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2014 Fiat Linea Facelift Spotted Again : Launch Early next year

2014 Fiat Linea Facelift Spotted Again : Launch Early next year

Petes Xpress Garage Opened In Calicut

Petes Xpress Garage Opened In Calicut

India Bike Week 2014 Annoounced

India Bike Week 2014 Annoounced

PREVIEW : 12th Auto Expo 2014

PREVIEW : 12th Auto Expo 2014

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

0 Preview of 2015 Honda CR-V

Honda CR-V is one of the brand’s well known names, and can rank well among its good sellers, which is saying something, for a car that comes from Honda. The new version of the popular crossover will be made public sometime in the coming couple of months. However, several details of the new CR-V are known, and there is plenty of informed speculation to go around. You can expect several things from the 2015 Honda CR-V. While this mid-cycle refresh won’t turn the crossover completely, it will make some very interesting changes, while keeping several elements in their basic shape, to be carried forward from their predecessor.



Changes in appearance will most likely be an updated front and a classier rear fascia. The front will see two-slat grille with a mesh insert and chrome trims, a change from the broad three-grille style that is seen on the current CR-V. A more sculpted front bumper will highlight the now horizontal fog lights accentuated by chrome trim. HID lamps will take on a sleeker stance and will decrease in height.

The rear gets a reshaped bumper, and the mildly reshaped taillights will extend all the way to the roof. Wheels for the ride might also get bigger than the current 16-inch and 17-inch offering.


An update to the interior is in order too. Updates on the dashboard will make room for the Honda Link infotainment system, and other systems like the Apple CarPlay integration system. An upgraded infotainment system will make room for several adjustments and upgrades like connectivity for more speakers, Bluetooth integration, auxiliary audio jack, automatic parking and several other features. Future compliance with other systems will also be featured.

Seating will remain the same as the predecessors, to offer three rows that seat seven passengers. Platform for the crossover will remain unchanged, until it goes in for a complete overhaul and redesign in 2017 or 2018. It appears though, that the powertrain might undergo some changes. Honda will offer an engine upgrade on this version, taking the original 185-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine to the more modern and productive direct injection 2.4 liter four cylinder engine that provides 189 hp. This engine is already being successfully used in the Accord Sedan.

With the engine upgrade in order, Honda might be inclined to go for a transmission upgrade as well. The current five-speed automatic is certainly dated and will see itself getting replaced by a CVT.While the new model is making some cosmetic, and some significant changes, a drastic price change is unlikely. The 2015 model is very likely to have just a little bump on the price tag. Like the current system, there will be some trims for the car in the market, so price change for the base version would likely be minimal, with a widening margin towards the top of the line model.

Honda CR-V will show off its mid-cycle upgrade in 2015. While the changes are not expected to be drastic, there will be significant improvements though. This also gives Honda a chance to remove some dated offerings from the well-received crossover and add some new, modern features better suited for current times, both in infotainment and powertrain.

Bunny Punia, an automotive expert in India, is the head of content for the automotive website

Source : Gaadi.com.

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0 Volkswagen launches the 2014 POLO facelift in India


Volkswagen India, today launched the 2014 facelift of their hot hatch POLO in the Indian market. The German giant had entered the country's premium hatchback segment with this model in 2010. The car gained immense acceptance among the Indian buyers within a very short span of time. However with the entry of new more feature packed models, the polo began to find itself struggling for existance. So, to keep up the sales, the company gave minor facelifts in 2012 and 2013, even though they were mere gimmiks to lure the customers. But still, the results were not satisfactory. So now, in 2014, the company has come up with another facelift, which seems much more noteworthy ( We say this only when we compare the new one with the previous facelifts.)



Now lets see what's new in this car...
Well, the basic design of the car remains the same in the 2014 facelift as well. The company has refreshed the car, both on the outside and in the inside. The 2014 facelift gets fully redesigned front and rear bumpers. The front bumper now comes with a thick strip of chromium running all the way across the air dam which adds a more premium feel to the front. The company has retained the previous design of the grille, but has now replaced the three chromium strips with a single chromium lining. This has actually added to the aesthetics of the front. The changes in the rear bumper are restricted to the redesigned license plate carrier which is a bit larger now and the new reflectors. The new POLO gets an entirely new headlamp unit and a mildly tweaked tail lamp unit. The headlamp unit now sports a twin barrel beam with silver accents to the black reflector housings. This gives the car a sportier look. however it is a bit surprising that the company has made no attempt to offer DRLs in a country like ours, where people have them done even on their M800s and Nanos (although of little practical use). The new POLO gets an entirely new fog lamp unit with cornering lamps integrated in it. now thats something new, isnt it? And the company now offers  brand new 15" alloys ( or new wheel covers for lower trims).

