Saturday, 31 December 2011

Oil companies cut jet fuel price by Rs 622 per kl

Are the State owned Oil Companies cutting the price of ATF, commonly called as Jet fuel so as to give a relief to the already burdened Airline sector and increasing the price of Petrol for two and four wheelers so as to get a no profit no loss situation ?

In a recent report it has been revealed that the State owned Oil Companies including IOC and other fuel retailers, Hindustan Petroleum and Bharat Petroleum had on December 16 reduced ATF price by 1.3 per cent to Rs 63,739.10 per kl on account of softening in the commodity's international rates, if that is the case then why is there a proposal given by the same State owned Oil Companies to increase the price of petrol for the common masses.

Jet fuel in Mumbai will cost Rs 64,054 per kl from tomorrow as against current rate of Rs 64730.23 per kl, a decrease of over Rs 676 per kl. The reductions this month comes on back of a steep 3.7 per cent hike in rates effected from December 1. Prior to that, ATF rates had been increased by Rs 1,195 per kl from November 16 and by 3.8 per cent or Rs 2,845 per kl from November 1.

The official said the reduction was possible because fall in international jet fuel prices has offset weakening of the rupee against the US dollar.

Iran Oil Minister Rostam Qasemi says Global oil price will surge to over $200

Iran Oil Minister Mr. Rostam Qasemi says if Iran's petroleum sector is hit with new Western sanctions, the whole world will have to pay a hefty price for it as the price of the petrol could rise steeply. He says it is difficult to predict the accurate rise but the price could rise to atleast $200 per barrel.

Qasemi comments comes as the European Union was considering a possible EU embargo on Iranian oil imports. EU foreign ministers are to meet on the issue in a month's time.US President Barack Obama is also expected to soon sign into law additional restrictions on Iran's central bank, which acts as the main conduit for Iranian oil sales.

Twenty percent of the world's oil moves through the Strait of Hormuz, at the entrance of the Gulf, making it the "most important chokepoint" globally, according to information released Friday by the US Energy Information Administration.Iran is subject to four rounds of UN sanctions over its nuclear programme, which many Western countries allege is being used to develop atomic weapons. Tehran denies the allegation.

Watch the First Exclusive Video of KTM Duke 200 Roaringgg, to be unveiled at 2012 Auto Expo

The motorcycling enthusiasts who have been craving for the affordable performance machines for the last decade or so, finally have been overjoyed as their prayers have been answered in the last one year. After Kawasaki Ninja 250R and Honda CBR 250R, now it is the time for the Austrian bike maker KTM to launch their mean machine Duke 200.

We fortunately got a chance to drive the mean machine in Pune during an ongoing event for dealers, a mechanical training campaign and for reader reviews at its Chakan Plant near Pune. We must tell you the bike sounds real roary and sounds like roaring of a Lion. Now only us, everybody who came back after driving the bike kept on raving about the way the 200cc DOHC motor revs in each and every gear. We wouldnot keep you waiting for so long, just hit the button below, watch the Video and we are sure you will hit the Like/Share button at the top.

It was also told to Team Wheel-O-Mania that the car would reach the dealers near you as early as next week, the statement of KTM-Bajaj team also gets support from the fact that the bike will be unveiled at 2012 Auto Expo. After ridintg the bike, we can surely say that once the accelerator of the bikes goes full on during Auto Expo, it would surely be a show stopper there. The bike would be priced approximately around Rs. 1.2 Lac.

According to reports, the rear suspension too comes from WP and is linked to the gorgeously crafted lightweight, high quality, die-cast swingarm. The brakes are from Brembo's sub-brand Bybre with a radial four-piston brake caliper biting on to a 300mm brake disc on the front, while a 230mm disc with a single caliper takes care of the stopping duties on the rear. The equally stylish lightweight cast alloy 17-inch wheels are shod with grippy high performance soft compound rubber supplied by MRF tyres, with the front wheel running a wide 110mm section while a meaty 150mm section serves the rear wheel. For improved handling, the weight is centralised with the exhaust unit too finding a place right under the engine.

