Honda Brio Facelift Performance & Test Drive

Honda Brio Overview

Honda was always in need to hit the small hatch segment and that was answered by the Brio. It was the small hatch of the small hatches. Small, usable, idea for the city and efficient and reliable thanks to Honda. The Brio came out in 2011 and was an instant hit. But as time passed so did the sales figures. Now in 2017 Honda has introduced the new Brio. What are the changes in the new Honda Brio 2017? Are there any additional features? We share our detailed review of the new Honda Brio 2017. Honda Brio On road price starts from 4,73,597/- . Check for price details of Brio in CarzPrice.

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Honda Brio Exteriors

The Brio certainly is a looker. In this segment where classical designs are more appreciated than anything radical, the Brio has everything working in its favour. While it doesn’t have the sharp, funky lines of its rival, the Chevrolet Beat, or the radical futuristic styling of its elder sibling, the Jazz, it still manages to stand out in a crowd quite easily. The well proportioned stance with short overhangs is something that really gives the car a dynamic look. While Honda’s designers might want to describe the styling as ‘double triangle’ or the like in the language only automobile designers can speak and very few apart from their ilk can understand, what is clear to understand is that the Brio does look like it’s moving forward at a good clip even when its standing still, especially when viewed bang-on from the side.

This is accentuated by the slashed crease just below the shoulder line and a parallel crease near the bottom of the car. Then there is there is a wide stance with its flared wheel arches, reminiscent of more sporty cars which really improves the appeal by leaps and bounds. This wider track combined with the car’s relatively short wheelbase of 2,345mm as well as the lack of overhangs at either end, and the Brio comes across as a little rally car that would be more at home spewing dust on special stages rather than pootling about town. The front of the car bears the typical Honda traits that we’ve come to accept now, such as the large ‘H’ badge on the grille

Honda Brio Interiors

The plastic quality of interiors might not be what you expect of a Honda. Clearly, the company has done some cost cutting and it shows. There are some flimsy plastics, which scratch and come off quite easily. However, the overall quality is at par, if not less, than the competition.

Although there is enough room to seat five adults in the car, where the car lacks in is the boot space and is a big disappointment. Honda’s engineers have utilized the interior space in a way that maximum space is provided to the occupants while the boot has been relatively ignored, which isn’t big enough to store anything more than your groceries and vegetables. That said, the car feels airy and fresh, thanks to the large glass areas and the light beige plastics inside. The Honda Brio gets features such as power windows, steering-mounted audio controls, bluetooth and aux-in connectivity, defogger, electric mirrors, cup holders, etc. The car also gets projector halogen headlamps and push button keyless start. The Brio does miss out on the climate control, which could’ve given the car a more luxurious appeal. A dead pedal is sorely missed too, which is a clear oversight on Honda’s part.

Honda Brio Engine

The engine on the New Honda Brio 2017 is the same 1.2-litre unit. This mill churns about 88bhp of power and 115Nm of torque. The mechanicals remain the same. This engine is mated to a five-speed manual and also a CVT (automatic transmission) option. This i-VTEC engine is a highly refined mill. The good bit about New Honda Brio 2017 engine is its performance. It has more than sufficient power to drive in the city. In fact it is quite peppy. One doesn’t need to change gears often while driving in the city. Even on the highway, it can comfortably cruise at about 100-110km/hr.

Being the same engine the auto and the manual have different efficiency. Sometime back I had written an article where the automatic gave more. It is how brands develop the ecu for efficient management of power and efficiency. With an efficiency of 16 km/l and a 35 litre tank the auto can do 480 km till the next fuel pump and the manual with and efficiency of 19 km/l which is excellent for a 88bhp petrol small engine can do 580 km i.e exactly 100 km more than the automatic. If you love to drive, manual it is. If city traffic is what your nemesis is, then automatic

The new Honda Brio 2017 mileage is about 14km/l in the city and about 16km/l on the highway. The automatic will return bout 12km/l and 14km/l in the city and the highway. The ARAI mileage for the Brio will be about 19 km/l and 20 km/l (for the automatic).

Honda Brio Driving

The 88 bhp engine is responsive and is quick off the mark. Zipping around in city traffic is effortless especially with the automatic. The suspension is soft and takes care of most of the bad roads, undulations and speed breakers unless the car is heavily loaded with people, by that I mean all 4 people. The soft suspension does lower the car quite a bit. The car has a low centre of gravity still due to the soft suspension can’t be thrown around corners. If the signal is your start line you may be the 1st to heave a start.

The automatic is responsive but the manual is quicker. If at all Honda had a glitch it would be the CVT automatic. That feels like a drag. The Brios overtakes efficiently too. Honda have ticked all the right boxed. 88 bhp, responsive throttle and 19 km/l. What else could you ask for in a small car. As I have mentioned before this would be an IDEAL car for Mr Bean in today’s world.

Honda Brio Safety

The braking performance of the Brio is decent and on par with its rivals. The top version comes with ABS, further helping in the braking performance. The 175 mm-wide tyres also provide for a decent braking performance.

The front wheels have got ventilated disc brakes while the rear ones have drum brakes. The brakes do a good job in stopping this sprightly little hatch, thanks to the lightness of the car. The car has passive safety tech such as ABS (Anti-lock Braking System). The ABS system helps in case of sudden braking situations, and prevents the car from skidding and going out of control.

Honda Brio Price

Honda Brio Ex-Showroom Price in India ranges from 4,73,597/- (Brio E MT Petrol) to 6,78,710/- (Brio VX AT Petrol). Get best offers for Honda Brio from Honda Dealers in India

Honda Brio Verdict

The Brio is said to be capable of delivering fuel efficiency of 18.4 kmpl, compared to the Jazz’s 16.7 kmpl. So, one key buyer need in the segment has been taken care of well. The cabin is roomy and fairly well insulated for a car in this segment. Suspension set up includes McPherson struts at the front and H-shape torsion beam at the rear. The ride is not the most pliant, but is fairly dynamic again for a car in this segment. The Brio is likely to be offered with four variants, with the top two variants featuring all the safety features like ABS, EBD and dual front airbags.

