Mini to launch new fully electric model by 2019

Mini to launch new fully electric model by 2019

BMW is currently working on electrifying all its model series. Over the next few years, the brand will launch a full-electric or plug-in hybrid drivetrain in addition to the combustion engine option. Additional electrified models will be brought to market and beyond 2020; the company’s next-gen vehicle architecture will be structured in order to enable new models also to be offered as a full-electric vehicle.

As part of this new strategy, BMW has just announced the new battery-electric Mini which will be a variant of the brand’s core 3-door hatch version. This fully electric car will go into production in 2019 at the BMW Group’s e-mobility centre at Dingolfing and Landshut facilities in Bavaria before being integrated into the car at Oxford plant which is the main production location for the 3-door hatch.

By 2025, BMW expects electrified vehicles to account for between 15-25 per cent of sales. However, factors such as regulation, incentives and charging infrastructure will play a major role in determining the scale of electrification from market to market. BMW is also working on enabling its production facilities to build models with a combustion engine, plug-in hybrid or fully electric drive train at the same time.

[Source”timesofindia”]

Suzuki Swift Sport revealed ahead of Frankfurt debut

Suzuki Swift Sport revealed ahead of Frankfurt debut

Suzuki has revealed the first official image of the new generation Swift Sport ahead of its world premiere at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. No other details regarding the powertrain, pricing and features have been revealed yet, however, the third generation Swift Sport has “undergone a complete redesign and delivers an all-new level of excitement for sport minded drivers across the world,” according to Suzuki.

Of the single image available to us, we can see a completely new and aggressive front bumper as compared to standard Swift. The grille is reworked while the alloy wheels are now very Italian-esque. There is a blacked out bumper splitter that adds to the sporty character of the hot hatch. One thing to be noted is that the new Swift Sport will only be available in the four-door configuration unlike the two generations before it which were two-doors only.

The new Swift Sport is expected to retain the characteristics like handling and body control of the outgoing Swift Sport. Based on the new HEARTECH platform, the new Swift Sport will be a lot lighter than the previous two generations. It will keep on the manual transmission as well. On the inside, the new Swift Sport will have new cabin tech and features including new infotainment system and all the connectivity options.

The Japanese carmaker is still tight lipped about what will power the new Swift Sport, but there are speculations that the new Swift Sport will have a turbocharged 1.4-litre Boosterjet gasoline motor under the hood which does duty in the Suzuki Vitara S. The power output is expected to be somewhere around 140bhp.

Prices for the new Swift Sport are expected to be slightly higher than the outgoing car. It will take on the likes of Abarth 500, Ford Fiesta ST, Renault Clio, and Volkswagen UP GTI. Just like the previous generation Swift Sports, the Indian debut of the new potent Swift is equally unlikely.

[Source”pcworld”]

Tips to prep up your car for the monsoons

Here’s a list of tips for you to protect your car during the monsoons and get through the rains easily.

Here’s a list of tips for you to protect your car during the monsoons and get through the rains easily.

While rains bring with them much-needed respite from the scorching summer heat, it also creates annoying traffic problems and disrupts the daily life, not to mention a host of problems for car owners to deal with. Often you may catch the site of a stalled car on the road in the middle of a downpour while you thank your stars that it isn’t you in that situation.

What if we told you that there are measures you can take to avoid being caught in such a situation and avoid pulling your hair out? Here’s a list of tips for you to protect your car during the monsoons and get through the rains easily:

Brakes

Brake

Brakes are among the most crucial parts of a car, especially during monsoons. Keep the brake calipers clean. Make sure that the brakes are neither too tight nor too loose since you will need to use it a fair number of times when driving on wet roads. You must regularly clean the brake pads, and if needed replace them. Get the brake fluid checked and refilled regularly and make sure the brake line does not let in water or air that obstructs the flow of brake fluid.

Tyres

Tyer

Check the tyre pressure and inflation regularly during the monsoon since tyres tend to lose air pressure often during the rains. Also, make sure the tyre tread depth is at least 1.6mm deep to avoid skidding on slippery surfaces.

Wipers and washer

wiper

Wiper blades tend to wear out quite soon. Make sure you get the wipers checked and replaced if required, before the monsoon sets in. Also, ensure the wipers are functioning as they should at all speeds.Meanwhile, to keep your windshield spotless, it is advisable to use washing liquids.

