Car Sizzler Top-Storyhttp://carsizzler.com/top-storyNew Top Story in CarSizzler Hyperloop One and Indian Government Officials Lead First-Ever Summit to Discuss India’s Most Promising Hyperloop Routes http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003420/Hyperloop-One-and-Indian-Government-Officials-Lead-First-Ever-Summit-to-Discuss-India’s-Most-Promising-Hyperloop-Routes.html 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 www.hyperloop-one.com. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003420/Hyperloop-One-and-Indian-Government-Officials-Lead-First-Ever-Summit-to-Discuss-India’s-Most-Promising-Hyperloop-Routes.html Piaggio India Opens Motoplex Store In Hyderabad http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003419/Piaggio-India-Opens-Motoplex-Store-In-Hyderabad.html   ·         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.” http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003419/Piaggio-India-Opens-Motoplex-Store-In-Hyderabad.html Development Agency http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003418/Development-Agency.html <ul>     <li>         <span style="font-size:16px;">Aims 300 Touch Points By March 2017</span></li>     <li>         <span style="font-size:16px;">218 Sales and Service centers currently operational</span></li> </ul> <p>      </p> <p>     <span style="font-size:16px;">Nissan has opened a new dealership in Chennai at Mount Road. The new dealership, Jubilant Nissan, is the company’s 218<sup>th</sup> 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.</span></p> <p>      </p> <p>     <span style="font-size:16px;">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.</span></p> <p>      </p> <p>      </p> <p>     <span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>Comments</strong></span></p> <p>      </p> <p>     <span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>Guillaume Sicard, President, Nissan India Operations</strong></span></p> <p>      </p> <p>     <span style="font-size:16px;"><em>“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.” </em></span></p> <p>      </p> <p>     <span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>Sushiil Mehta, Dealer Principal, Jubilant Nissan</strong></span></p> <p>      </p> <p>     <span style="font-size:16px;"><em>“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.”</em></span></p>   http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003418/Development-Agency.html Development Agency http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003417/Development-Agency.html <ul>     <li>         <span style="font-size:16px;">Aims 300 Touch Points By March 2017</span></li>     <li>         <span style="font-size:16px;">218 Sales and Service centers currently operational</span></li> </ul> <p>      </p> <p>     <span style="font-size:16px;">Nissan has opened a new dealership in Chennai at Mount Road. The new dealership, Jubilant Nissan, is the company’s 218<sup>th</sup> 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.</span></p> <p>      </p> <p>     <span style="font-size:16px;">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.</span></p> <p>      </p> <p>      </p> <p>     <span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>Comments</strong></span></p> <p>      </p> <p>     <span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>Guillaume Sicard, President, Nissan India Operations</strong></span></p> <p>      </p> <p>     <span style="font-size:16px;"><em>“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.” </em></span></p> <p>      </p> <p>     <span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>Sushiil Mehta, Dealer Principal, Jubilant Nissan</strong></span></p> <p>      </p> <p>     <span style="font-size:16px;"><em>“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.”</em></span></p>   http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003417/Development-Agency.html test news http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003416/test-news.html test http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003416/test-news.html Royal Enfield Himalayan Gets Nod In New Delhi, Rs 1.73 Lakh On Road http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003415/Royal-Enfield-Himalayan-Gets-Nod-In-New-Delhi--Rs-1-73-Lakh-On-Road.html 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/-.”   http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003415/Royal-Enfield-Himalayan-Gets-Nod-In-New-Delhi--Rs-1-73-Lakh-On-Road.html Mahindra Books 21,000 KUV100s In A Month http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003414/Mahindra-Books-21-000-KUV100s-In-A-Month.html 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.”   http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003414/Mahindra-Books-21-000-KUV100s-In-A-Month.html Harley-Davidson Opens New Dealership in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003413/Harley-Davidson-Opens-New-Dealership-in-Coimbatore--Tamil-Nadu.html 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.” http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003413/Harley-Davidson-Opens-New-Dealership-in-Coimbatore--Tamil-Nadu.html test news http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003412/test-news.html test news http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003412/test-news.html Volkswagen's Upcoming Compact Sedan Named AMEO http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003411/Volkswagen-s-Upcoming-Compact-Sedan-Named-AMEO.html 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. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003411/Volkswagen-s-Upcoming-Compact-Sedan-Named-AMEO.html Triumph Opens Bookings For Next-Gen Bonneville Motorcycles http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003410/Triumph-Opens-Bookings-For-Next-Gen-Bonneville-Motorcycles.html 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”. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003410/Triumph-Opens-Bookings-For-Next-Gen-Bonneville-Motorcycles.html New Hatchbacks To Launch In India In 2016 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003409/New-Hatchbacks-To-Launch-In-India-In-2016.html 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     http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003409/New-Hatchbacks-To-Launch-In-India-In-2016.html Force Gurkha RFC India North & South Regional Chapters to be held in January 2016 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003408/Force-Gurkha-RFC-India-North---South-Regional-Chapters-to-be-held-in-January-2016.html 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. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003408/Force-Gurkha-RFC-India-North---South-Regional-Chapters-to-be-held-in-January-2016.html Fiat Abarth Punto Launch On 19th October, Bookings Open http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003407/Fiat-Abarth-Punto-Launch-On-19th-October--Bookings-Open.html 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.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003407/Fiat-Abarth-Punto-Launch-On-19th-October--Bookings-Open.html 2016 Maruti Ertiga Facelift Launched, Priced From INR 5.99 Lakhs http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003406/2016-Maruti-Ertiga-Facelift-Launched--Priced-From-INR-5-99-Lakhs.html 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/- http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003406/2016-Maruti-Ertiga-Facelift-Launched--Priced-From-INR-5-99-Lakhs.html Nissan Announces Festive Season Offers In India http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003405/Nissan-Announces-Festive-Season-Offers-In-India.html 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”. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003405/Nissan-Announces-Festive-Season-Offers-In-India.html Datsun Revises Prices Of GO And GO+, Adds New Features http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003404/Datsun-Revises-Prices-Of-GO-And-GO+--Adds-New-Features.html 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  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003404/Datsun-Revises-Prices-Of-GO-And-GO+--Adds-New-Features.html General Motors India Announce Festive Offers On Chevrolet Cars http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003403/General-Motors-India-Announce-Festive-Offers-On-Chevrolet-Cars.html 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”. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003403/General-Motors-India-Announce-Festive-Offers-On-Chevrolet-Cars.html Volkswagen Limited Edition Polo Exquisite Launched http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003402/Volkswagen-Limited-Edition-Polo-Exquisite-Launched.html 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.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003402/Volkswagen-Limited-Edition-Polo-Exquisite-Launched.html Volkswagen Launches New Vento Highline Plus In India http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003401/Volkswagen-Launches-New-Vento-Highline-Plus-In-India.html 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. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003401/Volkswagen-Launches-New-Vento-Highline-Plus-In-India.html BMW 1-Series Facelift Launched In India At INR 29.9 Lakhs http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003400/BMW-1-Series-Facelift-Launched-In-India-At-INR-29-9-Lakhs.html 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.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003400/BMW-1-Series-Facelift-Launched-In-India-At-INR-29-9-Lakhs.html DC Avanti Officially Launched In India At INR 35.93 Lakhs http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003399/DC-Avanti-Officially-Launched-In-India-At-INR-35-93-Lakhs.html 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.   http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003399/DC-Avanti-Officially-Launched-In-India-At-INR-35-93-Lakhs.html Mercedes To Launch GLE SUV In India On 14th October http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003398/Mercedes-To-Launch-GLE-SUV-In-India-On-14th-October.html 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. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003398/Mercedes-To-Launch-GLE-SUV-In-India-On-14th-October.html BMW M6 Gran Coupe Facelift Launched In India At INR 1.70 Crores http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003397/BMW-M6-Gran-Coupe-Facelift-Launched-In-India-At-INR-1-70-Crores.html 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.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003397/BMW-M6-Gran-Coupe-Facelift-Launched-In-India-At-INR-1-70-Crores.html Exclusive - Upcoming Maruti Suzuki Ertiga facelift variant line-up, new features http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003396/Exclusive---Upcoming-Maruti-Suzuki-Ertiga-facelift-variant-line-up--new-features.html 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 will 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   http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003396/Exclusive---Upcoming-Maruti-Suzuki-Ertiga-facelift-variant-line-up--new-features.html Review - 2015 VW Jetta Diesel Automatic http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003395/Review---2015-VW-Jetta-Diesel-Automatic.html 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   http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003395/Review---2015-VW-Jetta-Diesel-Automatic.html Ford Figo Hatchback Launched In India, Priced From INR 4.3 Lakhs http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003394/Ford-Figo-Hatchback-Launched-In-India--Priced-From-INR-4-3-Lakhs.html 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/- http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003394/Ford-Figo-Hatchback-Launched-In-India--Priced-From-INR-4-3-Lakhs.html Self-Drive Car Rental Voler Launched In Delhi http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003393/Self-Drive-Car-Rental-Voler-Launched-In-Delhi.html 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 www.volercars.com 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.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003393/Self-Drive-Car-Rental-Voler-Launched-In-Delhi.html Mercedes To Launch S600 Maybach On 25th September In India http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003392/Mercedes-To-Launch-S600-Maybach-On-25th-September-In-India.html 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). http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003392/Mercedes-To-Launch-S600-Maybach-On-25th-September-In-India.html Mercedes Commences Local Assembly Of CLA And GLA In India http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003391/Mercedes-Commences-Local-Assembly-Of-CLA-And-GLA-In-India.html 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 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003391/Mercedes-Commences-Local-Assembly-Of-CLA-And-GLA-In-India.html Piaggio Vespa SXL 150 And VXL 150 Launched In India http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003390/Piaggio-Vespa-SXL-150-And-VXL-150-Launched-In-India.html 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/- http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003390/Piaggio-Vespa-SXL-150-And-VXL-150-Launched-In-India.html Volvo XC90 Deliveries Begin In India, Receives 266 Bookings http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003389/Volvo-XC90-Deliveries-Begin-In-India--Receives-266-Bookings-.html 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. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003389/Volvo-XC90-Deliveries-Begin-In-India--Receives-266-Bookings-.html Honda Launches Amaze And Mobilio Celebration Edition http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003388/Honda-Launches-Amaze-And-Mobilio-Celebration-Edition-.html 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. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003388/Honda-Launches-Amaze-And-Mobilio-Celebration-Edition-.html Triumph Tiger 800 XCA Launched In India At INR 13.75 Lakhs http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003387/Triumph-Tiger-800-XCA-Launched-In-India-At-INR-13-75-Lakhs.html 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.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003387/Triumph-Tiger-800-XCA-Launched-In-India-At-INR-13-75-Lakhs.html Mercedes AMG C63 S Launched In India AT INR 1.3 Crores http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003386/Mercedes-AMG-C63-S-Launched-In-India-AT-INR-1-3-Crores.html 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. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003386/Mercedes-AMG-C63-S-Launched-In-India-AT-INR-1-3-Crores.html Land Rover Discovery Sport Launched In India http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003385/Land-Rover-Discovery-Sport-Launched-In-India.html 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 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003385/Land-Rover-Discovery-Sport-Launched-In-India.html Hyundai Records Highest Ever Monthly Sales Thanks To The Creta http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003384/Hyundai-Records-Highest-Ever-Monthly-Sales-Thanks-To-The-Creta.html 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" http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003384/Hyundai-Records-Highest-Ever-Monthly-Sales-Thanks-To-The-Creta.html Renault Duster Explore Limited Edition Launched At INR 9.99 Lakhs http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003383/Renault-Duster-Explore-Limited-Edition-Launched-At-INR-9-99-Lakhs.html 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.    http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003383/Renault-Duster-Explore-Limited-Edition-Launched-At-INR-9-99-Lakhs.html Renault Duster Explore Limited Edition Launched At INR 9.99 Lakhs http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003382/Renault-Duster-Explore-Limited-Edition-Launched-At-INR-9-99-Lakhs.html 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.    http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003382/Renault-Duster-Explore-Limited-Edition-Launched-At-INR-9-99-Lakhs.html Maruti Ciaz SHVS Diesel Hybrid Launched, Priced From INR 8.23 Lakhs http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003381/Maruti-Ciaz-SHVS-Diesel-Hybrid-Launched--Priced-From-INR-8-23-Lakhs.html 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 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003381/Maruti-Ciaz-SHVS-Diesel-Hybrid-Launched--Priced-From-INR-8-23-Lakhs.html Volkswagen Polo Gets New Features Across The Range http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003380/Volkswagen-Polo-Gets-New-Features-Across-The-Range.html 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/- http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003380/Volkswagen-Polo-Gets-New-Features-Across-The-Range.html Skoda Rapid Anniversary Edition Launched From INR 6.99 Lakhs http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003379/Skoda-Rapid-Anniversary-Edition-Launched-From-INR-6-99-Lakhs.html 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.” http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003379/Skoda-Rapid-Anniversary-Edition-Launched-From-INR-6-99-Lakhs.html Hyundai Elite i20 and i20 Active Now Get A Touchscreen Infotainment http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003378/Hyundai-Elite-i20-and-i20-Active-Now-Get-A-Touchscreen-Infotainment.html 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 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003378/Hyundai-Elite-i20-and-i20-Active-Now-Get-A-Touchscreen-Infotainment.html Ferrari Re-Enters The Indian Market With California T http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003377/Ferrari-Re-Enters-The-Indian-Market-With-California-T.html 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.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003377/Ferrari-Re-Enters-The-Indian-Market-With-California-T.html Audi A3 40 TFSI Premium Variant Launched In India At INR 25.50 Lakhs http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003376/Audi-A3-40-TFSI-Premium-Variant-Launched-In-India-At-INR-25-50-Lakhs.html 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.”  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003376/Audi-A3-40-TFSI-Premium-Variant-Launched-In-India-At-INR-25-50-Lakhs.html Hyundai Launches Always Around Free Check-Up Campaign http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003375/Hyundai-Launches-Always-Around-Free-Check-Up-Campaign.html 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.” http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003375/Hyundai-Launches-Always-Around-Free-Check-Up-Campaign.html Mercedes India Inaugurates New 3S Facility In Raipur http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003374/Mercedes-India-Inaugurates-New-3S-Facility-In-Raipur.html 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. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003374/Mercedes-India-Inaugurates-New-3S-Facility-In-Raipur.html Volkswagen India Ships 1,00,000th Car To Mexico http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003373/Volkswagen-India-Ships-1-00-000th-Car-To-Mexico.html 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.” http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003373/Volkswagen-India-Ships-1-00-000th-Car-To-Mexico.html Updated Suzuki Hayate Launched At INR 59,523 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003372/Updated-Suzuki-Hayate-Launched-At-INR-59-523.html 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). http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003372/Updated-Suzuki-Hayate-Launched-At-INR-59-523.html Audi A6 Matrix Facelift Launched In India At INR 49.5 Lakhs http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003371/Audi-A6-Matrix-Facelift-Launched-In-India-At-INR-49-5-Lakhs.html 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 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003371/Audi-A6-Matrix-Facelift-Launched-In-India-At-INR-49-5-Lakhs.html Suzuki Lets Gets New Dual Tone Colours http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003370/Suzuki-Lets-Gets-New-Dual-Tone-Colours.html 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.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003370/Suzuki-Lets-Gets-New-Dual-Tone-Colours.html 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser Facelift Unveiled, India Bound http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003369/2016-Toyota-Land-Cruiser-Facelift-Unveiled--India-Bound.html 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. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003369/2016-Toyota-Land-Cruiser-Facelift-Unveiled--India-Bound.html Honda CBR150R And CBR250R Recalled In India http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003368/Honda-CBR150R-And-CBR250R-Recalled-In-India.html 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.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003368/Honda-CBR150R-And-CBR250R-Recalled-In-India.html Mahindra TUV300 To Launch On 10th September http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003367/Mahindra-TUV300-To-Launch-On-10th-September.html 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.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003367/Mahindra-TUV300-To-Launch-On-10th-September.html Maruti Alto 800 Onam Limited Edition Launched http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003366/Maruti-Alto-800-Onam-Limited-Edition-Launched.html 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.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003366/Maruti-Alto-800-Onam-Limited-Edition-Launched.html Honda Activa Crosses 1 Crore Sales In India http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003365/Honda-Activa-Crosses-1-Crore-Sales-In-India.html 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.”  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003365/Honda-Activa-Crosses-1-Crore-Sales-In-India.html Superbikes To Get Fined In Bengaluru For Noise Pollution http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003364/Superbikes-To-Get-Fined-In-Bengaluru-For-Noise-Pollution.html 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.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003364/Superbikes-To-Get-Fined-In-Bengaluru-For-Noise-Pollution.html Next Generation Hyundai Elantra Revealed, India Bound http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003363/Next-Generation-Hyundai-Elantra-Revealed--India-Bound.html 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. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003363/Next-Generation-Hyundai-Elantra-Revealed--India-Bound.html Mercedes C63 AMG Launch In India On 3rd September http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003362/Mercedes-C63-AMG-Launch-In-India-On-3rd-September.html 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.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003362/Mercedes-C63-AMG-Launch-In-India-On-3rd-September.html Yamaha Alpha Now Gets 3 New Colours http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003361/Yamaha-Alpha-Now-Gets-3-New-Colours.html 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.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003361/Yamaha-Alpha-Now-Gets-3-New-Colours.html Mercedes S63 AMG Launched In India At INR 2.53 Crores http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003360/Mercedes-S63-AMG-Launched-In-India-At-INR-2-53-Crores.html 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.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003360/Mercedes-S63-AMG-Launched-In-India-At-INR-2-53-Crores.html Ford Figo Aspire Launched From INR 4.90 Lakhs http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003359/Ford-Figo-Aspire-Launched-From-INR-4-90-Lakhs.html 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 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003359/Ford-Figo-Aspire-Launched-From-INR-4-90-Lakhs.html Land Rover Discovery Sport To Launch In India On September 2nd http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003358/Land-Rover-Discovery-Sport-To-Launch-In-India-On-September-2nd.html 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.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003358/Land-Rover-Discovery-Sport-To-Launch-In-India-On-September-2nd.html Yamaha R3 Launched In India At INR 3.25 Lakhs http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003357/Yamaha-R3-Launched-In-India-At-INR-3-25-Lakhs.html 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.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003357/Yamaha-R3-Launched-In-India-At-INR-3-25-Lakhs.html Datsun GO NXT Limited Edition Launched At INR 4.10 Lakhs http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003356/Datsun-GO-NXT-Limited-Edition-Launched-At-INR-4-10-Lakhs.html 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.”  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003356/Datsun-GO-NXT-Limited-Edition-Launched-At-INR-4-10-Lakhs.html Exclusive - Maruti Suzuki to discontinue Ciaz diesel altogether to make room for Ciaz SHVS, launch expected on 18/19 Aug http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003355/Exclusive---Maruti-Suzuki-to-discontinue-Ciaz-diesel-altogether-to-make-room-for-Ciaz-SHVS--launch-expected-on-18-19-Aug.html 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. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003355/Exclusive---Maruti-Suzuki-to-discontinue-Ciaz-diesel-altogether-to-make-room-for-Ciaz-SHVS--launch-expected-on-18-19-Aug.html Honda CBR650F Launched In India At INR 7.30 Lakhs http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003354/Honda-CBR650F-Launched-In-India-At-INR-7-30-Lakhs.html 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.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003354/Honda-CBR650F-Launched-In-India-At-INR-7-30-Lakhs.html Honda CBR150R, CBR250R Updated For 2015 Model Year http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003353/Honda-CBR150R--CBR250R-Updated-For-2015-Model-Year.html 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. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003353/Honda-CBR150R--CBR250R-Updated-For-2015-Model-Year.html Honda CB Hornet 160R Unveiled In India http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003352/Honda-CB-Hornet-160R-Unveiled-In-India.html 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.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003352/Honda-CB-Hornet-160R-Unveiled-In-India.html Volvo Auto India Opens New Dealership In Kolkata http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003351/Volvo-Auto-India-Opens-New-Dealership-In-Kolkata.html 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.” http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003351/Volvo-Auto-India-Opens-New-Dealership-In-Kolkata.html Roland Folger Appointed As New Mercedes-Benz India CEO And MD http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003350/Roland-Folger-Appointed-As-New-Mercedes-Benz-India-CEO-And-MD.html 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.” http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003350/Roland-Folger-Appointed-As-New-Mercedes-Benz-India-CEO-And-MD.html Chevrolet Complete Care To Enhance Customer Experience In India http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003349/Chevrolet-Complete-Care-To-Enhance-Customer-Experience-In-India.html 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.” http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003349/Chevrolet-Complete-Care-To-Enhance-Customer-Experience-In-India.html Uber Investing 1 Billion Dollars In India http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003348/Uber-Investing-1-Billion-Dollars-In-India.html 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.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003348/Uber-Investing-1-Billion-Dollars-In-India.html 2016 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport Revealed, India Bound http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003347/2016-Mitsubishi-Pajero-Sport-Revealed--India-Bound.html 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. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003347/2016-Mitsubishi-Pajero-Sport-Revealed--India-Bound.html Triumph Tiger XR Launched In India At INR 10.50 Lakhs http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003346/Triumph-Tiger-XR-Launched-In-India-At-INR-10-50-Lakhs.html 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. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003346/Triumph-Tiger-XR-Launched-In-India-At-INR-10-50-Lakhs.html Mercedes S63 AMG And S500 Coupe Launched In India From INR 2 Crores http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003345/Mercedes-S63-AMG-And-S500-Coupe-Launched-In-India-From-INR-2-Crores.html 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.   http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003345/Mercedes-S63-AMG-And-S500-Coupe-Launched-In-India-From-INR-2-Crores.html Mahindra TUV300 Is The Official Name Of Upcoming Compact SUV http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003344/Mahindra-TUV300-Is-The-Official-Name-Of-Upcoming-Compact-SUV.html 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. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003344/Mahindra-TUV300-Is-The-Official-Name-Of-Upcoming-Compact-SUV.html Mercedes G63 AMG Crazy Color Launched In India At INR 2.17 Crores http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003343/Mercedes-G63-AMG-Crazy-Color-Launched-In-India-At-INR-2-17-Crores.html 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. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003343/Mercedes-G63-AMG-Crazy-Color-Launched-In-India-At-INR-2-17-Crores.html Myles Now Has More Than 100 Pickup Locations In Delhi NCR http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003342/Myles-Now-Has-More-Than-100-Pickup-Locations-In-Delhi-NCR.html 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.”   http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003342/Myles-Now-Has-More-Than-100-Pickup-Locations-In-Delhi-NCR.html Yamaha R3 To Launch In India On 11th August http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003341/Yamaha-R3-To-Launch-In-India-On-11th-August.html 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). http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003341/Yamaha-R3-To-Launch-In-India-On-11th-August.html Mercedes GLE Under Homologation Process In India, Launch Soon http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003340/Mercedes-GLE-Under-Homologation-Process-In-India--Launch-Soon.html 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.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003340/Mercedes-GLE-Under-Homologation-Process-In-India--Launch-Soon.html Honda Accord Facelift Revealed, India Launch In 2016 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003339/Honda-Accord-Facelift-Revealed--India-Launch-In-2016.html 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.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003339/Honda-Accord-Facelift-Revealed--India-Launch-In-2016.html Ford Figo Aspire Bookings Commence From July 27 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003338/Ford-Figo-Aspire-Bookings-Commence-From-July-27.html 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.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003338/Ford-Figo-Aspire-Bookings-Commence-From-July-27.html 2015 New Gen BMW X6 Launched In India At INR 1.15 Crores http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003337/2015-New-Gen-BMW-X6-Launched-In-India-At-INR-1-15-Crores.html 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. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003337/2015-New-Gen-BMW-X6-Launched-In-India-At-INR-1-15-Crores.html Isuzu MU-7 Automatic Launched http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003336/Isuzu-MU-7-Automatic-Launched.html 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”. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003336/Isuzu-MU-7-Automatic-Launched.html Fiat India Conducting Free Monsoon Check-Up Camp http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003335/Fiat-India-Conducting-Free-Monsoon-Check-Up-Camp.html 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. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003335/Fiat-India-Conducting-Free-Monsoon-Check-Up-Camp.html 20 More Locations For Myles Car Rental In Mumbai http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003334/20-More-Locations-For-Myles-Car-Rental-In-Mumbai.html 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. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003334/20-More-Locations-For-Myles-Car-Rental-In-Mumbai.html Hyundai Creta Launched In India, Priced From INR 8.6 Lakhs http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003333/Hyundai-Creta-Launched-In-India--Priced-From-INR-8-6-Lakhs.html 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/-   http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003333/Hyundai-Creta-Launched-In-India--Priced-From-INR-8-6-Lakhs.html Yamaha Saluto Disc Brake Variant Launched In India At INR 54,500 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003332/Yamaha-Saluto-Disc-Brake-Variant-Launched-In-India-At-INR-54-500.html 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.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003332/Yamaha-Saluto-Disc-Brake-Variant-Launched-In-India-At-INR-54-500.html Maruti Suzuki Now India?s Most Valuable Automobile Company http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003331/Maruti-Suzuki-Now-India-s-Most-Valuable-Automobile-Company.html 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.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003331/Maruti-Suzuki-Now-India-s-Most-Valuable-Automobile-Company.html Hyundai Creta Official Brochure Revealed, Launch Tomorrow http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003330/Hyundai-Creta-Official-Brochure-Revealed--Launch-Tomorrow-.html 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.    http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003330/Hyundai-Creta-Official-Brochure-Revealed--Launch-Tomorrow-.html Maruti Ertiga Paseo Explore Limited Edition Launched http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003329/Maruti-Ertiga-Paseo-Explore-Limited-Edition-Launched.html 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). http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003329/Maruti-Ertiga-Paseo-Explore-Limited-Edition-Launched.html Indian Motorcycles Inaugurates Third Dealership In India, In Chennai http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003328/Indian-Motorcycles-Inaugurates-Third-Dealership-In-India--In-Chennai.html 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. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003328/Indian-Motorcycles-Inaugurates-Third-Dealership-In-India--In-Chennai.html Ford Figo Aspire Returns 25.83 Km/l Fuel Economy http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003327/Ford-Figo-Aspire-Returns-25-83-Km-l-Fuel-Economy.html 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 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003327/Ford-Figo-Aspire-Returns-25-83-Km-l-Fuel-Economy.html Honda Livo 110cc Motorcycle Launched, Priced From INR 52,989/- http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003326/Honda-Livo-110cc-Motorcycle-Launched--Priced-From-INR-52-989--.html 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.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003326/Honda-Livo-110cc-Motorcycle-Launched--Priced-From-INR-52-989--.html BMW X3 xDrive30d Launched In India At INR 59.90 Lakhs http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003325/BMW-X3-xDrive30d-Launched-In-India-At-INR-59-90-Lakhs.html 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. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003325/BMW-X3-xDrive30d-Launched-In-India-At-INR-59-90-Lakhs.html Nissan Micra X-Shift Limited Edition Launched http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003324/Nissan-Micra-X-Shift-Limited-Edition-Launched.html 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.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003324/Nissan-Micra-X-Shift-Limited-Edition-Launched.html 2015 Chevrolet Enjoy Facelift Launched, Priced From INR 6.24 Lakhs http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003323/2015-Chevrolet-Enjoy-Facelift-Launched--Priced-From-INR-6-24-Lakhs.html 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.   http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003323/2015-Chevrolet-Enjoy-Facelift-Launched--Priced-From-INR-6-24-Lakhs.html 7100 Units Of Toyota Corolla Recalled In India http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003322/7100-Units-Of-Toyota-Corolla-Recalled-In-India-.html 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. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003322/7100-Units-Of-Toyota-Corolla-Recalled-In-India-.html Mercedes India To Launch S500 Coupe, G63 AMG And S63 AMG Coupe On 30 July http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003321/Mercedes-India-To-Launch-S500-Coupe--G63-AMG-And-S63-AMG-Coupe-On-30-July.html 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. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003321/Mercedes-India-To-Launch-S500-Coupe--G63-AMG-And-S63-AMG-Coupe-On-30-July.html Volvo S60 T6 Petrol Launched In India At INR 42 Lakhs http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003320/Volvo-S60-T6-Petrol-Launched-In-India-At-INR-42-Lakhs.html 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. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003320/Volvo-S60-T6-Petrol-Launched-In-India-At-INR-42-Lakhs.html Maruti Suzuki S-Cross Returns 23.65 Km/L Fuel Economy http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003319/Maruti-Suzuki-S-Cross-Returns-23-65-Km-L-Fuel-Economy.html 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 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003319/Maruti-Suzuki-S-Cross-Returns-23-65-Km-L-Fuel-Economy.html Nissan India GT Academy National Finalists Announced http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003318/Nissan-India-GT-Academy-National-Finalists-Announced.html 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. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003318/Nissan-India-GT-Academy-National-Finalists-Announced.html 2016 Indian Auto Expo To Be Held From February 5th To 9th http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003317/2016-Indian-Auto-Expo-To-Be-Held-From-February-5th-To-9th.html 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. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003317/2016-Indian-Auto-Expo-To-Be-Held-From-February-5th-To-9th.html Honda BR-V Is The Brio Based Compact SUV http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003316/Honda-BR-V-Is-The-Brio-Based-Compact-SUV.html 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.   http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003316/Honda-BR-V-Is-The-Brio-Based-Compact-SUV.html Nissan Recalls 12,000 Cars In India Including Micra And Sunny http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003315/Nissan-Recalls-12-000-Cars-In-India-Including-Micra-And-Sunny.html 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. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003315/Nissan-Recalls-12-000-Cars-In-India-Including-Micra-And-Sunny.html Datsun GO And GO+ Get Airbag Options In India http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003314/Datsun-GO-And-GO+-Get-Airbag-Options-In-India.html 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. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003314/Datsun-GO-And-GO+-Get-Airbag-Options-In-India.html Fifth Generation Audi A4 Revealed, India Bound http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003313/Fifth-Generation-Audi-A4-Revealed--India-Bound.html 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.     http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003313/Fifth-Generation-Audi-A4-Revealed--India-Bound.html Volkswagen Opens New 3S Dealership In New Delhi http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003312/Volkswagen-Opens-New-3S-Dealership-In-New-Delhi.html 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. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003312/Volkswagen-Opens-New-3S-Dealership-In-New-Delhi.html 2015 Volkswagen Vento Facelift Launched In India From INR 7.85 Lakhs http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003311/2015-Volkswagen-Vento-Facelift-Launched-In-India-From-INR-7-85-Lakhs.html 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   http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003311/2015-Volkswagen-Vento-Facelift-Launched-In-India-From-INR-7-85-Lakhs.html Hyundai Elite i20 Crosses 1 Lakh Units Within 11 Months http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003310/Hyundai-Elite-i20-Crosses-1-Lakh-Units-Within-11-Months.html 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. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003310/Hyundai-Elite-i20-Crosses-1-Lakh-Units-Within-11-Months.html Eicher Polaris Multix Utility Vehicle Launched In India http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003309/Eicher-Polaris-Multix-Utility-Vehicle-Launched-In-India.html 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.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003309/Eicher-Polaris-Multix-Utility-Vehicle-Launched-In-India.html 2016 Mercedes GLC SUV Revealed, India Bound http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003308/2016-Mercedes-GLC-SUV-Revealed--India-Bound.html 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.   http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003308/2016-Mercedes-GLC-SUV-Revealed--India-Bound.html Honda Jazz Website Goes Live, Bookings Open In India http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003307/Honda-Jazz-Website-Goes-Live--Bookings-Open-In-India.html 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. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003307/Honda-Jazz-Website-Goes-Live--Bookings-Open-In-India.html Hyundai Creta Bookings Commence In India http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003306/Hyundai-Creta-Bookings-Commence-In-India.html 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 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003306/Hyundai-Creta-Bookings-Commence-In-India.html Maruti Ciaz Crosses 50,000 Sales Within 8 Months Of Launch http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003305/Maruti-Ciaz-Crosses-50-000-Sales-Within-8-Months-Of-Launch.html 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. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003305/Maruti-Ciaz-Crosses-50-000-Sales-Within-8-Months-Of-Launch.html Ducati Officially Enters The Indian Market http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003304/Ducati-Officially-Enters-The-Indian-Market.html 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. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003304/Ducati-Officially-Enters-The-Indian-Market.html Nissan Inaugurates 5th Dealership In Hyderabad http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003303/Nissan-Inaugurates-5th-Dealership-In-Hyderabad.html 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. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003303/Nissan-Inaugurates-5th-Dealership-In-Hyderabad.html Volvo V40 Hatchback Launched In India At INR 24.75 Lakhs http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003302/Volvo-V40-Hatchback-Launched-In-India-At-INR-24-75-Lakhs.html 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 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003302/Volvo-V40-Hatchback-Launched-In-India-At-INR-24-75-Lakhs.html 2015 Audi Q3 Facelift Launched In India From INR 28.99 Lakhs http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003301/2015-Audi-Q3-Facelift-Launched-In-India-From-INR-28-99-Lakhs.html 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. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003301/2015-Audi-Q3-Facelift-Launched-In-India-From-INR-28-99-Lakhs.html 2016 BMW 7-Series Revealed Officially, India Bound http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003300/2016-BMW-7-Series-Revealed-Officially--India-Bound.html 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.   http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003300/2016-BMW-7-Series-Revealed-Officially--India-Bound.html Mercedes GLA Local Assembly Commences In India, Priced From INR 31.31 Lakhs http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003299/Mercedes-GLA-Local-Assembly-Commences-In-India--Priced-From-INR-31-31-Lakhs.html 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.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003299/Mercedes-GLA-Local-Assembly-Commences-In-India--Priced-From-INR-31-31-Lakhs.html BMW 3-Series GT Sport Line Launched In India At INR 39.9 Lakhs http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003298/BMW-3-Series-GT-Sport-Line-Launched-In-India-At-INR-39-9-Lakhs.html 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. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003298/BMW-3-Series-GT-Sport-Line-Launched-In-India-At-INR-39-9-Lakhs.html Mercedes Imports GLE SUV To India For Homologation http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003297/Mercedes-Imports-GLE-SUV-To-India-For-Homologation.html 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. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003297/Mercedes-Imports-GLE-SUV-To-India-For-Homologation.html Regal Raptor Motorcycles Launched In India From INR 2.96 Lakhs http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003296/Regal-Raptor-Motorcycles-Launched-In-India-From-INR-2-96-Lakhs.html 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 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003296/Regal-Raptor-Motorcycles-Launched-In-India-From-INR-2-96-Lakhs.html BMW 3-Series And 5-Series Sachin Tendulkar Edition Launched http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003295/BMW-3-Series-And-5-Series-Sachin-Tendulkar-Edition-Launched.html 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.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003295/BMW-3-Series-And-5-Series-Sachin-Tendulkar-Edition-Launched.html Volkswagen Vento Facelift To Launch On 23 June http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003294/Volkswagen-Vento-Facelift-To-Launch-On-23-June.html 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. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003294/Volkswagen-Vento-Facelift-To-Launch-On-23-June.html Audi India To Launch Q3 Facelift On June 18 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003293/Audi-India-To-Launch-Q3-Facelift-On-June-18.html 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.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003293/Audi-India-To-Launch-Q3-Facelift-On-June-18.html Hyundai Creta SUV Official Renderings Revealed http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003292/Hyundai-Creta-SUV-Official-Renderings-Revealed.html 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.       http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003292/Hyundai-Creta-SUV-Official-Renderings-Revealed.html Book Tata Nano GenX And See It Rolling Out Of The Factory http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003291/Book-Tata-Nano-GenX-And-See-It-Rolling-Out-Of-The-Factory.html 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. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003291/Book-Tata-Nano-GenX-And-See-It-Rolling-Out-Of-The-Factory.html Myles Self Drive Service Available Across 10 Airports In India http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003290/Myles-Self-Drive-Service-Available-Across-10-Airports-In-India.html 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. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003290/Myles-Self-Drive-Service-Available-Across-10-Airports-In-India.html Skoda Offers Finance Scheme For Rapid, Yeti and Superb http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003289/Skoda-Offers-Finance-Scheme-For-Rapid--Yeti-and-Superb.html 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. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003289/Skoda-Offers-Finance-Scheme-For-Rapid--Yeti-and-Superb.html Hyundai Creta SUV To Launch In India On 21 July http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003288/Hyundai-Creta-SUV-To-Launch-In-India-On-21-July.html 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 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003288/Hyundai-Creta-SUV-To-Launch-In-India-On-21-July.html Next Generation Audi A4 Spied, India Bound http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003287/Next-Generation-Audi-A4-Spied--India-Bound.html 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 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003287/Next-Generation-Audi-A4-Spied--India-Bound.html Honda Brio Based SUV Codenamed 2SJ, Imported To India http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003286/Honda-Brio-Based-SUV-Codenamed-2SJ--Imported-To-India.html 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 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003286/Honda-Brio-Based-SUV-Codenamed-2SJ--Imported-To-India.html Second Generation BMW X1 Unveiled, India Bound http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003285/Second-Generation-BMW-X1-Unveiled--India-Bound.html 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.   http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003285/Second-Generation-BMW-X1-Unveiled--India-Bound.html Maruti Suzuki Brings Down Emissions By Over 11.6 Percent In 5 Years http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003284/Maruti-Suzuki-Brings-Down-Emissions-By-Over-11-6-Percent-In-5-Years.html 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. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003284/Maruti-Suzuki-Brings-Down-Emissions-By-Over-11-6-Percent-In-5-Years.html Maruti Suzuki Brings Down Emissions By Over 11.6 Percent In 5 Years http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003283/Maruti-Suzuki-Brings-Down-Emissions-By-Over-11-6-Percent-In-5-Years.html 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. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003283/Maruti-Suzuki-Brings-Down-Emissions-By-Over-11-6-Percent-In-5-Years.html Nissan PlayStation GT Academy Enters Second Season In India http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003282/Nissan-PlayStation-GT-Academy-Enters-Second-Season-In-India.html 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.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003282/Nissan-PlayStation-GT-Academy-Enters-Second-Season-In-India.html Harley-Davidson Partners With Myntra To Provide Merchandise Online http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003281/Harley-Davidson-Partners-With-Myntra-To-Provide-Merchandise-Online.html 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.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003281/Harley-Davidson-Partners-With-Myntra-To-Provide-Merchandise-Online.html Pawan Munjal Appointed As The New Chairman Of Hero MotoCorp http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003280/Pawan-Munjal-Appointed-As-The-New-Chairman-Of-Hero-MotoCorp.html 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.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003280/Pawan-Munjal-Appointed-As-The-New-Chairman-Of-Hero-MotoCorp.html 2015 Volkswagen Vento Facelift Details Revealed http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003279/2015-Volkswagen-Vento-Facelift-Details-Revealed.html 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 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003279/2015-Volkswagen-Vento-Facelift-Details-Revealed.html Mahindra To Offer Android Auto With Future Products http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003278/Mahindra-To-Offer-Android-Auto-With-Future-Products.html Mahindra has just become a member of the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA), which is a global alliance of vehicle manufacturers committed to bringing the Android platform to cars. Mahindra is the first Indian automotive company to become the member of the OAA. Android Auto is a convenient system for the driver offering extensive connectivity with the car.   The announcement was made at the Google I/O developer conference in San Francisco. Android Auto basically links the smartphones and tablets with the infotainment system for safer and easier access to information for the driver. For instance, you can access google maps with voice recognition and also play music, search Google and access apps that you have downloaded.   The advanced system will be relatively simple and bug free across all cars integrated with Android Auto. Presently, many car manufacturers offer their own technology and infotainment system with voice recognition and connectivity but none of them work seamlessly and are quite complicated. Google Android Auto is expected to offer hassle-free connectivity system in cars. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003278/Mahindra-To-Offer-Android-Auto-With-Future-Products.html 2015 Tata Safari Storme Facelift Priced From INR 9.99 Lakhs http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003277/2015-Tata-Safari-Storme-Facelift-Priced-From-INR-9-99-Lakhs.html Tata Motors has launched the facelifted version of the Safari Storme at INR 9.99 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi) that comes with slight cosmetic, mechanical and interior updates. The full-size 7-seater SUV now gets a revised front grille with new bumper and black badging on the front chrome bar. The rear profile of the Storme now gets a new chrome strip and the rest of the exteriors remain unchanged.   The interiors of the Safari Storme facelift gets significant changes including new steering wheel, black dashboard with silver centre console and new multimedia system from Harman. The audio system gets Bluetooth connectivity for Smartphones. Powering the updated Storme is the same 2.2-litre VARICOR turbo diesel engine that produces 10 PS more power now at 150 PS and 320 Nm of torque, mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.    It gets a new maintenance-free clutch which is lighter and durable. The fuel tank capacity has been increased to 63 litres for better range and the fuel efficiency has marginally increased from 14 km/l to 14.1 km/l. The Safari Storme is available in four variants - LX, EX, VX and VX 4x4. The colour options include Urban Bronze, Arctic Silver, Arctic White, Pearl White and Astern Black.    Tata Safari Storme Facelift Price (ex-showroom, Delhi)   - LX 4×2 – INR 9.99 Lakhs - EX 4×2 – INR 11.60 Lakhs - VX 4×2 – INR 13.02 Lakhs - VX 4×4 – INR 14.34 Lakhs   http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003277/2015-Tata-Safari-Storme-Facelift-Priced-From-INR-9-99-Lakhs.html Skoda India Offering Free Pollution Check On World Environment Day http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003276/Skoda-India-Offering-Free-Pollution-Check-On-World-Environment-Day.html Skoda has announced a free pollution check campaign in India on the occasion of World Environment Day. The German carmaker in association with Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) will organise the check-up on 5th June 2015. With this campaign, the carmaker aims at educating and empowering patrons towards environmental sustainability.   The existing Skoda car owners can contact the authorised Skoda dealerships across the country for their free pollution check. While you avail the new initiative, you will be assisted by technical personnel at the Skoda dealerships across India. They will have emission checking equipment and devices to clean the engine and ensure that it performs within acceptable limits.   The German automaker will also encourage customers to plant trees by providing them with Free Saplings, which is a very positive gesture by Skoda towards the conservation of the environment. Skoda claims that their product fleet conforms to the strictest emission norms and the cars are manufactured using progressive technologies in modern production facilities that meet the strictest sustainability criteria.​ http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003276/Skoda-India-Offering-Free-Pollution-Check-On-World-Environment-Day.html Hyundai ix25 SUV To Be Called Creta http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003275/Hyundai-ix25-SUV-To-Be-Called-Creta.html Hyundai has officially announced the name of the ix25 SUV as Creta, which will be known with the same name across the world. The Hyundai Creta will make its debut in the Indian market in the second half of 2015 with the deliveries starting in the same period. The Korean carmaker believes that the compact SUV segment is the fastest-growing space across the world and the Creta will be a crucial model for the Hyundai family.   Hyundai claims that the Creta name is simple and easy to remember and the pronunciation evokes similarities to the term ‘creative’, which is one of the core concepts of the brand that includes - Simple, Creative, Caring. The Hyundai Creta will be offered with a wide range of diesel and petrol engines to choose from including manual and automatic transmission options.   The upcoming compact SUV will compete head on with the Renault Duster and Nissan Terrano while also competing aggressively with the Ford EcoSport, Mahindra Scorpio and the likes. In terms of styling, the Hyundai Creta takes design inspiration from the Santa Fe having upmarket looks. The interiors are expected to get loaded with new and unique features. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003275/Hyundai-ix25-SUV-To-Be-Called-Creta.html Honda Unicorn 150 Officially Discontinued, Website Updated http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003274/Honda-Unicorn-150-Officially-Discontinued--Website-Updated.html Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) has finally discontinued the Unicorn 150 motorcycle, which is apparent from their official website. For more than a decade Honda has been selling the Unicorn 150 in India and after the recent launch of the more powerful and updated Unicorn 160, the former has been officially discontinued from the two-wheeler market.   However, the Japanese motorcycle maker will continue to produce the Honda Unicorn 150 for exports. The new Unicorn 160 gets powered by a 163.2cc engine that produces maximum power of 14.5 PS and 14.6 Nm of peak torque, mated to a 5-speed gearbox. The new motorcycle comes equipped with Honda’s latest HET (Honda Eco-Technology) that makes the motorcycle more fuel efficient.   The Honda Unicorn 160 gets all digital instrument cluster that looks upmarket and uses Combi-Braking System (CBS) for effective braking under emergency circumstances. In terms of styling, the Unicorn 160 gets more appealing with new fairing on the tank and updated panels that look more up to date. The Honda Unicorn 150 was one of the Honda’s oldest selling motorcycle that contributed a lot in spinning high volumes year after year.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003274/Honda-Unicorn-150-Officially-Discontinued--Website-Updated.html Volvo Auto India Appoints New Managing Director Tom von Bonsdorff http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003273/Volvo-Auto-India-Appoints-New-Managing-Director-Tom-von-Bonsdorff.html The Swedish automaker, Volvo has appointed their new Managing Director for the Indian market, Mr. Tom von Bonsdorff. The newly appointed Managing Director has been working with Volvo Cars for more than 17 years and has tremendous experience with several operational and managerial positions. Tom will be replacing Mr Tomas Ernberg, who was appointed as the MD Volvo Auto India in July 2011. Tomas will be moving back to Sweden on a new role.   Mr. Tom von Bonsdorff is already based  in Delhi and was handling the position of Market Area Director – Asia. Tom has worked in US, Sweden, Finland for Volvo Cars before India. Jari Kohonen, Vice President Asia-Pacific has announced the appointment of Tom and believes that he is highly suited to lead Volvo Cars in India for future growth.   Tom von Bonsdorff believes that India is a promising market and one of the fastest growing market in the world. Volvo Auto India recently launched the new generation XC90 and V40 Cross Country Petrol. They will be soon launching the regular version of the V40 and a more powerful version of the S60 with T6 petrol.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003273/Volvo-Auto-India-Appoints-New-Managing-Director-Tom-von-Bonsdorff.html Isuzu D-MAX Air-Conditioned And Cab-Chassis Variants Launched http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003272/Isuzu-D-MAX-Air-Conditioned-And-Cab-Chassis-Variants-Launched.html Isuzu is a Tokyo headquartered Japanese automaker that recently entered the Indian market with the MU-7 SUV and the D-MAX pickup truck. However, the company has its connections from HM Ambassador times, when Isuzu used to make diesel engines for the Ambys. With the recent foray in the Indian market, Isuzu intends to grab some share from the commercial segment as well as passenger vehicle segment.   The D-MAX pickup truck is currently available in three body-styles but they have now introduced two more variants for a wide variety of options for the customers to choose from. The D-MAX now gets Air-Conditioned variant and Cab-Chassis variant. The former now features a factory fitted air-conditioning for the driver and passenger to lessen the fatigue and increase their productivity.   The Isuzu D-MAX now gets a Cab-Chassis variant which offers flexible usage of specific businesses such as Food & Catering, Perishables, Hardware, FMCG, etc. The buyers can customise the cab-chassis variant according to their business requirements. Isuzu is currently at its initial stage and considering to expand their network by opening 60 more outlets by the end of 2015-2016.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003272/Isuzu-D-MAX-Air-Conditioned-And-Cab-Chassis-Variants-Launched.html 3M Car Care Launches Store-To-Door Service In India http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003271/3M-Car-Care-Launches-Store-To-Door-Service-In-India.html 3M Car Care is an after market service company and a division of 3M India that offers a range of services for car upkeep and maintenance and even modification. They have introduced a new Store-To-Door Service, which is a door-step service for car care and detailing. You don’t have to plan your visit to the centre by making time but instead the service provider comes to your place for your car care.   3M India has introduced self-sufficient vans across the country with 100 percent plug and play model that reach your door-step and complete all the services you need. The hi-tech vans come with electricity and dry wash facility that eliminates the need of water and air for car detailing. They also have a unique service called GermKleen that provides 99 percent microbe removal from the interiors.   The vans also offer Paint Sealant service that lasts for as long as upto 6 months unlike regular wax and polish. The van also offers DIY materials to the customers, so you can buy car care products right away from the van. These 3M vans are GPS enabled so they reach at your place as quick as possible. Currently, 3M has 50 stores across the country and with the latest Store-To-Door service, they hope to grow further. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003271/3M-Car-Care-Launches-Store-To-Door-Service-In-India.html Volkswagen Compact Sedan To Launch In India Next Year http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003270/Volkswagen-Compact-Sedan-To-Launch-In-India-Next-Year.html Volkswagen India’s current bread and butter offerings are the Polo and Vento. They are doing decent numbers but not enough to get close to the segment leaders. Now, Volkswagen has been planning to enter the compact sedan segment since quite a while. The development on the new offering looks concrete now as the managing director has confirmed the launch of a compact sedan next year.   The German automaker will launch the Polo based compact sedan in 2016 and it will be priced above INR 5 lakhs. To get the most of the excise duty cut, Volkswagen India will offer the same engine options like the Polo, which includes a 1.2-litre petrol and the new 1.5-litre diesel engine. The new car will be tailored to the Indian road conditions.   Expect it to have a lot of part sharing with its cousins to keep the costs in check. The interiors will get similar styling and equipment. However, the boot space will see a drastic increase compared to the Polo due to a three-box design. The Volkswagen compact sedan will compete with a range of cars including Maruti DZire, Honda Amaze, Hyundai Xcent, Tata Zest and so on.   Source - ET http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003270/Volkswagen-Compact-Sedan-To-Launch-In-India-Next-Year.html 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Facelift Spied, India Bound http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003269/2016-Hyundai-Santa-Fe-Facelift-Spied--India-Bound.html The Hyundai Santa Fe is a premium SUV that offers luxury and style with some off-road credentials. The car has been designed based on the Korean automaker’s fluidic design language that looks stunning on all Hyundai cars. The Santa Fe has a sharp profile and looks very upmarket and now it is due for a facelift. The updated version has just been spotted in South Korea that reveals all the new elements of the SUV.   The front profile of the 2016 Santa Fe gets quite sporty with a new sleek grille and heavily sculpted front bumper. There are new alloys wheels on the side profile and chrome accented pillars for that premium feel. At the rear, the new Santa Fe gets reworked LED tail lamp cluster, new and brawny bumpers with revised reflectors. The interiors will also get a few changes including new colour scheme and updated equipment.    The Santa Fe facelift will be offered with a hybrid variant in the international market but in India, it will continue to get the 2.2-litre diesel engine that produces 197 PS of maximum power with 429 Nm of peak torque, mated to a 6-speed manual and automatic transmission. The updated Hyundai SUV will compete with the upcoming Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour, Chevrolet Trailblazer and the likes. Source - TheKoreanCarBlog http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003269/2016-Hyundai-Santa-Fe-Facelift-Spied--India-Bound.html Tata Motors Inaugurates New Passenger Car Dealership In Mumbai http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003268/Tata-Motors-Inaugurates-New-Passenger-Car-Dealership-In-Mumbai.html Tata Motors are aggressively expanding their dealership network pan India in order to have a better reach to gather more volumes and hence improve market share. With a slew of launches planned this year and the already launched new generation cars Zest and Bolt, Tata Motors is preparing to make a big mark in the auto industry amongst stiff competition. The Indian carmaker has just inaugurated a new dealership in Mumbai.   Spread over 12,000 sq ft having 3S facility (Sales, Service & Spares), Tata Motors’ new dealership is located in Jogeshwari (West), Mumbai. It is a full-range passenger vehicle dealership that offers highly trained man power and sophisticated equipment to provide pleasant sales and after-sales experience to the customers.   This is their 9th dealership in Mumbai and Tata Motors are aiming to increase their network by three-folds in the next five years. They have recently launched the GenX Nano, which is targeted towards urban buyers seeking for convenience. The carmaker is preparing two new launches in the coming months, which would include a compact sedan and hatchback positioned under Zest and Bolt respectively. They expect tremendous growth in the coming years.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003268/Tata-Motors-Inaugurates-New-Passenger-Car-Dealership-In-Mumbai.html Ferrari?s India Range Pricing Revealed, Starting INR 3.30 Crores http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003267/Ferrari-s-India-Range-Pricing-Revealed--Starting-INR-3-30-Crores.html Ferrari has commenced its operations in India after having a bumpy ride with its erstwhile dealer. The Italian prancing horse has done a promising comeback in India that is a big respite for the current and prospective owners of their exotic sports cars. They have tied up with Navnit Motors for their dealership in Mumbai.   The Italian premium performance carmaker is offering five cars in India that includes California T, 488 GTB Coupe, 458 Spider, 458 Speciale and F12 Berlinetta. The range starts from INR 3.30 crores (all prices ex-showroom Mumbai) for the Ferrari California T and goes up to INR 4.72 crores for the superfast F12 Berlinetta, it comes with a 6.3-litre V12 producing 730 BHP.    The Ferrari dealership representative says that the response is already quite positive as the number of 488 GTBs allotted for the dealership have instantly sold out. The California T is also gathering interest for potential buyers. Ferrari will compete directly with Lamborghini, which is doing quite well in India under the umbrella of the Volkswagen Group.    - Ferrari California T – INR 3.30 crores - Ferrari 488 GTB Coupe – INR 3.84 crores - Ferrari 458 Spider –  INR 4.07 crores - Ferrari 458 Speciale – INR 4.25 crores - Ferrari F12 Berlinetta – INR 4.72 crores http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003267/Ferrari-s-India-Range-Pricing-Revealed--Starting-INR-3-30-Crores.html Tata Safari Storme Automatic Spied On Test http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003266/Tata-Safari-Storme-Automatic-Spied-On-Test.html As the congestion of traffic is increasing in metro cities, driving is becoming more and more cumbersome, especially for those who drive manual cars. Now many mass market manufacturers have started offering automatics and the trend is increasing rapidly thanks to the AMT technology. Now Tata Motors is preparing to launch the automatic version of their flagship SUV Safari Storme and the same has been spied testing.   The test mule of the Storme automatic spied here is the EX mid variant, which means that the auto box will be available as an option for all variants. Powering the Safari Storme is a 2.2-litre VARICOR diesel engine that produces 150 PS at 4000 RPM and 320 Nm of torque at 1700-2700 RPM.   The automatic version though is expected to come with a whopping 400 Nm of torque. This is because the current manual transmission is not capable of handling such torque. The test mules of VARICOR400 badged Safari have been spied earlier. Tata Motors have recently started deliveries of the Safari Storme facelift but the automatic version is expected to launch later. Expect around INR 1 lakh premium pricing over the manual variants.   Source - TeamBHP http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003266/Tata-Safari-Storme-Automatic-Spied-On-Test.html Tata GenX Nano Deliveries Commence In Pune http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003265/Tata-GenX-Nano-Deliveries-Commence-In-Pune.html Tata Motors launched the GenX Nano a few days back and within a week the Indian carmaker started deliveries in Pune. 35 units of the new GenX Nano were delivered on the very first day of deliveries commencement. Out of the 35 Nanos delivered, 17 were manual variants while 18 units were the range topping AMT variants known as Nano Easy Shift.   The customers can order for a test drive online as well as book the Nano GenX online for INR 5,001. The latest avatar of the Tata Nano has been launched after gathering feedback from the owners. It has addressed most of the issues and has further come up with a convenient setup thanks to the AMT gearbox, which is a boon to drive in the city.   Powering the Tata GenX Nano is the same 624cc twin-cylinder petrol engine that generates 38 PS of power at 5500 RPM and 51 Nm of torque at 4000 RPM, mated to a 4-speed manual and 5-speed AMT transmission. The price for the GenX Nano starts at INR 1.99 lakhs for the manual variant while the AMT variant starts at INR 2.69 lakhs (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi). http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003265/Tata-GenX-Nano-Deliveries-Commence-In-Pune.html BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe Facelift Launched In India http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003264/BMW-6-Series-Gran-Coupe-Facelift-Launched-In-India.html BMW India has launched the 6-Series Gran Coupe mid-life facelift, which is priced from INR 1.15 crores for the entry level 640d Eminence variant. The fully loaded 640d Design Pure Experience variant is priced at INR 1.22 cores (all prices, ex-showroom Delhi). The updated BMW 6-Series get mild cosmetic changes and interior updates.    Powering the BMW 640d is the same 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder diesel engine that produces 313 BHP of maximum power at 4400 RPM with 630 Nm of peak torque at 1500-2500 RPM. The oil burner is mated to a 8-speed automatic transmission with steering mounted paddle shifts. The luxury coupe can do 0-100 km/hr sprint in 5.4 seconds while the top speed is 250 km/hr.   The changes on the exterior include new LED headlights with revised kidney grille which is wider having 9 slats. The bumpers are new and sporty and it gets new design 19-inch alloys. The interiors gets updated iDrive touch controller with 10.2-inch high resolution display. It also gets a new Heads-up display with navigation support. The BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe compete head on with the Audi A7 and Mercedes CLS-Class.   http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003264/BMW-6-Series-Gran-Coupe-Facelift-Launched-In-India.html Maruti Suzuki YRA Spied Benchmarking With Hyundai Elite i20 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003263/Maruti-Suzuki-YRA-Spied-Benchmarking-With-Hyundai-Elite-i20.html A couple of months back, Suzuki unveiled a new concept hatchback iK-2, which is expected to launch soon in India and is codenamed Maruti YRA in our country. After seeing many spy shots of the premium hatchback, we get to see Maruti Suzuki testing the car along with the Hyundai Elite i20, which is currently the segment leader of premium full-size hatchbacks.   Currently, people assume that the Swift directly rivals the Elite i20 but that is not the case. The Maruti YRA is being prepared for that segment which is a size bigger than the Swift and is loaded with equipment to give the competition a tough fight. The design of the YRA is all-new but there are some styling cues shared with the Swift such as the headlights and roundish profile.   The new 1.0-litre BoosterJet turbocharged petrol engine will make its debut on the Maruti YRA hatchback that is a fuel efficient engine with low CO2 emissions. The other two engine options 1.2-litre K-Series petrol and 1.3-litre DDiS diesel will be carried over from the Swift. Expect the pricing to be similar to the Hyundai Elite i20.      Source - IndianCarsBikes http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003263/Maruti-Suzuki-YRA-Spied-Benchmarking-With-Hyundai-Elite-i20.html Nissan India To Launch GT Academy Season 2 On 4th June http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003262/Nissan-India-To-Launch-GT-Academy-Season-2-On-4th-June.html The Nissan GT Academy is back in India after having a successful debut in the country last year. The GT Academy is a big platform for aspiring racers and motorsport gaming enthusiasts. In association with PlayStation, Nissan has created this competition that unites the best of both worlds, virtual and real-life racing.    An avid motorsport driver or a pro racing gamer can achieve the dream of participating in high-end motorsport race events with the medium of Nissan GT Academy. It is basically a driver discovery and development programme where a participant races in time-trial competition on PlayStation GT6 racing simulators.    After qualifying by achieving quickest lap times in the National Final, the contestant has to go through intensive physical and mental training examination programme. After which, the competition filters out only six finalists who are eligible for the International Race Camp, where they compete with participants from all over the world in real cars on a race track with Nissan GT-R Nismo and 370Z Nismo. The GT Academy Season 2 is all set to launch in India on 4th June so get ready to exhibit your skills behind the virtual wheel.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003262/Nissan-India-To-Launch-GT-Academy-Season-2-On-4th-June.html Maruti Swift DZire Diesel AMT Spied Testing http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003261/Maruti-Swift-DZire-Diesel-AMT-Spied-Testing.html Maruti Suzuki has tasted tremendous success with the debut of AMT (automated manual transmission) in the Celerio. So much so that half of the sales of Celerio comes from the AMT variants. The new Alto K10 is also making good volumes with the AMT. Now, the largest carmaker in India plans to offer AMT with its bigger cars. Lately, the Swift DZire has been caught testing with the new transmission.   The test mule spied is the range-topping ZDi diesel version of the Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire. The compact sedan was recently updated with a facelift that gets revised styling with additional chrome and new features including push button start, Bluetooth connectivity and so on. Powering the DZire is a 1.3-litre turbo diesel engine that produces 75 PS of power at 4000 RPM with 190 Nm of torque at 2000 RPM, mated to a 5-speed manual and soon a 5-speed AMT transmission.   The Swift DZire is also expected to get AMT for the petrol version too, which is a 1.2-litre unit producing 84 PS at 6000 RPM and 115 Nm at 4000 RPM. The petrol version returns 20.85 km/l of claimed fuel efficiency while the diesel returns 26.59 km/l. Expect marginal increase in efficiency with the AMT gearbox and price increase of about INR 30,000/- to INR 40,000/- over the manual variant.      Source - GaadiWaadi http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003261/Maruti-Swift-DZire-Diesel-AMT-Spied-Testing.html Renault Kwid?s 800cc Engine Produces 57 BHP Of Power http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003260/Renault-Kwid-s-800cc-Engine-Produces-57-BHP-Of-Power.html Renault recently unveiled their upcoming entry-level hatchback, Kwid, which made its world debut in India. The Renault Kwid is a smart looking hatchback with upmarket styling cues unlike economical cars. The stance reminds you of a compact SUV with the rugged design language that looks like a baby Duster. The French carmaker will price the Kwid at INR 3-4 lakhs, which is quite attractive.   The reason behind such pricing is high localisation content that stands at 98 percent. The Kwid will be powered by a 800cc, 3-cylinder petrol engine that will reportedly produce 57 BHP of maximum power. It is also expected to return high fuel efficiency (upwards of 20 km/l) that will make it one of the most fuel efficient petrol cars in India. The Kwid will get a 5-speed manual as well as AMT gearbox options.   It will get a rotary shifter for the AMT version and interiors loaded with features including 7-inch touchscreen with navigation system. Renault is also expected to plonk in a diesel engine and a bigger petrol engine a year after its launch. The Kwid is based on the latest Common Module Family - Affordable (CMFA) platform.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003260/Renault-Kwid-s-800cc-Engine-Produces-57-BHP-Of-Power.html Royal Enfield Opens Dealership In Khan Market, Unveils Limited Edition Classic 500 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003259/Royal-Enfield-Opens-Dealership-In-Khan-Market--Unveils-Limited-Edition-Classic-500.html Royal Enfield has today inaugurated a signature store in Khan Market, Delhi. The Indian motorcycle maker is offering new gear collection, which is inspired by the Despatch Riders of the World Wars. The collection includes apparels and accessories that have heritage and classic look. The colour schemes include browns, greens, olive, tan and blues paired with epaulettes, plackets and gorgets.    Premium fabrics are on offer including leather, twill and canvas. Along with the new collection, Royal Enfield has unveiled limited edition range of the Classic 500 Despatch motorcycle. The colour options include Desert Storm Despatch, Squadron Blue Despatch and Military Green Despatch which are limited to 200 units each.   The Royal Enfield Despatch motorcycles can be booked starting from July 15th and the pricing will be released on the same date. Along with special paint schemes, the bikes get matte black finish on the engine, exhaust and silencer. Powering the Classic 500 is the same single-cylinder 499cc engine that produces 27 BHP of power with 41 Nm of torque, mated to a 5-speed transmission. The new range of gear and motorcycles will definitely give a boost to the brand value of Royal Enfield.   http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003259/Royal-Enfield-Opens-Dealership-In-Khan-Market--Unveils-Limited-Edition-Classic-500.html Harley-Davidson Delivers 6 Street 750 Motorcycles To Gujarat Police http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003258/Harley-Davidson-Delivers-6-Street-750-Motorcycles-To-Gujarat-Police.html Nine Bridges Harley-Davidson dealership has delivered six units of the Street 750 cruisers to Gujarat Police Department. The American motorcycles are specially customised for the Gujarat Police and this is the first time in India that a  police department has ordered high-capacity premium motorcycles for specialised usage. However, these Street 750s won’t be used for patrolling in Gujarat.   The Harley-Davidson Street 750 will be primarily used by Gujarat Police for quick response actions such as escorting senior politicians and visiting dignitaries and also in emergency response situations for natural disaster response team, etc. What sets the custom Street 750 apart is the all-white paint job, blue and red accents, large visor, luggage box, warning lights and more.   Powering the Harley-Davidson Street 750 is a V-twin 749cc liquid-cooled engine that produces 58 BHP of maximum power and 60 Nm of peak torque, mated to a 6-speed transmission. The new Revolution X engine is specifically designed for urban usage that offers ideal power delivery and controllable engine temperature, which is a good aspect for their usage.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003258/Harley-Davidson-Delivers-6-Street-750-Motorcycles-To-Gujarat-Police.html Porsche India Comes Up With New Dealership In Kolkata http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003257/Porsche-India-Comes-Up-With-New-Dealership-In-Kolkata.html Porsche is one of the most desired brand in India specially for the exciting range of performance cars they offer. Not only that but the Stuttgart based carmaker also offers more practical cars which you can drive on a daily basis including Porsche Cayenne, Panamera and the latest kid on the block, Macan compact SUV. In order to improve their reach in India, Porsche has set up a new showroom in Kolkata.   The Porsche Centre Kolkata is located at Topsia Road, which is known as the automotive hub of the city. It will be inaugurated on 30th May. The new showroom is designed keeping in mind the global architectural standard of the luxury carmaker. The dealership is spread across 5952 sq. ft. space and can display up to seven models at a time.   They have a dedicated car delivery area and a lounge where they have a range of Porsche merchandise on offer. Porsche is also providing the customers a unique fitting lounge, where buyers can customise their car the way they like. There are limitless options to choose from to individualise your new Porsche.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003257/Porsche-India-Comes-Up-With-New-Dealership-In-Kolkata.html Audi To Launch RS6 Avant In India On 4th June http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003256/Audi-To-Launch-RS6-Avant-In-India-On-4th-June.html With a rising trend of performance cars in India, Audi is leaving no stone unturned when it comes to  their performance oriented portfolio of cars in the country. The Ingolstadt based luxury carmaker recently launched the new generation Audi TT quickly followed by the mid-life facelift of the Audi RS7 Sportback. Now, they are planning to launch yet another fire breathing machine, the Audi RS6 Avant.   The Audi S6, which is a milder version of the RS6 Avant is already available in India that comes with a 4.0-litre V8 TFSI engine producing 420 BHP of power with 550 Nm of torque, mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission. The RS6 is even stronger when it comes to performance and it isn’t available with a sedan body type, it is only available with a station wagon design.   Powering the Audi RS6 Avant is a 4.0-litre V8 twin-turbo engine that produces 560 BHP of power with 700 Nm of torque, mated to a 8-speed automatic transmission. It does 0-100 km/hr in 3.9 seconds with a top speed of 305 km/hr. It gets the latest design language of the facelifted A6 having matrix LED headlamps and new tail lamps. It will be launched on 4th June and pricing is expected to be upwards of INR 1.2 crores.    http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003256/Audi-To-Launch-RS6-Avant-In-India-On-4th-June.html Maruti Celerio Diesel Will Return 27.63 Km/l Fuel Efficiency http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003255/Maruti-Celerio-Diesel-Will-Return-27-63-Km-l-Fuel-Efficiency.html Maruti Suzuki is prepared to launch the diesel version of the Celerio in the first week of June. The hatchback will be powered by a 793cc twin-cylinder diesel engine that produces 47 BHP at 3500 RPM and 125 Nm of torque at 2000 RPM, mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The Celerio diesel won’t be launched with an AMT gearbox initially.    The most crucial aspect of the Maruti Celerio diesel would be the fuel efficiency of the vehicle, which is said to be the most fuel efficient car in the country when launched next month. The ARAI certified mileage of the Celerio diesel will be 27.62 km/l. It will feature DDiS125 badge which indicates the torque output of 125 Nm.   The new two-cylinder diesel engine is being made by Maruti itself in India that will be making its debut on the Celerio and later in the Carry pickup truck. The upcoming offering from Maruti Suzuki is expected to be a big hit, thanks to the diesel heart. It will be competing against the Hyundai Grand i10 and Chevrolet Beat in its segment.   Source - AutocarIndia http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003255/Maruti-Celerio-Diesel-Will-Return-27-63-Km-l-Fuel-Efficiency.html Nissan India Exports More Than 5 Lakh Cars From India http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003254/Nissan-India-Exports-More-Than-5-Lakh-Cars-From-India.html Nissan India has achieved a new milestone of exporting 5,00,000th car from India within five years since commencement of exports. The most exported car from the Japanese automaker is the Nissan Micra. The have exported more than 5 lakh units to over 106 countries globally. Nissan is the second largest exporter of passenger cars in India.   