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  1. The same happens with Hyundai diesel cars also, don't know much about others. But heard that few of Ford cars(Old Fiesta/Classic & new Fiesta DCT Automatic) in India come with life-long Transmission fluid warranty i.e they need not to be changed for their entire lifetime. I haven't recommended any value to him, but men at tyre shoppe are more known to tyre pressures to a particular car(Dzire in this case), as it is his daily job. So, i'm following him, till i'm comfortable with ride of my vehicle. Might sound a bit indifferent.
  2. Attaching pics of the Service schedule & tasks to be performed page as given in Swift/Dzire shared owner's manual.
  3. Yes, it also reads the same. Engine Oil, Oil filter, Fuel filter, Engine Coolant, Brake fluid, Gear Oil, Clutch fluid replacement at 20k kms/24 months service. Thereafter, same consumables replacement at every 20k kms or after every 2years/24 months. Haven't got the quote for this service yet, as both mileage driven & time span interval are still far. However, if you're having more than one Maruti Auth.Service centres in your vicinity, then you can negotiate for labor charges. One more thing, Which engine oil you're following for your Dzire ? Is it mineral or synthetic. Does engine oil from outside shops can be brought to service center for replacement, than relying on ASC's stock items ! Thanks alot sir. Actually was busy with some work from last few weeks & haven't got much chance to intimate with car due to too chill winter weather in Dec-Jan. Will definitely try to update as it gets the chance.
  4. Launched few months back VW Cross Polo is having increased Wheelbase with 40mm more Rear legroom than regular Polo. Why not VW are using that bodyshell with 1.5 TDi engine for Polo as a facelift/upgrade. I'll help them fetch more customers, even existing customers than who're willing to upgrade from current Polo due to lesser Rear legroom.
  5. SONY to stop making PCs, cut 5000 jobs: Sony said the job cuts would save about $1 billion a year starting from early 2015, and announced the sale of its Vaio brand of PCs to a Japanese investment fund. Read more at: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/hardware/Sony-to-stop-making-PCs-cut-5000-jobs/articleshow/29941752.cms?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=TOITech
  6. Unveiled today is Hyundai's latest offering or you can say comeback in entry level sedan segment, although in today's rapidly growing Compact sedan shape, christened as Xcent(just as like Accent, which was also pronounced as Xcent at that time). Attached are some of its pictures from its unveil ceremony, (Pics source: Autocarindia.com) It also features many class/segment first equipment like, -Largest boot space in its class. -Rear seat AC vents. -Bluetooth telephony equipped music system. -Music system with 1GB internal storage space for music streaming. -Cooled glove box(first in compact sedan segment). & many more. It's going to available in same 1.2 kappa2 VTVT petrol & 1.1 litre, 3-cylinder CRDi diesel engine options, each which are going to be offered with both Manual & Automatic transmissions. Sadly bigger & more powerful 1.4 litre, 4-cylinder CRDi engine from i20/Verna won't be offered at the launch.
  7. TATA Motors today unveiled Falcon project based Bolt hatchback & Zest compact sedan. To keep the things simple, i'm going to present this thread in a very simple & maximum illustrative way. So, lets start with, TATA Bolt hatchback TATA unveiled today an All-new Bolt hatchback, powered with 1.2 litre Turbocharged + Intercooled REVOTRON petrol engine generating 85PS of power & 140Nm of torque at low rpm. Another engine powering it is 1.3 litre Multijet Diesel engine in its 75PS FGT avatar based on existing TATA Vista. Both the engines are mated to 5-speed Manual transmission. TATA ZEST hatchback TATA motors also unveiled today an All-new compact sedan based on Bolt hatchback, powered with 1.2 litre Turbocharged + Intercooled REVOTRON petrol engine generating 85PS of power & 140Nm of torque at low rpm. Another engine powering it is 1.3 litre Multijet Diesel engine in its 90PS VGT avatar based on existing TATA Manza. Both the engines are mated to 5-speed Manual transmission & 1.3 Quadrajet Diesel is also available with Automated Manual transmission(termed as F-Tronic gearbox). (Source: Autocar India) Rest the pics do the talking..
