Tata Hexa Hatchback First Drive Review

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Tata Hexa Overview

After sincere, but ineffective attempts at changing its image with the Zest and the Bolt, Tata Motors has seen some success after the surge in interest for the Tiago, which was unveiled last year. The small car seemed jinxed initially with its first name Zica unfortunately sounding like the Zika virus and coinciding with its outbreak. But with the new moniker and a refreshed launch strategy, the Tiago still managed to bring Tata back into the reckoning in the car market. Whether its brand ambassador – footballer Lionel Messi – helped in the revival or not, the Tiago has managed to score the key goal of winning back the trust of car buyers.

Tata Motors believes that a big reason for the success of the Tiago was the new Impact design language and the engineering changes that were effected as part of the new strategy. The next vehicle from the Tata stable that will benefit from Impact design is the new Hexa. And going by our experience with the new Hexa, it is clear that this will also be another vehicle from Tata Motors that has the potential to boost the brand’s image.

Tata Hexa Look & Style

Tata Hexa is underpinned on a reworked version of the Aria platform and there are visual similarities between the two. That said, the Hexa has a completely new front and rear. Taking centre stage at the front are Land Rover inspired headlamps housing projector lamps. Sitting between the headlamps is a piano-finish black honeycomb grille, on top of which is a muscular clamshell hood. The surface area of the chrome finish beneath the grille is just about enough to look premium without going overboard. Lower in the bumper are LED daytime running lamps (DRLs) with fog lamps below them. Check for Tata Hexa price in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive.

Moving on to the side, the silhouette is reminiscent of the Aria but the body panels are visibly different. The roof tapers a bit at the end but is mostly straight. While the design team wanted a steeper rake, it wasn’t given a go ahead in favour of headroom for the third-row passengers. The wheel arches are massive, adding to the muscular appeal. Thankfully, the 19-inch twin-spoke alloy wheels fill up the huge arches adequately.

At the rear, there’s a chrome finish slat, flanked by sleek wraparound LED tail lamps. These tail lamps, we were told, are imported from a European supplier as Tata couldn’t find a local supplier with the required capabilities for this part. Rounding up the rear are the twin-exhaust pipes, which in chrome finish, look elegant.Overall, the Hexa came across as an impressively designed vehicle,which lend it a muscular look, which is easy on the eye. Unlike the loud design of the Mahindra XUV500 or the futuristic Toyota Innova Crysta, the Hexa is a vehicle one would be pleased to see day after day for years.

Tata Hexa Comfort & Space

The sheer step up in design and quality are obvious when you step into the Hexa. Shut lines and the overall quality of the plastics and materials used are by far the best we have ever seen on any Tata Motors vehicle in the past. Its great how consistently we have said this of all the recent Tata products – meaning with each car, the company is taking big strides off late. The all-black interior gets a hearty dose of leather on the dashboard and on the door panels along with the leather seats on the top of the line variant. The seats are not only well designed but also feel top notch in terms of their tactile feel with a really good grain of leather running through as well. My only grouse is the slight lack of shoulder support on the front seats and the fact that the padding seems a little harder than it should be. For more information on Tata Hexa visit Controlenter

The central console gets a touchscreen infotainment unit with navigation (that syncs with your smartphone) and an array of options including bluetooth and smartphone integration. There is no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto but the Hexa does offer an app based control system that helps you play your collection of songs from a Juke-Car App – similar to the one in the Tiago. The app also has systems like service and diagnostic tools, navigation support and options to choose the ambient lighting (of which there are eight colour options). The multi-functional steering wheel gets cruise control, audio and telephone controls, and is height adjustable.

The simple gloss black console combined with a chrome wraparound is pleasing to the eye and so are the well placed chrome/brushed aluminium accent pieces around the dashboard and the AC vent. The climate control knobs are placed slightly lower than they should have but you do get used to them very quickly. The horizontal central console on the automatic houses the gear shift lever enclosed in a black bezel. You get just one cup-holder and no real slot to place your smartphone apart from the central flip up storage space between the seats.