Nissan invested INR 45 billion along with their alliance partner Renault in their Oragadam plant near Chennai that caters to both domestic as well as export markets. The Renault-Nissan Chennai plant is more oriented towards exports and is a hub for the carmaker’s export markets. The Japanese automaker has been exporting cars to Europe, Middle East, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Africa.    The Nissan Micra has contributed with 73 percent of exports from India. Other models for exports include the Nissan Sunny and Datsun GO along with the GO+. Nissan exports over 1800 types of manufacturing parts to 34 production plants across 24 countries. The carmaker praises the standards of production quality in India and considers it as a key market for growth.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003254/Nissan-India-Exports-More-Than-5-Lakh-Cars-From-India.html Indian Hot Rod Fest To Take Place In July 2015 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003253/Indian-Hot-Rod-Fest-To-Take-Place-In-July-2015.html People in India are quite fascinated about customised cars and motorcycles because of the immense attraction they get with them. Th trend is rapidly gaining pace in India as we can see many enthusiasts turning customisation jobs as their hobbies as well as profession. iBOX Studios has now announced the Indian Hot Rod Fest (IHRF), which will take place at the Buddh International Circuit on 25th and 26th July 2015.   You will not only get to see an array of customised cars and bikes displayed at the venue but you can also buy these custom machines. You will be able to bid for your favourite custom machine. More than 50 artists will be participating in the Indian Hot Rod Fest (IHRF).   Some of the famous custom brands will include Rajputana Customs, Modbike, R, Sarbloh Motors and R&G Customs. There will be an award function too named as IHRF Awards 2015. The categories for IHRF awards would include - Best Riding Group of the Year, Best Riding Group in Safety Measure, Best administrator of the Year, Best Riding Group on Member Engagements and the coveted Best Solo Rider of the Year Award.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003253/Indian-Hot-Rod-Fest-To-Take-Place-In-July-2015.html Tata Safari Storme Facelift Launched In India From INR 10.41 Lakhs http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003252/Tata-Safari-Storme-Facelift-Launched-In-India-From-INR-10-41-Lakhs.html Tata Motors has softly launched the Safari Storme facelift in India with a starting price of INR 10.41 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the base LX variant. The updated SUV comes with cosmetic, interior and mechanical changes. The exterior includes new badging on the hood, revised grille layout and that’s it. On the inside it gets a new dashboard colour theme of black and silver.   The most significant change on the inside is the new steering wheel derived from the Zest and Bolt. There is a new Harman infotainment system without a touch screen but an LCD display with AUX, USB, Bluetooth connectivity. There is no leather but fabric upholstery on the updated model. It also gets a new flip key for remote central locking.   Powering the Tata Safari Storme facelift is the same 2.2-litre VARICOR diesel engine that produces increased power output of 150 PS (10 PS more) at 4000 RPM and 320 Nm of torque at 1700-2700 RPM, mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The fuel tank capacity has been increased to 63 litres and the fuel efficiency has marginally increased to 14.1 km/l.    Tata Safari Storme Facelift Price (ex-showroom, Delhi) –   * Storme LX 4×2 – INR 10.41 Lakhs * Storme EX 4×2 – INR 11.61 Lakhs * Storme VX 4×2 – INR 13.02 Lakhs * Storme VX 4×4 – INR 14.34 Lakhs http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003252/Tata-Safari-Storme-Facelift-Launched-In-India-From-INR-10-41-Lakhs.html Honda Organizes Congratulatory Ride For Gold Wing Owners http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003251/Honda-Organizes-Congratulatory-Ride-For-Gold-Wing-Owners.html Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India (HMSI) had arranged a ‘Congratulatory Ride’ for the Honda Gold Wing premium motorcycle owners in Delhi. The Japanese bike maker facilitated 5 Gold Wing owners and welcomed them to the Honda family. The iconic motorcycle is also considered as one of the best touring motorcycle in the world.   Honda arrange a 80 km ride in the capital city during the early morning hours. The ‘Congratulatory Ride’ flagged off from Honda Wing showroom in Naraina and got reassembled in Gurgaon. The owners were then facilitated with ‘Congratulatory Certificates’ on behalf of Honda.    Honda has received a positive response in the Indian market for Gold Wing considering the premium segment it competes with. The touring bike was launched in India in November 2014 with a hefty price tag of Rs. 28.5 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). It comes with a 1832cc, flat-six engine that produces 118 PS of power and 167 Nm of torque. It also comes with 6-speaker audio system and airbags as an option.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003251/Honda-Organizes-Congratulatory-Ride-For-Gold-Wing-Owners.html Ford Developing Fiesta Replacement For India Codenamed B500 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003250/Ford-Developing-Fiesta-Replacement-For-India-Codenamed-B500.html Ford has some big plans for the Indian market in the near future. The American automaker is all set to invest a heavy INR 5,000 crores for setting a new R&D centre in Chennai. This will be the company’s one of the largest R&D centres globally and it will be linked to Ford’s Global Product Development Ecosystem. Indian engineers will be providing input for domestic as well as global products with this facility.   Starting from the Ford EcoSport, the American giant has prepared a big product portfolio for the Indian market. They are betting big on the upcoming compact sedan, Figo Aspire and the hatchback version of the new generation Figo. Soon after, they plan to introduce the new generation Endeavour. Apart from this, Ford is developing a new B500 project specifically for the Indian market.   The new Ford B500 project will see a mid-size compact sedan that will be launched in 2018 as a replacement for the slow selling Fiesta sedan. The upcoming sedan will be competing with the Honda City, Hyundai Verna, Maruti Ciaz and the likes. Ford will also launch an MPV for the first time in India based on the same B500 project.   Source - ETAuto http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003250/Ford-Developing-Fiesta-Replacement-For-India-Codenamed-B500.html Mahindra Plans To Launch Nine New Products In 2016 Fiscal http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003249/Mahindra-Plans-To-Launch-Nine-New-Products-In-2016-Fiscal.html Mahindra has just launched the new XUV500 facelift with tons of features on offer and updated mechanicals. The Indian utility vehicle maker has also announced the future product plans and claim that they will be launching nine new products in this fiscal. There will be three all-new cars, three minor facelifts and three major facelifts.    The all-new vehicles to launch this fiscal are expected to be two compact SUVs S101 and U301. Also, they plan to introduce the SsangYong Tivoli compact SUV in the country that will get the Mahindra made 1.5-litre diesel engine. Some of the facelifts include That with a revised interior having more convenient features and better quality.   The Indian carmaker is also preparing to launch a significant update for the Quanto compact SUV that will come with revised interiors, new features and heavily updated exteriors to make it look different from the Xylo MPV. Mahindra is also considering to launch the Verito sedan under the Reva brand, as it will be an electric vehicle. The new launches in the pipeline will definitely boost volumes and market share for Mahindra. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003249/Mahindra-Plans-To-Launch-Nine-New-Products-In-2016-Fiscal.html Volkswagen India Inaugurates New Workshop In Mumbai http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003248/Volkswagen-India-Inaugurates-New-Workshop-In-Mumbai.html Volkswagen is on a roll with their expansion plans in India. The German automaker is on a spree of increasing their network across the country in order to get a bigger chunk of market share. Followed by the inauguration of a new dealership - Volkswagen Mumbai West in Andheri, they have set-up a new state-of-the-art workshop in the financial capital of India.   In a bid to strengthen their after sales service, Volkswagen has opened a new 29-bay workshop situated at Kale Marg, Kurla West, Mumbai. The new workshop is set up by Autobahn Automotive Pvt. Ltd. and is well equipped to handle routine servicing, repairs, paintwork and bodywork. The new workshop has a team of 58 members including expert technicians and support staff.   With the newly inaugurated workshop, Volkswagen now has a total of 7 after-sales service outlets in Greater Mumbai. The German carmaker believes Mumbai is one of the most crucial markets for the brand. Volkswagen has reached a total of 118 showrooms across 100 cities in India. They further plan to increase the number this year to provide a pleasant after sales experience for the customers. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003248/Volkswagen-India-Inaugurates-New-Workshop-In-Mumbai.html 2015 Mahindra XUV500 Facelift Launched In India http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003247/2015-Mahindra-XUV500-Facelift-Launched-In-India-.html Mahindra has launched the much anticipated facelift of their flagship SUV, XUV500 priced from INR 11.21 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). The new update is a significant one that comes with a long list of features, cosmetic changes and mechanical too. The styling has been revised to make it look more premium, the front profile gets new bumper with integrated large fog lamps and chrome housing. The headlights get a curvy patter for the LED DRLs while the bonnet gets a power bulge to add to the presence.   The side profile of the Mahindra XUV500 facelift is the same, save for the new alloy wheels and chrome window lining. At the rear too there are no changes except for the addition of chrome on the number plate housing. It gets two new colours - Sunset Orange and Pearl White. On the inside, you get new black and beige interior trim, leather seats, twin-pod cluster with blue theme, icy blue lighting, illuminated scuff plates and sporty aluminium pedals.    The unending list of features on the new XUV500 include electric sunroof, logo projection lamps integrated on the ORVMs, passive keyless entry with push button start/stop, 6-way power adjustable driver’s seat, 7-inch touchscreen audio with GPS navigation system, reverse camera with dynamic assist and Mahindra Blue Sense connectivity for the smartphones. The necessary equipment from the previous XUV500 is carried over.   Powering the updated XUV500 is the same 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine that produces 140 BHP and 330 Nm of torque, mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. It is available in both AWD and FWD layouts. Thanks to the new brake energy regeneration system, the fuel efficiency has been improved from 15.1 km/l to 16 km/l (ARAI Certified). The Indian carmaker has updated the suspension for better ride and handling. It also comes with Electronic Stability Programme with Rollover Mitigation and 6 airbags for safety.   Mahindra XUV500 Facelift Price (ex-showroom, Delhi):   - XUV500 W4 – INR 11.21 Lakhs - XUV500 W6 – INR 12.48 Lakhs - XUV500 W8 – INR 14.18 Lakhs - XUV500 W8 AWD – INR 14.99 Lakhs - XUV500 W10 – INR 14.99 Lakhs - XUV500 W10 AWD – INR 15.99 Lakhs   http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003247/2015-Mahindra-XUV500-Facelift-Launched-In-India-.html Zbee Electric Three-Wheeler To Ply On Delhi Roads Soon http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003246/Zbee-Electric-Three-Wheeler-To-Ply-On-Delhi-Roads-Soon.html A Swedish firm, Clean Motion has developed an electric three-wheeler Zbee, specifically for the Indian market. This is an environment friendly upmarket three-wheeler and not your regular auto rickshaw creating noise pollution and fumes with  a rickety build. The Zbee is a 230 kg vehicle that can do speeds up to 45 km/hr. It is powered by a lithium ion battery and is priced at INR 3 lakhs.   The Zbee will take two hours to fully charge with a normal electric point while with the rapid charger just takes only 20 minutes for a full charge. The electric rickshaw also comes with a charging infrastructure and a kiosk with solar panel. On a full charge the Zbee has a range of 50 kms.   The first phase of Zbee will launch in July this year with 50-75 vehicles that will connect DLF Place Saket mall with Malviya Nagar metro station. The second phase will be rolled out soon after in DLF Cyber City hub for ferrying around. The manufacturer will be localising the product having a facility in Faridabad to churn out 200-250 Zbees a month. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003246/Zbee-Electric-Three-Wheeler-To-Ply-On-Delhi-Roads-Soon.html Mahindra Considering To Launch SsangYong Tivoli In India http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003245/Mahindra-Considering-To-Launch-SsangYong-Tivoli-In-India.html SsangYong recently introduced the Tivoli compact SUV to the world making its public debut early this year in Korea. The automaker received great appreciation for the upmarket design by the audience. The Korean carmaker is all set to launch the Tivoli in Korea in June and eventually to the UK. Now, the Indian utility vehicle maker is planning to launch the Tivoli in India as a second offering from the SsangYong brand.   Currently, Mahindra sells only the Rexton SUV under the SsangYong brand. The Tivoli is a much compact SUV that will compete with the likes of Renault Duster, Skoda Yeti and the upcoming Hyundai ix25. In the international market, the SsangYong Tivoli will get a 1.6-litre petrol engine producing 124 BHP of power and a 1.6-litre diesel engine producing 113 BHP of power mated to a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission option.   When launched in India, the Tivoli is likely to get a 1.5-litre diesel engine manufactured by Mahindra. This will be done to keep the costs in check and the same engine will also be used on the upcoming Mahindra U301 compact SUV. The Tivoli will be available with both 4x2 and 4x4 layout. It will be positioned as a premium compact SUV and could cannibalise with the Mahindra XUV500.   Source - AutocarIndia http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003245/Mahindra-Considering-To-Launch-SsangYong-Tivoli-In-India.html Volkswagen Inaugurates New Dealership In Mumbai West http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003244/Volkswagen-Inaugurates-New-Dealership-In-Mumbai-West.html Volkswagen India has inaugurated a new dealership in Mumbai - Volkswagen Mumbai West. The new dealership is situated at New Link Road, Andheri West. The German carmaker is strengthening its presence in India for a better reach and bigger customer base in order to get the volumes coming. They now have a total of 118 showrooms across 100 cities in India and nearly 6 of these showrooms are present in Greater Mumbai.   The new Volkswagen Mumbai West dealership is a part of the Landmark Group. The Landmark Group is amongst India’s largest automotive dealership chains having sales and after-sales service facilities across Mumbai, Delhi, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal. The new dealership has a workshop situated at Parsi Panchayat Road, Andheri East that has 24 bay workshop equipped with general maintenance, bodywork repair and body paint services.   Volkswagen claims that Mumbai is one of their fastest growing markets with a strong demand of cars from their portfolio. The company aims to increase their market share significantly in the next couple of years with new products lined up for launch and expansion of network pan India. The German automaker recently launched the Volkswagen Jetta facelift and soon they will introduce the Vento facelift.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003244/Volkswagen-Inaugurates-New-Dealership-In-Mumbai-West.html Hyundai ?Always Around? 9th Nationwide Service Campaign Launched http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003243/Hyundai--Always-Around--9th-Nationwide-Service-Campaign-Launched.html Hyundai India has come up with the ‘Always Around’ service campaign for its customers pan India for the 9th consecutive year. The Hyundai service campaign will be conducted on 24th May 2015. The Korean automaker will be giving services to the customers within their vicinity or convenient places such as joggers park, shopping malls, multiplexes, residential blocks, etc.   India’s second largest carmaker will provide 18-point check-up free of cost and this time around they aim to reach relatively larger audience. The free service campaign ensures that the company reaches out to the customers at convenient time and location without wasting much time and additional costs are avoided.   The Hyundai customers also get expert advice on car maintenance from trained technicians. The ‘Always Around’ camp basically includes services such as tyre and vehicle polishing, coolant and oil top-up. Also, the customers will get to test drive the latest Hyundai cars on offer. You can get your old car evaluated for exchange schemes, give feedback and suggestions about your current Hyundai car. The carmaker believes that such campaigns help in developing good relationship with the customers. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003243/Hyundai--Always-Around--9th-Nationwide-Service-Campaign-Launched.html Tata Motors To Launch Nano With Bigger And More Powerful Engines http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003242/Tata-Motors-To-Launch-Nano-With-Bigger-And-More-Powerful-Engines.html The Nano was a dream project for Tata Motors and since its launch, the Indian carmaker has been updating the compact hatchback in terms of cosmetics and mechanicals to be in the game. They recently launched a significant update with the Nano GenX offering the ease of AMT gearbox. The company is further planning to update the Nano with new engines.    Currently, the Tata Nano is powered by a 624cc twin-cylinder petrol engine that produces a maximum power output of 38 PS with a peak torque of 51 Nm, mated to either a 4-speed manual or 5-speed AMT gearbox. Now such power is adequate for city usage but out on the highway it definitely lacks punch. Tata is preparing new 800-1000cc engines along with a turbocharged version of the current engine.   The Maruti Alto and Hyundai Eon initially had low capacity engines and eventually listening to the customer feedback, both the manufacturers introduced more powerful engines. Similarly, Tata Motors will updated the Nano with powerful engines having enough pep to carry five adults with ease on long journeys. The Indian carmaker is expected to introduce the new engines at the upcoming Auto Expo in 2016. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003242/Tata-Motors-To-Launch-Nano-With-Bigger-And-More-Powerful-Engines.html BMW India To Launch 6-Series Gran Coupe Facelift In India On 29 May http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003241/BMW-India-To-Launch-6-Series-Gran-Coupe-Facelift-In-India-On-29-May.html BMW had revealed the new 6-Series Gran Coupe facelift last year and now they are launching the same in India with new updates and mild refresh of cosmetics. The Gran Coupe is the four-door version of the 6-Series that comes with added practicality. It competes with the likes of the Audi A7 and Mercedes CLS.   The changes on the exteriors of the BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe facelift includes revised bumpers that are more sharper to look at with additional chrome that adds to the premium appeal of the car. Then there is the revised BMW kidney grille, which has been tweaked to look more upmarket. There are new patterns of LED DRLs on the headlights that makes it look fresher now.   The BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe gets the same interior but new colour tones and premium materials on offer. Powering the luxury coupe is the same in-line 6-cylinder 3.0-litre turbo diesel engine that churns out 313 BHP of maximum power with 630 Nm of peak torque, mated to a 8-speed automatic transmission. The facelifted 6-Series will be offered via the CBU route in India.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003241/BMW-India-To-Launch-6-Series-Gran-Coupe-Facelift-In-India-On-29-May.html Fiat Aegea (Linea Successor) Revealed, India Bound http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003240/Fiat-Aegea--Linea-Successor--Revealed--India-Bound.html Fiat Linea is one of the most favourite cars in India amongst enthusiasts because of its fun-to-drive nature. The Italian sedan has had a cult following due to its solid build, sharp handling and great high speed stability. The styling is also distinctive, making it stand out of the crowd having a sleek design. However, nowadays the Fiat Linea has started loosing steam because of the mature competition having a lot to offer.   Fiat is phasing out the Linea globally but don’t worry folks, the Italian carmaker has come up with its successor christened as Fiat Aegea. It will be replacing the Linea and is all set to go on sale globally later this year. In terms of styling, the designers have again come up with out of the box design with interesting styling cues. The sedan looks muscular having strong creases all around the body with a bold stance.   The headlamps of the Fiat Aegea look aggressive with the new grille and the tail lamp cluster is C-shaped accented with chrome for the premium feel. On the inside it gets all-black interiors with the latest design language of the steering wheel and dashboard. The Fiat Aegean will be powered by four engine options including 2 diesel and 2 turbo petrol. We expect Fiat to launch the Aegea in India in 2016.   http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003240/Fiat-Aegea--Linea-Successor--Revealed--India-Bound.html Mahindra XUV500 Facelift 25th May Launch Confirmed http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003239/Mahindra-XUV500-Facelift-25th-May-Launch-Confirmed.html The Mahindra XUV500 is a global SUV from the Indian carmaker that was launched in 2011. The flagship car had a huge demand initially and was sold on the basis of lottery in its hay days. Soon, the vehicle got many complaints about defective brakes, electronics and interior components. Mahindra quickly resolved the issue by introducing a new version rectifying the issues. Now after four years of launch they plan to introduce mid-life facelift for the XUV500.   The Indian utility vehicle maker has started teasing the facelifted version of the XUV500 on their website and it is confirmed to be launched on the 25th of May. The vehicle will get new DRLs on the headlights, revised bumpers and more. There will be a new W10 range topping variant on offer with added equipment. So now there will be a total of four variants on offer with the XUV500 including W4, W6, W8 and W10.   The new features will be carried forward from the Xclusive edition launched recently that got an electric sunroof, power-adjustable seats, illuminated scuff plates and so on. The dashboard will integrate a new touchscreen with voice messaging system. Powering the XUV500 will be the same 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine. Expect the pricing to get a little premium.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003239/Mahindra-XUV500-Facelift-25th-May-Launch-Confirmed.html 2015 Volkswagen Vento Facelift Unveiled, No Mechanical Changes http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003238/2015-Volkswagen-Vento-Facelift-Unveiled--No-Mechanical-Changes.html Volkswagen India has been updating the Vento quite frequently to maintain its position in the highly competitive segment. Some of the updates got mild cosmetic changes while the other got some mechanical tweaks. Just 8 months back, the German automaker introduced a new 1.5-litre diesel engine in the Vento, mated to a 7-speed DSG automatic transmission. VW is all set to launch yet another update for the Vento, which has been officially revealed.   The new 2015 Volkswagen Vento gets some significant cosmetic changes that are quite noticeable. The front profile gets inspired from the facelift Jetta having a simple three-slat grille. The bumper now gets protruding sharp lines and new sleek looking fog lights with cornering lights accentuated with a chrome strip. The side profile remains more or less the same but the rear gets new LED tail lights and sporty looking bumper.   On the inside, the Vento facelift gets new features such as dead pedal, cooled glovebox, external boot release, auto-folding mirrors and cruise control. The interiors also get lighter shades of grey, beige and silver. It remains mechanically unchanged offering a 1.2-litre TSI turbo petrol engine with DSG, 1.6-litre naturally aspirated petrol with manual gearbox and 1.5-litre TDI diesel with both manual and 7-speed DSG.     Source - AutocarIndia http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003238/2015-Volkswagen-Vento-Facelift-Unveiled--No-Mechanical-Changes.html Mercedes S600 Guard Launched In India, Priced From INR 8.9 Crores http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003237/Mercedes-S600-Guard-Launched-In-India--Priced-From-INR-8-9-Crores.html Mercedes has launched the S600 Guard in India with a starting price of INR 8.9 crores (ex-showroom, Delhi). It is a high-end armored vehicle loaded with security and protection equipment. Based on the W222 S-Class, the S600 Guard is certified for the highest ballistic protection class of VR9. For reference, the immediate rivals Audi A8 L Security and BMW 7 Security get VR7/9 protection class. The vehicle can withstand rifle fires, grenades and explosive charges with its high level of protection.   The bodyshell consists of special steel, aramide and PE components while the thick glass areas are coated with polycarbonate and are laminated. The S600 Guard looks very similar to the regular S-Class models and this makes it hardly distinguishable for maintaining maximum discretion. On the inside, it has the same luxury features including massage function, executive seats with leg rest, Business console and more.   Powering the Mercedes S600 Guard is  a 6.0-litre V12 engine that produces 530 HP of maximum power and 830 Nm of peak torque, mated to a 7-speed 7G-TRONIC automatic transmission. It gets the AIRMATIC air suspension for a good balance of ride comfort and handling. There are bigger 6-piston disc brakes on the SGuard for the additional weight and Michelin PAX run-flat tyres that can travel up to a distance of 30 km when damaged.   The Mercedes S 600 Guard is a car meant for high ranking government officials and business tycoons. The German luxury carmaker likes to call it the ‘Safest Luxury Spot on Earth’. Before getting launched in India, Mercedes already secured many pre-orders for the armored car. The Guard portfolio of Mercedes in India also includes E-Guard and M-Guard.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003237/Mercedes-S600-Guard-Launched-In-India--Priced-From-INR-8-9-Crores.html Mercedes-Benz India Opens A New Dealership In Ghaziabad http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003236/Mercedes-Benz-India-Opens-A-New-Dealership-In-Ghaziabad.html Mercedes-Benz is expanding their presence in India rapidly and they claim to have the widest and most extensive reach for any luxury carmaker in India. With a new dealership inaugurated in Ghaziabad, Mercedes now has 72 outlets across 39 cities in India. The new Silver Arrows dealership in Ghaziabad is spread over 30,000 sq. ft. and offers several facilities to make the buying and after sales experience a delight.   The new Mercedes Silver Arrows dealership is located in renowned localities like Raj Nagar and it’s also situated in the hub of Ghaziabad’s industrial area. The key facilities of the new dealership include rooftop garden with Mercedes Café. It gets an innovative display of Mercedes-Benz accessories and merchandise.   There is a dedicated showroom floor for the Mercedes-Benz Certified pre-owned cars with a display capacity of five cars. The service centre at Silver Arrows Ghaziabad is spread around 15,000 sq. ft. area. It includes 14 productive bays that can service up to 3400 cars a year. They have got a total highly trained staff of 65 people.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003236/Mercedes-Benz-India-Opens-A-New-Dealership-In-Ghaziabad.html Upcoming Royal Enfield Himalayan Spied Testing http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003235/Upcoming-Royal-Enfield-Himalayan-Spied-Testing.html Royal Enfield is all set to explore different segments of premium bikes with its upcoming new platforms. With the recent buzz of Continental GT Café Racer motorcycle, the Indian bike manufacturer plans to up the game with a unique lineup of premium motorcycles. One of the upcoming motorcycles from Royal Enfield is the Himalayan. It is a scrambler style motorcycle having unique styling cues and dual-purpose design.   The Royal Enfield Himalayan has been recently spied testing and is expected to launch in early 2016. Powering the upcoming offering is a 410cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine that will churn out about 30 PS of maximum power.   Some of the key elements of the Royal Enfield Himalayan include up-swept exhaust system, upright riding position, long travel front suspension, monoshock rear suspension, front and rear disc brakes, step up seat, spoke wheels, raised handlebar, round headlight and short rear mudguard. The expected price of the Royal Enfield Himalayan is around INR 3 lakhs.   Picture Source - GaadiWaadi http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003235/Upcoming-Royal-Enfield-Himalayan-Spied-Testing.html Tata Nano GenX Gets 13 Accessories Including Sunroof And Body Kit http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003234/Tata-Nano-GenX-Gets-13-Accessories-Including-Sunroof-And-Body-Kit.html Tata Motors launched a significant update of the Nano recently, which is called Nano GenX. It gets new cosmetic changes including smoked headlamps, new bumpers and gloss black panel on the hood. Interior updates consist of new steering wheel, AmphiStream music system with Bluetooth connectivity and new upholstery.   Powering the Tata Nano GenX is the same 624cc, twin-cylinder petrol engine that produces 38 PS of power with 51 Nm of torque. The engine gets paired to a 4-speed manual transmission or an all-new 5-speed AMT Easy Shift gearbox sourced from Magneti Marelli. The new Nano GenX is offered in five variants priced from INR 1.99 lakhs for the manual version and INR 2.69 lakhs (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi) for the AMT version.   The Tata Nano GenX comes with a long list of interesting accessories: 1.       Body Kit – INR 19,900 2.       Sunroof – INR 15,775 3.       Spoiler – INR 5,695 4.       Decals – INR 1,850 5.       Alloy Wheels (4 pcs) – INR 12,000 6.       Door Visor – INR 833 7.       Remote Control Hatch Release – INR 2,700 8.       Portable Navigation – INR 9,500 9.       Seat Cover – INR 5,400 10.   Cushions – INR 910 11.   Infinity Motif Carpet – INR 1,590 12.   Vacuum Cleaner – INR 1,995 13.   Air Freshner – INR 90 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003234/Tata-Nano-GenX-Gets-13-Accessories-Including-Sunroof-And-Body-Kit.html Volkswagen India Rolls Out 5 Lakh Cars From Its Pune Plant http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003233/Volkswagen-India-Rolls-Out-5-Lakh-Cars-From-Its-Pune-Plant.html Volkswagen has recently rolled out 5 lakh cars from its Pune plant in Chakan. The 5,00,000th car to roll out from their plant is a red Volkswagen Polo GT TSI. This hot hatch has a 1.2-litre TSI motor churning out 105 PS of power mated to a 7-speed DSG transmission. The German automaker inaugurated the Chakan plant in the year 2009 and the first car to roll out from this plant was a Skoda Fabia, as the facility is also shared with VW Group’s Skoda brand.   In December 2010, Volkswagen started production for exports to South Africa. They completed 1,00,000 units production soon after in 2011. Later in 2013 they also started exporting vehicles from this plant to Mexico and in December 2014 Volkswagen completed 1,00,000 units of production for exports. With an installed unit capacity of 2,00,000 cars, the automaker is running on two-shift system and produces 430 cars per day.   The Volkswagen plant in Pune is built on a 572 acres area having the state of the art facility with body shop, paint shop and assembly line. It currently produces the Volkswagen Polo, Volkswagen Vento and Skoda Rapid. Volkswagen has a total workforce of 3200 people while there is 35 percent automation consisting of 123 robots. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003233/Volkswagen-India-Rolls-Out-5-Lakh-Cars-From-Its-Pune-Plant.html Renault Kwid Hatchback Unveiled In India, To Launch In November 2015 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003232/Renault-Kwid-Hatchback-Unveiled-In-India--To-Launch-In-November-2015.html Renault India has unveiled their entry-level hatchback, Kwid. The Renault Kwid will be the most affordable car available in the Renault’s global lineup when launched in November this year near the festive season. The vehicle is based on the new Common Module Family – Affordable (CMF-A) platform that has been developed by the Renault-Nissan Alliance. The new offering gets 98 percent of localization in India, which is the highest for a car yet.   With a high local content going into the Kwid, Renault aims to price the hatchback at INR 3 – 4 lakhs (ex-showroom). In terms of styling, the Renault Kwid gets many crossover like design cues, which makes it look tall and big. It gets the latest Renault design language including the new grille, headlights and tail lights. It gets a rugged black cladding around the body for a sturdy appearance.   On the inside, the Renault Kwid features a touchscreen display with navigation system, all-digital instrument cluster and a new 3-spoke steering wheel. Expect the cabin to be simple and spacious when compared to the rivals, Hyundai Eon and Maruti Suzuki Alto. Powering the Renault Kwid is a 800cc, 3-cylinder petrol engine, which will come with manual and AMT gearbox options.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003232/Renault-Kwid-Hatchback-Unveiled-In-India--To-Launch-In-November-2015.html Fiat 500 Abarth India Launch Officially Confirmed http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003231/Fiat-500-Abarth-India-Launch-Officially-Confirmed.html Fiat India has officially confirmed the launch of 500 Abarth performance hatchback by teasing the car on their official website. After almost a year of delay, Fiat is finally set to launch the much awaited hot hatch in India. Due to the shift in top management and fluctuating Indian car market conditions, the Italian carmaker kept delaying the launch but finally it is coming to set the pulse racing for performance driving enthusiasts.   The Fiat 500 Abarth is the performance oriented version of the regular hatch. It comes with a 1.4-litre MultiAir turbocharged petrol engine that produces a maximum power of 160 BHP at 5500 RPM having a peak torque of 230 Nm at 2500 RPM, mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. It might also come with an automatic transmission.   Fiat will be bringing in the 500 Abarth via the CBU route and pricing is expected to be around INR 25 lakhs (ex-showroom). It will be competing directly with the MINI Cooper, BMW 1-Series and Mercedes A-Class.  Having a retro design language both inside and out, the Fiat 500 is a very appealing car. The launch is expected to happen within a couple of weeks. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003231/Fiat-500-Abarth-India-Launch-Officially-Confirmed.html Hero HF Deluxe Achieves One Million Sales In FY2015 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003230/Hero-HF-Deluxe-Achieves-One-Million-Sales-In-FY2015.html Hero MotoCorp has crossed one million sales mark with the commuter motorcycle Hero HF Deluxe in the financial year 2015. India’s leading 2-wheeler manufacturer reports about selling more than 10.93 lakh units of the commuter bike. The Hero HF Deluxe is the third largest selling bike in the Hero MotoCorp’s lineup while the first and second largest selling bikes are Splendor and Passion respectively.   Having a comfort oriented setup with high fuel economy, the Hero HF Deluxe is targeted at the rural markets. The commuter motorcycle comes with a single-cylinder, 97.2cc, air-cooled, OHC, 4-stroke engine that produces 8.36 PS of maximum power at 8000 RPM and 8 Nm of peak torque at 5000 RPM, mated to a 4-speed transmission. It returns an ARAI claimed fuel efficiency of 75 km/l.   The Hero HF Deluxe comes with a price tag of INR 42,216 (ex-showroom, Delhi). Some of the main features include power start, reflector headlight, 3D graphics, 5-spoke alloys and adjustable rear suspension. Apart from the HF Deluxe, the other entry-level commuters from the manufacturer achieved high sales. Hero Passion crossed 1.5 million units while the Splendor managed over 2.5 million units.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003230/Hero-HF-Deluxe-Achieves-One-Million-Sales-In-FY2015.html Triumph Sells 1600 Bikes In India, Offers Bonneville With EMI http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003229/Triumph-Sells-1600-Bikes-In-India--Offers-Bonneville-With-EMI.html Within 18 months of operations in India, Triumph Motorcycles have crossed 1600 sales mark in the country. Celebrating the milestone, the British motorcycle manufacturer is offering an attractive EMI scheme with the Triumph Bonneville. The premium iconic motorcycle is up for grabs at an EMI of INR 9990 per month.   In a partnership with HDFC Bank, Triumph is offering this 5-year finance scheme at a down payment of INR 2.35 lakhs. The Bonneville currently retails at INR 5.99 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi) and the latest EMI scheme by the premium bike maker further sweetens up the deal. Finance options for more bikes in the Triumph range are also available.   The Triumph Bonneville is a classic looking motorcycle having a lot of chrome touches that give the British bike a premium feel. Powering the Bonneville is a air-cooled, 865cc, parallel-twin engine with multipoint fuel injection that makes 61 PS of maximum power at 7500 RPM and 61 Nm of peak torque at 5550 RPM. The Bonneville comes with silver, black and blue/white dual tone colour schemes.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003229/Triumph-Sells-1600-Bikes-In-India--Offers-Bonneville-With-EMI.html Now Book Vespa Scooters On SnapDeal And Get Discounts http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003228/Now-Book-Vespa-Scooters-On-SnapDeal-And-Get-Discounts.html Piaggio India has started taking bookings for the whole range of Vespa on the popular e-commerce website SnapDeal. The popular Italian scooter brand offers a premium lineup of Vespa scooters in the country for people who prefer style over value. The gorgeous looking scooters are up for online sale and the two-wheeler manufacturer is accepting bookings for the entire range, which includes Vespa, Vespa VX, Vespa S and Vespa Elegante.   The booking amount of the Vespa scooters is INR 5000. First 100 customers will be given INR 2000 SD cash in their SnapDeal account within 30 days of purchase. The booking amount is non-cancellable and once the order is placed you won’t be getting any refund from the company. The booking amount will be deducted from the on-road price of the scooter.   While the bookings of the Vespa scooters can be done online without visiting the dealerships, you have to present the documentation and payment of the balance amount at the allocated dealership. The availability of the scooters depends on the dealership inventory but the expected time of delivery is on the same day of dealership visit or within 2-5 days. The price range of the Vespa scooters start from INR  70,208 (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the base Vespa variant while the range topping Vespa Elegante retails at INR 82,207 (ex-showroom, Delhi).  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003228/Now-Book-Vespa-Scooters-On-SnapDeal-And-Get-Discounts.html 2015 Tata Nano GenX Launched, Priced From INR 1.99 Lakhs http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003227/2015-Tata-Nano-GenX-Launched--Priced-From-INR-1-99-Lakhs.html Tata Motors has launched the new Nano GenX, priced from INR 1.99 Lakhs. It gets comprehensively updated with cosmetic tweaks, revised interiors and mechanical changes. The major talking point of the new Nano GenX is the addition of the AMT (automated manual transmission) variant, which is termed as Nano GenX Easy Shift. The Indian carmaker has also added the convenience of an openable boot with this facelift. Tata has updated the Nano this time to make it a hassle-free city car to drive.   The front profile of the Nano GenX gets revised with a gloss black panel on the hood and smoked headlamps engraving the ‘Nano’ moniker. The bumper gets a new smiling grille integrating foglamps. The side profile remains unchanged while the rear bumper gets the similar changes as the front. The tailgate is now openable, which can be operated with the key. You get seven colour options with the Nano GenX - Sangria Red (new), Persian Rose (new), Pearl White, Meteor Silver, Royal Gold, Dazzle Blue and Damson Purple.   The interiors get a new three-spoke steering wheel, which is similar to the one seen on the Zest. The instrument cluster also gets revised with silver accents and updated MID. The vehicle now gets a new AmphiStream music system that offers Bluetooth, CD, Radio, USB and AUX connectivity. The boot capacity is 94-litres for the AMT variant while the manual variant gets 110-litres. Tata Motors has also increased the fuel tank capacity to 24-litres.   Powering the Tata Nano is the same 624cc 2-cylinder petrol engine that produces a maximum power of 38 PS at 5500 RPM and 51 Nm of peak torque at 4000 RPM. The engine is mated to a 4-speed manual or a 5-speed AMT gearbox. The new AMT gearbox is sourced from Magneti Marelli. It also gets a Sports mode that holds the gear longer for optimum performance. In terms of fuel efficiency, the Nano GenX AMT returns a claimed 21.9 km/l while the manual version returns 23.6 km/l.   2015 Tata Nano GenX Price (ex-showroom, Delhi) – - Nano GenX XE MT – INR 1.99 Lakhs - Nano GenX XM MT – INR 2.29 Lakhs - Nano GenX XT MT – INR 2.49 Lakhs - Nano GenX XMA AMT – INR 2.69 Lakhs - Nano GenX XTA AMT – INR 2.89 Lakhs http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003227/2015-Tata-Nano-GenX-Launched--Priced-From-INR-1-99-Lakhs.html Nissan Terrano Groove Limited Edition Launched At INR 11.45 Lakhs http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003226/Nissan-Terrano-Groove-Limited-Edition-Launched-At-INR-11-45-Lakhs.html Nissan India has launched a limited edition version of the Nissan Terrano SUV christened as Groove. The special edition comes packed with a long list of additional features worth INR 30,000. Based on the XL (O) 85 BHP variant, the Groove edition is limited to 250 units. The exteriors get a matte black finish roof wrap and chrome accents on the foglights, tail lamps and tail gate for a premium touch.   On the inside, the Nissan Terrano Groove comes with a new set of speakers from Rockford Fosgate, which is a renowned brand of audio systems. Other changes in the cabin include ambience lighting, new fabric mats and LED scuff plates. Powering the Terrano are the same petrol and diesel engine options.   The petrol powered Terrano has a 1.6-litre motor that churns out 104 PS of power and returns a claimed mileage of 13.24 km/l. The 1.5-litre diesel engine is available in two states of tune – 85 BHP and 110 BHP that return claimed fuel efficiency of 20.45 km/l and 19.01 km/l respectively. The special edition Terrano is expected to give a boost to the sales of the compact SUV.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003226/Nissan-Terrano-Groove-Limited-Edition-Launched-At-INR-11-45-Lakhs.html Honda Recalls Accord, CR-V And Civic In India Due To Faulty Airbags http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003225/Honda-Recalls-Accord--CR-V-And-Civic-In-India-Due-To-Faulty-Airbags.html Honda has announced a recall recently to replace passenger-side airbag inflator of 575 units of CR-V that are manufactured in the year 2004. The Japanese automaker has also recalled 10,805 units of Accord to replace its driver-side airbag inflator manufactured between 2003 and 2007. One unit of the Civic made in 2004 has also been affected for the faulty passenger-side airbag inflator replacement.   This is a preventative replacement recall by Honda as a part of their global recall/ safety improvement campaign concerning airbag inflators. However, there are no reports of any incident related to this airbag issue in India. The replacement of airbag inflators will be carried out free of cost at all Honda dealerships in India from 4th June 2015.   Honda will be communicating directly to the owners of the affected cars and those who are concerned can check on Honda’s official website whether their car is involved or not. Customers can submit 17 character Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) of the car on Honda’s special microsite. There have been a lot of issues with airbags in the recent past and suppliers should make their quality check more stringent as it could be a big safety hazard. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003225/Honda-Recalls-Accord--CR-V-And-Civic-In-India-Due-To-Faulty-Airbags.html Mercedes Inaugurates AMG Performance Centres In Hyderabad And Pune http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003224/Mercedes-Inaugurates-AMG-Performance-Centres-In-Hyderabad-And-Pune.html In a bid to strengthen the AMG brand in India, Mercedes-Benz has come up with two new AMG Performance Centres in India in Hyderabad and Pune. The latest expansion makes the German automaker boast a total of five AMG Performance Centres in the country including Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore as well. These centres give the customer a special experience of AMG cars, concepts and accessories.   Mercedes has created an exclusive AMG owners community and the new performance centres feature AMG Private Lounge that lets you interact with the online community and also avail special services from the luxury carmaker. Mercedes arranges lifestyle events for its AMG customers and driver training courses to get a better feel and knowledge of performance driving.   Mercedes-Benz India offers a wide range of AMG cars in India including sedans, roadsters and SUVs. The excitement of AMG begins right from the Mercedes CLA 45 AMG compact sedan to the big and brutal GL 63 AMG. Mercedes will soon update the lineup with the AMG GT later this year. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003224/Mercedes-Inaugurates-AMG-Performance-Centres-In-Hyderabad-And-Pune.html Suzuki GSX-1000 And GSX-1000F Launched In India http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003223/Suzuki-GSX-1000-And-GSX-1000F-Launched-In-India.html With the increasing demand of sports bikes in India, Suzuki has launched two new offerings, GSX-1000 and GSX-1000F at INR 12,25,000/- and INR 12,70,000/- (ex-showroom, Delhi) respectively. While the Suzuki GSX-1000 is a naked roadster, the GSX-1000F comes with full fairing. Both the motorcycles share same components and engines. Powering the performance oriented bikes is a 999cc, in-line 4-cylinder, DOHC, liquid-cooled engine that produces 145 BHP of maximum power at 9500 RPM, mated to a 6-speed gearbox.   The Suzuki GSX-1000 and GSX-1000F are brought in via the CBU route and are available with two colour options – Metallic Triton Blue and Glass Sparkle Black/Candy Daring Red. The GSX-1000 is 2115 mm long, 795 mm wide and 1080 mm tall while the GSX-1000F is 2115 mm long, 795 mm wide and 1180 mm tall.   Both of them get a ground clearance of 140 mm and fuel tank capacity of 17 litres. The bikes gets equipped with twin discs at the front and single disc at the rear for effective braking. The key features of the new Suzuki superbikes include lightweight aluminium frame, ABS, three-mode traction control system, digital instrument cluster and more.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003223/Suzuki-GSX-1000-And-GSX-1000F-Launched-In-India.html MYLES Self-Drive Service To Expand To 50 Cities By The End Of 2015 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003222/MYLES-Self-Drive-Service-To-Expand-To-50-Cities-By-The-End-Of-2015.html MYLES, a self-drive car service from the makers of Carzonrent has now entered Coimbatore. They are currently present in 21 cities across the country with a fleet of more than 800 cars. MYLES offers a range of vehicles including luxury cars, SUVs, hatchbacks, sedans and also electric vehicles. Their fleet includes Mercedes E-Class, Tata Safari Storme, Toyota Innova, Ford EcoSport, Mahindra e2o and many more.   Customers can book the self-drive service through a mobile application that informs you about the nearest location of the MYLES car. The vehicles are enabled with GPS tracking devices. You can avail the services hourly, daily, weekly or monthly as per your choice. Currently, they are only offering the Toyota Etios sedan in Coimbatore, which is available for INR 125/hr (including fuel), INR 1800/day and INR 10,800/week.   Carzonrent claims that they have the largest network of self-drive service in India. They further aim to expand this service to 50 cities in India by the end of this year. Also, they plan to increase the MYLES fleet to 40,000 cars in the next three years. It is a convenient service for those who like to spend more time behind the wheel while traveling and not like to be chauffer driven.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003222/MYLES-Self-Drive-Service-To-Expand-To-50-Cities-By-The-End-Of-2015.html Weekly Rewind: 27 April-08 May http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003221/Weekly-Rewind--27-April-08-May.html     Merc-Benz 'LuxeDrive' organized in Bengaluru for most comprehensive luxury experience Based on the philosophy of ‘Live the Best’, Mercedes-Benz introduced ‘LuxeDrive’ in India. The ‘LuxeDrive’ has already been organized in Gurgaon, Jaipur, Surat and Mumbai now …Read more   Nissan opens new dealership in Bengaluru Continuing their expansion across the country, Nissan India has inaugurated a new dealership ‘Surya Nissan’ in Bengaluru. Located on the Marathali Outer Ring Road near Whitefield …Read more   Spied: Next gen Jaguar XF testing in India British luxury automaker Jaguar has started testing the all-new Jaguar XF in India. The car has been spotted camouflaged on the roads of Bengaluru recently. The next gen Jaguar …Read more   Bookings commence for Tata Nano GenX, to be launched in May Tata Motors has officially revealed the images of the upcoming GenX Nano. The car will be launched in the country next month and the bookings have already commenced at the …Read more   Tata Hexa, next gen Aria to come with six-speed automatic transmission Tata Motors is planning to launch the Tata Hexa SUV in India next year. The concept SUV made its debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show and will be introduced as the next gen Tata Aria in …Read more   Isuzu India inaugurates new dealership at Indore, MP Under its network expansion program, Japanese automaker Isuzu Motors has inaugurated its 19th dealership in India at Indore, Madhya Pradesh. The manufacturer also …Read more   Hyundai India silently updates 2015 Santa Fe The Indian subsidiary of Korean automaker Hyundai has silently updated the 2015 Santa Fe. The SUV now gets a new infotainment system with 8-inch touchscreen, DVD, USB, Aux-in …Read more   Made in India Renault XBA to make global debut on May 20 French automaker Renault is all set for the global introduction of its made-in/for-India ‘compact hatch’ code named XBA in Chennai, on May 20, 2015. The event will be headed …Read more   Mahindra announces help for the Nepal earthquake victims In order to help the Nepal earthquake victims, Mahindra & Mahindra has announced to provide tractors and pick up vehicles to the Nepal Government through their …Read more   Mahindra to extend GoGustoRides campaign to other cities after Mumbai Hitting social media abuzz with its #GoGustoRides campaign in Mumbai, Mahindra is overwhelmed with the response and is planning to extend the campaign to foodies, bloggers …Read more   Next gen Toyota Camry launched at INR 28,80,000 Toyota Kirloskar Motors has launched the next gen Camry in India priced at INR 28,80,000 and INR 31,92,000 ex-showroom, Delhi for Toyota Camry Petrol and Toyota Camry Hybrid …Read more   Audi India inaugurates new dealership in Madurai Audi India has inaugurated its new dealership in Madurai, Tamil Nadu. Inaugurated by Joe King, Head of Audi India, and Ananda Krishnan, Managing Director, Audi Madurai and …Read more   Nissan inaugurates first dealership in Jharkhand Indian subsidiary of Japanese automaker Nissan has inaugurated its first dealership ‘Titan Nissan’ in Ranchi, Jharkhand. On the way for the company’s plan to set up 300 sales and service …Read more   2015 TVS Phoenix launched at INR 51,990 TVS Motor Company has launched the 2015 TVS Phoenix 125 in India. The bike will be offered in 2 variants- one with disc brakes at INR 55,899 (ex-showroom, Delhi) and the other with …Read more   Mahindra Peugeot wins opening round of the CIV 2015 Moto3 Mahindra Two Wheelers Ltd. (MTWL) has announced that its Mahindra Peugeot motorcycles ruled the last weekend’s opening round of the Italian National Motorcycle Racing …Read more   Updated Hero Passion Pro launched at INR 47,650 Hero MotoCorp India has silently launched the next gen Hero Passion Pro at the starting price of INR 47,650, ex-showroom, Delhi.  The facelift version offers a new front mudguard, redesigned …Read more   Hero India launches 2015 HF Deluxe and Deluxe Eco at INR 42,100 Hero MotoCorp India had recently launched the updated version of the Passion Pro and now the manufacturer has launched the 2015 Hero HF Deluxe and HF Deluxe Eco in the country. While the 2015 HF Deluxe …Read more   Next gen Audi RS7 to be launched on May 11 in India German luxury automaker Audi is all set to launch the 2015 RS7 (facelift) in India on May 11, 2015. The manufacturer has recently launched the third gen Audi TT in the country …Read more   Tata Nano GenX to be launched on May 19, 2015 Tata Motors is all set to launch the GenX Nano on May 19, 2015. The highlights of the upcoming Nano include AMT sourced from Magneti Marelli as well as a functional …Read more   Mercedes Benz India to launch S600 Guard on May 21, 2015 German luxury automaker Mercedes is all set to launch the armoured variant of the new Mercedes Benz S600 Guard in India on May 21, 2015. The S Class Guard will be the third offering …Read more   2015 Mercedes-Benz G-Class revealed Mercedes-Benz has revealed the next gen G-Class family.  The highlight of the 2015 G-Class will be the G500 version that receives the new 4.0-liter biturbo V8 engine of the company …Read more   Mercedes-Benz India to launch M Class facelift (GLE) in 2015 German luxury automaker Mercedes-Benz is ready to launch the M Class SUV facelift this year in India. The facelift will be known as the GLE Class according to the new nomenclature …Read more   VW India to launch four new vehicles by 2017 German automaker Volkswagen is preparing to launch four new products by 2017 including the B8 Passat, new generation Beetle, Tiguan SUV and a new Vento based compact …Read more   Summer Checkup Camp announced for existing FIAT Chrysler customers in India FIAT Group Automobiles India Pvt. Ltd is all set to organize summer checkup camps at all their 98 dealerships across the country. The three day camp will be organized between …Read more   Spied: Mercedes-Benz A-Class facelift undisguised German automaker Mercedes-Benz is preparing to launch the A-Class facelift. The car has been spied testing undisguised and is all set to make its public debut at the upcoming …Read more   Honda teases upcoming Jazz ahead of launch Honda Cars India has started teasing the all-new Jazz ahead of its launch in the country. The manufacturer has uploaded a teaser video on its social media channels and the launch …Read more   Volvo India to launch 2015 XC90 on May 12 Volvo India is all set to launch the next gen XC90 on 12th May 2015. The vehicle made its public debut in 2014. This will be the second launch by Volvo in India this year after the petrol …Read more   Four new colour options introduced for 2015 Honda CB Shine Honda two-wheeler India has silently introduced 4 new colours on the 2015 CB Shine. The motorcycle was updated in February this year. The newly introduced colours are …Read more   Honda announces plans for 2015-16 fiscal year Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. (HMSI) has plans to showcase a “revolutionary model” at the Auto Expo in February 2016. The manufacturer has announced the same with its …Read more   2015 Indian Roadmaster and the 2016 Indian Dark Chief Horse launched in India Indian Motorcycles has launched the 2015 Indian Roadmaster and the 2016 Indian Dark Chief Horse in Bengaluru. The 2015 Indian Roadmaster is priced at INR 34.95 lakh while the 2016 Indian …Read more   Yamaha Fascino launched at INR 52,500 Yamaha India has launched the Fascino scooter in the country priced at INR 52,500 ex-showroom, New Delhi. According to the company, the newly launched scooter sports …Read more http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003221/Weekly-Rewind--27-April-08-May.html Yamaha Fascino launched at INR 52,500 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003220/Yamaha-Fascino-launched-at-INR-52-500.html Yamaha India has launched the Fascino scooter in the country priced at INR 52,500 ex-showroom, New Delhi. According to the company, the newly launched scooter sports a “rich and class modern retro” design and is targeted at the Indian youth.   Being Yamaha’s lightest scooter, the Fascino comes powered by 113 cc air-cooled 4-stroke SOHC 2-valve engine that develops 7.1 PS of maximum power and 8.1 Nm of peak torque, paired to a CVT. According to Yamaha’s standard test conditions, the ‘Blue Core’ engine fed by a carburetor returns a fuel efficiency of 66kmpl and comes with drum brakes that retard the 90/100-10 53J tires.   Measuring 1,185 mm in length, 675 mm in width, 1,120 mm in height and a wheelbase of 1,270 mm, the Yamaha Fasino has a fuel tank capacity of 52 litres. The manufacturer has offered the new scooter in Rouge Red, Sassy Cyan, Haute White, Cool Cobalt and Tuxedo Black body colours. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003220/Yamaha-Fascino-launched-at-INR-52-500.html 2015 Indian Roadmaster and the 2016 Indian Dark Chief Horse launched in India http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003219/2015-Indian-Roadmaster-and-the-2016-Indian-Dark-Chief-Horse-launched-in-India.html Indian Motorcycles has launched the 2015 Indian Roadmaster and the 2016 Indian Dark Chief Horse in Bengaluru. The 2015 Indian Roadmaster is priced at INR 34.95 lakh while the 2016 Indian Dark Chief Horse will be available at INR 21.99 lakh, ex-showroom, New Delhi. The manufacturer launched the two motorcycles along with the inauguration of its new dealership in the city, and the second in India.     Both the motorcycles come powered by the same 1,811 cc Thunder Stroke 111 engine with a maximum torque of 139 Nm. However, the other engine specifications have not been revealed yet. The Dark Chief Horse, it offers ABS & cruise control along with the keyless ignition system as well as an unpolished finish and a monochrome war-bonnet graphic.   First displayed at the INTERMOT 2014 show, the Roadmaster gets a Horizon Power Windshield with push-button adjustability to customize airflow, the bike also gets keyless ignition and ‘desert tan’ leather seats.   http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003219/2015-Indian-Roadmaster-and-the-2016-Indian-Dark-Chief-Horse-launched-in-India.html Honda announces plans for 2015-16 fiscal year http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003218/Honda-announces-plans-for-2015-16-fiscal-year.html Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. (HMSI) has plans to showcase a “revolutionary model” at the Auto Expo in February 2016. The manufacturer has announced the same with its plan for fiscal year 2015-16. According to Keita Muramatsu, President & CEO, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. and President, Honda Motor India, the product will “revolutionize the Indian two-wheeler industry and create a new segment by itself”.   According to some reports, the product is likely to be a new entry-level scooter that would target the rural markets of India, though no official confirmation has been made regarding the same. Apart from this, the manufacturer also announced that it will start local assembly of the Honda CBR650F at its Manesar plant from July 2015. However, Honda will only manufacture 5% of the motorcycle in India initially and the rest will be imported.   The power of the Honda CBR650F comes from an inline-four cylinder, 649 cc liquid-cooled engine which is capable of 87 bhp and 62 Nm of torque, matched to a 6-speed transmission. Initially, the CBR650F will be available across 20 locations in India and two units per day will be manufactured.   http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003218/Honda-announces-plans-for-2015-16-fiscal-year.html Four new colour options introduced for 2015 Honda CB Shine http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003217/Four-new-colour-options-introduced-for-2015-Honda-CB-Shine.html Honda two-wheeler India has silently introduced 4 new colours on the 2015 CB Shine. The motorcycle was updated in February this year. The newly introduced colours are Imperial red, Geny gray, Maple brown and black. All these new colours will be available only with the revised CB Shine that was introduced at a company event in February.   The power of the updated CB Shine comes from the same 124.7cc single-cylinder engine that is tuned to produce 10.54 BHP and 11 Nm of torque paired to a 4-speed gearbox. The updated features include revised fuel tank, side panels, exhaust cover, mudguards, tweaked alloy wheels and a re-arranged instrument cluster. The bike now sports a glossy black visor at the body as well.   The price list of the 2015 Honda CB Shine is mentioned below:   CB Shine Self-Drum-Alloy – INR 54,025 CB Shine Self-Drum, Alloy New – INR 55,524 CB Shine Self-Disc-Alloy – INR 57,178 CB Shine Self-Disc, Alloy New – INR 58,341 CB Shine Self-Disc, Alloy, CBS New – INR 61,263 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003217/Four-new-colour-options-introduced-for-2015-Honda-CB-Shine.html Volvo India to launch 2015 XC90 on May 12 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003216/Volvo-India-to-launch-2015-XC90-on-May-12.html Volvo India is all set to launch the next gen XC90 on 12th May 2015. The vehicle made its public debut in 2014. This will be the second launch by Volvo in India this year after the petrol version of the V40 Cross Country last month.   The engine option for the upcoming Volvo XC90 SUV will be a 2.0-litre twin-turbo four-cylinder diesel engine offering 225 hp peak power and 470 Nm peak torque mated to an 8 speed automatic gearbox along with an all wheel drive system. Although, the vehicle will be launched in diesel variants only, the manufacturer is also planning to introduce its petrol version in 2016 along with top of the line T8 plug-in hybrid.   Based on Volvo’s Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA), the Volvo XC90 will be offered in two trims, Momentum and Inscription. Initially, only the Inscription variant will be launched by Volvo followed by the Momentum trim later this year.   The features include panoramic sunroof, keyless entry, electrically adjustable driver seat, folding third row back rests and rain sensing wipers on the 2015 Volvo XC90 Momentum variant as well as LED headlamps, Parking Assist and Hill Descent Control while infotainment will be in the form of a 12.3 inch screen and 19 speaker Bowers & Wilkins music system. The interior will offer Nappa leather upholstery with heated and ventilated front seats.   http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003216/Volvo-India-to-launch-2015-XC90-on-May-12.html Honda teases upcoming Jazz ahead of launch http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003215/Honda-teases-upcoming-Jazz-ahead-of-launch.html Honda Cars India has started teasing the all-new Jazz ahead of its launch in the country. The manufacturer has uploaded a teaser video on its social media channels and the launch of the vehicle will take place in June-July this year.   The upcoming Honda Jazz will come powered by 1.2-liter petrol engine as well as a 1.5-liter i-DTEC diesel engine producing 100 PS and 200 Nm of torque. The same engine empowers the Honda Amaze and India will be the first market to sell the Jazz with a diesel engine as globally the vehicle comes powered by 1.3 or 1.5 liter petrol engines.   To be manufactured at Honda’s Tapukara plant in Rajasthan, the vehicle will be manufactured with 90% localization as compared to the previous model. the all new Honda Jazz will feature a chrome grille as well as a new color option Orange will also be offered. When launched, the upcoming Jazz will compete against the likes of Tata Bolt, Fiat Punto Evo, VW Polo, Maruti Swift and Hyundai Elite i20 in India and is likely to be priced between INR 5-8 lakh ex-showroom. Video: youtube http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003215/Honda-teases-upcoming-Jazz-ahead-of-launch.html Spied: Mercedes-Benz A-Class facelift undisguised http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003214/Spied--Mercedes-Benz-A-Class-facelift-undisguised.html German automaker Mercedes-Benz is preparing to launch the A-Class facelift. The car has been spied testing undisguised and is all set to make its public debut at the upcoming IAA 2015 (Frankfurt Motor Show) in September this year.   The engine options for the upcoming A-Class facelift will be 1.6-liter petrol and 2.2-liter diesel carried over from the Mercedes-Benz B-Class with improved performance. Both the engines will come paired to a 7-speed dual clutch transmission. The updated features include redesigned grille, headlamps, bumper graphics, and a new alloy design along with new green body paint at the exterior while the interior might offer a new steering wheel, revised instrument panel with 12 colour ‘mood lighting’ LEDs, free-standing display and infotainment system with ‘Connect Me’ function and a Wi-Fi hotspot.   According to the reports, the bookings for the Mercedes-Benz A-Class facelift will commence from July while dealers in Germany will sell the new A-Class from 26th of September. Although, the Indian launch date has not been confirmed yet but it is expected to happen just after the global launch of the car.   Source: Mercedes-fans.de http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003214/Spied--Mercedes-Benz-A-Class-facelift-undisguised.html Summer Checkup Camp announced for existing FIAT Chrysler customers in India http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003213/Summer-Checkup-Camp-announced-for-existing-FIAT-Chrysler-customers-in-India-.html FIAT Group Automobiles India Pvt. Ltd is all set to organize summer checkup camps at all their 98 dealerships across the country. The three day camp will be organized between 7th -9th May and will provide benefits such as 60 point free checkup with free top wash and 10% discount on labour and parts for mechanical repairs.   An attractive discount of INR 525 offered on Reverse Parking Sensor for Linea & Punto and a free AC disinfectant treatment by an approved vendor ensure an odour free cabin during summer are the other highlights of the FIAT summer camp. The existing FIAT customers will be contact by FCA exclusive dealership executives through text messages and e-mails to inform them about the camps.   Announcing the same, Kevin Flynn, President and Managing Director, FIAT Chrysler India Operations said, “The upcoming summer checkup camp by FCA India is a step towards our efforts to enhance customer engagement. FCA remains committed to provide the Indian market with world-class after sales service through their network of workshops across the country. We have seen a very positive response to all the checkup camps in the past. FCA’s summer checkup camp is a promising way to connect with our existing customer base and conduct the preventive check for them to let them know that FCA highly cares about their safety.” http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003213/Summer-Checkup-Camp-announced-for-existing-FIAT-Chrysler-customers-in-India-.html VW India to launch four new vehicles by 2017 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003212/VW-India-to-launch-four-new-vehicles-by-2017.html German automaker Volkswagen is preparing to launch four new products by 2017 including the B8 Passat, new generation Beetle, Tiguan SUV and a new Vento based compact sedan in India. Given below are the details about all the four upcoming VW vehicles.   Next Gen Passat B8- Based on the VW’s new MQB platform, the vehicle made its debut in 2014. The eighth generation of Volkswagen Passat B8 will offer features such as distinct styling and larger dimension at the exterior as well as an extremely luxurious cabin with several segment-first features. The vehicle will come powered by the new 2.0-litre Bi-Turbo diesel engine producing maximum power up to 190 PS and 400 Nm of torque paired to a 7-speed DSG gearbox. When launched, the next gen VW Passat B8 will compete against the likes of Mercedes CLA, Audi A3, facelifted Toyota Camry and next gen Skoda Superb.   Next Gen Beetle- This will be a comeback for the vehicle in India as the VW Beetle had been discontinued in the country due to its poor sales record. This time the VW Beetle will be sportier than ever and will offer the 1.4-litre TSI and 2.0-litre TDI engine options in the Indian version. Till now, both the engine options are available only in the global variants of the car. The manufacturer is also looking forward to lure the Indian customers this time with the Beetle.     New Tiguan SUV- The all wheel drive, five seater mid-sized SUV will come powered by a 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine produce around 150 HP of power as well as 350 Nm of torque. To be priced between INR 25-45 lakhs, the Tiguan SUV will compete against the Toyota Fortuner, Mitsubishi Pajero, new generation Ford Endeavour along with the Mercedes GLA and Audi Q3 in the Indian market. However, we can also expect a third row sitting arrangement to be offered by the manufacturer for the Indian customers.   New Vento based compact sedan- Based on the Polo hatchback, the manufacturer is yet to decide the name of the upcoming compact sedan. To be powered by the same 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engine options that comes with VW Polo and Vento in the country, the upcoming vehicle will come mated to the 7-speed DSG gearbox for better performance. The manufacturer is planning to compete against the likes of Maruti DZire, Hyundai Xcent, Tata Zest and the upcoming Ford Figo Aspire with this new offering. Source: overdrive.in  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003212/VW-India-to-launch-four-new-vehicles-by-2017.html Mercedes-Benz India to launch M Class facelift (GLE) in 2015 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003211/Mercedes-Benz-India-to-launch-M-Class-facelift--GLE--in-2015.html German luxury automaker Mercedes-Benz is ready to launch the M Class SUV facelift this year in India. The facelift will be known as the GLE Class according to the new nomenclature system adopted by the manufacturer. The vehicle was unveiled in March this year and will compete against Audi Q5, Volvo XC60, Land Rover Discovery Sport and BMW X3 when launched.   The engine options for the GLE Class in India include a 2.1-liter four-cylinder diesel producing 204 PS and 480 Nm of torque, a 3.0-liter V6 diesel with 258 PS and 620 Nm of torque and a 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8 churning out 585 PS with a top speed of 250kmph for the top of the line GLE 63 AMG S. The AMG version will be introduced as CBU along with the armored Mercedes M Guard.   The features include front fascia with Mercedes’ front-end styling new LED lights front and rear, large air-dams, silver skid-plate front and back and twin rectangular exhausts and roof rails at the exterior. The interior will offer a new 3-spoke steering wheel and a larger, free-standing COMAND infotainment display as updated features.   Source: autocarindia.com http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003211/Mercedes-Benz-India-to-launch-M-Class-facelift--GLE--in-2015.html 2015 Mercedes-Benz G-Class revealed http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003210/2015-Mercedes-Benz-G-Class-revealed-.html Mercedes-Benz has revealed the next gen G-Class family.  The highlight of the 2015 G-Class will be the G500 version that receives the new 4.0-liter biturbo V8 engine of the company producing 416bhp with 610Nm of peak torque that also powers the G500 4x4 concept. The engine has the capability to reach from 0-100kmph in just 5.9 seconds.   The G350d variant will be able to churn out maximum power up to 241bhp and the peak torque of 600Nm and improved acceleration of 0-100kmph in 8.9 seconds only.  The performance of another variant G63 AMG has also been improved to 563bhp of power and 760Nm of torque. Apart from these, the G65AMG, which is not available for Indian customers, will produce maximum power up to 621bhp and peak torque of 1000Nm.   Talking about the features, the 2015 G350d and G500 models will come with redesigned bumpers and standard AMG flared wheel arches sporting the color of the vehicle. Apart from these, the G350d will also sport 18-inch five-spoke light-alloy wheels.   In order to give the G-Class “an impressive sporty look”, German automaker is also planning to introduce the new AMG EDITION 463 special model. The vehicle will offer stainless steel underguard, AMG sport stripes along the sides, a protective-strip insert with black aluminum look and 21 inch forged wheels at the exterior as well as two-tone instrument cluster, dual tone leather upholstery with carbon-look leather and contrasting topstitching, seat and door center panels in a diamond design, carbon-fiber trim and door pulls in nappa leather at the interior. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003210/2015-Mercedes-Benz-G-Class-revealed-.html Mercedes Benz India to launch S600 Guard on May 21, 2015 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003209/Mercedes-Benz-India-to-launch-S600-Guard-on-May-21--2015.html German luxury automaker Mercedes is all set to launch the armoured variant of the new Mercedes Benz S600 Guard in India on May 21, 2015. The S Class Guard will be the third offering in Mercedes India’s armored vehicles portfolio, apart from the E Guard and the M Guard.   The upcoming Mercedes S600 Guard will be powered by Merc’s 6.0-liter V12 motor capable of churning 530bhp and 830 Nm of torque mated to the 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. The AIRMATIC suspension is also beefed up with stiffer and reinforced dampers in order to manage the weight of the car with a restricted top speed of 210 kmph.   Talking about the features, the vehicle will offer thick laminated glass on the windows with polycarbonate coating to provide better ballistics protection and under body armoured to prevent injury to the occupants from explosive devices. The car will also offer VR9-level ballistics protection to its occupants, as per the BRV 2009 guidelines. The VR9-level certification is considered as one of the highest certification levels for civilians which mean that the car can withstand 7.62x51mm rifle rounds on multiple areas of the body from various angles.   The other features include an automatic fire suppression system, emergency fresh air system in case of ingress of smoke and hydraulic actuated side windows. The S 600 Guard's India launch is expected to be followed by the launch of the S 63 AMG performance sedan later this year. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003209/Mercedes-Benz-India-to-launch-S600-Guard-on-May-21--2015.html Tata Nano GenX to be launched on May 19, 2015 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003208/Tata-Nano-GenX-to-be-launched-on-May-19--2015.html Tata Motors is all set to launch the GenX Nano on May 19, 2015. The highlights of the upcoming Nano include AMT sourced from Magneti Marelli as well as a functional bootlid. However, this time the Nano will be little more expensive than the existing one. The GenX Nano (manual) will be available in XE, XM and XT variants while the AMT equipped, Easy Shift will be called the XTA variant.   The upcoming Tata Nano GenX will come powered by the same 624cc, 2-cylinder petrol motor coupled with an AMT gearbox with ‘Easy Shift’. The ARAI certified fuel efficiency of the next Gen Nano will be 21.9 kmpl as compared to the 25.4kmpl returned by Nano twist. However, the Nano GenX will get a larger 24 litre fuel tank as compared to the 15 litre tank on the existing model.   Talking about the features, the Tata Nano GenX will offer New front bumper with ‘smiley’ air dam with infinity motif, Circular fog lamp, Gloss black appliqué on bonnet, Smoked headlamps, New wheel covers, New rear bumper, Tailgate spoiler, New steering like the Zest, 3-spoke unit, New seat upholstery, Better stereo system, Updated interior colours as well as a 110 litre bootlid held in place by 2 hydraulic mounts.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003208/Tata-Nano-GenX-to-be-launched-on-May-19--2015.html Next gen Audi RS7 to be launched on May 11 in India http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003207/Next-gen-Audi-RS7-to-be-launched-on-May-11-in-India.html German luxury automaker Audi is all set to launch the 2015 RS7 (facelift) in India on May 11, 2015. The manufacturer has recently launched the third gen Audi TT in the country and at the launch; they had announced that they will launch five vehicles in the next five months in India.   The upcoming Audi RS7 facelift will come powered by the existing 4.0-litre V8 petrol engine producing 522bhp of power and 700 Nm of torque mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The all wheel drive vehicle will offer a top speed that can be increased to 280kph or 305kph with 'Dynamic package' and will reach from 0-100kmph in mere 3.9 seconds.   The updated features include a revised front fascia, restyled single-frame grille and bumper, newly styled headlamps looking different because of the darkened graphics offering optional Matrix LED units as well. At the rear, the car gets new tail lamps with LED graphics and restyled alloy wheels all round.  Revised instrument panel with new air-con controls and restyled paddle shifters as well as optional Multi Media Interface Plus infotainment system with a new Nvidia graphics processor concludes the interior changes.   When launched the next gen Audi RS7 will compete against BMW M6 Gran Coupe, Porsche Panamera Turbo S in India. The expected price of the upcoming Audi RS7 is likely to range between INR 1.2-1.4 Crores, ex-showroom. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003207/Next-gen-Audi-RS7-to-be-launched-on-May-11-in-India.html Hero India launches 2015 HF Deluxe and Deluxe Eco at INR 42,100 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003206/Hero-India-launches-2015-HF-Deluxe-and-Deluxe-Eco-at-INR-42-100.html Hero MotoCorp India had recently launched the updated version of the Passion Pro and now the manufacturer has launched the 2015 Hero HF Deluxe and HF Deluxe Eco in the country. While the 2015 HF Deluxe Eco is priced at INR 46,150, ex-Showroom, Delhi, the starting price for the 2015 HF Deluxe is INR 42,100, ex-showroom, Delhi.   Both the motorcycles receive the updated air-cooled single-cylinder 97.2 cc engine, similar to the Passion Pro facelift. The engine produces 8.36 PS of power and 8.05 Nm of torque paired to a 4-speed transmission. The common features include telescopic hydraulic shock absorbers up front and a swingarm with a 2-step hydraulic shock absorber at the rear as well as 130 mm drum up front and a 110 mm drum brake at the rear.   Apart from these, the HF Deluxe offers a new ‘Classy Maroon Metallic’ shade with new body graphics. However, the HF Deluxe Eco continues to be offered in a single ‘Leaf Green’ shade in order to emphasize its eco characteristics. The HF Deluxe Eco also gets aerodynamic wing mirrors and low-rolling resistance tyres to further increase its fuel economy as compared to the HF Deluxe.   The ex-showroom price list of the 2015 Hero HF Deluxe has been mentioned below:   HF Deluxe Kick Start Spoke Wheel INR 42,100 HF Deluxe Kick Start Alloy Wheel INR 43,000 HF Deluxe Self Start Spoke Wheel INR 44,150 HF Deluxe Self Start Alloy Wheel INR 45,150   http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003206/Hero-India-launches-2015-HF-Deluxe-and-Deluxe-Eco-at-INR-42-100.html Updated Hero Passion Pro launched at INR 48,700 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003205/Updated-Hero-Passion-Pro-launched-at-INR-48-700.html Hero MotoCorp India has silently launched the next gen Hero Passion Pro at the starting price of INR 47,650, ex-showroom, Delhi.  The facelift version offers a new front mudguard, redesigned 6-spoke alloy wheels and a new LED taillight with a new color option ‘Brown’. All the details have been updated on the company’s website.   However, the motorcycle comes powered by the same single-cylinder, air-cooled, 97.2 cc engine producing 8.36 PS and 8.05 Nm of torque mated to a four speed gearbox. Apart from the above mentioned features, the top-end model of the new Passion Pro gets a 240 mm front disc brake while the other variants make do with 130 mm drum brakes.   The price list has been mentioned below:   KICK START DRUM BRAKE ALLOY WHEEL-              INR 48,700 KICK START DRUM BRAKE SPOKE WHEEL-             INR 47,650 SELF START DRUM BRAKE ALLOY WHEEL-             INR 50,600 SELF START DRUM BRAKE SPOKE WHEEL-            INR 49,650 SELF START DISC BRAKE ALLOY WHEEL-               INR 52,500 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003205/Updated-Hero-Passion-Pro-launched-at-INR-48-700.html Mahindra Peugeot wins opening round of the CIV 2015 Moto3 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003204/Mahindra-Peugeot-wins-opening-round-of-the-CIV-2015-Moto3.html Mahindra Two Wheelers Ltd. (MTWL) has announced that its Mahindra Peugeot motorcycles ruled the last weekend’s opening round of the Italian National Motorcycle Racing Championship (CIV 2015 Moto3) by winning both races at the Misano circuit in Italy.   The top position in both the races was acquired by the Italian youngster Marco Bezzecchi, riding the Mahindra Peugeot MGP3O motorcycle for team Minimoto Portomaggiore. He was accompanied by team-mate Fabio Spiranelli in the first race at the podium. However, in the second race Spiranelli grabbed the fifth position. The victory showcases Mahindra’s world-class two wheeler technology as well as the growing synergies between Mahindra Racing and the Peugeot business that will play an important role in building the Peugeot brand in Italy and other European markets.   Earlier, in 2012 (125GP class) and in 2013 (in the Moto3 class) in the CIV, Mahindra were the constructor champions. In 2013, Mahindra completely dominated the championship, where besides winning the constructor trophy, Mahindra rider Andrea Locatelli was also crowned the Italian National Moto3 Champion and the teams second rider Michael Rinaldi, finished a close second. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003204/Mahindra-Peugeot-wins-opening-round-of-the-CIV-2015-Moto3.html 2015 TVS Phoenix launched at INR 51,990 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003203/2015-TVS-Phoenix-launched-at-INR-51-990.html TVS Motor Company has launched the 2015 TVS Phoenix 125 in India. The bike will be offered in 2 variants- one with disc brakes at INR 55,899 (ex-showroom, Delhi) and the other with drum brakes at INR 51,990 (ex-showroom, Delhi). with changes such as body graphics and new vehicle locator key.   Offered with six color choices- Crimson Black, Black Magic, Midnight Black, Red Hot, Cherry White and White Night, the power of the motorcycle comes from the same 124.53cc EcoThrust engine that develops 10.84bhp and 10.8Nm of maximum torque mated to a 4-speed gearbox. The fuel tank capacity of the next gen TVS Phoenix is 12 litres and it returns a fuel efficiency of 67kmpl.   A fully digital white backlit instruments console that includes a tachometer, service schedule reminder and also a low battery indicator, petal type disc brake up front and tubeless tyres are the offered features on the motorcycle.   Commenting on the occasion, K. N. Radhakrishnan, President and CEO, TVS Motor Company said, “We have taken TVS Phoenix 125 to the next level, infusing an element of excitement into the product. The 2015 edition now comes with a whole range of class leading exciting features and added new styling elements give it even more flair. This launch underlines our commitment to customers in terms of bringing out products that are superior to others in their class and that are high in quality and customer appeal.” http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003203/2015-TVS-Phoenix-launched-at-INR-51-990.html Nissan inaugurates first dealership in Jharkhand http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003202/Nissan-inaugurates-first-dealership-in-Jharkhand.html Indian subsidiary of Japanese automaker Nissan has inaugurated its first dealership ‘Titan Nissan’ in Ranchi, Jharkhand. On the way for the company’s plan to set up 300 sales and service touch points across the country by end of FY-2016, this is Nissan’s 190th dealer outlet in India.   Being a 3S facility, Titan Nissan is fully equipped to sell and service both Nissan and Datsun range of products. This state of the art outlet with its expansive area consists of 12 bays to cater to the growing number of Nissan cars in the city. The new dealership has over 50 skilled and professional staff to cater to the needs of the expanding customer base in the city. Nissan sold over 47,474 cars in FY 2014-2015 registering growth of 24.2% over the previous financial year, making it the highest ever volume achieved by the company in India.   