Russian Auto Manufacturer, Yo Motors promises first Hybrid Car for Russia in December 2012 - VIDEO

Russian automaker Yo-Auto is promising to deliver the country’s first hybrid car in 2012. The company, founded by billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, hopes to sell “peoples’ cars” for under $10,000 each for their first models.

Not many details surround the potential hybrid Yo-Auto is looking to produce, nor is there many details on their production model. But Yo-Auto’s website shows that a light commercial truck and a passenger CUV are also in the works.

The features Yo-Auto promises to equip as standard include:

• Multifunctional steering wheel
• Touchscreen control panel
• Climate control
• GPS navigation system
• Automatic ICE start/stop
• Remote diagnostics
• Audio amplifier output
• Optional rear view camera
• Optional road signs module recognition
• Multimedia system with "extended ё-functionality," internet access, audio or video playback from external USB storage devices, hands-free phone system.

Yo-Auto’s designs will be made in collaboration with the truck manufacturer Yarovit Motors and Prokhorov’s Onexim Group which is located near St. Petersburg. Prokhorov is also the owner of New Jersey Nets basketball team and will run for the 2012 Russian presidency against Vladimir Putin. Prokhorov is the third richest person in Russia and the 32nd riches in the world, with an estimated $18 billion.

Check out the Video of Russia's first Hybrid Car

Peugeot 508 Sedan to be unveiled at 2012 Auto Expo

We had already updated all our viewers with the spy shots of Peugeot 508 sedan and Peugeot 207 hatchback. Though both of these cars would be launched in India, but Peugeot 508 would be the first one to be unveiled in India. The day when this is gonna happen is not so far, the car would be unveiled during Upcoming 2012 Auto Expo.

The Peugeot 508 is a large family car launched in 2010 by French automaker Peugeot. It replaces the Peugeot 407 as well as the larger Peugeot 607, for which no more direct replacement is scheduled. It shares its platform and most engine options with the second-generation Citroën C5: the two cars are produced alongside one another at the company's Rennes Plant, and in Wuhan, China for sales inside China.The 508 sedan is 4.79 m (189 in) long, while the 508 SW (station wagon) is 4.81 m (189 in) long. Compared to the Peugeot 407 the 508 has a shorter front overhang and a longer rear passenger compartment.

For other stories of Peugeot 508, Click here

Friday, 30 December 2011

Mangusta Legacy Concept aims to honor the memory of famous Italian sports car

Every so often we come upon a concept car that, despite not offering any sort of real world specifications or possibility of coming to fruition, offers an unprecedented display of what makes a concept car design both refined, yet appropriately edgy.

The design of the original Mangusta was penned by Giorgetto Giugiaro, who at the time was working at Turin-based coachbuilder Ghia.

The car had a distinctive silhouette with a height of just 1,100 mm, and featured a very large windscreen, gullwing doors, and an essential interior.

Fascinated by this icon, Maxime decided to create a modern reinterpretation of the car, adapting its character to the modern technologies and design trends.

The result is the Mangusta Legacy Concept, an extreme, low sportscar which maintains the main design elements and character of the original.

CNG Price to increase by Rs 1.75 per Kg in Delhi from today Midnight

Fuel hike has been one of the most common news across the Oil section these days. Wonder why is it so much, One day it's petrol price hike, the next day comes a diesel hike and the very next day a CNG price hike. The uncertain government policy has made it difficult for the common masses to take a decision on vehicle purchase and at the same time the investments are being delayed by the auto makers in order to get a clarity on fuel hike decision.

As per the latest news article, the price of compressed natural gas (CNG) has been hiked by Rs 1.75 per kg in the national capital with effect from midnight tonight, mainly on account of rupee depreciation against the US dollar. The new consumer price in Delhi will be Rs 33.75 per kg, while it will be Rs 37.90 per kg in Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad. This is the fifth increase in CNG rates this year.

IGL had last raised CNG prices in Delhi by Rs 2 per kg to Rs 32 per kg from October 1. IGL Managing Director M Ravindran said: "We have been forced to increase the retail price of CNG due to a major increase in the input cost of entire pool of natural gas being sourced by us as a result of recent appreciation of the dollar vis-a-vis the rupee and the increased dependence on imported LNG."

The hike was necessitated because IGL bought expensive imported LNG to make up for the stoppage of supplies from Reliance Industries' eastern offshore KG-D6 gas field because of a fall in output.