  8. Spied this time is Nissan Micra Active in its Diesel avatar. Few months back Nissan launched the pre-facelift Micra with stripped to features/equipment in Indian market to executive level hatchback segment to rival cars like Hyundai i10, Maruti A-star, Maruti Swift/Ritz, TATA Indica eV2, but it lacked in making the desired sales numbers with reason being Nissan launched it with 1.2 Petrol engine only. So after promising diesel option for it, Nissan seems to have started testing again this already successful Nissan Micra Diesel with probably 1.5l K9K 64PS Diesel engine. Source article reveals, Spotted on the busy GST Road in Chennai, Nissan's familiar 'Pure Drive dCi' badge ensured that we didn't ignore this car as another regular Micra. While the one you see in these pictures with a 'test' registration plate is the XL variant, there was another XV variant following this car. Nissan didn't bother to hide the badges as neither the car nor the engine is new for the Indian market. Since the Micra Active essentially shares the platform, sheet metal, mechanicals and most of the interiors with the original Micra, we expect the same 1.5-liter K9K diesel engine under the hood of the Micra Active. Power output may be reduced to differentiate the Micra Active from the facelifted Micra, but we aren't sure about this. With decent looks and loads of interior space being it's major trump-cards, the launch of diesel variants will make the Micra Active a more attractive proposition in the highly-competitive small car segment in India.Nissan has already lost potential customers and market share by not launching the diesel variants of the Micra Active last year. Will the company make up for it by launching the Micra Active diesel soon with an attractive price tag. (Source: Anything on wheels.com) IMHO, with base Micra Active petrol prices beginning from Rs.3.5 lacs, expect this base Diesel engine powered Micra Active to begin from Rs.4.5-4.7 lacs, which itself is quite an interesting thing & can really make it a strong statement of quality, frugality, value engineering and will project it as strong Value for money proportion & serious rival to low priced diesel rivals like Ford Figo, Chevrolet Beat, TATA Indica eV2, TATAVista TDi & even Hyundai Grand i10 plus others.
  9. Volkswagen Polo (without Airbags) [media=] (with Driver+Passenger Airbags) VW has decided to withdraw the non-airbag-equipped version from the Indian market and upgrade all its cars with airbags. As a result "it was awarded a pass based on dummy readings from the 64kph crash", according to NCAP. All other carmakers were given the chance to upgrade their cars in this manner. Max Moseley, chairman of Global NCAP said, “India is now a major global market and the production centre for small cars, so it’s worrying to see levels of safety that are 20 years behind the five-star standards now common in Europe and North America. Poor structural integrity and the absence of airbags are putting the lives of Indian consumers at risk. They have a right to know how safe their vehicles are and to expect the same basic levels of safety that customers in other part of the world get as standard.” (Source: Excerpts taken from article named 'Indian cars fails crash safety tests' posted at Autocar India homepage).
  10. Hyundai i10 Hyundai i10 also performed poorly at the crash tests with impact being transmitted till the half of the car with affected roof as well. TATA Nano [media=] TATA Nano fared very poorly at the Offset front crash tests at both 56 & 64kmph with its bodyshell itself didn't resisting the force of impact & got bend till the center of the car. Also can be seen in video, its Crash dummy getting the injury from displacement of steering wheel also, as it features old-school Non-collapsible steering wheel hence transmitting whole impact into itself & onto the driver. David Ward, secretary general of Global NCAP said the objective was to raise awareness of safety in India. "Structural integrity and low-cost cars can go hand in hand," he emphasised. One thing's for sure, the debate on safer cars in India has just seen its strongest argument. Continued to next post..
  11. Most small Indian cars don’t meet UN safety and Global NCAP standards. Many Indian cars score zero on crash & safety tests, European cars with airbags score better. NCAP, a body that regularly crash tests cars in Europe, has conducted a first ever independent crash tests on some of India’s best-selling cars – the Maruti Suzuki Alto 800, Tata Nano, Ford Figo, Hyundai i10, and the Volkswagen Polo. All the cars chosen by Global NCAP were entry-level versions (thats the standard procedure), and hence didn’t come with airbags; placing them at a disadvantage. Two test were carried out, the UN's basic safety test (40 percent offset at 56kph) and the Global NCAP test (40 percent offset at 64kph). Ford Figo Of the cars tested, only the Ford Figo passed the UN test despite not having a driver airbag. It was close, as the driver's head narrowly missed the steering wheel, but the Figo passed. Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 [media=] Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 fared very poorly at the front crash tests, as expected as it was already very much criticized for very thin quality metal sheet used for its body panels. With already fully crashed front end after the impact, impact transmitted to roof as well. As can be seen in the video, its dash panels also tore & flying apart after the crash, adding up secondary injuries to already crashed crash dummies. Source article also reveals, The tests also showed that the Maruti Suzuki Alto 800, Tata Nano and Hyundai i10 proved to have inadequate structural integrity, resulting in damage of varying degrees, which can often result in life-threatening injuries or worse. Experts said that the extent of structural damage was such that fitting airbags would not make much of a difference in reducing the risk of serious injury in these cars . The Ford Figo and Volkswagen Polo’s structure remained intact, hence fitting them with airbags would improve their rating. However, I V Rao, Managing Executive officer Maruti, said that Maruti's cars were not designed and engineered with these specific tests in mind, putting them at a comparative disadvantage. He also added that based on Maruti's observations, customers only chose airbags in conjunction with other features in India. Continued to next post..