Speaking on the occasion, Arun Malhotra, Managing Director, NMIPL, said, “Our association with Titan Nissan and 1st dealership in Ranchi, is an echo of our commitment towards our customers in the area. Nissan is currently present in 136 cities and we will continue to expand our reach to bring our exciting products closer to our customers across the country. Nissan aims to double its reach in India by 2016 with a total presence of 300 touch points across the length and breadth of India.” http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003202/Nissan-inaugurates-first-dealership-in-Jharkhand.html Audi India inaugurates new dealership in Madurai http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003201/Audi-India-inaugurates-new-dealership-in-Madurai.html Audi India has inaugurated its new dealership in Madurai, Tamil Nadu. Inaugurated by Joe King, Head of Audi India, and Ananda Krishnan, Managing Director, Audi Madurai and Audi Coimbatore, the showroom is located on the Madurai-Dindigul National Highway. After Coimbatore and Chennai, this is the third dealership by Audi in Tamil Nadu.   Audi Madurai is 3S (Sales, Service and Spare part) facility spread over an area of 40,000 sq ft including 8,300 sq ft display area to showcase eight cars. Apart from ensuring world-class services to the customers, the outlet will give an opportunity to the Audi customers and enthusiasts to experience the luxury, comfort and thrill of the Audi model range.   Commenting on the occasion, Joe King, the head of Audi India at the dealership’s inauguration said, “In the recent past, we have witnessed an exponential surge in demand for luxury cars coming out of Tamil Nadu. Opening a third showroom in the third largest city of the state is the next logical step after Chennai and Coimbatore. Audi Madurai will enable us to command a leadership position in the state and also act as a catalyst towards our dominance in the Southern part of India.” http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003201/Audi-India-inaugurates-new-dealership-in-Madurai.html Next gen Toyota Camry launched at INR 28,80,000 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003200/Next-gen-Toyota-Camry-launched-at-INR-28-80-000.html Toyota Kirloskar Motors has launched the next gen Camry in India priced at INR 28,80,000 and INR 31,92,000 ex-showroom, Delhi for Toyota Camry Petrol and Toyota Camry Hybrid respectively. The car was showcased at the 2014 Moscow International Motor Show and receives several changes as compared to the predecessor.   The mechanics of the 2015 Toyota Camry remains unchanged with the same 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine producing 181 PS of power and 233 Nm of torque mated to a standard 6-speed automatic transmission. The Hybrid version produces 205 PS and 451 Nm of torque with the same engine transferring the power through an electronically controlled CVT and returning a fuel efficiency figure of 19.16 kmpl and CO2 emission of 122.8 kgm.   Talking about the changes, the facelifted Toyota Camry offers redesigned front bumper with a bigger central air intake, slimmer grille with new LED daytime running headlamps with a chrome bar running through the taillights at the rear as well as the Hybrid variant offers a new grille pattern and turn indicators on the small intakes at the front and LED taillights at the rear. The interior features new tech upgrades such as a three-zone climate control air conditioning, power-adjustable rear seats, a 10-speaker JBL audio system, and a Qi wireless charging pad. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003200/Next-gen-Toyota-Camry-launched-at-INR-28-80-000.html Mahindra announces help for the Nepal earthquake victims http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003199/Mahindra-announces-help-for-the-Nepal-earthquake-victims.html In order to help the Nepal earthquake victims, Mahindra & Mahindra has announced to provide tractors and pick up vehicles to the Nepal Government through their local distributor. These vehicles will be used for the rehabilitation work in the country. However, the manufacturer will also help the earthquake victims in India as well.   Commenting on the same, Anand Mahindra, chairman, Mahindra said, “At Mahindra our heart goes out to the victims of this unfortunate tragedy. The pain of Nepal is felt by each member of the Mahindra family. We do hope and pray that our humble support helps the earthquake victims in Nepal and in the affected parts of India to get back to normalcy at the earliest."   The earthquake occurred on April 25, 2015 in Nepal and some parts of India have damaged several lives in both the countries. It has been considered the most powerful disaster to strike Nepal since the 1934 Nepal–Bihar earthquake. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003199/Mahindra-announces-help-for-the-Nepal-earthquake-victims.html Made in India Renault XBA to make global debut on May 20 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003198/Made-in-India-Renault-XBA-to-make-global-debut-on-May-20-.html French automaker Renault is all set for the global introduction of its made-in/for-India ‘compact hatch’ code named XBA in Chennai, on May 20, 2015. The event will be headed by Carlos Ghosn, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Renault Group and this is the first time Renault is globally introducing a product outside Europe.   Might be called as ‘Kayou’, the car will have a starting price below INR 3 lakh and will be manufactured at the Renault-Nissan Alliance plant in Oragadam Chennai. The upcoming compact hatchback shares its CMF-A (Common Module Family – Affordable) platform with Datsun’s upcoming car Redi-Go.   Currently, the upcoming Renault Kayou will come powered by one petrol engine code-named ‘BR-8’, an all-new 800cc, three-cylinder unit, featuring a twin-cam, four-valves-per-cylinder producing upto 50 hp mated to standard 5-speed manual transmission. However, we can expect an AMT version of the same as well.   Internationally, the upcoming Renault Kayou will be sold under the Dacia Brand and will be exported from India. Apart from this, the manufacturer is also working on the Brazilian version of the car codenamed XBB.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003198/Made-in-India-Renault-XBA-to-make-global-debut-on-May-20-.html Hyundai India silently updated 2015 Santa Fe http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003197/Hyundai-India-silently-updated-2015-Santa-Fe.html The Indian subsidiary of Korean automaker Hyundai has silently updated the 2015 Santa Fe. The SUV now gets a new infotainment system with 8-inch touchscreen, DVD, USB, Aux-in, Bluetooth, iPod connectivity, GPS navigation system with preloaded maps and headlamp function as updated features only on the automatic variant of the 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe. Apart from these, the manufacturer has provided the facility to update the GPS navigation system free of cost for three years from the date of purchase.   Other than these changes, the SUV will continue to come with the same mechanics, the 2.2 litre 4-cylinder CRDi motor with 194.3 bhp of power and 429 Nm of torque mated to 6 speed manual and automatic transmission.   However, the manufacturer is also preparing to launch the next gen Santa Fe in India in 2016. The SUV has been spied testing internationally and is expected to offer several exterior changes such as refreshed front and rear bumpers, new LED headlamps and taillamps, new alloy wheels, a new exhaust pipe as well as redesigned chrome grille. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003197/Hyundai-India-silently-updated-2015-Santa-Fe.html Isuzu India inaugurates new dealership at Indore, MP http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003196/Isuzu-India-inaugurates-new-dealership-at-Indore--MP.html Under its network expansion program, Japanese automaker Isuzu Motors has inaugurated its 19th dealership in India at Indore, Madhya Pradesh. The manufacturer also launched its D-Max pick-up 6.90 lakh (Ex-showroom, Indore) and the MU-7 SUV at INR 22.41 lakh (Ex-showroom, Indore) in the state that will be on display and sale at the newly opened Patwa ISUZU dealership located on Agra-Bombay Road, Dewas Naka. The manufacturer has plans to extend the network to 60 dealerships across the country by the end of 2015.   Talking about the D-Max pick-up, the vehicle has been launched in two variants, Single Cab and Space Cab. Both the variants get a 4-cylinder 2.5-litre turbocharged diesel unit producing an output of 136PS and 294Nm of torque mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The highlights include Power steering, Power windows, Centralized door lock, AC with a heater etc.   The other vehicle MU-7 is a rear wheel drive SUV that comes powered by a 3.0-litre engine that churns 163PS of power and 360Nm of torque paired with a 5-speed gearbox. According to the manufacturer, the vehicle returns a fuel efficiency of 12.1kmpl. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003196/Isuzu-India-inaugurates-new-dealership-at-Indore--MP.html Tata Hexa, next gen Aria to come with six-speed automatic transmission http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003195/Tata-Hexa--next-gen-Aria-to-come-with-six-speed-automatic-transmission.html Tata Motors is planning to launch the Tata Hexa SUV in India next year. The concept SUV made its debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show and will be introduced as the next gen Tata Aria in the country. However, the Hexa will be the first of all Tata cars to get a 6-speed transmission as the company currently offers only 5 speed manual and automatic transmission.   The upcoming 2016 Tata Hexa will come powered by the 2.2-litre VariCOR turbo diesel engine that comes with existing Aria with improved performance. For Hexa, it will be producing 154BHP of power and 400 Nm of torque. Apart from this, the SUV will also offer torque-on-demand four-wheel drive system and the same engine will be tuned to churn out 175BHP for some variants as well.   Talking about the expected features, the next gen Tata Hexa resembles the existing Aria and the production version is likely to retain several features from the concept such as the striking front fascia, accentuated wheel arches on the side profile as well as Harman infotainment system, navigation, climate control, EPA steering as well as Tata’s iteration of Land Rover’s All-Terrain Response system inside the vehicle.   Source: autocarindia.com http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003195/Tata-Hexa--next-gen-Aria-to-come-with-six-speed-automatic-transmission.html Bookings commence for Tata Nano GenX, to be launched in May http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003194/Bookings-commence-for-Tata-Nano-GenX--to-be-launched-in-May.html Tata Motors has officially revealed the images of the upcoming GenX Nano. The car will be launched in the country next month and the bookings have already commenced at the dealerships for INR 5,000. It will be the cheapest automatic car in India and the deliveries will commence by early May.   Equipped with new front bumper with Tata's new 'smiley' airdam and newly designed circular foglight enclosures, the upcoming Tata Nano GenX shares styling with the Nano F-Tronic and Active concepts unveiled at the 2014 Auto Expo. New smoked headlamp clusters and new blackened grille as well as refreshed rear bumper, and a functional bootlid with a restyled rear windscreen are the other features to be offered.   The interior of the Nano AMT will offer a new three-spoke steering wheel from Zest and Bolt and an impressive boot space of 110-litres. However, the vehicle does not offer controls for audio. The company claims an ARAI certified fuel economy of 21.9kmpl with a fuel tank capacity of 24-litre. The manufacturer will also offer a new exterior shade for the GenX Nano 'Sangria Red'. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003194/Bookings-commence-for-Tata-Nano-GenX--to-be-launched-in-May.html Spied: Next gen Jaguar XF testing in India http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003193/Spied--Next-gen-Jaguar-XF-testing-in-India.html British luxury automaker Jaguar has started testing the all-new Jaguar XF in India. The car has been spotted camouflaged on the roads of Bengaluru recently. The next gen Jaguar XF was first showcased at the 2015 New York auto show.   Built on the all-new iQ[AI] aluminium platform, the car is likely to come powered by company’s new 2.0-litre Ingenium petrol and diesel engines as well as the regular 3.0-litre V6 diesel and 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine might be an option. According to the company, the new platform uses 75 percent aluminium and the vehicle will be lighter by around 190kg than its predecessor and it gets an ideal 50-50 front-rear weight distribution as well as the structure is also about 30 percent harder than the existing car.   According to the image, the upcoming Jaguar XF will get a longer bonnet and gets a bigger power bulge, bigger wheels, larger grille and bigger air dams under the headlamps. The expected interior features include wider centre console, a new 10.2-inch dual-view touchscreen and JLR’s latest multimedia system known as InControl Touch Pro. However, the pop-up gear knob and the AC vents are likely to be retained from the current generation as well as n optional heads-up display based on laser technology showing vehicle speed, cruise control notifications and traffic sign recognition data.   When launched, the vehicle will compete against BMW 5-series, Mercedes E-class, Audi A6 and the Volvo S80 in India. However, the rumors suggest that the manufacturer might launch the vehicle only in top-spec trim in India following the launch of XE sedans in the country.   Source: Autocarindia.com http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003193/Spied--Next-gen-Jaguar-XF-testing-in-India.html Nissan opens new dealership in Bengaluru http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003192/Nissan-opens-new-dealership-in-Bengaluru.html Continuing their expansion across the country, Nissan India has inaugurated a new dealership ‘Surya Nissan’ in Bengaluru. Located on the Marathali Outer Ring Road near Whitefield, the outlet is Nissan’s 189th dealer outlet in India and the company has plans to expand the network to 300 dealerships by the end of FY-2016.   Built over an area of 25,000 square-feet, Surya Nissan is a 3S facility and is fully equipped to sell and service both Nissan and Datsun range of products. Being the second 3S facility in Bengaluru by Nissan, the outlet comprises of an expansive showroom area, state-of-the-art workshop with 15 service bays and has an in-house mechanical shop, body and paint shop, spare parts store and a car washing facility. Customer lounges at the sales and service areas, a spacious parking lot, an interactive bay, a conference hall and a training area are the other highlights of the dealership.   The new dealer outlet has the team of 60 qualified and skilled personnel to take care of customer needs and the Surya Nissan’s Dealer Principal, K. J. Suwresh has invested INR 10 crores on inventory and INR 3.5 crore on the facility. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003192/Nissan-opens-new-dealership-in-Bengaluru.html Merc-Benz ?LuxeDrive? organized in Bengaluru for most comprehensive luxury experience http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003191/Merc-Benz--LuxeDrive--organized-in-Bengaluru-for-most-comprehensive-luxury-experience.html Based on the philosophy of ‘Live the Best’, Mercedes-Benz introduced ‘LuxeDrive’ in India. The ‘LuxeDrive’ has already been organized in Gurgaon, Jaipur, Surat and Mumbai now reached Bengaluru on 25th and 26th April at the Varahasandra Express Way, Nice Road, Near NICE Ring Road, Toll Booth, Bengaluru.   With an aim to provide the best and most comprehensive luxury experience, the Mercedes-Benz ‘LuxeDrive’ engage customers through a combination of adrenaline, gourmet and haute couture. Apart from the seamlessly created experience, it also pampered potential customers with culinary delights whipped up by Michelin Star chef Vikas Khanna. Participants also had the opportunity to interact with him and be a part of this master-class as well as a styling consultant was also provided to enhance the customers’ style quotient.   The other highlights of the event included, showcasing the expertise and superior performance of Mercedes-Benz cars and SUVs, various vehicle dynamics and features was experienced by participants in both off-road and on-road conditions, a nine car display for customers to experience the latest products from Mercedes-Benz portfolio, including Dream Cars and New Generation cars, also experience the ‘Ah My God!’ feeling with the range of AMG models.   The manufacturer also provided the opportunity where guests can choose and take home their favorite merchandise as well as special kids zone with games for engaging the kids and MercedesTrophy zone with exclusive Mercedes Trophy goodies on display, a free car evaluation from Mercedes-Benz pre-owned car sales team and an opportunity for special trade-in and personalized finance offers.   All the Mercedes-Benz cars driven at Mercedes-Benz LuxeDrive are lubricated by Mobil 1 engine oil. ExxonMobil provides Mercedes-Benz with Mobil 1 lubricant technology, expertise and support to develop next-generation lubricants for car engines and gearboxes.   http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003191/Merc-Benz--LuxeDrive--organized-in-Bengaluru-for-most-comprehensive-luxury-experience.html Weekly Rewind: 20-24 April http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003190/Weekly-Rewind--20-24-April.html Bajaj to launch Pulsar 150NS in May After the recent launch of two Pulsar models AS200 and AS150 in the country, Bajaj is all geared up two introduce the next Pulsar model, the Bajaj Pulsar …Read More   Spied: Maruti Celerio diesel ready for dealer dispatch Maruti Suzuki is preparing to launch he diesel variant of the Celerio soon in the country and according to the latest update the hatchback has been spied recently at the …Read More   Honda announces price hike for Brio and Amaze Honda Cars India has increased the ex-showroom price of Brio hatchback and Amaze compact sedan by INR 800. 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According to the reports, it will be implemented from 2016 …Read More   Eider Motors to launch 250cc street-fighter in June Eider Motors, the Telangana based Indian two wheeler manufacturer is preparing to launch the new 250cc street-fighter called ZF-Kymco in the country in June 2015. The motorcycle has been spotted …Read More   Next gen Audi TT launched at INR 60,34,000 German luxury automaker Audi has launched the -new Audi TT Coupé in India priced at INR 60,34,000 (ex-showroom Delhi and Mumbai).  The ‘Real Sports Car’ as called by the manufacturer, the Audi TT …Read More http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003190/Weekly-Rewind--20-24-April.html Next gen Audi TT launched at INR 60,34,000 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003189/Next-gen-Audi-TT-launched-at-INR-60-34-000.html German luxury automaker Audi has launched the -new Audi TT Coupé in India priced at INR 60,34,000 (ex-showroom Delhi and Mumbai).  The ‘Real Sports Car’ as called by the manufacturer, the Audi TT was first introduced in the year 1998 and this is the third generation of the sports car.   Powered by a 2.0 TFSI engine generating 230 hp and 370 Nm of torque, the all new Audi TT comes mated to a Six-speed S tronic transmission as well as reaches 0-100kmph in mere 5.3 seconds with a top speed of 250kmph. Apart from this, the Quattro permanent all-wheel drive system specially configured for the vehicle’s sporty character.   Talking about the features, the car offers athletically dynamic design with hints of the first-generation TT with LED or optional Matrix LED headlights as well as composite construction body of steel and aluminum and a wheelbase of 2.51 meters. The interior of the vehicle comes featuring TT designed Flat Bottomed Multifunction Plus Steering Wheel with Paddle shifters, Flowing, lightweight lines in the interior, slender instrument panel, uncompromising focus on the driver, newly developed lightweight sport seats and optional S sport seats, Digital Audi virtual cockpit and newly designed MMI terminal, plus improved voice control, air conditioning controls in the Jet Turbine shaped air vents and AC vents with integrated adjustment for temperature, air flow settings and positioning.   Other highlights of the next gen Audi TT include Audi drive select dynamic driving system, ESC stabilization control, Auto hold assist and Improved electronics architecture with second-generation modular infotainment platforms- Aux, USB and SD card. According to Joe King, Head Audi India, Audi is planning to launch five more cars in the next five months and the next launch is a few weeks away. However, it will be interesting to see what will be the next Audi product to be added in its line up in India.     http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003189/Next-gen-Audi-TT-launched-at-INR-60-34-000.html Eider Motors to launch 250cc street-fighter in June http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003188/Eider-Motors-to-launch-250cc-street-fighter-in-June.html Eider Motors, the Telangana based Indian two wheeler manufacturer is preparing to launch the new 250cc street-fighter called ZF-Kymco in the country in June 2015. The motorcycle has been spotted showcased at company’s first dealership in Maharashtra at Ulhasnagar near Mumbai. Currently, the company operates in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, home market Telangana and Maharashtra.   Resembling Benelli TNT motorcycles, the upcoming ZF-Kymco is likely to come with a 250cc water-cooled, single-cylinder engine. However, the manufacturer has not yet revealed any engine details till now. The features include split seats, telescopic forks at the front and a monoshock suspension setup at the rear with disc brakes at the front and rear as well as Honda CBR250R inspired exhaust muffler.   According to the images, the motorcycle offers Benelli like triangular shaped headlight cluster and bulbous front fenders with aggressive lines running throughout the bike. Although, the price of the ZF-Kymco has not been confirmed, but according to Eider Motors, the new product line up will be priced between INR 50,000/- for the Leora scooter going up to INR 95,000/- for the Dronzer premium 150cc motorcycle (all prices, on-road Chennai).   Source: Motorbeam   http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003188/Eider-Motors-to-launch-250cc-street-fighter-in-June.html Toyota India to offer ABS as standard on all models http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003187/Toyota-India-to-offer-ABS-as-standard-on-all-models.html Toyota India is planning to introduce anti-lock braking system (ABS) as standard safety feature on all variants of all its models sold in the country. According to the reports, it will be implemented from 2016, in the next financial year.   Recently, since October 2014, Toyota Kirloskar Motor had started offering airbags as standard safety feature on all variants of its models. To increase, the safety quotient in their vehicles, the manufacturer has decided to offer ABS as standard safety feature with their entire product line up manufactured in India.   N Raja, the Senior Vice President for Sales and Marketing, Toyota Kirlosker said, “The new safety regulations are likely to be enforced by 2017 and further norms towards pedestrian safety are also likely to be implemented by the end of the decade. Our current initiative will not only offer a safer car to our buyers, but also give us an edge against the competition." However, this statement does not clarify if he is hinting towards offering ABS or another safety feature but according to the source Toyota is planning to offer ABS as standard to reduce the number of road accidents to an extent in India.   Source: ET http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003187/Toyota-India-to-offer-ABS-as-standard-on-all-models.html Volvo XC90 to be launched in May 2015 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003186/Volvo-XC90-to-be-launched-in-May-2015.html Swedish automaker Volvo is preparing to launch the new XC90 next month. Earlier, the vehicle was scheduled to be launched in the country after June 2015. The manufacturer is planning to commence the bookings for the same soon and the deliveries will start since September 2015.   To be offered in two trims- Momentum and Inscription, the Volvo XC90 will come powered by Volvo’s latest 2.0 liter, four-cylinder diesel engine producing 245 bhp and 470 Nm of torque. The engine belongs to the new Drive E engine family and is considered as fuel efficient and emits less carbon. The all-wheel drive system vehicle will come mated to an eight-speed gearbox.   Talking about the features, the Momentum will feature keyless entry and go, panoramic sunroof, electrically operated tail-gate, electrically adjustable driver seat with memory function, power-folding third row backrests, rain sensing wipers, LED headlamps, Park Assist, Hill Descent Control and a 12.3-inch screen while the top of the line Inscription will offer a 19-speaker Bowers & Wilkins music system, air suspension, heads-up display, heated and ventilated front seats and a Nappa leather interior with wood trim. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003186/Volvo-XC90-to-be-launched-in-May-2015.html Hyundai ix25 (India-bound) showcased at 2015 Auto Shanghai http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003185/Hyundai-ix25--India-bound--showcased-at-2015-Auto-Shanghai.html Hyundai has showcased the ix25 compact SUV at the ongoing Auto Shanghai. The SUV had made its debut as a production car at the 2014 Chengdu Motor Show and is on sale in Chinese market since October last year. The manufacturer is preparing to introduce the vehicle in India this year with a different name.   The vehicle in China comes powered by a 1.6-litre petrol engine producing 123 bhp power and 150 Nm torque as well as a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine making 158 bhp power and 192 Nm torque. The gearbox options include a 6-speed manual and an automatic.   The upcoming compact SUV sports Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language and the top end variants feature LED DRLs with projector headlamps, panoramic sunroof, and large 5-spoke alloy rims. Electrically folding wing mirrors, touchscreen multimedia infotainment system, cruise control, automatic climate control, keyless start, reverse parking camera, ESP are the other highlights while the safety features offered are dual front airbags, chest level airbags, ABS with EBD. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003185/Hyundai-ix25--India-bound--showcased-at-2015-Auto-Shanghai.html Suzuki showcased S-Cross Crossover (India-bound) at 2015 Auto Shanghai http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003184/Suzuki-showcased-S-Cross-Crossover--India-bound--at-2015-Auto-Shanghai.html Japanese automaker Suzuki is planning to launch the S-Cross crossover in India. The Crossover vehicle has been showcased at the 2015 Auto Shanghai that will make its way to the Indian market later this year. However, in the Chinese market, the S-Cross was launched in the year 2013 with price ranging between INR 11.06 lakhs and INR 15.7 Lakhs.   The S-Cross for the Chinese market comes powered by a 1.6-liter engine producing 120 hp and 158 Nm of torque. However, the Indian version of the car is expected to come powered by Suzuki’s K14B engine that currently produces 92 hp and 130 Nm of torque and empowers the Ciaz and Ertiga in the country. The performance of the engine is expected to improve for the S-Cross in India.   Talking about the features, the next gen SX4 features black plastic cladding adding a sense of ruggedness to the package as well as the interior inspired from Swift with better finishing. The Crossover also looks bigger and different than its global predecessor, the SX4. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003184/Suzuki-showcased-S-Cross-Crossover--India-bound--at-2015-Auto-Shanghai.html India-bound 2015 Audi RS7 showcased at 2015 Auto Shanghai http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003183/India-bound-2015-Audi-RS7-showcased-at-2015-Auto-Shanghai.html German luxury automaker Audi has showcased the India bound updated RS7 at the ongoing 2015 Auto Shanghai. The latest high-performance version of the A7 Sportback car, the RS7, was first unveiled at the Moscow Motor Show in 2014. The sportscar was launched in India in 2014 and the updated version is expected this year.   The all-wheel drive 2015 Audi RS7 gets the same 4.0-liter TFSI V8 Twin-Turbo engine churning out 560 hp and 700 Nm of torque mated to an 8-speed ‘Tiptronic’ gearbox with a tall eighth gear. Apart from improved performance, the engine also features cylinder on demand (COD) system for improving efficiency.   The five door coupe features a long engine hood, flowing C-pillars and the sharp rear end as well as some typical RS car’s features such as a single frame black honeycomb grille and the central front air inlet with ‘Quattro’ badge. The interior of the upcoming Audi RS7 will offer the RS sport seats, a large driver-information display screen with Google Earth feature, new dashboard graphics, entertainment system and improved telematics.   The other highlights of the cars include optional 21-inch cast aluminum alloys, adaptive air suspension with standard adaptive damping, integrated with Audi’s drive select system, a dynamic steering with continuously variable steering ratio, Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and carbon fiber-ceramic discs, Matrix LED technology.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003183/India-bound-2015-Audi-RS7-showcased-at-2015-Auto-Shanghai.html Ducati Scrambler bookings open in India http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003182/Ducati-Scrambler-bookings-open-in-India.html The Indian subsidiary of Italian two wheeler manufacturer Ducati has commenced the bookings for its upcoming motorcycle Scrambler in Mumbai and Delhi. The motorcycle will be launched in India by the end of May 2015 with deliveries starting just after the launch.   The first Scrambler to go on sale in India will be red in color and will be priced at INR 6.57 (ex-showroom, Mumbai) and on-road it will cost INR 7.5 lakhs, Mumbai. The motorcycle will come powered by a 803cc, L-twin engine that produces 75bhp of power mated to a six speed gearbox. The power will be transferred to the rear wheel via a chain final drive.   The manufacturer has re-entered in the country and owns dealerships in Mumbai, Delhi and Gurgaon. The current product lineup by Ducati in India include eighteen motorcycles, Ducati Hypermotard, Hypermotard SP, Hyperstrada, Monster 795, Monster 796 S2R, Monster 796 Corse Stripe, Monster 821 Dark, Monster 821, Monster 1200, Monster 1200 S, Monster 1200 S Stripe, 899 Panigale, 1299 Panigale, 1299 Panigale S, Panigale R, Diavel, Diavel Carbon and Diavel Titanium. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003182/Ducati-Scrambler-bookings-open-in-India.html India bound Honda Jazz (Fit) showcased at 2015 Auto Shanghai http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003181/India-bound-Honda-Jazz--Fit--showcased-at-2015-Auto-Shanghai.html Honda has showcased the India bound Jazz (Fit) hatchback at the ongoing 2015 Auto Shanghai.The hatchback is scheduled to be launched in June this year had been launched in the Chinese market in April 2014.   The Fit for the Chinese market comes powered by a 1.5 litre SOHC i-VTEC engine developing 130 bhp and 155 Nm of torque mated to seven-speed stepped CVT. However, this engine will not make its way to the Indian market.   The Showcased Honda Fit receives company’s latest design technology and looks sportier than before. The interior offers the seven-inch Honda Connect infotainment system that offers internet connectivity, traffic updates, social media, Bluetooth, MirrorLink connectivity, Wi-Fi, etc. Apart from offering Honda’s second row “Magic Seats” offers MPV-esque versatility, the hatchback gets an increased boot space of 884 litres (with folded seats).   http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003181/India-bound-Honda-Jazz--Fit--showcased-at-2015-Auto-Shanghai.html Tata Motors introduces pre-launch campaign 'Power of 1+1 programme' for GenX Nano http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003180/Tata-Motors-introduces-pre-launch-campaign--Power-of-1+1-programme--for--GenX-Nano-.html Tata Motors has come up with the ‘Power of 1+1 programme’, an exclusive campaign for all existing Nano Customers. The programme will provide an advantage to one of the existing Nano customers to be the first to own the new GenX Nano with Easy Shift (Automated Manual Transmission).   Apart from this, the Power of 1+1 programme will also offer the existing Nano customers the best market price for their old Nanos and will also receive a special bonus of INR 20,000 in addition to the price of the old car. The Nano customers can also enroll into a referral programme that could help them won a cash prize of INR 5,000 for every referral. In order to provide attractive interest rates on car loans, the manufacturer has also tied up with preferred financial partners.   Under this programme, on the purchase of every GenX Nano, Tata Motors will donate to Child Rights and You (CRY) on behalf of the customer towards the retention of girl children in school for a year and in appreciation of the contribution, CRY will send a certificate to Nano customers. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003180/Tata-Motors-introduces-pre-launch-campaign--Power-of-1+1-programme--for--GenX-Nano-.html India- bound Suzuki YRA concept and Vitara showcased at 2015 Auto Shanghai http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003179/India--bound-Suzuki-YRA-concept-and-Vitara-showcased-at-2015-Auto-Shanghai-.html Japanese automaker Suzuki has showcased the India-bound YRA’s concept version (iK-2) and Vitara at the on-going 2015 Auto Shanghai. The manufacturer is planning to introduce the YRA hatchback in India as ‘Fronx’ that will be placed above Maruti Suzuki Swift.   Inspired by three keywords - “harmony,” “elegance,” and “energy wave”, the iK.2 concept made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year. According to the company, the concept gets a ‘Liquid Flow’ design theme featuring a low stance and wide silhouette. Powered by the 1.4 K-Series and DDiS200 engines, the concept offers features such as SmartPlay 7-inch touchscreen infotainment same as Ciaz as well as sat-navigation.     Talking about the Vitara, the SUV will follow the UK footsteps and will be offered in both Petrol and Diesel versions in India as well. While the petrol variant will get ‘M16A’ 1.6-litre engine with 120 PS of maximum power and 156 Nm of torque mated to a 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic with paddle shifters as well as  a ‘D16AA’ 1.6-litre DDiS turbocharged diesel engine churning out 120 PS and 320 Nm will be offered on the diesel variant. The SUV will also offer new AllGrip 4WD technology.   http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003179/India--bound-Suzuki-YRA-concept-and-Vitara-showcased-at-2015-Auto-Shanghai-.html Reliance to re-open all fuel filling stations by 2016 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003178/Reliance-to-re-open-all-fuel-filling-stations-by-2016.html Reliance Industries Ltd is planning to re-open all its 1,400 fuel filling stations in India by the end of this fiscal year 2015-16. However, the company has already re-opened their 320 fuel filling stations across the country.   Reliance had opened the fuel filling stations in collaboration with the state-owned companies in 2006. However, the rapid increase in fuel prices making it $150 per barrel as well as subsidies offered to the local fuel retailers in the states made the company to shut down their  all the fuel filling stations in 2008.   However, Reliance was already selling fuel at higher prices as compared to the competitors and price hike led not only to loss of clientele but also the company faced heavy losses. But now, the company is all set to re-open their fuel filling outlets in the country again as now the fuel prices are dropping and diesel has been deregulated by the government.   Currently, Indian Oil Corp, Bharat Petroleum and Hindustan Petroleum are the top three state refiners who sell the majority of petrol and diesel that is annually consumed in India.   Source: ET http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003178/Reliance-to-re-open-all-fuel-filling-stations-by-2016.html 2015 Tata Nano to offer 110 litre bootlid http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003177/2015-Tata-Nano-to-offer-110-litre-bootlid-.html Tata Motors is all set to launch the next-gen Nano in the country in May. However, some images of the Tata Nano GenX have been leaked on the internet ahead of the launch. The vehicle was first introduced at the 2014 Auto Expo as the Nano Twist Active Concept.   According to the leaked images, the Nano GenX will come with a functional bootlid supported on two hydraulic mounts that can carry up to 110 litres of luggage, without folding the rear seats. Apart from this, this will be the first Nano to come with automated manual transmission (AMT).  The other highlights include a redesigned front and rear fascia with the infinity grille and integrated fog lamps. The color options include Pearl White, Meteor Silver, new Sangria Red, Damson Purple, Royal Gold, Dazzle Blue and Persian Rose.     Talking about the other highlights, the Tata Nano GenX will return the ARAI certified fuel efficiency of 21.9 kmpl (currently, Nano Twist returns 25.4 km/l). However, as compared to the existing model the upcoming Nano GenX will come with a larger 24 liter fuel tank, against the current 15 liter. The car will be offered in XE, XM and XT variants with XM and XT variants offering the AMT.   Source: IAB http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003177/2015-Tata-Nano-to-offer-110-litre-bootlid-.html Maruti Suzuki 'Fronx' to be launched in India http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003176/Maruti-Suzuki--Fronx--to-be-launched-in-India.html Maruti Suzuki is preparing to launch a new YRA premium hatchback ‘Fronx’ in India soon. The vehicle has been spied testing and is likely to go on sale around the festive season. When launched, the vehicle will compete against the Hyundai Elite i20, Honda Jazz (to be launched in June) and Volkswagen Polo in the country.   Likely to be positioned above Swift, the upcoming YRA premium hatchback is expected to come powered by the 998cc BoosterJet engine mated to manual and automatic transmission options as well as the 1.2-litre K-Series engine and the 1.3-litre DDiS engine powering the Swift will also be seen on the upcoming Maruti Suzuki Fronx.   According to the source, the upcoming YRA premium hatchback by Maruti is inspired from the iK-2 concept that was showcased earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show. The expected features include 16-inch alloy wheels, chrome mounted front grille, projector lamps and DRLs as well as a spacious cabin inside.   Source: Gaadiwaadi.com  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003176/Maruti-Suzuki--Fronx--to-be-launched-in-India.html Next-gen Tata Safari Storme details leaked http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003175/Next-gen-Tata-Safari-Storme-details-leaked-.html Tata Motors is planning to launch the next gen Safari Storme in the country for quite a long time. The SUV has already been spied in India several times. Although, the official launch date is still awaited but the details about the Storme facelift have been leaked ahead of its launch in India.   According to the reports, the next-gen Tata Safari Storme will come powered by a 2.2-litre VARICOR diesel engine, capable of producing 148 bhp and 320 Nm of torque mated to the 5-speed manual transmission. Currently, the manufacturer has shown no plans to introduce automatic transmission on the vehicle. However, the facelift gets a new 230 mm diameter self-adjusting clutch as well as increased fuel tank capacity from 55 litres to 63 litres.   Talking about the features, the upcoming Safari Storme will get a new Land-Rover inspired honeycomb upper and lower grilles as well as refreshed bumper at the exterior while the interior will offer java black with silver accents featuring  three-spoke multifunction steering wheel, revised centre console with a new Harman-developed integrated audio system with Bluetooth, Aux and USB connectivity. A flip key and electrically folding ORVMs will be the other highlights.   Source: Motorbeam http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003175/Next-gen-Tata-Safari-Storme-details-leaked-.html 2015 Hyundai Elantra launched at INR 14.13 Lakhs http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003174/2015-Hyundai-Elantra-launched-at-INR-14-13-Lakhs.html Hyundai India has launched the next-gen Elantra priced at INR 14.13 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). The price list of the sedan has been mentioned below:   2015 Hyundai Elantra Petrol Prices (ex-showroom, Delhi): Elantra S – INR 14,13,196/- Elantra SX – INR 15,41,078/- Elantra SX AT – INR 16,49,906/-   2015 Hyundai Elantra Diesel Prices (ex-showroom, Delhi): Elantra Base – INR 14,57,677/- Elantra S – INR 15,35,275/- Elantra SX – INR 16,67,688/- Elantra SX AT – INR 17,94,179/-   The sedan continues to come powered by the same 1.8-litre Dual VTVT petrol engine tuned to produce 149.5PS of power and 177.5Nm of torque mated to 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic transmission while powered by the 1.6-litre VGT CRDi engine churning out 128PS and 260Nm of torque paired to 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic transmission. The fuel efficiency of the car ranges from 14-16kmpl for petrol and 19-23kmpl for diesel variants.   Talking about the features, the exterior of the 2015 Hyundai Elantra offers changes such as revised front fascia with redesigned hexagonal chrome bumper, projector lamps with LED light guide and new fog lamps as well as new 16-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels, chrome finished door handles and chrome moulding on the belt line with new electrically adjustable and retractable ORVMs and new LED effect rear combination tail lights, new dual-tone bumper and a chrome-tipped exhaust at the rear.   All-black themed interior with new leather upholstered seats, metallic scuff plates, sporty looking aluminium pedals, new ergonomically positioned console box with armrest and rear air-con vents completes the interior while the safety features include six airbags, vehicle stability management, ESP, ABS with EBD, Hill Assist Control, front and rear disc brake.   http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003174/2015-Hyundai-Elantra-launched-at-INR-14-13-Lakhs.html Volvo V40 Cross Country petrol variant launched at INR 27 Lakhs http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003173/Volvo-V40-Cross-Country-petrol-variant-launched-at-INR-27-Lakhs.html Swedish manufacturer Volvo has launched the petrol variant of V40 Cross Country in India at INR 27 Lakhs (Ex-showroom, Mumbai). Earlier, only the diesel variant of the V40 Cross Country was available in the country since its launch in 2013. The vehicle will be available at all the Volvo dealerships across the country.   The vehicle gets 1.6 GDTi 4 Cylinder T4 engine producing 180hp and 240Nm of torque and comes mated with 6 Speed Automatic transmissions. Made entirely from die-cast aluminum, the V40 Cross Country has good heat-dissipation capability apart from being light-weight. The fuel injection system has also been refined in order to regulate combustion extreme precision, each injector centrally above the piston beside the spark plug.   Talking about the features, the V40 Petrol version offers Daytime Running LED lights, Cross Country styled front bumper and skid plate, High Gloss black accents on side mirrors, side décor and boot frame, Matt black honeycomb styled grille with Chrome garnish, Distinctive Stain Silver front & rear skid plates and 16” alloy wheels. The interior gets sculpted X-Shape Design Seats, a choice of 2-tone or single tone leather interior, frameless Rearview Mirror gives an edge to your postmodern side to  dim bright head lights coming from behind to improve your visibility as well as Interior Air Quality System that restricts harmful pollen from entering the cabin.   The safety features offered with the vehicle are Laser Assisted Automatic Braking, Dynamic Stability & Traction Control (DSTC), Intelligent Driver Information System (IDIS) and ABL along with Side Impact Protection System, Whiplash Protection, Driver Knee Airbag and Safety Cage.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003173/Volvo-V40-Cross-Country-petrol-variant-launched-at-INR-27-Lakhs.html Honda announces price hike for Brio and Amaze http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003172/Honda-announces-price-hike-for-Brio-and-Amaze.html Honda Cars India has increased the ex-showroom price of Brio hatchback and Amaze compact sedan by INR 800. The reason behind the price hike is the tax rationalization in the Budget. However, the manufacturer had gone for the price hike of its entire product range by up to Rs 60,000 in January 2015 due to the expiration of excise duty benefits on 31st December.   Speaking on the same, Jnaneswar Sen Honda Cars India Ltd Senior Vice-President Marketing & Sales said, "After the rationalization of duties in the Budget, our cost structure changed but we didn't want to pass it to consumers in March as it is usually a good month of sales. So we decided to hike prices marginally in April.”   Talking about the price hike, while the price of Brio has been increased by INR 600 now ranging between INR 4.21 lakh to Rs 6.79 lakh, all the Amaze variants will come with an increased price tag of INR 800 making it range between INR 5.18 lakh to Rs 8.21 lakh (Ex-Showroom Delhi).  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003172/Honda-announces-price-hike-for-Brio-and-Amaze.html Spied: Maruti Celerio diesel ready for dealer dispatch http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003171/Spied--Maruti-Celerio-diesel-ready-for-dealer-dispatch.html Maruti Suzuki is preparing to launch he diesel variant of the Celerio soon in the country and according to the latest update the hatchback has been spied recently at the Maruti Suzuki’s stockyard in Manesar, Delhi. A number of Celerio diesel variants have been spied at the plant ready for dealer dispatch.   The upcoming hatch is powered by company’s in-house new 800cc twin cylinder expected to churn out around 50bhp and 150Nm of torque. The Celerio diesel is expected to return the fuel efficiency of 30kmpl. However, currently the company has no plans to introduce the AMT version of the same but it is definitely on the cards for the future.   All set to compete against the diesel hatchbacks like the Chevrolet Beat and the upcoming Tata Kite in the country, the Celerio diesel will be identical to the petrol variants, except for the DDiS badging on the side.  With the in-house engine offered with the entire diesel line-up, the hatch is likely to be priced aggressively between INR 4.5-6 lakhs.   Source: Gaadiwaadi.com http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003171/Spied--Maruti-Celerio-diesel-ready-for-dealer-dispatch.html Bajaj to launch Pulsar 150NS in May http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003170/Bajaj-to-launch-Pulsar-150NS-in-May.html After the recent launch of two Pulsar models AS200 and AS150 in the country, Bajaj is all geared up two introduce the next Pulsar model, the Bajaj Pulsar 150NS in May 2015. The motorcycle has been spied testing several times in India and will replace the existing Pulsar 150, when launched.   Based on the same frame as Pulsar 200NS, the 150NS will come powered by a 4-valve twin spark 149.5 cc DTSi engine that makes 17 PS and 13 Nm of peak torque paired to a 5-speed gearbox. The features include new alloys, disc brakes at the front and drum brakes at the rear with monoshock suspension.   Although, the upcoming Pulsar 150NS will be marginally smaller than the AS150 but gets the same wheelbase of 1363 mm. However, the single projector headlamp will not be seen on the motorcycle and the manufacturer is planning to price it between INR 70,000-75,000 range.   Source: motorbeam http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003170/Bajaj-to-launch-Pulsar-150NS-in-May.html Weekly Rewind: 13-17 April http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003169/Weekly-Rewind--13-17-April.html   New Technical Service Centre inaugurated by Audi in Mumbai The German luxury car manufacturer, Audi has opened a new service centre in Mumbai. The Audi Technical Service Centre for India has been inaugurated by Ulli Seyfferth, Head of …Read more   DICV to participate in the 5-day Hannover Messe in Germany Daimler India Commercial Vehicles Pvt. Ltd. (DICV) has announced its participation at the 5-day Hannover Messe (Hannover Fair) to be held at Hannover in Germany. The Hannover Messe will held from April 13 to April 17, 2015 at Hannover which is the world’s leading Trade Fair for …Read more   Bajaj Pulsar AS200 and AS150 launched at INR 91,550 and 79,000 Bajaj Auto has launched the new range of Adventure Sport motorcycles; the Pulsar AS 200 and the Pulsar AS 150 …Read more   Third Datsun vehicle to be launched in 2016 Japanese automaker Nissan is preparing to launch the third Datsun car in India in 2016. According to Guillaume Sicard, president of Nissan India Operations …Read more   Honda City VX (O) Variant introduced at INR 10,64,000 Honda has introduced the new VX (O) variant of the Honda City in India. The variant is positioned over the existing VX grade …Read more   Renault to launch a sub-Rs.4 lakhs car 'XBA' in India this year French automaker Renault has launched the Lodgy recently in India and now, the company is planning to introduce a sub-Rs.4 lakhs car codenamed 'XBA' …Read more   Next-gen Toyota Camry to be launched in India on April 30 Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) is all set to launch the next gen Camry facelift on April 30 this year. The sedan was spied recently in the country and will feature an all-new front fascia with …Read more   Bajaj to launch two 400cc motorcycles in FY 2015-16 After launching two new 200cc Adventure Sport motorcycles, Bajaj Auto is planning to introduce two more motorcycles in the 400cc segment. The Pulsar CS400 …Read more   Bookings commence for Merc S63 AMG, launch in July 2015 German luxury automaker Mercedes- Benz is preparing to launch the S63 AMG in India. The car is likely to be priced at INR 2.2 Crores …Read more   Yamaha to launch a new motorcycle in India on April 17 Japanese two wheeler manufacturer Yamaha will launch an all-new product in India tomorrow on April 17, 2015. Although it is not yet confirmed that …Read more   VW silently removes features from Polo GT 1.2 TSI in India Volkswagen India has silently removed some features from the Polo GT TSI hatchback. The company considers it a cost cutting method as the hatch comes …Read more   Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X final edition revealed Mitsubishi has announced the final edition of the Lancer EVO. The edition will be limited to 1000 units and will be sold in Japanese market only. The bookings for the …Read more   Bentley Mulsanne Speed Blue Train special edition revealed British automaker Bentley has unveiled the Mulsanne Speed Blue Train special edition ahead of its world debut at Techno Classica. The special edition of the car …Read more   Spied: Maruti Suzuki SX 4 Crossover unmasked, to be launched soon Maruti Suzuki is planning to launch the SX 4 S-Cross in the Indian market. The car is already on sale in Europe and the sedan has been spied testing on the Indian roads as well. This time …Read more   New 'Select Store' opened by Bridgestone in Nashik, Maharashtra Bridgestone India Pvt. Ltd. has inaugurated a new select store ‘Ashoka Tyres’ in Nashik, Maharashtra. Located at No.2, Trishal Complex on the Nashik-Pune Road …Read more   Ford India offers extended warranty scheme on Figo The Indian subsidiary of the US based manufacturer Ford has come up with an extended warranty offer on the Figo hatchback in the country. The warranty period …Read more   Honda Jazz crossover global launch in 2016, likely to be launched in India We all know that Honda Jazz is yet to be launched in the Indian market but has already been on sale in other international markets. Now, the manufacturer is …Read more   Mercedes-Benz India offers Cloud-based apps Mercedes-Benz India has introduced the COMAND online app, taking car internet connectivity to a new level. The app can be seen on the models like S-Class, GL-Class, ML-Class and …Read more   Yamaha Saluto launched at INR 52,000 Yamaha India has launched the new 125cc ‘Saluto’ motorcycle in the country today priced at INR 52,000, ex-showroom, New Delhi. The new 125cc Saluto is based on the concept …Read more   Honda Two wheeler India inaugurates new traffic-training park in Hyderabad Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. (HMSI) inaugurated its new traffic-training park in Hyderabad. The training park has been inaugurated in collaboration with …Read more   Lamborghini re-launches its restoration center 'Lamborghini Polo Storico' Italian automaker Lamborghini is re-launching its restoration center under the name of Lamborghini Polo Storico. The brand's historical archives, vehicle restoration center …Read more http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003169/Weekly-Rewind--13-17-April.html Lamborghini re-launches its restoration center 'Lamborghini Polo Storico' http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003168/Lamborghini-re-launches-its-restoration-center--Lamborghini-Polo-Storico-.html Italian automaker Lamborghini is re-launching its restoration center under the name of Lamborghini Polo Storico. The brand's historical archives, vehicle restoration center, vehicle certification, and guaranteeing the availability of numerous genuine spare parts for all historical Lamborghini models are the main highlights of the new department.   A big part of this new formula is the Archivio Storico Lamborghini that comprises of the documentation of historical Lamborghini car models, as well as technical schemes, body colors, leathers, images and several publications ever made by the company. However, initially, Lamborghini Polo Storico offers this documentation on paper, but it will be accessible in a digitalized version for all owners and fans of Lamborghini classic cars as well as for journalists, writers and researchers.   The other highlights of the Lamborghini Polo Storico are:   Expanding heritage services   Allowing customers to preserve, maintain and restore their vehicle to its original features using exclusively original spare parts   Classic car owners can bring their classic car back on the road in the best possible condition and integrity   Various certifications for Lamborghini classic cars   Protect the value of Lamborghini classic cars and provides the market with vehicle authentication   Supplying genuine spare parts for every model of Lamborghini classic cars   Replacement of a classic Lamborghini car part without affecting its authenticity   Assuring the controlled quality and integrity of Lamborghini classic cars all over the world http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003168/Lamborghini-re-launches-its-restoration-center--Lamborghini-Polo-Storico-.html Honda Two wheeler India inaugurates new traffic-training park in Hyderabad http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003167/Honda-Two-wheeler-India-inaugurates-new-traffic-training-park-in-Hyderabad.html Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. (HMSI) inaugurated its new traffic-training park in Hyderabad. The training park has been inaugurated in collaboration with the Hyderabad Traffic Police and it is Honda’s first traffic-training park in South India and eighth across the country.   The park has been developed at Goshamahalas a mini city, Honda’s skilled male and female safety instructors will educate all age groups starting from 5 years children on road safety, with a special focus on new and female riders.   The highlights of the Traffic-training Park include:   Providing the opportunity to the female riders over 18 years to learn riding a two wheeler by women safety instructors in just 4 hours if they know cycling.   ‘Safety with Fun’ program for children between 5-8 years through games like road safety snakes & ladder and cycling while 9-12 year olds will learn from practical experience on CRF 50 motorcycle.   Opportunity for existing riders to test their riding skills on narrow plank and new riders can increase their ability to predict & react to traffic hazards on Honda’s Proprietary riding simulators.   The manufacturer is also responsible for initiating road safety programs and has received recognitions such as "CSR initiative towards road safety - 2Wheeler” at Bloomberg AutoCar Awards 2015, “Appreciation for Excellent work in Road Safety” by Delhi Police and “Contribution towards Road Safety & Traffic Training” by Department of Commerce & Transport, Govt. of Odisha. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003167/Honda-Two-wheeler-India-inaugurates-new-traffic-training-park-in-Hyderabad.html Yamaha Saluto launched at INR 52,000 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003166/Yamaha-Saluto-launched-at-INR-52-000-.html Yamaha India has launched the new 125cc ‘Saluto’ motorcycle in the country today priced at INR 52,000, ex-showroom, New Delhi. The new 125cc Saluto is based on the concept of "Economical & Practical Indian Family Motorcycle" and it is the lightest vehicle in the 125cc class weighing 112kg only.   The newly launched Yamaha Saluto comes powered by a newly-developed air-cooled, single-cylinder 125 cc engine producing 8.3 PS power and 10.1 Nm of torque, mated to a 4-speed gearbox. The engine has been developed under the brand’s Blue Core ideal and returns fuel efficiency up to 78kmpl.   Speaking on the occasion, Masaki Asano, Managing Director, Yamaha Motor India Sales Pvt. Ltd. said, “The two wheeler market in India reached 16 million units in 2014, thereby, becoming the world's largest two-wheeler market. The Motorcycle market constitutes about 68% of the total two wheeler market at 11 million units. Out of this, the 100-125cc motorcycle class is the largest category at 9 million units, comprising almost83% of the market. This is due to the economical nature of the category (including fuel efficiency and prices) and its practicality as it is highly praised by those purchasing a motorcycle for the first time, for pillion use, or for sharing with the family. The new Saluto is intended to expand sales in the largest demand category in India by offering one of the best fuel economy performances in the 125cc class”.   The motorcycle measures 2,035 mm in length, 700 mm in width, 1,080 mm in height and 1,265 mm in wheelbase, has a ground clearance of 180 mm and 7.6-liter fuel tank. Based on a diamond frame, Yamaha Saluto features front and rear drum brakes, a telescopic fork up front and a swingarm for the rear. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003166/Yamaha-Saluto-launched-at-INR-52-000-.html Mercedes-Benz India offers Cloud-based apps http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003165/Mercedes-Benz-India-offers-Cloud-based-apps-.html Mercedes-Benz India has introduced the COMAND online app, taking car internet connectivity to a new level. The app can be seen on the models like S-Class, GL-Class, ML-Class and all-AMG models. The app was introduced on the 2015 E-Class Cabriolet and CLS 250 CDI models first as standard offering that was available for the existing customers as well.   According to Eberhard Kern, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India, Mercedes-Benz Apps will delight the customers and will not only be a standard offering for company’s new cars, but also for all the existing customers who have COMAND Online system in their cars. This reiterates the commitment of offering the best ownership experience for our customers.   Apart from the COMMAND app, Mercedes also offers app such as Mercedes-Benz Radio, TuneIn Radio, Weather, News and RSS News Feeds on their product lineup in India. All these apps by the company can be accessed via internet data connectivity through a Bluetooth tethered smartphone including Apple iPhone, BlackBerry and Android or Windows-based smartphones and now the company is planning to introduce these apps on other models as well.   http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003165/Mercedes-Benz-India-offers-Cloud-based-apps-.html Honda Jazz crossover to be launched in 2016 globally, likely to be launched in India http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003164/Honda-Jazz-crossover-to-be-launched-in-2016-globally--likely-to-be-launched-in-India-.html We all know that Honda Jazz is yet to be launched in the Indian market but has already been on sale in other international markets. Now, the manufacturer is planning to launch a crossover version of the Jazz in the international markets in 2016. However, we can also expect an India launch for the same in the future.   Known as Honda Fit internationally, the Honda Jazz comes powered by a 1.5-liter Flex-fuel engine which puts out 116 hp and 153 Nm of torque, paired to manual and CVT gearboxes. The same engine is also expected to empower the crossover version as well.   The expected exterior features include skid plates in the front and rear bumper, plastic cladding on all sides, raised ground clearance, roof rails, sportier alloy wheel design, new grille, smoked headlamps and improved ground clearance.   Currently, the manufacturer is preparing to launch the Honda Jazz in India in June this year and we can expect the Jazz crossover to come to India after 2016. However, if launched in India, the Jazz cross will rival against the Hyundai i20 Active, VW Cross Polo, Fiat Avventura and Toyota Etios Cross.   Source: noticiasautomotivas.com   http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003164/Honda-Jazz-crossover-to-be-launched-in-2016-globally--likely-to-be-launched-in-India-.html Ford India offers extended warranty scheme on Figo http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003163/Ford-India-offers-extended-warranty-scheme-on-Figo.html The Indian subsidiary of the US based manufacturer Ford has come up with an extended warranty offer on the Figo hatchback in the country. The warranty period has been extended to 5 years/1, 00,000 km (whichever is earlier) from the earlier 4 years/1, 00,000 kms.   The warranty will cover all mechanical and electrical failures as well as the labour expenses that will be carried out during these repairs. However, it does not include any periodic maintenance services, regular wear and tear on components and accident repairs.   Figo is one of the most popular products by Ford in India and the manufacturer is also planning to launch the all new Figo Aspire compact sedan and hatchback models soon in the country. Therefore, we can also expect this extended warranty scheme on the upcoming models as well. Other than these two, the next generation Ford Endeavour is also in the pipe line to be launched by the company in India by the end of 2015. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003163/Ford-India-offers-extended-warranty-scheme-on-Figo.html New 'Select Store' opened by Bridgestone in Nashik, Maharashtra http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003162/New--Select-Store--opened-by-Bridgestone-in-Nashik--Maharashtra.html Bridgestone India Pvt. Ltd. has inaugurated a new select store ‘Ashoka Tyres’ in Nashik, Maharashtra. Located at No.2, Trishal Complex on the Nashik-Pune Road, the third exclusive outlet by Bridgestone in Nashik was inaugurated by Vaibhav Saraf, Sr. General Manager, Sales and Marketing, Bridgestone India.   The newly opened store is a part of Bridgestone's ‘Identity and Sales’ retail philosophy and will also help the customers to experience Bridgestone India’s entire product and service portfolio, such as wheel alignment, balancing and changing facility.   Speaking on the occasion, Vaibhav Saraf said, “We are pleased to launch the third Select store in Nashik that is customer-friendly, smart and stylized store equipped with a wide product range and modern services to offer. We seek to provide our customers with best-in-class products and services and look forward to a successful & long-standing partnership. Select is a unique retail channel which promises customers a unique buying experience and enables customers to view tyres as a critical purchase item which ensures their safety at all times.   According to the company, they work towards ‘Serving Society with Superior Quality’ that is not only valid for our products, but also extends to Bridgestone’s service standards which can be experienced at Select retail outlets. Currently, the tyre manufacturer owns over 360 such stores across the country. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003162/New--Select-Store--opened-by-Bridgestone-in-Nashik--Maharashtra.html Spied: Maruti Suzuki SX 4 Crossover unmasked, to be launched soon http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003161/Spied---Maruti-Suzuki-SX-4-Crossover-unmasked--to-be-launched-soon.html Maruti Suzuki is planning to launch the SX 4 S-Cross in the Indian market. The car is already on sale in Europe and the sedan has been spied testing on the Indian roads as well. This time the upcoming vehicle has been spied unmasked showing the changes. Likely to be priced in the range of INR 12-14 lakh, the crossover is likely to be launched by the end of 2015 competing against the likes of Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano and even the Mahindra XUV 500.   Based on the SX 4 sedan, the crossover for the Indian market will come with some changes as compared to the global model. The Indian version of the crossover is expected to be powered by 1.3-litre Multijet diesel (92bhp) and 1.4-litre petrol (94bhp) units. However, the European model comes powered by the 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines.   Talking about the features, unlike the European version boasting three-piece horizontal slat grille and roof rails, the Indian version will come with only two slats and missing roof rails. However, the production version is likely to get the roof rails in black/silver colors. The interior of the SX 4 Crossover will come inspired by the other Maruti products such as Swift and Ciaz.   Source: Gaadiwaadi http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003161/Spied---Maruti-Suzuki-SX-4-Crossover-unmasked--to-be-launched-soon.html Bentley Mulsanne Speed Blue Train special edition revealed http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003160/Bentley-Mulsanne-Speed-Blue-Train-special-edition-revealed.html British automaker Bentley has unveiled the Mulsanne Speed Blue Train special edition ahead of its world debut at Techno Classica. The special edition of the car has been designed to celebrate the 85th anniversary of the ‘Blue Train’ race that was won by Bentley Chairman Captain Woolf Barnato in 1930. It will be limited to four units and will be available exclusively to customers in continental Europe.   The special features include black alloy wheels and a revised grille with a square mesh pattern at the exterior and "Blue Train 85 Years" tread plates and an "expertly crafted veneer image of the original Bentley ‘Blue Train’ Speed Six" along with a fluting pattern on the door panels at the interior. The other highlights of the first production model include a personalized 'hamper' that features Robbe & Berking silver plated cutlery, Haviland Limoges porcelain crockery, LINLEY crystal champagne flutes and an Angora picnic rug.   Speaking about the same, Richard Charlesworth - Bentley Heritage Collection boss said, "The Blue Train is one of the most famous and celebrated cars in the world and it perfectly embodies the racing spirit of the Bentley. Woolf Barnato was a three-time Le Mans victor, but winning the Blue Train race captured the public’s imagination, and fuelled the legend of the Bentley Boys."   http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003160/Bentley-Mulsanne-Speed-Blue-Train-special-edition-revealed.html Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X final edition revealed http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003159/Mitsubishi-Lancer-Evolution-X-final-edition-revealed.html Mitsubishi has announced the final edition of the Lancer EVO. The edition will be limited to 1000 units and will be sold in Japanese market only. The bookings for the same have already commenced in the country and the launch is expected around August 2015.   On sale since 2007 globally, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X is based on the Evo-GSR and comes powered by MIVEC turbo 2.0 litre motor producing more than 291bhp (produced by basic edition) and mated to 5-speed manual GSR gearbox with power being sent to all four wheels.     The features include a black chrome grille, 18-inch BBS alloy wheels, Bilstein and Eibach suspension bits, Brembo brakes, gloss black trim on the lower bumpers and model-specific emblems at the outer side as well as black leather Recaros with red accent stitching, along with a numbered dash plaque stating the model number at the interior. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003159/Mitsubishi-Lancer-Evolution-X-final-edition-revealed.html VW silently removes features from Polo GT 1.2 TSI in India http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003158/VW-silently-removes-features-from-Polo-GT-1-2-TSI-in-India-.html Volkswagen India has silently removed some features from the Polo GT TSI hatchback. The company considers it a cost cutting method as the hatch comes with a price tag of INR 10,00,00, that is too much for a hatchback. Although the performance of the car has been good but talking about the competition, the Volkswagen Polo has been an under-equipped car.   Still coming powered by the same turbocharged 1.2-litre motor paired to a 7-speed DSG gearbox, the omitted features include the leather-wrapped handbrake lever and fabric on the door pads as well as the Apollo tyres have also been replaced by the MRF ZVTV or JK Tyres. However, the manufacturer has still not updated the brochure of the hatchback that is still showing the leather-wrapped handbrake lever in offer with the Polo GT TSI.   However, this is not the first time that VW has omitted features from a vehicle as earlier, the manufacturer had removed features like one-touch up/down power windows, anti-theft motion sensors, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear lever chrome accents from the Vento sedan as well as cruise control from the Jetta D-segment sedan. Although the removal has currently taken place on the petrol version of Polo but we can expect it soon on the diesel version as well.   Source: Teambhp http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003158/VW-silently-removes-features-from-Polo-GT-1-2-TSI-in-India-.html Yamaha to launch a new motorcycle in India on April 17 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003157/Yamaha-to-launch-a-new-motorcycle-in-India-on-April-17-.html Japanese two wheeler manufacturer Yamaha will launch an all-new product in India tomorrow on April 17, 2015. Although it is not yet confirmed that it will be a scooter or a motorcycle but according to the manufacturer, the company “unfolds another exciting chapter of its journey in India”.   According to the sources, Yamaha is planning to launch a new motorcycle called ‘Saluto’. The motorcycle will come powered by a 123 cc single-cylinder air-cooled engine that empowers the SS 125 producing 11PS of power and 10.4 Nm of torque mated to a 5-speed gearbox.   The launch will take place in Chennai and the price is expected to start at INR 55,000, ex-Showroom. The upcoming Yamaha Saluto will compete against the likes of Honda CB Shine, Bajaj Discover 125, Hero Glamour and TVS Phoenix in the Indian market.   Image source: motorbeam http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003157/Yamaha-to-launch-a-new-motorcycle-in-India-on-April-17-.html Bookings commence for Merc S63 AMG, launch in July 2015 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003156/Bookings-commence-for-Merc-S63-AMG--launch-in-July-2015.html German luxury automaker Mercedes- Benz is preparing to launch the S63 AMG in India. The car is likely to be priced at INR 2.2 Crores and will be launched in July this year. The manufacturer has started the booking for the sedan and the deliveries will commence soon after the launch.   Powering the S63 AMG will be a 5.5L, TwinTurbo, V8 petrol motor producing 577 BHP of power and 900 Nm of torque matched to a 7-speed AMG Speedshift gearbox. With a top speed of 250kmph, the sedan will be able to reach 0-100kmph in just 4.4 seconds in the RWD version while it performs the same stint in 4 seconds in AWD layout. The sedan will offer three modes to choose from, C (Controlled Efficiency), S (Sport) and M (Manual) while the suspension will offer comfort and sport modes.   The highlights of the upcoming Mercedes S63 AMG include aggressive front and rear bumpers with wide airdams at the exterior while the interior will offer exclusive AMG elements with customizable upholstery and embellishments.   http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003156/Bookings-commence-for-Merc-S63-AMG--launch-in-July-2015.html Bajaj to launch two 400cc motorcycles in FY 2015-16 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003155/Bajaj-to-launch-two-400cc-motorcycles-in-FY-2015-16.html After launching two new 200cc Adventure Sport motorcycles, Bajaj Auto is planning to introduce two more motorcycles in the 400cc segment. The Pulsar CS400 and the SS400 concepts were showcased at the 2014 Auto Expo and are ready to be launched in this financial year.   The Bajaj Pulsar Super Sport 400 will feature dual projector headlights, LED taillights, a well-chiseled tank and a semi-digital instrument cluster. The large diameter disc brakes at both ends and ABS as safety feature are the other highlights of the motorcycle.     Talking about the CS400, it will offer a street-fighter design for comfortable long driving experience and according to the company the CS400 was 50 percent production ready at the time of debut last year. However, the manufacturer has not yet disclosed the mechanics of both the motorcycles but according to the reports, both the upcoming motorcycles will come powered by a KTM-derived engine. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003155/Bajaj-to-launch-two-400cc-motorcycles-in-FY-2015-16.html Next-gen Toyota Camry to be launched in India on April 30 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003154/Next-gen-Toyota-Camry-to-be-launched-in-India-on-April-30.html Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) is all set to launch the next gen Camry facelift on April 30 this year. The sedan was spied recently in the country and will feature an all-new front fascia with redesigned headlight enclosures, LED daytime running lights, a large chrome-bordered airdam with circular foglight enclosures and more aggressive front bumper. Apart from this, the manufacturer will also launch the Hiace MPV this year.   Holding the same mechanics as the existing Camry, the 2015 model will get other updates such as LED taillight clusters, a chrome strip on the bootlid and new 17-inch alloy wheels on the exterior. While the interior updates include a new 3-spoke steering wheel, an all-new 4.2-inch instrument cluster and a larger 6.1-inch central infotainment system.   When launched the sedan is likely to be priced between INR 24.5-30.5 lakhs range and will be manufactured at the same TKM’s plant in Bidadi, Karnataka where the existing model gets assembled. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003154/Next-gen-Toyota-Camry-to-be-launched-in-India-on-April-30.html Renault to launch a sub-Rs.4 lakhs car 'XBA' in India this year http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003153/Renault-to-launch-a-sub-Rs-4-lakhs-car--XBA--in-India-this-year.html French automaker Renault has launched the Lodgy recently in India and now, the company is planning to introduce a sub-Rs.4 lakhs car codenamed 'XBA' in 2015 as well. The third product by Renault after Duster and Lodgy will be a hatchback and will be unveiled on May 20 followed by a launch soon.   Based on the an all-new CMF platform developed by the Renault-Nissan alliance, the car will come with an all new 0.8-liter 3-cylinder petrol engine and will be mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox as well as automatic transmission. The car has already been spied testing in the country several times.   According to Sumit Sawhney, Country CEO and Managing Director, Renault India Operations, the upcoming hatchback will be priced under INR 4 lakhs and the company is aiming for over 5% market share in the country by 2016. The manufacturer has launched the Renault Lodgy in Chennai recently priced at INR 8,30,000, ex-showroom with 2810 mm wheelbase, superior fuel efficiency and other class leading features.  image source: motor vikatan http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003153/Renault-to-launch-a-sub-Rs-4-lakhs-car--XBA--in-India-this-year.html Honda city VX(O) Variant introduced at INR 10,64,000 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003152/Honda-city-VX-O--Variant-introduced-at-INR-10-64-000.html Honda has introduced the new VX (O) variant of the Honda City in India. The variant is positioned over the existing VX grade in manual transmission in both petrol & diesel trim and is priced at INR 10,64,000 for the VX(O) MT i-VTEC (Petrol) and INR 11, 83,500 for the VX(O) MT i-DTEC (Diesel), ex-showroom.   The added features include an advanced integrated 15.7cm touchscreen audio visual navigation (AVN) with satellite-based voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation and rear camera display with guidelines, complete in-car entertainment with DVD/CD Playback, Bluetooth, USB, AUX, i-POD, MP3, FM/ AM connectivity. A new color option White Orchid Pearl has also been introduced for the lineup.   Commenting on the launch, JnaneswarSen, Sr. Vice President,Marketing & Sales, Honda Cars India Ltd. said, “Our endeavor has always been to offer best in class features to our customers & we are happy to offer the new grade of the Honda City with Touchscreen Audio Visual Navigation.  We are thankful to our customers for tremendous response which made the 4th Generation Honda City become the fastest mid-size sedan in India by achieving the 1 lakh sales mark in just 15 months.”   http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003152/Honda-city-VX-O--Variant-introduced-at-INR-10-64-000.html Third Datsun vehicle to be launched in 2016 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003151/Third-Datsun-vehicle-to-be-launched-in-2016-.html Japanese automaker Nissan is preparing to launch the third Datsun car in India in 2016. According to Guillaume Sicard, president of Nissan India Operations, the upcoming vehicle will be a hatchback, positioned below the existing Datsun Go.    The upcoming car will be based on the Datsun Redi-Go concept that was first showcased at the Auto Expo 2014 and will be available at all the 60 dealerships of Datsun India across the country. Currently, the manufacturer owns 21 dealerships in India and the 60 new exclusive Datsun dealerships will mostly come up in the rural areas of the country.   According to Guillaume Sicard, in the first year of launch of the Datsun brand, the company sold around 17,000 units and in the next few weeks it will cross the 20,000 mark and going forward the aim is to take the number higher. Nissan India’s market share has gone up from 1 percent to 3 percent and Nissan India’s dealership count is set to hit the 300 mark soon.   Source: ET http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003151/Third-Datsun-vehicle-to-be-launched-in-2016-.html Bajaj Pulsar AS200 and AS150 launched at INR 91,550 and 79,000 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003150/Bajaj-Pulsar-AS200-and-AS150-launched-at-INR-91-550-and-79-000.html Bajaj Auto has launched the new range of Adventure Sport motorcycles, the Pulsar AS 200 and the Pulsar AS 150 priced at INR 91,550 and INR 79,000, ex-Showroom, New Delhi respectively.   Based on the Pulsar 200 NS’s platform, the Pulsar AS 200 is powered by the same four-valve, DTS-i, triple-spark, liquid-cooled, 199.5 cc single-cylinder engine producing 23.5 PS of power. The features include an Alpha-male styling with an aerodynamic half-fairing, a muscular tank, extended touring windscreen to prevent wind blast, a high-intensity projector headlight, a pressed steel perimeter frame, telescopic front fork and a Nitrox mono suspension and 1,363 mm wheelbase. The colors offered include Blue, Red and Black.     Talking about the Pulsar AS 150, it comes powered by a 149.5 cc single-cylinder, twin-spark, 4-valve, air-cooled, DTS-i engine which produces 17 PS of power. The features include a half-fairing, a muscular tank, an extended visor and a projector headlight as well as a telescopic front fork and a monoshock Nitrox unit to handle suspension. It also offers a 240 mm front disc and a 130 mm rear drum brakes and color options are Red, Black and Blue.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003150/Bajaj-Pulsar-AS200-and-AS150-launched-at-INR-91-550-and-79-000.html DICV to participate in the 5-day Hannover Messe in Germany http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003149/DICV-to-participate-in-the-5-day-Hannover-Messe-in-Germany.html Daimler India Commercial Vehicles Pvt. Ltd. (DICV) has announced its participation at the 5-day Hannover Messe (Hannover Fair) to be held at Hannover in Germany. The Hannover Messe will held from April 13 to April 17, 2015 at Hannover which is the world’s leading Trade Fair for Industrial Technology. After 2006, India has again become the ‘Partner Country, this year at the fair which attracts nearly two lakh global leaders in business, technology, industrial scientists and policy makers.    The fair will see DICVs range of ‘Make in India’ products that include the HDT (heavy duty truck) Cabin, HDT Engine and G 85 Transmission. Mixing a spaciously designed interior with excellent illumination thus offering a high degree of driver visibility, the HDT Cabin sets high standards in comfort and safety on the roads in India. The other products to be showcased include the OM 906 engine and the G 85 transmission.   Apart from this, DICV is also investing another 50 million Euros in the bus plant, which will start operation on the premises of the existing plant at the end of May. Although, the initial capacity of the plant will be 1500 units, the manufacturer is planning to increase the capacity to 4000 buses per year. However, the rear-engine buses for the premium segment will be rolling off the assembly line under the Mercedes-Benz brand and the product portfolio will also include front-engine BharatBenz buses to cater the requirements of the Indian high-volume bus market.   On the occasion of the Hanover Messe, Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Daimler Board of Management and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, will meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to strengthen the “Make in India” initiative which seeks to further strengthen India’s industrial base, thus developing the country to an internationally recognized production hub. About 300 Indian companies including public sector giants would be participating in the 5-day fair, seeking technology collaborations, business tie‐ups and showcasing India’s capabilities in global trade at the fair. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003149/DICV-to-participate-in-the-5-day-Hannover-Messe-in-Germany.html New Technical Service Centre inaugurated by Audi in Mumbai http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003148/New-Technical-Service-Centre-inaugurated-by-Audi-in-Mumbai.html The German luxury car manufacturer, Audi has opened a new service centre in Mumbai. The Audi Technical Service Centre for India has been inaugurated by Ulli Seyfferth, Head of Technical Service: Entire Vehicle, AUDI AG and Joe King, Head, Audi India to strengthen its after-sales service in the market.   The service centre comprises of a workshop and training facility in line with AUDI AG standards. The Analysis Workshop with three climate control work bays is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment for Diagnosis and in depth analysis of product concerns. It will also have a training facility, which will conduct boot camps for the technical team as well as for the dealer network.   