Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Mercedes Benz launches GL Grand Edition SUV in India at Rs 60.99 Lakh, ex-showroom price

Mercedes Benz India has introduced the GL-Class Grand Edition in the Indian market in two levels. The GL Grand Edition Executive is priced at 60.99 lakhs and GL Grand Edition Luxury is priced at 65.5 lakhs (ex-showroom).

"India has burgeoning potential in terms of demand for SUVs. The superior connectivity and improved road conditions are fuelling this growth. The GL-Class has received a very encouraging response since its launch and the introduction of the 'Grand Edition' will further strengthen our position," Debashis Mitra, Director (Sales & Marketing) at Mercedes-Benz India, said.

The commanding GL-Class ‘Grand Edition’ offers remarkable handling and assures for an excellent ride comfort coupled with the most important safety features which is synonymous with Mercedes-Benz. With innovative 4matic all-wheel drive, Airmatic air suspension, Direct-Steer system and the Adaptive Damping System ADS, which also comes as standard adds to the already feature packed car. While the GL cuts an imposing figure on the asphalt, it also has legitimate off-road credentials. The modified Airmatic air suspension enables great ground clearance. For the challenging terrains the dynamic handling control systems such as Off-Road ABS, Downhill Speed Regulation (DSR) and Hill-Start Assist also make life easier for the GL-Class driver.

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VW Vento caught fire near Roopali restaurant, FC Road in Pune, car owner gets 60% burn injuries - Images

Volkswagen Vento caught fire today morning in Pune on FC road near Roopali restaurant. 40 year old Mr Kailash Suresh Gupta tried to start the vehicle when the car got into fire. Mr Gupta, who owns a grocery shop in Pune, was out exercising early Monday morning.

After doing some exercise, he thought of going to a nearby restaurant to have some food, and after having breakfast as soon as the owner ignited the engine, it set on fire. The 1.6L TDI engine is currently under investigation. The nearby people also said that the person could not come out of the car as the seat belt got struck however, the nearby passers broke the lock of the seat belt but till then all his clothes were burnt and he suffered 60% injuries.

Police officer who is looking into the matter, later reported, "Around 7.40 am, when he got into his car again and started it, the vehicle suddenly caught fire. Gupta was stuck inside the car. Alert citizens on the road broke the glass panes and pulled him out of the burning car, saving his life."

Mr Kailash Gupta's brother, Mr Rakesh Gupta who seemed to be furious with the freak Volkswagen Vento episode, stated, "We have been informed by company officials that company authorities from Germany will be flying in to India to ascertain what went wrong. Passers-by broke the glass to pull Gupta out from the burning car as he was trapped inside and was unable to get out."

The car has been sent for investigation with VW officials.

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Peugeot to shut down Mumbai office, reviews plans for India, may come in partnership

PSA Peugeot Citroen, a french auto maker looks to shut down its Mumbai Office and would like to review its plans for India considering the bleak financial outlook and uncertainity of the Indian market.

The car maker had already set in place an investment of Rs 4,500 Crore in Sanand, Gujarat with a plan to manufacture 170,000 vehicle per annum, but as per Mr. Jonathan Goodman, director relations presse, PSA Peugeot Citroen, the company plans to review the scheduling of the project, which may lead to some adjustments to the schedule as it currently stands,"

In February 2011, Peugeot had said it was re-entering the Indian market after over a decade. After evaluating a number of potential partners, the company decided to go it alone. Now, however, the carmaker may once again consider a partnership with either Pawan K Ruia, owner of Dunlop India, or Siddharth Lal of Eicher Motors, says a person close to the development. Nothing conclusive has emerged from the negotiations yet, added the person.

However, Mr. Ruia said, we are no longer involved in the discussion however, Mr. Lal declined to comment anything.  In April 2011, the French auto major revamped its top management by appointing M Frederic Fabre as the new head of India operations; he replaced Rajesh Nellore, who had the mandate to spearhead Peugeot's re-entry into the world's seventh-largest automobile market.

The company will come out with an official press release once it evaluates the situation and comes up with a conclusion.


Honda to launch Diesel variant of its hatchback Brio

Honda Siel Cars India is planning to introduce a Diesel variant of its not much before launched hatchback Brio. The carmaker is testing its newly developed diesel technology, common rail i-DTEC, on the Brio and could introduce it in a 1.2-litre version. The diesel variants of its City sedan and Jazz hatchback, carrying larger engines, will be introduced later. The company had earlier planned to introduce diesel vehicles in 2013.

