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Thursday, December 17, 2009

New Volkswagen POLO

The Volkswagen has started its own bit of playing the role in the Indian market by introducing its new POLO, which is going to be manufactured at its first manufacturing plant in Chakan near Pune in India. plant. The company had landed only two of its models, the Passat and the Jetta in India, which often we don't really see too much. But, they have a hand full of dealers. The Volkswagen really needs something to kick-start its Indian innings.

By the end of the year, when the brand new facility comes on line, the POLO seems to be the stuff that's going to roll out. This is the all new 5th generation POLO.
Like all Volkswagen designs, the POLO too shares the strong expressive nose. Simplicity has been the main styling theme of the Polo. It has an elegant and expressive styling.

In my own words, what I could say is that, Polo is not a cute car, this is not a cheesy car. It is a handsome, muscular and a solid car. For my eyes, this is considered to be one of the most handsome among the small cars that exist today.
There are a number of interesting details regarding the Polo. For instance, consider its hatch, if you hold and press the VW round, the hatch gets opened. This is in a similar fashion to the Passat. It's boot space exists in two layers. So, you can hide some expensive and important stuff under the tray separating the two layers. The boot volume is 280 liters, which is smaller when compared with the Skoda Fabia, and the space inside is also a little tighter.

Finally, it can be considered as having Best in class interiors. The Indian variants will alo get the dual toned dashboard, including the features like ABS, twin air bags, and the Electronic stability control, which is generally found missing in the Indian cars. The company plans to launch Volkswagen Polo in highly competitive price range of Rs 4 to 5 lakhs. So, be ready to move on a POLO.

Some of its features are mentioned below:-
New TDI and TSI engines, coupled with a 7-speed dual clutch transmission (DSG)
Seven different engines on offer – four petrol and three diesel (power range from 44 kW/60 Bhp to 77 kW/105 Bhp)

A new 1.2 TSI turbo-charged four-cylinder direct injection petrol engine produces 77 kW / 105 PS consumes 5.5 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (129 g/km CO2) – 19 percent less than on the previous generation model.

A 1.6 TDI with 66 kW/90 Bhp: when combined with a Blue moon package, returns an average fuel consumption of 3.6 liters per 100 kilometers and 96 g/km CO2 making it the “most fuel efficient and lowest emitting five-seater diesel in the world”.

Blue moon package consists of,
  • weight cut down to 1,080 kilogram
  • uses an advanced engine start/stop system, also benefits from a regenerative braking system
  • 15-inch alloy wheels fitted low rolling resistance tires

10mm reduction in ride height, a slightly modified front end, aerodynamically efficient underbody

Volkswagen Polo BlueMotion is expected to roll out next year globally; Indian debut still a question mark.

Designed to attain the recently established, stricter and more comprehensive, 5-star EuroNCAP rating.
Standard ESP electronic stabilization program with Hill Hold Control.
Body weight reduced by 7.5 percent, for better dynamics and higher efficiency.
Static turning lights integrated in the front fog lights.
Side curtain airbags (head airbag system for front and rear passengers).
Integrated Stereo and radio-navigation systems.
Integrated hands-free telephone systems.
Panorama sunroof and bi-xenon headlights.

Monday, December 7, 2009

.......Ride the Karizma-ZMR.......

In the present days, competing with time is considered to be the most common criteria. The same goes on with the context of high speeds of the newly emerging bikes. The 2-wheeler segment based companies are moving forward accordingly and are also considering the tastes and craze of the present youth as the main criteria.

Keeping the views on trends of the current generation youth, "Hero Honda", one of the largest 2-wheeler manufacturer in India, has at last unveiled its new Karizma(FI)-ZMR into the market.

The routine carburetor has been replaced with the fuel injection technology, which is shortly called as the FI. This bike can achieve a speed of about 0-60kmph just in 3.7 seconds. This is because of its "Spark plug Transistorized Ignition System".

The ZMR has undergone many changes when compared with its prior model, Karizma-R. Both the wheels are having Disk brakes. The Kick start option has been deceased and is only available in "self start". The old Air-cooled engine has been replaced with the Oil-cooled engine. Finally, this lead to the increase in the weight of the bike.

The IGRS shock absorbers are considered to be one of the peaks in the technical aspects of the bike, and also can be adjustible.

While the Hunk, and CBZ-Xtreme reviels 13.15 KW (17.6 bhp/17.9ps) of power at 8500 RPM, the new Karizma can achieve such at 7000 RPM itself. Thus, the engine life factor is 1.59, which is said to be greater than the counterparts in Hero Honda. Hunk and Xtreme are having only 1.29 as their life factor. Achiever is having 1.37.

Karizma-ZMR is available in 5 variant colors. They are Moon yellow, Pearl white, Vibrant blue, Panther black and Sports red. Its Ex-showroom prize is approx.. Rs.91000/-.



Length: 2125.00 mm
Width: 755.00 mm

Height: 1160.00 mm
Wheelbase: 1355 mm
Ground Clearance: 150 mm
Kerb Weight: 150 kgs
Engine and Transmission Specifications
Displacement: 223cc
Engine: 4 Stroke, PGM-Fi
Maximum Power: 17.6 Bhp @ 7000 rpm
Maximum Torque: 18.35 Nm @ 6500 rpm
Gears: 5 Speed
Clutch: Multiplate Wet
Bore: 65.5
Stroke: 66.2
Cylinder Configuration: NA
Engine Block Material: NA
Chassis Type: Tubular Single Cradle, Diamond Type
Cooling Type: Air Cooling
Carburetor: NA
Suspension(Front): Telescopic Hydraulic Shock Absorbers
Suspension(Rear): Swing Arm with 5 Step Adjustable Type Hydraulic Shock Absorbers
Brakes and Wheels
Wheel Type: Die Alloys
Wheel Size: 2.75×18 – 100/90 mm
Tubeless: NA
Brakes: Disc
Brakes(Rear): Disc (Expected)
Stand Alarm: False
Other Specs
Headlamp: 35W/35W – Halogen
Horn: NA
Ground Clearance: 150.00 mm
Fuel Tank: 16.00 ltrs; reserve: 2 litres

Electrical System: 12V – 7 Ah – 188 W Alternator

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