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  1. AbRaj

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    Top 5 Hatchbacks in India That Cost Less Than Rs 5 Lakh: Renault Kwid, Tata Tiago, Ford Figo & More
    Manav Sinha | News18.com [​IMG] @manav_sinha

    First published: October 28, 2016, 2:07 PM IST | Updated:October 28, 2016
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    The sub-Rs 5 lakh segment in India is arguably one of the important price points for automakers and car buyers alike. It is from here that companies witness maximum sales and it is also the segment in which most people buy their first car, which would be a hatchback.

    Today, the variety of cars being offered is unlike ever before and the sheer number of options can often mean that a lot of time and energy of the buyer is spent in calculating the pros and cons of each product. We put together a list of top 5 hatchbacks in under Rs 5 lakh to help you choose your favourite car.

    1. Tata Tiago

    [​IMG]Tata Tiago. (Photo: Siddharth Safaya/News18.com)

    Tata Motors have been working hard on redesigning their range in the country and the best product to come out as a result of that effort has to be the Tata Tiago. It sports the all-new ‘impact’ design language that makes the car look great and the interiors don’t disappoint either. The car is loaded with features and comes with two engine options – 1.2-litre Revotron (petrol) and the 1.0-litre Revotorq (diesel) engine, both of which offer good power and efficiency figures.

    Base Price: Rs 3.2 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi)

    2. Ford Figo

    [​IMG]Ford Figo. (Photo Courtesy: Ford India)

    The Ford Figo is certainly the best-looking hatchback in its price segment in the country and that alone could be big positive, because if you are going to spend that kind of money, then you might as well have a good-looking car. On top of that, the fit and finish and the quality of materials used throughout the car are certainly impressive, making it one of the best value for money hatchbacks in the country, even if you look at much more expensive hatchback offerings. The best part, though, is the fact that you get airbags as standard even in the base variant of the Figo. If you want this in under Rs 5 lakhs, then you will get the 1.2-litre engine variant. There’s also the 1.5-litre engine variant but that will cost upwards of Rs 5 lakhs.

    Base Price: Rs 4.53 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi)

    3. Renault Kwid 1.0

    [​IMG]Renault Kwid 1.0. (Photo Courtesy: Renault India)

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    What’s better than a 0.8? A 1.0, and that seems to be the case with the Renault Kwid’s 1.0-litre engine variant. The Kwid was already a good car but it was only available with a 0.8-litre engine making it a tad bit underpowered, especially when you compare to the other offerings in this list. But given that it now has a 1.0-litre variant which is only available in the top-end variant, which means it gets all the bells and whistles from Renault, it has made a strong case for itself. The engine now has enough grunt for your everyday commute and given that you get a feature-loaded car at a reasonably accessible price tag, it’s definitely worth a look.

    Base Price (for 1.0-litre engine variant): Rs 3.82 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi)

    4. Hyundai Grand i10

    [​IMG]Hyundai Grand i10. (Photo COurtesy: Hyundai India)

    The Hyundai Grand i10 made all sorts of right noises when it was launched a few years ago, simply because of the amount of tech it came loaded with and went on to become one of Hyundai’s best-selling cars in India. It was so good, that even today, it appears to be a great choice in the segment.

    Base Price: 4.91 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi)

    5. Maruti Suzuki Celerio

    [​IMG]Maruti Suzuki Celerio. (Photo Courtesy: Maruti Suzuki)

    If you talk about top hatchbacks in India, there can’t be a list which does not have an offering from Maruti Suzuki. They are the undisputed champions in this segment and no one knows how to dominate it for years like them, when it comes to sales numbers. The Celerio was the first car in this segment to introduce now popular AMT transmission, or AGS as Maruti calls it. Available in both petrol and diesel engine options, it is backed the large dealership and service network of Maruti Suzuki in the country. It is also easy to maintain and will fetch good resale value whenever you decide to sell it.

    Base Price: Rs 4.03 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi)

     
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    Btw I don't understand why Ford Figo is not selling well despite of its upmarket exterior and interior design and solid diesel engine . ?

    Hero launches 150cc motorcycle in India

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    The bike, which is an indigenously developed product by the company in India, has been priced at Rs 61,800 for the drum brake version, while the dic brake avatar is priced at Rs 62,800. The bike has also been launched in a limited tri-colour edition, celebrating 70 million sales for the company. Only 70 units of the bike will be up for grabs. Notably, the price of the basic version of the bike remains unaltered from the outgoing model.


    The new motorcycle comes powered with a 149cc, single cylinder, air-cooled petrol engine which is good for 13.6PS of peak power and 12.8Nm of torque.

