GenZe: Mahindra’s first electric two wheeler

Innovative urban mobility has been in the spotlight for the automotive industry. This is mainly due to the increasing traffic, safety issues, emissions degrading the environment etc . Products like compact cars, electric bikes and other innovative urban mobility vehicles are taking their place on roads. Many players in the industry are making products which defines urban mobility between two points in a comfortable and simpler manner. Based on the similar concept, Mahindra has come up with their first electric two wheeler named ” GenZe” in USA. “GenZe” refers to the new generation mobility with zero emissions. The vision of GenZe is to transform urban lifestyles by developing highly efficient and fun vehicles.

GenZe 2.0 by Mahindra (Source: www.genze.com)
GenZe 2.0 by Mahindra (Source: www.genze.com)

Form here, we will go through about the technology, features, specifications and many more things about GenZe 2.0.

TECHNOLOGY & FEATURES:

All the features of GenZe 2.0 are made to make drive simple and lots of fun for the rider. This vehicle has the ability to make the rider interact with the vehicle and this is what makes these type of vehicles smart. Here are some of the key technologies and features involved in the making of this vehicle:

  • Touch Pad display:

Commonly two wheelers will have a conventional speedometer, with limited interaction with the rider. However, GenZe 2.0 has a 7 inch Cruise Connect Touch screen display which shows speed, range, battery charge level, CO2 reduction. Additionally, the rider can choose the three driving modes based on type of drive. One of the modes is dedicated for new learners of GenZe. All these keep the drivers interaction with vehicle at all time and thus make driving a fun activity.

7 inch Touch Screen of GenZe 2.0 (Source: www. genze.com)
7 inch Touch Screen of GenZe 2.0 (Source: www. genze.com)
  • Aluminum Chassis:

For a smart vehicle, it needs to be light and Aluminum provides it the strength along with lesser weight. Light weight aluminium chassis enhances performance of GenZe 2.0. The one piece chassis is stronger, lighter, corrosion and dent resistant. With compact design, it also adds to the aesthetics of the vehicle. The looks are definitely different from the conventional two wheeler and the build quality of GenZe 2.0 clearly shows it.

Aluminium Chassis Built of GenZe 2.0 (Source: www.genze.com)
Aluminium Chassis Built of GenZe 2.0 (Source: www.genze.com)
  • Smart Power Module:

For higher efficiency of any electric vehicle, the power module needs to be efficient. It can be charged from any 110 volt outlet. Also there is flexibility in charging of the power module, as you can take the Lithium Ion Batteries pack anywhere you want. It easily comes out of the vehicle with little effort.

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Smart Power Module of GenZe 2.0 (Source: www.genze.com)
  • Power-Port:

It is not always to charge the batteries of the vehicle. With the on-board power ports, you can go for easily charging of your personal electronics like Smartphone. The ports are available in the under seat storage area.

  • Switch and Go System:

This allows the rider to go on a GenZe 2.0 without any effort. A key less system requires only a throttle for a comfortable and relaxing ride of the day.

  • Slant Seat:

If you are stuck in a heavy traffic, you definitely want to know whether this will be there for a longer time or will get clear soon. You can look over the traffic on your ride with GenZe 2.0 through the slant seat feature. Here you can adjust the seat position very easily.

  • LED Lighting:

The most efficient LED lights are installed considering the safety aspects of the rider as well as the people on roads. LED lights also make the vehicle to look beautiful on roads with its sleek design and light glow.

  • Larger Front Wheel:

It allows stability at higher speeds and also absorbs obstructions from the roads and un-smooth surfaces. This results in a smoother and a comfortable ride.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS:

Technical Specifications of GenZe 2.0 (Source:www.genze.com)
Technical Specifications of GenZe 2.0 (Source: www.genze.com)

CUSTOMIZING GenZe 2.0:

Apart from all the above mentioned exciting features, GenZe 2.0 can be customized based on rider requirements. You can opt for various options which include Cargo Covers, Cargo units and Windshield.

  • Cargo units can be installed on the rear of the vehicle and are removable. They can be preferred by the riders going for a long journey and these units are durable, UV resistant and also rain proof. Thus allows the rider to go for ride of the lie with an ease and comfort.
Cargo Units in GenZe 2.0 (Source : www.genze.com)
Rear Placed Cargo Units in GenZe 2.0 (Source: www.genze.com)
  • Some rider look for longer windshields for aesthetics as wells as to keep themselves safe from road elements.
Windshield in GenZe 2.0 (Source : www.genze.com)
Windshield in GenZe 2.0 (Source : www.genze.com)

With GenZe 2.0, Mahindra has definitely taken a step towards the development of urban mobility in an efficient manner. This vehicle has the promise of stability, aesthetics and range with adequate power which would make any urban commuter curious to take a ride in one of the advanced systems in urban mobility. These vehicles are making the foundation for the futuristic vehicles and thus they play a major role in their existence for the future.

 

Land Rover India: In the lap of Luxury

"Land Rover Range Rover"

Ever since Tata took over the company, Land rover has become one of the most popular selling luxury cars in India. Besides its operations worldwide, the company has retained its mighty image in the luxury car market. The following article is based on the multifarious Land rover models available widely across India.

Land Rover Range Rover  LWB 5.0:

Perhaps one of the most prestigious rides by Land Rover, the Range rover LWB is a luxury sports utility vehicle that comes with a long history of pristine craftsmanship as well as the legendary off-road prowess to go by. This royal ride comes with smooth riding skills that commandeer both on and off roads.

"Land Rover Range Rover"
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Engine:

Available in multiple diesel and petrol engine variants, the Range Rover is powered by a 4.4 L SDV8 diesel engine that boosts up 334.4 bhp of power and 700 Nm of torque. The vehicle has a 3.0 L TDV6 engine variant too that produces 254.5 bhp and 600 Nm of torque. The Petrol engine is a 5.0 L Supercharged V8 Petrol engine that generates a whooping 503 bhp of power accompanied by 625 Nm of torque. The car comes equipped with a smooth and intuitive 8-speed auto transmission with Drive Select Rotary Shifter and paddle shift control on steering wheel column. The All-New Range Rover can achieve a maximum speed of 218 km/h and can sprint 0-100 km/h in a cool 6.9 seconds.

Style:

Born with royal attitude, this stylish SUV is as distinctive as it looks. It looks trim, muscular and athletic, and carries a box-shaped structure accompanied by strength and power. The car comes with stylish alloys of 5-split spoke 20-inch design and attractive front lamps with adaptive Xenon headlamps, which have automatic on function and directional lighting. The interiors on this royal ride come with Meridian Surround Sound audio system with 825-watt output, multi-changer CD system and a new 8-inch high-resolution touch screen display with dual-view technology and a steering wheel with five way toggle switches. It also has 4-zone air conditioning system to cool every inch of the interior.  The Ranger Rovers come equipped with ABS, Hill Descent Control, Dynamic Response, Electronic Traction Control and Cornering Brake Control. Passengers are protected by eight airbags. Surround Camera System aid for better driving in the All-New Range Rover. The company has left no gap for a frown; this car has pretty much everything to spoil the owner.

 

 

Price:

Did I mention that this was a royal car? Well, the price of the Range Rover LWB 5.0 ranges between Rs. 1.85 to 2.58 crores.

 

Land Rover Freelander 2:

Another compact SUV from the Land rover stable is the Freelander2.  This 4X4 lifestyle SUV is compact in nature, but it makes up for a great city vehicle.

