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HONDA JAZZ NEW

The much-anticipated Honda Jazz hatchback made its Indian debut at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo. The new Jazz is based on Honda’s new “EXCITING H DESIGN!!!” global design philosophy, and appears to be very young and sporty. To be launched in July 2015, the new Honda Jazz will compete against the likes of Maruti Suzuki Swift, Hyundai i20, Volkswagen Polo. It is expected to be priced in the range of Rs. 5 lakh - Rs. 8 lakh.

HONDA JAZZ NEW OVERVIEW 

The next all-new product from Honda Cars India will be the the new-generation Jazz that will rival Hyundai i20, Volkswagen Polo and the upcoming Maruti Suzuki YRA. Unlike the old-gen model, the new-gen Jazz will be offered with a diesel powertrain. The diesel engine will be the same unit, 1.5-litre i-DTEC, that powers the City, Mobilio and the Amaze. The petrol engine, on the other hand, will be carried forward from the old model. The new-generation Jazz has also received an all new design which makes it look sportier and lot more appealing than before. 

Design

The new-generation model of the Jazz looks sportier and sleeker than the old model, thanks to Honda’s ‘Exciting H Design’ philosophy. Featuring the global Civic-like headlamps, sleek grille and and new bumper with large air-vents, the new-gen Honda Jazz’s front fascia looks completely new. The rear profile, too, looks sportier than before with new tail-lamps, new bumpers; though, it still resembles the old Jazz a little.

The new Jazz’s cabin now looks quite identical to the City with similar looking dashboard and plastic quality. In fact the infotainment system and several features too have been sourced from the City. What goes in favour of the Jazz is its very spacious cabin, thanks to the extended wheelbase that results into more knee-room and leg room. 

Engine & Transmission Options

As mentioned earlier, the new-generation Honda Jazz will come with two engine options - 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel and the 1.2-litre iVTEC petrol. While the former produces 87bhp, the latter churns out 99bhp. The company might offer multiple transmission options including a 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual and a 5-speed CVT automatic gearbox. 

Honda Jazz (Petrol)

4 Cylinder, i-VTEC
Displacement: 1198 cc
Max Power: 88.8bhp @ 6000rpm
Max Torque: 110Nm @ 4800 rpm
Transmission: 5-speed Manual/CVT

Honda Jazz (Diesel)

4 Cylinder, i-DTEC
Displacement: 1498 cc
Max Power: 98.6 bhp @ 3600 rpm
Max Torque: 200 nm @  1750 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed Manual

Key Features

- Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
- Electronic brakeforce distribution system (EBD)
- Infotainment system with 6.2-inch touch-sensitive display
- Navigation system
- Multi-function steering wheel
- Steering mounted audio and telephone controls
- 15-inch alloy wheels
- Class-leading boot space

Launch Date - July 8, 2015

Expected Price Range - Rs. 5 lakh - Rs. 8 lakh 

5 Upcoming Volkswagen Cars in India

At the launch of the 2015 Vento, Volkswagen India’s director Michael Mayer announced the company will launch 5 new cars in the Indian market in the next two years. The list of upcoming cars includes the new Beetle, Passat, Tiguan SUV and a sub-compact sedan. Though he didn’t name the fifth product, we expect it to be a compact SUV inspired by the Taigun concept that was unveiled at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo.

1. New Volkswagen Beetle

Though the Volkswagen Beetle failed to create any buzz in its previous stint, the company is now planning to bring the new model of the car to India. In fact, the vehicle has been imported here for homologation purpose which means that this could be launched anytime by the end of this calendar year.

Expected to be priced around Rs. 25 lakh, the Beetle will feature a 1.4-litre TSI petrol unit.

2. New-Generation Volkswagen Passat

Owing to the poor demand for the Passat in India, Volkswagen discontinued the car last year. But the company is now planning to launch the new-generation model of the premium saloon here.

Already on sale in global markets, the new-generation model has 79mm longer wheelbase and 2mm shorter in length. It also has 14mm less height, and 21-litres bigger boot space. Powering the India-bound model could be a 2.0-litre TDI diesel unit mated to a DSG gearbox.

