2017 Maruti Suzuki Ignis
Suzuki unveiled the Ignis Crossover at the Tokyo Motor show and since then we knew that Maruti definitely will bring it to the Indian market. And after almost a year we were assured by the Maruti officials that they certainly will be introducing the new Ignis in India.
Now coming to the iconic Japanese auto maker Suzuki, they have been known for their small cars across the globe while their recent plans also are to launch almost 20 global car models. Maruti have already launched the Baleno hatchback which is the production variant of the IK-2 Concept and this is actually a global product which mens better build quality, improved interiors and impressive safety features feature for the passengers inside. Let’s not get into all those details and focus completely on the car which was launched today on 13th January 2017 at a gala event where Swedish DJ, Axwell performed live. To all our surprise Maruti has priced the Ignis compact Crossover quite aggressively which is actually a good thing.
The Ignis Crossover has derived from the IM-4 concept; the car was already previewed at the 2016 Auto expo and was unveiled at the 2015 Tokyo Motor show. The Ignis Crossover is positioned below the Vitara Brezza hatchback and will compete with some other B-Segment hatchback & Crossovers like the Mahindra KUV100, Hyundai Grand i10, Ford Figo etc.
Update05.01.2017:- Maruti has launched the all new Ignis in India today and we have updated the review with all the information, prices and specs available at this moment about the new Ignis
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What To Expect From The Upcoming Ford Ecosport Compact SUV
Now there have been rumours surrounding the upcoming Ford Ecosport facelift while some are saying that Ford will be introducing the new facelift Ecosport which was showcased at the 2016 New York Auto show towards the second half of this year while other are saying that Ford will add some new features to the pre-facelift compact SUV and will launch it first before they introduce the new facelift SUV.
Whatever be the case the good news is that we are getting the new facelift compact SUV which will replace the current SUV by this year only. Coming back to the reports of Ford making some changes to the pre-facelift compact SUV and will sell it in the Indian market until and unless the new Ecosport is introduced.
Today we have decided to provide you all the details about what you can expect from the updated pre-facelift variant as well as the upcoming all new facelift Ecosport which was unveiled at the 2016 New York Motor show.
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2017 MV Agusta Turismo Veloce
Turning motorcycles into a work of art has become a trait at MV Agusta, and truly have been a bedroom wallpaper design. People who owned one, usually have another motorcycle from some other brand as well to do their everyday riding.
Until now, MV Agusta only built motorcycles that would eat apexes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Machines built to just simply look and go fast and handle like a stealth ninja. Now, the company has entered a whole new dimension. A touring motorcycle that has NOT been made by the inspirations of the marquee’s 75 world titles or racetrack pedigree. And what came out is the MV Agusta Turismo Veloce.
The boldest move by MV which meant redefining the process of making a world class motorcycle that could trump other brands. Now, even in the touring segment. Instead of crunching apexes and punching the straight, MV is giving you the pleasure of conquering the world of sweeping bends, stunning scenery and open roads.
A few days back we had featured the sinister looking BMW HP4 RACE. It is an advanced prototype of the power star, the S 1000RR-HP4 with full carbon fibre twin-spar main frame and rims that are made in the same factory that makes components for BMW’s iconic ‘i-series’ and 7 series of cars. It is a purposeful hand built by the blokes at BMW.
To build this exotic machine dripping with carbon fibre lust will feel like, considering their vast amount or resources and experience, an easy-peasy task for BMW, with regards to what is coming next.
Carbon fibre has been considered the most exotic material ever since McLaren first made use of it to build a monocoque chassis for its Formula One car, 35 years ago. And so did Rolf van der Heide, a Dutch engineer who had worked for Spyker and Carver (makers of three-wheeled road machines) in the past, saw endless possibilities of carbon fibre composites and went on to create the motorcycle of his dreams with it.
With his brother Sjors handling the business end and industrial designer Michiel, the ‘Gentleman’s Racer’ was born. With a 100% carbon fibre monocoque chassis, a 100% carbon fibre swing arm, a 100% carbon fibre front end and a patent pending revolutionary designed suspension system, we see this as a genesis of a new breed of mankind who is not scared witless to venture into the realm reserved only for the upper-crust.