  12. TATA Movus spied undisguised before its launch: (Pic source: IAB) This car looks quite similar to existing TATA Sumo based TATA Grande, with few changes including technical changes like Improved braking system, NVH & few changes to its interiors to impart new look feeling to the interiors. Powertrain is expected to be same Safari/Aria based 2.2l VARiCOR engine detuned to generate 120PS power with healthy torque figures.
  13. Can's really comment on this issue now. Heard few months that Swift & Dzire facelift(minor facelift) will be in showrooms by around March-April 2014 but since Auto Expo 2014 is also going to be a mega event for new launches, so one can't rule out that possibility. So waiting for another 8-10 days isn't a much difficult option either.
  14. @neerajd; You've really started a great topic regarding the comparison amongst C-segment sedans. I'm not going to challenge the results of anyone here but definitely want to add or share my set of observations regarding New Honda City & All-Aluminium diesel engines. Firstly, regarding New Honda City, Personally i found this car a lot more overstyled, as per Honda & Industry standards. Looks like somebody might whispered into Honda's ears that 'More the chrome, more richer are the looks'. More or less, i'll say the same thing the car looks like facelift than an All-new car built from scratch. Honda City was known for its simplicity & richness and it was its simplicity & technology went into its making which made it exclusive & a car for known for Class. But clearly with New Honda City pricing, Honda has clearly targeted the masses than class alone, this time. Regarding use of Chrome, surprisingly the segment leader New Verna uses only 2 thin lines of chrome all over its body, one in its front grille & another on its tail-gate mounted registration plate lip. Its interiors, specially dashboard also looks too much messy. Seems that its designers didn't wanted anything to be left to be pasted on its dashboard & for that it has lost theme over the equipment. Personally, I love a City to be functional yet simplistic in an exclusive manner but lets see, might be Honda have thought some other way to hit target minds this time. Lets see, whether this approach grows up on people's mind this time or not ! Secondly, on All-Aluminium Diesel engine, Surprisingly or not so surprisingly, Honda is not the first car manufacturer to use All-aluminium Diesel engine or Diesel engine with All-Aluminium block. Ford's widely used 1.4 TDCi(in Figo, Fiesta/Classic, Ikon) is also an all-aluminium unit & is quite a successful one. Advantage of All-Aluminium Diesel engine is that it's relatively Lighter, hence more efficient & can be installed into lighter vehicles also without giving nose-heavy feeling while on the other hand it can be more shaky on NVH fronts but as it's lighter so the shakes it'll going to create will be of relatively lower intensity, that means frequent but lighter vibrations. Again that doesn't mean it's better or bad, but its an engineer or designer's choice as per the needs & priorities. Whereas, Cast Iron block doesn't have such complications, all it needs better heavy-duty mounts & sturdy chassis to handle & balance it perfectly, rest engine manages of its own plus it has better heat handling properties, which makes it relatively more sturdy & reliable for long term usage.