    The 5-speed gearbox and the power figures seem to be ideal for city commuting



    I think hero is going down
    http://wap.business-standard.com/ar...ure-bike-gears-for-ducati-116101000630_1.html


    Need for Speed: Ather Energy's S340 may be India's fastest e-scooter
    By Anu Thomas, ECONOMICTIMES.COM | Updated: 29 Aug, 2016, 12:14 hrs IST
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    • Marty McFly scooted off on a hoverboard in the second instalment of the now iconic Back to the Future series, who would have thought that technology would indeed charge the auto industry in the future? Though we may still be a few years short of seeing skateboards levitating flawlessly in the skies, electricity-driven cars have traversed miles down the road ofinnovation with most big companies launching their own versions over the last few years. It is in this scenario that domestic hardware startup Ather Energy is motoring on to build India's first 'smart' two-wheeler, taking the fervour around e-vehicles in the country a notch up.

      Convinced that this is the direction the world will eventually head to, Chief Business Officer at Ather and former Flipkart VP Ravneet Singh Phokela says, "We firmly believe that every vehicle is going to be electric in the future - not because we are investing in it - but because as a technology, it is faster than anything else out there today. Optimizing cost structures takes time in any new industry and more people are certain to ride this wave once its financial viability is established," he adds.
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    • While mainstream brands are simply rolling out battery-operated two-wheelers, Ather is channelling its energy into building a whole ecosystem around e-vehicles. Says Chief Product Officer at Ather, Arun Vinayak, "Auto designs, up until now, have largely been optimized for petrol/diesel vehicles and hence these cannot be used as reference models for electric vehicles of the future. We did not study existing e-vehicles either since most are designed to simply be urban mobility solutions - their maximum speeds may go up in the range of 25-30 km/hr and they are also missing basic safety requirements," he says. "We on the other hand, are aiming to build a product that will be faster than even petrol vehicles," he adds. Ather claims at the moment the scooter can achieve a top speed in excess of 70 kmph.

      Consequently to make their product more inclusive, the startup strongly felt that it cannot take existing auto systems and simply strap a motor and battery pack on to create the e-vehicle.

      "To achieve what we set out to do, we realized early on the importance of building the vehicle from scratch," says Vinayak. "And when we took ownership of every minute detail, it gave us the liberty to question everything that had existed around building a vehicle," he adds.
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      For these reasons, the startup is careful about differentiating itself in the market as a product firm rather than just a vehicle company. "A product company builds everything from the ground up and this is where our company stands out in the mix out there. We are exploring something called 'clean design' which seeks to give an all round personality to the vehicle including from an environment perspective as well as using design considerations," he says.

      Weight reduction automatically follows this concept - the construction utilises aluminium so it stands light at just 90 kg. The S340 is significantly lighter when compared to petrol vehicles that ply on roads today. The other component is low lubrication for a clean, hassle-free ride. "Extra mass is not desirable on rides so we wanted to clean that out. It also enhances the overall performance of the vehicle because lesser metal means lesser energy is required to propel the vehicle forward," says Vinayak. "Our transmission system also does not require oil and the brakes also do not need regular maintenance unlike most vehicles today," he adds.
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      Slated for production later this year, Phokela identifies three factors that are driving the company's timelines. "The first is the vehicle itself, followed by its production and lastly the creation of the charging infrastructure. Even if the first is totally under our control, the actual go-to market depends on the latter two," he says. "These are heavily dependent on vendors in the ecosystem, who are not easy to bring on board because such a product has not been explored before and so they do not have any reference point to fall back on. We also expect our vendors to work with us going forward as well, so we want to be absolutely sure that these relationships will stand the test of time. So all these factors will ultimately decide on when we can see the first vehicle on the road," he says.

      It is Telsa-ish in another way. While it will set up a charging point at your home on purchase of the S340, it is additionally setting up charging infrastructure across the cities it plans to launch in.

      "We never set out to build something like this when we first started off three years ago," says Vinayak. "The specifications started evolving organically and it took us nearly a year just to come out with the blueprint," he adds.

      Probed on how much the S340s could be priced at, Phokela adds," It is difficult to arrive at a number today since that would be a function of many variables. However we see it, we are not expecting to make money out of the first unit we roll out". "This is simply because there is no way you can make money with the volumes that we capped it at, which is 10,000 units for three markets - Bengaluru, Chennai and Pune. So, we are seeing this more as a test run than anything else," he adds.

      Motoring on
      And as with any business that is starting a trend rather than following one, there are hardships aplenty. "The challenges have been evolving over time," says Vinayak. "Initially design by itself was a hard nut to crack. Today, ensuring reliability and product quality is the main challenge," he adds.