Speaking on the occasion, Seyfferth said, “The Audi Technical Service Centre in India will enable us to obtain deeper insight into usage patterns of our cars and other local peculiarities as well as customer preferences in India. These learnings are equally important for us to adapt our products to suit the market requirements. The Audi Technical Service Centre will support technicians and service advisors from across the dealerships in India, as well as continuously cultivate their competence level to execute quality jobs and delight our customers.” http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003148/New-Technical-Service-Centre-inaugurated-by-Audi-in-Mumbai.html Weekly Rewind: 6-10 April http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003147/Weekly-Rewind--6-10-April.html 06/04/2015   DC Avanti to be launched on April 15   DC Avanti, India’s first sportscar will be launched on April 15, 2015. The concept of the car was firstly unveiled at the 2012 Auto Expo and the production-ready model was showcased at the 2014 Auto Expo. The bookings for the car …Read More   Volvo Buses India delivered 9400 intercity coaches to UTC   Volvo buses India has delivered five units of 9400 intercity coaches to Great Value Fuels, a group company of AB Corporation, Noida. The new coaches will be operated under …Read More   Audi India leads the FY15 sales with 11,292 units sold   German luxury automaker Audi, has maintained its first position in India for the second consecutive time in the luxury segment. The manufacturer sold 11,292 …Read More   India-bound Mercedes AMG GT premiered at SMS 2015   Mercedes-Benz has showcased the India-bound AMG GT at the Seoul Motor Show 2015. The car made its public debut in 2014 and will be launched in the Indian market …Read More   India- bound 2015 Ford Mustang showcased at 2015 SMS   American automaker Ford has showcased the next gen Mustang at the 2015 Seoul motor show. The car is already on sale in the South Korean …Read More   Renault Lodgy to be launched on April 9   Renault India has announced the launch of Lodgy MPV on 9th April 2015. To be offered in two seating configurations – 8 and 7 seats, the booking for the SUV …Read More   Next-gen Mitsubishi Outlander showcased at 2015 NYMS   The next generation Mitsubishi Outlander has been showcased at the 2015 New York Motor Show. The crossover SUV gets styling prompts from the Mitsubishi’s Outlander …Read More   Spied: Maruti Celerio ZXI AMT ahead of launch   We all know that Maruti is preparing to launch the top-end variant ZXi, of the Celerio by the end of April 2015. The hatchback was introduced at the 2014 auto expo and the …Read More   07/04/2015   BMW inaugurated new dealership in Vijaywada   German luxury automaker BMW has inaugurated a new dealership called KUN Exclusive in Vijaywada, Andhra Pradesh. This is the second dealership …Read More   Next-gen Audi TT to be launched on April 23   The Indian subsidiary of the German automaker Audi had announced earlier that they will launch one new product each month for the next 5 months and according to …Read More   VW introduces four Beetle concepts at 2015 NYMS   Volkswagen has introduced four new Beetle concepts at the New York auto show. The concepts have been named as the Beetle Cabriolet Denim, the Beetle Wave convertible, the Beetle Pink Edition …Read More   Suzuki Gixxer SF launched at INR 83,439   Japanese two wheeler maker Suzuki has launched updated version of the Gixxer SF in India. The motorcycle is priced at INR …Read More   Renault Duster price dropped by Rs. 30,000   French automaker Renault has reduced the price of its best seller Duster compact SUV by Rs. 30,000. The updated version of the SUV was launched at a starting price of Rs. 8.30 lakh, which has been reduced to Rs. 7.99 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi). The manufacturer …Read More   Mercedes-Benz stops production of G63 AMG 6x6   German luxury car manufacturer Mercedes- Benz has stopped the production of G63 AMG 6x6. The step has been taken to secure …Read More   Harley-Davidson India announces extended warranty program   Harley Davidson India has announced an extended warranty program in the country. According to the program, the customers …Read More   08/04/2015   'All-new Pulsar' to be launched by Bajaj on April 14   After launching the Bajaj Pulsar RS200, the fastest Pulsar till date, Bajaj Auto is all set to introduce another Pulsar variant on April …Read More   Toyota India starts online driver registrations for EMR 2015   TKM (Toyota Kirloskar Motor) India has commenced the online registrations for the selection of new drivers for the Etios Motor Racing …Read More   Spied: Next-gen Mahindra XUV500 uncovered   Mahindra & Mahindra is preparing to launch the facelift version of XUV500 in the country and the images of the SUV have been leaked …Read More   Bridgestone inaugurates new store in Coimbatore   Bridgestone India Pvt. Ltd. has inaugurated a new exclusive Select store ‘M/s Shri Shakthi’ in Coimbatore. Formally inaugurated by S. Venkitachalam …Read More   NGT Bans 10 years Old Diesel Vehicles in New Delhi   National Green Tribunal (NGT) has banned all the diesel vehicles over 10 years old in New Delhi. According to the bench of five members headed by Chairperson Swatanter …Read More   Honeywell India to provide turbochargers for VW 1.5L TDI diesel engines   The Indian subsidiary of US based company Honeywell will be providing its variable-geometry diesel turbocharger to VW India for company’s new …Read More   09/04/2015   Nissan Leaf to be launched in India   Japanese automaker Nissan is planning to launch a full electric vehicle ‘Leaf’ in India. This has been made possible due to the government of India’s Faster Adoption …Read More   Hyundai India to launch MPV codenamed 'IP' in 2017   Hyundai India is planning to introduce an MPV codenamed as ‘IP’ that will be launched in the year 2017. When launched, the vehicle will rival against products …Read More   Renault Lodgy launched at INR 8.19 Lakhs   French automaker Renault has launched the Lodgy MPV in India at INR 8.19 Lakhs, Ex-showroom, New Delhi. It is the first of two major launches for Renault in India …Read More   Apollo inaugurates retread zone outlet in Mumbai   Apollo Tyres Ltd has inaugurated Apollo Retread Zone (ARZ) in Turbhe, Navi Mumbai. This is the third retreading outlet by the company in India after Jaipur and …Read More   Mahindra to launch Ssangyong Korando in India in 2015   Mahindra & Mahindra is planning to launch the Ssangyong Korando in India this year. The compact SUV has been spied testing in the country several times but the …Read More   10/04/2015   Tata Nano facelift 'GenX' to be launched soon   Tata Motors is planning to launch the Nano facelift ‘GenX Nano’ in the country soon. The vehicle was showcased at the 2014 Auto Expo and features redesigned …Read More   Mahindra XUV500 recalled due to defective alloy wheels   Mahindra & Mahindra has silently recalled the XUV500 due to defective alloy wheels. The customers have complaint about the alloy wheel breaking off abruptly while the SUV …Read More   Next-gen BMW 1-Series facelift imported to India   German luxury automaker BMW has imported one unit of the 2016 1-Series facelift in India for testing purposes. The vehicle was introduced at the …Read More   Terra Motors setting up 5 Million US Dollar plant in Haryana   Terra Motors, the Japanese electric two- and three-wheeler manufacturer is setting up a 5 million US Dollar (INR31 Crores) plant …Read More   Satinder Bajwa appointed as VP Sales, Network and Customer Relations by Nissan India   Nissan India has appointed Satinder Singh Bajwa as Vice President sales, network and customer relations effective from April 13, 2015. Reporting to …Read More http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003147/Weekly-Rewind--6-10-April.html Satinder Bajwa appointed as VP Sales, Network and Customer Relations by Nissan India http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003146/Satinder-Bajwa-appointed-as-VP-Sales--Network-and-Customer-Relations-by-Nissan-India.html Nissan India has appointed Satinder Singh Bajwa as Vice President sales, network and customer relations effective from April 13, 2015. Reporting to Arun Malhotra – Managing Director, Nissan India, Bajwa will be responsible for accelerating sales, expanding the reach and ensuring customer satisfaction for both Nissan and Datsun across India.   Speaking on the appointment, Arun Malhotra – Managing Director, Nissan India said, “As we continue to make quick and firm progress in taking Nissan Group of India to its next level it is imperative that we grow and nurture a robust sales and service backbone to ensure customer satisfaction. We have found a strong professional in Satinder Singh Bajwa who brings with him vast experience that can help meet our business goals.”   An MBA in Marketing from ITASMC, Pune, Satinder Bajwa has a rich experience of 20 years in sales, marketing, dealer management and key account management in the automobile industry. Prior to Nissan, he has worked with Hyundai Motor India Ltd as Group Head – Sales, Maruti Suzuki, Piaggio and Bajaj Auto Ltd. as well. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003146/Satinder-Bajwa-appointed-as-VP-Sales--Network-and-Customer-Relations-by-Nissan-India.html Terra Motors setting up $5 Million plant in Haryana http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003145/Terra-Motors-setting-up-$5-Million-plant-in-Haryana.html Terra Motors, the Japanese electric two- and three-wheeler manufacturer is setting up a 5 million US Dollar (INR31 Crores) plant in Haryana. The plant will have an annual output of 30,000 units and will manufacture R6 e-rickshaw for the company initially.   Unveiled in December 2014, the R6 comes powered by a 48 V 100 Ah battery which gives it a range of 100 km on a full charge. It can accommodate maximum 7 people at a time or a maximum weight of 490 kgs. The claimed top speed of R6 is 30kmph and it takes 7 hours for charging.   Measuring 2,950 mm in length, 1,090 mm in width, and 1,800 mm in height, the R6 features a short 3.2 meter turning radius and rain covers which can be pulled down to protect the occupants. According to Toru Tokushige, Chief Executive, Terra Motors, the expected price of the R6 will be around INR 1 lakh as the company was trying to keep the price according to the market for the e-rickshaw. The company has also taken the necessary certification from ARAI and is ready to launch the vehicle anytime soon.   Source: Economic Times   http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003145/Terra-Motors-setting-up-$5-Million-plant-in-Haryana.html Next-gen BMW 1-Series facelift imported to India http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003144/Next-gen-BMW-1-Series-facelift-imported-to-India.html German luxury automaker BMW has imported one unit of the 2016 1-Series facelift in India for testing purposes. The vehicle was introduced at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show and this import hints towards a launch in the near future.   Currently, the BMW 1-Series comes powered by a 2.0-litre diesel engine in the country that will be carried over on the facelift version as well. However, internationally the car comes with more powerful new three-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. But in India, the 1.6-litre turbo petrol has been discontinued recently and the sedan is available in diesel version only.   Talking about the updates on the facelift, the BMW 1-Series gets new wraparound LED tail lights and a revised boot-lid. The interior sports a new touchscreen infotainment unit, M sport steering wheel and updated controls with new upholstery options as well as Active Stop & Go function, new-generation Park Assist and Connected Drive are the other highlights.   Source: Zauba.com http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003144/Next-gen-BMW-1-Series-facelift-imported-to-India.html Mahindra XUV500 recalled due to defective alloy wheels http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003143/Mahindra-XUV500-recalled-due-to-defective-alloy-wheels.html Mahindra & Mahindra has silently recalled the XUV500 due to defective alloy wheels. The customers have complaint about the alloy wheel breaking off abruptly while the SUV was in motion. The defect has been reported in the optional alloys that are available as an accessory called ‘Speed-Rim’ at the company’s dealerships.   A number of complaints have been reported regarding the same that made Mahindra conduct an investigation that resulted in the recall of the XUV500. The company is contacting the customers of the affected units and is replacing the defective alloy wheel (same design) free of charge. The customers with the ‘Speed-Rim’ alloys can also contact to their respective dealer and check if the alloy wheel on their model is defective. However, the recall has not been done officially as the alloy wheels were an accessory and not an OEM unit.   Apart from this, Mahindra has recalled their vehicles recently due to airbag software upgrade, clutch problems as well as defective vacuum pump that raised questions on the quality of the vehicles manufactured by the automaker. Currently, Mahindra is preparing to launch the facelift version of the XUV500 that was launched in 2011 in the country.   Source: Teambhp http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003143/Mahindra-XUV500-recalled-due-to-defective-alloy-wheels.html Tata Nano facelift 'GenX' to be launched soon http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003142/Tata-Nano-facelift--GenX--to-be-launched-soon.html Tata Motors is planning to launch the Nano facelift ‘GenX Nano’ in the country soon. The vehicle was showcased at the 2014 Auto Expo and features redesigned front and rear bumpers, smoked headlight clusters and a refreshed dashboard.   The Nano Twist F-Tronic concept showcased at the Auto Expo sports the automated manual transmission (AMT) and uses a Magneti-Marelli made system claimed to deliver 10-15 percent better fuel efficiency over a conventional automatic transmission. The fuel tank capacity is 24 liters.   The interior offers a new 3-spoke steering wheel, new seat fabrics and a dual-tone dashboard. The other highlight of the Nano facelift will be the functional bootlid with dual hydraulic mounts, a redesigned windscreen and a release mechanism for easy access and an automated manual transmission.   http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003142/Tata-Nano-facelift--GenX--to-be-launched-soon.html Mahindra to launch Ssangyong Korando in India in 2015 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003141/Mahindra-to-launch-Ssangyong-Korando-in-India-in-2015.html Mahindra & Mahindra is planning to launch the Ssangyong Korando in India this year. The compact SUV has been spied testing in the country several times but the manufacturer has not yet confirmed the official launch date for the same.   Currently, the Korando comes powered by 2.0-liter petrol and diesel engines paired to 6-speed manual and automatic transmissions. The petrol version produces 149PS as well as the diesel version churns out 149PS and 175 PS for the Korean market. However, the Indian version is likely to come with the same engine with improved performance as well as increased fuel efficiency by 8.4 percent.   The existing Korando for the Korean market comes with features such as redesigned headlights with projector lights, a new grille and bumper, new alloy wheels and a new instrument console with soft-touch fabrics after receiving a facelift in 2013. The safety features include 6 airbags, ABS, EBD, Hill Start Assist, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, an electronic active head-restraint and rear parking sensors.   The compact SUV for the Indian market is likely to be assembled locally in order to rival against Nissan Terrano, Renault Duster and Hyundai ix25. The expected price range is between INR 10-14 lakhs, ex-Showroom.   Source: Financial Express http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003141/Mahindra-to-launch-Ssangyong-Korando-in-India-in-2015.html Apollo inaugurates retread zone outlet in Mumbai http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003140/Apollo-inaugurates-retread-zone-outlet-in-Mumbai.html Apollo Tyres Ltd has inaugurated Apollo Retread Zone (ARZ) in Turbhe, Navi Mumbai. This is the third retreading outlet by the company in India after Jaipur and Chennai and will provide retreading service to truck and bus customers, and fleet owners and is equipped with retreading machines, quality tread material and trained workers.   The company is also planning to expand its network in India by setting up 20 Apollo Retread Zone outlets in India by FY2015-16 end. To train the ARZ employees, Apollo has a state-of-art Retread Research and Training Centre in Chennai.   Speaking at the occasion, Satish Sharma, President, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa, Apollo Tyres Ltd said, “As a dominant player in the commercial vehicle segment, especially in India, we are committed to providing 360 degree solution to our customers, which very much includes retreading as well, to enhance the tyre life of the end-user. The increase in usage of radial tyres in the truck-bus segment, has increased the potential for retreading, and thereby the need for more such quality retreading outlets to service our customers.” http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003140/Apollo-inaugurates-retread-zone-outlet-in-Mumbai.html Renault Lodgy launched at INR 8.19 Lakhs http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003139/Renault-Lodgy-launched-at-INR-8-19-Lakhs.html French automaker Renault has launched the Lodgy MPV in India at INR 8.19 Lakhs, Ex-showroom, New Delhi. It is the first of two major launches for Renault in India this year followed by a small car (codenamed XBA), scheduled to be launched in 2015 as well. The Renault Lodgy has been launched in seven variants in the country and the pricelist has been mentioned below:   Renault Lodgy STD 85 PS – INR 8.19 Lakhs Renault Lodgy RxE 85 PS – INR 8.99 Lakhs Renault Lodgy RxL 85 PS – INR 9.59 Lakhs Renault Lodgy RxZ 85 PS – INR 10.89 Lakhs Renault Lodgy RxL 110 PS – INR 10.09 Lakhs Renault Lodgy RxZ 110 PS 8-seat – INR 11.49 Lakhs Renault Lodgy RxZ 110 PS 7-seat – INR 11.79 Lakhs   The engine options available for the Renault Lodgy include a 1.5-liter four-cylinder diesel engine producing 85 PS and 200 Nm of torque mated to a 5-speed manual transmission returning 21.04 kmpl of fuel efficiency for the base variant and 110 PS and 245 Nm of torque paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox that returns 19.98 kmpl of fuel efficiency for the top-end variant.   Equipped with a McPherson strut at the front and a torsion beam suspension for the rear, the top-end variant gets 15-inch alloy wheels. The safety features include ABS, EBD, dual front airbags and reverse parking sensors with a rear view camera for the RxZ variant.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003139/Renault-Lodgy-launched-at-INR-8-19-Lakhs.html Hyundai India to launch MPV codenamed 'IP' in 2017 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003138/Hyundai-India-to-launch-MPV-codenamed--IP--in-2017.html Hyundai India is planning to introduce an MPV codenamed as ‘IP’ that will be launched in the year 2017. When launched, the vehicle will rival against products like the Honda Mobilio, Maruti Ertiga and Renault Lodgy in the country. The MPV is likely to be priced between INR 7-10 lakhs, ex-showroom.   According to the source, the MPV will come powered by both petrol and diesel engines mated to a manual transmission as standard. However, we can also expect an automatic gearbox with the same as well.   Apart from this, Hyundai is preparing to launch the ix25 compact SUV in the country this year. The Korean automaker is currently focusing on the UV segment in the Indian market as the segment accounts for 21 percent of the overall market. At present, Hyundai India sells only the Santa Fe in the segment that has left the company behind the other rivals in the country.   Source: Economic Times http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003138/Hyundai-India-to-launch-MPV-codenamed--IP--in-2017.html Nissan Leaf to be launched in India http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003137/Nissan-Leaf--to-be-launched-in-India-.html Japanese automaker Nissan is planning to launch a full electric vehicle ‘Leaf’ in India. This has been made possible due to the government of India’s Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles (FAME) initiative which commencing this month. Nissan had showcased the Leaf at an event in Delhi last month.   The Nissan Leaf was introduced internationally in December 2010 and comes powered by an 80 kW motor which gives out 240 Nm of peak torque. Currently, the driving range of leaf is about 135 kms with a full charged battery, but Nissan is planning to increase its range to 400 kms in the future.   Talking about the safety features, the compact five-door hatchback electric car come equipped with ABS, EBD, six airbags, vehicle dynamic control  and traction control system. Positioned as an urban hatchback, Nissan Leaf is currently the world’s best selling electric vehicle having sold over 1,60,000 units globally. The manufacturer is planning to introduce the car as halo model in India similar to the countries where it is sold rather than a money spinner.   Source: Autocarpro.in http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003137/Nissan-Leaf--to-be-launched-in-India-.html Honeywell India to provide turbochargers for VW 1.5L TDI Diesel Engines http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003136/Honeywell-India-to-provide-turbochargers-for-VW-1-5L-TDI-Diesel-Engines.html The Indian subsidiary of US based company Honeywell will be providing its variable-geometry diesel turbocharger to VW India for company’s new 1.5L TDI diesel engine. Replacing the 1.2L TDI as well as a larger 1.6L TDI diesel used by Vento and Skoda Rapid, the new engine was launched with the VW Polo facelift and comes with these two cars as well. The engine uses the turbo with Honeywell’s Variable Nozzle Technology (VNT) and is manufactured at VW Chakan Plnt near Pune.   According to Hans-Georg Festing, Executive Director, Corporate Purchasing, Volkswagen India Private Ltd., Honeywell has been a trusted partner for high performance and extremely reliable turbochargers for VW’s 1.5L TDI diesel engines. Honeywell helped the company increase the local content with this high-value part for VW engine and have contributed to their long-term localization strategy in India as well.   Speaking on the same, Milind Godbole, Managing Director, Honeywell Transportation Systems, India said, “Honeywell VNT technology is an upgrade to existing wastegate technology with its advanced aerodynamics and bearing systems allowing more precise control of airflow into the engine. This helps Volkswagen offer its customers improved fuel economy and uncompromising performance with high torque and power resulting in better responsiveness to the driver. Honeywell’s VNT technology is 30 percent more space efficient helping Volkswagen engineers apply a more powerful, yet compact powertrain across a range of vehicles.”   http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003136/Honeywell-India-to-provide-turbochargers-for-VW-1-5L-TDI-Diesel-Engines.html NGT Bans 10 years Old Diesel Vehicles in New Delhi http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003135/NGT-Bans-10-years-Old-Diesel-Vehicles-in-New-Delhi.html National Green Tribunal (NGT) has banned all the diesel vehicles over 10 years old in New Delhi. According to the bench of five members headed by Chairperson Swatanter Kumar, such old vehicles will be discontinued in the capital, and the old ones coming from other states will not be allowed to enter the city as well.   However, earlier in November 2014, NGT had banned all the diesel vehicles which are more than 15 years old. This step has been after analyzing higher emission of diesel vehicles in comparison to petrol counterparts and negligence in emission standards.   According to the reports, these old diesel vehicles are the biggest culprit in polluting air of the city as Delhi NCR has the highest number of cars in India and on paper, has over 2.8 million vehicles that are more than 15 years old, but only 1100 of such vehicles have been seized by traffic police in the last three months.   Delhi Environment Minister, Asim Ahmed Khan has also asked to impose hefty fines on such vehicles and NGT have also given direction to the government to strictly check vehicles at Delhi entry points for their year of registration, weight and pollution level. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003135/NGT-Bans-10-years-Old-Diesel-Vehicles-in-New-Delhi.html Bridgestone inaugurates new store in Coimbatore http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003134/Bridgestone-inaugurates-new-store-in-Coimbatore.html Bridgestone India Pvt. Ltd. has inaugurated a new exclusive Select store ‘M/s Shri Shakthi’ in Coimbatore. Formally inaugurated by S. Venkitachalam., Zonal Head (South), Bridgestone India Pvt. Ltd., the store boosts of an exclusive Bridgestone retail “Identity and Sales” in line with the retail philosophy adopted globally.   Located at No.3B, Mettupalayam Road, G N Mills Post, Velandipalayam, Coimbatore, the store offers facilities such as exceptional customer service, Smart and stylized interiors, welcoming and customer-friendly environment and Wide product range, displays and designs. Other products and services include Wheel Alignment, Wheel Balancing, Automatic Tyre Changing, Nitrogen filing and Alloy Wheels & Accessories.   Speaking on the occasion, S. Venkitachalam said, “We  are pleased  to  launch the  7th  Select store  in Coimbatore  that is  customer-friendly, smart  and  stylized store  equipped  with  a  wide  product  range  and modern  services  to  offer. Select  is  a  unique  retail  channel of a  quality  store  which promises  customers  a better and unique buying experience and enable customers to view tyres as a critical purchase item which ensures their safety at all times.” http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003134/Bridgestone-inaugurates-new-store-in-Coimbatore.html Spied: Next-gen Mahindra XUV500 uncovered http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003133/Spied--Next-gen-Mahindra-XUV500-uncovered.html Mahindra & Mahindra is preparing to launch the facelift version of XUV500 in the country and the images of the SUV have been leaded recently. Although the official launch date has not been confirmed yet but it is expected to be launched in May this year.   According to the spy pictures, the upcoming XUV500 gets a refreshed front fascia. New ‘L’ shaped two-part headlamps with chrome inserts, a new chrome grille and the chrome inserted in the area below the headlamps are the main highlights of the exterior along with a new chin with a faux aluminum skid plate giving the SUV a muscular look.   Talking about the other changes, the next-gen XUV500 gets the new sportier 10-spoke alloy wheels, as well as the bigger license plate garnish at the rear. However, there is no report about the changes inside the SUV or any mechanical change will be there or not.   Source: Autocarindia.com http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003133/Spied--Next-gen-Mahindra-XUV500-uncovered.html Toyota India starts online driver registrations for EMR 2015 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003132/Toyota-India-starts-online-driver-registrations-for-EMR-2015.html TKM (Toyota Kirloskar Motor) India has commenced the online registrations for the selection of new drivers for the Etios Motor Racing (EMR) - 2015. The Toyota Etios Motor Racing was introduced in the year 2013 and this is the third season of the event.   Drivers between the age group of 15-29 years & above can apply for the participation. After the first round of online application selection, on ground driver selection will take place in May through a Go Karting round followed by final selection in the EMR car at the Kari Motor Speedway in Coimbatore. The online registration for the event can be done at www.toyotaetiosmotorracing.in.   The GO Karting round will be conducted by N Leelakrishnan who is a six-time INRC Motor Rally Champion and one time Formula 3 (India) champion, along with veterans of the motorsport field as guest evaluators. Participants would be evaluated on various parameters like driving skill, physical fitness, and consistency in lap times. However, previous racing experience will be an added advantage as the drivers with previous EMR experience will be given a direct entry into the final selection round. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003132/Toyota-India-starts-online-driver-registrations-for-EMR-2015.html ?All-new Pulsar? to be launched by Bajaj on April 14 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003131/--All-new-Pulsar--to-be-launched-by-Bajaj-on-April-14.html After launching the Bajaj Pulsar RS200, the fastest Pulsar till date, Bajaj Auto is all set to introduce another Pulsar variant on April 14, 2015. According to Rajiv Bajaj, Managing Director of Bajaj Auto, the company has “another big launch this month on April 14, again an all-new Pulsar”.   The upcoming Pulsar variant by the company will be a 150AS. The motorcycle is based on an all-new perimeter frame that will be introduced on the regular Pulsar 150 as well. The Bajaj Pulsar 150AS has also been spied testing in the country earlier.   The upcoming Bajaj Pulsar 150AS will sport the carburetor-fed 150 cc single-cylinder engine from the Pulsar 150 with improved performance. Currently, the engine produces 15.06 PS and 12.5 Nm of torque on the Pulsar 150 mated to a 5-speed transmission.   Talking about the features, the Pulsar 150AS is likely to offer illuminated switches, projector headlight, a petal-rotor front disc, alloy wheels, and alloy footrests and sub-frames. However, safety features such as ABS and rear disc brake will not be offered with the 150AS.   Source: Money Control http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003131/--All-new-Pulsar--to-be-launched-by-Bajaj-on-April-14.html Harley-Davidson India announces extended warranty program http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003130/Harley-Davidson-India-announces-extended-warranty-program-.html Harley Davidson India has announced an extended warranty program in the country. According to the program, the customers can now avail of two years of additional warranty over and above the two-year factory warranty period already offered.   The extended warranty scheme will be applicable to its genuine H-D parts and labour apart from its entire motorcycle range in the country. However, the program is not only applicable to all the new customers but also to customers who have bought their bikes after April 1, 2015. The customers interested in the scheme can avail it anytime during their two-year factory warranty term.   Currently, the British two wheeler manufacturer sells eleven motorcycles in India including Harley- Davidson Street 750, XL883, XL 1200, FXD, Dyna, flst, Breakout, VRSCDX, FLH, Street Glide Special, and CVO Limited. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003130/Harley-Davidson-India-announces-extended-warranty-program-.html Mercedes-Benz stops production of G63 AMG 6x6 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003129/Mercedes-Benz-stops-production-of-G63-AMG-6x6.html German luxury car manufacturer Mercedes- Benz has stopped the production of G63 AMG 6x6. The step has been taken to secure the uniqueness of the vehicle. The company has sold over 100 units of the six wheeled SUV with three axles and five differentials.   The manufacturer is planning to replace the off-roader G63 AMG 6x6 with a more conventional four-wheeled G 500 4x42. The G 500 4x42 comes powered by a smaller 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine producing 422 hp and sports wagon body style instead of the pickup short-bed of the G63 AMG 6x6. The features include permanent all-wheel drive, an off-road reduction in the transfer case, portal axles and lockable three differentials.   However, the G63 AMG 6x6 is powered by an AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine that churns out 544 hp and 760 Nm of torque mated to an AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-TRONIC automatic transmission.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003129/Mercedes-Benz-stops-production-of-G63-AMG-6x6.html Renault Duster price dropped by Rs. 30,000 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003128/Renault-Duster-price-dropped-by-Rs--30-000.html French automaker Renault has reduced the price of its best seller Duster compact SUV by Rs. 30,000. The updated version of the SUV was launched at a starting price of Rs. 8.30 lakh, which has been reduced to Rs. 7.99 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi). The manufacturer has update dthe price on their website. However, the reason behind the same has not been revealed by Renault but it seems that Renault is hoping to keep its sales strong in the segment against Ford EcoSport.   The Renault Duster was launched with a choice of petrol and diesel engines, 1598 cc 4-cylinder petrol engine with 103 bhp power and 148 Nm torque mated to 5-speed manual transmission, 1461 cc 4-cylinder diesel engine producing 84 bhp and 200 Nm torque paired to 5-speed manual gearbox and 1461 cc 4-cylinder diesel engine churning 108 bhp and 245 Nm torque with 6-speed manual transmission.   The features include a soft touch dashboard, a new instrument cluster with a new multi information display with service reminders and a gearshift indicator, an arm rest and new fabric upholstery along with an ECO mode feature, cruise control and speed limiter, new steering column, a speed-sensitive door lock and better noise insulation.   http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003128/Renault-Duster-price-dropped-by-Rs--30-000.html Suzuki Gixxer SF launched at INR 83,439 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003127/Suzuki-Gixxer-SF-launched-at-INR-83-439.html Japanese two wheeler maker Suzuki has launched updated version of the Gixxer SF in India. The motorcycle is priced at INR 83,439, ex-Showroom, New Delhi.   The power comes from a 154.9 cc air-cooled, carburetor-fed, single-cylinder engine capable of 14.8 PS and 14 Nm of torque mated to 5-speed gearbox. The Gixxer SF measures 2,050 mm in length, 785 mm in width, 1,085 mm in height and 1,330 mm in wheelbase. The tank capacity is 12 liters and the ground clearance is 160 mm. However, the motorcycle weighs 4 kg more than the regular Gixxer at 139 kg.   The features of the newly launched Gixxer SF include an ‘aerodynamic sports fairing’ for a MotoGP-inspired look, a maintenance free 12V, 3Ah battery, an LED taillight, clear lens indicators, a digital instrument console with gear shift indicator and an aluminium muffler cover. The color options are Pearl Mirage White, Glass Sparkle Black and Metallic Triton Blue. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003127/Suzuki-Gixxer-SF-launched-at-INR-83-439.html VW introduces four Beetle concepts at 2015 NYMS http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003126/VW-introduces-four-Beetle-concepts-at-2015-NYMS.html Volkswagen has introduced four new Beetle concepts at the New York auto show. The concepts have been named as the Beetle Cabriolet Denim, the Beetle Wave convertible, the Beetle Pink Edition and the Beetle R-Line concept.   The Beetle Cabriolet Denim - Finished in 'Stonewashed Blue', the concept has been designed to honor the Jeans Beetles of the '70s, '80s and '90s. The top of the concept is finished in a darker denim shade than the body. While the cabin carries the same shade as the body, the seats are finished in light blue denim featuring red and white stripes.   The Beetle Wave convertible – The convertible concept seems to be inspired from the East and West coasts of the USA, and the American surfing culture. Finished in a bright orange shade, the concept gets wooden finish at the interior.   The Pink Edition – The concept offers a lot of pink as the name suggests. While the exterior is finished largely in a metallic paint shade, the wing mirror housings and side body mouldings receives a dark Adamantium shade. The interior of the concept is a mixture of the exterior shade along with the seats featuring pink detailing.   The R-Line – The concept receives bucket seats with bolsters finished in a leather-carbon style spread to the door inserts and steering wheel with some yellow stitching. The concept is 14mm wider than the standard production version of the Beetle and features restyled bumpers and 20-inch alloy wheels. Focused more towards performance, the concept gets a 217bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003126/VW-introduces-four-Beetle-concepts-at-2015-NYMS.html Next-gen Audi TT to be launched on April 23 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003125/Next-gen-Audi-TT-to-be-launched-on-April-23.html The Indian subsidiary of the German automaker Audi had announced earlier that they will launch one new product each month for the next 5 months and according to the reports, the 2015 Audi TT Coupe will be launched in India on April 23.    The manufacturer will launch the Audi TT 45TFSI variant in the country that will be based on the modern MQB platform. Under the hood, the car gets a 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol engine developing 230 hp and 370 Nm of torque. The all wheel drive engine will come mated to 6-speed DSG transmission with a capacity to reach 0-100kmph in 5.3 seconds and a top-speed of 253 kmph.   The next gen Audi TT will be imported as a CBU from Audi’s Hungarian plant and features Audi’s Virtual Cockpit which integrates the MMI screen to the instrument cluster and jet-turbine like AC vents with integrated temperature control adjustment.   According to the reports, Audi India is also considering a diesel variant of the TT for the Indian market powered by a 2.0-liter TDI engine. The 2015 Audi TT is likely to be priced between INR 55-65 lakhs, ex-showroom and will compete against the Mercedes SLK Class and BMW Z4.   Source: Overdrive.in http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003125/Next-gen-Audi-TT-to-be-launched-on-April-23.html BMW inaugurated new dealership in Vijaywada http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003124/BMW-inaugurated-new-dealership-in-Vijaywada.html German luxury automaker BMW has inaugurated a new dealership called KUN Exclusive in Vijaywada, Andhra Pradesh. This is the second dealership by the company in Andhra Pradesh after Hyderabad and 39th outlet owned by BMW in India.    Located at Plot No 5 APIIC IALA, Old NH5 Capital Region, Andhra Pradesh, the new showroom has the capacity to display four cars indoors and additional cars in the extended gallery. The outlet is based on the signature BMW layout comprising of reception, sales/after-sales desk and consultation lounge being located close to the display area.   Commenting on the occasion, Philipp von Sahr, President, BMW Group India said, “BMW is an admired premium auto manufacturer and continues to set new benchmarks in India. BMW India is committed to creating unparalleled customer delight. We believe that the circle of ‘Sheer Driving Pleasure’ can only be completed by introducing innovative products, building world class dealerships, maintaining state-of-the-art local-production facilities and having a motivated workforce that engages passionately with our clientele to deliver premium services ahead of time. With the launch of our second dealership in Andhra Pradesh, we have further strengthened our commitment to one of the most promising markets in India.” http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003124/BMW-inaugurated-new-dealership-in-Vijaywada.html Spied: Maruti Celerio ZXI AMT ahead of launch in April http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003123/Spied--Maruti--Celerio-ZXI-AMT-ahead-of-launch-in-April.html We all know that Maruti is preparing to launch the top-end variant ZXi, of the Celerio by the end of April 2015. The hatchback was introduced at the 2014 auto expo and the production has already commenced at Maruti’s Manesar plant. Apart from this, the manufacturer is planning to introduce a diesel variant of the Celerio powered by Suzuki’s first self-developed diesel engine as well.   The ZXi AMT variant of Maruti Celerio will offer additional features like ABS, alloy wheels and airbags as well as foglights, alloy wheels, body-colored door handles, a 2-DIN audio system with Bluetooth, USB, CD and AUX-in, 4 speakers, audio controls on the steering wheel, electrically-adjustable wing mirrors, tilt-adjustable steering, rear wiper and washer and a driver-side airbag.   The power of the hatchback comes from a 1.0-liter three-cylinder petrol engine producing 68 PS and 90 Nm of torque mated to the Magneti-Marelli made 5-speed AMT gearbox and claimed fuel efficiency of 23.1 kmpl.   Source: gaadiwaadi.com http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003123/Spied--Maruti--Celerio-ZXI-AMT-ahead-of-launch-in-April.html Next-gen Mitsubishi Outlander showcased at 2015 NYMS http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003122/Next-gen-Mitsubishi-Outlander-showcased-at-2015-NYMS.html The next generation Mitsubishi Outlander has been showcased at the 2015 New York Motor Show. The crossover SUV gets styling prompts from the Mitsubishi’s Outlander PHEV Concept-S. Although the SUV receives updated features, the mechanics remain the same.   The facelifted Outlander gets the biggest change in the form of a new front and the new bumper with chrome garnish on the grille, LED daytime-running lights in the headlamp, new 18-inch alloy wheels, new lower door sections, LED tail-lamps, a new bumper and black cladding with silver trim along the lower portion of the vehicle completes the look of the SUV.   The interior of the SUV offers a redesigned, electric steering wheel, a new infotainment system, a new auto-dimming rear-view mirror with Homelink, new trim and Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning and Adaptive Cruise Control as safety features. The other features include a reinforced chassis along with a tweaked suspension to reduce the noise and vibration inside the cabin.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003122/Next-gen-Mitsubishi-Outlander-showcased-at-2015-NYMS.html Renault Lodgy to be launched on April 9 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003121/Renault-Lodgy-to-be-launched-on-April-9.html Renault India has announced the launch of Lodgy MPV on 9th April 2015. To be offered in two seating configurations – 8 and 7 seats, the booking for the SUV had already commenced in March at INR 50,000. The manufacturer is also planning to launch its small car codenamed ‘XBA’ in June this year.   The upcoming Renault Lodgy will come powered by 1.5-liter four-cylinder K9K diesel engine that empowers other Renault-Nissan products such as Micra, Sunny, Terrano, Duster, Pulse, Scala and Fluence. Similar to the Duster, the engine will be offered in two states of tune, the 85 PS variant producing 200 Nm of torque mated to a 5-speed transmission and returning 21.04 km/l fuel efficiency and the 110 PS variant churning out 245 Nm of torque and mated to a 6-speed gearbox, returning the fuel efficiency of 19.98 km/l in the ARAI tests. However, an automatic transmission will not be offered on the SUV.   Measuring 4,498 mm in length, 1,751 mm in width, 1,697 mm in height and 2,810 mm in wheelbase, the 7 seater Renault Lodgy will come with a Captains Chair arrangement for the second row. The SUV will offer 275 liter boot when all seats are in place while the boot space spans to 1,861 liters when the last two rows are folded. The top end variant of the upcoming Lodgy will feature Dual front airbags, ABS, EBD, reverse parking sensors and a touchscreen Media NAV system.   http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003121/Renault-Lodgy-to-be-launched-on-April-9.html India- bound 2015 Ford Mustang showcased at 2015 SMS http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003120/India--bound-2015-Ford-Mustang-showcased-at-2015-SMS.html American automaker Ford has showcased the next gen Mustang at the 2015 Seoul motor show. The car is already on sale in the South Korean market for a starting price of 45,350,000 South Korean Won (INR 26,00,520) and is all set to be launched in India by the end of 2015.   The sixth generation of the Ford Mustang gets a fully-independent suspension at the rear on all variants, Ecoboost 4-cylinder engines, and the first ever right-hand drive (RHD) in the history of its existence. To be offered with offered with a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed auto transmissions, the 2015 Ford Mustang will be available in three trims, a 3.7-liter V6 producing 300 bhp and 365 Nm of torque, a 2.3-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine churning out 305 bhp and 406 Nm of torque, and a GT version with a larger 5.0-liter V8 capable of 420 bhp and 528 Nm of torque.   The car is offered in two body styles, 2-Door Coupé Fastback and 2-Door Convertible and features Ford’s SYNC multimedia system, USB, iPod, and auxiliary input jacks, 17-inch or 19-inch alloy wheels, keyless access with push-button start, and Blind Spot warning system according to the trim.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003120/India--bound-2015-Ford-Mustang-showcased-at-2015-SMS.html India-bound Mercedes AMG GT premiered at SMS 2015 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003119/India-bound-Mercedes-AMG-GT-premiered-at-SMS-2015.html Mercedes-Benz has showcased the India-bound AMG GT at the Seoul Motor Show 2015. The car made its public debut in 2014 and will be launched in the Indian market this year.   Power to the car comes from an all-new 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 capable of 510 PS and 650 Nm of torque making it more powerful AMG GT S, which is identified by its fixed rear wing. However, the manufacturer is also planning to introduce a less powerful version of the engine producing 462 PS and 600 Nm of torque. Both the versions will be rear wheel driven and will come mated to AMG SPEEDSHIFT 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. The car has the ability to reach 0-100kmph in 3.8 seconds eith a top speed of 301kmph.   Designed on an aluminium spaceframe with a weight bias of 53 percent at the rear, the body shell of the AMG GT weighs 231 kg with an overall kerb weight of only 1,540 kg. Expected to be priced in the region of INR 1.5-2.0 crores, ex-Showroom, when launched, the AMG GT will compete with sportscars like the Jaguar F-Type and the Porsche 911 and the new Audi R8 (on price).   http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003119/India-bound-Mercedes-AMG-GT-premiered-at-SMS-2015.html Audi India leads the FY15 sales with 11,292 units sold http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003118/Audi-India-leads-the-FY15-sales-with-11-292-units-sold.html German luxury automaker Audi, has maintained its first position in India for the second consecutive time in the luxury segment. The manufacturer sold 11,292 units reaching its highest ever financial year sales from April 2014-March 2015, registering a growth of 11.51 percent when compared to FY14 April 2013 - March 2014 with 10,126 units.   Commenting on the achievement, Joe King, Head, Audi India said, “We are very happy to retain the leadership position in the luxury car market for two consecutive years despite having only one major launch (Audi A3) in the last fiscal year. This clearly demonstrates the strength of the brand. We are now looking forward to an exciting 2015 with 10 new models including the Audi TT and new Audi Q3 coming up.”   The manufacturer is also the first luxury automaker in the country to cross 10 thousand sales mark. Currently, Audi India sells the A3 Sedan, A3 Cabriolet, A4 Sedan, RS 5 Coupe, A6 Sedan, S6 Sedan, RS 7 Sportsback, A8 L, Q3, Q5, Q7, R8 Coupe in the country and has lined up 10 New Products for launch including the new Audi TT, Q3 facelift and the next-gen Q7. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003118/Audi-India-leads-the-FY15-sales-with-11-292-units-sold.html Volvo Buses India delivered 9400 intercity coaches to UTC http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003117/Volvo-Buses-India-delivered-9400-intercity-coaches-to-UTC.html Volvo buses India has delivered five units of 9400 intercity coaches to Great Value Fuels, a group company of AB Corporation, Noida. The new coaches will be operated under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement of Great Value with Uttarakhand Transport Corporation (UTC).   The manufacturer had received a total order of 10 buses and the second batch of five buses was handed over by Anna Johansson, Minister of Infrastructure, Government of Sweden at Volvo Buses’ factory in Bengaluru.   Commenting on the occasion, Anna Johansson said, “Volvo Buses has been at the forefront of driving the change in the Indian bus industry. The products have helped redefine the way people perceive and prefer bus travel. After the visit and meeting with one of Volvo Buses' key customer I am assured that the bus transportation business is poised for a strong growth. With its focus on delivering 'sustainable mobility' solutions, especially in the city commute area Volvo is ready to meet the demands of the future. Other initiatives in the broad of ‘sustainable mobility’ by Volvo Buses are also commendable.”   The Volvo 9400 intercity coach has been in operations on several key routes including Mumbai-Pune, Mumbai-Nashik, Bengaluru-Chennai and Bengaluru-Hyderabad. The manufacturer has sold more than 5,000 units in the Indian market and has the widest range of high-performance buses in India.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003117/Volvo-Buses-India-delivered-9400-intercity-coaches-to-UTC.html DC Avanti to be launched on April 15 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003116/DC-Avanti-to-be-launched-on-April-15.html DC Avanti, India’s first sportscar will be launched on April 15, 2015. The concept of the car was firstly unveiled at the 2012 Auto Expo and the production-ready model was showcased at the 2014 Auto Expo. The bookings for the car have already commenced at 15 lakh rupees while the car is  priced at 34.93 lakh rupees, ex-showroom Bangalore.   The rear wheel drive Avanti will come powered by a mid-engined 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine capable of 250 hp and 360 Nm of torque mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. According to DC, the car will reach 0-100 km/h in mere 6 seconds.   Made from a carbon composite, the sportscar features a spaceframe construction. The kerb weight of DC Avanti is 1,580 kg and has a ground clearance of 170 mm with a double wishbone suspension setup for the front and rear. The car measures 4,550 mm in length, 1,965 mm in width, 1,200 mm in height and 2,700 mm in wheelbase and rides on 20 inch wheels that feature disc brakes assisted with ABS+EBD.   Source: Cartoq.com http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003116/DC-Avanti-to-be-launched-on-April-15.html Kawasaki Ninza H2 price leaked ahead of launch http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003115/Kawasaki-Ninza-H2-price-leaked-ahead-of-launch.html Kawasaki Ninza H2 is all set to be launched tomorrow but the price of the super bike has been leaked before the launch. According to the leaked price list, the upcoming motorcycle will be priced at INR 29, 10,000, ex-showroom.   The Ninza H2 will get a 998 cc inline-4, four-valve, dual overhead cam design with a two-speed, centrifigual supercharger claimed by Kawasaki to develop 300 horsepower (220 kW). The supercharger is driven by a series of gears and shafts connecting the flywheel to a planetary drive, finally spinning a dog-shifted two-speed shaft attached to the impeller. Although turbochargers were available on some models in the early 1980s, it is the first production motorcycle with a supercharger.   Talking about the aerodynamics, the front fairing of the Ninja H2R looks like wings, made of carbon fiber like the rest of the bodywork. The aerodynamic devices have been designed to create a low-pressure zone to help move cooling air through the engine bay. Anti-lock braking system (ABS), traction control, engine braking control, and launch control are the safety features offered. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003115/Kawasaki-Ninza-H2-price-leaked-ahead-of-launch.html Porsche Boxster Spyder revealed at 2015 NYMS http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003114/Porsche-Boxster-Spyder-revealed-at-2015-NYMS.html Porsche has unveiled Boxster Spyder at the New York Auto Show. The most powerful Boxster Spyder will go on sale globally in July and will be positioned above its GTS sibling in the Boxster line-up.   The Spyder gets a 911-sourced 3.8-litre flat-six engine generating 370bhp and 42.72kgm of torque. Weighing 100kg less than GTS, the new Boxter Spyder takes only 4.5 seconds to achieve a 0-100kph sprint with a top speed of 290kph as compare to the 5.0 seconds taken by GTS with a top speed of 281kph.   Talking about the feature updates, the new Spyder gets updated brakes from the 911 Carrera, a sports suspension and sitting 20mm lower than other Boxster versions as well as to lose the extra weight, the standard car misses features such as sat nav and air-con. The main highlight of the sportscar is the new roof that is opened and closed manually, although it is released electrically (as is the rear deck), to make the process more user-friendly.   Classic styling cues like the streamlined bulges on the rear lid that extend from the seat headrests, front and rear end design borrowed from the Cayman GT4 are the other features. The interior offers new lightweight seats along with a new steering wheel that according to the company has been designed to drive the Boxster Spyder “precisely and with great agility”. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003114/Porsche-Boxster-Spyder-revealed-at-2015-NYMS.html Mercedes-Benz released GLC Coupe sketch http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003113/Mercedes-Benz-released-GLC-Coupe-sketch.html German luxury automaker Mercedes-Benz is focusing on the variation in the existing product models rapidly. Recently, the manufacturer revealed the GLE Coupe, and now it has released a sketch of the GLC coupe.   The upcoming GLC coupe is likely to share the same platform with the W205 C-Class and will be previewed at the Shanghai motor show that takes place later this month. The vehicle with its public debut will provide insight into the design of the production model crossover that is expected to be revealed by the end of 2016.   However, the design on the car will be largely similar to that of the upcoming GLC-Class SUV that replaces the GLK and it will be positioned below the GLE coupe and will share its features and power-trains with the yet to be revealed GLC-Class SUV (X205). http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003113/Mercedes-Benz-released-GLC-Coupe-sketch.html India-bound next gen Chevrolet Beat showcased at 2015 NYMS http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003112/India-bound-next-gen-Chevrolet-Beat-showcased-at-2015-NYMS.html General Motors has unveiled the all new Chevrolet 2016 Spark (Beat in India) at the ongoing 2015 New York Motor Show. The hatchback will be available in more than 40 countries across the world offering greater efficiency and refinement along with new safety and connectivity features.   The hatch gets an all-new Ecotec 1.4-litre I-4 which gives an output of 98hp (16% more than the existing model) mated to manual and continuously variable (CVT) transmissions. The features include Next-generation Chevrolet MyLink with 7-inch-diagonal color touch screen, advanced dot-matrix LCD instrument cluster display, longer wheelbase and height lowered by 1.6 inches with new safety features such as Side Blind Spot Alert, Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Alert. Apart from these, the car will offer three new exterior shades- Toasted Marshmallow, Kalamata and Splash.   Speaking on the occasion, lan Batey, president, GM North America and Global Chevrolet said, “Chevrolet is fast becoming one of the world’s most important mini- and small car manufacturers, offering customers around the globe a new road to the refinement, efficiency and connectivity features that resonate with them. The redesigned 2016 Spark builds on a strong legacy and takes the segment to a higher level with features and technologies not typically offered.” http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003112/India-bound-next-gen-Chevrolet-Beat-showcased-at-2015-NYMS.html Spied: India- Bound 2016 Audi A4 testing http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003111/Spied--India--Bound-2016-Audi-A4-testing.html Audi is planning to launch the next gen A4 sedan in India. The sedan will make its world debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor show followed by the Indian launch. The car has been spied testing showing Matrix LED headlight, LED turn indicators and DRLs as well as redesigned front grille.   The interior of the upcoming Audi A4 looks inspired from the Audi A3 sedan, Audi TT and all new Q7 SUV including a tidier dashboard with minimum buttons, navigation screen inspired from Audi TT, the gear shift and instrument cluster from the Audi Q7.   Power of the car will come from a 1.4 TFSI petrol engine delivering an output of 125 HP and a 3.0 TFSI engine which gives an output of 272 HP. Talking about the diesel variants, the next gen Audi A4 will get a 1.6 TDI churning 120 HP while the top of the end version will get a 3.0 TDI with 260 HP. According to the reports, the company will also offer a 2.0 TDI e-tron with 190 HP + 136 HP (from two electric motors).   Source: Worldcarfans.com http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003111/Spied--India--Bound-2016-Audi-A4-testing.html Rolls Royce to open new facility in Bangalore http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003110/Rolls-Royce-to-open-new-facility-in-Bangalore.html Rolls Royce is planning to open a new facility in Bangalore by the end of 2017. Employing 500 people, the facility will enhance the company’s engineering capabilities and include development of new tools and technologies.   Announcing the same, Kishore Jayaraman, President – India & South Asia, Rolls-Royce said, “Our plan to expand our capabilities here is testament to India’s talented engineering workforce and strongly supports our growth strategy in India. The Government here is fully committed to the development of the aerospace industry, by providing the right infrastructure, talent and a conducive business environment for the industry to thrive.”   The company will also use the new facility for aerospace engineering work as well as we can also expect the company to test automobile technologies there. The current range of Rolls Royce in India includes the Phantom, Ghost Series II and Wraith. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003110/Rolls-Royce-to-open-new-facility-in-Bangalore.html 'Inspired by Film' special edition Rolls Royce Wraith revealed http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003109/-Inspired-by-Film--special-edition-Rolls-Royce-Wraith-revealed.html British luxury automaker Rolls Royce has revealed a new special-edition Wraith, known as the 'Inspired by Film' edition. The special edition has been revealed to celebrate the inclusion of the Rolls-Royce Wraith film ‘And the World Stood Still’ that was recently included in the British Film Institute (BFI) archives. The vehicle will make its first public debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show.   The special edition vehicle gets a 6.6-litre V12 twin-turbocharged engine producing 632PS of power and 800Nm of torque. The engine has the capacity to reach from 0-100kmph in mere 4.6 seconds and has been paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.   As per the name, his special edition car takes inspiration from the silver screen theme and features a Silver and Jubilee Silver exterior with a solid silver Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament. The interior of the special-edition Rolls Royce Wraith gets Anthracite leather which contrats against Casden Tan accents and the silver scheme is maintained by an aluminum band that flows across the open-pore Macassar Ebony paneling. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003109/-Inspired-by-Film--special-edition-Rolls-Royce-Wraith-revealed.html TKM registers 62% Sales Growth in March, 2015 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003108/TKM-registers-62--Sales-Growth-in-March--2015.html Toyota Kirloskar Motor has reported a growth of 62 per cent in March 2015. The manufacturer sold 13,333 units in the domestic market as compared to 8,206 units in March 2014, marking a growth of 10% in FY 2014-15 when compared to FY 2013-14. Talking about the combined sales, the company sold 14,623 units (including exports - 1,290 units of Etios series) in March 2015 against 9,018 units sold in March 2014.   According to N Raja, Director and Senior Vice - President, Sales and Marketing, With the launch of the New Corolla Altis, Etios , Etios Liva and Etios Cross in 2014 and New Innova and Fortuner in 2015, the company saw an increased acceptance from customers which continues to grow month after month. The Corolla Altis, Innova and Fortuner continue to maintain leadership position in their respective segments. The iconic brand Innova completed a successful journey of ten years last month.   He further added that TKM is the first manufacturer in India to standardize front dual SRS Airbags across all models and in all grades in mass automobile segments. The additional safety and comfort features across their new models have been well received across markets and TKM attributes this to the valued customers for their continued support and trust in brand Toyota. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003108/TKM-registers-62--Sales-Growth-in-March--2015.html Maruti Celerio Diesel variant production starts in Manesar http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003107/Maruti-Celerio-Diesel-variant-production-starts-in-Manesar.html The production of Maruti Celerio diesel variant has commenced at the company’s manufacturing facility in Manesar. The hatchback has been spied parked in Manesar plants stockyard and seems all set to be launched in April.   According to the spied images, we can see the DDiS badge on the car which means that the upcoming hatch will come powered by the company’s in-house 793cc 2-cylinder diesel engine which will produce power between 52-58bhp along with a peak torque of around 150Nm and returning the fuel efficiency upto 30.1 km/l. The AMT version of the car can also be expected to be introduced soon.   However, the hatch does not seem to receive any changes as compared to the petrol variants and will be available in trims such as LDi, VDi and ZDi similar to the existing petrol version. When launched, it will take on rivals like the Chevrolet Beat diesel and the upcoming Tata Kite Small Hatchback and is likely to be priced between INR 4.8-5.7 lakh.   Source : Gaadiwaadi http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003107/Maruti-Celerio-Diesel-variant-production-starts-in-Manesar.html Shell Rimula T5 E 10W-30 launched in collaboration with Tata Motors http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003106/Shell-Rimula-T5-E-10W-30-launched-in-collaboration-with-Tata-Motors.html Shell Lubricants has launched Shell Rimula T5 E 10W-30 in collaboration with Tata Motors. The lubricant delivers more than 3% savings on fuel equivalent to INR 40,000 per truck per year and is priced at INR 399 per litre for a 15 litre pack (small packs).   The Shell Rimula T5 E 10W-30 uses an advanced combination of semi-synthetic base oils (GTL) and high-performance additives which help in delivering fuel economy and protects under the full range of operating pressures and temperatures found in Tata engines.   With this new lubricant, Shell helps the consumers address the rising diesel cost through product innovation as it has the potential to save almost INR 40,000 per annum for a truck which has an oil drain interval of 60000 KM. Apart from this, it delivers excellent wear protection and long oil life in Tata engines fitted with 697/497 4SP BS-III and BS-IV and other advanced engines as well as provides the ability to improve cold starting and reduce fuel consumption, thereby saving money, without compromising engine protection or durability. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003106/Shell-Rimula-T5-E-10W-30-launched-in-collaboration-with-Tata-Motors.html Mahindra introduces iOS Blue Sense app for XUV500 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003105/Mahindra-introduces-iOS-Blue-Sense-app-for-XUV500.html Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd has introduced an iOS version of the smart app for its XUV500 called as ‘Blue Sense.’ Currently, the app is available for the Android operating system as well as iOS and across Windows and Android platform for the recently-launched new generation Scorpio as well.   The smart app enables the users to control the infotainment system as well as the climate control system through Bluetooth inside the vehicle. Apart from this, tyre pressure, fuel statistics and many more can also be seen with help of this app as well as provides alerts and warnings such as door open notification, service reminders and distance-to- empty details.   According to Rajan Wadhera Chief Executive, Truck, Powertrain Division and Head, Mahindra Research Valley, the Mahindra Blue Sense App, designed by Mahindra’s Electronics team, is in keeping with the company’s philosophy to be at the forefront of providing an enriched customer experience in the product and technology domains. They are committed to introduce newer technologies in their vehicles towards creating better value for the customers. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003105/Mahindra-introduces-iOS-Blue-Sense-app-for-XUV500.html Range Rover SVAutobiography unveiled http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003104/Range-Rover-SVAutobiography-unveiled-.html Range Rover has revealed the SVAutobiography that will replace the current Range Rover Autobiography Black trim. The SUV will be offered in both standard and long wheelbase forms. The SVAutobiography is also the first luxury vehicle to be created by JLR’s Special Operations division, with previous models leaning more towards performance.   The power of the SUV comes from a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 generating 542bhp. The same engine empowers the Range Rover Sport SVR along with the SDV8 and SDV6 hybrid from existing Range Rovers.   The features include a new paint scheme with its black upper body combined with one of the nine colour choices, along with bespoke badging at the rear and new lettering on the bonnet and a chrome finished grille. The interior offers control surfaces made of aluminium along with new trim on the centre console as well as the rear passengers get powered, deployable tables, and access to a chiller compartment. Tailgate with two extra seats dubbed ‘Event Seats’ and sliding floor enabled boot completes the interior of the vehicle.   All set to make its debut at the New York Auto Show, the Range Rover SVAutobiography take on the likes of the upcoming Rolls-Royce SUV (2016) and Bentley SUV (2017) as well as Mercedes-Maybach SUV based on the GLS.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003104/Range-Rover-SVAutobiography-unveiled-.html Honda unveiled S660 Roadster in Japan http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003103/Honda-unveiled-S660-Roadster-in-Japan.html Honda Motor Co Ltd has officially unveiled the Honda S660 in Japan. The car is all set t go on sale from April 2 and will be available in a standard variant and a special edition called the S660 Concept Edition, limited to 660 units only.   The first ‘kei’ car to get six-speed transmission, the S660 gets a 660cc 63bhp three-cylinder turbocharged engine sending power to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual or a seven-speed CVT transmission.  With its mid-engine rear-wheel-drive set-up and 45:55 front and rear weight distribution, the company claims that the car will give an exciting experience to drivers as well as the S660 roadster will sound like a typical sports car, thanks to sound tuning techniques to the breathing and exhaust sounds of the engine.   The highlights of the Honda S660 include an Agile Handling Assist electronic control system which uses brake torque to apply control in accordance with the movement of the vehicle body for the standard variant and the Bordeaux red roll-top, two-tone side mirrors, exhaust pipe finisher with exclusive coating, water-repellent body coating “Ultra Glass Coating NEO” and interior tweaks for the limited edition.   http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003103/Honda-unveiled-S660-Roadster-in-Japan.html Forbes include Nissan among 50 best employers in America http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003102/-Forbes-include-Nissan-among-50-best-employers-in-America.html Japanese automaker, Nissan has ranked 42nd on a list of "America's Best Employers" according to a survey published by Forbes. Not only this, but in addition to its overall top 50 performance, Nissan ranked second among car manufacturers in the study and was one of only two that finished in the top 100.   Commenting on the same, Scott Becker, senior vice president, Administration and Finance, Nissan North America said, "Nissan has been able to achieve the kind of rapid growth that we've enjoyed in the U.S. because of the hard work and dedication of our more than 22,000 team members. While adding more than 9,000 U.S. jobs since mid-2011, Nissan is committed to creating a positive workplace with strong benefits for our employees. We are happy to see that the Forbes 'America's Best Employers' study validates our efforts."   Forbes has chosen the top 50 employers based on an independent survey by Statista.com of 20,000 American employees working for large U.S. companies and institutions, and U.S. divisions of international firms. The survey was conducted with employees of companies in all industry sectors employing more than 2,500 workers in the U.S. In total, more than 3,500 companies were represented in the study and Forbes has created a list of the top 500 firms for their April 13, 2015 issue. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003102/-Forbes-include-Nissan-among-50-best-employers-in-America.html CEAT launched Milaze Tyres for Scooters in India http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003101/CEAT-launched-Milaze-Tyres-for-Scooters-in-India.html CEAT Ltd. has launched its new range of Milaze Tyres that is focused towards catering to the scooter segment of two-wheelers in India. The tyre offers an improved load carrying capacity with high mileage and will be available in key markets across India.   Available in 3.50-10 TT and 90/100-10 TT sizes, the new range of Milaze Tyres has been specifically designed to suit the need of business community using scooters for day-to-day business. The tyre offers improved load carrying capacity with a high bead strength and flatter tread profile providing a better tyre life at higher NSD (non-skid depth). While the deep shoulder grooves ensure excellent water pumping on wet surfaces, the presence of sturdy blocks with sipes in the tyres make it excellent in providing good traction and uniform wear.   One of India’s leading tyre manufacturers, CEAT offers the widest range of tyres to all segments and manufactures world-class radials for Heavy-duty Trucks and Buses, Light Commercial Vehicles, Earthmovers, Forklifts, Tractors, Trailers, Cars, Motorcycles and Scooters as well as Auto-rickshaws with a capacity of over 700 tonnes per day.   http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003101/CEAT-launched-Milaze-Tyres-for-Scooters-in-India.html Aston martin to expand model range other than European Markets http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003100/Aston-martin-to-expand-model-range-other-than-European-Markets.html British manufacturer of luxury sports cars and grand tourers, Aston Martin has confirmed about widening its product range outside the European markets such as China and Middle East. The decision is a result of receiving a conditional offer of an exceptional regional growth fund from the UK Government of up to the 6.9 million euros on investments in new products from Aston Martin.   The manufacturer will start working on the new models this year and one of the models may include a SUV based on the DBX Concept that was unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. The SUV by Aston Martin will have enthralling design and a V12 engine is likely to boast the vehicle, other than a hybrid version. The other models by the company might include luxury sedans much like the Aston Martin Lagonda.   According to Dr Andy Palmer, CEO, Aston Martin, expanding the product range to enable a greater reach into export markets is an essential part of company’s Second Century business plan. Having this support from the Government to help execute the plan is a meaningful vote of confidence in the future of the company.   http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003100/Aston-martin-to-expand-model-range-other-than-European-Markets.html Nissan India inaugurates new dealership in Guwahati http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003099/Nissan-India-inaugurates-new-dealership-in-Guwahati.html Nissan India has inaugurated its second showroom in Guwahati in collaboration with Binod Nissan Adabari. With this new dealership, Nissan India has expanded its dealer network to 175 outlets across India across 126 cities for both Nissan and Datsun vehicles.   Known as Binod Nissan, the dealership will be a 1S facility showcasing 4 cars at a time with a special Datsun Corner and employs a group of 10 personnel. The manufacturer further aims to double its reach in India by 2016 with a total presence of 300 touch points and to cover 95% of the population in India with its dealership network.   According to Arun Malhotra, MD, Nissan Motor India Private Limited, in collaboration with Binod Nissan at Adabari, Guwahati, Nissan seeks to provide the customers with best-in-class products and services, and look forward to a long-standing, successful association. The company is focused towards providing the finest products and services through its trusted dealership network of 175 outlets across India. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003099/Nissan-India-inaugurates-new-dealership-in-Guwahati.html Honda India to invest Rs 380 Crore on Tapukara Plant http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003098/Honda-India-to-invest-Rs-380-Crore-on-Tapukara-Plant.html Honda Cars India Ltd. (HCIL) is all set to invest Rs 380 crore in its Tapukara plant in Alwar, Rajasthan. The announcement has been made in order to increase the annual production capacity of the plant from the current 1,20,000 units to 1,80,000 units. As a result, the additional capacity of the plant is scheduled to be ready by middle of the year 2016.    Including the 1,20,000-unit capacity of the first plant in Greater Noida, the expansion of this second plant will increase HCIL’s overall annual production capacity from the current 2,40,000 units to 3,00,000 units.   The Tapukara plant of Honda started operating in February 2014, with annual production capacity of 1,20,000 units. The plant assimilates various functions including operations for forging, casting, stamping, powertrain components production, welding, painting, resin molding, engine assembly, and frame assembly as well as an engine testing facility.   http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003098/Honda-India-to-invest-Rs-380-Crore-on-Tapukara-Plant.html Porsche unveils special version of Panamera entitled "Edition"Porsche unveils special version of Panamera entitled "Edition" http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003097/Porsche-unveils-special-version-of-Panamera-entitled-"Edition"Porsche-unveils-special-version-of-Panamera-entitled-"Edition".html German automaker Porsche has unveiled a special version of the Panamera entitled "Edition" which will be sold globally in different configurations. The four-door sportscar will be offered in Panamera, Panamera 4 and Panamera Diesel versions available across the world, except for the diesel variant which won't be commercialized in China.   The special edition Panamera receives high-glossy black trim strips on the side windows and body-colored door handles when configured with the optional Porsche Entry & Drive as well as 19-inch Panamera Turbo II alloy wheels featuring a colored Porsche crest on the wheel hub covers. Other exterior highlights include bi-xenon headlights with Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS), Park Assist, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), along with Park Assist (with reversing camera) and Power Steering Plus.   Talking about the interior, the car offers bi-color part-leather upholstery with a Black-Luxor Beige finish and the Porsche crest embossed on the headrests along with a Sport Design steering wheel, special door sill plates featuring "Edition" lettering, bespoke floor mats and a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system working together with a 585-watt 14-speaker Bose surround system.    The special version of the Panamera entitled "Edition" will go on sale in June 2015 and will be priced at €86,490 for the standard model, €88,275 for the diesel and €91,131 for the all-wheel drive version for the German Market. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003097/Porsche-unveils-special-version-of-Panamera-entitled-"Edition"Porsche-unveils-special-version-of-Panamera-entitled-"Edition".html Toyota to introduce sub-4m sedan and a compact SUV in India http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003096/Toyota-to-introduce-sub-4m-sedan-and-a-compact-SUV-in-India.html Japanese automaker, Toyota Motors is working on two new global products that will be designed according to the customer needs. The two products in question are a sub-4m sedan and a compact SUV that will also make their way to the Indian shores.   According to the reports, the senior product officials from Toyota have begun paying visits to India in order to understand the local demand and product requirements. Although there are no further details about the vehicle but we can expect the car in question could be the next generation Toyota Rush, with cues borrowed from the Daihatsu CUV concept. The other product being a Sub 4m sedan will share the new platform with the SUV and will be positioned below the Etios sedan.   As the current products by Toyota in India like Innova and Fortuner are stepping into their next generations, the manufacturer is planning to introduce a wider and younger model range for the Indian market in order to improve sales figures for the company in India.   Source: Business Standard http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003096/Toyota-to-introduce-sub-4m-sedan-and-a-compact-SUV-in-India.html Renault Lodgy bookings commence at INR 50,000 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003095/Renault-Lodgy-bookings-commence-at-INR-50-000.html Renault India dealerships has commenced the bookings for the upcoming Renault Lodgy. To be offered in two seating configurations – 8 and 7 seats, the booking amount for the SUV is INR 50,000 and is expected to be launched in the month of April.   The upcoming Renault Lodgy will come powered by 1.5-liter four-cylinder K9K diesel engine that empowers other Renault-Nissan products such as Micra, Sunny, Terrano, Duster, Pulse, Scala and Fluence. Similar to the Duster, the engine will be offered in two states of tune, the 85 PS variant producing 200 Nm of torque mated to a 5-speed transmission and returning 21.04 km/l fuel efficiency and the 110 PS variant churning out 245 Nm of torque and mated to a 6-speed gearbox, returning the fuel efficiency of 19.98 km/l in the ARAI tests. However, an automatic transmission will not be offered on the SUV.   Measuring 4,498 mm in length, 1,751 mm in width, 1,697 mm in height and 2,810 mm in wheelbase, the 7 seater Renault Lodgy will come with a Captains Chair arrangement for the second row. The SUV will offer 275 liter boot when all seats are in place while the boot space spans to 1,861 liters when the last two rows are folded. The top end variant of the upcoming Lodgy will feature Dual front airbags, ABS, EBD, reverse parking sensors and a touchscreen Media NAV system.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003095/Renault-Lodgy-bookings-commence-at-INR-50-000.html UM Motorcycles to launch 400cc Cruiser in India http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003094/UM-Motorcycles-to-launch-400cc-Cruiser-in-India.html American two wheeler manufacturer UM Motorcycles has announced the launch of a new 400cc cruiser motorcycle for the Indian market in the second quarter of this year. The manufacturer operates in the country in partnership with Lohia Auto Industries.    The 400cc motorcycle to be launched in India is the Renegade Commando that was showcased at the Auto Expo and is powered by a 223cc engine. The motorcycle will come with advanced safety features like disc brakes as well as ABS and will be manufactured at Lohia’s facility in Kashipur, Uttarakhand. The American automaker plans to make India its hub to manufacturer high-displacement engines and will be exporting the new 400cc cruiser to markets overseas and therefore they will add a new model to its portfolio in every six months. However, the company has already confirmed that it will not launch models beyond 500cc in India.   Apart from this, UM Motorcycles is also planning to open dealerships in the western and southern regions of India and aims to have 75 dealers across 50 cities in the country by July 2015. However, being a less known brand, the quality of parts remains a point of concern for the manufacturer as the upcoming bike will compete against the likes of the Bajaj Avenger and Royal Enfield motorcycles.   Source: autocarindia http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003094/UM-Motorcycles-to-launch-400cc-Cruiser-in-India.html Audi India inaugurates first dealership in Assam http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003093/Audi-India-inaugurates-first-dealership-in-Assam.html Audi India has inaugurated its first dealership in Assam called Audi Guwahati. Inaugurated by Joe King, Head, Audi India and Pulak Goswami, Chairman, Audi Guwahati, the new showroom is located at NH-37, Lalmati in Guwahati.   Sprawled over a good 15,000 sq ft of area, Audi Guwahati will house an Audi shop where customers can purchase a variety of Audi branded merchandise with the capacity to showcase six cars at a time. Apart from these, the dealership also comprises of the Audi service facility, spread over an area of about 7,600 sq ft and has a capacity to service six cars per day in a single shift. An area of 4,200 sq ft with two bays in the same premises comprises of paint and body shop.   Currently, Audi India sells the Audi A3 Sedan, Audi A3 Cabriolet, Audi A4, Audi A6, Audi A7 Sportback, new Audi A8 L, Audi Q3, Audi Q5, Audi Q7,   Audi S4, Audi S6, Audi RS 5 Coupe, Audi RS 7 Sportback, Audi TT Coupe, Audi R8, Audi R8 Spyder, Audi R8 V10 plus and the Audi R8 LMX in the country.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003093/Audi-India-inaugurates-first-dealership-in-Assam.html BMW India inaugurates new dealership in Rajkot http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003092/BMW-India-inaugurates-new-dealership-in-Rajkot.html BMW India has inaugurated a new outlet, Parsoli Motors in Rajkot, Gujarat. The newly opened retail outlet has been located near Greenland Circle, NH 8-B, Rajkot-Ahmedabad Highway. This is the third dealership by BMW in Gujarat after Ahmedabad and Surat.   Spread in 40,000 sq ft area, the outlet has an integrated after-sales service workshop with the capacity to display 10 cars and is based on the signature BMW layout which consists of reception; sales/after-sales desk and consultation lounge located close to the display area. With a capacity to service up to 150 cars per month, the workshop comprises of eight service bays (including mechanical, body and paint).   In the last seven years, BMW has set up 38 showrooms across the country. The manufacturer is planning to increase the number of outlets to 50 across major metropolitan centres and emerging markets in India by 2015.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003092/BMW-India-inaugurates-new-dealership-in-Rajkot.html 4th edition of RE Tour of Nepal to commence from April 26 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003091/4th-edition-of-RE-Tour-of-Nepal-to-commence-from-April-26.html Royal Enfield has announced the fourth edition of the Tour of Nepal starting from April 26th, 2015. The 14 days journey will see 30 riders journeying 2,200 kilometers through the uncharted terrains of the Himalayan range. The interested bike enthusiasts can register themselves on the Royal Enfield website: http://royalenfield.com/ton/register/ Flagging from Lucknow, the riders will ride through the panoramic view of the Himalayas through Bhairhawa, Pokhra, Kalopani, Muktinath, Tatopani and Kathmandu, Kodari, Nagarkot, Chitwana and finally back to Lucknow covering a distance of 2,200 kilometres on their Royal Enfield motorcycles. The journey covers Jomsom trekking trail near Pokhra, extreme off road trail leading to Muktinath, the picturesque ride along the Tibetan plateau to Kodari, Chitwan National park and Lumbini the birthplace of Buddha. The route will challenge the riders with the winding mountain roads, majestic mountain ranges, slushy off-road trails, water crossings & slush, gravel tracks, cross narrow suspension bridges as well as straight stretches through some of the most pristine forest. The Tour of Nepal promises to excite and offers a new motorcycling frontier to conquer for the riders. The ride offers newer motorcycling adventures and a variety of riding terrains to the participants which makes The Tour of Nepal an experience of a lifetime. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003091/4th-edition-of-RE-Tour-of-Nepal-to-commence-from-April-26.html Honda two-wheeler annual production capacity to reach 6.4 million by 2016 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003090/Honda-two-wheeler-annual-production-capacity-to-reach-6-4-million-by-2016.html Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd., has announced the expansion of the annual production capacity of its 3rd two-wheeler production plant, which is currently under operation. The manufacturer’s third two-wheeler production plant is located at Narsapura area near Bengaluru in Karnataka operating since in June 2013 with an annual production capacity of 1.8 million units.   Currently, Honda two-wheeler is planning to invest approximately 5.8 billion rupees more and build a new production line within the existing plant site. The new production line will add 600,000 units and increase the total annual production capacity of Honda’s 3rd plant at Narsapura to 2.4 million units before the end of 2016.  Apart from this, a new plant is also going to operate from the first half of 2016 that will increase HMSI’s overall annual production capacity to 6.4 million units.    According to Keita Muramatsu, President  & CEO - Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd., Honda is strengthening its ‘Make in India’ resolve through steady and strategic investments with a long term objective of creating 39% additional capacity within 3.5 years. They are planning to increase the number of associates in the plant by approximately 1,900. This investment will provide new opportunities for expansion of brand Honda in the largest two-wheeler market of the world. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003090/Honda-two-wheeler-annual-production-capacity-to-reach-6-4-million-by-2016.html Mercedes-Benz GLE and Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 unveiled http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003089/Mercedes-Benz-GLE-and-Mercedes-AMG-GLE-63-unveiled.html German luxury automaker Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the new GLE-Class ahead of its public debut at the upcoming New York Auto Show next week. The luxurious SUV will replace ML-Class in Mercedes-Benz lineup and gets a wide range of engines, which also include a plug-in hybrid model for the first time in the brand’s SUV history. Apart from the GLE Class, Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 4MATIC and the GLE 63 S 4MATIC will also make their world debut at the motor show.   The upcoming GLE Class gets the upgraded Mercedes-Benz family design with single slat in the front grille, large air dams, new headlamps with hallmark eyebrow daytime driving lights, new LED tail lamps, redesigned tailpipes embellishers and new alloy wheels. A large media display, air vents with silver shadow surrounds, centre console with touchpad fitted COMMAND controller and a wide range of options for the leather upholstery and trims are the highlights of the interior.   