2017 Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin
For some people, adventure is about finding your way through the unknown and doing things most have not or seeing things never seen before is a savour best felt. But unless you plan on walking, you need a way to get there. This is where Honda’s new offering comes in and sweeps you off your feet in the most humble and matured way.
Almost 30 years ago, the Africa Twin conquered the Paris-Dakar Rally. This year, it’s been re-imagined with the same True Adventure spirit and is hitting the Indian shores after a delay of nearly a couple of years.
With the Dakar rally, some manufacturers were happy about being participated, but Honda went on to win 1-2-3 positions in 1986. Just 5 years after their first appearance. And they did it on the then Africa Twin.
Honda have now made use of that wild experience and fed it into their brand new avatar of that legendary Dakar motorcycle, the NXR750, and gives us the CRF 1000L Africa Twin. A machine born in the factory but tamed in the wilderness that inherits the “go anywhere” phenomena and embodies the latest of technology and engine construction to literally do just that without any fuss.
With this motorcycle, Honda throws a challenge at us - ‘It’s not a question of how far your Honda will go. It’s how far you’re willing to take it’. And knowing the reliability of a Honda, I’m guessing it’s a challenge for us to take upon without having to think twice about the machine.
2017 Ducati 1299 Superleggera
Ducati always have had this insanity in them to time and again bring up machines that push the boundaries of two-wheeled glory, a boundary that will make every other manufacturer look like a speck of dust. For this alone, we must hand it to the Italian with all pomp and flair that they can literally pull off a true bloody special edition.
And this time we are talking about a 215 bhp of carbon fibre, the Ducati 1299 Superleggera. Which by the name itself means “simply light”. This is, ladies and gentlemen, the world’s first factory built superbike that is equipped with frame, swingarm, subframe, bodywork and the wheels built out of carbon fibre.
Ducati tells the world that ‘The 1299 Superleggera is the greatest expression of engineering, technology and performance ever put into mass production by a motorcycle manufacturer‘. It is a reminiscence of the legendary 1199 Superleggera.
Under all this is what I call a ‘Brobdingnagian’ twin Superquadro power house that can scare the daylights out of most seasoned riders. If that still does not fit your bill, the electronics package on this, one would need a Master’s degree and a PhD to understand the concepts of it, and by the time you do understand, you would stop caring about it because your brain is gizzing already.
2017 MV Agusta Dragster 800 RC
The same Italian madhouse production that gave us the F3 800 RC, the hottest performing middleweight sportbike in production, upgraded their Reparto Corse line-up with this condescending streetfighter born out of the experience gained by MV Agusta with their rich participation in World Superbike and Supersport arenas. The limited edition MV Agusta Dragster 800 RC.
Based on the original Dragster 800 and the RR, this stunning piece of entry by the house of Varese is for an audience who desire the best of both worlds. Beauty and performance. Wearing jazzier clothes, this RC can let you taste the spirit of racing and technology that thrives on pure emotions and a rich heritage. It was unveiled at EICMA in Milan, Italy.
2017 KTM Duke 390 vs Yamaha YZF-R3 vs Kawasaki Ninja 300
Buckle up because it is going to be a wild ride. 2017 will see the launch of the brand new KTM Duke 390 that is said to wipe out the competition. The Australian company decided to give the already successful KTM Duke 390 a revamp and what we’ve noticed is that the naked version is up for a spotlight rather than the full faired RC edition. It made its global debut at the EICMA Milan Motorcycle Show in Italy and post its debut, will make way into the Indian market in 2017.
The Yamaha YZF-R3 was released in 2016 and it made the rest of the 300cc line-up shake by winning the coveted Bike of the year for 2016 and it threatened the rule of the RC 390 as well because of its all-round package. Then there was the Kawasaki Ninja 300 which although it was trumped by the other two in many categories it has earned the reputation of being a reliable, well built, and refined offering in this class.
