Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Renault Lodgy New MUV From Renault

   Renault is on a roll in the Indian market. It seems to have made its presence felt in almost every segment in the market with at least one vehicle and now wants to enter the MPV market. The French automaker’s representative will be the Lodgy, a product of its Romanian subsidiary Dacia, the same people who created the Duster. The Lodgy seems to get tick marks on all the required boxes to make it proper MPV- petrol and diesel mills, seven seat configuration and oodles of space all around.

    The Romanian subsidiary of Renault says that the name has been derived from the English word ‘Lodge’, implying that the car can accommodate a family and its luggage comfortably. Just like its name, the looks of this MUV are also slightly unconventional. The MUV certainly looks and feels premium and it will compete directly with the Toyota Innova in India.

   The Lodgy is a seven seater and families will certainly like the spacious seats! The third row features very good space in terms of knee and head room (144 and 866mm respectively), which is more than enough to seat two adults comfortably. In seven-seat configuration, the third-row bench seat can be removed completely or else folded up against the front seat backs which is handy Just like the Renault Duster, the interior has a practical and sturdy look.
   The overall design of the Lodgy is clean and simplistic; just like the Duster it has ample chrome on the front. The rear design is arguable, but that can be ignored looking at the Renault badge and overall utility of the vehicle. The interiors provide ample space to seat a large family. In fact the third row has 144mm legroom and 866mm headroom, so even adults can comfortably manage in the last row.
    The Lodgy will be available with a chocie of petrol and diesel engines when it will be launched in India. There are two petrol engines: the 1.6 MPI and the new, turbocharged TCe 115 with direct fuel injection. There are also two diesels, both based on the 1.5 dCi. The Lodgy has potential in the Indian market, although a lot depends on the price.

    The Indian Lodgy will share components with the Renault Duster, so expect similar beige interiors. Hopefully Renault will improve the fitment quality before the next launch. Renault may offer only the diesel engine in India – it will be the same 1.5-litre K9K diesel engine that powers the Fluence and the top-spec Duster diesel developing 110PS and 240Nm of torque.
The Lodgy prices will be close to that of the Toyota Innova, with a premium over Mahindra Xylo and Nissan Evalia..Expected Price: 10 - 15 lakhs.

Mahindra Scorpio new Face Lift Hits Indian Roads

Mahindra     facelifted   Scorpio

  Mahindra has been selling its Scorpio SUV in the Indian market for over 12 years now and it has been a constant money spinner for the Maharashtra-based automaker. The SUV has received multiple updates with the most significant one coming in 2006. An all-new version was launched in the second half of 2014 and it gets a whole host of cosmetic updates as well as mechanical changes pushing it up to be the next generation of Scorpio. it is being offered in five variants and two new colour options.

  The facelifted Scorpio gets a revised front and rear end but retains the same overall design. This is likely to be in a bid to remain faithful to existing customers and fans of the SUV. On the outside, the new Scorpio gets projector headlamps, a new chrome grille, fog lamps and redesigned alloy wheels. The top-end S10 variant also gets projector headlamps with DRLs, new bumpers with fog lamps, a chrome grille and LED tail lamps. Common features across all variants are the black dual tone applique on the rear door, road bumper armour and the chrome bezel on the fenders.

The top-spec variants are now being offered with projector headlights and LED tail lamps in a bid to give the Scorpio a much more blingy appearance, a move that will appeal to most of the Scorpio’s customer base. The changes are also expected to be reflected on the Scorpio getaway pick-up truck also.

   Inside, Mahindra has fitted the top-spec variant of the new Scorpio with climate control, parking sensors, TPMS and a 6-inch touch screen infotainment system. While the instrument cluster is all new, the upholstery has been revised and is now a dual tone with the combination of grey and blue. Mahindra has also included height adjustment for the driver’s seat. The voice control system which was launched with the XUV500 and the H9 variant of the Xylo has been carried on into the new Scorpio.

On the safety front, Mahindra has included dual airbags as well as ABS with EBD. It has also included a new feature called Panic Braking in which the hazard lights come on automatically in the event of a panic braking situation to warn other motorists.