The Japanese automaker, which entered India in 1995, has seen sales fall 27% in the first nine months of the current fiscal, largely because it was unable to introduce any diesel variants, which have become popular in India because of the rising cost of petrol. The car maker also suffered losses due to Japan earthquake and then Thailand floods.

Stay tuned for more Information.

Monday, 30 January 2012

Ducati 2012 848 EVO superbike details revealed - Images

For 2012, Ducati offers the standard 848EVO as a carry-over model, the mid-weight sportbike available in three colors - Arctic White Silk, Ducati Red and Black Stealth. The highly advanced 848 engine was the first Ducati Superbike to introduce vacuum die-cast crankcases, formed using Vacural technology, a process that achieves a significant weight saving and ensures consistent wall thickness and increased strength.

As for MRP, the 2012 Ducati 848EVO is offered at $13,995 for all three colors (unlike the 2011 Dark Stealth version that was offered for $12,995).

2012 Ducati 848EVO Specs :

Engine :

  • Type: L-Twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder Desmodromic, liquid cooled
  • Displacement: 849.4cc
  • Bore x Stroke: 94x61.2mm
  • Compression ratio: 13.2:1
  • Power: 140hp (103kw) @ 10,500rpm
  • Torque: 72.3lb-ft (98Nm) @ 9,750rpm
  • Fuel injection: Marelli electronic fuel injection, elliptical throttle bodies
  • Exhaust: Lightweight 2-1-2 system with catalytic converter and 2 lambda probes. 
  • Twin stainless steel mufflers
Transmission :

  • Gearbox: 6 speed
  • Ratio: 1=37/15 2=30/17 3=28/20 4=26/22 5=24/23 6=23/24
  • Primary drive: Straight cut gears, Ratio 1.84:1
  • Final drive: Chain; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 39
  • Clutch: Wet multi plate with hydraulic control
Chassis :

  • Frame: Tubular steel Trellis frame in ALS 450
  • Wheelbase: 1430mm (56.3in)
  • Rake: 24.5°
  • Front suspension: Showa 43mmfully adjustable usd forks
  • Front wheel travel: 127mm (5in)
  • Front wheel: 5-spoke in light alloy 3.50 x 17
  • Front Tyre: Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP, 120/70 ZR17
  • Rear suspension: Fully adjustable Showa unit. Progressive linkage. Aluminium single-sided swingarm.
  • Rear wheel travel: 120mm (4.7in)
  • Rear wheel: 5-spoke light alloy 5.50 x 17
  • Rear tire: Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP, 180/55 ZR17
  • Front brake: 2 x 320mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Monobloc 4-piston calipers
  • Rear brake: 245mm disc, 2-piston caliperFuel tank capacity: 15.5l - 4.1 gallon (US)
  • Wet weight: 194kg (427lb)
  • Dry weight: 168kg (370lb)
  • Instruments: Digital MotoGP derived unit with displays for: Speed, rev counter, lap times, time, air temp, coolant temp, battery voltage, A & B trips, fuel reserve trip, scheduled maintenance. Warning lights for: Neutral, turn signals, high-beam, rev-limit, oil pressure, fuel reserve. Plus: Integrated immobilizer system.
  • Seat height: 830mm (32.6in)
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2012 Chinese Great Wall Haval H5 SUV spotted testing in India, to be launched with International Cars & Motors Ltd.(ICML)

Chinese are all set to enter into the Indian passenger car market. It has been speculated that the Chinese are testing 5 cars for the Indian market. The first one to be launched in India would be a Halav H5 SUV by Great Wall of China. The Indian auto maker, ICML, which currently makes Sonalika brand of tractors in India. The Indian car maker, ICML also unveiled Sonalika Rhino, is now all set to tie up with the Chinese car makers and is set to grab major segment of passenger car market in India.

A Haval H5 SUV has been spotted around testing around the NCR, near Delhi. Other cars will also be launched  soon and the official details are yet to come out by the car maker. We are very sure with the launch of this SUV in India, which would be done at pretty low rates as compared to the current SUV's, the Indian car makers will yet again face another set back and the competition is going to be more fierce.

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2012 BMW New 3 Series (F30) spotted at mumbai port in India, to be put into production at Chennai plant from April 2012

BMW 3 series was recently spotted at Mumbai port in India, which shows the car is about to start its Indian  journey very soon.The sixth generation 3 Series is quite a looker than the older E90. Unlike the new 5 series, BMW has adopted a very aggressive design for the new 3 Series. Though there are no confirmed reports on when the car would be put into production, but as per the company sources, the car will be put into production at its Chennai plant starting from April 2012.

