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October 14, 2014: Ciaz, the latest debutante from Maruti Suzuki is now attracting a waiting period of two to three months in metro cities while there is still three to four weeks of waiting in tier 2 and tier 3 cities. Maruti Suzuki launched its C segment saloon Ciaz at Rs 6.99 lakh while the diesel model starts at Rs 8.04 lakh. Ciaz is offered in both petrol and diesel, the petrol version features a 1.4-liter K14 motor. While the diesel counterpart sports a 1.3-liter DDiS engine. Both are coupled to a 5 speed manual while a 4-speed AT on petrol will be offered later. Prominent features on the Ciaz are, projector headlamps, touchscreen 'SmartPlay' infotainment system, rear AC vents,etc. The diesel model delivers a fuel economy of 26.21kmpl while the petrol model gives a mileage 20.73kmpl.
September 20, 2014: To boost the sales ahead of festive season, Maruti Suzuki has brought the Swift DZire Regalia Limited Edition. New to the features are the Signature Leather Wrinkled Seat Covers, Attractive body graphics, reverse parking sensor, designer floor mats and interior styling kits. By opting this accessory kit, customers can save upto Rs 5010, as the Regalia Limited Edition Kit is worth Rs 13,800 while otherwise it would cost Rs 18,810. Furthermore, the competition in the compact sedan is increasing day by day and so Maruti Suzuki is now planning to bring the facelift of Swift DZire. The upgraded Swift DZire will now embrace majority of cosmetic upgrades such as increased chrome work with bold chrome slat at the front. Powering the DZire is the 1.2-litre K-Series petrol and 1.3-litre multijet diesel engines.
September 19, 2014 : Honda Car India is getting an overwhelming response from their new Honda City. The mid-size sedan's waiting period again soared up courtesy shifting of the production line of City from the Greater Noida plant to newly opened manufacturing plant in Tapukara, Alwar. When launched it attracted a maximum waiting period of six months depending on the city you reside in. City has been giving a fierce competition to its rivals especially Verna and has regained its lost crown with the inception of diesel heart.
November 26, 2014: The latest offering from Tata Motors - Zest, is getting an overwhelming response from prospective buyers as the compact sedan now attracts a waiting period of six months. Moreover, Tata Motors recently appointed President of passenger cars division said that the home grown automaker is trying hard to shorten the waiting period, ramping-up the production of the compact sedan. Build under company's new 'Horizonnext' strategy, the compact sedan is attracting waiting because of the gap between demand and supply. From its inception in August Tata Motors has already sold 10,000 units of Zest. Launched at a price tag of Rs. 4.64 lakh (petrol) and Rs. 5.64 lakh (diesel), the compact sedan lock horns with Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire, Honda Amaze and Hyundai Xcent.
November 10, 2014: India's most fuel efficient compact sedan Honda Amaze gardens another achievement under its brand by getting its name written in Guinness World Record books in the category of ‘Longest journey by a car in a single country'. Honda has sold more than 1,00,000 units of Amaze and to celebrate this achievement, the company initiated the Honda Amazingly Indian campaign’. The car was launched in April last year and since then it has been a huge success for the Japanese manufacturer. Honda Amaze is the company's first car to be launched with a diesel engine. The car carries a 1.5 litre i-DTEC engine and churns a power of 98.6bhp while the petrol model houses 1.2-litre i-VTEC engine which develops a power of 86.8bhp.
November 10, 2014: Hyundai India has started testing the face-lifted Verna, the sedan is expected to launch early next year. As per the undisguised images, the facelifted Verna is similar to the one Hyundai launched in Russia known as Solaris there. The car has been introduced in Russia couple of months ago. Mechanically, it gets the same motors while the petrol version gets a new 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic compared to current one's ancient 4-speed auto; expect similar alternations on the Indian update. Diesel version is also likely to get this 6-speed AT.
September 17, 2014: Hyundai India has appointed the Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan as the brand ambassador for it's compact sedan - Hyundai Xcent. Hyundai has also launched a new TV commercial for the Xcent featuring SRK, depicting their philosophy 'multiply your life'. Shah Rukh Khan has been endorsing Hyundai's product from the past 16 years, from Santro's to i10 and now Xcent. Mechanically, Xcent is powered by a Grand i10 borrowed diesel and petrol engines and sports several segment first features.
