- Latest Automative News From CarSizzler From CarSizzler Hyperloop One and Indian Government Officials Lead First-Ever Summit New Delhi, India, February 28, 2017 – Hyperloop One, the global leader in developing the world’s first operational Hyperloop, convened a landmark innovation summit – T he Hyperloop One Vision For India in New Delhi today. The summit, which was graced by Shri Suresh Prabhu, Hon’ble Minister of Railways and Shri Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog, discussed how Hyperloop One can integrate with and augment India’s vast transport network with reliable, clean, and on-demand autonomous transport, connecting India’s major cities at faster-than-airline speeds. Hyperloop can reinvent and transform transportation in India, making the nation a global leader in innovation, efficiency, and regional economic growth.   The Hyperloop concept has generated excitement and interest from start-ups around the world since it was first proposed in 2013. While other start-ups have not yet moved beyond basic research, Hyperloop One is the only company that is building a functional Hyperloop system. Following the successful public demonstration of the propulsion motor in May 2016 Hyperloop One is on track to run the world’s first full-system test in 2017 in Nevada   “Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision for transforming India and the role he sees of technology in driving this change is indeed remarkable,” said Shervin Pishevar, Executive Chairman of Hyperloop One. “India is an extremely important geography for developing Hyperloop networks and reimagining how cities and regions work. The Prime Minister’s vision of connecting the country is directly aligned with Hyperloop One’s objective of connecting the world. With initiatives such as ‘Make In India’ and ‘Digital India’, we do see ourselves working in this direction in India.”   “Hyperloop One will help accelerate India’s growth towards building substantial infrastructure that is both financially and environmentally sustainable,” said Rob Lloyd, CEO of Hyperloop One. “A transportation system like the Hyperloop will undoubtedly ease the pressure on existing infrastructure while enhancing the quality of life of the people. We are already working with the governments around the world on passenger and freight projects, and we look forward to also partnering with India to support this endeavour.”   The Hyperloop One Vision For India summit also showcased five Hyperloop One Global Challenge (HOGC) semi-finalist teams from India, each of which proposed high-speed transportation routes that could improve the lives of millions of Indian citizens. The HOGC required the teams to develop regional proposals integrating Hyperloop One's disruptive transport technology to move passengers and freight from point-to-point, swiftly, and on-demand.    The HOGC which was kicked off in May 2016 invited teams across the world to put forward a comprehensive and commercially viable transport plan covering economical and policy aspects of their respective cities, regions and countries. The HOGC received more than 2,600 registrants from 90 countries, and narrowed the field down to 35 semi-finalists across all continents with a potential pipeline worth $26 billion. India led the way with the highest number of registrants and had the most vocal supporters of Hyperloop One on social media. The India semi-finalists include:   AECOM - Bengaluru-to-Chennai: 334 km in 20 minutes. Meeting the demand of a passenger and freight super-corridor growing at 15% a year. LUX Hyperloop Network - Bengaluru-to-Thiruvananthapuram: 736 km in 41 minutes. Connects two major ports in southern India with population centres of Coimbatore and Kochi. Dinclix GroundWorks - Delhi-to-Mumbai via Jaipur and Indore: 1,317 km in 55 minutes. Freight and passengers. Connects two megacities and creates seaport access for landlocked intermediary cities in the interior. Hyperloop India - Mumbai-to-Chennai via Bengaluru: 1,102 km. 50 minutes. Phased development for freight and passengers. Boosts capacity at ports of Mumbai and Chennai, creates a Suez Canal-like link between India’s coasts. Infi-Alpha - Bengaluru to Chennai: 334 km in 20 minutes. Meeting the demand of a passenger and freight super-corridor growing at 15% a year. Connects with major airports.   About Hyperloop One Hyperloop One is reinventing transportation by developing the world’s first Hyperloop, an integrated structure to move passengers and cargo between two points immediately, safely, efficiently and sustainably. Our team has the world’s leading experts in engineering, technology and transport project delivery, working in tandem with global partners and investors to make Hyperloop a reality, now. Founded in 2014 and headquartered in Los Angeles, the company is led by CEO Rob Lloyd and co-founded by Executive Chairman Shervin Pishevar and President of Engineering Josh Giegel. For more information, please visit Date published Wed, 01 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0530 Mercedes-Benz Launches GLE400 Petrol In India Taking into account a small but significant shift towards petrol powered vehicles in India, Mercedes-Benz is gunning to equip its entire portfolio with petrol versions in order to not lose potential petrol preferring buyers. The company has therefore launched the GLE SUV (est. M-Class) in its petrol avatar for the first time in the Indian market. The GLE 400 4MATIC is powered by a 3.0-lt, V6 engine and is priced at Rs 74.90 lakh, ex-showroom, New Delhi.   Mercedes-Benz’ move to launch the GLE petrol comes after the lifting of diesel ban in Delhi-NCR that affected it negatively. While GLE petrol’s launch is not a move in response to the ban (since it has already been lifted), it is to ensure that buyers who may sway from buying diesel vehicles are not left wanting (within Mercedes-Benz portfolio).   iPage Web Hosting. Free Domain Registration, Free Setup, Free Support -- All risk free!   The GLE 400 4MATIC will currently be sold in India as a CBU and will later be manufactured here. Priced at Rs 74.90 lakh, it’s around a lakh costlier than the GLE 350d 4MATIC powered by a similar-sized diesel engine. Considering Mercedes-Benz might revise prices once manufacturing starts here, the petrol GLE might get more affordable than its 3.0-lt diesel counterpart. GLE 250d, the less-powerful diesel GLE is however cheaper to buy by a margin in excess of Rs 10 lakh from both the other variants.   A quick compare between petrol and diesel GLE shows that the petrol version is more powerful than the diesel GLE. Understandable, the diesel GLE produces more torque and should also be more fuel efficient compared to its petrol counterpart.   Technical Specifications GLE 400 4MATIC GLE 350d 4MATIC Arrangement / No. of Cylinders   V6   V6 Total displacement (cc)   2996   2987 Rated output (kW [hp] @ rpm)   245 [333] / 5250-6000   190 [258] @ 3400 Rated torque (Nm @ rpm)   480 / 1600 - 4000   620 @ 1600 Top speed approx. (km/h)   247   225 Transmission   7G-TRONIC PLUS   9G-TRONIC Fuel   Petrol   Diesel Tank capacity (l)/incl. approx. reserve   93/12.0   93/12.0   Some of the key features of the GLE 400 4MATIC are:   AIRMATIC suspension with Adaptive Dampening System DYNAMIC SELECT COMAND Online with New Generation Telematics Harman Kardon® Logic 7® surround sound system Crosswind Assist Attention Assist Active Parking Assist Brake Assist 6 airbags Full LED Headlamps with Intelligent Light System Electric sunroof Memory package for driver and front passenger Parking package with Active Parking Assist and 360° camera Mirror package with brand logo projection   Comments   Roland Folger, Managing Director and CEO, Mercedes-Benz India   “Mercedes-Benz has the most comprehensive luxury SUV portfolio in the country. With the launch of the GLE 400 4MATIC, our discerning customers will now have the option of choosing between the petrol and the diesel version of our highest selling SUV. The GLE has been the highest selling SUVever and with a growing penchant for SUVs among customers, we believe the introduction of the petrol version will further bolster our presence in the luxury SUV segment. For the first time, we are introducing the GLE with a petrol mill and this underscores our strategy of offering the right product for our growing customer base. This is the fourth SUV we have introduced this year and with this variant, we now offer our bestselling SUV in 4 different options, GLE 250d, GLE 350 d, GLE 400 and the dynamic GLE 450 AMG Coupe.” Date published Fri, 26 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Renault Launches Powerful Kwid 1.0 Litre, Prices Start Rs 3.82 Lakh Onwards Aggregating over 1.65 lakh bookings in the first year of its launch, Kwid is undoubtedly the superstar in Renault India’s portfolio as far as sales are concerned. Launched last year with a 0.8-lt engine, Kwid played stiff competition to bestseller Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 with competitive pricing, modern looks and segment best features. Now, when Kwid is almost 1 year old, it is set to compete with the likes of Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 and Hyundai Eon from one segment above, in the 1000cc engine class.   Renault has launched Kwid with a 1.0-lt DOHC engine in India that develops 68PS of maximum power and 91Nm torque. The engine output is comparable to Kwid’s competitors in the segment.   RENAULT KWID 1.0L SCe Engine capacity 1.0 litre Configuration 3 cylinders, DOHC 4 valves per cylinder Power 68 PS @5500 RPM Torque 91Nm @ 4250 RPM Fuel tank volume 28 litres   Importantly, Kwid 1.0-lt is only Rs 22,000 dearer to the less powerful Kwid 0.8-lt and is available in top-variants only. The RXT variant of Kwid 1.0-lt is priced at Rs 3.82 lakh while the top-variant RXT(O) with airbag is priced at Rs 3.95 lakh (both prices ex-showroom). The prices of the Kwid 1.0-lt are however termed introductory and chances of a hike are surefire considering Kwid’s popularity. How early or late will Renault plan a revision in the prices remains to be seen.   Interestingly, Renault has revealed that a big chunk of Kwid’s bookings are for the top variants only; with the Kwid 1.0-lt launched marginally above the 0.8-lt version, chances are bright that a lot of buyers would want to upgrade to the more powerful version of the small car.    At the launch, Sumit Sawhney, Country CEO and Managing Director, Renault India Operations, said, “Renault KWID has revolutionised the compact hatchback segment in India, delivering our promise of creating a new era in automotive history. It has generated unprecedented success in its category and has won the hearts of customers’ and automotive experts alike. At Renault, we are committed to continuous innovation and we are happy to launch the Renault KWID 1.0L SCe today. With this launch, we look forward to welcoming more customers into the Renault family as we endeavor to aggressively build our presence in India.”   Besides the engine, there are only a couple of changes made to the Kwid’s exteriors. The Kwid now gets silver painted ORVMs in a housing and a chequered door protector that was previously done in black. Things remain unchanged on the inside though. Date published Wed, 24 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Hyundai Launches New Elantra In India, Prices Start Rs 12.99 Lakh Hyundai has launched the sixth generation of its D-segment sedan, Hyundai Elantra, in India with prices starting from Rs 12.99 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi. Hyundai Elantra continues to be powered by both petrol and diesel engines with an option of manual and automatic transmission. The new Elantra wears Hyundai’s Fluidic 2.0 design language and is structurally improved than before with 53% Advanced High Strength Steel  (AHSS) used. Petrol Elantra is now powered by a 2.0-lt petrol engine ditching the previous 1.6-lt petrol unit; the 1.6-lt diesel engine remains the same though.   Engine Capacity (cc) Maximum Power (ps/rpm) Maximum Torque (kgm/rpm) Petrol Nu 2.0 MPi 1,999 152ps@6200 19.6@4,000 Diesel 1.6 VGT CRDi 1,582 128ps@4,000 26.5@1,900~2,750   Hyundai Elantra is powered by a 2.0-lt Nu MPi petrol engine which is the biggest petrol engine in terms of displacement in its segment. The 1,999-cc engine makes 152PS of maximum power and 19.6Kgm of maximum torque returning a claimed 14.59 kmpl fuel efficiency. Diesel Elantra is powered by the same 1.6-lt CRDi engine making 128PS of maximum power and 26.5kgm of torque. Hyundai claims best-in-segment 22.54 kmpl fuel efficiency for the diesel-manual Elantra. Hyundai is also offering Drive Mode select feature in Elantra that allows you to choose between ECO mode and SPORT mode altering engine performance as per needs. While the Elantra remains the first car in its segment to get this feature, smaller cars like the Tata Zest are already equipped with similar technology.   Some of the key features of the Elantra are:   ·         High Intensity Discharge (HID) headLamps ·         LED Daytime Running light with Positioning lamps ·         Projector Fog lamps ·         Gunmetal Finish 16” Alloy Wheel & Silica Tyres ·         Supervision Cluster integrating  3.5˝ Mono TFT-LCD ·         Auto Cruise Control ·         Voice recognition ·         Tilt and Telescopic adjustable Steering Wheel ·         Electric Sunroof ·         Dual Zone FATC with Cluster Ionizer ·         Front Ventilated Seat ·         Engine Start/Stop Button ·         Rear AC Vents ·         6 Airbags ·         Dual Airbags and Anti-lock brake system (ABS) with EBD as Standard ·         Reverse parking camera with steering adaptive guidelines & Reverse Parking Sensors ·         Electronic Stability control (ESC) ·         Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) ·         Hill Start Assist Control (HAC)   The Elantra is available in 5 exterior colour options to choose from namely: Polar White, Sleek Silver, Phantom Black, Red Passion and a new colour Marina Blue. Hyundai’s Fluidic 2.0 design philosophy does away with curvy fluidic theme and that shows in the way Elantra looks now. Sharper headlamps, large hexagonal front grill and prominent bonnet creases sum up the front. The rear appears to be a reworked version of the previous design, albeit a more modern one. Two-part tail-lamps now get LED treatment and look premium.   On the inside, the Elantra does away with the beige-black theme of the 5th generation and gets all-black interiors. The interior design also complements the exteriors and does away with the flowy fluidic design of the 5th gen Elantra. Interior backlighting remains blue, a signature Hyundai trait now, however the center console gets a large touch-screen infotainment system angled towards the driver. Rear seats appear comfortable however the rear passengers do not get charging sockets or curtains. Fifth gen Elantra offered music controls on the rear armrest that are absent in the 6th generation. As far as cabin and exteriors are concerned, the new Elantra appears sportier than before and emphasis has been laid to allure the driver more than the passengers. An all-black interior theme, driver centric center console and front ventilated seats are a further proof that Hyundai wants to project the Elantra as a driver’s car now.   The Elantra will be offered in India in 9 variants across 3 trim levels, S, SX and SX(O). While manual transmission will be available on all trims, petrol-automatic Elantra will be available in SX and SX(O) variants while diesel-automatic Elantra will be available in SX(O) variant only. Hyundai has announced introductory prices for the Elantra that will continue till the end of this year. It can be expected that prices will be raised at the turn of the year. Prices (ex-showroom, New Delhi) for all variants are as follows:   PETROL MT AT S 12,99,000 - SX 14,79,000 15,89,000 SX(O) 16,59,000 17,99,000 DIESEL MT AT S 14,79,000 - SX 16,39,000 - SX(O) 17,69,000 19,19,000   With the Hyundai Elantra, Hyundai presents a strong case in the segment competing with the Toyota Corolla Altis and Skoda Octavia. Both the Altis and Octavia get petrol and diesel engine options although diesel-automatic option is available in Octavia only. The Elantra is expected to eat into the sales of the Altis diesel that is powered by a smaller 1.4-lt diesel engine. Date published Wed, 24 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Renault To Launch More Powerful Kwid 1.0-lt On Aug 22 Renault Kwid has been a  star performer for Renault since its launch last year in the high volume entry-level passenger vehicle segment. The Kwid is now the second most selling car in its segment and nearly touched 10,000 monthly sales volume in July, 2016. Having already showcased a more powerful 1.0-lt engined Kwid at the 2016 Auto Expo, Renault will finally be launching the Kwid 1.0-lt on August 22, 2016. The Kwid 1.0 will compete with the Alto K10 and Hyundai Eon, both powered by 1.0-lt engines.   Currently, Renault Kwid is powered by a 0.8-lt engine that makes 54PS of maximum power and 72Nm of maximum torque. Renault claims 25.17 kmpl fuel efficiency for the Kwid 0.8-lt. The Kwid 1.0-lt will get a 999cc DOHC engine making 68PS of maximum power and 91Nm of torque while returning a claimed fuel efficiency of 23 kmpl. In comparison, the Alto K10’s engine makes 68PS of maximum power and 90Nm of maximum torque, which is nearly identical to the Kwid 1.0-lt’s output. Where Maruti Suzuki scores is on the fuel efficiency front with a claimed figure of 24.07 kmpl for the K10’s engine.   The Renault Kwid’s 1.0-lt engine is paired to a 5-speed manual transmission and the company is expected to launch automatic Kwid shortly. An AMT transmission will be seen doing duty on the automatic Kwid 1.0-lt. Competitor Maruti Suzuki also has an automatic version of the Alto K10 with identical engine specifications and fuel efficiency figures as that of the Alto K10 manual.   The Kwid 1.0-lt will be available in top RXT and RXT (O) variants only that will get front fog lamps, dual tone dashboard, digital instrument cluster, front power windows, music system, navigation and keyless entry features as standard. The RXT (O) will be the variant that gets optional driver side airbag.   The more powerful Kwid 1.0-lt will get minute exterior tweaks in the form of designer decals on doors and a ‘SCe’ badge on the trunk lid.   Kwid 0.8-lt is available in 5 variants with the RXT and RXT (O) priced at Rs 3.57 lakh and Rs 3.67 lakh (both prices ex-showroom, Delhi) respectively. The Kwid 1.0 will definitely be priced higher than the Kwid 0.8-lt however Renault is expected to price it competitively. Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 is available from Rs 3.25 lakh (ex-showroom) onwards and goes up to Rs 3.82 lakh (ex-showroom) for the manual variant with airbag. If Renault keeps pricing of the Kwid 1.0-lt not more than Rs 30,000 higher over the current Kwid, it should still cost under Rs 4.00 lakh ex-showroom and remain competitive. Date published Fri, 19 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Datsun To Export redi-GO To Sri Lanka India-made Datsun redi-GO will soon be seen running on Sri Lankan roads marking a re-entry of the brand on the island. This news comes shortly after powers in Sri Lanka announced a relaxation in import duties for small cars with a less than 1000-cc engine capacity. Datsun will be exporting the redi-GO hatchback from India which is currently being manufactured at the company’s Chennai facility.   The redi-GO will mark Datsun’s re-entry into the Sri Lankan market. Datsun was first launched on the island in 1957. For sale of the redi-GO, Datsun has partnered with parent company Nissan’s dealer network in Sri Lanka, AMW and sales for the redi-GO are expected to commence from September 2016. The redi-GO is powered by a 799-cc engine making 54PS of maximum power. Sri Lankan authorities have recently announced a reduction in import duties for cars with engine capacity less than 1000-cc and Datsun appears to be quick to cash-in on to the opportunity to re-enter the Sri Lankan market that includes small cars from Suzuki and Toyota as well.   Datsun launched the redi-GO in India in June 2016 and the small car has managed to sell well in the initial period. With over 10,000 units sold in the country in the first couple of months, the redi-GO has received the best welcome in India compared to other Datsun products.   Comments   Vincent Cobee, Global Head of Datsun   "The return of Datsun to Sri Lanka is a key element of our expansion in fast-growing markets where there is growing demand for personal mobility,"   “Datsun's key values – Dream, Access and Trust - are designed to accommodate the needs and aspirations of up-and-coming customers who seek attractive styling, modern engineering, worry-free ownership, and an engaging driving experience. We are delighted to return to Sri Lanka with Datsun redi-GO to expand our offer in the largest vehicle market segment to a new generation of Sri Lankan customers who are ready for something new and exciting.” Date published Tue, 16 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Hyundai Creta Diesel Automatic Gets More Affordable, Two Other Variants Introduced Hyundai Creta made quite a stir when it was launched last year and the company has managed to deliver 1.25 lakh Creta SUVs since then in India. Celebrating Creta’s first anniversary, Hyundai has introduced a special anniversary edition variant in the Creta besides two other variants; S+ variant in diesel automatic and petrol Executive variant. The anniversary edition Creta will be available with both petrol and diesel engines in SX+ trim.   Hyundai recently gifted anniversary edition Creta to ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal on her stupendous performance in the Australian Open. The anniversary edition Creta is priced at Rs 12.23 lakh for the petrol version and Rs 13.76 lakh for the diesel version, about Rs 38,000 costlier than the respective SX+ manual transmission versions. For that amount, you get dual tone exteriors with glossy black roof along with C-pillar and integrated spoiler, 17” diamond cut alloy wheels, black Shark Fin antenna, Jet wing inspired body graphics, bright silver skid plates, all-black theme dashboard with red accents, black seat fabric with red inserts, 7” touch screen AVN system and leather wrapped steering wheel with audio & bluetooth controls.   The anniversary edition Hyundai Creta will be a limited edition version however, Hyundai has alongside it introduced two more variants in the Creta line-up. An important addition is the introduction of Creta diesel automatic in S+ variant which was previously available in SX+ variant only. Since Creta S+ diesel automatic is priced at Rs 13.58 lakh, about Rs 94,000 less than the SX+ diesel automatic Creta, it will make owing the Creta diesel automatic easier.   Hyundai has added an Executive variant (E+) to Creta petrol’s line-up that sits in between the base variant of Creta petrol and the S variant, priced at Rs 9.99 lakh. This variant gets touch screen audio (5”) along with steering audio & bluetooth controls and tweeters, a sporty roof rail, electrically adjustable ORVM with LED turn indicators & rear AC vents making it supremely VFM over the base Creta which is priced at Rs 9.17 lakh.   Besides the new variants, the Creta now gets a new exterior colour - Earth Brown. Date published Thu, 11 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Aprilia SR 150 Deliveries To Commence Soon Aprilia SR 150, the Italian performance bike maker’s first made-in-India scooter is set to reach showrooms soon. The SR 150, priced at Rs 65,000 will be powered by a 150cc engine shared with Piaggio’s Vespa scooter and will be retailed from Piaggio’s dealerships throughout the nation. The made-in-India scooter will be manufactured at Piaggio’s Baramati plant and will also be available for booking at online e-commerce portal   The SR 150 was first showcased at the 2016 Delhi Auto Expo while prices were announced recently. Aprilia says that the SR 150’s design is inspired by the RSV 4 1000 RF Factory and its steel frame structure will ensure rigidity and nippy handling. The SR 150 will ride on 14” wheels with 120/70 section front and rear tyres. The seating of the scooter is good for medium and tall riders with a seat height of 775mm. The scooter will get a 220mm front disc brake and a 170mm rear drum brake.   The SR 150 will be available in 2 colour options, matte black and white and is targeted at young riders.   Comments   Stefano Pelle, Managing Director and CEO, PVPL   “With the roll out of the Aprilia SR 150, it is indeed a proud moment for us here at the Piaggio group.  The first India made Aprilia only reiterates our India commitment. The SR 150 is a one of its kind from the Aprilia stable, especially since this bike is customized for the Indian market and produced locally. The crossover segment in India is in its nascent stage and we are yet to see its full potential; with the Aprilia SR 150 we aim to capitalize on this opportunity. Aprilia worldwide is known for its racing heritage and we have packed some of the superbikes abilities like performance and handling in this compact SR 150.” Date published Thu, 11 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Hyundai To Launch New Elantra In India On August 23 Hyundai India is set to launch the 2017 Elantra in India on August 23 with dealerships accepting bookings for the vehicle in advance. In its sixth generation, the new Elantra made its global debut in South Korea and is already on sale in the US. The 2017 Elantra will replace the existing Elantra in India and will compete with the likes of Skoda Octavia, Toyota Corolla Altis, Renault Fluence and Chevrolet Cruze. Read Chevrolet To Launch The New Cruze In India Soon   The new Elantra has grown up and is bigger than the current Elantra on sale in India. The new Elantra will measure 4610mm x 1800mm x 1450mm (LxWxH) as against 4530mm x 1775mm x 1470mm (LxWxH) dimensions of the current Elantra. Major changes on the outside include a new front grille, LED DRLs, new alloy wheels and wide LED tail lights. On the inside, expect the new Elantra to get an upmarket cabin loaded with features like a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, navigation, Bluetooth telephony, AUX and USB connectivity.   Powering the Elantra will be the same petrol and diesel engines currently doing duty on the Elantra. However, a minor increase in power and fuel efficiency figures is expected. Rumours are rife that the new Elantra might get a 2.0-lt petrol engine as well making its way into India. It is safe to assume that the Elantra will be available with both manual and automatic transmissions.   As far as pricing is concerned, the new Elantra is expected to start from somewhere around Rs 14.00 lakh for the entry-level variant, going up to Rs 18-19 lakh for the fully loaded variant. Dealerships in India are accepting bookings for the Elantra at a nominal amount of Rs 25,000 which is completely refundable if one wishes to cancel the booking after the launch, a Hyundai dealership personnel told on the condition of anonymity. Date published Thu, 11 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Toyota Innova Crysta Petrol Launched, Prices Start Rs 13.72 Lakh Onwards Toyota has launched petrol version of its popular MPV, Innova Crysta in India with prices starting from Rs 13.72 lakh onwards. Diesel powered Innova Crysta was launched earlier this year in May 2016 and Toyota has since then sold 24,000 units of the vehicle with about 9,000 deliveries pending. Due to ban on registration of diesel vehicles in Delhi-NCR with engine capacity exceeding 2000 cc, the Innova Crysta was until now not up for sale in the region. However, with the introduction of petrol Innova Crysta, Toyota has opened up its chances of selling the MPV in the diesel ban affected Delhi-NCR area.   The Innova Crysta petrol is powered by a 2.7-lt engine with Dual VVT-i technology. Petrol Innova Crysta is available with a 5-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic transmission. Toyota claims a fuel efficiency of 10.83 kmpl for the automatic Innova Crysta, nearly 1 kmpl over the claimed figure for manual transmission. On the lines of the diesel Innova Crysta, the petrol Crysta also gets Eco and Power modes of drive.   Toyota Innova Crysta petrol - Variants and Features   Innova Crysta petrol is available in GX, VX and ZX trims with the automatic transmission available in GX and ZX variants and manual transmission in GX and VX variants only. Basic safety features (all variants) include 3 Airbags, Antilock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) & Brake Assist (BA), height adjustable Seatbelt with Pre Tensioner & Force Limiter (PT/FL) for front seat, 3 point seatbelt for all occupants & Child restraint system (ISOFIX) and impact sensing door unlock with secondary battery. ZX variant is loaded with 7 Airbags, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) & Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) and is the top-grade for the Crysta.   The Innova Crysta is available in the latest Garnet Red, White Pearl Crystal Shine and Avant-garde Bronze exterior colours besides grey, silver and white.   Notable standard features of the Innova Crysta include tilt & telescopic power steering, power windows, rear parking sensors, rear wiper and defogger.   Toyota Innova Crysta Prices   Innova Crysta Variants Price 2.7 GX MT 7-STR 13,72,800 2.7 GX MT 8-STR 13,77,300 2.7 GX AT 7-STR 14,83,800 2.7 GX AT 8-STR 14,88,300 2.7 VX MT 7-STR 16,56,800 2.7 ZX AT 7-STR 19,62,300   Comments   Akito Tachibana, Managing Director of Toyota Kirloskar Motor   “The Innova is an iconic brand and has long established itself as the number 1 MPV in the Indian market. This can be further reiterated with the overwhelming success of the new Innova Crysta which was launched earlier this year.   Often referred to as the segment creator, the brand Innova has proved itself again by being the first in the segment to offer a vehicle with a petrol variant. At Toyota, we are constantly striving to make our products even better catering to the varied and changing needs of our customers. We are confident that the new petrol variant of the Innova Crysta further reiterates Toyota’s commitment to the Indian market and will add to customer delight,”   N. Raja, Director & Senior Vice President (Sales & Marketing), Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt. Ltd   “The recently launched Innova Crysta has received an overwhelming response from the market. We are very thankful to our customers who have helped us realize this dream.   We have already sold more than 24,000 units in a short span of two months and have a pending order of over 9,000 units for the Innova Crysta. This for us reiterates the success of the product.   Toyota has always been driven by the ‘Customer First’ philosophy and it is because of this underlying philosophy that we are constantly striving to make our products better so that we can cater to the varied needs of our customers. We felt, one such need existed for our customers who wanted a MPV with a petrol engine and the Innova Crysta is the first in the segment to meet this requirement. We are confident that the Innova Crysta petrol will be equally successful in continuing the legacy that the iconic brand Innova has created in the Indian MPV market” Date published Tue, 09 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0530 VW Group Sets Up IT Hub In India It is a moment of pride for India as Volkswagen Group that forms a cluster of automobile brands like Volkswagen, Skoda, Audi, Porche and Lamborghini has zeroed in on India as its nucleus of IT services. The company has set up Volkswagen IT Services India Pvt Ltd in Hinjewadi, Pune that will deliver IT solutions and drive innovation for all brands of Volkswagen Group globally.   To set up this facility, VW has invested about Rs 22.5 Cr and employed 300 personnel in the field of JAVA, Microsoft Technologies, Business Intelligence, SAP, ServiceNow, Mobility & Testing. The company intends to increase the head-count by another 150 tech professionals in the coming months.   Volkswagen has also revealed that the VW’s Indian IT Division will also be collaborating with VW Group in Germany to carry out work on VW’s future projects and innovations. VW IT Services India Pvt  Ltd will therefore be reporting directly to the parent IT company situated in Wolfsburg, Germany. The move to locate IT hub in India not only speaks about VW’s focus on the Indian market directly but also showcases India’s significance in the IT industry globally.   Volkswagen has also recently introduced an entirely new car model, the VW Ameo in India that has been developed on the VW Polo and Vento car lines. The Ameo has been entirely developed by VW’s Indian arm and is the company’s first sub-4m sedan that now competes with Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire, Hyundai Xcent, Tata Zest, Ford Aspire and Honda Amaze. Date published Fri, 05 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Mercedes-Benz Takes Initiative To Skill Manpower On Body Repair With an aim to offer professional training to skill manpower to become qualified body repair technicians, Mercedes-Benz has inaugurated an ‘Advanced Auto Body repair Training Centre’ in Don Bosco Pvt ITI, Chinchwad. The carmaker has spent INR 26.5 Mn for this initiative and will be offering scholarship to 10 economically challenged students for the training. Mercedes-Benz has additionally donated a C-Class sedan as a test specimen on which the training can be imparted.   The training will allow youngsters to choose a career path in the early stages of their life as the course is even open to candidates who are class 10th qualified. The curriculum will be as per ITI standards and the course duration will therefore be 1 year with an extra month for imparting Mercedes-Benz Auto Body Technology knowhow to the students.   Having completed the course, the students will be eligible to be recruited by Mercedes-Benz and its dealerships throughout India via campus recruitment. Since the said course contents are based on the existing ITI trade of Auto Body Repair Technician course, the passed candidates will be equipped to handle auto body repair on vehicles of any make. However, after completing Mercedes-Benz’ one month Auto Body Technology knowhow, the students will also be awarded a joint Advanced Training certificate issued by Don Bosco and Mercedes-Benz India.   Mercedes-Benz’s partnership in the course is not limited to supplying the C-Class or setting up latest training equipments and tools but the carmaker will also play a key role in setting the syllabus for the course and training the trainers first at its Cellete training facility in Coimbatore and at select M-B dealerships. Date published Thu, 04 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0530 BMW 520d Gets M Sport Treatment, Priced At Rs 54 Lakh BMW has introduced the M Sport trim in the 520d variant of the 5 Series sedan in India. The 520d M Sport will also be a made-in-India vehicle manufactured at the company’s Chennai facility. Priced at Rs 54 lakh, ex-showroom, the 520d M Sport is one of the 5 variants of the 5 Series, with the M Sport trim also available in the BMW 530d. The prices of other variants are as follows:   520d Prestige Plus Rs 50,50,000 520d Luxury Line Rs 54,00,000 520i Luxury Line Rs 54,00,000 530d M Sport Rs 62,00,000   The exterior colours available in the 520d M Sport are: Alpine White (non-metallic, Mediterranean Blue and Carbon Black.   Highlights and features of the 520d M Sport   M aerodynamics package 18-inch M light alloys in a double spoke design Side skirts with additional contour lines Rear apron with exhaust pipe finishers in dark chrome Diffusor in dark shadow metallic Adaptive LED Headlights ‘M’ badge on front wings and M designation on the door sill strip M multifunction steering wheel six air bags Anti-Lock braking system Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) including Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) Cornering Brake Control (CBC) Hill Descent Control (HDC) Side-impact Protection Electronic vehicle immobilizer BMW iDrive (the on-board Driver Information System) with 25.9 cm color display BMW Navigation system Professional with 3D maps (integrated Global Positioning System-GPS) BMW Apps Park Distance Control Rear View Camera Connectivity through Bluetooth / USB devices     Engine Specifications Engine capacity 1995 cc Power output 140 kW / 190 hp Maximum Torque 400 Nm 0-100kmph 7.7 seconds Top speed 233 kmph Transmission 8-speed Steptronic  with paddle shifters   Comments   Frank Schloeder, President (Act.), BMW Group India   “M stands for motorsport and is one of the most coveted badges that has shaped the history of performance automobiles.  The next chapter of the BMW 5 Series in India will begin with the BMW 520d M Sport which embodies the athletic form of luxurious elegance. The BMW 520d M Sport with typical BMW M style and sporty genes presents the future-proof dynamics of the BMW 5 Series at its energetic best.” Date published Tue, 02 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Mercedes-Benz SLC 43 AMG Launched At Rs 77.50 Lakh Mercedes-Benz has launched the roadster SLC 43 AMG in India at Rs 77.50 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi. The SLC 43 AMG in India replaces the SLK 55 and is powered by a 3.0-lt, V6 bi-turbo engine that makes 270 kW [367 hp] of maximum power and 520 Nm of maximum torque. The SLC 43 can do a 0- 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds. The engine in the SLC is mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission.   The SLC 43 AMG is the first vehicle to be introduced with a 2 digit nomenclature where 43 stands for the 3.0-litre V6 bi-turbo engine. In order to make the ownership experience better, Mercedes-Benz has launched My Mercedes-My Service programme wherein a compact service package for the AMG SLC 43starts at just INR 84,000. The company is also offering an extended warranty for the 4th year for the AMG SLC 43 at INR 200,000. Some of the key features of the SLC 43 AMG are: LED headlamps with ILS and integrated DRLs and turn indicators Diamond radiator grille in chrome with louvre in iridium silver Designo seat belts in red Electrical fore/aft, height and backrest angle adjustment with three memory settings Integral crash-responsive NECK-PRO head restraints, height-adjustable AMG DYNAMIC SELECT AMG sports suspension AMG High Performance Braking System AMG speed-sensitive sports steering 9G-TRONIC transmission ECO start/stop ESP® Curve Dynamic Assist Cruise control with ‘SPEEDTRONIC’ variable speed limiter Panoramic Vario-roof Smartphone Integration Package and Garmin® MAP PILOT Adaptive brake lights, flashing | ATTENTION ASSIST Adaptive Brakes with Anti-lock Braking system, priming & brake drying function, Hill Start Assist & HOLD function Brake Assist (BAS) with brake servo assistance when emergency braking is detected Acceleration skid control (ASR) | 3-stage Electronic Stability Program (ESP®) Airbags for driver and co-driver, window airbags for driver, front passenger & rear seat occupants, Sidebag for driver and co-driver (combined thorax/pelvis bag)6 airbags in total PRE-SAFE® system with reversible belt tensioners for driver and front passenger seats, closing function for side windows Crash-responsive head restraints   Comments   Roland Folger, Managing Director and CEO, Mercedes Benz India   “AMGs are unmatched in terms of performance motoring and we will be introducing some of the most exciting AMG vehicles as part of our ‘Winning’ strategy for 2016. The all new Mercedes-AMG SLC 43 is an illustration of cutting-edge technology coupled with superlative design elements and unmatched performance in equanimity. Mercedes-Benz set new standards in the luxury open top motoring in India with the launch of the SLK. Now, we celebrate 20 successful years of this timeless roadster, with the introduction of theAMG SLC 43 within 4 months from its international debut. With the launch of the Mercedes-AMG SLC 43, we continue to follow our ‘top of pyramid’ approach and take pride in offering the widest range of performance vehicles for our astute Indian customers.”   “We have a strategic focus on the AMG performance brand in India, and we are excited to see our strategy bearing fruits. Mercedes-AMG has remained the most popular name in the performance circuit in India, and our concerted efforts over the years have paid off in reaching out to newer customer base for the brand. The AMG SLC 43 is a strategic addition to our AMG portfolio,which will make the brand accessible to more performance enthusiasts. With 10 AMG products, Mercedes-AMG now offers the largest performance cars portfolio and we comprehensively lead the top-end performance cars segment in India. Our AMG portfolio has seen tremendous success and we are thrilled to add yet another superlative driving experience to our portfolio. It is an exciting time for Mercedes-Benz and our success in the luxury car segment underlines that our strategy to focus on the top of the pyramid products is paying off rich dividends.” Date published Tue, 26 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Rajasthan Now Home To Over 300 Datsun Redi-GO Cars Datsun is excited about its latest product, the redi-GO and the reason is simple, it has been the company’s best take on any segment in India till date. Datsun has already booked over 10,000 redi-GO cars in India in about 2 months from its launch. In a recent statement released by the company, about 300 redi-GOs have been delivered in Rajasthan alone with the deliveries staring shortly after the launch.   We got to sample the redi-GO a while back and were impressed with the sort of interior space it offered. Being competitive price-wise also makes the redi-GO a strong contender in its segment.   Comments    Arun Malhotra, Managing Director, Nissan Motor India Pvt. Ltd.   “I am delighted to see significant demand for the newly-launched Datsun redi-GO in Rajasthan. We have strong focus in western market as it has a huge potential for us.  Delivering 300 redi-GO vehicles in couple of months to customers in key cities of the state is a reflection of how well the brand is resonating with young India. We are delighted to deliver personal mobility to so many new car buyers,”   “Our lively redi-GO is loaded with several best-in-class features and offers a great value proposition for the young and ambitious who are ready to take the next step in their lives.” Date published Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Volvo Loads XC90 With Improved Aircon System For A Cleaner Cabin In a bid to offer its customers a cleaner cabin ambience, Volvo, the Swedish carmaker has improved its CleanZone air-con system with a new multi-filter and a sensor that monitors the incoming air for noxious substances. The improved system is a standard fitment in the recently launched XC90, the flagship SUV from Volvo and will echo in other Volvos very soon.     What’s the improvement like?   Volvo has improved the multi filter which is now bigger than before and gets a layer of active charcoal to remove some contaminants that can impact health of drivers. As per some standardized component tests from Volvo, the new filter reduces fine dust particles with size smaller than 0.4 μm to 70% when compared to a car without this filter.   Volvo allowed us a first-hand test on its latest air-con system that showed that the cabin ambience was cleaner than the outside environment. The company has also put an effort in selection of materials inside the cabin to ensure a healthier ambience.   The effectiveness of Volvo’s CleanZone system to regain a cleaner cabin on restarting the car was also put to test and it was determined that it took time in a small span of some minutes for the air-con to ventilate the cabin to reach acceptable levels of cleaner interior ambience.   While the technology is not breakthrough and the company believes that other carmakers might as well be using a similar technology, Volvo has put an effort to educate the masses on greener environment. The company’s DPF (diesel particulate filter) that forms a part of XC90’s exhaust system also works to ensure minimum exhaust pollution. The same (DPF) is a mandate of the Euro 6 norms which India is yet to get. Date published Fri, 20 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Hyundai i20 Car Series Hits 1Mn Sales In India Hyundai entered the premium hatchback segment in late 2008 with the i20 that set higher standards in its segment for feature count and upmarket-ness. The i20 was followed by a facelift before Hyundai launched the new Elite i20, which again raised the bar for space and styling. Hyundai has registered a sale of 1 million units of i20 series in India that includes, besides the above mentioned models, the i20 Active as well.   As far as sales are concerned, the est. i20 contributed a major chunk primarily due to a near 6yr lifespan and a major portion of vehicles being exported. The Elite i20 on the other hand is selling quicker than the previous i20 in domestic market having clocked over 2 lakh sales in about 2 years of its launch here.   Detailed sales figures are as follows:   Brand Launched Date Domestic Exports Total i20 29 Dec, 2008 367,146 389,889 757,035 Elite i20 11 Aug, 2014 205,441 16,603 222,044 i20 Active 17 Mar, 2015 30,877 7,154 38,031 Grand Total 1,017,110   Comments   Y.K. Koo - MD & CEO, Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL)   “Reaching this historic mark is a testament to Hyundai i20’s staying power and the global appeal of a vehicle that delivers sporty design, functionality and class-leading performance. We are extremely delighted that i20 models have achieved this milestone of 1 million global sales and met the aspirations of Indian and Global customers. Hyundai is Modern Premium brand that offers quality, innovation and value for money with awards winning cutting-edge technology, styling and performance. Hyundai is committed towards fulfilling the customers’ aspirations and will continue to evolve its products as per the ever changing market trends.” Date published Thu, 21 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Honda Activa Leads Two-Wheeler Sales Numbers In 2016 In what can be termed as a “2-wheeler market turmoil”, an automatic scooter has for the first time in 17 years achieved a feat of leading the two-wheeler sales numbers leaving commuter motorcycles behind. The scooter – Honda’s Activa, the sales – 13.38 lakh units from Jan-Jun 2016.   Honda Activa managed a lead of over one lakh units from its nearest two-wheeler rival in sales and also improved its own sales figures by over 1 lakh compared to the same period (Jan-Jun 2015) last year. The amount of sales brand Activa generates for Honda is about 15% of the industry by volume and more than the entire 125cc commuter motorcycle segment. Those are big numbers and scream immense success that Activa brand has achieved in India.   With Activa’s growth in the Indian market, the scooter industry has reinstated faith and a lot of manufacturers have jumped in the segment, latest being Aprilia who is set to begin sales of its 150cc automatic scooter, the SR 150 in August, 2016. Automatic scooters are practical, now more fuel efficient and attract men and women alike, and these remain some of the notable USPs of the scooters. Date published Tue, 19 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Aprilia Set To Foray Into Automatic Scooter Segment With SR 150 To be priced at Rs 65,000 To be launched in August 2016 Powered by 150cc engine   Piaggio Group will soon be launching a sporty 150cc scooter under the Aprilia brand. SR 150, a crossover between a scooter and a bike will be launched in August 2016 and the company is expected to start with the official bookings soon. In a statement released by the company, the price of the upcoming scooter has already been mentioned at a competitive Rs 65,000 that shows the company’s intent to fight the automatic scooter segment war fiercely. Honda Activa is the current leader by sales in the automatic scooter segment.   Vespa, another automatic scooter from Vespa which is positioned as a premium scooter has been in the market for some time and is popular for its graceful looks. With the SR 150, the company will target the sports oriented clientele that wants power of a bike with ease of a scooter.   Comments   Piaggio Group Chairman and CEO, Roberto Colaninno   “After the success of the Ape and the positioning of the Vespa in the premium segment of the Indian market, we are further strengthening our offering in the subcontinent with the entry of Aprilia’s SR 150 scooter,”   “This vehicle is an excellent expression of the Noale manufacturer’s sport expertise and offers technology and style superior to those of its direct competitors in the segment.”   Managing Director and CEO, Piaggio Vehicles Private Limited (PVPL), Stefano Pelle   “We have received a favorable response to all our launches in the country and with the launch of the Aprilia SR 150, we aim to increase our footprint across the geo. The design aesthetics of the SR 150 reflect the sporty character of the Aprilia brand with a light weight engine which creates a new category in India’s the scooter segment”.   Details disclosed about SR 150   Wheel size - 14" wheels with five spokes alloys similar to the Aprilia racing bikes Single cylinder 150cc, 4-stroke engine Date published Tue, 19 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Porsche Introduces Platinum Edition Cayenne In India Porsche’s full-size SUV, the Cayenne, is now available in India in an additional special edition trim, the Platinum Edition. Platinum Edition Cayenne is available in both petrol and diesel guise. Price for the Platinum Edition petrol Cayenne is Rs 1,06,68,000 (ex-showroom, Maharashtra) while that of diesel is Rs 1,08,86,000 (ex-showroom, Maharashtra). The company has started to accept bookings for the Platinum Edition and deliveries are expected to begin in August, 2016.   Features of Cayenne Platinum Edition   Large 20-inch wheels in RS Spyder design housed in wider wheel arches Leather sport seats with electric eight-way adjustment Alcantara centre panels Porsche crest on all headrests Stainless steel door sills showcasing "Platinum Edition" lettering Latest generation Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system with a seven-inch touchscreen, navigation and Connect Plus module with Apple® CarPlay and Siri® voice BOSE® Surround Sound system Analogue clock integrated in the dashboard Bi-xenon headlights with the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) Power Steering Plus ParkAssist in the front and rear Rear-view and exterior mirrors with an automatic anti-glare feature Adaptive Air Suspension including Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) Panoramic sunroof Bluetooth/mobile phone preparation 4-zone climate control Electrical sun blinds for side windows in the rear   Exterior Colour Options   Non-metallic black or white Jet Black Metallic Rhodium Silver Metallic Mahogany Metallic Carrera White Metallic A special exterior colour named Purpurite Metallic is also available as an option   Note - The wider wheel arches are also finished in the chosen exterior colour.   Comments   Pavan Shetty, Director of Porsche India   "The Cayenne Platinum Edition is a thrilling four-door sports car with purposefully selected materials for an even greater sense of style. The comprehensive range of standard equipment and eye-catching details makes this premium model a truly attractive offering for our enthusiasts.” Date published Mon, 18 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Datsun Registers 10000 Bookings for redi-GO In India Redi-GO, the latest product from Datsun India has started off well with about 10,000 bookings registered by the second month of its launch. The company says most of the bookings are from metropolitan cities and tier 2 cities, which is expected. Nissan-Datsun has a total of 227 outlets in India and the company has plans for continuous expansion of its outlets. Review - Datsun redi-GO detailed review   The redi-GO competes with the Alto 800 and Renault Kwid. (Interesting read - Datsun redi-GO vs Renault Kwid) It was launched at Rs 2.39 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi for the entry-level variant. The redi-GO boasts of company claimed fuel efficiency of 25.17 kmpl. Datsun is also offering an optional 2/3years warranty with free roadside assistance in addition to standard 2 year/unlimited kilometer warranty with the redi-GO to make the package more alluring.   Comments   Arun Malhotra, Managing Director, Nissan Motor India Pvt. Ltd.   “Datsun redi-GO is bringing a lot of new energy and freshness to the entry car segment. Its eye-catching design and best-in-class features are getting noticed as more and more customers choose to go with redi-GO”.  “We have started deliveries of redi-GOs this month to customers across the country and are delighted by the way Datsun redi-GO is being embraced by the younger generation in the country” Date published Fri, 15 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Mercedes-Benz SLC 43 AMG To Be Launched In India In July Mercedes-AMG has announced the launch of the SLC43 roadster in India. The car will be launched on July 26 in New Delhi. The SLC 43, that was showcased at the Detroit Motor Show earlier this year will be replacing the SLK 55 AMG roadster in India. Here’s a look at what has changed now as far as the technical details are concerned:     Cars SLK 55 AMG SLC 43 AMG Arrangement & number of cylinders V8 V6 Total Displacement (cc) 5461 2,996 Rated Output (kW/hp @ rpm) 310/421 @ 6800 270/367 @ 5500-6000 Rated Torque (Nm @ rpm) 540 @ 4500 520 @ 2,000-4,200 Compression Ratio 12.6 : 1 10.7:1 Tyre size (front) 235/40 R18 235/40 R18 Tyre size (rear) 255/35 R18 255/35 R18 Acceleration (0-100, km/h, s) 4.6 4.7 Top speed (km/h) 250 250 Turning Circle diameter (m) 10.53 10.52 Boot Capacity (l) 335 335   Mercedes-Benz will announce the prices of the SLC 43 AMG for the India market on July 26. The above specifications belong to the SLC 43 AMG sold in the UK. Date published Fri, 15 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0530 BMW India Opens New Dealership In Kochi Expanding its sales network in the southern region, BMW India has opened a new sales outlet in Kochi. EVM Autokraft, the second outlet for BMW in Kerala is the 41st for the German carmaker in India. The outlet is operational at 23/649 A 1, Angel Plaza, Kalamassery, Kochi.   The showroom has a display area for five cars including a special display zone for high-end cars. The dealership will entertain service requests as well and has 11 bays for the same. It will also sell BMW accessories.   Comments   Frank Schloeder, (Act.) President, BMW Group India   “BMW is an admired premium auto manufacturer and continues to set new benchmarks in creating unparalleled customer delight. We are very excited to further strengthen our presence in Kerala region with the addition of our second dealership EVM Autokraft, to offer fascinating BMW products and services. The facility reiterates our firm commitment to serve our customers with the highest level of enthusiasm and passion.”   Sabu Johny, Managing Director, EVM Autokraft   “We are proud to partner with BMW India in setting up this world class dealership in Kochi. The foundation of our association is based on bringing extremely high standards in sales and service of premium automobiles to India. EVM Autokraft will be instrumental in offering renowned BMW experience to customers and tapping the growing luxury car market potential of the city.” Date published Fri, 15 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0530 JCB Showcases India-Made Material Handling Solutions In Delhi Earthmoving and construction equipment manufacturer JCB is a recognized player in its industry and is the easiest to spot brand at construction sites. The Indian subsidiary of JCB recently showcased three of the company’s made-in-India material handling products recently in Delhi. The products are – Telehandlers, Skod Steer Loaders and Super Loaders.   Telehandlers - JCB offers three variants of Telehandlers in India – a 7m lift height machine called the 530-70, an 11m lift height machine known as 530-110 and a 17m lift height machine which is the 540-170.   Skid Steers – JCB’s Skid Steers offer a side door entry as a USP. It is available in 2 variants - the 135 and the 155. These are mainly used in areas with space restriction.   Super Loader – It is designed as a loader for loading applications at higher heights. Two variants are currently available in India - a 3.1m dump height machine and a machine with a 4.0m dump height.   Comments   Vipin Sondhi, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of JCB India Limited   “We are delighted to showcase our wide range of “Made in India” material handling products solutions for the Indian market. The industry is now progressing towards more safe and reliable practices and through these revolutionary products we foresee a great opportunity to replicate the global best practices in the material handling industry.”   “Over the years, we have been witnessing a growing need for technologically advanced and intelligent product solutions in this industry. With the three product solutions, JCB is leading this paradigm shift in India. This world class range is a perfect combination of safety, productivity and versatility.” Date published Fri, 15 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Review - BMW 3 Series 320d Luxury Line   While a lot of body styles have found takers in India now, the 3-box sedan layout still retains its charm and fascinates buyers with an extravagant taste. When it comes to finding the best bet on a 3-box sedan on the other side of Rs.30 lakhs, expectations rise and the line of compromise gets thinner to hairline extent.   For this segment, comfort is as important as drive dynamics, style is as important as ease of ownership and power is as important as efficiency to hit the roads daily. Does the current-gen BMW 3 Series deliver on those contradictory couples? We drive the top-of-the-line 320d Luxury Line to find out if the current-gen 3 Series has in it to rise above others in a fiercely fought segment.     First - Comfort & Drive Dynamics       BMW has always hit the zenith as far as dynamics of its vehicles are concerned and 3 Series is no exception. Be it any mode (Sports or Comfort), the 3 Series exhibits lively characteristics and is sharp on its feet. Body roll is well contained, even in Comfort mode. BMW has used an Advanced Suspension Technology in the 3 Series using light alloy components to contain mass yet maintain rigidity. Surprisingly, suspensions are very comfortable (compared to the last-gen 3 Series) and that's where BMW has finally hit the jackpot. This is possibly the best India-compatible 3 series to have ever hit the road.   Besides the impact on overall performance, the two modes, Comfort and Sport impact the ride quality of the 3 Series as well. Here’s precisely what gets altered in the ride and handling department in these two modes.   Comfort Mode Ride - In this mode, the 3 Series rides the way it has never in its past generations. The ride is very unlike BMWs of the past and is very plush. The suspensions are tuned for comfort at practically all speeds. Handling - With the change in drive mode, the handling characteristics also differ. In the Comfort Mode then, the handling is good at all city speeds up to 120 kmph, beyond which, the steering feels a little over sensitive to inputs and feels a little light. Not that the 3 Series feels nervous, but it feels more receptive to small inputs.     Sports Mode Ride -While you instantly feel that the 3 Series gets on its toes in this mode, the ride gets a bit firm for city speeds and potholes aren’t dealt with as ease as in the Comfort mode. At high speeds however, the difference in ride quality isn't drastic as far as in-cabin comfort levels are concerned. In fact, the planted feel of the car and restricted body roll lends a positive effect on the ride quality. Handling - Well, when you go over 100 kmph, this is the mode to drive in. Steering weighs up well, gets firm and inputs become very precise.     So, availability of different ride settings has made the 3 Series retain its sporty legacy while still keeping customers who relate price tag to comfort happy.   Comfort however isn’t just a function of ride quality. Its also got to do a lot with the interior trims, the seats and ergonomics. And a special-mention here goes to the seats that are very comfortable. In fact, the 3 Series (surprisingly!) feels even more comfortable than the 5 series for the rear passengers. There’s room, seats are comfortable, well inclined and cushioned, the 3 gets a wonderful back seat.   There’s another surprise element that goes with the 3 Series, it charges the iPhone via the USB cable easily, something we couldn't manage in both the 5 and 7 Series. And yes, everything falls at hand, the controls and the switchgear, we believe if it has to be a BMW it has to be ergonomic and the 3 series is right up there.           Second – Style and Ease of Ownership       As far as ease of ownership is concerned, BMW offers its own financial services and offers custom finance schemes to own a Bavarian car easily (write to us at for details).   Styling on this generation 3 Series has matured, we believe, for the good. The 3 Series now not only looks bigger and more premium than the previous generation, its adaptation of elements from bigger Bavarian cars has left a positive impact on the exteriors.   While BMW has toned down the incense theme, the 3 Series still has the in-your-face attitude written all over it. A merging-with-the-grill effect thrown on the headlamp design is instantly recognizable as a change and stands the 3 Series apart from its family members. The scooped but large bonnet, big kidneys upfront, dash of chrome and short front overhang relate the 3 Series to its predecessors, but in a modern shell.       Our Luxury Line 320d stood on multispoke 17” alloys that look the part. Long front bonnet is a BMW hallmark and makes the Bavarian cars look aggressive. There’s chrome treatment on the window lines and lean A and C pillars spell performance.   The 3 Series’ rear borrows heavily from the 5 and 7 Series in design and that has worked in its favour. It not only looks more upmarket now, but also looks mature. Split tail-lamps are wide and stretched and there’s also a chrome strip running across the rear bumper in the Luxury Line.     Another thing that doesn't go in favor of the 5 and 7 series is the fact that the interiors of the 3, 5 and 7 are so alike, however, it's the same fact that makes the 3’s insides stand out in terms of quality, finish and layout. We drove the Luxury line of the 3 series and in this case you get black-beige interiors with plush wooden trim and chrome inserts. Use of drab black plastic is something BMW should refrain from now, though, they try to make sporty cars, still its been long they’ve been using it. Everything else is almost perfect. The iDrive is a wonderful unit however the 3 Series we drove didn't get Sat-Nav.       As far as the pricing is concerned, the 3 Series offers great value, style-wise. Exteriors are sharp, modern, elegant and look premium. Interiors being a close replication of larger BMWs offers bang for your buck.     Third – Power and Efficiency       The 1995-cc, 4 cylinder diesel engine under the 320d’s hood is a wonderful unit. It is powerful, refined, revs well, doesn't have any inherent lag and feels relentless. In short, its a performer. What’s also good is that its clatter is also well damped, applause also goes to the noise damping then.   8-speed Steptronic Automatic Transmission takes the glam here in this engine-transmission combo and it’s so good that it makes you fall in love with itself. Why? This transmission might be an automatic unit but it doesn't make you feel that shifts are not in your control. It surprisingly senses what you think and reacts in a manner only a manual unit would. Upshifts and downshifts are variable in all modes. So, in the Sports mode, if you aren’t in a mood to go all out, the transmission shifts up at 2000rpm however in the Comfort mode, it does the same close to 1800rpms. This remains the minimum limit of upshifting. In case you’re in a mood to go all out, the transmission responds to the needs and redlines in Sports mode. Even in Comfort mode, the upshifts are altered to a higher engine rpm.     The ECO pro mode sends the car into mild-hibernation. On-board display changes and shows a lot of different driving info, the lights dim down, AC settings change and you actually feel like saving fuel. Even if you push in this mode, the 3 doesn't feel eager but remains decently nimble compared to smaller cars.   During our entire stint with the 3 Series, it remarkably returned us over 13 kmpl easily making it one of the very efficient vehicles in its segment.     KEY SPECIFICATIONS - BMW 320d Engine Capacity 1995-cc Cylinders/Valves 4/4 Acceleration (0-100kmph) 7.4s Maximum Power 184hp@ 4000rpm Maximum Torque 380Nm@1750-2750rpm Transmission 8-Speed Steptronic Automatic Modes Comfort / ECO Pro / Sport Setup Rear Wheel Drive     VERDICT   The 3 Series did well on all three counts - Comfort & Drive Dynamics, Style & Ease of Ownership and Power & Efficiency. Throughout our ride, the interiors remained comfortable, ride was utter smooth, the engine could burst into a power mode at the blink of an eye and still managed to return us good FE figures. While exterior and interior style is a subjective issue, I personally feel that the 3 Series is great to look at inside-out. Overall, I’m content with the car and won't mind calling it the current segment best.   Price of BMW 320d Luxury Line - Rs. 37.15 Lakhs ex-showroom Delhi Date published Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0530 Ford Launches Iconic Muscle Car - MUSTANG - In India American carmaker, Ford, has launched its iconic muscle car, the Mustang, here in India with prices starting from Rs 65 lakh(ex-showroom, Delhi). Bookings for the Mustang are open in Delhi and Mumbai only and will begin in other cities in the second phase. Ford will be importing the Mustang in India.   Price for the Mustang in Mumbai is Rs 66.50 lakh (ex-showroom) and for Navi Mumbai is Rs 68.14 lakh (ex-showroom). The Mustang will be available in six colour options Absolute Black, Ingot Silver, Oxford White, Triple Yellow Tricoat, Magnetic and Race Red.   Technical Specifications of Ford Mustang Kerb Weight (with 90% fuel, spare wheel, tools) 1,770 kg Cargo Capacity 383 litres Max. Ground Clearance 137 mm Engine Displacement 4951 cc Power 401 PS Torque 515 Nm Fuel tank capacity 60.9 L Drivetrain Rear-wheel drive with limited-slip differential Transmission 6-Speed Automatic   Comments   Anurag Mehrotra, Executive Director, Marketing, Sales & Service, Ford India   “In our commitment to building a drive for everyone, there’s never been a better time at Ford to introduce this iconic car and offer the youngest ever product line-up to customers in India,”   “Mustang is more than just a car. It gives you the freedom to express and epitomizes the passion and fun-of-driving inherent in all Ford vehicles. The arrival of the Mustang will shine a bright light on the blue oval along with the rest of the Ford range and will help us demonstrate our potential.”     “The way Mustang looks, drives and sounds is key to the visceral experience that makes drivers just want to get in the driver’s seat and hit the road. The new Mustang is modern, technologically advanced and forward-looking, without forgetting the heritage that has inspired customers for generations,” Date published Tue, 12 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Hyundai Launches Happy Move Campaign In India For The Second Time Hyundai India’s CSR initiative ‘Happy Move – Save Our Heritage’ is into its second phase in India and will involve maintenance activities at 4 of Delhi’s heritage monuments and conduct School Contact Programme at 4 DTEA Sr. Sec. Schools.   Under this campaign, Hyundai will be conducting awareness drive with over 100 Happy Move Global Youth volunteers, of which 80 belong to S. Korea and 24 from India. The heritage spots that will be looked after will be the Jantar Mantar, Qutab Minar, Old Fort and Hauz Khaz. Hyundai has associated with Archaeological Survey of India for to accomplish this initiative.   Under the School Contact Programme, the volunteers plan to conduct premises cleaning, school wall designing, maintenance of gardens and design competitions.   Comments    Rakesh Srivastava Sr. VP - Sales & Marketing, Hyundai Motor India Ltd.   “Hyundai in partnership with the Archaeological Survey of India is leading to make an on-ground impact in thinking and generating importance for our rich heritage. This association for ‘Save Our Heritage’ campaign will help us to reach out to masses on the significance of our heritage. We believe heritage is a universal asset that influences and inspires people of all ages and backgrounds. ‘Happy Move’ is a step to ‘Save Our Heritage’ by sensitizing the people to understand the value of our heritage in our lives for which, we are conducting maintenance and awareness programs at four heritage sites of national significance.”   Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) official   “We are happy to associate with Hyundai Motor India for this noble cause of preserving heritage monuments. Earlier this year, the activity was conducted at 4 monuments and we are positive that such initiatives will bring the change in public outlook towards heritage. We believe, there is an immediate need to create awareness at different intervals amongst people to make them understand the value of heritage”. Date published Tue, 12 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Fiat Powers Linea With A 125PS Petrol Engine, Punto EVO And Avventura Get 93PS Diesel Fiat has improved the performance of its C-segment sedan, the Linea. The Fiat Linea petrol was already available in India with 2 iterations of the 1,368-cc petrol engine, with the more powerful Linea T-Jet making 114PS of maximum power and 207Nm of maximum torque. After the update, the Linea 125S now makes 125PS of maximum power and 208Nm maximum torque. Maximum torque was previously attained at 2,200 rpm while the Linea 125S gets it between 2,000-3,500 rpm. The said changes now make the Linea 125S the most powerful car in its segment.   The Linea 125S is mated to the same 5-speed manual transmission and is priced at Rs 10.46 lakh, ex-showroom. It also gets a new touchscreen infotainment system with navigation.   Besides Linea, Fiat has upped the power rating of Avventura and Punto EVO as well, all variants of which will get a 93PS diesel engine now onwards. The prices for Avventura now start at Rs 7.87 lakh, ex-showrrom and for the Punto EVO, the prices start at Rs 6.81 lakh for the PowerTech series.   The Avventura and Punto EVO also get the multifunctional touchscreen infotainment system with navigation. Date published Mon, 11 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Royal Enfield Himalayan Odyssey Women's Edition Underway Going down in the history books, the 2016 edition (13th edition) of the Royal Enfield Himalayan Odyssey is the first ever with women participants. The journey, a gruesome 2500 kms covering Leh-Ladakh, will be covered in 15 days. A total of 103 motorcyclists are participating in the 13th edition with 20 women riders.   The women-only ride will be accompanied by a women crew taking care of the servicing, technical glitches as well as riders.   Comments   Shaji Koshy, Senior Vice President, Sales, Services and Spares, Royal Enfield.   “For over six decades, Royal Enfield has been the motorcycle of choice for all those who have wanted to ride to the mountains. The Himalayan Odyssey has championed leisure motorcycling in the way it has initiated scores of people to ride to Ladakh. With each passing year, a new set of riders are initiated into this extraordinary expedition. This year, we have introduced the Himalayan Odyssey- Women, an exclusive all women’s ride that promises to be the ultimate motorcycling adventure for all women who ride a Royal Enfield. We have received an encouraging response towards this and we hope this ride becomes an inspiration for many more women to take up motorcycling in India.”   “The Himalayan is the culmination of Royal Enfield’s 60 years of enduring history in its spiritual home—the Himalayas. Our single biggest insight in all these years of riding has been that the best motorcycle for the Himalayas is not one that tries to dominate its landscape, but one that is able to go with its flow. With its purpose-built ground-up design, the Himalayan is a simple and capable go-anywhere motorcycle that will redefine adventure touring in India.” Date published Mon, 11 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0530 When The Raging Bull Was Tamed By Women We often fear being tailed by women drivers when on road and we all are aware of the general perception in India about abilities of the fairer sex on tarmac. Rubbishing all the babble, here is a group of 8 women that have proved their mettle, not just on the road, but on the racetrack as well; not just with any other car, but the raging bull, Lamborghini.   Italian sports car maker, Lamoghini, recently conducted a Super Sports Car drive in the capital city of India with all women participants. Hogging the limelight was Sheetal Dugar, the first lady to have owned a Lamborghini in India.   The drive was flagged off at the Shangri-La hotel, New Delhi from where it headed to the Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida spanning 45 kms. In between, Lamborghini showcased the practical side of its sports cars while the ladies were taught the finer aspects on driving on the track by Armaan Ebrahim, the Indian contender for Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo.   Lamborghini sports cars lined up before the drive   Comments   Sheetal Dugar   ”It was a privilege to be a part of the first ever super sports car drive for women conducted by Lamborghini in India. It was the first time, I have ever driven in an all-women drive. Events like this should motivate women in our country to follow their passion for driving super sports cars. It feels I am exploring new horizons and crossing more boundaries every time that I am behind my steering wheel.”   Andrea Baldi, General Manager Automobili Lamborghini Asia Pacific   “With the number of women car buyers increasing every year globally, we are glad that Lamborghini India tookthis initiative to provide a platform for women to drive super sports cars in India.”   Mr. Sharad Agarwal, Head of Lamborghini India   “We intend to serve as a catalyst for the passion of driving amongst women. Lamborghini India will take this initiative forward across other cities in the country.” Date published Mon, 11 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Maruti Suzuki SAEINDIA SUPRA Concludes The fifth edition of Maruti Suzuki SUPRA SAEINDIA has concluded with “Kratos Racing” from P.C.College of Engineering, Pune awarded as the winners. “The Interceptors V2.0” from Dr.D.Y.Patil Institute of Technology, Pune were adjudged runner up and with “Amrita Racing” from Amrita School of Engineering, Coimbatore declared second runner up team. The contest was held at the Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida where the champions lifted the trophy after a well fought encounter.   SUPRA is a platform for students to utilize their engineering acumen and manufacture a Formula category vehicle within the defined performance and safety specifications.  The event, Maruti Suzuki SUPRA 2916, organized annually by SAEINDIA,, was held over five days, from July 5th, 2016 to July 9th, 2016 with participation of over 3500 engineering students from 125 teams.   The best woman participant award went to Ms. Davindrvjit Kaur from GDEC College while team “AIOUS formula student” from IGIT walked away with the trophy for the team with the maximum number of women participants.   Comments   Prashant K. Banerjee Dy. Executive Director (Technical) Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM)   “SUPRA 2016 has been a phenomenal experience, not only for the participating students, but also for the judges, organizers and all those involved in making the event a roaring success. The student teams have demonstrated exceptional skill and have the potential to add tremendous value to the Indian automotive industry.”     R S Kalsi, Executive Director, Marketing and Sales, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd.   “Maruti Suzuki has always been focusing on strengthening its connect with the youth to shape and encourage their skills in automotive technology. Through our association with SAE INDIA we are giving these budding engineers a platform to follow their passion for automobiles. We are confident this exposure will enhance the passion for modern technology in the minds of young engineers in the Industry and prepare them for creating innovative ideas & handle challenging assignments. India is poised to be the 3rd largest automotive nation by 2020 and events like this will definitely help in strengthening the engineering talent pool of the country.” Date published Mon, 11 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Saina Nehwal Receives Hyundai Creta Anniversary Edition Hyundai’s top selling compact SUV, Creta is one year old and celebrating the car’s first anniversary, the company has honoured India’s ace shuttler and Australian Open winner Saina Nehwal with the latest anniversary edition of the Creta. The company is however yet to announce the Anniversary Edition Creta’s details.   Comments   Y K Koo, Managing Director and CEO, Hyundai Motor India Ltd.   “Ms. Saina is Badminton Icon of India. Her consistent performance has elevated this sport’s enthusiasm to a great level of admiration among badminton lovers globally. Creta - the Perfect SUV and the Indian Car of the Year 2016, is an ICON in SUV segment. Creta with its superior performance and style along with strong body structure is a Perfect SUV for global customers. ”   Saina Nehwal, India’s Badminton Player and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Padam Shri and PadamBhushan awardee   “It is an honor and wonderful experience for me and I would like to thank Hyundai for honoring me with the 1st Anniversary Edition of Creta. It’s motivation for every athlete to receive the recognition for his/her hard-work and achievements. I am quite confident and will give my best efforts in upcoming tournaments to bring pride to my nation and fellow countrymen.” Date published Thu, 07 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Toyota Is Back In Business With 29pc Growth In June Toyota India recently launched the new Innova Crysta in India and the vehicle has taken the MUV market by a storm, unsurprisingly. The company has registered 29% growth in June 2016 over the same month last year. Besides Innova Crysta, Toyota has reported that Camry and Etios sales have also risen.   The company registered a total of 13,502 unit sales in June 2016 with 10,464 units sold in India and rest exported. Exports have also grown by 20% as compared to last year. The company is also hopeful that SC will lift the diesel ban in Delhi-NCR that will aid Toyota’s growth in India. Ever since SC has imposed the diesel-ban in Delhi-NCR, Toyota has not been able to sell the new Innova Crysta and Fortuner in the capital region, two of its most popular products here. The same dented the company’s sales badly.   Comments   N. Raja, Director & Sr. Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Toyota Kirloskar Motor   “We launched the Innova Crysta last month and have received an overwhelming response from our customers. We would like to thank our customer for their trust in Toyota. The Innova Crysta has a waiting period of 2 to 3 months and we would request our customers to be patient with us so that we can bring the best products to them.   We respect the honorable court’s judgment regarding cleaning the bad air quality around us. We would fully support the authorities for creating a better environment for our future generations. We are confident that honorable court will consider our submissions during the next hearing in July and hope the matter is suitably resolved at the earliest” Date published Tue, 05 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Royal Enfield Registers 36pc Growth In June June 2016 remained good for Royal Enfield as the company grew its sales by 36% compared to the same month last year. Royal Enfield managed to export 1,622 motorcycles in June, more than double of what it did in June last year.   Besides motorcycles, Royal Enfield seems to have planned to upscale its accessory business as the motorcycle maker announced its collaboration with Flipkart in June 2016 to sell Royal Enfield apparel and accessories.   Care for numbers? You get them here:   Vehicle sales JUNE YTD 2016 2015 Growth 2016 2015 Growth DOMESTIC 49060 36597 34% 143329 104330 37% EXPORTS 1622 744 118% 4154 2283 82% TOTAL BUSINESS 50682 37341 36% 147483 106613 38% Date published Tue, 05 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0530 TVS Sees Growth In Two Wheeler Sales, Three Wheelers Decline In June TVS Motor company clocked a total sales of 2,47,085 units in June 2016 as against 2,22,017 in the same month last year to post a growth rate of 11% in the month. The company saw a rise of 13.8% in two wheeler sales that stood at 2,39,957 units.   While there is an increase of 13.8% in the two-wheeler segment in June 2016, domestic only sales grew at a better 16.4% in the same month with scooters growing by 10.3% and motorcycles by 7.6%.   TVS saw a decline in three wheeler sales in June 2016 where the company managed to sell 7,128 units against 11,097 units in June 2015. Date published Tue, 05 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Ford Doubles Domestic Sales In India In June, Triples Exports Ford India managed to sell 19,754 vehicles in June 2016, 9,469 units out of which were domestic sales, about double the volume compared to June 2015 where Ford managed to sell 4,527 cars in India. While domestic sales have doubles, exports have tripled for Ford with 10,000+ units exported in June 2016.   Comments   Anurag Mehrotra, executive director, Marketing, Sales, and Service at Ford India   “The recent announcements of Seventh Pay Commission, along with the prediction of normal monsoon and scrappage policy are keeping the industry optimistic about future growth,”   “At Ford, we have continued to maintain a strong growth momentum thanks to our transparent and industry first service initiatives like Service Price Promise and Parts Calculator. We are equally gratified by the customer response to our freshest product portfolio on offer and will soon strengthen it with the introduction of iconic Ford Mustang.” Date published Mon, 04 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0530 HMSI Posts 23pc Growth In June 2016 Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India (HMSI) has recorded a 23% growth in domestic sales in the month of June 2016 over the same month last year. With this, HMSI has now grabbed a 26% market share, up by 3.1% from May 2016. The company has recorded June 2016 as the third straight month of highest sales volume gain in the market.   Segment-wise, HMSI’s automatic scooters saw a growth of 21% while motorcycles grew by 27% in sales. Overall, HMSI managed to sell 4,08,141 units in June 2016, excluding exports. HMSI also exported 17,011 units in June, up by 13% compared to the same month last year. The company’s exports grew despite a decline in the export industry overall. Date published Mon, 04 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Ducati Launches Multistrada 1200 Pikes Peak At Rs 20.06L in India Launches-Multistrada-1200-Pikes-Peak-At-Rs-20-06L-in-India.html Ducati has launched a new edition of the Multistrada in India, the Multistrada 1200 Pikes Peak. The new edition is priced at Rs 20.06 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) and is available at the company’s dealerships in Delhi, Gurgaon, Mumbai, Pune and Bengaluru.   The Pikes Peak version is inspired by Ducati’s past victory in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado which is considered to be one of the most challenging hill-climb races in the world.   In order to get the best out of the motorcycle it gets a fully adjustable Öhlins fork and premium quality TTX36 rear shock, Ultralight carbon fibre componentry and Ducati Performance Termignoni carbon fibre silencer. Additionally, the Multistrada 1200 Pikes Peak gets Cornering ABS, Cornering Lights on the full-LED headlight, Ducati Wheelie Control, Ducati Traction Control and Cruise Control. It is also equipped with Bluetooth module together with the Ducati Multimedia System that lets riders connect the bike to a smartphone and manage key multimedia functions via the switchgears and displays information on the colour TFT dashboard.   Comments   Ravi Avalur, Managing Director, Ducati India   “The Multistrada 1200 Pikes Peak is a motorcycle in which touring capability meets performance. With its race inspired looks and cutting edge technology, the Pikes Peak is in a league of its own and we’re sure enthusiasts will appreciate this version of the Multistrada.” Launches-Multistrada-1200-Pikes-Peak-At-Rs-20-06L-in-India.html Date published Mon, 04 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Ford Announces Monsoon Service Camps, In Delhi From July 4-10 Ford will be organizing service camps for its customers for the monsoon season wherein the carmaker will carry out a 42-point free check up without any cost. The exercise, which Ford calls ‘Monsoon Ready Service Camp’ will be held throughout the nation beginning from Delhi on July 4th till July 10th. The camp will be organized at the carmaker’s 376 sales and service outlets in 209 cities.   Besides the camp, the carmaker will also be offering discounts and offers for customers. The brief is as follows:   ·         Free car body wash and check-up ·         50% off on oil filter ·         50% off on wiper blades and inserts ·         Rs. 1000 off on batteries (*Buyback) ·         10% discount on brake pads and shock absorbers ·         10% discount on all Ford approved Value Added Services ·         Tyres starting at Rs. 3615 for select brand and sizes ·          5+ year old customers to benefit from additional 10% off on all services except for tyres   Comments   N Prabhu, vice president, Customer Service Operations, Ford India   “Being attentive to the needs of our customers is core to our promise in India. With the Ford Monsoon Camps across India, we are going to make customers feel like family.   With our teams of trained technicians, we are all set to ensure that our customers continue to enjoy rains and have a hassle-free driving experience,” Date published Mon, 04 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Nissan Appoints MyTVS As Authorised Service Partner In a move to enhance buyer confidence in the brand, Nissan has appointed MyTVS to open Nissan Authorised Service Points (NASP) for servicing of Nissan and Datsun vehicles. With this partnership, MyTVS will be able to open NASPs in key locations in India and will be able to offer Nissan-Datsun genuine parts alongside regular servicing activity. MyTVS will opening 8 NASPs in Tamil Nadu first where Nissan already has 23 outlets.   Comments   Guillaume Sicard, President of Nissan India Operations   “We are always striving to enhance the pleasure of owning a Nissan or Datsun car in India. Our partnership with MyTVS shows Nissan’s unwavering commitment to improving convenience and satisfaction for our customers,”   Srinivas Raghavan, Executive Director, MyTVS   “We’re delighted to be associated with global brands like Nissan and Datsun. This is an important tie-up for us which helps expand our presence and enjoy various synergies that are generated between our companies that add value for our customers.” Date published Wed, 29 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0530 GM India Mulling Over Selling Halol Facility GM India’s assembly plant in Halol will be manufacturing the updated Chevrolet Tavera however the company is eyeing to sell off the plant. While the plant will remain operational till March 2017 and will continue to manufacture the Tavera, GM is contemplating at selling the plant off and considering contract manufacturing of Tavera as an option.   The company plans to consolidate production at its Talegaon facility. In a statement released by the company, GM India President and MD, Kaher Kazem confirmed that the company is exploring a number of options in relation to the Halol site, including its sale.   Comments   GM India President and Managing Director Kaher Kazem   “We are exploring a number of options in relation to the Halol site, including its sale. Selling the plant may include contract manufacturing to ensure continuity for the upgraded Chevrolet Tavera.”   This news comes on the sidelines of GM India’s recent announcement of launching 5 new cars in the next 2 years. The new cars will include the new Cruze, the Beat and Chevrolet’s Beat based sub-4m sedan, the Essentia. Date published Mon, 27 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Toyota Industries Engine India Inaugurates New Engine Production Plant in Bengaluru Toyota Industries Engine India (TIEI), a joint venture between Kirloskar Systems Ltd. (KSL) and Toyota Industries Corporation - Japan (TICO has inaugurated a new engine production plant at Jigani Industrial Area, Bengaluru to manufacture Global Diesel (GD) engine. The plant will be manufacturing the 2.8-lt and 2.4-lt diesel engines that power the new Toyota Innova Crysta.   The engines manufactured at the plant will feature Economy with Superior Thermal Efficiency Combustion (ESTEC) technology and will be more fuel efficient. The plant has an annual capacity to manufacture 1,08,000 units. The engines manufactured will be BS-IV compliant however the company says that it has the provisions to upgrade the plant to make BS-V and BS-VI spec engines as well.   Comments   Shri. Siddaramaiah, Honorable Chief Minister of Karnataka, Government of Karnataka   “I am very much delighted to be a part of the Engine Plant Opening Ceremony of Toyota Industries Engine India. Toyota’s two decades presence in Karnataka has made it a household name. All Toyota employees are Karnataka’s Brand Ambassadors and we are proud of their achievements. We want Toyota to continue and make future investments in the state of Karnataka.”   Shri Anant G Geete, Honorable Union Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Government of India   “The Indian automobile industry is one of the biggest contributors to India’s GDP. The Government of India is equally concerned about increasing pollution. In this regard we will take a comprehensive view about the current diesel ban on vehicles above 2000cc, both on the development and environment front along with its impact on the investment climate.”   T R Parasuraman, Deputy Managing Director, Toyota Industries Engine India Pvt. Ltd.   "TIEI aims to become India's no. 1 engine manufacturing plant by contributing to the country’s manufacturing mandate. With the new state-of-art engine plant, we at TIEI remain committed to the growth of the country’s economy. We are strongly focused towards the ‘Make in India’ initiative of Government of India and believe that this new engine project will add to achieve global manufacturing standards in the country. This project has been implemented with big support from Government of Karnataka. We, TIEI, are proud to be in Karnataka.”   