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maruti-suzuki-baleno-rs_827x510_71488549232The Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS hot hatchback has officially been launched in India. The Baleno RS has been priced at ₹ 8.69 lakh and is available exclusively through the Nexa outlets. Available as a single variant model, the new Baleno RS gets a 1.0 litre BoosterJet petrol engine mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The turbo petrol Baleno RS makes 101 bhp and 150 Nm of peak torque. There is no automatic variant on offer yet neither an AMT nor a CVT.

Check out the Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS in images here.

maruti-suzuki-baleno-rs-engine_827x510_51488549362The New 1.0 Litre BoosterJet Engine

The Maruti Suzuki Baleno has been one of the most popular cars from the Indo-Japnese carmaker. In fact, from the 1st of April 2016 – 31st Jan 2017 Maruti has sold 1.38 lakh units of the Baleno premium hatchback. This alone tells us that a more powerful Baleno RS will surely manage to woo a large number of buyers.

maruti-suzuki-baleno-rs_827x510_51488549266Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS

The Baleno RS gets a slightly altered exterior look as compared to the standard Baleno. It has a new front mesh grille with a chrome bezel and a larger and sportier front bumper too. The front bumper also gets a lip spoiler/splitter, which has been finished in satin black. The car also gets a satin black side skirt and a set of 16-inch wheels that are identical to the standard car but painted in a shade of black. The rear bumper is also completely different with the lower half reminding us of the sporty Japanese hatchbacks from the late 90s and 2000s. The Baleno RS also gets a new and slightly larger spoiler as compared to the standard car. All four wheels get disc brakes – 14 inch at the front and 13 inch at the rear. And as the weight has increased by 60 kg, Maruti has tuned to suspension for better handling as well.

maruti-suzuki-baleno-rs-interior_827x510_41488469583Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS Instrument Panel

The new Baleno RS does not get any updates to the interior though. You still get the all-black interior package with the brushed aluminium centre console. The large touchscreen in the centre comes with built-in navigation and Apple CarPlay.

The Baleno RS will go up against the likes of sporty hatchbacks like the Volkswagen Polo GT TSI, Ford Figo 1.5 and the Abarth Punto Evo. The car will be manufactured at Suzuki’s new plant in Gujarat, which has already commenced the production of the regular Baleno. In fact, over 1000 units of the Baleno hatchback have already rolled out of the facility.


                                                      Gold Platted Custom Chopper

With the price of $500,000, this model of bike secures the 3rd place in the list of Top 10 Most Expensive Bikes in the world. This bike with its stunning appearance seems rather a “show piece” than a genuine bike to ride on the road. As its brand name infers, its body is wrapped with gold metal plate 


The producers of Transformers 4 have signed the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vittesse to play an autobot in their next installment. The Grand Sport Vittesse – the fastest open top car in the world – can go up to 254mph and will definitely give the other bots a good run.

While we wait to watch the Bugatti’s Transformers debut, here’s a look at some of the other supercars that have made (or will make) silver screen appearances

TAGS: Audi R8 e-tronBugatti Veyron Grand Sport VittesseChevrolet Corvette StingrayLamborghini Aventador,Dodge Charger SRT8BMW i8Transformers 4Fast & furious 6mission impossiblethe dark knight risesiron man 3,cars in moviessuper cars



hexa_650x400_71477145299Home-grown auto major Tata Motors is all set to launch its new premium crossover – Tata Hexa early next year. Slated for 18th January 2017 launch the car will be targeted against the Toyota Innova Crysta and Mahindra XUV500. Tata Motors has been very forward about the car’s design and styling, so you already know what the all-new Tata Hexa looks like and we have already shared our first impressions of the crossover, taking about our driving experience and feature offerings of the Hexa. So here’s all the other things that need to know about the soon-to-be-launched Tata Hexa.

tata-hexa-performance_827x510_81477068631Tata Hexa Side Profile

The Tata Hexa will replace the carmaker’s previous premium 7-seater – the Aria,in the Indian car market. The Hexa will be the carmaker’s flagship model in the country and apart from the price, we now know almost everything about the Hexa. In terms of design and styling, the Tata Hexa is much more than just a new crossover in the market. It is an effective replacement to the underwhelming Aria. The styling is beefier, modern and upmarket with an abundance of chrome and gloss thrown in. In addition to that the Hexa offers a host of exterior features like – projector headlamps, LED DRLs, accentuated wheel arches with black body cladding, 17-inch diamond cut alloy wheels, LED tail lamps and dual exhausts.

