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22 March, 2013 : Japanese automaker, Suzuki has long prided itself in releasing the Suzuki Swift , a car that has sold more than 30 lakh units globally, since its inception in 2004. India accounts for about 45 per cent of these sales, where the MSI Swift is one of the most popular hatchbacks in its segment. And now, to celebrate this sales milestone, MSI has launched a limited edition Swift, dubbed Maruti Swift Star. The new Swift Star has undergone the scalpel and come out with interior and exterior changes including a double-DIN stereo with Bluetooh, a rear roof spoiler, steering wheel cover, art leather seat covers and designer floor mats. The company has offered all these features for an extra Rs. 23,000, which is quite a good deal. Mechanically, the car has undergone no change.
28th-Mar-2012: Hyundai India has finally slipped in the next generation Hyundai i20 priced at Rs 4.73 lakh . The i-Gen i20, available in 12 variants comes in both petrol and diesel variants. The i20 petrol variants range from Rs 4.73 lakh to Rs 6.65 lakh; the diesel variants range from Rs 5.96 lakh to Rs 7.44 lakh and the automatic variant is priced at Rs 7.67 lakh. A new refined 1.2 Kappa petrol engine with Dual VTVT mechanism is seen on-board now which delivers 84 Ps of peak power. The diesel variants now are affixed with fresh 1.4 litre CRDi diesel engine with 6-speed manual transmission. The automatic petrol variant Hyundai i20 Sportz delivers 100 Ps power and 13.9 kg-m of torque. Rear Parking Camera with display in the cabin mirror, Electro Chromic Mirror, Clean Air-Cluster ionizer, Auto Headlight Control Function, 6 Airbags, Rear Disc Brakes, Supervision Cluster and Rain Sensing Wipers are the segment first features debuted in 2012 Hyundai i20.
April 29, 2013: Volkswagen India has finally launched the much awaited the Polo GT TSI in India today at Rs 7.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Sporting the features like Turbocharger, ABS, ESP, hill hold functions and few more, the Polo GT TSI aka Polo 1.2 TSI proves it to be the most powerful hatchback available in our country today. Other than the best-in-class power output figure and 0-100kmph sprint time in mere 9.7 seconds, the Polo GT TSI returns an impressive mileage of around 17.2kmpl as well. The other changes include a GT badge on the grille, GT TSI sticker, hill hold function, sports interior pedals and of course the autobox gear knob.
May 16, 2013: The next-generation Hyundai i10 has been creating buzz ever since the company announced its plans of launching this new global compact car, which will sit between the existing i10 and i20. The car has been spotted several times globally, as the car will be launched in several international markets including India. The car has now been put on road test on Sweden roads, and will be officially unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2013, while in India we are expecting it to launch by the year-end. What makes the vehicle more exciting is the fact that it will now be made available in a diesel powertrain and adorn the fluidic design. The new i10 will have a longer wheelbase, lower ride height and larger legroom, making the vehicle more comfortable than ever.
20 March, 2013 : Ford dealerships pan-India are offering a very tempting scheme on the company flagship hatch, the Ford Figo . According to a report published on CarWale, dealers are offering owners the chance to get the Start-Stop and security systems installed in their Figo. The offer is available for all Figo variants with the exception of the base model. This offer comes as a package and therefore owners cannot opt for one and not the other. The dealers are offering this scheme for Rs. 30,000.
6 November, 2012 : Hyundai Eon, the arch rival of Maruti’s bestseller, Maruti Alto is going to be upgraded soon. The hatch was launched in the year 2011; the pricing,quality and feature richness are the USP factors of the Hyundai Eon still the hatch could not beat its arch rival Maruti Alto. So, in order to make the Eon more alluring and clock in more sales the company is planning to launch a newfangled version of the car which is going to be available somewhere around June,2013. The new hatch is going to be aggressively marketed in order to drive its sales and help Eon get the share of limelight and be in the bestsellers list where the car should have been. Only time will tell if the market and the consumers is swayed by the forthcoming refreshed version of Hyundai Eon.
