For starters Aria is the most expensive and the most technologically advanced vehicle coming out of Tata’s stable apart from Land Rovers and the Jags. It has been on the logs for quite some time after its appearance at the Delhi auto expo. Few days back Aria was launched, in 3 variants, the lower-end Pleasure, the mid-end Prestige and the final act Pride. Prices start from north of 12lakhs for the pleasure, 14.5 for the prestige and 15.5 for the Pride. Click her for complete price list.
Moving on from the less interesting entity money to the things, which tinkle our petro head heads. Aria’s power source is a 2.2 Dicor variable turbine technology engine, which is same as the one in Safari except for one tiny detail, to make the engine more refined, a dual mass flywheel is used, which is basically two flywheels jointed together in a intricate way with springs inside which ultimately reduce the vibration. Check out this video for more on the dual mass flywheel.
If you wonder why Aria is priced in the range of 12 to 15 while the similar engined and pretty much similar sized Safari almost half its price range, then the below section laid out will enlighten you. For example Arias got lights everywhere, in the glove box, on the sun visor and one of the bottom of all doors so that you don’t step into a puddle when its dark and all these turn on automatically, even the headlights turn on upon darkness automatically. The entire design ideology behind Aria seems to reduce human effort, in other words Aria takes care of things for you.
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No I am not referring to Sri Devi’s nose job thought it may suit the tag, what I am referring to here is the new face lifted Hyundai i10. I personally hated the looks of the old i10 and as much as I tried I couldn’t figure out which single piece of plastic or sheet metal made it look so terrible to my eyes, it’s the big picture, which sucked. But as time passed by, looks become a lesser priority to practicality in which i10 or any other small car from Hyundai excels. And just when I had my peace with the looks of the old i10 Hyundai does this nose job to make matters worse.
When for the first time I got the glimpse of the new i10’s fascia, I thought for a moment if Hyundai has come up with a new small car, but as I took a few steps to my right and got the side view, I realized that they have over did face lifting again.
I am sure you are aware of the hideous facelift done on the Verna. It would be unfair to say i10’s facelift is as hideous as the Verna’s but I see a similar blunder in both. I can only perceive that while designing the new nose for the i10 as well as the Verna (to an extent) designers didn’t really care how this new nose went along with the rest of the face, they were happy as long as the nose looked good. If you look at each part of this new front face it looks brilliant but sadly it’s out of proportion with the rest of the body.
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If you are looking for color suggestion before buying your new car or bike, we do have some interesting insights to share. A color suits a car or a bike best depending one two things, one being the sheer design that is surface cuts and curve and the other being segment placement based on purpose that is, a sportier coupe could be painted yellow while an executive sedan can’t be. Each car or bike look rite in one color, it would seem so rite that it makes one wonder if the designers painted the sheet metal in that specific color before shaping the design. Our suggestion is based on this ideology.
Different cars look good in different colors and the same is the case with bikes but most look good in one color that is white. White has been there from the times of ancestral ambassadors and the Maruti 1000s. It has been there always, but in the late 90s appeal of elegance associated with white took a back seat, to the drama offered by colorful metallic paints. However white is back now and this time with a youthful twist in the disguise of the Polo and Activa.
Every car looks good in white be it the i10 or the 7-series If there is one car, which doesn’t look good in white is the indica, but that’s just the cab version, the vista still looks its best in pearl white. Now if you are thinking white cars get dirtier than black ones, please we are not talking about clothes. Dirt on metal surface is visible irrespective of the color all you need is a water wash.
The other very obvious choice is black, which is my personal favorite. Its simple and subtle, but if you are looking to take your ride to grave with you, this probably isn’t the color. Here is why, black paint is made with the mix of other darker paints. And as years go by, and few scratches and crashes along the way, black tend to express its true color.
To my observation besides these two major paints, there are few others, which look apt with certain cars and bikes. The punto looks its best in red while swift is in red and blue. Fords look elegant in silver while Toyota’s innova look good in dark grey. Tata’s nano shines in silver, while the Chevy cruze looks elegant in sky blue. Corolla looks classy in beige while passat looks appealing in light metallic green.
Though there is a preset notion that Ferrari look good in red and lamborghini’s in yellow, it’s the green miura, which is still a classic. Likewise it’s up to you to paint your car or bike in a color that’s unique and yet be subtle enough to live with.
The 2010 Formula 1 season is just weeks away and the excitement has reached a feverish pitch. Arguably the greatest champion of all time returns after a three year hiatus, perhaps the only driver to defeat this great champion has finally made it to a team that justifies his talent, the last two world champions team up together for the first time in F1 history…these unprecedented, unexpected and totally unbelievable developments has made F1 fans salivate at the prospect of the “Greatest Season Ever”. IndianAutoTalk provides you with a rundown of all the leading contenders and the machines that will be powering them. This is Part 1 of a three part series.
1) Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro- Alonso in red, enough said.
Ferrari had a woeful 2009, the car was just not fast enough to compete. The horrific injury to Filipe Massa just worsened what was already a pathetic year for them, with just one race victory and a few podium finishers. This was undoubtedly the worst season for them in recent memory and hopefully, this has fired people up at Maranello. Brightening their chances even more this year is the arrival of golden boy, Fernando Alonso from Renault. That Alonso was destined for Ferrari was an open secret, but after years of maneuvering the move has finally happened and seeing him in scarlet red has the ‘tifosi’ all worked up. Add to the equation, the return of Massa from his life threatening injury and the good form he has displayed in testing with GP2 cars, there is much room for optimism.
Asia Motor Works, one of India’s very own heavy duty truck and components manufacturer is recruiting Engineering and Diploma candidates in Automobile, mechanical and mechatronics. This is a training program in AMW’s manufacturing, R&D, sales and service departments. At the end of the training program, a job at AMW is given based on Performance. Interviews are conducted in various parts of the country during the coming 2 weeks. It is a good prospect as it pays out 2.4lakh p.a for B.E grads and 1.2lakh p.a for Diploma candidates during training.
Here are the complete details: http://www.amwasia.com/interview.html
American Choppers is the only custom chopper building show on TV that actually caught on. Though there were better similar shows none could reach the heights Paul Teutul Sr. and his sons took the show to. During its successful run of 7 years, Orange County Choppers have built every kind of Chopper for every occasion. Other than building one-of-a-kind choppers, the show was also about running a family business, which involved constant feud between Paul Sr. and Paul Jr., though this was construed as a show act, it turned out to be the reasons for the ultimate axing of the show.
American Choppers took the toll on the Teutul family as key members kept rolling out of the turf, this included popular OCC employee Vincent DiMartino who left the show to start V-Force Customs in 2007 but the real blow was when Paul Teutul Jr. left the company in 2009 to start Paul Jr Designs. This lead to a court room drama between the Paul and there was no turning back from that.
The last episode was aired on the 11th of this month. A representative from Travel n Living Channel said in a statement about the end of ‘American Chopper’, “The Teutuls will always be part of the Discovery family and we congratulate them on a tremendously successful series run.”