Renault Limited Edition Duster

"Renault Duster Limited Edition"

Renault has generated a lot of interest in India. The sales figures are quite impressive as well. The Duster was introduced to India with quite a lot of promise. Owing to the success of the sales, the company has recently launched the Duster Explore special edition car to India.

As the name suggests, the limited edition car intends to showcase the spirit of exploring the outdoors with the same reassuring confidence of the Duster. The exterior modifications come in the form of a new dark chrome front grille and a skid plate. Its new racing stripes enhance its sporty and robust design, while the front houses sharp, bright lamps to set the tone for an expedition. Highlighting its spirit of adventure is the wide, dark anthracite alloy wheels in a new ‘Nouveau Orange’ shade. Here is a review on this SUV that is available across various dealers.

 

"Renault Duster limited Edition"
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ENGINE:

The Limited Edition Duster from Renault comes packed with surprise and fun. It carries various elements like Eco mode, Gearshift indicator and Cruise control with speed limiter, amongst others. The car will be powered by the 1.5-litre dCi engine and offers a choice of two power outputs, 110PS and 85PS. The powerful 110PS version has a six-speed manual transmission with gear ratios perfectly matched to the engine’s output with a fuel efficiency of 19.64kmpl (ARAI). The 85PS version features a five-speed manual transmission that delivers a best-in-class fuel efficiency of 19.87kmpl (ARAI). The Duster Limited edition is looking to significantly increase its presence pan India. The company is also planning to expand its dealership network across India.

EXTERIORS:

What’s new with the new Duster?

The Limited Edition Duster comes with all-new dark chrome front grille and a skid plate that reveals its SUV roots. It also comes with new racing stripes that look really sporty and compliment the vehicle’s robust design.  It comes with a Bold front armor that houses the sharp, bright lamps and sets a great tone for an expedition. Additionally, the vehicle carries wide, dark anthracite alloy wheels with new ‘Nouveau Orange’ highlight in the centre exemplify its spirit of adventure. The prominence of the Limited Edition Duster is obvious. The vehicle has smoky double barrel headlamps and a tailgate that has a dark chrome finisher with ‘Duster’ engraved on it, add to the overall style quotient. Matt black stripping on B & D pillars and sporty decals on the hood and sides, which ensure it, makes a strong impression on the road. And the wide, dark anthracite alloy wheels with new ‘Nouveau Orange’ highlight in the centre exemplify its spirit of adventure. The combination enhances Duster’s on road presence and road dominance. Overall, it is one of the best vehicles that carry a spectacular design both inside and outside.

INTERIORS:

The Renault Duster Limited Edition carries a snazzy Noveau Orange theme inside, with chrome inside door handles and orange door trim fabric inserts as well as the seat fabric upholstery. The shade can be seen on the gearshift below with orange stitch marks, chrome knob for parking breaks, new orange outlines on the air conditioning vents, leather steering wheel with orange stitch marks, and an orange-anodized instrument cluster. The vehicle has Eco mode, Gearshift indicator as well as Cruise Control and comes with speed limiter. This vehicle comes with a rare blend of ergonomics and elegance. Even the interiors of the Limited Edition Duster Explore are plush and ooze opulence and represent a bigger and more sophisticated cabin.

"Renault Duster Limited Edition"
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In addition to the successful launch of the limited edition Duster Explore, the CEO and Managing Director of Renault India, Sumit Sawhney shared “With Duster, we created a new segment in the Indian automotive industry. Duster plays a key role in Renault’s growth plans in India. As a forward-looking company, we have kept the Duster fresh and contemporary, exceeding customer expectations and building on the legacy of India’s favourite SUV. We are confident that the Duster will continue to be the benchmark in this category, and the newly launched Limited Edition Duster Explore will further build the Duster brand in India.”

"renault Duter Explore"
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PRICE:

The Limited Edition Duster Explore will be available in 2 variants, the Limited Edition Duster 85 PS RXL Explore and the Limited Edition Duster 110 PS RXL Explore at very attractive introductory pricing of Rs. 9.99 Lakh and Rs. 11.10 Lakh (ex-Delhi), respectively.

BOTTOM LINE:

Over the years, Renault has created a strong presence in India. The brand is popular among all SUV lovers in India. The Limited Edition Duster has proven its value and owning it is definitely something. With its aggressive price and the beautiful feature set, this vehicle is surely a desirable addition to the garage.

Ford Endeavour 2015

"Ford Endeavour 2015"

Overview:

American car manufacturer Ford has been quite popular in America. The successes lead to the increase of global sales of this brand. Currently, this brand happens to be present all across the world.

The Endeavour from Ford has been quite a popular SUV in India. But, owing to the rapid changes happening in the auto sector, Ford decided to bring a few changes to the Endeavour. Here is a review on the 2015 Endeavour that is set to take Indian market by storm most likely in October 2015. Indian market aside, the company will also launch the car in China, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

The next generation Ford Endeavour was first previewed as the ‘Everest concept’ model last year in Sydney, Australia. Ford then went ahead with the concept’s official unveiling at the Bangkok Motor Show this year. Now, that Ford has revealed the vehicle’s production ready version as well, the all new Endeavour seems to be very close to its official launch date. The production version of the 2015 Ford Endeavour is exactly the same as its concept, except the new alloys.

New Endeavour 2015:

The all-new 2015 Endeavour is to be based on a pick-up truck chassis. Since 2003, the Endeavour has been plying on Indian roads. Back then; the sales figures of this car were bleak. But, the all-new Endeavour is set to change that perception. The new Endeavour made its appearance at the Bangkok motor show and its international debut has definitely sparked up interest among enthusiasts. The specs, features and all the details have been leaked. So, lets take a look at them and determine if they are worth spending for.

 

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Engine & transmission
Spreading its boundaries across global markets, the 2015 Ford Endeavour is likely to drive with 2 different engine choices. The 2.2 liter four cylinder diesel and 3.2 liter five cylinder diesel engine. India will most likely carry the 2.5 liter and 3 liter diesel mill. To enhance performance, this vehicle will bid farewell to the current 5-speed manual transmission and introduce a 6-speed gearbox. This would also enhance the fuel efficiency of the new car.