Mitsubishi Plug-in-hybrid headed for launch in 2013

Mitsubishi is busy working away on its next-generation Outlander SUV, inspired by the recent PX-MiEV and PX-MiEV II concepts.
While the MiEV concepts utilise a petrol-electric plug-in hybrid power train, the new Outlander is expected to stick with conventional petrol and diesel hearts. Initially, at least.
A hybrid version of the new SUV has been expected since the first PX-MiEV was revealed in 2009, and a new report in Japan's Nikkei business paper this week suggests it could arrive as soon as 2013.

Details of the new ultra-green SUV and sources for the information were not revealed, although the report claims that the new hybrid will get a global debut in the year following its launch.
In concept form, the PX-MiEV II is powered by a 70kW 2.0 litre petrol engine, paired with two electric motors to produce a combined 120kW. Mitsubishi's new twin-motor four-wheel-drive system and Super All-Wheel Control is also featured.
The regular petrol and diesel versions of the new Outlander, its styling inspired by the PX-MiEV concepts, is expected to make its production debut in the coming year.

2013 BMW R1250GS Adventure bike spotted testing - Spy Images

The BMW R1200GS has been the bike of choice of many travellers. The bike has proved its capabilities on numerous occasions. Hollywood star Ewen McGregor and his friend and actor Charlie Boorman took the bike on a trip around the world. A few years later, the chaps rode their bikes from Scotland to Cape Town. The BMW R1200GS never got bogged down through out their journey except for in Siberia where the team had to be assisted by a truck to get to Magadan on the eastern send of Russia.

BMW is now updating its popular endurance bike with a much larger engine and other improvements. The 2013 BMW R1250GS was spotted doing its testing rounds recently. For the first time Asphalt and Rubber has managed to get hold of the clearest images of the upcoming endurance bike from BMW. BMW seems to have gone with their usual horizontally opposed twin-cylinder air-cooled configuration. The R1200GS has been using BMW’s air-cooled engine for quite a while now and could be upgraded into a liquid cooled motor on the new model.

BMW has already started selling their bikes in India. The bikes can be ordered via private dealerships who import the bikes from Germany. BMW Motorad plans to open factory showrooms in the country in coming years once there is substantial demand for their bikes. We expect the new bike to be launched sometime in 2012 and will be available in India once it goes on sale globally.

Petrol prices may go up by Rs 2.25 from January 2 2012 midnight

State owned Oil Companies are ready to roar again, this time with a tag of Rs 2.25 per liter from Monday, 02nd January 2011 midnnight. The officials of these companies says the proposals are ready and they are yet again set to fire unless the government asks them to wait for the assembly elections.

Companies' executives say that compared to the landed price of imported petrol, domestic rates need to be raised by Rs 1.90 per litre, excluding local taxes. "If the entire loss is passed on to the consumer, with 20% state duties, the fuel will be costlier by 2.28 a litre in the Capital," one executive said. State levies vary from state to state.

The government allowed state oil firms to align petrol price with international rates on June last year, but companies always informally consulted it before taking any pricing decisions.

The three major oil companies raised domestic retail prices of petrol by Rs 1.80 a litre on Nov 4 in Delhi. They cut the price by Rs 2.22 per litre and Rs 0.78 a litre in the following two fortnights.

Thursday, 29 December 2011

Test-drive the new Hyundai Eon and stand a chance to win Don2 tickets - D(ON) with E(ON)

Hyundai has launched a new promotional campaign around its latest small car, Hyundai Eon and the latest movie, Don2 starring the company's brand ambassador Shah Rukh Khan. The company is giving away free Don2 posters and goodies to everyone who takes the Eon for a spin, which is organized at Hyundai dealerships nationwide. The showrooms are also conducting lucky draws, the winners of which will be gifted Don2 couple tickets.

That's not all! Hyundai will also organise special screenings of Don2 for i20-Uber Trooper Fan Club members in Delhi and Mumbai on December 24, 2011 (Saturday) and December 25, 2011 (Sunday), respectively. So grab your popcorn and drinks and enjoy the show while the offer lasts!

