Friday, October 24, 2008

Bajaj XCD DTS-Si 125cc sprint coming soon

The XCD 125 sprint motor cycle is the predecessor of the XCD 125.

The XCD Sprint has a self starter.

XCD Sprint has new features like MistiFying Front Fairing, Special Graphics for petrol tank, slim back rail and Purely Different back LED light, Nitrox shocks, lowered handle bars and bigger tyres than the XCD.


  • 0-60km/h - 8s
  • 0-80km/h - 17s
  • Top speed - 93km/h
  • City fuel economy: 64kmpl
  • Highway fuel economy: 82kmp
Technical specifications
  • Engine: 125cc 4 valve DTS-si
  • Power: 12.5ps@9000rpm
  • Torque: 10.3nm@6500rpm
  • Wheelbase: 1275.00 mm
  • Gears: 4 manual
  • Brakes: Disc
  • Fuel gauge: Digital
  • Self start: True
  • Tachometer: Analogue
  • Stand alarm: Yes
  • Alloys: Yes
  • lighted switches : Yes


Bajaj platina specifications

Engine and transmission
Displacement:99.30 ccm (6.06 cubic inches)
Engine type:Single cylinder
Power:8.20 HP (6.0 kW)) @ 7500 RPM
Torque:8.05 Nm (0.8 kgf-m or 5.9 ft.lbs) @ 4500 RPM
Fuel system:Carburettor
weight:113.0 kg (249.1 pounds)
Overall height:1,090 mm (42.9 inches)
Overall length:1,990 mm (78.3 inches)
Overall width:770 mm (30.3 inches)
Wheelbase:1,275 mm (50.2 inches)
Chassis and dimensions
Frame type:Tubular construction
Front suspension:Telescopic
Rear suspension:Hydraulic SNS type
Front brakes:Expanding brake (drum brake)
Rear brakes:Expanding brake (drum brake)
Fuel capacity:11.00 litres (2.91 gallons)
Reserve fuel capacity:2.00 litres (0.53 gallons)

Price: Rs. 46,000


Honda CBF stunner specifications and price

This is my follow up post from honda stunner.

Kerb Weight : 129 kg
: 1271mm
Fuel tank capacity: 10 litres

Tubeless tyres
Front 80/100-17 and Rear: 100/90-77
Front Brakes: 240mm Disc or 130mm Drum
Rear Brake: 130mm drum

Starting: Kickstart / Electric
5 speed transmission
Trip meter

CBF Stunner motorcycles will be available in three versions -
Self Disc Alloy (Price Rs 51,655)
Self Drum Alloy (Price: Rs 49,820) and
Kick Drum Alloy (Price: Rs 47,070)(all prices ex-showroom,delhi).
Honda is offering the Stunner CBF in red, black, metallic silver and yellow colours.


Thursday, October 23, 2008

JANA GANA MANA,the best national anthem in the world

.............this is what is circulating through mails and blogs quite a bit these days.But is this true?If it is,really feel proud to be an indian.If it is not,does it matter?
There is no official news from any media,electronic or print.If there was any such message from UNESCO our media surely would not be sitting silently,Isn't it?


Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Cruise control system in indian cars

Cruise control (sometimes known as speed control or autocruise) is a system that automatically controls the rate of motion of a motor vehicle. The driver sets the speed and the system will take over the throttle of the car to maintain the same speed.

New corolla altis with cruise control
How does it work?
In modern designs, the cruise control may need to be turned on before use — in some designs it is always "on" but not always enabled, others have a separate "on/off" switch, while still others just have an "on" switch that must be pressed after the vehicle has been started. Most designs have buttons for "set", "resume", "accelerate", and "coast" functions. Some also have a "cancel" button. Alternatively, tapping the brake or clutch pedal will disable the system, a required feature to prevent the vehicle from accelerating against braking as it attempts to maintain speed. The system is operated with controls easily within the driver's reach, usually with two or more buttons on the steering wheel spokes or on the edge of the hub like those on Honda vehicles, on the turn signal stalk like in some General Motors vehicles or on a dedicated stalk like those found in Toyota and Mercedes-Benz vehicles. Early designs used a dial to set speed choice.
The driver must bring the car up to speed manually and use a button to set the cruise control to the current speed. The cruise control takes its speed signal from a rotating driveshaft, speedometer cable, wheel speed sensor or from the engine's RPM. Most systems do not allow the use of the cruise control below a certain speed (normally 35 mph/55 km/h) to discourage use in city driving. The car will maintain that speed by pulling the throttle cable with a solenoid or a vacuum driven servomechanism.
All systems must be turned off both explicitly and automatically, when the driver hits the brake or clutch. Cruise control often includes a memory feature to resume the set speed after braking and a coast feature to reset the speed lower without braking. When the cruise control is in effect, the throttle can still be used to accelerate the car, but once the accelerator is released the car will then slow down until it reaches the previously set speed.
On the latest vehicles fitted with electronic throttle control, cruise control can be easily integrated into the vehicle's engine management system. Cruise controls currently being developed include the ability to automatically reduce speed when the distance to a car in front, or the speed limit decreases. This is an advantage for those driving in unfamiliar areas.