Vikram S Kirloskar, Vice Chairman – Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt. Ltd. & Director, Toyota Industries Engine India Pvt. Ltd   “Today is indeed a proud day for all of us at Toyota Industries Engine India, as we unveil our first ever Diesel engine plant here at Bengaluru. The introduction of GD series engines not only equips superior technology but also meet the new fuel efficiency policies mandate in the country. We realize diesel engine technology will remain an integral part of every automaker with strict fuel efficiency norms being implemented in India, therefore this engine project will strengthen our diesel business in the country marking Toyota’s first diesel manufacturing plant in India.”   “We hope to grow together with the local community and ramp up the process of manufacturing cars in India with readily available diesel engines made from our new Bengaluru plant”, he further added. Date published Fri, 24 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Isuzu To Showcase D-Max V-Cross At India 4X4 Week Isuzu recently launched the D-Max V-Cross in India at Rs 12.49 lakh, ex-showroom, Chennai. The company will now be showcasing the recently launched utility vehicle at the India 4X4 week’s inaugural edition to be held in Goa between July 22 and 24.   The Isuzu D-Max V-Cross will be available to be driven on a specially prepared track designed to showcase the vehicle’s 4x4 capabilities.   Comments   Capt. Shankar Srinivas, Senior. General Manager, Communications, PR & External Affairs, Isuzu Motors India   “We are excited to be a part of the 1st edition of the India 4X4 week, where we are showcasing the newly introduced ISUZU D-MAX V-Cross, India’s first Adventure Utility Vehicle. ISUZU has a strong legacy of making tough, durable and rugged vehicles that can perform in the most demanding terrains. This has been proven time and again with our successes in rally raids and off-road challenges across the world. The visitors at the India 4x4 week will get to experience the V-Cross first hand, and we are sure, in time, this vehicle will start a new trend in the adventure space in India.”   Ashish Gupta , Cougar Motorsport’s Founder & Director   “This is the first time that over 14 of India’s most prominent 4X4 clubs and institutions have collaborated with a national level convention with an aim of bringing together the entire 4X4 community of India. Therefore, India 4X4 is the perfect avenue for a company that is functioning in this space to connect with its target audience. I am happy that ISUZU has decided to come forward not only as an exhibitor but as a partner by sponsoring some of the interesting sessions. I am sure that the visitors are going to have a superb experience while test-driving the V-Cross on the tracks designed to showcase all the major highlights of this amazing vehicle.” Date published Fri, 24 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Bajaj To Celebrate World Motorcycle Day By Launching Rider Communities   Its World Motorcycle Day today and Bajaj is celebrating it in a way of its own. The company is launching two motorcycle communities for Pulsar and Avenger owners in Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Pune, Hyderabad & Kolkata. The communities will be called Pulsar Maniacs & The Avenger Gods (TAG) and will be taken care of by experts riders from the company. Entry into the riders’ community is free of charge and the company aims to organize weekly professional rides without compromising on safety and service.   The Pulsar Maniacs will be the community for Pulsar RS 200 fans while The Avenger Gods (TAG) is a riding club dedicated to the entire range of Avengers. For the Pulsar Maniacs community, Bajaj aims to start with a weekly breakfast ride before getting into overnight & long distance rides.   While The Avenger Gods (TAG) will also come up with weekly breakfast rides, the company will be launching FLG rides (Feel Like God) which will be based on long distance ride format. The company has announced that the first FLG ride will flag off on 23rd June with a total of 15 Avenger riders riding from Chandigarh to Tirthan valley and back for a total of 700kms. The 3 nights-4 days stay will include activities like Star gazing, Trout fishing, Forest trail, Bonfire & Barbeque with some local tribal music.   Comments   Sumeet Narang , VP Marketing, Bajaj Auto   “The group riding phenomena is taking off enormously, however a large section of customers stay away from it because of safety considerations. As the market leader in the sports segment, we are committed to keep abreast of customer trends. We have now put in place all the required infrastructure to enable Pulsar RS 200 and Avenger customers to experience the fun of group riding in a safe and professional way”.    To register to the communities, customers can call on the following numbers:   ·         Pune: 7410018222 ·         Bangalore: 7349275188 ·         Mumbai: 7410018221 ·         Delhi: 9971700307 ·         Chennai: 7338891188 ·         Hyderabad: 9704699362 ·         Kolkata: 9073382289   Or Logon to : Date published Tue, 21 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Nissan Launches Petrol Powered Micra, Available With CVT Automatic Transmission Only Japanese carmaker Nissan has launched automatic petrol variant of the Micra hatchback in India at a starting price of Rs 5.99 lakh, ex-showroom for the XL variant. The CVT Micra will also be available in XV variant at Rs 6.735 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi. Interesting, Nissan has not launched a petrol manual variant of the Micra yet.   The Micra automatic is powered by a 1.2-lt, 3-cylinder petrol engine mated to a 5-speed CVT transmission. The engine makes a maximum power of 77PS and Nissan claims a fuel efficiency of 19.34 kmpl for the petrol automatic Micra. The Micra is manufactured locally at the company’s Oragadam plant in Chennai.   Comments   Arun Malhotra, Managing Director– Nissan Motor India Pvt. Ltd.   “The NissanMicra CVT brings new levels of technology, performance and style to the premium hatchback segment in India. Its raft of practical features offer a safer, more enjoyable driving experience thatraises the bar in this part of the market. What's more, the attractive price and impressive fuel economy makes it an even more compelling choice in terms of both driving pleasure and value for money.”   “As Micra is produced right here in India, we are able to better serve the market in terms of faster, more efficient delivery and improved localization levels. This allows us to pass on these benefits to our customers in the form of a revised, even more competitive price for our popular premium hatchback”. Date published Fri, 17 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Chevrolet To Launch New Beat, Beat Activ And Essentia Soon Chevrolet India will be launching the new Beat, Beat based Activ soft-roader and the sub-4m sedan Essentia soon. These products were also displayed at the Auto Expo. While the American carmaker has clarified that these products will be launched soon, the company has not disclosed when. Instead, Chevrolet has mentioned that there will be 5 launches in a span of 24 months. Chevrolet has also revealed that it will not launch the Spin MPV here but will launch new Cruze and new Trailblazer in 2017.   Comments   Kaher Kazem, GM India President and Managing Director   “There was an overwhelming response from our Indian stakeholders to the Beat Activ when we revealed it at the Auto Expo in Delhi. As a soft-roader, the vehicle is ready for any adventure or challenge, while its interior ensures the driver remains comfortable and connected.”   “These new Chevrolet vehicles clearly demonstrate we are listening to our customers and are being led by their desire for small cars with more content and choice,”   “They were distinctly developed for the Indian market. However, there is no doubt they will have global appeal.”    “Chevrolet is focused on delivering to our Indian customers the safe, high-quality vehicles they want backed by the world-class customer experience they deserve. We have a strong plan to launch at least five new Chevrolet models within the space of 24 months, including the new Trailblazer, new Beat, Essentia, new Cruze and Beat Activ.” Date published Tue, 14 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Chevrolet Spin Not Coming To India, New Cruze Coming Soon Stories were ripe that Chevrolet will be launching the Spin MPV in India and the MPV’s import also meant Chevrolet was testing it for the Indian market. But the company has denied the Spin’s India-launch that was expected to be in 2017 stating “changing trends” and “customer demands”. Instead, the American carmaker is bent on launching products in the segment that are doing well, including SUVs.   The official statement from Chevrolet states, “Accordingly, General Motors will not proceed with the Chevrolet Spin MPV in India in 2017. Instead, it will continue to listen to its customers and shift its focus to growing segments, including SUVs.”   Chevrolet has also officially announced that it will be launching 5 new models in a span of 24 months that will also include the new Cruze. Four other cars will be the new Trailblazer, the new Beat, Beat Activ and Essentia (showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo).   The new Cruze in the US gets a 1.4-lt turbocharged petrol engine that makes good 153HP. It is currently unclear if a petrol powered Cruze will be available in India this time or will the company continue with its diesel-only Cruze line-up. We’re however excited to learn that the new Cruze is coming as it might set a new benchmark as far as the looks are concerned. Here’s how it looks inside out. Till the time it comes, check out our review of the current Cruze in India. Date published Tue, 14 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Mahindra Launches eVerito At Rs 9.50 Lakh Mahindra & Mahindra has launched a pure electric version of the Verito sedan, the eVerito at a price of Rs 9.50 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The eVerito runs only on electricity and can be driven for about 110 kms on full charge, which takes about 8 hours and 45 mins on a 15 Amp plug point used commonly. The eVerito can also be fast charged from 0-80% in 1 hour and 45 minutes from Mahindra’s electric fast charging stations. The eVerito has a top speed of 86kmph and gets a direct drive transmission which works like an automatic transmission unit.   As far as the eVerito’s maintenance costs go, Mahindra claims that the 72V battery pack of Li-ion batteries of eVerito are maintenance free and absence of engine and clutch further reduce the maintenance costs of the car. Running costs too are low as the eVerito displaces 110 kms in one full charge that consumes 18 units of electricity, which at Rs 7/unit would cost only Rs 126.   Buying an electric vehicle has always had an apprehension that running out of charge can have you stranded however Mahindra has tried to address the issue. The company is offering a REVIVE feature in eVerito that gives the car an 8km extra range in an unfortunate case of loss of charge.   The eVerito is currently available for sale in New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune, Kolkata, Chandigarh, Hyderabad, Jaipur, and Nagpur. The eVerito is available in D2, D4 and D6 variants and D4 and D6 variants are priced at Rs 9.75 lakh and Rs 10 lakh ex-showroom, Delhi.   Comments   Pravin Shah, President and Chief (Automotive), Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.   “As the pioneer of electric vehicles and integrated mobility solutions in India, it has always been our endeavor to make electric vehicles more accessible and the eVerito is the first electric sedan in our portfolio. With issues like environmental degradation, pollution-related challenges, climate change and energy security, there has never been a better time to switch to electric vehicles.”   “Further, with the FAME scheme the Government has already set in motion a conducive environment and hence we can expect faster adoption of electric vehicles in the country. We also appreciate the local subsidy offered by the Delhi Government for electric cars and expect other states to follow it. Going forward we have laid out a clear roadmap for the electrification of our range of vehicles to reduce emission and build an eco-system for electric mobility in India, at par with its foreign counterparts,”   Arvind Mathew, Chief Executive Officer, Mahindra Electric   “The eVerito is an innovative combination of advancements in automotive, electronics and information technology, paired with minimal running costs and zero tailpipe emissions. It is the perfect family car for intra city use. I also truly believe that each of us is responsible in our own way for being more sensitive toward the environment and should embrace new technologies that are green and sustainable. I am confident that India will make that paradigm shift in lifestyles - towards electric mobility solutions that are driven by progressive Government policies.” Date published Wed, 08 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Force Gurkha RFC India Season 3 Entries Close   25 Teams From All Over India Set To Compete   Season 3 of Force Gurkha RFC India that is slated to begin on 22nd of July will witness 25 teams competing against each other for the title. Amongst the popular clubs in the off-roading community, Gerrari Offroaders of Chandigarh, Bangalore Offroaders Development Association (BODA) and KTM Jeepers from Kerala have sealed 4 entries each. Mumbai’s Team Fairmont and Hyderabad’s Charminar Off Road Adventure Club (CORAC) will be represented by 2 teams while V5 Offroaders from Coorg, Mudhogs from Sakleshpur, Northern India Offroad Club (NIOC) and Incredible Offroaders Goa will be represented by one team per club. Besides these, there are 2 individual entries from Pune and Hyderabad as well.   Comments:   Ashish Gupta, Founder & Director, Cougar Motorsport Pvt. Ltd.   “It is heartening to see the overwhelming response that we have received this year. With almost two months to go for the event, we have already closed entries. This year’s list of Indian competitors is the best I could have asked for with a balanced mix of new talent, RFC India veterans and seasoned offroaders. I think this is a culmination of all the hard work that we have done and the goodwill we have earned since we launched the event in 2014.”    Here’s a list of the teams that are participating at the event.   S.No Driver Co Driver Place Team 1 Kabir Waraich Gagan Sachdeva Chandigarh Gerrari Offroaders 2 Gurmeet Virdi Kirpal Singh Tung Chandigarh Gerrari Offroaders 3 Gurpratap Singh Sanbir Singh Dhaliwal Chandigarh Gerrari Offroaders 4 Tejinder Singh Harpreet Singh Chandigarh Gerrari Offroaders 5 Bijender Singh Gajender Singh New Delhi NIOC 6 Sameer Chunawala Amrut Kadam Mumbai Team Fairmont 7 Sajid Fakih Imran Kazi Mumbai Team Fairmont 8 Daulat Chaudhary Jay Kumar Pune - 9 Prashanth GV Pradeep Gowda Bangalore BODA 10 Lokesh Shivaraj Rohith KR Bangalore BODA 11 Vivek Kuriakose Ashok Kuriakose Bangalore BODA 12 Pradeep Kumar Prithviraj AC Bangalore BODA 13 Narthan Byramudi Satish Kumar Sakleshpur Mudhogs 14 Jagat Nanjappa Chethan Chengappa Coorg V5 Offroaders 15 Sam Kurian Karaickal Guhan Shetty Kerala KTM Jeepers 16 Kurian Kurian Prem Kumar Kerala KTM Jeepers 17 Anand Manjooran George Verghese Kerala KTM Jeepers 18 Raju Paul Kevin Kerala KTM Jeepers 19 Chaitanya Challa Shabarish Jagarapu Hyderabad Team Hyderabad 20 Rajsekhara Prabhu Arun Parikshat Hyderabad Team Mars 21 Abinav Nukala T Laxmikanth Hyderabad CORAC 22 Jitender Raju Sukesh Reddy Hyderabad CORAC 23 Tejas Prakash Shindolkar Pushkar Audi Goa Incredible Offroaders Goa 24 Tan Eng Joo Tan Choon Hong Pune Force Motors Ltd 25 Merwyn Lim Hamizan Bin Abdul Hamid Pune Force Motors Ltd Date published Wed, 08 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Datsun redi-GO S vs Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 VXi (O) vs Renault Kwid RxL - Under Rs 3.50 lakh comparo Datsun has launched the redi-GO in India and the price is killer to say the least. The company has easily bettered pricing of French cousin Kwid and has in fact, even undercut the Maruti Suzuki Alto 800. We recently compared the base variants of the three cars in question and found out that the redi-GO was equally equipped as the other two despite being cheapest of all. Here’s another fair comparo of the just under Rs 3.50 lakh variants of the three cars.   Cars Datsun redi-GO S Maruti Alto 800 VXi (O) Renault Kwid RxL Price 3,34,399 3,30,242 3,23,279 ORVMs Both side Both side, int. adj. Both side Music system AM, FM, CD, USB, Aux, Radio USB, Aux, Radio Radio, AM, FM, MP3, B’tooth, USB, Aux Air conditioner Yes Yes Yes Front power windows Yes Yes No Power Steering Yes Yes Yes Keyless entry No Yes No Central door locking No Yes No Driver side airbag Yes Yes No Daytime running lights Yes No No Rims Full wheel covers Full wheel covers Full wheel covers   Well, the results are certainly going to hurt the Renault Kwid lovers. For the above mentioned price-proximate variants, the Kwid appears to be miserably under loaded compared to the redi-GO and Alto 800. Both redi-GO and Alto 800 get driver side airbag and front power windows (both features that buyers should seek in their cars) and the Kwid doesn’t get it. Maruti Suzuki’s Alto 800 makes for a good case in this comparo. However, take into account things like interior space and comfort and the redi-GO should win it hands down from the Alto 800. Date published Tue, 07 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Datsun redi-GO D vs Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 STD vs Renault Kwid - Base model comparo Datsun has launched the redi-GO in India and the price is killer to say the least. The company has easily bettered pricing of French cousin Kwid and has in fact, even undercut the Maruti Suzuki Alto 800. However, we all know that the base variants are just there to get a good footfall in the showrooms and aren’t generally the ones most of us would settle. So, we thought of finding out whether the redi-GO’s Rs 3.28 lakh variant is as competitive as the base variants of its competitors or does it fall even below? Here you go..   Cars Datsun redi-GO D Maruti Alto 800 STD Renault Kwid STD Price 2,38,900 2,45,242 2,62,113 ORVMs Driver side Driver & Pass. Side Driver side Sun visor Driver side Driver Side Driver side Air conditioner No No No Power steering No No No Front power windows No No No Headlight leveling Yes Yes N/A Rims Steel with hub caps Steel with hub caps Steel with hub caps   Well, the redi-GO then is as much loaded (I’m surprised I have to use that word) as the Alto 800 or the Kwid. Price-wide, the redi-GO looks the best if it is the base variant you want to buy, at least as far as the equipment level goes. Date published Tue, 07 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Datsun redi-GO Launched In India at Rs 2.38 lakh   Top variant costs 3.34 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi Datsun promises most competitive Cost of Ownership 5 variants on offer   Datsun has launched its latest small car, the redi-GO in India at an attractive price of Rs 2.38 lakh for the base variant going up to Rs 3.34 lakh for the top ‘S’ variant. The prices for all variants on offer are as under:    Variant Ex-Showroom Price (Delhi) D INR 2,38,900 A INR 2,82,649 T INR 3,09,149 T (O) INR 3,19,399 S INR 3,34,399   The Datsun redi-GO will be available in five body colour options – White, Silver, Grey, Ruby and Lime. Check out our extensive review of the redi-GO.   The redi-GO is powered by a 0.8-lt petrol engine mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The combination returns claimed fuel efficiency of 25.17 kmpl and a 0-100kmph time of 15.9s.   Dastun also claims that cost of ownership for the redi-GO will be best in segment and the company is offering an optional warranty for 2 or 3 years/unlimited kilometres with free roadside assistance. So, in total, the redi-GO is available at 5 years/unlimited kilometres warranty coverage in India. Confused between redi-GO and Renault Kwid? – Here’s the answer.   Comments   Arun Malhotra, Managing Director, Nissan Motor India Pvt. Ltd.   “With Datsun redi-GO, we offer a unique urban-crossover styled in Japan, developed and manufactured in India. We are redefining conventional expectations and notions associated with the entry level car segment in India with a modern, fresh, stylish and accessible product. The Datsun redi-GO comes at a compelling price point and reaffirms Datsun philosophy of Dream, Access and Trust.” Date published Tue, 07 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0530 BMW Launches 5 Series Petrol In India Luxury carmaker, BMW, has launched the petrol version of 5 Series in India. The BMW 520i will be available at all BMW dealerships across the nation and has been priced at Rs 54 lakh, ex-showroom for the Luxury Line variant. The 520i will be imported as a CBU in India and the move might be a measure to counter the diesel-apprehension set in the market post Delhi-diesel-ban.   The 520i will be powered by BMW’s 2.0-lt, 4-cylinder engine with TwinPower Turbo technology that makes 184hp of maximum power and 270Nm of maximum torque between 1,250 – 4,500 rpm. The 520i takes 7.9s to reach 100kmph from standstill and can achieve a top-speed of 233 kmph. The 2.0-lt engine is mated to an 8-speed Steptronic automatic transmission with Cruise Control.   Besides the 520i, BMW retails 520d and 530d versions of 5 Series which are powered by diesel engines. The diesel 5 Series is locally produced in India and starts at Rs 48.90 lakh for the Prestige Plus variant of 520d and goes up to Rs 59.90 lakh for the top 530d M Sport (Feb 2016 prices). Date published Tue, 07 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Mercedes-Benz Holds Luxe Drive in Nashik German luxury carmaker, Mercedes-Benz organized its Luxe Drive programme in the city of Nashik which concluded the phase one of the programme that will restart later in September this year. Nashik Luxe Drive happened on 4th and 5th June in the Lavate Nagar region of Nashik. The Luxe Drive offered Mercedes-Benz customers a chance to experience the capabilities of M-B cars.   Mercedes-Benz offered services like vehicle evaluation, opportunity for a special trade-in, personalized finance offers and other value additions to the customers who also got a chance to purchase Mercedes-Benz accessories and merchandise under ‘Black Edition’.   Mercedes-Benz also got designer Gauri Khan’s collection ‘Gauri Khan Designs’ showcased at the event alongside some exotic dishes inspired by Chef Ritu Dalmia’s palate.   Comments   Roland Folger, Managing Director and CEO, Mercedes-Benz India   “The city of Nashik is an important market for Mercedes-Benz with its continual preference for the growing luxury car segment. With experiential engagement programmes like Luxe Drive, we engage with our customers at an interpersonal level and strive to build a lasting brand connect and loyalty with them. We ensure to bring many such enthralling and luxurious experiences, synonymous with the Three Pointed Star in the future.” Date published Mon, 06 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Hyundai Fortifies Alliance With ITIs   Hyundai India launched in pilot program in 2012 across 5 locations in India where the company trained students from Hyundai’s Skill Development Programme and recruited 95% of them in Hyundai dealerships. The company has now expanded the programme to 25 ITIs in India to which the company will impart curriculum, aggregates and on-the-job training to students.   Comments   Rakesh Srivastava, Sr. VP - Sales and Marketing, Hyundai Motor India Ltd.   “Hyundai is a stakeholder in India’s progress and a responsible corporate citizen. Our alliance with ITI and vocational institutes is aimed at reducing the skill deficit in the Indian automobile industry’s shop floors. With this partnership, we are confident that Hyundai will be able to bridge the gap of skilled manpower availability and help Auto Industry to achieve global competitiveness.” Date published Mon, 06 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Mercedes-Benz Launches GLC SUV In India At Rs 50.7L Luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz has launched the GLC SUV in India. Powered by both petrol and diesel engines, the GLC will be available in two options; GLC 220 d ‘Edition 1’ priced at INR 50.70 lakhs and the GLC 300 ‘Edition 1’ priced at INR 50.90 lakhs (both prices ex-showroom Pune). GLC will currently be available in India as a CBU product only and is placed between Mercedes-Benz GLA and GLE SUVs.   Comments   Roland Folger, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India   “We are very excited to launch the GLC‘Edition 1’, as it is one of the much anticipated products in the luxury segment in India. The GLCunderscores our philosophy of introducing world-class products from our global portfoliofor our discerning Indian customers. We have seen a growing penchant for luxury SUVs amongst the luxury car customers in India and the addition of the GLC is going to redefine the segment completely. The GLC gives the customers a sporty, dynamic and a completely new generation SUV to opt for. We are confident that the GLC will cement Mercedes-Benz’s strong presence in the luxury SUV segment in India. The introduction of the GLC also fills the gap in our SUV portfolio, making Mercedes-Benz the luxury car manufacturer with the most extensive range of SUVs, ranging from the GLA to the iconic AMG G 63.”   “The GLC is a unique and versatile SUV that embodies modern luxury, mesmerizing design elements and offers ultimate driving pleasure. The GLC is a highlycapable SUV which has proven competencies on both on-road and off-road expeditions.Living up to the safety benchmark set by Mercedes-Benz;the GLC has achieved five stars, giving it the maximum score in the Euro NCAP rating.We are confident that the GLC will replicate its global success in India as well. With the GLC, we have a clear winner of a product and one that the customers have been waiting for.”   Specifications    Technical specifications  GLC 300 4MATIC GLC 220 d 4MATIC Displacement (bore x stroke) cc 1991 2143 Rated output kW (hp) 180 (245) @ 5500 125 (170) @ 3000-4200 Torque (Nm) @ rpm 370 @ 1300 – 4000 400 @ 1400 - 2800 Maximum speed (km/h) 222 210 Acceleration 0-100 km/h (s) 6.5 8.3 Tyre size 235/60 R18     Key features   9-G TRONIC: 9-Speed Automatic Transmission DYNAMIC SELECT Controller with 5 modes: Comfort, Eco, Sport, Sport +, Individual Off-Road Engineering package: With this suspension variant the body is raised by 20 mm. Up to three off-road driving modes:Off-road | Incline | Slippery Additional activation of ABS, ESP® and ETS modes Downhill descents with Downhill Speed Regulation (DSR) 4MATIC permanent All-Wheel-Drive System Direct-Steer system with speed-sensitive power assist and variable steering ratio ECO start/stop function and KEYLESS GO starting function Audio 20 CD with Pre-installation for Navigation | CD player Touchpad: Intuitive operation by finger gesture Garmin® MAP PILOT: Expands the Audio 20 CD with touchpad into a fully fledged Garmin® navigation system| 7 inch colour media display Panoramic sliding sunroof THERMOTRONIC automatic climate control  Ambient lighting with three colours and five dimming levels for the desired lighting mood ESP® Curve Dynamic Assist Full LED Headlamps with Intelligent Light System PRE-SAFE® Attention Assist Reversing camera with dynamic guidelines Active Parking Assist with PARKTRONIC Adaptive brake lights Dual front airbags, Front side airbags, Curtain airbags (7 overall) Tyre pressure monitoring system Date published Mon, 06 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Volkswagen Launches Ameo Petrol At Rs 5.14L Volkswagen India has launched its compact sedan based on the Vento, the Ameo, at an attractive price of Rs 5.14 lakh, ex-showroom, Mumbai for the entry-level 1.2-lt petrol version. VW has launched the Ameo in the 1.2-lt, 3-cylinder petrol engine only mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The company will however later announce the prices of diesel version of Ameo as well. VW will also launch diesel-automatic variant of Ameo later. The Ameo petrol-manual will be available in 3 variants; Trendline, Comfortline and Highline and will be available across the entire VW network in India July onwards. The prices for other variants are as follows:   ​Fuel Variant Ex- Showroom Mumbai* (without Octroi & local taxes) Delhi Petrol 1.2 MPI Trendline 5,13,864 5,24,300 Comfortline 5,87,914 5,99,950 Highline 6,91,680 7,05,900   Comments   Michael Mayer, Director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars India   “Today is a very special day for Volkswagen in India, as we introduce our first ever made-for-India carline, Volkswagen Ameo. The Ameo underlines our philosophy of offering the best of technology and safety standards packaged at an attractive price. Through the Ameo, we are confident of cementing Volkswagen’s strong presence in the compact sedan segment and further expand the Volkswagen India family.”   Specifications   Max. Torque 110 Nm / 3750 rpm Gear Box Manual,5 speed Length 3995 mm Width 1682 mm Height 1483 mm Wheel Base 2470 mm Front/Rear Track 1460 / 1456 mm TyreSize 185/60 R15 alloys KerbWeight (with 90% fuel) TL 1044, CL 1059, HL 1069 Kg Airbags 2 airbags Fuel Tank Capacity 45 Ltrs. Boot Capacity 330 Ltrs. Fuel Consumption 17.83 kmpl(As per ARAI) Date published Mon, 06 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Cougar Motorsport Partners With Warn Industries Of US For Force Gurkha RFC India 2016   Warn Industries Will Be The Official Winch Partner For The Force Gurkha RFC India 2016   Cougar Motorsport, the organization behind the Force Gurkha RFC India has partnered with Warn Industries of the USA who will be the official winch partner for the 2016 version of the RFC India that will be held in Goa from 22nd-29th July, 2016.   Force Gurkha RFC India is the Indian Chapter of the iconic Rainforest Challenge of Malaysia, which is among the top ten toughest motor races in the world and has 25 editions worldwide.   Comments   Cougar Motorsport’s Founder & Director, Ashish Gupta   “In the last two years, we have successfully established RFC India as the country’s toughest and best off-road motorsport event. A lot of efforts have been made to ensure that the event is of international standards. I am glad that Warn Industries, which is the world’s foremost winch manufacturer and has in the past partnered with some of the best events in the world including RFC Malaysia, has come forward to join hands with us. This shows that our event is being noticed and respected by the global industry leaders.”   Hugo Burgers, Director (EMEA & India), Warn Industries, Inc.   “2016 is the year in which the Warn brand in India is supported by the Warn International Branch office in the Netherlands to deepen our relations with our partners and end-users in India. Inspired by the earlier achievements of its participants and the professionalism of the organizer, Cougar Motorsport Pvt. Ltd., we are looking forward to this new partnership. As our products were already widely used during the event, we are very happy to become directly associated. The historic relation between Warn and the Rainforest Challenge event in Malaysia is revived by this sponsorship” Date published Fri, 03 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Volkswagen Launches Special Edition Polo And Vento Volkswagen has introduced special edition variants of Polo and Vento. Polo Select and Vento Celeste, that is what the special editions are called, get more features than the top Highline variants. The special edition versions will be available on Highline manual version of Polo and Highline manual and automatic version of Vento. The special edition models will be available on all VW outlets across the nation.   The special features of these models include:   Features Polo Select Vento Celeste Interior     Blaupunkt  radio with navigation - √ Detachable window blinds √ √ Carbon finish center console √ √ Seat covers with logo √ - Textile mats √ √ Scuff plates (4nos) √ - Exterior     ORVM covers in carbon fibre √ √ Body side molding in Black √ √ Black roof foil √ √ Trunk garnish √ - Trunk lip spoiler - √   Besides the features mentioned above, the Polo and Vento Highline will continue to sport all the features of the Highline variant that they were previously fitted with. Date published Fri, 03 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Ferrari Takes International Engine of the Year Award For Its 3.9Lt Turbo-Charged V8 Engine Italian supercar manufacturer, Ferrari is in news this time for the engines that makes its cars supercars. The company has received the Overall Engine Of The Year Award for its 3.9-lt twin-turbo V8 that powers the 488 GTB, 488 Spider and, with a slightly different displacement, the California T as well. The same engine also won in the Performance Engine and New Engine categories, as well as the 3-litre to 4-litre displacement category.    Ferrari’s naturally aspirated 6.3-lt V12 engine also got an award for the above 4-litre category. This engine powers the F12berlinetta and F12tdf.   Comments   Graham Johnson, Co-Chairman, International Engine of the Year Awards   “It’s a giant leap forward for turbocharged engines in terms of efficiency, performance and flexibility. It truly is the best engine in production today and will forever be remembered as one of the all-time greats.” Date published Fri, 03 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0530 GM Inaugurates A New Showroom In Vizag Expanding its footprint in India, General Motors has opened a new 3S facility in Vizag, Andhra Pradesh taking its touch-point tally in India to 202 sales points in addition to 227 service outlets. The new touch-point, Orange Chevrolet, in Vizag is Chevrolet’s 9th sales outlet in the state.   Comments   Kaher Kazem, President and Managing Director, GM India   “We have opened the new dealership in the wake of the increasing popularity of Chevrolet vehicles in Vizag. The facility will be headed by Mr. Y.Ramakoteswara Rao, who is recognized as a prominent business leader with strong credentials in the state. We are confident that under his able leadership and guidance, the dealership will set new benchmark in sales, service and customer satisfaction.” Date published Wed, 01 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Bajaj Launches Desert Gold Edition Of Avenger Cruise 220 Bajaj has added Desert Gold Edition to the Avenger Cruise 220 motorcycle in India, the price of which starts at Rs 85,497 ex-showroom, Delhi. The Desert Gold Edition is added to the existing Avenger series that comprises of Avenger 220 Cruise, 220 Street & 150 Street.   Bajaj says that the Desert Gold Edition of the Avenger 220 Cruise is inspired by glamorous shades of the desert. The Desert Gold Edition of the bike features Gold colour, dark brown seat upholstery and back support.   Comments   Eric Vas, President - Motorcycle Business, Bajaj Auto Ltd   “The Avenger has always been known for its world class styling and unbeatable cruising comfort. The introduction of the Desert Gold edition offers a remarkable new look for Avenger lovers. This is a unique colour and we are confident it will generate widespread excitement in the already growing cruiser segment” Date published Mon, 30 May 2016 00:00:00 +0530 BMW Opens Two New Dealerships BMW India has opened two new dealerships in a short span of time. The company has appointed Titanium Autos as its dealer for Jharkhand and Bihar and Libra Autohaus as its third dealer for Delhi NCR.   Titanium Autos is currently operational at the Radisson Hotel, Ranchi and has a 9 cars indoors display area with a special display area featuring high-end cars. The outlet will also showcase premium BMW accessories for sale to customers and BMW fans. Libra Autohaus is located in the Naraina industrial area in New Delhi.   Comments   Frank Schloeder, (Act.) President, BMW Group India   “BMW India is committed to creating unparalleled customer delight and fascination for our most aspirational product portfolio to our discerning customers. The appointment of Titanium Autos in Ranchi is part of our plan to establish a world-class dealer network in India. This facility will be instrumental in tapping the growing luxury car market potential of the city and cater to the increase in our customers in states of Jharkhand and Bihar.”   “Since its inception, BMW has created luxurious dealerships across key markets in India. BMW dealerships are just not sales outlets, but a place that offers our customers a complete and immersive brand experience. We are very excited to further strengthen our presence in Delhi NCR region with the addition of our third dealership - Libra Autohaus to offer our fascinating products and services. The facility further reiterates our firm commitment to serve our customers with the highest level of enthusiasm and passion.”      Bimal Singhania, Managing Director, Titanium Autos   “We are proud to partner with BMW India in setting up world-class dealership here in Ranchi. We will offer our customers the renowned BMW experience along with providing them with the best in automotive luxury. BMW has a lot of growth potential in a city like Ranchi and we look forward to serving our growing clientele in the region with enthusiasm and passion.”   Manreet Singh Libra, Managing Director, Libra Autohaus   “We are proud to partner with BMW India in setting up a world-class dealership here in Delhi. The culmination of the most aspirational products and an unrivalled dealership experience focused on creating customer delight completes the circle of ‘Sheer Driving Pleasure’. Libra Autohaus will be instrumental in offering the renowned BMW experience to customers. We aim to tap the rising luxury car market potential of the city and serve our growing clientele with great passion.” Date published Mon, 30 May 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Nissan Opens A New Dealership In Bihar   In-line with its commitment to have a 300-outlet network by March next year, Nissan has inaugurated 13 showrooms in the last 6 months with the latest in Muzaffarpur, Bihar. The new outlet in Bihar makes the count of dealerships in Eastern region to 32 for Nissan.   The new dealership spanning an area of 4450 sq. ft. is located in Aamgola and also has a 10,000 sq. ft. workshop situated at Near DAV School, Malighat in Muzaffarpur. The Japanese carmaker, who also plans to launch its most anticipated entry-level product in the Datsun redi-GO in June, is eyeing to capture potential of the growing economy of Bihar. Read Datsun redi-GO review here   Satinder Singh Bajwa, Vice President Sales, network and customer relations, Nissan Motor India Pvt. Ltd. said, “The automobile market in the East region of India has increased exponentially over the last few years. Nissan will be expanding aggressively in the eastern states and particularly in Bihar to reach customers there and gain a healthy share of this huge potential market.”   “We are also gearing up to launch our new Datsun redi-GO, which will compete in the entry-level car segment in India. There is significant demand in Bihar for cars in this segment. To tap that desire for our cars, we will grow our dealership base, offer best-in-class products, build strong business fundamentals, and get closer to our customers in the region. Nissan is continuing to expand its dealership footprint and remains on course to meet our target of establishing 300 dealerships across the country by the end of March 2017,” Bajwa added. Date published Mon, 30 May 2016 00:00:00 +0530 VW Commences Ameo Production, Foresees High Demand German carmaker VW has started the production of its upcoming Vento based sub-4m sedan, the Ameo, at its Pune plant. The Ameo was first showcased at the Auto Expo in February, 2016 and is expected to be launched very soon. Based on the Vento/Polo platform, the Ameo is a sub-4m sedan and will be powered by both diesel and petrol engines and will compete with the likes of Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire, Hyundai Xcent, Honda Amaze, Ford Figo Aspire and Tata Zest.   The Ameo will be powered by a 1.2-litre 3-cylinder MPI petrol engine and 1.5-litre 4-cylinder TDI engine currently doing duty on the Polo. As a standard fitment, the Ameo will get dual front airbags and ABS. VW has also disclosed that the Ameo will also get cruise control, rain sensing wipers and static cornering lamps.   The company has invested about Rs 720 crore in the made-for-India Ameo and is expecting unprecedented results, a reason why the company has already added a third shift for the production of the compact sedan.  Dr. Andreas Lauermann, President and Managing Director, Volkswagen India Private Limited has said, “Due to the expected high demand for the Ameo, we have recently added a third shift to support the extra production volumes at our plant. We are committed to ensuring that our customers get their Ameo as soon as possible.”   While pre-launch bookings have already begun throughout India, VW hasn’t yet disclosed any details about the current number of bookings. The company is however showcasing the car in major cities for prospective buyers to get a closer look before VW announces prices. It must be said that there’s a lot at stake for VW on the Ameo and the company doesn’t want to leave any stone unturned. While VW products have always been priced at a premium over competitors, we’re keen to see how aggressive can Volkswagen go with pricing the Ameo in its segment. Date published Wed, 25 May 2016 00:00:00 +0530 TVS StaR City Plus Introduced In Chocolate Gold Edition TVS has launched a new ‘Chocolate Gold Edition’ of the 2016 TVS StaR City+ motorcycle. The Chocolate Gold edition of the TVS StaR City+ will be available along with other premium colours like Matte Titanium Grey Edition and the attractive Gold Edition model.   The Chocolate Gold edition of TVS StaR City+ is a combination of gold, brown and tan exterior colours. The bike also sports golden alloy wheels in this new variant. There’s no change in the mechanicals though and the StaR City+ comes with the same 109.7cc engine making 8.30 bhp at 7,000 rpm and 8.70 Nm of torque at 5,000 rpm mated to a four-speed gearbox. The Chocolate Gold Edition TVS StaR City+ is priced at Rs. 49,234(Ex-Showroom Delhi).   Comments   Arun Siddharth, Head of Marketing – Motorcycles, TVS Motor Company   “We’re proud to launch the premium, new variant of TVS StaR City+ in a captivating combination of gold and Matte Chocolate brown. The new Chocolate Gold Edition leverages the popularity of the matte brown colour while taking the ante of style further up with gold, to provide a stylish yet bold look to the motorcycle. We believe colours are a testament to the rider’s personality and play a significant role in the purchase decision. With this new edition, we aim to reach out to the stylish yet pragmatic riders who are looking for a dash of style in their ride experience.” Date published Mon, 23 May 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Royal Enfield To Debut All Women Himalayan Odyssey This Year   Women only Himalayan Odyssey to be powered by STRE Will begin on 9th July and end on 23rd July Entire women team including crew   Royal Enfield’s Himalayan Odyssey will witness what has never happened before. Powered by STRE (She Travels on a Royal Enfield), all women Himalayan Odyssey that will flag-off on July 9th will debut this year. The 17 day ride will conclude on July 23rd after going through some of the most picturesque but tough terrains in India. The ride will span about 2200 kms and will go all the way up to Khardung-La, popular for being the world’s highest motorable road.   The crew with the riders will comprise of service staff, technicians and doctors, all women. The riders will experience one of the most hostile environments for motorcycling including Narkanda, Sarchu, Jispa and Leh, all the way to Khardung-La on their RE motorcycles.   Registrations are open for 20 women participants at Date published Mon, 23 May 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Hyundai Launches Special Edition Xcent and Grand i10 On Completing 20 Years In India   Hyundai India has completed 20 years in India and they have indeed been successful for the Korean carmaker. In order to celebrate the 20 years of its existence in India, the company has launched a special edition of the Xcent and Grand i10.   Hyundai has till date sold about 1.2 lakh Xcent cars in India and 3.08 lakh Grand i10s. The special edition Xcent gets body graphics, a boot lid spoiler, chrome front radiator grill and rear chrome garnish that separate it from the usual Xcent. The Grand i10 also gets a rear spoiler and body graphics alongside B-Pillar blackout. On the inside, the special edition Xcent and Grand i10 get a 6.2” Touch Screen Audio-Video system and sporty Red & Black seats. Hyundai is offering the special edition Xcent in S trim only in both petrol and diesel engines while Grand i10 will be available in Sportz variant. The special edition Xcent will be available in pure white and sleek silver body colours and Grand i10 will be in white only.   Prices for Special Edition Xcent are as follows: (Ex-showroom Delhi)   Xcent Petrol 1.2 Kappa Dual VTVT Diesel 2nd Gen 1.1 U2 CRDi Special Edition (S) Solid Rs 625,344 Rs 717,876 Special Edition (S) Metallic Rs 629,026 Rs 721,607   Prices for Special Edition Grand i10 are as follows: (Ex-showroom Delhi):   Grand i10           Petrol 1.2 Kappa Dual VTVT Diesel 2nd Gen 1.1 U2 CRDi Special Edition (S) Solid Rs 568,606 Rs 660,062 Special Edition (S) Metallic Rs 572,289 Rs 663,793 Date published Mon, 23 May 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Piaggio India Opens Motoplex Store In Hyderabad   ·         Motoplex Store is a lifestyle store for Vespa, Aprilia and Moto Guzzi ·         It will be India’s second such store after the first in Pune   Piaggio has opened its new Motoplex store in Hyderabad which was inaugurated by Tollywood icon Naga Chaitanya. The new store is set up in an area of 4,134 sq. ft. at Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad. Besides the two Motoplex stores in India, Piaggio has more in Milan, New York City, Shanghai and Beijing where all the Piaggio Group brands coexist.   Comments   Stefano Pelle, Managing Director and CEO of the Piaggio Vehicles Private Ltd. (PVPL)   “It is a proud moment for Piaggio Group to bring our flagship store to Hyderabad, our second in India and first in the south of the country. Motoplex as a concept introduces the passion of Italian biking all under one roof by offering an exciting overview of the two-wheeler world, reflecting the innovative vision of the Piaggio Group. The store not only showcases the long standing history of our brands - Vespa, Aprilia and Moto Guzzi but also highlights their fascinating journey that proudly stands for ‘Made in Italy’,”   “With the display of various brands from the Piaggio Group stable, the Motoplex store aims to achieve the same success it has had internationally. Hyderabad as a two-wheeler market has always been of strategic importance to us and it was a logical move to bring this concept store first to the city of Nizams before venturing into other cities where similar launches are being planned.”   Sushil Duggar, CEO, Hyderabad Motoplex   “Today, is a moment of fulfilment as we become a part of Piaggio’s new retail experience, the Motoplex – the first in the south of India. It is indeed our pleasure to be representing Piaggio’s most premium brands in Hyderabad.” Date published Mon, 23 May 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Nissan Opens New Dealership In Chennai Aims 300 Touch Points By March 2017 218 Sales and Service centers currently operational   Nissan has opened a new dealership in Chennai at Mount Road. The new dealership, Jubilant Nissan, is the company’s 218th overall in India and Nissan aims to increase the dealer count to 300 by March 2017. The newly opened dealership will sell both Nissan and Datsun products from one roof.   The new showroom opened in Chennai is spread across 3500 sq. ft. and will display five cars. It is an only sales facility and is one of Nissan’s 23 sales and service centers in Tamil Nadu.     Comments   Guillaume Sicard, President, Nissan India Operations   “We are gearing up to launch our new Datsun redi-GO, which will compete in the entry level car segment of the Indian market. With redi-GO, Datsun is pioneering a new segment – ‘Urban Cross’, combining the best of a hatchback and a crossover. Thus, growing our dealership base, building strong business fundamentals and getting closer to our customers are high priorities. As we expand our dealership footprint we are on course to meet our target of establishing 300 dealerships across the country by the end of March 2017. With the 300 dealerships, we will cover upto 90 percent of our current and prospective customers and enable them with easy and immediate access to our committed sales and after sales services.”   Sushiil Mehta, Dealer Principal, Jubilant Nissan   “We at Jubilant Nissan are proud to be associated with such a successful global brand. As an authorised dealer of Nissan in Chennai, Jubilant Nissan will provide excellent sales and aftersales service to existing and prospective customers in the region. This is our third Nissan dealership in Chennai and fifth sales and service centre in Tamil Nadu, and everyone at Jubilant Nissan is committed to enhancing our customer service and providing an outstanding ownership experience for our customers.” Date published Mon, 23 May 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Mercedes-Benz Launches GLS 350d SUV In India At Rs 80.40L Will be manufactured in India Powered by 3-litre, V6 diesel engine producing 190 kW (258hp) of maximum power and 620Nm of peak torque, mated to 9G-TRONIC transmission Priced at Rs 80.40 lakh ex-showroom, Pune   Luxury car manufacturer, Mercedes-Benz has launched its flagship SUV, the GLS Class in India. The GLS Class replaces the GL nameplate in India that was first launched in 2010.   The GLS 350d launched in India will be made at Mercedes-Benz’ Indian facility and will be powered by a 3.0-lt diesel engine that makes 258hp of maximum power. Importantly, the GLS Class will now get a 9-speed automatic transmission, the 9G-TRONIC replacing the 7-speed unit. It now takes 7.8s for the GLS to touch 100kmph from standstill.   Some of the highlighted features of the GLS 350d which Mercedes-Benz refers as the S Class of SUVs are:   9-G TRONIC: 9-Speed Automatic Transmission DYNAMIC SELECT controller with 5 modes: Comfort, Sport, Slippery, Individual and Off-road Panoramic sunroof Full LED Headlamps with Intelligent Light System Adaptive highbeam Assist Plus 4MATIC permanent all-wheel-drive System AIRMATIC suspension with Adaptive Dampening System Plus New Generation Telematics (NTG 5*1) Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay™ COMAND Online with 20.3 cm (8-inches) high resolution media display and Touchpad Mirror package with brand logo projection Memory package for driver and front passenger Parking package with Active Parking Assist and 360° camera   Since the GLS 350d is powered by a diesel engine displacing over 2.0-lts volume, the vehicle will not be registered in Delhi as per the current norms. Date published Wed, 18 May 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Maruti Suzuki Launches Updated Alto 800, Prices Dropped   Drop in prices could be an after-effect of Kwid’s success and redi-GO’s launch   Maruti Suzuki has refreshed its small car Alto 800 in India with minor tweaks to exterior looks and changes to its powertrain that makes it more fuel efficient now. The company has also introduced two new exterior colours - Mojito Green and Cerulean Blue. More importantly, prices for the Alto 800 have dropped in the range of Rs 2,000 - Rs 10,000 for different variants.   New v/s old prices (in Rs., ex-showroom Delhi) for the Alto 800 are as follows:   Note - We are unsure whether the new prices are for metallic or non-metallic exterior colour. We are assuming non-metallic variant prices to be on a safer side   Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Variants N/A Non-metallic Difference STD 249000 256633 7633 LX 283000 292461 9461 LXI 309000 316180 7180 LXI CNG 370000 373752 3752 VXI 328000 329894 1894         STD (O) 255000 262686 7686 LX (O) 289000 299514 10514 LXI (O) 315000 322233 7233 LXI CNG (O) 376000 379805 3805 VXI (O) 334000 N/A N/A     What’s new in the Alto 800?   ·         Improved engine now gets specially coated piston and ring set that reduce frictional losses and increase engine life and fuel efficiency. The new Alto 800 is 9% more fuel efficient. Maruti Suzuki now claims FE of 24.7kmpl. ·         Remote keyless entry ·         Improved rear seat comfort ·         Rear child lock ·         New exterior design with wider front grille and refreshed headlamp design ·         Provision of front fog lamp ·         Two new exterior colours - Mojito Green and Cerulean Blue ·         New seat and door trim fabric ·         New brake booster for better performance     Specifications   Length 3430 mm Width 1490 mm Height 1475 mm Tyre  145 / 80 R 12     Power 35.3 Kw @ 6000 rpm Torque 69 Nm @ 3500 rpm Wheel Base 2360 mm Minimum Ground Clearance 160 mm (unladen) Date published Wed, 18 May 2016 00:00:00 +0530 BMW Launches 320i At Rs 36.90L BMW India has launched petrol derivative of the 3 Series sedan in India, the 320i. The 320i is available in India in two trims; Prestige and Luxury Line. The Prestige variant is priced at Rs 36.90 lakh ex-showroom while the Luxury Line is priced at Rs 42.70 lakh ex-showroom. The petrol 3 Series will be available in India as a CBU product as of now.   Engine Specifications   Engine Capacity 1998cc Maximum Power Output 184hp@5,000rpm Maximum Torque 270Nm@1,350-4600rpm Top Speed 235 kmph Acceleration (0-100kmph) 7.3s Claimed FE 17.61kmpl Tank capacity 60L Transmission 8-Speed Automatic Date published Wed, 11 May 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Isuzu Announces Price Of D-MAX V-Cross, Opens Bookings   Priced at Rs. 12.49 lakhs (ex-showroom, Chennai) Deliveries start July 2016 onwards Bookings for the new-generation ISUZU D-MAX Regular Cab Pickup begin as well   Isuzu has started to accept bookings for D-MAX V-Cross pick-up priced at Rs. 12.49 Lakh (Ex-showroom, Chennai). The company will begin deliveries of D-MAX V-Cross built at its Andhra Pradesh based manufacturing facility July 2016 onwards.   The D-MAX V-Cross gets a 5 speed manual transmission with a 4WD (shift-on-fly) mode and is targeted at adventure-loving buyers. The Isuzu DMAX V-Cross pick-ups that will be manufactured at the SriCity plant are 70% localized and Isuzu is planning to up the level of localization. The company also intends to export made-in-India vehicles to other countries in future. Date published Tue, 10 May 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Mahindra Launches XUV5OO Automatic In W6 FWD Variant, Priced At Rs 14.29L   Previously available in W8 & W10 variants only Priced around Rs 1.5L lower than existing XUV5OO W8 FWD AT variant   Mahindra & Mahindra will now be offering XUV5OO with an automatic transmission W6 variant onwards which is priced at Rs.14.29 lakh, ex-showroom, Navi Mumbai. This makes the W6 variant the most affordable automatic XUV5OO variant with W8 FWD variant priced at Rs 15.87 lakh (ex-Navi Mumbai), W10 FWD AT at Rs16.73 lakh (Navi Mumbai) and W10 AWD AT at Rs 17.80 lakh (ex-Navi Mumbai).   Comments   VivekNayer, Chief Marketing Officer, Automotive Division, M&M Ltd.   "The Automatic Transmission of the New Age XUV500 has resonated very well with our customers since we launched it in November 2015. I am sure that the availability of the Automatic Transmission across variants and a range of price points will now render this technology more accessible to a larger base of customers and make the XUV500 a more attractive proposition amongst a wide spectrum of buyers.” Date published Tue, 10 May 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Hyundai Completes 20 Years In India, Plans To Overtake Maruti Suzuki It was 1996 when Korean carmaker Hyundai entered India by laying the foundation stone of its factory, the Indian market was predominantly a Maruti Suzuki led market. Over time Hyundai managed to address customer needs and is now the second largest carmaker in India by sales, behind Maruti Suzuki, but inching closer than before.   On its 20th birthday in India, the company’s MD, Young Key Koo has announced high aims for the carmaker. Besides aiming to attain market leadership, Koo also announced the goal to become the most beloved and trusted auto brand in India, a modern premium brand with products and services beyond customer expectations and a great place to work.   While Hyundai is still way behind attaining market leadership, the company aims to cross Maruti Suzuki’s sales by adding new products in its range every year and expanding its network. Koo also announced Hyundai’s aim to bring 2 new products in India every year to keep its portfolio fresh besides adding more GDSI & digital showrooms, automated workshops, introduction of ‘Experience Hyundai’ programmes for brand & product, sponsorships etc.   Comments   YK Koo, MD and CEO, HMIL   “This is a very important milestone for us.  20 years ago we only had a dream of transforming the Indian auto industry by introducing contemporary products and today that dream has come true. We were also the first proponents of “Make in India” and showcasing India’s manufacturing prowess to the world. That vision is validated with HMIL and India remaining at the heart of HMC’s global operations and a key hub for exports. We have received tremendous support from the Indian customer and I am confident that this support and co-operation continues, going forward” Date published Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Honda BR-V Launched In India At Rs 8.75 Lakh Available in petrol and diesel engine Automatic transmission available with petrol engine only Airbags, ABS and projector headlamps standard across the range Automatic BR-V is claimed to return better FE figure   Honda has launched its Mobilio-based compact SUV, the BR-V in India with prices starting from Rs 8.75 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi. Variant-wise prices of BR-V are as follows:   Honda BR-V Petrol:   E Variant– INR 8.75 lakhs S Variant – INR 9.9 lakhs V Variant – INR 10.9 lakhs VX Variant – INR 11.84 lakhs V CVT (Automatic) – INR 11.99 lakhs   Honda BR-V Diesel:   E Variant – INR 9.9 lakhs S Variant – INR 10.99 lakhs V Variant – INR 11.85 lakhs VX Variant – INR 12.9 lakhs   Engine Specifications   Engine Transmission Displacement (cc) Max Power Max Torque Claimed FE (kmpl) Petrol (4-cyl, i-Vtec) 6-Speed manual 1497 119PS@6600 rpm 145Nm@4600 rpm 15.4 Petrol (4-cyl, i-Vtec) CVT 1497 119PS@6600 rpm 145Nm@4600 rpm 16 Diesel (4-cyl, i-Dtec) 6-Speed manual 1498 100PS@3600 rpm 200Nm@1750 rpm 21.9   Feature-list Date published Thu, 05 May 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Honda Updates Dio, Price Unchanged Honda has been doing exceptionally well in the automatic scooters department in India though Activa’s sales story makes even Honda’s other scooters go unnoticed. Honda Dio’s sales have surpassed 10 lakh units and the Dio remains Honda’s most exported model. The company has now refreshed the Dio so as to keep the sales ticking.   While the price of Dio remains the same at Rs 48,264 (ex-showroom, Delhi), Honda will now be offering the Dio in a new Matte Axis Grey colour with a 3D emblem. The Dio will continue to come in existing Jazzy Blue Metallic, Candy Palm Green, Sports Red and Black colours.   Comments   Yadvinder Singh Guleria, Senior Vice President – Sales & Marketing, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd   “In line with Honda strategy to delight our customers by refreshing our product portfolio regularly, the new Dio is Honda’s sixth new model of 2016. The new Matt Axis grey colour with value addition of the premium 3D emblem without any additional cost makes it a compelling proposition to own one.” Date published Thu, 05 May 2016 00:00:00 +0530 What's Different With Aamir Khan's Bajaj V Bollywood actor, Aamir Khan recently added a new bike to his garage, the Bajaj V. The 150cc bike from Bajaj was launched earlier this year and remained in news as it is made from metal from INS Vikrant, India’s first aircraft carrier. INS Vikrant played an important role in India’s 1971 battle with Pakistan, and therefore, Bajaj V is the easiest way to own a glorious past.   Aamir’s Bajaj V is however customized for the actor.   Aamir’s Bajaj V gets “A” embossed on the fuel tank. The bike has “Chote Lal” written on the rear seat cowl.     Here’s what Aamir had to say about his latest possession, “The V is a special bike and I wouldn’t compare it with anything else. It has a piece of history ingrained into it. For me it’s a proud moment to own a piece of metal from INS Vikrant which was the military pride of India for decades.”   The Bajaj V is a 150cc commuter bike deliveries of which started on 23rd March, 2016. The Bajaj V is priced at Rs 62,002 ex-showroom, Delhi. Date published Thu, 05 May 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Mercedes-Benz To Launch GLS SUV In India On May 18th German luxury carmaker, Mercedes-Benz will launch the facelift of its flagship SUV, the GL-Class in India on May 18th. The manufacturer will also refresh the GL nameplate according to the company’s latest nomenclature principle naming it the GLS from now on.   The GLS is Mercedes-Benz’ flagship SUV and the company claims it to be the S-Class amongst SUVs, which shows that Mercedes-Benz will not leave any stones unturned to ensure the GLS gets all the riches it should get. Compared to the current GL Class, the GLS gets extended DYNAMIC SELECT transmission modes, the latest stage of development of the air suspension system AIRMATIC with enhanced damping system ADS, the nine-speed 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission, state-of-the-art assistance systems and the latest telematics generation with internet access. While the updated GL Class measures almost the same dimensionally (besides being 10mm longer), the SUV gets a redesigned front, a different rear bumper and tail-lamps and lighter alloy wheels.   On the inside, the GLS’ instrument panel has been redesigned with semi-integrated media display. The SUV now gets a new 3-spoke multifunction steering wheel, modified centre console with touchpad and different interior colours and trim elements.   Mercedes-Benz GLS interiors - now feature a pad-like display   Mercedes-Benz GL 350 BlueTEC 4MATIC’s V6 diesel engine currently makes 190 kW of maximum power, a figure that has not changed in the GLS. However, instead of the current 7G-TRONIC PLUS 7-speed automatic transmission, the GLS will get nine-speed 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission.   You can expect that GLS to be priced upwards of Rs 80 lakh ex-showroom, Delhi when launched. Keep posted for more details. Date published Wed, 04 May 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Toyota Innova Crysta Launched At Rs 13.83 Lakh Deliveries start from May 13, 2016 Available in 4 trims – G, Gx, Vx, Zx Automatic transmission available in Gx & Zx variants only powered by 2.8-lt diesel engine   Toyota has launched the new Innova Crysta in India at a starting price of Rs 13.83 lakh, ex-showroom, Mumbai for the base G variant. The company had previously revealed the new Innova Crysta at the Delhi Auto Expo. The Innova Crysta gets 2 engine-transmission options and will be available in 4 variants – G, Gx, Vx, and Zx. The deliveries for the new Innova Crysta will begin from May 13, 2016 onwards.   It is notable that Toyota has removed the E grade from the Innova Crysta range which was the base variant previously. The G variant was previously priced at Rs 13.33 lakh ex-showroom, Mumbai for the 7-seater version, which is just Rs 50,000 less   Standard safety features of the Innova Crysta   3 Airbags Antilock Braking System (ABS) Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) & Brake Assist (BA) Height adjustable Seatbelt with Pre Tensioner & Force Limiter (PT/FL) for front seat 3 point seatbelt for all occupants Child restraint system (ISOFIX)   Additional safety features in Zx (top) grade   7 Airbags Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) Hill-start Assist Control (HAC)   Significant features   Automatic LED projector headlamps Ambient illumination Upper glove box with cooling One touch tumble second row seat Rear Auto AC with Digital Display Easy slide front passenger seat   The Innova Crysta automatic (6-speed) is available in Zx and Gx grades powered by 2.8-lt diesel engine that makes 174PS of maximum power and 360Nm of torque. Toyota claims a FE of 14.29kmpl for this engine-transmission combination. The second engine is the 2.4-lt engine paired to a 5-speed manual transmission, fuel efficiency for which is claimed to be 15.10 kmpl. The 2.4-lt engine makes 150PS of maximum power and 343 Nm of maximum torque.   The Innova Crysta will be available in the following exterior colour options:   Garnet Red White Pearl Crystal Shine Avant-garde Bronze Silver Grey Super white Date published Mon, 02 May 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Clicked - Toyota Innova Crysta Automatic Interiors   Toyota is all set to launch the new Innova Crysta in India and it’ll be the first time that we’ll get the automatic version of the popular MPV here. Toyota Innova will get a host of new features that we have listed here. The company is expected to offer the more powerful 2.8-lt engine with automatic transmission and not the 2.4-lt engine.   The image clicked shows the 7” touch screen multimedia system on the dashboard and automatic climate controls below it. The automatic gearbox will get only ‘P’, ‘R’, ‘N’ and ‘D’ modes with semi-automatic gear shifting option (tiptronic).   The new Innova will be launched on May 5, 2016. Date published Fri, 29 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Nissan Expands Footprint With A New Dealership In Kerala Nissan India has opened a new dealership in Kerala taking its tally of dealer touch points in India to 217 now. The company aims to expand the dealer network to 300 by March 2017. Nissan-Datsun will soon launch the Datsun Redi-GO in India which is expected to be priced very aggressively and the company wants to cover 95% of Indian population with its network so as to make this product reach masses.   Nissan’s new dealership in Kerala is the company’s 12th new outlet inaugurated in the last 6 months and will showcase all Nissan-Datsun portfolio. The new outlet is based in the Kollam region and has an 8-bay workshop as well.   Comments   Jerome Saigot, Vice President, Datsun India   “Growing our dealership base, building strong business fundamentals and getting closer to our customers are areas of high priority as we gear up to launch our new Datsun redi-GO and enter this high volume segment in 2016. As we expand our dealership footprint to meet rapidly rising demand in one of the world's fastest-growing auto markets, we are on course with our target of setting up 300 outlets across the country by the end of March 2017.”   Shabeen Muhamedali, Dealer Principal, Pinnacle Nissan   “It is indeed a proud moment for us to have associated with Nissan India and represent both Nissan and Datsun brands. We will strive to offer best-in-class sales and service experience to our customers.” Date published Fri, 29 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Honda BR-V Rumoured To Get Standard Airbags and Projector Headlamps Japanese car company, Honda will soon launch its latest product, the BR-V in India which is developed on the same platform as the Honda Amaze and Mobilio. The BR-V is essentially an amalgam of a traditional SUV and an MUV and is expected to lock horns with the likes of Hyundai Creta, Renault Duster and Nissan Terrano. The BR-V is not a sub-4m vehicle and has enough space inside to get 3 row seating. Honda is expected to launch the BR-V in the first week of May, 2016.   In a recent report on Team-BHP, expected variant-wise feature list of the BR-V reveals that the vehicle would get standard projector headlamps and front airbags. While there’s no document in support of this statement, therefore we can not consider it confirmed. Here’s a list of the variant-wise features as per the reveal:   Honda BR-V E   Projector headlamps LED tail light guides Roof rails ECO lamp Reclining seats for the second row Flexible boot configurations Dual airbags ABS (diesel only)   Honda BR-V S   All the features of E Variant, plus 2-DIN audio system with Bluetooth Steering mounted audio controls Automatic air-conditioning Rear air-conditioner vents Passenger side vanity mirror Height adjustable driver seat Electrically adjustable ORVMs Rear defogger, washer and wiper ABS (on petrol as well)   Honda BR-V V   Alloy wheels Fog lamps with chrome bezels Electrically foldable ORVMs Keyless entry & go (engine start/stop button) Multi-information display Vanity mirror for the driver Armrest for the second row of seats Automatic transmission (CVT) with paddle shifters will be available in this variant   Honda BR-V VX   Leather upholstery Chrome side protectors Heat-absorbing windscreen   EXPECTED PRICES - While the features are not confirmed yet, if the above said features make way into the BR-V, it can be safely assumed that the BR-V will be priced over the current MPV Mobilio. Honda Mobilio’s prices currently start at Rs 7.10 lakh ex-showroom, Delhi for the base E variant and go upto Rs 10.05 lakh ex-Delhi, for the V(O) petrol variant. It can be expected that Honda prices the BR-V around Rs 7.99 lakh for the base petrol variant and go upto Rs 10.50 – Rs 11.00 lakh for the top end. Diesel prices can be expected to float between Rs 9.50-Rs 12.00 lakh ex-showroom, Delhi.   Interesting read - Here are the reasons why we think BR-V can give a tough fight to Duster, Creta and S-Cross Date published Fri, 29 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Upcoming Toyota Innova Crysta Features Leaked Toyota’s Innova set high standards when it was launched in India and it is one of Toyota’s best selling models till date. Toyota revealed the Innova Crysta in India at the Auto Expo 2016 and the company will be launching the new Innova in May 2016. Amidst the anticipation, an introductory brochure has surfaced on the internet that reveals some of the features that will make way on to the top trim of the Innova Crysta. The 3 page brochure reveals the following stuff, of which we knew about 12 features that'll come to the Innova before the leak:   The Innova Crysta’s top trim (for sure, the lower ones may or may not get these) will get 7 SRS airbags. Vehicle stability control and Hill-assist control LED projector headlamps Automatic climate control Rear auto A/C One touch tumble and space up rear seats Easy slide front passenger seat Back door easy closer Eco and Power drive modes 6 speed automatic transmission with sequential shift 7” touchscreen with navigation 8-way power adjustable driver seat Smart entry (keyless) Push start-stop button Ambient illumination   The supporting documents revealed by Team-BHP: Date published Thu, 28 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Lamborghini To Launch Huracan Spyder In India On May 5 Italian sports carmaker, Lamborghini will launch the open-top Huracan Spyder in India on May 5, 2016. The supercar will be launched in Mumbai alongside the opening of Lamborghini’s new dealership there. The Huracan Spyder is expected to be priced over Rs 3 Cr and is claimed to have a top speed of 324kmph.   Last year, Lamborghini launched the Huracan RWD in India at Rs 2.99 Cr. Both the Huracan and Huracan Spyder are powered by the same engine.   Technical specifications of the Huracan Spyder are as follows:   Engine type V10 Displacement 5,204 cm³ Maximum power 449 kW @ 8,250 RPM Maximum torque 560 Nm @ 6,500 RPM Lubrification system Dry sump Type of transmission All-wheel drive Gearbox 7-speed LDF dual-clutch transmission Top speed 324 km/h Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 3.4s   0-200 km/h: 10.2s Frame Hybrid aluminum/carbon fiber Body Outer skin made from aluminum, and composite material Soft top Soft top roof Wheelbase 2,620 mm Overall length 4,459 mm Overall width 1,924 mm Overall height 1,180 mm Date published Thu, 28 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Yamaha Opens New Spare Parts Centre In Tamil Nadu The company aims to reduce turnaround-time for spare parts supply   Yamaha has inaugurated a new spare parts centre in the premises of the company’s Chennai plant with an investment of Rs 5.80 Cr. The reason behind starting with a new spare parts centre is to quicken the parts supply chain and reduce turnaround time of orders. With the new spare parts centre, Yamaha India is targeting to ship the spare parts the very next day of receiving the orders.   Comments   Hiroaki Fujita, Chairman, Yamaha Motor India Group Companies (YMI-G)   “In the present industry scenario, customer satisfaction is the key to sustenance & growth. Timely supply of genuine spare parts to the customers is the key to success. Our main objective behind the establishment of the new Parts Centre is to cater to the demands of the consumers in South India with Speed, and Quality.”   Takashi Terabayashi, Managing Director, IYM   “The new Centre will play a significant role for achieving IYM Goals. It will contribute to the IYM Profit by strengthening the business foundation and supply chain management operation. The new Centre will support Yamaha business by ensuring smooth supply of quality spare parts in South India as well as other parts of the country and contribute to the achievement of business expansion plans.” Date published Wed, 27 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Isuzu Commences Production At Andhra Pradesh Plant Japanese car manufacturer, Isuzu has started manufacturing at its Indian plant in Andhra Pradesh’s SriCity. The company has rolled out the first made-in-India Isuzu D-MAX V-Cross from the facility that can currently manufacture 50,000 vehicles per annum. The plant’s manufacturing capacity can be increased to 1,20,000 units/annum if required.   The Isuzu DMAX V-Cross pick-ups that will be manufactured at the SriCity plant are 70% localized and Isuzu is planning to up the level of localization. The company also intends to export made-in-India vehicles to other countries in future.   Comments   Masanori Katayama, President, Isuzu Motors Limited   “We are very happy to start our local manufacturing operations in India. India is one of the biggest automobile markets and also one of the fastest growing economies in the world. India is a key part of Isuzu Motors’ global growth strategy. This new plant in India will not only cater to the requirements of the growing Indian market, but in future it will also serve as a key manufacturing hub for ISUZU’s global operations.”   Hiroyasu Miura, Chairman, Isuzu Motors India Pvt. Ltd.   “The globally proven ISUZU D-MAX pickups will be manufactured at this plant under high quality standards in line with ISUZU’s well acclaimed ‘Isuzu Manufacturing Management’ practices. We have found Indian suppliers to be capable of meeting Isuzu’s global quality standards and we will follow a high localization strategy for the manufacturing operations in India. Isuzu is in India for last 4 years studying the Indian market, understanding the Indian customer’s requirements and establishing the sales and service network. The inauguration of our manufacturing plant at SriCity is a major milestone in this journey and we look forward to an exciting future in India”. Date published Wed, 27 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Hyundai Launches Creta Petrol Automatic At Rs 12.86 Lakh Korean carmaker, Hyundai, has launched a new automatic variant of its popular mid-size SUV, Creta. The Creta was previously available with an automatic transmission mated to the diesel engine. Hyundai will now be offering automatic transmission with the petrol Creta as well. Creta petrol automatic is available in SX+ variant only priced at Rs 12.86 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi.   Some of the key features of Creta SX+ include dual airbags which are standard across the Creta range, AVN, projector headlamps with LED positioning, rear parking camera and sensors, smart key with push button, Chrome O/S door handle, Shark fin antenna, child seat anchor, 17” diamond cut alloys, a leather wrap on steering wheel and fully automatic temperature control.   Comments   Rakesh Srivastava, Sr VP – Sales & Marketing, HMIL   “Hyundai Motor India has witnessed tremendous success with the CRETA- The Perfect SUV. Introducing the new variant of automatic transmission in Creta showcases Hyundai’s commitment to providing products based on customers wants and building the relationship as a customer centric company towards ensuring customers delight. With safety as our priority we have also introduced Dual Airbags as standard across all Creta variants. The new Automatic variants and enhanced safety features will be instrumental in achieving our aim to be the most preferred car manufacturer in India.”     Current Prices for Creta are as follows:   HYUNDAI CRETA Price (Ex Showroom Delhi) Petrol Diesel (1.4 CRDi) Diesel (1.6 CRDi VGT) Base 9,15,881 9,99,096 - S MT 10,32,307 11,20,547 - S+ MT - 12,11,224 - SX MT - - 12,37,041 SX+ MT 11,84,099 - 13,36,949 AT 12,86,618 - 14,50,388 SX(O) MT - - 14,43,317 Date published Wed, 27 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Hyundai Rewards The Most Frugal Grand i10 Drivers Under Experience Hyundai Programme In Chandigarh Hyundai recently organized ‘Miles & Smiles Rally 2016’ under ‘Experience Hyundai’ programme in Chandigarh for Hyundai Grand i10 customers. The motive of the rally was to educate customers on how to drive their cars so as to get the best mileage for every drop of fuel. The rally was organized on 24th April and covered about 117 kms.   Of the 250 customers that participated in the rally, the winner walked away with a cash reward of Rs 15,000 with the first and second runner up getting a reward of Rs 10,000 and Rs 5,000 each. In order to keep the chances of winning fair, petrol and diesel owners were separately categorized.   Comments   Rakesh Srivastava, Senior VP – Sales & Marketing, HMIL   “Hyundai being a customer centric organization, consistently organizes engagement activities under ‘Experience Hyundai’ programme. We are overwhelmed with the participation of Grand i10 customers in the Miles and Smiles Rally 2016 in Chandigarh. Hyundai is the most loved New Age brand and with these initiatives we connect with our customers and educate them on fuel efficient driving practices.”   The rally was sponsored by IOCL, where participants tanked up their vehicles. The tanks were then sealed till the end of the rally to ensure no participant refueled their cars in between. At the end, the driver that consumed the least fuel was rewarded. Date published Mon, 25 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Mercedes-Benz Expands Bangalore and Pune R&D Facilities Expanding one of the largest R&D centers for Daimler outside of Germany, MBRDI (Mercedes-Benz R&d India) has expanded its setup in Bangalore and Pune. The company has presence in Whitefield area of Bangalore now with a capacity of 900 employees and has expanded Pune facility to accommodate another 203.   MBRDI was founded in Bangalore in 1996 to support Daimler’s research, IT and product development activities. While the Bamgalore facility focuses on topics ranging from computer-aided design and simulations (CAD, CAE) for powertrain, chassis and exteriors to embedded systems, telematics and developing various IT applications and tools, the office in Pune specializes in interior component designs and IT engineering.   Comments   Thomas Merker, Vice President Body & Safety, Mercedes-Benz Cars Development and acting Chairman MBRDI   “The digital transformation of our company is in full swing and is affecting our entire value chain. Our India center through its talented workforce provides the necessary gilt edge raising the digital quotient of the company. MBRDI supports multiple regional hubs of Daimler in keeping the product on computer for as long as possible.”   Manu Saale, MD & CEO MBRDI   "At MBRDI, we are firm on our mission to be a Center of Excellence within Daimler for Engineering & IT. Now with 19 years behind us, we are excited about our growth and what we offer here at MBRDI. We have graduated higher up the value chain and contributing significantly in some niche areas of digital product development. With the proximity of the new office to our head office at Whitefield Palms, we ensure that functional collaboration while offering our colleagues with best in class infrastructure and facilities.” Date published Mon, 25 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Volkswagen Showcases Ameo In Newly Opened Showroom In Goa Volkswagen has opened a new showroom in Goa taking its pan-India network count to 120. The company took this opportunity to showcase their upcoming seb-4m sedan based on the Vento, the Ameo at their newly opened showroom.   Volkswagen Goa, the new dealership, is located at La Campala Co-op Housing Society Ltd, Near Mums Kitchen, Campal, Panaji. The dealership also has a service area with a 20-bay workshop that can  undertake repair and maintenance work.   Comments   Michael Mayer, Director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars India   “With the opening of this dealership we mark our presence in Goa, which is an extremely important market for Volkswagen in this region. We look forward to provide our customers an enhanced experience and the best of Volkswagen’s products. With the support of our dealer partner, we are confident of a successful run in the region.” Date published Mon, 25 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Mahindra Scorpio Adventure Launched At Rs 13.07 Lakh Only 1000 units of the Scorpio Adventure will be manufactured, based on S10 variant   Mahindra has launched the Scorpio Adventure in India, a limited edition version based on the Scorpio SUV that is priced at Rs 13.07 lakh, ex-showroom, Mumbai for the 2WD version. The new Adventure version is a kitted variant based on the S10 model of the Mahindra Scorpio which is priced at Rs 12.67 lakh, ex-showroom, Mumbai. For the extra Rs 40,000 that you spend on the Scorpio Adventure, what you get is:   Gun Metal alloy wheels Stand-out Red brake callipers Faux leather seats with blue fabric insert Faux leather-wrapped steering wheel & gear lever ORVMs with side indicator Rear view camera Distinctive and stylish ‘Smoked’ tail lamps Mist Silver and White dual-tone exteriors with adventure-themed decals     The Scorpio S10 variant is available in both 2WD and 4WD drivetrain formats and so is the Scorpio Adventure. However, the Adventure version of the Scorpio will not be available with the S10 automatic gearbox option. The S10 4WD is priced at Rs 14.24 lakh, ex-showroom, Mumbai, which is also Rs 40,000 dearer than the regular Scorpio S10 4WD.   Comments   Vivek Nayer, Chief Marketing Officer, (Automotive Division) Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.   "We are pleased to introduce the limited edition ‘Scorpio Adventure’. With its all-terrain capability, power-packed performance and iconic design, the Scorpio is a symbol of power, thrill and adventure for more than 5 lac Scorpio owners and for the millions of fans that aspire to own a Scorpio one day. The limited edition Scorpio Adventure is in keeping with the lineage and DNA of the brand and I am sure that it will further strengthen the appeal of Scorpio as the perfect companion on long road trips and off-roading adventures.”   Specifications   Engine Type mHawk 4 cylinder Engine, Variable Geometry Turbocharger with Intercooler, 4 valves per cylinder, Common Rail Direct Injection Technology Cubic Capacity 2179 cc Max. Gross Power 120 bhp (88KW) @4000rpm Max. Gross Torque 280Nm @ 1800 – 2800 rpm Transmission 5-speed manual Date published Mon, 25 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Bentley Bentayga SUV Launched In India At Rs 3.85Cr Bentley has launched the only SUV in its portfolio in India, the Bentayga. The SUV was launched at a price of Rs 3.85 Cr ex-showroom, Delhi. The Bentayga is considered to be the world’s fastest SUV as it can do a 0-100kmph in 4.1s (claimed). Besides being powered by a 6.0-lt twin turbocharged W12 petrol engine, the Bentayga has a permanent 4-wheel drive drivetrain. The Bentayga gets an 8-speed automatic transmission and makes 600 bhp of maximum power and 900Nm of maximum torque.   Bookings and delivery   Bentley has revealed that it had opened bookings for the Bentayga about 6 months from now and the first of the Bentayga will be delivered in about 2 weeks from now. Bookings are now open and prospective buyers can expect a 5 month delivery period from the time of booking.   Network expansion   Bentley is currently available in New Delhi and Mumbai in India however the company will soon expand its footprint to Hyderabad. The company will open a new showroom and workshop in Hyderabad in about 2 months from now.   Production   Bentley’s Bentayga will come to India as a CBU product as all their cars are manufactured in Crewe. The company is expected to manufacture about 2600-2700 cars in 2016 and production will reach 3000-3500 cars in the next year. Satya Bagla, Managing Director, Exclusive Motors Private Limited mentioned that the Indian market for ultra premium segment is about 250 units/annum. He however didn’t comment on the numbers that Bentley is expecting from the Bentayga in India.   TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION - BENTLEY BENTAYGA Engine 6.0 litre twin-turbocharged W12 Transmission 8-speed Automatic Power 600 bhp / 447 kW / 608 PS @ 5250 rpm Torque 900 Nm / 664 lb.ft @ 1250 - 4500 rpm Emission Level EU 6 and US LEV III Maximum Speed 187 mph / 301 km/h Acceleration 0 - 60 mph 4.0 secs Dimensions Length-Width-Height Across Mirrors - 5141 mm / 202.4 in 2223 mm / 7 ft 4 in Fuel efficiency - Drive cycle - EU Combined - 12.8 litres/100 km Date published Sat, 23 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Yamaha Launches Masculine Scooter Ray-ZR At Rs 52,000 Yamaha has launched the new Cygnus Ray ZR scooter in the Indian market at Rs 52,000 ex-showroom, Delhi. The Ray ZR is available in disc and non-disc brake options, with the one equipped with disc brake costing Rs 54,500 ex-showroom, Delhi. The scooter will be available for buyers next month onwards.   As with Yamaha’s philosophy of making scooters for select audience, the Ray ZR is targeted at the male society, precisely boys. The Ray ZR has layered side fairing that makes it look wide, muscular and sporty. From the looks of it, the Ray ZR might as well be the sportiest and boy-ish looking scooters around.   Engine   Yamaha Cygnus Ray-ZR is powered by an air-cooled 4-stroke, SOHC, 2-valve 113cc “BLUE CORE” engine with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) unit. Yamaha claims a fuel efficiency of 66 kmpl under standard test conditions for this scooter.   Comments   Roy Kurian, VP-Sales & Marketing, Yamaha Motor India Sales Pvt. Ltd.   “Out of the total demand of two wheelers in India, the scooter segment is soaring with 30% contribution to the sales and we are looking at 10% market share for this year. With Yamaha’s forte to cater to youngsters with its DNA of style, sportiness and innovation, the new Cygnus Ray-ZR will surely be a treat for real boys, especially among the ones particularly keen on style and technology. Since 2012, Yamaha’s Scooters were enthusiastically accepted in the market. With the launch of the Fascino in 2015, Yamaha further witnessed a steep growth in sales, which only testifies its strong product focus and market strategy. We are excited to launch the new Cygnus Ray-ZR which is all set to rev many hearts among Indian customers.” Date published Thu, 21 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Automatic Cars Within Rupees 6 Lakh On-Road In India Increasing road traffic is the primary reason behind popularity of automatic transmissions. Long traffic snarls are a reason of ever growing road traffic. Since people find it easy to crawl in heavy traffic being engaged in one gear when they don’t have to worry about the clutch-accelerator-gear shift routine, they opt for automatic transmissions over manual ones.   A car with automatic transmission is however costlier than its manual counterpart. While traditional automatic transmissions were costlier by almost one lakh rupees over manual transmission, the latest AMT automatic transmission is only about 30-40k costlier. Therefore, they have become very popular in India. Besides being cheap, they are also almost as frugal as manual transmission, and that’s a positive as well.   There are a lot of automatic cars in India now however there are very few that are priced under Rs 6 lakh ON-ROAD. Here is a list of 8 automatic cars that you can buy in under or at almost Rs 6 lakh on-road.   S.No Car name Variant Price (ex-showroom, Delhi) 1 Tata GenX Nano XMA Rs. 283,435 2 Tata GenX Nano XTA Rs. 303,497 3 Alto K10 AGS Vxi Rs. 408,957 4 Alto K10 AGS Vxi (O) Rs. 415,010 5 Celerio Lxi Rs. 450,345 6 Celerio Lxi (O) Rs. 470,521 7 Celerio Vxi Rs. 480,503 8 WagonR Vxi Rs. 484,925 Date published Wed, 20 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai Face The Heat As Kwid Writes Success Story The throne of the entry-level segment that once belonged to Maruti Suzuki has started to shake, and surprisingly, it is not the Korean rival who has re-attempted to seize it. The bestseller Alto still puts in good numbers although Hyundai’s Eon has succumbed, it doesn’t have enough artillery on its side, isn’t even a fresh design that could woo buyers. So, while undisputed Maruti Suzuki was going guns at this segment without much competition, French carmaker Renault had set its eyes at this segment last year. The standards were set by Maruti Suzuki, a company that banks a lot upon its network and easy-to-own vehicles. The only chink-in-the-armour was design, the Alto looked boring, despite all the facelifts.   Renault on the other hand had tasted success with the Duster, an SUV, a segment where Renault broke-the-ice with masses. The company knew if it had to do something big, it has to deliver an unprecedented product with high face-value. Renault put faith in Duster’s design and gave a similar body-language to its small car, the Kwid, assuming that masses would love it.   Over one lakh bookings and a long waiting period to get a new car, the Kwid has tasted success in the past one year. The numbers are big, at least for now. What Renault has done here, is that the company has taught other carmakers that the entry-level segment is up for grabs, the buyers need a change, but the change has to be extraordinary.   More than the numbers, a recent statement by Maruti Suzuki’s Managing Director, Kenichi Ayukawa sums up Kwid’s success. He told ET, "We have to congratulate them (Renault) but we are not happy, so we have to have some counter measure. We are deciding what kind of product is needed in that segment,". The same report by ET also suggests that Maruti Suzuki might consider giving its loved hatchback Alto a tall stance in-line with the current market trend.   Hyundai, on the other hand, is reported to be working on an entry-level hatchback that could fill in the Santro’s shoes. The car codenamed ‘AH’ is touted to be on the company’s high-priority list and could see daylight in 2018.   