Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL), the country’s second largest car manufacturer and largest passenger car exporter have introduced the new 1.4L Kappa petrol engine with 4-speed automatic transmission in Elite i20, thus offering a powerful & comfortable drive option. Additionally, safety reinforcement with features like 6 Airbags, Speed-sensing Auto door lock & height adjustable front seat belts on Elite i20 & i20 Active now establish them as one of the safest cars in their respective segment. Read more
Nissan Motor India has revised the pricing on the Micra CVT automatic hatchback, which now starts at Rs. 5.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the XL variant, while the premium XV grade is priced at Rs. 6,73,500. This not only makes the Micra automatic more affordable than before, but also makes it the most affordable CVT premium hatchback currently on sale in the country. Read more
Maruti Suzuki Swift recently added a limited edition model in its line-up; christened Deca, the model is based on the mid-level trims offered on the Swift. With a myriad of new features on offer, the new edition of Maruti Suzuki’s popular hatchback will cost Rs. 5,94,445 for the VXi trim and ₹ 6,86,983 for the VDi variant. Both prices are ex-showroom, Delhi. Read more
Adding some sporty style to its executive sedan, BMW India has launched the 520d M Sport in India priced at 54 lakh (ex-showroom, India). Unlike the completely bonkers M5, the 520d M Sport adds enhancements the car’s looks, while keeping things practical. Built at the Chennai facility, the 5-Series is locally assembled in the country and the M Sport edition is now available in dealerships across India and is only available in the diesel avatar. Read more
Mahindra was one of the worst hit manufacturers after National Green Tribunal’s ban on diesel cars above 2,000cc. But ever since then, Mahindra got its game up and announced 1.99-litre engines for its SUVs, barely conforming to NGT’s rules. And now, it has introduced mild hybrid technology for the Scorpio, one of its most popular SUVs. Mahindra says that the ‘Intelli-Hybrid’ technology can reduce the fuel consumption by up to 7 per cent as it can assist the engine with electric power when accelerating. Also, the engine automatically shuts off when the vehicle is stationary, for example at a traffic signal. Apart from that, the engine also makes use of the energy generated to recharge the battery, which otherwise goes waste. Read more
The Maruti Suzuki Swift has received yet another special edition variant, called the Swift DLX. This new edition Swift is targeted at customers who want more features for their money, and are tight on budget. As a result, the Swift DLX will be available only in the base variants, but will offer additional features. The DLX variant comes at a premium of around Rs. 20,000 on the LXI and LDI variants. Launched at a starting price of 4.54 lakh for the petrol variant and 5.95 lakh for the diesel trim (ex-showroom, Delhi) both the models will only be available in Delhi for now. Read more
Hero MotoCorp Limited has just launched the new Splendor iSmart 110 which gets a new chassis and engine. The Hero Splendor iSmart 110 is priced at Rs 53,300 (ex-showroom, Delhi). Hero first showcased the Splendor iSmart 110 at the Auto Expo 2016. Read more
India’s first crowdfunded, eco-friendly electric bike, Spero, was launched recently. The bike has been designed by 38-year-old, Coimbatore-based Manikandan who has been working on the project for the past three years. Three models of the bike are set to be released. Manikandan has been trying to raise money to turn his dream into a reality through a campaign on an online crowdfunding platform. People who have already funded the project have been provided with the option of purchasing the e-bike through the website itself.
According to a report in India Times, Spero is an electronic eco-friendly bike that can travel about 30 km on a single charge. The more expensive models of the bike can run up to 60 km and 100 km on a single charge. The bike has 5 gears in the electric mode and can do 0-25 kmph in 10 seconds. But the best thing about the e-bike has to be the fact that it charges itself as the rider pedals. Although the battery of the bike comes from Samsung and the motors and tyres from partners in Korea, the rest of the materials sourced to make the bike come from India, making it a healthy mix of the best from both worlds.
Spero runs on a 48V Li-ion battery, comes with a one-year warranty and charges from 20 to 80 per cent in 4 hours. Along with that, the funky looking bike also has cruise control, digital speed display and a battery charge indicator. The e-bike has a target set for Rs 30 lakhs on the crowdfunding website. The bikes will be available for pre-order soon and will range from Rs 29,900 to Rs 50,000. However, it is to be noted that this price is approximately 40% lower than what it would be sold at eventually.
