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vitara_647_010816040258To say that compact SUVs are a rage these days would be putting it mildly. Every manufacturer has one in their portfolio. Except the country’s largest car maker, Maruti-Suzuki. But that’s set to change.

The Vitara Brezza which was showcased nearly four years ago is finally ready to be unveiled. The company is looking at an Auto Expo reveal and that too at a cracking price tag. According to our sources the Vitara Brezza will come with a sleek look inspired by the concept.

Flared wheel arches an big wheels are sure to come. But what will take you by surprise are the features. We are told that the SUV will offer more than what the competition offers and that’s saying a lot.

Engine options will include both petrol and diesel, possibly the 1.2-litre petrol and the 1.3-litre diesel. Bigger engines are also a possibility. Lastly we are sure this one is not heading to the premium Nexa chains as this is surely a volume-getter.


The Aston Martin V12 Vanquish is a supercar manufactured by Aston Martin since 2001. It rose to fame after being featured as the official James Bond car in Die Another Day, the twentieth James Bond film. In the film, the Vanquish has the usual Bond film embellishments, including active camouflage which rendered the vehicle virtually invisible. The Vanquish is powered by a 5.9 L (5935 cc) 48-valve 60° V12 engine, which produces 343 kW (460 hp) and 542 N·m (400 ft·lbf) of torque. It is controlled by a fly-by-wire throttle and a 6 speed ‘paddle shift’ or semi-automatic transmission. A special V12 Vanquish S debuted at the 2004 Paris Auto Show with the power upped to 388 kW (520 hp) and 577 N·m (426 ft·lbf).


Price: $150, 000

 Hildebrand & Wolfmuller is also in the race of the world’s most exclusive bikes. This bike is manufactured in America by Hildebrand & Muller. This bike is 116 years old. This bike is in the list due to its rarity and history. This bike has 2 unique cylinder engines with double exhaust mixture that makes it well-known among American Bikers



Ford, the American automajor, has revealed the production version of the Ka hatchback today, ahead of its expected unveiling post FIFA world cup in Brazil. The same car will also make its way to India as the next-generation Figo in 2015. The concept of the car was showcased last year in November.

Ford Brazil has updated its official website with the images of the new hatchback, which gives us a clear idea of how the new-gen model will look. The car looks largely similar to the concept model, except for the changes made to the grille. While the concept had chrome plated horizontal slats, the production version has a honeycomb grille. The headlamp too has received different mirror element, though the design has remained unchanged.

New Generation Ford Figo revealed

(Also Read: Ford Cars to Get Advanced Steering Technology for Easier Maneuverability)

The Brazilian market will get a naturally aspirated 1.0-litre, three-cylinder petrol mill, capable of churning out 85bhp, while running on gasoline and ethanol. But in India, the car might continue coming with the existing engine options – 1.4-litre diesel and 1.2-litre petrol. If rumours are to be believed, Ford India might also launch the new-gen Figo with the 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine that also powers the EcoSport.

New-Generation Ford Figo





Bajaj is all set to relaunch and revive the Pulsar NS 200 in the Indian market. The new updated bike will make its debut in mid-January 2017 and will feature a minor makeover in styling terms. More significant will be a BSIV engine though, and Bajaj says that the bike’s specs and output will remain unchanged. Expect new colour options and new style body graphics. The NS 200 will continue to use the naked look though, and its basic structure remains unchanged.

Sources indicate that there will be an ABS version of the bike launched subsequently in 2017 – to better take on the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V portfolio, which is seen as the chief rival of course. The single-channel ABS system would likely be carried over from its sibling – the RS 200. But Bajaj is unlikely to offer the NS 200 with FI (fuel injection), as there is no apparent value addition seen with this option. Bajaj will also export the reworked and refreshed BSIV NS 200 from January – meaning only one spec of the bike will be produced by the company.



