Scania Launches Intercity Metrolink Coaches for India

India is now in hitlist of every automaker in the world and Scania is one such example of it. It is already present in India since 2007 in collaboration with L&T as rolling out some luxury HCVs, throwing leisure to those hard working men who push all their effort in logistics and other developments.

Tata is ruling India with its deep engraved roots in various sectors ranging from city coaches to extreme mining trucks for masses. Though this Indian vehicles cost very less, but there are international manufacturers who cruises with some heavily loaded luxuries at a premium pricing. After all they are very well accepted, as Volvo, Mercedes Benz, Navistar and Scania are some of the names which can be seen running successfully on our highways.

Scania launches Metrolink

Today i.e. 31st January, can be marked as very important day in HCV sector as the Swedish Scania launches new bus and coach range especially for India. These products are named as Scania Metrolink HD 12.0 m, 13.7 m and 14.5 m. All these coaches come with 8 – speed fully automatic Scania Opticruise gearbox to yield maximum mileage, unmatched comfort level and a long trouble service life, as promised by the brand.

Trios will be backed by worldwide Scania service network for hassle free overhauls.

T type motif can be experienced, starting from window line and flowing to all the sides. Prices will be declared tomorrow and customer deliveries will begin in mid 2013. The Bengaluru manfucturing unit of the Swedish badge worth 250 crore INR is still under construction and will resume production by early 2014. Till then, product dispatching will be made through imported CBU units, manufactured at a reputed Scania supervised plant.

Henrik Fagrenius

It seems to be the emerging winner of whole coach fraternity, as produced under the total Scania quality. In short, chassis and body both will be solely manufctured by automaker itself. This was lacking to an extent with Mercedes Benz and Volvo, which is a very crucial factor.

Mr. Anders Grundstormer, new MD of Scania CVs India and Sr. VP Scania Group was very much excited with the Indian response. He also added that the present local market of luxury HCVs is now at 1000 units per year which will grow to 5000 in the next year. Continuing with some more exclamations he said, India is a whole potential in itself which can emerge as a complete region for Scania, without including other international boundaries.

Given below are procductwise technical details, to be viewed at a glance:

Scania launches MetroLink HD bus coach in India

1.    Scania Metrolink 12.0 m HD – 45 seater

  • Length: 12.0 m
  • Width: 2.6 m
  • Height: 3.7 m
  • Door Configuration: 1 – 0 – 0
  • Wheel configuration: 4 x 2
  • Fuel Capacity: 465 liters
  • Passenger Capacity: 45 Harita reclining passenger seats with footrest and magazine holder
  • Driver’s Area: Harita seatiing, Instrument cluster Basic, Scania Fleet Management
  • Climate System: Air conditioning from Eberspracher or Thermoking
  • AV Equipment: Radio, CD, TV screens in front and middle
  • Luggage Space: 9.0 cu m
  • Luggage Compartment Height: max 115 cm
  • Engine: Scania 9 – liter 310 hp Euro 3
  • Gearbox: Scania 8 – speed gearbox with fully automatic Scania Opticruise
  • Brakes and Safety Equipment: Disc Brakes, EBS, ABS, TC (Traction Control), Scania Retarder, ESP, Reversing Camera, Bus stop brake, Hill hold

Anders Gundstromer

2.    Scania Metrolink 13.7 m HD – 49 seater (or 53 without calf support)

  • Length: 13.7 m
  • Width: 2.6 m
  • Height: 3.7 m
  • Door Configuration: 1 – 0 – 0
  • Wheel configuration: 6 x 2 with hydraulically steered tag axle
  • Fuel Capacity: 465 liters
  • Passenger Capacity: 49 Harita reclining passenger seats with footrest, calf support and magazine holder  OR 53 reclining seats with footrest and magazine holder
  • Driver’s Area: Harita seatiing, Instrument cluster Basic, Scania Fleet Management
  • Climate System: Air conditioning from Eberspracher or Thermoking
  • AV Equipment: Radio, CD, TV screens in front and middle
  • Luggage Space: 10.5 cu m
  • Luggage Compartment Height: max 115 cm
  • Engine: Scania 13 – liter 360 hp Euro 3
  • Gearbox: Scania 8 – speed gearbox with fully automatic Scania Opticruise
  • Brakes and Safety Equipment: Disc Brakes, EBS, ABS, TC (Traction Control), Scania Retarder, ESP, Reversing Camera, Bus stop brake, Hill hold.