      Another crucial issue is creating a product for an ecosystem that is yet to be built in India. Expounds Vinayak, "Overall, you will see a technology difference of at least 5-6 years when compared to the international market. Since we are the only players designing a smart electric vehicle here, we need to take initiative to develop the ecosystem and that is not easy," he says.

      Another potential problem could be patchy networks that could come in the way of fully experiencing the smart vehicle for what it was designed for. The scooter will have a connected touchscreen dashboard that will integrate the vehicle firmware and sync it with the startups cloud database and layer with predictive analytics.

      But the makers of S340 seem to have worked out this hurdle too. "Connectivity is just one layer in the entire value proposition of this smart scooter," says Phokela. "It is a USP for sure, but not something that will interfere with the overall performance of the vehicle. If you have to evaluate it on the parameters of a traditional scooter, it will still be the best out there." "Unfortunately there are some things we have no control over. But having said that, patchy network is a problem that is not unique to us - it is universal. It will certainly become more efficient with time. Airtel has been setting up new towers and with the entry of Reliance Jio, there is going to be a clear impact in the industry," he adds.

      Driving tomorrow's technology
      However, the main issue may still be around product adoption. But the startup is under no delusions when it comes to that. "This is a high tech product and consumers will most likely have to pay a premium - perhaps somewhere between a Honda Activa and a Vespa. But it is important to note here that it is a premium product not because it has a diamond-encrusted exterior but because it is a tech-driven product and that will excite only a certain kind of consumer. That typically would be early adopters in any tech-driven curve, which is what we are going after," says Phokela..

      "To give you some perspective, it is like smartphones 7-8 years back. Only certain kind of people wanted it back then, but with consumer acceptability and with prices coming down, it became mainstream. We are looking at two fundamentally large trends - one is within the auto industry itself by going electric, and the larger trend is that of being connected. So there is no question that it is only going to grow from here on," he adds.

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    I were a regular reader .., tried twice to be become member,
    Couldn't join , , some criteria have ?

    Excellent forum, they ll rip every tiny detail of the vehicle.
    I ll highly recommend to read the reviews there before buying any car.
     
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    Tata Motors 4x4 Mine Protected Vehicle

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    The new Armored Stallion. Photo: Ashok Leyland

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    The newTata 8×8
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    The Light Specialist Vehicle (LSV). Photo: Tata Motors.

    [​IMG] The new 6x6 MPV-I from Defence Land Systems India - a new JV formed by BAE Systems and Mahindra and Mahindra

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    The Mine Protected vehicle developed by Ashok Lelyand
     
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    I am a member there, but I hardly visit these days. @AbRaj Thank you for such a great thread, and @MilSpec thank you for the tag. :tup:
     
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    Ashok leyland

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    Tata Nexon isnt it?
    Yes it does resemble X6 but dont you think it looks a little unstable?
     
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    Mahindra AXE

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    Nop , it's actually Mahindra XUV Aero concept
     
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    @AbRaj Whatever happened to the Tata Nano? Still on the market or a flop?
     
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    Dont mind but BMW X6 was released somewhere in 2008/2009 and since then many companies have launched vehicles which look similar, for example the Mercedes GLE coupe. X6 is visually appealing as well as aerodynamic.
    I liked both Nexon and aero too, though i guess they are smaller in size. I will have to check the specifications. :)
     
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    Yup, Aero is significantly smaller than European counterparts .the
    Nexon is crossver somewhat similar to Suzuki vitara brezza and Renault Duster

    still hanging on.
    It neads some serious Overhaul like


    The Tata Pixel looks so similar to the Nido ev Electric Vehicle by Pininfarina S.p.A.
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    Nido is a small two-seater car with innovative safety measures for passengers as well as pedestrians.
    As crumple zones are less meaningful in a small car, Nido innovates a new principle instead.
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    Seats mounted on a movable inner sled, within a rigid outer egg shell.
    The inner sled and outer shell are connected by 3 energy absorbing honeycomb sections of different density.
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    The steering wheel and pedals operate on a steer-by-wire, brake-by-wire basis, and break-away in a collision to protect the human beings inside.

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    Power comes from a 30 kiloWatt motor running on a 21 kiloWatt hour battery. It can reach 90 km/h in 6.7 seconds and drive 139 km on a single charge.
     
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    I was talking about Mahindra XUV Aero
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    The central display is an inspiration from Tesla.

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    BMW X6
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    Tesla Interior
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    Good Day!
     
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    I was talking about this post :)
     
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