27 January, 2012

Dream Cars For People Who Dream Of Speed!

Most people would love to own a swanky, fast, and beautiful sports car. Why? Driving fast is an addiction and sports cars are the drug that quench this thirst.

My favorite past time is dreaming about owning a really fast and furious sports car like a Bugatti Veyron or a SSC Ultimate Aero or Koenigsegg CCX. Remember, I did say 'Dreaming!' So people, here's my list of my favorite 5 international speed demons. . .

19 January, 2012

North American International Auto Show, 2012

Did you guys know that the North American International Auto Show, also known as the Detroit Motor Show, was the first auto show of the year, until our very own Delhi Auto Expo snatched that honor?

Yes, long known to be the place for car lovers and enthusiasts, or anyone who wants to see and feel their dream cars, today the Detroit auto expo has, unfortunately, become rather business-centric…with a focus on the latest things happening in auto industries globally.

Some of the new cars and concept cars that were unveiled and showcased here, managed to create a lot of buzz… others some headache. With emphasis on the product (read design), automakers with beautifully designed cars like the Acura NSX, Lexus LF-LC, and the Ford Fusion, were oozing with confidence.

Top Cars At The Detroit Auto Show 2012

Dodge Dart

Dodge Dart - The new Dodge Dart has been teasing the Americans for sometime now. Dart has a physique of a compact sports car, and can easily breathe 60s without a whimper.

Lexus LF-LC Concept Car - A fluid design, the Lexus LF-LC has an eye-catching body. Sensing people’s interest in the car, Lexus’ let out the drivetrain concept used for this hybrid.

Acura NSX - One of the most popular cars at the North American International Auto Show 2012, the Acura NSX is rumored to have 400 hp as well as a hybrid drivetrain. It has also been used in the upcoming superhero movie “The Avengers.”

Bentley Continental GT V8

Bentley Continental GT V8 - An extremely powerful machine produces 500 Hp and features a 4.0 Liter Turbocharged engine. The Conti GT won rave reviews and created plenty of buzz at the Detroit show.

Lincoln MKZ Concept Car

Lincoln MKZ Concept Car - The mid size premium sedan is sleek, sophisticated, and bears no resemblance to the staid sedans that Lincoln is known to produce. With an eye on the future, Lincoln’s MKZ concept car is 9.3 feet long, 6.1 feet wide and 4.75 feet high…so it’s big, dynamic looking with spacious interior.

Cadillac ATS Car

Cadillac ATS Car - Cadillac has always been synonymous with luxury and power. The Cadillac ATS is no different. Available as rear or all wheel drive, the sedan has been produced to challenge some of the best selling compact sports sedans like the BMW 3 series.

Mercedes-Benz SL Roadster

Mercedes-Benz SL Roadster - Hardtop Mercedes SL Roadster is a sweet looking ride. Make pretty much of aluminum, its lightweight and has several new features and equipment as compared with the predecessors.

Ford Fusion Sedan

Ford Fusion Sedan -  Ford’s new hybrid Fusion has clearly emerged as the most popular car at the Detroit Auto Show. With a dramatic and long roofline, mean-looking grille and ‘swept-back’ headlight design, the 2013 Ford Fusion is expected to be available by this fall.

Audi Q3 Vail Concept SUV

Audi Q3 Vail Concept SUV - Audi’s cars are very popular globally. The Audi Q3 Vail SUV Concept car is no different. Similar looking to the BMW XI & Buick Encore, the presence of Q3 Vail at the Auto Show is a clear indication of the importance and popularity of the compact luxury SUVs in the world.

Maserati Kubang Concept SUV

Maserati Kubang Concept SUV - Another premium crossover SUV, the Maserati Kubang is sleek, svelte, and is a prime example of the marriage of Jeep’s engineering and Maserati’s elegance. Produced in Detroit, the Kubang is going to have hand-crafted interior.

The North American International Auto Show 2012 clearly showcased the ‘coming back to life’ of the US Auto Industry!

12 January, 2012

A Breathtaking Innovation: Jaguar C-X16 Car

Did you guys visit the Auto Expo 2012 Delhi, that ended yesterday? For those of you who missed it, one of the best concept cars on display was the Jaguar C-X16.

Sleek, beautiful looking, and fast as a ‘Jaguar’, the CX16 epitomizes Jag’s commitment towards creating futuristic, but extremely attractive designs with innovative technological advancements. Taking the conventional rear-wheel drive along with front-engine engineering and upgrading it to adapt to the needs of the 21st century, the CX16 concept is the ‘One plus One,’ which gives a whole new direction to performance oriented hybrid car models to be seen on roads in the near future.

