Wednesday, December 15, 2010

World's cheapest hybrid - E-Mobile

E-Mobile is a hybrid combination of electricity and petrol and is a joint venture between Proknorov's financial holding and the car maker Yarovit-Motors. It is due to be launched in the second half of 2012 and the maximum price per unity will be 6.6 lacs approximately.

Petrol and Diesel prices to be hiked

Starting next week petrol would cost 3 rupees more and diesel would cost 1.5 to 2 rupees more in Bangalore. Would my mileage also increase by 3 kms? The government should come up with a strategy like this. Every time we hike the prices, you get more mileage. So be happy with the hike and enjoy the ride.

Monday, December 13, 2010

My car's mileage after a year

Its close to a year since I purchased my i10 Magna 1.2 kappa and I decided to test its mileage. Its just an approximate figure as I did not bother to get too technically precise with the measurements.

Without AC:

The drive was for four days from RT Nagar to Koramangala and back again. Its about 16 kms one way and totally it comes to about 16 * 8 = 128 kms. I usually go to the shell petrol bunk in bellary road and this time I filled for 500 rupees which is about 8.2 litres of normal unleaded petrol. So the mileage comes to about 15.6 kpl. It could be more as I drove around other places too but I am not considering that here. So approximately I would say 16 kmpl. The company says 19.6 kpl and I am close to that.

With AC:

Yesterday I  had to pick my friend from whitefield. He was newly married and we had invited them for lunch. I had been to the same petrol station this time and filled for 500 rupees. This time the AC was on throughout the journey. The drive was from RT Nagar to whitefield and back again. I had to go to whitefield, pick them up, drive back to my place in RT Nagar, drop them back and drive home again. So one way it was about 31.5 kms. So totally it was about 31.5 * 4 = 126 kms. So the mileage comes to about 15.36 kpl.  I would approximately say it was about 14 kpl.

So there you go.  Enjoy!

Mileage - Do you get what the company promises?

Yes! You do get close to what the company promises if you drive well. I was watching discovery turbo where they tested three different cars in road conditions to determine if they match the company promised figures. The cars were from Skoda, Volvo and another company I don't recollect now. All tests seemed to match close to the figures promised. So it looks like there are bad drivers out there ;-)

Sunday, December 12, 2010

A man in a jeep!

My friend and I were waiting at a signal and we saw a man in a jeep go past us in the other direction. He had his hair gelled and neatly done and wore what looked like a ray ban sun glass. The jeep was open and this man could not control giving the "mere sapno ki rani" look to everyone around. Thats when my friend asked me.. should it not be made mandatory for people in such open vehicles to wear helmets in addition to the seat belts. Well.. I dont have an answer to this.. but it does make sense though. ;-)

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Lexus LS 460 - Lots of toys in here!!!

If you have a Lexus LS 460 you would feel like you are inside one of those James Bond cars. Its truly one of a kind. The car is packed with so many toys that its got a manual the size of an encyclopedia. And the part where I started crying what when the car auto parks itself! That is sweeeet!!!

Its a four door sedan is does come with an expensive price tag for all the toys it has. And looks like it is worth the price.  Its got these and more...
  • 18 to 19 inch alloys rims
  •  ABS, EBD and Brake Assist
  • 380 horse powered engine
  • Great storage everywhere
  • Back heated seats
  • Automatic sun shade
  • Eltronic telescopic steering wheel - everything is electronic!!
  • Bluetooth, Cruise control, Radio, Stereo system - Mark Levinson -19 speakers, 450 watts.
  • One button push for Park - Electronic parking brake.
  • Advanced parking guidance system
  • And more... go check it out.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Toyota Etios

They says its Indian and I wonder what that means but from the article today what impressed me was the price tag. Its about 5.6 to 8 lacs on road in Bangalore and that is descent for a sedan and that too from Toyota.  You can check out the link here

I am not quiet sure what AR Rahman has got to do with this but the vehicle does look good. Its a matter of time now before we get to know more.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


I am slowly falling in love with this technology. Right opposite our office lives a family that owns this cute little car. Its noiseless, sleek and compact. Reminds of the Mini 1000 that Mr. Bean has. Damn! you can park it anywhere in a jiff.

Reva is sold in the UK and in other countries. The new version Reva L-ion cab give upto 125 kms per charge. And its got disk brakes!!!