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Owning a car is no longer a privilege of the few, but rather a fundamental necessity in modern life. Families get to enjoy a long weekend with the convenience of traveling as a group while  are better managed with a vehicle readily available. Unfortunately, there is clearly one thing about vehicle ownership that frustrates a lot of ordinary folks, if not all of them. True, you can be frazzled by maintenance costs and instant fix-its but the one thing that is constantly changing is the price of petrol. While electric hybrids offer a more ecologically friendly alternative, there really is an appeal to the hum or even the roar of engine running on fossil fuel. Regrettably, the prices of petrol fluctuate more frequently than the ebbing of the tides. But all is not lost, since there are things you can do to extend the utility of the fuel you put in your tank. We’ve prepared 20 tips to improve your gas mileage and see some savings into your bank account.
Useful Tips to ImproveYour Gas Mileage
Useful Tips to Improve Your Gas Mileage

Useful Tips to Improve Your Gas Mileage

1. Take it easy on the pedal 

We all have this tendency to unleash the speed demons in our inner beings, living our wildest fantasies of becoming an F1 racer or even a WRC driver. Regrettably, this is not the best way to save on fuel since you’re technically requiring your engine to push you that fast. Imagine the space shuttle being launched into outer space. You’ve got several rocket boosters propelling the entire spacecraft until it reaches the emptiness of space. The point is that while our cars may be able to blitz 0-60 mph in under 5 seconds, it will be definitely burning more fuel. The reason is quite simple. The faster you go, the greater is the drag that your car will have to work against. Unfortunately, work requires fuel to be consumed. So go easy on the pedal.

The same is true when coming to a stop. Don’t try to be a Formula 1 racer who applies the brakes just in the nick of time to make that critical apex, allowing it to turn in perfectly without any significant loss in momentum. The problem with most of us today is that we clearly don’t have any regard for the traffic lights. As soon as the lights turn yellow, we step on the pedal like some drag racer hoping to beat the other motorists alongside us. Unfortunately it doesn’t work that way. The sudden acceleration will burn more fuel. Some drivers imagine that there’s an egg between their foot and the gas pedal just to condition themselves to use the accelerator as slowly and gently as possible.

And if you have to stop abruptly, energy will have to be spent to bring your car to a complete stop. As such, mind your distance from the driver in front of you so you will avoid sudden braking. When coming to an intersection with the traffic lights turning yellow, you’d better get your foot off the pedal and simply allow your vehicle to come to a slow rolling stop.

2. Adhere to your vehicle’s recommended fuel type 

There’s this notion that premium gas is the best when it comes to getting the best performance from your car. Racers, stunt drivers, and even professionals recommend premium or even regular as their fuel type. Unfortunately, many fail to understand that the car manufacturers always test their vehicles for the best performance using the most ideal type of fuel. If your car manual says that you need to put in unleaded fuel or even the cheapest petrol with a not-so-high  rating in your vehicle, then you really have to trust them since they know what they are saying. Now, if you have a high-performance vehicle that comes with a monstrous high compression engine, then you’d definitely have to go for higher octane fuels. But if you belong to the three-quarters of the world’s population that owns cars, then you’re perfectly fine with cheap petrol. Just make sure it is within the lower limit of the octane rating recommendation by your vehicle manufacturer.

3. Watch the weight 

In an effort to economize, some of us would rather turn our vehicles into cargo or delivery trucks, packing as many luggage and other stuff that we can squeeze into our trunks or even flatbeds. Unfortunately, doing so increases the weight of our vehicle which puts more strain on the engine, making it work harder. As you already know, an engine that is working exceptionally hard or near double its normal operating performance will require more fuel to be burned. Don’t believe us? Imagine yourself carrying a 10-pound bag. It’s relatively easy, right? Try increasing that to around 50 pounds and you’d definitely be huffing and puffing as you move around carrying it on your back. Of course, you’re able to carry it, but your muscles will be working doubly hard. You’ll be perspiring more. You’ll feel out of breath or even feel your heart thumping off your chest. In other words, it is not comfortable at all.

Now put your personal experience into your car. Sure, it doesn’t have blood vessels and muscles you’d have to worry about, but the fact remains – any increase in vehicle weight will substantially lead to increased engine workload which easily translates to poor gas mileage. While the  or GVWR of your car will give you a fair idea of just how much is its weight capacity, we really don’t recommend pushing it to the hilt. For example, if the GVWR of your car states that it is about 4,009 pounds, don’t push the weight limit to 5,000 pounds. Doing so will increase fuel consumption.

4. Reduce drag 

In similar manner, avoid putting  and any other  on your car. Sure, it will make your car look really cool. However, not only is the added weight going to increase your car’s fuel consumption, the unusual surfaces of these accessories can also increase aerodynamic drag. Even so-called aerodynamic storage compartment shells can increase drag. As you may already be aware, an increase in drag simply means your car’s engine will have to work harder to push through air. Unless you’re an engineer who specializes in aerodynamics and you’ve got a whole wind tunnel to test these additions before installing them on your car, it’s better to leave these behind. Of course, if you really have to haul a lot of things, then you can install it. But for everyday use, you’re better off without them. This is also true regarding racks where you  or ski equipment for a weekend of outdoor fun. If you’re not using them, then by all means, get them off your car.

5. Inate those tires to the correct pressure

One of the easiest ways to improve your gas mileage is to  to the . Sadly, a lot of motorists today neglect this part. As long as the wheels are able to turn and the tires maintain good contact with the ground, then it’s already good enough for them. Regrettably, running on low tire pressure increases the rolling resistance of your tires on the ground surface. This robs you of very precious fuel. So make sure to inflate your tires to their correct pressure even before rolling out of your garage. Thankfully, you don’t have to second-guess the pressure levels in your car’s tires. There are now plenty of useful gadgets that seamlessly connect to your mobile giving you real-time information on tire pressure. This way you will know when you need to make the necessary adjustments.

Since the major factor that can increase fuel consumption is rolling resistance, you might want to check the . The thing is many tire manufacturers today produce tires with relatively low rolling resistance. What this means is that the tires are able to roll along the surface of the road almost effortlessly. This reduction in resistance translates to easier workload for your engine which means, better fuel mileage.

6. Stick to the motor oil recommended by your vehicle manufacturer 

Haven’t you noticed how adept aftermarket providers are when it comes to drumming up interest in their products? They will promise you improved performance and better gas mileage. While some of these products may actually deliver on their promises, do understand that these are not specific to your vehicle. As such, the testing done on the effectiveness of such products such as  may not include the specific type of car brand, model, and trim that you have. You see, when car manufacturers designed their car, they always put these to a battery of tests to determine what specific type of motor oil to use will bring out the best performance of your engine under a variety of test conditions. That is why they always have this long list of recommended motor oils as well as what can be provided as alternatives. Using motor oil that has never been tested on the kind and type of car that you have in various conditions may result in the creation of increased friction in the mechanical parts of your engine. This pushes your engine to increase its work. And you know what happens next.

7. Keep your gas cap fully sealed 

How many of you spend time to check the integrity of your gas cap? For most of us, we are only mindful of this part of our vehicle whenever we have to reach for that button to pop open the fuel door. The gas cap contains a rubber seal which forms an airtight protection against the possible entry of air into your gas tank. Unfortunately, this rubber seal degrades over time, forming cracks or failing altogether. This can allow oxygen to pass through into your gas tank, increasing the amount of air entering your car’s engine while fuel is being drawn or pumped from your tank. Because of this increased air in the fuel, your engine will have to burn more gas and this increases your fuel consumption.

Thankfully, most modern cars now have sensors to det

ect the integrity of the seal. Replacing these should be pretty straightforward. However, we really would caution you against using non-OEM parts as these may not be recognized by your . They may be inexpensive but the convenience of early detection through your car’s sensing mechanism will be grossly lacking.