You can get the Hexa in either a six or seven seater configuration. Rear leg space in both versions is quite healthy and the rear passengers get their own AC vents in the centre and on the B-pillars. The third row could get slightly cramped if you are of average height but passengers do get their own storage space and charging points. The Hexa’s large glass area makes it quite airy on the inside and even without something like a panoramic sunroof, it does feel very bright – especially good considering an all-black interior can seem to make the car appear to be cramped.

Tata Hexa Engine & Gearbox

Tata has used the VARICOR400 engine, that powers the top-end Safari Storme. With the Hexa, the same state of tune has been used and power is at a respectable 154 hp, but the talking point is the 400Nm torque. In simple words, the torque is ample to move the two-tonne-plus MPV over paved terrain with utmost ease. For most of our driving duration on the highway, the Hexa was in the 1,500 to 3,000 rpm range and it returned an impressive figure of 13.1 km/l on the MID (or Multi Information Display).

This engine has two transmission options, a 6-speed manual transmission which is exactly the same as found in the Storme and a Punch Powerglide Strasbourg 6-speed automatic transmission. It is a torque converter unit, but this gearbox is well tuned for the engine. The engine noise doesn’t filter much into the cabin, partly due to the good Noise, Vibration & Harshness (NVH) proofing.While most torque converters have the inherent issue of shift shocks, this automatic is one of the most refined units we have driven so far.

The gear shifts are quick and the turbo lag is well-controlled. The transmission responds quickly to kick-downs. Along with the ‘D’ mode, the driver also gets to choose from a ‘Sport’ or ‘Dynamic’ mode where each gear is held for longer for an engaging drive when needed. It can be shifted to a manual mode where a tip-tronic lets you change gears when you want to. There isn’t a paddle shift arrangement, but with the Dynamic mode is pretty good too. The manual gearbox, on the other hand, was slightly notchy and sometime slotting the gear was a bit of a problem.

In addition, at every overtake on the highway, a higher gear change became imperative as the engine would reach its limit for that particular gear. Since the vehicles being overtaken here were trucks, the overtake happened in second gear, but shifting to the third cog while doing the overtake became necessary. Also, there isn’t any space for a dead pedal in the manual version, so you don’t get one.

Before the media drive, Tata issued an official statement about different drive modes. This became clear when we drove the manual as it came with a 4X4 system. A knob on the centre console controlled the 4X4 system which isn’t a conventional one. This unit has a torque-on-demand that works in tandem with other electronics such as hill descent, hill hold, traction control and the locking differentials upfront and rear to send maximum power to the wheels with most traction. An off-road track was laid out just to showcase this system and how the Hexa handles the rough terrain so well.

Once the drive mode was set to Rough Road, the MPV went through chicken holes or pot holes dug up alternatively, an incline where the car was taken sideways to showcase the lean capability, a small section where one side of the car was on ice and the other on gravel and so on. Here, the Tata Hexa did not fail to impress and we can bet that this system would work on an even tougher track.

Tata Hexa Ride & Handling

The Hexa’s sheer weight does come into play when you drive the car and it does seem to take a lot more effort as compared to most of its peers. At standstill, the power assisted steering does feel a little heavy and this could be a problem when it comes to parking it in tight spots. Get it going though and the steering effort becomes much better and the steering weighs up just enough at higher speeds to make it easier to drive. The 19-inch wheels seem to have dramatically altered the way the car drives in terms of overall handling and the Hexa feels a lot less vague as compared to the Aria or even the Safari Storme. And now we come to what is possibly the cherry on the cake – ride quality.

The Hexa’s sheer ride comfort is very impressive and although there is a hint of bumpiness at low speeds, get the SUV above 50-60kmph and it glides over bumps and potholes like it doesn’t exist. The Hexa is stiff enough to handle the several roads obstacles that all our Indian streets have and yet pliant enough to feel very planted at high speeds. That said, there is some noticeable body roll when you take a corner at higher speeds. We do have a bit of concern with the pedal feel that the brakes offer. Yes, the Hexa does get disc brakes on all four corners and the SUV will brake efficiently when you slam on the brakes, but at slower speeds, pedal feedback is lacking and could do with a bit faster response.

