Hyundai Grand I10 2017

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Now i10 lovers have something to rejoice. The Grand i10 facelift is coming to Indian Markets in the first half of 2017.

Since its arrival in 2014, Hyundai Grand i10 has been doing pretty well in Indian markets. With this car, Hyundai entered a new segment in Indian car market.

After its release, this is the first time that grand i10 is getting a facelift. With this facelift, the automaker is expected to increase its volume. As the name suggests it’s a minor face lift and not a design change so – the car gets some minor changes done, overall the dimension of the car remains the same.

The facelift version of Grand i10 comes with lot of upgrades. Up front – you get a hexagonal grille similar to the elite i20.  The headlights come with DRL’s (Day Time Running Lights) and  front bumper is completely new – with fog lights being integrated and  alloys get new 14” design.

Similarly, the rear bumper has been re-designed; expect the car to come with rear fog lights rather than reflectors as in the current version.

The interior of the car also gets some changes – expect the top of the line variant to come with touch screen and sat nav being updated.

Safety aspect has also been given a look at – now the car should get airbag + ABS as standard across the range.

The Diesel engine should see a slight upgrade from 1.1 to 1.2L – to increase the torque which has been low on the earlier diesel engine.

The above changes does give Grand i10 more value and should help Hyundai keep on increasing its numbers.

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Toyota Camry India Launch in 2017

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Toyota is introducing its latest 8th generation car – Camry – that will be showcased in the Detroit Motor Show. Compared to the outgoing version – the new Camry looks noticeably different outside and completely re designed from inside. Toyota is implementing the Toyota Human Machine Interface theme where the car looks and feels driver oriented. They have tilted the dashboard towards the driver seat.

As the car is longer and wider now compared to the outgoing variant, it has become more spacious both in terms of head room and leg room. Toyota designers have lowered the overall height of the car – this should make the ride more stable at higher speeds. The new Camry is getting newer generation suspensions to make the ride more plus and compliant.

When it comes to equipment, the car gets a new entertainment system with Sat-Nav integrated -expected to be compatible with Apple Carplay and also have integration with Google. TFT screen should make use of the system easy under different light conditions.

Safety has always been important for #Toyota. Apart from the standard 10 airbags, Camry’s safety features include Brake Assist (BA), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Traction Control system to name a few.

Camry’s engine is expected to come with V4 2.5L and v6 3.5L. We expect the engines to give us the same rock solid Toyota performance to boot and be good with fuel economic markets.

Expect #India launch of the all-new Camry at a dealership near you by the end of this year.

Mercedes E-class LWB India launch in March 2017

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India’s fascination with Mercedes brand has been well known, we have grown up watching movies where the luxury vehicle was associated with the upper crust of the society.

The first car that Mercedes launched in India was the E class, it is their bestselling car in India and the segment too. The present E class is quite spacious enough with ample legroom, headroom both at the front and rear cabin. Although it’s next Gen W213 car has been present globally for a long time now, it has been absent from the Indian markets.

Mercedes has now decided to launch the LWB (long wheelbase) version in India guise this March. Primary reason is they consider #India important market and want it to have the latest products available here too. This new E class will be the longest sedan in its segment and will be most spacious in cabin space.

By launching this car, #Mercedes is hoping to push its sale in the Indian market. The E class LWB will be 5,063 mm in length and has a wheelbase of 3,079 mm.

Compared to the standard E Class, it is 140 mm longer. The engine will be a 3.0L V6 turbodiesel in the E 350 D variant and a 2.0 L turbocharged 4-cyl petrol motor in the E 300 variant.

This car will likely be a big hit among those buyers who cannot afford super luxurious cars by Mercedes S class as they would be getting rear seat comfort.

Basic Car Maintenance and Services Guide

We all love our cars – until it is new. Once our cars are a few years old, we start neglecting the needs of our beloved Maruti or Hyundai. This is a serious malpractice on our part which leads to dangerous driving conditions and a substantially higher repair costs.

The risk involved is quite high and if kept neglected, can result in fatal accidents. Also, the life of your car is reduced and the re-sale value goes down if you do not keep your car in good condition.

Today, we are going to talk about a few maintenance hacks that will prolong the life of your car and why they’re important for your much loved Honda.

Maintenance Hacks for Cars:

The hacks given here are no rocket science. These are generic things which you must already know. However, it is a gentle reminder that these simple hacks are very important for the health of your car and following this will substantially reduce repair costs and risk while driving.

Stick to the official maintenance schedule

No matter how old your car is, always stick to the maintenance schedule. The schedule is given by the manufacturer and it tells you after how many months or kms the engine oil, brake oil and other components need to be changed.

Also, it tells you after how many months you must get your car serviced. Following this religiously will make sure that your car stays around for a longer period of time.

Maintain tire pressure

This is a universal thing. Vehicles have an optimum range of tire pressure and you must maintain them at all times.

Be it your car or bike or even cycle, tire pressure needs to be on the mark for optimal performance. This is a very generic thing but mostly all car users forget to get their tire pressures checked and only pay attention when something happens.

Keep your car clean

This applies majorly to the underside of the car. The undercarriage accumulates road dust, dirt, coal tar and small pebbles as you drive. These components wear down the frame of the car and even add to the kerb weight. So, it is highly advisable to keep your car clean always.

Get it washed every month and clean it from the inside every few days to keep your car working well.

Why Maintenance is Necessary?

Car maintenance is quite important because of the following reasons:

  • It keeps the performance optimal
  • It improves the life of the vehicle
  • It prevents accidents and the car is never dangerous to ply on road
  • Maintains the ride quality of the vehicle for years and ensures that you take full advantage of your vehicle before disposing it off
  • It greatly reduces wear and tear which has an impact on repair costs and the resale value of the car.

Keep your car maintained and enjoy smoother rides every time you’re on the road with your beloved Honda, Maruti or Hyundai.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis – the next big thing

There is something  that’s generating more buzz than Brezza in the auto world these days. It’s nothing other than Maruti Suzuki’s yet to be launched product – Ignis. It’s new, it’s refreshing and it’s full of energy.

Maruti has been trying to get out of its stereo typed – no nonse car manufacturer which produces cars which are real good,easy on pocket and dont loose much when you want to sell them off. essentially  ticking off all the boxes minus  the looks part. how else can they justify making cars like Wagon R and Alto which have not changed for  15 years and are still best sellers. Brezza and now Ignis have the right DNA and have good looks also to boot

 

Ignis will be in the new  small cross-over/ elevated hatchback design platform. Its tough to believe that Maruti has been able to hold on to its being more than 10 years old and still going strong. With Ignis they will have a new segment of customers who did not want a Maruti because of its plain or at times boring looks.

 

With the current excise tax benefits of cars being less than 4 meters, and being a Maruti with strong local manufacturing content, the position of the car in the volume segment – Ignis will be priced very aggressively same as Brezza has been. Expected to be priced somewhat in the 4-5 lacs Ex showroom – in between the Wagon R and Swift range. Ignis will be a tough nut to crack for competition (Hyundai i10/Honda Brio). As Maruti has a cramped product line in the small car segment some of the customers might be temted to upgrade from Wagon R or come down from Swift.  The idea of having much options is proving to be good for Maruti – almost 7 cars to choose in the 2.5-7 lacs range.  Most likely the Ignish will come powered with the 1.2 boosterjet engine that’s being developed in house @ Maruti – which should help in keeping those who like power and those who like fuel efficiency figures happy. Looks like Maruti has a winner with this car too.