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Fiat Avventura launched in India

          Fiat has launched Punto Evo based mini SUV named Avventure with a starting price of Rs. 5.99.064 ex-showroom, New Delhi. Fiat Avventura is available in 2 petrol (Active, Dynamic) and 3 diesel (Active, Dynamic and Emotion) options.

          The Avventura seems to have increase in length, width and height because of skid guards, side body cladding, roof rails and tailgate mounted spare wheel. Though the interior is carried from the Punto Evo, features such as soft-touch dashboard, an inclinometer and a compass makes it different that its cousin.

          Powering the Avventura are the same petrol and diesel motors of Punto Evo - the 1.4-liter petrol engine produces 88.73 bhp at 6,000 rpm and 115 Nm of torque at 4,500 rpm, and the 1.3-liter diesel makes 91.6 bhp at 4,000 rpm and 209 Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm. Both come with a 5-speed manual transmission.

Fiat Avventura Prices (All prices are ex-Showroom, New Delhi)

  1. Fiat Avventura 1.4 P Active – Rs. 5.99 lakhs
  2. Fiat Avventura 1.4 P Dynamic – Rs. 7.05 lakhs
  3. Fiat Avventura 1.3 D Active – Rs. 6.89 lakhs
  4. Fiat Avventura 1.3 D Dynamic – Rs. 7.65 lakhs
  5. Fiat Avventura 1.3 D Emotion – Rs. 8.17 lakhs

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The Breakdown Blues: How to Choose a Roadside Assistance Program

Most people skimp on car insurance because they believe that the lower the price, the better. The reality of it is that this is one area you don’t want to be cheap in. Road-side assistance can mean the difference between being stranded on the side of the road and having a reliable way to get out of harm’s way when you really need to. Here’s how to choose a good roadside assistance program.

Check With Your Insurer

Most insurance companies offer some type of roadside assistance program. Towing companies, like SC Pro Tow - towing service in Fort Worth, typically work with insurers to help people get their car off the road and into a nearby garage. These services are an add-on (rider) to base policies, where they typically  don’t cost a lot of money.

Of course, you don’t have to go with your insurer. Organizations, like AAA, offer stand-alone service options that are sometimes superior to what insurers offer but at a higher price-point.

How Many Miles Do They Tow?

Almost all roadside assistance programs place strict towing limits on the coverage. For example, your insurance company might offer towing, but may only cover the first 10 or 20 miles. Beyond that, you have to pay whatever the towing company charges. Check this before you sign up, as it can impact the service you get.

If you live out in the country (or you break down out in the country) for example, a small towing limit might not be enough to get you to any nearby shop.

Check Service Call Limits

Many types of assistance programs limit the number of service calls you can make under the plan. In other words, you’re not allowed to have your vehicle towed more than a specific number of times. If you exceed the allowable service calls in a given year, you’ll have to pay for assistance out of pocket.

Check Service Availability And Shop Rules

Some insurance companies, and even third-party providers, limit what shops they will tow you to. Insurers, especially, want you to use their own preferred shops, and may offer free towing to them. However, if you want to tow the vehicle to your own shop, and it’s outside of the towing (mileage) limits under your service plan, you’ll have to pay to have the vehicle towed.

Check Vehicle Eligibility

All plans cover regular passenger vehicles. But, not all plans cover commercial vehicles, so check this before you sign up for coverage. Some pickup trucks are also considered commercial vehicles, so don’t overlook this or you might be buying a useless assistance program.

Check Multi-Driver Coverage

Unbelievably, some plans do not cover all drivers in the household, so make sure that yours does. This is often overlooked because it’s assumed that the policy is on the vehicle. Some companies will automatically cover other drivers, but only if they’re living in the home with you. Others will cover all drivers, and still other plans only cover you.

John Stolle is a retired automotive mechanic and father of five. When he's not tinkering on one of his antique cars, he's writing about them. Look for his informative articles on many automotive blogs and websites on the web. 
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Hacking Prevention: First Your Computer, Now Your Car

Hacking is in the news a lot these days, and we are constantly being warned about how insecure we are online. But as more and more devices go online, it's not just computers that can get hacked. There are real fears now that as more devices are connected to the internet, even our cars could become hacked.

Driverless Cars: A Hacking Risk?

Driverless cars have been causing much excitement over recent years as technology improves. Google has already shown off a prototype, and it has been testing its models in the United States. This is a good thing because it will probably make driving safer, resulting in fewer accidents. However, if cars are connected to an internet network, there is a real risk that they could be hacked.

If cars become hacked, there are fears that criminals could find out exactly where drivers are at any given time, kidnap drivers and even take over cars and use them as weapons.

Even if driverless cars are some way off becoming commonplace on our roads, many modern cars already include features like anti-lock braking systems that are controlled by computers – and wherever computers are involved, hacking becomes a potential risk.

Should you be worried about this? Probably not. Such hacking would require a high level of skill, and it is not the same risk as someone hacking into your car over the internet because the criminals would have to get access to your car in the first place. As long as you look after your car properly – and you trust your mechanic – there is little to worry about.

Should We Be Worried About Hacking?

Although car hacking sounds alarming, the main problem at the moment is the same as it has always been: keeping your car – and car keys – safe from thieves.