"Land Rover Freelander 2"
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Engine:

The Freelander2 comes with a 2.2 litre common rail diesel engine that produces a peak output of 190 bhp at 3500 RPM as well as 420 Nm of torque. The car comes mated to 6-speed automatic transmission. This vehicle looks tough enough to tame all sorts of roads.

Style:

The Freelander 2 carries new front, rear bumpers and tail lamps since the Freelander. This vehicle has high build quality along with plush interiors. The car carries Map My India satellite navigation system, USB connectivity too.

 

Price:

The Freelander 2 starts off at Rs. 45.43 lakh and touches the 52 lakh landmark. It isn’t too expensive a proposition and comes with plenty of features.

Range Rover Evoque:

By far, one of the most eye catching Range Rover built, the Evoque remains my favorite ride till date. This sophistically styled SUV is simply designed towards perfection. With crisp lines, sophisticated styling and elegant cabin space, the Evoque is a versatile 4×4. This car was unveiled unveiled at the North American International Auto Show as the Land Rover. It was inspired by the Land Rover LRX concept. Interestingly, Victoria Beckham was a design consultant for the Range Rover Evoque.

"Range Rover Evoque"
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Engine:

The Evoque comes with 2 different engine options. Its 2.2L Turbo-Diesel engine that produces 187 bhp and 420 Nm of torque. There are four Terrain Response settings, General Driving, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud and Ruts and Sand. Transmission system is a 6-speed automatic unit, which enhances the performance through smoother and quicker gearshifts.

Styling:

This vehicle has innovation written all over it. With a terrain response, the engine adapts transmission and electronic systems to maximize driving comforts and traction. With a generous amount of aluminum found in the bonnet, roof and composite plastic used for the tailgate, the car offers a full-length glass sunroof as an option. It has Xenon headlamps with LED lighting that give it a premium appeal. With electronic mirrors, 18-inch sparkle silver alloy wheels and bold arches, this car is as sporty as any SUV can get.

 

Price:

The Range Rover Evoque is priced between Rs. 48.73- Rs 56.21 Lakhs. It is definitely worth every rupee you spend.

Land Rover Discovery 4:

With a couple of design tweaks in 2014 to keep the model fresh before the new 2016 Discovery rolls out, the Land Rover Discovery 4 is an excellent addition to the Rover family. This car was launched in 1989 and the Discovery 4 is the 3rd generation model. Its scintillating design is quite captivating. Tata Motors, with the launch of this premium model, desires to create a strong brand image in the Indian car market. This car is available in India with a completely built unit.

"Land Rover Discovery"
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Engine:

Available in SE, HSE and SE S/R variants in Indian car market, the Discovery 4 is built to overpower any situation. The car comes powered by a 3.0L TDV6 diesel engine, which produces maximum power of 241 bhp and torque of 600 Nm. With the use of parallel sequential turbochargers, the power supplied is massive. This car carries a 6-speed automatic transmission unit for all sorts of driving conditions. The performance of this car is supported by Dynamic Stability Control and Roll Stability Control units, which ensure smooth and comfortable ride.

Styling:

The Discovery 4 has an aggressively stylish exterior and is definitely what I call Creative engineering. The car’s perfectly structured line goes along with strong stylish design and has perfect dynamism. It also has a spacious cabin, premium interiors, smart dashboard, easy to read instrumentation, seven seating capacity, and Harman/Kardon audio system with Bluetooth connectivity with touch screen display to keep the journey entertaining. This car has Automatic Climate Control AC that comes as a standard feature in this SUV. This car also carries Anti-lock Braking System, Electronic Brake Assist (supplies extra braking at the time of emergency), and Electronic Traction Control, which helps in maintaining finest grip, airbags and Dynamic Stability Control. The plentitude of these safety features makes this one of the most desirable luxury car in India.

 

Price:

The Discovery 4 is priced between Rs. 76.96 to 81.32 lakh.

 

Range Rover Sport: 

 

With seamless design, bespoke styling and heavy detailing comes the Range Rover sport. This is one of the best-looking SUV’s on offer in India.

"Land Rover Range Rover Sport"
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Engine:

The Range Rover Sport is offered with 2-engine options. The V6 Turbocharged Diesel and V8 Supercharged Petrol. The V6 engine makes 292PS and an impressive 600Nm of torque. The Petrol engined Range Rover Sport is equipped with a 5.0-Litre V8 supercharged mill that produces 510PS and an earth shattering 625NM of Torque. Both the engines come equipped with 8-speed ZF automatic gearbox with seamless shifting.

Styling:

The Range Rover Sport comes with a bespoke steering wheel with a large and crisp instrument binnacle. It has a cascading central console too that is crafted beautifully and oozes sheer quality. The car has centrally mounted infotainment console with large touch screen. The screen also displays data such as articulation, water wading depth and differential lock percentage while one is off-roading thereby ensuring best results. The seats too are absolutely wonderful, both up front and in the back making the Range Rover Sport an absolute joy to be in. Exteriors and interiors on the Range Rover Sport are as classy as they can get.

Price:

The Range Rover Sport comes at a premium price ranging from Rs. 1.33 to Rs. 1.77 crore.

Ford B-Max: Ford’s new Maxed out MPV

"Ford B Max Interiors"

Ford India, after its successful launch of the Figo and Eco Sport has promised to launch around 8 new models in India. Ford seems to understand what the market demands, it also seems to understand the niche that small cars hold. The B-Max has been a successful car in most countries, and now its here to rival up with Honda Jazz.

The B-Max is supposedly the replacement of the Fusion, which itself was based on the previous Fiesta. This model from Ford is designed to appeal buyers who are looking to upgrade to a car with sharp styling as well as a luxurious and comfortable interior space.

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Engine and Features:

The B-Max will come out with nothing short of an impressive engine. Sources suggest that the new B-Max may come fitted with a 1L three-cylinder SCTi engine belonging to the Ford Eco-boost family. The car delivers 120 bhp of power and the diesel engine produces 75 bhp. It is also likely to feature the Power Shift dual clutch automatic gearbox, turbocharged direct injection and, the stop and start system. The B-Max might also come with 1.2L petrol and 1.4 L diesel engines from the Ford Figo. The models will carry a standard five manual gearbox and will be available in 3 specifications. The entry-level model names Studio, the mid range Zetec and the top –spec named Titanium.

This car had received five star rating in the Euro NCAP crash safety tests, all thanks to the electronic stability control, traction control as well as driver, passenger curtain, side, driver’s knee air-bags. The B-Max handles well and makes driving in the town quite enjoyable. This car also has electronic windows all around, electric mirrors as well as remote locking. The car’s Anti-Lock Braking System is a great safety measure, it also has Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) as well as Electronic Stability program (ESP) that are added safety measures to ensure that the car remains safe at all times.

 

"Ford B-Max"
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Exteriors:

The B-Max has a “pillar-less” body shell that is achieved by integrating its B-Pillar into the front and sliding read doors. Ford has integrated its ultra-high-strength boron steel in the doors and special safety inter-locks between its body panels and body structure.

"Ford B-max"
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The car’s front and rear doors open independently of each other. Another ingenious feature in this car is its sliding back doors that give users easy access.  It is also believed that the B-Max will have shatter resistant glass that would make it extra tough and tough to crack.

"Ford B-Max"
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The B-Max has been designed on the Fiesta’s platform and has a compact-looking practical design. The company’s kinetic design theme is evident in the styling and the B-pillar between its doors are eliminated. This car shares its design similarities with C-Max with swooping headlights and wraparound rear-lights.

