After establishing a dominant position in its segment, Royal Enfield is gearing up to go international more aggressively and chasing its ambition of being the world's number one midsize (250-750cc) motorcycle manufacturer. Rudratej Singh, president, Royal Enfield, speaks to Sumantra B Barooah. How you going about realising Royal Enfield's ambition of being the world's No. 1 midsize bike maker and what steps are you planning to take?What we have seen in India is a brand and a promise that is serving a highly underserved segment - we call it the midsized segment which is the 250cc to 750cc segment. What we are seeing in India is the huge shift from 50,000 motorcycles a year (in 2010) to what we will exit at, which is going to be roughly at 450,000 motorcycles this year is because we are serving that need better. This need is underserved everywhere else in the world as well. It is human insight on why we are doing so well and the role of the brand in fulfilling that need exists in every … [Read more...] about We are not innovation junkies. Our goal is to ensure relevance of our product and brand promise always.
Mobility of the future involving zero accidents, comfortable driving and clean air offers major opportunities to automakers and the suppliers. Technology company Continental is working on the development of systems and solutions designed to act as electronic chauffeurs for drivers. During trips along interstate highways, for example, highly automated driving will free up time for drivers to engage in non-driving-related tasks while behind the wheel. As the international legal framework currently stands, however, this scenario is a long way off. While Continental has welcomed the discussion initiated by the G7 countries aimed at developing a standardised legal framework, but calls for international - not merely national - regulations. The experts at the technology company also recommend the development of reliable radio networks for sharing data among the vehicles and infrastructure as well as clear rules for ensuring unambiguous dialog between cars and drivers in challenging traffic … [Read more...] about Continental calls for next steps to develop legal framework for automated driving
For the past few weeks, and many to come, Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer has been stopping his day job at 6pm. He then heads for the Aston Martin production line, just a minute or two from his Gaydon office, walks into a glass room and slides on a pair of white cotton gloves. With these, he will caress certain parts of whichever DB11 happens to be presented to him, devoting a good 40 minutes to the task. He will perform the same ritual with three or four DB11s in an evening, and every 10th car he will take for a short, low-speed test drive around an unusual road laid in Aston Martin's back yard. Palmer is fulfilling a promise. Back in July, he announced that he would personally inspect the first 1000 DB11s off the production line. If the car passes, he will attach his own name-checked plaque to its engine cover, the Aston's first owner receiving a letter detailing Palmer's email and mobile number, should they be unhappy. "What I'm looking for," he says of a visual inspection process … [Read more...] about Inspecting the first Aston Martin DB11s with CEO Andy Palmer
Free Price Quote From a Local Dealer View Special Offers No Obligation, Fast & Simple Free New Car Quote Change Car Select Make Acura Alfa Romeo Aston Martin Audi Bentley BMW Buick Cadillac Chevrolet Chrysler Dodge Ferrari FIAT Ford Genesis GMC Honda Hyundai Infiniti Jaguar Jeep Kia Lamborghini Land … [Read more...] about Genesis Boss Discusses the Future of Luxury – Motor Trend
It’s been a big year for ZF Friedrichshafen AG in 2015 – the German transportation component manufacturer celebrated its 100th anniversary in September, a century to the day of its formation as a supplier of gears for airship manufacturers, most notably Zeppelin. It may have shifted its focus to the automotive industry in 1918 to conform to terms outlined in the aftermath of World War I, but its name (ZF stands for Zahnradfabrik, or gear factory in English) still defines it to this day. Even after diversifying into other components such as steering and suspension systems, the company’s transmissions – in particular its brilliant automatics – remain ZF’s most famous exports. But times are a-changin’, and so is ZF – it has recently completed its acquisition into American rival TRW Automotive to leverage on the latter’s safety (reflected in the new Active & Passive Safety Technology branding) and braking expertise. It seems the … [Read more...] about ZF technology showcase – writing the future with TRW
