Mitsubishi launches Pajero Sport Automatic variant in India

Nov 20, 2014 (83 views)

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation launched the new Pajero Sport Automatic variant for the Indian car market on November 15, 2014 at a price of Rs 23,55,000 (Ex-showroom Delhi). The new Pajero Sport car model is now available with both 4×2 automatic transmission and a 4×4 manual transmission, bookings for which have been open since November 05, 2014 across dealerships.

The new Pajero Sport will compete with other premium SUVs in India such as the Toyota Fortuner, the Hyundai Santa Fe, the Chevrolet Captiva and the Ford Endeavour. Ideally suited for city driving conditions, the automatic 4×2 variant offers various new features including the new paddle shifter for quicker acceleration, a unique feature in diesel SUV segment. This new feature enables an acceleration experience comparable to that of a manual transmission.

The new SUV variant offers the following key features:

  • Sports Mode: Increased acceleration with ergonomically designed paddle shifters (Only available in the automatic variant)
  • Newly designed front grille and front bumpers with fog lamps
  • Outer rear view mirror (ORVM) with built-in turn signal lamps
  • Multi-Information Display (MID):  Provides additional information about various vehicle parameters such as average vehicle speed, average fuel consumption, likely driving distance, electronic compass, altitude, outside air temperature and time

The new Pajero Sport Automatic variant follows the recent launch of the limited edition dual-tone and the Anniversary Edition Pajero Sport in September 2014 and is claimed to be an integral part of Mitsubishi’s ‘New Stage 2016’ strategy aimed at revenue growth in India and other emerging international auto markets by launching new car models and developing new generation technology.

Commenting about the newly launched model, Mr. Uttam Bose Managing Director HMFCL stated, “We expect a quantum leap in our sales with the entry of the all new Pajero Sport and garnering of sizable market share. HMFCL will also focus on expansion of its channel network so as to ensure availability across India.”

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation operates in India through a technical collaboration with Hindustan Motor Finance Corporation Limited (HMFCL) and currently sells only the Pajero Sport premium SUV model in India.

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Tesla reveals sensational new Model S

Nov 13, 2014 (92 views)

The electric car makers based out of California, Tesla seems to be doing very well, despite the fact that Mercedes-Benz recently sold of its 4 percent share in the company. Their sales are increasing and their cars are being offered in more markets across the globe. But the recent news form Tesla seems to be very exciting indeed, and the company has just revealed its latest Model S badged as the P85D.

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This new Model S will be the most powerful car from Tesla and will also feature and all-wheel drive system.  This is possible because of a dual electric motor configuration after installing a 211bhp front motor, which works together with the 470bhp rear one in order to enable the high-performance Model S to produce a combined output of 691bhp and 930 Nm of torque. Thanks to this arrangement, the new Model S can race from 0-100kmph in just 3.2 seconds. The car can also reach a top speed of 250kmph and travel for a range of 443km before running out of electric power. Visually the new car is exactly the same as the original Model S, and the only way to notice the difference is from the P85D badge at the rear. The car also features a semi-autonomous driving system which uses optical cameras to scan the road up ahead. It also has a 360-degree sonar to detect traffic and barricades and will come to a full stop if the traffic in front slows down completely. Tesla surely has gotten our attention and this car is a great example of the future of all-electric drive trains.

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Daimler sells of stake with Tesla, and looks at MV Augusta

Nov 13, 2014 (84 views)

German car maker and parent company of Mercedes-Benz, Daimler has recently terminated the share-price hedge it initiated in 2013 and has sold its stake in Tesla of approximately 4%. However, the cooperation between the partners on the automotive projects is unaffected and development work for the Mercedes-Benz B Class Electric Drive is completed, and the partnership with Tesla remains in place. The sale of Daimler’s stake in Tesla will result in a cash inflow of around $780 million, which will be used to strengthen Daimler’s operational business.

