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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.
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Rain Ride to Jaipur on a Triumph Bonneville T100

It’s cold in the month of January and it gets colder if it rains. Recently, the northern side got drenched because the weather gods seemed happy and hence made the weather chillier than it already was. I had a plan to hit Jaipur, on the last weekend and this time I wanted to do it alone. Jaipur is around 250 kilometers from Delhi city and hence is a perfect get away for the capital people looking to spend some quality time away from the hassle of the big city.

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As usual, if you have a ride planned it’s always recommended to start as early as possible. You have the perfect sunlight for photographs, perfect temperature and of course less traffic to deal with. Starting by 6-7 am is a perfect time, you can start earlier if you have more than 500 km to cover in a single day, never late because riding in the dark is highly risky, so avoid that until you have no other option left.

Riding in a thunderstorm:

I wanted to start by the same time but since I had only 250 odd km to cover I delayed my departure to 9 in the morning. I woke up, went outside the balcony only to see dark clouds hovering above making my plan tougher, making me regret I didn’t start early. Dressed up as fast as I can, and as soon as I pushed the starter ON, the lovely looking Bonneville T100 got pinched by the first rain drop on the meter indicating it will be a mistake if I went on with the plan. But I am as stubborn as the weather, also who would miss riding a Triumph Bonneville T100 in such a demanding (yet beautiful) weather, I reckon only an idiot would.

 

As soon as I started off, the icy breeze started piercing through my jacket and undercovers to hit the chest making the ride difficult. And only after 30 mins of the journey, I was fully drenched in the rain till the last layer of the undercoat. As I moved forward, I somehow tried not to think about the rain and concentrate more on the road and the bike I was riding.

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The Bonneville T100 has a significantly natural riding position, the handle bar doesn’t make you lean forward, the foot pegs doesn’t demand your legs to be stretched forward, the single well-padded seat allows the riders of all dimensions to comfortably sit on the bike without putting any pressure on the back or anywhere else. The bike gets full marks in terms of comfortable riding posture for long journeys. I’ve even ridden a Tiger for example which is considered to be an epitome in terms of long distance comfort riding, but Bonneville surprised with its touring capabilities too. There was no luggage with me, as I planned to return the next day so only a backpack. But in case you need to carry any, there are a lot of places smartly designed on the bike to make you tie all the luggage without any hassle at all.

The only thing I missed on the bike was a windscreen, as the wind blast becomes significant when going past 140km/hr, which just happens to be in Bonnie’s 4th gear out of all of the 5 gears. Since the British marque provides a plethora of aftermarket accessories for the bike, you can easily opt for the windscreen at the time of buying the bike. So the bike gets full marks for making the ride easy even in the hardest of the weather conditions. Its safety features like ABS and switchable traction control are of a great help if you riding in India, and especially if you riding on a highway going under construction till the very end. Talking of which you must take note that because the NH8 is under construction you might have to deviate from the highway a couple of times when rolling on the main stretch.

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I didn’t stop anywhere on the highway, the Bonnie didn’t let me, I didn’t have to. So I can’t post a highway food picture in this story. One more thing you should take care of when riding such a bike is that there will a lot of people intrigued by seeing such a bike on the highway. So they will always push you to crack that throttle open, sometimes even piss you off, just remember that a good rider makes good decisions and is always under control. Riding at 100-120km/hr should be the maximum limit, and in a thunderstorm, it should be not more than 50-60km/hr depending on the traffic behavior. It took me 4 complete hours to hit Jaipur. Since I was fully drenched, shivering in cold, I decided to warm myself up stay in the bed for the day and postponed my plan to explore Jaipur to a day later.

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The morning ride in the Pink city- Jaipur:

Unlike the day before, I knew I had to start as early as possible in order to get the best shots and hit all the major attraction of this Royal city. Starting at 6 A.M, I started my day with riding to Amer Fort located in the suburb of the city in the town called Amer, it is also the place from where the Rajkumari Jodha (the Rajput princess) belonged to. The view in the picture is the view you get from the main road, it also gets light up pretty nicely at the night time but I couldn’t stay there for the night, what a shame!

