New Hyundai Sonata coming to India in 2015

South Korean auto makers Hyundai will be releasing the seventh generation of the ‘Sonata’, their flagship product, in India early next year. The car was given its official release in South Korea few months ago. In India, the outgoing sixth generation was sold from 2012. The car was praised for its ‘fluidic sculpture’ looks, good tech features and a powerful engine. But the latest generation of Hyundai Sonata promises to be more refined and mature in style and more features heavy than its predecessor.

While the previous generation ‘Sonata’ was great looking, it had some overflowing bodylines which would not appeal to some up-market buyers. With the seventh generation, the styling has been massively revised. It is based on the Hyundai’s design philosophy of evolved Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 and the lines are now under control. There is a new trapezoidal grille and sweptback headlights on the front and a new bumper with integrated LED DRL’s. The rear has been kept simple with clean tapered lines and premium looking tail lights. The roofline has been designed to make the 2015 Sonata a bit sportier than before. 51 percent of the body is constructed from high strength steel, making the car lighter than before.The interior layout has a touch of sophistication and the cabin is packed with features. The steering wheel is multi functional and other notable features include 8-inch touch screen display for infotainment, Bluetooth, USB, AUX and Smartphone connectivity, voice recognition etc.

As of now, no major change in the engine department has been made. The ‘2015 Hyundai Sonata’ will come fitted with 4-cylinder 2.4 liter GDI engine that can produce 201 PS of power and torque of 250 Nm. It is mated to 6-speed manual or SHIFTRONIC auto transmission. Reports also suggest that Hyundai may launch a CRDi diesel engine next year along with the car.

2015 Audi A3 Sedan coming to India

The ‘Audi A3’ was originally launched in 1996 as a compact car. Currently in its third generation, it has won several awards over the years. The sedan version was first unveiled at the 2013 New York Auto Show. With the market for luxury cars growing steadily in India, Audi has planned to launch the ‘A3 Sedan’ in India by 2015. With fellow German rivals launching new cars like the Mercedes A class and B class and the BMW 1 series, the segment will be seeing tough competition. As per reports, along with the sedan, hatchback andcabriolet versions will also be launched in 2015.

Design

Although it carries the mark of signature Audi sedan designs, this new car looks more attractive because of its compact size, almost perfect proportions and the edgy headlight cluster. The headlamps are xenon lamps along with LED daytime running lights. The hexagonal front radiator grille has been given a chrome surround. The front bumper has been added with air vents and chin guard. On the rear, you get sleek taillight clusters, glossy bumper and twin exhaust pipes with chrome plating. The side profile of the sedan is also extremely elegant, thanks to the chrome around the window sills and the stylish wheel design. The interior is also very well built with fine materials. The all black color scheme, leather seats, frequent use of chrome on the steering wheel, door handles, gear knobs and AC vents give the inside a very premium feel.

Engine

In India the ‘Audi A3 Sedan’ is expected to be come with two options- a 1.8-litre petrol and a 2.0-litre diesel engine. The 4 –cylinder 1.8-litre TSFI petrol mill comes with integrated turbo charger and FSI supply system. This engine has a max power output of 177Bhp and peak torque of 250Nm. The turbo charged 2.0-litre diesel engine can produce a maximum of 150Bhp and torque of 320Nm. Both engines are likely to be mated with a 7-speed dual clutch S-Tronic gearbox and front wheel drive.

2014 Ford Fiesta sedan in India: features

The Ford Fiesta is one of Ford’s best selling cars in history, selling over 16 million units since its launch in 1976. At present the model is in its sixth generation. Ford has given the car a facelift for 2014. The car is available in both sedan as well as hatchback body-style. In India the car was first launched in 2011 as a sedan and was successful.  However, in recent years sales of the model has dipped. To bring the model back on track Ford has added some India specific features to the ‘2014 Ford Fiesta’ as buyers in India often have different preferences than their European and American counterparts.

Exterior/interior design

There have been significant changes in the front fascia with the addition of the large hexagonal grille with chrome slats, new headlamp design/ fog lamp housing and lower air intakes. The appearance of the car is now much more stately and classy than before. The ‘bulge’ in the hood adds a sportier look to the car. Nothing much has been done to the sides except chrome molding and new wheel arch design.  The bulky rear of the car has been carefully masked. The added lip on the boot lid has an aerodynamic function. The tail lamps are wider than before and the bumper is given a chrome strip. The external changes on the car are not just for appearance but helps with the aerodynamics. Designers have also worked on the underbody of the car to reduce drag and increase fuel efficiency. There are six choices of body color. The ‘Panther Black’, ‘Moondust Silver’, ‘Diamond White’ and ‘Red Paprika’ colors have been continued from the previous offering while two new body colors have been added- ‘Smoke Grey’ and ‘Golden Bronze’.