Friday, 30 May 2014

3 Team Terrain Tigers raids Heat Stroke Rally 2014

The hot and desert land of Churu witnessed motor sporting enthusiast and rallying captains across the words in recently concluded ' Heat Stroke '14 '. The Rally was organized by Dune Adventure sports Club in Churu, Rajasthan.Rajeev KapurManaging Director Steelbird Helmets and Mr. Naveen Sehgal representing Team Tiger Terrain from Delhi made a mark by wining 1 prize in 4 wheel drive below 1600CC & Off Road Challenge below 1600CC.

Commenting on the win, Mr. Rajeev KapurManaging Director Steelbird Helmets, said, 
“The entire terrain tigers team is feeling really fantastic after winning the first prestigious prize in both categories. Motorsport always enthusiasts me and this victory is very special, since this is our first entry in the Heat Stroke Rally”.

The rally tested the 25 contestants and their vehicles to their limits amidst desert tracks and steering heat of Churu through the 2 legs including one night leg.
The highlight of the two day rally was the Team terrain tigers from Delhi, who displayed extravagant performance on wheels. Team hanumangarh also displayed excellent performance.

Mr. Rajeev Kapur MD Steelbird Helmets representing team terrain tigers stood out with marvelous performance on tracks and was declared first in 4wd category, while London-based women driver Ms Khyati Mody of the same team took the laurels in 2wd category.

Rally ended with glittering prize distribution ceremony with a marvelous backdrop of Hotel Malji ka Kamra, where Sh Jayesh Desai and Sh Raj kapoor of northern motor sports distributed the prizes.




Tuesday, 20 May 2014

1 The Lamborghini Legacy So Far: A Look Back at Our Top 6 Lamborghini's of All Time

Lamborghini was once a successful tractor make; now, Lamborghini is  fierce competitor to Ferrari and creates some of the best luxury sports cars in the world.

Although Ferrari are in fierce competition, and always will be; Lamborgini has a preference for creating wild jaw dropping cars that seek to push the limits, whereas Ferrari design cars of with sporting elegance in mind.

Both are admired by many, but it is Lamborgini that has come a long way since its tractor making roots. It was the success of Ferruccio Lamborghini’s tractor company that allowed him to indulge in his love of fast cars; a lover of Ferrari's, Ferruccio Lamborghini believed he could do better, and he did.

Since the creation of Automobili Ferruccio Lamborghini S.p.A in 1963, Lamborghini has created some truly iconic cars. Here are the best Lamborghini’s of all time:



Espada

The Lamborghini Espada was the best selling of all the early cars. It was created due to the lack of four seaters in the Lamborghini range and quickly made its mark. The car was introduced in 1968 and took the world by storm. It was powerful, yet comfortable and elegant. It features a 3.9 litre V12 and has 325 bhp.

Only 1,226 Espada’s were made and Lamborghini is still yet to create a follow up to the Espada despite its huge success.



Miura

The Miura was introduced in 1966 and was seen as the world's first supercar. The Miura’s engine was in the middle which set the benchmark for other supercars to follow, ultimately changing way sports cars were built.

The Miura quickly became the dream car for many people all over the world, however, Ferruccio Lamborghini wasn’t fond of the car as he believed it resembled a Ferrari too much.

It was powered by a 3.9 litre V12 and produced 350 bhp. It handled perfectly and its spectacular mechanical design, combined with its exotic looks certainly cemented Lamborghini on the map.


