Honda Amaze diesel launched in India will have the best mileage figure

Honda-AmazeHonda’s first Indian diesel sedan, the Amaze, is all set for launch on April 11, 2013. With a 1.5 litre i-DTEC engine under its hood, the entry level sedan will deliver what every Indian wants from his automobile- high mileage. Reportedly, Amaze is set to cause a stir by delivering class-leading fuel efficiency of 25.8 kmpl. Prior to this, the most fuel efficient vehicle in the country was Chevrolet Beat Diesel, with a mileage of 25.44 kmpl.

Though petrol vehicles from Honda are also known to deliver high mileage, the new Amaze may take the mileage war to a new level. To achieve this feat, engineers at Honda used a thin-walled aluminium engine block, along with an aluminium head and light cast-iron cylinders. In addition, engineers have also opted for open deck construction for weight saving, which is a contrast to the stronger closed deck construction that is usually followed for aluminium-based diesel engines.

Honda-Amaze-Modulo-Kit-7If this is not enough, there are some more measures which have helped this engine achieve high mileage. Honda’s lubricant partner, Idemitsu has developed a special ultra-low viscosity engine oil that helps in enhancing mileage. Engineers at Honda have also put in lot of effort to reduce the friction in diesel engines, which was previously achieved with the company’s petrol motors. One example of the above mentioned measure is the use of thinner and shorter piston skirts. Similarly, other measures have also been used which in total, result in a superb 40 per cent reduction of friction at engine speeds of 1500 rpm. Experts indicate that diesel engines are normally known to spin at the above mentioned speed.
Though the company claims that its Amaze sedan will deliver 25.8 kmpl mileage, it is possible that the real world figures could be lower. But then the figures for vehicles such as Chevrolet Beat diesel, Tata Nano (25.4 kmpl) and Indica CR4 (25 kmpl) have also been recorded through the same procedure, which implies that they can be compared at the same level.

amazeFigures disclosed in this article are the ones recorded in the Indian Driving Cycle (IDC), which are exaggerated due to ideal conditions. Through the IDC platform, auto companies voluntarily disclose the mileage of their vehicles. The test for this is done in a cycle that last for 1,140 seconds and covers 10 km, which refers to an average speed of 31.6 kmph. This cycle involves a high degree of Start-Stop and very little engine revving. A common driving technique of using higher gears is also followed here. However, all tests are done without turning on the air conditioner, which again means that real world figures would not be the same. But the same time, IDC figures serve as a standard reference point for all vehicles.

Coming back to the Honda Amaze, competition in the entry level segment is surely heating up and with this impending launch, while the quality of vehicles in this class is expected to go a notch higher. One hopes that Honda Cars India achieves the same success with diesel vehicles, as it has achieved with petrol offering.



The New SX4 promises to take on the segment with a refreshed approach

Maruti_SX4Maruti Suzuki’s SX4 is one vehicle that has not received its well-deserved share of success in the industry. Due to stiff competition in the segment, SX4 sedans lost out to rivals with newer models, such as Hyundai Verna, Honda City and Volkswagen Vento. For this reason, the top Indian car manufacturer has decided to revamp the SX4 with several cosmetic changes. However, the new version would not be headed towards India in the near future, but at a later date.
Engine capacities for the new SX4 have not been altered. While the 1.3 litre Multijet diesel is being used to generate 89 bhp of maximum power, its petrol variant produces 104 bhp of power through a 1.6 litre VVT engine. Powertrains have been tweaked a bit to improve fuel efficiencies- the diesel variant returns a mileage of 21.79 kmpl, while the petrol gives 16.51 km to the litre. Maruti also has a CNG variant which gives a class-leading mileage of 22.1 km per kilo of gas.

2011-Suzuki-SX4-2Despite the changes, what is interesting to note is that new SX4 prices have not been affected. The petrol version of the new SX4 would still be available between Rs. 7.38 lakh and Rs. 8.84 lakh. Similarly, the diesel variant is priced from Rs. 8.27 lakh- Rs. 9.79 lakh (ex showroom, Delhi)


The Tata Pixel.