   The new Mahindra Scorpio is offered with a single engine- the mHAWK 2.2-litre diesel engine that produces 120bhp and 280Nm of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox. The four-wheel drive enabled versions can now move between 2WD and 4WD on the fly using a knob on the centre console.
The Mahindra Scorpio competes with the Renault Duster, Ford EcoSport, Nissan Terrano as well as certain C-segment sedans like the Hyundai Verna, Skoda Rapid, Honda City and the Nissan Sunny.


2179 cc, Diesel, 120 bhp @ 4000 RPM power
2523 cc, Diesel, 75 bhp @ 3200 RPM power


5-speed, Manual, 4WD
5-speed, Manual, RWD

Seating Capacity

7 & 8 seater


Power steering

Friday, January 23, 2015


                              DATSON GO + NISSAN NEW VARIANT IN MUV


    Nissan had announced Datsun’s revival plans in 2012 for many developing countries and going by the rapid development, India played an important role in it. Datsun’s operations will be supported by Nissan in India. The company has already shown Go hatchback and Go+ MPV based on the same platform at the 12th Auto Expo held in Greater Noida.
     The Go hatchback promises to offer more benefits than any other car in its segment. With the Go, Datsun plans to lock horns with India’s largest car manufacturer Maruti Suzuki. Datsun is very positive about Go’s premium styling and spacious interiors and claims that it will fetch every need possible without making consumers pay extra. We travel to Hyderabad and find out more in our first drive report.
                                                                    The  GO+

      The Datsun GO is the new budget hatchback from the Nissan stable. The brand was revived after a period of 30 years and will be used to sell budget cars in various developing markets. Each of these markets will get a model suited to their specific needs and for the hatchback-crazy Indian market Datsun has brought GO and will eventually also launch the GO+ MPV.The Datsun GO hatchback in the front gets a hexagonal grille with chrome inserts and headlights that flow from the front of the hood to the middle. The grille and bumper in combination with the lines of the hood work to give the car a muscular appearance despite its small size. The side profile is reminiscent of the Nissan Micra as the GO is based on the former. A speciality is that Datsun has fitted the windows with black cladding and this matches the black colour OVRMs.
At the back the GO gets a vertically stacked light design, openable boot lid but looks clean due to minimal badging. Datsun has also fitted the black cladding at the back in a bid to keep the appearance even throughout the vehicle. In terms of measurements, the GO is 3.7 meters long (2.4 meters wheelbase), 1.6 meters wide and 1.4 meters high.

     The GO gets two tone interiors with beige trim and grey as the second colour. On the feature list the GO gets air-conditioning and AUX-IN with two speakers. There is also a USB port but strictly to be used as a mobile charging point only.
Standard features across all variants include digital tachometer, drive computer that displaysinstantaneous fuel economy, average fuel economy and distance to empty, follow-me-homeheadlamps, speed sensitive wipers and a silver finish front radiator grille.
The mid-level A variant adds an air conditioner with filter, chrome front grille, body coloured bumpers and Jacquard seat upholstery to the equation. The top of the line T variant comes with speed sensitive electric power steering, front power windows, Mobile Docking Station (MDS) with amplifier, universal mobile holder, aux-in and USB charger, front speakers, central locking and full wheel covers.


The Datsun GO is powered by a 1.2-litre engine that produces 67bhp and 104Nm of torque. It is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox and has an ARAI certified fuel efficiency of 20.6 kmpl. At present the car is only offered with this engine but we expect that in the future they will also offer kits for LPG and CNG conversions.



1198 cc, Petrol, 67 bhp @ 5000 RPM power


5-speed, Manual, FWD

Seating Capacity

5 seater


Manual steering
Power steering

Datsun GO Price In VARIOUS Cities Ex-showroom

Monday, January 5, 2015


                                TVS MOTORS NEW SCOOTY ZEST 110CC

The new Scooty Zest 110 is the latest offering from TVS Motors Company’s scooter stable. It is the third model under the Hosur-based brand’s Scooty range, after the Scooty Pep Plus and the Scooty Streak.  

