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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.
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.
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.
January 13, 2015: Honda refreshes Amaze's model lineup by adding Audio-Video Navigation. The car now gets a new VX(O) grade which will be placed above the existing VX grade in Manual Transmission in both petrol and diesel. Recently, Amaze gets 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.
January 29, 2015: Hyundai India is all set to launch the 2015 Hyundai Verna on 17th February, 2015. The new Verna will be identical to the facelifted 'Solaris' sold in Russia. Just like Russia, new Verna gets an all new face with a longer and pointier nose. It also gets new headlights with projector lamps, which are more elongated. The new two slated grille is wider, while the inverted comma like fog lamps are integrated with LED daytime-running lights. In addition, it will also get new 16-inch alloy wheels and LED tail lights. Inside, the car is likely to get a new audio system, while top-end variants might also get a new touch-screen infotainment unit. It will also get new upholstery, rear AC vents, a multifunctional steering wheel and intelligent parking assistance with camera to add to the style, comfort and convenience quotient.
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.
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.
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.
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.
December 10, 2014: Skoda India under the Great Online Shopping Festival (A Google Initiative) is offering free Garmin portable navigation with reverse camera on the first 50 bookings of Rapid sedan. The Rapid facelift houses the fuel efficient 1.5-litre TDI diesel and 1.6-litre MPI petrol engine. Both petrol and diesel engine churns a power of 103.5bhp. 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.
December 08, 2014: Volkswagen is offering its cherished sedan, Vento with a number of benefits. the company is now presenting free insurance for two years along with free AMC - Annual Maintenance Cost - for two years or 45,000 kms whichever comes first. Apart from all this, company also offers extended warranty for the 3rd year on the Vento. Furthermore, it also attracts Exchange benefits up to Rs. 30,000. However, the special benefits are offered only on the previous model of Vento not the facelifted sedan.
December 2, 2014: Toyota is offering special scheme on the diesel variant of the current-gen Corolla Altis . The Japanese automaker is offers genuine accessories worth Rs 35,000 on the Altis in its Remember December offer. Couple of days earlier, Toyota has recalled 5,834 units of Corolla Altis (10th generation Corolla) in India, produced in between June 15, 2010 and May 23, 2011. The recall is to replace a faulty component that prevents oil entering into the air intake system. Moreover in May, Toyota has launched the 11th generation Corrola Altis at a starting price of Rs. 11.99 Lac (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.
January 30, 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.
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.
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).
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.
January 30, 2014: Volkswagen will launch the facelifted Jetta on 17th February. Competing against the likes of Skoda Octavia, Renault Fluence, Hyundai Elantra and the Toyota Corolla Altis, the model is a facelift more than a new product and gets minor updates inside-out. The most significant changes on the new Jetta are upfront. Its front fascia now looks a lot like its elder brother, Passat, incorporating the similar three-slat chrome front radiator grille. While the engines are most likely to remain same, that is a 120 bhp- 1.4-litre TSI petrol and 138bhp- 2.0-litre TDi diesel powerplants. Even the gearbox choices are unlikely to see a change and a 6-speed manual and dual-clutch automatic (DSG) transmission (diesel only) will continue to transfer power to the front wheels.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January 20, 2014: Renault India has announced that they will recall 646 cars (Pulse + Scala) in the country. The French automaker is voluntarily recalling 620 units of Pulse hatchback along with 26 units of Scala. The recall includes both petrol and diesel variants of Pulse while affected Scalas account for diesel variants only. The recall is regarding faulty driver airbags which Renault says are supplied by the Takata Corporation
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.
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).
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.
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.
December 15, 2014: Skoda has released the very first sketch of the India bound third generation 2015 Superb. The Czech Republic automaker's flagship sedan will make its public debut in mid-February in Prague and will go on sale from mid-2015. Earlier in February this year, 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.
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 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.
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.