3. Volkswagen Tiguan SUV

Volkswagen has also confirmed to bring in its premium SUV the Tiguan to India, with an expected deubt at the 2016 Delhi Auto Expo. The vehicle is based company’s MQB platform that also underpins several other Volkswagen Group cars.

While the European model of the car might have a 5 and 7 seater versions, the India-bound model will most probably be a 7-seater. Powering the Volkswagen Tiguan could be the same 2.0-litre TDI diesel unit that will powers the new-generation Volkswagen Passat.

4. Volkswagen sub-compact sedan

Based on the Polo platform, the upcoming Volkswagen sub-compact sedan will be the company’s answer to Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire, Honda Amaze, Hyundai Xcent, Tata Zest and the soon-to-be-launched Ford Figo Aspire. Besides features, the sub-compact sedan will also share its engine options with the Polo. This too might make its debut at the 2016 Delhi Auto Expo.

5. Volkswagen Compact SUV

Seeing the growing demand for the compact SUVs in the country, Volkswagen India too is planning to roll out a vehicle in this segment. Though there is no clarity about its platform and other things, we believe it will take its design inspiration from the Taigun concept that made its debut at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo. That said, the vehicle will be above 4-metres in length unlike the concept.

Upon its launch, it will take on the likes of Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano, Hyundai Creta and Maruti Suzuki S-Cross.

Pulsar AS 200 and AS 150

The Bajaj Pulsar family is growing in size and the company has now created an ‘affordable adventure bike’ segment with the AS 200 and the AS 150. And I do stress on ‘affordable adventure bike’ in the true sense, that segment of motorcycles boasts of great on-road and good off-road capabilities like the Triumph Tigers, KTM Adventure and the BMW GS series. And so, the Pulsar AS series can’t really be termed adventure bikes but then maybe they’re more affordable touring motorcycles.

But the attempt is there to look adventurous. The design offers some bits of an ‘adventure’ feel with the quarter fairing blending well with the sculpted tank and the split seats. Things that will catch your eye at first glance are the projector headlamps, tall windscreen and the 10-spoke 17 inch alloys that give it a touring character. The rest of the bike is familiar and styling is largely borrowed from the 200 NS. Unlike the RS 200, which looked a tad over-styled, the AS seems more precise. We like the backlight switchgear and the semi-digital instrument cluster that’s easy enough to read with two trip meters, an odometer and a clock.

So while the bikes share the same design, the AS 150 gets an all-new, freshly tuned engine which is air-cooled and feels refined and delivers linear acceleration. While Bajaj claims it’s all new, it really about the existing Pulsar 150cc engine now being smoother with improved refinement. The 150cc engine also doesn’t feel strained around winding roads with a fairly smooth 5-speed gearbox. Mid-range torque is plenty and ideal for regular commuting speeds although at higher revs, some vibrations do creep in.

The 200 meanwhile packs quite a punch and sounds a bit too angry as it does! Quick off the block, the bike feels eager to be pushed around but the engine doesn’t feel very refined. The clutch feel is quick too, but the gearbox doesn’t feel quite as precise as it should, especially in stop go city traffic, where you usually want to downshift to the right gear.

The telescopic front suspension and the rear monoshocks do their job well to absorb rough roads and the tyres offer good grip. The suspension has been tuned for a softer setup on the AS 150 for city road conditions. On the AS 200, though the ride is stiffer and therefore quite sporty. Given these bikes don’t have the tall stance of a regular adventure bike, the AS offers a comfortable and easy riding position. The new perimeter frame keeps the body balanced, dipping in and out of corners with fairly good ease. Brakes do work fairly well but you did wish ABS was offered at least as an option on the AS 200. But hang in there, Bajaj has hinted at a more powerful, fully-loaded adventure bike is on its way.

That really is good news especially as Bajaj has got off to a good start with these affordable adventure bikes. The Bajaj Pulsar AS 150 and AS 200 are priced at Rs. 79,000 and Rs. 92,500, respectively. These prices are ex-showroom, Delhi and should attract buyers who cannot necessarily afford a true-blue adventure bike but are quite happy with a reliable affordable tourer.