"Ford B-Max"
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The boot space of this car is rated at 397 liters, which can be increased to over 1000 liters. This is a pretty cool feature that is essential for families to carry their luggage. This car also carries Body Colored Bumpers, Tinted Glass as well as Electric Rear View Mirrors. B-Max also has 3 Rear Seat Belts, 2 Airbags and Parking sensors. The B-Max being a mini MPV will be a great addition to the Indian roads.

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Interiors:

The B-Max has a compact design that is deceptively spacious and accommodates 5 passengers with ease. This is quite a resourceful car that has foldable rear-seats. The car has plenty of space for luggage and household goods. Also, there is 60:40 rear split seats that can also be found on the Maruti Suzuki Swift.

"Ford B Max Interiors"
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The car has SYNC technology along with special safety locks along with latch mechanisms. This car is a delight for both passengers as well as its driver. It comes with standard features inside. Overall, the interior of the car has a refined look thanks to its spacious and elegant design with high quality materials. This car has a Rear Defogger, Rear Washer and Wiper, Remote Boot Release, Remote Fuel Filler, Steering Mounted Controls, A/C, Power Windows and Power Steering.

Ford B-Max
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Bottom line:

Ford B-Max is a great MPV suited for most Indian families looking for a reasonably spacious car. The five seated makes a great addition for a family of 5 members. This car is expected to hit Indian roads in 2015 and as per speculation; the car is expected to be priced between Rs. 6-8 lakhs. This car is a great replacement to the Ford Fusion and is a fierce competitor to the Mini Xylo from Mahindra. There are plenty of other players waiting to prove their worth, but Ford has a promise that is pretty challenging to match up to.

2015 Upcoming Cars In India

"2015 mahindra XUV 500"

Indian customers have been in a state of scuffle and they sure have a firm reason to believe so. With plenty of cars to choose from, confusion is just an understatement. This article has a couple of recent vehicle launches that have been added to the Indian auto hangar. Read on, and hopefully you might be able to decide which ride(s) suit your garage best:

Mahindra XUV500-2015

Probably one of the best and the meanest looking Mahindra’s on road, the XUV 500 is a beauty with the DNA of a beast. If you feel that the older design was appealing, check out the new upgrades.

Although the vehicle has not undergone a major overhaul, it is still a pleasing vehicle to look at.

Engine:

The upgraded XUV 500 houses an upgraded exterior, but the interior continues to be pretty much the same. Continuing the same set off drive train as its predecessor might make any customer say MEH!! But, the 2.2 litre mHawk diesel engine is still no toy. 140 Bhp powered engine that enjoys 330 N, of torque paired with 6-speed transmission is an absolute delight. The engine transmits all the power to the front wheels in the 2WD models and to all four wheels in the all-wheel drives models.

 

Exterior:

The 2015 XUV 500 has undergone a series of ornate changes suited best for the next generation. As a result, the front-end features a new chrome grille and projector headlamps. The fog lamps, too, have been updated with chrome bezels and LED strips. The new hood on this car gets creases, which give it a muscular look while the side profile of the vehicle displays the new 17-inch alloy wheels. The vehicle also gets a whole lot of chrome linings that add to a little more luxury.

 

"2015 mahindra XUV 500"
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Interior:

The all new XUV500 gets a multifunction steering wheel, aluminum pedals, new ambient lighting and new illuminated scuff plates. As for the dual-tone dashboard, it houses a 7-inch touch screen with Mahindra’s Blue Sense App. The new XUV500 also comes with leather upholstery and a smart key. Pretty cool no??

"Mahindra XUV 500 Interiors"
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Price and competition:

The new XUV500 is priced between Rs 11.12 and Rs 15.85 lakh and is available in seven paint schemes – sunset orange, pearl white, opulent purple, volcano black, Tuscan red, dolphin grey and modust silver. It competes with other SUV models like the Nissan Terrano, Tata Safari Storme and the Tata Aria.

 

Tata Nano GenX Review:

Giving the basic Nano a touch of up market features is one of the inspiring factors behind the Gen X. Well, that and the sinful little lucrative bit that companies are always on the look out for. Anyway, featured at the 2014 Auto Expo, the upcoming Nano AMT has been caught on test on multiple occasions as well as on its way to be shipped to the dealer.

 

"Tata Nano Gen-X"
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Engine:

The new 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder petrol engine might power the all-new Nano AMT, but it seems more realistic that the 624cc engine two-cylinder engine found in the current model is expected to continue duty. Expect the Nano AMT to deliver marginally lesser or similar efficiency to that of the manual gearbox version which returns 25.35 kmpl to a liter. The AMT gearbox will be the same F-Tronic unit currently seen in the Zest compact sedan. The clever new gearbox will eventually be available to a range of models from Tata Motors’ line-up. This sure seems to generate a lot of interest. The Nano might pick up more pace after all.

Exterior:

The happy looking Nano carries a facia that resembles a smiley face. Its obviously a great gesture considering the pathetic road conditions. Hope the smiles last after getting a taste of Indian roads:P

"New Nano Gen-X"
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The new nano speks a new design language and is an A-segment hatchback, which, by the look of it, will keep the overall proportions but include a new fascia and rear end. Designed for the new generation the new Nano will also feature a revised set of headlights although the rear set of lights and the chrome treatment from the existing model will be carried over to this new semi-automatic version. This is surely going to make the potential customer excited.

Interior:

Like the exterior, the majority of the interior will remain the same but with obvious enhancements that will bring the model up to date with the competition. The cabin will continue to feature the centrally mounted instrument binnacle and the circular air vents. Of course, the biggest addition will be the chrome-finished gear stick for the AMT gearbox which will replace the traditional four-speeder. As spacious as it may be, the new nano can easily seat up to 5 passengers with moderate comfort.

 

Price and competition:

Price of the new Nano isn’t going to be as nano as the previous models. This vehicle is expected to be priced a little higher than the previous models.

Maruti Suzuki Celerio- Diesel:

Celerio was perhaps marketed as an automatic car in India. That said, the car was available only in petrol variants. But now, the company has decided to release the Celerio Diesel version in India.

 

Engine:

The Celerio uses an in-house developed 793 cc, 2-cylinder diesel unit that produces 47 BHP at 3,500 RPM and 125 Nm of max torque at 2,000 rpm. The engine is named as the DDiS 125. Maruti claims that this is the lightest diesel engine available in the country today, weighing merely 89 kgs, due to its aluminum construction. This is something that you don’t find in a diesel powered car do you?

Exterior:

The exteriors of the Celerio Diesel seem pretty much the same. Well, the new stickers and such are the only noticeable changes.

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Interiors:

The interiors of the new Celerio are pretty much the same as its petrol-consuming cousin.

Price and competition:

The Celerio Diesel was launched at an introductory price of Rs. 4.65 lakhs, this car claims to be the most fuel-efficient diesel car available in the country today. This car will be available in six colours – Sunshine Ray, Cerulean Blue, Silky Silver, Blazing Red, Pearl Arctic White and Glistening Grey. It is going to compete with Chevrolet beat and Grand i10 and will carry LDi, VDi, ZDi and ZDi (OPT) variants.

Presidential Rides Worldwide!!!

Here is a list of some of my favorite cars that the Presidents and PrimeMinisters of different nations own.