Advantages and disadvantages

Some of those advantages include:

  • Its usefulness for long drives across sparsely populated roads. This usually results in better fuel efficiency.

  • Some drivers use it to avoid unconsciously violating speed limits. A driver who otherwise tends to unconsciously increase speed over the course of a highway journey may avoid a speeding ticket. Such drivers should note, however, that a cruise control may go over its setting on a downhill which is steep enough to accelerate with an idling engine

However, cruise control can also lead to accidents due to several factors, such as

  • The lack of need to maintain constant pedal pressure, which can help lead to accidents caused by highway hypnosis or incapacitated drivers; future systems may include a dead man's switch to avoid this.

  • When used during inclement weather or while driving on wet or snow- and/or ice-covered roads, the vehicle not equipped with Electronic Stability Control could go into a skid. Stepping on the brake — such as to disengage the cruise control — often results in the driver losing control of the vehicle

Driving over "rolling" terrain, with gentle up and down portions, can usually be done more economically (using less fuel) by a skilled driver viewing the approaching terrain, by maintaining a relatively constant throttle position and allowing the vehicle to accelerate on the downgrades and decelerate on upgrades, while reducing power when cresting a rise and adding a bit before an upgrade is reached. Cruise control will tend to overthrottle on the upgrades and retard on the downgrades, wasting the energy storage capabilities available from the inertia of the vehicle. The inefficiencies from cruise control can be even greater relative to skilled driving in hybrid vehicles.
Many countries establish that it is illegal to drive within city limits with the cruise control feature activated.

Adaptive cruise control system:

Some modern vehicles have adaptive cruise control (ACC) systems, which is a general term meaning improved cruise control. These improvements can be automatic braking or dynamic set-speed type controls.
Automatic Braking Type: The automatic braking type use either a radar or laser setup to allow the vehicle keep pace with the car it is following, slow when closing in on the vehicle in front and accelerating again to the preset speed when traffic allows. Some systems also feature forward collision warning systems, which warns the driver if a vehicle in front - given the speed of both vehicles - gets too close (within the preset headway or braking distance).


Monday, October 20, 2008

what is a spoiler?

A spoiler is an automotive aerodynamic device whose intended design function is to 'spoil' unfavorable air movement across a body of a vehicle in motion. Spoilers are often fitted to race and high-performance sports cars, although they have become common on passenger vehicles, as well. Some spoilers are added to cars primarily for styling purposes and have either little aerodynamic benefit or even make the aerodynamics worse.

Spoilers for automobiles are often incorrectly confused with, or even used interchangeably with, wings. Automotive wings are devices whose intended design is to generate downforce as air passes around them, not simply disrupt existing airflow patterns.
How does it operate?
Spoilers generally function by disrupting or diffusing the airflow passing over and around a moving vehicle as it passes around the spoiler. This is accomplished by increasing the amount of turbulence flowing over the shape, "spoiling" the laminar flow and providing a cushion for the laminar boundary layer. Applications are varied, including using body panels, or most typically by adding an extruding attachment.
Occasionally spoilers are added solely for appearance with no thought towards practical purpose.

Spoilers in cars

The main design goal of a spoiler in passenger vehicles is to reduce drag and increase fuel efficiency. While many often imitate wings and airfoils, these serve mostly decorative purposes. Passenger vehicles can be equipped with front and rear spoilers. Front spoilers, found beneath the bumper, are mainly used to direct air flow away from the tires to the underbody where the drag coefficient is less. Rear spoilers, which modify the transition in shape between the roof and the rear and the trunk and the rear, act to minimize the turbulence at the rear of the vehicle.

Sports cars are most commonly seen with front and rear spoilers. Even though these vehicles typically have a more rigid chassis and a stiffer suspension to aid in high speed maneuverability, a spoiler can still be beneficial. This is because many vehicles have a fairly steep downward angle going from the rear edge of the roof down to the trunk or tail of the car. At high speeds, air flowing across the roof tumbles over this edge, causing air flow separation. The flow of air becomes turbulent and a low-pressure zone is created, increasing drag and instability . Adding a rear spoiler makes the air "see" a longer, gentler slope from the roof to the spoiler, which helps to delay flow separation. This decreases drag, increases fuel economy, and helps keep the rear window clean.


Saturday, October 18, 2008

TATA Indica electric version

Electric versions of the Indica is undergoing testing. The electric version will utilize Lithium ion batteries for higher power. Once charged, the car can travel upto 200 kilometers. The car is expected to roll out by the end of 2008.
The company has indicated that the electric Indica would be launched locally in India in about 2010, without disclosing the price. The vehicle would be launched in Norway in 2009.
Tata Motors' UK subsidiary, Tata Motors European Technical Centre, has bought a 50.3% holding in electric vehicle technology firm Miljø Grenland/Innovasjon of Norway for US$1.93 M, which specialises in the development of innovative solutions for electric vehicles, and plans to launch the electric Indica hatchback in Europe next year . Electrovaya is partnering with Tata Motors and Miljø Grenland/Innovasjon to manufacture batteries and electric cars using Electrovaya’s Lithium Ion SuperPolymer battery technology.


