Best Diesel Cars in India

Diesel cars have come of age. They are no longer cumbersome and are almost as maintenance-free as their petrol siblings. Here is a look at the best diesel cars in India. 

The Figo uses a 1.4-litre DuraTorq engine to produce 68 BHP and 160 Nm. This motor is very refined and offers excellent drive-ability.

The Swift has been a massive success with the diesel model bringing in most of the sales. It is powered by a 1.3-litre Multijet engine which produces 74 BHP and 190 Nm.

The Rapid's 1600cc engine produces 105 BHP of power and 250 Nm of torque. This along with the fantastic chassis makes the Rapid very entertaining to drive.

It might be a people mover but the Innova's 2.5-litre diesel powerplant is one of the best around. Producing 101 BHP and 200 Nm, the Innova is extremely comfortable in city and highway driving conditions. 

The Cruze is the most powerful vehicle in its segment, producing 148 BHP and 327 Nm from its 2.0-litre engine. A more powerful version of the Cruze is scheduled for launch next month.

The new Fiesta's TDCi engine produces 90 BHP and 204 Nm that might not look much powerful, but the overall power delivery and economy is one of the best in the segment. 

One of the most powerful diesel hatchbacks around, the i20's CRDi motor produces 90 BHP and 226 Nm. The engine is extremely refined and rev happy too.

Using a 2179cc mHawk140 engine, the XUV500 produces 140 BHP and 330 Nm. This kind of power makes the Cheetah prowl ahead with zest.

The Micra might not produce a lot of power with just 64 BHP and 160 Nm but the superb drive-ability and negligible turbo lag makes it one of the best diesel hatchbacks for the city.

The Laura's 2.0-litre TDI engine produces 140 BHP and 320 Nm. This engine is powerful as well as fuel efficient making it fun to drive, while being easy on the wallet.

One of the most underrated cars in India, the Fluence, uses a 1500cc diesel engine to produce 108 BHP and 240 Nm. The turbo whoosh and good performance are note worthy.

The Verna's 1600cc CRDi motor produces 126 BHP of power and 265 Nm of torque. This is extremely powerful for a car in this segment.

Improve Your Car’s Fuel Efficiency

Be it UPA, BJP or any other acronym at the Centre, petrol prices will again head northwards. We can only feel helpless in the face of recurring and economy-driven price fluctuations.  Seeking measures to improve fuel economy is the only way to combat rising fuel prices. Do not disregard these simple guidelines; each little step can really start adding up to significant savings to your budget.

Do Fuel Quality/Types/Additives Help Mileage?
Petrol pump attendants often try to convince you to go for 'Speed petrol' or 'X-tra Mile diesel'. But this need not necessarily help improve your vehicle's fuel efficiency. Always use the grade recommended for the vehicle by the manufacturer. Higher octane fuel may not only be a waste of money but may harm the vehicle, as well. However sticking to one brand of fuel is always good for the engine. Know more about Octane Ratings

Keep the Windows Closed
Driving with your windows open considerably reduces mileage, far more than keeping the AC on while driving along highways. So preferably keep the windows closed and the AC on if you want to keep cool. Of course the air-conditioning decreases fuel efficiency considerably, so use it judiciously. Windows down or A/C on — which is more fuel-efficient?

Refill in the morning/late evening
During these times petrol is densest. Keep in mind - fuel pumps measure volumes of petrol, not densities of fuel concentration. You are charged according to "volume of measurement". [via]

Check Tyre Pressure
Keeping the tyres well inflated is one of the simplest things you can do to help improve your car's fuel efficiency. You can improve the mileage by about 3.3 percent if you keep your tyres inflated properly, according to the DOE.

Lighten Your Load
Empty out your boot of unnecessary items. For every extra 45 kg you carry, your fuel efficiency can drop by 1-2% in a typical vehicle.

The faster you drive, the more fuel you use. Driving within the speed limit recommended by the manufacturer helps save fuel. Driving just 5mph over the speed limit can affect fuel economy by up to 23%. Likewise, quick acceleration consumes too much fuel; accelerate slowly and gradually.

Tune Your Engine
A well-tuned engine can improve fuel economy by up to 4%. So change your oil and follow your car manufacturer's recommendation on servicing.

Clean the Air Filters Regularly
Air filters keep impurities from damaging your engine. Replacing a clogged air filter can improve fuel economy by as much as 10%.