Kwid, however, is not the only car that has shaken the highest selling carmaker duo. It is the onslaught of more than one product that might break their backs. Datsun has revealed the Kwid’s cousin brother, the redi-GO, that is based on the same platform as the Kwid, should get the same engine and worryingly for MS and Hyundai, sports a different attire than the Kwid, albeit, a good looking one. The redi-GO is  softer on the design, with a not so SUV-ish stance, but still rides tall, giving Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai lesser room to come up with a strikingly different product. Related - Renault Kwid: Performance on the road   The buyer profile has also changed for the entry-level segment. Previously, it was middle-aged men or women who gave up their two wheelers as their children had grown enough to be accommodated on 2-wheels. But the market has changed now. The aspiring buyers now want a modern looking car that they can drive to workplaces every day, with enough features to keep them busy while negotiating traffic and importantly ownership costs don’t worry them much.   Maruti Suzuki is finally in a position where it has to play a catch-up game now. Both top-selling carmakers have been caught a bit off-guard, and trust me, it is good for the market. With carmakers like Renault bringing products that can set their sales on fire, you can be assured that they’ll bring in more global products to flirt with the market. On the other hand, the ones who have tasted success once, should be roaring to retain their dominance. Date published Wed, 20 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0530 This Dash-Cam Video Shows A Tow-Truck Drop A Car In Russia, How He Reacts Will Amaze You Well, strange things happen on the road and at times people’s reaction to the instances are even stranger than fiction. We know commercial drivers are often burdened with a lot of work but who forgets to fasten a towed vehicle?   Apparently, this truck-driver was not just overburdened, he was drunk too! Look how he reacts after the car falls off!!! The way he keeps on driving without even a hint of hitting brakes is puzzling! My grandmother often used to pinch me on my ignorant attitude saying I’d misplace my children when I’m old, but this trucker has set higher standards for ignorance. God bless the car owner! Enjoy the vid. Date published Wed, 20 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Six Reasons Why Honda BR-V Can Unsettle Creta-Duster Might Honda is all set to launch its latest compact SUV in India, the BR-V. BR-V was unveiled in India at the 2016 Auto Expo and Honda will be officially launching it in the first week of May. Honda’s BR-V is based on the same platform on which Honda Amaze and Honda Mobilio are developed. The BR-V is expected to be powered by the same engines as the Honda City and will compete with the likes of Hyundai Creta and Renault Duster when launched in India. Read more: Price Comparo - Hyundai Creta vs Renault Duster.   Honda has not been able to make a steady progress in the Indian market. The bestseller Honda City is doing well however Maruti Suzuki Ciaz has been giving stiff competition to it. Sub-4m sedan Amaze is also unable to cast an impactful impression in its segment and Mobilio’s sales have almost succumbed to Ertiga’s. So, BR-V is going to be a model Honda will heavily rely on to consolidate its sales ranking in India. We think there is a lot going in for the BR-V and Honda might have a good outside chance of breaking-in in the compact SUV segment to challenge the might of Hyundai Creta and Renault Duster that have done exceedingly well in the past.   Here are the 6 reasons why we think BR-V can unsettle the stiff competition in the Creta and Duster.   Advantage Petrol – Honda’s weakness a few years ago of not offering diesel power in its cars led to the carmaker produce its EarthDreams range of diesel engines to tackle the market. The company was however best known for its frugal and refined petrol engines and subsequent fuel price drops and uncertainty of norms over diesel power have reinstated mass’ faith in petrol power. There are no qualms saying that Honda betters both Renault and Hyundai at making petrol engines and BR-V will have the petrol-advantage going in its favour from day one.   The impatient buyer – Building up to the petrol advantage will be the fact that both Hyundai and Renault have long waiting lists displayed in their showrooms, especially for petrol powered variants. Renault, in fact, makes very few petrol Dusters. Hyundai does have a demand for petrol Creta but waiting period especially for the petrol variant is of the tune of 2-4 months and even more. Point number 1 and 2 clearly indicate that those buyers who want a petrol SUV might almost zero-in-on the BR-V.   More car per car (7 seats) – Honda BR-V has a clear advantage over rivals Creta and Duster for the extra homo sapiens that it can carry. And we Indians love to take our extended families, neighbours or friends along as much as we love to tag them on facebook. The BR-V will be registered as a 7-seater and though the third row might be best for children, it can come in handy on a lot of occasions.   Engine options – Trust me, at times, it is better not to be spoilt for choice. Both the Duster and Creta come with an option of 2 diesel engines (in Duster’s case, it is the same engine with different power outputs). And I have mostly been flooded with people getting confused with the engines even after finalizing the vehicles. In Honda’s case, it is a straightforward petrol or diesel. No confusion, great combination! I’ve heard this tagline somewhere. The credit goes to someone I don’t know!   The Honda badge – Yes, there are still people in our country who vouch for that. A reason why the City continues to sell well. A reason why some people even opted for overpriced Mobilio. The ‘Honda’ badge is considered premium among mass carmakers and BR-V should benefit from that.   The CR-V factor – I’m yet to find a person who dislikes the CR-V, even though it gulps petrol like a sportscar. The CR-V was always an SUV for the elite, those who preferred to travel in luxury. And there are still a lot of people who swear by the petrol hungry SUV, and you’ll therefore find one in every used car market, and there’ll be a buyer for each one as well! The BR-V might satiate those CR-V lovers who could never afford its sticker price or running costs.   Lastly, it will be important for Honda to price the BR-V competitively. Mobilio has proved that the market might consider Honda premium over other mass carmakers but it is mature enough to judge the premium, and won’t pay an unjust amount to own a Honda. However, Honda will have a wide window to play the price game as Creta is already overpriced (priced quite above the Duster). If Honda undercuts the Creta and remains in close vicinity of Duster, who knows Honda might rewrite history in this segment. Date published Tue, 19 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Renault Duster vs Hyundai Creta - Price comparison   Petrol variants (ex-showroom, Delhi) Renault Duster Petrol RXE Rs 8,46,999 Hyundai Creta 1.6L Dual VTVT 6-Speed Manual Base Rs 9,15,881 Renault Duster Petrol RXL Rs 9,26,999 Hyundai Creta 1.6L Dual VTVT 6-Speed Manual S Rs 10,16,537     Hyundai Creta 1.6L Dual VTVT 6-Speed Manual SX+ Rs 11,84,099     Diesel variants (ex-showroom, Delhi) Duster Diesel 85PS Standard Rs 9,26,999 Hyundai Creta 1.4L CRDi 6-Speed Manual BASE Rs 10,06,801 Duster Diesel 85PS RXE Rs 9,46,999 Hyundai Creta 1.4L CRDi 6-Speed Manual S Rs 11,05,135 Duster Diesel 85PS RXL Rs 10,26,999 Hyundai Creta 1.4L CRDi 6-Speed Manual S+ Rs 12,11,224 Duster Diesel 85PS RXS Rs 10,76,999 Hyundai Creta 1.6L CRDi VGT 6-Speed Manual SX Rs 12,36,094 Duster Diesel 110PS RXL Rs 11,06,999 Hyundai Creta 1.6L CRDi VGT 6-Speed Manual SX+ Rs 13,36,949 Duster Diesel 110PS RXL AMT Rs 11,66,999 Hyundai Creta 1.6L CRDi VGT 6-Speed Manual SX (O) Rs 14,42,528 Duster Diesel 85PS RXZ Rs 11,46,999 Hyundai Creta 1.6L CRDi VGT 6-Speed Automatic SX+ Rs 14,40,072 Duster Diesel 110PS RXZ Rs 12,26,999     Duster Diesel 110PS RXZ AMT Rs 12,86,999     Duster Diesel 110PS RXZ AWD Rs 13,56,999 Date published Tue, 19 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Audi Q Drive 5th Edition Begins First Q Drive commenced in Karnal   Audi India has begun its fifth edition of the Audi Q Drive event that gives the customers a hands-on experience of driving the Audi’s Q range of SUVs on challenging tarmacs to test the off-road capability of vehicles. The fifth edition of the event that was first started in 2012 has commenced from Karnal, Haryana. Audi has announced that this year, the Q drive will be held at 30 dealer locations throughout India.   Obstacles that the customers tackle with the Q Range of SUVs - hill climbing, hill descend, slush, acceleration, braking, rumblers, axle twister and articulation and tilt angle.   Comments   Joe King, Head, Audi India   “The Audi Q range highlights the sportiness, the sophistication and the progressiveness of the brand, The Audi Q Drive showcases the functionality and capability of our SUVs while demonstrating their outstanding quattro capabilities on an off-road track. For all the Audi enthusiasts, it is the perfect opportunity to experience the grit and strength of the Audi range in a natural off-roading environment,”.   “India with its diverse terrain is a land of quattro and our luxurious SUV’s in the Audi Q range are a preferred choice of mobility for many enthusiasts. Audi SUVs are luxury vehicles that are primed to discover the adventurer in you and we are confident of maintaining our position of strength in the luxury SUV segment,” Date published Mon, 18 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0530 TVS Launches New Victor Motorcycle At Rs 49,490 TVS Victor Drum Brake Price - Rs 49,490 (ex-showroom, Delhi)   TVS Victor Disc Brake Price - Rs 51,490 (ex-showroom, Delhi)   TVS has launched the updated Victor motorcycle in India at Rs 49,490 ex-showroom, Delhi. The motorcycle is available in 2 variants, drum brake and disc brake. The disc brake variant is priced at Rs 51,490 ex-showroom, Delhi. The bike will be available in 6 colour options namely Red, Black Red, Black Silver, Grey, Silver and Blue. The bike is powered by a 109.7-cc engine that makes 9.6PS of maximum power and returns 76kmpl of fuel efficiency (TVS claimed). Detailed specifications are as follows:   Engine 109.7 cc Maximum power 7.06 kW (9.6 PS) @ 7500 rpm Maximum torque 9.4 Nm @6000 rpm Bore X Stroke 53.5 mm x 48.8 mm Compression Ratio 9.9 : 1 Fuel system Carburettor, CV type Transmission 4 speed constant mesh Clutch Wet - multi plate type   Brake Front : Drum Hand operated, Internally expanding, Ø130 mm Brake Front : Disc Hand operated, Ø 240mm disc Brake Rear Foot operated, internally expanding, Ø 110 mm Tyre Size Front 2.75 x 17 Tyre Size Rear 3.00 x 17   Comments   JS Srinivasan, Vice President – Sales & Service, TVS Motor Company   “The success of TVS Victor first launched in 2002 laid the foundation for TVS Motor in India. We are constantly evolving our products to offer technologically superior and stylish products to our customers. We believe that TVS Victor is world-class product as it takes a big step forward in terms of performance with ride and handling so as to deliver complete rider control and comfort. It complements our existing product portfolio and has a strong potential in its respective segment.  We have no doubt that this motorcycle will be well accepted by our customers and will further spur the sales momentum that we have accrued over the last year.” Date published Mon, 18 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Bentley Bentayga To Be Launched In India on Apr 22 Bentley will launch the only SUV in its portfolio, the Bentayga in India on April 22, 2016. The Bentayga, which was designed and engineered in Crewe, England is not only the world’s most expensive SUV but is also the fastest. The Bentayga, powered by its 6.0-lt engine can shame many other cars to 100kmph from standstill which is does in 4.1s. Bentley first unveiled the Bentayga at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show and no one knew Bentley would bring it to India this quick.     Here’s all you need to know about the Bentayga : Engine, Specifications, Acceleration, Features, Optional Features, Transmission   Engine Specifications Max power 600 bhp/ 447 kW / 608 PS @ 5000-6000 rpm Max torque 900 Nm / 664 lb.ft @1350 rpm Engine capacity 5950 cc Acceleration 0 - 60mph 4.0 secs / 0 - 100 km/h 4.1 secs Max speed 187 mph / 301 km/h     Transmission 8-speed Automatic Transmission, permanent All-Wheel Drive   Dimensions Length x Width (folded mirriors) x Height 5141 mm x 1998 mm x 1742mm Wheelbase 2992 mm     Standard Features   Split-folding heated rear 4+1 Seats Heated, acoustic IR front screen and acoustic side glass Drive Dynamics Mode Choice of 17 piano-finished paints Full LED adaptive Headlamps with High Beam Assist Panoramic Tilt / Slide Sunroof with electric Blind Speed sensitive, variable ratio Electric Power Steering Powered Tailgate and Soft-close Doors 8" Touch-Screen Infotainment with 60GB HDD, Navigation, Voice Control with Text-to-Speech, AMI, CD, MP3, SD cards Hill Descent Control Touch-Screen Remote Bentley Dynamic Ride Wi-Fi connectivity   Optional Features   22" Five Spoke Directional Alloy Wheels Body Coloured Lower Bodywork 22 Way Front Seat with Adjustable Bolsters, Massage, Ventilation, Electric Seatbelt Adjustment and Comfort Headrests Four Seat Comfort Specification with Rear Centre Console Hands Free Tailgate Bentley Signature Audio Naim for Bentley Event Specification Sunshine Specification Veneer Specification City Specification Touring Specification Bentley Rear Entertainment All Terrain Specification Veneered Picnic Tables Date published Mon, 18 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Features Comparison - Tata Tiago XZ Petrol vs Maruti Suzuki Swift Lxi (O) S.No Features Tiago XZ Petrol (Rs 4.75 lakh, ex-showroom) Swift LXI (O) (Rs 4.77 lakh, ex-showroom) 1 Power Steering Y Y 2 Power windows (Fr) Y Y 3 Power windows (Rr) Y N 4 Tilt Steering Y Y 5 Central locking Y Y 6 Keyless entry   Y 7 A/C Y Y 8 Alloy wheels Y N 9 Music System Infotainment System with Navigation N 10 Steering mounted controls Y N 11 Tachometer Y N 12 2 Airbags Y N 13 Follow me home headlamps Y N 14 Rear parking sensors Y N 15 ABS + EBD Y N 16 Rear defogger Y N 17 Rear wiper Y N 18 Height adjustable driver's seat Y N 19 Electrically adjustable ORVMs Y N 20 Cooled glovebox Y N Date published Fri, 15 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Skoda Opens New Sales-Service Outlet In New Delhi Sports Skoda’s new corporate design and identity, 50% network to be revamped in 2016   With focus on highlighting the brand Skoda and improving customer experience, Skoda India has started a drive to revamp its sales network in the country. The Czech brand that currently sells four models in India including the newly launched Skoda Superb is focusing on refreshing the appearance of its dealerships to offer a modern look & feel and to create a pleasant atmosphere and transparency. The company also wants to focus on making its showrooms visible by building them strategically.   The new showroom, Grand Auto Capital, is located at the Netaji Subhash Place. An area of 3273 sq.ft ensures adequate area for 5 display cars. A new service facility of 17,048 sq.ft is located 3kms away from the showroom in the Wazirpur Industrial Area.   The company has also introduced an iPad based sales tool for sales consultants so as to elaborately explain the features of cars in an interactive and engaging manner. Tab based tools are already used by other carmakers as well.   Comments   Ashutosh Dixit, Director – Sales, Service & Marketing   “Currently ŠKODA Auto India is at an important juncture, strengthening the position of the brand in the country. We have invested in modernizing our dealer network to provide the ideal backdrop for the presentation of our refreshed model line-up to the customers. We are also pleased to partner with Grand Motors, who will represent the brand in Delhi. The new dealership will elevate the overall appeal of the brand and will play a key role in providing overall ownership experience. By end of 2016, about upto 50 percent of ŠKODA India’s dealer network will showcase the refreshed appearance.” Date published Fri, 15 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Renault's Nationwide Week-Long Summer Camp Starts Apr 18 Renault India will be organizing summer camp across its entire network in India starting from April 18th to April 24th. The summer camp will include a car check and some customer engagement activities with special offers on parts and accessories.   What to expect?   The company will have its technicians checking your car and advising you on how to get the best out of your Renault vehicle in summers. The car check up refers to a detailed examination of all key functions of the car. Renault will also be offering discounts and schemes on spare parts and accessories with reduced labour costs. The company will also provide a special offer on ‘Renault Secure’, which covers Road Side Assistance and Extended Warranty. Date published Fri, 15 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Datsun redi-GO - First Look Review Datsun has revealed the production ready redi-GO that will be launched in June 2016. The redi-GO will not only share the Kwid’s platform but will also be powered by the same 0.8-lt petrol engine. You can read more about the redi-GO, its market launch, bookings and other stuff here.   From the first look of the car, the exterior design appears to be a USP that could woo buyers to opt for the redi-GO ditching the likes of Renault Kwid, Hyundai Eon and Maruti Suzuki Alto 800. While the Kwid has an SUV-ish macho appeal to it, the redi-GO is more subtle and modern on the outside. The front gets Datsun’s signature hexagonal grille placed on the upper-middle segment of a busy bumper. The bumper gets a skid plate and a pair of DRLs (we don’t know if that’s a standard equipment on the top-trim or is an accessory) fitted into the air intake lookalikes. The redi-GO will bring into the segment the freshness of modernity that the Hyundai Eon once introduced.   The front of the car is the most appealing and premium-looking.   The redi-GO is however is not a fluidic-design but has a mix of sharpness to it. A very strong character line starting from the front door, sharply rising near the rear before merging into the boot lifts the monotony that could have settled-in in its absence. Ingress-egress is easy thanks to high ground clearance despite 13” wheels that fill the wheel arches well. Assuming that the model on display is the top-variant, the flappy black ORVMs without housing are a turn-off.   Its one small car that doesn't look under-tyred despite running on 13" wheels.   The Datsun redi-GO has a bulky rear bumper that includes a smart plastic clad housing for the license plate. Vertical tail-lamps find base in the rising character line and look smart. The green car on display sported accessories like the chrome ornament on the tail-gate and the silver painted license plate housing that might not make way into the standard feature list.   Elements like silver painted license plate housing and chrome applique on tail-gate should be add-on accessories and not standard.   Datsun redi-GO’s doors are light and cost cutting becomes evident as you spot the sparse use of plastic trim on the doors. The best element inside is the chunky steering wheel that is good to hold. Instrument cluster is the same as in the Go and cubby-holes are in surplus. Datsun has tried to lift the interiors using glossy black finish on the dashboard but that hasn’t turned out well. Space inside is decent and it is worth mentioning here that the knee-room at the rear is adequate.   The redi-GO will definitely rate high on the style-quotient once it gets launched in the market and it will be interesting to see how it stacks up against the Kwid.   That's why we talked about cost cutting being evident inside.   Space at the rear is good.   The dashboard - center console gets glossy black finish, we're unsure if it is standard or an after-sale fitment.   Nice-to-hold steering wheel   LED DRLs might be a standard feature on the top trim.   And the flap-type ORVM.. Date published Thu, 14 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Datsun Unveils redi-Go, To Be Launched In June Datsun has taken the wraps off its upcoming hatchback, the redi-GO. Expected to be competitively priced between the Rs 2.5-3.5 lakh bracket, the redi-GO will rival the likes of Renault Kwid, Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 and Hyundai Eon. The redi-GO will be Datsun’s third model in India and will be launched in June 2016.   Based on the CMF-A platform that also underpins the Renault Kwid, Datsun’s redi-GO gets a crossover like styling, unlike the Kwid’s SUV-ish stance. The red-GO looks modern from all angles and looks will be the USP for the car once it is launched. The cars that were unveiled stood on 13” wheels.   Datsun has revealed that the redi-GO will be powered by a 0.8-lt petrol engine mated to a 5-speed manual transmission, the same as the Kwid. While the specifications are not yet out, it is expected that Datsun might play the fuel-efficiency card as well to woo buyers.   Datsun has announced that booking-window for the car will open on May 1, 2016, almost a month before the company announces price of the vehicle. Read more – Datsun redi-GO first look review. Date published Thu, 14 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Yamaha Launches 110cc Saluto RX Motorcycle In India At Rs 46,400 Yamaha has launched a new commuter motorcycle in India, the Saluto RX at a price of Rs 46,400 (ex-showroom, Delhi). Yamaha claims that the 110-cc motorcycle targeted at the commuter segment returns 82kmpl under standard test conditions.   The Saluto RX gets a 110cc, 4 stroke engine that makes 8.5Nm of maximum torque at 4500 rpm and 7.5PS of maximum power at 7000 rpm. The air cooled engine is based on Yamaha’s Blue Core Engine Development concept and has a more compact combustion chamber than the company’s previous 110cc engines. Yamaha claims that the bike, that weights 98kg, is about 22 kgs lighter than the company’s previous models in the same segment.   Comments   Masaki Asano, Managing Director, Yamaha Motor India Sales Pvt. Ltd   “India is the largest two wheeler market in the world with nearly 16 million units sold last year and is a strategically important market for Yamaha. Known globally for the passion to put all of their engineering skills to develop models with notable results, Yamaha has always believed in offering custom made products by taking into account roads and traffic conditions. Beingcommitted towards India, the launch of the unique 110 cc bike is a clear illustration of Yamaha’s endeavor to cater to the aspirations of young India. Yamaha is very excited to launch this bike and is confident this will be very well received by the target group.”   Roy Kurian, Vice President Sales& Marketing, Yamaha Motor India Sales Pvt. Ltd.   “The 110 cc commuter segment is by far the most competitive segment in the Indian market. The Saluto RX is expected to attract buyers who prioritize style and comfortable riding with affordability. Targeted towards the requirement of tandem riding, the bike comes with an attractive price as well as alloy wheels which are suitable for rural Indian roads. Yamaha’s first step to enter the basic segment with the promise of quality and innovation will be backed by Yamaha’s network expansion plans in tier II and tier III cities.”   Tech specs - Yamaha Saluto RX   Wheelbase 1255mm Minimum ground clearance 175mm Wet(with oil and a full fuel tank) 98kg Minimum turning radius 2016.0m Engine type Air cooled, 4-stroke, SOHC, 2-valve Cylinder arrangement Single cylinder Displacement 110cm3 Bore & stroke 50.0×56.2mm Compression ratio 9.9:1 Maximum horse power 5.5kW(7.5PS)/7000r/min Maximum torque 8.5N・m(0.9kgf・m)/4500r/min Starting system type Electric starter and kickstarter Lubrication system Wet sump Engine oil capacity 1.00L/1.05usqt/0.88Imp.qt Fuel tank capacity 7.2L/1.9usgal/ Carburetor Type/Fuel supply Carburetor Ignition system type TCI (transistor controlled ignition) Spark plug model CR6HSA Battery voltage/capacity 12V,5.0Ah/5.0Ah(10HR) Battery Type AB5L-B/12MX5L-B/NA Final drive Chain Primary reduction ratio 3.421 (65/19) Secondary reduction ratio 3.000 (42/14) Clutch type Wet, multiple-disc Transmission type Constant mesh, 4-speed Shift type Return Gear ratio-1st gear 3.273 (36/11) Gear ratio-2nd gear 1.765 (30/17) Gear ratio-3rd gear 1.190 (25/21) Gear ratio-4th gear 0.917 (22/24) Gear ratio-5th gear n/a Gear ratio-6th gear n/a Frame type Diamond Caster angle 26°00′ Trail 84mm Steering Angle Left:43°, Right:43° Tire size(Front) 2.75-17 41P Tube type Tire size(Rear) 3.00-17 50P Tube type Rim size(Front) 17M/C × 1.40 Rim size(Rear) 17M/C × 1.60 Brake type(Front) Mechanical leading trailing drum brake Brake type(Rear) Mechanical leading trailing drum brake Inside diameter of drum / Effective radius of disc(Front) 130mm Inside diameter of drum / Effective radius of disc(Rear) 130mm Suspension type(Front) Telescopic fork Suspension type(Rear) Swingarm Shock absorber assembly type(Front) Coil spring/Hydraulic damper Shock absorber assembly type(Rear) Coil spring/Hydraulic damper Wheel travel(Front) 120mm Wheel travel(Rear) 100mm Inner tube diameter of front fork 30.0mm Headlight bulb type Halogen bulb Headlight 12V,35/35W×1 Auxiliary light 12V,5W×1 Brake/tail light 12V,21/5W×1 Turn signal light(Front) 12V,10W×2 Turn signal light(Rear) 12V,10W×2 Speedometer Analog Odometer Drum Fuel gauge Analog Date published Thu, 14 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Audi Sales Soar In March 2016 A4 & Q3 Shine In Americas, A3 In China, Q7 Sales Hit Peak   March 2016 was indeed a good month for Audi as the company registered its best ever sales figures for the month, totaling 1,86,100 cars with a growth rate of 4%. The company also managed to deliver 4.5 lakh vehicles from January 2016 - March 2016, registering an upward growth of 4.6% over the same quarter last year.   The company’s recent launches in the A4 and Q7 received a warm welcome. Global sales for the flagship SUV, Q7 grew by 93.1% in March, 2016 with 9600 deliveries. Sales for the SUV tripled in Europe to 10,450 units in the quarter. Audi has reported 23,550 deliveries of the Q7 SUV in the quarter. Global sales for the A4 increased by 14.6% in March 2016 with 36.3% jump in USA sales figures.   Comments   Dietmar Voggenreiter, Member of the Board of Management for Sales and Marketing at AUDI AG   “The record start to 2016 is evidence of our global brand strength and of the success of our entire range of models, most notably the new Audi A4 and the new Q7,”   “The strong demand in the first quarter confirms that we are on the right track to achieving another sales record for the full year in 2016.”   Sales in Europe   Audi’s quarterly sales in Europe increased by 7.3 percent to 2,22,350 units with 7.3 percent increase in March 2016 sales summing up to 97,300 units. Country-wise sales figures showed double-digit growth rates in Germany (+10.8% to 30,923 units), Italy (+28.7% to 5,814 units) and Spain (+14.4% to 5,137 units).   Sales in the Americas   With around 57,500 deliveries in the region, Audi registered a 5.6 percent upward rise compared to the same period last year. March 2016 saw a jump of 8.5 percent to 24,350 units. Audi’s Canada sales figures soared to 2,805 units at a sharp rise of 42.9 percent. Audi of America reported 1,505 deliveries of the Q3 compact SUV, 18.7 percent more than in March last year.   Sales in China   Audi managed to grow its sales in China with 50,986 vehicles sold in March 2016 registering a rise of 5.4%. Of all the models, the A3 stood tall with a growth rate of 34.7 percent in the last month. Date published Wed, 13 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Hyundai India's Drive Mein Junoon Video Featuring Arijit Singh and Clinton Cerejo with Elite i20 Date published Wed, 13 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Audi Custom A8L Extended Might Not Be A One-Off Vehicle Powered by  3.0 TFSI engine, 0-100kmph comes up in 7.1s   Audi recently obliged to a European buyer’s special request of an extended wheelbase A8L (which is already extended by the way) to accommodate a couple of more seats in the middle! And the result was a one-off Audi A8L Extended that can seat 6 people including a driver in as much comfort as you’d be in any A8L. While the exclusive masterpiece was a unique car built on custom, the German carmaker has received a response that forced the carmaker to release the following statement:   “A concept that generates customer: Audi has further requests for the custom product already.”   We assume whosoever would have seen that 6.36m long A8L would have obviously been awed at the marvel. For a clearer perspective of the gravity of the length of the car, the A8L Extended has a wheelbase of 4.22 meters, more than the total length of a Ford Ecosport!   We might have seen a lot of mod-guys in our country extending regular cars into limousines in a span of a month or two however it took about one year for Audi to get this car ready and, the most important thing, to maintain the same standards as that of the production A8L, which is, quite a task! Why? Extending a car doesn’t mean adding metal to the vehicle and a lot more goes into it so that the vehicle passes the safety norms and remains as rigid as any production model in case of a crash. The company has also extended the side sills and center tunnel to make its torsional and flexural rigidity almost on a par with the A8 L*.   We loved the glasswork on top!   The fact that Audi put in a lot of effort to build a vehicle of this size would have obviously attracted potential buyers towards this drool-worthy vehicle. And because there is no end to desires and monies, the German carmaker might have more orders for the 6+meter limousine.   Tech specs   Engine 3.0 TFSI Maximum power 310 hp Maximum Torque 440 Nm 0 to 100 km/h 7.1 seconds Top speed 250 km/h Transmission 8-speed tiptronic Drivetrain Quattro permanent all-wheel drive system Wheel size 19-inch Unladen weight 2,418 kg Length 6.36m Wheelbase 4.22m   It will be too early to say whether Audi will actually plan to have such a vehicle in its fleet in the long-run, but this speaks a lot about the carmaker’s dedication to keep its customers happy. Date published Tue, 12 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Ford Tests LiDAR Technology In Pitch Dark, Succeeds American carmaker, Ford is testing Fusion hybrid autonomous research vehicles equipped with LiDAR Sensor Technology that the manufacturer claims, can navigate the vehicle in dark, pitch dark. The company has tested the LiDAR technology recently together with 3D maps at Ford Arizona Proving Ground in dark without switching on the vehicle’s headlamps.   The company states that the vehicles managed to track their path in extreme darkness, so much that it would be impossible for humans to drive. Ford considers it as an important development for autonomous vehicles as it makes the autonomous vehicles more dependable, especially because the technology can also work independently, even without cameras.   Comments   Jim McBride, Ford technical leader for autonomous vehicles   “Thanks to LiDAR, the test cars aren’t reliant on the sun shining, nor cameras detecting painted white lines on the asphalt,”   “In fact, LiDAR allows autonomous cars to drive just as well in the dark as they do in the light of day.” Date published Tue, 12 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Technology Behind LiDAR System Of Ford Ford has been researching and testing its self driving cars and have gone one step ahead by using 3D maps and LiDAR technology that will, in future, help the company build cars that will be able to drive themselves in dark, without any artificial light at disposal.   The company has revealed that in order to navigate in dark, the company uses high-resolution 3D maps with pre-loaded information about the road, road markings, geography, topography and landmarks like signs, buildings and trees. Their vehicles use LiDAR pulses to pinpoint itself on the map in real time and additional data from radar gets fused with that of LiDAR to complete the full sensing capability of the autonomous vehicle.   The company has also produced a video showing the working of the LiDAR technology. When seen under night vision glasses, the LiDAR appears to do its job in the form of a grid of infrared laser beams projected around the vehicle. LiDAR sensors further shoot out 2.8 million laser pulses a second to precisely scan the surrounding environment.       Comments    Wayne Williams, a Ford research scientist and engineer   “Inside the car, I could feel it moving, but when I looked out the window, I only saw darkness,”   “As I rode in the back seat, I was following the car’s progression in real time using computer monitoring. Sure enough, it stayed precisely on track along those winding roads.” Date published Tue, 12 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0530 VW-Bajaj In A Tiff Over NCAP Ratings VW has released a statement saying that Bajaj’s comments on VW Polo were incorrect and misleading   German carmaker, Volkswagen’s Indian subsidiary has accused Bajaj Auto of circulating incorrect and misleading data about the company’s only hatchback in India, the Polo. The matter came into limelight when Bajaj Auto compared Global NCAP ratings of its latest quadricycle, the Qute to some other cars in the Indian market. The Qute got a ‘1’ rating on the NCAP crash test that made Bajaj Auto release the following statement, “Speaking of cars, in a recent Euro NCAP report, the Bajaj Qute was accorded a 1 (one) star rating, superior to the 0 (zero) star rating of popular cars including the VW Polo, Ford Figo, Hyundai i10, Maruti Alto, and Tata Nano."   VW Polo’s base variant that didn’t sport airbags received a ‘0’ on the Global NCAP tests however the company discontinued the variant from their Indian line-up later after criticism. After removal of the base Polo from the line-up, the company’s airbag adorned Polo received credible ‘4’ stars on the Global NCAP tests that led to the carmaker release the following statement on Jan 31, 2014, “According to test results released by Global NCAP today, the Volkswagen Polo is the safest hatchback its segment (the ‘A2 Compact’ segment, as per SIAM classification) in India.”   VW therefore released the statement accusing Bajaj Auto of circulating incorrect and misleading data about the Polo. Date published Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Polaris Partners With Snapdeal For eCom Sales Off-road vehicle manufacturer, Polaris has partnered with e-commerce portal Snapdeal to exclusively sell Polaris vehicles on Snapdeal. Customers will get an option to book Polaris vehicles on Snapdeal at a non-refundable booking amount Rs 3000. Polaris will be making its entire range of 18 vehicles live on Snapdeal for buyers.   The vehicles available at Snapdeal are:   Range of road vehicles on Snapdeal   Off Road Vehicles Ranger Youth RZR Sportsman Commercial Vehicles Brutus Brutus HD Rush Pro Snowmobiles   The Polaris vehicles that are being sold on Snapdeal attract a 3 year brand warranty. Snapdeal has mentioned in the product listings that the booking amount is non-refundable and will be deducted from the on-road price of the vehicle, which the buyer has to pay at the respective dealership from where the buy gets the vehicle delivery.   Snapdeal has also mentioned a list of FAQs, which is as follows: (directly taken from Snapdeal product page)   1.      What is the significance of the pincode? Pincode is used to calculate taxes and ex-showroom prices; since these vary regionally. It also helps in identifying the dealerships that can service your area.   2.      My preferred Product isn’t currently available at the dealership closest to me. Can I choose some other dealership? Another dealership based on your preference can be selected. However, the registration of the product will have to be done at the place of residence.    3.      Can I change my dealership selection post booking the Product? No. The dealership cannot be changed after the booking is made.    4.      Can I change my Product variant or the colour post booking the vehicle? No. The product bookings are non-cancellable and non-refundable.   5.      What comprises of the difference between ex-showroom prices and on-road price? On-road price or the invoice value of the Product includes state registration charges, life time road tax payment, mandatory insurance and dealer handling charges.   6.      When should I go to pick up the product? You will receive a ‘Ready for Pickup’ message from the dealer. Check with the dealer and then You should go and receive your product after receiving the message.    7.      What is the 6 digit confirmation pin? A 6 digit confirmation pin will be sent to you with the ‘Ready for Pickup’ message. The 6 digit pin is a unique identification pin that needs to be shared with the dealer before invoicing of the product. This pin is extremely confidential and should not be shared with anyone.   8.      What are the mandatory documents I have to provide at the dealership during the purchase of the Product? a.      Snapdeal Booking Voucher/Email Confirmation b.      Insurance and Loan receipt (If applied for either) c.       6 Digit Confirmation Pin Message d.      Any Govt. photo ID proof: PAN Card, Driving License etc. (for same name under which vehicle has been purchased on Snapdeal) e.      Any Govt. address proof (for same address as provided during booking on Snapdeal) f.        Two photographs   9.   Where do I have to pay the balance amount? How much will it be? You will pay the balance amount at the allocated dealership. The booking amount of INR 3000 will be adjusted in the final on-road price of the vehicle.   10.  How will I get my offer from Snapdeal (will change depending on specific brand offer)? Once all the formalities of buying the vehicle have been completed, your free offer will either be sent by post to you or will be mailed with the terms and conditions of availing the offer.   11.  Can the Product be home delivered to me? No. For completing all the documentation and other formalities it is important to visit the dealership to collect the delivery of the product.   12.  Is there a Test Drive option available on Snapdeal? As of now there is no option for a Test Drive. However we will soon be bringing this facility to you.   13.  Who can pick up the product at the dealership? The pickup is to be carried out by the person in whose name the product will be registered.   Comments   Tony Navin, Senior Vice-President, Partnerships & Strategic Initiatives at Snapdeal   “We are excited to partner with Polaris to bring an absolutely thrilling assortment of adventure automobiles online. Being the first online marketplace in India to launch the automobiles category, we have rapidly expanded our assortment to bring more choices to our customers. I am confident that Polaris will be a huge hit among Snapdeal customers coupled with the reliable and friction-less purchase experience offered by our motors platform.”   Pankaj Dubey, Managing Director, Polaris India Pvt. Ltd.   “Polaris Inc. is a market leader in Off-Road Vehicles and is world renowned for its adventurous and versatile products. This association with Snapdeal makes us the first Off-Road Vehicle manufacturer in India to foray into the burgeoning e-market space and we are very excited about this. Polaris India will offer its range of Off-Road Vehicles on the Snapdeal platform. Polaris Commercial Vehicles and Snowmobile will also be up for sale on the website. Polaris Vehicles are currently serving over 100 nations and 23 Army across all 7 continents  and this tie-up will provide an omni channel sales platform through which we will be able to reach out to all the prospective customers who are currently outside the purview of our 75+ Polaris touch points.I am quite confidentthat our enthusiasts will enjoy this convenient and prompt accessibility provided by Snapdeal to our brand.” Date published Fri, 08 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Audi Sportscar Experience 2016 Underway At BIC, Noida Audi sportscar customers get another taste of driving their cars at the Buddh International Circuit, Noida as Audi has started the 2016 season of its Audi Sportscar Experience (ASE). The ASE is Audi’s customer centric event that allows customers to experience their Audi sportscars in a controlled yet adrenaline pumped environment.   The company has reported that around 2,000 customers have participated in this event yet that was first started in 2012. The event gives customers an insight on driving techniques to exploit the best of their Audi vehicles.   Some details about ASE   The Audi Sportscar Experience is a two phase program: Audi Sportscar Experience and Audi Sportscar Experience Advanced. Audi Sportscar Experience focuses on sharpening a driver’s skills such as handling, steering, braking and sector training on a race-track, under the guidance of an instructor. The sector training is designed to acquaint a driver with all of the racetrack’s particular features and work out the racing line one bit at a time, before they proceed to tackle the entire circuit. On the other hand, the ‘Audi Sportscar Experience Advanced’ focuses more on understanding the racing line, over and under steering and regularity tests to master the entire race circuit. This exclusive program promises the ultimate in dynamic performance and fun at the wheel.   The cars at the ASE - Audi S5 Sportback, the iconic Audi TT Coupé, the Audi RS 6 Avant and Audi RS 7 Sportback.   Comments   Joe King, Head, Audi India   “Audi Sportscar Experience program has become extremely successful over the past few years with an increasing number of automobile enthusiasts out there who like to sample the adrenaline rush and excitement of driving an Audi sportscar on a race track, but have not had the chance to do so. ASE offers an exclusive and unforgettable driving experience of the majestic sportiness and strength of an Audi and the physical limits of vehicle handling, “ Date published Fri, 08 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Datsun Redi-Go - Everything You Should Know - Price, Features, Specifications, Launch, News, Engine 13th April Update – Datsun has revealed new sketches of the Redi-Go before the official unveil on 14th April.       10th April Update – Datsun has realeased another teaser today and the Redi-Go has started to take some form.     8th April Update – Datsun has teased the Redi-Go today highlighting the car’s front grille and character line. The Redi-Go’s design is crossover inspired.     After showcasing the RediGo concept in India and other markets in the World, Datsun is now ready to unveil the production ready Redi-Go in India. The Redi-Go will be revealed in India on April 14th, 2016.   Price – One of the most crucial and debatable topics remains the price. Dope is that Datsun might undercut the Renault Kwid prices with the Redi-Go. That said, since the Kwid’s base variant is priced at around Rs 2.60 lakh ex-showroom, you can expect the Redi-Go prices to start around the same price bracket. It’ll be hard for Datsun to lower the Redi-Go’s price significantly below this as the Kwid itself is very competitively priced. You can however expect around Rs 2.50 lakh for the base, not below that. To give you a good perspective about the Redi-Go’s prices, here’s the Kwid price-list.   Models Prices KWID STD ₹262113 KWID RXE ₹298422 KWID RXL ₹323279 KWID RXT ₹357204 KWID RXT Driver Airbag Option ₹367204   Features - Since Redi-Go is expected to be priced lower than the Kwid, it’ll be safe to assume that the Redi-Go will be less equipped as well. The Kwid for example gets a touchscreen entertainment system in the top trim, that and some more features might see a miss in the Redi-Go.   Specifications/Engines/Transmission – The Datsun Redi-Go is based on the Nissan-Renault Alliance’s CMF platform, the same on which the Kwid is based. As per some reports, it will be safe to assume that the Redi-Go will share the engine with the Kwid however Nissan is also working on a small diesel engine that can feature on the CMF platform (some reports suggest). Initially however, we think it’ll be launched in petrol guise only. While the Redi-Go is expected to be launched in manual transmission only, Kwid is expected to get an AMT unit later this year, easily giving us an option to think that the Redi-GO might as well get it sooner than later.   DATSUN REDI-GO CONCEPT IMAGES Date published Fri, 08 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Maruti Suzuki To Offer Automatic Transmission In Baleno Zeta Variant Maruti Suzuki’s latest hatchback in India, the Baleno has received a warm welcome in the Indian market. Maruti Suzuki has now decided to equip Baleno’s Zeta variant with CVT transmission which was previously available in Delta trim only. The Baleno Zeta CVT is available at a price of Rs 7.47 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi, approximately 1 lakh dearer than the Zeta manual trim. The price of Baleno Delta CVT is Rs 6.86 lakh ex-showroom, Delhi.   “Maruti Suzuki didn’t want the automatic Baleno to be priced too high, therefore they launched the Baleno CVT in Delta trim previously. However, the demand for automatic Baleno (CVT) has been really good.”, said a Nexa dealership associate.   Comments   RS Kalsi, Executive Director for Marketing & Sales, Maruti Suzuki   Introducing the new variant Maruti Suzuki India's Executive Director for Marketing & Sales  RS Kalsi said, "Baleno has rapidly found success to become a popular premium hatchback owing to its design, technology and performance. We are thankful to customers for the support and continue our efforts to improve its availability. The automatic option - Continuous Variable Transmission - offered on the Delta variant has been much appreciated by the customers. We are now offering CVT on the Zeta variant as well, to popularise two pedal technologies." Date published Thu, 07 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Suzuki Gixxer Day - Tour Starts April 15th, Will Encompass 9 Indian Cities Suzuki will be celebrating Gixxer Day in India in 9 cities this year where fans and owners will come together to meet, explore their bikes and share their interests. The tour will begin from capital city, Delhi on April 15, 2016 and will end in Pune on May 15, 2016. The one month schedule of the tour will be as follows:   Dates City Venue 15-Apr Delhi Ramjas College, University Enclave 20-Apr Kolkata Aquatica Water Park & Resort, Salt Lake City, Kouchpukur 23-Apr Shillong XBHP Bike Festival Grounds, Umiam Lake, Shillong 30-Apr Hyderabad Forum Mall, Kukatpally, Hyderabad, Telangana 05-May Chennai Satyam Cinema, Royapettah 07-May Kochi TE Motorsports (Speedway), Infopark Highway, Rajagiri Valley, Kakkanad 12-May Bangalore Phoenix Market City, Whitefield Main Road, Mahadevapura 14-May Mumbai Inorbit Mall, Link Road, Malad West 15-May Pune Phoenix Market City/ Imagica, Viman Nagar Road, Pune   Two-time European Stunt Riding Champion and Red Bull athlete Aras Gibieza will perform some electrifying stunts as a part of the nine-city Suzuki Gixxer Day tour India. Aras has previously performed in India at Chandigarh, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Surat, Pune, Mangalore, Coimbatore, Kochi, Kolkata, Guwahati, Shillong and Hyderabad as a part of his tours last year. Date published Thu, 07 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Ex- Head of Field Forces For Audi India To Head Lamborghini India Sharad Agarwal, previously the Head of Field Forces for Audi India has now been appointed as the Head of Lamborghini India with immediate effect. He was Head of Corporate Sales, Fleet and Leasing and Financial Services for Audi India in May 2012 from where he was promoted as Head of Field Forces at Audi India in 2013. Sharad has an experience of 15 years and has previously been associated with Zuari Industries, TVS Motor Company and Mahindra First Choice.   Comments   Andrea Baldi, General Manager of Automobili Lamborghini Asia Pacific   “It’s indeed a pleasure to welcome Sharad as the Head of Lamborghini India. Sharad comes with 15 years of experience in the automotive industry and his expertise and contribution will allow us to further strengthen the brand in a market Lamborghini considers strategic and one of the most promising thanks to the already announced arrival of the Lamborghini SUV, URUS, announced in 2018.” Date published Thu, 07 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Mercedes-Benz On A Roll, Sells Over 13K Cars In FY 15-16 Delhi-NCR’s sales dip following diesel ban   German luxury carmaker, Mercedes-Benz is going through the best phase of its Indian innings. The latest crop of products are bringing unprecedented success for the carmaker despite challenging norms in Delhi-NCR, that can be termed as one of the most critical markets for any automobile manufacturer in India.   The manufacturer has reported the FY 2015-16 as its best fiscal ever with a total sales of 13,558 units surpassing last FY’s best figures of 11, 213 in India. While that could be confidence inspiring for the brand, the fact that the Jan-Mar 2016 quarter remained the best for the carmaker with 3,622 units sold irrespective of the diesel ban in Delhi-NCR speaks volumes about demand for luxury automobiles in other parts of the country. While the rise in the Q1, 2016 is a meagre 1.6%, it still would ooze confidence in the carmaker to consider India as its key market despite Delhi-NCR’s diesel ban.   The third and the final encouragement for the company can be the strong demand for M-B cars in March 2016 from other parts of country. The company has revealed that the E Class remained its top selling model followed by the C Class sedan. The company has also revealed that demand for flagship limousine S Class, flagship brand Maybach and GLE SUV is more than the supply.   Comments:   Roland Folger, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India   “It is a significant achievement for us, as we have maintained our growth momentum in Q1 2016, despite facing multiple market challenges. We have been able to compensate the negative sales impact in the Delhi and NCR market, with a strong double digit growth achieved in most other markets across the country. This strongly underlines the fact that luxury car buyers increasingly prefer Mercedes-Benz. It underpins as well that the loyalty of our discerning patrons is with the brand. Our product drive across the spectrum, the tailor made finance programmes, the unique service initiatives have all been well appreciated, resulting in our historic sales success. Pursuing our ‘go to customer’ strategy we presented world-class retail facilities to our patrons in both new and existing markets. We also remained the luxury car brand with the most comprehensive retail network. This network drive enhanced our growth story even further with new customers opting for a Mercedes-Benz.”   “The result of our ‘Winning’ initiatives has been instrumental in achieving an inclusive growth for Mercedes-Benz in the first quarter itself. We are confident of maintaining this profitable and sustainable growth in India, as we will be introducing some of the most awaited products from our global portfolio in the coming months. The success of the first quarter, despite facing significant sales challenges, gives us the confidence that our strategy for 2016 is on the right track and bearing fruits. We are delighted with the multiple sales records achieved this year. With some of the most awaited products, brand and service initiatives ahead of us, the remaining quarters are going to be exciting and promising for Mercedes-Benz.” Date published Thu, 07 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Tata Motors Launches Tiago Hatchback At Rs 3.2L Powered by 1.2-lt petrol and 1.05-lt diesel   Tata Motors has announced prices of its latest hatchback, the Tiago, in India that starts at Rs 3.20 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi for the base petrol version. The base diesel variant costs Rs 3.94 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi. The company has claimed a fuel efficiency of 23.84 kmpl for the 1.2-lt Revotron petrol engine and 27.28 kmpl for the 1.05-lt diesel Revotorq engine. The Tiago is available in 5 variants – XB, XE, XM, XT and XZ with the XE, XM and XT available with optional features.     Detailed price list is as follows:   Tata Tiago Price List (ex-showroom, Delhi)   Petrol Diesel XB 3.2 lakh 3.94 lakh XE 3.59 lakh 4.29 lakh XM 3.89 lakh 4.69 lakh XT 4.19 lakh 4.99 lakh XZ 4.75 lakh 5.54 lakh   The Tiago boasts of segment first multi-drive modes – City and Eco, that also form a part of Zest and Bolt’s equipment range. Adding zing to the package is ConnectNext Infotainment system developed by HARMAN ™ and applications like the turn-by-turn navigation app and the Juke-Car app.     The good looking Tata Tiago will be available in 6 exterior colour options - Striker Blue, Berry Red, Sunburst Orange, Espresso Brown, Pearlescent White and Platinum Silver   TATA TIAGO FEATURES Integrated rear spoiler Dual-tone interior Harman-sourced ConnectNext infotainment system Dashboard integrated console 3-spoke power-steering with audio and telephony controls Electronically adjustable ORVMs   Comments   Guenter Butschek, Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, Tata Motors   “The TIAGO reflects our passion and commitment to bring exciting, technology driven cars into the market. Class leading features, advanced driving dynamics, outstanding fuel efficiency, offers a great value for a contemporary, young car.”   Mayank Pareek, President, Passenger Vehicles Business Unit, Tata Motors   “The TIAGO is the first car to be launched under our Made Of Great campaign and the first to embody our new IMAPCT Design language. This globally benchmarked car, represents the next big leap in our transformation journey. We are confident that TIAGO’s strong and distinct character will make it stand out in this highly popular but immensely competitive segment.”   Petrol Diesel Power 83bhp Power 67bhp Torque 114Nm Torque 140Nm Transmission 5-speed manual Transmission 5-speed manual Date published Wed, 06 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0530 J-LR Books 45pc Growth In Q4 FY15-16 Ending the FY 2015-16 on a high note, Tata owned luxury duo Jaguar-Land Rover has reported a strong 45% growth in sales from January-March 2016. The 45% growth relates to a sale of about 1000 units of vehicles in India. The company believes new models like Jaguar XE and Discovery Sport bagging good demand in the Indian market.   The latest and entry-level Jaguar in India, the XE is priced at Rs 39.9 lakh while the new Discovery Sport is priced at Rs 47.59 lakh.   Comments   Rohit Suri, President, Jaguar Land Rover India Ltd (JLRIL)   “The Jaguar and Land Rover brands are now firmly established in India. The All-New Jaguar XE, which we introduced in the Indian market in February 2016 in petrol derivatives, has received a tremendous response. Also, the demand for Model Year 2016 Jaguar XJ, Range Rover Evoque and Discovery Sport continues to be extremely robust. We thank our esteemed customers for choosing Jaguar Land Rover and making this strong growth possible.” Date published Wed, 06 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0530 4WD Owners And Enthusiasts Have A New Destination - India 4X4 Week Delhi-based Cougar Motorsport Pvt. Ltd., the company behind Indian edition of the Rainforest Challenge of Malaysia has announced a new event to cater to the rising community of 4x4 vehicle owners and enthusiasts. The India 4X4 Week (IXW), is touted to be one of the first events to focus on vehicles with 4WD capability, their owners and everyone with an interest in the same.   The 1st edition of the event will be held in Goa from 22nd July to 24thJuly coinciding with the initial days of the third edition of Force Gurkha RFC India 2016.   Associated 4X4 clubs - BODA Offroaders Bengaluru, Charminar Off Road Adventure Club Hyderabad, DOT Goa, Gerrari Offroaders Chandigarh, Northern India Offroad Club and Pune Pathfinders.   What can you expect?   The event will offer visitors a host of interaction, knowledge enhancement and entertainment opportunities. The event will have displays from leading 4X4 vehicle manufacturers, off-road equipment manufacturers and distributors. Expect rare heritage and uniquely modified 4WD vehicles of enthusiasts to be displayed as well.   What can you do there?   Apart from manufacturers’ test tracks, a number of off-road tracks and trails will be created for visitors to drive their own 4WD vehicles on. There will be knowledge, training & certification sessions on off-road driving, vehicle preparation, restoration and many other aspects of 4WD vehicles. Evening entertainment will include unveils and live performances by A26 from Goa, Motherjane from Kochi and Vinayak Gupta with Kamakshi Khanna from Delhi.   Comments   Cougar Motorsport’s Founder & Director, Ashish Gupta   “The Indian 4X4 community has seen an exponential growth over the last few years. The fact that all auto majors have been aggressively launching and marketing vehicles with 4WD capabilities is a testimony of this. With the launch of RFC India three years ago, we have successfully brought to the country an international level off-road motorsport event which brings hundreds of off-roaders to Goa annually to compete in and witness the event. However, till date there is no established national platform for manufacturers of vehicles with 4WD capability, their owners and everyone with an interest in such vehicles to interact. Hence, with IXW, we plan to bridge this gap and establish a credible annual convention for 4X4 and off-roading enthusiasts and industry.”   Participation and Admission   While admission to witness the India 4X4 Week and Force Gurkha RFC India 2016 will be free for all visitors, privileged access to some parts of the event such as the knowledge sessions, evening entertainment and inclusion in the 4X4 directory will be against registration and payment of a fee. Registered visitors will also receive event merchandise. Date published Tue, 05 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Maruti Suzuki's 14th Desert Storm Rally Underway Maruti Suzuki flagged off the 14th edition of the Desert Storm Rally from Great India Place Mall in Noida yesterday. The rally will cover 2000kms through Hanumanagarh, Bikaner, Jaisalmer and Jaipur in Rajasthan with a participation of around 100+ enthusiasts. The rally will terminate in Jodhpur on April 10th.   The Desert Storm Rally will be held in four categories - XTreme, NDure, XPlore & Moto and the company has announced that for the first time flexi format has been introduced in XPlore category wherein the event will follow a flexi-route between Delhi to Jaisalmer (Xplore Dawn) and Jaisalmer to Jodhpur (Xplore Dusk). Both these legs will run for 3 days and will run independent of each other.   VitaraBrezza, the new launched compact urban SUV from Maruti Suzuki will be seen cruising through the rally route.   Comments   RS Kalsi Executive Director (M&S), Maruti Suzuki India   “Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm rally is a true test of endurance, it pushes man and machine to extreme limits as they navigate across the barren arid and sandy dunes of Rajasthan. Introduced in 2002, the rally fulfils the objective of providing the thrill of off-road rallying to motorsport enthusiasts. While there is thrill and adventure, the TSD format promotes safe driving habits amongst participants. This year we have tried to take the experience one notch higher by introducing flexi-format in Xplore category.We are confident that such innovations bring value to the motorsport and lead to an increase in the popularity of motorsports in India.”   Schedule for the 14th edition of Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm rally 2016:   Date Event Highlight 2nd and3rd April 2016 Scrutiny   3rdApril 2016 Ceremonial Flag off from Noida Rally to travel from Noida to Hanumangarh 4th April 2016 Leg 1 Hanumangarh to Bikaner with two competitive sections enroute. 5thand 6thApril 2016 Leg 2 Bikaner to Jaisalmer Toughest day of the rally. 187 kms of competition distance. 7thApril2016 Leg 3 Rally starts in the wee morning hours at Jaisalmer. Prize distribution for the Xplore Dawn category 8th April 2016 Leg 4 Two stages plus a night leg Start of Xplore Dusk 9th April  2016 Leg 5 Rally travels to Jodhpur 10th April  2016 Prize Distribution Date published Mon, 04 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Toyota's Give-And-Take Equation Continues In Delhi-NCR, Sales Plummet Diesel Registration Ban Hampers Fortuner-Innova Sales, Odd-Even Rule Could Boost Camry’s   It’s a mixed emotion state for Toyota in India as the company has been at the receiving end of two unusual government policies, one benefiting the company and other impairing it. The ban on registration of diesel cars with engines bigger than 2000-cc has crippled Toyota as sales of Fortuner-Innova duo have been halted in the capital region, which is one of the biggest car market in India. Since new Innova Crysta is due for a launch soon, Toyota might have any way stopped selling it however unclear stance of SC on the ban seems worrying. Currently, it is the halt in Fortuner’s (which is also supposedly on its last legs of this generation) sales that is a major setback.   On the flipside, Delhi has also seen a stark shift in people’s acceptance of petrol/CNG and hybrid cars owing to fuel price reduction and Odd-Even rule. Camry Hybrid being excluded from the scenario must have seen a rise in sale, though numbers might not be massive as the Odd-Even rule has been imposed only once since 2016 beginning. However, the word is that the policy will continue for some time thereby giving Camry Hybrid an edge over rivals.   Considering Camry Hybrid as your next car? Read our extensive review here   Toyota has reported a 46% rise in Camry’s YoY sales which is commendable since the premium segment has not been very conducive in the past for carmakers. The company has also reported March 2016 to be a consecutive month of sales growth for Camry.   The Japanese carmaker has reported a sale of 9,007 units in March 2016, which is lower than the sales in March 2015 due to the above stated reasons. The company has however seen growth in the exports which stood at 1370 units in the March of 2016 compared to 1290 units in the same month last year.   Comments   N. Raja, Director & Sr. Vice President, Sales & Marketing - Toyota Kirloskar Motor   “The ban on registration of diesel vehicles in Delhi & NCR area has affected our sales the past few months and will further affect us adversely due to its continuation. We are hopeful that the matter will be concluded favorably during next hearing, considering all the data and logic presented by us to Hon’ble Supreme Court.   In terms of sales, the Camry and especially Camry hybrid continues to grow at a steady pace. The success of Camry hybrid indicates the willingness of the market to accept alternative fuel technology like hybrid which not only benefits the environment but also conserves fuel. We would like to thank the government who has encouraged our efforts to promote hybrid technology in India including the VAT reduction by Delhi Govt. in recent budget would give further impetus to the growth of hybrid vehicles in India.   We also think a reduction in import duty will further encourage manufacturers to import hybrid cars in India through the CBU route which will therefore encourage more customers to consider hybrid cars as a purchase option.” Date published Sat, 02 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Ford's India Sales Grow By Over 30pc In March 2016 With realignment of Ecosport prices and new models in the market in the form of new Endeavour, Figo and Figo Aspire, Ford India enjoyed a growth rate of over 30% in March 2016. The domestic sales that summed to 5253 vehicles in March 2015 have risen to 7560 units in March 2016. Exports were also on the rise with 13,638 vehicles exported in March 2016 as compared to 10,522 vehicles in the same month last year.   Comments   Anurag Mehrotra, executive director, Marketing, Sales, and Service at Ford India   “We continue to delight customers with India’s youngest, vibrant and most capable product portfolio,”   “Thanks to the unmatched quality and value on offer, our vehicles and SUVs like Figo, Figo Aspire, EcoSport and the all-new Endeavour, are today being loved by customers and critics alike.” Date published Sat, 02 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Nissan Inaugurates Two Dealerships In Mumbai Intends to expand the network to 300 outlets by March 2017   Nissan has inaugurated 2 new dealerships in Mumbai in Chembur and Kandiwali. With the addition of 2 new dealerships, Nissan now has a network of 215 outlets across 165 cities. As far as Mumbai is concerned, Nissan now has 11 touch points for its customers.   Comments   Arun Malhotra, Managing Director, Nissan Motor India Pvt. Ltd.   “I am delighted to inaugurate these two new dealerships in Mumbai. Adding them to the Nissan network in Mumbai marks Nissan’s three dealership openings in Mumbai in the last six months. We continue to expand our reach and provide our customers with best-in-class products and services together with our dealer partners.   “Nissan’s strategy for continued and significant growth in India is underpinned by our commitment to providing customers with a superior ownership experience. This is backed by our continuous expansion of dealership outlets nationwide towards our target of setting up 300 outlets across the country by the end of March 2017,”   Arun Bhanushali, Dealer Principal, Shakti Nissan   “We at Shakti Nissan are proud to be associated with such a successful global brand. As an authorised dealer of Nissan in Mumbai, Shakti Nissan will provide excellent sales and aftersales service to existing and prospective customers in the region. We will enhance our customer service and provide an outstanding ownership experience for our customers.”   Hemant Shah, Dealer Principal, Royce Nissan   “We welcome the opportunity to work with Nissan, a brand which is globally recognised for its engineering and innovation. We at Royce Nissan will work towards tapping current and potential customers for the brand and provide best-in-class aftersales service.” Date published Fri, 01 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0530 VW Recalls 3877 Diesel Manual Vento Cars In India, Temporarily Halts Sales Reason: Inconsistent Carbon Monoxide (CO) Emissions In Diesel Manual Version   Volkswagen is facing hard times with the emission control bodies. In the latest incident, ARAI has found VW’s Vento car powered by 1.5-lt diesel engine mated to manual transmission not conforming to CO emissions during Conformity of Production (COP) tests. The same has led to the recall of 3877 Ventos while new car deliveries are halted temporarily.   In a statement that company has released, it has mentioned that the existing Vento owners shouldn’t worry as their cars are technically safe and roadworthy. The company has said that the required technical measures will be implemented in the existing vehicles that are with customers once they will be approved by competent authorities.   VW Polo and automatic diesel Vento cars are currently available for sale however sales of manual diesel Vento are temporarily halted. Date published Fri, 01 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Royal Enfield Posts 52pc Growth In March 2016   Sells 51320 Motorcycles, Best Ever Figures   Motorcycle manufacturer Royal Enfield is certainly undergoing the best times of its existence till date. Proof is the rise in sales numbers by a hefty margin, 52% to be exact, as RE sells 51320 motorcycles in March 2016, up from 32,854 in the same month last year. The company is also trying to expand its production as waiting periods of some of its motorcycles are long.   The company has recently launched an offbeat motorcycle in the Himalayan that caters to the adventurous buyer. A motorcycle built specifically for touring purpose is built on a completely new design and powered by LS 410 engine. The Himalayan is available at a price of Rs. 1,73,676/- (on-road) in New Delhi.   Comments   Rudratej (Rudy) Singh, President Royal Enfield   “Reaching sales of over fifty thousand motorcycles in a single month is a significant milestone for Royal Enfield. We approximately manufactured a similar number of motorcycles in 2010 that goes on to show our focus and hard work that we have put in all these years. Royal Enfield also has been expanding its production commensurately to meet its customer’s expectations to own and ride our motorcycles at the soonest. Royal Enfield’s simple yet evocative motorcycles have been aspirational yet accessible that provides a pure motorcycling experience to our customers. This experience has created strong demand for our motorcycles that continues to grow our order books ”     Vehicle sales MARCH YTD - MARCH 2016 2015 Growth Jan'15- Mar'16 Jan'14- Mar'15 Growth DOMESTIC 50059 32854 52% 589293 386872 52% EXPORTS 1261 825 53% 11705 8565 37% TOTAL BUSINESS 51320 33679 52% 600998 395437 52% Date published Fri, 01 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Maruti Suzuki Sells 14.29L Vehicles In 2015-16 Highest Sales Till Date, Ciaz Sales Look Promising   India’s biggest carmaker, Maruti Suzuki broke some of its own records in FY 2015-16 as the company posted annual sales of 14,29,248 units with a growth rate of 10.6%. Out of the total sales posted, about 91% were sold in the domestic market amounting to 13,05,351 units.   In March alone, Maruti Suzuki managed to retail 1,18,895 units while exports summed to 10,450 cars. The company registered 15.9% growth rate for the month of March 2016 over March 2015.   Maruti Suzuki credits new models including S-Cross, Baleno and Vitara Brezza, innovations and new technologies (SHVS: Smart Hybrid Technology by Suzuki), expansion of existing network and introduction of NEXA (Company’s premium retail channel) as the growth drivers for the company. The least growing segment remained the Mini segment with the Alto range of cars and WagonR that grew by a meager 1.7% in the FY15-16 and the only segment that saw drop in sales for the month of March over the same month last year. Reason for the de-growth of the segment can be attributed to success of Renault’s small car Kwid, prices for which start under Rs 3lakh ex-showroom.   Despite a loss in sales, Alto and WagonR managed to get into the top 4 selling cars for 2015-16 alongside Dzire and Swift, a record that Maruti Suzuki has now held for 4 years in a row.   Sales chart for Maruti Suzuki Date published Fri, 01 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Hyundai Posts 15.1pc Growth In FY15-16 The Korean carmaker now has 17+% market share in India   Hyundai India is riding high on the success of popular car models like Creta, Elite i20 and Grand i10. The company has managed domestic sales of 4,84,324 units in FY15-16 and posted a growth of 15.1% in the same duration. March 2016 domestic sales stood at 41,201 units and exports were 10,251 for the month. Growth rate in March stood at 4.2% over the same month last year.   Comments   Rakesh Srivastava, Sr. Vice President Sales and Marketing, Hyundai Motor India Ltd.   “Hyundai for FY ’15-16 achieved an all-time highest volume of 484,324 units with 15.1% yearly growth with highest-ever market share of 17% plus on the strong performance of models like Creta, Elite i20 and Grand i10 with many innovations on product and channel under the Vision of Experience Hyundai."   Sales report   HMIL sales Mar 2015 Mar 2016 (%) Domestic 39,525 41,201 4.2 Exports 10,215 10,251 0.4 Cumulative 49,740 51,452 3.4 Date published Fri, 01 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Volvo Reaps Benefits Of Sub-2000cc Diesel Engine Of the few carmakers who are unhurt or say less effected by the diesel ban in Delhi-NCR, Volvo is one. Owing to the company’s under 2-lt engine that power many cars from its portfolio including the recently launched XC90, Volvo has had to face lesser brunt of the ongoing ban that was expected to be lifted on March 31, 2016. The company is yet to reveal the sales data since the ban was slapped, however competing luxury carmakers have time and again hinted at falling sales.   Comments    Tom von Bonsdorff, Managing Director, Volvo Auto India.   “At Volvo Cars, we always aim to provide the most efficient and environment friendly cars across the world. All our models, including ones available in India, comply with the most stringent global emission norms which is the EURO 6 standard. From the entry level V40 to the latest 7-seater Luxury SUV XC90 is available in India under 2L engines, In fact the XC90 is the only full-sized Luxury SUV that is available in sub 2L engine. We have taken the lead to further clean the air inside by having a state-of-the-art CleanZone Air filer technology that restricts harmful PM2.5 & PM10 from entering our car’s cabins and outside our vehicles by installing Diesel Particulate Filters (DPF) which again reduces emission of PM2.5 & PM10 by upto 99%. Volvo Cars was the first car company to make DPF standard across the diesel offerings way back in 2007.    Our sub 2L engines have an unrivalled combination of power and efficiency. Volvo Cars is a pioneer in the field of plug-in hybrid powertrain development. We now have some of the least CO2 emissions among all luxury car brands in the world.” Date published Thu, 31 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Ban On Registration Of New Diesel Vehicles Over 2,000-cc Engine Capacity Continues In Delhi-NCR Supreme Court of India has extended the ban on registration of diesel vehicles in Delhi-NCR that was slapped last year. The ban on diesel vehicles over 2,000cc engine capacity had to be implemented till March 31, 2016 however the apex court decided today that the ban will continue, although there is no clarity till when the ban remains inflicted.   The court has also asked cabs to switch to CNG fuel from diesel within one month. SIAM has been vocal about the fact that new diesel vehicles adhere to the norms and pollute less than the BS-II and BS-III compatible diesel vehicles that already ply on the roads.   The car manufacturers, especially the luxury carmakers will continue to face the heat as Delhi-NCR is the key market for them and they have already faced the brunt of this ban in the past 3 months. Toyota has also been badly hit as the company’s 2 top-selling models; Fortuner and Innova are both powered by more than 2,000-cc engines. Toyota has also planned national launch for the new Innova which might get delayed under these circumstances. Date published Thu, 31 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Skoda Makes 1 Millionth Octavia, Sells over 4 lakh in 2015 Czech carmaker Skoda has announced that the company has manufactured one million third generation Skoda Octavia cars till date. The company has reported that it has delivered 4,32,300 Octavia cars in 2015 itself. In total, Skoda has manufactured over 5 million Octavia cars since the model was launched in 1996. The 1 millionth Octavia rolled out of Skoda’s main factory in MladáBoleslav.   Skoda relaunched the brand Octavia in India in 2013 and received a good response initially. The Octavia gets stiff competition in India from cars like Toyota Corolla Altis and Hyundai Elantra. Check out our review of the Skoda Octavia from 2014. Date published Thu, 31 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Royal Enfield Himalayan Gets Nod In New Delhi, Rs 1.73 Lakh On Road Bookings commence March 30, 2016 onwards   The wait has finally ended for Royal Enfield Himalayan motorcycle for enthusiasts in Delhi. The bike, that was recently launched in India was unavailable for the Delhiites owing to environmental norms. The Himalayan is a BS-III approved motorcycle and April 1, 2016 onwards no BS-III approved two-wheeler will be fit to be launched/sold in Delhi. RE cleverly slated Himalayan launch before April 1, 2016 so as to bypass the soon to be applied norm. Priced at Rs 1,73,676 on road, the Himalayan is now up for a DL-registration & enthusiasts can book one from RE dealerships in the capital March 30, 2016 onwards. Compared to other parts in country where RE sells Himalayan, the prices for Delhi are only costlier than Pune by margin of about Rs 3000. The prices (other than Delhi, on-road) are: Mumbai - Rs. 178,872 Bangalore - Rs. 184,316 Kolkata - Rs. 181,517 Chennai - Rs. 175,840 Hyderabad - Rs. 176,580 Pune - Rs. 170,362   The RE Himalayan is available in 2 colour options - Granite and Snow.   Rudratej (Rudy) Singh, President Royal Enfield - "We are delighted to announce the availability of our latest motorcycle - Himalayan, in New Delhi. The timing of the launch in Delhi could not have been better as all motorcycling enthusiasts in the region start frequenting the hills post Holi. We are very confident that with its simple design and versatile performance, the Himalayan will inspire confidence amongst the amateur motorcyclists. At the same time, seasoned riders will appreciate the motorcycle’s purpose-built features and attributes in terrains that have inspired the Himalayan. Towards creating and growing a new segment which offers an option for adventure loving motorcycling enthusiasts, we are offering the new Himalayan, now in Delhi, at an on-road price of Rs. 1,73,676/-.” Date published Wed, 30 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Chevrolet Adds New Burnt Coconut Exterior Color To Cruze American carmaker Chevrolet has introduced a new exterior colour ‘Burnt Coconut’ to the existing template of 6 colours of Cruze sedan. The company recently launched the 2016 Cruze in India at a price of Rs 13.95 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi). The new colour is launched on the occasion of Holi and will be a premium colour option.   Comments    Jack Uppal, Vice President – Marketing & Customer Experience, General Motors India   “We are happy to introduce the new color variant of the new Chevrolet Cruze on the auspicious occasion of Holi. The ‘Burnt Coconut’ color makes the Chevrolet Cruze line-up even more vibrant and stylish. The new premium color will be available without any additional cost,”   “The new Cruze has been well appreciated in the marketplace and the addition of the new color is a testimony to our commitment in this important market segment,” Date published Mon, 28 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0530 2017 Nissan GT-R - All You Need To Know Nissan Will Launch The 2017 GT-R In India This Year   Nissan has showcased the India-bound 2017 GT-R at the New York International Auto Show. The 2017 Nissan GT-R will not just be the most advanced version of the car but will host a lot of significant changes made to the model since it was introduced in 2007.   The changes first:   EXTERIORS – The 2017 Nissan GT-R is a completely different vehicle up front with a new chrome matte finish “V-motion” grille that has been enlarged to provide better engine cooling and features an updated mesh pattern. A new hood that has been significantly reinforced contributing to stability during high-speed driving. A newly designed front spoiler lip and front bumpers with finishers situated just below the headlamps to generate high levels of front downforce.     On the sides, Nissan has pushed the side sills out to improve air flow with modifications to the rear to contribute to it further. The belt line that separates the lower black section from the body panel has also been heightened, though it is more to add to the beauty of the car. Nissan states that the exterior changes are not just to make the GT-R sportier-looking but make it an aerodynamically efficient vehicle.   New exterior colour - “Blaze Metallic” with multi layered painting     INTERIORS – The leather wrapped dashboard and instrument panel are new. The center dashboard layout has been simplified with integrated navigation and audio controls that reduce the number of switches from 27 in the previous model to 11 in the 2017 model. The GT-R also sports shift paddles as before but these are now mounted to the new steering wheel that now rotate with it.   Interior upholstery options – New Black/Rakuda and Samurai Black, and precious Black/Amber Red and Black/Ivory     ENGINE   More power is extracted from the 3.8-liter V6 24-valve twin-turbocharged engine as a result of individual ignition-timing control of the cylinders and extra boost from the turbochargers. Each engine is handcrafted by its own TAKUMI technician and now delivers 565 HP at 6800 rpm with 467 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission.   Comments   Nissan’s Executive Design Director, Mamoru Aoki   “As the icon of Nissan’s driving performance, the GT-R continues to evolve. With the signature V-Motion grille, the GT-R now possesses the latest Nissan design language. Its exceptional aerodynamic performance and upgraded interior have given the GT-R a more mature character, which will continue into the future,”   Hiroshi Tamura, the Chief Product Specialist of the GT-R   “The new GT-R delivers a heart-pounding driving experience at all times and on any road for whoever sits in the driver’s seat. We have continued to push its performance boundaries to the outer limits—it’s even more potent than before. At the same time, more refinement has been added to take the entire driving experience to an entirely new level. We’re proud to bring you what we feel is the ultimate GT that possesses amazing performance, newfound civility and a rich racing history,” Date published Mon, 28 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Mercedes-Benz Concludes LuxeDrive in Vizag Luxury carmaker, Mercedes-Benz organized its customer engagement event, LuxeDrive recently in Visakhapatnam at the HiFY Go-Karting Race Circuit, Near Mangamaripeta Bridge. Besides offering its customers a chance to experience the range of Mercedes-Benz vehicles, Merecdes-Benz arranged a complementary vehicle evaluation, opportunity for a special trade-in and personalized finance offers for the attendees. The company also showcased its ‘Black Edition’ accessories that comprises exclusive Mercedes-Benz accessories and merchandise.   The carmaker associated with ‘Gauri Khan Designs’ and chef Ritu Dalmia for the event.   The LuxuDrive will next be organized at Vijayawada.   Comments   Roland Folger, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India   “Visakhapatnam is a significant destination in terms of luxury and a thriving economy. The burgeoning economy of Vishakhapatnam makes it an emerging luxury car destination for a marque brand like Mercedes-Benz. With LuxeDrive, we strive to provide a unique luxury opportunity to the discerning guests and introduce them to a holistic luxury experience, synonymous with Mercedes-Benz. It is our endeavour to win the hearts and minds of our patrons and brand loyalists, by creating new avenues of customer fascination and delight through engagements like LuxeDrive.” Date published Mon, 28 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Mahindra Gives Up Its Fascination For Alphabet O, To Launch New SUV NuvoSport In April NuvoSport Is Based On Scorpio’s Platform   M&M has some serious plans to strengthen its SUV portfolio in India and the company aims to offer an SUV for everyone falling in the Rs 4.5 – 25 lakh budget. The company has revealed that it will launch a new SUV, the NuvoSport in the first week of April and has also revealed the images of the SUV. The NuvoSport is designed and developed at M&M’s MRV (Mahindra Research Valley) in Chennai. If Mahindra’s take is to go by, the NuvoSport is targeted at those who lead an active, outdoorsy lifestyle and have a bucket list of experiences to tick off regularly during their lifetime.   From the images of the NuvoSport, we can conclude that the SUV is a compact one with some interesting design elements at the front. The presence of DRLs (we assume it’s the DRLs over the headlamps), bonnet scoop and front skidplate makes the SUV look modern and stylish. The SUV also gets plastic cladding throughout to make it look butch however we are unsure if it succeeds. The rear however seems to be derived from the Quanto and looks dreary.     It will be interesting to see how Mahindra prices the NuvoSport. What’s unusual about the NuvoSport is that with this vehicle, Mahindra has given up its fascination to end the names of its vehicles with the alphabet ‘O’. Let’s see how this car sums up in the market then.   Comments   Pravin Shah, President & Chief Executive, (Automotive), M&M Ltd.   “Today, Mahindra enjoys the strongest equity in the SUV segment in India. Being a customer centric organization we identified a need gap in the market and designed the NuvoSport to meet the needs of those customers who lead an active lifestyle and are looking for  a sporty and fun to drive SUV. I am sure that with the addition of the NuvoSport, we will further consolidate our leadership in the SUV segment and effectively address the entire gamut of customer segments across price points ranging all the way from 4.5 lacs to 25 lacs.” Date published Tue, 22 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Renault-Nissan Chennai Plant To Observe 24x7 Production Aimed to reduce Kwid delivery periods, accommodate Datsun's new car   Renault-Nissan Alliance’s plant in Chennai is one busy unit and the company has announced that the plant will be starting 'around the clock' production soon. The third shift in the plant is set to commence soon in order to increase productivity.   The company has cited two important reasons for the same:   To meet domestic demand for Renault Kwid To be prepared for Datsun’s third model which will be introduced in coming months   Besides this, Nissan also exports Sunny and Micra from India to other countries which accounts for a major share of the plant’s production. In fact, the plant celebrated production of its 1 millionth unit in January this year and the company has stated that it has exported more than 0.6 million units of that.   Comments   Colin MacDonald, Chief Executive Officer  and Managing Director of Renault Nissan Automotive India Private Ltd (RNAIPL)   “Increasing our production capability means we will be able to better meet the demands of our Indian and overseas customers by limiting waiting times on deliveries. On average we have launched two new models each year since the plant opened. This is a testament to the skill and dedicated of our Indian workforce, including our supplier partners, who are not only providing a range of great products for our domestic customers but also showcasing Indian build-quality on the world stage." Date published Tue, 22 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Deliveries To Start From 25 March Maruti Suzuki launched the Vitara Brezza compact SUV in India on March 8th, 2016 and priced it attractively. Maurti Suzuki has now revealed that the company will be starting deliveries of the Vitara Brezza from 25th March, 2016. Maruti Suzuki has booked about 20,000 Brezzas till now and the company has over 70,000 enquiries for the same.   MARUTI SUZUKI VITARA BREZZA Price List   Maruti Suzuki will be starting with the deliveries of Vitara Brezza from its entire Indian dealership network that comprises of about 1800 outlets.   Comments   R S Kalsi, Executive Director (M&S)   “We are delighted at customers’ response to Vitara Brezza. They have appreciated it for its sporty and muscular design and the combination of features offered at multiple trim levels. Our endeavor now is to deliver these cars quickly so that customers can enjoy their Vitara Brezza.” Date published Tue, 22 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Vitara Brezza Seals Top 2 Spots In Its Maiden Maruti Suzuki National Super League Rally Championship   The 2016 Maruti Suzuki Uttarakhand Adventure Car Rally marked Vitara Brezza’s debut on the rally circuit in India. The rally, organized by Maruti Suzuki saw 54 participants in total covering a distance of 900 km in three days. The top spot was sealed by Karthick Maruthi and his co-driver S.Shankar Anand with Jagmeet Gilla and his co-driver Chandan Sen finishing at the second place. The third place went to Sachin Singh and his co-driver M Prakash driving a Suzuki S-Cross.   Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza starts at Rs 6.99 lakh - Price list inside     Comments:   Vinay Pant, General Manager, Marketing, Maruti Suzuki India Limited   “We are extremely pleased with the overwhelming enthusiasm shown by the participants and thankful to the Uttarakhand Government for their immense support in organizing this rally. This is an encouraging start to Maruti Suzuki’s motorsport calendar and the participant finishing all 6 rallies will be a true champion. Through platforms like MSNSRC we aim to provide a platform for many motorsport enthusiasts to participate and enjoy the thrill of rallying. Following the TSD format, the rally is closely monitored and encourages safe driving, a key focus area for Maruti Suzuki. I congratulate the winning team and invite all the participants to join the second leg that we will announce soon. A brand new Vitara Brezza will be award to the winner of the Maruti Suzuki National Super League Rally Championship 2016”   Shailesh Bagauli, Uttarakhand Secretary Tourism   “The Uttarakhand Adventure Car Rally sends out a positive message nationally and internationally that Uttarakhand is the ideal destination for adventure tourism. We wish Maruti Suzuki NSRC all the luck and support their efforts in making motorsports reachable to all.” Date published Mon, 21 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Volvo To Expand Network To Indore, Lucknow and Jaipur in 2016 Volvo, the Swedish luxury carmaker will be expanding its dealership network to 3 more cities in 2016. The company currently has 2 dealerships in Delhi, one each in Gurgaon, Ahmedabad, Surat, Mumbai, Chandigarh, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore, Kochi, Vishakhapatnam and Kolkata. The company will expand its network to Indore, Lucknow and Jaipur in 2016, as per a company statement.   Volvo currently sells 7 cars in India, Volvo S60, Volvo S80, Volvo V40, Volvo V40 Cross Country, Volvo XC60, Volvo XC90 and the recently launched Volvo S60 Cross Country. Date published Sat, 19 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Volvo S60 Cross Country Launched In India At Rs 38.9 Lakh Swedish luxury carmaker known for its excellence in making some of the safest wheels on the world has launched its most recent and unusual car in India, the Volvo S60 Cross Country. The S60 Cross Country can best be described as the S60 sedan that can take on any tarmac. The company has priced the S60 sedan at Rs 38.9 lakh ex-showroom.   The S60 Cross Country will be available in 5 exterior colour options - Rich Java, Osmium Grey, Oynx Black, Crystal White and Bright Silver.   Comments   Tom von Bonsdorff, Managing Director, Volvo Auto India   “Nothing could be more appropriate for India than a Cross Country Sedan, yes the wait is finally over. Our customers want their cars to glide through the rough roads but had to compromise on the rear seat comfort of a sedan. Our latest launch, S60 Cross Country addresses both these in a unique blend of sporty ruggedness. We have included all the capability driven features standard offering a unique ‘All Weather, All Road’ experience.”   The S60 Cross Country is powered by a 2400cc D4 diesel engine with Volvo All-Wheel Drive (AWD) technology making the S60 Cross Country do some serious stuff off the tarmac. The S60 Cross Country’s USP remains the car’s ground clearance which is a SUV shaming 201mm, a clear 65mm more than its sedan counterpart. The 4-cylinder engine delivers 190hp of maximum power and 420 Nm torque.   