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After having spent some time at the fort, I headed to Jal Mahal which is hardly 10 km away from the Amer fort. The best part is the road that gets you there. You get to ride through the Ghati-road to get to the Jal Mahal if you are riding from Amer. You can easily see how mesmerizing this road is from the picture below. Yes, it does look like a wallpaper isn’t it? And the Bonnie as always is a born poser.

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The morning view at the Jal Mahal is a kind of experience only seen in movies. It feels so serene, so tranquil that it will surely get a hold on you. The way sunlight makes way through the mountains and glitters on the water gives the Jal Mahal a unique reminiscing view that I used to draw back in my paint book in childhood days.  Also, the place has been so well managed and maintained that you will hardly complain about anything at all. The people too I found to be highly humble and down to earth, perhaps a perfect kind of place for the ones who appreciate calmness in this pacing society.

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When trundling around the city you will go through a bunch of gates like the one in the picture below. As visible, they are as historic as this city and this one is called as Sanganeri gate. These gates denote the end of a specific area, this one sits at the border of the Johri Bazar road where also the Hawa Mahal is situated. “The Hawa mahal was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh. It was designed by Lal Chand Ustad in the form of the crown of Krishna, the Hindu god.” Says Google.

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If you are in Jaipur and really want to explore the best of the city in a limited time you have, make sure to start early morning and try renting out a bike or a scooter, as the traffic can get pretty intense during the later hours and a two-wheeler will let you zip through easily. I managed to hit some of the major places but missed quite a few such as the Jaigarh Fort which is one place you cannot afford to miss at any cost, I couldn’t make it to Jaigarh as I needed to bounce back to Delhi the same day.

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As recommended by close ones, I found a hushed place perfect for the morning people. ‘Tapri’, a calm rooftop tea house situated at the heart of Jaipur city, made my day even more heavenly with the perfect ‘kadak tea’, this along with the quintessential euphoric view the top offered was spectacular in all sense. In all of past Jaipur trips, this one came out to be the most special of them all. Maybe I was solo this time or I had a pretty good bike that took care of me. Whatever it was, I’m taking back much more than I brought along from the start. I hope I return soon, this time for a longer period and a different ride.

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New 2017 Maruti Swift vs Current/Old Swift, Spec comparison review

The new Maruti Suzuki Swift will be making its way into the Indian market by the September this year. The car looks very promising as seen from the pictures but it’s only when the car is launched and makes its way to the roads that we can tell how the new Swift looks different from the current ongoing Swift. We bring down an exclusive comparison of the current and the new upcoming Maruti Swift that will highlight the upgrades and changes the new Swift has gone through.

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New 2017 Maruti Swift vs Old Swift – Exteriors:

The new Swift will be one of the most compact cars in its segment. Interestingly, it is shorter than the outgoing Swift but has a longer wheelbase. Also, it is shorter in terms of the overall height. Since it has a longer wheelbase, one can expect longer leg room or interior space. But just like the outgoing Swift, the new gen Swift will not be the best in terms of interior space.

 

  Current Swift New Swift
Length (mm) 3850 3840
Width (mm) 1695 NA
Height (mm) 1530 1500
Wheelbase (mm) 2430 2450
Ground Clearance (mm) 170 NA

 

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New 2017 Maruti Swift vs Old Swift – Design:

The Maruti Swift has always been one of the good looking cars and it is one of the reasons for its fame. However, the new 2017 Swift design looks better and inspired from the Mini cars. The silhouette, however, has been carried over as it looks almost similar to the present car. While, the designing tweaks such as gaping hexagonal grille, bumper with larger intake and discreet splitter, sleeker headlamps while the top of the line variant also features LED DRLs and a projector lamp setup. The car’s fenders can also be said to resemble the one on the new Baleno.