Please Enjoy:

The Beast (UNITED STATES):

Perhaps, one of the most terrific presidential cars in the world is named “the beast”

Built with Cadillac and GMC components, the armored vehicle flaunts safety at its finest. The Cadillac has internal speakers that tell Obama if the outside world is making any noise. The Cadillac also has the ability to go on the offensive by firing teargas from its bumper.

This custom built heavy armored limousine is often referred to as Cadillac One and also “the beast”

"The Beast Car"
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What’s inside?

The Beast features bulletproof windows, state-of-the-art communication and protection systems and a gas-proof chamber. Although most details of the car remain classified (typical Government BS) there is a night vision system in a secret location of the car.

There are special loops that replace the stock handle doors and agents hold on to them when running alongside the car. The car has Goodyear run-flat tires that fit into extra-large wheel wells.

Bio chemical attacks? You won’t inflict any damage whilst in this car. There is a blood bank in the car that has the President’s blood type. There’s oxygen supply and has a console-mounted communications center.

The car can seat 7 people including the President. There are storage compartments in the interior panels of the car that have communication equipment, so named the Limousine Control Package and are operated by the White House Communications Agency. The trunk lid on this car has 5 antennas and a specially driven Secret Service agent who is capable of performing a J-Turn drives the car :O

The U.S Air Force C-17 Globe master III airlifts the limo for domestic and international use.

The fuel efficiency of the Beast is around 29Litres per 100 Kms. There are similarly designed limos that the U.S government uses for VIP guests.

This is like the Rajnikanth of Cars 🙂

Sadly, during Obama’s visit to Ireland, the following happened:

 

UNITED KINGDOM:

Although the ride isn’t fancy and it isn’t dressed to impress, United Kingdom has the Jaguar XJ with all its relevant areas covered.

What’s Inside?

"Prime Minister UK Car"
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The jag has an oxygen supply and its bullet proof. Ok, so the jaguar dates back from Britain, but may be a Bentley would have done its styling bit for the Brits. India has tamed the jaguar and the PM of UK owns one.

Other State cars:

Alongside the PM’s ride, the royalty of UK if just impossible to miss. Residing in the lap of luxury, Prince Charles owns an armored Bentley Turbo R, a Range Rover, Jaguar XJ as well as an Audi A6. He also owns the “Number One State Car”, a Bentley State Limousine.

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"Prince Charles Cars"
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Other members of the royal family have some of the most exquisite rides. The Queen (Queen Elizabeth) has a green Bentley Mulsanne as well as an armored Jaguar XJ (similar to the Prime Ministers car). She also uses a Range Rover, Land Rover Defender and Rover P5.

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The Duke of Edinburgh owns a Land Rover Discovery, Land Rover Freelander as well as a Metro Cab.

"Duke of Edinburgh's landrover"
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The Prince of Wales has an Aston Martin DB6 Volante as well as an Aston Martin V8 that is converted to run on bio-fuel made from surplus local white wine. He also has Jaguars, Audi and Range Rover models that use bio-diesel made from recycles cooking oil.

"Prince Charles' Aston Martin"
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The Duke of York owns a 2008 Bentley Arnage with his personalized number plate with “DOY” letters.

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The Princess Royal owns a Bentley Continental Flying Spur that she uses for her official or private engagements.

 

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India:

Leading a nation of 1.25 billion people is not an easy task. For such a special individual there has to be a special car. The PM of India, Narendra Modi (NaMo) is one of the most inspiration icons of modern India and uses a B-7 level armored 2009 BMW 7 Series that represents sophistication that goes in proportion with style.

 

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What’s Inside?

“Change is inevitable”, and the PM certainly lives up to that motto. After inducting the threat perception that is imminent, the PM phased out the aging Ambassador cars that have had a deep connection with the government of India. Now its time for change, and the car happens to be one of the primary inclusions to the change.

"Narendra modi's car"
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With just 4 custom built units of this BMW, these have been included in the PM’s convoy and have been modeled to provide the best of luxury and security.

The car already holds plenty of luxury features that are available in the super-premium car model. However, security has been given utmost priority and BMW has made no compromise. This car is armor-plated and holds a powerful jammer that nullifies any radio or electronic signal in the area to prevent any kind of IED attack. The steel used for the car’s body has been reinforced several times and come with thick glass windows that can withstand any kind of bullet or blast. With a speed that crosses 180 kmph, this vehicle can turn full circle at high speeds without toppling. It can also detect any heat seeking missiles and bombs. It has an extremely advanced communication system that ensures that the PM can contact any person in the country. A gas proof chamber with close circuit breathing system, powerful fuel tank that does not explode when damaged are some of the security features.

"Narendra modi's BMW 7 series"
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The Driver for this security vehicle has to undergo a special training by BMW as a part of their “Training for Professionals” course. Drivers are trained to manage the most challenging situations, should an occurrence happen, the driver would know exactly how to maneuver the car.

 

Indian President’s car:

The President of India has a black Mercedes Benz S600 (W221) Pullman Guard.

"Indian President's Car"
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What’s inside?

This car is custom-built and is heavily armored. It is a stretch limousine and meets the VR6/VR7 protection class. The armor on this vehicle withstands rifle shots, hand grenades and explosives. It can also tackle missile attacks and bombs. It has a 60 mm polycarbonate coating glass that acts as a splinter shield.  Similar to the PM’s car, the Merc S600 has its own oxygen supply. This car has India’s emblem in place of its number plate.

"Indian President's Car"
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This car has hydraulic doors that shut with a gentle thud. The limo is separated from the drivere’s cabin by a soundproof glass partition. This car has an integrated Harmon-Kardon Logic 7 stereo sound with 14 speakers. It also has a CD changer, hard drive based GPS satellite navigation system, fiber-optic ambient lighting, leather-cushioned seats with active ventilation system. The car has a 90-liter fuel tank that self-seals and comes with an automatic fire extinguishing system. This car comes with Michellin Pax bulletproof tires that can continue to drive for 30 km for 80 km/hr with total loss of air pressure. Its bevy of equipment factory-fitted equipments makes this a heavy yet secure vehicle. Powered by a V12 bi-turbo engine, this vehicle thrusts from 0-100 in 6.7 seconds. Now I know where all that tax money goes 😛

(Although the above info seems too good to be true, most of the features are kept classified from the public (Yes turbozens included). So, incase curiosity kicks in and you feel like a lawyer waiting to argue the inclusion/exclusion of features, please note: Media Coverage spices things up.

RUSSIA:

The President of Russia has an armored Mercedes S-Class stretch limousine.

"Russia President's car"
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What’s Inside?

This bulletproof limo has solid rubber tires as well as plenty of communications equipments. This car has plenty of similarities with the Indian President’s Mercedes.

"Russian Presidents car"
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URUGUAY:

José Alberto “Pepe” Mujica Cordano, the President of Uruguay is “the worlds humblest president”

"uruguay President's Car"
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The President has won the hearts of plenty. Due to his austere lifestyle and having said to donate 90% of his monthly salary to charity to benefit the poor people, he is truly an inspiration.

"Humble president in the world"
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His humble lifestyle is reflected by his choice of an aging VW Beetle. The car held a calue of just $ 1800 (Rs. 1,08,000) in 2010.

"uruguay presidents 1 million dollar car"
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However, in November 2014, the car had been offered million dollars, to which the humble President quoted: “If I get 1 million dollars for the car, it would be donated to house the homeless through a programme”

I end this article with a few inspiring quotes by the president of Uruguay:

“We have sacrificed the old immaterial gods, and now we are occupying the temple of the Market-God. He organizes our economy, our politics, our habits, our lives, and even provides us with rates and credit cards and gives us the appearance of happiness.

