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Jul 29, 2008

Car Logo - the story behind

The Audi's Four Rings is the emblem of one of the oldest car manufacturers in Germany. It symbolises the 1932 merger of the four independent motor-vehicle manufacturers: Audi, DKW, Horch and Wanderer. Together with the NSU brand, which joined in 1969, these companies are the roots of the present-day AUDI AG.
After the war the Audi name - which is Latin for "Hear!" disappeared, but was revived in 1965, using the four rings as a logo. The company itself is more than a century old.
And hey ! ...the four rings in the logo have nothing to do with the Olympic rings.

BMW stands for Bayerische Motoren Werke or Bavarian Motor Company. The company was established in 1913 and based in Munich, Germany. It started out as an aero engine manufacturer, hence the company logo. The logo comprised of four quadrants of alternating white and blue color. It is a stylized representation of an airplane propeller spinning against the clear blue sky. The logo represents a white propeller blade against a blue sky. It reflects the origins of BMW as a maker of military aircraft engines during WWI. Also, white and blue are the traditional colors of Bavaria.

Jaguar Cars Limited is a British based luxury car manufacturer, originally with headquarters in Browns Lane, Coventry, England but now at Whitley, Coventry. It was founded as the Swallow Sidecar Company in 1922,by two motorcycle enthusiasts, William Lyons and William Walmsley, and changed its name to Jaguar in 1945. The company has been owned by Ford since 1989.

The founder of Lamborghini, Ferrucio Lamborghini, had a passion of bull fighting, as seen by the logo chosen for his car company - a charging bull. Mr. Lamborghini also carried this theme over to the names of his cars, almost all of which were named after eithera breed of fighting bull or a particular bull.

The Mercedes-Benz logo is one of the most famous brands in the world. The patented name "Mercedes" was registered in September 1902. The Benz logo is a simplistic three-pointed star that represents its domination of the land, the sea, and the air. The famous three-pointed star was designed by Gottlieb Daimler to show the ability of his motors for land, air and sea-usage. It was first seen on a Daimler in 1909, and was combined with the Benz laurel wreath in 1926 to signify the union of the two firms. Mercedes-Benz is the world's oldest automobile manufacturer.

(The logos used here are a registered trademark of the respective Corporation. Use of the logo here does not imply endorsement of the organization by this site.)

Jul 25, 2008

Skoda Fabia (India) - a mIXeD reaction !!

The Czech car manufacturer, Skoda Auto of the Volkswagen Group, has introduced its second generation Skoda Fabia in India as a 2008 model. The Fabia in India arrives after much awaited, 4 months delay. It is launched with the following trim levels :

  • 3 diesel version (Classic, Ambiente and Elegance) and
  • 1 petrol version (Elegance) only.
The diesel Fabia gives amazing fuel efficiency, which is close to 14.1 km/litre in the city and 18.5 km/litre on the highway. The Petrol variant delivers approximately 14.7 km/litre on the highway. The price is tagged close to 8 lakhs.

Coming to features. The look is somewhat similar to Maruti Swift but comparing the Interior, Safety and features of Fabia with it is useless. European Engineering is unmatchable. The mileage is the best you can get from cars of such high class. The beauty speaks for itself and the boot space is the largest among so called small cars.

And now the cons. The price tag is a bit higher (overprice is tweaking the common man), in the Indian market, as compared with present small cars. The diesel engine noise is very irritating and it sounds as loud as an indica, perhaps even louder. Combined with the poor service & costly spares of skoda, this car is not getting the right pick up. Expected to give swift a tough competition but the result seems to go the other way.

I’m sure those of you who think twice before spending your money would look for better options, may be buy a Fiesta/City/Aveo/Jazz. But still, if we want to purchase some good car in lesser amount, its not wise to call that overpriced. What's your stand ?

Jul 24, 2008

Car Audio System

Music is a great companion, whether you’re stuck in traffic or enjoying a long drive. And the perfect car audio system is just what you need to enhance the pleasure of listening to your favorite tracks.

