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Start your Hyundai with a smart phone by 2014

Hyundai’s Near Field Communication and Blue Link technology to make cars more technologically advance.

Starting a car with the mobile phone is not far away. Be it banking or food processing, technology is moving forward to reach the common man and the automobile industry is not lagging behind. Hyundai recently demonstrated smart phone based connectivity concept for cars. Using smart phone NFC (Near Field Communication) Hyundai wants to use smart phones to unlock the car and to start it as well. Isn’t it technology at its best? Well how does it happen? Here it is...

You have to just swipe your smart phone at a sensor placed outside driver’s door and the car unlocks. Again by swiping the phone at the on-board touch screen you can start the car which means there will be no key knob. Paring the smart phone with the touch screen you can sync all your contacts and apps along with navigation destinations and streaming audio. With voice recognition features you can shout any commands and the system will respond to it, helping the drivers searching and reaching the destination easily.

Google has announced that Hyundai and Kia will integrate Google Maps and Places into its telematics systems. Hyundai’s Blue Link technology and Kia’s UVO services will soon help drivers to use Google Maps and Places on board the car. Since all these features are based on current technology, they could be available as early as 2014. So does the next generation i10 come with all these features? We feel definitely it does as Hyundai are good at tapping the market before anybody does.

Demo - Near Field Communications (NFC)

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Outstanding features of the EcoBoost turbo petrol engine

     The 1 Liter EcoBoost turbo petrol engine comes with a small, low-inertia turbocharger that spools up quickly and also comes with an overboost function.

     The engine comes with variable timing on both intake and exhaust camshafts which work in two ways, by increasing power and torque when your right foot demands by offering a higher lift and by lowering the valve lift during cruising to reduce fuel consumption.

     A water-cooled exhaust manifold integrated into the cylinder head lowers exhaust temperatures and delivers an optimal fuel-to-air ratio at all engine speeds to improve fuel economy across the rev range.

     Offset crank and variable oil pump to improve engine performance and lubricate the engine thoroughly by varying oil pressure more accurately at different rpms.

     High pressure solenoid direct injectors are located centrally and this positioning helps to provide a much more cooler and denser fuel-to-air ratio, delivering better combustion and higher fuel economy.

     Dual-split cooling system with two thermostats which supports a quicker engine warm up, reduced friction within the engine, lower fuel consumption and less emissions when engine is cold.

     Cambelt running in oil results in low friction and noise levels. This will lead to zero maintenance across the life of the EcoBoost 1 liter engine.

     Unbalanced flywheel/pulley is a brand new design to counter the vibrations that three cylinder engines produce due to their inherent design. The unbalanced flywheel/pulley obviates the need of a balancer shaft by functioning like one.

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A bike with 110 kmpl mileage? Here it is

     Four Bangalore based engineering students have designed a diesel engine powered motorcycle which delivers 110 Km per liter. The students are from M.S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bangalore . They designed a diesel motorcycle with auto clutch and gear guided by Dr. S.V. Prakash, the student’s project guide. The four students are Sanjay Bhushan, Nadeem Anwar, Tony Paul and Naveen who are in final year of their engineering course.

     The project was not easy for them. They worked for four months on the project in many workshops in Bangalore and Coimbatore . They spend around Rs. 72,000/- on the project and one of the students said the production cost can be reduced to Rs. 55,000 to 60,000/- if the vehicle is produced in mass.

     The students used a Kinetic Blaze and equipped it with a Bullet engine along with many other alterations. The 325cc bullet motor was reduced to 200cc, the flywheel weight was decreased by 7 Kgs and the max power was also decreased from 6.5 Bhp to 3.5 Bhp.

     The main highlight of this bike is its high mileage. The running cost of this bike is just 40 paise as compared to Rs. 1.70 of that of a regular petrol engined motorcycle. The auto clutch and gears ensure smooth operation and less pollution. Along with this the shelf life of diesel engine is almost double that of a petrol engine hence it is more durable.