September 25, 2014 : Skoda India after the launch of Yeti has now launched the Rapid sedan at a price of Rs 7.22 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). Belonging to same VW family, the car shares mechanical similarities with Vento, the Rapid facelift gets the same 1.5-litre TDI engine that does duty in Polo & Vento. This new engine churns a power of 103.5bhp and 250Nm of max torque while in the gearbox is the VW's renowned 7-speed DSG automatic. Tagged as the most affordable DSG offering automatic sedan in India, Rapid automatic range starts from Rs 10.34 lakh. The vehicle will compete against Vento and Verna in the automatic versions.
September 24, 2014: Volkswagen has launched the updated version of Vento at Rs 7.44 lakh ex-showroom, Delhi. The new Vento is coming up with 1.5 liter TDi diesel engine that was recently seen on the 2014 refreshed Polo. The engine has the capability to churn a mighty power of 103.5bhp and a peak torque of 250Nm. The diesel engine comes mated with both 5-speed manual gearbox and a 7-speed dual-shift DSG automatic gearbox that makes gear shifting easier and smoother.
November 27, 2014: After launching A3 sedan in India at a price tag of Rs 22.95 lakh (ex-showroom New Delhi), the German luxury manufacturer is all set to launch the A3 Cabriolet version in India on 11th December. Both the cars were showcased at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo. The cabriolet and sedan offers bi-xenon headlamps with daytime-running LEDs, S-line body kit, retro-styled air vents and 7-inch infotainment screen, that pops out of the dash. The car also features a dual-zone climate control, MMI touch and MMI navigation, rear view camera, panoramic sunroof, 7 airbags and Milano leather upholstery.
October 14, 2014: Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt. Ltd. has launched a minor facelifted version of the Etios sedan at a starting price of Rs. 5.74 lakh for petrol and Rs. 6.84 for the diesel. Highlighted changes at the front include, a refreshed chrome grille, electrically adjustable ORVMs, chrome inserts on door handles and a new pearl white metallic shade. Speaking of the alterations inside, updated Etios sedan sports a new premium fabric upholstery; updated instrumentation cluster with a larger multi-info LCD display; seatbelt, door ajar and headlamp buzzer. Mechanically, facelifted Etios sedan is unchanged; under the hood is a 1.4-liter diesel and 1.5-liter petrol. The 1.4 liter D-4D oil burner chucks out 67.1bhp and 170Nm of torque mated to a five speed unit. The 1.5 liter petrol belts out 88.8bhp and 132Nm and is mated to a five-speed manual unit.
May 27, 2014: The all new 11th generation Toyota Corolla Altis has finally graced the Indian shores at a starting price of Rs 11.99 lakhs (Ex-showroom Delhi). It was first unveiled in India at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo and was among the most anticipated launches of the year. Loaded with some premium features, Altis further betters its chances to topple the D-Segment competition. Available in both the diesel and petrol options, some of the enticing features embraced include Day time running lamp, Illuminated Scuff plate, Rear sun shade, 8-way Power driver seat with lumbar support, 5.8 touchscreen audio with DVD, USB, SD Card Reader, Aux-in, Keyless Entry with Jack Knife Design and many more.
October 31, 2014: Hyundai globally retails 10 million units of Elantra in its 24 years of existence. The company sold the Elantra on an average of 4,20,000 units a year which further breaks to 1,100 units a day. Elantra is Hyundai's first model to reach the 10 million figure. The company sold the Elantra on an average of 4,20,000 units a year which further breaks to 1,100 units a day. In India, Hyundai Elantra petrol model starts at Rs 12.92 lac while the diesel is offered at Rs 13.37 lac (Ex-showroom, Delhi).
June 24, 2014: Chevrolet revealed the interiors of the all-new 2015 Chevrolet Cruze. The automaker showcased the new Cruze at the Beijing Motor Show couple of months ago, while the interiors were under-the-wraps up until now. The sedan gets an all-new body along with all-new interiors and is based on the Tru-140S concept. The new Chvey Cruze will feature 'Dual Cockpit' layout inspired from the American muscles Camaro and Corvette. Seats are covered with 'Saddle brown' leather upholstery, while the dashboard gets saddle brown accents apart from all-black dash. The infotainment features Chevy’s latest MyLink II system which offers built-in Apps and also features voice control for various operation and Bluetooth phone integration for audio streaming.