Hyundai also has in-film advertising with Don2 that prominently features the Hyundai Sonata and the Santa Fe. While Don himself is seen behind the wheel of the Sonata, Priyanka Chopra or ‘Jungli billi’ as Don calls her, drives the Santa Fe in a high-speed car chase scene.

Mr. Arvind Saxena, Director – Marketing & Sales, HMIL, said, “As Shah Rukh Khan is associated with Hyundai we want to provide our customers an opportunity to see his new release. Like SRK, the Eon and all our cars are superstars, given the popularity they enjoy. The Eon campaign is an opportunity for our customers to see their favorite actors in action in Hyundai cars.”

Hyundai Eon, the newest entrant in the small car segment is priced in the Indian market between Rs 2.70 lakh and 3.72 lakh. The new Hyundai Sonata/i40 is expected to arrive in Indian in the first quarter of 2012 with a starting price of Rs 14 lakh.

What you need to do for this contest?
  • All you need to do is to contact your nearest Hyundai Dealer and ask for EON test drive.
  • Take a EON test drive
  • Free Don 2 posters and Goodies to everyone who takes the Eon Test Drive.
  • Lucky winners will get couple Don-2 Tickets.

Global Sales Forecast 2012 to 2018, VW to become no.1 Automaker overcoming Toyota and General Motors

The graph below gives the Current and the forecasted Sales region wise of Passenger Cars.

Volkswagen plans to be Number one auto maker by 2018 replacing Toyota and General Motors. See the graph below which depicts the Brand wise Sales of VW Group.

Chevrolet Sail Hatchback spied in Nashik - to be unveiled at 2012 Auto Expo

Look out this space for yet another spied images of Chevrolet Sail Hatchback. The car will be displayed at 2012 Auto Expo. General Motors India will replace the Aveo U-VA hatchback and the Aveo sedan with the Sail hatchback and sedan twins sometime in 2012. Chevrolet Sail hatchbacks and sedans have already begun doing the testing rounds on Indian roads, albeit with plenty of camouflage. Both the cars are models that are already on sale in China and have Chinese underpinnings. The U-VA and Aveo incidentally had Korean underpinnings and are actually models developed by the now defunct Korean automaker, Daewoo.

Sail is the first car to roll out from China via the GM-SAIC JV. Developed in China, the car is meant to cater to China, as well as other emerging markets, including, of course, India. Being developed with cost in mind, the Sail will have its price as one of its USPs and is expected to undercut rivals like the Swift in terms of price by a good margin.

Axis Bank launches Insta car loans

Axis Bank said it would instantly approve car loans at its branches and various auto dealership outlets. The bank has developed this structure of approval in association with It would now give instant inprinciple approvals for car loans based on credit checks in real time.

The facility will be available at 50 dealerships in eight cities across the country such as Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Pune, Kolkata, and Hyderabad where customers will be offered 'Insta Car Loans'.

This facility will be extended to 200 dealerships in 30 cities in due course

Watch Hyundai Veloster at the upcoming 2012 Auto Expo

Hyundai Motors India Limited has just confirmed us the unveiling of its sub 4 Metre SUV Veloster at the Upcoming 2012 Auto Expo.

We must say Hyundai is too serious for its competition in the Indian market. Hyundai India has placed its foot in almost every segment of the passenger car and has been successful wherever it has been. Very Recently, Hyundai entered the entry level segment for the Indian car market, the segment which has never been touched by any other car maker baring Maruti Suzuki which launched the Maruti 800 in 1980’s and became undisputed leader in the Indian market.

Hyundai has just confirmed the display of sub 4 Meter SUV, which has been the latest buzz in the growing Indian Passenger car market. Mahindra was the first carmaker in India to disclose its plan to launch a sub 4 meter SUV for the Indian market currently called as Compact SUV.Also, Ford disclosed its plans for launching small SUV based on its Ford Fiesta sedan, which means at the price of a hatchback you can get an SUV. Watch out for the Images of Hyundai Veloster & stay tuned for more updates.

Our avid reader Shrenik Surana asks about performance of 1.6 L Petrol AT, suggest him !!!

Our reader Shrenik Surana has recently booked his Skoda Rapid 1.6 L Petrol Automatic Transmission but is still not sure about the performance of the car. He feels that the car is a little sluggish as compared to the manual Transmission mode.

