Nissan Micra Active in Diesel Variant Spied for First Time

Nissan Micra hasn’t done anything remarkable with its badge in the market, except the recent TVC which broadcasts actor Anil Kapoor in the lead.

To offset the outcome, engineers at Nissan recently launched the ‘Micra Active’ with more chrome strips and else, whereas the old Micra gets ripped off from luxuries and other shining bling and was then tagged as ‘Micra Active’ for the market. Hopefully, the Active version of Nissan’s premium hatchback was made available in petrol only; and the soaring demands diesel by Indian customers were left craving by.

Considering such factors into account, the top brass of Nissan has agreed of taking decisions over the launch of diesel variant of Micra Active anytime soon.

Nissan Micra Active in Diesel Variant Spied
Time and again, it seems to be proven that the Japanese carmaker has fleshed their consideration and the first spy-shots of diesel Micra Active has surfaced on internet.

Looking at the image it is easily identifiable that “Pure Drive DCi” placed on the bootlid of the Micra Active claims our aforementioned title with the model plate. Rather than making any coarse differentiation in the technicalities, Nissan will deploy the ongoing Renault K9K diesel engine, which maybe detuned for the money value to match the mark.

Other details on the site claims a XV version of same was following the XL variant i.e. the one which is caught on camera. Hence, to our speculations, it can be noted, is Nissan on the run to unveil a full range of diesel Micra Active at the Delhi Auto expo 2014?

Nissan Micra Active in Diesel Variant Spied for First Time
Well, let’s leave the detailing with the carmaker itself. The starting variant of Micra Active i.e. XE starts at Rs 3,50,096 ex-showroom Delhi.

Just to twist the story around: is the diesel Micra Active is fleshed against the Swift diesel? And if it is said so, then what answer the Maruti has in its stable to counter back to the world resounding Japanese technology. Is Delhi Auto Expo 2014 going to solve this mystery around? Viewers can lend their opinions in the comments section below.

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Bharat Benz Launched Four New Commercial Vehicles in India: 3-Tractor Model and 1-Construction Mining Model

Bharat Benz today launched four new products in India, three of them are from the tractor models and one is from the construction-mining model. Naming them, it can be noted that 4023TT, 4028TT and 4928TT are from the tractor arena whereas the 3128CM is from the construction mining repertoire. Have been in India since past 15 months, the Bharat Benz has sold more than 7500 trucks without any discounts, acquiring the 4th position in the market. Till date the Daimler owned brand has opened 75 dealers in India and has entitled to initiate the 15 export markets.

The construction model is powered by a 6373cc engine wobbling out 280hp @ 2200RPM and 1100NM of torque @ 1200-1600RPM. The tractor models as per their trims are differentiated on the basis of torque; 4023 goes for 810NM, the 4028 on a 1100NM and the last one i.e. 4928 for the 1100NM. All of the tractor models drive the said peak torque between 1200-1600RPM.

Bharat Benz

The Bharat-Benz hasn’t announced the price of their products yet, but has said all of them to be a bit fair pricey than the competitors likewise their other products in the market. The vehicles to be having originally factory built body rather than the aftermarket one like the other products in market.

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Yami Gautam on the sets of Chevrolet Beat Facelift TVC Shoot: Spy-shots

We have kept posting about the Chevrolet Beat facelift India launch. Now one of the leading newspapers of India has mistakenly posted the Beat facelift in its story.

Posted image in this blog is taken from Mid-Day where it has shown the Bollywood actress Yami Gautam sitting in the new Beat, making a posture for the TVC. The shoot has happened in Goa, and the vehicles remains in un-camouflaged avatar revealing some of its important details.

New front grille, refreshed front bumpers and revamped fog lamps are the changes spotted, while the interiors too see some tweaks in the form of revamped upholstery and others.

Days back it was been reported about the Beat facelift doing test round son our highways. We bet the hatchback is not expected to see the changes on technical front.

Chevrolet Beat Facelift India Launch Yaami Gautam
Hence, the unveiling of Beat facelift will take place at Delhi Auto Expo 2014, and expectedly the hatchback of Chevrolet is about to go on sale this year.

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Renault teases concept car ahead of Auto Expo

The 2014 Indian Auto Expo is just knocking at the door and all the carmakers are ready to make this event a sure shot success. Most of the car manufacturers have something new in mind, which they will be launching at the Auto Expo through new concepts and new products. Renault on the other hand was seen to have not many things to show at the event. This was just a misconception as Renault India is all set to unveil its new concept model to surprise all the car enthusiasts at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo.

Since not many people were aware of this concept car, the French carmaker has launched new teaser videos on the internet. The teaser has been released with the intention of making the people aware about their new concept model and also to increase their enthusiasm.

If one looks at the teaser, it is just 20 seconds long and it is difficult to say anything about the car by looking at the video. The video presents impressive grille designing, wheel arches, the tail lights and the shiny characters of the car which Renault India will be unveiling with their new futuristic concept.

