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Suzuki reveals three special concepts

Based on existing cars available in Japan, the three concepts will head to the 2016 Tokyo Auto Salon in January.
Suzuki has revealed a trio of special concepts that will head to the 2016 Tokyo Auto Salon in January.  Each of the concepts are based around different JDM models and come complete with bespoke paint schemes and liveries.
 
First of the three models is the Hustler Rough Road Style, which bears similarities to the Toyota FJ. The car features black badges and wheel arches, with the roof and A-pillars also painted black, and caged-in headlights. It also gets a jacked-up suspension system and knobby tires.  
 
The second concept is called the Water Activity Concept. Based on the Ignis, it features a matte green paint scheme, a set of tight-spoked black wheels with orange outer rims, and orange wing mirrors. Despite the car's small size, a kayak has been installed on its roof.
 
Suzuki will also showcase the Alto Works GP at the Tokyo Auto Salon, which is based on the new Alto Works. While the car remains mechanically unchanged, it has been decked in a blue and green livery similar to that found on Suzuki's MotoGP bike. A carbon-fibre hood has also been developed to help reduce the weight of the car.

Courtesy : Autocar

Dec 31, 2015
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Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire diesel automatic to be launched soon.

Maruti Suzuki will soon launch an automatic version of the Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire diesel which will come with a 5-speed AMT setup.

With the advent of automatic car slowly gaining popularity with the masses, Maruti is slated to launch an automatic or AMT version of their extremely popular Swift Dzire compact sedan in India very soon. The new Swift Dzire AMT will also most probably get the Suzuki Vehicle Hybrid System or SVHS which in essence is a start-stop system that helps save on fuel.

The new Suzuki Swift Dzire Automatic will get the same AMT unit supplied by Magnetti Marelli that does duty in the likes of the Celerio but will be mated to the current 5-speed gearbox that is available in the Dzire. The gearbox, with its crisp throws and great ratios is bound to be a great combination for the AMT unit, a combination of which should offer good drivability while not compromising on fuel economy.

The Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire will essentially go up against the Tata Bolt diesel which is the only diesel automatic compact sedan in the country today and which also employs the same AMT shifting unit from Magnetti Marelli that Maruti will use. The new car should be priced slightly above the standard diesel variants and will come in both VDi and ZDi trim levels along with the respective VDi+ and ZDi+ trims.

The engine on the Swift Dzire will continue to be the same 1.3-litre DDiS engine that comes with 75PS of peak power. The new Suzuki Swift Dzire diesel automatic will possibly be one of the last upgrades and updates that Maruti will do to the Dzire before the car goes through a complete change sometime later in 2016.

Courtesy :  Zigwheels

Dec 30, 2015
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KTM to bring out new range of motorcycles in 2017

The new line-up of motorcycles will replace KTM current range; expected to be manufactured by Bajaj at Chakan.
KTM recently refreshed the RC 390 with additions such as a stainless steel exhaust, a slipper clutch as on the Duke 390, an upgraded braking and throttle system. Now the manufacturer is living up to its reputation of developing cutting-edge motorcycles with plans to replace the current line-up with a whole new platform.
 
In a recent interview, Stefan Pierer, CEO, KTM, said that the company has been working towards developing a whole new platform of motorcycles with 125cc, 200cc and 390cc engines, which will replace the current motorcycles in 2017.
 
However, KTM is not just interested in improvements in performance, but is also keen on complying with the new and more stringent European emission standards. In all likelihood, the new motorcycles will be manufactured by Bajaj at the Chakan plant near Pune. Reportedly, both Bajaj and KTM are investing in the expansion of the facility to accommodate the increasing demand for the motorcycles.

Courtesy : Autocar

Dec 30, 2015
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Suzuki Gixxer 250 breaks cover.

The Gixxer 250 borrows design elements from the GSX-R1000; will be showcased at Auto Expo 2016.
According to reports and pictures doing rounds on the internet, the Suzuki Gixxer 250 seems to be in its production- ready form. The motorcycle's design appears to have been heavily inspired by the 2016 Suzuki GSX-R1000.
 
While the Suzuki GSX-R250, or Suzuki Gixxer 250, does have new bits such as the handlebar and seats, most of its other parts, including the switchgear and instrument cluster, are identical to the current, smaller Suzuki Gixxer's.
 
Although there is no information on which engine Suzuki would be offering on the Gixxer 250, one can expect it to match the performance of the engine on the current motorcycle.
 
Suzuki might position the Gixxer 250 as a sports tourer, and will be rivalled by existing motorcycles such as the Honda CBR 250R, if it is a single cylinder, and the Kawasaki Ninja 300 and the Yamaha R3 if it gets a parallel-twin engine, as the option is being speculated.
 
The Gixxer 250 will make an appearance at the 2016 Auto Expo that'll be held in New Delhi.

Courtesy : Autocar

Dec 29, 2015
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Top 5 affordable automatics in India right now.

If you have a tight budget but want your left foot to rest in peace, here are five cars that won't break the bank

The need for affordable automatic motoring in major cities with perennially choked roads has led to more than a handful of new car introductions in the recent past. It's no surprise that AMTs or Automated Manual Transmissions lead the way here for their low-cost of manufacture and simplicity of design. Here are the most affordable automatic car choices in the country right now:

Nano
1.Tata Nano GenX XMA

Rs 2.75 lakh
Agreed it's far from the Rs 1 lakh base price that the initial Nano came with, but there's a lot more to this car with added features, an opening boot and much smarter styling. The Nano is the ideal cheap city runabout with a lot more practicality now. It employs a 5-speed AMT gearbox. At 21.9kmpl, the Nano automatic is very efficient too.
Alto

2. Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 Vxi AT    

Rs 4.02 lakh
The most affordable automatic from Maruti Suzuki's stable, the Alto K10 combines pep and convenience in an affordable blend. The gearbox is the same 5-speed AMT unit from Magnetti Marelli that dominates this space. The relaxed nature of the engine and the cleverly chosen gear ratios make the Alto K10 the most efficient automatic. ARAI rated efficiency figure stands at 24.07kmpl.

Celerio





3. Maruti Suzuki Celerio Lxi AT    


Rs 4.47 lakh
The Celerio is the best handling car in this group and also the only one to be offered in base trim with the automatic gearbox. The Celerio if you recall was the first car to be launched in India with an AMT gearbox. The 5-speed unit in the Celerio went on to being offered in the Alto K10 and Wagon R and Wagon R Stingray.
Wagon R
4. Maruti Wagon R/Wagon R Stingray Vxi AT         

Rs 4.76/4.98 lakh
The Wagon R duo are the most recent entrants to this list. Mechanicals are shared with the Alto K10 and Celerio but come with a higher price tag than its siblings. This is due to the fact that both cars are only offered in mid-spec trims.


5. Hyundai Grand i10 1.2 Asta AT    


Rs 6.29 lakh
The only conventional automatic in this list, the Grand i10 costs considerably more but offers a relatively better driving experience. The gearbox is a 4-speed torque converter. The larger capacity engine compared to the other cars in this group also helps in driveability. It comes at the cost of a lower ARAI quoted mileage figure of 16.5kmpl.

Courtesy : Zigwheels

Dec 29, 2015
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