Category Archives: Auto Wheels

An automobile, autocar, motor car or car is a wheeled motor vehicle used for transportingpassengers, which also carries its own engine or motor. Most definitions of the term specify that automobiles are designed to run primarily on roads, to have seating for one to eight people, to typically have four wheels, and to be constructed principally for the transport of people rather than goods.[3]
The term motorcar has also been used in the context of electrified rail systems to denote a car which functions as a small locomotive but also provides space for passengers and baggage. These locomotive cars were often used on suburban routes by both interurban and intercity railroad systems.[4]
There are approximately 600 million passenger cars worldwide (roughly one car per eleven people).[5][6] Around the world, there were about 806 million cars and light trucks on the road in 2007; the engines of these burn over a billion cubic meters (260 billion US gallons) of petrol/gasoline and diesel fuel yearly. The numbers are increasing rapidly, especially in Chinaand India.[7]

Lotus


The British car maker is sourcing Kodewa for the build (the same people that built the Lotus Le Mans car), and have teamed up with German concept designer Daniel Simon (the same man behind Tron: Legacy) for that beautiful carbon fiber and titanium constructed body. As expected, the bike will be extremely limited (100 units in total), and there will be customization options for clients. The bike is said to be equipped with a four-stroke 1195cc V-twin engine cranking out 200 horsepower, all in a motorcycle with a curb weight just under 400 pounds. There is no price point yet, but it’s be safe to say this thing will be expensive.Image

2014 Auto Expo: Bajaj SS400


Bajaj had us stumped at the Auto Expo 2014. While we were expecting the Pulsar 200SS, but out came the Pulsar Super Image

sports 400 or SS400 and the Pulsar Cruiser Sports 400 or CS400.ImageImageImageImage  

We will first take a look at the Pulsar SS400.

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The supersports 400 gets an aggressive front fearing.

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THE Lamborghini Veneno Rs 50 crore hypercar experience


Lamborghini Veneno ~~ akshay

This car is supremely rare and would cost an obscene amount of money — about Rs 50 cr (after duties) if it was still on sale! It actually happens to be one of only four cars in existence. Three cars were immediately accounted for by private buyers while this one belongs to Lamborghini. Now you get just how big a deal this is. Any sane auto maker would have this prized creation hermitically sealed off in a museum somewhere but this is Lamborghini we’re talking about. The masters of insanity. Which is why they thought it would be a great idea to make the car’s dynamic debut on a very cold and dangerously wet race track.ImageImage

Obviously, I manned up and set out in the track focused 570PS Gallardo LP 570-4 Performante. 30 seconds into the first lap and I’d already scared myself silly. The car was rock hard, pin sharp and had a distinct dislike for standing water. And it wanted to spin up all the time in any of the first three gears. Thank God for four-wheel drive! By the end of the second lap I was getting used to the razor sharp throttle response and twitchy handling in the wet but it was time to jump into the big daddy. The ferocious 700PS Aventador is easily the most powerful car I’ve driven and felt ridiculous in every way, whether it was the sheer size of the thing, the screaming banshee of an engine or the violent gearshifts. Two laps later I awkwardly got out through the scissor door feeling more alive than ever, but even more excited about what was to come next.Image

The 750PS Aventador based V12 screams its way to the 8000-odd rpm red line and sounds even louder than the race Gallardos. Blood curling would be an apt description. And then there’s the mid corner grip. The Veneno doesn’t just look like a race car with lights; it is one. Sanna wasn’t letting off in the corners, splashing through puddles to find apexes and controlling a slithering monster on exits.ImageImage

2014 Honda City diesel vs Hyundai Verna diesel


From the spec sheet and our experience, it’s safe to say that while the Verna might give you the option of more power, the Honda offers adequate performance and fantastic fuel efficiency. The ARAI figures suggest that this is one of the most efficient cars that you can buy. The City also has the trump card of being larger and more spacious than the Hyundai. It also has better high speed manners. While the final verdict is some time away, let us Imageknow what you think based on the pure specs in the comments below.