8. Avoid prolonged idling

Did you know that running your engine at idle actually consumes roughly half a gallon to about a gallon of fuel every hour, not to mention the carbon dioxide that your engine pumps into the atmosphere? If this is the case, you can easily do the math. This means you’re burning about 1.067 to 2.13 ounces of fuel every minute that you are idle. This easily translates to about 10.67 ounces to 21.33 ounces for every 10 minutes of idling. Modern cars are now more efficient that you’re more likely to burn less fuel if you simply turn off your engine, wait for whatever it is you’re waiting for, then restart it rather than having your engine running all the time even though you’re not really moving. The same is true early in the mornings. Most of us have this tendency to rev it up in an effort to warm the engines quickly enough. Unfortunately, doing so burns more fuel than actually driving it. So start your engine, let it run for about 20 seconds, and roll off.

9. Drive in the highest possible gear but without putting undue stress on your engine.

It might be counterintuitive, but it makes perfect sense. If you’re driving a manual, you should always run on the highest possible gear for the average speed that you’re going without subjecting your engine to unnecessary load. For example, instead of putting your gear into third when you’re hitting the road at about 40 mph, then you’ll be able to save 25% fuel if you put your gear on the 5 instead. The point is that if you’re traveling at any given speed, it is best to use the higher gear upon which its lower limit covers the speed that you’re travelling. This improves fuel efficiency as the engine doesn’t have to work that much to run on the higher speed limits of a particular gear. Running at high speeds in low gear can rob you of as much as 45 percent fuel than what is necessary. So keep this in mind. Of course, if you’re driving an automatic, just be easy on the gas pedal and make sure overdrive is on.

10. Forget aftermarket solutions 

In keeping with our tip on using only parts that are recommended by your car manufacturer, you can also forget including in your engine anything that resembles ‘performance enhancing gizmo or technology’. While these may work, theoretically, its real-world results specifically in your type and make of car may be different. In most cases that they do work, the improvement may be almost negligible that you’re better off with not putting them onto your vehicle at all. Aftermarket enhancements such as airflow disruptors, pills, fuel line magnetizers, and a whole lot more can promise you 50% improvement in your fuel consumption, but these are exactly what they are – promises. Many auto reviews comment that these products don’t work at all. And in some instances, they do impact fuel consumption but in a negative way. Remember, even products that are endorsed by celebrities do not necessarily mean quality or that they are effective.

11. Utilize online resources to nd the best deals on petrol 

Of course, we’re only kidding about deals on petrol. However, it is not unusual for different organizations to provide discount coupons to be used on your next refuel in exchange for purchasing their products and/or services. While this doesn’t really improve your gas mileage, you are nevertheless, given the opportunity to save up on your next petrol. Use the internet for such a purpose. Even when on the road, you can use your internet-enabled mobile device to search for the  that offer the cheapest fuels within any given location. There are even 24-hour convenience stores, fast food restaurants, and burger joints that give you petrol coupons when you purchase any of their products. As long as you will be able to save some dough on your refueling needs, we believe you’ve got to grab the opportunity.

12. Refuel in the morning, not towards the end of the day 

Did you know that refueling early in the morning can actually save you a dollar or two? It may not be that much, but if you’re refueling on twice weekly basis, you’re looking at 5- to 10-dollar savings a month. The reason is quite simple. You take advantage of the physical properties of petroleum products. Petrol stations have their storage tanks buried deep underground. Early in the morning the ground itself is still relatively cold, making the petrol dense. As the day progresses, temperature rises. With each increment in the temperature scale, you can expect the molecules of petrol to be expanding. So, if you’re going to refuel later in the day when the gas has already expanded, the 1 gallon that you put into your car’s gas tank may not be 1 gallon at all. This is because it has already expanded giving you an actual volume of less than 1 gallon.

The pumps used in petrol stations measure the flow rate of the fuel passing through the system. Fuel volume is then estimated based on this flow rate. Sensors in petrol station fuel pumps do not measure the actual density or volume of the fuel; only estimation based on the flow rate. Now here’s the deal breaker. Temperature affects density but not the flow rate. As such, if the fuel pump has been pre-programmed to deliver 1 gallon in 10 seconds, provided the flow rate is at maximum, colder petrol will be denser giving you substantially more fuel. But just how much more, you say? Well, studies show that refueling on a morning at 59 degrees Fahrenheit will net you 2.5% more petrol than refueling on an afternoon at 95°F. The thing is, you’re actually paying for the exact same price.

13. Consider remapping your car’s ECU 

Modern tuners tweak a car’s engine control unit or ECU to bring out the best performance they wish to unleash from the motor. What many do not know is that you can actually use the same process to tweak the ECU for better mileage, which is technically the opposite of performance tweaking. Do understand however that remapping the ECU of your car is typically an expensive proposition. Additionally, the practice is quite dodgy as it often means your vehicle won’t successfully pass the emission tests that the government requires of all vehicles. If you have an Android phone, we’re pretty sure you are already familiar about flashing a custom ROM into your device so you can technically get absolute control over things about your phone. That’s exactly the same thing with ECU remapping or chipping for better mileage.

14. Give your fuel injectors a really good ultrasonic bath 

If you’ve been to a jewelry store where they can restore any piece of gem into its former glory, then you have an idea of what we are talking about. Known as ultrasonic cleaning, the process involves immersing your car’s fuel injectors in a tub that is filled with a purpose-built cleaning solution before being subjected to ultra-high frequency sound waves or vibrations. This effectively shakes, loosens, and dislodges carbon deposits that may have accumulated in your.

This gives you the full functionality of fuel injectors, enabling you to obtain a more efficient and more ideal fuel-air mixture in your engine. This leads to the more efficient burning of fuel, resulting in significant improvement in your gas mileage. Take note, it’s quite expensive.

15. Do not ever forget replacing your air lter 

A lot of vehicle owners are guilty of this. Many simply forget that among all the various tips to improving gas mileage, changing or replacing one’s air filters could be perhaps the easiest and most practical way to improve gas mileage. The reason is simple. If you own a vacuum cleaner, you know that the powerful suction of your machine can be affected by the degree of blockage or obstruction due to debris and other particles in the bag. Cleaning or replacing the bag helps bring back the vacuuming efficiency of your gadget. In like manner, replacing your air filter within the recommended replacement period of your vehicle’s manufacturer can help improve overall engine efficiency by improving its ability to draw air from the environment. If the air filter is clogged up with dust, debris, or other particles, your car’s engine will have to work double time to draw air for mixing with fuel. This increases fuel consumption and lowers gas mileage. Replacing the air filter can instantly bring you amazing improvement in your gas mileage by as much as 15%. Not bad for .

16. Consider tting an electric thermatic fan

Most new cars today already come with electric fans replacing the belt-driven fans of old. Unfortunately, if you’re still driving a vintage, you won’t have this luxury. The good news is that you can also replace your engine driven fan with more modern electric thermatic units. This effectively reduces the drag that is inherent in belt drives, although don’t expect the gas improvement in gas mileage to be very significant. In fact, it may be even negligible. But, given that fans are an important component of your car, then installing more efficient ones should help in the overall reduction of fuel consumption.

17. Plan your trip 

We’re pretty sure you’ve experienced this already. You just came home from work when your wife asked you to go to the grocery for some stuff. You go in your car and as soon as you drive into your garage, there’s another errand that needs to be done. Why not just accomplish all of these things even before you drive home? We’re all guilty of this at some point in our lives. We fail to combine errands into a single trip so we don’t have to waste precious fuel driving to and fro. Several short trips can actually consume up to 2 times more fuel when initiated with a cold engine. So, even before you start bringing your car out of your garage, make sure you already have your list of things to do and errands to run to maximize the fuel you will be using for the trip.

18. Choose your wheels carefully 

The wheel is one of the easiest ways to deck out a car. You don’t need fancy body work to look especially awesome. All you need are some really nice-looking wheels to get the attention of the crowd. Unfortunately, if you’re not careful in your choice of the type of wheel to put into your car, you might as well end up with poor fuel mileage.