Mileage
The obvious question would pop up in anyone’s mind. “Kitna Degi?”

Well, the Ford Endeavour 2015 is most likely expected to offer a combined fuel efficiency ranging from 12 to 14 kmpl.

Exterior Design:

The Exterior design of the Ford Endeavour is on the company’s Edge design philosophy. The next-gen model is expected to be more premium than its precursor. The vehicle will also offer enhanced off-road capabilities owing to its new ladder frame chassis. Ford has also endowed new independent coil-spring system at the vehicle’s rear to enhance its drive experience. The new Endeavour will boast of the new ‘Terrano Response’ 4 wheel drive system with adjusting traction control and other technological improvements that will really deliver an overall enhanced off-road performance.

The vehicle’s styling at the front resembles the concept showcased earlier with an upright three-part grille, small sweptback headlamps, a stylish front bumper under-guard flows onto the bumper to merge into the fog lamps. Move to the side and the design theme from the concept continues, with the raked front windshield, a slightly sloping roofline, up-swept window-line and a slight body sculpting near the bottom of the doors. You can also see that the SUV will feature subtle roof-rails, which sit flush onto the roof. At the rear, the Endeavour gets a new tailgate mounted spoiler, which is different from the one on the concept car. Rest of the design though is similar to the concept, with the large split tail lamps, the chunky chrome garnish and the boot lid-mounted number plate holder.

"2015 Ford Endeavour"
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The new Endeavour will be offered in 5-exterior paint shades:

  • Cool White
  • Black Mica Metallic
  • Silver Aluminum Metallic
  • Sparkling Gold Metallic
  • Red Sunset Metallic

 

Interior Design:
The new Ford Endeavour’s interior is expected to be inspired by the design of the Ford F-105 pickup truck. The next-gen Endeavour will get the company’s new SYNC2 multimedia setup and a large 8-inch display for the infotainment system.

"2015 Endeavour"
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This vehicle will feature Bi-Xenon automatic projector headlamps, Push button Start, Lane departure warning system too. Additionally, it will also have LED DRLs, Projector headlamps, 20-inch mag wheels, Panoramic Sunroof. Additionally, it will also feature 8-way power adjustable front seats, Power adjustment for the third row of seats, Ambient lighting, Driver’s knee airbag, Front parking sensors, Blind Spot monitoring system, Rear view camera, Leather upholstery, Automatic Headlamps and wipers, Cruise control as well as Hill descent control.

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Expected price
The all-new Ford Endeavour is expected to be tagged in the price bracket of Rs. 18 to Rs. 25 lakhs in India. The prices in Australia are already out and the top-end Titanium variant of this car is priced at AUS $76,990. The base variant retails for AUS $54,990, while the mid variant will go on sale for $60,990.

Ford Endeavour 2015 Expected launch date
The next-gen Endeavour is expected to have its Indian launch in September to October 2015.

Bottom Line:

Ford is bringing out the new Endeavour with an aggressive price. The company seems positive that the new car should achieve pleasing sales figures. Let’s wait and watch.

Renault KWID Preview

"Renault Kwid"

French automotive giant Renault has been a prominent player globally. With the launch of cars varying across various segments, the company has shown a keen interest towards the budget car market. That apart, the SUV segment has seen an incredible up rise in India. Taking such a lucrative opportunity in hand, Renault in collaboration with its partner Nissan is working on the new style statement for budget conscious buyers. Renault has unveiled a hatchback-based crossover called the KWID.

"Renault Kwid"
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Named after the concept car that it unveiled at the 2014 Auto Expo, the KWID, is a five-seater crossover underpinned by the French automaker’s CMFA platform and will be produced at their Chennai factory with 98 per cent localization. This vehicle looks the right amount of quirky and has inbred eccentricity. Set to launch in September 2015, Renault’s compact car, the Kwid, made its global debut in India on August 20, 2015 at the 2014 Delhi Motor Show. This sub-4meter car is allegedly the smallest crossover in the company’s portfolio. Though the vehicle will fall in the price bracket of Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 and Hyundai Eon, the Kwid will create a new mini crossover segment in India; and it will be lot more spacious and feature-rich than aforementioned rivals. Looking for something exciting in this article? the company is planning to launch it at a starting price of Rs. 3 lakh, while the top-end model will go up to Rs. 4 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

Interestingly, this compact SUV may be offered with both a 4-door and 2-door configuration.

In the meantime, here is a review on the KWID:

Engine:

Under the KWID’s hood will be an all-new 800cc, 3-cylinder petrol unit that has been developed by Renault-Nissan alliance. The engine should produce around 50bhp and 90Nm of torque. Mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox, this car is likely to debut an AMT from the Renault-Nissan stable. There will be no diesel model but a 1.0-litre model with higher power figures will arrive six months later. It is also possible that there may be a CNG model but this will only materialize based on demand.

Exteriors:

Measuring 3680mm in length and 1580mm in width, the Kwid will be the most spacious vehicle in its league. It will also have the segment-leading ground clearance of 180mm, which is, in fact, more than several crossovers/SUVs in India. The car does have a very futuristic and perky off-road lifestyle SUV look. This vehicle has lines similar to that of the Datsun GO but now gets body cladding, flared wheel arches and a forward leaning stance giving it a muscular appearance. It is the first car in the Indian market to debut the French automaker’s honeycomb grille and new headlight design. It gets an aggressive front bumper design that extends outwards and in the top spec variants houses the fog lamps.

"Renault Kwid"
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The side profile reveals the heavily flared wheel arches and forward leaning stance. The windscreen sharply rakes towards the rear. There is plastic cladding at the base of the doors, which are the color of the wheel arches and basically serve the purpose of rub rails.

"Renault Kwid"
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At the rear, the glass section is small and slopes forward while there is a sharp lip on the middle of the boot door. The plastic cladding sits right below the boot door and houses the number plate. Overall, its design shouldn’t come off as a disappointment.