Daimler, which has the industry’s biggest portfolio of electric vehicles, initially acquired a 9.1% interest in Tesla in May 2009. 40% of that investment was transferred to Aabar Investments PJSC in the context of a joint strategic project in July 2009. Tesla has been listed on the stock exchange since the end of June 2010. As a result of capital increases at Tesla, Daimler’s stake in the company decreased to around 4%. And since the German giants sold their stake in the electric car company, there have been rumours that their interests may lie in a certain Italian motorcycle company. A new report indicates Daimler wants to purchase a stake in Italian motorcycle manufacturer MV Augusta, According to different sources in Milan, Daimler though its AMG division will acquire a 25 percent stake in the bike company for approximately Euros 30 million. A deal between the two parties could be signed as early as next year, but so far there has been no comment from any side as of yet. We will just have to wait and see.

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The most insane bike on the planet – Kawasaki H2R

Nov 10, 2014 (95 views)

The rumours and the waiting can finally be put to rest now as the legendary Japanese bike maker has finally revealed what we can safely call the most insane superbike on the planet. Kawasaki, have shown us the first pictures of their 998cc supercharged bike and they  have given us a few of its specifications, which inform us that it will have more than 300bhp available to power it. This bike is being called the Ninja H2R and it looks incredibly fast even when it’s not moving.

The Kawasaki Ninja H2R motorcycle is an engineering marvel that has been made possible only through the sourcing of technological expertise from multiple divisions of Kawasaki Heavy Industries. Just to give you an example, the Gas Turbine division was crucial in the development of a hyper-efficient supercharger, custom components were created to near-impossible tolerances by the Machinery division, and the Aerospace division crafted the distinctive carbon-fiber bodywork of this aerodynamic masterpiece that  looks ‘oh soo awesome’.

The result is a system of carefully crafted premium components that work in concert to create an unbelievably powerful machine—one that’s more than worthy of the legendary H2 name. But keep in mind that this H2R is a track only tool and will cost you a fortune, which means you can’t even ride it on a daily basis unless you visit a track every day.  But there is word from Kawasaki that they will come out with an H2 version that will be road legal. Whatever is said and done, the Ninja H2R is sensational and with 300bhp on just two wheels, we can only imagine what it feels like to ride it.

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The new BMW X5 M and X6 M

Nov 6, 2014 (111 views)

The second generation of the BMW M GmbH Ultra High Performance Sports Activity Vehicle and Sports Activity Coupe, so if you don’t want to opt for the Mercedes AMG or the Land Rover Special Operations products then these machines will surely put a smile on your face. The new BMW X5 M and new BMW X6 M combine the characteristic features of the successful BMW X family – exclusivity, robustness, agility and everyday usability – with the commitment to high performance that defines an M vehicle. The latter is resoundingly highlighted by the vehicles’ impressive performance figures. Both models complete the sprint from 0 to 100kmph in just 4.0 seconds. This is thanks to the M TwinPower Turbo technology with a pair of TwinScroll turbochargers, cross-bank exhaust manifolds, VALVETRONIC and High Precision Direct Injection in the 4.4-liter V8, which produces maximum output of 567bhp.

The engine sends power to the wheels through the new eight-speed M Steptronic transmission. But the cars also look the part with their exteriors painted fully in body color, both models cut a low-slung figure on the road, while mixed tires showcase their sporty track width. Additional exterior design modifications, moreover, elevate the M models even further than before from the standard BMW X5 and BMW X6. Large air intakes at the front end, side gills with a model badge and Air Breathers, signature M exterior mirrors in twin-stalk style, a typically M four-tailpipe exhaust system and a rear spoiler (for the BMW X6 M) give them a standalone look M fans will immediately recognize.

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911 Carrera family gets new members for 2015

Nov 5, 2014 (82 views)

Porsche is sending its second generation of the 911 Carrera GTS to the starting line with four new models – a coupe and a cabriolet, each with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive – now close the gap between the 911 Carrera S and the street-legal sports car optimised for the race track, the 911 GT3. Some of the technical ingredients that generate even more driving dynamics and driving fun include 430bhp, the Sport Chrono package and the PASM active damper system which lowers the car’s ride height by 10 millimeters. Together with the Porsche PDK transmission, the 911 Carrera GTS sprints from 0 to 100 kmph in just 4.0 seconds. The top speed of each GTS model is beyond the 300kmph barrier, and the fastest at 306kmph is the Coupe with a manual transmission and rear-wheel drive. A number of options are included as standard, such as bi-xenon headlights with the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) and the sport exhaust system for unmistakable GTS sound.