April 23, 2013: India's largest carmaker, Maruti Suzuki India is now planning to launch an all new WagonR Stingray, a premium version of the car, which will be positioned above the regular WagonR models. Japanese auto major already sells Stingray variant in Japan, which was launched last year there. Since the WagonR Stingray version is an upmarket product of the car, so it will have better fitments and improved features than the regular WagonR sold in India.
19 December 2012 : It has barely been 2 months since Maruti Alto 800 stepped out of its production facility into the real world of wheels and wagons, and the car has already reached the staggering mark of 50,000 in sales. However, incredible or unbelievable this might sound, for those who have been tracking this flagship Indian hatch from the very onset, this news should not be coming as much of a shock. And that's because when a car, even before its actual launch, can clock in a record-breaking sales figure of over 6,500, these astounding numbers of the present day seem like just another milestone in its journey. The month of November, especially, that saw many strong players like General Motors, Ford and Toyota facing significant dips in their sales curves, recorded nothing but lines shooting straight for the sky when it came to the graphs for Maruti Alto 800. Successfully registering 23,550 bookings in the sole month of November itself, the figures for this small car were much higher than many of its rivals' numbers put together. But that's hardly anything new for MSI.
07 February, 2013 : Honda Car India recently launched the automatic Honda Brio a few days back and is now all set to launch the top end Brio hatchback in the VX trim. This move from Honda comes as a response to customer feedback that demanded more features in the car. Therefore the company has decided to add some extra features that include driver seat height adjustment and a rear de-fogger. As this is a simple upgrade, the cars technical specs will remain the same with the 1.2-litre i-VTEC engine that produces 88bhp along with 110Nm of peak torque.
30th-Jan-2012 : New Chevrolet Beat diesel is now accorded the title of ‘Most fuel efficient car’ by delivering 25.44 kmpl, thus surpassing the Tata Indica eV2 which was until now claimed to be the small car associated with highest mileage of 25 kmpl in the country. The body International Center for Automotive Testing (ICAT) has acknowledged Beat diesel as the most fuel efficient car in India after the auto major has endowed the car with a minor engine overhaul to see such a huge improvement in the mileage numbers from the original 24 kmpl to 25.44 kmpl. It is more or less the similar case as seen with Tata Indica eV2 which was later introduced with a similar improvement in the 1.4 L diesel engine to emerge out to be the most fuel efficient car. Earlier, Chevrolet India raised the price of Beat Diesel by Rs 50,000.
14 December,2012: To keep the sales going as they always have for Maruti Suzuki India, in other words, brilliantly, the company has launched yet another limited edition for the year. Titled as Maruti Alto K10 Knightracer , this special design for the flagship hatchback of the auto-major comes as a very smart move against the low-sales tendency of the present-day car market. Crafting a very attractive deal for their buyers, MSI have introduced a total of 11 new features in the special edition all of which can be bought for an additional cost of Rs 13,490.Spanning the exteriors of K10 Knightracer are spanking new details like full wheel covers, body side moulding, left side ORVM, stylish Knightracer body graphics and sporty rear end spoiler. The interiors of the car, meanwhile, have received classy Knightracer fabric upholstery, steering wheel cover and rear parcel tray along with a high-tech JVC MP3 music system complete with USB connectivity.
11 March, 2013 : Toyota Kirloskar Pvt. Ltd. has launched the Etios and Etios Liva series in their new avatars at a starting price of Rs. 5.45 lakh and Rs. 4.46 lakh, respectively. Changes to the exterior include a redesigned front grille with chrome finish, rear combination lamps with distinct fin pattern that gives it a sleek look, new indicators on side view mirrors and a newly introduced Classic Grey colour shade to add to the style quotient of the vehicles. Apart from this, changes to the interior are dual tone premium interiors with a stylishly textured dash and soft fabrics, new 2-DIN audio with Bluetooth, USB, Aux- In and remote , comfortable new seats, driver seats with height adjust, combimeter with new blue illumination and a new AC control panel with clean air filters.
