Kar-Worx & Spa India Pvt. Ltd. Celebrates First Anniversary

Like we kept saying the anniversaries and birthdays are special. Similarly, Kar-Worx & Spa India Pvt. Ltd. a subsidiary of Padmashree Dr. Suwalal Bafna Group successfully completed its first operating year on June 28th, 2014, and is delighted to be a year old in this cut-throat competitive market. The group enjoys of more than 4 decades of experience in the automobile space.

Kar-Worx & Spa is a multi-brand car servicing organization. It was started in June 2013, the start-up has already cracked some great business deals with the servicing of high-end cars like BMWs, Audi, Mercedes Benz, Aston Martin, Jaguar and Range Rover among many other mid & entry segment cars.

Their strategic partnership with Valvoline gives them an advantage of leveraging from their expertise in the sector. OEM and OES spares along with some of the top names in automobile service equipment give Kar-Worx & Spa a firm infrastructure. Unlike local garages, they give warranty on all their services.

Kar-Worx & Spa India Pvt. Ltd. Celebrates First Anniversary

Talking about the success, Mr. Rishab Bafna, Managing Director of Kar-Worx & Spa India Pvt Ltd – “Kar-Worx & Spa is a concept where we educate the customer about their car with live car diagnostics. We provide state-of-the-art service for today’s modern car. Initially, it was a learning process, but we believed in our business model and after a year I can say we have finally struck a chord with our existing and potential customers.”

“With more joint ventures and tie-ups, we want to look at higher volumes and better margins to give our customers the benefit of low prices. By the year-end 2014, we are looking at setting shop in 2 more locations. In the next 2 to 3 years, we will aggressively reach out to Tier II and Tier III cities, as they are the upcoming markets for growth across all sectors,” he added.

“Our aim for the near future is to create a close-knit IT infrastructure to supplement our multi-city expansion plans. We promise to create and maintain a standard of quality service for all our customers across all our current and future locations.”

Kar-Worx & Spa India Pvt Ltd launched its first workshop in Mumbai. It caters to all brands and all segments of cars. Periodic Maintenance, Mechanical Services, Tyre Services, Electrical & A/C Services, Accident Repairs & Kar Spa services are done at Kar-Worx & Spa. Their USP is good technology, accurate diagnostics, skilled manpower and quality service at affordable prices.

Mahindra Develops New MPV To Rival Honda Mobilio and Datsun Go Plus

When it’s SUV – Mahindra excels; but when it comes to MPV Mahindra falls flat with its XYLO. However, there are end number of bad claims pinned in the name of Xylo – as it’s done with a more body roll, tend to flip on turns and such; but trust us, the Mahindra’s MPV inside the cabin is spacious like no one else in the segment. The third-row seating arrangement is generous to accommodate three adults at a time with great ease and without the complaint of AC. Somehow the vehicle was compelled to be defeated in front of Toyota Innova, except Mahindra Xylo still does well in the rough and hilly-terrains for the tourists’ transportations.

In the captivation of changing with times against those errant claims, Mahindra had taken up a step and decided to bring in the car-like MPV to market soon, said a report. Hence, it will be the likes of Honda Mobilio, Maruti Ertiga, Datsun GO+ and such. The cosmetic appearance is said to be drawn from the Xylo and Quanto. In reference to this new vehicle, Mahindra is also reported to have hired over 35 engineers at the Detroit R&D facility. It was conferred in the report India will be the first to get this vehicle followed by rest of the world.

Mahindra Xylo

Hence, the engine options aren’t been confronted by the source, but if yet to believe romours – 1.5-liter Renault K9K diesel engine seems suitable, or the SsangYong coordinated new powerplant may find a spot in this new MPV.

Launch is expected in 2017.

Source: ET

Lada Niva Goes Urban For 37th Birthday

Don’t you see it coming from an era dating 4-decades back…its’ true, the Lada planned to give its 37-year old off-roader Niva an urban looks with minute nip and tucks that is ultimately dubbed as “Lada Niva Urban”!

The changes can be spotted on the front grille, body-colored plastic bumpers on front and rear and plastic hubcaps for upsized 17-inch wheels. The changes made to the cabin cannot be figured in details but was mentioned – the power-steering and air-conditioning will be standard whereas more sound deadening material to be plugged in.

Under its slab hoods the Lada Niva Urban continues to host a 80hp 1.7-liter four-cylinder engine sending power to all the wheels, capable enough to get 62 mph from a halt in 16 seconds alongside a top speed of 85 mph.

