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February 24, 2015 : Maruti Suzuki has silently launched the facelifted Swift Dzire at Rs 5.07 lac while the ZDi (diesel top variant) costs Rs 7.81 lac (Ex-Showroom, Delhi). The most selling compact sedan from India's largest passenger car seller is now offered with four new eye catching shades in both petrol and diesel models. On the exterior, the car now gets single-chrome slat grille, smoked head-lamps, chrome inserts on log lamps, redesigned bumpers and new set of alloy wheels. While as seen in the swift facelift, its bigger sibling, Swift Dzire too gets start-stop button, reverse parking sensors, rear power socket, electrically adjustable folding mirrors and a new music system.
January 22, 2015: Mercedes Benz today launched its much anticipated CLA-Class in the country with a starting price tag of Rs 31.50 Lacs (Ex-showroom, Delhi). The German car manufacturer has already launched the CLA's performance-oriented version, the CLA45 AMG last year. The CLA is positioned below the recently launched C-Class and will primarily compete against the cheapest Audi in the country, the A3 sedan. Based on the familiar MFA (Mercedes Front-wheel drive Architecture) platform, that underpins all the front-wheel drive products from Mercedes. The CLA Class is offered with both petrol and diesel engine options, right from the beginning, unlike the C-Class. The new saloon offers two engine options, namely a 2.0-litre turbo petrol and a 2.1 litre diesel.
February 18, 2015: Hyundai has finally launched the new Fluidic 4S Verna at Rs 7.73 lac (Ex-Showroom, Delhi) while the diesel model is priced at Rs 8.94 lac. In the new Verna 4S (which stands for Style, Safety, Sophistication and Speed) the front fascia features wind shaped grille with twin salted chrome linings, redesigned front bumper and new fog light housings. While the rear gets slightly redesigned tail lamps along with a reworked bumper which now incorporate reflectors at each end finish up the design changes. On the safety front the car offers ABS as standard safety feature while the top variant gets six airbags, rain-sensing wipers and auto headlamps.
December 1, 2014: Honda City is again gloating on the sales chart with over 7000 units sold last month. Shifting of production from Greater Noida to the company's new manufacturing plant in Tapukara, Alwar has decreased the waiting period of the City. Moreover, the availability of the sedan has also increased since Honda India started second shift at Tapukara facility.
February 12, 2015: Honda Cars India Ltd. (HCIL) has launched new Petrol/ CNG bi-fuel version of its Amaze compact sedan, christened as Amaze 1.2 S MT Plus. Priced at INR 6.54 Lacs (including CNG kit installation) , the new variant is available from today onwards in the cities where the alternative fuel is on offer. The new variant has been specially tuned to run on CNG, the suspension has been tweaked, and a specially prepared wiring harnesses to ensure high level of quality, has been added.
January 27, 2015: Maruti Suzuki has introduced the anticipated top-end Z+ trims of the Ciaz, the ZXI+ (Petrol) costs Rs. 9.81 Lac while the ZDI+ (Diesel) costs Rs. 10.37 Lac (All Ex-Showroom Prices New Delhi). The Z+ trims carries forward the goodies from the Z trims and adds a 7-inch touch screen 'SmartPlay' infotainment system with voice commands and navigation along with leather upholstery, leather wrapped steering wheel and 16-inch alloy wheels.
Earlier in December, Maruti Suzuki has recalled 3,796 units of Ciaz to replace a faulty part of clutch operation system, manufactured till 7 November. The inspection and replacement will be done free of cost, and the dealers across the country have already started contacting the owners of impacted vehicles. For self checking, Ciaz customers can fill in the chassis number (MA3 followed by 14 digit alpha-numeric number) in the MSI's official website 'www.marutisuzuki.com' to ascertain if their sedan is among the above mentioned vehicles or not.
March 10th, 2015: Tata Zest is once again in news as the compact sedan has been launched in a new top of the line automatic variant at Rs. 8.07 lac (ex-showroom, Delhi). The XTA diesel AMT variant now comes equipped with all the features that were missing in the mid-range XMA variant. The new trim flaunts LED daytime running lights on the exterior front while interiors are also beefed up with Harmon touchscreen infotainment system, reverse parking sensors, automatic climate control and height adjustable driver's seat. Safety is strengthened with dual airbags and rear defogger.
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.
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.
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.