Fiat Linea Facelift Review & Transmisssion

Fiat Linea Overview

Apart from the Fiat competizione, the Abarth Punto and the Urban Cross there was one more car which caught lots of attention at Fiat pavilion of the 2016 Auto expo and this was the new Linea 125s. Now the Linea 125s is based on the same Linea sedan which was actually launched way back in the year 2009 in India and honestly this car has started aging now. Perhaps Fiat wants to give this car a new lease of life until they launch a replacement for the Linea sedan. Fiat Linea On road price starts from 7,59,778/-. Check for price details of Linea in CarzPrice.

Coming to the 125s, this variant of the Linea actually does not get a lot of cosmetic upgrades but what it gets instead is this interesting 1.4 litre T-Jet petrol unit under the hood of the sedan. Now you must be wondering what is so special about this new 1.4 litre T-Jet petrol motor, so for your information this is actually the same engine which powers the newly launched more aggressive and sportier Punto Abarth and the 595 Competizione.

Fiat Linea Design & Style

This soon to be launched vehicle features exclusive cosmetics such as blackened roof, outside mirrors and alloy wheels. We can also see exclusive badging of the variant on its boot-lid.Moving on with the existing version of Linea, it looks more like a budget car. Although it received facelift in 2014, the Linea failed to garner attention, thanks to its sobered front facia.Its headlight cluster bears a dual barrel design featuring conventional lamps. The manufacturer should have offered projector headlamps instead of dual parabola headlamps. Most other rivals of Linea including the likes of Ciaz and Verna come with projector headlamps.The redesigned radiator grille has dated design with extensive chrome treatment to its surround strip. There are two horizontal strips in it garnished with glossy black. The company’s emblem is positioned in the center of grille.

Its front bumper is the only thing that could attract you. It looks drastically different from its predecessor and has bigger air vents and a premium design rendering a class look to the car. Unlike other sedans, there is an extensive use of chrome that adds to the sophistication.The side profile of the car has a similar design to that of its predecessor or perhaps, it looks precisely the same as its earlier version. Even the design of alloy wheels remains the same. Its base and mid-range variants get 15-inch steel rims, while the range topper Emotion gets 16-inch alloy wheels.As we all know, Fiat has displayed the performance version of its family sedan, the Linea 125s at the Auto Expo 2016. This car is seen with black alloy wheels and red disc brake calipers exuding the sense of sportiness.

The rear profile of the car has a contemporary look like every other C segment sedan. We can see a great amount of chrome on the boot-lid and bumper as well. The taillight cluster too has chrome underlining that makes for a rich appeal.This contemporary sedan measures 4596mm in length, 1730mm in its width and stands at a height of 1487mm. It also has a long wheelbase of 2603mm, but Ciaz has the longest wheelbase in this class with 2650mm.Linea is more like a classy looking sedan without much of modern design traits. However, its build quality, fit and finish is something better than other conventional sedans of today.

Fiat Linea Cabin & Space

The interiors have the same layout. However, what the Fiat Linea 125S gets are some additional features. For instance, there is now a touchscreen system which also has navigation. The Microsoft Blue & Me is now gone. The new touchscreen is a bit small, but it is good enough. The Fiat Linea 125S gets rich leather interiors and speaks a lot about attention to quality. Where the Linea excels is clean interiors with decent stowage space.

The Linea 125S comes loaded with features like automatic headlamps, rain sensing wipers and in fact this is the only sedan in its segment that still offers the twin-aero wipers, which are a lot more expensive than the regular wipers. The tough build quality and the spacious interiors make Fiat Linea a great sedan. The rear legroom is not in the league of most sedans though. The 500 litres of boot space is also large and offers more loading area due to the hydraulic lifts present. The Fiat Linea 125S has one of the best builds in the

Fiat Linea Engine & Transmission

The Linea 125 S is powered the same 1.4-litre turbo-petrol T-Jet engine as before, though its different state of tune results in an increased power rating of 125hp as compared to the earlier cars 114hp. The manner of delivery of this power, however, is the real highlight, the engine has enough low-range torque to allow you to potter about town comfortably and post the 2,000 rpm mark things really pick up robustly all the way up to 6500rpm, with power delivered in a linear and continuous fashion. Engine noise is well-contained at lower revs, and though you can hear it at higher revs, it is not unpleasant or unbearable. The rev-happy engine should have been complemented with a better gearbox. Gear shifts aren’t sporty and feel rubbery.

The hydraulic steering has a nice, old-school feel to it, and it sends a good amount of feedback your way. However, it is heavier than some electrically operated systems and you can feel so around town. The car does not feel as composed as its predecessor at high speeds, but it corners with a nice heft. On the positive side, low-speed ride quality is among the best in its segment. The suspension feels solid and is absorbent and has the ability to swallow bumps and potholes. Add to this, the best-in-class ground clearance of 190mm, and you get a car very capable over bad roads.

Fiat Linea Driving Dynamics

Fiat hasn’t made any mechanical changes to the Linea so driving dynamics are more or less the same as before. When we first drove the Linea in 2009, we instantly fell in love with it, being thoroughly impressed by its sharp handling characteristics. While Fiat has continued with the hydraulic power steering, the Linea (2012 onwards) hasn’t given the same feel to the driver as before, which is largely because the vehicle has had an increase in ground clearance to 190 mm. This has certainly ruined the sharp dynamics of the car and although it still is quite fun to pilot through a set of corners, it doesn’t give you the same surefooted feel as before.

The steering too lacks the razor sharp precision you would expect from a hydraulic unit but the wide tyres give plenty of grip even while cornering really hard. However high speed stability isn’t as good as before (pre-2012) although the Linea is relatively poised at expressway speeds. Braking performance is good and so is the NVH levels inside the cabin. What is stupendous though is the ride quality, the Linea’s suspension absorbing everything in its path with authority and not transferring any bump to the occupants. The weight of the car can be felt though which is both a good and bad thing.

Fiat Linea Safety

The Linea 125s gets ABS and EBD as standard while you can also expect dual front airbags as well for the safety of the passengers inside. This car has value-for-money package featuring all the essentials that are required to be a perfect family car. It features an automatic climate control unit with rear knee level AC vents..Cruise control, ambient lighting on dashboard and other functional features make this sedan a tough competitor.

