Review: Volvo S60

first_imgVolvo has done the unthinkable. The Swedish automaker has upped the ante in the uber cool department by adding the much needed ‘oomph’ factor in the new S60 T6. The 2011 S60 T6 claims to be “naughty” and, going by the tagline, it is not just a tease. With 304 bhp, the S60 is responsive and downright quick. Combined with a turbocharger for additional performance, the 3-litre unit is loaded with urge. Maximum torque of 440 Nm kicks in from just 2000 rpm, so acceleration is brisk, with abundant power remaining on tap throughout the rev range.Another benefit of the turbocharged engine is that it doesn’t lose power at higher elevations, where naturally-aspirated engines easily run out of breath. In some ways the torque masks the less impressive six-speed transmission, which is often too eager to change into higher gears. The only error or omission we felt was that the sportiest Volvo ever made deserved paddle shifts. There’s a charismatic whirr under hard acceleration, but otherwise the engine is refined and quiet. The engine never protests even when you’re all the way up to its 6000 rpm redline. The S60 is not as sharp as its German counterparts as the steering still lacks quick response that lets you feel the road through your fingertips. Even though the wheel is a tad heavy it won’t dissuade you from trying to push the car to go where no Volvo has ever dreamt of before.The ride quality of the S60 is superb. Even with 18-inch runflats, the S60 does not crash into potholes ensuring it isn’t a tear-jerking experience. A hint of firmness, slight bouncing and jiggling is felt but the trade-off is a more surefooted feel at speed. Another plus is that the cabin is completely isolated from road and wind noise. Volvo’s latest pedestrian safety technology is a first in the S60. The “Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake” uses radar and a camera to spot pedestrians in the path of the car. At up to 35 kmph, the system will stop the car if it is about to hit a person. Frankly speaking, one has to get used to it for the car suddenly braking itself can be scary.At the end of the day, “stylish”, “modern” and “appealing” are the words that come to the mind when describing the all-wheel-drive S60. Its 3-litre engine produces the kind of torque that gives it surprisingly brisk acceleration while peak output is more than enough to pitch it against the sportiest of sedans and come out on top. Seating comfort is exceptional up front, thanks to Volvo’s orthopaedically correct seat design. The S60 holds appeal for those who take a shine to its trendy design and want an entry level luxury sedan with power aplenty, comfortable ride and tidy handling too. Not to forget state-of-the-art safety.Engine: 2953 ccMax power: 304 bhp@5600 rpmMax torque: 440 Nm@2000 rpmGearbox: 6-speed autoWheelbase (mm): 2776LxWxH (mm): 4628 x 2097 x 2776Top Speed: 250 kmph0-100 kmph: 6.1secPrice: Rs. 34 Lakh, ex-showroom, DelhiRating: ****Tour reportThe Volvo S60 has a 380-litre boot, which, though not the largest, will suffice for cargo space requirements of most people. The fact that the rear seats can be folded down in a 60:40 split ratio ensures that the boot can be used flexibly. The car should make for a decent vehicle to tour in, courtesy its comfortable seats, ride quality and powerful engine.Close upThe S60’s 3-litre engine develops a very healthy 440 Nm of peak torque at a low 2000 rpm, which makes it very driveable. The peak power output is a whopping 304 bhp.The S60 is made of fine materials and the plushness can be felt throughout the cabin. The controls also feel crisp and nice to operate, while ergonomics are top notch with every button, lever or switch falling into hand almost intuitively.A coupe-like roofline, aggressive haunches and stylistically treated cornering headlamps and bonnet up the good looks quotient of the Swedish sedan.A low loading lip height makes it easy to access the boot. Both rear seats fold down and there’s a separate ski pass-through as well for accessing the boot from inside the car.TVS Apache 180 ABSResearch shows that majority of motorcycle accidents happens when braking goes wrong. It can happen while avoiding an obstacle or when riding over poor roads or even changing road conditions like slippery roads thanks to the first drizzle or an oil spill. But, if you ride motorcycles, you probably know it already because, like me, you must have had numerous heart-stopping moments and a few crashes as well. The new TVS Apache 180 ABS now comes with a cure for this: ABS or Anti-Lock Braking System. Just like in cars, the system offers better control, especially in low grip conditions. Of course, we already have ABS on bikes in India, but those are all imports, and unquestionably, very expensive. So, the Apache not only becomes the first Indian-made motorcycle to sport one, but also the first one in the world for motorcycles under 200 cc. But, we are mainly excited because, ABS can actually allow you to ride faster, on both road and track. The ideal way to brake for a corner, you’d agree, is to get on the brakes hard initially and then get progressively lighter, making the bike stable at turn-in and through a corner. We start braking gingerly to get a feel of the road (to avoid lock-ups and skidding), then begin braking hard and end up slower, unsure, and twitchy.With the new Apache, no matter what, you can simply grab the brake lever really hard, feel the ABS working through the pulsating lever and then modulate it depending on how fast you want to enter the corner. Soon one tends to feel comfortable with hard braking and the control alongside that it becomes impossible to ride slowly! I seriously recommend that all should have a go at it because the benefits of ABS truly need to be felt to be believed. Price: Rs. 78,800 ex-showroom, Delhi.–Vikrant Singhadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

