GM offering huge discounts on the older Captiva

The new Captiva was launched a couple days back, but the company has not been able to clear the stock of the older Captivas. So, to clear the previous stock and make way for the new facelifted model, the pre-facelift new Captiva is now being offered with a huge discount ofapprox Rs.2 lakh.Previously priced at about Rs. 19.26 lakhs (ex-showroom Mumbai), the older model is now available at discounted price of Rs. 17.26 lakhs only.

The facelifted refreshed model of Captiva which was showcased at the New Delhi Auto Expo in January was first expected to arrive in the market in the first quarter of this year, but General Motors pushed the launch date back to sell the older batch of Captiva which were already imported. But a decreasein sales because of market slowdown resulted in less number of the models getting sold than the original anticipation. Only about 88 units were sold between March and May 2012.

GM offering huge discounts on the older Captiva

The new Captiva SUV initially will be made available in the automatic variant only and will be sold along with the older model. The manual transmission versionwill be launched later on, most probably after the stock of 140 of the older models gets sold.

The new Captiva has received several tweaks. Handling quality is far better now, suspension is far more settled on the uneven surface and bumps are engrossed with ease. The electronic controlled steering has become more responsive. The front grille design has been changed giving it more Chevy sense. GM is hoping to hit hard on its contenders with this new facelift.

Audi R8 e-tron sets up a world record

Audi R8 e-tron has set up a world record for any production vehicle equipped with an electric drive system at the Nurburgringrace track, one of the toughest racing tracks in the world. Race car driver Markus Winkelhock drove the all-electric drive high performance sports car around the rough 20.8 Kilometer track in a record 8:09.099 minutes. With this record timing, Audi grabbed yet another milestone in the history, following the overall wins at the twenty four hour races at the Nurburgring and Le Mans.

Michael Dick, Audi AG Board Member for technical development said that R8 e-tron has given a glorious demonstration of itscapacity on the toughest racing track in the world. Dick, who also completed the first lap himself, added that the record setting drive inveterate that they are moving in the right direction as a company.

A comparison with the combustion engine production car shows how impressive the 8:09.099 minute performance is. The record time of 7:11.57 minute was achieved by the Gumpert Apollo Sport which is powered by a 515kW, 700 hp Audi V8 petrol engine.

The Audi R8 e-tron drive system that made the record matches every bit with the actual production model, which will ultimately be made available in the market by the end of this year. The car has two electric motors and both of them deliver a combined output of 230 kW and a peak torque of 820 Nm.

The Audi R8 e-tron can accelerate from zero to 100 kmph in just 4.6 seconds. Its top speed is limited to 200 kmph. However, 250 kmph was approved for the record run.

The rechargeable lithium-ion battery of the R8 e-tron stores within it 49 kWh of energy, which is more than enough to take the car for a distance of 215km or 133.6 miles.The battery is charged by energy recovered during braking and coasting. The ultra-light body made mainly of Aluminum and CFRP makes the car weigh just 1,780 kg despitehaving a large battery.

Hyundai Elantra Fluidic undergoes test runs prior to July launch

The automobile world witnessed the news of the much anticipated Hyundai Elantra Fluidic about a week back. The news of its July launch alone was enough to bring in sensation amongst car enthusiasts. The For Hyundai, the Elantra Fluidic sedan has been one of the most important projects off late.

There’s information about the car that can bring in a lot of joy for the car enthusiasts. As per the latest available information, the Hyundai Elantra Fluidic sedan has been spotted undergoing test runs in India. The car was first blotched at the New Delhi Auto Expo earlier this year, following which news of developments in the projects has been flooding in the online world. Some trendy features have been included in the upcoming sedan to give it an edge over others. These include electronic front seats, dual zone climate control, start/stop feature, leather upholstery, cruise control, parking sensors and many other modern features.

Hyundai Elantra Fluidic undergoes test runs prior to July launch

The much expected Hyundai Elantra Fluidic will be made available in two avatars. One powered by a 1.8L petrol engine and another by a 1.8L Common-rail diesel engine.The petrol engine is capable of churning out a peak power of 148bhp at a peak torque of 177Nm. Since Hyundai doesn’t have 1.8L CRDi U2 engine, so probability of inclusion of Verna’s 1.6L engine in the upcoming sedan is pretty high.

