Saturday, November 28, 2009

Chevy Beat

Nice! but a little disappointing. From the side it looks no different from Maruthi Suzuki Ritz. It is three-door hatchback small car designed by GM Daewoo with an automatic transmission.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Fiat Punto / Linea

Both these cars look great. The first thing I noticed is the clean finish. And after a very long time I am finally seeing a car with a difference. Today I got to see about three Lineas and two Puntos on the streets of Bangalore. And they seem reasonably priced as well. The Linea is priced at a max of 8.3 L in bangalore and the Punto at a max of 6.3 L. This is the ex-showroom price.

It is definitely admiration guaranteed for me.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Chevrolet Cruze

Hmmmmm.... 12 lacs???? why would I want to buy this car when can I get a spacious Toyota Innova for close to 5 lacs lesser? And whats with the interiors? 12 lacs buddy, its half the price of a good posh flat in a city like Bangalore and all I get is a Maruthi Alto kinda interior??? Huh! You must be kidding..

I would recommend GM to go back to the drawing boards and come up with some changes and a sensible pricing for this vehicle. I would only be surprised if it becomes a hit in the market.

Good luck.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Harley Davidson in India

Sorry for not having posted a blog for so many days. I was in midst of so many other things. So.. whats new.. hmmmmm.... ah! Harley Davidson. Yes all biking enthusiasts.. Harley Davidson is now in India. The company founded in 1903 and headquartered in US is now whetting its hands in India.

So the website is Give it a shot. They have the following bikes in store for sale. The famous Sportster, DYNA, Softail, VRSC, Touring and VSO. The V-ROD VRSC is simply mouth watering. Phew! what a vehicle.

Have not had a chance to know the prices of these vehicles though. If anyone knows how much it is do comment on it. Some say that it might take another year for the vehucle to actually be on Indian roads. Lets be patient until we see the light at the endof the tunnel. So for now just enjoy!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

The smallest four passenger car

Toyota has launched the Toyota IQ which is considered the worlds smallest four passenger car. This car is primarily targeted for the European market. Its about 9.8 ft in length and about 4.9 ft in height.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

TVS Apache 180 RTR High Performance

TVS has unleashed a new high performance bike of the Apache RTR (Racing Throttle Response) 180. The new ARE website of TVS features galleries of stunts and gimmicks done on this bike. Check out the new ARE website. This is similar to Bajaj's move on the Stunt Mania. Here ARE stands for Apache Racing Experience.

The 180 RTR sports some latest cool features now. As days pass by the manufacturers come up with new things to spice up the existing models in the market to meet customer expectations. The Bull Horn Grab Rails and the Air Scoops are some noted features of the Apache RTR. The latest features I like is the removeable rear mud guard. This was done to give the bike the superbike look. But Apache is too small and style like this might not suite it quite well. However it is a great feature.

And yes! The bike now comes in white color. The black and white combo looks great but I think it is best suited for the traffic policemen and not for aaam aadmi!
Have a look at their website for more information.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

GM looking at Rs 2L mini car

Though General Motors is entering the stage of seeking brankrupcy protection from the U.S governmnt, it still has some plans for India. Don't worry, this is not another Tata Nano on streets now but rather another strategy for the company to sustain itself in the market.

At a price tag of less than 2 lakh the company was looking at developing a car that would be positioned below the 'Spark' mini car. Besides India it would also be sold in Latin America, Eastern Europe, Africa and China.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Why don't Indian bikes have a under seat box?

Be it TVS Apache or Bajaj Pulsar or any other 4 stroke cool bikes we have on road in India; there is one thing I am quiet not clear with. Why don't these bikes have a under seat box for storage?

It's quiet obvious that the seat box comes as an accessory, but hey, it is a matter of convenience. The seat box is very uncomfortable for a pillion rider and it spoils the beauty of the vehicle too.

