There were reports that the Toyota Liva is going to be launched in March this year. Is it still on this schedule and when will bookings open?
You are right, the Liva was to be launched in March as indicated by Toyota, but the company has delayed the launch by a month and it is now expected to go on sale at the end of April. The reason for the delay is the huge response to the Etios saloon, which has resulted in waiting lists that stretch for months. Since the Etios saloon and the Liva hatchback will be produced on the same assembly line, the launch of the Liva would only add to the capacity crunch and stretch waiting lists further. Toyota is now furiously working at ramping up capacity and will pull forward the commencement of a second shift in the factory.
I have a Maruti Swift with the older 1.3 engine. Will 97 octane improve its performance? I don’t mind spending more on fuel if it makes my car run better.
97 octane is mainly needed in cars with high compression ratios which are typical of high- performance cars. However, for your Swift, the use of 97 octane will not give you any discernible improvement in performance and, quite frankly, you will be wasting your money using this fuel which is considerably more expensive than regular fuel.
I plan to buy a new bike but am confused between the TVS Apache RTR 160, RTR 180 and Bajaj Pulsar 180 DTS-i. Also, are the Pulsars about to be updated?
Yes, you could expect to see Bajaj updating its Pulsar line-up with some superior motorcycles within the year, but we currently do not have any further information to give you on this front. We do, however, suggest you consider raising your budget, for the upcoming Honda CBR250R is a motorcycle that is way superior to all the current sportsbikes available below this segment.