10 Best Car Keys Ever Made

Designing a car is one part, and designing its key fob is another.

The million-dollar cars speak out loud when thrown open to the road, but what’s about the performance and dignity that cannot be explained to someone else at a chat over a dinning-table! There come the key-fobs in picture which speaks more than you could have thought of. So, this must have taken the designers to place themselves aggressively towards this aura. Here, we listed down best of the keys that are made in the world just to keep it speaking of your car every time.

BMW i8

There isn’t anything better than a BMW i8; its key fob replicates the same. A LCD screen depicting details like battery-charge, fuel in the fuel-tank, distance to be crossed before the next charge; it can set the temperature remotely before entering the cabin.  Must say – literally Genius!

BMW i8

Aston Martin

Squared out of crystal, the Aston Martin key fob is an art itself – as becomes the start button when inserted. More to it, the British automaker developed a watch too in association with Jaeger-LeCoultre that locks and unlocks the Aston just by a touch on its dial. To lock – touch between 8 and 9; to unlock – touch between 3 and 4. Really a Bond-ish!

Aston Martin

Koenigsegg CCXR key

With love from Sweden that can be very exclusive, it’s none other than Koenigsegg CCXR key. Looked to be an actual realization of the company’s logo, it has a rubber button at the back that makes the car’s alarm operational. Well, does seem like holding a small turtle on our palms, Swede must have referred to nature for their inspiration of doing different this time.

Koenigsegg CCXR key

Spyker

The Dutch and Swede may not have the same ideology of building a supercar, but it looks they both must have hired the same team of designers to design their keys. The Spyker that is quite niche in itself has made its key fob the same way.

Spyker

Pagani Huayra

Enticingly Italian, Pagani commands dominance over the rest when it leashes out on road. The key fob designed keeping such dominance; it is bound to crave a one even if you don’t own a Huayra.

Pagani Huayra

Tesla Model S

Tesla always cracks up criticisms whenever talked about. But this may never happen if the buyers would flaunt the key. Designed as the miniature of Model S, the slick, stylish and suede, it is the car’s key underneath the sheath.

Tesla Model S

Porsche 917

Those who think Porsche only make brilliant cars; must think again what the best trick to gain a better performance is? Simply, cut down the weight is the right answer – but till what extent – Porsche answered it rightly. The 917 key had 8 holes drilled, which may look unusual and dud, but it was actually for keeping it as light as possible.

Porsche 917

Bugatti Veyron Top Speed Key

The fastest doesn’t need a single key. To brag the competition more extreme, Bugatti gave the Veyron an application to reach more than the maximum limit by unleashing its raw power from “another key” apart from the standard one. Elicited a keyhole behind the driver’s seat, the special top-speed key when inserted makes the Veyron to lower its chassis, shut the front air diffusers and run a few seconds of safety checks to cross the mark of more than 400km/h…isn’t that whopping!

Bugatti Veyron Top Speed Key

Ford Pre 1980s

Multipurpose concept cannot be explained better than this, a screw driver to open most of Ford model’s in pre 1980’s era. Had anyone made a spanner as the key to drive a car?

Ford Pre 1980s

VW PCP Car’s Key

Volkswagen PCP (people’s car project) may be restricted to the China, but its’ key has made the whole fraternity to go nuts. Likewise to the BMW’s i8, it has a screen that shows the details, which it can trace the lost vehicle via satellite.

VW PCP Car’s Key

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.

Volkswagen Vento Facelift Spied Testing In India For First Time

Volkswagen Vento facelift – the next word to be heard from the German automaker since the Polo facelift launch, is spotted testing in India for the first time.

Not really having a heft of camouflages over the body, it became noticeable headlamps and the bumpers will be tweaked to cater the 2014 model plate.

The changes made are drawn from the Polo facelift, alloys and the dark tined cluster of headlamps too can be seen on the hatchback.

Volkswagen Vento Facelift Spied Testing In India For First Time

The only nag that’s spotted differently is the headrest over the rear seat.

Interiors details like central console and instrument cluster are likely to be lifted from the new Polo as well.

Under hoods, the change made will conclude addition of the new 1.5L engine, whereas the possibility of a DSG isn’t written off yet.

Hence, launch will happen in the coming months, we mean cashing upon the festive season is the actual deal.

Upcoming Car Launches In September 2014

The month of September 2014 already marked commencement of festivities, so the number of car launches can be seen enhanced tremendously from the recent past. Post Lok Sabha elections, the market condition of India is perpetually getting better, automakers couldn’t control the excitement to roll out the new babies.

