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  1. Tata teases the upcoming Tigor refresh by taking a dig at the recently launched updated Ford Aspire. What does this show? For more details on the updates Tigor, you can head here: https://www.autocarindia.com/car-news/updated-tata-tigor-more-details-out-409960
  2. Ford Figo Headlamps Issue

    I own a Next-Gen Ford Figo (2017 model). I'm facing issue with headlights as the visibility is very poor at low beam. I have thought of upgrading the stock Bulbs i.e. OSRAM 55/60W to new Philips Rally 90/100W. I have few questions in mind : Are they legal to use? Will they void the warranty? Do I need to change any other equipment or are they just plug and play? Thanks in advance!
  3. Car buying is not as easy as it used to be anymore. There are hundreds of options out there, with cars coming in all sorts of different shapes and sizes and configurations at every possible budget. Add to that the insatiable thirst of the Indian marketplace for big, imposing cars, which are also somewhat affordable and what we are left with is finally a narrower field of vision. Some of the largest and most rugged SUVs in India can be found for sale within 35lacs. To help you choose your next car, we came up with this Toyota Fortuner vs Ford Endeavour vs Volkswagen Tiguan comparison test. But why these cars only? Toyota Fortuner is an established name in India. The direct rival in its path, in terms of rugged design and utility is the Ford Endeavour. And almost out of nowhere, Volkswagen has provided us with the Tiguan which might be the most sensible choice as your daily car. Or, is it? We don't know yet, but we WILL know for sure how each car stands out in different categories which will help YOU make a better purchase for yourself, if not THE best. The new Toyota Fortuner makes the most sense, the earlier Fortuner was good, so this must be great too, right? Yes, and no. See, the problem is that the previous Fortuner was a great car, for its price. In a segment which was dominated by Honda CRV and Hyudai Tucson at one point of time, Fortuner stood out like a body-builder on steroids in a room full of skinny teens. Its road presence, and the overall package made people overlook its shortcomings like slow speed ride quality and the interiors, which were more like the Toyota Innova, which at the time came at under 15lacs and was a budget minivan. It was tough to call it a premium package, even at that price. And that is exactly why the new Fortuner has come into being. In the looks department, Toyota decided to look towards its Lexus brand for inspiration. If the curves of the older Toyota Fortuner reminded you of the Toyota Corolla, the creases of the new one would remind you of the Lexus RX, somewhat. The Toyota Fortuner now is even more imposing than before and boasts a more striking design, busy and not so easy on the eyes. Now that you know that you will turn heads in the Fortuner, let's head over to the more important bits. It is impressive on the outside, but what about the Fortuner's interiors? Interiors are good, but again, not for the price. With the top-of-the-line Fortuner closing in at roughly 32lacs, we expect a little more than exposed wires in the glove-box and a lack of use of metal components. The interiors sure feel luxurious and upmarket, but a little more attention to detail would not have bothered anyone. Toyota Fortuner's specifications: So, what do you get mechanically for that price? The Fortuner is available with a 2.7-l petrol and a 2.8-l diesel engine. The 2.7-l petrol unit is capable of 164bhp and 245Nm of torque. The larger diesel mill produces 175bhp and a whopping 450Nm of torque. It is worth mentioning here that only the 2.8-l diesel unit is available with 4x4. Manual and Automatic versions are available for both, petrol and diesel. The prices for all the three SUVs would be listed together towards the end of the article. The Ford Endeavour has no chance to survive in front of the Fortuner, or does it? Ford could not win a court-case against a spice-powder manufacturer for the name Everest, yeap, that is what the Endeavour is called in other markets, then how can we expect it to win against the segment leader, the Fortuner? Here's the deal. This is where things get real. The forums are all tilted towards the Fortuner, however, when it comes to driving off the tarmac, the Endeavour will DESTROY the Fortuner. Ultimately, these are Sport Utility Vehicles, emphasis 'Sport'. The Endeavour and the Fortuner, both are really capable off-road. The Fortuner comes with features like rear axle diff lock, Hill Start Assist Control, Hill Descent Control and Active Traction Control. The Ford Endeavour also comes with