Ford to enter Dakar Rally with Mustang powered Ranger pick up

This is one heck of an innovation here. Ford has announced that it will enter the Dakar Rally this year with its Ranger pickup truck. The pickup has been redesigned and tuned up completely to be able to race in this rally. The outcome is a super cool truck that can beat even the F-150 SVT Raptor. 2 models are being developed by Ford and these will be seen racing from the 5th of January to the 18th of January next year between Argentina and Chile covering a span of 5000 miles.

The pickup will endorse a completely composite body and will be powered by a V8 5 liter engine taken from the Mustang. The truck, you can say, has been re-built entirely to fulfill the needs of this grueling rally. The additions include 6 speed sequential gear box, 132 gallon fuel tank and liquid cooled brakes in the rear. Dakar rally is more of a a test of endurance than of speed. Keeping this in mind, the truck has been given a limited power output of only a modest 350 bhp and a torque of only 413 pound-feet. The maximum speed of the truck will be also a modest 105 miles per hour.

Regarding the modified pick up Ranger Neil Woolridge explained that “A complex jigging system was used in the manufacturing process in order to ensure that each part is built as per the design in order to achieve the perfect fit on every vehicle built. Although the two new Rangers are locally built we received tremendous support from our global counterparts including the likes of Ford’s SVT division.”

Ford To Enter 2014 Dakar Rally With Mustang-Powered Range

Ford team announced on the 29th of July that it will be competing in the rally with their Ranger pickup. The truck has been re-modeled by Neil Woolridge Motorsport located in Pietermaritzburg. The logistics are been taken care of by South Racing based in Germany. Thus the Rally competent Ranger pickup is an outcome of collaborative work of these two along with Ford Motors. The rally will see Chris Visser (South African) and Japie Badenhorst for the first time in Daker Rally. They have raced before in various South African local racing championships. Running for Ford, we will also see Lucio Alvarez (South American) and Graue as the 1st crew drivers.

President and CEO of Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa, Mr. Jeff Nemeth said that “We are extremely proud to be sending these South African-built Rangers to the 2014 Dakar. Dakar is the ultimate test of man and machine and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to participate with a phenomenal team comprised of local and global expertise.”

Group Vice President and President of Asia Pacific, Mr. Dave Schoch said that “The Dakar is a truly international showcase of Off Road machinery. Last year 745 competitors participated, representing 53 nationalities. We are pleased to have put together a global team that represents exceptional knowledge of the event as well as the Ford Ranger, which is built at the Silverton Assembly Plant in Silverton.”

2014 Dakar Rally With Mustang-Powered Ranger

Schoch also added that “There is much work to be done in the coming months. The Dakar is no small undertaking but we have an exceptional team of hardworking and dedicated individuals who will be working round the clock in the coming months in preparation for the start of the Dakar early in the new year.”

Team Ford is not running to win but to exhibit the Ranger in front of a larger audience.

Upcoming Porsche compact SUV Macan spied without any camouflage

Despite being a performance carmaker, Porsche’s sole decision of building luxury SUVs is now reaping fruits for the brand, which the compact SUV is a next step for the carmaker in the trending arena.

Not any of the false claims, one of the recent official reports of Porsche had reported about Macan going into production by December, but before that the undisguised spy shots had revealed a lot about the upcoming compact SUV.

Caught with the mere amount of camouflage, Macan is seen flashing same aura to that of the elder sibling Cayenne.

Tail lights and headlights are of the ultimate Porsche standard. And when seen carefully, there are two of the models in the spy shots; one is the Turbo version with two strips of daylights under the headlamps, while the other one is the standard one with single strip of LED on the front.

Porsche Macan SUV
Based on the Audi Q5 platform, 2014 Porsche Macan will go on sale in early 2014 and will be offered with a variety of gasoline and diesel engines. In fact there are also chances that Porsche may roll out the hybrid version of same.

Porsche compact SUV Macan

New Porsche Macan Porsche Macan

Porsche Macan compact SUV Back View

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Suzuki iV-4 concept unveiled

Although the Japanese manufacturer after some bad days in American market has filed for Chapter 11 there, it is doing exceptionally good in the other markets. Since the beginning, its Indian market has been very strong and Maruti Suzuki has been one of its most profitable subsidiaries. The company launched a concept XA Alpha last year at the Delhi Auto Expo and now in this year the company has released several teasers of another concept car called iV-4. This is a compact SUV planned by Suzuki and will make its first public appearance at the Frankfurt Motor Show going to be held on September 10th later this year.