Tata Motors will be offering a total of six variants and nine different iterations on the premium crossover and it will come with the option of both 6-seater and 7-seater cabin layout. The variant list includes – XE, XM, XT, XMA, XTA, and XT 4×4, out of which, the 6-seater configuration as an option will be available only on the XT, XTA and XT 4×4. The remaining trims will be offered in the 7-seater configuration as standard.

tata-hexa-cabin_827x510_81477068372Tata Hexa Cabin
The cabin offers a sporty feel with an all-black treatment that is further accentuated by the use of a good amount of soft touch materials to give it an upmarket feel. The three-spoke steering wheel that is seen on latest Tata cars, makes an appearance here as well along with a host of features. The new crossover comes with several comfort features like high-quality contoured leather seats (height adjustable for the driver), high head room and leg room for passengers, and auto climate control among others. There car also gets a lot of gizmos on board including, touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth, USB, AUX-IN and smartphone connectivity, 10 JBL speakers, and more.

Under the hood the new Tata Hexa draws power from the 2.2-litre diesel engine that is available in two trims – Varicor 320 and Varicor 400. The former develops 148bhp and 320Nm of peak torque, and comes mated to only a 5-speed manual gearbox sending power to the rear wheels and is offered only with base XE variant .

On the other hand, the more powerful Varicor 400 engine makes 154bhp and develops 400Nm of peak torque and does duty on all the higher models. Transmission options include a 6-speed manual gearbox and a 6-speed automatic unit. Furthermore, Tata Motors will be offering 4×4 or as the company calls it ‘Super Drive Mode,’ which will only come with the XT trim, while the lower variants will send power only to the rear wheels. The 4×4 trim also gets a Terrain Management System.

tata-hexa-rear-profile_827x510_81477068297Tata Hexa Rear Profile

Bookings have already commenced at a token amount of ₹ 11,000, while deliveries will begin soon after the launch. However, Tata’s efforts will boil down to the pricing that could truly make or break the Hexa. With the Innova and XUV being strong contenders, Tata is likely to undercut the competition, something we’ve seen it do with the Tiago, and that could work in the crossover’s favour.



Bengaluru-based Ather Energy has been teasing the S340 – billed as India’s first smart electric scooter – for a while now and many have been waiting for a chance for a test ride. The startup’s first smart electric scooter was unveiled at the Web Summit Surge conference in Bengaluru on Tuesday.

In a previous interaction with Gadgets 360, Ather Energy founder co-founder Tarun Mehta spoke about some of the design philosophies behind the scooter, as well as some of the challenges the company faced in cutting down on its cost and weight, and in extending the battery lifecycle.

While a test ride wasn’t on the cards at the company’s headquarters on Saturday morning, Mehta did share details of the dates for pre-orders, as well as a timeline for production and launch cities for the S340, detailing plans of its software features, such as personalised profiles, riding modes like sport and economy, and onboard navigation.

Under the hood: Ather Energy S340 Connectivity and dashboard features
Billed as a smart scooter, the S340 has GSM and Bluetooth connectivity. The startup has made a decision to move from Android to Linux for the dashboard operating system. While we weren’t shown the dashboard, a spokesperson later confirmed that it would use Google Maps for navigation through the web browser.


“It doesn’t really change much for developers, because the apps are still HTML 5 apps. Internally things haven’t changed dramatically,” Mehta explains. Users will be able to track the vehicle using their smartphones, remotely control and monitor the vehicle, enable fast charging by using a a slider on its app. “You could create custom riding profiles from your mobile phone itself, so that when the vehicle starts, on your profile, those settings will already be pre-saved. So you can specify, what kind of acceleration response, top speed you want, and then save them on your profile, and then go to the vehicle, and select your profile again, those are the exact settings you will find.”

