Tuesday, January 31, 2012

After Tata's Acquisition of British Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), Mahindra & Mahindra Goes for SAAB

STOCKHOLM: Up to five companies, including an Indian firm, are keen to buy Saab, one of the bankrupt Swedish carmaker's three administrators said today.

"I can't comment on who we are in discussions with, but we are conducting dialogues with four to five interested parties who we consider are seriously interested," Hans Bergqvist told the TT news agency.

He said the aim was to sell all of Saab, which filed for bankruptcy on December 19, to a single buyer.
"That is our main tack (since) we... will get the most value," he said, adding that administrators were also looking at the possibility of selling off parts of the business piecemeal.
Chinese carmaker Youngman has shown keen interest but its bid to snap Saab up before it declared bankruptcy was thwarted by the Swedish brand's former owner GM, which balked at transferring the necessary technology licences.
A delegation from the Chinese company will reportedly arrive in Sweden tomorrow to try to hammer out a deal.
Indian commercial utility vehicles manufacturer Mahindra and Mahindra is also interested and company officials have reportedly prolonged a visit to the Saab factory in the southwestern town of Trollhaettan to pursue talks.
Turkish private equity firm Brightwell Holdings has also expressed interest, with board member Samier Ahmed saying that "We will place a bid as soon as they (the administrators) are ready to accept bids."
Bergqvist said the administrators hope to have a deal in weeks.
"We have to (hurry) due to the economic situation we are in. To make it possible for someone to restart the activity again, we have to keep the factory in good shape, and that costs an incredible amount of money," he told TT.
Earlier this month, the administrators sold off the Saab museum to the town of Trollhaettan, for 28 million kronor (3.1 million euros, USD 4.2 million), he said.
Administrators are also trying to sell surplus stock of equipment like engines, he added.
Saab was already on the brink of bankruptcy when GM sold it in early 2010 to Dutch company Swedish Automobile (SWAN) -- at the time called Spyker -- for USD 400 million (308 million euros).
The past two years have been lined with desperate efforts and numerous failed deals to keep it afloat.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Truth of LIFE..... Sunday Special


The Mayonnaise Jar

When things in your life seemalmost too much to handle,
When 24 Hours in a day is not enough,
Remember the mayonnaise jar and 2 cups of coffee.

A professor stood before his philosophy class
and had some items in front of him.
When the class began, wordlessly,
He picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar
And proceeded to fill it with golf balls.

He then asked the students, if the jar was full.
They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured
them into the jar.   He shook the jar lightly.
The pebbles rolled into the open Areas between the golf balls.

He then asked the students again if the jar was full.  They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar.
Of course, the sand filled up everything else.
He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous 'yes.'

The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively
filling the empty space between the sand.  The students laughed.

'Now,' said the professor,   as the laughter subsided,
'I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life.
The golf balls are the important things - family,
children, health, Friends, and Favorite passions –
Things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, Your life would still be full.

The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, house, and car.

The sand is everything else --The small stuff.

'If you put the sand into the jar first,'  He continued,
there is no room for  the pebbles or the golf balls.
The same goes for life.

If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff,
You will never have room for the things that are important to you.


Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.
Play With your children.
Take time to get medical checkups.
Take your partner out to dinner.

There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal.

'Take care of the golf balls first --
The things that really matter.
Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.'

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented.

The professor smiled.
'I'm glad you asked'.

It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem,
there's always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend.'

Please share this with other "Golf Balls" 

I just did......

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With the first day with full Sun Shine today, we expect expect to say goodbyes to Winters soon.

When your car becomes a green house your car A/C better be working! Maintaining your car's air conditioner is key to keeping cool in the hotter months. And maybe a 32 oz. fountain drink if you're lucky. But don't leave it to that.
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Tata Nano Diesel Car 2012, Tata Nano Diesel Car 2012 Fuel Efficiency - 40 kmpl

The Tata Nano could soon receive a strong sales boost with plans of a diesel variant. Tata Motors is reportedly in advanced stages of development for the world's smallest twin-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine.
Various sources close to the development told that the new 800 cc diesel engine is likely to be first introduced in the Nano sometime next year.
It may also later find its way in to other small vehicles in the automaker's portfolio, such as the Ace family of light commercial vehicles.
A Tata Motors spokesperson said that though development for the Nano diesel is on, there is “no time frame decided for launch yet”.
“There's no thinking yet if the same engine will be used in other models – engines go through much iteration in the development process,” the company official said.


The new diesel engine, heralded as a technological breakthrough because of it small size, has been developed in collaboration with Bosch in India. Such a highly fuel-efficient small diesel engine could help pick up sales of the compact car, which have been erratic lately.
In December 2011, the Nano sales improved over the past few months with a 29 per cent rise at 7,466 units, though it was still below the all-time peak of 10,012 units in April, 2011. However, capacity at the Nano-only Sanand plant is being increased to 20,000 units a month by about March this year.
“It will be the smallest twin-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine in the world. This turbocharger is the first such product developed by our Bangalore technical centre from scratch. We work with all automakers, but till now we were adapting products from other markets for India,” a Honeywell official said.

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Comparing MPVs coming in 2012 : Maruti Ertiga Vs Nissan Evalia Vs Toyota Avanza

Check out Car Modification - MegaPower EV : : Battery Operated Car Build on Maruti 800 Shell

These are competitive days in Auto Sector and big Launches announced during Auto Expo 2012 this January has made the field hotter. Auto segment till now focused on commercial sector is now being re positioned for Private Car Users - The Multi-Utility Vehicles or MPVs.