That, Goodyear’s been watching I, Robot, Toyota shatters its corporate structure, sentiment grows for better braking, and the feds say the airbag recall has gone far enough … after the break! It’s a promotion, but the job description is a tall order. Volkswagen of America has selected a new U.S. sales chief, Automotive News reports, and his task will be to reverse both a sales decline and negotiate the company’s ongoing diesel emissions scandal. Ronald Stach was plucked from Volkswagen’s South Central Region, where he served as director, and has been with the company for a decade. It’s safe to say Stach will be attending some very long strategy meetings in the near future. Volkswagen sales in the U.S. fell a further 13 percent in February. Goodyear gazes into the future Your future car tire might be a round ball that isn’t attached to your car, Goodyear envisions. The tire maker unveiled its spherical Eagle-360 concept tire this week, … [Read more...] about TTAC News Round-up: Volkswagen Sees a Savior
Robert writes: I have changed the seal 2 times on my 3.8L Chevy and it still will leak. I had a place on harmonic balancer.I put the recommended slave to repair.It was not long enough to cover the bad spot on the balancer.It was close but they seal was damaged.They offer a different one that is$30+.This all occurred just out of the blue.I rebuilt the engine and it has 30,000 on it.I was wondering if there is something causing pressure around this seal.Pressure check on cylinders was good.Any ideas what to do or pressure is good too good. Thank you sincerely – Robert Sajeev answers: The problem seems common, a leak behind the harmonic balancer at the crankshaft’s front seal. Or maybe I misread your letter, or googled incorrectly. I also presume you installed this “sleeve” to repair it, but it didn’t work because it was too short. The correct one, or perhaps General Motors makes a revised seal/harmonic balancer that supersedes your part number should solve … [Read more...] about A Fireball of a 3.8L Oil Leak?
Acura has been a brand of highs and lows for a while. The MDX has been a perennial best-seller while their large sedans have largely sat unsold. The RDX, meanwhile, has had an interesting history. Acura’s first attempt at a 2-row crossover was ahead of its time with a 2.3L turbocharged engine producing 240 horsepower and Acura’s Super Handling AWD system capable of sending 90 percent of engine power to the rear. The ride was criticized by Motor Trend as “harsh” and folks complained about turbo lag from the segment’s only four-cylinder turbo engine. As the segment grew, most entries used naturally aspirated 6-cylinder engines and RDX sales failed to achieve orbit. All indications were that Acura’s compact crossover was destined to be a low-volume niche player in one of the fastest growing segments. Then Acura did something unexpected. By the 2013 model year, small displacement turbo engines had become a staple in the segment but Acura chose to buck … [Read more...] about 2016 Acura RDX AWD Review (With Video)
The stories are all too common and, therefore, all too disturbing. A beloved muscle car project disappears into a paint shop for months, maybe even years, far beyond the promised turnaround time. What’s worse, the painter keeps asking for more money without being able to show evidence of progress. Or maybe the painter goes dark, refusing to pick up the phone or answer email. When a car is stuck in painting purgatory, the best one can hope for is to get it out of the shop just like it was dropped off, none the worse for the unintended hiatus. A refund on your deposit? Fat chance. But often these tales end with insult added to injury, where owners discover cars that are torn apart, parts lost, gas tanks drained. Or if some work has been done, you later discover Hershey-bar-thick body filler under poorly sprayed primer, or what looks to be an oil slick bubbling up through the fresh paint. To help MCR readers from falling into this trap, we interviewed three painters/restorers in … [Read more...] about How to Hire a Muscle Car Painter & Avoid Losing Your Car to Paint Purgatory
From the August 2016 issue For a journalist, covering a race at Monza usually involves flying to Milan, renting a small Fiat, and driving to the circuit on the edge of the city. We've touched down instead in Munich, where we'll drive an Opel about 20 miles to the nondescript town of Landshut. There, in an equally unmemorable building, we find three of the most successful racing drivers in the world qualifying for the first round of the Blancpain GT Series World Championship. Not the actual series, but the iRacing version, a video-game simulation that shadows its real counterpart. You almost certainly haven't heard of these guys, though they've competed against and even beaten some famous racers. Bono Huis is from the Netherlands, Aleksi Uusi-Jaakkola is Finnish, and Kelvin Van Der Linde is South African. Each competes in top-flight sim racing for Team Redline, one of the virtual world's most successful racing organizations. Yet this is the first time any of them has met; Huis is a … [Read more...] about Inside the Virtual-Racing World, Where a Forklift Driver Can Race—and Beat—the Professionals