Countach
The Countach was first introduced in 1974. During this time, Lamborghini was making a loss on each car made due to the precise and technical engineering.  This didn't stop Lamborghini from creating one of the first sports cars to reach 200 miles per hour. As with the Miura, the Countach was designed by Marcello Gandini. The featured different engines. The engine was 4.0 litre - 5.2L V12 which was capable of producing 375-748 bhp.
The Countach is certainly an iconic sports car. The fact that it was illegal in the United states until 1982 highlights the power and ferocity of the unrepentantly angular powerhouse.
Diablo
The Lamborghini Diablo was introduced in 1990. With Chrysler taking over Lamborghini in 1987, Chrysler pumped large amounts of money into the development of the Diablo. Between 1190 and 2001, a total of 284 Diablo’s were produced. It took the original design of the Countach and turned it into something beautiful. It was certainly a poster car for many teenagers.
The Diablo was powered by 5.7L V12 feeding its wheels which was capable of producing 492 bhp, and a top speed of 200 mph. All of this combined with stylish aerodynamics allowed the Diablo to accelerate from 0-60 in 4.5 seconds.
Murcielago
The Lamborghini Murcielago was introduced in 2001.The Murcielago was the ultimate supercar in Lamborghini’s range between 2001 and 2010. It was produced under Volkswagen and quickly became very popular and sold over 4,009 cars.
It was the first 4 wheeled supercar, which allowed it to accelerate from 0-60 in 3 seconds whatever the weather. Its V12 580 bhp engine has a top speed of 209 mph. Many variations were made of the Murcielago, all of which increasing in speed and performance.
Gallardo
The Gallardo was introduced in 2003 and was largely engineered by German car makers, Audi. Thankfully, Audi managed to preserve the values, mechanics and performance of the traditional Lamborghini's.
It was nicknamed the ‘Baby Lambo’ and was very impressive. The Gallardo became a stepping stone in the history of Lamborghini. Without it the company could have faced bankruptcy. The popularity of the Gallardo increased Lamborghini’s sales massively. It quickly became huge competition for Ferrari. With a 4.2 litre V12, the Gallardo produced 513 bhp and had a top speed of a staggering 250 mph.
The Gallardo became the most produced supercar Lamborghini has built. Its high speed and performance combined with a low price made it extremely popular, massively undercutting competitors, Ferrari.

0 Nano Drive with MTV - MTV returns with Season 3 of the most social road trip ever



Nano drive with MTV season 3


Wanderlust defines today’s youth. And when wanderlust comes in the form of the most exciting social road trip, there’s not a soul who wouldn’t want to be a part of it. Keeping this in mind, here is MTV India, India’s leading youth brand, and Tata Nano giving those bitten by the travel bug a chance to break the routine with the unexplored, the unheard and the amazing. After exploring the length and breadth of India in the first two seasons, MTV is back with India’s Most Social Road Trip, Nano Drive with MTV Season 3. Nano Drive with MTV is India’s first ever social road trip which dwells exclusively online and engages audiences through social platforms to decide the course of the entire trip from the contestants to the destinations to the tasks that they will perform.

In this season of the show where the digital and the real world come together, the audience gets to decide not only the four teams that will compete against each other but also the unexplored destinations that they want the teams to visit. The four teams, once selected, will start their journey from specific points in the four zones, namely - Jaipur for North, Siliguri for East, Chennai for South and Goa for West. The teams will drive through their respective zones exploring unheard of locations for 21 days and will receive a shoestring budget to plan everything which pushes the teams to tap into their social media graphs for support.
Speaking about this, Ekalavya Bhattacharya, Digital Head – MTV India, said, “At MTV, innovation is what drives us. Our target audience keeps evolving and we have to do so too. Nano Drive with MTV is the perfect example of a cross platform, multiple screen, entertaining show. The previous 2 seasons have been fabulous and this season is set to be the most exciting one till date. We are the pioneers of branded entertainment content in India and such solutions is what differentiates us from the rest.”

Through the course of their journey, teams will be required to overcome obstacles, perform tasks and earn social media points via social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, Vine and Pinterest. The entire journey will be showcased live on various social media platforms and on the Nano Drive with MTV website. Every activity on the road and on the web will add to the teams’ points and at the end of the journey, the team with maximum points will be declared winners of Nano Drive with MTV season 3 and win a Nano for each of its members.
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Sunday, 18 May 2014

0 Ford India Resumes Bookings of Ford EcoSport

Ford India today announced that it has re-opened bookings for all variants of its most awarded, urban SUV Ford EcoSport.
Since its launch, Ford EcoSport has received an overwhelming response from customers and garnered record bookings. Ford EcoSport has been praised for its robust drive dynamics, exemplary performance, smart technology and compelling value proposition by customers and enthusiasts alike.
“Ford India’s game changing SUV EcoSport is aimed squarely at delighting discerning customers in India by offering more than they expect. With 50,000 EcoSports delivered, we have significantly reduced the waiting period and are pleased to extend the opportunity to book the Ford EcoSport to more customers,” said Vinay Piparsania, Executive Director of Marketing Sales and Service at Ford India.
The dynamic, urban SUV has also emerged as India’s most awarded vehicle ever with 30 coveted industry honours in less than a year of its launch. Ford EcoSport’s illustrious record of industry recognitions includes 18 car/SUV of the year awards, 6 viewer’s/reader’s choice awards along with awards for its globally acclaimed EcoBoost and SYNC® technology and compelling value for money proposition.