There are two ways of getting an audio system in your car - buying it built-in (these are called factory systems) when you buy the car or adding it later (these are called aftermarket systems). Aftermarket systems offer greater customization.

Car audio sound effect is quite different from what we hear in our homes. What is necessary is that the sound should not be distorted when the automobile is in motion
. It is therefore necessary to check the car audio system when the car is in motion as well as when stationary. Test the automobile stereo by sitting in the front. There lies the challenge. At the rear seat all systems will sound good.

Good sound systems come from companies like Sony, Pioneer, Kenwood, Alpine and others. They provide heavy amplifiers, their matching woofers, speakers and tweeters so that sound comes with a real BLAST.

Jul 23, 2008

World's most eco-friendly car - Tata OneCat

You must have joked in the past saying yea run your car using AIR. Well it will never be a joke anymore. The major automobile company from India, Tata Motors and the famous automobile engineer Guy Negre are going to launch a brand new car - The Tata OneCat.
This new zero-emission vehicle, with five seats and glass fiber body, weighs 350 kg and runs on compressed air stored in carbon fiber tank. The designer of this car claims that the car can achieve 120mpg on longer journeys and would be pollution free. The air tank will take three minutes to fill the air from the compressor.
The car would have a range of around 300 km between refuels. The cost of a refill would be about Rs 90. For longer journey one can use conventional fuel like diesel and petrol but with air one can drive the car at speeds below 50.
The car will be ready for its launch in India and Europe by the end of this year or early 2009 within a price range of between £2,500 and £3,000. Expecting the car to be economical Negre said, “The first buyers of the air car will be people who care about the environment."

Jul 22, 2008

Fiat 500 to be launched this month

Fiat, which is aggressively trying to expand its presence in India, is launching its much-talkedabout two-door lifestyle car Fiat 500 this month. The Fiat 500 small car will be imported to India as a completely built unit, as an image building exercise for the car maker in the country.

The Fiat 500 has three four-cylinder engines - a 1400 cc 100 bhp petrol, a 1200cc 69 bhp petrol, and a 1248cc, 75 bhp multijet diesel engine already in India on the diesel Suzuki Swift. The car is 3.55 metres in length, but features 7 airbags including a knee-airbag and comes with a five star rating in EuroNCAP tests.

Expected to sport a price tag of Rs 15 lakh, the Fiat 500 is likely to find its craze among the celebrities, youth and auto enthusiasts. The launch of Fiat 500 is being positioned in such a way that it would pave the arrival of the other new models such as Bravo and most importantly the Linea.

The Fiat 500 will be a flagship model for the company - Fiat’s image has not really recovered in India after their initial hiccups in the late 1990s.The company, which has established Palio in the upper segment of small cars in its comeback, is now on an expansion mode, with seven variants in diesel and petrol, Palio sells around 600 units a month.This, significantly, means is that the company sells all that it makes.

Jul 21, 2008

Audi R8 in India soon...

The Maruti 800, Hyundai Santro and Honda City are cars that do the job of providing transportation from point A to point B but the spice of life, however, comes from exciting exotic cars like, say, an extremely desirable, wish-I had-one, yellow Lamborghini Murcielago. So here comes, another contender in this desirability stakes - Audi R8, which has recently joined the ranks of these super-exalted, blindingly fast, super cars.
German luxury car manufacturer, Audi, will launch its exclusive mid-engine R8 in the later part of 2008 in India. The spectacular model, which is based on the Lamborghini Gallardo platform, combines its superior performance with the unmistakable design proportions of a pure sports car.
The Audi R8 is powered by a 4.2 L FSI V8 engine developing 420 PS (414 hp/309 kW) and 317 ft-lb (430 N-m), a 0-100kmph in 4.6 seconds.
And…the top speed is 301kp/h!! The company, however, has not decided about the pricing of the car in the Indian market.
The Audi R8, which has won several awards in Germany and Europe, would be available at the company's seven exclusive dealerships in Delhi, Gurgaon, Mumbai, Chandigarh, Pune, Hyderabad and Bangalore.

