Size doesn’t matter, its what you do with it that counts. It seems Tata has taken it literally and tried to do the most it can with their smallest new member.
The problem is that while the little fella has had to go through so many changes to make “Europe friendly” it has had to become 2 times more expensive than the price of one in India.
The European pricing structure has now placed it in competition with a whole host of other vehicles offering much more space and are closer related to real cars than dinky toys.
As is the case with the S Class and the GL, the C from Mercedes will also receive the LED driving lamps treatment.
According to some scans from an upcoming brochure, the changes will be minimal. Just a few changes to the fog lamps and I assume the LED’s will only be offered with vehicles with the Bi-Xenon option.
I suppose its a sad day when the addition of LED’s to golfs become newsworthy, but news on the automotive front have been a bit dull this week.
Anyway, for those who care the new Golf R is going to have LED taillights like the ones pictured above offered as standard and the GTI and GTD will have it offered as a R3500 option. Why can’t they just include it in the price and add it anyway? Well they’ll make more money this way is the obvious answer.
The benefits of using LED’s are they last longer and illuminate quicker – 0.2 seconds quicker than conventional bulbs in fact.
All this means that people will see you hitting the brakes a fifth of a second quicker, shaving a full 5 meters off the braking distance from 100km/h.
Plus they look cool.
If you had to choose between Audi’s R8 sports car or pay more to buy the electric e-tron which would you choose?
Sure, it would depend on a couple of things, but the one that really concerns me is the range. Will the be able to make an electric car with the R8’s performance levels that can literally go the distance. I mean what good is a sports car if you can only go quick for a 100km or so?
We’ll have to wait till about 2012 for the answer to that question when Audi is going to build a 1000 units of the e-tron. Audi reckons it can sell a 1000 of these babys through its worldwide dealer network of about 5000 dealers, but they would make more if the merket wanted it and would make less if nobody waned it…so the 1000 units is only a guesstimate.
Pricing? It’ll be priced above the R8.
This is up Lite concept from VW. It is Lite on fuel. Using only the faintest whisker of fumes of fuel to go on to a consumption figure of just over 2 liters per 100km.
How? Well the name kinda gives it away. Weighing in at only 695kg it really is Lite. It weighs as much as a stack of feathers because of the extensive use of Aluminium, Carbon fibre and lightweight batteries.
Today, the good folks from Wheels24 have announced the launch of the annual Alternative Car of the Year Awards. Following on last year’s success when more than 48,000 South Africans have voted, the 2009 ACOTY awards have kept the same jock (straight), chop (middle-finger) and frock (gay) categories to choose from. More to it, this year’s winner will walk home with nothing less than R5 000 just by picking their favorite (until December 4th).
Nominees for the 2009 Alternative Car of the Year are:
Subaru Impreza WRX
Volkswagen Golf GTI
Renault Twingo RS
Mini Cooper Cabriolet
Alfa Romeo Mito
Audi A5 Cabriolet
Peugeot 308 CC
Voting starts here
As per a recent survey conducted part of the WesBank-sponsored Focus on Excellence Awards, it turned out that reliability is the biggest factor that influences the purchase of both medium and heavy commercial vehicles. More to it, looks like the price was listed as the sixth most important factor amongst buyers of medium commercial vehicles and the ninth most important factor for buyers hailing from the heavy commercial segment.
The FOE Survey clearly indicates that recession hasn’t got much to do with the declining sales of vehicles belonging in this segment, as buyers are looking for reliability and after-sales service more than anything. But could it mean that automobile manufacturers are going to focus on these things from now on to get their sales up again, probably not! Other important factors include the easy availability of spare parts, brand loyalty, product quality, low CPK, longevity of a product, performance, value for money, dealer network and the driver’s comfort.