All the three motorcycles have had a condescending effect on the Indian 2 wheeler market and they got in the fresh breed of entry level fully flaired performance motorcycles to blaze the much needed thrilling experience to enthusiasts and purists. Now with speculations running high of the Duke 390 Facelift, it will definitely try to bring havoc in the sales of its competition and make motorcyclist get into a realm of more content and less bitter.
In a country that is price conscious, it was a gamble played by motorcycle manufacturers when they decided to bring in their higher segment motorbikes. If statistics are to be believed, India is in the highest rankings in terms of growing economy. And the gamble payed off. People started investing in premium motorcycles that were lauded in the performance and engineering arena. More and more players started entering the Indian subcontinent to showcase their entry level performance machines. To help you have a clear decision making ability, we have compiled 10 bikes that fall under ₹ 5 lakhs that can suffice all your needs and dreams of owning a bike that can be both practical and fun to ride.
2017 Nissan Versa Note
Launched at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, the second-generation Note arrived on a new platform that Nissan introduced with the Micra. Although slightly longer and wider than its predecessor, the new Note had a significantly lower roof, trading the former MPV-style looks for a more standard hatchback layout. The Note crossed the pond to the U.S. in 2013, when it replaced the hatchback version of the Versa and was renamed the Versa Note. The North American model also sports the biggest engine available with the nameplate globally, a 1.6-liter four-cylinder. In other markets, the Note uses a 1.2-liter three-cylinder and a 1.5-liter four-pot diesel. The Versa Note was redesigned for the 2017 model year, when it received Nissan’s recent styling language and a few interior updates.
Much like all recent redesigns and facelifts, the updated Versa Note adopted Nissan’s "V-Motion" grille, a design highlight that is already available on the majority of the company’s vehicles. In the U.S., the Verso and the Verso Note were the last models to not feature the grille. Thanks to the new "V-Motion" element, the Versa Note bears a closer family resemblance to the larger Nissan Sentra, Altima, and Maxima, while also boasting a sportier design that’s more in line with recently updated competitors such as the Honda Fit, Chevrolet Sonic,, Kia Rio and Ford Fiesta.
"Versa Note and Versa sedan combine to be America’s best-selling nameplate in the entry level segment," said Michael Bunce, vice president of product planning. "The enhancements for the new model year give Versa Note a fresh new look, which should help keep the Versa pair in the number one position again in 2017."
It remains to be seen whether Bunce’s comment proves to be accurate with so many cars fighting for supremacy in this segment, but until those sales figures come rollin’ in, let’s have a closer look at what the facelifted Versa Note brings to the table.
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2017 Honda CBR1000RR SP
Honda’s stable at the 2016 Intermot motorcycle show was all pomp and fanfare as they showcased their 2017 Honda CBR1000RR SP. This is an all new redesigned package from Honda which showcased major updates from since nearly a decade to give them a fighting chance in the already competitive high-tech superbike arena.
Honda made everyone sweat when they launched the CBR900RR in 1992 having huge power numbers and weighing lesser than the closest competitor. For the Fireblade’s 25th anniversary, Honda has gone big with the updated engine, chassis, electronic suspension and a whole bunch of rider aids package all combined with the hefty weight loss giving the rivals a run for their money.
2017 BMW Concept X2
BMW showcased a brand new concept car at the 2016 Paris Motor show and it definitely attracted lot of attention. This concept is their newest addition to the compact car segment, called the Concept X2 this car’s unique design and Urban Sporting appeal is what sets it apart from the rest.
BMW is pitching this vehicle for those people who try to find both funs as well practicality in a vehicle. The X2 seem to blend fast moving body language as well as well as low slung coupe proportions under one structure. While the concept also has enough robust features and designs to be called a member of BMW’s ‘X’ family of vehicles.
According to the reports BMW has plans to launch the production variant of the Concept X2 In Europe towards the second quarter of 2018 or early 2019. Although no details of the drivetrains are available as of yet but it will most probably share the engines with the X1 Crossover.