GHOSTBUSTERS 2020 WITH NEW ORIGINAL CAST HAS STARTED FILMING IN CALGARY

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Login/Register With: The Family’s All Here#GB20 pic.twitter.com/tUGnwzLP5T— Jason Reitman (@JasonReitman) July 13, 2019 Advertisement JASON REITMAN SHARES 1ST PHOTO FROM GHOSTBUSTERS 2020 SET IN CALGARYStudio has said the new movie will be a sequel to the originalBack off man, they’re scientists.Director Jason Reitman shared the first set photo for Ghostbusters 2020 on Friday, showing himself, father Ivan Reitman (who directed the original film in 1984 and its sequel in 1989) and cast members Carrie Coon (The Leftovers), Mckenna Grace (Captain Marvel) and Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things) in Calgary. READ MOREcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT GHOSTBUSTERS 2020, BEING SHOT IN AND AROUND CALGARYOn Monday, a big-budgeted movie known as Rust City is set to begin filming in and around Calgary.By now, most know that Rust City is the less-than-secret decoy name that Jason Reitman’s Ghostbusters 2020 is being filmed under. As with most big-budget films, Sony is keeping a tight lid on many of the details of the shoot. But despite the secrecy, Non-Disclosure Agreements and fake names, there has been some information floating around about the highly anticipated film.Postmedia first reported back in February that Reitman — son of Ivan, who directed the first Ghostbusters in 1984 and its sequel — was coming to Calgary to shoot the film. Here’s what else we know.  READ MOREGHOSTBUSTERS 2020 WITH NEW & ORIGINAL CAST HAS STARTED FILMING IN CALGARYCalgary ain’t afraid of no ghosts.Ghostbusters 2020 has started filming in Calgary and the surrounding area.Filming dates: July 13th to October 10th.Working title: Rust City. READ MORE Facebooklast_img read more

Rep Glenn announces local office hours

first_imgFriday, April 267:30 to 8:30 a.m. at H&H Bakery and Restaurant, 200 S. Mable St. in Pinconning. Categories: Annette Glenn News 19Apr Rep. Glenn announces local office hours “As your representative in Lansing, remaining open and accessible to you is one of my top priorities,” Glenn said. “I look forward to speaking with residents about their issues and concerns.”No appointments are necessary to attend office hours. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Glenn’s office at (517) 373-1791 or AnnetteGlenn@house.mi.gov. State Rep. Annette Glenn announced her in-district office hours for the month of April. The representative will be available at the following times and locations:Monday, April 22Noon to 1:00 p.m. at Tropical Smoothie, 985 S. Saginaw Road in Midland.last_img read more