Tata Hexa Safety & Security

Tata has made no compromise here and safety aspect has also been well taken care of and that too with a very close attention. Both versions have ABS (Anti-locking Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brake Distribution). Interestingly, there was another system to inspire confidence while panic braking. The Hexa would understand how quickly the right foot is shifted from the accelerator pedal, sensing imminent panic braking. The EBP or Electronic Brake Pre-fill then would force brake fluid through the brake lines, that would enhance braking efficiency . A test in the off-road experience was about hard braking where this system worked perfectly. Apart from this, the Hexa also has dual front SRS airbags, side and curtain airbags to cocoon its occupants in utmost safety. As safety is now becoming a paramount deciding factor, Tata should consider to keep the safety systems standard across its variant range.

Tata Hexa Price in Hyderabad

Tata Hexa On Road Price is 15,75,454/- and Ex-showroom Price is 12,99,000/- in Hyderabad. Tata Hexa comes in 5 colours, namely Arizone Blue,Platinum Silver,Pearl White,Tungsten Silver,Sky Grey. Tata Hexa comes with RWD with 2179 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 148 bhp@4000 rpm and Peak Torque 320 Nm@1700-2700 rpm DRIVE TRAIN RWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Tata Hexa comes with Manual Transmission with RWD .

Tata Hexa Summing Up

The Tata Hexa is unlike any other Tata vehicle and has equipment found usually in luxury SUVs. It has brilliant NVH (Noise Vibration and Harshness) levels and an impressive automatic gearbox, which is a quantum leap for the carmaker. However, pricing will be critical to the Hexa’s success and it should undercut the Toyota Innova Crysta AT by a considerable. For the manual, it should be priced below the XUV5OO’s top-end trim. Things such as only one touch down on the driver window and lower plastic quality for the rear HVAC control panel are some shortcomings. That said, the Hexa is a big indicator of change for Tata Motors and hopefully production models and upcoming models maintain consistency.

Tips For Consulting Companies Before Sponsoring H1B Petition

H1B sponsorship requirements

The company cannot offer the H1B sponsorship randomly to any candidate. The candidate to be eligible for the service needs to hold at least a bachelor’s degree. This is the minimum requirement; apart from it the candidate must have relevant and sufficient field experience.

The approval of H1B visa makes the candidate’s legal stay in USA valid for minimum of 3 years and maximum of 6 years. Consulting Companies that sponsor H1B visa has to take care of certain rules and regulations implemented in US law.

Getting H1B visa can be easy for large and well established company as compared to small sized startup. Yet there are certain fixed rules which apply equally on both the kinds of firms without showing bias nature.

The first step for consulting companies who sponsor H1B visa application for the candidate is to file the Labor condition application in co-ordination with US Department of Labor. For H1B Visa Process Visit Orphosys Corp.

The labor condition application acts as a proof or evidence having long list of statements which is in a way terms and conditions that assets the responsibility indicating that hiring the employee won’t affect the USA labors in any adverse manner.

The statements in the LCA are:

A. The employer will pay the employee the exact wage for the deserving position

B. The employer will give the employee same benefits as deserved by the position

C. The employer ensures that employee will not have negative impact on company

D. The employer should be clear about there being no dispute or ban on working for the position

In the LCA the employer has to note actual wage and the paid wage. The employer explicitly has to mention the working conditions, mention about strikes or lockouts.

Filing the LCA is the foremost requirement and is compulsory. Once the procedure is done, LCA becomes public property available to anyone who demands for it.

Second step for Consulting Companies who sponsor H1B is to file the H1B visa application and wait for the result. The result given by the visa officer can be positive or negative; this variation in results depends on many factors of the company. This is the phase where the startups face a hard time getting approval for their new hiring and situation might get sticky.

