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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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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:

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.

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.


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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Rumour: Renault Kwid 1.0L, AMT coming up in February 2016

Earlier this year, we had reported that the Renault Kwid will also get a 1.0-litre petrol engine and an automated manual transmission (AMT). According to a media report, these versions of the car are likely to be displayed at the Auto Expo, which is scheduled to be held in February 2016.

The Kwid's main rival and the best-selling car in the segment is the Maruti Suzuki Alto, which comes in 0.8-litre (800) and 1.0-litre (K10) versions. The K10 is available with a 5-speed manual gearbox or an AMT. Renault has taken a leaf out of Maruti's book and decided to offer similar engines and transmissions on its entry-level hatchback.

At present, the Kwid is available with an 800cc, 3-cylinder petrol engine mated to a 5-speed gearbox. It is priced at Rs. 2.57 - 3.53 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The 1.0-litre and AMT versions are likely to be more expensive.

The Kwid has received a favourable response in India. The company has received more than 80,000 bookings for the car and is expecting to sell more than 1,00,000 units in 2016.

The waiting period for the Kwid has crossed 6 months and to meet the strong demand, Renault plans to increase production of the car in the coming months.

Courtesy : Team BHP

Dec 28, 2015
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New Land Rover Discovery to be unveiled in 2016

The fifth-gen seven-seat Discovery promises radical new looks, a significant drop in weight and a more upmarket cabin compared to the current SUV.

Land Rover is putting the finishing touches to its fifth-generation Discovery model ahead of its global unveil next year.

The new Discovery will feature a lower, sleeker design inspired by last year’s Discovery Vision concept and a plusher, more upmarket cabin that will be no less practical or versatile than that of the current model. The new model will also be significantly lighter and come packed with new technology when it goes on sale late next year.

The new seven-seat model will crown a family of “a minimum of three” Discovery models, Land Rover design director Gerry McGovern revealed at the recent Los Angeles motor show.

The smaller Discovery Sport is also part of this said family, and McGovern left the door open for another Discovery model below that car in size, as Land Rover looks to explore new classes and body styles in order to cash in on a growing global SUV market that will soon top 20 million sales worldwide.

The new Discovery is set to be underpinned by the same bonded and riveted aluminium monocoque structure used in the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models, two cars alongside which the new Discovery will be built at Jaguar Land Rover’s Solihull plant.

This should contribute to a significant weight saving over the 2,622kg kerb weight of the current car, which is underpinned by the strong but heavy T5 ladder chassis.

For most of the global market, the core engine is set to be an updated version of the 3.0-litre SDV6 diesel found in the current Discovery, as well as the Range Rover Sport and Range Rover models. Hybrid technology would appear ripe for the Discovery, but recent hybrid and electric research projects revealed by Jaguar Land Rover are expected to enter production until the next decade.

In the future, engines from the Ingenium family could find their way into the Discovery – either in current four-cylinder form with mild hybrid systems, or in a V6 guise – if JLR further develops the new modular engine technology, as is widely expected.

Land Rover previewed the next-generation Discovery at the New York motor show in April last year with the Discovery Vision, a concept that McGovern said was “very important in terms of being a benchmark for new-generation Discovery models: the versatility of the car, the seats, the reconfigurability, how you use it inside”. The overall intention is to create a car that’s sportier and more modern-looking than today’s car, but no less practical or versatile.

The production model, prototype versions of which are now regularly spied around JLR’s Midlands base, stays true to the concept on the exterior at least, with only detail changes at the front and rear ends. However, the concept’s radical, pared-back interior is unlikely to be carried over as extensively as the exterior.

Despite the departure from the exterior styling, McGovern said there were still “certain guidelines” in designing any Discovery. He said there would always be a stepped roof to accommodate the “stadium seating” for seven people, a visible pillar in the side to break up the mass and optimum proportions to maximise the volume inside the car.

He said the Discovery was being made more premium and would be brought deliberately closer to the Range Rover. He added: “There will be a premium execution in Discovery, more Range Rover-like. But we need to not confuse and get the balance right.”

About the design McGovern said that, as much as he loved the current car, it was always seen as specialised in its design and ethos, so the new model would be “more universally appealing, without compromises”. He added that he had “no desire to upset traditionalists; the trick is to bring them with you”.

McGovern also spoke of the ever-closer ties between design and engineering and making sure the needs of both were met. He hinted that the Discovery would continue to have class-leading off-road ability but in an altogether more stylish package.

“We won’t back off from that capability, but it has to be appropriate and relevant,” he said. “We need to be about more than that. It’s a killer combination: core engineering technology and truly desirable and bespoke design with our own twist. Design is playing a more fundamental role with engineering.” 

On the subject of a model smaller than the Discovery Sport, McGovern said: “We’re not going to make cars any bigger.” The cars need to be lighter and more sustainable, with the use of lightweight composites and materials. These are “all things we’re developing”, he said.

In addition to its class-leading off-road ability, the Discovery could also become home to new technology in development at JLR. This includes a laser scanning system that can automatically adjust the suspension and transmission based on the road ahead, a ‘transparent bonnet’ that projects an image of what’s underneath the car onto the bonnet and the ability to control the car remotely to park it in tight spaces.

Courtesy : Autocar

Dec 28, 2015
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