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Archive for July, 2015

Tata Nano Vs Alto K10 AMT

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

To take a look at what branding can do, Maruti has created an image for Alto that will forever be etched in our minds. It is seen as the first car, to be bought by people who are transitioning from a two-wheeler.

Whereas, the advertisement of Nano is that of a young, peppy, cool car, used as a first car or by a family which has more than one car.

Tata has made many cosmetic changes in the car design. The ‘humanity line’ with the new aggressive front and rear bumpers do make a difference. But the first thing that you notice when these two cars are placed side-by-side, is that the tall car I.e Nano looks much better, than the short and boxy Alto.

The Nano imparts a more upmarket feel compared to the Alto.

The Alto is a conventional looking car whereas the Nano design is a bit revolutionary. Be it the rear wheel drive or the engine placed in the rear of the car.

Interior:

From the inside, the fit and finish of the new Nano is quite superior to the earlier versions. Bits and pieces like the steering wheel and the gear stalk seem to have been lifted from the Zest.

Also on the plus side, are the seats which are placed on a height and offer an amazing visibility through the wind shield. The center console juts out a bit and that is the only hitch that we could find in the interiors. The window switches have also been lifted bit higher and hence are much more accessible.

On the other hand the Alto’s interior has a nice piano black finish and is at par with that of the Nano.

Coming to the entertainment system, Alto offers the usual CD player, USB and aux input,two front speakers. Tata offers the same and additionally also offers Bluetooth phone streaming and two rear speakers.

On the whole, Tata has done a nice job on the new Nano and both the cars are at par in this case.

Space wise, the backseat in both these cars is limited. However, leg space is much more in the Nano than in the Alto. But, back seat is appropriate for 2, 3 would be too much of a squeeze.

Ride quality and driving

Both these cars are meant for city driving. The Nano is outgunned by the Alto on this front as it is one cylinder short. The Nano is powered by 2 cylinder 624 cc engine whereas the Alto is powered by 3 cylinder 998 cc engine. The performance is also affected by the Nano being 10 kg heavier than the Alto.

The performance figures of the Nano are very weak as compared to the Alto. However, this being purely a city car it does not sway the buyer’s decision much.

The star attraction in both the cars is the all new AMT gearbox. The same, in both the cases takes time getting used to. Both cars offer better driving results when used in manual mode instead of the AMT mode. The new steering wheel of the Nano is much more effective, the short turning radius is a dream to use and fares much better than the Alto.

Another shortcoming of the Nano is the wobbly drive, which can be blamed on the height of the car and small wheelbase.

Verdict

All in all, the Nano facelift is supremely effective. The fit and finish shrug off the ‘cheap’ car tag. So while the Alto is a much better powered car to drive, the Nano gives it tough competition. Specially when you take into consideration that it is Rs. 1 lac cheaper than the Alto which is a huge factor in this very price sensitive segment

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Top Incredible Features of Renault Trafic

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

The Renault Trafic van models come with so many extra features that ensure safety, comfort and style. Considering the need for a robust and flexible commercial van, many companies are now offering Renault Trafic van models on lease.

These vans come with full range of seat adjustment option for the ease of the driver. Moreover, the mechanical side is superb. Their six speed gearbox allows great reactivity. Aside from that its light steering enables the driver to manoeuvre the van for long with due precision. Listed below are a few special features of Renault Trafic vans.

Dynamic Design

Renault Trafic is available in three distinct types, which are panel van, crew van and passenger van. Each of the models is dynamic and robust in their own ways. They are mostly designed with slender and expressive headlights. And the enlarged vertical logo adds to their dynamism. Also, their protective front bumper gives them a strong and determined look. Van leasing companies can offer variants of Renault Trafic vans to suit your specific needs.

Comfort Features

The Trafic comes with cruise control system that enables you to adjust maximum speed. Also, they are available with a hill-start assist that allows the diver to move off smoothly. Additionally it has front fog lights that improve visibility during rain and fog. Their tyre pressure monitoring system enables you to keep the pressure on check. Passenger airbags and double aspheric door mirror are few of their comfort features.

Business Features

For those who are looking for extra storage space in their van, the all-new Trafic van can be the ideal for them. They come with fourteen storage compartments. Be it light items or bulky goods you can store everything in them. A few models also come with touchscreen cockpit for easy navigation in addition to a dock for your laptop.

Performance

Renault Trafic comes with so many highly economical engines. It is designed with Twin Turbo technology that is combined with Electric Smart as well as Stop and start management allowing to cut down fuel consumption to approximately 39mpg.

Accessories

Want to have more practical devices in your commercial van? Reputed van leasing companies offer a large variety of accessories that are especially tailor-made keeping your requirements in mind. Their trunk protector helps in preventing the van from regular wear and tear. Additionally, they are equipped with an innovative alarm system that enhances the security of the vehicle. Plus, they come with tow bars offering durability. The range of tow bars sync properly with the vehicle’s ESC system, so that the Trailer Swing Assist is activated easily. They are also available with rubber mats and carpet mats to enhance the everyday look of the vehicle.