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The driver and front passenger also sit in an exclusive Alcantara interior with leather-trimmed sport seats whose centre panels are made of Alcantara as on the other GTS models by Porsche. There are now 12 models in the 911 Carrera range with three different outputs, so there is plenty of choice available.

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The Audi TT Sportback concept

Oct 31, 2014 (54 views)

A speedy sports car with four seats and five doors, that is what Audi presented as the TT Sportback concept at the recently concluded Paris Motor Show. The exterior of the show car invokes the design idiom of the classic TT, developing it into a new and elongated sculpture that looks quite captivating.  The distinctive horizontal lines at the front end of the new Audi TT Sportback concept reinforce the broad and sporty look. Bearing the quattro badge on its lower edge, the Singleframe grille is flatter and wider than on the two-door coupe and features a honeycomb grille insert with a resplendent dark aluminum look. The Audi virtual cockpit dominates the elegantly designed interior of the show car, with the 12.3-inch screen replacing the conventional instruments and the MMI monitor. The screen provides top-quality graphics and enables the driver to choose between multiple display levels.

The 2.0 TFSI engine in the Audi TT Sportback concept captivates with its performance characteristics and it generates 400bhp at 6,400 rpm, with a specific output of 200bhp per liter of displacement. The four-cylinder engine puts 450 Nm of torque on the crankshaft between 2,400 and 6,000 rpm, with over 300 Nm already available at just 1,900 rpm. But that’s not all, because the overall driving dynamics are also influenced by the suspension that reflects the technological expertise behind the Audi TT Sportback concept. The front suspension is based on a McPherson system with aluminum components that reduce the weight of the unsprung chassis masses. The four-link rear suspension can process the longitudinal and transverse forces separately. The car is yet to be put into production but it surely will be on roads very soon.

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The Dacia Duster Oroch concept

Oct 31, 2014 (79 views)

Renault is set to unveil the Duster Oroch show car in a world premiere at the upcoming Sao Paulo Motor Show in Brazil. The car has been designed by the Renault design centre for Latin America in Sao Paulo, the Duster Oroch show car is a styling exercise for a recreational pick-up truck with enough room for five people and the robust stance of a true SUV.

The new design is quite impressive, and it looks like something that can be accepted in the Indian market as well. The car’s body colour is an exclusive combination of satin-finish white and touches of orange, which highlight its sporty personality and the world of kitesurfing, which inspired the vehicle’s design. The vehicle’s front end features the new brand identity and carries over some of the styling cues explored previously on the D-Cross concept car, which was a reinterpretation of the Renault Duster presented at the Sao Paulo Motor Show two years ago. The large front and rear bumpers also convey an impression of strength and power giving it more visual appeal. In true ‘go anywhere’ style, the Renault Duster Oroch offers a spacious cabin, high ground clearance, 18-inch wheels and broad side protective mouldings. On the inside the dashboard features a multimedia screen which displays in real time the images captured by the two cameras installed in the rear of the dual cab outside the vehicle. A rotary control on the centre console is used to operate these cameras. The car has been designed to tailor for the Latin American market, but with the tremendous success of the Duster in India, it would be nice to see such concepts on our shores as well.

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Fiat India rolls out Avventura Compact SUV

Oct 22, 2014 (63 views)

Fiat Group Automobiles India unveiled the new Avventura – Contemporary Urban Vehicle (CUV) in a launch held at the Taj Palace hotel in Delhi on 21-October-2014. With price ranging from Rs. 5,99,064 to Rs. 8,17,065 (Ex-showroom Delhi), the car will compete with other compact SUVs in the Indian market such as the Ford EcoSport. It will be available in both petrol and diesel variants and has a fuel efficiency of 20.5kmpl in diesel and 14.4kmpl in petrol variants.

