Volkswagen Beetle Dune

Volkswagen of America, an operating unit of Volkwagen group of America (VWoA) is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia.  The company is a  subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany.This is one of the largest producer of passenger cars in the world. The company produces plenty of passenger cars.

VW sells the Beetle, Beetle Convertible, CC, Eos, e-Golf, Golf, Golf GTI, Golf SportWagen, Golf R, Jetta, Passat, Tiguan, and Touareg vehicles through approximately 652 independent U.S. dealers. Beetle is one of the most sought after car from VW. The car is recognizable from afar owing to its shape. This bug shaped car has been a part of VW’s heritage. It’s time  for change and so, the company has designed a new breed of beetle named Dune.

DUNE:

Making its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the VW Beetle Dune has certainly looks like a charm. VW has taken inspiration from the vintage beetles for this model to give the coupe and convertible a more rugged style. Dune, just like Baja Bugs of olden days, the Dune happens to be a streetcar in an off-roaders style.

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Exterior:

Firstly, the Dune has better ground clearance that has been raised by 04. Inches and the track are 0.6 inches wider, but the Beetle Dune remains a front-wheel-drive passenger car. That said, Volkswagen worked within the Beetle’s means to create a very cool throwback. The Dune’s exterior is heavily modified from a standard Beetle. New front and rear fasciae feature aluminum skid plates and matte-black details, and the side sports polished aluminum sills.

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Unique 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in all-season tires complete the aesthetic upgrades. The Dune is pretty cool and its new body panel gives the coupe and convertible looks that make it even more desirable. The vehicle has a restyled front bumper that gives it an especially purposeful look with a central intake that’s outlined in bright trim. The vehicle has graphics along the doors that evoke the model’s vintage spirit. The company also adds a tweaked fascia and spoiler at the back. Sporty look aside, the new front bumper features a large central air intake that widens towards its bottom edge, and a black honeycomb screen has an aluminum-look surround that morphs into the front skid plate. On either side of the intake, two black honeycomb vents contain the fog lights. A Lighting Package will be available, which will add Bi-Xenon headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights and LED license plate lighting.

The side of the vehicle is characterized by the contrast between the polished aluminum sills and the black trim strips that are reminiscent of the original Beetle running boards. Distinctive 18-inch Canyon aluminum-alloy wheels are fitted with 235/45 all-season tires. The side mirrors have contrasting black lower portions and Reflex Silver uppers, and “Dune” graphics are displayed on both doors. At the back, the Dune features a large rear spoiler, standard LED taillights, and a new bumper design that integrates matte black and aluminum elements, as at the front of the car. The rear diffuser also acts as a skid plate. The Beetle Dune will soon be available in 3 exterior colors; Sandstorm Yellow, Pure White, or Deep Black Pearl. Sandstorm Yellow cars have an interior that features body color upper door trims and dash pads, whereas the Pure White and Deep Black Pearl vehicles have black door and dash pad trim. This is truly an exceptionally designed car. Dune lets away the misleading perceptions of Beetle being a girl’s car.

Interior:

Inside the Beetle Dune features sporty seats with contrasting orange stitching and a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel. Standard equipment includes the latest generation MIB II infotainment system, which serves as the foundation for Volkswagen’s available Car-Netsuite of features. VW Car-Net connectivity includes App-Connect technology, which allows integration with the three major Smartphone platforms—Apple Car Play Android Auto TM and Mirror Link allowing seamless integration for compatible Smartphone. The Dune comes with composition Color infotainment system that has a 6.3-inch screen with a capacitive touch sensor (similar to smartphone and tablet technology) that enables gesture controls like swiping and pinch-zooming. MIB II also features a proximity sensor, which detects when a hand is nearby and automatically switches its display to allow easier selection of specific features. USB and Bluetooth connectivity for compatible devices are standard, along with a rearview camera and the Park Distance Control system. A Technology Package will also be available, which adds Clima-tronic dual-zone automatic climate control, the award-winning Fender Premium Audio System, KESSY keyless access with push-button start, and a tilt-and-slide sunroof.

"VW Dune Interior"
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Engine:

The exteriors and interiors seem pretty classy. However, these cars keep the Beetle’s base power train of a 1.8 TSI four-cylinder sending 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet torque to the front wheels through a six-speed automatic engine.

"VW Beetle Dune"
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Bottom Line:

The Beetle Dune is going to be available in both coupe and convertible variants and the coupe goes on sale in the 1st quarter of 2016. Sadly, no information regarding its pricing and availability in other countries is available at the moment. What’s your opinion on the Beetle Dune? Do comment and share 🙂

Tata Kite Preview – Will it take Tata Motors to New Heights?

"Tata Kite"

Tata Motors seems firm on launching the Kite soon. With plenty of emerging reports floating around the internet, it is imminent that the Kite is to launch soon. The compact sedan from Tata that is believed to be named kite will hit showrooms as soon as the Kite hatchback is launched.

Auto heads are certain to get a taste of hatchback power. Sure enough, the Tata Kite sedan and hatchback cars are going to defend Tata’s honor and are certain to become strong contenders in the hatchback and sedan segments.

Kite is supposedly a sub-four meter sedan of the brand that should hit the showrooms pretty soon. Meanwhile, here is a small preview of the Kite:

Kite:

It was 2012 when Tata Indica eV2 was refreshed with a better look and better features. The company has completely replaced this car and the revamped version is under the project name “Kite”. The revised car is still expected to offer Indian consumers everything that they need from a hatchback and that too at an affordable price.

"Tata Kite"
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Exterior:

The Kite seems to be a pretty awesomely designed, revamped version of its predecessor. The vehicle is an updated version of the Indica’s XO platform. The spy shots make it look similar to the bolt. The headlamps and restyled bumpers seem new. It also has revised tail lamps that are placed horizontally unlike the existing traffic-signal arrangement on the Indica.

 

"Tata Kite"
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At the back, revised tail lamps will be placed horizontally unlike the Christmas-tree arrangement on the Indica. There have been plenty of test mules that have been spotted by a lot of people. The preliminary stages of testing and makeshift components are on. There might be new alloys, better curves and a lot more. The prototype seems to have a roofline tapering towards its rear and makes it look like a classy notchback.

Interior:

The Tata Kite is supposedly going to be equipped with some of the high tech features that are going to be similar to the ones found on the Bolt. This vehicle boasts a better cabin space, better interiors and plush upholstery. That said, the company might add more goodies with an upgraded infotainment system along with Bluetooth and upgraded features that are going to be better than the existing ones. The cabin might be made out of upgraded upholstery, a new and upgraded dashboard and a new instrument panel. The top end vehicle might come equipped with features similar to the ones on the Zest.

