Trendsetter: A leader of the pack, someone who everyone else follows. So now if I term the Triumph Speed Triple as a trendsetter I wouldn’t be wrong because if we go a little back into the history of motorcycles, it was the first modern sport bike or race replica motorcycle without the aerodynamic plastic fairing or as we call it “Streetfighter” in the motorcycling category. Way back in 1994, the first Triumph Speed Triple was introduced on the basis of the Triumph’s Triple Series Modular Engines. However in late 2016, Triumph made exactly 104 changes to the Speed Triple. Five ride modes, ride by wire & switchable ABS were few important noticeable changes.
Engine: With power of 126.7 hp @ 9301rpm & 104.82 Nm of torque @ 7797 rpm, the numbers might not do justice to the motorcycle but still it’s a bold statement that the bike makes. Below 3500 rpm it is a law abiding motorcycle but once you cross that, it just dances to the tune of the 1050 cc triple cylinder engine to achieve those illegal triple digit speeds. The exhaust does help to set the tone right & with the six speed gear box offering easy shifting, a combination of both makes life more symphonically easier for the rider.
Ride Quality: Though I really wish that the clutch should have been much little lighter to make life easier in city traffic but at the end of the day it doesn’t forget it’s a liter class bike & so it has enough power & torque to give you those wet dreams of triple digit speeds. To support that Speed Triple comes equipped with 320 mm floating twin discs at the front & a single 255 mm disc at the rear which unfortunately doesn’t gives enough confidence to stop this monster.
Build Quality: Triumph’s legacy & product quality is unquestionable & the build of the speed triple is an example of it. Gorgeous paint, beautiful attention to detail and a whole host of different textures, colors and finishes makes the motorcycle a real proud bike. The switchgear, instrument cluster quality is all topnotch & what adds as icing on the cake are those blue shift lights lighting up the system every time you touch the red line.
Value for Money: While the 2017 Speed Triple is already on sale in international market, in India we have to wait a little more to finally lay hands on the same. For INR 11.5 lac (exshowroom Delhi) today we have loads of option like the Suzuki GSX S-1000 for INR 14.55 or the Kawasaki Z 1000 for INR 14.25 lac but soon we expect the 2017 Speed Triple to hit the market & then we will be able to comment more openly on the other options.
|Engine||1050 cc Liquid-cooled, 12 valve, DOHC, in-line 3-cylinder|
|Power||126.7 PS @ 9301rpm|
|Torque||104.82 Nm @ 7797 rpm|
|Price||₹ 11,49,000.00 Ex Showroom Delhi|
Is there something that you can either love or hate, but can’t live without? Physics!
According to Newton’s Law of Motion,
Wondering why Physics class in an auto portal?
Like every other object in the universe, or atleast the world, cars are also controlled by the laws of physics. So, according to Newton’s second law of motion, the heavier your car and faster you go, you create more force i.e more Kinetic Energy.
Imagine yourself in this situation. You are cruising on a highway in your car. You can see a broken-down truck pulled over on the left of the road. When you are just inches closer to crossing the truck, a smartly dressed professional sales guy on his first day of his job, on his brand new bike, comes out of nowhere in front of your car!
Screeeetchhhhh….. Bang! Pufff…… Sssssssshhhhhhhhh……
You wake up to see a tree right where your engine should have been and don’t mistake the white smoke for a fog! Unbuckle yourself from the seats and slowly walk out of the car undamaged, the crowd sees you with wide eyes. How is this even possible?
Airbags are technically called Supplementary Restraint Systems (SRS). You were mistaken if you thought SRS is an Airbag manufacturer. The name says it all, it supplements the seatbelts to restrain your body movement during an impact.
Now think of the same situation without the Airbags. You wouldn’t have seen the tree but just the fog, maybe!
So, a moving car has kinetic energy and the tree brings your car to a sudden stop. An equal and opposite force is created which has to go somewhere. Your car’s crumple zones absorb some of the impact and the rest is transferred to the car and of course you! You are restrained to the car with the seatbelt but your head that has the brain that wanted to save the smartly dressed professional sales guy isn’t!
