New Honda City – First Impression

Thanks to you and city buyers, India has become one of the largest market for city. Within fortnight of City international debut in Thailand, Honda has brought the new city (third generation) to India. This entry level C-segment car is slowly becoming global and Honda plans to introduce this new city in european market too. The front end of the new city looks bold with a protruding three deck grille. Complementing the grille are the sharply styled headlamps and the muscular front bumper. The side blinkers are nicely placed near the headlamp cluster to give an integrated look. The sharp cuts and creases on the bonnet give it both a sporty and solid theme. The new city rides on 15-inch wheels but the narrow tyres does not blend with the overall appearance. Come to the rear, you would mistake the cars as BMW 3-series. It seem that Munich maker is not able to find enough lawyers. Anyway, the boot spoiler and stylish tail lamp cluster gives the new city upmarket look. Absence of any stronger shoulder line makes the new city to look shorter than actually it is Overall styling is more Asian than Japanese or European.

Honda knows that the competitor for the new city is not just SX4 but also soon to be launched Fiat linea and Toyota Yaris. Under the hood of the new city is the new 1.5L i-VTEC engine churning out 118PS of peak power at 6600rpm making it most powerful in its class. Honda claims that the new engine would deliver class leading performance without any sacrifice in mileage.

The underpinning of the new city are independent Mcpherson strut at the front and Non Independent torison beam at the rear. All the wheels gets disc brakes and the kerb weight of new city is 1085kg. Boot space stood at voluminous 506 litres even greater than the higher segment corolla altis. The new electric power steering is expected to alleviate the dullness of hydraulic steering of the previous gen city. The new city borrows interior styling cues from bigger sibling civic. The three spoke steering wheel now features audio controls and automatic variant feature paddle shift behind it. An advanced Audio system (but no CD player the choice is yours) which has iPod compatibility, MP3 usability, USB memory and also cell phone compatibility.

Interestingly Honda has packed the new city with a host of safety features – ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) with Brake Assist (BA), Dual SRS airbags, pre-tensioner seat belts and G-CON (G-Force Control Technology) body with a crush-proof survival zone.

The new city comes in three variants and comes in the price band of Rs 7.7 lakh and Rs 8.9 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). Seems like Honda has a winner in its hands but you have to wait till November first week to drive this beauty.

For pictures of new Honda city visit

http://www.vicky.in/blog/honda-launches-new-city/

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Hero Honda to launch new CBZ Xtreme

To view pictures of new CBZ X-treme visit http://www.vicky.in/blog/hero-hondas-new-cbz-x-treme-pictures

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Hero Honda will soon come up with a refreshed cbz X-treme. As typical of any upgraded bike, new CBZ Xtreme will get new stickers and body graphics over its body panels. But the upgrade is not just limited to body panels the heart will also see a upgrade. The new CBZ X-treme will get the Hero Honda’s ATFT (Advanced Tumble Flow induction technology) which we first seen in Hero Honda Hunk. The new CBZ X-treme will also get tuff-up tube in the rear wheel. This proven puncture resistant technology first seen in Honda’s Unicorn which minimizes the incidents of sudden puncture by 70%. But the stiff ride of CBZ X-treme might continue as there is no mention of GRS (Gas Reservoir Suspension) in the new X-treme’s features list. The new CBZ X-treme will also get Hero Honda’s unique anti kick back device which ensures kick lever doesn’t kick back. Expect the price of the new cbz X-treme to be slightly higher than the current one. Hero Honda will launch the new CBZ Xtreme in October.

Car Accessories – BSS,5Zigen and Konig wheels

Keep Rollin – alloys and spinners:

Whenever you look at a super car the thing that lures your attention the most (after the overall design, of course) are the wheels. As in two wheelers increasing the tire size is a standard customization technique. But the star of the show is the alloys. Chrome alloys, whether custom-made or factory fitted always gleam through your hearts. There are 2 kinds of alloy wheels that are available in the aftermarket. The first is the common chrome alloy, made of stainless steel or aluminium. The second type are known as Mag wheels, made of magnesium. These are lighter and  are mainly used in cars customized for performance. The only downside is that Mag wheels are expensive.

The design options, however, are innumerous. Starting from 3 spokes to spinners, what you think is what you get. Spinners are alloys that are not connected to the wheel of the car but attached concentrically to the hub and capable of rotating independently. So even after you stop the car the wheels seem to be spinning. Maybe that’s the only way how your car will look fast even when it’s standing.

