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Maruti Ciaz diesel mini hybrid launched in India

        Maruti has launched its first ever hybrid vehicle in India in the form of Ciaz diesel SHVS (Smart Hybrid Veicle by Suzuki). The Ciaz mini hybrid is priced at Rs. 8.23 lakh (Ex-showroom, Delhi) for the base variant. The Ciaz diesel SHVS/mini hybrid features start-stop technology, brake energy recuperation and Engine Power Assist Systems.

        The Ciaz diesel mini hybrid delivers fuel economy of 28.09 Kmpl making it the most fuel efficient car in the country. It surpasses even the two cylinder diesel of Celerio which as fuel economy figures of 27.62 Kmpl. In fact Maruti has stopped the regular diesel model of Ciaz showing how confident the company is with its SHVS technology.

        Powering the Ciaz mini Hybrid is Maruti’s 1.3L DDiS diesel engine couple to an integrated starter generator. Whenever there is breaking or use of start-stop technology, the integrated starter generator charges the additional new high capacity battery. The engine gets an electric boost through Engine Power Assist System via the battery during acceleration at 2500 rpm.

        Exterior wise there are no changes to the car but for the SVHS badge on the boot lid. There are additional lights on the instrument cluster and a gearshift indication is an addition. Same trim levels of Ciaz are retained with an addition of VDi(O) trim which gets dual airbags, ABS and seat belt pre-tensioners as addition.

        The Ciaz mini hybrid is slightly cheaper than the regular diesel model, thanks to FAME hybrid and electric car initiative by the Government of India. The car also becomes the only vehicle in the segment to come with hybrid technology. Its competitors are Honda City, Hyundai Verna and Volkswagen Vento.

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The next generation Mitsubishi EVO will be a hybrid!

     Mitsubishi EVO being a sedan is not just an everyday car. It is the car with full of adrenaline, and no doubt has won many cross-country rallies. It is one of the powerful four wheel drive saloons in the world and is known for its lighting speed and nimble reflexes.

     The next generation EVO series will have a hybrid technology powering it. The car will feature a diesel-electric hybrid technology and is likely to make the world debut in 2014.

     Mitsubishi will find it hard to keep up the reputation of EVO with a hybrid powertrain. The company has already started developing the powertrain which will basically consist of a diesel engine coupled to an electric motor. Having to keep the same zeal, we guess Mitsubishi have to fit in a powerful diesel engine with a high kilowatt motor in the EVO hybrid. The way automotive world is heading in terms of technology and innovation, the Mitsubishi EVO is the latest one. 

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Toyota Prius MPV to debut at Detroit Motor Show 2011

     Toyota will make world premier of Prius family of vehicles at Detroit Auto Show next month. Apart from Prius MPV which will be named 'Alpha', a plug-in hybrid and a new Prius concept will make its appearance at the show.

Toyota has released a Prius Family teaser video featuring X Games skateboarder Bob Burnquist. The Prius MPV will seat 7 persons and will have 50% more storage space. Watch the teaser video…

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Honda Jazz/Fit Hybrid unveiled at Paris Motor Show

     Honda Jazz/Fit hybrid is the latest from Honda stable. Jazz Hybrid has been launched at the Paris Auto Show. Like its siblings Insight and CR-Z, Jazz Hybrid is powered by Honda’s IMA System.

     The car’s 13 HP electric motor during slow speeds and a 88 HP 1.3 liter petrol engine will suffice the driving requirements during high speeds. Jazz Hybrid is expected in the first quarter of 2011 in Europe. Were as in India, we guess we need to wait still longer.

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Toyota Prius: Most fuel efficient car in India

     Toyota Prius hybrid is judged as the most fuel efficient car in India with fuel efficiency of 23.9 Kmpl.
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