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August 12, 2014 : Tata Motors has launched its compact sedan Zest today on August 12, 2014 at a price tag of Rs. 4.64 lakh (petrol) and Rs. 5.64 lakh (diesel). Zest being a compact sedan will lock horns with Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire, Honda Amaze and recently launched Hyundai Xcent. The production of Zest has already started at Ranjangaon plant in Maharashtra with Fiat. The dealers have already started to take bookings of the compact sedan with an upfront payment of INR 21,000 for both petrol and diesel. Apart from the sporty looks from the Tata's debutante 'DESIGNEXT' design philosophy, Zest gets several first-in-class features like tailor-made 5-inch HARMAN touchscreen infotainment system, projector headlamps, day-time-running-LEDs, LED tail lamps and multi-drive modes (ECO, SPORTS, CITY).
June 10, 2014: Honda has sold more that 88,000 units of Amaze in just a span of one year. The car was launched in April last year and since than it has been a huge sucess 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 chruns a power of 98.6bhp while the petrol model houses 1.2-litre i-VTEC engine which develops a power of 86.8bhp. Company claims that the diesel model delivers a fuel economy of 25.8kmpl. Currently, the company has 172 facilities across 109 cities while it intends to increase them to 230 facilities across 150 cities.
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.
July 24, 2014 : Honda Car India is getting an overwhelming response from their new Honda City. The mid-size sedan is attracting a maximum waiting period of six month. Speaking in this context, the waiting period varies according to cities and also depends on the engine trim & variant plus colour option too. The petrol is attracting 2-4 months waiting period while the diesel being the popular one attracts 4-5 months. The CVT petrol and sunroof variant of diesel and petrol are witnessing 6 months delay.
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.
August 27, 2014: Hyundai Russia showcased the facelifted Verna (known as Solaris in Russia) at the ongoing Moscow International Auto Salon 2014 – MIAS 2014. The facelifted Verna is expected to launch early 2015 or by the end of this year in India, while the car has been previewed in Russia couple of months ago and is already on sale there. Mechanically, it gets the same powerplants 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.
September 23, 2014: The 2014 Vento facelift will be launched tomorrow on 24th September. The new Vento will be coming with similar updates that were seen on the 2014 Polo refresh recently. Vento is coming with Polo derived new 1.5 TDI turbo diesel engine. The motor produces 103.5bhp and 250Nm of max torque and will be offered with a 7-speed dual-shift DSG automatic transmission. Expect similar stylistic upgrades inside-out that were seen on the new 2014 Polo. Moreover, Skoda is also launching 2014 Rapid facelift on 30th of this month with the same engine.
September 19, 2014: Skoda India after the launch of Yeti is now prepping up for the second launch of month with the Rapid Facelift on 30th September, 2014. Belonging to same VW family, the car shares mechanical similarities of Vento and 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 new in the gearbox is the VW's renowned 7-speed DSG automatic. On the petrol front, expect similar powertrains from the previous model. Moreover, cosmetic changes will be elusive. The saloon is expected to be priced in under Rs 10 lakh and lock horns with upcoming Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, market leader Honda City and the sleeky Hyundai Verna.
July 3, 2014: Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt. Ltd., introduced a new limited edition variant of its Etios sedan. Christened as Etios Xclusive, the production of this edition is limited to just 900 units. Based on the G grade of the current line-up, the new edition is available in two existing colours- Classic Grey and Symphony Silver. The Etios Xclusive now features new front full-chrome grille, chrome garnishing on the taillights, headlamp and ORVM, accounts for the exterior changes. A new Bluetooth equipped Audio system and a limited edition ‘Xclusive' badge are the additions on the inside.
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.
November 25, 2013: Hyundai, the South Korean carmaker has unveiled the 2014 Elantra saloon at the LA Motor Show. The vehicle retains the same fluidic design philosophy, but it now gets a new set of features and changes. The model now features an all-new front and rear exterior designs, and some interior styling tweaks. It now comes equipped with next-generation navigation, audio technology, a 4.3-inch color touchscreen with integrated rearview camera and others. The new Elantra now has a more elongated front fog lamps and new LED tail lamps. It gets new hill-start assist control, new driver's blind spot mirror, standard blue link and Hyundai assurance connected care. It is also expected that the new model will also make its way to the Indian car market.
September 4, 2014: Ford India celebrates Teachers Day by providing special offer on the 2014 Ford Figo. The offer is available across all the 304 Ford exclusive outlets covering 164 cities. The special offer will enable teachers to avail exclusive benefits of Rs.16500/- on select variants of the Ford Classic ; teachers will also be eligible for ongoing discounts and benefits including exchange bonus, free extended warranty and free insurance, on the Classic. To know more about the offer, customers can SMS “FBC FDS” to 56263 or write to FBCindia@ford.com. 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.