Scania launches intercity premium buses

3.    Scania Metrolink 14.5 m HD – 53 seater (or 57 without calf support)

  • Length: 14.5 m
  • Width: 2.6 m
  • Height: 3.7 m
  • Door Configuration: 1 – 0 – 0
  • Wheel configuration: 6 x 2 with hydraulically steered tag axle
  • Fuel Capacity: 465 liters
  • Passenger Capacity: 53 Harita reclining passenger seats with footrest, calf support and magazine holder  OR 57 reclining seats with footrest and magazine holder
  • Driver’s Area: Harita seatiing, Instrument cluster Basic, Scania Fleet Management
  • Climate System: Air conditioning from Eberspracher or Thermoking
  • AV Equipment: Radio, CD, TV screens in front and middle
  • Luggage Space: 11.5 cu m
  • Luggage Compartment Height: max 115 cm
  • Engine: Scania 13 – liter 410 hp Euro 3
  • Gearbox: Scania 8 – speed gearbox with fully automatic Scania Opticruise
  • Brakes and Safety Equipment: Disc Brakes, EBS, ABS, TC (Traction Control), Scania Retarder, ESP, Reversing Camera, Bus stop brake, Hill hold

1959 BMW Isetta Modified to a Unique Road Monster

Once a heart throb of everyone with powerful Chevrolet 730 horespower V8 engine, is now a unique road monster.

Magnificent powerplant is not the only uniqueness, this powerful machine does also features dual circuit disc brakes with AP balance bar, M3’s suspension and drag racing rear wheels measuring 18” x 13”. Tires used for this roadster are B.F. Goodrich G-Force and Sumitomo HTRZ II for front and rear wheels respectively.

This mean intruder is exclaimed as dangerous if driven improperly on tracks and roads, as being possessed with massive amount of torque running from Chevrolet 502 motor mated with just 2-speed manual transmission.

1959 BMW Isetta
Modifications does not cost easy on pocket as it is backed by a lot of innovation and a tremendous amount of hard but smart work. After all, this one is going to fetch around $ 75,000 – $ 100,000 (as expected) under the hammer of RM Auction on February 16.

Mercedes all set to launch G63 AMG in India

Keeping with its plan to bring vehicles in all the market segment in India, Mercedes CEO has announced that the company will launch the much-awaited C63 AMG in India next month. In fact, the launch of the c63 AMG may happen in the first two weeks of February.  Speculations surrounding this launch of the C63 AMG have been doing the rounds for a long time. This announcement by the Mercedes India CEO will put an end to those rumors.

The C63 AMG has a muscular look about it and it is powered by a 5.5 liter biturbo engine churning out a peak output of 544bhp and a peak torque of 760Nm. With all this power under its belly, the C63 AMG accelerates to 100kmph from zero in just 5.4 seconds. The power and performance of this SUV makes it fun to drive and Mercedes Benz is hoping to cash in on this fun aspect of the vehicle.

Mercedes To Launch G63 AMG In February
The company will also be coming with other vehicles such as A Class, B Class and Mercedes Benz GL Class, but dates of those launches have so far been kept under wraps.

Honda Brio to have a new high-end trim?

Reports on the net suggests that Honda’s most popular Brio hatchback will soon have a new top-end VX Brio trim. So far the Brio has been quite well-received by Indian car lovers. But even then the car misses out on some very important features. For instance, the new high-end version of the Brio will have seat adjustment for the driver and most probably, a rear-end defogger.

