Maruti Alto’s New Sibling: Maruti Alto K-10

According to a recent research conducted by KPMG – substantial increase in the income of Indian middle class, better financing facilities and improved roads are some of the factors for strong growth of Automotive sector in India. It is also witnessed that India’s low cost small car market is burgeoning with time. In modern day India, a large number of people want to invest on a vehicle that delivers style, comfort along with greater mileage and high performance.

India’s largest car manufacturing company – Maruti has spanned a long innings now. Maruti’s, brand Alto has fascinated a substantial number of Indian automobile consumers as Alto clocked the sales of over 20,000 units per month. Recently the company launched more efficient, improved new sibling of its popular product range Alto – Maruti Alto K10 in market. The newer version of Maruti Alto, Maruti Alto K10 boasts latest automobile technology such as improved suspension, new cable type transmission, superior brake system and more knee-room for rear seat passengers. Maruti Alto K 10’s bigger, more fuel efficient 1000cc MPFI petrol engine is the car’s another unique attribute that distinguishes Maruti Alto K10 from earlier Maruti Alto.

Maruti Alto K10 highlights

The new version, Maruti Alto K10 will give you a mileage of 20.2 kms per liter that is highest among petrol cars in typical small car A2 segment. Discussing the performance of the vehicle, Maruti Alto K10 can accelerate from 0 to 100 kmph in just 13.3secs. Maruti Alto K10 also boasts of new cable type suspension for easy gear shifting and enhanced driving pleasure. Considering the exteriors and interiors of the vehicle, the new Alto K10 is longer by 125mm. The vehicle looks classy with its new aggressive front, different styled combination of dynamic hood and bold angled head lights with crystal-clear lens. The two-tone interiors, new colors of upholstery, stylish gear knob, integrated headrests at front and rear, accessory socket (Ash tray and cup holder) also make the vehicle look attractive.

Some other attributes that guarantee comfort while driving the car are power steering, powerful Air-conditioner and heater, Improved knee-room for rear seat passenger, remote fuel tank lid opener, remote back door opener, 13-inch tubeless radial tyres. Alto K 10 is available in Alto K-10 Lxi and Alto K10 Vxi models. Users will have to pay a price of 3.03 lakhs for Alto K10 Lxi model where as Alto K10 Vxi model is available at a price of 3.16 lakhs in India.

In case, you also want to invest on a powerful, high performance and classy vehicle, Alto K-10 is the best available in the market.

By: Monty.Alexander

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Vi Tommi Makinen Edition

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is so much associated with the World Rally Championships, and of course, to Tommi Makinen. The car brand gained so much fame in the WRC because of Tommi and the car itself. In anyway we look at it, the Evolution is definitely one of the best race cars ever invented.

Lancer Evolution has received several awards worldwide. In Canada, the Evolution X is named as the Best Performance Car under $50K by Motoring 2009. It also won the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada 2009 Best New Technology Award and in 2008 earned IIHS Top Safety Pick. During 2009 New York International Auto Show Lancer Evolution X is Announced as one of the top 10 World Performance Car of the Year. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution won Automotive Excellence Awards 2008 “Fun to Drive” and It took Dave TV’s “2008 Sports Car of the Year” award. The 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution won ConsumerSearch’s best Aggressive sports sedan in Best Sports Sedans in June 2006. The car also received recognitions from Scotland, France, Greece, United States and Australia.

Obviously, the most popular edition of Evolution is the Evolution VI. This edition already had an initial release but was revived in 1999 to pay tribute to the best Mitsubishi car driver, “Turbo” Tommi Makinen of Finland. He is the Finnish Rally Drive who won four Mitsubishi WRC Driver’s Championship and also the reason why Mitsubishi received international mentions. With that achievement, he surely deserves this tribute.

The Tommi Makinen Edition is very different from the original Evolution 6. This special edition, sometimes called as Evolution 6 ½, Evo 6.5 or TME, has a different bumper, Red/Black Recaro seats embossed with T. Makinen logo, 17″ Enkei white wheels, a leather Momo steering wheel and shift knob, a titanium turbine that spooled up quicker, front upper strut brace, lowered ride height (with tarmac stages in mind), and a quicker steering ratio. You can buy it red, white, blue, black or silver with optional special decals that immitates Makinen’s rally car color scheme.

The special features of the Evolution VI Tommi Makinen edition stands out compared to other Evolution being released. For the road performance, there is the high-response titanium turbocharger that gives better low-end and mid-range torque, using a smaller, shape-optimized compressor wheel. There is tarmac suspension that is tuned to give a better initial response on tarmac surfaces and a new muffler that uses a single large bore circular tailpipe for a more quiet performance.

The exterior of the Evolution 6 also makes the difference. The front bumper features a new powerful design that improves aerodynamics and lowers air intake temperature to stabilize power output characteristics. Its 17-inch alloy wheels shares the same design as on Mitsubishi’s WRC Group-A works car. There is also a special coloring package that comprises WRC stripe, Ralliart decals, Mitsubishi 3-diamond decal on ends of rear spoiler, upper wing section of rear spoiler finished in white, rear panel garnish, body-keyed door sashes, amber front indicator lenses, door handles finished in black.

On its interior design, you will find Recarro bucket seats that uses red fabric embroidered with Tommi Makinen logo. Its dashboard is finished in black with red lettering while MOMO steering wheel and gear stick knob and boot are trimmed in red-stitch leather.

By: Arnold Galtine

The Best Tech Accessories You Can Put In Your Car

Ok. You bought your dream car. It has the most powerful YET fuel efficient engine on the market. You have to do your part in fighting global warming after all. The car comes with everything you’ve always wanted. It even comes with bells and whistles you never even knew existed.

