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Ross Brawn leaves Mercedes F1

Posted: November 29, 2013 in News
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Ross Brawn will step down as team principal of Mercedes AMG F1, the Brackley team has today announced.

Brawn will officially depart Merc at the end of the year, leaving Toto Wolff and Paddy Lowe – recruited at the start of 2013 from McLaren – in charge of the team.

After an extended period of wrangling, it seems the decision to leave was Brawn’s own. “We have had long discussions with Ross about how he could continue with the team,” said Mercedes chairman Niki Lauda. “But it is a basic fact that you cannot hold someone back when they have chosen to move on.”

In an official statement, Brawn said: “The most important consideration in my decision to step down from the role as team principal was to ensure that the timing was right for the team in order to ensure its future success.”

Brawn exits a team he once literally called his own. Mercedes F1 was born from the Brit’s own Brawn GP outfit, which won both constructors and drivers titles in 2009 after Honda withdrew its funding.

“We must say thank you to Ross,” said Merc chairman Niki Lauda. “When you consider the step that has been made from finishing fifth in 2012 to the second place that we have secured this season, he has been the architect of this success. Toto and Paddy are the right people to lead our team in 2014 and beyond.”

We don’t know yet where Brawn shall head next, but no doubt he’ll be in demand: as well as doing the 2009 double, he was also instrumental in helping Michael Schumacher to seven titles at Benetton and Ferrari. Could he return to the Scuderia?

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Top 10 Automobiles (Passenger Vehicle) Companies in India by market share are as follows

Maruti Suzuki ( 37% Market Share): Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL, formerly Maruti Udyog Limited) is a subsidiary of Suzuki Motor Corporation of Japan. Maruti Suzuki is a leading manufacturer of passenger vehicles in India. Lovingly referred to as the people’s car maker; over the past three decades Maruti Suzuki has changed the way people in India commute and travel.

Hyundai Motors India Limited (14.4% Market Share): Hyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company (HMC). HMIL is the largest passenger car exporter and the second largest car manufacturer in India. It currently markets eight passenger car models across segments — in the A2 segment it has the Eon, Santro, i10 and the i20, in the A3 segment the Accent and the Verna, in the A5 segment Sonata and in the SUV segment the Santa Fe.

Tata Motors(13.1% Market Share): Tata Motors Limited is India’s largest automobilecompany, with consolidated revenues of INR 1,65,654 crores (USD 32.5 billion) in 2011-12. It is the leader in commercial vehicles in each segment, and among the top three in passenger vehicles with winning products in the compact, midsize car and utility vehicle segments. It is the world’s fourth largest truck and bus manufacturer.

Mahindra & Mahindra (11.4% Market Share): In 1947, Mahindra & Mahindra introduced India to the utility vehicle.  More than 65 years later, It is still India’s premier utility vehicle (UV) company. In addition to making groundbreaking UVs like the Scorpio and Bolero, Mahindra offers cars, pickups, and commercial vehicles that are rugged, reliable, environmentally friendly, and fuel-efficient.

Toyota (6.4% Market Share): Since its inception in India in 1997, Toyota Kirloskar Motor has witnessed a steady growth in the Indian automotive market and is today more than ready to seize the enormous opportunity India offers. Toyota’s newly built second plant is a testimony to this commitment and also, the start of a new era for Toyota in India.

General Motors (3.3% Market Share): General Motors India Private Limited is a 50:50 partnership between General Motors and SAIC that is engaged in the automobile business in India. It is the 6th largest automobile manufacturing company in India. General Motors India started its journey in 1996  and has completed 16 years of operation in India.

Ford (3.2% Market Share): Established in 1995, Ford India is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader. Ford India manufactures and distributes automobiles and engines made at its modern integrated manufacturing facilities at Maraimalai Nagar, near Chennai. The company’s models include the Endeavour, Fiesta and the Figo.

Honda (2.9% Market Share): Honda Cars India Ltd., (HCIL) is a leading manufacturer of premium cars in India. The company was established in 1995 with a commitment to provide Honda’s latest passenger car models and technologies, to the Indian customers. The company is a subsidiary of Honda Motor Co. Ltd., Japan.

Volkswagen (2.4% Market Share): With its headquarters in Pune, Maharashtra (India), the Volkswagen Group is represented by three brands in India: Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda. The Volkswagen Group is completing 10 years of its India journey which began with the entry of the Skoda brand in 2001, Audi brand and Volkswagen brand in 2007. Each brand has its own character and operates as an independent entity in the market.
Nissan ( 1.5% Market Share):
 Nissan Motor India Private Ltd. (NMIPL), a 100% subsidiary of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., was incorporated in 2005 with a vision of ‘Enriching People’s Lives’ through latest Nissan Technology and products. In India, Nissan offers innovative and exciting products across hatchback, sports, SUV and sedan segments. Nissan has successful introduced two locally-produced models in India in less than two years – Micra & Sunny.

Audi A4 Celebration edition launched

Audi has launched the Celebration edition A4, which essentially loses out on a few features and comes with a cheaper price tag of Rs 25.99 lakh (ex-showroom, India) compared to the standard A4.

The Audi A4 Celebration edition loses out on features like a sunroof, 17-inch alloys, cruise control, Audi Drive Select, electric wing mirrors, front parking sensors and the wood trim on the dashboard. The front passenger seat’s electronic adjustment function also gets deleted.

What it does come with, however, is features like Bi-Xenon headlamps, electrically adjustable driver’s seat, three-zone airconditioning, eight airbags and rear parking sensors.

Powering the luxury car is the lower powered version of the 2.0-litre TDI engine that produces 141bhp and 32kgm of torque.

 

It’s expensive, but depending on where you live, the FF is fun and versatile enough to be your only car.

  • Comfort

    Extremely comfortable. Extremely spacious. Don’t rub your eyes. It’s true

  • Performance

    If this isn’t fast enough, you should consider flying fighter jets.

  • Cool

    India thinks of hatches as cars bought by people who couldn’t afford sedans. Show them this, and their jaws aren’t going to work they way they used to.

  • Quality

    For the day that we had it, nothing fell off. However, as we haven’t had the opportunity to live with Ferraris for longer, we can’t really tell.

  • Handling

    This changes directions in the same manner an Indian politician changes parties. And for a car, that’s a good thing.

  • Practicality

    It may not seem like it from outside, but the FF can comfortably seat four tall adults and carry their luggage. Two door supercars can’t get any more practical than that.

  • Running costs

    If the first question that pops to your mind when you see an FF is ‘monthly EMIs’, then this car isn’t for you.

New Ford Ka concept surfaces

Posted: November 13, 2013 in News, Reviews
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The Ford EcoSport might be keeping the American carmaker’s cash counters busy, but that doesn’t mean Ford is not planning further products for the near future. Today, a few pictures of Ford’s next-gen Ka concept, a car that, up until now, has been a mainland Europe model only, surfaced on the interweb.

Though details are scarce, we can assure you that the new model will come to India by late next year. What makes the Ka special is the B562 platform underpinning it. This heavily-modified Fiesta platform will also spawn a bunch of new models that will replace the ageing Fords (Fiesta Classic, Figo) in India, and other developing markets.

The new Ka’s design is inspired by Ford’s latest Kinetic 2.0 design theme. Though Ford is calling it a concept, except for the flashy headlights, the model looks production-ready. The design language has been toned down to keep Asian tastes and preferences in mind, though.

With this platform, Ford will also be launching a new line of engines. These will not be a part of the EcoBoost engine family, but an all-new engine family to keep up with tightening emission norms.

So, the new Ka – hot or not?