Jul 20, 2008

Honda Jazz

Honda Siel Cars India Ltd enters the Indian small car segment in 2009 with Jazz. Honda’s Jazz is known as ‘Fit’ in Japan. The car is scheduled to roll out of the new plant in Rajasthan next year. The car will be Honda’s answer to Swift, Getz, Aveo U-VA, Fabia, Indica, Fusion (and by the time Jazz is here, Grande Punto will already be on the roads.) So that’s a lot of competition!
The indian jazz will be powered by a 1.2 litre engine. A new diesel unit and a hybrid unit may also join the jazz lineup. Jazz share the seats with accord and its steering wheel resembles civic. Alloy wheels and ellipsoidal glass area decorates the Jazz side. Jazz taillamp is the pure attraction it blends with the rear. Besides, comfy Jazz will suit your space needs. It is expected to be priced in the Rs 5 to 6 lakh range.
Once a small car like the Jazz enters the Indian automobile market, Honda would have a car in every category. Honda already has the Honda City ZX and other variants in the mid-size saloon market, The Honda Civic as a larger saloon, The Honda Accord in the luxury segment and the Honda CR-V as a city crossover SUV.
Jazz styling, flexibility and the economy is wowed by customers all over the world(20 lakhs jazz sold over 115 countries). Honda hopes to generate a similar wave in India.

Jul 17, 2008

Volkswagen Jetta

An all new car will soon roll the indian streets under the Volkswagen brand. Volkswagen is gearing up to launch the Volkswagen Jetta, its trump card for the Indian C-size market.The Volkswagen Jetta is an automobile produced by German automaker Volkswagen since 1979. The new manufacturing unit coming up at Chakan (Pune) is being built at an investment of 410 million Euros and is expected to be ready for production in the first half of 2009.

Jetta will come to India in petrol and diesel versions, the diesel Jetta fitted with the same 1.9 litre engine which comes standard in Skoda Octavia. There will be a 1.6 litre petrol edition too. The petrol model of Volkswagen Jetta is expected to come with two engine options: 100 BHP and 115 BHP. Talking about features - the entry-level models have features such as alloy wheels, metallic paint, power mirrors and RCD 300 radio with up to 8 loudspeakers.

The top version is enhanced by additional comfort, convenience and infotainment features. These include, for example, power leather seats, rain sensor, cruise control system and additional side airbags in the rear.Volkswagen is likely to launch the Jetta in India at a price tag of Rs 7-9 lakh. Now, at this price, it is guaranteed to take a chunk of the mid-size market giving tough competition to the mid-size market leader Honda City, close combatant Maruti SX4 and others like Chevrolet Aveo and Ford Fiesta.

Next to the Passat, the Jetta is the second vehicle of the Volkswagen brand to be produced in the Aurangabad plant for India.Volkswagen plans on expanding on its base firmly in India. So we will soon get to see the classic brand driving smoothly through the roads of India.

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Jul 15, 2008

Honda CR-V 2008

Honda initially launched its car-based CR-V model in compact SUV market in 1997 . Its mission was simple: to offer a distinct alternative to the prevailing mainstream mid- and full-size large SUVs. With its car-based design, four-cylinder engine and sedan-like ride and handling, the CR-V was an instant hit. One of the country's best-selling compact SUVs was then completely redesigned for 2007. This 2008 model gets no major modification, though.

This five-passenger crossover is available with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Trim levels include LX, EX, and top-line EX-L with leather upholstery. All have a 166-hp 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine and a 5-speed automatic transmission. Maximum towing capacity is 1500 lb. Available safety features include ABS, traction control, antiskid system, curtain side airbags, and front side airbags. A navigation system is available on EX-L. For 2008, EX-L models gain a power driver seat and dual-zone automatic climate control.

The 2008 Honda CR-V ranks top amongst the affordable SUVs. The CR-V's high ranking is based on its excellent combination of a practical interior and a reputation for safety and reliability in its class.