Thursday, December 27, 2012

Open Forum Launched by CarDekho, the leading auto-portal of India, today brings yet another platform for the car-buffs of the country where they can question/answer/talk about/debate over/write about/read about/watch/discuss or do pretty much anything and everything that they have ever wanted to when it comes to the one passion in their lives – Cars., an all-new online forum from the makers of CarDekho that opens up an exciting, easy-to-cruise and devoid-of-nothing arena where car-lovers can come, initiate and join in query- and discussion-sessions and communicate with not only fellow enthusiasts like themselves but also with experts from the CarDekho panel and other recognized sources on the Web.

All a visitor has to do is register on the site, which is accomplished via a simple-enough set of steps, and start a thread for the discussion that they wish to begin. Once registered, the facebook profiles of users get linked with their accounts on the CarDekho Forum, and once that is done, the users can rest assured that any activity along a thread that they are joined with won't ever skip their notice as every update would be transferred to them through the 'All-knowing' facebook network. Car sessions on this open-to-all forum can vary over an expansive range of topics covering the latest models out in the market, the existing ones that are doing brilliantly well or those that are miserably failing to do so, troubles that keeping popping everyday with rides, car loan and insurance plan options that the market offers and the most promising deals amongst them, the best dealers in town and anything else that falls in the vicinity of a four-wheeled beauty on the move.

But, if you are not so crazy about cars as some of the die-hard fans but are interested in talking about matters concerning the other websites of the CarDekho group like BikeDekho, MobileDekho, PriceDekho or FutureDekho, you are more than welcome to go ahead and create an account. Titled as the 'Car'Dekho forum does not compel this platform dedicated to talks and conversations to let down those willing to communicate with other people on topics other than cars. And when we are talking about limits and restrictions, another thing that you need to know is that this forum does not stop even at the boundaries of this particular group of websites; it goes way beyond. Through the Off-topic section of the forum, visitors can delve into discussions that could be as far from these topics as is possible. Be it the dirty game of politics, the compulsorily favourite Indian sport of Cricket, the glittering world of fashion and cinema or the wildlife, for that matter, you are free to open a session whenever you feel like.

Hard-core car-fans ourselves, we understand that cars create a longing that cannot be satisfied by words alone and that's the reason why forum.cardekho envelops much more than sections dedicated to exchange of words. Here, on this website, visitors will find pictures coming straight from the industry, videos showing the most scintillating rides on the go, a special segment created for relaying the most thrilling happenings of motor-shows being held across the globe, expert reviews, user reviews, exclusive road tests that were penned down but not put up for display ever before and much more than that, keeping nothing away from those who take popular cars to the level of 'most popular' and spend the cash that transforms good sellers into best-sellers.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Maruti Alto 800 - bells and whistles

If you are looking for a decent, affordable and mileage efficient car then go for the all new Maruti Alto 800, which was launched recently in India. The car looks pretty decent with attractive body design that makes your heads turn. When it comes to the Maruti Alto 800 specifications, the car is associated with some drawbacks as well as advantages. It is equipped with just 0.8 liter engine with 796cc displacement, which is good enough for Alto 800. however, it has the ability to generate power of just about 47.3 Bhp of horse power at 6000 Rpm and 69 Nm of torque at 3500 Rpm, which is not-very-impressive. However, its mileage is very impressive because it has got the ability to give about 22 Kmpl with petrol fuel and about 30 Kmpl with CNG fuel option. This is something far better than any other car in the market. And moreover, it has got the best appearance compared to other hatchbacks in its price segment. All these reasons added to the advantage of Alto 800 in India and contributed for the huge success of the car in India.

Maruti Alto 800

As soon as Alto 800 entered the markets, it saw an overwhelming response like no other small car in the country. The company received the bookings over 40,000 in just about few days of its official launch. This is something unbelievable in the sales history of Maruti cars in India. Now the company is shipping over 30,000 units of Alto 800s and soon it will increase the production to meet the demand. This contributed for the rise of sales of the company in the present quarter. There is no doubt that the newly launched Alto 800 is one of the most popular Maruti Cars ever and its demand is peaking day by day. Maruti Alto 800 review of users suggests that the car has drawbacks but it is complete worth for money. If we just take a look at the new Maruti Alto 800 pictures, we can find the car has refreshing body design that turns the heads on the go. Now the Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 price starts at just Rs. 2.47 lakh, which is very competitive. If you are concerned about the budget then opting to choose this small car will be the right choice but if you are interested in high end features, then this is not the right car. On the whole, it is a nice car for small families and individuals with a requirement of urban traveling and moreover, it is the most fuel efficient car in the segment.