The car has a futuristic design which can be seen from its low slung nose, carefully sculpted headlamps, a new wider grill. The official statement from BMW India is yet to come out soon. Stay tuned for more Updates.

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Bajaj Unveils Next Generation 23.5 BHP New Pulsar 200 NS with triple Spark technology - Live launch Images

Bajaj Auto Limited has finally unveiled the Pulsar 200 NS. The Pulsar has received a rash of upgrades even as the basic design remained true to the muscular design that made the Pulsar so popular in the first place. The prices of the bike will be unveiled in coming few months though we expect the Pulsar 200 NS to be priced below Rs 1 lakh.

The 2012 Pulsar uses a 200cc liquid cooled engine, that was closely developed with the Duke 200′s engine. The 200cc engine will produce a peak power of 23.5 PS at 9500 RPM, mated to a 6-speed gearbox. All new alloy wheels and monoshock suspension are also part of new Pulsar 200 NS. The engine will use four valves per cylinder and come with not one, not two but three spark plugs, perhaps making it the first single cylinder motorcycle in the world to feature tri-spark plug technology.

The 2012 Pulsar gets conventional double downtube front end suspension while the rear gets a gas charged monoshock unit.  Bajaj also claims a phenomenal mileage of 58 Kmpl at a constant 55 Kmph, which is quite remarkable for an engine that is such a high state of tune. Bajaj claims a top speed of 136 kph with a 0-60kph in 3.61sec and 0-100 kph in 9.83 seconds.

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Kia Motors rolls out 1,000,000th car from Slovakia plant

Kia Motors rolled out 1,000,000th car from the Slovakia plant. On this occassion, Kia Motors Slovakia “has employed” the cheerful clowns to guard a production of the millionth produced car directly in the plant for several hours. Since one smile can create thousands of others, so the company decided to bring the smile to the ill children in all regions of Slovakia by donating its jubilee produced car to the civic association Red Nose Clowndoctors.

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Sunday, 29 January 2012

Video : Watch out the New Mahindra XUV 5OO TVC/Advertisement uncut version

Mahindra's are unstoppable, since the time the car maker flashed the news of launching XUV 5OO for the Indian market, since that time the car maker has not stopped. May it be flashy screening of the events, innovative newspaper advertisements, unveiling the car yourself concept at the launch and many more. The car maker is the first in Indian history to offer cars on draw basis. The car maker had initially stopped the bookings of the SUV due to overbooking of the cars much more than their installed capacity to build.

The car maker had again re-opened the bookings and have already booked 5,900 cars in just 2 days. Mind you its not a small entry level hatchback that is selling like hot cakes, its a full fledged SUV and that too in the market where there is lot of competition from already stable car makers like Toyota's Innova and Tata Safari. Mahindra's have launched another interesting Advertisement of the car, watch out the Uncut version of the tv ad now !!!

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Honda's strategy for Indian market - New Launches include smaller sedan version of City, Mini/Compact SUV based on Jazz

The year 2011 has not been good for most of the carmakers, few have been adversely affected due to Japan's earthquake and few due to Thailand's flood. But their is one auto maker which has been adversely affected due to both of these, it is Honda Motors. The car maker based out of Japan was majorly affected due to Earthquake in March 2011 and similarly on other hand was majorly affected again due to Thailand floods are the car maker has huge base in Thailand too. Besides these constraints, another reason for suffering for the Japan based OEM was due to lack of diesel technology and due to policy changes, the gap between Petrol and Diesel widened especially in the second largest growing car market, India. The car maker sold even less than 2,000 cars in the month of December 2011.

The strategy now for the Indian market by the Japan based OEM is to have new launches to capture the major segment of the market. The Indian passenger vehicle market is witnessing a shift in preferences and the consumer   choices are shifting to smaller yet spacious and stylish vehicles. One such example to prove the fact is the strong bent of Customers towards Ford's small SUV - EcoSport, which the car maker specifically displayed to judge the consumer's sentiments.

1. Honda Jazz SUV : Honda is working on one such model, Jazz based compact SUV for the global market including for the Indian subcontinent too. The news of this should be like music to the ears for Jazz fans, a mini SUV The soft-roader uses the front-wheel-drive platform of the Jazz as a starting point, but the body gets a chunky, off-road-style makeover. Performance promises to be strong, too, as under the bonnet is a 1.8-litre petrol engine. While the concept is a five-door, there are rumours Honda is working on a three-door. Buyers should get a wide choice of trims, while a range of exterior graphics will allow them to personalise their car.

