Iconic luxury carmaker Ferrari launched the Ferrari California in 2008 which was its first four seater hardtop convertible. This was also Ferrari’s first model to have dual clutch transmission system along with V8 petrol engine. A new addition to this car in 2014 is turbochargers and chrome bars on radiator grille. To meet changing norms of environmental regulations around the world Ferrari like several others is changing old fuel guzzling engines to more fuel efficient variants and replacing old steering mechanism with new power steering ones. Therefore the new turbocharged Ferrari California emits very low carbon amounting to 250g/km which is around 15 percent lesser than previous model.
The latest Ferrari California is fitted with twin turbo chargers which work with 3.8 liter V8 engine which gives healthy output of 552 bhp followed by maximum torque of 556 lb. ft. Its powerful engine is capable of accelerating from 0 – 100 kmph within 3.6 seconds thereby becoming faster by 0.2 seconds. To improve fuel efficiency the California T’s petrol engine is provided with direct fuel injection technology and variable boost management. The new model also has latest Ferrari Magnaride independent suspension system which responds nearly 50 percent faster and is also more adaptable to existing conditions. Besides these latest features Ferrari has fitted the 2014 California T with new traction control system ideal for heavy traffic conditions.
To make its exteriors more appealing Ferrari’s engineers have tweaked a few features like creation of deep grooves from door center to front wheel arch and twin exhausts placed next to each other. Rear side has been redesigned with layered diffuser which gives it an aggressive stance while deep-set rear stop lamps with daytime burning light at center enhance this effect. Its infotainment touchscreen controls audio and manages navigation along with rear parking sensors. Interiors of the Ferrari California T have also been revamped with dual toned leather and latest comfort and luxury features. The car’s headlamps are placed in neat groves on either side of wide hood and encircled in chrome while fog lamps are built into tiny groves beside radiator grille. This car is likely to be priced within range of Rs. 2 – 3 crores within India.
Luxury carmaker Mercedes Benz is all set to increase its portfolio of AMG range with recently updated S63 coupe car which is powered by 5.5 liter V8 petrol power train capable of 577 bhp of power followed by maximum torque of 900 Nm. The classy coupe has been built to augment AMG range with two door structure to give it a distinguished sporty appearance. Due to its complete aluminum body and aerodynamic structure with backward sloping roof the car can speed up from 0 – 100 within 4 seconds and can reach upto 250 kmph. This performance oriented car has an all wheel drive which makes this speedster easy to maneuver and move at high speeds.
To make this car super safe Mercedes’ engineers have provided the S63 AMG with “curve tilting” function and “Magic Body Control” suspension technology to avoid skidding or tilting while maneuvering around tight corners. Due to implementation of AMG Lightweight Performance technology the car is 65 kilograms lesser than other cars in AMG range though it has high output and extensive range of luxury equipment. A few factors contributing to this car’s less weight are lightweight alloy wheels followed by lithium ion batteries and composite braking system. Due to its light body and BlueDirect engine the car consumes less fuel and gives more superior performance when compared to old CL 63 AMG which this model which this car is replacing.
Its superior engineering technology and rear wheel drive system enables it to provide mileage of 100 kms per 10 liter of petrol along with low emission of 242gm/km. Besides engineering efficiency the car has luxury of leather seats, curvaceous dashboard which seamlessly curves around front section providing support for both driver and front passenger. Surprising lack of instrument cluster is managed effortlessly by high resolution display screen which gives details as speedometer and tachometer. Touchpad multi-display is provided by another TFT screen which enables control of audio while assisting in navigation and also other vehicle related information. Front façade if this classy coupe is enhanced by forward sloping wide hood and neatly placed rectangular design headlamp cluster which is surrounded by chrome. Bold lines on side profile running from back to rear give it a more dynamic appearance.