Remember that weight really matters when it comes to fuel economy. And while the wheels are what connect your vehicle to the tires and to the road surface, their weight can increase the workload on your car’s engine. That is why it is important to choose wheels that are lightweight yet super tough and durable that they can hold the entire weight of your vehicle without adding substantial weight on their own. This is where alloy wheels can be quite a joy to have. It doesn’t end there, however. Upsizing your wheels can also impact fuel economy. Even if you do manage to put a super lightweight alloy under your car, if you’re going to upsize it several sizes from its original size, then you still end up with a heavier set of wheels. Let us say you have a 15 x 6.0 inch wheel giving you a 22.9 mpg fuel economy. Upsizing this to say, 19 x 8.5 inches will substantially drop the fuel economy by about 10% to 21.1 mpg. Upsizing it to about 2 inches (17 x 8.0 inches) will give you a 0.4% reduction in fuel economy. So you see, the greater the upsize of your wheels, the greater the reduction in fuel mileage. As such, it will be wise to really take your time to study which type of wheel will suit your car best.

19. Use your car’s cruise control 

We have this tendency to match the speed of the motorist in front of us whenever we’re on the highway. Even if the other guy is already beyond the speed limit, you’re more likely to follow his lead without you actually realizing it. Not only is this illegal, it is also very unsafe, not to mention very fuel-inefficient. Using the cruise control on your car will help you maintain speed that is legal, safe, and very fuel efficient. This is because it helps you move along just fine regardless of how fast other motorists are going. Cruise control also helps reduce your need for acceleration and braking which we already know can have a significant impact on fuel economy.

20. Be sensible when using the air conditioning unit 

It is true that using your air conditioning unit can substantially lower fuel economy. However, it actually depends on when you’re going to turn on the AC. Studies now show that in city driving where stop-go-traffic won’t let you go anywhere near the 60 mph mark regardless of how much you’re aching to step on the pedal, it is more fuel efficient to roll down your windows and turn your car AC off. Now, when it comes to highway speeds in excess of 60 mph, the best approach is to roll up your windows

and turn on the AC. This reduces drag caused by open windows. In short, if you’re driving slow turn off the AC and roll down your windows. If you’re driving really fast, then do the opposite.

Fuel economy is more about the right driving practices as well as a basic understanding of how certain physical principles affect the work of an engine. The bottom line is that any increase in engine work load results in an increase in fuel consumption, thus lowering gas mileage.

If you have been planning to buy a car, this is the best time. Car dealers around the country is offering huge discounts on some of the best selling cars in the country.
As India is celebrating its biggest festivities, car companies are throwing away some major discounts.
From exchange bonus to additional discounts, here are some of the top offers on the best cars you can buy this festive season.
Top 10 Cars On Heavy Discounts This Festive Season: Dzire, Etios, Tigor & More

Top Cars On Discounts | Offers On Cars
The list includes different cars from multiple manufacturers mainly focusing on the sedan category.

Maruti Suzuki Dzire
Maruti Suzuki is offering its sub-compact sedan Dzire at a very attractive price this festive season. You can get an all new Maruti Suzuki Dzire for a whopping cash discount of Rs 40,000 coupled with an additional exchange bonus of Rs 50,000.
Total Discount: Rs 90,000

Hyundai Elantra
Coming to another bestseller, the Hyundai Elantra is up for sale as well. This sedan from the Korean manufacturer is being offered at an very attractive price this Diwali. You can buy Hyundai Elantra this festive season with an exchange bonus of Rs 25,000 plus an additional discount of Rs 35,000.
Total Discount: Rs 60,000

Hyundai Xcent
Another Hyundai bestseller, the Hyundai Xcent is also getting a flat cash discount of Rs 40,000. You can additionally avail an extra exchange bonus of Rs 50,000 for a new Hyundai Xcent. The company is also offering a special Rs 5,000 extra discount for Government or Corporate employees.
Total Discount: Rs 90,000

Honda City
Now let’s get a little more premium. If you have been planning for a premium sedan, Honda City is the most probable option in the country. The Honda City is now up for sale with a special exchange bonus of Rs 62,000 this festive season.
Total Discount: Rs 62,000

Hyundai Verna
Another car from Hyundai, the much popular Verna is on sale as well. You can get a brand new Hyundai Verna at a very attractive price this festive season. The company is offering Rs 20,000 cash discount plus Rs 20,000 exchange bonus and an extra Rs 20,000 additional discount for a new Verna.
Total Discount: Rs 60,000

Tata Tigor
Tata is again scoring high in the hatchback and sedan segment. You can get an all new sedan this festive season for a cash discount of Rs 60,000. Furthermore, you can avail an additional exchange bonus of Rs 20,000 and extra discount of Rs 2,500 with the car.
Total Discount: Rs 82,500

Nissan Sunny
Coming to another sedan from another company, the Nissan Sunny will be available at a special price this festive season as well. You can avail a cash discount of Rs 42,000 with an additional exchange bonus of Rs 30,000 and an extra Rs 5000 special discount for Government and Corporate employees.
Total Discount: Rs 77,000

Tata Zest
Another sedan from Tata, the Tata Zest is up for a special offer as well. The car is getting a special cash discount of Rs 45,000, with an additional exchange bonus of Rs 25,000. Tata Motors is also offering an additional discount of Rs 2,700 to the Government and Corporate employees.
Total Discount: Rs 72,700

Ford Aspire
Coming to Ford, the older Aspire is getting a special discount this festive season. The Ford Aspire is up for sale for a flat cash discount of Rs 40,000 with an additional exchange bonus of Rs 40,000.
Total Discount: Rs 80,000

Toyota Yaris & Etios
The much popular Toyota Yaris is up for sale as well. Toyota is offering its Yaris with free accessories worth Rs 10,000 along an extended five-year additional warranty. On Etios, the company is offering Rs 20,000 is cash discount and Rs 15,000 as an exchange bonus.

Total Discount: Rs 10,000 + Extended 5 Year Warranty (Toyota Yaris)

Total Discount: Rs 45,000 (Toyota Etios)

