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2014 Tata Safari to get more powerful engine and automatic transmission

Tata Safari is no doubt a dream SUV for guys in India. The name ‘Safari’ commands respect not only on the road but off the road as well. In spite of its age, the Safari has managed to win hearts of many Indians.

Tata Motors recently launched a new variant of Safari named ‘Storme’. The Safari Storme was showed at Auto Expo 2012 and Tata Motors took over 10 months testing the vehicle before its launch. Now Tatas plan to add a more powerful engine to the beast along with an automatic transmission. With 140 Bhp of power the Safari is already a power house in its segment and with a more powerful engine it will stand above all in the competition.

The automatic SUV trend started with Mahindra Scorpio automatic, which in spite of its bulky structure is an ease to move around in tight traffic thanks to its automatic transmission. An automatic transmission in Safari will add more fun to the vehicle which the Safari has been devoid of since its launch. Indeed the Beast is getting better!

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Maruti SX4 facelift spied, will be launched early 2013

Perhaps the only vehicle in Maruti stable not to get a facelift was the SX4 sedan and finally the car has joined the facelift bandwagon. A facelfited SX4 was spied in Gujarat with minimal camouflage in the front. From the picture it is evident that there will be some changes in the front though very minimal like that of the Ritz.

The facelfited SX4 will get new headlamps, redesigned grill and bumpers. The interiors might not get anything, but expect the change in the texture of the front dashboard, again as that of the Ritz. Along with a facelift a CNG version is also on the cards. 

The SX4 could not get much sales in spite of having a diesel engine, thanks to the competent cars from rivals namely Volkswagen, Skoda and Hyundai. Currently Maruti is offering over Rs. 65,000 discount on SX4 models. Hope Maruti get some customers for SX4 after the facelfited version is launched. 

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New Honda CR-V 2013 interior pictures

New Honda CR-V 2013 dashboard

New Honda CR-V 2013 interiors

New Honda CR-V 2013 steering wheel

New Honda CR-V 2013 boot space

New Honda CR-V 2013 rear seats folding

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Maruti Suzuki launches Limited Edition Alto K10 Knightracer

Maruti Suzuki has launched a limited edition variant of Alto K10 christened as Knightracer to boost the sales of Alto K10 model which has been suffering since the launch of Alto 800. The Alto K10 Knightracer comes with 11 new features and is available on both LXi and VXi trims for just Rs. 13,490 extra cost.

The new features in Alto K10 Knightracer are –
  • Rear roof spoiler
  • Knightracer body graphics
  • New wheel covers
  • Body side molding
  • Left side ORVM
  • New fabric seat covers
  • Rear shelf parcel tray
  • Steering wheel cover
  • JVC mp3 & USB player

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Honda teases it’s all new “Compact Urban SUV concept”

Honda may not be a well known brand in SUVs, but it is definitely making efforts to be known among the big daddy SUV segment. Honda has released a teaser picture of a small SUV which it calls as “Compact Urban SUV concept” to be positioned below the CR-V. The Honda Urban SUV concept will be shown at Detroit Auto Show commencing on 14th of January next year.

In its press release, Honda has mentioned that the Compact Urban SUV is a global concept combining a sporty and dynamic SUV profile with a spacious and functional interior. The concept is based on Jazz platform and from the teaser picture it is evident that Honda has retained its futuristic design philosophy. A diesel option as well as a hybrid variant is also likely to be added to make the compact SUV compatible in the market.

Though the Urban SUV is aimed at US markets, Honda might bring it to the other parts of the world, say India. Honda has officially not revealed anything about the product in its future plans for India; we think Honda might bring the vehicle to India sooner or later.

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Force Traveller 26 Specifications

Engine Name
Engine Type
4 Cylinder, 16 Valves, Inline, CRDI, VGT, Diesel Engine with dual mass fly wheel
Displacement (cc)
Max. Power (kw@rpm)
95 Kw (129 Ps) @3800 rpm
Max Torque (Nm@rpm)
295 Nm @ 1600-2400 rpm
Fuel System
Common Rail System
Emission Status
G - 32/5
5 Forward, 1 Reverse
Make & Type
Front Axle - Dead Rigid
Rear Axle - Live Rigid
Semielliptic leaf spring
Semielliptic leaf spring
Shock Absorbers (Front & Rear)
Hydraulic telescopic
Anti Roll Bar (Front & Rear)
Antiroll Bar
Steering Type
Power Steering
Clutch Size & Type
Dry friction, single plate & hydraulically actuated
Dual Circuit, hydraulic vacuum assisted
Ventilated Brake Disc
Ventilated Brake Disc
Parking Brake
Tyre & Wheels
Tyre & Wheels
Front -Two, Rear - Four & Spare - One
Radial - 215/75 R15 Tyre
6.0J x15
Type of Chassis
Monocoque Construction varying Box Section
Exterior Dimensions
Overall Length (mm)
Overall Width (mm)
Overall Height (mm)
Wheel Base (mm)
Ground Clearance (mm)
Front Track (mm)
Rear Track (mm)
Kerb Weight (kgs)
Gross Vehicle Weight (kgs)
4510 / 5250
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
Turning Radius (m)
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Four Benefits of Buying BMW OEM Parts

Opting to purchase BMW OEM parts offers many benefits to a BMW owner, auto mechanic and repair shop. “OEM” refers to “original equipment manufacturers” that are usually still licensed by the car manufacturer. In other words, OEM automobile car parts are made by third-party manufacturers, not BMW itself; however, they’re of similar quality and the same fit as those original pieces. Before you invest in an expensive, hard-to-find BMW part, consider the advantages of opting for OEM instead.