Nissan expects to revive its flagging fortunes in competitive small car segment of India with launch of its recently revived brand Datsun at an aggressive price of Rs. 3.12 lakhs. This much awaited car will compete against established models from carmakers like Maruti, Honda, Hyundai and Fiat. The car is priced way below other products in this category though it has a higher capacity engine of 1200 cc with better mileage and larger cabin space. The carmaker is facing its roughest phase in India due to sluggish demand, uncertain economic conditions, spiraling inflation compounded by falling rupee value. These forces have led to a massive reduction in its profits as it has not been able to meet sales targets.
The past couple of years from 2012 have been tough for car manufacturers in India and Nissan like its counterparts has seen sales decline by nearly 10 percent to 31.309 units during first eleven months of 2013. Presently Nissan’s share in local car markets is at 1.4 percent after nearly 13 years of existence therefore the firm has revived its popular Datsun brand to gain foothold in the market. Though Nissan is launching the Datsun brand with an entry level hatchback it will later launch a SUV wagon as Go+ towards end of 2014 depending on reception given to its hatchback brand. The car is expected to create a flutter among India’s growing first car buyers who account for nearly 40 percent of total car buyers therefore capturing them young will also help retain brand loyalty.
To grow its brand across India, Nissan is also expanding its dealership network along with launch of Datsun brand. According to a recent press statement by Nissan’s India CEO Mr. Yomura, the firm will increase its dealers to 145 and to achieve targets of next five years it aims to increase network to 300. However market watchers are a little skeptical of Nissan’s ambitious plans in existing sluggish economic scenario and tough competition provided by established market leaders like Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai. Nissan has an uphill task in establishing a significant niche for Datsun within India’s competitive small car segment which has a multitude of local and international players in the fray to meet growing demands of India’s burgeoning middle class.
Swedish carmaker Volvo has made an official announcement of launching an updated version of its luxury sedan Volvo at starting price of Rs.41.36 lakhs. This new model with latest features will help it expand foothold across markets and will be available in two diesel variants priced at Rs. 41.35 and another priced at Rs. 44.80 lakhs. This sedan is remodeled with streamlined exteriors and technical features for detection pedestrians and cyclists. The car was launched in a grand ceremony at an exclusive lounge in Terminal Three of Indira Gandhi International Airport at New Delhi. Volvo carried out this form of grand launch to gain maximum mileage and attention for its new model which will enable better sales.
The car is displayed at this lounge since it is South Asia’s largest aviation hub which witnesses top end travellers comprising businessmen and executives along with political bigwigs. This unique concept of displaying a luxury car at an airport lounge has been done for the first time in India. Volvo adopted this strategy to have a closer and personal relationship with its end customers and understand their needs and expectations from a luxury car brand. To sharpen the model’s competitiveness, Volvo’s engineers have focused attention on its enhancing every facet with quality. The Volvo S80 sedan will have latest safety equipment like ABS, EBS, multiple airbags, engine immobilizer along with new features like Hill Start Assist and Electronic Stability Program. The car’s latest braking system allows it to stop immediately during emergency even at 50 kmph.
Designed as an executive sedan it has sloping hood and stunning side profile with curvy rear wheel arch. Its new bumper houses redesigned fog lamps and wide air grille with LED fog lamps. Radiator grille has also been outfitted with horizontal chrome bars and artistic Volvo logo in center while rear side has new stop lamps with daytime running lights along with dual exhausts. This car’s cabin has been upgraded with new instrument cluster with digital display in three themes that automatically change according to driving technique. Interiors are comfortable full leather upholstery and central console supporting 8.4 inch display screen along with climate control system to manage air conditioner and heater for ambient temperature.
The soon to be launched Jaguar mid sized sports sedan which has been spotted testing at various locations will be introduced formally as Jaguar XE. This premium sports car is first complete aluminum monocoque body to be produced by Jaguar. The aluminum architecture of this car is similar to C-X17 concept shown by Jaguar during Frankfurt Auto Show in 2013. As per recent press statements issued by the automaker this car will belong to Jaguar’s new “Ingenium engine” family of sports cars with aluminum body and high output fuel-efficient engines. Since the firm’s models are available in both diesel and petrol fuel options “Ingenium” range will also have both fuel option engines with four cylinders.