“It seems that we have been born only to consume and to consume, and when we can no longer consume, we have a feeling of frustration, and we suffer from poverty, and we are auto-marginalized.”

That’s all folks as of now 🙂

Hope you liked the article? I couldn’t add the presidential rides of other countries for the simple reason that; I would have to write a thesis. Would love your comments

Mad max: Back with 3 decades of Kaboom!!!

"Fury Road mad max"

“My name is Max. My world is fire.. and blood”

What started off as an action packed film has become post-apocalyptic entertainment and for a good reason. The film of the franchise that carries 3 decades of heart throbbing, gory film that showcases more miscreants than found in any other action movie.

The 4th movie promises more blood shed, more action and the most interesting part… More RIDES!!!  (I had the # OMFG effect after watching the trailers)

Sadly, this is the first movie out of the franchise that does not feature Mel Gibson. With most action seeking movie buffs counting the last few hours to rush to the nearest movie theaters, here is a small article featuring some of the rides that made this movie a blockbuster hit.

P.S: Safe in the belief that you excited readers must have watched the prequels to this movie, I am simply going to cut to the chase without dragging you through the plot. (PHEW!! 😉 )

Here are some of the meanest twisted metal high octane vehicles that are certain to make “Mad Max: Fury Road” more bloodier than ever, thanks to director George Miller who showed Colin Gibson (production designer) the story boards of the film 15 years ago and quoted “One day this could be all yours”

That “One day” the 15th of May 2015.

 

"Mad max 201 rides"
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11 months before the production of this movie, there were close to 200 vehicles built. These vehicles included sedans, massive metal spiked rides, giant trucks with a lot of metal. Here are some of the rides:

Interceptor:

What started off from the original “Mad Max” film, the Interceptor was an overhauled 1973 Ford Falcon XB GT. This super charged car made its debut in the 1979 Mad Max, when our protagonist was still a cop. The ride made its appearance in “The Road warrior” during 1981. The director of the Mad Max Franchise knows the importance that this car holds till date and so; he has not changed the aesthetics of the car, thereby making the rust and rattle obvious on this raging ride. Gibson quoted “All we had to do with it was make it another 45 years older.

Interceptor design
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The Fury Road Interceptor’s construction began back in 2009 and was revealed in 2010 with mesh style headlight covers, trimmed front bumper and an insane look.

Leaked Mad Max Fury car
Leaked Image of the new Interceptor for the upcoming Mad Max Movie      Image Source: http://madmaxmovies.com

Don’t be fooled by the poor condition and the layers of smog that the car’s exhaust farts out. The Interceptor is captured and heavily modified and has a supercharger stacked with a skull on top of it. The car’s rear-suspension is raised and the rear fender wells have now been enlarged to accommodate off-road tires. As found in the Death race series, the rear side of the car now accommodated a tank and a weapon. Cool No?

Mad Max 2015
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The Gigahorse:

This crazy ride is best suited for a post-apocalyptic leader. This happens to be the director’s favorite vehicle. Hoarded off with 2 1959 Cadillac Coupe De Villes that lay over humongous tires, this is just too villainous a ride to go into anyone’s good books.

The War Rig:

In case small vehicles are too mainstream, how about a massive 18-wheeler?  Would that help you $#!+ bricks??

As found in the movie “Road Warrior”, much of the fury in “Fury Road” comes from this hellishly virile ride. Mounted with 2 V8 engines along with a modified cabin throughout, this vehicle was something that would keep the audience on the edge of their seats, or so was the director’s thought behind creating this vehicle.

"Fury Road mad max"
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Gibson explains, “War Rig was one built more to a prescription than an imagination” and more so, the Rig carries 13 different characters inside.

 

Plymouth Rock:

A porcupine ravaging other rides in a desert is a bit beyond general imagination. However, thanks to CGI and Gibson’s inspiration from the tribe (the Buzzards) that would drive such a ride was all it took to design this car.

"Mad max Plymouth"
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As the image suggests, this porcupine shaped Plymouth Rock goes scavenging for scrap metals behind the War Rig. The tribes would use the rustiest of metals on their vehicles. The car was made with bent and battered steel panels and the spikes and panels were built out of old cars. Due to concerns regarding rolling these cars at high speeds into tocks, the steel spikes were stiffened with goatskin and this reduced the danger of any mishaps.

 

The Doof Wagon:

This is one of the most challenging vehicles built for the film. The Doof Wagon has a big rig strapped with massive drums in the rear, endless speakers in front of it, and a stage where the blind and disfigured Coma the Doof Warrior rocks out on his flam-throwing guitar. This was the most difficult vehicle to run because its 6-foot wheels would easily get buried in the sand.

"Mad Max Doof Wagon"
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Ford F-100:

As per sources, there is an inclusion of the Ford F-100 truck too. This truck shares similarity with the upcoming Mad Max video game.

"Ford F 100 Mad Max"
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1942 Dodge W-Series:

The Power Wagon was introduced as a four-wheel drive. The WC series World War II military trucks were popular enough to make it to the latest Mad Max movie franchise. The image released shows the tarnished yet rugged ride due to the addition of its massive tires.

"Dodge 1942 W-Series Mad Max 2015"
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Perentti Coupe:

When unique style meets a Corvette, its called Perentti. This authentic Australian car and rumors suggest that only 500 of these rides were ever built. Mad Max features one of them 🙂

"Perennti Coupe"
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1972 Cadillac Fleetwood Eldorado:

A personal luxury vehicle by birth, the 1972 Cadillac Eldorado is the 7th Generation model that underwent a substantial redesign in 1971. History aside, this vehicle has been remodeled in a pretty aggressive manner, or so the image portrays. With highly mounted rear suspension, this vehicle definitely looks battle ready.

"1972 Cadillac Eldorado"
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1968 Plymouth Barracuda:

The Two-door 1968 barracuda carried a 5.2 L LA engine and was the smallest V8 available. This car produced 300 bhp of power. In the latest Mad Max movie, the vehicle is so heavily modified to look like a battle trooper that its looks might deceive viewers into believing that it’s a Chevy.

"1968 Plymouth Barracuda"
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Mercedes-Benz Lang-W123:

So named the Lang (Long), the Mercedes W123 carried a long wheelbase. Interestingly, this model had attracted a lot of attention from fiction. Starting with the Looney Tunes show with Porky Pig’s vehicle choice to the Admiral in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Vice City Stories as well as San Andreas, the W 123’s design has been a pretty popular. So much so that Mad Max also features this vehicle in a couple of scenes.

"Mercedes Benz Lang W123"
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Mad Max- The Game:

The successful journey for the movie franchise Mad Max has taken a wee bit of interest over to the gaming world too. The upcoming single player adventure video game is undergoing its development stage.

The game is being designed by Cory barlog, who is also known for his successful game; God of War II. One of the reasons for making a Mad Max video game was due to the potential that the video game sector carries.

 

"Mad Max Game"
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“It’s four-dimensional storytelling. A game can literally become the equivalent of a novel. That is the thing that people like me who write screenplays envy about novelists: that you can actually stop time and explore little cul de sacs. Whereas in a movie, you’d love to stop and examine that character, but you can’t.”
-George Miller on the videogame industry.

 

Let’s hope the game turns out to be a hit too.