Apart from vehicle location tracking, a lot of work has gone into providing vehicle analytics to the rider, on the dashboard and on its app. Users will be able to extrapolate their average driving speed. Mehta says that the team working on the data analytics love building their own profiles on the prototype, to gauge their energy efficiency.

“There’s this one guy who’s basically like a racer – he does the testing most of the time. If you see his throttle response, it’s either 100 or zero,” says Mehta. “He always does the fastest laps, but his energy consumption is nearly 80 percent more than another another guy who rides very sensibly, but takes 15 percent lesser time.” Vehicle analytics can read skid patches, and help inform the user if they are an unsafe rider who takes sharp turns, Mehta says, adding that good riding behaviour would not influence just the battery lifecycle, but other components as well. “It’s a long term thing, but the sheer power of what data can do for you is sort of hitting everybody in this team now, it’s gamifying the experience,” he says.

Mehta also says that the S340 will have remote diagnostics enabled, with sensor data from at least four of its components (battery, motor, charger and the vehicle control unit) so they can inform the rider when a replacement is due. “Electric drive trains already have most of those sensors and data logging happening inherently,” he says. “You just need to start tapping into it, and pile up software and intelligence on top of it, to come up with outcomes like this. As we get more and more data from the vehicles, our understanding and insights on this is only going to get far deeper.”


In our last interaction, Ather Energy had quoted a range of 50 to 100 kilometres on a single charge. Providing an update on its range, Mehta says that the S340 would probably end up covering 65 kilometres in the city on a full charge. With an additional rider on the back, the range would drop by approximately 15 to 20 percent. “If you ride carefully, more like 70-75 kilometres, though 65 is more realistic, even assuming you ride at good speeds and acceleration, with the assumption that the dashboard and headlights are on,” he says.

The batteries used onboard the S340 have are specced at a thousand recharge cycles approximately, following which it will lose 20-30 percent of its original capacity, Mehta says, adding that users with short commutes will be able to extend its lifecycle. “The way lithium-ion batteries work is that if you do partial discharges, your battery lifecycle actually becomes more. It’s hard to guess, how many cycles a hyper-efficient rider can extract out of it,” says Mehta.

“If I were to take a guess, probably 1500 to 2000 recharge cycles,” he says, adding that the company takes battery safety very seriously. “The battery pack, encased in an aluminium block that’s completely sealed, and waterproof, and functions three metres under water,” he says.

Ather Energy S340 launch cities and availability
The S340 will be available for trials and pre-orders in about two and a half months, at experience centres owned and operated by the company. “By the end of the year is when we’ll start shipping. We’re already in February, and March starts soon,” says Mehta. “A few months from now is when we start the preorders and the test trials, and five to six months from there is when we start shipping.”

The S340 will first be available in three cities – Bengaluru, Pune and Chennai. The company will have service centres and experience centres operating in these three cities, Mehta says, where people can come and take a test ride.

“We just want to make sure that wherever we are, we can do good servicing,” he explains. He adds that the service centres would be the kind of place where users can walk in and speak to engineers to understand the technology going into the vehicle. “The connectivity, dashboard, how the analytics will work out, the speed and acceleration, how do you change the settings in software, apart from taking a test ride,” he says.


By the end of 2017 and end 2018 the startup plans to expand in phases, from 10 to 50 cities, after testing the vehicle in these locations. “Over the next three years, we will be in several more cities,” Mehta says. “The next product that we’re putting out is aimed at working in these 20 different cities, it will be tested in a lot of those locations, we will follow up with sales and support in those areas before we reach those places.”

Ather Energy S340 production and manufacturing
Weighing in at 85 kilograms, the S340 smart scooter has been designed in-house, and every component (with the exception of the motor) is custom designed by Ather Energy, including the rim and the side-stand. These components needed to be redesigned to be as lightweight as possible.