In an effort to lure buyers towards electric and hybrid vehicles in the country, the government of India recently introduced the FAME India Scheme - ‘Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric vehicles in India’ - as a part of the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan. Under the new scheme, the Government will offer incentives on electric and hybrid vehicles of upto Rs. 29,000 for two-wheelers and Rs. 1.38 lakh for cars.

During the event, government officials also revealed that carmakers like Tata Motors and Maruti Suzuki will soon launch such products in the Indian market. One such product could be the Maruti Swift Range Extender, which was also showcased at the event. However, the company has clarified that it will develop its hybrid models only after getting further clarity about the schemes and incentives.

“The company will develop their hybrid models commercially only after getting further clarity on key aspects, including technology development fund, charging infrastructure and demand incentive.”, said CV Raman, executive director (engineering), Maruti Suzuki.

The hybrid model of the Swift, called the Range Extender, was earlier being developed for a pilot project that was to be supplied to the Government of India. However, after this announcement, it seems that the company might launch it for the public as well. Powered with a 658cc, 3-cylinder petrol engine paired to a permanent magnet synchronous motor, the vehicle is claimed to return an impressive 48.2Km/l of mileage. The vehicle has an electric driving range of about 25.5 Kms. Despite being a smaller capacity engine, it is good for 73bhp.

The vehicle runs on 3 models - series hybrid, parallel hybrid and all-electric. In series hybrid model, the petrol powertrain works as a generator to power the lithium-ion battery which then powers the electric motor. In this mode, the petrol engine indirectly helps generate electricity to power the electric motor. In parallel hybrid mode, both - the petrol engine and the electric motor - provide power to the wheels.

The Swift Range Extender weighs 1,600 Kg, and takes 1.5 hours to completely charge the lithium-ion battery through a 200V socket.

Key Features - Infotainment system, push start/stop button, remote keyless entry and rear disc brakes.

50 Harley-Davidson riders took part in the second international HOG ride. Organised by the Bengal chapter, these riders rode for seven days on the winding roads of Bhutan.

The starting point for this trip was at Siliguri, where all the riders gathered to begin this journey. These riders then rode to Phuntsholing, Thimpu, Punakha, Bumthang and Haa-Paro.

“The beautiful country of Bhutan is on the bucket list for almost every motorcycle enthusiast. Riding with the brotherhood is always fun and the 2nd International H.O.G. ride gave all of us a brilliant opportunity to step outside our comfort zones and take our passion for riding to a whole new level,” said Manoj Joshi, director, Bengal Chapter.

 Kawasaki is secretly working on a new motorcycle, which might feature a 200cc engine.

This new motorcycle is believed to fall under the sport bike category, making us believe that when launched, it will get the Ninja moniker. This project has been codenamed K210 and we guess the ‘210’ in that name could be the engine displacement. While there is hardly any information on this new Japanese motorcycle, we believe that it is in early stage of the development.

Last year, there were rumours about a quarter-litre motorcycle from Kawasaki that will sport a four-cylinder engine. These rumours were never negated by the manufacturer and at the same time, they were never acknowledged. There could be a slight chance of this K210 project being the same one .

Upcoming Diesel Cars in India

Here’s a list of the upcoming sub-compact sedans in India:

1. Chevrolet Beat-Based Sedan

Given the pace at which the sub-compact sedan segment in India is growing, it comes as no surprise Chevrolet India is also readying its own entrant. Codenamed MCM, this Beat-based sedan will be underpinned by the new-generation Beat’s M300 platform. It will receive significant changes, especially at the front fascia which will allow the new compact sedan to look more aggressive than the Beat.
Chevrolet Beat-Based Sub-Compact Sedan

Chevrolet is likely to offer it with a 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.3-litre diesel engine. While the petrol motor will deliver 82bhp with 108Nm, the diesel promises 74bhp and 190Nm. In will be mated to a 5-speed gearbox.

One must know, it is being said that GM might position this sub-four meter sedan below the new Sail.

Expected Price: Rs. 4.5 lakh - Rs. 6.5 lakh

2. Volkswagen Polo-based Sedan

The German carmaker’s much-awaited sub-compact sedan - New Compact Sedan (NCS) - will be fully manufactured here at Volkswagen’s Chakan plant. It will be based on the Polo and will essentially be the Polo sedan that sits under 4-meters in length.

