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EcoSport’s price has been slashed by 1.12 lakhs

Ford India has slashed price of EcoSport by 1.12 lakhs with immediate effect in comparison with SUV Vitara Brezza from Maruti Suzuki. Petrol version starts from Rupees 6.68 lakh and diesel version start from Rupees 7.28 lakh available in the ex- showroom in New Delhi as was said in a Ford statement.

Anurag Mehrotra who is Executive Director of Ford India at Marketing, Sales and Service division has been quoted as saying that Ford EcoSport is recognised entirely for its value proposition which is extra-ordinary. This car in premier segment appeals to one and all. With a 40 per-cent increase in and after 2013, a strong re-alignment in price goes still further to assess Ford India’s position in the Indian market.

Its competitor Maruti Suzuki has kicked started a cost war in SUV compact segment, taking off to 5,600 bookings in the first few days of its launchings. Both the cars have their own pros as well as minor cons in the SUV segment and are a force to reckon with in the Indian sub-continent.

All these features are extremely important for the Indian taxpayer as well as it says a lot about the lifestyle of the be-holder. The healthy competition is vital in re-affirming the style statement of the owner which proves a great beneficiary in the long run of things.

Tata Tiago expected to be launched on 28th March in India

Rumors again had have been cropping up regarding launching date of newer Tata hatchback called “The Tiago”. Automotive popular magazines state that such car is to be launched in 2016, March 28. But Tata Motors however has in turn not made confirmation of it.

“The Tiago” is called formerly as “Zica”. It had been given in auto journalist hands for reviewing in months of 2015 December. It is nearly been 3 months from that time duration. Car is being yet for hitting showrooms. Part of blames should be on planning poorly of company and other part of blame is on Zika virus being playing spoilsports and thereby causing delays further.

Newer hatchback of Tata had been positioned under Bolt slow selling. There is likelihood of rivalling cars such as Maruti Suzuki Celerio, and Hyundai Grand i10. Both of these are conducting numbers respectable in car markets of Indian nation. Along with all totaled delays in launching of “The Tiago” time only shall tell as to whether or else wise Tata Motors has abilities of persuading customers of rivaling brands for visiting showrooms.

“The Tiago” is a commodity that is presently in vogue. It goes a long way in affirming lifestyle of owners and it is also a style statement. “The Tiago” is not only a car but it is also a dear possession for one and all.

Winning Features of Self-Driving Cars

Self-Driving cars are called also autonomous cars, robotic cars and driverless cars. This vehicle has capabilities of environments sensing and navigations with no inputs human-wise. An autonomous car detects surrounding by utilization of lidar, computer visions, radar, Odometry and GPS. Control of advanced systems interprets information sensory for identification of apt navigations path and obstacles and signage relevant.

Autonomous vehicles possess controlling systems having capabilities of analysis of data sensory for distinguishing in between various cars on roads. This is excellently useful in path planning to wanted destinations. From Geneva Car Show to futures of vehicles self-driving, there are weeks in luxury car auto dispatching in nutshells.

Newer Volkswagen Phideon debuted also at international events. It is present with turbo charged engines of gasoline. Luxury Limousine had been exclusively made for China. It is a matter of being unclear as to whether it shall ever been having conducted sales in United States or Europe. Porsche’s 718 Boxster S and Porsche’s 911 R 500 horsepower had managements of making huge impacts and splashing quite.

This is being despite light models road going in series. Newer 911 R is for car perfectionists who in turn seek driving unfiltered experiences. This was written by Mark Ewing. R’s are not for the drones along with tablet playing of theirs. Lamborghini Centenario, Ferrari GTC4Lusso, Aston Martin DB11 and McLaren 570 GT are amongst expensive, fast showcasing and sexy shows.

New Honda Amaze face-lift 2016 launched at Rs 5.29 lakhs in India

Honda Amaze had been benchmark of compact sedan for fewer times. But it has lost its appealing. Thanks should be given to strong competition. Over last fewer years, usually customers give it cold shoulders although Honda had been most efficient fuel-wise amongst in class. It has space loads within and behind wheels it is peppy.

With onset of year 2016, there is excellent news for Honda Amaze. Honda India have decided updating car before Brio. Latter is there since a very long time. Honda Amaze presently gets facelift well-deserved. It is no long plain jane car being used. There is first just driving of face lifted namely Honda Amaze.