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2018 Nissan Micra
Compact hatchback segment is surely the most popular, crowded and also the competitive segment in Indian automobile market. Indians love small cars. We want maximum out of the compact small boxes called hatchbacks. In the growing competitive segment, Nissan Micra tried to bring some fresh air around half a decade ago. Now with so many competitors and fresh designs around it, the Nissan Micra is all due for a major change.
Recently a heavily camouflaged Nissan Micra test mule was spotted. The new Nissan Micra sports a radically aggressive design. When Nissan showcased the Sway concept at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, it gave us a preview of the next generation Nissan Micra. The test mule we have seen in the spyshots look exactly like the Sway concept. Now the next generation Nissan Micra test mule has been spotted, expect the car to reach the market next year. Meanwhile we have a rendered image by our designer which gives the speculative idea of the upcoming hatch.
Now that the car is finally unveiled infront of the public we are pretty sure that it will definitely turn some heads. This new hatchback is wider, and longer than its predecessor which definitely has resulted in more interior space as well. The hatchback also gets a completely new drivetrain and also an agile chassis.
Update 29.09.2016:- Nissan unveiled the next gen Micra at the 2016 Paris Motor show. We have updated the images and all the information in this article
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2017 Jeep Compass
Jeep has introduced their brands new global compact SUV Compass in Brazil and yes! For all your information this will make it to the Indian market as well. In other International markets the Compass has been positioned in between their entry level offering the Renegade and the Cherokee. According to Jeep this global SUV will be launched in more than 100 countries around the world and will be available with 17 different powertrain options depending on the region.
The new compact SUV promises uncompromised performance and also best in class 4x4 capability. While the fuel efficient powertrains under the hood will make sure that they do not burn a hole in the pocket either. The new SUV definitely carries a proportionate and authentic Jeep styling and the new compass SUV borrows some of its design elements from the bigger Grand Cherokee.
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2017 Land Rover Range Rover Sport
Land Rover surely impressed all of us when they introduced the Range Rover Sport back in 2005 which was then followed by the second generation model in 2013. They have done all kind of experiments with this model which was actually possible. Land Rover even introduced a high performance variant of the SUV as well which can actually accelerate from 0-100 km/h mark in just 4.6 seconds. Be it refinement, off roading capability pr performance the RR Sport has done it all.
For the 2017 model Land Rover definitely has surprised us all to lure the customers Land Rover has actually added a completely new powertrain which not only offers impressive power but also an equally impressive fuel efficiency at the same time. The 2.0 Liter four-cylinder Ingenium diesel engine is the latest addition to the RR Sport powertrain lineup. This will definitely be a trat for those customers who wanted a powertrain which could balance power and fuel economy at the same time. Besides the new engine technology Land Rover also introduced a series of autonomous driving technologies to the 2017 RR Sport as well.
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Independence Day Special: 5 Indian Cars Which Made All The Difference
On this auspicious occasion of Independence Day we actually decided to do something different. We know all of you are in happy cheerful holiday mood and enjoying this special day with your family and close friends we actually decided to look back and enjoy some proud moments from the Indian automotive world.
Here is a quick look at 6 of the very special Indian cars which has made all the difference in the Indian automotive scenario and even made our India proud in International market as well.
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Chevrolet Essentia Sub-Compact Sedan Launching In 2017 Few Things You Need To Know
Chevrolet quite honestly has not been able to do wonders in the Indian market recently although their stall at the 2016 Auto Expo attracted lots of attention because of some of their promising future product lineup. The two products which definitely attracted all the attention was the Beat Essentia which is actually the sub-compact sedan based on the new generation Beat hatchback and the other was the Beat Active concept which was a Crossover based on the new generation Beat hatchback.
Now although there is still some time for the launch of new generation Beat hatchback in India but according to the recent report Chevrolet is actually planning to introduce the Beat Essentia sub-compact sedan in the Indian market next year.
Beat Essentia will definitely help Chevrolet with some volumes because this car will compete in one of the most competitive and growing market segments of India. We already have some interesting cars in this segment from Maruti, Hyundai and Ford while Tata will too enter this segment soon with their new compact sedan.
