Many times a potential car buyer in India comes with the significant but confusing question – Should I buy Petrol or Diesel car? On purchasing a new car, it’s necessary to make the right choice that which type of fuel suits your motoring requirements at the best? Besides fuel prices, there are various other factors need to be decided that about which car is the best in terms of mileage, performance, maintenance, resale value, etc. The general life-cycle cost (purchase price + running cost + maintenance) of your car is based on how much, on average, you drive daily and for how long you think to preserve your car. Nowadays, diesel cars are very economic and identical to their petrol counterparts; however if you wish to be a good racer then top speed of petrol car is superior compared to the diesel car. Overall, both petrol and diesel cars have some positive as well as negative factors, so check out the differences carefully then choose whichever is suitable for you in terms of price and features.
List of things to keep in mind while buying Petrol or Diesel car in India
Cost of the car and Fuel cost
Diesel cars are minimum Rs 1 lakh more costly than its petrol variants and further if you go for any top end model, diesel cars are more costly by Rs 3-4 lakh on an average. When coming to the fuel prices, its vice-a-versa. Currently price of petrol is Rs. 74.00 approx. and diesel is Rs.53.00 approx., so there is difference of around Rs.20. The reason behind this huge difference is that diesel is subsidized fuel; however there is possibility that the subsidy might not be offered longer in the future, and price of diesel could be reach up to the price of the petrol. Of course, only time could tell you how long this will take, but it’s a good to have this detail at the back of the head.
The big part in purchasing the car is its maintenance. The maintenance cost of a diesel variant is slightly high compared to the petrol car. Here, main role is played by the cost of spares of engine, body parts, gear box, its availability, etc. If well-serviced petrol car maintenance costs you around Rs 2,000 – Rs 3,000 every 6 months, a diesel car will simply make a hole in your pocket by Rs 1,000 or even more. Mainly when the car is getting old, the diesel engine maintenance cost would be high than a petrol car. Continue reading
Chevrolet Sail is the fastest growing model of American Multinational Automotive Company, “General Motors”. Still there was no sedan model available in the market from Chevrolet brand ….but just few days before GM has finally filled the sedan space by introducing Chevrolet’s first entry level sedan, Sail Sedan in India. Chevrolet brand made GMs pillar stronger in the country through its cost effective and value for money cars. The reason behind the new launch is to capitalize on the huge demand of small cars and entry level sedans, as well capture the lost ground that they faced while Aveo siblings were launched. The new entry level model will work as a weapon for GM to fight with high demanding and selling Maruti Desire as well challenging all established rivals of entry sedan segment. The much anticipated Chevrolet Sail Sedan is available in four petrol and four diesel variants. It is escorted by 3 year or one lakh km standard warranty as well 5 year or one lakh fifty thousand km warranty for engine and transmission.
The bold pioneering spirit and ingenuity are the hallmark of Chevrolet. The top part of the car is artificially sculptured as well its well-built curve gives it a classy three-dimensional trend setting form. It is the complete package offered with most highly developed safety features, lavishly spacious interiors, superior boot space, and power train option. The interior of the car is simple and plain with basic dashboard that gives the occupants a subtle and sophisticated ambiance during the ride. The cost of the car may not hit your budget as the base petrol and diesel variants are available at the price of Rs.4.99 lakhs and Rs.6.19 lakhs respectively. Comparison of Sail UVA hatchback and Chevrolet Sail Sedan shows that sail sedan is well-equipped too. Continue reading
Sedan market has become one of the most competitive segments in the worldwide auto industry. Every year, millions of sedans are sold, among which the most popular type is undoubtedly the family sedan. Nowadays, people actually prefer to have a sedan rather than any other kind of vehicle, since they offer a perfect blend of style, luxury and fuel-efficiency. Almost all sedans come with a number of family-friendly features like excellent safety, plenty of cargo room, roomy cabins, along with smart looks and first-class performance. What’s even more exciting is that many of the models in this segment are quite affordable. The year 2013 seems to be quite exciting for Indian sedan lovers, as around 35 new Sedan cars are expected to hit the Indian market in 2013. If you are planning to buy a sedan, then check out the list of cars given below. The list includes best upcoming sedans that are expected to launch in India by 2013.
