The New Tata Safari Storme : A Preview

The Tata Safari gets it’s third face-lift and this time Tata names it Safari Storme. The Safari has always been admired for its bold looks and styling although it wasn’t fun to drive at all, it does have its own set of fans. Even I’m a Safari fan and I really admire its looks and road presence. So, lets see what Tata has to offer with the new Safari Storme.

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Maruti Suzuki to launch another small car, the Cervo

No one can beat Maruti when it comes to small cars and Maruti’s market share shows that. With Maruti declaring that they are planning to end the production of the iconic 800 they now are planning to introduce the Crevo in India. Maruti may not brand it as the 800 successor but rather as a new entrant. The Cervo is expected to be priced around Rs.2 lakhs which puts it in direct competition with the Hyundai Eon, Tata Nano and other entry level cars like the Chevy Spark,etc.  Continue reading

The New 2012 Audi A4: A preview

Audi recently launched the face lifted version of it’s A4 in New Delhi.  The car is priced between 27.3 lakhs to 38 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi) and Audi expects to increase its market share with the new A4. So, lets see what’s new about it.

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Maruti Ertiga Review: A mixed Bag

Maruti Ertiga, the latest release from the Maruti Camp did have an impressive launch and the initial response for the car seems to be good. Lets get into the detailed revew to get to know more about this car.

Background:

Maruti has always been the biggest car maker in India with a market share of  40% but has never been successful in making luxury car. Leave alone luxury, Maruti has never made an impact on the other side of Rs.8 lakhs. Be it the Kizashi or the Vitara, they failed to make an impact. This time Maruti has decided to play it safe with the Ertiga. They put in their most successful diesel engine from the Swift in this one and it also shares some similarities with the Swift, more on that in the design section. This time Maruti sure seems to have a winner in hands or is it just another dud? Lets see

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Should there be a second innings for these cars?

The Tata Sierra, Ford Mondeo, GM Contessa, Tata Estate, etc. were cars that failed to capture the market when they were introduced into the Indian automobile market in the past decade but now the things have changed dramatically in the industry and so has the requirements of the customer. A contessa in very good condition was sold for 50k-60k 2 years back but today you can’t get one less than a lakh. People definitely love these cars but in my opinion, when they were released, the mindset of the people was different and so was the buying capacity. Indians always take time to adjust to any change, so is the case with the automobile sector. A few years ago, a luxury hatchback would never sell in India but today they do, so why not bring back the classics of the old decade and give them a re-birth?

Which cars would you love to see back on the road?

Here’s my list of the top 5 cars I would like to see:

1. Mercedes W124


A true Classic. This is the last true Mercedes and the current generations are no match to its pride. It is fast even by today’s standards. This car was built like a tank by true Mercedes standards and unlike the current gens filled with electronics, this is a simple trouble free mechanical machine. The ride quality and pride in owning a W124 is simply unmatchable. I would love to see this car begin its second innings. Continue reading

World’s Costliest Cars

We always wonder and want to know the most expensive items in the world ranging from cell phones to houses to cars. So, here is a list of the top 5:

1. Bugatti Veyron Super Sport

 

 

 

Topping the list of the most expensive cars in the world is Bugatti Veyron Super Sport which costs $ 2,400,000.Only 30 cars were ever produced.It is the upgraded version of the original Veyron. It is also the world’s fastest street legal production car. This car has been developed, designed and produced jointly by The Volkswagen group and Bugatti Automobiles at their headquarters in Alsace, France. Although Bugatti is the own subsidary of Volkswagen, it is branded separately and is sold only in specialized Buagtti showrooms. This car has a top speed of 268 mph = 431 kmph.

2. Pagani Zonda Cinque Roadster

The newest and the most expensive Pagani is the Cinque Roadster. It stands for style and is very exotic. The car is priced at $1,850,000 and stands at the second place among the world’s costliest cars. It has a top speed of 217mph.

3.Lamborghini Reventon

Then comes the Lamborghini Reventon which is priced at $1,600,000. It is the most expensive, fastest and the best Lamborghini ever built. Leave alone owning this car, don’t even dream of seeing it in your life because of its rarity. Only 20 units of this were built, so your probability of spotting it is one in billions. It has a top speed of 211 mph.

4.Enzo Ferrari

Next comes the Limited edition Enzo Ferrari also known as the Ferrari Enzo. Although the selling price $670,000, this car isn’t available for sale as only 400 units were produced. It is available at some auctions for prices over $1,000,000. There is no doubt that this is the most popular supercar ever built. The name comes after the Company’s founder Enzo Ferrari. It has a top speed of 301 kmph.