Interiors:

The KWID shares same interior from the Pulse which is basically the layout of the Nissan Micra. However, while the layout is the same, the feature list will have many first in segment items. It gets a fully digital instrumental cluster, Media-NAV infotainment system, front power windows and AC. While the instrument cluster, power windows and AC are expected to be standard across all variants, we believe that the Media-NAV infotainment system will only be offered in the top-spec variants.  Other key features are piano black centre console with a chrome-surround, plastic cladding on sides, etc.

"Renault Kwid 2015"
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Price and competition:

The KWID is expected to be priced in the range of Rs 3 lakh to Rs 4.5 lakh and will compete with the Chevrolet Spark, Tata Nano, Datsun Go and the Hyundai Eon. It will be launched during the festive season and most likely with an introductory price.

Bottom line:

The KWID is certainly an exciting deal that is too hard to miss out. The only possible challenge for Renault is to increase the sales and ensure that the service of the KWID is taken care of. Players like Maruti, Tata and Hyundai have stronger presence in terms of service. Let’s wait and watch if Renault’s Budget car strategy would really monetize or will the competitors put the car at shame.

"Renault Kwid"
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Benelli Bikes India

"Benelli 899"

Established in 1911, Benelli is one of the oldest and the most popular motorcycle manufacturers in the world. The company dates back to the time when it used to manufacture shotguns. This Italian giant is known in plenty of countries and now its time that this company is getting a taste of desi tadka. DSK motowheels is a Pune based company well known in the auto industry for bringing Hyosung to India. Now, the company has signed a joint venture with Benelli. The Italian firm is now a part of motor group Qianjiang, a Chinese corporation. DSK-Benelli is importing its wide range of motorcycles ranging from 300 cc to 1130 cc via the CKD route. The assembling, marketing and servicing is handled by DSK MotoWheels India.  Currently, the company has introduced 5 new bikes to the Indian roads. Within no time, DSK Motowheels achieved a major milestone by 100 superbike registrations in just 3 months. The same sales record followed in Bengaluru. Here is a small review on the Benelli bikes released in India:

Benelli TNT 300: (TNT stands for Tornado Naked Tray) 

Benelli TNT 300 is one of the most sought after superbikes in India. The bike offers comfortable riding posture with 795mm seat height, the tall handle bars and a wide seat for the rider and the pillion as well. It has an extended wheelbase of 1410 mm for a stable ride. The large tail light and the chunky grab rails flows well with the rest of the TNT 300 design. With a fuel tank capacity of 16 liters, it’s decent.

"Benelli TNT 300"
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Engine:   The TNT 300 300 is powered by a 300cc, 4-stroke, 8-valve, liquid cooled, two-cylinder, DOHC engine which generates a maximum power of 37.73 Bhp at 11,500 rpm and a peak torque of 26.5 Nm at 10,000 rpm. The engine is mated to a six speed transmission and a wet clutch. It uses the electronic injection with twin 38 mm throttle bodies.

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Price: The TNT 300 is available in 3 different shades; Black, Red and White. The bike has been priced at INR 2.83 lakhs (Ex-Showroom Delhi).

Benelli 600i:

Benelli 600i is one of the finest bikes to touch Indian roads. Its massive looks, its sound and the bright color tone it carries is a wonder. The new TNT 600i uses 120/70R17 Metzeler Sportec tyre for the front and a 180/55R17 Metzeler Sportec tyre for the rear. The bike has 150 mm of ground clearance and a 15-litre fuel tank.

"Benelli 600i"
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Engine:.

The new TNT 600i is powered by 600 cc, 4-stroke, 16 valves, 4-cylinder DOHC engine, which is liquid, cooled. It produces 83.90 BHP @ 11,500 rpm and a torque of 54.6 NM @ 10,500 rpm. The engine is mated to a six-speed gearbox.

"Benelli 600 i"
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Price:

This is one such bike that is worth every penny spent. The sound, the dynamics and the speed is just too good to be true. Benelli TNT 600i is available in three shades namely Black, White and Red. It has been priced at INR 5,15,000 (Ex-Showroom Delhi).

 

Benelli TNT 600 GT:

"Benelli 600 GT"
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If the 600i is not enough, may be the 600 GT should grab your attention. The new TNT 600GT uses 120/70R17 Metzeler Sportec tyre for the front and a 180/55R17 Metzeler Sportec tyre for the rear. The bike has 150 mm of ground clearance and a 27 litre fuel tank. This bike is suitable for those who like exploring new roads. Ideal for long rides, secluded from the hubbubs of the society.

Engine:

The Benelli TNT 600GT is powered by 600 cc, 4-stroke, 16 valves, 4-cylinder DOHC engine, which is liquid, cooled. It produces 83.90 BHP @ 11,500 rpm and a torque of 54.6 NM @ 10,500 rpm. The engine is mated to a six-speed gearbox.

"Benelli 600 GT"
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Price:

Benelli TNT 600GT is available in White shade only. It has been priced at INR 5,62,000 (Ex-Showroom Delhi).

Benelli TNT 899:

If you are merciless on the roads, you ought to love the Benelli TNT 899 bike. The bike is thirsty for 16 liters of petrol at a time.

"benelli TNT 899"
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Engine:

The engine being an 899 cc powerhouse, generates 118.36 BHP @ 9500 rpm and 88 NM @ 8000 rpm. For keeping the horses calm, a liquid cooling system has been installed. Electronic fuel injection with three 53 mm diameter throttle bodies has been used for the best use of fuel being supplied. The six speed manual transmission makes it a true sprinter with more than enough power for each gear provided. A combination of technology and classic appeal surely defines the instrument cluster of the TNT 899. With a digital speedometer and an analogue tachometer, the thrill of watching your-self fly has been equally balanced. A digital clock for some time bound missions has also been provided into the digital console. The tachometer needle seems greedy as it always wishes for the highest position and after 8000 rpm, goose bumps are guaranteed.  

"Benelli 899"
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Price:

Benelli has priced the TNT 899 for INR 9,48,000 (ex-showroom New Delhi).

