Happy Diwali!

Here’s wishing all my readers a very Happy Diwali. I am going to be out for a few days and coming back post Diwali so wont be able to post that day.

Have fun , be responsble and most of all be careful when it comes to the fireworks!!

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Tata NANO Specifications and Features

VEHICLE SUMMARY

Name:

Jeh – 1 Lakh Rupee Car

Model:

Petrol

Car Body Type:

Hatchback

Segment:

A Segment

Top Speed:

90

Fuel Consumption:
Highway

26.00

Fuel Consumption:
City

22.00

ENGINE SPECIFICATIONS

Displacement:

796cc, 3 cylinder

Engine Type:

Petrol

Maximum Power:

33bhp

Maximum Torque:

0


OTHER SPECIFICATIONS

Seating Capacity:

4

Tyre Size:

0

Steering:

No Power Steering

Brakes:

Front Disk, Rear Drum

Gears:

4 Manual

Fuel Tank:

30.00

Body Color Bumpers:

True

Tachometer:

No

Alloys:

No

ORVM Indicator:

No

Xenon Headlamps:

No

Headlamp Washer:

No

COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE

AC:

AC
without Climate Control

Power Windows:

Central Locking:

Manual

Remote Boot:

No

Remote Fuel Filler:

No

Rear Wiper:

No

Rear Defogger:

No

Steering Adjustment (Rake/Reach) :

No

Driver Seat Adjustment:

Manual

Leather Seats:

No

Door Mirror:

Driver Side

Tinted Glass:

No

Rear AC Vent:

No

Folding Rear Seats:

No

Sun Roof:

No

Buttons/Controls on Steering:

No

Auto Viper:

No

Auto Headlamp:

No

ACTIVE AND PASSIVE SAFETY

Airbag:

No

Parking Sensors:

No

Fog Lamp:

Traction Control:

No

EBD:

No

ABS:

No

ESP:

No

Tata Nano Launched

I know this has very little to do with what i generally tend to write about, but considering the hype which has been generated in the market over the last few months on the “peoples car” project by the Tata’s …

The NANO was officially launched today at the auto expo in New Delhi with a starting price tag of 100,000 INR not including VAT. Tata’s plans of offering various up-market options as well. Its a 640 CC , 4 speed manual with an AC. Basic suspension and the dash only has a speedometer, a fuel indicator and an oil light. Brakes are drum based and the mileage is projected at 20-25 or so. Saftey features was an apprehension in the market but the car has passed frontal and side crash exercises. The vehicle also meets all environmental norms of the country as of this date.

Its about8% smaller than the Maruti 800, bumper to bumper, but has 20% more internal volume. The roll out of the car is definitely going to be a buzz in the market for a long long time. Maruti and Hyundai have clearly stated that they cannot match this price given their policies on safety etc and have publicly acknowledged that market share and leadership (for Maruti) is under threat and in all probability will come down.

But are all things gold? Maybe not. While all kudos to the company for this industry breaking project, there are interesting and some mixed reactions in the market.

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Delhi hit by Earthquake

I sleep through most things, which i consider to be a tremendous advantage and strength, but even i was rudely awakened at 4:30 AM today i.e 26th November with one of the strongest earthquakes i have felt ever, possibly.

A 4.3 on the Richter Scale ,with the source at the Delhi Haryana Border , Delhi University, GT road ,  hit Delhi in the wee hours of the morning. While i cant comment on other areas of Delhi, Defence Colony had a few people stepping out of their houses and a few car alarms going off.. while the magnitude of the earthquake was not very high , the strength and intensity was much higher owing to the closeness of the epicenter i guess.. barely 20 kms from South Delhi… while ceiling fans shake at the smallest incentive, what did surprise me was that a fully loaded cupboard ended up oscillating….. and this was a first !
While details are still unavailable currently, no injuries or deaths have been reported.

Cell Number Migration Now Possible..

This much awaited change in the industry is finally here. The headlines in Times of Read read that the ministry has given clearance to this proposal after sitting on it for about 2 years and it will be available to consumers shortly.

While this spells a lot of flexibility and freedom for mobile consumers in India , the GSM operators themselves are not too happy. One obvious impact is the fact that they would need to become more “Customer friendly” and offer even more value adds to ensure the subscriber base does not dwindle.

The other reason , it would appear, for their frowns , is this move is being seen as something which has been initiated now to help Reliance out and offer them an easier path with respect to acquiring subscribers and their overall entry into the GSM segment. The service will initially roll out in Delhi , Mumbai , Chennai and Kolkata.

Whether that be true or not, i really dont care, this was a much awaited development which is going to benefit consumers in the long run and offer the freedom of migration which otherwise , or the lack of it, has been one of the primary reasons to not switch operators in the past. What i am apprehensive about is how “easy” in real terms will operators allow subscribers to leave…. would they for example become more stubborn in releasing security deposits, will i need to be wary of the fine print which might , now, include clauses which attempt to hinder this…?

Blue Line Buses – Not their fault alone.

Updated at 4 PM , 8th Oct – The Delhi hig court has asked the government to take action. One – Find out how many politicans own Blue Lines. Second, though i just hear a bit, is that the plan to phase out Blue Lines to be sent in by Thursday this week. Let’s see what develops.

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It turned out to be one of those rare Sundays where i actually managed to get some news time in and right from the morning all the way till i went off to sleep at 1 AM , everyone was talking about Blue Line Buses in Delhi.

The enthusiastic coverage had been generated by another accident near Faridabad which resulted in 6 people being killed. The bus was speeding ( 60 kmph in a 40) and ran into people who were getting off another bus. Total death this year , by these buses , is at 93. In typical Indian style the mob beat up the driver, destroyed the bus, police did not do anything and news media started the age old discussion of whether they should be banned and how everyone in Delhi is afraid of them.

After listening for a while i finally got fed up and had to pen this down. The way i see it is that 50% of that 93 probably deserved to die. Most Delhiites  have no manners- be it driving or walking. I drive only 2 kms’s to work everyday and 4 out of 7 days i almost end up hitting someone..not because i drive too fast , or dont concentrate but people here tend to spring out onto the road like rabbits, one would almost imagine that they wanted to get hit..maybe its a new suicidal technique…

Last month at 9 PM near the Interstate Bus Terminal 7 cars got involved in a pile up in front of me..why…

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