So, it is the Airbags that saved your life! Ever wondered how an airbag works?
Now I wonder, what if we replace the soft powder with talcum powder and the explosive gas with Nitrous Oxide. After every crash, people would walk out fair and laughing, the world would just become a better place!
Although the system is designed with utmost care, there are some important points to remember:
Buckle up! Drive Safe!
Usually we don’t love Chinese products, but this is one of the much awaited and flagship model which has launched last week in India. The OnePlus 5 is a globally awaited product and already gone on pre-order in select markets including, the US and Europe.
|Display||5.5-inch full-HD (1080x1920 pixels) Optic Amoled Touchscreen – 16M Colours|
|Dimension||154.2 x 74.1 x 7.3 mm|
|SIM||Dual Sim 4G LTE (Nano SIM)|
|OS||Oxygen OS Android 7.1.1 (Nougat)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835|
|CPU||Octa-core (4x2.45 GHz Kryo & 4x1.9 GHz Kryo)|
|Memory||64 GB, 6 GB RAM or 128 GB, 8 GB RAM (No card slot)|
|Primary Camera||Dual 16 MP, f/1.7, 24mm + 20 MP, f/2.6, 36mm, phase detection autofocus, 1.6x optical zoom, dual-LED flash|
|Secondary Camera||16 MP, f/2.0, 20mm, 1080p, Auto HDR|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Ion 3300 mAh battery|
Midnight Black and Slate Gray
The smartphone will be priced at Rs. 32,999 for the 6GB RAM/64GB storage variant and Rs. 37,999 for the 8GB RAM/128GB storage model.
June 27th-28th: British GT and BRDC British F3 Championships at Silverstone
June 29th: BMW 5 Series India Launch
June 29th-July 2nd: WRC Rally of Poland
June 29th-July 2nd: Goodwood Festival of Speed
July 1st-2nd: Gulf Monsoon Scooter Rally in Mumbai
July 2nd: MRF MOGRIP FMSCI National Supercross Championship Round 2 in Coimbatore
July 1st: NASCAR Cup Series Daytona
July 1st: Formula E Belgium
July 1st-2nd: DTM German Touring Car Championship in Norisring
July 1st-2nd: FIA World Rallycross Championship in Sweden
1) Jeep is one among the biggest stalwarts as far as manufacturing off-road vehicles is concerned. It dates back to 1945, when it started as Willys CJ. The company built jeeps for World War ll. These vehicles proved their salt with solid front and rear axles bolted on to an even more rigid frame that is today an iconic shape among off-road buffs. The Jeep brand is now owned by the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles group.
2) The new Compass - India's first locally manufactured Jeep - is finally set to make waves, given its brand image and of course, its baby Grand Cherokee appeal. The signature seven-slat grille, projector headlamps and the squared-off wheel arches really give it a stance that's sure to have prospective buyers fall head over heals. It is based on the same platform as the Renegade, Jeep's entry-level SUV offering - but for better cabin room, the Compass' wheelbase has been stretched a bit. Most of the enthusiasts are going to buy it just for the way it looks!
3) The cabin is so premium, it feels like it can take on some bigger, more premium SUVs. Leather seats, a chunky steering wheel, a 5.0-inch or 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a Terrain Select dial, Jeep's Selec-Terrain Traction Management system, and what not!
4) Going off the road is what most won't do, but the Compass will not cease to flatter if and when you feel the need to play in the slush. With its dedicated four-wheel-drive system, it will traverse through all kinds of terrain, typically living up to its DNA. The base variants, however, will come as front-wheel-drive only. The four-wheel-drive 'Limited' variants will also come equipped with a locking differential. We can bet that, although the rivalling Tiguan and Tucson are good SUVs, the Compass simply outshines them off the beaten track.