The Spero uses a frame that is similar to the one used on standard bicycles. This done to ensure that buyers would be able to easily get replacement tires, or add extra features such as bike locks, bike racks and more. The Spero E-bike has already raised Rs. 9.5 lakhs and is currently the highest funded campaign onFueladream.com.
Our new, cool, funky electric bicycle takes the exertion out of riding a bicycle. It’s an urban commute vehicle, not only does it leave a zero carbon footprint, save you on big fuel costs, but will also ease the congestion on the roads in big cities
FACTS & FEATURES
- Comes in 3 models
- E-30 – Has a range of 30 kms on a single charge
- E-60 – Has a range of 60 kms on a single charge
- E-100 – Has a range of 100 kms on a single charge
- Speed – 25 kmph max
- Acceleration – 0-25kmph in 10 seconds
- Gears: Comes with 5 speed digital gears in the electric mode
- Battery: 48V Li-ion battery with a 1-year warranty and charges from 20 to 80% in 6 hours.
- Detachable battery for ease of charging
- Charging: From a regular 5amp socket like your Smartphone!
- Ease of use: Standard bicycle parts (Tyres, cables, mud/rear guards) can be used on the SPERO
- Tyres – Imported from Korea
- No driving licence required
- No insurance required
- Advanced features: Pedal assist & regeneration
- Has cruise control
- Front shocks & disc brake included
- Available with headlights.
- Available in funky colours
- Fits into all bike racks
Ford Mustang GT, the iconic pony car from the American carmaker has been finally launched in India. Introduced at a starting price of 65 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), Ford has brought us the sixth generation Mustang GT equipped with a 5.0-litre V8 under the hood. Ford India first unveiled the Mustang GT in the country right before the 2016 Auto Expo, promising a launch in the second half of 2016 and was Ford show-stopper at the expo. Staying true to its word the American carmaker has finally answered the prayers of us Indian enthusiasts who have been waiting for this iconic machine to come to your shores. But it surely comes with a heavy price tag owing to the fact that the car has taken the CBU route. Read more
Ducati Multistrada 1200 Pikes Peak launched in India; priced at Rs 20.06 lakh
After unveiling the limited edition model globally just last week, Ducati has launched the 2016 Multistrada 1200 Pikes Peak edition in India, priced at 20.06 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The limited edition adventure tourer is available across Ducati dealerships in Delhi, Gurgaon, Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore.
The 2016 Ducati Multistrada Pikes Peak edition celebrates the centennial of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC). Ducati is the official partner of the historic race and announced that the limited edition Pikes Peak 100th Anniversary Replica Kit for the 2016 Multistrada. The limited edition version also commemorates the Italian manufacturer’s six victories at PPIHC and the current course record.
Speaking on the launch, Ducati India Managing Director, Ravi Avalur said: “The Multistrada 1200 Pikes Peak is a motorcycle in which touring capability meets performance. With its race inspired looks and cutting edge technology, the Pikes Peak is in a league of its own and we’re sure enthusiasts will appreciate this version of the Multistrada.”
One of the most challenging races both mentally and physically, competitors from all over the world have come to the hill climb that has unpredictable weather conditions and 156 treacherous turns to offer. The rider that manages to conquer these making their way to the 14,115-foot summit is crowned with the title ‘King of the Mountain’. The Multistrada 1200 has been a recipient of multiple victories since 2010 and the Pikes Peak limited edition represents Ducati’s racing heritage.
The 2016 Ducati Multistrada 1200 Pikes Peak edition boasts of several upgrades including a fully adjustable Ohlins fork and premium quality TTX36 rear suspension. You also get an ultralight carbon fibre componentry and the Ducati Performance Termignoni carbon fibre silencer that enhance the motorcycle’s competitive spirit. Visually, the 1200 Multistrada Pikes Peak comes with Pikes Peak 100th anniversary logo and gets red and white livery with a Ducati red chassis.
Power on the Ducati Multistrada 1200 comes from a Testastretta DVT L-Twin engine that produces 158hp of power at 9500rpm and 136Nm of torque at 7500rpm. The motor is paired to a 6-speed gearbox and comes with multiple riding modes, 5-inch digital display, full LED headlamps, Ducati Multimedia System, cornering ABS, Ducati Traction Control, Ride-by-Wire, cruise control and much more.