March 24, 2015: Toyota has further exaggerated the Corolla ’s ESport variant in the Thai market by introducing ESport Nurburgring Edition at the on-going 36th Bangkok International Motor Show. The vehicle will go on sale on April 1, 2015 and is launched to celebrate 7th place finish at Nurburgring endurance race. Last week - leaked pictures on the interweb suggests that its the production version of the upcoming Corolla facelift which could be launched next year. The spied picture shows revamped bumper with honeycomb mesh grille and a bit of chrome treatment, LED DRLs at the lower end and chrome surrounds on headlights. Side profile flaunts new alloys while the rear too gets changes in the form of refreshed bumper with black cladding and clear lens tail lamps. The sedan is expected to be officially showcased at the Shanghai Auto Show 2015.
March 10, 2015: Skoda India has launched a limited period Rapid Zeal edition in the country. it offers beige Alcantara and leatherette seat upholstery, navigation device that couples up as a reverse parking camera screen, Parktronics - rear parking sensors, an observation mirror and floor textile mats. It is available in all the color options and with both 1.6 MPI petrol engine and the new 1.5 TDI oil burner and along with both the manual and automatic transmissions.
February 25, 2015 : Renault India has reportedly put a temporary stop on the production of its Scala sedan and Pulse hatchback, citing low demands of these models in the country. As per the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), the company hasn’t rolled out Scala from the facility since 183 units were manufactured in May last year, while the last batch of the Pulse was made in October, accounting for mere 59 units. The company most likely will launch the facelifts for both the models and once the refreshed models will arrive in the market, the production is expected to get back its pace again. Renault offers the Scala with 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engine options, while the Pulse is being offered with a 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel mills.
March 23, 2015: Images from Russia has revealed the upcoming Vento facelift entirely. The vehicle is expected to launch around the festive season in the country. Moreover, starting this month, Volkswagen India has introduces a special edition of the new Vento - ‘Magnific’. The special edition is only available in Highline and Comfortline trim levels and it will be sold in showrooms from 10th March 2015 onwards. Earlier in the last week of February, Volkswagen organized second round of driver selections’ for the main event of Vento Cup 2015. The selection round will be taking place in a Go-Karting race track situated in Pune. The people qualifying from this round will form second batch that will battle in the main event with the first batch select from the first round of driver selections’. A fees of INR 5,000 is applicable that includes refundable deposits for damage cost.
March 2, 2015: This March, Toyota Kirloskar Motor India is offering Etios sedan diesel variants with TGA - Toyota’s Genuine Accessories worth Rs. 20,000, in their Holi offer. Earlier in January 2015, Toyota Motor Corporation has announced that its subsidiary Toyota do Brasil LTDA plans to increase annual "Etios " vehicle production at its Sorocaba Plant in São Paulo from 74,000 units to 108,000 units. The increase, which is scheduled to come into effect at the beginning of 2016, is aimed to meet increased demand for the vehicle series in Brazil, and will involve additional investment of around 100 million Brazilian real. When launched in September 2012 in Brazil, the sales of Etios ranged between 2,000 and 3,000 units per month. Thanks to the constant improvements with features such as new seat upholstery, seat height adjusters, new variants such as Etios Cross and expansion of network to a total of 54 new dealerships and satellite stores have resulted in increase in sales that have now reached between 6,000 and 7,000 units.
December 5, 2014: Chevrolet Cruze, which recently got a facelift in India, is being offered with year-end benefits upto INR 60,000. Though the new model is mechanically identical to the predecessor, but carries some minor changes inside-out. Some minor tweaks on the front bumper, new front-grille and the chrome detailing around the fog lamps, are some the prominent exterior changes.
March 25, 2015: In line with its 15 in ‘15 launch strategy, Mercedes-Benz India today launched the E400 Cabriolet in India alongside the CLS facelift. To be sold through the CBU route in the country, the car will serve more as a halo product (than a volume seller) in the company’s line-up.he E-Class sedan is anyhow a good looking car, but in this Cabriolet form it looks even better. It is powered by a 3.0-litre, six-cylinder (V6) turbo-petrol motor, that puts maximum power of 328 bhp at 5,250 - 6,000 rpm and peak torque of 480 Nm between 1,200 - 4,000 rpm that’s routed via a nine-speed automatic gearbox. The cabriolet, according to the company, does a 0-100 kmph stint in just 5.3 seconds.