June 07, 2018 , , , ,
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — For 2019, the Lexus ES is all new and marks the seventh generation of the Japanese nameplate's entry-level luxury four-door. We're happy to report that the redesign brings some very welcome attributes, and the 2019 Lexus ES does everything you'd want an entry-level luxury vehicle to do. Performance, no matter which of the two drivetrain options you choose, is respectable, interior comfort is on par with a Restoration Hardware sofa you'd spend real money on, handling is communicative, and most important for a Lexus, it's serenely quiet inside. While these are great attributes, there are a few places we wish Lexus had spent more energy revamping.
Through the humid hill country just outside Nashville, on a mix of the congested city arteries and the flowing switchbacks of Tennessee's forested interior, we put the ES through its paces. The 2019 ES is based on Toyota's TNGA platform, which underpins both the latest Avalon and Camry models. Perhaps that'd constitute a knock in a previous era, but the new Camry chassis is a rollicking peach compared to some others in its class. It's rigid enough for a windy road dance, but compliant enough for daily-driver duties. Even better, Lexus engineers improved the TNGA platform for use in the ES. A 200 percent increase in stiffness over the previous ES is due in part to a liberal use of structural adhesives and laser-welded screws. The front strut towers are reinforced, and topped with a brace between them.
2019 Lexus ES First Drive Review | Entry-level luxury that wants to have fun
This extra attention to detail pays dividends that include a smoother ride and better handling. New adaptive Dynamic Control Shocks quietly smooth out bumps and undulations, allowing us to wind through the rural backcountry roads confidently, and the steering gives better feedback than we'd expect from a vehicle like the Lexus ES. Pushing the big sedan into one of the many hilly, and often blind, corners along our route elicits only a minute amount of body roll. But chassis improvements aren't the only upgrade from the previous model. The 2019 Lexus ES comes standard with a 3.6-liter V6 delivering 302 horsepower at 6,600 rpm and 267 pound-feet of torque at 4,700 rpm. This represents a bump of 34 hp and 19 lb-ft from the previous generation's V6. The engine is coupled to Lexus' new eight-speed automatic transmission, which is encased in a housing smaller than the brand's previous six-speed automatic.
The transaxle has been tuned to provide drivers with a more linear and smooth power delivery, thereby increasing the overall luxury feel of the ES. More environmentally conscious customers can opt for a 2.5-liter four-cylinder hybrid. While its 215 horsepower figure is sufficient, its big selling point is an average fuel economy of 44 mpg. The electrified powerplant is hitched to the brand's Electronically Controlled Continuously Variable Transmission, which is packaged more efficiently just like the non-hybrid's eight-speed automatic. While either engine option will tackle winding roads like those we encountered in Tennessee without issue, the bigger V6 pulls like a champ and is certainly the better option for driving enthusiasts. While we were legitimately impressed by its cornering capabilities, there's a tradeoff to consider. The new ES is smooth enough to satisfactorily iron out pitted pathways and rough roads, but it doesn't feel as plush as competitors like the Lincoln MKZ or Genesis G70.
We're also not convinced that the interior is different enough from the Toyota Camry and Avalon to justify its expected price premium — Lexus was fuzzy with the numbers but gave us a ballpark. Though the ES does receive a new trim texture based on the finishes of a samurai's katana, if you were to compare interior shots of the Camry and the ES side by side, you'd find that the steering wheel, instrument display, starter button, transmission shifter, and lower console are interchangeable. It's only the infotainment screens, and some slightly higher-quality materials such as the leather seats, that differ significantly. This interior parts-sharing quandary has always been a fact of life for the ES, but these days it's hard not to drive an ES and cast a glance at the Avalon, if you can get past the badge. What's more, recent Lexus models like the LC 500 have really impressed us with excellent materials, design, craftsmanship, and attention to detail, and it's disappointing that more of the LC's special sauce didn't make it to the ES.
Still, during a particularly winding stretch through Natchez Trace State Park — which could be a lovely super-stage rally course — the Lexus ES actually urged us to bury the accelerator and have fun behind the wheel. That's not something we would have felt from the last ES. It may not be aimed explicitly at driving enthusiasts, but the 2019 Lexus ES handles well enough not to turn them off, has good power in V6 guise, returns fantastic gas mileage in hybrid form, and offers a comfy interior for the route to and from work. Ignore the Camry and Avalon, as we expect most Lexus buyers will, and the result is an admirable take on what could've likely been a bland offering served up to an undiscerning crowd. We just wish Lexus had been able to work in a bit more upmarket mojo inside.

June 07, 2018 , , , ,
Back in February, we showed you images of the new Peugeot 508 sedan. Shaking off nearly two decades of fugly design tradition, the 508 is a handsome, well-proportioned car from a car company that once upon a time was actually known for making handsome, well-proportioned cars. As opposed to things that look like this. Well, you seemed to like the new 508 sedan, so here are images of its new wagon buddy: the 2019 Peugeot 508 SW wagon. Honestly, there's not much to report here beyond the fact it adds a rakish wagon tail and a huge heap of cargo space to the sedan.
Another cool wagon we can't have: French Edition
How huge? Its 1,780 liters of maximum cargo space, as Google informs me, is 62.9 cubic feet or basically on-par with most luxury compact SUVs. It's smaller than a Subaru Outback or Buick Regal TourX, but bigger than the Audi Allroad. One of the car's unique attributes is its frameless doors, which is really only something you'll find on coupes and old Subarus. Besides being cool, they allow for easier access under the new 508's low roofline.
As for engines, there are six, and I'm only going to mention them because they're named like internet shopping promo codes. Your gasoline options, the 180 S&S EAT8 and 225 S&S EAT8, are 1.6-liter engines, while the four available 1.5- and 2.0-liter diesel engines are the 130 S&S BVM6, 130 S&S EAT8, 160 S&S EAT8 and 180 S&S EAT8. Peugeot's press release seemed to think I should know what that gibberish means, mais, je ne comprends pas. It has been reported that Peugeot's parent company, PSA, has been planning a comeback to the United States, but we wouldn't count on the 508 SW showing up here. Besides the chances of Peugeot as a brand being the chosen entry into the American market being slim, even slimmer are the chances of a wagon making it over, especially since this 508 SW will likely be due for replacement by the time any potential French invasion happens.

June 07, 2018 , , , ,
The Kia Niro EV has been introduced at the Busan International Motor Show. The manufacturer says its fully electric Niro compact crossover will go on sale in its home market this year, with global sales starting later. Kia already showed the production Niro EV last month, but at that point no power figures were announced. We know them now, and the 204-horsepower rating, together with a 291 pound-foot figure, match the Hyundai Kona EV. Under the trunk floor is a 64-kWh lithium polymer battery pack, which according to Kia is good for 236 miles on a single charge. A 100kW fast charger will get the battery to 80 percent capacity in 54 minutes. There's also a smaller battery pack available with a 149-mile range from 39.2 kWh.
Kia Niro EV revealed in Korea
This presumably comes with a cheaper purchase price. Also revealed is the Niro EV interior, which features a different center console and gear selector than the hybrid and plug-in hybrid (much as the Hyundai Ioniq Electric does compared to its part-gasoline siblings). Also different is the special LCD instrument cluster and the 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system that gets special EV features like charge point location services and a battery pack charge indicator.
A mood lighting system is also offered, similarly to the K900 flagship sedan. There's also a driver assist suite, consisting of collision warning systems, adaptive cruise control, "Intelligent Stop & Go" and Lane Following Assist, which Kia calls a Level Two autonomous technology. Like other such systems, it uses the adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist systems to control the accelerator, brakes and steering when on a highway. The system functions between 0 and 80 mph.

May 23, 2018 , , , ,
The Indian Army’s shipment of Tata Safari Storme 4X4 has been recently spotted on road. As per news reports, the Indian Army had given the contract to Tata Motors last year to upgrade its fleet which is currently relying on the ageing Maruti Gypsy vehicles. Tata Motors will be supplying 3,192 units of the Tata Storme SUV under the contract in the near future. The deliveries have already begun and the first badge of the Army-version of the Tata Storme 4X4 SUV grabbed eye-balls on the roads. So, what’s different in the Army-version of the Tata Safari Storme 4X4 SUV? The car has cleared the Indian Army’s General Service 800 vehicle classification signifying that the SUV will have to come with a hard top with a load capacity of minimum of 800 KG along with air-conditioning. The vehicle flaunts a matte-green colour.
Indian Army-version of Tata Safari Storme spotted as deliveries begin
The entire car has been painted green including wheels and the badging. The front chrome has been blackened to avoid any refection. Tata has added a big rear trailer hook which is mandatory for military vehicle along with a jerry can mount on the rear fenders. There is a radio antenna on the bonnet. Also, the vehicle features blacked-out lamps on both front and rear bumpers. The entire car has been made to be non-reflective and low-profile to maintain stealth. As far as the interiors of the car is concerned, the vehicle flaunts a dual-tone finish and similar to civilian version that is seen on-roads. Also, the vehicle has got heavy-duty suspensions along with underbody protection for serious off-roading. Talking about the engine, the vehicle is powered a 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission offering 400Nm of torque aided by four-wheel drive mechanism with both low and high range option. The engine is capable of producing 154bhp of peak power.

