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Comparison: Tata Bolt Vs Indica Vista - 3 Mistakes

Review Comparison: Tata Motors New versus Old
Tata's Bolt versus Vista
Bolt along with Zest is Tata’s make-or-break product. None of its hatchbacks like Indica Vista or sedans have been able to stand against the competition and the sales figure also tell the same story. When a company faces such a critical situation it either gives up or fights back. Bolt is Tata’s fight back product. A product that Tata hopes will revive its fortunes in the automobile segment.

Exterior Side Front View: Tata Bolt vs Tata Indica Vista Compared
Front 3-Quarter: Tata Bolt vs Vista

Exterior Side Rear View: Tata Bolt vs Tata Indica Vista Compared
Rear 3-Quarter: Tata Bolt vs Vista

Exterior Side View: Tata Bolt versus Tata Indica Vista Compared
Side Profile: Tata Bolt vs Indica Vista

Exterior Front View: Tata Bolt versus Tata Indica Vista Compared
Front: Tata Bolt vs Indica Vista

Interior Dash View: Tata Bolt versus Tata Indica Vista Compared
Dashboard: Tata Bolt vs Indica Vista
We expected that a car model carrying the whole burden of a company’s success would be built ground up to take it a quantum leap ahead of its predecessors. No doubt Tata has worked very hard to create a great product and to a large extent they have succeeded. But the first spontaneous reaction on seeing Bolt is ‘it looks to be a better Indica’ instead of ‘it’s better than Indica’. Bolt could have been a stronger product with a more individual identity had Tata done ’3 things’ differently. Things that would have helped them completely break away from the Indica image. We call them as “3 Mistakes”.

Mistake 1: Tata Bolt is built on the Indica Vista’s X1 platform. And yes, Tata has spent lot of time and effort to thoroughly re-engineer it before using it for Bolt (and Zest). But X1 is not a modular or a very flexible architecture. So using it as a base for the new car to ride on has vastly limited the possibilities for Tata designers to come up with a completely fresh design that would have given Bolt a radically new look. That’s the reason why we see a reflection of Vista in Bolt.

Mistake 2: Looking at the comparison photos specially the side profile, you will clearly notice that Bolt carries the same Vista glasshouse without any change. Sharing the same glasshouse means that the top half of both the cars will look the same. Glasshouse includes the windshield, rear and side windows, the pillars separating them (A, B & C) and the car's roof. So even though comprehensive sheet-metal changes have been made and new body panels added but still Bolt has that unmistakable Indica in it.

Mistake 3: The new 1.2-litre Revotron petrol engine uses only two-valves-per-cylinder instead of the usual four. This will make it difficult for the engine to breathe under hard driving. Moreover this is not a completely new motor since it is based on the 1.2 Xeta engine that was used in petrol Indica. Tata aims to attract the youth with the aggressive looks of Bolt, the same segment that never felt attracted to the Indica range of vehicles. But this engine is not sophisticated enough to deliver an enthusiastic drive and may thus become another reasons for the intended segment of customers to move to the high powered competition.

Its always easier to point out mistakes in something new than fixing them. But still in the current situation Tata can’t afford to make any mistakes as they may not get another chance if Bolt fails to do well. Tata Motors could have made a better use of this opportunity to completely redefine what they stand for. Bolt has all the ingredients to be a great success in the hatchback segment if only it doesn’t get dragged by its makers past, Indica image.

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Comparison: Audi Q7 New vs Old - How Different

Review Comparison : Audi 2nd versus 1st Generation
Audi's New Q7 vs Old Q7
The second generation Audi Q7 crossover for the year 2015-2016 is here. A casual look at the new SUV may not reveal much as majority of changes have been made under the skin. So to help you put things in perspective we have created a pictorial comparison between New Audi Q7 versus Old Audi Q7.

Audi Q7 Exterior: New Vs Old
Audi has not played much with its trademark conservative design approach while building the new version of its flagship SUV. There is nothing revolutionary about the exterior of the 2016 Q7 when compared with the earlier generation. But yes it does look sleeker and more youthful than before.
Side View: 2015-2016 Audi Q7 versus Old Audi Q7
Side Profile: Audi Q7 New vs Old

Exterior Front View: New 2015-2016 Audi Q7 versus Old Audi Q7
Front: Audi Q7 New vs Old

Exterior Rear View: New 2015-2016 Audi Q7 versus Old Audi Q7
Rear: Audi Q7 New vs Old


The designers at Audi managed to make it appears lower, wider and longer giving it a more wagon like look even though it is 1.5 inches shorter, 0.6 inch narrower and of same height.