GM will be building parts of the Essentia locally which will help them to keep the prices down. According to the reports GM will be sourcing atleast 80 percent of the parts which will be used to manufacture the car.
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Bajaj Platina Comfortec vs Honda CD 110 Dream DX vs Hero HF Deluxe vs TVS Sport
No matter how much growth or potential does the new segments of performance oriented motorcycles are showing in recent years, there is no denying fact that the majority of the volumes have been coming (and will still continue to come) from the entry level 100-110cc commuters. For the simple purpose of rising from point A to point B, an average Indian Joe wants a simple commuter which is high on fuel efficiency and low on maintenance, thus being a fuss-free machine. For him, the segment of basic entry level commuters is perfect, given their simple mechanics.
It all started when Hero (the then Hero Honda) tried to commence an all new era by launching the CD 100, which not only slowed down the sales of two-stroke motorcycles back in that time, but also paved a path for more and more four stroke commuters. Today, Hero has split from its erstwhile partner Honda, but that hasn’t stopped it from churning out high numbers in that segment. The manufacturer has ten different commuters in the 100-110cc space, within which the HF Deluxe is the one of the most affordable of them all.
Hero’s partner from the heydays Honda did split from the former, only for the sole purpose of leading the front on its own. In that direction, it did launch its cheapest motorcycle, CD 110 Dream, which was updated only recently with a couple of additional features. TVS has been performing in this end of spectrum decently with its sole 100cc offering, the Sport, which continues to be one of the freshest looking motorcycles in this company. And now, Bajaj has recently upgraded its Platina brand with the all new Platina Comfortec, by making some mild changes to its chassis and engine, which makes it more fuel efficient and comfortable than before.
In this writeup, we are going to compare all these four entry level basic commuters to find out which one of these is the most perfect commuter for the common man. Here we go.
Datsun Introduces GO & GO+ Style Edition (TVC, Images & Many More)
Datsun has decided to introduce a limited edition Go and GO+ in the India dubbed as the Go and the GO+ ‘Style’ edition. These new edition not only gets new exterior colour option but few extra options on the interior as well. The limited ‘Style’ editions of Datsun GO and GO+ are available only in the ‘T’ grade with all the dealers across the country.
Talking about features both the vehicles gets a new Blue exterior colour besides the already available White and Ruby colours. The exterior gets a new roof rails, an additional rear spoiler and also body graphics especially for this limited edition ‘Style’ Logo. Apart from the exterior the interior also gets a dual tone Black and Beige tone. Apart from that the interior also gets a piano black instrument console with a dash of silver finish accents on them.
Besides these special features which are available with the special edition cars, the other standard features includes follow me headlamps, speed sensitive electric power steering, power windows, mobile phone holder, auxiliary in and USB charger. Both the GO and GO+ also benefit from a powerful Air conditioning and also gets central locking as well.
Both the Datsun GO and Datsun GO+ is powered by a single 1.2 litre, 3cyliner petrol unit which is capable of producing about 68 Bhp of peak power and 108 Nm of torque. The engine is paired to a 5 speed manual gearbox which sends all that power to the front wheels. Both the Datsun GO and Datsun GO+ promises to deliver an impressive fuel efficiency figures of 20.6 kmpl.
The Datsun Go hatchback ‘Style’ Edition is priced is priced at INR 4,06,974 whereas the GO+ is priced at INR 4,77,552 (ex-showroom, Delhi) respectively. Both these cars will be sold in limited numbers in between the month of August to October 2016.
Toyota Innova Crysta Petrol Launching Next Week
There is no doubt in the fact that the Innova MPV has always been one important product for Toyota in India. The previous generation people mover was a hit amongst the people and so is the new generation which was first showcased infront of the Indian public at the 2016 Auto expo. Quite honestly the Innova is the only car after Fortuner which has helped Toyota to cement its place in the Indian market.