5) An all-new Fiat-made 2.0-litre, four-cylinder Multijet ll mill powers the Compass, and makes 174hp. There is also a petrol motor on offer: a 1.4-litre, MultiAir turbo that makes 164hp. The former is solely available with a 6-speed manual transmission, while the latter will come linked to a 7-speed dual-clutch auto gearbox and a 6-speed manual. We'd also recommend waiting for the 9-speed auto diesel, that is scheduled for an early 2018 launch.
6) The Compass is being produced and exported from Fiat's Ranjangaon plant. Being a product that is sent overseas, expect an Indian Compass that is at par with international-standard models of the same.
|Jeep Compass||Hyundai Tucson||Volkswagen Tiguan|
|Drivetrain||Four-wheel drive||Front-wheel drive||All-wheel drive|
|Gearbox:||6-speed MT||6-speed AT||7-speed AT|
|Price:||NA||Rs. 25.01 lakh||Rs.31.38 lakh|
One of the world’s oldest and largest automakers, General Motors couldn’t ‘Find New Roads’ in India…
With dwindling domestic sales, the top honchos at GM decided to halt sales of its models in the Indian market by the end of 2017, and focus only on manufacturing vehicles for export.
For the Detroit based company, which has been in India for over two decades, it was not an easy decision. It is the result of a comprehensive review of future plans for GM worldwide. India is not the only market where GM pulled the plugs but in South Africa too as a part of their de-risking strategy.
Started in 1995, GM has been manufacturing at Hindustan Motor’s plant in Gujarat through a JV and was retailing its Opel brand before replacing it with Chevrolet. GM has given India some interesting products during their operations in India, something like the SRV which even today, no other manufacturer would think of!
Now, GM is leaving!
But GM has announced that they will continue to manufacture its cars at their Talegaon plant for export to Mexico, Central & South America.The GM Technical Centre India (GMTCI)in Bangalore, India that does engineering and design is unaffected by the announcement.
GM was holding the top spot in the world for several decades but around two decades of operations with 18 models in India, GM couldn’t have a crack at the Indian Market. While late entrants like Renault were able to get two sales blockbusters, GM still holds a very negligible share in India.
So, where did GM loose traction?
Products? Think about this, Chevy has a compact hatch that tops JD Power survey for Quality every year, a mid size hatch that has won a lot of design awards, a no nonsense entry level premium hatch and a sedan, two MPVs that serve their purpose well, a diesel rocket in the executive sedan segment, a very capable SUV! So, GM is present in almost all the segments except for the ever growing Compact SUV and a C-Segment sedan space.
Outlets? GM has a dealership network which covers almost 170 cities in the country which is definitely a good number to have!
So, what is wrong?
Ok. Let’s make this simple. Which was the last product from GM that made you go crazy? It’s a no-brainer, the answer would either be a Beat or a Cruze.
No other car from GM gave us that excitement! Even the (No-Upgrade-Facelift-Only) Beat and Cruze doesn’t create any excitement among us now. Let alone the products, even the brand ‘Chevrolet’ doesn’t put anything in our minds (except the fact that they are leaving India)! So, you love driving? Buy a Fiat. Want mileage? Buy a Maruti. Want reliability? Buy a Toyota…. Why does one need to buy a Chevrolet? I don’t think even Chevy has an answer for this question!
It makes us think: could the Sonic twins (instead of the Chinese Sail twins) have changed the fortunes of Chevy? Or would the Spin MPV (instead of the Chinese Enjoy) be a game changer for them? Well. It’s a hypothetical question that we can’t answer now!
All that we can do now, is to look back at some of the forgotten and soon to be forgotten models under Opel and Chevrolet! Here are a few of the 17 models that General Motors launched in India over the past 23 years that we would like to commemorate.
Launched in the mid 1990s, the Astra was one of the interesting cars that the early Indian market had seen. German built quality, comfortable interiors, a rev-happy engine and a clean, executive look, the Astra was one of the cars that the youth of those days aspired to own. Unfortunately, the Astra didn’t receive the expected response due to strong competition from Mitsubishi, with the Lancer and Honda with the City. We can’t forget the Astra Club that came with a Sunroof, can we?