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New 2017 Maruti Swift vs Old Swift – Interior:

The interior on the new Swift looks much premium and sportier when compared to the old Swift. The Steerwheel is all new and has been given a differently round design compared to one in the outgoing Swift. The dashboard looks better, while the earlier rectangular AC vents have been replaced with circular vents. A new Smartplay infotainment system also sits in the place of earlier system. The new cabin also features twin-pod speedo console that has a bigger, high res Multi-Information Display (MID).

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New 2017 Maruti Swift vs Old Swift engine:

For the 2017 Swift, Maruti has chosen the same engine which is seen on the present Swift cars. The engine in talks is the 1.2 L K-Series Petrol and a 1.3 L DDiS Diesel engine. The Petrol engine is an 1197cc unit and features Variable Valve Timing (VVT). Peak power-torque is rated at 84.3 PS-115 Nm. The Diesel engine pumps out 75 PS-190 Nm. The engines come mated to a 5-speed Manual transmission. Talking about the change, you can expect a smoother output delivery and a better mileage from the engine in the new Swift.

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New 2017 Maruti Swift vs Old Swift Mileage:

Since both shares the same engine, the new car will deliver the similar mileage figures which lie around 20kmpl for petrol versions and 25kmpl for diesel versions.

Stay tuned as Autocargurus brings you more updates!

Also read: Maruti Baleno RS launch confirmed for February 2017

Trailer of The Fast and the Furious 8 (Fate of the Furious) is out and it’s disappointing!

So the trailer for the new Fast and Furious 8 (Fate of the Furious) movie is out and as expected the world is going nuts over it, yes sure it has got all the action you need to watch that will make you jump from your theater seats but seriously is that what the original Fast and Furious series was all about? Well, no, hell no!

So the movie trailer goes on and we see Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), who is the main guy of the movie, disappears. And why we hated the trailer? well, we assure you, at least one hour will be wasted in search of his character in this movie. Which infact will be something similar to what happened when Dom’s girlfriend (Letty ‘Ortiz’ Toretto) died in the fourth part of the movie and then came back a few parts later. So coming back to the movie, Dom will make a comeback after an hour or so and will kick everyone’s asses and this is where the movie directors will do the ‘reunion with the villain’ thing!

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Like the trailer shows, Rock (Hobbs) will patch up Jason Statham (Deckard Shaw) to fight against Dom and will get their asses kicked once again. And in the meantime, you will see a bizarre of action, tanks, exotic cars, guns, asses, boobs and more boobs.

The point is, would you like to spend money watching all this Bollywood kind of action (just with amazing after effects and big celebs) or rather watch the Tokyo Drift over and over again? Well, we’ll choose the latter, every single time.

The reality is that, even if tried very hard, it’s simply impossible to make movies as good as F&F 1,2 and 3. The initial parts had an amazingly real story line, it had brilliant racing spirit, those parts had a connection with each one of us that none of the later movies ever made. We are sure the new Fast and Furious will make and break many records, but we are surer nothing will ever come close how good the initial parts of the series were.

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Here is the trailer for the new Fast and Furious, which is now called by the name, “Fate of the Furious”.

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

The Japanese automaker will be launching four new bikes by early 2017. Most of these bikes were showcased by the company at the EICMA this year. The new bikes include the all new Z650 that will replace the ongoing ER6n, the Z900 that will replace the Z800, the Kawasaki Ninja 650 2017 that will replace the current Ninja 650 and the all new retro model, the W800.

Kawasaki Z650

The bike is based on a new platform with absolutely new visuals, frame, meter console and body panel. But on the inside, the engine remains the same. Thanks to the newly redesigned subframe, the bike is now 19 kgs lighter than before and is also 6.8 per cent more fuel efficient. The engine remains the same which produces 69bhp and is mated with a 6-speed transmission. The bike will also feature slipper clutch technology. Talking about the pricing it is expected to be priced nearly at Rs 6.2 lakh.

