Honda Amaze With CNG Coming Soon: Rumours

At the end of a day, all automakers in India have to go CNG, and as Honda is no excteption to this clause, is now rumoured of launching the CNG-driven Amaze soon.

It seems the success of Amaze – for being first Honda car in India with diesel engine – had turned the Japanese automaker to also look into the remaining gap of most-efficient drivable options. It will be viable with the petrol engine of 1.2-liter i-VTEC.

Hence, company will not brush up the whole line-up with this new fuel-option. Instead, E and EX variants, apparently also a one from top-end, will make to this new list.

Honda Amaze

An increment of Rs 30,000-50,000 can be expected for the CNG variant over the respective petrol version.

Till any concrete confirmation arrives, we consider this rumour had a strong potential of seeing the reality.

Upcoming Sedan Launches In 2015

Soaring trend of MPVs and SUVs has given the segment of sedan a big blow and made them left for a set of niche audience. Still, the market of India is quite vibrant and there always remains a place for everyone to play their cards with leisure. So, a number of automakers geared the guts to put their foot down and make a concrete move over the launch of several sedans in 2015. Listed below is a list of expected models that are going to land in India sooner or later. Scroll down to discover more…

Ford Figo+

We know Ford is late to the party of sub-4 meter sedan, where even the Tata Motors also landed with its Zest. But vying demand from the segment and numbers remaining all-time high for the sellers here, it would prove a hotspot for Ford to bank upon the credibility it garnered in the recent past with EcoSport.

Though, we know the elder sibling ‘Fiesta’ to lend cues at number of places, including engine options as well. The 1.0-litre EcoBoost (turbo-petrol), new 1.0-litre petrol and existing 1.5-litre diesel of 85bhp are likely to make their way here under the hoods. It will have a strong rivalry with Honda Amaze, Maruti Swift Dzire, Tata Zest and Hyundai Xcent.

Ford Figo

Volkswagen Polo Sedan

The not so amazing gap between Polo and Vento has grabbed eyes of Volkswagen to fill that slot precisely with a brand new product, rather than shuffling price tags of other models to cue the competition. An outcome that India is going to see for the said is Polo-based sedan which will guide new dimension to this German parent company. The same platform of hatchback will be used and that trend of a slapped-boot will be followed. VW sub-4 meter offering is expected to wear the same face as of its siblings. Hence, the designing department are maintaining their asses on fire, as Polo already measures 3,971mm in length and reworking it for another under 4 meter product that too with a boot (retaining all the German engineering) definitely juiced the backlog for this astounding success-expected product.

Engines are bound to be carried over from the existing generations, 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol and 1.5-litre diesel.

Volkswagen Polo Sedan

Hyundai Verna facelift

Hyundai has already spruced entire line-up in India with recent facelift of revamp, except the Verna, which may soon see new creases in form of a facelift by 2015. Along with the cosmetic changes, suspension is also for a tune-up. For the smart Joe, it is the same version which automaker has launched in Russia some days back honed withj sharper nose and larger headlamps. Obviously, catchy LEDs in the tail-lamps will make to our shores, and the technical guise of petrol version will get a six-speed automatic as a replacement of four-speed.

Existing engine options of 1.4-litre petrol, 1.4-litre diesel, 1.6-litre petrol and 1.6-litre diesel will make their way under the bonnet. VW Vento, Honda City and Maruti Ciaz stand to its core of competition.

Hyundai Verna facelift

Volkswagen Jetta Facelift

Volkswagen India for the past many months is in a league of rolling out facelifts and revamps of existing generations, where this time it isn’t going to be exceptional yet. The upmarket Jetta, is about to receive a facelift over the coming year. The more upmarket audience is taken into consideration on the new design – with wider air dam and LED embedded tail lamps. Bigger chunk will be inside the cabin – sophisticated steering wheel, clear and bigger instrument dials, an all new high-resolution trip computer and fresh infotainment (expectedly) lifted from new Octavia. The 2.0-litre diesel will get a bump in power by 10bhp, whereas 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol will continue.