This has been made possible with help of innovative design elements like lowering the front end of the new Q7 to make it appear less massive than the 1st gen model. Other styling cues include a sharper rendition of Audi's hexagonal shaped single frame radiator grille (as on face-lifted Audi Q3), a gently tapering roofline making the SUV appear lower than before and a more pronounced side profile crease giving it a more chiseled look.

Q7’s front and rear appear more edgy in comparison to the rounded looks of the outgoing model. The headlight housing has been completely redesigned into a more angular design packed with matrix LED clusters similar to those on the Audi TT. The LED DRLs inside the head lamp are shaped like a double arrow, lending it a sharper look. Taillights have become rectangular and now come with dynamic turn signals. Also new at the back is the redesigned license plate enclosure and the twin exhaust unit which is now rectangular. The wide tailgate has been carried over from the previous model.

Overall, the next generation Audi Q7 looks more macho than before but at the same time it has that pretty vibe to it, which is definitely new.

Audi Q7 Interior: New Vs Old
Audi claims that its 2016 SUV not only offers more headroom, but also features a longer cabin. There is an additional 0.8 inches between the first and second rows of seats, and head room has increased by 1.6 inches and 0.9 inches in the first and second rows, respectively.

Interior Dashboard: New 2015-2016 Audi Q7 versus Old Audi Q7
Dashboard: Audi Q7 New vs Old
One of the most striking differences between the old and the new Q7 is the all-new dashboard design giving it a virtual cockpit feel. It comes with a minimalist design theme with only a few buttons visible, a 7 inch screen that rises from the dash and Audi TT sports car inspired digital instrument cluster. All the drama is further enhanced by the VW Passat borrowed HVAC vent louver that appears to stretch through dashboard’s entire width even though the actual air openings are still in the usual locations.

Audi Q7 Hidden Changes: New Vs Old
Audi has successfully managed to lower the new Q7’s overall center of mass by 2 inches, thus greatly improving big SUV’s handling abilities. This has been achieved primarily by mounting the engine lower in the chassis in comparison to the first generation model.

Exterior Side Front View: Audi 1st gen Q7 vs 2nd gen Q7
Front 3-Quarter: Audi Q7 New vs Old

Exterior Rear View: 2015-2016 Audi 1st gen Q7 vs 2nd gen Q7
Rear: Audi Q7 New vs Old

Exterior Front View: 2015-2016 Audi 1st gen Q7 vs 2nd gen Q7
Front: Audi Q7 New vs Old

Interior Dashboard View: 2015-2016 Audi 1st gen Q7 vs 2nd gen Q7
Dashboard: Audi Q7 New vs Old
Another significant improvement has been in reducing the wind resistance or the co-efficient of drag from 0.37 to 0.32. It has been largely achieved by fine tuning the exterior elements along with the underbody that’s almost completely lined. This makes the new Audi Q7 much more aerodynamic than the 1st generation model and more fuel efficient as well.

The 1st generation Q7 shared a platform with the Volkswagen Touareg and the Porsche Cayenne. But since it was never offered with a low-range transfer case, its off-road capabilities were always limited. For the new generation Q7, Audi has switched to Volkswagen’s latest MLB Evo platform. Infact Q7 is the first SUV to make use of this advance platform and this has enabled Audi to offer loads of comfort and assistance systems previously unavailable in the vehicle.

Thanks to the new lightweight MLB modular-longitudinal architecture along with the use of ultra-high-strength steel, and the extensive use of aluminum, the new Q7 is about 325 kilograms lighter in 3.0 TDI form than its predecessor. This makes it more agile on and off road as well as more fuel efficient.

2016 Audi Q7 comes with a new all-wheel steering system. This system uses an electric spindle to turn the rear wheels by as much as 5 degrees and helps enhance the steering response. At low speeds the rear wheels steer opposite the front wheels, making the vehicle easy to park while also reducing the turning radius by up to 3.3 feet. At higher speeds the rear wheels follow the movement of the front wheels to aid stability. Thus you can expect the new Audi Q7 to be more maneuverable in comparison to last generation model.