Inside, the car feels more spacious than its predecessor and the reason for that is the new dual tone color combination of the interior. Inner door handles and the central console now sport piano black accents.  Other than these, everything else has remained more or less unchanged than the last edition. The central console has the 3.7 inch screen while the automatic AC is very easy to operate. The steering wheel and the instrument cluster have a nice, sporty feel to it. The seats have been built with comfortable fabrics. The seatbelts are height adjustable and so is the driver seat. The cabin is much quieter than the last model with the use of insulation material.

Engine

In India, the new ‘Ford Fiesta’ will be initially offered only with a diesel engine. The company is ready to introduce petrol engine if the demand arises. The new car will continue to have the engine of the last model. The 1.5 liter four cylinder TDCI engine gives an output of 90 BHP and torque of 104 Nm. There is a 5-speed gearbox paired with the engine. While the output has been kept the same, Ford claims to have made the engine more fuel efficient. The new car will be able to deliver 25.01 KMPL instead of the older 23.5 KMPL. In India, fuel efficiency is very important and the new Ford claims to have the best mileage in the segment.

Driving and safety Features

The following features have been made available:

  • Keyless entry
  • Push button start/ stop
  • Automatic wipers
  • Auto headlamps and puddle lamps
  • Ambient lighting
  • Smartphone connectivity

 

Safety features of the car include:

  • Front airbags for both persons
  • Anti Lock Braking system with EBD and Brake assist

·         Emergency alert ( once your phone is connected, in case of an accident, emergency services will be alerted

 

2014 Toyota Corolla Altis in India details and features

Toyota Corolla has consistently been one of the best selling cars in the world. The makers have regularly updated the car over the years to keep it interesting. It was one of the cars that helped Toyota do good in the huge Indian car market. But since its launch in 2003, it has been quite a long time that the model has seen any upgrades. Some of the other models that Toyota released in India in recent years have not done very well. So Toyota is finally launching the 2014 edition of the Corolla Altis to improve on its current position. The new model will not be a simple facelift but will feature significant changes. At the upcoming New Delhi International Auto Expo, the new ‘Corolla Altis’ is slated to make an appearance. The car on display will be a model with European specifications but a model with Indian specs will be available for sale here. This is the third generation Corolla in India and the eleventh generation overall. With all its segment rivals update due next year, Toyota has launched the car at a perfect time.

Exterior

The design on the new car is based on the new ‘Keen Look’ style design introduced by Toyota. While the earlier designs were more ‘sedate’, the new design is more bold and sleek. The new swept back styled headlamps merge into the front grille. The front light cluster now features a LED insert. The front bumper has a more sculptured look and has very prominent air intake. The bonnet and the grille too have sharper lines. The side profile of the car has also changed thanks to the 80-mm length increase. The design of the rear has similarity with the rear of the Toyota Camry sedan. The rear lighting features LED tail lights with integrated fog lamps. All four wheels of the car have been given very flared arches and the doors have been made forward sloping on the side. There is abundance in the body color section. A buyer can chose from no less than seven color options- ‘Celestial Black’, ‘Champagne Mica Metallic’, ‘Blue Metallic’, ‘White Pearl Crystal Shine’, ‘Super White II’, ‘Silver Mica Metallic’ and ‘Grey Metallic’.

Interior


On the inside, one realizes that the designers must have spent a good deal of time putting the interior together. Just like the outside it is refined and sleek. The interior has dual color (beige and black) tone. The dashboard of the car has three separate horizontal parts. The steering wheel now has a three spoke design and has a very premium feel. Because of the increased length of the car, the interior has more space. However to boot space is reduced by 5 liters and it now has 470-litres of capacity. The buyer can also avail the option of adding leather touches to the interior. A completely new seat feature is introduced in this car. The main rear seats can now be reclined individually. The central console now has an advanced touch screen infotainment system. Altogether the new interior looks and feels much more elegant than before.

Powertrain

On the engine section there has not been any major changes. The new Toyota ‘Corolla Altis’ is available in both petrol and diesel engines. The diesel engine is a 1.4-litre, D-4D turbo charged one that can produce around 88 horsepower and torque of 205 Nm. The petrol engine on the other hand is a 1.8-litre, 4-cylinder VVT-I that can create power of 139 BHP and 173 Nm torque. The standard transmission is a 6 speed manual but for the petrol engine, one can chose a seven speed CVT gearbox.

