Has anybody in India ever tried automating the same mechanical gearbox instead of using the hydraulic auto trannies (slushboxes as GTO called them) or the belt-driven CVTs? Relatively Simple solenoid-valve type actuators should be able to produce the motion required to change gears and engage the clutch (clucthes are already fly by wire on a lot of cars - no direct mechanical linkage to the clutch pedal).
I read throuth the Automate thread and website. This is just an expensive automation of the clutch. I was talking about automating change of gears as well as clutch - to deliver a customer experience similar to a 'normal' AT. Electrically driven change of gears on a normal manual gearbox will avoid the FE loss in a hydraulic tranny.
Should not be beyond an Indian carmaker like Mahindra and TATA, both of whom have done much more ambitious auto engineering.
Thanks a lot for an unbiased review on the Ritz.
Proud to see the TEAM-BHP on the plates
Good to see Suzuki pulling their socks and gearing up to take i10.
Looks are always subjective
A new model - no cosmetic changes
A new petrol engine
Diesel in a small hatch
Dead Pedal, Boot opener - Must have
Skinny Tyres in lower end - Wake up Suzuki , you are dealing with Premium market
Suspension - Wagon R was more comfortable than Santro ( My Dad has a Santro & FIL has a Wagon R)
Baleno running 165s was another thing! Though it still worked for most!
True. Worked for me. Actually it still is working for me @ 30000 kms. But when these footwear wear out, am going for an upgrade.
So, basically it is about what your usage is. If you are a sedate driver, what you have as stock is fine. But if you wanna throw the car around at curves or need better handling, upgrade. As simple as that.
This whole thing about A/T vehices consuming more fuel is a misconception. The difference, if any is marginal.
6 speed or the Lexu's 11 Speed A/Ts are not required here. A simple A/T with 3 speeds and an overdrive are enough. It can have an O/D off mode for highway overtaking, and a programmable chip for economy or sports mode.
Price of A/T cars too versus the manual are fast coming down. A closer analysis would reveal that there is hardly any difference at all.
A/T appears to be higher priced because because along with it there may be extra gizmos like power windows, alloy wheels, keyless entry, leather seats, wiper intermittent timer, premier audio system, security alarm, better tyres, metallic paint etc. etc.
Basic model A/T for all lower end cars like the Toyota Corolla, Yaris, Nissan Sunny, Volkswagon Polo, Mazda 3 are just a few thousand, more like 20,000 Indian rupees these days compared to a very slow selling M/T variant in most international markets now.
Gurgaon roads - depends on how you see it, glass half full or glass half empty. I am yet to see a road like NH8 anywhere in India.
On a comparision, my Bolero SLX used to average 10 km/pl in Patna, Bihar and here in Gurgaon its 15 km/pl. Obviously its a huge difference!
Honda Jazz - A hatchback Honda City essentially, originally made in Thailand but now made in India too is all set to be launched.
An interesting release is Toyota Fortuner in June which will compete with the Mitsubishi Pajero / Shogun and the Ford Endevour. I have driven it in the desert, both the 2.7 4 cyl and 4 litre V6 versions, and they are good.
This vehicle is an interesting development from Toyota, where a trio of vehicles, the Innova, Fortuner and the Hi Lux pick up both 2WD and 4WD are built on the same chassis platform on the same assembly lines. Assembly lines for these vehicles are already there in Japan, USA and Australia, may be some other countries too and now India for Innova + Fortuner.
In India it will come with a 3000 cc Diesel.
Last edited by desertfox : 14th May 2009 at 01:18.