Talking about the engine options, the GLE 500 4MATIC comes with a direct-injection twin-turbo V8 engine that produces an output of 435 hp and a peak torque of 700 Nm while GLE 400 4MATIC is powered by a direct-injection twin-turbo V6 engine with an output of 333 hp and 480 Nm of torque. However, the GLE 500 e 4MATIC, the first Mercedes-Benz SUV with plug-in hybrid technology gets BlueDIRECT V6 direct-injection petrol and an electric motor producing a total of 442 hp and 650 Nm of torque with top speed of 130 km/h and goes up to 30 kilometres in all-electric driving.   Apart from these, the diesel range include GLE 250 d and GLE 250 d 4MATIC getting a four-cylinder making 204 hp, GLE 350 d 4MATIC fitted with a V6 making 258 hp and 620 Nm. For the first time, all the diesel models will be equipped with the nine-speed 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission as standard with off-road reduction gear and inter-axle differential lock (optional).  The new Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 4MATIC and the GLE 63 S 4MATIC get an AMG 5.5-litre twin-turbo V8 engine with 557 hp and 700 Nm of torque for the GLE 63 AMG and 585 hp and 760 Nm of torque for the GLE 63 S AMG.   Both the AMG models get completely revised chassis to deliver better driving dynamics and agility. The other highlights include the AMG family face featuring “A-wing” and twin-blade radiator grille, 20-inch AMG multi-spoke light-alloy wheels, black diffuser insert in the rear bumper with black trim strip in the shape of the front “A-wing”, special exhaust system with two chrome-plated dual tailpipe embellishers and "AMG" lettering.   http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003089/Mercedes-Benz-GLE-and-Mercedes-AMG-GLE-63-unveiled.html Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 launched at Rs. 1.18 lakh in India http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003088/Bajaj-Pulsar-RS-200-launched-at-Rs--1-18-lakh-in-India.html Bajaj Auto has launched the all new Pulsar RS 200 in India today priced at Rs. 118,500/- and at Rs.130,268 for the ABS version ex-showroom, Maharashtra. However, the fastest Pulsar ever will be available at selected dealerships for sale across the country.   Powering the motorcycle is a 4-valve Triple Spark DTSi Engine with Fuel Injection and Liquid Cooling producing 24.5 PS power and achieves a top speed of 141 km/hr and redlines at 11,000 rpm.   Targeting the young blood of India, the all-new Pulsar RS 200 sports stylish front fairing and evolved performance dynamics entices such as the HD focus twin projector headlights tame the darkest roads with devil’s eyes. 300mm disc brakes with ABS, Perimeter Frame, Nitrox Mono suspension and midship race spec exhaust are the other highlights of the motorcycle. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003088/Bajaj-Pulsar-RS-200-launched-at-Rs--1-18-lakh-in-India.html Ford India unveiled Figo Aspire, to be launched in 2015 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003087/Ford-India-unveiled-Figo-Aspire--to-be-launched-in-2015.html Ford India has unveiled the Figo Aspire during the company’s new plant inauguration in Sanand, Gujarat. Ford President & CEO Mark Field introduced the sub-4m sedan that will be the first product to be manufactured at this facility and will be launched later this year.   The compact sedan will be launched in India with two engines, the 1.2-liter Ti-VCT petrol and 1.5-liter Duratorq diesel that according to the company have been “designed in response to the needs of Indian consumers”. The Maruti Dzire rival is likely to come with an automatic transmission paired with the 1.5-liter petrol engine. Ford has described the Aspire as the car that “sets new standard for compact cars in India” with “class-leading safety” and “advanced technologies”.   The Aspire will be the first compact car to offer side and curtain airbags. The other highlights include a device dock on the center console which can be mounted with a mobile phone or GPS system, and higher variants get Ford’s SYNC with Applink which is its in-car connectivity as well.   http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003087/Ford-India-unveiled-Figo-Aspire--to-be-launched-in-2015.html Yamaha India introduces All New Alpha, Ray & Ray Z Scooters with Blue Core Technology http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003086/Yamaha-India-introduces-All-New-Alpha--Ray---Ray-Z-Scooters-with-Blue-Core-Technology.html Yamaha Motor India Sales introduced an all new range of Alpha, Ray and Ray Z scooters for the year 2015. The new range has been enabled with Yamaha’s Next Generation ‘Blue Core’ engine concept that takes riding enjoyment, fuel efficiency and environmental performance to all-new levels.   The engines based on the “Blue Core” ideal are the result of a thorough pursuit to   1) Increase combustion efficiency, 2) Increase cooling efficiency and 3) Reduce power loss   The new scooter range from Yamaha will come powered by a newly designed air-cooled 113cc four stroke single cylinder engine that delivers smooth start-up acceleration and pickup along with improved fuel mileage at 66 kmpl (Old mileage -62 Kmpl). The other changes include vibrant new color schemes and graphics as well as Nickel spark plug for improved combustion, new muffler setting and New BS carburetor & TPS setting.   The price list and introduced color options has been mentioned below:                     Name               New color        Price(ex-showroom) Alpha (Blue Core Enabled) Gleaming Gold  INR 49,939/- Ray Z (Blue Core Enabled) Cyan Splash INR 48,936/- Ray (Blue Core Enabled) No new color option INR 47,805/-   http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003086/Yamaha-India-introduces-All-New-Alpha--Ray---Ray-Z-Scooters-with-Blue-Core-Technology.html Honda Dio and Dream Neo now available in Mumbai http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003085/Honda-Dio-and-Dream-Neo-now-available-in-Mumbai.html Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. (HMSI) has announced the availability of the recently unveiled Dream Neo and Honda Dio at the dealerships in Mumbai. Targeting the youngsters, the manufacturer wants both the motorcycles to reach a large number of customers.   Priced at Rs. 51,919 (Ex-Showroom, Mumbai), Honda Eco Technology enabled, Dream Neo will carry the premium red colored Honda logo along with the new graphics on tank, side cowl and stickers on side panel. The other highlight of the motorcycle is the new lockable side cowl and the offered color options of Black with Violet Stripes and Black with Red Stripes.   Talking about Honda Dio, it will be available in new dual tone color options such as Jazzy Blue Metallic, Sports Red, Candy Palm Green and Black with new stickers, side panel graphics and a sporty logo. The motorcycle is priced at Rs. 51,555 (Ex-Showroom, Mumbai). http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003085/Honda-Dio-and-Dream-Neo-now-available-in-Mumbai.html Royal Enfield introduced online store for its Gear range http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003084/Royal-Enfield-introduced-online-store-for-its-Gear-range.html British two wheeler manufacturer, Royal Enfield has launched an official online store that will retail its full range of gear. Currently, the store will cater to purchases from customers located in 126 cities and towns in India only.     Customers and enthusiasts can now purchase apparel, accessories, riding gear and merchandise from http://store.royalenfield.com/ anytime. Although the customers can also access the e-store website through different electronic devices like smart phones, laptops and tablets, but the e-store only accepts online financial transactions. For payment, the buyers can use their debit cards, credit cards or can purchase through internet banking as well.   The e-store has been launched to make Royal Enfield Gear more conveniently accessible to customers & brand enthusiasts. The store retails the recently launched gear collection inspired by the despatch riders of the World Wars including leather jackets, knits, t-shirts, trousers, boots and bags. Apart from these, the Continental GT gear collection and the rest of the Royal Enfield range including meticulously detailed, purpose built Royal Enfield riding gear is also available for purchase.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003084/Royal-Enfield-introduced-online-store-for-its-Gear-range.html JLR invests ?600 Million in West Midlands industrial footprint http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003083/JLR-invests--600-Million-in-West-Midlands-industrial-footprint.html Jaguar Land Rover has announced a £600m investment in the region to support product creation and advanced vehicle manufacturing in company’s West Midlands industrial footprint. It will be the largest investment by JRL till date that will be made across three sites: Castle Bromwich Advanced Manufacturing Plant, Whitley Advanced Design and Development Centre and the National Automotive Innovation Centre.   Out of the three sites, the Castle Bromwich plant of JLR will over £400m to improve the new and upgraded facilities to support the introduction of the all-new Jaguar XF. The investment will help the site’s transformation into a global centre of excellence for lightweight vehicle manufacturing. The sales of Jaguar cars built at the Castle Bromwich plant are almost double that of five years ago thanks to a refreshed and exhilarating model range including the XJ and F-Type.   Apart from this, £16m has been spent on a new blanker line which will allow the plant to turn coils of aluminium into ‘blank sheets’ that will be pressed into body panels and parts on a new Aida £50m press line which is currently under construction. This line will feed in to the new £320m body shop, the most flexible and versatile of its kind throughout Jaguar Land Rover, capable of switching between Jaguar’s entire range of models mid-production. Finally £30m has been invested in significantly upgrading the trim and final assembly hall.   The firm is also investing in the £150 million National Automotive Innovation Centre (NAIC) which will open in Spring 2017, providing a state-of-the-art technology hub for Jaguar Land Rover’s advanced research team and collaborative partners from the supply chain and academia. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003083/JLR-invests--600-Million-in-West-Midlands-industrial-footprint.html Honda India to announce price hike effective from April 2015 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003082/Honda-India-to-announce-price-hike-effective-from-April-2015.html c   According to Jnaneswar Sen, Sr Vice President, Marketing & Sales, Honda Cars India Ltd, due to the cost pressure, the company is working on increasing the prices of vehicles across models from April. However, Honda has shown commendable 44 percent growth last fiscal year and this February, a record 16 percent growth in sales.   Although Honda is going for a price hike, the manufacturer is looking forward in terms of sales for their best selling cars including Honda City with 6,000 units sold since January 2015, and Amaze recording 6,709 units and 7,163 units in January and February 2015 respectively.   Source: Economic Times http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003082/Honda-India-to-announce-price-hike-effective-from-April-2015.html Mercedes-Benz E400 Cabriolet launched at INR 78.5 lakhs in India http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003081/Mercedes-Benz-E400-Cabriolet-launched-at-INR-78-5-lakhs-in-India.html German automaker has launched the E400 Cabriolet in India priced at INR 78.5 lakhs, ex-showroom, New Delhi. Another launch by the company for the day is the CLS facelift. Both the cars have been brought to the Indian market as CBU (Completely Build Unit).   The newly launched E 400 Cabriolet is powered by a 3.0-litre, six-cylinder (V6) turbo-petrol motor producing 328 bhp at 5,250 - 6,000 rpm and peak torque of 480 Nm between 1,200 - 4,000 rpm mated to a nine-speed automatic gearbox. According to the company, the time taken by the vehicle to reach the sprint of 0-100 kmph is just 5.3 seconds.   A single-slat mesh grille with the large three-pointed star, similar LED headlights and sporty bumper with large air dams are the highlights of the exterior of the two door car while the interior sports Mercedes’s latest COMAND interface as well as AIRCAP, a retractable deflector on the top edge of the windscreen forcing the airflow upwards at higher speeds and significantly reducing the in-cabin noise when the roof is down. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003081/Mercedes-Benz-E400-Cabriolet-launched-at-INR-78-5-lakhs-in-India.html Mercedes-Benz India launches CLS 250 CDI facelift at INR 76.5 lakhs http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003080/Mercedes-Benz-India-launches-CLS-250-CDI-facelift-at-INR-76-5-lakhs.html Mercedes-Benz India has launched the much anticipated facelifted CLS 250 CDI priced at INR 76.5 lakhs, ex-showroom, New Delhi. The car has been positioned in between the E and the S Class, and will be sold in the country as a CBU (Complete Built Unit) and will compete against the likes of of Audi A7 and BMW 6-series Gran Coupe in the country.   Power of the newly launched Mercedes-Benz CLS 250 CDI comes from the same 2,143cc diesel engine with 200bhp of maximum power and 500Nm of peak torque and comes mated to a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox. The same engine empowers the other vehicles by the German manufacturer in India.   The updates include a new bumper with more aggressive air intakes, and a revised grille featuring brand’s expressive diamond pattern with optional Multibeam LED technology headlights which automatically adjusts the light path to prevent other drivers from being blinded. The interior of the sedan receives a new three-spoke steering wheel and an upgraded infotainment system with 8-inch display.   http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003080/Mercedes-Benz-India-launches-CLS-250-CDI-facelift-at-INR-76-5-lakhs.html India-bound Jaguar XF reveled ahead of public debut http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003079/India-bound-Jaguar-XF-reveled-ahead-of-public-debut.html Jaguar has revealed the India-bound all-new 2016 Jaguar XF ahead of its public debut at the New York Auto Show commencing from April 1. The next gen sedan along with the new Jaguar XE is likely to reach the Indian shores by 2016.   Both the Jaguar XE and the XF will come powered by the 2.0-liter Ingenium diesel engine that develops 163 hp and 380 Nm on the base variant and 180 hp and 430 Nm on the higher variants. However, another engine option in the form of a twin-turbocharged diesel 3.0-liter V6 producing 300hp and 700 Nm and a 3.0-liter V6 supercharged petrol engine churning out 380 hp and 450 Nm will also be available with the 2016 Jaguar XF. While all the engines will come mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox, a 6-speed manual gearbox is also expected with the 2.0-liter Ingenium.   The features include the InControl Touch Pro infotainment system with a 10.2-inch touchscreen that runs on a quad-core processor and equipped with a solid state drive (SSD) as well as a reconfigurable 12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster and an 825-watt Meridian surround sound system with 17 speakers. The main exterior highlight will be the full-LED headlamps, as the next gen XF will be the first product by the company sporting that.   The upcoming XF will have 51 mm longer wheelbase as well as 7 mm shorter in height and sits 3 mm lower to the ground as compared to its predecessor. Apart from this, 75 percentage of the XF’s construction is with aluminum which has made it lighter by 190 kg, and torsional stiffness is up by 28% and the car is sprung with a double wishbone & Integral Link suspension with standard advanced passive damper technology and optional Adaptive Dynamics system which automatically detects the optimum damper setting.     http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003079/India-bound-Jaguar-XF-reveled-ahead-of-public-debut.html Porsche launched Boxster GTS & Cayman GTS in India http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003078/Porsche-launched-Boxster-GTS---Cayman-GTS-in-India.html German automaker Porsche has launched the GTS (Gran Turismo Sport) versions of Boxster and Cayman supercars priced at INR 1.15 Crore and INR 1.17 Crore (ex-showroom, Delhi) respectively. Both the models will be available at all the Porsche dealerships across the country for sale.   Both the supercars come powered by the same 3.4 litre 6-cylinder boxer engine with change in performance. While the Boxster GTS has an output of 330 bhp, the Cayman GTS produces 340 bhp. The torque for both the cars also differs by 10Nm, while Sport Chrono package comes as standard with both. The Boxster GTS sprints from 0-100kmph in 4.7 seconds and goes up to 279kmph with the help of a standard Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) transmission and Sport Plus mode as well as the Cayman GTS is a tenth of a second faster with a top speed of 283kmph.   Talking about the features, both the cars sport PASM as standard offering the driver a choice of sportier or more comfortable settings. Other features include standard sports seats and leather interiors enhanced with Alcantara elements inside along with a distinctive front and modified rear end, blackened bi-xenon headlights with Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) and taillights as exterior highlights.     http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003078/Porsche-launched-Boxster-GTS---Cayman-GTS-in-India.html India-bound BMW X6 crossover showcased at 2015 BMS http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003077/India-bound-BMW-X6-crossover-showcased-at-2015-BMS.html India-bound BMW X6 crossover has been showcased at the 2015 Bangkok Motor Show. The luxury crossover is due for launch in India by mid-2015. Apart from this, the German luxury car manufacturer also showcased the compact executive car 2-Series Active Tourer at the event but has no plans to launch the vehicle in the Indian market.   The second generation BMW X6 will be an xDrive30d that will come powered by a twin-turbo diesel engine that churns out 218 bhp of maximum power. Connected to an all-wheel drive system, the engine will come mated to an 8-speed ZF automatic gearbox.   However, the next gen X6 will continue on the same virtues as the existing model with a new yet familiar design. In the M Sport avatar, the X6 will sport the 20-inch alloy wheels, ‘M’ standard interiors, and an adaptive suspension system.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003077/India-bound-BMW-X6-crossover-showcased-at-2015-BMS.html Locally assembled Range Rover Evoque launched at INR 48.73 lakh http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003076/Locally-assembled-Range-Rover-Evoque-launched-at-INR-48-73-lakh.html Land Rover has launched the Range Rover Evoque in India yesterday at a starting price of INR 48.73 lakh. The model will be the fourth to be assembled in India by the company alongside the Freelander 2, Jaguar XJ and Jaguar XF.   All the models of the newly launched Range Rover Evoque will come powered by the same 2.2-liter SD4 engine producing 191.7 hp at 3,500 rpm and produces a peak torque of 420 Nm at 2,000 rpm mated to an automatic transmission. The features include front and rear parking sensors with rear view camera, navigation system, fixed panoramic sunroof and Land Rover’s state of the art Terrain Response System as standard equipment.   The manufacturer has introduced the Evoque in three trims, namely Pure, Dynamic, and Prestige priced at INR 48.73 lakh, INR 52.40 lakh, and INR 56.21 lakh, ex-showroom, Mumbai (pre-Octroi) respectively. However, Land Rover has also showcased the next-gen Range Rover Evoque at the Geneva Motor Show earlier in March 2015 and according to the reports, Tata Motor’s upcoming vehicle Nexon will be inspired by the Evoque’s design. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003076/Locally-assembled-Range-Rover-Evoque-launched-at-INR-48-73-lakh.html Cadillac unveils next-gen V6 engines http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003075/Cadillac-unveils-next-gen-V6-engines.html Cadillac, a division of U.S.-based General Motors Company, has announced a new generation of V6 engines that combine the latest technology to balance efficiency, performance and refinement. Led by an exclusive 3.0-litre Twin Turbo V6 engine that will power Cadillac’s upcoming luxury performance sedan, CT6, will make its world premiere March 31, at the New York International Auto Show.   One of the most power-dense V-6 DOHC engines in the world, the 3.0-litre V6 gets an estimated peak output of 400 hp 543 Nm of torque. It is also the only six-cylinder engine to combine turbocharging with cylinder deactivation and stop/start technologies to conserve fuel with the fuel economy expected to be enhanced by up to an estimated 6 percent. When the driver demands full power, the cylinder deactivation temporarily deactivates two of the cylinders in light-load driving conditions to enhance efficiency and seamlessly reactivates them. The stop/start system shuts down the engine in certain driving conditions and automatically restarts when the driver takes his or her foot off the brake pedal.   The company claims that the CT6’s 3.0L Twin Turbo’s estimated 400 hp and 133 hp per liter is 27 percent greater than the BMW 740Li’s 3.0L turbocharged I-6 (315 hp and 105 hp/L) and 29 percent more than the Audi A7’s 3.0L supercharged V-6 (310 hp and 103 hp/L) as well as 5 dB quieter than the Audi 3.0L TFSI engine. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003075/Cadillac-unveils-next-gen-V6-engines.html Volvo India inaugurates new dealership in Mumbai http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003074/Volvo-India-inaugurates-new-dealership-in-Mumbai.html The Indian subsidiary of Swedish manufacturer, Volvo has inaugurated a new dealership in Mumbai as ‘KIFS Motors’. Located at Link Road, Andheri (West), the new showroom is spread over an area of 2000 sqft.   The new showrooms will have all the vehicles from the current range of Volvo including the S80, S60, XC60, XC90 and V40 Cross Country. KIFS Motors is a part of KIFS Group, which currently operates across several verticals such as capital markets, real estate, commodity trading, bullion trading, readymade garments and owned by Vimal Khandwala.   According to Tomas Ernberg, Managing Director, Volvo Auto India, the company is now looking at further strengthening their foothold and expanding the reach in the Indian market. Mumbai is the business capital and it was imperative for them to have an ideal partner in the city. The all new Volvo Retail Experience (VRE) is yet another step closer in order to reach the customers. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003074/Volvo-India-inaugurates-new-dealership-in-Mumbai.html Nissan India celebrates 10th anniversary with "The Nissan Carnival" http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003073/Nissan-India-celebrates-10th-anniversary-with-"The-Nissan-Carnival".html Nissan India has celebrated its 10th anniversary in the country with “The Nissan Carnival”. The experiential event will show some of company’s well known products and technologies at the Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida till March 23rd. The event will offer a hands-on driving experience of Nissan’s entire Indian range of vehicles - Micra, Sunny, Evalia and Terrano on purpose built tracks. The upcoming Nissan Patrol SUV and Nissan Leaf electric car can also be seen at the event.   The visitors can also explore a number of Nissan technologies including the Xtronic Transmission Technology, Pure Drive and Around View Monitor among others, as well as a number of fun-filled activities at the event.   According to Guillaume Sicard, President, Nissan India Operations, ‘Nissan stands for innovation and excitement’, and they want everyone to experience this first-hand through revolutionary products like LEAF and the technological innovation for what the company is known for all over the world. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003073/Nissan-India-celebrates-10th-anniversary-with-"The-Nissan-Carnival".html Nissan India celebrates 10th anniversary with "The Nissan Carnival" http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003072/Nissan-India-celebrates-10th-anniversary-with-"The-Nissan-Carnival".html Nissan India has celebrated its 10th anniversary in the country with “The Nissan Carnival”. The experiential event will show some of company’s well known products and technologies at the Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida till March 23rd. The event will offer a hands-on driving experience of Nissan’s entire Indian range of vehicles - Micra, Sunny, Evalia and Terrano on purpose built tracks. The upcoming Nissan Patrol SUV and Nissan Leaf electric car can also be seen at the event.   The visitors can also explore a number of Nissan technologies including the Xtronic Transmission Technology, Pure Drive and Around View Monitor among others, as well as a number of fun-filled activities at the event.   According to Guillaume Sicard, President, Nissan India Operations, ‘Nissan stands for innovation and excitement’, and they want everyone to experience this first-hand through revolutionary products like LEAF and the technological innovation for what the company is known for all over the world. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003072/Nissan-India-celebrates-10th-anniversary-with-"The-Nissan-Carnival".html Free Summer Service Camp organized by Ford India http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003071/Free-Summer-Service-Camp-organized-by-Ford-India.html Ford India has organized free Summer Service Camp from 23rd to 29th of March, 2015. In order to connect more with the existing customers, the whole current portfolio of the American automaker is included in the free camp including Figo, Fiesta, Classic, EcoSport and Endeavour. The customers can call their nearest dealer in-between the free service camp dates for service booking.   The services at the camp include free general check-up including the Vehicle Report Card which folks at Ford service center give after regular service as well as a free car body wash and offers on various parts - special discounts on the battery, starts at Rs. 2,904 or Rs. 1000 off on any battery (Incl. buy back). A 10 per cent discount on parts - brake fluid, AC gas, coolant, evaporator coil & Ford approved value added services will also be offered by the company at the camp. An attractive gifts worth Rs. 999/- for (selected brand) and free wheel alignment for 4 tyres replacement will also be provided on the replacement of 4 tyres.   Talking about Ford’s future plans, the company is reportedly launching the new Figo compact sedan christened as ‘Figo Aspire’ in couple of months in India followed by the launch of the next-gen Figo and next-gen Endeavour by the end of 2015. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003071/Free-Summer-Service-Camp-organized-by-Ford-India.html Volvo V40, S60 T6 and new XC90 to be launched in India this year http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003070/Volvo-V40--S60-T6-and-new-XC90-to-be-launched-in-India-this-year.html Volvo India is planning to launch the Volvo V40 hatchback, the second generation XC90 SUV and the S60 T6 in the country soon. Although the launch date has not been confirmed yet but we can expect it anytime soon and the models will participate in the company’s strategy to sell 2,000 units from 2015, up from 1,200 cars last year.   The upcoming Volvo V40 will come powered by the 2.0-liter D3 diesel engine capable of producing 150 bhp and 350 Nm of torque. Expected to be priced around Rs. 26 lakh, the hatchback will compete against the likes of Mercedes A-Class and the BMW 1 Series in India.   Talking about the Volvo XC 90, based on the Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA), the SUV will come with a new fuel efficient range of four-cylinder engines. Expected to be launched in two trims in India, the second generation SUV will sport the 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, twin-turbo diesel unit that makes 225 bhp and 470 Nm of torque. The bookings for the next gen XC 90 will commence from May 2015, and it will compete against the BMW X5, Audi Q7, Mercedes GL Class and Land Rover Discovery 4 in India.   Apart from these, a T6 petrol variant of the S60 midsize sedan is also in the company’s pipeline for launch. To be priced around Rs 30 lakhs, the sedan will be offered with a 2.0-litre T4 motor, capable of 180 hp and 300 Nm of torque.  A T6 Drive-E variant of the S60, powered by a 2.0-liter turbo motor producing 306 hp and 400 Nm of torque, paired to an 8-speed automatic gearbox, enabled to do 0-100 km/h in 5.9 seconds is also expected to be introduced later.   However, not only the product line up, but Volvo is also working to increase its dealer count from 16 outlets to 21 by the year end. All the vehicles by the Swedish manufacturer is brought into the country via the CBU route, and there are currently no plans of local assembly in the near future.   Source: autocarindia.com http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003070/Volvo-V40--S60-T6-and-new-XC90-to-be-launched-in-India-this-year.html Ducati re-enters India with three dealerships http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003069/Ducati-re-enters-India-with-three-dealerships.html The Italian bike maker Ducati has re-entered the India n market as an official subsidiary: Ducati India Private Limited with three dealerships across the country in Mumbai, Delhi and Gurgaon for now. The dealership located in Delhi is the largest showroom in Ducati’s global network.   All the three showrooms of the company are operational in order to provide both sales and after-sales support to new as well as existing customers of Ducati. According to Ravi Mathur, Managing Director, Ducati India Pvt. Ltd., a new dealership will be opened in Bangalore shortly, and other major cities in the course of time.   According to the manufacturer, new Ducati Scrambler is expected in India shortly, maybe in the first half of this year. However, the prices of the current Ducati range in India, ex-Showroom, New Delhi is:   Ducati Hypermotard – Rs 10,10,143 Ducati Hypermotard SP – Rs 19,20,170 Ducati Hyperstrada – Rs 11,10,699 Ducati Monster 795 – Rs 7,08,477 Ducati Monster 796 S2R – Rs 8,09,03 Ducati Monster 796 Corse Stripe – Rs 8,09,032 Ducati Monster 821 Dark – Rs 9,09,588 Ducati Monster 821 – Rs 9,59,866 Ducati Monster 1200 – Rs 19,95,588 Ducati Monster 1200 S – Rs 24,43,060 Ducati Monster 1200 S Stripe – 25,83,838 Ducati 899 Panigale – Rs 13,11,810 Ducati 1299 Panigale – Rs 32,57,560 Ducati 1299 Panigale S – Rs 40,16,755 Ducati Panigale R – 46,75,171 Ducati Diavel – Rs 13,92,255 Ducati Diavel Carbon – Rs 17,54,255 Ducati Diavel Titanium – Rs 37,30,171   http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003069/Ducati-re-enters-India-with-three-dealerships.html Ford releases video showing 2015 Endeavour Terrain Management System http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003068/Ford-releases-video-showing-2015-Endeavour-Terrain-Management-System.html US based automaker Ford has released a video of the upcoming Endeavour SUV revealing the new advance Terrain Management System similar to that found in the high end SUV. The production version of the new Endeavour was revealed last year in China and was entitled to go on sale in nine markets this year including India. The vehicle is expected to be launched by the end of 2015 in the Indian market.   According to the video, the Terrain Management System features Normal, Snow, Sand and Rock modes to opt depending on the terrain the vehicle is moving on.  We can expect the feature to be sported by the India-bound 2015 Ford Endeavour.   Talking about the mechanics, the upcoming Ford Endeavour is like to come with a 2.2-liter 4-cylinder diesel unit along with a 5-cylinder 3.2-liter TDCI in the country mated to six speed manual unit along with shift-on-fly four wheel drive as well as a six-speed automatic transmission is also expected. See video here : Youtube   http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003068/Ford-releases-video-showing-2015-Endeavour-Terrain-Management-System.html 4-day auto expo ?Auto Circuit? starts in Chennai http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003067/4-day-auto-expo--Auto-Circuit--starts-in-Chennai.html A four-day automobile exhibit, Auto Circuit has been started from today at Phoenix MarketCity, Chennai. Flagged off by Alisha Abdullah, the first Woman National Racing Champion, and Mr. Gopu Rajgopal, Managing Director of Phoenix MarketCity, Chennai, the event will exhibit high-end car and bike models.   The event features several luxury brands including Jaguar, Land Rover, Mini Cooper, Mercedes-Benz, Harley Davidson, Honda and many more. Apart from this, the visitors can also enjoy musical performances by popular bands such as Ryan Fernandez and Second Coming, E-Flat, Synergy Chennai etc.   According to Alisha Abdullah, the Auto Circuit event at the mall has provided an opportunity for patrons and automobile enthusiasts to see the best luxury cars and the fine nuances of these luxury vehicles, in Chennai. Gopu Rajgopal, Managing Director of Phoenix MarketCity, Chennai, commented that Chennai has always shown a great display of love and interest for cars and it was a great joy for them to organize the Auto Circuit in the city.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003067/4-day-auto-expo--Auto-Circuit--starts-in-Chennai.html India-bound Nissan Patrol likely to be priced at 1 Crore http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003066/India-bound-Nissan-Patrol-likely-to-be-priced-at-1-Crore.html Japanese automaker Nissan is planning to launch its full-sized SUV, Nissan Patrol in the Indian market. To be introduced as a CBU, the manufacturer will showcase the SUV at an event in the capital soon.   The upcoming Nissan Patrol will come powered by a 5.6-liter V8 petrol capable of 400 bhp and 570 Nm of torque with three transmission options namely a 6-speed manual, a 5-speed automatic and a 7-speed automatic (for India). The SUV is expected to be priced around Rs. 1 Crore. When launched, in terms of price the SUV will compete against the likes of the Audi Q7 and Mercedes GL Class.   While the Patrol is an established 4×4 SUV abroad, in India it will serve to boost the brand image of the company as currently, Nissan is known for its Datsun product or low-budget cars like the Micra and Sunny. However, globally, being the second largest Japanese automaker after Toyota, Nissan has a rich portfolio of SUVs which include the Juke, Qashqai, Xterra, Murano, Pathfinder, Armada and the Patrol.   Source: Autocarindia.com http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003066/India-bound-Nissan-Patrol-likely-to-be-priced-at-1-Crore.html Volkswagen India initiates for women empowerment http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003065/Volkswagen-India-initiates-for-women-empowerment.html The Indian subsidiary of the German automaker Volkswagen has launched an elaborate Women Empowerment initiative to promote gender diversity and inclusivity across all departments. The key action plan of this additional and skill development-oriented initiative, especially designed for women was introduced on 11th March 2015 in a meeting in which more than 120 female employees working at Pune Plant in Chakan and Regional Competence Centre (RCC) in Hinjewadi took part.   The manufacturer has laid down three interlocking key frameworks – ‘Sakhi Group’, ‘Kompass Programme’ and ‘Mentor Programme’. While the ‘Sakhi Group’ will enable women to exchange ideas about women’s impact on the global economy best practices, build skills to help women define their personal success and focus on career advancement as well as Volkswagen business and networking . The ‘Kompass Programme’ will provide nine-month training to a selected batch of women, who are already settled in their respective working area and under the ‘Mentor Programme’ the company will train and mentor already existing high potential women leaders in a nine month project-driven programme with formal and informal sharing of strategies and best practices. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003065/Volkswagen-India-initiates-for-women-empowerment.html Limited edition Toyota Fortuner launched in UAE http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003064/Limited-edition-Toyota-Fortuner-launched-in-UAE.html Japanese automaker Toyota has launched a limited edition Toyota Fortuner 60th Anniversary Edition in the UAE priced at 106,000 Dirham (INR 18.03 lakhs. LED daytime running lights, a badge on the bootlid, leather seats with embroidery and a rear seat entertainment package are the highlights of the newly launched edition of the SUV.   The power of the limited edition Fortuner comes from a 2.7-liter four-cylinder petrol engine capable of 158 bhp at 5,200 rpm and 246 Nm of torque at 3,800 rpm, matched to a 4-speed automatic transmission.   However, the manufacturer has already launched an entry-level Fortuner in India with the Innova’s 2.5-liter diesel engine earlier in January 2015. Currently, TKM is preparing on the launch of the next generation Fortuner in the country by the end of 2015 that according to the leaked images shows a revolutionary design inspired by the Lexus range of models. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003064/Limited-edition-Toyota-Fortuner-launched-in-UAE.html DSK-Benelli launches five motorcycles in India http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003063/DSK-Benelli-launches-five-motorcycles-in-India.html The joint venture of DSK-Benelli has launched five motorcycles in India today. DSK Benelli TNT 302, TNT 600i, TNT 600 GT, TNT 899 and TNT 1130 have been launched at INR 2.83 lakhs, INR 5.15 lakhs, INR 5.62 lakhs, INR 9.48 lakhs and INR 11.81 lakhs, ex-showroom, Delhi respectively. All the products have been introduced via CKD route.   The Features and Specifications of the motorcycles are:     DSK Benelli TNT 302: Powered by the only twin-cylinder product by the manufacture, the 300 cc engine developing 36.2 bhp and 2.75 kgm (26.9 Nm) of torque mated to a 6-speed gearbox.     DSK Benelli TNT 600i: Powered by an inline four-cylinder 600 cc engine producing 80.5 bhp and 5.3 kgm of torque (51.97 Nm). Features include an USD front suspension, a monoshock rear, twin disc brakes up front and a single disc at the rear.     DSK Benelli TNT 600 GT: Powered by the same engine as 600i with increased torque of 5.6 kgm (54.91 Nm).  A half-fairing and projector headlights are the highlights of the 600 GT.     DSK Benelli TNT 899: An inline three-cylinder 899 cc engine capable of 123.4 bhp and 9 kgm (88.25 Nm) of torque empowers the motorcycle positioned at the premium end of the lineup.       DSK Benelli TNT 1130: Also known as the 1130 R, the TNT 1130 gets a 1,131 cc inline three-cylinder engine producing 155.6 bhp and 12.2 kgm (119.64 Nm) of torque.     All these motorcycles will be available for sale at all the DSK Benelli outlets nationwide from today including a company owned showroom in Pune.   http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003063/DSK-Benelli-launches-five-motorcycles-in-India.html Renault to replace Koleos in the Asian market http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003062/Renault-to-replace-Koleos-in-the-Asian-market.html French automaker Renault is working on a new 7-seater SUV that will replace the Koleos in Asian markets. The car will be launched somewhere in the year 2017 and will go against the likes of the Hyundai Sante Fe, Nissan X-Trail among others in different Aisan as well as world markets.   According to the reports, the upcoming SUV will be positioned below Espace SUV and above Kadjar and will also share its CMF platform with the Qasqai, X-Trail and Kadjar. Although there is no confirmation, but we can expect the 1.6 liter diesel engine to empower the Koleos replacement. Although there is no official details revealed, but the manufacturer has hinted that the name of the upcoming SUV will start from either letter ‘C’ or ‘K’.   Talking about Koleos, the vehicle didn’t succeed in attracting customers in the markets on a large scale and managed to sell 38 units of Koleos SUV in the last six months of time. Apart from this, Renault is also preparing to launch the Lodgy MPV soon in India. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003062/Renault-to-replace-Koleos-in-the-Asian-market.html 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander to debut at NYMS http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003061/2016-Mitsubishi-Outlander-to-debut-at-NYMS.html Mitsubishi, the Japanese automaker is working on the facelift of the Outlander SUV. The manufacturer had teased an image of the upcoming SUV earlier this month that will make its world debut at the upcoming 2015 New York Auto Show.    According to the company, the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander will be debuting manufacturer’s new design language and it will be more than just a facelift with countless engineering improvements to improve the overall refinement and drive quality of the vehicle.   However, the third generation of the model has turned out to be less popular than its predecessor. Riding on the GS platform, the existing model comes powered by the 2.0L I4, the 2.4L I4, the 2.2L TD and the 3.0L V6 in the U.S. mated to a 5-speed manual, a 6-speed manual, a 6-speed automatic and a CVT. The details about the next gen Outlander SUV will be revealed on the 2nd of April, in New York.   Source: inautonews.com http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003061/2016-Mitsubishi-Outlander-to-debut-at-NYMS.html NAIC foundation stone unveiled by Ratan Tata & Cyrus Mistry http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003060/NAIC-foundation-stone-unveiled-by-Ratan-Tata---Cyrus-Mistry.html The foundation stone of a new £150 million National Automotive Innovation Centre(NAIC) on the campus of the University of Warwick has been unveiledby Ratan N. Tata, Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons, Cyrus P. Mistry, Chairman of Tata Sons. Professor Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya, Chairman of WMG was also present at the occasion.   The campus is spread over an area of 33,000m2 and will provide space for 1,000 engineers, designers and academics to work together, from apprentices to senior managers. Jaguar Land Rover, Tata Motors, the University of Warwick and the Government's Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) are responsible for the funding of the NAIC.    The research facilities include a design and simulation space which will create innovative automotive solutions through an Advanced Propulsion Research Laboratory and world’s most adaptable and advanced fully immersive drive-in car simulator. A £19m Autodrive UK project has also been introduced to be used by Tata Motors and Jaguar Land Rover to take forward autonomous vehicles research at NAIC. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003060/NAIC-foundation-stone-unveiled-by-Ratan-Tata---Cyrus-Mistry.html 2015 Ford Endeavour specifications and features http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003059/2015-Ford-Endeavour-specifications-and-features.html American automaker Ford is all set to launch the 2015 Ford Everest, also known as the 2015 Ford Endeavour in Thailand by the end of March 2015.  The SUV will be available in three variants namely 2015 Ford Everest 2.2 Titanium 4×2 A / T, 3.2 Titanium 4×4 A / T and 3.2 Titanium+ 4×4 A / T.    The expected features and specifications of the Ranger-based SUVare as follows:   2015 Ford Everest 2.2 Titanium 4×2 A / T   Engine Specifications:    2.2-liter Duratorq VGT diesel engine producing 160bhp and torque of 385 Nm with 6-speed automatic transmission  Standard SelectShift transmission  Separate front suspension with coilovers and anti-roll bar  Standard rear-wheel-drive system  Watts link rear suspension with coil springs   Exterior:    Halogen projector headlamps with automatic turn-on function  Power adjustable door mirrors  Theft Alarm  Roof rails  Rear spoiler with third brake light  18-inch alloy wheels with 265/60 R18 tires.  Rain sensing wipers  Body-colored front and rear bumpers   Interior:    Cruise control.  Dual zone HVAC for front and rear seats.  Power windows with one-touch operation.  Leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel and gear knob  Auto dimming rear view mirror  Leather upholstery.  8-way electrically adjustable driver’s seat.  2nd row 60: 40 split seats with fold-flat capability.  2nd row bench seat reclining and slide front – back.  3rd row bench seats fold-flat split 50: 50.  12V power sockets across three rows.  Radio/ CD / MP3 / AUX / USB (2 slots) / SD Card  Bluetooth connectivity  Ford SYNC infotainment system   Safety:   ABS with EBD Hill Launch Assist (HLA). Traction Control. RSC rollover protection system. Dual front airbags. Side and curtain airbags. Reverse parking sensors Electronic Stability Program (ESP) Key Immobilizer. ISOFIX child seat anchor points   3.2 Titanium 4×4 A / T   The variant offers same features as the 2.2 Titanium apart from the mechanics. The 2015 Ford Everest 3.2 Titanium 4X4 A/T sports a 3.2-liter DuratorqTDCi VGT with 200bhp and peak torque of 470 Nm. Other specifications include Full time four-wheel-drive system with Terrain Management and Lockable rear Differential.   3.2 Titanium+ 4×4 A / T   The top of the line variant will get the same engine specifications as the 3.2 Titanium A/T but will offer added features. The extra features include Bi-Xenon automatic projector headlights with spray cleaner, LED Daytime Running Lights and 265/65 R20 tires at the exterior. Panoramic Sunroof, Driver and front passenger 8-way power adjustable seats, Power operated third row seats, Ambient lighting with seven different colors and Stainless steel scuff plate with LED illumination will be offered inside while the safety features include Driver’s knee airbag, Front parking sensors, Rear view camera, Blind Spot monitoring system and Vehicle detection while leaving parking space.   The SUV will be offeredin five exterior color options; Cool White, Black Mica Metallic, Silver Aluminum Metallic, Sparkling Gold Metallic and Red Sunset Metallic. Expected to be priced between INR 20-25 lakhs, ex-Showroom, the 2015 Ford Endeavour will be launched along with the Ford Figo hatchback and Figo Aspire sedan by the end of 2015. The vehicle will follow CKD route with assembly kits manufactured in Thailand and will rival SsangyongRexton, Hyundai Santa Fe, Toyota Fortuner, Chevrolet Trailblazer, and Isuzu MU-7 when launched in India.   Source: mzcrazycars.blogspot.in http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003059/2015-Ford-Endeavour-specifications-and-features.html India-bound updated Chevrolet Spin rolls-out in Brazil http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003058/India-bound-updated-Chevrolet-Spin-rolls-out-in-Brazil.html   The Brazilian subsidiary of General Motors has rolled out the 2016 Chevrolet Spin MPV.  The updates include some of the features which recently debuted in adventurous ‘Activ’ version. The manufacturer is also planning to launch the vehicle in India next year.   Launched in July 2012 in Brazil, the MPV received an update as the Activ trim in November 2014 with a rugged exterior. The updated features include primarily black cabin and dashboard, replacing the beige and coffee tone of the existing model, new instrument panel graphics on the LTZ and LT versions as well as the speedometer and digital fuel gauge.   Power steering, ABS with EBD, dual front airbags, theft alarm and automatic windows and door locks, “Dark Chrome” smoked headlamps with clear lenses on the LT and LTZ versions, and the LTZ variant with Chevrolet MyLink multimedia system, USB input, steering-mounted audio controls, and rear parking sensor and new metallic color options are the other highlights of the updated Chevrolet Spin.   According to the company, main highlight of the updated MPV is the second generation 6-speed (GF6-2) automatic transmission that is 50% faster in shifting time. An optional 5-speed manual gearbox is also offered. However, the same 1.8-liter EconoFlex petrol attuned for ethanol mix engine producing 108bhp and 167.6 Nm of torque empowers the 2016 Chevrolet Spin for Brazil while the India-bound model is likely to get 1.3-liter 4-cylinder diesel engine (Fiat MultiJet unit), along with the 1.5-liter petrol unit.   http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003058/India-bound-updated-Chevrolet-Spin-rolls-out-in-Brazil.html Spied: Toyota Vios testing in India http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003057/Spied--Toyota-Vios-testing-in-India.html Japanese automaker Toyota is testing the Vios sedan in India. The car has been captured by Twitter user ‘rangasub’ while testing on the roads of Bengaluru. However, the manufacturer has not yet confirmed anything about the launch of the sedan in the country and its testing here may be a part of a global validation program as well.   Measuring 4,410 mm in length, 1,700 mm in width, 1,475 mm in height and 2,550 mm in wheelbase, the Toyota Vios is a shade larger than the Etios, but does not overshadow the more premium Corolla. The sedan gets power form a 1.5-liter four-cylinder petrol engine capable of 107.5bhp and 141 Nm of torque mated to a 5-speed manual and a 4-speed automatic transmission.   Currently, Toyota sells the Vios in about 80 countries worldwide and company’s Thai manufacturing facility serves as an export hub for the sedan. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003057/Spied--Toyota-Vios-testing-in-India.html Update - Maruti Suzuki YBA sub-4m SUV expected in early-2016 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003056/Update---Maruti-Suzuki-YBA-sub-4m-SUV-expected-in-early-2016.html Maruti Suzuki India is planning to launch two compact SUVs in the next 12 months. The first is the SX4 S-Cross that will be launched in the first half of this year while the second is an all-new sub-4 meter SUV known by its ‘YBA’ codename in January 2016.   According to some reports, Maruti Suzuki has already started testing the YBA. To be based on the Swift platform, the car will be available in both petrol and diesel variants. We can expect the 1.2-liter K-Series motor or a new 1.0-liter turbocharged ‘Boosterjet’ engine on the petrol variant and Fiat’s Multijet or Maruti’s in-house diesel engine power the diesel variant.   When launched, the YBA is expected to be priced between INR 5.00 -8.00 lakhs and will compete against Ford EcoSport, Fiat Avventura and Hyundai i20 Active in the Indian market. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003056/Update---Maruti-Suzuki-YBA-sub-4m-SUV-expected-in-early-2016.html 2015 Chevrolet Captiva launched at INR 25.13 lakhs in India http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003055/2015-Chevrolet-Captiva-launched-at-INR-25-13-lakhs-in-India.html General Motors India has launched the MY 15 Chevrolet Captiva in the country.  The manual variant is priced at INR 25,13,528/- as well as the automatic is priced at INR 27,36,192/-, ex-showroom, Delhi. The updated features include cruise control, third-row HVAC, electric parking brake, rain-sensing wipers and a sunroof along with a Cluster Ionizer to purify and deodorize cabin and a new instrument cluster. However, there is no change in the mechanics and it still comes powered by the same 2.2-liter diesel engine that outputs 186.5 bhp and 400 Nm torque paired either to a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission with All Wheel Drive system (AWD). The vehicle returns the ARAI certified fuel efficiency of 14.6 km/l for the manual and 12.12 km/l for the automatic version. According to Arvind Saxena, President and Managing Director, General Motors India, the launch of the all new MY 15 Captiva is in line with their business plan of capturing the all important SUV market and growing our market share. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003055/2015-Chevrolet-Captiva-launched-at-INR-25-13-lakhs-in-India.html Revealed: Ducati models might start at Rs. 6.38L in India http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003054/Revealed--Ducati-models-might-start-at-Rs--6-38L-in-India.html Ducati is planning to re-enter into the Indian auto market soon andahead of the brand’s re-entry here, the prices (assumed to be correct) of the upcoming models are doing rounds of the web.   The Italian bike maker will launch some of its models that will be sold as CBU from Thailand like – Scrambler, Monster range, Panigale 899, Diavel series, Multistrada and Panigale 1299 ranging from Rs. 6.38 lakh to Rs. 46.00 lakh.   The Ducati Scramblerwill be the company’s most affordable motorcycle andis expected to be priced around Rs. 6.38 lakh, ex-showroom rivaling the likes of Triumph Bonneville.   The Ducati Monster range includes Monster 795 and Monster 1200 and is likely to be priced between Rs. 7.00 – 25.00 lakh, ex-showroom. The naked sports bikes will compete against the Kawasaki Z800, Z1000, Triumph Street and Speed Triple, Aprilia Shiver 750, DSK Benelli 899, 1130, Yamaha FZ-1 and Honda CBR1000 in the respective segments.   The Ducati Panigale 899 is expected to carry a price tag of Rs. 13.20 lakh, ex-showroom and will lock horns with the Triumph Daytona.   The Ducati Diavel is a cruiser bike in the company’s model lineup that is likely to go on sale in between Rs. 13.80 to 37.20 lakh, ex-showroom.    The Ducati Multistrada will be priced around Rs. 14.00 – 20.00 lakh, ex-showroom and will be offered in different variants. It is said to be equipped with the DVT (Desmodromic Variable valve Timing) L-twin motor and will rival against the Kawasaki Versys 1000, Suzuki V-Storm and ApriliaCaponord 1200.   Last, but not the least, is the Ducati Panigale 1299, which will retail around Rs. 32.00– 46.00 lakh, ex-showroom. The company will offer the bike with different variants and will compete against the BMW S1000RR and Kawasaki Ninja H2 in the segment. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003054/Revealed--Ducati-models-might-start-at-Rs--6-38L-in-India.html Tata Hexa concept crossover showcased at 2015 Geneva Motor Show http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003053/Tata-Hexa-concept-crossover-showcased-at-2015-Geneva-Motor-Show.html Tata Motors will be displaying the Tata Hexa concept crossover at the 2015 Geneva Motor show.The Tata Hexa concept is a six-seater crossover in a three-row seat configuration and will be based on the Aria SUV platform.The Tata Hexa is expected to get power from an updated version of the 2.2-litre DiCOR diesel engine that makes 154.21 hp of maximum power and 400Nm of torque with 4WD option.    Once in production, the Hexa might be one of the longest vehiclein its class measuring 4764 mm in length, 1895 mm in width, 1780 mm in height with a wheelbase of 2850 mm and should have a spacious cabin. The Hexa crossover is expected to be equipped with features like projector headlamps, ESP, taillights with dynamic position LED position lamps, 19-inch wheels, LED ambient lightning, leather seats with twin-needle stitching, 6 airbags, automatic headlamps and auto-wiper.    The Tata Hexa production model is likely to be introduced in India by the next year. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003053/Tata-Hexa-concept-crossover-showcased-at-2015-Geneva-Motor-Show.html BMW 1-Series sedan spied testing http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003052/BMW-1-Series-sedan-spied-testing.html BMW is currently testing the prototype of the 1-Series sedan and the car has recently been spotted. Though the spied images are completely disguised, but the car appears to bear the same face as that of the BMW 1-Series facelift hatchback model.   It is said that the 1-Series sedan will be based on the company’s UKL platform (that underpins the 2-Series Active Tourer and Gran Tourer) powering the front axle. However, the company might also offer the 1-Series sedan with all wheel drive as an option on the top-end variant. There is however no official confirmation from the company’s side about the mechanics.    The BMW 1-Series sedan is expected to be powered by both petrol and diesel engines. The petrol variants are likely to get power from a 1.5-litre, three-cylinder engine making 136 PS maximum power and 220 Nm of torque, a 2.0-liter Turbo four-cylinder engine making 192 PS power and 280 Nm of torque and a 2.0-liter engine returning 231 PS of power and 350 Nmof torque. The diesel variants, on the other hand, might get a 1.5-liter diesel engine with 116 PS power and 270 Nm of torque, a 2.0-liter Turbo four-cylinder engine making 150 PS power and 330 Nm of torque and a 2.0-liter Turbo diesel engine outputting 190 PS of maximum power and 400 Nm of torque.   Image source: Worldcarfans http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003052/BMW-1-Series-sedan-spied-testing.html Audi officially releases images of R8 e-tron 2.0 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003051/Audi-officially-releases-images-of-R8-e-tron-2-0-.html German luxury car manufacturer, Audi will be displaying the Audi R8 e-tron and the R8 LMS at the Geneva Motor Show. The manufacturer will also showcase the V10-powered Audi R8 at the auto show. However, the studio photos of the Audi R8 e-tron have emerged on the web, revealing the look of the car for the first time.   The sports car gets its power from a two electric motors that produce a combined power of 462 hp and 920 Nm of maximum torque that helps the car sprint from 0-100 km/h in 3.9 seconds and has an electronically-restricted top speed of 210 km/h. The R8 e-tron 2.0 boasts of a range of 450 km thanks to a new 92 kWh battery pack, which is in a T-shaped layout, laid into the center tunnel behind the passenger cell.   The highlights of the exterior include a new bonnet with a U-shaped indent, horizontal LED light strips on the front pockets, a split grille, unique wheels, new rear gills, e-tron badge and a new rear bumper with a silver inset.    According to Audi, a full recharge will take “significantly less than two hours”. The bookings for the Audi R8 e-tron 2.0 will commence later this year and the price will also be announced at the same time. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003051/Audi-officially-releases-images-of-R8-e-tron-2-0-.html The Maruti Suzuki Swift that returns 48.2 kmpl showcased again http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003050/The-Maruti-Suzuki-Swift-that-returns-48-2-kmpl-showcased-again.html Maruti Suzuki has showcased the Swift Range Extender Hybrid at the 2015 International Green Mobility Expo in New Delhi. The manufacturer had already showcased the car at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo and the car is claimed to return a mileage of 48.2Km/l, with an electric driving range of about 25.5 Km.   The hybrid version of the country's top-selling premium hatchback is powered by a 658cc, 3-cylinder petrol engine paired to a permanent magnet synchronous motor that develops 73bhp. The vehicle offers 3 modes - series hybrid, parallel hybrid and all-electric. In series hybrid mode, the petrol engine works as a generator to power the lithium-ion battery that in return powers the electric motor and the petrol engine will indirectly help generate electricity to power the electric motor. In parallel hybrid mode, both, the electric motor and the petrol engine, will provide power to the wheels.   The Swift Range Extender will be supplied to the Government of India for a pilot project. So, the car might only be developed for the government and not for the public. The Swift Range Extender Hybrid weighs 1,600 Kg, and it takes 1.5 hours to fully charge the lithium-ion battery through a 200V socket. The expected features include infotainment system, push start/stop button, remote keyless entry and rear disc brakes. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003050/The-Maruti-Suzuki-Swift-that-returns-48-2-kmpl-showcased-again.html Land Rover Defender Adventure Edition showcased at GMS 2015 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003049/Land-Rover-Defender-Adventure-Edition-showcased-at-GMS-2015.html Announced in January to mark the end of European production of the current generation, British carmaker Land Rover has showcased the Land Rover Adventure Edition at the Geneva Motor Show 2015. The five-door Defender comes with Goodyear MT/R tyres, added underbody protection, snorkel, rear access ladder and decals.   Talking about the features, the Land Rover Adventure Edition comes with Corris Grey, Yulong White or Phoenix Orange paintwork, Santorini Black ‘Adventure’ grille, wheel arches, bonnet, roof, and rear door, Seven-inch LED projector headlamps, Atlas ‘Defender’ bonnet script, Gloss Black split-spoke diamond-turned alloy wheels, decals on front wings, Windsor Leather upholstery, aluminium interior door handles and door locks, bright finish and rubber pedals and Santorini Black centre console.   The interior comes equipped with fully wrapped leather steering wheel, perforated leather gear knobs, hand-brake lever and grab handles, Ebony Alston headlining and Heritage logo carpet floor mats. Priced from GBP 38,400 (INR 36.9 lakh), a total of 600 of these will be made. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003049/Land-Rover-Defender-Adventure-Edition-showcased-at-GMS-2015.html Industry reaction post 2015 Budget http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003048/Industry-reaction-post-2015-Budget.html Vikram Kirloskar, President, SIAM – “Today welcomed the budget and termed is as ‘forward looking’ and addressing both, the social sector as well as the industry in an “inclusive fashion”. Concessional customs and excise duties on select parts used in the manufacturing of Electric & hybrid vehicles have been extended for a year, which is a positive move. SIAM is particularly grateful to the Finance Minister for having accorded approval to the Scheme on Faster Adoption of Electric and Electric Mobility (FAME). Although the initial allocation of Rs. 75 crores is very modest, industry hopes that over the next a few months, more resources would be allocated for promoting this new and green technology area, which can be a game-changer for the automotive industry. SIAM had earlier requested for a rise in the customs duty on commercial vehicles from 10% to 40%. The effective rates have been increased to 20% which is a welcome change. The reduction in excise duty on the chassis of ambulances from 24% to 12.5% is also a positive step. The budget has focused on the overall development of the society and has brought in several reforms to ensure an improvement in the consumer sentiment as well as disposal incomes which shall benefit the automobile industry. A re-affirmation of the date of implementation of GST from April 2016 shall help the manufacturers develop more concrete long term plans on the products and investments. The reduction in the corporate tax from 30% to 25% over the next 4 years lays down a clear roadmap which removes the uncertainties for industry. The budget lays huge emphasis on development of the infrastructure throughout the country and shall boost the prospects of a wide range of industries including the automobile particularly the commercial vehicles industry. A strong focus on the rural development including substantial allocation under MNREGA would also ensure improved demand from the non-urban centers which will benefit the auto industry. Kirloskar said that in the forthcoming budgets he would expect emphasis on renewal of the vehicle fleet through fiscal incentives. Fleet renewal would help both the industry and the society in terms of the environment, health etc, he added. SIAM would have liked to see a reduction or moderation in the excise duty on vehicles particularly for large vehicles attracting 30% excise duty which has not happened. We hope that the Finance Minister would reconsider the high taxation on cars in the future. Overall the budget looks to bring in systemic changes which are important in the overall second generation reform process. The Budget shall also provide more purchasing power in the hands of the consumers through various measures by different development schemes. This shall help the overall market scenario and boost consumer demand.”   Arun Malhotra, Managing Director, Nissan Motor India Private Limited – “We were looking forward to a stronger emphasis on the automobile industry from budget 2015 but there doesn’t seem to be much momentum on that front. While we expected the incentives on EV to be more than what has come from the Finance Minister, we are happy that there is progressive step in this direction. Also, the 0.14% excise duty hike on small cars and 2 wheelers does not have much of an impact. The industry would have benefited a lot had the excise duty benefits been extended but this budget has the potential to raise the consumer sentiment which will help the industry grow. There were concessions given on some identified components for EV’s in the past and these concessions continue for another year; we welcome this move”   Eberhard Kern, MD and CEO, Mercedes-Benz India - “The commitment to infrastructure, announcement of GST with a specific timeline and a simplified tax structure greatly enhances ease of doing business in India. These positive steps will simulate growth and  should indirectly help the automotive market. It is crucial now that these measures are implemented within the next 12 – 18 months to accrue desired results. Mercedes-Benz has already committed to the  "Make in India" campaign investing a total of 1,000 crores in its manufacturing facility and has the largest installed capacity in the luxury car segment."   Roy Kurian, Vice President, Yamaha Motor India Sales Pvt.Ltd. - “Amidst the sky-rocketing expectations from across sectors from the first full-term Union Budget of the Modi government, the automobile industry has little reason to smile. However, keeping up the positive sentiments, we see some indirect positives including reiteration of GST implementation timeline of April 2016, significant increase in allocation of funds towards road-building and reduction in corporate tax rate from 30% to 25% over the next 4 years. The overall economic recovery and growth with positive parameters, GDP, rupee growing stronger etc., are a source of excitement for any business operating in India. Honb’le Finance Minister has also indicated on proposing plans for further ease of doing business, which is an added boost for the overall business environment. Further, the government’s sincere focus on rural development and allocation of a huge sum of Rs. 34, 699 crores for rural growth is a good move as companies plan to target the untapped potential of the rural market. Next, the intentions of making India a manufacturing hub through ‘Make In India’ campaign will also give manufacturers under the auto sector an added advantage. Also, the initiatives on skill development will provide for skilled labour and expertise in our respective sectors.”   Vinod K.Dasari, Managing Director, Ashok Leyland - ​“The main budget feels like solid middle order batting that follows an explosive opening knock by the Honorable Railway Minister.  Three themes in this budget are critical to industry. The first theme is infrastructure. Over 100,000 km of roads have been targeted over and above the massive push in the rail sector, in addition to the discontinuous investments in public amenities through the Swacch Bharat Abhiyaan. The massive boost in infrastructure spend (Rs 70,000 crores), as well as the mechanisms announced to fund it, will kick-start a virtuous cycle, resulting in significant primary demand for commercial vehicles. The second theme is grassroots entrepreneurship. MUDRA bank, formed to refinance MFIs, as well as the Jan Dhan – Aadhaar- Mobile program are both directed towards creating grassroots entrepreneurs. By entering the formal banking system, the poor get access to lower cost finance, especially once the overdraft facilities kick in in Jan Dhan accounts.  Grassroots entrepreneurs require low cost transport, and this will drive demand for SCVs. The third theme is reform. Introducing a new bankruptcy law, announcing a roadmap to lower corporate taxes and other such actions are clearly directed towards making India more competitive to do business. Continued push in this direction will encourage more players to enter India, bringing investments as well as boosting economic activity. While there has been no excise duty modification in the automotive sector, I believe that long term demand creation is more sustainable than short term sops to boost consumption. The government has moved in exactly this direction with this budget. The Government has also correctly decided to drive small, incremental improvements rather than big bang reforms. In our own experience, the centerpiece of any turnaround is not a big, innovative idea but Mission Mode execution. This Government has demonstrated its ability to execute in Mission Mode, for example, during the rollout of Jan Dhan Yojana. I believe that this will continue.​”   Joe King, Head, Audi India - “It is no doubt a visionary budget with focus on long-term growth of the country. We welcome the move towards the rollout of GST next year. We are happy to see the emphasis placed on boosting infrastructure. This will go a long way in fulfilling the government's vision to make India the fastest growing large economy in the world. We welcome the reduction of Corporate Tax as well as focus on infrastructure via various schemes and investments. However, we expected more of a direct support to the auto industry which has been contributing, significantly to the GDP. The FM’s focus on working towards creating a universal social security system for all Indians, specially the poor and the under-privileged is commendable. However increase in service tax is a setback for common man.”    Vikram S Kirloskar, Vice Chairman, Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt. Ltd and President of Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) – "We compliment Finance Minister for announcing the pro-India budget that would strengthen the social fabric, improve governance and tax rationalization. Overall a positive budget for both corporates and individuals."   Arvind Saxena, President and Managing Director of General Motors India - “The budget looks to be a pragmatic one as it focuses on infrastructural development, education, skill development, agriculture, irrigation, health care, social security schemes etc.  Given the condition of the economy, the direction given in the budget is a positive one and the call for fiscal prudence looks good.  The government’s intention to introduce GST, reduce the corporate tax from 30 to 25 per cent over a 4 year period, simplification of the tax regime, financial sector reforms, GAAR deferral etc are encouraging news. The steps outlined for the manufacturing, power, coal and mining sectors should spur economic activity going forward.   Having said this,   a monitoring mechanism should have been in place to ensure timely implementation of the projects in these sectors. As far as the automotive industry is concerned, we were expecting excise duty cut on all categories of vehicles as the auto industry continues to bleed due to high interest rates, economic slowdown etc. There are some changes in CST and also on customs duty which need to be clarified from the fine print. Having said this, the focus on rural roads, highways, expressways, incentives for electric vehicles are welcome decisions.  Some of the other announcements made by the finance minister on the direct taxation front are also positive steps.  Overall, the budget lays down a blue print for a stable tax regime that can lead to growth in the economy.  These proposals and announcements made in the budget, if implemented effectively, should have a positive impact on industry and the economy as a whole going forward.    The challenge now is the implementation of the proposals.  Our hope is that the market will respond favourably.” http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003048/Industry-reaction-post-2015-Budget.html Confirmed: Hyundai to launch i20 Active on 17th March http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003047/Confirmed--Hyundai-to-launch-i20-Active-on-17th-March.html Hyundai India has confirmed the launch of the i20 Active (Elite i20 based crossover) in the country on 17thMarch, 2015. After many spy images that surfaced over the internet in the past couple of months, the wait is finally over as the Korean carmaker has confirmed the launch of the crossover.   Hyundai i20 Active is based on the Elite i20 hatchback and will get side body cladding, roof rails, side skid plats, bolder lines on the bonnet, aggressive looking swept back headlamps, higher ground clearance and new body colors.   Under the hood, it will come powered by the same petrol and diesel engines that do duty on the Elite i20 hatch in the country. The Hyundai i20 Active crossover will be sold alongside the Elite i20 in the country and will lock horns with the likes of the Volkswagen Cross Polo, Fiat Avventuraand Toyota Etios Cross. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003047/Confirmed--Hyundai-to-launch-i20-Active-on-17th-March.html Mercedes-Benz to launch 2015 B-Class on March 11 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003046/Mercedes-Benz-to-launch-2015-B-Class-on-March-11.html Mercedes-Benz India has confirmed the launch of the B-Class facelift that has been scheduled for March 11, 2015. The 2015 Mercedes-Benz B-Class will come with a host of updated exterior and interiors changes however mechanically, it will run of the same set of powertrains.   Exterior upgrades:   The 2015 Mercedes-Benz B-Class is based on the MFA platform. The 2015 edition of the B Class will feature new LED projector headlamps with DRLs, tailpipes integrated into the rear bumpers, new taillights, side skirts and contoured front and rear bumpers.   Interiors upgrades:   The B-Class facelift hatch will get a new instrument cluster, new three-spoke multi-function steering wheel (similar to the C-Class), new 8-inch COMAND touchscreen infotainment system, push button start and LED ambient lighting.   Powertrains:   Under the hood, the Mercedes-Benz B-Class facelift will get the same 1.6-litre petrol engine that makes 120 bhp of maximum power and a 2.2-litre diesel mill with 107 bhp of power output. Both the motors will come paired to a standard 7G-TRONIC automatic transmission.   The German luxury carmaker sell the B-Class in India as a CBU and it is likely that the company will continue to offer the luxury hatchback via CBU route. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003046/Mercedes-Benz-to-launch-2015-B-Class-on-March-11.html Toyota Hiace spied testing http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003045/Toyota-Hiace-spied-testing.html Toyota’s 10 seater minivan, Hiace that was recently showcased by the Japanese carmaker has been spied testing in India for the first time. The Hiace is expected to be launched in India in mid-2015.    During the 2014 Auto Expo held in Delhi, the company first displayed the MPV and at the recent 2015 Bus and Special Vehicle Show, the Japanese carmaker confirmed Hiace’s launched in India.   In terms of equipments, the Toyota Hiace would get power steering, power windows, defogger, reversing camera, blind spot alert, SONAR parking, driver fatigue monitor, ABS, dual front airbags, an audio system with CD and USB.   However, the company has not yet confirmed its powertrain options and the prices, but, it is expected that the upcoming Toyota Hiace will be powered by a 3.0-litre engine that will develop around 134 bhp and 300 Nm of maximum power and torque respectively mated to a 4-speed automatic gearbox. It is likely to be priced around Rs. 35-40 lakh and will be sold as a CBU from Japan.   Image Source: MotorOctane.com http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003045/Toyota-Hiace-spied-testing.html Launched - 2015 Renault Pulse at Rs.5.03 lakh, gets new features http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003044/Launched---2015-Renault-Pulse-at-Rs-5-03-lakh--gets-new-features.html Renault India has launched the 2015 model of the Pulse hatchback in India starting at Rs. 5.03 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The hatchback hasn’t received any mechanical/exterior updates however gets some new features. The 2015 Renault Pulse will feature automatic head-lamps, steering mounted controls, height adjustable driver seat and a dual-tone dashboard with piano black finish on the centre console.   There are several features that have been carried over from the existing model such as Smart Key access with engine start-stop button, auto-folding outside rear view mirrors, 2-DIN music system with Bluetooth and USB, ABS+EBD and dual airbags.   Mechanically, the 2015 Renault Pulse will continue to be powered by the same 1.2 –litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel motors mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox.     Quotes, Sumit Sawhney, Country CEO and Managing Director, Renault India Operations –    "Pulse is an important part of our product portfolio and we have made several product enhancements to make the 2015 Pulse even more attractive and exciting for customers. We have topped this with competitive pricing backed with an attractive finance option which adds to its value proposition, making it one of the strongest offerings in the premium hatchback segment." http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003044/Launched---2015-Renault-Pulse-at-Rs-5-03-lakh--gets-new-features.html Expected revisions to the 2015 version of KTM Duke 390 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003043/Expected-revisions-to-the-2015-version-of-KTM-Duke-390.html KTM might soon be launching the 2015 KTM Duke 390 with added and updated equipments in the country soon. Here are the changes that can be expected:   Change in front fender design Rear fender changed with better structural material Sealed indicators to avoid water seepage Radiator fan assembly is changed to direct hot air towards the bottom Rear shock absorber with dust cover (the visible metal part inside the spring is covered with a plastic casing) Flap protector for rear spring Front seat assembly is stiffened to avoid touching air filter housing New hand grips like the ones on the RC series RH switch has been changed to better accommodate the new throttle grip angle Rear mud cover is wider in size, (like the one on RC) Chain cover height is increased to prevent slapping of chain Changes in belly pan mounts Changes in Speedometer logic to avoid abrupt zero position on the run and to accommodate a new service interval of 7500kms Silencer mounting rubber damper has been changed to reduce vibrations Spark plug gap is increased to 1mm from 0.8mm Connecting rod now comes with a bush at small end for more strength Slipper clutch New sealed bearings to avoid oil leakage at output shaft New collar sprocket Oil seal output shaft diameter increased from 25 to 26 to accommodate new collar   Source: BikeAdvice http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003043/Expected-revisions-to-the-2015-version-of-KTM-Duke-390.html News: Ashok Leyland to refresh Stile http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003042/News--Ashok-Leyland-to-refresh-Stile.html Ashok Leyland launched its Stile MPV in India in October 2013 starting at Rs. 7.50 lakh (ex-showroom) and now the company is planning to launch a facelift version of the MPV. The Stile is basically a rebadged Nissan Evalia and is primarily targeted at the commercial segment, however, Ashok Leyland offers it as a personal vehicle as well.     Stile MPV did not proved fruitful for the company as it was sold in limited numbers in the country. According to the Ashok Leyland’s Chief Financial Officer GopalMahadevan, the Stile is the only product facing a challenge among the entire lineup of products from the company. Between April, 2014 and January, 2015, Ashok Leyland sold just 311 units of Stile.     GopalMahadevan revealed to Business Standard, “We have deeply realised that fact that we have not done well (with the Stile). It is the only product in our portfolio where we had a challenge. We are looking at having a relaunch, bringing it back with some renewed vigour.”     The upcoming Stile facelift is also expected to come powered by the same powertrain with added features. Stile is powered by a 1446cc, Turbo-intercooled diesel engine that produces 75 hp of power and 185 Nm of torque mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The company claims that the MPV returns a mileage of 20.07 kmpl (ARAI tested). http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003042/News--Ashok-Leyland-to-refresh-Stile.html Renault Duster AWD 2014 stock discounted, Rs. 2 lakh off till Feb 28th http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003041/Renault-Duster-AWD-2014-stock-discounted--Rs--2-lakh-off-till-Feb-28th.html Renault India is offering a discount of about Rs. 2 lakh on the purchase of Renault Duster AWD and Duster Limited Edition 2014 variants till 28thFebruary, 2015.    The Renault Duster AWD 110PS RXL is available at a price of Rs. 10.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), which was earlier priced at Rs. 12.47 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). While, the Renault Duster Limited Edition model is offered with sports kit. Both the models are 2014 stock and are available for a limited period.   To avail this offer, the customer can also book the SUV across the company’s dealerships in the country. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003041/Renault-Duster-AWD-2014-stock-discounted--Rs--2-lakh-off-till-Feb-28th.html Yamaha adds 2 new colours to R15 Version 2.0 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003040/Yamaha-adds-2-new-colours-to-R15-Version-2-0.html Yamaha has added two special edition color options in the Yamaha R15 2.0 portfolio to celebrate the festival of Holi. The two new special edition colors – ‘GP Blue’ & ‘Streaking Cyan’ will be available on bikes at all authorized Yamaha dealers across India.   The Yamaha R15 is powered by a liquid cooled, 4 stroke SOHC, 4 Valve engine, Hydraulic, single disc – front and rear brakes and has a fuel capacity of 12litres.     Quotes, Roy Kurian, Vice President – Sales and Marketing, Yamaha Motor India Sales Pvt. Ltd. –    “Yamaha R15 is a pure sports vehicle designed especially for racing enthusiasts so that they can experience the power and passion that a sports bike has to offer. The racing DNA, sporty look and superior technology have been synonymous with the R15. While, the core concept of R15 remains the same, with these new colors we strive to continuously interact and excite our target audiences. As we launch the R15 Ver 2.0 in 2 new avatars, we are again very confident that this new introduction will help to keep our target audiences absolutely delighted.” http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003040/Yamaha-adds-2-new-colours-to-R15-Version-2-0.html Shell introduces Shell Advance Ultra with PurePlus Technology at Rs. 827 in India http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003039/Shell-introduces-Shell-Advance-Ultra-with-PurePlus-Technology-at-Rs--827-in-India.html Shell Lubricants has launched its new bike oil, Shell Advance Ultra with PurePlus Technology, in India. Touted to be the company’s most advanced motorcycle oil ever, the Shell Advance Ultra with PurePlus Technology is developed from natural gas and was unveiled at Asia’s biggest biking festival – India Bike Week at Vagator, Goa. The oil has been manufactured through a Gas-to-Liquid (GTL) process that converts natural gas into crystal-clear base oil with virtually none of the impurities which are found in crude oil.   Quotes, Nitin Prasad, Managing Director, Shell Lubricants India –    “We are proud to launch Shell Advance Ultra with PurePlus Technology – revolutionary motorcycle oil, which is a great testimony of Shell’s ‘from-track-to-road’ philosophy. We invest more than any other oil company in research and development. Thus, we are able to leverage our technological leadership and innovation in the lab and on the track and transfer them into a product for everyday use on the road. With an ever increasing number of motorcycles on Indian roads, we believe Shell Advance Ultra with PurePlus Technology will improve the riding experiences of the bikers, given the varied climatic and geographical conditions in the country.”   Shell Advance Ultra with PurePlus Technology will be available throughout the Asia-Pacific region starting this year with a price tag of INR 827 in India. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003039/Shell-introduces-Shell-Advance-Ultra-with-PurePlus-Technology-at-Rs--827-in-India.html Nissan teases Sway concept ahead of GMS 2015 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003038/Nissan-teases-Sway-concept-ahead-of-GMS-2015.html Japanese car maker, Nissan has teased an all-new concept car ahead of the Geneva Motor Show 2015. Called as the ‘Nissan Sway’, it is believed that its production version will replace the current generation Micra hatchback.   Apart from teasing the new concept, the manufacturer has also hinted at a change in its design policy for small hatchbacks in the near future. According to Nissan, the Sway concept has been created using the same design philosophy and product planning that gave rise to the Juke and Qashqai.    According to ex-Nissan boss Andy Palmer, the Mk5 Micra would not return to the rounded look of the Mk3 car, something the teaser picture confirms. The new car would be "designed for Europe," but would have a "concentration on achieving emerging market success."  However, there is a possibility that the next-generation Micra’s styling could be based on the Sway concept. It will be interesting to see how the new Micra will be introduced in order to compete against the likes of other cars in the same segment. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003038/Nissan-teases-Sway-concept-ahead-of-GMS-2015.html Next gen Eicher Pro Series heavy-duty trucks launched in South India http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003037/Next-gen-Eicher-Pro-Series-heavy-duty-trucks-launched-in-South-India.html After successfully launching the next generation Eicher Pro series of heavy-duty trucks in Delhi, Eicher Trucks India has launched next generation heavy-duty trucks in Southern India.   The Eicher Pro series trucks have been built in collaboration with Volvo Group that offers better fuel efficiency, powerful VEDX with the engine mapping system. The Eicher Pro series heavy-duty trucks come with cruise control and advanced telematic with Eicher Live service, advanced on board diagnostics systems for proactive maintenance of the truck. The cabin of the trucks is ergonomically designed that has a spacious sleeper cabin and ensures comfortable driving and higher driver efficiency.   