India’s one of the largest engineering conglomerate Kirloskar Group has shown interest in the project and have offered any assistance needed by the students.
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How to rotate your tyres?

     The Tyres of your car needs rotation because each tyre wear out differently. Thed rotation of tyres make the life of the tyre prolonged saving your money in long run.

So how do you do the rotation of tyres? There are two methods – 5 Tyre rotation and 4 Tyre rotation, both are shown in the figure below

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Volkswagen Blue Motion Technologies in Passat

     Volkswagen launched it Passat with new Blue Motion Technology. So what is Blue Motion Technology? Blue Motion technology reduces the carbon footprint of the car drastically and enhances fuel effecieny and still maintains the fun for driving.

The Blue Motion Technologies incorporated in the all new Passat

Optimized Gear Ratios:
     The smart technology helps the manual and DSG transmission to optimize for longer ratios, early upshifts and delayed downshifts for increased energy efficiency for smarter drivability.

Auto Start Stop:
     The Auto Start stop mechanism works mainly during city traffic. The engine automatically turns off when you take the foot off the clutch in case of manual transmission. In case of DSG transmission the engine shuts of when you take the foot off the accelerator. With the depressing of the clutch (manual transmission) or accelerator (DSG transmission) the engine restarts automatically. In the process precious fuel is saved automatically.

Brake Energy Recuperation:
     During braking, the kinetic energy is converted into electricity and stored in the battery. So the act of braking recharges the battery – the more you brake, the further you can go.

Gear Shift Indicator:
     This feature helps the driver to shift gears at optimum time preventing the energy loss while shifting gears. This inturn adds up to the fuel efficiency.

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All new Volkswagen Passat with Bluemotion technology launched in India

     Volkswagen has launched the all new Passat saloon in India priced in the range of Rs. 20.80-26.65 lakh (ex-showroom New Delhi).
     The new Passat features new Phaeton like grill, new headlamps and new taillamps. The basic design of the car reamains to be same as that of the earlier model though most of the body panels has be designed from the scratch.

      On the inside too there is no much difference to the previous model. The wide horizontal split dash and instrument dials reams the same. However the built quality and feel has been improved by usage of good materials. More of chrome treatment can be noticed.

      The biggest change in the new Passat is under the hood. The 2.0 TDI engine makes comeback to the Passat and gets VW's Bluemotion technology. The engine has been tuned for lower emissions and fuel efficiency. The 2.0 TDI Bluemotion motor develops 170 Bhp of power which is 32 Bhp more than the previous model. The new Passat is offered in manual and DSG gearboxes.

     The seventh generation Passat is priced at Rs. 20.90 lakh for base Trendline, Rs, 23. 80 lakh for Comfortline and Rs. 26.65 lakh for Highline variants (All prices ex-showroom New Delhi).

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Hyundai i20 gets Satellite Navigation System

     Hyundai has launched its premium hatchback with factory fitted Satellite Navigation System in India. It is first small car in India to be launched with a navigation system. Earlier few days ago Tata had launched Aria with a navigation system incorporated in it. With the trend going on, its not too far that we see navigation system in almost all the cars.
      Along with the navigation system, the i20 has an in-car entertainment unit with video playback from USB and iPod. The driver will be able to manage the system via steering mounted controls. The i20 Asta with the navigation system is priced at Rs. 6,30,439/- (ex-showroom, New Delhi).
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Bajaj “ExhausTEC” is now patent in china

     Bajaj Auto Ltd has patented its “ExhausTEC” technology in China as well. The Chinese State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) has granted Bajaj the patent rights for its invention by Patent no. ZL 200580025898.7 dated 14 April, 2010. Bajaj has patented the technology 6 months ago in India.

     The ExhausTEC technology helps to improve the low-end mileage and middle level torque in four stroke single cylinder engine through a chamber in the exhaust piper. Bajaj has incorporated this technology in its bikes - Pulsar, Avenger, Platina and Discover.
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