Top 8 must know facts about the New Maruti Alto K10

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Before you sign the dotted line, here are the top 8 facts about the Alto K10 that you need to know

Is it an all-new car?

Well not quite. While the new Alto K10 doesn’t resemble the car it replaces, it shares its mechanicals – engines, gearbox, suspension, steering, all carried forward from the earlier car. The engine has been tweaked to make it more efficient and lighter but the rest of it hasn’t changed. You do however get a new design. Except for the doors and roof borrowed from the Alto 800, the car has completely new sheet metal. All the details like the headlamps, bumpers, grille, rear end, everything is new.

 

1. Is it a step up?

The new Alto K10 gets relatively plusher interiors with the piano black centre console and silver accents sprucing up the cabin. You get an integrated music system, internally adjustable ORVMs, front power windows and driver side airbag among the features list. It also rides on larger 13 inch wheels. There’s a bit more space on the inside and boot space has increased as well.

2. Is it a step up?
The new Alto K10 gets relatively plusher interiors with the piano black centre console and silver accents sprucing up the cabin. You get an integrated music system, internally adjustable ORVMs, front power windows and driver side airbag among the features list. It also rides on larger 13 inch wheels. There’s a bit more space on the inside and boot space has increased as well.

3. What is Auto Gear Shift?
Maruti has been marketing its Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) as Auto Gear Shift (AGS). This AGS is borrowed from the Celerio. It turned out to be a runaway success in the Celerio and hence made sense to provide this crude but convenient tech with the budget hatchback. It is essentially a manual gearbox unit using an actuator to do your left foot’s job. You drive it like you would drive any automatic. You park in neutral and yank the hand brake as there is no park mode. This makes automatics available to the masses. It is as efficient as the manual gearbox.

4. How efficient is it?
Tweaks to the engine have helped Maruti achieve a staggering 24.07kmpl ARAI certified figure for both the manual and the AGS Alto K10. In the real world, you will receive in the ballpark of 20kmpl.

5. What about fuel types?
As all small hatchbacks from the Maruti stable, the Alto K10 will also be available as the Alto K10 Green with a bolt on 60-litre CNG tank. It returns 32.26 km/kg in CNG mode. The petrol model has a 35 litres tank with an effective range of over 700km.

6. Is there a diesel engine?
Not as of now. The only engine on offer is the 1.0-litre 68PS K10 engine. Maruti is testing a two-cylinder 0.8-litre diesel engine in the Celerio which we expect sometime late next year. With the carmaker’s focus on building highly efficient cars, we expect it to be one of the best on the fuel economy front. Considering its small capacity, it should make it to other small cars from Maruti, the Alto K10 being one of them.

7. Is the Alto K10 the best you can have at its price?
It’s tough to match a Maruti on the price front. Economies of scale give India’s largest carmaker a definite edge over its rivals and surely, it’s the most important reason for buying an Alto K10.

8. What about maintenance and reliability?
Maruti was smart enough to carry forward mechanicals of the old car. The Alto is India’s largest selling car for a reason, it is inexpensive to maintain, repair and run. Reliability shouldn’t be an issue with this car as well. Parts will be readily available and with Maruti’s widespread network, the Alto K10 is going to be a hassle free car to own.

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Car Alloy Wheel Care Tips

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A good set of clean wheels can make even the most boring car look appealing. Here are some tips that can help you keep your steel and alloy wheels clean.

A good set of wheels can make a huge difference to how your car looks. In fact many people choose alloy wheels and aftermarket wheels for the sole reason of making their car look a little better. Apart from the aesthetic advantages, there is a major difference between steel wheels and alloy wheels, which have implications for durability and performance. While most sub Rs 10 lakh cars in India today still come with steel wheels in their lower end variants, most manufacturers offer an alloy wheel upgrade or a model with them as standard fitments. Here are some tips on how to keep your wheels shiny and clean.

Wash regularly

A set of dirty wheels, especially alloy wheels, is a sheer put-off. Make sure you wash your wheels everyday to prevent brake dust and dirt buildup. One will often find front wheels to be much dirtier than the rear ones. This is primarily due to brake dust from the front discs sticking on the wheels. This brake dust, if not washed off every few days can cause damage to the wheel’s finish in the long run.

Also remember to wash each wheel individually either on or off the car to ensure the best results. Eash wheel should be washed with a warm water and detergent solution for the best results. Remember to use a soft cloth and never a harsh brush to wash your wheels since it might leave scratches on the surface. Use a bug and tar remover is necessary to remove harsher residues.