Don't Be a Clutch-Driver
Never keep your foot on the clutch while driving. When you do this, pressure is being placed on your clutch, and it not only reduces mileage, but also wears out the clutch plate, replacing which is not cheap.
Keep the Car in Showroom Condition
It's always prudent to keep the car in the showroom condition. Remember that any modification to the car, such as broad tyres, diffusers etc., will adversely affect the mileage.

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Audi e-bike: A bicycle that runs at 80 kmph

The prototype cycle combining an electric drive and muscle power along with tech used on Audi cars was showcased at the Worthersee Tour in Austria.

Audi unveiled an extremely emotion-inspiring sports machine, the Audi e-bike Wörthersee at Wörthersee in Carinthia, Austria. The prototype cycle combines an electric drive and muscle power. Head of Design Wolfgang Egger comments: “As a high-performance e-bike for sports and trick cycling, it features the Audi core competences of design, ultra, e-tron and connect.” The Audi e-bike Wörthersee puts in its first major appearance at this year’s Wörthersee Tour, the 31st meet for Audi, VW, Seat and Skoda fans; trial biker Julien Dupont and downhill specialist Petra Bernhard will demonstrate their stunts and streetbike skills.

 The uncompromising dynamism of the bike prototype is fully visible at first sight. “When developing the Audi e-bike Wörthersee we drew on motor racing design principles for inspiration,” explains Hendrik Schaefers, one of the designers at Concept Design Studio Munich. “The e-bike appears incredibly precise, highly emotional and strictly functional. Indeed, the design effort focused on its function as a sports machine. All design elements are thus firmly aligned to the technical features.”

The airy frame boasts a low center of gravity and a compact overall volume. In this way, the e- bike is superbly agile at the sporty handling limits. The lithium-ion battery is incorporated into the frame and needs 2.5 hours to freuteully charge. On long trial tours, only a few simple steps are required to remove the battery and replace it with a charged one.

The frame and the swinging arm that holds the back wheel are made of carbon fiber- reinforced polymer (CFRP). The same material is used for the 26” wheels, which feature an innovative “Audi ultra blade” design with broad flat spokes for an optimized transmission of pedal power. “We were able to demonstrate with the choice of materials just how closely design goes hand in hand with expertise in ultra lightweight construction,” Hendrik Schaefers comments.

Homogeneous LED light strips round out the frame and create the immediately recognizable Audi light signature. For extreme tricks and stunts the seat can be lowered to run flush with the frame itself. At the press of a button, the seat then rises up and the biker can adopt a comfortable position.

Cycling modes and countless other functions can be set using the touchscreen on-bike computer. The cyclist's smartphone hooks up by WLAN to the computer – when you start cycling, for example, the immobilizer is deactivated. Video images of the trial drive or of a trick, as recorded via the in-helmet camera, are uploaded to the Internet in real time via your smartphone.

Each trick performed successfully is then awarded success points, and as the number of points awarded grows, the cyclist receives awards and the challenge level rises, too. The rankings table in the Internet means you can measure yourself against other bikers and your friends. And where they happen to be comes to you via Facebook status reports that pop up on the Audi e-bike Wörthersee display.

The cyclist can choose between a total of five cycling modes – pure muscle power, the electric motor alone, or pedaling supported by the electric motor. In the “Pure” mode, the drive power is purely the product of the cyclist’s legs, while in “Pedelec” mode you are supported by the electric motor that then makes speeds of up to 80 km/h (50 mph) possible and gives you a range of 50-70 kilometers (31-44 miles).

If you select “eGrip”, the Audi e-bike Wörthersee runs solely on the electric motor and can reach a top speed of 50 km/h (31 mph). The cyclist then controls forward momentum using a gripshift and can configure the power as desired using the computer.

When performing wheelies, an electronic control system supports the rider when performing tricks and back-wheel biking. Different modes can be set using a smartphone or directly on the e-bike – either “Power Wheelie” mode, with adjustable wheelie angle for less skilled bikers or “Balanced Wheelie” mode for sporting challenges.

In "Balanced Wheelie" mode, the electronic control system maintains the rider’s balance, by compensating the biker’s movements forwards or backwards via the electric motor.

This means the rider can influence the bike’s speed by shifting weight: if you lean forwards the bike picks up speed, and if you lean back it slows. You select “Training” mode if you want to keep your performance constant for training purposes.

The electric motor is located at the lowest point on the frame and drives the bottom bracket shaft directly. The maximum torque delivered to the rear wheel is 250 Nm (184.39 lb-ft).