This new concept shares a lot of features with the XA Alpha concept car. The XA Alpha is a 4 meter compact car in close resemblance with the highly successful Maruti Ertiga. This exotic car will compete with the established names like Renault Duster, Ford EcoSport, Mahindra Quanto and several other mini SUVs in the market. XA Alpha will be powered by multijet turbo charged diesel engine of 1.3 liter capacity and Fiat sourced K series petrol engine. The car endorses huge alloy wheels and has a top speed of 180 km per hour. The styling is very aggressive and muscular.

It is expected that the iV-4 will borrow some of these features from XA Alpha. However, it will be a little bigger than XA Alpha. The iV-4 will also endorse, like XA Alpha, a clam shell bonnet and will have a front grille divided into 5 segments which is making the car in the teaser look damn aggressive. But this is a concept car, it may happen that the production model is tamed down a little. Other features evident in the teaser are roof top lights, large DRLs, thin side mirrors and more lighting around the front grille. This new SUV will be positioned between Jimmy and Vitara in the company’s car profile. It might replace the Gypsy and will compete with Nissan’s Juke.

Suzuki iV-4 SUV concept

The car will never enter the US. In fact no car from Suzuki will now enter US. The company had filed for Chapter 11 with the US government and it has been approved by them. With this, Suzuki will shut down all its car production units in the States with only motorcycles, ATVs and marine products left behind. The judgment was passed on the 5th of March 2013 and the restructuring was due to commence from 31st March onwards. On the approval of the Chapter 11 the company’s Chief Restructuring Officer, M. Freddie Reiss had said that “Today’s confirmation is a significant milestone and is one of the last remaining steps in our realignment and restructuring process. During the next few weeks, we will take final steps to implement the Plan, which will allow the Company to sell its Motorcycles/ATV, Marine, Automotive parts and service divisions. This will promote the long-term growth of the Motorcycles/ATV and Marine divisions, as well as providing automotive parts and service through the dealer network.”

This car is therefore meant to aim at the developed countries in Europe. This cars as the company claims is an elegant example of “innovativeness and modernity”. But with just a few dark teasers, it will too early to accept that.

Suzuki iV-4 SUV

The car will most likely be manufactured at the Suzuki’s Hungary manufacturing facility. It is expected to go on sale in the European nations by the end 2014 or early 2015. It might never make it to India though.

Mercedes Benz GLA with Taxi Sign on Roof, Spied at Nurburgring

Mercedes Benz GLA is already in the hit-list of media, and we the correspondents leave no rooms for it to escape the spying eyes of our (spy) reporters. And this time again, the GLA is spied testing too, but there lays a slight difference to it than the previously spotted test mules. Nothing that big, it is the “Taxi sign” which is mounted on the roof of GLA making us to think, the same may lend a helping hand to the cab-association of various countries as well.

Though this spy shot was taken when the test vehicle was Nurburgring, it seems the German carmaker had also deployed a fuel efficient trim of GLA in works. No doubt, B Class and A Class are being ridden as cabs in various markets; an addition to them will lend the carmaker to reach the mass numbers as well, which it is vying to get onto for the better competitive position than the Audi.

Mercedes GLA Spied Testing

‘Low emission’, ‘better fuel efficiency’ and ‘less maintenance cost’ may become its USP for garnering the sales when being rolled out. Ought to be done with the 1.5L diesel and front wheel traction, are some of the guesses made to consolidate us for now via this spy shot.

One can watch the action too in the posted video below.

2014 Indian Grand Prix in Problem

This has come out as shocking news for the motor racing buffs all over the nation. The Indian GP has been excluded from this year’s calendar with arrangers and the sport’s commercial head Bernie Ecclestone functioning to postpone the contest for early in the 2015 period in its place.

The event was first launched in the year 2011, however the partakers or groups have been repeatedly worried about excise and taxation matters.

As per media people, statements from different sources hint several causes for the Formula One contest not to be devised in India. Some of the key causes comprise Tax matters, political troubles, and producer dispute at various contests that shows the Indian GP might not take place from the coming year.

The administration of India has not forwarded any custom respite to the groups as it doesn’t think Formula One contests to be a component of game.