Never use hot steam cleaning, as this can also damage the finish on your wheels. Similarly, never clean your wheels when they are still hot from driving as the water will evaporate too quickly leaving soap streaking. Washing when the wheels are hot can also lead to rapid cooling in the metal, which in turn might effect the wheel’s life. Use a different sponge on your wheels to the one you use on your car’s bodywork since dirt and grime on your wheel may harm your car’s paint.

Another way of protecting a new set of wheels is to apply a layer of wax or an extra coat of clear on the wheel before installing the tyre. This, apart from protecting the wheel will also ensure a layer of defence against mud, grime and dirt in general.

Avoid scraping the wheels on the kerb

Once you have a set of new wheels, it is strongly advised to stay away from the kerb at all costs. Alloy wheels usually have a very low level of resistance against kerb contact and the smallest of contact can result in chipping or scratching your wheels. In recent years, there have been inserts one can buy that form a layer of defence against kerbing. That said, it is still advisable to be careful and avoid mistaken contact.

Following these simple tips will maintain the appearance of your car’s wheels as well as assist them in lasting longer. Since high-end wheels are often quite expensive and can be a highly personal statement that the owner makes, it is worth spending a little extra time on cleaning them. Just like the rest of your car, treat your wheels with respect, and they will continue to look great for a long time regardless of whether they are alloy wheels or steel rims.

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Worldwide Sales of Suzuki Swift Reach Five Million Units

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India accounts for 54% of that number, with 2.7 million units of Swift and Swift DZire sold so far.

Launched in 2005, Maruti Suzuki Swift is loved and celebrated by millions of Indians. It has been a bestseller through the decade. It has surpassed its own records year after year. Swift’s attitude, performance and sporty looks have ensured it stays on top, undistracted by competition. Swift has broken the myth of the so-called “big car features” by offering them in a compact car and along the way, creating a new upper A2 segment in the industry.

Swift is the only car brand in India that has swept Car of the Year Awards, twice over, once when it was launched (2005) and again when the full model change was introduced (2011). In its latest avatar, launched in October 2014, Swift Diesel saw a 10 per cent increase in fuel efficiency while Swift Petrol improved by 9.6 per cent.

Swift DZire, launched in 2008, is India’s best-selling sedan for the last three years. It has been a category leader since launch and has helped Maruti Suzuki strengthen its presence in the entry sedan segment.

Like Swift, Swift DZire is popular for its sporty, contemporary styling, performance, superior comfort and convenience features. Swift DZire (Diesel) delivers a mileage of 26.59 Km/l.

Suzuki Motor Corporation’s compact car Swift, which was launched as a world strategic model in November 2004, has reached cumulative worldwide sales of five million units in early April 2016 (eleven years and five months since the start of sales in 2004).

Since its launch in 2004, the Swift has brought innovative changes to Suzuki’s car-making, earning high appraisal for its sporty, stylish, and fun to drive character, such as by winning various car of the year awards in Japan and many other countries worldwide.

The Swift is truly a world strategic car, having been produced in countries including Japan, Hungary, India, China, Pakistan, and Thailand, and favoured and widely accepted globally from emerging market such as India, to developed market such as Japan and Europe.

*The Swift is currently produced in seven countries worldwide, and has been favoured in more than 140 countries and regions around the world.

In India, ever since its launch in 2005, the Swift steadily increased its sales in line with the market expansion due to economic growth, such as by adding diesel variants and sedans. The Swift accounts for approximately thirty percent (approximately 430,000 units) of the annual sales units of Suzuki in India to lead its sales expansion in the Indian market. The breakdown of five million units is: India 54%, Europe 17%, Japan 10%, etc.

Swift milestones

Nov. 2004 First-generation Swift as a world strategic model is released and launched in Japan
Feb. 2005 Production begins in Hungary
May 2005 Production begins in India
Jun. 2005 Production begins in China
Nov. 2005 Swift wins 2006 RJC Car of the Year and 2005–2006 Japan Car of the Year Special Award ‘Most Fun’ prize in Japan
May 2007 Production begins in Malaysia
Jun. 2008 Cumulative worldwide production reaches one million units
Nov. 2009 Production begins in Pakistan
Sep. 2010 New (second-generation) Swift is launched in Japan
Nov. 2010 New Swift wins 2011 RJC Car of the Year in Japan
Jan. 2011 Cumulative worldwide sales reach two million units
Mar. 2012 Production begins in Thailand
Jan. 2013 Cumulative worldwide sales reach three million units
Jan. 2014 Production begins in Vietnam
Aug. 2014 Cumulative worldwide sales reach four million units
Apr. 2016 Cumulative worldwide sales reach five million units