Presently, facelift of Honda Amaze brings forth cabins that are at par with segments. Interface not being touch screen intuitive as seen on newer trims with introductions in year 2015 have done being away in with. Instead of it, come 2-DIN musical system which supports telephony and Bluetooth. Controlling switches have gone through bigger changes too.

It seems modern more and tactile more also. Larger glove boxes whilst being very practical do not look as being of greater qualities in old cars. In however, newer Honda Amaze it has been changing with uses of superior material qualities in cabin. Honda Amaze is a commodity and brand of pride for owners and is a thing of beauty.

Launching of “Edition E”, completion of 20 years of Mercedes-Benz E-Class

On 24th February, Mercedes-Benz India launched special editions of most selling E-Class sedan. This was known as Mercedes-Benz “Edition E”. This was edition special marking 20th anniversaries of E-Class in India. Mercedes-Benz E-Class was nation’s top most selling luxurious sedan. It was 1st luxurious car also to be “Made in India”.

This is present in variants numbered 3: E350 CDI, E200, and E250. Mercedes-Benz “Edition E” was priced in between Rupees 48.6 lakhs to Rupees 60.61 lakhs (ex-showrooms, Delhi). Mercedes-Benz “Edition E” appears somewhat same as regularized E-Class, but it is redesigned slightly by grille and headlamps. It gets also badging of Edition E and navigation system of Garmin.

It is edition limited. So it continues featuring similar options of engine like 2.2 litre diesel, 3 litre diesels and 2 litre petrol. These powers regularized models. All engines come mated with 7 speeded automatic gearboxes. Roland Folger, CEO and Managing Director, of Mercedes-Benz India said that launching of “Edition E” underlines strongly strategies of refreshing periodically best-selling existing products. This enables winning confidence of customer offering those products being value driven.

He said also that along with introductions of “Edition E” there are launchings of exciting branded campaigns known as “Wish upon a Star”. This campaign conducts commemorating of 20 years of E-Class legacies in India. E-Class is soul and heart of enthusiasts of motoring.

Electric Cars

The invention of vehicles made a land mark in the history of human race. The evolution of vehicles from animal carts to motor vehicles made the travel convenient and easy for people. By 19th century the use of motor vehicles was popular. The illustrious and affluent class people used motor vehicles as a prestigious symbol. Among the vehicles motor cars were widely used. After industrialization the use of motor vehicles increased as result of usage of motor vehicles by the common man. Soon the use of vehicles became an integral part of people in modern time all over the world. Among the motor vehicles the motor cars were accepted by people irrespective of their class or standard in the society. Soon cars became a necessity of common man rather than a luxury of elite class. Different models of cars were introduced by car manufacturing companies all over the world.

The increase in the demand of new and innovative designs and models of cars made the car companies particularly world class car manufacturing companies to increase in the production of cars within short intervals in a year. Most of the motor cars work using fuels. Diesel and petrol are the most popular fuels used in motor cars. In most of the developed countries gasoline cars replaces diesel or petrol cars. During the 19th and earlier 20th century the introduction of electric cars also made a change in the history of cars. People of elite class preferred electric cars as they were not common in usage due to their expensive usage. The work pattern of electric cars is based on electric usage by storing electric energy in the batteries of the engine in electric cars. An electric vehicle or automobile is defined as a vehicle that use electric motor for propulsion unlike an electric car that use electricity that is stored in the battery of the car engine. During 1930’s the introduction of gasoline cars that had half reduced cost effect in comparison to the electric cars gave a declined graph in the use of electric cars.

After a long time of decline during early 1990’s and in recent years, electric cars regained demand among different class of people in the society. The adverse environmental impact created by fuel and gasoline vehicles gave a new perspective in the use of electric cars. Apart form the initial cost and expense the new battery technologies used in the modern cars resulted in the increased demand of electric cars today. The remarkable features of electric cars are their environmental friendly use that does not result in the air pollution like fuel or gasoline vehicles. They do not produce any carbon compounds like hydro carbon, carbon monoxide, ozone lead and other volatile compounds emitted from the motor vehicles. Another feature is its efficiency. Unlike motor vehicles with internal combustion engines that waste the fuel through heat during propulsion electric car motors converts the battery stored energy to drive the vehicle without emitting any pollutants. A typical electric car use 10-23 kilowatts per hour. The only drawback in the electric car is that 20% of the power consumption is used for charging the batteries. The risk of fire in the engine due to the overheating of batteries is another negative aspect in electric cars.