For the first time buyers will have an option to get their new Q7 in diesel plug-in hybrid mode along with conventional options. It will come with a 3.0-liter TDI V6, electric motor, and 17.3-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack. It’s the first plug-in to use a diesel V6 and all-wheel drive.

1st generation Audi Q7 crossover ruled the roads for almost 8 years. The new 2015-2016 Audi Q7 is better in every way. It rides on a new advance platform, is much lighter than before, has more cabin space with loads of technology fed into it and seems determined to conquer new frontiers.
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Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles Consume More Fuel

Plug-in Hybrid Electric Car
Plug-In Hybrid are Eco-Friendly?
Majority of people around the globe (mainly in rich countries) using plug-in hybrid electric cars are consuming more gasoline than their conventional counterparts. Sound strange but it’s true. Not sure how…read on. Plug-in hybrid automobiles use regular gasoline engine along with electric motor with battery. People buy these cars for different reasons – improve their Eco-friendly credentials, style statement, make use of generous subsidies given by government on electric cars, etc etc. That’s all good, but something is going wrong.

Plug-in hybrid owners are frequently choosing gasoline power to drive their cars even though their vehicles have inbuilt technology to run on batteries (electrically charged). When plug-in hybrid cars are made to run on just gasoline they actually consume more fuel since they are carrying 150 kilograms of extra electric components than regular cars.

Plug-in Hybrid Electric Car Technology
According to a report such a situation is arising due to lack of charging facilities in the owner’s neighborhood. Lots of people using such cars are unable to charge it at their place of residence due to reasons like no reserved parking space, lack of electric outlet near the car etc. Also the public charging facilities are not densely located and you need to drive for few kilometers before you can access it. Countries like US and China are spending billions of dollars to build charging stations across the country but it will still take many more years before such facilities are easily accessible for majority of their population. Till then its best to drive a regular gasoline vehicle and be proud that you are contributing less to global warming than a rich guy driving a state of the art plug-in hybrid vehicle.

Source: Bloomberg
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Tata Nano Rules The Taxi Fare War

Tata Nano Taxi Service
Tata Nano As Taxi
To cater the travel needs of the growing Indian budget market, the car rental firm TaxiForSure has launched their new category of taxi service with a fleet of 100 Tata Nano’s in Bengaluru. The service will cost Rs. 25 for the first 2 kilometers and Rs. 10 for every subsequent kilometer. This aggressive pricing came as a shocker to the auto rickshaw operators, who are now contemplating about revising their existing rate of Rs. 25 for the first 1.9 km and Rs. 13 for every subsequent kilometer.

Raghunandan G, co-founder and CEO, TaxiForSure, said: “Tata Nano is a well-loved consumer brand that is perfectly suited for city travel with its small footprint and zippy commute. It is also light on the pockets of our driver partners, who can now become entrepreneurs much more easily.” On being asked as to why he is targeting the traditional autorickshaw market with this new service, he explained, “we only want to provide another option to people who don’t use sedans and hatchbacks. We don’t want to pose a threat to auto drivers”.

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New Hyundai i20 Spy Shot
TaxiForSure Flags Off Tata Nano Fleet
New Hyundai i20 Spy Shot
Tata Nano Leads TaxiForSure Budget Service
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New Hyundai i20 Facelift Spied: Reveal Four Changes

New 2012 Hyundai i20 Facelift Spied
Upcoming 2012 Hyundai i20 Spied
Hyundai i20 hatchback is soon going to officially reveal its new face once the facelift operation completes but we are an impatient bunch of people who hate to wait. So what you see here is a barely camouflaged side spy shot of i20's revised version. It’s not going to be a major upgrade though, so don’t expect any fludic elements on the sheetmetal like that of the new Hyundai Verna and Sonata. The changes will be more like what we saw on the updated i10 with Hyundai’s now trademark headlamps well integrated on the front fascia.

Comparing the existing model of i20 with the spy photo mailed by our anonymous reader, we noticed four major differences in design and have marked them as 1, 2, 3 & 4 (see the photo below). First is the bonnet line which seems to go deeper into the front fenders indicating a larger size of hood cover and thus giving it visually a wider stance. Second is the new headlamp design which is the most visible change on the front. Third is the modified front bumper and lastly the redesigned fog lamp surrounds with chrome inserts.

