q: What is the difference between traction control and stability control? Also, how does ABS help?
a: Traction control prevents the driving wheels from spinning if you accelerate too quickly, by lessening the power of the engine. In race cars, traction control is used as a performance enhancement, allowing maximum traction under acceleration without wheel spin. Stability control helps keep you straight and narrow for example, if you enter a corner too quickly, it limits engine power, and can apply brakes to individual wheels to prevent you from spinning or going straight on. ABS stands for anti-lock braking system, which is a safety feature that prevents wheel lockup and skidding during emergency braking.
q: I own a Maruti Swift and enjoy driving it. I now want to upgrade to a saloon that offers the same kind of driving pleasure. It should also offer decent fuel economy. What options do I have within a budget of Rs 8 lakh to Rs 10 lakh?
a: There is a lot of choice within this price range. However, if you want sporty looks and good performance, go for the Honda City. The arrow styling still looks terrific and the 1.5-litre VTEC motor, which develops an incredible 118bhp, makes the City the nicest car and quickest car to drive.