Honda Brio sedan
Honda is all set to launch its very first diesel vehicle, called Honda Amaze, in India. Amaze is an entry-level Brio based sedan, which can really amaze you with its stunning looks, impressive interiors, and of course first-class performance. Honda has already launched the new sedan in Thailand, but the company has not yet confirmed when it will launch the latest Honda sedan in the Indian auto market. However, it is highly expected to arrive in India by the month of April 2013, that too in two variants – petrol and diesel. The most unique thing about this sedan is that it would feature Honda’s first ever diesel engine for the Indian market. According to rumors, the car may feature a 1.5 litre diesel engine that can provide around 70 BHP to 110 BHP of power and 167 to 215 Nm of torque. On the other hand, the petrol variant may come with a powerful 1.2-litre petrol engine. Above all, the Honda Amaze is estimated to be launched at a quite affordable price range of Rs 6 to 8 lakh. Continue reading
BMW has proven itself a coupe crazy because it turned everything… from the 3 Series sedan to the X5 crossover into coupes. Project ‘i’ family of BMW already includes the Five-door i3, i8 and i8 Spider models, now it has emerged the fourth concept model, i3 Concept Coupe – the first fully-connected electric vehicle that is specifically built by keeping in mind the demand of e-mobility. The i3 Concept Coupe is an all-electric, which offers premium-class motoring with zero local emissions. It is a three-door hatch and based on BMW’s new i3 electric city car (five-door), which was already revealed in July 2011 but due on sale in late 2013. Thus, i3 Concept Coupe has been revealed earlier of the original i3 concept car at the 2012 Los Angeles motor show and it could arrive in 2014.
i3 Concept Coupe and the original i3 concept car (five-door) share the same overall look and the same electric powertrain. The BMW i3 Concept Coupe’s electric engine generates an output of 125 kW/170 hp (and a maximum torque of 250 Newton meters), driving the rear wheels via a single-speed gearbox. The e-motor gathers energy from powerful lithium-ion batteries, which are smoothly integrated under the floor. i3 Concept Coupe has 3 energy modes – COMFORT, ECO PRO and ECO PRO+, so that the driver can easily adjust from maximum ride comfort, extended range and maximum range, customizing the driving experience. Optionally, a range-extending petrol engine will be offered, but it won’t have an impact on the way the i3 looks or on the interior packaging. Continue reading
New 2014 Kia Forte has been unveiled at the Los Angeles International Auto Show on November 28, 2012 by Kia Motors America. This vehicle is a considerably modernized version of Kia’s four-door Forte and it is expected to be launched in the first quarter of 2013. It will compete with Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra, Honda Civic, and Chevrolet Cruze. The 2014 Forte will set a new standard for the compact segment as it will come with an attractive design and exclusive features such as a ventilated driver’s seat and UVO eServices.
This new third-generation Forte will come with more space, more premium facilities, and more performance as it will be longer, wider and lower in comparison to the previous-generation Forte. The 2014 Forte will have a raft of unforeseen features in a package that contains space for five passengers and their luggage. The 2014 Kia Forte will contain cruise control, 16-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry with remote trunk release and a sliding front armrest. It will also have Kia’s Idle Stop & Go (ISG) system, dual-zone mechanical temperature control with back seat ventilation and only one of its kind “eco” pin. Continue reading
The Fourth Generation Forester/2014 Subaru Forester has already made its public debut in Japan on 13th November. It will be premiered in North American at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show next month. This new Subaru Forester is 35 mm longer, 20 mm wider and 20mm wider than ever before. It also has enlarged cargo area, roomier interior, longer wheelbase (25mm) and improved rear seat legroom. The company has released only some details regarding the European Forester and said that more information will be released in the New Year. The car will hit the UK market in summer 2013 with a competitive price.
