Need For Speed to launch Payback game on 10th November and it looks like Fast & Furious

Need For Speed has just released the trailer of their newest upcoming game, Payback. By looking at the trailer we can easily say that something similar is happening to the NFS series which happened to the F&F. It has always been about pure racing and now guns, mafia and stuff are taking over the racing world.
It was been a long time since NFS has launched any another game which was as good the earlier games like the NFS Underground, Most Wanted or Carbon. After these games, the series was just filling up games just because they had to, and the recent games like Rivals just proved to be a total waste of energy and time for the ones who purchased it.
The newest installment will be launched on 10th November this year and will be available in India as soon as it gets launched. It will be available for both PS4 and Xbox one as well.
It is loaded with loads of drugs, guns, mafia wars and of course supercars! Stay tuned as we bring you more updates.

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Royal Enfield grows by 25.5 per cent last month

The Chennai-based retro motorcycle making company, Royal Enfield has been stepping up the growth ladder at quite a significant rate, especially from the last few years. According to the recent sales reports, the company has grown by overall 25.5 per cent in the month of May 2017. The company has sold a total of 60,696 units excluding exports when compared to the 48,604 units the company sold in May 2016.
The company majorly sold 350cc models and the growth recorded went up to 29 per cent as the company sold 55,823 units of it. royal-enfield2

On the other hand, Royal Enfield only sold 873 units of it and 350cc+ model sales recorded an overall dip of 10 per cent.
Talking about the export figures, the company again recorded a huge growth in the form of 2049 units sold as opposite to the 1372 units sold in May 2016. The reason why Royal Enfield might have experienced such a humongous growth is the fact that the company started off with direct operations in Brazil which is the 4th largest 2-wheeler market around the globe. Stay tuned!

Benelli starts Tornado 302 unofficial bookings, here is the booking amount you need to pay!

Benelli dealerships around India has started accepting bookings for the upcoming Benelli Tornado 302. The token amount varying from Rs 10,000 to Rs 50,000 is acceptable for the booking of the upcoming Tornado 302 depending on the dealership. The bike showcased at the 2016 Autoexp last year and has created ripples due to its fully faired alluring looks.
On the inside, it is based on the same engine unit that powers the Benelli TNT 300 which is a 2-cylinder liquid-cooled engine and is famous for its ghastly exhaust tone. It delivers the power output of 36bhp and 27Nm torque. This 300cc power mill comes mated to the 6-speed manual transmission and is considered to be a super smooth unit. Benelli-TNT-300-Action-98014

Benelli TNT Tornado 302 launch in India?
The bike is expected to hit the market by June end of July 1st week and when launched it is expected to be priced at around Rs 3.7 lakh. At this price it will be a direct competitor to the Kawasaki Ninja 300, Yamaha R3 and the new KTM RC 390. At this output it remains less powerful to not the R3 and RC390 which tops at around 42bhp. While sharing similar power bracket with the Kawasaki Ninja 300.

Keep an eye here for more updates on the Benelli Tornado 302 price and review!

KTM Duke 390 electric spied testing in UK

The Austrian brand KTM is no new to electric technology as the brand already has a couple of electric bikes in the grid in the form of E-Ride series. These bikes though are only available in the International markets, primarily in the European countries since they are not focused towards markets like ours.

The twist in the story is that KTM has been spied testing their famous 390 Duke which looks like fitted with an electric motor instead of the traditional 373cc single-cylinder gasoline powered motor. The UK based publication, MCN has published quite a few snapshots of the electric Duke rolling in the European which raises hopes of an all-electric Duke.

KTM already uses a liquid-cooled synchronous electric motor that churns out around 22hp (15hp of constant output) and 42Nm of torque and comprises of a replicable 260-volt battery that is good enough for city commuting. This motor is used in KTM E bikes such as Freeride E-XC, E-SX and E-SM and chances are the same can power the new Duke series which KTM is seen experimenting on.

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Whatever the scene is, do not expect the bike to be seen in the Indian market, not until 2020 or later.

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How to deal with car service centers effectively

A car service center is like what hospitals are to us and what people often tend to ignore is the servicing cost a car carries after its purchase. Most of us are not car mechanics, maybe we love reading about cars but we don’t know what exactly goes inside a car at the time of its servicing. We do have car service checklist but generally, we lack an understanding towards everything inside the hood that technically runs a car. So in the article today we are going to educate you about some simple things you need to know about car servicing.

Does car service cost varies from company to company?

Your car’s service bills depend significantly on the kind of brand you choose to live with. If you decide to get a German or any European brand such as a Volkswagen or a Skoda, keep your heart strong you’ll need it.

While choosing a Japanese maker such as Honda or Suzuki will justify everything written on the bill summary to an extent. So you can actually save time and resource by wisely choosing a correct maker which suits your personal lifestyle and budget.

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Should I refer to the car manual before servicing?