The basic demand of USCIS for the H1B visa approval is that company should be well and sufficiently established having the capability to employ the hiring employees. The company should be able to show the proper cash flow which indicates their financial capacity to pay employee wages according to norms of US labors law.

Company should provide the proof of having more money which shows giving more salary to employee and also legal proof of more business. Showing the money in account can be simple task for a well-established high earning firm but it can be troublesome task for small startups.To know more details on H1B Visa visit Painpeters

It requires startup to show the evidence of the income through the yearly turnover or venture capital. This is the clause sufficient to get the visa acceptance but not enough for the approval. The startups require proving their viability including business plan, employee contracts or lease for office space.

Assembling the documents can help in proving the legitimacy of the company and its business. Along with the entire document, tax return report can also be submitted. It can prove to be a valuable asset during the process of filing H-1B visa application.

The company will also have to be of sufficient size having a 4 member team may suffice and have the appropriate legal structure as these will be scrutinized along with everything else.

If a startup is able to prove their fiscal responsibility for the employee, the filing fees themselves should not be a challenge but it is worth noting that applying for an H-1B visa can cost high amount not including attorney’s fees.

So if you have enough money in the bank to support the employee’s salary AND support the business then these are typically sufficient, but there will be a number of items you need to assemble to show the viability of your business. The more money the company holds in bank the less it has to worry. The more legitimate the company is, more is the success rate of getting approval of H1B visa

Startups can file for the H1b visa for the candidate and have the positive result if they follow some tips Startups do face; immigration issues for both founder and employees but if follow the guidelines these can be resolved fast and in the cost efficient manner. A hefty monetary amount is involved in filing the application and thus startup can take the help of fellow mates.

The toughest point for the startup is when the company partner seeking for H1b visa. The crux of this clause intends to mean that H1B visa seeker himself is a partner in the startup, visa approval may become more muddled.

This situation closely violates the condition of the USCIS for the H1B visa which enforces to have the employee and the employer relationship. So when the person himself is the co-founder of founder he has the responsibility of hiring and firing which does not make him employee.

The USCIS for such typical cases have made provision which states that startups can provide verification of having separate Board of Directories excluding the candidate and that board has the legal power of hiring, firing, paying employee, supervise and control the employment of the beneficiary.

This assures that there is a different committee to check on the beneficiary and which makes the H1B visa attainable through USCIS.

Whether the employee applies through a small startup or a large company H-1B visa itself is not a gateway to a green card. It is a work visa rather than an immigrant visa. If a startup founder finds great success in the U.S. and wants to stay beyond the six-year limit, he or she will have to begin an entirely new process of immigration applications and paperwork.

If an employee is employed but is not allotted any work presently then he is known as a benched employee. According to the law of USA, the company who petitioned the USCIS to grant the H1B Visa is considered the employer which sponsors the H1B visa petition for its employee.

The certain criteria which the company should keep in mind according to regulations of LCA are:

A. Foreign worker is eligible to receive the compensation even though there is no immediate work

B. In any condition the employer cannot delay the payment of foreign employee giving lame reason

C. If the employer violates the payment of employee then they have to face the related consequences

D. The compensation is not offered for the leaves employee take for personal reasons.

E. Employers are also bound to pay their H1B employees even when the employer experiences a temporary shutdown in its operations.

Hyundai Elite i20 Hatchback First Look Review

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Hyundai Elite i20 Overview

It’s the facelift of a very popular premium hatchback, so naturally, there was a lot of anticipation for it. When the wraps came off it at the 2018 Auto Expo, however, the first impression was that not much had changed. Even afterwards, when we placed photos of the old and new side by side, it was a tricky game of ‘spot the difference’. Now that we have the car with us for some closer inspection, let’s see if there’s more than meets the eye.