According to Adrian Hallmark, Global Brand Director, Jaguar “The C-X16 is our compelling vision for a 21st century Jaguar sports car. It embodies the established Jaguar strengths of sensual design, animal-like agility and inspirational performance and combines these with attributes that set us on a course to create sustainable sports cars of the future.”

Enough said about the sensual Jaguar CX16, take a look at some of the salient aesthetic features & specifications of this car:

  1. A powerful 3.0 liter V6 producing 374 hp power generated by 450Nm torque.

  2. A 2nd electric motor with an output of 93 hp power generated by 235 Nm torque.

  3. 8-speed gearbox with Quick-shift technology for amazing control and handling.

  4. Small-sized OLED screens that allows easy transition between a daily use car & sports car.

  5. Cheesecloth and best quality genuine leather cabin upholstery

  6. All touch surfaces give a rich and elegant look with rich blacks, carbon fiber, anodized aluminum and dark chrome.

  7. Futuristic touch screen with short cut keys for more convenient use.

Auto Expo 2012: Chevrolet's Twin Strike

The Delhi Auto Expo 2012 saw a lot of activity at the Chevrolet Hall. Located next to the Ford and Toyota Halls, where the EcoSport (SUV), New Fiesta, Fortuner Land Crusier, and Land Rover Prado where unveiled, Chevrolet made sure that they got noticed and how!!

Announcing the launch of their Sail hatchback and a concept MPV (tentatively named CN-100), Chevy made a twin strike!

Chevrolet Sail

Projected as a premium hatchback, the Sail is a compact car designed to capture the imagination and pockets of the people in emerging markets like China and India. With entertainment features like CD Player, radio, and Aux-in music interface, the Chevy Sail also has all the other features that currently belong to the Aveo UVA and Aveo Sedan, which are going to be replaced by this compact vehicle.

Chevrolet Sail Front

With Fiat sourced petrol engine variants like 1.2L and 1.3L Multi jet, the Chevy Sail is a fairly goodlooking car with emphasis on adequate interior space and the latest technology for maximum mileage and functionality. 

GM’s Chevrolet Sail has been created with Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC), it’s Chinese JV partner.

Chevrolet Sail Side

Expected to give sleepless nights to competitors like Maruti Swift, the Chevrolet Sail is expected to be priced around Rs. 6 Lacs. 

Chevrolet Sail Side

Chevrolet MPV (CN-100) Concept

Chevrolet MPV Concept, if one believes the rumors, will also be launched in Europe. The MPV, currently named CN-100, has a chassis that has been tuned by English automaker Lotus along with the General Motors Technical Center over a period of 1.5 years.

Chevrolet MPV Front

The Chevrolet MPV Concept Vehicle has been designed to cater to the needs of Indians who demand space, comfort, and elegance. GM has not declared the price for the MPV.

Chevrolet MPV Side

Quoting GM India’s President and Managing Director Lowell Paddock: “The introduction of the Sail hatchback and MPV Concept demonstrates GM’s commitment to take advantage of the global resources of GM and our partners in India for India. The two products have been tailored for local market conditions and the need of local consumers for economical, user-friendly personal transportation.”

Chevrolet MPV Rear

10 January, 2012

The Mini With The Big Price Tag!!

You’ve seen it in the movie the ‘Italian Job,’ and you’ve probably seen it in the latest hindi flick, ‘Players.’ This little wonder car is an amazing vehicle. Nifty and quick, powerful and magnetic, the Mini Cooper is ‘mini’ only in size. Performance-wise, it is a ‘Braveheart!’

The Mini Cooper will have four models priced between Rs. 25 lakh to Rs. 32 lakh. The cheapest Mini will the Mini Cooper S that comes with a price tag of Rs. 24.9 lakh. The Mini Cooper S is priced at Rs. 27.9 lakh.

The two other variants are the Mini Convertible, priced at Rs 29.99 lakh and the most expensive variant, the Mini Cooper S Countryman with a price tag of Rs 31.99 lakh.

While the launch of the Mini has been delayed by a couple of years (it was to be launched in 2009), it is true that the Mini pulled in the maximum number of curious crowds at the Auto Expo 2012 for BMW. However, how many of them actually put their money where their mouth is remains to be seen.

With several Indians traveling abroad and being aware of the Mini’s power and appeal, what remains to be seen is how many will embrace this iconic vehicle in India at its current price structure!

Land Rover Defender Concept 100 Car At Auto Expo 2012

The Delhi Auto Expo 2012 is a place where the stars from the auto galaxy have converged. If you have survived all the jostling, struggling, and pushing to find your way through the starry-eyed crowd at the Tata and adjacent, Jaguar and Land Rover pavilion, you must already be salvating at the very sight of the recently launched Range Rover Evoque and the two concept vehicles next to it, the Land Rover Defender Concept 100 and Land Rover Defender Concept 100 S.