By the end of this decade, a third of your car’s value will be in its electronics and advanced technologies. Current tech toys not only makes your car more fun but also safer to drive and lets them go farther on a gallon of fuel, and emit less pollution; all while zipping around corners quickly.

However, did you know that you can even add more technology to the car? Believe it or not but you actually can. There are advances in Bluetooth and navigation aspects. If you’re car didn’t come with a backup camera factory installed, then don’t worry. They now make backup cameras which shoot clearer than your current digital camera. Isn’t it exciting?

Here is a list put together from the people at Car and Driver and PC World of the newest and best add-on tech accessories being sold for your car. While some of these may not be cheap, they are definitely fun.

Traffic Info: Garmin Nüvi 680 – The best is never the cheapest. These shirt-pocket devices are the Nüvi 680. They come with a 4.3-inch quarter VGA (QVGA, or 320-by-240) LCD screen. You can connect it to your car’s power and it receives real-time traffic reports, giving you a better idea of roads to avoid.

Add-On: HD Radio Directed Electronics Car Connect DMHD1000 – HD Radio can triple the radio broadcasts you receive. One frequency will carry the digital station while two others are multi-cast over the same frequency. The Car Connect HD tuner connects to any existing radio via the antenna for no loss of signal quality. All you need to do is mount a small module on the dash, then tune your radio to an unused FM station, or use the auxiliary input.

Car Stereo: Sony MEX-BT5000 – For a unique way to experience Bluetooth in your car, you need to replace your old stereo with one that integrates the latest in Bluetooth technology. The MEX-BT5000 has an AM/FM receiver, CD player, 24-bit DAC, and more. This Bluetooth isn’t just for phone calls. Using a device supporting A2DP (the Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), you can stream music off devices, and there are plug-in modules for iPods and satellite radio.

Cell-Phone Navigator: LG 9900 ENV – It seems every day portable navigators shrink even smaller and smaller. They’re so tiny; it’s difficult to remember to take them with you. Consider this like a cell phone with navigation built-in, such as the LG 9900 enV running VZ Navigator software from Verizon and Networks in Motion. Place messaging lets you send a “GPS thumbtack” to someone else’s phone, setting your location as the destination.

GPS Navigation: Alpine PMD-B100 Blackbird – This one has it all. Here’s a navigation device you can use three ways: Try it as a battery-operated walkabout unit with a 3.6-inch color screen, as a dashboard-mounted personal navigation aid, or add a $200 docking module to it which hides the Blackbird under your seat and connects to an Alpine AV head unit with a big LCD. This last option gives you a system nearly as good as what you’d get built into a new car.

Cell-Phone Adapter: Parrot CK3100 LCD – Cell phones can be distracting and often illegal when held in your hand. If you’re not a fan of an earpiece dangling as you drive, get a dash-mounted Bluetooth adapter such as Parrot’s, which connects to most car stereos or a separate speaker. Only a small display stays visible. There is also voice recognition which lets you dial by name.

By: J Simkhai

Automotive Parts And Accessories For Your Vehicle

If you’re a vehicle owner and find yourself looking at a damaged part of your vehicle, don’t start shopping for parts on local salvage yards. You might get the raw end of the deal there. The best thing you can do is to shop for auto parts and accessories online. The car parts industry has improved over the years and you can now enjoy the convenience of Internet ecommerce to buy quality used auto part and accessories. In fact you can purchase whatever auto part and accessories you need from auto parts and accessories online seller.

One of the biggest benefits of buying auto parts and accessories online is convenience. With simple click and point of the mouse, you will be able to easily find what you are looking for on the Internet. Whether you are looking for used auto part, hard to find accessories, rebuilt engines or used transmissions, you can find it in an online car part vendor site. You can avoid the hassle trudging through several salvage yards and hauling back the auto parts you bought. By shopping for auto parts and accessories online, you can simply order what you need and the merchandise will be delivered to you quickly.

Another advantage of shopping for auto parts and accessories online is accessibility. No matter what time of the day, you can always shop for used auto part and accessories that your vehicle needs. Sometimes, it would be difficult to find the right auto parts and accessories that can replace the damaged ones. Simply go online and order the specific used auto part and accessories you need. The online auto parts and accessories vendor will look for replacements on your behalf. An online auto parts and accessories vendor normally has contacts with manufacturers, salvage warehouses, and other suppliers. Allow them to look for the used auto part that you need and they will deliver it to you.

Quality is the biggest concern when buying used auto part and accessories. Because of modern remanufacturing processes, the quality of the used auto part and accessories you can buy online is guaranteed. There is a strict industry standard being followed in the auto parts and accessories market. In order to continue their businesses, online auto parts and accessories vendors ensure that their items are following the standards set by the industry. Usually, parts and accessories have been tested for performance especially if you are buying used engines or transmissions. So you will seldom encounter a problem if you buy used auto part and accessories online.

Consumer security is also protected by online auto parts and accessories sellers. If you purchase auto parts and accessories online, you will be required to pay through credit cards. Modern ecommerce security and site security features are already in place now to make your purchase safer. Your personal information will not be compromised if you buy online. A good online auto parts and accessories seller also protects your interest by providing warranties for its products. You can also get a return privilege if ever you see defects on the items you bought. These are the guarantees and protection you can enjoy from an online auto part and accessories seller.

Internet technology changed the entire online auto parts and accessories market. You can now enjoy the convenience and safety of online shopping if ever you need replacements for damaged auto parts and accessories. You can also get quality used auto parts and accessories at a much lower price from an online auto part and accessories seller.

By: Ronnie Maurillo