Meet BharatBenz – India’s Locally-Made Trucks Seeing Huge Growth Via Combo of Low-Cost + High-Quality

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  Familiar with the American FUBU apparel line? The name stands for ‘For Us, By Us.’ Think of BharatBenz as the ‘FIBI’ of big trucks. For India, By India. Heavy trucks may not be huge business by volume, but for Daimler, they are some of the most profitable. Among the truck lines owned by Mercedes’ parent company are big names like Mitsubishi Fuso, Wester Star, Thomas Bus Lines, Freightliner and Setra. The newest kid on the block? BharatBenz — a locally-made and locally-tailored line of trucks both from and for India. Mercedes engineering and safety foundations are a great shared asset among the group’s market-dominating set of offerings, but often prices the trucks out of consideration for developing economies. At the same time, the heavy truck segment in commodities and infrastructure-intensive places like Chile, Oceana and all of Africa is booming. Key clients groups or uses include: governments emergency services …

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Update2 – Road Test Review – 2015 Lincoln Navigator Driven Back-to-Back with Escalade ESV = Surprise Winner!

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UPDATED 10.9.14 Corrections to the suspension specs of the Navigator Select trim, as well as the name of the LWB Escalade from EXT to its actual name, the ESV. It has been hard to take the new Navigator and Expedition seriously in the face of the newer-seeming Tahoe, Yukon and Escalade. The Navigator seemed to be the slightest of light refreshes versus those all-new models from across town. But after time at the wheel of both the Navigator and the new Escalade ESV — we were strongly leaning toward the Navigator. This surprised no one more than your humble scribe. After all, isn’t the Navigator just an also-ran in this full-size SUV segment that also includes the Audi Q7, Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, Lexus LX570 and Infiniti QX80? Nope. No it is not. EXTERIOR The style of the new Navigator focuses on functional improvements to the lighting – with new LED and …

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Chevy Introduces Suburban and Tahoe Texas Editions to Complement Silverado UT Special

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  Looking pretty good! Texans will love the standard features on offer via these special editions. The University of Texas Silverado is particularly special — thanks to that perfectly color-matched exterior and the longhorn styling accents. Tahoe/Suburban Texas Editions Salute the Lone Star State Special package mirrors Silverado model for the largest Chevy truck market 2014-09-25 DALLAS – Deep in the heart of Texas, Chevrolet sells more Tahoe and Suburban models than in any other state and all-new Texas Editions of the SUVs celebrate the Lone Star State’s love for Chevy trucks. The 2015 Tahoe and Suburban Texas Editions go on sale next month, offered in LT or LTZ trims, and distinguished by exclusive badging. They also feature a special package of options for $2,195 for the LT and $1,095 for the LTZ in addition to the SUVs’ retail prices, including: Max Trailering Package, which includes a 3.42 axle ratio …

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2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban Add Z71 Off-Road Package – Arriving November Nationwide

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It is no secret that the Tahoe and Suburban are better than ever for 2015. The launch has taken the Texas factory where they are made by storm: it is now running three shifts and producing trucks 24-hours a day to meet demand. A few of the popular upgrades on the old Tahoe and Suburban have been missing in action, however. These include the PPV police truck, the 2500 HD models and the 1500 Z71 models. Two out of three are now arriving, with the new Z71 introduced at the Texas State Fair last week. The upgrades are pretty light, but include a new grille and front bumper, front skidplates, off-road suspension and tires, and special badging throughout. The ride is about two inches higher front and rear, while the Z71 bumper offers more ground clearance and less aerodynamic plastic shrouding underneath. Chevy notes that the Z71 accounted for 10-percent …

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70 New Photos! 2016 Kia Sorento Debuts in Paris With Jaguar-Baiting Style at Ford Prices