Quotes, VinodAggarwal, Chief Executive Officer, VE Commercial Vehicles Ltd. –    “In 2008, the Volvo Group & Eicher Motors came together with a vision to modernize the Indian commercial vehicle industry. This association has culminated in the most professional, holistic and progressive approach to Indian trucking, the Eicher Pro 6000 series. The vital combination of Volvo Group’s world-class technology and frugal cost expertise and management of Eicher has created a range that will set new benchmarks amongst customers with high demands on profitability and driver effectiveness. The Eicher Pro 6000 Series marks yet another milestone in journey of Eicher Trucks and Buses, to becoming a strong player in the commercial vehicle industry, especially in the heavy-duty segment. This new range of next-generation heavy duty trucks offer best- in- class fuel efficiency, superior productivity, and a host of modern and intelligent features. Together with innovative support solutions, the new series promises to deliver maximum profitability to the customer and fast track their business growth.” http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003037/Next-gen-Eicher-Pro-Series-heavy-duty-trucks-launched-in-South-India.html Official - Hyundai releases sketches of i20 Active crossover http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003036/Official---Hyundai-releases-sketches-of-i20-Active-crossover.html Hyundai has officially revealed the sketches of the upcoming Hyundai Elite i20 based crossover. The new crossover will be called Hyundai i20 Active and has been spied testing several times on Indian roads. The new i20 crossover is expected to be launchedin March this year.    The official sketches of the Hyundai I20 Active demonstrate its bolder and muscular lines on the hood and side panels. The i20 crossover gets swept back headlamps, daytime running lamps, new fog lights, body colored bumpers, roof rails, pedal shaped alloy wheels, side body cladding and split taillights, rear spoiler with roof mounted reflector.      Hyundai has only released the exteriors sketches of the i20 Active crossover. The vehicle is expected to be powered by the same petrol and diesel engines that power the current Hyundai Elite i20 in the country. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003036/Official---Hyundai-releases-sketches-of-i20-Active-crossover.html Maruti Suzuki might open new premium dealerships in India http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003035/Maruti-Suzuki-might-open-new-premium-dealerships-in-India.html Maruti Suzuki India might soon undergo a facelift of its dealerships with new premium dealerships coming up in Tier-I cities. The new premium dealerships will showcase high-end cars like Vitara, S-Cross etc and will offer a comparatively better buying experience. This way, Maruti Suzuki might be able to shed its image of entry-level carmaker and enter a completely new domain. Initially, the company might open these premium dealerships in Delhi and Mumbai and later in other parts of the country. The upcoming Maruti Suzuki S-Cross compact SUV and the YRA (codenamed) hatchback will be launched soon and will be showcased at the new premium dealerships. According to some reports, the company will open a total of 35 premium outlets this year and is also expected to bring expensive vehicles from its parent company, Suzuki Motors of Japan. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003035/Maruti-Suzuki-might-open-new-premium-dealerships-in-India.html Fiat to organize free mega check-up camp from 26th February http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003034/Fiat-to-organize-free-mega-check-up-camp-from-26th-February.html Fiat Chrysler Automobiles India will be organizing a free mega check-up camp for three days starting from 26thFebruary, 2015 in the country. Customers will be informed about the camp by the company’s dealerships through emails, text messages and phone calls to get their vehicles completely checked free of cost. The check-up will include a 50-point scan at the dealerships and a top wash, wind shield liquid washer bottle and discount on labor and car parts. Moreover, all the Fiat vehicles that were delivered on or after 1st January 2011 can benefit from 15 percent discount on labor charges and 10 percent discount on spare parts while the vehicles that were delivered on or before 31st December 2010 can benefit from 25 percent discount on labor charges and 12 percent discount on car parts. Offer - The customers can also buy the Fiat Punto’s 15-inch alloy wheels at Rs. 6990 and can get a discount of Rs 2000per alloy wheel,valid till 31st March 2015. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003034/Fiat-to-organize-free-mega-check-up-camp-from-26th-February.html Mercedes-Benz Luxe Drive? All you want to know http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003033/Mercedes-Benz-Luxe-Drive--All-you-want-to-know.html Mercedes-Benz Luxe Drive is the company’s new customer engagement initiativein which the carmaker intends to provide comprehensive luxury experience to customers in the country with a dash ofAdrenaline, Gourmet and Haute Couture.   The customer engagement platform will give the participants an opportunity to interact with Michelin Star chef Vikas Khanna and be a part of this luxury gourmet experience. Besides this, the company will also have styling consultants to enhance the customer’s style quotient with high-street fashion through top international brands from The Collective.Around 100 world’s best fashion brands will come together under one roof showcasing each individual’s own personal style.   At the Luxe Drive, M-B will also display its portfolio of carsfor the guests to choose from for test-drives. The carmaker will also have a special zone for exclusive Mercedes-Benz merchandise and a special kid’s zone with games for engaging the kids and Mercedes Trophy zone with exclusive Mercedes Trophy goodies.   The guests will also get a chance to get a free car evaluation from Mercedes-Benz Certified team and an opportunity for special trade-in and personalized finance offers.   Quotes, Eberhard Kern, Managing Director and CEO, Mercedes-Benz India –    “Mercedes-Benz pursues the philosophy of ‘Live the Best’, where we aim to provide our patrons with an unparalleled brand experience. In enhancing this unique modern luxury experience and create an innovative engagement platform, we are introducing ‘Luxe Drive’ which is a unique drive experience blending adrenaline with gourmet and haute couture. One of its kind customer engagements like Luxe Drive, reiterates that we Mercedes-Benz is on the right path to create fascination and delight for its existing as well as potential customers, especially in the emerging tier II and III markets, which are the future growth drivers.”    The ‘Luxe Drive’ initiative will also showcase the Mercedes-Benz sedans and SUVs through a series of self-driving exercises on a specially designed test track. The company has also imported an ‘Offroad’ parcour structure from Germany especially for the SUV Demonstration and Self Drive experience. Self-drive and demonstrations with range of SUVs comprising the GLA-, the GL- and the ML-Class and PROENGINEERING Package demonstration for 40 degree slope, Hill Hold Assist, Downhill Speed Regulation demonstration, 4-MATIC and AIRMATIC Suspension demonstration. The guests will also demonstrate Pre-safe, ABS and EBD in AMGs, C-Class and E-Class sedans. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003033/Mercedes-Benz-Luxe-Drive--All-you-want-to-know.html Ford Introduces SYNC with Ford AppLink in EcoSport http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003032/Ford-Introduces-SYNC-with-Ford-AppLink-in-EcoSport.html Ford India has introduced SYNC feature with Ford AppLink in India in the Ford EcoSport. The SYNC with Ford AppLink is an in-car technology and is available on the Titanium variant of the EcoSport only.   The Ford EcoSport will be the second model to feature this new app after Fiesta. The app enables the users to access their smartphone applications like MapMyIndia, ESPN Cricinfo and Glympsethrough voice-commands.   Quotes, AnuragMehrotra, executive director Marketing Sales and Service -    “Introduction of Ford AppLink™ enhances the value proposition offered by Ford EcoSport,”. “Consumers today are leading an increasingly connected lifestyle and wish to stay up-to-date even while on the move. Ford AppLink™ addresses this unmet need and helps them stay connected without ever compromising on convenience.” http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003032/Ford-Introduces-SYNC-with-Ford-AppLink-in-EcoSport.html Bridgestone inaugurates its first concept store in Goa http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003031/Bridgestone-inaugurates-its-first-concept-store-in-Goa.html Bridgestone has inaugurated its new concept store, M/s JaywantTyres, in Ponda, Goa. The new concept store was inaugurated by VaibhavSaraf, Sr. General Manager Sales & Marketing- PSR, Bridgestone India Pvt. Ltd.   M/s JaywantTyres is the company’s first concept store in the country that is aimed to enhance buyer experience for the customers.The new concept store located at ‘S-1/ S-6, Jaywant Enclave, St. Cruz, Near Forest Department, Ponda, Goa-403401.   Bridgestone has announced that it will also launch more such concept stores in the country.   Quotes, VaibhavSaraf, Sr. General Manager Sales & Marketing- PSR, Bridgestone India Pvt. Ltd –    “The Concept Store, a unique retail concept which we are introducing as a part of our aggressive expansion strategy. This initiative will add a new dimension to the retailing of Tyres in the region through our unique business model of safety, reliability and environment friendly norms that will be adhered to through our direct and indirect business operations. The concept store besides having our complete product range and services will offer a new experience in tyre buying for the customers. It will be also backed by well informed staff that understands the nuances of consumer requirements.” http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003031/Bridgestone-inaugurates-its-first-concept-store-in-Goa.html BMW i8, first hybrid sports car launched at Rs. 2.29 crores http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003030/BMW-i8--first-hybrid-sports-car-launched-at-Rs--2-29-crores.html BMW India has launched its first hybrid sports car– BMW i8, in India at Rs. 2.29 crores, ex-showroom, India. The BMW i8 will be produced in limited numbers and will be sold as a CBU (Completely built-up Unit)    The new BMW i8 is powered by a mid-mounted 1.5-litre, 3-cylinder twin-turbo petrol engine along with an electric motor powering the front and the rear axles respectively.    The petrol motor alone produces 231 hp of power output at 5800 rpm and 330 Nm of torque at 3700 rpm paired to a 6-speed Steptronic automatic transmission. The electric motor, on the other hand, churns out a peak power of 131 hp and 250 Nm of torque that delivers 47.45 km/l. The electric motors are powered by the lithium-ion battery that takes 2.5 hours to fully charge. The hybrid engine also comes with three different driving modes – Comfort , ECO PRO and Sport.   The BMW i8 is made of a carbon fiber reinforcement plastic (CFRP) and is light in weight. The first hybrid sports car by the German carmaker comes with a long list of features like scissor doors, kidney front  grille, multi-function sporty steering wheel with “i” badge, 2 zone automatic air-conditioning, heated and electric adjustable front seats, Head-up display, 8-airbags, navigation system with 3D maps, Harman Kardon music system with Bluetooth connectivity, voice and control photo display, Park Distance Control, Cornering brake Control, electric parking brake, leather upholstery and much more.   The new BMW i8 will be available via CBU route at selected dealerships in the country – Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai.   http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003030/BMW-i8--first-hybrid-sports-car-launched-at-Rs--2-29-crores.html Hyundai launches Verna 4S starting at Rs. 7.73 lakh http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003029/Hyundai-launches-Verna-4S-starting-at-Rs--7-73-lakh.html Hyundai India has launched the 2016 Hyundai Verna in India that goes on sale at Rs. 7.73 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi. The new Hyundai Verna now comes with 4S badge and is based on the Hyundai Solaris, which is on sale in international markets. The company has also made changes to the front and of the sedan and has also added more features.   Powertrains:   The new Hyundai Verna is powered by the same 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines. The 1.4L petrol engine produces 107 PS and 136 Nm mated to a 5-speed manual. The 1.6L petrol makes 123 PS and 155 Nm mated to a 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic gearbox.   The The 14.L CRDi diesel engine produces 90 PS and 220 Nm mated 6-speed manual and the 1.6L CRDi produces 128 PS and 260 Nm mated to a 6-speed manual and 4-speed automatic gearbox.   Features:   The new Hyundia Verna 4S comes with a host of features like LED projector headlamps, new dual-slat wing shaped chrome grille, muscular character lines on the hood, and front bumper, L-shaped fog lamps with front air dam and rear chrome finish dual tone bumpers.   The interiors features new 2 din audio system with 1 GB memory, front passenger ‘Ergo’ lever, ABS with EBD, airbags, anti-pinch power windows, power windows with illumination, multi-function steering wheel, rear seat armrest with cup holders, tilt adjustable driver seat, reverse parking sensors, rear parking camera display, rain sensing wipers, electric ORVMs, smart key with push start/stop button, impact sensing doors/ speed sensing door lock, headlamp escort function, chilled glove box, front console armrest with storage space and FATC with cluster ionizer.   Prices, ex-showroom, Delhi:   Petrol:   Hyundai Verna 1.4: Rs. 7.73 lakh Hyundai Verna 1.6 S: Rs. 8.84 lakh Hyundai Verna 1.6 S (O): Rs. 9.38 lakh Hyundai Verna 1.6 S (O) AT: Rs. 10.11 lakh Hyundai Verna 1.6 SX: Rs. 10.15 lakh   Diesel:   Hyundai Verna 1.4: Rs. 8.94 lakh Hyundai Verna 1.6 S: Rs. 9.99 lakh Hyundai Verna 1.6 S (O): Rs. 10.59 lakh Hyundai Verna 1.6 SX: Rs. 11.45 lakh Hyundai Verna 1.6 SX AT: Rs. 12.19 lakh   http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003029/Hyundai-launches-Verna-4S-starting-at-Rs--7-73-lakh.html Royal Enfield to invest Rs. 5000 crores to expand its production http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003028/Royal-Enfield-to-invest-Rs--5000-crores-to-expand-its-production.html Royal Enfield is planning to invest around Rs. 500 crores to build two new technological centres and is also aims to expand its production capacity from 4 lakh to 4.5 lakh annually.    For this, the company will commence the production of its manufacturing plant soon in Vallam Vadagal near Chennai. The new plant has over 50 acres of land, which was bought last year.    As part of its expansion plan, the two-wheeler maker will also construct two new technology centres.   In a recent statement by Eicher’s MD and CEO, Siddhartha Lal, the company will invest in towards the development, capex and other development areas and is also planning to open technology centers in India and United Kingdom that will be operational by 2016 and 2015 respectively. The new facility in Chennai will be located on Old Mahabalipuram Road in the city while, the new centre in the UK will be relatively small and will be set-up in Leicestershire.   http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003028/Royal-Enfield-to-invest-Rs--5000-crores-to-expand-its-production.html Michelin announces second edition of Green Guide series http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003027/Michelin-announces-second-edition-of-Green-Guide-series.html After the success of the first edition of Green Guide travel series held in Chennai in 2013, Michelin has announced the launch of the second edition of its Green Guide travel series in the country. The second edition of the series will cover the northern part of the Golden Triangle of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.   The Green Guide travel series will also get to explore the historical era of the Mughal Empire like Fatehpur Sikri, Taj Mahal, Ranthambore National Park on a Jeep safari and the annual camel fair in Pushkar   Quotes, Cynthia Ochterbeck, Editorial Director, Michelin Travel Partner -    “After launching the Green Guide to Chennai and Tamil Nadu, we wanted to add another edition which would reflect the rich culture and heritage of India. It is impossible to tell India’s tale without talking about the magnificent art and architecture of the Mughal era. Hence we came up with Delhi, Agra and Jaipur- the golden triangle with an added perspective on sustainable tourism. At Michelin, our core mission is to enhance mobility around the world not only through innovative Michelin tyres, but also through our flagship mobility assets such as the Green Guide.”   “India offers a dynamic mix of cultural and historical elements in its unique travel destinations. Across a broad spectrum of remarkable sights from the coasts to the Himalayas, India offers an abundance of trip-of-a-lifetime opportunities, for local and international travellers alike. We hope that with the second edition of the Green Guide coming to India, we can contribute our share to the rapidly evolving tourism market in the country.” http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003027/Michelin-announces-second-edition-of-Green-Guide-series.html KTM 390 Dukes and RC motorcycles to get slipper clutch in India http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003026/KTM-390-Dukes-and-RC-motorcycles-to-get-slipper-clutch-in-India.html KTM India is planning to introduce slipper clutch to the new batch of the KTM 390 Dukes and RC motorcycles in the country. The motorcycles are expected to be in the showrooms in about a month’s time with the same price tag. However, the prices of the unit have not yet been revealed but we are lead to believe that it should cost around Rs 4-5,000.   According to KTM, the clutch can technically be retrofitted to existing 390 Dukes and RCs as well although it hasn’t been done at this stage. Talking about the slipper clutches essentially prevent the rear wheel from locking up during aggressive downshifts keeping the motorcycle stable while entering corners at high speed or while downshifting hard during emergency braking. However, slipper clutches are especially helpful with motorcycles that have lots of engine braking and it makes sense to put it in the KTM motorcycles.   One of the most affordable performance oriented machines in the country today, the 390 series are sold at such price in India that they will probably be among the most affordable motorcycles in the world to come with standard slipper clutches. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003026/KTM-390-Dukes-and-RC-motorcycles-to-get-slipper-clutch-in-India.html M&M recalls XUV500 for airbag software update http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003025/M-M-recalls-XUV500-for-airbag-software-update.html Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. has announced a recall of the XUV500 SUV in the country due to upgrade the side curtain airbag software. The recall has been made on all the Mahindra XUV 500 manufactured on or before July, 2014. However, this upgrade is only limited to a software change & no parts will be replaced.   According to the company, the proactive inspection/upgradation is in keeping with its customer-centric approach. The company is proactively upgrading the airbag software, as part of Mahindra's endeavor to ensure a hassle free experience for its customers and incidentally, this is also in keeping with SIAM's voluntary code on vehicle recall.   The manufacturer will contact the XUV 500 owners and will update the software free of cost as well as the customers can also visit the 'Service Action' section of the website and check whether their vehicle is part of the service action. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003025/M-M-recalls-XUV500-for-airbag-software-update.html Mercedes-Benz increases prices of GLA-Class in India http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003024/Mercedes-Benz-increases-prices-of-GLA-Class-in-India.html Mercedes-Benz India launched the GLA-Class in India on 30th September last year starting at Rs. 32.75 lakh, ex-Delhi. Now, the Delhi-based Mercedes-Benz dealer confirmed that the three pointed star will be increasing the prices of the GLA-Class SUV effective from 1st March 2015.   The Audi Q3 and BMW X1 rival, the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class is sold as a CBU in the country, which is built on the A-Class and B-Class’s Modular Front Architecture (MFA).   The German luxury carmaker offers the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class in both petrol and diesel mills. The petrol engine gets its powered from a 2.0-litre engine that produces a max power of 174hp and a peak torque of 300Nm that delivers 13.8kmpl of fuel efficiency. The diesel engine, on the other hand, is powered by a 2.2-litre unit delivering 134hp of power and 300Nm of torque that offers of 17.9kmpl of mileage. Both the engines are mated to a 7-speed dual clutch transmission.    The GLA-Class comes loaded with features like bi-xenon LED headlamps, daytime running light, active parking assist, front and rear parking sensors, rear camera assist and 7 airbags, a navigation system, dual zone climate control and Harman Kardon audio system with 6 speakers, start stop button, radiator grille shutters and 18-inch alloy wheels as standard. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003024/Mercedes-Benz-increases-prices-of-GLA-Class-in-India.html Rolls Royce confirms an all-terrain high-bodied vehicle http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003023/Rolls-Royce-confirms-an-all-terrain-high-bodied-vehicle.html In an official statement from the Goodwood based ultra premium carmaker Rolls-Royce, the company’s Chairman has confirmed the development of a completely new model. The company has revealed that the new car will be capable to tackle all terrains, will be built on an entirely new aluminium platform, will be light and high bodied.   At the launch of Rolls Royce Wraith in India, we got to know from HerfriedHasenoehrl, GM of Emerging Markets in Asia, Rolls Royce Motor Cars that the Indian auto market will see various developments that will take place in the future like a Rolls Royce SUV and different body styles of the Wraith.   The information that has been published by Rolls Royce however doesn't mention that the upcoming vehicle will be a SUV. Rolls-Royce has also not confirmed the launch date of the upcoming model, but it is expected to hit the roads by 2018.   Lamborghini, Bentley and Maserati are also planning to enter the SUV segment in future and are into the testing phase of the cars. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003023/Rolls-Royce-confirms-an-all-terrain-high-bodied-vehicle.html Isuzu Motors opens new dealership Punjab http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003022/Isuzu-Motors-opens-new-dealership-Punjab.html Isuzu Motors India has inaugurated its new dealership in Ludhiana – “Krishna Isuzu”. The new Krishna Isuzu dealership, on the other hand, is located at Dhandari Khurd, GT Road, Ludhiana - 141004, Punjab, that will offer all sales and service experience to the customers. Quotes, Toru Kishimoto, Vice President, Isuzu Motors India – “We are rapidly expanding our network in North India. Punjab with its industrious culture has always been an enterprising state adopting the best in technology. It is one the key growth markets for Isuzu in India and has encouraged us to enter this market as part of our initial expansion drive. We have strong products that cater to the demanding requirements of our customers. The Max Run Challenge that culminated here today is testimony to the proven ability of our D-Max range of pick-ups. The MU-7 will be well received by Punjabis who appreciate Technology, Reliability and Durability, the characteristics of a true-blooded SUV”. Sachit Passi, Managing Partner, Krishna Isuzu – “We are pleased to be associated with Isuzu Motors, the world’s leading manufacturer of commercial and passenger vehicles. With this dealership we plan to bring the best of Isuzu’s world-renowned pickup trucks and sports utility vehicles to this part of the country. We will continue to offer the best sales and service support to all our customers with Isuzu”. The company has also begun a two day event - ‘Max Run Challenge’ drive, which was flagged off in Jaipur, Rajasthan yesterday. The Max Run Challenge will cover a distance of over 665 kms via Chandigarh with three Isuzu D-Max that will consume 28.45ltrs of fuel and claims a mileage of 23.39kmpl.     The company also plans to open 60 more outlets across India by end of 2015-16. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003022/Isuzu-Motors-opens-new-dealership-Punjab.html Isuzu Motors opens new dealership Punjab http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003021/Isuzu-Motors-opens-new-dealership-Punjab.html Isuzu Motors opens new dealership Punjab   Isuzu Motors India has inaugurated its new dealership in Ludhiana – “Krishna Isuzu”. The new Krishna Isuzu dealership, on the other hand, is located at Dhandari Khurd, GT Road, Ludhiana - 141004, Punjab, that will offer all sales and service experience to the customers.   Quotes, Toru Kishimoto, Vice President, Isuzu Motors India –   “We are rapidly expanding our network in North India. Punjab with its industrious culture has always been an enterprising state adopting the best in technology. It is one the key growth markets for Isuzu in India and has encouraged us to enter this market as part of our initial expansion drive. We have strong products that cater to the demanding requirements of our customers. The Max Run Challenge that culminated here today is testimony to the proven ability of our D-Max range of pick-ups. The MU-7 will be well received by Punjabis who appreciate Technology, Reliability and Durability, the characteristics of a true-blooded SUV”.   Sachit Passi, Managing Partner, Krishna Isuzu –   “We are pleased to be associated with Isuzu Motors, the world’s leading manufacturer of commercial and passenger vehicles. With this dealership we plan to bring the best of Isuzu’s world-renowned pickup trucks and sports utility vehicles to this part of the country. We will continue to offer the best sales and service support to all our customers with Isuzu”.     The company has also begun a two day event - ‘Max Run Challenge’ drive, which was flagged off in Jaipur, Rajasthan yesterday.   The Max Run Challenge will cover a distance of over 665 kms via Chandigarh with three Isuzu D-Max that will consume 28.45ltrs of fuel and claims a mileage of 23.39kmpl.       The company also plans to open 60 more outlets across India by end of 2015-16. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003021/Isuzu-Motors-opens-new-dealership-Punjab.html test http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003020/test.html Maruti Suzuki India has launched the Swift DZire facelift starting at Rs. 5.07 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi today. The company has made cosmetic changes to the DZire facelift in the form of:   Exteriors: Single-slat chrome grille  Revised bumpers with bigger air intakes New fog lamp cluster with chrome finish Smoked headlamps New 10-inch alloy wheels    Interiors: Keyless entry Start/stop button Electric foldable and adjustable ORVMs Automatic climate control Audio system with Bluetooth connectivity  Reverse parking sensors   Technical Specifications:   Under the skin, the Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire facelift is powered by the same 1.2-litre K-Series petrol and 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard and 4-speed automatic transmission. The company has tweaked the engine to offer  The new Swift DZire is available in seven shades – Pacific Blue, Midnight Black, Bright Red, Silky Silver, Clear Beige, Arctic White and Glistening Grey.   Prices (petrol), ex-showroom, Delhi:   Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire LXi: Rs. 5.07 lakh Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire LXi (O): Rs. 5.20 lakh Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire VXiL Rs. 5.85 lakh Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire ZXi: Rs. 6.80 lakh   Prices (diesel), ex-showroom, Delhi:   Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire LDi: Rs. 5.99 lakh Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire VDi: Rs. 6.85 lakh Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire ZDi: Rs. 7.81 lakh http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003020/test.html Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire launched at Rs. 5.07 lakh http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003019/Maruti-Suzuki-Swift-DZire-launched-at-Rs--5-07-lakh.html Maruti Suzuki India has launched the Swift DZire facelift starting at Rs. 5.07 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi today. The company has made cosmetic changes to the DZire facelift in the form of:   Exteriors: Single-slat chrome grille  Revised bumpers with bigger air intakes New fog lamp cluster with chrome finish Smoked headlamps New 10-inch alloy wheels    Interiors: Keyless entry Start/stop button Electric foldable and adjustable ORVMs Automatic climate control Audio system with Bluetooth connectivity  Reverse parking sensors   Technical Specifications:   Under the skin, the Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire facelift is powered by the same 1.2-litre K-Series petrol and 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard and 4-speed automatic transmission. The company has tweaked the engine to offer  The new Swift DZire is available in seven shades – Pacific Blue, Midnight Black, Bright Red, Silky Silver, Clear Beige, Arctic White and Glistening Grey.   Prices (petrol), ex-showroom, Delhi:   Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire LXi: Rs. 5.07 lakh Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire LXi (O): Rs. 5.20 lakh Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire VXiL Rs. 5.85 lakh Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire ZXi: Rs. 6.80 lakh   Prices (diesel), ex-showroom, Delhi:   Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire LDi: Rs. 5.99 lakh Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire VDi: Rs. 6.85 lakh Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire ZDi: Rs. 7.81 lakh http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003019/Maruti-Suzuki-Swift-DZire-launched-at-Rs--5-07-lakh.html VW Jetta VS Skoda Octavia VS Toyota Corolla Altis http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003018/VW-Jetta-VS-Skoda-Octavia-VS-Toyota-Corolla-Altis.html Volkswagen India has launched the Jetta facelift starting at Rs. 13.87 lakh, ex-showroom, Mumbai. The updated Volkswagen Jetta comes with new and updated exterior and interiors. We have compared prices and technical specification of the newly launched Volkswagen Jetta with its competitors:   Petrol: Technical Specification Volkswagen Jetta 1.4 TSI Skoda Octavia 1.4 TSI Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8 Displacement 1390 cc 1395cc / 1798cc 1798cc Max. Power 122 PS @ 5000 rpm 140 PS @ 4500-6000 rpm / 180 PS @ 5100-6200 rpm 140 PS @ 6400 rpm Max. Torque 200 Nm @1500-4000 rpm 250 Nm @ 1500-3500 rpm / 250 Nm @ 1250-5000 rpm 173 Nm @ 4000 rpm Transmission 6-speed MT 6-speed MT / 7-speed DSG 6-speed MT / 7-speed CVT Fuel Efficiency 14.69 kmpl 16.8 / 14.7 kmpl N/A   Diesel: Technical Specification Volkswagen Jetta 2.0 TDI Skoda Octavia 2.0 TDI Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8 Displacement 1968cc 1968cc 1364cc Max. Power 140 PS @ 4200 rpm 143 PS @ 4000 rpm 88.4 PS @ 3800 rpm Max. Torque 320 Nm @ 1750-2500 rpm 320 Nm 1750-3000 rpm 250 Nm @ 1800-2800 rpm Transmission 6-speed MT/ DSG 6-speed MT / DSG 6-speed MT Fuel Efficiency 19.33 / 16.96 kmpl 20.6 / 19.3 kmpl N/A   Prices (Petrol): Volkswagen Jetta 1.4 TSI Skoda Octavia 1.4 TSI Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8 Rs. 13.87 - Rs. 15.36 lakh (ex-Mumbai) Rs. 16.25 - Rs. 19.66 lakh (ex-, Delhi) Rs. 13.06 - Rs. 17.73 lakh (ex-Delhi)   Prices (Diesel): Volkswagen Jetta 2.0 TDI Skoda Octavia 2.0 TDI Toyota Corolla Atis 1.8 Rs. 15.0 - Rs. 19.77 lakh (ex-Mumbai) Rs. 17.87 - Rs. 20.60 lakh (ex-Delhi) Rs. 13.93 - Rs. 17.54 lakh (ex-Delhi)   http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003018/VW-Jetta-VS-Skoda-Octavia-VS-Toyota-Corolla-Altis.html Volkswagen launches Jetta facelift at Rs. 13.87 lakh http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003017/Volkswagen-launches-Jetta-facelift-at-Rs--13-87-lakh.html Volkswagen India has launched the Volkswagen Jetta that goes on sale starting at Rs. 13.87 lakh, ex-showroom, Mumbai.   The company has made changes to the Volkswagen Jetta facelift and come equipped standard features like:   Electric adjustable, foldable and heated ORVMs Bi-xenon headlamps with LED DRLs Cruise control  New dashboard Multifunction console Steering mounted control  6-airbags Fatigue detection ABS ESC (Electronic Stability Control) ESP (Electronic Stabilization Programme) Parking sensors Multi-function armrest 12-way electric adjustable driver seat Split tail lamps New fog lamps New alloy wheels   Mechanically, the sedan is powered by the same 1.4 –litre TSI petrol engine that generates 122 PS and 200 Nm of maximum power and torque respectively mated to 6-speed manual transmission. The Jetta diesel get its power from a 2.0-litre TDI mill that produces 140 PS of power output and 320 Nm of torque paired to a 6–speed manual and automatic (DSG) transmission.   The variant -wise prices of the Volkswagen Jetta facelift (ex-showroom, Mumbai):   Volkswagen Jetta 1.4 TSI: Rs. 13.87 – 15.36 lakh Volkswagen Jetta 2.0 TDI: Rs. 15.01 – 18.79 lakh Volkswagen Jetta 2.0 TDI DSG Automatic: Rs. 19.77 lakh http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003017/Volkswagen-launches-Jetta-facelift-at-Rs--13-87-lakh.html This child suffers from Progeria, read what Lamborghini Mumbai did for him on his b'day http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003016/This-child-suffers-from-Progeria--read-what-Lamborghini-Mumbai-did-for-him-on-his-b-day.html Lamborghini India has made a child’s dream come true. On Friday 13, 2015, the Mumbai showroom of Lamborghini fulfilled 15-year-old Nihal’s dream of being driven in a supercar. Nihal, who suffers from Progeria, celebrated his 15th birthday on 20th of January, was supposed to visit the Lamborghini’s Mumbai showroom the same day, but due to health issues, he visited the showroom in February.   As a birthday gift, Nihal received a scale model of the Lamborghini Aventedor. Dinesh Chindarkar of Media Medic Communications and the Progeria Research Foundation along with Lamborghini Mumbai, were responsible for this heartwarming surprise to Nihal. This is not the first time that Lamborghini India has made a child’s dream come true as earlier, Lamborghini Bengaluru, along with Make-A-Wish foundation, fulfilled a 13-year-old cancer fighting kid, Arnav Bhansali’s dream of being driven around in an Huracan come true.     Talking about Progeria, it is a rare genetic disorder wherein symptoms resembling aspects of aging are manifested at a very early age. However, the disorder has a very low incidence rate, occurring in an estimated 1 per 8 million live births but those born with progeria typically live to their mid teens into early twenties only. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003016/This-child-suffers-from-Progeria--read-what-Lamborghini-Mumbai-did-for-him-on-his-b-day.html Harley-Davidson to showcase RCM Street 750 cafe racer at the IBW 2015 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003015/Harley-Davidson-to-showcase-RCM-Street-750-cafe-racer-at-the-IBW-2015.html Harley Davidson India will be showcasing its custom made Harley Davidson Street 750 cafe racer based on the Rajputana Customs Motorcycle (RCM) along with 13 other radically customized Street 750 motorcycles at the upcoming India Bike Week in Goa. Moreover, the two-wheeler maker will also celebrate its 5th anniversary at the India Bike Week 2015.   Quotes, Vijay Singh of Rajputana Customs –    “Where Phase 1 of the build was all about showcasing the versatility of the Street 750 while retaining most of the stock components, Phase 2 is about taking the build a step further and really going all out with the design and making some radical changes. The new design includes a new gas tank, rear set foot pegs, a performance exhaust and a new rear cowl amongst other elements. It’s been great working on this build for Harley-Davidson, and we look forward to doing more such exciting things in the future.”   For the first time, Harley-Davidson India will also give demo rides at the event to the fans and enthusiasts and the new and experienced riders would get an opportunity to ride the Harley-Davidson machine of their liking as well. A lineup of more than a thousand Harley-Davidson motorcycles will also be seen parading Nazri Grounds, Baga on 21st February into the India Bike Week event arena at Vagator in Goa.   One of the major events for Harley-Davidson India, India Bike Week 2015 is the third installment of India’s largest bike festival that has seen more than 1,000 Harley-Davidson riders gearing up and riding down to Goa from all across the country. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003015/Harley-Davidson-to-showcase-RCM-Street-750-cafe-racer-at-the-IBW-2015.html DSK Hyosung inaugurates new showroom in Jaipur http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003014/DSK-Hyosung-inaugurates-new-showroom-in-Jaipur.html DSK Hyosung has inaugurated an exclusive super bike showroom in Jaipur, ‘The Riders Zone’. Inaugurated by Shivapada Ray, COO, DSK Motowheels, the new showroom is located at B24 Govind Marg, near the Skoda outlet, Raja Park, Jaipur.   Quotes, Shivapada Ray –    “We are constantly on the move to expand our orbit across the whole country. Jaipur being the capital city of Rajasthan is booming rapidly owing to the improving education ecosystem and urban development of the city. This urged us to launch our DSK Hyosung superbike showroom in the pink city. Jaipur has a huge potential for two-wheelers and through our new showroom, we wish to tap this highly lucrative market.”   The new showroom presents an appealing environment to the riders, assuring a holistic super biking experience. The outlet will have an enthusiastic team of skilled personnel promising world class services and functioning to the customers, with its steadfast commitment and complete focus on the 3S (sales, service and spares) facility.   DSK Hyosung will showcase the entire range of Sports and Cruiser Super Bikes at the new showroom including Aquila 250, GT250R, GT650R, Aquila PRO and ST 7. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003014/DSK-Hyosung-inaugurates-new-showroom-in-Jaipur.html Spied: Mahindra XUV 5oo facelift to feature sunroof http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003013/Spied--Mahindra-XUV-5oo-facelift-to-feature-sunroof.html Mahindra and Mahindra is working on the XUV 5oo facelift for quite some time now and the recent spy images of the SUV reveal that the company plans to equip the top-end variant of the XUV 5oo with a sunroof.   The expected changes will come in the form of revised grille upfront, new sets of alloy wheels, new taillights, new license plate housing, redesigned front & rear bumpers and some chrome inserts at the rear. The interiors too are expected to get minor revisions. The major change comes in the form of a sunroof, as seen in the images, and a new automatic transmission that is expected to feature only in the top-end trim with 4WD system.      Mechanically, the Mahindra XUV 5oo facelift will remain the same. It will come powered by the same 2.2-litre turbocharged diesel engine that generates 140 bhp of power and 330 Nm of torque mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox.  It is expected that the company might tweak the engine to make the SUV more fuel efficient.      The company might launch the Mahindra XUV 5oo by the second quarter of this year and it is expected to be priced at a little premium over the current model.   Image Spurce: Motorbeam.com http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003013/Spied--Mahindra-XUV-5oo-facelift-to-feature-sunroof.html 2016 Auto Expo dates announced http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003012/2016-Auto-Expo-dates-announced.html The 2016 New Delhi Auto Expo’s dates have been announced officially. The Auto Expo is slated to begin on 5th -9th February, 2016 while the media days will commence from 3rd February, 2016.   Just like the 2014 Auto Expo, the 2016 Auto Expo will see many new vehicle launches, new concept models and eco-friendly vehicles will be showcased across different segments – passenger vehicles, two-wheelers, commercial vehicles, OEMs.    The SIAM (Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturer) shifted the venue in 2014 from Pragati Maidan to India Expo Mart due to inadequate infrastructure and facilities. The India Expo Mart is spread over 58 acres of land and has 60,000 square meter exhibition area and convention facilities, business lounges, VIP lounges,, business center, restaurants, food courts, parking area, storage, warehouse facilities,  wi-fi connectivity, centralized public address system along with CCTV coverage.   Besides this, the Components Expo will take place from 4th to 7th February, 2015 at Pragati Maidan in Delhi. The 2016 Components Expo will showcase automotive components, technologies and services.    We expect, the 2016 Auto Expo to be bigger and better this time. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003012/2016-Auto-Expo-dates-announced.html Hero MotoCorp launches updated HF Dawn at Rs. 39,370 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003011/Hero-MotoCorp-launches-updated-HF-Dawn-at-Rs--39-370.html India’s leading two-wheeler maker, Hero MotoCorp, has updated the HF Dawn motorcycle that is priced at Rs. 39,370/- (ex-showroom). The refreshed version of the HF Dawn now comes with additional updates while, the recently outgoing model will be sold along the 2015 model.   The powertrain remains the same and will come powered by a 97.2cc 4-stroke, air-cooled engine, tuned to produce 8.36 PS at 8000 rpm and 8.05 Nm of torque at 5000 rpm mated to a 4-speed gearbox.    The changes include a new metal carrier behind the pillion seat, side stand indicator and new body graphics. The 2015 Hero HF Dawn is available in five colors - silver, red, maroon and dual-tone red and black & black and red.   Apart from launching the facelift version of the HF Dawn, the manufacturer might also update their entire product lineup in the country this year along with new products. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003011/Hero-MotoCorp-launches-updated-HF-Dawn-at-Rs--39-370.html Honda offering extended warranty across its models http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003010/Honda-offering-extended-warranty-across-its-models.html Honda Cars India is offering extended warranties on its models in the country to boost its sales. For this, the company is offering an extended warranty of up to 7 years or one lakh kilometer, whichever come earlier, on its vehicles under ‘Honda Any Time Warranty’ scheme. However, the company offers standard warranty on all Honda vehicles for two years that can now be extended by one year or 20,000 kms for a period of five years or one lakh. The offer is also valid on used Honda vehicles too.    Not only this, the Japanese carmaker is also offering an extended warranty of products that have been discontinued in the India market like Honda Civic, Accord and Jazz hatchback.    To avail the offer, the customers have to contact nearest dealers that will replace and repair the parts if found defective free of cost. However, the warranty will not cover any wear and tear of parts like tyres, wipers etc. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003010/Honda-offering-extended-warranty-across-its-models.html Rolls Royce launches updated Ghost Series II at INR 4.5 crores http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003009/Rolls-Royce-launches-updated-Ghost-Series-II-at-INR-4-5-crores.html The British luxury car manufacturer, Rolls Royce, has launched the Ghost Series II facelift in Chennai at INR 4.5 crores (ex-showroom, Chennai). The updated Rolls Royce Ghost Series II will be available soon for order through the sales distributor, KUN Exclusive in Chennai.   The updated Ghost Series II gets the same 6.6-liter V12 engine producing 563 bhp and 780 Nm of torque. However, the changes include an 8-speed automatic transmission that pre-selects the gear based on the road ahead by using GPS positioning and the car’s onboard navigation. The luxury car can sprint from 0-100 km/h in 5 seconds and has a top-speed of 250 km/h.   The luxury car has been introduced in two variants, a standard wheelbase model (3,295 mm wheelbase) and a long wheelbase version (measures 5,569 mm in length, 1,948 mm in width, 1,550 mm in height and 3,465 mm in wheelbase). The changes include a redesigned headlamps and LED DRLs, a refreshed front bumper, chrome inserts in the air intakes and new alloy wheels.    Talking about the interior, the refreshed Rolls Royce Ghost Series II receives two new wood veneers, an upgraded infotainment system with on-board WiFi, a high resolution 10.2-inch display, and a touchpad controller as changes. In the Indian market, the long wheelbase version of the car is in demand and currently, the manufacturer owns six dealerships across the country making it the largest market for the British brand in South-East Asia. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003009/Rolls-Royce-launches-updated-Ghost-Series-II-at-INR-4-5-crores.html BIC Open Track Day on February 22 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003008/BIC-Open-Track-Day-on-February-22.html Once again, the Buddh International Circuit (BIC) has opened the thrilling experience for all auto enthusiasts and general public to experience the open track day scheduled for 22nd February, 2015.    During the BIC Open track day, the enthusiasts will have to bring their own vehicles (cars/motorcycles), a valid driving license and protective riding gears to test the limits of their vehicles and their driving skills in a safe environment.    To register for the open track day, the participants will have to pay Rs. 4,000 for cars and Rs. 3,000 for motorcycles to enjoy the hour-long session on the track. There will be three sessions for both cars and motorcycles that will cost Rs. 12,000 and Rs. 9,000 respectively. Besides this, if the participant chooses to participate in all three sessions, they will get one session free.   All the vehicles before starting the session will be thoroughly checked by track officials, followed by a safety briefing session with professional driving instructors for the safety, driving techniques, circuit information and handling emergency situations without panic etc.    The participants can also drive the Mercedes-Benz SLA, E-Class and the ML-Class with certified circuit drivers, which will cost extra. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003008/BIC-Open-Track-Day-on-February-22.html Tata Motors rolls out 100,000th ACE ZIP micro truck http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003007/Tata-Motors-rolls-out-100-000th-ACE-ZIP-micro-truck.html Tata Motors has achieved a new milestone by rolling out its 100,000th Tata ACE ZIP micro truck from its Dharwad facility in Karnataka. The Tata ACE Zip is the second highest selling variant of the ACE family with an average volume of 2,500 vehicles per month.    Quotes - Ravi Pisharody, Executive Director, Commercial Vehicles, Tata Motors   “The Tata Motors’ creation of the ACE in May 2005 and subsequently the ACE Zip went on to create new vehicle categories in India and are a clear indication of our understanding of the customer needs and commitment to cater to these with safe, cost-efficient transport solutions. Leading the segment with a large 78 per cent share, the ACE Zip micro-truck offers a safer, more lucrative cargo option for the cargo carrier businesses. It has found acceptability from first-time buyers and is seen as a successful self-employment generation model. Today, with the 100,000th roll out of this vehicle, we can confidently testify the value we offer to our customers.”   The ACE Zip is a green field project by Tata Motors manufactured at the Dharwad facility that has been established with an investment of over Rs. 900 crores. The plant is ISO 14001 certified for Environment Management System Standard and for ISO 50001, Energy Management Systems. Being the home of ACE Zip, the manufacturing plant has also won Golden Peacock for Environment Management System in 2014. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003007/Tata-Motors-rolls-out-100-000th-ACE-ZIP-micro-truck.html Volkswagen shuts regional sales offices in Delhi, Bangalore http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003006/Volkswagen-shuts-regional-sales-offices-in-Delhi--Bangalore.html Volkswagen India has shut down two of its regional sales offices in Delhi and Bangalore due to low sales and sluggish market conditions in the country.   Now the company has merged the Delhi and Bangalore operation to its Mumbai head office and has also asked the employees to either work from home or to shift to Mumbai office. This move by the company will also save operational expenses as well and will reduce the high cost of ownership of its vehicles due to less supply of spare parts and service networks in the country. Besides this, the German carmaker is also planning to invest on its new R&D facility.   Moreover, the company’s Pune plant that has an annual production capacity to produce around 10,800 per month rolls out an average of 8,900 vehicles per month out of which 60 percent of the products are being exported.    Currently, to boost its sales, the carmaker is offering attractive discounts and schemes on its models. Till February 28th.  The offers include zero down payments on Volkswagen Polo and Vento and insurance free for first one year insurance and exchange benefits. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003006/Volkswagen-shuts-regional-sales-offices-in-Delhi--Bangalore.html Yamaha inaugurates new dealership in Gurgaon http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003005/Yamaha-inaugurates-new-dealership-in-Gurgaon.html Yamaha Motor India has inaugurated a new dealership – Sidharth Auto,in Gurgaon that focuses on NCR market in the country.   The newly opened Sidharth Auto is located at 1/3, Khandsa Main Road, opposite Sector 10A Market in Gurgaon, Haryanaand has a total area of 5500 sq. ft. that will look after both sales and service. The showroom will offer the entire product range including bikes and scooter offered in the country.    The Yamaha Motor India is also planning to expand its touch points from 400 dealerships and over 1200 touch points to 2,500 touch points by 2016 due to a growing demand for two-wheelers in the country.   Last year the company has also launched new products in India – the Alpha scooter and new versions of the FZ, FZ-S and Fazer version 2.0 that will further strengthen its foothold in the two-wheeler segment.     Quotes -Roy Kurian, Vice President-Yamaha Motor India Sales Pvt. Ltd   “In Delhi and NCR, we have around 30% market share in the deluxe segment. This highlights the importance and potential of the region for us and its implied importance has a strong influence on our overall marketing strategy. Fully equipped with 3S set up (Sales, Service and Spare Parts), Sidharth Auto is all set to offer the best quality service to customers. We have a very strong product line-up that caters to varied customer segments right from women to youth to family. We believe that a strong product portfolio must be supported by a strong distribution system. With the launch of the new dealership we expect it to lead to a proper distribution channel and provision of genuine spare parts and accessories, thereby increasing reliability and customer satisfaction.” http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003005/Yamaha-inaugurates-new-dealership-in-Gurgaon.html Lamborghini Huracan crushed completely in Hungary http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003004/Lamborghini-Huracan-crushed-completely-in-Hungary.html Speeding your vehicle is always dangerous for both the car occupants as well as the pedestrians.    The Lamborghini Huracan’s driver did the same mistake and suffered severe injuries. The 36 year old Lamborghini owner wanted to test the speed limits of his Lamborghini Huracan supercar by driving it at a speed of 340 kmph hit a bump in the road and was injured.     According to the video released by a passenger in Hungary, the Huracan supercar was completely crushed into pieces, which was worth 280,000 USD.    This accident took place in September last year but, a passenger who captured the video has now released the footage and images showing the last warning being given to the driver to obey traffic rules and regulation. While capturing the crash video, the passenger was also suffered injuries.     However, the owner suffered only severe burns that took around one week to recover and is now said to be facing charges of disobeying the traffic rules. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003004/Lamborghini-Huracan-crushed-completely-in-Hungary.html Mercedes-Benz C-Class Diesel launched at Rs. 39.90 lakh http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003003/Mercedes-Benz-C-Class-Diesel-launched-at-Rs--39-90-lakh.html Mercedes-Benz has launched the diesel variant of the C-Class at Rs. 39.90 lakh, ex-showroom. The rear-wheel driven C-Class will be sold as CBU initially, just like the C-Class petrol variant that was launched three months back. The company has now started to manufacture C Class petrol locally at its Chakan plant and diesel C Class shall also follow petrol’s footsteps soon.   The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class is offered in two trims that gets is power from the 2143-cc diesel engine that generates 170 bhp and 400 Nm of maximum power output and torque respectively mated to a 7G-TRONIC automatic transmission with steering mounted paddle shifts.   The Mercedes-Benz C-Class diesel trim comes loaded with a host of features. Below are the lists of standard features:   ·      Start/Stop button ·      Agility Control System with five modes ·      Panoramic sliding sunroof ·      ARTICO leather upholstery ·      Burmester sound system with 13-Speaker ·      8.4-inch command infotainment system with touch pad ·      Rearview camera ·      Parking sensors ·      3 zone climate control ·      3D satellite navigation with mobile device via Bluetooth ·      Garmin MAP PILOT sat-navigation ·      Mercedes-Benz Apps with radio ·      Keyless GO ·      7-airbags ·      PRE-SAFE ·      Attention Assist ·      Tyre pressure monitor ·      Hill start assist ·      EPS ·      ARS ·      BAS ·      ABS ·      Cruise control with SPEEDTRONIC ·      LED headlamps with adaptive main beam assist     Variant-wise prices (ex-showroom, New Delhi):   ·      Mercedes-Benz Style: Rs. 39.90 lakh. ·      Mercedes-Benz Avantgarde: Rs. 42.90 lakh   Competitors: BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Volvo S60 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003003/Mercedes-Benz-C-Class-Diesel-launched-at-Rs--39-90-lakh.html Harley Davidson appoints Matt Levatich as new CEO http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003002/Harley-Davidson-appoints-Matt-Levatich-as-new-CEO.html Harley Davidson has promoted the company’s current global President and COO, Matt Levatich, as the new CEO. He will replace Harley Davidson’s current CEO, Keith Wandell from May 1 onwards.   As the new CEO, Levatich intends to take forward the streak of achievements attained by the company during the tenure of Keith Wandell. Under the leadership of Wandell, the company has posted a growth of 3.9 per cent in sales for the year 2014 recording a positive growth in the yearly sales for the sixth time in a row.   Matt Levatich has graduated as a mechanical engineer as well as business administrator and has been a member of the Harley Davidson family since 1994. Prior to Harley Davidson, he was handling the European wing of the MV Agusta as its Vice President, where he was also monitoring the parts and accessories division of MV Agusta.   Commenting on his appointment as the CEO of HD, Matt Levatich said, “It’s a great honour to become the next CEO of this iconic company. As we look to the future, we believe there are tremendous opportunities to build on our many strengths. Harley-Davidson is one of the world’s most-powerful and revered brands, and through our strategies to provide unrivalled products and experiences for our customers, we aim to extend our reach and work to realize our full potential as a growing global company.” http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003002/Harley-Davidson-appoints-Matt-Levatich-as-new-CEO.html Yamaha launches VMAX special edition models in Europe http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003001/Yamaha-launches-VMAX-special-edition-models-in-Europe.html Yamaha, the two-wheeler manufacturer, has launched the two special edition models of the Yamaha VMAX in Europe to celebrate 30 years of its existence in the region.   The two special editions, namely – Yamaha VMAX Matt Grey and Yamaha VMAX Carbon, are priced at GBP 15,749 (Rs. 14.90 lakh) and GBP 18,749 (Rs. 17.73 lakh) respectively.   Both the special edition models come with ‘limited edition’ treatments and additional accessory package. The Yamaha VMAX Grey edition gets Matt Grey body paint. The Yamaha VMAX Carbon, on the other hand, comes with a carbon fiber fuel tank, front and rear mudguards, body panels on either side, single Akropovic slip-on exhaust.   The duo special edition models are powered by the same 1679cc, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, V4 engine that produces a maximum power output of 200.1 PS at 9000 rpm and churns out a peak torque of 166.8Nm at 6500 rpm mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.   However, for the India market, the company will continue to offer the standard Yamaha VMAX in the country, which is priced at Rs. 25 lakh, ex-showroom. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003001/Yamaha-launches-VMAX-special-edition-models-in-Europe.html JLR recalls 104,000 units of vehicles in the US http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003000/JLR-recalls-104-000-units-of-vehicles-in-the-US.html Around 104,000 units of Jaguar Land Rover models have been recalled in the US due to a problem with brakes and lights.    Out of the 104,000 units, 4,787 units of Jaguar XK models that were produced from March 4, 2011 to March 20, 2014 have been recalled. Around 70,000 units of Ranger Rovers have been recalled that comprises 2006 and 2012 model year and over 24,679 units of vehicles manufactured from April 12, 2012 to January 8, 2014 have been recalled.   For this, the company will replace the front brake hoses that could rupture and can lead to loss of brake fluids in the vehicles. The replacement will be done free of cost from March 12, 2015. In India, no vehicles have been affected by the recall. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/003000/JLR-recalls-104-000-units-of-vehicles-in-the-US.html Apollo Tyres appoints Raj Banerji as new CFO http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002999/Apollo-Tyres-appoints-Raj-Banerji-as-new-CFO.html Apollo Tyres has announced the appointment of Raj Banerji as the new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Apollo Tyres Limited. He will be replacing Suman Sarkar, who has been redesignated as President and Chief Business Officer.   Before taking the new role, Banerji was working with one of the county’s largest private companies, as Chief Financial Officer for the Refining business. Banerji has a 20 year of experience with BP (formerly British Petroleum) in various leadership roles in Oil Exploration, Commodity Trading, Marketing and Refining. Banerji will be reporting to Neeraj Kanwar, Vice Chairman & Managing Director, Apollo Tyres Ltd.    Commenting on Banerji’s appointment, Neeraj Kanwar said, “We are on the cusp of our next phase of growth globally. Having a person like Raj join our global team at this crucial time, with a strong international experience, will provide further impetus to this growth, and at the same time, contribute to the organisation’s overall financial health and stability.”   Speaking about his appointment, Raj Banerji, Chief Financial Officer, Apollo Tyres Ltd said, “I have joined a tremendous organization when it is at an inflection point, poised for expansion on a global platform in an environment which has great opportunity. A key priority is to continuously improve internal efficiencies and create greater value for our customers & business partners.” http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002999/Apollo-Tyres-appoints-Raj-Banerji-as-new-CFO.html Suzuki Swish 125 VS its competitors http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002998/Suzuki-Swish-125-VS-its-competitors.html Suzuki Motorcycles and Scooter India has updated the Swish 125 with new and exciting features. The new changes made to the automatic scooter are new body graphics, blue lens position lamps and new digital meter with low fuel indicator and does not come with alloy wheels.   We have compared the Suzuki Swish 125 with the same 125cc powered engine scooters offered in the country.   Prices Honda Activa 125 Suzuki Swish 125 Piaggio Vespa LX Mahindra Rodeo UZO 125   Rs. 60404 (on-road) Rs. 56482 (on-road) Rs. 78631 (on-road) Rs. 49700 (ex-showroom)     Technical Specifications Honda Activa 125 Suzuki Swish 125 Piaggio Vespa LX Mahindra Rodeo UZO 125 Discplacement 124.9cc 124cc 125cc 124.6cc Max. Output 8.60bhp @ 6500rpm 8.46bhp @ 7000rpm 9.9bhp @ 7500rpm 8.04bhp @7000rpm Max. Torque 10.12Nm @ 5000 rpm 9.8Nm @ 5000rpm 10.6Nm@6000rpm 9Nm @ 5500rpm Fuel Economy 59kmpl N/A N/A 59kmpl Fuel Tank Capacity 5.3L 6.0L N/A 4.5L Front Brakes Drum Drum Drum Drum Rear Brakes Drum Drum Drum Drum Transmission V-Matic CVT CVT  Automatic Ground Clearance 155mm 160mm N/A 154mm Seat Height 765mm 780mm N/A 780mm     Features Honda Activa 125 Suzuki Swish 125 Piaggio Vespa LX Mahindra Roder UZO 125 Digital Meter YES YES YES N/A Low fuel indicator YES YES YES N/A Alloy wheels YES NO YES NO Body graphics YES YES NO YES Storage box NO NO YES NO Anti-Theft lock shutter YES YES NO YES Side stand Buzzer NO NO NO YES Mobile Charging Point NO NO NO YES Illuminarted under seat storage NO NO NO YES   Out of the all four scooter mentioned above, the Mahindra Rodeo UZO 125 has more features than the rest three. As you can see the features list above, the Rodeo UZO 125 comes with illuminated under seat storage that helps you find your stuff during the night, mobile charging port to charge your phone while riding, side stand buzzer enhances the safety of the rider as well as the vehicle and is offered in two-done body paints and black/red colored front wheels to add the excitement level.   As far as engine specifications are concerned, all the scooters are powered by the same 125cc engine with somewhat similar power outputs and torque figures. While both, the Honda Activa 125 and Mahindra Rodeo UZO 125 delivers a good mileage of 59kmpl.    The Piaggio Vespa LX is the costliest of the lot, despite that, the designing and the styling of the Vespa LX is a head turner. Not only the Vespa , the Honda Activa 125 also comes with features like alloy wheels, anti-theft lock shutter and digital meter with low fuel indicator at a price of Rs. 60404 on-road.   If one is looking for a feature packed automatic scooter, the Mahindra Rodeo UZO 125 will be a best buy. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002998/Suzuki-Swish-125-VS-its-competitors.html Second season of the Tata T1 Prima Truck Championship announced http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002997/Second-season-of-the-Tata-T1-Prima-Truck-Championship-announced.html Tata Motors has announced the 2nd season of the T1 PRIMA truck Racing Championship. According to the calendars of FIA (Federation Internationale de l'Automobile) and FMSCI (the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India), the championship is scheduled for the 15th of March 2015 and will be hosted at India's F1 racetrack - the Buddh International Circuit. In 2014, the first season of the championship received great response therefore Tata Motors is looking forward to 2015 season and planning to make it an annual affair. This year the championship will feature 12 races of Tata PRIMA trucks that will be driven by international drivers representing six teams, Team Castrol Vecton, Team Cummins, Team Tata Technologies Motorsports, Team Dealer Warriors, Team Dealers Daredevils and Team Allied Partners. Along with a new aerodynamic design, this season will also see some changes as the race trucks now boast of 10% more speed (up to 130 km/h from the previous 116 km/h), 10% increased acceleration and 10% weight reduction. Apart from these, a new strategic driver selection and training program to induct and mould Indian truck drivers for T1's future has also been introduced by Tata Motors. According to R. Ramakrishnan, Senior Vice President (Commercial), Commercial Vehicle Business Unit, Tata Motors, the competition this year will not have an Indian driver, however, to ensure that there are more Indian drivers behind the wheel of a race truck in the next season, this selection and training programme has been introduced. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002997/Second-season-of-the-Tata-T1-Prima-Truck-Championship-announced.html Royal Enfield appoints Rudratej Singh as new President http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002996/Royal-Enfield-appoints-Rudratej-Singh-as-new-President.html Royal Enfield, the two-wheeler maker in India, has appointed Rudratej Singh, former Vice President of Unilever’s Home and Personal Care and Foods Marketing Operations as the new President of Royal Enfield. He will be reporting to Siddhartha Lal, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Eicher Motors Ltd.    As the President, Rudratej Singh will lead the commercial business global sales and after sales, brand and marketing, new product strategy and creating and growing new business opportunities, such as apparel, accessories and other adjacencies at Royal Enfield.   Addressing the media about his appointment, Rudratej Singh said, “Royal Enfield has been on an exciting journey with record growth in the recent years. It has constantly challenged business and brand conventions, and I look forward to establishing Royal Enfield as the most iconic motorcycle brand, and a world leader in mid-size motorcycles.” http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002996/Royal-Enfield-appoints-Rudratej-Singh-as-new-President.html Presidential State Car (US) - The Beast - The car that transports US President - Details http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002995/Presidential-State-Car--US----The-Beast---The-car-that-transports-US-President---Details.html US President Barack Obama will be here in India and will make a presence at our Republic Day celebrations. The President is guarded by heavy security but the vehicle he travels in is what we at carsizzler.com are excited about. While it is supposed to be a high-tech unit, the vehicle is a special purpose and customized car that is not meant to break track records. Here is a list of key specifications and gadgetry that the Beast carries on board.   Manufacturer General Motors First manufactured in Year 2009 Based on Chevrolet Kodiak commercial truck (chassis & driveline), Cadillac DTS (appearance), Cadillac Escalade (Headlamps, side mirrors & door handles) and Cadillac STS (Tail-lights & back-up lights) Badged as Cadillac Estimated price US$1,000,000 (INR 6.18 Cr) Code name The Beast     Fuel Diesel Engine Displacement 6.5-lt Fuel efficiency 3.44 kmpl Acceleration 0-60 mph in 15s Max speed 60mph Driven by Secret Service Agent Driver capabilities Performing a perfect J-turn is a must   Tyres Goodyear run-flats, shred and puncture resistant, Kevlar reinforced Security equipment Night Vision system, anti-biochemical attack, fire fighting equipment, foam sealed fuel tank, pump action shotgun, tear-gas cannons, 8-inch armour plating, steelplate underbody, 5-inch thik windows Other inclusions Loops on door handles, blood bank of President’s blood group in trunk, oxygen supply unit Seats 7 pax (Front – 2, Middle, foldable & rear facing – 3, Rear – 2; President sits on one of the rear seats that can recline) Other cabin inclusions Foldable desk between rear seats, satellite phone and Limousine Control Package operated by White House Communications Agency   RELATED - Watch these 3 videos to know more about 'The Beast'  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002995/Presidential-State-Car--US----The-Beast---The-car-that-transports-US-President---Details.html National Road Safety Week 2015 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002994/National-Road-Safety-Week-2015.html The National Road Safety Week 2015 in association with SIAM-SAFE and the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has been organized across the country that saw many automakers in the country participating in the campaign. Mahindra & Mahindra is also celebrating the National Road Safety Week along with other automakers like Honda Motorcycles and Scooter India to create awareness about road safety. The road safety campaign is fun filled activity that includes the vehicle, road infrastructure, traffic engineering, driver training and road etiquette, enforcement, education and awareness, as well as the laws that govern the road system. Commenting on the Road Safety campaign, Sanjoy Gupta, Vice President – Customer Care, Automotive Division, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. said, “As responsible corporate citizens, we at Mahindra are committed towards making India’s roads safer. Today, most accidents are caused due to driver negligence and improper road etiquette. Hence, it is our responsibility to educate people about road safety. Through activities at various touch points, we are trying to educate the drivers of today and the generation of tomorrow, thereby helping them to imbibe values of road safety from a young age.”     Commenting on this initiative, Nitish Bajaj, Vice President- Marketing, CEAT Ltd. said, “CEAT always believed in the importance of road safety. During this year’s Road Safety Week, we have decided to engage with the kids because we wanted to catch them young; also these messages shared with their fathers on their mobile phones making it difficult for them to ignore it and are bound to have a greater impact. We hope to create awareness through such initiatives to ensure safer roads for everyone.”     Elaborating on Honda’s efforts on National Road safety week, Yadvinder S. Guleria, Vice President-Sales & Marketing, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. said, “Promoting road-safety is a continued commitment for Honda. The national traffic safety week is an excellent avenue to amplify our voice and reach-out to more and more people. Honda and its business partners are promoting road-safety with full vigor and enthusiasm; as well as to general public, who has joined hands with us to make our roads a safer place.” http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002994/National-Road-Safety-Week-2015.html Honda celebrates National Road Safety Week with road safety awareness drive http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002993/Honda-celebrates-National-Road-Safety-Week-with-road-safety-awareness-drive.html Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India (HMSI) launched a massive road safety awareness drive on National Road Safety Week 2015 to spread the message of road safety to people across the country.   The company has conducted many Safety Riding Pledges at its 815 dealers, 1325 sub dealers, 1150 authorized service centers, 3 manufacturing plants, 11 zonal offices, 5 regional offices on the National Road safety week 2015 that saw around 25,000 people took part and more than 10,000 joined to learn riding at prime locations across cities in one day.   Under the road safety awareness program, the company also conducted various activities like training and seminars on Road Safety followed by a “Road Safety Quiz” and a “Safety Slogan competition” and a massive safety rally in Bhubaneswar for customers.   In Delhi too, around 2023 females learnt two-wheeler riding at its traffic parks in Roshanara Bagh and Baba Kharak Singh Marg that was conducted for 22 days. The training program saw all age groups from 18 year old college students to 60 plus homemakers and working women.   Besides this, Honda also installed riding training stimulators across the country to increase safety awareness amongst masses where customers were also educated on ‘First Aid’ delivery and topics like Safety tips for pedestrians & Do’s and Don’ts for Cyclists.   Elaborating on Honda’s efforts on National Road safety week, Yadvinder S. Guleria, Vice President-Sales & Marketing, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. said, “Promoting road-safety is a continued commitment for Honda. The national traffic safety week is an excellent avenue to amplify our voice and reach-out to more and more people. Honda and its business partners are promoting road-safety with full vigor and enthusiasm; as well as to general public, who has joined hands with us to make our roads a safer place.” http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002993/Honda-celebrates-National-Road-Safety-Week-with-road-safety-awareness-drive.html Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG, C350 Plug-in Hybrid introduced at 2015 Detroit Motor Show http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002992/Mercedes-Benz-C450-AMG--C350-Plug-in-Hybrid-introduced-at-2015-Detroit-Motor-Show.html Mercedes-Benz’s performance division AMG has introduced the new C450 AMG and the C350 AMG Plug-in Hybrid at the 2015 NAIAS (North AMERICA International Auto Show) in Detroit, Michigan.   The Mercedes-Benz C350 Plug-in Hybrid   After the launch of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Plug-in Hybrid, the German luxury carmaker has launched its second PHEV models at the ongoing Detroit Motor Show.   The Mercedes-Benz C-Class C350 Plug-in Hybrid gets power from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol engine that delivers 208 bhp of maximum power and 349 Nm of maximum torque, along with an electric motor that produces 80 bhp of power. The C350 PHEV develops a combined power of 275 bhp and 599 Nm of torque, mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox.   The company claims that the rear wheel driven C350 PHEV can sprint from 0-100 km/h in 5.9 seconds and has a limited top speed of 250 km/h. The car can travel up to 31 km on electric power alone and returns an impressive 47.61 km/l and 48 g/km of CO2 emissions.   It takes one to two hours to completely charge the water cooled 6.2 kWh lithium-ion battery, which is mounted under the trunk and takes up to 15 liters of space.   Mercedes-Benz will start the sales of the new C350 Plug-in Hybrid in the coming days while the deliveries will commence in March 2015 in the US.     The Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG     The new Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG 4MATIC is powered by a 3.0-litre twin turbocharged petrol engine producing a maximum of 367 hp of power and churns out 520 Nm of peak torque, sending all the power to all four wheels via the 4MATIC all-wheel drive system. The engine is coupled with a 7G-Tronic automatic gearbox. According to the company, the car can accelerate from 0-96 km/h in 4.9 seconds and has a top speed of 250 km/h.   The C450 AMG is equipped with a sports suspension with adaptive dampers that has been taken from the C 63 AMG, a speed-sensitive AMG sports steering system, an AMG body kit that includes front and rear bumpers,side skirts, new alloy wheels and black interior.   The sales of the new Mercedes-Benz C 450 AMG will commence in the coming months. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002992/Mercedes-Benz-C450-AMG--C350-Plug-in-Hybrid-introduced-at-2015-Detroit-Motor-Show.html Upcoming Hyundai - Verna facelift might be here soon http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002991/Upcoming-Hyundai---Verna-facelift-might-be-here-soon.html   Hyundai has been testing the Verna facelift in India for quite some time now and it seems that the launch of the facelift Verna is near. While not official, it is anticipated that the Verna fluidic 2.0 will be here in February 2015 and will be the first of Hyundai’s launches in 2015. Current Verna is powered by 1.4-lt and 1.6-lt diesel and petrol engines and the facelift is expected to retain the powerplants.   FAQ1) Why is Hyundai testing the Verna then if the engines are same?   It is assumed that Hyundai has tuned the suspension and steering settings of the Verna. The current Verna is not the best handler in its segment and Hyundai might have tuned the steering setup to make it more precise. The suspensions are also expected to be firmer than before to improve handling at high speeds. Otherwise, the Verna is expected to remain pretty much the same mechanically.     FAQ2) How different will it look?   Hyundai’s Verna is sold as the Solaris in Russia and the Korean carmaker launched the facelift version of the Solaris in 2014 in Russia. It is expected that the company will bring in the same car in India now as the Verna fluidic 2.0. The facelift Verna is expected to get a new hexagonal dual-slat chrome grille, new front and rear bumpers, LED daytime running headlamps, LED taillights and new alloy wheels. The interior equipments include a touchscreen infotainment system and an additional airbags.   Current Hyundai Verna From the side, only the front bumper appears to be different. Profile is retained, so are the alloy wheels. However, it remains to be seen whether the Indian Verna Facelift gets the same alloys or not. Hyundai Solaris     Current Verna Solaris gets a completely different rear bumper that is big enough to hide the rear exhausts. Tail lamps are also different however, you might find similarly styled tail lamps in aftermarket. Hyundai Solaris     Hyundai Verna Front of the Solaris is quite different, it gets a new grille, a different front bumper and differently styled headlamps. DRLs might be installed near fog lamps this time around. Hyundai Solaris     Hyundai Verna LHD Solaris gets an all-black interior treatment however, the Verna is expected to get black-beige theme only. Infotainment system might be new and steering might get differently styled controls. Rest is the same. Hyundai Solaris   The Hyundai Verna facelift is expected to be priced in the Rs. 7.50 - 11.00 lakhs (ex-showroom) bracket and will compete against Skoda Rapid, Fiat Linea, Honda City, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Vento. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002991/Upcoming-Hyundai---Verna-facelift-might-be-here-soon.html Ford Motors to organize 'Share-Car India' program in Bangalore http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002990/Ford-Motors-to-organize--Share-Car-India--program-in-Bangalore.html   American multinational automaker, Ford has come up with new innovative strategies at the ongoing 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The company announced its new ‘Ford Smart Mobility’ plan to take connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, customer expectations and big smart data to another level.   According to the company, the strategies will not only create advanced new future vehicles but will also help the company change the vision of the world by solving today’s global transportation challenges. Apart from this, the automaker will also start 25 global mobility experiments to provide better customer experience, flexible user-ship models as well as social collaborations that reward customers.   Executing the strategy, one of Ford’s mobility experiments will take place India called the ‘Share-Car India’ program. To be conducted in Bangalore, the program will allow small groups like co-workers, apartment dwellers as well as families to share a single vehicle.   Out of the 25 Smart Mobility experiments introduced by Ford, 8 in North America, 9 in Europe, 7 in Asia and 1 in South America will be executed. These experiments have been designed to cater the needs of customers in future transportation and are addressed to meet four global mega-trends including explosive population growth, expanding middle-class, air-quality, public health concerns as well as changing customer attitudes and priorities. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002990/Ford-Motors-to-organize--Share-Car-India--program-in-Bangalore.html Audi sells 10,851 cars in 2014, tops luxury car sales http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002989/Audi-sells-10-851-cars-in-2014--tops-luxury-car-sales.html   Audi India was the first amongst luxury carmakers in 2013 that managed to achieve over 10,000 sales in a single year. The German carmaker has posted a back-to-back 10k+ sales year having sold 10,851 units in 2014 (Jan-Dec).   The feat is not restricted to annual sales only as Audi India claims to have sold 3,044 cars between Oct-Dec 2014 marking it to be the best quarter sales for the company ever. The corresponding growth in this quarter is reported to be 17% over the same quarter last year.   Accrediting the company’s wide portfolio for posting highest sales amongst luxury carmakers, Joe King, Head, Audi India said, “Audi continues to be the undisputed No.1 in the luxury car market and has remained the preferred choice of luxury mobility for car enthusiasts in India. The sheer acceptance of our brand in this country is tremendous. We believe for Audi, India is a long journey and it’s not just about a month or a year. The strategy that we have implemented in this journey has helped us to not only achieve leadership but also to maintain it. Audi is not only the market leader but also has the most sought after performance cars in its range from the Audi R8 V10 Plus to the Audi RS7. Audi offers the widest range of products across the spectrum that makes luxury accessible to every Indian.”   New cars launched by Audi in 2014   1.     Audi RS7   2.     Audi A8L   3.     Audi A3 sedan   4.     Audi Q3 Dynamic   5.     Audi A3 Cabriolet   6.    Audi Autumn Collection http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002989/Audi-sells-10-851-cars-in-2014--tops-luxury-car-sales.html Volvo?s self-driving cars to hit roads by 2017 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002988/Volvo-s-self-driving-cars-to-hit-roads-by-2017.html Volvo is working on an autonomous driving pilot that will make its way to streets of Gothenburg by 2017. During the trials, the car will travel around 30 miles on Gothenburg roads, called as "typical commuter arteries."    For this, the Swedish carmaker is working along with the Swedish Transport Administration, The Swedish Transport Agency, Lindholmen Science Park and the City of Gothenburg and will be introducing 100 driverless vehicles as part of the world’s first large-scale autonomous driving pilot that will work towards the development of future mobility.     The autonomous driving pilot known as “Drive Me-Self-driving cars for sustainable mobility” will drive on every road condition like to navigate traffic, dodge pedestrians and can even self park.    Not only this, to keep the safety of the occupants and others outside the vehicle, the Swedish carmaker will offer the autonomous driving with a range of technologies such as autonomous emergency braking that slows down the vehicle or even stop during the emergency, lane keeping assist and adaptive cruise control.     However, there is no confirmation from the carmaker as to which models will be used to test the new technology, but it is likely that the new Volvo XC 90 SUV will be used for trials that will hit the roads next year.    Not only Volvo, but other carmaker like Nissan, Toyota, Audi and Mercedes-Benz are also working on the self driven vehicles and were also showcased at the 2015 CES in Las Vegas. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002988/Volvo-s-self-driving-cars-to-hit-roads-by-2017.html DICV signs MoU with Karur Vysya Bank for vehicle finance http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002987/DICV-signs-MoU-with-Karur-Vysya-Bank-for-vehicle-finance.html Daimler India Commercial Vehicles has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Karur Vysya Bank (KVB). The MoU has been signed between the two to provide commercial vehicle financing packages to customers across the country. Apart from this, KVB becomes a key financing partner for BharatBenz along with others. The MoU was signed between Erich Nesselhauf, CEO and Managing Director (DICV) and M. Balachandran, General Manager of KVB Bank.   Speaking on the occasion, Erich Nesselhauf said that Having chosen KVB as a partner in financing BharatBenz trucks is the next step in moving towards and expanding our business. This alliance allows us to intensify our presence in vital commercial vehicle markets in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Tamil Nadu such as Namakkal, Thiruchenkode and Sankagiri by offering attractive financial support. Our customers can be assured of competitive financing solutions with tailor-made offerings for our BharatBenz trucks.   M. Balachandran, General Manager of KVB Bank, also commented on the same by saying, “This collaboration between KVB and DICV will provide customers easy and seamless financing solutions. We have a wide distribution network with 612 branches with 454 present in the States of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, thus opening up new avenues for both partners of this relationship.” http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002987/DICV-signs-MoU-with-Karur-Vysya-Bank-for-vehicle-finance.html BMW introduces key fob with display at 2015 CES http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002986/BMW-introduces-key-fob-with-display-at-2015-CES.html BMW has introduced an intelligent BMW key fob at the 2015 CES. The BMW key fob with touchscreen display will feature in the BMW i8 plug-in-hybrid sports car.      The key fob features a three-dimensional glass surface and aluminium clasps and is used for all the convenience functions of a remote key such as unlocking, locking and failsafe identification of the key to start the vehicle. Moreover, the key also displays vehicle status on a 2.2-inch LCD screen and other information like the fuel level, or the battery electric range.      With just a swipe of the touchscreen, just like a smartphone, one can see whether the doors and windows are locked or a service is due, etc. The key fob is capable of displaying all the information that can be accessed on a smartphone with the BMW i Remote app. The data can be transmitted to the key fob by the radio signal used to lock or unlock the vehicle and the information can be updated when the vehicles is within the radio range of the key.      