The new Scooty Zest 110 retains the familiar Scooty look with its steeply raked apron, a big headlamp and vertically stacked turn indicators. TVS has revealed that the new Scooty Zest 110 features tubeless tyres, LED taillight, a back-lit speedometer and a broader dual-textured seat to give good riding comfort. The scooter also gets 19-litres of under-seat storage, which is best in its class. It offers more storage space in the form of an open glove box, retractable bag hooks and under-seat hooks.

The scooter is powered by an 110cc, single-cylinder air-cooled engine that produces 7.9bhp of power at 7,500rpm and a maximum torque of 8.7Nm at 5,500rpm. Ride and handling is taken care of by the telescopic front suspension and hydraulic rear mono shock. 

The Scooty Zest 110 is available in five colours - white, turquoise, pink, black and red. It competes with the Yamaha Ray, Honda Activa-i and the new Suzuki Let’
VersionsEx-Showroom Price (Mumbai) 
110cc, Petrol, Automatic, 62 kmpl*
Rs. 44,264

TVS Scooty Zest 110 - Standard Specifications


Tachometer Type--
Shift LightNo
Electric StartYes
No Of Tripmeters--
Tripmeter Type--
Low Fuel IndicatorNo
Low Oil IndicatorNo
Low Battery IndicatorNo


Terrific Turquoise, Powerful Pink, Fiery Red, Dynamic White and Daring Black
Fuel GaugeYes
Digital Fuel GaugeNo
Pillion SeatYes
Pillion FootrestYes
Pillion BackrestNo
Pillion GrabrailYes
Stand AlarmYes
Stepped SeatNo
Antilock Braking SystemNo


Displacement (cc)110
Max Power8 bhp @ 7000 rpm
Maximum Torque8.7 Nm @ 5500 rpm
Bore (mm)--
Stroke (mm)--
Valves Per Cylinder--
Fuel Delivery SystemCarburetor
Fuel TypePetrol
IgnitionDigital IDI Ignition
Spark Plugs (Per Cylinder)--
Cooling SystemAir Cooled
Gearbox TypeAutomatic
No Of Gears--
Transmission TypeCVT
Dimensions & Weight
Kerb Weight (Kg)97
Overall Length (mm)1770
Overall Width (mm)660
Overall Height (mm)1139
Wheelbase (mm)1250
Ground Clearance (mm)--
Seat Height (mm)760
Fuel Efficiency & Range
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)5
Reserve Fuel Capacity (Litres)--
FuelEfficiency Overall (Kmpl)62
Fuel Efficiency Range (Km)--
Chassis & Suspension
Chassis Type--
Front SuspensionTelescopic
Rear SuspensionDouble rated Hydraulic Mono Shock
Brake TypeDrum
Front DiscNo
Front Disc/Drum Size (mm)110
Rear DiscNo
Rear Disc/Drum Size (mm)130
Calliper Type--
Wheels & Tyres
Wheel Size (inches)10
Front Tyre90/100 10 , Tubeless
Rear Tyre90/90 10 , Tubeless
Tubeless TyresYes
Radial TyresNo
Alloy Wheels--
Electric System--
Battery12 V, 5 Ah
Headlight TypeHalogen Bulb Type
Headlight Bulb Type12 V, 35 / 35 W
Brake/Tail Light12 V, 3W (LED)
Turn Signal12 V, 10 W
Pass LightYes
0 to 60 kmph (Seconds)11.1
0 to 80 kmph (Seconds)--
0 to 40 m (Seconds)--
Top Speed (Kmph)--
60 to 0 Kmph (Seconds, metres)--
80 to 0 kmph (Seconds, metres)


                                            MARUTHI CIAZ

     Suzuki has launched Ciaz’s twin in the Chinese market christened as Alivio. The Suzuki Alivio prices starts at 84900 Yuan and goes all the way to 121900 Yuan (approximately Rs 8.64 - 12.44 lac). The sedan in China comes only with a 1.6-liter petrol engine unlike ours which is also offered with a 1.3-liter diesel along with a 1.4-liter petrol. Earlier in December, Maruti Suzuki has recalled 3,796 units of its recently launched mid-sized sedan Ciaz to replace a faulty part of clutch operation system, manufactured till 7 November. The inspection and replacement will be done free of cost, and the dealers across the country have already started contacting the owners of impacted vehicles. For self checking, Ciaz customers can fill in the chassis number (MA3 followed by 14 digit alpha-numeric number) in the MSI's official website '' to ascertain if their sedan is among the above mentioned vehicles or not.