November 17, 2014: Tata Indigo eCS, the first compact sedan from the Mumbai based manufacturer is now available with attractive benefits of Rs 40,000. The vehicle comes equipped with a new advanced F-Shift gearbox and new Duo Float suspension. Moreover, the petrol-CNG engine of the car is capable of developing 65bhp of top power and returns an amazing fuel efficiency figure of 24.6km/kg. It also offers an additional range of up to 230km in CNG over 650km in petrol. The Indigo emax has been introduced in 6 cities across India and will now be available in Delhi, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Tripura.
July 3, 2014: Nissan India drive-in the 2014 Nissan Sunny facelift at a price tag of Rs 6.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The sedan features various stylistic updates, while mechanically it remains unchanged. The front fascia of the vehicle sports complete overhaul, while rear features subtle changes. On the inside, the new Sunny features a new steering wheel (borrowed from the Terrano), new Piano Black central console sporting a 5.1-inch infotainment system with built-in navigation and Bluetooth. The vehicle continues to be powered the same 1.5 liter K9K diesel mated to a five speed manual transmission. On the other hand, petrol is also powered by the similar 1.5 liter naturally aspirated engine mated to a 5 speed manual or CVT AT.
November 21, 2014: Ford India is offering zero down payment scheme on Figo and Classic, the offer is valid on petrol and diesel Ford Figo Titanium/ Classic diesel titanium. The hatchback attracts a total saving of Rs. 68,000 while the sedan save a total of Rs. 50,000. Mechanically, Classic is powered by a 1.4 liter TDCI turbo diesel engine and a punchier 1.6 liter naturally aspirated petrol, both the engines are mated to a five speed manual transmission.
April 25, 2014: Volkswagen Jetta first arrived in 2011 with powerful yet fuel-efficient engine. Now, the company decides to bring an upgrade on the existing Jetta, and the new model is expected to arrive by early 2015 in India. In terms of design and styling, the vehicle will receive some of the notable changes throughout. At the front, the car features redesigned radiator grille with three cross fins, daytime running LEDs and a new bumper. On the other hand, interior upgrades are subtle with mid and high-level trims featuring dash and gauges framed in chrome-edged tubes and also color multifunction display. The engine is ideally to remain same; however, we can expect it to get retuned in order to churn top power of 150bhp on 2.0-litre engine.
November 22, 2014: GM china has revealed the next-gen Sail at the on-going Guangzhou Motor Show in China. Moreover, earlier in September, Chevrolet has launched the updated sedan version of Sail in a price range of Rs 5.19-7.64 lac (Ex-Showroom Delhi). Interiors have been improved with black and beige theme all around, 2-DIN music system with bluetooth and also a spacious boot adding extra convenience. The exteriors are more stylish as it has been enhanced with the sportier grille and the chrome finish looks elegant on the move. Mechanically, the engines remain the same 1.2 liter petrol and 1.3 liter turbo diesel.
November 12, 2014: Renault Scala RxL diesel is coming at special price of Rs. 8.01 Lac which is equivalent to its petrol counterpart! Renault says offer is available for limited stock until it lasts. RxL is a mid variant and comes with dual-front airbags along with ABS and EBD + Brake Assist. other features include, automatic climate control with rear AC vents, integrated 2-din music system, etc. Mechanically, Scala continues to offer 1.5L dCi turbo diesel and 1.5-liter petrol.
November 21, 2013 : Skoda India has launched a new base 1.8 Ambition petrol model of new Octavia sedan at Rs. 16.85 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai) . The bookings for the new trim are on, while the deliveries will start from January 2014. The new model costs around Rs. 2 lakh lesser than the Elegance trim. The new model looses out on some features such as LED daytime running lamps, rear declid spoiler, corner function with front fog lights, tyre pressure monitoring, headlight washer, side and curtain airbags, panoramic sunroof, 12-way electrically adjustable driver's seat, cruise control and others. Under the hood, the new model gets the same 1.8-litre turbocharged petrol engine that develops 177.6bhp and 250Nm of peak torque.