Here, the list of cars that are going to launch soon in this month depicts the year 2014 may have some remarkable icons in the repertoire. So, read on to find more about them.

Maruti Ciaz

Ciaz, the entry-ticket of Maruti to penetrate the segment above Rs 10 lakh bolsters heavy expectations from both the ends. Audience too needs a Maruti that could be well-designed but priced efficiently. Ciaz has all those in abundance, with the engine options of 1.4L petrol (91bhp/130Nm) and 1.3L diesel (89bhp/200Nm) mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The options of 4-speed automatic will also be given putted on sale based on customer’s demand.

Maruti Ciaz

Renault Duster AWD

Renault India delivered its International wing which they hadn’t expected of. Having sold Dusters in so great numbers, this Indian market got listed in the top five positions of that world’s cheapest SUV badge. Rolling a facelift soon, the automaker had said to bring in an AWD version. This will not be a permanent four-wheeled but would have traction control. The 110PS 1.5L K9K diesel is the only trim to receive this.

Renault Duster AWD

Skoda Yeti facelift:

Skoda’s attempt to revamp its image is now depended on the Yeti facelift. As already roped it at the Delhi Auto Expo 2014, the responses seemed may not have taken the Skoda that strongly, so as of now the new Czech SUV will be brought to sales floor only in top-end Elegance trim. The technicalities to remain unchanged, and the all-wheel drive as well as front-wheel drive will have 138bhp and 108.5bhp respectively from a 2.0L TDI diesel engine mated to 6-speed gearbox.

Skoda Yeti facelift

New Mercedes E350 CDI

Despite spending only few months on the sales floor, the new E-Class has re-defined the mid-size luxury segment with the angular yet devilish headlamps infused into a single cluster. The 350 CDI positioned above the E250 CDI, its engine specifications are rumoured to be of a 3.0-liter V6 diesel producing 254bhp and 620Nm of torque.

New Mercedes E350 CDI

Lamborghini Huracan

The Gallardo’s replacement Huracan is going to make the Indian debut this month with price tag grossing in excess of Rs 3.88 crores. So, those who are able to afford it will not be reading this post, because of their highly serious business schedule. Still, the Lamborghini had made Huracan to slot their supercars in the fleet of workhorses, which wasn’t possible earlier – that same Bull to be taken to office and the racetrack without making changes.

Lamborghini Huracan

Fiat Avventura

The fact that Fiat presently is not in the swing to launch anything new, except the Avventura. With this only model in the backend after the Punto Evo, the crossover-cum-hatchback is a fresh-made item to the industry, wrought to cater the sidelines of off-roader and a convenient hatchback. The official bookings are opened. Price will be at premium than Evo, drawing an only rival in the league named Toyota Etios Cross.

Fiat Avventura

New Volkswagen Cross Polo, GT TSI and GT TDI

New VW Polo in India is not as effectively tweaked as the international version. In short, the company rolled out the hatchback facelift for a treat to outcast the old model. Though, its other trims that were left in the dark (like Cross Polo, GT TSI and GT TDI) will see the daylight soon. The pricing will not be offensively premium. Some sources even claimed to have received the deliveries prior the official launch.

New Volkswagen Polo

Volkswagen India Launches Smartphone App For Customers

Mobile application is the last platform which everyone in this marketing world is trying to get hold of. There isn’t any surprised Volkswagen India launched its new useful mobile service application to get the customers engaged as well as informed.

Likewise to its brand image and the buyers, app is assorted for the iOS and Android based smart mobile devices. The app is claimed to be a manifesto of the company’s latest updates in sales and service tricking. Other functions are of providing explanations to the tots on dashboard, roadside assistance, labour charges at the service stations and the most needful emergency contact details.

Volkswagen India Launches Smartphone App For Customers

A test drive can also be directly booked from the app. All the updates regarding the VW’s India lineup of cars too are going to be send to the base via this app.

Those who are quite impressed by our pitching above can download it from the Google Play Store for Android and iOS admirers shall look for themselves at Apple iTunes Store. And even if they remain unable to find it, then log onto www.volkswagen.co.in

Volkswagen India To Commence Engine Assembly At Pune

Volkswagen deepening its tooth in the Indian market as stated of starting the production of engines in India.

As per the official letter shared by the company, it has said to commence production of 1.5-liter diesel engine in the country. For this strategic move see the daylight, VW too had reported of establishing the new diesel engine assembly line at the Chakan facility in Pune.

It seemed, the company is quite interested in carrying operation in India, as had reported of investing 30 million Euro (Rs. 240 crore) in the plan. The production of 1.5L diesel is actually plotted to take place during the ending days of 2014.