During the press announcement Jaguar’s officials also stated that Jaguar XE will be its first car to implement “Ingenium” engine which will be manufactured at JLR’s manufacturing facility based in United Kingdom. The unit will build several engines which will deliver world class performance like low fuel consumption and high speeds of 300 kmph along with very low emission levels of 100 g of CO2 per km. The car has been designed as a mid range compact sedan to meet growing demand for such vehicles in Indian market led by success of Ford Ecosport and Renault Duster. To keep the Jaguar XE SUV light and maintain capability of moving at high speeds both its exterior architecture and aluminum chassis make a good partnership with latest engine.
The Jaguar’s “Ingenium” engines will have varying capacities and output levels along with qualities of low friction, low emission, and low emission. Therefore Jaguar XE sports vehicle with aluminum body will complement this engine perfectly and will demonstrate perfection on use. As Jaguar’s design director recently stated that to live up to Jaguar’s past reputation every new production must be as exciting to drive as it appears. The car will be positioned with XJ and XF range as a natural progression of this range from sedan to saloon and utility vehicle. Jaguar has not released details of its technical and mechanical specifications therefore we need to wait for more information about these and price margins across the nation.
Tata Motors will pitch in its recently facelifted Aria crossover with Auto Expo launches Bolt and Zest into domestic passenger car market in 2014. The firm will present this revised model alongside recently facelifted Vista and Tata Storme. Tata has presented updated Aria with Varicor 2.2 liter turbo diesel engine which will increase its performance and fuel efficiency while giving it powerful output of 148 bhp. This revised model will be launched at a public event in Chennai on 12 March 2014. Tata had not upgraded its vehicle range nor introduced new models in past four years therefore its sales had fallen significantly making its UK subsidiary the only profit making division. The firm has therefore introduced new models and revamped old ones to win back its position in local passenger car market.
Tata Aria which was languishing due to old design and uninspiring interiors has therefore been revamped with cosmetic changes made to its exteriors. While its headlamp design has been changed to give it a sharper and angular look, rear tail lamps have been replaced with smoked lamps. Its officials had stated that Tata Aria will also have automatic gearbox at Geneva Auto Show in 2013 which has recently been confirmed. Bookings for this model have already opened and though deliveries will be made only towards March 20th interested buyers can book it by paying sum of Rs.50,000.
Tata has also revised Aria’s front façade with a new radiator grille and making body bumpers more pronounced. The only interior feature change in new Aria will be advanced music system with multiple speakers and compatibility with Bluetooth, MP3 and USB technologies. To keep its production top class the new Aria will be available in only 3 variants with Pride as the top line variant. While earlier all variants of Aria were offered as both 4*4 and 4*2 however now only the top line Pride will be available as eight seater model. Aria’s mid range Pleasure variant will have a glove box chiller while base model PureLX will have “Follow Me” headlamps. Increase in power and performance has made the Aria more fuel efficient and increased mileage by nearly 2 km per liter.
Italian carmaker Lamborghini is taking an impressive step into future with latest version of its sports car model the Huracan. The newly developed model will be called as Huracan LP 610-4 and will replace Lamborghini’s successful model Gallardo sports car. This car made its official debut on 4th March 2014 at Geneva Motor Show in stunning yellow with jet black cars making onlookers gasp as its styling and design. Exteriors of the Huracan LP 610 – 4 appear to be borrowed from Lamborghini’s previous models Aventador and Reventon specially its low slung body and aerodynamic front façade which has been designed in a unique manner. The number “610” in its name stands for amount of power its engine has which is an amazing 610 hp along with torque of 560 Nm.