"Cars with Space" as I say.

The 3 major MPVs being Launched this year are

Maruti Ertiga

Nissan Evalia

Toyota Avanza

Let us see what is being offered by these MPVs:

For Maruti Ertiga  the detailed images have been already published by us. The specifications are as follows:

Maruti Suzuki has tried to retain the characteristics of a passenger car with the Ertiga. They have tried to make it look stylish, sporty with an elegant appearance. The key styling of the Ertiga revolves around the basic elements of Passenger car characteristics. The effort was to encapsulate as much space within the exteriors to keep the car compact and easy to maneuver.

Engine: 1.4 liter petrol / 1.3 liter Turbo Diesel
Power: 95PS @ 6000 rpm / 90 PS @ 4000 rpm
Torque: 130 NM @ 4000 rpm / 200 Nm @ 1750 rpm
Fuel efficiency: 16.02 kmpl / 20.77 kmpl
Length x Width x Height : 4265mm x 1695mm x 1685mm
Price: Rs. 6-8 lakh estimated

Nissan Evalia
The Nissan Evalia, an award-winning seven-seater family car, is the first Urban-Class Utility Vehicle. Innovative and exciting, Evalia boasts best in class fuel economy, a truly versatile interior with multi-use functionality and a host of sophisticated features such as Rear View Camera and Intelligent Key.

Nissan Evalia MPV Dimensions

  • Length – 4400 mm
  • Height – 1880 mm
  • Width – 1690 mm
  • Wheelbase – 2725mm (95mm longer than the Nissan X-TRAIL)

Nissan Evalia MPV Key Features

  • Roomy interior with space for up to seven
  • Punchy performance and excellent economy from 1.5-litre dCi turbo diesel
  • Car-like handling and ride comfort
  • Twin sliding side doors for easy access
  • upswept swage line framing the door glass
  • wide-opening top hinged tailgate
  • A high driving position
  • Dashboard mounted joystick gear lever
  • 2-3-2 seat configuration with a three-seater bench in the middle rows and two individual seats in the third row
  • Centre row seats split on a 60/40
  • Foldable seats to increase space
Toyata Avanza

Toyota Avanza is smaller than the Innova and which is expected to be around 20-25% cheaper than its bigger sibling. Avanza is expected to be feature the same 1495cc engine which also powers the Thailand model. This petrol engine develops maximum power of 107 Bhp at 6000 rpm with maximum torque 141 Nm at 4400 rpm. The company could subsequently launch the Avanza in the Indian market by early-2012.


Car Body Type:
C Segment


1495cc, VVT-i
Engine Type:
Maximum Power:
107 Bhp @ 6000 rpm
Maximum Torque:
141 Nm @ 4400 rpm


4120 mm
1635 mm
1695 mm

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Mahindra to open second phase of bookings for its XUV500 from 25th Jan 2012

And Deliveries by Draw of Bookings:

1.  Why is M&M doing the draw in the 2nd phase of booking for XUV500?
    • -  M&M would like to give equal opportunity to people to apply for XUV500.
    • -  We also would like to keep the waiting period up to a maximum of 4 months.
    • -  Therefore to ensure that the process is fair & transparent, M&M has decided to undertake a unique draw in case the booking requests exceed 7200.
  1. 2.  In how many cities is the XUV500 draw/booking opening?
    • -  XUV500 will now extend to 19 cities (at "Selected Authorized Dealers") in India namely - Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore, Pune, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh/Mohali/Panchkula, Ludhiana, Jallandhar, Patiala, Kochi, Trivandrum, Calicut, Trissur, Coimbatore, Nagpur and Nasik.
    • -  The list of selected authorised dealers will be available on the link:http://www.mahindraxuv500.com/DealerLocator.aspx
  2. 3.  What will be the procedure for the 'XUV500 Draw'?
    • -  The draw application period is from 9 a.m on
      January 25th to 7 p.m on February 3rd, 2012 (both days included). The applications will be available at the Selected Authorized Dealers' & will have to be deposited at the same dealerships.
    • -  The priority of delivery will be decided based on the sequence picked in Draw, it will have no bearing on date of application submission within the 10 days of application period.
    • -  Payment of the amount of deposit of Rs. 80, 000/- (Rs. Eighty Thousand only) in the form of a single Demand Draft or a Pay order, in the name of "Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd." payable at the city/location of M&M local area office, details of which will be available with the Selected Authorized Dealers.
    • -  The applicants will be selected randomly by an automated process from the entries received at the close of the Application period.
    • -  To ensure a fair chance for everyone, the Draw will be city wise/dealer wise.
  3. 4.  How will the Draw be conducted? How will it be ensured that its fair & transparent?
    • -  The draw process will be validated by the professional services firm Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India Pvt. Ltd. (DTTIPL) as per mutually agreed scope & terms between M&M and DTTIPL.
    • -  Details of the draw process will also be announced in media & the brand website shortly to ensure complete transparency of the process.
    • -  You can refer to the detailed terms & conditions in the application form as well as the Terms & Conditions tab below.
  4. 5.  When & where will be the Draw done, how will the results be announced?
    • -  The XUV500 draw will be conducted at a central location in Mumbai. The venue for the same will be notified to the media who will be invited to cover the draw event.
    • -  Result of the XUV500 Draw will be announced on or before Feb 15th, 2012.
    • -  The results will be published on the XUV500 web-sitewww.mahindraxuv500.com
    • -  Besides this, the Winning Applicant may, at the option of the Company, be notified by way of courier/e-mail/ phone call/ print media, etc.