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Kawasaki Z900

Like the Z650, the Z900 is an all-new machine which will replace the ongoing Z800 bike in the Indian market. The bike gets more aggressive than ever. Also, the new chassis has helped the bike to shed almost 22 kg of weight as the bike now weighs only 210 kg.  Inside, the bike runs on the 948cc, inline-four cylinder churning out 126bhp of max power, which is 14bhp more than the current Z800. The bike will get the slipper clutch and an assist that eases the use of the clutch. It is expected to be price near Rs 9.5 lakh.

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2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650

The all new Ninja 650 has evolved heavily, especially in terms of looks alone. The bike draws its looks from the Ninja ZX-6R. It gets ZX-10R inspired front beak, while shares the rear tail section with the new Z650. The bike’s visuals get sportier and sharper with the new upgrades. The bike is now more aerodynamically sound which is further enhanced by the three level adjustable windscreen. On the inside, it shares it power mill and the frame with the new Z650. It is expected to be priced at Rs 6.8 lakh when launched.

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Kawasaki W800

Among all of the upcoming Kawasaki launches, the W800 is the freshest of all. The bike will directly compete against motorcycles like the Ducati Scrambler and Triumph Street twin. It has already been set on display at the Kawasaki Pune dealership indicating the early launch of the bike. When launched, we expect a maximum price on the Kawasaki W800 to be around Rs 5.5 lakh.

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Stay tuned for more updates.

Also read: 2017 Bajaj Pulsar 220 facelift launched at Rs 91,201

Safest cars in India under Rs 10 lakh

Safety is the most important aspect of a car for many. Most of the high-end cars are made to be very safe but what about the budget cars that majority of the Indian population actually spend their bucks on. So today we list down the best safe cars that can be bought if you are running on a tight budget. We will tell you about the NCAP safety rating of each car we add to this list.

VW Polo

Volkswagen is one of the manufacturers that put special stress on the safety of its cars. It is also the manufacturer that started offering basic safety kit even in the base/starting versions of the cars. The VM Polo is certainly one of the safest cars you can buy if you are running tight on a budget. The car scored a 5-star safety rating in the Euro- NCAP safety tests. It had 90% score for adult occupants and 86% for child occupants. It is offered with two airbags even in the base version, while the top versions come with ABS and EBD. A strong assuring “thunk” noise is heard while shutting the doors and that’s enough to say how German this car is. Volkswagen Polo price in Delhi starts from Rs 5.5 lakh.

Also read: 7 Upcoming Maruti Suzuki cars in India 2016/2017

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Ford Figo

The second gen Ford Figo gets nicer than it already was. Ford Fido is the only hatchback under Rs 10 lakh that is offered with 6 optional airbags. While that safety feature list also includes EBD and ABS. Apart from that, the automatic variant of the car also includes traction control and hill start assist safety feature. While it shares all these features with its sibling, the Figo Aspire. The Ford Figo price in Delhi starts from Rs 4.50 Lakh.

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Ford EcoSport

The American car manufacturer, Ford have set really high standards in terms of safety inside its cars and that’s why it equips its cars with many world class safety features. The EcoSport is a highly famous compact SUV by Ford and apart from its strong performance, its high safety is also one of the reasons why it is so many. It scored 4-star safety rating from Euro NCAP. It has an amazing 93% for occupant’s safety while safety for children occupants inside Ford Ecosport stands at 77%. It is offered with safety features like six airbags (optional), Emergency assistance, EBA, ESC, TCS along with hill launch assist (on the automatic). The Ford EcoSport price in Delhi starts at Rs 7.10.

Also read: GoPro Hero5 launched in India, gets battery from same supplier as exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7

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Honda Jazz

The ASEAN NCAP rating for Honda Jazz stands at 5-stars while the car offers 87 percent safety for occupant & 71 percent safety for the child occupants inside the cabin. Talking about the safety features, the car gets 6 optional airbags exactly like the European version. The Honda Jazz price in Delhi starts at Rs 5.60 lakh. The car is built using Advance Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure which makes it one rigid vehicle which doesn’t compromise in terms of safety.

