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 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.
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.
He is one of the biggest business tycoons of India, chairman of India’s largest and oldest business conglomerate. We have seen him very quiet at difficult times. As it seems he is a very private person, and world knows nothing about his life away from his office.
We are talking about Ratan Naval Tata, the ex chairman of Tata Group. For decades we have seen Mr. Ratan Tata pioneering the Indian automotive industry to a new dimension. It is no surprise, that Ratan Tata has been emotionally attached with Tata Motors. He made the impossible task possible with the Tata Indica and Tata Nano. To put it in a simple way, we can say, Ratan Tata is crazy about cars, in his personal life and professional life as well.
During his tenure as the chairman of Tata Group, he has been spotted many times behind his exotic car’s steering near his residence on South Bombay roads. It is also a known fact that every weekend he takes his cars for a spin. Now, as he has retired from the post, he invests more time for his exotic rides. He is also known as one of the few business tycoons around the world who loves to take the seat behind the steering wheel rather than being seated at the rear and driven by chauffeur. Inside Ratan Tata’s garage there are dozens of beautiful cars and we tried to bring you one look at them.
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Three Spectre cars showcased in the event were – a Jaguar C-X75, which is the vehicle of choice for Mr. Hinx played by none other than the WWE Superstar Dave Bautista, who is the henchman of the villain in the movie, an extensively modified Land Rover Defender and a Range Rover Sport SVR. We have seen all these vehicles in the trailer teasers and the making videos of the latest Bond movie.
The Jaguar C-X75 is a sports car concept, which was first showcased at 2010 Paris Motor Show, but ultimately abandoned by Jaguar, for some unknown reason. In the movie Spectre, we have seen Mr. Hinx, played by famous actor David Bautista, chasing Bonds Aston Martin DB10 in this stunningly gorgeous and powerful car painted in Orange (Read and watch it here). In some other videos we have seen The Range Rover Sport SVR and two absolutely rugged looking Land Rover Defenders in a chasing scene, which were shot in Austrian Alps. In the previous Bond movie Skyfall, we have seen Naomie Harris aka Eve Monepenny driving a rugged looking Land Rover Defender during the initial action sequences.
Although various automobile manufacturers are grabbing attention of the automotive world in the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, but Jaguar Land Rover definitely steal away all the limelight with this showcase event at Palatial Thurn und Taxisin Frankfurt. Incidentally, this was the first time these spectacular vehicles were shown at some public event. After all, these are no ordinary cars; these are bespoke cars of the latest James Bond movie. Present in the event were David Bautista, who played a villainous role in the movie, and Naomie Harris, who is portraying the character of Eve Moneypenny.
With the first trailer doing rounds in various networking sites as well as YouTube, we are again all set for Mr. Bond punch with the upcoming movie Spectre, the 24th edition. In a few days the famous 007 agent will hit the screen again, with all of his exclusive gadgets, mind blowing action stunts and of course the hot cars involving in some high adrenaline pumping chasing scenes, this time all around the Rome city alongside the Tiber river.
While we were having the first look at the chasing scenes of Spectre trailer, we also found out that Bond’s Aston Martin DB10 getting chased by the villains Jaguar C-X75 concept. Bond always gives us something very interesting, and this time the interesting part was a flamethrower at the back of the car, by activating that Bond simply whooshed away with his Aston Martin DB10 from the chasing Jaguar, which is definitely ’a cool trick’, we must say.
Although we just saw the scene abruptly ended there, but we now want to see, what the Jaguar does after that, but for that, we have to wait a few more days, until the Bond movie releases. When it is a 007 movie, it’s always interesting for the action movie buffs as well for the car enthusiasts too. And this time also, there is no exception. We already know that there will be a Range Rover Sport SVR and a Land Rover Defender Big Foot rolling on the roads in the movie Spectre. If there’s more, that is yet to come out, and for all that action packed cars we just have to wait till 6th November.
Till then, let’s buckle up and cross our fingers tight.
In the recently released movie Piku, he had a serious problem with her daughter in the driving seat of Toyota Innova, but in real life Amitabh Bachhan seems to have sheer passion to drive instead of sitting at the rear seats, and that passion comes with another interest, which is getting the luxury cars at his garage.
The success Amitabh Bachhan got in his long spanned career is beyond envy, just like his car collection. Presently he owns few of the most luxurious vehicles in the country, such as Rolls Royce Phantom, Bentley continental GT, Bentley Arnage R, Mercedes Benz SL500, Porsche Cayman S, Range Rover Vogue, Lexus LX470, Mercedes Benz E240, BMW X5, BMW 7 series, Mercedes S 320, Toyota Land Cruiser and many more.
Today we would like to take our readers to have a look at Big B’s garage.