Lada Niva Goes Urban For 37th Birthday

A LPG variant will be made available for extra cost. Hence, more details will be flowing in about Lada Niva Urban at the upcoming 2014 Moscow Motor Show.

Lada Niva Goes Urban interiors

Lada Niva Goes Urban Back View

New Ford Endeavour India Launch In 2015

Ford Endeavour became the real ace of Ford India since it saved the grace of automaker when it was launched. Hopefully, the legacy is still continued till date and the Ford planned to bring out a new leaf of the book – unveiled the new Endeavour to the global market recently. Hope so, the same may also be brought to India in 2015, claimed a report on internet. But currently, the Ford is riding high on the EcoSport and also introduced the mild facelift of the current Endeavour to Indian market.

Based on the ranger pick-up, like the previous version, this too will see the assembly in India soon. Further localization on the blueprints of Ford may also reduce its price to a more dominating stature against the Toyota Fortuner and more.

Similar to its previous editions the front of the Ford SUV will be bold and chunky at the same time with trapezoidal front grille, big wheel arches, crispy chunk of mirrors, and a faux vent just behind the front wheel arch. The ace-winning stroke with this SUV will be wider and more planted aesthetics – unlike the current Ford Endeavour’s tall, boxy shape.

New Ford Endeavour

Based on the ladder frame chassis new Endeavour will continue to follow the seven-seat layout, with power to be delivered from a 2.2-litre and 3.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engines, with two- or four-wheel-drive, and the option of manual and automatic gearboxes.

New Ford Endeavour Interiors

Inside the cabin, a chunky four spoke steering wheel and Ford’s sync system would be some of the major changes to be named for.  The four-wheel drive versions is said to be activated by a button on the dash.

New Ford Endeavour Back View

The Endeavour will rival the likes of Toyota Fortuner, Hyundai Santa Fe and the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport when launched in 2015.

Source: Autocar India

2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS Facelift Revealed, Gains Sport and Night Packages

2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS facelift wasn’t expected this soon, but hopefully some of the sources claimed it is revealed with minor changes, and certain additions.

Made available the Sport and Night packages for the 2015 CLS facelift. The Sport kit is encompassed with twin-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels adapted to a Himalaya gray finish or optional 19-inch rims available in different designs. A Direct Control sports suspension is made available with a comfort setup without extra cost. The eye-catcher remained the larger front brake discs with “Mercedes-Benz” lettering on the calipers, and a dual exhaust system featured with stainless steel tailpipes.

The Sport Package is valid for all versions except CLS 500 and above (including AMG).

2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS Facelift Revealed

In the Night package, Mercedes has offered two 18-inch alloy designs and two 19-inch wheels together with high-gloss black mirrors, tinted rear windows, black window surrounds and anodized trim strip, along with a glossy black look for the AMG rear apron, front splitter and radiator grille.

2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS Facelift Back View

The Night Package will be served only with the optional AMG Line kit (standard for CLS 500, CLS 500 4MATIC).

2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS

New Nissan Juke Enters Production in UK

New Nissan Juke is about to take the market’s plight in its stride soon in Europe – as entered production in the Nissan’s Sunderland plant of UK.

Successfully, Nissan had already built and supplied 540,000 Jukes from its UK facility since 2010, and hopes to be sold in great numbers again the new Juke that has rolled out with fresh updates. The Japanese carmaker invested £20m in the facility to notch it to the level of this new vehicle. New engines and technologies and a wide-ranging personalisation programme are also provided.

“The launch of the new Juke completes the total refresh of the plant’s product line-up in just over a year, following the start of production of Nissan’s all-electric LEAF, new Note and new Qashqai in Sunderland, representing over £800m investment and supporting more than 38,000 UK automotive jobs” said the official press release of Nissan.

New Nissan Juke Enters Production in UK

Commenting on the same, Nissan’s Vice President for Manufacturing in the UK, Kevin Fitzpatrick said: “The launch of the new Juke further strengthens Nissan’s command of the crossover market. With a new Qashqai and now a new Juke in production at Sunderland, the crossover has become part of this plant’s DNA.

“This significantly revised new Juke is another example of how we never stand still at Nissan, so we are looking for experienced maintenance professionals who can help us build on our recent achievements and support the efficient running of the plant.”