Engine and gearbox:

The upcoming Tata Kite hatchback is expected to have a similar power train from its current cousins. However, there are anticipations that Tata might have a new three-cylinder petrol and diesel mill option for this new car. The compact sedan will also be available in petrol and diesel versions. Reports suggest that Tata might power the new cars with a new three-cylinder petrol motor and a diesel engine. While the engines will come mated to a five-speed manual transmission, we can also expect the AMT gearbox to be offered.

 

"Tata Kite"
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Price and Competition:

The upcoming Kite hatchback might be priced in the range of Rs. 3.9 lakh to Rs. 4.5 lakh. The vehicle should be one of the most aggressively priced vehicle from Tata.  This revamped version is expected to offer good value for money for consumers on a budget. The vehicle will be priced lesser than the Zest and at this price point for a budget sedan segment, it will create a huge impact on the sub-four metre sedans like the Honda Amaze, Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire and the Hyundai Xcent. This could also mean that manufacturers like Maruti and Hyundai would need to quickly whip up cheaper compact sedans based on their entry level hatchbacks in order to combat the Kite compact sedan.

Bottom Line:

Tata holds a neat reputation in India, this brand is suited best for consumers belonging to all walks of life. Tata vehicles have been popular, ever since the introduction of cars like Nano and Indica.

But, there have been plenty of complaints about the Tata engines. The vehicles are very noisy and they might seem disturbing while going on a peaceful drive. Also, there have been plenty of complaints about the after sales service standard of Tata cars.

It seems expensive and the service standard does not seem up to the mark. With the launch of a new breed of cars, Tata might have to reconsider working on the quality of service they provide.

On the flipside, the mileage offered by Tata cars is quite pleasing. Also, since the introduction of Zest, the competitors have not been able to compete with such features till date. The Kite hold’s a lot of anticipation and there are plenty of enthusiasts waiting to fly the Kite.

So, let’s wait and watch how the kite flies 🙂

2015 Frankfurt Auto Show: A-To-Z Guide

"Bugatti"

The recently held 66th International Motor Show (IAA) held at Frankfurt was a huge success from the 15th to 17th September and from September 19th to 28th for public. The 2015 Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung (IIA) or the Frankfurt Motor show had kicked-off some of the most exciting and the eye catching car’s in the universe. The 2015 edition of this humongous auto show had an interesting array of upcoming car launches and a few crazy concept cars.

There were more than 60 vehicle introductions in both production and concept forms. In case you missed out on the live action, here’s a look at some of the best cars that were absolute “show-stoppers”

Concept Cars:

Production cars are obviously good news. But, at times it’s better to enjoy some of the best looking designs that don’t necessarily come to reality. But well, its better feasting your eyes on these designs than not:

Mercedes IAA Concept:

Mercedes is pretty amazing when it comes to designing. The company has brought a few fabulous cars and out-of-the world concepts.

"Mercedes Concept car"
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The Sttutgart-based luxury carmaker has proven itself once again with an astonishing concept that offers a preview of a futuristic design direction and a new interior pattern of its new breed of cars. The concept car features 8-segments of the body that extend at the rear, when superior aerodynamics is in demand. When it is activated, the front flaps in the front bumper extend by 25 mm to the front and 20 mm to the rear.

"Mercedes Concept"
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Toyota C-HR Concept:

Toyota had unveiled a version of the C-HR concept way back in the 2014 Paris Auto Show.

"Toyota Concept"
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The model was quite spectacular and the second version of this car came with major upgrades. The upgraded version carries more toned exteriors and is certain to rival against Nissan’s Juke.

"Toyota Car"
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Nissan Gripz Concept Crossover:

The classic desert rally cars inspired Nissan Gripz concept desert rally car is here. This car has been designed based on the Japanese carmaker’s new ‘emotional geometry’ design language and shares its style cues with the Nissan Sway concept unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show.

"Nissan Gripz"
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Vauxhall/Opel Vivaro Surf Concept:

Vauxhall and Opel designed Vivaro surf concept. It was displayed at Frankfurt’s motor show and the vehicle targets surfers. The concept was showcased at the auto show and features two sliding side doors. It has a lot of storage space and the concept comes with a massive main cargo section at the rear, which has 3.2 cubic metres (3,200 litres) of cargo volume.

 

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Mazda Koeru Concept SUV:

Mazda showcased the Koeru Concept SUV at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. This SUV is an updated cersion of the carmaker’s popular Kodo design language. The concept SUV’s name ‘Koeru’ signifies what translates into ‘exceed’ or ‘go beyond’. The 5-seaeter crossover SUV comes with a redesigned version of Mazda’s shield-shaped front grille, new restyled headlamps from CX-3 along with enormous alloy wheel and a raked roofline. Inside the concept SUV comes with driver focused and heavily styled cabin with Mazda’s latest MZD Connect system.

 

"Mazda Minagi"
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Honda Civic Tourer Active Life Concept:

 

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The new Honda Civic Tourer Active Life concept is specially designed for cyclists who need a vehicle to transport their bikes. The concept comes with a sleek MPV like design with an extendable roof rack, custom metallic blue paint, silver roof, 18-inch alloys and new design rear bumper. As mentioned earlier the concept has been designed for bikers and can carry bicycles either on the extendable roof rack or inside the trunk, which has a generous 1,668 liters of cargo capacity. The trunk has a low loading lip and smart rack with a retractable arm that can carry two bicycles.

 

                                                                   PRODUCTION CARS:

 

First, here is a look at some of the production cars that were unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor show:

ALFA ROMEO:

Giulia:

What do you get after 3 years of wait? This Italian Beauty that made its way from Italy to Frankfurt.

"Alfa Romeo"
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AUDI:

A4:

The most sought after A4 from Audi is quite evolutionary and makes it quite amazing.

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S4 and S4 Avant:

The S4 and S4 turbocharged version is finally here. The supercharged version features a 3.0 Liter V6 Turbo powers and has Inglostadt S4 Quattro.

"Audi S4"
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QE-tron SUV Concept:

The QE-Tron is a sporty electric SUV Concept that makes quite an impact from the house of Audi.

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BENTLEY:

Bentayga:

Bentley has introduced the new Bentayga SUV. This is the first ever-created SUV from the company and is a seven-seater.

"Bentley Bentayga"
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BMW:

 

3-series facelift:

 

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Bavarian Motor Works has gone evergreen and is an exciting upgrade.

 

7-series:

 

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The S-Class luxury was added to the BMW family and gets a dash of carbon fiber.

X1:

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X1 also made its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

 

BUGATTI:

Vision Gran Turismo:

The new and improved Vision Gran Turismo comes with a performance-oriented gamers concept. This happens to be the Veyron’s successor.

"Bugatti"
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CITROEN:

Cactus M:

The Cactus M also made its appearance at the Motor Show.

"Citroen"
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FERRARI:

488 Spider:

The new turbo sports car from Ferrari popped its top at Frankfurt

 

"2016 Ferrari"
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FIAT:

500 Facelift:

after 8-years, the 500 has gone through major revisions.