Most of the cars irrespective of their make or models run smooth in their initial years. The first couple of years are the only ones which generally do not demand much from the pocket but it’s the later stage that tests a car of what it is made of. Make sure to read the car’s manual very carefully because most of the details regarding servicing are clearly mentioned there. The car manual has all the important details regarding the maintenance, servicing, and usage of the vehicle.

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Which car parts often need replacements and which don’t?

So in case you are visiting the service center in the first 5,000kms to 10,000kms, your car should only need the regular engine oil and oil filter replacement. While if the mechanic is unnecessarily replacing the air filter, fuel filter or spark plugs (in the case of a petrol engine) you can tell it’s not necessary.

Air filters only need replacements in the later stage. All you need to do is to make sure it’s properly cleaned at the servicing and you won’t need to replace the air filter, not at least till 30,000kms.

While fuel filters and spark plugs remain decently functional till 20,000kms and 30,000kms respectively. Automatic cars demand more brake pad replacements than manual cars and the simple reason being more brake application.

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What about the unnecessary add-ons?

It happens a lot, and it is true. Automakers tend to make good profits from the after sales services they provide. The extra oil additive in the bill summary may not always be required. In fact, such small hidden things you find added in the bill sheet, of which there is no logical justification are just their way of officially burning a hole in customer’s pocket. If there is no issue raised for the same it keeps on repeating and over a long term period you’ve already lost a fortune, just because you didn’t pay attention.

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Are car labor charges negotiable?

If hefty parts charges were not enough, the service dealer may slap you with horrendous labor costs but there is a catch. You can in fact bargain in terms of labor charges and if you maintain a healthy relationship with the service dealerships you can avail up to 50% discounts on the labor.

If there is a major work done on the engine or any other part, labor cost can prove to be a bummer but your negotiation skills can surely help you out in this situation.

Note: Two cars, even from the same make and model can react differently depending on the usage and hence servicing cost may differ accordingly.  

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Few tips on car maintenance:

They say prevention is better than cure and it’s true if you take care of your car in the garage, it will take care of you out there on the road. It might not be possible for you to become a good car mechanic yourself, but you can still take care of your car, just follow the following instructions and you are good to go.

  • Always warm up the engine before moving and the reason being it keeps the car’s power mill healthy.
  • Keep the radiator fins clean and pay attention to the coolant level in the car. Doing this will make sure that the cooling system remains functional and effective. A car needs total coolant flush and change about every 20,000kms.
  • The tire treads are of vital importance and why is that? It is because it’s only the tires which are a single point of contact of a car with the road. If tires are not well maintained they may ditch you at high speeds and result in an unexpected event.
  • Always check that the car doesn’t need an urgent wheel alignment. If so then make sure it is the first thing you do as soon as possible.
  • Keep a check on tire pressures and inflate tires with Nitrogen gas as it keeps the tire temperature down during burning sunny days.
  • Keep a tap on the engine oil level and color. Use the oil dip stick to regularly monitor the engine oil. If the level is low, add some oil. If the oil color is white or greenish, coolant is leaking into the oil chamber and you need to visit the service center soon.
  • If there is a change in the braking power of the car there is a possibility that the car might be needing brake pad replacement. A car needs this replacement every 15,000kms to 20,000kms.
  • The emission of the car reveals the health status of the engine, make sure to keep a tap on it. The emission should not be white or dark, technically you should be able to see it. If it’s not transparent, then there is something going on in the engine that needs to be addressed. Also, there shouldn’t be any black sluggish gel type extract on the exhaust opening because it denotes the problems with the engine.
  • And do not forget, keep your car shining as it deserves to be kept like that.

2017 KTM 390 Duke and 200 Duke to launch on 2nd February

The Austrian marquee, KTM is looking forward to launching the hugely anticipated 2017 KTM 390 Duke in the Indian market on 2nd of February along with its smaller sibling. There are still no words on the pricing yet but the new 390 Duke is expected to be around Rs 5,000 on the expensive side than the current ongoing Duke.

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The new bike will be carrying a host of new upgrades which have been revealed already at the 2016 EICMA show in Milan. The plethora of new upgrades includes the all-new body design, new headlight, new meter console with smartphone connectivity, new ride-by-wire throttle response and a bunch of new features. The bike will also get a new side mounted exhaust unit just like previously seen on the new 2017 RC 390.

Talking about the new 200 Duke, the bike will be seen in a new design but with lack any new features such as ABS, Slipper clutch or new meter console. The pricing on the 200 Duke is expected to remain the same as the current ongoing bike. Stay tuned as we bring you more updates on the same.

KNOW FULL SPECIFICATION OF THE 2017 DUKE 390,

BMW G310 R vs KTM 390 Duke – Spec Comparison!

