Autoportal India brings you an overview of Maruti AMT Cars

For a manual car the driver disengages the clutch and shifts the gear and re-engages the clutch. In a car with automatic transmission the gear is changed automatically using a torque convertor or a Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT) mechanism without the use of the clutch. But in the cars with AMT (Automatic Manual Transmission) the driver can select the gear as per the requirement. The application of the clutch and the shifting of the gear are done automatically through electronic controls.

There are a few cars fitted with AMT mechanism in the Indian market. The Maruti Suzuki India Limited has 2 models the hatchbacks Celerio and the Alto K10. The hatchback Celerio launched in 2014 is the first car to be fitted with an AMT gear box. The demand for the AMT Celerio is so high that there is a waiting period of few months for this car. The Maruti gets the AMT gear boxes from the Italian company the Magneti Marelli. As there is high demand for these gear boxes the company is planning to establish a production plant in India.


Out of the 12 variants of the Celerio the LXi AT, the VXi AT and the ZXi AT priced Rupees 4.4, 4.7 and 5 lakh respectively have AMT. The engine used for these are 998 cc, 67 bhp and 90 NM torque engines giving mileage of 23.1 kmpl. The car takes 13.3 sec for 0 to 100 kmph acceleration and the top speed is 140 kmph.

The 3600 mm long Celerio has a wheel base of 2425 mm and a ground clearance of 165 mm with a boot of 235 litres. The top variant has cabin features like an engine immobiliser, child lock and central locking facility, manual AC, fabric seats, partially folding rear seat, 1 air bag, tilt steering, rear defogger and wiper, electric body coloured ORVMs with blinkers and a 1 Din music system with Bluetooth for phone.

In the refreshed models of the Alto K10 launched in November 2014 there is a petrol AMT variant the Alto K10 VXi AT priced Rupees 3.95 lakh. The 998 cc, 67 bhp and 90 NM torque engine gives mileages of 20.07 kmpl. The car takes 12.3 sec for 0 to100 kmph acceleration and the top speed is 137 kmph. The features of the car include an engine immobiliser, central locking with key, child lock facility, power steering, internally operated ORVMs with blinkers and a 2 Din music system. The Alto K10 VXi AGS is 3545 mm long with a boot sized 177 litres.

The MSIL has plans to launch more cars with AMT. The Maruti Ertiga and the Wagon R Stingray are expected with AMT shortly.

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Bajaj expects market share in bikes to touch 23 per cent by fiscal-end

NEW DELHI: Riding on new launches in sports as well as mid-segment bikes, Bajaj AutoBSE 0.39 % is eyeing 5 per cent increase in its domestic market share to around 23 per cent by the end of current fiscal.

The company, which sells various popular motorcycle models including Pulsar, Discover and Platina, currently has a market share of 18 per cent in the domestic market.

“We have improved our total market share in the bike segment to around 18 per cent in the domestic market ..

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Google, Mercedes-Benz, Tesla, Volvo testing driverless cars across the world

The race to build self-driving cars maybe in the last lap with top carmakers and tech majors including Google, Mercedes-Benz, Tesla and Volvo testing driverless vehicles across the world. And top auto parts suppliers, too, are strengthening their technology prowess to meet the demand for specialised systems these vehicles would need.

World’s largest auto component maker Robert Bosch expects rapid growth of automated driving assistance systems to generate 1 billion, or $1.1 billion ..

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Auto companies like Ashok Leyland, M&M, TVS reward turnaround specialists with huge salary hikes

MUMBAI: The Indian automotive market may have been on a path of slow recovery in 2014-15, but the top brass of some leading automobile firms were rewarded handsomely for engineering turnarounds and taking on additional responsibility.

An ETIG study of the annual reports and remuneration packages of top executives in seven companies shows that while most such executives received double-digit pay hikes, in some cases the compensation was doubled or tripled.

Topping the list of pa ..

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Maruti Suzuki to roll out ‘YRA’ from Nexa outlets

NEW DELHI: After the S-Cross crossover, Maruti SuzukiBSE -0.05 % will launch another premium compact car, codenamed YRA, through the company’s top-end retail outlets Nexa.

Sources said the company plans to quickly beef up offerings at Nexa as it looks to expand the premium retail format to attract new-age buyers. “The idea is to have a fuller portfolio so that walk-ins are on the rise,” a company official told TOI, requesting anonymity. At Nexa, Maruti SuzukiBSE -0.05 % plans to sell ..

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Ford to open Figo Aspire bookings from next week

NEW DELHI: Auto maker Ford India will start accepting bookings for its upcoming compact sedan, Figo Aspire at its dealerships from next week at a nominal amount of Rs 30,000.

Figo Aspire, which is expected to hit the roads next month, is one of the three models the company plans to launch over the next nine months.

The car would be launched with both petrol and diesel engines. The company would also roll out petrol-powered automatic transmission variant of Figo Aspire.