 

"Fiat 500"
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FORD:

 

SUV Facelift:

 

"Ford Explorer"
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There are SUV’s like EcoSport as well as Edge that have gone through various tweaks.

 

HYUNDAI:

 

i20 WRC Rally Car:

 

"Hyundai"
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Hyundai WRC Rally car made its first preview at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

 

N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo:

 

"Hyundai"
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This is a cross between Le Mans and an open-wheeler that is designed as a gaming franchise.

 

INFINITI:

 

Q30:

The German premium brand is going to give plenty of brands a run for their money.

"Infiniti"
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JAGUAR:

 

F-Pace SUV:

 

"Jaguar F-Pace"
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This is jaguar’s first-ever SUV from Jaguar that was premiered at the Auto show.

 

KIA:

 

Sportage:

"Kia 2016"
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New crossover is a big world debut from Kia at Frankfurt

 

Ceed Facelift: 

Nip-n-tuck for the Golf from Korea with latest family look.

 

"Kia Ceed"
Image Source: www.autocar.co.uk

 

LAMBORGHINI:

 

Aventador SV Roadster:

It’s a Lamborghini, need I say more?

"Lamborghini"
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Huracan Spyder:

This is a new soft-top Huracan that was unveiled by the CEO of VW group, Stefan Winklemann.

"Lamborghini Huracan"
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MERCEDES-BENZ:

 

C-Class Coupe:

With smoother and refined edges, this car is a 2-door design.

"Benz C-Class"
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C63 AMG Coupe:

The most popular C63 body style is a 2-door coupe with a brawny 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8.

 

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C 63 DTM Race car:

 

"Mercedes AMG"
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The C63 DTM racecar is quite sharp and carries a futuristic design.
S-class Convertible:

This is the first convertible S-Class from Mercedes.

 

"Mercedes"
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MINI:

 

Clubman Estate:

The clubman wagon has gone through plenty of changes. It’s more of a Maxi over a Mini.

 

PEUGEOT:

Fractal Concept:

It is an MX-5 sized wild cabrio from the French brand.

"Peugeot"
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PORSCHE:

Mission E: Storming new 2+2 sports electric sports car wowed Frankfurt motor show.

"Porsche Mission"
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911 991.2 : Carreras’ usual naturally aspirated engines shrink in size and grow a pair of turbochargers. Yep, they’re all 911 Turbos now!

RENAULT:

Megane: All-new Megane raids the lighting store, rediscovers style. Meet the new Golf from France here

"Megane"
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Talisman: Laguna replacement moves up market with slick new saloon and estate.

ROLLS ROYCE:

 Dawn: Drop-top luxuxry at its finest, here’s Rolls Royce’s contribution to the cabrio market.

"Rolls Royce"
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SUZUKI:

Baleno:

The all-new Baleno gets a new and classy look. It regains the lost legacy of Suzuki.

"Suzuki Baleno"
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TOYOTA:

Prius:A significant world debut at Frankfurt: it’s the new fourth generation of hybrid.

"Toyota Prius"
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VOLKSWAGEN:

 

Astra hatchback: This was the first chance to see important new seventh-gen Astra in public.

"Opel Astra"
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Golf GTI Club sport: A hotter, feistier kind of Golf is here.

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Tiguan:

 

"VW Tiguan"
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The Tiguan was also a showstopper at the Frankfurt Auto Show.

 

Wrap up:

There were hundreds of cars that have been showcased at the Frankfurt Auto Show, making it quite the talk of the world.

TESLA Model X: First Electric Car

"Tesla Model X"

Tesla Motors have finally created and unveiled their full-size luxury crossover utility vehicle. Tesla unveiled this car at Tesla’s design studios in Los Angeles on February 9, 2012. The car is named Model X and was developed from the full-size sedan platform of the Tesla Model S and is being produced with it at the Tesla Factory in Fremont, California.

According to reports, Americans had bought around 5,30,000 SUVs and crossovers only in September. This sums up to a 30 % increase in the sales. An electric vehicle that fits and un-electrified large crossover segment does make perfect sense. But, building the Model X was not just a vision of creating a typical crossover. It happens to be the world’s first mass-produced Electric vehicle crossover.

Here is a preview at the X model by Tesla:

Design:

Unveiled on the 29th of September 2015, and features a panoramic windshield. This happens to be the safest SUV in terms of frontal and side impact crash according to Elon Musk.

"Tesla Model X"
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Its standard radar-based AEB and ultrasonic-based side collision avoidance to steer occupants away from a side collision. Tesla developed an ultrasonic sensor that can see through metal to keep falcon doors from hitting nearby objects when opening or closing.

"Tesla Model X"
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Yes, this vehicle has falcon doors that avoid collision with nearby objects when opened. The company claims that the car features the first true HEPA Filter in a car, with medical grade cabin air cleanliness comparable to that of a hospital operating room. When the car operates at maximum capability (enabled with a “Bioweapon Defense Mode” button), Tesla claims that no viruses, bacteria or spores can be detected in the cabin.

Tech Specs:

It is claimed that the Model X will weigh 8% more than Tesla’s Model S and share around 30% of its parts. The vehicle with a choice of two lithium-ion battery packs. The batteries are rated at either 70 or 90 kW:h– the same choices available on the Model S as well as the highest performance version of the model P90D that goes from 0 to 100 in just 3.2 seconds. Surprisingly, this car outperforms various sports cars and SUV’s too. The Model X features an all-wheel drive system that uses two motors for front and rear wheels. The model X carries an official EPA rated 310 mi or 500 km range according to the European NEDC testing cycle.

Talks suggest that the company was planning on offering a rear-wheel drive version. However, the company seems to have scrapped those plans and included all wheel drive. The standard AWD version of the car has 259 HP on each front and rear motors whereas, the performance edition of the Model X has 259 Hp in the front and 503 Hp on its rear side. It also has an optional tow bar that has a towing capacity of 2300 kilos. The wheelbase of the Model X is 120.5 inches or 3061 mm. The length, width and height of this crossover utility vehicle is 197 x 82 x 64 inches respectively.

Features:

The seven-seater car named Model X hits around 250 miles per charge and this is a mighty impressive USP of the car. In addition to the marvelous aesthetics of this car, it has emergency automatic braking for safety. An automatic steering function will monitor lane lines to keep the vehicle in its lane without driver input, and automatic parking. A suite of radar and sonar sensors and a forward-facing camera make the technology possible, and Tesla says periodic software updates will automatically upload improvements to the systems over the airwaves.

"Tesla model X"
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In keeping with Tesla’s reputation for building cars the well heeled will appreciate, the Model X is imbued with a number of luxurious touches. Intuitive doors open automatically for the driver, and the infotainment stack features a massive 17-inch display screen. The little road noise allowed to enter the cabin will be moot against the Model X’s 17-speaker stereo system. Interior air is purified for the Tesla elite, with a Hepa filter system that ducts air in through the vehicle’s front fascia. This might sound like a dream, but it is real!