Monday, December 17, 2012

Maruti Swift Dzire V/s Skoda Rapid

SUV cars are very much in demand with the young generation youth focusing on it and expected people liking these SUVs (Sports Utility Vehicles). When the focus comes on Tata Cars, they have basically been the favorites among Indians and in 1998, the first home grown SUV known as Tata Safari was introduced in India. It was the first SUV which was designed, developed and manufactured in India. With the changing demands of people and the likes of people demanding new varieties Safari has gone through some changes which has kept its hopes pinned up but with increasing competition from competitors like Mahindra XUV500 and many other cars Safari looks aged once among all and to pull in this serious gradation Tata motors smart enough to catch all these up have introduced the second generation of Tata Safari known as Tata Safari Storme.

Maruti Swift Dzire

This was displayed first time at the Delhi Auto Expo 2012 and was launched on 17th October, 2012 in Indian Automobile Market. With a great number of lucrative features, the Tata Safari Storme price for the base variant is INR 9.95 lakhs. So, SUV lovers and Safari lovers, the Storme is ready to sweep you off. The looks of the SUV are identical to the old Tats Safari. The pictures of Tata Safari Storme show the similarities between the old and new generation which may or may not be in its favor. The loyal customers of safari who have always liked the styling can be wooed with the basic design and not much is done with the designing and it’s kept very simple and basic. The shape and size of the car is not changed much. From far you can figure out that it’s a Safari. The interiors are newly designed which make the car look spacious. Storme is available in seven shades- Astem Black, Pearl White, Pearl Champagne, Sardinia Red, Arctic Silver and Arctic White.

Skoda Rapid

The looks are convincing and with these come the top notch features of Tata Safari Storme which comes with all new headlights, fog lights and tail lamps. There is a new front bumper and rear bumper with dual mass flywheel. For smoother gearshifts there is Aria type transmission. The handling is better compared to the other generation Safari. There are many safety features like SRS airbags, ESP, EBD, ABS and BA. There is improved HVAC system (expected to be a dual zone climate control system). SUV is available in 2WD and 4WD. The mileage is certified by ARIA and is 14kmpl for 4x2 version and 4x4 returns mileage of 13.2 kmpl.


Saturday, December 15, 2012

Maruti Swift Dzire v/s Skoda Rapid- the winner?

From the well known German car manufacturer, Skoda Rapid. Skoda cars has recently launched the upgraded model of the car in the European market and it is expected that soon the upgraded version of the car  will be seen on Indian roads also. At present Skoda Rapid is available in 13 different models offering both petrol and diesel engine options. On the other side we are having Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire which is ruling the Indian compact sedan car market from quite some time. The stelling success of Maruti Swift Dzire is accredited to the immense trust that the Indian audience have in the brand Maruti cars. It is expected that as soon as new Skoda Rapid will enter the Indian car market it can prove to be a tough competitor of Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire. Maruti Swift Dzire price ranges from 4.90 lakhs to 7.34 lakhs and Skoda Rapid price is tagged around 6.90 lakhs to 9.50 lakhs, here Swift Dzire wins the toss.

Maruti Swift Dzire

Now if we talk about the engine and performance of Skoda Rapid. Diesel variant of Skoda Rapid is equipped with 1.6 liter TDi engine which is capable enough to produce an outstanding power of 103.56bhp at the rate of 4400rpm with maximum torque of 250Nm @ 1500-2500rpm. Diesel engine of Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire is blessed by 1.3 liter DOHC diesel engine with CRDi fuel injection system with decent power of 74bhp @ 4000rpm with peak torque of 190Nm at the rate of 2000rpm.