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Bajaj Dominar 400 deliveries commences in 22 Indian cities

The Bajaj Dominar 400 was launched in the Indian market a few days back after all the speculation and wait. The bike was launched at a price tag of Rs 1.36 lakh, which can be considered to be a fairly aggressive price considering it a slightly bigger displacement bike that can also be bought with ABS and slipper clutch technology. Now, the deliveries of the same have already begun in select Indian cities. Scroll on to know the price in your city.

 

City Bajaj Dominar 400 Non ABS Bajaj Dominar 400 ABS
     
Ahmedabad 1.38 1.52
Bengaluru 1.37 1.51
Chennai 1.38 1.52
Coimbatore 1.38 1.52
Delhi 1.36 1.5
Faridabad 1.36 1.51
Ghaziabad 1.38 1.53
Gurgaon 1.36 1.51
Howrah 1.42 1.57
Hyderabad 1.38 1.52
Kochi 1.39 1.53
Kolkata 1.42 1.57
Kollam 1.39 1.53
Kozhikode 1.39 1.53
Lucknow 1.38 1.53
Mumbai 1.37 1.51
Noida 1.38 1.53
Perinthalmanna 1.39 1.53
Pune 1.37 1.53
Surat 1.38 1.52
Thiruvananthapuram 1.39 1.53
Thrissur 1.39 1.53

* All prices above are ex-showroom prices in INR lakh.

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Engine details:

The bike packs a 373cc, 4-valve, single cylinder, liquid cooled engine that is good enough to churn out 35bhp of maximum power and 35Nm of peak torque. The engine has been made taking inspiration from the one seen on the KTM 390 Duke. The top speed as tested is well above 165 km/hr.

No more cards – Get ready to pay by cash on all petrol pumps!

Since government’s plan of demonetization came into play in November, the cashless transactions went up to more than 95%. Also, the government announced to waive off the Merchant Discount Rate (MDR) on fuel purchase post demonetization for consumers, which was set for the window of 50 days since the start of demonetization.

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The twist in the story is that now, the petroleum dealers’ association had written to Union finance minister Arun Jaitley, informing about the tax imposed on the petroleum dealers for the plastic money transactions. Earlier, the dealers announced that they will not be accepting credit/debit card payment since midnight today but since the government stepped in and assured that the taxed won’t be imposed till 13th January, the date has been currently delayed till 13th.

“We want to help the government in the digital and cashless drive. Our margins are already less. We want them to compensate us,” Ajay Bansal, chief of All-India Petroleum Dealers’ Association, had said.

 

Have you checked this new modified Maruti Baleno from Bengaluru yet?

The Maruti Suzuki Baleno has already been one of the nicest looking cars in the Indian market but MotoTrendz, the Bengaluru located firm has modified the car to look much better. The car gets a wrapped roof, pillars, spoiler in gloss black and the car now also gets an aftermarket grille and a front splitter eliminating all the earlier chrome details on the car. The also received 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped with wider rubber that takes the jaw-dropping looks of the car to a whole new level. Apart from the rest, it has been added with a panoramic sunroof as well. But the best modification among the rest is that the front passenger and driver doors have been chucked and new scissor doors sit the place of the old doors.

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Talking about the interiors, the car gets a dual tone treatment of black and red. The front seats have been swapped to replica Bride racing bucket seats while the music system has been given a tweak as well. While on the performance part, the car comes with K&N air filter and a custom FRK full exhaust system. While the rest performance parts are stock. Stay tuned for more such updates!

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Also read: Video: Watch what happens when cars crash head-on at 120km/hr

Royal Enfield Redditch series launched at Rs 1,46,093

The legendary Chennai-based motorcycle making company, Royal Enfield, has recently introduced its famous Classic 350 motorcycles in the Redditch models. These motorcycles have been launched to honor the birthplace of the company which is Redditch, Birmingham in the UK. The Redditch facility served in the World Wars but soon after 1950, the facility was shifted from the UK to India.

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The new paint jobs on the MY 2017 Classic 350 models have been inspired by the ‘Flying Flea’ model that was on sale back in 1950. The ‘Flying Flea’ model was a 2-stroke motorcycle with a displacement of 125cc. The bike was initially named Royal Baby but the name was then changed to Flying Flea after being regularly air-dropped in the area of need.

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The three new colors include Redditch Red, Redditch Green, and Redditch Blue. At the launch, Mr. Rudratej (Rudy) Singh, President, Royal Enfield said, “Royal Enfield launched the Classic in 2008 based on its popular ‘J2’ model, as our brand has always taken inspiration from its rich heritage to come up with evocative motorcycles in the modern era. The Classic then became one of the most loved motorcycles from Royal Enfield. Looking back into our decades-old legacy, we have given Classic a makeover taking cues from the motorcycles produced at Redditch, Royal Enfield’s birthplace UK. The Royal Enfield Redditch series will be available at Rs 1,46,093 (on-road Delhi)”

Also read: Four brand new bikes to be launched by Kawasaki next month in India

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