Monday, July 27, 2015

JackOfAllThreads - First Attempts

Sorry.. I am going a little off topic here.. but I could not resist marketing the campaign of my first design on JackOfAllThreads.

Like it? You can buy it by clicking on the link below...

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Hyundai Creta - Smaller Santa Fe.

Creta looks like a smaller version of the Sante Fe and was first launched in China as ix25. In other words, if you like the design of the Sante Fe, you will like Creta too. It falls in the segment of compact SUVs. Yup, another fancy term for marketing. I guess people like it when they know it is big.

Anyways, basic specs below

Engines - 1.6 litre Petrol, 1.4 litre / 1.6 litre Diesel (from Verna)
Mileage - 15 to 17 - Petrol, 19 to 21 - Diesel
Variants - 10
Transmission - 6 Speed Automatic and Manual
Seating capacity - 5
Price - 9 to 12 lacs

A review from below

And one more from Autocar India

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Jazz it up with the new Honda Jazz.

It is evident that one of the reasons for the Jazz to have failed in the Indian market is its price tag. Wasn't it close to 8-10 lacs range? You could buy a Duster or Ecosport or maybe even a high end i20 for that price. Striking the right note with the price seems to be the key criteria for manufacturers selling their models in the Indian market.

Honda has now ticked all the right boxes with the new Jazz 2015; it is all jazzed up and more importantly Honda has made the price very competitive. It now challenges the Duster, Ecosport, Ertiga and other mid-sized vehicles in the segment. The exterior and interior design is refreshing with the sporty headlamps, chrome finish in the rear, LED rear tail lamp, lots of utility space, Aerodynamic design and a very spacious boot / back row seating. And finally, it starts at 5.3 lac ex-showroom price.

Overall a very good package. For more info on specifications and features check out the Honda Jazz website. 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Bajaj RS 200 - A sports bike finally

It is very clear with the RS 200 that Bajaj is thinking a level above most bike manufacturers in the Indian market. I must admit now after being a fan of the TVS apache and owning one myself that TVS has a long way to go in terms of technology, design and performance of their bikes. I was impressed with the Apache and even more when they started marketing the RTR, but now... it is a totally different story. Compare the Apache with the RS 200 and suddenly you feel like a kid. I mean, has TVS done anything different in the past year or two since the Apache was launched?

So, I had the chance to experience the Bajaj RS 200 my colleague had recently purchased and here is what I think. Firstly, it is the looks; smart pillion handle neatly tucked in with the design of the rear, eye-catching tail lamps, chunky exhaust, and the awesome projector head lamps to name a few. To me, the lamps is the highlight in this bike; everything else is fancy.. a little overdone.. I think.

The ride was not bad either. While it felt very heavy, it was quiet responsive and always eager to burst into action. Changing gears was a tad difficult for me as I could not reach it easily, maybe I needed some practice, but overall a very good and responsive engine. It boasts three spark plugs and fuel injectors. Few images below..

Here is a more detailed overview on the bike from Autocar India

Friday, July 17, 2015

Toyota i-Road - Awesomeness!

I have always dreamt of a bike but like a car, but how do I prevent the vehicle from toppling at turns? Toyota has the solution.. absolutely brilliant.