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Car and bike question? We have the answers

With the recent changes in CKD rules, will the Range Rover Evoque be assembled in India in 2012? If not, should I go ahead with my purchase later this year? Also, as regards the impact of 91 octane fuel on the performance of petrol engines like V6s and V8s, I compared the 0-100kph timings of roads tests of the BMW 535i and Jaguar XF 5.0L V8, and it looks like a V6 535i (6.1sec) is faster than the V8 XF (6.87sec). What fuel do you use during tests? Since all Indian cities do not have 97 octane fuel, using regular fuel might affect the claimed number of the manufacturers. Could you please conduct tests on 91 octane fuel because if the performance of a V8 petrol (XF 5.0L V8 on 91 octane) equals a diesel V6 (Jaguar XF 3.0 D, 0-100 in 6.4sec) of that particular model, then buying a V8 does not make sense for buyers in cities where 97 octane is unavailable.

Sagar Chhabra

The Evoque is unlikely to be assembled in India and will be imported as a Completely Built-up Unit (CBU). Since it is not built from CKD kits, the changes in the definition of CKD rules do not apply. In any case, the Evoque is unlikely to come to India before 2012. We use 91 octane for all our tests as standard fuel to maintain uniformity in our performance figures across the country. However, many engines do not run optimally on 91 octane and in fact need a higher RON rating. Hence, our acceleration times are usually slower than cars figured in Europe.

I have shortlisted the Honda CB Twister and Yamaha SZ-R. Good fuel efficiency and durability are my priorities. Which of the two should I buy and what fuel efficiency numbers do these bikes return?

Devesh Patel

You should go for the Honda CB Twister given that better fuel efficiency is your requirement. The economy figures are: Honda CB Twister (City: 59.1kpl/Highway: 61.3kpl); Yamaha SZ-R (City: 47.5kpl/Highway: 48.3kpl).

I ride a Bajaj Pulsar 180 DTS-i. Over the last month I've noticed that the rear tyre skids easily when applying the rear brake; this happens even at speeds as low as 40kph. I consulted the service personnel at Bajaj, but to no avail. Please help.

Sachin Pawar

It seems like your bike's tyres are worn out and could be causing the problem. Please replace the tyres as a set and see that you routinely check and thereafter maintain tyre pressure as is printed on the bike.

I own a Tata Safari and a Mahindra Scorpio, but am now looking to buy an SUV with an auto option. Which among the Mitsubishi Outlander, Chevrolet Captiva and Suzuki Grand Vitara will be a good choice?

Cana Naidu

We suggest you wait for the all-new Captiva coming by the end of this year. It has a new look, a better and more powerful 183bhp 2.2-litre diesel engine and smarter interiors. It comes with an auto option as well and we feel this would be the best crop of new automatic SUVs, especially since it gives the economy of diesel.

I am eager to buy a Toyota Innova. When can one expect the vehicle to come with an automatic transmission?

Krishnan DRS

There are no plans to introduce automatic transmission in the Innova as there is no market for it and it would unnecessarily push the costs up. However, the Innova is being refreshed in mid-2012.

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