Hope so, with such investments in its Pune factory, Volkswagen had on its mind to bring in various models to the country. And with the local production of engine the cost factor may also be bragged down by various notches making the brand to stand competitively against the local automakers.

Volkswagen India To Commence Engine Assembly At Pune

This term of localization is termed to be at starting stage of the company’s move, as the VW is completely intended to increase the ratio of local components in its cars for India during the coming years.

With this new job in the enforcement soon, more than 260 direct jobs will be created in the VW’s Chakan plant of Pune. The new line that is created for the diesel powerplant is spawned over an area of 3,450 sq. meter. As per the official numbers, German automaker had claimed of assembling more than 98,000 engines a year when the line is worked at full-capacity deploying three-shift-system.

Volkswagen Pune Plant

As of now, the upcoming locally manufactured 1.5L diesel engine is used only for Polo GT TDI. However, when it will start the local production of engines all the global standards will be followed.

Volkswagen Vento Konekt Launched In India

Volkswagen launched the Vento Konekt in India, available only for Highline and Comfortline trims.

Konekt here refers to the connectivity of buyers with entertainment on the go. Under this note, the German carmaker made available the Konekt package with Blaupunkt infotainment system, assisted with GPS navigation system & hands-free, along with Bluetooth-enabled telephony.

The whole instrument is integrated into central console that has a 7-inch TFT touchscreen with colour display of high-resolution, latest additions of Igo-Navtech maps, iPhone/iPod compatibility and USB connectivity.

Volkswagen Vento Konekt Launched In India

Alongside to the aforesaid features, rear-seat entertainment system is also planted with an 8-inch Blaupunkt tablet of twin-SIM functionality, 3G-compatibility and Wi-Fi capability, powered by Android and Bluetooth-enabled. With this equipment, drawn customers can relish themselves with 16 live television channels, live stock market inputs, weather updates and internet radio. The screen at rear is empowered to connect its users to Facebook, Twititer, Google Maps and make video calls using a 3G data connection.

Leather seat covering and ‘Konekt’ badge on boot and scuff plates lends final touches to the Vento Konekt package.

Hopefully, no technical changes made.

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Fiat Punto Evo vs Volkswagen Polo Facelift vs Maruti Swift vs Nissan Micra: Specifications Comparison

The battle of hatchbacks just got bigger and better when the Fiat launched Punto Evo last week and Volkswagen launched the Polo facelift some days back. To make the choices more complicated for a customer who had to opt the hatchbacks in new car segment, models like Maruti Swift and new Nissan Micra were already available with their fancying and fortifying gestures. Here, now in this section, we decided to blow up the lid against each one of them to lead an ‘on-paper insight’ that would show who is better than the else, and are they worth for the every penny spend? Do find out the whole gist to decide which one shall be betted best.

Technicalities

Fiat Punto Evo is chapped with two engine options of petrol, and a diesel in two states of tune. It is the 67bhp/96Nm 1.2-litre and an 89bhp/115Nm 1.4-litre petrol. In the diesel, the famous 1.3-liter Multijet comes in tunes of – 75bhp/197Nm and 90bhp/209Nm. All of them are mated to a five-speed manual gearbox, with no automatic transmission provided at the moment. All the engines of Fiat Punto are pumped by four-cylinders.

Fiat Punto

Likewise the Fiat Punto Evo, Volkswagen Polo facelift too offers couple of options in petrol engine and a diesel one in two state of tunes. Naming them, the 1.2-liter three-cylinder petrol is given away with a 74bhp/110Nm where the more powerful and sportier one for GT TSI is teamed with the 1.2-liter direct-injection, four-cylinder engine of 103bhp/175Nm paired to a 7-speed DSG transmission.

In the diesel trim the new Polo gets settled for a 1.5-liter four-cylinder making 89bhp/230Nm and 104bhp/250Nm, all of them married to a five-speed manual gearbox.

In the rewind era of Swift and Micra, they both are applied with a single petrol and diesel engine without complications. The Maruti Swift spins its power from a 1.2-liter four-cylinder petrol motor of 86bhp/114Nm and 1.3-liter Multijet diesel does 74bhp/190Nm. Another Japanese car in the comparison i.e. the Nissan Micra, revamped last year, with new front grille and some other cosmetic gimmicks, proves its worth from a 1.2-liter three-cylinder petrol and 1.5-liter four-cylinder diesel engine. The petrol motor whips power of 75bhp/104Nm while the diesel one powers out the breezy 63bhp/160Nm. On offer, CVT is also provided to petrol buyers.