“The rims specifically for lightness. The chassis for the most part is aluminium,” Mehta explains. “The philosophy behind that is that lightweight is important, any extra material that you ramp on is wastage. We redesigned the side-stand, because we did not like any in the market – ours is flush with the body, it merges very well with the overall body, went with our design language.”


The startup has taken up a plant for assembly in Whitefield, Bengaluru, to keep production as close as possible to the design centre, and ensure that anything that needs sorting can be handled by the design team in a few hours. While the manufacturing of its components are being outsourced, the scooter is completely assembled, built and tested in Bengaluru. The battery pack is also completely assembled and built by the startup. “Right now we are building it up for 50 units per day capacity, we’ll probably start ramping this sometime next year as we start planning for the next stage,” Mehta says.

On competition and product-market fit
Ather Energy isn’t too concerned about competition from other automotive manufacturers, and instead welcomes more players to drive an ecosystem of electric vehicles, which would only improve a case for installing charging infrastructure for them.

“Though there have been concepts from TVS, Hero, and Mahindra, I don’t see anything in the immediate horizon. Nothing that seems to have gone into production. I guess we should start seeing something realistic by 2017 end, and mid 2018 maybe,” Mehta says. “What we’re trying to build is something that we genuinely believe that the mass market can adopt. Anybody who buys a petrol scooter, or any kind of two-wheeler, these specs will make the most amount of sense for them.”






This fast motorcycle was an innovation of Ducati from Italy. It’s using L-Twin Cylinder Engine with 4 valver for each cylinder with Desmodromic and liquid cooled. The top speed that can be reached by this motorcycle is 169 mph (271 km/h) while the power of this Ducati can reach 119.3 kW (160.0 bhp) @ 9750 rpm. This Ducati 1098s is using 6 speed chain transmissions.


Luxury cars are set to get dramatically cheaper. Not just the ones from Europe, but also from Japan and South Korea. Over the next few years the government is expected to slash customs duty on vehicles shipped from EU countries, which includes Germany, as well as Japan and South Korea, countries with whom India has free trade agreements (FTAs).


European car makers will get a head start as the government, beginning 2017, has offered to lower the customs duty to 30% on cars under the proposed trade & investment agreement with the EU. Japanese and Korean car makers are also expected to get the same benefit with a lag of a year or two, although a final decision on the issue is still awaited, sources in the government said.


Currently, cars with a landed cost of over $40,000 (around Rs 22 lakh) face 100% customs levy, and those below that pay 60% import duty. In case of EU, there is also a move to allow the import of at least 2.5 lakh cars at 10% duty between 2017 and 2021. So the Mini Cooper’s price could be halved. Anything above the quota will come at 30% levy.


Customs duty reduction to 30% will mean that the total duty incidence, including local levies, would fall to around 80% from 174% currently, which includes countervailing duty, special additional duty and cesses and surcharges. So, for a car with a landed price of around Rs 25 lakh, which currently costs Rs 69 lakh will then come for Rs 45 lakh—a reduction of almost 35%, provided local levies stay at current levels.


Although the duty concessions would be available to all cars, industry players expect imports to be limited largely to the luxury segment, where lower volumes do not justify local manufacturing (which is why global giants import luxury cars as completely-built units or CBUs.


Despite a common duty structure, Korean and Japanese carmakers may not gain as much as the Europeans as they are more in the mid-market segment than in the top-end, said industry players. Already, companies such as Honda, which was importing the CR-V as a CBU from Japan, have now started assembling it locally.


Lamborghini India head Pavan Shetty said the duty reduction will give a big boost to demand for luxury cars. “It will surely expand the market, by at least double. By 2017, the per capita income as well as the domestic economy will expand from the current levels, and the infrastructure will also be better. The timing of the duty reduction will thus be perfect to give a fillip to sales,” he said.


Triggering the Move

While the government was initially unwilling to accept the demand, there is now a growing view that other countries and trading blocs with which India has a FTA should be given a level-playing field.