April 1 2013: In a flurry of big introductions, Maruti Suzuki India has softly launched the new 2013 Maruti Suzuki SX4 facelift in the Indian auto industry. The new SX4 has now received a more better exteriors and interiors along with a better fuel economy, however the company fif not changed the prices. Both diesel and petrol powered sedan have got better in terms of fuel economy. The petrol version of 2013 SX4 gives 16.51kmpl of mileage(a increase of 6 per cent), while the 1.3L turbo diesel SX4 returns 21.79kmpl of fuel economy. The CNG version of the sedan delivers a fuel efficiency of 22.1 km/kg.
November 22, 2014: Ford India is recalling 3,072 units of its midsize sedan Fiesta manufactured between October 2010 and December 2011. The recall is only limited to diesel TDCi models to replace the faulty part used in starting the diesel engine. Recently, the company has revealed a new version of Fiesta - Titanium Plus at 2014 Sao Paulo Motor Show, Brazil. It comes with added goodies, 6.5-inch touchscreen, sunroof, etc. The vehicle will go on sale early next year in Brazil, and we could get this version sometime in 2105.
November 18, 2014: Toyota celebrates first anniversary of Camry Hybrid in the country, the Japanese automaker says that 541 units of Camry Hybrid are sold since last year and Hybrid hold nearly 75 per cent of total Camry sales. Moreover, couple of days ago, Toyota has recalled 119 units of Camry in India which are manufactured and imported from Japan in between March and July 2011, due to a faulty front suspension. However earlier this yea in August, Toyota has also revealed current-gen Camry facelift at the ongoing Moscow International Auto Salon 2014 – MIAS 2014. Contrary to the aggressive looking Camry that Toyota showcased at the New York Auto Show few months back, seems like we'll probably going to receive this conventional makeover revealed at the Moscow Show! The Indian launch of the refreshed Camry is expected to be in coming months, as almost an year back they brought Camry Hybrid in the country (no alternations except the hybrid powertrain).
April 25, 2014: Hyundai introduces all-new 2014 Hyundai Sonata at the 2014 New York International Auto Show. This being the seventh-generation model, the new Sonata certainly has evolved in terms of looks. It offers subtle look through a new Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language, showcases stiffer body structure, better ride quality, reduced noise, vibration and harshness, and advanced safety and convenience features. The styling includes daytime running LED lights, 16-inch alloy wheels, a rear lip spoiler and a chrome surround day light opening. It will be powered with a 2.4-litre Theta II GDI, four-cylinder engine producing 185bhp of top power, and specifically for the American market, the company will also offer a 2.0-litre petrol engine that churns max power of 245bhp.
October 19, 2013: Tata Motors, India's leading car maker is all set to launch the next generation Manza CS compact sedan in the country by early 2014. The vehicle is expected to be showcased at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo, where the company will also present the 2014 Indica Vista. The front end of the vehicle is likely to be inspired by the Manza hybrid, which was showcased at the last year's auto show. The notchback gets a more aggressive front, which features a new headlights and bumper with triangular airdams. The new Manza CS will be positioned between the mid-size Manza sedan and Indigo eCs. It will be available in both petrol and diesel engine guise - a 1.2-litre XETA petrol engine and a 1.3-litre Multi-jet diesel engine.
September 2, 2013: Hindustan Motors has now finally announced the pricing for its newly introduced BS IV compliant Ambassador, named 'Encore'. The Ambassador Encore has been priced at Rs. 4.98 lakh (ex-showroom, Kolkata) , while the bookings too have started from today. Now with the launch of Encore, HM will be able to sell the product in the 17 Metro cities where BS III complaint cars were banned in April 2010. The major upgrade given to the car is the improvement in 1.5-litre diesel engine, which is now matches to BS IV standards and OBD 2 level. The company has rolled out the product under the no-refusal taxi segment. Buyers in the replacement taxi segment will be given more reduction in the announced price.