Volkswagen Polo Facelift

Hence, none of the diesel variants gets an automatic transmission, which means the one who will bring out the easy shifts for diesel buyers shall definitely have a winner on his hand.

Space On-Board

Italians loves to have roomy interiors and we Indians too. Hence, the same can be seen reflected in Punto Evo measuring the longest with a wheelbase of 2510mm. It gets a close riff from the Polo facelift with 2469mm wheelbase. Next to them in the list stands Nissan Micra with a wheelbase of 2450mm, while the Maruti crumbles with a snuggly 2430mm wheelbase.

Maruti Swift

One more time, Fiat Punto Evo conquers the top-spot with 3989mm of overall length, 1687mm width and 1525mm height. VW Polo falls shorter to it by 18mm of length, Maruti by 139mm and Nissan Micra by 164mm. Likewise, on the width Evo fares as best amongst the group but Swift outdoes it in this context. When standing tall, Polo is shorter amongst all, while Evo is 56mm taller than that German hatchback, but is slightly butch down by 5mm against Swift and Micra.

Conclusion

On paper, the VW Polo facelift score more power than anyone else and too had number of options lined in order for a wider array of audience. Fiat Punto falls second to the number of engine options provided. Meanwhile, the Nissan Micra needs to add up something against them in the competition if it wishes to surge a step ahead, but one can also opt for Micra Active if wished to go a bit lower on price. Maruti Swift, one’s not needed to say anything about it. It’s just fairing the best amongst all.

Nissan Micra

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles: 50,000x Motoring Leisure Direct From The Factory

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles California production plant in Hannover Limmer celebrated the production of the 50,000th Volkswagen T5 California.

Commenting on the production landmark, Chairman of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles brand, Dr. Eckhard Scholz, said: “The Volkswagen T5 California is the most popular and best-selling camper van in its class. Today, we have completed production of the 50,000th T5 California since 2004. And this year, with a figure of over 8,100 units, we will achieve the highest level of annual production yet.”

Thomas Zwiebler, chairman of the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles works council, stressed the contribution made by the staff: “My thanks go to the team, without whose dedication and expertise this story of success would never have been possible.”

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles: 50,000x Motoring Leisure Direct From The Factory

50,000th vehicle rolled off the production line was a California Comfortline in Natural Grey with 7-speed DSG, a 103kW TDI engine and BlueMotion package. This California will be on show at this year’s Caravan Salon in Düsseldorf (30th August to 7th September) on the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles stand.

California comes in two versions at showrooms: one as the California Beach with basic equipments; whereas the second is California Comfortline rolled out with full camper van amenities for longer tours.

To date, 13,000 units of the California Beach have been produced, while for the California Comfortline the number is 37,000.

Volkswagen Pune Plant Rolls Out The 400,000th Car

Volkswagen Polo facelift is the latest one that is raising eyebrows with the famous VW badge, but the automaker also found another reason to celebrate the moment. The Volkswagen plant of Pune is reported to have rolled-out over four lakh cars in a span of just over five years. This implicate that German engineering is in great demand by Indians.

The production at VW Pune facility was started in March 2009 and since then four lakh cars produced that there were sold in the domestic markets and as well as exported in more than 32 markets across the globe. The cars currently being produced at the Pune Plant include Volkswagen Polo and Vento (in both, left and right hand drive version) and Skoda Rapid.

The 400,000th car that saw the daylight from the Pune facility was a Polo Highline for the domestic market equipped with the brand new 1.5-litre TDI engine.

Volkswagen Pune Plant rolls out 400000th car

On the successful production of over four lakh cars, Mr. Andreas Lauenroth, Executive Director – Technical, commented, “The roll out of the 400,000th car is a testimony of Volkswagen running its India productions in a higher gear without compromising our highest quality standards. With this achievement under our belt, we plan to keep moving forward with a greater thrust to position ourselves as a committed car manufacturer in the Indian market.”

The cars produced at the VW in India are bolstered of the same standard followed globally. Robust build quality contributed by unique production processes such as laser welding for roof, ultrasonic welding for trim as well as dash and hot stamped A and B-pillars with shedding of German engineering covers the process towards a quality revolution.

On the side-lines of this momentous milestone, Mr. Mahesh Kodumudi, President and Managing Director, Volkswagen India Private Limited said, “With over 400,000 cars produced at our stat-of-the-art manufacturing facility for the domestic as well as export market, we have firmly established our operations. We will continue to focus on productivity and further localisation to cater to the demand from our markets.”