Also read: 2017 Nissan GT-R launched in India at 1.99 crore

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Fiat Punto Evo

While other cars on the list had to go through a lot to pass the crash tests. The Punto brand has been doing the same from quite a lot of time. Made from the iconic Italian marque, the Punto EVO is undoubtedly a safe car drive in. Its high tensile steel body is made to make the car as safe as possible. As stated on the Fiat website “its airbags open up in two stages, the first one juts out on impact while the seconds opening stage eases on causalities.” It is offered with ABS, EBD, and two stage driver/front passenger airbags. Its sedan cousin, the Linea shares the same features and safety. The Fiat Punto price in Delhi starts at Rs 5.85 lakh.

Also read: Vespa 946 Emporio Armani launched at Rs 12,04,970, or

>>Upcoming cars in India 2016/2017/2018

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GoPro Hero5 launched in India, gets battery from same supplier as exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Motographers rejoice! The famous action camera company, GoPro has launched its all new Hero5 series of action cameras in India. The Hero5 cameras come in two variants including Hero5 Black and Hero5 Session. The latter is lower end variant which is priced at Rs 29,500 on the other hand, the Hero5 Black is the premium one among the duo which costs Rs 38,000. The new Hero5 cameras are fully capable of auto-uploading video and snapshots to GoPro Plus. For those who don’t know, GoPro Plus is a cloud-based subscription service which lets you access, edit and share the camera’s data via a phone or a system.

GoPro Hero5 Black Price in India is Rs 38,000

GoPro Hero5 Session Price in India is Rs 29,500

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Like other GoPro cameras, the Hero5 are waterproof up to 10 meters even without any separate housing. Apart from that, these cameras are voice control enabled with the support of seven languages. They also have image stabilization for better clarity and batteries on the camera are now supplied by SDI. Interestingly, SDI is the same company which has supplied batteries to the exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7. Previously, GoPro partnered with Reliance Digital for the official Indian launch of the cameras.

GoPro Hero5 Black features

  • 2-inch touch screen
  • recording 4K videos at 30fps
  • built in GPS
  • RAW and WDR Photo Modes supported

The GoPro Hero5 Session also offers 4K video recording at 30fps but clicks photographs at 10MP. Also, it does not have a touch display.

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

Upcoming cars in India 2016/2017/2018

From big brands to small ones, all the auto manufacturers are launching their new products in the Indian market and hence the competition is getting stiffer with time. The Indian automotive market has seen the entry of many new brands such as Jeep, Datsun, Abarth, while ultra-luxury car maker such as Lexus will be knocking on the Indian doors very shortly. We have compiled a comprehensive list for you to know which cars will be seen running on the Indian roads very soon.

  1. Tata Tiago AMT

Tiago, the small family hatchback by the house of Tata has worked wonders for the brand as the car has drastically improved sales for the Indian brand. Due to the rising demands for the AMT gearboxes, Tata Tiago will launch the car with the automatic gearbox.

Expected time?

Mid 2017.

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2. Volkswagen T-Cross Breeze (Polo-SUV)

Volkswagen will be launching an entire fleet of new SUVs in the Indian car market soon. One of the cars will be based on the next-generation Polo utilizing the company’s MQB-A0 platform. When launched, the car will rival against cars like Honda BRV, Hyundai Creta, and Renault Duster.

Expected time?

Late 2018.

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3. New Maruti Suzuki Alto

Alto has been the top most loved car in the Indian market but due to the growing competition, the Indo-Japanese auto maker will be landing with an all new Alto that will boast and all new modernish crossover design.

Expected time?

Early 2018.

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  1. Next generation Honda Brio

The Japanese automaker has already introduced the Diesel avatars of its cars like Jazz, Amaze, and City. Now the company might also introduce the new gen Brio with a diesel engine. The car will be propelled by 1.2-litre 3-cylinder diesel engine.

Expected time?

