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Mahindra Xylo MUV: Complete user review (updated: 4 year warranty): Xylo vs. Innova in India car buy

Mahindra has been growing naturally and gradually along with India's growth since decades. A company, previously associated with tractors and jeeps catering to the rural segment, has now evolved into India's leading auto manufacturing company with products like the hugely successful Scorpio, India's highest selling SUV.

The Xylo was launched as the final product of Mahindra's project codenamed "Ingenio". The goal was simple, to build the ultimate MUV (Multi Utility Vehicle) for the Indian market with the best features, adequate power and at an extremely competent price. Now, talking about innovation in the Indian auto industry, the mainstream media has not talked about the Xylo as much as the Tata Nano. But all one has to do, is to take one look at the list of features in this car to realize that Xylo is an engineering marvel.

The Xylo sports the powerful 112 bhp mEagle, this very smooth, 2498 cc engine cruises from 0 to 60 in 5.8 secs. The dual pilot injection helps drivability of this vehicle in a major way. Slight body roll has been observed with the Xylo but it's really not an issue unless you like driving rashly through corners, something which is best avoided with any MUV.

Comfort & convenience is where the Xylo scores really big. The much-talked about flat-bed seats are extremely comfortable to rest in the car while someone else is driving. The tilt-steering and the ergonomically designed seats with 3-postion lumbar support are really good for long drives as proper back-support reduces those back-aches and switching drivers is not an issue. The foldable flight-trays, under-seat storage and the ambient lamps give a luxurious feel to the car and you wonder if you're really in a sub-10 lac vehicle! The two mobile charging points and the smart "anti-pinch" power windows are also a thoughtful addition.

The prime innovative features of the Xylo are showcased in the technology and safety features of the Xylo. The advanced Digital drive assist system shows the current speed, instantaneous mileage pattern, gear information pattern, internal & external temperature and humidity and the distance you can cover before you run out of fuel. These features are so incredible that once you get used to them, you get really dependent on them! It's something like the cell phone phenomenon; you can't go back to your 2001 cell phone, can you? This is one car that genuinely cares about its passengers it has ABS - so the wheels don't lock up, you don't lose steering control when you hit the brakes and it works like a charm on difficult/slippery surfaces. The engine immobilizer, as the name suggests, shuts the fuel supply is someone tries to steal your car using a fake key. The Intellipark reverse assist works beautifully as the vehicle starts beeping when it comes within 120 cms of any object. The tubeless tires and the warning system (for door-closing and seatbelts) are also handy features.

A lot of criticism has been aimed at the Xylo's looks, primarily at its tall body structure. I think it is a known fact that the longer a car is, higher the costs. So, if I want space (the prime purpose of an MUV) a short car is very uncomfortable and long cars are very expensive - also they don't fit 7-8 people. Why are SUVs so tall? Simple equation, Space=comfort. Xylo might not be the best looking car in the market, but it is the most comfortable, spacious and advanced car at its price besides the imposing grill with chrome slats and the angry look goes really well for a Mahindra car along with the smooth wrap around tail-lights showing its cooler side.

All in all, if you're looking for an advanced, powerful, spacious car and you don't have a very big budget, the Mahindra Xylo is the way to go! Mahindra has just started offering a 4 year warranty for those buying the Xylo till 31st October - a brilliant solution to all the maintenance cost headaches. They got 4000 bookings and sold 1788 units of Xylo in two weeks after the launch, I can only imagine the huge spike in demand because of this offer

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Article by: Zubin Raheja from http://automotionz.blogspot.com/

How high is your Auto Quotient?

Can you get these questions right?

Which was the first Car to be manufactured in India?

A bull killed a famous bull fighter, Felix Guzman in 1943. An automaker named its newest model after the famous Bull. After that, all the cars have been named after the bull. Which automaker is this and which was the first model?

Which car was used in the movie ‘Ghost Busters’?

The Answers:
Hindustan Motors’ Hindustan 10 (Or Morris 10).
Lamborghini Reventón
1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor aka Ecto-1

The most important thing to excel in today’s competitive world is a person’s Intelligent Quotient. But life is too demanding. Inevitably, Cars have become a major part of everyone’s life. It is not enough to just be intelligent. Knowing everything that is auto has also become quintessential. You need to know which is the costliest car in the world, how to repair your car when it breaks down, which is the hottest car in town, which car is a girl-magnet and much more.

