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Monthly Archives: July 2018

Crossover SUV

Pro: Smaller Size For A More Efficient, Agile Ride

Crossovers are lighter and more agile than full sized SUVs, which means a more responsive driving experience as well as better efficiency and kms. Since it doesn’t have to be built for heavy duty towing or hauling capacity, they are able to cut down on weight and size. This fact also helps the crossover to be more stable, since it is lower to the ground and is thus much less likely to roll over during a wreck. Plus, the smaller size and lower stature of the vehicle makes it easier to fit in both your garage or a tight parking space in town.

Today’s drivers and economy require good kms and an efficient ride, and that is a major reason why the crossover has become so popular. In fact, many of them offer a sporty ride that you would expect from a sedan or a coupe.

Con: Less Power, Capability Than A Truck Or Full Sized SUV

On the other hand, motorists who need to haul or tow very heavy loads will find that a full sized SUV or truck works better for them. As a working vehicle it will offer a heavier payload and towing capacity. In addition, they are a better platform for off-road capability due to the need for specialised equipment and oversized components.

Over time, the capabilities of the crossover have gotten better, to the point where they are starting to compete in the areas of towing and hauling. For now, if you need a heavy-duty vehicle, it might not be the right type of vehicle for your needs.

Pro: Efficient, Stylised Interiors

While crossovers are smaller than other SUVs, their designs strive to optimise the use of space for a roomier inside but smaller outside. Every cubic centimetre of space is put to good use for the passenger. The exterior design is more ‘car like’ rather than ‘truck like’, and designers often incorporate features from sedans, coupes, and even sports cars. The end result is that they tend to have a more modern and sporty look to them, which appeals to a lot of motorists.

Pro: Affordable And Accessible

In the end, the crossover is a great value. You can get a great blend of capacity, performance, and space at a great price. You don’t have to overpay to get the features you want or the space that you need. The efficiency and kms make for a lower cost of ownership so you will continue to save money over the entire life of the vehicle.

Tata Safari Storme

Powering the Safari Storme is the same old 2.2 litre, 4 cylinder VariCOR (remember the DiCORs of the older Safari? It’s the same thing) diesel engine that puts out 138 bhp and a torque figure of 32.6 kgm. Fuel economy is quite decent; this SUV returns around 10 kpl in the city and a little over 13 kpl on the highway. This engine has a linear power delivery and can pull the car quite nicely till the tachometer gets up to 4,500 RPM; although be warned that things do get rather loud once you’re past 3,500 RPM. The short throw gearbox feels true but it does require a little effort in operating it. If you have driven the previous Safari, one improvement that you will notice right away is the fact that the Storme feels a lot smoother and refined. And thanks to new sound deadening features, the passenger cabin is a lot quieter as well. Also adding to this feeling of refinement is the new wishbone suspension with coil springs at the front. A wider track at both ends does increase stability but not by all that much; go around twisty roads at speed and it feels like trying to run on a water bed!

The Safaris of old have been notorious for their quality being extremely dodgy. Tata Safari Storme reviews have been going on about this issue for a long time now but this has been addressed to a good extent in the new Storme. Interior plastics, soft touch materials and the chrome detailing on certain parts feel really good. Some other bits still do feel like cut-price parts though; like for instance, the electric window buttons, AC control knobs, seat adjusters, the ancient audio system and so on. While the middle row of seats is very comfortable indeed, the front and last rows sadly are not. The seat back is as straight as the chairs found in a school and with the last row being essentially jump seats, its best that they are used only on (very!) short hops. But overall, the quality is far better than what it used to be and so are the ergonomics.

Although the top end variants are not easy on the wallet, the car is pretty good value for money. With the Tata Safari Storme price range hovering between Rs. 12.5 lakhs and just under Rs. 18 lakhs depending on the variant and where the purchase is made, Tata Motors has put forward a well equipped SUV that is leaps and bounds ahead of its predecessor in many ways.

Ford Poised

Ford has asserted its plans to release its subcompact SUV Ecosport in more than 60 countries all over the world from just 10 in the current picture. The Escape renamed as Kuga outside North America is set to make its release to Chinese markets this year. The huge investment was said to be a major bet to incorporate Ford’s plan to propagate small SUVs multifold by Jim Farley, Executive Vice President-Global Sales & Marketing, and is relied upon to pay off well. Small SUVs have helped Ford to multiply their share in the market; especially traditionally toughest markets of coastal areas like California and catalyzed expansion in markets under development. CEO Alan Murray has pushed beasts like Explorer SUV on a diet to invite more customers looking for rough terrain performance, cargo space as well as fuel economy. With wealth being grown in Indian and Chinese markets, One Ford Plan has prospered very well and is expected to continue for coming years.

People around the globe have fallen amorous for these Small Utility Vehicles. The body style seems intriguing while the fact that people can sit above traffic and pack luggage as well as people in cozily, is inviting; whilst the main factor is the fuel economy of the vehicles. Deliveries of SUVs all around the world have peaked by 35 percent since 2005, accounting for 13 million units sold per year, and will continue to out-rule other supply segments by 2017 raising their share of sold vehicles to 20 percent. The growth is greatly driven by increasing paperbacks in India and China and rising gas prices in North America.