Fiat Linea Price

Fiat Linea Ex-Showroom Price in India ranges from 7,59,778/- (Linea 1.4L Active Fire) to 10,67,046/- (Linea 1.4L Emotion). Get best offers for Fiat Linea from Fiat Dealers in India

Fiat Linea Conclussion

Fiat doesn’t intend to sell huge volumes with the new Linea 125 S. In fact, we wonder how many cars Fiat plans to sell at all, considering that the brand has not had a single functioning showroom in Mumbai (of all places!) for well over a year now. Nevertheless, 125 S is a decently specced car but doesn’t offer anything staggeringly new over the competition, apart from some added performance and a subsequent loss in efficiency.It will be a niche car which will likely be brought by an enthusiast or an existing Fiat owner. It though remains to be seen how it will fare against the Volkswagen Vento TSI in terms of performance. But let’s reserve that for later. The talking point of this car then remains its timeless form, that enthusiastic motor and sharp handling. Just like its Abarth siblings then.

Top 5 Advantages of Having a Intelligent Call Routing

If your business is suffering because you are unable to answer your customer’s calls in a timely manner or keeping clients linked to your business, then it may be crucial for you to manage your call routing practices. Currently, there is a variety of call routing software available. With an efficient call routing strategy, you can increase your first contact resolution and thus, create a wonderful customer experience. With the use of an intelligent call routing software, you can identify the caller and then direct them to the respective agent who had helped them previously. To do that, call routing softwares use anarray of information such as Automatic Number Identification (ANI), and other details provided by the caller. One more significant feature of an intelligent call routing software is the automatic call distribution system that deals with first-time callers. Another important feature of this system is phone hour settings that determine what should occur when customers call during nights, weekends, holidays, or non-operating hours. The phone hour settings may include voicemail, call forwarding option, schedule a call option, or automatic hang-up. Calls may also be recorded with a call routing software.

Intelligent Call routing software is a vital component of your business and can be extremely advantageous. Here are the top 5 advantages of intelligent call routing:

Flexibility

With intelligent call routing, your business gets the ability to ensure that customers have the opportunity to speak with a live agent 24 hours a day 365 days a year. This system has been constructed to give access to real-time information about present enterprise situations so that the appropriate support resources are matched with the needs of your customer when he or she calls. Not only are your customers happy about getting their queries resolved, but this system also provides a competitive advantage to your business in delivering resourceful, personalized, and compelling information, in an extremely efficient way. Check for Call Routing in Linkedphone

Scalability

Intelligent call routing software is extremely scalable. It can scale up or down based on your unique business requirements. Businesses can choose from any of the deployment models that can incorporate legacy systems, automatic call distribution, and time division multiplexing IVR systems to allow easy migration and expansion of your call center as per your business needs. This immense scalability grants your business growth at its own pace.

Simplicity

Intelligent call routing eliminates the undue complexities of pre-route and computer telephony integration to develop a solution for routing manifold ACDs, including a multi-vendor platform. By synchronizing the right resources, your callers are directed with the desired outcome with concurrent status matching.

Effective Human Resource Management

With intelligent call routing, your workforce is optimized by utilizing every agent as proficiently as possible. The calls always get routed to an available advisor leading to reduced lost calls and a greater customer experience. By application of modern customer analytics, you can improvise call treatment and routing assessments.

Cost-Efficient

Intelligent call routing can optimize operational costs by ensuring that calls are always routed appropriately rather than being lost or sent to voicemail. This eradicates the revenue losses that occur due to lost calls. Call routing based on skill set can also help capitalize on conversion rates by providing a better customer experience to inbound callers.

Intelligent call routing software offers businesses the capacity to make sure that their clients get to speak with a live agent 24 hours a day throughout the year. In certain industries such as banking and finance, selling or offering services around the clock can result in enormous revenue growth that would have otherwise been impossible.

 

The Different Types of Receptionist Jobs Are as Follows

While the job of a receptionist is likely to include being the first point of contact for a business, there are numerous responsibilities and specializations within the role. Some of the different receptionist jobs include supporting medical and dental practices or other health care centers, welcoming guests to hotels or conference facilities, and representing the offices of lawyers and bankers. Beauty salons and fitness centers as well as insurance brokers and money managers, often have receptionists on staff, either as full-time client greeters or as part-time phone operators. Receptionist jobs generally involve making a positive impression on first-time clients and maintaining a professional and likable presence for returning customers. Answering and directing calls, setting appointments, and providing hospitality all may fall within the role of a receptionist.

In many professional fields, receptionist jobs are generally the same and require little specialization. Knowing basic office skills or phone systems is often a requirement and having a professional demeanor is desirable, but other skills and preferences come with knowing the type of office or practice and how to represent it. A receptionist job at a creative agency likely includes having a style and personality befitting the work done within the studio, while the same role at a brokerage firm could include a classic wardrobe and a set script for answering phones and directing calls. Hiring criteria based on personality or conformity to office standards depends on the setting and needs of the company. Check for Virtual Receptionists in Linkedphone

Filling receptionist jobs in a health care practice typically involves more specialization. Medical and dental receptionists assist practitioners by questioning patients while setting appointments. Learning how to address the needs of patients and track the openings in the schedules of doctors and dentists involves both people and time management skills. These types of receptionist jobs also may include billing and receiving, which require further specialization for directing incoming mail or calls for processing. A skilled receptionist will screen callers and save time for all involved by knowing how to properly direct inquiries, complaints, and even personal calls.Appearance and manner are considerations when filling receptionist jobs at hair salons, beauty industry offices, or modeling and casting agencies, as those in the business of making others look their best often hope to represent their best at the front door. Studying the look or style of a business before approaching them for work is helpful in preparing for an interview and fitting in with what the clientele may consider representative of the business inside. Being courteous, personable, and accommodating go a long way toward positively representing any business, and working to remember names and faces while keeping good records can lead to excellence in the field.

 

Toyota Etios Liva Performance & Price

Toyota Etios Liva Overview

Etios Liva from Toyota competes with cars from manufacturers like Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai. Toyota has been able to put together a delightful hatchback and that is rather commendable. This is ascribable to its intensive market research. Toyota has extracted information on what the customer desire right from the horse’s mouth and it is this customer orientation that has led to the development of an incredible little automobile – Etios Liva!It is derived from its sedan sibling, Toyota Etios, and shares many of its features. Its spacious interior can house five passengers with utmost ease and provide them supreme comfort. The controls are light, the steering provides tilt function and the clutch is extremely light. The well-tuned suspension makes it a safe ride and the superb after-sales service of Toyota is a cherry on the cake. Weighing a little less than 1000 kg, Liva is extremely light and thus quite fuel efficient. The sleek chrome-treated grille highlights the frontage of Etios Liva. The fin-shaped rear combination lamps enhance the dynamic look of the hatchback. The blacked-out B-pillar along with the stylish alloy wheels add a tinge of sportiness to the looks of Liva. The ambience inside is a perfect match to the spectacular exterior. The colour scheme is bi-tonal and the ash brown color lends immense elegance to the interior of Liva. Check for Etios Liva Price at CarzPrice

Toyota Etios Liva Exterior

The plain vanilla styling on the Toyota Etios may be ideal for people who do not like to grab attention in their mid-life. However, when the Liva was spawned, it looked crisper than the booted brother with the better finished rear end. The boxy body with minimum curves and slashes looks contemporary. In the recent facelift of the Etios Liva, Toyota has given the vehicle an updated grille with chrome finish along with new tail lights with minor modifications in the turn indicators which now use orange glass rather than clear glass.

