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  1. Its a matter of personal choice. For me Scorpio resembles more to a truck with hardly and body lines or flowing design but Safari definitely lives up to the image of an SUV. Moreover as FRG said what use is power without control which is the diff between American crs and European cars. Americans have never had a problem with power but they have always had a problem taking that power into a corner and that's why European cars are respected more. So its definitely Safari all the way.
  2. BTW, if your friend can get a pic of the car, she can make some good money as the whole world is dying to get a glimpse of the real thing. But im sure that wont happen.
  3. sumittechnocrat..is it Hotel Taj palace or Mansingh as both are under Taj I guess
  4. SX4 is undoubtedly a great car by Indian standards. The price will certainly go up but not in the short-term as Maruti is taking the City head on with the SX. Except for rear visibility, all other things are in place for a sedate driver.
  5. The MV Agusta R312..simply a stunning bike to look at with true Italian design and it definitely is a very able track machine as well. Just a little pricey though.
  6. Hawk

    BMW or MERC or AUDI

    For me its Audi..they pioneered the 4wd technology for cars. Vorsprung Durch Technik
  7. Hawk

    Hello All!

    Welcome to the gang mate..
  8. Its not just about Tata and Mahindra.. Even companies like BMW make mistakes. In a recent safety rating test held by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in US, the BMW 5 Series turned out to be the worst performer in side-impact crash test. Now this came despite the fact that BMW does 12 crash tests on its cars and computer simulations as well. The new Honda CRV got less stars than the previous one!!!Imagine that..Honda making a new car which is less safer than the older one..
  9. In the case of collisions with SUVs, MPVs and vans, pedestrians and cyclists tend to be thrown forward or under the vehicle, and are 300% more likely to suffer serious injuries than if the collision was with a passenger car. Research by the NHTSA found that pedestrians are twice as likely to be killed in a collision with an SUV as they are if struck by a car.<?:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /> The European Enhanced Vehicle-Safety Committee set up Working Group 17 (WG17) to draw up and recommend proposals on pedestrian safety to be presented to the European parliament as the basis for legislation. WG17 is working to a timetable that will see any new proposal applied for new vehicle types from 2010 and for all new vehicles from 2012 to 2014. WG17 established test procedures that represent three different impact scenarios between pedestrians and vehicles, for which three different impactors were developed: The impact of an adult from the side with the bumper (leg form impactor) The impact of the upper leg of an adult from the side with the bonnet leading edge (upper leg form impactor). This is also used to represent child thorax impacts. The impact of the head of a child or adult with the bonnet (child and adult head form impactor) The European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) has drawn up its own proposals in negotiation with the EC. The first commitment was to bring new vehicle types into line with the recommendations of the Commission Joint Research Centre with effect from 1 July 2005. The second commitment covers new vehicles over the period from 2010 to 2012. JAMA and the Korean Manufacturers Associations (KAMA) entered into separate negotiations with the Commission. However, what at first seemed to be a relatively straightforward exercise proved to be an extremely complicated one in which a huge number of issues need to be resolved. These include issues related to vehicle stiffness and styling, and increased weight and packaging. Most significant among these is the interconnectivity and functionalities of many components and sub-assemblies. For example, the choice of powertrain affects compatibility and the design of the frontal structure, which affects impact absorption performance, suspension performance and the ability of the sensor diagnostic module to deploy passenger and pedestrian safety systems. As part of pedestrian safety systems, the balance of stiffness between the bumper, spoiler and bonnet leading edge is important, and the need to deploy the bonnet influences its design and choice of materials, which affects NVH performance. Headlamps must also be designed to absorb energy, yet advanced headlamp systems are currently tending to include more components. Airbag technology is being applied extensively to developing systems that can reduce pedestrian injuries from collisions with all types of passenger vehicles. In response to sensors that detect a collision
  10. Crash testing requires to become more stringent as FRG said...Current laws in India would do little or no good. Crash testing of a vehicle in Europe comprises many things including the performance of the passive safety systems individually during a crash. Apart from driver safety the vehicle is also required to pass child protection and pedestrian protection during the crash. The following areas and parts are assessed individually within a crash test and there are specific regulations within the automotive industry for each of these components and areas to meet..Seatbelts, Airbags, Head Restraints and Seats, Vehicle body impact absorption, Compatibility, Rear-end collisions, Vehicle interiors, Pedestrian safety, child safety. Only when all the above mentioned parts meet the norms, a car is considered to have passed a crash test. I sincerely doubt if there will be such a rigorous test in India. For eg. just relating to the point of compatibility mentioned above, the UK Transport Research Laboratory devised three test procedures to assess and control both compatibility and frontal impact. These include: <?:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /> A full width test at 56km/h with a deformable barrier face and high-resolution load cell wall (LCW) to assess and control structural interaction. A 64km/h Offset Deformable Barrier (ODB) test
  11. Its not mainly about the companies but the government..In the absence of any stringent safety laws a company would definitely not go ahead and load its car with safety systems and increase the cost to only see the car rotting in the showrooms and yards. The govt needs to proactively take some steps as in US and Europe.
  12. So how does a company make a car go faster? Well plonk in a bigger engine or tune the existing engine to produce more power, stretch the rev band, make some changes to the chassis and the faster car is ready. But but but Ferrari does it in a better way. So now that we know that Ferrari is the company behind this speed hunger, why would any company make an existing road burning machine go faster and how and would it do that? To know more about this amazing machine Click Here
  13. Welcome to the Autocar forum mate...for everyone else on the forum...Synner is an amazing 3D artist and has made some amazing motorcycle designs..So go ahead and ask him to show his work..Allright Synn get rid of that Lager can from your hand and show us some drool maal..