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.
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 22, 2013: India's leading car-maker, Tata has launched the CNG version of Indigo in the Indian car market. It has been priced at Rs. 4.99 lakh for the entry level GLS model and Rs. 5.27 lakh for the GLX model. 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 vehicle comes equipped with a new advanced F-Shift gear box and new Duo Float suspension. 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.
September 23, 2014: Chevrolet will launch the updated Sail Sedan tomorrow on 24th September. The entry level sedan is coming with elusive exterior changes but things inside will be completely revved-up. The sedan is likely to get a new dual-tone black and beige interior treatment compared to current one featuring lighter overall tone. It is also getting a new 2-din audio system with Bluetooth and Beat like blue-back-lit. Mechanically it will remain same sporting 1.2 liter petrol (84.8bhp, 113Nm) and 1.3 liter turbo diesel (76.5bhp, 205Nm) SMARTECH engines under the hood mated to a five-speed manual.
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.
June 19, 2014: Ford India has launched the all new 2014 Ford Fiesta with price tag of Rs 7.69 (ex-showroom, New Delhi) . The company has offered the sedan in three variants Ambiente, Trend and Titanium all housing the same 1.5-litre TDCi turbo diesel engine mated to five speed manual transmission. The engine churns a maximum power 90 hp with a peak torque of 205 Nm. The car delivers a fuel economy of 25.01kmpl. Pitched in the growing C segment, Fiesta lock horns with the segment leader Honda City and Hyundai Verna.
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.
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.
September 11, 2014: Mercedes-Benz launched the E 350 CDI at Rs 57.42 lakh (Ex-Showroom, Pune ). The E 350CDI houses 3.0-litre V6 engine. The saloon features Intelligent Drive’ technology which offers superior control for better safety. Up until now the E-Class is available with 2.0-litre petrol engine in E200, 2.1-litre diesel engine in E250 CDi and the performance variant E63 AMG with 5.5-litre V8 petrol. With the introduction of peppier diesel engine, the manufacturer looks to tap the increasing demand of diesel enthusiasts by giving them a twin turbocharged V6 engine as the new heart of E-Class.
June 13, 2014: Renault India has launched the Scala Travelogue Edition at a price of Rs 8.48 lakh, which is based on the RXL petrol variant. On the diesel front, the Travelogue Edition starts with a price tag of Rs 9.31 lakh for RXL diesel while the RxZ model costs 10.20 lakh. Travelogue Edition in CVT is priced as RxL CVT at Rs 9.62 lakh and RxZ CVT at Rs 10.51 lakh. The Travelogue Edition features touch-screen navigation system, Bluetooth connectivity, LED Scuff plates, Sun blinds and side blinkers on ORVMs. Mechanically the car remains unchanged as it will keep on housing its tried and tested 1.5- litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engine.
Volkswagen today launched the Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion TDI in India. The new super luxury sedan is powered with the 2.0 liter diesel engine. The diesel engine can produce a robust 170 bhp of power and an excellent 350 Nm torque. This new sedan is incorporated with fuel saving features like reduced engine idle speed, longer gear ratios, Start-stop technology, Regenerative braking etc. Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion diesel is priced at 20.18 lakhs for the Trendline model, however the Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion Comfortline model is tagged at Rs 23.80 lakhs. On the other hand Volkswagen has priced the Highline model at Rs 25.65 lakhs.
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.
August 27, 2014: Toyota has reveals the 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).
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 25, 2014: Today, Renault has launched the facelift of 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. The power development is done 2.0-litre petrol engine or 1.5 litre K9K diesel turbo engine. The petrol engine develops a power of 135.1bhp while the oil burner churns 108.5bhp. The petrol variant is also available with CVT transmission while the diesel model is offered with five-speed manual transmission.
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.
August 19, 2014: Volvo silently launched the S60 R-Design priced at Rs 40.10 lakh (Ex-showroom, Delhi). The R-Design trims get 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.
26th-Jan-2012 : Nissan Teana, the luxurious four-wheeler comes in petrol engine and is brought in India as completely built unit (CBU). The extremely pricey Teana which is also known as Nissan Altima in US market, will come with a highly improved CVT (Continuous Variable Transmission) by 2013 or so. This will surely give a boost to the fuel efficiency of Nissan Teana priced at Rs 21.46 lakh-Rs 25.91 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
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.