roughly the same features, it gets 225mm ground clearance, 5 mm more than the Fortuner, though. What the Endeavour also comes with is a Terrain Management System with three settings: Snow mode keeps RPMs low for greater control, while enhanced ABS and torque control help minimize wheel slip; Sand mode provides you with a more aggressive torque transfer, a more sensitive throttle response, and even wheel slip to keep the momentum going; Rock mode keeps 4WD in first gear for greater control and maximises ABS and torque transfer to help you navigate through gravel, rocks and the kind. However, what actually sets the Endeavour apart from the Fortuner is this: Ford Endeavour's specifications are something which are yet to be seen in a SUV of this budget. The top-end Endeavour comes with a 3.2-l diesel with roughly 200hp and 470Nm of torque. The Endeavour is higher than the Fortuner by 5mm, has 25bhp more, and an extra 20Nm of torque. The final nail in the coffin is the fact that the Endeavour is also lighter by 340kg. Add to this the 800mm water wading capability of the Endeavour and it is clear which SUV is winning off-road. But, there are things which even the Endeavour doesn't do well. Interiors of the Ford Endeavour are elegant, just like its exteriors. They are in no way flamboyant. And as for the touchscreen infotainment system, it does not get Apple CarPlay OR Android Auto. The best thing about the inside is the neat instrument cluster. It has screens on either side of the speedo which sits in the middle, providing you all sorts of information. Even the tachometer appears among other readouts, which can be seen one at a time. And then there's the little issue of fuel economy. The 200hp 3.2-l diesel unit burns a liter of fuel every 10.9km, which is roughly 16% lesser than that of the Toyota Fortuner, which gives 12 kilometers to the liter. Which one is for you then? If you want a product which is classy and elegant, then the Ford Endeavour makes a lot of sense. If you need something which shouts 'Look at me!', you might go for the Toyota Fortuner. Ford Endeavour is your no frills SUV, it will get you anywhere, even in some places where the Fortuner might not, because of its higher torque and bhp figures. The overall fit and finish of the Endeavour is better, however, the interiors of the Fortuner impress more. If you live in the city rather than the suburbs, then your choice may be different. Actually, here's the truth. Neither of them fit in with the city environment. The low mileage is only expected to fall further in the city, and their enormous proportions are exaggerated in traffic. Moreover, flyovers don't require Hill Descend Control or 4x4. Sure, you can go for the less powerful variants of these SUVs, and can use them as limos, but since these are driver oriented machines, the concrete jungle is just not their habitat. However, that has not stopped people from buying them. In fact, they have been selling pretty well. However, there's a game changer among us. With dimensions similar to that of the Tucson, and priced with the Fortuner and the Endeavour, and made to target the luxury segment, the Volkswagen Tiguan seems to have it all. It's rivals help define what IT really is. If backseat comfort is your priority, then the Volkswagen Tiguan is for you. Moreover, despite being a crossover, you can not call it an overpriced hatchback by ANY means. It is loaded with features not seen on either of the previous discussed SUVs. The Toyota and the Ford look like what an American football player would buy, the Tiguan however, looks like it is the daily vehicle of choice of some model, who happens to tackle some mud and bogs on the way to the location of the photoshoot. It makes the large SUVs look absolutely brash, that's how good it is. And its strongest point is its pedigree. Thanks to the tech which has been derived from cars like this: Tiguan's specifications are its strongest point. You can pretty much be assured that the Tiguan is really capable. It looks soft on the eyes, seats just 5, and moreover is low slung, and it is in fact a crossover. But don't be fooled by its resume. The Tiguan comes with the 4motion technology, which transfers torque according to grip levels to individual wheels in real time. It always helps that the Audi S1 Quattro was a part of the Volkswagen group. AWD has been a strong point common to many cars, right from the humble Tiguan to the big Bentleys. It also has a Drive Mode Selector which allows you to choose from four presets- Normal, Offroad, Offroad Individual and Snow. It also comes with Hill Descent Control. But there's more. It also comes with a panoramic sunroof, 6 airbags, ABS, ESP, and despite being loaded with way more