The fluidic sculpture, advanced feature and efficient engine can actually turn out to be the nextgensedan, thus threatening the survival of other D segment cars in the market including Toyota Corolla, VW Jetta, Skoda Laura and Chevrolet Cruze. The automaker is being reported to have put a price tag lying somewhere between Rs.15 and Rs.18 lakh for the Fluidic Elantra.

The recent updates from the company’s side have reportedly made car enthusiasts anxious enough. Now all one can do is stay tuned to Indian Drivesfor further updates on this vehicle.

Mercedes Benz A Class To Hit the Markets in September

The latest goal for Mercedes Benz, German luxury car manufacturer, is the C section of the upper level and to attain this, the well known firm is delivering a conventional hatchback replica in the shape of pristine A-Class.

The company has already begun taking orders in the European market for this vehicle.

Moreover, the received orders will be fulfilled by the month of September 2012.

The novel creation of the Mercedes Benz A Class was primarily disclosed at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, which took place in the month of March and ever since, the traits and cost details have been obtainable.

Mercedes Benz A Class To Hit the Markets in September

Apart from this information, a few pictures and video recordings have also been made accessible to the people on the web.

The reports said that the Mercedes Benz A Class is the largest competitor of the BMW 1-series in addition to the Volvo V40.

The new model flashes a price label of approximately $30,000 or around Rs.16.50 lakh.

This newly launched 5 door hatchback has been shot from all viewpoints from both within and outside and a new compilation of 148 hi-definition pictures have been unwrapped in the market.

The 3 diesel engine alternatives expectedly catering the exciting car boot out power stuck between 107bhp and 134bhp.

In contrast, the car’s petrol version will be powered by any of the three four-cylinder engine, which can fabricate power between 121bhp or 122PS and 208bhp or 211PS.

Mercedes Benz is once more positive that it would attain the pole position in this segment in the coming time. Since its entry in the country’s auto market in the year 1995, Mercedes Benz A Class kept the number one place for many years thus far as sales are related.

Mercedes Benz, in order to lift up the sales volumes, has intentions of boosting the vehicle portfolio in the Indian market.

During 2012-13, the company, keeping along the lines of its plans of boosting the line up, will bring in new luxury cars, which will increase its sales and help the company foray into this new market segment.

Chevrolet Spark facelift to be launched during Diwali

It seems that General Motors India is in no mood to take any chances. They are trying very hard to grab a large chunk of the Indian market. The recent release of the Cruz upgrade and Captiva facelift has projected GM’s intention quite clearly in the market. The General Motors is also planning to replace the existing Aveo U-VA Hatch and Sedan with the new Sail Hatchback and Sedan, which expected to occur in the next few months. The next roll on the dice is the Chevrolet Spark facelift, which is said to be arriving most probably during the time of Diwali this year.

Although the new Spark will not be incorporating any big ticket changes, the exterior is believed to be inspired by the electric Spark that was showcased last year. The interior is also believed to be similar to that of the electric Spark with the same colour scheme. Company has also tweaked with the front grille to make it broader, giving it more of a Chevrolet family feel just like the Cruz and new Captiva.

Chevrolet Spark facelift to be launched during Diwali

The company has also tweaked the petrol engine to make it more fuel efficient and thus giving it a competitive edge over the other competitors in the same class. The current and existing Spark is powered by a 1.0 litre engine that delivers a mileage of 12 Kmpl in city conditions and 16 Kmpl on the highway. However, the mileage is quite lower than both of its competitors Alto and Eon. So, mileage can be considered as the most important part on which General Motor should concentrate.

Beside all this, Chevrolet is expected to reveal its much awaited MPV Chevrolet Enjoy which is expected to arrive in the second quarter of the current fiscal year.

Next gen Bugatti Veyron to be a hybrid?

Jens Schulenburg, Chief engineer at Bugatti, has recently revealed the company’s plan of bringing a successor to its most popular coupe, the Veyron. He also said that the new version of the Veyron has gone into production and he has also indicated that the new version is expected to be a hybrid. The existing version of the Veyron is pertinently named Veyron Super Sport.