When you talk about a Volvo, there has to be a mention of the safety features on board. The S60 Cross Country gets a host of features – The unique City Safety which has laser assisted automatic braking that brakes from 50kmph, Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), Electronic Brake Assistance (EBA), Hill Descent Control which automatically keeps the car at a constant speed while driving downhill, off road, or in deeper water and Hill Start Assist is standard on the S60 Cross Country.   DID YOU KNOW? - We knew that the S60 Cross Country was India-bound in February, 2015   Some of the other Features include:   LOCKING AND SECURITY SYSTEMS   Basic Alarm with Interior Movement Sensor (IMS) Personal Car Communicator with Keyless Drive Home Safe Lighting Power Child Lock, Rear Doors Private Locking, Trunk Global Open/Close Doors + Sunroof Auto Up/Down Power Windows, All Doors Water Repellent Front Side Windows   SUPPORT SYSTEMS & Features   Cruise Control Park Assist Camera Park Assist Front & Rear Hill Descent Control Hill Start Assist Height/Length Adjustable Steering Wheel Speed Sensitive Power Steering Rain Sensor Tyre Pressure Monitoring System TFT Instrumentation cluster Navigation   SAFETY   City Safety (Upto 50 km/hr) 2 Step Airbag, Driver/Passenger Side Passenger Airbag SIPS Airbags & Inflatable Curtains Whiplash Protection, Front Seats Seat Belt Reminder, Front Seats Pyrotechnical Pretensioners, Front/Rear All Positions Cut-off Switch Passenger Airbag Isofix - Outer Position Rear Seat Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) Emergency Brake Light, Flashing Intelligent Driver Information System Date published Sat, 19 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Force Gurkha RFC India Limits Participation To 25 Teams Cougar Motorsport’s Indian edition of the Rainforest Challenge of Malaysia (Force Gurkha RFC) is now open for registrations. The company has limited the participants to 25 for this edition of the event that will take place in Goa from 22nd July to 29th July 2016. The winner of this edition gets a direct entry to the Malaysian Rainforest Challenge in December 2016.   Who are already a participant in the Force Gurkha RFC?   The winners of the North and South Indian Chapters of the Force Gurkha RFC India are automatic participants of the challenge. So, technically, only 23 positions are open for registration.   Reason for limiting participants   The event is now open for only 25 teams in order to retain higher quality standards only as the event gets tougher with every challenge.     Comments:    Cougar Motorsport’s Founder & Director, Ashish Gupta   “RFC India is an extremely tough competition that tests the driving and vehicle recovery skills of the contesting teams under extreme off-road conditions. As the event progresses, the challenges keep getting tougher and completing the tasks in the allocated time becomes very difficult for most of the teams due to vehicle breakdowns, topples, faulty equipment and accessories as well as the mental and physical fatigue of the competitors. Hence, we have kept an upper limit of 25 teams for the competition in order to retain the high-quality standards of the competition and yet complete the entire event within the stipulated time.”   Registration fee for Indian contestants is INR 75,000 per team with each team comprising a driver and a navigator. Interested off-roaders can download the application form from the RFC India website, Date published Fri, 18 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Hyundai To Boost Creta Production By 30pc To Reduce Backlog Hyundai India has received over 1 lakh bookings for its latest entry-level SUV in India, the Creta in about 8 months from the vehicle’s launch in the Indian market. The fact that the company managed to convert about 20% of its enquiries into bookings is commendable. However, what is more important for the company is to ensure that the deliveries are speedy as, at times, a lot of bookings are at a chance of getting cancelled if not delivered timely.   And the company is paying attention to this aspect and has decided to ramp up the production to meet the demand. The company was previously manufacturing 10,000 Hyundai Cretas every month however the production has now been increased by 30%, as per a recently released statement of the company’s MD and CEO, YK Koo.   Besides being delivered to the Indian buyers, the Creta is also being exported out of the country. While Hyundai has not revealed the previous India-overseas delivery stats, the company will now be delivering 10,000 of the 13,000 Hyundai Cretas to the Indian buyers while the rest 3,000 will be exported.   It is important for Hyundai to ensure that it clears the backlog as competition is heating up offering alternate options to the Creta. Renault has just refreshed the Duster which also gets an automatic transmission now. On the other hand, Maruti Suzuki has also entered the compact SUV space with the Vitara Brezza. The Brezza is however smaller and in a completely different price segment still, it is expected to make some, if little, impact to the Creta’s sales. In response, we have also seen Ford reducing the prices of its compact SUV, the EcoSport in India making the competition stiffer.     FORD ECOSPORT NEW PRICES VS OLD PRICES   MARUTI SUZUKI VITARA BREZZA PRICE LIST   HYUNDAI CRETA PRICE LIST     Comments   YK Koo, Managing Director & CEO, HMIL   “We thank our customers for the tremendous response with the record fastest 1 lakh bookings in 8 months. Like in the domestic market, CRETA has generated great response in Global markets with more than 28,000 orders. To reduce the waiting period, we are increasing CRETA production by 30% to total production of 13,000 units of which 10,000 units will be allocated for the domestic market.” Date published Tue, 15 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Hyundai Creta Attracts 1 lakh Bookings In 8 Months Hyundai launched the Creta last year and the company has received unprecedented response to its present entry-level SUV. In a statement released by the Korean carmaker, the company has till date received over one lakh bookings for the SUV in India. The company has, in the meantime, delivered 56,000 units of the Creta in India.   The Creta was revealed by Hyundai last year on July 23rd and is the fastest to reach 1 lakh bookings within Hyundai family of cars. The company has also exported the Creta overseas and has received 28,000 orders from global markets as well after the launch.   Hyundai launched the Creta in India with 3 engine options - 1.6 Gamma Dual VTVT, 1.6 U2 CRDi VGT, 1.4 U2 CRDi. With the Creta, Hyundai was also the first carmaker to offer an automatic transmission (a 6-speed unit) paired to a diesel powered SUV in this segment.   Hyundai has also revealed that the company has received a total of about 5 lakh enquiries for Creta since its launch and considering that Hyundai managed to book 20% of the total enquiries is in itself a decent conversion statistic.   The current ex-showroom prices of Creta in Delhi are as follows:   Variant Ex-Showroom Price (INR) 1.6L Dual VTVT 6-Speed Manual Base 914,529 1.6L Dual VTVT 6-Speed Manual S 1,015,173 1.6L Dual VTVT 6-Speed Manual SX+ 1,182,734 1.4L CRDi 6-Speed Manual BASE 1,005,439 1.4L CRDi 6-Speed Manual S 1,103,772 1.4L CRDi 6-Speed Manual S+ 1,209,862 1.6L CRDi VGT 6-Speed Manual SX 1,234,730 1.6L CRDi VGT 6-Speed Manual SX+ 1,335,584 1.6L CRDi VGT 6-Speed Manual SX (O) 1,441,163 1.6L CRDi VGT 6-Speed Automatic SX+ 1,438,706 Date published Tue, 15 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Hyundai Motor India Ltd Organizes 21st Free Car Care Clinic Hyundai Motor India Ltd has organized its 21st Car Care Clinic in India from March 12-21, 2016. The camp will be held for customers throughout the country and customers can book their car service in advance through “Hyundai Care” Mobile Application or through Hyundai’s customer care website (   Under the Free Car Care Clinic, Hyundai customers are eligible for the following benefits:   Free comprehensive 90 point check-up with a thorough examination of the engine, transmission, electrical system, under-body, AC, exterior, etc. Discounts on spare parts, labour charges, selected accessories, and other value added services. Discounts on extended warranty Special offers on exchange of old cars Additional discounts for the customers owning Hyundai vehicles more than 4 years old. M/s Shell Ltd, the prime sponsor for this event is also offering attractive schemes and gifts during the camp Gifts like free extended warranties will be offered every day at the camp and customers get a chance to win prizes during the camp period of the 10 days.   Comments   Rakesh Srivastava, Sr. VP – Sales & Marketing, HMIL   "Indian customers’ need and preference are constantly evolving, we at Hyundai believes in understanding and innovating towards providing the best products and services to its valued customers. Hyundai’s ‘Free Car Care Clinic' is a way forward and has always received an overwhelming response from customers and this year too, we hope to see increased participation in the clinic across the country. Through initiatives like these we fulfil our aim of providing best of products and services to our customers to enjoy a value-added ownership experience." Date published Tue, 15 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Ford Screwed It With The EcoSport Price Drop American carmaker Ford recently hit the news circle as the company dropped the prices of its highest selling car model in India, the EcoSport. While no reason was cited, the price reduction came in days after India’s largest carmaker, Maruti Suzuki launched its maiden compact SUV, the Vitara Brezza in India. The obvious question that comes to mind then is – whether Ford actually reduced the EcoSport prices to counter the sales of Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza or does the company have any other intention to it?   FORD ECOSPORT NEW PRICES VS OLD PRICES   MARUTI SUZUKI VITARA BREZZA PRICE LIST   Well, Ford might not have reduced the prices of the EcoSport to counter Vitara Brezza’s growth. And we have reasons for it:   The price reduction comes in just after the Vitara Brezza’s launch. So, there is no point that Ford had any idea of the sales of Vitara Brezza, because none of the Brezzas were delivered till then! The price reduction reduces Ford EcoSport’s market value in India sharply and Ford would never want that. The price of the used EcoSport in the Indian market is set to hit an all time low thanks to this major reduction in prices. The EcoSport might get another nip-and-tuck makeover soon and Ford might be clearing the stock of the current EcoSports at dealerships.   However, more than the reasons we have for Ford not re-pricing the EcoSport to counter the Vitara Brezza sales, we have reasons that they have actually done this. In the recent past, the sales of EcoSport have not been as promising as they were before and the Indian market was also looking for alternatives to the EcoSport considering the EcoSport has been here for long now. Since Ford enjoyed monopoly for quite some time (and the prices were increased considerably in the period), the company had no other option but to reduce the prices of EcoSport to counter opposition in the form of Vitara Brezza. Also, since Vitara Brezza was priced so competitively that the car’s base variant was more than a lakh cheaper than the EcoSport’s base diesel (pre-price reduction), the Vitara Brezza was headed to be the most sought after pocket friendly compact SUV.   So, will Ford’s this decision to reduce EcoSport’s prices pay well for them?   FORD ECOSPORT NEW PRICES VS OLD PRICES   MARUTI SUZUKI VITARA BREZZA PRICE LIST   Well, certainly not, we think. Why?   The Vitara Brezza is the newest compact SUV in India and will definitely enjoy its honeymoon period for the initial months. So, this was not the perfect time for Ford to drop EcoSport prices as they might not be attracting many new customers and the loyalists wouldn’t have bothered about the prices. Reduction in prices of EcoSport by an amount as large as over Rs 1 lakh is like giving a heart stroke to the existing EcoSport buyers. So, the loyalists will be unhappy. Used car market for the EcoSport is going to take a major hit now. And that would further pinch the EcoSport buyers. So, return customers are going to be fewer.   So, what do we think Ford should have done to counter the Vitara Brezza storm?   The company should have tried to make the EcoSport package yummy by giving an unparalleled accessory package for free. A beefed up body kit, new and stylish alloys, a different front grill or something else that could have made the EcoSport stand out. A new variant might have helped Ford to regain lost ground. Either an all-stripped variant at unimaginably low prices or a super loaded top end variant with features like a sun-roof (something that Brezza doesn’t get even in top spec) could have moved numbers.   We believe it was an amateur decision on Ford’s part to reduce the Ecosport’s prices by such a big margin and all this decision would do is dent the company’s reputation and hit a good brand like EcoSport badly in the long term.   FORD ECOSPORT NEW PRICES VS OLD PRICES   MARUTI SUZUKI VITARA BREZZA PRICE LIST Date published Mon, 14 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Compact SUV Launched - Prices Variant Metallic Non Metallic Dual Tone VITARA BREZZA LDI 699000 699000 NA VITARA BREZZA LDI (O) 712000 712000 NA VITARA BREZZA VDI 762000 762000 NA VITARA BREZZA VDI (O) 775001 775001 NA VITARA BREZZA ZDI 855001 855001 NA VITARA BREZZA ZDI + 954000 954000 968000   For Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Specifications and Features - CLICK HERE Date published Mon, 14 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Ford Drops EcoSport Prices, Now Starts At Rs 6.68 Lakh, Price-List Inside Ford India has reduced prices of its popular compact SUV, the EcoSport in India. The EcoSport range now starts at Rs 6.68 lakh (ex-showroom), a whole Rs 53,700 less than the previous price for the same model. Prices for all variants of EcoSport are as under:   Variant wise New Prices of Ford EcoSport (Ex-Showroom, Delhi)    Variants Ambiente Trend Trend+ Titanium Titanium + Powertrain Combination           1.5L Ti-VCT (Petrol) 668,800 740,900 NA 856,500 NA 1.5L Ti-VCT (Petrol) AT NA 961,500 NA 1.0L EcoBoost (Petrol) NA 818,900 NA 945,000 1.5L TDCi (Diesel) 728,800 800,900 848,900 916,500 975,000   Variant wise Old Prices of Ford EcoSport (Ex-Showroom, Delhi)   Variants Ambiente Trend Trend+ Titanium Titanium + Powertrain Combination           1.5L Ti-VCT (Petrol) 722,500 818,300 NA 933,900 NA 1.5L Ti-VCT (Petrol) AT NA 1,036,300 NA 1.0L EcoBoost (Petrol) NA 896,300 NA 1,032,400 1.5L TDCi (Diesel) 841,100 913,200 961,200 1,028,800 1,087,300   The diesel variants are now cheaper by over Rs 1.10 lakh than before and that makes the EcoSport more value for money now than before. Date published Mon, 14 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Honda launches CD 110 Dream Deluxe With Self Start At Rs 46197 HMSI (Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt Ltd) has launched a new ‘Deluxe’ variant of the CD 110 Dream motorcycle at Rs 46,197 (ex-showroom – Delhi). The Deluxe (DX) variant of the motorcycle gets additional colour graphics and self-start option. The CD 110 Deluxe was previewed by the company at the recently concluded Indian Auto Expo.   Priced at Rs 46197, the CD 110 Deluxe is priced Rs 2200 over the CD 110 Dream motorcycle. The new colour graphics – black with green stripes – is exclusively available on the Deluxe variant. Another minute update from Honda is red coloured Honda logo embossed on the engine of the motorcycle.   Engine specs:   Type - Air cooled, 4 stroke, SI engine Displacement - 109.19 cc Max net power - 6.15 kW (8.25bhp) @7500 rpm Max net torque - 8.63 Nm @ 5500 rpm Bore - 50.0 mm Stroke - 55.6 mm Compression ratio - 9.9:1 Air filter type - Viscous paper filter   The CD 110 Dream has a claimed FE of 74 kmpl. Date published Mon, 14 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Mercedes-Benz Concludes Luxe Drive In Kolkata German luxury carmaker, Mercedes-Benz organized their Luxe-Drive campaign in Kolkata recently with key focus on Adrenaline, Gourmet and Design. As guests at the event got a chance to test the Mercedes-Benz cars over different terrains and obstacles, they also got enthralled by concepts from ‘Gauri Khan Designs’ created by the multi-talented Gauri Khan and were introduced to some exotic dishes prepared by renowned Chef Ritu Dalmia.   The company has announced that after Kolkata LuxeDrive will travel to Vizag, Vijayawada, Chennai, Bangalore and Nasik.   Comments:   Roland Folger, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India   “Kolkata is emerging as a key luxury destination and an important market for us increasingly. This market has given an impetus to the overall luxury market in the eastern part of the country. We have witnessed a strong preference for our products in this market and we have posted a strong double digit growth in 2015. With LuxeDrive, we provide a unique luxury opportunity to our discerning guests and potential patrons, to experience a comprehensive luxury experience that is synonymous with the Three Pointed Star. Our philosophy is to engage with our guests through such platforms and enhance the affinity towards a marquee brand like Mercedes-Benz. We intend in ‘Winning’ the hearts and minds of our guests and brand enthusiasts by creating new avenues of customer fascination and delight.”     Chef Ritu Dalmia at the event Date published Mon, 14 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Four Tests Ford Performs To Ensure Their Cars Get Well Appointed Interiors - w/Videos Ford has revealed to us the tests they carry out to ensure that their vehicles’ interiors are made to last. Before knowing which all tests does the company perform on their vehicles’ interior plastics and upholstery, here’s how the company ensures quality is maintained on the inside:   ·       Ford engineers scratch, snag and stretch all the different materials that go inside a vehicle to help ensure their durability and suitability to long-term customer use   ·       Fabrics that are used inside Ford vehicles are stained with everyday substances like hot coffee, soda and dirt to evaluate how well they can be cleaned afterward, testing their overall stain resistance   ·       A team of examiners smell various samples of materials used inside Ford vehicles and rank them to help the engineers achieve interiors with a perceptible but not disturbing odor   Ford says that the above mentioned steps are just a teaser to the tests that are performed to make their cars’ interiors well appointed. Here are the four tests that the company performs on the inside:   -       The Five-Finger Scratch Test, which is used to scratch samples of different plastics to see how much abuse they can take   -       The Soil and Cleanability Test, which splashes different substances on seat fabrics to evaluate how well they can be cleaned afterwards, testing their overall stain resistance   -       The Resistance to Dye Transfer Test, which rubs materials of different colors (i.e. those dreaded new blue jeans, long-term destroyer of white leather sofas the world around) against the leather used for car seats to see if any stains are left behind   -       The Mace Snagging Test, which spins seat fabrics on rotating rollers roughly 600 times while they’re repeatedly struck by a spikey iron ball to test how strong they are     Videos showing the tests:   -       SNIFF: A Story about Car Smells - -       SNAG: A Story about Mighty Materials - -       SPLASH: A Story about Surprise Spills - Date published Mon, 14 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Hyundai Associates With BCCI As Official Partner For 4 Years Korean carmaker Hyundai has associated with apex cricket body of India, the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) for four years as the official partner and will provide cars for transportation of officials and VIPs during tournaments in the sub-continent.   As a part of this association, Hyundai intends to initiate innovative activities during Test, One Day and T20 cricket tournaments. The company will utilize the opportunity to increase its visibility throughout the nation by conducting “Trophy Tours” in association with BCCI as a way of building excitement prior to the tournaments. Hyundai also gets branding rights at team dug-outs during T20 matches and in-stadia car display rights as a part of the association.   Comments:   Y K Koo, Managing Director and CEO, Hyundai Motor India Ltd.   “Hyundai is extremely proud to be the Official Partner of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for the next four years. Indians love their cricket, and they love their cars and that’s one of the reasons Hyundai has always been closely associated with a sport like cricket. We want to keep the excitement around Hyundai brand by engaging our customers at every point. This partnership is a part of Hyundai’s efforts to expand its presence in global sporting activities like Cricket, Football, Golf and World Rally Championship across worldwide markets. Hyundai sees this cricket partnership as a core element of its strategy, playing a vital role in connecting global customers to our brand.”   Anurag Thakur, Honorary Secretary - Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)   “We are glad to welcome Hyundai on board as the Official Partner for all international matches organized by BCCI in India. Hyundai is a global automotive leader and we look forward to working together for the next four years to deliver a strong partnership at all our matches in India.” Date published Thu, 10 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Maruti Suzuki launches Baleno hatchback from Rs.4.99 lakh onwards India’s largest carmaker, Maruti Suzuki has relaunched its Baleno nameplate, though it’s a hatchback this time around. The Baleno hatchback is placed over the Swift hatch in Maruti Suzuki’s portfolio with prices starting at Rs. 4.99 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi. The Baleno is made on a new platform and is lighter and stronger than the Swift. Baleno hatchback is offered as a premium car from Maruti Suzuki and will retail from the company’s Nexa dealerships that currently sell the S-Cross.   The prices for Baleno are as follows:   2015 Maruti Baleno Petrol Prices (ex-showroom, Delhi) –   * Baleno 1.2 K-Series MT Sigma – Rs. 4.99 lakhs * Baleno 1.2 K-Series MT Delta – Rs. 5.71 lakhs * Baleno 1.2 K-Series AT Delta – Rs. 6.76 lakhs * Baleno 1.2 K-Series MT Zeta – Rs. 6.31 lakhs * Baleno 1.2 K-Series MT Alpha – Rs. 7.01 lakhs   2015 Maruti Baleno Diesel Prices (ex-showroom, Delhi) –   * Baleno 1.3 DDiS MT Sigma – Rs. 6.16 lakhs * Baleno 1.3 DDiS MT Delta – Rs. 6.81 lakhs * Baleno 1.3 DDiS MT Zeta – Rs. 7.41 lakhs * Baleno 1.3 DDiS MT Alpha – Rs. 8.11 lakhs     The Baleno hatchback is offered in the Indian market in 4 variants with 2 engine options and 2 transmission options. The automatic Baleno will be offered with petrol engine only and is priced at Rs. 6.76 lakh ex-showroom Delhi. Automatic Baleno will be available in Delta variant only.   The petrol engine is a 1.2-lt unit that makes 85PS of maximum power and 115Nm of maximum torque. It is paired to a 5-speed manual transmission and CVT automatic gearbox.   The diesel engine is a 1.3-lt unit that makes 75PS of maximum power at 4000rpm and 190Nm of maximum torque.   Fuel Efficiency   1.2 K-Series MT & CVT – 21.4 km/l 1.3 DDiS MT – 27.39 km/l   Some of the key features of the Baleno are:   Projector lights LED DRLs 16-inch alloys LED tail lamps Roof-mounted rear spoiler SmartPlay infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, navigation and voice command; Bluetooth, USB and AUX connectivity Keyless entry and go system Push button start/stop Reverse camera Tilt and telescopic steering wheel Puddle lamps Anti-pinch driver-side window Power foldable and adjustable ORVMs Auto climate control Reverse parking sensors with camera Dual airbags ABS with EBD Anti-theft security system Fog lamps Auto headlights with follow-me-home function Date published Mon, 26 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0530 India-made Baleno Launched In Japan At Rs 8.4 lakh, Gets Paddle Shifters And More Suzuki Motor Corporation has launched the Baleno hatchback in Japan. The Baleno for the Japanese market is made in India and exported by Maruti Suzuki. The Baleno hatchback made for the Japanese market however carries different specifications, engine and features.   The engines on offer in the exported Baleno are 1.0 BOOSTERJET direct-injection turbo engine (XT) and 1.2 DUALJET naturally-aspirated engine (XG).  The company has launched the 1.2 DUALJET naturally-aspirated engine (XG) variant of Baleno only mated to a CVT automatic transmission while the 1.0 BOOSTERJET variant will be launched on 13 May, 2016. Price of the Baleno XG in Japan is 1414800 Japanese Yen (approx Rs 8.5 lakh).   Some of the significant features of the India-made exported Baleno include:   Collision-mitigating system - Millimetre-wave radar type collision-mitigating system called the Radar Brake Support (RBS) is standard. The following functions of the RBS enhance the BALENO’s safety performance: Alerts the driver with a warning when there is possibility of a collision. Alerts the driver by applying an automatic light brake. Supports the driver’s braking by increasing braking force. Automatically applies the brake. Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) system HID headlamps with LED position lamps (for XT and XT with optional package) Rear combination lamps (LED stop lamps) Seven body colours Multi-information display with high-definition 4.2-inch colour liquid crystal display with information such as driving status and engine power/torque output information on display Seat heater for front passenger’s seat of XT with optional package 24.6km/L (claimed) for the 1.2 DUALJET variant 6AT transmission on the XT variant gets six-speed paddle shifts Electronic Stability Program Hill Hold Control Date published Wed, 09 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Compact SUV Interior Exterior Images Gallery Dual tone exterior colour is available in top trim only. Brezza gets projector headlamps and looks good from all angles.   Bets thing about Vitara Brezza's dashboard is that it doesn't resemble other Marutis.   Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza can seat 5 people only.   Floating roof design is popular these days. However, the base model of Brezza doesn't get this design element.   Vitara Brezza Brochure and other details - click here Date published Wed, 09 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0530 What makes the Mercedes-Maybach S600 Guard explosion proof?   Q1) What makes the S600 Guard explosion proof? At the body-shell stage of the vehicle, protective components of special steel are integrated into the cavities between the body structure and the outer skin. Systematic overlapping systems at critical points, such as material transitions and interstices provide comprehensive ballistic protection. The windows have been ergonomically designed with the usage of the best quality and durable materials that ensure passenger safety, even in extreme situations. Despite the appealing outer laminated structure of the windows, they are precisely coated with polycarbonate on the inside for splinter protection. The collaboration of all the safety equipment and technology inside, makes the Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Guard a safe cocoon for the occupants who not only witness ballistic protection, but also comprehensive protection against explosive devices. In the event of an explosive charge detonating at the side of the vehicle, the armouring protects the occupants as effectively as it does in an assault with explosives beneath the vehicle: the new underbody armouring, entirely covers the underbody under the occupant compartment, a unique feature in the civilian special-protection segment.   Q2) What do you mean by VR10 protection rating? The bodywork and windows must be able to withstand hardened steel core bullets fired from an assault rifle. Merecedes-Maybach also gets an ERV 2010 rating (Explosive Resistant Vehicles).   Q3) What additional does S 600 Guard have over the regular Mercedes-Maybach S 600? The additional features are: Opaque roller blinds all-round in the rear Heated windscreen and side windows Easily operated panic alarm system Fire extinguisher system with automatic activation Emergency fresh air system protecting occupants from the ingress of smoke or irritant gases Hydraulic power for the heavy side windows LED reading lamps in the rear   Q4) Are there any more features on offer? Yes, you can opt for more features like: Night View Assist Plus LED Intelligent Light System 360° camera   Q5) Will it be possible to get the Mercedes-Maybach S600 Guard serviced in India easily? Yes, all the Mercedes-Benz service outlets worldwide are also able to service, maintain or carry out any necessary repairs for the Guard models. Date published Wed, 09 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Suzuki Hayabusa Now Assembled In India, Costs Rs 13.57L SMIPL – Suzuki Motorcycle India Private Limited has announced commencement of Indian assembly of its sports bike Hayabusa at the company’s Gurgaon based assembly plant. Only the CKD units of the Hayabusa will be imported now as against importing the entire bike previously that has helped Suzuki reduce the prices of Hayabusa by around Rs 2.4 lakh.   With that, the company has announced that the specifications of the bike remain the same although the ex-showroom, Delhi price now is Rs 13,57,135. Earlier, the Hayabusa was priced at Rs 15,95,000 ex-showroom, Delhi.   Specifications     Comments   Kenji Hirozawa, Vice President Sales & Marketing, SMIPL   “India is one of the largest manufacturer of motorcycles in the world. This is a clear indication of the high demands in this ever growing market. Along with growth, comes maturity. Coupled with growth in lifestyle and infrastructure, there is an increasing demand for Big Bikes by the Indian Enthusiast. SMIPL shall cater to this by starting assembly of our most widely selling big bike, the Suzuki Hayabusa. We firmly believe in the Make in India program and this another step to show our support even in the big bike market.” Date published Tue, 08 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0530 LAUNCHED - Mercedes-Maybach S600 Guard At Rs 10.50 Crore Mercedes-Benz has launched its most sophisticated VR10 certified Mercedes-Maybach S600 Guard in India at Rs 10.50 Crore. The Mercedes-Maybach S600 Guard has the distinction of being the first civilian vehicle to receive the VR10 (highest level of protection) certification.   USPs of the Mercedes-Maybach S600 Guard   VR10 certified first and only passenger vehicle Launched in India within 15 days of global launch Specially reinforced base structure integrated to the body shell at the production stage 6.0-lt, V12 engine makes 530hp of maximum power and massive 830 Nm of torque Accelerates from 0 kmph to 100 kmph in 7.9s and has an electronic limited top speed of 190 kmph Engine is mated to a 7G-TRONIC automatic transmission   Comments   Roland Folger, Managing Director and CEO, Mercedes Benz India   “Mercedes-Benz’s remains the most trusted brand globally in manufacturing ‘Guard’ vehicles since 1928. It is hence not surprising that most of the global heads of states, top diplomats, business tycoons and celebrities prefer a ‘Guard’ vehicle. We are pleased to introduce the world’s first passenger vehicle certified with the highest ballistic protection level of VR10, in India. The Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Guard is launched in India within 15 days of its international debut. With the introduction of the Mercedes-Maybach Guard, we continue to follow our ‘top of pyramid’ approach for the discerning Indian customers.”    “In 2015 we completely redefined the highly exclusive luxury sedan segment with the launch of the Mercedes-Maybach. With the introduction of the Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Guard, we have now created an unmatched offering in the segment and strongly reiterated our ‘technological leadership’ in the field of special protection vehicles. The Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Guard is the pinnacle of luxury motoring coupled with the highest level of safety and security. This super luxury protection vehicle maintains the exquisite panache associated with the Maybach, coupled with the ground-breaking security features of Mercedes-Benz’s trademark ‘Guard’ range. The launch of the Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Guard symbolizes our unsurpassed commitment of giving the best to our customers.” Date published Tue, 08 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Apollo Tyres Forays Into Two Wheeler Tyre Segment With Acti-series Passenger and commercial vehicle tyre anufacturer, Apollo Tyres has announced its debut in the two wheeler tyre segment with Acti-series of tyres. The tyres, made specifically for two wheelers are developed at the company’s Chennai-based R&D segment.   Apollo has cited large two wheeler market, that the company estimates to be around 120 million and demand from business partners to be the primary reasons for entering the two wheeler segment.   Comments   Onkar S Kanwar, Chairman, Apollo Tyres Ltd   “This is a milestone for Apollo Tyres as the entry into the two-wheeler segment makes the company a full-range player. The presence in the two-wheeler segment will help the company cement its leadership position in India. The Apollo Acti series will provide the best value proposition to our customers along with an enjoyable driving experience.”   Neeraj Kanwar, Vice Chairman & Managing Director, Apollo Tyres Ltd   “Our R&D and product team have spent over 2 years in developing the two-wheeler tyres, which are best suited for the diverse Indian road conditions. Like always, we have tried to introduce a product range which will delight our customers and allow them to have a seamless and enjoyable riding experience.” Date published Mon, 07 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0530 LEAKED - Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Brochure with Specifications, Features And All Details India’s largest car manufacturer, Maruti Suzuki is all set to launch its compact sub-4m SUV, the Vitara Brezza in India. Maruti Suzuki showcased the Vitara Brezza at the recently concluded Delhi Auto Expo 2016 and it was speculated that the Vitara Brezza will be launched in India this year, but nobody thought it would be as early as 8th March, 2016. At the auto expo, Maruti Suzuki showcased the Brezza in dual tone exterior colour options. Good news is, all those and some more colours will actually make it to the production model of the Brezza.   Maruti Suzuki will be offering 9 exterior colour options in the Brezza:   3 Dual Tone Colour Options – Blazing Red with Midnight Black, Fiery Yellow with Pearl Arctic White, Cerulean Blue with Pearl Arctic White   6 Monotone Colour Options – Pearl Arctic White, Premium Silver, Granite Grey, Blazing Red, Cerulean Blue, Fiery Yellow   Vitara Brezza will be available in 6 variants; LDi, LDi(O), VDi, VDi(O), ZDi and ZDi+ when launched and the dual tone colours will only be offered in the top of the line ZDi+ variant. ZDi variant will be available with all monotone colours. We’re yet to figure out why Red, Bue and Yellow monotone colours didn’t make it to the ZDi+ variant!   Variant-wise exterior colour options:   Colour Variants LDi & LDi(O) VDi & VDi(O) ZDi ZDi+ Pearl Arctic White Y Y Y Y Premium Silver Y Y Y Y Granite Grey Y Y Y Y Blazing Red Y Y Y N Cerulean Blue N Y Y N Fiery Yellow N N Y N Blazing Red with Midnight Black N N N Y Cerulean Blue with Pearl Arctic White N N N Y Fiery Yellow with Pearl Arctic White N N N Y   While that was all about the colour options available, here are the key dimension details of the Vitara Brezza.   Wheel size – 205/60 R16 (Steel wheel) (“250” in the brochure image is a printing error – Maruti Suzuki, please take note) and 215/60 R16 (Alloy wheel)   Length x Width x Height – 3995mm x 1790mm x 1640mm   And finally, the official brochure mentioning what all we wrote above and more.       Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Engine, Drive, Transmission Details And Fuel Efficiency   The company will launch the Brezza with a diesel engine mated to a 5-Speed manual transmission. Powering the Vitara Brezza will be the same DDiS200 diesel engine that does duty on the S-Cross, in the same state of tune. However, due to the Brezza being compact and lighter than the S Cross, it is claimed to return 24.3 kmpl as against 23.65 kmpl of the S Cross with the same 1248cc engine.   The engine specs are as follows:   Displacement – 1248cc Maximum Power – 66kW @ 4000 rpm Maximum Torque – 200Nm @ 1750 rpm Claimed fuel efficiency – 24.3 kmpl Transmission – 5-Speed Manual       Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Variant-Wise Features   Maruti Suzuki showcased its upcoming sub-4m SUV, the Vitara Brezza at the Delhi Auto Expo 2016 in its ZDi+ trim. While we managed to decode as many features as we could by looking at the vehicle (we got 24 of them, all right!), we could never assume Maruti Suzuki to strip the base variants of the Vitara Brezza with upper glove box on the dashboard, front seat belt pretentioner with load limiter and floating roof design. Although, the company should get credit for offering often missed but basic features like music system with CD player and Bluetooth connectivity, electrically adjustable ORVMs, dual horn, front power windows and tilt steering right from the base model in addition to driver airbag. ABS and EBD there would have made the package a little better however the company has instead opted to offer optional trims with LDi and VDi variants that get added safety features.   Here are some of the key features of Vitara Brezza:   Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza LDi   Multi information display Driver side airbag Music system with CD player and Bluetooth connectivity Front power windows (driver side auto down) Electrically adjustable ORVMs Tilt steering Manual Air Con   Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza LDi(O) [In addition to LDi variant]   ABS + EBD Front 2 airbags   Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza VDi [In addition to LDi variant]   Body coloured door handles and ORVMs Roof rails Full wheel cap Floating roof design 7 step interior illumination control Anti theft security system Reverse parking sensor Keyless entry Rear power windows DOES NOT GET ABS, EBD and FRONT PASSENGER AIRBAG   Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza VDi(O) [In addition to VDi variant]   ABS + EBD Front 2 airbags   Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza ZDi [In addition to VDi(O) variant]   Silver skid plate garnish Chrome front grille Alloy wheels Piano black interior finish Chrome door handles (interior) Projector headlamps Front fog lamps Rear wiper, washer and demister Steering mounted audio and calling controls Auto AC Height adjustable driver seat   Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza ZDi+ [In addition to ZDi variant]   Dual tone exterior colour options ORVM mounted turn indicators Reverse parking camera Smartplay infotainment system with tweeters, voice command and navigation system Electrically foldable ORVMs Cooled upper glover box Front armrest Push button start/stop Cruise control Auto headlamps Auto wipers   While Vitara Brezza ZDi+ is loaded with all the features one would want, pricing will be key on Maruti Suzuki’s part, especially in VDi(O) variant’s case as it gets all necessary features. Competition for Brezza will be in the form of Ford Ecosport and Mahindra TUV300. It will be interesting to see if Maruti Suzuki offers cut-throat prices for the Vitara Brezza as it did with the Baleno, and if that happens, the diesel compact SUV space might see sub Rs 7 lakh sticker price!   Ford Ecosport diesel range starts at Rs 8.2 lakh ex-showroom Mahindra TUV 300 range starts at Rs 7.0 lakh ex-showroom Date published Sat, 05 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Renault Duster 2016 Facelift - What's new? Renault India has launched the updated Duster in India. Besides now being available with an option of automatic transmission mated to the diesel engine, the facelift Duster has a lot more distinguishing features than the one that phases out. Here are 16 of those:   2016 facelift Duster comes with ‘CMO10’& ‘T4 E&E’ architecture that, as per Renault, offers enhanced safety and superior ride and handling 2016 facelift Duster gets 6 speed Easy–R Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) New Cayenne Orange exterior body colour in both petrol and diesel variants Electrically Adjustable &Foldable ORVM’s with turn indicators Waterfall LED Tail Lamps Hawk Eye Cluster Headlamps FireflyFog Lamps 16” Gun Metal Finish Alloy wheels KayakRoof Rails Crimson-Black Interior Theme with sporty Double Spacer Fabric for AWD Cedarwood-Black Interior theme with embossed fabric and dual tone soft touch dashboard Rear View Camera with guidelines Automatic Air Conditioning Auto-up/down window with anti-pinch New Media Nav New Centre Fascia   Check out the prices and other details of 2016 facelift Renault Duster Date published Fri, 04 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Renault Launches 2016 Duster At Rs 8.46 Lakh Renault has refreshed its popular SUV, the Duster in India and the introductory prices for the 2016 Duster start at Rs 8.46 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Renault has also offered automatic transmission option in the 2016 diesel Duster which makes the package more compelling. The variant-wise prices of the 2016 Duster are as follows:   2016 Refreshed DUSTER Prices (ex-Delhi)     Petrol 4X2 MT Diesel 85 PS 4x2 MT Diesel 110 PS 4x2 MT Diesel 110 PS 4x2 AMT Diesel 110 PS 4x4 MT Standard -  9,26,999 - - - RXE 8,46,999 9,46,999 - - - RXL 9,26,999 10,26,999 11,06,999 11,66,999 - RXS - 10,76,999 - - - RXZ - 11,46,999 12,26,999 12,86,999 13,56,999   The 6-Speed AMT transmission is available with the 110PS 1.5-lt K9K engine of the Duster. In manual mode, the 110PS engine is available with 6-speed manual transmission. While the engine delivers a claimed FE of 19.72 kmpl with the manual transmission, Renault claims 19.6 kmpl for the AMT option.     Comments   Sumit Sawhney, Country CEO and Managing Director, Renault India Operations   “Duster is a perfect example of Renault’s core specialty of concept innovation, where we redefine an existing segment, offering something new to the customer. Success in the automotive space is led by clutter-breaking products that rewrite automotive trends and make customers’ lives better. Over the years, Duster has firmly etched Renault on India’s automotive mapand has achieved a cult status.With the new 6 speed Easy-R Automated Manual Transmission and several technical and design enhancements offered at a compelling price, we are confident that the New Duster will lead our expansion plans in India and strengthen our position in the compact SUV segment.” Date published Fri, 04 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0530 2016 Facelift New Honda Amaze Variant Details Honda has updated its mid-size sedan, the Amaze in India. The company has launched the Amaze in 4 variants; E, S, SX and VX. The company has added a few features that were not there in the Amaze before besides the nip & tuck job. Features like automatic climate control and auto-foldable ORVMs now make it to the Amaze range in India. Here is a detailed list of features that the facelifted Amaze gets.     Base variant is the E variant that gets features like air conditioner, power steering, front and rear power windows, central locking, tilt steering and ABS + EBD.   The variant above E is the S that gets additional features like music system with Bluetooth, steering mounted controls, power adjustable ORVMs, keyless entry and more.   SX variant is the third and gets dual airbags, auto AC, power foldable ORVMs with turn indicators and more above the S variant.   The top-of-the-line variant is the VX variant that gets alloy wheels, front fog lamps, heat absorbing front windscreen in addition to the SX variant.   Honda has also announced that all models will get dual airbags as standard April 2017 onwards. We can expect the company to hike the prices of base variants of Amaze when that happens.   2016 Facelift Honda Amaze Prices and Details   2016 Facelift Honda Amaze Exterior and Interior Review Date published Thu, 03 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Honda Amaze Facelift Launched In India At Rs 5.29 Lakh Japanese carmaker Honda has launched 2016 version of the Amaze in India that gets refreshed interiors and exteriors, a new body colour, some more features and an automatic transmission paired to the petrol engine. The prices of the refreshed Amaze start from Rs 5.29 lakh for the base petrol variant. Detailed price list of the updated Amaze is as follows:   Honda Amaze Petrol (prices are ex-showroom, Delhi) (MT-Manual Transmission, CVT – Continuously Variable Automatic Transmission)   E MT – Rs 5,29,900 S MT – Rs 5,95,400 SX MT – Rs 6,80,500 VX MT – Rs 7,19,900 S CVT – Rs 7,19,900 VX CVT – Rs 8,19,900   Honda Amaze Diesel (prices are ex-showroom, Delhi)   E MT – Rs 6,41,900 S MT – Rs 7,29,900 SX MT – Rs 7,82,000 VX MT – Rs 8,19,900   The refreshed Amazeis available in 7 exterior colour options – Bluish Titanium Metallic (new), Carnelian Red Pearl, Urban Titanium Metallic, Alabaster Silver Metallic, Golden Brown Metallic, Taffeta White and Orchid White Pearl.   Honda Amaze gets the same set of engines. The diesel engine is a 1.5-lt unit making 100PS of maximum power and returns 25.8 kmpl. The petrol engine is the 1.2-lt unit that returns 18.1 kmpl with the CVT transmission.   Comments   Katsushi Inoue, President & CEO, Honda Cars India Ltd   “Amaze has been a very successful model since its launch 3 years ago and we have close to 2 lakh happy Amaze customers in India. We are confident that the New Amaze with bold new style, premium interiors with new age features will attract even more customers. The new Amaze has been designed keeping in view the customer feedback. We value our customers and always try to exceed their expectations.”   “Vehicle safety is a top priority for us at Honda. All Honda cars sold in India have ACE body structure, which ensures structural rigidity and integrity of the body shell of the car, in case of a collision. It is very encouraging to see the growing awareness of safety equipment in the minds of the consumers and so, from the forthcoming financial year, every new Honda model, introduced in the market will come equipped with Dual SRS Airbags as standard and by April 2017, our entire model line-up will have Dual SRS airbags as standard equipment”   2016 Facelift Honda Amaze Interior and Exterior Review   2016 Facelift Honda Amaze Features - What's new and more Date published Thu, 03 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Honda Amaze Facelift 2016 - Exterior and Interior Review Honda Amaze facelift gets a heavily revised front fascia and bumper. The chrome grille is now wider than before and looks heavily inspired from the Mobilio. The front bumper gets more muscle and looks way better than on the previous Amaze. Overall, Amaze looks grown up and modern from the front. While almost nothing has changed on the sides, the rear gets updated tail lamps and boot lid.   While the Amaze’s front appears to be derived from the Mobilio, the interiors are inspired by the current Honda City. The dashboard is a different unit and does away with the curves and bulges. Instead, the Amze’s interiors are now sharp and modern with a constantly sloping dashboard from the driver’s side to the passenger’s. Steering wheel is the same as before however the music system housing and air con controls are now different and City-inspired. Honda has continued with the same dual tone beige-black theme in the Amaze and the interiors are spacious. Overall, the Amaze now looks better than before, has a livelier cabin, is feature-rich, gets the same engines but offers an automatic transmission now with the petrol engine.   2016 Facelift Honda Amaze Variant-Wise Feature List   2016 Faceift Honda Amaze Prices and Details Date published Thu, 03 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0530 EDIT - Skoda Superb 2016 Launched In India At Rs 22.68 Lakh Czech carmaker Skoda has launched the 2016 edition of its flagship sedan, the Superb in India. Prices for the new Superb start from Rs 22.68 lakh ex-showroom, Mumbai and go upto Rs 29.36 lakh ex-showroom, Mumbai. The new Superb is launched in both petrol and diesel engines and the base petrol variant is also available in manual transmission.   The prices of all variants are as follows:   Engine Fuel Transmision Variant Price (Ex-Mumbai)  1.8TSI 132kW Petrol Manual (MQ350-6F) Style 22,68,305 1.8TSI 132kW Petrol Automatic (DQ200-7F) Style 23,91,984 2.0TDI 130kW Diesel Automatic (DQ250-6F) Style 26,39,650  1.8TSI 132kW Petrol Automatic (DQ200-7F) L & K 26,89,281  2.0TDI 130kW Diesel Automatic (DQ250-6F) L & K 29,36,850   The petrol Superb is powered by a 1.8-lt TSI engine making 180PS of maximum power and the diesel Superb is powered by a 2.0-lt TDI engine making 177PS of maximum power. With the new Superb, Skoda has re-launched the Laurin & Klement (L&K) variant. The new Superb will be available in 4 exterior colour options: Candy White, Brilliant Silver, Magnetic Brown and Business Grey.   Comments:   Werner Eichhorn, Member of the Board, Sales & Marketing ŠKODA AUTO   “The new Superb is the flagship of ŠKODA’s model range, and demonstrates the brand’s expertise in design and engineering. It offers top-class technology with unbeatable comfort and space.”   “ŠKODA has always convinced customers with its high degree of functionality, reliability and excellent value for money. With the new Superb, ŠKODA is now underlining these qualities with a modern, expressive and emotionally-rich design.”   Sudhir Rao, Chairman and Managing Director ŠKODA AUTO India   “We are delighted to introduce the new Superb as it continues the success story of the brand’s top model range in India. This product demonstrates our aspirations in the automotive industry by offering a superlative ownership experience and a great value proposition for our customers. In terms of technology and safety standards; it raises the benchmark and leads the way into the future for the brand, in this market.”   Ashutosh Dixit, Director – Sales, Service & Marketing ŠKODA AUTO India   “The ŠKODA Superb’s new design establishes the emotional power of the brand and will attract customers from higher segments. This new Superb is a masterpiece, its generous dimensions, innovative assistance systems for safety, comfort and ‘Simply Clever’ details certainly make it a leader in its segment. We are confident that this Superb will elevate the brand further in India.”     Skoda New Superb 2016 Launch Near, Teased On Website - Date 12-02-2016   Czech carmaker, Skoda might have missed the recently concluded 2016 Delhi Auto Expo, but the carmaker is ready to create a buzz in the premium car segment by launching their latest version of the flagship limousine, the Superb. How do we know? Skoda has teased the new 2016 Superb on its Indian website, though the carmaker has refrained to share technical specifications or model details. Here is the teaser on the company’s Indian website:       2016 Skoda Superb : Things we know   The 2016 Skoda Superb is built on Volkswagen’s latest MQB platform and the company reports that the new Superb is larger and therefore roomier than before. While Superb already enjoys leadership position in its segment for rear space, the new Superb might just set the benchmark higher for rivals. Add to it the fact that it gets more features, and the Superb therefore makes a very compelling case in its segment, even before its launch; and we have not yet talked about its modern and sci-fi looks yet.   Outside India, Skoda offers the 2016 new Superb with as many as five petrol and three diesel engines mated to manual as well as automatic transmissions.   Our previous report on 2016 Skoda Superb suggesting its large dimensions and roomier interiors     2016 Skoda Superb India Launch Date   As mentioned earlier, Skoda has already started promoting the new 2016 Skoda Superb on its Indian website and that is a proof enough to understand that the car will be launched in India very soon. If some media reports are to go by, it is expected that Skoda might launch the new Superb in India later in February 2016, and the date can be 23rd.       2016 Skoda Superb Price in India   Prices for the current Skoda Superb in India start at Rs 22.13 lakh (ex-showroom) for the entry-level Elegance 1.8 TSI MT trim and go all the way upto Rs 26.83 lakh for the top Elegance 2.0 TDI CR AT version. While Skoda is yet to reveal the engine options that will be available on sale in India in the new 2016 Superb, it is safe to assume that the company might price the new Superb from Rs 24-25 lakh ex-showroom in India.       2016 Skoda Superb Features   While Skoda doesn’t currently offer the fully loaded L&K trim of current Superb in India, here is a fair idea of the equipment on offer in the 2016 L&K spec Skoda Superb   Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) with Driving Mode Select Three-zone automatic climate control Electric panoramic tilt and slide roof Electrically adjustable front seats with lumbar support and memory function Electrically operated tailgate Bi-Xenon headlights High speed internet access based on LTE Electronic Stability Control (ESC) Emergency brake function Electronic tire pressure monitoring system 8-inch MirrorLink system with touchscreen infotainment Seven airbags Optional rear side airbags. Heated seats Adaptive dampers Three drive modes 18 inch alloys Umbrellas stored in the front doors       2016 Skoda Superb Specifications   Petrol engines – 1.4 TSI (125 PS-200 Nm) 1.4 TSI (150 PS-250 Nm) 1.8 TSI (180 PS-250 Nm) 2.0 TSI (220 PS-350 Nm) 2.0 TSI (280 PS-350 Nm)     Diesel engines – 1.6 TDI (120 PS-250 Nm) 2.0 TDI (150 PS-340 Nm) 2.0 TDI (190 PS-400 Nm)     2016 New Skoda Superb Rivals In India   Auto Expo 2016 did give us a fair idea about the upcoming cars in the premium segment and we can expect Skoda Superb to get fresh rivals in the form of VW Passat GTE and new Honda Accord. Besides these, there is Toyota’s Camry and Camry Hybrid already available in the market. Date published Fri, 12 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Union Budget - Impact On Auto Industry Finance Minister of India, Mr. Arun Jaitley recently presented the government’s Union Budget for the year 2016-17. While the budget has been widely lauded for the government’s initiative to motivate the agricultural sector, a lot of expectations from carmakers got ruptured as the government didn’t focus on alternate energy and levied a few more taxes. Here’s the industry response on the Union Budget.   ACMA, the association of component manufacturers, has raised a few eyebrows over the government’s decision on reduction in the 200% weighted deduction on R&D spend. And rightly so, as we also believe that R&D is something that government should have promoted as it goes hand-in-hand with the ‘Make-In-India’ theme that the government has been widely promoting. Here are the comments from Arvind Balaji, President of ACMA on the proposed budget.     Arvind Balaji, President, ACMA   “The Budget unveiled by Hon’ble Finance Minister has brought in a welcome change giving an adequate focus on development of the agricultural and social sector, as well as, that of the industry and infrastructure. This focus on rural wealth creation will lead to increased demand for vehicles which have of late been impacted. ACMA also welcomes the Government’s move of setting up of 1500 multi skill training institutes in partnership with the industry and academia, amendment to the Motor Vehicle Act, amendment in the CENVAT Credit Rules, 2004, which will enable manufacturers with multiple manufacturing units to maintain a common warehouse for inputs and distribute these inputs with credits to the individual manufacturing units, also the hike in interest rate to 9% from earlier 6% in case in delay of refund by the authorities.”   Further,­ the proposal made in the Rail budget to establish India’s first rail auto hub is a welcome move since it will significantly bring down the logistic cost and facilitate the last mile connectivity for shipments. This is a clear demonstration of the government's commitment towards the Make in India initiative.   However, the area of concern for the industry is the reduction in the 200% weighted deduction on R&D spend. This will now be limited to 150% from 1 April, 2017 and 100% from 1 April, 2020, which will immensely impact the growth in domestic innovation at a time when there is a need for higher spend on R&D. That apart government’s move to levy an extra 1% tax on purchase of luxury cars additionally 1% infrastructure cess on small, petrol, LPG,CNG cars while 2.5-4% on diesel and SUV’s having higher engine capacity will have a adverse impact on the automotive industry that has been witnessing a flat growth over the last nine months.   It is important to now know what the luxury carmakers had to speak about their cars getting costlier than before and the market sentiment. Mercedes-Benz first, they sell more cars than the other ones, their take first!   Roland Folger, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India:   “Development of the agrarian sector emerged as the key priority in this year’s budget, which is positive for the Indian economy. The budget portrays a steady fiscal picture with considerable spending on infrastructure and rural development, which is laudable. However, taxing the luxury cars will be deterrent for the growth of the industry. We expected some reforms in the duty structure, which could have infused growth in the sector and would have provided additional employment. The rationalization of the duty structure would have also created a level playing field for all brands. Overall, we applaud the infrastructural spending and the focus on building more roads and highways, which will have a long-term positive effect on the auto industry. But in the short to mid-term, we missed an opportunity to drive growth in the sector, which could have further benefitted the long-term prospects of the auto industry.”   The German carmaker has clearly voiced its dissent on the increased taxation imposed on luxury cars attributing it to be a growth deterrent. The manufacturer has however seen a long-term prospect of the budget and should be looking for measures to ensure its sales are hampered the least   From Mercedes-Benz, let us move on to what Audi India has in store.   Joe King, Head, Audi India   The budget presents a transformative agenda with clear-cut focus on initiatives for farmers, rural sector and infrastructure development. However, it negatively impacts the automobile industry. We are disappointed that the industry’s demand on reducing excise duty has not been addressed. On the contrary, 1% Infra cess on Petrol, CNG, LPG cars, 2.5% on small diesel cars and 4% on bigger diesel cars and SUVs has been added which will further affect the price and consequently demand. Also, we need to evaluate the impact of extra tax levy of 1% on purchase of cars above Rs.10 Lakh. Government has not announced any positive initiatives for the industry which contributes so heavily to the manufacturing sector and overall economy.   However, we are pleased to see the increase in expenditure on infrastructural development with specific announcements like approval of 10000 Km of National Highways and total investment in road sector at 97000 cr in FY17 that should help in people getting better road infrastructure.    The FM has announced many measures which will support the common man including health protection scheme for health cover up to Rs 1 lakh per family, raising personal I-T house rent exemption to 60,000 from 24,000 per year, first home buyers getting an additional deduction on interest of Rs. 50,000, provided value of the house does not exceed Rs 50 lakh; and Ceiling of tax rebate for tax payers with up to Rs 5 lakh annual income to be raised to Rs 5000 from Rs 2000. This should help the common man in increased savings. Also the target of 100% rural electrification by May 2018 is a great step in the path of development.   As far as the impact of budget on the automotive sector is concerned, Audi has clearly mentioned that the industry’s expectation that the government will reduce the excise duty has not been addressed. While the carmaker has certainly pointed out that the government did well to ensure that common man might be able to save more alongside rural and agricultural prosperity, the company has certainly seen that the luxury car segment has been cornered.   Now that we have seen that the luxury carmakers are not happy thanks to increased cost of the final product to the buyer, let us look at what the mass carmakers had to say about it. Going with Nissan India first.   Guillaume Sicard, President – Nissan India Operations   “The Union Budget 2016 has continued with the government’s focus on maintaining fiscal deficit, agriculture, infrastructure development and recapitalizing of PSU banks. The budget gives special focus on the economy at the grass-root level which will have an overall positive impact in the long run. Additionally, we also welcome Government’s decision to amend the Motor Vehicle Act in passenger vehicle segment to allow innovation. This, coupled with a focus on infrastructure will help improve the overall public transport in the country.     There is not much for Auto industry in this budget. Infrastructure cess increase up to 4% on passenger vehicles will definitely have an impact on the prices. We do not foresee that to be a major burden for small car buyers but the luxury cars and SUVs will feel the heat. We are still trying to understand the modalities of collection of TDS of 1% on more than 10 lakh priced cars. Further, curbing incentives on in-house R&D spends from 200% to 150% is not very positive. There is no presentation on roadmap for GST implementation, additional Incentives for Electric Vehicles and Hybrids under FAME Scheme and the plan for Vehicle Scrappage scheme which is damper.”   For a company that has majority of vehicles under the Rs 10 lakh bracket, the Union Budget hasn’t had as severe an impact as on luxury carmakers, and Nissan’s statement is a clear indicator of the same. However, the government’s approach on electric and hybrid vehicles was something that Nissan must have been following closely considering the fact that the company has products like Leaf in global markets. Nissan has also very rightly been looking after vehicle scrappage scheme in the budget that could have had a positive impact on the new car industry in India and would have also helped in controlling pollution levels in the long run.   Moving on to the American carmaker, Ford.   Nigel Harris, Managing Director and President, Ford India   "We complement the Government for its vision of a strong economy built through sustained investment in rural growth and infrastructure development. The budget, however, lacks a roadmap for the automotive sector, which has for long continued to be an engine of India's economic growth. The high level of discounting in the domestic market today indicates weak consumer demand. Instead of introducing policies, such as excise duty rationalization, or vehicle modernization, the budget has levied additional taxes that will be further detrimental to sales and growth prospects for the industry.”   Like Nissan, Ford’s statement also reveals that there is nothing much in the budget for mass carmakers and the increase in cost of such vehicles is marginal. However, Ford has well pointed out the fact that it is the discounting in the market that is driving sales and not the overall sentiment.   M&M has launched some new products in the recent past and was quick to adapt to the ban on registration of vehicles with diesel engines bigger than 2,000-cc by introducing smaller engines in its vehicles. The manufacturer’s take on the budget is:   Dr. Pawan Goenka, Executive Director, M&M Ltd   “The Budget places strong emphasis on agriculture, rural economy, infrastructure and social sector.  This is what I was hoping for. The resurgence and thrust on the PPP in infrastructure is most welcome. I also appreciate laying down some very clear goal posts on farm income and on village electrification.  Perhaps more could have been done for financial sector and taxation, though staying with the FRBM target was an unexpected bold move and perhaps does put some spending constraints on the Government.    On the face of it, imposing upto 4% Cess for Passenger vehicles is a concern for auto industry. However, one has to take it in stride, in view of all the priorities that we have for our economy and we in the industry have to manage it. Would have been good if some of the additional revenue from this cess was used to phase out older vehicles.”   By far, M&M has presented the most optimistic take on the Union Budget. Taking whatever the budget had to offer in its stride, M&M has shown its flexibility to continue in the market no matter what. We also liked the fact that carmakers are now pushing for implementation of the norm to phase out old vehicles from the market.   While that was the take on the budget from carmakers, here is what 2-wheeler manufacturers had to say.   Yadvinder Singh Guleria, Senior Vice President - Sales & Marketing, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd.    "We welcome the Union Budget. The Honorable Finance Minister has walked a fine rope of balancing social welfare with economic growth. In the backdrop of 2 consecutive weak monsoons, the Government’s focus on rural sector especially farmer welfare, education, interest subvention on existing loans and skill development will inject strength in rural economy. The INR 1 lac crore allocation on road and highways will accelerate connectivity and mobility across all geographies led by rural areas, which is very positive news for overall auto industry. Overall, we expect such measures once implemented, will revive the stagnant demand of 2Wheelers in the rural market."   Two-wheeler manufacturers, especially Honda, is elated by the government’s focus on agricultural sector as it directly boosts the sales for bike and scooter makers. Icing on the cake is investment in infrastructure, farmer welfare, education, electrification and interest subvention on existing loans. The bike makers are definitely making merry, though, only those who make conventional 2-wheelers. Here’s what alternate energy 2-wheeler manufacturer had to say;   Sohinder Gill, CEO Hero Electric   "We expected the budget to give us long term clarity on NEMMP so that the manufacturer can plan business accordingly. There is no mention of Electric vehicle in the budget except the continuation of concession import duty that too only for one year. This has left all the manufacturers in the dilemma on the government plan on promoting Green Technology."   And rightly said, there is no clear vision on the hybrid technology being used to power vehicles. The government has to take the initiative to promote cleaner vehicles in order to cut pollution levels especially in cities that even fall in the most polluted cities of the world list. A first step in this direction by the government is of utmost importance led by the vehicle manufacturers to bring in products in this segment. Date published Tue, 01 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Mercedes-Benz Introduces ?Edition E? E-Class On The 20th Anniversary Of The Model In India Celebrating 20 years of Merecedes-Benz E-Class in India, the German luxury carmaker has announced the launch of a special edition ‘Edition E’ of its highest selling luxury car in the country. The E Class enjoys the distinction of being the first India-made luxury car in India. Mercedes-Benz has sold more than 32,000 E Class cars in India since its production in 1995.   Prices of the E Class ‘Edition E’ models are:   E 200 ‘Edition E’ - Rs. 48.60 lakh E 250 CDI ‘Edition E’ - Rs. 50.76 lakh E 350 CDI ‘Edition E’ - Rs 60.61 lakh   (All prices are ex-showroom Pune)   Comments   Roland Folger, Managing Director and CEO, Mercedes-Benz India   “It is a moment of immense pride for us that the E-Class which is the highest selling luxury sedan in India, completes 20 glorious years of production in India. The E-Class which was the first luxury sedan to be produced by Mercedes-Benz for the Indian market, also kick started our journey in India. 20 years of E-Class in India, also reiterates the influence of brand Mercedes-Benz on customers and its contribution towards the evolution of luxury motoring in India.We are commemorating this stupendous production accomplishment with the launch of a special ‘Edition E’. The launch of the ‘Edition E’ strongly underlines our strategy of periodically refreshing our existing best-selling products, enabling to win customer confidence and offer them value driven products.”   “With the introduction of the ‘Edition E’, we are also launching an exciting brand campaign called ‘Wish upon a Star’. ‘Wish upon a Star’ campaign commemorates 20 years of the E-Class’legacy in India and brings to fore the fact that, the E-Class has been the heart and soul of motoring enthusiasts across the country over the years. In these 20 years we have delivered 32,000 E-Classes to our customers that have dominated the mid-size luxury segment in India. Every new generation of the E-Class has redefined the segment and created a new benchmark.”     Piyush Arora, Executive Director, Operations, Mercedes-Benz India   “20 years of unhindered production of the E-Class, strongly underscores the high level of refinement and implementation of advanced technology and flexible processes in our production facility. The E-Class’ production quality conforms to the most stringent global Mercedes-Benz standards, and has been creating new benchmarks in manufacturing of luxury cars in India. The unmatched success of the E-Class over these two decades has truly defined luxury motoring in India and the product clearly remains a step ahead of the competitive offerings in the market.”     Technical Specifications E 200 E 250 CDI E 350 CDI Arrangement/no. of cylinders In-line / 4 In-line / 4 V6 Total displacement (cc) 1991 2143 2987 Power kW(hp) @ rpm 135 (184) @ 5500 150 (204) @ 4200 195(265) @3800 Torque (Nm) @ rpm 300 @ 1200 - 4000 500 @ 1600 – 1800 620 @ 1600 –2400     Some key features of the ‘Edition E’ E-Class   Adaptive airbags - ‘Edition E’ gets 8 airbags in total) NECK-PRO head restraints PRE-SAFE® system Adaptive brake lights - Flashes red warning signal from the tail lamps when emergency braking is recognized. Intelligent Light System SD card navigation MB Apps Sporty brake pedals THERMOTRONIC Automatic Air Conditioning Memory seats with 3 settings Active Park Assist with camera High resolution color media display (20.3 cm) ‘Edition E’ badge Illuminated Star Black hub caps New look fibre-topic tail lights Electronic Panoramic sunroof (with PRE-SAFE closing function)   Additional equipment for E 350 CDI 'Edition E'   Active Parking Assistwith 360 degree camera Harman Kardon surround sound system Rear Seat Entertainment System Date published Mon, 29 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Royal Enfield Classic 500 Launched In New Squadron Blue Air Force Inspired Colour Royal Enfield has introduced a new body colour for its Classic 500 range of motorcycles. The new body colour is termed as the Squadron Blue and is inspired from the Air Force.   Comments   Rudratej Singh, President, Royal Enfield   “The Classic 500 Squadron Blue is a tribute to Royal Enfield’s war time presence and association with the armed forces. We wanted a variant with a genuine armed forces heritage for our customers and for this, Royal Enfield turned to the Indian Air Force for inspiration. We had to be very particular about the colour to create an authenticity and also provide the motorcycle its post war appeal. This inspiration led us to create the Classic Squadron Blue which is now available at price of Rs 186,688 on-road Delhi”   Prices   Rs 1,86,688 on-road in Delhi Rs 1,93,372 on-road in Mumbai Rs 1,89,350 on-road in Chennai Rs 1,98,649 on-road in Bengaluru Rs 1,96,700 on-road in Kolkata Date published Mon, 29 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Honda Sells Over 4.48 Activas Per Minute In January 2016! You might have read our recent post about Honda opening a new plant in Gujarat dedicated to manufacture automatic scooters. If you didn’t, don’t worry, because you’ve directly reached the reason why did that happen. The two-wheeler maker is on a selling spree as the company has reported a sale of 2 lakh+ Activas in the month of January 2016. This also makes the Activa the highest selling model in January in India.   Honda has also reported that it is the 5th month in 2015-16 that the Activa model has been the top selling 2-wheeler in India besides being ahead by 4x from its nearest competition!   Read the complete news about Honda's new plant here:     Apart from the Activa, Honda’s Livo is now in the list of top 10 selling motorcycles in India with over 1 lakh units sold. Date published Sat, 27 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Mercedes-Maybach To Launch S 600 Guard In India On March 8, 2016 When you talk about a flagship vehicle of a flagship brand (eh? S 600 Guard from Mercedes-Maybach, we mean!), you generally point to something very exclusive and extraordinary. That’s how you talk about the Mercedes-Maybach’s S 600 Guard that is coming to India as soon as March 8, 2016! Yes, you heard that right. If you were the one who could make out the lone standing extra-taken-care-of limousine at the Mercedes-Benz pavilion at the 2016 Auto Expo in India, you have already had a glimpse of the vehicle in question here.   There’s no point in discussing the expected price of the vehicle here as most of you reading will not be able to afford it and if you’re the one who can, we’re sure it doesn’t bother you much. If it still does, please write to us at and we’ll be happy to assist you.   As far as features are concerned, well, this vehicle will have everything that will make it blast-proof, explosive-proof, fire-proof and even heavy sniper firing-proof, that is what Mercedes-Benz has told us. We’re not going in much detail about the S 600 Guard here, instead you can check out the specs of the regular Mercedes-Maybach S600 below:     Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Arrangement/No. of Cylinders V12 Total displacement (cc) 5980 Rated output (kW [hp] @ rpm) 390 [530] @ 4900 - 5300 Rated torque (Nm @ rpm) 830 @1900 - 4000 Top speed approx. (km/h) 250 Fuel Petrol Tank capacity (l)/incl. approx. reserve 80/8.0 Boot Capacity (L) 500 Turning circle diameter (m) 12.9 Kerb weight (kg) 2335 Permissible gross vehicle weight (kg) 2815 L x W x H 5453 x 1899 x 1498 Wheelbase (mm) 3365   And for those of you who would still say that we didn’t offer enough info, here’s the feature list of the Mercedes-Maybach S 600 (not the S 600 Guard):   EXTERIOR Mercedes-Maybach S 600 LED Intelligent Light System • Adaptive High Beam Assist Plus • Panoramic Sunroof • Exhaust system with two chrome-plated twin tailpipes • 48.3 cm (19-inch) multi-twin-spoke light-alloy wheel •     TRANSMISSION AND CHASSIS   MAGIC BODY CONTROL • 7G-TRONIC PLUS •     INTERIOR   Exclusive nappa leather upholstery • designo black piano lacquer trim • Wood leather steering wheel • Ambient lighting in 7 colours • Electric sunblind for rear window • Electrically adjustable steering column with EASY-ENTRY system • Cruise control with SPEEDTRONIC variable speed limiter •     COMFORT & CONVENIENCE   360 degree camera • ECO start / stop • IWC-design analogue clock • Heat-insulating, noise-insulating and infrared-reflecting laminated glass • Memory package for driver, front passenger and rear passengers • Chauffeur package • Executive seats with thigh support on driver’s and front-passenger side • AIR BALANCE PACKAGE • THERMOTRONIC automatic climate control with 4 climate zones • Interior mirror and driver’s exterior mirror automatically dimming • Door sill panels with Mercedes-Benz lettering, illuminated • Ashtray insert with cigarette lighter in storage compartment • KEYLESS-GO package • Rear Seat Comfort Package, Hot stone massagers • Front seat massagers for driver and co-driver • MAGIC VISION CONTROL • Head-Up Display • SPLITVIEW •     ACTIVE SAFETY   Adaptive brake lights • Airbags for driver and co-driver • Active Parking Assist • ATTENTION ASSIST • Brake Assist (BAS) • Brake wear warning display • Electronic Stability Program (ESP®) • ESP® Curve Dynamic Assist • Electric parking brake • PRE-SAFE® IMPULSE • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System • Crosswind Assist • Sidebag for driver and front passenger (combined thorax/pelvis bag) • Sidebags in rear • Windowbag • Cushionbags • Rear seat beltbags • Night View Assist Plus • Run flat tyre • Anti-Theft Protection package •     IN-CAR ENTERTAINMENT   COMAND Online High-resolution colour Media Display   with a 31.2 cm screen diagonal • WiFi hotspot • DVD Player • USB • Bluetooth • Navigation • SD Card slot • Touchpad • Burmester® high-end 3D surround sound system • Individual Entertainment system in the rear •   Come back to us on 8th March now and we’ll let you know the price of this vehicle. Date published Fri, 26 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Every Fourth 2-Wheeler Honda Sells Globally Is Made-In-India As HMSI opens its new plant in Gujarat, the company’s fourth in India, our country becomes (is set to become) the largest Honda 2-wheeler manufacturing nation in the ASEAN region. Additionally, India now manufactures 25% of Honda 2-wheelers sold across the world as mentioned by Shinji Aoyama, Operating Officer and Director, Chief Operating Officer, Motorcycle Operations, Honda Motor Co., Ltd. as he said, “Today, 25% of the total Honda two-wheelers sold across the world come from India.” Honda has invested an amount of Rs 1100 Cr in its new plant in Vithalapur, Gujarat creating 3,000 new job opportunities. The company reports that the new plant operations will increase Honda’s 2-wheeler production capacity by 26% with the total unit count reach 58 lakh per annum.   HMSI has dedicated this new plant in Gujarat towards manufacturing of automatic scooters only and the annual capacity of the plant will be 12 lakh units. The company has started production on one line and another line will commence production in the mid of 2016. Each line is capable to manufacture 6 lakh units of 2-wheelers.   Comments   Shinji Aoyama, Operating Officer and Director, Chief Operating Officer, Motorcycle Operations, Honda Motor Co., Ltd.   “India plays a key role for Honda’s 2wheeler business.In 2015 Honda’s global sales of all products was 28 million units out of which global 2wheeler sales stood at 17million units. Today, 25% of the total Honda two-wheelers sold across the world come from India. We will continue to invest in technology, for the Indian market. Through training and cross market collaborations, we want to make India Honda’s technology hub as well. Driven by the visionary growth-centric outlook of the Government, there is an increased focus on investing in roads and infrastructure. These factors imply that the best days for the scooter market in India, are yet to come!”   Keita Muramatsu – President & CEO, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd   “Increasing Scooterization, a trend seen earlier in developed markets of the world, is the key driver for Indian 2Wheeler industry today. Leading this change from the front is Honda 2Wheelers - the undisputed market leader in this segment in India with a market-share of 56% and growing. Gujarat is an extremely productive market for Honda. We have a market share of 62% of the scooter segment here. As we gear up to take up this challenge of meeting the customer demand, Gujarat is an ideal home and a springboard to achieve greater heights. Now, the Honda automatic scooter you ride will not only be “Made in India” but also “Made in Gujarat.” Date published Thu, 18 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Mahindra Books 21,000 KUV100s In A Month Indian car manufacturer, Mahindra & Mahindra recently launched its compact SUV KUV100. With the price starting from a competitive Rs 4.45 lakh for the most affordable petrol variant, the KUV 100 became the most affordable UV one could buy. Besides it being competitively priced, the fact that KUV 100 offered flexible seating options in the front seat added another feather in the UV’s kitty.   Mahindra has reported that it has received over 21,000 bookings for the KUV100 in the first month of the vehicle's launch. The company is therefore ramping up its production to ensure deliveries are timely.   Mahindra also showcased the KUV100 at the recently concluded Auto Expo that attracted a fair share of visitors at the company’s booth.   Half of KUV100 SUVs booked are petrol variants - Mahindra   Comments   Pravin Shah, President & Chief Executive (Automotive), Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.   “We are delighted with the number of KUV100 bookings received within just a month of its launch and would like to thank our customers. The large number of enquiries and 21,000+ bookings, reaffirm the immense popularity KUV100 has garnered in such short time. With the launch of the KUV100 we have pushed the boundaries to create a new segment of SUVs as a superior alternative to compact cars and that has resonated well with our customers. What is also very encouraging is that almost half of our bookings are for the KUV100 petrol variant. Further, we are putting our efforts to serve the customers faster by increasing the capacity, as was shared during the launch.” Date published Thu, 18 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Ferrari 488 GTB Launched In India At Rs 3.88 Cr Italian supercar manufacturer, Ferrari has launched the 488 GTB in India. The company has announced an ex-showroom, Delhi price of Rs 3.88 Crores for the mid-rear engine supercar that produces 660 hp of maximum power.   Specifications for Ferrari 488 GTB are as follows:   ENGINE   Type                       V8 - 90° Turbo Overall displacement            3902 cm3 Maximum power *                 492 kW (670 CV) at 8000 rpm Maximum torque *                760 Nm at 3000 rpm in VII gear   TRANSMISSION   Gears                    7 Type                      F1 dual-clutch gearbox featuring Variable Boost Management   DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT   Length                         4568 mm Width                      1952 mm Height                          1213 mm Dry weight**                    1370 kg Weight distribution             46.5% Front – 53.5% Rear   PERFORMANCE   0-100 km/h                      3.0 s 0 -200 km/h                     8.3 s Maximum speed             > 330 km/h   FUEL CONSUMPTION   11.4 l/100 km   Comments   Yadur Kapur, Director, Select Cars Pvt. Ltd.   “We are delighted to launch the Ferrari 488 GTB in New Delhi. We have many loyal Ferrari owners and fans in Northern India and this new launch allows us to bring them a fantastic new model in our market. We are confident that we will continue to create more value for our ever-increasing customer base with an unprecedented buying experience.” Date published Wed, 17 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Ford Strengthens Genuine Parts Distributor Network In India For the sake of convenience and ease of ownership to its customers, Ford started retailing its genuine parts some time back. The American carmaker is expanding its presence and has appointed a new retail distributor for Andhra Pradesh and Telangana in Hyderabad. The genuine parts can be bought by retailers and independent repair shops to carry out all minor and major repair works.   The new distributor, JP Auto Zone in Hyderabad is the 8th such distributor in India and the company has plans to expand the network to other states as well. Ford reports that the next phase of the plan includes network expansion in the states of West Bengal, Rajasthan, UP and Punjab.   Comments   N Prabhu, Vice President, Ford Customer Service Operations, Ford India   “Besides ramping up our sales and service network, Ford is focused on ensuring easy availability of Ford Genuine Spare parts across the country, which will guarantee continued quality, safety and convenience to our consumers”   “We are transforming the Ford brand in India and ensuring that our customers continue to enjoy unmatched experience throughout the ownership cycle of their Ford car.” Date published Wed, 17 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Harley-Davidson Opens New Dealership in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu Expanding its dealership network in India, American motorcycle manufacturer, Harley-Davidson has opened a new dealership in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. The new dealership is Harley’s second in Tamil Nadu and 21st in India. The dealership is a Sales-Service-Spares facility and is located at - 1018, Avinashi Road, Coimbatore – 641018.   Comments   Vikram Pawah, Managing Director, Harley-Davidson India   “The passion, enthusiasm and respect Harley-Davidson brand has received from customers and enthusiasts in the Southern region continues to inspire our growth plans. The Western Ghats Harley-Davidson in Coimbatore is part of our natural progression to reach out to more brand enthusiasts and cultivate the sport of leisure motorcycling in the region. We look forward to solidifying our presence in India by growing through a trusted network of independently owned dealerships.”   Anandakrishnan C R Dealer Principal, The Western Ghats Harley-Davidson   “We are delighted to bring the iconic Harley-Davidson brand to Coimbatore. The dealership will prove to be the one-stop destination for all motorcycle and brand enthusiasts who wish to experience the Harley-Davidson lifestyle and culture.” Date published Tue, 16 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Opinion - Two Daihatsu Cars Ideal For India Since Toyota has taken complete control over Daihatsu and the primary motive of the purchase was to strengthen Toyota’s small car fleet, here are the 2 cars from current Daihatsu (Indonesia) portfolio that can make way into the Indian market as-it-is if powered by the right set of engines and given the right features.   Daihatsu Xenia – Xenia is Daihatsu’s 7-seater vehicle that is priced from 155,650,000 Indonesian Rupiah (Around Rs. 8.00 lakh). While the vehicle might be a 7-seater, the interior image of the SUV shows the second row to be comfortable for two only. Even as a 6-seater, the Xenia would turn out to be a smart SUV if it is priced in a similar price range. In Indonesia, the Xenia is powered by a petrol engine however the Indian market would show better acceptance if it is powered by both petrol and diesel engines. The Xenia would, if launched in India, compete with Maruti Suzuki Ertiga.   Daihatsu Ayla – The small car from Daihatsu starts from 84,550,000 Indonesian Rupiah (Around Rs. 4.30 lakh) and can be the perfect small car Toyota would want to have in its fleet. If priced well and offered with adequate features, the Ayla might get into the sub-4 lakh rupee range and can do for Toyota what Brio couldn’t do for Honda. Date published Tue, 16 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Toyota Acquires Daihatsu, Eyes Small Car Market Japanese car manufacturer, Toyota has acquired Daihatsu, another Japanese carmaker in a share-exchange agreement that is expected to be completed by August 2016. Daihatsu is the oldest Japanese carmaker and known for its prowess at making small cars and off-road vehicles at very competitive prices.   As per a statement released by Daihatsu – “The purpose of the agreement is to develop of ever-better cars by adopting a unified strategy for the small car segment, under which both companies will be free to focus on their core competencies.” – both the companies will be focusing on small car segment and Toyota is expected to gain from Daihatsu’s designing and cost-effective manufacturing. The document however mentions that both Toyota and Daihatsu will engage in a healthy competition in markets where both brands have a presence.   In India, Toyota had a major setback when the company was bound to halt sales of its over 2000-cc diesel cars, the Innova and Fortuner to be specific, in Delhi. Toyota’s small car fleet in India includes only the Liva hatchback and its accessorized version, the Etios Cross. Daihatsu’s deal will now enable Toyota to augment its small car portfolio especially in countries like India with an outsized and highly competitive small car market. What remains to be seen is whether Toyota plans a formal debut of Daihatsu in India or takes the re-badge route. Date published Tue, 16 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Volvo?s Hybrid Buses To Ply On Navi Mumbai Roads Soon In a first of its kind move, Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation has decided to upgrade its buses portfolio with hybrid technology. The NMMC has ordered a fleet of Volvo’s Hybrid City Bus, which also becomes the first hybrid bus to get ARAI certification in India. While Volvo’s hybrid buses include electric hybrid, plug-in electric hybrid and full electric buses, the chosen ones for Navi Mumbai are electric hybrid buses that are powered by a combination of diesel engine and electric motor.   NMMC has upgraded its buses in order to counter the increasing pollution level. Volvo’s data indicates that the hybrid buses not only save 30-35% fuel but also reduce hazardous emissions by as much as 50 percent.   While going hybrid appears to be an effective solution to curb pollution, India is yet to develop adequate infrastructure to support electric transport. Plug-in hybrids and completely electric vehicles are capable to control air pollution due to transport however presence of charging stations is mandatory in order to adopt such vehicles permanently. Previously, when CNG was launched as a fuel, the widespread availability of the fuel, lower fuel prices and easy conversion to CNG ensured that the application was a success.   Volvo has also reported that the central Government’s initiative - The FAME (Faster Adoption & Manufacturing of Electric and Hybrid Vehicles) has provided a much needed impetus to bring hybrid technology in the country.   About Volvo 8400 Hybrid City Bus   The Volvo 8400 Hybrid City Bus is a variant of the existing Volvo City Bus and has a parallel hybrid system, which comprises of a 5-litre, 4-cylinder, in-line diesel engine and an electric motor. The vehicle is propelled purely on electric mode from the moment is starts till it gains required momentum. This phenomenon happens at every stop & start during the operation cycle. The batteries get charged during operations by the re-generative braking system. The bus meets the Bus Body Code and the Urban Bus specification norms. It is equipped with active, passive and personal safety features that include two fire extinguishers, hammers to break the glass, long hammers to help break the glass from outside, internal stop request and emergency stop request switches, external electric and pneumatic door operating switches, fire suppression system in the engine hatch area, etc.   