2. Honda Small Sedan Launch Honda Siel Cars India (HSCI), which is a collaboration of the two counterparts from Japan and India respectively, is considering launching its range of small sedan cars in the lucrative Indian market. The company has over the past few years made a mark in India with their sleek designed cars such as Brio, Jazz, Civic and lastly City. These cars have met with wide demand and owing to its success Honda Siel is now analyzing all the prospects of launching its small sedan variants on the Indian roads. The sedans which Honda Siel has planned for India are low-cost ones ranged around Brio. Presently Honda Brio and Jazz have 1.2L engines and the upcoming small sedans to be launched here will also be having the same engine configurations. The new sedans will be approximately 3995 mm long thus making them eligible to evade 10% excise duty as prescribed under the regulations. However, we will have to wait for  more details to be unveiled.

3. Diesel Engine strategy :  Honda have already showcased an all-new small diesel engine at the Tokyo Motor Show. The 1596cc i-Dtec unit is the first of a new generation of engines the company is calling ‘Earth Dreams Technology’. It claims the tech will deliver a good mix of performance and environmental values. The engine produces 118bhp at 4000rpm and a considerable 30.5kgm from 2000rpm, so it should have the performance end of the spectrum covered. Honda also claims it is lighter than any other 1.6-litre diesel engine in the market, and that CO2 emissions are less than 100g/km. With this technology launches, now it will easier for the car maker to compete in the domestic market.

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Breaking - Skoda bringing back Octavia, to replace Laura in 2013, might be unveiled at Geneva Motors Show

Now, this is something even we could not believe. Our editor calls us from Skoda's manufacturing plant in Chakan and says they had discussion with some senior officials of Skoda India and reveals the car maker has plans to re launch their Octavia in 2013 for the Indian market and will replace the existing Laura. Hearing this news, we could not even believe it and reconfirmed it twice and then again thrice, but yes its true. The car maker has serious plans to do so for the Indian market. 

Skoda will be using the Volkswagen's MQB platform for the all new Skoda Octavia codenamed A7 which is expected to be displayed at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. There might be minor tweaks and twists in the new car and hence we expect this one to be more modern and equipped with latest technologies for the young generation. 

Stay tuned for more details on the car.

SUV's - 2012/2013 Chevrolet Trailblazer is Toyota Fortuner's rival for the Indian market

General Motors has recently bagged the title of World's no. 1 car maker leaving behind Toyota and Volkswagen. The car maker had few years ago declared bankruptcy and had now bagged title of world's largest car maker, showing its strength and commitment for the the market.

The car maker has big plans for the Indian market too. The latest to be unveiled now is a SUV, Chevrolet Trailblazer which will compete with Toyota's Fortuner, Mitsubishi's Outlander, Honda's CRV and Renault's Koleos. As per our internal sources, the car maker has confirmed plans for launching this car in India and even several rounds of discussion have happened already. Of those sessions, we received some images of the conference which are also shown here.

The Trailblazer SUV is expected to be priced at Rs 17 lakhs, which lesser that the Captiva. Chevrolet's Trailblazer betters the Captiva in the specifications and offerings too. Trailblazer is powered by a 2.8 Liter Duramax diesel engine which generates 180 Bhp of peak power and 480 Nm of peak torque.

Trailblazer is bigger in size than the Captiva and can easily accommodate seven adults. While considering the car's arrival to India, the SUV is expected to be brought to India in completely knocked down units from Thailand, the major plant which supplies the Trailblazer for exports.

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Friday, 27 January 2012

Mahindra & Mahindra receives 5,900 XUV500 bookings in just 2 days

Mahindra & Mahindra today said it has received 5,900 bookings of XVU5OO, in just 2 days of openings of the bookings. The second phase of bookings will be kept open for a period of 10 days from Jan 25 till Feb 3, a company statement said.

"As a unique customer-centric measure, M&M has decided to undertake an XUV500 draw in this round of bookings in case the requests exceed 7,200 (bookings)," the statement said.  The draw process will be validated by the professional services firm, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India. The company received 8,000-plus bookings in just 10 days after the launch in October 2011.

he price of base model W6 has been hiked by Rs.30,000 (ex-showroom Delhi) and that of models W8-FWD and W8-AWD have been hiked by Rs.50,000 and Rs.55,000, respectively.

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Thursday, 26 January 2012

VIDEO : BMW highly automatic driving

BMW now releases the Video of highly automated driving, which means the car can take over the entire task of driving. Watch the Video below for more details.