We’re getting to the homestretch for TTAC’s 2016 Best and Worst Automobiles Today. Our writers have voted diligently, and a couple of tie-breaking votes were cast to give us an even 20 contestants in each category. I present you the 20 Worst Automobiles Today, as chosen by you and our writers, in alphabetical order, along with select nomination comments for each and every entry. However, before we get to the contestants, let’s talk about what’s to come. Starting tomorrow, we’ll be asking you to vote on the 10 Best and Worst Automobiles Today based on the list below. We are offering you a preview of the lists so that you may cajole your fellow voters into a certain way of thinking — your way of thinking. You have 24 hours to campaign your choices before noon ET tomorrow, at which time we will open the polls to the public. Here are your contestants. 20 Worst Automobiles Today If it walks like a Mini and talks like a Mini, is it a Mini or a BMW? The … [Read more...] about The Votes Are In! Here Are Your Candidates for Worst Automobiles of 2016, Along with Your Nomination Comments
That, Goodyear’s been watching I, Robot, Toyota shatters its corporate structure, sentiment grows for better braking, and the feds say the airbag recall has gone far enough … after the break! It’s a promotion, but the job description is a tall order. Volkswagen of America has selected a new U.S. sales chief, Automotive News reports, and his task will be to reverse both a sales decline and negotiate the company’s ongoing diesel emissions scandal. Ronald Stach was plucked from Volkswagen’s South Central Region, where he served as director, and has been with the company for a decade. It’s safe to say Stach will be attending some very long strategy meetings in the near future. Volkswagen sales in the U.S. fell a further 13 percent in February. Goodyear gazes into the future Your future car tire might be a round ball that isn’t attached to your car, Goodyear envisions. The tire maker unveiled its spherical Eagle-360 concept tire this week, … [Read more...] about TTAC News Round-up: Volkswagen Sees a Savior, Goodyear Dreams of Spheres, and Toyota Shakes It Up
Around fall of last year, my girlfriend and I learned we were going to have a baby. I already have two girls and she has three boys. With the existing brood, we were already traveling places in convoy as her Nissan Maxima and my Honda Accord Coupe V6 could not fit everyone together. We threw our money together to get a third vehicle that could carry the entire family and our future baby. After much research on my end and exploring all other alternatives, we concluded that we wanted a good ol’ Chevy Suburban. It has plenty of room for all of us, can be had relatively cheap, it’s simple enough to troubleshoot and work on, yet will be pretty handy for future home improvement projects. Low and behold, after scouring CraigsList and checking out various Suburbans and even an Excursion, we finally pulled the trigger on a ’99 Suburban 1500 2WD model. It was, by far, the cleanest Suburban I stumbled across within our rather modest budget, not to mention the most pampered by … [Read more...] about Piston Slap: This Group Must Somehow Form a Family!
Japanese car companies have been trying to break into the American full-sized pickup market for decades. Despite Japanese trucks having a sterling reputation for dependability and reliability internationally, ‘Muricans are a different bunch. Not even Ford’s switch to “European-style” twin-turbo engines and aluminum bodies could stop the freight train that is the F-Series sales chart. On the opposite end of that sales chart is the last-place Titan. Nissan sold just 12,140 Titans last year, 1/10th of Toyota’s own meager volume and 1/65th of Ford’s truck sales. Rather than picking up its marbles and going home, Nissan thought outside the box and came up with a novel idea. Why not “right-size” a 3/4 ton truck and sell it for a little more than your average 1/2 ton? With the Detroit Three engaged in serious towing and payload wars, the heavy-duty pickup segment looks more like a Freightliner convention. That’s where the diesel Titan XD … [Read more...] about 2016 Nissan Titan XD – Towing with the 5/8-Ton Truck
The design of the coupe version takes many of its cues from its sedan brother , especially the rectangular headlights. One of the hallmarks that carries over from the CLK is the absence of a b-pillar, which means with all the windows down the car gets the cool open look and hardtop convertible feel. Mercedes also claims that the slick looks makes the E-Class coupe "the most aerodynamic model in the world." The coupe has drag coefficient of 0.24, which betters the super-slick Prius ' .25. Like the sedan, the E-Class coupe will be offered internationally with a choice of engines with four, six and eight cylinders, with output between 200 and 382 hp. The base version is the E250 CDI that develops 200 hp and a peak torque of 368 lbs-ft and has a fuel consumption of about 44 mpg. The top version should be a V8 gas engine that powers the E500/550 models and develops 383 hp and 390 lbs-ft. Sales will begin in Europe in May, and U.S. sales should begin shortly there after. European … [Read more...] about 2010 Mercedes E-Class coupe
