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Feel special with Fabia

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 2009

ITH the intention of providing the blend of luxury and comfort even in hatchback Skoda has launched its much awaited small car Skoda Fabia in India. The Fabia is a 5-door large hatchback, based on the PQ25, which is a large new platform, the Fabia has a chassis with a sophisticated front MacPherson strut suspension along with a strong lower A-arm and nonindependent rear suspension. The Czech manufacturer has kept Indian concerns in mind before release of the new model by introducing a raised suspension and returned springs and dampers – all together called the ‘rough road’ package. The Fabia’s anti-lock braking system (ABS) ensures maximum control of the vehicle in emergency braking situations. Its Motor Speed Regulator (MSR) and dual brake assist system ensure utmost safety while driving. The Fabia in India comes in diesel and petrol variants that are borrowed from the Skoda Roomster, which is another successful model from Skoda. The 1.4 PD TDI diesel variant comes with an Inline-3 engine that generates 70 bhp. The 86 bhp 1.4 MPI petrol and 70 bhp 1.2 MPI petrol variant has an Inline-4 engine. Both engines are coupled to a 5-speed manual transmission. The diesel Fabia gives amaz-

ing fuel efficiency, which is close to 14.1 km/litre in the city and 18.5 km/litre on the highway. The Skoda Fabia has an instant appeal with its cheeky cuteness. This large hatchback has a sharp design that makes it stand out in its class. The Fabia successfully gives a compact appearance with a tight-fitting roof, projector headlamps that are a blend of aesthetics and functionality, and a big chrome bar with a classy look. The exterior appeal is further complemented by alloy wheels with wide tyres for better road grip. Stepping into the hatch will give an altogether new experience of comfort, innovative technology, and safety features. The interiors have an impressive dual tone design for a lavish feel. Fabia’s multi-textured seat fabrics give a touch of class to the interiors. The interior of the hatch is packed with technology that includes a multi-function information display of the current time, outdoor temperature, instantaneous fuel consumption, average fuel consumption, distance traveled, time driven, and average speed range. Convenience features include a remote keyless entry for one-touch lock and unlock, electronically adjustable and heated outside rear view mirrors, and front and rear power windows.

A-Star is born

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N the growing and accelerated journey of the Indian car industry, Maruti Suzuki A-star is a marvel that marks a beginning of the small car revolution. With a high degree of vivacity, the car holds an attitude that knows no boundaries and is created at a juncture where technology meets innovation and enthusiasm. The scintillating A-star is made in India for the global market to meet European standards. It shines above all with its brilliant styling, superior engineering, excellent performance, and unmatched fuel efficiency. In addition, the eco-friendly characteristics of the car add extra worth and shine to the already blazing star. Maruti Suzuki A-star is the first car from Maruti Suzuki fitted with the

latest invention in engine technology, the new generation KB Series engine. Powered with the K10B engine, the car is cautiously designed to meet the present as well as future emission norms in India as well as overseas. In the present scenario, the car’s engine is in compliance with the BS-III emission norms. In India, the car is available in three variants, LXi, VXi, and the top-end version ZXi. The innovative and powerful KB engine in the A-star churns out 66 bhp @ 6200 rpm and a torque of 90 Nm @ 3500 rpm. The engine is mated with a 5-speed manual transmission. Artistically crafted with detail, precision, and wild imagination, Maruti Suzuki A-star delivers impressive aesthetics. The overall design of the

car is a true reflection of the contemporary European tastes. The brilliant aerodynamic design along with a host of appealing features like sweeping expressive lamps, comet shaped tail lamps, striking bumper, and a wide sporty grille with good engine ventilation adds to the exciting impression of the car exterior. Coming to A-star’s interior, it is a blend of modernity and ethnicity. Peep into the car to rejoice in the world of technology, advancement, and innovations. The interior holds a well-carved aero-dashboard with an integrated car audio system with AUX-in facility. An impressive instrumentation with a smart tacho pod, digital trip meter, odometer, fuel gauge, and clock adds to the engaging ambience of the car.

Changing perceptions

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HE popular Tata Indica was launched in 1998, which was purely a hatchback. The car has made a successful journey so far and has gained millions of Indian hearts for its brand cars in the Indian market, now comes the all new Tata Indica Vista. The car comes with a choice of three powerful engines, enhanced interiors, increased interior space, and better quality interiors. The model is built on a completely new platform. The Vista drives on the popularity and liking of Tata’s Indica V2. The 1.2-litre petrol engine on Safire models dispenses 65 bhp@5500 rpm and a maximum torque of 96 Nm@3000 rpm. The 1.3-litre common-rail diesel engine, called ‘Quadrajet’ or ‘Multijet’, generates 75 bhp@4000 rpm and delivers a high

torque of 190 Nm@1750 rpm for better city driving. The 1.4-litre turbocharged intercooled TDi engine has been re-worked for the Indica Vista. It pumps out 71 bhp@4500 Nm and renders 135 Nm@2500 rpm. The new Tata Indica Vista is a complete makeover of the existing Tata Indica V2 and is larger in size and interior space. Its up-to-date styling and sharp appearance give a compact sporty feel. The Tata Indica was already quite spacious and now the new Vista has a wheelbase that is increased by 70 mm and length by 120 mm. The car comes with a host of attractive exterior features like a bold honeycomb grille, wing shaped headlight cluster that harmonizes the grille, and tall taillights that give the car a strik-

ing appeal. The most distinctive feature of the Vista is the presence of sharp crease lines on the hood and on the door. The Vista is a product of Tata’s continued efforts to deliver the finest quality and best comfort on its cars. The seating is very ergonomic. Lumbar adjustable front seats, 60:40 foldable rear seats, and height adjustable driver’s seat are standard features. A unique centrally mounted instrument panel enhances the appearance of the dual tone dashboard.

TVS Scooty streak for the new age girl

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N keeping with its intention to lead innovation in the scooter segment for young girls and in an effort to take the very popular Scooty brand to the next level, TVS Motor Company has launched the all new ’Stylish and Futuristic1 TVS Scooty Streak. The Scooty Streak will be a no compromise option for young girls, providing the right mix of performance, style, convenience and comfort. TVS Scooty Streak comes with a smart and sleek unisex styling. The sharp head lamps, LED tail-lamps and contemporary styling takes the Scooty Streak into a different league making it the most stylish scooter for young girls. The LiTech engine makes the Scooty Streak light, zippy and the most fuel efficient bike in its class. Scooty Streak, which will be available in a range of five exciting colours including red, blue, black, pink and mauve is packed with many innovative features. The bike offers superior ride quality with its high-comfort contoured seat and the all aluminium shock absorbers that provide stress

free riding even on bad roads. It comes with broad anti-skid tyres that provide enhanced wet braking stability and is equipped with an external fuel fill at the rear for refueling. The easy center stand allows one to put the bike on the stand almost effortlessly. The bike is fitted with a mobile charger and a lockable front glove box to store handy items. TVS Motor Company has signed on noted tennis star, Sania Mirza to endorse the Scooty Streak as she emanates the brand attributes of being a stylish, young achiever and a role model to girls across the country. Scooty Streak is the fourth offering from Scooty, the first offering from the brand, being the iconic girl bike Scooty Pep+. This was followed by the value-for money Teenz and the break through Teenz Electric. With the introduction of Scooty Streak, TVS Motor Company now offers urban commuters the widest choice for an easy, safe and fuel efficient commute in the gearless scooter segment. Scooty Streak is priced at Rs. 35,800 ex-showroom and will be made available across India.

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