Volkswagen Polo Sedan

Though the NCS will compete with the likes of Honda Amaze and Maruti Swift Dzire, expect it to be slightly larger. Also, VW will create a separation between the NCS and the Vento sedan, with the former being priced closer to the Polo.

Reports claim the upcoming Polo-based sedan will get 2 engine options: a 1.6-litre petrol and a 1.6-litre diesel. Both motors will develop 105bhp, and 158Nm and 255Nm of maximum torque, respectively.

3. Ford Figo Aspire

Despite the competition posed by products from companies like Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Honda and Tata, Ford is convinced the Figo Aspire has the ‘young appeal’ that no other product in the segment offers.

Ford Figo Aspire

The Ford Figo Aspire will be offered with 2 engine options - a 1.5-litre TDCi diesel and a 1.2-litre TiVCT petrol. While the diesel unit is the same as the one that also powers the EcoSport and Fiesta, the 1.2-litre petrol unit is all-new. Ford’s upcoming sub-compact sedan will also get a choice of 2 transmissions: - a 5-speed manual and a 6-speed dual clutch automatic. However, the automatic transmission will only be offered with the petrol model.

It is expected to go into by mid-2015 soon followed by its launch in India.

4. Tata Kite Sedan

The Tata Kite sub-compact sedan is expected to arrive in India after the hatchback with the same name. The new Tata car will sport an all-new design, unlike the Zest sedan - which is a clearly redesigned version of the Manza.

Tata Sedan Generic

In terms of engines, the upcoming Tata Kite sedan will get a 1.05-litre diesel engine and the 1.2-litre petrol unit aka the Revotron. Interestingly, the diesel engine is a re-engineered version of the 1.4-litre DiCOR motor; apparently it will develop about 70bhp. The Revotron, on the other hand, currently puts out 90bhp.

As far as transmission options go, the sedan’s options will include a 5-speed manual and an optional automated manual transmission (AMT).

 

BMW has announced that the 6 Series Gran Coupe facelift will be launched in India on May 29. First unveiled in December last year, the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe is a four door sedan, which rivals the Audi A7 and Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class.

At the front, the new 6 Series features new LED headlamps and foglights, just like the new M6 Gran Coupe. The kidney grille now sports nine horizontal slats instead of 10, which is aimed at improving the cooling of the engine, while the bumper has also been slightly altered to accommodate a full-width air-vent. The rear profile has been updated with more chrome on the boot and bigger exhaust pipes. The car also gets redesigned mirrors to improve the airflow around the car, new designs for the alloy wheels and new paint schemes.

The 6 Series Gran Coupe is available only in the 640d trim, which is powered by a 3.0-litre flat-six engine. This engine delivers 313bhp and 630Nm of torque to the rear wheels, through an eight-speed ZF gearbox. Inside, the new cars get more LEDs and leather bits for the dashboard. A sport exhaust system comes as standard, which produces a throatier exhaust note. BMW claims that the efficiency in the new 6 Series is more efficient than the outgoing model, which can be attributed to better aerodynamics.

The 6 Series is a part of a unique segment, which caters to an enthusiast audience looking for a performance car with stylish looks. The 6 Series Gran Coupe is sold in India as a completely built unit (CBU) and is expected to be priced around the Rs 1.2 crore.

Renault Kwid Unveiled in India

Renault India’s much-awaited small car (XBA), the Kwid, finally made its global debut in India today. The launch, however, will take place sometime during the festive season (September - November). To be launched at a starting price of Rs. 3 lakh, the Renault Kwid will take on the likes of Maruti Suzuki Alto 800, Hyundai Eon, and others in the league.

The Renault Kwid is built on an all-new small platform - the CMF-A - jointly developed by the Nissan-Renault Alliance. The same platform will also underpin Datsun India’s upcoming small car. The new 800cc, 3-cylinder, petrol engine too has been jointly developed by Renault and Nissan. The smallest engine in the family, it is also claimed to be quite frugal. The company says that the Kwid will return the best-in-class mileage, though it didn’t reveal the exact fuel-efficiency figure.