Do humans really lack ideas? I am saying this because I enjoy travelling in my Honda Dio. I also have a TVS Apache. Nah! it's not about speed, but the sexy space that the vehicle has is just amazing. When it rains for instance I can simply dump all my gadgets and items inside that huge under seat box and happily get myself drenched. But imagine doing this on TVS Apache or Pulsar and you have to sacrifice something.

The seat we have in TVS Apache, Doh! Such a weird thing to do just to remove it. First you have to remove the box to the side of the bike, then pull that string and then the WHOLE DAMN SEAT POPS OUT. And if you pull the string hard, you end up having the string in your hand. Grrrrrrrrrrrrr! cheap isn't? I would have replaced the string with a pivot just like in Dio. Simple as that.

I would be happy to know any other bike which has some good seat box which comes with the bike and not as an accessory. Give your say on this and I would be happy to know.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Two wheeled car

I always wondered how nice it would have been if two wheeled bikes had their body closed like in cars. It would enable the rider to be free from the pollution, dust and heat in the environment. In places like India and China where there is an extreme population boom such vehicles could be very helpful. But I still don't understand what prevents them from being manufactured.

Segway Company introduced their new project “The Project P.U.M.A((Personal Urban Mobility & Accessibility) ” prototype. And the good news is this two wheeled Electric car is special designed for environmentally friendly.

This product also an eco-friendly alternative way for many of the short journeys that are typically made by car. It increases capacity to two passengers in a seated position; capable of carrying them up to anywhere between 25 and 35 mph (40 - 56 kph) for anywhere between 25 and 35 miles (40 - 56 km) on a single charge.

Friday, May 29, 2009

TVS NEO - Indonesia

Did you know the launch of a bike in Indonesia by TVS motors india? If not, then here is TVS NEO.

This bike has got a dual clutch to switch between manual and automatic transmission.
Technical Specification for TVS Neo
Max power: 8.5 bhp@8000
Max torque: 8.5 nm@4500
Ignition: Digital CDI
Fuel supply system: Carburettor
Transmission: Double automatic clutch, wet type
Gearbox: 4 speed constant mesh
Brakes: 220mm two-callier disc/110mm hydraulic drum (f), 110mm drum
Tyres: 2.50x17 (much, much stickier than our Indian goop, made by IRC, a local firm)
Length: 1940mm
Wheelbase: 1260mm
Ground clearance: 150mm
Weight: ~100 kg (± 1 kg between variants)

Monday, May 18, 2009

Ducati 999

Had known about this bike while watching discovery channel and thought of sharing few facts about this mean machine to you all.

Ducati 999 sports a V twin engine and is half the size of the honda police bikes. Which means it weight half as less as them and still is agile, mean and fast. It clocks around 200 mph and has four valves per head of the v twin engine. With a 1000 cc engine it is powerful and an absolute speed monster. Even the exhausts of the machine is designed for maximum horse power. This machine has a max horse power of 139.

The length and size of the exhausts coming from each head differs. This is designed intentionally to give the machine the power it needs.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

A disaster..

Sometimes you just wont know how things go against you all of a sudden. I had to pick up my friend about 25 kms from where I stayed in Bangalore and it was 8 PM already. And as I started from home, series of unfortunate events popped. The first thing; my clutch wire broke. I struggled a lot trying to start the engine and eventually managed to ride without the clutch till the mechanic shop.

If your clutch has gone for a toss, bring the bike to neutral by pushing the vehicle forward. Star the engine and push ahead and engage the first gear. And when the bike moves you don't need the clutch from then on. Depending on the speed engage and disengage the respective gears. Though not the right thing to do, it can atleast save some precious time especially when you are in a hurry.

The second horrific event, I was out of fuel. I wanted to fill it at the nearest station, but my attempts of trying to make my way to the mechanic shop sucked all of it. So I had to push. Make sure you are always ready for the journey well in advance.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Why have a car like Lamborghini?

If anyone has ever observed advertisements that promote dark skin turn into fair skin in 2 weeks, the first question that probably should run into your head is (if you are someone like me) why do we have to change a dark person fair? I mean isn't a dark skinned person beautiful? What is wrong in being dark? And the best part is that it does not just stop with women. These advertisements now tend to woo the society of men probably to tell them that no woman would ever fall in love with him unless he is fair.