Honda will be looking to increase the sales of the Honda Brio in India with the introduction of the VX trim level. Currently, the company sales around 200 units of this hatch per month in the country.

Honda was supposed to bring in a diesel variant of the Brio, but that has now been postponed because of the launch of the Honda Amaze. Many believe that Honda is planning to test the waters with the diesel powered Amaze for a possible introduction of a diesel Brio.

Honda Brio
If the Amaze does relatively well in the Indian market then you could probably see a Brio diesel soon in India. But before that one has to make do with the high-end trim of the Honda Brio which would soon see the light of day.

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible to debut at Geneva

According to the reports from Autoweek, the new C7 convertible will be making its world debut at the 2013 Geneva motor show, which is scheduled to start from March 5.

This will mean that car may hit the market along with the coupe in the middle of the year but there are also chances that Chevy may delay it with few months. The camouflaged version of the convertible was spotted recently that suggested that the development is still not completed.

It is quite interesting to note that Chevy is selecting Geneva motor show, as Chicago Motor Show is just a couple of week earlier and the New York Motor Show will be following it after a couple of weeks. As C6 made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show back in 2004 so it is possible that Chevy is planning to repeat the story.

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
Other than this GM is also planning to give its brand a global exposure, so what could be better than an International motor show were all top brands will be showcasing their best. If the Chevrolet reveals Stingray at the auto show then it will be competing with the cars like Porsche 911 GT3, McLaren P1 and Ferrari Enzo successor.

Images of the new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray has just hit the web and has revealed some interesting new look just like the coupe. Other than the soft top roof, the new Corvette Stingray Convertible and coupe will be similar under the hood. Both will be featuring the same aluminum structure, carbon fiber panels and 6.2 litre LT1 V8 engine that will be delivering at least 450 horses of power and a high torque of about 450 pound feet via rear wheels. The engine will be couple with the 7 speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission and will be available with the paddle shifters. More details about the convertible will be revealed once it will make its debut.

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray back view

Fiat cancels the Decision of Plant Shutdown

Earlier the news came in that Fiat, Renault and Opel are going to shut their manufacturing units in order to curb losses incurred from slowdown sales. Not so clear about others, but now Fiat had cleared its way by cancelling its decision for the same.

At the opening of a new plant for luxurious Maserati, John Elkann, Chairman of Fiat, said that in spite of some heavy lashes we are affirming to continue our production.

Italy was a priority for this carmaker to roll down the shutter.

Fiat cancels the Decision of Plant Shutdown

Sergio Marchionne, Chief Executive of Chrysler also assured that no plants will be shut down in Italy, as there were reports mentioning to reduce the factory units from five to four.

Organization also claims that the profits of 2012 third quarter are doubled up, on comparison with the same period of 2011.

The Italian carmaker is also going to announce the result of fourth quarter soon, which is perceived to change the fortunes for them. However, its officials are very much confident for the forthcoming figures as they say that their luxury brand had did very well in the boosting market of China.

We too agreed with the same, as China had changed fortunes for many carmakers, after all Jeep is a well perceived moniker among them.

Kia Optima in a Superman Avatar for Chicago Auto Show

Various teaser images are released by carmakers when auto show dates starts the countdown. It happened same with Kia as it released the teaser image of Superman based Optima Hybrid ahead of Chicago Auto Show.

Adding more Kia to thrills, the superman themed Optima is lesser in height sporting new aerodynamic body kit with a unique set of alloys. Superman logo is seen encrusted on the bonnet of vehicle responding to blue and red flowing lines all over the body.

This metallic super hero is built in collaboration with DC Entertainment to lend a helping hand for “We Can Be Heroes” fund, which supports famine and draught affected victims in Africa.

Kia to Unveil Superman Optima
Bits for last, the South Korean automaker had already rolled out five Justice League themed vehicles for the same purpose which are named as Green Lantern Soul, Batman Optima, Flash Forte Koup, Aquaman Rio and Cyborg Forte.