The safety measures in electric cars are done as per the standards of ISO 6469. The three major concerns regarding the safety measures taken in electric cars are onboard electrical energy storage in the battery, protection of person against electrical hazards and functional safety means and protection against failures.

The usage of electric car need to be promoted more in this modern era for its efficient function and less environmental damage features despite its heavy initial cost and expense.

Contribution of Ford in Car Manufacturing History

One of the greatest inventions in the history of mankind is the invention of automobiles. In ancient times the mode of travel from one place to another was walking long distances. The affluent people used to have palanquins and palanquin bearers. Another mode of travel was using animals. Horses and elephants were trained for the purpose of traveling. Gradually wooden structures attached with wheels were begun to be used for moving from one place to another. This was the primitive form of an automobile. Later animals were used to drag or move these wheels structure formed another mode of transportation known as the carts. In some places servants were used in the place of animals to pull the carts. Gradually carts were used for several purposes of traveling including carrying luggage and people. Bullock carts and horse carriages became common for traveling. Soon after the invention of carts steam engine was introduced.  By the middle of 18th century motor engines were introduced. Automobiles using fuels were introduced and replaced carts, cycles and steam engines.

In the year 1902 manufacturing of automobiles at a large scale was introduced. After the introduction of Ford Cars, the automobile industry was literally dominated by the Ford Company. In the year 1914 the manufacturing of automobiles particularly the production of parts of cars and its interchangeable parts were introduced in a massive scale by Henry Ford. The special feature of Ford cars were there high productivity in the number of cars produced. The human resource or the man power used for the production of Ford cars were less when compared to production of other automobiles. The productivity of the ford cars were eight fold. The fast drying Duo lacquer was used in ford cars. Another feature of the ford cars were the high efficiency of the workers. This was mainly due to their work pattern assigned to them. Every worker was assigned specific work area that increased the efficiency and productivity of the worker. Their efficiency was well paid with high wages that to a great extent increased the economic strategy of United States. The high efficiency and high wages theory was the inspiration to other industries. The growth of the Ford Company was amazing as it resulted in overwhelming response from the automobile users all over the world that made the company to have new openings all over the world. The fame of Ford was spread in most parts of the Europe that resulted in the new production of Ford cars in Britain and France in 1911. Ford Denmark in 1923 and Ford Germany in 1925. The brand name Ford became the synonym for cars during that period and even today to certain extent the conservative section of society considers Ford as the most valuable possession they can have. After Ford several cars manufactures like Morris and Apperson came to the automobile industry. At the time of economic depression during 1930 even renowned car companies, Dorris, Haynes, Cole and Premier had to face harsh economic crisis. The American car manufacturers in 1920 were about 200 reduced to a number of 43 in the year 1930.

Today most of the car uses advanced technology with internal combustion engine with high fuel efficiency. For more efficiency most of the automobiles use gasoline and petrol. Diesel is another fuel used in cars next to gasoline and petrol.

Future car technologies are more advanced with battery electric and electric vehicles, bio fuels, hydrogen cars and alternative fuels. The new technology development focuses on driverless car in near future for the future generations.

It is an admitted fact that what ever be the technology an automobile industry without the production of cars is unimaginable in the fast moving life of today.

Stereos and Music Systems in Cars

World without voice and sound is beyond imagination. The various sound produced makes a lively life. Sounds are used in various forms that make musical notes and sound from the instruments. After the invention of radio people began to listen to various radio programs including entertainment program and news. With introduction of several transmission stations different type of radio programs were stated to be broadcasted. During the period of 1930’s music lovers began to adapt domestic audio equipment in their cars. Later on with the invention of audio systems people started using personal audio systems that recorded and played different programs. With the technological development radio systems began to be used in the vehicles. In 1930s the first fitted car radio was introduced by Galvin Manufacturing Corporation. During 1950’s-1970’s car radios with tune in function became popular. In the year 1983 the car audio amplifiers were introduced by Steven Mantz as Hi Fonics Zeus.

Earlier the home audio speakers were installed in the cars. In order for to adapt these home audio speakers to the temperature variations different components and different manufacturing techniques were used. During the 1980s compact discs were introduced that replaced the magnetic tape systems that were used as audio cassettes in audio systems. Later on stereo systems began to be the most widely used in automobiles particularly in the cars as it gave more clarity sounds instead of the mono audio systems.

