Gets CNG Option with, Volkswagen Eco Up! Provides 34.5kmpl !!

Volkswagen launched a modified version of its small hatchback, Up! Dubbing it the Eco Up! In Europe yesterday. The modifications carried out on the Up! include the addition of two CNG tanks with a total capacity of 72-litres, long with a 10-litre reserve petrol tank for backup. The car is powered by a 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder engine and according to VW, it will provide an astonishing mileage of 34.5kmpl.

Now, while there is no mention of the new Eco Up! coming to India, Volkswagen may want to consider that option. India may not be as technologically advanced in terms of the electric or hybrid car technology, but CNG based cars are potential sales chart toppers for a market such as ours.

The Eco Up! Engine, despite its coversion to CNG, can generate a healthy 67bhp along with a peak torque of 90Nm. The car is priced at Rs. 9.09 lakh in Germany.

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iPad mini, 4th gen iPad India prices revealed before it’s Friday launch!!

 

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Apple‘s iPad mini and the fourth generation iPad are set to go on sale in India this Friday and the prices are all but official courtesy various online retailers.

The iPad mini (Review | Pictures)  is expected to be available at Rs. 21,900 for the 16GB Wi-Fi only with a Rs. 6,000 premium to the next model in terms of storage and Rs. 8,000 for the model with cellular connectivity. The full pricing for Wi-Fi only iPad mini models is as follows: Rs. 21,900 (16GB), Rs. 27,900 (32GB) and Rs. 33,900 (64GB). The full pricing for iPad mini with cellular connectivity, which uses a nano SIM, is as follows: 29,900 (16GB), Rs. 35,900 (32GB) and Rs. 41,900 (64GB).

The fourth generation iPad is expected to be available at Rs. 31,900 for the 16GB Wi-Fi only with a Rs. 6,000 premium to the next model in terms of storage and Rs. 8,000 for the model with cellular connectivity. The full pricing for Wi-Fi only fourth generation iPad models is as follows: Rs. 31,900 (16GB), Rs. 37,900 (32GB) and Rs. 43,900 (64GB). The full pricing for fourth generation iPad with cellular connectivity, which uses a micro SIM, is as follows: 39,900 (16GB), Rs. 45,900 (32GB) and Rs. 51,900 (64GB).Apple introduced the iPad mini and the fourth generation iPad at a special event in San Jose, California on October 23rd (Pictures). The iPad mini features a 7.9-inch 1024×768  display, FaceTime HD and iSight cameras, ultrafast wireless performance and 10 hours of battery life. The new fourth generation iPad features a 9.7-inch Retina display, new Apple-designed A6X chip, FaceTime HD camera and ultrafast wireless performance with same 10 hours of battery life.
The iPad mini and fourth generation iPad are available in black and white colour options.
Read more at: Gadgets.NDTV.com

Skoda Teases Public with 2013 Octavia Pictures!!

Skoda has been seen releasing tantalizing images of the new Skoda Octavia. The Octavia Facebook recently released a cropped picture of the Octavia tail light showing off its new design; and now we have yet another release in the form of a cropped image of the chrome underlining the rear window. Skoda has revealed that they plan to reveal the 2013 Octavia in Prague before the end of this year.

We expect the Octavia to launch in India by the second half of the year 2013, most probably around the time of Diwali. Also in the bag is the possibility that the 2013 Octavia will be locally produced via the CKD route.

The new Octavia has been stuffed with a host of new features to earn its place in the premium sedan listings and comes with such options as driver fatigue detection, 3D graphics on LCD infotainment system, steering mounted controls and others. The 2013 Octavia will come housing both petrol and diesel engine options and has a 10.8cm longer wheelbase than the current model. The petrol version will house any of the 1.2-litre, 1.4-litre and 1.8-litre engine options depending on the variant while the diesel version will house a selection of 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre engine options.

Tata Nano is coming to Jamaica on 15th December,2012!!

The Tata Nano is planning to make its debut in Jamaica this month. The distribution and operations there will be handled by Metis Motors, a local entity. Deliveries of the car will start from December 15 and the importer will start building up stock from February 2013. Only the top-end variant will be made available.

Two Nanos are already in Jamaica for marketing activities. Joe Ferreira, director of new markets at Metis Motors said, “A lot of people are sceptical, will always love bigger and better. I hear people complain it does not have a nose”. This stems from the preference of the Jamaican public, who like their cars big.

There are stickers on both the marketing Nanos that claim 26kmpl, making it the most fuel efficient car in Jamaica. The Nano will be available with a 25,000 km or two-year warranty, whichever comes first. The car will be sold for $940,000 JMD (Rs 5.59 lakhs). Finance options are also available from some institutions.

Apple iTunes Debuts In India, Songs From Rs. 7!!

