Big Ride on the Small Concept
By Ammar Alvi
03rd March 2013 12:00 AM
Schaeffler, a German automotive components manufacturer, has unveiled a concept car for Indian roads claiming it has higher fuel efficiency with better ride and comfort. Will this change the future of Indian mobility? Ammar Alvi finds out.
Schaeffler has presented a new concept vehicle for the Indian automobile market featuring advanced drive train technologies that can offer up to 10 percent reduction in fuel consumption combined with better comfort and driving experience. The Efficient Future Mobility India concept car is based on subcompact hatchback and shows a range of Schaeffler solutions for optimizing engine and transmission technology currently available in India.
The demonstrator vehicle has been unveiled at Schaeffler’s flagship technology-sharing and joint development platform—Innovation Days—a highly successful specialised event from Germany, being organised for the first time in India. All solutions showcased in the car are cost-effective, close to volume production, and when integrated into a subcompact vehicle, make a valuable contribution to improving its performance and fuel efficiency.
According to Prof Peter Gutzmer, CTO of Schaeffler AG, “Schaeffler’s meticulously detailed work on drive trains based on internal combustion engines offers significant potential for reducing fuel consumption and emissions. Even with the efficient platform we selected, we still see further potential for optimisation here...” The Indian concept car, based on a current version of one of India’s most popular compact “Segment B” hatchback—Maruti Suzuki Swift, is an effort to bridge an increasing gap between demand for performance, comfort and economy and supply.
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