Force One 4×4 LX Launched at Rs 13.74 lakh

Force One top-end 4×4 variant was on the cards, but the sales and bookings hadn’t happened.

Now, after a year and more, the Force Motors finally led the gates open to the sales of its One SUV LX 4×4 variant after seeing a good market scenario.

Launched at Rs 13.74 lakhs ex-showroom Navi Mumbai and Rs 16.39 lakhs on-road Navi Mumbai, power to this SUV comes from a 2.2-liter four-cylinder diesel engine used by the SX variant. Force Motors had some sort of tie-ups with the Daimler and so it builds its own engine under the knowhow from that German group.

Force One 4×4 LX Launched at Rs 13.74 lakh

On the go, Force One produces 141 PS at 3,800 rpm and 321 Nm of torque between 1,600-2,400 rpm all transmitted from the 5-speed gearbox to an electronic shift-on-the-fly 4WD system. In terms of safety, the LX One gets ABS and EBD, exclusive of airbag.

Alloy wheels, projector headlamps with daytime running lights, electrically adjustable wing mirrors, 2-DIN music system with steering mounted controls and Bluetooth connectivity, reverse parking sensor, keyless entry and cruise control are the goodies that this Pune based carmaker had putted on offer on the One LX 4×4 variant.

Force One LX is the top-end variant of the One SUV positioned above the cut-price BS3 EX, and the mid-level BS4 SX.

Renault Duster Adventure Edition Launched in 85 PS RxE Variant for Rs 9.16 Lakh

Renault Duster Adventure Edition, the one that was nothing new except the add-ons from the official Renault accessory shop, which too can be added solely after the purchase of vehicle, is now launched in the 85PS trim of the model plate.

Earlier, the Duster Adventure Edition was available in the market in the 110PS version (for Rs 11.79 lakh), but now the one with the lower power is priced at Rs 9.16 lakh ex-showroom Delhi.

On the outer, Renault Duster Adventure Edition is earmarked with the smoked headlamps, Adventure edition decals on the C-pillar, front bumper guard with fog lamps, white covering for the wing mirrors, plastic cladding on the sides and wheel arches. On interiors, the seat covers are all new with black fluorescent theme, whereas the doormats and door inserts too gets the same conceptualization.

Renault Duster Adventure Edition
And very unlikely to be very adventurous, the Adventure Edition Duster in lower trim is powered by a 85 PS powered 1.5-liter four-cylinder diesel engine worth of 200 Nm of torque transmitted via a 5-speed manual gearbox to the front wheels. The differences stalked in prices of the both the version (standard and Adventure) it can be termed as: 85 PS regular RxE variant is tagged at 8.61 lakhs, where the Adventure Edition is pricier by Rs 55,000.

The Duster Adventure Edition 85 PS is powered by the 1.5-liter four-cylinder diesel engine making 85 PS and 200 Nm of torque, transmitted to the front wheels via a 5-speed manual gearbox.

Mahindra and Mahindra Upgraded To ‘AAA’ By India Ratings

M&M (Mahindra & Mahindra) sees its Credit Rating updated to AAA, the highest level by India Ratings & Research, international ratings agency, Fitch’s domestic arm. The firm was assigned a Long Term Issuer rating of Ind AAA with a stable outlook to M&M. This is a result of Mahindra’s resilience to economic cycles in the past 18 years. The rating also takes into account the automaker’s strong market position, conservative financial policies, effective product development strategies and meaningful diversification activities.

Commenting on the development, Mr. Anand Mahindra, Chairman at Mahindra Group said: “This enhancement in our credit rating is a reflection of the company’s financial prudence over the years.” “It also recognizes our capability to manage an increasingly volatile and complex business environment.”

Mahindra and Mahindra Upgraded To 'AAA' By India Ratings
According to Mr. V.S. Parthasarathy, Chief Financial Officer. Group CIO, Executive Vice President – Group M&A & Member of the Group Executive Board, Mahindra & Mahindra Limited said: “The Ind AAA rating proves that the company has remained stable in spite of adversities by concentrating on the highest standards of government and prudent business and financial metrics to ensure zero trauma. In the context of fears over the credit quality of banks’ corporate loan book, the rating assumes significance as an independent reassurance of the Mahindra Group’s robust and conservative financial policies. Even as we celebrate this occasion, we are aware of our responsibility of protecting this rating in times to come.”

Bentley Launched Fragrance for Men

Bentley is quite serious about its upcoming SUV, but alongside the production of its luxurious off-roader which is awaited to happen in 2016, luxury British carmaker had kept itself busy with the other cornices of luxury.