The major contributor to the feel good factor is the subtle body kit, rear spoiler, gunmetal finished 15-inch alloy wheels (all other Liva variants get 14-inchers) and a plethora of TRD Sportivo badges. The side skirts, front-lip, boot-lid, rear-spoiler, side-skirts and even the rear bumper is not spared from TRD Sportivo badges.

Toyota Etios Liva Interior

Let’s be honest about the fact that not many of us like the interior styling of the instrument panel. The circular air-con vents might be highly effective, but they miss out on the appeal bit and even the central instrument cluster isn’t something one will appreciate. The quality of the Etios Liva for the price is acceptable, however not its design. The central instrument cluster has always been no-no for all recently launched cars. In terms of features, the Liva is a well-loaded product.

The Liva’s recent upgrade to adjustable headrest was a very good option. This makes the car feel a lot more premium on the inside. The Japanese car maker has changed a lot of things in the Etios family after a delayed customer feedback. The space in the front row is good and even the seats are large enough, however the second row is a bit tight for knee room. There is a lot of stowage space. One can store seven litres of bottles in the Liva alone, which is humongous. Then there is a decent size boot as well. Seating comfort, driving position, access to controls, these are some elements that Toyota well has taken care of.

When you sit in the driving position, it is easy to get comfortable and adjust the steering wheel and the seat. There is height adjustable in the top-of-the-line VX trim. The A-pillars (side pillar) are thin and the visibility is good. However, the mirrors could have been bigger for better visibility of the rear. The large headrests at the rear, somewhat block the rear visibility.

Toyota Etios Liva Performance

Now it is time for the engines. First is the 1.2-litre petrol, which will be the most selling engine today as the fuel prices have seen a major dip and petrol has seen a major jump in demand. The engine is quiet and this engine produces about 80bhp of power. Most of the power is available at higher revs, so you need to downshift for an overtake, especially while driving on an highway. Most of the drivers prefer relaxed type of driving then this engine will perfectly suit this requirement. The power produced by the engine is sufficient for city driving and it even returns a decent figure of 12 km per litre in city driving and with highway, the mixed figure is close to 14 km/litre. The five-speed transmission is smooth and has short throws.

The diesel engine of the Etios Liva is a gem. This is a 1.4-litre engine that churns out 67bhp of power. Let us not go by the numbers, once you get behind the wheel you realise how good this engine is. Be in almost any gear, the engine pulls without any hesitation. This is what Toyota’s are known for, and this diesel engine has the typical Toyota characteristics, which makes the Japanese auto giant one the best sellers in the world. The oil burner is a bit noisy, however it is highly fuel-efficient too. In city, the Etios Liva returns about 16km/l with ease, while on the highway, the figure is between 19-22km/l depending on your driving condition.

Toyota Etios Liva Performance and Handling

The suspension setup on the Liva has been setup to provide best of both worlds. The handling is neutral. Liva turns into corners quickly, thanks to the lower kerb weight. There is a bit of body roll and the steering feel is average. It is nowhere as feedback rich or eager as the Maruti Suzuki Swift or the Ford Figo in the corners. The electronic steering is light and does city duties well but it does not offer feedback or weight up at high speeds. The steering wheel in particular is not good enough to hold in the first place, it’s too big.

The ride quality is mature and the wide tyres offer splendid levels of grip. The Liva doesn’t get unsettled on bad roads and absorbs most bumps in its stride remaining reasonably composed. Braking is excellent with good pedal feel and offer quick speed shedding capacity. High speed stability is good too and changing lanes does not upset the car’s balance. Ground clearance is not an issue and we did not scrape the body kit or the under body on any large speed breakers at all.

Toyota Etios Liva Braking and Safety

Toyota Etios Liva has ventilated disc brakes for the front wheels and Drum brakes for its rear wheels.Vehicular safety is quite important for Toyota and hence, Etios Liva comes loaded with safety features like SRS airbags for the driver and the co-passenger, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS),Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), engine immobilizer, keyless entry, driver seatbelt warning and door ajar warning.

Toyota Etios Liva Price

Toyota Etios Liva Ex-Showroom Price in India ranges from 5,49,355/- (Etios Liva G) to 7,41,458/- (Etios Liva VXD Dual Tone). Get best offers for Toyota Etios Liva from Toyota Dealers in India

Toyota Etios Liva Verdict

Let us get this straight, making affordable cars in India is a tough task and so far Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai have been successful. The Etios Liva is a good hatchback to buy and for the price you can expect a little better quality. However, the interior styling could have been better. The biggest USP of this hatchback is the Toyota badge and bullet proof reliability of this Japanese manufacturer. The top-of-the-line variant of the Liva diesel costs about Rs 8 lakhs, there are cars with more features available at this price, but most of them lack the refinement and experience of that Toyota promises. You can’t expect the same high Lindt standards for that price, which the Swiss company has set with its other range of chocolates. However, the company will deliver better product than a Cadbury and so is Toyota. They have made a lot of changes in the Etios family, we expect them to sort out the remaining ones too.