New Nissan Juke

Confronting the changes on new Juke, they can be named as new design at the front and rear, a new downsized DIG-T 115 turbocharged engine offering greater performance, economy and lower emissions, a revised DIG-T 190 engine, advanced equipment including a new audio system, the latest generation Nissan Connect driver-vehicle interface, Nissan Safety Shield, Nissan’s Dynamic Control system, plus a new open-air panoramic glass roof.

For the customers, Nissan had also enhanced the space in the luggage compartment by 40 per cent in two-wheel drive versions. And the carmaker also introduced new personalisation programme called ‘Nissan Design Studio’, offering a range of new colours, interior and exterior themes.

New Nissan Juke Enters Production

The new Juke is on sale now in the UK and across all European markets in the coming weeks.

Renault Megane & Scenic Limited Edition Introduced

Still when FIFA had nothing to do with the limited edition cars, the automakers still hangs out with some special edition whenever they get a chance to cash upon on events like this.

Confirming one more of these, Renault announced the first special edition of Megane and Scenic ranges for this summer.

Based on the Dynamique TomTom trims, both these limited cars are engulfed with number of changes worth of approximately £1,000 charged for £500 only.

Rear parking sensors, special ‘LIMITED’ upholstery, badging and kickplates, and electrically operated and folding door mirrors in gloss black are the changes that can be witnessed.

Renault Megane & Scenic Limited Edition Introduced

On top of an alluring core kit list, several options also feature, including 17-inch ‘Pragma’ alloy wheels for £310 and R-Link (Scenic £200, £300 on Megane with upgraded Western European mapping).

Limited edition is available on the recently refreshed Megane range of Hatch, Sport Tourer and Coupe models, and Scenic range, apart from XMOD. A choice of three petrol and two diesel engines are provided: 1.6 VVT 110, 1.2 ENERGY TCe 115 and ENERGY TCe 130 (Scenic only), or the dCi 110 and ENERGY 1.6 dCi 130.

Prices for Megane start at £18,250 on the road, with Scenic from £19,865. Order books are now open and first deliveries to begin in September.

Renault Megane & Scenic Limited Edition Introduced

Additionally, what one will get with the package is French brand’s 4+ after sales care package, worth at least £1,000 that too is adorned with a four year/100,000 miles warranty and roadside assistance.

2014 Volkswagen Beetle Gets Premium Package

Volkswagen Beetle – that small curvy car now received Premium package for 2014 model plate in US. The more Premium-ness will be offered on coupe and convertible trims. Under the hoods it will be the1.8T or TDI Clean Diesel engine.

The pricing for 2014 Beetle Coupe with Premium Package will come for $27,355 with the 1.8T engine, and $29,355 with the TDI. And for those who want to feel the gush of wind in their hair, a 2014 Beetle Coupe Convertible with Premium Package is slotted at $30,755 (1.8T) and $32,755 (TDI). All prices exclude destination and handling ($820) charges.

Mentioned below are the bells and whistles that this 2014 Beetle will get under the hat of Premium:

  • Bi-Xenon automatic headlights (auto feature is new to Beetle)
  • Sport suspension (1.8T)
  • Grey door sills and mirror caps
  • R-Line bumpers with foglights
  • 18” Disc wheels in Galvano Grey (TDI)
  • 19” Torando wheels in White (1.8T)
  • Climatronic Automatic Climate Control (new to Beetle)
  • RNS 510 with navigation and satellite radio (new to Beetle)
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers (new to Beetle)
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Unique seating surfaces with leather inserts
  • Fender Sound System
  • iPhone 5 cradle (new to Beetle)
  • Contrast stitching
  • Three exterior color options: Oryx White, Platinum Gray, Deep Black

2014 Volkswagen Beetle

2014 Volkswagen Beetle interiors

McLaren 650S GT3 Revealed

McLaren 650S Special Edition was the one that was revealed yesterday to make the most of the sales, specifically in 50 numbers. Now scrutinized to a lesser figure the McLaren 650S GT3 is revealed, costs £330,000 before tax and is limited to 15 units only!