Mid 2018

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  1. Chevrolet Beat Facelift (2017)

General Motors has declared to launch several mass segment products in the upcoming time and facelift Beat being one of them. Since the time Beat has been launched, the car not received any major upgrade. The next gen Beat will get significant visual as well as mechanical changes.

Expected time?

Mid 2017

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  1. New gen Maruti Suzuki Swift 2017

The famous Swift will be getting upgraded very soon. The international markets will get the car by mid-2017 while we will have to wait for until the last quarter of 2017 to put out hands on it. It will get redesigned body and more features to make it an even better package.

Expected time?

Late 2017

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7. Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS

The company will be landing with the performance driven avatar of its famous family hatchback, the Baleno RS. The car will get 1.0-litre Boosterjet engine churning out 110bhp of maximum power and 170Nm of peak torque.

Expected time?

Early 2017

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  1. Hyundai i20 N

The Korean automaker will be launching a sportier version of its famous i20 hatchback christened as i20N Sports. The will get 1.4-litre CRDi diesel engine churning out 113bhp of power and 160Nm of peak torque.

Expected time?

Mid 2017

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  1. Toyota Prius 2017

The car has been already seen at the 2016 Autoexpo and now Toyota is gearing up for its Indian launch by early 2017. It will be coming to the Indian shores via CBU route making it quite an expensive affair to buy.

Expected time?

Early 2017

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  1. Chevrolet Beat Essentia

It made its first debut at the 2016 Autoexpo. When launched t will be seen with two engine options such as a 1.2-litre, SMARTECH petrol and a 1.0-litre engine and a SMARTECH diesel engine. It will share its platform with the present Chevrolet Beat.

Expected time?

Early 2017

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  1. Toyota Etios C Sedan

Sharing its platform with the current Etios sedan, the Etios Core will be launched first in the Brazilian car market and then will head on to India. It will be powered by the same 1.5-litre petrol engine and 1.4-litre D-4D diesel engine that is seen on the on-going Etios cars.

Expected launch?

Late 2017

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  1. Tata Kite5 Compact Sedan

The car already made its official debut at the 2016 Autoexpo and now will be finally seen in its production avatar very soon by early 2017. It will mainly be available in two options including a 1.2-litre Revotron petrol engine and Tata’s latest 64.1bhp, 1.05-litre, 3-cylinder diesel engine.

Expected time?

Early 2017

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  1. 2017 Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire

Based on the new 2017 Swift, the all new Swift Dzire will be seen running on the Indian roads by late 2017. While the car will receive totally redesigned exteriors and interiors, the engine will remain the same. The car will still run on 1.2-litre petrol engine & 1.3-litre diesel engine.

Expected time?

Late 2017

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  1. Honda City 2017

India’s top-selling mid-sized sedan, Honda City will get a mild facelift in 2017. The exteriors and interiors are expected to be revamped, while the engine will remain the same as a 1.5- liter i-VTEC petrol and a 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine.

Expected time?

Mid 2017

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  1. Feat Tipo/Egea

Feat Linea is expected to get replaced with the upcoming Feat Tipo in India. The car is known by two different names in the International market and it is yet not known by what name Feat will launch its mid-sized segment sedan in the Indian market. Talking about what’s under the hood, the car might get a 1.6-litre multijet diesel unit.

Expected time?

Late 2017

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  1. Toyota Corolla Altis 2017

India’s top selling premium sedan will receive an update next year. The car’s spy pictures are already flooding the internet ahead of its official debut. The new Corolla Altis looks sportier and more aggressive than its ongoing version. It’s exterior and interiors are expected to get significantly updated while stuff under the hood will remain the same with 1.4-litre diesel and 1.8-litre petrol engine.

Expected time?

Mid 2017

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  1. New Honda Civic

The new Honda Civic has already wooed the world with its bang on looks. Now the car might make its official Indian debut by 2017 with a 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel engine under the hood. Based on the new Accord’s platform, the car will make its Indian debut along with a CVT gearbox.