In 1990’s technological revolutions began in the audio system technology. The CDs were widely used in the cars. The major drawback of CDs was that they are subject to vibration and temperature of moving vehicle that affected the sound quality. Many innovations including passive and active digital skip protection improved the vibration and temperature while playing and reduced the risk of shock and vibration.

There are several components included in the car stereo or audio system. The stock system in a vehicle includes stereo sound head unit, speakers, CD player. These components are installed in the interior panels and input jack for external play back devices including smart phones. The main component is the head unit. It is the primary control device in an audio system. This need to be fixed in the dash panel of the vehicle between the passenger and the driver. It is placed in certain vehicles vertically between the passenger and the driver. The standard size of the head units are technically termed as DIN. There are two types of DIN single and double DIN. The head unit is a multipurpose device with a group of devices with different functions. CD player, DVD player, satellite radio, HD radio, USB flash memory, a portable hard disc drive and radio receiver and tuner for receiving and tuning FM radio transmissions. The stereo speakers in cars are like the loudspeakers. Marine speakers have the special feature of corrosion resistance. The materials used are with expensive and rare components that are adaptable for mobile use. In modern cars speakers are installed in front deck or dash of the car, the rear deck the kick panel that is located in the foot well below the A- pillar. Even though the headsets have an inbuilt amplifier some time as an additional feature external amplifiers are also installed in the vehicle.

One of the drawbacks of the car stereos is the legal restriction in the production of sound in the vehicle. There are strict legal restrictions regarding the production of sound that the stereo sound shouldn’t exceed any sound limit that makes noise pollution. The loud stereo systems create low frequency of sound resulting in bass voices that exceeds the audible limit.

The relaxing and refreshing music from the stereo systems is a good factor to have a car drive but the control over sound produced form the system need to be in concern while driving.

Rent a Car

Own vehicle is an asset for a person. A standard middle class family always give priority for own vehicle. People through different ways purchase vehicle and one of the most important sources of purchasing vehicle is by availing loan facility other than ready cash payment. Today a vehicle is a necessity more than a luxury. Even school students use two wheelers. The most used vehicle in a family all over the world are cars. There is a large sector of consumers of cars who use the cars on rental basis. Prime concern is given to people who have own car or vehicle that is not within their service due to several reasons. The car owners sometimes cannot use their damaged cars given for repair or service and owners who wait for insurance compensation mostly use the facility of rental car services. Some agencies give other vehicles like van or trucks on rental basis depending on the customer regarding the need and size of the vehicle.

Mostly the rented cars are not used for a longer period. There will be a stipulated period for the usage of the car and it has to be returned after the expiry of the rented period. The car or the automobile rental is normally undertaken by agencies. Each agency will have different local branches in the most important places in cities and towns where there is a high demand for rented cars. Usually rented cars are used for a shorter period of certain hours to few weeks or months. Many agencies provide online website reservation for the assigned vehicles for rent. Most of the branches of the agencies are located near railway stations, airports and busy city areas. This facility near the busy city areas are mainly focused on travelers particularly foreign travelers.

There are several methods for rental of the car. Some agencies provide additional features of GPS navigation systems, entertainment systems insurance and use of mobile phones and internet service. The vehicle is given for rent for a stipulated period for a fixed rent or fee. The fee might be fixed on rent basis or for lease. There is also a re purchase program as a buy back guaranteed price. There purchase method is with the manufacturer agreeing for a price that is not the original price at the time of resale of the vehicle after the expiry of the rental period. After the expiry of the rental period the vehicles are given in the re used vehicle market. This is usually done with the second hand or used vehicle market dealers by the rental car agencies after the expiry of the rental car agreement.

Various conditions are defined in the rental agreement that may change from place to place.  A valid driving license for the divers assigned in the rent car agencies is the basic and compulsory requirement. The term of the car used on rent basis also varies according to the need of the customers and the agreement between the dealer and the customer.

There are specific speed limits defined in the agreement. Some agencies use the GPS for speed limit that shouldn’t exceed the maximum speed limit. The quantity of fuel used is also specified in rental agreement. In developed countries renewable fuel vehicles are used. Credit cards are most often used by the rental car agencies. The credit cards are used as security to impose additional fees if any damage happens to the vehicle during the rental agreement period.

There are several types of insurance coverage available. Loss damage waiver, supplemental liability insurance, personal accident insurance, personal effects coverage and excess insurance are the most used types of insurance provided for the rent a car customer.

The rent a car supplemental service is really a great alternative for people who have usage of the vehicle for a short period.

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