1. Saving Money

The most obvious advantage of original equipment manufacturer parts is the cost. Because they’re not made by BMW, they have to be competitive and so they’re going to charge less, sometimes by as much as a half of the original BMW part cost. Insurance companies frequently rely on the quality of OEM parts; they choose to have repairs made with OEM parts, because they’re more affordable than the original car parts, while not sacrificing reliability.
You can request OEM parts with many mechanics, even dealership mechanics, with different repair quotes. If you do opt to do the shopping yourself and present the part to a mechanic, you will save more, because then you will only be paying for labor.

2. Finding Rare Parts

When BMW focuses on new models, older models become less of a priority to them. The older your model, the harder it’s going to be to find the parts you need for repairs. Scarcity can drive the cost of original BMW parts up, assuming you can find them in the first place, that is. If you do find them, they’re probably used or refurbished, so you’re not even getting the highest quality pieces.

You can buy brand new, never-before-used OEM parts for less and can count on those parts continuing to be made, even after BMW cuts back on their own production.

3. Being Able to Afford Upgrades

Pretend that you bought a new BMW, but you bought it off-the-lot and it isn’t quite what you would have chosen, if you were ordering a custom vehicle. Maybe you did order it custom, but you changed your mind about something shortly thereafter.

Even if you have a brand new BMW, you’re going to find it quite expensive if choose to upgrade. Something as seemingly simple as swapping out the interior trim pieces can cost more than you’re willing to pay. Thanks to the affordability of OEM, you can invest in a vehicle upgrade for a fraction of the price.

4. Relying on Licensed Quality

Because you can count on your OEM parts to have the BMW stamp of approval, you can also rely on a warranty. Typically, an OEM might include a year-long warranty, or the warranty could be in terms of miles—something like 12,000 miles. If the part breaks within that period, you can get it replaced free of charge. Aftermarket BMW parts—parts made by third parties without BMW’s approval—don’t usually come with that kind of warranty. Plus, they’re often only slightly cheaper than OEM parts.

A Few Caveats

If you decide to buy OEM, make sure that’s what you’re paying for. If you go through a licensed dealer, you probably are going to get a proper part. If you’re going to buy the parts yourself, though, research the seller and only trust positively reviewed businesses, with fair return policies.

Read product descriptions, too. Watch out for words such as “OEM quality” or “meets or exceeds OEM standards,” because that’s not the same as saying the part is OEM. What it means is that the seller thinks it’s as good as OEM. It’s likely an unlicensed aftermarket part the seller is trying to pass off as OEM, and if you found out after the fact and dared to complain, the seller will point out they never claimed it was OEM in the first place. An aftermarket part could prove to be a good purchase, but do you really want to trust a seller who misrepresents their products?
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Honda to price Brio Amaze very competitive

Honda’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Mr Jnaneswar Sen has said that the Brio Amaze sedan will be priced very competitively which will require high levels of localisation in India. The Brio Amaze might be priced very close to its rival Maruti Dzire and don’t be surprised if the Amaze is priced less than its competitor.

Given the track record of Honda, its cars have been priced with a premium. In spite of commanding a premium, Honda cars have been selling in good numbers as the customers in India don’t mind that extra penny to have a peace of mind. But things have changed now. Honda with its new diesel car cannot mess with the things at present and we feel commanding a premium over its competitor will help Honda no where.
The high levels of localisation would mean you will not get the same quality of the Brio Amaze sold overseas. Still the Amaze has a huge potential given that the new 1.5 iDTec diesel from Honda, which of course will get under the Amaze hood is the lightest diesel in its class and promises to deliver class leading performance and mileage.

Maruti Swift Dzire is priced at Rs. 6 lakh for base petrol variant and Rs. 7.5 lakh for base diesel variant (Priced on-road Bangalore). We fell Honda might just priced Brio Amaze at Rs. 6 and Rs. 7.5 lakh for its base petrol and diesel variants respectively (Prices on-road Bangalore).

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Force Traveller Price in India

Price of Force Traveller in Karnataka. All prices ex-showroom Karnataka as of 01-01-2013. Prices may change.

Force Traveller 26 Price in Karnataka
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Honda Amaze exterior pictures

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Honda Amaze interior pictures

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