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BMW I – New Sub-Brand From BMW Electric Cars

Posted: 23 Feb 2011 07:25 AM PST

BMW has been much in news for quite a while for the launch of a new sub-brand and was pretty much serious about it. And with no surprise the company has officially launched a sub-brand named BMW-I with an inspiring motto "Born Electric" and will be devoted to "sustainable vehicles and mobility solutions".

As the motto says the sub-brand will dedicate all its effort to building electric vehicles for future cities. Initially the brand is supposed to come out with two news cars named as i3 and i8 by 2013 of which the i3 is being reported to be the BMW Mega City Vehicle which we had covered earlier.


BMW has also planned to offer a range of mobility services over the coming years, through the newly founded BMW i Ventures, which required an investment of 100 million US dollars.


The first two products will try to complete the line-up as the i3 will be offered as a 4-seater urban small car while the i8 as a complete sports car and both will be offered with completely electric drivetrain.

Both models are based on a new construction concept named LifeDrive architecture, consisting of an aluminum chassis that houses the powertrain, and a lightweight carbon fiber- reinforced plastic (CFRP) passenger cell.

At the launch Klaus Draeger, BMW Board member explained,"Both cars have been designed specifically for their respective alternative drive systems. We used the innovative architecture and CFRP to cancel out practically all of the extra weight added by the batteries. For our customers this means superior driving dynamics combined with significantly increased range using electric power,"

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European Imported Cars In India May Become 40% Cheaper Soon

Posted: 23 Feb 2011 04:20 AM PST

Indian and European Union may sign a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in April 2011 which may result in cut in import duties of Europeans cars imported as CBU to India. This may mean as high as 40% drop in the price of imported cars being imported from European car makers in India. This will be a two way agreement, wherein Indian cars will also get similar kind of duty cuts when exporting cars from Indian to Europe. We are keeping a keen eye on the situation and will bring you the updates as they happen. If this agreement is signed, it will mean a lot more affordable luxury cars and will push the cars sales up both in Indian as well as European markets.


Also read -

What Is CBU and CKD? What is the difference between these two?

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Skoda To Officially Unveil New Logo, A Concept Car And Special Edition Fabia at Geneva Motor Show 2011

Posted: 23 Feb 2011 01:51 AM PST

This year at the Geneva Motor Show 2011, Skoda will unveil three interesting things:

  • New corporate design and new logo introduce a new era of the brand’s development
  • A concept car to reflect the brand’s new design language
  • Skoda Fabia Monte Carlo – a special edition model to celebrate the brand’s motorsport achievements


Highlighting its achievements and its new direction, Skoda Auto is going to present its new corporate design at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. After extremely dynamic growth over the last 20 years and the best–ever sales result achieved in 2010, the Czech-based car manufacturer has set brand new goals, including an ambition to at least double its sales by 2018. Furthermore, the brand’s presentation at the event is going to include a concept car to reflect Skoda’s new design language.

Skoda sees its achievements in the recent past as a base for further growth. Besides its current product portfolio, Skoda is going to present a concept car to reflect the brand’s new design language. The car boasts clearly defined shapes and a great sense of detail, and the new logo placed on it is going to be used on new Skoda models from 2012.

Skoda Auto’s presentation for the 2011 Geneva Motor Show highlights the brand’s new direction. The traditional winged-arrow logo has got a new spectrum of colours to look even more distinct and precise than ever. The new corporate design is going to be adopted across all Skoda’s communications, as well as by its dealers. To this end, the design and layout of showrooms are going to be substantially modernized, too.

Skoda is celebrating 110 years of its motorsport efforts in 2011. On this occasion, the Geneva Motor Show is going to see a premiere of the Fabia Monte Carlo, a special-edition model with a sports-tuned chassis, a dynamic look including black accessories and the interior known from the RS version to highlight Skoda’s motorsport achievements and convey the joy over its great victories also to its customers. The brand made a great start to its 110th motorsport season when Freddy Loix in a Fabia Super 2000 finished second at the 100th Monte Carlo Rally in late January.

Skoda Auto’s 1,918 m2 presentation reflecting its new corporate design is situated in Hall 2 of the Palexpo exhibition center in Geneva.

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2012 Honda Goldwing Upgraded To Be Launched By May 2011 In US–Detailed Specifications Features & Price

Posted: 22 Feb 2011 09:06 PM PST

Honda and BMW are two major manufacturers of touring motorcycles across the whole world. Yamaha is also in the race but is somewhere lacking therefore giving opportunities to the above giants. So basically the battle is between these two majors who are technically well established and are extremely successful with their touring series.