features, it weighs just a tad more than the Fortuner. A 2.0-l TDI diesel enable the Tiguan to produce 141bhp and 340Nm of torque, which is quite sufficient for it. Where it trumps the bigger trucks is its mileage, returning 17 kilometers to the liter. That is hatchback territory. Here's the bottom-line. If sales figures are anything to go buy, the Toyota Fortuner is your choice of ride, hands down. It largely dominates the market. It is no doubt, a great SUV. If you need some flash and dash, there is no better SUV in this price segment that attracts eyes quite like the Fortuner does. However, if you really need to go off the road, the Endeavour is the SUV to go for. After beating around the bush, the little fact that Endeavour is lighter, more powerful and equally equipped, has finally surfaced. The Fortuner is great, no doubt, it is just that the Endeavour is a tad more capable. So, how does the Tiguan fit into the comparison? As discussed earlier, the Tiguan too is well-equipped for off-road use. However, its weight and ground clearance bring it down when it comes to mud bogging. It is the ideal car to go for in the city, that is for sure. If your daily runabout does not require a massive SUV, then the Tiguan is for you. What the sales figures show is that the market is not yet ready to pay this amount of money for a Volkswagen yet. Price is what made the Volkswagen Phaeton a flop in the Indian market, and that trend seems to have infested the sales of the Tiguan too. However, if you are able to look past the price, it is a really capable machine. Here's a link to the original article: https://wp.me/p7ZTce-13Q
  4. Hello friends, I would like to share my experiences with my Ford Ikon 1.6 (Tourmaline green). I'm the owner of this very comfortable, luxurious and power packed monster since 2008. I'm the 3rd owner of this beauty. I agree you people might already think this car's parts cost a fortune, but believe me, these quality parts from Ford very rarely need replacement or repair if maintained well. The air-conditioning is the best i found in the class of it's era. Ikon started to roll out with electric windows and power steering while other car manufacturers were still stuck on getting their cars to be more fuel efficient. Photos of my cars and additional comments will soon follow. Thank you, Venkys.
  5. Guys My bother needed a car for himself, to go to office and run daily errands. His budget was upto 15 lakhs, and the car was only meant to be driven alone. i.e. very rare family travel. So he was looking for diesel options. He decided in favour of the ecosport as it looked young and fresh. He found everyhting he needed in the car and after comparing all the cars in the segment ( From POLO to Vento/Verna/Duster), it was the ecosport (Ofcourse!!) . He has booked early with delivery slated next week. Now he had a soft corner for an automatic diesel but Laura ambition DSG was out of his budget. Now These has been an interesting development. My brother got a call from Skoda Delhi today and the SA offered him a flat cash discount of 3 lacs on any laura model (2012 make). Now this puts the base diesel model( 2.0 TDi Ambition) very close to ecosport. ( about 2.8 lacs difference) and the AT Ambition aroung 4.5 lacs more We were discussing it and could not conclude what to buy. Money is not an issue and we are also few of the lucky ones to get an ecosport this early, giving it up would mean insanity to few :|) Ecosport is new whereas laura is old (soon be replaced) but from a segment above. so more comfortable and powerful. As he shall be driving alone he dosent mind any car. First it was like "Laura!! so many on road, so old.. not special but after a few minutes, it was like by the end of this year, there will be more ecosports on road, HAHA ) Its almost final to go for the new car (ES) but but just incase "should we give laura a second look" ( Incase of laura, we would look at the Automatic Ambition mostly, would cost about 4.5 lacs more, again this is just an idea as of now, lets see how it goes). Help PLEASE !!!
  6. A new Ford hatchback has been caught testing in the city of Cologne in Germany. From the pictures you can make out that its is a Swift sized hatch. Could this be a rival to the Swift in India? There is also possibility that this could indeed be the next generation Figo. The Figo has been around in India for three years now so this could very well be the new model. Check out the pictures: Pics Source: Quatrorodas.Abril.com.br
  7. Keeping its worst ever pace, Indian car market in June 2013 dropped 5.2% from last year ending an awful first half down 10.1%. Launching the locally produced SUV Ecosport, Ford finally attacked this market, almost doubling share.