Now, coming to the point. Try imagining the same situation in trying to design a car like Lamborghini. It runs on fuel, harldy gives a double digit on mileage per kilometer, and is expensive. The bottom line, only a few can afford it. So the question still remains, why do we need a car like this?

The amount of energy spent on designing a car like this is enormous. The mould, the structure of the vehicle demands it. Or else it would be like any other car in the market. Can't we just save energy by making people understand the simplicity of life? Think about it, and it does make a big difference. People are greedy and this is what makes them innovate things that are broadly meaningless to the world.

Hayabusa in Bangalore

Hayabusa now comes for 12.5 lacs as ex-showroom price in Bangalore. Not sure what the on road price would be. Maybe a couple of lacs more. And this is from Suzuki India. Have a look at their website.

Suzuki GS150R

The bike with a difference is right here. Looks masculine, has a neat look and is definitely in competition with other vehicles of its kind in the market now. However it would have to be promoted well to become hit on road.

Somehow I find suzuki lacking in trying to promote its products. Unlike TVS and Bajaj suzuki indeed has a tought competition in winning the hearts of the people. Lets not forget that these are one of the manufacturers of the fastest vehicles on planet. The Hayabusa... hope you all remember. And also the Intruder is worth a say.

Check out more information from the mouth of the horse here.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Honda Jazz - Jazzing it all

Wow. It does looks like a combo of most of the vehicles on road. Its got a neat hatchback look of Hyundai Santro, the size of Toyota Innova, and a frontal look of the tremendously hit cars Honda City and Civic. This is the Honda Jazz I am talking about.

For more information check out the link

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Maruti Suzuki Ritz

The new car from suzuki offers you something special. It comes in both the petrol and diesel each having three versions. The launch of this vehicle is expected by the mid of this year (possibly May 15th). The cost of the vehicle is expected to range from 4 to 6 lacs.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Bike Stunt Reality Show - Bajaj and MTV

A reality show of bike stunts (crazy, crazy, crazy) will be launched by Bajaj Pulsar in association with MTV starting end of July 2009. So for everybody who wants to Do or Get Bruised Badly just register and show off your skills. And yes it comes from the makers of the MTV Rodies and Splitsvilla. Hope you don't meet RAGHU!!!

MTV has said that participants of the Pulsar MTV Stunt Mania bike reality show will be taught death-defying stunts by Allan Amin, stunt director of Bollywood films. The auditions will be held in six major cities of India, Chandigarh, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and Pune.

Venue: St. Micheal’s Academy Matriculation Higher Secondary School

Address: Gandhinagar, Adyar
Date: May 6, 2009
Time: 9 AM onwards
Entry from - Main gate

MTV Stunt Mania Chandigarh Auditions

Venue: Parade Grounds
Address: Sector 17, Chandigarh
Date: May 10, 2009
Time: 9 AM onwards
Entry From - Gate opposite to Shivalik View Hotel

MTV Stunt Mania Mumbai Auditions

Venue: Viacom 18 Parking Lot
Address: Parel East, Near Bata Showroom
Date: May 16th, 2009
Time: 9 am onwards
Entry from - Gate opposite HDFC Bank

MTV Stunt Mania Bangalore Auditions

Venue: St. Joseph’s Boys High School
Address: Museum Road
Date: May 23, 2009
Time: 9 AM onwards
Entry from - Residency Road Gate

MTV Stunt Mania Delhi Auditions

Venue: Ambedkar Bhawan
Address: Rani Jhansi Road
Date: May 27, 2009
Time: 9 AM onwards
Entry from - Main Gate

Pulsar MTV Stunt Mania Pune Auditions

Venue: Deccan College Ground
Address: Yerawada, Pune
Date: May 30, 2009
Time: 9 AM onwards
Entry from - Deccan College Road Gate

Sunday, May 3, 2009

My TVS Apache 150cc

Two years down the lane and my TVS Apache still rocks. It is quick, responsive and stable as it was before. I have no counts on the number of times I touched 100kmph, did bends and gimmicks with this beast. No qualms in having bought this one. I had a couple of terrible accidents though. Not that serious. I accidently tend to cluth the front brakes too hard oblivious to the fact that they are too responsive. Now this is dangerous for anybody. NEVER NEVER NEVER clutch your disk brakes so hard. It could be disastrous.