Bajaj Pulsar AS 200

The Pulsar NS 200 was slowly withdrawn from the domestic market around April 2015 – even though its production has continued unabated since for exports to Latin America (where it is a strong seller for Bajaj). At the time the NS 200 stopped selling in India it was due to a variety of reasons. The bike was selling a healthy 2500-3000 units per month at the time, but Bajaj had capacity constraints at its Chakan production unit where it was made. This was due to the launch of the Pulsar AS twins (150 and 200) and the subsequent relaunch of the Avenger brand with its new extended family of motorcycles. The NS was held back in a sense to provide a launchpad for the AS 200 – which was positioned as a more premium offering and offered a bit more equipment at a similar price point anyway.

Bajaj never officially suspended the NS 200 but in effect it was no longer available at dealers, and hasn’t been for over a year. Now the NS 200 will return to join the Pulsar family – which is anyway undergoing an upgrade to BSIV. The RS 200 will also get its BSIV heart by the end of January. The Pulsar 220 remains the strongest seller in that family though with sales averaging 7-8000 units a month. The combined Pulsar family sells over 10,000 units a month and given the slow sales of the AS series, the return of the NS 200 is expected to enhance that number. The AS 200 has never hit the numbers the NS 200 had and given its 3-digit monthly sales numbers, the NS 200 coming back is not a big surprise. By the time the NS 200 is relaunched in India, the entire Pulsar family: 135, 150, 180, NS 200, 220, RS 200 and the AS series will be available as Bharat Stage IV (BS IV).


The marquee has held on to the number one position since last year, and German auto maker Audi is living up to their promise of rolling out a new car into the Indian market, almost every month this year.


Burning the road this time is their top line sports offering—the Audi S6, touted to be a luxurious performance car with incredible handling.


To suit the claims, Audi has packed in a newly developed 4-litre eight-cylinder V-configuration engine that boasts of 420hp.


Electronically limited to max out at 250km/h, this quattro all-wheel drive can rev from 0-100km/h within an impressive 4.6 seconds.

The Audi S6 is Here Already?

The car has a new  and powerful 4-liter TFSIq V8 twin turbo engine


As noted with cars from the Audi stable, the 7 Speed S tronic transmission and the Quad exhaust outlets minimise the time lost in gear changes, packing in that extra power and adrenaline rush that’s imperative to a sports car enthusiast.


Interestingly, the makers have introduced a Cylinder–on–demand (COD) feature, which lets you cut off four of the eight cylinders as and when you please. Carbon smart? We think so!


Inside the car is a luxurious, high-tech cabin space wrapped in alcantara/leather, finished with trim inserts in matte aluminium. The sports seats are electrically adjustable and geared with a memory feature to save you the hassle of resetting.


With active noise cancellation, ambient lighting, the standard Audi sound system and 10 high-powered speaker support, this sports drive is worth the Rs 86 lakh price tag (Rs 85,99,000 ex-showroom New Delhi, to be precise).


The Audi S6 is Here Already?
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Here’s how really rich men indulge their passion for fast cars – they buy them all. The likes of David Beckham, Mukesh Ambani and Jay Leno are all funding this very expensive hobby. Find out which of them has the biggest car collection



BMW successfully reimagined the Mini, now it’s reinventing Rolls-Royce. The Ghost captures the elegance for which the RR badge is famous.



We gave you a complete run-through of the new generation MINI Cooper (S) back in February, so you already know what to expect from the sweet little drive.


Now the interesting inclusion just months later is that of a 5-door variant added to the lineup in four different engine configurations—two diesel, two petrol—all equipped with the MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology.


The power breakdown:

MINI Cooper—100 kW/136 hp 3-cylinder petrol engine

MINI Cooper (S)—141 kW/192 hp 4-cylinder petrol engine

MINI Cooper D—3-cylinder diesel engine (85 kW/116 hp) and

MINI Cooper (S) D—4-cylinder diesel engine with an output of 125 kW/170 hp


All the cars will be geared to a 6-speed manual transmission as standard and a 6-speed Steptronic transmission or Steptronic sports transmission as an option.


