Hindustan Contessa : The once Muscle Car of India

It’s my pleasure to write about some cars which are considered as true classics of the Indian automobile history. I have already written about some of those cars which are considered as milestones of Indian Automobile History such as the Esteem and Lancer and now put on your seat belts, as we travel again back to history to have a flick on one of the most luxurious cars of those times. The car which was known as “The Indian Limousine” and automobile enthusiasts call it as “The First Indian Muscle Car”. Any guesses?

Yes it is Contessa which was actually built by our very own Indian Pride – Hindustan Motors. This car has more fame at present, than the olden times. So join me to the journey of exploring some of the interesting facts about this car.

Hindustan Contessa 1800 (1985)

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History:

The car should have a glorious history in order to call it as an antique master piece. Contessa has it all. During late 1970’s Hindustan Motors was searching for a new model, as the only model they launched till that year was the Ambassador. In fact HM searched for a model which will replace the face of the company as till that year Ambassador was considered as the face of the company. It has served the company with over three decades of outrageous success and at that time Hindustan motors wanted to introduce a modern car in the market. That new modern car was Contessa. The Contessa History has total 2 era’s in it.

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Acquiring the inspirations from Vauxhall Victor:

This was the first era of Contessa and in this Hindustan Motors had acquired the inspiration and technology from the 1970’s British Made Vauxhall’s Victor. During that time two things happened suddenly and these things made Contessa to beborn. General motors had already bought the British Vauxhall Company during late 70’s and in the same year Hindustan motors was searching for a new generation vehicle. General motors helped Hindustan motors in acquiring the production tooling and technology of the Vauxhall Victor, a car that was phased out in the UK in 1979. After acquiring those, the production line was started in order to make Contessa. After about 5 years Contessa finally arrived with a 1.5 L BMC B-Series engine powered by 4 speed HM manual gear box. Many folks at that time felt gaga around Contessa as it had a luxurious interior which was never seen before in any cars. But due to the lack of good engine aspects, the car suffered from lack of good performance.

vaux contessa

Hindustan Motors Collaborated with Isuzu:

After having a performance glitch, Hindustan motors searched for an alternative to power up the car. Hindustan tied-up with Isuzu of Japan and started manufacturing their 1.8 L 4ZB1 petrol engine. The gear box was also changed from 4 to 5-speed manual. Contessa then faced instant success. With its powerful performance and luxury, Contessa ruled the Indian market. After Herald, Contessa was the second car to future full independent suspension system. After 1.8, Hindustan motors started manufacturing 2.0 L Isuzu 4FC1 diesel engine. It faced the same success too. After some years, turbo diesel variant was also introduced.

Contessa engine

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Achievements:

There are many achievements achieved by this car in its 25 years of career. Its fame wasn’t decreased from then and until now. The achievement made by this car includes

  • Contessa Classic was a very popular choice for government limousines due to its luxury.
  • It was considered as the first Indian muscle car.
  • Due to this, Hindustan motors ruled Indian automobile for about 25 years.
  • Now it is considered as one of the antique automobiles of India.
  • It is one of the few old cars which have the body that suits for modern modifications.

Downfall:

Contessa production was shattered in 2002. The downfall mainly occurred due to the advent of new companies like Tata, Toyota, and especially Maruti Suzuki on the Indian market, which had captured a maximum amount of shares in the Indian market. The Fuel efficiency vehicle idea of Suzuki worked and it has made Maruti a strongest competitor to defeat.

There is also another reason for the cause of downfall of this car. It was the fuel efficiency itself. The car suffered from low fuel efficiency rate and also the cost for maintenance of this car was also very high as its spare parts were available at only higher costs which made many people to opt away from choosing this car.

Technical-Specifications:

These are some of the  technical specifications of this car. Have a look.

Contessa  tech specs

Exteriors:

There are only two words to describe the Contessa exteriors- Classy and Aggressive. While being an old car Contessa has good and decent exteriors. These are some of the exterior features of Contessa

  • Side impact protection body.
  • Twin head lamps.
  • Trunk compartment.
  • Radial Tires.
  • Large Crumple Zone.
  • Front muscular black grille.
  • Elongated exterior body to accommodate more spacious interiors.

Interiors:

Likewise interiors, the exteriors were also amazing, besides being an old model, this car featured some of the interiors which are used at present. These are some of those interior specs of this car.

  • Power steering.
  • Powerful Air Conditioners.
  • Power windows.
  • Central locking system.
  • PU moulded seats.
  • Non slip jackard upholstery.
  • Plush carpeting
  • Central arm rest on seats.

Engine Specs and Performance:

At first the car was powered with the same engine of ambassador, but later after forming ally with Isuzu, Contessa was provided with a 1.8 and 2.0 Isuzu engine. The new Isuzu engine type 4 OHC piston had a displacement range of 1817cc. It can churn maximum power of 75Hp @ 5000RPM. The five speed synchromesh gear box is used to control the speed of the car. It can reach maximum speed of up to 145mph at an acceleration rate of 0-60 in 7 seconds.

These are some of the engine, exterior/interior and technical specs of this car and now lets look into certain things which made this car unique than all the old cars.

More Chance for Modifications:

Unlike the other old cars, Contessa body is in a way suitable for modifications. Many automobile enthusiasts call this car as the “Best Modifiable Car”, as this car has huge scope for medications. Elongated body, muscular appeal, and spacious interiors are some of its qualities which made this car to give a wide scope for modifications. While surfing the internet about it, I felt very fascinated to see the way the car was modified to give it a Trendy look. I also came across a project which is under development stage by some students which deals with the modification of Contessa. The project was named as “Bring back Indian muscle”. There are also some videos which show the modification of this car like Camaro Contessa in which the Contessa is changed to Camaro & Contessa Dodge in which Contessa is changed to dodge challenger.

Contessa Club:

People have already formed a club which has owners of Contessa as its members. These folks meet every year at some place to celebrate the Contessa of being an Indian pride and to flaunt the new modifications done by them on that car.

Related articles: Classic Automobiles Of India

HOW FUEL EFFICIENT IS YOUR CAR?

Most of us dream of owning super-cars and driving them around places. The trouble however, begins when the fuel runs out faster than the speed of the car and you might miss the old fuel efficient car that gave you the feeling of being a budget price 😉

Let’s cruise through reality and take a look at some of the most fuel efficient cars India has to offer ( at-least, you can gladly NOT spend all your salary on just fuel)

10)  TOYOTA ETIOS LIVA (DIESEL)

Considering the current Diesel Price hike in India, Rating in at number 10 on the list of fuel efficient cars -the Toyota Etios Liva (diesel) which gets its 68PS power @ 3800 RPM, from a 1363 cc, 1.3 Liter diesel engine that produces 170 Nm Torque. Toyota has certainly given the ETIOS a diesel saving mantra; the Etios Liva (D) gives you a 20.32 kmpl mileage in the city and a 23.59 kmpl mileage on the highway. Etios LIVA (D) is available in diesel variants such as Liva JD, Liva GD, Liva SP, Liva VD and Liva TRD Sportivo.

