The world’s cheapest car has generated interest of designers like Dilip Chhabria and former Maruti Suzuki India chief Jagdish Khattar, both of whom are working on a re-designed avatar of the car.
“We have retained the original look but have made it more stylish. One can spend a premium of Rs 80,000 over the car to get the new look,” said Chhabria, the promoter of Dilip Chhabria Design and a leading automobile designer in the country. He added, “We plan to sell at least a couple of hundred designer Nanos.”
Dilip Chhabria’s DC Design and Jagdish Khattar’s Carnation Auto, a multi-brand automobile solutions hub, entered into a partnership in September this year for providing car customisation kits at 11 Carnation outlets in India.
Khattar’s Carnation is into the business of selling used-cars and multi-brand accessories, apart from offering servicing and repairs.
The venture has come up with four modified car models. Innova’s fully-customised kit will come at Rs 495,000, while semi-customised kits of the Swift, the Honda City and the Nano will cost between Rs 45,000-80,000.
“We are looking at offering these retrofits for modified cars across eight cities,” Chhabria said. Carnation’s engineers can assemble the kits across individual outlets, which help in reducing logistics costs. Chhabria has designed over 2,000 cars in his one-and-a-half decade career, of which he claims around 600 are exclusive in design.
His company designs 60-80 cars in a year, but he is expecting to deliver around 200-300 cars fiscal on account of increasing interest in customised cars as lifestyle product.
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BMW India unveiled the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics concept car in Delhi. The car was unveiled by Mr. Praful Patel, Honorable Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises and is now displayed at Deutsche Motoren in Delhi.
The BMW Vision EfficentDynamics is a road ready four seater that is capable of accelerating from 0-100km/h in just 4.8 seconds. What is ground breaking however is the fact that this car is powered by a three cylinder turbo diesel engine mated an advanced hybrid synchronous motor at the front axle and a full hybrid engine at the rear axle which churns out 328 horse power yet return a fuel efficiency figure of 26.5 kilometers per litre. CO2 emissions are restricted to just 99 grams per kilometer, which is far superior to any conventional hybrid car seen today.
India’s heavy Industry minister, Mr Praful Patel, along with Dr Andreas Schaaf, the BMW India operations head unveiled the concept car at Deutsche Motoren, a BMW showroom in New Delhi. The minister while acknowledging that the concept car might not be a right fit for Indian roads maintained that the Indian government remained committed in promoting hybrid and electric vehicle technology, for which sops would be given to auto and ancillary makers.
The Vision EfficientDynamics concept car was spotted in Mumbai which was being used for a film shooting.
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BMW Vision EfficientDynamics concept car unveiled by Mr. Praful Patel, Honorable Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises.
BMW Vision EfficientDynamics on display in New Delhi till 24 May 2011.
New Delhi. The BMW Vision EfficientDynamics concept car was unveiled today at Deutsche Motoren by Mr. Praful Patel, Honorable Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises. The German Ambassador to India, Mr. Thomas Matussek was present as the Guest of Honour.
BMW Vision EfficientDynamics is a road ready, four seater concept sports car that combines the performance and emotional character of a BMW M Car with extraordinary fuel economy and emission management. BMW Vision EfficientDynamics with its outstanding fuel efficiency of 26.5 kilometres/litre and an exemplary CO² emission rating of 99 grams/kilometre is far superior to all conventional hybrid cars. It is capable of achieving a top speed of 250 kilometres/hour with acceleration from 0 to 100 km/hr in just 4.8 seconds. The car is powered by ground breaking BMW ActiveHybrid technology and cutting-edge drive systems.
Mr. Praful Patel, Honorable Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises said, “The Indian automobile market is one of the fastest growing markets in the world and is poised to grow at an unprecedented rate. As the Indian automobile industry grows, it will eventually be challenged with the need for reduction of energy consumption for environment protection. BMW Vision EfficientDynamics is a road ready technology showcase vehicle by BMW engineers and designers that illustrates a successful research and development strategy which holds tremendous potential for sustainable growth.”
BMW Vision EfficientDynamics is presented in India for the first time and will be exhibited at the new BMW Studio, Connaught Place, New Delhi till 24 May 2011.
Mr. Thomas Matussek, German Ambassador to India said, “The German automotive industry has been continuously progressing to secure a sustainable future with fuel saving engines, state of the art recycling techniques and greener production facilities. The German industry is proud to have BMW as one of the most sustainable car companies in the world who have pioneered CO² emission cuts and have next generation fuel efficiency standards in engines. I am glad to know that BMW is already engaged in developing ground breaking technologies which will define how cars of tomorrow will be conceptualized.”
BMW EfficientDynamics is the world’s most comprehensive package for the reduction of fuel consumption and emissions while simultaneously increasing Sheer Driving Pleasure.
Dr. Andreas Schaaf, President, BMW India said, “BMW Vision EfficientDynamics as an example of cutting-edge technology is simply a continuation of BMW EfficientDynamics development strategy. Some of the technologies used in the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics are implemented in current BMW models that enable enhanced performance and lower emissions; others will soon be ready for series production. Or, to put it simply, the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics is a remarkable vision that is soon to become an exciting reality.”
Dr. Andreas Schaaf, further added, “When it comes to dealing with resources in a sustainable and responsible manner, BMW outperforms all other competitors in the premium segment through its BMW EfficientDynamics strategy. Thanks to BMW concept of ‘One Fleet, One Package’, we have reduced CO² emissions and fuel consumption across our entire fleet while boosting driving dynamics at the same time. For these reasons, BMW has been the sector leader in Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the last six years.”
BMW Vision EfficientDynamics
1.24 metres high, the four-seater BMW Vision EfficientDynamics takes up the characteristic BMW shaping style, geared consistently towards aesthetic appeal and dynamic performance. Wing doors facilitate entry to both rows of seats, while extensive aerodynamic measures reduce the drag coefficient to 0.22.
The combination of a three-cylinder turbo diesel with a hybrid synchronous motor at the front axle and a full-hybrid engine at the rear axle enables an overall system output of 241 kW/328 bhp. The innovative design of the BMW ActiveHybrid technology allows performance figures at the level of a sports car, with just 4.8 seconds required for the sprint from 0 to 100 km/hr – with average fuel consumption of 26.5 km/ltr in the EU test cycle and a CO² emission rating of 99 gm/km.
This unique relation between dynamic performance and efficiency derives from the high level of efficiency of all engine components, intelligent linking of the power output of the three engines, as well as precisely controlled energy management including Brake Energy Regeneration. What is more, the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics is conceived as a plug-in hybrid. The especially designed lithium-polymer rechargeable battery housed centrally in a longitudinal chassis element can be fully charged at a conventional power socket within just two and half hours. The use of electrical energy alone permits zero-emissions motoring with a range of some 50 km, while a 24 ltr diesel tank extends the total action radius of the vehicle to up to 700 kms.