Its elegant design creates a superior aesthetic appeal while its aerodynamic style adds a stunning effect to its looks. The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz truly sets the standards for the rest to aspire for. No wonder when you’re behind the wheel, the only thing ahead is an open road.


Ciaz is equipped with highly advanced features like Camera Assisted Reverse Parking, Keyless Push Start System and Smart Key. Along with that, intelligently designed features like Rear AC Vents, Personal Reading Lamps and Rear Sunshade ensure complete comfort for the passengers.
 Maruti Ciaz in the country. This model is introduced in four trim levels namely V, V+, Z and Z Option for the buyers to choose from. At the same time, it is also available with both 1.4-litre petrol and 1.3-litre diesel engine options. Both these power plants are mated with a five speed manual transmission gearbox. However, its petrol V+ and Z variants are also available with a four speed automatic transmission gearbox option. The car maker also stated that it will roll out Z+ variant very soon, which will feature SmartPlay system as an additional feature. This latest sedan is all about style, best-in-class seating comfort and features. Surprisingly, the car maker is offering features like projector headlamps, a proficient music system and power adjustable ORVMs as standard fitments across all the variants. While the top end variants also has aspects like a set of 16-inch alloy wheels, speed volume compensation along with push button engine start and stop function. Its external appearance is quite stylish owing to its sleek body structure featuring trendy cosmetics. Its front facade gets a beautifully structured chrome radiator grille that is flanked by dual port headlight cluster. Its rear end has a stylish tailgate with integrated spoiler and is decorated with chrome badge. 
    This sedan also has a body colored rear bumper featuring a pair of black reflector consoles, which adds to the safety quotient. Its interiors are spacious, plush and has dual tone color scheme, which is further accentuated by metallic inserts. It gets a uniquely structured dashboard that is equipped with a storage unit, a stylishly crafted instrument panel and an in-car entertainment system.
    The car maker is offering its V+ and Z-grade variants with advanced features like a fully automatic climate control system and height adjustable driver's seat, which further adds to the customer delight. As far as its safety aspects are concerned, the entry level variants are incorporated with central locking system, engine immobilizer, anti-theft security system, three-point seat belts and rear defogger. While the anti lock braking system is available feature from VXi+ variants. In addition to these, it gets reverse parking sensors and and driver side airbag as standard. On the other hand, the top end variants are bestowed dual front airbags, which improves the safety for occupants. This vehicle will now lock horns with the likes of Honda City, Ford Fiesta, Hyundai Verna, and Volkswagen Vento in the entry level sedan segment.


Infusing a spacious and relaxing feel, the ergonomically designed cabin and seats of Maruti Suzuki Ciaz provide unmatched comfort in both, the front and the rear. With ample legroom, headroom and shoulder room, the driver and the passengers experience exceptional comfort and relaxation in the longest car in its class.


The new generation K14B VVT engine delivers both, dynamic performance and fuel-efficiency. It incorporates new Cylinder Head and Piston Design for better efficiency and the VVT system which optimizes intake valve timing for better performance. The fuel-efficiency is further enhanced by paying special attention to reducing friction in engine components which contributes to smooth running & reduced engine noise
The 1.3L DDiS200 diesel engine with Variable Geometry Turbo charger generates optimum power and excellent torque. The combination of common rail fuel injection with an inter-cooled turbocharger delivers dynamic torque for excellent acceleration and all-round performance, together with best-in-class fuel-efficiency.

 BORE X STROKE (MM)73 X 8269.6 X 82
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