Production and Price:

Ever since its inception, the Model X happens to be Tesla’s third car to be launched since 2003. After Tesla’s Roadster, Model S (Saloon car) and recorded a sales figure of 75,000 vehicles. The Model X was a debutant in 2012, but due to engineering delays, the car launch was delayed to 2014. Deliveries of the Model X are patience-busters for sure. It takes 8-10 months to get your vehicle delivered.

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From pricing perspective, the pricing for the limited edition Model X varies between US$132,000 and US$144,000. The standard production versions of the Model X costs $5,000 more than a comparably equipped AWD Model S that is priced atUS$75,000 for the base Model 70D.

Sustainability wise, it is surely going to be awkward for the Model X to cope up with a $ 1,30,000+ price tag.

For many people who have a lot of money, buying a Tesla is as much buying into Elon’s vision as it is about the product,” Brett Smith, an analyst with the Center for Automotive Research, said in an interview. “You become part of something great.”

Bottom Line:

Tesla Model X is surely a technological marvel that had to happen. Its price might seem extreme, but Elon’s vision combined with a whole lot of technology cannot be ignored

Ferrari Family: Some of the best Ferraris

"Ferrari California T"

Fiat’s luxury child; Ferrrari is a head turner. This Italian company has attracted the likes of various head honchos, plutocrats and big shots. Here is a look into your fantasy cars that are prominent wallpapers on your screens.

Ferrari California T:

The first Ferrari California was brought to India in 2009. The Luxury sports car officially made its presence in the Indian market in May 2011. The Ferrari California is a grand touring sports car that was first launched at the 2008 Paris Motor Show.

Outside:

The California from Ferrari leads its inspiration from the 1957 250 California. The car has a sleek aerodynamic styling like the rest of the current Ferrari models while it comes with a host of signature Ferrari styling cues. The aerodynamically swept bonnet, the compact tail volume, the pulled-back cabin complete the silhouette of the car. The grille and slender air intake at the centre of the bonnet borrows traits from the 250 GT California. At the back, the muscular section gets single round LED taillights which are inset directly along the edge of the boot.

"Ferrari California T"
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The car’s signature feature is its retractable hard top (RHT). It is made from aluminum panels and has a cast aluminum weight-bearing structure, which has reduced its overall weight enabling the entire opening or closing process in just 14 seconds.

"Ferrari Claifornia T"
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Diamond-finish 19-inch five-spoke aluminum alloy wheels are offered as standard on the Ferrari California. However, prospective buyers can opt for diamond-finish 20-inch forged five-spoke alloy wheels that are 11kg lighter than the standard ones.

Inside:

The Ferrari California’s design philosophy takes quite a lot of comfort and luxury in the car’s cabin. The interior of the Ferrari boasts the same sophisticated reflection with the sense of refined luxury, quality and comfort. . In between the front seats, the car gets a new aluminium-trimmed centre console. The car’s magnesium-framed seats are electrically adjustable. The instrument panel comes with analogue instruments like tachometer and rev counter and features a four-screen TFT Multi display. The new infotainment system with 6.5-inch touch screen also gets satellite navigation, USB connection, Bluetooth, hard disc, voice commands and IPOD connector.

 

"Ferrari California T"
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Engine

A 4.3 liter naturally aspirated V8 engine that produces 483bhp and 500Nm of torque powers the Ferrari California. This mill comes mated to a seven-speed dual clutch gearbox. The car can do a top speed of 310 kmph and sprint from 0 to 100 kmph in 3.8 seconds.

 

"California T engine"
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Ferrari 488 GTB

Ferrari has unleashed its newest convertible mid-engine super car named 488 GTB.

Outside:

Designed to thrill, the Ferrari 488 GTB replaces the 458 Italia and is redesigned with plenty of styling. The car’s headlamp’s, overall shape of the fenders, bumpers and hood is inspired from the 458.

"488 Ferrari"
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The front bumper if divided into three distinct sections with massive grilles at the sides. The car’s side view is inherited from the 458 and the side skirts, sculpted shoulders and beefy front fenders are amazing. The vehicle has gone through massive improvements such as double front spoiler, 308-inspired side intakes, active rear aerodynamics and the redesigned diffuser. It also has a highly sophisticated aerodynamic underbody with vortex generators with significant improvements.

Interiors:

Just like the 458, the 488 GTB’s interior is tailored around the driver, blending both luxury and the sportiness, with racing-inspired features. Overall, the dashboard is different and also includes control clusters, angled air vents and multifunction, three spoke steering wheel. The dashboard is more refined with mild update, especially in two-tone, black over-red, layout. The 488 GTB also has new graphics for the infotainment screen and a key designed to resemble car’s cylinder banks.

 

"Ferrari 488 GTB"
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Engine:

The 488 GTB gets its power from a 3.9 litre V8 twin turbo engine that makes 670 PS of power at a staggering 8000rpm and 760Nm of torque at 3000rpm. Ferrari claims that the 488 GTB takes only 8.3 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 124 mph. The top speed of the 488 has been increased from 199 to 205 mph.

 

Ferrari 458

 

It started from the 308, 328, 348, 255 and F 430 and of course the Ferrari 488. Unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto show, presenting the Ferrari 458.

 

Outside:

In terms of looks, the Ferrari 458 ticks all the supercar boxes thanks to its gorgeously aerodynamically influenced body capable of turning heads at 1000 paces.

"Ferrari 458"
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Inside:

The 458 doesn’t disappoint behind the car’s wheel either. The Ferrari 458 has a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox shits in the blink of an eye. The 458 is a seriously good-looking car and it is definitely appealing. The 458 looks like everything a supercar should be. The cabin provides everything that you should expect from a modern day Ferrari.

 

"Ferrari Italia"
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Engine:

Powered by a 4.5-litre V8 just behind your head, the 458 Italia stumps up 570bhp and 398lb ft of torque, leading to extreme speed: 0–62mph in 3.4 seconds and a top speed just over 200mph. I

 

"Ferrari 458"
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Ferrari F12 BERLINETTA:

F 12 Berlinetta was announced in 2012 at the Geneva Motor show. This is the fastest road-going Ferrari ever made.

Outside:

The Ferrari F 12 is a pioneer and throwback. The Ferrari F12 is lower, shorter, narrower, lighter and faster than others. It leads a path leading design that looks pretty amazing. The F12 is more than 200mm longer than the 275 GTB but its short overhangs visually reduce its mass, and its cabin-rear profile contributes to a classic sports car silhouette. This car is built by scaglietti, the mono coque underbody is made of 12 aluminum alloys.

"Berlinetta Ferrari"
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The car is clothed in aluminium, too, its panels sculpted according to Ferrari’s unique ‘aerodynamics via subtraction’ philosophy. The arcing channels cut into the bonnet form the so-called Aero Bridge, diverting air from the base of the windscreen and using it to reduce drag around the wheel arches.

