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Kia Seltos

July 26, 2019 / 0 Comments / 592 / Upcoming Cars

Kia Seltos Launch and Price: The Seltos will be launched on 22 August 2019. It will likely be priced from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 16 lakh (ex-showroom).

Kia Seltos Engines: The SUV will be available with both petrol and diesel engine options. It is going to get a set of new 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines and a turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol engine as well. All of these are BS6-compliant engines. Kia is also expected to launch a plug-in hybrid variant of the SUV at a later stage.

Kia Seltos Transmission: Kia will be offering three different types of automatic gearboxes with the Seltos SUV – a CVT, a 6-speed torque convertor and a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT). The DCT will be available with the 1.4-litre turbo-petrol motor, the CVT with the 1.5-litre petrol and 6-speed torque convertor with the diesel. There will be a 6-speed manual on offer as well with all three engines.

Kia Seltos Safety: This compact SUV will come with upto six airbags, ABS with EBD, brake assist, vehicle stability management (VSM), electronic stability control (ESC) and hill assist control (HAC) too. The Seltos will also get front and rear parking sensors along with a 360-degree parking camera with blind view monitor and driving rear view monitor.

Kia Seltos Features: The Seltos SUV is loaded with features. It gets a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Kia’s UVO connected car technology, auto AC and an 8-inch head-up display too. Other comfort enhancing features include ventilated front seats, power-adjustable driver’s seat, 7-inch multi-information display, an eight speaker Bose sound system, a sunroof and leatherette upholstery.

Kia Seltos Rivals: When launched, the Seltos will take on the likes of the Hyundai Creta, Nissan Kicks, Renault Captur and Maruti Suzuki S-Cross. With its pricing, it will also take on some of the more affordable variants of the Tata Harrier and MG Hector.

Volvo recalls 5.07 lakh cars Globally over fire risk

July 26, 2019 / 0 Comments / 435 / Car News

Models with the 2.0-litre diesel engine produced between 2014 and 2019 are affected

– A faulty plastic air intake manifold could melt and cause a fire

Volvo models that are equipped with the 2.0-litre diesel engine have been fitted with a faulty plastic air intake manifold, which could melt away and cause a fire in the vehicle. The recall affects models including the S60, S80, V40, V60, V70, V90, XC60 and the XC90that were manufactured between 2014 and 2019.

Speaking on the occasion, Stefan Elfstrom, a spokesman for Volvo Cars, said, “Investigations have identified that in very rare cases, the plastic intake manifold may melt and deform. In the very worst case, there is a possibility that a localized engine bay fire may occur. The company is keen to fix the faulty vehicles as fast as possible and customers won’t incur any costs related to addressing the error.”

Volvo is recalling 5,07,000 vehicles all over the world fearing a faulty engine component that could catch fire. The recalled cars were manufactured between 2014-2019 and run on a 2.0-litre diesel engine. The S60, S80, S90, V40, V60, V70, V90, XC60 and XC90 are the affected models. The Swedish company has declared that a faulty engine component- a plastic intake manifold could melt, deform and cause a fire. Though no accidents have surfaced, Volvo is taking a precaution and contacting customers for a free of cost checkup and fix.

Reportedly, Volvo India has also recalled close to 3000 cars owing to the fire risk. Customers are being contacted via mail and the required fixing is estimated to consume a couple of hours.

Most of the recalled models are CBU units. Since Volvo India’s about 60% sales take place through locally assembled models, not a lot of vehicles are affected in India. As of now, the company locally assembles the S90 sedan and the XC60 and XC90 SUVs. Meanwhile, Volvo is gearing to launch the S60 in India next year. It’s possible, that the third-generation sedan could be locally assembled in India right from its launch.

– 5 lakh cars recalled globally
– 3000 vehicles recalled in India
– Recalled caused due to faulty engine component

Ducati Panigale V4 25 Anniversario 916 launched at Rs 54.90 lakhs

July 24, 2019 / 0 Comments / 537 / Bike News

Ducati recently unveiled a limited edition Panigale V4 that celebrates 25 years of the company’s iconic 916. Called the Panigale V4 25° Anniversario 916, the motorcycle is limited to 500 units and comes with both, cosmetic and mechanical changes and will arrive in dealerships starting October 2019. The motorcycle has now been launched in India and is priced at Rs 54.90 lakh (ex-showroom, India).

