Monday, July 23, 2012

“Mahindra Xylo Gets 3 Years/ 1 Lakh Kms Warranty” plus 4 more Motorbeam

“Mahindra Xylo Gets 3 Years/ 1 Lakh Kms Warranty” plus 4 more Motorbeam

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Mahindra Xylo Gets 3 Years/ 1 Lakh Kms Warranty

Posted: 23 Jul 2012 08:18 AM PDT

A better after market service has become one of the important factors customers consider while choosing a product. Longer warranty periods are always a welcome by the customers. Mahindra, in order to boost their customers confidence, is providing a warranty of 3 years / 1,00,000 kilometers (which ever is earlier). This is being offered on the new Xylo. By no doubt, the offer comes with all the variants of Xylo. Mahindra is not the first manufacturer to offer such a warranty and Toyota has always offered the same duration warranty on its cars.

The 2012 Mahindra Xylo receives 50 changes and features included in five variants powered by three diesel engine options. The five variants are namely D2, D4, E4, E8 and E9. It comes in 6 colors to choose from – Diamond White, Fiery Black, Java Brown, Mist Silver, Toreador Red and Rocky Beige. It also has a Voice Command Technology for vehicle commands, enabling customers to control actions in their new Xylo merely by talking to it. It also features third row space, flat bed seats, Digital Drive Assist System (DDAS), foldable flight trays, Intellipark Reverse Assist, Airbags, ABS with EBD and surround cool dual ACs, dual mobile charging points.

The three engine options are the 112 BHP mEagle engine, 120 BHP mHawk engine and the mDI CRDe engine. The Mahindra Xylo E9 debuts, which uses the Scorpio's engine, producing 120 BHP of power and 280 Nm of torque. The Xylo m-Hawk returns 14.02 kmpl and is mated to an all new 5-speed manual transmission, which will soon debut in the Scorpio. The rest of the variants (except the base variant) are powered by the same 2.5-litre mEagle engine which produces 112 BHP of power and 260 Nm of torque. This engine returns 13 kmpl. The base variant of the Xylo, which is targeted at the taxi market is powered by the mDI CRDe engine and produces 95 BHP of power and returns 14.95 kmpl (all mileage figures are as per ARAI).

Honda Brio Based MPV Rendered

Posted: 23 Jul 2012 06:48 AM PDT

2013 Honda Brio 7-Seater

The utility vehicle segment is seeing a huge boost in demand, prompting automakers to bring in their own compact MPVs and SUVs. Honda recently confirmed that its working on a new MPV which is based on the Brio. This vehicle will be launched first in Thailand, with an India launch happening within a years time. The Brio platform will be used in bringing in more products to the market, including a sedan which is expected to hit showrooms next year. This is part of Honda’s plans to double sales in the Indian market by 2018.

The Honda Brio MPV will be a 7-seater and will have a similar profile as the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga. It will rival the Ertiga and Mahindra Xylo, with the 1.5-litre iVTEC petrol motor from the City powering the MPV. Honda will also equip the Brio MPV with a diesel heart, specifications of which are still unknown. Expect prices to start around Rs. 7 lakhs for the base variant. Our rendering shows the Brio MPV to be quite good looking. The rear of the Brio MPV could be similar to the Brio hatchback and thus made entirely of high grade glass.

Honda was once the top automobile manufacturer in India, but has not slid down to eleventh position. Last month, sales declined by a massive 74% as the shift towards diesel cars continued in the Indian market. Honda plans to regain lost market share by bringing in the diesel version of the Brio soon, while the City and Jazz are likely to get diesel engines within 18 months time. This along with new products based on the Brio platform will lead the charge for the Japanese automaker, who has decided not to bring the new Civic or CR-V anytime soon.

Honda Brio Based MPV

New Maruti Suzuki Swift Having Brake Issues

Posted: 23 Jul 2012 04:44 AM PDT


Maruti Suzuki Swift's customers do not look happy any more. The company's customer relations have not been good, especially when the customers are facing problems with their cars. Most of the Swift customers have been complaining that the brakes are not functional at times. Now, this is indeed a serious problem. The problem was faced by not one or two or three customers but by hundreds of them. So how has been the company handling this issue? Well, the company had remained complacent and had not acknowledged the fact that there is indeed some problem with the braking system.

Hundreds of the customers have been complaining about the faulty braking system but little response did they get from the company officials. Emails upon emails have fetched nothing to the distressed customers. Many moved to the consumer courts but saw no success. How can the India's biggest automobile brand not take any action? Customers have been waiting for weeks now to figure out the problem with their braking system. Even threats did not move the company an inch into action.

As explained by one of the owners of Swift, the problem being faced by them is something like this – In places like Bangalore, this bumper to bumper situation occurs a lot. One would drive in first gear, half clutch, below 1000 RPM. Now after two or three presses on the brake, the brake pedal becomes hard and there is no braking. The car would just not stop in bumper to bumper traffic. Obviously, it is a dangerous situation to be in. May be it would not cause much harm at such low speed; the point is if the driver applies brake, the car needs to stop.

Coming to what the company officials have to say, they have negated the complaint made against them. According to them, such a situation arises when the customer brakes at very low speeds of 5 km/h. He would be driving in half clutch and pressing the brake to control the speed, which results in engine RPM falling below 'Idle RPM' (the speed at which the engine generates enough power to operate smoothly). However, the correct technique is to press the brake and not crawl at half clutch. Perhaps, Maruti Suzuki does agree on the hardness of the pedals but believes that even in that condition the brakes are fully functional. But the customer swears the other way. According to them this problem has cropped up only in a few models. Will the company do something about this or leave the customers at their distress? Will there be a recall? Are the authorities listening? Time for the SIAM voluntary recall to come into play!