Fuel efficient cars - Etios Liva
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PRICE:

As on 31st July 2014, the Etios Liva comes with a price tag of Rs. 4.40 lakh- 6.91 Lakh.

 

9) HYUNDAI GRAND I 10 (DIESEL)

With better mileage, comes another competitor.

Joining in the mileage war comes the Hyundai Grand I 10 Diesel that has the same 1.1 liter (3 cylinder) diesel engine mated to it, produces 72 PS power and 184 Nm torque.  The Grand i10 comes in 5 diesel variants such as CRDi Era (1120 cc Diesel), CRDi Magna (1120 cc Diesel) CRDi Sportz (1120 cc Diesel), CRDi Asta (1120 cc Diesel) and the CRDi Asta Option (1120 cc Diesel)

The Hyundai hatchback offers a smooth 24 kmpl mileage that puts more smiles on Indian roads and hence it can be considered as a real good fit among fuel efficient cars in India.

Fuel efficient cars - Hyundai Grand i10
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PRICE:

The Grand i10 ranges from Rs. 5.32 lakhs to Rs. 6.47 Lakhs.

 

8) HYUNDAI XCENT (DIESEL)

Based completely on the Grand I 10, the Hyundai Xcent is just the elongated version (well with a different look) of the i10, the Xcent is a recent sedan addition to the Hyundai family and also a favorite among fuel efficient cars. It is powered by the same 1.1 liter engine which discharges 72 PS power and produces 184 Nm torque. The Xcent is classy by looks and with an ARAI rating, boasts a great mileage of 24.4 kmpl. (Not bad eh??)

The diesel versions available are; 1.1 CRDi Base (1120 cc), CRDi S (1120 cc) , 1.1 CRDi S option (1120 cc), 1.1 CRDi SX (1120 cc) and 1.1 DRSi SX Option (1120 cc)

Fuel efficient cars - Hyundai Xcent
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PRICE:

The Hyundai Xcent ranges from Rs.  5.64 Lakhs to 7.49 Lakhs.

 

7)  TATA NANO

If you are a price conscious, the Tata Nano is a good buy & also a fine one among fuel efficient cars. The 624 cc twin cylinder engine provides the driver an economical 25 kmpl (rated by ARAI) the missing power steering might be a bummer (but well considering the price you pay for the car you wouldn’t drive unsatisfied)

Most fuel efficient cars - Tata Nano
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PRICE:

The Tata Nano is priced between Rs.2.00 lakhs and 2.5 lakhs.

 

6) TATA INDICA CR- 4

Yet another TATA motors offering in line with the fuel efficient cars in India. The TATA Indica CR4 is powered by a 1396 cc CR4 diesel engine that produces 140 Nm torque that produces 70 PS power too. Not a bad car to consider if you are mileage conscious. The Indica CR4 delivers a 25 kmpl mileage. The car is available in versions such as the DLS BSIII (1405 cc Diesel that provides 17.88 kmpl) the eV2 eLS (1396 cc diesel, 25 kmpl), the DLX BSIII (1405 cc Diesel provides 17.88 kmpl) and the eV2 eLX (1396 cc Diesel, 25 kmpl)

Fuel efficient cars in India - Tata Indica CR-4
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PRICE:

The Indica V2 Cr-4 is priced between Rs. 4.05 lakhs to Rs. 4.72 Lakhs.

 

5) FORD FIESTA (FACE LIFT)

Sure you can afford a ford & yeah it is one of the most stylish fuel efficient cars.

The all new 2014 Ford Fiesta Face Lift that was launched in 2014 is a proud Ford offering that accentuated a 25.01 kmpl mileage.  Being offered only in a diesel version, the 1.5 liter diesel engine would produce 89 BHP @ 204 Nm torque. The diesel versions, available are Ambiente (basic), Style, and the Titanim + version.

Fuel efficient cars in India - Ford Fiesta
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PRICE:

The price of the Ford Fiesta would range between Rs. 7.59 lakh and Rs. 9.29 Lakh.

 

4) TATA NANO TWIST (PETROL)

TATA NANO comes with TWIST; this new version comes with a 624 cc Engine with a 4 speed manual transmission. The twist lies in the F-Tronic that has a 5 – speed automated manual transmission (AMT) that makes it quite a fuel efficient car. Mated with a 0.6 litre 37.4 BHP 4V Petrol Engine that produces a torque of 51 Nm. The mileage produced is 22.2 kmpl (city) and the highway mileage of 25.4 kmpl.

Indian fuel efficient cars - Tata Nano Twist
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PRICE:

The Nano Twist costs Rs. 2.32 Lakhs only.

 

3) CHEVROLET BEAT (DIESEL)

Mated with a 936 cc three cylinder Diesel engine, Beat is the best among fuel efficient cars from Chevrolet that is supposedly a fuel efficient car that provides a 25.11 kmpl mileage.  Built in with 58.5 PS power and an ability to produce 150 Nm torque, the new Beat is a small compact mileage car for Indians. The Beat is available in various variants such as, Diesel PS (936 cc, 25.44 Kmpl), Diesel LS (936 cc 22.5- 25.44 Kmpl), Beat Diesel LT (936 cc, 22.5-25.44 Kmpl), Diesel Manchester UK Edition and the Diesel LT Option variants.

Most fuel efficient cars - Chevy Beat
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PRICE:

The Chevrolet Beat (Diesel) ranges from Rs. 4.86 lakhsRs. 6.04 Lakhs.

 

2) HONDA AMAZE (DIESEL)

Honda is all paced up to give India a fuel friendly solution. Honda has superseded other rivals with the most fuel efficient cars.

Rating at number 2 is the Honda Amaze (DIESEL) that rates in at 25.8 kmpl (ARAI rating) mileage. Being the first Honda Diesel car introduced to India, the 1.5 Liter i-DTEC engine, the Amaze looks like the extended version of Brio.

The Amaze Diesel comes in different Variants such as; Honda Amaze E I DTEC (1498 cc, 25.8 kmpl), Amaze EX I DTEC (1498 cc, 25.8 kmpl), Amaze SX I DTEC (1498 cc, 25.8 kmpl), Amaze VX I DTEC (1498 cc, 25.8 kmpl) and the Anniversary Edition (1498 cc, 25.8 kmpl)

Most fuel efficient cars - Honda Amaze
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PRICE:

The Diesel variants are priced between Rs. 6.13 LakhsRs. 8. 21 Lakhs.

 

1. HONDA CITY (DIESEL)

Regarded the best sedan offering from Honda, the City (diesel) 2014 has won the Mileage war taking the lead with 26 Kmpl. Apart from the classy look and an I DTec Engine, the City is the talk of the City & can be the best one among fuel efficient cars. The powerful engine produces 98.6 BHP @ 3600 RPM.

Available in versions such as; i DTec E (1498 cc with 23-26 kmpl), i DTec S ( 1498 cc with 23-26 kmpl), I DTec SV ( 1498 cc with 23-26 kmpl), I DTec V ( 1498 cc with 23-26 kmpl) and the i DTec VX ( 1498 cc with 22-25.1 kmpl)

Best fuel efficient cars - Honda city
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PRICE:

The Honda City 2014 is priced between Rs. 8.52 Lakhs –Rs.  11.25 lakhs.