Thursday, October 16, 2008

Bajaj XCD DTS-Si

Engine :125 cc single, twin spark
Power :9.53 PS (9 hp/7 kW) @ 7,000 rpm
Torque :10.85 N·m (8 lb·ft) @ 5,000 rpm
Suspension :Telescopic front fork, dual rear shock
Brakes :Drum type
Wheelbase :1275 mm (50.2 in)
Fuel capacity :8 litres

The Bajaj XCD 125 DTS-Si is a motorcycle manufactured in India by Bajaj Auto.
Though Bajaj Auto claims that this bike gives 109 kmpl mileage under test conditions, it might actually give around 70 kmpl.
It costs around Rs.47,189 in Bangalore (on-road price).
Digital Speedometer
Alloy wheels
LED tail lamp
Less weight
Stylish and good looking
Good mileage
No Disc Brakes
LED tail lamp is small


Bajaj platina price info

For specifications and price information visit this post
Bajaj Platina is a 100 CC Motorcycle built by Bajaj Auto. It debuted in 2006.
Bajaj Platina is the 100cc bike from Bajaj Auto to take on TVS Star City. The cheaper version will come for Rs 34,500, while the higher version of Bajaj Platina will cost Rs 36,000 ( ex-showroom prices, Delhi). Bajaj hopes to sell about 75,000-80,000 units of Platinas a month.
The Bajaj Platina is based on the CT-100, but with a revised gearbox, fresher body panels and optional alloy wheels. Bajaj also offers the Bajaj Discover 112 in the entry level segment. The entry-level segment is being strengthened by the arrival of the Bajaj Platina. The company will use it new Pantnagar plant to build the Platina.
It is very much visible that all the body panels, fairings, electronics of this bike are borrowed from the successful Bajar Wind 125 Worldbike. It is debated whether it was a wise decision to cease the productions of Wind 125 & Caliber 115. Both were highly successful machines & were the top selling models in their respective segment when the production was cut. Both had exceptionally efficient & smooth Kawasaki K-Tec engines. The smooth engines were quite uncommon in India & were well received by the customers. The K-Tec engines are no longer in use & Bajaj instead uses indigenously developed powerplants.
Bajaj Auto has also announced plans to launch a dual-fuel bike which will run on CNG/LPG as well as petrol. The bike is under development.


Friday, October 10, 2008

Hero honda CBZ reviews and price

The Hero Honda CBZ, launched in early 1999 by Hero Honda Motors India Ltd, was the first sports oriented 4-stroke bike. Sporting an original Honda 156.8 cc engine, it made good 12.8PS of power which was sufficient enough to propel it to a Speedo indicated 130 km/h. The styling was out of the exemplary. The bike looked very sporty and was aesthetically perfect. Sufficient mid-range torque ensured a 0-60 km/h (0-40 mph) in just 5 seconds.
The over-square engine, that met Euro1, was fed by a Keihin slide type carburetor with accelerator pump for better pick-up. It featured a single front disc brake, which was a first in India. It also featured the first 5-speed gearbox on a 4-stroke bike. It had excellent acceleration figures, for a relatively heavy 130 kg Kerb weight. The handling of this bike was the highlight. It was capable of doing corners at relatively high speeds without hiccups.
The Latest edition to the CBZ family is the New sporty CBZ X-treme It has LED based Tail cum brake light which too is becoming a standard feature in Indian made bikes after its introduction in Bajaj Pulsar in 2006. In addition to this the alloy wheels also give a great stylish looks. The mileage is not that bad either which is one of the biggest shortcomings in the case of Bajaj Pulsar.
Acceleration It makes use of a larger spring operated nozzle to provide a richer fuel air mixture into the engine. Thus its mileage ranges from 45 to 53 km/lt in city, which is at part with other 150cc bikes in India.
Air Injection System: Injects fresh air into the exhaust port, to meet the emission norms. CBZ comes with a company fitted sponge based filter which is more than sufficient for Indian environments. People have also admitted performance gains by fitting a 3rd party custom filters like K&N.
Gear Box: Equipped with five gears and a 156 cc engine that generates 12.8 bhp power. It takes 0 - 60 km/h in 5 seconds and touch the top speed of about 125 km/h.
CBZ was one of the first Indian bikes to feature a 5-speed gearbox (the earlier being RD350 with a six speed box and Yamaha RX-135).
Engine: 4-stroke, single cylinder, air - cooled, SOHC
Displacement: 156.7 cc
Clutch Type: Manual
Clutch Primary: -
Clutch Secondary: Multi-plate wet
Transmission: 5-speed 1 down 4 up
Final Drive: Roller chain
Ignition: Electronic
Starting: Kick starter/ Electric
Frame: Tubular single cradle
Suspension: (Front )Telescopic hydraulic fork
Suspension: (Rear ) Swing arm with hydraulic damper- 5-step adjustment
Dimensions: (L*W*H) 2100*755*1130 mm
Wheel Base: 1335 mm
Ground Clearance: 160 mm
Kerb Weight: 138 kg/ 142 kg
Tyres:Front/Rear: 2.75*18-42P/100/90*18-56P
Max. Power: 12.8 PS@8000rpm
Max. Torque: 12.6Nm @6500rpm
Max.Speed: 113 km/h (speedo reading:135km/h)
Fuel Tank: 12.5 1tr (2.5 ltr reserve)
The model went unchanged more or less for 5 years and in 2004, got an electric self-start, a new sticker-job and name – CBZ *. Many enthusiasts feel that the older version of the CBZ looked much better than the newer one. (The newer version eventually led the bike to its doom). The engine helped make the bike a legend. The CBZ (pronounced as CBZee) is a status symbol.
The bike was discontinued after 2005 September, due to low demand. Competition was eating away its share. The CBZ was significantly costlier than its competitors due to the high import content which were making low-quality ingeniously designed bikes. The CBZ had disc brake and electric start whereas the competition was offering indigenous bikes with electric start, disk brake, alloys, gas charged shocks etc. This huge price difference led to the loss in demand for the CBZ and ultimately the model was discontinued. Also, the fuel efficiency about 46 kmpl was slightly less than the competitors (49 kmpl) with fuel efficiency being a major concern in a developing country like India.
It gave way to promote Honda's Unicorn and Hero Honda's Achiever which share a common engine platform.
CBZ X-treme
Its the 2007 model of CBZ. It has a 150 cc engine and new looks. But old CBZ owners and fans are happy with the new CBZ Xtreme (mainly with its looks-its front fairing). The bike is however worthy of the CBZ name due to its pickup and performance.In fact, CBZ xtreme is a powerful 150cc bike in the country with 14.4Ps.
According to the mechanics its a beefed up version of Hero Honda Achiever which was again a modded version of Hero Honda Ambition. There has been a big revolt from CBZ fans in online forums as it was the most awaited bike during the 2006-2007 period. (
ENGINE Type: Air cooled, 4 - stroke single cylinder OHC
Displacement: 149.2 c.c
Maximum Power : 9.8 KW ( 13.31 ps) @ 8500 rpm
Maximum Torque : 12.80 N-m @ 6500 rpm
Bore x Stroke: 57.3 x 57.8 mm
Compression Ratio : 9.1 :1
Idle speed: 1400 rpm
Ignition: AMI - Advanced Microprocessor Ignition System
TRANSMISSION Clutch : Multiplate wetGear box: 5 Speed constant mesh
Dimension & weight:
Overall height: 1145 mm
Overall length :2080 mm
Overall Width: 765 mm
Wheelbase: 1325 mm
Ground Clearance: 145 mm
Kerb weight: 143 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity: 12.3 ltrs