February 10, 2014: Skoda introduced the updated version of the Superb model at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo. With changes done to the front and rear, it is priced at Rs. 18.87 lakhs (ex-showroom- Delhi) and comes with several new features like new butterfly grille, redesigned bumper, new bonnet, Octavia-like bumper, new headlamps and tail-lamps with integrated daytime running LED’s and a new set of alloys. It has also been updated with a push button start and a new three-spoke multi-functional steering wheel, Adaptive Front Light System, Hill Hold Control, eight airbags, three-point safety belts and height-adjustable headrests. Its engine configuration is the same - a 1.8-litre TSI petrol(158bhp) and a 2.0-litre TDI diesel (138bhp). The price of the variants range from Rs. 18.87 lakhs to Rs. 25.20 lakhs.
March 4, 2014: Fiat India has finally launched the facelifted version of its saloon Linea at Rs.6.99 lakh, (Ex-showroom Delhi). The car that first saw the day light back in 2009 was getting minor updates from past four years, but today, the company has launched its major facelift version. The facelift version has already been showcased at the recently concluded 2014 Auto Expo. Fiat has provided all the bells and whistles in a very economical way. Even the base variant of T-Jet now comes with features such as Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), and four disc brakes to name a few.
October 4, 2014: Renault is offering its flagship sedan with extra two years warranty along with free road side assistance for 4 years in this festive month. Moreover, Fluence also comes with special corporate benefits available on both the trims of model year 2014. Earlier in March, Renault had launched the facelifted Fluence at Rs 13.99 lakh (Ex-Showroom, Delhi). The updated Fluence gets redesigned bumpers, aggressive front grill and LED DRLs. Inside the cabin, the saloon now features new infotainment system with 3D surround system and eight speakers, R-link infotainment module, satellite navigation. While the driver-aid technologies are also upgraded as it now includes automatic headlamps and rain sensing wipers.
March 19, 2014: The company has tied up with the Sharad Shakari Bank which will assist Mahindra customers to avail car loans and finance for commercial vehicles at any branch of the Bank across the country. With this alliance, Mahindra customers wil have access to priviliged services of the utility major.
Earlier, Mahindra & Mahindra, the popular Indian auto-maker unveiled the Verito Electric car at the last month's New Delhi Auto Expo. The cosmetic appearance of the Verito Electric is as same as the Verito petrol, but mechanically it has new 39 bhp AC motor that can run up to 100 kilometres in one charge. Moreover, the car gets fully charged in 6 hours. This eco-friendly car offers a silent and emission free ride and the efficient motor allows it to attain top speed of 86 kmph.
September 25, 2013: The Italian carmaker, Fiat has launched the affordable Linea Classic in the Indian car market for Rs. 5.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The Linea Classic is available in both diesel and petrol options. While, the petrol version is powered by the same 1.4-litre mill that develops 88bhp, the diesel model gets a detuned 1.3-litre Multijet engine that churns out 75bhp. Fiat Linea Classic is now available in three variants- a 1.4L Petrol Classic, a 1.3L Multijet Classic and a 1.3L Multijet Classic+. It will compete against the likes of Swift Dzire, Honda Amaze, Chevrolet Sail, Nissan Sunny, Ford Fiesta Classic and others.
July 22, 2014: Mercedes Benz India has officially rolled out its highly anticipated, CLA 45 AMG saloon in Indian automobile market. This is a performance oriented vehicle that comes equipped with a 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine that is capable of developing a whopping 360bhp in combination with a pounding torque output of 450Nm. This engine is coupled with a 7-speed AMG speedshift DCT transmission gear box that delivers torque to all its four wheels. It also comes equipped with an AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive system, which enables 50:50 load distribution. On the other hand, this saloon comes loaded with advanced features like 3-stage ESP with curve dynamic assist, which enhances the agility and traction of this vehicle. It is also packed with several attractive features like bi-xenon headlamps, a classy set of 5-twin spoke light weight alloy wheels and a twin-blade radiator grille painted in titanium grey. It is blessed with several advanced features like automatic AC unit, infotainment system, electrically adjustable front seats, and a multi-functional sports steering wheel. This astounding saloon has been priced at Rs. 68.50 lakh, ex-showroom New Delhi.