At this price, this limited edition model is the most expensive version of the V4. For comparison, the V4 Speciale and V4 R are priced Rs 51.81 lakh and Rs 51.87 lakh (ex-showroom, India)

The Italian brand say that “the Ducati 916 wasn’t just a great bike, it also won World Superbike Championships: the 916 SBK was a force to be reckoned with even as it made its debut and the following years saw it win 120 races, eight constructors’ titles and six riders’ titles – four of them with Englishman ‘King’ Carl Fogarty. Even now, the English racer and the 916 remain the most successful ‘couple’ in Ducati SBK history.” The bike was also designed by Massimo Tamburini, who was a very popular motorcycle designer.

The 25th Anniversary edition 916 shares most of its mechanicals with the Panigale V4 S, including the 1,103cc V4 engine that makes 214hp and 124Nm of torque. However, it does use the sportier frame from the V4 R. The bike also uses a dry clutch, unlike the standard model, and gets track-specific electronics, such as Ducati Quick Shift EVO 2 and Ducati Traction Control EVO 2.

The look of the bike combines a colour scheme that takes its cue from the Ducati 996 SBK (winner of the 1999 World Superbike Championship). It also runs forged-magnesium Marchesini Racing wheels, a titanium Akrapovič exhaust and a long list of carbon-fibre and billet-aluminium components.

Being a collector’s bike, it comes with an authenticity certificate, which displays the bike, frame and engine numbers. Ducati will auction bike number 5 (Dunne’s race number) of the Panigale 25°Anniversario 916 limited edition that was unveiled at the WSBK round in Laguna Seca. All proceeds from the auction will go towards a fund in the memory of Carlin Dunne.

Kawasaki India recalls Ninja 300s locally built from 2018

July 24, 2019 / 0 Comments / 475 / Bike News

Kawasaki has issued a mass recall for all Ninja 300 motorcycles built using locally sourced components from 2018 onward. The Japanese bike manufacturer says that there is an issue with the front-brake master cylinder made by Endurance, and it could potentially lead to brake failure. Kawasaki dealers across India have begun to contact owners to replace the faulty master cylinder with a new unit, free of cost. As of now, Kawasaki is yet to tell us the exact number of units that have been recalled.

In 2018, Kawasaki India decided to localise a few components – including the brakes, wheels, tyres and plastics – of the Ninja 300 in order to reduce the production costs and consequently reposition the bike at a lower price point. Priced at Rs 2.98 lakh (ex-showroom) the localised Ninja 300 is cheaper than the CKD model by 62,000. This makes it the most affordable twin-cylinder sportsbike currently on sale in India, although we do feel that the Ninja 300 could’ve been priced around Rs 2.5-Rs 2.7 lakh mark after localisation.

The bike is powered by a 296cc, liquid-cooled, twin-cylinder engine that produces 39hp and 27Nm of torque. The motor is quite refined, and our road test of the Kawasaki Ninja 300 also revealed that it is a very easy motorcycle to live with.

While Kawasaki has replaced the Ninja 300 in international market with the new Ninja 400, there is no news about Kawasaki discontinuing the Ninja 300 anytime soon. That being said, we hope Kawasaki India decides to localise the Ninja 400 in order to price it competitively in the Indian market.

At present, the Ninja 400’s Rs 5.7 lakh (On the road, Mumbai) price tag is quite high and tantalisingly close to the Kawasaki Z650. It certainly is the proverbial chink in the armour of what is a really good motorcycle.

Suzuki Gixxer SF MotoGP edition launched at Rs 1.11 lakh

July 24, 2019 / 0 Comments / 501 / Bike News

Suzuki has launched the Gixxer SF MotoGP edition at Rs 1.11 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). As its name suggests, this version of the Gixxer SF features the Suzuki Racing Blue colour scheme that takes cues from Suzuki’s MotoGP machine, GSX-RR. This special colour scheme will set you back an additional Rs 800 over the Gixxer SF with the standard colour options.

