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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Fiat's new Grande Punto.

Here's a car that "Wheeler's Drift" has taken a step forward to review it. Its the product of the most familiar automobile company, which almost went bankrupt a decade ago.

The "Punto" first debuted as a compact hatch in 1993 and what you see here in the following pics is much big enlarged 3rd generation, which is why the phrase "Grande" has been added to its name.
The car is considered to be the best seller among all other counterparts from Fiat. It is available in both Diesel and Petrol options.

It really excludes Italian style and yet has a hatche characteristic in terms of shapes and size and it forms a successful platform for Fiat after the Bravo and Linea. Even though, Linea is a much wider and much longer version, the same thing goes with the Punto, but with a shorter wheel base and that's what you get so.

The Punto contains all the features given in its C+ sedan Linea. Fiat has assigned quite low cost to Punto, when compared with its counterparts. It has many excitng and attractive features like ABS and EBD system, and it also has automatic climate control facilty. Including a feature of Bluetooth, it also contains Voice dail and SMS readability features in the car.

In the aspect of hatchback cars, there exists some cars with the similar variations of costs which are already running in the automobile market. But, Grande Punto with its upgraded technology and exciting features has a possibility of hitting all the other cars.
Let us have look at the specifications Fiat Grande PUNTO,

Name:Grande Punto
Car Body Type:Hatchback
Segment:B+ SegmentTop Speed:182

Fuel Consumption:Highway15.00 kmpl.
Fuel Consumption:City12.00 kmpl.

Displacement:1368cc, 4 Cylinders, In-Line
Engine Type:Petrol
Maximum Power:90 Bhp @ 4000 rpm
Maximum Torque:115 Nm @ 4500 rpm

Length:4030 mm
Width:1687 mm
Height:1490 mm

Seating Capacity:5
Tyre Size:205/45 R17
Suspension:Independent McPherson Struts, Coil Springs
Brakes:Front Disk, Rear Drum
Gears:5 Manual
Kerb Weight:1170.00 kgs.
Fuel Tank:45.00
Body Color Bumpers:Available
Alloys:Not Available
ORVM Indicator:Not Available
Xenon Headlamps:Not Available
Trip Meter:2
Headlamp Washer:Not Available

Estimated price: 3.99-7 Lakh

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Rinspeed Squba: world's first swimming car

Have you ever seen or heard about a car which runs on the road, as well as swims in the water? Here, is a car which looks crazy and exactly does that.

sQuba, world’s first swimming car!

hree decades ago James Bond (then enacted by British star Roger Moore) wowed the world with a car that could ‘fly’ under water in the movie The Spy Who Loved Me. Only, it was animation and not an actual scene.But Frank M Rinderknecht, the 52-year-old automobile visionary and boss of Swiss automaker Rinspeed, has turned a dream into reality with his ’sQuba.’

Rinspeed sQuba is the most exciting thing at this year’s Geneva Motor Show and is creating many a ripple.

sQuba is the world’s first real submersible car that can ‘move like a fish underwater’.

It can dive up to 32.8 feet (10 mt) below the surface of the water and can move at a sedate 1.8 miles per hour.


The sQuba has an open cockpit for ’safety reasons’ (so that people can get out easily anytime in case of an emergency). The occupants of the car have to breathe compressed air through built-in scuba masks.

sQuba is an electric car that uses rechargeable lithium-ion batteries and 3 electric motors for propulsion. It is a zero-emission car as documented by the rotating license plate in the rear. It produces no exhaust emissions.


The ’sQuba’s’ filling station is the water reservoir.? It is no surprise that the vehicle features powerful yet energy-saving LED lighting technology.

The first car that could drive underwater was Quandt’s Amphibicar, built in 1968. Only 3,878 were produced but many are still being driven on roads.

Then Gibbs Technologies came up with Gibbs Aquada in 2004 which Virgin boss Richard Branson used to break the speed record for crossing the English Channel.


However, the sQuba seems to be the most exciting of them all.

To drive on the roads, the sQuba ‘relies on a stainless coil-over suspension from KW automotive and large Pirelli tires mounted on custom-made forged light-weight wheels from AEZ with 17- and 18-inch diameters.’

Technical data

Length —– 3′785 mm
Width —– 1”940 mm
Height —– 1′117 mm
Wheelbase —– 2?300 mm
Track front —– 1?470 mm
Track rear —– 1?520 mm
Ground clearance —– 130 mm
Empty weight —– approx. 920kg
Top speed —– > 120 km/h
Acceleration 0-80 km/h —– 7.1 sec
Water speed —– > 6 km/h
Power train —– Rear wheel drive
Gearbox —– R – N – F
Chassis —– Steel
Body panels —– Carbon Nano Tubes
Seating capacity —– 2
Front suspension —– Double wishbone
Rear suspension —– Double wishbone
Dampers/springs —– KW automotive
Steering —– Rack & pinion



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