Best Sedan in India: 2013


Continuing from one of my previous posts, which talked about the Best Sedan in India for 2012, here is a detailed researched countdown, to view the best Sedan in India for 2013. The research is conducted with 37 different brands of Sedan available currently in India, the prices are ex-showroom prices in Delhi, and mileage considered is as specified by ARAI.
#37. Toyota Camry. Price- INR 24.27 lakhs
#36. Aston Martin Rapide. Price- INR 255 lakhs
#35. Hyundai Sonata 2.4L GDi 6-Speed AT. Price- INR 20.84 lakhs
#34. Audi A4 1.8 TFSI. Price- INR 31.02 lakhs
#33. Audi A8L 4.2 FSI Quattro. Price- INR 104.45 lakhs
#32. Audi A6 2.8 FSI. Price- INR 42.38 lakhs. Turning Radius– 5.9m
#31. BMW X6. Price- INR 78.9 lakhs. Turning Radius- 6.4m
#30. Renault Scala RxL Diesel. Price- INR 8.79 lakhs. Turning Radius- 5.3m. Kerb Weight- 1080 kgs
#29. Maruti Kizashi. Price- INR 16.52 lakhs. Turning Radius- 5.3m. Kerb Weight- 1080 kgs

Maruti Kizashi sedan

#28. Honda Civic 1.8 V AT. Price- INR 13.62 lakhs. Turning Radius- 5.4m. Kerb Weight- 1240 kgs
#27. Honda Accord 2.4. Price- INR 20.29 lakhs. Turning Radius- 5.6m. Kerb Weight- 1525 kgs
#26. Nissan Teana 250XL. Price- INR 21.64 lakhs. Turning Radius- 5.4m. Kerb Weight- 1506 kgs
#25. Volkswagen Vento 1.6L Petrol. Price- INR 7.29 lakhs. Turning Radius- 5.4m. Kerb Weight- 1120 kgs
#24. Fiat Linea Active 1.3L Multijet Diesel. Price- 8.45 lakhs. Turning Radius- 5.4m, Kerb Weight- 1160 kgs
#23. Volkswagen Jetta 2.0L CR TDI. Price- 13.60 lakhs. Turning Radius- 5.45m. Kerb Weight- 1445 kgs
#22. New Chevrolet Cruze LTZ. Price- 13.86 lakhs. Turning Radius- 5.45m. Kerb Weight- 1520 kgs
#21. Honda City E. Price– 7.20 lakhs. Turning Radius- 5.3m. Kerb Weight- 1090 kgs
#20. Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8 JS. Price- 11.63 lakhs. Turning- 5.3m. Kerb Weight- 1180 kgs
#19. Hyundai Fluidic Verna 1.6L CRDi VGT Diesel AT. Price- 7.22 lakhs. Turning- 5.2m. Kerb Weight- 1030 kgs

Fluidic Verna

#18. Volkswagen Passat Trendline. Price- 22.23 lakhs. Turning- 5.35m. Kerb- 1555 kgs
#17. Skoda Superb. Price- 18.06 lakhs. Turning- 5.4m. Kerb- 1604 kgs
#16. HM Ambassador 1.8 LPG. Price- 5.63 lakhs. Turning- 5.4m. Kerb- 1140 kgs. Max Power- 65.01hp. Top Speed- 150kmph. Ground Clearance– 152mm
#15. Nissan Sunny XE. Price- 6.08 lakhs. Turning- 5.3m. Kerb- 1092 kgs. Max Power- 97.64hp. Top Speed- 150kmph. Ground Clearance- 165mm
#14. Chevrolet SAIL U-VA PS. Price- 4.99 lakhs. Turning- 5.15m. Kerb- 1124 kgs. Power- 76.93hp. Top Speed- 150kmph. Ground Clearance- 168mm. Fuel Capacity- 40 litres