Maruti Suzuki launches the upgraded new A-Star, priced between Rs 3.67 to Rs 4.47 lakh

The country's largest car maker Maruti Suzuki India on Wednesday introduced a new variant of its compact car A-Star, priced between Rs 3.67 lakh and Rs 4.47 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Based on the current price list available on the company's website, the new variant will be costlier on average by about Rs 1,000 however the top variant with Airbags and ABS will be costlier by Rs 18,000.

In the refreshed A-Star, the company has revamped the interiors and added new colours to the offering. Besides, a new top-end variant, ZXi, has also been introduced which includes airbags and ABS. The price now would be :

LXi  : Rs 3.6 Lac
VXi  : Rs 3.97 Lac
VXi AT : Rs 4.47 Lac
ZXi : Rs 4.22 Lac
ZXi (optional) : Rs 4.40 Lac

The retail sales of the new refreshed A-star will begin from January 27th, 2012.

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Toyota Etios Motor Racing Video - Toyota Racing Division (TRD)

Toyota Kirloskar Motors recently launched the Toyota Racing Division at the 2012 Auto Expo.

The cars that will burn rubber are Etios and Liva specially developed by TRD (Toyota Racing Development), an in-house tuning shop for all Toyota, Lexus, and Scion cars. Here we have two videos demonstrating of what to expect from TRD Etios.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Ford India's Michael Boneham says Ford EcoSport is not a sub four meter car, to be priced between 7-10 Lakh

Ford Motors India President and Managing Director, Mr. Michael Boneham today said that its upcoming EcoSport SUV's length bumper-bumper is not under 4 meters. He says "The global mini SUV is likely to be longer than four metres in the interests of space and styling, and if so will not qualify for small-car excise duty savings"

The car was earlier speculated to be smaller than four meter and thus having an option of 1 liter petrol engine and 1.5 Liter diesel engine was the perfect one as they qualified the excise duty norms. However, now even this remains a mystery. The car maker says, a decision on this is yet pending.
Though India will be the lead market of this new EcoSport – an older-generation model is already sold in countries like Brazil – Ford doesn’t want to compromise on the standards of space and styling it has already set. As a result, the car is expected to be closer to 4.25m in length, similar to the outgoing model. This decision was also prompted by criticism that the new Fiesta is too cramped in the back seat, a mistake Ford doesn’t want to repeat with the EcoSport.

A positive outcome from this one will be that to make the costs lower the car maker will have to do a maximum amount of localization which in turn will lead to lower spare parts costs. The SUV is  now expected to start at a price of Rs 7 Lakh for the petrol engine and could go upto Rs 10 Lakh for the top end Diesel variant. Stay tuned for more details.

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RBI asks government to deregulate diesel prices

The Reserve Bank today said the government should deregulate diesel prices in order to contain the trade deficit, which is expected to widen to $160 billion during the current fiscal.

"Particularly, as the food subsidy bill is expected to rise, it will be prudent to fully deregulate diesel prices to contain both aggregate demand and the trade deficit," the RBI said in its third quarterly monetary policy review.

While petrol prices are market-linked, the government decides the rates of LPG, kerosene and diesel, which usually results in a large budgetary expenditure on subsidies.

Petroleum product prices have also not been revised in response to crude oil prices, contributing to both fiscal slippages and suppressed inflation. Revision in domestic administered prices will add to inflationary pressures, although such revisions are necessary to maintain the balance between supply and demand," the RBI said.

"If the increase in government borrowing already announced is an indication, the gross fiscal deficit for 2011-12 will overshoot the budget estimate substantially," it said, adding that the increase in fiscal deficit could potentially crowd out credit to the private sector.

via EconomicTimes

Hyundai i20 facelift - Spy shots emerge

Hyundai has been spotted testing a prototype version of the upcoming 2012 Hyundai i20 facelift. The new model will showcase Hyundai’s latest ‘fluidic sculpture’ design language, as seen on Hyundai’s latest range of vehicles.

Hyundai earlier has launched Verna based on the Fluidic design followed by all its other cars including the Sonata launched at 2012 Auto Expo. Now , its the turn of its prevailing hatchback i20, which has now been revealed to its most in the image attached. The car will be based on the fluidic version only and is expected to be launched in current year.

Stay tuned for more spy shots and details.