BOTTOM LINE:

After enlisting the top mileage cars, the Honda City Diesel has been awarded the best fuel efficient car in India. The newly launched Toyota Corolla has the same engine as the Honda City; the mileage war is going to keep major car manufacturers always on the mileage run. Let’s hope India gets more Fuel Efficient cars.

Caterham Super 7 Super sport – From track to road

Anthony Colin Bruce Chapman was a skilled British design engineer, innovator, and builder in the British automotive industry, but never did he in his wildest dreams think that his Caterham Seven would be renowned even decades after him passing away and be considered as a standard for automotive genius even in the 21st century. One of the most underrated production lines in the world, Caterham has come up with really mind-boggling creations which include Caterham Seven 360, Caterham Seven 480, Caterham SP/300.R and its newest Aeroseven Concept which looks like an absolute bloodthirsty demon straight out of the gates of hell itself.

But now, they have come up with yet another new Seven which looks exactly like any other Seven but they claim that it’s a bit on the faster side. “Well how different could it even be?” I thought, until I took a closer look at it. The shocking revelations blew my mind.

Caterham Super 7
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Under the hood it sports a 4 Cylinder, 2.0-litre Ford Duratec Engine which produces about 180 Bhp much unlike the older R300 which came with a 140 Bhp, 1.6-litre ‘Sigma’ unit. This doesn’t sound like much I know but with the car’s weight at just 535 kilograms those figures are bound to do some damage on the roads. If we actually do the math for this, then, 180 Bhp and 535 Kilos would equal to 336 Bhp per tonne which would put the car’s power to weight ratio way higher on the list than, say, a Lotus Elise. How’s that for a fact? 0 – 60 Mph takes about, something like, 4.8 seconds which makes it quicker than most of the cars out there. The Duratec part comes into play when you’re going from maybe 40 Mph to 70 Mph where it provides the additional pump which you can feel clearly. There are no turbochargers that you have to wait to kick in for as you try reaching that top speed of 140 Mph. The limited slip-differential and the rear tires which are just 175 mm wide should make the ride on this just as playful as it should be. It’s just plain and simple raw automotive engineering running through every vein of this car’s body. Though this can be driven on-road still you would prefer driving it on a racetrack or an open highway since the suspensions on this thing can be a pain in the bottom (Yes we have to censor it and NO we don’t like doing that). The hard suspension is supposed to work well enough on the racetrack (if you can actually find one somewhere here). It also comes with racy not-so-comfortable low seats and a four point safety harness so that you don’t fly off while pushing it to its limits. But you make your drive a tad bit simpler in this car if you opt for the Removable Weather Pack which comes with a much longed for roof, a pair of doors and a windscreen so that you don’t tear your face off while driving this little beast of a machine. It has a Five-speed Manual transmission which is pretty nice but it will probably be a little stiff while reaching for those magic figures on the track. A Six-speed Manual transmission can be fitted but it costs an awful lot and would probably be a waste of your hard-earned or hardly inherited money. The pedals on this thing are pretty close to each other which might lead to problems at first but I guess it can be overlooked due to the sheer brilliance of every aspect of this car. Overall it’s almost like a quirky little dragon spitting fire with every subsequent gear shift. It looks like a race car, it sounds like a born racer too and Caterham has detailed every inch of it to make it road legal, atleast in the United Kingdom. It’s a simple balanced machine which is not very fast or not stiff. People who seem to be complaining about it’s performance should simply try it’s elder sibling the R500 or maybe the KTM X-Bow or an Ariel Atom, whichever toots their horns, since this car is everything it was expected to be and it’s doing pretty darn good at it.

Caterham Super 7 How it looks from inside.
Not what you expected for INR 2.5 Million?
Caterham Super 7 engine
Might this change your mind?

 

Coming to the looks and ergonomics…..

It has a very classy look and feel to it. Let it be the bright orange or the custom racing stripe running through the very centre of the car, it looks absolutely stunning. You could probably put a tutu and ballet shoes on and still look manlier than ever while driving it. The simplicity of this car is what brings its elegance to our eyes. The low rung body of this might be a sort of an inconvenience from time to time but that shouldn’t matter if you’re actually in for the enthralling ride it has to offer. The fun thing about this car is that this little wonder is shipped to you by Caterham in a large box as tiny bits and bolts which you’re supposed to assemble for yourself. How’s that for a kick? But if you’re a lazy bum then you can just call them up and ask them to do it for you for a price of which you can buy a firsthand Maruti Suzuki Alto. But oh well if you’re among the very few who can afford to buy this generously priced car for your weekend fantasies then that shouldn’t be a problem. Priced at around   £ 24,995  or INR 25,73,152 it’s not for the average Indian buyer. But as a car it is absolutely delightful and playful and you won’t regret a penny you’ve spent after it. Presenting, the Caterham Super 7 Supersport, it’s the perfect machine that can be so much fun on the roads for you. Everytime you’re driving this elegant piece of British engineering, it will leave you with a big fat grin on your face like you used to have decades back while playing with your hot wheels.

Thank you for reading. For any comments or suggestions you can ping me up on my email id -or- just pen it down below in the comments section 🙂

2014 Vauxhall Corsa-An Overview

Vauxhall, which is a subsidiary of General Motors (USA), is slowly rooting into USA (it’s a well-known hotshot in the U.K ). Vauxhall has an amazing history hidden behind it. It was founded in 1857 by Alexander Wilson in London. Vauxhall is not only famous for automobile production; it is also famous for large war tanks production. During World War II, Vauxhall is one of the few companies to produce large quantities of warheads for British. Over 5,600 Churchill tanks were built by Vauxhall, during the world war. In 1925 Vauxhall was acquired by General Motors and till now it is owned by General Motors.

If you are in Asia, you must be wondering that Vauxhall is totally a new name. Vauxhall has already made its debut in Asian countries like China, India and also in Europe too. If you know about a brand called Opel, then you are already familiar with Vauxhall ( as Vauxhall and Opel are same ). Vauxhall was called as Opel in European and Asiatic countries and in U.K it was called with the same name. So far Vauxhall has built several cars, but among all those cars build by Vauxhall, Corsa is considered as Vauxhall’s most famous release. In the U.K it is called as Super-mini and is one of the highest selling cars in the U.K region.

Vauxhall history - British churchill tank

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Now with the new Corsa, Vauxhall is targeting both U.S.A and U.K markets. Corsa has an amazing popularity in U.K and considering this popularity and legacy of this model, after years of experimentations and minor enhancements and upgrades, Vauxhall will finally revealed the fourth-generation Corsa for 2015. The car was scheduled to hit the market in 2015. Do you think, this British make has enough power to repeat the legacy again..? Lets see !

Opel Corsa OPC review

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Technical Specs:

These are some of the technical specifications of this car. Have a look.