Land Rover’s proud of these concept cars and rightly so. Shown for the first time at the 2011 Frankfurt Motorshow, these vehicles are an indication about what to expect when the new Land Rover Defender hits the roads in 2015.

The design of these concept cars is similar to some of the visual elements of its celebrated predecessor. The angles are there, but otherwise the design is rather futuristic.

Though the design of the Land Rover Defender Concept Cars hasn’t been fine tuned yet, it is said that the company is inclined to create a product that fits equally in Delhi as in London.

08 January, 2012

Super Hot Sedans With Super Drool Quotient!

Super Hot Sedans are synonymous with sleekness and style. Long bodies, elegant lines and graceful appearances, these premium cars can make almost anyone drool with their beauty and intelligence. I spotted some sedans at the 2012 Auto Expo Delhi and clicked them for you guys.

Chevrolet Volt

The Chevrolet Volt is a hybrid car that has the dual capability to run on electricity and gas. This premium hybrid is all set to be launched in India soon. The expected price is around Rs. 34,00,000 - 35,00,000/-

Hyundai Veloster

The Hyundai Veloster is a coupe with a difference. It's got 3-doors. One on the driver's side and two on the passenger side. And perhaps, this will be most distinguishing feature of this compact sports vehicle.

Ford Fiesta

The New Ford Fiesta is one of the most impressive models, having sold extensively across the world. What makes the new Ford Fiesta AT Style such a great car is its 6-speed dual clutch power shift automatic gearbox and the marriage to a powerful 1.5 liter engine!

Nissan Sunny

A stylish, economical, and well-equipped car, the Nissan Sunny was launched in India in September 2011. However, Nissan plans to launch Nissan Sunny with automatic transmission in petrol soon.

07 January, 2012

Cool & Fiery Audi Spyder R8

The perfect combination of Fire & Ice, the Audi R8 Spyder Two-Seater Sports Car is mouth-watering!! Check out the pictures!

Back To the Future With BMW Vision ConnectedDrive

BMW Vision ConnectedDrive: It’s back to the future!!

Showcased at the 2011 Geneva International Motor Show, the BMW Vision ConnectedDrive Concept vehicle has already made its international debut.

The BMW Vision is a fantastic example of how technology can be integrated to provide seamless communication using mobile networking. The design and technology of this awesome looking roadster have been integrated to provide comfort, safety, and nonstop info-entertainment or ‘infotainment’ experience, that can be tailored to suit every individual’s requirements.

Amazing Concept Cars At Auto Expo Delhi 2012, Chevrolet EN-V ConceptCar

General Motors’ really small EN-V electric vehicle, was actually designed for the  Shanghai World Expo 2010. A collaboration with Segway & Shanghai Auto, the Chevrolet EN-V concept car, is expected to be launched in selected “megacities” per pilot programs globally.

Chevrolet EN-V Concept Car
Chevrolet EN-V concept car front view

Chevrolet EN-V Back
Chevrolet EN-V concept car rear view

Chevrolet EN-V concept car side view

Maruti Suzuki A-Star Cabriolet Concept Car at Delhi Auto Expo 2012

I really liked the Maruti Suzuki A-star Cabriolet Concept Car. It's cute and sporty (sic). Though the back passenger seats don't get much leg space. 

Maruti Suzuki A-Star Cabriolet Concept Car at Delhi Auto Expo 2012

SUV/MUV/MPV? What's Your Choice?

Relationship with an SUV can best be described as having one with a man. Only that the SUV is more yielding, it doesn’t buckle under pressure, bows down to your command, and is completely in your control!! And that’s why I love this space.

Masculine, Bold, Fluid, and Good Looking, whether you like the Audi Q7 or love the Range Rover Evqoue’s spirited performance, SUVs wins hands down for the category of drivers who love to be in command on the roads. And, we Indians fit snugly in this category. :-)

At the Auto Expo Delhi, I am in a state of frenzy as I run from one Hall to the other to spot and be clicked with my favorites. Have already spoken about top 5 SUVs to be launched in my earlier post. Anyways, here’s my wish list of SUVs (in order of importance):

  1. Mercedes M-Class

  2. Ford EcoSport

  3. Maruti Suzuki XA

  4. Hyundai HND - 7

  5. Nissan NV 200 (MPV) or Evalia

  6. Tata Safari Storme

  7. Mahindra XUV 500

  8. Chevrolt MPV

  9. Toyota Fortuner

I am posting pictures for each of these cars live from the Venue…Enjoy!!

Ford EcoSport SUV

Chevrolt MPV