Renault teases concept car

According to Renault India, the concept will be launched by the company keeping in mind the requirements of the new market along with the specification needs. According to the reports that have been received from media, the concept is said to be a small car that will give tough competition to cars like Hyundai Eon and Alto 800.

Audi R18 e-tron quattro to come at the 2014 Auto Expo

The 2014 Auto Expo is just around the corner and it is surely going to be a treat for Audi fanatics and performance enthusiasts. The new Audi R18 e-tron quattro is expected to debut at the upcoming Auto Expo. The new Audi R18 e-tron quattro follows a concept of its own. It was the winner of the 2012 24 Hours of Le Man. The hybrid drive has been designed for motorsport conditions by LMP1 prototype. One must not forget that Audi was the first participant to win the Le Mans with a hybrid drive system. With the Audi R18 e-tron quattro, Audi made motorsport history in 2012.

This new Audi R18 e-tron quattro belonging to the 2014 generation is one of the most complex race cars that the company has ever built. At the first glance, the car looks similar to the winner of Le Mans for the past two years and to the car that won the World Championship. However, on the contrary, as per the new LMP1 regulations of 2014, every single component has been redeveloped by Audi Sport.

Audi R18 e-tron quattro
Wolfgang Ullrich, the head of Audi Motorsport, has pointed out that Audi R18 e-tron quattro is a completely new generation of the Le Mans prototype. The head of LMP, Chris Reinke, has pointed out that the regulations of LMP1 have been changed with the intention of limiting the energy consumption and not the power output of the car. They have done so with respect to the needs of the current times, which will also offer engineers more technical freedom.

Chevrolet Teases Beat Facelift for Delhi Auto Expo 2014

Days back we reported about the Chevrolet Beat facelift doing rounds on the highways of India, with the camouflages on. Now the official bay of US based carmaker has teased the same with the saying “Style is coming to take the country by storm”.

Hopefully, it is the Beat which the carmaker is going to display as one of the major attractions at the upcoming Delhi Auto Expo 2014. Going by the spy-shots we are informed that only cosmetic changes are reported, and not the technical ones, which can be named as front bumper, grille and roof spoiler.

The bowtie logoed carmaker produces Beat at the Talegaon facility in Maharashtra with most of the localized components. Hence, it will be rightful to say Chevrolet had sold the car in huge numbers with the tag of most efficient diesel unit. A 1.0L 3-cylinder diesel engine does its job blissfully, while on the other side a 1.2L petrol performs its duty, even for a LPG variant.

Chevrolet Teases Beat Facelift

New Chevrolet Beat Facelift

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Grand Edition Launched for 36.81 lakh

Mercedes-Benz’s new S-Class has already taken the nomination for one of the world’s best car till date. The three-pointed star logoed carmaker rolled out the C-Class “Grand Edition” to mark the celebration of 50,000th car being produced at the Chakan facility of Pune.

In fact, the Grand Edition is made available in both the fuel trims petrol as well as diesel. The German carmaker hadn’t reported any of the technical changes the vehicles.

Mercedes-Benz currently produces C, E, S, ML and GL class models at the Chakan manufacturing bay. In total, the total capacity of plant to produce vehicles notches up to 10,000 a year.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Grand Edition
Changes confronted on the Grand Edition C-Class go with AMG styling kit on front and rear; side sills, 17-inch alloys with AMG hub caps and chrome tailpipes are some of the other changes noticed on the car outside. To mark celebration garnish, a “Grand Edition” badging appears on the wings. On inside, the C-Class is bestowed with a panoramic sunroof with the kit. A new brushed aluminium trim, multi-function colour display with satellite navigation adds up the list apart from those standard equipments.

C 220 CDI (diesel) continues its technical legacy with a 2,143cc turbo-diesel engine of 167bhp, while the C 200 CGI (petrol) retains the 186bhp, 1,796cc four-cylinder motor to itself.

Just being affirmative, C-class 220 CDI is priced at Rs 39.16 lakh (ex-showroom, Pune), and the Merc with Blue Efficiency i.e. C 200 costs for Rs 36.81 lakh (ex-showroom, Pune)

Renault Koleos Facelift Launched in India for Rs. 22.36 lakh

Renault Koleos marked its presence in India since long back for the pricing category matching to niche class, but despite that enormous effort from the brand in forms of special edition and loads of new features and accessories the particular model plate failed to make its remarkable presence here in India with the terms of sales numbers.

In fact, the Renault gotten to take onto this plinth seriously and finally it then decided to launch the facelift version of same for lending one more chance to the badge for its performance. In the terms of Koleos facelift, Renault gave the premium soft roader a new glossy black grille up front with lots of chrome and new five-spoke alloy wheels. Comparatively, the pre-facelift Koleos was driven on a four-wheel-drive automatic mechanism, but the latest one shreds options to make the optimum utilization of the various price brackets. Renault has added a 4×2 manual and a 4×4 manual variant in addition to the previous one. It’s a six-speed manual transmission which handles the gearing on manual trims.

