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Over the years, the MPV segment in India has grown and what many called the people mover a decade ago, bears the nametag of a family car. Tata Motors was actually the first in India to showcase an MPV back in the day. It was called the Calypso, but that car never made it to production as the company didn’t see that kind of market back then.

However, the MPV segment has grown and there are a lot many offerings in this segment than before. Car manufacturers have seen a surge in the demand for MPVs and have come with products for the consumers to choose from. We bring you the top 5 most fuel efficient MPVs to choose from.

1) Honda Mobilio

First showcased at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo in February, the Honda Mobilio was one of the most anticipated vehicles of 2014. The Mobilio marked Honda’s foray into a segment where they’ve never been before. The seven-seater MPV is based on the extended version of the Brio platform, which also underpins the Amaze.

Measuring 4,390mm in length, 1,680mm in width and 1,610mm in height with a wheelbase of 2,650mm, the Mobilio is one of the most spacious vehicles in its class. The Mobilio is available with two engine options: 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol and 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel. Both these engine also power the new-generation Honda City.

The diesel engine, however, is what is of prime interest to us as it churns a good 98bhp and develops a good 200Nm of torque. The Mobilio tops the list as it is the most fuel efficient MPV in India

Mileage: 24.5 km/l

Price: Starts at Rs. 6.49 lakh

2) Maruti Suzuki Ertiga

The Eritga was amongst the first MPVs to hit the market and Maruti Suzuki did a great job in making a car that would appeal to consumers. The Ertiga has 90mm more space between the wheels with 2740mm of wheelbase, but is shorter in length than the Mobilio. The Ertiga measures 1685mm in height and 1695mm in width.

The Ertiga too comes powered by both the petrol and diesel engines but we are looking at the 1.3-litre multijet engine here. The 1.3-litre 16V DDiS diesel engine develops 88.8bhp and 200Nm. That means there’s less power on offer but that has a significant effect on the mileage it has and with 20.77km/l is the second most fuel efficient MPV in the country.

Mileage: 20.77km/l

Price: Starts at Rs. 5.80 lakh

3) Datsun Go+

The Datsun Go+ is a surprise winner here. Only available in the petrol variant, the Go+ is the first MPV in India which measures in less than 4 metres and hence creates a new segment of the sub-compact MPV. It largely resembles its hatchback sibling – the GO – except for the additional third row of seats for kids. The front profile of the car is exactly similar to the GO hatchback; in fact, the side profile too remains similar to the hatchback till the C-Pillar. The major changes, however, are made to the rear profile of the car.

The car measures 3995mm in length, 1635mm in width and 1490mm in height and has a wheelbase of 2450mm. With the third row of seats, which are made only for kids, the car offers a boot space of 48-litres. But it can be increased up to 347-litres by folding the third row of seats.

Powering the vehicle is the same, 1.2-litre petrol, engine that does duty on the GO hatchback. This engine churns out a maximum power output of 67bhp and peak torque of 104Nm and it is a strong contender when it comes to fuel efficiency.

Mileage: 20.6 km/l

Price: Starts from Rs. 3.79 lakhs

4) Renault Lodgy (108bhp)

Though the MPV is sold as the Dacia Lodgy in international markets, the Indian model has been re-badged as the Renault Lodgy. The MPV not only shares its platform (slightly modified) with the Duster, but also its interior. The Lodgy marks Renaults foray into the MPV segment and will be the torch bearer when it comes to raking in the sales for the French car manufacturer.

With a class-leading wheelbase of 2810mm, the Lodgy offers quite a spacious cabin. The vehicle can be bought in either 7- or 8-seat configurations. While the 7-seater features captain seats for the second row passengers, the 8-seater will have a flat second row seat for three passengers.

Renault offers a diesel engine with two states of tune – 84bhp and 108bhp. The engine is the same 1.5-litre K9K engine which we’ve seen in the Duster. The Lodgy is a comfortable car and is equally good for city travel and long hauls.

Mileage: 19.98km/l

Price: Starts from Rs. 8.19 lakh

5) Mahindra Xylo

The final car in this line up is the Mahindra Xylo. Though a little outdated, this still is an MPV which delivers when it comes to features and even fuel economy. The Xylo is 4250mm long, and has a wheelbase of 2760mm. With a ground clearance of 186mm, the Xylo stands tall and also is very spacious.

The Xylo comes powered by the 2.2-litre mHawk engine which churns out 118bhp and develops 280Nm of torque. The company has plans to revamp the Xylo and introduce it this year with some new features and improving the fuel efficiency of the car.

Mileage: 14.02km/l

Price: Starts from Rs. 8.1 lakh


A map sits on a dashboard display of an Audi R8 V10 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, on Monday. Carmakers are becoming a familiar sight at tech shows, where they’re rolling out new models to woo a generation of consumers who question the need for a car that only gets them from A to B. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Chris Ratcliffe.