The Avventura is designed keeping Indian conditions and need in mind. The car will be produced at FIAT’s Ranjangaon plant in Pune and will be initially sold in India. Speaking on the launch Mr. Nagesh Basavanhalli, President and MD, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, India Operations said, “The Avventura showcases FIAT’s commitment to India to produce cars designed for India and manufactured for India. As per our 3 pillar strategy, we have strengthened our dealer network, after sales service and with our unique 2014 product portfolio we aim to become one of the most favoured car companies in India.”

Avventura which was unveiled globally at Delhi Auto Expo earlier this year comes with several new and innovative features like high terrain gauges, audio system with self-adjusting volume, fire prevention system prevents damage from inflammatory objects, smart airbags with early crash sensors, smart headlamps which remain on after you leave the vehicle, rear a/c vents, 60:40 split seats for extra room and solid metal backed seats to keep you safe in a crash. It also has high ground clearance of 205 mm to give a smooth ride, keeping Indian road conditions in mind.

Variant Price (INR) Ex-Showroom Delhi
Petrol 1.4 Fire Petrol Active 5,99,064
1.4 Fire Petrol Dynamic 7,05,066
Diesel 1.3 Multijet Diesel Active 6,89,065
1.3 Multijet Diesel Dynamic 7,65,064
1.3 Multijet Diesel Eemotion 8,17,065

Avventura will be available at exclusive FIAT showrooms across country. FIAT has made remote parts of the country accessible to after sales service with a hub and spoke model where a major distributor in key cities supports neighbourhood centres. FIAT has strengthened its presence in India by opening 125 exclusive dealerships in 98 cities across 24 states, which provides world class service to the customers. The company also provides a customer relationship manager to every owner of a FIAT car under its Amico program.

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New Honda Jazz looks appealing

Oct 13, 2014 (824 views)

Honda has taken the time to show us a prototype of their latest 2015 Honda Jazz. This prototype introduces a completely new body shell for the popular model, with a sleek and modern design that hints at the significant advances to be introduced in this latest model. The external dimensions have changed with the length being 15mm longer and the wheelbase 30mm longer helping to create an even more spacious cabin. As part of Honda’s ‘small series’ range, the third generation European Jazz will be built on the company’s global compact platform. It will retain the center fuel tank layout that is already found in the current model, as well as the Honda Civic and recently-announced Honda HR-V.

This space-saving layout delivers genuine customer benefits in terms of versatility, interior practicality and storage solutions. Due to go on sale in summer 2015, the new European Jazz will offer improved fuel economy and higher performance thanks to its new Earth Dreams Technology engine. The new 1.3 litre i-VTEC petrol engine is supported by either a six-speed manual (replacing the previous five-speed unit) or a CVT transmission.

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Jaguar has officially unveiled the 2015 XE – the baby Jag

Oct 6, 2014 (290 views)

This will be the most important launch for Jaguar. The British luxury car maker has lagged behind the Germans in terms of sales for far too long, and they are pinning their hopes on the new Jaguar XE to be their best-seller. The XE is based much along the lines of the XF, but the front section looks just like the XJ. The overall looks however are very aggressive and the car has sensational on-road presence. The XE S will be powered by a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that produces 330bhp and 450Nm of torque. It will be connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission, which will enable the car to accelerate from 0-100kmph in 4.9 seconds before hitting an electronically limited top speed of 250kmph. The XE will also be offered with a variety of 2.0-liter Ingenium four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. Full specifications will be announced soon, but Jaguar says the diesel will provide a fantastic fuel economy. The new XE rides on an all-new modular platform that uses aluminum for more than 75 percent of its body structure. Jaguar Chief Technical Specialist Mark White said, “The XE is as strong and light as it could possibly be thanks to exhaustive analysis and by bringing the latest engineering techniques to bear on its design. It has been challenging to accomplish but the XE’s structure is absolutely at the cutting edge of what is achievable today.” The XE will also make its way to India very soon.