"Ferrari F12 Berlinetta"
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Inside:

The Berlinetta has increased cabin space and has overall reduction in its size. Its appearance seems thin yet purposeful and makes long distances quite comfortable.

There is enough space behind the two seats for coats and shopping bags and there are storage nets for loose items. Further back, the boot is large by supercar standards: up to 500 litres in all.

"Ferrari Berlinetta"
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The F12 has a right-handed LCD display screen in the instrument binnacle. Sat-nav comes as standard but it isn’t the easiest to use. It’s a dramatic improvement over previous units, however. The map appears in the right-hand screen in the binnacle and relays directional prompts as well. Programming is quite lengthy by the standards of the best premium brands, but Ferrari says there’s voice control for it.

 

Other standard equipment includes an anti-theft satellite system, a rear parking camera, an electrically adjustable steering wheel, climate control, cruise control and temperature monitoring.

Engine:

 

"Ferrari F 21"
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The Ferrari F12 Berlinetta’s  Power comes from a 6.3-litre V12 with normal aspiration and direct injection. It produces 731bhp and 509lb ft of torque, sent via a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

 

Upcoming car launches in 2015

"Skoda Octavia Anniversary edition"

Car trend in India is on a rapid spree. Car manufacturers are undeniably putting in their best brains at work to provide more features, more style, more comfort and more safety. Here is an article that highlights the latest launches that are going to drive the new breed of driving enthusiasts.

MARUTI SUZUKI ERTIGA FACELIFT:

Maruti Ertiga entered the market in 2012, ever since it hasn’t received any update. However, with the increase in demand and the rise in competition Maruti Suzuki has finally given Ertiga a new and refined upgrade.

The updated Suzuki Ertiga has received a couple of interesting changes on the exterior and interior. The diesel has also received a tweak.

 Outside:

The new Ertiga has received minor cosmetic changes that are present and make it a little different from its predecessor. The most obvious change is the two-slat grille that is placed instead of the current four-slat. The car has chrome embellished on it to enhance the appeal. The front air intakes of the car are slightly changed in accordance with the bumper. The sides have retained the same silhouettes but, there is an addition of the electronically foldable OVRM. The rear profile also gets a taste of chrome with a few obvious modifications to make it appear a tad different than the current model.

"2015 Maruti Ertiga Facelift"
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Inside:

The Facelift has pretty much the same layout similar to the predecessor model. The addition lies in the features that are quite similar to the ones found in the Swift Dzire facelift. This MUV gets the start-stop button as a standard addition (on the top end variant). The car’s music system is upgraded to give it a better connectivity. The Hybrid variants of Ertiga come with OVRM mirrors. Not bad for upgrades and such, it is surely a satisfying upgrade.

"Ertiga 2015"
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 Engine:

The Petrol power train on this vehicle has not been touched. The engine provides the same power from its 1.4 litre petrol consuming 94 bhp, 130 Nm torque producing engine. However, if you’re a diesel head and are hoping for good news, the Ertiga will surely make your day. The Diesel variant comes mated onto SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) technology.  This technology improves the efficiency of the car to a great extent. The car comes with a 1.3 litre Fiat Multi Jet diesel engine that produces 89 bhp of power and 200 Nm of torque. A large battery along with excellent braking and an Integrated Starter Generator (ISG) comes accompanied with this car.

 Price:

The price of the new Maruti Suzuki Ertiga ranges from Rs. 5.82 lakhs to Rs. 8.60 lakhs.  Maruti has aggressively priced this car to give it more credibility on roads.

 

VENTO FACELIFT:

Volkswagen albeit its moment of turmoil, has not forgotten to contribute new cars, with extra “concern” over pollution. The company recently launched its new and refreshed successfully running sedan-the Vento.

The new Vento Facelift edition has additional features, new engine with better mileage, a more ornately designed body and a well-built C-segment sedan finish.

This new vehicle certainly takes on the likes of the Honda City, Maruti Ciaz as well as Hyundai Verna. Here is a review on the new face-lift vento:

Outside:

On the outside, the design language of the new Vento hasn’t changed much. The layout of the body panel remains almost the same. The new Vento exudes the typical VW layout of the body panel. The front and rear end have taut shoulder lines accompanied with a compact profile. There are however a few subtle updates in terms of the design that make differentiation possible.

The bonnet on this car has been re-profiled and has deeper creases along with triple chrome slats and a new front grille.

The car also gets new front air dam, new front fog lamps and integrated cornering lights. Although, the design language doesn’t speak out loud with prominence, the details have been set in quite an intricate fashion that differentiates the face lifted version over its predecessor.

"2015 VW Vento Facelift"
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Inside:

Volkswagen seems to have been a little sly with the Interior design of the new Vento. However, the new color themes come with a new equipment list according to the car’s trim level. The new Vento gets cruise control, cooled glove box and a dead pedal that adds to the new feature list. Standard features on this car include climate control, rear parking sensors, electrically adjustable rear view mirrors, ABS, twin airbags and a rather good sounding audio system with Bluetooth connectivity. Interiors have been tweaked a little, but the feature set seems to have gathered a few likes.

 

"VW Vento Facelift"
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Engine:

The car’s diesel version features a 1.5-litre four-cylinder diesel engine that produces 103bhp of power @4400rpm and 250Nm of torque @1550rpm. This TDI unit makes peak power at 2,000rpm and redlines at nearly 6,000rpm. The petrol model of this car comes with 1.6-litre MPI or the 1.2-litre turbocharged TSI engine. The latter produces 105bhp of power and 175Nm of torque, while the 1.6 MPI engine produces 105bhp of power and 153Nm of torque. The company offers a 5-speed and a 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox in accordance with the versions.

 

"2015 VW Vento"
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Price:

The new facelift version of the vento starts from Rs 7.70 lakh for the entry-level 1.6-litre petrol, going all the way to Rs 11.6 lakh for the top-end diesel with DSG gearbox. Overall, this vehicle is a great choice for those looking for a comfortable family sedan.

FORD ECO SPORT FACELIFT:

Ford’s Eco Sport facelift version is finally here and it is found donning a new avatar. Here is a review on the new Ford Eco Sport Facelift.

 

"2015 Ford Eco Sport"
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Outside:

Although nothing seems quite prominent with the new Face lifted version, the difference has been found in the colors. The new Ecosport comes with new colors such as Golden bronze, mars Red, Diamond White, Panther Black, Kinetic Blue, Moondust Silver, Chill metallic as well as Smoke Grey.