Also Read: 10 Things You Must Know About the Renault Kwid

Renault will launch the Kwid outside India as well, though the company’s Chennai-based plant will have its major focus on fulfilling the domestic demand and that of countries surrounding India. Talking about the design, the Renault Kwid seems to have taken its inspiration from several concepts and existing Renault cars. That said, one must note the vehicle looks more like a crossover than a hatchback, thanks to its aggressive styling.

Since it’s a global product, Renault undertook its testing across different parts of the world with chassis been tested in Japan, body equipment test in Korea, endurance test in France and assembly testing in India. Developed at Renault-Nissan’s Chennai plant, the company has used almost 98 per cent local content to manufacture the car. This will help the company to price the Renault Kwid quite competitively.

Key features

- Optional driver-side airbag

- Navigation system

- Digital instrument cluster with chrome accents on the air-vents

- 800cc, 3-cylinder, petrol engine

- Crossover-like design

Google launches new Chromebooks

 Google India has launched XOLO and Nexian Air Chromebook. Made in partnership with Indian OEM Xolo and Nexian, the new Chromebooks are priced at Rs 12,999 and will be available on Snapdeal and Amazon India. 

This makes the new Chromebooks the cheapest option on the market after the Intel Celeron powered C720 Chromebook from Acer.

The Nexian Air Chromebook sports an 11.6-inch TFT display. Powered by a 1.8GHz Cortex A17 Rockchip quad core processor and 2GB DDR3 RAM, the laptop comes with 16GB internal storage (up to 9.6GB available to user) and an SD card slot for expansion. It has 2 USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI port, a 1MP web camera and comes with Bluetooth 4.0. The laptop has a 4200mAh battery and offers a backup of 8 hours. 

The Xolo Chromebook sports an 11.6-inch TFT display. Powered by a 1.8GHz Cortex A17 Rockchip quad core processor and 2GB DDR3 RAM, the laptop comes with 16GB internal storage and an SD card slot for expansion. It has 2 USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI port, a 1MP web camera and comes with Bluetooth 4.0. The laptop has a 4200mAh battery and offers a backup of 10 hours. 

Both devices run the latest version of Google’s Chrome operating system.

Sales of 4G handsets in India is expected to increase to 7 percent of total smartphone sales in the country this year, according to international market research firm GfK.

“In first quarter of 2015, 4G share in both (India and Indonesia) was well below the global average, at 4 percent and 7 percent, respectively.

4G unit share within smartphones is expected to reach 7 percent in India and 10 percent in Indonesia in 2015,” the latest GfK report on global smartphone market said.

The report did not provide India specific smartphone sales number but as per Cybermedia Research, smartphone sales in India dipped 7 percent in the first quarter this year to 19.5 million units, impacted by change in duty structure and restricted supplies from China.

Smartphone sales increased by 7 percent to 309.7 million in the reported quarter from 290.1 million a year ago.

The growth of smartphone sales in India and Indonesia is also expected to be helped by an expanding 4G network.

This growth was over 19 percent in first quarter of 2014 as compared to the same period of 2013.

The sales value of smartphones increased 8 percent to USD 96.2 billion during the quarter on year-on-year basis from USD 89.2 billion.

“In first quarter 2015, 4G unit share surpassed 50 percent of global smartphone demand for the first time. China saw the greatest 4G share increase in the quarter, up 16 percentage points to 73 percent, from 57 percent last quarter,” the report said.

GfK forecasts global smartphone unit demand to grow over 10 percent y-o-y in 2015, a slowdown from the over 23 percent growth experienced last year.

“Emerging Asia is forecast to be the fastest growing region, driven by India and Indonesia, where low smartphone penetration leaves plenty of room for growth,” Director of trends and forecasting at GfK, Kevin Walsh said.

In India, Airtel, Reliance Jio Infocomm and Reliance Communications have the capability to start pan-India 4G service.

Airtel has started providing 4G service in Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Pune, Chandigarh and Amritsar at 3G mobile Internet rates.

Besides, Aircel, which holds 4G spectrum in eight out of 22 telecom circles, has also launched 4G in select area.