Of lately BMW announced of BMW K1600GT which is an acclaimed touring motorcycle and came up as the first to offer the 2012 series but they were unaware that the much more successful Honda Goldwing is on its way to go head on in the respective segment.


The 2012 GL 1800 Goldwing is probably more powerful than any other in its segment and far more advanced technologically than any successful car existing in the Indian automobile market. Infact the picture above explains it all that it is no less than any luxurious sedan.

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From May 2011, Honda will start selling the new Goldwing in the US and will reach the UK by the end of the year.

2012 Honda Goldwing Specifications

Engine: 1832cc liquid-cooled Flat Six
Bore & Stroke: 74 x 71mm
Compression Ratio: 9.8:1
Valve Train: SOHC; two valves cylinder head
Fueling: PGM-FI
Ignition: Computer-controlled digital with 3-D mapping
Transmission: Five-speed, plus electric Reverse
Final Drive: Shaft
Front Suspension: 45mm cartridge fork with anti-dive system; 4.8 inches travel
Rear Suspension: Pro Arm single-side swingarm with Pro-Link single shock with computer-controlled spring preload adjustment with two memory presets; 4.1 inches travel
Front Brakes: Dual full-floating 296mm discs with CBS three-piston calipers; optional ABS
Rear Brake: Single ventilated 316mm disc with CBS three-piston caliper; optional ABS
Front Tires: 130/70R-18
Rear Tires: 180/60R-16
Wheelbase: 66.5 inches
Rake: 29.15°
Trail: 109mm (4.3 inches)
Seat Height: 29.1 inches
Fuel Capacity: 6.7 gallons
Colors: Pearl White, Candy Red, Ultra Blue Metallic, Black
Curb Weight: 904 – 933 pounds, depending on option packages selected


2012 Honda Goldwing New Features

  • Fresh styling cues produce a more integrated appearance along with a sporting edge, adding to the premium touring visage.
  • Redesigned fairing adds extra wind protection, especially to the lower body and leg areas.
  • Larger saddlebags add approximately 7 liters of additional storage space, upping total capacity to well over 150 liters including the trunk and fairing pockets.
  • Handy central storage pocket added to models without airbag.
  • Revised suspension settings front and rear yield added compliance for a better ride and more comfort.
  • Urethane seat material and cover material give added comfort.
  • Re-shaped taillight adds a distinctive appearance and aids visibility.
  • Wheels are now clear-coated for easier cleaning and a great, long-lasting look.
  • Updated instrumentation styling lends a high-performance touch.

2012 Honda Goldwing Price

The motorcycle has been priced from $23,199 to $28,499 which comes converts to a range between Rs.11.5 Lakh to Rs.14 Lakh.

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2012 Yamaha YZR-M1 MotoGP Superbike Unveiled–Pictures & Specifications

Posted: 22 Feb 2011 09:00 PM PST

When we talk about MotoGP, it is all about the adrenaline rush getting through our nerves when looking at superbikes sprinting on the track at speeds over 300kmph and it is one of the most popular motorsport worldwide. Team Yamaha has always been the most inspiring of all and previous rider Valentino Rossi to an extent is the one who is responsible for the success of the same.

But now that Rossi is no longer in association with Yamaha, famous riders like Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies are all set to retain the rankings and status of the team.


Does this bike look familiar? It should not as it's the latest 2011 MotoGP factory bike for the team known as Yamaha YZR-M1 and features a number of improvements over the previous ones. Most important of the improvements is a refined chassis and a slightly more powerful engine.


So now the most interesting thing to see would be the head on competition of Lorenzo over Yamaha with former team-mate Rossi over Ducati.

2011 Yamaha YZR-M1 Technical Specifications

Engine and Transmission

Engine type: 4 cylinders, 4-stroke, Inline
Displacement: 990 cc (60.49 cubic inches)
Cooling system: Water cooled
Power: 200 HP (147.1 kW)
Throttle: Ride by wire


Valve train: DOHC, non-variable
Valves per cylinder: 4

Fuel and ignition

Sparks per cylinder: 1
Fuel supply system: Fuel injection
Ignition type: Digital CDI
Engine mounting: Transverse
Lubrication system: Dry sump
Gear box: Manual 6-speed
Final drive: Chain
Starter: Electric


Dry weight: 150 kg
Chassis and suspension
Frame type: aluminium, Trellis frame
Suspension: Cartridge
Brake: Twin Disk, Ø320 mm
Suspension: twin shock, Swingarm
Brake: Disk, Ø220 mm


ABS available: No
Top speed: 320 km/h
Number of riders: 1 person

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