In order to capture a big chunk of the market share Ford must make efforts to boost growth outside North America. Ford North American and European units have had profits in the SUV and small utility market in humongous amounts despite great losses in sedan and hatch segments. The orders are far beyond the production of small utilities, says Mr. Farley and that nothing has been more prolific that the boom of small SUVs. Western trends have now seemingly transported to developing countries as customers are entranced with the concept of sedan-like driveability and efficiency in fuel consumption. China proves to be the biggest opportunity as it houses demands for small, medium and large sized SUVs, and the market demand is expected to double in the next five years.

Road Safety with Sport Vehicles

Most importantly, understand the limitations of your vehicle. SUVs perform much differently than smaller passenger cars, and are typically much larger and heavier. Given their increased size, more work is required from an SUV’s brakes and engine to brake and accelerate, as well as stay under control on the road. By braking quickly, you will put great stress on your brakes, causing them to wear extremely quickly. Over time, worn brakes will dramatically increase the distances required to come to a stop, and failures are a constant threat, introducing the potential for a rear end accident or breakdowns costing thousands of dollars to repair.

In the same way, quickly accelerating will put added stress on your engine, potentially leading breakdowns. Added weight also raises the center of gravity, making it more top heavy through turns. If taken too quickly, a turn can cause an SUV to roll onto its roof. By turning gradually, you will keep your wheels firmly planted on the ground.

The physical boundaries of your vehicle should also be understood, as an SUV may not fit into places smaller vehicles can, such as tight side streets and parking spaces. It is important to know where your front and rear bumpers end, and how wide your vehicle is to ensure that you do not make contact with anything around you like other vehicles, walls, or curbs. Identify blind spots and places where bicyclists and pedestrians can be obscured from the driver’s seat, and make an intentional effort to check these spots before making a turn or changing lanes.

Your seat belt should also be worn at all times. This is true for any automobile, but the increased rollover potential makes it essential in an SUV. Should you find yourself in a rollover situation, your seatbelt will keep you securely inside the vehicle, rather than been thrown out and subjected to serious injury potential.

Avoid over packing when possible, as any excess weight will not only harm fuel economy but further raise the center of gravity, increasing the chances for a rollover. Over packing will also put additional stress on your engine and brakes, dramatically reducing their effective lifespan.

Keeping up with your SUVs maintenance schedule will also help ensure that it runs as intended for years to come. Check your engine’s oil, always replacing it when needed. Running on used oil, an engine will run much hotter, harm fuel economy and increasing the possibility for major internal damages. Checking tire pressures regularly is also important, as improper inflation can seriously affect performance and handling. Underinflation is especially dangerous, as the added weight could cause tires to rupture.

Prestige Car Hire

Petrol and Diesel Will Run Out Fast

Most rentals allow a mileage of 100 miles per day, with additional miles available for a surcharge. That might seem like loads. But, depending on the make and model of the car that you choose, you’ll need to fill up before you reach the 100 mile mark. Plus, you’ll usually have to return the car with a full tank of fuel, so fill up only about a mile before you reach your location to make sure you don’t have to pay any surcharges.
Under 25? You’ll Have to Pay

Some companies let those that are under 25 drive premium cars. But it’s a select few – generally, the consensus is that the younger you are, the more risk and therefore the more likely it is that you’ll damage the car or get into an accident. As such, premiums for the day are usually extremely high for those under 25 and some companies will veto you altogether. If you’ve held a valid driving license and had no driving offences or tickets since you were old enough to drive, then you’re in with a better chance. But be prepared to pay and to pay rather handsomely for it.

You’ll Have to Change How You Drive

Put your foot down to accelerate the tiniest bit and you’ll jump forward very, very quickly. Brake, and you’ll screech to what feels like an emergency stop. Steering will be far more responsive, and you only need to turn the wheel a fraction to go where you want to go. You’ll also find that because everything feels so different, your driving style will have to change and you’ll need to take a half hour or so to familiarise yourself with the car before heading out on your journey – learning how to change gears, how far down to press the accelerator or the brake and even, as silly as it sounds, where the indicators are.

Fit Spacers for Rims

Tire life is increased

When the spacers are inserted between the wheel and the hub of the car, the overall fitting becomes tighter. This brings down the jerking and the feel of the ride is also enhanced. If the tires are of the larger variety and the spacers are absent, there is always the possibility of the tires to rub against the body parts. This can increase the wear and tear of the tires. Increase of friction is the primary cause for this. Fitting the spacers will reduce the friction element and the lives of the tires are increased. You will have to shell out lesser money on the tire replacements.

Increase the balance of your car

With the fixation of the spacers for rims, your car balance improves. As the wheels get spaced outwards, the distance between the right and the left wheels are increased on the shaft. The weight of the car gets a better balance with a shift in the equilibrium of the car. It gets improved further when a wider tire is used. As the surface area of the tires increase, the car weight gets distributed over a wider area. This affects the road grip positively.

Looks get improved also

Apart from the betterment of the ride feeling, the looks of the car become modern and robust. As the spacers make the tires to jut out, it gives a rugged and masculine look. This type of appearance is liked by many people. Many young people like this enhanced look and often go for the fixing of the spacers. You can have dual benefits of enhanced efficiency and look by fitting the spacers.