Skoda Rapid

If we take a look at the petrol engine of the cars then Skoda Rapid is having 1.6 liter MPI engine with decent power of 103.56bhp at the rate of 5250rpm and produces amazing torque of 153Nm @ 3800rpm. Where as Swift Dzire petrol engine is equipped with 1.2 liter K series engine producing an amazing power of 86bhp at the rate of 6000rpm with the peak torque of 114Nm @ 4000rpm. So if wome one wants better performance then he/she must go for Skoda Rapid. But if talk about mileage of Skoda Rapid diesel variant, car is offering around 16kmpl and Swift Dzire is offering an amazing mileage of 23.4kmpl. Which might be the another prominent reason for increased sales chart of Dzire as compared to Rapid, because India is the country where more majority of population looks for the car which offers better fuel economy. If we talk about the Exteriors of the cars then Swift Dzire is offering more elegant looks.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Maruti Suzuki launches Limited Edition A-Star Aktiv for a Limited Period

India's leading car maker Maruti cars has launched a special edition of its hatchback A-Star. Special edition of the car is available in two trims VXI and VXI A/T, although no change has been made by the company in engine of the car. Maruti A Star Aktiv model of the car has launched for the limited period of time. The all new A-Star Aktiv has been given a sporty look which makes it different from its previous models. A-Star is car which is basically targets the young car buyers. If we talk about Maruti A Star Akitv pictures then sporty look is given to car the car which makes it more attractive and make it look different from the the previous model. If we talk about Maruti A Star Aktiv price then car is available in the market at a premium of just Rs. 14,000.

Maruti A-Star Aktiv

All new Maruti A Star Aktiv features special body graphics which create eye catching effect, red colours wing mirrors, and fog lamp are also inserted even door frames of the car are black in colour , giving special looks to the car. Interiors of car are also upgraded by providing special seats, steering cover, special floor mats, with providing a key less entry.

Maruti A-Star Aktiv

If we talk about the previous A star then it is available in six different models all with petrol engines, heart of Maruti A Star is blessed with KB series 998cc engine petrol engine with 3 cylinder and 12 valve which is capable enough to produce the power of 66.08bhp at the rate of 6200rpm and with a peak torque of 90Nm @ 3500rpm. Car also comes with four speed automatic transmission gearbox where as other variantrs of the car comes with five speed manual transmission gearbox. Automatic transmission gearbox is designed for promising higher acceleration and performance other then this automatic transmission gearbox also makes car fuel efficient. As compared to manual transmission gearbox. Hatchback can run at a top speed of 125-140 kilometers per hour and reaches from 0-100 in just a time gap of 17.5 seconds. Hatchback exteriors are very well designed on the European styling ,the overall styling of car is muscular and aerodynamic. While designing the car safety features were also equally kept in mind by the designers of the car, A Star is equipped with latest breaking and suspension system with high ground clearance and good turning radius. 

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Maruti Suzuki Swift Vs the all new Chevrolet Sail hatchback

Arguably, India is one of the potential four wheeler markets in the world, especially in the hatchback segment. At present the demand for hatchback cars soaring since the recent past years and now many companies are coming with their new models by tagging them with attractive price tag. Recently, General Motors India has launched Chevrolet Sail hatchback in India in a total of seven variants with a starting price of just Rs. 4.44 lakh.

Maruti Swift

However, there is another hatchback car but from the house of Maruti cars that come at similar starting price. It is none other than Maruti Swift, which is probably one of the most successful cars for Maruti Suzuki India. There is a lot of similarity in between both these cars because of which makes it difficult for the customers to choose in between them. There is not much difference in terms of engine specifications, features, performance and mileage in between these cars. However, people should look at their needs in these cars, in terms of styling, inner space and few other features, which are very important.

Chevrolet Sail

If we just make a comparison in terms of engine, both the cars available with two engine options 1.2 liter petrol and 1.3 liter diesel, which would provide options to the customers. According to the details provided by both the companies both the cars are similar in terms of generating torque power and horse power. when it comes to the mileage efficiency, both the cars with petrol engine will managed to give 15.6 Kmpl of mileage in city conditions and 18.5 Kmpl in highway conditions, whereas diesel engine will give about 20 Kmpl of average mileage. When it comes to the pricing, Maruti Swift price is a little higher than the Chevrolet Sail price, which is something that you need to look. And moreover, the boot space offered by the Chevrolet Sail is about 243 liters, which is about 10 liters more than Swift. Of all Maruti cars in the hatchback segment, Swift is the most spacious and high performing but it lags behind Sail in terms of inner space.

Chevrolet Sail

When it comes to Chevrolet cars, its market is not as big as Maruti Suzuki in India but you can go for the Chevrolet Sail hatchback because it is the new model that has decent style, huge inner space, good performance and fuel efficiency. Moreover, it meets the Bharat Stage IV emission standards that add the advantage to the vehicle. Customers may not find much of difference in term of performance but they must look for the comforts, styling and inner space offered by these cars, which are utmost important.