A new fragrance “Bentley for Men Absolute” is the latest addition to a collection that has secured a firm position in the small group of international luxury fragrances.

Created exclusively for Bentley Motors, the men’s fragrance collection, includes Bentley for Men and Bentley for Men Azure.

The exclusive fragrance is made using precious woods and natural essences.

Bentley Launched Fragrance for Men

One of the world’s most famous perfume makers, Michel Almairac, has put his extensive knowledge from his creations for Robertet, the world’s leading fragrance house for natural fragrance compositions, in Grasse and Paris, France, to work for Bentley.

Speaking about the new men’s fragrance, he said: “I wanted to express the strong, authentic side of the Bentley brand, while also bringing out its timelessness. I therefore focused on woody notes, which have strength and unique character. This is also why I chose precious agarwood for this composition.”

The luxurious Oud in Bentley for Men Absolute fulfils the promise of the word “absolute”. This resin, which has a beguiling and mysterious note, comes from evergreen trees native to Asia.

Those who are interested to buy this special British perfume, can head to the Harrods UK from June 1, and the products are from Eau de Parfums category, where the price for a 100 ml bottle is pegged at £110.

Mentioned here are the details of the fragrance for the lovers of fragrance and toiletries.

  • Top notes:

Ginger
Pink peppercorns
Frankincense

  • Heart notes:

Papyrus
Sandalwood
Atlas cedar

  • Base notes:

Ambergris
Oud
Moss

Jaguar Land Rover Inaugurates its First Showroom in Raipur

Jaguar Land Rover forayed into the State of Chhattisgarh with the inauguration of a new showroom in Raipur.

This state-of-the-art showroom is a first for the carmaker in Raipur, and will offer customers with a high level of sales and after-sales services.

Mr. Rohit Suri, Vice President, Jaguar Land Rover, India: “I am delighted to be opening our first showroom in the State of Chhattisgarh. The 3S facility in Raipur is the largest among the premium car dealerships in the state and reflects our commitment to set a new benchmark for customer experience.”

Jaguar Land Rover Inaugurates its First Showroom in Raipur

Operated under the name of Satyam Balajee Automotives (P) Ltd. the dealership facility is located at NH-6, Ring Road 1, Raipur, Chhattisgarh.

The showroom will enable customers to access a range of Jaguar Land Rover products, including the Jaguar XF, XJ, XKR and F-TYPE. For Land Rover, this will include the Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover Evoque, Discovery 4 and Freelander 2.

The dealership facility is spread over a total area of 50,000 sq ft and held 8 cars on display in the showroom.

Likewise the aggressiveness of Jaguar and unstoppable quality of Land Rover vehicles, Jaguar Land Rover India continues to grow its distribution network; now operates 20 outlets in 18 major cities across India.

Thousands of Porsche Macan Inspected over Brake Issue

Porsche Macan hadn’t been released to the markets of world in abundant numbers, where a recall seemed to be awaiting for it at a near future.

Porsche is doubted Macan to have went a manufacturing error.

Discussing it in detail, it was noted the brake booster of some units may be defected while manufacturing, a routine check revealed some of the units are found having so.

Hopefully, Porsche is about to call back the thousands of Macan to the service bay for checking the possibility of fault. Hence, it cannot be called as a ‘recall’ because any damaged vehicles are still claimed to be in compliance with federal safety guidelines.

Thousands of Porsche Macan Inspected over Brake Issue

Under the bonnet, Macan is borne by a 3.0-liter V6 engine with 340 horsepower and 339 lb-ft of torque for the standard S variant, whereas the 3.6-liter twin-turbocharged mill with 400 horses and 406 lb-ft of torque is discovered for Turbo variant.

At the behest of reaching dealerships and customers’ garage, Porsche had already dispatched the 2,500 units of luxury SUV, out of which some are at the dealerships and some may have reached in the hands of customers.

Volkswagen GTI Roadster, Vision Gran Turismo Breaks Cover At Woerthersee

At the annual GTI festival at Woerthersee, Austria, Volkswagen will be erasing the boundaries between the virtual and real worlds. That’s because the GTI Roadster, Vision Gran Turismo is a Golf GTI show car, which was originally created as a purely electronic CGI entity for Sony PlayStation 3 classic GT6 (Gran Turismo 6). The two-seater convertible is motivated by a V6 twin turbocharged 3.0 liter TSI powerplant, which is good for pumping out 503 horsepower with 413 pound-feet of torque. The TSI engine’s power is transferred to the 20-inch wheel-and-tire combination through 4MOTION four-wheel-drive system and DSG 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The 3133-pound, lightweight sportscar sprints from 0 to 60 mph in an estimated 3.5 seconds and goes onto a top track speed of 192 mph.