Hyundai Elite i20 Look

As you’d expect of a facelift, the most significant changes are cosmetic. Up front, the Elite i20 sports the new Hyundai family grille, which essentially gives the old grille a shot of botox. That aside, the front bumper looks sharper and gets smaller front fog lamp enclosures. A cool touch here is that they include slim air curtains to reduce drag.The only noticeable changes on the sides are the restyled 16-inch alloy wheels of the Asta dual-tone and Asta (O) variants. They’re a direct lift off the European-spec i20 and look quite sporty.Check for Hyundai Elite i20 price in Pune.

It’s the rear end where the changes are easier to spot. The number plate has been moved from the bumper to the boot; the bumper itself gets an Xcent-esque black insert and the tail lights get revised internal detailing (they still aren’t LEDs but do look the part).Also, no more ‘VTVT’ or ‘CRDi’ badging at the rear and you’ve now got two new colour options – ‘Fiery Red’ and ‘Passion Orange’. Our test car sports the prior and for the life of us, we can’t tell the new red apart from the old ‘Red Passion’.

Hyundai Elite i20 Comfort

Speaking of the cabin, it receives a few nips and tucks too. The most important is the new touchscreen infotainment system, which now incorporates an IPS display that has lesser glare and is easier to read from varied angles. The operating system now uses a greyscale theme for its icons and menus, replacing the blue theme seen on the outgoing model. The system is compatible with Hyundai’s new smartphone app (that debuted with the Verna) that lets you monitor your driving patterns, track service history, and schedules and access certain vehicular functions like trip data. Hyundai has also thrown in an additional USB charging port that sits in line with the USB media port and 12V socket in the centre console. My carpool companions, then, feel happier in the new Elite i20 than our long-term Tucson loaner!

If you don’t opt for the aforementioned dual-tone colour scheme for the exterior, then by default the Elite i20 ships with a black and beige combination for the dashboard and upholstery. The mid-life update now uses a darker shade of beige for better endurance to dusty conditions. The upholstery is done up in matching shades too and has a new pattern compared to the outgoing car. There is no change to the seating arrangement or to the contouring of the seats. They are quite comfortable and I still feel that the rear seat could have done with more recline.

Choosing the range-topping trim seen here, let’s you secure the cabin with up to six airbags. Unlike the Grand i10, the Elite i20 is a more responsible car and gives you anti-lock brakes and the driver and front passenger airbags as a standard fit. The rear seats now come with Isofix child seat anchorage too.

Hyundai Elite i20 Transmission

There have been no mechanical changes on this facelifted i20, but there has been a bit of retuning to both the engine and the chassis. For instance, Hyundai says it has achieved a nine percent increase in fuel economy thanks to a slight remapping of the engine and those aero ducts in the front bumper. In truth, you can feel it a bit when you drive. In this diesel car, for example, the bottom end feels a bit stronger and some of the punch at the top end is missing, thanks to changes to the fuelling. The change is not too drastic, and if you drive primarily in the city, you will appreciate the improved low-end responses. What remains unchanged is the smooth nature of this motor and the light and easy gearshift action.

Hyundai claims a nine percent improvement in fuel economy, thanks to the better aerodynamic efficiency of the front end. During our test on the manual petrol, we didn’t find any noticeable difference in the city economy of the car. The highway runs revealed a marginal improvement over the outgoing Elite i20 of similar spec (13.41kmpl city / 22.33kmpl highway vs 13.3kmpl city / 21.2kmpl highway). The rest of the package remains quite likeable as ever with a refined drivetrain, a conveniently light steering, progressive brakes and a supple ride.To know more information on Hyundai Elite i20 check Controlenter

Hyundai Elite i20 Driving

In a bid to make it a bit more engaging to drive, Hyundai has also tinkered a bit with the suspension and the steering of the i20. They’ve stiffened the rear suspension a little bit and you can feel that in the way the car isn’t quite as bouncy coming off a large speedbreaker, for instance. They’ve also sharpened up the steering a bit and reduced the slack at the centre position to make it feel a bit more engaging than before. Truth be told, this is still no driver’s car, and to truly improve the dynamics would require a full generational leap – as we saw with the new Verna, but it’s good to see Hyundai is trying to improve things on the current-generation car.