 

With the clock ticking and die hard Mad Max fans awaiting to feast their eyes on the 4th sequel, let us all have one long and boring night ahead 😛

There are plenty other rides. Sadly, i couldn’t find much data on them. I would love to hear from everyone about their opinions on the film.

Lamborghini – The Mighty Bull from Sant’Agata

Do you believe in Love at first sight? (No! This is not an article about relationships and blah blah :P. Don’t close the browser window. Continue reading) This article is about the Love for Automobile. Especially an Italian one. Especially a Lamborghini.There is always a first time to everything. Let me tell you about my version of Love at first sight with this Italian Automobile manufacturing company.

The Badge
The Badge

Back in 2008 when my dad brought me a Sony PlayStation 2, the first game I played was Need For Speed Most Wanted. I raced my way up through the blacklist. But when I had to race this Hector “Ming” Domingo, this guy turns up in his black car with gray trim at the rear and I keep looking at his car. Well that was the Lamborghini Gallardo. The car that made me fall in love with Lamborghini. As my game progressed and I became richer, I could soon buy the great Lamborghini Murcielago ( my now dream car 😀 ).Soon after I topped the blacklist, all I would do was, take out the V12 Murcie for a spin around Rockport. All the Lamborghini’s have some peculiarity which make them stand apart. Well, the Italians are artists and this reflects in their vehicles too. Be it Ferrari, Fiat, Ducati, Alfa Romeo and so on.

As long as the story goes , it is said that it was Enzo Ferrari that indirectly led to the inception of the brand Lamborghini. Back in the 60’s , Ferruccio Lamborghini used to roll in the Ferrari 250 GT. By then , he has a wealthy businessman owning companies manufacturing tractors and other industrial enterprises primarily making central heating and air-conditioning equipment. His Ferrari used to have a clutch problem which made him make frequent trips to Maranello which pretty much annoyed him. Also he used to complain about the build quality of the Ferrari’s manufactured those days. Not only him , many others too had the the same complaint but were afraid that they wont be allowed to buy a Ferrari again.

In those days, Enzo Ferrari was more interested in the Car Racing Scene that was developing that time and would not devote proper time to production cars. So Ferruccio himself took to fixing the clutch problem by installing one from his tractors. The problem never appeared again. With this solution that he found out he decided to visit Enzo Ferrari and talk about it. However things did not turn out to be as expected. Enzo Ferrari put him down by saying that the problem was with Ferruccio and not with the cars. He also told him that a man like him should concentrate on manufacturing tractors only because he had no knowledge about a sportscar. This miffed Ferruccio and he decided to not buy a Ferrari anymore; instead build his own supercar. When people heard about his ambitions, they laughed and mocked at him. But he was very much determined and adamant and in the 1963 he came out with prototype that pumped 370 horses.

Lamborghini's First Car - The 350 GTV Prototype
Lamborghini’s First Car – The 350 GTV Prototype

He set up the factory at Sant’Agata Bolognese, about 25 kilometres from Bologna and named it “Automobili Lambroghini”. His aim was to not only build sportscars but also to help the customers with the problems they had with their cars. He had the perfect team for the same. The first production car was a 270 bhp Lamborghini 350 GT.
Soon after their first car was out, Lamborghini launched the Miura in 1966. A crazy mid engined car that played a gamechanger for the Lamborghini and gave the Maranello people ( The guys at Ferrari 😛 ) a run for their money. (Well , Lamborghini even today continues to do so 😉 😛 ) The idea of naming it Miura came to Ferruccio after he visited the Miura Ranch in 1962. Miura continued to be a raging success for Lamborghini and kept a check on Ferrari. None of the Ferrari’s could beat it until they came out with the flat-12 Berlinetta Boxer in 1973.Howeve Lamborghini continued rolling out more powerful and lighter versions of the Miura. Before the Miura went out of production, powerpacked version of it was made known as the Miura SV(SuperVeloce).It was soon replaced by the Countach as soon as Lamborghini was brought by German Automaker giant Audi.

The Game Changer Lamborghini
The Game Changer Lamborghini

 

The Bull wide open
The Bull wide open
Miura's Replacement
Miura’s Replacement

It was the first Lamborghini to be made with an SV badging. Wondering what an SV mean?? It means Super Fast.Lamborghini has been absolutely correct in its nomenclature. The SV’s are steroided and pumped up versions of their normal version. This is includes more horses, including the use of carbon fibre, significant weight reduction and last but not the least- more aggressive stance. All said, stating the but obvious, the SV’s came with a bigger price tag which was totally value for money ( If you are billionaire 😉 ) Till now , few of the cars have been lucky enough to be made with this badging.

The first one being the Miura followed by Diablo. Next came the mighty Murcielago and now the recent addition to the list was the stunning Aventador. Lamborghini has followed this policy of making Superleggera versions of its small(comparatively small :P) yet powerful cars such as the Gallardo. A Hurracan Superleggera can be expected anytime in immediate future 🙂 ). For the bigger beasts it has the SV badging ready. Until the production of the Aventador, the Lamborghini Murcielago SV LP 670-4 was the fastest Lamborghini ever built. With a 6.5 L V12 beast roaring and 670 horses running wild, it could punch the competition harder than ever. The SV’s came with a limited number and stayed in production for a less time before eventually going out of production.

Miura SV
Miura SV
Diablo SV
Diablo SV
Murcielago SV
Murcielago SV
The recently unvieled Aventador SV
The recently unvieled Aventador SV

The Murcielago was precedded by the Diablo and is succedded by the Aventador.Same goes with the recently launched Hurracan. It has proved to be a worthy successor to the best selling Gallardo.
Apart from making powerfull production cars, Lamborghini has successfully made exclusive hypercars with the likes of Sesto Elemento, Reventon and Veneno. There have also been rumours about a Lamborghini bike named Caramello. The list of recent concept cars by Lamborghini include – Egoista, Urus, Estoque, Asterion.

Sesto Elemento
Sesto Elemento
Reventon
Reventon
Veneno
Veneno
Egoista
Egoista
Urus
Urus
Estoque
Estoque
Asterion
Asterion

All thanks to Mr Ferruccio Lamborghini for doing what was impossible. Challenging the old player(Ferrari) in the market and giving it a run for its money is what Lamborghini has been doing since its inception. No matter who all are competing, in the end, the competition doubles up between Ferrari and Lamborghini; each trying to outrun the other.

And in this competition, people like us get to witness their marvellous production cars that keep us drooling over and over and again. Both Enzo Ferrari and Ferruccio Lamborghini must be competing in heaven too. Who knows. :D. May the legends live forever.
BTW Ferruccio’s favourite car was the Lamborghini Miura which stands with pride in his private museum at Dosso di Ferrara till date. 😀

Mr Lamborghini posing pridely with his Countach Miura and the tractor
Mr Lamborghini posing pridely with his Countach Miura and the tractor

 

Top Automaker Commercials In India

jaguar xj

The Indian auto industry has bloomed over the past decade with an astonishing number of automakers entering every facet of the market. With manufacturers regularly launching a dizzying number of models each year, car makers need an efficient way of marketing. Although the main medium of consumption has now become the internet, a large population of our country still heavily rely on their TVs for their daily dose of saas bahu drama. Over the years, manufacturers have created some of the most breathtaking commercials to grab the attention of viewers. Although one might argue that television commercials do not truly influence a serious buyer’s choice, a good ad most definitely sparks interest in the product. Here, we showcase some of the wildest, most interesting TVCs produced by car makers for the Indian market:

 

8. Honda Brio

The Brio is Honda’s entry into the premium hatchback segment. The ad released for the Indian market mainly focuses on the one of the most important aspects of owning car: the bond developed between a car and its driver. Honda has given its own little twist on the classic tale of a man and his pursuit of love. Coupled with a great little song made especially for this commercial, the ad beautifully summarizes the depth of the man-machine relationship.