The Lamborghini Huracan LP 610 – 4 has been designed like a piece of art with carbon fiber body panels and aluminum components along with super light chassis to keep it as light as possible so it fits sport scar image by moving at a stunning speed of 325 kmph. Lamborghini has fitted this car with 5.2 liter, V10 engine which gives excellent pickup and revving power to enable the Huracan to accelerate from 0 – 200 within 9.9 seconds. Despite its power and capability the car has great mileage and consumes an average of 12.5 liters of fuel for every 100 kms and also has low emission rate of 290 gms CO2 per km.
Exterior framework of this twin seater speedster is a combination of aluminum and carbon fiber reinforced polymer which has been developed by designers working in close consultation with aerodynamic experts. Its large front air intake channels below hood designed in Lamborghini’s characteristic hexagonal design, direct cool air towards engine and direct headwind to increase down pressure towards front axle. Front profile has arrow shaped angles designed like a shark’s nose with LED lights fixed inside angular headlamp slots. Huracan LP 610 – 4 has 20 inch wheels which are fitted with carbon ceramic brake system with capability of stopping this ten cylinder powerhouse within seconds. Its interiors are designed like a cockpit with a 12.3 inch TFT screen behind steering wheel with ability to generate 60 frames per second.
Skoda’s revamping process will also see product enhancement by introduction of new product Skoda Rapid Ultima special edition sedan. The Skoda Rapid Ultima is a mid sized sedan with addition of new features from Rapid’s Ambition Plus and Elegance variants. The car launched on 1st of March 2014 in India will be priced between 8.33 lakhs – 9 lakhs with both petrol and diesel engine options. This design showcases Skoda’s vision of future through changes in both interiors and exterior design. Skoda Rapid Ultima has a fresh outlook which will impress viewers and is fitted with 1.6 liters petrol and 1.6 diesel engines which produce 105 PS of power.
Skoda has perfected technique of carmaking which is visible in design and performance of new Rapid Ultima with several automated features. Leatherette seat covers make its interiors comfortable while on-board trip computer has GPS navigation, parking sensors, and multi-functional tilting steering wheel. The five door sedan design has twin black decals running from hood to roof and backward on boot cover giving an elegant feel to its design. On both sides of this model from headlight to rear stop lamps have twin black decals while window rims are also outlined in black. Interiors are precisely proportioned to demonstrate perfect arrangement of light and shadow while rear tailgate design is large and chunky with LED DRL in center.
From the model presented it is clear that Skoda Rapid Ultima has door sill moldings and wheel decals which increase its attractiveness. The car has fairly large interiors to accommodate five passengers and hi-tech audio system with Bluetooth smartphone and iPod. connectivity. Side plaque of the car has Ultima branding while seven spoke wheels enhance the sides. With this model Skoda has made a long leap into fuel efficiency as petrol version will have maximum torque of 220 Nm while diesel variant has torque of 250 Nm. Skoda has fitted the Rapid Ultima sedan with latest safety equipment of ABS and EBD with brake assist and engine immobilizer along with seat belts and airbags. Suspension system comprises of McPherson triangular links and torsion stabilizer on front side while rear suspension has compound link crank axle.
Among Tata Motors presentations for Auto Expo 2014 was the much awaited compact SUV concept which is a designed like a crossover with large wheelbase and high ground clearance. The concept design which was nicknamed as “Tata Jump” by auto enthusiasts during previous sightings has been christened by Tata Motors as “Nexon”. The design and model layout is still at concept stage and it will enter into production only next year in mid 2015 and will be ready for delivery by 2016. Tata Motor’s “Nexon” crossover concept is based in X1 platform which has been used on its Vista car and also on Bolt hatchback introduced in Auto Expo 2014. The trend for concept sports utility vehicles and crossover models is growing in the market due to growing demands of local citizen who would be keen on possessing large cars but are restricted by financial constraints to buy smaller versions.