What do you guys suggest to him, should he switch on the Manual Transmission mode or he should stick to the Skoda Rapid Automatic Transmission.

For our other stories on Skoda Rapid, Click here

China unveils world's fastest high speed/Bullet trains capable of reaching 500kmph (310 miles)

China has unveiled the fastest Bullet trains capable of reaching 500 kilometres (310 miles) an hour. The launch is a part of China’s ambitious trillion dollar project to build over 13000 kms of high-speed rail network by 2012.

The train resembles the look of an ancient Chinese sword and is made of plastic materials reinforced with carbon fiber. It has 6 cars with a overall tractive power of 22800 kW. The project is similar to ongoing maglev project by Southwest Jiaotong University. The new launch is significant on the backdrop of recent train accidents in China. In July this year, two high-speed train accident near Wenzhou, killed 40 people. The major issue China faces with the tracks is the use of sub-standard quality material being used in construction. It lead to the Chinese rail authorities having to drop the train speeds to 186 mph from proposed 218 mph.

While China has several other high-speed trains in operation, including monorails traveling at more than 265 mph, this new train is the first that has been entirely developed and built in China by state-owned train maker CSR Corp. Ltd, China's Largest train maker.

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

TVS Motors to offer Automatic Transmission for two wheelers in 2013

TVS Motor Company today announced the development of a new technology that will enhance fuel efficiency by as much as twenty percent when compared to the conventional technology deployed today. This new technology, termed ‘TVS Automatic Transmission”, developed by TVS Motor Company, employs a Automatic Transmission in place of conventional Continuously Variable Transmission Technology (CVT) which changes gears effortlessly through electronic control, automatically selecting the gear ratios for a particular riding condition. This enables the engine to run at its most efficient RPM (revolutions per minute) for a range of vehicle operating conditions, thereby maximizing the engine performance to achieve peak efficiency, overriding the requirement of a clutch.

"We will introduce the scooter and motorcycle from the second half of 2013.Engine capacity will be from 110 cc.It has fully automatic gearshift and 20 per cent better fuel efficiency compared to conventional technology, with significant reduction in carbon emission", TVS Motor Company (New Product Development) President Vinay Harne told reporters.

He added that acceleration and initial performance would improve with new technology and the engine weight would reduce by 15 per cent.

Noting that the company has filed many patents in India and abroad over the last six years to develop this technology, Harne said the automatic transmission engines would offer the same convenience as in Continuously Variable Transmission technology vehicles.

He did not share the road price, saying it could be higher compared to the existing rates.

Maruti SUV concept reveals more skin in a new shot, to be unveiled at 2012 Auto Expo

It is no doubt the trend of Compact SUV's where in Mahindra's upcoming Xylo, Ford's Ecosport and Premier Rio are some of the Compact SUV's which are slated for a launch/facelift during the 2012 Auto Expo. However, Maruti Suzuki has proved that the car maker too has the capability at its home town, Suzuki and hence the concept of the Compact SUV will be unveiled at 2012 Auto Expo. The hints have been thrown at its website, Maruti Suzuki.More Images of Maruti Suzuki SUV have been seen at its official website. The car will first be unveiled during the upcoming 2012 Auto Expo.

Maruti is a master of the small car game and it was only a matter of time before Maruti joined the bandwagon. The next step will be seeing it off to a production line and we’re sure by late 2013, this must take place. We expect the car to sit on an existing platform and make complete use of Swift parts.

Click here to see more images of Upcoming SUV.

Breaking News : Bajaj Auto’s website now carries KTM on One corner

Bajaj Auto's website now carries KTM link on top right of the website. KTM has collaborated with Bajaj and they will be manufacturing bikes for the Indian market. The KTM Duke 200, KTM’s first product for India will be sold exclusively through Bajaj Probiking showrooms.

Bajaj Auto carries a stake of nearly 40% in the Austrian sportsbike maker, KTM. Bajaj also manufactures the KTM Duke 125, which is sold in export markets across the world. The KTM Duke 200, also will be manufactured in India, at Bajaj’s Chakan plant. The Duke 200 will feature a high amount of localization with many parts of the motorcycle made in India, giving Bajaj Auto cost competencies to price the Duke 200 very competitively. The KTM Duke 200 is expected to be priced between 1.25-1.31 Lakhs, with a launch anticipated on 3rd January, 2012.

