New Maruti Suzuki Swift races past 60,000 bookings in India

The Maruti Suzuki Swift is selling very fast in India. Over 60,000 people have already booked it, and in the next one month, expect this figure to even go to 1 lakh bookings. Official bookings commenced on 18th January, 2018. The 2018 Swift is the third generation of the highly successful hatchback in India. India is one of the biggest markets for the Swift, and Maruti has sold nearly 2 million hatchbacks here. The new Swift was launched in India during the Auto Expo 2018. Prices of the car start from Rs. 4.99 lakhs for the petrol base model, and the top-end diesel model costs Rs, 8.29 lakhs. These prices are introductory and may go up in future.

 

The reason why so many people are booking the new 2018 Swift is because they trust the Maruti Suzuki brand. Also, the new car is available in a lot more options than before. The Swift is a very strong brand that comes with good resale value as well. The new car looks very good and uses the same engines as the older model.

Reliability issues won’t be there because most of the mechanical bits are the same. The new car has a lot of improvements though. Firstly, it offers AMT option on both the petrol and diesel models. This makes the new Swift very attractive to city car buyers who want convenience and fuel efficiency.

The new Swift uses the HEARTECT platform which makes it much lighter than the 2nd generation model. Kerb weight has reduced by up to 80 Kgs, and this makes the new car peppier and fuel efficient – two more reasons to bring one home. The new Swift is also roomier thanks to a 20 mm increase in wheelbase, and a larger boot.

Alternatives to the new Swift include the Ford Figo and the Hyundai Grand i10 – both capable cars in their own right. If you want to stay within the Maruti family but want something larger than the Swift, you could consider the Baleno premium hatchback – a more spacious car.

 

AptEner Technologies, a Bangalore-based start up is now selling the BluSnap, a helmet cooler that can fit any full face helmet. This cooler is meant to keep motorcycle riders comfortable, especially in hot weather during city traffic crawls. Here’s the first customer video review of the BluSnap. Watch how the helmet cooler fares in humid conditions of Mumbai, where it was tested by YouTube Motogenesis.

As you can see in the video, it’s pretty easy to get this product fixed onto your helmet. It hardly takes 5 seconds to be fitted/removed. Eventually, the makers of this innovative helmet cooler plan to build helmets integrated with the cooler. Those helmets will be a lot less bulkier we believe. For now though, this is probably the best way bikers can beat the heat and dust of India. This helmet cooler costs Rs. 1609, and can be ordered here.

In case you didn’t know, this helmet also has a handy air filter that cuts out dust. This is another useful feature that a lot of motorcyclists will appreciate as air pollution is a big problem in Indian cities. Any way to get cleaner air to breathe is a good thing. The air filter that the BluSnap packs in can be periodically cleaned. It needs to be replaced once in 3-6 months depending on how dirty it gets. And spares will be made available.

The BluSnap helmet air cooler is said to detach upon impact and is said to be safe for use. However, it’s unclear if the BluSnap has actually been tested in real crash conditions. Meanwhile, the helmet cooler comes with a lithium ion battery that can be recharged with a micro USB charging cable. It also gets a small water tank – similar to larger desert air coolers. Essentially, the BluSnap is a miniaturized version of the standard desert air cooler that you see in homes around India.

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