Tata Motors presents Tata Pixel, a new city car concept for Europe. Based on the Tata Nano, the Tata Pixel — at just over three metres in length , is the most package efficient four-seater in the world, comfortably accommodating four adults, unlike a typical city car which is either a two-seater or can accommodate two adults and two children only.
The Tata Pixel’s ability to manoeuvre and park in the tightest of spaces is made possible by its Zero Turn toroidal traction-drive Infinitely Variable Transmission (IVT), which assists rotation of the outer rear wheel forwards and the inner rear wheel backwards, while the front wheels turn at acute angles. The result is a turning circle radius of just 2.6 metres.
The ‘scissor’ doors rotate upwards from the front to allow passengers to effortlessly enter or exit the Tata Pixel, even in the tightest of spaces.A 1.2 litre three-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine, positioned at the rear of the Tata Pixel, gives lively performance. The engine is a low-friction design, featuring variable coolant and oil pump and rapid warm-up technologies. With optimised aerodynamic drag, low rolling-resistance tyres, stop-start technology, and intelligent battery charging, the Tata Pixel returns European combined cycle (NEDC) fuel economy of 3.4 l/100km and CO2 emissions of just 89g/km.A forward sweeping roofline, with minimal front and rear overhangs, accentuates the youthful styling. The Tata Pixel is also designed to provide a high level of connectivity. Key functions are controlled by the driver’s smart phone, running ‘My Tata Connect’ — the first integrated human-machine interface (HMI) concept from Tata Motors.

Airtel launches 4G LTE services in Bengaluru

Airtel has launched their 4G LTE services in Bengaluru followed by the launch in Kolkata last month. They appointed Huawei to mange their network in Karnataka. As an introductory offer customers subscribing to 4G services will now be given a cash-back for the CPE / dongle that are priced at Rs. 7,750 and Rs. 7,999 respectively. Airtel 4G is now also available in an all new break free ultimate plan that offers 30GB free usage and is priced at Rs. 2999. They have also introduced Smartbytes so that customers can buy these add on packs and continue enjoying the 4G experience even after exhausting their monthly data limits on their plan.

Airtel 4G LTE Plans

Name of the Bill Plan break free break free max break free ultra break free ultimate
rental (in Rs) 999 1399 1999 2999
free usage (in GB) 6 9 18 30
charges after free usage Nill Nill Nil Nil
speed post free usage 128 Kbps 128 Kbps 128 Kbps 128 Kbps
Cashback offer 167 466 333 667
Cashback period 6 months 6 months 24 months 12 months
Description of cash back 1 month rental over 6 months 2 months rental over 6 months Discount of Rs 7999 over 24 months Discount of Rs 7999 over 12 months

Airtel 4G Smartbytes

Plan name Price
(in Rs)
Free usage
Charge after quota
3 GB 600 3 GB Nil
5 GB 875 5 GB Nil
10 GB 1500 10 GB Nil

Renault Duster, SUV at Rs 7.19 lakh

 Renault has finally launched its much-awaited Duster SUV in India at prices ranging from Rs 7.19 lakh to Rs 11.29 lakh. The Renault Duster will come in eight variants. Here are the top 10 features of the recently launched Duster SUV

1. The car is available at a base ex-showroom price of Rs 7.19 lakh for the 1.6-litre petrol, Rs 7.99 lakh for the 85PS diesel and Rs 9.99 lakh for the 105PS diesel engines.

2. The 8 way adjustable driver seat means that fatigue has a much lesser chance of overtaking you on a long drive.

3. Tilt steering allows you to find the most comfortable driving position. There’s even a rear AC with independent controls for rear seat passengers.

4. This newly launched SUV is available in two fuel options and three engine options. The 1.6-litre petrol engine produces 104PS of power while the 1.5-litre dCi engine is available in two states of tune – 85PS and 110PS.

5. A short turning radius of 5.2 m makes the Renault Duster extremely agile and easy to manoeuvre in tight corners.

6. A high torque at low RPM makes for easy driving in the city, while a good engine response makes driving over rough terrains effortless.

7. Renault has made significant improvements to the overall refinement levels and the cabin is quieter, engine clatter at idle and noise at speed is well controlled.

8. Being a monocoque, the Duster offers great ride and assures handling with just a bit of body roll.

9. The music system looks smart and is integrated neatly into a flatter, smarter looking centre console.

10. The Duster will compete with the Tata Safari and Mahindra Scorpio.

Renault Duster prices (All prices are Ex-showroom, Delhi)

Petrol RxE : Rs 7.19 lakh

Petrol RxL: Rs 8.19 lakh

Diesel 85 PS RxE: Rs 7.99 lakh

Diesel 85 PS RxL: Rs 8.99lakh

RXL Diesel pack: Rs 9.99 lakh

Diesel 110 PS RxL: Rs 9.99 lakh

Diesel 110 PS RxZ: Rs 10.99 lakh

RXZ Diesel pack: Rs 11.29 lakh