TVS Flame reviews and price info

Manufacturer :TVS Motors
Engine :124.8 cc ccvti 3 valve four stroke
Power:10.5 bhp@7500rpm
Torque:10Nm @ 6000rpm
Transmission:4 speed
Suspension:Telescopic front,5 step adjustable rear shock
Brakes:130 mm drum front & rear (front disc optional)
Wheelbase:1320 mm
Dimensions:L 2030 mm W 760 mm H 1070 mm
Fuel capacity:7.5 litres
TVS Flame is a 125 cc motorcycle developed by TVS Motor Company , one of the leading two-wheeler manufacturers in India . TVS Flame was launched in the Indian market in January 2008.
TV Sundram Iyengar and Sons Limited (TVS) is the holding company for the TVS Group of companies engaged in the manufacturing of almost all kinds of automotive components, two wheelers and a few other industrial products. They are also into the financial services sector. TVS was founded by T. V. Sundram Iyengar in 1911.
It is the only automotive manufacturer in India to get the prestigious Deming Prize. This prize is "given to organizations or divisions of organizations that have achieved distinctive performance improvement through the application of TQM in a designated year."
The market scenario
With the no frills, ultra utilitarian 100cc bike scenario, the happening 125cc bike arena gains prime focus. The 125cc have evolved from being a compromise to posing a serious threat to the 100cc, These bikes are high on style, handling and features parameters while proving economical in terms of cost and efficiency. The new 125s like the TVS Flame are even more upmarket and tech laden.
After studying the Indian consumers’ mindset, TVS Motor decided to fulfill their requirements by providing them a fully loaded bike; a motorcycle that could provide style, look and fantastic mileage. Keeping this in mind TVS present one of the best looking Indian motorcycle in the125cc category This is the first bike in its segment which has this kind of innumerable styling options.
Flame’s style is really very well advanced. It’s unique design and finishing quality has already set a new benchmark in the 125cc bike segment. Its style is highly innovative and above in 125cc segments, competes with high end bikes. TVS Flame has applied most talked of, futuristic aerodynamic Delta Edge Style, inspired by Fighter Jets Delta wing design. Flame has well defined, eye catching triangular shaped head lamps, Delta Edge trafficators, dual lens tail-lamp and a sporty Delta Edge exhaust. Its head lamps, they are large in shape and well crafted too, it looks like pointing down arrow. Its distinctive triangular shaped silencer adds passion to its style. TVS has which successfully applied the Aero Dynamic Delta Edge theme to the entire bike.
To compete with high end bikes Flame has used a new analog-cum-digital instrument cluster, with a LCD display showing the fuel gauge, odometer and ‘Intelligent Mileage Indicator’, Flame’s design has been put forward by its trafficators, they are placed superbly at the boomeranged shaped fuel tank. These trafficatores are easily visible for oncoming traffic and beautifies the fuel tank.
TVS has used dual tone colour theme for Flame. Its stickers are trendy and very attractive. At the rear, a new design matt black alloy grab rail and a dual lens tail lamp attempt to add further uniqueness to the Flame’s looks.
The seating position having good deep knee recesses, its lean fuel tank provides comfortable posture even for tall riders. TVS Flames uses a single down tube frame with a box –section swing arm. For providing maneuverability, handling Indian road conditions TVS Flame has used wheelbase of 1,320 mm and ground clearance of 165mm. The suspension set-up for the Flame includes telescopic hydraulic fork at the front and 5-step adjustable twin tubes and gas-filled absorbers at the rear. As for the brakes, 130mm drum brakes are standard both in the front and the rear, rear discs are offered as an option. With a refined engine and other NVH dampeners such as rubber mounts and handlebar end weights, vibrations in the Flame have been contained well, though at speeds of over 75 kmph
First Time Features
TVS Motor Company launched the Flame in January 2008 with a host of first time features (on a 125 cc Indian bike).
The 'Delta-Edge' Design: According to TVS Motor Company, the design of TVS Flame was inspired by the delta wing design found in the latest fighter jets. The Flame sports the first ever delta-edge shaped head lamps, embedded trafficators, triangular exhaust and dual lens tail-lamps.
The 3-Valve CCVT-i Engine: The new 125cc, 3 valve Controlled Combustion Variable Timing (CCVT-i) engine is designed to deliver 10.5 bhp @ 8250 rpm.
Intelligent Mileage Indicator : The Flame’s digital console has the first ever Intelligent Mileage Indicator (IMI) - that keeps us informed about the real time mileage as we move on.
Delta-Edge Head Lamps and Trafficators : Razor-sharp multi-reflector head lamp and triangular shaped exhaust goes well with the Flame’s delta-edge styling.
Delta-Edge Exhaust : The Flame is the first Indian bike to have a stylish, triangular shaped delta-edge exhaust.
Gadget Boot : Gadget Boot is a spacious on-tank storage space designed to accommodate cans, i-pods, goggles and mobile chargers etc.
What keeps the Flame good going is its revolutionary CCVT-I (Controlled Combustion Variable Timing – Intelligent) Engine. CCVT-i engine comes with three valves; two inlets and one exhaust.Whenever the rider requires extra power, additional fuel / air mixture goes in through the second valve, giving out extra power to the bike. The CCVT-I engine also has a deceleration cut-off, to ensure there is no fuel wastage, when the vehicle is decelerating.
In the Flame's CCVT-i engine, the lower port is cleverly placed towards the side to generate swirl inside the combustion chamber for optimum fuel efficiency. Under more than half throttle conditions, the secondary port placed at an angle towards the top, is fed by the carb and introduces the charge with a tumble motion for sheer performance.