 

"2015 Ford Ecosport Facelift"
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Inside:

The new models of the Eco Sport will have different features inside such as:

Ford EcoSport Ambiente

FM/AM radio with aux, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, Tilt+telescopic adjustable steering, power adjustable ORVMs with integrated turn indicators, front 12V power socket, fully fold-down rear seat

Ford EcoSport Trend

Height-adjustable driver seat, 60:40 split seats, Steering-mounted audio controls, tachometer, ABS with EBD

Ford EcoSport Trend+

Dual front airbags, silver painted roof rails, automatic climate control

Ford EcoSport Titanium

Keyless entry with push button start, 16-inch alloys

Ford EcoSport Titanium AT

Side and curtain airbags, Hill Climb Assist

Ford EcoSport Titanium+

Leather-wrapped handbrake, automatic headlamps, automatic wipers

"Ford Ecosport"
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Engine:

The new Eco Sport facelift gets 1.5-liter TDCi diesel engine, which is retuned to dish out 99bhp of power. The 1.5-liter Ti-VCT petrol and the 1.0-liter Eco Boost petrol engines will continue as it is.

Beside this, the change in the face lifted EcoSport includes the addition of new trim Ford Eco Sport Trend+ and ABS and EBD as standard across all variant except in the Ambiente trim.

 

Price:

 

                           Ford EcoSport facelift
Variants Petrol prices (Rs) Variants Diesel prices (Rs)
Ambiente 6.79 lakh Ambiente 7.98 lakh
Trend 7.75 lakh Trend 8.70 lakh
Trend+ 8.53 lakh Trend+ 9.18 lakh
Titanium 8.91 lakh Titanium 9.85 lakh
Titanium AT 9.93 lakh —- —-
Titanium+ 9.89 lakh Titanium+ 10.44 lakh

 

"Ford Ecosport facelift"
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SKODA ANNIVERSARY EDITION:

As a part of their anniversary celebration, Skoda has launched a commemorative Anniversary Edition Octavia. The third iteration of the Skoda Octavia holds a lot of promise and has a complete overhaul in terms of exteriors and interiors based on the Vision D concept.

 

"Skoda Octavia Anniversary edition"
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Outside:

Skoda has transcended towards the introduction of soft lines and rounded edges to change Octavia’s look into a premium and modish car. The car gets LED DRL’s and a new front grille and carries vertical stats, thereby making it look plenty aggressive. The new Octavia has quite a sustainably long and wide body. This makes it quite spacious especially giving a lot of cabin space for the passengers.

 

Inside:

"Skoda Octavia Anniversary Edition"
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The interiors of the new Rapid comes with s significantly improved faux wood trims complimented with a beige theme. The overall design of the Rapid is pretty standard though. The top end variant of this car comes with a touch screen music system and has front and rear parking sensors. It also has six airbags, ABS-EBD,ESP, traction control, steering mounted audio controls, power seat for the driver with memory function, rear AC vents and rear sunblind. The rear row gets better legroom; however, like before the under thigh support is not optimum. There are ample cubbyholes that double-up as bottle holders at the front, while the space in the rear armrest can be adjusted to fit any size of bottle or even cup. The new edition comes with the ‘SmartLink connectivity’ for the first time in the Indian market. This allows the customers to use selected smart phone apps on the car’s infotainment system screen.

 Engine:

The 1.4 TSI petrol engine develops 138bhp and 250Nm torque mated six-speed manual transmission while the higher powered 1.8 TSI petrol develops 178bhp and 250Nm mated to seven-speed DSG transmission.

The 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine develops 141bhp and 320Nm of torque. The diesel unit is available with six-speed manual and six-speed DSG transmissions.

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Price:

The Skoda Octavia Anniversary Edition is priced at Rs 15.75 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) and will be available at Skoda dealerships for a limited period only.

Wrap up:

These cars are fine tuned to perfection (well, at least claims suggest so) and carry plenty of features and astounding designs. Its up to the customer to decide the rest.

Happy Driving 🙂

2016 Audi A8 L Security- Safest Audi on the Planet

"Audi A8 L Security"

Audi’s most exclusive model happens to be the A8 L Security. Although this model is not the fastest or the most powerful among the lot, but it is undoubtedly the toughest Audi built.

Although you might think that this is a sedan that looks just like any other car, you’d know the difference when the need arises. However, this isn’t a sedan, it belongs to the limousine category of vehicles. It surely comes as a surprise as to the category classification of this car. But, well Audi has done it for a reason. In the meantime, here is a brief article that secures all the details about this safe on wheels:

Exterior:

This vehicle is armored with the best available materials. Don’t be fooled by its appearance from the outside. The A8 L Security appears just like any other car. However, the details and the precision that went into building this armored monstrosity is aesthetically way different. Once the skin of this hard to crack vehicle is peeled off, the vehicle reveals a literal fortress on wheels. This heavily armored limousine has a safety cell built that’s fortified with aramid fabric, special aluminum alloys, and hot-formed steel.

"Audi A8 L Security 2016"
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These materials keep things like bullets and shrapnel from piercing through the bulletproof glass and the body shell. The normal looking tires of this vehicle run-flat and continue functioning without any pressure for a certain distance. Battered, bruised or shredded, this car would still secure the person sitting inside.

"Audi A8 L security"
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The car belongs to the limousine category and meets class VR9 ballistic protection standards that is considered the highest security requirement for civilian high-security sedans as set by VPAM (an association of testing institutes that was established to create guidelines for the qualification of ballistic materials and their Bulletproof Levels) The protection’s guidelines state that the vehicle must withstand military-grade weapons like M14 and FAL-FN rifles from a distance of 10 meters.

"Audi A8 L Security"
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The car must also handle at least three shots from any squad-based heavy weapon like an M60 machine gun from a similar distance and a blast of 15 kilos worth of TNT from two meters. That’s plenty of security in a car I’d say.

Interior:

Audi has retained luxury amidst security and has added a few luxury chops to extend the sense of comfort. Built for VIP’s, this Audi has a couple of additional features that come in handy. It has an inclusion of an armored communication box in the luggage compartment, an intercom for communicating with people outside the vehicle, and selective door locking.

"Audi A8 L Security"
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Additionally, there are a handful of optional features that can be installed into the interior as per request. Audi’s patented emergency exit system, a extinguishing setup, and an emergency fresh air system that independently provides oxygen to the cabin can be added at an additional price and as per the specifications of the owner.

"Audi A8 L Security"
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Engine:

Two different engines power the Audi A8L Security. The first engine, a 4.0-liter TFSI bi-turbo V-8 engine that produces 435 horsepower and 442.5 pound-feet of torque. The second, a naturally aspirated 6.3-liter W-12 FSI engine, pumps out 500 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque. Both engines will be offered with the eight-speed tiptronic transmission that sends power to all four wheels. With these top of the line security features, the A8 L Security flies from 0-60 mph in 7.1 seconds. The top speed of this car just like its normal cousin (A8) clocks in at 130.5 mph.

Price:

Meant essentially for plutocrats, Audi has kept a very low profile with the price tag on the A8 L Security. Audi has already opened the first order booking for the secure Audi. The expected delivery time is scheduled in spring 2016. But needless to say, this vehicle will come at a bombshell of a price that would attract the likes of the super wealthy.