Vauxhall Opel corsa specs

Review: Styling

Exterior:

The Fourth Generation Corsa has similarities from its predecessor (as it has the same dimensions of the Super-mini). As the car has to carry the legacy of that model, the company decided to go with the same dimension range. But, it has some major changes with regards to the exteriors, such as new body panels, Sporty design, and new colors. The trapezoidal front grille and LED daytime running lights are look impressive and makes this car look all the more elegant. The design features are not only taken from its predecessor, it’s also taken from another Opel car called Opel Adam (a sports hatch). So the new Corsa has a perfect sporty and as well as a classy combination. In fact the trapezoidal front grille is obtained from Opel Adam. The only drawback when it comes to exteriors; driver visibility is not quite good enough as the car suffers from a demerit of low cabin range.

Opel Corsa exteriors

Interior:

When it comes to interior build quality, the car doesn’t have luxurious interiors like Volkswagen polo, but the car offers sophisticated and decent interiors. It offers a wide range of interior features in its class and the price as well. Heated front seats, soft-tone ambient lighting, and a full-size panoramic roof are some of those interior changes. There is also another enhancement on dash board where a 7-inch touchscreen is added with gaming console attachment availability. Kids will love this feature. The boot space quantity at the back remains same (285-Litres). The LCD panel can also be used in order to connect to smart phone and you can browse through the contents of your smartphone. It has both apple and android connectivity as it has IntelliLink support and if you have an iPhone you can connect your phone and can access Siri through that touch screen.

Opel Corsa interiors

Review: Engine & Performance

The new Vauxhall Corsa is equipped with a wide range of engine options, the user can choose from 4 different engine variants and all these engines have the same six-speed manual engine in default. However some engines have an option to customize the gear box option from manual to auto. The car can reach a maximum speed up to 110mph at an acceleration rate of 0-60 in 10 seconds.

  • 1.2-liter gas engine which can churn a maximum range of 69 horsepower.
  • 1.3-liter CDTi engine which can churn a minimum horsepower range starting from 74 and can reach the maximum of 94 Horsepower
  • 1.4-liter engine: This engine also has a turbo and non-turbo variant, where turbo variant can produce maximum horse power range up to 99, while the non-turbo variant can produce 89 horsepower.

These engines are nothing new to Vauxhall as the previous cars of Vuxhall were mostly equipped with these three engine specifications, but for Corsa, Vauxhall has designed a new engine exclusively for it

  • It’s the 1.0-liter three-cylinder, turbo engine which can churn a maximum power up to 89-113 horse power and can produce the torque ranging up to 125 pound-feet of torque

Opel Corsa engine

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Review: Safety and Reliability

During prototype testing the new Corsa has participated in the 2013 Driver power survey and secured 126th position with an average score of 85.52 out of 100. But after reaching to production stage in 2014, the 2014 Corsa is not yet participated in 2014 Driver power survey, but we can clearly say that it will get good results in this year too (as it’s already scored best marks in previous year ). It also has six airbags as standard, irrespective of high-end or low-end model. One of the main demerit in safety aspect of this car is the absence of electronic stability program in all model as some rumors are spreading that only the high end model will get the stability control program.

When it comes to a reliability issue, Vauxhall users can enjoy the lifetime warranty facility. This is one of the reasons why Vauxhall cars are sold in such a big numbers

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Pros & Cons:

Pros:

  • New Design
  • Engine Customizations
  • Comes in budget

Cons:

  • Absence of some safety measures
  • The exterior and interior should be some more better

Rivalry:

This car has only two major rivals. Ford’s Fiesta is one of the major rival for this car as in every aspect. Apart from Fiesta, Volkswagen’s polo is also considered as one of the major rival for this car.

Vauxhall Opel Cora compare

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Bottom-line and Price:

Although the price is not yet revealed by the company, but based upon the price of previous super-mini, the new Corsa can also be priced at a decent and affordable price. We think the price range will start from £9,000 and can go up to £10,000.

FLYING WITH THE ALL NEW BENTLEY FLYING SPUR V8

If it’s breath taking, it’s definitely got to be a Bentley.

A rich man’s ride, the Continental (my dream car), Mulsanne an now Flying Spur, with immaculate precision and fine craftsmanship, Bentley motors cast their glorious vehicles with the confidence of a king.

Bentley Motors have announced the arrival of a new member in its royal family, the 2015 Flying Spur V8.  It would definitely roll out with the motto “Live Life Large”

BENTLEY FLYING SPUR V8 2015 review
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After the Continental, a year later, the Spur came flying with more features behind the wheels. That being said, the newly anticipated spur; a cheaper model than its predecessor is going to be 21,000$ cheaper on your pocket. The Flying Spur has certainly given its previous moniker “continental” a diverse meaning. The British Luxury car sported the two-door model. Its new skin makes it more vivacious. Just a reminder, this model is going to pack a little lesser power than its predecessor that had the W-12 (twin- turbo charged engine)

BENTLEY FLYING SPUR V8 review
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ENGINE:

With Audi’s aficionado-like engineering put to task, the twin-turbo charged 4.0 Liter V8 engine is going to certainly create an impact.

The same engine has already been introduced to a few Audi models such as A8, S8, RS7, S6 and the RS6. The horsepower produced by this engine can range anywhere from 430-560 Horsepower.

The Flying Spur would conveniently power up 500 horses under its hood @ 6000 RPM and a 488Nm torque.

 

BENTLEY FLYING SPUR V8 engine
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The specialty lies in the ultra light; ultra compact V8 mated with a ZF sourced 8 speeds automatic providing a smooth ratio between smooth and seamless everyday driving. Although, constant acceleration and gear paddling might play a bit with the car’s momentum. The Sports mode takes care of the wee bit of confusion, you can choose to fly on roads, keeping luxury constant. The 4-wheel drive that sets up the car to maximum traction always.

Beware, this luxury vehicle isn’t just meant to flaunt. The V8 charges the spur to a stunning 0-60 mph in about 4.8 seconds and achieves 183 mph.

With a symphony like sound unlike its aggressively intense W12 cousin, which makes it sound like 2 engines at work under the bonnet. The V8 Spur however, sounds like it should. A pleasing noise similar to a baritone snarl when the engine is revved to its maximum.

MILEAGE:

Surprisingly, the new spur is going to go easy on your fuel. Bentley has chosen to give the Flying Spur a touch of Fuel Economy. Sources claim that the fuel economy would range from 12 miles per gallon (in the city) to 20 (miles per gallon) on the highway. Being a lot less bulky than its previous cousins, the New Flying Spur is going to be around 330 pounds lighter than the W12. Maximum mass seeps in from the front of the vehicle. And as it might turn out, the Flying Spur V8 would definitely be nimble on the wheels.

VISUAL:

While, the Visuals are pretty much adapted from the Continental GT range of cars (two door) the other changes include; Black Air intakes rather than the ever appearing high gloss metallic finish or the grille.

BENTLEY FLYING SPUR V8 looks
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Surprisingly, Bentley has chosen to give the new Flying Spur Logo a contemporary Red color rather than sticking on to its conventional Black background logo. Even, the exhaust tips have been kinked a tad to give them a twin oval look. The plush appeasing interiors in the Bentley are always a sign of great craftsmanship and a sign of premium luxury.

BENTLEY FLYING SPUR V8 interiors

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The Spur V8 comes with a bench type seat for rear passengers, it can comfortably accommodate 5 passengers (4+1) & the dashboard of the Flying Spur is similar to the one found in the Continental Models.