There are some more changes expected on the new 2012 Hyundai i20 but are not visible on the current spy pic. It includes refreshed interiors with updated dashboard, redesigned backlight cluster, new Eon like hexagonal front grille layout and addition of few new features in the top end model. But no mechanical change is likely to happen under the skin and the facelifted Hyundai i20 will continue to be powered by 1.2L petrol, 1.4L petrol and 1.4L diesel engines.

Launched in December 2008, the i20 has been a massive success for Hyundai and we hope it gets upgraded to a level where it gives even stronger competition to its growing number of rivals like the new Maruti Swift, Ford Figo, Volkswagen Polo, Honda Jazz, Nissan Micra and so on. The new version of Hyundai i20 hatch is expected to hit the Indian roads by the second quarter of 2012.

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Photo Gallery: New 2012 Hyundai i20 Facelift Spy Shot & Comparison
New Hyundai i20 Spy Shot
Upcoming New Hyundai i20 Facelift Spied
New vs Old Hyundai i20: Headlight, Foglamp, Bumper
2008 vs 2012 Hyundai i20: 4-Point Design Comparison
Side Comparison: New vs Old Hyundai i20
Upcoming vs Current Hyundai i20 Model Compared
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Survey: Maruti-Suzuki India’s Most Trusted Auto Brand

The  Trust Report, India Study 2012 Trust is a complex concept to be measured and even more difficult to earn and maintain. Brand loyalty thrives on trust and higher this rating goes more consumers follow the brand. As per 'The Trust Report, India Study 2012', compiled by the Brand Trust Advisory, Maruti Suzuki is India’s most trusted automotive brand. Now that can’t be called a surprising revelation since it’s already a well known fact the Maruti commands lots of respect and trust in India and its reflection can be seen in its annual sales figure.

Maruti Suzuki Dzire and Alto has been rated as the top two most trusted cars and BMW leads the list of luxury car brands followed by Audi. Interestingly as per the report the second and third largest automobile maker in India, the Hyundai Motor and Tata Motors could not make it to the list of top ten trusted automotive manufacturers. Come on now, the quality of cars from Hyundai and Tata has improved a lot in recent years but it seems that even in the past year people continued to suspect cars from these brands.

"The report measures 61 tangible and intangible aspects of brand trust, which combine to encompass all positive behaviours and attitudes toward a brand," Trust Research Advisory CEO N Chandramouli said.

The survey was conducted between August-November 2011 and took into account the responses and views on 17,000 brands from over 2,700 participants across 15 cities in the country and has featured top 1,000 brands from several categories.

What we are more concerned about here is how our automotive brands performed on the trust factor. So checkout below the list of top ten automotive brands as per the Brand Trust Report 2012 which have managed to gain and maintain the trust of people of India all through the year of 2011.

Source: TrustAdvisory
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Rank
Brand
Category
1
Maruti-Suzuki
Four-Wheeler
2
BMW
Luxury Cars
3
Hero Honda
Two-Wheeler
4
Toyota
Four-Wheeler
5
Honda
Four-Wheeler
6
Ford
Four-Wheeler
7
Audi
Luxury Cars
8
Skoda
Four-Wheeler
9
Hero
Two-Wheeler
10
Yamaha
Two-Wheeler
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Comparison: Maruti Suzuki Ertiga vs Toyota Innova - The Inevitable Competitors

comparison: maruti ertiga vs toyota innova reviewed Maruti Suzuki has entered the multi-purpose vehicle market with the launch of its Ertiga MPV at the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo. The new Ertiga kick starts a new compact premium UV (utility vehicle) segment in India and will soon be joined by Chevrolet, Mahindra and others. So before the new players join the party let’s compare the pioneer of the mini MPV class, Ertiga with the ruling boss of this segment, the new Toyota Innova.

Pitching the new Ertiga (which means three rows in Indonesian language) against the recently facelifted Toyota Innova seems odd since they don’t belong to the same segment and are targeted at a different set of customer base. But going by the lack of options for MPV buyers in our automobile market the Ertiga vs Innova duel won’t feel out of place. The Utility Vehicle (UV= MPV + SUV) segment accounts for around 14 per cent of the total sale of vehicles in India and a 66 per cent of these are Multi-Purpose Vehicles (MPV), the segment where Ertiga is positioned.

(Checkout a detailed pictorial comparison between Ertiga and Innova below).