May 17, 2018 , ,
Five years after the launch of the original, the second-generation Honda Amaze is here. While the first-gen found over 2,50,000 buyers, Honda will be looking to delve into an even bigger piece of the pie with the all-new Amaze. But it won't be easy in a segment as jam-packed as a Mumbai local. There's the king of the segment, the Maruti Suzuki Dzire, the facelifted Hyundai Xcent, the Aspire - which is due for a facelift this June, the Volkswagen Ameo - which recently got a smaller, 1.0-litre petrol engine, and the Tata Tigor - which is now available with an AMT for the petrol variant. Here's how the new Honda Amaze matches up with its rivals, on paper.
2018 Honda Amaze vs rivals: Specifications comparison
Dimensions The second-generation Honda Amaze is built on an all-new platform, which is ready to meet future crash safety regulations. Compared to its predecessor, the new Amaze's weight is down by almost 40kg, thanks largely to the use of high-tensile steel, which is lighter and stronger than conventional pressed steel panels. To put it into perspective, the lightest variant (E petrol) weighs just 905kg, while the heaviest variant (V diesel CVT) tips the scales at 1,039kg. While that makes it lighter than most of its rivals, it's still a shade heavier than the Dzire, which ranges from 860kg for the petrol to 990kg for the diesel.
The Amaze has grown in every dimension and is longer, wider and taller than the outgoing car, while the wheelbase is a significant 65mm longer. It's not as wide as the Maruti Suzuki Dzire, but at 2,470mm, has a longer wheelbase. That said, it's shorter than the Ford Aspire’s 2,491mm wheelbase. More importantly, at 420 litres, the new Amaze’s boot is now 20 litres more than before, making it the biggest in its class. The Tata Tigor's boot comes a close second (419 litres), with the Hyundai Xcent's not too far behind with 407 litres. The Dzire’s 378-litre boot is small in comparison but is bigger than the Aspire’s (359 litres) and the Volkswagen Ameo’s (330 litres).
Engine and gearbox The new Amaze gets a 90hp, 1.2-litre, four-cylinder petrol, and a 100hp, 1.5-litre, four-cylinder diesel engine, mated to either a five-speed manual or an automatic (CVT). Yes, for the first time ever, the Amaze will be available with a diesel-CVT combo. The diesel-CVT makes 20 percent less power compared to the manual (80hp and 160Nm), and this has been done to preserve the life of the transmission as well as ensure smoother performance. Maruti Suzuki has stuck with the tried-and-tested 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine and the 1.2-litre petrol for the Dzire. The diesel makes 75hp and 190Nm, while the petrol churns out 83hp and 113Nm of torque. Apart from the five-speed manual gearbox, both engines also get the option of AMT. In comparison, the Hyundai Xcent has a 1.2-litre, three-cylinder diesel motor that makes 75hp and 190Nm of torque. The power and torque output is similar to the Dzire’s, and even the 1.2-litre petrol motor makes similar power and torque outputs – 83hp and 114Nm.
Hyundai offers a four-speed torque converter auto gearbox with the Xcent petrol, but the diesel is only available with a five-speed manual gearbox. The Tata Tigor has the smallest diesel motor of the lot at 1.05 litres and also makes the least power at 70hp and 140Nm. Its 1.2-litre petrol motor, however, makes 85hp and 114Nm of power, which is par for the course. The Tigor is offered with a five-speed manual, and the petrol variant also gets the option of a five-speed AMT. It is the VW Ameo that has the most powerful diesel motor in this class, with its 1.5-litre unit making 110hp and 250Nm of torque. While Volkswagen has paired this motor with a five-speed manual, you can also opt for a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic (DSG) gearbox. However, its 999cc, three-cylinder petrol motor is the least powerful here with 75hp and 95Nm of torque, and is mated to only the five-speed manual. The Figo Aspire offers a choice of two petrol engines – a 1.2-litre and a 1.5-litre, developing 88hp and 112hp, respectively. While the former is mated to a five-speed manual, the latter is the only petrol-DCT (dual-clutch transmission) model in this segment. The Aspire’s diesel engine is a 1.5-litre TDCi unit making 100hp and 215Nm, mated to a five-speed manual transmission. The Aspire facelift will bring in the new 1.2-litre, 96hp Dragon petrol engine which also powers the Freestyle cross-hatch.
Fuel efficiency Speaking of fuel efficiency, Honda claims the new Amaze petrol will do 19.5km to a litre (19km for the CVT), while the diesel will return 27.4kpl, a figure that drops to 23.8kpl with the CVT. Top of the heap is the Dzire, with the petrol returning a claimed 22kpl, and the diesel returning 28.4kpl. The figures stay the same on the AMT variants. Ford claims the Aspire petrol (1.2) returns 18.16kpl, while the diesel does 25.83kpl. The Hyundai Xcent is more or less on the same level, with the petrol doing 20.14kpl and the diesel returning a pretty similar 25.4kpl. The Ameo petrol, being as small as it is, does 19.44kpl, and its most powerful diesel engine is also the least efficient here, returning 21.66kpl with the manual and 21.73kpl with the DSG.
Price With prices of the new Amaze petrol ranging between Rs 5.60 lakh and Rs 7.58 lakh, and the diesel variants priced from Rs 6.60 lakh to 8.68 lakh, the difference between the Amaze and its rivals isn't all that much. The base trims are a touch more expensive than the Xcent's and the Dzire's, but are cheaper than the Aspire's and the Ameo's, while the top-end VX variant (both petrol and diesel) undercuts the Dzire ZXi+/ZDi+ by Rs 38,000. The Tigor is by far the least expensive of the lot, with prices ranging from Rs 4.84 lakh to Rs 6.31 lakh for the petrol, and Rs 5.72 lakh to Rs 7.19 lakh for the diesel. The differences become clearer when you look at the automatic versions. The Amaze CVT is available in the S (Rs 7.4 lakh for the petrol; Rs 8.4 lakh for the diesel) and V (Rs 8 lakh for the petrol; Rs 9 lakh for the diesel) trims only.
These are about Rs 47,000 more expensive than the Dzire ZXi/ZDi, and while they undercut the ZXi+/ZDi+, they're not as well-equipped. The only other diesel-automatic option is the Ameo, which offers a more sophisticated dual-clutch gearbox, but depending on the variant, is Rs 30,000 to Rs 1 lakh more expensive than the Amaze V CVT. At Rs 6.48 lakh, the Tigor AMT is once again the most affordable automatic compact sedan there is. Do bear in mind that the Amaze's prices are introductory, and are likely to go up after the first 20,000 units are sold (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi). These are the facts. How different these cars are from each other and what they're truly capable of is what we'll find out when we get the whole bunch together, soon.

