Thursday, December 13, 2012

“Scoop – Accurate Renderings Of The Range Rover Sport L494” plus 5 more Motorbeam

“Scoop – Accurate Renderings Of The Range Rover Sport L494” plus 5 more Motorbeam

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Scoop – Accurate Renderings Of The Range Rover Sport L494

Posted: 13 Dec 2012 03:36 AM PST

Range Rover Sport L494

The Range Rover Sport was launched way back in 2005 and was given a mild facelift in 2010. The second generation Range Rover Sport is due in 2013 and Land Rover is already testing the vehicle extensively. While the first generation of the Range Rover Sport was based on the Discovery platform, the second generation will use the new Range Rover’s D4u platform, which is lighter by around 400 kgs, resulting in improved dynamics and reduced fuel consumption.

Internally known as the L494, the 2014 Range Rover Sport will get updated styling and you can trust us for these renderings to be very close to the real deal. Our previous renderings of the fourth generation Range Rover (here) were spot on. The headlight and sloping roof have been inspired from the Range Rover Evoque, while the rear gets new tail lights and a roof spoiler. The overall body structure remains quite similar, in-line with the company’s vision of keeping Land Rover’s iconic styling intact.

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The old Range Rover Sport was meant to be a sports tourer and hence the rather compact dimensions helped in easy maneuverability. However, Land Rover will boost interior space in the upcoming RR Sport and the luxury SUV will be offered in both 5 and 7-seater configurations. One way to increase interior room is to push the wheels to the extremities, while the other is to increase wheelbase in order to ensure the Range Rover Sport is no longer cramped at the second row. The aluminum underpinnings will help in keeping the vehicle extremely rigid, while at the same time keeping the weight in check.

Powering the new Range Rover Sport will be a range of engines, including the 3.0-litre TDV6 diesel engine and 5.0-litre supercharged V8 petrol engine. Both these engines will be mated to a 8-speed ZF automatic gearbox. Land Rover will lift the veil off the second generation Range Rover Sport in the first half of 2013, with sales commencing in the later half of the same year. Apart from the new Range Rover Sport, Tata Motors is also working on a crossover from Jaguar, which is codenamed X761 and a entry-level saloon, codenamed X760.

Range Rover Sport 2014

2013 Suzuki Grand Vitara Gets 1.9L Multijet Diesel

Posted: 13 Dec 2012 03:24 AM PST

2013 Suzuki Grand Vitara

Suzuki has launched the refreshed Grand Vitara for the UK market with a 1.9-litre Multijet diesel engine. The 2013 Grand Vitara gets the much required mid-life facelift with redesigned front grille, bumper as well as the spare tyre mounted on the rear door. The new Vitara looks quite good, gets better interiors and new features as well.

In India, the Grand Vitara is imported as CBU from Japan making it pretty expensive. The vehicle is available with the 2.4-litre petrol engine only. So the sales are negligible. Suzuki is suffering badly in the luxury segment in spite of having good products like the Kizashi and Grand Vitara only due to lack of a good diesel engine and high CBU pricing.

If Maruti Suzuki can bring the refreshed Grand Vitara with the amazing 1.9-litre Multijet engine to India, it might just turn the tables for the company in the SUV segment. This engine produces 128 BHP of power and 300 Nm of torque with a class leading 18.2 km/l claimed mileage. This is exactly what the capable and highly under-appreciated SUV needs. A refreshed, comfortable, big, diesel SUV with the Maruti Suzuki reliability and service network is bound to get great sales in the Indian market.

With Fiat planning to bring their bigger Multijet engines to India in future, possibility of the Grand Vitara getting a new lease of life may not be very far away. Fiat plans to launch various vehicles from the Jeep portfolio, which are likely to use the more powerful 1.9-litre Multijet diesel engine. The company has already confirmed its plans to launch the 1.6-litre Multijet diesel engine in the Linea in 2014.

Suzuki Grand Vitara interior

2013 Suzuki Escudo

Mitsubishi To Phase Out Cedia; To Focus On SUVs

Posted: 13 Dec 2012 02:18 AM PST


For years and years Mitsubishi has been in India with brilliant products but dismal sales. The Lancer and the Pajero has sold well when they were launched but sales just kept plummeting over time. The Lancer's international replacement, Cedia never really caught the Indian market's fancy. Despite being an extremely well balanced, sporty and fun to drive car, it never could match the sales of the Lancer, let alone its competition like the Hondad Civic or the Toyota Corolla. Currently it is one of the lowest selling cars in India. So Mitsubishi have finally decided to phase out the Cedia.

Mitsubishi will focus on SUV's hereafter, a segment which gave them quite a reputation with the Pajero being their most sought after vehicle in the last decade. They replaced the old outdated Pajero with the Pajero Sport which slowly but steadily is gathering sales. The international replacement for the old Pajero, called Montero in India, never caught on as it was priced too high being a CBU import. The Outlander created quite a buzz initially, being one of the most refined, capable and value for money SUV, but as it was launched exclusively with a petrol engine, so currently is not selling at all.