Earlier, top commerce department officials had said that EU or others who sign trade agreements later would gain more. But that argument seems to have been junked. “Japan is the largest investor in the Indian automobile sector. It will be difficult for us to deny them the benefit,” said a source, who did not wish to be identified.


After all, trade agreements are subjected to periodic reviews and South Korea and Japan have already written to the government seeking that the auto duty structure under the comprehensive trade agreements be brought at par with EU.


Domestic carmakers, however, fear that the move to ease import duty will impact local manufacturing. But government officials said that the auto industry cannot be given an indefinite protection by maintaining high tariff walls.


Source: Times of India; Authors: Sidhartha & Pankaj Doval

TAGS: imported carsEuropean carsfree trade agreementcustoms dutylowering customs dutymini cooper,LamborghiniHondanew policyluxury carscars




After closing its doors due to insolvency in 2013, German hypercar company Gumpert is back in business and will be bringing an entirely new Bugatti-challenging model to next week’s Geneva motor show. But it won’t be the only boutique firm looking to challenge the establishment.
Called the Apollo N, the company, which has also been renamed Apollo Automobil, isn’t giving much away about the car’s capabilities other than to say it will be the world’s fastest road-legal car when it makes its global debut on March 1.



That is a huge boast. The world’s fastest full production car (i.e., more than 30 identical models built) is the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport — 265mph (427.6km/h) — and its replacement, the Chiron, also being unveiled in Geneva, is set to be faster still.

However, the original Apollo was no slouch thanks to its lightweight construction and twin-turbo V8 engine. The ‘Sport’ model could hit 100km/h from standstill in just under 3 seconds and its top speed was comfortably above 220mph (354km/h). It is also one of the fastest cars ever to lap the Nurburgring, completing the course in 7 minutes and 11.57 seconds.

While the new Apollo N is aiming to give Bugatti a run for its money, it could face some very stiff competition from British boutique builder Arash. It will be bringing its all-new AF10 to Geneva and it uses a hybrid powertrain to deliver a scarcely believable 2080bhp — that’s 880bhp more than a Bugatti.

This power comes from a total of five motors working together — a 295bhp electric motor at each wheel and a supercharged V8 sitting in the middle. The car is built almost entirely from carbon fiber or composites so it’s light yet strong and Arash is hoping to sell the car for £1 million (about US$1.4 million).

Another supercar maker that will be resurrecting its brand at Geneva is Dutch firm Spyker. After running into serious financial difficulties after its unsuccessful attempt to buy and relaunch Saab, the company is back on a much surer financial footing. As such, it will be unveiling a totally new model, the C8 Preliator that will feature a new design language and possibly a full electric or plug-in hybrid powertrain.

The 86th Geneva Motor Show opens its doors to the press on March 1 and to the public from March 3.





Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Rembrandt Bugatti


Bugatti has unveiled its 4th Special Edition model—Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Rembrandt Bugatti—at the ongoing Geneva Motor Show. This Special Edition honors Rembrandt Bugatti, known commonly as Rembrandt, a very notable and artistically independent sculptor of the early 20th century.


The company has announced that the special edition is based on the Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse that harnesses power from an 8 litre W16 engine, producing 1,200 hp and 1,500 Nm of peak torque.


Mated to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission, the car will get from 0-100 km/h in 2.6 seconds, eventually to a top speed of 408.84 km/h with the roof down.


Bugatti’s Legend Editions 

Typically, Bugatti’s special editions pay homage to some of the erstwhile members of the company. The previous three models sought to honor Meo Constantini, a racing driver and once the Sporting Director of Bugatti; Jean-Pierre Wimille, a French racing driver with two Le Mans wins under his belt; and Jean Bugatti, third son of the founder Ettore Bugatti.


Three models of each special edition were made and all nine models have been already sold out, Bugatti confirmed. Each of the special edition models cost $3 million (Rs 18.45 crore approx).


Geneva Motor Show: Bugatti Launches 4th Legend Edition

Inside the Bugatti legend edition