Bottom Line:

This vehicle isn’t something that is available at any Audi dealership. Audi took various lengths to provide the A8 L security its ballistic classification and this is certainly a plus point. The vehicle is certainly one of the safest cars for the super rich (Just like the Mercedes S Guard). The Luxury that Audi retains has also been kept constant. I loved the fact that Audi provides 2 engine choices and this is a brilliant feature. There are a few flaws to this car as well but it doesn’t really come out as a major issue. Overall, this is a bunker of sorts and you can be assured that no mortal can lay hands on you whilst you are seated in this car.

2015 Smart For four: Small yet Pricey

"Smart For Four"

Smart, a unit of Mercedes introduced the Smart For Two that was more of an expensive novelty than a car. This tiny yet powerful machine is still surviving because of Daimler’s stubbornness. Even after 16 years, the automaker has yet to boast of a Smart profit with 10k burbling sales per year.

However, the topic of discussion is the Smart for two that is the older brother of the Smart for Two. This car was born of the alliance with Renault. The car shares its skeleton with the Renault Twingo that happens to be a five-speed stick and carries a 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox with the Twingo.

Smart For Four:

Promoted as a car that is dog friendly, Smart seems to have no idea how many of the Smart for Four cars will sell. But, let’s hope Smart for four outperforms expected boundaries and tops the sales charts. Meanwhile, here is a review on the Smart for Four:

Engine and performance:

Power does come in a small package. The car has a Smartly packaged yet powerful engine that produces unlimited power. The Smart for four has an 90bhp producing 900 cc turbo engine as well as the naturally aspirated 69 bhp 1.0 liter engine. The vehicle has a rear-mounted engine and has a rear-wheel drive chassis that makes the Smart quite maneuverable. The best part about this car is that it can be parked even at real tight spaces and nips in and out of the busy urban traffic.

 

Interior, design and technology:

 

"Smart For Four"
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The new and second-generation For Four comes with a whole new look. This new and upgraded hatchback has many design features with small two-seats. There is a little resemblance to its predecessor. However, the new model sports new looks and such. Apart from the two-tone bodywork, the vehicle has a square headlamp design, strong shoulder line as well as a larger honeycomb grille. The all-new vehicle carries a more premium image with a neat design touches for the head and tail lamps. The vehicle comes in a choice of 9 body colors and has 3-grille colors to offer. It also has a safety cell that is visible on the rear of the car.

In terms of interiors, the car has gone through a complete overhaul. The vehicle sports a ‘floating’ touch screen infotainment system that is lifted from the Renault Twingo that dominates the dashboard on the Prime and Proxy models. The vehicle has textured fabrics and leather steering makes it look more premium.

Practicality, comfort and boot space:

In terms of the car’s interior space, the For Four is way behind competition. It has just 180 litres of boot space and feels small but the rear seats can be locked more up right that gives it a nice and rectangular look.

"Smart For Four"
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The car has more luggage room and since the rear seats in the ForFour folds completely flat, the vehicle has a maximum of 975 litres. Reversible cushions can be turned around and lowered which creates an additional 120mm of headroom, plus the front passenger seat folds fully flat allowing loads up to 2.2m long.

Reliability and Safety:

The new ForFour car shares almost no relation to its previous model. It sports has an all-new engine, new chassis and it is stunning overall. The vehicle has new tech and features including plenty of safety measures. It has crosswind assist that comes fitted as standard that moderates braking when the car encounters a strong gush of wind, while other features inclusive of a forward collision warning as well as a lane keeping assist are also included. The For Four’s suspension soaks up big bumps from manhole and drain covers, offering a nice, cushioned ride.

 

"Smart For Four"
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The turbo model of the ForFour delivers more performance and torque than its non-turbo powered sibling. For the less powerful version, you will have to rev the engine to make progress and work the gearbox to extract the most from the engine. It is definitely less refined on the cruise, although the five-speed manual gearbox is light and crisp. It somehow feels fairly long-geared that hampers around a little with the acceleration.

Bottom Line:

The For Four seems to be a car suited best for those who have owned Fortwo’s or for people with kids and seek more practicality. It could just easily be a bust, because this seems like history repeats itself.  Smart has been down this read before, and the remodeled Mutsubishi Colt that was launched way back in 2004 did not perform so well that it had to be terminated after 2 years.

However, let’s hold our judgmental horses for a while till the ForFour starts performing. It might either make a lucrative deal for Smart or backfire. Only time and customers will tell.

Mercedes Benz S600: Safety beyond Safety

"Mercedes S class"

S-class Mercedes Benz has been one of the finest Mercs. Their price tags leave more than a pinch to the pocket, but you are sure to identify an S class from a crowd of humdrum luxury cars. Mercedes has recently bought in the final variation of the new S-class that is sure to add the oomph’s and woos on roads. Consider yourselves lucky if you come across one of these beauty for a plausible reason.

THIS CAR CARRIES A PRICE TAG OF Rs. 10 CRORES!!

This special Mercedes has been developed keeping armored special-protection model in perspective. Labeled the Mercedes S600 Guard, the new car has had its protective elements fully integrated into the vehicle direct from the Sindelfingen plant in Germany. Currently, it only comes in long-wheelbase form with the same V12 as shared with the regular sedan.

Engine:

The S600 Guard develops 517hp (380kw) thanks to the bi-turbo V12 6 litre engine that thrusts 530 PS power and 830 Nm torque and rides as comfortably as the standard-production S-Class despite the addition of heavy reinforcements. This powerful ride is married to special alloy wheels that have high-strength steel rims attached and are wrapped by run-flat tires. These specially constructed wheels can keep running at up to 80 kmph even if the tires have been shattered to bits. The top speed is however limited to 210 kmph.

"Mercedes S Guard"
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Build and safety features:

You must be wondering if this car is made out of gold (I thought the same)

"mercedes S Guard"
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However, this vehicle carries military-standard small-arms projectiles. The vehicle can withstand any sort of attack. Some of them include armor resisting military-standard small-arms projectiles; hand grenade fragments other explosive charges. Additional safety features include run-flat tyres, a self-sealing fuel tank and a fire-extinguishing system. That mentioned, the S600 Guard still features most of the technical innovations from the already safe Mercedes S-Class. These include the latest braking assistance and brake force distribution features as well as night vision. The car of choice for up-and-coming dictators of small African countries just got better. The new Mercedes-Benz S-Guard is the logical continuation of an almost 80-year unbroken tradition in the development of special-protection vehicles.

Vastly experienced specialists working on the principle of integrated special protection produce this new top-of-the-range Guard model in Sindelfingen, Germany. In effect this means that, rather than retrofitting the protective elements in the doors, rear wall, side panels, roof lining and firewall etc. of an already finished vehicle, they fully integrate them into the body shell on a dedicated production line. All the body-structure reinforcements required due to the extra weight of the protective elements can therefore be incorporated right from the start. The resulting vehicles offer hallmark Mercedes-Benz build quality combined with comprehensive Highest Protection, including in those areas where post-production access would be all but impossible. The insides of the broad glass get a covering of poly-carbonate and several areas of the car is functioned with heat-resistant synthetic fibers called ‘Aramide’. Getting inside is close to impossible.