  15. Volkswagen India updates its Polo hatchback in India with added new features, however this time its base Trendline & mid Comfortline variants are being upgraded. For Polo Trendline & Comfortline, say all of its variants now comes with Driver & Passenger Airbag as standard feature, coupled with 2.7% increase in its price. While in addition to above, Polo Comfortline variant also gets ABS(Antilock braking system) as standard feature, also coupled with 2.7% price increase. With recent addition of ABS, Polo CL also becomes almost fully-loaded variant as almost an year earlier VW has loaded it with features like Rear wash-wipe, front fog lamps, foldable desmodronic remote key with keyless entry, 15 inch steel wheels with wheel covers plus few other features, making it a tremendous value for money. A source article says, Volkswagen has announced that it will raise the prices of its Polo premium hatchback and Vento sedan by as much as 2.7 percent effective from February 1, 2014. The carmaker has cited rising cost of inputs and the weak rupee as reasons for this price hike. The company also said that it will now offer airbags for the driver and front passenger as standard equipment on the Volkswagen Polo hatchback. In addition, the VW Polo Comfortline trim will come with anti-lock brakes as standard fitment. Arvind Saxena, managing director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Volkswagen Group Sales India Pvt. Ltd, said, “We are proud to be leading the cause of driver safety, and we believe the introduction of airbags as standard fitment across all variants of the Polo is a major step forward in the context of safety. Once again, this step underlines our commitment to producing better cars – and better-equipped cars – for the discerning Indian consumer. Input costs have steadily increased over the last few months, and exchange rate movements have not been favourable. We have tried our best to absorb some of these, but in order to be able to continue to offer best-in-class quality and technology to our customers, we have now announced a 2.7 percent hike in our car prices.” (Source: Autocar India) **EDIT** Thread pic added
  16. As per Motorbeam article: Mahindra had showcased the Verito Electric at the 2012 Auto Expo. The company announced in April 2013 that the Verito Electric would go on sale within a year’s time. The vehicle was all set for a launch in this fiscal year and now for the very first time, the car has been spotted on test. Yes, Mahindra is likely to launch the Verito Electric at the upcoming 2014 Auto Expo. The test car features white tape to hide the badges but Automatic and Electric stickers can be seen on the boot. Since this is an all electric vehicle, there is no exhaust on the car. The Mahindra Verito Electric will get a ‘Powered By Reva’ badge on the right front fender. The car is powered by a 29 kW (39 BHP) AC motor which gives it 100 kms of range. A full charge takes 6 hours while a quick charge gets done in just 1.5 hours. The top speed of the electric Verito is 86 km/hr and there is no noise or emissions from this eco-friendly powertrain. The electric motor in the Verito Electric is more powerful than the one found on the e2o as the former is a heavier car. The e2o uses a 19 kW motor which gives it a 100 kms range, just like the Verito electric. (Source: Motorbeam.com)
  17. TATA Falcon hatchback christened as TATA Bolt. Source: http://www.autocarindia.com/auto-news/scoop-tata-falcon-hatchback-christened-tata-bolt-370612.aspx
  18. Tata Motors’ Managing Director Karl Slym, 51, died today in a freak accident in Bangkok where he had gone to attend a Tata Motors Thailand Ltd board meeting. Company sources say that Slym fell fatally from a higher floor of a hotel in Bangkok. Tata Group chairman Cyrus Mistry expressed his shock and condolences at Slym’s untimely death and said “Karl joined us in October 2012, and was a valued colleague who was providing strong leadership at a challenging time for the Indian auto industry. In this hour of grief, our thoughts are with Karl’s wife and family” Before joining Tata Motors, Slym was with General Motors for two decades where he held various posts all over the world, which included a four year tenure from 2007-2011 as the president and managing director of GM India. During his stint in India, Slym became the face of GM India and endeared himself to his colleagues with his affable and approachable personality. Slym can be credited for taking GM India’s market share to an all time high and was solely responsible for pushing through a US$ 54 million investment to bring the 3-cylinder diesel engine for the Beat in India. It was also during this tenure that Karl and his wife Sally got smitten by India and didn’t want to leave. Slym who described himself as a “Britisher who can’t stay away from India” on his Twitter handle was happy to quit his next post as Executive Vice-president, SGMW Motors, a General Motors Joint Venture in China and grab the offer to head Tata Motors as the company’s managing director. Leading Tata Motors through its toughest period and in a turbulent automobile industry was the toughest challenge in Slym’s career. Internally too, Slym had to navigate the bureaucratic Tata Motors culture and a management with multiple layers which was often at odds with his own easy going and simplified working style. Sylm was under tremendous pressure to prop up Tata Motors, which has seen its market share under his leadership fall to an all-time low. Slym launched several new initiatives to turn around the company. His ‘Horizonnext’ strategy included multiple upgrades or facelifts of the existing model range and changes in the management structure. His task was sadly cut short but promising new launches like the Nano Twist and the ‘Falcon’ hatchback and saloon will be remembered as a part of his legacy. Slym will also be remembered as a people’s person who was as comfortable dancing at a dealer’s wedding reception as in a boardroom. He had a great sense of humour and like any true Indian loved cricket and Bollywood in equal measure. Karl is survived by his wife Sally, who was always by his side, even at the time of his tragic demise. (Source: Autocar India)