It took me a while to realise that the rear drum brakes helped a lot in preventing the vehicle from skidding. And it is always better to drive slow. I have now controlled my adrenaline of driving fast. Its not worth it to put yours and others lives in stake. But my beast is healthy. He rides as he did before. Its definitely a great bike.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

New Honda Activa

The activa now poses a refreshing new style, better mileage and new features making it the perfect family scooter in the country.

The following is the enhancements in the new Activa

* 110cc Honda engine
* 15% increased mileage
* Combi-brake in the Deluxe variant for shorter braking distance and stable braking * Headlights with Halogen lamp, clear winkers and elegant aluminium grabrail
* Increased underseat storage capacity
* Key Shutter.
* Available in six colors: Candy Lucid Red, Pearl Sunbeam White, Wild Purple Metallic, Space Silver Metallic, Geny Grey Metallic and Black.

Honda Dio

What a vehicle. It is fast, stable, noiseless, has a big comfortable pillion seat and lots. To me the best of it is the convernience of carrying things when you go for shopping. Its got a reasonable boot space under the seat, two different compartments cleverly crafted for your bike papers, and two helmet hooks. And yes the hook right under the seat for hooking anything you want to.

Its given me an average of 43 kmpl. And I recently travelled about 60kms at one stretch with it. And yes this has been one of the flagship vehicles for honda motors. So there is demand, there is style and there is something in it.

The onlt annohying thing I have faced with it is trying to kick-start it in the morning. With the choke on it takes a few kicks to warm the engine a little and then it is all set to go. I have the latest silver.

Get to know more at their website Honda Website - Honda Dio

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Dolphin Boat

The Dolphin boat is a 14ft 10 inch long innovative sea craft which the creators hope one day will turn in to a sport. The Dolphin Boat is a modified Seabreacher and seats 2 people. It uses a super charged 240 horsepower engine which can send the craft up to 10 feet out of the water and allows you to go underwater for 20 seconds at a time.

Fastest Car

Shelby Super Cars - Ultimate Aero is the fastest street-legal production car with a speed of 413.3 km.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

1 Litre - 100 km car

The objective of developing a roadworthy vehicle that consumes just 1.0 litre of fuel per 100 kilometres could not be achieved through compromise. All existing technical solutions were examined, and in close cooperation with numerous suppliers, replaced by better, and principally lighter versions. The result is a vehicle that looks more like a sports car than a typical research vehicle. The conceptual necessity for a small frontal area led to an unusually narrow and very flat body form being chosen. The body was developed in a wind tunnel, is 3.47 metres long, but just 1.25 metres wide and just over a metre in height, and is made completely of carbon fibre composites. To save weight, it is of course not painted. The carbon-fibre-reinforced outer skin is tensioned over a spaceframe that is not made of aluminium, but rather of magnesium, which is even lighter. The 1-litre car is powered by a one-cylinder diesel engine, centrally positioned in font of the rear axle and combined with an automated direct shift gearbox. The crankcase and cylinder head of the 0.3-litre engine are of an aluminium monobloc construction. The naturally aspirated, direct-injection diesel engine employs advanced high-pressure unit injection technology to generate 6.3 kW (8.5 bhp) at 4,000 rpm. This gives the vehicle, which weights just 290 kg, an astonishingly lively temperament. Fuel consumption is a mere 0.99 litre per 100 kilometres. With a 6.5-litre tank, this gives a range of some 650 kilometres without refuelling. Due to the restriction of space, it was not possible to adapt an existing gearbox. For this reason, a compact, automated 6-speed gearbox is employed, which is controlled from a turn switch in the cockpit. Running gear made of lightweight alloy, tyres that offer optimised rolling resistance and 16-inch wheels made of extremely lightweight composite material perfectly complement the economical drive system. The interior is sportingly simple in design, yet offers enough space for two people, who can comfortably get in after folding back the turret-like gullwing door. An extremely lightweight construction has also been employed for the seats. The seat frames are made of magnesium, and firm, yet comfortable fabric covers are used instead of a classic upholstery. Despite the lightweight construction of all components, safety has been a major element in all phases of the development of the 1-litre car. For example, the concept vehicle's safety equipment includes anti-lock brakes, ESP electronic stability program and a driver's airbag. Deformation elements at the front end and the spaceframe construction provide impact and roll-over protection comparable to that of a GT racing car.