Volkswagen and Sony

The GTI Roadster, Vision Gran Turismo is the result of cooperation between Sony Computer Entertainment and Volkswagen. Klaus Bischoff, Head of Design at Volkswagen said: “When Sony asked us if we would develop a Vision GTI vehicle exclusively for the game to mark the 15th anniversary of Gran Turismo we didn’t hesitate for a moment.” An in-house competition was immediately launched and young Volkswagen designers submitted their designs. The submissions were judged by Bischoff and none other Kazunori Yamauchi, the founder of Gran Tourismo Series, Vice President of Sony Computer Entertainment and Director of Polyphony Digital.

Volkswagen GTI Roadster New

Exterior Design – The GTI As A Roadster

The design of the GTI Roadster launches the original GTI and its seven evolutionary stages far into the future. The visual image of the visionary two-seater already promises a direct, visceral driving experience. The driver sits in the monocoque and races around the tracks of the GT6 world from the height and perspective of a formula race car. Its body was aerodynamically optimized, with the most prominent visual feature being the large rear wing. This creates plenty of downforce, which aids traction, in addition to the four-wheel-drive system. The C-pillars that are a defining design element of Design Vision GTI, extending into the roof form a rollover bar.

The GTI gets an intensive, radiant red metallic color, a new interpretation of classic Golf GTI “Tornado Red”. Designers gave the name “Gran Turismo Red” to the new color. All bolt-on parts are designed in matt carbon as an accent, which complements the high-gloss red of the body. Only the screen over the engine compartment vent and radiator grille are finished in high-gloss black. The doors swivel up and forward, visually splitting a prominent character line into an upper and lower half. A small but exclusive detail on the sides is an illuminated GTI badge, which is incorporated in the “tornado” line.

New Volkswagen GTI Roadster

The Golf GTI centerlock 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels have body-color elements and are 9.5J at the back and 8.5J wide at the front, with 275/30 ZR20 rear and 235/35 ZR20 front tires. The brakes are suitably large to cope with the car’s performance: 14.0 inches at the rear and 15.0 inches in diameter at the front.

Front End Design

Viewed directly from the front, the roadster looks like a Golf GTI except, one from the future. The front end has a three-dimensional design with bumper elements, which appear to hover and a splitter that’s engineered for increasing downforce at the front end. Classic Golf GTI design elements such as the red radiator cross strip, GTI logo are offset by dual LED headlights, LED daytime running lights, which have an unmistakable light signature and the prominent VW badge. On the race courses of GT6 world, this charismatic and unmistakable front-end will cause some uneasiness when rivals see it approaching in their digital rearview mirrors. The closer the GTI approaches, the more noticeable is its wedge-shaped air scoop on the hood.

Volkswagen GTI Roadster Front View

Sculpted rear section

Viewed from the rear, the carbon blades at the front continue uninterrupted across the side skirts and into the rear section as wraparound element. They serve as aerodynamically optimized air ducts. The rear diffuser is emphasized by two low-slung rear lights and metal slats, whereas the trapezoidal dual exhaust tailpipes with GTI badge are positioned in the middle of the car above the diffuser.

Interior design

The passenger and driver sit in a dual carbonfiber monocoque. The two sides are partitioned by an open bar, which ascends from rear to front, with a fire extinguisher underneath it. The GTI Roadster comes standard with two race-style buckets, placed low. The 4-spoke grip steering column and seats are covered with Alcantara. Another motorsport-style feature is the interior display mounted directly to the steering column, far ahead of the driver. The steering wheel is mounted on a very long, exposed steering column, which is typical of a race car, too.

Volkswagen GTI Roadster Interior design

The exterior and interior colors and materials were intentionally differentiated: the typical GTI red is used for some interior accents, including contrasting stitching on door handles, steering-wheel controls on the steering wheel and the seats, but the rest of the color selections were reduced to “Anthracite” and “Black”. Inside the GTI Roadster, most decorative elements were omitted in favor of an uncompromising motorsport look so that the driver can focus exclusively on both the real and virtual race track.

Volkswagen GTI Roadster Back View

Audi Celebrates Diesel Milestone With Triple-Charged RS5 TDI Concept

Diesels are typically slower unlike their gasoline counterparts, but leave it to Audi to turn that notion on its head. After dominating Le Mans and the international endurance racing scene under diesel power for the better part of a decade, Audi toyed with the idea of an oil-burning R8 for the road and ultimately made its first performance crossover a diesel. It’s made the letters TDI a battle cry, and now it’s yelling even louder with the RS5 TDI concept.