Maruti Suzuki Celerio Performance & Price

Maruti Suzuki Celerio Overview

No matter how hard you try, somethings just aren’t heard, like in the case of automobiles how often have we heard India’s largest car manufacturer having a flop model in its portfolio. Rarely, but when Maruti Suzuki’s product does fail to sell, the company quickly makes amends by discontinuing the model and replacing it with something better. Such has been the case always and that’s why the Japanese automaker is replacing not one but two of its poorly performing cars in India with one product. The Zen Estilo and A-Star are being replaced by the Celerio, a car which also fills in the shoes of the Splash globally. Does the Maruti Celerio have what it takes to replace three cars? Suzuki thinks so, its ideology behind developing the Celerio was to make a vehicle which has the economy of the Alto (A-Star) and space of the Splash (Ritz). We put the Maruti Celerio through the thick and thin to see if this Maruti has what it takes to be a success. Check for Celerio Car Model Price in CarzPrice

Maruti Suzuki Celerio Exterior

The Maruti Celerio looks similar to its petrol counterpart. The badgingg on the fender and boot mark the difference. The styling of the Celerio is mix of various elements. It has a pleasing front end with twin chrome horizontal slats. Large headlamps also add to the look. The fog lamps have chrome surrounds and the fascia looks appealing. this makes it look attractive. It is a somewhat tall boy design which is apparent when viewed from the side. The door handles are grab type ones and the crisp line adds on to the styling. The wheel well size is perfect and it doesn’t look small like the Wagon R, neither is it too big. The rear of the Maruti Celerio Diesel is nothing to talk about, but is decent with simple looking tail lamps.

Maruti Suzuki Celerio Interior

Maruti Celerio gets a dual tone interior design with Indian favourite beige being one of the shades. Inside the vehicle gets characteristic Suzuki traits and parts that can be found on the other models of the Japanese carmaker. The large 2425mm wheelbase offers spacious cabin with extra headroom, legroom and shoulder room. Moreover, passengers get 15 smart utility spaces for putting small bags like bottles, magazines, phones and others.

When compared to A-Star and Estilo, this hatchback offer more upmarket and better quality interiors. The seats have better cushioning and offers comfortable seating to passengers. The rear seats come with the option of 60:40 split flexibility to increase luggage capacity. That is what we call XpanDesign. The flowing curves of the dashboard and the way it merges with the rest of the interiors give the cabin a premium feel. All of it comes together to create a space thats perfect for you and your family to settle into and enjoy the drive.

Maruti Suzuki Celerio Engine & Transmission

The Maruti Celerio uses the same engine which powered the cars it replaces. It is the same motor which propels the Wagon R but sees some changes. The 1.0-litre K10B motor (now called K-Next) gets drive-by-wire technology (instead of a mechanical linkage), reduced friction (thanks to redesigned valve springs), high pressure injectors and low viscosity engine oil. The changes aren’t a world apart but do end up improving the performance from the car which now produces the same 68 PS of power at 200 RPM earlier. Being a 3-cylinder unit, the Celerio’s engine has its achilles heel, the NVH is very poor which is amplified by the low weight of the car, resulting in everything from the gear lever to the pedals and seats vibrating at idle (noise isn’t much though but vibes are very intrusive). What the low weight does help in is, it gives the Maruti Celerio slick performance in the city, you do however have to keep the pedal depressed at low speeds to prevent stalling in crawling traffic, specifically in first gear.

The 3-pot unit is quick to respond to throttle inputs at low speeds and moves swiftly in stop and go conditions. However like most Suzuki petrol powertrains, rev the nuts of the motor and it makes an unpleasing whine, the Celerio goes one step ahead and sounds massively coarse near the 6100 RPM redline. The car debuts an improved 5-speed gearbox which although has slick shifts, can be a bit of an effort to use till you get used to the slight stiffness. The 1.2-litre K12 engine in the Ritz and Swift would have made a world of a difference to the Celerio but Maruti Suzuki is focussed on mileage, which the smaller petrol mill will deliver in abundance. Our VBOX runs with both manual and automatic versions of the Maruti Celerio revealed the 0-100 km/hr time to be 15.05 and 15.60 seconds respectively, which is decently quick for a car with such a pint sized motor.

The A-Star was offered with an automatic but Maruti Suzuki has opted for a cost effective solution with the Celerio, which uses an automated manual transmission, technology sourced from Magneti Marelli. This transmission is shared with the manual and doesn’t have a torque converter (thereby returns the same mileage as a manual), instead it uses an ECU to control gear shifts (using actuators), eliminating the need of a physical clutch. There is a creep mode which prevents clutch wear in slow moving conditions while a hold function prevents roll back on slopes. You have the option of leaving the box in auto mode while there is a manual mode as well (slot the lever to the left) wherein you can keep the gear engaged till redline to extract the most out of this mill. The EZ Drive does make driving very convenient but is very jerky and you can feel the clutch being activated most of the time. Since this is an automated manual gearbox, there is no P mode like in traditional automatics (there is M, D, N and R modes). The company claims a fuel efficiency of 23.1 km/l which is quite impressive.

Maruti Suzuki Celerio Ride and Handling

The Maruti Celerio offers a good mix of space and comfort and it is exactly like its petrol sibling. The ride is pliant and the suspension feels well balanced. It is not too stiff nor soft. The steering too is well weighted and not overly assisted like some other cars in the segment and this feels good. The clutch too feels pretty light, especially for a diesel. While the engine sound intrudes inside the cabin, it gets easily muffled with the audio system on. Overall, the driving dynamics in the Maruti Celerio are better than just acceptable.

Maruti Suzuki Celerio Braking and Safety

The hatch comes clubbed with the EZ Drive in it, which makes driving the vehicle easy. The EZ technology in the car assures a ride that is hassle free, especially while riding in heavy traffic conditions. The braking system comprises of front and rear drum brakes, which enables immediate braking action. Maruti Celerio is much more safer than the existing A-Star, as the car is bigger in size. The tall boy design gives high driving position, which helps in better upright view of the road. The electronic power steering helps in easy manoeuvering of the vehicle with shorter turning radius. High strength steel side impact beams ensure protection at the doors in case of any side impact. The top-of-the=-line variant boosts dual airbags – one for the driver and the other for the co-passenger.

Maruti Suzuki Celerio Verdict

The Maruti Celerio is an improved product, compared to the A-Star whose direct replacement it is. However it isn’t a vastly improved product which makes you question why the manufacturer did not go the long haul in taking a car which bombed so miserly, to the next level. The regular manual version of the Celerio doesn’t appeal much with the EZ Drive model being the only saving grace here. By using the intelligent and cost effective option, Maruti Suzuki will offer the cheapest automatic car in India in the Celerio. Although very jerky, the ease of driving offered by the Auto Gear Shift in the Celerio is sure to appeal to those on a budget. Being a Maruti Suzuki with a vast dealership network and aggressive pricing (for the lower trims), the Celerio is bound to be a success. However if you want a manual hatchback at this price point, there are better options.