5. McLaren F1

 

Who would believe that this car was introduced way back in 1994, 15 years ago. It costs $970,000 and it was the costliest, fastest and the best looking car during the 90’s and even now manages to stay in the list outperforming most of the supercars built today. Take a bow Mclaren for making this amazing car with an unbelievable top speed of 240 mph in 1994.

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Buying a car isn’t an investment

If you have some cash in hand and want to invest it in a car then that is the worst thing you can do. Most of the people think that a car is an investment but it’s the other way round. A car only depreciates in value. But yeah, a car can boost your social value to a great extent depending on the car but it, in any terms isn’t an investment. The real cost of owning a car is much more than the EMI’s alone, infact it can even be 2 times the EMI depending upon the car.

I’m writing this article to create some awareness among people about the hard-earned money they are spending on their car. Firstly you have to pay the intial amount of 10%  or so depending upon the amount of loan you take(usually 90%). Everyone is aware of this. Apart from that you have to pay the insurance which is around 4-5%, the taxes such as octroi & RTO taxes which account for another 5-6% depending upon the city. Remember, all these aren’t convered by the loan and you have to shell out money from your pocket. After all this, you finally get your car out of the showroom and BOOM you have just lost 1lakh if you bought a ten lakh car, that’s what you call “depreciation”. A car constantly depreciates in value. It’s value depreciates 10% the moment you take it out of the showroom and 25-35% in the first year itself, depending on the cost of the car. The more the cost of the car, the higher is the depreciation.

Next in the list is the fuel costs & the monthly EMI you have to pay for the car. If, it is a petrol car, with the current petrol prices & the uncertain future, you can expect your bank balance to take a hit everytime you refuel your car. Consider a petrol car giving a decent fuel efficiency of 12 and you travel a modest 1000km per month. So, thats 84 litres of petrol which equals to 6050Rs per month just for fuel. Now comes the maintenance, thanks to the modern engines, they are far more reliable and need not visit the workshop regularly apart from the scheduled services. Even if the car visits 2 times per year, expect to pay around 3k-15k per service depending upon your car. A Mercedes-Benz would cost you 15k per service while a Maruti 2-3k. Also be prepared to pay for accidental damages, though the modern cars are reliable, they cost you heavy in case of any accident, be it minor or major.

Now comes the upgrades you want to do for your car like Music system, alloy wheels, sun-films, horn, better head-lights and the list goes on and on until your bank balance becomes zero. So, these are the real costs associated with a car which one should consider before buying. Also, you would have to pay some miscellaneous charges for parking, toll gates, traffic tickets, etc.

I did not write this article to discourage people from owning a car but just to educate them about the costs they have to bear in future and thus select a car which suits them and fits into their budget. I have seen a lot of people who end up buying the wrong car and get frustrated as they can’t sell it because the asking price is too low neither can they keep it because of the high maintenance costs.

So, good luck and keep all these points in mind before purchasing a new car. An article on the ownership cost of different cars in India is coming up soon, do keep checking.

2012: The year of Compact Sedans

It has been a month and a half since the beginning of the new year and we already had a big release in the form of the all new Swift dZire and that’s not all, the Indian Automotive Industry is ready with a whole new line up of cars to be launched later this year.

It is to be mentioned that 2012 is going to be the year “Compact Sedans”). Even the new dZire is a CS. Cars less than 4 metres in length are known as Compact Sedans(CS). The Indian Govt. gives a 12% relief in excise duty for cars that are less than 4 metres in length and have an engine capacity less than 1.2(for petrol) and 1.5(for diesel) in order to promote small & fuel efficient cars. The excise duty on other cars is 22% where as it is 10% fot these CS’s. It is to be remembered that the Indigo CS was the first compact sedan to be launched in India followed now by the dZire. The 12% difference is a lot in the huge auto industry which is making all the other manufacturers turn towards the compact sedans.

Here’s a list of the compact sedans worth watching for in 2012:

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Top 15 Street fighter bikes

This list includes the street bikes (or) naked bikes with 1000 cc and above displacement.The main characteristic of street bikes are its muscular looks and lee fairings when compared to sport bikes.The beauty of the bikes is boasted by the huge front headlights,large diameter forks and tyres.These bikes have relaxed seating position.

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