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  1. Volvo Buses India, for the first time, will export buses manufactured at its Hoskote Plant near Bengaluru to Europe. Previously Volvo was exporting India made buses to South Africa & SAARC countries. This move by the Swedish Bus Maker is in accordance with 'Make in India' program. It will be a very proud moment to see European Buses badged as "Made in India".
  2. Michelin Primacy LC will cost you around 6500 /-, but they are worth the price. Extremely good handling and absolutely zero road noise. They will even make your hydraulic steering further effortless. At speeds of 130+, you will be pretty confident and the whole dynamics will be predictable. They also offer excellent grip in wet conditions. Only issue with these tires is the sidewalls, they are a bit thinner making it prone to damages. If you can live with it, then this is the best rubber around. Next is Bridgestone Potenza GIII, it is a perfect combination of comfort, durability and performance. These tires can survive most of the Indian roads pretty well. Road grip and braking are equally nice. Though there will be a little rolling noise that will enter the cabin. These tires can give you >70k kms running life.
  3. Ha ha ha....thank you so much LeoRahi. Also the registration number is pretty awesome.. OR 02 CA 0770
  4. Finally ended with a Royal Enfield Classic 500 (used). The bike is in immaculate condition. The previous owner has driven it only for 4600 kms in 18 months. I negotiated it for 1.3 lacs. Here are the pics....
  5. My personal views, (Based on regular usage) Michelin = Soft compound tyre. Excellent grip and outstanding performance in wet road conditions. Superb braking and minimal road noise. Proper tyre pressure, balanced and aligned wheels and timely tyre rotation will give you a decent 55000 km mixed usage. The soft compound makes the drive-ability easy and minimizes steering effort. The only major drawback is weak side wall protection. The sidewalls very thin and are prone to get damaged in side impacts. Bridgestone = Its an all rounder !!! Also easy on pocket. Potenza range is premium and comparable to Michelin and Yokohama. Goodyear = I had these as OE tyres hence quality was a bit low. But recently I have bought Dura Plus series for our Punto. I am satisfied with them. Grip is good but there is noticeable road noise. Apollo = These tyres have improved a lot over time. Alnac and Accelere are very good tyres from apollo. In muddy and slush tarmac, these tyres really need some improvement. We have put Acceleres on our Fiat Uno. MRF/JK/CEAT = Long lasting. They work decently upto 70000 kms. Easy on budget and readily available.
  6. Grip & Stability on wet road Michelin >Yokohama > Bridgestone > Goodyear > Apollo > MRF > CEAT > JK Grip & Stability on dry and dusty road Michelin >Yokohama > Bridgestone > Goodyear > Apollo > MRF > CEAT > JK Response to Braking on wet Road Michelin >Yokohama > Bridgestone > CEAT > Apollo > Goodyear > MRF > JK Response of Braking on dry and dusty road Michelin >Yokohama > Bridgestone > CEAT > Apollo > Goodyear > MRF > JK Lowest Wear and Tear MRF = JK = CEAT = Bridgestone > Goodyear > Apollo >Yokohama = Michelin Shelf Life and Immunity to climate changes Yokohama > Michelin > MRF = JK = CEAT = Bridgestone = Goodyear = Apollo Scoring by Experience Michelin/Yokohama = 6/6 Goodyear/ Bridgestone = 4/6 MRF/CEAT/JK = 3/6 Apollo = 3.5/6
  7. It looks very cheap. Instead of going red, they could have done away with black. All chrome bits could have been replaced with black inserts. IMO following things could have added a lot of sporty character, 1. Ground clearance should be improved to 200mm. 2. New sporty matte black or diamond cut alloys. 3. Cross roof rails 4. A new grill without the teeths and chrome. 5. A simple front nudge guard. 6. Rear door mounted spare wheel. To keep the cost low, they could have removed the electronic goodies, like, infotainment system, reverse parking camera, tyretronics, climate control, auto lamps, auto wipers, mood lighting etc. Without creature comforts the XUV will be raw and a true sport off roader. Itz just my personal idea.
  8. Some more to choose,
  9. Some cheaper options doc,
  10. Some wheel caps,
  11. Dear Doc, Before putting new wheel caps, get the rims colored. Preferably Black. On the interior side, install small blue colored LEDS under the dashboard and behind the front seats. It will act as mood lighting and is pretty cheap. You yourself can do it. Also search for door scuff plates, they will really look premium. These are certain makeovers which will refresh your attitude towards your ageing babe. You will also enjoy driving it more keeping your Dzire safe at garage.
  12. Dear Doc, Change the wheel-caps. Go for some new wheel caps. For R13 you will get a lot of options in wheelcaps. For tires, Michelin and Yokohama are some decent rubbers with attractive tread pattern. The tire tread pattern will give your car a refreshed look. Another suggestion is to blackout the B pillars with either matte black or glossy black stickers. You will love looking at your car once it is done.
  13. Thank you Sachins. I was totally impressed by the Pulsar 200NS. Liked the new chassis design and the engine refinement. Its a good VFM package. But it didn't really suited me. It looked very odd when I sat on the bike. The bike is tall but it doesn't looks proportionate with my body physique. I am 6ft tall and 95 kgs, quite a bulky body I have. It would be great if you can tell me about the regular maintenance details. I have heard that the gear shift is also a bit sticky and it doesn't gets to neutral easily. Please help me with the basic maintenance things and not-do-things with the thunderbird. Thank you