  8. HI I got a call from ford and I shall get my Ford Ecosport Tit. (O) on 10th August. As a part of the panned upgrades, One big one is alloy wheels. I am looking for 17" wheels (+1 sizing) and changing the tyres to 215/55/17. It is a 4 bold 108 PCD pattern and there arent much options in india. If few dealers have the wheels, the offsets are far from the stock offset. If i am not wrong Ecosport wheels are 16", 4x108 PCD, ET38 (Same as fiesta, as they are giving 15" fiesta alloy as accessory for base models) So I have decided to import wheels from UK. I am looking at brands like OZ, MSW , MOMO etc. I calculated and the prices will be same or slightly cheaper post customs if I import wheels than buying from india. Also I get peace of mind of them being original. I'll import the tyres along with wheels as this size is slightly rare. Tyres shortlisted are Goodyear Efficient Grip (How are they?) I like the MSW type 20 4H wheels. I am still looking and need inputs on what to buy and how to go about it. Also if any one is interested in buying set of 5 stock ecosport alloys from me (with tyres)( with Zero miles on them) please let me know. Thanks
  9. Car production at Ford Australia is going under. Its becoming unprofitable they say to produce cars there as losses keep on mounting , they says it cost twice as much to produce a car here than in Europe and close to 4 times than in Asia. more on this link: http://www.telegraph...-Australia.html
  10. Hello I m going for a diesel sedan...and the final selection I have got to is new Ford Fiesta Diesel and Skoda Rapid Diesel. My usage is a mix of 80% city driving plus 20% of outstation driving. While I have been driving Ford Ikon for 10 years previously, I feel the new Fiesta is overpriced. I have liked the Skoda Rapid overall but am too much worried about the after sales services. Owners dread sending thier Skodas for Rapid...has this changed or still the same. Help me please with choosing between these.
  11. Ford India has come under fire after three distasteful ads created by its ad agency - JWT India - were uploaded online. Apparently unapproved ads were uploaded on advertising website adsoftheworld.com, by a division within JWT India that caters to Ford's account. Excerpts from an article from The Hindu Read full article here: http://www.thehindu.com/business/Industry/italy-seethes-at-fords-indian-job/article4541960.ece And here are the controvesial ads Pics courtesy: http://www.ilfattoquotidiano.it/2013/03/22/ford-figo-berlusconi-testimonial-in-india-lui-alla-guida-minetti-nel-bagagliaio/539123/ford-figo-schumacher/
  12. Ford is currently showing the final, production-ready version of the EcoSport in select locations across 12 cities in India. A launch date for the car has not been announced just yet, but the company has confirmed that it will commence bookings once the customer experience drive is completed in May, 2013 with first deliveries to commence in early June. The manufacturer however confirmed that the car will be launched in four variants with three engine options – the 1.5-litre diesel and petrol engines from the current Fiesta saloon and Ford’s much acclaimed 1.0-litre EcoBoost turbocharged petrol engine, capable of putting out 123bhp, which will make its India debut in the car. All three engines will come mated to a five-speed manual gearbox while the 1.5-litre petrol will also come with an automatic gearbox option. The Ford EcoSport is expected to have atleast 85 percent of local content when launched. Source: http://www.autocarindia.com/News/336702,ford-showcases-india-spec-ecosport.aspx The pictures below are of the production ready vehicle
  13. Some X'mas fun

    For all the Ken Block fans in here, Ford presents 'Snow Khana one'. This stop motion frivolity will definitely (fuel)inject the Christmas spirit into your inner petrol head. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Cheers, Aditya
  14. Hitesh Kalra, a reader of Autocar India sent in this picture to us. This is the Ford Fiesta Hatch and was spotted by him at Delhi Airport. Looks much better than the sedan in my opinion. Would make a nice premium hatch if Ford would launch this in India. Even the wheels look like 17 inchers. For sure this is a better looker than the sedan. What do you think? Would something like this sell considering the Optra SRV didnt find too many takers?