Volkswagen Jetta Facelift

New Volkswagen Passat

Another addition to VW badge in 2015 will be the eight-generation Passat that is said to set standards right against the Germans like C-Class, A4 and 3-Series from Mercedes-Benz, Audi and BMW respectively. The changes on outer would be restricted to new fuller grille, bold lines/creases and LED infused head- and tail-lamps. For the amount of money it is going to be offered (approximately more than Rs 30 lakh) cabin quality is bind to set its own dignifying aura with bundle of tech-impended features. Counting down the list, they came noted as 360-degree parking camera, automated parking capability, and automatic speed controller in traffic-like condition which is programmed to halt the car when driver isn’t in the position to handle it further or when he is injured. Instrument cluster will go fully-digital. Under the bonnet there will be a 2.0-litre diesel engine provided in three states of tune: 148bhp, 187bhp and 237bhp (from a twin-turbo). The guise will be mated to a 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox.

New Volkswagen Passat

New Honda Accord

It’s been a while since Honda has discontinued Accord in India for the reason it wasn’t having a diesel option, and the demand for petrol trim was ultimately killed due to rising fuel prices. New Accord is promising the carmaker for a new beginning in the segment, and as purchasing power of Indians had risen remarkably rolling out a new example of the Big Honda Daddy will make sense. Mature styling, a well-refined 2.4-litre petrol engine and a CVT gearbox will do justice to package. The performance version from a V6 may be unable to make to the party, whereas a possibility for hybrid version goes quite strong. There aren’t any signs of diesel coming into the way soon, a 1.6-liter unit available in international markets may crave to us in future.

New Honda Accord

New Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The smallest Star-logoed sedan from Germany is the only guy in its line-up which even after performing dutifully isn’t bestowed with a facelift. Now, in 2015, Benz had planned to come out with a new version of the same which is mending to take on comfort level in the cabin upto the flagship – S-Class. Engine options under the hoods will be same as of the outgoing generation, powering with a 1.8-litre turbo petrol and 2.2-litre diesel.

New Mercedes-Benz C-Class

BMW 3-Series Facelift

To curb down the effect of new C-Class from Mercedes, BMW is expected to battle in the league with 3-Series facelift, which will be concluded in the form of major changes not over the body, instead under the hoods. Except for minute nip and tucks on cosmetic note, engine bay will be lined-up with new options like 1.5-litre 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine from MINI, and diesel that made its way to India via X3 facelift in the recent past. Hopefully, comeback of 6-cylinder petrol engine is strongly speculated. It if happened, then gigantic fanfares will once again galore the Munich based carmaker, especially the enthusiasts and niche who had a taste for such excitements.

BMW 3-Series Facelift

Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

Mercedes’ isn’t leaving any stone unturned to capture the first spot in automotive industry, obviously with its own taste. CLA-Class is another shot to India after GLA that will land to take on the rivals with festooning numbers. CLA isn’t an alien to the nation, because we have already experienced the AMG version (CLA45 AMG). New German bud on our shores will be positioned below the C-Class in competition to Audi A3. Not a heavy blunder of rivals in this range, CLA will target young buyers, and definitely would aim some from the base of A- and B-Class admirers also, but would deliver more than its hatchback sibling in terms of space, equipment and a boot. Engine options will be carried from 4-cylinder 1.6 turbo petrol and 2.2 turbo diesel mills, mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox sending all power to front wheels. Right pricing is an ace to make it settled comfortably in that inching space.

Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

Next-Gen Honda Brio To Get 1.2-Litre Three-Cylinder Diesel Engine

It’s been so long, the Honda Brio – smallest Honda in India which has remained almost the same over years – has knocked some excitement on its head that may surge its sales in the future.

Confirming one exclusive note, Honda now reported of developing a smaller diesel engine of 1.2-liter 3-cylinder especially for the “next-gen Brio”.

In India, the Japanese carmaker has recently brought 1.5-liter i-DTEC diesel mill in the bay of Amaze and City, of which both the cars have successfully paraded towards the next household name after the Maruti. Hence, this new development in the small car segment will make the carmaker to surge ahead of the rest, selling the bulk volumes probably even better than Alto if the oil burner may get well-tuned to the tone of car.

Next-Gen Honda Brio To Get 1.2-Litre Three-Cylinder Diesel Engine

With numerous counter attacks from the 1.5-liter EarthDreams diesel, the new mill will also gain the Honda to take on the likes of Grand i10, Beat and everyone else who have came to the market, or vying to do so.