Benelli TNT 1130:

Currently, the 1130 happens to be the most expensive offering by TNT to Indian Bikers. This massive sized street bike screams out power. It’s available in a single seat option, making it a totally personal asset. Before buying, make sure that you have the alone riding capability inside you.  

"Benelli TNT 1130"
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Engine:

The giant has 1131 cc motor, producing a mind blowing 155.84 BHP, which in turn can blow everything, which comes in its way. Beware haters, 120 NM of torque is enough for letting the eyes get wide open. The ride is a true performer. Clubbed with six gears, the machine won’t let you know what the losing is all about. Ceasing the motion is not anyone’s cup of tea, but for the 320 mm twin floating wave discs with radial mounted Brembo 4 piston calipers, it’s just a daily routine. A 240 mm single disc with Brembo 2 piston calipers handles the rear. Not just that, 120/70-R17 tyre for the front and a huge 190/50-R17 for the rear accompany the safety team. Suspension expert Marzocchi’s 50 mm upside down forks care for the front end and ZF Sach’s fully adjustable rear monoshock handles the rear. In short, ease and comfort rides along the rider all the time. With its analogue and digital combination of the instrument console, the TNT 1130 makes a mark on the rider’s heart every time he goes for a ride. The style enhancing and space saving exhaust design, which comes out of the taillight differentiates it from all the street fighters. Even the tyre hugger at the back gets the same color as that of the body, making it one in a million.  

"Benelli TNT 1130 R"
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Price:

Benelli has introduced the TNT 1130 at a price of INR 11,81,000 (ex-showroom New Delhi)  

3D-printed car- Becoming a reality sooner than you think

"Blade 3D car"

Progressing with great strides, the Automobile sector is developing like crazy. To nature’s advantage, the industry holds its sensitivity towards a cleaner and greener environment. Although there are plenty of alternative sources to the diminishing natural gas production, the demand for newer alternatives is always felt.

A California-based company has come up with a crazy yet mind-blowing idea that they have successfully presented in the form of a prototype. So named Blade, the supercar is supposedly a creation that could dramatically reduce “the pollution, materials and capital costs” that are incurred and compromised during manufacture.

Divergent Micro-factories was founded by Kevin Czinger, who also founded Coda Automotive.  With Coda, he was focused on cleaning up the highways by promoting electric vehicle adoption. Coda’s electric car flopped, and the company filed for bankruptcy in 2013, emerging as the newly organized Coda Energy, a company that remains focused on energy storage for commercial and industrial applications.

But with the change in time and the enthusiasm of a true entrepreneur, the company has finally introduced the Blade to the world.

Kevin Czinger has spent most of his career in the automotive industry. One day he realized that no matter how fuel-efficient or how few tailpipe emissions the modern car has, the business of car manufacturing is destroying the environment.

3D printing of metal radically changes that. By looking at 3D printing not for that overall structure but to create individual modular structures that can be combined, that 3D printing transforms everything,” says Czinger.
He also says that 3D printing transforms everything by changing the way the structural components of cars are fabricated. Currently cars are pieced together on long assembly lines inside large factories that use massive amounts of energy. Even the most fuel-efficient car has a large carbon footprint before ever leaving the plant.

Czinger and his team’s approach were to take the large plant out of the equation. To accomplish this they printed the modular pieces that are used to connect carbon rods that make up the Blade’s chassis.

"Blade 3D car"
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Blade:

The construction of the Blade is purely put of carbon fiber. By using carbon fiber instead of steel or aluminum for the body, the entire vehicle only weighs 1400 pounds (635kg), giving it twice the weight to horsepower ratio of a Bugatti Veyron.
The 3D printed chassis is only 102 pounds and has the same strength and safety protection as a frame made out of steel,” says Brad Balzer, the lead designer on the project.

"Why Blade Car"
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The focus was mainly on the aesthetics of the car because gaining the attention of people is of vital importance. With visions of the hot rod building he did when he was younger, Czinger began formulating a simpler, less centralized concept of auto manufacturing based around a 3D-printed aluminum chassis joint he calls a node. Melting aluminum powder into form using a laser-based printing system makes the node. Individual nodes hold structural carbon fiber tubes together, building up a modular chassis like a sort of upsized children’s building kit.

"Aluminum Nodes on Blade"
3D Printed Aluminum Nodes
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Divergent says that its node-based chassis weighs some 90 percent less than an average car chassis and requires far less material and energy to produce. In fact, in introducing the concept, it carried the nodes and tubes for an entire chassis in a 120-liter shoulder bag. Divergent believes its 3D-printed nodes are analogous to the Arduinos that have opened up innovation within electronics, hiding technological complexity within an interface that is easy to work with. By using 3D-printed nodes, Divergent says that it can drastically cut down on the amount of space, time and investment required for automotive manufacturing. Once printed, the nodes allow a chassis to be constructed in a matter of minutes in a small, simple micro factory space. No longer will building a profitable car require the resources of a global corporation. In fact, the company’s plan has already started infiltrating the auto industry.

 

Engine:

The Blade has been pampered like a queen. It has the chops to claim the title of world’s first 3D-printed supercar. The car has a 700-hp bi-fuel (gas/CNG) four-cylinder turbo engine and purportedly has the ability to sprint from 0 to 96.5 km/h in a flat two seconds. Reduction in carbon footprint is a positive gift to the environment and insane speed is the gift to the driver of the Blade.

 

Price:

Well, the price of this 3D printed car that carries carbon fiber reinforced ABS plastic coating ranges from $18,000 to $ 30,000. Although the official figures aren’t out, this is the anticipated dollar.

 

"Blade Supercar"
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Beyond just building the Blade, Divergent hopes to “dematerialize and democratize” the auto manufacturing industry by putting its 3D-printed build technology into the hands of small start-ups. This will allow those start-ups to avoid the extremely cost-intensive barriers of traditional auto manufacturing and innovate new vehicles out of micro factories of their own. Divergent estimates the cost of developing a traditional car factory at US$1 billion, putting the cost of a micro factory with 10,000-car/year capacities at around $20 million.