Renault Launches 2014 Fluence Facelift In Malaysia

Renault finally launched the all new Fluence Facelift which has been recently launched in Malaysia and the car has been offered new price tag that is good for the customers. The bard is already ready for sale in India and the model is also launched in Malaysia which is basically sedan class. The car has been featured with new specifications and innovative engine down the lobe that help sin giving new and improved feature with its body line. This all makes the car a model to reckon with and you can find it illustrious with new ranges of features.

The car has been featured with 2.0 liter and the car comes with diesel as well as petrol which comes with four cylinders and the engine generates with 195 newton meter with a torque level and the output power generated is around 143 horse power. The model is available in all new types of features such as X tronic CVt gear box. The mileage and carbon efficiency rate is also quiet good and advanced with this model which comes to around 7.7 liter per 100 kilometer. The model runs fast and the top speed of the engine has been found to around 190 kilometer power hour and the car switches from 0 to 100 kilometer per hour within 10 seconds.

The car has been priced to around 20,95,213 in Indian currency and the base price of the model has been around 13,99,000 INR. The features and new ranges of specialties that come with the model is quite advanced and improved which makes it good enough to opt for. There are accessories such as seat cover, MP3 music system and USB connection that comes along with the car and this all makes it advanced and good enough for usage.

Tips to increase car mileage

One common concern of drivers all around the world is fuel efficiency/ mileage. Regular car owners always look to  get the best efficiency out of their cars. What drives them is the simple fact that better good mileage means good savings. Though every vehicle comes with a standard mileage performance depending on its engine, it can be improved by following several driving techniques and car related practices. Especially in countries like India, mileage is a huge issue. Car makers often build models specifically for the Indian market with more efficiency than usual. if you are keen on saving a few bucks and cut down on your petrol station visits, you can consider the following tips.

  • Slow speed– cars deliver their best mileage when driven in 60 to 80 km per hour speed. Try to stick to this speed range as much as possible.. People often race their cars on the highway without knowing that going over this speed range reduces efficiency significantly. Frequent braking also affects fuel mileage
  • Smooth handling– while changing gears or giving throttle inputs try to as gentle as possible. Avoid pushing the accelerator with all your leg strength. Try slowing down well in advanced. If you keep your foot pinned with the pedal and then hit the brakes at the last moment, not only will it add wear and tear to your car components but will also reduce mileage.
  • Use the low gears– some drivers have this tendency of not downshifting at all. They even scale the road bumpers on a high gear. But it damages the car in the long run and also consumes extra fuel and affects the car’s mileage. Therefore don’t be shy in using the first gear.
  • Switch off at longer red lights- some traffic signals are longer than others and can stay red for few minutes instead of seconds. During such stops, turn off your car engine to stop unnecessary fuel consumption. But do not turn off if the time is less than 30 seconds.
  • Use the AC wisely- the use of car AC’s have increased because of the changing weathers. But your AC takes a lot of battery power and fuel. So unless it is absolutely necessary, try avoiding the use car AC.
  • Tire pressure- always maintain the proper tire pressure. Studies have proven that doing so can increase the mileage up to 3 percent.
  • Maintenance- if your car servicing is due, go for it today. A car that is not maintained properly will not give you good mileage. Regularly get your spark plugs, air filter and fuel filter checked.
  • Keep the car light- the heavier the car, the more fuel it uses. Therefore try to keep your car as light as possible. Don’t allow junk to accumulate and remove any unnecessary luggage.
  • Go for cold fuel- due to its properties, fuel gets denser when it is cold. Try to visit the petrol station early in the morning because if it is denser than normal you will get more fuel for the same volume. After filling your tank, carefully close the fuel cap so that no fuel is evaporated.
  • Cut down trips- avoid taking out your car for anything and everything. The fewer trips you take the more fuel you save.
  • Use the right fuel- there are various types of fuel available in the market. If you select a fuel that is not suited with your car’s engine, the mileage will decrease. It is better to use engine oil recommended by the manufacturer.
  • If your gearbox has a manual mode, use it more instead of automatic shift.
  • Do not waste time after starting your car by doing fastening seat belts; adjusting mirrors etc. Do these things before starting the engine.
  • If you have time in your hand, follow a large vehicle like bus or truck. You can drive more hassle free that way and use less fuel.

 

2014 Tata vista D90 details and features

Here comes the all new excellence from the brand Tata, named Tata vista D90. It is a driver’s delight and meets are the driver’s need that prefers and love driving powerful engines with sporty looks.