BENTLEY FLYING SPUR V8 interiors
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PRICING:

Bentley aims on bringing newer customers under its roof. With an offering so tempting and in sync with the competition, Bentley has smartly placed this less powerful W12 substitute for a lesser price band.

BENTLEY FLYING SPUR V8 price
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It is expected that the price would be a notch higher than the Audi A8, the BMW 7 Series or for that matter even the Mercedes S class. With a brand that competes collar to collar with its luxurious rival, Rolls Royce, it is certainly a good move by Bentley to introduce cars in the premium sedan range. With an increasing number of Mercedes, Bmw and Audi buyers, Bentley is certainly going to be a choice among the luxury car buyers.

The price of the Bentley 2015 V8 Flying Spur is going to range between $ 1,97,825  and  $ 2,00,500.

BOTTOMLINE:

“Sporty to drive yet elegant by looks”

MERCEDES, BMW and AUDI – looks like you might have to face some real luxurious trouble.

Maruti Suzuki Esteem – the Glorious Path

It is considered as one of the first sedans which was introduced in the Indian market, and considered as the Indian-Benz! Yes its Maruti Suzuki Esteem, one of the finest and the best seller for Maruti ever. I still remember when I was 6-7 years old, I rarely found this car on roads and was owned by financially sound people, but when I was 12 this car become a paparazzi as it was shown in several Indian cinemas and was soon getting replaced with Ambassador cars.

Maruti Esteem is the First full-fledged A/C car which I ever known. This car easily has 15-16 years of glorious history before it becoming out of fashion( not to mention, it is one of the most iconic cars which I’ve ever seen ). In this article lets get to know some aspects of this car which made it a champion and some reasons for it’s down fall.

Maruti Suzuki esteem

 

History:

The Esteem was first introduced in the first half of 1995. It’s the first attempt of Suzuki in compact segment and Suzuki has chosen Europe for it. At that time this car faced the toughest rivals in the market such as Golf which was built by none other than Volkswagen, Opel’s Astra, Nissan’s Sentra, and Toyota’s Corolla. That’s a huge competition as these companies have already dug their root into the European market. Suzuki introduced this car in that year as a 3-door hatchback and 4-door sedan, the 3-door is powered by 1.3- Liter and while 4-door is powered by 1.6-Liter engine. But this model got appreciation first and then gradually sales dropped. Hence Suzuki restyled Esteem in 1999 with new enhancements.

The car was given a new front end, and a new redesigned grille and new headlights and the 1.6 engine was replaced with a 1.8. With these changes Esteem indeed became like a sports model. It gained a huge success and started rising in the European market and after seeing this success Suzuki planned to launch it in Asian countries ( as after Europe,  the Asian market had a bit of a boom then) and thus Suzuki launched Esteem in India. In order to manufacture Esteem in India Suzuki collaborated with Maruti ( and rest is history )

Downfall:

Maruti in collaboration with Suzuki released Esteem in 1994 and sales sky-rocketed all over India and was considered as the best seller in 1995 and 1996. Maruti gained huge reputation with this car. Since then this car ruled the Indian automobile market for at least 10-11 years until late 2006. In 2006 the penetration of companies like Honda, Toyota, Mitsubishi, Jeep and Gypsy begun and the competition became tougher than ever. Most young people opted to new offerings from Jeep and Gypsy. This was one of the reasons for esteem’s downfall. With the raise of tough competition, Maruti Suzuki itself had planned for a new release and it released the new Maruti ZEN automatic in to the market and that’s how esteem’s glory shattered and in the year 2008 Maruti finally stopped manufacturing Esteem.

Technical-specifications:

The specifications of this car look very good. We have to consider that it is an old car and at the time of its release technology was still in research stage. But it has some features which looks amazing still now. They are its Interiors and its performance

Maruti Esteem specs

Interiors:

The interiors of this car still look amazing and it is the best part of the car. The molded floor along with trunk carpets were good and the best parts of the interiors was its seats( a friend who still has this car, also stated the same ). The seats look comfortable and it suits for long drives. The cabin of this car can accommodate a total of 5 members comfortably. The dash board which is coated with black leather work and power steering is quite good it has all the basic features such as air conditioner, cabin heater, remote fuel lid opener, remote trunk opener, coat hanger hook etc. The dash board looked perfect. Power windows, Child lock controls and OVRM’S on both sides of the doors added more reliability to this car. The front seats are adjustable for good driving. The boot space is big and is about 376-litres, which can accommodate many of our needs during traveling.

Maruti Esteem interiors

Exteriors:

The car looked real classy from every angle. The car measured 4095mm (length), 1575mm (width), 1395mm (height) with a wheelbase of 2365mm and ground clearance of 170mm. Fog lamp with clear lens, body colored door handles and rear spoilers added all the more beauty to this car. The car was made available in 6 colors such as superior white, metallic pearl silver, metallic silky silver, metallic icy blue, metallic fawn mist and metallic midnight black.

Maruti Suzuki Esteem exteriors

Engine, Performance, and Handling:

This car is powered with a four cylinder 1298 cc petrol engine with SOHC. It can produce a maximum power of 85 bhp at 6000 rpm and the maximum torque is 110 Nm at 4500 rpm. The car is controlled using a manual five speed gear box which also has one gear for reversing the car. Its fuel tank capacity was 40-litres and the average mileage of this car was around 10 km/litre within the city and around 16 km/litre on the highway. The handling of this car was also quite good as the car is accommodated with the McPherson struts and coil springs and when it comes to the breaking system, the front of the car is accommodated with disk and the back is drum.

Safety:

This car has the basic safety features such as

  • laminated windshields
  • central locking system
  • Kenwood defogger
  • Collapsible steering columns
  • Child-Lock safety
  • Side impact absorbers
  • Good suspension system

Price and Resale Value:

The car manufacturing was stopped by Maruti in the year 2008. The resale value of this car is also quite descent. If the car is in good condition the price for resale will reach up to 80,000 to a maximum of 1 Lakh. If it is in bad condition it can give you around 20 to 30 thousand!

Gujarat To Rajasthan – A D’ZIRABLE travelogue !

Jaunty companions, 2400+ kilometers and my trust on wheels, the Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire Vdi. Well, that was the prelude to an exciting journey of skillful driving and exploration.

Date: 23 July 2014- 31st July 2014

Distance:  Approx 2400 kilometers

Starting Point: Ahmedabad (GJ)

Ending Point: Although my journeys don’t have any ending, this journey was to Jodhpur and back (covering all possible towns in and around Rajasthan)

It had always been a part of my bucket list to go on a road trip from Gujarat to Rajasthan (my ancestral place) and when I had the opportunity, I couldn’t resist. My bags were packed and my mind was ready to soak in the experience. Here is my trip advisor or travelogue

Kem Cho, Gujarat(India)

23rd July 2014 (3.30 pm) Ahmedabad greeted me quite well even during the afternoon (surprisingly my expectation was put down by the pleasant climate) with a slight drizzle and of course a positive sign to keep cruising. I’ve got to say, Gujarat has very smooth roads. They feel like stroking a baby’s cheek.