Now in its third generation, the smallest model in the range has just received its mid-cycle refresh. The timing may seem odd for some people, as the latest was only unveiled back in 2012, but recent reports have made it clear that Mercedes-Benz is pushing for a slightly shorter shelf life for its models, down from the regular seven years to only six. The 2016 A-Class comes to confirm that Stuttgart is already making use of this strategy. Even though this is the third-ever A-Class, it actually represents the first time that Mercedes-Benz has ventured into the and segment, unless you also count the ill-fated C-Class SportCoupe or the and the subsequent CLC. Based on a platform called MFA (Modular Front-Wheel-Drive Architecture), the latest A-Class shares most of its underpinnings with the entire compact lineup from Mercedes-Benz, namely the B-Class, GLA-Class, CLA-Class and CLA Shooting Brake. Essentially sporting a front-wheel-drive architecture, some of its versions … [Read more...] about 2016 Mercedes-Benz A-Class
Chrysler and its subsidiaries — Mopar, in particular — are rolling into the 2013 SEMA Show with quite an amazing entourage of vehicles. Together they have developed over 20 new vehicles for this show, and one of them is a new Scat Package that pays tribute to legendary "Scat Pack Club" offered back in 1968. The new package comes just in time to celebrate Scat’s 45th anniversary, and it will be offered for the 2014 Dodge Challenger , Charger and Dart models. The new Scat Package will be available starting the spring of 2014. For the Challenger, the Scat Package is all about bumping up the output of the 5.7-Liter HEMI V-8 and it will come in three different stages: Scat Package 1, 2 and 3. The only issue is that Chrysler has yet to formally announce how the kits will affect the HEMI’s output. Updated 04/03/2014: Dodge released today performance numbers and prices for the Scat 1, 2 and 3 packages offered for the 2014 Challenger. Check the new numbers after … [Read more...] about 2014 Dodge Challenger with Scat Package
DS has finally been officially launched as a go-it-alone brand in Europe with the unveil of the facelifted DS 5. The revisions see the already striking hatch get a bolder, even more upmarket look as DS attempts to establish itself as a stylish alternative to existing premium car makers. All Citroen badging has been removed from the car, and it features a dramatic new front that will act as a blueprint for future DS models. • Best family cars to buy now A vertical, hexagonal grille is surrounded in chrome, and features a large DS logo in its centre. At the side, the DS ‘wings’ flow seamlessly into the xenon headlights, which are surrounded by the brand’s new LED light signature. A further DS badge sits on the bonnet of the car, while the top of the lights features a pattern created from the DS monogram – which is also used inside on the door handles and centre console. The DS 5’s familiar sabre design cues are retained and flow from the tip of the … [Read more...] about DS 5 facelift makes DS brand’s break from Citroen official
Ram Trucks just announced its newest product headed for the U.S. marketplace, the 2015 Ram ProMaster City. For American buyers, the ProMaster City might be all-new, but in actuality, the Class One light van has deep roots in Europe as the Fiat Doblò. The Fiat was introduced in 2000 and saw its second generation come in 2010. Now in its third generation, the Fiat is dawning a Ram grille, rear trim pieces, and an Americanized powertrain we're familiar with in other Chrysler products. The jump across the Atlantic Ocean makes perfect sense for Ram as its competition have developed some small vans of their own, namely the Chevrolet City Express, … [Read more...] about 2015 Ram ProMaster City
Babies are tough. Bosses can be tougher. But the indisputable boot camp of bare knuckled stress inducers has to be a young dog that hasn’t been given the care, love, and discipline it needs and deserves. Not even the Volkswagen Passat W8 I bought last year can compare to the ball busting doled out by an 8-month-old female boxer named Luna, a hyper-cute animal that ruthlessly channeled all of my inner Cesar Millan this past weekend, and defecated it right on the carpet. On Monday morning, I decided to get the hell away from Luna and take my wife out for a drive. In the car business, a drive means something different than the usual wandering down winding roads leading you to new places, faces and foods. Instead, it means you just bought a Volkswagen or some other maintenance intensive car — like a Saab or an older BMW — that requires the eye of a specialist. This particular drive came in the form of transporting a 2008 Volkswagen Passat VR6 that cost me $3,000 plus a … [Read more...] about Hammer Time: How a Smelly Dog Helped Me Buy a Volkswagen