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Maruti XA Alpha – A quick study by Autoportal India

Maruti Suzuki is the brand that popularized here the concept of small family cars with good mileage and comfort features at cheap rates. But when it comes to big vehicles, the prestigious automaker is yet to make inroads into this segment. Maruti currently has two products in the SUV segment – the Gypsy off roader and the Grand Vitara, but both cars deliver low volumes as they are petrol-only models. In order to face the stiff competition in this segment, Maruti would need a trendy and compact SUV with diesel power. Also Check Hyundai Creta at

Such an SUV would be soon hitting the Indian markets. Maruti XA Alpha, which was originally unveiled at the New Delhi Auto Expo in the year 2012, is expected to be on the roads by the end of next year. This car was once more presented at the 2014 Motor show and revealed many improvements in terms of appearance and mechanics to keep up with time. It is also widely heard that the compact SUV would be renamed as Vitara Brezza and is expected to be priced between Rs 7.5 lakhs and 11 lakhs. This car is targeted at the young generation in the country who loves style and power in their vehicles.


Built on the lines of Grand Vitara, the new car will be 4 metres in length, 1.9 metres wide and 1.6 metres high with a wheelbase of 2.5 metres. The tall stance, receding roofline and flared wheel arches lends it an awesome road presence. The exterior styling looks rather showy with tapering window lines, chrome finished headlights and angular tail lamps, an open lower air dam and a five apex grille with Maruti badge in the centre and a raked up rear windscreen.

The 5 seater car is expected to have a roomy cabin with all modern day comfort features like an advanced music system, climate control unit, remote fuel filler, power windows, leather seats, sunroof, rear defogger, electric door mirrors on both sides, remote boot, steering mounting controls, rear armrest with cup holders, foldable rear seats and many more. The vehicle will feature various advanced safety measures such as 2 airbags, parking sensors, fog lamps, 3 rear seat belts and ABS -EBD.

XA Alpha will be offered in 5 variants with both petrol and diesel engine options. The 1.4-litre K-series petrol unit will deliver a peak power output of 95 PS and the 1.3-litre DDiS diesel power train will offer a maximum power of 90 PS. A mileage of 8-10 kmpl is expected on an average and the maximum speed would be around 108 kmph on highways. The vehicle with its good absorption system and wide alloy wheels should be running smoothly on city roads and rough terrains alike.

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Windows 10: A Sys Admin’s Preview

Finally: What businesses have been expecting for over a decade.

In releasing more information about the business side of Windows 10 this week, Microsoft has officially begun to step out of the shadow of its Vista and Windows 8 failures and has begun to seriously address security and business productivity issues that have been plaguing the Windows desktop platform since Microsoft last took a serious stab at them back in 2003.

Take a look at some of the recently announced business-aware features coming to Windows 10: (Link at the bottom)

At every turn I’m seeing concerns we’ve had for years being reborn in new Windows 10 features such as: (not a complete list)

Windows Business Update
Domain level program access controls
Advanced software provisioning
Integrated biometrics authentication support that takes on many of the weaknesses biometrics have suffered over the years
Managed domain-wide encryption
Information (read document & cut/paste) security controls and auditing features integrating social media concerns; features that used to only come from 3rd party vendors costing tens of thousands of dollars to deploy and maintain. And these span across both desktop and mobile device landscapes. Continue reading Windows 10: A Sys Admin’s Preview

Top 4 Communication Skills for Business and Life

Want to have more friends and be more successful? Follow these 4 tips to be a better communicator!

People are not born with communication skills! No one is born knowing how to talk. At birth, you learn how to talk and communicate by watching those around you. Good communication is a skill that can be learned! What a relief to know, right?

I have worked as a communication professional for 22 years and I’m now teaching college students how to communicate effectively. Did you know that communication skills are ranked as one of the top skills that are needed in the workplace? Everyone can benefit from having better communication skills. You can have more friends and be more successful in your career. Look at successful people in business and in life. What do they have in common? Most have excellent communication skills! Continue reading Top 4 Communication Skills for Business and Life

Experts Cited Some Great Benefits Of Vinyl Cladding Today

Vinyl cladding is a type of cladding that is made from polyvinyl chloride or PVC mixed with other substance. This is affixed to the exterior of the home for it to be decorative as well as functional. Generally, it will come in boards that are affixed horizontally to the structural framing of the home. You must know that this can have insulating material affixed to the back of it so it can provide better thermal properties.

Benefits Of Vinyl Cladding

Maintenance-free – This is actually one of the biggest benefits of vinyl cladding. Repairs and repainting is not necessary. All you have to do is to clean it occasionally. Any mildew formation can be cleaned with the use of water and ordinary soap. Also, it will not fade since the colour goes all the way through the material. This means that it will certainly look great for longer as opposed to other materials. Know that you actually have a wide range of colours to choose from. Another great thing about this is that it won’t corrode, rust, crack or warp.

Cost-efficient – This option is more economical as opposed to stone, wood, or stucco. It can actually last up to 30 years or more. If they are tarnished, they can be replaced easily. Most importantly, they are very durable and even withstand even the harshest of weather conditions. In fact, when it was hit by something, it does not dent easily.

Eco-friendly – They are recyclable and make use of fewer resources in order to maintain and manufacture. Also, you can add insulation materials behind the cladding so thermal performance will be improved. In turn, this will lessen your heating and cooling bills.

Wide Design Collection – They come in many designs, textures, and colors. Since they are flexible in design, they can certainly be used in all types of homes – contemporary, traditional, or modern. Also, you can choose to use it for the entire exterior of your home or perhaps you can combine it with other materials in order to create stylish, unique looks. Indeed, they will provide you home with a great look without the need to spend a huge amount on it.

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