BBS is an international wheel manufacturing company in the UK and supplies to OEMs like BMW, Audi, etc. The cross spoke wheel design seen below was made famous by this company. These go well with classic cars or cars with lesser visual appeal, (not Ambassador). It lend a distinct sophistication to the car. It also goes well with very large cars. But one needn’t import these costly set of wheels as aftermarket lookalikes are very common.

5Zigen: As is obvious from the name, these alloy wheels have 5 spokes in  their designs. Think this is too simplistic. Think again. The designs spell singularity and style in one breath. They work well with low slung cars, assuming their wheels are proportionately (and relatively) larger than their body.

Konig wheels: This company offers a wide variety of models and has quite a brand value. An important thing about their design is they fit with every design theme the OEMs come up with. Apparently this company made the spider web wheel design popular.

But be very careful when choosing your alloys. Not that they may end up looking bad, but they may end up being too good for your car.

Car Accessories – Spoiler for Fiesta and Swift

Still can’t fly – spoiler:

The next accessory which is sported in almost every car from Ambassadors (no kidding) and Lamborghinis is a rear spoiler. These are usually made from reinforced carbon fibre. Unlike a rear wing in a Bugatti Veyron, the one you see in Indian cars grip only your attention (pun intended, again). For obvious reasons, people usually stick to smaller but very stylish ones. As some cars come with factory-fitted spoilers, the aftermarket ones are usually made as novel as possible. Fitting a parking lamps in the spoiler usually makes it looks like a factory fitted one (no matter how ridiculous it is.

Ford Fiesta  – spoiler

The type of cars that work well with spoilers are only seen in race tracks, but on the road sedans are your best bet. Longer as they usually are rear wings make the car stand out. But in most cases if it is smaller and subtle it does not win as many hearts. It is a neat accessory, no doubt, but doesn’t really steal the show. The health trend of the manufacturer offering customizations has started to catch up albeit in a small way. In the fiesta seen below, the spoilers are spot on and lends a slightly sporty look to the car. The finish is perfect(courtesy Ford India) and does not hinder by protruding out of the car.

Maruti Suzuki Swift  – Spoiler

The Swift is one of the few cars which lookes factory-made for customization. First of all there is a lot of space on the body to experiment with. The spoiler seen here works well with most hatchbacks. And wherelse can you mount a spoiler on a small car. But do keep in mind that if you get ambitious and fit a bigger spoiler you will have to worry about it in every traffic jam. So subtlety is the key for small cars.

The way the spoilers are fitted to the car themselves tell a whole new story. Fitting them close to the centre and tall, either highlights the spoiler, in a good way or bad. A little farther from the centre and slanting towards the rear make the car look dynamic and in some cases sleek. Choosing a spoiler can be one of the toughest decision you had to make if you are not satisfied by the tried and tested options. So we are refraining from offering you any hard and fast rule about choosing or using them, because you’ll see people who’ve made good choices looking doubtful and people with terrible taste swearing by theirs.

Toyota launches new Corolla Altis

Toyota today launched the much hyped Corolla Altis in India.New Corolla altis will replace the corolla in India. With the formal launch at the Noida Expo ground corolla altis is now available across the Toyota Dealerships for sale. “This year’s target is to sell 63,000 vehicles, and by fiscal 2015 we are aiming for a market share of about 10 per cent. The Altis marks our big step toward the achievement of this goal,” Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) Vice-Chairman Vikram Kirloskar said.  Corolla altis is powered by a 1.8L, 4 cylinder gasoline engine which pumps out maximum power of 130bhp at 6000rpm. The new altis comes with a standard 5-speed manual transmission and an optional 4-speed automatic transmission.

Toyota says the new corolla altis is dimensionally bigger and it offer good cabin space. According to Toyota the new corolla altis offers 22 storage spaces and a 475 litres of boot space. Toyota has also introduced two novel safety features in india with the launch of the corolla altis. Electrochromatic inner rear view mirror which will reduce the glare and automatic headlamp washer which will ensure a good visibility are first in class features.  The three variants of the new corolla altis are – 1.8G manual, 1.8GL manual and 1.8VL automatic. The five colours on offer for the new corolla altis includes Silver Mica Metallic, Light Blue Metallic, Dark Red Mica Metallic,Champagne Mica Metallic and White Pearl Mica.  The new corolla altis competes with Honda Civic, Hyundai Sonata Embera and Volkswagen Jetta. The new corolla altis is priced between Rs 10.83 lakh and Rs 12.86 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Toyota plans to sell an average of 2,000 Corolla Altis a month.