Body

Body

Rainwater can corrode exposed metal areas as well as the car’s paint leading to rust on the body. A good way to ensure protection for the car is by applying a thin layer of wax polish on the body, allowing rainwater to roll off. Grease the locks and hinges of the car doors and use anti-corrosion spray on exposed metal areas.

Headlights and taillights

Headlights and taillights

Ensure that the car’s headlights and taillights are working properly. As heavy rainfall causes poor visibility, properly functioning lights can help avoid mishaps for you as well as other drivers.

Electricals

Electricals

Get all electrical connections in the car checked and make sure external wires are insulated. Also, ensure all the fuses are functioning as they should. You can also keep extra fuses in the car. Check the parking light and brake light since it advisable to keep them on while driving during low visibility.

Interiors

interiors

High water levels on the roads can end up flooding your car and a good way to get on top of this situation is to place an additional set of mats on the floor to soak up the water. Keep a portable vacuum cleaner in the car to dry the wet floors or seats and to keep away the bad odor. When your car is parked in a dry spot, open the windows to air out the car and prevent any fungal formation.

[“Source-deccanchronicle”]

Tips to prep up your car for the monsoons

Here’s a list of tips for you to protect your car during the monsoons and get through the rains easily.

While rains bring with them much-needed respite from the scorching summer heat, it also creates annoying traffic problems and disrupts the daily life, not to mention a host of problems for car owners to deal with. Often you may catch the site of a stalled car on the road in the middle of a downpour while you thank your stars that it isn’t you in that situation.

What if we told you that there are measures you can take to avoid being caught in such a situation and avoid pulling your hair out? Here’s a list of tips for you to protect your car during the monsoons and get through the rains easily:

Brakes

Brake

Brakes are among the most crucial parts of a car, especially during monsoons. Keep the brake calipers clean. Make sure that the brakes are neither too tight nor too loose since you will need to use it a fair number of times when driving on wet roads. You must regularly clean the brake pads, and if needed replace them. Get the brake fluid checked and refilled regularly and make sure the brake line does not let in water or air that obstructs the flow of brake fluid.

Tyres

Tyer

Check the tyre pressure and inflation regularly during the monsoon since tyres tend to lose air pressure often during the rains. Also, make sure the tyre tread depth is at least 1.6mm deep to avoid skidding on slippery surfaces.

Wipers and washer

wiper

Wiper blades tend to wear out quite soon. Make sure you get the wipers checked and replaced if required, before the monsoon sets in. Also, ensure the wipers are functioning as they should at all speeds.Meanwhile, to keep your windshield spotless, it is advisable to use washing liquids.

Body

Body

Rainwater can corrode exposed metal areas as well as the car’s paint leading to rust on the body. A good way to ensure protection for the car is by applying a thin layer of wax polish on the body, allowing rainwater to roll off. Grease the locks and hinges of the car doors and use anti-corrosion spray on exposed metal areas.

Headlights and taillights

Headlights and taillights

Ensure that the car’s headlights and taillights are working properly. As heavy rainfall causes poor visibility, properly functioning lights can help avoid mishaps for you as well as other drivers.

Electricals

Electricals

Get all electrical connections in the car checked and make sure external wires are insulated. Also, ensure all the fuses are functioning as they should. You can also keep extra fuses in the car. Check the parking light and brake light since it advisable to keep them on while driving during low visibility.

Interiors

interiors

High water levels on the roads can end up flooding your car and a good way to get on top of this situation is to place an additional set of mats on the floor to soak up the water. Keep a portable vacuum cleaner in the car to dry the wet floors or seats and to keep away the bad odor. When your car is parked in a dry spot, open the windows to air out the car and prevent any fungal formation.

[Source:-decan chronicle]

Mercedes-Benz GLC43 AMG coupe competition check

Mercedes-Benz GLC43 AMG coupe competition check

Another day, another AMG Mercedes and this is the 10th one in India to be precise. But don’t get me wrong, it’s a very good thing, after all it’s a nice combination- all the frills of the three-pointed star but with dollops of performance that come with the AMG badge. This time around, it’s the GLC43 AMG which is a unique as it’s a coupe SUV and only the third one to be sold in India. It’s a niche product but in plum premium SUV range, which puts it in competition with some very established players. Here is our take on the competition for the GLC43 AMG coupe.