Saturday, October 4, 2008

Mitsubishi hindustan motors pajero

The Mitsubishi Pajero is a sport utility vehicle manufactured by JV of Mitsubishi and Hindustan Motors in India. It was named after Leopardus pajeros, the Pampas Cat which inhabits the Patagonia plateau region in southern Argentina. However, because pajero is a slang term for "wanker" in the Spanish language, alternative names have been adopted for certain overseas markets. It is known as the Mitsubishi Montero (meaning "mountain warrior") in Spain, India, and the Americas (except Brazil), and as Mitsubishi Shogun in the United Kingdom.
Thanks to their success, the Pajero, Montero and Shogun names were also applied to other, mechanically unrelated models, such as the Pajero Mini kei car, the Pajero Junior and Pajero iO/Pinin mini SUVs, and the Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero/Shogun Sport.

The third generation Pajero hit the Japanese Domestic Market in 1999, whilst it was made available to other markets in late 2000 as a 2001 model. The vehicle was completely redesigned, inside and out and now has a lower, wider stance. A lower center of gravity meant the Pajero had better on-road handling manners, whilst the new body has over three hundred percent more torsional rigidity. The biggest change to bring this about is that the Pajero now utilizes a unibody construction, as opposed to the previous body-on-frame (box-ladder). This also helped give the Pajero a longer suspension stroke. The fuel tank was also strategically placed between the axles for better safety.
The SS4 system was also further refined, as bevel gears were replaced with planetary ones. This meant the front-to-rear torque setting ranged from 33 to 67, with the ability to adjust to 50/50 depending on surface conditions. The system was also made fully electronic, which meant the vehicle didn’t have to be in gear to switch between drive modes. After all the upgrades, the system was renamed to Super Select 4WD II (SS4-II).
Alongside rack and pinion steering (as opposed to the recirculating ball system on previous generations), the Pajero also offered a choice of three transmissions; a five speed manual, a four speed INVECS-II automatic and a five speed INVECS-II tiptronic.
An all-new 3.8 Liter SOHC 24-valve V6 powerplant was also introduced on this generation. This engine utilizes an Electronic Throttle Valve (ETV), to deliver a refined cruising power with power to spare for offroad ventures.
The third generation was introduced on August 2, 1999 and is scheduled to be replaced by the Autumn of 2006, having been restyled in 2003. This was the most luxurious of the three generations, moving to a more upscale segment to compete against the Land Rover Discovery, but more importantly, to counter its home rival Toyota Land Cruiser's growth. The 3.0 L engine's power was decreased to 130 kW (175 hp/177 PS), and the 3.5 L engine was given gasoline direct injection, increasing power to 162 kW (217 hp/220 PS) in the Japanese market (export versions kept the standard EFI engine, now with 149 kW (200 hp/203 PS). The 2.8 L Diesel was retained only for developing markets, and was replaced by a new 16-valve direct injection engine, with 3.2 L and 120 kW (161 hp/163 PS).
In the North American market, the 3.5 L engine was replaced for 2003 by a more powerful 3.8 L unit, with 160 kW (215 hp/218 PS). This engine was later made available to a few export markets such as South America and Australia, whilst it replaced the GDI V6 in the Japanese lineup in 2005. The short wheelbase model is not available in North Americ, where the Montero is the only SUV in Mitsubishi's lineup with standard four wheel drive. Faced with falling sales, the Montero was pulled from the US market after the 2006 model year.