The sports-car-like design demonstrates that Volkswagen's 1-litre car is not a spartan research vehicle, but a high-tech special vehicle. It starts with the special seating arrangement. The driver and passenger sit centrally as if in a monoposto, but in tandem. The mid-engine is installed transversely in front of the rear axle. With its complex design (double wishbones at front, DeDion suspension at rear) and combined with the low centre of gravity and low overall vehicle weight, the lightweight running gear results in very agile handling. The project team have impressively succeeded in combining driving pleasure with a level of fuel consumption never seen before. The 1-litre car also incorporates numerous details of a practical and convenient nature.

Ferrari Bike

Sunday, March 29, 2009

GreenBird Wind Speed Machine

On the dry plains of Ivanpah Lake in Nevada a new world speed record was set by Richard Jenkins with the help of his indeginously designed GreenBird car. At a top speed of 126.1 mph it broke the 10 year old record of 116 mph by Bob Schumacher of America.

Ferrai Tunero

Friday, March 13, 2009

Mitshubishi MMR2

Check out the all terrain spider from Mitshubishi. Sorry had been some time since this blog was updated. Just lost track of time.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Yamaha YZ16

Since its launch in september 2008, the number of yamaha yz16s on road has increased tremendously. I must say.. this bike looks good, sounds good, and rides good. Most people yank about just one thing of this bike. The headlight and the doom. They were expecting some pulsar or apache styled doom I believe.

But overall... this bike is cool. It is stable, can easily throttle at a max of 125kmph, is mono-shock, has a great pickup and is cheap. And hey, if it is the predecessor of the Yamaha FZ1 then it should be good. The brand name speaks it all. And yes... I have seen so many of them ... and I feel it is the most odd-looking cool bike on road.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Toyota Alphard - The Luxury Car

The Toyota Alphard is a luxury MPV produced by the Japanese automaker Toyota since 2002. It is available in 3 different model lines - Alphard G, Alphard V and Alphard Hybrid. The Alphard is primarily made for the Japanese market.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Mahindra Xylo

Prices of New Mahindra Xylo:

E2 - 632500.00
E4 - 669500.00
E6 - 732500.00
E8 - 769500.00

Friday, January 9, 2009

Yamaha's successor to FZ16. The new FZ 1

Powerful engine, better looks, terribly masculine, and super performance. This is all you can say about the new FZ 1 the successor and brother of the FZ16.

The specifications are as follows

Displacement 998 cc
Maximum power 110.3 kW (150 PS) @11,000 rpm
Maximum torque 106.0 Nm (10.8 kg-m) @ 8,000 rpm
Transmission system Constant mesh, 6-speed
Wet weight 214 kg / ABS: 221 kg

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Honda CBF Stunner

The new CBF stunner from honda has a perfect blend of quality, style and performance. Honda unicorn was a hit in the market after the launch of its sporty version. The smooth engine in unicorn has had quiet an appreciation since its launch. The only downside being the huge size of the vehicle. However this was compesated with the launch of the sporty version.

And now its the CBF stunner. Overall look seems good and different. Check out this link for more information.