Chevrolet SAIL. Photo Courtesy- Anything On Wheels

#13. Tata Indigo eCS LE TDI BS3. Price- 4.77 lakhs. Turning- 5m. Kerb- 1105 kgs. Power- 64.11hp. Top Speed- 150kmph. Ground Clearance- 170mm. Fuel Capacity- 42 litres
#12. Mahindra Verito 1.5 Diesel. Price- 5.26 lakhs. Turning- 5.25m. Kerb- 1080 kgs. Power- 65hp. Speed- 162kmph. Ground Clearance- 172mm. Fuel Capacity- 50 litres. Fuel Economy- 20.8 kmpl
#11. Toyota Etios Diesel JD. Price- 6.71 lakhs. Turning- 4.9m. Kerb- 995 kgs. Power- 67hp. Speed- 178kmph. Ground Clearance- 170mm. Fuel Capacity- 45 litres. Fuel Economy- 22.5 kmpl
#10. Ford Fiesta 1.5P Ambiente. Price- 7.43 lakhs. Turning- 5.2m. Kerb- 1095 kgs. Power- 107.5hp. Speed- 185 kmph. Ground Clearance- 156mm. Fuel Capacity- 43 litres. Fuel Economy- 17 kmpl
#9. Skoda Rapid 1.6 MPI. Price- 7.12 lakhs. Turning- 5.3m. Kerb- 1145 kgs. Power- 103.8hp. Speed- 170kmph. Ground Clearance- 168mm. Fuel Capacity- 55 litres. Fuel Economy- 15 kmpl
#8. Ford Classic 1.6 Duratec LXI. Price- 5.64 lakhs. Turning- 4.9m. Kerb- 1110 kgs. Power- 99.6hp. Speed- 170kmph. Clearance- 168mm. Fuel Capacity- 45 litres. Fuel Economy- 14.1 kmpl. ABS- N/A
#7. Tata Manza Quadrajet 90. Price- 6.00 lakhs. Turning- 5.1m. Kerb- 1210 kgs. Power- 88.8hp. Speed- 160kmph. Clearance- 165mm. Fuel Capacity- 44 litres. Fuel Economy- 18.8 kmpl. ABS- N/A

#6. Maruti SX4 Green. Price- 7.72 lakhs. Turning- 4.9m. Kerb- 1275 kgs. Power- 103.3hp. Speed- 154kmph. Clearance- 180mm. Fuel- 50 litres. Fuel Economy- 15 kmpl. ABS- N/A. Airbags- N/A

#5. Mitsubishi Cedia. Price- 8.24 lakhs. Turning- 4.9m. Kerb- 1225 kgs. Power- 115hp. Speed- 190kmph. Clearance- 175mm. Fuel- 50 litres. Fuel Economy- 14kmpl. ABS- EBD. Airbags- 2 front

#4. Maruti Swift DZire ZXI. Price- 6.64 lakhs. Turning- 4.8m. Kerb- 960 kgs. Power- 85.8 kgs. Speed- 180kmph. Clearance- 170mm. Fuel- 42 litres. Fuel Economy- 19.1 kmpl. ABS- EDC. Airbags- 2 front

#3. Skoda Laura.

Price- 14.55 lakhs.            Turning- 5.1m.   Kerb- 1330kgs.  Power- 160hp.  Speed- 230kmph.            Clearance- 164mm.                Fuel- 55 l.             Fuel Econ- 12kmpl.          ABS- EBD MBA. Airbags- 2 front.               Displacement- 1798cc

#2. Hyundai Fluidic Elantra 1.8L Dual VTVT 6-Speed Automatic.

Hyundai Neo Fluidic Elantra

Price- 11.62 lakhs. Turning- 5.3m.              Kerb- 1600 kgs. Power- 147.5hp.               Speed- 150kmph.            Clearance- 185mm.                Fuel- 56 l.             Fuel Econ- 16.3kmpl.      ABS– EBD.            Airbags- 2 front.               Displacement- 1797cc

#1. Renault Fluence Diesel E2.