Expected time?

Late 2017

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  1. Volkswagen Passat GTE

The car has already made its debut at the 2016 Autoexpo and now the German automaker is gearing up for its launch by early 2017. It will get a petrol engine churning out 154bhp while the electric motor will assist the engine with additional 62bhp of power. It will get a 9.9kWh lithium-ion battery that will help with the power assistance to the engine.

Expected time?

Early 2017

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  1. New generation Nissan Micra

Based on the Sway concept, the new generation Nissan Micra gets better-looking visuals than ever. The car has already been displayed at the Paris Auto Show 2016 and now will be headed to the Indian auto market by early 2018.

Expected time?

Early 2018

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  1. Maruti Suzuki Ignis

The new entry-level SUV/Crossover by the house of Maruti Suzuki will be launched in India very soon. It will be propelled by a 1.2-litre petrol and 1.3-litre diesel engines as also seen on the Swift and the Baleno. The car can also be seen with an AMT gearbox.

Expected time?

January 2017

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  1. Hyundai Carlino

Inspired by the huge success of Creta, the house of Hyundai will be coming up with the Carlino SUV, which will be sharing its platform with the Elite i20. Under the hood, it will be sharing its power mill with the latter. The same 1.2-litre Kappa VTVT petrol and a 1.4-litre U2 CRDi diesel will be seen in the all-new Hyundai Carlino.

Expected time?

Late 2018.

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  1. Mahindra XUV Aero

The car drew a lot of attention with its debut at the Autoexpo 2016 and now the Indian automaker is folding its sleeves to launch the same by the end of 2017. The looks extremely upmarket with its modern design and well-made body lines. It can be seen with the 2.2-litre m-Hawk diesel engine.

Expected time?

Late 2017.

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Meet Maverick, who was once a Royal Enfield Classic 350

The Royal Enfield Classic 350 is clearly the first choice for the bike builders when it comes to bike modifications. A Pune-based bike customization house, Dochaki Designs has come up with an awesome looking scrambler 350 based on the iconic RE Classic 350. The bike has been christened Maverick. The bike took around 60 days to come out in its final scrambler form.

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Maverick gets an extended swing arm, redesigned scrambler seat, shock boots, new fender, headlight, exhaust assembly and also chassis has been altered to increase the ground clearance on the bike. Also, it’s tank capacity has been increased up by 20% for a longer range. The best part about the bike is the blue Top-Gun inspired retro paint scheme it gets on the fuel tank and the side body panels. A puny round tail light sits at the place of the stock tail light of the bike and also the bike’s spokes are shod with chunky tyres to give a slightly rugged feel. The engine, on the other hand, stays untouched and nothing has been tweaked to bring out any change in performance.

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We certainly liked the minimalistic work carried on to change the whole of the look from the stock bike. Maverick gets a thumbs up from ACG! Stay tuned for more exciting updates like this.

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7 Upcoming Maruti Suzuki cars in India 2016/2017

Maruti Suzuki, the king among the Indian car manufacturers is the first choice among the car buyers who want to opt for a reliable, efficient and a durable ride. To maintain the lead, the car maker is planning to launch some of the new cars in the market which also includes totally new cars and the facelift of the ongoing cars as well. So we have made a combined comprehensive list of cars that will be launched by Maruti Suzuki in the year 2016 – 2017.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS

The present Baleno has been one of the most famous cars in the Indian car market. Now Maruti is getting prepared to launch the performance inspired version of its famous family hatchback car. The car will receive a 1.0-litre, 3-litre, turbocharged Booster Jet petrol engine that is capable of churning out 110bhp of maximum power and 170Nm torque. The ongoing Baleno is powered by 1.2-litre VVT petrol engine and 1.3-litre DDi diesel engine choices.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS launch date and price

The car is expected to be launched in the price bracket of Rs 8.5 Lakh to Rs 9.5 lakh. And March 2017 is the expected month of its launch.

