An Indian's dream car goes like this, it must be a big car actually something like a 'caaaar', it might sound contradictory but at the same time he wishes a compact one as well, so he doesn't stuck in traffic and can be parked easily. It must also be cheap because it is the biggest reason, which stops a common Indian to own a car and the last but not the least is the great Indian obsession- the mileage aka 'Kitna Deti Hai'. After searching a lot, we figured out that there are three-four such cars, which fit into in an average middle-class Indian's bill. These are Renault's Uraban SUV Duster, Maruti's Life Utility Vehicle Ertiga, Mahindra's Mini MPV Quanto and Ford's upcoming compact SUV EcoSport. We are dropping the two MPVs for the day and will compare the rest two, which are the compact SUVs.
Mercedes-Benz believes in doing everything in style, and looks like the same goes for the end of this year. Even though the year 2012 nears an end, the German luxury car manufacturer is apparently not yet done with the year for they have more to give and add to its luxurious line-up. And this time around , it is the Mercedes-Benz E-Class's turn. The Mercedes Benz E-Class has now been subjected to a major transformation, which has rendered it almost unrecognizable from its previous version. Mercedes-Benz has just finished updating the E-Class, revealing a host of changes that includes styling, engines, more standard equipment and safety features. Most of the upgrades received by thde car are centered around its styling along with the addition of revised headlamps that shed the classic 'four-eyed' look in lieu of a rather contemporary style. The front-end of the E-Class sees a lot of change as well, where the bonnet now follows the new design in a smooth and straight forward manner. The bumper has also been re-designed to be free of all light functions and is now much more modern in appearance. Furthermore, this new family of vehicles, that includes the usual saloon, estate and two-door models, will be officially launched on January 13th at the 2013 North American Auto Show in Detroit.
French automobile manufacturer Renault found just what it was looking for after they brought the Renault Duster to India. The Renault Duster did not only usher in the culture of compact SUVs in India, but also helped Renault establish a foothold in the Indian automobile market. Since its launch in July 2012, the Renault Duster went on to become one of the most sought after cars as it found its name amongst the top-selling SUVs in the country. This led many other car manufacturing companies to try their luck in this newly formed segment, i.e. compact SUVs. For example, Mahindra & Mahindra, who introduced their first compact SUV, the Quanto in October, which managed to find decent success initially. The next brand to add its name to this league is the much awaited Ford with its Ford EcoSport, which is considered Renault Duster's closest. With so many amazing cars being introduced in the market everyday, it will be quite exciting to watch the Renault Duster and Ford EcoSport fight it out to see who finally achieves victory in this battle. And as these two companies go all out to get ahead in this breathtaking battle, Renault Duster has gone ahead to up its 'X-factor'.
All you Lamborghini Gallardo fans out there, it is time to say goodbye to your favourite Lamborghini for the Italian luxury sports car manufacturer is now all set to retire the iconic car by the end of 2013. Named after a famous breed of fighting bull, the V-10 Gallardo has been Lamborghini's sales leader and stable-mate to a succession of V-12 flagship models—first to the Lamborghini Murciélago, then to the current flagship Lamborghini Aventador. The latest in the Gallardo line-up, the LP-560-4 will be the final Gallardo to be sold with the tag after which it will be retired and a replacement will take its place. The year 2013 will mark a decade of the Gallarado's reign, at the end of which the company will launch its replacement. The company will however continue selling the old Lamborghini Gallardos. The coupe, introduced in 2004, saw a number of upgrades and special-edition models, including a facelift revealed in September. Now, the marque has confirmed that its entry-level supercar will reach the end of its life cycle in 2013. A company official said about the coupe, “It’s been a crazy beautiful ride for the past decade. And now the last Gallardo is here, the final masterpiece of the collection.” And though the Lamborghini Gallardo marque's retirement has been announced, it is yet not clear that which car will replace it. However, reports suggest that the replacement could wear a Huracán, Cabrera or Deimos badge.
Companies have a legal obligation to ensure the safety of their drivers and this does not just include ensuring the vehicles they are driving are safe. Employers must ensure that there are guidelines in place to protect drivers - especially lone drivers.
Driver safety can be significantly increased through vehicle tracking devices & technology and are a worthy investment for companies. It works using the same principals as standard satellite navigation systems. A device is placed in a vehicle which emits a signal picked up by satellites orbiting the earth. These satellites can calculate the exact geographical position of the source of the signal. This information is transmitted back to Earth and can be fed to a remote location within seconds. This means companies can pinpoint the exact location of all of their fleet 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Today, almost car manufacturing giants prefer to place a vehicle tracking device in their upcoming new cars, SUV's.