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Updated 9.29.14 with 70 official (Euro-spec) 2016 Sorento photos!   The updated Sorento is likely to arrive in the US market some time in the spring of calendar 2015 as a 2016 model. The 2015 Sorento is already available at dealers, which is why we speculate about the 2016 model year. Kia calls this the third-gen Sorento, as Europe is less concerned with model years than we are in the USA. Overall, the styling update is a big success. It is paired with a new refinement on the road, an all-new cabin, and a much larger third row of seats than before. The design upgrade really helps keep the Sorento feeling young and competitive. Its previous chassis update only minorly tweaked the headlamps and grille style of the existing model, and was less-than-convincing as an all-new vehicle. Staying fresh is critical in the Sorento’s market, where new entries like the …

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Part Two: 2013 Giugiaro PARCOUR ROADSTER in 50 High-Res Photos

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  PART TWO: The Roadster When off-roading, why not have the wind in your hair and a bit of breeze above your head? All the better to see the amazing terrain this XGT could sail through… This Roadster evolved from one of the best-received concepts of all time from ItalDesign Giugiaro: an off-road Gallardo called the Parcour. Very rarely is the crossover and SUV trend so elegantly bottled into a super-high-performance package like this. With a completely fresh design, the Parcour looks truly ready to bounce off rocks down any rally track tomorrow. In fact, the machine was so thoroughly engineered that the hardtop Parcour was sold at Pebble Beach last year by Giugiaro for about $600,000. Its mechanical package is rock-solid, primarily because it shares the mid-engine chassis, transmission and AWD system of the well-proven Gallardo supercar. The combined design and mechanical package shut any naysayers up in a …

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2013 Giugiaro PARCOUR in 100 Photos: V10 SUV Set Tone For Upcoming Lambo 4×4 and Audi Nanuk

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This beast was one of the best-received concepts of all time from ItalDesign Giugiaro: an off-road Gallardo called the Parcour. Very rarely is the crossover and SUV trend so elegantly bottled into a super-high-performance package like this. With a completely fresh design, the Parcour looks truly ready to bounce off rocks down any rally track tomorrow. In fact, the machine was so thoroughly engineered that the hardtop Parcour was sold at Pebble Beach last year by Giugiaro for about $600,000. Its mechanical package is rock-solid, primarily because it shares the mid-engine chassis, transmission and AWD system of the well-proven Gallardo supercar. The combined design and mechanical package shut any naysayers up in a hurry: who could argue with a mid-engine, two-seat SUV package? The height of the car is thanks to extra-tough lifted suspension arms and long-travel shocks, while the body design is to allow the huge wheels and much-taller …

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2015 Ford Transit Prisoner Transport Vehicle First of Dozens of Commercial Specials

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The number of custom-fit Ford Transit models is set to explode over the next year – so do not go on a crime bender every time you see a new variation. If so, you might end up in this Transit Police Transport Vehicle…! 2015 Ford Transit PTV ONLY PEOPLE NOT THRILLED ABOUT RIDING IN ALL-NEW FORD TRANSIT? PRISONERS 23/09/14 Ford adds to its Police Interceptor sedan and utility vehicle lineup with new prisoner transport concept based on 2015 Ford Transit full-size van line 2015 Ford Transit Prisoner Transport Vehicle, or Transit PTV, offers space to carry as many as 12 prisoners in three separate compartments Transit PTV developed with input from Ford’s Police Advisory Board to demonstrate Transit’s flexibility for law enforcement needs Law enforcement agencies looking for a new way to securely transport prisoners between facilities have an innovative option to consider based on the all-new Ford Transit. The …

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SCA Lingenfelter REAPER Silverado Upgrade Now Available At Some Chevy Dealers

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The Raptor F-150 has been the single-biggest bit of brand lifting for the current Ford trucks line, so it is no surprise to see other companies following Ford’s lead — in the aftermarket, at least. The latest move to recreate the cool and functional aspects of the Ford Raptor is the new Southern Comfort Automotive REAPER package for the Chevrolet Silverado. Developed with Lingenfelter’s assistance under the hood, the REAPER brings a new look up front, functional LED lighting in the foglamp area, new shocks with a 3-inch lift, and a few other optional tweaks. The supertruck offroad segment is exploding with interest. Almost all Silverado Z71 buyers would love most of these tweaks. To that end, SCA is now a partner with GM and will sell the packages from select Chevrolet and GMC dealers. The prices are likely to be steep, and little here could not be done by …

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