15 March, 2013 : Many automakers are offering scheme and discounts on their products in order to spruce up the sales of their vehicles after the dismal drop in February, 2013 sales. One such offer from MSI consists of a Rs. 45,000 and Rs. 25,000 discount on the Maruti Ritz. This means that customers can now pick up a brand new Ritz along with a discount of Rs. 45,000 on the diesel variants and Rs. 25,000 on the petrol versions.
April 17 2013: The facelifted Nissan Micra hatchback has been spotted in Pune during its test Mule. The spotted car is partly covered with black camouflage on the front and rear fascia. Nissan has recently unveiled the new Micra in Thailand, and it is also expected to be launched in India. The newly formulated front fascia of new Micra looks aggressive and sporty. The front fascia comes equipped with a new air dam, more masculine front bumper, new grille and redesigned headlights. The rear too get some updates, now have a redesigned rear bumper, new set of tail lamps, and rear spoiler. However, the side profile of the 2013 Micra appears similar to the current-generation Micra. The 2013 Nissan Micra is expected to house the same 1.2-litre and the 1.5-litre K9K turbo diesel engines. The engine is likely to get a new CVT box, which is also available in the company's flagship sedan Sunny.
11 May, 2012 : Renault Pulse diesel launched at the Auto Expo is joined by Renault Pulse petrol priced at starting of Rs 4.25 lakh . Renault Pulse Petrol RXE, Renault Pulse Petrol RXL priced at Rs 4.99 lakh and Renault Pulse Petrol RXZ priced at Rs 5.55 lakh (all prices ex-showroom Delhi) are the three petrol trims soft launched by Renault India. Sneak under the hood, and you will notice a 3 cylinder 1.2 liter engine making 79 bhp of power same as installed in Micra. Six colors are available with Pulse petrol and the top-end RXZ variant comes with two options for interior shades too.
26 February, 2013 : Japanese automaker, Suzuki Motor Corporation is promising to launch a new version of the Alto Eco (known as Maruti Suzuki A-Star in India), that will hand out a mileage of 33kmpl; an improvement over the mileage of its current version and also higher than Toyota Prius hybrid's claimed 32.6 kmpl. The company plans to launch the Alto Eco on the 4th of March, 2013 globally.
3 October 2012 : Tata Motors India has rolled out the refreshed version of Tata Indica eV2 with a price tag of Rs.401,162 (ex-showroom, Delhi) , refreshed interiors and additional comfort features however interestingly the prices of the hatch has been lowered down by Rs. 23,000 at a time when all the auto majors have opted for a price hike for their vehicles. The hatch now boasts of exciting exterior stylin Tata Indica eV2 BSIII L g which has gone a notch higher than the previous version with all new stylish headlamps,new front bumpers, triple-step chrome tipped grille and an all new sporty rear spoiler with integrated stop lamp, in addition to sporty alloy wheels, attractive decals, and signature tail light cluster, which was offered in the previous version.Also Tata has brought onboard features like Auto-Drive Assist and Clutch-To-Start to make this hatch more appealing to the Indian masses. The all new Indica eV2 houses a 1396cc common rail CR4 engine which is said t o be one of t he most frugal engine in the market. What also has join the line of engines is the petrol fuel powered MPFI engine. Tata Motors has in all rolled out 12 variants of Indica eV2 in color range that includes Spicy Red and sea Blue while New Orange, Jet Silver and Mint White.
25 March, 2013 : Tata Nano was originally intended to be a big game changer for Tata Motors but failed due to several mistakes by the company in terms of marketing and sales strategy. However, Tata has long been planning to overcome these mistakes and set the record right by introducing diesel and CNG versions of the world's cheapest car. In keeping with this promise, we have seen several spyshots of the Tata Nano diesel being tested and the latest among these show on e being tested in Bangalore. The vehicle did not have any tags or stickers suggesting it may be a diesel version, however the person who took the shots claims that the car was emitting diesel-like engine noises. The Tata Nano diesel is expected to come with a sub- 1.0-litre diesel mill and a new exhaust arrangement for improved mileage. The Tata Nano diesel is expected to offer a mileage of around 35kmpl and should be priced in the area of Rs. 2.5-3 lakh.