Comments   Akash Passey, Senior Vice President - Business Region International, Volvo Buses “This is a significant development that the first hybrid bus being introduced in India is a Volvo. Volvo Buses has played a pioneering role in the area of bus-based public transport in many countries. From developing BRT related solutions, to cleaner technologies, Volvo has always taken the initiative with the intent to make a difference. The Volvo hybrid solution has a proven track record of saving 30 to 35 percent fuel. The technology also enables up to 50 percent reduction in hazardous emissions in actual customer operations. We are confident that this initiative will spur demand from other cities in India for Volvo’s hybrid mobility solutions.”    VRV Sriprasad, Business Head for India & South Asia – Volvo Buses “This is yet another high point in Volvo Buses’ India journey that spans over 14 years. I would like to thank Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation for the confidence and trust imposed on Volvo. Their initiative to take the first step to operate Volvo hybrid buses is admirable. At Volvo Buses, we are led by our brand promise – Driving Quality of Life. The introduction of the hybrid city bus is perhaps a pertinent expression of this promise. We are actively engaging with many more city authorities to promote this technology. Going forward, Volvo Buses will strengthen its Electromobility programme in India.” Date published Mon, 15 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Bollywood Actor Amitabh Bachchan Adds Range Rover To His Garage There’s no denying the fact that cars are one of the most flaunt-worthy artefacts, in India, as well as other parts of the World. Celebrities from different turfs often consider being driven in the best of machines, and their vehicles do deliver a statement of their taste. While many big shots might not focus much energy on the wheels that drive them, people do take a note of their assortment of vehicles.   Many would relate the vehicles with the stature of a celebrity however, there are some celebrated icons that reflect their stature on the vehicles they drive, or are driven in. Bollywood’s super actor, the legendary Amitabh Bachchan is one of the few icons who can turn anything he touches to gold. His aura is so powerful that even his assets are written and discussed about.   The superstar has now added another vehicle to his garage that boasts of vehicles from a lot of luxury makes like Rolls-Royce, Bentley, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Land Cruiser, Lexus and Porsche (data is unofficial though and is based on various media reports). The superstar has now added a capable SUV in the Land Rover Range Rover to his illustrious car pool.   Land Rover reports that the flagship Range Rover’s prices start at Rs 2.07 Cr however, the company offers a wide scope of personalization for the Range Rover Autobiography version that has a direct impact on the final price of the vehicle.   Since we have not driven the SUV ourselves, we are bound to not comment on the vehicle’s prowess however, considering the Range Rover to be the flagship SUV from a manufacturer who is a renowned SUV-maker, we can safely assume that the RR will be one ultimate machine. However, we would love to get an idea of the vehicle from the horse’s mouth – Big B – Sir, if you read it, we’d love to have your valuable take.   About the Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography   Standard Features   SPECIFICATIONS       TRANSMISSION & DRIVING DYNAMICS       Electronic Air Suspension     Dynamic Response     Adaptive Dynamics     Command Driving Position     Eight-speed Automatic Transmission with Terrain Response® 2     Twin Speed Low Range Transfer Gearbox     50.80cm (20) Brake Calipers     Electronic Power Assisted Steering (EPAS)     Four Wheel Drive (4WD)     Diesel Misfuelling Protection Device     Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)     Electronic Stability Program     Reactive Grounding Response     Roll Stability Control (RSC)     Trailer Stability Assist     Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)     Electronic Traction Control (ETC)     Hill Descent Control (HDC®)     Cornering Brake Control (CBC)     Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)     Emergency Brake Assist (EBA)   EXTERIOR FEATURES       Acoustic Laminated Windscreen     Heated Windscreen, Laminated Hydrophobic Front Door and Laminated Rear Door and Quarter Light     Front Fog Lamps     Adjustable, Auto Dimming, Heated, Powerfold Memory Exterior Mirrors with Approach Lamps (Approach Lamps include Illuminated Range Rover Branding)     Rain Sensing Windscreen Wipers/Rear Wash Wiper     Front and Rear Park Distance Sensors with Visual Display     Follow-me-home Lighting     LED Rear Lamps     Heated Off Screen Wiper Park Position (Manual Lift Away From Screen)   WHEEL OPTIONS       Locking Wheel Nuts     Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)   TOWING       3,500kg Towing Capability     Electrical Towing Preparation   CONVENIENCE       Surround Camera System     Soft Door Close     Keyless Entry   INTERFOR FEATURES       Bright Pedals     Auto-dimming Interior Mirror     Four-Zone Climate Control     Smoker’s Pack     Embossed ‘Autobiography’ Script on Centre Rear Squab     Twin Blade Sunvisor   SEATING       Driver and Passenger Front Seat Armrests     Rear Bench Seat with Load Through Facility     Seat Anchorages /ISOFIX     Winged Headrests Front and Rear     Front Row Leather Covered Seat-back Pockets   SAFETY & SECURITY       Volumetric Alarm     Single Point Entry, Customer Configurable     Driver and Passenger Airbags (side, seat-front, thorax and pelvis)     Active Speed Limiter (ASL)     Power Operated Child Locks     Hazard Lights Under Heavy Braking   CONVENIENCE       Front Centre Console Cooler Compartment     Customer Configurable Interior Mood Lighting   LOADSPACE       Power Upper and Lower Trunk/Tailgate     Loadspace Cover (hinged with hardcover)   MULTIMEDIA       Bluetooth® Phone Connection (The Bluetooth® name and logos are owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Land Rover is under licence.)     TV - Analogue/Digital*     Touch-screen with Dual View Technology     Rear Seat Entertainment System with 20.32cm (8) Screen (includes Remote Control)     20.32cm (8) Touch-screen     Auxiliary Power Sockets (front, second row, and loadspace 12 volt)     USB Sockets     Bluetooth® Audio Streaming (The Bluetooth® name and logos are owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Land Rover is under licence.)     Full TFT / LCD Instrument Cluster Date published Mon, 15 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Mercedes-Benz Gets Its Second Address In Pune Luxury carmaker Merecedes-Benz has inaugurated its second dealership in Pune and its 83rd overall in India. The company boasts of the biggest network amongst other luxury car brands now with presence in 40 cities in the country.   Opened in the Kalyaninagar area in Pune, the dealership is made with an investment of Rs 14 Cr and taken care of a staff of 100 people. With this dealership, Mercedes-Benz has also, for the first time, offered an S Lounge in its dealership in India. The S Lounge will showcase Mercedes-Benz’ flagship models including Mercedes-Maybach. Mercedes-Benz has already announced that it will launch 12 new models and 10 new showrooms in 2016 in India.   Comments:   Roland Folger, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India   “Our philosophy for 2016 is ‘Winning’ as we strive to create newer avenues to create proximity with our distinguished customers. We are amidst one of the most exciting phases in the Indian luxury automotive market today as we are the fastest growing luxury car brand in the country. Last year, Mercedes-Benz sold the highest number of cars since its inception in India. Mercedes-Benz India also received tremendous impetus as it remains ‘India’s Most Awarded Luxury Car Manufacturer’. We have an exciting year ahead of us as we prepare to launch several of our fascinating new products for our discerning customers. Mercedes-Benz India also has the best network reach and we are committed to extend our brand promise of ‘Best or nothing’ to our patrons.”   “We are glad to inaugurate our second luxury car dealership and service centre in our vibrant hometown of Pune. We will be inaugurating 10 new outlets this year as part of our ‘winning’ philosophy, of which qualitative network expansion drive is an integral part. Our efforts towards creating customer fascination and addressing increasing customer differentiation for the brand has resulted in the creation of many industry best practices and infrastructure. The creation of the ‘S Lounge’ at Trinity Motors is one such fine example. ‘S Lounge’is designed to provide an immersive modern luxury experience of the Mercedes-Maybach and the S-Class to our elite customers who value our brand promise ‘The Best or Nothing’. Trinity Motors now has the distinction of having India’s first ‘S Lounge’. We are confident that Trinity Motors with such a splendid infrastructure and highly accomplished manpower will make owning a Mercedes-Benz a truly memorable experience for its customers.”   Gaurav Ghatge, Executive Director, Trinity Motors   “Trinity Motors is proud to be associated with an iconic brand like Mercedes Benz. We are in complete alliance with the Mercedes-Benz’s ‘Winning’ philosophy that aims at connecting closely with our valued customers. It will be our relentless endeavour to make customers for life through our brand experience and unwavering commitment to service excellence. We are glad to witness that Pune is emerging as an evolved cosmopolitan city with a significant rise in the young and affluent customers in the recent years. Home to small and big scale manufacturing, IT, education, real estate and hospitality industry, Pune has established itself firmly in the map of luxury destinations. We are delighted to deepen our presence here. We, at Trinity Motors, are confident of delighting our customers with an unparalleled luxury purchase and ownership experience.” Date published Fri, 12 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Jaguar XE vs Mercedes-Benz C Class vs Audi A4       Car Jaguar XE 2.0L Petrol Pure Mercedes-Benz C200 CGI Audi A4 35TFSI Premium   Price (in lakh, ex-showroom) 39.9 41.7 34.9   Fuel Petrol Petrol Petrol Engine displacement 1999cc 1991cc 1798cc Maximum Power (kW) 147kW 135 125 Maximum Torque (Nm) 320 300 320 Transmission 8-Speed Automatic 7G-TRONIC PLUS Multitronic 0-100 kmph (in seconds) 7.7 7.3 8.3   Length (mm) 4795 4686 4701 Width (mm) 2075 1810 (doesn’t include ORVMs) 2040 Height (mm) 1416 1442 1427 Wheelbase (mm) 2835 2840 2808 Date published Thu, 11 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Ssangyong Tivoli To Rival Duster, Creta, S-Cross If Launched In India Mahindra showcased the new Ssangyong Tivoli in India at the 2016 Auto Expo. The latest compact SUV from Mahindra owned Korean manufacturer is expected to be launched in India in 2016 though there is no official word on the same. Tivoli is first of the products to roll out of Ssangyong’s stable after it was taken over by Mahindra and is a global product.   Last year, Tivoli was launched in the Korean market at a sticker price of Rs 9.30 lakh (approx) for the manual transmission version and Rs 10.22 lakh (approx) for similarly loaded automatic version, both mated to petrol engine. In India, Mahindra is expected to offer both petrol and diesel engine options, however, we are skeptical if the carmaker will go ahead with a 4x4 option of the same which is a part of Tivoli’s line-up in markets like UK. In UK, Tivoli is offered with both petrol and diesel engine options and in both manual and automatic transmission gearboxes. The specifications of Tivoli for the UK market are as follows:     The Tivoli is not a sub-4m SUV and hence it won’t rival the likes of Ford Ecosport and Mahindra TUV300 for pricing. It is of a comparable size to the Hyundai Creta and Renault Duster and should be priced competitively to these cars only. So, we can expect Tivoli to be launched in India within a price bracket of Rs 9.00 lakh to Rs 15.00 lakh.   In the UK, Tivoli is available in 3 variants; SE, EX and ELX. Variant-wise features for the UK market for Tivoli are as follows:   Tivoli SE Tivoli EX (In addition to SE) Tivoli ELX (In addition to EX)       Air conditioning Dual zone climate control 18" diamond cut alloy wheels 16" alloy wheels 18" spiral alloy wheels Smart instrument cluster Cruise control Full leather seats Smart keyless start Mini spare Heated front seats Front and rear parking sensors Stop & Start system (petrol manual only) Leather D-cut steering wheel and gear knob Automatic headlights RDS radio with Ipod & Bluetooth connectivity 7" touch screen RDS radio with Ipod & Bluetooth connectivity & reversing camera Rain sensing wipers Remote keyless entry Luggage cover Automatic dipping rear view mirror Smart steering Front fog lights 7" touch screen RDS radio with Ipod & Bluetooth connectivity, Tom Tom navigation & reversing camera 7 airbags   Power folding door mirrors Height adjustable driver's seat   Dark tint rear windows D-cut steering wheel   Rear spoiler   It can be assumed that Mahindra would launch the Tivoli in the second half of 2016, around the festive season. Specifications, pricing and engine options are yet to be disclosed however we believe Mahindra might retain the 1.6-lt petrol and diesel engines that power the Tivoli elsewhere. We’re looking forward to the launch, are you? Date published Tue, 09 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0530 BMW X5 xDrive30d M Sport Launched At Rs 75.90 Lakh Bavarian premium carmaker, BMW has launched the M Sport version of the X5 SUV in India. The M Sport BMW X5 xDrive30d is priced at Rs 75.90 lakh (ex-showroom). The BMW X5 xDrive30d M Sport is manufactured at BMW’s Chennai facility and gets the same 2993-cc diesel engine that powers the regular X5.   The BMW X5 xDrive30d M Sport is loaded with the following features:   Exterior M Aerodynamic Package Three exterior colour options - Alpine White (non-metallic), Space Grey (metallic) and Carbon Black (metallic) M light alloy wheels BMW Individual High-Gloss Shadow Line M-specific vehicle key Tailpipe cover with high gloss chrome covering M leather steering wheel Head- up Display Comfort seats for driver BMW Individual roofliner anthracite 6 air bags Anti-Lock braking system Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) including Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) Cornering Brake Control (CBC) Hill Descent Control (HDC) Side-impact Protection Electronic vehicle immobilizer Integrated emergency spare wheel Crash sensor BMW iDrive (on-board Driver Information System) with touch controller BMW Navigation Professional (integrated Global Positioning System – GPS) with 26 cm colour display with 3D maps 16 loud speakers with 600 Watts high-end Surround Sound system from Harman Kardon Park Distance Control (PDC) rear and front along with rear view camera   Comments - Philipp von Sahr, President, BMW Group India   “The new BMW X5 xDrive30d M Sport in its hallmark M style offers supreme performance, dynamic driving features, athletic design and premium quality. Exemplifying bold and voluminous surfaces, the M car model bestows a masculine and robust appearance. This high-performance vehicle has been designed for maximum performance all along the line.”   Engine Specs:   Engine BMW TwinPower Turbo 6-cylinder in-line diesel engine with Launch Control feature for maximum acceleration Displacement 2993-cc Maximum Power 258 hp Maximum torque 560 Nm 0-100kmph 6.9 seconds Top speed 230 km/hr Transmission Eight-speed Steptronic Sport automatic transmission Date published Tue, 09 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Bajaj Launches CT 100B Motorcycle At Rs 30,990 Indian 2-wheeler manufacturer, Bajaj, has expanded the CT 100 family of motorcycles with a new motorcycle, the CT 100B. The new motorcycle is launched at Rs 30,990 (ex-showroom, Delhi) and gets the same 100-cc engine from the CT100 with some improvements. The CT 100B with the improved engine returns 99.1 kmpl as per Bajaj’s claims.   The CT 100B is priced competitively and is targeted at the commuter segment. Commenting on the launch of the CT 100B, Eric Vas, President – Motorcycles Business, Bajaj Auto Ltd said, “With the CT100B, Customers can enjoy the pleasure of owning a new bike rather than compromise by searching for a second hand bike.”   Bajaj has already sold over 5 lakh CT 100 bikes since its launch in February last year. The company is confident that the CT 100B will further attract more buyers. Date published Tue, 09 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Mercedes-Benz Sells Over 1.5 Lakh Vehicles in Jan 16 Globally German luxury carmaker, Mercedes-Benz started the 2016 new year with a bang. The company recorded its highest ever sales in any January month in 2016 as it delivered 1,50,814 vehicles to customers globally. The company has registered a sales growth of 19.9% in the month over January 2015. With this feat, Mercedes-Benz has also reported a positive growth for 35th consecutive month.   As far as regional sales is concerned, China is the top-grossing brand for the three-pointed-star where the company registered sales of 54,937 vehicles with a growth of 15.2%. The carmaker registered a growth of 20% in sales in Great Britain, Belgium, Spain and Switzerland; 1.8% growth in Germany; 37.1% in Asia-Pacific and 2.3% in NAFTA (Canada, Mexico and the USA).   Mercedes-Benz’ top selling carline was SUVs while the company also reported increase in sales of its compact segment. The company also showcased the new GLC Class at the Indian Auto Expo 2016 which is expected to be launched in the Indian market in 2016. Date published Tue, 09 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0530 2016 Chevrolet Cruze Launched At Rs.14.68L American carmaker, General Motor’s Chevrolet brand has launched the 2016 version of its flagship sedan in India, the Cruze. The company has revised the Cruze and prices now start at Rs. 14.68 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi for the most affordable variant and go up to Rs. 17.81 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi for the top-of-the-line automatic variant. The Cruze continues to be powered by a 2.0-lt diesel engine and doesn’t get a petrol engine under its hood.   Changes:   New features include - MyLink infotainment system and rear vision camera, LED daytime running lights, rear lip spoiler complement the premium interiors and projector fog lamps.     Comments: Kaher Kazem, President and Managing Director, General Motors India   “The Chevrolet Cruze 2016 redefines the premium executive sedan with striking new styling and added features along with the most powerful diesel engine in its segment. Since its launch, Cruze continues to be one of the largest-selling Chevrolet nameplates selling over 3.5 million units globally,” “The refreshing style and design structure of the new Cruze leaves a lasting impression with its bold and dynamic form, aggressive stance and connectivity that adds enhanced convenience for our customers,”    Engine and Transmission:   Transmission - 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic transmission Engine - 2.0-litre VCDi engine Maximum Power - 166 PS Maximum Torque - 380 Nm Fuel Efficiency - 14.81 kmpl (automatic) & 17.9 kmpl (manual)       Other significant features:   Electric sunroof, power folding and heated outside mirrors, power adjustable outside mirrors, all 4 power windows with express down, driver side window express up with pinch guard, 6 way power adjustable driver seat, turn indicators on outside rearview mirrors (OSRVM), configurable follow me home headlamps, rain sensitive wiper system, rear glass defogger, clutch foot rest and delayed operation for OSRVM after ignition off & keyless entry and start.     Prices for the Chevrolet Cruze 2016 (ex-showroom, New Delhi):   Chevrolet Cruze LT (MT)                                                      INR 14.68 Lakh Chevrolet Cruze LTZ (MT)                                                     INR 16.75 lakh Chevrolet Cruze LTZ (AT)                                                      INR 17.81 lakh Date published Mon, 01 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0530 New Ford Endeavour Launched In India At Rs. 23.6 Lakh American carmaker, Ford has launched the latest version of its SUV, Endeavour, in India. Pricing for the most affordable variant starts at Rs. 23.6 lakh and goes up to Rs. 28.15 lakh (both prices ex-showroom, Delhi). The new Endeavour gets 2 engine options, 2WD and 4WD options and automatic and manual transmission options to choose from. The variant-wise ex-showroom, Delhi prices are as follows:   State 2.2L Trend 4X2 MT 2.2L Trend AWD MT 2.2L Trend 4X2 AT 3.2L Trend AWD AT 2.2L Titanium 4X2 AT 3.2L Titanium AWD AT Price (ex-showroom, Delhi) 2363999 2549000 2439000 2654000 2614000 2815000     Ford has been very smart in offering the right mix of equipment so that all variants of the Endeavour have takers in India. Buyers now have a choice to go for either AWD or automatic version of the Endeavour with even the less powerful 2.2-lt engine. That means you do not have to dish out extra money on a powerful engine to get automatic gearbox or AWD feature. On the other hand, the company has also offered both AWD and automatic transmission in the top-of-the-line variant for those who do not want to compromise on anything.   The engine specifications are as follows: Date published Fri, 22 Jan 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Volkswagen's Upcoming Compact Sedan Named AMEO German carmaker, Volkswagen will be showcasing its made-for-India compact sedan at the upcoming Delhi Auto Expo. The VW Vento based compact sedan is named AMEO.   The company reports that the word AMEO is derived from the Latin word ‘Amo’, meaning ‘I love’. Ameo will be manufactured at the VW’s Chakan facility and will be competing against established rivals in the Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire, Hyundai Xcent, Tata Zest, Honda Amaze and Ford Figo Aspire. Date published Wed, 20 Jan 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Porsche Updates Panamera Diesel, Prices Now Start At Rs. 1.04 Cr Performance carmaker, Porsche, has announced the launch of the latest version of the Panamera Diesel in India. The company has launched the latest 250hp Panamera Diesel at Rs. 1.04 Cr.   Features and changes:   Exteriors - Glossy black trim strips on side windows and door handles, 19-inch alloy wheels in Panamera Turbo II design, wheel hub covers with coloured Porsche crest and bi-xenon headlights with Porsche Dynamic Light System.   Interiors - Bi-colour part-leather upholstery in Black-Luxor Beige with the Porsche crest embossed on all head rests, Sport Design steering wheel and door sill guards with "Edition" lettering, Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system with a seven-inch touchscreen monitor combines audio, navigation and communication features, 585-watt Bose® Surround Sound System with 14 speakers.   Comments - PavanShetty, Director, Porsche India   “The Panamera Diesel Edition is a thrilling four-door sports car that provides an abundance of driving pleasure, combined with styling accents that typify this specific model from Porsche. The range of additional equipment available as standard makes this premium model a truly attractive offering for our enthusiasts.” Date published Wed, 20 Jan 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Triumph Opens Bookings For Next-Gen Bonneville Motorcycles British motorcycle manufacturer, Triumph’s Indian subsidiary has announced the commencement of bookings for their updated range of Bonneville motorcycles. The Bonneville series’ next-generation motorcycles will be on display at the upcoming Auto Expo in Delhi-NCR. Prospective buyers can book the motorcycles at any of the 12 Triumph dealerships in India.   On bringing in the new range of Bonneville in India, MD, Triumph Motorcycles, India, Vimal Sumbly said, “We are extremely excited to bring in the new range of our iconic Bonneville to Indian customers. They are exactly what our customers have asked for and what the next generation of Bonneville should be - more beautiful, more powerful and more capable. We are thrilled to see the positive buzz going around in the media, this new line-up is expected to be huge for the Indian market”. Date published Tue, 19 Jan 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Mahindra KUV100 Launched - Prices, Variants, Colours and Specifications M&M has launched its latest compact UV offering, the KUV100. The KUV100 marks M&M’s entry into the petrol segment with the 1.2-lt mFALCON petrol engine. Prices for the KUV 100 start at Rs.4.45 lakh ex-showroom for the base petrol variant and Rs.5.25 lakh for the base diesel version. The KUV100 is available in 12 variants and offers a flexible seating option. Variant-wise ex-showroom, Delhi prices are as follows:   Variant Diesel (Price in Rs.) Petrol (Price in Rs.) K2 6 Str 525000 445000 K2 + 6 Str 547000 467000 K4 5 Str 560000 480000 K4 6 Str 565000 485000 K4 + 5 Str 582000 502000 K4 + 6 Str 587000 507000 K6 5 Str 624000 539000 K6 6 Str 629000 544000 K6 + 5 Str 646000 561000 K6 + 6 Str 651000 566000 K8 5 Str 679000 594000 K8 6 Str 684000 599000   Significant features:   Seating options – The KUV100 is available in 5 and 6 seater options. In the 6 seater version, the front row is offered as a bench.   Safety features – The KUV100 gets standard ABS and EBD. Airbags are available as optional in all variants.   Fuel efficiency – The 1.2-lt diesel engine is claimed to offer 25.32kmpl, thereby making KUV100 the most fuel efficienct SUV.   The KUV100 is available in 7 exterior colour options namely Fiery Orange, Flamboyant Red, Aquamarine, Pearl White, Dazzling Silver, Designer Grey and Midnight Black   Engine and Transmission Specifications   Engine & Transmission PETROL DIESEL Emission BS4 BS4 Cubic Capacity 1198cc 1198cc Max Gross Power 61 kW (82 bhp) @ 5500 rpm 57.4 kW (77 bhp) @ 3750 rpm Max Gross Torque 115 Nm @ 3500-3600 rpm 190 Nm @ 1750-2250 rpm Gearbox 5-Speed Manual 5-Speed Manual Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Date published Mon, 18 Jan 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Audi & Mercedes-Benz Amass Nearly 25K Sales in 2015 2015 proved to be fruitful for the luxury segment in India and the sales rose to unprecedented levels. While Bavarian automaker BMW didn’t disclose its sales for the year, Mercedes-Benz and Audi bagged  24,694 orders. Both carmakers reported healthy growth owing to customer oriented services and portfolio enhancement. While Audi claimed the year 2015 to be its 8th consecutive year of growth, Mercedes-Benz reported 2015 as its 3rd straight.   Audi in 2015 – Audi sold 11,192 cars and launched 10 products in 2015 including latest products like the new Audi TT Coupé, the new Audi A6 Matrix, the Audi RS 6 Avant and the all-new Audi Q7. The carmaker inaugurated new dealerships in Bengaluru, Ranchi, Madurai, Rajkot and Guwahati. With this, Audi claimed itself to be the first luxury carmaker to have a retail POC in the north-eastern part of the country.   Mercedes-Benz in 2015 – Mercedes-Benz summed up its 2015 calendar year with 13,502 sales. The German carmaker reported a staggering growth of 100% in its SUV segment followed by the AMG and Dream Car portfolio at 54% and the sedan portfolio by 42%. The company reported its latest C Class as the highest selling model surpassing the sales of E-Class, the best-seller from previous year. Mercedes-Benz launched the A-Class, AMG GT S, GLE, Mercedes-Maybach, the CLA, the new C 220 CDI, the new B-Class, the new E-Class Cabriolet, the new CLS 250 CDI, the new S600 Guard, the S-Class Coupé, the Mercedes-AMG S 63 Coupé, Mercedes-AMG S 63 sedan, the AMG G 63 ‘Crazy Colour’ and the Mercedes-AMG C 63 S in 2015. The company inaugurated new dealerships in Chennai, Jamshedpur, Ghaziabad, Mangalore, Raipur, Calicut, Bangalore and Chennai with new AMG Performance Centres in Hyderabad and Pune. Date published Fri, 15 Jan 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Rainforest Challenge Gets Green Signal Till 2019 Cougar Motorsport Pvt Ltd, the company behind bringing the Rainforest Challenge of Malaysia in India has renewed the 3 year franchise agreement that it signed with RFC Founder & Creator Luis J.A. Wee in February 2014. The RFC India now has the rights to organize the Indian chapter of the RFC till 2019.     COMMENTS:   Founder & Creator – RFC, Luis J.A. Wee “Though it is just two editions old, RFC India is already among the top three events in the RFC Global Series worldwide. The Cougar Motorsport team has worked rigorously to make the event successful, as is evident from the number of national awards that RFC India won following its launch edition. Also, the enthusiasm and the quest for learning new techniques that I have witnessed among Indian offroaders bodes well for the event. Hence, I am very happy to have renewed the agreement with Cougar and am looking forward to seeing several more talented offroaders coming forward and participating in the future editions of RFC India.”   Cougar Motorsport’s Founder & Director - Ashish Gupta “When we brought RFC to India, we were apprehensive about its long term success as most other international motorsport events have had very short innings here. However, we have had two highly successful editions with the immense support that we have received from the Indian offroading community, our sponsors and partners, the Government of Goa and members of the media in India. This has made us even more determined to boost the off-road motorsport culture in the country and therefore we have extended our agreement with Rainforest Challenge International till 2019.”   The 2016 edition of the event, sponsored by Force Motors Ltd., is set to take place in Goa from 22nd July to 29th July. Date published Fri, 15 Jan 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Jaguar Begins XE Bookings, Launch on Feb 3 Tata owned British luxury carmaker, Jaguar has started to accept bookings of its latest entry-level sedan, the XE, in India. Jaguar will be launching the XE in India on February 3rd, ahead of the Auto Expo here.   Jaguar has announced that the XE will be launched in India with 2 petrol engine options. The only-petrol move appears to be an after-effect of the ban on new over-2000cc diesel car registration in the capital city. The two iterations of the petrol engine will deliver an output of 147 kW and 177 kW respectively.   Some of the key features of the XE include Torque Vectoring by Braking, All Surface Progress Control (ASPC), Softgrain Windsor Leather Seats, Panoramic Sliding Sunroof, Interior Mood Lighting, Navigation System, 380 Watts MeridianTM Sound System and  Surround Camera System.   The XE will allow Jaguar to enter a completely new segment in India and the company might see a decent rise in sales. The XE should ideally be priced within the Rs. 30-40 lakh bracket, marginally over the BMW 3 Series, the Mercedes-Benz C Class, Volvo S60 and the Audi A3. It will be interesting to see the end-of-year sales numbers for this segment. Date published Thu, 14 Jan 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 AMG Coupe Launched At Rs.86.40L Mercedes-Benz has launched the GLE 450 AMG Coupe in India at Rs.86.40 lakh, ex-showroom, Mumbai. The GLE 450 AMG Coupe is Mercedes-Benz’ first offering in 2016.   The performance SUV is powered by AMG’s 3.0-lt, V6, biturbo engine that makes 367hp of maximum power and 520Nm of torque. The GLE 450 AMG Coupe does a 0-100kmph stint in 5.7s. On the launch of the performance SUV, Roland Folger, Managing Director and CEO, Mercedes Benz India said, “We are glad to kick-start 2016 by introducing a thrilling and powerful product from our global portfolio, the GLE 450 AMG Coupé. At Mercedes-Benz it is our constant endeavour to bring the best products for our discerning Indian customers. The GLE 450 AMG Coupé is a valuable addition to our versatile SUV portfolio in India. This one of a kind performance SUV is sure to delight the customers with its raw power output level, exhaust system, a sleek design with multifarious features and an active sports light system. We believe that these distinctive qualities will fulfil our customers’ expectations leaving them spellbound with an unmatched combination of a luxurious and sporty drive experience.”   Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 AMG Coupé Arrangement / No. of cylinders V6 Total displacement in cc 2996 Rated output in kW (hp) at rpm 270 (367)/5500–6000 Rated torque in Nm at rpm 520/2000–4200 Transmission 9G-TRONIC Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in s 5.7 Top speed, approx. in km/h 250 Tyre size – front axle, rear axle 275/45 R21, 315/40 R21 Fuel Petrol Tank capacity, of which reserve, approx. in l 93/12.0 Boot capacity in l 650–1720 Turning circle diameter in m 11.8 Date published Thu, 14 Jan 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Maruti Suzuki Equips Alto Range With Optional Airbags India’s largest carmaker, Maruti Suzuki is now offering driver airbag as an optional feature on all variants on Alto 800 and Alto K10. Maruti Suzuki has been adding offering optional safety features on its entire portfolio considering the rise in demand of safer cars in India. The company’s recent launches, Baleno and S-Cross get dual airbags and ABD & EBD as standard features on all variants. Previously, the company decided to offer dual airbags and ABD & EBD as optional features on all variants of Ciaz, Ertiga, Dzire, WagonR and Celerio.   The prices of the entire optional Alto range are as follows:   Variant Price (ex-showroom) Alto 800 STD (O) 2,62,313 Alto 800 LX (O) 2,98,844 Alto 800 LXI (O) 3,21,365 Alto 800 LXI CNG (O) 3,78,420 Alto K10 LXI (O) 3,45,844 Alto K10 LXI CNG (O) 4,08,162 Alto K10 VXI AGS (O) 4,11,609   On the launch of optional variants of Alto, R S Kalsi, Executive Director, Marketing & Sales, Maruti Suzuki, said:  “With driver airbag being offered from the base variant upward as an option for the Alto, a very large number of car customers in India will feel reassured. We have offered enhanced safety features, from the base variants, across our model range.” Date published Thu, 14 Jan 2016 00:00:00 +0530 Crossroads RSA Aims To Serve 1Mn Customers By FY17 One of India’s popular roadside assistance companies, Crossroads is eyeing substantial growth in its customer base in India in the coming years. The company, currently offering services to nearly 0.4Mn customers in 29 Indian cities, targets to reach 1Mn client base by FY17. In between, the company has plans to structure its own network in India adding to the current network of more than 17k partner workshops to serve its customers.   The company, in its 17th year, attributes its enormous growth in the recent past to its top management that has worked in reviving the company’s services, improved technology and upgraded infrastructure. The company enjoys a respectable turnaround time of 29mins with a healthy 89.6% accuracy rate.   In the current financial year, Crossroads has been able to double its turnover compared to the last year. In accordance to its growth strategy, the company now aims to invest in manpower, increasing it by about four times from the current 500 employee count, and boost its partner network to 50k from the current 30k mark. The company eyes investment in manpower, network and technology to help it achieve its target of serving 1Mn customers by FY17. Date published Mon, 04 Jan 2016 00:00:00 +0530 New Hatchbacks To Launch In India In 2016 1. Tata Zica   Launch: January 2016   What to expect: New design language with spacious and feature loaded cabin along with efficient petrol and diesel engines.   Expected Price: INR 3.50-5.50 lakhs     2. Datsun Redi-GO   Launch: Early 2016   What to expect: Affordable hatchback with distinct styling.   Expected Price: INR 3 lakhs     3. Maruti Baleno Diesel 90 PS   Launch: Mid 2016   What to expect: More powerful Baleno with 90 PS tuned 1.3-litre MultiJet diesel engine.   Expected Price: INR 9 lakhs     4. Volkswagen Polo GTI   Launch: Mid 2016   What to expect: 1.8-litre TSI turbo petrol engine with DSG transmission and steering mounted paddle shifts.   Expected Price: INR 17 lakhs     5. MINI Cooper Cabriolet   Launch: Mid 2016   What to expect: 2-door performance hatchback with convertible roof.   Expected Price: INR 35 lakhs Date published Tue, 29 Dec 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Force Gurkha RFC India North & South Regional Chapters to be held in January 2016 Force Gurkha RFC India, India’s first international off-road motorsport event that was started in 2014 will now be held in the North and South India for the first time in 2016. Cougar Motorsport, Delhi that holds India franchisee rights of the India Chapter of Malaysian Rainforest Challenge (Force Gurkha RFC India) has tied up with Gerrari Offroaders of Chandigarh and Bangalore Offroaders Development Association to begin the regional chapters on 16th and 23th January, 2016.   North Chapter – Gerrari Offroaders will take care of this event which will take place at the Forest Hill Resort on the outskirts of Chandigarh on 16th and 17th January.   South Chapter – BODA will take care of the South Chapter beginning on 23th January, 2016 at a camping site about 60kms outside of Bangalore.   Both the Force Gurkha RFC Regional chapters will be competitive events and the winners get a free entry into the Force Gurkha RFC India event that will be held in Goa from 22nd to 29th July, 2016.   Rules and vital information about the events:    Force Gurkha RFC India is an extreme off-road motorsport event that works on the concept of the survival of the fittest. In the Mother Event in Goa, the competitors undertake 26 Special Stages (SS) which test their driving and vehicle recovery skills under extreme off-road conditions. Successful completion of each SS adds points to the team’s kitty while penalties are incurred for making mistakes. The team with the maximum overall points at the end of the competition is announced as the winner. For the Regional Chapters, Cougar Motorsport plans to limit the competition to up to six SS with varying levels of difficulty. The competition and vehicle modification rules have also been simplified to make it easier for a larger number of people to participate. Date published Tue, 22 Dec 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Teased - 2016 Porsche Boxster & Cayman The 2016 version of the Boxster and Cayman cars from Porsche will not just be called the Boxster and Cayman. In fact, the company has decided to prefix the names of both cars with 718 as a tribute to the company’s 1957 sportscar, the Porsche 718, which was powered by a 4-cylinder engine.   The 718 Boxster and Cayman will therefore be powered by a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. Porsche has also revealed that the cars will share more visual and technical details with each other than before. Apart from this, the company has also teased the silhouette of both the cars where the 718 Cayman retains its coupe genes and the 718 Boxster its roadster’s with an open top. The 718 Boxster will be the costlier one out of the two when launched in the market in 2016. Date published Thu, 10 Dec 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Tata launches Safari Storme VX With Updated Engine-Gearbox Combo Tata Motors has launched a new variant of its popular SUV, Safari. The new variant is VX and will be available in both 4x2 and 4x4 drive modes with electronic shift on-fly. The VX 4x2 variant is priced at Rs 13.25 lakh and the VX 4X4 is priced at Rs 14.59 lakh (both ex-showroom, Delhi prices). The Safari VX is powered by Tata’s 2.2L VARICOR 400 engine that makes 400Nm of maximum power mated to a 6-speed manual transmission.   Commenting on the launch, Mayank Pareek, President – Passenger Vehicle Business Unit, Tata Motors, said, “We at Tata Motors are delighted with the launch of a new more powerful variant of the Safari Storme –the Safari Storme VX. With a massive road presence, along with superior on-road and off-road capabilities, the new VX variant of the Safari Storme with Tata Motors newVARICOR 400 engine and a new 6-speed gear box, will further exemplify the excitement and performance quotient of India’s most popular SUV. With features and capabilities of the new Safari Storme based on our HORIZONEXT approach, we are committed to constantly listening to our customers, making the country’s most popular SUV even more popular and a perfect companion on every journey.” Date published Wed, 09 Dec 2015 00:00:00 +0530 BS V Emission Norm To Be Enforced By 2019, Aimed To Check Growing Pollution Level In a bid to fight the growing pollution level in the country, the government has decided to move the auto industry to BS V emission norm by 2019. Currently, the auto industry is following BS IV norms and in order to upgrade to BS V, vehicles and fuel will be consequently upgraded.   The shift from BS IV to BS V can considerably reduce the pollution levels in our cities. Commenting on the same, Vinod Dasari President, SIAM, said, “Upgradation to BS V norms would reduce the pollution levels from the 4-wheeler industry by 80% in terms of PM 2.5 for HCV and 90% for passenger cars and NOx will be reduced by 60 % and 64 % respectively, thereby, making huge contributions to the ambient air quality of Indian cities. We are happy that SIAM’s recommendation to advance the BS V timeline to 2019 has been accepted by the Government.”   While the upgrading of vehicles to BS V norm will result in increased prices, in order to run the vehicles efficiently, the right fuel will also be needed. The 10PPM sulphur BS V fuel, that will run the BS V compatible vehicles might not just be costlier than our current unleaded fuel, but might also propose a change in fuel filling stations as BS IV vehicles will also ply on roads.   Vinod Dasari has highlighted that in case of unavailability of the requisite fuel, use of BS IV fuel might damage the engine as well as the after-treatment devices fitted in the new vehicle. Also, this might vitiate the new technology benefits and the expected improvements in air quality. He has also stated that in the case where the vehicle and fuel is incompatible, higher emission norms cannot be met.   The improvement in BS norms will therefore improve the air around us but will make owning and running our vehicles costly. However, this is one step we need to take in order to reduce the ill effects of our vehicle exhaust. Date published Wed, 09 Dec 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Renault Registers Sharp Growth On Kwid's Shoulders In November A growth of 144% in November, 2015 compared to sales in November, 2014 in Renault India’s sales numbers shows what a capable vehicle can do to a company’s form. Competitive pricing and looks-to-die-for (at least in this segment) remained Kwid’s USPs besides being launched in the festive season when sales pick.   Renault registered sales of 7,819 units in November, 2015 against 3,201 units in the same month last year.  Speaking on the growth and sales performance of the company, Sumit Sawhney, Country CEO and Managing Director, Renault India Operations said, “When we launched Renault KWID in India, we committed to launching a new era and benchmark in the Indian automotive industry. The outstanding feedback and unprecedented response to the car have proved us right. We are grateful for the confidence and trust bestowed in the Renault brand, and are working with a single-minded focus to ramp up production to meet the increasing demand for this revolutionary car. Renault KWID will continue to play a pivotal role in our expansion plans in India.”   “The growing acceptance by first time buyers indicates that Renault KWID is truly an aspirational product, offering an outstanding value proposition. Together with first time buyers, we are also seeing new consumer trends across urban and rural India, reflecting our promise of accessible mobility for all with this Attractive, Innovative and Affordable product,” added Sawhney.   In order to back a high-volume product in the Kwid, Renault India is planning network expansion and the company plans to expand to 240 sales facilities by next year. Date published Tue, 01 Dec 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Ferrari Finds A Home In New Delhi, Inaugurates A New Dealership After Mumbai, its Delhi’s turn to get its own retail outlet of Italian supercar maker Ferrari. The dealership is located at Mathura Road alongside other luxury and sportscar manufacturers’ outlet.   Commenting at the opening of the dealership, Enrico Galliera, Senior Vice-President Commercial & Marketing, Ferrari SpA, said: “We have many loyal owners and Ferrari fans in Delhi and this new showroom will help them get even closer to the iconic brand. With great experience in the luxury car market, Select Cars is our preferred choice for this partnership in the capital region and we are confident that as our partners they will create more value for our ever increasing customer base.”   Ferrari had already appointed Select Cars as its dealer when the company revealed prices of the California T in Delhi in September, 2015. Date published Tue, 01 Dec 2015 00:00:00 +0530 VW Launches Express Service Facility In Coimbatore, Gurgaon Up Next German car manufacturer, Volkswagen has opened its first Express Service facility in Coimbatore by which the company aims to lower the turnaround time for servicing VW cars. The company claims that through the 44 work bay service facility, it’ll be able to serve about 2500 cars every month.   VW has also announced that it will launch more such facilities and Gurgaon will follow soon. The Express Service facility will be capable of handling periodic maintenance and servicing of VW cars in a shorter span than what VW service centers do currently.   VW has also announced that it will be bringing in a new sub-4m car based on the Vento next year that will be showcased at the Delhi Auto Expo and the company will be expecting the new model to lead its sales charts considering the volumes that the segment does overall. While it might not have a direct link to VW launching Express Service, the move can be seen as a measure to induce a positive sentiment in the market before an important product launch. Date published Tue, 01 Dec 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Mahindra XUV500 Automatic Prices Announced, Rs. 15.36 lakh onwards Mahindra’s popular SUV, the XUV500 now gets an automatic transmission to its name and the price for the most affordable automatic XUV500 W8 is Rs. 15.36 lakh, ex-showroom, Navi Mumbai. XUV500 Automatic will be available in 3 variants, W8, W10 and W10 AWD. The prices for all the variants are as follows:   XUV500 W8 A/T Rs. 15.36 lakh XUV500 W8 Manual Rs. 14.30 lakh XUV500 W10 A/T Rs. 16.20 lakh XUV500 W10 Manual Rs. 15.20 lakh XUV500 W10 AWD A/T Rs. 17.22 lakh XUV500 W10 AWD Manual Rs. 16.22 lakh   The XUV500 gets a 6-speed automatic transmission mated to the same 140 bhp 2.2-lt mHAWK engine. The W10 AWD A/T offers the all-wheel-drive setup with an automatic box that makes XUV500 one of the cheaper vehicles to offer both the technologies. The company has revealed that it is importing the 6-speed transmission from AISIN of Japan and the transmission doesn’t need fluid refilling for its life.   Speaking at the launch of the XUV500 all new Automatic variant Pravin Shah, President & Chief Executive (Automotive), M&M Ltd. said, "The XUV500 broke new ground for Mahindra when it was first launched in 2011 and with the launch of the New Age XUV500 earlier this year we have emerged as a strong player in the premium SUV segment. At Mahindra, it is our constant endeavour to offer advanced and accessible technologies to our customers. The XUV500 already has many technology firsts to its credit and now we have further pushed the boundaries with the introduction of the XUV500 Automatic. Being a listening organization, we constantly incorporate consumer insights and feedback and I am sure that this variant will be an instant hit with our customers.”   The new XUV500 will be available in the dealerships nationwide December 2015 onwards however bookings have already commenced. Date published Thu, 26 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0530 VW to showcase its upcoming compact sedan at the 2016 Indian Auto Expo German car maker, Volkswagen, has announced that it will showcase an India-specific compact sedan at the upcoming 2016 Auto Expo in February. The launch of VW's compact sedan in 2016 was already making news though the details regarding its launch and production are now officially out.   The compact sedan that is expected to be based on the current VW Vento and should get the same petrol and diesel engines that do duty on the Polo in India. It has been previously revealed that the compact sedan might be named as the ‘Bora’ however there is no confirmation on the same from the carmaker.   What is confirmed is that the upcoming Volkswagen compact sedan will be revealed to the public at the upcoming Indian Auto Expo and the company has invested Rs. 720 crores in its Indian operations to accommodate the compact sedan’s manufacturing at its Chakan plant. The company has announced that the production of this compact sedan will begin in the first half of 2016 and the vehicle is an India specific model only.   It is expected that this compact sedan will be a sub-4m version of VW’s Vento sedan which will allow VW to place it in competition against the MS Swift Dzire, Honda Amaze, Tata Zest, Hyundai Xcent and the Ford Figo Aspire. The compact sedan segment is a volume segment and VW should be the first German carmaker to enter this segment in India. It is still unknown if Czech-based VW brand Skoda will also enter this segment or not. It should be noted that the Chakan plant produces Rapid as well! Date published Thu, 26 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Online Ticket Sale For 2016 Auto Expo Begins, Free Home Delivery Available Tickets for 2016 Auto Expo – The Motor Show can now be booked online at and The pricing is as follows:   Business Hours during weekdays (10AM - 1PM) Rs. 650 General Public Hours during weekdays (1PM – 6PM) Rs. 300 General Public Hours during weekends (1PM – 7PM) Rs. 400   Auto Expo will be open for public from 5th – 9th February, 2016 at the India Expo Mart Limited (IEML) in Greater Noida, Delhi NCR.   Ticket buyers note – Bookings made before 31st December, 2015 for 3-10 tickets get delivered at your homes for free. In other cases, Rs. 75 will be applied as home delivery charges till 25th January, 2016. If home delivery is not opted, tickets will be available on exchange counters at the parking lots. Tickets will be delivered after 15th January, 2016.   VISITORS NOTE – IT IS A HUMBLE REQUEST FROM OUR SIDE TO KINDLY ADHERE TO THE AUTO EXPO DATES AND TIMINGS AND PLEASE DO NOT TRESPASS DURING MEDIA DAYS/HOURS AS THAT HAMPERS OUR EFFECTIVENESS TO BRING THE LATEST NEWS TO OUR READERS. WE HOPE YOU UNDERSTAND. Date published Tue, 24 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0530 BMW Readying An Answer For CLA, A3 One segment that didn’t see a catfight between the German luxury carmaker trio is the compact sedan segment. While Audi was the first one to gauge the segment potential, it didn’t take Mercedes-Benz long time to capitalize the potential with a stunner CLA Class. If most of you thought that BMW would never come up with a rival in this segment, then the company is set to prove you wrong.   Showcased at the Auto Guangzhou 2015, China, the latest concept from the Bavarian carmaker is a compact concept that would take the company’s guard in the entry level compact sedan segment.   The Concept Compact sedan that BMW showcased is a 4-door sedan and going by BMW’s statement, the company is in a mood to offer it as a premium vehicle. What that can turn into is that this might not be a car in a cut-throat price competition but might be priced in higher up in the segment.   What is interesting to know is that BMW has seen potential in the Chinese youth and planned a showcase for the compact sedan in China. If the company is targeting youth in China, then India also becomes an important market and launch of the production model of this car can be considered certain.   The compact sedan from BMW embodies all the BMW characteristic traits like a sweeping bonnet, kidney grill and, Hofmeister kink at the rear etc. The concept also gets soft touch exterior handles to open the doors and a panoramic sunroof. BMW has however not disclosed much details of the car, powertrain and specifications. Date published Tue, 24 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Lamborghini Huracan RWD launched in India at Rs. 2.99 Cr Italian performance car maker, Lamborghini, has launched its latest performance car, the Huracan RWD (Rear Wheel Drive) in India. The Huracan RWD is priced at Rs. 2.99 Cr ex-showroom, Delhi. The Huracan RWD is lighter than its 4WD counterpart by 33 kgs and Lamborghini claims a mixed fuel efficiency of 11.9-l/100km (8.4 kmpl) for the RWD Huracan.   Specifications and Equipment:   Tires (standard):          Pirelli 245/35 R19 (front) – 305/35 R19 (rear) Wheels (standard):      8.5J x 19'' (front) – 11J x 19'' (rear) Mirrors:                                Electrically controlled exterior mirrors Airbags:                                Full Size dual-stage front airbags Full size lateral airbags   ENGINE   Type:                                     Ten-cylinder V, 90°, IDS+MPI dual injection Displacement:                   5204 cm3 Bore / stroke:                    Ø 84,5 mm x 92,8 mm Valve control:    Intake and exhaust camshafts with continually variable Adjustment Compression:                    12.7 : 1 Max. power:                      580 hp at 8,000 rpm Max. torque:                   540 Nm at 6,500 rpm Emissions class:                 EURO 6 Exhaust treatment:      Four catalysts with lambda regulation Cooling system:                Water and oil cooling systems Engine Management:    Bosch MED 17 Master Slave Lubrication:                        Dry sump   DRIVE   Type:                                     Rear-wheel drive Transmission:                    7-speed LDF dual-clutch transmission, shift characteristics                                     variable via Drive Select Mode   PERFORMANCE   Vmax:                                   320 km/h 0–100 km/h:                       3.4 s 0–200 km/h:                10.1 s   DIMENSIONS   Wheelbase:                        2,620 mm Length:                                 4,459 mm Width:                                  1,924 mm Width:                                  (incl. exterior mirrors) 2,236 mm Height:                                 1,165 mm Turning circle:                    11.5 m Weight (dry):                     1,389 kg Weight Distribution:       40 % (front) – 60 % (rear)   CAPACITIES   Fuel:                                      80 liters   CONSUMPTION**   Urban:                                  17.2 l/100 km Extra-urban:                       8.9 l/100 km Combined:                          11.9 l/100 km CO2 emissions:                 278 g/km   ** according to Dir. EC/1999/100 Date published Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Renault plans network expansion, to add 50 dealers by 2016-end A move that can be considered a given with a product like the Kwid in portfolio, Renault has released a statement saying that the company is lined-up to launch 50 more outlets by the end of 2016. By then, the company’s dealer network would reach 240 outlets throughout the nation.   The official statement came during the launch of the company’s latest and 190th dealership in Telangana. Known as Renault Karimnagar – Sri Mothukuri Motors Pvt Ltd, the dealership is 7th in Telangana and has enough space to display 4 cars. Alongside the dealership, the company has also opened a service facility with 6 mechanical bays and 3 bodyshop bays.   Renault currently sells 7 products in India starting with the Kwid all the way up to Renault Koleos SUV. The company is believed to be testing Koleos SUV’s upcoming version that might have 3 row seating configuration to accommodate 7 passengers. Read the complete news about Renault’s upcoming SUV that might prove to be a competition to the likes of Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour. Date published Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Nissan Organizes 'Happy with Nissan' Service Campaign For The Fourth Time Nissan has organized its ‘Happy with Nissan’ service campaign under which the company offers free vehicle check-ups, attractive discounts as well as customer-focused communications to resolve all service-related issues. The campaign is organized in 140 locations in 120 cities from 19th November, 2015 to 28th November, 2015.   About the campaign, Arun Malhotra, Managing Director, Nissan Motor India Pvt Ltd said, “We at Nissan are very much encouraged by our rising SSI scores and want to offer an unmatched experience to our customers even after they purchase our products. We want to get closer to them and ‘Happy with Nissan’ initiative gives us a great opportunity to do so. This campaign is aimed towards reaching out to our customers and giving them effective solutions.”   Benefits of visiting Nissan’s service stations during this campaign:   Free car check-up - All vehicles will undergo a thorough 60-point check Free top wash 20% discount on labour charges Discounts of up to 20% on Nissan Genuine Accessories Option to buy Nissan Extended Warranty at a base price up until 365 days and a discount of 10% after the second year Date published Fri, 20 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0530 New VW Beetle Bookings Open Amidst a controversial scheme of things, German car manufacturer, Volkswagen, has opened bookings for its iconic car, the Beetle, in India. Minimum booking amount for the new Beetle is Rs. 1 lakh and all dealerships throughout the country are accepting bookings. The company will however accept only a limited number of bookings that can also processed online at Buyers can express their interest on this website by leaving their contact information for the dealership sales personnel to get in touch with them for formal booking process.   A little about the new BEETLE   Engine 1.4-lt TSI (Petrol) Maximum Power 150PS Transmission 7-Speed DSG Airbags 6 ESP & ABS Standard Other features Panoramic sunroof   Bi-xenon headlamps   Leather interiors Exterior Colour Options Habanero Orange   Oryx White   Tornado Red   Blue Silk Rear Spoiler Standard Hill Hold Control Standard Brake Pad Wear Indicator Standard Heated Front Seats Standard Keyless Entry Standard Rain Sensors Standard Cruise Control Standard Date published Tue, 17 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Upcoming Toyota Innova India 2016 - First Impression - Exterior Review Toyota is a brand known for its durability and reliability and the company’s bestseller MPV, the Innova, is the epitome of the Japanese carmaker’s values and success, not just in India but across the globe. A vehicle that has seen no changes to its mechanicals ever since it was born, the Innova is a work of pure art and perfection (and this is not a paid article or an advertorial). Innova has received mild updates time-to-time that have managed to keep the MPV fresh and sales have only grown with time. Innova’s success can easily be measured by having the vehicle’s reviews from any fleet owner throughout the nation. Having set such standards, it can easily be assumed that Toyota must have had a tough time improving such a fantastic vehicle.   Toyota’s Indonesian subsidiary (where the new Innova is expected to launch in a few days) has already revealed some details about the new Innova that is also India-bound. Toyota is expected to showcase the new Innova at the 2016 Auto Expo and it is safe to assume that the MPV will be here before 2016 festive season. Though we are yet to meet the new Innova in flesh, here’s what we make out of the MPV.   EXTERIORS   While the dimensions are out and the new Innova is definitely bigger than its predecessor, it doesn’t look as big from sides. The front is however very modern unlike the current Innova and gets a quad intake that will also house the license plate. Bonnet is also sculpted at the ends and this edition of the Innova presents itself as a powerful vehicle rather than just a family mover. Besides the quad intake, the wraparound slick headlights together with the chrome front grill take all the attention. The headlamps finally get projectors.   The tail-lamp design of the new Innova is interesting. The 2-part tail lamps are stretched both horizontally and vertically and meet the rear bumper which rises upwards dramatically. For a country like ours, with numerous bumper-to-bumper traffic jams, the no-metal rear corners can prove to be quite a boon. The tail-gate is big as usual and we would love to see some luggage space there with the third row up.   The overall profile of the MPV remains the same and there’s a strong shoulder line running across the sides of the new Innova. The C-pillar is a thick one and we believe Toyota could have redesigned the quarter glass to make it look better. Note, the Innova will now get a shark-fin antenna as well! Date published Tue, 17 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0530 2016 Renault Koleos Is A 7 Seater? Possible Fortuner, Endeavour Rival A segment that has not seen much of a buzz despite SUVs being one of the preferred body styles in the past is the Rs.25.00 lakh plus segment. While Toyota has been consistent with the Fortuner in India, competition in the form of petrol Honda CR-V, Hyundai SantaFe, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, Renault Koleos, Ford Endeavour etc have never been able to amass big numbers. A reason for the disinterest of buyers in this segment has also been the presence of compact SUVs from luxury carmakers like Mercedes-Benz, Audi and BMW at price-proximity.   News from French carmaker, Renault, is that Koleos is getting a major overhaul in 2016 and the SUV is expected to grow in size, if media reports are to be believed. A bigger Koleos also means that it will sport three rows to accommodate 7 passengers. While powertrain details and other revelations are yet to surface, what seems clear is that the new Koleos is inspired by the latest crop of Renault cars and looks edgier than before. Renault is also expected to rename the Koleos or bring in this SUV with a completely different nameplate however, whether it comes to India or questions surrounding the same are yet to be answered.   Image source Date published Tue, 17 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Harley-Davidson opens new showroom in Nagpur Harley-Davidson opens new showroom in Nagpur   Harley-Davidson lovers in the state of Maharashtra have one more reason to rejoice as Harley-Davidson India has started its 4th independent dealership in Nagpur. Newly opened Nagpur dealership is the company’s 19th dealership in the country.   The dealership will offer 12 latest motorcycles by Harley Davidson including the recently launched Dark Custom inspired Harley-Davidson Street 750, Harley-Davidson Iron 88 and Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight. The showroom enables its customers to customize their bikes by personally picking up from the wide range of Harley-Davidson parts, accessories and general merchandise.   Company says the Nagpur dealership is a result of large number of Harley customers already being present in the city, so the showroom will provide ease to the customer to experience leisure in their own city instead of visiting either Mumbai or Pune. Date published Mon, 16 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Ford recalls 16,444 Ecosports in India Ford recalls 16,444 Ecosports in India   American carmaker, Ford, has made a voluntary recall of 16,444 units of its compact SUV, the Ford Ecosport, in India. Affected cars are the ones manufactured between November 2013 to April 2014 to inspect the rear twist beam of the vehicles. As per a company statement, the rear twist beam bolt might not be tightened as per the specifications. However, no reports of any mishappening have been registered yet though the loose bolt might result in breakage of pivot bolt and hamper the car’s handling.   The company will get in touch with buyers whose vehicles belong to the affected lot. For cases where the cars will require rework, it will be done without any cost to the buyers. Date published Mon, 16 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Review - Fiat Avventura Diesel   Car Fiat Avventura Variant Driven Emotion Engine Multijet Diesel Engine Transmission 5 Speed Manual Price INR 8.66 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi     ENGINE SPECIFICATIONS   Displacement 1248cc Maximum Power 93PS @ 4000rpm Maximum Torque 209Nm @ 2000rpm Claimed Fuel Efficiency 20.5 kmpl Fuel Efficiency (as tested) 12-13 kmpl (mixed) Review – The 1.3-lt diesel engine in the Avventura is the same used in the Punto Evo. The engine is lethargic at low revs and takes time to get the Avventura moving. Being paired with a 5-speed manual transmission with a small first ratio, the Avventura takes a lot of time to get going. Mid-range is however punchy thanks to over 200Nm of torque available over 2000rpm. Keep the engine in the torque- band and the Avventura keeps ticking good figures without denting fuel-efficiency much. The Avventura is a car good for those mile-munching runs. It neither has the power nor the machinery to go off-roading no matter what the looks suggest.   The Avventura does portray to be an SUV though in a lot of ways. The sluggish pick-up can be referred to as one of the famous SUV-traits that the Avventura possesses.   The Avventura can not do serious off-roading though has good ground clearance. We found it hard to get the car to different terrains and it showed lack of grip and traction   Engine Response Overall Decent on highways but sluggish at low speeds Engine Response At City Speeds (below 60 kmph) Hard to keep over 2000rpm at low speeds, takes a toll thanks to a hard clutch Engine Response At Highway Speeds (over 60 kmph) Responds well whenever in the torque-band. Has high-ratios that help to get the most out of every drop of fuel Engine Pros Doesn’t clatter much being a diesel engine, returns good fuel efficiency Engine Cons Very slow to get off the mark   Light grey portion on the dashboard trim is plastic wrapped with soft finish, looks premium. Music system is done in glossy black finish, same as the one on the Linea and Punto Evo     Transmission Manual, 5-speed Transmission Review Initial ratios are short, therefore need quick up-shifting to get the Avventura moving. The operation is slick and precise     Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Suspensions Independent Wheel Suspension with McPherson Struts, Helical coil springs, double acting telescopic dampers and stabilizer bar Rear Suspensions Torsion beam, helical coil springs and double acting telescopic dampers Tyre & Wheel Size 205/55 R16 Ride At City Speeds (below 60 kmph) Ride is a bit on the harder side at low speeds but not uncomfortable Ride At Highway Speeds (over 60 kmph) The firmness in the suspensions works perfect at higher speeds. It also aids handling and the Avventura feels confident despite higher ground clearance. Overall Ride Quality Overall ride quality is decent.   Steering wheel looks dated and needs a makeover   Steering l Adjustment Options Power Steering, Tilt adjustable Ground Clearance 205mm Weight Of The Car 1255kg Turn Radius -- Steering Response at City Speeds (below 60 kmph) Steering is a little on the heavier side at low speeds however as speed rises it gets lighter. Steering Response at Highway Speeds (over 60 kmph) Precise and confident inspiring Steering Response at Parking Speeds (under 10 kmph) Hard Steering Feedback Good Steering Precision Good Cabin Pitch Under control Body Roll Not much Handling Overall Good   By far the best rear in business   Length x Width x Height 3989mm x 1706mm x 1542mm Boot Space -- Overhangs Not much Panel Gaps In-line with peers Tyre Size 205/55 R16 Silhouette It is a proper crossover, the body is that of the PuntoEvo however it rides taller. The rear spare wheel adds spice and makes it stand apart from competition. Special Design Mentions The rear spare wheel combined with the unique boot open/close operation is a design highlight of the Avventura. The Avventura might not be a proper SUV but knows how to flatter SUV-fan buyers.   Seats are done in a mix of fabric and leather with perforations   Seating Arrangement 2 + 3 Front Seat Comfort Cushion is decent however a little shoulder support could have been better Front Seat Under Thigh Support Decent Front Seat Feature Mentions Height adjustable driver’s seat Driver Side Ergonomics Like all Fiats, the Avventura is also not the best when it comes to ergonomics. The power window switches are placed too far, the seat-steering adjustment needs a lot of adjustments to get it right for the driver. Info Display The same as in all Fiats. Displays all necessary information. Dashboard Design While the design is similar to the Punto Evo, elements like compass and incline meters are placed in the middle and look great. While not very useful and accurate, the meters make the Avventura look different than the Evo. Glovebox Spacious enough to keep the car’s documents Running Center Console Done in grey colour, simple design Cubbyholes One in the center console to keep change etc., doors get space to keep files and folders Steering design 3-spoke in leather finish with audio buttons that fall at hand easily Upholstery Brownish-grey in colour with perforations and use of fabric, good for Indian climate Outside View Good overall visibility thanks to a large sloping windshield and low set windows Special Mentions The interiors are done in black and grey and appear roomier than they actually are. The Avventura is well-built and gets a soft-touch surface on the dashboard that looks premium. Ergonomics are not the most sorted with a not-so-comfortable driving position thanks to a cramped footwell, high set dead-pedal and uncanny driving position associated with the Fiats. It is these eerie things that sometimes and for some people can go in favour of this car as these can be best related to SUVs. Air conditioning is very effective and gets 12-fan speeds which need a special mention. It is easy to say that the A/C fan speeds can be best adjusted in Fiats than any other cars.   The best part about the boot   Rear Seats Comfortable and roomy, best for 2 Legroom l Headroom l Shoulder Room All three decent Under Thigh Support No complaints Seat Back Angle Comfortable Cushion Good Comfort On The Move Thanks to controlled pitch and roll, the comfort levels are decent Third Row Seating & Space (Where Applicable) - Rear Accessory Socket Gets only single A/C outlet     Equipment List Front Airbags ABS with EBD Front and rear fog lamps Climate control Leather wrapped steering wheel Rear defogger, washer and wiper Music system with steering mounted controls Detailed driver info display 16” Alloys Roof rails Follow-me-home headlamps What Could Have been Included Power foldable ORVMs Steering adjustable for reach (telescopic) 4x4 What We Liked The Most Climate control unit and braking     Price Rs. 8.70 lakh, ex-showroom (approx), Delhi Value For Money Factor At under Rs.10 lakh on road, the Avventura is more practical than its hatchback version as well as some of the other hatchbacks in the market. However, considering the brand-tag and overall cost of ownership, it is not the most VFM car in the market. Pros Exterior looks, raw nature, SUV-inspired traits like heavy steering, non-carlike driving position, hard clutch operation and more, the Avventura is one car that will not let you feel that this is a hatchback turned crossover. Some of these traits might not be liked by many people who would want the Avventura as a everyday city car, but it is because of these traits that the Avventura is more of a crossover than just a soft hatchback. Cons Though the Avventura isn’t a hardcore SUV, presence of SUV traits stand it apart. However, at heart, the Avventura is a pure soft-roader with good ground clearance. Had the Avventura been tougher to handle different terrains, it could have been a sought after crossover at its price. Ideal Buyer For The Car Someone who likes the quirkiness and raw nature of SUVs Who Should Not Buy Someone who is looking for a comfortable everyday city car   Avventura is one of the few crossovers that are more than just tweaked versions of their respective hatchbacks. A rear spare wheel, sturdy cladding, dashboard with compass and other gadgetry, raised ride height are a few of the important alterations made to the Punto Evo. The result is a crossover that is good to look at and different from its hatch counterpart. While the Avventura does have some SUV DNA for sure, it lacks off-roading abilities and remains a soft roader. Still, we were able to relate the Avventura to genuine crossovers and SUVs the most out of any other hatchback-turned-crossover in India. Date published Mon, 16 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0530 VW Offering 'Goodwill Package' To Diesel Car Owners in U.S In response to the consumer fury over the much-hyped scandal involving VW’s diesel cars, the German carmaker has announced a ‘Goodwill Package’ to all the owners of diesel VW cars that form the lot whose cars have failed to pass the regulatory U.S pollution tests. The cars that failed to pass the scanner are the ones that are powered by VW’s 2.0-lt diesel engine.   What’s the ‘Goodwill Package’?   VW is offering a remuneration of $1000 to the respective buyers in the form of $500 on a prepaid Visa card and another $500 as dealership credits. Besides the $1000 compensation, the owners also get 3-years of roadside assistance included in the package.   In Indian currency, that amounts to approximately Rs. 65,000. The Indian authorities have also found VW to be violating the pollution norms and VW has been handed a notice to which the company is expected to respond by November 30, 2015. Date published Tue, 10 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Maruti Suzuki introduces automatic WagonR and Stingray, adds optional variants Maruti Suzuki introduces automatic WagonR and Stingray, adds optional variants   In-sync with the company’s intent to equip its entire portfolio with AMT automatic transmission, India’s largest carmaker, Maruti Suzuki, has now launched the automatic versions of WagonR and Stingray cars in India. The automatic transmission will be available in Vxi and Vxi(O) variants in both cars with prices starting from Rs. 4.76 lakh for WagonR Vxi AMT and Rs. 4.98 lakh for Stingray Vxi AMT.   The automatic transmission in WagonR and Stingray is the same as the one used in Celerio and Alto K10 and delivers a claimed fuel efficiency of 20.51 kmpl in WagonR, which is also same as the claimed FE figure for manual WagonR.   In addition to the automatic variants, the company has also taken an initiative to offer safety trim as optional equipment in all variants. The optional variants now get 2 front airbags and ABS.   Detailed ex-showroom prices for AMT variants of WagonR and Stingray and those of optional variants are as follows:   Price (Ex-showroom, New Delhi)   WagonR Variant Price INR Variant Price INR VXi AMT 476935 VXi AMT (O) 509609 LXi (O) 439212 VXi (O) 464609     Stingray Variant Price INR Variant Price INR VXi AMT 498594 VXi AMT (O) 531238 LXi (O) 458219 VXi (O) 486238 Date published Mon, 09 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Michelin opens its concept store TYREPLUS in Gurgaon Tyre-maker Michelin opened its concept store TYREPLUS in Gurgaon on 30th October 2015. The company has expanded its retailership accompanied with tyre services. The Tyreplus store offers Michelin tyres and car accessories.   Spread over a total area of 1800 square-feet, it includes a workshop to handle all tyre and vehicle services. The store aims at providing services like tyre repairs, wheel balancing and wheel alignment. Besides the aforementioned services, the store is also capable to handle oil and battery changes, undergo comprehensive brake inspection and replacement alongside minor mechanical repair services under one roof. Date published Thu, 05 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Honda Motorcycle and Scooter Sales Up 19pc in October Japanese two-wheeler manufacturer, Honda, has reported a 19 percent jump in October 2015 sales in India. The company has crossed nearly 4.5 lakh sales mark for two wheelers during Navratra-Dusshera period in October, 2015.   Honda scooters clocked sales of over 2.7 lakh units, whereas Honda motorcycles contributed 161,685 in the month of October, 2015.   The Company has also reported a sale of over 90,000 units of two wheelers on the single day of Dusshera. Date published Thu, 05 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Ford registers 49pc growth in October 2015 Selling a shade over 10,000 units in October 2015, Ford India has registered a growth of 49% in the tenth calendar month over the same period last year. The company also managed to export 10,412 units in October 2015 making an overall tally of over 20,000 units sold in October.   The company has recently launched the new Figo and its sedan version, the Aspire. Besides these two vehicles, the company has also refreshed its bestselling compact UV, the Ecosport. Ford has been proactive in increasing its authorized parts network through a retail channel this year besides having started in-house credit facility to offer buyers low rate of interests on purchasing new vehicles. Date published Wed, 04 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Honda sells over 20000 cars in October 2015 Making the best of the festive season in India, Honda has registered its best ever monthly sales this fiscal in October 2015 having sold over 20,000 cars. Honda City leads the pile with more than 7,000 units sold while Honda Amaze remained a close second at 6,971 units. The company has recorded a 52% sales growth in October 2015 as against the same period last year.    Company’s Sr. VP of Marketing and Sales, Jnaneswar Sen has credited strong demand due to festive season for the increase in sales. A detailed list of sales volume of all Honda vehicles is as follows:   Model wise sales break-up for October 2015: Brio 820 Jazz 4,496 Amaze 6,971 City 7,022 Mobilio 770 CR-V 87 Domestic Total 20,166 Exports 134 Grand Total 20,300 Date published Wed, 04 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Comparo - Hyundai Creta V/S M&M XUV5OO We’ve found the answer to your car buying queries. If you’re considering to buy a Hyundai Creta and are confused between Creta and Ecosport, here’s a piece of article that can completely change your buying decision. We have compared similarly priced variants of the Creta diesel and M&M XUV5OO and see what happens when both cars face each other.   Cars Hyundai Creta SX+ Manual 1.6 Diesel M&M XUV5OO W6 Price Rs. 12.77 lakh Rs. 12.74 lakh Engine Displacement 1582cc 2179cc Maximum Power 128PS @ 4000 rpm 142PS @ 3750 rpm Maximum Torque 260Nm @ 1900-2750 rpm 330Nm @ 1600-2800 rpm Transmission 6-speed manual 6-speed manual Seating Capacity 5 7 M&M XUV 5OO takes home the advantage of being a bigger and more powerful SUV than the Creta. It is also more of an SUV than the Creta as it can seat 7 passengers while Creta has place for 5 only. The engine is bigger and more torquier too, so, cruising at high speeds will be easier in the 5OO.     Cars Hyundai Creta SX+ Manual 1.6 Diesel M&M XUV5OO W6 Music System Touch Screen System Yes Projector Headlamps Yes with cornering lamps Yes Voice Command System No Yes Automatic Headlamps No Yes Rain sensing Wipers No Yes Climate Control Yes Yes Steering Tilt Only Tilt Only Electrically Adjustable ORVMs Yes (Electrically Foldable) Yes Airbags Dual Dual ABS with EBD Yes Yes Parking Aids Yes (with Camera) Yes Steering Controls Yes Yes Rear demister & Wash Wiper Yes Yes Follow me home headlamps Yes Yes Alloy wheels Yes No Navigation Yes No Both SUVs are decently loaded and while W6 is the second variant over the base version of XUV, it is quite loaded than what we thought it would be at this price. Creta has an advantage of being the SUV that runs on alloy wheels and gets a high-end touch screen music system however XUV is not behind. With features like auto headlamps and rain sensing wipers that the Creta doesn’t have, the XUV can give the loaded variant of Creta a run-for-its-money.   Overall – If it’s the Creta you’re buying over the XUV because of parking woes or sheer exterior looks, then the XUV is certainly not on your list of cars. However, if you’re open to buy a bigger vehicle, with bigger engine that is decently loaded and you can stretch your budget to Rs.14 lakh on-road price, then XUV certainly makes more sense than the Creta. Date published Thu, 29 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Mercedes-Benz AMG GTS Coming To India This November German luxury car maker, Mercedes-Benz is on a roll and will soon be launching its 14th product for the year 2015. The company has announced that it’ll be the AMG GT to come next on 24th November, 2015. The AMG GT is the successor of SLS AMG and is developed at Mercedes-Benz’s Affalterbach facility in Germany.   Engine 4.0-lt, V8, Twin Turbo Petrol engine Maximum Power 503 BHP @ 6250 rpm Maximum Torque 650Nm Transmission 7-speed dual clutch 0-100kmph 3.8s Top Speed 310 kmph   One of the major changes in the AMG GTS is that it doesn’t get the SLS AMG’s gull-wing doors. The AMG GTS will be the fifth AMG car to be launched in India this year. Date published Thu, 29 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Bajaj launches new range of Avenger motorcycles Bajaj has updated its Avenger nameplate in the country and has launched 3 new versions of the Avenger motorcycle, the Avenger Cruise 220, Avenger Street 220 and Avenger Street 150. Avenger Cruise 220 and Street 220 are priced at Rs 84,000 ex-showroom, Delhi and Avenger Street 150 is priced at Rs. 75,000 ex-showroom, Delhi.   The Avenger Cruise 220, as the name suggests, gets elements like padded backrest for the rear passenger and optional front windshield hinting at the bike’s cruiser DNA. The Street 220 gets the same engine as the Cruise 220 but will be available in matte black colour with silver finish. The Cruise 220 on the other hand gets chrome embellishment on silencer and tank.   The Street 150 is gets a smaller engine and will be available in midnight blue exterior colour. In order to enhance the handling of the Avenger Street, Bajaj is offering lower and flatter handlebar.   Mechanically, the new range of Avengers now sport improved rear suspensions, white headlamps, clear lens indicators and seats with thicker foam for more comfort.   Specifications   Parameter Avenger 220 Cruise / Street Avenger 150 Engine (cc) 219.9 149.0 Power (PS) @ rpm 19 PS @ 8400 rpm 14.5 PS @ 9000 rpm Torque (Nm) @ rpm 17.5Nm @ 7000 rpm 12.5Nm @ 6500 rpm Transmission 5-speed 5-speed Wheelbase (mm) 1490 1480 Overall length (mm) 2177 2177 Overall width (mm) 806 / 801 801 Height (mm) 1142 / 1070 1070 Ground Clearance (mm) 169 169 Kerb weight (kg) 155 / 150 148 Tyre size - Front] 90/90x17 90/90x17 Tyre size - Rear] 130/90x15 130/90x15 Fuel tank (lts) 14 14 Brakes: Front (mm) 260 Disc 240 Disc Brakes: Rear (mm) 130 Drum 130 Drum Date published Tue, 27 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Maruti Suzuki Baleno vs Maruti Suzuki Swift Cars Maruti Suzuki Baleno Zeta Petrol Maruti Suzuki Swift Zxi Price 6.31 lakh 6.24 lakh Engine 1.2-lt, K series Petrol engine 1.2-lt, K series Petrol engine Power 84PS @ 6000 rpm 84PS @ 6000 rpm Torque 115Nm @ 4000 rpm 115Nm @ 4000 rpm Transmission 5 speed manual 5 speed manual FE 21.4 kmpl 20.4 kmpl     Cars Maruti Suzuki Baleno Zeta Diesel Maruti Suzuki Swift Zdi Price (ex-showroom) Rs. 7.41 lakh Rs. 7.28 lakh Engine 1.3-lt, DDis diesel engine  1.3-lt, DDis diesel engine Power 75PS @ 4000 rpm 75PS @ 4000 rpm Torque 190Nm @ 2000 rpm 190Nm @ 2000 rpm Transmission 5 speed manual 5 speed manual FE 25.2 kmpl 27.39 kmpl Both the Baleno and Swift are powered by the same set of engines in the same state of tune. It is however the Baleno that returns better fuel economy thanks to lighweight but sturdy contruction.       Cars Maruti Suzuki Baleno Zeta Maruti Suzuki Swift Zxi L x W x H 3995 x 1745 x 1500 3850 x 1695 x 1530 Wheelbase 2520 2430 Tyre size 195/55 R16 185/65 R15 Baleno is clearly the bigger car when compared to the Swift dimensionally. There is a difference of approximately 100mm between the wheelbase of both cars that results in more space inside the Baleno. Zeta variant of Baleno also gets 16" alloys that can translate into slightly improved handling.     Cars Maruti Suzuki Baleno Zeta Maruti Suzuki Swift Zxi Electrically retractable ORVMs Yes Yes Electrically adjustable ORVMs Yes Yes Turn indicators on ORVMs Yes Yes Body coloured door handles Chrome Body coloured Front fog lamps Yes Yes Push button start/stop Yes Yes Front and rear power windows Yes Yes Tilt and telescopic steering Yes Tilt only Central locking with keyless entry Yes Yes Rear defogger, wiper & washer Yes Yes Driver seat height adjustment Yes Yes Climate Control Yes Yes Music system with steering controls Yes Yes Reverse parking sensors Yes Yes ABS + EBD Yes Yes Driver + passenger airbags Yes Yes Auto headlamps Yes No Auto dimming internal RVM Yes Manual Follow me home headlamps Yes No Maruti Suzuki had the Swift decently loaded however at this price, the Baleno comes fitted with more features and a better looking cabin than the Swift. The Baleno is easily the more VFM vehicle out of the two here.     VERDICT - Maruti Suzuki has definitely priced the Baleno well. The pricing is so spot on that it now gets more value for money than Maruti's Swift. The Baleno is not only bigger but also better in terms of fuel efficiency and feature count. Maruti Suzuki might soon see a drop in sales of the Swift. The Baleno will also be retailed from the Nexa outlets and that might interest the buyers too. Date published Tue, 27 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Skoda Octavia 2015 Anniversary Edition - Price and Details Skoda recently launched a limited edition Octavia keeping the festive season in mind. The limited edition Octavia, known as the Anniversary Edition is priced attractively at Rs. 15.45 lakh, ex-showroom, Maharashtra and is loaded with features.   The Octavia Anniversary Edition will be available with both petrol and diesel engines and will get features like 8 airbags, gear shift controls on steering wheel, keyless start/stop function, Rear parking camera, Smartlink mobile connectivity, panoramic electric sunroof, Bi-Xenon AFS headlights, Multi-collision braking, Tyre Pressure Monitoring, Leather seat upholstery, LED daytime running lights, Electronic Stability Control, 12-way electrically adjustable driver seat and Dual-zone Climatronic AC.   The Anniversary Edition will be made in limited numbers and is priced attractively. Competition for the Octavia is in the form of VW Jetta, Toyota Altis, Renault Fluence, Hyundai Elantra and Chevrolet Cruze. Date published Tue, 27 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Honda recalls City Automatic Japanese carmaker, Honda has recalled the City automatic in India manufactured between February 2014 – November 2014. The voluntary recall is limited to the cars equipped with automatic CVT transmission only.   In a statement issued by the carmaker, the CVT control software needs to be updated to optimize hydraulic pressure applied to the CVT unit. The owners are required to take their cars to the Honda dealerships where the software will be updated free of cost.   City automatic owners can check whether their car is part of this campaign by entering the car’s VIN number on a microsite at Honda India’s official website - Date published Fri, 23 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Audi S5 Sportback launched in India at Rs. 62.95 lakh German luxury carmaker, Audi, has launched S5 Sportback in India at a price of Rs. 62.95 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi. The S5 is powered by a 3.0-lt TFSI Quattro engine that accelerates the car to a 100kmph from standstill in just 5.1s.   Engine specifications   Engine Type V6 TFSI with Quattro Displacement 3.0-lt Maximum Power 333 hp Maximum Torque 440 Nm Top Speed 250 kmph Claimed FE 8.1 kmpl     Some of the key features of the S5 Sportback are:   Eight Airbags First-aid storage kit in rear armrest Anti-theft wheel bolts Audi Parking System Plus with rear-view camera Audi Drive Select Bang & Olufsen Sound System MMI® Navigation Plus with a17.78 centimeter color monitor Auto Engine Start/Stop function Date published Tue, 20 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0530 2016 Range Rover Evoque to be launched in November, bookings open Tata owned British SUV maker Land Rover has announced commencement of bookings for the 2016 edition of Range Rover Evoque in India. The company is now accepting bookings for the 2016 Evoque at all its dealerships throughout the country. The prices will be declared at the official launch that happens in November 2015.   The updated RR Evoque gets new features in the form of Hands-free tailgate function, Heads Up Display, Surround Camera System, 17 Speakers, 825 Watts MeridianTM Surround Sound System and Rear Seat Entertainment system.   RR Evoque is currently powered by 2.2-lt, 190hp diesel engine with standard four wheel drive. The engine is mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission and makes 420Nm of max. torque at just 2000 rpms. Date published Tue, 20 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Fiat launches Abarth Punto and Avventura, both under INR 10 lakh Fiat India made it very clear at the launch of the Abarth 595 Competizione about its plans to launch Punto Evo’s powerful Abarth version. The company has now, in a matter of few months, launched the Punto Abarth. The Abarth Punto is priced at INR 9.95 lakh, ex-showroom, New Delhi and will be available in one variant only. The Abarth Punto is powered by a 145 bhp, 1.4-lt T-Jet engine that takes it to a 100kmph from standstill in 8.8s. This makes the Abarth Punto quickest hatchback to reach 100kmph from 0 in India.   What came as a surprise was Fiat’s decision to launch the Avventura with the same 1.4-lt T-Jet engine making 140 bhp of maximum power. The ‘powered by Abarth’ Avventura also carries a price-tag of INR 9.95 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi and speeds to 100kmph from 0 in 9.9s. The ‘powered by Abarth’ Avventura is now the most powerful crossover in the country at that price.   For those who keep an eye on features besides performance, here is a list of the goodies that come standard in the Abarth Punto.   ·         Electric Boot open ·         Automatic air-conditioning ·         Soft touch front dashboard ·         Ambient light ·         Rear AC vents ·         Classy Infotainment system ·         Foldable keys ·         Follow me headlamps   Abarth Punto and the powerful Avventura will be available in limited exterior colour options. The same are listed as under:   Abarth Punto – Hip-hop Black and Pearl White with sporty red highlights Avventura powered by Abarth – Pearl White and Exotica Red with “Powered by Abarth” badges on the rear doors Date published Mon, 19 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Fiat Abarth Punto Launch On 19th October, Bookings Open Fiat has announced the official launch date of the Abarth Punto, which will be unleashed in India on 19th October. The Italian automaker has started accepting bookings at INR 50,000 and the expected price of the performance hatchback is under INR 10 lakhs. The Scorpion will get a 1.4-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that produces 145 BHP of power and 200 Nm of torque, mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox.   