Maruti Suzuki Swift: A car of everybody’s choice

Maruti Suzuki has provided the Indian automobile market with advanced technology and style with each of its innovation. The recent launch of the automaker is the facelifted version of Swift at Rs 4.42 Lac. The diesel model of this vehicle is priced at Rs 5.56 Lac. Many new features have been incorporated in this vehicle such as push start button, reverse parking assistant, new front profile, premium interiors and higher fuel efficiency by 10 per cent. The car which had already stolen the hearts of many Indians is now available in the new version in 3 exciting new colors as Mysterious Violet, Fire Red and Granite Gray. However, there are no changes made to the engine specification.

Maruti Suzuki Swift variants
Maruti Suzuki India Limited has given the Indian market a boom with this updated version of its bestselling hatchback. There has been a lot of upgrade in the technical specifications and has geared up further to give the best in terms of performance. A new trim has been added in the series called ‘LXi Option’ while retaining the earlier variants. Thus there is a total of four petrol and three diesel variants for the buyers to choose from. All the petrol variants are equipped with the same 1.2-litre engine, which is now capable of giving away 20.4 Kmpl mileage. On the other hand, the diesel variants are fitted with a 1.3-litre Multijet engine that can produce an impressive mileage of 25.2 Kmpl.

Maruti Suzuki Swift

Maruti Suzuki Swift

Maruti Suzuki Swift stunning exteriors
The exteriors of this car is enhanced with a redesigned bumper with pronounced air dam along with silver inserts on fog lamp console. The silver inserts in the vehicle gives an elegant look. There is also a new honeycomb radiator grille along with a newly designed alloy wheels.

Maruti Suzuki Swift interiors with an edge
The interiors too have been given a classy look with an improved color scheme which is further accentuated by sporty silver accents. The seats are very comfortable and offers improved support for back and thighs. Additionally there is an option of split folding rear bench seat that is also incorporated with a couple of adjustable headrests in the entry level trims. The mid range trims are equipped with a music system along with electrically adjustable outside mirrors. The top end version is equipped with advanced features such as Bluetooth connectivity, rear parking sensors and push button engine start as well, the vehicle is equipped with a lot of safety aspects as well such as proficient anti lock braking system along with EBD as a standard fitment.

Maruti Suzuki Swift a great deal
The new version of Marurti Suzuki has lot of reasons for grabbing attention. This refurbished version has tough competitors such as Toyota Etios Liva, Volkswagen Polo, Fiat Punto Evo and Ford Figo in the Indian automobile market. Overall, this vehicle is reasonable deal with a lot of positive aspects.

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The TVR Tuscan V8

tvr1_1448207cA review of The TVR Tuscan V8 Sports Car, covering development, important features, and technical data of this the eighth model in the TVR range.
In this Article, I offer a nostalgic look at theTVR Tuscan V8, one of an elitegroupofclassiccars, which was manufactured during the period 1967 to 1971.

Background

In 1962, Jack Griffith, a US Ford dealer and TVR owner, made an attempt to shoehorn a Ford V8 engine into his TVR Grantura Mark 3.

Although the experiment failed, he approached TVR who agreed to offer their support.

Hence, the TVR Griffith 200 sports car was born, and was showcased at the Boston Motor Show in 1964.

The Grantura bodies and modified chassis were shipped from TVR in the UK to Jack Griffith workshop near New York in kit form, from where he installed the engine and gearbox, and assembled the completed car.

Following problems with engine overheating and other factors, the much improved Griffith 400 was premiered at the New York Motor Show in 1965.

However, within a few months, production of the Griffith and Grantura ended, following a prolonged dock strike on the US east coast, when both TVR and Jack Griffith went into receivership.

However, Martin Lilley, a TVR dealer, acquired the remains of TVR, renamed the company TVR Engineering, and restarted production, from April 1966, when the last 10 “400’s” were built.

The Tuscan V8

Martin Lilley could see the merits of the “400” and, in early 1967, it was reborn as the Tuscan V8 sports car which was, in effect, a reincarnation of the “400”, both physically and mechanically.

It was distributed in the US with either the 195 bhp standard Ford 289 cubic inch V8 engine, or the special equipment HI PO version, as used in the early Ford Mustang.

This developed 271 bhp and, fitted with a Ford 4-barrel carburetor, gave the Tuscan a top speed of 155 mph, with a 0-60 mph time of 5.7 secs.

It was fitted with disc brakes at the front and drums at the rear.

However, the Tuscan couldn’t shake off the reputation of the “400” that dogged it, especially in respect of poor build quality.

As a result, only 28 units were built, of which all but four were sold in the US.

The design of the Tuscan V8 was based on the TVR Vixen.

During the period January 1967 and early 1971, the Tuscan was presented in three different variants:

  • The short wheelbase version, which was identical to the Griffith 400
  • The long wheelbase version used the Vixen body style, and was powered by the Ford 289 V8 engine
  • The wide body version

In 1967, the wheelbase of the Tuscan V8 was increased to 90 inches, and the floorpan was lengthened to increase internal space, as in the Vixen Series 2.

Fitted with different rear lights, as used in the Ford Cortina Mark 2 saloon, plus an updated hood, this new long wheelbase variant made its appearance.

Unfortunately, it was not well received and, by 1968, only 24 units had been built, of which around half were exported to the US.

Following modifications to the chassis, the Grantura body then underwent extensive restyling, which included a longer and wider body, more graceful lines, and new bumpers fitted at both front and back.

This wide body variant was designated the Tuscan V8 SE, and was launched at the 1968 New York Motor Show.

Between April 1968 and August 1970, only 21 units of this variant were built, of which two of them were fitted with right hand drive.

For Martin Lilley, such poor demand marked the end of the Tuscan V8.

Unlike many of its rivals, the majority of TVR sales were to the UK market.

In this respect, the large V8 engine used in the Tuscan V8 may have been regarded as overkill in this market, which is one reason why the smaller, more economical V6 variant, was introduced.

The V8 variants continued in production until early 1971, with declining demand being partly attributed to the fact that the engine was regarded as too “thirsty”.

It has been estimated that a total of only 73 units of the three different variants of the Tuscan V8 were built.

This marked the end of the TVR Tuscan V8

Perhaps this stroll down memory lane might have answered, or at least shed light on, apossible question:

WhichTVR Sports Car isYourFavourite?

However, should this question still remain unanswered, I will be reviewing, in some detail, in future articles within this website, the entire range of TVR sports cars which were featured in the memorable era spanning 1946 to 1967.

I hope you join me in my nostalgic travels “down sports car memory lane”.

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