However, there are not many differences between the GT3 version and the road going 650S. It is based on the same carbon fibre MonoCell chassis, but is lowered to get that azure of GT. The other changes can be termed as a massive big rear wing, revised air vents, new lightweight carbon fibre bodywork and a retuned engine to match the regulations of FIA. Sending the power from 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 that is now slated to produce 493bhp i.e. 148bhp lesser than the standard version. More of the attentions are lend to making the car lighter than before. The aluminium wheels with new braking system to keep the things in the same lane. Moreover, there are other changes too, and it can be noticed in the list below:

Chassis/Body

  • McLaren carbon fibre MonoCell with aluminum front and rear sub frames
  • Bespoke lightweight carbon fibre/composite body panels
  • Left hand drive
  • FIA approved safety roll cage
  • Air-jacking system
  • Colour – customer choice

McLaren 650S GT3 revealed

Aerodynamics

  • Front splitter and dive planes
  • Rear wing – fully adjustable with gurney
  • Front and rear diffusers

Engine/Management

  • Race prepared 3.8L V8 twin turbo McLaren M838T
  • McLaren Electronics ECU incorporating turbo boost and transmission shift control

Transmission

  • Six-speed sequential motorsport transmission pneumatically actuated via steering wheel mounted paddles

Electrical System

  • Lightweight motorsport specification wiring and connectors
  • Electronic power management system
  • Membrane type switch panel
  • Auxiliary power supplies for fitment of team equipment (radio etc)

New McLaren 650S GT3 revealed

Data System

  • McLaren Electronics ‘ATLAS’ data system
  • Motorsport digital dash display

Front/Rear Suspension

  • Double wishbone adjustable for ride height, camber and toe
  • 4-way adjustable dampers with coil over springs
  • Motorsport axles with single wheel retaining nut
  • Adjustable anti-roll bars
  • Forged aluminium wheels: Front 12.5” x 18”, Rear 13” x 18”

Steering

  • Electro-hydraulic power assisted steering
  • Unique McLaren GT composite steering wheel incorporating key driver switch controls and map settings

Fuel System

  • Motorsport ‘bag tank’ system with 125L capacity
  • Motorsport ‘quick-fill’ system

Brake System

  • Monoblock calipers with ventilated discs:
  • Front – 6 piston caliper, 380Ø x 35mm disc
    Rear – 4 piston caliper, 355Ø x 32mm disc
  • Bosch motorsport ABS
  • Adjustable brake bias

McLaren 650S GT3 Back View

Cockpit

    • McLaren GT bespoke composite seat shell
    • Six-point racing harness
    • Motorsport pedal box – adjustable position
    • Lightweight carbon fibre dash with integrated driver display and switch panel
    • Motorsport fire extinguisher system

Tata ‘Zestful Bollywood Pilgrimage’ Contest Concluded To Discover An Exciting Bollywood Story

Tata is on the Zest on conquering the most hype with its upcoming compact sedan. The ‘Zestful Bollywood Pilgrimage’ that was running as a strategic move for promotion concluded recently. The initiative was a unique virtual Bollywood contest and has selected Mr. Alok Pandey as the winner of this unique property. The virtual contest will come alive in August as Mr. Pandey will embark on an exciting drive, discovering famous Bollywood locations. He will be among the first few to exclusively experience the dynamic Zest on Indian roads, in true filmy style.

Announcing the winner, Ms. Delna Avari, Head, Marketing Communications, Passenger Vehicle Business Unit, Tata Motors said, “We received an overwhelming response for our association with IIFA. The Zest was loved by stars at Tampa Bay and we wanted to extend this connect on digital for Bollywood enthusiasts with the Zestful Bollywood Pilgrimage. The contest saw 58 million impressions, and we saw more than 5,500 registrations flooding in. We are proud to announce Mr. Alok Pandey as the winner of this unique contest. This virtual contest also will realize on-road when the Zest and Mr Pandey, will cruise across India visiting iconic Bollywood locations. This innovative contest stands testimony to our continued efforts to excite our customers and strengthen the brand associations.”

Tata ZEST

The company launched the Zestful Bollywood Pilgrimage on 4th June 2014 through a Facebook Application and has been able to reach out to 1.1 million people, across the country. This contest witnessed phenomenal participation in a bid to win a historic Bollywood journey. The participants were asked to identify five iconic Bollywood locations featured in movies, which led them through a virtual pilgrimage. At the end of the pilgrimage the participants were asked to create a Bollywood scene featuring the Zest as the lead star.

The company will award Mr. Alok Pandey with a thrilling journey on a Zestful Pilgrimage; a fully sponsored trip accompanied by 2 of his friends in the month of August. Along the way, they will get to witness the famed and iconic Bollywood locations in India that have been captured in famous and highly celebrated Bollywood films. Thus, realizing their dreams of feeling like a star, making it their most Zestful moment.