The braking problem persists with the LXi, LDi, VXi and VDi variants. The ZXi and ZDi variants have no brake issues

Source – Forbes India

Curious Case Of Pulsar Speedo Error

Posted: 23 Jul 2012 12:39 AM PDT


The most debated question in recent times is, which bike is better? Pulsar 200 NS or Pulsar 220? I have ridden both the bikes and I can say it without a second thought, that the Pulsar 200 NS is leaps and bounds better than the Pulsar 220. The only thing better in the Pulsar 220 is the headlight, which offers much better visibility. The Bajaj Pulsar 200 NS is faster, smoother, more refined with a better gearshift, way better handling and insanely better brakes. Even if you don’t ride either of these bikes, just looking at the hardware of the Pulsar 200 NS on paper, you can say the Pulsar 200 NS will be a better bike. Still many come up with questions, which one to buy? 200 or 220?

Now this whole confusion in the minds of prospective buyers has been created by Bajaj Auto themselves. Prospective buyers sadly don’t look at how good a bike is based on its handling, brakes or quality, but instead they choose to reply solely on the top speed to come to a decision. Firstly, the Pulsar 200 NS has a higher top speed than the Pulsar 220. Bajaj claims a top speed of 136 km/h on the 200 NS, while the 220 has a claimed top speed of 144 km/h. Truth to be told, the Pulsar 220 has a top speed of 133 km/h, while the rest is thanks to the speedo error. The 200 NS has speedo error too and will hit 149 km/h.

The KTM Duke 200 has a top speed of 138 km/h. So this leaves us in a cloud of utter confusion. The Duke 200 has 1.5 BHP of more power, 0.7 Nm of more torque, fuel injection and 10 kgs lesser weight and the Pulsar 200 NS is faster? Thus the 200 NS has a big speedo error or probably the bike does do a true top speed of around 140 km/h (aided by the triple sparks). If it indeed does 140 km/h, why does Bajaj Auto claim the top speed to be 136 km/h? Simply because the company wants to sell the Duke 200 too and doesn’t want Duke owners to feel they pay more for a slower bike. Also Bajaj might want people to believe that the 220 is still the fastest Pulsar and thus the top speed seekers will opt for the 220 (no wonder the 220 hasn’t been discontinued).

Why do I believe that the KTM Duke 200 shows a true speed of 138 km/h, when the Pulsar shows a speedo error? Both bikes are manufactured by Bajaj Auto in Chakan. The Duke is a more expensive bike. It is sold as the Duke 125 in Europe and quality levels are more strict there. So obviously KTM can’t afford to sell a Duke 125 which has a optimistic speedometer (the Duke 125 has to be restricted in top speed as it is a beginners bike). The Duke 125 and Duke 200 share all their parts except the engine and thus the Duke 200 has a more accurate speedometer.

Realistically speaking, the Duke 200 is the fastest of the three, with a top speed of around 138 km/h. The Pulsar 200 NS should have a true top speed of around 136 km/h, while the Pulsar 220′s true top speed is 133 km/h. These top speeds don’t matter at all and shouldn’t be a criteria in your buying decision. Its not how fast you go, its how fast you reach there and that is where acceleration matters and the Duke 200 is the fastest to 100 km/h, followed by the 200 NS and the 220. If top speed is your sole criteria, close your eyes and get the Honda CBR250R or the Kawasaki Ninja 250R.

We get a lot of questions of which bike to buy between the Pulsar 200 NS, Pulsar 220, Yamaha R15, KTM Duke 200, etc. So I am going to sum it up below.

220 or 200 NS – Any day Pulsar 200 NS, no second thoughts.
Duke 200 or 200 NS – If budget permits, get the Duke 200, else the Pulsar 200 NS will give you almost similar kicks at Rs. 32,000/- less.
Yamaha R15 or 200 NS – If budget permits, get the R15. The R15 has fuel injection, full fairing, better headlights, proven engine, sharper handling, better high speed stability and stunning looks which kind of justifies the additional Rs. 20,000/-. However the 200 NS is faster at a cheaper price, offering the buyer bang for their buck.

BMW To Launch 1-Series Sedan

Posted: 23 Jul 2012 12:02 AM PDT


The German luxury car makers follow each others steps without blinking an eye lid. Case in point is when BMW launched the X1 compact crossover, Audi was quick to follow it with the Q3, while Mercedes is working on the GLA-Class. Now Audi and Mercedes-Benz have unveiled the A3 and CLA-Class vehicles respectively, which are compact sedans, aimed to take market share away from the Toyota Camry and Honda Accords of the world. Naturally BMW can’t sit idle and has decided to develop a sedan version of the 1-Series.

BMW is likely to launch the 1-Series sedan in India by 2014. The company has decided to bring in the 1-Series sedan as the 3-Series has grown massively in dimensions over its six generations. Thus, giving the company an opportunity to move the 3-Series up the ladder and bring in the 1-Series sedan as an entry level model. Unlike the Audi A3 and Mercedes CLA-Class (front-wheel drive), the 1-Series sedan will be a rear-wheel drive. All these cars will be priced around Rs. 20 lakhs in India, which will give prospective D-segment buyers an option to upgrade to a stronger brand.

The BMW 1-Series sedan will be offered in both petrol and diesel options. BMW is unlikely to bring in the hatchback to India, even though Mercedes has committed to bring in the A-Class. BMW will instead position the MINI Cooper as a cooler alternative to the A-Class and B-Class. Next year, BMW will locally assemble the MINI range of cars at its Chennai facility, giving them a significant price advantage. Is is no secret that the next generation 1-Series and X1 will share platform with the MINI Cooper, which is a front-wheel drive vehicle. BMW launched the 1-Series in 2004. It is currently in its second generation, which was launched earlier this year.

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