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Mercedes AMG GT finally out in the open

Oct 6, 2014 (171 views)

We knew this was coming for some time now, and finally the German with the three pointed star has unveiled its all new sports car called the AMG GT. Designed by a team led by Gorden Wagener, Vice President of Design, Daimler AG and developed entirely in house by AMG, led by its Chairman, Tobias Moers, the GT is an all-new two seater sports car mixing the exhilaration expected of an AMG with precision, comfort and practicality. The car looks stunning and looks the part as an everyday sports car. There will also be two different engine variants available. The V8 engine – codenamed M178 – displaces 3,982 cc and is equipped with dry sump lubrication and twin turbochargers. In GT S form it produces its peak of 510hp and 650Nm of torque, while the stock GT version gets a tuning of 462bhp and 600Nm. The GT is the second sports car developed entirely in-house by Mercedes-AMG. Its front mid-engine concept with transaxle and the intelligent aluminium lightweight construction form the basis for a highly dynamic driving experience. It has everything you would expect from an authentic Mercedes-AMG sports car – from the characteristic styling, thoroughbred motorsport technology to the optimum weight distribution. Top figures such as 3.8 seconds from zero to 100kmph and a top speed of 320kmph, combined with the outstanding driving dynamics will undoubtedly translate into extremely fast laps on the racetrack.

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Mercedes-Benz India targets 10,000 unit sales by 2014 end

Oct 2, 2014 (51 views)

Mercedes-Benz India, the Indian arm of the German luxury car manufacturer Mercedes Benz has set a target of achieving the 10,000 unit sales mark by the end of the year 2014.

The carmaker has already sold a total of 7,529 units in the January – September 2014 period in comparison to 6,461 units sold in the same period in 2013, increasing 16 percent year on year. The month of September 2014 has witnessed the highest sales for the month ever.

Meanwhile, rival luxury brand Audi had already achieved the 10,000 mark in 2013 with the sales of 10,002 units, thus becoming the first luxury car maker to cross the mark in India. Mercedes Benz follows the tally with 9,003 units in 2013 while BMW India stands at 7,745 units in 2013.

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Honda teases their new Small SUV

Oct 1, 2014 (538 views)

Honda has revealed the first images of the brand’s new European version of its small SUV ahead of its world premiere at the 2014 Mondial de l’Automobile in Paris next month. The HR-V is Honda’s new entry into Europe’s fast-growing small SUV segment, but there are rumours that the car will also make its way to India as well, since the compact SSUV segment is booming. The unique exterior design of the new HR-V prototype echoes that of a coupé, with sharp, dynamic lines that link the sleek upper body with the stable and planted lower body. This coupe-esque elegance is achieved without compromising the interior practicality of the car.

The HR-V features a centre fuel tank location to create one of the most spacious and adaptable small SUV cabins. Honda Magic Seats  make use of this versatility by enabling a wide range of seating configurations, with the ability to fold the second row seats completely flat for added cargo space. More details and full specifications of the engine will be announced soon.

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BMW 2-Series Convertible unveiled

Oct 1, 2014 (179 views)

BMW today announces the third model in its 2 Series portfolio, the BMW 2 Series Convertible. It will join the 2 Series Coupe and 2 Series Active Tourer in the line-up from February 2015. The BMW 2 Series Convertible is longer by 72mm and wider by 26mm than the model it replaces, and has a wheelbase which has been elongated by 30mm. These increases have been put to good use to enhance passenger access and space, increase driving enjoyment with the roof down and change the proportions so that BMW’s latest compact convertible looks even more stylish. The BMW 2 Series Convertible will be available with a choice of four engines, including a new 2.0-litre diesel for the 220d and, for the first time in a BMW convertible, an M Performance variant, the M235i. The M Performance 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine in the M235i develops 326hp and 450Nm of torque from only 1,300rpm with the aid of twin-scroll turbocharging, high-precision centrally positioned multi-hole direct injectors, VALVETRONIC variable valve timing and Double-VANOS variable camshaft timing. Acceleration from zero to 100kmph is achieved in 5.2 seconds with the manual gearbox and 5.0 seconds with the automatic.

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