The new BMW key fob is compact, easy to use and legibility for the users. The display of the key is just the same crystal-clear resolution as that of a smartphone and uses lithium-ion battery for power. The battery can be recharged inside the vehicle by placing it in a special charging tray, or by using the micro USB port. Moreover, smart energy icon when activated, ensures the key functions can be used for at least three months without charging.     A BMW key fob with display has already been included in one of the BMW i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition 2014 model that was auctioned at Pebble Beach last year. The premium key fob will be offered as an option for the BMW i8 from autumn 2015. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002986/BMW-introduces-key-fob-with-display-at-2015-CES.html Harley-Davidson celebrates fifth anniversary in India http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002985/Harley-Davidson-celebrates-fifth-anniversary-in-India.html Harley Davidson is one of those auto manufacturers who saw huge growth in sales rate in the year 2014 in the Indian market. Apart from this, 2014 has been the year when the American two wheeler manufacturer completed five years in the country with more than 8,000 motorcycles on Indian roads since it commenced retail operations.      To celebrate the occasion, the company is expecting thousands of Harley owners from around India to gather in Goa in February this year to participate in the third India H.O.G. Rally at India Bike Week. The fifth anniversary celebration of Harley Davidson is all set to begin just after the third India H.O.G. Rally celebrations on February 19th. The two day event will see thousands of Harely owners in Goa. Apart from this, the event will also see Harley-Davidson Street 750 riders for the first time.      Speaking on the occasion, Anoop Prakash, Managing Director, Harley-Davidson India said, “The 3rd India H.O.G. Rally will be a larger-than-life celebration of the freedom that unites us all, and we invite all Harley owners and their families to join us in scenic Goa. Since we began our journey in India five years ago, Harley-Davidson has fulfilled dreams of personal freedom for thousands of brand enthusiasts. More than 8,000 Harley-Davidson owners are riding on Indian roads, which stands testimony to the customer experience we deliver to our owners.”   The year 2014 has been a successful year for the company as they introduced 4 new motorcycles to the India market including the Harley-Davidson Street 750, Breakout, Street Glide Special and CVO Limited.Harley- Davidson also expanded its presence in the country with second dealership facilities in Delhi-NCR, Mumbai and Bangalore and opened its first dealership in Surat.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002985/Harley-Davidson-celebrates-fifth-anniversary-in-India.html Yamaha to organize Zippy Birthday Carnival across dealerships http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002984/Yamaha-to-organize-Zippy-Birthday-Carnival-across-dealerships.html Yamaha Motor India, the two-wheeler maker, will be celebrating one year of Zippy mascot in the country with Carnivals scheduled from 9th January, 2015 across all 120 authorized dealerships.   The mascot – Zippy is first-of-a-kind Yamaha Children Safety Program (YCSP) initiative that was introduced last year. The YCSP aims to improve road safety awareness on roads among women and children of NGOs Nirmal Chaya in Delhi and SOS Children’s Village in Chennai in the country.   During the first birthday carnival of the Zippy mascot, the company will organize fun activities for those visiting the dealerships. Moreover, the Japanese two-wheeler will also conduct Zippy Traffic Safety awareness drive at traffic signals in Chennai among the riders.   Last year, YCSP has organized around such activities across 706 schools with more than 242,000 students in 121 cities that educate parents and children about crucial road safety measures.    Yamaha as always, strive to boost the road safety and awareness among all the age groups by initiating something or the other. Children are mainly the medium to bring major changes in the family and overall society for a better tomorrow. Yamaha by targeting the children is moving in the right direction in making the whole nation aware about the necessary road safety measures. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002984/Yamaha-to-organize-Zippy-Birthday-Carnival-across-dealerships.html BMW showcases M4 Concept Iconic Lights at CES 2015 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002983/BMW-showcases-M4-Concept-Iconic-Lights-at-CES-2015.html German luxury car manufacturer BMW seems to be on a spree to increase the competition in the market with its revolutionary introductions. Now, the manufacturer has come up with the M4 Concept Iconic Lights. Earlier, BMW had introduced laser boosted head lamps in the i8 hybrid sports car. The M4 Concept Iconic Lights has been showcased at the ongoing CES (Consumer Electronic Show) 2015 in Las Vegas. The concept shows how the future lights would look on a BMW vehicle. We can also expect the upcoming G11/G12 7 Series to come up with the laser light technology.    According to the concept, the laser technology can be identified  by the fine blue strips inside the lights. Although, the laser lights themselves starts blue in color, but a phosphor plate inside the light converts it to a bright white light that mimics daylight. However, the parallel light beam is ten times more intense than that produced by halogen, xenon or LED light sources and has a projection range of 600 meters. The laser light technology will also be an advantage as it consumes 30 percent less energy.   Talking about the rear, based on OLEDs (organic light-emitting diodes), the rear light clusters of the BMW M4 Concept Iconic Lights model are which produce light from wafer-thin semiconducting layers of organic material. This is the first time that both the tail lights and rear direction indicators feature OLED technology. The illuminated surfaces are positioned to produce a three-dimensional effect as well.   The other advantages include the dynamic actuators that controls the Selective Beam system that spots oncoming traffic with a set of cameras and prevents the headlights from dazzling oncoming vehicles. Not only this, but the dynamic actuators detects people and animals by an infrared camera to be “spotlighted” for the driver’s immediate attention and the forward sensors that detects if the way ahead has enough clearance for the vehicle as well as provides a laser projection to indicate the available width.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002983/BMW-showcases-M4-Concept-Iconic-Lights-at-CES-2015.html Volkswagen considering Polo GTI in India http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002982/Volkswagen-considering-Polo-GTI-in-India.html After seeing the success of the twins – Volkswagen Polo GT TDI and Volkswagen Polo GT TSI in India that was launched last year at Rs. 4.99 lakh, ex-showroom, respectively, the German carmaker is now looking to offer a sportier version of the hatchback.    The new Polo hatchback is said to be is the new Volkswagen Polo GTI that uses a 1.8-litre turbo petrol engine capable of producing 189bhp of maximum power output. The car will have a top speed of 250 km/h. There is another hatch on cars - the Polo GT that uses the Skoda Octavia’s 1.4-litre TSI engine producing 150bhp of power. Both the 1.4-litre and 1.8-litre engines will come equipped with a 7-speed DSG gearbox and will come fitted with a muscular suspension system and larger wheels aches.    Both these cars in the country will boost the brand’s image and will attract more fans and enthusiasts. The Polo GTI is offered in both three-door and five-door versions, however, in India, the company will bring the five-door model in the country. With the addition of these two engines in the India model lineup will, of course, make the hatches cost upwards of Rs. 17 lakh. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002982/Volkswagen-considering-Polo-GTI-in-India.html Fifth successive sales record for Rolls-Royce in 2014 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002981/Fifth-successive-sales-record-for-Rolls-Royce-in-2014.html British royal car manufacturer Rolls-Royce has registered record sales results for a fifth consecutive year. The company has sold 4,063 cars globally in 2014. According to the reports, the strong sales has been reported in North America (up 30%), the Middle East (up 20%) and Europe (up 40%). However, the US market remained the company’s most significant individual market while the home market UK became the company’s fourth largest individual market (up 13%).   Other than these markets, there were several markets globally that recorded growth in sales in the year 2014 including Germany up by 30% in Europe, while in Asia Pacific, Australia grew by 75%, Japan by 60% and Korea 20%. In the Middle East, highlights included Bahrain (up 50%), Kuwait (up 45%) and Oman (up 27%). Some emerging markets such as Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Vietnam also showed growth in sales rate for Rolls-Royce.   According to the company the best-selling Rolls-Royce dealership in 2014 was Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Abu Dhabi. Talking about the best selling cars for the company, the newly launched Ghost Series II, Wraith, the Phantom along with Bespoke Collections including Waterspeed, Pinnacle Travel and Metropolitan, and unique creations such as the Maharaja Phantom Drophead Coupé contributed to the growth in sales rate for RollsRoyce. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002981/Fifth-successive-sales-record-for-Rolls-Royce-in-2014.html Price hike for Maruti Suzuki bestsellers by 3.6 percent http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002980/Price-hike-for-Maruti-Suzuki-bestsellers-by-3-6-percent.html It had been in news for quite sometimes that Maruti Suzuki might increase the price of its products in the new year. Moving ahead, the manufacturer has announced the price hike for its best sellers in the market by up to 3.6 percent.   Although, the manufacturer has announced price hike on Alto, Wagon R, Swift, Dzire, Ertiga and Omni to the sum of up to Rs. 53,500, but on the other hand Maruti Suzuki has also announced exciting discounts on these models to attract the customers.    Maruti Suzuki has already released the updated price on its best selling popular models with Alto at 2.86 lakhs, Wagon R at Rs. 3.64 lakhs, Swift at Rs. 4.57 lakhs, DZire at Rs. 5.02 lakhs, Ertiga at Rs. 5.98 lakhs and Omni at Rs. 2.52 lakhs. However, recently launched Maruti Ciaz has also received price hike along with these models but the numbers has not been revealed yet.   However, according to the sales rate Maruti Suzuki has achieved, the price for its product range was expected to be lower than others. But as the manufacturer has announced the price hike, it will be interesting to see if they succeed in maintaining their sales record as earlier or not. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002980/Price-hike-for-Maruti-Suzuki-bestsellers-by-3-6-percent.html Cargo ship with over 1,200 vehicles stranded in Solent http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002979/Cargo-ship-with-over-1-200-vehicles-stranded-in-Solent-.html A cargo ship – Hoegh Osaka that was transporting more than 1,200 units of luxury vehicle including the Rolls Royce, Land Rover, Mini and Jaguar vehicles was stranded in the Solent, between Southampton and Isle of Wight. The cargo ship carrying luxury vehicle on Saturday night developed problems and to prevent overturn the Hoegh Osaka deliberately run aground.   All the vehicles were destined for the Middle East were carrying 1,200 Jaguar sports cars and Land Rover 4x4s, 65 BMW Mini cars, 105 JCB diggers and a single Rolls-Royce Wraith, worth an estimated 260,000 Euros.   According to the reports, it will take more than a week or a month to restore all the contents of the cargo ship due to strong wind making the condition more difficult. However, it is also said that 24 crew members and a pilot has been rescued via airlift and lifeboats. However, two people suffered minor injuries and were taken to hospital.   A BMW spokesman said that if the 65 Mini vehicles on the Hoegh Osaka were insured, they will be sold to the customers if only minor repairs were needed.       "We'll have to see what their condition is once the salvage company gets inside the hold," he added.   On Monday, the salvage workers boarded the 51,000 ton vessel, listing at about 50 degrees because the coast became a tourist attraction with car parks along the coast.     The report also suggests that the cargo ship needs to be anchored to prevent it slipping further down the sand bank due to strong winds and the salvage workers will try to make the ship float.   Alex Davis, partner and head of the casualty response team at the shipping law firm Stephenson Harwood said, “Time is the enemy here; the longer the vessel is aground, the more likely she is to become further damaged and to deteriorate. They will be looking to move as fast as is technically possible.”   He also said that it could be due to the cargo shifting, water getting in, or both the cases.   Marine manager at Stephenson Harwood and former chief coastguard, suggested using a technique known as "parbuckling" in which the cables were attached to the ship in the appropriate position and is pulled. The ship will not float until its upright because when the ship is lying to its side, the water will move inside the cargo through open hatchways and vent pipes and the ship will capsize.   For this floating cranes needs to be anchored next to the ship to make it upright. The weight of the cargo needs to be redistributed and water needs to be pumped out to prevent the ship listing again and to refloated it using tug boats.       http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002979/Cargo-ship-with-over-1-200-vehicles-stranded-in-Solent-.html Mercedes-Benz unveils F 015 Luxury in Motion concept http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002978/Mercedes-Benz-unveils-F-015-Luxury-in-Motion-concept.html Mercedes-Benz has unveiled its futuristic "self-driving luxury sedan" known as the Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion concept at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The egg-shaped Mercedes-Benz F 015 concept model measures 5220mm long, 2018mm wide and 1524mm tall and has a wheelbase of 3610mm making it very spacious to give a lounge life cabin. The concept model runs on 26-inch wheels. The F 015 concept is built on a combination of aluminum high-strength steel body and carbon fiber reinforcement plastic that makes it lighter by 40 percent.     The doors open at a 90 degree angle take you to the impressive lounge cabin that features four rotating lounge chairs that can be configured to face each other or face-to-face seat configuration. As soon as the doors are opened, the electrically-powered lounge chairs automatically swivel outwards the passenger by 30 degrees to welcome you inside the cabin. The dashboard offers a hosts of features like a cocoon draped with walnut wood veneers, white nappa leather, six individual displays with for touch support, gesture and eye tracking functions to avoid any distractions.     Under the hood, the concept gets a plug-in hybrid fuel cell electric setup ranging from 684 miles or around 1,100 km. It comes powered by two rear-axle mounted electric motors producing 134 bhp of power and 199 Nm of torque sending all the power to the rear wheels and offers a combined output of 268 bhp and 398 Nm of maximum torque. The F 015 can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 6.7 seconds and has an electrically limited top speed of 200km/h. The electric motor in the F 015 has a lithium-ion cells that can be charged and can run up to 200 km. The hydrogen that generates electricity on-the-go is stored in a 5.4 kg tank at a 700 bar pressure that can cover up to 100 km and consumes 0.6 kg of the electricity produced by hydrogen. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002978/Mercedes-Benz-unveils-F-015-Luxury-in-Motion-concept.html 2015 Bajaj Platina 100 to be launched in February 2015 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002977/2015-Bajaj-Platina-100-to-be-launched-in-February-2015.html The 2015 Bajaj Platina 100 that has been spied testing in India many times has been slated for launch in February 2015. The new Bajaj Platina 100 will come with updated design, new graphics, new body colors, exhaust pipe and new body panel. However, it will come powered by the same engine.     The new Platina 100 will run on the same 99.27 cc air-cooled engine that makes 8.2 PS at 7,500 rpm and 8.05 Nm at 4,500 rpm of maximum power output and peak torque respectively. The engine will come mated to a four-speed manual gearbox. There is also a possibi9lity that the company might tweak the power output to offer more fuel economy.   As spied earlier many times, the 100 cc commuter motorcycle will get the same headlights, taillights, turn indicators, telescopic fork suspension at the front, drum brakes and the alloy wheel design will remain unchanged as seen in the ongoing model.   It is expected that the new Bajaj Platina 100 will be priced similar as the outgoing model at Rs. 37,044, ex-showroom and will be placed against the Hero Passion, hero Splendor and Honda Dream Series in the segment.    It is also said that the company will not out shelve the current Platina 100 model and will be sold alongside the new Platina 100. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002977/2015-Bajaj-Platina-100-to-be-launched-in-February-2015.html Yokohama inaugurates second club network in Mumbai http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002976/Yokohama-inaugurates-second-club-network-in-Mumbai.html Yokohama, the Japanese tire manufacturer has opened its 2nd Yokohama Club Network (YCN), in Navi Mumbai at Nerul. The club network is the first one in Mumbai by the company. The YCN is situated at the key residential market area at Nerul.   Commenting at the same Takeshi Harada, Director (Sales & Marketing) Yokohama India Pvt Ltd said that the opening of the Yakohama Club Network is under the strategy for growth in the near future in India. The company is looking forward to inaugurate several YCN across the country in the coming few years. Yokohama India plans to double its YCN strength nationally by the end of 2015. Currently the company is operating on 2% of the total market share in India.    Yokohama India currently has more than 650 point of sales which also includes 25 Yokohama Club Network (YCN) across length and breadth of India based on Yokohama’s global philosophy to develop Point of Sales to provide world class tyre buying experience. The manufacturer is looking at 5% market share in the near future to support mid-term management plan in the country.   Yokohama India recently inaugurated its first India manufacturing unit at Bahadurgarh with an investment of over Rs.300 crore. The plant will manufacture the Yokohama Earth-1 tyres, along with S. drive. The YCN will provide all Yokohama India offerings including The Yokohama Earth-1 tyre, which is especially “Designed for India” keeping the diverse road conditions in mind and will cater to most of the cars in B, B+ and C-segments, as well as the Geolandar series.   http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002976/Yokohama-inaugurates-second-club-network-in-Mumbai.html 2016 Audi Q7 to get Android tablets http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002975/2016-Audi-Q7-to-get-Android-tablets.html Audi will be showcasing new technologies in the new Audi Q7 at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The German luxury car manufacturer will showcase a 10.1-inch Android tablet for the rear passengers that will be mounted behind the front seat headrests in the Q7.   The Android table can be removed that is powered by Nvidia Tegra 4 processor and will come equipped with features like it can be connected to the SUV’s MMI infotainment system. The Audi Q7’s MMi system will come with features like navigation, music that can be accessed via tab, and internet browsing. It is also said that the new table will come with LTE connectivity (4G mobile network).   The upcoming 2016 Audi Q7 will be based on the Volkswagen’s new MLB architecture that is said to be lighter in weight by up to 325 kg than the current model. Under the hood, the Q7 will come powered by two 3-cylinder V6 mills – a turbocharged petrol engine generating 333 hp and 400Nm of power and torque respectively, and a turbocharged diesel engine that will make 272 hp and 600Nm of maximum power and torque respectively.    The 2016 Audi Q7 will make its public debut at the 2015 Detroit Motor Show in January and will be launched in the European markets later this year. However, in India, the Q7 will be bought and sold as a CKD like the ongoing model and will compete with the likes of the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, BMW X5 and Volvo XC90.     http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002975/2016-Audi-Q7-to-get-Android-tablets.html 2017 Renault Duster to be launched in 2016, Featuring 7 seats http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002974/2017-Renault-Duster-to-be-launched-in-2016--Featuring-7-seats.html French auto maker Renault is planning to launch the next generation Duster by 2016 in the global market. The SUV will be launched in 2016 as 2017 Renault Duster.    The second generation Renault Duster will get several changes in its features. The new design changes include new headlights, front grille and fog lamps at the exterior along with Alloy wheels and bigger wheel arches. The other exterior highlights include new tail lamps, redesigned boot door and a spare wheel. However, we can also expect the manufacturer to design the 2017 Duster based on the Oroch Concept that was revealed in Brazil last year.   The interior will also offer some added and updated features. The upcoming Duster will be longer as compared to the existing one enabling a third row in the SUV for two more seats. The two added seats will be bigger and more comfortable than the existing seats in the existing Duster. The SUV will offer safety features such as ABS, dual airbags and reverse parking camera.   To be priced between 8-12lakh bracket, the 2017 Renault Duster will compete against new Hyundai ix25, Maruti S Cross and Mahindra Scorpio when launched. Renault Duster was first introduced in 2010 and today Duster is the largest selling car by Renault globally. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002974/2017-Renault-Duster-to-be-launched-in-2016--Featuring-7-seats.html 2016 BMW 7 Series completely revealed http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002973/2016-BMW-7-Series-completely-revealed.html The 2016 BMW 7 Series images have surfaced the internet completely exposed. The BMW 730d model has been spied that has been codenamed G11, reveals that the luxury sedan will come equipped with the new laser headlamp (seen in the BMW i8 concept showcased at the 2014 Auto Expo) connecting the larger kidney grille and L-shaped taillights divided by a chrome strip. It is also said that the 2016 BMW 7 Series will be lighter in weight by around 170kg than the current model due to the use of carbon fiber reinforcement plastic, magnesium, aluminium and high strength steel body. This will further enhance the dynamic driving experience of the car.     Besides this, the 2016 BMW 7 Series will come loaded with a host of new features such as wireless charging for smart phones, gesture based navigation and a new iDrive and other new driving assistance systems. The interiors are expected to get high quality materials, leather trim dashboard, wooden inserts, dual tone upholstery and a touchscreen infotainment display.     There is no official confirmation about the powertrains of the new BMW 7 Series. However, it is expected that the car would get four petrol mills, one diesel and one hybrid engine. The German luxury carmaker will unveil the new BMW 7 Series not before the end of this year. It is expected to make its debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show and the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002973/2016-BMW-7-Series-completely-revealed.html Mahindra & Mahindra manufactures 50 Lac vehicles http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002972/Mahindra---Mahindra-manufactures-50-Lac-vehicles--.html Mahindra & Mahindra, the Indian car manufacturer has achieved a milestone of manufacturing 50 lac vehicles. The company celebrated the occasion with its workers as a human chain of 3000 workers was formed from Air India Building, Nariman Point to Girgaon Chowpatty in Mumbai. We can see in the above picture, Mr. Pravin Shah, Chief Executive, Automotive Division, Mahindra & Mahindra can be seen waving his hand to the human chain of 3000 workers from the Kandivali Plant, Mumbai.    The company made the year 2014 remarkable with its updated next gen Scorpio offering features like new swept back headlamps, day-time-running-LEDs, vertical slat grille while rear gets D shaped LED taillamp cluster along with new touch screen infotainment system and cruise control and TyreTronics.   Talking about the sales rate of Mahindra & Mahindra in the year 2014, the company witnessed a growth of 5 per cent by selling 17,311 units of passenger vehicles compared to 16,436 units in December 2013. The company also sold 36,328 units in 2014 against 39,611 units in 2013. While the Truck & Bus division registered a growth of 92% with 843 units, the  company’s domestic sales stood at 34,460 units during December 2014, as against 36,881 units during the same period in 2013.     http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002972/Mahindra---Mahindra-manufactures-50-Lac-vehicles--.html Bookings commence for Mercedes-Benz CLA Class Sedan http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002971/Bookings-commence-for-Mercedes-Benz-CLA-Class-Sedan.html German luxury car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz is all set to launch the much awaited CLA-Class on 22nd January in the Indian market. Ahead of its launch the manufacturer has already commenced the bookings for the luxury sedan in the country. The interested customers can book the sedan at the minimum price of Rs. 2 lakhs.   Sharing its platform with the A-Class, B-Class and the more recently launched compact SUV, the GLA-Class, the sedan gets a 2.0-litre petrol unit producing 183.5PS power and 300Nm of torque and will also be offered with a 2.2-litre diesel mill that churns out 136PS of power and 300Nm of torque.    The highlights of the upcoming ClA Class sedan include Panoramic sliding sunroof, Harman Kardon Logic 7 surround sound system (for Audio 20 CD) equipped with 12 high-performance loudspeakers and a multi-channel DSP sound amplifier,this Dolby Digital 5.1 system has an output of 450 watts, Reversing Camera and the Bi-xenon headlamps. The Mercedes-Benz CLA Class sedan will compete directly in the market with the Audi A3.    http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002971/Bookings-commence-for-Mercedes-Benz-CLA-Class-Sedan.html Audi A7 self-driven concept car begins 550 mile journey in the US http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002970/Audi-A7-self-driven-concept-car-begins-550-mile-journey-in-the-US.html Audi will be showcasing the self-driven Audi A7 concept that demonstrates the under-development automated driving technology at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). For this, the company has invited journalists to test drive the capabilities of a pilot driving concept car from Silicon Valley to Las Vegas in the US that covers around 550 miles or 900km. Each journalist will have to drive around 100 miles using the piloted driving system.    The new technology has been developed jointly by the Volkswagen Electronics Research Laboratory (ERL) and Volkswagen Group Research and Development and is said to be utilized in the series of production models.    The Audi A7 concept model has been termed as ‘jack” by the development team and can accelerate from 0-113km/h with the help of the automated system and can accelerate and brake independently as well. The jack also initiates a safe lane changes and adapts its speed to surrounding vehicles, calculates a safe distance and changes the lane with precision and in a timely manner.          The piloted concept vehicle works in combination of various productions ready sensors. The long range radar sensor of the adaptive cruise control (ACC) and the Audi side assist (ASA) keeps a check of the front and rear of the vehicle that gives a complete 360 degree view of the vehicle. The radar sensors are mounted at the right and left angles of the vehicle. Moreover, the laser scanners are placed within the front grille and the rear bumper skirt that provides detailed information of static and dynamic objects during piloted driving. A new hi-resolution 3D video camera gives a wide-angle view in front of the vehicle that further enhances the system.    However, while driving in the city, on-board computers in the vehicle requests the driver to take control of the vehicle to ensure proper safety. For this, multiple warning signal displays information at the base of the windshield with the help of colored LEDs, a Central Status Indicator (CSI) and an acoustic warning indicator that requires the driver to retake control. Moreover, should the driver ignore the signals, the system activates the hazard lights and brings the car to a stop reducing any accident. According to the company, the vehicle is stopped on the right emergency lane in most cases. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002970/Audi-A7-self-driven-concept-car-begins-550-mile-journey-in-the-US.html Toyota launches Fortuner 4?4 AT at Rs. 24.17 lakhs, updates Innova base variant http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002969/Toyota-launches-Fortuner-4-4-AT-at-Rs--24-17-lakhs--updates-Innova-base-variant.html New year has just started and the automobile companies are all set to introduce new vehicles to increase their sales this year. Moving ahead, TKM (Toyota Kirloskar Motor) has launched a top-end variant on the Fortuner, the 4×4 AT priced between INR 24.17 lakhs to INR 26.49 lakhs, ex-Showroom, New Delhi. The manufacturer has also updated the base variants of the Innova MPV.   The newly launched Toyota Fortuner 4×4 AT will come powered by the same 3.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engine mated to a 5-speed automatic gearbox and capable of producing 168.59 bhp. Earlier, the Fortuner was available with an automatic transmission but only in 2WD variants. However, the 4×4 AT is the flagship variant of the Fortuner. The manufacturer also offers a TRD Sportivo bodykit on the SUV.    Talking about the updated base variant of Innova, the SUV will now cost from INR 10.51 lakhs to INR 15.8 lakhs, ex-Showroom, New Delhi. Although, there has been no official announcement about the updates on the SUV but according to the dealers, the updated Toyota Innova gets dual SRS airbags as standard on all variants. However, the top end ZX variant of Innova that already comes with the feature costs INR 73,000 more due to reversal of excise duty to older rates. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002969/Toyota-launches-Fortuner-4-4-AT-at-Rs--24-17-lakhs--updates-Innova-base-variant.html Hyundai Blue Link smartwatch app to debut at 2015 CES http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002968/Hyundai-Blue-Link-smartwatch-app-to-debut-at-2015-CES.html Hyundai Motors has partnered with Station Digital Media to develop the Blue Link smartwatch app that will be showcased at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The next generation Blue Link System will first debut on the 2016 Elantra GT.   The Blue Link smartwatch app uses Hyundai’s cloud-based Blue Link platform and comes with features like remote start and service information that can be accessed through smartwatches and smartphones.    “This new app expands Hyundai’s exploration into how wearable technology and Blue Link fit into a customer’s lifestyle,” said Barry Ratzlaff, executive director, customer connect and service business development, Hyundai Motor America. “Connecting to your car through a smartwatch and voice recognition was previously something seen only in science fiction movies. Now, we can provide this capability to owners of Hyundai vehicles equipped with Blue Link.”   The Blue Link smartwatch app allows users to remote start, lock and unlock doors and find the car in a parking lot via voice commands. The microphone icon on the watch when clicked, activates the voice function and the driver can execute commands such as “Start my car,” “Lock my car” or “Find my car.”     The Blue Link smartwatch app must be paired via Bluetooth to a user’s smartphone that contains the Blue Link mobile app. Remote functions can then be executed from anywhere as long as the user’s smartphone has a Bluetooth and cellular or Internet connection.    The Hyundai representatives at the 2015 CES will be demonstrating the Blue Link smartwatch app on Samsung, Motorola, Sony and LG smartwatches. The app can be downloaded on Android phones from Google Play for free starting in the first quarter of 2015.   Below are the features of the Blue Link smartwatch (all voice activated): Remote Engine Start Remote Engine Stop (Only available when the vehicle is in remote engine start mode) Remote Door Lock / Unlock Remote Flash Lights / Honk Horn Car Finder Call Roadside Call Blue Link Hyundai Blue Link Smartwatch App http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002968/Hyundai-Blue-Link-smartwatch-app-to-debut-at-2015-CES.html Audi to showcase two concepts at the CES 2015 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002967/Audi-to-showcase-two-concepts-at-the-CES-2015.html German luxury car manufacturer Audi is all set to introduce the “revolutionary operating controls and display concept” with Audi Q7 as well as highlight the matrix laser headlights at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas commencing from tomorrow.    Earlier, Audi had revealed that they will showcase two new concept cars at the 2015 CES. However, the company didnot revealed any specifications about any of the concept cars but we can surly say that these two concepts will be the Audi’s version of the “automobile future”.   The company will also host a press conference tomorrow Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Board Member for Technical Development talking about the upcoming products by Audi. Although, there has been no confirmation but the manufacturer might announce some more upcoming products at the press conference. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002967/Audi-to-showcase-two-concepts-at-the-CES-2015.html Polaris-Eicher to introduce new affordable vehicle for farmers http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002966/Polaris-Eicher-to-introduce-new-affordable-vehicle-for-farmers.html Indian truck maker Eicher is entering into joint venture with Polaris, US based manufacturer of all terrain vehicles to build a small four-wheeled vehicle. The vehicle will be affordable for farmers, low on fuel consumption and will be the direct competitor to Tata Ace.    Likely to come in two versions, a double cabin micro pick-up and a multi-purpose van, the vehicle will be powered by a 600cc diesel engine sourced from Greaves Cotton and will return a fuel efficiency of approx. 25kmpl. Being currently under homologation,at least 20 kg of plastics is expected on the upcoming product.    According to the manufacturers, the vehicle will be good at off roading. The product will be based on a tubular platform which can be easily modified for making multiple products. Composite materials will also be used in the manufacturing of the product to reduce its weight. Both the manufacturers have already set aside Rs 250 crores for this project but can also go further if required.    The production of the vehicle will take place in a new factory in Jaipur. Starting in May, the production for the first year will be around 10,000-12,000 units. Further the production will be increased to 1,00,000 units. Expected to be launch in 2015, the manufacturers are also planning to export the vehicle to other markets.    http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002966/Polaris-Eicher-to-introduce-new-affordable-vehicle-for-farmers.html Confirmed ? Tata Motors to launch Bolt on 22nd January, 2015 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002965/Confirmed---Tata-Motors-to-launch-Bolt-on-22nd-January--2015.html Tata Motors’s first vehicle that will be launched in 2015 will be the Bolt hatchback that will take place on 22nd January, 2015. Like the Tata zest compact sedan, under the hood, the Bolt hatch will share the same powertrains. The 1.2-litre Revotron engine will power the petrol bolt which will develop 90PS at 5,000 rpm and 140Nm between 1,500- 4,000 rpm of maximum power and torque respectively.    The Bolt diesel will get the same 1.3-litre Quadrajet engine producing 75PS at 4,000 rpm and 190Nm of between 1,750-3,000 rpm of power and torque respectively. Both the engines will come mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. It is said that the company might also offer the AMT (Automatic Manual Transmission) but at the later stage.         To compete with its rivals – the Maruti Suzuki Swift, Hyundai Grand i10 and Honda Jazz, the Tata Bolt will feature honeycomb mesh grill, fog lamps, stylish headlamps, bonnet with a forward pouncing stance and ORVMs with integrated turn indicators. The rear will feature a rear wiper, chrome strip above the number plate, rear spoilers, sporty rear bumpers & tail lights. For the safety of vehicle and passenger, the company will also offer the hatch with safety features like ABS, EBD, dual airbags, Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD) and central locking.    Tata Motors will price the Bolt competitively at around Rs. 4-6 lakhs (ex-showroom). Followed by the launch of the Tata Bolt in India, the company will soon launch the Kite hatchback that has been spied testing near Pune, by the end of 2015. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002965/Confirmed---Tata-Motors-to-launch-Bolt-on-22nd-January--2015.html Toyota to offer all models with airbags http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002964/Toyota-to-offer-all-models-with-airbags.html All the Toyota models in India will now come equipped with the airbag safety feature as standard. The Toyota Etios hatchback and Etios sedan that has recently received a facelift last year in October, the company has fitted the twin models with the dual front airbags as standard and the same will be followed on all upcoming and current models lineup in the country.    The company is currently testing the Innova facelift in the country that will also get airbags as standard fitment. The base G trim of the Innova MPV, however, will get a driver side airbag as standard which was missing in the current Innova. This will make the Innova to cost more by Rs. 40,000. Apart from this, the Toyota Innova facelift will also come equipped with other cosmetic changes and is expected to be launched this year soon.   The government of India has also made mandatory to equip all the vehicles sold in the country to come with safety features like ABS and airbags as standard to avoid accident and make the roads and passenger safe. This move by the government will make the vehicles cost more. Therefore, all the carmakers will offer its respective vehicles with airbag and ABS safety features soon in the country.   Not only this, but also the announcement of the Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program (BNVSAP) last year by the government will soon be made mandatory in India to keep a check on the safety of the vehicle as well as the occupants. Every vehicle will have to pass through BNVSAP that will be located at Pune and Manesar. The facilities will be completely equipped with latest technologies and will be as per crash standards AIS 098 and AIS 099 and will be operational by the end of 2015. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002964/Toyota-to-offer-all-models-with-airbags.html Gujarat Police to add five superbikes to its fleet http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002963/Gujarat-Police-to-add-five-superbikes-to-its-fleet.html After showing up Harley-Davidson Street 750 and SuperLow cruisers, Gujarat Police is now gearing up to bring five more superbikes in order to carry out various tasks including VIP protection, during an emergency situation as well as security of citizens.    The technical committee of Gujrat Police is currently evaluating various bikes from several manufacturer in order to select the best suitable superbike for the purpose. Harley Davidson along with some other manufacturers has already given the demonstration in Gandhinagar last week. Several other manufacturers have also been invited by Gujrat Police for the same including Triumph and BMW.    The police department is looking for the bikes between 700cc to 1500cc that suits their budget. The criteria to select the superbikes include the ability of the motorcycle to carry high tech communication equipment necessary for emergency situations like wireless sets other than the usual sirens and warning lights. Currently, the committee has not yet finalized any bike for purchase. The committee will make official announcement once they make their decision. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002963/Gujarat-Police-to-add-five-superbikes-to-its-fleet.html Advanced booking for Tata Bolt commences, Launch in February 2015 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002962/Advanced-booking-for-Tata-Bolt-commences--Launch-in-February-2015.html Tata Motors has commenced the bookings for its upcoming hatchback Tata Bolt. The car is all set to be launched in early February this year. Other than its dealerships, the manufacturer is also accepting the booking for Bolt online for Rs. 11,000 .   The power of the car for the petrol variant comes from the 1.2-litre Revotron petrol engine producing 90 PS and 140 Nm of torque as well as the diesel variants will come powered with the 1.3-litre mill that produces 75 PS and 190 Nm of torque. Both the engines have been mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.    Tata Bolt being a replacement to the Vista hatch is based on a heavily revised Indica platform and shares its underpinnings with its booted sibling, the Zest. The hatch has been tuned as a sportier offering and gets all black interiors. Tata Bolt will also offer several features such as the Harman infotainment system, Bluetooth connectivity, smartphone integration, voice recognition and much more.   The hatch is expected to be the game changer for Tata Motors as it has already created a buzz in the market with positive reviews. In order to increase its popularity, the manufacturer will also display the Tata Bolt at malls and corporate parks across the country throughout the month. The car is also expected to be displayed at the dealerships soon.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002962/Advanced-booking-for-Tata-Bolt-commences--Launch-in-February-2015.html VW America recalls around 88,000 Cars due to Headlight Concerns and Fire Risk http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002961/VW-America-recalls-around-88-000-Cars-due-to-Headlight-Concerns-and-Fire-Risk.html It seems to be recall time for the automobile manufacturers as one by one various auto makers are recalling their vehicles. This time the American subsidiary of the German automobile manufacturer Volkswagen has recalled Golfs, GTIs, Beetles, Passats and Jettas. This is the second recall for Volkswagen in the same week.   According to the company, the reason behind the first recall was the risk over a sealing cap on the fuel rail that might fail to seal leading the fuel to leak into the engine compartment. Earlier this week the company has announced the recall for approximately 38,000 2015 Golf and Golf GTIs, and 2014-2015 Jettas, Beetles and Passats. All the models with either the 1.8T or 2.0T gas engines due to the risk of fire due to the fault. The company will notify all the customers regarding the fault and will replace the faulty fuel rail free of cost.   This time the American subsidiary of Volkswagen has announced the recall for about 50,000 2015 Jetta sedans due to the halogen headlights with incorrect software in the control module. According to VW, these headlights can dim the light too much to be in compliance with federal headlight standards. However, till now there has been no reports of any injuries or incidents related to the problem, still the manufacturer will ask the customers to bring their vehicles to dealers to get the software reprogrammed.     http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002961/VW-America-recalls-around-88-000-Cars-due-to-Headlight-Concerns-and-Fire-Risk.html Hyundai ix25 scores five star ratings in C-NCAP http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002960/Hyundai-ix25-scores-five-star-ratings-in-C-NCAP.html The upcoming Hyundai ix25 sub-compact SUV that will hit the Indian shore this year underwent C-NCAP (China New Car Assessment Program) crash test in China recently. Hyundai launched the new compact SUV in China in December 2014 and the ix25 has scored five star rating in the crash test. The SUV went through four tests, scoring 100 percent overlap front crash, side impact, 40 percent overlap front crash and whiplash.     The 100 percent overlap frontal crash test was tested at a speed of 50 km/h where the ix25 scored 15.89 points out of a maximum score of 18. The side impact test was tested with a moving deformable barrier moving at a speed of 50-51 km/h. The SUV scored 18 out of 18 points.     In the 40 percent overlap frontal impact test that was carried out a speed of 64 km/h, the Hyundai ix25 scored 14.11 out of 18 points. The last, but not the least, the ix25 went through the whiplash test where the driver’s seat and restraint system perform at a speed of 15.65 km/h and the ix25 scored a 100 percent score.     The Hyundai Motors will launch the ix25 this year and for the same, the company has invested around Rs. 1,000 crore. The ix25 resembles the current Santa Fe from some angles. It looks bulkier and muscular, gets wraparound headlight clusters and the fog lamps at the front and has a broad front grille. It is also believed that the compact SUV shares its platform with the Hyundai i20 hatchback.   It is also said that the company will localize 90 percent of the upcoming models as well as the Hyundai ix25 compact SUV and will be priced competitively to compete against its rivals. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002960/Hyundai-ix25-scores-five-star-ratings-in-C-NCAP.html Tata Kite spied testing near Pune http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002959/Tata-Kite-spied-testing-near-Pune.html The upcoming hatchback by Tata Motors, Tata Kite, has been spied testing near Pune, Maharashtra by a Motoroids reader. The Tata Kite is expected to launch by the end of 2015 that will be based on the Indica platform.    After the Kite hatchback, the company will soon launch the Kite sedan that will also share the same platform. The Tata Kite sedan will be replacing the Indigo CS in the country.   Under the hood, both the cars are expected to come powered by a turbocharged 1.2-litre Revotron petrol engine from Bolt and Zest sedan and a 1.05-litre three-cylinder diesel mill. Both the engines will come mated to manual or Automated Manual Transmissions (AMT).   As far as changes are concerned, Tata Kite will come with black ORVMs, front disc and rear drum brakes and will have new interior and exterior design like quality interior materials and new features.   It is said that the company’s Sanand plant in Gujarat that currently produces Tata Nano will be used to manufacture the upcoming Kite. The production of the Tata Kite is expected to commence form second half of the 2015.   The Tata Kite will rival against the Chevrolet Beat, Honda Brio, Maruti Suzuki Celerio, Hyundai i10 and Ford Figo in the segment and is expected to be priced between Rs. 3.5-4.5 lakhs, ex-showroom. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002959/Tata-Kite-spied-testing-near-Pune.html Volkswagen?s Chakan plant produces 1.11 lakh units in 2014 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002958/Volkswagen-s-Chakan-plant-produces-1-11-lakh-units-in-2014.html Volkswagen India has produced around 11.14 units of cars in the year 2014 from its manufacturing plant in Chakan, near Pune. The company’s Chakan plant was inaugurated in 2009 and since then the facility has produced around 111,444 cars till date.   The Chakan plant produces models for the domestic as well as for the export markets and has increased the capacity to 11.14 percent in 2014 as compared to 2013.   The models produced at the Chakan facility include Polo hatchback (33,547 units in 2014), Vento sedan (67,010 units in 2014) and Skoda Rapid sedan (10,887 units in 2014).    The German carmaker also exported its models and he market share grew by 308 percent in 2014 as compared to 59.8 percent to 66,660 units in 2013.   Mahesh Kodumudi said on achieving this milestone, “The growth was mainly driven by the export volumes that are being produced at our facility, especially for Mexico. Nearly every second car produced from our plant in 2014 was exported to Mexico.” He further added, “The export activities have helped our plant in tackling the volatilities of the domestic market as well as the currency fluctuations. Exports have helped us in creating a strong second leg of our operations in India. However, our main focus still continues to be on the Indian market which has a great potential to grow in the coming years.” http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002958/Volkswagen-s-Chakan-plant-produces-1-11-lakh-units-in-2014.html Datsun GO Plus booking commences at Rs. 11,000 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002957/Datsun-GO-Plus-booking-commences-at-Rs--11-000.html The bookings for the upcoming GO+ compact MPV will commence on 3rd January, 2015 with a down payment of Rs. 11,000 across the Nissan dealerships in the country.    The first 100 customers who book the GO+ MPV will receive a free ‘Welcome Pack’. The booking amount is completely refundable if the customers wish to cancel.   The Datsun GO+ is a seven seater compact MPV that is 210mm longer than the GO hatchback and has a boot space of 350 litre with third row folded. Besides this, GO+ also shares many features with its sibling like the front fascia including the big headlamps, front grille with chrome outline and design. Under the hood, it gets a three cylinder, 1.2 litre, naturally aspirated petrol engine, mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The Datsun GO+ is expected to be priced around Rs. 3.50 lakh ex-showroom.   Guillaume Sicard, President – Nissan India Operations, said, "We are happy to offer our latest product Datsun GO+, a segment-creating Compact MPV to customers in India. The Datsun GO+ is our second product in the market after the Datsun GO and reiterates our commitment to India. The Datsun brand stands for affordable mobility and the Datsun GO+ is a product for those families who prefer a bigger vehicle for both in-city and long distance travel for work as well as leisure. We opened pre-bookings today for customers who would like to be the early ones to own the new Datsun". http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002957/Datsun-GO-Plus-booking-commences-at-Rs--11-000.html Hyundai India has more than 5 million fans on Facebook http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002956/Hyundai-India-has-more-than-5-million-fans-on-Facebook.html Hyundai Motor India has achieved the landmark of five million fans followers on the company’s social networking site, Facebook, on December 27, 2014. The official Facebook of Hyundai India was launched in 2011 and has managed to surpass this milestone in just 3 years.   On this occasion, Hyundia Motors has announced an initiative on its social networking site that allows fans to meet Bollywood superstar and Hyundai Brand ambassador Shah Rukh Khan. For this, the participants have to give a virtual Hi-5 to SRK by uploading a Hi-5 Selfie on the tab. The top five fans with the leading conversations around it will get an opportunity to meet SRK at Hyundai’s next television commercial shoot.   Delighted and enthused by the response, Rakesh Srivastava- Sr. VP- Sales & Marketing HMIL commented, “We at Hyundai take pride in being the fastest achievers of many milestones in the Indian car market. Hyundai is the fastest car manufacturer to roll out the 5 millionth car in the shortest timeframe. Hyundai in 2014 has also achieved the landmark of 5 million Facebook fans along with fastest domestic sales of over 4 lakh units while proudly servicing over 4.3 million Hyundai cars pan- India. Hyundai has consistently enhanced its product quality and processes to be titled amongst the Top 2 car brands on quality parameters Hyundai is also the only manufacturer to win 2 successive Indian Car of the Year (ICOTY) awards which symbolize Hyundai’s commitment to Indian customers by offering world class standards of quality products, technology and style. We affirm our commitment to the Indian market with the aim to be the most loved and caring brand in India.”   The company also has a strong presence in the digital world through a range of social media marketing platforms such as Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Linkedin, Instagram and through blogs achieving on every platform.    The company also launched its first-ever corporate campaign - ‘Life is Brilliant’ on 22nd November, 2014 that saw over 4 million views on YouTube in less than two weeks. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002956/Hyundai-India-has-more-than-5-million-fans-on-Facebook.html Fiat to open 15 new dealerships in India http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002955/Fiat-to-open-15-new-dealerships-in-India.html As we have reported about the launch of Jeep brand in India under Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the company is now planning to open new dealerships across the country.   The Italian carmaker will be launching the Jeep brand along with its models Grand Cherokee and Wrangler and for this there will be 15 dedicated Jeep dealerships that are expected to increase the sales in the following year.    The Jeep premium SUV models will be first bought and sold in the country as a CBU and later will be locally assembled. Not only this, Fiat India will also be entering into the SUV segment by launching a new global premium SUV model that is expected to hit the shores in 2017.   The new SUV is said to be manufactured at the company’s Ranjangaon plant in Pune that will be exported to international markets as well. The new SUV by Fiat is expected to be priced around Rs. 25-30 lakh and the company targets to produce around 60,000 units annually.   Another model that will be launched in India is the new Fiat Abarth 500. The hatchback was also showcased at the 2014 Auto Expo that will be sold as a CBU.     The Fiat Abarth 500 will be powered by a 1.4-litre turbocharged 4-pot petrol engine that will deliver a max output of 158 hp and will churn out a 230 Nm of peak torque mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox where all the power from the engine will be sent to the front wheels. The company claims that the 500 Abarth can sprint from 0-100km/h in a mere 7.9 seconds with a limited top speed of 205km/h.    The Fiat Abarth 500 is expected to be priced between Rs. 22-24 lakhs (ex-showroom), and will rival against the classic Mini Cooper in the segment. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002955/Fiat-to-open-15-new-dealerships-in-India.html Hyundai India sold 4.1 lakh units in 2014 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002954/Hyundai-India-sold-4-1-lakh-units-in-2014.html Hyundai Motors India Limited, the Korean carmaker, has recorded sales of around 4.1 lakh units, the highest units sold till date since its operation in the co8untry 16 years ago. The company’s current market share has 21.6 percent.   This has been due to the newly launched Hyundai Xcent compact sedan that starts at Rs. 4.73 lakh (ex-showroom), the Santa Fe starts at Rs. 2.56 lakh (ex-showroom) and the new Elite i20 price starting from Rs. 4.99 lakh (ex-showroom).   The Hyundai Elite i20 has also been awarded as the Indian car of the year for 2015. The selected teams were chosen and performed other rounds of assessment by the members at Lonavala. After the evaluation followed by voting, the top three contenders in each category turned out to be the Hyundai Elite i20, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and Honda City. Besides this, the hatchback has also bagged 60,000 bookings till date.   The Korean carmaker is also planning to launch the new ix25 compact SUV and the Elite i20 Crossover, that will make company’s entry into the compact SUV segment in the country.   In December 2014, Hyundai’s domestic sales grew by 14.7 percent to 32,504 units as compared to December 2013 that stood at 28,345 units. The exports, on the other hand, stood at 26,861 units, a 29.6 percent growth year-on-year. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002954/Hyundai-India-sold-4-1-lakh-units-in-2014.html Harley-Davidson to recall 19,000 bikes in the US http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002953/Harley-Davidson-to-recall-19-000-bikes-in-the-US.html Harley-Davidson, American motorcycle maker, has announced to recall around 19,000 motorcycles due to brake bolt corrosion in the brake master cylinder banjo bolt thread. The corrosion can lead to a sudden loss of brake fluid and as a result causing a loss of the front brakes and increasing the risk of a crash.   The problem discovered in the motorcycles are manufactured between 22nd August 2012 and 24th February, 2012 in the United States that include the FXST103, FLSTC, FLSTC103, FLSTF, FLSTF103, FXDL, FXDWG, FXDWG103, FXDC, FXDB, FLSTN, FLSTN103, FLSTC103Shrine, FLSTFB, FLSTFB103, FXS, FXS103, FLS, FLS103, FLD, FLD103, FXDF, and FXDF103 Dyna and Softail.    The owners of the Harley-Davidson motorcycles will be notified and dealers flush and inspect the front brake master cylinder and, if necessary, replace the master cylinder, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on January 14, 2015. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002953/Harley-Davidson-to-recall-19-000-bikes-in-the-US.html Vehicles to cost more with the extension of excise duty http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002952/Vehicles-to-cost-more-with-the-extension-of-excise-duty.html As we have mentioned earlier, that the car maker in India will be increasing the prices of their respective vehicles effective from 1st January, 2015, the government, on the other hand, has also confirmed the hike in excise duty on consumer goods including automobiles. This will double the prices of automobiles in the Indian market. The excise duty on small cars, commercial vehicles and two-wheelers will increase from 8 percent to 12 percent, while on the mid-sized passenger cars, the excise duty will be increased from 20 percent to 24 percent. There will be an increase from 24 percent to 27 percent on big cars and on SUVs it will go up from 24 percent to 30 percent. Earlier, the Indian government has extended the excise duty cut on the vehicles till December 31st, 2014 which was till June 30th, 2014. The car sales for the FY14 have also fallen below the target set for FY15 by the SIAM (Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002952/Vehicles-to-cost-more-with-the-extension-of-excise-duty.html Honda Cars India to launch CR-V facelift in 2015 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002951/Honda-Cars--India-to-launch-CR-V-facelift-in-2015.html Honda has launched the 2015 CR-V SUV in European market with changes in the design and powertrains. Earlier, the Japanese car maker showcased the concept model of the SUV at the Paris Motor Show this year. Mechanically, the 2015 Honda CR-V will come powered by a 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel engine that develops a maximum power output of 160PS and 350Nm of peak torque, sending all the power to the 4WD system. While, the 2WD variant will come powered by a 1.6-litre engine that produces 120PS of maximum output and a 2.0-litre petrol engine. The engine will come mated to an either a 6-speed manual transmission or a new 9-speed automatic transmission. The new 9-speed AT is said to have a 20 percent reduction in CO2 emissions. The changes that have been made to the exterior of the SUV include a redesigned headlights, new front grille, new integrated LED daytime running lights, new front bumper, skid guard and LED taillights. The changes made to the interiors include a refreshed dashboard with chrome inlays, a sliding armrest at the front, a new 7-inch touch screen infotainment system fitted with Honda Connect App that is now offered as standard equipment in all variants. However, in India, it is expected that the Honda might launch the 2015 CR-V in 2015 that will be offered in both petrol and diesel mills. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002951/Honda-Cars--India-to-launch-CR-V-facelift-in-2015.html Mercedes-Benz E400 Cabriolet to be launched in early 2015 in India http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002950/Mercedes-Benz-E400-Cabriolet-to-be-launched-in-early-2015-in-India.html Indian auto market has become the hot favorite for the international giant auto manufacturers and German luxury car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz is all set to introduce the E400 Cabriolet in the country in early 2015. The Indian subsidiary of Mercedes-Benz has recently launched the V6 diesel equipped E350 CDI in India.   The E-class cabriolet is based on the current E-class and will also be sold here via the CBU route similar to the rivalry newly launched Audi A3 Cabriolet. Power in the E400 Cabrio comes from a 3.0 liter V6 turbo-petrol mill that churns out 328bhp and 354 lb-ft of torque paired to a 9-speed automatic gearbox. The luxury car will reach the sprint from 0-100 kmph in just 5.3 seconds.   The highlights of the E400 Cabrio include Mercedes’s latest COMAND interface along with  with AIRCAP, a retractable deflector on the top edge of the windscreen. According to the manufacturer, AIRCAP forces the airflow upwards at higher speeds, significantly reducing the in-cabin noise when the roof is down. The fully-electric soft-top can also be operated at speeds upto 40kmph. The car is likely to be launch priced around INR 90 lakh. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002950/Mercedes-Benz-E400-Cabriolet-to-be-launched-in-early-2015-in-India.html Suzuki launched Swift Posh Special Edition in Italy http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002949/Suzuki-launched-Swift-Posh-Special-Edition-in-Italy.html Suzuki Italy has launched a new special edition version of the Swift called the ‘Posh’ edition has been targeted to attract female buyers.The car is limited to 100 units only and has been priced starting at 13,450 Euros (Rs. 10.45 lakhs) going up to 14,750 Euros (Rs. 11.46 lakhs).   Under the hood, the Swift ‘Posh’ edition gets 1.2-litre K-Series petrol motor producing 85 HP and 118 Nm of torque, while diesel duty is performed by the 1.3-litre DDiS unit producing 73 HP and 190 Nm of torque. The diesel variants has been mated to a 5-speed manual transmission, while a 4-speed automatic unit is offered on the petrol version along with 5-speed manual transmission.   Talking about the exterior features, the ‘Posh’ edition gets a special Amethyst metallic grey paint scheme along with changes such as new dual chrome grille as well as new two-tone mirror finished 16-inch alloy wheels. The interior of the car receives new Alcantara leather upholstered seats with contrast stitching and violet inserts with leather wrapped gear knob and multi-function steering wheel with violet stitching. The other highlights include Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control, start-stop system, automatic climate control, keyless entry.   http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002949/Suzuki-launched-Swift-Posh-Special-Edition-in-Italy.html Ssangyong to recall 112,920 units of Rexton, Kyron, Actyon and Actyon Sports http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002948/Ssangyong-to-recall-112-920-units-of-Rexton--Kyron--Actyon-and-Actyon-Sports.html The Korean car manufacturer Ssangyong Motors will be recalling 112,920 units of its four vehicles namely Rexton, Kyron, Actyon and Actyon Sports. The cars are said to have defective ball joint, which may lead to wheel coming off while driving and are said to be manufactured between June 1, 2005 and November 17, 2010.   The manufacturer will fix the issue free of cost at all the company’s service centers commencing from Friday. The customers who have already repaired the issue earlier can also ask for compensation from the company. Other than this, Ssangyong had also announced that compensation for overstated fuel efficiency claims on its Korando Sports CX7SUV have been put on hold till court gives its final verdict.   Out of the four defective cars, Kyron model is the largest recall with 37,313 units recalled, followed by Actyon with 28,724 units recalled and Actyon Sport with 27,068 units recalled. The manufacturer has already discontinued the Korando Sports since December 2013 due to exaggerating gas mileage on its Korando Sports 2 liter diesel by 10.7% wherein a total of 720 owners have filed class action suits.   Although Ssangyong has recalled these defective vehicles, the company is all set to introduce new SsangYong Tivoli in the Korean market in early 2015. The vehicle will be launched in markets of Central America, Eastern Europe, Africa, China, USA and India other than Korea. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002948/Ssangyong-to-recall-112-920-units-of-Rexton--Kyron--Actyon-and-Actyon-Sports.html 450 Pre-bookings received by DC for Avanti http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002947/-450-Pre-bookings-received-by-DC-for-Avanti-.html Dilip Chhabria Design (DC Design) has made its remarkable place in the Indian automobile market with its modified cars. Another offering by the company is the DC Avanti was showcased at the 2012 Auto Expo and now the car has already received a pre-booking of 450 cars. The deliveries for the same will commence from March 2015.   The two seater car offers a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine sourced from Renault, paired to a 6-speed manual that produces 250 BHP of power and reaches from 0 – 100 km/hr within 7 seconds. The name of the vehicle Avanti is said to be inspired from the comic “The Adventures of Tintin” and gets a digital instrument panel as well.   To meet the increase in demand, the company is producing around 500 cars a year and wants to increase production to 2000 cars by the end of next year. According to Dilip Chhabria, the car has been designed to impress the young blood and the ground clearance of the vehicle cannot stop Indian customers from buying this performance vehicle. DC Avanti will roll out from the Pune based company and will hit the Indian roads soon.   http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002947/-450-Pre-bookings-received-by-DC-for-Avanti-.html Mitsubishi Lancer Final Concept to be launched in Japan http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002946/Mitsubishi-Lancer-Final-Concept-to-be-launched-in-Japan.html The Japanese car manufacturer Mitsubishi is all set to launch the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X globally but before its launch the vehicle will make its public debut at the upcoming Tokyo Auto Salon in a special edition version. Based on the GSR variant and called as the Final Concept, the vehicle will be the last model based on the Evolution X.     The Final Concept will offer a 2-litre engine produce a maximum of 473 hp mated to the 5-speed manual gearbox and Mitsubishi’s 4WD system. The other features include  HKS’ height adjustable sport suspension, 19-inch Yokohama Advan Neovas forged aluminium wheels by RAYS, a turbocharger by HKS, new intake, exhaust, cooling system and a new ECU.   The vehicle also receives several upgrades on the exterior as well as interior. While the exterior of the car gets matte black paint and the other features such as the roof and rear spoiler get a gloss finish as well as the the grille a chrome finish.    Although the vehicle will be launched in Japanese market in 2015, however there is no confirmation about whether it will be launched in the Indian market. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002946/Mitsubishi-Lancer-Final-Concept-to-be-launched-in-Japan.html Two new variants of Toyota Fortuner to be introduced in 2015 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002945/Two-new-variants-of-Toyota-Fortuner-to-be-introduced-in-2015.html There were rumors about the update of the Toyota Fortuner for quite sometimes in the market. Finally, it has been confirmed that the manufacturer is working to bring an updated version of the Toyota Fortuner. However, there will be minor changes to be seen on the SUV and Toyota India will also bring two new variants of the Fortuner as it is the last year of life cycle for the SUV in the current generation.   Out of the two upcoming variants of Fortuner, the new base variant will come equipped with the 2.5-litre D4-D diesel engine producing 142 BHP of power mated to both manual as well as automatic transmission options and a two-wheel drive configuration. The second variant will be a new top-of-the-line trim with existing 3.0-litre D4-D diesel engine mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission and Standard four-wheel drive system.   Other than this, Toyota India is also planning to introduce airbags as standard across all variants and will also update its entire product range. To compete in the SUV segment with other vehicles in India, Toyota will introduce the updated version of the Fortuner to keep it in demand in the coming year as well.    http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002945/Two-new-variants-of-Toyota-Fortuner-to-be-introduced-in-2015.html Audi S5 to be launched in 2015,to be brought via CBU http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002944/Audi-S5-to-be-launched-in-2015-to-be-brought-via-CBU.html The increase in demand of Audi cars in India has made the German Luxury car manufacturer offer its best products in the country. After introducing several premium compact and luxury vehicles in the country, Audi is all set to introduce the S5 sports coupe in India.The performance two-door version of the A4, S5 has been silently imported to the country and will be launched in 2015.   Under the hood, the 2015 Audi S5 gets a 3.0-litre supercharged V6 engine that churns out 333 HP of power and 440 Nm of torque mated to a 7-speed S-Tronic automatic transmission. The time taken to reach from 0-100km/h is 4.9 seconds with a top speed of 250 km/h and CO2 emissions restricted to 190 g/km. The impressive power to weight ratio of the S5 and sports differential lock improves the handling and optimum levels of traction control in the car.   To be brought in a CBU, the Audi S5 gets a single front grille with adaptive xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, while the rear sports LED tail lights with supercharged badging and dual exhausts. Other highlights of the S5 include MMI infotainment system with Audi connect, Bang & Olufsen audio system along with three-zone climate control and panoramic sunroof. The safety features offered are airbags, ABS, EBD, ESC and ASR..    Other than the S5, the manufacturer is also planning to introduce 10 new models in the country next year including the Q3, A6 and new Q7, the R8 LMX edition as well as the new TT sports car. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002944/Audi-S5-to-be-launched-in-2015-to-be-brought-via-CBU.html 2015 Audi A6 starts testing in India http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002943/2015-Audi-A6-starts-testing-in-India.html German luxury car manufacturer Audi is preparing to launch the facelift version of Audi A6 in India. The facelift version of the sedan was introduced in the country in September this year and it will be brought down via the CKD route as the existing A6. The manufacturer has already started testing the 2015 Audi A6 in India.   The model brought from Germany for testing is powered by a 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine. However, the engine is expected to remain the same for the Indian market with 2.0-litre and 3.0-litre petrol and diesels mated to a 7-speed automatic gearbox. Talking about the changes and features, the sedan looks sharper than the existing vehicle. The changes include improved infotainment system, new stronger and rigid springs. The facelift version of A6 will also offer the Audi Matrix LED lights.    Audi has updated the entire range of A6 in September this year including the S6 and RS6. However, the RS6 has not been introduced in India because it’s a station wagon while the S6 is brought in via the CBU route. The 2015 Audi A6 is likely to be launched in early 2015 in the country with a marginal increase in the price. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002943/2015-Audi-A6-starts-testing-in-India.html Steelbird launches YO YO helmet at Rs. 1,099 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002942/Steelbird-launches-YO-YO-helmet-at-Rs--1-099.html Steelbird has launched its new helmet in India – the YO YO helmets that has long visor and can cover up till chin. The visor has better protection from dust and has a metal passante chin strap for adjustment. It comes with the mechanical gear system in the visor-cum-ratche and is available in different sizes - 560mm, 580mm, 600mm.The Steelbird YO YO helmet price starts at Rs. 1,099.   Speaking at the launch event of the Yo Yo helmet, Rajeev Kapur, MD – Steelbird Group and Shailendra Jain, Group Head – Sales & Marketing, Steelbird Hi-tech India Ltd. said, “The ISI Standard Yo Yo helmet with imported iridium coated unbreakable polycarbonate anti-scratch visor has been planned for youth mainly, both male & female. 3G-13-RT / 3G-14-RT Micro-Metric buckles for meeting European standards, Polyester Webbing used Chin-Strap and Anti-Theft Ring are the main attribute of Yo Yo helmets. Although Ratchet Locking System, Shell material Hi-Impact ABS and designer interior is also frequently drawing rider’s attention.”   “More than 85% of two wheeler riders use non ISI standard Helmet because of its cheapest price but they forget that they are compromising with their safety. With YO YO we are expecting enthusiastic crowd because of its stylish design, light weight and also the balanced price. There are very less number of helmets available in the market for females, but we at steelbird always try to fulfill every need of our user thus this time we came-up with YO YO helmet that will complete the safety need of both male and female rider as well as it can be easily adjust in Scooty Dicky. We are sure that stylish and exclusive range of Yo Yo Helmets will soon bring the revolutionary change in Indian riders. Also we will come back soon with more contemporary design and safety options”, Jain added. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002942/Steelbird-launches-YO-YO-helmet-at-Rs--1-099.html 2016 Audi Q7 to feature tablets for rear passenger's entertainment http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002941/2016-Audi-Q7-to-feature-tablets-for-rear-passenger-s-entertainment.html   German luxury car manufacturer Audi has revealed that the new Audi Audi Q7 will feature tablets for its rear seat passengers to fulfill their entertainment needs. The tablets are mounted to the rear of the front seat backs and are also detachable and according to the manufacturer they are “safe in a crash” as well.   According to Audi, these tablets are user friendly and allow rear occupants to do a number of online activities at a very fast speed. The passengers can choose the music, check maps and even stream live content while travelling in the luxury car. However, all they need is an internet connection.    The manufacturer has released a video showing the efficiency and features of these tablets. The new Q7 is set to go against rival SUVs such as the BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz ML, Porsche Cayenne, Range Rover Sport, Volvo XC90, Lexus RX,Volkswagen Touareg and some may argue, even the JEEP Grand Cherokee.    Watch Video Here : youtube http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002941/2016-Audi-Q7-to-feature-tablets-for-rear-passenger-s-entertainment.html Crash tests to be mandatory from 1st October, 2017 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002940/Crash-tests-to-be-mandatory-from-1st-October--2017.html As we have mentioned earlier, the government of India will soon make the crash test mandatory in the country. Now it seems that the government will soon implement its plans for every vehicle to go through cash tests in India from 1st October, 2017.   G.M.Siddeshwara, Minister of State in the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises said in the Lok Sabha that they will soon introduce various stringent safety policies for vehicles such as crash tests and other mandatory safety features.    This means, each and every car that will hit the shores of the country will first go through Global NCAP that will be located at Pune and Manesar. The facilities will be completely equipped with latest technologies and will be as per crash standards AIS 098 and AIS 099 and will be operational by the end of 2015.   Till now, automobile manufacturers were avoiding safety features such as ABS and airbags in their respective vehicles in order make the vehicle cost less to lure the customers, which will now be increased. The government also said that the products exported from India to Europe and other markets in the world are equipped with these safety features, but not for the domestic market.   Therefore, for this, the government will implement a new system known as Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program and as a result, the prices of the vehicles in the country will increase by up to 25%. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002940/Crash-tests-to-be-mandatory-from-1st-October--2017.html Bosch eClutch to feature on small cars in India http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002939/Bosch-eClutch-to-feature-on-small-cars-in-India.html Bosch is all set to offer the clutch free driving in a manual driven vehicle with the introduction of Bosch eClutch. The electrically-operated clutch works in a very similar way like an automatic transmission vehicle but It only automates the clutch and not the gearbox. The technology was introduced firstly in 2013 by the company that could help people drive clutch free in heavy traffic.   The technology works on the basic principal where the clutch sensor sends an electrical signal to the actuator which disconnects the clutch function from the engine that will help the driver to exclude the clutch pedal and drive solely with the means of brake and gas without unintentionally stalling the engine. The device is also a fuel saver as it automatically gets switch off as soon as the driver’s leg is off the gas pedal.    The other advantages of the Bosch eClutch include :   Low maintenance  Fuel efficient Useful in heavy traffic Prevents unwanted jerks Quicker gear shifts Eliminates accidental engine stall   After receiving good response for the same in European market, Bosch is currently in talks with Tata Motors, Mahindra and Honda in India to install this device in their vehicles. Maruti Suzuki has also launched AMT technology in the Celerio and new Alto K10 receiving warm response from the market, however, US based automaker Ford had also introduced a similar concept a few years back that failed due to some faults in it. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002939/Bosch-eClutch-to-feature-on-small-cars-in-India.html Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X Final Concept revealed http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002938/Mitsubishi-Lancer-Evo-X-Final-Concept-revealed.html Mitsubishi has unveiled the Lancer Evo X, known as Final Concept model that will make its debut at the 2015 Tokyo Auto Show next year in January that has been scheduled from 9 to 11 January, 2015.   Earlier this year, the company said that there will not be a successor of the iconic Lancer Evo X in the form of Evo XI and before putting an end to the iconic series, the company will showcase the new concept that will be based on the same Evo X platform.    The Mitsubishi Final Concept models will come with different and new exterior and interior equipments. The exteriors will get new body paint in matte black finish on the roof and rear spoilers in glossy black finish, chrome grille, 10-inch forged aluminium wheels by RAYS, Yokohama Advan Neovas tyre sets, a HKS height adjustable sports suspension.   Under the hood, the Mitsubishi Final Concept’s 2.0-litre has been upgraded and will come equipped with turbocharged by HKS, new intake and exhaust systems and a new ECU. The petrol engine now produces a maximum power output of 480 hp, paired with a 5-speed manual transmission. All the power from the engine is sent to the 4WD system for boost in power. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002938/Mitsubishi-Lancer-Evo-X-Final-Concept-revealed.html TVS-BMW importing motorcycle spares to India http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002937/TVS-BMW-importing-motorcycle-spares-to-India.html The globalization in the automobile industry has helped the industry grow a better way. We can see the quality products coming out of the joint venture of two auto makers in the different markets. After the joint venture of two wheeler manufacturers Bajaj-KTM in the Indian market, its now the turn of another JV between TVS and BMW. Both the manufacturers are all set to launch the next set of very potent mid-size machinery in the market.    According to India’s import/export data tracking web portal Zauba, the JV companies are importing a slew of prototype parts that will help in development and testing of the TVS-BMW co-branded motorcycle. Codenamed as K03, the development and testing of motorcycle would continue throughout 2015.   Based on a completely new platform, K03 is expected to compete with KTM bikes in the 250-500 cc segment. However, the new platform could initially be introduced as a street bike and then be quickly followed up by a adventure variant. The motorcycle might make its public debut at the INTERMOT next year and sales could commence as early as first-quarter of 2016.   http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002937/TVS-BMW-importing-motorcycle-spares-to-India.html Tata Motors rolls out 123 Automatic Transmission buses in Ahmedabad http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002936/Tata-Motors-rolls-out-123-Automatic-Transmission-buses-in-Ahmedabad.html Tata Motors has rolled out 123 new AC buses in Ahmedabad, Gujarat that comes equipped with Automatic Transmission. These buses have been ordered by the state government under JnNURM-Phase II scheme along with 3200 buses order.   The automatic transmission buses are said to be fuel efficient due to efficiencies derived from the constant engagement of both engine and transmission and will provide hassle free driving experience during traffic hours in the city.   Vernon Noronha, Vice President, Defence & Government Business, Tata Motors said, “With state-of-the-art capabilities in developing and integrating intelligent world-class electronic vehicular systems, we at Tata Motors work closely with all stakeholders in successfully deploying these technologies across a broad spectrum of commercial vehicles,  enabling connectivity, safety, better fuel economy, along with optimal vehicle performance. These air conditioned buses with Automatic Transmission are most suitable for BRTS operations and have been developed for the first time for Janmarg. Automatic transmission in buses will reduce driver fatigue, improve acceleration, manoeuvrability and overall passenger comfort and experience, and more revenue earnings per bus. With this order we are proud to partner Ahmedabad Janmarg Ltd., in efficiently and safely running their bus services, with a high degree of reliability and availability.”    These automatic buses are built by Tata Marcopolo that features a floor height of 900mm and a length of 12 meters and comes fitted with electronic display boards, pneumatic door operations for safety and comfortable commute for the passengers, a wider passageway for free movement, large window panes for better visibility, lower entry/exit doors and easy access for differently-abled and elderly passengers.   Tata Motors range of buses includes public transport solutions - from luxurious ntercity travel options for safe transport choices for school going children. Moreover, the company has also developed Electric Hybrid buses and Articulated buses to meet the future transportation needs of the envisaged ‘Smart Cities’. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002936/Tata-Motors-rolls-out-123-Automatic-Transmission-buses-in-Ahmedabad.html Ford launches Tribe accessory Kit for EcoSport in Brazil http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002935/Ford-launches-Tribe-accessory-Kit-for-EcoSport-in-Brazil.html Ford Motors, an American carmaker, have launched the new accessories for the 2015 Ford EcoSport in Brazil. The new accessories known as Tribe kit will be offered in five themes like Surf, Bike, Skateboard, Hang Gliding and Driving.   The new accessory kit will give the customers to customize their compact SUV according to their needs and choices. The new accessories offered on the Ford EcoSport include side vinyl, exclusive spare wheel cover, vinyl door sills, roof rack, crossbar, trunk tray and also a bike mount (available in the Bike kit) car protection during off roading, gloves and snorkel or even large objects like surfboards, bicycles and diving equipment.    The Tribe kit has been developed and tested at the Ford Service Engineering (R&D) centre and comes with a warranty of up to 5 years.    The company has not yet revealed the prices of the new accessory kit and it is exclusively for the Brazilian market and will not offered in the Indian-version of the Ford EcoSport. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002935/Ford-launches-Tribe-accessory-Kit-for-EcoSport-in-Brazil.html Amendment in rules by Transport Department for Radio Taxi services in Delhi http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002934/Amendment-in-rules-by-Transport-Department-for-Radio-Taxi-services-in-Delhi.html After the Uber Cabs rape incident in the capital, the Home Ministry has come up with green-flag changes in transport rules that will bring web-based taxi aggregators under the ambit of radio taxis in Delhi, giving the much needed regulatory legitimacy to firms including Uber, Olacabs and TaxiForSure in the capital.   