Most modern cars now come with car key transponders, where keys have transponder chips built into them. These work by ensuring the car can only be started when the key that contains the chip is used, and this security feature makes it much more difficult to steal a car without the key.

Expert vehicle locksmiths like AutoLocks have the skills necessary to programme new keys, and this is may be required to help you get back into your car if you lose your keys. However, this is not a skill that the average car thief possesses.

Such technology provides increased protection for car owners. However, it should still be remembered that as soon as a criminal has your key, stealing your vehicle becomes a lot easier.

For Now, Keep Your Car and Keys Safe

Fears about car hacking make headlines, and perhaps in the future it will be a valid threat that we will have to take very seriously indeed. However, until cars go online, the age-old rules apply: lock your car and look after your keys.

The vast majority of cars are still stolen using the owners' keys, so keep your keys safe and follow basic security guidelines to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of car crime.

Taylor Douglas is an automotive mechanic of many years. When he's not under the hood, he's writing about ways to make car ownership easier. Look for his helpful posts on many automotive and security sites on the web. 
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New Honda Jazz India launch confirmed for March 2015

        Honda Cars India has confirmed the launch of new Jazz in March 2015. Honda has made it clear that it will price the car competitively so that it does not repeat the mistake it did when the old Jazz was launched in India.

        The good news about the new Jazz is that it will come with a diesel option. The first generation Jazz lacked a diesel option and lost out to its competitors such as Hyundai i20 and Volkswagen Polo who give a diesel option right from the beginning. The Jazz being a highly engineered vehicle stands firm in Honda’s product portfolio for India.

        With its futuristic styling and superb engineering Jazz is going to be the super hatch for India, the segment which is opening its potential of late. 
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Hyundai ix25 compact SUV spied alongside Ecosport and Duster in India

        The compact SUV market is surely hotting up in India. A test mule of Hyundai compact SUV was spotted testing alongside Ford Ecosport and Renault Duster in India. Ford Ecosport is less than 4 meters long and the Dusters is good 4315 mm in length. Hyundai compact SUV, sold as ix25 in China is measures 4.27 meters in length.

        Hyundai has slated its compact SUV launch in India next year. As we have seen Grand i10 and Elite i20 being tested for more than 6 months in India, Hyundai is doing the same for its compact SUV, that is testing the vehicle in Indian conditions for a good amount of time before launching on the road.

        Currently, Ford Ecosport is ruing the compact SUV market, thanks to its good looks and competitive pricing. Hyundai with its fluidic design theme and very good pricing will give a stiff competition to the Ecosport. So will the waiting period for Ecosport will come down, let’s wait till next year? 

Hyundai ix25

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New Tire Technologies Inflating Safety for Truckers

Truckers face a lot of pressure on the road. They have deadlines to meet and customers to greet. But, that pressure can be deflated by tire problems - and that’s not the kind of deflation truckers want or need. Under-inflation costs the trucking industry some $2,200 per year per truck. And, that doesn’t include the lost fuel due to rolling resistance inefficiencies. Here’s where a new technology can help.

The Aperia Halo

The Aperia Halo is an ingenious device that attaches to the center of the truck’s wheel Inside of it is a pump that captures energy from a pendulum that swings inside, synchronized to the wheel’s rotation. It’s that tire rotation that produces the pumping action that inflates the tires when needed. An internal sensor detects tire pressure to ensure that tires are always inflated to the proper pressure.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has previously reported that more than half of all truck tires are underinflated, driving up maintenance costs by at least 10 percent. Each system that’s attached to a tire is good for about 500,000 miles, meaning that trucking companies can greatly reduce their tire-related costs.

How Tire Inflation Systems Help Save Money

Aperia Halo isn’t the only device on the market that helps inflate tires when they’re low. Other systems attach differently, are located behind the tire, or use the axle as the source of the air and pressure. But, in all cases, these systems help to reduce the regular maintenance on the trucks as they make cross-country journeys.

Truckers don’t have to stop to check tire pressure, they won’t suffer as many blowouts, and they won’t be stuck on the side of the road for hours waiting for a tow truck or replacing the tire. That means trucking companies can make more shipments on time, save more money on overstock, and save money on additional pay for non-productive work by truckers.

Preventing Accidents

Another benefit of these tire pressure monitoring and autofill systems is that they reduce the risk of accidents. When a truck is on the road, there’s always the risk that an underinflated tire will blow out. Attorneys, like Keith Kofsky, see this kind of thing all the time. Accidents happen, and that’s also how accident and injury lawsuits happen. Trucking companies can save themselves potentially hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars, with a simple tire-inflating device.


With all of the benefits, what’s not to love? Well, one of the disadvantages of these systems is that they do not take air out of the tire. If tires are inflated, and the truck’s elevation or temperature changes (as it’s traveling through different states), the tires may end up becoming overinflated as the PSI increases due to heat generated inside of the tire.

This usually results in a 2 PSI increase for every 10-degree change in temperature.

Should Trucking Companies Employ This Technology

The cost-benefit discussion is an important one to have. But, on the whole, it’s usually worth the additional cost. Since trucking companies spend thousands of dollars per truck right now on tire inflation problems, upgrading the system immediately will permanently and immediately end those additional costs.

Keith Kofsky, Esq, has advocated for the victims of auto accidents for over 30 years. One of his goals is to educate people to help them drive safely. You can find his helpful articles on many websites online.

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