We always take a sheer interest in knowing about the inside stories of celebrities, be they Indian or International. When it comes to those inside stories, how can we not check out the passions of those stars, who have a deep soft spot for the cars, to be precise luxury cars?
Well, there are speculations, rumors, gossips about their celebrity lives, as well as about their precious star studded garages too. Talk about Ranbir Kapoor, the blue eyed boy of Indian Film Industry, he has an avid interest for cars and bikes too. We often see him endorsing brands like Hero MotoCorp or Nissan (Ranbir endorsed Nissan Micra), but take a peek at his garage, if you are a car lover, you are definitely going to say, “Whoa!”
Well, in this article we are taking you inside Ranbir’s garage at his residence at Palli Hill, West Bandra; where you will find a few super gorgeous cars, both four wheelers and two wheelers too. In his prized possession there are an Audi A8, Audi R8 V10, Range Rover Sport, and Mercedes G 63 AMG along with a Harley Davidson Fatboy.
Hopefully you all will remember about the Land Rover Range Rover SVR which is the most powerful Range Rover Sport developed by the Jaguar Land Rover special division. It uses a 5.0 Litre V8 unit which produces about 542 bhp of peak power and 680 Nm of torque.
The SVR is capable of 0 to 100 km hour mark in just 4.5 seconds which is absolutely stunning while it has a top speed of 259.2km/h mark.
In this video you can watch the Range Rover SVR in action. This SUV is extremely fast and it even has lapped the Nurburgring in 8 minutes and 14 seconds. If you are thinking that this is an SUV and it may not handle well then watch the video and it will leave you speechless. The SVR is not only faster than the standard RR sport but also is louder too Range Rover has actually used 2stage active exhaust in the SUV which has made this SUV one loud roaring machine. While the advanced technology and dampers makes sure that the body roll is minimal in this SUV. This is one true SUV which can compete with some sportscar for sure.
Enjoy the video and do share with us what do you actually think of this SUV and would you like to have one instead of a proper Sports Coupe?
I am sure all of you have heard about the M division by BMW, AMG division of Mercedes-Benz these in-house special operation teams with some of the most able engineers makes sure that they transform the popular standard products of these brands into a more buffed up and more powerful road legal cars to satisfy those customers who have really deep pockets and an urge to drive something different and more powerful than what we see on normal roads. Jaguar Land Rover too recently opened their own special operation division which is called the SVR division and just like the popular M division and the AMG divisions the Jaguar Land Rover engineers too dedicated lot of their time and effort to create few such products which are more powerful versions than their standard products.
This SVR division recently unveiled their first product which carries the SVR badge with it the product is none other than the Range Rover Sport. The Range Rover Sport SVR as you all know is a mid size luxury SUV which was first launched by Land Rover in the year 2005 while the second generation Range Rover Sport was launched previous year and is available in both International and Indian markets as well. Land Rover already calls the Range Rover Sport the sportiest Land Rover of all time and the recently unveiled Range Rover Sport SVR is the fastest Land Rover ever produced and is powered by a V8 Supercharged engine which produces mind blowing amount of power and torque outputs but we will talk about those in just a bit but to you give you an exact idea of how fast the new Range Rover Sport SVR is on road is let’s just say that this SUV reaches the 100km mark from standstill in just 4.5 seconds while its top speed is limited to 259.2km/h.
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Jaguar launched and showcased three of their new products which included the F-type Coupe which was already showcased last year at the Los Angeles Auto Show; the manufacturer displayed the Project 7 F-Type concept which has been inspired from the D-Type at the Auto expo developed by Jaguar design Chief Ian Callum and Chief Vehicle Engineer, Mike Cross.
Beside these Jaguar also showcased the C-X17 crossover concept, which is Jaguar’s first ever attempt at a five-door crossover. This concept vehicle also has a very highly advanced modular aluminum architecture which will be used by the company’s sedan which will be rolled out in the year 2015. Although nothing has been declared officially about which engine will power these new SUV but it can be expected that might have the newly developed four-cylinder diesel and petrol engines under its hood which will also power their upcoming sedan.
On the other hand Land Rover unveiled their long wheelbase version of the Range Rover which is their most expensive product. The LWB version of this Range Rover has an extended wheelbase of 186 mm and as a result of that the occupants get to enjoy more interior legroom (140 mm to be exact) and a boosted recline of almost 17 degrees which is 8 degress more than the standard reclined position. Beside all these the interior has been built and tailored with some of the finest quality leather and materials.
Land Rover also displayed some of their other India product lineups which included the latest Land Rover Discovery and the Range Rover Evoque with 9-speed transmission.
The long wheelbase Range Rover was unveiled by none other than leading Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra while the Jaguar F-Type Coupe was launched by India’s first racing driver Narain Karthikeyan.
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