Unless you’ve had to look up information about auto insurance to get a policy for yourself, you might not know a whole lot about it, and that’s okay, a lot of people don’t. Drivers Ed seems as good a time as any to teach people about auto insurance and how it works, but it’s seldom covered. If you’re confused or unsure about how to get an auto insurance estimate or how auto insurance works in general, CoverHound can help. The Top 30 There is no such thing as a stupid question. Here are 30 questions people are constantly asking about auto insurance.
The 30 Most Frequently Asked Questions About Auto Insurance
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Q: Are there different insurance coverage types?
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Q: Will my auto insurance pay to have my stolen car replaced?
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April 11, 2018 , , ,
Toyota Yaris Variants, Feature List Leaked Ahead Of Launch In May
The Toyota Yaris has been a topic of much discussion ever since the company showcased the car at the 2018 Auto Expo. With the Yaris the company is all set to introduce a worthy contender into the compact sedan segment in India. There's been a lot that's happening in the segment ever since February 2017 when Honda updated the City with new features.
Hyundai then, in August the same year, brought out the new generation of the Verna which has managed to eat into the sales of both the Ciaz (which hasn't received much in terms of updates). The Yaris then comes into a segment which has established players but Toyota is making sure that the car gets features that differentiate it from the crowd. Ahead of the car's launch in May 2018, the feature list and the variants of the Toyota Yaris have been leaked.
While we've already told you that the bookings for the car have started at a dealer level, the company has already made it clear that bookings will begin officially from April 25. But now, details as regards the variants and the features on offer have been leaked and we have all the details for you.
To begin with there will be a total of four variants on offer - J, G, V and VX out of which all four will be available with the 7-speed CVT, while the other three will come with a 6-speed manual transmission. The big news however is that 7 Airbags, which will include dual front airbags, 2 Curtain airbags, 2 Front side and a driver knee airbag is part of standard equipment. In fact, ABS with EBD and BA is also standard on the Yaris. There'll be a total of 6 paint options to choose from and here's a quick look at how the other variants stack up.
The J variant of the Yaris comes with Seven airbags, ABS with EBD and Brake assist, Body-coloured wing mirrors and door handles, Halogen headlamps with projectors, Power mirrors, AC with manual control, Driver's seat height adjust, All four power windows, Keyless entry, cooled glovebox, Instrument cluster with LCD multi info display, Four-speaker audio system, Rear armrest and Tilt steering. The G variant comes with Power folding mirrors with integrated turn indicators, Chrome trim on the grille, Instrument cluster with TFT multi info display, Push button start, 7.0-inch infotainment system with four speakers, Steering-mounted audio controls, Fog lamps (Front and rear), Dual rear parking sensors and Rear defogger.
The V variant of the Yaris is the top-of-the-line trim which is available in the manual transmission and will be made available with Four wheel disc brakes, Automatic headlamps with follow me home feature, Rain sensing wipers, 15-inch alloy wheels, Tail-lamps with LED inserts, 7.0-inch infotainment system with six speakers, Dual front parking sensors, Quad rear parking sensors and cruise control.
Finally the VX variant comes with a whole bunch of bells and whistles including Chrome trim on door handles, LED daytime running lamps, 7.0-inch AVN infotainment system with six speakers, Leather seats, Powered driver's seat with eight-way adjustment, Paddle shifters available only on the CVT, Hill-start assist, Tyre pressure monitoring system and rear sunshade. Looking at the line-up one can only say that there are whole bunch of first in segment features that the Yaris comes with and Toyota will have to price it right to make things easier for the consumers. We'll be driving the car soon and you'll get to know all about it very soon, so stay tuned!

February 09, 2018 , ,
Auto Expo: 13 electric cars from Tata, BMW, Mercedes, Honda, Maruti on display
Concept is a word thrown around a lot at events like the Auto Expo. At the latest edition of the biennial event in New Delhi, the word electric cars were attached to it. Electric cars are leading the charge at Auto Expo and are clearly the cynosure of all eyes. Car manufacturers are making all the right noises about electric vehicles and soon we will see them plying on Indian roads. Here are X cool electric cars that are being showcased at the Auto Expo 2018:
1. Renault Zoe EV Renault Zoe has a driving range of 399km on a full charge. It runs on a Z.E 41kWh battery and takes 8-10 hours for a full charge through a regular adapter. On fast charge, it takes just over an hour to get charged. It’s a powerful EV and has power output ranging between 88PS and 92PS with 220Nm of peak torque.
2. Tata Tiago EV The Tiago is the small car from Tata Motors and an electric variant of the car is on display. The Tiago EV takes 360 minutes to charge in normal mode whereas 90 minutes in fast charging mode. On one full charge it runs for about 130 kms and has top speed of 100 kmph.
3. Tata Tigor EV Another electric vehicle from Tata Motors is its sedan the Tigor. Like the Tiago, the Tigor is expected to hit the Indian roads in 2018. The Tigor EV takes 90 minutes to charge on fast mode and four times more on normal mode. It can run up to 130kms on a single charge.
4. BMW i3s This strikingly good looking car from BMW packs in a lot of power. The i3s has a 33kWH battery which can touch 0-100kmph in 6.9 seconds. It has a range of 280 kms and a power output of 184PS.
5. Mercedes Concept EQ The Concept EQ is a futuristic looking car which boasts of a lot of power. The dual electric motor generates as much as 408PS of output. It can touch 0-100 kmph in five seconds and has a range of 500 kms.
6. Kia Soul EV The Soul EV is one of Kia’s most popular electric cars around the world. On a single charge, Soul EV runs for about 190 kms and boasts of top speed of 150kmph.
7. Hyundai Ioniq Hyundai’s Ioniq comes in all three variants – plug-in, hybrid and all electric. The electric variant of Ioniq offers range of 200 kmph and has a 28.9kWH battery pack. It’s an extremely stylish looking car and will certainly make heads turn.
8. Tata Racemo The all-electric version of the Racemo that has been christened 'Racemo +-' comes powered by a 150kW (or about 203hp) electric motor that draws charge from a lithium-ion battery pack. Tata claims a full charge gives the Racemo +- a range of 350km.
9. Honda Sports EV Concept At every Auto Expo there's a car which attracts swarm of people for its audacious looks. This year in all likelihood it will be the Honda Sports EV concept. There's very little known about what's under the hood but it has a wacky design with LED headlights, a coupe like look and feel and square LED tail lights. Don't expect the car to be launched in India any time soon or perhaps never.
10. Maruti Esurvivor EV Another concept car that promises a lot. The e-Survivor concept has autonomous driving abilities and the entire dashboard is touchscreen. The dash can be used to connect devices, for navigation and display images from the car’s camera. There’s no word about when we can expect the concept to become a reality.
11. Mahindra UDO Concept The UDO is an electric “mobility pod” and Mahindra claims that UDO is “targeted at the tech savvy urban citizen” and offers an enclosed architecture with micro climate control, lighting, touch-screen infotainment and blue-tooth enabled audio systems.
12. Mahindra e-KUV 100 The e-version of KUV 100 is also on display and Mahindra revealed that it comes with features like smartphone connectivity, remote diagnostics feature, cabin pre-cooling, real time location tracking. It offers range of 140 kms and gets charged 80 per cent in less than an hour.
13. Renault Trezor Concept EV The Trezon Concept is a head-turner from all angles. It has a radical design and is one of the best concepts on display. This is a two-seater electric coupe which is 4.7-metre long, 2.18-metre wide and 1.08-metre high.

February 07, 2018 ,
Auto Expo 2018: Honda launches next generation Amaze, CR-V, and Civic
Honda has finally taken the wraps off its latest generation Amaze sedan at the Auto Expo. The next-gen Honda Amaze is scheduled to be launched in India in the fiscal year 2018-19. The 2nd Generation Honda Amaze gets new exterior styling, premium interiors, better performance and more safety technologies. The company also unveiled the All New 5th Generation Honda CR-V and the 10th Generation Honda Civic for the Indian market. Both these models are also scheduled to be launched in India in the fiscal year 2018-19. However, this is the first time that Honda CR-V will also be introduced with Diesel powertrain. The Civic will also be introduced in both petrol & diesel in India.
The Amaze has been developed on an all-new platform incorporating Honda's engineering and research and development. The car now gets an all-new design, better interiors, better powertrain, more focus on stability and ride performance and is equipped with latest in safety technologies & convenience features. On the front, the Amaze's grille design has changed and no more looks like a Brio with a boot. A compact size of 4m realizes an aerodynamic sleek sedan form with a massive bonnet along with lowered height gives off a striking look. Under the hood, the Amaze gets the same engine from the previous model which is a 1.2-litre petrol with power figures of 87bhp.
Also on showcase at the Auto Expo 2018, the new 5th Generation Honda CR-V which gets a new design essence, driving performance, various functions and features. In terms of powertrain, the Honda CR-V will be introduced in diesel variants along with petrol engine option in the Indian market. The new CR-V comes with new styling featuring LED headlights and tail lights, LED DRLs, a sharp-lined front grille, and new alloy wheels. The CR-V interior gets a newly revamped feel and a third-row seating option as well. Honda has also displayed their current models including advanced Accord Hybrid, bestseller Honda City, Honda WR-V, Honda BR-V, Honda Jazz and Honda Brio.