More details are expected and photos will be uploaded soon.

To view the technical specifications of new corolla altis visit http://vicky.in/forums/topic/toyota-corolla-altis-specification

Update

The price of new Toyota Corolla altis

Grade Price
1.8 V (L) A/T Rs. 1,286,000
1.8 G (L) M/T Rs. 1,209,000
1.8 G M/T Rs. 1,083,000

Car Accessories – skirts for swift and civic

Pimp Your Ride – Car Accessories…

So you’re gonna buy a new car. What’s it going to be like? After eliminating all the nice cars in the ground of fuel economy and overall price, what you are left with is a handful of not-so-hot looking sedans and (mostly) hatchbacks. After the new-car thing has worn off you are somehow let down by the look of the car, though you can’t really point out what went wrong. The fact of the matter is that these cars were not designed to be head-turners, but to go easy on your wallet and (with some luck) on the road. Apart from complaining (although not so openly) car owners, most youngsters are driven (pun intended) to infuse a certain personality into their cars or just want to experiment. We tell you about various car accessories that enhance the look of your car. We also help you to find the accessory that best fits your car.

How’s it Hangin – front,side and trunk skirts:

Anyone who has played Need For Speed will tell you a thing or two about customizing your car by adding a few accessories. Based on your choice you can make your car look big, sleek or just plain snobby. Side and front skirts make a car look bigger than they actually are. These work well for tall hatchbacks, and small sedans. The bigger the car, the smaller the skirt – seems to be the formula that defines the line between custom and crazy. In already large cars, bigger side skirts sometime make the car look like a sloppy washing machine. Here are two cars – swift hatchback and civic sedan with body kits.

Maruti Suzuki Swift car accessories

Maurti Suzuki Swift Front Skirt

Swift is the only car from Maruti that spells ‘macho’ all over. The front skirt shown below lends a masculine feel to the already sporty look. The small car seems a little grown up. The skirt style does not stand out and merges with the design of the car. The finish too is well done.

Maruti Suzuki swift side skirt

Now what do you think your car will look like if it sported only a front skirt? Bulky? Out of proportion? Exactly. With the stylish front one can’t settle with a small, puny side skirt. So thinking big, like always, has worked. The flared wheel arches of the Swift make this accessory look less flamboyant and more pristine.

Maruti Suzuki swift rear skirt

Unlike the side and front skirts, the rear skirts incorporates the rear wheel arch in the same angle and curve without which it might not have looked as good. The slot for the exhaust looks a little out of place, but given the complications involved it can be forgiven.

Honda civic car accessories

Honda civic front skirt

The Civic is one of the most stylish cars in Indian road today, thanks to Honda. One would think that it is next to impossible to improve it’s design. Well, the pictures say it all. The headlights that give a mean look to the car are somehow made prominent without touching them at all! The design looks aggressive and the finish top class.

A curious thing about customization is that one doesn’t know when to stop. Overdoing can prove fatal. Here however the side skirts are made with as little curves as possible taking care not to affect the overall theme of the car.

Honda civic side skirt

Honda Civic rear skirt

I know that most of you thought that only girls look good in skirts. Hope this article has enlightened you otherwise. We’ll explore the other parts in a car where one can individualize in the future (hopefully). Here is a sign of things to come. Keep guessing.


Bike Modification

This article is written by Lokesh a bike passionate from Chennai

Pulsar to Ninja:

The massive growth in the buying power of Indian youth has pushed automobile majors in the 2-wheeler segment to launch new products in a never-before seen pace. However this fails to satisfy our youngsters who value individuality as much as functionality. Those who have money, time and patience import exotic rides (read Ninjas and Harley Davidsons). Others who only have time and patience turn to aftermarket products.

Bike modification has been favourite area for true bike enthusiast.To modify a bike and earn to lure eyeballs, you have to spend tons of time and few bucks. We will try to cover all the items related to the Bike modification / alteration in this section. Watch this space to know more……….