Honda Brio
The Honda Brio

7. Mercedes Benz Intelligent Drive

A rather hilarious advert for the German giant’s new suspension system, Mercedes Benz’s “Chicken” commercial went viral in early 2013. Mercedes’ all new suspension design for the 2013 S-Class uses a complex amalgam of infrared cameras, sensors and high speed CPUs to scan the road ahead and dynamically change the car’s suspension on each wheel to provide the utmost comfort a car can offer. The system maintains the cabin at a steady position despite numerous undulations on the road. The German automaker provided an easy to comprehend analogy via the chicken and its independently moving head.

mercedse benz s class
The all new S-Class features Magic Body Control technology

 

 

6. Jaguar’s Retort

Car rivalries have persisted since the inception of the auto industry. Car makers such as Audi and BMW regularly take digs at each other all over the globe through advertising space. However, English automakers such as Jaguar and Land Rover have largely maintained civility with their marketing campaign. That is, until now. The recently launched “Chicken” advert by Mercedes Benz created the perfect setting from an attack by the “Jag”. The English automaker’s absurd (and comical) retort will have definitely left Mercedes Benz red faced.

jaguar xj
The Jaguar Xj, the English automaker’s flagship sedan

 

 

5. Tata Safari DICOR

An SUV has always been a symbol of a free spirit. One of India’s fastest growing sections in the auto industry is the SUV segment. With numerous price brackets to choose from, car makers need to perfectly advertise the merits of their product. Most manufacturers often advertise the space or comfort the car offers. However, instead of showcasing the car’s superficial elements such as style and features, Tata opted to showcase the Safari has an agent of change; A means to break free.

tata safari dicor
The Safari DICOR was one of the most accessible off-roaders available in the Indian market

Another one of Tata’s superb Safari ads worth honorable mention:

 

4. Honda Jazz:

Reliving childhood memories is always a pleasure. Be it going as fast as possible on a playground swing or racing shopping carts across the aisles of the local supermarket, everybody has a fond memory of their youth.

honda jazz
The Honda Jazz

 

3. Mercedes Benz CLA45 AMG

Power is a beautiful thing. Mortals stand in awe when they experience a phenomenon far greater than themselves and that is the philosophy behind AMG’s absolutely mental speed demons. Sculpted to please and designed to enrapture, the CLA45 AMG serves as an entry point into the Mercedes AMG lineup.

mercedes benz cla45 amg
The CLA45 AMG was released late last year

 

2. Renault Fluence

A quirky and well made mini ad, Renault’s Fluence commercial emphasizes on the phrase “Never Settle”.

renault flunece
The Renault Flunece did not perform well in the market

 

 

1. Tata Safari DICOR

One of the most spectacular ads ever developed for the Indian market. This ad from the early 2000’s is one of the best out there. While most ads from this era featured mulitple Amitabh Bachhan’s talking to each other or Shah Rukh Khan dirt biking across a construction site, Tata managed to bring out an ad that spoke to the soul. Money, stability, prosperity have always been prime goals in most people’s lives. However, everything comes at a price and the price for this kind of life would be the sacrifice of adventure, mystery and discovery. The concern that one may be taken over by the seemingly mundane has a lot of us sitting on edge. Tata’s ad perfectly plays on the eternal “What if?” question and ends with what has now becomes the Safari’s signature tagline: Reclaim your life.

DC Avanti 2015!!

"DC Avanti 2015"

Overview:

DC goes by two popular firm names. The first one is popularly known worldwide for creating superheroes and the second firm is popular for creating a supercar. Let’s take a look at the latter:

DC is known for building some of the most legendary concept and custom vehicles in India. Some popular cars like the Aston Martin AMV8 Vantage Concept, Porsche Cayenne are some of the few cars that have undergone a major overhaul under DC’s workshop. But, what came out of inspirations from various supercars has now become a brand name.

"2015 DC Avanti"
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The DC Avanti was christened after the DC concept design started developing the home bred sports car. Post 2012, it took DC an additional 2 years to showcase the production version of the Avanti. And now, DC has made it clear that the Avanti is more of the sports car with just a four-cylinder engine under its hood. As things did not go as per schedule, the production of the Avanti was delayed for 2015.

The DC Avanti will first be produced in India and post its launch in India, after its launch in India, the Avanti will expand its horizon worldwide. The production of the car will start at their manufacturing facility located in Gujarat, but the initial models will be built at their Talegaon facility in Pune.

"2015 test avanti"
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Owing to the same fact, many test vehicles have been spotted several times in and around Maharashtra. Most of these prototypes had different sets of headlights and tail lamps. However, certainty lays in the fact that the car we had all seen and loved at the Auto Expo 2014 might share similarities with the finished Avanti.

Exterior

The Avanti shares design hints with the Ferrari 458 Italia. A massive mesh air intake and trapezoid bumper dominates the nose of the car. The headlamps are bi-xenon units while there are LED DRLS shaped like eyebrows for the headlamps. Keeping true to its sports car heritage, the Avanti has a long and low bonnet that dips in the middle giving prominence to the DC logo and a single air vent located on top.

The side profile of the car is low yet long with quite a sharply raked windscreen with rear roofline that disappears into the engine bay located behind the car’s cabin. The pillars and the rooftop of this car have a black finish. The car stands on 20-inch alloy wheels with 255/35 sized tires at the front and 295/30 sized tires at the back that carry a unique DC design.

The length of the Avanti is 4,550 mm, while the width and height are 1,965mm and 1,200 mm respectively. The car gets a long wheelbase that measures 2,700 mm and has a ground clearance of 170 mm. Its space frame chassis combined with roll cage enclosed by the car’s body made out of carbon composite is a delight to ride.

"2015 DC Avanti"
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If you think that the front side has more grunge, the rear side is where the real power is unleashed. The rear placed engine is covered in body colored glass to help it merge into the background. DC has shaped the tail lamps as low, sleek units that sit sandwiched between the bumper and the edge of the engine cover.

"DC Avanti rear"
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This car is absolutely fabulous, though it does not seem like the cheapest sports car (thanks to all the styling) it shares a pretty affable yet aggressive design.

Interior

Ideal for a date, this two-seater has its entire cabin being kitted out in what appears to be quilted out leather. The material spreads across the seats, dashboard, doors and space between the seats. It also has the standard instrument cluster, steering wheel and AC. Speculation is that DC might go lenient by adding a few more features that should seem proportionate to the build quality of this car.

"2015 DC Avanti Interiors"
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Engine:

The Avanti is a mid-engined car and is powered by the Ford EcoBoost 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine. This power unit manages to churn out 250bhp of power and 360Nm of torque and has been mated to a six-speed manual transmission. This is a rear wheel drive and DC’s design facility has done justice to this car by equipping the Avanti with a double wishbone setup that is found on the front and rear.