But having learnt a lesson, Mitsubishi will focus on making a mark again with help of the SUV segment. They have planned many new launches for India in the various SUV categories, though exact products are not declared. Internationally the recently refreshed Outlander has got a brilliant diesel engine which they might bring to India. So with a new diesel engine they can resurrect the Outlander which is sure to get better sales.

Along with new and refreshed products, they also have their work cut out in the sales and service department. Currently they have limited number of showrooms and an average service network. Improvements on these fronts along with a good marketing strategy will definitely boost sales of this acclaimed Japanese car manufacturer.


Hero’s Partner EBR To Setup Own Dealerships

Posted: 13 Dec 2012 12:26 AM PST

Buell 1125R India

Erik Buell Racing, an American motorcycle company known for its street legal sports bikes has seen favourable conditions for its growth when it was recently granted financing from GE Capital for building motorcycle dealerships. EBR's operating budget is on a low scale compared to other sports bike makers like Honda, Suzuki, etc. However the new finance support from GE is definitely going to help the company gain recognition. Erik Buell, founder of Erik Buell Racing has ambitious plans to expand their range of sports bikes and to increase production capabilities and is optimistic about his plans being backed up by a finance company.

So why would you think of buying a bike from EBR when there are great players around the market? Well, EBR has its own history. EBR was formerly known as Buell Motorcycle Co. which was owned by Harley-Davidson until it was dropped in 2009. Erik Buell, a former Harley employee then went on to form Erik Buell Racing, a small but dedicated firm towards high performance sports bikes. The first bike launched by EBR was the $40,000 worth 1190RS which was granted the superbike of the year title by Cycle World Magazine.

Erik Buell Racing has an Indian association too. Indian two-wheeler giant Hero Motocorp had invested about $20 million in the firm earlier this year. While EBR benefited with this investment for hiking production and hiring more people for its research department, Hero will benefit from the technology the US-based company has to offer. EBR isn't a very big company to have exclusive showrooms but shares dealerships with other high end motorcycle companies. The firm is on a gradual growth path towards global recognition.

Should Maruti Launch The MR Wagon In India?

Posted: 13 Dec 2012 12:16 AM PST


Maruti Suzuki showcased the MR Wagon at the 2012 Auto Expo in Delhi. This was one of the cars that has already been launched in the Japanese market but showcased here just to gauge the response of the Indian customer. The MR Wagon is a very spacious 5-seater small hatchback with Suzuki's latest 660cc 3-cylinder engine. The vehicle is in its second generation, which was launched in 2006. Nissan sells the Moco, which is a re-badged version of the MR Wagon. The first generation model was launched in 2001 and is called the Zen Estilo in India. Yes, Maruti Suzuki does sell outdated vehicles.

The Suzuki MR Wagon mat not go well with Indian tastes, with a big boxy featureless van like body, unconventional high flat bonnet and a bland and flat rear. This car is doing well in Japan, but due to its very plain-jane almost people carrier appearance, it may not do well on our shores. The interior boasts of lot of space with comfortable seating for five people and excellent head and leg room.

The engine is the most attractive part of the Suzuki MR Wagon, a small 660cc 3-cylinder petrol engine that produces 54 BHP of power and 63 Nm of torque. There is also a turbo-charged version producing 64 BHP. In spite of being smaller than the Alto’s 800cc engine, it is more powerful and has more torque. Its international claimed fuel efficiency figure is of 32 km/l which is simply mind blowing.

We do not expect this vehicle to be launched in India. But the brilliant little engine opens lots of possibilities. This frugal engine can be used to power the current Atlo as well as many other small cars from the Maruti Suzuki range. With better power and fuel efficiency and a turbocharged version as well, this small capacity motor can be the future of Suzuki in India.


Chevrolet Trax India Launch Expected By 2014

Posted: 12 Dec 2012 10:37 PM PST

The Chevrolet Trax is expected to be launched in India by 2014. This mini-SUV was first showcased at the Paris Motor Show this year and it was later announced by General Motors for quite a few markets. With the mini-SUV market hotting up here at our shores it is more than logical for Chevrolet to get a piece of the action. Howver GM will not use the Trax name as its owned by Force Motors, instead the vehicle may be badged as Tracker for India.

The Chevrolet Trax has three engine options on offer internationally, a 1.4-litre turbo-petrol producing 138 BHP, a 1.6-litre petrol with 130 BHP as well as a 1.7-litre turbo-diesel producing 128 BHP of power and 300 Nm of torque. The Trax comes with 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic tranmissions. We expect it to be launched with the diesel engine in India.

The Chevrolet Trax is based on the platform of the Chevrolet Sonic (international replacement of the Aveo) and shares most of its parts with the Opel / Vauxhall Mokka. A 4-wheel drive option is available too. Given the ride and handling package of the Beat and the Sail U-VA, it is expected the Trax will be quite competent in this area. Also internationally, it comes loaded with features and has a very contemporary interior. We can hope GM will retain all the features when it is launched in India.

Though exact details are not known, we expect the Chevy Trax to be launched by 2014. It will be quite interesting to see how the India customers respond to this car. The Sail U-VA has not yet set the sales charts on fire, but given how competent the Trax is along with India's current obsession with compact SUVs, we can expect it to get quite a few numbers for GM.

2013 Chevrolet Trax Interiors

Source – Overdrive

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