Exterior Specifications – The body of Nexon is in sub-4 meter category like the Ford Ecosport and Mahindra XUV500 to avail of excise duty benefits and is based on Tata’s MegaPixel concept. Since the Nexon will be competing against existing market leaders and forthcoming models Tata has provided this car with various feature flexibilities which can be customized before delivery to suit tastes of customers. The Tata Nexon’s front grille, beltline fastener, wheel covers, front light cluster etc can be modified to make it more stylish. Front profile looks intriguing with wide mesh radiator grille, four wheel drive option and headlamp cluster with LED DRL on both sides below headlamps. Dimension wise the Nexon is exactly 4 meters long and 1.73 meters wide with curved wheel arches.
Interior Specifications - The Tata Nexon has radical interiors with four slim seats which take up minimum space therefore provide ample leg space and may appear different in production model as rear seat is too small to accommodate three passengers. Tata Motors has adopted a new design language for its latest range of vehicles which will include dual colored dashboard, sleek instrument panel dials on instrument panel and beautifully crafted central console. Since interior features have not been finalized as yet one can hope for climate controlled air-conditioner unit and remote controlled boot lid and fuel lid. To give it a tech-savvy feel the car will be fitted with advanced audio system with touch screen which will support Bluetooth and USB devices.
Engine and Safety Details – Tata Nexon design was fitted with 1.2 liter petrol engine with turbochargers for enhanced performance and pickup. The petrol engine has been mated to five speed automatic transmission for powerful output of 110PS and maximum torque of 170 Nm which enables it to maintain fuel efficiency of 17.6 kmpl. Top speeds of this crossover SUV is claimed to be at 180 kmph due to wide wheelbase and 17 inch alloy wheels. The front and rear wheels have been fitted with ventilated disc and drum brakes for enhanced control. The car’s anti lock braking system and EBD along with front air bags, seat belts and side impact beams provide ample protection to passengers.
Investing in a vehicle could be a really important decision for the average Indian families and thus they consider each and every factor of a car before they finalize to hand over the down payment to the dealer. As a single four wheeler in the Indian households would be used for various purposes, including the entire family visits to the relatives living in another city as well as carriage of business goods from one location to another, it is only considered a better choice to purchase an SUV instead of normal cars. Among the series of SUVs available in the country Renault Duster 1.6 RxL Petrol has nailed it by offering the best features in every department. If you are also planning to invest in a vehicle which does not only integrate high performing features, but also have looked that one can flaunt on the roads then the petroleum variant of this Renault SUV might allure you.
Outer and Inner Look
The front as well as the side profile of the car is so perfectly designed that it becomes nearly impossible to find a fault there. Giving a sporty appearance from the front, it duly toned bumper has clear fog lamps and twin barrel headlights carved aptly in it. Also, the 16-inch big allow wheels have been contrasted well with the paint of door handles and roof rails which makes a style statement of its own. Besides, the interior of the car is really lush and comfortable which makes the ride for all the passengers not only smooth but also royal. Available in six color options, the contrasting schemes used in each product are so appealing that it becomes difficult to choose one.
Performance and Safety
Whether you have to drive your Renault Duster 1.6 RxL Petrol on the smoother roads or rough areas, it has been designed to provide the best performance in all the road and weather conditions. The multi point fuel injection type used by the 15 valve engine ensures that the SUV delivers an amazing peak power of 102 PS at the astonishing rate of 5850 RPM. Also, the acceleration and speeding power of the car ensures that the driver does not have to struggle much while racing it to its maximum speed of 160 kmph and the disk brakes that have been integrated in the car are so effective that the driver would not feel any halts which applying the emergency brakes. However, when it comes to safety feature the car has still some of the features missing though it has improved the quality of safety equipments compared to the basic variants. The safety features of the vehicle include warning lamp for door open as well as seat belt, engine immobilizer, defogger at the rear, front fog lamps, engine protection under the guard and central locking structure.
Besides providing a comfortable and classy appearance to the passengers, the SUV has been designed to be driver friendly, so that one can feel in complete control of the wheels even on the narrowest and the roughest of roads where huge cars generally lack the performance.