 28 kmpl which actually will also help it earn the title of India’s most fuel efficient car.
Apart from the engine updates Maruti will also provide driver side airbags across all the Ciaz variants. While the V(o) variant will get both driver and front passenger side airbags and also Anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) system as standard.
We all will be able to witness another one of a kind creation from Lamborghini soon which will excel in departments of Design, technology and innovation because it is not an unknown fact anymore that the Italian exotic car manufacturer is already working on a new Hypercar which will most probably be unveiled at the 2016, Geneva Motor show in March.
According to the reports, the Hologram of their upcoming Hypercar was displayed to a selected few guests at the recently held Pebble Beach car show. This also acted as a teaser of what Lamborghini is planning for their future car. As mentioned above the new Hypercar will only be unveiled at the 2016, Geneva Motor show next March, so we all have to wait for that day. Now although nothing is clear or properly available to us at this moment but we are guessing that their new Hypercar will most probably be a hybrid and thus will rival the likes of Mclaren P1 and the Porsche 918.
Lamborghini already unveiled a Hybrid concept which came in the form of the Asterion concept last year but it never made it to production maybe because many didn’t liked the idea of Lamborghini plunging into the Hybrid auto market. But now it seems that Lamborghini officials has to say goodbye to their big gasoline engines for more power and embrace the Hybrid technology which is the future.
Hybrid cars are not popular in India yet, although it has great potential to come up to the front row. Moreover hybrid technology in automotive sector is still in its childhood, stage specially in India. The conventional mindset of Indian customers is the biggest reason for auto makers to not think fast enough about bringing hybrid cars here, but the exception is Toyota.
Courageous enough, they started developing hybrid technology in 1995, and started selling hybrid cars all around the world, with Indian market no difference, and gradually the sales figure increased.
Presently, Toyota sells hybrid cars like Camry hybrid, Esquire Hybrid (Japan only), Lexus RC300h, and recently launched Sienta Hybrid. They are set to bring more and more hybrids, such as the Corolla Hybrid and Levin Hybrid (China only) and RAV4 Hybrid. In India Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) first sold the Camry hybrid model, which gained popularity despite initial low confidence from the customers. In fact, Toyota Camry hybrid plays a great role in bringing and popularizing the hybrid technology in this country. Camry hybrid itself holds 80% market share of the hybrid car market in India at present.
Incidentally, various other auto manufacturers are trying to bring their hybrid cars here following the Toyota way.
The latest news is; Toyota has sold 8 million hybrid cars around the world. Indian customers too are showing keen interest about the new medium of power source. Thereafter Toyota sees this trend as a positive step towards saving fuel for future, and using alternate power resources. Not only that, using hybrid cars mean, less CO2 emission, which will result into reducing air pollution level. The famous auto manufacturer claims besides working on non hybrid cars they are relentlessly working on the hybrid car technology as well as trying to enhance the performance, reducing costs and producing more units.