Intelligent people have an Intelligence quotient. Auto enthusiasts have Auto Quotient.

For those who are into all things auto, Mahindra and Mahindra have initiated an innovative and exciting platform to share and accelerate their passion - Mahindra Auto Quotient.

The first flag-off in Auto Quotient, is India's first auto quiz. A quiz that will have engineering students from across the country pitted against each other for supremacy of auto knowledge. The stakes to be won are high.

The legacy of Auto Quotient has been passed ahead from Mahindra employees who have been battling it out in an elaborate internal auto quiz for the past three years. Now they have taken the initiative to bring these nail-biting, brain-twisting yet informative quizzes to auto enthusiasts outside Mahindra too.

The entries for this competition are open till 14th September, 2009 for bona fide students of any legitimate engineering college in India.

This is what the winners get: The first prize for the winners of AQ is a ticket to the Geneva Motor Show, annually held in Switzerland. It's a once in a lifetime chance to be amongst the greatest congregation of auto enthusiasts, looking at some of the greatest machines ever made. The first runners-up will get to feel the heat of some serious off-roading. They'll be sent for the exhilarating experience of dune bashing in Dubai. The second and third runners-up will be sent to a thrilling Mahindra Great Escape, India's favourite 4X4 rally, for exciting escapades through some of the most exotic locations across the country.

Interested participants can register at the Mahindra Auto Quotient Website. For everyone else, it is simply a platform to become an ardent auto enthusiast.

A Car that can be controlled by a Joystick? - The Drive-By-Wire Technology.

Remember Knight Rider’s sentient talking car with artificial intelligence, KITT? Or Batman’s hi-tech Batmobile, Tumbler?

There are many a fantastical things shown in movies and cartoons that have come true. Gone are the days when futuristic cars which could be controlled by pressing buttons and turning some knobs were just fantastical things possible only in movies or in cartoons. Cars that can be controlled by the kind of joysticks kids use to play video computer games are one of them. They are not legal to drive on most of the streets but are now very much existent. The movement of the stick is exactly the movement of the car.

Auto giants like DaimlerChrysler AG and Mercedes-Benz have developed these futuristic ‘sidestick’ cars that challenge every notion of what it means to drive a car. It makes for an intricate combination of high-speed computers with the wheels, engine, steering and brakes.

Drive-by-wire, DbW, by-wire, or x-by-wire technology replaces the traditional mechanical and hydraulic control systems with electronic control systems using electro-mechanical actuators and human-machine interfaces such as pedal and steering feel emulators.

If the word ‘replaces’ in the above definition is substituted with ‘partially replaces’, bits and pieces of drive-by-wire are available in many modern cars in the Indian market.

Central Locking, Power Steering, ABS (Brake-by-wire assist), Electronic Stability Control and in a trivial sense even things like power windows and self starter form a part of the Drive-by-Wire Technology. The electronic throttle, which does away with direct mechanical linkage from accelerator pedal, is now commonplace. Fiat Palio, Swift diesel, SX4, Ford Fiesta, Honda City, Nissan Xtrail are all cars that come with electronic throttle. In UV’s, Mahindra’s Scorpio and Xylo come with a number of toys of the Drive-By-Wire Technology which include brake-by-wire (like in ABS) and throttle-by-wire (Electronic throttle). A fully Drive-by-Wire car essentially encompasses all the aspects of X-by-Wire including brake-by-wire, steer-by-wire, throttle-by-wire etc.

The motivation for drive-by-wire cars lies in the better positioning of the controls and better performance but the use of the technology is still restricted to research vehicles due to regulatory and safety issues.

Mechanical systems degrade over a period of time and one can change the parts that are subject to wear and tear, if the performance of the vehicle is dipping. Electronic systems on the other hand have a tendency to fail without warning. Imagine the joystick of the car conking off at break neck speeds. It could very well be the recipe for an unstoppable disaster.