The hot hatch will also come with drastic exterior changes to make it look sporty and distinct from the regular Punto Evo. Currently two colour options will be offered including a gloss black paint job with red race stripes and matte finish grey with orange race stripes. The alloys are the best part of the new styling that look sharp and very sporty. The mechanicals will gets some improvement along with a powerful petrol engine.    The Abarth Punto will get a stiffened suspension for sporty handling and improved braking performance to shed the speed. Along with the Abarth Punto, Fiat India also plans to introduce the Abarth powered Avventura that will make it much more powerful. Both the new offerings are a treat for Fiat enthusiasts as they have been waiting since a long time for a powerful Punto Evo. Date published Sat, 17 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0530 2016 Maruti Ertiga Facelift Launched, Priced From INR 5.99 Lakhs Maruti Suzuki is well prepared for the ongoing festive season and had planned to launch a slew of new models including special editions, facelifts and new products including the upcoming Baleno hatchback. India’s larges carmaker has now launched the Ertiga MPV that has been priced from INR 5.99 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). The new offering comes with updated exteriors that look more premium and new list of features which makes the car more desirable.   The Maruti Ertiga facelift also comes with the latest SHVS mild hybrid technology with its diesel version, which was seen on the Ciaz first. The front fascia has been revised with the addition of chrome embellishments on the grille and a new sportier bumper. The side profile gets new design alloys that look much better than the previous ones. At the rear there is a new thick slat of chrome and a refreshed bumper as well.    The interiors get new features including keyless entry and go with push button start/stop, touchscreen infotainment system, SmartPlay with navigation, reverse parking camera, 50:50 split second row seats and more. In terms of safety, Maruti has made airbag and ABS standard across all variants, which comes as an optional kit with the base variant. Powering the Ertiga is the same 1.4-litre petrol (95 PS, 130 Nm) and 1.3-litre diesel (90 PS, 200 Nm) engine. The claimed fuel efficiency figures stand at 17.50 km/l for petrol and 24.52 km/l for diesel.    Ertiga Petrol Pricing (ex-showroom, Delhi) –   LXi MT – INR 5,99,907/- LXi (O) MT – INR 6,35,339/- VXi MT – INR 7,26,257/- VXi AT – INR 8,26,257/- ZXi MT – INR 7,85,561/- ZXi+ MT – INR 8,42,572/-   Ertiga Diesel Pricing (ex-showroom, Delhi) –   LDi MT – INR 7,55,826/- LDi (O) MT – INR 7,62,778/- VDi MT – INR 8,26,300/- ZDi MT – INR 8,82,540/- ZDi+ MT – INR 9,25,358/- Date published Sat, 17 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Ford appoints genuine parts distributor in Maharashtra and Goa In order to improve customer satisfaction, Ford India is expanding its genuine parts network throughout the nation. The American carmaker has now appointed Autoji Ford Parts of Pune to offer Ford parts to retailer buyers and repair shops. After this, the company intends to expand its network to Gujarat, Rajasthan and East India.   Speaking at the occasion, N Prabhu, vice president, Ford customer service operations, Ford India, said “As we introduce new products and bring more customers to Ford fold, we are committed to ensure convenience and easy availability of genuine spare parts. With the continued expansion of our retail distribution network, we will be closer to our customers by ensuring a reliable and improved customer experience.”   Besides Ford, other carmakers are now following the same strategy to improve customer satisfaction and reducing servicing costs. Such initiatives also increase brand reliability and open opportunities for non-branded garages to offer best services to car owners. Date published Fri, 16 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Toyota enlivens Liva ahead of the festive season Toyota India has prepped up its only hatchback in India, the Liva, in the wake of upcoming 2015 festive season. The updated Liva is now available in its petrol version starting from INR 5.76 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi while the diesel version starting at INR 6.79 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi. The new additions to the Liva are as follows:   Dual Tone Painted Contrast Roof & Pillar 15 Inch Diamond Cut Alloy Wheels Wood Finish Interior with Bluetooth Audio New Dual Tone Seat Fabric Rear Roof Spoiler Black Grille & ORVMs (Outside Rear View Mirror) Standard Dual Front SRS (Supplemental Restraint System) Airbags and  Standard Pre Tensioner and Force Limiter Front Seatbelts   In the excessively populated hatchback segment, the Liva competes with Hyundai i20, Maruti Suzuki Swift, Renault Pulse, Nissan Micra, VW Polo, Honda Jazz and the new Ford Figo. Ahead of the festive season, expect the competition to heat up further as Maruti Suzuki launches the Baleno as well that will settle at the higher end of this segment. Date published Fri, 16 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Datsun Go vs Renault Kwid vs Hyundai Eon vs Maruti Alto K10   Car Datsun Go A Renault Kwid RxT Airbag Hyundai Eon Manual Era+ MS Alto K10 VXI Metallic Price (ex-sh, Delhi) INR 3.49 L INR 3.53 L INR 3.54 L INR 3.56 L Engine Disp. 1198cc 799cc 814cc 998cc Maximum Power 68PS @ 5000rpm 54PS @ 5678rpm 56PS @ 5500rpm 68PS @ 6000 rpm Maximum Torque 104Nm @ 4000rpm 72Nm @ 4386rpm 74.5Nm @ 4000rpm 90Nm @ 3500rpm Claimed FE 20.6 kmpl 25.17 kmpl 21.1 kmpl 24.07 kmpl Transmission 5-MT 5-MT 5-MT 5-MT Sum up – Datsun’s Go is the car that outperforms all others easily in this comparo. It has the biggest engine in this class that makes as much power as the Alto K10 but at lower rpms. K10 can be called the dark horse here, it is a small car but packs a punch. The engine is not only adequate for the car’s size but also returns good fuel efficiency. On papers, Kwid is the most fuel efficient of the lot but its engine is also the least powerful.     Car Datsun Go A Renault Kwid RxT Airbag Hyundai Eon Manual Era+ MS Alto K10 VXI Metallic Length x Width x Height 3785mm x 1635mm x 1485mm 3679mm x 1579mm x 1478mm 3495mm x 1550mm x 1500mm 3545mm x 1490mm x 1475mm Wheelbase (mm) 2450mm 2422mm 2380mm 2360mm Tyre & wheel size 155/70 R13 155/80 R13 145/80 R12 155/65 R13 Alloy wheels No No No No Sum up – Datsun Go again remains on top when it comes to the size of the car. The Go has the largest wheelbase and cabin space is pretty good. Surprisingly, the Kwid’s wheelbase is also in the Go’s vicinity though dimensionally, the Kwid is not as big. Alto K10 will have the smallest cabin in segment.     Car Datsun Go A Renault Kwid RxT Airbag Hyundai Eon Manual Era+ MS Alto K10 VXI Metallic Follow-Me-Home Headlamps Yes No No No Power Steering Yes No Yes Yes Front Power Windows No No Yes Yes Music System No Optional No Yes Central Locking No No No Yes ORVM (pass. Side) Yes No No Yes (int. adjust) Full wheel cover No No No Yes Sum up – Surprisingly, it’s a Maruti Suzuki this time that leads the feature-charts. The Alto K10 is the most complete car in this segment as it gets important features like music system , central locking, passenger side ORVM and wheel cover; which are all essential and are bought as aftermarket attachments otherwise. The Alto K10 is the most VFM is this segment.     Overall   We feel that it is the Datsun Go which the best car in this segment. Yes, it doesn’t look as good as the Kwid and doesn’t get as many features as the Alto K10, but the Go is the biggest in segment and has the most powerful engine, something that the aftermarket can’t alter. Add a music system for under INR 10K and the Go is ready to make your commutes easy and entertained. Though not by a big margin, but the Go is also the cheapest car of the lot. One car that is not in the consideration currently is the Eon, while it is on the verge of a makeover, the Kwid has also taken the ‘best looker’ crown away from the Eon. Alto K10 is one good machine, but for those who travel alone as the cabin is by far the smallest in segment. The Kwid is definitely the most handsome of the lot, but that is it for it. So, we believe it is the Datsun Go that remains a great product for those considering to buy a car with an ex-showroom tag of INR 3.50 lakh. Date published Wed, 14 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Mercedes-Benz launches GLE Class at INR 58.90 lakh Empowering its already strong portfolio, German luxury carmaker, Mercedes-Benz has launched the latest version of the M Class SUV in India at INR 58,90 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi. Following the company's new nomenclature, the new M-Class is now known as the GLE Class and is launched with 2 engine options.   Variant GLE 250d GLE 350d Price INR 58.90 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi INR 69.90 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi Engine displacement 2143cc 2987cc Maximum power 204hp @ 3800 rpm 258hp @ 3400 rpm Maximum torque 500Nm @ 1600–1800 rpm 620Nm @ 1600 rpm Acceleration(0-100 km/s) 8.6 secs 7.1 secs Top speed approx. (km/h) 212 225 L x W x H (all in mm) 4819 x 2141 x 1796 4819 x 2141 x 1796 Wheelbase (mm) 2915 2915   Both the variants of the GLE Class SUV will be made in India at Mercedes-Benz’ Pune facility. Some of the key features of the GLE Class are 9G-TRONIC  nine-speed automatic transmission with Direct Select lever, AIRMATIC package with air suspension, 4MATIC permanent All-Wheel-Drive System, Downhill Speed Regulation (DSR), COMAND Online with New Generation Telematics, Touchpad, Parking Package with 360°Camera, Easy Pack Tailgate, Thermotronic (3 Zone) climate control, Keyless GO Start/Stop, ESP® with  Curve  Dynamic Assist, Crosswind Assist, Brake Assistance System, Attention Assist, Active Parking Assist, PRE-SAFE® and 6 airbags. Date published Wed, 14 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0530 COMPARO - Honda Mobilio vs Renault Lodgy If you're in the market to buy an MPV and are currently confused between the Japanese Honda Mobilio and the French Lodgy, this comparo will help you find out which diesel MPV should you go for. Some points to be considered before reading the comparo further:   1. We have not considered Maruti Suzuki Ertiga as the company is about to launch a refreshed version of the Ertiga very soon.   2. We have compared Lodgy's RXE to Mobilio's S variant as both these are the most-loaded diesel versions of the MPVs available under INR 10 lakh ex-showroom.     Car Renault Lodgy RXE Diesel Honda Mobilio S Diesel Price 9.09 Lakh ex-showroom, Delhi 8.97 Lakh ex-showroom, Delhi Engine Displacement 1461-cc 1498-cc Maximum Power 85PS @ 3750 rpm 100PS @ 3600 rpm Maximum Torque 200Nm @ 1900 rpm 200Nm @ 1750 rpm Claimed FE 21.04kmpl 24.2kmpl Transmission 5-speed manual 5-speed manual Sum Up – Renault offers Lodgy in 85PS and 110PS engine specs and the variant that falls between INR 10 lakh gets the 85PS diesel only. Compared to the Mobilio, the Lodgy’s engine does appear to be underpowered on paper though it offers as much torque as the Mobilio’s, albeit, at higher rpms. Claimed FE of Mobilio is higher than the Lodgy’s and power is transmitted through a 5-speed manual transmission in both cars. Renault has a 110PS engine spec for Lodgy that is priced higher, what’s interesting is that the 110PS engine is mated to a 6-speed transmission which can give the 110PS Lodgy an edge over any other MPV in its segment.   Car Renault Lodgy RXE Diesel Honda Mobilio S Diesel Length x Width x Height 4498mm x 1751mm x 1697mm 4386mm x 1683mm x 1603mm Wheelbase (mm) 2810 2652 Tyre & wheel size 185/65 R15 185/65 R15 Alloy wheels No No Ground Clearance 174mm 189mm Sum Up – Renault Lodgy’s dimensions are on the higher side than the Mobilio and the wheelbase is also bigger by 158mm. All this translates into a bigger cabin. The Lodgy is also taller than Mobilio and headroom in the cabin is also considerably greater. The Lodgy’s cabin feels roomier than the Mobilio and more like a UV.   Car Renault Lodgy RXE Diesel Honda Mobilio S Diesel Body coloured ORVMs No Yes Body coloured door handles No Yes Roof rail Yes No Interior Colour Scheme Dual tone Single Tone 2nd row armrest Yes No Tilt Steering Yes Yes 2-DIN music system No Yes Front power windows with one touch up/down No Yes Electrically adjustable power windows No Yes Keyless entry Yes Yes Headlight On Reminder Yes Yes ABS + EBD Yes Yes Sum Up – Honda’s Mobilio is considerably loaded as it gets useful features like music system, electrically adjustable  ORVMs and one touch up-down function of front power windows. Renault Lodgy gets a rear armrest that the Mobilio doesn’t. Both these cars in their sub-10lakh variants do not get front airbags which should have been there. Lodgy doesn’t even get body coloured ORVMs and door handles making it look ‘made-to-a-price’ and at that price, that’s a big no-no.   Overall – If one is to choose between the Lodgy and Mobilio for buying an MPV in the sub-10 lakh range, the Mobilio appears to be a better package as it gets more goodies than the Lodgy and also a more powerful engine. The only point where the Lodgy scores more is the interior room and cabin space. So, if you’re looking out for a complete MPV for your family in under INR 10lakh, Mobilio can be a better choice than the Renault’s Lodgy. We’ll soon be comparing the Mobilio with the Ertiga as Maruti Suzuki launches the facelift Ertiga this October. Check out some of our exclusive stories that reveal a lot about the upcoming Maruti Suzuki Ertiga. Date published Tue, 13 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Nissan Announces Festive Season Offers In India Nissan India has announced a range of new offers for the festive season on their cars including Terrano, Sunny and Micra. The Japanese automaker is providing free insurance on select variants for the first year of car ownership; along with an option of availing car finance at 8.99 percent. The benefits of select variants of the Terrano total up to INR 95,000, including a 5gm gold coin, Blaupaunkt in-dash navigation system and an exchange bonus of upto INR 30,000.   The Nissan Sunny sedan will be available with benefits up to INR 75,000 including accessories worth INR 10,000 and an exchange bonus of up to INR 30,000. Select variants of Micra and Micra Active will be available with benefits up to INR 45,000. These benefits will include accessories worth INR 5,000 and an exchange bonus of up to INR 20,000. These offers can be availed up to October 31, 2015.   Announcing the festive offers, Arun Malhotra – Managing Director, Nissan Motor India Pvt. Ltd. said, “For people in India, the buying decision process is usually inclined towards the festivities. They prefer buying during auspicious festivals and reserve their purchases for such occasions; it is also considered a favourable period to bring home a new car. Nissan is offering additional benefits and facilities to prompt their buying decision and enhance their car buying experience. To move a step closer to our customers, we have established over 200 touch points in the country today to cater to the increasing buying needs in India across all regions”. Date published Sun, 11 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Datsun Revises Prices Of GO And GO+, Adds New Features Datsun has made some changes in their lineup with the beginning of the festive season by revising the prices across the range, adding new features and offering festive deals. The most useful change is the addition of a new trim that comes with electric power steering at the lower end of the range offered with both GO hatchback and GO+ MPV. The festive offers include free insurance for the first year of the car ownership, along with availability of car finance at an improved rate of 8.99% per annum.   Announcing the offers, Arun Malhotra – Managing Director, Nissan Motor India Pvt. Ltd. said, “Datsun has addressed the requirements of a young and aspirational Indian customer. With its “Nayi Parampara” campaign, Datsun hopes to break the traditional mindset and offer a product which is stylish, practical and offers value-for-money. We are celebrating this festive season by offering special benefits to our customers and an attractively priced Datsun line-up for the Indian customers”.   Some key features in the GO and GO+ include power steering, electrical power windows and driver airbag in some variants and the 'follow me home' system and drive computer is standard across all variants.    Following are the revised prices of the Datsun range:   GO D - INR 3,23,000   GO A - INR 3,49,000   GO A EPS - INR 3,64,000   GO NXT - INR 3,89,000   GO T - INR 3,84,000   GO T (O) - INR 4,04,000   GO+ D - INR 3,79,000    GO+ A - INR 3,99,000    GO+ A EPS - INR 4,25,000    GO+ T - INR 4,56,000    GO+ T (O) - INR 4,76,000 Date published Sun, 11 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0530 General Motors India Announce Festive Offers On Chevrolet Cars The festive season has just begun and manufacturers are going all out to spin volumes in the most lucrative month of the year, when people are ready to spend money on cars. Chevrolet is offering some attractive schemes and offers on their vehicles to push the sales this season. The wide range of offers by the American automaker includes free 3+2 year extended warranty, free three-year maintenance package and free first year insurance on select models.   In addition to these, the carmaker is offering exchange benefits of up to INR 30,000 that is offered on all cars except Spark and Captiva. These special offers are available across all Chevrolet dealerships, till October 31, 2015. The Chevrolet Beat and Cruze will come with free 1st year insurance, 3 year maintenance package, 3+2 year extended warranty and an exchange bonus of INR 20,000 and INR 30,000 respectively.   The Chevrolet Sail and Sail U-VA to come with a 3 year maintenance package, 3+2 year extended warranty, and an exchange bonus of INR 20,000, while the Chevrolet Enjoy comes with a 3+2 year warranty along an exchange bonus of INR 25,000. The Chevrolet Tavera is coming with a 3 year warranty with an exchange bonus of INR 15,000. These schemes make the Chevrolet cars more desirable.   With the announcement of these schemes, Mr. Arvind Saxena, President and Managing Director, General Motors India said ”We are pleased to announce exciting offers on Chevrolet cars, to celebrate the festive period with customers in India. This is a great time to purchase Chevrolet cars, as customers will get the best value for their money along with complete piece of mind giving them a truly satisfying ownership experience”. Date published Sun, 11 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Volkswagen Limited Edition Polo Exquisite Launched Volkswagen India has launched a special edition Polo, termed as Polo Exquisite, which is based on the Highline trim. This limited edition trim comes with some visual updates that makes the hatchback look sporty and some more features for better convenience and comfort. The visual changes include a new contrasting black sunroof along with carbon fibre ORVMs that looks sporty with the red colour of the hatchback.   There are black roof rails as well along with trunk garnish and body side mouldings to accentuate the appearance of the German hatchback. On the inside, the Polo Exquisite gets a carbon fibre styled centre console in stead of the gloss black/silver finish it gets usually. There are new scuff plates on offer with the special edition along with revised seat covers. Volkswagen is offering detachable made-to-size window blinds along with new set of floor mats.   The Volkswagen Polo is a premium hatchback that comes with 1.5-litre diesel engine in two states of tune - one is 90 BHP for the regular diesel while the other is 105 BHP for the Polo GT TDI. The petrol engine options include a 1.2-litre GT TSI turbocharged petrol engine that produces 105 BHP mated to a 7-speed DSG auto and the regular 1.2 litre, 3-cylinder petrol engine produces 75 BHP, paired to a 5-speed manual transmission. Date published Sun, 11 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Volkswagen Launches New Vento Highline Plus In India As the festive season begins, Volkswagen India has launched a new range-topping, fully loaded trim of the Vento, christened as Vento Highline Plus. The new variant comes with some styling updates and a longer list of features which makes the sedan much more desirable. To spruce up the exterior styling, the Vento gets a black contrasting roof, side mouldings, black ORVMs along with a few updates.   The interior gets new scuff plates and floor mats, which makes the cabin look upmarket. The features list has got a little longer that includes a new multimedia navigation system that gets a touchscreen unit. The users can also connect their smartphone with the media system to stream music and place calls. The cabin also gets detachable made-to-size window blinds to keep the sun away.   Powering the Volkswagen Vento is a 1.5-litre diesel engine that produces 105 BHP of power and 250 Nm of torque, mated to either a 5-speed manual transmission or 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox. The Vento also comes with a 1.2-litre TSI turbocharged petrol engine that produces 105 BHP of power and 175 Nm of torque, mated to a 7-speed DSG automatic transmission. Date published Sun, 11 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Mercedes-Benz to launch GLE-Class SUV on 14th October, surpasses 10000 sales in 2015 The 10k sales barrier which was considered considerable in the luxury class has now become easily achievable in the Indian market now. While BMW and Audi are yet to reveal their sales figures for the current year, German counterpart Mercedes-Benz has announced that it has already surpassed 10k sales figure for the current year. With the festive season ahead, Mercedes-Benz will be looking to end the year on a record note.   Amongst Mercedes-Benz’ portfolio, the SUVs see a massive sales growth of 70% over the same period last year as the company registers an overall sales growth of 34% from 2014. The company gives credit of its high sales volumes to the new generation cars that it has launched this year.   Adding to the German major’s SUV line-up of GLA, M and GL-Class will be the new GLE-Class (M-Class heir) that the company will launch on October 14th, 2015.   In between, Mercedes-Benz has opened 12 new outlets this year and now sells cars in 39 cities through 80 dealerships. That also makes M-B the most approachable brand amongst luxury carmakers in India. Date published Wed, 07 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0530 BMW 1-Series Facelift Launched In India At INR 29.9 Lakhs BMW has silently launched the 1-Series facelift in India, which is priced from INR 29.9 lakhs (ex-showroom, Thane). The new BMW 1-Series gets drastic changes in terms of styling and some tweaks on the inside as well. The hatchback gets a revised nose, which was criticised earlier having ugly appearance. Now the grille has been reworked along with a fresh set of headlamps and bumper that give it a smart look.   The side profile looks the same but gets new alloy wheels and the new Bimmer is taller and wider than before. The rear section of the new hatch gets a brand new tail lamp cluster which looks sleeker and youthful. The pre-facelift model’s tail lamps looked derived from the Volkswagen Polo but the new ones make it look distinct.    The interiors of the BMW 1-Series facelift remains unchanged apart from the steering wheel design and a few tweaks to the infotainment system. Powering the 1-Series facelift is the same 2.0-litre diesel engine option that produces 150 BHP of power at 4000 RPM and 320 Nm of torque at 1500-3000 RPM, mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Date published Sat, 03 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0530 DC Avanti Officially Launched In India At INR 35.93 Lakhs Finally DC has officially announced the launch of India’s first sportscar, DC Avanti. The Avanti has been launched in India at INR 35.93 lakhs (ex-showroom, Pune). The performance car is now available for bookings at dealerships across the country. The car has been designed and engineered as per the Indian driving conditions and roads.   Powering the DC Avanti is a Renault sourced 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that produces a maximum power output of 250 BHP at 5500 RPM and a peak torque of 340 Nm at 2750-5000 RPM, mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. The DC Avanti can complete the sprint of 0-100 km/hr in 6 seconds and it has a limited top speed of 200 km/hr.    DC is offering a range of customisation options including exterior colour combinations, Apple CarPlay infotainment system, leather upholstery and much more. In terms of design, the DC Avanti looks quirky and manages to get attention. The safety equipment includes ABS, EBD and roll-cage. There are no airbags being offered with the Avanti despite being priced at a high INR 35.93 lakhs. Date published Sat, 03 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Mercedes To Launch GLE SUV In India On 14th October Mercedes-Benz has rejigged the badging of their lineup globally and now the newly badged vehicles are rolling out. The first re-badged Mercedes to hit the Indian shores is the GLE SUV, which is essentially the facelifted and updated version of the ML-Class. Mercedes will launch the new GLE in India on 14th October.   The new GLE comes with a host of styling updates including a new grille up front along with a new headlamp cluster and revised bumper. The side profile gets new alloy wheels and apart from that it looks exactly the same as the ML-Class. The rear gets a new LED tail lamp cluster with a new bumper to give a fresh appearance.   The Mercedes GLE will be offered in India with the same engine options of 2.0-litre 4-cylinder diesel and 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine. Both the engines will come mated to a new 9-speed 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission. The Mercedes GLE SUV will be coming with 4MATIC 4-wheel drive system for off-roading and better grip on wet surfaces. The new interiors will get some styling cues from the C-Class. Expect a marginal hike in the pricing compared to the outgoing model. Date published Sat, 03 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0530 BMW M6 Gran Coupe Facelift Launched In India At INR 1.70 Crores The updated BMW M6 Gran Coupe has been launched in India, priced at INR 1.70 Crores (ex-showroom, Delhi). Along with the introduction of the performance car, BMW has also inaugurated their first M Studio in Mumbai. This is a similar concept as the Mercedes AMG performance centres. The M Studio will be showcasing all the performance ///M models by the German automaker.   Powering the new BMW M6 Gran Coupe is the same 4.4-litre V8 engine that produces a maximum power output of 575 PS and 680 Nm of peak torque, mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission. The new Bimmer does a 0-100 km/hr sprint in just 4.2 seconds. In terms of styling, the new M6 Gran Coupe gets subtle tweaks up front on the headlights and the bumper which now gets more sporty.    The side profile looks more aggressive thanks to the new alloy wheels. The rear styling also remains more or less the same apart from the new tweaked bumper and LED tail lamps. The mild facelift doesn't get many changes on the inside as well and the interiors continue to look sporty with the 3-spoke ///M steering wheel. BMW will launch more such M Studios in the near future across the major cities in India. Date published Sat, 03 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Exclusive - Upcoming Maruti Suzuki Ertiga facelift variant line-up, new features Maruti Suzuki is slated to launch facelift model of its MPV Ertiga in India in the first half of October. We have already confirmed in a previous post through reliable sources that the updated Ertiga will be equipped with an AMT gearbox mated to the 1.4-lt petrol engine in Vxi variant and will also get Maruti’s SHVS hybrid technology paired to the diesel engine.   Currently, Maruti Suzuki is offering L, V and Z trims in Ertiga however, going forward, the facelift Ertiga will get additional L(O) and Z+ trims as well. Maruti Suzuki has stepped up to equip even the base version of Ertiga with a driver side airbag now however other key safety features like ABS and EBD are given a miss. From the L(O) variant onwards however, the company has standardized 2 front airbags (driver + passenger), seat belt pretentioner with force limiter, ABS and EBD.   Besides the changes made to the exteriors, the base variants are almost as much loaded as they were previously with only a driver-side airbag added to the lowest ‘L’ trim. The ‘V’ trim however gets more value now with new features like 2nd row accessory socket, bluetooth audio, 50:50 split 3rd row, reverse parking sensors and electrically foldable ORVMs adding to the list of features already available in the ‘V’ trim.   The ‘Z’ trim gets all the features mentioned in the ‘V’ trim. The top-of-the-line Z+ variant gets push-button start-stop, touchscreen SmartPlay audio system and reverse parking camera.   Ertiga’s current petrol range starts from INR 5.99 lakh and goes upto INR 7.66 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) and diesel range falls between INR 7.48 – INR 8.78 lakh ex-showroom, Delhi. Considering the updates and new additions, it’ll be safe to assume that the base variants might be priced INR 10,000-20,000 more than the current range and top variants might get INR 50,000-70,000 dearer.   Variant-wise feature detais   Ertiga will get gear shift indicator as well that is not there in the current version   Alloy wheels also get a new design Date published Wed, 30 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Confirmed - Maruti to offer SHVS hybrid tech & AMT in facelift Ertiga Maruti Suzuki will soon be updating its MPV Ertiga in India that will also get the company’s SHVS hybrid technology that currently powers Ciaz diesel. The company will also be offering its AMT automatic transmission in the facelift Ertiga mated to the 1.4-lt petrol engine.   Ertiga was launched in 2012 and has had a few updates already though they were primarily cosmetic. Maruti Suzuki will now launch a facelift of the Ertiga that will be powered by the same 1.4-lt petrol engine and SHVS diesel engine that powers the Ciaz sedan as well. While market response to the Ciaz SHVS has not been electric, Maruti Suzuki is soon expected to offer this technology throughout its line-up of diesel vehicles. With this technology under its hood, the Ertiga will also get the auto start/stop feature that comes standard with SHVS. We will soon be revealing details about the new features and additions that will be made to Ertiga in a different post.   Moving from the engine to the transmission, the Ertiga currenly gets a 5-speed manual transmission throughout its portfolio. However, Maruti Suzuki will now be offering the AMT automatic transmission as well mated to Ertiga’s 1.4-lt petrol engine. The AMT transmission will be available in Vxi variant only and might not be an option with the CNG version. 5-speed manual transmission will however continue as it is throughout the line-up.   The official document that we have received from our sources reveals that AMT will be available in Vxi trim. Note - SHVS symbol on top confirms that the facelift Ertiga will get this technology in diesel version. Date published Mon, 28 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Renault Kwid Launched In India at INR 2.57 Lakh French carmaker Renault has launched its most affordable car in the Indian market, the Kwid at a starting price of INR 2.57 lakh ex-showroom. Renault Kwid will be available in 6 variants and the top variant that we have driven is priced at INR 3.54 lakh ex-showroom. Read our review of the Kwid look and design here.   Prices in detail   2015 Renault Kwid Prices (ex-showroom, Delhi) –   Kwid STD – Rs. 2,56,968/- Kwid RXE – Rs. 2,88,960/- Kwid RXE (O) – Rs. 2,94,960/- Kwid RXL – Rs. 3,11,664/- Kwid RXT – Rs. 3,44,131/- Kwid RXT (O) – Rs. 3,53,131/-   As far as cut-throat pricing of the Kwid is concerned, the company gives credit to the 98% localization of the car’s parts in India that has led to such a price. Renault has plans to hit the small car market by a storm with the Kwid which is also the most fuel-efficient petrol car in India as it delivers a claimed FE of 25.17 kmpl from its 800-cc petrol engine. We have separately written in detail about the engine, transmission and drive of the Kwid here.   The Kwid will compete with Maruti Suzuki’s Alto and Alto 800, Hyundai’s Eon and Datsun’s Go. Considering Kwid’s pricing and the package, the Kwid can be considered as the segment best if the top-variants of the cars in question are placed on the same platform.   In line with Kwid’s SUV-inspired exteriors, the car also offers segment best ground clearance of 180mm, a large 300-l boot and a 7-inch multimedia system borrowed from bigger cars like Renault Duster. Date published Thu, 24 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Review - 2015 VW Jetta Diesel Automatic The world is constantly upgrading; to the latest technology, new gadgets, faster internet and more. With every passing day, we strive harder to upgrade ourselves. Whether it is a new house, a better job or our car, we Indians are passionate about material things and take pride in updating and upgrading ourselves. There are however times when we fall short of the things that we want; monetarily, at times, even practically. Those who live in metros would understand the pain when your new car gets scratched or someone just loves his car getting intimate to yours (will talk more about it at the end of this review).   LED DRLs on the updated Jetta are attractive but are available in Highline variant only. Lower variants get non-LED DRLs. Headlamp washers are also an exclusive addition on the Highline trim. Other key features available on Highline trim of VW Jetta Shark fin antenna Xenon Headlamps Dynamic Cornering Lights Headlamp Washer 12-way electrically adjustable driver's seat Paddle shifters Cruise Control   When it comes to spending over INR 20 lakh for a car, there are a lot of things that matter and some that do not. In an era when we are so brand conscious that everything right from our footwear to headgear is done in the best of brands, it is obvious that we are tempted to buy the Mercs, Bimmers and Audis when we find them at the brink of our budget. There are, however, some options not as flashy, but definitely equally substantial that would not only draw less buck out of our pocket, but will also deliver a similar ownership experience if not better (for those planning to enter the luxury segment straightaway). The Jetta then, from VW, has everything required to plant a smile on us epicurean Indians without making a hole in our pockets. For those, on the other hand, planning to upgrade to a Jetta from the Citys and Vernas, the experience will be overwhelming to say the least. Why? Keep reading..   The current Jetta, a facelift of the previous we had, undoubtedly looks the best Jetta has ever been. The dazzling front DRLs with chrome lines running across the front grill and the bumper impart a confident stance when looked from the front. The strong horizontal lines upfront with a tidy (read “with minimum creases and tight shutlines”) bonnet appear to establish Jetta as a more premium car than its sticker price would suggest. Taut, sharp lines have always been VW’s forte and their cars look ‘built to last’, and the theme is carried over in the Jetta from the front to the rear. VW designs its cars with minimum fuss and therefore you’d just find a strong shoulder line running all the way from the headlamp to the tail-lamp supported design-wise by a sharp crease on the doors to shun monotony. Smart 5x2 spoke alloys and chrome beading on the windows remain the striking design elements on the otherwise simple exteriors. The rear appears to be inspired by Audi cars as far as the design and layout of the tail-lamps, bumper and the license plate is concerned. For those planning to settle with the Jetta instead of spending more money will be happy to absorb the fact that part sharing is a common practice between VW group companies and Audi is a part of it.   The Jetta might not have flowy lines or sharp creases, but the overall design still stands out and it looks premium.   Where the Jetta delivers the most is however on the inside, not with the gadgetry, but with the overall experience.While the outside world never gets to know what luxury lies inside, the fact that Jetta reminds of the luxury vehicles is a proof of how well the interiors are done. You’ll find some simple laid out controls inside, it is the solidity and craftsmanship however that is worth an applause. And the other thing that ensures the feeling of sitting inside a premium car is space. While owners of the Polo and Vento would crib about their cars not being the most spacious of the lot, inside the Jetta, things are roomy. The front seats are accommodating and made for almost all body types, the knee room, under-thigh support and back support of the rear seats would keep the passengers in comfort even on the longest of the drives.   Rear passengers would never complain in a Jetta. The seats are well fabricated and offer good support from all sides. Rear bench os however good for 2 only and a 3rd passenger there would not sit in the best comfort. Light beige colour might be tough to maintain.   Where Jetta lacks and shows that it is luxury made-to-a-price (compared to the cars belonging to a segment above) is in the equipment department. While the car is loaded with cornering lights, LED DRLs, Xenon headlamps, headlamp washer, ASR, ABS, EBD, curtain airbags, heated ORVMs, cruise controls and auto headlamps, it misses out on important USB socket and rear parking camera, sunroof, triple zone air conditioning etc. However, for its own segment, the Jetta is decently loaded.   Why are we constantly comparing the Jetta with the cars from a segment above? Hint : Its that good!   In terms of sheer visual appeal, the interiors of Jetta are pretty basic and inherently VW in design. However, smart use of wooden inserts and piano black finish in the black-beige cabin lifts the cabin ambience. Though there are a lot of colour combinations in the cabin, everything has been neatly fabricated and there is never a feeling of anything being overdone. The dashboard gets a soft plastic trim with ergonomic placement of music system tilted slightly towards the driver. The wide center console laid in the middle of the cabin that separates driver from the front passenger needs a special mention as it appears to be wider than cars in this segment have, thereby reciprocating a feeling of opulence associated with cars of higher segments.   A strong point of the Jetta’s interiors is the way in which it is put together. Drive it over a stretch of rough road and the Jetta would pass it without a rattle. The ride is comfortable with suspensions soaking most of the road-uncertainties thereby making the ride pliant. The cabin doesn’t roll and pitch much and the Jetta is one car in which travelling long distances can be fun.   In tandem with the exterior design, the dashboard layout is also simple yet elegant. There's use of black plastic, beige plastic, wooden trim, glossy black trim and brushed aluminium trim. VW needs to be applauded to have used so many trims without making things look overdone on the inside. NOTE - Flat bottom steering wheel is great to hold.    The instrument console of the Jetta offers a lot of information to the driver like fuel efficiency, distance to empty, odometer etc. As a driver, what is also enjoyable is the way in which the cabin surrounds you from all sides thanks to short but apt sized windows, relatively low roof and heavily slanted windscreen.   Its not just the cabin that is driver focused but also the engine transmission combination. The Jetta automatic is powered by a 2.0-litre, 4 cylinder, 140PS diesel engine mated to a 6-speed DSG automatic transmission that can take it to a claimed top speed of 208kmph. VW declares a fuel efficiency of 16.96kmpl for this engine-transmission combination. During our drive though, the Jetta returned around 10.50 kmpl within city in medium traffic conditions. More than the fuel efficiency, it is the ease of DSG transmission that makes this saloon easy to drive in the city. The transmission also offers semi-manual controls in the form of paddle shifts which can be used to down/upshift at a moment’s notice if someone doesn’t agree with the DSG’s intelligence. The engine, though a bit noisy, is another reason why we felt the Jetta can be believed to belong to a segment above. The 2.0-lt engine gives Jetta enough power to remain on its heels till it crosses 160kmph without breaking a sweat and making passengers feel uncomfortable inside the cabin. Credit also goes to the sorted ride and handling and effective braking that can bring the Jetta to a halt without any fuss. The steering weighs up well on corners, the cabin doesn’t roll and pitch much, tyres offer great grip levels and electronics take over whenever needed to keep the Jetta on song.   Engine 4-Cyl, IN-line CR, Turbocharged Diesel engine Displacement 1968-cc Claimed FE 16.96kmpl Maximum Power 140PS@4200 RPM Maximum Torque 320Nm@1750-2500 RPM Transmission 6-speed automatic DSG Tyre Size 205/55 R16 Fuel Tank Capacity 55L     Verdict   As said before, the Jetta is a complete car and shines in all departments. In its segment, it stands out as a car with simplistic yet commanding design and can be referred to as a humble man’s luxury ride. New updates like DRLs add much needed bling to the Jetta. The engine is powerful and is mated to a credible DSG transmission that ensures driving pleasure associated with bigger cars. I mentioned in the beginning that it is hard for an owner of a new car to see his car being frayed in the city traffic and it can turn to be a nightmare if you’ve spent your entire budget on a luxury car. For those who think practical and non-flashy, the Jetta is one car that can offer similar levels of refinement and appeal that a luxury car would, at 3/4th of the price. For those who are planning to upgrade to a bigger car, the Jetta can offer luxury matched by pricier cars.     Price   INR 20.2 lakh ex-showroom Delhi     Boot is adequate though wheel arches intrude inside. Loading lip is a little high. Boot is accessible from rear seat. Floor mounted accelerator pedal has ergonomic advantage. Highline trim gets RCD 510 touchscreen music system with 6-CD changer, aux-in and 8 speakers Date published Thu, 24 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Ford Figo Hatchback Launched In India, Priced From INR 4.3 Lakhs After gaining positive response from the Figo Aspire compact sedan, Ford has now launched the Figo hatchback, which is based on the Aspire and comes with many similarities except the rear design. The new Ford Figo has been priced from INR 4.3 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). The competitive pricing has been achieved thanks to heavy localisation and part sharing with the Aspire.    In terms of styling, the second generation Figo is miles ahead of its predecessor. It exhibits a fresh and youthful look. The interiors are finished in black for a sporty appeal unlike the more luxurious feeling Figo Aspire with beige interiors. The features on offer are the same such as Ford SYNC system, MyKey, MyFord Dock, AppLink, Bluetooth, 6 airbags, power adjustable ORVMs,etc.   The Figo hatchback is the first car in its segment to get 6 airbags, which is available on the range topping variant. The carmaker is also offering driver side airbag as standard across all variants. It is the most powerful car in its segment be it diesel or petrol with its 1.5-litre diesel engine and 1.5-litre petrol engine. The diesel version returns an ARAI claimed fuel mileage of 25.83 km/l.   The Ford Figo hatchback also has the longest wheelbase in its class along with the highest ground clearance of 2491 mm and 174 mm respectively.    Ford Figo Petrol Prices (ex-showroom, Delhi) –   1.2 MT Base – INR 4,29,900/- 1.2 MT Ambiente – INR 4,56,600/- 1.2 MT Trend – INR 5,00,600/- 1.2 MT Trend+ – INR 5,25,600/- 1.2 MT Titanium – INR 5,75,600/- 1.2 MT Titanium+ – INR 6,40,600/- 1.5 AT Titanium – INR 6,91,600/-   Ford Figo Diesel Prices (ex-showroom, Delhi) –   1.5 MT Base – INR 5,29,900/- 1.5 MT Ambiente – INR 5,62,600/- 1.5 MT Trend – INR 5,97,600/- 1.5 MT Trend+ – INR 6,22,600/- 1.5 MT Titanium – INR 6,72,600/- 1.5 MT Titanium+ – INR 7,40,600/- Date published Wed, 23 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Renault Kwid - How it is on the road Unlike Nissan who opted to plant a powerpacked 1.2-lt engine on the Datsun Go, Renault has chosen to offer a smaller 799cc engine that makes 54PS of maximum power. The 3-cylinder engine is mated to a 5-speed slick gearbox and develops a maximum torque of 72Nm at 4386rpm. Before talking about the engine’s characteristics, it is important to mention here that Renault has done a good job in keeping the operation of clutch, brake, gear shifts, steering movement and other mechanicals light. Since Kwid is a small car and will mostly be preferred to ferry people in the city, driven by owners themselves, the car is fun to drive and easy to get accustomed to.     SPECIFICATIONS Engine displacement 799cc Cylinders/Valves 3-cyl/4-valves Transmission 5-speed manual synchromesh Maximum Power 54PS@5678rpm Maximum Torque 72Nm@4386rpm Tyre Size and wheels 155/80 R13     Back to the engine then that boasts of sipping the least petrol per kilometer than any other petrol car in the country. Renault claims a fuel efficiency of 25.17 kmpl and credits the use of lightweight materials on car, aluminium usage in engine construction and other weight-saving and FE-increasing measures. Where that impacts the most is on the car’s performance. Since an engine will sip more petrol to generate more power, both maximum power and torque are realized at high rpms and theacceleration is kept in check. So, while the mid-range is decent, the engine is not very lively at both the bottom and top-end. Gear ratios are tall which is expected as it helps in achieving higher fuel efficiency. (How? – Tall gear ratios mean that shift points are seperated by a good margin and that is done while ensuring that the engine doesn’t rev eagerly. Relatively slow revving nature contains fuel-sipping to some extent). The mid-range where the maximum torque is achieved is where the Kwid remains the most peppy and happy. Good thing is that the gearbox is pretty smooth and slick and owners should enjoy keeping the Kwid on boil.   Another reason why someone wouldn’t mind to keep the Kwid on hurried mode is because the engine bay is well insulated to keep the engine noise at the least. While the engine noise does creep in when pushed hard, in comparison to the Marutis, it is very well subdued.   5-speed manual transmission is a smooth shifting unit. Reverse gear can be engaged by lifting the stick upwards and follwing the direction. Steering-unit mounted stalks are however as per the Indian norm of indicator stalk being on the right and wiper operation stalk on the left.   I also liked the way the Kwid comes to a halt. Kwid comes with standard front disc brakes but doesn’t get ABS. For Kwid’s size and engine capability, the brakes do a good job though feel spongy at times. Nevertheless, the Kwid feels pretty confident under heavy braking too.   Handling is something that will attract polarized opinions. Those who like to keep the engine on boil will not like the way Kwid tackles corners at speeds. Blame it on the skinny tyres or the over-assisted steering, the Kwid does get nervous on the twisties as steering offers limited feedback and doesn’t appear precise. Slow down and drive within the city speeds and the Kwid is light as a feather thanks to the same power-assistance of the steering. All said and done, considering the the engine being not-made-to-push-hard, other variables like braking, handling and tranmission suitably complement the steady nature of the engine.   Body roll is well contained and the in-cabin comfort is good even at speeds. For its segment, the engine and road noise filtration inside the cabin is also well contained. Tyres are 13-in and do not look small visually. However, wider ones will definitely impart much needed grip at the cost of fuel-efficiency. Date published Wed, 16 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Renault Kwid - Exterior Review Overall length (mm) 3679 Overall width (mm) 1579 Overall height (mm) 1478 Wheelbase (mm) 2422 Ground clearance (mm) 180 Fuel tank capacity (lt) 28 Tyres 155/80 R13 Exterior Colour Options Fiery Red, Ice Cool White, Moonlight Silver, Outback Bronze, Planet Grey   Exteriors remain the plus point of Renualt Kwid. The overall silhouette of the vehicle is inspired by SUVs and that is the reason why there’s nothing that looks overdone. Since the Kwid is more like a proper SUV shrunk down, all dimensions are proportionally minimized and there’s no detail that looks awkward. From a distance, the Kwid deceives with its looks thanks to the SUV-inspired styling however, once you come close, you realize that it belongs to the A-B segment hatchback category only.   High rise bonnet, big front bumper with large fog-lamp and air intake housing and a big front grille take lead in imparting SUV-like appeal to the Kwid. Tyres look skinny but can obviously be upgraded. Notice the single wiper upfront used as a cost-cutting measure.   The front is very appealing with large front grill that also carries the Renault logo in between a well designed headlamp unit that gets chrome touches upping the premium quotient. Credit goes to Renault for cleverly adjusting the front windscreen slant and size in order to give the nose high-set appearance. Elements like large fog-lamp units and a air intake at the front are also smartly placed that add to the SUV-like character of the car. Wider tires and ORVM housing would have further made the car look butch (at that size, imagine!).   Kwid is one hatchback that doesn't look undertired though on-paper it should. Notice the 3-stid wheel rims and front fender placed turn indicator.   As you look at the Kwid from the side, you do realize that this is a small car however the silhouette keeps on wooing you. Again, some design cues like plastic cladding and wide plastic door guards have been intelligently incorporated to add muscle. Side indicator light is placed on the front fender and looks good. Full credit goes to the Kwid’s design team to have refrained from using sharp lines making way for smooth rounded-off curves reminiscent of the SUVs. What’s best? This is one small car with 13” 3-stud wheels and skinny tires that doesn’t look undertired. Standing ovation!   The Kwid looks elegant from the rear thanks to smart tail-lamps and minimum clutter. No reflectors or high-set stop lamp though! The bootlid has a smart horizontal crisp line that curves along the tail-lamps. From this angle, ground clearance of 180mm appears impactful.   Rear is by far the best in business and looks classy. When we first saw the car, everything looked so appealing that we wished that Renault should enlarge the Kwid as-it-is to make a smart looking SUV. The plastic cladding wraps around the car and holds the license plate at the rear. There’s also a smart looking integrated roof spoiler that adds to the SUV-character. Highlight is the stylish tail-lamps and a perfectly done boot lid with Renault logo and ‘Kwid’ nameplate in the center.   The headlamps get chrome inserts on both sides that look great.   Variant badging on the rear door looks neat. The Kwid will be offered in 4 variants : STD, RXE, RXL and RXT.   Even the top RXT variant gets steel rims done in black colour with wheel caps. Turn indicators are right on top of the wheel on front fender. Notice the other Kwid on the backdrop that looks more like an SUV!   Renault will be offering a lot of accessories for the Kwid. Chrome garnish on the grill and skid plate being a part of one package. Looks good!   Verdict Positives: 1 - SUV-like silhouette 2 - Profound use of plastic cladding that not only adds muscle but also some serious exterior protection in choked cities Negatives: 1 - 3-Stud wheels mean limited aftermarket alloy-wheel options. An upgrade to the wheels should be the most sought after thing amongst buyers as that would make the car complete 2 - ORVMs minus the housing, even in top-variant Date published Mon, 14 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Self-Drive Car Rental Voler Launched In Delhi There’s a new self-drive car rental in town, Voler that has launched initially in Delhi. The new service offers delivery at your doorstep along with 24/7 roadside assistance. There are 100 plus pickup locations currently in Delhi and their fleet ranges from Tata Nano and Honda Amaze to Toyota Fortuner and Mercedes GLA. They have some of the latest and interesting cars on offer with automatic and manual transmission options to choose from.   One can rent the Voler cars on the basis of hour, day, week or month. The cars come with insurance and nationwide access so there are no geographical restrictions. The service provider is looking to expand its fleet of cars to 1000 in the next six months along with expanding to major cities in the same timeline.    To book your ride you have to log on to and following are the steps that show you how the service works:   Return car with full fuel, fill checklist and lock Get car with full tank of fuel, unlock and fill checklist Select your car, sign-in and checkout Enter your location, schedule and delivery option Pay security deposit and upload your license Drive the vehicle The security deposit gets refunded   Voler cars is also offering get 30% off on all cars for your first ride with the Coupon Code - FirstDrive. Date published Wed, 09 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Mercedes To Launch S600 Maybach On 25th September In India Mercedes has launched the entire range of their flagship S-Class in India. The portfolio includes S63 AMG Sedan, S63 AMG Coupe, S500 Coupe, S600 Guard, S500 Petrol, S350 CDI and now the German automaker is all set to launch the S600 Maybach. The ultimate luxury sedan will compete against the likes of Rolls-Royce Phantom and Bentley Mulsanne.   What makes the Mercedes-Maybach S600 different from the regular S-Class is the longer wheelbase and insane cabin room to stretch your legs. There is a longer list of luxurious and convenient features on offer such as Magic Body Control suspension, panoramic sliding roof, power-operated sunblinds, heated windshield, heads-up display, LED intelligent lighting system, Burmester 3D Surround Sound System, Executive Rear Seat Package and a pair of silver-plated champagne flutes.   Powering the Mercedes-Maybach S600 is a 6.0-litre V12 engine that produces 523 BHP of immense power and 830 Nm of beefy torque, mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission. The luxurious limousine takes just 5 seconds to do the 0-100 km/hr sprint. However the sad part is the fuel efficiency, which stands at 5.53 km/l in the city and 8.5 km/l on the highway. We can expect the price to go north of INR 2.50 crores (ex-showroom, Delhi). Date published Wed, 09 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Mercedes Commences Local Assembly Of CLA And GLA In India Mercedes-Benz India has today commenced the local assembly of their entry level sedan CLA-Class and entry-level SUV GLA-Class. Both the vehicles were brought in via the CBU route. The CLA is the seventh product to be assembled locally in India. Both the petrol and diesel versions of the CLA will get assembled locally while the GLA will be assembled only in its petrol avatar, the GLA 200.    With the growing demand of the compact luxury sedan and increasing waiting  periods, Mercedes has finally decided to localise the CLA, which is expected to get a huge surge of demand in the festive season. It is being offered with interest rate of 9.99 percent and with service packages ensuring a low cost of ownership; starting as low at INR 1.99 per kilometer.    There are no changes in the locally assembled CLA and it continues to get powered by a 2.0-litre petrol engine that produces 183 BHP of power and 2.2-litre diesel engine that churns out 136 BHP. This clever move also comes after Audi has announced the entry-level and more affordable variant of the A3 Premium petrol. We can expect Mercedes to localise more cars in the future.    2015 Mercedes CLA Price (ex-showroom, Delhi)-   * CLA 200 CDI Style – INR 30.70 lakhs * CLA 200 Sport Petrol – INR 32.90 lakhs * CLA 200 CDI Sport – INR 33.90 lakhs   2015 Mercedes GLA Price (ex-showroom, Delhi)   * GLA 200 Sport Petrol – INR 33.90 lakhs * GLA 200 CDI Style – INR 31.31 lakhs * GLA 200 CDI Sport – INR 34.25 lakhs Date published Wed, 09 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Piaggio Vespa SXL 150 And VXL 150 Launched In India Piaggio has launched a new range of powerful Vespa scooters that get a new 150cc engine along with updated cosmetic and colour options. The Vespa SXL 150 and VXL 150 come with a staring price of INR 84,641/-. Along with the new 150cc twins, the Vespa SXL 125 and VXL 125 have also been updated.    The cosmetic changes on both the Vespa scooters include redesigned front apron, chrome bezel around the headlight cluster, new turn indicators, forged levers, new horn case, steel grab rail for pillion, revised tail light and updated instrument cluster with digital display. Mechanical updates include wider set of tyres and revised front suspension.    Coming to the engines, the 125cc scooters use a single-cylinder air-cooled engine that makes 10 BHP of maximum power and 10.6 Nm of peak torque, paired to a CVT automatic transmission. The new 150cc engine churns out a whopping 11.6 PS of maximum power at 7000 RPM with 11.5 Nm of peak torque at 5500 RPM, mated to the same CVT automatic transmission. The 150cc engine comes as a surprise, considering there are hardly any scooters in India available with such powerful engine options.    2015 Vespa VXL & SXL Price (ex-showroom, Pune) –   * VXL 150 – INR 84,641/- * SXL 150 – INR 88,696/- * VXL 125 – INR 77,308/- * SXL 125 – INR 81,967/- Date published Wed, 09 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Volvo XC90 Deliveries Begin In India, Receives 266 Bookings Volvo had introduced the new generation XC90 in India earlier this year, when the Swedish carmaker started accepting bookings for the luxury SUV. Now, the Scandinavian brand has received an impressive 266 bookings. The deliveries of the premium SUV have begun in Inda. The XC90 competes against the Audi Q7, BMW X5 and Mercedes GL-Class.   The stylish and modern SUV has great presence and is the first car to be designed on Volvo’s latest design language, which is quite striking. The exteriors get sharp headlights and elegant body work along with a sleek tail lamp cluster, which retains the curvy Volvo shape. The interiors are loaded with gadgets and gizmos including a huge touchscreen display.   Powering the Volvo XC90 is a 2.0-litre twin-turbo four-cylinder diesel engine that is tuned to produce 225 HP of maximum power and 470 Nm of peak torque, mated to a 8-speed automatic transmission. AWD comes as standard with the Volvo XC90. The SUV has also scored the highest safety ratings from EuroNCAP lately. It offers the best in class safety features as standard including the City-Safety that automatically applies brakes when senses obstacles. Date published Wed, 09 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Honda Launches Amaze And Mobilio Celebration Edition Honda has launched special edition of the Amaze and Mobilio in India that are christened as Celebration Editions. Ahead of the festive season in a bid to boost their volumes, Honda has made this move. These limited edition models come with cosmetic changes and longer list of features to make them more desirable.    Both the cars come with body graphics, premium upholstery with designer seat covers and cushions, steering wheel cover and floor mats. There are Celebration Edition emblems across the exteriors. The Celebration Edition is being offered across all variants both in diesel and petrol but only in two colour options that are Taffeta White and Orchid White Pearl.    There are no changes of course under the hood. The Honda Amaze comes with the option of a 1.2-litre petrol engine and a 1.5-litre diesel engine. The diesel engine is shared with the Mobilio as well that produces 100 PS of power and 200 Nm of torque. However, the Mobilio comes with a bigger petrol engine, which is the 1.5-litre i-VTEC engine also shared with the Honda City. These special edition variants are also being launched due to the dwindling sales of both the cars and Honda expects some increase in sales this festive season. Date published Wed, 09 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Triumph Tiger 800 XCA Launched In India At INR 13.75 Lakhs Triumph Motorcycles is continuously growing their portfolio in the Indian market with frequent launches. The British motorcycle maker has a wide range of motorcycles to offer in India including cruisers, performance bikes, adventure bikes and classics. The premium bike maker has now introduced their top-of-the-line adventure motorcycle Tiger 800 XCA, which is priced at INR 13.75 lakhs (Ex-showroom, Delhi).   The Tiger 800 XCA looks quite similar to its siblings but gets a long list of convenience and safety features on offer including 650-watt alternator that is used to power the heated rider and pillion seats, heated grips, and LED fog lights offered as standard. The bike also gets GPS system along with heated clothing system. Some of the equipment includes multiple riding modes, throttle maps, switchable ABS, cruise control and traction control.   Powering the Triumph Tiger 800 XCA is a 800cc in-line, 3-cylinder engine that produces 95 PS of power and 79 Nm of torque, mated to a 6-speed gearbox. The adventure motorcycle is available in two new colour options – Khaki Green and Crystal White. The Tiger 800 XCA is positioned above all the adventure bikes available in Triumph’s portfolio. It offers the best of both worlds, off-roading and cruising. Date published Wed, 09 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Mercedes AMG C63 S Launched In India AT INR 1.3 Crores Mercedes has launched the C63 S AMG in India, which makes it the 10th AMG car in its portfolio and 11th launch in 2015. The Mercedes C63 S AMG competes head on with the BMW M3, which is also a performance sedan based on the BMW 3-Series. The new AMG is imported to India via the CBU route and hence priced at a whopping INR 1.3 Crores (ex-showroom, Delhi).    In terms of styling one can find out the exact resemblance with the regular C-Class but there are many details that makes it stand apart. The C63 S AMG is very sporty thanks to the AMG elements thrown on the exterior. The front gets a huge grille along with a beefy bumper with big heirlooms. The side profile reveals the V8 bi-turbo badging and the massive multi-spoke alloy wheels that look gorgeous. The rear profile gets a sporty diffuser along with quad exhaust pipes.   Powering the Mercedes AMG C63 S is a V8 bi-turbo 4.0-litre engine that produces 510 BHP of power and 700 Nm of torque. The performance car does the 0-100 km/hr sprint in just 4 seconds with a top speed limited to 250 km/hr. The interiors are also very sporty getting carbon-fibre elements along with flat bottom steering wheel and AMG red seatbelts. There are many features on offer same as the regular C-Class sedan for convenience and practicality. Date published Wed, 09 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Land Rover Discovery Sport Launched In India Land Rover has launched the much awaited Discovery Sport SUV in India, which replaces the Freelander. The Discovery Sport has been priced from INR 46.1 lakhs (ex-showroom, Mumbai), which is quite an aggressive pricing for the segment it competes with. The Discovery Sport is the first 7-seater SUV in its segment and also the cheapest luxury SUV with 7-seats in India.    In terms of styling, the Discovery Sport gets the latest Land Rover design language. It has an identity of its own with a sleek and simple side profile, youthful front design and a bold rear with eye catchy headlights and tail lights. The Discovery Sport is based on the Range Rover Evoque platform with slight tweaks. It is capable of extreme off-roading and has 25 degrees of approach angle and a departure angle of 31 degrees with a ground clearance of 212 mm.   On the inside, the new Land Rover is airy and spacious that gets a simple dashboard layout which looks neat. It gets an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen system that comes with a host of connectivity options. Some key features of the car include LED DRLs, tyre pressure monitor, cruise control, ambient lighting, park assist, Haldex All-Wheel Drive system, etc.   Powering the Land Rover Discovery Sport is the same 2.2-litre diesel engine from the JLR family. It is available in two states of tune with TD4 and SD4 variants. The TD4 diesel engine churns out 150 PS of power and 400 Nm of torque, while the SD4 version churns out 190 PS of power with 420 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a 9-speed ZF automatic transmission.    2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport Prices (ex-showroom, Mumbai)–   * 2.2L TD4 Diesel S (5 Seats) – INR 46.10 Lakhs * 2.2L TD4 Diesel SE (5 Seats) – INR 51.01 Lakhs * 2.2L TD4 Diesel SE (5+2 Seats) – INR 52.50 Lakhs * 2.2L TD4 Diesel HSE (5 Seats) – INR 53.34 Lakhs * 2.2L TD4 Diesel HSE (5+2 Seats) – INR 54.83 Lakhs * 2.2L SD4 Diesel HSE Luxury (5 Seats) – INR 60.70 Lakhs * 2.2L SD4 Diesel HSE Luxury (5+2 Seats) – INR 62.18 Lakhs Date published Wed, 09 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Hyundai Records Highest Ever Monthly Sales Thanks To The Creta Hyundai has achieved a big milestone with the August sales by recording their highest ever monthly sales, all thanks to the Creta. The compact SUV’s overwhelming demand has surged the sales forward for the Korean automaker. Hyundai has clocked a whopping 40,505 units for the month of August 2015 along with the exports of 14,103 units, which has taken the cumulative monthly sales figure to 54,608 units.   The year-on-year hike of 20 percent for Hyundai makes it the highest ever monthly sales in their history. Retailing over 17,800 units in the previous mont, the Creta has broken all records amongst its competition as well as the brand. The demand is extremely high for the new compact SUV and waiting periods are getting longer.    In a bid to deliver the Creta on time and reduce the waiting period, Hyundai India has decided to ramp up the production of the Creta. The Hyundai Elite i20 has also participated significantly in the increasing sales of Hyundai. It has been the highest selling Hyundai for quite some time now along with the launch of the i20 Active.    Commenting on the August sales Mr. Rakesh Srivastava, Sr. VP- Sales and Marketing, HMIL said, "Hyundai recorded highest-ever single month with a volume of 40,505 units and growth of 20% over the last year led by strong youthful product portfolio in which the Global SUV CRETA, Elite i20 and i20 Active had volumes of more than 17,800 units showcasing the customers’ continued aspirational preference for new and exciting models even in these challenging times. Hyundai looks forward to sustain double digit growth above industry growth rate increasing market share in passenger vehicles" Date published Tue, 08 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Renault Duster Explore Limited Edition Launched At INR 9.99 Lakhs With the festive season just begun in India, car manufacturers have started rolling out new cars or limited edition variants to boost the sales. Now Renault India has launched a limited edition Duster Explore that comes with some cosmetic changes that makes the car look more attractive. The Duster Explore is based on the RXL variants of both 85 PS and 110 PS versions. It has been priced at INR 9.99 lakhs for the RXL 85 PS and INR 11.10 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the 110 PS version.   The changes on the exterior of the Duster Explore edition includes black race stripes on the side of the car, smoked headlamps, bull-bar integrated fog lamp cluster, black alloy wheels with orange painted hubs, side body decals and ORVM finished in black. The orange and black themes continue on the inside as well. There are orange details on the instrument cluster, AC vents, mats, seats and door pads.    The Renault Duster has also started feeling the heat from the likes of Hyundai Creta and the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross. With the new rivals, the sales of the French SUV can be seen dwindling of late. Renault is also preparing to launch the facelift version of the Duster, which is currently under testing. The new and updated Duster will come with an automatic transmission option along with more features and drastic cosmetic changes. Date published Tue, 08 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Renault Duster Explore Limited Edition Launched At INR 9.99 Lakhs With the festive season just begun in India, car manufacturers have started rolling out new cars or limited edition variants to boost the sales. Now Renault India has launched a limited edition Duster Explore that comes with some cosmetic changes that makes the car look more attractive. The Duster Explore is based on the RXL variants of both 85 PS and 110 PS versions. It has been priced at INR 9.99 lakhs for the RXL 85 PS and INR 11.10 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the 110 PS version.   The changes on the exterior of the Duster Explore edition includes black race stripes on the side of the car, smoked headlamps, bull-bar integrated fog lamp cluster, black alloy wheels with orange painted hubs, side body decals and ORVM finished in black. The orange and black themes continue on the inside as well. There are orange details on the instrument cluster, AC vents, mats, seats and door pads.    The Renault Duster has also started feeling the heat from the likes of Hyundai Creta and the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross. With the new rivals, the sales of the French SUV can be seen dwindling of late. Renault is also preparing to launch the facelift version of the Duster, which is currently under testing. The new and updated Duster will come with an automatic transmission option along with more features and drastic cosmetic changes. Date published Tue, 08 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Maruti Ciaz SHVS Diesel Hybrid Launched, Priced From INR 8.23 Lakhs Maruti Suzuki has replaced all the diesel variants of the Ciaz with the new SHVS diesel hybrid system, which is priced from INR 8.23 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). The automaker has introduced a unique technology in the segment for the first time, which makes the Ciaz a mild hybrid vehicle. It is not a full fledged hybrid but one which saves fuel. The Indian government has also given subsidy for the Ciaz, which makes it INR 15-20,000/- cheaper than before variant on variant.   The 1.3-litre diesel engine is mated to a high capacity battery and the SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle from Suzuki) technology uses an Integrated Starter Generator (ISG). This system supplements, making it more efficient than the conventional set up. The energy saved while decelerating/braking, which is otherwise lost, is stored in the high capacity battery, which assists during acceleration.    The changes on the Ciaz SHVS hybrid variant includes Power Assist, Brake Energy Regeneration, Idle Engine Start/Stop and Gear Shift Indicator. The claimed fuel efficiency of the car has now been increased to 28.09 km/l.    On the occasion of the launch, Mr Kenichi Ayukawa, Managing Director and CEO, MSIL, said, “Through Ciaz SHVS, we are deploying technology to benefit the customer and the environment, both at the same time. Brand Ciaz has been one the major success stories for Maruti Suzuki in the past one year. It has won nearly 60,000 customers in India and overseas and established itself as a leading brand in the premium sedan segment. Ciaz SHVS will further strengthen its position”. He emphasized “Ciaz SHVS is special also, because it helps us participate in India’s vision of promoting hybrid and electric vehicles. By offering support through the FAME program, the Government has ensured that hybrid technology, while being clean and customer friendly, also becomes more attractive and accessible”.   Maruti Ciaz SHVS Diesel Hybrid Introductory Prices (Ex-showroom Delhi):   VDi - INR 8,23,000   VDi (o) - INR 8,37,500   Vdi+ - INR 8,81,500   Zdi - INR 9,52,500   Zdi+ - INR 10,17,500 Date published Tue, 08 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Volkswagen Polo Gets New Features Across The Range Volkswagen India has updated the Indian lineup this year. After introducing the Jetta facelift early this year, the German automaker launched the Vento with cosmetic changes and new features recently. Now, the Polo hatch has got some useful changes across the range including the Polo GT TSI, Polo GT TDI and Cross Polo. The new features added to the Polo are cruise control, cooled glove box and electrically foldable ORVMs with turn indicators.   While the basic Trendline variant of the Polo gets only turn indicators on the ORVMs as an additional feature, the Highline variant is the one that gets all the additions. With the introduction of these convenient features, the Polo has become more practical. The only thing still missing on this hot hatch is the reverse parking camera.    Volkswagen has updated the Polo at the right time in the beginning of the festive season to get good volumes. Maruti Suzuki is also coming up with their premium hatchback later this year and the Hyundai Elite i20 is already spinning great numbers. To keep up in the competition, Volkswagen has taken a positive step ahead by revising the trim levels of the Polo.   New Volkswagen  Polo Ex-showroom Mumbai (INR)   Polo 1.2 MPI - INR 5,23,500/- Polo 1.5 TDI -  INR 6,55,800/- Cross Polo Petrol - INR 7,04,384/- Cross Polo Diesel - INR 8,31,489/- Polo GT TSI - INR 8,41,466/- Polo GT TDI - INR 8,41,524/- Date published Tue, 08 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Skoda Rapid Anniversary Edition Launched From INR 6.99 Lakhs Skoda India has launched the anniversary edition of their highest selling car, Rapid. The mechanicals remain unchanged but the German sedan now comes with cosmetic changes and new features on offer. The Skoda Rapid Anniversary Edition is priced from INR 6.99 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). Some of the key features include side door foils, contrasting tone roof foils and wood décor interior trims.   The range topping Elegance Plus trim will have the TrackPro car tracking device system, which will enable customers to stay connected with their vehicle and keep track of its location 24x7. TrackPro device will be synced with the car. Through the web application, the user will be able to track and obtain vehicle location live through 24x7 SMS, record vehicle trip history, assign over speed limit and boundary alerts and update tracking configurations like owner’s number, vehicle registration IDs etc.    It offers mobile alerts that notifies when the car getting towed, over speeding, entering and exiting boundaries and whenever the tracking device is disconnected or re-connected with the vehicle. The car is being offered with dual-front airbags as standard across all variants and the limited edition Skoda Rapid is only available across the country during the month of September, 2015.    Commenting on new introduction, Mr. Ashutosh Dixit, Director – Sales, Service & Marketing, ŠKODA AUTO India said, “The ŠKODA Rapid has been wowing buyers with its style, practicality and refinement since its launch in India, and now, thanks to ŠKODA’s commitment to enhance ownership experience and maximizing value, customers ordering the new Rapid Anniversary Edition will get even more value for their money.  It’s a testament to ŠKODA’s enduring legacy of offering clever and practical solutions for its patrons. With an amalgamation of technical features, added safety measures and appealing aesthetics, the Rapid Anniversary Edition will be a novel offering in the competitive C segment.” Date published Thu, 03 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Hyundai Elite i20 and i20 Active Now Get A Touchscreen Infotainment Hyundai has now launched new range topping trims of the Elite i20 and i20 Active that will get touchscreen unit in the centre console adding to the convenience. It is a 7-inch Audi Video Navigation touchscreen system which is also provided on the Hyundai Creta compact SUV. It included Bluetooth connectivity that syncs your contacts and also streams music.    There is a built-in navigation system with keyboard mechanism for the ease of searching destinations and typing locations. For further convenience it comes with pre-saved routes. It also doubles up as a parking camera display. Earlier in the i20, the parking camera display was placed on the rear-view mirror. Now it is much more convenient since it is being featured on the 7-inch screen.   The top end Asta (O) trim of the Elite i20 and top end SX trim of the i20 Active have got the new system. Both the petrol and diesel versions are being offerred with it. After the launch of the well kitted Honda Jazz, Hyundai has released the updated i20 to keep the volumes spinning. The package is now more desirable and the pricing is as follows:   Hyundai i20 Asta (O) Petrol: INR 7.17 lakhs Hyundai i20 Asta (O) Diesel: INR 8.28 lakhs Hyundai i20 Active SX Petrol: INR 7.92 lakhs Hyundai i20 Active SX Diesel: INR 9.17 lakhs Date published Thu, 03 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Ferrari Re-Enters The Indian Market With California T Ferrari, one of the most popular performance car brands in the world has re-entered the Indian market. Now with a more reliable network of sales and service, Ferrari has started its operations in the country. Ferrari owners and prospective owners were having many issues with the previous dealer in India that didn’t provide proper sales and service to the Indian audience. Now Ferrari promises for a hassle-free ownership experience.   Ferrari has launched the California T in the country which is priced at INR 3.45 Crores (ex-showroom, Delhi). The sports car comes with a 3.9-litre Bi-turbo V8 engine that churns out a massive 552 HP of power at 7500 RPM and 755 Nm of torque at 4750 RPM, mated to a 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. It takes just 3.6 seconds to do the 0-100 km/hr sprint while the top speed is rated at 315 km/hr.   New Delhi gets the newly-appointed Ferrari Dealer, Select Cars Pvt Ltd. which is expected to open in Mid-October 2015, and will be located at A-19 Mohan Co-Operative Industrial Estates on the main Mathura Road. In Mumbai, Navneet Motors are the newly appointed Ferrari Dealer and the showroom will open in October located at the Bandra Kurla Complex. Date published Thu, 03 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Audi A3 40 TFSI Premium Variant Launched In India At INR 25.50 Lakhs Audi India has now launched the entry level trim of the A3, which is the 40 TFSI Premium variant that comes with a 1.8-litre TFSI petrol engine. This is the only trim offering petrol engine now and the previous Premium Plus trim has been discontinued. The Audi A3 is an entry-level luxury sedan and the new updated lineup has made the German car more affordable and reachable to a wider audience.   The new Premium variant of the Audi A3 gets lesser features and misses out on the previously available 17-inch wheels, xenon headlights and parking sensors with display. The key highlights of the Premium 40 TFSI variant is electrically adjustable exterior mirrors, halogen lamps, Light/ Rain Sensor, lighting package plus, electronically adjustable driver seat and a chrome package. The High Gloss Package is also available on the model now.   On the occasion of the launch, Mr. Joe King, Head, Audi India said “The Audi A3 Sedan packaged with youthful design, visionary technology and luxurious performance has set new benchmarks in the compact luxury car segment. As it completes one year in India, we are happy to introduce this new model that makes an exceptional car even better. We are confident that the new features will further enhance the appeal of this Compact, Sporty, Progressive and Sophisticated sedan amongst the Audi enthusiasts.” Date published Thu, 03 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Toyota Camry Hybrid Facelift 2015 - Review Toyota has managed a feat of selling 8 million hybrids since their first hybrid vehicle and is commited to improve the numbers as well its cars. Good job, we say. However, the light in which we see the company’s made-in-India Camry Hybrid is a little different than just helping environment and proving the point that hybrid technology is here to last. Since we love to hear big petrol  engines roar and gut wrenching diesel engines making enormous thrust, we would be lying if we say that a hybrid quenches our thirst for performance. We have also talked a lot about the Camry hybrid’s powertrain and its environ-loving nature in pre-facelift Camry hybrid’s review and were highly impressed with its overall fuel efficiency and the luxury it offered.   When Toyota launched the Camry hybrid’s facelift this year, we were a little surprised to see the dash of sportiness and performance intent on the Camry’s face. Camry has always been Toyota’s luxo-barge and has always had only one purpose, to transport people from one place to another in the most sumptuous manner a Toyota can, unless the owner upgrades to a Lexus. So, a sportier than ever front had us wondering if Toyota now wants the youth to be a part of its legacy, especially in India where our generation is making a point and showing the world what we can do. In order to find out whether a Toyota can actually usurp someone’s fascination for performance-driven luxury, we get behind the wheel of the Camry and…… seriously get behind the ‘wheel this time.     In the beginning, we mentioned that a Camry can be regarded as a poor man’s (relatively, of course) call of luxury and we were specifically pointing towards the hybrid version for the sheer in-cabin comfort it has on offer. With enough charge on hand, the Camry wakes up with batteries working and no clatter at all from the engine bay. With that, amongst any luxury car on offer at Camry’s price and even twice, the Camry beats it hands down for sheer in-cabin hush at stanstill. Toyota has also offered thick carpet throughout the Camry and some more cusion at the rear (in the boot) to reduce in-cabin noise to the lowest possible and have very well succeeded. The cabin of the Camry is by far the most ear-friendly cabin amongst peers and is a blessing to be driven in after a hard day’s work. While the Camry scores heavily on cabin’s magnifence, the engine note does filter inside when pushed hard. The other most apparent sound inside the cabin is that of the steering wheel’s uncanny hum when rotated and tchh-tchh of the brake pedal, that functions as charger for the batteries under operation. The panels are otherwise well fixed and do not rattle, and the fact that we could count on fingers the various noises that can be heard inside the Camry Hybrid’s cabin is in itself a valid proof of how good it is.   Boot is generous even though the battery pack takes some space. A rear placed battery pack allows better weight distribution and that is evident when you brake/accelerate the Camry Hybrid in a hurry.   Since it was mostly how it feels behind the ‘wheel this time, on a drag strip, the Camry Hybrid managed to do a 0-100kmph in under 9s easily. As we did not have a proper instrument for testing, we can not claim the figures but as a driver, I felt if was closer to 8s, especially when the engine remains on boil from the very beginning (that is, only engine power on launch). On hard pedal-to-metal stuff, the Camry Hybrid’s engine and batteries work in tandem and offer this mammoth of a sedan surprising acceleration that doesn’t generally go with the car’s attire. Since Camry Hybrid carries additional weight of the battery pack, the momentum going in is definitely high but the brakes respond well and bring the Camry hybrid to rest in a controlled manner. The brakes do appear a little spongy, especially at lower speeds however are pretty effective throughout the speed range. Thanks to less weight bias at the front (with batteries are placed at the rear), the Camry Hybrid’s cabin doesn’t pitch much even under hard braking. So, comfort in the cabin is top notch.   Engine Type Petrol with 4 cylinders placed in-line Displacement 2494 cc Maximum Power 160PS @ 5700 rpm Maximum Torque 213 Nm @ 4500 rpm Maximum Power (Motor Generator) 143 PS Maximum Torque (Motor Generator) 270 Nm Maximum Power (Total) 205 PS   In the meanwhile, we had our sight on the amount of fuel-consumed too and trust me, the Camry doesn’t burn a hole in the pocket, and that is primarily because the batteries come into play. Within city, the Camry hybrid returns better fuel efficiency figures than on the highway. If this statement has surprised you and you are the one who travels more in the city and a lavish rear seat is your ultimate throne, then look no further, you’re reading the review of the car you should buy. The hybrid powertrain of the Camry comes into play at speeds below 60kmph and over it, the engine takes over as the sole power producer and batteries only aid it by adding more power to the combination when required. So, ideally, you have a better chance to play with the hybrid powerplant in the city and let it do the most of the business. When we did it, the Camry’s figures never dropped below 13kmpl. For this big a car powered with that big an engine, it deserves a standing ovation. When on the open roads and pushed a little, the fuel efficiency doesn’t change much.   New instrument console looks better than the previous one. Driver has a lot of information on demand. Toyota doesn't offer a tachometer instead opts for a charging display. The engine doesn't rev at idle!   Mechanically, nothing on the Camry has changed. However, Toyota definitely had some wonderful designers hired to give the Camry a fresh look, and they have certainly done a commendable job. What was previously a boring front has now been redesigned completely. The design of headlamps has changed with smart DRLs incorporated, chrome treatment is now not only restricted to fog lamp housing for the good. The quad grille on the front housing the number plate is also bigger and bolder than before. Triangular fog lamps are now not only sleeker than before but are also placed upside down. Rest of the car remains the same besides new multi spoke alloy wheels with more spokes and chrome garnish on the rear bumper. Overall, with a redesigned front, the Camry now looks better than it ever was and has the right mix of modernity, sportiness and lavishness.   The Camry looks better than ever thanks to a redesigned front with sleeker and sharper headlamps, larger intake and DRLs. Rest of the car remains almost the same.Notice the multispoke new alloy wheels. LxWxH 4825mm x 1825mm x 1480mm Ground Clearance 160mm Turning Radius 5.5m Fuel Tank Cap. 65-lt Tyres 215/55 R17   On the inside, there were never complaints and Toyota had nothing much to change. What will always need a special mention here is Camry’s seats that can be best described as generous and restful. The cushion, orientation and position of all the seats is perfect for most body styles with innumerable seat arrangements available thanks to them being electrically adjustable. If Toyota could facilitate the rear passengers with adjustable under-thigh support and seat ventilation alongside the adjustable seat back, the rear would become undeniably the best in business and better than many cars twice the price (not that we’re complaining). The front passenger seat has adjustment buttons in reach of the rear passenger and driver which is a thoughtful feature.   One of the best rear seats for sure loaded with goodies like adjustable back, temperature control and entertainment controls on armrest, privacy curtains and grab handles. A bit more under-thigh support, ventilated seats and two 12V sockets/USB ports is what we demand. A female friend also pointed absence of a vanity mirror and a sunroof - Toyota - Hope you're listening!   There are some minor changes though as the updated Camry gets a new instrument console with circular dials for speedo and energy meter that looks better than the previous unit. Changes to the entertainment unit include re-placement of ‘seek’ and ‘track’ buttons on the far end from the driver. The air-con unit also does away with circular knobs for adjusting individual front temperature zone besides change of colour and better material for fan-speed and air-con mode knobs. Overall, though changes made to the front dashboard are minimal, they add significant class to the already good looking cabin. Rest everything inside remains the same and Camry’s cabin lives perfectly up to the car’s perception of a comfortable sedan.   Center console on the dashboard houses the entertainment controls, air con controls, ECO/EV mode option, controls for front seat ventilation and electric rear curtain. Quality is top notch though bland black plastic might look dated soon.   The dashboard is a neatly laid out unit done in beige-black colours and wooden trim that looks classy. Everything opens/closes in a sophisticated manner and nothing rattles. Steering is large as it has always been with mega-sized controls that take time to get used to. The hand brake (foot brake rather) is shifted into the driver's footwell.   E-CVT Gearbox offers linear acceleration and no fuss when it comes to gear changing. Can't be called as responsive as a DSG but does the job well. Notice the seat perforations on the front seat that aid ventilation, a boon in summers.   Steering is a light unit to operate, unlike the heavy gadgetry it appears to carry. Gets wood-inserts on top and cruise control option on the right side (hidden behind). Controls are big but need time to get used to. Toyota logo in blue on the inside could have co-ordinated with the blue logo on the outside.   3-zone climate control gives rear passengers an option to set their own AC temperature. The cabin cools pretty quick. Rear A/C vents are the sole thing on the back of the armrest. A 12V socket there coupled with a USB port is a must considering the rear seat to be a focus area.   Controls on the rear center armrest   Controls to adjust the front passenger seat are accessible from the rear seat       Overall, the Camry Hybrid lives up to the expectation and betters its own self with the facelift version. We called it ‘poor man’s call of luxury’ as there’s nothing in its segment that matches its cabin silence and interior comfort. The question that remains unanswered now is whether it can usurp someone’s fascination for performance oriented luxury? On the straight expressways, the Camry Hybrid does the job but yes, this is not a machine you would go corner hunting in.   