Jeep Grand Cherokee
The American automaker’s big SUV has both its diesel and petrol model priced at the bracket which is 75.15 lakhs. For this kind of money, you can have a big diesel V6 or big petrol V6 depending on your choice and use. It’s filled with segment standard features and in addition, you also get the Jeep heritage and branding.

BMW X5
Technically, the BMW X5 is a segment higher but given the GLC43´s CBU nature; they end up in the same price bracket. This then, is a case of traditional SUV versus the more modern coupe SUV which oddly enough, was a style that BMW created with the X6. Both the X5 in the 30d trim as well as the 30i trim offer similar levels of equipment as the GLC43 but sans the performance and handling that one would get from a specialist tuned vehicle like the latter.

Audi Q7
In this fray, the Q7 is one of the two seven-seater SUVs coming into a similar price bracket. It has got Audi’s latest design philosophy along with a potent diesel engine as well as features like the virtual cockpit to match the likes of the GLC43 AMG. Currently it’s only available as a diesel but we expect that Audi will introduce a petrol model in India soon.

Jaguar F-Pace
This is Jaguar’s first SUV and a pretty decent attempt at that. Globally you can have it with a range of petrol and diesel engines, but in India you only get it with the latter. The variant that matches the GLC43 on price is an entry-level variant and thus you don’t get a lot of kit for that kind money. However, it’s a bit niche like the GLC43 and that, currently, should be its major selling point.

Volvo XC90
It is the largest vehicle that Volvo makes and will soon becomes a locally assembled product in India later this year. You get Volvo’s latest design, technology and of course that giant touchscreen that is a display for most functions in the car. However, the small diesel engine is quite puny when you compare it to the rivals, especially something like the GLC43 AMG

[Source”timesofindia”]

Porsche 718 Boxster GTS spotted testing

What you see in the picture is the Porsche 718 Boxster GTS doing the rounds at the Nurburgring. Since the test prototype was totally unconcealed, we were able to take note of the redesigned front lower bumper section. This essentially means that the test mule could be making more horses – a fact that’s further confirmed by the new centrally placed twin exhausts.

Just like the earlier GTS models got an increment of close to 20bhp over the S variants, expect the upcoming 718 Boxster GTS to also be at the receiving end of a similar bump-up in power. It will however continue to use the same turbocharged 2.5-litre motor that does duty in the 718 Boxster S. But we believe that Porsche may limit the power to around 380bhp to prevent the 718 Boxster GTS from scavenging on its stable-mate, the entry-level Porsche 911.

Sources state that the upcoming 718 Boxster GTS will sit lower than the S, while also benefitting from functions like Porsche’s Active Suspension Management – which electronically controls the damping by continuously adjusting the damping force on each wheel (based on current road conditions and driving style). Stay tuned to CarWale as the new Porsche Boxster is slated to debut at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show in September.

 

[Source”pcworld”]

2017 Maruti Suzuki Dakshin Dare – actions hitherto

The 2017 Maruti Suzuki Dakshin Dare flagged off in Bengaluru on 16 July. In its ninth edition now, the annual southern motorsport rally witnessed a participation of 180 rallyists. What’s new this year is that the rally will make way not only to the south but also to the west across Kolhapur before culminating in Pune, Maharashtra. The rally is divided into three categories – Endurance, Ultimate Car and Ultimate Bike; with participating teams covering over 2000 kilometres across five legs in a span of six days.

After the regulatory stickering, documentation and scrutiny, the first leg was flagged off in Bengaluru with last year’s winners Suresh Rana and Aswin Naik leading the way in their Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara. The reigning champions were to face a stiff competition from Sandeep Sharma and Karan Arya driving their Maruti Suzuki Gypsy in the Ultimate cars category. The duo of Jagmeet Gill and Chandan Sen with their Vitara Brezza locked horns with Karthik Maruthi and Sankar Anand driving the S-Cross in the endurance car category.

After Day 1, the participants covered a total distance of 463 kilometre through muddy terrains of Chitradurga. The pair of Samrat Yadav and S Nizami finished with a total time of 02:45:26. Coming a close second with a time of 02:46:35 was Sandeep Sharma and Karan Arya of Team Maruti Suzuki. Suresh Rana and Ashwin Naik settled for the third position. The endurance category tested participant’s capabilities in the TSD format where Subir Roy and Nirav Mehta led the rally, followed by Raghu Nandan and M Prakash.