The model also features all latest gadgets and modernized with advanced facilities. The model is designed with power engine and superb looks. The peak torque delivered by the engine is 200 Nm and is among the few price segments. The engine is a specially designed one and has five speeded manual transmission with advanced and developed Euro-tech two gear boxes. It can shift from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in just 15.5 seconds and recorded with a top speed of 158.8 kilometers per hour. The numbers are satisfying but may not be impressive but once you come to know about the price tag you will realize that such features are impressive enough.

The model comes with a special and discounted price of only 6 lakhs and isn’t it provides with so much specialties and technical high. It is really impressive and surely creates a sense of urgency among the customers. The model also features many of the high tech and advanced features. It includes an LCD and fully touch screen which can be used for all type of videos and music’s. It is also built with a global positional system and helps you with finding out the exact location.

The model has a DVD equipped with different multimedia and information systems. It includes a special technology named Blue5 which enables up to five phones and can be paired with their audio system with a single Bluetooth. There has a fully automatic climate control features and with three different settings, normal, automatic and the economy mode. There has a fully enabled driver information system which provides with fuel mileage, and distance information’s. The interiors are all designer made and comes in ebony black and Sahara beige themes. The steering is covered with leather type covering and features all the controls. It has been customized with two way adjustable wheels.

The model also features a six way adjustable driving seat with support. There are many facilities like power charging ports, all four door power windows. Charging ports enabled both front and at back. There has follow me headlamps. The model has been featured with front as well as rear bumpers and they ensure the safety. There is a special arrangement of aerodynamic spoiler at the back. There is a triple barrel headlamp. The wheels are made up of alloy wheels and are strong enough.

The model is enabled with lower NHV and noise insulation package system. The safety features are also kept in mind while designing the model and they are added with features like dual airbags, crumple zones and side intrusion beams. They provide you with all safety. The engine is made of immobilizer and has a central locking system. You can entry the car with keyless features and are featured with specialties like anti braking system and EBD in all the variants.

It comes with a two year warranty and also up to a limit of seventy five thousand kilometers. The rice range is the most effective and eye catching one. The model comes in two variants and is priced as 5.99 lakhs and 6.83 lakhs. One model is Tata vista D90 VX and is the cheapest among the two whereas the other one is Tata vista D90 ZX+. The price speciality is sure to drawth customers to its end and gets a good response from the market. The models are available in five different colors.

Ashok Leyland Stile MPV details

Ashok Leyland is gearing up to launch the all new Stile which will the first small passenger carrier to mark the company’s logo in it. This is their first venture of family cars in India. The model will be available in three variants. Though the model is believed to have missed some of the safety features, but will be available in all the Ashok Leyland dealerships round the country. The prices of all the variants are within the range of 8. 30 lakh and 9.30 lakh. Ashok Leyland stile LS model which will be a seven seater with second row captain seats will price rupees 8.50 lakh. The Ashok Leyland stile LS model with seven seats and a second row captain seat along with alloy wheels will price 8.80 lakh. The Ashok Leyland LX 8 seater will cost 8.30 lakh. The Ashok Leyland LX model with 7 seats along with a second row captain seat will charge 9 lakh. Though the company is also planning to launch a CNG variant as well but the time frame is not yet finalized. The models will be available in five different colors, sparkling white, silky silver, moon grey, passion red and the imperial black.

The main features of the machine includes black colored bumpers, black ORVM covers, black door handles, 2 bottle or cup holders, foot rest for the driver, tinted glass, bench seats for second and third row passengers, PVC seats, 12v socket outlet. The Ashok Leyland LS version holds some extra features like the body colored bumpers, moulded interior trim, optional captain seats for the second row with adjustable features, PVC and fabric mixed seats, central locking system, power windows for front doors and 6 cup or bottle holders. Experts believe the model will be one of the best family cars and will give good competition to its competitor family cars. The interiors of the vehicle are spacious and very elegantly designed. It looks attractive from inside and will surely draw the attention of its customers.

The all new Ashok Leyland Stile is powered by 1.5 liter diesel unit producing 75 BHP and 185 Nm of torque. The engine is good and impressive according to the experts and will provide a mileage of around 19.5 kilometer per liter. The engine is featured by five speed manual transmission and the 55 liter tank helps the car to go up to 1000 kilometer on a single fill up. The suspension duties on the Ashok Leyland Stile are handled by McPherson struts both at the front and rear. You will be getting disk brakes at the front of the car and drum brakes at the rear. The steering is electronically adjusted and has an impressive turning radius of 5.2 meters. The model is perfect for both city ride as well as highway comfort. The LE variant of the model gets 14 inch steel wheels with 165 mm section tyres whereas the LS and LX variants comes with optional 15 inch alloy wheels, 185mm section tyres. The model misses out the anti lock braking system, electronic brake and brake assist features which is amongst the serious safety issues. The new model is launched just few days back and is expected to go in roads by early next year. Researchers believe the de tuned yet more efficient engine would have done world of goods to the vehicles promotion, but still the model has impressive looks and some stunning features which will surely catch the attention of customers. The Ashok Leyland Stile will be manufactured at Nissan’s assembly plant located in the outskirts of Chennai. Soon the CNG variant of the vehicle will also be launched.