A map sits on a dashboard display of an Audi R8 V10 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, on Monday. Carmakers are becoming a familiar sight at tech shows, where they’re rolling out new models to woo a generation of consumers who question the need for a car that only gets them from A to B. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Chris Ratcliffe.

Carmakers are becoming a familiar sight at tech shows, where they’re rolling out new models to woo a generation of consumers who question the need for a car that only gets them from A to B.

At this week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Ford unveiled a new vehicle for Europe as well as in-cockpit technology, Volvo is showing off a keyless car and Mercedes-Benz Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton will appear on a panel with the president of chipmaker Qualcomm.

Eager to win over millennials who may care more about the latest Apple iPhone than a redesigned Mustang, automakers are trying to become more tech-savvy and shed their image as 20th century metal benders. The pivot toward the younger set comes amid a slowdown in China, competition fromTesla Motors which sends automatic software updates to the car’s command center and a boom in ride-sharing services such as Uber that have left car companies anxious about growth and eager to try out a new crop of digital products and services.

“Carmakers have a very narrow window of opportunity to win over Generation Y,” said Richard Viereckl, an analyst at PwC in Frankfurt who co-authored a 2015 study on connected cars. “They’re at these technology shows to portray their brands as hip, and with mounting competition from the likes of Apple, Panasonic and Sony, they’re fighting to keep the attention of and access to their customers.”

By 2022, 345 million autos worldwide will be connected to the Internet, nearly four times more than last year, according to IHS Automotive. In six years, 98 percent of the cars sold globally will be connected, up from 30 percent last year, the consulting firm said. The trend is driven by customer demand: Three in four consumers said they consider connected car services an important feature in their next vehicle purchase, AT&T and Ericsson said in a report in October.

The risk for carmakers is that Apple, Google and Microsoft will conquer the connected-car business with operating systems and apps that people are familiar with. Google and Apple already offer in-car infotainment systems with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and Google is at the forefront of developing self-driving cars.

“Google and Apple have a good chance as anyone at grabbing the car ecosystem,” said Kevin Curran, a computer science professor at Ulster University in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. “Cars today are computers with wheels, and tech companies know that field all too well.”

To fend off the threat, carmakers are set to make “big decisions” over the next 24 months, striking cooperation pacts and increasing spending on research and development as well as M&A to get ahead, said Thilo Koslowski, who heads the auto practice at researcher Gartner Inc. Those who don’t are at risk of being left behind, he said.

General Motors debuted its Chevrolet Bolt electric car at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January, before taking it to the Detroit auto show a week later. Such moves are aimed at highlighting vehicles’ software and Web features, with carmakers adding iPad-like dashboard touch screens and moving beyond to even more futuristic systems.

German automakers BMW, Audi and Daimler last year teamed up to buy Nokia’s HERE map business, a response to Google and Apple. BMW’s iDrive system brings apps, radio and navigation to the dashboard, reducing knobs and buttons for a user experience that’s closer to that of a smartphone. Porsche’s Mission E concept car unveiled last year features eye-tracking and gesture-control functions, which include holograms that allow the driver to grab apps out of the air.

At Mobile World Congress, Ford introduced a new model of the Kuga sport utility vehicle for the European market with updated communications, entertainment and driver-assistance features. It also outlined its latest plans under the umbrella of Ford Smart Mobility, the company’s initiative encompassing areas such as connectivity, autonomous vehicles and big data.

“We are transitioning from an auto company to an auto and mobility company,” Ford Chief Executive Officer Mark Fieldssaid in a Bloomberg TV interview at the event on Monday. The company is tripling its engineering investment in technologies making cars more semi-autonomous, Fields said.

It’s a tall order for automakers contending with fleet-footed tech companies. The disruption brought by the connected car is similar to what happened 100 years ago, when the automobile successfully challenged the horse and carriage industry, Koslowski said. Engineering excellence isn’t enough anymore, but to appeal to the next generation of buyers a carmaker needs to show how it can enrich a consumer’s digital lifestyle, he said.

“Automakers have an opportunity to make cars even more compelling and spark a renaissance of the car,” Koslowski said. “They are being challenged and they have to be careful that they don’t turn into a horse and carriage industry.”





You can’t head to the polo club or the marina in just any old vehicle. Why not spring for the Lamborghini Veneno Roadster. The special edition car, of which only nine are being built, was created just for the automaker’s 50th anniversary. It tops out at a cool 221 mph and costs $5.3 million. Since time is money, the superwealthy can waste a lot less time getting from here to there.



Adding more goodies and performance to its flagship offerings, Kawasaki has launched the 2016 Ninja ZX-10R andZX-14R superbikes in India priced at 16.4 lakh and 17.9 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) respectively. The 2016 ZX-10R gets a plethora of upgrades in cosmetic and mechanical to add some manic performance, whereas the 2016 Ninja ZX-14R gets subtle cosmetic revisions for the new model year.