28 January, 2013 : Tata Motors today launched the Indica Vista D90 at an ex-showroom price of Rs. 5.99 lakh. The Vista D90 houses the 90hp version of the 1.3-litre Quadrajet engine and also features a change in the instrument binnacle location, which has been moved from the center to the front of the driver. Additionally, The Indica Vista D90 will also be available in the ZX+ version which is basically a more sporty version of the car featuring the likes of touchscreen stream with satellite navigation, automatic climate control, spoiler and contrast colour roof, an optional body kit, which has a different bumper and also side skirts. Engineers at Tata Motors have also tweaked the suspension, making it stiffer for sportier driving dynamics. The ZX+ trim is on offer with a price tag of Rs. 6.83 lakh (Ex-Showroom, Delhi).
17th-Nov-2011: As per recent updates, Maruti India is expected to launch the all new Maruti 800 in January 2012. The new Maruti 800 is expected to be based on the same platform as the exiting Maruti 800 but will have new looks and enhanced features. It will be sleeker and more aerodynamic and latest in looks than the existing Maruti 800. The all new Maruti 800 price in India will be less than the present models and is expected to be around Rs 2 lakh. In this price segment, the new Maruti 800 takes into its ambit Tata’s small car Tata Nano.Country’s largest car manufacturer, Maruti India is eyeing to bring back the lost glory with the launch of new Maruti 800 meeting the latest BSIV emission norms. The Maruti 800 had been phased out from the BSIV cities retaining it in the BS III cities. With new Maruti 800 small car, the auto major wishes to renew its image in the A segment hatchbacks.
25 October,2012 : General Motors has released the Chevrolet Spark facelift version an unchanged price of Rs.3.16 lakh (ex-showroom New Delhi). The entry level car market is hot with the recent entrant Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 and to counter attack the Spark hatch has been adorned with a wide array of changes. On the exteriors 2012 Chevrolet Spark gets all new front and rear bumpers,roof rails, revised fog lamps and newfangled head and tail lamps. The front fascia look is accentuated with all new split front grille with aggressive lines while the cabin area ambience gets more modish with the new dual-tone finish,double -DIN audio system with AUX-in and USB facility and refreshed fabric upholstery. What remains unchanged is the body panels and the drivetrain seen under the hood is the tried and tested 1.0L, four pot petrol engine which comes mated to a five-speed manual transmission gearbox.Chevrolet is also on the verge to roll out the new model Chevrolet Sail U-VA hatchback this 2nd November which will be replacing the company's not-so-doing well Chevrolet Aveo U-VA.
16 March, 2013 : Chevrolet India has launched a new variant in the Chevrolet Sail UV-A diesel line-up with a price tag of Rs. 5.29 lakh, making this the new base variant of the range. The new variant has been titled Chevrolet Sail UV-A PS and features a manually-operated air-conditioner, tilt adjust steering wheel, front power windows, electrically adjustable ORVMs, fabric seats and remote boot opener. Since this is the base variant, features like ABS, EBD, audio system, airbags, rear wiper and defogger have been withheld.
6th-Jan-2012 : BMW’s new prancing horses Mini Cooper and Mini Cooper S hatchbacks are launched and could be just what consumers might be looking for in the premium hatchback segment. The BMW Mini Cooper four-door hatchback is not just a visual delight but quite fun to drive as well. With all black bumpers and contrasting external rear view mirrors and the matching roof top, the luxury hatchback is style personified to leave the consumers jinxed for a split of a second trying to imbibe the beauty of the super-curvy compact form. The 122 Bhp 1.5 L petrol engine in BMW Mini Cooper is enough to drive the breath out of the users with the amazing top speed of 203 kmph. The iconic Mini Cooper price is placed at Rs 25.99 lakh which is meant more to be a cherished possession than to be a mere people mover. The Mini Cooper S price is slightly higher than Mini Cooper at Rs 26.99 lakh which is ideal for those who enjoy a fast paced life than for idol worshipping. The same 1.5 L petrol engine powers the car churning out 122 Bhp peak power but faster than its sedate twin with a top speed of 228 kmph. The Mini Cooper S gains speed quicker than the Mini Cooper taking mere 7 seconds to reach 0-100 kmph.