Introducing to you, a companion (rented out for 8 days) that would be put to test through challenging and smooth roads to check the reliability and stability. The Swift DzireVdi 2008 Model (Silver)

Swift DzireVdi 2008 travelogue
Shimmering in Silver.

I was sure enough that Ahmedabad isn’t going to let me get away that easy, especially with an empty stomach. You could just bask in the delicious flavors and the mouth watering delights Gujarati food has to offer.

I couldn’t resist, and before getting the taste of the Gujju roads, I did a little “Tummy Puja” 😛

After a scrumptious Sneck (the way Gujarati’s pronounce it J) it was time to decide if I wanted to move on or spend the night in Gujarat. Time was definitely of the essence. Covering an average of 250-300 kms a day isn’t a walk in the park. And with the clock ticking faster than the accelerator, I had to put a pedal on the metal. But, leaving in the evening wasn’t the best of ideas and so I decided to stay back and enjoy my evening in Ahmedabad. If you are visiting Gujarat anytime soon, I would definitely recommend Kathiwadi Food, its just too tempting to say no to.

Travelogue Gujarat  Ahmedabad
Ain’t the road a Beauty?

Although the roads are impeccable, the ones using them make their own lanes whenever, wherever. Left was right, right was a u turn and all the roads led to some place I did not want to be (it wasn’t too bad though)

Travelogue Gujarat  Ahmadabad traffic
Traffic on a Normal Day. Sigh!!

 

The Journey:

The rains had worked their miracle on the swift the previous night. I did not really have the time to saunter over and so, post breakfast; it was a start to an amazing trip. To elaborate my 8-day journey that started from the 24th of July and went on till the 31st July,the diesel tank was full and the roads seemed welcoming, and that’s when my Journey began. I would like to mull over a few facts about the transition in the roads of Gujarat and Rajasthan, India. Both the states have intermingling roads and you might notice that while your tyres might caress a few roads in Gujarat, Rajasthan would make your tyres hate you 😛  (I am not trying to endorse Gujarat roads. A few roads in Gujarat are equally bad too)

Swift Dzire Vdi travelogue

Gujarat

While in Gujarat (High way included) you are certain to witness the culture bustling around in all corners.

For instance:

Living in a place where rickshaws are a source of traveling, this was a more exciting and an innovative concept. The bullet rickshaw (named Chagda) is quite popular among the locals in Gujarat. This is definitely worth traveling in.

Travelogue Chagdi :)
Chagda 🙂

 

Travelogue - Fully Loaded ;)
Fully Loaded 😉

Oh yeah ! The good ol’ Tractor. We might have come across our favorite celebs ride a tractor across a field. But, this was certainly more rejoicing than seeing anything on screen.
Travelogue Tractor

Gujarat and Rajasthani roads have a deep connection of some kind with our four legged friends. Looks like a few of them enjoy taking sunbath on the busy streets of both the cities. The irony lies in the confidence that these mammals have, no vehicle can ever make them move unless the mammal really wants to 😛

Travelogue animals on road

While my journey that was going on pretty smooth, the only hindrance was either the Toll Booth (Gujarat and Rajasthan have plenty of toll booths) or Gas stations.

Puns apart, my journey had started off on a very bright note, with clear skies and smooth roads, rains did manage to cope up with me and they managed their way in occasionally.

Khamma Ghani – Rajasthan

Travelogue - Toll booth Rajasthan

You know when you are in Rajasthan when you come across “DesiDaru” Shops J Gujarat apparently adheres to strict norms when it comes to alcohol. Jokes apart, Rajasthan was partially humid and the service of my car’s A/C was of urgent priority.

Travelogue Rajasthan humid

It did not seem like Rajasthan was going to experience torrential rains. However, while entering Jodhpur, my presumption was wrong. The roads in Jodhpur were flooded with water. Although, the sight was quite eye pleasing, it did seem a bit concerning too. With no proper water drainage channels, puddles were being formed, making it very difficult for various two wheelers and a few hatchback cars to cross.

Travelogue Jodhpur roads with rain

July Might not seem like the best of times during the year to visit Rajasthan, But then again what’s life if you live it by the rules right? 😉

Covering up places like Pali, Phalodi, Jaisalmer, and experiencing the Joy of Mount Abu, Driving to Rajasthan was worth the miles.

The Experience:

While leaving for Rajasthan, Ahmedabad had a very different approach as opposed to Rajasthan. Driving conditions were quite variable. One moment you are on the highway and there is no sign of traffic and rains and the next moment, all you have is a lot of traffic and your vehicle literally floating on the road.

Travelogue Rajathan roads

My return journey from Jodhpur had pretty much given me an indication of the road conditions ahead. While I was nearing Gujarat, I had to take a detour from Mehsana owing to the worsening climate condition.

Travelogue Gujarat  climate

Ahmedabad was around 30 Kms away, and unbelievably it took me around 5 hours to reach Ahmedabad. You can pretty much see the road conditions in the pics that we managed to click.

Thankfully, the skill of driving in such conditions came in handy. Dzire was definitely supportive and did not give up on me during these few hours of turmoil. Although, I have to say, water somehow found its way into the car and our feet were getting the taste of the murky rain water that was conveniently stagnant across the entire street.

Travelogue Gujarat  Ahmedabad

The thrill of driving in such conditions definitely adds a page to my memorabilia. It felt like we were on a Boat trip (well without the paddles, fishing rods and such)

DZIRE Connection:

The Swift DzireVdi comes with a 1248 cc  Multijet DDis/DOHC diesel engine, producing 190 Nm of torque @ 2000 RPM.

It gave me 15 kmpl mileage on the highway (with A/C) and on the busy streets.

I definitely felt the 75 PS power when the vehicle was tested on the highway.

Being spacious enough for 5 people (we were just 3) the Dzire’s Trunk had no problem accommodating our luggage too.

The BridgeStone 14” Tires worked their miracles on the roads. Even after crossing the 120kmph speed at the highway, the Dzire wouldn’t wobble, it was quite smooth.

The only drawback that I feel about the Dzire is the identical look it shares with Swift and the ground clearance (170mm)

Summing Up My Trip:

Travelogue Gujarat  to Rajasthan
Actual View @ Mount Abu.. Worth the Visit!!

After surviving such road and weather conditions, taking us a step closer to fear. The Swift Dzire Vdi has certainly connected Gujarat and Rajasthan like never before. The rains had caused a little hindrance and I couldn’t cover up a few places during the end. But, having said that, the journey was indeed a special one. I am waiting and planning my next big trip soon.

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2014 Honda Acura NSX- an Overview

Today I am going to review about a car which was showcased in Marvel’s super hit Hollywood flick “Avengers”. Yes you got it right, the new Acura NSX 2014. This car appeared at the end of the film(driven by Robert Downey .JR ). Acura is the luxury division of Honda and the new Acura NSX is a hybrid electric sports car which was based on the Original Acura NSX that was produced in the year 1991-2005. In the 2005 the NSX model production was ended due to some lag in safety and reliability issues of this model. Since then, many around the world are waiting to see the comeback of this NSX series with enhanced features. After about 7 years of continuous experimentation on the performance and safety issues, Honda has finally called for the re-entry of the NSX series again. After much expectation, hype, and spy photos from Nuremburg ring ( during its testing ),  Honda has finally unveiled the new NSX at the 2012 North American Auto Show and then followed by Geneva and Tokyo Motor shows in the same year.