"Blade 3D car"
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Bottom Line:

The Blade is a great technological marvel of sorts. This innovation not only saves time, it is also an economical way of building a speed demon. Once out, this car is sure to give various super cars a dose of Mother Nature.

Mahindra TUV300 Compact SUV

"TUV300 mahindra"

Style is a constant and the auto industry uses this strategy to survive. Mahindra and Mahindra have had their fair share of reputation with the launch of the stunning XUV 500. It goes to show that Indian consumers prefer stylish SUV to the somewhat box-shaped SUVs. The delight is in the design and of course the XUV boasts its Tall Macho Looks, Heavy Body Build and Design.  Based on the very same concept, the company had conceived the idea of bringing out a rather budget friendly SUV that carries most of the styling from its older sibling (XUV 500) and naming it TUV 300.

Tough Utility Vehicle 

"TUV300 mahindra"
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The TUV Three double O is the new avatar of the XUV 500. This vehicle would cater in to segment of Diesel SUV Lovers in range of 7 to 11 Lac Price Segment. Although the sales numbers of Mahindra & Mahindra aren’t the headline grabbing type, the company is at its best to being some of the best looking SUV’s to the industry. At present, there are two Mahindra vehicles that are constantly getting spotted while testing rigorously on the Indian roads. On one hand, there is the 2014 Mahindra Scorpio facelift which is getting spied in and out every now and then, and is expected to be major launch in this year’s festive season. On the other, there is the Mahindra S101 compact SUV (TUV 300), which is going to be Mahindra’s sub-4 meter answer to the very popular Ford Ecosport.

"TUV 300 mahindra"
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Mahindra certainly shows its anxiety when it comes to the launch of the new compact SUV. With an offering like Quanto that lacks the desired luster, Mahindra is cautious about the design language. The new Mahindra compact SUV, which is still codenamed as the S101 is quite likely to be named TUV 300.

Features:

Expected to launch sometime in 2015, the TUV300 will snuggle into the 4-meter category and is sure to avail plenty of tax benefits. The S101 or TUV 300 is going to be an exciting concept that is going to be packed with features to enjoy loads of comfort and entertainment. Mahindra is among the first to explore depths of SUV design and technology. These vehicles look sporty and stylish at the same time, evident with the grand design of XUV500. With competitors like Renault Duster, VW taigun, Ford Ecosport on the lookout, Mahindra is aware of the level of features and value additions it has to offer to attain control of the market.

To add some sort of excitement, here is a possible list of features that might enthrall you.  The TUV 300 might be loaded with features like Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD). Furthermore, it might have Engine Immobilizer, Child-Protection Door Locks and Central Locking. There is also digital Clock, Tachometer, Low Fuel Warning, Parking Brake Indicator, Door Ajar Warning etc that can be considered.

For lighting the SUV gets Front Fog Lights, Rear Fog Lights, Headlight Leveler, ORVM Turn Indicators, interior Room Lamp, Standard Halogen Headlamps, Music System, AUX Compatibility, USB Compatibility, AM/FM Radio, Roof Antenna, Bluetooth Compatibility, Front and rear Headrest (Adjustable), Folding Rear Seats and Driver Seat Adjustment are definitely a great combination.

Interiors:

The Interiors on the TUV 300 are supposedly the plush type that comes packed with a grand punch. The inclusion of Dual Tone Interiors, Glove Box, Day & Night Inside Rear View Mirror and Leather Steering and Gear knob can be expected. To assure safety of passenger and rider there are Seatbelt Reminder, Dual Horns, First-aid kit, Rear View Camera, Rear Seat Belts, Airbags, Front Seat Belts and Parking Sensors.

The TUV 300 is expected to have a seating arrangement of 3+3. This could also mean the introduction of a bench seat in the front row and hence, the gear lever will have to be placed on the dashboard instead of the floor. This is exactly what was spotted in some recently released spy shots that revealed a part of the TUV 300’s interiors flaunting a dash mounted gearshift lever.

 

Engine:

 

The TUV 300 is expected to come in all new Diesel Engine on Lines of Mhawk – yet Powerful at around 100 PS Power with Option of 16 Inch Alloy Wheels in Top End along with 6 Inches Touchscreen Infotainment System as seen in XUV500 – would compete against likes of Ecosport, Duster and Creta 1.4 Litre Engine. The car will be powered by 1493 cc 1.5L, turbocharged diesel engine which can offer 100 BHP (expected) power and 240 NM (expected) torque on ride. Engine mated to 5-speed manual gears for a smooth transmission.

 

Exteriors:

The muscularly designed car has Alloy Wheels, Spare Wheel and Tubeless Tyres. The car will be appealing on exterior and will features and options like Tinted Glass, Roof Rails, Door Black out Tapes, Body Colored Bumpers, Body Colored Door Handles, Spare Tyre Cover, Locking Wheel Nut for Spare Wheel, Body Colored Outside Mirrors, Mud Flaps, Both Side, Electrically adjustable mirrors etc.

"mahindra 300 TUV"
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Price:

The Mahindra TUV 300 will range between Rs. 7 lacs to Rs. 11 lacs.

 

 

Start up companies Self-Driving India

"Revv cars"

Innovation and creativity are two of the most casually thrown words in the start up world. But its usage is what defines the companies. Taxi’s have been used extensively in India and worldwide, they have been the bread and butter for a select few. I remember the days in Goa when I used to rent bikes and use them to the point where I would term “vehicle abuse” Technology and innovation driven India was taking a huge turn into start up companies. Every individual, college pass out/drop out would have dreamt less of porn than dreaming about his or her own start up company. While some companies play it safe to sustain themselves for a couple of years, some take the bold road and risk it all.

Some of the companies that have risked it big are well known brand names that job aspirants look forward to. Self-driving in India has a huge potential and some companies are cashing in big time. Especially considering lecherous taxi drivers turning into chronic masturbators who get a hard on even when they lay eyes on a silencer. That’s definitely creepy and so, self-driving is a much safer means of traveling.  Why hire a chauffer driven car when you can drive it yourself? This is a nice concept that involves less risk and its more often than not a concept that Indians are getting comfortable with. Here is a list of a few start up companies that have seen the bigger picture and are creating a revolution:

Zoom Car:

A self-drive car sharing company whose head quarter is in Banglore. Started by David Back and Greg Moran, this company is fairly new and started its operations in February 2013. But don’t be fooled with the freshness, this company has copious brains that know the in and out of the industry. An American Duo started this company while they were studying at University of Pennsylvania.  After dropping out of their respective field, they came to India to pursue Zoom.