Nissan Sunny Hatchback Overview

OVERVIEW ;

The small car segment in India has continuously been explored and re-explored by manufacturers in the pursuit of having the correct ingredients in their car. While some car makers have found them, others haven’t. But it is the entry level sedan segment that is still to be exploited to its full potential. Nissan has now brought its internationally launched Versa under the Sunny tag to India, in an attempt to make a breakthrough in the segment. Although there are only five cars in the segment, each one has a USP of its own, making it very difficult for a buyer to make his choice. While the Suzuki Swift Dzire is the class leader offering great mileage and a peppy drive with great after sales service, Toyota offers refinement and comfort with its Etios. And let’s not forget the sleekly styled Tata Manza and the highly affordable Mahindra Verito. The question is what does the Sunny have to offer? Is it the segment shaker Nissan wishes it to be? Check for review & price of Nissan cars

DESIGN AND STYLE ;

This is a facelift, so the basic shape of the Sunny is retained. However, the front is where major changes have been wrought, beginning with a new, chromed trapezoid grille and massive boomerang-shaped headlamps. The chrome doesn’t stop at the grille, the new, aggressive bumper is underscored with chrome and the fog lamps also have L-shaped chrome underlining as well. It may get a little too in-your-face for some, but this is not a bad thing, because it is certainly an improvement over the outgoing model’s bland face. The three-quarter panel reveals a new, more angular mirror housing with integrated signals. Nissan hasn’t done a halfway job with these, either: the original signals have disappeared from the fenders. The alloy wheels have a new six split ‘Y’ shaped spokes, but the tyres remain the same size as before. Our test car was shod with JK Vectras instead of the standard Bridgestones it used to be shod with. The roof also exhibits a single change – the long, thin antenna has made way for a rear-mounted shorter, thicker aerial. At the rear, not much has changed. The tail-lamps remain the same, but the rear bumper has changed. The corners get an extra horizontal crease that rises towards the rear. This, coupled with the new matt black underside that cuts into the visible area at the low end of the bumper helps reduce the visual height of the rear more neatly than the previous car’s busy, all-painted triple horizontal creases low down on the bumper. The chrome strip above the number plate on the top-spec variants is now a more complex piece, and under it hides the reversing camera. None of the Sunny’s sheet metal has changed, but it is marginally longer and taller than before. It will also be available with a new paint scheme, a deep metallic purple that appears black until you view it in bright sunlight, when it shows off its true colours. This same paint used to be available on the previous-generation Honda City, and its appeal has not diminished at all with the 2014 Nissan Sunny. Check On Road Price of Sunny

INTERIORS AND SPACE

Nissan had updated the Micra last year and that facelift had transformed the interiors of the car drastically. Similar changes now flow into the Sunny, which also gets a new centre console with piano black finishing. The AC controls see minor changes while Nissan has made heavy changes to the dashboard of the car. The instrument cluster gets a new fine vision meter which changes the way the console is lit, the multi-information display now getting white lighting. Lower variants still get a basic cluster. The steering wheel too has been ditched for a new and sportier unit. The new 3-spoke steering feels much better to hold and doesn’t come across as too big, the audio control buttons having a slick feel. The beige and grey interior has been replaced by an all black interior which looks so much better, invoking a sporty feel inside the cabin.

The rest of the Nissan Sunny remains identical. You get a cabin which truly has acres and acres of space, more so for rear passengers who can sit and stretch like they are in a lounge with 636 mm of legroom, easily class leading. Good headroom, decent under-thigh support (a bit lacking for tall passengers at the rear), two reading lights at the rear (there are four cabin lights), a chiller of an AC (with rear fan vents which pull AC air from the front), all play a big role in ensuring the Sunny is among the best cars in its class to be chauffeur driven in, the airy cabin further accentuating the backseat appeal. Our only gripe with the cabin is the doors don’t auto lock. Nissan has given the Sunny Bluetooth connectivity and the 2-DIN audio system with a 5.1-inch screen is new as well. The top variants (XV and XV Premium) also get reverse parking sensors and a reverse camera. The XV Premium variant is available in two optional packs – Safety Pack adds side airbags while Luxury Pack consists of genuine leather seats along with a leather wrapped gear knob.

ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION

The Sunny’s 1.5-litre, twin-cam, 16-valve petrol motor (codename: HR15) makes a decent 97bhp and 13.6kgm of torque. Down from 1.6 litres as in other markets, this 1.5 also has only one injector per cylinder, as opposed to two. But because it doesn’t have much mass to move, you will find it performs more than adequately. Its 12.6sec 0-100kph time is no match for a Honda City or a Toyota Etios, but isn’t too far off a VW Vento’s and you can see this in the way it drives. The 1498cc motor’s almost ‘square’ cylinder dimensions work at making part-throttle responses peppy and giving it decent mid-range and top-end power. The best bit about this engine is how well it pulls from low speeds, which makes city driving quite a breeze.

Power delivery is quite linear all the way to the 6500rpm redline, but isn’t as smooth or willing to be revved as, say, a 1.5-litre Honda City motor. It gets quite thrashy past 5000rpm and the Sunny works best when you upshift early and use the engine’s good part-throttle responses and excellent low-rpm performance to get you to speed. It’s easy enough to maintain cruising speeds, and overtaking doesn’t require too much downshifting.

The five-speed manual gearbox has a well-judged set of ratios, but the gearshift feels a bit notchy and there’s a fair bit of transmission whine as well. However, the clutch is light and this takes some effort off the gearshifts.As for fuel efficiency, it sipped a litre to travel 11.5km in the city, and 16.4km on the highway, and that’s better than a Honda City.

DRIVING DYNAMICS ;

The front MacPherson strut and the rear torsion bar suspension set-up works well for the Sunny and is a blessing on the kind of roads found in India. It is very forgiving and can take on any pothole or bump without sending you straight to the first spinal cord clinic en route! This works against the Vettel types who would seem to be all at sea with the car wallowing in the high speed corners but then there is always the 370Z and the GTR for this lot. Excellent ground clearance is another major attribute for our terrain, yes, urban and rural and thanks are also due to the 185/65-R15 tyres (ours was the top-of-the-line offering which has this size rubber while the other two versions make do with 185/70-R14 Bridgestones) for the fine poise and the ride quality. Among the other positive attributes of this big ’un in a very competitive segment poised for take-off is the fine and comfortable driving position with ample all-round visibility coupled to a very light yet precise steering. Both of these make themselves felt and count when gliding through traffic on our city roads despite the obvious girth of the vehicle.

