French auto major Renault on Thursday launched entry level car ‘Kwid’ in India with introductory price starting at Rs 2.57 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The hatchback, which would come in four variants and two options, is priced between Rs 2.57 lakh and Rs 3.53 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). “We are not launching a car but a new era. With Kwid we are launching a new benchmark for automotive industry. No car can be compared to Kwid at this point in time,” Renault India Operations, Country CEO and Managing Director, Sumit Sawhney, told reporters here. The company has taken the localisation level to 98 percent in Kwid, the highest ever by an auto manufacturer in India at the onset of launch, he added.
BMW launched its first full-size performance machine in the South African market, courtesy of the 745i, which was fitted with the BMW M6’s naturally-aspirated, 24-valve 3.4-liter straight-6. This true "M" engine – with a 7,000 rpm redline – propelled the 745i to a top speed of 150 mph with the 5-speed manual transmission, or 145 mph with the 4-speed automatic (Europe’s turbocharged 745i topped out at 138 mph, and later at 141 mph.) The manual has a sport shift pattern with the first gear off to the left, while second and third, as well as fourth and fifth, share a gear plane. As interesting as his variation was, BMW never really followed it up. While Mercedes-Benz makes successful AMG versions of its S-class and Audi has offered S8 derivatives of the A8, BMW left sporty 7 Series derivatives to the tuning firm of Alpina. This will change over the next few years with one or more M Performance models – expect one of them to be a tri-turbocharged straight-6 diesel. These M Performance models could do especially well in the U.S., where even the largely cosmetic M Sport package has a remarkable 20-percent take rate.
The 2016 Toyota Highlander was one of the vehicles in the SUV/Crossover class that CarGurus selected. The Highlander can come in either front or all-wheel drive and can carry either seven or eight passengers depending upon the trim level selected. The Highlander has also earned the IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus designation, the highest possible safety rating in the U.S. Mileage is good for the class and the Highlander, like all Toyotas, has a better than average resale value. CarGurus says that older Highlanders are also worth looking at. In a comprehensive study done by IIHS, the Highlander was one of only nine U.S. models (out of hundreds) that had zero driver deaths over a three-year span.
Initial impressions of the bike were favorable if not wildly enthusiastic. The riding public took to the new design slowly but eventually warmed to it, though the subsequent introduction of a three-cylinder engine in the K75 threw a spotlight on the K100 series’ vibration. The K100 engine might not have run hot, but the same couldn’t be said for some riders whose thighs were roasted by the blazing heat pouring off the engine. This issue was resolved eventually, and the K100RS took its place as BMW’s sport-touring flagship, gaining a reputation as a solid performer and an able accomplice with a dash of style, a sporty seating position, and optional hard bags.