January 31, 2018 , , ,
Ford India unveils compact utility vehicle all-new Freestyle
Ford India on Wednesday unveiled its latest global product offering – The all-new Ford Freestyle, a compact utility vehicle (CUV) for the Indian consumers. The all-new product from Ford combines SUV-like robust design, benchmark performance, innovative technologies and outstanding fuel efficiency for greater choice to consumers in India and markets around the world.
India will be amongst the first across the globe, where the all-new Freestyle will go on sale in the second quarter of 2018. “The global unveil of the Ford Freestyle strengthens Ford’s continued commitment to India to bring products that consumers want and value,” said Anurag Mehrotra, president & managing director, Ford India.
“With the cool, capable and connected Ford Freestyle, we are adding yet another great product to our diverse portfolio that will help us expand our family of happy Ford owners in India.” The all-new Freestyle will position Ford to address growing consumers’ demand for SUV-like vehicles. Such vehicles are being preferred owing to their commanding seating position and better ground clearance to tackle congested urban environment.
In 2017 alone, compact SUV sales in India grew 37 per cent compared to 9 per cent in total vehicle sales. And Ford has pioneered in this segment with the EcoSport, by consistently outpacing overall automotive sales in India, growing more than three-fold between 2013 and 2016.
“Just like we did with the EcoSport, we see a lot of potential in offering this compact utility vehicle to meet the SUV owning aspirations of first-time buyers or young achievers, who are looking to upgrade their small cars,” Mehrotra added. “Freestyle is more than just an expression. This powerful word immediately encourages you to push the boundaries and do more, just like the product,” said Rahul Gautam, vice-president for Marketing at Ford India.
The Ford Freestyle uses design elements common to more expensive mini SUVs. And it all begins with a unique grille with a dynamic, three-dimensional mesh. The front bumper of the vehicle has an integrated skid plate and sculpted fascia sections that create a protective full-width beam element, accentuating Freestyle’s SUV looks and credentials. The Freestyle will come paired with Ford’s all-new, three-cylinder 1.2L TiVCT petrol engine that is small, light, strong and delivers outstanding fuel efficiency.
The naturally aspirated engine will generate best-in-class 96 PS of peak power and 120 Nm of torque to deliver Ford’s fun-to-drive DNA. Consumers will continue to have a choice to opt for Ford’s trusted 1.5L TDCi diesel engine that generates class-leading 100 PS peak power and 215 Nm of torque. Freestyle will deliver sportier performance in all driving conditions and will feature a uniquely tuned suspension with increased track-width, high ground clearance, TCS, ABS with EBD and uniquely tuned EPAS among others.
The Freestyle will continue Ford’s leadership on safety, offering up to six airbags. “Freestyle represents our vision of a compact utility vehicle that delivers more on every count and is all set to surpass expectations of consumers, who want and expect more,” said Vinay Raina, executive director of Marketing, Sales and Service at Ford India. “With Freestyle, we are sure to delight consumers with a combination of compelling and capable features.”

January 31, 2018
Jeep Compass Trailhawk SUV India launch by 2018 end: All that’s new on Jeep’s serious off-roader
The new Jeep Compass Trailhawk will have better off-road capabilities than the standard model. The SUV will land on Indian soil with any of the specifications that one can find in the units exported by FCA Pune to the right hand drive markets.
Price most likely be higher than the existing model. Jeep India will launch the new Compass Trailhawk by the end of this year, as per a report on Autocar India. The upcoming Jeep Trailhawk can get the same engine options that come on the present day model. Having said that, one can expect the new Jeep Compass Trailhawk to source its power from a 2.0-litre diesel engine along with a 1.4-litre petrol mill. However, Jeep India has not revealed any specification details of the new Compass Trailhawk at present.
The company has said that since the FCA plant in Pune exports units to the right hand drive markets, there can be any specification model that can come to India. The company has further added that the it is still readying the new Jeep Compass Trailhawk models. One of the most prominent highlights of the new Jeep Compass Trailhawk is the new Active drive low range four wheel drive system that help the SUV take on the terrains with ease. The set up also comes with a rock mode for its terrain select all wheel drive.
The new Jeep Compass Trailhawk version stands 20mm higher in comparison to the standard model. The new off-road avatar of the Jeep Compass also gets a hill descent control system as standard. Other highlights that differentiate the Jeep Compass Trailhawk from the standard model are the distinct alloy wheels, black bonnet decal, skid plates and a lot more. The car also gets unique recovery hooks that look better than before.
The front and rear bumpers of the new Jeep Compass Trailhawk have also been redesigned and these look bolder than the ones fitted on the standard model. The new Jeep Compass Trailhawk will most likely be priced higher than the standard model, courtesy the off-road biased bits and sportier features. More details on the new Jeep Compass Trailhawk expected in the coming weeks.

July 22, 2017 , , , , ,
मारुति ने लॉन्च किया बलेनो टॉप एंड का ऑटोमेटिक वेरिएंट...maruti launches baleno top end automatic variantमारुति सुजुकी ने अपनी बहुचर्चित प्रीमियम हैचबैक कार बलेनो का ऑटोमेटिक वेरिएंट लॉन्च कर दिया है। कंपनी ने कार के टॉप एंड अल्फा ट्रीम वेरिएंट को ऑटोमेटिक विकल्प के साथ पेश किया है। इस वेरिएंट की दिल्ली एक्स शोरूम कीमत 8.34 लाख रुपये है।
मारुति पहले से ही कार का डेल्टा और जीटा वेरिएंट सीवीटी ट्रांसमिशन के साथ बेच रही है। लॉन्चिंग के बाद से ही ग्राहक कार के ऑटोमेटिक वेरिएंट का इंतजार कर रहे थे। कंपनी के एक अधिकारी ने बताया कि लोग इस कार के ऑटोमेटिक वेरिएंट की डिमांड शुरू से ही कर रहे थे, जिसमें हाई एंड फीचर दिए गए हो। 
अक्तूबर 2015 में लॉन्चिंग के बाद से कंपनी ने कार के लगभग 2 लाख यूनिट्स बेची हैं। बलेनों ने महज एक साल में ही एक लाख की बिक्री का आंकड़ा पार कर लिया था। कार की डिमांड को देखकर मारुति ने इस साल मार्च में बलेनो आरएस, कार का स्पोर्ट वर्जन, लॉन्च किया था। इसकी लॉन्चिंग के साथ ही कार ने हाई परफॉर्मेंस सेगमेंट में एंट्री कर ली।

बलेनो मारुति सुजुकी इंडिया की पहली कार है जिसे जापान भेजा गया है, साथ ही इसे दुनिया के लगभग 100 देशों में एक्सपोर्ट किया जाता है। गौरतलब है कि मारुति सुजुकी इंडिया सेलेरियो, वैगन आर, अल्टो के 10, इग्निस और डिजायर जैसी कार बेचती है। इसके साथ ही कंपनी की इस लिस्ट में बलेनो, सियाज, अर्टिगा ऑटोमेटिक ट्रांसमिशन भी शामिल हैं। 

July 19, 2017 , , , ,
Toyota wayToyota is known for its manufacturing efficiency. We’ve probably all heard that if a worker on the Camry line sees a problem, they have the authority to stop the line and address it. At the end of the day, teams meet to discuss what went wrong and what fixes actually fixed things. It’s called the Toyota Production System, or TPS, and, like any tech cult, it’s got lots of lingo and acronyms. (Try throwing around “Let’s kaizen this” if you want to seem in the know.) But it also can work for a startup as easily as it can work for the massive automotive manufacturer.

The point of TPS is to create a culture where problems are not repeated in order to achieve the end goal of improving quality. That’s as applicable to apps as it is to automobiles. In an interview after the panel, Bonini outlined the basics of the system, which has three parts:

Jamie Bonini, the vice president of the Toyota Production System Support Center, preaches the TPS gospel to organizations in North America and, recently, Australia. He’s worked with small manufacturers, hospitals and government agencies to teach them how to use Toyota’s principles in their particular settings. “You start with the customer,” Bonini said during a panel at the Aspen Ideas Festival. “Are they getting what they want? Then you work back from there.”