SAFETY ;

One area where the Sunny scores is its fuel efficiency. The light weight and moderately powerful engines mean that the Sunny is not particularly thirsty. Nissan India claims the diesel Sunny manages 22 km/l in test conditions and the petrol CVT is close to 18 km/l. Of course, real world figures are lower, but oour experience has been that the Sunny really is among the most fuel efficient mid-size sedans in the country. . VERDICT ;

The Sunny has always been the stepson of the segment, recommended to those who want value rather than features or snob value. No more, not with the features list that is now available with the Sunny. Nissan has gone for a relatively safe strategy and not offered a top-spec petrol (yet), instead preferring to promote the diesel. If Nissan manages to keep the 2014 Sunny within Rs 20,000 of its predecessor, it will make an extremely strong case for itself if you’re looking for an alternative to the segment’s usual picks, the Honda City and Hyundai Verna.

 

Is There Any Way To Select Cloud-Based Phone System ?

It is a fact that the number of service providers offering cloud based phone systems to business houses is steadily on the increase. This is because more and more businesses are switching over to Cloud phone system for the host of benefits it offers. As with every other product or services that you buy, it is important to check the different features and specifications and the price to ensure that the right deal is struck and the money’s worth is obtained.But the crucial question is – what features should those looking to get a Cloud based system looks out for? Before proceeding further, you need to ascertain the price and feel satisfied you can afford the Cloud phone system. Though Cloud systems are competitively priced and affordable, it is still worthwhile to shop around, as different providers may offer very different deals. There are different features that the different cloud based phone systems operate.

Some providers offer cost per call and others standard cost per month – make sure to check with both types of offers. Also, make it a point to check how many free minutes there are in the deal and there are no hidden charges. It is saner to first determine what you need and to then fit the best offer into your demands. It is pointless spending less money if the Cloud system does not deliver what you want. Try to ensure that you do not select features that you may never need or use, as that will be a waste of money as well.One crucial aspect to check when looking at the different Cloud based phone systems is whether the provider will offer unfailing support to their customers. Although Cloud based phone systems are easy to use and quite reliable, a well-trained and efficient customer service is nonetheless essential. A provider who offers prompt customer service also proves that they are professional and can be trusted.

Cloud based phone systems are becoming increasingly popular throughout the world and are helping a huge number of businesses to cut down the cost and hassles associated with installing and maintaining telecommunications equipment in their place of work. However, most consumers are still not fully aware about what a cloud based phone system is and the different types of features available.A well-known feature of most of the Cloud based phone systems is their ability to be integrated seamlessly with many of today’s most popular smartphones. Android phones, iPhones and Blackberries. The fact that cloud based phone systems are not based on geographical lines is another attractive feature that people will see when signing up.

Another feature of most of the Cloud based phone systems is their ability to be integrated seamlessly with many of today’s most popular smartphones. Android phones, iPhones and Blackberries.Yet another advantage of cloud based phone systems is the fact that they are completely flexible. Whether you like to work hands free, with a headset or using a traditional phone setup, a Cloud based phone system can be installed in the perfect way for you.The type of Cloud based phone system that is most common is an office based system. Basically this means that the whole place of work is connected through the cloud system and is not reliant on wires and other physical connections. It is also possible to get a cloud based phone system that supports mobile phonesBusiness Management Articles, which is perfect for those who are on the road a lot with their business. The other major type of Cloud based facility that many people are using is a Cloud based fax solution.

 

How a Virtual Office Creates a Professional Corporate Image ?

During the initial stages of the business credit building process, I’m sure you have heard about the importance of setting up a commercial office location. A physical location that is zoned for business speaks volumes for your company and its operation.If you decide to use your home address for your company’s business address, keep in mind that some lenders may not extend credit to a “home-based” business. However, you still have many credit opportunities with a home-based business; so don’t let that stop you.If you do decide to use your home address, make sure you designate a specific area in your home where you can run your business in order to allow for the proper home office tax deductions.But, if you’re adamant about having a commercial address but renting office space is out of the question, then you may want to consider a virtual business phone system address.

Some companies offer a turnkey corporate image with all the tools you need to not only run a business, but to meet the business credit building requirements.For a flat monthly fee, you get a business phone number, a live receptionist answering phone calls, a corporate business address for all your mailing and packages, personalized voice mail box that converts to email, and even a fax number that will convert to email.It is an excellent solution for start-ups and small businesses looking to keep costs low while gaining all the resources of a professional corporate image.

If you are searching for a virtual office, consider one that includes the following:

Dedicated business phone number Professional live receptionist answering calls in your business name Corporate mailing address Business fax number Fax forwarding to email Voicemail forwarding to email Corporate voice mail boxes Call forwarding to multiple phone numbers

While there are many companies offering virtual office services that can accommodate your business, it’s important to utilize the most cost effective solution as a startup company. There are companies that offer this type of service at an affordable price so you can establish a corporate image with all the resources already in place.Keep in mind if you decide to set up a virtual office, make sure that all of the information you supply is identical to the information you have on your corporate documents. This includes things like the spelling of your company name to the description of your business operation.Remember, there should be no differences in your company information across all business documents, registrations and listings.Give your business the professional image you require to get ahead of the competition while you meet the compliance demands from creditors, suppliers and lenders.

 

Mahindra Scorpio Facelift Review &Test Drive

OVERVIEW

The Scorpio is a household name in the Indian car market since the year 2002; the SUV has many accolades to its name including ‘Best car of the year’, ‘Best SUV of the year’ and much more. While the first generation SUV was introduced back in 2002, the second generation was introduced just after four years in 2006. Much later Mahindra decided to up their game and introduced the third-generation SUV back in 2014. Now after almost three years of its production Mahindra has decided to launch the facelift variant of the SUV.