Honda City diesel vs Hyundai Elantra diesel

Specifications Honda City diesel Hyundai Verna 1.6 CRDi Hyundai Verna 1.4 CRDi
ENGINE
Type 4-cyliner DOHC turbo diese 4-cyliner DOHC turbo diesel 4-cyliner DOHC turbo diesel
Displacement 1498cc 1582cc 1396cc
Valves 16 16 16
Power (PS@rpm) 100@3600 128@4000 90@4000
Torque (Nm@rpm) 200@1750 265@1900-2750 224@1750-2750
0-100kmph 12.8s 10.6s
Top speed 163kmph 188kmph
Claimed fuel efficiency 26kmpl 22.3kmpl 23.5kmpl
TRANSMISSION
Manual 6-speed 6-speed 6-speed
Automatic NA 4-speed NA
DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT
Overall length (mm) 4440 4370 4370
Overall width (mm) 1695 1700 1700
Overall height (mm) 1495 1475 1475
Wheelbase (mm) 2600 2570 2570
Ground clearance (mm) 165 170 170
Tyre Size 175/65 R15 195/55 R16 185/65 R15
Seating capacity 5 5 5
Boot space 510 465 465
STEERING
Type Electric power assisted Electric power assisted Electric power assisted
Turning radius 5.3m 5.2m 5.2m
SUSPENSION
Front MacPherson Strut, coil spring MacPherson Strut, coil spring MacPherson Strut, coil spring
Rear Torsion beam Torsion beam Torsion beam
BRAKES
Front Disc Disc Disc
REAR Drum Disc Disc

Google Zeitgeist: Nelson Mandela, Paul Walker, iPhone 5s most searched in 2013


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President Bill Clinton with Nelson Mandela, July 4 1993. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Death, devices and celebrity drove the quest for more information on Google’s search engine this year.

 

Three of the world’s four fastest-rising search requests on Google were triggered by the deaths of famous men.

 

Former South African President Nelson Mandela, who died earlier this month, occupied the top spot, followed by “Fast & Furious” movie star Paul Walker, who died in a Nov. 30 car crash. “Glee” TV series cast member Cory Monteith, who died of a drug overdose in July, ranked fourth in an annual retrospective released Tuesday.

 

The Boston Marathon bombings in April that killed three people ranked sixth.

 

The iPhone 5S, the latest upgrade in Apple’s most popular product line, finished third in Google’s rankings. A rival smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S4, took the eighth spot. PlayStation 4, Sony Corp.’s newest video game console, held the ninth position.

 

The Top 10 was rounded out by the “Harlem Shake,” a song that inspired a procession of amusing dance videos, at No. 5; “royal baby” Prince George, the heir to England’s throne, at No. 7; and North Korea, whose saber-rattling has become a source of international tension, at No. 10.

 

Google’s review follows annual round-ups compiled during the previous two weeks by its main search rivals – Microsoft Corp.‘s Bing, Yahoo Inc. and Ask.com. Although its list usually comes last each year, Google’s breakdown typically provides the greatest insight into the world’s collective mindset because the company’s technology processes about two out of every three search requests made on the Internet.

 

Bing ranks a distant second with 18 percent of the U.S. search market, and even less in most other countries. Yahoo, which relies on Bing’s technology, handles the third most search requests.

 

Because the same inquiries tend to crop up from one year to the next, Google tries to keep its list fresh by focusing on the queries that post the biggest annual gains – a measurement that the Mountain View, California, company calls “trending.”

 

Google also is slicing its vast database of search requests into a hodgepodge of other categories spanning 72 countries, up from 55 last year. In the U.S. alone, Google is compiling more than 90 different lists examining the hottest inquiries about everything from finances to pop culture.

 

A handful of the rankings are based on the total number of requests entered into Google’s search engine, instead of breaking them down by the variance from last year.