Bajaj launches KTM Duke in India at an introductory price of Rs 1.17 Lakh - Images

Bajaj Auto Limited has launched the KTM Duke 200 in India at an introductory price of INR 1,17,500, ex-showroom Delhi. This terrific pricing, albeit an introductory one has Bajaj and value-for-money written all over it.The KTM Duke 200, assembled at Bajaj Auto’s Chakan plant is a motorcycle designed and developed by both Bajaj Auto and an Austrian motorcycle brand, KTM, a firm in which Bajaj holds a 40% stake in. The KTM Duke 200 will also be launched in other developing countries like Malaysia and Brazil very soon.

Bajaj Auto Limited and KTM Sportmotorcycle AG today announced the much awaited launch of the KTM brand in India. Known for their legendary racing achievements, KTM is Europe’s second largest motorcycle manufacturer and dominates the off-road segment across the world. KTM debuts in India with its premium streetbike brand , the DUKE. The first offering from the KTM stable in India, the Duke 200 would be retailed through 34 dedicated KTM stores (erstwhile Bajaj Probiking Stores) in India along with KTM’s famous range of Accessories and Merchandise called KTM PowerWear and KTM PowerParts.

In a segment crowded with full-faired Japanese motorcycles, the KTM 200 Duke will be the only one sporting the naked streefighter styling that all KTM Dukes, like the Super Duke 990 and the Duke 690, are renowned for. The 200 Duke will be powered by a single cylinder, 200cc, liquid cooled, DOHC, four valve engine which will pump out a peak power of 25bhp and a maximum torque of 19 Nm. Like all KTM’s the 200 Duke has the best–in-class power to weight ratio of 184 Ps/ton thanks to high strength- low weight components of the highest quality. It features first in class features such as a Trellis Frame, Upside Down forks by European specialists WP, an aluminium swing arm, a multifunction cockpit and many more.

Packed with technology and features befitting motorcycles of far higher segments, the KTM 200 Duke has been launched at an extremely attractive introductory price of Rs. 1,17,500 (ex-showroom, Delhi).

On the occasion of the launch Mr. Stefan Pierer, CEO of KTM-Sportmotorcycles AG, said “We are delighted to have the Duke 200 in India and are very positive about the prospects of KTM in the Indian market. With our unique design and engineering philosophy, we have managed to develop our unique brand identity which we are confident that our customers in India will appreciate “

Mr. Rajiv Bajaj, MD Bajaj Auto, said “The launch of the Duke 200 is one of the many steps in Bajaj Auto’s association with KTM over the last five years. Between the Bajaj Pulsar and the KTM Duke we intend to further strengthen our dominant position in the sports motorcycle segment in India. The KTM 200 Duke is meant for people who are young at heart and like to be different “

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Volkswagen Up! GT gets green light/approval to be put into production

Volkswagen has confirmed that the small hatchback will be put into production, as confirmed by the company reports.

Unveiled as a show car alongside the production Up! at the Frankfurt Motor Show last year, the GT Up! is expected to get a three-cylinder turbo driving around 110 horsepower through a six-speed gearbox to the front wheels. That may be less than the 133 hp packaged by the Renaultsport Twingo, but could prove a feisty pocket rocket in its own right.

The car would be available at a starting price of apprx. Rs 3 Lakhs,would be placed below VW Polo, and would be VW's smallest car available in the market. Click here to watch our more stories on VW Up !

KTM Duke to be launched today in New Delhi - Images & Video

Good morning guys, here we start our journey to the Live launch of KTM Duke which is happening in New Delhi.

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.

However, the bike was launched recently in Brazil market. Also, must watch is the Video of the KTM Duke 200 Testing Video, just hear the roaring voice of this bike. Click here for details.

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Monday, 23 January 2012

Porsche celebrates building 100,000th second-generation Cayenne

Porsche has celebrated the production of the 100,000th second-generation Porsche Cayenne at the company’s Leipzig facility in Germany.  The production milestone also marks the Leipzig plant's 10 year anniversary.

The 100,000th second-gen Cayenne was a V8-powered model finished in “pure white”. The SUV will now make the long journey from Porsche ’s Leipzig, Germany plant to its new owner in Brazil.

“Ten years ago the success story of Porsche Leipzig started. What was a greenfield site today ranks among the most modern car plants in the world. In addition to the Cayenne, Leipzig is also where Porsche produces the very successful Panamera luxury saloon, approximately 70,000 units of which have now rolled off the production line. That is why more than 93,800 vehicles left the Porsche plant in Leipzig in 2011, more than in any year before.”

The Leipzig plant, now in its 10th year of production, is expected to produce its 500,000th vehicle later this year.