The Audi e-bike Worthersee

 The Audi e-bike Worthersee

 The Audi e-bike Worthersee

The electric motor generates a maximum output of 2.3 kW, a new world best for e-bikes. The complete bike excluding electrical components weighs in at 11 kg (24.25 lb), equivalent to a power-to-weight ratio of 9 kg (19.84 lb) per kilowatt, or 7 kg (15.43 lb) per horsepower – another record-breaking value.

 The Audi e-bike Worthersee


Bullet train may connect Mynssore-Bangalore in 30

A detailed project report for the proposed high-speed bullet train from Chennai to Mysore via Bangalore will be ready by December.

According to a Karnataka’s Large and Medium Industries Minister Murugesh Nirani, a detailed project report for the proposed high-speed bullet train from Chennai to Mysore via Bangalore will be ready by December.The project would cost approximately Rs. 150 crore per kilometer, The Hindu reported earlier this month. The train, which will have a maximum speed of 350 kmph could connect Mysore from Bangalore in less than 30 minutes, the daily added. ..

The CRH380A high-speed train is one of the four Chinese train series which have been designed for the new standard operating speed of 380 km/h (236 mph) on newly constructed Chinese high-speed main lines.   

HSL 1, Belgium runs at a speed of 300 km/h (186 mph). It is a Belgian High speed rail line from Brussels to  

Started in 1993, ETR 500 or Elettro Treno Rapido 500 is Italian high-speed train runs at a speed of 300 km/h (186 mph).

Eurostar, UK that runs at 300 km/h (186 mph) connects London, Paris and Brussels.

Spain’s AVE Talgo-350 runs at 330 km/h (205 mph).

The THSR 700T is high-speed electric multiple unit trainset derived from the Japanese Shinkansen family for Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR), Taiwan's high-speed rail line. It runs at 335.50 km/h or 208 mph.

KTX II or KTX-Sancheon is high speed train built in South Korea by Hyundai Rotem in the second half of the 2000s and operated by Korail since March 2009. It can reach speeds of up to 352.4 km/hour (218 mph)

 The French-owned TGV Réseau (TGV-R) were built by Alstom between 1992 and 1996 and are based on the earlier TGV Atlantique. The train can run up to 380 km/hour (236.12 mph) speed.

The Shinkansen, also known as the "Bullet Train", is a network of high-speed railway lines in Japan operated by four Japan Railways Group companies. The test run of the train can reach the speed of 443 km/h (275 mph).

Transrapid or TR-09 is a German high-speed monorail train using magnetic levitation and can hit a speed of 450 km/hour (270.3 mph).


Maruti to launch Cervo this Diwali

Maruti (in fact, media) has been tantalizing us for quite a while with the prospect of launching the ultra small car Cervo. Now, credible media reports have it that the Cervo is all set to be launched this Diwali, replacing the iconic Maruti 800. According to a report by Economic Times, Cervo will be launched this Diwali, priced between 2-2.5 lakh. Although a senior official from Maruti Suzuki has confirmed that “the work on the car is going on and the company is planning to launch it before Diwali,” there is no guarantee that the new car is going to be in the same shape that you see in these pictures. However, we can assure you that there is something brewing in the Maruti plant and the cat will be out of the bag during the upcoming festive season.

 The Cervo looks like a smaller Chevrolet Beat with cues from Honda Jazz's design. The phenomenal fuel efficiency is one of the USPs of this car. Powered by Suzuki's 660cc engine — as against Nano's 623cc — the Cervo could be priced a little higher than Nano.

According to a report by Economic Times, Cervo will be launched this Diwali, priced between 2-2.5 lakh.

Inside, the dashboard of the Cervo looks almost like the Swift, with the rectangular air vents in the centre and the circular ones on the sides.

Power windows and airbags are available in the international markets but chances are that Indians will have to compromise on that.

Although a senior official from Maruti Suzuki has confirmed that “the work on the car is going on and the company is planning to launch it before Diwali,” there is no guarantee that the new car is going to be in the same shape that you see in these pictures.

However, we can assure you that there is something brewing in the Maruti plant and the cat will be out of the bag during the upcoming festive season.

 “The work on the car is going on and the company is planning to launch it before Diwali. The car will be priced below Alto and above that of the Maruti 800. This will be a big booster for the company. At present,¬ the company is working on the pricing of the diesel variant,” a senior official from Maruti Suzuki India Ltd told one of our sources on the condition of anonymity.

However, the company refused to comment on the upcoming car officially and said they do not comment on their future models. 

 The parent Suzuki Motor Company already markets a mini- compact car in Japan with an engine capacity of less than 800 cc.