Interior Comfort:

The S-Class interior space concept, which makes for a first-class ambiance combined with outstanding ride comfort for all the occupants, not to mention effortlessly superior handling, remains virtually unaffected. Furthermore, generously dimension-ed chassis components and twin-caliper front brakes lend the Mercedes-Benz S-Guard Saloon hallmark Mercedes handling qualities and provide the driver with an optimal driving feel at all times. Plus the chassis has been configured so as not to impair the sumptuous level of comfort that distinguishes the standard-production S-Class.

"Mercedes S 600 Guard"
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The Mercedes-Benz S 600 Guard is equipped with the same technical innovations that have made the flagship Mercedes S-Class the number-one trailblazer in passenger car development and the world’s best-selling luxury saloon. These include important new developments such as Brake Assist PLUS and the PRE SAFE® brake in combination with DISTRONIC PLUS, night view assist and the enhanced PRE-SAFE® anticipatory occupant protection system. On top of all this, the outstanding level of interior comfort and extremely agile handling make for an effortlessly superior driving experience.

Wondering who could possibly own this safety vault on wheels?

"Mukesh Ambani's new Mercedes"
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Well, Mukesh Ambani has already booked himself one J

Although Mercedes has introduced the S-Class Guard for Rs. 8.9 crores, Mukesh Ambani is the first Indian to lay hands on this expensive beauty.

 

"Mercedes Benz S 600"
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Interestingly, even Narendra Modi or even Barack Obama does not have as much Protection privilege as Mukesh Ambani does. This is not the only car that Mukesh Ambani owns. He has also recently gifted himself an armored BMW 7-Series, but his new armored S-Class is not only more expensive, but also comes with the highest level of ballistic protection – VR9. Claimed to be “one of the safety luxury sports on earth” This car has been touted as the best after all.

"Mercedes S class"
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Ambani’s new beauty was exclusively tailored for him at a special Mercedes-Benz unit in Germany.

Bottom Line:

This did not come cheap. Just to get this car delivered to India, Ambani senior had to shell out 300 percent on import duties, high road tax and of course the leech in disguise (Insurance). As far as reports go, Ambani was number 57 on a list of worldwide customers for this VR9 version of the S600!!!

Sneak-Peek Into The 2016 Harley-Davidson Motorcycles

"2016 harleys"

Harley Davidson gains popular all across India with its miraculous rides. The brand is popular worldwide and it gains popularity with the increasing amount of riders.

The company has announced updates to its existing bikes with new style enhancements, new tweaks and a new style.  Pallavi Singh, director (Marketing), Harley-Davidson India said, This is another historic year for Harley-Davidson. We’re raising the bar on Dark Custom motorcycles with the new Iron 883, Forty-Eight and Street 750, the purest expression of the design. And we’re extending our lead in touring with the return of the Road King and redesign of the popular Heritage Softail Classic.”

Here is an article on some of the newest bikes and upgrades to be expected:

Iron 883 and the Forty-Eight (New sportsters):

Under the Sportster segment comes the all-new Iron 883. The new Iron 883 Sportster comes equipped with new and sturdy front and rear suspension. They will also carry comfortable and supportive seats that come with a high-quality cover. These bikes come equipped with nitrogen-charged shock absorbers are said to offer improved damping in compression and rebound. Furthermore, these bikes feature internal valve stacks with 36mm pistons and upgraded oil, the shocks are designed work well over small bumps, helping keep the Sportster’s rear tire in contact with the road on uneven surfaces. The bikes also have under-seat wrench to adjust spring-preload via threaded collars on the new shocks.

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Harley says the new Iron 883 is purposefully raw and rough, boasting a look that’s inspired by garage-built bobbers of the past and present. Thanks to its upgraded suspension, lightweight cast wheels, and comfortable seat, the Dark Custom Sportster will likely stay on Harley’s best-seller list for 2016. These bikes have big front tires and large forks.

The bikes also have dark and monstrous looks. With the new Iron 883, you are assured of raw and rough edges that compliment the modern design that is inspired by garage-built bobbers. It also increases the rider’s comfort and control to smooth the roads ahead. The Forty-Eight on the other hand has a menacing stance thanks to the burly front tire, mag wheels that come as a surprise and massive front end with 49 mm forks. The bikes reminisce of retro times and have cues to perfect the ratio of black colour with the right amount of chrome.

 

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Indian roads can definitely be easy to tame (especially the rough ones) with the sportsters proving their performance with the new front and rear-suspensions. The re-engineered Sportsters have coil-over shocks with new front cartridge forks. It also has a triple-rate spring as well as oil lock that allow the forks to resist wheel hop under hard braking.

 

Fat Boy S and Softail Slim S:

The S series limited edition cruisers are more valuable with the limited edition tag aren’t they?

Well, sources suggest that the 2016 Fat Boy S and 2016 Softail Slim will get the Screamin’ Eagle Twin Cam 110 engine. As such, Harley says these new 2016 cruisers, which have an updated “dark” look, will deliver the extra engine performance that was once the exclusive domain of the CVO (Custom Vehicle Operations) models.

 

"2016 harley Davidson"
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Road Glide Ultra:

The Road Glide seemed to have vanished from Harley’s manufacturing unit. Well, at least for 2 years. The Road Glide Ultra is going to make a great comeback in 2016. With an enhanced style, better aerodynamics, and improved long-distance ergonomics for rider and passenger, you can be sure to put a pedal to this hotrod. The 2016 Road Glide Ultra will carry the Twin-Cooled High Output Twin Cam 103 engines, the liquid cooling on which boosts power and torque and shedding engine heat away from the rider and passenger. The frame-mounted fairing (with Day maker LED headlight) is new.

 

"2016 harley"
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Heritage Softail Classic:
The Heritage Softail classic brings back Harley’s heritage.  This bike is a great combination of nostalgia that balances style with the right amount of Softail performance. Styling aside, the new Heritage Softail classic carries a High Output Twin Cam 103 engine. That said, it also carries standard electronic cruise control and a stronger support structure for the soft saddlebags.

 

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Street 750 and Street 500:

The Street 750 has noticed plenty of Indian roads. But news is that the new 2016 Street 750 based on customer feedbacks comes with various tweaks. The improved 750 models come with improved brakes and are developed in conjunction with brembo. This is certainly going to improve the confidence and would offer more inspiration on the roads. This sure seems like a much needed upgrade since the last roll out.

 

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Bottom Line:

These models are coming to dealerships near you. While some of you might have already taken a sneak peek at some new Harleys, Indian roads are sure to rumble.