February 16, 2015 : Hyundai has just released the new Elantra GT for the american market at this year's Chicago Auto Show. Not yet for India, but this model could gain some huge liking here as this segment is a booming area. This one though has a 2.0 litre petrol engine dishing out 173bhp of maximum power along with 208Nm of peak torque. Changes on the new model include a revised front facia and interior tweaks. Another highlight is the dynamic seating arrangement which can be modified to accommodate 5 passengers or 4 passengers and cargo.
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 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.
March 10, 2015: Skoda India has launched a limited period Octavia Zeal edition in the country. The Zeal edition looks radically different compared to the stock offering. It gets sporty all-black interiors featuring opulent Alcantara leather seats and black door trims. Earlier last month, the Czech Automaker has announced a new hotter special version of the already burning Octavia RS TSI - ŠKODA Octavia RS 230. This version debuted at on-going 85th Geneva Motor Show. The Octavia RS special edition’s market launch is set for June 2015 in Europe. Speaking of the Indian launch, Skoda India has not hinted towards the introduction of vRS range in India as of now, although they used to sell their hotter vRS cars in India earlier.
December 5, 2014: In the month of December, Chevrolet is offering benefits of upto INR 55,000 on its recently-updated Sail series (hatchback and sedan). Powering the updated offerings are a 1.3 litre SDE SMARTECH turbocharged diesel engine and a locally developed 1.2 litre SMARTECH petrol engine. The diesel engine produces 74bhp of maximum power at 4,000rpm and peak torque generated is 190Nm from 1,750rpm. While petrol mill puts out 82bhp of maximum power at 6,000rpm and a peak torque of 108.5Nm at 5,000rpm.
December 10, 2014: Continuing with the offers on the Figo-Classic-duo, Ford India is offering special benefit in Goggle's Great Online Shopping Festival - GOSF -2014. The refreshed Figo attracts total saving of Rs. 71,000 while Classic (earlier known as Fiesta) attracts special offer of Rs. 64,000. The offer is valid on bookings made in between 10th-12th December. Earlier in November, the American automaker was 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.
December 10, 2014: On the 2014 Ford Fiesta, Ford India is offering special benefits upto Rs. 73,000 in the Goggle's Great Online Shopping Festival - GOSF -2014. The offer is valid only on bookings made in-between 10th-12th December 2014. Moreover, Ford India is also recalling 3,072 units of its previous model Fiesta sedan 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 2015.
March 10, 2015: Skoda India has launched a limited period Superb Zeal edition in the country. The Zeal edition looks radically different compared to the stock offering. It gets sporty all-black interiors featuring opulent Alcantara leather seats and black door trims. Earlier in the first week of March, Skoda has made the globally public debuted of the third generation Superb at the on-going 2015 Geneva Motor Show. The 2016 Superb will be launched in the month of June while deliveries will start in UK in September. Indian launch is expected early next year. Moreover, nearly an year before, Skoda had introduced the updated version of the Superb model at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo. The changes are concentric to the front and rear end of the vehicle, the price of the variants range from Rs. 18.87 lakhs to Rs. 25.20 lakhs (Ex-Showroom New Delhi).
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.
March 25, 2015: Fiat, is supposedly testing its next generation C-segment sedan, Linea . The car is seen testing on some Swedish roads and is covered in heavy camouflage. It is said to replace the current Linea in several European and American market next year and hence its Indian advent is quite far. The spy shots reveal that this prototype has a contemporary design with a wide body, long wheelbase and a sporty rear. This all new Linea will probably be launched in 2016 and will only come to India after that.
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).
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 29, 2014: The Hrithik-Katrina starrer Bang Bang will feature stylish red Volvo S60 R-Design as their ride in the flick. Recently, Volvo also launched the S60 R-Design priced at Rs 40.10 lakh (Ex-showroom, Delhi). The R-Design trims gets cosmetic changes such as newly designed front bumper, 18 inch diamond cut alloys, black honeycomb air dam, black grille with R-Design badge. The other extra features embraced by the R-Design are ORVMs with silver finish, two chrome exhausts and a visible diffuser. While inside the cabin, the vehicle features R-Design seats, R-Design steering wheel, an upgraded audio system and paddle shifters for quick shifts. Moreover, in terms of safety, the car gets rear view camera, satellite navigation and an infotainment system.
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.