Renault Fluence Diesel E2

Price- 13.6 lakhs.       Turning- 5.3m.   Kerb- 1445 kgs. Power- 135.1hp.               Speed- 180 kmph.   Clearance- 170mm.         Fuel- 60 l.             Fuel Econ- 13.4kmpl.      ABS- MBA.          Airbags- 2 front.                Displacement– 1461cc.   Wheel Size- 16”

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2013 Volkswagen Golf GTI: Review


Volkswagen is known to be one of the most stylist carmakers in the world. The first Golf GTi was launched by VW in 1976.

First revealed in the near-production-ready concept form in 2012 Paris Motor Show, the 2013 Golf GTI has already been voted in UK as one of the most anticipated cars for 2013. It is set to launch with both “Standard” and “Performance”-tuned versions in UK. So, what’s so special about this car that makes it stand apart from the rest of the lot? Read on…

Exterior features:

The Hatchback design and Keyless-access with push-button start is always there in GTI. But, the speciality in this version are the Logo-Integrated hatch handles, Bi-Xenon headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights with AFS turn upto 15 degrees.

2013 GTI Exteriors

What’s more? You get 18” Detroit alloy wheels which not only give your car a great look, but are also strong, light, and wrapped in high-performance rubber.

Interior features:

While a multifunction steering wheel is very common in most of the cars these days, the Interlagos-plaid comes standard only on the GTI. Available are top sport seats on the GTI feature leather seating surfaces, extra bolstering to hold you in place, and an embossed GTI logo in the headrest. Add to this, the heated front seats with 3 different settings.

2013 GTI Interiors

And, as Volkswagen puts it, you may not be a sports car driver, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have race-inspired sport pedals.

Performance:

The 2013 VW GTI has a turbocharged engine with 200hp and 207 lb-ft of torque on its standard model. The electromechanical power steering is a more responsive, fuel efficient, and eco-conscious steering method than the conventional steering.

The XDS (Cross Differential System) helps anticipate inside wheel spin, and actively directs power to the outside wheel, thus giving you more control at the turns.

Safety:

2013 VW Golf GTI. Photo Courtesy- Motorward

Integrated into the front structure are impact-absorbing elements, which compress during a collision, so that an impact on the car does not impact you. Add to that, 6 airbags with Side Curtain protection. The ESC (Electronic Stability Control) helps prevent oversteer or understeer during an evasive maneuver by applying corrective forces to each of its wheels. Need more? You get the great ICRS (Intelligent Crash Response System) which unlocks the doors, turns off power to the fuel pump, ad turns on the hazard lights automatically, in the event of a collision or crash.

Technology:

The technology on any VW is unparalleled in the industry, when it comes to production cars. The 2013 Golf GTI has the 300W Dynaudio Premium Sound System with 8 premium speakers and DSP (Digital Sound Processor) technology.

Touchscreen Panel in 2013 Golf GTI

It has a Premium VIII touchscreen sound system with Bluetooth. So, once your device is synched, you can make phone calls and stream your music without taking your hands off the steering wheel.

Enough said about the features, now let’s get down to some serious specs. Here are some specs of all the trims available for the 2013 Volkswagen Golf GTI, as seen on the company website:

2-Door Standard version-

2-Door Standard Version. 2013 Golf GTI. Photo Courtesy- vw.com

  • 2.0L, 200 hp, TSI® turbocharged engine
  • 18″ Detroit alloy wheels
  • 6 airbags
  • Leather-wrapped sport steering wheel
  • Sound system with MP3- and WMA-compatible, in-dash CD player and AM/FM radio
  • 3 year/36,000 mile (whichever occurs first). No-Charge Scheduled Carefree Maintenance™ Program.
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio with 3-month trial subscription
  • Media Device Interface (MDI) with iPod® cable
  • Bluetooth® with audio streaming
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
2-Door with Sunroof & Conv-
Includes 2-Door features, plus:
  • 18″ Laguna alloy wheels
  • Power tilting/sliding tinted sunroof
  • Leather-wrapped, multi-function sport steering wheel
  • Touchscreen Premium VIII sound system
 2-Door with Sunroof & Nav-
  • Includes 2-Door with Convenience and Sunroof features, plus:
  • RNS 315 touchscreen navigation system
  • Bi-Xenon high-intensity headlights with LED daytime running lights (DRL) and Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS)
2-Door Autobahn-
Includes 2-Door with Sunroof and Navigation features, plus:
  • 18″ Serron alloy wheels
  • Leather seating surfaces
  • Dynaudio® premium sound system
  • Keyless access with push-button start
 
4-Door Standard version-

4-Door Standard version. 2013 Golf GTI. Photo Courtesy- VW.com

  • 2.0L, 200 hp, TSI® turbocharged engine
  • 18″ Detroit alloy wheels
  • 6 airbags
  • Leather-wrapped sport steering wheel
  • Sound system with MP3- and WMA-compatible, in-dash CD player and AM/FM radio
  • 3 year/36,000 mile (whichever occurs first). No-Charge Scheduled Carefree Maintenance™ Program.
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio with 3-month trial subscription
  • Media Device Interface (MDI) with iPod® cable
  • Bluetooth® with audio streaming
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
4-Door with Sunroof and Conv-
 Includes 4-Door features, plus:
  • 18″ Laguna alloy wheels
  • Power tilting/sliding tinted sunroof
  • Leather-wrapped, multi-function sport steering wheel
  • Carpeted floor mats with red stitching
  • Golf-ball shift knob
  • Premium VIII touchscreen sound system with HD Radio™
4-Door with Sunroof and Nav-
Includes 4-Door with Convenience and Sunroof features, plus:
  • RNS 315 touchscreen navigation system
  • Bi-Xenon high-intensity headlights with LED daytime running lights (DRL) and Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS)
4-Door Autobahn-

2013 Volkswagen Golf GTI – 4-Door Autobahn

Includes 4-Door with Sunroof and Navigation features, plus
  • 18″ Serron alloy wheels
  • Leather seating surfaces
  • Dynaudio® premium sound system
  • Keyless access with push-button start

Which one would you choose?

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Best companies to work for – India: 2013


What kind of an organization would you like to join? This will, at all probabilities, be asked by your job consultant when you are looking for a shift. So, would you join a company which earns high revenues?

Or, would you like an organization which has its own perks? Would you like to join one which gives you the maximum health benefits? Or, will it be the one which is the most employee-friendly?

Or, will you just look at the amount of money it deposits into your bank account at the end of the month?

Taking all these scenarios into account, here is the countdown to the top 13 companies in India, where you would ‘love’ to work:

#13. Claris Lifesciences Limited

This company is all about healthcare products’ sales and distribution. CEO Arjun Handa claims that Claris has a presence in 91 countries all over the world. With the Pharmaceutical Industry growing by leaps and bounds all over the world, this company is worth a watch, if you are looking for a fast-growing career in the Pharmaceutical field of work.

#12. Blue Dart Express Limited

With over 7000 employees under its payroll, this company has made it to the 12th spot in this list, owing majorly to its goodwill and employee satisfaction. This company is a well-known name worldwide for its Right-On-Time delivery of shipments and packages. They have the most extensive domestic network in the world, covering over 33,734 locations and have services spread across more than 220 countries and territories worldwide through DHL.

#11. Taj Hotels Resorts & Palaces

Taj Hotels is by far, India’s answer to the world’s Hospitality industry. Incorporated by the founder of the Tata Group, Mr. Jamsedji N. Tata, the company’s flagship hotel is the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Mumbai. The company completed its first centenary in the year 2003. Taj Hotels offer jobs ranging from the post of an Executive Chef, to that of a Hotel Manager.