Toyota Innova Facelift Launched In India , details and features

Toyota is in the market for quite a while now and is amongst the leading car brands and manufacturers. The sports utility vehicles developed by Toyota are instant hit and the same case holds for the Toyota Innova.

The Toyota Innova is considered as the best family cars in Indian states and the first choice for everyone. Following the trend the brand decided to modify some features and upgrade it to a new model and here comes the all new Toyota Innova FACELIFT. The manufacturers believe that the success of previous versions forced them to upgrade it and the expectations are high for this new version as well. The GX, VX and z versions of the model get all makeover and cosmetic upgrades both inside and out whereas the G and EV versions will look like the previous versions. The Toyota Innova gets an eye catching look from outside but there are no sheet metal changes from the previous models. The outside structure has a new front grille and it is longer than the previous one. The Z and VX models have the fogs lamps in it. Apart from all this there are no major changes in the outside appearance. The Innova model is already good one and any serious changes would have made it a blunder. The interiors are almost same compared to the previous models and that is a big setback. Moreover there are no drastic changes and you even can’t notice then unless someone is pointing you the changes. There is wooden frame in the front panel which is hardly noticeable and a dual toned seat which is a mixture of leather is included. Apart from all this the model has a rear wiper, rear defogger, ORVM covers which are matching to the body cover, tachometer, trip meter, front lamp, 12v power socket, driver seat is adjustable accordingly, air-conditioned, air-conditioned vents, the steering is four stroke with tilt adjustments, power enabled windows, parking sensors, driver side airbags. The VX version of the Toyota Innova has some features like the front fog lamps, body colored OVRM cover which have an integrated indicators, grille in the front, side moulding, rear door with reflectors, multi information panel in the front, leather covered shift knob, steering cover which is also leather, brown wooden frame at the front, seats which are more comfortable, automatically adjustable air condition, music system with a touch screen LCD display, DVD, Bluetooth, USB, a package of six speakers with a woofer, backside camera which helps in parking, driver and front seat air bags. Apart from these other features are almost same. The Z version of the Toyota Innova has body graphics, rear spoiler, wooden and leather combined gear knob, dark brown colored wooden frame at the front, parking assistance, floor mats and mixed leather seats. The Toyota Innova has been a good choice for most of the family but still hardly there are some sweeping changes compared to their ten year old design. You have to wait for the next version for some eye catching changes but before that you need to say Toyota has missed a big opportunity. The Z version looks totally unnecessary because after paying 54ooo extra over the VX variant the features included in it do not justify the price. Though the Toyota Innova has been the most appealing family cars but still these new models hardly have any appeal.

The price range for Toyota Innova GX variant ranges in between 12.45 lakh to 12.5 lakh. The VX version price shifts between 14.53 lakh to 14.58 lakh whereas the Toyota Innova Z variant is priced 15.07 lakh.

Honda Brio exclusive edition in India – details and features

Honda brio has done a good business in India in the last two years. With their last launch the Honda brio has sold more than 54,000 units of the model and still counting. The festive season in India is coming the researchers believe the count is expected to go abruptly in the coming season. For that reason Honda has launched the Honda Brio exclusive edition in India eye this festive seasons and past success. The model was launched in 2011 in India and since then they have been getting good reviews and responses. The small hatch back model of the brand Honda along with the price has gone good in the market. Customers are happy with the model and the best part is the space management and the interiors. The new exclusive edition of Honda brio is expected to cost rupees 4.9 Lakh. In a recent interview the senior vice president marketing, Honda told that they are very excited with the new special edition and they are looking forward to the success. He believes the new sporty and young look of the car is the main aspect of it and customers will surely like it, Honda Brio exclusive edition.

  • Powered by 4-cylinder 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol engine
  • Available in 5-speed automatic or manual  transmission
  • Mileage : 16- 19.4 km /L

New Features added in Honda Brio exclusive edition

  • Rear parking sensors
  • White roof lining
  • Black and grey fabric seats
  • tailgate spoiler
  • Door visors
  • Illuminated side-step garnish

Colour Variants available in

  • Alabaster Silver
  • Rally Red
  • Taffeta White

Interior

 

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