New York Governor plans to demolish Jacob Javits Center Auto home to build housing, hotels and museums

Governor of New York, Andrew M. Cuomo has big plans for the Jacob Javits Center, to build housing, hotels and museums but to demolish the existing Auto Show home.

Mr. Fowle has been working to repair and redesign for the past six years.“The waste of creative energy, money and material that would result in its being torn down is painful to think about,” Mr. Fowle said during a walk through the center last week. “When you’re worrying about every detail — trying to do the best you can to make something that represents the city — it’s like having the rug pulled out from under you.”

Conventions would be staged instead at a larger center to be built at the Aqueduct racetrack in Jamaica, Queens, with $4 billion from Genting, a Malaysian gambling company.

Chevrolet CN 100 MPV to be launched in India with name Enjoy, and will be priced below Rs 6 Lakh ? VIDEO & IMAGES

General Motors India recently displayed its India bound MPV at the 2012 Auto Expo. The auto major has decided to play a name game for the new MPV and christined it with a brand new name to suit the Indian car market, unwilling to adopt the same name with which it sells in China. ‘Enjoy’ is the name GM India has come up with for the new MPV and this is not all in the breaking news. The big breaking news is that the car will be available in Indian market with starting price below Rs 6 Lakh.

The Enjoy will first be launched with a 94.6bhp 1.4-litre petrol, but will get a 1.3-litre SDE diesel – GM’s version of Fiat’s Multijet – at the beginning of next year. GM is hoping to undercut rivals like the Toyota Innova and Mahindra Xylo by a huge margin – targeting a starting price of under Rs 6 lakh. We are in regular touch with the company officials and will let you know more information asap. Stay tuned for it.

Meanwhile, watch the Video below for more details.

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F1 drivers Alonso and Massa reach snowy mountains with their Ferrari FF - Images &Video

The two Scuderia Ferrari drivers, Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa went head to head through the gates at the wheel of two FFs, the revolutionary four seater, four wheel drive Prancing Horse car. In their hands, the latest Ferrari proved to be very entertaining on demanding hills both up and down, as well as in endless changes of direction laid out on the downhill slalom course.

Before you get too excited, there aren't a bunch of high-speed snow drifts as we expected, and the low-speed race ends in a virtual tie. Both Alonso and Massa enjoyed the experience, no doubt a relief to the party sponsor.

“It's incredible how easy it is to drive the FF even on such a demanding surface,” Alonso said, “and at the same time, how high a performance level you can reach in it.

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Infiniti starts throwing stone at Panamera S hybrid through its M Hybrid in a teaser Video

Infiniti brand is here with its M hybrid and has started showcasing the teaser video of the car placed against the Panamera S. Watch the Video below for more details.

Official words out : World's smallest Car goes into production - Peel Engineering

The world's smallest car here goes in for actual production. The Peel Engineering group confirms the same.

A brushless electric motor producing 1.6 horsepower and 2.5 pound-feet of torque can propel either vehicle to a golf-cart rivaling 15 mph. So equipped, the P50 and Trident deliver an operating range of around 50 miles. A more potent 4-horsepower motor is also available, which propels the three wheelers to a top speed of 50 mph with the same range. Both Peel models are limited to 28 mph.

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Nearly 100 cars including Ferrari, BMW, Bentley, Lamborghini, Porche, Ariel Atom & others shown at Fourth Parx Super Car Show 2012 - Images & Gallery

The fourth Parx Super car show began as scheduled at 08:30 hrs on 22nd January 2012 from Riding School, Mahalakshmi Race Course. The Super Car Club took this initiative first time in April 2009 and since then it has been happening on an annual basis. The number of cars has been increasing since the year of inception and so on the number of visitors. More than 100 cars were displayed during the fourth show held yesterday.

Following a display of the cars at Riding School, Mahalakshmi Race Course, the cars paraded the roads of Mumbai from the Riding School passing through Worli Sea Face through the Sea Link to Kalina and back via Peddar Road to the venue, to provide a flavor of these cars to Mumbaikars. The Parx Super Car Show showcased some of the iconic dream machines such as Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Porsches, Bentleys, Rolls Royces, among several others.

Gautam Singhania, Chairman & Managing Director of Raymond Ltd. and Founding Chairman of the SCC led the entourage of supercars. Trophies were handed over to the most desirable cars at the end of the show.The title sponsor of the show is INK Infrastructure. Speaking about the association, Mr Imtiaz Khatri, Proprietor of INK Infrastructure said, "I'm glad to announce our company - Ink group's association with the Parx Car Show. It is an honor to be a part of this one of its kind event. I am sure this association will help us to reach new heights, literally."