Improving its capabilities further, the 2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R gets an aggressive looking front fascia and a revised chassis that is now lighter. The 998cc in-line, four-cylinder engine has been extensively revised. The motor gets a new cylinder head and crank that has helped reduce the weight by 20 per cent. This has further helped reduce the inertia, thereby allowing the motor to spin faster. The intake ports have been redesigned and made straight to improve the air-fuel mixture, while the power output remains the same at 200PS. As a result of the changes, the new ZX-10R gets a stronger low-mid range, improving acceleration out of corners. The engine is Euro 4 compliant as well.


Furthermore, the 2016 Kawasaki ZX-10R gets new adjustable Show front forks and the rear gets a monoshock Showa Balance Free Rear Cushion (BFRC). Braking performance comes from Brembo M50 monobloc brake calipers and idle stroke checked radial master cylinder. The latter offers brake force modulability that allows the rider to adjust the braking force on the superbik as per riding conditions. That said, Kawasaki now uses conventional round discs brakes on the 2016 model instead of petal ones units, whereas the front and rear lines are now steel braided.

The safety net on the new Kawaskai Ninja ZX-10R is equally extensive including a six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit, with five axis measurements done in the Bosch IMU and the sixth axis uses a different program that’s stored in the Kawasaki ECU. Other electronic aids include launch control, traction control, quickshifter, engine power mode selector, along with the Sport-Kawasaki Traction Control System (S-KTRC), Kawasaki Launch Control Mode (KLCM), Kawasaki Intelligent Anti-Lock Braking System (KIBS), Kawasaki Quick-shifter (KQS) and Kawasaki Engine Brake Control (KEBC). The upgrades have pushed the litre-class Kwacker against the offerings from Yamaha, Aprilia and Ducati in the segment.


Coming to the 2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R, the flagship superbike from the house of Kwacker gets an updated ECU while also making it Euro 4 compliant. The suspension is re-tuned coming from Ohlins at the rear and chassis optimized for high-speed stability. Other updates include new Brembo monobloc front brake calipers. The bike also gets ergonomic changes including revised handlebars that are now higher and closer and get wider grips, making them more accessible for average sized riders.

Kawasaki has also added a new seat on the 2016 ZX-14R called the Gunfighter seat for improved comfort. The company says that the new seat provides better acceleration with the throttle completely open. In terms of power, the 2016 ZX-14R continues to use the same 1441cc in-line, four-cylinder engine that produces the same 200PS and 158Nm of torque.


Having rightfully earned the title of ‘fastest production car’ according to the Guinness Book of World Records, the SSC Ultimate Aero has an impressive top speed of 256.14 miles per hour, powered by its twin-turbo V8 engine that ultimately generates 1,287-horsepowers. In comparison to the original Aero, the Ultimate model was redesigned with greater aerodynamics, greater use of carbon fibre, and greater braking capabilities. Since its production in 2007, only 5 copies were made of this beastly powerhouse of a car.



So you know it’s a good day when you’re greeted by Audi’s line-up of the S4, R8 and TT in the driveway. Walk in to the venue and there’s already much anxiety over the new car to be launched.


As Audi India head Michael Perschke takes the stage, he quickly reminds you that the luxury market has taken a beating in the last few years, with a nominal 20-25% increase (more than 50% of which is attributed to Audi car sales) cursed by the dwindling rupee value and the 25% duty hike on imported cars.


Yet Audi has still managed a 20% upswing where others brands are on a downward trajectory. Having beat BMW and Mercedes-Benz to pole position last year, we reckon Audi’s got 2013-2014 in the pocket considering their first 6 months sales figures trump the other two players.


It’s easy to pick up on Audi’s aggressive social media strategy and commercial promotions (remember the Audi Arctic ice driving experience and Race 2 R8 posters?), but what’s more interesting is that as BMW rolls out the 1 series andMercedes-Benz the new A class, Audi’s been hitting it out of the ballpark with a new model launch every single month this year. While January welcomed the Q5, February the R8, and March the Audi Q3 2.0 TFSI, the following months were about the R8 V10 Plus, Audi A6 special edition, the new Audi RS5, and we can shortly expect the Audi S6.


On that note, we arrive at the unveiling of the only RS model from the marquee in India, and under the wraps glistens a very blue RS 5 Coupe, a 2-door 4-seat drive with the signature matte aluminium Audi rings screaming luxury right off the bumper.


At first go, you may have trouble finding the awe factor about the car’s appearance, but your struggle is quickly diffused when the LED on the Xenon Plus headlamps remind you why there truly is none other like an Audi. The dual branch exhaust system and oval tailpipes are one of the reasons most Audi cars look just as good going, as they do coming your way.