M&M hikes XUV500 prices by up to Rs 55,000 from January 1

Many of Mahindra lovers have been waiting for the time when the bookings of its latest SUV XUV5OO would reopen. Infact, since last few weeks our mail box have been flooded with questions regarding the reopening of bookings of Mahindra XUV5OO.

There is a good news for all the Mahindra lovers that the company has decided to reopen the bookings of the SUV in January 2012. However, the car maker has decided to increase the price of the car but not by too much. 

Auto major Mahindra & Mahindra today said it will increase the prices of its recently launched international car XUV500 by at least Rs 30,000 from January 1 on the back of higher raw material costs and the rupee fall.

While the base model will be dearer by Rs 30,000, the four-wheel drive variant will cost as much as Rs 50,000 more and the higher W8-AWD model will be dearer by Rs 55,000. All the prices are with reference to ex-showroom, Delhi.

The SUV was earlier launched in three variants with prices mentioned below

XUV5OO W6 – Rs 10.8 Lac
XUV5OO W8 (4X2) – Rs 11.95 Lac
XUV5OO W8 (4X4) – Rs 12.88 Lac

However, to refresh your memories on XUV5OO, click here to see all details on  the SUV. 

Vijay Munjal led Hero Eco acquired UK based Ultra Motors - aims to expand Electric Vehicle market

India based Vijay Munjal led Hero Eco today said that the company has acquired the UK based Ultra Motors for an undisclosed amount. The India based electric vehicle maker aims to expand its presence in the electric vehicles segment across the globe. As per the vehicle maker, the acquisition will help them in achieving the aforesaid presence.

Hero Eco, the newly formed umbrella entity by Vijay Munjal-led companies that include Hero Electric, Hero Exports, Hero Cycles, Mediva, Winn and Hero Ecotech, plans to invest Rs 450 crore in the next five years across businesses.

"Ultra Motors has 3 plants and is present in 6 countries with sales networks in 22 nations across the globe. This all will come under Hero Eco now," Munjal said.

"Hero Eco has acquired Ultra Motors in UK. This will give us an exposure to all the markets where Ultra Motors were present and will strengthen Hero's brand globally," Hero Eco Managing Director Naveen Munjal told reporters here.

Complete List of New Launches/Facelifts/Not Displayed at 2012 Auto Expo along with full details incl. Hall number

Here we are yet again with latest Updates on 2012 Auto Expo with some good news and a little disheartening news for few. The Good news about the recent Auto Expo is that there is a huge queue of new launches with automakers across the globe waiting for the fair to kick in and display their concepts.

We are here with  a list of new models which will be displayed along with their respective hall numbers and also the models which were highly expected to be launched during this Expo but sadly, have now been confirmed by various automakers that they will not be launched. Click on the Image below for an enlarged view of the detailed list of New Launches and also those which will not be displayed. Those among not displayed include VW Up, Mahindra Compact Xylo, Maruti facelift Dzire and Hyundai i20 facelift.

Breaking News : Mahindra Compact/Mini Xylo NOT to be displayed at 2012 Auto Expo

The Upcoming 2012 Auto Expo will see the highest levels of crowd than seen ever before in Auto Expo history. Also, the number of launches and participants are seen to be increased. But, if you are waiting for your eyes to see the latest addition of Mahindra's Compact Xylo, then the Expo might not be for you.

Hone grown Auto major Mahindra & Mahindra has confirmed that it will not display the anticipated Mahindra Compact/Mini Xylo at the 2012 Auto Expo. We have earlier seen the spy images of the car rovering across the country, but as per the company officials, the car is yet not ready to be displayed and is slated for a launch some time later.

For More Information on Compact Xylo, Click here
For Complete details on all New Launches with their respective Hall no., Click here

Breaking News : Volkswagen Up NOT to be displayed at 2012 Auto Expo

It will be a breaking and a heartbreaking news for all the Volkswagen lovers. Their much anticipated India bound small car, VW Up will not be displayed at 2012 Auto Expo. The car maker has confirmed the launch of the small car in end 2013 or early 2014 but the company has made very clear that the car will not be displayed at the upcoming 2012 Auto Expo.

