Behind The 2015 Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire "Most-Fuel Efficient Diesel" Campaign

DHIYANESH RAVICHANDRAN | Saturday, February 28, 2015 Be the first to comment!
I wondered how come the newly face-lifted 2015 Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire became India's "most fuel efficient car" out of the blue. The car, that was launched few days back, comes with the same 1.3-litre MultiJet diesel motor sourced from Fiat. Though Maruti Suzuki has made some technical tweaks with the engines to boost up efficiency, behind the campaign lies what I would call as "diesel woes" - diesel cars are steadily losing their fuel price differential advantage and subsequently sales, thanks to tapering price gap with petrol and deregulation. The Swift Dzire, a best-selling diesel in the segment for several years, is now at a serious disadvantage. There is a undeniable correlation between the campaign, which obviously refers to diesel, and the diesel woes, if at all there is no direct causation.

Will 2015 Chevrolet Trailblazer SUV And 2016 Spin MPV Bring Fortunes For GM India?

DHIYANESH RAVICHANDRAN | Friday, February 27, 2015 Be the first to comment!
The iconic American automobile conglomerate General Motors is no more than an average car company in India. By starting its journey in 1997 by selling Opel cars, and later got some traction with Chevy, GM India could never shine brightly in the burgeoning Indian car industry, thanks to infirm long-term strategy and poor customer engagement. The big news last week was the announcement made by GM about the launch of two new vehicles in next two years. A beefy Chevy Trailblazer SUV is touted for launch this year, while the Chevrolet Spin MPV is scheduled for 2016. How far can these two brand new Chevys be a game changer for the mediocre company??

VECV Eicher Pro Series Trucks Prey On Blooming MHCV Segment

DHIYANESH RAVICHANDRAN | Friday, February 20, 2015 Be the first to comment!
While the LCV segment is still in the doldrums, the medium and heavy vehicles (MHCV) segment have come past the slump that the industry was facing for the past three years. We see major brands in the segment registering double-digit profits for last couple of months including Jan 2015, partly owing to fleet renewals by large operators across the nation and low fuel prices. That way, Volvo Eicher Commercial Vehicles (VECV) feels gifted as the new company is at the right time with competent model line-up, the Eicher Pro 6000 and 8000 series, to grow up as a key player in the segment.

A Rolls Royce Concept Exclusively Designed For Dogs!

DHIYANESH RAVICHANDRAN | Wednesday, February 18, 2015 1 Comment so far
Yes, you get that right - Dogs! We love our dogs don't we?? They doesn't argue, simply worship us all day, and never asks beyond cookies - that's why remain as man's best friend! London based automotive and product designer Niels van Roij has designed an ultimate luxury mobility for the dogs of nobility, which will be showcased at the upcoming Geneva Auto Expo. It is a Rolls Royce shooting brake model with an enhanced trunk, convenient ramp to get in easily, and wireless door opening - all for your dog!

Mitsubishi Concept GC-PHEV Looks Like A Martian Rover

DHIYANESH RAVICHANDRAN | Saturday, February 14, 2015 2 Comments so far
Mitsubishi in India may be almost forgotten, but start reminiscing as the Japanese brand appeared suddenly in the news for its 2015 Concept GC-PHEV Plug-in Hybrid previewed at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. Oh yeah, it is a good contender for the Mars roving mission not just because it looks like one, but it also has extra-ordinary power management and plug-in hybrid techs. By this concept, Mitsubishi asserts that it is still alive in the global scene. In India too it is likely to bring in its Mirage hatch and Attrage Sedan in 2016.

2015 Datsun GO+: Should You Buy Or Not?

DHIYANESH RAVICHANDRAN | Thursday, February 12, 2015 1 Comment so far
The Datsun Go+ is honestly an unprecedented car we have ever seen. Touted as an MPV seating seven, it measures same as a compact sedan and costs no more than a budget hatch, this car is an absolute bewilderment! On the face of it, the GO+ appears like a bang for the buck beyond any question and may even stir up the whole budget class of cars in India, where we most often think "more for less" may it be the snacks from a street vendor or even political scams!! Well, it is not that easy to decide here on Datsun Go+. So, here is a short review and buying opinion to help you out.

Future Maruti Suzuki Cars Must Address Brand's Design Deficit

DHIYANESH RAVICHANDRAN | Sunday, February 08, 2015 1 Comment so far
Truly speaking, the current fleet of cars Maruti Suzuki is selling fairly lack good designs and styling jargon. The trends are fast changing towards more of witty and amusing body designs. Maruti, the prime earner for the Suzuki group, is in need of good models with fresh and admiring designs to change the perception of a 'budget brand' and succeed beyond hatchbacks. It is getting ready for new launches later this year and in 2016 - a premium hatch YRA, compact SUV named YBA, and S-Cross crossover. Let us figure our whether these newbies are any seeds of progress. 

VW, Audi Plan Big On Fuel-Cell Hydrogen Cars

DHIYANESH RAVICHANDRAN | Wednesday, February 04, 2015 Be the first to comment!
Volkswagen group is now working on Hydrogen-powered cars that are technologically fascinating and fun to drive. The two models - VW Passat HyMotion and Audi A7 h-tron Quattro- have already graduated from test labs, they were even previewed at the Los Angeles Show last November. While Toyota is selling its Fuel cell Mirai sedan this year at select markets, VW group is waiting for the time to ripe, with influential technologies and platform designs.

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