Well, the works at Honda for 1.2L-iDTEC seems to take some time for completion so the power output cannot be exacted at this stage. Being developed in-line with the same context to bigger diesel engines, company is also expected to derive the cost benefits.

So, stay tuned soon, the good news will hit doldrums and mark outstanding fuel-efficiency figures from the chunk.

Launch of next-gen Brio expected to happen in 2017.

Honda CR-V Facelift Leaked

Honda CR-V facelift is leaked quite before the official launch of Paris Motor Show. To convey it in detail, SUV is done with new bumper and projector beam headlamps. LED elements are infused into it. The front grille speaks a lot about the H-Design of company. The fog lamps are now housed in the chrome enclosure.

On the sides, mirrors are given refreshment, whereas the signal indicators have been integrated into it. Alloys get two-tone treatment for completing the details. Hence, no technical changes are meant to be seen anytime soon. It’s isn’t yet confirmed when the officials would lend a word for it.

Honda CR-V Facelift Leaked

The petrol engine of 2.4L and 2.0L with 4-cylinder are entitled for European market. The 1.6L diesel engine of 4-pot which the automaker is using in Civic there too will make its way for new CR-V. There are also speculations of 2.2-litre rolling in underneath. Hence, the power and torque figures would remain same as they used to be earlier. Options of manual and automatic transmissions both will be given away.

10 Best Concept Cars That Became Real

Car designers had always remained biased with regards to concepts and production-specific.

There are some great men there hadn’t opted to differentiate though. Here, we listed down those concepts whose customer-owned pieces are as exciting as the original ones. Don’t be spoofed, you needed to have chunk of money to buy them, so be with what you have before scrolling down to the list.

The BMW i8

The i8 from BMW had shaken-up the whole automotive horizon since it was rolled out in production. Pin-perfect to the concept, no one could believe their eyes BMW may chill their spine with the price-tag it is offered for. It’s actually appropriate, after such expenditure one can save that smallest string of wallet at the fuel-station, as i8 is a hybrid sportscar.

BMW i8

McLaren P1

The day at Geneva 2013 that world couldn’t forget it was the company’s F1 successor announced to go into production, and would be retailed. That aerodynamics and the bare-basic interiors of Mclaren P1, was sold off only because, it was from the British and looks cooler than anything else on outside.

McLaren P1

Porsche 918 Spyder

The 918 Spyder was too big as concept to go into production from Porsche, but finally the company made amendments with monocoque body, garnished with carbon fibre, magnesium and aluminium. And hence, it beautifully curves out the turns and twists on racetrack.

Porsche 918 Spyder

Jaguar F-Type

Jaguar C-X16, the car that was displayed at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, was then transformed to the F-Type. Hence, don’t felt the need to talk about this machine; it speaks for itself over the XK.

Jaguar F-Type

Range Rover Evoque

Those who had driven the Vogue may not go for the Evoque. The fairer sex or the better-halves, wished to have glamorous dose at the same time with ruggedness, Land Rover LRX concept was actually built dreaming not for the hard boys driving it in the form of Evoque.

Range Rover Evoque

Nissan GT-R

It couldn’t have been imagined at 2001 Tokyo Motor Show – the concept displayed there would become one of the greatest cars of all time. Nissan GT-R doesn’t reflect many changes since after it received refreshment. Core focus to performance and topping it all the Japanese engineering, made it fastest launch cars in the flex of 0-10km/h probably.

Nissan GT-R

Audi TT

Beautifully crafted and ambitiously progressing, the Audi TT concept at the 1995 Frankfurt Motor Show was slightly hypothetical. It took the designers three years to roll of the production specific, by 1998 they accomplished job to soothe the candying hunger of eyes expensively.

Audi TT

Alfa Romeo 4C

Italians couldn’t be predicted, and with examples like Lamborghini existing on this planet, then there would be the Alfa Romeo 4C in the same way was it was imagined in the sketch and concept.

Alfa Romeo 4C

Honda VV

The first hybrid car of Honda that broke cover at 1999 Detroit was more or less identical to the production version. The 1.0-L three-pot engine assisted with a battery pack and an electric motor is a yum on the lime green plastic- aluminium body.

Honda VV

Citroen DS5

Who doesn’t wish to be in the lap of a premium tourer with a flick of sports on outer, and a bit of aeronautic on inside? That’s what the Citroen has tapped the market with its C Sportlounge in 2005 and then converted it into a production-specific in DS5.