It also came as a surprise to us when the car maker earlier told that the small car will be displayed for the Indian market, when asked about the same, the officials said, it was planned to be launched in 2013 end but was to be displayed at the 2012 Auto Expo. However, the car maker said the India bound VW Up will be completely different from that seen at earlier global Auto exhibitions. The company officials said that India bound Up will be more exciting and will be tailor made for the Indian market looking at the cost benefits and demands of the common masses.

Seems like the VW group including Skoda, Audi and VW itself are not willing to make the information out to the common masses. Remember, the  name change from Skoda Rapid to Lauretta and then back to Skoda Rapid. The car maker seems to be taking steps with caution after the alliance broke up with Suzuki.

If we believe the company officials, the car is not coming to 2012 Auto Expo, but then what was the car doing in New Delhi and that too being towed away by the Lifting machines ?

For more details on VW Up, click here
For Complete details on all New Launches with their respective Hall no., Click here

Tata Manza Electric Hybrid concept to be shown at 2012 Auto Expo

Tata Motors had one of the biggest stalls at the 2010 Auto Expo and this won’t change for the 2012 Auto Expo. The largest India automaker will be showcasing its complete range of cars, buses, trucks at the biennial event. The Tata stall will also have Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles but Fiat will be conspicuous by their absence. At the last Expo, the Indica Vista Sport was the eye catcher along with the Prima. At the Auto Expo 2012, the company will showcase the Tata Pixel Concept but the diesel Nano will be missing. Now news comes in that Tata Motors will also showcase the Manza Hybrid, which will feature refreshed styling.

In 2012, the Tata Manza will see a compact sedan variant as the latest edition to its line up. The Tata Manza Compact Sedan will be positioned between the Vista Hatchback and the full size Manza Sedan. This car will take on the likes of the Maruti Dzire Compact Sedan and the Mahindra Verito Compact Sedan, two other cars which are set to see a 2012 debut.

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Maruti Suzuki to unveil Compact SUV Concept at 2012 Auto Expo : Hints at Jimny/Gypsy successor ?

Maruti Suzuki wants to prove that it will not sit quite and will roar back at everybody who dares to challenge the car maker atleast in Indian market where Maruti Suzuki maintains a majority market share.

It is no doubt the trend of Compact SUV's where in Mahindra's upcoming Xylo, Ford's Ecosport and Premier Rio are some of the Compact SUV's which are slated for a launch/facelift during the 2012 Auto Expo. However, Maruti Suzuki has proved that the car maker too has the capability at its home town, Suzuki and hence the concept of the Compact SUV will be unveiled at 2012 Auto Expo. The hints have been thrown at its website, Maruti Suzuki.

The Concept sports individual rectangular grilles stacked together along with robot-eyed lamps. Teaser images of its Star-shaped alloys and L-Shaped tail lights are also part of the flash slideshow.

The SUV could act as the successor to the famous Jimny/Gypsy as the grille is reminiscent of the current model. Besides Gypsy/Jimny, there are no compact SUVs in its range. Leveraging on the Gypsy’s reliability and cult status is the best possible move Maruti can make with the production version. We guess the product will be ready by Auto Expo 2014.

Let us wait for the first details which are just a couple of days far from us.

Ferrari gets into Christmas mood

It's never too late for some Christmas cheer from the Ferrari Formula One team.

Watch the Video below describing- "The end of the year, time to make up a balance, time for expectations and goals for the next season: comments from Chairman Luca di Montezemolo, Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa in the Scuderia Ferrari Racing news, with a Ferrari 150° Italia in a festive livery and a very special team of mechanics"

Monday, 26 December 2011

Toyota launches the world's most fuel-efficient hybrid car "Aqua"

Toyota Motor Corp on Monday launched the world's most fuel-efficient hybrid car, as the company looks to fight off competition from pure electric vehicles. The compact car, dubbed 'Aqua' in Japan and the 'Prius C' overseas, has a listed fuel efficiency of 35.4 km/litre (83.3 mpg), beating the current top Prius, which gets 32 km/litre. 'Aqua' is equipped with a 1.5-liter gasoline engine and an electric motor to drive the five-seater body.