 

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Tips to Increase Engine Life

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It is an exciting time for enthusiasts of cars in India. Every manufacturer worth their production chops is out there, with exciting launches lined up over the year. But each new car today comes packed with an increasing amount of technology. Repairs have become complicated, not to mention expensive too.
Even the engines today are very advanced. Complex systems such as advanced stage turbochargers, common-rail injection systems, engine management systems – have all made it important to handle them carefully. This is why, the tips below to increase car engine’s life should prove to be useful:
  • he golden rule of engine maintenance is to get it serviced on time. Cars in India tend to operate in a very tough environment. There’s dust and heat everywhere; congestion rules on the streets & the car engines end up functioning under high loads at most times. Timely services help go a long way in ensuring that engine health remains under control.
  • The right grade of engine-oil can play a huge role in how the engine performs over a lifetime. Most owners tend to go without bothering about the oil which is poured into the engine, not realizing that a single cycle of the wrong oil can shorten engine life by over a few thousand kilometres.
  • A clean set of filters is one of the best tips to increase car engine’s life. The oil filter, fuel filter & the air filter, must be inspected regularly. Timely replacement costs only a few hundred rupees, but clogged filters can extract a heavy price through increased wear & tear of the engine, and poor fuel economy.
  • Proper idling procedures continue to be one of the most overlooked tips to increase the engine life of a car. Both, warming up and warming down procedures must be adhered to, as listed in the owner’s manual. The general thumb-rule being, avoiding running the engine at high rpms in the first few & the last few kilometres of a trip.
  • Lastly, remember, that a single trip is better than multiple short trips. Most cars in India have owners who fail to realize that the latter prevents the engine from achieving optimum operating temperatures, thereby increasing the load as well as risking higher wear-and-tear.

An up-to-date owner who is well-versed with the basics of engine operation is the best ally a vehicle can get.

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Windscreen and Window Care Tips

Taking care of your windscreen is an important part of car maintenance. Here are some tips….

Taking good care of your car means that you need to take care of every part of your car, including your windscreen and windows. Not taking care of this particular part of your car can lead to a number of problems which include reduced safety and increased expenses due to the need for car windshield repair or replacement. To avoid these, careful windscreen and window maintenance and care is indeed needed.

Park your car in a sheltered environment
Like with everything, prevention is better than cure. People tend to forget that when they park their car in the open, things can fall on their windscreen causing avoidable damage. Park away from buildings, especially in India where people have the nasty habit of throwing little things out the window. Also, in coastal areas around the country, remember to never park under a coconut tree, especially during the monsoon season.

Drive at a safe distance
Staying too close to the car in front of you can result in small stones and pebbles or other similar projectiles flung by the tyres of these cars to hit your windshield. Items being thrown out carelessly by the occupants in the cars (as we see commonly in India) ahead of you can also cause damage to your windshield, so staying a reasonably safe distance away is a good idea.

 

Make sure your wipers are in good condition
Using damaged windscreen wipers or those that are seldom cleaned can result in deep scratches into your glass. Always ensure that your wipers are in good condition (especially in the monsoons) and are clean before you set off on your journey. Also remember to never use your wipers when the windscreen is dry. Always use your windscreen washers to wet the surface of the glass before using your wipers. It is also a good idea to add just a small amount of shampoo or soap solution into your windscreen washer fluid container so as to give the wipers a smoother and less friction prone surface.

Clean off stubborn stains by hand
The best way to clean a windscreen or any auto window is with wet newspaper. Not only does this ensure all the tough grime and insect stains are removed, they also act as a pseudo polishing paper ensuring the windscreen becomes as clean as possible. After a generous scrubbing, make sure you wipe off the water either with your clean wipers or with dry newspaper.

Don’t slam your car’s doors
You do not need to slam your car doors to close them. Gently closing them is enough. Slamming can cause your windows and windshields to vibrate, which may result in cracks or chips. Constantly slamming your doors will also cause these cracks to expand, making the need for new side windows or a new windscreen.

Park your car in the shade
India’s extreme heat in the day and relatively cooler temperatures in the night can cause micro cracks in the windscreen and windows. In summer month, especially in cities like Delhi, it is advised that one keeps their windows slightly open so that the heat gets a chance to escape. Too much heat can cause the small cracks to expand and result in irreparable damage

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