The fourth generation was introduced at the Paris Motor Show on September 30, 2006. New interior and exterior styling was accompanied by enhanced safety with dual-stage SRS front airbags as well as new side-impact and curtain airbags. The Super-Select 4WD II system was retained but is complemented by an improved Active Stability & Traction Control (ASTC) system and electronic brakeforce distribution.
The engines were upgraded with the 3.2 L Diesel now producing 125 kW (167 hp/170 PS) and the 3.8 L V6 gaining MIVEC variable valve timing to boost power to 184 kW (247 hp/250 PS). Both engines meet new Euro IV emissions standards. The 3.0 L V6 is retained for the Japanese and GCC markets.


Mitsubishi outlander in india price @ 2000000

The Mitsubishi Outlander is a compact crossover SUV manufactured by Japanese automaker Mitsubishi Motors. It was originally known as the Mitsubishi Airtrek when it was introduced in Japan in 2001, and was based on the Mitsubishi ASX concept vehicle exhibited at the 2001 North American International Auto Show. The ASX (Active Sports Crossover) represented Mitsubishi's approach to the industry wide XUV trend for retaining the all-season and off-road abilities offered by a high ground clearance and four-wheel drive, while still offering car-like levels of emissions, economy and size.
The original Airtrek name was chosen to "describe the vehicle’s ability to transport its passengers on adventure-packed journeys in a 'free-as-a-bird' manner", and was "coined from Air and Trek to express the idea of footloose, adventure-filled motoring pleasure." The Outlander nameplate which replaced it evoked a "feeling of journeying to distant, unexplored lands in search of adventure."
The Outlander was given a modified front grille and headlights which increased the overall length by approximately 130 mm (five inches) when it was introduced in 2003, and the two models were manufactured in parallel thereafter.
The second generation of the vehicle was introduced in 2005 and all markets including Japan adopted the Outlander name. It was built on the company's GS platform, and used various engines developed by Mitsubishi, Volkswagen and PSA Peugeot Citroën. PSA's Citroën C-Crosser and Peugeot 4007, which are manufactured by Mitsubishi in Japan, are badge engineered versions of the Outlander.

On October 17, 2005, Mitsubishi launched the second generation model, dropping the Airtrek in Japan in favour of adopting the global name. It features a new DOHC 2.4 L 16-valve MIVEC engine; INVECS-III continuously variable transmission (CVT), Mitsubishi's AWC system which features electronically controlled four wheel drive and stability control, on a stretched Mitsubishi GS platform. The North American version, powered by a newly designed 6B31 3.0 L V6 SOHC MIVEC was shown in April 2006 at the New York Auto Show prior to its release in October the same year.
In its home market of Japan it was the best-selling SUV from October 2005 to March 2006, while in the U.S. market it achieved 1,694 and 2,108 sales in November and December 2006, the first two full months it was available; Mitsubishi ultimately hopes for at least 4,000 sales per month in the United States.
At the 2007 SEMA Show, the company displayed a Mitsubishi Evolander concept, powered by a 224 kW (300 PS) supercharged version of the vehicle's 6B31 V6 engine and equipped with suitably uprated suspension, brakes, wheels/tires, body kit and interior. It is mooted that an Outlander Ralliart would closely mimic the mechanical specifications of this concept, although there is no indication that production has been approved.
The Outlander, which features Mitsubishi's RISE safety body, received a four star rating from the Euro NCAP car safety performance assessment programme.
Increased demand for the new Mitsubishi Lancer, and the consequent effects on the capacity of the company's Mizushima production facility, have obliged Mitsubishi to reassess production of the Outlander. In September 2007, they announced that from 2008, production of European market Outlanders would be transferred from Nagoya to its NedCar plant in the Netherlands, while the Citroën C-Crosser and Peugeot 4007 would have their production transferred from Mizushima to Nagoya.
In Chile, where the first generation is still sold as Outlander, the new model is badged Outlander K2.