Like with the MotoGP editions of previous generation models, this one too gets the bright blue colour, Ecstar decals and a fluorescent rim tape. However, everything else, both mechanically and in terms of design remains unchanged from the standard bike. That said, the Gixxer SF was recently updated for 2019, where it got significant cosmetic revisions. The fairing is new and it now features a sharp-looking LED headlight. Other new additions include a new split-seat configuration, in place of the single seat one on the older model. The updated bike also uses a sportier clip-on handlebar.

Powering this special edition is the same 154.9cc, single-cylinder air-cooled engine that was available with the previous-gen model, but it makes a slightly lower 14.1hp and 14Nm of torque. Other hardware elements – like the suspension and brakes – also remain the same. The anti-lock braking system continues to be a single-channel unit like the one found on the older model.

Tata Motors to launch 6 new cars

July 24, 2019 / 0 Comments / 584 / Car News

Tata Motors will bring the much-awaited Altroz premium hatchback this festive season, which means a launch around late-September can be expected

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Hyundai To Hike Prices Of Most Models By Rs 9200

July 24, 2019 / 0 Comments / 481 / Car News

New Delhi, July 23, 2019: Hyundai Motor India Ltd, India’s First Smart Mobility Solutions Provider and largest exporter since inception

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Jeep Compass diesel auto will be launched during the festive period.

July 24, 2019 / 0 Comments / 508 / Car News

Jeep Compass diesel auto will be launched during the festive period.

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Ducati Diavel 1260

July 24, 2019 / 452 Comments / 5123 / Upcoming Bikes

Ducati is all set to launch the Diavel 1260 in India on August 9. It is likely to go on sale at Rs 16 lakh (ex-showroom), which will make it Rs 1 lakh to Rs 1.5 lakh more expensive than the previous-gen model. The 1260 moniker comes courtesy a larger 1262cc DVT L-twin motor that replaces the 1198cc L-twin of the previous Diavel. This iteration is not only larger but makes more power and torque. The 1260 will get an additional ‘S’ variant which gets fully adjustable Ohlins suspension, machined alloy wheels, Brembo M50 monobloc brake calipers and bi-directional quick-shifter.

Ducati has done well in the design department and the new Diavel 1260 looks sharper and meaner than before. The new headlamp features all-LED lighting while the front LED turn indicators are incorporated into the radiator shrouds. Other notable features include a digital TFT screen that features a multimedia system and keyless ignition.

The new Diavel 1260 weighs 5kg more than before and seat height is up by 10mm. In the handling department, the rake and trail are down by 1 degree and 10mm respectively. Wheelbase, though, has increased by 20mm. The new Diavel 1260 gets new electronic rider aids plus Bosch Cornering ABS as standard across both variants.

When launched, we expect the new Diavel 1260 to command a premium of around Rs 50,000 over the older Diavel.

KTM 1050 Adventure

July 24, 2019 / 0 Comments / 611 / Upcoming Bikes

KTM unveiled the 1050 Adventure at the 2014 EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, Italy. The 1050 Adventure will be the first litre-class offering from KTM in the Indian two-wheeler market. Powering the bike is a 1,050cc V-twin motor churning out 96PS of peak power.

The 1050 Adventure is a modern KTM ADV bike, well equipped with Ride Mode Technology, ABS, and traction control. The ABS can be shut off, as well as the traction control, and the level of electronic intervention is dependent on the chosen ride mode


Though the KTM 1050 Adventure is an entry-level offering, KTM have been generous on the motorcycle as it features goodies such as ride-by-wire throttle, three ride modes (Sport, Street, Rain), traction control, a slipper clutch and ABS. Another novel feature on the KTM 1050 Adventure is the fact the windscreen, handlebars, and foot pegs are all adjustable.

Other details include the expected KTM trellis frame (made from chrome-moly steel and powdercoated orange), plus top-quality WP suspension hardware, dual-plug ignition, Keihin engine management, and a slipper clutch. Also noteworthy are cast wheels, plus adjustable footpegs, an adjustable handlebar and an adjustable windscreen.