Citroen DS5

Maruti Ciaz vs Honda City vs Hyundai Verna vs Volkswagen Vento: Specifications Comparison

Ciaz isn’t the first attempt of Maruti to invade the sedan segment. Prior, Baleno and SX4 were the failed initiatives. So, casing the car rightly and playing all the tweaks as per the trend is an only way out for this Indian carmaker of restoring faith.

Pitting Ciaz against the rivals like Honda City, Hyundai Verna and Volkswagen Vento, the mid-size Honda seemed doing better job than anyone else in terms of numbers. Albeit, the rest two aren’t lagging in their profiles either.

Numerous numbers of models available in the market made choices more complicated. Hence, it’s the only reason many model plates are escaladed from this compare. Those wiped out eligible candidates were Nissan Sunny facelift, New Ford Fiesta and Fiat Linea.

Maruti Ciaz vs Honda City vs Hyundai Verna vs Volkswagen Vento: Specifications Comparison

Engine

The Ciaz powered by a 1.4L petrol engine produces 91bhp and 130Nm of torque. The diesel stock is filled with a 1.3L Fiat Multijet of 89bhp and 200Nm. Both the machines are mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox, while the petrol buyers can also go for a 4-speed automatic if they wish so.

Honda City, one of the best selling cars of its time, is now re-launched in new avatar, this time the diesel engine option is also made available. Powering to the City comes from a 1.5L i-VTEC (petrol) and 1.5L i-DTEC (diesel) engines. Former option shells out 118bhp and 145Nm of torque, the latter one is of 98.63bhp and 200Nm torque. Five-speed manual is standard, whereas the CVT is only for gasoline buyers.

The Vento from Volkswagen lends two engine options of petrol; smaller 1.2L TSI turbocharged motor delivering 103.56bhp and 175Nm, whilst of the bigger 1598cc pounds out 103.56bhp with a comparatively lower 153Nm of torque. The TSI motor of 1.2L displacement gets a seven-speed DSG automatic; the bigger version drives only a five-speed manual transmission.

The German engineered sedan in diesel counts of a 1598cc engine refined the power delivery of 103.56bhp and 250Nm. A five-speed manual transmission is the only option aided.

Likewise Vento, Verna too holds couple of engine options for the petrol market. The machine boasted of 1396cc, successfully makes 105.53bhp and 135Nm of torque. The bigger one touted of 1591cc, generates 121.36bhp and 158Nm of torque. Apart from the 5-speed manual, the elder gets a 4-speed automatic.

On the diesel counter, Verna stands alone with two engine options. The 1396cc churning a goodness of 88.76bhp and 219Nm, whilst the bigger and boulder 1582cc mill rakes in 126.32bhp and 260Nm. A 6-speed manual is just an ordinary; the extra-ordinary here is the four-speed automatic which is a unique in the segment.

Dimensions

Dimensionally, the Ciaz is longest amongst all. Measuring 2650mm at the wheelbase, Maruti sedan is 50mm longer than the Honda City (of 2600mm wheelbase). The third position holder in this category is Hyundai Verna of 2570mm, while Vento is the last arrival at 2552mm. In the length, Ciaz too outshines the rest at 4490mm. Honda city follows the trail being 50mm shorter, Vento by 106mm and Verna by 120mm.

At wider side, the Maruti plugged at 1730mm in width, is 35mm more than the City, 31mm by Vento and 30mm than the Hyundai Verna. Heightened to 1485mm, Ciaz stands taller than Vento by 19mm and Verna by 10mm. Here, the City wins over by a mere margin of 10mm.

Overview

Maruti in the petrol trim is lowest on power and torque than the rest. Verna is the highest followed by Honda City. Vento must be applauded for delivering the so powerful output from a small displacement. Thanks to the turbocharger, otherwise that wouldn’t be possible for the German.

The Diesel side winners’ trophy too goes to Hyundai Verna, the second spot was taken over by VW Vento. The Ciaz and Verna’s smaller displacement occupies the last spot, while the Honda makes to third with a satisfactorily sinking number.