Innova has been ruling Indian hearts for many years due to its proven reliability and workhorse powerplant. Maruti Suzuki’s Ertiga is new but coming from the stable of India’s largest automobile manufacture gives it a certain halo of trust in the eyes of masses. Though an MPV, the Ertiga has a very car-like styling and stance. The front resembles a buffed up Ritz hatchback while the peeled-back headlights are reminiscent of the new Swift which along with the pronounced wheel arches and a strong rising shoulder line gives it a bold stance. The rear has a distinct design with Honda Jazz like tail light. But it can still be easily identified from behind as a Maruti product with its trademark centrally located stop lamp at the bottom of the bumper.

With the launch of its Ertiga, Maruti not only intends to attract a new class of customers into its fold but also expects to take away many of the Toyota buyers who used to shop in the ‘Innova market’. Now that’s easier said than done. Ertiga does not make a style statement like say the Fluidic Hyundai but its appeal lies in the neutral ‘please all’ design and that’s what is going to help it be the choice of the whole family. So let’s try to decipher the new Ertiga while not forgetting what Innova has to offer.

Ertiga vs Innova: Target Base.
Photo: Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Front Side Exterior View
Toyota Innova is designed to move 7 people in comfort and can accommodate the 8th passenger in times of need. That’s one of the reasons what makes it a hit in the taxi segment as well as for personal use. Checkout Ertiga and you’ll find that it’s built to enable 6 people (4 adults + 2 kids) to travel together in peace and can still find space for one more rider if required. So what set of customers is Maruti Suzuki aiming at with its new MPV? Answer is - a conventional Indian middle class family with an average income and in need of space for 1 or 2 more people than what a usual hatchback or sedan can accommodate. Generally speaking, a complete family normally consists of 5 or 6 members: Parents (2) in age group 55-75yrs, self and spouse (age 25-45) and their 2 offspring’s (age 5-15). Till now people of this segment had to either choose a large 3 row SUV (15-20lakh) or had to stretch their budget to atleast the Innova territory. So with launch of Ertiga, Maruti intends to hit the sweet spot of Indian customers looking for a MUV at a price of a mid-size sedan.

Ertiga vs Innova: Structural Advantage.
Photo: New Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Top Exterior View
Toyota cars are built to last and have comfortable interiors but boring looks and Innova is no different. Maruti Suzuki made vehicles are known to be value for money, practical by design and are loved for their highly fuel efficient motor and pleasing looks and Ertiga carries on this tradition. Technically speaking Innova is based on the old body on frame construction architecture and due to the inherent rigidity of this structure it can endure bad roads better. Ertiga on other hand is a modern MPV based on an extended Ritz platform, which itself is based on a modified Swift platform. Due to this monocoque construction it gets advantage over Innova in terms of better ride comfort, stability and handling.

Ertiga vs Innova: Space vs Utility.
Photo: Maruti Suzuki Interior Space View
Dimension
Innova
Ertiga
Length (mm)
4585
4265
Width (mm)
1760
1695
Height (mm)
1760
1685
Wheelbase (mm)
2750
2740
Boot (liter)
400
135
The inside of the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga looks spacious and a lot of credit for it goes to the all beige interior colour. It has 3 rows of seats just like a traditional MPV with a maximum capacity to carry 7 passengers at a time. But realistically speaking, shoulder room will be at a premium if 3 adults decide to sit in the middle row since Ertiga is only as wide as the all-new 2011 Swift. The seats of the middle row can slide forward/backward as required. The 3rd row is best left to kids or really short adults. Legroom & head-room are in extremely short supply there. Notice that the 2nd row seat has a 60:40 fold-down split. You can also completely fold down the 2nd and 3rd row of seats when more than 135 liter of boot space is needed. Ertiga is no match for the amount of room including the luggage space you get inside a full size MPV like Innova. On comparing the outer dimensions you will notice that Toyota is longer by quite a margin even though both have almost the same size of wheelbase. This is due to the fact that Ertiga has very short overhang and the loss of space inside make its proportions compact on outside. And a smaller body shell allows lots of flexibility to park and maneuver easily even in congested areas, giving it an edge over Innova.