#10. Agilent Technologies

This is perhaps the most surprising entry into the Top 10 list. Agilent Technologies is nothing more than a spin-off of the Hewlett-Packard Company. From a small garage in Palo Alto, California, to employees around the world serving customers in 110 countries, Agilent has a long history of innovation and leadership in the communications, electronics, semiconductor, test and measurement, life sciences and chemical analysis industries.

#9. NIIT Limited

NIIT? One of the top 10 places to work in India? Wow! Sounds amazing. Doesn’t it? NIIT is a leading Global Talent Development Corporation, building skilled manpower pool for global industry requirements.

#8. Qualcomm India Private Limited

It’s neither Airtel, nor Reliance, that makes it to the top 10 for this year. It’s Qualcomm. In July 1985, seven industry veterans came together in the den of Dr. Irwin Jacobs’ San Diego home to discuss an idea. Those visionaries—Franklin Antonio, Adelia Coffman, Andrew Cohen, Klein Gilhousen, Irwin Jacobs, Andrew Viterbi and Harvey White—decided they wanted to build “Quality Communications” and outlined a plan that has evolved into one of the telecommunications industry’s greatest start-up success stories: Qualcomm Incorporated.

#7. Marriott Hotels India Pvt. Limited

Born in USA, this company has spread its wings across the globe, through 74 countries and territories.

#6. American Express India Pvt. Ltd.

Over the past few years, this company has grown by leaps and bounds, not only in terms of revenue, but also in terms of Corporate Social responsibility and Employee-friendliness. It is recognized as the most innovative company in the Banking and Financials sector. It is the world’s largest card-issuing organization, by purchase volume. With a workforce of over 63000 employees worldwide, and USD 31.6 Bn of annual revenue, this is one of the most sought-after companies.

#5. Forbes Marshall Pvt. Ltd.

No. This has nothing to do with the Forbes magazine. This company manufactures Steam Engineering and Control Instrumentation products. Forbes Marshall’s goal is to provide solutions in Energy, Efficiency and Process Automation, using the best technology the world has.

#4. MakeMyTrip India Pvt. Ltd.

Have you ever imagined why the prices of tickets bought through MakeMyTrip costs more than most other Travel Management companies? I don’t have the answer either. But, it seems that this company is one of the most employee-friendly companies in India, and one of the very first in the Indian travel industry to make it big. Over the past 5 years or so, MakeMyTrip has truly revolutionised the travel industry in India and the world. They offer you flight/ train tickets, Hotel bookings, car rentals, etc. In short, if you want to visit a place, these people can get you booked for the entire trip, with you having a complete peace of mind.

#3. NTPC Limited

NTPC Logo. Courtesy- Afterbtech.com

A government-owned company in the top 10? Now, that’s something substantial to take note of!

#2. Intel Technology India Pvt. Ltd

Along with AMD, this company is one of the very firsts chip-producing world companies to trust India. Set up at the Silicon valley of India, Bengaluru, this company has a huge workforce consisting of Indians.

#1. Google India Private Limited

Google India office. Photo Courtesy- CrawlIndia.com

Founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin in 1998, this name is well-known to even the most uneducated lad in India and the world. Their in-office environment is arguably the best in the world.

So, there you go. None of the so-called Indian-IT-Giants make it to the list. In fact, the looming opportunities in the Indian IT industry, the number of circumstantial job cuts, and the so-believed-employee-unfriendly policies followed in these companies have made the scenario even worse for the big giants like Wipro, TCS, Cognizant, HCL, and CTS. It can now be very well said that the “high-paying-jobs” are no more the ones in the Indian IT industry. It’s time to look beyond the obvious, and make difficult choices for yourselves, for a better future!

Sources: Economic Times, Forbes magazine, CNN-Money, Glassdoor, About, Business Today, Silicon India
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