“Our aim was to make affordable electric cars that everyone could buy. We never wanted to just make expensive cars that no one would buy”, said the CEO of Tesla Inc. Elon Musk at the Model 3 event in Fremont, San Fransisco. Tesla revealed the fruit of its biggest ambition yet, the Tesla Model 3, bringing a top-of-the-line electric car to the masses.
Elon Musk, in his characteristically resolute tone, said: “In Tesla Model 3, we have managed to build the best car you can buy for $35,000.” The Model 3 has an acceleration of 0 to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds, a mileage of 220 miles and will cost $35,000 while the long range version with a mileage of 310 miles [...]
Earlier leaked images of the 2014 Mercedes S class showed of the extensive use of LED lighting and the extremely plush interiors. We now know that the 2014 Mercedes S class will make its official debut on May 15th will have electronically reclining rear seats, and radical new exterior. The new entertainment system will also control the massaging seats for the rear passengers.
The steering wheel of the 2014 Mercedes S class will also have access to the full setup of controls, right from the drivers fingertips.
One of India’s top hatchbacks, the Maruti Suzuki Swift has crossed yet another landmark. The model has reached sales of 30 lakh units globally, and to celebrate this achievement, Maruti Suzuki has launched a limited edition trim called the ‘Swift Star’.
Largely featuring cosmetic changes, the Swift Star will offer a Double DIN audio unit with bluetooth connectivity, a rear roof spoiler, steering wheel cover, art leather seat covers and designer floor mats. The regular Swift is available with a 1.3-litre diesel engine producing 74 bhp and 190Nm of torque as well as 1.2-litre petrol engine producing 85bhp and 114Nm of torque. The diesel variants start at Rs. [...]
We as Indians love hatchbacks. We love how they are practical and economical. We love how they can be easily manoeuvred out of any traffic jam and parked in the tightest of corners, doing all this while not emptying our bank accounts. Here are 5 hatchbacks we’d love to see on Indian roads (only if they were assembled here, of course).
1) Volkswagen Golf
The quintessential hatchback, the VW Golf is one of the all-time best selling cars, and has graced international ‘car of the year lists’ time and again. The newest iteration is [...]
Back in the 50s, there lived a man in Italy, who had a very successful tractor business. His name was Ferruccio Lamborghini, and like any other wealthy Italian industrialist, he had a penchant for fast, expensive cars. The proud owner of a vast and stunning collection including a Mercedes Benz 300 SL and a Jaguar E-Type, he decided to gift himself the legendary Ferrari 250 GT. He liked it a lot but was also disappointed with the lack of refinement. Repeated trips to Maranello for maintenance added to his annoyance. Legend has it, that he was so frustrated with the gearbox in his 250 GT that he went to visit Enzo Ferrari personally to discuss the matter. [...]
The Board of Directors of Ferrari S.p.A. reported a very positive first quarter of 2012, revenues rose to 556.1 million euro (+13.2 per cent) and 1,733 cars were delivered to the dealership network, an increase of 11.5 per cent on the same period last year. Trading profit grew by 13.4 per cent to 60.5 million euro, while net profits rose by 17.2 per cent (42.1 million euro).
Ferrari’s industrial net cash position on March 31st was the strongest in its history at 860 million euro.
Sales in Europe in the United Kingdom were up (+31 per cent, 177 cars delivered) and in Germany (up [...]
The German automaker BMW, has recalled 89,000 of its sub brand Minis cars in the US market. The US traffic safety agency announced Sunday, citing the threat of a smoldering circuit board that could set the cars on fire.
The electric auxiliary water pump that cools the turbocharger has an electronic circuit board that can malfunction and overheat,”
-the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
The strange thing is that the recall is not only of a particular model but of various cars built through 2006-2011, several models of Mini roadsters including the Cooper S, Cooper S Countryman, and [...]
Hyundai is planning to bring the 2012 Sonata Hybrid to India sometime next year. The Hybrid revamp of 2011 Hyundai Sonata, one of the most sold cars of this segment in the US in 2011, the 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid will also be launched in India at a starting price of 23 Lakhs.
The new Hybrid Sonata comes with a 2.0-liter Theta II turbocharged GDI engine which offers 274 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 269 lb-ft of torque from 1,800 – 4,500 rpm with regular fuel and offers a Mileage of 13.16 KM/L . The new breakthrough Hybrid Blue Drive technology lithium polymer battery pack [...]
Hyundai is all set to ramp up its new line up of cars with what they call the new “fluidic sculpture,” but before they can include any of that in their new lineup they want to tease buyers with a preview of the concept. Hyundai has released a stylized teaser image of what it’s calling the i-oniq concept, which will premier at the 2012 Geneva auto show. This same structure is to follow through on the new Sonata, Elantra and US only i30 Hatchback. More information is promised to be made available once the Auto show nears.
Looks like the next-gen tire is actually closer than we imagined. With Michelin already working on their concept of the Tweel, Bridgestone walks in with the air-free concept tires that use a tough and flexible thermoplastic spoke technology. These spokes remove any horizontal force and make the tire puncture free, since there is actually no air. The tire is currently suitable fro personal mobility and electric lightweight carts, each wheel holds upto 150Kg in weight. The company plans to use this technology for commercial users and eventually replace the traditional wheel. The only issue is the fact that items might [...]
The 2012 CRV is a no brainer, the anticipated SUV has been a little bit of disappointing in India for the past couple of years. With a a slightly revamped exterior that looks like the prime finish on a Mahindra XUV 500 (especially in the Rear).
Honda’s 2.4-liver i-VTEC four-cylinder powers this not-so badboy, with 185 horsepower and 163 pound-feet of torque. The transmission is still the old one from the existing one, poor old dying gearbox. The company did not make major changes to the design or the technology behind the vehicle.
New Age features in the 2012 CR-V will include standard Bluetooth HandsFreeLink, a multi-angle rearview camera and a [...]