EXTERIORS

Like we already mentioned above the test mule of the facelifted SUV was spotted a couple of times and from the spy shots of the test mule, it is quite clear that the facelifted SUV will get all the changes mostly towards its front and rear profile. Check for Scorpio price in Jaipur

The front profile of the SUV will feature a restyled bumper which might get some bigger air inlets to make it look premium and slightly more aggressive. Apart from the new bumper expect the facelifted SUV also to get a slightly redesigned grille as well. Many reports are saying that Mahindra might redo the headlamps, but we firmly believe that the daytime running lamps styling won’t change much. Apart from these changes to the front profile, there won’t be any changes made to the side profile of the SUV. However, we do expect it to get a new set of alloy wheels to enhance its exterior styling. Just like the front profile the rear profile of the SUV will also get some styling updates as well which might come in the form of slightly redesigned taillamps and rear bumper.

INTERIORS

More than the exteriors, it is the interiors that have the maximum refreshment in the Mahindra Scorpio. Not just the design, also the styling, shade and quality. The 4 spoke steering though looks bigger but is a bit smaller giving for more a car like feel. It now gets steering mounted controls and the downward flow of the silver strip looks great. The Hexagonal design of the speedometer and tachometer with the information display between the two looks futuristic. The A/C vents now get chrome rings to add to the bling. The entire dash is now split with darker shade of grey with a light shade.

There is a further a chrome Scorpio badging on he co-drivers side dash too. The centre console o f the Mahindra Scorpiois dark grey cladded and has a nice 7 inch touch screen which is just above the now fully automatic climate control. Now even the seats are dual tone with grey and blue. Both the driver and co-passengers side gets armrest. And these are small details that a very well appreciated.The 2nd row seats are flat but have more cushin now and come with better thigh support. The 3rd row as as usual opposite facing jump seats.

The space in the Mahindra Scorpio remains the same. . The front row seats are large and spacious. The second row are a tad tight on knee room but there is ample of head room. The third row is majorly for short distance travel. The Scorpio’s quality and fit and finish are much improved. The Mahindra Scorpio Intelli Hybrid with its evolved interiors is a good option to consider.The Mahindra Scorpio does come loaded with a lot of features, however most of the features are available from S8 and S10, and till S6, the bells and whistles are limited. The features on S10 include dual airbags, ABS, touch-screen music system with Bluetooth connectivity and Aux and USB connectivity, reverse parking sensor and satellite navigation system. Majority of the features like touch screen, navigation etc are available only in the top-of-the-line S10 variant. This variant also features indications by voice.

PERFORMANCE

Mahindra Scorpio continues to draw power from the engines that were on offer with the previous generation Scorpio. The base variant S2 comes loaded with 2.5L, 4-cylinder, Turbocharged m2DICR engine which is good enough for a maximum power output of 75 bhp at 3200rpm and peak torque performance of 200Nm on tap between 1400rpm to 2200rpm. All the other variants in the Scorpio variant range in-house a 2.2L, 4-cylinder, Variable Geometry Turbocharger with Intercooler mHawk engine which rakes in a massive power of 120 bhp at 4000rpm with a top torque performance of 280Nm at 1800-2800rpm. The company has discontinued the traditional 5-speed gearbox and introduced an all-new 5MT320 gearbox for smooth gear shifting. This new 5-speed manual transmission is mated to all the variants of the Scorpio line-up. However, for the time being, there ain’t any automatic transmission on offer with the Scorpio but the company would certainly launch it later or sooner. Mahindra Scorpio is also on offer with an all-wheel-drive system with the S4 and S10 variants, albeit on order-to-made basis.

Mahindra has boosted the mileage significantly with the next generation Scorpio as it now delivers an ARAI certified fuel efficiency of 15.37kmpl as compared to the 11.2kmpl of previous generation SUV. Although, the SUV may not be able to return exact 15.37kmpl as claimed by the company but it won’t go down than 12kmpl, even in thick traffic of city driving. With an exceptional power of 120 bhp, the mileage of around 12-15kmpl is just like a red cherry on the cake.

It won’t be an understatement if the Scorpio facelift is being said the most technological advanced SUV amidst its domain with best ride quality and handling. The handling has witnessed a quantum leap due to the shortened turn radius of 5.4m as opposed to the previous model which had a rather large turning radius of 5.7m. The hydraulic power steering with collapsible steering column and tilt function is as effortless as one would see in a premium luxury SUV. Also, the all-new ladder frame chassis and cushion suspension technology have made a lot of difference in the riding department. The Double wishbone type, independent front coil spring as the front suspension while Multi-link coil spring with anti-roll bar at the rear takes care of the potholes and ensures a comfortable journey. The Scorpio was always a performer, whatsoever the terrain is and with the new iteration, it gets better and better with its impeccable tenacity and agility. The Scorpio variants achieve the 100kmph mark from standstill in a sub 15-second time with the top speed being around 160kmph mark.

RIDE AND HANDLING

With a completely reformed suspension setup, the ride and dynamics of the vehicle has gone up by several notches. Its potential to take uneven roads and potholes has also increased. The new dampeners come into effect when the vehicle goes through a rough patch and insulates the cabin from the entire disturbance. The difference in stability is also clearly evident.While taking corners at speeds of up to 100kmph, there is no body roll. It is only at higher triple digit speeds where one can feel an oversteer. To make night driving safer, there are static cornering lamps positioned behind the projector lights. These lights glow during taking turns thus illuminating critical points at night. They are very useful during pitch dark driving conditions. One thing that has changed is its straight line handling. The earlier version felt bouncy at higher speeds. Not that it has completely come down but has noticeably improved.In fact, we managed to drive it on great lengths of bad roads. The new suspension setup swallowed whatever we threw at it. The gear shifts were little sticky but nonetheless it still impressed us with its safe insulation. Even the in-cabin noise insulation is simply fantastic. The 2WD impressed us immensely.

SAFETY AND SECURITY

Airbags for driver and co-passenger are offered on S4+ onwards in the range missing out on the entry level variants. ABS with EBD and panic brake indication is also available on variants above the S4 trim. Other safety features aboard include collapsible steering column and side intrusion beams, digital immobiliser, anti-theft warning, seat belt reminder lamp, speed alert and auto door lock while driving.

CONCLUSSION

The Scorpio has never been a pretty car, neither has it been brilliant at one single thing. However, it has always delivered a lot of value at its price. At Rs 11.46 lakh ex-showroom, the two-wheel drive S10 we’ve driven shows exceptional value for money. Add to that the trouble-free reputation that Scorpios have and Mahindra’s service network and you have a car that can sway you. It might sound a little far-fetched, but the new Scorpio really is quite new, and worthy of a look if you’re looking at the XUV, Duster, Terrano and Safari Storme.