Videocon Telecom has announced its plan to launch 4G services in UP and Bihar by December at rates at par with 2G and 3G Internet services. 

source:  http://zeenews.india.com/

Mobile phone company Xiaomi has launched the Mi 10,000mAh Power Bank in China. 

The Mi 10,000mAh Power Bank, which is a slimmer version of the10,400mAh Power Bank is available in three colours – silver, Champagne and red.

There is no official word on the launch of the product in India however the gadget market is abuzz with speculations that it will hit Indian stores soon.

The 10,000mAh Mi power bank is 21.4 percent slimmer and 30 percent more energy dense which implies that the power bank can fully charge a Mi Note over two times and iPad one time.

“Meet the latest 10000mAh #MiPowerBank! It’s 21.4% slimmer & 30% more energy dense than the 10400mAh PB. Slim, no?,” the company has tweeeted.

The power bank is 60.4mm-wide and weighs 207 grams.

Solid-state drives outclass hard drives as a storage medium in almost every way: they’re faster, less fragile, and can store more data per square inch. But according to some experts, SSDs suck at long-term storage of information, thanks to one particular problem: temperature.

Under optimal conditions, consumer-grade SSDs - the ones you’d find in most laptops - retain data for two years when not powered up. For enterprise SSDs, that drops to four months. Those numbers alone aren’t a problem - anyone cold-storing data for months on end is probably using tape drives anyway.

But what is a problem is SSDs stored under less-than-optimal conditions. For every rise of 9 degrees Farenheit in the ambient temperature, the data retention period is cut in half. So, that SSD that retains information for two years at 77 degrees will only keep it for a year if the thermometer hits 85.

More problematically, that means enterprise-grade drives stored in a hot environment - say, for example, a server farm - can have a retention period of days, if the temperature is high enough. So until that problem is sorted out - or the planet goes into another ice age - good old-fashioned tape drives are going to have to stick around.

 Soaring Chinese smartphone maker Huwaei is gearing up to compete in the India’s affordable pricing segment smartphone category. 

As per reports, Huwaei has extend its Honor Series by launching budget friendly smartphones viz, Honor 4C and Honor Bee in India on 8th May.

Even Flipkart, Huawei’s exclusive e-commerce partner, which sells Honor series smartphones exclusively has listed both the devices, Honor 4C and Honor Bee .

Huawei Honor 4C sports a 5.0-inch HD display and runs on the Android 4.4 KitKat OS backed by the company’s proprietary Hisilicon Kirin 620 series Octa-core CPU, 2GB RAM, 8GB inbuilt memory and a 2550 mAh battery that can power the phone for close to 600 hours under standby mode. 

Honor Bee features 4.5-inch FWVGA screen and ship with Android 4.4 KitKat OS, 1.2GHz quad-core Spreadtrum processor, 1GB RAM and 8GB storage, and 1750 mAh battery. 

Looking at the specs of Honor 4C and Honor Bee, they are expected to be priced around 9,000 and 6,000, respectively. 

Micromax Canavs Spark

Micromax has begun the next round of flash sale online at snapdeal for their new cheapest Android Lollipop smartphone Micromax Canvas Spark.

The next round of flash sales does not require registration if customers have already registered for the smartphone in the earlier phases. The flash sale of the smartphone started at 12 PM on May 1.

Micromax has tweeted saying , “The second phase of registrations for the all new #MicromaxCanvasSpark is now OPEN!” 

During the first phase of sale micromax canvas spark received a blockbuster response, crossing the sale of 20,000 units mark. 

Earlier, this week the online partner Snapdeal also expressed its joy by tweeting, “The #MicromaxCanvasSpark is all sold out!!! Thank you for the brilliant response!” 

To recall the specs, the Canvas Spark comes with a 4.7-inch qHD screen (960×540 pixels) display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection and is powered by a 1.3-Ghz quad-core MediaTek MT6582 processor with 1GB of RAM. It operates on Android 5.0 Lollipop OS.

Priced at Rs 4,999 the phone comes with an internal memory of 8GB of which 4.10GB is said to be available for user. It can also be expanded upto 32GB via a microSD card.

It comes with a 8MP back camera and a 2MP front-facing camera. It is is powered by a 2000 mAh battery. 

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