Friday, October 3, 2008

Maruti Suzuki Grand vitara

1.6L 16V I4, 2.0L V6, 2.5L V6, 2.0L Turbodiesel I4
5-speed manual,4-speed automatic
2-Door: 86.6 in (2200 mm)4-Door: 97.6 in (2479 mm)
4-Door: 164.5 in (4178 mm)1999-2001 4-Door: 163 in (4140 mm)
2-Door: 67.3 in (1709 mm)2002-05 4-Door: 70.1 in (1781 mm)1999-2001: 70 in (1778 mm)
2002-05 4-Door AWD: 67.8 in (1722 mm)2002-05 4-Door 2WD: 67.3 in (1709 mm)2-Door: 66.5 in (1689 mm)1999-2001 4-Door AWD: 68.5 in (1740 mm)1999-2001 4-Door 2WD: 68 in (1727 mm)
Fuel capacity
16.9 US gallons (64.0 L/14.1 imp gal)

The Suzuki Grand Vitara is a compact SUV, namely a long-wheelbase version of the Vitara, produced by the Japanese automaker Suzuki since 1999. It was facelifted in 2002 and 2004, and redesigned in 2006. A rebadged version was sold in North America by General Motors as the Chevrolet Tracker. The Tracker is sold in Latin America, but Mexico, as Chevrolet Grand Vitara. In Mexico, Grand Vitara and Tracker are different vehicles, sold by Suzuki and Chevrolet respectively.

As of 2003, the smaller Suzuki Vitara has been withdrawn from the North American market. Sales were slow, with just 4,860 sold in 2004 for the United States. In Canada, sales were strong. All North American Vitaras were built at CAMI Automotive in Ingersoll, Ontario, while the North American Grand Vitaras were built in Japan, where it is the Suzuki Escudo. The 2006 model has had a structural redesign with a new ladder-boxed chassis integrated into a unibody construction. In India, it is sold as a Maruti.
The 2001 model Suzuki Grand Vitara comes standard as a 2.0 Liter 4WD vehicle in New Zealand. The 2005 and onwards Grand Vitara is sold in Ecuador by Chevrolet, yet it still retains it's Suzuki badges.
The vehicle is also mass produced in Iran by Iran Khodro Manufacturing Co.

The model was replaced in the fall of 2005 by a new vehicle using some components of the GM Theta platform, and is built in Japan. The 2006 Grand Vitara was developed independently by many of the same Suzuki engineers who developed the Theta. Although it uses some Theta componentry, especially in the suspension, it is quite different and should not be considered a Theta vehicle. Notably, it uses a longitudinally-mounted engine and is rear-wheel drive with a 103.9 in (2639 mm) wheelbase, while all other Theta vehicles are transverse engined with front-wheel drive as the default. All can also be ordered with all-wheel drive as well, however. The contemporary generation Suzuki XL7 (starting in model year 2007) is a true Theta vehicle, and is built alongside the Chevrolet Equinox and Pontiac Torrent at CAMI Automotive in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada.
The standard chassis is a 5 door version, but in many countries there is also available a 3 door version called "Vitara" (in some countries the 5 doors name "Gran Vitara" changes to "Gran Nomade"). The standard gasoline engine for the 5 door version is an updated J20A (4 cyl. 2.0L 140hp); and a more powerful option is the Suzuki H engine H27A (V6 2.7l 181hp). Pre 2001 turbo diesel models were fitted with Mazda's type RF engine, with later models fitted with a turbo diesel engine (4 cyl. 1.9L 129 hp (96 kW) manufactured by Renault). The only engine for the 3 door version is an M16A (4 cly. 1.6L 105hp).

In the second half of 2008, the Suzuki Grand Vitara was given a face-lift and two new engines. A 2.4L in-line four is offered producing 122kW of power and 225Nm of torque. The new V6 is only offered in the flagship prestige model which produces 165kW of power and 284Nm of torque. Fuel economy has also been improved with the addition of VVT to both engines and the 1.9L Turbo-Diesel has also received some mechanic work improving its economy. Safety has also been improved with more air-bags and traction control standard on all models. The four mode four-wheel drive system is also available on all models.


Thursday, October 2, 2008

Suzuki splash

The Suzuki Splash is a city car introduced in model year 2008 and jointly developed between Suzuki Motor Corporation and Opel — which will also market their version as the Agila. It debuted as a concept car at the 2006 Paris Auto Show and the production model debuted at the 2007 Frankfurt Auto Show. The Splash is slotted below the Swift in the lineup, and uses a shortened wheelbase version of its chassis.
The car was launched with two petrol engines, a 3 cylinder 1.0 litre and 4 cylinder 1.2 litre, and a 4 cylinder version of Fiat's Multijet diesel engine. Unlike its predecessor, the Wagon-R, the Splash has five seats as standard.


Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Whats behind a car crash test?

A crash test is a form of destructive testing usually performed in order to ensure safe design standards in Crashworthiness and crash compatibility for automobiles or related components.