Superman joining Kia's Justice League themed

DC Modified Lamborghini Aventador Coming Soon

Last week, we witnessed the launch of Lamborghini Aventador Roadster in Mumbai, now DC seems to be raising the temperature with its newly re-designed Aventador.

DC had delivered India’s first sports car Avanti that is a one of its kind design weaved with great performance without V-series powerplant, at an affordable price band to suit local mentality. The India based modifier outputs are standardized enough to compete at an international level.

The facebook page of DC is abreacted with a teaser image of modified Lamborghini Aventador which is expected to arrive soon. It is seen draped in grey color with a DC moniker at the rear bumper.

DC Modified Lamborghini Aventador Coming Soon

Apart from this, no other information has been divulged on the page. It left us craving with a statement that says, “Coming soon… A very special DC’d Lamborghini Aventador.”

Diesel Cruze to Debut in US at Chicago Auto Show after a Grand Success in India

Some vehicles are driven in India much before they go to US and Chevrolet Cruze is one such example. Ruling the diesel segment with competitive inputs provided at a reasonable cost makes it to stand with a handsome market snatch.

It seems like diesel trend is catching up storm in America, as rates of fuel gallons are at all time high. Chevrolet with other carmakers is gearing up to cash in on the latest trend and Chicago Auto Show is a best opportunity to roll down the balls.

Launch date is slotted at 7th February 2013 followed by sales in the month April – May of same year. To reach up the scorching numbers, it will be produced at a manufacturing unit near Youngstown, Ohio.

Chevrolet Cruze
Mr. Mark Reuss, top brass of GM for North America is all excited to make quick bucks with Diesel Cruze in US market, also expects to roll out some more oil burner models for making a good grip in the next two years. Luxury carmakers like Jeep and Porsche are also going the same way.

As per our expectations, GM will launch 2.0 liter jag with a maximum power of 166 PS @ 3800 RPM and 380 Nm of torque @ 2000 RPM, the one which is used in India. Maybe, some minute changes would be done to suit climatic changes but majorly it will near to those figure only.

Chevrolet Cruze Back View
On an average, Chevy Cruze delivers a fuel efficiency of 17.3 kmpl in both the transmission of 6-speed manual and automatic.

Lastly, we also expect this US-spec to be loaded with all wheel drive (AWD) option in the future.

Lamborghini Aventador Roadsters to ride hard on the Miami Airport Runway

This is Lamborghini’s 50th year and it is celebrating this year with five of its new Aventador LP 700-4 Roadsters hitting runway at Miami International Airport.

After getting the special authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration and Miami Dade County the five supercars streamed across the runway at a speed of 210 mph just 7 mph below their top speed.

With the passenger jets that take off at the 150 to 180 mph on that tarmac, Aventador has become the fastest vehicle ever driven on that tarmac. Before the speed demonstration Lamborghinis were assembled in front of a Boeing 777 for a photo shoot to mark the collaboration of Boeing and Lamborghini in the area of lightweight constructions.

2013 Lamborghini Aventador Roadster
Lamborghinis have reached the Miami for the beginning of 10 day launch and dealer education program. 50 Lamborghinis marched on the South Beach with the roadsters leading the way as a part of he celebrations.

The new AventadorLp 700-4 roadster is the flagship model of the Lamborghini and hires the same 691 hp 6.5 litre V12 engine that also power Aventador Coupe. The convertible features unique upper part that extends along the geometric lines from its carbon fiber removable roof top to engine hood.

2013 Lamborghini Aventador Roadster back view
The roof has been designed into two pieces, that can fit at their respective place easily and if they are not in use they can be easily put into the front compartment.

The 50years of Lamborghini will be highlighted with the 750 mile Grande Giro Lamborghini rally that will be starting from Italy on May 7th, the same day when Automobili Lamborghini S.P.A was started 50 years ago.