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Maruti Vitara Brezza Petrol

As per the market trends, petrol cars are again becoming the latest talk of the town. The Vitara Brezza is only available in the Diesel avatar and it still manages to sell in a very high number. With the launch of petrol version, the Indo-Japanese car maker will be serving those customers as well who refrained themselves from buying the Brezza just because it’s only available in Diesel.  It is expected that the unit powering the new Maruti Vitara Brezza Petrol will be a 1.0-litre Boosterjet Turbocharged engine that will also power is the technical cousin, Baleno RS.

Maruti Vitara Brezza Petrol launch date and price

The car is expected to make its official debut by the early 2017 and will be placed in a price bracket of Rs 7 lakh to Rs 10 lakh.

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Maruti Ignis 2017

Among the closest upcoming launches by Maruti, Ignis is easily the most awaited cars. It has already been revealed by the company at the gone Autoexpo 2016. When launched in the global markets it will carry a 1.2 liter Dualjet petrol engine tagged with company’s SHVS mild hybrid system for a better efficiency. While for India, it will be powered by a 1.3-litre diesel engine that will churn 74bhp of maximum power and also a 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder petrol engine producing 83bhp of power.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis launch date and Price

It will make it to the Indian market at a price tag lying between Rs 5 lakh and Rs 7 lakh and will face serious competition from cars such as Mahindra KUV100. The car’s launch is confirmed to the month of January 2017.

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Maruti Wagon R MPV

Once launched, the new Wagon R MPV will be slotted between the Eeco and Ertiga MPV. Autocargurus has received a significant number of queries over this car and that explains that it is among one of the most awaited Maruti cars in the country. The Wagon R has been the most loved cars in India and the 7-seater Wagon R will be better for a family car-obsessed country like ours. The car will compete against Datsun Go+ and will be offered with two engine options including 0.8-litre DDiS diesel engine and 1.2-litre K-Series/ 1.0-litre petrol motor that also powers the Alto K10.

Maruti Wagon R MPV launch date and price

It will be launched by late 2017 or early 2018 and will sit in a price bracket of Rs 4.5 lakh to Rs 6 lakh.

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Maruti Swift AMT

Apart from Maruti Ignis, the new Swift AMT will be among the closest upcoming launches in India. The Swift has been the most loved hatchback in the country but has never been launched in an AMT avatar. The recent bump in the demand for the AMT cars has forced the Indo-Japanese automaker to launch the automatic variant of the Swift. The car will get the same automated manual gearbox by Magneti Marelli which is also seen in the Dzire sedan. While the engine will remain untouched and the car will draw power from the same 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine that delivers 74bhp of power and 190Nm of torque.

Maruti Swift AMT launch date and price

The car will be launched by the end of 2016 and will be launched in a price bracket of Rs 6 lakh and Rs 7 lakh.

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New Generation Swift

The new generation Maruti swift will be upgraded with a whole new design and features. The car will get new hexagonal grille, headlamps, tail lamps, body kit, spoiler and new body lines that will transform the car to a new level. On the inside, the car will receive a moderately revised touchscreen SmartPlay infotainment system along with redesigned steering wheel, and a host of new features. While talking about the engine, the car could come in two engine options including a 1.0-litre Boosterjet engine or Suzuki’s new diesel engine. The car will be lighter than the outgoing Swift as it will be based on the new Baleno’s platform.

New Generation Swift launch date and price

We will get the new generation Swift by late 2017 in a price range of Rs 5 lakh to Rs 8 lakh.

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New Generation Maruti Swift Dzire

The company previously launched the facelift of the same car earlier this year and is already gearing up for the launch of the new-generation Swift Dzire. Being based on the new generation Swift, it will share all the technical and mechanical details with the same. The car might be offered with dual front airbags as a standard and will be available in both diesel and petrol avatar.

New generation Maruti Swift Dzire launch date and price

The car will available only by late 2017 at an expected price range of Rs 6 lakh to Rs 9 lakh.

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Stay tuned for more latest automotive information.

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