Rivals Nissan Motor Co and General Motors Co are seeking to share the green limelight with their Leaf and Chevrolet Volt electric cars, though sales volumes are expected to stay relatively low until the high price of batteries comes down significantly.

Toyota is aiming for monthly Aqua sales in Japan of 12,000 units, with a starting price of 1.69 million yen ($21,600). The Japanese automaker, which dominates the hybrid field, is aiming to launch about 10 new gasoline-electric models by 2015 and offer a fuel-sipping option across its entire line-up around 2020. The firm last week forecast a 20% surge in 2012 sales as it recovers from the March earthquake in Japan and flooding in Thailand that hit production around the world.

CNG prices may be Increased by Rs 2 per Kg on increase in Input Cost

Price of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) may be hiked by up to Rs 2 per kg in the next few days as rupee devaluation has pushed up input cost.

City gas retailers including Indraprastha Gas Ltd, which supplies CNG to automobiles and piped cooking gas to households in the national capital, are likely to announce fuel price revision over the weekend, sources privy to the development said.IGL had last raised CNG in Delhi by Rs 2 per kg to Rs 32 per kg from October 1.

Sources said the hike was necessitated because IGL and other city gas firms were being forced to buy expensive imported LNG as supplies from Reliance Industries' eastern offshore KG-D6 gas field have dried-up due to fall in output.Also, the rupee depreciation has made raw material -- that is, natural gas from Reliance, state-owned GAIL and imported LNG -- even costlier.

2012 Auto Expo Tickets go on Sale now on Book My Show - Layout & Details

Its time for new launches, new concepts, electric vehicles, future technologies and much more from car makers across the globe at none other than near your home Auto Expo 2012. Yes, the car makers across the globe will be present here in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi and we will bring you the latest Updates with all the latest car launched/yet to be launched, future concepts/electric vehicles, may it be small cars/sedan/SUV/MPV we will bring you the Updates straight from the event. Stay tuned for all the details during 07th-11th January 2012. The tickets of the event are now live at The prices of the tickets and schedule is:

DateDays / CategoryTimings
5-6 January 2012Media Days, Special Invitee1000 – 1900 hrs
6 January 2012Inauguration1600 hrs
7-8 January 2012Weekends ( General Public Days )1000 – 1900 hrs
9-11 January 2012Weekdays Premium Hours1000 – 1300 hrs
9-11 January 2012Weekdays General Visitors1300 – 1900 hrs
Entry strictly on Invitation / Tickets only
Open for Public from 7th January 2012 onwards.

Founder and CEO of, Mr. Ashish Hemrajani had this to say. "The Automotive Industry is growing at enormous pace in India. Platforms like the prestigious Auto Expo are a great platform for brands to associate with and we at are delighted to bring the show closer to the audiences. Our exclusive association with Auto Expo 2012 gives our customers a convenient access to Asia's largest auto expo at the click of a button. The response to the ticketing has been encouraging and it would be fair to say that a growing number of Indian audiences are eagerly looking forward to the latest trends from the automotive industry." The Layout of Pragati Maidan is here below for our readers.

New improved Toyota Innova unveiled

Toyota Kirloskar Motors has finally unveiled the much awaited Improved Innova.The Toyota Innova once upon a time when firstly launched in Innova was a difficult to digest kind of a vehicle for all the car lovers because of its van like shape and almond shaped front lamps. However, the perception of everybody changed when people actually went inside the car and drove it. It was a complete change of perception and was a pleasure for people to drive because of its ride and handling quality.

Toyota has maintained the standards of its ride and handling qualities but has made the car look more upmarket with little tweaks on inside and outside of the car. On the Outside, the car has more rectangular front lamps and clear lensed tail lamps which make it look more upmarket. The front grill is more wider and resembles that of its Camry Sedan. The side profile is more or less similar to the previous one.

However, on the Interiors the car has included the integrated touch system similar to that in Toyota Fortuner. The ride quality and rest of the interiors remains the same which are already of the good quality.

For More details on New Improved Innova, Click here

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