Launchpad: The First Mini 5-Door


Smart Buy

Now while the 5-door may not be the first pick for those in the international market for a compact drive, for Indian buyers, typically with a family of five, the added space for a third person in the rear proves to be a great inclusion.


Add to that the additional boot/luggage space of 278 litres (67 litres more than 3 door), and more legroom (up by 72mm) and headroom (up by 15mm), we think the MINI 5-door is tailor-made for young India.

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When a carmaker shows off a fresh new redesign of one of its existing models to journalists, the rollout is invariably accompanied by a big stack of PowerPoint slides that tell the car’s “story.” It includes comparisons to competitive models from other manufacturers, global sales numbers, lots of cutaways and diagrams, pictures of factories, graphs and charts written by engineers (usually for engineers, too) showing all the ways they’ve made subtle improvements to the vehicle, and CAD drawings showing, among other things, the car’s chassis and what every single piece of it is made of, right down to the tensile strength of all the different metals.

It’s usually the equivalent of drinking from a fire hose, but in the case of the redesigned Honda Fit, one little diagram did catch my eye—the fuel tank. Because fuel tanks contain liquid, you can sometimes contort them into funny shapes and stick them in weird places, like behind rear seat-backs, or around the spare tire. They can be shaped and molded to do your bidding, and as long as the fuel line snakes in at the bottom, gravity will do its thing.
In the case of the Fit—Honda’s already excellent entry-level subcompact—the engineers took advantage of that malleable nature to squeeze every millimeter of cabin space they could from the car. They moved the tank from underneath the rear seats to underneath the front seats, then did the digital equivalent of taking a ball-peen hammer to the thing to make it fit squarely between both. It’s a relatively minor move, but with significant implications. Honda could lower the rear seats to open up space, and thanks to some equal adjustments to the rear suspension, move them back, bumping leg room for rear passengers by several inches. The cumulative addition of all those cubic inches adds up to legitimately useful extra cargo space, particularly given the Fit’s still-remarkable array of rear seat configurations. Flip the seats up for access to tons of open space behind the front seats; fold them flat nearly to the floor to load in a dishwasher, or whatever. In fact, you can fit four road bikes in the back, if you wanted to.

It all goes to prove that even when you think you’ve done an awesome job maxing out your product’s capabilities, you can still do more. This redesign, quite simply, gives you that “more”—beyond simple extra space, too. There are incremental improvements from bumper to bumper, including improved fuel economy (a 16 percent bump to 36 mpg combined city/highway), more power (130 horses, versus the previous model’s 117), and an improved roster of standard features, including a 7-inch display with a backup camera, Bluetooth connectivity, USB and HDMI ports, and eyes-free access to your iPhone’s Siri.

On the road, you feel the additional horsepower—as well as the enhanced smoothness of the continuously variable transmission—but you also feel improved road-handling thanks to a more rigid steering system and a stiffer suspension. The new Fit is more fun to drive—and more entertaining, too. Partially this has to do with the inclusion of the LaneWatch system, which flashes a view on that 7-inch monitor from the right-hand side of the car whenever you activate the blinker. It’s just a camera that shows potential obstacles in your turning direction, but it’s a cool feature, and kind of fun. You can even flick that thing on for extended periods with the push of a button, if you aren’t using the screen for navigation or audio.

It’s hard to walk away from a drive in the Fit without thinking it’s one of the best values out there in subcompact cars—especially when you consider that (per Honda’s big stack of slides) they’ve crammed in $1,800 worth of additional features and improvements to the EX trim level, for instance, while only bumping the price by about $200. (The Fit starts at $15,525 for the LX version with a six-speed manual transmission, and goes up to $20,800 for an EXL with navi.) In terms of features, it beats its competitors on most fronts, has Honda’s legendary quality going for it, and thanks to its sharp exterior styling tweaks, it looks better, as well. There are areas for improvement the next go-around, sure—road noise can be dialed back a bit more at highway speed, and the cup-holders are kind of a stretch to reach—but I don’t mind waiting for that next big stack of PowerPoint slides to plop down on my desk.