Hyundai Elite i20 Safety

Hyundai has incorporated a decent braking system in the hatch, which consists of disc brakes on the front and drum brakes on the rear. It is supported immensely well by the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), but that is limited to the top three variants. Earlier, Hyundai i20 used to be the only hatchback under Rs. 10 lakh that offered as many as half a dozen airbags and was impeccably safe. But, now the scenario has reversed as even the top-end trim has only 2 airbags. The base and mid variants don’t feature a single airbag, while the Sportz trim comprises of only driver’s airbag. The parking assist feature with reverse parking sensors and rear camera with ECM display comes handy during parking the hatch. There are front fog lamps to improve visibility in inclement weather conditions.

But, again, both the aforesaid features are with Sportz and Asta trims. Additionally, the top-end trim also features seat belt pretensioners for the driver and front passenger, automatic headlamps, impact-sensing auto door unlock and clutch lock. On the security front, it has immobilizer, smart keyless entry, and central locking (door and tailgate) to endure any event of burglary or thievery. It can be propounded nonchalantly that the current gen Elite i20 stands nowhere close to its predecessor in terms of safety features. The company has disappointed thoroughly in the safety and security aspect.

Hyundai Elite i20 Cost in Pune

Hyundai Elite i20 On Road Price is 6,43,005/- and Ex-showroom Price is 5,42,900/- in Pune. Hyundai Elite i20 comes in 8 colours, namely Red Passion,Star Dust,Pristine Blue,Sleek Silver,Phantom Black,Polar White Dual Tone,Polar White,Red passion Dual Tone. Hyundai Elite i20 comes with FWD with 1197 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 82 bhp@6000 rpm and Peak Torque 115 Nm@4000 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at 13.2 seconds . Hyundai Elite i20 comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .

Hyundai Elite i20 Summing Up

Overall, this facelift appears to be a case of ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’, and really, not much was broken with the Hyundai i20. It’s also worth remembering that Hyundai has been giving the i20 small, regular updates over the years, particularly to the equipment list, and this is why the facelift doesn’t feel as much of a change as most facelifts do. The long equipment list couldn’t have gotten much longer and the interior quality was already pretty much at the top of the class. Even the changes to the engine mapping are very minor. What is much appreciated is the small but effective attention that’s been paid to dynamics, for whatever it’s worth. So yes, the i20 hasn’t changed all that much with the facelift, but then, it didn’t really need to.

H-1B Fees For Teachers

H1B Visa

The H-1B visa class is a viable option for primary, secondary or college teachers with the required knowledge and training. H-1B visa offers foreign professionals the ability to work temporarily in the United States as long as they hold specialty occupations.For H-1B Sponsorship  Process Visit Orphosyscorp.

For an H-1B visa for teachers, the exact requirements and eligibility conditions are noted below.

H-1B Fees for Teachers

The fees associated with obtaining an H-1B visa for teachers are as follows:

A. A basic filing fee of $460

B. The ACWIA fee of $750 for employers with fewer than 25 employees and $1,500 for more than 25 employees.

C. The Fraud Prevention and Detection fee of $500

D. The Public Law 114-113 fee of $4,000 for employers that have a workforce of over 50 employees with at least half of them on H-1B status.

It is important to note that these fees must be paid by your employer by law. The ACWIA, Anti-Fraud, and Public Law fees are all one-time fees paid per employer per beneficiary.

This means that these fees are not required for H-1B extensions or renewals, but will be required if you switch to a new employer. The basic filing fee is always applicable whenever an I-129 petition is filed.

You will be responsible for all of the costs associated with obtaining your H-1B visa for teachers at a U.S. consulate or embassy if you are currently outside the U.S.To know more info on H1B Visa check Painpeters

These include:

A. DS-160 fee of $190 for the H-1B holder and for each H4 spouse or dependent that will be accompanying you to the U.S.

B. Travel costs

C. Biometric services fees (if applicable). This is usually a one-time charge of $85.