After unveiling the concept, Honda is now planning to make this prototype to a production model and this model will be hitting the roads by the end of 2015.

Below is the model which was shown in Avengers

Honda Acura NSX in Avengers

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Technical specifications:

The technical specifications are quite impressive and certainly has the ability to deliver high amount of power to this car.

2014 Honda Acura NSX specs

Review: Styling

Exterior:

The all new NSX has a major range of exterior enhancements when compared to the old NSX series cars (due to the long time gap) and the enhancements in design have certainly delivered an amazing external appeal to this car. The front and rare designs, side profile headlights and tail-lights all are very new and looks amazing and perfectly placed. Sporty and Sexy are the two words to describe the car exterior. When it comes to front looks, the carbon black grille at the front occupies a large amount of space and is fitted with a “V” shaped chrome coated metal rig. To this the fog lamps are attached on both left and right side. From the front angle, it throws the look of a laughing beast. The rear profile is descent and good. It’s also 3.3 inches wider and 0.4 inch lower when compared to the old 2005 NSX. Overall the car exterior is quite good and can truly maintain the legacy of the NSX forever.

2014 Honda Acura NSX exterior

Interior:

As far as the interiors is concerned, NSX was designed on the “Human Support Cockpit” theme. The details regarding this new Human Support Cockpit theme was revealed by the company in the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. Jon Ikeda (chief designer, Acura Design Studio) stated that they are insistent about delivering on the “Synergy between man and machine,” . Hence the interior is given a smart and human friendly look ( so the car doesn’t look like a machine at all ). The interiors are designed with a mend of both red leather and Alcantara which gives this car a ravishing red color that looks quite amazing. The leather work on both dashboard, seats and steering looks quite luxurious and also very trendy. Carbon fiber cased central consoles, bucket seats, LCD display, Central control, AC-vents and audio system are neatly in place. The middle of the dash is equipped with an infotainment system which shows the information of the car. Other features are yet to be confirmed as the car hasn’t reached the productive stage yet.

Honda Acura NSX Interior

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Review: Engine & Performance

The new NSX is powered by a 3.7L DOHC 24-valve V-6 and 2 electric motors at front and 1 rear electric motor. During the initial design phase, the car was said to have a V-10 engine layout, but at the end it was replaced by the V-6 engine with direct injection. The NSX V6 engine can deliver higher amount of power output ( about 400bhp ) and the Electric motors produces prodigious torque instantly for higher performance rates. Both of these combined, the car can produce monstrous power that can enable the car to reach higher speed within less time. It can reach 0-60 MPH in just 3 second. The Seven Speed twin clutch auto transmission helps to produce a balance rate of power to this car with the help of the engine.

Honda Acura NSX engine

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Review: SH-AWD (Super Handling All Wheel Drive)

Have you observed that I have stated total 3 motors on both front and back? why? This car works on a new “All-Wheel Drive” system. The car is powered by a new technology named as SH-AWD, short for Super Handling All Wheel Drive. The engine, along with the main electric motor will primarily drive the rear wheels and the rat motor powers the rear wheel’s rotation. So, all 4 wheels in the car rotate at same time. This is done to increase the handling and stability of this car and due to this the car has certainly improved when it comes to aspects like handling, and cornering.

Rivals:

This car has many rivals starting from BMW to Lexus and Porsche to Nissan, but the considerable rivals for this car are Lexus LFC and i8. Apart from these, the cars from Porsche and Nissan will also compete.

  • Lexus-LFC
  • BMW i8
  • Nissan GTR
  • Porsche 911
  • Lamborghini Gallardo

2014 Honda Acura NSX

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Verdict:

Although the price is not yet officially confirmed by the company (as the car is still not reached its production stage), but as far the speculation from trusted sources, the car is said to be priced at $130,000 (base price). That seems a pretty decent price for a monster of a car like this 🙂

Face Off: Chevrolet Cruze Vs Toyota Corolla Altis

Toyota is a world leader in the global automobile industry but it hasn’t quite been able to reproduce similar levels of dominance in the Indian market of late. Domestic manufacturers have upped their game, thanks to international brands showing greater levels of immersion in the country’s potential for consuming motoring machines. Additionally, erstwhile outside players such as Hyundai and Honda have taken the game by the scruff of its neck and pulled off amazing sales figures. The result is that Toyota has been forced to pull up its socks and come up with a product that would hold prospective buyers’ fleeting attention.

Toyota Corolla Altis compare review

GM’s Chevrolet has been having a rather uneventful run in the Indian market in the recent past. Fading consumer interest and intense competition has meant plummeting sales and last-ditch revival efforts. Earlier this year it was the Beat that the company attempted to resuscitate, and the facelift helped its cause to a certain extent. With the hatchback segment out of the way, Chevrolet turned its focus to the sedans. The Cruze has always been considered a good performer but popular design tastes change every so often and specs are rendered obsolete in the blink of an eye.

Chevrolet Cruze compare review

The Chevrolet Cruze face-lift and new Toyota Corolla were launched more than half a year apart but they both played very similar roles for their respective makers. The D segment is far from being among the most popular in the country and within it there were names such as the Volkswagen Jetta and Skoda Octavia to contend with. Which one comes away looking better in the design and performance departments? Let’s take a look.

Overall:

Toyota Corolla

The 2014 Toyota Corolla is not just the next generation in a long line of cars. It is something of a mutation, an outlier, thanks to the changing paradigms at the company. The eleventh generation was born unlike any of its predecessors. Toyota loyalists may have had to look twice to ensure the car they were looking at was really the Corolla, thanks to the edgier visual profile of the car. Bigger brothers Camry and Avalon acted as prototypes for a lot of the details that can be observed on the car’s exterior. The muscular front end of the car gives way to swelte lines on the sides leading up to an appealing back end. Being lower, wider, and longer than its predecessor, the proportions of the Corolla seem to have been modified in just the right way.

Chevrolet Cruze

Chevrolet’s latest update to the Cruze was a lot more reactive than reflective. Skoda had upped the ante by launching the new Octavia in India. The season was such that most manufacturers were going in with all their chips, in the hope of cashing in on the festive spirit. The Chevrolet Cruze face-lift seems looks forced and heavy-handed. In other markets the face-lift coincided with the launch of a new engine configuration for the Cruze. In India, however, Chevrolet chose to make the update in installments. In 2012 a new 2.0 liter engine was plonked in the car and now a few changes have been made to its design. A new bumper, spoilers, and additional lamps don’t quite do enough to make the car seem like an enticing prospect. On the design front, the Corolla is the runaway winner.

Performance:

Toyota Corolla

Toyota has chosen to retain the 1.4 and 1.8-liter capacity diesel mills that did duties on the previous iteration of the car. The output of these engines has been increased marginally. More excitingly, there’s the new 2.0 liter engine, which is effortless in both city and highway conditions. McPherson struts positioned in the front suspensions make for a more rigid drive experience. A torsion-beam organization supports the rear end of the car. Toyota has given up the old hydraulic system for a whole new electric power-steering. The EPS is weighted well but does tend come short when drivers search for that extra bit of oomph.