"Zoom Cars"
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Humble Beginning; The company started with a fleet of 7 cars in Bangalore and had some of the best brains on board to make things function. The company has raised a total of $ 3 million in equity capital, which is pretty impressive.

"Zoom car"
Image Source: www.zoomcar.com

The $ 1.5 million seed round was laed by New York Investment network Empire Angels. Zoom in their later years also partnered with companies like Ford and Mahindra that allowed them to become the first car rental company in India to offer an electric vehicle, the Reva E20 by Mahindra. It also included Ford Ecosport urban SUV. Zoom also works in coordination with local established real estate developers, hotels, universities as well as corporate IT companies to secure parking for its vehicles and offers pick-up points to its members.

"Zoom car with Tata"
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Bla-Bla Cars: Christmas was around the corner and Frédéric Mazzella was under pressure to get to his family home in Fontenay-le-Comte, 300 miles outside Paris – but all the trains were full. After eventually getting a lift from his sister, he noticed most of the cars on the road were empty but for the driver. This was a vast inefficiency in his eyes – but one that got him thinking.

"Bla Bla Cars"
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“The idea was to organize all the available seats in cars just like we organize all the available seats in planes and trains, with a real search engine, and this did not exist. There was only demand and no offer and organized in a very weird way in that you would have neighbors who would share a ride but you did not know where they were going and when,” he says.

"Bla Bla car"
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This Paris-based company has around 6-million loyal customers spread across various countries. It basically links drivers with passengers who can buy seats.  According to the company, a million people use its website every month, keying in details of where they want to go and when, and getting a list of drivers heading to the same destination, with their journey history and a price – which can be a fraction of a ticket on public transport. As is with a typical start up scenario, BlaBla car had its share of struggle and brainstorming.

Current Stats:

The company is stationed across 19 countries and has proudly shared 3 billion miles. This concept is eco friendly too. It has an estimate of 7lakh tons of CO2 saved. Going mobile is one of the smartest decisions for huge start up companies to constantly be in touch with its prospects. The bla bla car app has around 5 million app users (both iOS and Android) and has a huge following of Facebook too. This French startup has raised $100 million that is led by Index Ventures. The owner says that Bla Bla car is a market place where you can find a driver who is driving from one city to another and book a seat in advance. While drivers make a bit of money, riders can travel cheap.

Revv:

Self Drive rental cars are the latest trend among the young Indians. Rather than owning a car, it’s more economical to rent one.  Most metro cities have adapted to the economic way and have self-drive car rentals that are being picked up by people for short weekend trips or sometimes for moving intra-city as well.   Revv has a similar model to that of Zoom. Albeit the similarity, the company claims its model to be a mix of Zip car and Dominos. Delivering the car to the user is definitely a delight to lazy bones like me.

Doorstep delivery is a global first and no other company has tried this concept. Anupam was a junior partner with McKinsey and his job had much to do with hardcore execution at automotive manufacturing plants. The other partners in this venture also share an automotive background. Amidst the list of investors, there is also an inclusion of  the newly hired CEO of Myntra, more than ten directors and partners from McKinsey (including the heads of logistics and automotive practices), the CEO of a national cable TV distribution company, senior executives from an investment fund, and a German soccer professional. With a fleet of about 50 cars, the company launched operations in NCR on July 27.

"Revv cars"
Image Source: yourstory.com

 

Current stats:

Revv’s portfolio of cars includes 60 percent SUVs (three to four models), 10 per cent ultra-luxury (two to three models), 30 per cent sedan and hatchback (three to four models). The short-term vision is to popularize the notion of self-drive car rentals in India, and to make the market really take-off through a product that mimics the privacy and convenience of one’s own car. In the long run, all car rental companies take on private car ownership, through a communal car-share concept, to build a future where people do not have to buy cars to be able to use them.

Virtual Baja SAE 2015: OffRoad Competition

BAJA SAE INDIA with its inception in 2007, has come up a long way to become INDIA’s biggest Off-road Motorsports Competition for Engineering Students. With support from major players in the automotive industry like Mahindra & Mahindra, Chevrolet, Volvo etc. this event has definitely made a mark in the lives of thousands of Engineering Students across the country.

It is all about designing and fabricating a single seater ATV (All Terrain Vehicle) which can negotiate various off-road conditions like hills, wooden logs obstacles, bumps, pits and various other tough conditions. With its growth across the years, the difficulties of qualifying for the event have also increased.

The event is divided into two phases. Phase 1 includes the team registrations from Engineering Colleges and a qualifying round commonly known as “VIRTUAL BAJA SAE INDIA”. Phase 2 involves the main event “BAJA SAE INDIA” held at NATRAX test tracks near Pithampur, Indore. Now, we will have a look about recently completed VIRTUAL BAJA SAE INDIA 2015 event and also an interactive session we had with students from TEAM KSHATRIYA representing VIT, Vellore.

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TEAM KSHATRIYA’S ATV IN ACTION DURING BAJA SAE INDIA 2015

VIRTUAL BAJA SAE INDIA 2015 was organised from 10th July – 11th July, 2015 at Chitkara University, Chandigarh which is located on Chandigarh-Patiala Highway. The event was greeted with a huge response from the Engineering Students and around 395 teams from various Engineering Colleges of the country participated in this mega event. This event acted as qualifier to BAJA SAE INDIA 2016 main event. The major objective of this event was to judge the designs and feasibility of ATV’s being proposed by various participating teams. A test for automotive general knowledge and BAJA SAE INDIA 2016 rule book guidelines was also included for the first time.