The new generation Innova which was launched in the Indian market dubbed as the Innova Crysta was launched with two diesel engine options only but now after few months of its launch Toyota has decided to introduce the petrol variant as well. The petrol variant of the MPV was recently spotted courtesy Gaadiwaadi. The new Innova Crysta petrol will be powered by 2.7 Litre, four cylinder dual VVT-i motor which will develop around 166 ps of peak power and 245 nm of torque. This new engine will be offered with both six speed manual as well as an automatic transmission at the same time.
The petrol equipped variants will help Toyota to sell the new generation Innova in markets like Delhi and NCR regions where there is a ban on diesel motor above 2.0 Liter. The introduction of petrol engine will help boost the sales of the new Innova even more and that is the reason why Toyota has introduced the new petrol motor sooner than expected.
Expect the manual transmission to be available with GX and VX grades while the automatic petrol variant will be available with top end variants like GX and ZX grades.
2017 Honda City
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For those who don’t know yet Honda is actually planning to introduce the City sedan facelift soon. Expect the new City facelift to get some subtle cosmetic updates to its exterior while you can also expect some upgrades made to the interior as well.
Since its introduction the City sedan has been an important product for the Japanese auto manufacturer and after all these years nobody actually has been able to take its spot. Although now it has some tough rivals in the auto industry which include Maruti’s newest sedan the Ciaz. In order to capture the imagination of the diesel motor enthusiasts, Honda introduced the diesel drivetrain under the hood of the City sedan but that was almost two years ago. Now in order to compete with its rivals Honda surely needs to update their existing product.
According to the report Honda has already started testing the City facelift prototype. Codenamed 2GC Honda looks almost set for the new sedan’s launch.
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2016 Yamaha Fascino- Road Test Review
Ever since the refurbishment of the scooter segment in India posts the arrival of Honda Activa into the scene in early 2000s, there has been a lot of change in the way scooters are perceived in India. There was a time when the scooter segment was almost dead, after the dusk of the era of two stroke scooters from Bajaj and LML. The debut of Honda Activa in the market and its open-handed receival by the ‘aam aadmi’ of India not only made us rethink that there is still a lot more action to be seen in the scooter segment, but also it forced other two wheeler manufacturers to rethink their strategy and come up with more and more scooters.
Now, such is the scenario, that every other mass market two wheeler maker, barring Bajaj Auto and Royal Enfield, has entered into the game of scooter production and sales. This is where the versatility has come in this segment as well. From a time, when the Honda Activa paved the path of only conventional looking unisex family scooters, in the current times, we can see a variety of scooters plying on the roads. And by variety, we mean to say that the scooters now differ a lot from each other in terms of body style, features and performance.
Among all the scooters existing today, the segment of retro or neo-classic scooters is undoubtedly the most unique and attractive one. Initiated by Piaggio with its legendary Vespa range, the segment of retro/neo-classic scooters is the one which focuses on overall styling rather than performance and other aspects. It is there cool design bits inspired by the scooters from the yesteryears, fused with the modern styling cues, which make them look standout from the crowd of monotonous scooters.
Ever since the success of Vespa, in spite of their steep pricing, other manufacturers too have started taking a note about it. The first manufacturer to follow the foot steps of Vespa happens to be Yamaha, which is the newest manufacturer to enter into the scooter segment. The scooter in question here is the Yamaha Fascino, which is currently the highest selling scooter from the stable of Yamaha, owing to its distinctive design. But as they say, it takes prowess in all aspects to be a game changer. So, apart from design, what more does the Yamaha Fascino packs in? Let’s find out.
New Cars Launching This Festive Season (UPDATED!)
As the festive is nearing all the auto manufacturers of India are also planning their separate strategies to actually pull the customers towards their products. This is also actually the time when Auto manufacturers provides big discounts and also try to launch some new products to keep their customers engaged. Although there is still some time in hand before the festive season starts in India but we decided to provide you the list of some of the exclusive cars which will actually be launched during this upcoming festive season.
We will also keep on updating this article as soon as we get more information about the new car launches in the coming months.
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