Friday, July 27, 2012

“2012 BMW 3-Series Live Pictures & Video” plus 3 more Motorbeam

“2012 BMW 3-Series Live Pictures & Video” plus 3 more Motorbeam

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2012 BMW 3-Series Live Pictures & Video

Posted: 27 Jul 2012 05:22 AM PDT

BMW India launched the new 2012 3-Series (F30) today. The event took place at NCPA (National Centre for the Performing Arts) in Mumbai. The Bavarian automaker had showcased all the generations of 3-Series at the launch, right from the original first generation model (launched in 1975) to the latest sixth generation model. A new generation of the 3-Series is launched every 7 years on an average. There were two F30 3-Series cars on display (black 320d and red 328i). Sachin Tendulkar along with Andreas Schaaf (President, BMW India) unveiled the car to the media.

The 2012 BMW 3-Series has been widely acknowledged by global media as the best car in its segment. Some have also gone and said that the new 3-Series is the best BMW to have ever rolled out of Bavaria, which says a lot about the car. Not only is the F30 BMW 3-Series bigger in all dimensions, its faster and more efficient as well. It is a huge leap over the E90 3-Series. BMW currently offers 5 variants of the new 3-Series across a petrol and diesel engine each. The 320d and 328i are both turbocharged motors, producing ample amount of power and torque. The company will bring in the 320i petrol variant later, which will become the entry level of the 3-Series.

Checkout the exhaustive picture gallery of the new BMW 3-Series (F30) below. Do you like the new 3-Series? Would you pick it over the Audi A4 or the Mercedes-Benz C-Class? Let us know in the comments section below.

BMW Launches New 3-Series – Live From Event

Posted: 27 Jul 2012 12:11 AM PDT

BMW has launched the new 2012 3-Series (F30) in India. The German automaker has offered the new BMW 3-Series with two engine options, 320d and 328i, both of which use 2.0-litre turbocharged engines and are available across 5 variants. With diesel being the more popular fuel of choice, the company has chosen to offer 4 diesel engined variants. The 2012 BMW 320d produces 181 BHP of peak power at 4000 RPM and 380 Nm of peak torque between 1750 and 2750 RPM. The F30 BMW 328i produces 241 BHP of peak power between 5000 to 6500 RPM and 350 Nm of peak torque between 1250 to 4800 RPM. Power is transferred to the rear wheels and the engine is mated to a 8-speed automatic gearbox.

The 2012 BMW 3-Series range starts at Rs. 28.9 lakhs for the base 320d, while the BMW 320d Sport Line and 320d Luxury Line are priced at Rs. 31.5 lakhs each. The BMW 320d Luxury Plus is priced at Rs. 36.9 lakhs and the BMW 328i Sport Line is priced at Rs. 37.9 lakhs, which is the top end variant (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi). The new 3-Series is a huge leap over the E90 3-Series, which lacked interior space. BMW has already received 500 bookings for the new 3-Series and the company is going all out to promote it.

Read our first drive impressions of the new BMW 3-Series (F30)

The new BMW 3-Series will continue to be brought into India via the CKD route with assembly happening at BMW’s Chennai facility. The company has roped in Sachin Tendulkar as the brand ambassador, who unveiled the car at the launch. The sixth generation 3-Series boasts of larger dimensions, with the car longer by 93 mm and wheelbase bigger by 50 mm compared to its predecessor. The new 3-Series also has 14 mm increase in knee room, 8 mm increase in head room and 20-litres increase in boot capacity (to 480-liters).

The 2012 BMW 3-Series is loaded with more features including ECO PRO mode (which reduces consumption and boosts mileage), Brake Energy Regeneration, Lightweight Construction, 50:50 Weight Distribution and Auto Start-Stop system. Other than the ECO PRO driving mode, the new 3-Series also includes Comfort, Sport and Sport + (available only in 328i) modes. The BMW 320d reaches 100 km/h in 7.6 seconds and has a top speed of 235 km/h. The BMW 328i reaches 100 km/h in 6.1 seconds and has a top speed of 250 km/h.

Audi Unveils Facelifted 2013 R8

Posted: 27 Jul 2012 12:00 AM PDT

2013 Audi R8 Facelift

Audi R8 has always been one the most acclaimed sport cars in the world. The Audi R8 is a beauty to look at, the way it drives can really make you feel the adrenaline rush through your body. Audi has always focused on the R8, giving the sports car new trims and timely variations. And now the German Automobile giants have revealed the 2013 facelift of the Audi R8, with key improvements and new features.

The Audi R8 has undergone some minor cosmetic changes. Audi has given R8 a new pair of headlamps, tail lamps and some minor tweaks. We all have been hearing news about the 2013 Audi R8 and the same was spied in Europe too. Looking at the pictures one can really say that the new 2013 R8 can make jaws drop. Audi has played it safe. They have kept the powertrain unchanged and changed the exteriors, converting it from a beauty to a beautiful sports car.

The 2013 Audi R8 also gets a six-point single-frame grille with horizontal chrome inserts adorning the struts on the V10 variant, a redesigned bumper with the air inlets bearing three crossbars each and the new R8 badge. Coming to the interiors, the changes are very minimal. This new sports car looks more inspiring and futuristic. Talking about the engine, the new Audi R8 gets the same 4.2-litre V8 which produces 424 BHP of power and 430 Nm of torque. The 5.2-litre V10 engine produces 518 BHP of power and 530 Nm of torque.

The main thing to notice is the new 7-speed S-tronic dual-clutch transmission. According to Audi, this new transmission will help reduce CO2 emissions and also increase the acceleration by three tenths of a second. Audi will also offer a new trim level named the V10 plus which will replace the on-going GT model. The new 2013 Audi R8 is expected to hit the European market by the end of this year and will reach Indian shores early next year. Audi currently brings the R8 in India via the CBU route, with prices starting at Rs. 1.16 crore (ex-showroom, New Delhi). Checkout the awesome turn signals at 40 seconds in the below video.

2013 Audi R8 Interiors

2013 Audi R8 Engine

2013 Audi R8

-Kanishk Arora

Toyota’s Powertrain Plant To Start Production

Posted: 26 Jul 2012 10:30 PM PDT

The Indian subsidiary of the Japanese car maker, Toyota India, is all set to start manufacturing the powertrains in its Bengaluru plant from August 2012. It was almost a year back when the company had made an announcement on increasing the manufacturing capacity in India. This was basically for meeting the demand for Etios Sedan and Liva Hatchback. These are exported to South Africa from Ennore port near Chennai. The company has already exported 1,500 units till date and has now commenced the exports again.

The plant in Bengaluru will produce 1 lakh passenger car powertrains and 2.4 lakh transmission units. The plant required an investment of Rs. 500 crore. Export of these cars by the company require better access route the port. At the same time, the company will have to look at improving the facilities in and around the port. The plant which is situated 32 kilometers from Bengaluru, plays a vital role in the Asia-Pacific strategy of Toyota Motor Corp. The company has a target of 10 percent market share in India in next five years.

The company to reach its goal, entered the mass market with its Etios sedan in December 2010 and the Etios Liva hatchback last year. As the plant starts manufacturing, the Etios and Liva petrol variants will be 90 percent localized, up from the current 70 percent. Of course the goal is to attain 100 percent localization which no one till date has attained. The profits of the company will totally depend upon this as localizing the engine and transmission manufacturing will cut the cost by 11 percent according to the company officials.

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