All the teams were required to present the designs of their ATV’s to the experts from the automotive industry. An interactive presentation majorly includes basic dimensional lay out of the vehicle, roll cage design, virtual simulations using CAE (Computer Aided Engineering) software to test the vehicle at design stage itself, suspension and steering design, power-train system, brakes systems , driver ergonomics, electrical wiring and safety aspects and innovations being proposed in the vehicle.

Considering the tough conditions for the vehicle to comply with in the main event, the students needs to put a lot of effort in making successful designs and which eventually plays very important role in qualifying for the main event.  At the end of the day, 179 teams were only selected for the main event and only these teams would be allowed to go for fabricating their off-road buggy and race it for the main event.

We had an interaction with students of TEAM KSHATRIYA from VIT, Vellore who were positioned 2nd in the VIRTUAL BAJA SAE INDIA 2015 and also secured overall 3rd position at BAJA SAE INDIA 2015.

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TEAM KSHATRIYA members participating in VIRTUAL BAJA SAE INDIA 2015

Q.1. Hello, Team Kshatriya! Can you brief us about the history of TEAM KSHATRIYA?

Ans.

Team Kshatriya was founded in the year 2006, by a group of dedicated Mechanical Engineering students of VIT, Vellore. We are an off-road racing team fueled by passion and driven by desire that has grown in strength ever since its inception. What defines us is our nine long years of experience in BAJA Racing. 9 years, 8 cars, 13 trophies and 2 podium finishes are what have been achieved till date.

Q.2 How do you feel about winning the 3rd position in BAJA SAE INDIA 2015 and now the 2nd position in Virtual BAJA SAE India 2015?

Ans.

To most of them, it would be a moment to take pride in, and so is for us. The hard work and sleepless nights did pay off eventually. Not to mention, we are not yet stopping. It’s only a milestone crossed with many more to come.

Q.3 What is the driving force that imparts this consistency in an event such rigorous?

Ans.

We believe that winning isn’t getting ahead of others; it’s getting ahead of yourself. Learning from previous mistakes and incrementing our efforts every year adjunct with hard work in the right way is the key to success.

Q.4 What are the difficulties that you are facing?

Ans.

A large number of innovations require even a larger funding, and that is where we are lacking for now. We have taken considerable initiatives in publicizing our works. We need people to know who we are and what we do.

Q.5 What are your upcoming plans?

Ans.

A lot of innovations have been designed and are to be incorporated within the vehicle. Now, when it comes to BAJA, it is all about the endurance and sustainability in tough terrains hence the innovations are to be tested for the same. That is what we are up to for now.

So, here was TEAM KSHATRIYA moving ahead for the main event with lots of experience in their baggage. We wish them good luck for BAJA SAE INDIA 2016.

Finally, I would like to say that this event is definitely taking right shape by converting students into Automotive Engineers and Managers by making them learn things in a practical manner and also improving academia – industry relationships.

For more details, please visit

www.bajasaeindia.org

www.teamkshatriya.com

 

Weirdest cars of all time

"Tubular Cars"

Trolling others is perhaps the funniest way to get a smile or giggle on screen hooked junkies these days. But, how would it make you feel if you were to notice some of the weirdest (and I mean it in a funny way) cars ever made? Obviously, the makers of such unique trolls on wheels must have had a fresh dope of some of the weirdest $h!t.

Here is an article that should drive you crazy. Brace yourselves 🙂

Peel 50:

Hmmm….A 3-wheeled car, where have I seen it before? Ah, yes this car reminds me of the Mr. Bean series. The Blue car in that series was the handicapped cousin of all cars, due to its 3-wheel base. The Peel 50 happens to be the smallest automobile to ever go into production. Interestingly weird right?

"peel 50 car"
Smallest car in the world

Cam Van: Because 1 camera is just too lame:

In 1993, Harrod Blank had this weird idea to cover his car with cameras and to drive it around to take pictures of people on the streets. At the end of the dream, Harrod looked at pictures taken with the van of faces frozen in the moment of awe, pictures so powerful that the next morning he decided to attempt to build such a vehicle in reality. Soon after, his friends accompanied him for the next 2 years into building this dream cam van.

"Camera Van"
“Camera Van”

I hope google knows about this, it would have made things so much better. An interesting sight it the placement of cameras sequentially arranged to form the word “SMILE”

"camera Car"
Camera Car

Hippie car:

Grass might be green on both the sides, but how would it look like when the grass grew on the car.

"Grass Car"
Grass Car

Well, this experiment was nothing short of crazy. The grass-loving (keeping my imagination open to all sorts of grass) owner decided to allow Mother Nature do her thing to the car. Oddly enough, the car looks fine. I’m guessing that this car must be hybrid and runs on some green fluid (something similar to mountain due :P)

Not so Happily married car:

Well, as the name suggests, this car makes it really obvious. Apparently this couple considered that alimony was just too mainstream and took separation to a whole new level. Judging by the look of this car that has been precisely cut into half, I can only imagine the amount of things that had to be literally be severed.

"Divorced Car"
“Divorced Car”

This is????

It looks like a bug that had feasted on some humans is riding away to glory. Yep, its definitely weird looking, I’ve got to admit, the holes add a little character to this weird thing on wheels. But well, creativity sees no holes even if its on a bug shaped ride with holes on it.

"Weird Car"
“Weird Car”

Ugly Monstrosity:

Wonder what went into designing this ride!?

Monsters look really good on some rides, but making a ride out of what seems like a monster might not be such a great idea. Especially, if the monster is having a bad fur day. Even the worst teacher during my school days has never looked so eerie. But, no complaint to whomsoever has had this nightmare-inspired thing.

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monster-car

 

Why go fast, when you can snail your way through!

I’m assuming a few parents who were so inspired by the speed of a snail went completely literal with this ride. Designed quite well, but I wonder how slow it goes?

"Snail Car"
Snail Car

 

Play Boy’s nightmare:

Weird has just no definition does it? To say the least, this ride looks somewhat like a bunny. To add to the weirdness, check out the people sitting inside.