Price of Toyota Camry Hybrid (at launch, 2015) - INR 31.92 lakh ex-showroom Delhi Date published Wed, 02 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Hyundai Launches Always Around Free Check-Up Campaign Hyundai has launched a new ‘Always Around’ campaign starting from 23rd August 2015. The new campaign by the Korean automaker offers a 18-point check-up programme with discounts across 470 locations in India. The second largest carmaker in India is planning to expand their reach across the country with this campaign providing free check-up points for customers at convenient locations.   This year, Hyundai plans to take the campaign on a wider scale with more reach, covering around 8,000 locations by year end. The carmaker expected around 10,000 vehicles across 470 locations nationwide on the launch day itself. 18 point check-up consists of a thorough examination of the vehicle and services like free dry wash for the car, coolant and oil top-up. The Hyundai team will also collect suggestions and feedback on the performance of the vehicle & after sales service. The customers will also get a chance to test-drive the new Hyundai Creta compact SUV, which would be displayed at the venue.   Commenting on the campaign Mr. Rakesh Srivastava, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, HMIL, said, “The Hyundai ‘Always Around’ Campaign is an initiative to enhance the satisfaction levels of our customers. Our vision is to be the life time partner of our customers and we would like to offer premium Hyundai experience at all the touch points.  We value our customers and therefore we initiate such campaigns from time to time. We have received great response over the years and are confident that this campaign organized exclusively for Hyundai owners will be very successful.” Date published Tue, 25 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Mercedes India Inaugurates New 3S Facility In Raipur Mercedes-Benz is expanding its presence in the Indian car market with every passing day. After getting a good foothold on the major cities of India, the German automaker is now also focusing on the Tier II markets for a larger audience. People in India are now preferring to buy luxury cars and have enough money to spend for a premium car. Cashing in on the growing demand, Mercedes has inaugurated a full fledged 3S facility in Raipur, Chattisgarh.   Auto Hangar Raipur is 17,707 sq. ft. big and has been made with an investment of INR 80 mn. Within a span of 10 months the dealership was built from the ground up. The facilities include showroom and workshop, parking, exclusive customer lounge, Mercedes Café, Accessories and Collections from Mercedes-Benz.    Their workshop is equipped to handle preventive maintenance, general and body repairs too. The new outlet comes under their strategy of 15 in 15, wherein the carmaker had promised to introduce 15 new outlets and 15 new products in the year 2015. With the setup of this new facility in Raipur, Mercedes-Benz has a wide network in India with 74 outlets across 39 cities. The new dealership is located at NH#6, Tatibandh Square, Raipur. Date published Thu, 20 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Volkswagen India Ships 1,00,000th Car To Mexico Volkswagen India has been exporting cars from their plant in Pune since 2010 and have been exporting large units from our country. The German automaker has achieved a big milestone now by shipping the 1,00,000th car from India to Mexico. The milestone car shipped is a red Vento facelift 1.6 MPI petrol.    Volkswagen’s milestones until now:   March 2009:                Volkswagen Pune Plant inaugurated   December 2009:          Start of Polo production   August 2010:               Start of Vento production   December 2010:          Start of production for export to South Africa   July 2011:                    1,00,000th car rolled out of Pune Plant   July 2012:                    Start of production of left-hand drive cars   October 2013:              Start of export to Mexico   April 2014:                  50,000th export car rolled out of Volkswagen Pune Plant   December 2014:          With 1,11,444 units, the highest number of cars produced at Volkswagen              Pune Plant within one year      19 May 2015:               5,00,000th car rolled out of Pune Plant   20 August 2015:         1,00,000th car exported to Mexico from Pune Plant   Speaking on the big occasion, Mr. Carsten Goransch, Head of Logistics, Volkswagen India said “The primary focus of the company has been on the domestic market in India. However, with the decision to enter export markets, we have put our operations here in India on a broader and economically sustainable base.” He further added, “A Volkswagen built anywhere in the world meets the same quality standards. This is evident by the way the Volkswagen Vento and Polo have been accepted worldwide. With the success of our highest quality cars in a key market like Mexico, we can further increase our scope of export to other countries in the near future.” Date published Thu, 20 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Updated Suzuki Hayate Launched At INR 59,523 Suzuki Motorcycles India is on a spree of updating their offerings either with cosmetic changes, colours or mechanical updates. This time around, the Hayate commuter has got some changes to boost its sales during the festive season. The Suzuki Hayate commuter motorcycle now comes with updated cosmetics and slight changes in the mechanicals that makes it a much better package now.   The engine however, remains unchanged and the Suzuki Hayate continues to get powered by a 112.8cc single-cylinder engine unit that produces a maximum power of 8.3 BHP with 8.8 Nm of peak torque.   The new changes on the refreshed Suzuki Hayate commuter motorcycle includes body coloured side panels that make it look more appealing. There are new body decals that adds to the fresh styling. Suzuki is now offering a maintenance-free battery with the refreshed Hayate. There are tubeless tyres on offer too, which adds to the convenience. Finally, 5-step adjustable rear shock absorber, which you can adjust according to your preference.   With the new necessary features and styling updates on offer, the Hayate will find a new set of customers in the coming season. The motorcycle is priced at INR 59,523/- (on-road, Mumbai). Date published Thu, 20 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Audi A6 Matrix Facelift Launched In India At INR 49.5 Lakhs Audi has launched the A6 facelift termed as A6 Matrix that has been priced in India at INR 49.5 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). The updated sedan gets slight cosmetic changes, new features and updated mechanicals. The exteriors have got a revised grille and new Matrix headlamps with dynamic turn indicators that looks fresh. There are new alloys on offer and also rear tail lights to add some freshness to the styling.   The interiors of the new Audi A6 Matrix have also been tweaked with new colour schemes and new elements but the design remains more or less unchanged. Audi will be assembling the new model locally in India and for the time being there is only one trim on offer, which is the range topping S-Line trim.   The new additions on the Audi A6 Matrix include -   *  2.0L TDI engine generating 190 HP of power which is increased by 7 percent  *  Fuel efficiency increased by 5 percent  •  New 7-speed S tronic automatic transmission •  New Matrix LED headlights as standard *  New MMI system with 20.32 cm retractable screen *  Navigation with MMI Touch •  Voice Dialogue System •  Bose Surround Sound with 600 watts output •  Eight airbags, two of which are dedicated rear side airbags Date published Thu, 20 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Suzuki Lets Gets New Dual Tone Colours Suzuki has introduced new dual-tone colours on their scooter that adds to the visual appeal of the two-wheeler. Cashing in on the beginning of the festive season, Suzuki has introduced the new colours to boost the sales of the scooter. The new colours include Matte Grey and Matte Black, Pearl Suzuki Blue No. 2 and Matte Black; Pearl Mira Red and Matte Black.    Apart from these, Suzuki has also introduced a new mono Pearl Mirage White colour that makes it look smart and sporty. Along with the new colours, the Japanese bike manufacturer has introduced new decals and body graphics. The updates only include visual changes while the equipment and mechanicals remain unchanged.   Powering the Suzuki Lets is a 112.8cc single-cylinder engine that produces 8.7 HP of maximum power at 7500 RPM and 9 Nm of peak torque at 6500 RPM, paired to a CVT automatic transmission. The Suzuki Lets also gets the SEP (Suzuki Eco Performance) technology that returns optimum fuel efficiency. Date published Thu, 20 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0530 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser Facelift Unveiled, India Bound Toyota has revealed the facelifted version of the Land Cruiser 200, which is expected to hit the Indian shores next year via the CBU route. The Land Cruiser is a full-size SUV that is meant to offer luxury and practicality of 4-wheel drive at the same time. The car is very capable with its strong engine options but is priced at a premium in the Indian market due to high import duties.   The new version of the Land Cruiser 200 gets some cosmetic changes which makes it looks sharper and fresh than before. The new styling has helped the SUV cut the visual bulk. The front profile gets a huge grille along with sharp headlights and revised bumper. The side profile gets new alloys while the rear gets slightly refreshed.    The interiors get a new centre console with tweaked colour themes to add to the freshness. There is a long list of equipment on offer including many active safety features. Engine option of the new beast includes the same 4.6-litre V8 petrol engine unit that produces 318 PS of maximum power at 5600 RPM and 460 Nm of peak torque at 3400 RPM, mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Date published Thu, 20 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Honda CBR150R And CBR250R Recalled In India As a part of global recall, Honda Motorcycles and Scooters India has recalled the CBR150R and CBR250R for faulty starter relay switch. The bikes affected are manufactured between July 2014 and July 2015. Those who have bought these Honda bikes between the mentioned period should check it with their nearest service centre to get the replacement done.   The recall process of the bikes has been commenced from mid-August in the country and it will be done free of cost. Honda says that the part may have been applied incorrectly during the assembly of the motorcycle and hence the recall. The defect would possibly affect the battery voltage of the electrical system of the bike. This could cause the engine to either not start or to stall while on the move.   The defect would also lead to cause the starter relay to catch fire due to resistance. Honda has claimed that there have been no incident reported of the damage or any accident due to this issue. All the dealers across India are replacing the faulty part free of cost irrespective of the warranty. Having said that, both the motorcycle CBR150R and CR250R have been updated for the 2015 model year and are all set to launch in the coming weeks. Date published Thu, 20 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Mahindra TUV300 To Launch On 10th September Mahindra recently revealed the sketches of their upcoming compact SUV termed as TUV300. The baby SUV has been inspired from the design of a tank having sharp styling elements. The date has been announced and it is scheduled to launch on 10th September next month. It is a 7-seater compact SUV unlike the competition and is likely to pack in a lot of features including many segment first.   The interior of the Mahindra TUV300 will get new styling elements with minimal sharing from the other vehicles in the portfolio. It is a sub 4-metre vehicle and with heavy localisation, the pricing is also expected to be quite aggressive. Mahindra has developed a new 1.5-litre diesel engine for the TUV300, which will make its debut next mont with the compact SUV.   Mated to the 3-cylinder mHawk 80 diesel engine will be a 5-speed manual transmission and a 5-speed AMT gearbox. The vehicle has a front-wheel drive layout but all-wheel drive version can be expected in the future. The Mahindra TUV300 will also be exported to the other markets. Some of the key features to be offered with the compact SUV would include a touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity and Navigation system. Date published Wed, 19 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Maruti Alto 800 Onam Limited Edition Launched Maruti Suzuki has introduced a limited edition version of the Alto 800, christened as Onam edition. Onam is an auspicious festival of Kerala and Maruti Suzuki is celebrating it by launching this special edition on a special occasion. The hatchback gets cosmetic changes as well as a longer list of features. There are no mechanical changes as is the case with all limited edition Maruti cars.   The Alto 800 Onam Edition gets body graphics, Onam decals, new seat covers, reverse parking sensors, power car charger and audio system with 4 speakers. Apart from the aforementioned features there are no changes on the special edition Alto. The price of the limited edition Alto 800 is INR 17,350 more than the regular version and the accessories included are 26 percent cheaper than their original cost.   The festive season has already begun and this is the time when manufacturers get to spin the volumes by introducing new variants and special editions to the market. India’s largest carmaker is known for introducing special editions frequently with slight changes in the cosmetic and additional features to boost the appeal of the car. Date published Wed, 19 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Honda Activa Crosses 1 Crore Sales In India Honda has achieved a big milestone recently by crossing the sales mark of 1 crore units of the Honda Activa scooter. The automatic scooter was first launched in 2001 and immediately won the hearts of many Indians. It is the best selling two-wheeler in the country today. Also, every second scooter running on Indian roads is an Activa. On the very first fiscal year of its launch, the Honda Active achieved 55,000 units sales.   In FY’2014-15 Honda sold 2.1 million units of the Activa. The Japanese 2-wheeler manufacturer has frequently updated the Activa to continue the strong sales. The scooter has got cosmetic changes, mechanical changes and feature updates since its launch. The reason behind its success is the fact that it is easy to ride, has low maintenance, high fuel efficiency and looks upmarket.    Expressing delight on this landmark, Mr. Keita Muramatsu – President & CEO, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. said, “This achievement is more significant since Activa (an automatic scooter) has gained the trust of One Crore happy families in India. From reactivating the scooter segment in India in 2001 to leading the Scooterization of industry today, Honda’s iconic Activa has changed the way Indians ride to fulfill their dreams. We thank our valued customers and families who have made Activa the most preferred choice of families for commuting in India.” Date published Wed, 19 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Superbikes To Get Fined In Bengaluru For Noise Pollution The Joint Commissioner Of Transport has ordered the traffic police in Bengaluru to fine bikes with sound decibels of more than 80. After getting many complaints from the residents of Bengaluru, the  commissioner has decided to target premium bikes, which apparently create noise pollution with their high capacity engines. The superbikes and premium cruisers easily cross the sound decibels of 200 that are liable to get fined under the new rule.   This step from the commissioner comes across as a bizarre situation for the riders because Bengaluru is the most popular town for having high capacity motorcycles. The action against the premium bike riders seems to be meaningless since the owners pay the R.T.O for registration of their bikes, which clearly mention the specifications of the bike.    If the cops catch your bike violating the rules, you would have to pay a certain amount of fine. If you are caught the second time then your bike can get seized. The new rule also comes as a big trouble for Royal Enfield owners as many riders tend to modify their exhaust for the thumping noise. This increases the decibel levels and crosses the limit of 80. Date published Wed, 19 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Next Generation Hyundai Elantra Revealed, India Bound Hyundai has revealed the design of the next generation Elantra that looks quite stunning. The inspiration of the new styling seems to be coming from their premium Genesis brand, which makes it look luxurious. The mid-size sedan will be based on the Storm Edge design language, which is also seen on the Hyundai Santa Fe SUV. The headlights, alloys and the roofline looks quite smashing on the new Elantra.   The 2016 Hyundai Elantra has been revealed in rendering ahead of its debut in the coming days and the carmaker hasn’t revealed many details apart from the design. The new version is expected to get a lot of changes. The interiors will be revamped for a new design and updated list of equipment. The engine options are expected to be tweaked as well along with reworked suspension.   Hyundai will introduce the mid-size sedan in India soon after its global debut. Pricing is expected to be a tad premium than the current generation. We can expect some unique segment features on the upcoming Elantra. The new model will toughen the fight in its segment competing against the Toyota Corolla, Skoda Octavia and Volkswagen Jetta. Date published Wed, 19 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Mercedes C63 AMG Launch In India On 3rd September Mercedes-Benz India is set to launch yet another AMG and this time it is the C63 AMG S, which is based on the new generation C-Class. This would be the fourth AMG car launched in India this year and also the 10th AMG in Mercedes-Benz India’s portfolio. The Mercedes C63 AMG S will be the 11th car out of the 15 in 15 strategy in India by the German automaker.    Carrying the beautiful design of the C-Class, the AMG version looks much more aggressive and sporty, which makes it a true-blue AMG. The front profile gets sporty grille and huge airdams on the bumpers. The side profile reveals sporty side skirts and black rims that adds to the drama of AMGs. The rear profile gets spoiler lip, quad exhausts and black diffuser. There are subtle red highlights on the exteriors for the racy appeal.   On the inside you will see a lot of black elements with contrast stitching and rich materials such as alcantara and brushed silver for the sporty feel. The C63 AMG will come with similar features on offer and will be scoring high on safety as well. Powering the little beast is a 4.0-litre V8 twin-turbo petrol engine that produces 510 BHP of power and 700 Nm of torque, mated to a 7-speed Speedshift automatic transmission. 0-100 km/hr comes up in just 4 seconds. Date published Tue, 18 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Yamaha Alpha Now Gets 3 New Colours Yamaha Motor India has now introduced three new dual-tone colour options for the Yamaha Alpha scooter. The new colours include - Gleaming Gold, Beaming Blue and Rocking Red. These colours will be available at a premium of INR 1000 than the standard model, which is quite minimal. The scooter now seems to look more desirable with the new range of colours on offer.   Yamaha recently launched the Fascino scooter and is trying to boost the sales of the Alpha as well. With the upcoming festive season just around the corner, the manufacturers are trying their best to push the sales with new variants and colour options and also limited edition models.    Powering the Yamaha Alpha scooter is the same 113cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled, SOHC engine that produces a maximum power of 7.1 PS at 7500 RPM and a peak torque of 8.1 Nm at 5000 RPM, mated to a CVT automatic transmission. The Yamaha Alpha comes with the company’s new Blue Core technology that reduces friction and improves fuel efficiency. The claimed fuel efficiency of the Yamaha Alpha is 66 km/l. Date published Fri, 14 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Mercedes S63 AMG Launched In India At INR 2.53 Crores Mercedes is on a roll in India launching at least one product every month and quickly after the global launch of the car. The German luxury carmaker has now launched the performance version of its flagship S-Class saloon, the S63 AMG. Mercedes has now launched almost all versions of the S-Class including S-Class Coupe, S63 AMG Coupe, S-Guard, S500, S350. The carmaker will soon launch the S600 Maybach as well in the coming months.   In terms of styling, the S63 AMG gets very sporty elements such as the front bumper with huge black airdams, side skirts in black and rear revised bumper as well. The alloy wheels in dark finish also scream AMG from their athletic appearance. On the inside you get 3-spoke flat bottom steering wheel and dark interior trim to justify the AMG badge. There are still an array of luxury features on offer that are available with the regular S-Class.   Powering the Mercedes S63 AMG is a 5.5-litre Bi-turbo V8 engine that churns out a healthy 567 BHP of max power at 5500 RPM and 900 Nm of torque at 2250-3750 RPM, paired to a 7-speed SpeedShift AMG transmission. 0-100 km/hr sprint is achievable in 4.4 seconds while the top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/hr. Date published Fri, 14 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Ford Figo Aspire Launched From INR 4.90 Lakhs Ford India has launched yet another competitive vehicle Figo Aspire in the fast growing compact sedan segment. The car is priced from an aggressive INR 4.90 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi) that undercuts the well established competition by a good margin. The Ford Figo Aspire is a well rounded package in all regards, especially the exterior that looks quite youthful and sporty.   Powering the Ford Figo Aspire is a 1.2-litre petrol engine producing 88 PS at 6300 RPM and 112 Nm of torque at 4000 RPM, mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The 1.5-litre diesel engine churns out 100 PS at 3750 RPM and 215 Nm of torque at 1750-3000 RPM, mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. There is a 1.5-litre petrol engine as well that produces 112 PS at 6300 RPM and 136 Nm of torque at 4250 RPM, paired to a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox   Ford has paid great attention to the safety aspect of the Figo by introducing dual airbags as standard across all variants and segment leading six airbags offered on the range topping variant. The Figo Aspire also comes with ABS, EBD, ESP; TCS and Hill Start Assist along with perimeter alarm. The Figo Aspire is available in four variants - Ambiente, Trend, Titanium and Titanium+.   Pricing (ex-showroom, Delhi)-   Ford Figo Aspire Petrol –   * MT Ambiente – INR 4.90 lakhs * MT Trend – INR 5.77 lakhs * MT Titanium – INR 6.67 lakhs * MT Titanium+ – INR 7.25 lakhs * 1.5 Ti-VCT AT Titanium – INR 7.80 lakhs   Ford Figo Aspire Diesel –   * MT Ambiente – INR 5.90 lakhs * MT Trend – INR 6.77 lakhs * MT Titanium – INR 7.67 lakhs * MT Titanium+ – INR 8.25 lakhs Date published Fri, 14 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Land Rover Discovery Sport To Launch In India On September 2nd Land Rover is all set to launch the Discovery Sport 7-seater SUV in India on 2nd September 2015. The premium luxury SUV will be assembled locally in India and hence will get an aggressive price tag of around INR 50 lakhs. The Discovery Sport unlike its elder siblings looks quite lean and unboxy, which makes the car very attractive.    The front profile of the Land Rover Discovery Sport gets the typical grille mesh finished in silver, DISCOVERY written in bold on the bonnet, LED daytime running lights and projector lights. The SUV looks tall from the side profile and the ground clearance seems to be high enough to tackle Indian road conditions. The rear styling is unique that gets rounded tail light cluster.   On the inside, the new Discovery Sport will be high on tech and luxury that comes with 5+2 seater layout, which will be the segment first feature in India. The British SUV will be offered with both petrol and diesel engine options. The 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol produces 250 PS of power while the 2.2-litre diesel engine produces 180 PS of power. Date published Fri, 14 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Yamaha R3 Launched In India At INR 3.25 Lakhs After a long time Yamaha has launched a performance oriented motorcycle in India after focusing on the mass market commuter segment. The Yamaha R3 has been launched in India at INR 3.25 lakhs and will be brought in via the CKD route. The Japanese bike maker is assembling the bike locally in India and not manufacturing it completely hence the premium pricing. However, compared to its other CKD rivals, the pricing of INR 3.25 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi) is quite competitive.   Powering the Yamaha R3 is an inline twin-cylinder, liquid cooled 321cc DOHC engine that churns out a maximum power output of 42 PS at 10,750 RPM with a peak torque of 29.6 Nm at 9000 RPM, mated to a 6-speed gearbox. The bike weighs at 169 kgs with a 50:50 weight distribution. The Yamaha R3 is based on a tubular steel diamond frame with telescopic front forks and monocross rear suspension.   Braking performance is done by 298 mm front and 220 mm rear disc brakes but sadly the Yamaha R3 doesn't get ABS, not even as an option. However, the manufacturer is considering to introduce the ABS version soon in India. The styling of the Yamaha R3 is quite interesting, the front gets dual aggressive looking headlights, the side profile boasts of a nice layered fairing, while the rear gets interesting LED tail lights and a beefy exhaust pipe. Date published Fri, 14 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Datsun GO NXT Limited Edition Launched At INR 4.10 Lakhs Datsun has launched a new limited festive edition of the GO hatchback, which is named as Datsun GO NXT. The special edition variant is priced at INR 4,09,912 (ex-showroom, Delhi) and INR 4,27,805 (ex-showroom, Mumbai). The GO NXT will be available on sale between August and December 2015 to grab the boom in festive season sales. The new variant will be available across all 196 Datsun dealerships pan-India.   At a premium of INR 5,000/-, the company claims that the buyers will get benefits worth INR 20,000 with the limited edition GO NXT. Based on the GO ’T’ variant, the car gets rear parking sensors, remote central locking, body side mouldings and chrome exhaust finisher. On the inside, it gets rear parcel tray and piano black interior finish on the dashboard, meter console and around the gear shifter.    On the launch of the limited edition Datsun GO, Arun Malhotra, Managing Director - Nissan Motor India Pvt. Ltd. said, “We in India save most of our purchase decisions for the festival season. We prefer to align our dream buys with the auspicious occasions during this period. Continuing this ‘parampara’ and bringing in the newness, we offer the Datsun GO Limited Festive Edition to add to the cheer.” Date published Fri, 14 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Exclusive - Maruti Suzuki to discontinue Ciaz diesel altogether to make room for Ciaz SHVS India’s largest selling car maker, Maruti Suzuki, will be launching a new and more fuel efficient version of the Ciaz diesel, the SHVS that will make use of brake energy recuperation system and a start-stop system to improve fuel efficiency of the vehicle. The company is planning to launch the Ciaz SHVS in India around 18th/19th August and is expected to discontinue the regular diesel Ciaz altogether. While dealerships in Delhi have confirmed that the diesel Ciaz is retailing at an attractive discount of INR 40,000, they are currently mum on why is the discount so high on a relatively new car.   Our sources have however disclosed that Maruti Suzuki is offering discounts to drain the diesel Ciaz stock with dealerships. The company however has no plans to shift the Ciaz to Nexa dealerships. Ciaz SHVS will be the only vehicle in its segment to offer brake energy recuperation system and start-stop control. The move should also make Ciaz one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles in India. It will be interesting to see how much fuel-efficiency does Maruti Suzuki claim for the diesel SHVS Ciaz.   Dealerships are accepting bookings for Ciaz SHVS. However, they are not currently disclosing any information about the Ciaz SHVS and its pricing. The minimum booking amount in Delhi for Ciaz diesel (SHVS included) is INR 11,000 and deliveries are expected to begin by August-end or September beginning. Date published Wed, 12 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Driven - Abarth 595 Competizione They generally say that good things come in small packages and the Abarth 595 Competizione is one such bundle of excitement. Its about the length of the Maruti Suzuki Celerio but gets a 160 HP engine. The fact that it takes less than 8s to reach 100 kmph was enough for me to take this chic car out for a spin on the India’s very own F1 racetrack, the BIC.   The Abarth 595 Competizione is not the regular power-packed looking machine. It is subtle on the outside, sans the bulges, and just gets air intakes on the bumper, a blackened roof and ORVMs, rear spoiler and exhausts and breathtakingly stylish 17” alloy wheels. It is so simple, that at the first glance, it is easy to disregard that this car would manage a 0-100 kmph stint in less than 10s. And that’s where the fun lies!   Cute li'l 595 gets awesome 17-inchers   I like it when these cars deceive other road users for their sheer power. The very thought of experiencing the ‘unexpected’ look on a self-proclaimed road-racer brings a cheeky grin on my face, much loved by me, ha-ha!   Sit inside and you get packed into the 595’s compact yet comfortable interiors, not ‘Camry-comfortable’ but they hold you tight and you experience joy! For those who have had a chance to sit inside non-German performance cars would know exactly how awesome it feels to sit in performance cars with unusual bits in the cabin, a rev counter with ‘Sport’ mode display close to the AC vents for example, or the ‘Sport’ mode button placed on the far end from driver, or the usual air-con controls that you would see in sub-10 lakh rupee cars (even they wont get these, these days), or the centrally placed window up/down controls, or the very confusing buttons for transmission settings. And then, there are some pretty impressive bits too, the well finished steering wheel, the ergonomic seats and more.     Unusual yet attractive transmission settings, up-down switches on both ends control windows   I have a knack of intentionally refusing to know a car’s on-paper capability before driving it so as to keep myself at bay from any presumptions. Someone however had already whispered in my ears to go for the manual mode from the go to get the feel of things. With the manual mode on and the feel of the paddle-shifts, I was pretty excited to see how the 595 would greet an open track. Behind the lead car then, out of the pits, 30-45-60… the first turn, another slow left-hander with the 595 sounding delicious in the second and out on the open after the right-er. The 595 Competizione does know how to accelerate and the in-cabin throttle sound is music for the performance lovers. A couple of laps on the BIC did make me come to a conclusion that the 595 does brake well, grips well, doesn’t roll much, offers good steering feedback and presents a wonderful front view. In between however, I thought of switching the car back to auto-mode to gauge how would it feel to drive it in regular conditions and trust me, the excitement goes 20pc down. The transmission isn’t as responsive as you would want it to be and doesn't understand the shift points much (it appears).   At the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida   The 595 Competizione is priced at INR 29.85 lakh ex-showroom and at that price you get a unique four-wheeler to transport you quickly leaving others in a frenzy. You get different interiors and the performance that less cars at that price would match. However, Fiat has announced that the India-assembled Punto Abarth is also on the cards, that is expected to be cheaper than the 595 and looks strikingly sporty when compared to the regular Punto Evo. It remains to be seen how FCA prices the Abarth Punto considering that it might eat into the sales of 595. On its own, the 595 has an Italian charm that even the Punto won’t be able to match.   Upcoming Abarth Punto Evo looks sporty and attractive     Specifications:   Engine 1.4-lt Turbo T-Jet Power 160HP @ 5500rpm Torque 230Nm @ 3000 rpm 0-100 kmph 7.4s Top speed 210 kmph     Equipment   TTC(Torque Transfer Control) Copaf front suspensions with FSD (Frequency Selective Damping) technology Koni rear suspensions with FSD (Frequency Selective Damping) technology Four-piston aluminium fixed brake callipers Self-ventilated 305x28 mm perforated front brake disks Self-ventilated 240x11 mm perforated rear brake disks 17” alloy rims with 205/40 R tyres Abarth Corsa fabric racing seats by Sabelt 7inch TFT colour diaplay instrument panel Manual climate control Leather steering wheel with integrated controls Blue&MeTM hands-free system with USB port. Bluetooth® and MP3 radio split rear seats with head restraint Xenon headlights Fog lights Rear parking sensors Lateral Abarth sticker   Abarth logo at the front - THE SCORPION IS HERE   The 595 badge on the side Date published Tue, 11 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Honda CBR650F Launched In India At INR 7.30 Lakhs Honda had showcased the CBR650F at the 2014 Auto Expo confirming about the launch and now it has finally been launched in India at INR 7.30 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). The performance motorcycle was launched at the recently held Reefiest, where the Japanese bike maker showcased an array of motorcycles. The Honda CBR650F is a fully faired motorcycle that gets pleasant styling and looks upmarket.   The front single headlamp unit gets black elements, the fairing covers the bike very well with white, red and blue colours. The seating position is relaxed and not aggressive for better comfort. The fuel tank looks muscular while the exhaust unit is unique. The all-digital instrument cluster is well laid out.   Powering the Honda CBR650F is an in-line four-cylinder fuel injection engine with DOHC that produces maximum power of 87 PS at 11,000 RPM and peak torque of 62 Nm at 8000 RPM, mated to a 6-speed gearbox. The performance motorcycle won’t be available across all the Honda dealerships pan-India but will be limited to 14 select dealership across 13 cities at Wing World outlets. Honda is bringing the CBR650F via the CKD route but still feels like a premium pricing considering the competition. Date published Fri, 07 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Honda CBR150R, CBR250R Updated For 2015 Model Year Honda has updated the CBR150R and CBR250R in India at the Revfest that will be launched later this year. Both the offerings have only got cosmetic changes and there are no mechanical changes done whatsoever. The new tweaks to the styling include new body graphics and colour options that makes the bike more appealing to look at.    The Honda CBR150R gets new black elements on the exhaust cover and side panels doing away with the silver elements. The motorcycle now comes with blue and black dual tone colour scheme and new graphics on the front fairing. Powering the bike is the same 149.4cc engine that produces 18.28 BHP at 10,500 RPM and 12.66 Nm of torque at 8500 RPM, mated to a 6-speed gearbox.   The Honda CBR250R on the other hand gets white and black paint job with black being more apparent for a sporty appeal. It continues to get the same 249.6cc engine that produces 26.15 BHP of max power at 8500 RPM with 22.9 Nm of torque at 7000 RPM, mated to a 6-speed gearbox. The pricing remains unchanged as the Japanese bike maker is preparing to clear the stock of the slow selling motorcycle. Date published Fri, 07 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Honda CB Hornet 160R Unveiled In India Honda Motorcycle Scooter India had recently organised the Revfest across the country in many cities, where they unveiled a range of bikes and announced new products. One of the bikes showcased was the Honda CB Hornet 160R, which will be launched later this year. The Hornet will be introduced to compete with the premium 150cc motorcycle segment.    The Honda CB Hornet 160R gets a new and aggressive styling that looks quite appealing. The bike is aggressive and muscular with sharp styling elements. The angular front headlamps, heavily sculpted fuel tank and the X-shaped tail lights give it some massive presence.   The Hornet 160R gets a full LCD instrument cluster that looks quite modern. The bike will be using a 160cc single-cylinder air-cooled engine that is also present in the CB Unicorn 160 but will get more power with some tuning. The engine specifications are not announced yet but will be revealed closet to the launch. It gets telescopic front forks and monoshock suspension at the rear.    Honda is offering the Combi-braking system with the CB Hornet 160R that makes the bike stop effectively under hard braking. The unique elements of the Hornet include the chunky exhaust unit and the 17-inch alloy wheels with wide rear tyres. Date published Fri, 07 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Audi opens Approved Plus in Jaipur Audi has opened its first pre-owned showroom in Jaipur, Rajasthan that has a display capacity of 15 cars. Audi’s pre-owned showroom offers buyers benefit of 2-year warranty and 24x7 roadside assistance on the used cars.   The company checks the used cars at 110 points ensuring that the used car quality matches that of the company’s image and buyers get the best of their cars even if they do not buy a new one. The program also offers additional benefits of financing and insurance.   Alongside the new and used car showrooms, Audi Jaipur has also opened a 50,000 sq. ft. service facility that has 13 service bays and a body repair bay. Date published Thu, 06 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Maruti Suzuki launches diesel-only S Cross at INR 8.34 lakh Maruti Suzuki has launched its premium-most offering in India, the S Cross, at a starting price of INR 8.34 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The S Cross gets two diesel engine options and will be available in 4 different trims.   The engines on offer are: 1.3-lt and 1.6-lt diesel. The S Cross will be available for sale through Maruti Suzuki’s premium Nexa dealerships, that are currently less than 50 in number. The company however has plans to 100 such outlets in a span of 7-8 months. Read more about Nexa dealerships here.   Maruti Suzuki S Cross Price-list   S Cross DDiS 200 (1.3-lt)   Sigma – INR 8.34 lakh Delta – INR 9.15 lakh Zeta – INR 9.99 lakh Alpha – INR 10.75 lakh   S Cross DDiS 320 (1.6-lt)   Delta – INR 11.99 lakh Zeta – INR 12.99 lakh Alpha – INR 13.74 lakh   Maruti Suzuki S Cross Interiors - All black-no beige looks sporty but lacks premium appeal   Maruti Suzuki S Cross will rival against the likes of Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano, Ford Ecosport and recently launched Hyundai Creta. Besides S Cross’ looks, Maruti Suzuki has managed to price the vehicle well and the company seems to be serious to sell S Cross in numbers.   Engine Specs   1.3-lt diesel engine   Power – 89HP Torque – 200 Nm Transmission – 5-speed manual Claimed FE – 23.65 kmpl   1.6-lt diesel engine   Power – 118 HP Torque – 320 Nm Transmission – 6-speed manual Claimed FE – 22.07 kmpl   The S Cross will be available with 5 exterior colour options: Urban Blue, Caffeine Brown, Pearl Arctic White, Granite Grey and Premium Silver. Date published Wed, 05 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Abarth 595 Competizione launched in India at INR 29.85L, Abarth Punto coming soon India’s thirst for entry-level hot hatches is soon going to be quenched with Fiat’s introduction of its performance division, Abarth, in India. The company has launched the Abarth 595 Competizione in India at INR 28.85L (ex-showroom, Delhi) and has plans to launch the Abarth Punto pretty soon.   The Abarth 595 Competizione is a 3-door hatchback and gets power from a 1.4-lt T-Jet engine making 160PS of max power pushing the car to a 100kmph from standstill in 7.6s. The engine is mated to an AMT transmission with paddle shifters on steering wheel. Maximum speed that can be achieved is 210 kmph. The Abarth 595 Competizione runs on large 17” alloys with a FWD layout.   Other significant features of the Abarth 595 Competizione are:   ·         Electric Sunroof ·         TTC (Torque Transfer Control) ·         TFT instrument cluster ·         Blue & Me handsfree system with USB port ·         Front suspension with FSD valve ·         Koni FSD rear suspension   The Abarth 595 Competizione will be available in four exterior colours - Iridato White, Scorpione Black, Cordolo Red and Campovolo Grey.   Info of Dealers Selling Abarth 595 in India Cities Dealers New Delhi Kashyap FIAT, Plot No: 46, Okhla Industrial Estate, Phase |||, New Delhi 110020 Mumbai WORK IN PROGRESS.  TO BE ANNOUNCED. Call to know more: 1800 209 5556 Kolkata Austin FIAT, 19, Jawahar Lal Nehru Road,Kolkata-700087 Kolkata Chennai RDC Chennai, No: 41, Cit Nagar, 1st Main Road, Nandanam, Chennai -600035 Bengaluru KHT FIAT, 92/93, Garden City Plaza, Amar Jyoti, Bangalore, Karnataka -560037     FCA India also showcased the all new Punto Abarth which has a 1.4 litre four-cylinder turbocharged T-Jet engine that might make it to the India shores soon. Interesting is to note that the Punto Abarth will be made-in-India unlike Abarth 595 Competizione which is a CBU product. We expect Punto Abarth to be aggressively priced then.     Speaking on the launch of the Abarth 595 Competizione, Kevin Flynn, President and Managing Director, FCA India Automobiles Pvt. Ltd. said, “We are extremely pleased to introduce the iconic Italian brand - Abarth from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ stable to our customers in India. The flagship model Abarth 595 Competizione, a sports performance coupe, is renowned world over for its sheer performance, iconic style and rich heritage. With this launch, we are hoping to bring this same legacy to our Indian customers and are confident that Abarth would provide a superior driving experience.”   He further added, “Additionally we will also bring in another performance oriented hatchback in the Abarth range by introducing India’s first hot hatch Punto Abarth which is locally made. India is a strategic market for us and this is an integral part of our commitment to widen our portfolio and to provide greater value not only to our customers but other stakeholders as well.” Date published Wed, 05 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Volvo Auto India Opens New Dealership In Kolkata Volvo is on a journey to strengthen its presence in the Indian car market, where the German players are currently ruling the roost. The Swedish automaker is expanding their reach in our country to set the volumes rolling. Kolkata has just got a new Volvo dealership OSL Scandinavian located on 58, East Topsia Road, Arupota (Behind PC Chandra Gardens), Kolkata 700105.   It is an exclusive dealership in Kolkata owned by Mr. Chandan Mishra. The workshop is equipped with the latest Volvo’s diagnostic tools and special equipment to service the Volvo Cars. The Volvo Personalised Technicians are trained to service at the dealership. With the frequent updates of models and new launches including the XC90 SUV, Volvo is picking up good pace in the country.   Speaking on the inauguration of the new Volvo dealership, Tom von Bonsdorff, Managing Director, Volvo Auto India said,"The year so far has been very promising for us. With a positive YOY growth, Volvo Cars is one of the fastest growing luxury car makers in India. Given the expanding luxury market in India we have launched new models (XC90, V40, S60 & V40CC petrol) and enhanced our service network. In line with its growth strategy, Volvo Cars will continue with its expansion plan in India by adding to its existing network of dealerships across the country. The dealership network will be increased from 14 to 20 by end of this year. We are happy to bring the new Volvo Retail Experience with our new dealer in Kolkata. This would not only mark our entry into West Bengal but also help us foray and penetrate further in to the eastern part.” Date published Mon, 03 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Roland Folger Appointed As New Mercedes-Benz India CEO And MD Mercedes-Benz has seen tremendous growth in the Indian car market thanks to Eberhard Kern, who is the current MD and CEO Mercedes-Benz India. Kern has played a vital role in the double fold growth of Mercedes in India from 2012-2015. He has made right choices at the right time bringing new products instantly to the country and expanding the network too. Now Roland Folger will be replacing Eberhard Kern.   Eberhard Kern will be moving to the European market for a new role. Roland Folger will take the new role starting 1st October 2015. Currently he is in charge of Mercedes-Benz Malaysia as the President and CEO. He has been working with the German automaker for over three decades.    Commenting on his stint in the Indian market, Eberhard Kern, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India said, “It was an enriching and a humbling ‘India experience’ for me. After heading India operations for three years, I can confidently state that in my entire three decades of Daimler career, the stint in India remains the most memorable one. The diversity of people, their culture and the unique business opportunity and challenges that India posed is enormous and one of its kind. It is very satisfying to see the immense growth of Mercedes-Benz in Indiaas our sales volumes nearly doubled from 2012 to 2015. I am confident that the brand will scale new heights with the able leadership of Roland. Europe would be a different market altogether, and my India experience would be quite handy.I appreciate all the invaluable support that I received from my colleagues in Mercedes-Benz India and also would like to thank our dealer partners who are the best and the most professional in the business.”   While Roland Folger, currently the President & CEO of Mercedes-Benz Malaysia stated, “I have worked across various countries and cultures but have always been fascinated with India as a nation. India’s rich cultural diversity, its people, their varied customs, different languages, diverse topography combined with its status as a rising economic power, makes it one of the most interesting markets to grow the business today. I feel extremely privileged to head the operations in India, which is an emerging luxury car market in which Mercedes-Benz is the fastest growing luxury automotive brand. With my experience across business divisions I look forward to pursue the ‘India story’ further and make the foundation of Mercedes-Benz even stronger in this dynamic country.We have one of the finest teams and dealer partners on-board with us and I am eager to be part of it.” Date published Mon, 03 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Chevrolet Complete Care To Enhance Customer Experience In India General Motors India with a very optimistic approach for the Indian market has announced a big investment for the country and promising a new range of cars too. The American carmaker has had a negative remark recently with the unending recalls of cars and poor sales of the products offered in India. Now, they have launched a new initiative with the Chevrolet Complete Care programme in India to enhance the customer experience.   The Chevrolet Complete Car programme is a global initiative for Chevrolet brand’s commitment to reliability, quality and value for money; re-affirming General Motors’ long-term commitment to the Indian customers. It has various components including Chevrolet Promise providing assured low cost of maintenance, Chevrolet Warranty, Chevrolet U-First and Free 24/7 Roadside Assistance.   With the new warrant system, customers can extend the total warranty of their cars up to 150,000 kilometers/5 years at a nominal cost under Chevrolet Warranty apart from the standard warranty of 1,00,000 kilometers/3 years. The Chevrolet U-First initiative will offer women customers free pick up and drop off by the Chevrolet Authorised Workshop. In addition, 24x7 Roadside Assistance Program is provided free for 3 years with new purchases.   General Motors has also launched an app called MyChevroletIndia for mobiles that can calculate periodic service costs and locate and contact the nearest authorised Chevrolet service station. GM India operates 231 Chevrolet sales outlets and 257 service outlets throughout the country.   On the occasion of launching the Chevrolet Complete Care,  Arvind Saxena, President & Managing Director, General Motors India said, “Our customers here in India, just like others around the world, have high expectations. Our goal is to demonstrate to our customers that we truly care about them throughout their ownership experience. We want to establish complete trust to earn customers for life through Chevrolet Complete Care.” Date published Mon, 03 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Uber Investing 1 Billion Dollars In India Uber is one of the most popular cab services across the globe, which is expanding its customer base rapidly with every passing day. With a clever marketing strategy, the cab service spread like fire in India with promotions and word-of-mouth. Soon Uber got into a big controversy in Delhi when a cab driver was accused of rape. This lead to ban on Uber from the Delhi government but now they have applied for license and are back on track planning for a huge investment.   The cab service market in India is growing keenly with more and more players entering the segment. Uber has high hopes with the Indian market and with the latest round of raising money, they are investing a whopping 1 billion Dollars in our country, which is quite a big sum of money. They are targeting 1 million daily rides by March 2016 with a 40 percent growth in India.   Uber currently operates in 18 cities in the country and they plan to grow furthermore with the new rounds of funding. The app based service lets you choose from the different categories including UberAuto, UberGo, UberX and UberBlack. The payment method is cashless and one can make an account by credit card or Paytm account. Date published Mon, 03 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0530 2016 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport Revealed, India Bound Mitsubishi has globally revealed the new generation Pajero Sport SUV that will go on sale in 2016 and is expected to hit the Indian shores next year. The full-size 7-seater SUV looks very fresh and imposing having sharp styling cues unlike the current SUV that gets bulbous and rounded edges. The new gen model is based on the L200 pickup truck and is a ladder frame chassis.    In terms of dimensions, the new Pajero Sport retains the huge size by getting 90mm longer while retaining the 1815mm width. The wheelbase stands at 2800 mm and the ground clearance has increased to 218 mm, which is excellent for off-road duties. The futuristic design languages gives it an aggressive stance. The front profile gets a lot of chrome, huge air dam and busy bumper styling.    From the side profile you can notice the tank-like silhouette with muscular wheel arches and stylish alloy wheels. The tail has a unique tail light cluster design, which is vertical and extends towards the side. The interiors are all-black with silver accents. It gets leather upholstery, touch screen infotainment system, wireless headphones, 360 paring camera, dual zone climate control and a lot more.    Powering the new Mitsubishi Pajero Sport is a 2.4-litre turbo-diesel engine that produces 181 PS of power and 430 Nm of torque, mated to a 8-speed automatic transmission and 6-speed manual transmission. The new gen Pajero Sport features 4WD with low ratio box and differential lock for better off-roading capability.   The safety features offered by Mitsubishi includes 7 airbags, Forward Collision Mitigation System, Blind Spot Warning, Multi Around Monitor, Active Stability, Traction Control and Hill Descent Control System. The Japanese carmaker will bring the new SUV via the CKD route. It will compete against the likes of the Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour and Chevrolet TrailBlazer. Date published Mon, 03 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Triumph Tiger XR Launched In India At INR 10.50 Lakhs Triumph is a desirable motorcycle brand that has picked up its pace in the Indian car market with the launch of a wide range of motorcycles in one go. The British motorcycle maker offers classics, performance, cruisers and adventure bikes with a big and growing portfolio in India. The company has added one more offering in the adventure lineup by introducing the Triumph Tiger XR, which is the entry level adventure motorcycle of the company priced at INR 10.50 Lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi).    The Tiger XR is offered in the Indian market via the CKD route and hence is a good value proposition for the adventure bike lovers. The styling resembles its elder siblings of the Tiger range with a beefed up stance, twin headlamps, wind deflector, chunky exhaust and well crafted fuel tank. It sits on a double tube frame with titanium powder coating.   Powering the Triumph Tiger XR is a 800cc in-line three-cylinder liquid-cooled engine that produces a peak power output of 95 PS with a maximum torque of 79 Nm, mated to a 6-speed gearbox. The motorcycle gets 19-inch tyres at the front and 17-inch tyres at the rear. The bike comes with rider modes including - road, off-road and programmable rider mode. The safety feature list includes Triumph Traction Control, Cruise Control, Switchable ABS among others. Date published Mon, 03 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Mercedes S63 AMG And S500 Coupe Launched In India From INR 2 Crores Mercedes has launched the unexpected super luxury products in India, the S63 AMG Coupe and the S500 Coupe that are priced from INR 2 Crores (ex-showroom, Delhi). The S-Class Coupe is based on the W222 platform and has an elegant design with 2-doors. The car has a very stylish and lean design language with a gorgeous coupe roofline completing the rear profile.    The S63 AMG version has some sporty elements such as the bumpers and the alloys. The key element of styling are the LED headlights that consists of 94 Swarovski crystals for a premium appeal. On the inside, both the models get exquisite materials and layout that feels super luxurious. The AMG trim gets darker colours with carbon fibre elements for the performance enthusiasts while the regular S 500 Coupe gets light and smooth flowing interiors.    The S-Class Coupe gets a Designo platform that enables the customers to highly customise the interior trims and exteriors. Both the S500 and S63 AMG are powered by a V8 engine but the S500 gets 4.7-litre twin-turbo that produces 455 HP and 700 Nm while the S63 AMG gets a 5.5-litre bi-turbo that produces 585 BHP and 900 Nm of torque. Both the cars come mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Date published Mon, 03 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Mahindra TUV300 Is The Official Name Of Upcoming Compact SUV Mahindra’s upcoming compact SUV (codenamed U301) was spied several times recently testing that hinted about the launch soon. Now, the Indian utility vehicle maker has announced the official name of the new car, which is christened as TUV300 and you pronounce it as TUV Three Double O just like the XUV500. The TUV300 is based on the all-new platform and there is no connection with the Bolero, which was rumoured to be replaced with the new car.   The Mahindra TUV300 has been designed with an inspiration of a battle tank. The sketches reveal about its aggressive design and macho looks. The car will resemble a proper SUV but is designed under 4-metres to make the best of the taxation norms. We can expect new interior elements as well with a long list of features making it very competitive in the ever-growing segment of compact SUVs.   Unlike most of the compact SUVs in the Indian market, the TUV300 will be a seven-seater and will get a smaller version of the mHawk diesel engine. The compact diesel engine will deliver high fuel efficiency. The pricing is expected to be aggressive in this segment with a high level of localisation. The Mahindra TUV300 will compete against the likes of Ford EcoSport, Hyundai Creta, Maruti S-Cross and so on. Date published Mon, 03 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Volkswagen registers 18% growth in July 2015 German automaker, VW, that has claimed the top spot as the World’s largest automaker (by numbers) in the first half of 2015 beating Toyota, has seen a positive growth in India in July 2015. The company’s sales release states an 18% growth in July 2015 over the same period last year. The company attributes the growth to largely its C-segment sedan, Vento, that was recently facelifted.   The company managed to sell 4029 units this July compared to 3409 units in July 2014.   Michael Mayer, Director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Volkswagen Group Sales India Pvt. Ltd. commented on VW’s growth, “With the advent of the third quarter, and the encouraging customer response for the recently launched New Vento, we are happy to announce that our sales have gone up by 18% in July 2015, on a year-on-year basis. Also, with a slew of exciting made-for-India products lined for the next two years and backed by an impressive sales performance for the sixth consecutive month, we are confident of further strengthening our position in the Indian market over the coming months.” Date published Mon, 03 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Jazz leads sales chart for Honda, City drops to second Honda’s top-selling car in India, the C-segment sedan, City has had fewer sales than the newly launched Honda Jazz, as per the company’s sales report for July 2015. While the reason for that can be the focus on the newly launched vehicle, what’s surprising to see is that City’s sales have dropped by a staggering 2,000 numbers from June 2015. Jazz on the other hand managed to seize the top spot at 6676 units for July 2015.   Honda managed to sell 7187 units of City in June 2015 and 7562 in May 2015. Compared to the last two months, the dip in City’s sales appears to be worrisome, that too when the City is not due for a makeover anytime soon.   Amaze remained on the third spot with 4589 units sold leading Brio that stood at 1122 units.   If drop in City’s sales was worrisome, Mobilio’s state of affair looks worse. The sales for Mobilio dropped to less than 1000 units in July 2015 with only 909 of those sold.   A drop in both Mobilio’s and City’s sales might be the premium they demand over their competitors in the respective segments. Considering the competition to get more intense in future, Honda probably needs to re-plan their pricing strategies to remain in the race. Date published Mon, 03 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Mercedes G63 AMG Crazy Color Launched In India At INR 2.17 Crores Mercedes has launched the funky colour schemed G63 AMG, which is available in three colour options - Sunset Beam (orange), Solar Beam (yellow) and Alien Green. It really stands out with the colour layout having a bright body colour with black contrasting wheels and small elements. The G Wagon is an iconic SUV with a huge heritage and it is the older Mercedes on sale yet. The vehicle has an old school design that works wonders for enthusiasts but general Indian public is surprised to know about the price of this beast, which is INR 2.17 Crores (ex-showroom, Delhi).   Powering the Mercedes G63 AMG is the same 5.5-litre monstrous V8 bi-turbo engine that produces a massive power of 544 BHP at 5500 RPM with a peak torque of 760 Nm at 2000-5000 RPM. Mated to this powerful engine is a 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. The top speed of this German excellence stands at 210 km/hr, which is electronically limited. The 0-100 km/hr sprint is achievable by the G63 AMG in 5.4 seconds, which is heavenly for SUV standards.   The interiors of the Mercedes G63 AMG are a mix of both modern and retro styling. It has an all-black cabin with premium materials including Nappa leather, Alcantara, brushed aluminium, etc that makes it an elite SUV to be in. At the same time it has got some rough and tough off-road oriented setup such as a squarish dashboard with a big grab handle. Customers can customise the interiors with the Designo platform that offers a range of options to choose from. Date published Fri, 31 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Fiat Linea Elegante Limited Edition priced at INR 9.99 Lakh Italian carmaker, Fiat has introduced a limited edition variant in the Linea line-up. ‘Elegante’, the limited edition Linea gets a sporty body kit with black roof and some more changes both on the outside and inside. The Linea Elegante is priced at INR 9.99 lakh ex-showroom, New Delhi.   The Linea Elegante gets 16” alloys, rear spoiler, chrome applique on ORVMs, body kit, a blacked roof, new seat covers and carpet, door sill plates and a 6.5” multi-function touch screen music system. The Linea Elegante will be available in white exterior colour only however the company has not mentioned how many units will be available as Elegante.   Speaking on the launch of Linea Elegante, Kevin Flynn, President and Managing Director, FCA India said, “Linea Elegante is targeted towards those discerning buyers who desire elegant looks, differentiated offering and strong value proposition. This limited edition will undoubtedly create a wave of interest and will excite prospective Linea buyers. This package on new Linea is a perfect blend of elegance and sophistication. At FCA India we constantly innovate and strive towards making cars with timely enhancements in comfort, luxury and technology. ” Date published Thu, 30 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Myles Now Has More Than 100 Pickup Locations In Delhi NCR Myles is a self-drive rental service that is a unit of Carzonrent company. The service has gained tremendous response across the country with high and increasing demand. The self-drive service is becoming popular with every passing day in India and hence they are expanding their reach in every city. Recently the added new pickup locations in Mumbai and now they have more than 100 pickup locations in Delhi NCR.   The self-drive service now gets 50 new locations in Delhi and 20 in Gurgaon, which is a substantial increase. The new locations include South Extension Market, Connaught Place, Nehru Place, GK 1, NSP, Model Town, Vasant Kunj, Akshardham Metro Station etc. in Delhi and Huda City center, DLF Cyber City, Medanta, Sikanderpur & IFFCO Chowk metro station etc. in Gurgaon. This makes the service more accessible and less time consuming.   The customers can choose over an array of models ranging from small hatchbacks to big SUVs and luxury cars. The service charge is flexible and is available in hourly, daily, weekly or even monthly basis depending on your needs. The company plans to expand further this year targeting to add 5000 cars & 1000 pickup locations to its fleet in the next 12 months.   On the occasion of expanding the Myles pickup locations Ms. Sakshi Vij, Executive Director, CIPL said,” Myles has always been committed to make Self Driving a convenient service for each city we go to. We also believe that Myles can significantly solve the traffic congestion problem of cities like Delhi by making Car sharing/Self Driving an accessible service. With the growing parking problems in Delh-NCR, a Myles car user does not need to own a Car anymore and therefore not be bothered about personal car parking. The new locations we have added in Delhi & Gurgaon, make sure that our customers can find a Myles car closer to them. Based on feedback from Myles customers, we have opened these locations in prominent places such as Nehru place, Connaught Place, Vasant Kunj, DLF Cyber city, Huda City Center, etc.” Date published Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Renault Gets A New Brand Ambassador In Actor Ranbir Kapoor Renault India has announced that Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor will be the brand ambassador for the company. The company believes that Ranbir can carry Renault’s ‘Passion for life’ mantra well owing to his illustrious lineage, penchant for innovation and unmatched passion.   Commenting on this new partnership, Sumit Sawhney, Country CEO and Managing Director, Renault India Operations said “Renault is currently celebrating its fourth year anniversary in India and in this eventful month it gives me immense pleasure to announce Ranbir Kapoor as Renault’s brand ambassador. Being a fourth generation actor who personifies the iconic lineage of the Kapoor family, he ideally portrays a rare blend of talent, class, intelligence and popularity that complements Renault’s legacy and brand ethos which hinges on three pillars – vibrant, forward looking and connected to people.”   Ranbir Kapoor shared, “I have always known Renault to be an iconic and inspirational brand the world over. I am happy to be associated with a brand which is very young, and which has quickly established itself in India, becoming the number one European brand. I look forward to being part of the Renault family and its fascinating growth journey in India.” Date published Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Yamaha R3 To Launch In India On 11th August Yamaha is all set to woo performance motorcycle enthusiasts as the bike maker is preparing to launch the much awaited Yamaha R3. The Yamaha R3 will be brought down to India via the CKD route and hence the pricing is expected to be on the higher side. The Japanese bike manufacturer won’t be producing the R3 here, which will lead to relatively higher price. The locally manufactured KTM RC 390 will give it a tough fight to maintain good volumes in the segment.    The Yamaha YZF-R3 made its global debut last year and finally the bike is hitting the Indian roads. at 11th August at the Buddh International Circuit. The R3 is basically a spruced up version based on the R25 with similar sporty styling. It gets a tubular diamond frame with 50:50 weight distribution having a kerb weight of 169 kgs. Powering the Yamaha R3 is a 321cc liquid cooled, twin-cylinder engine with fuel injection.   The 321cc engine produces a maximum power output of 42 PS at 10,750 RPM with a peak torque of 29.6 Nm at 9000 RPM, mated to a 6-speed gearbox. The performance motorcycle will get disc brakes both at the front and back while ABS will also be on offer. The expected price of the Yamaha R3 is likely to be around INR 3 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). Date published Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Mercedes GLE Under Homologation Process In India, Launch Soon Mercedes-Benz India is on a roll with an array of launched planned this year with their 15 in 15 strategy of launching cars nearly every month. The German luxury carmaker leaves no stone unturned when it comes to introducing cars in India and they do that pretty quick after global launch of their latest car. Now, Mercedes has imported the GLE SUV, which is a facelifted model of the Mercedes M-Class. The GLE is under homologation process currently and will launch in the coming months.   The Mercedes GLE gets revised styling, new interiors and a longer list of features when compared to the outgoing ML SUV. The new styling is in line with the current Mercedes family, which means sporty front end with an aggressive bumper having wide air dams, new grille and revised LED headlights. The side profile of the GLE remains more or less the same but gets new alloys to differentiate with the previous model. The rear gets tweaked bumper and new elements on the LED tail lights which gives the car a fresh appearance.   Mercedes will offer two variants of the GLE - GLE 350d and GLE 250d. The former will get a 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine for those looking for outright performance while the GLE 250d will be a more popular choice with a 2.1-litre diesel engine producing 203 BHP of power and 500 Nm of torque, mated to a new 9-speed automatic transmission. Expect the pricing to be marginally higher as the initial units will be CBU. Date published Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Honda Accord Facelift Revealed, India Launch In 2016 Honda has revealed the new facelifted Accord that gets a number of changes on the outside, interior and tweaked mechanicals. Honda Car India has confirmed about the re-introduction of the luxury sedan in India next year. 2016 is the year when the Japanese automaker will shift its focus back to premium cars along with the mass market volume spinning cars. The new Honda Accord gets more sporty exteriors.   The front profile includes a revamped grille and bumper setup and the biggest change includes the full LED headlamps. Some styling elements have been borrowed from Honda’s premium range of Acura. The side profile looks the most attractive with the big 19-inch 5 spoke alloy wheels. The rear profile however looks inspired from some BMWs and Mercedes cars. It gets chrome accents and LED tail lights at the back as well.   The interiors get the latest tech on offer including Apple CarPlay and Adroid Auto with a 7.7-inch high resolution touch screen infotainment system. Safety features include Multi-Angle Rearview Camera, Collision Mitigation Braking System, Forward Collision Warning, Expanded View Driver Mirror, Road Departure Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keeping Assist.   Powering the new Accord is a 2.4-litre, 4-cylinder i-VTEC and 3.5-litre V6 petrol engines that were earlier available in India with the previous generation Accord. However, these engines are tweaked for better performance and efficiency with the new generation model. Don’t expect a diesel mill with the Accord when launched in India but you can expect a hybrid model for better efficiency. The Accord won’t be a volume spinner for Honda but with the renowned nameplate it is going to be a great brand builder once again. Date published Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Ford Figo Aspire Bookings Commence From July 27 Ford is all set to launch the Figo Aspire compact sedan in August in India. The official bookings will commence from July 27 for the new offering across all Ford dealerships in India. The booking price is INR 30,000/-, which is refundable. The Figo Aspire will be available in four trim levels - Ambiente, Trend, Titanium and Titanium +.    Ford is offering seven colour options to choose from including - Ruby Red, Sparkling Gold, Oxford White, Tuxedo Black, Deep Impact Blue, Ingot Silver and Smoke Grey. There are three engine options - 1.2-litre petrol, 1.5-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel. The 1.2-litre petrol produces 88 PS and returns 18.2 km/l mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.   The 1.5-litre petrol engine produces 112 PS of power and returns 17.2 km/l of fuel efficiency mated to a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The popular 1.5-litre diesel produces 100 PS of power and returns an impressive mileage of 25.8 km/l, mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. There is no automatic transmission for the diesel engine.   The interiors are neat and loaded with equipment such as SYNC, MyFord Dock, MyKey, Bluetooth, 6 airbags, etc. The exteriors look contemporary and fresh with the latest styling cues derived from the new generation Fords. Ford will launch the Figo Aspire next month and with the high level of localisation, expect the carmaker to price the compact sedan competitively. Date published Fri, 24 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Maruti's premium outlets to be called NEXA Maruti Suzuki has been fighting a home-grown enemy since long, a reason why Suzuki’s capable products in the Kizashi and Vitara failed to make their presence felt in the Indian market, its economy-brand image. In order to shed the same, the company has now introduced a completely new sales model for its upcoming premium offering/s. The new outlets will be called NEXA and will be in comparison to the luxury carmakers’ dealerships in terms of the experience they offer to the buyers, very clearly portrayed by the official images of the outlets released by the company.     Maruti Suzuki has plans to initially open 100 of these outlets in the coming 6-8 months. Interestingly, only about 35-40 of these will be fully operational at the S-Cross’ launch that hits the Indian roads on August 5, 2015. The new outlets will first make their way into important cities from where Maruti Suzuki expects most sales to flow. Nexa outlets will be operated by Maruti Suzuki’s existing dealers only.   What to expect from Nexa outlets:   1.     Personal Relationship Managers to be assigned to all buyers who will not only look after the pre-sales enquiries but will also be there when required after the purchase. 2.     MyNEXA – A loyalty program for buyers 3.     Paperless car configuration option 4.     NEXA App to offer service history recall, emergency support, event updates and other features 5.     Within showroom delivery area Date published Thu, 23 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0530 2015 New Gen BMW X6 Launched In India At INR 1.15 Crores BMW has launched the second generation BMW X6 in India, which based on the all-new platform. It has been priced at INR 1.15 crores (ex-showroom, Delhi). BMW likes to call the X6 as a Sports Activity Coupe (SAC) due to its coupe like roofline and raised stance of an SUV. The new generation model has the same silhouette of the previous generation but much modern styling cues that makes it look mature.   The older generation BMW X6 looks a bit out of proportion but with the new X6, the German designers have carved out a smoother looking design with some muscle added to the body. The front end resembles the new X5 but gets sporty bumpers and sleeker headlights. The side profile is the main talking point of the X6, which rises up going towards the rear while the roof steeply rakes down. The rear is more polished thanks to the sharp tail lamps and bolder tail gate.    The interiors also get drastic changes but share most of the elements with the X5. Some of the features include high resolution heads up display, night vision camera, Harmon Kardon surround sound system, electrically operated tailgate, surround view monitors, parallel parking assist, etc. In terms of safety BMW offers six airbags, dynamic stability control, dynamic traction control, cornering brake control, hill descent control, side impact protection amongst others.    The BMW X6 will be brought in via the CBU route, hence the expensive price tag. The car will be available in only xDrive40d diesel trim that features a 3.0-litre turbo diesel, straight six-cylinder engine that produces 306 PS of power and 600 Nm of torque, paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Date published Thu, 23 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Isuzu MU-7 Automatic Launched Isuzu Motors India has launched Automatic Transmission (AT) variant of its SUV, MU-7.  The MU-7 Automatic Transmission is priced at Rs.23.90 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi).   Apart from the automatic transmission, the new variant also gets a 3 spoke Audio Controls mounted steering wheel and the 2 tone dashboard with high gloss lacquer finished wood trim, a new music system (Kenwood 6015 BT) with satellite navigation and rear parking sensor with a rear view camera synced with the touch screen display.   The auto transmission is paired to the 4 cylinder, 2999 cc Intercooled VGS Turbo Diesel Engine that delivers a maximum torque of 333 Nm @ 1600-3200 rpm.   Commenting on the introduction of the model, Mr. Naohiro Yamaguchi, Managing Director, Isuzu Motors India, said, “We are happy to add the new MU-7 AT variant to our current product portfolio. The MU-7 is becoming popular with its combination of style and substance and has been receiving encouraging response from the customers, thanks to the sheer performance, space and comfort it offers. In line with ISUZU’s philosophy to constantly study the market and offer customers a great experience, we now add the new Automatic Transmission variant with more enhanced features on the interior. Many have approached us for an Automatic variant in the MU-7 and with this launch we are sure that a wider range of SUV enthusiasts will prefer the MU-7”. Date published Wed, 22 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Force Gurkha Rainforest Challenge to begin on 24th July in Goa India played host to the Force Gurkha RFC Challenge in 2014 for the first time that saw teams from Force Motors securing the first two positions while Kabir Waraich and co-driver Gagan Sachdeva of Gerrari Off-Roaders Chandigarh ended third.   This year, the RFC Challenge will be held in Goa and will start from 24th July. Apart from India, Italy, Russia, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Tunisia, China and Australia also hold the RFC that tests the driving and vehicle recovery skills of the competitors under extreme off-road conditions.   Around 40 teams from across the country are expected to lock horns at this year’s RFC wherein they will have to successfully complete 24 Special Stages in four competitive legs – the Prologue, the Predator, the Terminator and the Twilight Zone.   Speaking about the event, Mr. Ashish Gupta, Founder and Director of Cougar Motorsport, the company that organizes RFC India, said, “Force Gurkha RFC India 2014 took off-road motorsport in India to an altogether different platform. Indian off-roaders leap frogged the 18 years over which the event has been held in Malaysia to come out at par with the best of driving skill and vehicle preparation. Now that the competitors are aware of what to expect at RFC India, our aim for the 2015 edition is to make the challenges bigger, badder and tougher.” Date published Wed, 22 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Renault opens 164th dealership in Jamnagar, to add 116 more this year Renault India has inaugurated its first outlet in Jamnagar, which is the company’s 164th overall in India. The dealership, Renault Jamnagar - Dharti Motors Pvt Ltd, was inaugurated by Mr. Bruno Lops, Head of Sales and Network, Renault India.   Renault recently launched its new MPV, the Lodgy in India and now has a complete portfolio of hatchbacks, sedans, SUVs and MPVs. In order to tap full potential off its portfolio, the company has officially announced that it will be increasing its presence in India with 280 outlets by the end of 2015.   Talking about the new dealer inauguration, Mr. Sumit Sawhney, Country CEO and Managing Director, Renault India Operations said, “We have a clear focus on growing the Renault brand in India, and expanding our network presence is imperative to achieve this objective. We are working towards making our products and services more accessible across the country, with an equal focus on growing our presence in metros, as in the hinterlands of India. The launch of our dealership in Jamnagar today showcases this intent, and we look forward to extending our presence in this important market. Through Renault Jamnagar, we will offer customers an excellent brand experience - from the test drive, to delivery and after-sales support, and promise a long-serving relationship with the Renault brand.” Date published Wed, 22 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Fiat India Conducting Free Monsoon Check-Up Camp For three days from July 23 - 25, Fiat is organising free monsoon check-up camp for their Indian customers at authorised Fiat dealerships. The Italian automaker is providing a 60 point free check-up for all their owners with free top wash and 10 percent discount on labour (Only on Mechanical Repairs inclusive of electrical repairs).    Along with the monsoon check-up scheme, Fiat is also offering a discount of INR 4000/- on a GPS Navigation device for the car. The camp details will be communicated by the dealerships individually to the existing owners of Fiat cars in India. Considering the changing weather across India, arranging a check-up camp for the customers is a good move by the automaker.   Mr. Kevin Flynn, President and Managing Director, FIAT Chrysler Automobiles India Operations believes that such check-up camps are one of the most important after-sales activity for building trust in the brand. The carmaker’s strategy is to reach out to a wide base of customers located across India and reiterate its commitment to the Indian market Fiat has seen a positive response with such service camps earlier. The Italian brand is all set to launch the Abarth brand in India next month, which is targeted at performance car enthusiasts. Date published Wed, 22 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0530 20 More Locations For Myles Car Rental In Mumbai Self-drive car rental service Myles, which is a part of the Carzonrent company has now expanded its presence in Mumbai. Now, the service has 20 more pickup locations in the financial capital of India, which makes it more user friendly by saving time and distance to pick your self-drive car. The car rental customers can henceforth drive away the vehicles from Powai, Hiranandani gardens, Juhu, Vashi, Churchgate station, BKC, etc. amongst other locations in Mumbai.   Now the total count of Myles pickup locations in Mumbai is more than 30 touchpoints, which is quite impressive. The service provider is further aiming to expand its reach deeper across the country and in the existing markets as well. There is a wide range of cars on offer starting from Nano, electric e2o hatchbacks and ranging up to luxury cars such as Mercedes GLA-Class and C-Class.   You can avail self-drive rental services for hourly, daily, weekly or monthly basis as per your requirements. The pricing is reasonable for mass market cars but you have to shell out a bit more for premium luxury cars. Myles is present across 21 cities in India having a fleet of more than 1000 cars with 34 models to choose from. By the end of March 2016, the company aims to expand their fleet to over 4000 cars. Date published Tue, 21 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Hyundai Creta Launched In India, Priced From INR 8.6 Lakhs Hyundai has launched the much awaited Creta compact SUV, which has been priced from INR 8.6 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). The Creta has garnered more than 15,000 bookings before the launch and Hyundai is confident on improving overall sales with the latest SUV on offer. It is a stylish SUV that gets the Fluidic Design 2.0 theme having sharp and sleek styling. The interiors get black upholstery while the dashboard is dual tone.    Exteriors -   Chrome grille Projector headlights with LED DRLs Foglamps ORVM indicators 17-inch diamond cut alloy wheels 190 mm ground clearance Tailgate spoiler Electric tailgate release   Interiors -    Twin-pod instrument cluster with MID Height adjustable driver’s seat 60:40 rear split seats Front and rear armrest Rear AC vents 5-inch touchscreen audio system 4 speakers 2 tweeters 1 GB internal memory, Bluetooth, USB, AUX Smart key with push button start/stop  Automatic climate control Electrically foldable ORVMs Follow me home headlights   Engine -   1.  1.4-litre CRDi turbo diesel engine produces maximum power of 90 PS at 4000 RPM and 220 Nm  of peak torque at 1500-2750 RPM. 2.  1.6-litre CRDi turbo diesel engine churns out a maximum power of 128 PS at 4000 RPM and 260 Nm of peak torque at 1900-2750 RPM. 3.  1.6-litre VTVT petrol engine produces 123 PS of maximum power at 6400 RPM and 151 Nm of peak torque at 4850 RPM. 4.  All engines are mated to a 6-speed manual transmission while the 1.6-litre diesel comes with an option of 6-speed automatic transmission. 5.  1.6 Diesel MT – 19.67 km/l 6.  1.6 Diesel AT – 17.01 km/l 7.  1.4 Diesel MT – 21.38 km/l 8.  1.6 Petrol MT – 15.29 km/l    Pricing (introductory, ex-showroom, Delhi)—    1.  1.6 Petrol L – INR 8,59,558/-  2.  1.6 Petrol S – INR 9,57,062 /- 3.  1.6 Petrol SX+ – INR 11,19,548/-  4.  1.4 Diesel L – INR. 9,46,939/-  5.  1.4 Diesel S – INR 10,42,225/-  6.  1.4 Diesel S+ – INR 11,45,030/-  7.  1.6 Diesel SX – INR 11,59,971/-  8.  1.6 Diesel SX+ – INR 12,67,770/-  9.  1.6 Diesel SX (O) – INR 13,60,156/-  10.1.6 Diesel SX AT – INR 13,57,770/- Date published Tue, 21 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Yamaha Saluto Disc Brake Variant Launched In India At INR 54,500 Yamaha Motor India has launched the disc brake version of the Saluto commuter motorcycle in India, which is priced at INR 54,500/- (ex-showroom, Delhi). The new offering not only offers front disc brake but also four new colour options with new body graphics to boost the sames of the motorcycle. The new colour options includes Glory Green, Dashing White, Majestic Red and Bold Blue.   The Yamaha Saluto was launched in India earlier this year with a 125cc engine. The new update continues to get powered by the same engine. It is a two-valve, 125cc, four-stroke, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine that produces a maximum power output of 8.2 BHP at 7000 RPM and 10.1 Nm of peak torque at 4500 RPM. The Yamaha Saluto comes mated to a 4-speed gearbox.   The ARAI certified fuel efficiency of the Yamaha Saluto stands at 78 km/l, which is quite economical. The high fuel efficiency of the Saluto is a result of light weight. It is the lightest motorcycle in its class that weighs just 112 kgs. It is also the company’s most fuel efficient motorcycle in the Indian lineup. The disc brake version is just INR 2500 expensive than the regular version. Date published Tue, 21 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Maruti Suzuki Now India?s Most Valuable Automobile Company Overtaking Tata Motors in terms of being the most valuable automobile company in the country, Maruti Suzuki has taken a big leap forward. Since more than a decade Tata Motors was the leading company averaging around INR 20,619 crores lead against Maruti Suzuki. After a long while now, the Japanese automaker Maruti Suzuki has seen a rise in stock price to INR 4,180.   This rise in Maruti’s stock price makes its market capitalisation stand at INR 1.26 lakh crores,  which means that it is around INR 0.13 lakh crores higher than Tata Motors. Having said that, Maruti Suzuki had taken the crown between 2008 and 2010 from Tata but the latter snatched it back immediately.    The reason behind Maruti’s growth in earnings is due to frequent product launches and bigger margins for profits. Couple of years back Maruti didn't introduce many cars to the market but now the carmaker is not only launching new cars but also going premium in their strategy. Tata Motors is facing an uphill battle with the fierce competition and slow launch of products.    However, the Indian auto giant is expected to see some growth in earnings in the coming year. Tata Motors’ recent fall is due to the passenger vehicle segment in India and also big slowdown with Jaguar Land Rover brand in China. The most trusted car brand in India, Maruti seems to be growing further and there’s no looking back. Date published Tue, 21 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Hyundai Creta Official Brochure Revealed, Launch Tomorrow Hyundai has revealed the brochure of the Creta ahead of its launch on 21st July. The upcoming compact SUV from the Korean carmaker is expected to be a game changer in the segment competing against the Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano and Ford EcoSport. The Hyundai Creta will be offered in seven colour options and six variants including Base, S, S+, SX, SX+ and SX(O). Hyundai will be offering 3 years/unlimited kilometre warranty with the Creta.   The Hyundai Creta has received an overwhelming response of 10,000 bookings just before the launch. Powering the Creta are a range of engine options including a 1.4-litre diesel engine that churns out 133 PS of power and 220 Nm of torque along with a bigger 1.6-litre diesel engine that produces 133 PS of power and 260 Nm of torque. Both the diesel engines will be mated to a 6-speed manual transmission while the 1.6 diesel will come with an option of 6-speed automatic transmission.    The Creta will come with a single petrol engine option, which is the 1.6-litre motor derived from the Hyundai Verna. It produces 124 PS of power and 151 Nm of torque, mated to only a 6-speed manual transmission as there is no automatic transmission option with the petrol Creta. Designed on the Fluidic Sculpture 2.0, the Creta looks quite fresh and modern having upmarket interiors on offer that are loaded with many segment first features and equipment. Date published Mon, 20 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Maruti Ertiga Paseo Explore Limited Edition Launched Maruti Suzuki has launched a special edition version of the Ertiga, termed as Paseo Explore. The limited edition Ertiga gets mild cosmetic changes as well as some additions in the list of features to make it more attractive. Maruti Suzuki is celebrating 2 lakh sales of the Ertiga by introducing this edition. The Ertiga Paseo is based on the VXi and VDi trims and following are the new additions to the MPV:   1. Body graphics 2. Blackened out D pillar 3. Big rear spoiler 4. New Paseo seat covers 5. Bluetooth hands-free with music streaming and telephony 6. Multi-device car charger 7. Cool/Warm box 8. Steering wheel leatherette cover 9. Door sill branded plates 10. New floor mats 11. Additional storage compartment 12. Cushions 13. Digital tyre inflator and monitor 14. Rear parking sensors with display   The Maruti Ertiga Paseo Explore edition gets a host of changes when it comes to equipment, which makes it a more desirable MPV. However, there are no mechanical changes and engine options are the same including a 1.4-litre petrol engine and 1.3-litre turbo diesel engine. Both the engines are mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The petrol version is also available with a CNG option for lower running costs. The Maruti Ertiga is priced between INR 5.99 lakhs to 8.72 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). Date published Mon, 20 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Indian Motorcycles Inaugurates Third Dealership In India, In Chennai The iconic American motorcycle maker, Indian Motorcycles was launched in India with the Chief range in January 2014. The premium motorcycle maker received a positive response with their high-end cruiser motorcycles. Offering a range of features and high capacity engines, the desirable motorcycles have become quite popular in the Indian market. Indian Motorcycles have now inaugurated their third dealership in the country, which is situated in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.   