There were not one but four Corsas -Corsa (Sedan), Corsa Sail (Hatchback), Corsa Sail Sport (Hot Hatch) and Corsa Swing (Station wagon). Again the products either had very strong contenders or the market wasn’t ready for the product!
When other manufacturers were trying to understand the Indian Market in lower segments, GM launched the Vectra with a price tag close to 20 lakhs which was presented as a poor man’s Mercedes. Ahead of its time, it was a powerful luxury sedan with a fancy Interactive Driving System. The Vectra also brought in ABS, CSC, EBD, etc. The electronics itself turned against it and wrote the fate of the car!
Among the slew of manufacturers who tried to crack the Indian small car market, GM was one of the decently successful ones with the Spark. Though the hatch had a similar design of the Matiz, it tried hard to fight against the Wagon R and Santro. The product was decently successful initially but GM couldn’t maintain the momentum for long.
I still remember the days when the Beat was launched and I would go gaga when I see a Beat on our roads. I, for one, thought that this will be a game changer and from thereon only stylish models would succeed in our market. It was compact, stylish and premium for its segment and received a very good response.
GM launched the Tavera, a re-badged Isuzu, right when there was a growing demand for MPVs in our market. The Tavera was priced well, built well, had a lot of space and it became an instant hit. This may well have been one of GM's biggest success stories in India. If not for the emission scandal that put sales of the Tavera on hold, it would have been selling more than what it was selling in the past few months!
Can you ever imagine a large, powerful hatchback in our market? (No. I am not taking about the S-Cross here.) The SR-V was essentially an Optra Hatchback without a boot. We know what the Optra was capable of. But the high asking price killed the car.
CHEVY OPTRA MAGNUM
The Optra Magnum was placed between the C and D segment with a powerful diesel engine. It was one of the most powerful cars under 10 Lakhs but the car didn’t have much to attract the customers other than the engine itself and so GM pulled the plugs to focus on the Cruze.
Another interesting product is the rebadged version of the Subaru Forester which was introduced in the early 2000s. It was very unique and stood out from products that were in our market at that time. Unfortunately, we didn’t want to stand out from the crowd and so, the Forester was left alone.
Masculine looks, a powerful diesel engine, a futuristic cabin, stylish interiors, sporty dynamics, the Cruze had it all. The Cruze then became a favourite for enthusiasts and earned the name – a Diesel Rocket, which it truly was. When other competitors took notice and upped their game, GM stood still and didn’t give the Cruze the attention it deserved. Technically, GM killed the Cruze themselves.
The Captiva is one of the best soft-roader SUVs in India with the right price and features that the customers in that segment demanded. The Captiva was decently successful but the fierce competition from the Toyota Fortuner left the Captiva in the dust.
In 2015, Mary Teresa Barra, CEO, General Motors announced their plan to invest $1billion to not only increase manufacturing operations but also launch 10 locally produced models. Come 2016, we saw some interesting concepts from GM during Auto Expo 2016.
Here are some of the models displayed at 2016 Auto Expo:
A heavily reworked version of the International Beat for India with some tough looks.
Essentia Compact Sedan
Chevy’s contender to take a piece of the CS market share
A direct competitor to the leader in compact MPVs, the Ertiga.
Well. We expected the international spec Cruze and this was definitely disappointing.
Apart from these India-centric products, GM also showcased a bunch of other exciting models from their international line-up, like the latest generation Corvette, Camaro and Colorado pickup. Although we were very certain that these models wouldn’t make it to our shores, it was a surprise the new Beat and Essentia also didn’t, even though they were spotted testing in India!
Wait! Where is the Adra Concept that was shown in Auto Expo 2014 slated to launch in 2017?
As a prospect / a customer of Chevy, how will it affect you?