  19. An article from TOI says, Complete crash test of all cars soon Dipak Kumar Dash TNN New Delhi: In the next one-and-ahalf years, complete crash test of all new cars may happen in India. While a new state-of-the-art facility is being set up in Chennai for such tests, the road transport ministry has started the process of setting standards for New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP). Once NCAP is notified, all new samples of vehicles will have to undergo safety test to ensure that these have safe margins and they have to get certification for their structural strength. At present, cars sold in India undergo front and rear crash tests. Recently road transport minister Oscar Fernandes had announced that his ministry has started consultation with other ministries and Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) to finalize NCAP. However, sources said the process will take little more time since the standards have to be fixed. “Many states have not even notified the maximum speed limit. How can you go ahead with planning big things until you have the basics in place? We should not be in a hurry to do copycat of the norms and standards of Europe,” said a government official. The minister’s announcement came a couple of weeks before Global NCAP is likely to come out with first ever independent consumer crash tests for some of India’s popular small cars. In Europe, all new car models must pass certain safety tests before they are sold. Even developed countries like United States have their car assessment programme which ranks cars on the basis of their safety features and this information is available to public so that they can take an informed decision. To carry out such safety tests National Automotive Testing and R&D Infrastructure Project (NATRiP) is establishing sate-of-art facility under Centre of Excellence for Passive Safety at GARC-Chennai. Two other passive safety facilities at iCAT and ARAI are also being set up. The Chennai facility will be capable for performing frontal car to car crash, sled test, full vehicle crash test and also angular car-to-car crash. The lab will be able to perform EuroNCAP and USANCAP tests and having special equipments to measure and film crash test and some climatic control of the impact zone are required. Source: http://epaper.timeso...1/27&ID=Ar00902 & Thanks IAB for sharing the details at the earliest.
  20. For the first time, Spied recently is the FIAT Punto crossover (Avventure !) near the FIAT factory in Maharashtra. As can be seen in the pics, the car is camouflaged at sides & completely covered from the back(tail-gate & bumper section) which are going to feature the changes, to make it look as a cross-over/SUV. Lets expect other host of changes from its regular hatchback avatar to distinguish it from the latter & to make her look like a Crossover/SUV like, like body cladding, different light, front bumper, etc. An excerpt from source article reveals, Gorgeous styling, the popular 'Multijet' diesel engine and all the initial hype and hoopla not withstanding, the Fiat Punto could hardly make an impact in the Indian market. In a country obsessed with hatchbacks, Punto's sales figures continue to disappoint month after month. But, Fiat isn't ready to let the Punto go anytime soon. As part of its strategic plans for the Indian market, the Italian company was said to be working on a Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) that measured less than 4 meters in length. Then came reports that this model would be a pseudo-SUV based on the Punto.Caught testing in the outskirts of Pune where Fiat's factory is located, this Punto was partially camouflaged at the rear. The front and the sides are left uncamouflaged, making us believe that this new variant will have no or minimal changes in those areas. Changes seem to be aplenty in the rear though, with the most significant being the presence of spare tire in the tailgate. An all-new bumper with a swing-arm to accommodate the tire is also expected to be a part of the list of changes. As evident from the taillights that are similar to the current Punto, the eagerly-awaited 'Evo' facelift seems to have evaded India yet again. (Source: anything-on-wheels.blogspot.in)
  21. Suzuki motorcycles India Ltd unveiled today 110cc gearless scooter, named Let's. A key rival to Hero Pleasure, Honda Activa-i & Yamaha RAY-Z gearless scooters, primarily targeted to the younger target base. Powered by All-new 110cc, 8.7PS engine, this scooter is also equipped with SEP(Suzuki Eco Performance) to boost fuel economy. It's also the lightest scooter in its category, weighing at just 98kgs. An excerpt from source article, The new Let's scooter is designed for the young, with a few design cues carried from its 125cc scooter offerings, but is slimmer for convenient use in the city. Let's is available in five refreshing colours too – the Pearl Mira red, Metallic Triton blue, Pearl Mirage white, Sparkle black and Metallic Sonic silver. Let's is powered by a 110cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine producing 8.7bhp of power with 0.91kgm of torque, propelling the rear wheel through a CVT gearbox. The front gets a telescopic suspension while the rear comes with oil-damped coil spring suspension. The price for the Let’s will be announced at the Auto Expo 2014 in Delhi and it will go on sale next month. The Gixxer, the prices for which will be announced in May, is expected to go on sale in July. (Source: Autocar India)
  22. Suzuki unveils Gixxer 150: Suzuki motorcycles India unveiled today their 155cc naked muscular bike, a key rival to Yamaha FZ-series of bikes. Powered by 155cc air-cooled engine this bike features Suzuki's SEP(Suzuki Eco Performance) system that enhances fuel economy of this bike. This bike also features Suzuki's superbikes based 'Twin Exhaust' system in one can. An excerpts from source article, Suzuki Motorcycle India’s intentions to make its presence strongly felt in the Indian market can be seen with the announcement of two new models close on the heels of the recently launched Inazuma in the 250cc segment – the Gixxer and the Let's. The Gixxer gets contemporary design cues that look sharp and aggressive, and are likely to be well received. The bike will be available in five colours. It packs in a 150cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled, four-stroke engine, specifications of which are not yet revealed. Comfort is taken care of by a telescopic front suspension, with a monoshock making its way at the rear. (Source: Autocar India)
  23. Yes it's having it, but it lets outside air to enter inside, which most of the times is very much polluting, specially during city traffic conditions, so i use it very rarely. Till now switching AC at 23 deg C cabin temp does the job fine.