In May earlier this year they introduced their second dealership in Bengaluru and now they plan to cater to a wider audience in the southern part of the country by inaugurating the Chennai dealership, which is located at MC Nicholas Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai. Apart from showcasing the entire range of Indian Motorcycles, the dealership will also be offering the brand’s merchandise.   The new dealership is made with the same global architectural standards of Indian Motorcycles. They have house-trained service support staff offering global standards of after-sales and service support to the Indian customers. Their entire lineup will consist of Indian Roadmaster, Indian Chief Classic, Indian Chief Vintage, Indian Chieftain, Indian Chief Dark Horse and Indian Scout. All the motorcycles are brought in via the CBU route. Date published Fri, 17 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Nissan opens new parts distribution centre in Gurgaon In order to improve customer satisfaction in after-sales service, Nissan has opened a new parts distribution centre in Gurgaon to serve its service centres in Northern part of the country. The company believes that the new centre will reduce delivery times by about 9 days in North India.   The new parts distribution facility situated at Luhari, Gurgaon, Haryana is built over 97,500 sq. feet (9050 sq. metre) area and has offered 57 job vacancies.   Announcing the opening of the new facility, Arun Malhotra, Managing Director, Nissan Motor India Pvt. Ltd (NMIPL) said, “Our new Regional Parts Distribution Centre significantly strengthens our after sales operations in north India.”   "We believe strongly that after sales service is key to customer satisfaction and the punctual, quick and efficient delivery of parts is an important contributor to this. The new facility will allow faster and more frequent deliveries, increasing the convenience for our end users”, he added. Date published Fri, 17 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Maserati re-enters India Under FCAI’s (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles India) umbrella, Italian luxury carmaker Maserati has announced its prices for the Indian market for Ghibli, Quattroporte, Gran Turismo and GranCabrio. The company believes Indian market has significant potential to contribute to its growth strategy.   Prices   Maserati Ghibli Diesel - INR 1.1 crores onwards Maserati Quattroporte Diesel - INR 1.5 crores Maserati Quattroporte GTS – INR 2.2 crores Maserati GranTurismo - INR 1.8 crores Maserati GranCabrio - INR 2 crores   All prices are ex-showroom Delhi.   Maserati has announced that it shall soon have its retail outlets in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore with AMP Supercars Pvt. Ltd., Bagga Luxury Motorcars LLP and Jubilant Autoworks Pvt. Ltd. respectively. Date published Wed, 15 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Ford Figo Aspire Returns 25.83 Km/l Fuel Economy Ford has revealed the official details of their upcoming compact sedan, the Figo Aspire. The new offering will be launched next month competing against the likes of Honda Amaze, Maruti DZire, Hyundai Xcent and Tata Zest. Ford has introduced many segment first features with the Figo Aspire and are targeting Tier-II, Tier-III cities as well to churn out big volumes. The new compact sedan will get high level of localisation to keep the costs in check.   Engine options and transmissions: The Ford Figo Aspire will come with a 1.2-litre Ti-VCT petrol engine that produces 88 PS of maximum power at 6300 RPM with 112 Nm of peak torque at 4000 RPM. This engine is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission and returns an ARAI certified fuel economy of 18.2 km/l. The compact sedan will also comes with a bigger 1.5-litre Ti-CVT petrol engine option that churns out 112 PS of maximum power at 6300 RPM and 136 Nm of peak torque at 4250 RPM. This engine is only mated to a 6-speed dual clutch automatic transmission and returns a claimed fuel efficiency of 17.2 km/l. Ford is offering a powerful 1.5-litre TDCi diesel engine that produces 100 PS of power at 3750 RPM and 215 Nm of torque at 1750-3000 RPM, mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. It returns an impressive fuel efficiency of 25.83 km/l.   Variants and features:   The Ford Figo Aspire will be available in four variants - Ambiente, Trend, Titanium and Titanium+.  It will come with six colour options - red, gold, white, black, blue, silver and grey.  Feature list includes MyFord Dock, SYNC, AppLink, MyKey, Power fold ORVMS, auto climate control,  Safety list includes 6 airbags, ABS, EBD, Hill Launch Assist, ESP, Perimeter Alarm   Accessories:   Illuminated scuff plates Camera and GPS display in IRVM Rear parking sensors Shark fin antenna Ambient lighting Chrome pack Rear Seat entertainment Car cover Fog Lamp Kit Alloy Wheels Weathershields Carpet Floormats Mudflaps Date published Wed, 15 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Honda Livo 110cc Motorcycle Launched, Priced From INR 52,989/- Honda has launched the Livo in India, which is a 110cc offering and has been priced at INR 52,989/- for the drum variant and INR 55,489/- for the disc variant. Honda has launched the Livo as a stylish commuter offering that gets premium styling, which is targeted at first time bikers. This is the ninth product launched out of 15 promised by the bike maker this year.   The Honda Livo is powered by a 110cc, air-cooled, single-cylinder, 4-stroke engine that produces 8.25 BHP of maximum power at 7500 RPM with a peak torque of 8.63 Nm at 5500 RPM, mated to a 4-speed gearbox. With the Honda’s HET technology, the Livo returns a claimed fuel efficiency of 74 km/l with a top speed of 86 km/hr.    In terms of braking, the Honda Livo gets optional 240 mm front disc and 130 mm drums both at the front and rear as standard. Honda is offering four colour options with the Livo including Athletic Blue Metallic, Pearl Amazing White, Sunset Brown Metallic and Black. It is 2020 mm long, 746 mm wide with a 1099 mm height and 1285 mm wheelbase. Honda claims it has the longest wheelbase in its class. The ground clearance is 180 mm and the Livo weighs about 111 kg having a 8.5 litres of fuel tank capacity. Date published Fri, 10 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Fiat to launch Abarth 595 in India on August 4 After showcasing the Abarth 500 at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo, the company has finally decided to launch the Abarth 595 in India in August 2015. The Abarth 595 is expected to be powered by a 1.4-litre MultiAir turbo-petrol engine capable of 158bhp maximum power at 5500rpm and a peak torque of 201Nm at 2750rpm. Torque can be raised to 230Nm in 'Sports' mode for energetic driving. The engine is mated to an AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) gearbox with manual override system.   Other features   17-inch alloy wheels Abarth decals Twin exhausts Sports seats Sunroof Flat bottom steering wheel Seven airbags Electronic slip differential with ABS and EBD   The Abarth 595 Competizione will be brought in India as a CBU and is expected to be priced over Rs. 25 lakh (ex-showroom). Date published Thu, 09 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Honda re-launches Jazz, prices start at INR 5.30 lakh Japanese carmaker, Honda, has relaunched its spacious hatchback Jazz in India at a starting price of INR 5.30 lakh ex-showroom Delhi. In its second innings in India, the Jazz will be powered by a petrol as well as a diesel engine. Prices for the new Jazz are as follows:   2015 Honda Jazz Petrol:   2015 Honda Jazz 1.2 E – INR 5.3 lakhs 2015 Honda Jazz 1.2 S – INR 5.94 lakhs 2015 Honda Jazz 1.2 SV – INR 6.44 lakhs 2015 Honda Jazz 1.2 V – INR 6.79 lakhs 2015 Honda Jazz 1.2 VX – INR 7.29 lakhs 2015 Honda Jazz 1.2 S CVT – INR 6.99 lakhs 2015 Honda Jazz 1.2 V CVT – INR 7.85 lakhs   2015 Honda Jazz Diesel:   2015 Honda Jazz 1.5 E – INR 6.49 lakhs 2015 Honda Jazz 1.5 S – INR 7.14 lakhs 2015 Honda Jazz 1.5 SV – INR 7.64 lakhs 2015 Honda Jazz 1.5 V – INR 8.09 lakhs 2015 Honda Jazz 1.5 VX – INR 8.59 lakhs   Honda Jazz is powered by a 1.2-lt petrol and a 1.5-lt diesel engine. While the petrol engine is mated to a 5-speed manual and a CVT transmission, the diesel gets only a 6-speed unit.   The 1.5-lt diesel engine develops 100 PS of maximum power at 3,600 rpm and 200 Nm of torque at 1,750 rpm while the petrol produces a maximum power of 90 PS at 6,000 rpm and 110 Nm of torque at 4,800 rpm. The Jazz diesel has an ARAI-rated fuel efficiency of 27.3 km/l, while the petrol CVT and MT are rated at 19 km/l and 18.7 km/l respectively. Date published Wed, 08 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Royal Enfield announces prices of limited edition Despatch motorcycles Indian motorcycle manufacturer, Royal Enfield has announced prices of its new limited edition Despatch motorcycles in India. The motorcycles, available in 2 colour options - Desert Storm Despatch and Squadron Blue Despatch, will be available at INR 2.16 lakh on-road in Delhi. The company will be making only 200 units of each colour.   Royal Enfield is accepting online bookings for these motorcycles starting from July 15th at   More about RE Despatch edition motorcycles:   Exclusive signature camouflage pattern Distinctive embossed hallmark detailing the particulars of its manufacture Handcrafted using a film transfer technique Italian leather seats Classic leather buckle strap to hold the air filter box Matte black paint on the engine, exhaust and silencer Date published Wed, 08 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0530 BMW X3 xDrive30d Launched In India At INR 59.90 Lakhs BMW has launched a new performance variant xDrive30d M Sport for the X3 crossover, which is priced at INR 59.90 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). It comes with a new 3.0-litre, in-line six-cylinder turbo diesel engine that produces 258 BHP of maximum power with 560 Nm of peak torque, mated to a 8-speed automatic transmission.    With the new engine under the hood, the BMW X3 xDrive30d does the 0-100 km/hr sprint in just 5.9 seconds while having an electronically limited top speed of 232 km/hr. The 3.0-litre diesel engine comes with four driving modes to choose from including EcoPro, Comfort, Sport and Sport+.   The new BMW X3 M Sport gets tweaked exterior in the form of new bumpers that accentuate the sporty factor of the performance version. Some of the features include ///M badging around the exterior and interior, new sport seats for better body support, M Sport leather 3-spoke steering wheel with paddle shifts, panoramic glass sunroof and much more.   The BMW X3 got a facelift last year getting fresh styling cues and new features on offer. The BMW X3 was initially offered with only 2.0-litre diesel engine that produces 190 BHP of power and 400 Nm of torque, returning a claimed fuel efficiency of 18.56 km/l. Date published Tue, 07 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Nissan Micra X-Shift Limited Edition Launched Nissan has launched a new CVT automatic variant of the Micra in India, which is based on the XL variant and comes at a price of INR 6.40 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). The carmaker has also launched the Nissan Micra X-Shift limited edition to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the hatchback. The Micra X-Shift is limited to only 750 units and has been priced exactly the same as the Micra CVT XL.    The new features of the Nissan Micra CVT XL:   CVT automatic transmission with Adaptive Shift Control 19.34 km/l of ARAI claimed fuel efficiency Three modes - Sport, Normal and Economy ABS with EBD and Brake Assist New premium steering wheel with audio controls Driver’s arm rest   Nissan Micra X-Shift Limited Edition Features:   Matte black roof wrap with side decals Chrome finished exhaust tip Branded floor mats Silver finished door armrest LED scuff plates Reverse parking sensors   Powering the Nissan Micra is the same 3-cylinder 1.2-litre petrol engine that churns out 76 PS of power at 6000 RPM and 104 Nm of torque at 4000 RPM, mated to a CVT transmission. The hatchback is also available with a 1.5-litre diesel engine, which is only offered with a 5-speed manual transmission. Date published Tue, 07 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0530 2015 Chevrolet Enjoy Facelift Launched, Priced From INR 6.24 Lakhs General Motors has launched the updated version of the Chevrolet Enjoy in India that comes with mild changes. The Chevrolet Enjoy facelift has been priced from INR 6.24 lakhs to 8.79 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). Launched in 2013, the Enjoy MPV has seen a couple of updates in the form of a limited edition version and also an anniversary edition that came with a few additional extras to boost the sales.   The facelift doesn’t get any changes on the exteriors apart from the blackened out B-pillar, which makes it look a little upmarket. Most of the changes can be seen on the inside, the most significant changes is the new three-spoke steering wheel. The new steering looks quite premium and also gets audio controls for added convenience.   There are new chrome accents along with gloss black treatment that can be seen on the ac vents, door handles, gear knob and handbrake lever. The Chevrolet Enjoy facelift also comes with leatherette seats and new fabric seats. It continues to get its power from the 1.3-litre diesel engine that produces 77.5 PS with 188 Nm and 1.4-litre petrol engine that produces 104 PS and 131 Nm, mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. Date published Tue, 07 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0530 7100 Units Of Toyota Corolla Recalled In India Toyota has just recalled 7100 units of the Corolla sedan due to defective passenger-side aribag. The Japanese carmaker sources these airbags from the component maker Takata, which has been known for supplying such defective airbags to many car manufacturers. This recall process comes under the global recall of Toyota cars that included more than 2.86 million cars for the same reason and it is said to be the largest recall ever.   This is the third recall by Toyota in India in a year. The affected units of the Toyota Corolla under this recall have been manufactured between April 2007 and July 2008. The owners of the affected units should check with the nearest authorised dealership for repairs and replacement of the faulty passenger-side airbag. The dealers will be carrying out this repair free of cost.   The Takata airbags have not only affected Toyota but also Nissan and Honda that had recalled their affected cars earlier this year and last year. The defective airbag has an incorrect mechanism under deployment, which gets deployed in excessive force which could cause serious injuries to the passengers. The latest generation Corolla Altis has not been affected in this process. Date published Tue, 07 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Mercedes India To Launch S500 Coupe, G63 AMG And S63 AMG Coupe On 30 July Mercedes-Benz is on a product offensive in India and has a strategy of 15 in 15 this year. While the  German luxury carmaker has launched six products in the first six months, they are all set to introduce three cars in one go. The first half of 2015 has shown tremendous growth from the three-pointed star with a new range of products on offer and local assembly in India.    Mercedes will be launching the S500 Coupe, which is the two-door version of the flagship S-Class saloon. They will also be introducing the performance oriented AMG version of the same, which is known as S63 AMG Coupe. The most exciting product to be launched by the carmaker will be the G63 AMG in a new Crazy Colour as they would like to say.    The Mercedes G63 AMG is one of the best offroaders in the world having a beast of an engine and retro styling, which has been retained since ages and is the longest Mercedes car in production. It will be launched in India with a new electric yellow shade, which makes it a swanky offering for the Indian car market. The three new products will be launched together on 30 July. Date published Mon, 06 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Volvo S60 T6 Petrol Launched In India At INR 42 Lakhs Volvo Auto India has launched a new variant of the Volvo S60 sedan that gets a T6 petrol variant, which has been priced at INR 42 Lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). Powering the new S60 is a 2.0-litre petrol engine under the hood that gets direct injection and is a 4-cylinder unit. This engine produces 306 BHP of maximum power output with 400 Nm of torque, mated to a 8-speed automatic transmission that transmits the power and torque to the front wheels.   The Volvo S60 T6 can do 0-100 km/hr in 5.9 seconds while the top speed is rated at 230 km/hr. The performance figures are quite impressive for a car this size. On the outside the styling is similar to the regular S60 but gets sporty elements on the bumpers and 18-inch alloys wheels. The interiors get wood and leather treatment and you also gets sport seats that provide good support to the body.   The instrument cluster gets TFT screen that is called Adaptive Digital Display that changes depending on the mode you choose - ECO, Comfort and Sport. It also gets City Safety feature as standard in which the car stops under 50 km/hr if it detects stationery vehicle ahead and the driver fails to react. Volvo is getting the S60 T6 to India via the CBU route and it’ll compete with the likes of Mercedes C-Class, Audi A4 and BMW 3-Series. Date published Fri, 03 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross Returns 23.65 Km/L Fuel Economy Maruti Suzuki has finally revealed the official details of the S-Cross crossover, which is set to launch in India this month. The new offering will get India specific tweaks to the styling and mechanicals along with a new nomenclature for variants. The Maruti S-Cross will be sold across the country from exclusive Nexa dealerships for a premium consumer experience.    The S-Cross will be offered with diesel engines only and there are no petrol engines options with the crossover. The carmaker won’t be introducing all-wheel drive automatic variant also for the Indian market initially. Maruti will introduce entry level variants of the S-Cross with DDiS 200 badging that will get the 1.3-litre MultiJet diesel engine that produces 90 PS of power and 200 Nm of torque, mated to a 5-speed manual.   The 1.3-litre engine in the S-Cross will return 23.65 km/l of ARAI claimed fuel efficiency while the 1.6-litre diesel engine will return 22.7 km/l. Eight variants of the crossover will get ABS and dual front airbags as standard while the entry level variant will get driver-side airbag.    The high-end variants of the S-Cross will get DDiS 320 badging powered by a new 1.6-litre MultiJet diesel engine that churns out 120 PS of power and 320 Nm of torque, mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. There won’t be the typical Maruti variants LDi, VDi and ZDi but instead new names for the trim levels as - Sigma, Sigma (O), Delta, Zeta and Alpha.   Some of the highlights of the Maruti S-Cross are as follows -  HID projector headlamps  LED Daytime Running Lights Illumination Control System Reverse Camera Reverse Parking Sensors Auto Headlamps Cruise Control Rain Sensing Wipers Keyless Entry with push button start/stop Touchscreen audio system Smartphone Connectivity Date published Thu, 02 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Nissan India GT Academy National Finalists Announced This is the second season of the Nissan PlayStation GT Academy in India and this year they have taken the game a big leap forward. Over 10,000 contestants participated in the contest from Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai. After qualifying live events on PlayStation simulators at various locations in India, Nissan has chosen top six finalists this season, who will race against the world at Silverstone Race Camp in August 2015.    The winners are – 1. Abhishek Dwarknath 2. Anush Chakravarthi 3. Askhay Gupta 4. Dhruv Dayal 5. Jaideep Chahal 6. Shantanu Kallianpukar   One of these winners will be trained and get a chance to undergo driver development program and compete for Nissan at Dubai 24-Hours race. Karun Chandhok, who is an ace Indian motorsport driver and also the mentor of Team India at GT Academy will be conducting a one-day camp for the national winners in India to prepare them for Silverstone Race Camp.   It is a big platform for aspiring race drivers in India to achieve their dreams in the world of motorsports. One of the finalists from last year has already become a professional racer and is currently racing for the Nissan Micra Cup in Canada. Nissan GT Academy is an annual contest, which will be conducted every year in India. Date published Thu, 02 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Most dependable cars in India - JD Power Asia Pacific 2015 Study When it comes to buying cars, a lot of us still vouch for dependable cars that would last their time with us niggle-free. While carmakers like Toyota and Honda are an instant favourite when it comes to picking the hassle-free cars, the 2015 JD Power Asia Pacific India VDS (Vehicle Dependability Study) has some surprises lined up.   The study depicts that newer vehicles are more dependable than their previous counterparts and there has been a consistent improvement in the quality of vehicles in the past. With the overall rating for the Indian market poised at 206 PP100 (Problems per 100 vehicles) vehicles down from 218 in 2014, it appears that the Indian market might soon see less than a couple of problems per new car in the coming time.   First up is a German delight. In a segment that boasts of India-favourite cars from the likes of Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai, VW’s Polo takes the lead as the most dependable car in the ‘Premium Compact Car Segment’. While Polo customers have reported 166 problems per 100 vehicles, next in line is the Swift with 187 PP100 vehicles. This segment however averages out at high 235 PP100 vehicles which is even higher than SUV segment. Hyundai’s i20 with 235 PP100 vehicles averages lower than the segment PP100.     Before we go any further, let us understand a bit more about the study - Understanding the JD Power Asia Pacific Study   The study, now in its eighth year, measures problems experienced by original owners of 30- to 42-month-old vehicles in 169 different problem symptoms across nine vehicle categories: vehicle exterior; driving experience; features, controls and displays (FCD); audio and entertainment; seats; heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC); vehicle interior; engine; and transmission. Overall dependability is based on the number of problems reported per 100 vehicles (PP100), with a lower score reflecting higher long-term vehicle quality.   The study includes 65 models in 13 vehicle segments: multi-utility/ multi-purpose vehicle (MUV/ MPV); sport-utility vehicle (SUV); premium SUV; van; and car—entry compact; compact; upper compact; premium compact; entry midsize; midsize; premium midsize; entry luxury; and luxury.   The 2015 India Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS) is based on evaluations from 8,507 original owners who purchased a new vehicle between July 2011 and September 2012. The study includes 65 models covering 16 nameplates and was fielded from January through April 2015 in 30 cities across India. The VDS is one of two J.D. Power Asia Pacific automotive quality studies for the India market.   KEY FINDINGS OF THE JD Power Asia Pacific 2015 India VDS   The 28 percent of owners whose vehicle is under an extended warranty or service contract report fewer problems than those whose vehicle is not under an extended warranty or service contract (192 PP100 vs. 211 PP100, respectively).   In 2015, 34 percent of owners indicate their vehicle has undergone repairs for unexpected problems, down from 37 percent in 2014. Owners who experience unexpected repairs report a significantly higher number of problems than those who do not (360 PP100 vs. 127 PP100, respectively).   Among owners who indicate they have not experienced a problem with their vehicle, 74 percent say they “definitely would” recommend their current model to others and 52 percent say they “definitely will” repurchase their current make. In contrast, advocacy declines to 53 percent among those who experience at least one problem with their vehicle and loyalty drops to 37 percent.     It is worth noting that Honda Brio leads the pack with the least number of problems, at just 116 PP100. Also, notable is the fact that both compact car and upper compact car segment face way less issues than cars in higher segments.   Surprisingly, there’s only one segment which undercuts the above mentioned segments when it comes to reliability. And that’s the mid-size car segment hinting the fact that carmakers are serious and focus more on quality when it comes to offering their sedans in the market. After all, these are the cars that represent quality and capability of carmakers to the aspirational buyers.   While it is expected considering the trend that MPVs and SUVs report higher problems than sedans and hatchbacks, the entry mid-size segment is surprisingly very close to the SUVs and MPVs for PP100 vehicles with the segment averaging at 290PP100 as against 289PP100 for SUV segment and 305PP100 for MPV/MUV segment.   Publisher & Source – JD Power Asia Pacific 2015 India VDS Date published Wed, 01 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0530 2016 Indian Auto Expo To Be Held From February 5th To 9th One of the biggest festivals of the Indian automotive industry, Auto Expo is coming back in 2016. The biennial automobile exhibition is a much awaited event for the enthusiasts, car buyers and of course the carmakers. The dates for the upcoming Auto Expo has been announced and it will be held from February 5th To 9th next year. This event is organised jointly on a massive scale by Automotive Component Manufacturers Association (ACMA), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM).   The 2016 Auto Expo will be held at the India Expo Mart & Centre, Greater Noida, which is the same venue where the 2014 Auto Expo was held. During the previous Auto Expo, around 26 global launches and 44 India launches were made. There were about 200 two and three-wheelers and more than 300 cars on display including UVs and commercial vehicles. On an average, more than 1,00,000 people used to visit the Motor Show every day.   The organisers have also announced the dates for the Component Show that will be held at Pragati Maidan from February 4th to 7th, 2016. The components show is basically an exhibition of new technology and components related to cars, bikes and commercial vehicles. It is a good medium of business for people across the globe looking for investment in India. Date published Wed, 01 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Honda BR-V Is The Brio Based Compact SUV Honda has just revealed the sketches of their upcoming compact SUV based on the Brio platform. The new SUV has been christened as BR-V by the Japanese carmaker and it gets a new design language. From the looks of the sketches, the BR-V has an aggressive and muscular stance, which has the styling cues of a SUV. There is a typical Honda grille up front, sleek rectangular headlamps unlike the Brio and sporty looking bumper.   The side profile of the Honda BR-V gets chunky alloy wheels and aggressive crease lines running across the body along with roof rails to give you that butch look. The rear also looks quite cool with the sharp tail gate section and new tail lamp cluster, which makes it look young. The bumper is broad and there is a skid plate as well finished in silver. Black cladding runs across the body to lend a rugged feel.   The car looks very promising from the exteriors and we also expect significant changes on the inside as well. The compact SUV is based on the Brio platform but doesn't look like the Amaze and Mobilio, which share most of the styling and mechanical elements. Honda is expected to bring the BR-V in the second half of 2016 in India with 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol and i-DTEC diesel engine options. This car will compete with the Ford EcoSport, Hyundai Creta and Renault Duster. Date published Tue, 30 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Nissan Recalls 12,000 Cars In India Including Micra And Sunny Nissan India has announced a recall of 12,000 cars which includes the Sunny sedan and Micra hatchback that were manufactured between June 2013 and March 2015. The owners of aforementioned cars should check with the dealers right away if they fall in the same time period. This recall is a part of Nissan’s global campaign including 2,70,000 units and doesn't only affect the Indian market but all the markets where these cars are sold.   The Micra and Sunny are affected due to potential failure of engine switch and airbags. The recall activity will be held free of cost by authorised Nissan dealerships pan India. The units affected for airbag replacement are quite few and the airbags made in those cars are from the Takata component manufacturer, which has been known recently for making defective airbags across the globe.    This recall will affect the brand image of Nissan in the country, which is not doing good numbers in the Indian market. Their alliance partner Renault has been doing significantly more numbers due to the popular compact SUV Duster and the recent launch of the Renault Lodgy. Nissan is having a tough time in churning out sales with their existing portfolio. Date published Tue, 30 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Datsun GO And GO+ Get Airbag Options In India Nissan’s budget brand, Datsun made its global debut in India and while the carmaker had a decent impact in the Indian market, they were quite criticised about the safety aspects of the GO hatchback and GO+ MPV. Both the offerings from the Japanese automaker didn’t come with airbags, even as an option. Now, the carmaker has introduced new range topping variant equipped with driver-side airbags.   This is a welcome move by Datsun in India as they are listening to the customer feedback keenly. The GO and GO+ now get a T(O) variant, which is an optional trim of the T variant, which now gets driver-side airbag. Apart from the addition of airbags, the new variant doesn’t get any more changes and remains unchanged in terms of styling, interiors and other features.   Powering both the cars is a 3-cylinder 1.2-litre petrol engine that produces 68 PS of power and returns 20.6 km/l of fuel economy, mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The carmaker doesn't offer diesel engine yet but it might be seen coming in the future. Datsun has increased the prices of the airbag equipped variants marginally and now the GO T(O) comes at a price tag of INR 4.19 lakhs while the GO+ retails at INR 4.81 lakhs. Only INR 15,000 increase in price. Date published Tue, 30 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Fifth Generation Audi A4 Revealed, India Bound The new generation Audi A4 has been spied testing recently in India several times much before its global reveal. What this means is that the German automaker is considering India one of the key markets for their growth. The all-new A4 has been globally revealed now and is expected to go on sale in the international markets later this year. The new A4 is more of an evolution than revolution because the body design remains more or less the same but the styling is extremely new and looks fresh.   The 2016 Audi A4 gets sharper and athletic with a lean front end design consisting of the Matrix LED headlamps with DRLs, edgy hexagonal grille and a sporty bumper. The side profile would remind you of the previous gen A4 that comes with simple creases running across the body. The rear also looks fresh and young with a redesigned tail gate and clear LED tail lamps. The rear is quite reminiscent of the latest generation Skoda Superb from the same Volkswagen family.   On the inside you will see the latest design language from Audi that comes with simplistic yet classy styling elements with minimal clutter on the dashboard. There is a full digital display behind the steering wheel showing maps, instrument cluster and huge MID. The new steering wheel looks quite attractive while the foldable screen on the centre console gets updated MMI system. The new A4 gets Bang & Olufsen system with 19-speakers.    There are multiple diesel and petrol engines on offer with the new generation Audi A4, which has become lighter in weight and more fuel efficient with a lesser drag coefficient. We can expect Audi to launch the fifth generation A4 in India sometime around next year and showcase the new offering at the upcoming 2016 Auto Expo. Pricing might be on a premium side compared to the outgoing A4. Date published Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Volkswagen Opens New 3S Dealership In New Delhi Under their aggressive network expansion programme, Volkswagen India has yet again inaugurated a new dealership with 3S (Sales, Service, Spares) facility in New Delhi. The dealership is set up at Mohan Co-operative Industrial Estate, Mathura Road, which is the hub of automotive dealerships in Delhi. The Volkswagen Capital dealership strengthens the German automaker’s presence in Delhi.   This new dealership of Volkswagen is amongst the 118 showrooms present in India across 101 cities. The number is bound to increase further in the coming days. The Volkswagen Capital dealership also contributes to a total of 9 Volkswagen dealerships in Delhi NCR. This dealership has a large car display area along with a 25-bay workshop having trained technicians and is fully equipped to undertake general repair and maintenance, as well as body and paint repair work.   Volkswagen India has recently launched the Vento facelift with significant updates that is expected to boost the volumes. Furthermore, the carmaker has announced several new product launched for  the next year that includes new generation Beetle, Passat and Tiguan compact SUV. Most importantly they are launching the Vento compact sedan next year in India, which will bring in volumes through their network expansion plans. Date published Fri, 26 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Mercedes-Benz launches improved 2016 E Class German luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz has launched the 2016 version of its bestselling luxury sedan, the E-Class. The 2016 E Class range will be available in three variants:   E 200 - INR 48.50 lakh E 250 CDI - INR 50.70 lakh E 350 CDI – INR 59.90 lakh (all prices ex-showroom Delhi)   What’s new in the 2016 E Class?   New Telematics with Navi ready function:   The MY 16 E-Class is equipped with the New Telematics multimedia system that combines entertainment, infotainment and communication. This Audio 20 Telematics is equipped with internet capability, pre installation for navigation, radio, Bluetooth and CD player. It is also equipped with high resolution colour media display (20.3 cm). The other features of the New Telematics version are:   • USB ports and a SD card slot in the centre console • Navigation pre installation for GARMIN MAP PILOT navigation • Integrated Media Interface port for iPod® or iPhone® • Bluetooth® interface with hands-free function and audio streaming for playing music files • Transfer of addresses from mobile phone to head unit   Garmin® MAP PILOT navigation: Key elements of the GARMIN Maps are:   • 7,068 cities mapped at a street level and residential house level data for 80 cities • Over 10.63 million POIs. 3D terrain-, building- and landmark view • 2.1 million kms of road length • Photo-realistic junction view and lane assist • 579 thousand towns and villages • 360°rotation function   Reverse Camera:    The 2016 E-Class is equipped with a reverse camera for comfortable reverse parking and manoeuvring. Guide lines assist the driver with driving manoeuvres and adds to the convenience while parking.   QUOTE   Eberhard Kern - Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India   “The E-Class remains our highest selling luxury sedan in India and with the introduction of the refreshed MY 16 E-Class, we offer our discerning customers additional value in form of enhanced equipment. We are confident; with the MY 16 E-Class we will continue to consolidate our lead in the segment. Introducing the latest products and technologies and periodically refreshing the existing ones is vital to winning customer confidence. At Mercedes-Benz, our key focus is aligned to offer our customers feature rich, top-end product that embodies modern luxury to its core.” Date published Wed, 24 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0530 2015 Volkswagen Vento Facelift Launched In India From INR 7.85 Lakhs Volkswagen India has launched a substantially updated Vento that comes with features it was missing erstwhile and new styling elements to make it look more premium. Starting from the front profile, the Volkswagen Vento gets a bigger mature grille that is inspired from the Jetta. The bumper has been tweaked and gets sharper integrating new shaped foglamps. The side profile remains the same but gets ORVM blinkers and chrome on the handlebars.   The alloys wheels of the facelifted Vento have been revised as well. From the rear, you can notice a new tail lamp cluster which gets a 3D LED lamps effect. There are some chrome touches for the premium appeal and a new bumper that cuts the visual bulk of the sedan. The German automaker has introduced two new colours - Titanium Beige and Carbon Steel. The interiors remain the same in terms of styling but now get new tone of colours (Walnut Desert Beige) with leatherette upholstery.   Powering the Volkswagen Vento facelift are the same engine options. The 1.5-litre diesel engine produces 105 PS of power with 250 Nm of torque, which is available with both manual and automatic transmissions and returns 21.50 km/l of fuel efficiency. The 1.2-litre TSI turbo petrol engine churns out 105 PS of power and 175 Nm of torque, available only with DSG auto transmission and it returns a fuel economy of 18.19 km/l. There is a 1.6-litre petrol engine too that belts out 105 PS and 153 Nm returning 18.09 km/l.   The feature list now includes -   automatic climate control cooled glovebox cruise control Bluetooth USB AUX rear parking sensors electrically foldable ORVMs cornering lights ABS ESP Hill-hold Assist Dual front airbags   2015 Volkswagen Vento Facelift Pricing (ex-showroom, Delhi) -   Petrol 1.6 MPI Trendline - INR 7.85 Lakhs Petrol 1.6 MPI Comfortline - INR 8.57 Lakhs Petrol 1.6 MPI Highline - INR 9.42 Lakhs Petrol 1.2 TSI DSG Comfortline - INR 9.87 Lakhs Petrol 1.2 TSI DSG Highline - INR 10.62 Lakhs Diesel 1.5 TDI Trendline - INR 9.10 Lakhs Diesel 1.5 TDI Comfortline - INR 9.92 Lakhs Diesel 1.5 TDI Highline - INR 10.67 Lakhs Diesel 1.5 TDI DSG Comfortline - INR 11.12 Lakhs Diesel 1.5 TDI DSG Highline - INR 11.87 Lakhs Date published Tue, 23 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Hyundai Elite i20 Crosses 1 Lakh Units Within 11 Months The Hyundai i20 is one crucial product for the automaker in the Indian car market that carved out a new premium hatchback segment in the country. The i20 has been getting frequent updates in the form of facelifts and last year, Hyundai introduced the second generation as Elite i20. The premium hatch has been performing exceptionally well for the carmaker and has now crossed 1 lakh units of sales within 11 months of launch.   The Hyundai Elite i20 has been the company’s largest selling car month on month. Surprisingly it sells more than its more affordable sibling Grand i10, which is also doing good numbers in the market. The success of the i20 is due to its brand name formed initially and the value for money quotient that it offers.    The Elite i20 is available in both 1.2-litre petrol and 1.4-litre diesel engine options having a long list of features and excellent quality on offer. The huge selling point of the Korean hatchback is the mature and smart styling, which is based on the new Fluidic design philosophy. The car looks quite sharp and big from the rear while the front has a premium design. It looks more attractive with its rugged i20 Active variant that gives a pseudo crossover feel. Date published Mon, 22 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Eicher Polaris Multix Utility Vehicle Launched In India Eicher Polaris Pvt. Ltd. is a 50:50 joint venture between Eicher and Polaris that have announced the launch of a new product Multix, which they like to call it as Personal Utility Vehicle. The Multix has been priced at INR 2,32,850/- (ex-showroom Jaipur). It is basically a compact utility vehicle aimed at independent businessmen and small scale business duties.    The Eicher Polaris Multix is available in different body styles that can accommodate 5 passengers with cargo space. The styling is quite unique in the Light Commercial Vehicle segment that carries a modern appearance. The interiors are basic and utilitarian. Powering the Multix is a small 511cc diesel engine that produces 9.8 BHP of power at 3000 RPM and 27.1 Nm of torque at 1400-2200 RPM, mated to a 4-speed manual transmission.   The single-cylinder diesel engine of the Multix returns a high fuel efficiency of 28.45 km/l. The vehicle boasts of a unique feature called X-PORT system, which is a power-take-off point that can produce 3 KW of power that can be used for lighting homes and powering professional equipment such as drilling machines, DJ systems, water pumps, etc.    The Eicher Polaris Multix has got independent suspension with a ground clearance of 225 mm. The Multix also has a tubular frame with Roll-Over protection system and the architecture is known as Flexituff by the company. The deliveries of the Multix start in August, while the test drives begin in July. It will be available across 30 cities in India initially. Date published Mon, 22 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0530 2016 Mercedes GLC SUV Revealed, India Bound Mercedes-Benz has recently pulled the wraps off their new SUV in the lineup christened as Mercedes GLC. This new SUV will be positioned between the GLA and the GLE models. The GLC is intended to replace the GLK SUV in the international market. The styling of the GLC is quite distinctive and sporty from the rest of the SUVs in the Mercedes lineup.   The front end of the vehicle is dominated by the huge grille and a wide bumper having big airdams. The side profile has sleek crease lines running across the body while the stance is quite butch. The alloys look premium and sharp as well. The rear looks very appealing with the new tail light cluster, which is slim and twin tail pipes finished in chrome.   The interiors of the new GLC is similar to the rest of the Mercedes family, especially C-Class. There is a cool blue ambient lighting running around along with a host of new technology on offer including COMAND system, panoramic sunroof, 360 degree park assist, etc. It is based on the same architecture as the Mercedes C-Class but has a longer wheelbase.   Powering the Mercedes GLC are a range of diesel and petrol engine options with a new 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic transmission. The GLC will go on sale in the international market by the end of this year while its Indian debut will be made next year in 2016. Meanwhile Mercedes India is preparing to launch the GLE SUV in a couple of months. Date published Mon, 22 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Honda Jazz Website Goes Live, Bookings Open In India Honda is betting big for the comeback of Jazz in its new generation avatar. This time around the Jazz will be launched with a diesel engine and heavy localisation to keep the price competitive. The Japanese automaker has now started accepting bookings for the Jazz, which will be launched next month and the website goes live revealing some of the details.   The premium hatchback space is growing in India and many manufacturers are now targeting the lucrative segment. After garnering tremendous success for the City with a diesel heart, Honda is aiming to sell huge volumes of the new generation Jazz. The design is similar to the previous version but the styling is all new, thanks to the Honda H design philosophy having sharp and sleek stance.   The interiors are extremely spacious making it the most spacious cabin in the segment while having new features on offer such as touchscreen with Bluetooth connectivity and Navigation. There is automatic climate control system with feather touch controls like the City. The seats are highly flexible for luggage space.    The new generation Honda Jazz will come with 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol engine that churns out 90 PS of power returning 18.7 km/l of claimed mileage. The petrol version will be offered with CVT automatic transmission having paddle shifters on steering wheel and a 5-speed manual transmission. The Jazz will be offered with a diesel engine for the first time, which is the 1.5-litre i-DTEC motor producing 100 PS and returning a high fuel mileage of 27.3 km/l, mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. Honda will launch the Jazz in India on 8th of July. Date published Mon, 22 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Hyundai Creta Bookings Commence In India Hyundai dealers in India have started accepting bookings for the upcoming compact SUV, Creta. The Hyundai Creta will be launched in India in July 21 and you can book the SUV now for INR 40,000 to INR 50,000 depending on the region. It is a much awaited SUV from Hyundai as the trend of compact SUVs in India is on a full swing.    The Hyundai Creta will directly compete with the Renault Duster, Ford EcoSport and the upcoming Maruti Suzuki S-Cross. In terms of styling, it looks very upmarket and sharp being sculpted on the latest Hyundai Fluidic Design language. The styling cues have been derived from the more premium Hyundai Santa Fe.    The interiors will get a long list of features and segment first equipment to make the cabin convenient and luxurious for the buyers. The Hyundai Creta will be offered in a range of variants and engine options. It will be available with 1.6-litre petrol and 1.6-litre diesel engine derived from the Hyundai Verna. The new SUV will also come with automatic transmission options, making it the first diesel automatic SUV in its segment.    Source Date published Sun, 21 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Maruti Ciaz Crosses 50,000 Sales Within 8 Months Of Launch Maruti Suzuki, India’s largest carmaker is well known for its wide range of small cars and compact sedans under INR 10 lakhs range. However, Maruti has recently started focusing on premium cars with the launch of Ciaz and new products lined up this year including S-Cross. Earlier the carmaker couldn’t perform well near the INR 10 lakhs range but now the perception towards the brand seems to be changing.   The Maruti Ciaz was launched in India eight months back and the carmaker has managed to cross 50,000 sales mark in spite of the stiff competition. It is still not the segment leader because it is a considerable units away from dethroning the king of the segment, Honda City. The Hyundai Verna is also a big contender in this segment but it has lost steam due to the Ciaz offering tremendous value and City having a diesel engine now.   Out of the 50,000 units sold since its launch, the Maruti Ciaz has retailed over 43,000 units in the domestic market while 7000 units were exported overseas. Now Maruti plans to open separate premium dealerships to retail the Ciaz and the upcoming premium offering from the carmaker including the S-Cross and the premium hatch launching next year. Their new strategy seems to be working in a positive way. Date published Sun, 21 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Ducati Officially Enters The Indian Market Ducati recently announced their arrival in the Indian market at their newly opened Ducati store in New Delhi, which is one of the biggest Ducati stores in the world. The Italian motorcycle maker also announced the launch of two new Ducati Scrambler variants - Scrambler Classic and Full Throttle in India. The company has received overwhelming response by the Indian market soon after inaugurating two dealerships, one in Mumbai and one in Delhi NCR.   Ducati is offering a wide range of motorcycles in the Indian market. Their portfolio includes the Ducati Diavel, Hyperstrada, Hypermotard, Monster, Panigale, Scrambler and the soon to be launched Multistrada, The premium motorcycle maker will launch the Multistrada in India later this year in October.    After having set up state-of-the-art dealerships in Delhi NCR and Mumbai, Ducati India is all geared up to inaugurate a new dealership in UB City, Bengaluru. They promise to provide high standard of service to the new and also existing customers of Ducati in India. Soon Ducati will expand their presence further in the country and the next cities to get new dealerships are Pune and Hyderabad. Date published Sun, 21 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Nissan Inaugurates 5th Dealership In Hyderabad Nissan India is extensively expanding their network in India for better reachability and to sell more volumes in the country. They have an aim to set up 300 sales and service touch points across the country by the end of the financial year 2016. The Japanese automaker has now opened a new dealership in Hyderabad, which is the city’s 5th Nissan dealership.    The Vibrant Nissan dealership in Hyderabad is the carmaker’s 194th authorised dealership in the country. They are present across 126 cities in India, offering both Nissan and Datsun products. Nissan believes that Hyderabad has a growing demand of passenger vehicles and hence the new dealership to cater the crucial market.   Located at Gachibowli, Hyderabad the Vibrant Nissan will display both Nissan and Datsun portfolio cars and aims to offer the best customer experience. It has both sales and service features to offer including selection, funding, purchase, maintenance, accident repair and trade-in options. Nissan is currently focusing on expanding their network in the Indian market. With a slew of launches planned from next year, the automaker is preparing to churn out heavy volumes in the near future. Date published Sat, 20 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Volvo V40 Hatchback Launched In India At INR 24.75 Lakhs After gaining tremendous success for the Volvo V40 Cross Country in India, the Swedish automaker has now launched the regular hatchback version of the V40 that is priced from an attractive INR 24.75 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). The new Volvo V40 is similar to the Cross Country variant but comes without body cladding and sits a tad lower for the sporty hatchback stance.   The styling tweaks can be noticed on the front bumper, sober side profile and a clean rear styling. The Scandinavian auto maker has also introduces a more sporty trim of the V40, the V40 R-Design. This version comes with a body kit making the car look more youthful and agile. The styling gets sharper thanks to the new bumpers and sleek alloy wheels.   On the inside, the Volvo V40 gets similar interior upholstery and layout with a long list of features including TFT instrument cluster, panoramic sunroof, infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity, auto bending headlights, Park Assist with rear camera and the likes. Volvo is known for its safety features and the V40 comes with 7 airbags, City Safety Technology, ABS, ASC, DSTC, etc.    Currently, the Volvo V40 has been launched with a diesel engine only, which is a 2.0-litre oil burner producing 150 BHP of power with 350 Nm torque, mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. It is being brought to India via the CBU route and will compete against the BMW 1-Series, Mercedes A-Class and Audi A3.   Volvo V40 ex-showroom Delhi price:   - Volvo V40 D3 Kinetic – INR 24.75 lakhs - Volvo V40 D3 R Design – INR 27.70 lakhs Date published Sat, 20 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0530 2015 Audi Q3 Facelift Launched In India From INR 28.99 Lakhs Audi has launched the updated Q3 in India, priced from INR 28.99 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). The facelifts Q3 comes with a host of changes including exterior, interior and equipment. The styling is in line with the latest Audi design language. The front profile is now sharper featuring new LED headlights, more edgy chrome hexagonal grille and a sporty new bumper. The side profile remains more or less the same having new set of alloys.   The rear profile of the new Audi Q3 gets dynamic turn indicators earlier seen on the Audi R8. The LED detailing of the tail lights is sharper and there are little tweaks to the bumper as well. On the inside, the dashboard layout is similar but new equipment and little changes have been made to the aesthetics. The updated instrument cluster gets colour screen in the middle for the MID, the MMI system has been updated with 20 GB in-built storage, 2 SD card slots and satellite navigation and there is a reverse parking camera for all the trims now.   The Audi Q3 is a compact SUV, which is capable of doing mild off-road sessions with its Quattro all-wheel drive system. Audi India is currently offering the Q3 only with a diesel engine option, while the petrol version is expected to be introduced later. The 2.0-litre diesel engine continues to do its duty on the facelifts Q3 that produces 177 BHP of power with 380 Nm of torque, mated to a 7-speed S tronic  automatic transmission. Date published Sat, 20 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0530 2016 BMW 7-Series Revealed Officially, India Bound BMW has officially pulled the wraps off the new generation 7-Series, which is the sixth generation model, codenamed G12. It will make its public debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, production will begin next month at BMW’s Dingolfing plant in Europe while the deliveries will commence later this year. However, the new generation flagship is expected to launch in India in 2016 and the German carmaker will showcase the new offering at the 2016 Auto Expo.   The new generation BMW 7-Series is based on the new rear-wheel drive Cluster Architecture. It has shed 200 kgs of weight thanks to the new Carbon Core Technology that uses extensive carbon fibre and aluminium in the body. The exteriors have evolved over the predecessor having a sharper stance but similar silhouette. It gets new laser lights, kidney grilles with active aero function, classy alloys and chrome embellishments.   On the inside, the dashboard gets a more sophisticated feel and the cabin is full of gizmos and gadgets having removable tablet for rear passengers, heated seats, iDrive 5.0 infotainment, 16 speakers, Ambient Air system that releases scents, reclinable seats and a lot more on offer. The new 7-Series gets standard air-suspension with road preview system that adjusts the suspension detecting road surface with camera for flat ride.   The 2016 BMW 7-Series gets a range of engine options including 4.4-litre V8 turbo petrol producing 445 BHP. There is a 3.0-litre in-line six turbo petrol too that churns out 320 BHP. The 3.0-litre diesel version produces 263 BHP. BMW will be offering a plug-in hybrid version as well for the new 7-Series. The flagship Bimmer will compete against the Audi A8, Mercedes S-Class and Jaguar XJ. Date published Thu, 11 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Mercedes GLA Local Assembly Commences In India, Priced From INR 31.31 Lakhs Mercedes-Benz has now started local assembly of their new compact SUV, GLA, which came initially from the CBU route to India. The locally assembled GLA 200 CDI Style is priced at INR 31.31 lakhs and the range topping GLA 200 CDI Sport is priced at INR 34.25 lakhs (all prices ex-showroom Pune). The petrol version of the GLA still comes via the CBU route but Mercedes will eventually assemble it locally.   After gaining huge appreciation for the GLA in India, Mercedes has decided to take the game further by localising the compact SUV. It is the first new generation Mercedes to be locally assembled in India for the first time as the A, B and CLA-Class are yet to get local production. Now the German automaker produces six models from its Chakan plant near Pune - S-Class, E-Class, C-Class, M-Class, GL-Class and GLA.    The facility gets new assembly lines, synchronised conveyor systems, latest technology roller tester, dynamic shower tester, etc. for GLA localisation. The Chakan plant is capable of churning out 20,000 units annually, which is the largest installed production capacity for a luxury carmaker in India. Also, the total investment sums up to INR 1000 crores for the Mercedes manufacturing facility. Date published Thu, 11 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0530 BMW 3-Series GT Sport Line Launched In India At INR 39.9 Lakhs BMW has launched the 3-Series Gran Tourismo with a new Sport Line trim in India, which is priced at INR 39.9 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). The BMW 3-Series GT is based on the regular 3-Series platform having more interior room and boot space, thanks to the extended tail and rear hatch. The new trim comes with some cosmetic changes inside out and is now assembled at the Chennai facility with 50 percent localisation.   The BMW 3-Series GT Sport Line comes with additional gloss black accents on some elements of the exteriors which include the kidney grille slats, front air dam and B-pillars. There is new BMW Sport badging on the aluminium door sills and matte black finish on window surrounds. At the rear it gets chrome black treatment on the exhaust pipes. The key fob also gets a line of red for the sporty quotient.   The interiors of the 3-Series GT Sport Line gets red stitching on the leather wrapped steering and sports seats. It gets adjustable ambient lighting with orange and white options as well as new premium wood trim. It is powered by the same 2.0-litre diesel engine producing 184 BHP, 380 Nm mated to 8-speed automatic. Date published Wed, 10 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Mercedes Imports GLE SUV To India For Homologation Mercedes-Benz has recently revised the model names for all their lineup globally. Now, the first car to be introduced with the new nomenclature in India is the Mercedes GLE. You might be thinking that it is a new SUV from the German automaker’s stable. That is not the case but the GLE is the facelifted version of the Mercedes ML-Class with some changes on the exteriors and interiors having a new name.   The Mercedes GLE has been recently imported to India for homologation, which hints us about the launch of the vehicle this year itself. The two particular units imported by Mercedes are diesel versions termed as Mercedes GLE 350 d 4MATIC. It will be powered by a 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel engine having a power output of 258 BHP and 620 Nm, mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission.   The GLE looks quite upmarket and muscular thanks to the drastic cosmetic changes over the ML-Class. It gets a redesigned hood, grille, headlamps and sporty bumper up front. The side profile doesn't get much changes save for the new alloys. The rear also looks familiar to the pre-facelift model. It comes with new tail lamps and bumper. The interiors get new steering, updated COMAND system, new upholstery and materials. Expect similar pricing when launched in the second half of 2015. Date published Wed, 10 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Regal Raptor Motorcycles Launched In India From INR 2.96 Lakhs The US based motorcycle maker, Regal Raptor has entered the Indian shores and launched a range of motorcycles. In association with Fabulous And Beyond (FAB) Motors dealership, they will be known as “Fab Regal Raptor” motorcycles in the Indian market. The first dealership through which the new bikes will be sold is situated in Hyderabad. The bike maker will soon open new dealerships across the country gradually.   The three Regal Raptor bikes on offer are - Daytona 350, DD350E Spyder and Bobber 350. All three motorcycles are cruiser bikes with different styling. These motorcycles share a common engine, which is a 320cc, twin-cylinder, water-cooled, 4-stroke engine that produces 22.79 HP of maximum power at 8500 RPM and 22 Nm of peak torque at 6500 RPM, mated to a 5-speed gearbox.   The engine comes with fuel injection and can make these motorcycles sprint from 0-60 km/hr in 3.50 seconds while the claimed top speed is rated at 130 km/hr.    Regal Raptor ex-showroom Hyderabad pricing -    * DD350E – Rs. 2.96 lakhs * Bobber 350 – Rs. 3.22 lakhs * Daytona 350 – Rs. 3.33 lakhs Date published Wed, 10 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0530 BMW 3-Series And 5-Series Sachin Tendulkar Edition Launched BMW has launched new limited edition versions of the 3-Series and 5-Series sedan in India christened as Sachin Tendulkar Edition. Sachin Tendulkar, known as the ‘god of cricket’ in India, is the brand ambassador of BWM India since 2012. He is quite fond of cars and specially a big enthusiast of BMWs. The Bavarian automaker has now launched the new special edition cars exclusively signed by the legend.   Only 15 units of the limited edition 3-Series and 5-Series have been launched. The BMW 3-Series is the entry level BMW sedan that comes with a starting price of INR 35.90 lakhs. It is offered with 2.0-litre diesel engine that produces 184 BHP of maximum power with 380 Nm of peak torque, mated to a 8-speed automatic transmission.   The BMW 5-Series is available in the Indian market with a starting price of INR 46.90 lakhs. It is offered with 2.0-litre diesel and 3.0-litre diesel engine options. The popular 2.0-litre diesel engine produces same output as 3-Series while the 3.0-litre diesel produces 258 BHP from its V6 motor with a peak torque of 560 Nm, mated to a 8-speed automatic transmission. Date published Wed, 10 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Volkswagen Vento Facelift To Launch On 23 June Volkswagen recently revealed the new features and details of the new Vento facelift. The German carmaker has now announced the launch of the same on 23 June 2015. The Vento facelift gets cosmetic changes that makes it look sharper thanks to the new bumpers and slight revisions on the exteriors.   The Vento facelift also gets new colour treatment on the inside having new features such as electrically foldable ORVMs, cooled glovebox, cruise control, etc. There are no mechanical changes and hence the engine options are same. It gets three engine options with manual and DSG automatic transmissions to choose from.   The 1.6-lire naturally aspirated petrol continues to do its duty under the hood with manual transmission only. The 1.5-litre TDI diesel is available with both DSG and manual while the 1.2-litre TSI turbo petrol is only available with DSG gearbox. Pricing of the new Vento will be increased marginally. With the competition selling in large numbers, Volkswagen expects to boos the sales of Vento with the new update and the upcoming festive season. Date published Wed, 10 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Audi India To Launch Q3 Facelift On June 18 Audi has been on a roll when it comes to introducing new cars in India and the German automaker is relentlessly launching a car every month this year. Now, Audi is all set to launch yet another car on June 18 in India, the Q3 facelift. The Audi Q3 has seen tremendous succes in the Indian market thanks to the well rounded package and the SUV feel it gives at an affordable price compared to the rivals.   The Audi Q3 is the biggest selling compact SUV in its segment. The facelifted Q3 will play a major roll in taking the game forward. The Q3 facelift comes with a host of changes on the exteriors as well as interiors. The front grille is new having sharper edges and thicker chrome, bumpers get sporty and the headlamps are now full LEDs. The alloys are new while the side profile remains unchanged.    The rear profile of the Audi Q3 facelift gets new bumper and redesigned tail lamps that now feature dynamic turn signals. On the inside, it remains more or less the same having a similar layout. There is new equipment on offer including updated MMI system with hard disk, phone holder in arm rest, rear camera with dynamic lines, etc. Powering the Q3 facelift is the same 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine. Date published Wed, 10 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Hyundai Creta SUV Official Renderings Revealed Hyundai is all set to launch their global SUV, Creta to the Indian market by next month. The Korean automaker has revealed the design renderings of their upcoming compact SUV. The renderings are usually quite futuristic but show us the design direction of the product. Based on the next generation and evolved Fluidic Sculpture 2.0, the Creta looks very smart and premium.   The front is dominated by the huge hexagonal grille and the side profile showcases a powerful stance. The interiors are very tastefully done as well having a smoothly flowing dashboard with dual tone colour scheme. The new three-spoke steering gets integrated audio controls while the instrument cluster is big in size. The gearknob looks short and sporty while the centre console gets controls for the audio system as well as the climate control.   The Hyundai Creta will be offered with both 1.6-litre diesel and petrol engine options carried over from the Verna. It will be the first car in its segment to get an automatic transmission with a diesel engine. The Hyundai Creta will compete directly against the Renault Duster and Nissan Terrano while the Ford EcoSport, Mahindra Scorpio will also be considered as its rivals. Date published Tue, 09 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Book Tata Nano GenX And See It Rolling Out Of The Factory Tata Motors has launched an interesting new initiative “The Chosen Ones” under which customers who have booked the recently launched GenX Nano will get a chance to see their car roll out from the factory live. Tata Motors will provide the prospective buyers an all expense paid trip to Sanand plant, where the car is being manufactured. It will be a lifetime experience to see your car roll out fresh from the factory.   The Chosen Ones campaign is valid for customers who will book the Nano GenX till June 18 2015. Out of these participants, only 20 lucky owners will get a chance to visit Tata Motors Sanand factory. Apart from witnessing their car getting made on the assembly line, the customers will also receive a birth certificate at the plant.   The lucky winners of the contest will be announced by Tata Motors by 24th June. This offer is also valid for customers who would like to book the Nano GenX online. Yes, the facelifted Nano is also available for online booking at INR 5,001. This new initiative will help boost the Indian carmaker’s sale for their latest product, thanks to the clever marketing strategy. Date published Mon, 08 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Myles Self Drive Service Available Across 10 Airports In India Myles, the self-drive service from Carzonrent is increasing rapidly with every passing day by introducing new cars to the fleet as well as having better reach across the country. Now, the service provider is present across 10 airports in the country which include - Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai, Mumbai, Pune, Vizag, Bhubaneshwar, Amritsar and Chandigarh.    The company claims that Myles is the only self-drive service available in the country to be present on airports. Having the service available at the airports, the customers get a convenient medium to commute on their own without getting worried about booking cabs or calling over relatives and friends. The customers have a choice of hiring the car as soon as they land.   Myles has more than 1000 cars in their fleet with a choice of 32 different car models to choose from. The GPS enabled cars can be booked either by mobile app or by calling. You can choose the cars for hourly, weekly or daily booking preference. Myles aims to add 6 more airports and 300 more cars by the end of June. Also, they are targeting a total fleet of 4000 cars by March 2016. Date published Mon, 08 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Skoda Offers Finance Scheme For Rapid, Yeti and Superb Skoda India has introduced new finance offers for the Rapid sedan, Yeti SUV and Superb luxury sedan. In order to boost sales, the Czech automaker is offering these schemes to attract buyers from different segments. Following are the schemes that you can avail at your nearest Skoda dealership and the offers are valid across the country until 30th June 2015:   EMI Holiday Scheme - This scheme is valid for the Rapid and Superb sedans for a tenure up to 84 months (7 years). Buyers availing this scheme would have to pay EMI of only INR 1 for the first 6 months and thereafter continuing the regular EMI applicable for the respective car variant.   7.99 percent interest rate - Skoda is also offering a finance scheme of 7.99 percent interest rate for the Rapid and Superb models. Depending on the offer you select, buyers have an option of choosing a tenure up to 5 years. Customers also get extended warranty benefit of (2+2) and Road Side Assistance Program (2+2) along with 7.99 percent interest for the Rapid   7 percent interest on Yeti - The German automaker is offering 7 percent of interest rate scheme on the Skoda Yeti for up to 5 years. This scheme is applicable for the 4x2 variant only. Date published Mon, 08 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Hyundai to offer upcoming SUV Creta with automatic transmission Having advanced the launch of its sought after upcoming sub-SantaFe SUV, Hyundai is betting big on the Creta and will be offering all engine-transmission permutations-combinations. The company recently revealed to ET-Auto that it has plans to offer an automatic transmission option in the Creta making it the first SUV in the sub-15 lakh rupee segment to be equipped with an auto-box. While it has not been revealed and confirmed, it is expected that the Creta will get the same set of engines as the Verna. In sync with that, the Creta might get an auto-box mated to the 1.6-lt petrol engine as in the Verna.   Other than that, the Creta is expected to be powered by the same 1.6-lt diesel engine that powers the Verna mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. Verna however gets two diesel and petrol engine options; 1.4-lt and 1.6-lt. While it is unlikely, but it remains to be seen whether the Creta will also get the smaller 1.4-lt petrol or diesel engine in the most affordable variants.   Competition will be primarily in the form of Renault Duster and Nissan Terrano that are both 5-seaters and are powered by a 1.5-lt diesel engine. Mahindra’s Scorpio on the other hand is powered by a bigger engine and can seat 7 people. Taking into account Hyundai’s dealer network, it appears that Renault and Nissan are in for tough times. It is also expected that Ford’s Ecosport might also see sales dwindling however, the Ecosport, thanks to its sub-4m length, takes duty advantages and is priced aggressively. Still, Hyundai will take home the advantage of not only a wide dealer presence but also of meeting supply according to demands.   Hyundai is expected to price the Creta between INR 8-13 lakh with petrol manual variant being the most affordable one and diesel/petrol automatic at the top of the pricing chart.   Since the Creta is expected to be priced aggressively, it will also be interesting to see how its launch affects the sales of Elite i20’s crossover incarnation. A sibling war shall soon begin and we expect Hyundai to relish it! Date published Mon, 08 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Hyundai Creta SUV To Launch In India On 21 July Hyundai has recently revealed the global name of the compact SUV Creta, which is all set to be launched on 21 July in India according to recent reports. Hyundai has rescheduled the launch from September to July because the carmaker wants to take full advantage of the upcoming festive season. The production of the Hyundai Creta will begin from 20 June as the carmaker has made the provision of production for the SUV in their plant.   The Hyundai Creta is a promising product that will come with a long list of features, powerful petrol and diesel engines derived from the Verna sedan and segment first automatic transmission in a compact SUV. The Creta will compete head on with the Renault Duster and Nissan Terrano while giving a tough fight to the Mahindra Scorpio and Ford EcoSport.    In terms of styling, the Creta gets the latest Hyundai’s Fluidic Design philosophy that lends it a sharp look. The design is derived from the Hyundai Santa Fe, which looks quite appealing. The Hyundai Creta will have similar dimensions as the Renault Duster. It will be 4.2 metres in length and is expected to be priced between INR 8-12 lakhs. Hyundai aims to sell 4000-5000 units of the Creta and targets 10 percent share of the UV segment.   Source - EconomicTimes Date published Sat, 06 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Next Generation Audi A4 Spied, India Bound Audi has been testing the new generation A4 since a while now. It was recently spied on test in India and now it reveals its entire design spotted with minimal camouflage on it. This appears to be the final testing level of the A4, which will make its public debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Based on the new MLB platform, the next gen A4 will get drastic changes both inside out.   In terms of styling, it looks sharper and youthful than the outgoing Audi A4. The new design language of the German carmaker makes it look sleek. The front end gets the new hexagonal grille and full LED headlamps having a long bonnet. The side profile makes you realise that it is a tad bigger than the current generation A4.   However, the rear styling looks inspired from its younger sibling, the Audi A3 and even the new gen Skoda Superb. It gets a slim tail light cluster that looks very sharp connected with a thin line of chrome. We can expect more luxurious and spacious interiors with the latest tech on offer. Powering the 2016 Audi A4 will be a range of diesel and petrol engine options with more power and improved fuel efficiency. We can expect India launch sometime in 2016 with increased pricing.     Source - worldcarfans Date published Sat, 06 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Honda Brio Based SUV Codenamed 2SJ, Imported To India Honda has revived its sales in India since the launch of the i-DTEC diesel engine that made its debut in the Amaze. Because of the growing demand of diesels, Honda started losing market share with its petrol powered lineup. The Japanese automaker now offers three cars (Amaze, Mobilio, City) with diesel engine option and the upcoming Jazz will also get a diesel. After tasting good success with the latest offerings, Honda is preparing to launch the much awaited compact SUV.   Honda has recently imported a few units and some parts of their upcoming Brio based SUV. The compact SUV has been codenamed 2SJ. Don’t expect Honda to launch the baby SUV anytime this year but we believe they will showcase the promising product at the upcoming 2016 Auto Expo. Heavy localisation will help the carmaker price it competitively by sharing the parts with the Brio family.   We hope this time around Honda makes some tweaks to the front facia, which is ditto across the Brio family and the interiors, which are tad basic should also get some premium touches. The 2SJ Honda Brio compact SUV might come with 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel and i-VTEC petrol engine options. The new SUV will be pitted against the Ford EcoSport, Renault Duster and the likes in the segment.   Source - Zauba Date published Sat, 06 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Second Generation BMW X1 Unveiled, India Bound BMW has revealed the new generation X1 that comes with a host of changes and looks a lot better than the outgoing model. Following the latest BMW design language, the new generation X1 gets sharp styling cues and now has a more SUV-like stance unlike the first generation model that looks like a station wagon. The front profile gets angular LED headlamps and larger kidney grille having big airdams on the bumper.   The side profile of the new gen BMW X1 reminds you of its elder sibling, the X5 having a raised stance and chunky alloy wheels. The rear gets a sleek tail light cluster, dual exhaust and a busy tailgate. The interiors are a big leap ahead as well having upmarket styling as opposed to a tad boring cabin of the older model.   The new BMW X1 is based on the Bavarian automaker’s new UKL1 platform and hence the new X1 is a front-wheel drive model. It is the same platform that underpins the new MINI Cooper. The German carmaker is offering a range of petrol and diesel engines with 6-speed manual and 8-speed automatic transmission. It wil be offered in five variants - Base, Advantage, Sport Line, xLine and M Sport. Competing with the Audi Q3 and Mercedes GLA, the new BMW X1 is expected to arrive in India in 2016. Date published Fri, 05 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Maruti Suzuki Brings Down Emissions By Over 11.6 Percent In 5 Years The leading car manufacturer in India, Maruti Suzuki has been focussing on increasing fuel efficiency of their cars and at the same time reducing emissions with every passing day. The auto giant claims that they have brought down the emissions of cars by over 11.6 percent in last five years, which is quite impressive. On the World Environment Day, Maruti Suzuki further announces to focus on promoting clean air and bring down CO2 emissions.   Maruti Suzuki will be adopting new technologies to enhance fuel efficiency and plans to introduce hybrid vehicles as well. Some of the technologies include a new light-weight platform, downsized turbocharged petrol BOOSTERJET engine and SHVS mild hybrid system. The automaker is already promoting clean air by offering CNG variants with the Alto, Celerio, Wagon R, Eeco and Ertiga.    Under the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan 2020 (NEMMP), Maruti Suzuki had showcased the Swift Range Extender. It looks exactly like the Swift hatchback but has a different tech altogether under the hood. The Swift RE-EV is an electric vehicle with an engine driven generator that uses less fuel and offers optimum range. It is planned to be launched in India having 660cc internal combustion engine mated to an electric motor with a fuel mileage of 48.2 km/l. Date published Fri, 05 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Nissan PlayStation GT Academy Enters Second Season In India Nissan has commenced the GT Academy rounds in India across four cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai. The aspirational race drivers or NISMO Athletes as Nissan likes to call it, can live their dreams by qualifying through these sessions in the virtual world of Gran Turismo 6 by racing against time in the simulators, which is close to reality.    The qualifying sessions of the Nissan PlayStation GT Academy conclude on 28th June, while the Indian national final will be held in July 2015. Ten winners from the live events and ten winners from the online gaming community will meet at the final stage. However, only six finalists will be chosen by Nissan for the Silverstone Race Camp.   The winners will get a chance to prove themselves on the state-of-the-art Silverstone race track, where they will be driving NISMO performance cars including the Nissan 370Z and the GT-R, which is popularly known as the Godzilla. In the previous season, over 5000 gamers participated in India. One of the finalists from last year is currently racing in the Nissan Micra Cup. All in all, it is a great platform for those who want to take Motorsport as a profession.      Delhi 5th – 7th June DLF Place, Saket   Mumbai 12th- 14th June Infinity 2, Malad (West)   Bangalore 19th – 21st June Phoenix Market City, Whitefield   Chennai 26th – 28th June Express Avenue, Royapettah Date published Fri, 05 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Harley-Davidson Partners With Myntra To Provide Merchandise Online Harley-Davidson is the leading luxury motorcycle maker in India and one of the most desirable brand in the automotive industry. People in India are not only fond of the American bikes but also their merchandise and clothing because of the premium brand appeal. Now, Harley-Davidson has partnered with Myntra offering their apparel and accessories online.   The alliance will help the American motorcycle maker to reach out to a larger section of audience as these new products will be delivered to over 12,000 pin codes across India. Harley-Davidson is currently offering casual wear, sports wear and denim apparels. You will also get to purchase HD jackets, caps, wallets, shirts, t-shirts, sweatshirts, jeans and much more.    The price range of Harley-Davidson apparels starts from INR 1595 and goes up to INR 9217 on the Myntra app. There are wide variety of products for both men and women. Flipkart recently acquired Myntra, which is now an app-only service available across iOS, Android and Windows platform. Date published Fri, 05 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Pawan Munjal Appointed As The New Chairman Of Hero MotoCorp Hero MotoCorp came into existence in 1984 and was found by Dr. Brijmohan Lall Munjal, who was the Chairman of the motorcycle giant since its beginning until now. Dr. Brijmohan Lall has now stepped aside and appointed his son Mr. Pawan Munjal as the Chairman, CEO and Managing Director of Hero MotoCorp. Pawan Munjal was the MD and CEO of the two-wheeler company since 2001.    While Dr. Brijmohan Lall is not the Chairman anymore, the Board requested him to continue to be the guide and mentor of the company in the form of chairman emeritus. He will remain on the board as a non-executive member. Dr. Brijmohan Lall has put in a lot of effort for taking the two-wheeler company to big heights.    Today, Hero MotoCorp is India’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer and the biggest motorcycle maker in terms of volumes across the globe. Hero Splendor being the bread and butter motorcycle for the company is their consistent hot seller since its inception. Hero MotoCorp has over 50 percent share in the domestic market and 6.63 million units in the 2015 fiscal. Their turnover of INR 27,585 crore was recorded in last fiscal. Date published Thu, 04 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Lamborghini's upcoming SUV to be Made-In-Italy, 2018 launch expected Performance car maker, Lamborghini has announced that the company’s maiden series production SUV will be rolled off from the company’s Sant’ Agata Bolognese plant in Italy. Based on the concept Urus presented at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show, the new model line-up is expected to double the company’s overall sales. Lamborghini has stated that it expects about 3000 SUV units to be sold annually after its launch doubling the company’s overall global sales. The SUV’s market launch is expected to be in 2018 as per an official statement.   In order to accommodate the production of the SUV, Sant’ Agata Bolognese will see an increase in area by about two times with the construction of a new production line, warehouse and enlargement of R&D division. The company also intends to hire 500 more people for the same. Date published Thu, 04 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Mahindra announces Free PUC Check-up on World Environment Day Mahindra has just announced a nationwide free PUC check-up camp for its PV and CV customers. The camp will be organized on the occasion of World Environment Day observed on June 5, 2015. The company has announced that over 450 authorized workshops will hold the PUC check-up for customers.   Before Mahindra, Skoda also anounced a similar free PUC check-up camp and the same might be observed by all carmakers in India.   Speaking on the occasion, Sanjoy Gupta, Vice President - Customer Care, Automotive Division, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. Said, “Mahindra has always been committed to the cause of sustainable development across its entire value chain. Our products conform to the strictest emission norms and also reaffirm our commitment towards the society for a clean and green tomorrow. The Free Pollution check-up campaign on the occasion of World Environment Day is not just a step towards that vision, but also reiterates our customer centric proposition of offering better value to our customers.”   To avail the offer, Mahindra vehicle owners can either contact their nearest Mahindra dealership for an appointment or call Mahindra’s “With You Hamesha” 24 x 7 toll-free help line no:-1800-209-6006 Date published Thu, 04 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Audi launches RS6 Avant in India at INR 1.35Cr German luxury carmaker, Audi, has enriched its performance car portfolio with the launch of Audi RS6 Avant in India. The RS6 Avant is Audi’s 4th offering in the performance car segment after R8 LMX, RS7 Sportback and the new TT Coupe. The RS6 Avant is priced at INR 1,35,00,750 ex-showroom Delhi and is the only Avant bodystyle car from the German carmaker. The car will be available for sale throughout India today onwards.   Specifications & Features   1 0-100kmph 3.9s 2 Top speed 305kmph 3 Maximum power 560hp 4 Maximum Torque 700Nm 5 Engine 4.0 TFSI Twin Turbo 6 Cylinder layout V8 7 Displacement 3993cc 8 Drivetrain AWD 9 Exterior colour options Floret Silver, Prism Silver, Glacier White, Mythos Black, Panther Black, Misano Red, Daytona Grey, Nardo Grey, Sepang Blue and Daytona Grey Matt finish 10 Fuel efficiency ECE cycle fuel consumption just 9.6 liters per 100 kilometers 11 Transmission 8-speed tiptronic 12 Standard wheel size 20-inch 13 Brakes Ceramic brakes 14 ESC Electronic stabilization control (ESC) with Sport mode 15 Rear passengers Two rear seats with sporty contours 16 Headlights Matrix LED Headlights 17 Tail lamps LED rear lights with Dynamic Turn Indicators 18 Driver info RS-specific driver information system with shift light
o MMI® navigation plus with MMI® touch 19 Head-up Display Yes 20 Entertainment BOSE Surround Sound System 21 Tire pressure monitoring system with air pressure and temperature display Yes 22 Sunroof Panaromic Sunroof Date published Thu, 04 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Celerio Gets Indigenous Diesel Power, Prices Start At INR 4.65 Lakh Maruti Suzuki has expanded its diesel portfolio with the introduction of the company’s first homegrown 800cc diesel engine in the Celerio. Prices for Celerio diesel start at INR 4.65 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) and go all the way up to INR 5.71 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The Celerio diesel will now be Maruti Suzuki’s most affordable diesel vehicle on offer in the Indian market.   The Celerio diesel is available in 4 variants, Ldi, Vdi, Zdi and Zdi(Opt). Variant-wise prices are as follows:   Variants Rs Lakh Celerio LDi 465,393 Celerio VDi 495,415 Celerio ZDi 525,442 Celerio ZDi (Optional) 571,484                     The 800-cc diesel engine that powers the Celerio has been developed by Suzuki Motor Corporation and is codenamed DDiS 125 as it churns out a maximum of 125Nm torque. The engine is a 2-cylinder unit and is the only diesel engine with that cylinder count in the Indian PV market. The specifications OF Celerio diesel are as follows:   Specifications Length 3600 mm Power 35 kW@3500 rpm Width 1600 mm Torque 125 Nm@2000 rpm Height 1560 mm Wheel Base 2425 mm Fuel Efficiency 27.62 kmpl* Turning Radius 4.7 meters Kerb weight 880 kgs 900 kgs (full options) Boot Space Ground Clearance 235 litres  165 mm       Celerio diesel goes on sale from 3rd June 2015 onwards in India. While Celerio’s petrol version is offered with an option of AMT transmission, the company has not offered the diesel counterpart with an AMT option yet. Date published Wed, 03 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Bajaj net-sales drop in May despite CV growth Indian two-wheeler manufacturer Bajaj experienced a drop in overall sales by 2% in May 2015 as motorcycles sales dropped from 3.13 lakh to 3.01 lakh from May last year, a drop of 4%. Bajaj’s motorcycle portfolio includes the Pulsar range, the Avenger, Discover range, Platina range, CT100, Ninja 300 and 650R.   The company however reached its peak sales in the CV arena registering 43,576 vehciles sold, a highest for any month for Bajaj. The net increase in CV sales is a healthy 13%.   While that was for the Indian-market, Bajaj reported 2% rise in exports registering 1,58,824 units, also the highest imports for any month.   The company has seen a consistent drop in motorcycle sales this quarter and registered negative sales from Apr-May in 2015. A rise in CV sales has however ensured that the overall sales remain almost equivalent to the 2014 Q1. Date published Tue, 02 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0530 2015 Volkswagen Vento Facelift Details Revealed Volkswagen India has updated the details of the upcoming Vento facelift on their website and it reveals the improved fuel efficiency and added features being offered with the new update. The Volkswagen Vento has been frequently updated to maintain the traction in the mid-size sedan segment, which is highly competitive in India.   The Volkswagen Vento facelift gets some cosmetic changes that makes it look mature than before and more premium. The interiors also get slightly updated with new colour theme and additional features for more convenience. The engine options remain unchanged which includes 1.6-litre petrol, 1.2-litre TSI turbo petrol and 1.5-litre TDI that comes with DSG and manual transmission options. Pricing is not announced yet and the car will launch within a few days of time.   Other significant highlights of the Volkswagen Vento facelift are:   New front grille with three chrome slats Redesigned bumper with chrome highlight and new shape fog lamps New design alloy wheels ORVMs integrated blinkers Door handles in chrome New tail lamp design Revised rear bumper with chrome garnish Chrome muffler tip Walnut beige interiors Cruise Control System Power folding ORVMs Cooled glovebox Electric boot opener   Fuel Efficiency (ARAI)   1.6 MPI: 16.09 km/l (1.05 km/l increase) 1.2 TSI: 18.19 km/l (1.26 km/l increase) 1.5 TDI MT: 20.4 km/l (0.6 km/l increase) 1.5 TDI DSG: 21.50 km/l (0.29 km/l increase)   Colours   Titanium Beige, Carbon Steel, Candy White, Toffee Brown, Night Blue, Reflex Silver Date published Tue, 02 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0530 Maruti Suzuki registers 13.8pc growth in May'15, Mini cars up by almost 28pc India’s top-selling carmaker, Maruti Suzuki has had a wonderful May as far as its sales are concerned. The company managed to sell 1,14,825 units in total (including exports) as against 1,00,925 in May last year. While this accounts for 13.8% overall growth, it is the mini segment that registered 27.9% growth from May last year having sold 35,062 units. The mini segment as per Maruti Suzuki comprises of seasoned campaigners Alto and WagonR. Van segment with experienced players like the Eeco and Omni also registered a healthy growth of 24% over the same period last year. The only segment where sales dropped when compared to last year is the UV segment comprising of the Ertiga, Gypsy and Grand Vitara. Sales in the UV segment dropped by about 2.4% against May 2014. Maruti Suzuki however has facelift of its popular UV Ertiga in pipeline and the company should be looking at reviving the sales in this segment soon.   Details   Category : Models