Released in celebration of the TDI diesel engine family’s 25th anniversary, the Audi RS5 TDI Coupe concept trades the production model’s V8 4.2 liter petrol powerplant for a 3.0 liter twin turbocharged V6 TDI diesel engine with an electric supercharger. The triple-charged engine churns out 283kW of power with 750 newton meters of torque – leaving it 48kW down on the petrol V8 for power but a whopping 320 newton meters of torque. All that torque and power is distributed to all four wheels through an 8-speed automatic gearbox and the automaker’s Quattro system.

Audi RS5 TDI Coupe concept

Official performance data has not been released, though the Audi RS5 TDI Coupe concept is said to accelerate from 0-100km/h in around 4.0 seconds with the top speed of 280km/h. In comparison, the RS5 takes 4.5sec to hit triple figures and uses 10.5L/100km combined. Though unconfirmed at this stage, the 283kW version could enter production as early as next year, used to power the first ever RS TDI models. Audi broke the tradition last year when it launched the SQ5, which became the first diesel powered model in its S performance stable, propelled by a 230kW/650Nm 3.0 liter twin turbocharged V6.

Audi RS5 TDI Coupe concept Back View

Mercedes-Benz G63 6×6 Tuned by Mansory Revealed

When the Mercedes-Benz G63 6×6 arrives, everyone is harked away to a farther distance in the arid desert, and that’s what the German tuner Mansory is about to say with its tuned Mansory G63 6×6, with a beastlier grunt!

Mercedes-Benz G63 6×6 is already powered by a 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V8 to deliver standard output of 536 hp and 560 pound-feet of torque. And German tuner Mansory had tuned it to a mind blowing 829 hp and 1000Nm of torque, which may adore a fastest 0-100 sprint than the Brabus tuned version of 4.4 seconds, despite the fact that it tips almost four tonnes on the scale. For attaining this magnificent numbers from a vehicle of the Hulk weighing category, Mansory reworked everything from main bearings and connecting rods to the crankshaft and cylinder heads.

Visual delight from this power merchant induces new LED headlamps,  new front grille, carbon-fiber parts in front and rear skirts, loads of wood and Alcantara.

Mercedes-Benz G63 6x6 Tuned by Mansory Revealed

Pricing, no words delivered yet. Hopefully, it could be promising to say this 6×6 from Mansory will not only be the king of its model plate, but also be a topper in loosening the finest wallet strings.

Mercedes-Benz G63 6x6 Tuned by Mansory Revealed Back View

Next-Gen Skoda Fabia Spotted Almost Undisguised

Earlier this year, the Czech Republic automaker announced the 3rd generation of simply clever small hatchback, the Skoda Fabia, would officially be unveiled this year. A number of executives have talked about the Fabia 3, giving us an abundance of details in the run-up to the first spotting of prototypes, which took place about a week ago. Guess what, the camouflage has been taken off those cars, revealing no less than four different but almost fully revealed models.

The Skoda Fabia’s design is quite similar to Rapid. A quite simple and large grille design is flanked by big headlamps. They are in fact much bigger unlike the photos would let you believe, since camouflage is obstructing the lower part. Meanwhile, the wing mirrors look nearly similar to those of a Volkswagen Polo, so do the door handles. Drum brakes are still used as they are cheaper to make and service. At the rear, large stickers obstruct the taillamps. We don’t, for a second believe, they will be using a 2-part system like camo would lead you to believe, as it’s an unnecessary and costly solution.

Next-Gen Skoda Fabia Spotted Almost Undisguised

Instead of using the new MQB platform, the automaker has decided to stick with the old architecture and make a new body. This is, again due to cost reasons. While the Octavia, Leon and Golf were designed and engineered at the same time, the Ibiza precedes its sisters by around two years. Most of the powerplants for Fabia will be carryovers from other VW Group cars. Base models will be propelled by the same 1.0 liter engine with 60 or 75HP, followed by upgraded TSI 1.2 units. The only diesel option is likely to be a 3-cylinder 1.4 liter, which Volkswagen Group has engineered to replace both 1.2TDI and 1.6 TDIs.

Speaking of carryovers, we have to talk about the colors which will help sell this new supermini. We are looking at Denim Blue Metallic, Brilliant Silver Metallic, Rio Red Metallic and Rally Green Metallic, all existing shaded. The green car features a black grille and trim, but isn’t actually a rally-inspired Fabia vRS. That model has been dropped from the model range because of slow sales.

Skoda has already confirmed that the vRS model will not make an appearance in the next-gen Fabia, because the current car has not been a commercial success.