Starz Play Arabia Starz Play Arabia is launching A

first_imgStarz Play ArabiaStarz Play Arabia is launching Arabic content on its SVoD platform to complement its Hollywood fare.Starz, which launched in 17 territories in the region a year ago, will bring about 1,000 hours of Arabic content to the platform, according to Saniel Jesse Bates, CCO, speaking on a panel session at TV Connect yesterday.Bates said that ninety per cent of subscribers to the platform are Arabic speakers. Saudi Arabia is a key market with high demand for Hollywood content.He said Starz had tried not to become “all things to all men” by focusing primarily on Hollywood content rather than introducing packages targeted at expatriate and migrant workers. “We wanted to create strong clear positioning and we’ve added Arabic content to complement that,” he said.Addressing the challenges of SVoD in the region more generally, Bates said that an SVoD subscription could work in the Arabic region by adding value and delivering a high quality user experience, including delivering everything in HD.He said Netflix’s entry into the market had been positive for all players, making people aware of the SVoD category. “We saw a large lift in our numbers as a result of Netflix coming in,” he said.Bates said Netflix’s offering was two dollars more expensive than Starz, and faced a number of challenges.“One of the challenges they have is that their full service is not subtitled for the region,” he said, adding that Netflix was also challenged by its lack of rights to key properties. He said that Starz had not seen a significant impact on the price of rights as a result of Netflix’s entry. The latter had however made the company more aggressive in searching out key rights that it wants to tie down.Bates said that carrier billing was key for SVoD players as other payment methods were not common or were not trusted. “About 40% of our customers are coming from carrier billing. This is something Netflix will have to adjust to too.”Bates said that mobile across the region is predominantly pre-paid. However, about 80% of people sign up on their mobile phones, even though many watch the content on their TV screens. “The dynamics vary market by market,” he said. “But the number of people who come to us via mobile sign up has been surprising.”Samer Abdin, co-founder and CEO of rival SVoD service Istikana, speaking on the same panel session, said that his service had, in contrast with Starz, launched with a primary focus on premium Arabic content. “Pay TV is dominated by Hollywood and sports. In the Arabic content space, how to attract customers is about a combination of breadth with a large range of multigenre content and things that are hard to find on FTA, and convenience and quality,” he said.Samer said that the availability of legal content was the best way to tackle piracy. “VPNing is huge, but now Netflix has launched. If HBO did the same no one would access the US via a VPN to pirate it. As more content becomes available legally, the level of piracy will go down,” he said. He said legal attacks on piracy have a very limited impact, because people always find a way round restrictions and only a few players are every prosecuted.Samer said that Netflix did not have a full catalogue of content for the region, with House of Cards being owned by OSN, for example. He said that people who had been aware of the whole Netflix catalogue through VPNs were aware of how restricted the Netflix local catalogue was.Samer said that billing was an issue across the region, with few people having access to banking or ATM cards in many territories. He said that content discovery as well as sign up was often via mobile. Consumption of the service is about 50% via mobile devices and 50% via the TV.last_img read more

The Milwaukee Tool headquarters on Lisbon Road in

first_imgThe Milwaukee Tool headquarters on Lisbon Road in Brookfield.Brookfield-based Milwaukee Tool saw sales increase by 21.7 percent in 2017 and the chief executive of its Hong Kong-based parent company says the brand will continue to deliver those results for the next five years.“We have such aggressive plans for new product that we are determined to not ever go below 20 percent growth in Milwaukee over the next five years,” said Joe Galli Jr., Techtronic Industries Co. chief executive officer.The Milwaukee Tool headquarters on Lisbon Road in Brookfield.TTI reported sales of $6.1 billion last year, up 10.6 percent from 2016. At the same time the company improved its net profit 15 percent to $470 million.The continued growth comes as Milwaukee Tool is seeking state and local support for a second major expansion of its Brookfield headquarters. The company announced plans in January for a 114,500-square-foot office building along Lisbon Road. The $32 million project would be supported by $3.5 million in tax incremental financing from the city and the company is also in talks with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. for additional support. The state provided up to $18 million in tax credits for a 2016 expansion of the company’s headquarters.Frank Chan, TTI chief financial officer, told investors that Techtronic Industries’ 2018 capital expenditures would be around $250 million, up from $205 in 2017. He said about 70 percent to 75 percent of that would go towards operation with the remainder going to expanded facilities.Revenue in the Techtronic Industries power equipment segment, which also includes do-it-yourself brand Ryobi, was up 14.9 percent to $5.1 billion. Operating profit for the segment was $512 million, up 18.9 percent.Techtronic Industries does not report sales totals for Milwaukee Tool, but it first crossed $2 billion in 2015. Last year’s growth, combined with 19.8 percent growth in 2016, would put Milwaukee Tool at least close to $3 billion in revenue for 2017.“Year after year we have pulled this off,” Galli said, joking that it was easier to do when the base was smaller. Milwaukee has had a compound annual growth rate of 20.9 percent over the last five years.The largest geographic portion of the business is North America, where sales were up 20.5 percent. Austrailia and New Zealand saw the strongest growth at 33.6 percent. Europe was up 23.7 percent and rest of world was up 24 percent.“I don’t want any investor to believe we’re anywhere near topped out in terms of growth,” Galli said. “If anything I think we have misled you and we’ve underestimated the size and the scope of the market that cordless, labor saving devices can potentially become.”Galli said the company will continue to expand product offerings in regular and subcompact power tools while also adding offerings in new or newer categories like lighting, storage and mechanics tools. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribelast_img read more