  • The philosophy that the customer needs to be served by the process and that the people who create the widget — whether that’s a car or a car-sharing app — are the most valuable resource in the organization.
  • The use of tech tools to establish flow through entire organization — and to halt that flow when necessary. Managers need to develop their teams so that the people closest to the problem can solve that problem.
  • The application of engineering and design to understand that flow, from the overall project plan to the precise sequence of steps required to complete a task. This can be reviewed every day or every week, but it needs to be revisited often.

These pillars, Bonini said, are “timeless.” Advanced technology can make the TPS system work better, but the focus on people — both those in the organization and the customer at the end of the process — remains an important part of the triangle.

“All three pieces of TPS must work,” Bonini said. “A lot of business leaders have never heard of all three pieces; they put all their emphasis on the tech tools.” Whether you’re in a 10-person startup or a 1,000-employee hospital, these three principals should work together to create a culture of trust and innovation.

Oh, and kaizen, for the record, is the process of changing things for the better, or in business terms, continuously improving the system at every step and every level.

July 17, 2017 , , , ,
Faraday Future answers mounting challenges with high-profile CTO hireFaraday Future is an electric car company with a very uncertain future, following news that it would be ending its effort to build an assembly plant for its vehicles in Nevada. The company’s primary backer, China’s LeEco, is in dire financial straits, and the would-be Tesla challenger is facing its own heat as a result. Now, however, the company is revealing a big-name hire – Ulrich Kranz, who previously headed BMW’s electric “i” series vehicle program, is joining as Chief Technical Officer.
Kranz’s long history at the German automaker makes the sudden shift to the untested and beleaguered FF all the more noteworthy; he’s hardly a callous climber, jumping from stunt hire to stunt hire. Still, there’s little doubt that Faraday considers this hire a strategic move – it’s a rare spot of good news for a company that has had precious little of that of late.
The addition of Kranz gives Faraday a new lead for its research and development, manufacturing, engineering and purchasing operations, the company tells me. He joins the company after a 30-year career at BMW, where he spent the past 10 years overseeing the i series, including the i3 and i8, BMW’s first dedicated EVs. Before that, Kranz led the MINI line, as well as product development across multiple areas at the automaker in previous roles.

Faraday also says that it’s “nearing the end” of a search for a turn-key manufacturing option, after being forced to walk away from its custom-built Nevada facility. Going with an existing manufacturing facility will help it keep costs down and add some runway, as it seeks to get its initial FF 91 sport sedan to market. The automaker unquestionably still faces huge challenges, and I still wouldn’t call its prospects promising, but Kranz’s hire is an interesting development nonetheless.

July 17, 2017 , , , ,
Hyundai launching its semi self-driving features earlier than plannedThe race to bring self-driving features to market is stepping up in a big way, now that GM’s Super Cruise is set to arrive in the Cadillac CT6 later this year, and Audi has announced it’ll ship its Level 3 self-driving tech in the next A8. Hyundai is speeding up its own timeline for commercialization of its “Highway Driving Assist 2” (HDA2) semi-autonomous features as a result.
The introduction of HDA2 will “minimize intervention by drivers,” according to Hyundai speaking to the Electronic Times. The tech “nears level 3 on freeways” according to the company, and its introduction will help to achieve the carmaker’s goals of commercializing fully autonomous vehicles for consumers by 2022.
The HDA2 system is properly considered a Level 2 autonomous feature, similar to Tesla’s Autopilot. The software handles speed and stops in highway driving conditions, and also handles changing to a crossroad, entering a junction, and merging onto a main road automatically when a driver indicates their intent to do so via their turn signal.

Hyundai had self-driving tech on display at CES, and has espoused a lightweight approach in terms of computing and sensor types in favor of detailed maps to keep costs down for consumers. The company is not generally perceived as a leader in the space, however, and deploying this tech earlier than intended could help it make up ground thanks to data collection efforts.

July 14, 2017 , , ,
2018 Honda Accord offers more gears, more spaceHonda’s top-selling family car is completely redone for 2018 and promises greater efficiency and comfort, though some long-time customers might notice something big missing.

2018 Honda Accord Engine
  • Honda redesigned its best-selling sedan for 2018, and it now boasts a lighter body, new powertrains, plenty of tech and standard safety features and a sportier design.
  • The all-new 10th generation Accord was debuted with a longer wheelbase, lower height, wider body and a lower seating position.
  • The redesigned 2018 Accord features a long, low hood, a chrome wing grille, large air intake and available full LED headlights, fog lights and taillights.
  • Along with its sportier design, the 2018 Accord welcomes a lighter, more rigid body and new chassis design.
  • Honda now offers the choice of two new turbocharged gas engines or its improved two-motor hybrid system.
Honda is hoping the new Accord, due in showrooms in the fall, will reverse the car's sales decline. Through June, sales fell 5.5 percent compared with last year as U.S. buyers shun midsize cars in favor of SUVs. Sales of all midsize cars combined were down nearly 18 percent during the first half of the year, and the midsize sedan's share of the market has dropped from 16 percent five years ago to just under 11 percent, according to Kelley Blue Book. Still, Honda sold more than 345,000 Accords last year.

2018 Honda Accord Front Left
  • The new 2018 Accord offers more power from either a 1.5-liter or a 2.0-liter turbocharged, direct-injected, four-cylinder gas engine, producing 192 horsepower and 252 horsepower, respectively.
2018 Honda Accord Badge
  • For all 2018 Accords, Honda Sensing safety and driver assist technology now comes standard—think collision mitigation braking system, lane departure warning, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control with low speed follow and traffic sign recognition.
The new version, unveiled Friday, is just under an inch lower than the outgoing model, and the distance between the wheels is more than two inches longer. That gives it more 2.5 cubic feet more of interior room and one added cubic foot of trunk space. The 2018 version is 110 to 176 pounds lighter as well, depending on options. The overall length slightly shorter than the outgoing model at 192.1 inches.

Gone is a V6 engine option, replaced by two turbocharged four-cylinder engines. The base four is 1.5 liters and it puts out 192 horsepower with a continuously variable transmission. There's also an optional 2-Liter four with 252 horsepower mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. A gas-electric hybrid version also is available.

2018 Honda Accord Rear Right
  • Blind spot assist, front and rear park sensors, cross traffic monitor and driver awareness monitor are also available for the redesigned Accord. 

That would be the Accord’s 3.5-liter V-6 engine, a powerful choice on upper trim levels that snarls and delivers snappy acceleration. In its place is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine making 252 horsepower and paired with a Honda-designed 10-speed automatic, the first of its kind in a front-wheel drive car. Honda claims the new engine’s greater torque, the transmission’s improved gearing, and a stiffer chassis — that’s up to 176 pounds lighter — will translate to impressive performance, although we’re going to miss that sweet six.

2018 Honda Accord Dashboard
  • Inside, the new Accord gets bigger and more tech savvy, featuring a new eight-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with available head up display, wireless device charging and 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity.
2018 Honda Accord Rear Seat
  • Thanks to its longer wheelbase, the 2018 Accord offers even more cargo space than the previous generation, up to 16.7 cubic-feet behind the rear seat.
2018 Honda Accord Rear Right Quarter
  • Available in six trims and a choice of a gas or hybrid powetrain, the redesigned 2018 Honda Accord will go on sale this fall.
The 10th generation of the Accord will have Honda's safety technology suite, which includes automatic emergency braking and lane-keeping assistance, standard on all models.

All the improvements may make the car great, but they likely won't help sales much as the market shift continues, said Jack Nerad, executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book. "While we expect the new Accord to be a technological, design and engineering success, it's unlikely to be the sales success that its predecessor was," Nerad said.

Price, gas mileage and the exact sale date were not released.

The Accord has grown tremendously in size and power since the first hatchback Accord made its debut in 1976. That car was nearly 30 inches shorter and had a four-cylinder engine that put out only 68 horsepower.

Satish Kumar

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