"Bunny Car"
“Bunny Car”

 

Tubs away:

It’s a child’s fantasy to pretend that his bathtub is a supercar and he’s riding it crazy. But, this rider went bonkers with this absolutely insane idea of converting her bathtub into a ride.

"Bath Tub Car"
“Bath Tub Car”

 

Spacious car:

This geek car, the owner must have had plenty of floppies and decided to glue them onto his car.

"Floppy Car"
Floppy Car

Post it:

What do you do if you have $h!t loads of post its? Simple, glue every decent inch of your jaguar with it. Looks like even the jaguar has had enough and has decided to leap the F#@k off.

"Weird Post it cars"
Weird Post It car

 

Tubes, Tubes and more Tubes:

The owner of this car must be related to Mario. He has left no space on his car un-tubed. Does he have tubes for seats too? Quite weird right?

 

"Tubular Cars"
Tubular Car

 

Limoooooooooo:

This limo doesn’t run out of wheels for the most part. Built by Jay “Hollywood”Ohrberg, this Limo named American dream was 100 feet long that was powered by 2-Cadillac V8’s and ran on 26 wheels with a pool and a helipad (that’s right, helipad) at the back. With a seating capacity of 75 people, its definitely one heck of a ride.

"Largest Limo"
Largest Limo

 

Face Off: Honda Mobilio vs Renault Lodgy

2015 Renault Lodgy front

The MPV segment is no longer the small, largely unpopulated section of the Indian car market. The massive success of the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga breathed new life into the stagnating MPV segment. This new class of vehicles, dubbed compact MPVs offered the space and comfort of conventional SUVs without the high price tags. As a result, customers swarmed in numbers at the prospect of owning a car that could double up as a family vacation getaway vehicle.

Here in India, the compact MPV segment is currently led by the recently launched Honda Mobilio. The car’s stylish exterior and its revered Japanese background helped displace Maruti Suzuki from the top spot. With the massive success garnered by Honda’s first foray into this segment, French manufacturer Renault has also introduced its own Lodgy MPV from the Indian market. Extremely popular overseas, the Lodgy hopes to loosen the strong foothold held by the Japanese here in India.

Design:

Honda Mobilio:

Honda offers the Mobilio with an unconventional set of variants. Aside from the regular petrol and diesel models, the Japanese automaker also offers a diesel only RS version that adds tastefully done cosmetic changes. We take a look at what the range topping RS version has to offer in terms of aesthetics.

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The Honda Mobilio in its RS trim is one of the most stylish MPVs currently in the Indian market

The Mobilio RS sports projector headlights with LEDs, high end alloy wheels, tailgate spoiler and generous bits of chrome all around. The RS variant massively improves on the MPV’s aesthetics.

Renault Lodgy:

The Renault adopts a radically different design philosophy as compared to the Mobilio. While the Mobilio features signature Japanese styling that greatly appeals to the youth, the Lodgy adopts a far more neutral styling approach that is not targeted at any specific . The only defining characteristics of the French MPV are the large Renault Badge and a three strip chrome grille.

2015 Renault Lodgy front
The Renault Lodgy could have used better styling

Winner: Honda Mobilio RS

Interior:

Honda Mobilio:

The Mobilio’s dashboard is quite minimal. The signature asymmetric layout and analogue dials for the air conditioning may not be to everyone’s liking. However, what the Honda MPV lacks in terms of creature comforts, it more than makes up for in terms of space. The MPV offers more space than any of its competitors by significantly reducing the thickness of each passenger seat’s back support. While this increases interior space, the comfort is sure to have been compromised.

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The Honda Mobilio offers oodles of interior space

Renault Lodgy:

Renault offers a rather premium interior for the Lodgy MPV. Diamond quilted leather seats, adjustable headrests for all passengers, touchscreen infotainment system and arm rests for the front and middle passenger rows add to the upmarket feel of the French MPV. The Lodgy’s beige and chocolate brown color scheme that may not go with every paint job on offer.

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Renault has endowed the Lodgy MPV with upmarket interiors

Compared to the Honda Mobilio, the Renault Lodgy offers a far more upmarket feel in terms of interiors. The feature loaded center console, symmetric dashboard and thicker backrests are sure to provide a far more comfortable ride experience.

Winner:  Renault Lodgy

 

Engine:

Honda Mobilio:

The Japanese car maker offers the Mobilio is both petrol and diesel versions. Honda has fitted the diesel variant with an engine from its all new i-DTEC series of engines. The 1.5 l diesel mill seen earlier on the Amaze and City produces 99 hp at 3600 RPM and a peak torque of 200 Nm @ 1750 RPM. Power is sent to the front wheels via a 5 speed manual gearbox.

The petrol variant is powered by the manufacturer’s 1.5 l i-VTEC engine that produces 117 hp @ 6600 RPM and 145 Nm torque @ 4600 RPM. Honda has also paired the petrol Mobilio with a 5 speed manual ‘box. Sadly however, Honda has not released any news of an automatic variant.

Renault Lodgy:

While the Honda Mobilio caters to both the petrol and diesel customer base, Renault has opted to focus only on the diesel MPV market with the Lodgy. All variants of the Lodgy MPV are powered by a 1.5 l dCi unit. However, to allow for a wider price range across its models, the French car manufacturer offers the diesel in two states of tune. Lower variants produce 84 bhp @ 3750 RPM and 200 Nm of torque at 1900 RPM while the more expensive variants produce 108 hp @4000 RPM and a peak torque of 245 Nm at 1750 RPM. The 84 hp variant is paired with a 5 speed manual while the more powerful model is paired with a 6 speed manual.

Honda has always been known for its engineering ingenuity and the Mobilio is no exception. Although the Japanese automaker has created the Mobilio MPV with parts borrowed from other cars in its lineup, the combination works beautifully. Renault’s lack of petrol engine may prove fatal in the long run.

Winner: Honda Mobilio

Verdict:

The face off ends in a draw. The Honda Mobilio and Renault Lodgy complement each other. What one lacks, the other has. While the Lodgy isn’t the most stylish option in this segment, it offers more creature comforts than its Honda counterpart. At the same time, the Lodgy could have used more versatile engine options to service a wider audience.