  24. ACI Exclusive: Maruti Suzuki Celerio EZ Drive, first drive A new small car from Maruti is always big news. What makes it even more interesting is that the Indo-Japanese company has a habit of delivering blockbusters every now and then. And that's exactly what the Celerio looks like, a winning proposition; and here's why. The Celerio is a fairly tall hatchback and Suzuki engineers have used vertical space well to maximise head and legroom. The single-piece front seats offer far more support than their slender frame would have you expect, clearly progress has been made in making these slim line seats comfy. There's more space at the rear than you'd expect too, the Celerio feels as roomy as the Brio in the back. The seat is pretty comfortable too, with good support for your back. The Celerio comes with an updated version of the Wagon R’s K10 three-cylinder, 1.0-litre engine. Anyone familiar with the standard K10 will immediately notice the big improvement over the old unit - Maruti has really done a good job here. There’s decent power at low engine speeds, the motor is responsive at slow speeds and the engine’s quiet enough till 3000rpm too. Some of the credit for this also goes to the noise absorbing insulation on the firewall between the engine and passenger compartment. Performance is better than expected. We did a quick test and were surprised; 0-100kph for the manual comes up in 14.9 seconds, which is quick in comparison to cars in its class. For those who want to do away with the bother of modulating the clutch altogether, the big news is that the Celerio will be available with an automatic gearbox, which Maruti calls the 'EZ Drive' variant. While there's no clutch and you select 'D' for drive before you set off, it’s not an automatic gearbox in the traditional sense. It does not use a torque converter but rather relies on an electronic control unit that manages hydraulic actuators to control clutch engagement and gearshifts. What's amazing is that the basic five-speed gearbox is shared with the manual, and that keeps costs low as well. This setup is known to be more efficient than traditional automatics but does lack the torque build-up of a torque-converter auto. In full automatic mode the Celerio auto performs satisfactorily. In traffic, upshifts are executed in a timely manner and downshifts are pretty acceptable too. You can also shift gears manually in M-mode; you push the lever forward for a downshift and pull back for an upshift, in a BMW-like manner. While this is unconventional, you soon get used to it, and using the gearbox in manual mode is quite nice. The box will even hold on to your choice of gear in manual. This low-cost, high efficiency solution, however, isn't slick in the manner it operates under load. Here, shifts feel slow, the gearbox takes its time, and downshifts also tend to produce a bit of a lurch. Our performance test for the automatic version resulted in a 15.4 second 0-100kph, which isn't bad, all things considered. More than performance, Maruti wants to market the Celerio automatic for its fuel economy. In fact, its 23.1kpl ARAI-tested figure equals that for the manual Celerio and significantly betters most of its manual-only competition. Coming to equipment, the Celerio will be offered in three variants, each with varying levels of features. Air-conditioning and power steering are standard on the base LXi, while the VXi model gets a rear parcel shelf, power windows, central locking and internally adjustable rear view mirrors, in addition. The top-spec ZXi is visually distinguishable by its alloy wheels and body-coloured door handles. In its ZXi avatar, the Celerio also gets an integrated audio player with USB, aux-in and Bluetooth for telephone and audio streaming functions, steering controls for the audio system, electrically adjustable outside rear view mirrors, tilt-adjustable steering, a driver’s side airbag, rear wash/wipe and a rear defogger. Interestingly, ABS and a front passenger airbag are available only as an optional package on the ZXi and have to be purchased separately. Read more at: http://www.autocarin...e-370596,0.aspx (Source: with excerpts from Autocar India article).