Audi Rules Luxury Car Market, Unveils RS 5 Coupe

Audi RS 5 has a 4.2 litre V8 FSI engine


The car has had a design upgrade and now features more angled upper corners and a high-gloss anthracite diamond design grille. The sizeable 19″ 10-spoke aluminium alloy wheels coupled with the car’s ceramic break system would make this a dream drive for speed enthusiasts.


The interiors are just as well, with clean lines of nappa leather upholstery and electrically adjustable sports seats in the front. A multifunction driver friendly steering wheel is equipped with quick touch controls for the air conditioning and MMI navigation system.


On further inspection we note the car’s infotainment package includes the standard Audi sound system with some pretty powerful Bang & Olufsen speakers.


Under the hood is a 4.2 litres V8 FSI that gives 450hp @8,250 rpm. This lets the car do 0-100km/h in 4.5 seconds, electronically adjusted to max out at 250km/h.


In terms of fuel efficiency, Audi claims the RS 5 stats stand at 10.5 litres per 100km, and we know the 7 Speed S Tronic Transmission system contributes significantly to these figures.


Audi Rules Luxury Car Market, Unveils RS 5 Coupe

Nappa leather upholstery and electrically adjustable sports seats


But what we believe drivers will enjoy the most yet again is the Audi Auto Drive select, a one-touch button control on the central console that provides you different drive modes like auto, dynamic, comfort, efficient and individual.


And when in the need for speed, hit Launch Control to zoom off into sports mood from the point of standstill in the least possible time.


Priced at just under Rs 1 cr (Rs 95,28,000 ex-showroom Maharashtra), will the RS 5 beat the BMW 1 series andMercedes-Benz A class to the finish line? We’ll have to wait and watch.



According to an official press release issued by Ferrari, the FF will make its world premiere today, February 23rd 2011, at 6:00pm CET on

Clients and enthusiasts can experience this exceptional event in eight different languages by simply connecting to the website.

The world premiere in Maranello will be presented by Ferrari Chairman Luca di Montezemolo and CEO Amedeo Felisa.

The exclusive presentation on the Internet can also be seen on iPhone and iPad in English and Italian.

To see the car from close up it is necessary to wait for the Geneva Motorshow, where the FF has already been listed as the main protagonist of the Swiss event.

2011 Ferrari ff snow


The Integra is the least scooter-like scooter in our list, with a chain drive and the same frame and chassis as Honda’s NC700 motorcycle range. Honda markets the Integra as a scooter, so we’re giving them the benefit of the doubt, but you could call it a motorcycle with leg shields. As such, it lacks some of the key benefits of a scooter. The under-seat compartment is too small for any kind of motorcycle helmet, and the Integra is not a step-thru – you have to swing a leg over it. But it’s competitively priced and technologically sophisticated. Where other big scooters have continuously variable transmission systems, the Integra has a six-speed automatic gear box using Honda’s Dual Clutch Transmission, including twist-and-go and semi-automatic modes. With its higher centre of gravity and bigger, 17-inch wheels, it handles like a motorcycle. You might expect that to make it better than the rest. In practice the Integra is…  how can we put this delicately? Dull. ABS is standard.

Price: Â£7,699 OTR

Power: 51bhp



The Rs 6-7 crore Maybach 62 S will be unveiled in Delhi next week by Peter T Honegg, Maybach’s newly appointed MD and CEO, says business networking platform Mydigitalfc.

While details surrounding the luxury car’s launch are sketchy, the article says the focus is now on marketing the Maybach more efficiently. This is Maybach’s second entry in the Indian luxury car market.

The Maybach 62 S will have to compete with other luxury car makers like Rolls Royce, which sold 70 cars in India in 2010, Bentley, which introduced its Rs 3 crore Mulsanne as well as Bugatti which launched the Rs 16 crore Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport, India’s most expensive car. And considering that Rolls Royce increased seven-fold last year, there certainly is an appetite here for buying an expensive set of wheels.


Also considering that the number of millionaires in India grew by 51 per cent last year (there are also 17 new billionaires on Forbes India’s Rich List, bringing the number of billionaires in India to 69), Mukesh Ambani and Vijay Mallya won’t be the only owners of the Maybach in India.

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Earlier this year BMW-owned British carmaker MINI revealed that it will be bringing two new cars to the Indian market – the MINI Cooper S Convertible and the Clubman. The MINI Cooper convertible is the three-door open top version of the popular Cooper S and will be launched in India sometime next month. The new MINI Cooper S comes with the same design and style cues and sports a new soft-top roof. Under the hood it pack the same 4-cylinder MINI Twin Power Turbo engine that churns out a maximum of 190bhp while developing a peak torque of 280 Nm that does duty on the standard Cooper S. The engine comes mated to a six-speed automatic transmission Steptronic.