Wednesday, June 22, 2011

French Carmaker Renault Plans 70 Dealerships across India

Though Mahindra and Renault announced their business split in 2009 itself, it practically happened in 2010. Within first 5 months of 2010, the Logans with Renault logo and name were selling out fast due to heavy discount and very few were in stock. As Mahindra cannot use Logan name anymore for its new cars as Logan is registered by Renault, Mahindra put down the Renault logo, gave its cars a new name as well as gave some cosmetic changes to the new cars, including reducing the length to bring it under 4 meters and lower down the cost. Renault name was also be put down from all dealership boards.
At the same time when Mahindra was engaged in getting off Renault, the French Carmker Renault was preparing to reenter Indian market in a grand way and is planning to launch two products initially, Koleos sports utility vehicle and Fluence Sedan. Renault has build up a new plant at Chennai, India and both the new products will come to India as CKD version and assembled in Renault India’s automobile plant. Renault is planning to appoint not less than 70 dealerships across India by the year 2013. Renault is also going to launch three new auto models by 2014 which will include a small car to take on Maruti Swift and others in its class. Renault is a big name in Europe and will now play with full force in India. Again, it is a better time for the Indian car customers.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Maruti Ritz Car 50,000 km Milestone Review

Dear friends, last evening, my Ritz completed 50,000 km milestone in 1 year, 7 months and 8 days. So far, it has been an enjoyable journey. Here I mention the brief parts of this story. While doing 50,000 km, it did some major highway munching. Ssome of which are:

Rajkot - Delhi - Rajkot run: 5 times (approximately 12000 km)

Delhi - Jalandhar - Delhi run: 2 times (approximately 2000 km)

Rajkot - Somnath - Rajkot run: 3 times (approximately 1200 km)

Rajkot - Dwarika - Rajkot run: 1 time (approximately 600 km)

Rajkot - Surat - Rajkot run: 2 times (approximately 1800 km)

Surat - Daman - Surat run: 1 time (approximately 300 km)

Rajkot - Ahmedabad - Rajkot run: 25 times (approximately 12500 km)

But sadly and strangely, it did not do even a single hill station tour in entire 50000 km but that is going to change soon as it will do its first run to Himalayas when it will go to Nainital in 1st week of July 2011.

Until now, whatever time I have spent with Ritz, it has given me many positive and some negative feelings.

Here Is My Extended Customer Maruti Suzuki Ritz Review

Also there is only one scratch on rear bumper till date. That was due to ABS as I applied brake but the biker behind me was not able to stop in time. Touchwood this car has remained scratch free until now. Well almost. No Ruts, No Rattles, except for the parcel tray at rear but that is not a genuine Maruti product so cannot blame Maruti Suzuki quality for that. So above was my Maruti Ritz car 50,000 kilometers milestone customer review.

Benefits of Anti Lock Braking System: ABS

Everyone must have anti-lock braking system in their vehicles, be it a 2-wheeler or a 4-wheeler. Due to worldwide success of ABS, Honda and TVS are the first companies in India that are offering ABS in bikes. Actually, ABS was to debut first on Honda CBR250R but as the launch got delayed due to a tsunami in Japan, TVS launched this feature on Apache 180 RTR. However, the ABS on Honda is much more sophisticated and premium as it also has CBS which is called as combined braking system.

ABS is also really helpful in tricky situations like corner braking. If you apply hard brakes in a corner at high speeds, 99% chances are that you will lose balance and the car will skid and will topple over whereas in an ABS car, even after braking too hard, the car will not lose direction and will be much stable.

Just like electronic brakeforce distribution, engine braking, and 2WD, ABS or anti-lock braking system comes under car safety technology.

ABS is the most integral part of 21st Century Cars. This is helpful when another car is so close that it is not possible to avoid collision. ABS gives you double benefits, you not only slow down shorter with ABS, but you can also avoid the collision by steering away from another car. ABS cars stop shorter on uneven, muddy, and slippery terrains.

Also read: ABS Vs Non ABS Cars - Which Car has Shorter Braking Distance?