1 Triumph's display held at Trivandrum

The largest British motorcycle manufacturer Triumph conducted a display of their models in Trivandum. The event was organised by Syamadyanamic Triumph which is the only Triumph dealership in Kerala. They displayed most of their variants in the expo. People were able to take a testdrive of the bikes. The different models lined up are Daytona 675R, Streettriple, Bonneville A3, Tiger 800 Explorer, Tiger XC and the Thunderbird Storm.


The major attraction was the Daytona 675R because the most of the visitors fell in love with this superbike. It was a Daytona 675R which has more features than the normal 675. It comes with brembo brakes and a sophisticated track-mode ABS system. It also have adjustable Ohlins suspension, carbon detailing etc. Daytona 675R have a 128 PS power and 74 Nm torque.


The Street Triple comes with awesome design. The 675 cc which produces an output of 106 PS and 68 Nm tourque is a better option who loves a Superbike along with a Roadster. The light weight gives the rider a razor sharp handling. The Bonneville A3 was the classic ride in their collection. The Spoke alloys makes it more fabulous. The Bonneville is the most selling bike of Triumph in Kerala.


In adventure series there were two models. Tiger 800 Explorer which comes with a 799cc engine that produces a power of 95 PS. Where as the Tiger Explorer XC has a 1215cc engine. The power was about 137 PS and 121 Nm torque. It has fog lamps and switchable ABS. A better option for offroaders.

 And the Thunderbird Storm was the real monster. Mean to the core with the biggest parallel twin ever fitted to a motorcycle at 1700cc makes the Thunderbird Storm extra ordinary. The 98 PS power and 156 Nm torque @ 2950 RPM is not a bad decision. The top model Rocket Roadster will join their showroom nearby. Triumph will be bring their expo to more places soon. Thanks to Shyamkrishna for inviting our crew member on this wonder occasion.






Monday, 5 May 2014

2 Top selling Skoda Cars in India

Skoda India is the Indian arm of the Czech carmaker Skoda Auto. Skoda, in turn, is the subsidiary of the German auto giant, Volkswagen. In addition to the home town of Czech Republic, Skoda cars are  manufactured in various countries like Ukraine, India, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kazakhstan, China and Russia. However, the cars are manufactured at these locations from parts and components exported from the Czech Republic.

Skoda Auto India has always placed itself as a premium automaker. It offers premium vehicles like  the Skoda Octavia, Fabia, yeti, Superb and Rapid to the Indian car buyers. Skoda cars have not really  managed to find the top most position in the best-seller chart. Furthermore, as the other automakers  are vying for a market share in the small car segment, Skoda India is definitely not very keen on losing its premium tag.

Skoda Superb, which was recently introduced in the Indian automobile market, is the lone player in the D plus sedan segment and has been doing great business. Skoda Superb will do well in the premium sedan segment because as of now, its competitors, Honda Accord and Volkswagen Passat, are undergoing a face-lift and are not available in the market at present.

However, when it comes to best selling cars, there is no doubt that the Skoda Octavia is the winner without trouble. There is perhaps no other car from the Czech Republic which has been followed and desired like the Octavia.

With an intention to strengthen its position in the Indian car market, Skoda India had recently launched the Skoda Rapid Ultima special edition at a competitive price. The company has also declared a price cut for its vehicles like 2014 Skoda Rapid, Octavia, Superb, 2013 Skoda Yeti, Fabia and Laura, to boost the sales. Skoda Auto India hopes to strengthen its presence in India through various models like a new Skoda Fabia, a sub-4 meter sedan and so on.

As Skoda is well known for their premium vehicles, the Skoda vehicles carry a huge amount ofanticipation on them. Hence, each Skoda vehicle, eagerly awaited, is also critically evaluated by car lovers and industry experts. It is no wonder that these cars feature in the list of dream cars of many people around the world. Cars like the Skoda Octavia are destined to be in the best-seller list in all parts of the world.

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