Chevrolet Cruze

The term “all new” was bandied about quite a bit during the promotion of the Cruze but that’s far from the truth, especially under the hood. The Cruze face-lift houses a 2 liter diesel mill capable of churning out 166PS peak power and torque of 380Nm. This makes the Cruze one of the most powerful cars in the segment. A 6-speed gearbox relays power to the wheels. GM vastly improved the driving dynamics of the car, but that was back in 2012, too long back to even be considered a factor now. The car has an ARAI mileage of 17.3km/l.

The Chevrolet Cruze and Toyota Corolla are on a more level footing when compared with performance characteristics in mind. The Cruze tends to be underrated in the Indian market, though few of its competitors can match its performance. However, once again, the Corolla takes the cake, mainly because the updates seem more recent and relevant

Verdict:

Though the Corolla and Cruze will draw comparison due to the fact that they operate in the same segment, it’s almost unfair to the Cruze to do that. The Chevrolet car enters the game looking unprepared. Toyota’s Corolla, on the other hand, is sure footed, and lays one punch after another with conviction. While it will take some time to see how the Corolla stacks up against some of the top performers in its segment, Toyota Corolla is the clear winner against the Chevrolet Cruze face-lift.

2014 C7 Chevrolet Stingray-An Overview

If  you have checked out my other reviews on Scion FR-S, M4 and i8, these three cars have the same rival in common and today I am going to review about that car which is considered as the toughest rival for all new cars that are released and going to be released soon. The car which was considered as an “Old man’s car “is nowdrifting its way towards the young and the car which at present is considered to be the most Productive and has the highest bookings all over the world.

It’s the new 2014 Corvette Stingray made by none other than Chevrolet under the vision of General motors. This new C7 had been in development since 2007. GM originally targeted 2011 to release this car, but due to some problems it was delayed and after many speculation, spy shots, leaked 3D images this car was unveiled officially in 2014. After its release, this car has totally changed the allegations on Corvette’s line-up from “Old people’s car “to “Young men’s pride”.

2014 Corvette Stingray review

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History & Facts:

Before releasing of C7, corvette’s line-up (C1-C6) was called as “Old People’s car” as some researches showed that about 46 percent of Corvette buyers in 2012, through October, were 55 (aged folks ). Hence Corvette have got its name. Now GM wants to change it form C7.

2014 Corvette Stingray C7 review

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Review: Technical specs

These are some of the technical specifications of this car. Check it out

2014 C7 Corvette Stingray specs

Review: Styling

Exterior:

Unlike the other corvettes, C7 is designed from scratch. It has a whole new look. If we compare it with the previous release C6 – C7 has lot many changes. The front looks of the car will embrace us for sure as the front grille and headlights shape combine to give an evil smile like look. The headlights are made up of Daytime LED’s and the car body is designed to give an aggressive appeal. The front look in some angles resemble the SRT viper, and while the rare end is in resemblance with Camaro. Coming to the rear end of the vehicle,the car looks absolute gorgeous and is designed to complement the front looks. From every angle the car looks amazing and the Carbon-fiber reinforced body and removable roof panel adds beauty to the car. The 5 aluminum spokes which are painted in silver in front and back wheels also look damn hot and sexy.

2014 C7 Corvette Stingray Exterior

Interior:

The interiors of the previous Corvette lineup was considered as one of the worst interior which was ever built. The previous Corvette C6 interior was dominated with cheap plastic and the seats are bland in shape. But this is going to be changed with the new 2014 C7 Corvette Stingray as corvette is targeting younger audience, the C7 interiors is designed to look smart and eye-catching. The interiors of the 2014 C7 Corvette Stingray is filled with Luxurious leather work and has given the finest detailing to the new interiors in terms of themes such as sport theme, track theme, tachometer halo etc. In this the tachometer halo looks trendy as this theme comes live once the speed mode is activated, a ring around the tachometer turns from yellow to amber to red showing the gradual increase of speed. Not only this, the car is also equipped with many add-on features along with standard features such as Keyless entry, Infotainment systems, Push-button start, Power tilt/telescope steering wheel, audio system power by BOSE and satellite link radio system. Along with these, new Performance data and video recorder is added to set a point to test the maximum limits of the car on our own.

C7 Corvette Stingray interior

Review: Engine & Performance

Under the hood, the new C7 is powered by the new direct-injection 6.2-liter small-block V-8 engine which is also called as LT1. This engine is also present in the new Camaro. It produces power ranging up to 460 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 465 pound-feet of torque at 4,600 rpm. It also has an Active fuel management system for lower carbon emission rate and decrease of fuel consumption. It is equipped with a 7-speed manual transmission in order to deliver better performance. When it comes to car modes, the car has three modes : Eco, Tour, & Comfort. The car delivers a mileage of 28mpg on highway when the Tour mode is activated, and when the Eco mode is activated the mileage reaches to around 30mpg. The car performance is increased drastically due to the decrease in car weight and thanks to its new Carbon fiber hood and new chassis. This car can reach 0-60 in just 4 seconds. Many videos of C7 Corvette Stingray are already rolling over the internet as the car performance looks amazing.

C7 Corvette Stingray engine

Image Source: motortrend.com

Review: Brakes and Suspension

The biggest advantage of this car is handling. In terms of handling this car is compared to Porsche’s Legacy 911 Carrera. The reason behind this kind of handling is the suspension and brake system present in this car. The suspension system in front and rear are powered by Short/long arm (SLA) double wishbone and lower control arms. The Brembo braking helps to stabilize the car and helps the car during cornering.

2014 C7 Corvette Stingray brakes and control

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Review: Safety

I have already stated that this is the most wanted car at present. This is due its performance, elegance and safety. Coming to safety, the car has major safety features such as

  • Stability control system.
  • Traction control system.
  • Brembo brakes.
  • Advanced Airbag System.
  • Vehicle information system right on the deck.
  • Advanced Suspension range
  • Magnetic Ride Control

Pros & Cons:

Pros:

  • Trendy design
  • Luxurious appearance and interiors
  • Powerful engine
  • Performance

Cons:

  • Add-ons are very costly
  • Design elements looks identical to its rival cars

Rivalry:

This car faces rivalry from released cars and also from the cars which are going launch soon. The major rivals of this car are:

  • SRT Viper.
  • BMW-M4.
  • Jaguar F-Type Coupe.
  • BMW-i8.
  • Porsche 911.
  • Ferrari 458 Italia.
  • Scion FR-S.
  • Audi R8

C7 Corvette Stingray compare

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Bottom Line:

From a trendy, sexy design to power packed performance, this car has all the aspects in order to call it a best buy. Priced at $51,995 (Base Price), this car is worth the shot. If you are a “Need for speed guy” you will love this as it has a wide range of customization options, but the Add-ons which are taught to increase the performance of the car are priced at higher rates( which should also be taken into consideration before buying this car )

Overall this car has a good rating in all the aspects such as price, performance & safety.