Even though not much has been revealed about the new model, Schulenburg said that the biggest challenge on the next car would be to reduce its weight. He also said that company is looking forward to new technologies like use of carbon fiber wheels to reduce unwanted weight on the car. He also indicated that the company might be looking forward towards producing a hybrid model rather than going with the conventional version.

Next gen Bugatti Veyron to be a hybrid?

The launch date of the new version has not yet been revealed but as the production is still in its initial phase, a hybrid vehicle doesn’tseem feasible before 2014. One could expect the coupe to appear somewhere in 2014. The new hybrid Veyronwill housean8.0 litre petrol engine coupled with a seven-speed automatic transmission system. The existing version of the Veyron harvests a maximum of 987 Brake Horse Power at 6000 rpm and 1250 Nm of torque.

Bugatti Veyron is the fastest legal production car in the world. It can reach a speed of about 431 kmph. So, there wouldtoo much expectations lyingwith the Bugatti engineers to produce something comparable with the older Veyron. The new version must compete with the Veyron Super Sports in its performance and features in order to achieve its place in the market. The vehicle should at least touch 1000 rpm mark to prove its credibility.

Mercedes Benz B Class to be launched before Diwali

Mercedes Benz seems to have pulled its socks up to gift India its first traveler of the country. This master luxury car maker isgoing to bring in its B Class tourer before Diwali.

As per recent reports, the Mercedes Benz B Class is currently undergoing final testing and certification on road worthiness. It’s the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) that would grant the auto giant its required certification for the car. The model is being expected to deal with the ARAI tests over the next 10-15 days, which will then be followed by briefing of the model for its much anticipated release.

Mercedes Benz B Class to be launched before Diwali

The car will be made available in both petrol and diesel versions. A 1.6L B189 engine capable of churning out a peak power of 122bhp will be the powerhouse for the petrol avatar. It’s just not the 1.6L B189 engine that’ll be made available. Petrol version will have another engine option. A B200 engine, generating 156bhp, has been included in the option under the petrol version of the B Class. On the other hand, a 1.8L common-rail diesel engine that generates a peak power of 109bhp and 136bhp will act as the powerhouse for the diesel version. As far as the transmission is concerned, the engine will be coupled with a 7G-DCT dual-clutch or a 6-speed manual transmission.

Safety is the top priority of auto manufacturers these days. Mercedes Benz’s entry level B Class tourer too is no exception. The car will be featuring Pre-Safe, Lane Assist and a Blind Spot Detection System. The car is expected to enter India through the Completely Knocked Down (CKD) route, that will take its price to somewhere between Rs.23-29 lakh.

All new Fiat Punto launched in UK

The Italian automotive giant, Fiat has recently revealed midlife facelift of its popular Punto hatchback in the UK market. The new Punto has appeared with many cosmetic changes along with a new refreshed look. Despite receiving considerable changes, Fiat Punto still maintains the model’s signature stamp. The front bumper has been revitalized and coupled with brand new headlamp and fog lamps.

The new bumper provides enhanced look to the front. The rear look has also been refreshed to with a new bumper, new tail gate design and all new tail lamps. The interiors have also been given a makeover by using new materials.

Demonstrating the technical expertise of the Fiat, the new 2012 Punto is available in a wide range of engine configurations with five petrol and two diesel engines variants. The Fiat has also included its award winning TwinAir Turbo technology in the new Punto. TwinAir has already bagged awards like Engine of the Year and Best Green Engine 2011 awards. It is actually a two cylinder engine that produces the power equivalent to a four cylinder engine but derives mileage as efficient as a twin cylinder engine. It comes coupled with six speed gearbox which can operate over multiple power modes.

All new Fiat Punto launched in UK

At normal, the engine produces a maximum of 85bhp and 145 Nm of torque, but if you use the eco mode on the dashboard then torque is reduced to 110 Nm @ 2500 rpm, helping to extract better fuel economy. There’s also another pair of 1.4 litre petrol engine with MultiAir technology that produces a maximum of 105bhp and 135bhp by using a turbocharger. The engine has been equipped with intelligence feature to act as per your needs. You can configure it to get more power or better fuel efficiency as per your requirement.