Looks like Porsche has made up its mind about carving a niche in the world of sports cars as the company revealed its future plans for motorsports. Preparations for the new LMP1 sports prototype at Porsche's headquarters in Weissach, Germany are already underway for the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours and the World Endurance Championship. The company’s infrastructure at the Research & Development Centre has been considerably expanded with a new workshop building and an office complex to support this programme. “The first roll-out of our new LMP1 car is planned for mid-2013,” announced Wolfgang Hatz, Porsche AG Board of Management Member for Research and Development, on Saturday on the occasion of the end of season Porsche Motorsport ‘Night of Champions’ celebration. “The car will be run by our own factory ‘works’ team based here at Weissach.” The LMP1 prototype is expected to break cover by mid-2013. A new edition of the 911 GT3 Cup was also unveiled at the Porsche Motorsport 'Night of the Champions' event last Saturday. The new version has been christened ‘Type 991’ and will run exclusively at the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup in 2013. The new Type 991 houses a 3.8-litre, straight 6-cylinder configuration engine that generates 460bhp.
Everyone across the world is familiar with celebrities and business tycoons and their affinity for all things 'bling', and why not? Given their really deep deeper, which are often deeper than that of most automotive connoisseur, it would be a crime if they didn't know how to show it off the right way. But there is one man who believes in standing out from the crowd. Gautam Singhania, Chairman and Managing Director, Raymond Limited isn’t a typical business tycoon with a fleet of supercars that is more of a display of his wealth instead of a selective taste and passion for cars. Gautam Singhania was the one formed India's first-ever super car club, drove a Formula 1 car in France and then went on to drive a racing Ferrari 458 italia Challenge over 185 laps around the Buddh International Circuit. The latest addition to his long list of quite impressive achievements is the fact that he is now India’s first drifting champion. Founding Chairman of Super Car Club (SCC), Gautam Singhania clinched the 'numero uno' spot at the All Stars Drift European Series held at Malta in September 2012 in the amateur category. Over 30 participants were seen competing in this intense event, where Gautam Singhania drove a modified Nissan Sylvia S13 and narrowly edged past the second best by a point difference of 2.5. The other participating racers came from all across Europe, consequently making Gautam Singhania the only Asian and Indian to have participated. What soon followed his emphatic win at the All Stars European Drift Championship was India's first drifting car.
It is December, and the year is slowly inching towards an eventful end. We call it eventful, at least in the automotive world, for pretty much every car manufacturer went all out to spruce up their line-up in India's automobile market this year. And all these additions to their respective range were partly inspired by the intense competition, and were sometimes just a show of their extravagant technological prowess. From the revamped Maruti 800 aka Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 to the new Audi S6, we got them all.
The stature of the Indian automobile industry just keeps getting bigger everyday. This time around, it is Suzuki Motors' turn to make their contribution. Walking in the footstep of its global competitors, Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC) has announced its decision to shift its production base for its small cars from Japan to India. A closer analysis makes it quite obvious that this move by Suzuki came after they took a cue from Hyundai and Nissan, who have already set up their global production hubs in India. On the other hand, Toyota and Honda have also made the country a manufacturing hub for a handful of their models. According to reports, the shift will be gradual as its subsidiary Maruti Suzuki India’s future Gujarat factory is set to become the company's new export hub for the their entire small-car range. Upon completion, the facility is expected to be capable of producing 1.5 million cars a year at full capacity. Suzuki Motor Corporation owns 54.2 per cent of Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, which happens to be India’s largest passenger-car maker. The transfer is expected to take place once the proposed plant at Gujarat is up and about.
While every car brand is busy adding new products to their line-up in the Indian automobile market, there is one company that believes in going against the general trend. Keeping its calm despite the rapidly growing intensity of competition, Toyota Kirloskar Motor has announced that it will not introduce any new model for the next three years, and will instead concentrate on strengthening its Etios and Liva brands. The company saw its sales drop by 26 per cent drop in the month of November, 2012, and this was due to the closure of its production facilities and depreciating market situations. Sandeep Singh, Deputy Managing Director (Marketing), Toyota Kirloskar Motor, said, “We have a different game plan. We will not come up with new models for next three years. We will focus on strengthening Toyota Etios and Liva.” He further spoke about the Innova and Fortuner UV's good sales and also the compact SUV market, saying, “There is potential for growth in the compact SUV segment. So, it will do well for some years. Our competitors are launching models and it will have some bearing initially. However, we are not entering this segment. Our customers are loyal customers and we are here not for short- term but the long- term.”