2014 Indian Grand Prix in Problem
“Is India going to occur in 2014? Probably not,” Ecclestone told media people in Hungary. “[It’s] really governmental.”

India will become host of its 3rd GP in October 2013. In a statement, Vicky Chandhok, head of the Federation of Motor Sports Club of the country stated, “It has been overleaped. They are currently functioning on 2015 & 2016 contests.”

“When we inked the 5 year contract with Jaypee, we’re eager on going to India during the first half and Jaypee wished it to be during the month of October,” Ecclestone added.

Next Generation Chevrolet Beat Coming in 2015: Report

Chevrolet Beat, which is known as Spark in some of the countries, will receive the new-generation models in market by 2015, says a report of the Reuters.  The revamped version of Aveo was also about to launch in late 2015 along with Chevrolet Beat, but the latter project got pushed back due some internal reasons where it now gets shelved for the 2016 roll out.

This bit of information was revealed by South Korean labor union spokesman, the news was tipped off when the GM Korea’s management briefed union negotiators on its plans during annual wage talks that ended last week. “The management said it originally planned to launch the redesigned Aveo in late 2015, but the plan was pushed back. It also said it will produce the new Spark in the first half of 2015,” said Choi Jong-hak, spokesman of GM Korea, without elaborating. And when officially asked about it, Choi refused to comment stating that company did not disclose its future product plans.

The production of both the vehicles are said to be continued in Korea, and would see the exports from there itself.

Chevrolet Beat

In addition taking Cruze also into this respective plinth, the next generation of it will take more than a year i.e. by December 2015 to get rolled out on the sales floor, all because of engineering issues, which it was scheduled for the late 2014 debut earlier. And on the other side of flip the car had already gained higher profits than what was expected, so garnishing it with more marketing cost now means the additional investment and less profit, it sounds better to wait for the next generation to arrive.

Audi India Partners Delhi Couture Week 2013

Audi, the German luxury auto manufacturer, has declared its involvement at Delhi Couture Week 2013 as the Associate Partner for the country’s leading fashion event to be showcased by top notch Indian designers.

This year, Delhi Couture Week will take place at the Taj Palace Hotel in the national capital from Wednesday (July 31) to Sunday (Aug 4).

The affiliation comes in cooperation with Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI).

“The car maker has a sturdy association and capability in style and design internationally that is undoubtedly stated by the victorious models rolled out by the company over a time period. We are really contented to join hands with Fashion Design Council of India for the fashion week. Our newest brand new athletic line as part of the Audi 2014 Autumn compilation – Audi RS 5, Audi S6, Audi R8 V10 plus, in addition to Audi TT is specifically made to be the leader this term. These cars not only emphasize our unexpected proficiency in design and way of life but also noticeably launches us as a performance head,” stated, Mr. Michael Perschke, chief, Audi India.

Audi R8 V-10 Plus
Whilst attractiveness of design and an outstanding promise to superiority are foundation stones of the affiliation between the company and Fashion Design Council of India, there is a better synergism between the dominion of ultra-luxury fashion design and Audi’s forthcoming 2014 Autumn assortment. As the country’s top luxury auto maker, Audi’s participation with the occasion will additionally augment the status of India’s most important couture event.

Declaring the connection, Mr. Sunil Sethi, President, FDCI stated, “We are really thrilled to declare our association with the company as Associate Partner for the PCJ Delhi Couture Week 2013.“

The invitees at the occasion will get an special preview of the company’s specifically designed brand individuality for its much-expected innovations for this year’s Autumn Collection.

New Audi R8 V-10 Plus

The auto maker’s well known vehicles will be also displayed for the period of the 5-day event.

BMW i3 gets 90,000 test drive request in just 1 day!

BMW i3 had been revealed in 3 major cities of the world, but to respond, the Bavarian carmaker had got 90,000 requests for the test drive of same. Well, the shocking piece of news is not that the car had received this much of test drive request; instead it is that the vehicle had garnered so much of enquiry within “24 hours” after the revelation.

Terming the BMW i3 for the “sheer driving pleasure” tagline, i3 has the weight distribution ratio of 50:50, based on the rear wheel layout it possesses turning radius of just 9.86 meters, making it to maneuver the city very stress free. ‘Unbeatable traction’ and the ‘optimum maneuverability’ may become its USO when it will be rolled out in different markets of the world.