Renault Koleos Facelift Launched in India
Powering to the hoods of Koleos facelift comes from a 2.0-L diesel engine tuned differently to suit the various trim options given.

Hence, pricing for the top-end variant concludes at Rs 26.19 lakh. Mentioned below are the details of pricing list as per the trims provided.

  1. Renault Koleos 4×2 MT – INR 22.36 lakhs
  2. Renault Koleos 4×4 MT – INR 25.19 lakhs
  3. Renault Koleos 4×4 AT – INR 26.25 lakhs

Note: All prices are ex-showroom Mumbai.

Renault Koleos Facelift interiors

Scania Reveals its Lineup for Delhi Auto Expo 2014

Global commercial vehicles and engines manufacturer Scania India announced that the company will be participating at the Auto Expo 2014 to be held from February 7-11, 2014 in India Expo Mart, Greater Noida, Delhi, NCR, India.

The company will be making key announcements and launch market leading services and products, tailored to suit customers’ needs and demands in India.

Among the vehicles on display there is a heavy haulage truck with a top of the line V8 engine, Scania R 500 6×4, exhibited for the first time in India. In the stand you will also find a Scania P 410 8×4 tipper and a Scania G 410 tractor both acknowledged for their superior productivity and outstanding operating economy. In addition to this, Scania´s reputed 13.7 metre 49 seater luxury intercity coach – the Scania Metrolink – will be on display.

Scania Metrolink
Among the services presented at the Auto Expo will be the Scania Fleet Management. A system for monitoring and coaching vehicles and drivers performance, for optimal fleet uptime and traffic safety.

Mr. Anders Grundströmer, Managing Director Scania Commercial Vehicle India and Senior Vice President Scania Group along with the management team will be present at the Expo to interact with customers, guests and media.

Scania R 500 6×4 features the first ever V8 engine on the Indian roads, offering a high, low-speed torque rating, essential for super over-dimensional cargo (ODC) transport. The Scania V8 engines advance into the future with excellent driveability, impressive operating economy and sheer driving pleasure. These trucks are built to deliver the goods under the toughest conditions.

Scania P 410 8×4, is equipped with Scania Opticruise, a fully automated gear-changing system for best fuel efficiency and ease of driving. It is fitted with a completely new 20 cum U-shaped rock body developed by one of the world’s leading producer of high strength steel, SSAB. The complete tipper is significantly lower in weight than current offerings on the market, and with the increased load carrying capacity the customer gets a higher productivity and better total operating economy.

Scania G 410 6×2 is the most recent addition to Scania’s on road range in India, and with superior uptime, fuel economy and driver comfort, it is set to completely redefine haulage operations. The tractor is equipped with Scania Opticruise, which is an automated gear changing system for manual gearboxes. The system always chooses the most suitable gear in each situation, resulting in lower fuel consumption and improved drivability.

Scania Metrolink 13.7 metre 49 seater luxury intercity coach has the Scania 13-litre 360 hp Euro 3 engine, an 8-speed gearbox with Scania Opticruise automated gear changing. The third axle is hydraulically steered for easy maneuvering. Assisted by Scania Opticruise, the driver can concentrate on traffic and passenger comfort – a major safety benefit.

Scania products and services are known for their outstanding fuel economy and high uptime, and low operating costs. The company is also well known the world over for innovative and sustainable transport solutions. The vehicles that are to be displayed at the expo are completely in line with Scania’s mission to be a trusted partner for the transportation industry in India. The world-renowned Scania vehicles have exceptional qualities, safety features, delivering high torque from low revs, brisk acceleration and outstanding performance, combined with excellent fuel economy and lesser impact on the environment.

Maruti Celerio EZ drive transmission could be automatic

The Maruti Celerio’s EZ Drive automatic gearbox can be explained as a simple manual transmission that is robotized.  With the help of the actuators and dedicated ECU, EZ Drive gearbox acts like an automatic transmission. It features a simple clutch and a regular manual gearbox. The only difference in this new technology is that as compared to the usual automatic transmissions, it does not have a power sapping torque converter. As a result of this, the fuel efficiency of the car is not affected and the car gives the same efficiency as that of a manual gearbox.

When it was tested, the official figures for the car turned out to be 23.1kmpl, which was the same as the manual gearbox version. The smart software that makes the gears shift and maintains low engine revs is what acts as a benefit in this case. If one sits in the car, it seems to be a normal automatic car with drive, neutral and reverse.

Maruti Celerio EZ drive

The EZ Drive automatic tech offers 5-speeds that work in manual as well as automatic. A “creep” mode has also been added, which helps the gearbox function at low speeds without giving stress to the clutch.

The core benefit of Automated Manual Transmission is its cost effectiveness. Since Maruti has already introduced the technology in the Celerio now, it would be only logical for the company to introduce the same in its other saloons and hatchbacks in the market. The reason why this technology is not used in many of the other countries is that it is a little jerkier than the regular automatics.

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