KTM, a popular Austrian motorcycle manufacturer, has officially unveiled an amazing prototype of the much-awaited 1290 Super Duke R model at the 2012 EICMA Motor Show recently held in Milan. Due to its outstanding design and extremely exciting features, the all new KTM bike has already become one of the top viewed vehicles all around the world. During the unveiling event, KTM has even confirmed that this super cool bike is almost ready for mass production and it will hit the market next year in 2013. It is also being said that after its global launch, Bajaj Auto will bring the newest KTM bike to the India roads too. Unfortunately, KTM has not revealed the pricing details of the bike. However, the estimated price of the 1290 Super Duke R is $17,000 approximately.
Toyota, the Japanese multinational automaker has unveiled a new hybrid concept car named Toyota FT-Bh at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. In the past few months, the company has launched many new models and attractive concept cars like the Lexus LF-LC. This time, Toyota has come up with the all new FT-Bh concept vehicle, which is specially designed to take the efficiency of hybrid vehicles to a completely new height. The company claims that the new powertrain will give a remarkable fuel-economy.
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To provide a better fuel economy and emissions, the company has focused on five areas such as powertrain competence, reducing weight, electricity savings, driving resistance and thermal force management. The FT-Bh concept has been named as “Ecomotion,” and it is expected to weigh less than 800kg. The front-wheel-drive of the car will be powered by a long-stroke 1.0-liter Atkinson-cycle two-cylinder engine along with a compression ratio of 13:1. It will produce average fuel consumption of 134.5 mpg i.e. 57 Kmpl with CO2 emissions of just 49g/km. Continue reading
;SsangYong Rexton W diesel SUV is scheduled to be launched on 17th October, 2012 in India. Here, ‘W’ represents the “Work of Art”. This car was revealed at the 2012 Busan Motor Show in South Korea. At present, it is available in sixty six nations containing European markets. Now, this car is being tested on Indian earth. This new SUV comes with day time running LED lamps, new projector headlamps, new bumpers with fog lamps and LED indicators, as well as a new front chrome grille with a big dollop of chrome. The chrome-lined grille seems much elegant in comparison to previous models and it contains a big SsangYong logo in the centre. The Rexton W appears well-balanced with black treatment around the base and thicker with fared wheel arches.
SsangYong Rexton W will be available in seven seater SUV model that offers three rows of seating. If you have more luggage, then it can become a five seater and provides more space for luggage. It will compete with Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour, Chevrolet Captiva, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, Hyundai Santa Fe and Renault Koleos. This new SUV is powered by a brand new 2-liter e-XDi200 Active Turbo Diesel engine that is good for 154bhp-360Nm and delivers 190Nm of torque. It offers outstanding fuel efficiency of 13.7 km per litre (2WD A/T), that is advanced more than 20% in comparison to the obtainable Rexton. This new car will be featured with ABS, automatic climate control, cruise control, EBD, and reverse parking assist. It also has incorporated LED turn-indicators on the wing-mirrors. Continue reading
Nissan, the Japanese multinational automaker has unveiled a new fuel-cell electric SUV concept named Nissan TeRRA at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. As per the reports, the Japanese brand’s latest concept car is inspired from the Juke compact crossover. The company has not revealed any details regarding the new car concept apart from the large decals on the doors of the car. The car will get better features such as squared-off wheel arches, central lights in the front bumper, a tiny glass house and “suicide” style rear doors.
The front wheels of the car will get the thrust from the electric motor and battery system similar to the one which was found in Nissan Leaf, while the rear wheels will also get the electric motor for added force. The power for the vehicle’s batteries is generated by a hydrogen-powered engine. The company has made it clear that Terra is not meant for showcasing any future technologies but the concept boasts a clever drivetrain. The car will feature an electronic tablet, which will operate as an intelligent key. The hydrogen fuel cell stack will provide a power density of 2.5kW/L. Continue reading