The single-pedal control system of i3 is assisted with the 168hp electric motor that gets into the recuperation mode too, which is being activated at the press of the pedal. Also equipped with the Driving Assistant Plus, Parking Assistant, a rear view camera and Speed Limit Info, the i3’s battery can be replenished using either a BMW supplied wall-box or a conventional domestic power socket.

BMW i3 test drive
A full charge takes 8 hours to complete, but the 50kW fast charger will make it to attain its 80% tendency in just half an hour itself.

BMW 3 Series converted into a swimming pool in Germany!

BMW 3 Series is the starting notch of ultimate German engineering as well as stark of luxury. And there is no doubt that most of its owner did not want its leather draped interiors to be spoiled by the water spills. But the story that we gad got now tells us a different story of how differently the German vehicles are being pampered in their homeland by their owners.

The vehicle that one can see in the image by scrolling down is of BMW 3 Series which was caught by German Police, and without putting in the photoshop we had posted the same image on this blog. So don’t be taken back by the floral decoration and wooden plank around it. Those materials were already there when a patrolling German cop took the notice of a customized water dripping car taking a turn at one of the streets of German town Eibenstock, and pulled it back on the count of road-norm flouting suspicion. He was shocked to see, there were three men in vehicle, and apart from the driver two were wearing the bathing suits while one of them was in trunks, all enjoying the ride in the customized “mobile swimming pool”. In addition, the car was completely functional on ‘one working gear’ despite filled with this much load of liquid. It can achieve the maximum speed of 25 km/h (15.5 mph) and can hold more than 2,000 liters (528 gallons) of water in its cabin.

The more interesting fact is that, when took the notice of being followed by police, those three men drove the vehicle to a nearest parking lot and fled the spot without making into the braces of cops. But then later when one of them returned to take the belongings from the car, at that moment police officer recognizes him and gets caught hold of him. Later on, they were released with their shoes and wallets that were left in the car, but had confirmed to return for the alcohol test. In order to make the vehicle remain in place, policemen had taken off the spark plug and also deflated the tyres.

German police find BMW converted to a pool
Hence, no to anxiety, those men had sealed the whole cabin of the BMW 3 Series with a synthetic material which had stopped the water from leaking out.

In addition, there is a possibility that those men may pose serious charge for driving under the influence of alcohol, and the lack of number plates and insurance, but would they be pleaded guilty on the basis of driving a “swimming pool”? If anyone out there had the answer then they can let us know via the comment section.

German Police Halt BMW Converted into a Driving Swimming Pool

“The ride was a stupid idea. It was the first time we drove on a street and we just wanted to have a little fun,” said one of the men to tabloid Bild, where we are looking forward what will be their next adventurous trick to look out for enjoyment!

Next-Generation Maruti Suzuki A-Star/Ritz Spied?

Rumored to be there in the works, next generation A-Star/Ritz is spotted in Southern Europe.

Dropping the plinth of crossover or compact SUV, Maruti seems to be working hard on the new generation A-Star/Ritz to generate easy cash on the heavily dusted segment of industry, as what this spy shot conveys us in all the galore.

This spy shot is captured by CarScoops where they too are confused about concluding the vehicle’s exact badge. So no issues that the car maybe a replacement to the A-Star or the Ritz, which are half a ticket bigger than the mass selling Alto. But to our conclusion, this maybe the new A-Star because, particular badge of the carmaker had generated cold response since the launch, instead Ritz is winning the competition with its true colors in the fraternity.

Next generation Maruti A-Star Ritz

Well, heavy dose of camouflage kept all the cues under wraps to prevent it from getting stowed away, but to contradiction the afficandos at our fraternity had did their best to throw the arrow in the right possible direction. Calling it to be the combination of A-Star for the magnificent fuel efficiency and Ritz for its spaciousness the upcoming car may carry the Maruti’s damn famous ongoing ‘1.0-litre engine’. Fuel efficiency can be expected as astonishing as the “33km/l”.

New Suzuk Alto
It is quite but unobvious that a S mark logo is placed on the front of the car and is tilted a bit too, reclining us to complement it as the India’s mot favourite hatchback “Swift” as well. Whereas, one of the leading website also says that door areas also seems to be of the Swift from their viewpoint.

Next generation Maruti A-Star Ritz Back View
Not more than this, we can wait to get it revealed at the upcoming 2014 Auto Expo for the final words.

Image Courtesy: CarScoops.