The Home Ministry has advised local transport department to keep a record on taxi aggregators who were using vehicles with tourist permits as local (point-to-point) taxis without getting permit / license to run as radio taxis. This affected legitimate radio cab operators in the city, therefore, to bring everybody in the business as before, the Transport Department is set to amend the rules of taxi operation. The amendment will also help the other states to keep a record of taxi aggregators.   The new rule will allow aggregators to engage a fleet of 200 taxis in a staggered manner, but will restrict them from employing taxis with All India Permits which are meant for inter-state travel. Also, firms such as Uber will not be able to hire drivers without ensuring their police verification. Other than this, it will also impose taxi aggregator firms equip all their vehicles with GPS/GPRSbased tracking devices as well as ensure that drivers have a valid public service badge issued in Delhi along with the photograph and license particulars of the driver are prominently displayed on the dashboard of the vehicle.   Source : EconomicTimes http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002934/Amendment-in-rules-by-Transport-Department-for-Radio-Taxi-services-in-Delhi.html Honda Dream Riding initiative sees more than 700 women participants http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002933/Honda-Dream-Riding-initiative-sees-more-than-700-women-participants.html Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India has introduced the “Dream Riding” initiative in the country in order to improve the two wheeler riding skills of women in a day. It has been only four days since the launch of the “Dream Riding” initiative and more than 700 women in Delhi have learnt safe two-wheeler riding. The program will continue in the capital till 13th January 2015.     Receiving warm response from the city women regarding the initiative, Yadvinder S. Guleria, Vice President-Sales & Marketing, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India said, “This initiative sprung from the overwhelming response received from women in Delhi after opening of two Honda’s Traffic Training Parks at Roshanara Bagh and Baba Kharak Singh Marg with the support of Delhi Traffic Police. From 18 year old college students to 45 plus home-makers and working women – Delhi females are appreciating this unique road safety initiative.”     The team of trainers include 28 skilled Honda safety instructors training the women in the city at Honda’s traffic training parks at Roshanara Bagh and Baba Kharak Singh Marg. To learn riding under Honda’s free of cost “Dream Riding” initiative, any woman above 18 years of age can drop a mail with their details on the e-mail id:dreamriding@ttpdelhi.in. Currently, more than 2500 females have registered for Honda Dream riding and new registrations are going on daily basis. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002933/Honda-Dream-Riding-initiative-sees-more-than-700-women-participants.html Gujarat government to receive Harley-Davidson bikes http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002932/Gujarat-government-to-receive-Harley-Davidson-bikes.html To keep the law and order in the state, Gujarat police will soon the riding on the new Harley-Davidson Street 750 and SuperLow motorcycles.   These two motorcycles by the British two-wheeler maker will come painted in white body paint and will come with a host of accessories like police siren, warning lights and a wireless communicator.   The Harley-Davidson Street 750, the most affordable bike in the Indian auto market, is powered by a 749 cc liquid-cooled engine that generates 60 bhp and 59Nm at 4,000 rpm of maximum power output and torque respectively.     The Harley-Davidson SuperLow, on the other hand, is powered by an 883 cc air-cooled engine that produces a maximum torque of 69 Nm at 3750 rpm.   Moreover, the Street 750 has also been awarded as the Indian Motorcycle of the Year (IMOTY) for 2014. The bike was judged on various parameters such as price, fuel economy, styling, comfort, safety, performance, practicality, technical innovation, value for money and suitability for Indian riding conditions.   The Gujarat government has also placed an order for the Mahindra Bolero and other 350 motorcycles along with the Harley-Davidson bikes that will be distributed to Gandhinagar police. Both the Harley bikes will be used for escorting and piloting of VIP convoys. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002932/Gujarat-government-to-receive-Harley-Davidson-bikes.html UM to commence its operations in India by mid-2015 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002931/UM-to-commence-its-operations-in-India-by-mid-2015.html This year, United Motorcycle has joined hands with the electric two-wheeler maker, Lohia Auto and is now United Motorcycle (UM) is planning to launch its range of motorcycles in India by the second quarter of the next year.     The company has showcased its products at the 2014 Auto Expo held earlier this year and is planning to open around 50 new dealerships in the first phase across the country to make its market presence, to boost its sales volume and to compete with the rivals.     The company will launch its range of products ranging from 250cc to 500cc cruiser motorcycle and will offer its customers with a wide range of merchandise and accessories that will be available at the dealerships and it is also said that the company would also give a helmet as a standard accessory with the bikes. It is expected that the cruiser bikes will be priced competitively between Rs. 1,00,000 to 1,50,000 price bracket.     Besides this, the company has already announced the launch of the 200-230cc range of motorcycles this year and the company aims to launch three bikes.     The manufacturing facility for the brand will set up at Kashipur in Uttarakhand with an initial installed capacity to produce 100,000 units. It will also utilize Lohia Auto's existing plant to make electric scooters and bikes. The production is expected to start in mid-2015.     The United Motorcycle is currently serving in over 20 countries and is known for having innovative features such as keyless alarm system and blind spot mirror system. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002931/UM-to-commence-its-operations-in-India-by-mid-2015.html Jaguar XE to be manufactured at China plant http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002930/Jaguar-XE-to-be-manufactured-at-China-plant.html Jaguar, the British luxury carmaker, might produce the upcoming XE saloon at the company’s manufacturing plant in Changshu, China.   The Jaguar XE will join with the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque while the Land Rover Discovery Sport will join the manufacturing plant soon. The plant is expected to reach 130,000 units capacity by 2016. In India, Jaguar will start locally assembling of the new XE in 2016 that will be offered in five engine options.    The Jaguar XE will hit the shores in the European markets next year while in India, the British carmaker will launch the XE luxury sedan in 2016.   The Jaguar XE will come powered by two petrol and two diesel engines. The petrol engine will come powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre that produces a maximum output of 197 hp and churns out peak torque of 320Nm while the more powerful version will churn out 237 hp and 340Nm of power and torque respectively.   The diesel engine, on the other hand, will come equipped with the same 2.0-litre producing 161 hp and 380 Nm of maximum power and torque respectively and 177 hp and 430 Nm of power and torque respectively.   Recently, the company has also announced to open its Brazilian plant that will have a manufacturing capacity of 24,000 units annually and the production will commence in 2016. The JLR also aims to boost its sales by 2020 to 850,000 units annually. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002930/Jaguar-XE-to-be-manufactured-at-China-plant.html Suzuki to launch Alto Turbo RS at Tokyo Auto Salon http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002929/Suzuki-to-launch-Alto-Turbo-RS-at-Tokyo-Auto-Salon.html After launching the new Suzuki Alto in Japan, the carmaker soon launch the Alto Turbo RS Concept based on the newly launched Alto in the country at the Tokyo Auto Salon next year from January 9-11, 2015.   The Suzuki Alto Turbo RS Concept will be a sportier version of the Kei car and will be more powerful than the standard Alto JDM-spec. It will come equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels, Recaro seats, stickers all around and ‘RS’ badging on the sides of the car, chrome finish on the front and bumper-lip, side stickers, and wing mirrors will have same wheel color finish.   The company has not yet revealed the engine specifications of the Suzuki Alto Turbo RS model but it is expected to come equipped with two engines that are powered by a 660cc naturally aspirated petrol engine that will generate a maximum power out of 48 hp and 51 hp respectively while the turbocharged engine will come fitted with the Turbo RS model.   Beside this, the Japanese carmaker will also launch the J Style version of the Suzuki Wagon R Stingray in the country. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002929/Suzuki-to-launch-Alto-Turbo-RS-at-Tokyo-Auto-Salon.html Tata Motors launches its Prima Range products in Nepali Market http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002928/Tata-Motors-launches-its-Prima-Range-products-in-Nepali-Market.html With the year ending, every automaker seems to be launching something new to take extra advantage of the new year sales. Tata Motors along with its partner, Sipradi Trading Private Limited, launched four Prima products in Nepali market. Covering two segments, Tipper and Cargo, Tata Motors introduced PRIMA LX 2523.K in the former segment and the PRIMA LX 2523.T and the PRIME LX 4023.S in the latter segment.    Mechanically, the trucks are powered by Cummins ISBe 5.9 common rail mill with power output of 230 hp. While the PRIMA LX 2523.T and PRIMA LX 3123.T gets a GVW (Gross Vehicle Weight) of 25 tonnes and 31 tonnes respectively, these models comes offered with Eaton’s ES-9106A DD gearbox option. The PRIMA LX 4023.S tractor on the other hand is offered with the Tata G 1150 OD gearbox option with 9-speed ranges with Overdrive. This same gearbox option is used by the PRIMA 2523.K LX but comes without the overdrive.    Talking about the features, reclining seats with armrests, an adjustable steering system, a music system, a GPS system and AC are some of the features, which can be seen on these product models. It is also to be noted that outside Nepali market, Tata’s PRIMA range has models producing up to 380 bhp and 49 tonnes GVW.    http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002928/Tata-Motors-launches-its-Prima-Range-products-in-Nepali-Market.html Passenger Car sales jumps up by 10%, Hyundai i20 leads the list http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002927/Passenger-Car-sales-jumps-up-by-10---Hyundai-i20-leads-the-list.html After two consecutive months of lethargic sales number, Passenger car sales seems to bounce back with the November numbers up by 10 percent. With this news follows the news of being the star of the month that was no other than Hyundai Elite i20 that sold 10,500 units, the highest score since the car was launched. Other cars, which followed i20, were the Maruti Suzuki Omni, sold about 7,214 units racing quite ahead of Hyundai Eon and Mahindra Bolero.   Going further, Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 with AMT sold around 24,201 units followed by Maruti Suzuki Swift facelift model and Dzire with 17,900 and 14,009 units sold respectively. Joining the race was the Hyundai Grand i10 with 8,396 units sold. Among the new models, the Fiat Avventura contributed by selling around 366 units.    Talking about the mid-size segment, the Honda City once again was in the top 10 list with 7,251 units sold. Maruti Suzuki Ciaz sold 5,232 units and Skoda Rapid and VW Vento were fighting neck-to-neck making their sales numbers by 958 and 894 respectively.  Last but not the least, in the UV segment, the Bolero sold around 6,300 units making the lowest in the current financial year. Further ahead, Maruti Suzuki Ertiga made the lowest number with 5,003 units among the rest of the lot.    http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002927/Passenger-Car-sales-jumps-up-by-10---Hyundai-i20-leads-the-list.html Yamaha Motor Co. appoints Hiroaki Fujita as new Chairman of YMC http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002926/Yamaha-Motor-Co--appoints-Hiroaki-Fujita-as-new-Chairman-of-YMC.html Yamaha Motor Co (YMC) will be appointing Hiroaki Fujita as its new chairman of Yamaha Motor Group companies effective from 1st January, 2015. The Yamaha Motor Companies include India Yamaha Motor (IYM), Yamaha Motor India Sales (YMIS) and Yamaha Motor Research & Development India (YMRI).     He will also be the president and CEO of Yamaha Motor India Pvt. Ltd. (YMI) and will take over the position of the current chairman, Hiroyuki Suzuki. He has been with Yamaha for 32 years and since 2011 he has held positions as executive general manager, Intelligent Machinery (IM) Operations and executive officer at YMC.     Speaking on his appointment, Hiroaki Fujita said, “I am very excited to take up the role of strategic decision-maker at Yamaha Motor India operations. My focus would be on ensuring the development of the best products and achieve synergies through excellent teamwork between Yamaha Motor Group companies in India. India is the most exciting and the fastest growing two-wheeler market in the world and hence, a key market for YMC. Also, Yamaha is positioned in the market as the most exciting brand and our sales have been continuously growing in high double digits. With such positive sentiments inside the company and outside in the market, I am looking forward to steer the company to greater heights in the future.” http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002926/Yamaha-Motor-Co--appoints-Hiroaki-Fujita-as-new-Chairman-of-YMC.html TVS-BMW JV Motorcycle Codenamed 'K03', Parts imported to India http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002925/TVS-BMW-JV-Motorcycle-Codenamed--K03---Parts-imported-to-India.html It is the time for the joint venture between TVS-BMW to show its fruitful results. As we wait to see what would be lively and affordable offerings from this partnership, the news of the newly developed 300cc motorcycle keeps us excited. With the codename ‘K03’, this offering will add as one of the hotly contested entry-level performance segments.    TVS-BMW JV has also imported two new prototypes into the country with chassis and prototype exhaust system for R&D purposes, as TVS engineers will soon commence the work of testing in the country. Talking about the upcoming model, it is said that there will be at least 3 variants on offer based on this new platform, which includes sports bike, street fighter and an adventure tourer.    These upcoming series of motorcycles shares a lot of implications from both TVS and BMW. While TVS is moving up the ladder from its commuter range of offerings, BMW on the other hand will move down the latter by offering more affordable ones. If this development is on time, these models could possibly hit the market by the end of next year. It is expected that these models will make its public debut at the EICMA motorcycle show in October next year. We hope as they near the debut period, the company should give the idea about the range of these models.    http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002925/TVS-BMW-JV-Motorcycle-Codenamed--K03---Parts-imported-to-India.html Mercedes-Benz India inaugurates new dealership in Tamil Nadu http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002924/Mercedes-Benz-India-inaugurates-new-dealership-in-Tamil-Nadu.html The three pointed star has inaugurated its 4th dealership in the state of Tamil Nadu – Sundaram Motors that was inaugurated by Mnaging Director and CEO of Mercedes-Benz, Eberhard Kern and Sharath Vijayaraghavan, Executive Director, Sundaram Motors.     The new dealership in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, is located at South Veli Street, Madurai and has a total area of around 10,000 sq.ft. that consists of a team of 21 experienced personnel, a luxurious customer lounge, plush Cafe Mercedes and has a display area of around five cars.     The Sundaran Motors in South India is the 4th dealership by the German luxury car manufactures in the country in just one month and the 14th dealership in 2014. The total dealership count has now increased to 68 across 37 cities in the country and the company is also planning to expand further in the coming months.      Speaking on this occasion, Eberhard Kern said, "Sundaram Motors has been associated with the brand for over a decade and are committed to the brand's pledge of creating unparalleled luxury experience for our discerning customers. In our endeavour to reach closer to our customers both in metros as well in tier II and III cities, our dealer partners play a very important role, by investing in facilities like these. We are confident that Sundaram Motors will create more value for our ever increasing customer base in Madurai and adjoining markets." http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002924/Mercedes-Benz-India-inaugurates-new-dealership-in-Tamil-Nadu.html JK Tyres inaugurates 3 new ?Steel Wheels? Outlets In India http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002923/JK-Tyres-inaugurates-3-new--Steel-Wheels--Outlets-In-India.html JK Tyre, one of the biggest tyre manufacturing brand has expanded its network and included three Steel Wheels Showroom, one each in West Bengal, Bihar and Kerala this month. With these new outlets, the company makes sure to provide one-stop shop for all type-specific services and solutions to all its customers.    The Latest inaugurated showroom to come in action is in Pala, Kerala spread over an area of 800 square feet and showcases the tyre maker’s identity of its exclusive stores. It is an all-in-one showroom where the visitors can purchase a new tyre, alloy wheels and accessories, all under the same roof. Along with this, the outlets are also equipped with wheel servicing equipment, computerized wheel alignment and wheel balancing, automated tyre changing, nitrogen inflation and air care.    With world-class products and services for its customers, the company is uplifting its JK’s business in a way. Getting one step closer in understanding the customers need and preferences with the help of these showrooms, the company is making more room for new product, innovations and feature launches in the coming times. We are sure as and when the customers likings are known deeply, the company will not wait to deliver the best and the products much before the customer demands.   http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002923/JK-Tyres-inaugurates-3-new--Steel-Wheels--Outlets-In-India.html SsangYong reveals Compact SUV Tivoli, Korean launch in 2015 January http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002922/SsangYong-reveals-Compact-SUV-Tivoli--Korean-launch-in-2015-January.html Ssangyong, the Korean car maker revealed its smallest and the least expensive SsangYong product as its compact SUV, Tivoli. With the help of the Twitter as the social media’s platform, the company shared the picture of its upcoming vehicle.   The compact SUV Tivoli is based on the two concepts named XIV Air and XIV Adventure. With plans set to make a public debut in Korea next month, its launch in India is still not planned. Mechanically, Tivoli will come powered with 1.6-litre petrol and diesel units; both of these powertrains will be jointly developed with Mahindra. With no other details revealed right now, we hope and expect that when the SUV is nearing its launch, it shall bring with it the exact details of the model. Expected to be around the price of 15,000 GBP (INR 15 lakhs), once launched, it is going to compete strongly against Renault Duster, Hyundai ix25 and Ford EcoSport. After launching in Korea in January 2015, the Tivoli will make its way to other global markets.    Mahindra, SsangYong’s parent company is going to offer couple of new products coming year and as of now, that list doesn’t include the Tivoli compact SUV. For the Indian market, S101 compact SUV, the utilitarian U301, Quanto AMT ‘AutoShift’, Tata Ace-rivalling P601 pick-up and the Electric Verito sedan are the models out of which some are confirmed for the country.      http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002922/SsangYong-reveals-Compact-SUV-Tivoli--Korean-launch-in-2015-January.html Volkswagen Polo 1.0-L TSI Blue Motion launch in the UK http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002921/Volkswagen-Polo-1-0-L-TSI-Blue-Motion-launch-in-the-UK.html Volkswagen, the Germa carmaker, has launched the Polo hatchback 1.0-litre TSI Blue Motion in the UK market. The Volkswagen Polo Blue Motion 3-door version is priced at Rs. 14,730 Euros or around Rs. 14.4 lakhs while the 5-door hatch carries a price tag of 15,360 Euros or around Rs. 15.01 lakhs.     Mechanically, the Volkswagen Polo is powered by the same 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged direct injection petrol engine that is capable of delivering a maximum power output of 95PS and churns out a peak torque of 160Nm. With the help of the Blue Motion technology the car delivers a fuel economy of 24.39km/l and can sprint from 0-100 km/l in 10.5 seconds with a top speed of 190km/l.     The Volkswagen Polo Blue Motion is based on the standard Polo S variant in the UK, but it is offered with added features like improved aerodynamics, low rolling resistance tyres with 15-inch Buenos Aires alloy rims, longer ratios for higher gears, lowered ride height, start/stop technology, regenerative braking, and a gear shifting indicator urging the driver to shift at appropriate rpm’s.     The German carmaker will commence the deliveries of the new Polo 1.0-L TSI Blue Motion from March next year in the UK market, however, in India, the company has no plans as of now to launch the hatchback in the country. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002921/Volkswagen-Polo-1-0-L-TSI-Blue-Motion-launch-in-the-UK.html DSK Hyosung confirms the production of GD250R http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002920/DSK-Hyosung-confirms-the-production-of-GD250R.html DSK Hyosung has confirmed the production of the GD250R, a fully faired version of the GD250N naked bike in the country. The Hyosung GD250R will be replacing the GT250R that will come powered by the same 249 cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine that generates 28 PS of power at 9,500 rpm and 24 Nm of torque at 7,000 rpm mated to a 6-speed transmission. The bike will also come equipped with an upside down telescopic fork at the front and a monoshock at the rear and a single disc brake on both the wheels.      The quarter-litre bike will share some of its features with its sibling like the fuel tank, tailpiece and fenders from and will come with twin headlamps and a prominent windscreen. The company will not offer the Hyosung GD250R with an ABS safety feature.     Besides this, after the launch of the GD250R, the company is also planning to launch the Hyosung GD250N next year 2015 that will bought as sold as a CKD unit and will be assembled locally at the company plant in Wai, Maharashtra.     The Hyosung GD250R will compete against the likes of the KTM RC200 and Honda CBR250R in the segment and is expected to be priced around Rs. 2 lakhs. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002920/DSK-Hyosung-confirms-the-production-of-GD250R.html Tata Kite spied testing in India http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002919/Tata-Kite-spied-testing-in-India.html Tata Motors is all set to launch new car models and in the couple of months as part of its Horizonext strategy. After the launch of the Bolt hatchback, the company is planning to launch the Kite that will be based on the modified version of the current Indica platform in the country.     Recently, IAB has snapped the Tata Kite hatchback that has been fully camouflage means the launch of the car is expected to be scheduled for next year. The spotted hatchback reveals the exterior features of the car that will come with round shaped headlamps, honeycomb mesh front grille and new taillights.        In term of powertrains, the Tata kite will come powered by the new 1.2-litre three-cylinder diesel and 1.05-litre three-cylinder diesel mills that will develop around 64 hp of max. power and 142Nm of peak torque and might come mated to an AMT (Automatic Manual Transmission)      The upcoming Tata Kite hatchback ill rival against the likes of the Chevrolet Beat, Maruti Suzuki Wagon R, Maruti Celerio and Hyundai i10 in the segment and is expected to hit the shores by next year. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002919/Tata-Kite-spied-testing-in-India.html 8th generation Suzuki Alto launched in Japan http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002918/8th-generation-Suzuki-Alto-launched-in-Japan.html Suzuki has launched 2015 Alto hatchback in the Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) that is based on the newly developed platform which is light in weight by up to 60kgs. The Alto hatchback prices start at 847,800 Yen (INR 4.46 lakh).      Since its launch in 1979, the company has sold around 4.83 million of the hatches and now decided to opt for a new platform. The 8th generation  Suzuki Alto is based on the company’s new platform and comes with a host of exterior and interior features like a large headlamps, three-slat front grille, beefed up wheel arched, integrated turn indicators on the ORVMs, smoked grey alloy wheels, black-painted tailgate tail lights placed on the rear bumpers along with the rear wiper.       Other features include an engine start/stop system, radar brake support, ESP, ABS with EBD, brake assist and hill hold control. The cabin features include a beige-black dual tone flat dashboard, four AC vents, a 3 spoke steering wheel, a dash mounted gear lever and instrument cluster with an analogue speedometer and a digital MID.     The hatchback has a wheelbase of 2460mm and interior length of 2040mm, which is longer than the Indian-spec Alto. The newly launched Suzuki Alto will come with a choice of two powertrains. A three-cylinder 660 cc petrol engine that generates 48 hp at 6500 rpm and a peak torque of 58 Nm at 4,000 rpm, and a VVT (Variable Valve timing) equipped unit that produces 51 hp and 63 Nm of maximum power output and torque. The Suzuki Alto is also offered with a choice of FWD or AWD system, and the engine is mated to a 5-speed manual, a CVT and an automated gearshift transmission. The company claims that the car delivers a fuel efficiency of 37km/l for the 2WD/CVT version in the JDM.       The Suzuki Alto hatchback launched in the Japanese market will be sold only in the country and not in international markets. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002918/8th-generation-Suzuki-Alto-launched-in-Japan.html Google unveils complete prototype of Self-Driving Car http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002917/Google-unveils-complete-prototype-of-Self-Driving-Car.html For all those people who thought Google self-driving car will remain a concept model and nothing beyond that, it is good news for all of them. Google recently announced its first completed prototype of the self-driving car is all ready and set to be road tested. For the same, the company will be spending the holidays testing the car on the tracks for it to see on the streets of North California in the New Year.    Yes, the test mule will not have any steering wheel, accelerator pedal or brake pedals as the concept model as it doesn’t need all of these. Google’s software and sensors are enough to do the work. Other technical specifications of the prototype were revealed. With the Google car, the company will be having an upper edge over the conventional style of driving, as this mule just needs a stop and go function. For the utility and not luxury, the battery powered Google car will deliver the top speed of 25 miles (40 km) per hour.    It is the first time a fully autonomous vehicle will be seen on the road. Earlier, several automakers have been working on autonomous or semi-autonomous features for car like self parking but no fully autonomous cars were ever made. If widely adopted, the self-driving car is going to transform the consumer life like a smartphone. We hope the Google car on test tracks comes as a successful story for it to be really adaptive by every automaker.   http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002917/Google-unveils-complete-prototype-of-Self-Driving-Car.html Mercedes-Benz GLE coupe public debut at 2015 Detroit Motor Show http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002916/Mercedes-Benz-GLE-coupe-public-debut-at-2015-Detroit-Motor-Show.html Till date, it was only BMW’s monopoly of an SUV with a coupe like sloping roofline with the name of X6. But without continuing the trend of being ‘Only One’, another German luxury carmaker, Mercedes-Benz has joined the bandwagon by introducing the GLE coupe with a similar design profile like X6.    To make its debut at the upcoming Detroit Show next month, Mercedes-Benz will offer the GLE coupe in both diesel and petrol mill with its power output ranging from 258 bhp and 367 bhp. Its top range of the model the GLE 450 AMG will represent the AMG performance line.    Dimension wise, the GLE measures 4.900 mm in length, 2,003 mm in width and 1,731 mm in height with a wheelbase offering of 2,915mm. When compared to BMW’s X6, the latter model is 4,909mm in length, 1,989mm in width and 1,702mm in height with a wheelbase of 2,933 mm.    In terms of its feature list, along with the typical Mercedes-Benz features like dynamic handling control system, the Sports Direct-Steer system and the driver assistance systems, the Coupe will also get the 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic gearbox option and 4MATIC all-wheel drive system as a standard feature. Once launched, the new GLE model is going to join the existing range of SUVs from the Mercedes-Benz line up which includes the GLA, GLC, ML, GL and G-Wagon. We expect and hope after its public debut, the company should give idea about the price range at least.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002916/Mercedes-Benz-GLE-coupe-public-debut-at-2015-Detroit-Motor-Show.html Continental to bring affordable Infrared Touchscreen Tech http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002915/Continental-to-bring-affordable-Infrared-Touchscreen-Tech-.html Component giant Continental is coming up with something called as ‘infrared curtains’ as its latest effort to develop infrared technology-based control designs for future affordable cars.    The company is opting for an economical alternative to things. This new multi-touch control technology will enhance a car’s appeal in the most economical manner in the four-wheeler segment. A display developer at Continental Singapore in 2011 showed an infrared curtain, which can turn any surface in the car’s interior into a complete user interface. Taking the inspiration, the company has developed this technology to the extent where it recognizes typical multi-touch gestures (if not any surface) as input, swiping, zooming and pinching.    Like the touch experienced on a smartphones that cannot be used easily with gloves on, unlike such, this infrared technology has better recognition capabilities where you don’t even need any special gloves but the infrared curtain can detect the touch gestures of gloved fingers too. With such technology coming in, the future cars are surely going to become the tech savvy inspired vehicles on the move http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002915/Continental-to-bring-affordable-Infrared-Touchscreen-Tech-.html Nagesh Basavanhalli MD and president of Fiat Chrysler India quits http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002914/Nagesh-Basavanhalli-MD-and-president-of-Fiat-Chrysler-India-quits.html Fiat Chrysler’s India operation managing director and president, Nagesh Basavanhalli has quit from this role in the company. Before joining the Italian firm in April last year he was working as a head of Chrysler India Automobiles Pvt. Ltd was responsible for Fiat and Chrysler’s APAC (Asia-Pacific) Technical Centre in Chennai. He played an instrumental role in establishing the Fiat India’s operation when the brand ended its partnership with Tata Motors Ltd. However, there is no news as to where he will be joining next.     The Italian carmaker, since then, has been struggling with its sales volume and its market presence in the country. Moreover, due to its poor services in the country, the cars like Linea, newly launched Punto EVO and Avventura did not bring fruitful results for the company.     Fiat India is gearing up for new launches like the Abarth, the premium compact car, in the coming years and the news of Basavanhalli quitting the company comes as a surprise when the company is struggling in the market with its product line-up.     Besides this, Fiat India will also bring the Jeep brand along with its product line-up – Grand Cherokee, Cherokee, renegade, and Wrangler, in the country by next year. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002914/Nagesh-Basavanhalli-MD-and-president-of-Fiat-Chrysler-India-quits.html Hyundai hires BMW M Chief Engineer to build performance cars http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002913/Hyundai-hires-BMW-M-Chief-Engineer-to-build-performance-cars.html The Bavarian automaker, BMW chief engineer of its sporty M division, Albert Biermann has left its role from the company, as he will now take charge of the performance of the Korean automaker, Hyundai.    With the Genesis coupe and the latest Genesis sedan, Hyundai proves that they are competent enough to build nicely driven sporty cars. The company is also planning to launch its own performance division called as ‘N’ and it is likely that the first car to come donned with the new badge will be none other than the hot selling i20.    After seeing ex-Audi design chief, Peter Schreyer doing wonders in changing the brand image, we expect the same from Albert with reference to Hyundai as well. At the new company, Biermann will mainly be in charge of testing and developing performance cars at the research centre in Seoul starting in April 2015. To add to this, Albert will also give his advice on product strategy and marketing for the European market. With this piece of news, it is very sure that Hyundai will be one of the most successful brands in the coming times. We wish the brand a very happy New Year in terms of opportunity coming its way.      http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002913/Hyundai-hires-BMW-M-Chief-Engineer-to-build-performance-cars.html Kawasaki commences bookings for Ninja H2R, priced at Rs. 30 lakhs (on-road) http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002912/Kawasaki-commences-bookings-for-Ninja-H2R--priced-at-Rs--30-lakhs--on-road-.html Kawasaki India has commenced the booking of its highly-anticipated superbike, the Ninja H2R at Rs. 10 lakhs which carries a price tag of Rs. 30 lakhs, on-road. This means that the launch of the superbike in India market is just around the corner and the deliveries of the bike is expected to begin next year in March.      The company has earlier unveiled the track version bike at the INTERMOT while the Ninja H2, the street legal version, was unveiled at the 2014 EICMA motor show in Milan. The Kawasaki Ninja H2R comes with more powerful engine than the Ninja H2 and is powered by a turbo-charged 998 cc in-line four cylinder mill that generates a maximum power output of 300PS, paired with a 6-speed transmission and has a fuel tank capacity of 17-litres.     The lightweight superbike that weight around 240kg is based on the steel trellis chassis with swingarm plate. The Ninja H2R comes with equipped with features like KTRC (Kawasaki Traction Control), KLCM (Kawasaki Launch Control Mode), KIBS (Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System).     The suspension duties are carried out by an inverted fork with rebound and compression damping at the front and Uni Trak with gas-charger shock at the rear. For effective braking system the bike is equipped with disc brakes at both the wheels. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002912/Kawasaki-commences-bookings-for-Ninja-H2R--priced-at-Rs--30-lakhs--on-road-.html State Govt. approval awaited to set up car facility by Honda in Gujarat http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002911/State-Govt--approval-awaited-to-set-up-car-facility-by-Honda-in-Gujarat.html After HMSI announced its fourth manufacturing unit in Vithalapur, Gujarat, the Indian wing of Japanese auto giant, Honda Cars India is following the path of the former planning to be the neighbor in setting up its third Indian plant in Gujarat.   With this plan in mind, Honda Cars India has already submitted the proposal to the Gujarat government for the approval of the manufacturing unit at Vithalapur located around 100km from Ahmadabad. As per the internal sources, Honda’s approval is in its final stage from the state’s cabinet and the company cannot wait for some official announcement in this regard to come its way. The Japanese auto giant is investing around INR 1000 cr in this new upcoming unit with further details about its capacity and employment generation still to be revealed.    With the high demand of City, Amaze and Mobilio in the country, this plan of new manufacturing unit is sure to ease out the production of the demanding models for the company. It is expected that this third unit could add up to additional capacity of about 1-lakh units. Currently, the company operates its two units at Greater Noida, UP and the other at Tapukara in Rajasthan with total annual capacity of 2.4 lakh units. Hence, adding the third one in the list of production, it surely would enhance the company’s ability to emerge as an export hub for emerging markets in the coming times.    After the third facility in Gujarat, Ahmadabad will be the top automotive hub in the world with major projects from top brands like Tata, Ford, Maruti Suzuki and now Honda. The Credit goes to the state government providing attractive incentives to the automakers. With this, creating numerous job opportunities in the state is definitely a good result overall. We hope other state should also be inspired towards motivating the automakers and helping in uplifting the auto industry in a great way.      http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002911/State-Govt--approval-awaited-to-set-up-car-facility-by-Honda-in-Gujarat.html Spied : 2016 Audi Q7 testing on Indian road http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002910/Spied---2016-Audi-Q7-testing-on-Indian-road.html It isn’t surprising news that India is an apt testing ground for many automakers due to its varied climate and road conditions. It isn’t surprising news by the German Automaker, Audi as well that they consider India a part of their global testing program. Immediately after the online premiere of the 2016 Audi Q7, the SUV has started being tested on the grounds of the country.    The Q7 SUV public premiere will be held next month at the Detroit Auto Show and thereafter, the sale of the SUV should commence by mid-2015 in Europe. Coming to the Q7, based on a new MLB Evo platform, the model is lighter in weight by slicing 325kg which puts direct positive impact on the fuel consumption of the SUV by improving it to as much as 26 percent. The Q7 will be available to offer with 3.0-litre TDI and TFSI engine both offering AWD system. Audi claims that its diesel mill can sprint in just 6.3 seconds to hit 100km/h, the petrol mill on the other hand will take 6.1 seconds only.    Inside the cabin, the second gen Q7 will get Audi’s hi-tech interior, which will come in the form of digital instrument cluster, a new MMI system with Google Android Auto or Apple Car Play and a 3D audio system. Once it launches, it will carry a price tag in the range of INR 75-90 lakhs (Ex-Showroom) and is going to give strong competition to the likes of Mercedes-Benz GL Class, BMW X5 and Volvo XC90. The launch date of the SUV in India is expected somewhere around end of 2015 or early 2016.    Image source : Overdrive.in   Watch Video here : Youtube http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002910/Spied---2016-Audi-Q7-testing-on-Indian-road.html Spied: 2014 Honda Jazz under production, India Launch in Q2 2015 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002909/Spied--2014-Honda-Jazz-under-production--India-Launch-in-Q2-2015.html For the people who are waiting for some news to flash for the new Honda Jazz premium hatchback, here comes the inside news about the small lot of next gen Jazz spotted inside the company’s plant in Greater Noida. This could clearly mean that the initial round of Jazz production has begun and we can expect its launch in India somewhere around Q2 in 2015.    Due to the high demand of Honda’s Mobilio MPV, Amaze sedan and the City in the country, the launch of the new Jazz has been pushed from early 2015 to second quarter of the New Year. To ease out the delivery of the existing models on time, the company also added a third shift at Tapukara plant in Rajasthan especially for the timely delivery of Mobilio.    Unlike its predecessor model, the next-gen Jazz is going to be manufactured locally to keep the price competitive. New Honda Jazz will be available in both petrol and diesel mill. While the former will come powered by 1.2-litre 4-cylinder i-VTEC mill sharing the engine from Brio and Amaze producing 88 PS of power and 109 Nm of torque. The latter engine will share the specifications from Amaze, City and Mobilio with 1.5-litre i-DTEC motor churning out 100 PS/200 Nm.     Once launched, the price of the Honda Jazz is expected to be around INR 5-8 lakh range (Ex-showroom) and is going to rival against the likes of Hyundai i20, Upcoming Maruti Suzuki YRA, VW Polo, Maruti Suzuki Swift, Fiat Punto Evo, Tata Bolt and such likes.    Image Source : Gaadiwaadi.com http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002909/Spied--2014-Honda-Jazz-under-production--India-Launch-in-Q2-2015.html 2015 Chevrolet Sail sedan launched in China Market at INR 6.09Lakhs http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002908/2015-Chevrolet-Sail-sedan-launched-in-China-Market-at-INR-6-09Lakhs.html A JV between SAIC, Chinese brand and General Motors has launched its next generation 2015 Chevrolet Sail Sedan in China starting from RMB 59,900 (Rs. 6.09 Lakhs approx.) to RMB 73,900 (Rs.7.51 lakhs approx.). Available in five variants, the Sail sedan comes with attractive mechanism and cosmetic features.   Cosmetically, built on Shanghai GM’s new gen small car architecture, the new Chevrolet Sail sedan offers pool of attractive features like Chevy’s signature dual-cockpit design, dual tone interior color scheme, sculpted seats, radar-sweep instrument cluster, 3-D weaved speaker covers, dual-mode sunroof, three spoke multi-function steering wheel, Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system, smartphone display mirroring on 4.2 inch color screen, Bluetooth audio streaming and natural voice recognition.    Under the hood, the Sail’s base variant 1.3 LS MT comes powered by 1.3-litre petrol mill with VVT churning out 103 PS of power and 127 Nm of torque mated to 5-speed manual gearbox option. Its top-end variant is powered by 1.5-litre DVVT petrol mill producing 112.8 PS of power and 141 Nm of torque connected to 5-speed gearbox to channelize the power to the wheels. This clearly states that its new model is 10-20 percent more powerful than its predecessor model. The company boosts for Sail’s former petrol mill as the best in class of fuel economy by delivering mileage of 18.86 kmpl. The latter petrol engine consumes 8 percent less fuel by delivering 18.51 mileage.   As compared to its previous model, the Chevrolet Sail 3 also offers roomier cabin with 8 percent more headroom, 25 percent more of knew-room, 366 litres boot space and 16 storage compartment in totality. Such upgraded model is likely to be the hit one as compared to its previous one. We can expect the launch of this model in India not before next year.      http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002908/2015-Chevrolet-Sail-sedan-launched-in-China-Market-at-INR-6-09Lakhs.html Tata Motors introduces Bolt Arena in Delhi http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002907/Tata-Motors-introduces-Bolt-Arena-in-Delhi.html Tata Motors has commenced the online booking for the upcoming hatchback, the Bolt in India at Rs. 11,000 yesterday and now home grown car manufacturer has introduced the Tata Bolt Arena in Delhi-NCR region and will be opened in other parts of the country soon.     The Tata Bolt Arena will preview the Bolt hatchback ahead of its launch in early next year and will engage the customers with various activities to know more about the car. The activities include a gesture based game where the customers can compete against each other on a webcam based system which enables users to control and interact with the console through controller and Wii technology. Other interactive activities includes a Revotron Challenge game and an Augmented Reality application. The Revotron Challenge Game is based on the company’s new 1.2T petrol engine and come with different driving modes - Sport, Eco and City, where users can choose between the driving modes to play with each other or the computer. It is based on a combination of fuel consumption and speed, with different fuel pick-up points along the way.     Commenting on the occasion, Mayank Pareek, President- Passenger Vehicle Business Unit, Tata Motors said, “We are excited to engage with our customers as we gear up for our upcoming launch- the stunning sporty hatchback- Bolt. With the Bolt, we have ushered change with an aggressive focus on our Horizonext strategy. After being much appreciated by all who have reviewed the car, the Bolt now comes closer to its customers through the Bolt Arena. Our focus is to provide a platform to our customers to engage with the brand, even before its launch.”     The Bolt Arena will be in the city till 28th January, 2014 where the customers visiting the arena will be given a bar-coded band which they present at the nearest Tata dealership to avail a test drive and be a part of the contest and can also book the hatchback at the arena.     Moreover, the Bolt Arena also offers a special content for the customer where they can participate and win a Bolt or to get an opportunity to star in the next Bolt video through lucky draw.  The customers can also visit boltarena.tatamotors.com to know about the contest and can visit http://bookonline.tatamotors.com/ to book the Tata Bolt online. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002907/Tata-Motors-introduces-Bolt-Arena-in-Delhi.html Toyota to launch Camry mid-facelift next year http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002906/Toyota-to-launch-Camry-mid-facelift-next-year.html After successfully launching the Toyota Camry in 2012, Toyota Kirloskar Motor is now planning to launch the mid-facelift Camry in India by next year.      The Japanese carmaker has also showcased the Toyota Camry at the 2014 Moscow Auto Show in November this year that is expected to come with a few cosmetic changes inside and outside the vehicle that has been shared with the current Toyota Corolla Altis like the redesigned headlamps with LED daytime running lamps, a chrome strip on the front grille, revised bumpers, tweaked tail lamps with LEDs, chrome finish on the boot lid and new alloy wheels.        Inside the cabin, one will see changes in the form of sporty three-spoke steering wheel with steering controls, updated instrument cluster with blue backlight, 4.2-inch screen at the centre and an infotainment system with 6.1-inch screen.     Mechanically, the Toyota Camry facelift will continue to run on the same petrol and hybrid units. The petrol engine is powered by a 2494 cc, 4-cylinder, in-line mill that develops 181PS and 233Nm of power and torque respectively, mated to a 6-speed automatic with sequential shift gearbox. The Toyota Camry Hybrid, on the other hand, will get its power from the same 2494cc engine that makes a total output of 160PS of output and 213 Nm of maximum torque.  While the motor generates a maximum total output of 143PS and a peak torque of 270Nm, mated to an automatic transmission.       The current Toyota Camry is being imported and sold in India as a CKD kit that is assembled at the company’s plant in the country and we expect the same for the facelift models as well. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002906/Toyota-to-launch-Camry-mid-facelift-next-year.html Hyundai ix25 to have 90 percent localization in India http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002905/Hyundai-ix25-to-have-90-percent-localization-in-India.html Hyundai Motors India, the Korean carmaker, is all set to launch its highly-anticipated SUV – the ix25 in India by next year. Besides this, the company is also planning to launch a crossover that will be based on the Elite i20 hatchback.    With the launch of these two vehicles, the Korean carmaker will make its entry into the compact SUV segment in the country that is expected to hit the shores in 2015.   It is said that the company will localize 90 percent of the upcoming models as well as the Hyundai ix25 compact SUV and will be priced competitively to compete against its rivals.   The Hyundai ix25 petrol variant is already on sale in the Chinese market that competes against the likes of the Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano and Mahindra Scorpio in the segment. It will come powered by the same 1.6-litre and 1.4-litre petrol and diesel mills and the company might also add the 4WD (four wheel drive) option.   The company will manufacture the Hyundai ix25 at the company’s Sriperumbudur plant and will be produced for both local and export markets.    The upcoming SUV will not be a sub-4 meter vehicle as it measures 4.27 meters in length and therefore, will have to pay excise duty and will be priced between Rs. 8-10 lakhs (ex-showroom). http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002905/Hyundai-ix25-to-have-90-percent-localization-in-India.html Nissan to launch Terrano AWD in Early 2015 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002904/Nissan-to-launch-Terrano-AWD-in-Early-2015.html After the news comes of Duster upgraded with ALL-Wheel Drive system (AWD), it was anticipated to make its presence on sibling Nissan Terrano anytime. By early 2015, Nissan Terrano SUV will soon be offered with AWD option and will be the same unit seen on the Duster. Discussed whether the Terrano AWD would be too pricey considering Renault Duster AWD is already selling in the market for INR 13 lakhs, the Nissan customers seems to be positive to pay an additional premium for AWD system on the Terrano with its growing demand.    Currently, the Nissan Terrano is offered with two-wheel drive with power sent to the front wheels. The power to the compact SUV comes from 1.5-litre dCi diesel engine churning out 110 PS of power and 248 Nm of torque mated to 6-speed manual transmission. However, it is expected that the new Terrano will also get an updated ECU with improvised low-end power on offer like the Duster AWD. The AWD unit will come with 3 driving modes where the 2WD which sends the power to the front wheels only, its auto mode sends the power to the rear wheels when the front wheel loses traction and its Lock mode allows the SUV to remain in AWD mode till the speed of 60km/hr.      Feature wise, it will offer an attractive list with Haldex clutch, a hill hold assist feature, electronic stability program, traction control, cruise control, speed limited, a MediaNav infotainment interface, mildly revised exteriors and interiors. This AWD system will be added most likely to the top end XVD THP and XVD THP Premium trims of the Terrano. It is said that the feel might be better than Duster and hence, it will be placed above the Duster AWD. This means it will be costlier than the later. Once launched, the Terrano AWD will compete against the Tata Safari Storme, Mahindra Scorpio and the Renault Duster AWD in the segment.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002904/Nissan-to-launch-Terrano-AWD-in-Early-2015.html Chevrolet Beat Petrol version recalled, Issue with fuel pipe http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002903/Chevrolet-Beat-Petrol-version-recalled--Issue-with-fuel-pipe.html The trend of recall continues with the Chevrolet Beat hatchback in India. It isn’t the first recall in the year. In fact General Motors has been the target of many recalls globally in 2014. The official dealers confirm this recall exercise for the petrol variant of Beat to rectify fuel pipe issue. All the cars manufactured before July 2010 has been recalled.   Due to the accumulation of electrostatic discharge inside the non-conductive fuel pipeline, this issue has arisen. The company has requested its dealerships to contact the affected customer and fix an appointment to check the car. If the problem is detected, the issue is to be resolved by replacing the part free of cost. It will take up few hours for the repair to take place. The company has also mentioned that they are also contacting the customers personally via letter as well.    Previously, the company recalled the Enjoy MPV with the issue arising in its 1.3-litre diesel mill. Though many recalls are been done in US in this year, India too has shared the number to a larger extent. We expect and hope the new year to be better in terms of reduced number of recalls for General Motors.      http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002903/Chevrolet-Beat-Petrol-version-recalled--Issue-with-fuel-pipe.html Continental Tyres starts local production of its new premium passenger car tyres http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002902/Continental-Tyres-starts-local-production-of-its-new-premium-passenger-car-tyres.html Last month, in November, Continental AG announced the launch of its two new premium car tyres in India - “ContiMaxContact MC5” & “ContiComfortContact CC5” that has been designed with German engineering and technology while keeping a focus on maximizing safety and comfort. Now the tyre maker has commenced the local production of these two tyres in the country.   Below are the highlights of the Conti Comfort Contact CC5:   • Ideal for compact & mid-sized segment of passenger cars • Made by using advanced silica compound technology  • Has rolling resistance  • Improves fuel efficiency of the vehicle • Silent tread pattern groove technology       Highlights of the Conti Max Contact MC5:   • Ideal for high end mid-size & executive segment of passenger cars • • Asymmetrical tread pattern • Chamfered blocks • New activated silica compound technology • Low noise, vibration and harshness performance – the so called noise breaker • High speed handling and best braking performance under wet and dry conditions     The company has also inaugurated its new manufacturing facility for PLT tyres at its existing tyre plant at Modipuram that has a production capacity of 800,000 tyres annually with further expansion potential.     The company has also employed experienced staffs who have been trained from some of its international production sites to India in order to train local staff on handling the new machinery and production techniques. More than 100 local employees were also sent abroad to various international production sites in Germany, Romania, China and Malaysia for comprehensive training in radial car tyre production and technology. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002902/Continental-Tyres-starts-local-production-of-its-new-premium-passenger-car-tyres.html RBI grants green signal to Ford Credit Financing Services for India http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002901/RBI-grants-green-signal-to-Ford-Credit-Financing-Services-for-India.html It brings a new opportunity to grow in the country for Ford Motors. Ford Credit, a global financing subsidiary of Ford Motors has been granted a license by Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to start its operations as a non-banking financial company in the country.    As per the sources, the financing arm plans to begin its dealer-wholesaler inventory financial in the first quarter of 2015 while it plans to commence its consumer-retail financing at a later stage in 2015. While Ford Credit has a 55 years of global experience in the automotive financing and launching it in India next year is surely a reputed achievement. For the same, the American auto major is all set to invest around $2 billion in India from which nearly half of the amount is going to be spent in setting its new production facility in Sanand, Gujarat.   Once the production in Sanand starts, likely in the second quarter, Ford plans to double its production capacity in the country to 610,000 engines and 440,000 vehicles annually. Ford Credit to launch is India is surely a positive movement, as it will provide financial products and services to both the dealers and customers in the country. Globally, the Ford Credit services support around 5,200 Ford and Lincoln (luxury car division under Ford) dealers and over 3.8 million customers. With such a huge number of handling powers, it is sure that Ford Credit will be a hit in our country as well. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002901/RBI-grants-green-signal-to-Ford-Credit-Financing-Services-for-India.html Datsun to launch Go Plus MPV on January 15th http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002900/Datsun-to-launch-Go-Plus-MPV-on-January-15th.html Datsun will be launching its second product in the Indian car market, GO+ MPV on January 15th next year. Ahead of its launched, we have reviewed the sub-4 meter MPV (click here for the review) that is expected to come with attractive pricing as well as features.     The Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and Honda Mobilio rival will come equipped with features like Follow me headlamps, electric power steering, power windows, air conditioner, audio system and much more (click here for variant-wise features).     Under the hood, the Datsun GO+ will come powered by a 1198 cc, 3-Cylinders, In-line, petrol engine that produces 68PS of power at 5000rpm and 104Nm of peak torque at 4000 rpm, mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The company claims that the upcoming MPV offers 20.62kmpl of fuel economy.     We expect that the company will price the Datsun GO+ MPV around Rs. 3.5 lakhs for the base trim that will going to give a tough competition to its rivals in the segment. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002900/Datsun-to-launch-Go-Plus-MPV-on-January-15th.html Suzuki admits rusting issue on Gixxer, To replace parts free of cost http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002899/Suzuki-admits-rusting-issue-on-Gixxer--To-replace-parts-free-of-cost.html Without heightening the issue, the recent news about Suzuki’s Gixxer rust issue has been accepted by the company and hence, Suzuki is offering the right solutions to its existing customers affected by the quality so that all the problems should be resolved for all the models for MY2015.    Near the sea area where the salt percentage in the air is high, the rust issue was found maximum on the Gixxer. Obviously, the improper maintenance is also one of the reasons for the same. Areas of rusting were found on the front disc brake and handlebar and also carried to the nuts and bolts, exhaust muffler among other components. Hence, the company will be replacing all the rusted parts without any charge on these affected models at its authorized service centres.    Suzuki currently offers 2-year warranty on the recently launched Gixxer, which can be extended up to 5 years at the time of purchase itself. The power to the bike comes from 155cc single-cylinder air-cooled motor churning out 14.8 PS of power and 14 Nm of torque mated to 5-speed gearbox option. Now the prospective customers need not think too much before buying a Gixxer. With company’s immediate action over any issue, Suzuki makes sure to not let any of its customers down in any manner. Suzuki also confirms that the Gixxer from January will come with special coating to prevent any sort of rust on the bike.    http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002899/Suzuki-admits-rusting-issue-on-Gixxer--To-replace-parts-free-of-cost.html Lamborghini, Pirelli celebrates momentous partnership with Aventador Pirelli Edition http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002898/Lamborghini--Pirelli-celebrates-momentous-partnership-with-Aventador-Pirelli-Edition.html In order to celebrate the historic long-term association with Italian tire manufacturer Pirelli, Lamborghini has announced an exclusive new special series, Aventador LP700-4 Pirelli Edition with unique colors schemes and graphics. To be available both in Coupe and Roadster version, the delivery for the model to its showroom will begin in early summer 2015.   The Aventador LP700-4 Pirelli Edition will come with two-tone color scheme in two options—matte black finish donned on its roof, pillars, rear view mirrors, engine hoot, front, rear, side and moving air intakes while in contrast it will offer six glossy finishes for the rest of the body in Giallo Spica, Rosso Mars, Bianco Isis, Nero Aldebaran, Grigio Liqueo, and Grigio Ater. The Second option will be glossy black for the upper parts of the car and the air intakes and in contrast, it will offer matte finish for the rest of the exterior body (Bianco Canopus, Nero Nemesis, Grigio Adamas, and Grigio Titans). An attractive element of the body is the red stripe, which continues from roof and the engine hood to the rear view mirrors.  A distinctive Pirelli Logo is also seen at the start of the two rooflines and on the tires.    Inside the cabin, the Pirelli Edition will be seen with black Alcantara upholstery with red contrasting stitching. From the exteriors, the red stripes continue inside running along the ceiling and the seats. While its seats feature the Lamborghini and Pirelli logos, the leather is inserted along the door panerls and seat sides.    Mechanically, it will come powered by a 6.5-litre V12 engine mated to a paddle-shifted 7-speed ISR semi-automatic gearbox churning out 691 hp of power channelized to all the four wheels. The company claims that it can sprint from 0-100 kmph in mere 2.9 seconds with top speed are pegged at 350 kmph. With the date of delivery to commence is mentioned for summer 2015, no mention about its price has been revealed yet. We hope the company to reveal the pricing much before its launch for all the prospective consumers to add the sport scar model to their list.    http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002898/Lamborghini--Pirelli-celebrates-momentous-partnership-with-Aventador-Pirelli-Edition.html 2016 BMW 7 Series to be lighter by 170 kg http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002897/2016-BMW-7-Series-to-be-lighter-by-170-kg.html As we earlier reported about the next-gen BMW 7 Series, it is to update you again about the feature-loaded car is going to be lighter as well. As per the reports, the 2016 BMW 7 Series with the use of materials like carbon fibre (not fully) is going to slice off up to 170 kg. This model is likely to make its public debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.   The report also mentions that to enhance the car with more corner friendly approach, the centre of the gravity will be set to further lowered level as what can be seen on the current model. Codenamed G11/G12, the BMW 7 series will come with special key fob similar to the i8 sports car, a Bower and Wilkins audio system, a touchscreen based iDrive system and a parking assist system which allows the car to park itself. It will also offer features like Wi-Fi hotspot, wireless charging, laser headlamps and many others.    Under the hood, the car will include 2-litre 4-cylinder petrol mill seen on the base variant. Its middle range will be powered by a larger 3-litre straight six cylinder and 8-cylinder units, which will be topped by a V12 similar to the Rolls Royce Ghost to produce 600 hp of power. It is expected that its diesel variant would come with four, six and eight cylinder units as well.    While it’s some of the features will be showcased at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next month, we can expect the model to reach the Indian shores not before 2016. Once launched, it is going to come with price starting at INR 1 crore (Ex-showroom) and is going to compete strongly against Jaguar XJ, Mercedes-Benz S-Class and Audi A8. BMW 7 Series is going to launch in Europe by Early 2016.    http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002897/2016-BMW-7-Series-to-be-lighter-by-170-kg.html Indian automakers to increase production of petrol cars http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002896/Indian-automakers-to-increase-production-of-petrol-cars.html Fuel price plays a major role in deciding which car a consumer will buy. Due to the huge premium on diesel cars, diesel fuel lost its monopoly as compared to the petrol. With only Rs.11 per litre as the price difference in Delhi pumps between diesel to petrol fuel, Automakers have been reducing the number of diesel car production and trying to increase the petrol variants.   Talking about the different automakers in India, Mahindra & Mahindra that offered only diesel variants has recently announced the production cut until March 2015 to decrease its stock in diesel vehicles. Tata Motors on the other hand, is also moving on the same path as recently launched Revotron, a petrol variant in Zest to meet the demand of 60% of the petrol variant buyers as compared to the diesel. Maruti Suzuki, an Indian auto giant has also decreased its production of diesel variant cars by almost 20 percent while increasing the production of the petrol variant models like Celerio, Alto and WagonR.    As two out of every three cars sold in the country like India is petrol, Manufacturers switching to more production of petrol is surely going to meet the demand in the positive way. We are expected to see the shift to petrol form diesel in a larger manner in the coming months. Automakers behaving as per the current trend are a way towards enormous success in terms of good sales number in the New Year.    http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002896/Indian-automakers-to-increase-production-of-petrol-cars.html Skoda teases rear image of 2015 Superb http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002895/Skoda-teases-rear-image-of-2015-Superb.html After revealing the front sketch image of the 2015 Skoda Super, the Czech Republic carmaker has released another image of the upcoming sedan. Like we talked about that the luxury sedan will share some of its design elements from the Vision C Concept (showcased at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show in March) and the current Octavia like the crisp lines and muscular stance, the rear sketch also reveals that the sedan will take inspiration from the Vision C Concept like the LED tail lamps.        The 2015 Skoda Superb will be built on the company’s new MQB modular platform that will shed the overall weight of the car by around 75-80kgs while it is said that the car will measure 80mm longer in its wheelbase and will grow by 20mm overall.  On the sides, the next-gen Skoda will get high waist lines and narrow glasshouse like that of the current Octavia and its predecessor.      The 2015 Superb is expected to get the more powerful petrol and diesel units along with the V6 petrol engine that will be unveiled in February next year. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002895/Skoda-teases-rear-image-of-2015-Superb.html Tata Bolt hatchback booking commences at Rs. 11,000 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002894/Tata-Bolt-hatchback-booking-commences-at-Rs--11-000.html Tata Motors has started accepting bookings for the upcoming Tata Bolt hatchback in India that will hit the shore in early 2015. The customers can book the Bolt hatchback with a minimum booking amount of Rs. 11,000 across all Tata dealerships in the country.      Just like the newly launched Tata Zest sedan, the Bolt hatchback will also be offered in both petrol and diesel engines. The Bolt petrol engine will be powered by a new 1.2-litre Revotron mill producing 90PS at 5,000 rpm and 140Nm between 1,500- 4,000 rpm of max. power and torque respectively. The diesel engine will be powered by a 1.3-litre Quadrajet unit that will produce 75PS of power at 4,000 rpm and 190Nm of torque between 1,750-3,000 rpm. Both the engines will come mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox however, the company might also add the AMT (Automatic Manual Transmission) later just like the Zest AMT transmission.     In terms of interior equipments, the car will be offered with features like stylish honeycomb mesh grill, fog lamps, stylish headlamps, bonnet with a forward pouncing stance and turn indicators on the ORVMs. The rear features a wiper, chrome strip above the number plate, rear spoilers, sporty rear bumpers & tail lights. As far as safety is concerned, the car is well equipped with safety features like ABS, EBD, dual airbags, Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD) and central locking.      The Tata Bolt hatchback is expected to be priced around Rs. 4-6 lakhs (ex-showroom) and will compete against the Maruti Suzuki Swift, Hyundai Grand i10 and Honda Jazz. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002894/Tata-Bolt-hatchback-booking-commences-at-Rs--11-000.html Volkswagen Jetta spied testing in India http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002893/Volkswagen-Jetta-spied-testing-in-India.html Volkswagen India has started testing the 2015 Jetta sedan in India as the models has been spied by Motorbeam readers in the country.   The 2015 Volkswagen Jetta has been spied without any camouflaged that reveals the sedan will come with mild updates in the interiors as well as the exteriors. The next-gen Jetta will come with updated exteriors in the form of redesigned front grille, bi-xenon LED daytime running headlamps, revised bumpers with larger air-vents and rectangular fog lights, and LED tail lamps.    The interior updates include a piano black finish, flat bottom steering wheel, new instrument cluster and a touchscreen infotainment system.      Under the hood, the new Volkswagen Jetta will get the same 1.8-litre TSI petrol and 2.0-litre TDI diesel mill but will come updated power figures.   The German carmaker had earlier showcased the 2015 Jetta at the 2014 New York Auto Show in April this year and is already on sale in the US market. However, in India, the company will launch the 2015 Volkswagen Jetta sedan by early next year and will rival against the likes of the Skoda Octavia, Hyundai Elantra and Toyota Corolla. It is expected that Volkswagen will price the sedan a little higher than the current Jetta in the country. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002893/Volkswagen-Jetta-spied-testing-in-India.html Mitsubishi reports 18,644 sales unit in 2014, crosses 50 lakh production mark http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002892/Mitsubishi-reports-18-644-sales-unit-in-2014--crosses-50-lakh-production-mark.html It seems that it has been a very good year for the Mitsubishi automaker. As per the records, 2014 showed tremendous demand for the Outlander PHEV so much so that they made it one of the higher selling plug-in hybrid electric vehicles in the region. Mitsubishi’s sale was recorded around 18,644 units from January to November 2014, which is an impressive number.   To add to the celebration, recently, the company’s Okazaki plant celebrated its production of 50 lakh vehicles since 1977. To honor such a milestone, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation Family gave away an EV-Based Outlander PHEV 4WD to Yasuhiro Uchida, the mayor of Okazaki City for their use as an emergency vehicle.    To brief you, Mitsubishi Motors Corporations’ Okazaki plant is located near Nagoya, next to MMC’s global R&D centre in Japan. Spread across 4.25-lakh sqm. this is the third production base plant in Japan, which employs around 1,600 employees. Here, manufacturing of the Outlander, the Outlander PHEV and the ASX takes place.  We wish the automaker all the very best and we hope the new year also brings good luck for the brand to achieve another great heights and milestone in the auto industry with yet another story to boost about.    http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002892/Mitsubishi-reports-18-644-sales-unit-in-2014--crosses-50-lakh-production-mark.html Production commences for New Skoda Fabia Combi http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002891/Production-commences-for-New-Skoda-Fabia-Combi-.html It comes as news from the Czech automaker that the new Skoda Fabia Combi production has been started from its Mlada Boleslay facility in home place, Czech Republic. Being Skoda Fabia the best-selling vehicle in the segment has made the automaker to put in extra efforts to launch Fabia Combi as the pillar of their growth strategy. Weeks after the sales debut, the new Fabia Combi hatchback is going to be launched in the European market where the arrival is scheduled for January 2015.    With the extensive efforts put in by the automaker’s Czech plant, the company included a new facility to configure its new assistance system along with renewing certain areas of the paint shop. The new Fabia will come with 17 simply clever solutions out of which 10 are already on offer in the estate version for the first time. Feature wise, the Skoda Fabia Combi will come with features like new safety, comfort and infotainment system along with MirrorLink technology. Adding to the list, comes the Smartgate function which helps in enabling the data on the vehicle to be displayed and saved on a smart phone by using special apps. It will also offer an attractive boot space of 530 litres (1,395 litres when rear seats are folded down).   When compared to the predecessor model, the new Fabia Combi is as much as up to 17 percent more fuel-efficient. Its basic version (Fabia Combi GreenLine) claims a combined fuel consumption of 3.1/100 (75.9mpg US) and CO2 emissions of just 82g/km. This model is expected to be launched in the country around the second half of the next year. With no mention, we hope and expect the company to offer such an attractive new Fabia in the India market as well.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002891/Production-commences-for-New-Skoda-Fabia-Combi-.html Renault releases first image of upcoming Lodgy MPV http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002890/Renault-releases-first-image-of-upcoming-Lodgy-MPV.html Renault India has released the first image of the upcoming MPV – Renault Lodgy that is expected to go on sale in early 2015 in the country. The company has made a few changes at the front fascia of the MPV such as the front the grille and the side cladding will feature chrome treatment but will remain identical in design as seen in international model. Other changes include new alloy wheels and silver finish on the roof-rails, while the rest of the features remain the same like the front bumpers, fog lamps and headlight cluster.   The company has not released the interior and rear images of the MPV, but it is expected to remain unchanged and continues to have the same design and features as that of the international model, known as Dacia Lodgy. It is also expected that the upcoming Renault Lodgy will share interiors with that of the Duster compact SUV, available in India, along with additional new features and will be priced aggressively to compete against the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, Honda Mobilio, Mahindra Xylo and Chevrolet Enjoy in the segment.    The Renault Lodgy is said to be powered by the same Duster’s 1.5-litre dCi diesel engine that develops 85PS of max. power and 200Nm of peak torque mated to a 5-speed or a 6-speed manual transmission. The upcoming Renault Lodgy is expected to be priced around Rs. 7-10 lakhs and will hit the shores by next year. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002890/Renault-releases-first-image-of-upcoming-Lodgy-MPV.html Datsun Go+ Features http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002889/Datsun-Go+-Features.html   Details Variants D D1 A T Safety & Security     Child Lock S S S S Engine Immobilizer S S S S Central Locking (Manual) - - - S Exterior Radiator Grille: Chrome Frame - - S S Body Colors Bumpers - - S S Passenger Side Outside Mirror - S S S Full Wheel Cover - - - S Speed Sensitive Wipers With Intermittent & Drop Wipe Function S S S S Door Handle: Body Color - - - S Back Door Finisher: Body Color - - S S Sash Tape: Rear Door Edge - - S S Sash Tape: Centre Pillar - - - S Interior Seat Integrated Headrest (Front + 2nd Row) S S S S Third Row Seating S S S S Second Row Tumble Down Seat S S S S Bottle Holders (Both sides 1.5 L) - S S S Door Map Pockets - S S S Comfort & Convenience Drive Computer S S S S Follow Me Home Headlamp S S S S Gear Shift Guide (Markings) S S S S Air Conditioner with Filter - - S S Speed Sensitive Electric Power Steering - - - S Power Windows : Front - - - S Mobile Docking Station - - - S Speakers : Front (Both sides) - - - S Accessory Socket (12V) S S S S   http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002889/Datsun-Go+-Features.html 2015 Kawasaki Z250 to get Slipper Clutch and ABS as safety feature http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002888/2015-Kawasaki-Z250-to-get-Slipper-Clutch-and-ABS-as-safety-feature.html Till Now, Kawasaki offered its Z250 with safety features like Anti-Braking System (ABS) and Assist Slipper Clutch (ASC) in the home market of Japan. But after the complain filed against the lack of ABS when recent test of Z250 was conducted, the company announced that these two safety features will be offered in other markets as well. It is said that Slipper Clutch will be standard in all the markets, the ABS will be offered as an option as it boost the weight of the bike by 2 kgs making it to 170 kgs in total.    In India, Kawasaki’s local assembled models (like Sports Turner, the Ninja 650 etc.) don’t come with ABS. So much so that the recently launched ER-6n also didn’t feature ABS feature even though the customers demand. Recently, the company also announced the launch of the Z300, a naked bike based on the Ninja 300 (uses powertrain) and Z250 (uses Ninja 250’s Motor).  Without mentioning the details of the feature, we expect the model to be similar like the Ninja 300 (Standard Slipper Clutch and optional ABS). To be practical, we cant expect the brand to offer these two safety feature together as a standard as it will shoot up the price of the bike and will make its selling difficult in the cost conscious country. With Rs. 3.37 lakhs being carried as the price tag by the Z250, it is expected and we hope the company to adapt to the method of local manufacturing to gain volume in its sale in the Indian market.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002888/2015-Kawasaki-Z250-to-get-Slipper-Clutch-and-ABS-as-safety-feature.html Jaguar recalls XJ in the US http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002887/Jaguar-recalls-XJ-in-the-US.html The British luxury carmaker, Jaguar America has announced to recall around 1,571 units of the XJ model in the country. The recall includes 2014 and 2015 models that were manufactured between 6th February and 12th July, 2014 due to the brake fluid leaking from the brake line junction under the vehicles. This reduces the amount of brake fluid in the vehicle’s hydraulic lines resulting in ineffective and can lead to an accident.   The Jaguar XJ models owners have been informed about the issue and the vehicles will be checked thoroughly free of cost at the company’s service centers in the country.   However, in India, earlier, the British carmaker imported the XJ model, but now has started locally assembling it along with the XJ executive model and the Land Rover Freelander at the JLR’s plant in Chakan, near Pune, Maharashtra. Therefore, the issue in the brake fluid is not related to the models offered in India.   Earlier this year, the company has also recalled its F-Type, XF and XJ models, however, the problem was not related to the leaking brake fluid. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002887/Jaguar-recalls-XJ-in-the-US.html Jaguar C-X17 Model to be produced under Crossover category http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002886/Jaguar-C-X17-Model-to-be-produced-under-Crossover-category-.html Jaguar Land Rover has always met the customers requirements much before it becomes their need, once again, keeping up with its trend is going to offer a Sport-based offering based on the C-X17 concept in the name of different classification than in its line-up.   The upcoming model focuses mainly on the on-road dynamics and hence, the company sees to be with the mind set to offer the comfort of a luxury sedan and carrying a look of an SUV combination. This different combination model needs different classification as well. With the C-X17 concept vehicle showcased at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, the company featured its first five-door crossover with power coming from 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol mill. The concept mule was showcased in three bold colors- caesium blue, liquid aluminum and liquid gold.    With the design hues the company plans to give this concept, the Jaguar Land Rover is trying to put the focus on its next-gen technologies with the use of aluminum monocoque architecture, which makes the structure stronger. Being great and attractive, this model is sure to be lightweight as compared to other cars making it another reason for this model not being an SUV completely. With these features, structure and luxuries it offers to the model, the C-X17 model fits better as a crossover than an SUV.   http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002886/Jaguar-C-X17-Model-to-be-produced-under-Crossover-category-.html Bentley to deliver 20,000 units by 2020 http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002885/Bentley-to-deliver-20-000-units-by-2020.html After delivering 10,120 vehicles worldwide in 2013 and thereafter setting the goal of 15,000 vehicles by 2018, Bentley, the VW owned super luxury automaker has now set a big goal by 2020, a sales target of 20,000 vehicles. This impressive goal with a shoot up unit number is a good move by the automaker.   The main key to the Bentley’s growth will be mainly the new SUV, which is due for 2016 launch. Believing the fact that SUV segment is booming in the global market and however strong the rivals are in this segment, every automaker these days is coming up with a new model to enter this division to excel in a bright way.   The leading market in the SUV segment, which is China, also demands for a SUV car. Hence, no matter how strong the opposite automaker’s voice is in this section, Bentley too is entering the segment with lot of hope and expectations to excel with increase in sale thereby achieving the target goal. Bentley being a super luxury automaker has to be very particular in producing a new vehicle because a lot of money is involved in buying such a car and it should justify every penny spent by their customers in the most satisfying way.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002885/Bentley-to-deliver-20-000-units-by-2020.html Jeep Cherokee heads to head for R&D purpose http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002884/Jeep-Cherokee-heads-to-head-for-R-D-purpose.html Fiat India has imported one unit of the Jeep Cherokee to India for R&D purpose from the UK. This means that the company will soon launch the Jeep brand in the country by 2016.    The imported Jeep Cherokee is a 4X2 version that is powered by a 2.0-litre Multijet II engine developing 170 hp and 350Nm of power and torque respectively, channelizing all its power to the front axle. The engine is paired to a 9-speed automatic transmission. It is also expected that the company might also offer a smaller powered engine producing 140 hp mated to a 6-speed manual transmission.    Earlier, Fiat Chrysler planned to launch the Jeep brand in the country this year, however, after seeing the unfavorable market conditions, the company changed its plan. Now, the company plans to launch the brand along with its Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, Wrangler and Renegade to India via CKD route to compete strongly with its rivals in the segment in 2016.    Jeep unveiled the Renegade earlier this year is already on sale in international markets which is said to be a B-segment SUV. The Jeep Cherokee, when launched in India, will compete against the likes of the Toyota Fortuner, Honda CR-V and the 2015 Ford Endeavour and is expected to be priced around Rs. 25-30 lakhs. While the Jeep Grand Cherokee will go head to head with the Mercedes-Benz ML-Class and BMW X5.   Fiat India, on the other hand, is planning to extend its dealer network from 116 to 150 as well as the manufacturing capacity at its Ranjangaon plant near Pune in the country by the end of this fiscal year. http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002884/Jeep-Cherokee-heads-to-head-for-R-D-purpose.html One unit of Yamaha R125 imported in India for R&D but won't be launched http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002883/-One-unit-of-Yamaha-R125-imported-in-India-for-R-D-but-won-t-be-launched.html Be it a rumor or interest feedback trick, the earlier news of Yamaha launching its R125 bike made the young crowd enthusiastic about it. With the recent news of Yamaha imported one unit of the R125 to the country for R&D purpose is surely going to make you excited in a glance. Before you jump of the floor in happiness, we want to update you that Yamaha will not launch the motorcycle in the country because here, there is no market for 125cc sports bike.    There are various factors associated with its no demand in India. While its price being the top factor, being its import value around Rs. 2.77 lakhs, a price where the cost- conscious Indian buyers are hoping to buy R25 next year. With the single unit of R125 has landed in India, it is likely that the company might take design cues for the R15 Version 3.0. While the 125cc beginner bike being very popular in Europe, such motorcycle doing well in India is very tough as it is powered by 124.7 cc single cylinder liquid-cooled engine churning out 15 PS of power and 12.4 Nm of torque mated to 6-speed gearbox which doesn’t offer the pulse racing on the Indian roads. Hence, definitely not attractive for the bike aficionados of the country.  http://www.carsizzler.com/top-story-detail/002883/-One-unit-of-Yamaha-R125-imported-in-India-for-R-D-but-won-t-be-l