"DC Avanti Engine"
Image Source: wardsauto.com

Verdict

Many car enthusiasts have their hopes up with the upcoming Avanti. Besides, who wouldn’t right? Especially, if you’re getting such a stunner at 1/4th the price of a Ferrari. There is good news too, sources suggest that the Avanti will be offered in 10 different colors and would feature bi-xenon headlights and LED tail lamps. The initial lot that has already been booked was priced between Rs. 25-30 lakhs. But, the new batch is most likely going to drain out a few more Gandhi notes out of your pocket. Let’s wait and watch 🙂

2015 Upcoming Wallet Friendly Cars in India

"Datsun Redi GO"

The demand for budget friendly cars in India is on an up rise. Most automobile manufacturers are adorning new cars and ensuring that they snuggle in a limited budget. While the existing manufacturers are bringing out more and more cars, there are new players in the market promising more style, more mileage and less money. Here is my take on some of the upcoming cars that should hit Indian roads in the forthcoming months. Enjoy 🙂

5. Datsun Redi Go: Datsun is gearing up to introduce India to its third car. The Japanese automaker is known to strategize affordable cars and offer some of the most promising machines. With Nissan’s DNA flowing in each Datsun car, the 3rd car in the affordable lot was unveiled at the 2014 Auto Expo. The existing GO and GO+ cars are going to be joined with the Redi GO. This B-Segment hatchback will be placed above the GO in Datsun’s hierarchy.

Engine: As per speculation, the Redi Go is expected to be powered by the same 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine that produces 67bhp and 104Nm of torque.  The power in this car will be transmitted to a 5-speed manual gearbox. You can also expect a CNG or an LPG version of this car.

Datsun Redi Go Engine
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Interior: Although the interiors of the Redi Go are yet to be revealed, the Redi Go should have a slight premium touch to its interiors than the existing Go and Go+. The Redi Go should have standard features like AUX-IN with two speakers, mobile charging point, beige upholstery, the dash-mounted gear lever and handbrake. Datsun might go a little lenient on the Interiors on the Redi (hopefully!)

Datsun Redi Go
Image Source: motorbash.com

Exterior: The following pic should definitely be a feast to your eyes and your wallets.

Datsun Redi Go
Image Source: www.carwale.com

The Redi-GO seems to have quite a futuristic appeal than any other Datsun that we’ve seen in quite sometime. However, looks might be deceiving and hopefully Datsun does not let its customer down. Maruti Kizashi was one fine example of a design bluner. Let’s hope Datsun keeps up to this futuristic adaptation.

"Datsun Redi GO"
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The Redi GO retains its the chrome hexagonal grille from the GO and GO+ but gets sleeker swept back headlights. The car has a neat bumper that is diverse from the front grille. The side profile looks pretty too and has flared wheel arches as well as aerodynamic lines that go all the way into the car’s boot and follows through the other side.

"Datsun Redi Go"
Image Source: www.carwale.com

Price: The Datsun Redi-Go should be price between the Rs 3 to Rs. 5-lakh range and should be launched by the end of 2015.

 

4. Tata Pelican: Just like Maruti’s manesar plant, Tata’s Sanand plant is going to get real busy with its upcoming new cars. Alongside the Nano, Tata motors is developing something like a side project to the existing “Kite”. The new small car being developed is named “Pelican”

"Tata Pelican"
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Engine:  The Pelican will most likely be powered by a 1.0-litre petrol and 800cc diesel motor that Tata Motors is developing in-house. This is going to be another car from the house of Tata to share affordability, although it will have a diesel engine. It will also have a five-speed manual gearbox

Exterior: Although the information of this car is as scarce as finding hair on a bald-guy’s head, it’s only fitting that this car should be based on the Nano’s platform. This car seems to have a tallboy design along with a compressed body structure. New headlamps, tail lamps and bumpers will accompany the new design.

Interior:  Sources suggest that Tata has new features lined up in their forth-coming cars. With Tata’s HorizonNext strategy along with the company’s collaboration with MapMyIndia for the use of GPS navigation technology, the Pelican (top end) should get hints of this technology as well.

"Tata Pelican"
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Price: The Tata Pelican should be priced from Rs. 2.5 lakh onwards. It should take on competitors like Maruti Suzuki 800, Hyundai Eon and the Datsun Redi GO.

 

3. Tata Kite: Another possible entrant from the house of Tata will be “Kite”. As a replacement to the existing Indigo eCS, this new compact sedan should be another budget friendly sedan offering from Tata.

"Tata Kite"
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Engine: As per reports, the Tata Kite should be available in petrol and diesel variants. A 3-cylinder petrol motor and a diesel engine mated to 5-speed manual transmission can certainly be expected from Kite.

Exterior: New headlamps, redesigned bumpers, new alloys, new tail lamps are but a necessity. Anything apart from that should be a pleasant addition. This car is going to have the appearance of a notch-back.

"Tata Kite"
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Interior: This compact hatchback, apart from its abundance of technology should have plush interiors and an upgraded instrument panel.

Price: The Zest should be priced around Rs. 4 to Rs. 5 lakhs. This budget sedan is going to compete with Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Hyundai Xcent, and Honda Amaze.

 

2. Renault XBA: Renault India is brewing its recipe for a small car that is codenamed “XBA”. The French car manufacturer will be based on the all-new CMF (Common Modular Family) platform.

Engine: The XBA from Renault might be powered by the all new 0.8-liter, 3-cylinder petrol engine and mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. It will also have AMT- automated manual transmission.

"Renault XBA"
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Exteriors: The car seems to have a pleasing appeal along with its robust build. The car has aerodynamic superiority and style. With a slender build, uplifting front bumper and a classy roof, this car is a great hatchback from Renault. The side profile of the car is accentuated with large fenders, broad wheels and has a touch of style. The front is adorned with a well-structured grille; complete with stylish, sleek headlamps shaped like triangles.

"Renault XBA"
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Interiors: The XBA has great interiors that give an elegant feel. The car is as pleasing from inside as it seems outside.

Price: The XBA is going to be released for around Rs. 4 lakhs.

 

1.  Mitsubishi Mirage: Mitsubishi has no hatchback in India. However, with rapid increase of small cars in the Indian market, Mitsubishi is developing a B-segment model for emerging markets. The Japanese manufacturer showcased a sketch of the global small car at the 2011 Geneva Auto Expo and the small car has popped up at the Tokyo Motor Show in December 2011. The car carries the codename Mirage.

"Mitsubishi Mirage"
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Engine: The Mirage is expected to come with a 1.2-litre, MIVEC petrol engine, which comes with a displacement capacity of 1193cc. This DOHC based power plant has the ability of churning out a maximum power of 74bhp in combination with a peak torque output of 100.3Nm that is quite good for Indian road and traffic conditions. The car is expected to be mated with a 5-speed manual/automatic transmission gearbox, powering its front wheels.

Exteriors: The compact hatchback is designed with a radiator grille, which is fitted with a thick body colored strip. The car also has trendy headlight cluster featuring high intensity halogen lamps and side turn indicator that gives it a dynamic look. The car has a body colored bumper as well and has a large large air dam for cooling the engine. A pair of round shaped fog lamps flanks its air dam. The car has electrically adjustable outside rear view mirrors, a set of alloy wheels, a neatly designed headlight cluster, windscreen with intermittent wipers and many other such aspects.

Interiors: The car is spacious enough to accommodate 5 passengers and has ample leg space with headroom. The car has a smooth dashboard, AC, large glove box and advanced instrument panel. The car also has an advanced music system, which is equipped with several input options along with speakers. It is incorporated with a lot of sophisticated features, which gives the occupants a pleasurable driving experience.

Price: The Mirage will compete with Fiat Punto, Nissan Micra, Maruti Swift, Renault Pulse and Hyundai i10. The price of this car is expected to be within the Rs. 5lakh range.