Ertiga vs Innova: Engine & Fuel Efficiency.
Comparison
Innova (Diesel)
Ertiga (Diesel)
Innova (Petrol)
Ertiga (Petrol)
Power (ps)
102
90
132
95
Torque (Nm)
200
200
181
130
Fuel Economy
(ARAI Kmpl)
12.99
20.77
10.35
16.02
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Diesel & New Petrol Engine
Just like Innova, Maruti’s new UV also comes in both petrol and diesel versions. Suzuki’s highly acclaimed K-series petrol engine family is joined by its youngest member with the debut of the new K-14B VVT 1.4 liter petrol motor in Ertiga. But the main volumes puller will however be the 1.3 Liter DDiS Fiat derived Multijet turbo diesel engine, which is the same unit that powers the SX4. Its pulling torque power is equal to Innova’s 200Nm even though net power is lower. But being a smaller and lighter vehicle gives Maruti Ertiga the advantage of higher power to weight ratio and better mileage.

Ertiga vs Innova: Market Price.
Maruti Suzuki has the bandwidth to price Ertiga very competitively due to its large scale of operation, high amount localization and lots of component sharing like extended Ritz chassis and a specially tuned SX4 diesel engine. Also its dashboard is lifted straight out of new 2011 Swift..well almost. So a starting price of 6.5 to 7 lakhs should not be a surprise. New face-lifted 2012 Toyota Innova now comes with a base price of Rs 8,87,400. Now that’s quite a price difference but don’t forget that Innova is much bigger and more powerful than Ertiga.

Ertiga vs Innova: Conclusion.
By now it is clear that no matter in how much detail we try and compare Maruti Ertiga with Innova, the bottomline always remains the same i.e. both MPVs are different and by comparing one with other we do justice with none. Pitching Innova against Ertiga is just like comparing the mighty Ford Endeavour with the compact Skoda Yeti SUV. Ertiga and Innova are vehicles of different segment. Innova already rules the large MPV market and Ertiga don’t have any rivals yet to compete against in the compact MPV segment. But that is going to change soon when manufactures like Chevrolet, Renault, Nissan, Mahindra etc come to the market with their own version of mini MPV.

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Photo Gallery: New Maruti Suzuki Ertiga vs Facelifted 2012 Toyota Innova
Exterior Comparison: Ertiga vs Innova
Ertiga vs Innova Front Side View
Exterior Comparison: Ertiga vs Innova
Ertiga vs Innova Front Grill, Headlight, Fog Lamp
Dashboard Comparison: Ertiga vs Innova
Ertiga vs Innova Dashboard, Steering Comparison
Interior Space Comparison: Ertiga vs Innova
Ertiga vs Innova Interior Space Comparison
Boot Size Comparison: Ertiga vs Innova
Ertiga vs Innova Boot Space Comparison
Interior Space Comparison with 3rd Row Folded Down: Ertiga vs Innova
Ertiga vs Innova Boot Space with 3rd Row Folded
Rear Comparison: Ertiga vs Innova
Ertiga vs Innova Rear Comparison. Notice Bottom Lamp.
Exterior Comparison: Ertiga vs Innova
Ertiga vs Innova Front Profile View
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2012 Chevrolet Cruze Facelift Spied & Compared

Spy Photo: 2012-2013 Chevrolet Cruze Facelift Comparison Chevrolet Cruze has been GM’s most successful model in India since its launch in mid-2009. But competition has been getting stronger with the launch of all-new VW Jetta, a refreshed Toyota Corolla and the upcoming debut of next generation 2012 Honda Civic this year. So with the heat rising in this segment Chevy can’t just sit back and enjoy its success. For quite sometime now we have been hearing about how GM intends to improve back seat comfort in Cruse and may launch facelift version this year. What you see here is the first clear photo of the new face of Cruze, thanks to our reader Mohitu who mailed it to us.

So going by this spy pic we can expect the facelift version to come with significant modifications to the front bumper design. The most obvious change is seen in the grille that no longer adopt the honeycomb model but horizontal lines that reinforce its character. Lower grille has been replaced with a single integrated slat. The fog light surrounds have a triangular shape, a bit like a Camry and includes LED daytime running lights.

Now all these changes are expected in the 2012 American version of Cruze facelift but how much will get filtered down to Indian spec is yet to be seen.

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Spy Photos: 2012-2013 Chevrolet Cruze Facelift Comparison
Spy Photo: 2012-2013 Chevrolet Cruze Facelift
Spy Photo: Chevrolet Cruze Facelift Comparison
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Video: Qatar's Fleet Of Porsche Police Cars

Qatar's Police Fleet of Porsche Cayenne and PanameraIt’s a well known fact that people in Saudi Arabia has special liking for Audi vehicles and that’s why the term “saudis in audis” is famous. But what we were not aware of was the kind of passion people in Qatar (a country known to have highest per-capita GDP on Earth mainly due to its vast oil and natural gas reserves) has for Ferrari badged SUVs and sportscars.