Hence, the Ciaz rocks all the aesthetic chart; but when it came to power it lost the game to others, nor even making a way to top in one of them either. The on-paper rivalry revealed a part of the moment of truth, but an actual test drive may spill out the beans in its favour that would change the game forever, apparently the country’s best fuel-economy delivered with refinement. The other aspect to it is also the pricing. So, let the guessing game be going on till it reaches a dead-end.

Mysterious Honda Civic Spied, Apparently A Type R?

Honda Civic went marking the clauses which others couldn’t have attained in this so called short term, is now spotted mysteriously in an all new avatar.

There aren’t enough theories for us to prove this Civic R Type car is an official work from the carmaker, or someone had did the stickering job on the bonnet and the rest of body.

In addition, the front fenders are also raising an alarm of the modification.

And if that wasn’t enough, the rear has an impressive diffuser, four exhaust pipes and a massive spoiler.

Mysterious Honda Civic Spied

Overall, the new Civic poses bright to all those gimmicks, but quite unsure whether this creation is from the official bay of automaker, or someone as an outsider had did this to challenge the Japanese designing theory.

Mysterious Honda Civic Spied Back View

Any guesses?

Honda Mobilio RS (O) & V (O) Launched In India

Honda launched the two new trims of Mobilio for its India lineup. Specifically named as V(O) and RS(O), both of the latest additions are an optional pack to the V and RS variants.

Both of them sit on top-of-line having the best of features.

Exclusively, the diesel owners only are doused with the festivities by having RS(O) trim which the petrol buyers are deprived of.

Pricing, is mated at the following tags:

  • Honda Mobilio RS(O) Diesel: Rs 11.55 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi)
  • Honda Mobilio V(O) Diesel: Rs 10.45 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi)
  • Honda Mobilio V(O) Petrol: Rs 9.46 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi)

Honda Mobilio RS (O) & V (O) Launched In India

The newly added variants are approximately Rs 69k expensive than the respective V/RS variants.

An AVN system of 15.7cm touchscreen along with maps, voice guided satellite-based navigation system, and complete car entertainment systems with fully connectivity are offered. Bluetooth telephony and music play can be accessed from the touchscreen.

Just more to the diesel, RS trim is a sportier version of Mobilio with the enhanced cosmetics. New front and rear bumpers, sportier chrome grille, larger air dams, projector headlamps, and power ORVMs are to fill in the remaining gap. It also gets, black and chrome 15-inch alloy wheels, chrome exhaust and a spoiler at the back.

Honda Posts 40% Sales Growth In July 2014

Honda excites always – both in the driving terms as well as the sales figures. This time, pinned a great noose in the industry last month with the all new seven-seater Mobilio. So, it was expected the sales figures will be shooting up straight in the air for the duration.

Reportedly, Honda Cars India Ltd. (HCIL), recorded a monthly domestic sales of 15,709 units in July 2014 registering a growth of immaculate 40%. The company sold 11,223 units in the corresponding month last year.

The company sold 56,427 units from April – July’14 as against 40,350 units sold during the same period last year, marking a growth of 40%.

Honda Mobilio

Expressing delight on the company’s performance Mr. Jnaneswar Sen, Sr. Vice President – Marketing & Sales, Honda Cars India Ltd. said, “We are extremely happy with the progress we have made in this year. Our recently launched Honda Mobilio has received good response from the market with over 10,000 bookings since its launch and are confident that it will attract more customers with its strong desirable values. We would also like extend our gratitude to the customers for the continuing success of Honda Amaze and All new City and are confident that we will continue to do well in respective segments.”

HCIL also exported a total volume of 858 units during July 2014.

Acura NSX Prototype Destroyed In Fire

Apparently, prototypes are meant to reprimand the future of cars. Well, the upcoming Acura NSX that is said to be a true supercar, joined the league with its other sibling. As spotted, NSX caught fire just like its  cousins sisters Ferrari and Lamborghini. The prototype of Acura was almost destroyed soon after the engine compartment caught fire on the famous Nurburgring in Germany.

The upcoming 2016 NSX was meant to hit the production bay in October, but now it can be seemed the model will not it that soon looking to its burning dreams. Honda had promised the new NSX would “bring the excitement of a Ferrari 458” at the price of a Porsche 911. Now, one can see what it was meant for.

Acura NSX Prototype Destroyed In Fire

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Image Courtesy: Wrecked Exotics