May 20, 2013: Skoda India has now decided to phase out its flagship hatchback Fabia from its Indian line-up, which was the only hatchback the company had in its portfolio here. Despite being a potent product, the Fabia failed to attract many buyers, due to its high pricing and not-so-good after-sale service network. The car's annual sales hit a five year low of 3,343 units in FY13. Only 2,200 units of Fabia hatchback will be produced and sold in India, the production will stop by August 31.
03 April, 2013 : Fiat India has announced the appointment of Nagesh A. Basavanhalli as President and Managing Director for Fiat and Chrysler India operations as part of ongoing efforts to strengthen its business position in India. Previously, as head of CIAPL, Basavanhalli was responsible for Fiat and Chrysler’s APAC (Asia Pacific) Technical Center located in Chennai, India. Additionally, the launch of the Fiat Grande Punto is drawing to a close with the launch date set for the 10th of April, 2013. The new Grande Punto is likely to see some changes on the 1.4-litre T-Jet's power ratings.
May 8, 2013: BMW India that started the local production of Mini Countryman in India at its plant near Chennai, has now launched the diesel version of the car called the Countryman D. The company has rolled out two diesel versions- the Countryman and Countryman high, priced at Rs. 25.60 lakh and Rs. 28.9 lakh respectively (ex-showroom, Mumbai). Countryman Diesel becomes the first Mini model to have a diesel engine. The car will be brought in India via CKD and then assembled locally. The local assembly of the car has helped BMW to price the vehicle quite competitive.
August 13, 2010: The people's passenger car company of the country, Maruti Suzuki India has unveiled the much-awaited alternative fuel operated Maruti Zen Estilo in New Delhi today. The new car is fitted with company's flagship CNG kit that is loaded with Intelligent-Gas Port Injection (i-GPI) bio-fuel technology; it ensures lesser emissions, higher power and mileage. The new CNG kit has been developed keeping general concerns like safety, reliability and performance, in mind. The new version of Maruti Zen Estilo CNG comes with a price tag of Rs 4.05 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
18 March, 2013 : Mahindra & Mahindra has launched the company's first 0 emissions electric vehicle in the form of the e20 (ee two oh) in Delhi with an on-road price tag of Rs. 5.96 lakh. The Mahindra e2o utilises Lithium ion batteries and offers a 100 km drive range to its owner which is a very feasible distance for urban use. In terms of recharging, the electric car can be re-charged through any 15 amp plug point along with the Sun2Car option that utilises solar power technology. While the e2o does not have active competition in the market, the upcoming Nissan Leaf may be able to give it a run for its money. Additionally, vehicles like Hyundai i10, Maruti Ritz and Swift will also offer competition to the e2o as they are a part of the growing B segment hatchback portfolio.
27 July 2012: In order to increase the charm of the already oh-so appealing Beetle, the German auto manufacturer Volkswagen has decided to increase the trims of the Beetle convoy in UK. To keep things balanced both fuel options will be introduced, in the diesel fleet a 2.0-litre TDI turbo engine which is capable of producing 138bhp will be brought on board whereas in the petrol line-up a 2.0-litre TSI Turbocharged petrol powertrain which is capable of churning 197bhp will be introduced. Both the engine variants will be available in 6-speed manual or 6-speed dual clutch DSG gearboxes. The 2.0 TDI diesel engine will come with two trims, mid-level Design and top-line Sport trim. The latest generation for the Volkswagen Beetle was revealed at the 2012 Auto Expo India which took place at New Delhi. However, the Indian Bettle lovers will have to wait a while as these variants are launched in UK as of now and Indian launch is not expected in the foreseeable future.
10th-Jan-2012: BMW has been aiming to bring in the Mini car range to India since a long time and the wait has finally come to an end at this year’s Auto Expo. BMW launched its Mini car range in India with all pomp and show on January 5th 2012. The major eye candy among these cars was Mini Cooper Convertible. The new Mini Cooper Convertible comes with a hefty price tag of Rs. 29.99 lakh. However, this opulence car tagged with so much of price will not be a problem for luxury car enthusiasts.