Apple has finally opened the gates of iTunes Store to India. Apple customers in the India can now download, stream or store legal music and video content available in the digital store.

Songs can be bought individually for price ranging from 7 to 15 or can buy as a complete album, starting from 70. The store also offers ability to buy or rent the movies which comes in High Definition and standard version. HD versions of some latest bollywood flicks are available for purchase from 450, while renting the same will cost around 120. The iTunes Store will offer over 20 million songs including international tracks.

Apple has also included Indonesia into the list of iTunes Stores. Even though the company has launched its digital store in many parts of Asia in June, India and Indonesia were left out till now. The company will also offer ‘iTunes Match’ which allows users to store music purchased from sources other than iTunes in Apple’s icloud.

The Cupertino tech giant, which recently started more focusing towards India with its products and services, will face competition in the latest segment from Nokia’s Music Store and Flyte, the digital store from Flipkart.

According to a 2012 report on Media and Entertainment Industry, the Indian music industry achieved a 19% year-on-year decline in sales of physical music which was compensated by a significant jump of 24% year-on-year in digital music consumed last year. The country also has high levels of content piracy.

The Mahindra Blue Sense app for XUV500 is here!!

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. introduces the first ever vehicle smart app for its global SUV, the XUV500. The Mahindra BLUE SENSE® APP has been introduced on the XUV500 in India with a host of features. One can control features of the infotainment system as well as see vital information related to climate control, TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring System), fuel statistics, etc.

The Mahindra BLUE SENSE® APP is supported on the XUV500’s W8 model and also provides alerts and warnings related to various features including ‘door-open’, tyre pressure, ‘distance to empty’, etc.

Through this application, XUV500 owners will be able to connect with their vehicle via Bluetooth, get information about periodic maintenance, tune-in to their desired radio station and operate as well as control the infotainment system using their Android devices, sitting anywhere in the XUV500.
Existing as well as new XUV500 customers of can download the app from http://mahindraxuv500.com/product/mobile-downloads.htm

Earlier, Mahindra XUV500 had launched a “Tell Tale App” which has been downloaded by more than 7000 XUV500 users on their Android devices. This app helps users know about the XUV500’s instrument cluster in just one click and helps them keep track of their fuel consumption. This app also can be downloaded from the same link mentioned above.

The XUV500 with 41,000+ vehicles on Indian roads was designed entirely in-house at Mahindra’s world class research and development facility called Mahindra Research Valley at Chennai, and has, since launch in end-September 2011, set a benchmark of its own.

The XUV500 enjoys a market share of 60% in the high-end SUV segment. Having received a phenomenal response in India, the XUV500 has also made its mark in countries like Australia, South Africa and now in Italy as well. The company has already ramped up its production capacity to 5,000 units per month to meet rising demand. The All Wheel Drive (AWD) model of the XUV500 is now also available for bookings.

World’s Largest Solar Park: At Gujarat, India!!

The world’s largest solar power field has been switched on in India’s western state of Gujarat. Accounting for 214 megawatts of photovoltaic solar capacity, it becomes larger than China’s 200 MW Golmud Solar Park, which previously held the record.

The newly-developed solar power park will be a 500-megawatt system using state-of-the-art thin film photovoltaic technology and should be fully completed by the end of 2014. It now has an operational capacity of 214 MW and has already become the largest such single location in the world, spread over 3,000 acres of mainly wasteland. Gujarat environment chief S.K. Nanda says the state is ideal for the solar project because of its sparsely-populated desert in the north.

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The project has become part of 600 megawatt solar energy addition to India’s power grid, including sections that were already operational.

Upon completion the park will reduce carbon dioxide emissions released into the atmosphere to the tune of 8 million tonnes and save around 900,000 tonnes of coal and natural gas per year.It also gives a serious boost to India’s renewable energy ambitions. The country aims for solar power to account for 3 per cent of national capacity – or 1,000 MW – by 2013.

Overall, it wants renewables to make up 15 per cent of capacity by 2020, from 6 per cent today.The foundation stone for the Gujarat solar power park was laid in December 2010, as part of the state’s Solar Power Policy. The solar energy sector is expected to create about 30,000 new jobs in the state over a period of time.

The Gujarat government has already announced its next move, saying it will shortly come out with a rooftop solar power plant policy.

Workers carry photovoltaic solar panels for installation at the Gujarat solar park under construction in Charanka village in Patan district of the western Indian state of Gujarat (Reuters / Amit Dave)

The state’s chief minister Narendra Modi said it will encourage people to produce their own electricity and earn by selling the surplus power to the state grid.

This would make the people self-reliant in power generation. The authorities hope it would also encourage residents to lease out their rooftops for solar power generation, which would yield additional income for the betterment of their life.

Source: Reuters