 

Google’s pecking order of the most-searched people in the U.S. consists exclusively of singers, with the exception of reality-TV show star Kim Kardashian, who is engaged to be married to one of her peers on the list, hip-hop artist Kanye West (she ranks No. 3, while he came in at No. 10). The top spot is held by Miley Cyrus, who also was No. 1 in Yahoo’s search rankings for this year (Kardashian ranked second on Yahoo’s list).

 

Cyrus, Kardashian and Justin Bieber were the only three people to appear in each of the most-searched lists from Google, Bing and Yahoo. The lists of most-searched people on Google and Bing shared the most in common, with six stars appearing in both categories. Beside Cyrus, Kardashian and Bieber, the other three to make the cut on both Google and Bing were Beyonce Knowles (No. 1 on Bing, No. 5 on Google); Rihanna (No. 3 on Bing, No. 6 on Google); and Taylor Swift (No. 4 on Bing, No. 7 on Google).

 

The Web surfers who use Bing evidently have quite different tastes in television from those who search on Google.

 

Only two series, “Big Bang Theory” and “Big Brother” appeared in each of the two rivals rankings’ of the year’s most-searched TV shows. “Big Bang Theory” ranked first on Bing’s list, a distinction held by “Breaking Bad” in Google’s rankings. The two search engines couldn’t agree on the most popular morning news show either, with NBC’s “Today Show” making it on Bing’s list of most frequent TV requests and ABC’s “Good Morning America” securing a spot on Google’s list.

 

Google was on its own list of trending stocks this year, ranking No. 4. That’s not a big surprise, given the company’s market value has surged by about 50 percent so far this year, its biggest gain on Wall Street since 2008. That was still not enough to surpass Google rival Facebook Inc. on the list of trendiest stocks. Facebook’s shares have more than doubled so far this year. After Facebook came electric car maker Tesla Motors, whose stock has more than quadrupled this year, and online messaging service Twitter Inc., whose stock has more than doubled since its Wall Street debut last month.

 

This Isn’t a Car Show, Just The Parking Lot Of American University Of Dubai!


Dubai is known for a number of reasons, but we really didn’t think that this would be a reason for us to write about Dubai. ka Nasser, just couldn’t resist his urge to show what kind of automobiles are in use by the students of this university. The university was founded back in 1995 as a private university and the pictures have been taken from a single parking lot only that is reserved for students.

Meeka Nasser said; ‘I attend the American University of Dubai and the cars that students drive here are just ludicrous. If I was back home in Canada, my car would be considered nice, but here nobody looks twice at it. These pictures were taken in the span of a couple days and only in one of the parking lots of the school, so this isn’t even close to all of the nice cars at the school. Because Cayennes and Range Rovers are a dime a dozen here, I only included a few of them in the album. Keep in mind; almost all of the students are between 18 and 24 years old, as the graduate programme is pretty tiny here. The students that drive the insanely expensive cars (Rolls Royces and Bentleys etc.) are usually local (Emirati) for those wondering.’
Pictures are a courtesy of Meeka Nasser, All rights reserved.

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Ford showcases Fully Assisted Parking and Obstacle Avoidance systems


Ford Motor Company: The First 100 Years by Rob...
Ford Motor Company: The First 100 Years by Robert C. Kreipke (Photo credit: IFHP97)

 

“The future for Ford means developing innovative products and technologies – including Fully Assisted Parking Aid and Obstacle Avoidance – that help deliver a safer, more convenient, more desirable, more personalised and greener driving and ownership experience,” said Barb Samardzich, vice president of product development, Ford of Europe.Image

Electric Volocopter


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The concept of electric double-helical multikoptera 18 was recently designed by the Company E-volo.
The volocopter’s payload might reach 204 kg, maximum altitude – 2000 meters, speed – 100 km / h . The e-volo system controls flight direction and speed by means of differential power to each rotor. The vehicle’s safety and almost noiseless operation is a definite advantage over traditional vehicles.