Enhanced version of McLaren MP4-12C to debut at Goodwood festival

Formula one World Champion McLaren will be revealing its enhanced 12C sports car at Goodwood festival of Speed this year. Jenson Button, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver, is all set to drive production prototype version of the revised 12C to the famous Goodwood Hill on Saturday June 30. In addition to that McLaren is also gearing up to reveal McLaren 12C GT3 race car which is adorned with unique attire to highlight McLaren’s support for ‘GREAT’ campaign launched by PM office and Department of Culture, media and sports. The campaign is aimed at redesigning Britain’s international reputation and deliver long term economic benefit.

In 2010, McLaren wowed the crowd at Goodwood with the launch of 12C and last year it came with 12C GT3 at the same event, now for the third year in a row McLaren will debut new version of its sport car. The new version is equipped with enhanced performance and new styling package. The 12C will also include an engine upgrade from 600PS to 625PS in addition to the gearshift and throttle modifications aimed at enhancing the driving experience.

Enhanced version of McLaren MP4-12C to debut at Goodwood festival

A new range of styling is also available which includes remarkable volcano yellow paint finish and exclusive interiors comprising of high quality leather and Alcantra and new diamond cut finish with multiple wheel design.

The production prototype 12C,whichhas been prepared for Michelin Supercar Run, was showcased in volcano red exterior with optional leather interiors. The new 12C will be available for view throughout the event. The visitors at Formula one are also invited to visit McLaren GT to see GREAT 12C GT3 which shows livery design of McLaren’s own designing team. McLaren group has been affiliated by GREAT for its success in motor sports and its increasing global presence as leading developer of manufacturer of sports cars.

Bentley Unveils Continental GT Speed

Bentley made use of the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed to roll out the novel Continental GT Speed – the highest production car the elite luxury car manufacturer ever fabricated.

Serving up a buried needle of 205 miles per hour, the GT Speed is unquestionably a purposeful attempt to grow the Bentley brand beyond the top of the luxury food chain to a high perch in the performance car planet.

The novel 205 mph (329 km/h) GT Speed will attract driving buffs,who lay a high value on complete performance, smooth handling, unique design and super luxury.

The company is accepting orders for its new GT Speed, with deliveries to begin by October this year.

Bentley Unveils Continental GT Speed

At the core of the new Continental GT Speed is an upgraded edition of the matchless Bentley 6-litre, 48-valve, four-cam, double turbocharged W12 engine.

For the fresh model, the well-known Bentley W12 extends 625 PS (616 bhp/460 kW) at 6000 rev/min and 800 Nm of torsion to bringroaring, supercar recital with easy overtaking potentiality.

The novel Speed’s vast power is channeledthrough a close-proportion, ZF eight-speed automatic transmission system. This high-tech transmission delivers speedy yet imperceptible gear alterationsviaquick adaptive control software to make sure the idealmixture of speed and alteration.

The novel gearbox also makes a noteworthy contribution to an overall 12%betterment in fuel saving and carbon dioxide emissions.

The improved chassis is equilibrated by exclusive 21-inch Speed wheels, obtainable in two glossy finishes, and equipped with 275 35 R21 Pirelli PZero ultra-high performance tyres.

While talking over the new GT Speed, Wolfgang Dürheimer, Bentley’s Chairman and Chief Executive said, “For nearly a decade, the Bentley Continental GT has defined high luxury, high performance grand touring and the unique W12 engine has been so successful that Bentley is now the world’s largest producer of 12-cylinder engines. The new GT Speed with its harder-edged, sportier character reaffirms this pinnacle positioning and continues to broaden the worldwide appeal of the Continental coupe.”

The brawny, stylishsculptured coachwork of the Continental coupe is delicatelyimproved with design touches thatstrengthen the sporting spirit of the new model. Most prominent are the dark-tinted matrix front grille and lower air inhalations and the ‘rifled’ finish to the tire out tailpipes.