Cosmetic upgrades:

The versatality of this field is astounding. From tuning the bikes to deliver unbelievable performance to creating a superbike look-a-like, the possiblities seem endless. The most sought sfter alteration , as in the job market, is in the design department. One of the many things that can be done is to add a carbon-fibre fairing which gives the bike a dynamic appeal. Adding an engine guard is a double-edged sword. Though it may give the bike a macho look, in most commuters it looks unnecessarily bulky. While attaching a bigger fairing may look good, at times it requires changing the entire headlight assembly. Some wise(?) people use a vertical sticker on the headlight to make it look like a double light head lamp. And then there’s always the paint job that can render any colour to almost any part of the bike. The success of this attempt solely depends on the aesthetic sense of the owner and to a little extent on the quality of the job done.Except for the engine block and silencer where the paint starts to melt and causes discoloration, this idea does not cause any problems mechanically.

Beefy tires and sporty suspension:

The upgrades discussed above are not known to affect the performance in a big way, and stick only to enhancing the looks. However there are certain areas which influenze both the looks and handling of the bike. One such area which is frequently experimented with are the tires. Many believe that switching to wider tires lends a big-bike feel and look to the bike, but few realize that it takes a toll on fuel consumption and top speed. The trick is to either sacrifice the above factors or balance on’es selection to go with the bike’s overall theme and also not spoil the bike’s performance. Raised seats and heightened suspensions are also frequently seen in traffic nowadays. The ride quality that comes with this package is not very good and most often gets bumpy in an already spoilt road. Putting in more ‘moolah’ to get imported shocks or switching to a mono-suspension is a feasible option.

Skin deepK&N filter and Iridium spark plug

A combination or a selection of the above ideas could make an onlooker go crazy guessing your motorcycle’s make. But what good is an expensive facelift when an age-old RD350 beats the crap out of your Honda CBR (read modified Pulsar) ? Not to worry as this too has been looked into. The first word that comes into everyone’s mind is ‘diffuser’ , the second is ‘loud’ and third is ‘cheap’. Freeflow exhausts are available or can be made in most lathe shops. These ‘sophisticated’ products allow the exhaust gas to the atmosphere literally throwing any environmental concerns to the wind. A performance boost albeit minimal s guarenteed but the uncivilized noise and smoke do not make it road legal not to mention the fuel consumption.

A little bit of automobile know-how would lead one from the silencer to the carburettor. Performance filters from companies like K&N are available for 100cc engines and above. This is one of the very few authentic products that is extensively used in the alteration procedures. K&N filters optimize the fuel-air mixture in accordance with the throttle opened at any instant of time by controlling the amount of air entering the carburettor. Unlike in a diffuser, the engine note becomes low and mean above a particular ‘rpm’ range. The power band range in the tachometer is also unofficially expanded allowing the engine to be pushed to a higher rpm than before effortlessly. The air-fuel mixture can also be changed by using a bigger nozzle for fuel supply to the carburettor. Together with performance filters the pickup and acceleration are noticably improved. Further alterations like changing the powertrain and certain parts of the engine-assembly provide much better results, but are quite expensive.

Few catchy trends in bike alteration among youngsters, like paint most part of the bike black have been followed up by bikemakers like Bajaj in their product upgrades. With everything said and done, not one of the afore-mentioned alterations are approved by any bikemaker in India, which seriously affects any guarentee or warranty claims that come with the product. But that’s a small price to pay for the owner’s pride and onlooker’s envy.

TVS launches Apache RTR EFI

Atleast you can now sit back and relax. After running for apache RTR EFI for so many months you must have been frustrated. But you must be rejoiced with this info, your patientce finally gets paid off. TVS today launched the much awaited apache RTR EFI (Electronic Fuel Injection). The RTR FI is powered by a 160cc Fuel Injection mill which generates 15.7bhp of peak power at 8500rpm and 13.1Nm of torque at 6500rpm. According to TVS, Apache RTR FI can reach 60kmph from zero in just 4.8s and zoom past 100kmph mark in just 17.7s. TVS also claims the bike can clock a top speed 120kmph.Apart from the new FI mill, it also gets new features blue back digital console, racy stripes and disc brake at the rear. Apache RTR FI is priced Rs64990 (ex-showroom Delhi). The new Apache RTR FI comes in attractive colours – orange and yellow.