The rally moved to the scenic Chitradurga for the Super Special Stage (SSS). Introduced last year, the SSS tests the skills on the proving grounds while bringing the action close to the city’s spectators. The first SSS in the city was spread across two kilometres. Samrat Yadav and co-driver S N Nizami bypassed all their competitors maintaining their lead on Day 2 of 2017 Maruti Suzuki Dakshin Dare. They finished the leg in 04:55:04. While Suresh Rana and co-driver Ashwin Naik did the same in 04:58:13, grabbing the second spot, followed by Sandeep Sharma with co-driver Karan Arya in their Maruti Gypsy who managed a time of 04:59:50.

The leg three was held at the narrow and rocky terrains of Aimangala which ended in Belgavi on day 4. Suresh Rana with his co-pilot Ashwin Naik, bagged the lead covering the distance in 06:59:02. Whereas, Samrat Yadav and co-driver S N Nizami slipped to the second rank clocking a time of 07:00:15. Sandeep Sharma with co-driver Karan Arya covered the distance in 07:05:46 settling at third in the Ultimate cars category.

[Source”GSmerena”]

Red Bull Kart Fight 2017 kicks off in Mumbai

Amateur go-karting tournament, the Red Bull Kart Fight, has begun in Mumbai and the qualifiers will go on until September. Winner of the series will get a chance to attend the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuit.

Go-karting is the first step into motor racing. You can start at a very young age with the kid-karts, and graduate to faster machines as you grow older, honing your skills. Mira Erda, one of India’s few female racers, who has made a mark at the Euro JK 17 series, inaugurated the event setting a lap-time of about 37 seconds in her first outing. At 16 years of age, Mira had also started with karting before moving on to bigger formula cars.

The Red Bull Kart fight will select 20 fastest drivers every month for the finals. The ten fastest overall from a city over the three month period will get entry to the national finals to be held in Bangalore in October. The overall winner at the national finals will get a chance to witness the Abu Dhabi GP later this year.

The Kart Fight is open to all and you can register at the nearest venue with your phone number, email-id and a digital photograph. You can head out to Smaaash in Lower Parel, Mumbai or Smaaash Skykarting, Sector 29, Gurgaon to set your lap times.

[Source”cnbc”]

Ford Mustang facelift underworks for Europe

Ford Mustang facelift underworks for Europe

This is the 2018 European-spec Ford Mustang, caught for the first time on the streets of Dearborn. The current-gen Pony car has proven to be a hit overseas, so Europe will get a version of the facelifted Mustang that was shown for the North American market earlier this year.

Like its predecessor, Ford will make key changes including a new grille and light design for both front and rear, as well as some interior improvements and revised suspension settings. European models are likely to continue with specific lighting and suspension treatments. The Euro-spec Mustang EcoBoost seen in the photos is equipped with a black painted roof and new 19-inch ebony black aluminum wheels.

A 10-speed automatic is now available for both the 2.3-litre Ecoboost four and the 5.0-litre V8. The European-spec Mustang facelift is expected to go on sale early next year

[Source”timesofindia”]

Hot weather tips to keep kids safe, car running

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Summer has officially started and that means heat waves will stick around SoCal for the next several months. So how can you and your family keep cool, especially in hot cars? AAA has some tips.

To show just how quickly it can get hot inside a car, Doug Shupe with AAA placed a thermometer inside a car. The vehicle was a cool 72 degrees when the test started, but in less than 20 minutes it reached 90 degrees.

A few minutes after it hit 90 degrees, it began hitting the triple digits.

The test was done to show the dangers of leaving a child or pet inside the car on days when it’s hot. But here are some tips on how to prevent a tragedy.

  • Leave a child’s toy in the front dashboard where you can see it
  • Leave something you’ll need at your next stop, such as a cellphone or brief case, in the backseat with your child
  • Take off the shoe you’re not driving with and leave it in the backseat near your child

Keeping your car running can also be a challenge on a scorching day. The vehicle is working hard to keep you cool and get you to where you need to be. Here are some tips to prevent a breakdown.

  • Make sure the batteries are clamped down securely
  • Check to make sure there is no corrosion around the terminals
  • Make sure your coolant and oil are topped off

AAA also recommends having a safety kit in your vehicle that has the basics: jumper cables, a flashlight and some simple tools. There should also be plenty of water bottles on hand in case the car does break down and you need to stay hydrated until help arrives.

[Source:-abc7]