When someone talks about the Republic Day parade of India, usually the picture that we get in mind is of large armored vehicles and tanks. But looking at the video of Qatar National Day parade (it happens each year in commemoration of Qatar's unification and independence) made us realize what transformation can happen if our country has loads of cash to burn and low crime rate.

Check out the clip below showing Qatar Police Force proudly displaying to the assembled crowd its gigantic fleet of Porsche Cayenne SUVs and Porsche Panamera sedans along with several Toyota Land Cruiser. It should be noted that this Arab state is a major shareholder in Porsche SE and Volkswagen group. So in short it won’t be wrong to says: “qataris in ferraris” just like “saudis in audis”.

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Video: Porsche Police Cars Parade in Qatar
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Toyota Aqua / Prius C: World’s Most Fuel Efficient Hybrid Launched

Toyota Officially Launches New 2012 Prius C / Aqua Hybrid Hatchback Toyota recently launched in Japan its latest compact car which is being said to be the world’s most fuel efficient mass produced hybrid vehicle (excluding plug-in hybrid vehicles). The new car is being touted as a small successor to Toyota’s revolutionary Prius and is called Aqua in home market and Prius C in other countries. With addition of Prius C hatchback, Toyota now has 4 Prius-badged hybrid models that includes the regular Prius, the new plug-in Prius PHEV and the Prius V minivan.

According to Toyota’s Press Release, “the Aqua incorporates 17 years of Toyota expertise and technology in the development of mass-produced hybrid vehicles, and boasts a small, light and efficient hybrid system that achieves a world-leading fuel efficiency”. On the Japanese JC08 test cycle (a new method of finding fuel efficiency), the Aqua gave an incredible fuel economy of 35.4 km/L (83.3 mpg) and 40.0 km/L (94 mpg) under the MLIT 10-15 test cycle (the original Japanese method of calculating efficiency numbers).

Aqua, which means water in Latin, is powered by a 1.5-liter Atkinson cycle four-cylinder engine producing 74 hp, and mated to a 45 kW electric motor. Combined output of 100 hp is enough to push it to 100 km/h (62mph) in 10.7 seconds in combination with its CVT gearbox. Aqua has a length of 3.9 meters as compared to 4.48 meters Prius and costs around 22% lesser. The car’s base model is priced at 1,690,000 yen in Japan which is about Rs 11,42,973. But if Toyota decides to launch Aqua in India in near future with 1.2L engine under the hood then we can hope for a much lower pricing.

Toyota Aqua/Prius C Technology Highlights:
  • A cooled Exhaust-Gas Recirculation (EGR) system improves efficiency in the high-expansion-ratio Atkinson cycle engine.
  • Also contributing to increased engine efficiency is a battery-powered water pump, a friction-reducing beltless design and precise coolant-water-flow volume control.
  • A selectable electric-vehicle mode (EV Mode) enables driving with only the electric motor.
  • The hybrid battery has been sized for placement under the rear seat, resulting in a spacious cargo area of 305 liters.
  • The Hybrid System Indicator offers easy-to-understand information concerning eco-driving, such as effective accelerator use. Also part of the information system is Eco Judge ranks eco-driving on a 100-point scale, and Eco Wallet shows money saved as compared with other levels of fuel efficiency.
  • Automatic air conditioning is equipped with an electric inverter compressor run by the electric motor, enabling a comfortably air-conditioned interior even when the engine is off.

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Photo Gallery: New 2012 Toyota Prius C / Aqua Hybrid Hatchback
Exterior Front: Toyota Prius C / Aqua Hybrid
Exterior Side: Toyota Prius C / Aqua Hybrid Car
Exterior Side: Blue Color Toyota New Prius C / Aqua Hybrid
Exterior Back: Blue Color Toyota New Prius C / Aqua Hybrid
Interior: Dashboard: Toyota New Prius C / Aqua Hybrid
Interior: Front Seat: Toyota New Prius C / Aqua Hybrid
Interior: Back Seat: Toyota New Prius C / Aqua Hybrid
Orange Color Toyota New Prius C / Aqua Hybrid
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