Frontal-Impact Tests, which is what most people initially think of when asked about a crash test. These are usually impacts upon a solid concrete wall at a specified speed, but can also be vehicle-vehicle tests. SUV's have been singled out in these tests for a while, due to the high ride-height that they often have.
Offset Tests, in which only part of the front of the car impacts with a barrier (vehicle). These are important, as impact forces (approximately) remain the same as with a frontal impact test, but a smaller fraction of the car is required to absorb all of the force. These tests are often realized by cars turning into oncoming traffic. In the U.S., this type of testing is done by the IIHS and EuroNCAP
Side-Impact Tests: these forms of accidents have a very significant likelihood of fatality, as cars don't have a significant crumple zone to absorb the impact forces before an occupant is injured.
Roll-over Tests which tests a car's ability (specifically the pillars holding the roof) to support itself in a dynamic impact. More recently dynamic rollover tests have been proposed as opposed to static crush testing (video).
Roadside hardware crash tests are used to ensure crash barriers and crash cushions will protect vehicle occupants from roadside hazards, and also to ensure that guard rails, sign posts, light poles and similar appurtenances do not pose an undue hazard to vehicle occupants.
Old versus New designs, often an old and big car against a small and new car Ford Fiesta Vs Ford Sierra,Renault Modus Vs Volvo 940, or two different generations of the same car model. These tests are performed to show the advancements in crashworthiness


Cars:From India to Europe

Two carmakers are preparing to export low-cost vehicles from India to western Europe, even as rival Tata Motors struggles to get its no-frills Nano on the road in its home market.
Maruti Suzuki, India 's largest carmaker, and Japan's Nissan Motor will at this week's Paris auto exhibit Indian-made city cars destined for customers on the continent next year.
The Suzuki Alto and Nissan Pixo will be made at a factory in Manesar, northern India , under a partnership agreement and will mark the country's first largescale foray into car exports to western Europe.
"Our export target is 100,000 units of the new Alto by 2010-11," Maruti Suzuki spokesman Puneet Dhawan told the Financial Times on Monday, with another 50,000 sold in India.

The figure would cover both western and eastern Europe, Mr Dhawan said. The carmaker plans to scale up production later and expand exports to the Middle East and elsewhere.
Maruti exported an older version of the Alto to the Netherlands, Italy, the UK and other markets until 2006, but sold only about 100,000 units over seven years. MG Rover, before going into receivership in 2005, briefly sold Tata's Indica model rebadged as CityRover.
Neither Nissan nor Suzuki are discussing prices for their cars, which will face European import duties offsetting some of the cost benefits of producing in India.
Nissan described the Pixo as "an affordable small, eco-friendly city car at a time when this type of vehicle is in demand". The cars will launch at a time when Europeans are shifting into smaller cars and India 's fledgling motor industry is buying distressed carmaking assets in Europe.

Argentum Motors, an Indian company that in 2007 bought Daewoo's former manufacturing plants in India for about $200m, will in Paris show a prototype hybrid electric car.
Argentum recently bought Heuliez, a bankrupt French automotive design and engineering firm, and is exploring the possibility of building electric cars for the European market.
"We feel the market for these vehicles is first in Europe before India ," Ajay Singh, the company's chairman, told the FT this month.
Tata, which this year bought UK premium brands Jaguar and Land Rover from Ford Motor for $2.3bn, plans to participate in a capital increase of Pininfarina, the Italian design house.
India 's other fledgling carmakers, including Mahindra & Mahindra, are scouting Europe's troubled automotive design and engineering sector for companies that would allow them to build expertise and couple their existing front-office relationships with their own low-cost manufacturing operations.
Maruti, 54 per cent owned by Japan's Suzuki, describes the Alto as a "green car for European customers", with carbon dioxide emissions of just 109 grams per kilometer.
However, Indian-made cars could face scepticism from some European consumers. Some early Chinese-made cars exported to Europe failed crash tests and were later withdrawn.
The Alto and Pixo will be sold under the Suzuki and Nissan brands respectively, so few car buyers will know they were made in India.
Mr Dhawan said the Alto had a 4-star Euro NCAP crash-test rating. Five stars is the highest ranking.


Hyundai santro LPG priced at 355000

Hyundai Motor India Ltd, India's second largest car manufacturer, on Tuesday launched the LPG version of its flagship brand Santro.
The new LPG version of Santro, christened Santro eco, comes with a factory fitted LPG kit and boasts of features that meet global standards of performance and safety.
The LPG variant will be priced Rs 21,500 more than the existing petrol model. The ex-showroom Delhi price for Santro eco (GL) is Rs 354,294 and Santro eco (GLS) is Rs 373,357.
Santro eco sports a 1.1 litre eRLX engine. It has separate Petrol (35 litre) and LPG (27.2 litre) tanks, the customers have an option to choose from both LPG and petrol mode.
The LPG kit in Santro eco is impact resistant and the entire fitment is approved by DOE (Department of Explosives) and certified and tested by ARAI (Automotive research Association of India), the country's premier automobile testing and certifying authority.
The factory-fitted LPG system in Santro eco enjoys full 2 year manufacturer warranty benefits thus ensuring enhanced safety and peace of mind for the customers.
Announcing the launch, HMIL, managing director, H S Lheem, said, "We have taken a conscious decision at Hyundai to make environment friendly car and we are furthering our initiative of launching alternate fuel vehicle which take this theme forward. We had earlier introduced the CNG Santro and today we are launching the LPG version of our flagship brand Santro."
"LPG is widely available and we feel that the LPG Santro will appeal to all our customers who are looking for economy, are environmentally conscious and the original fitment of the LPG kit will put to rest safety concerns which retro fitted LPG vehicles have," he added.