Mr Kamlesh Rao, Business Head, Privy League, Kotak Mahindra Bank was also present at the event and said, "This super car show is a perfect platform for our elite clients to network. We believe they would find value in the interactions, with the world's best super cars as the backdrop."

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Sunday, 22 January 2012

Mercedes Benz in a Video says "Thanks Airbag", we need you but ......

Mercedes Benz says Airbags have been there for us for more than last 30 years now, for this long time they have been saving all of us from various injuries which we could have faced in case of its absence, hence the car makers says "We love you, but ..... we don't need you".

Mercedes Benz has recently unveiled its innovative technology which will be standard across now for all the cars, is " Collision prevention assist" . The car maker says this technology will let the car driver to know even before the collision happens which will put the driver into action and hence prevent the collision to happen and hence will keep the airbags at a place where everybody likes it, Hidden.

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Saturday, 21 January 2012

Fiat to expand its presence in India through Chrysler's Jeep; To launch Alfa Romeo & Maserati

The well known Italian car maker, Fiat is more busy in making Diesel engines rather than making cars. Fiat now feels it needs to focus on expanding its portfolio in one of the important Asian car market. Italian carmaker Fiat has plans to add heft to its diminutive presence in the Indian market by leaning on Chrysler, the US automaker in which it acquired a majority stake three years ago, as well as by launching a few of its own premium brands such as Alfa Romeo and Maserati.

A team of senior executives from the US Company Chrysler recently visited the country to carry out the product clinics for Jeep grand Cherokee, which is basically an SUV in the price segment quite similar to Chevrolet Captiva, Ssangyong Rexton and Toyota Fortuner. The Chrysler model will be brought into the country in completely-knocked-down (CKD) condition and assembled at the Tata-Fiat manufacturing operations in Ranjangaon, near Pune, on contract; the Fiat brands will be brought in via the CBU (completely built unit) route.

People close to Fiat point out that Chrysler has big plans for emerging markets, and India is at the core of that strategy.

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VIDEO : The new Kia 2012 Bicycle TV Commercial

Have you seen the 2012 Kia Bicycle TV commercial. If not, Watch out for it now.


Friday, 20 January 2012

VIDEO : Have you seen this Chevrolet's Funny Superbowl advertisement ?

This one is the Chevrolet's first superbowl advertisement. There are many more to come but we liked the first one too, thanks to the humor in the video. We do not want to spill the beans out here, just rush to the video below to watch it.

Teased : 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander to debut at Geneva Motor Show

Mitsubishi is set to launch a new production vehicle – which may likely be the successor to the current Outlander — at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.

The image shows a face of the crossover – possibly the new Outlander. However the company refers to the concept as an ‘an innovative premium vehicle’. A teaser picture of the vehicle shows a similarity to the PX-MiEV II SUV concept unveiled at the Tokyo motor show last November. The Concept PX-MiEV II was Mitsubishi Motors’ idea for a mid-size plug-in hybrid PHEV model that offers a long cruising range demanded by mid-size and larger vehicles.

Expect more details on the next-generation Outlander – assuming the name remains intact – to emerge closer to its show debut in March. Mitsubishi plans on rolling out the vehicle in markets around the world throughout the course 2012, starting with the European market.

Teased : 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander to debut at Geneva Motor Show

Mitsubishi is set to launch a new production vehicle – which may likely be the successor to the current Outlander — at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.

The image shows a face of the crossover – possibly the new Outlander. However the company refers to the concept as an ‘an innovative premium vehicle’. A teaser picture of the vehicle shows a similarity to the PX-MiEV II SUV concept unveiled at the Tokyo motor show last November. The Concept PX-MiEV II was Mitsubishi Motors’ idea for a mid-size plug-in hybrid PHEV model that offers a long cruising range demanded by mid-size and larger vehicles.

Expect more details on the next-generation Outlander – assuming the name remains intact – to emerge closer to its show debut in March. Mitsubishi plans on rolling out the vehicle in markets around the world throughout the course 2012, starting with the European market.

Have you seen the New Aston Martin Advertisement - VIDEO

The new Aston Martin Advertisement talks about the Love of Women towards Aston Martin and likewise. The Aston Martin is complimented by women across all the ages for its beauty and looks. This image of Aston Martin is being capitalized upon.

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Customize your own 2012 3-series BMW through its Online configurator - Website goes online now

BMW is in no mood to play with the time. It has started pretty soon and will catch up surely fast to gain fans across the globe. The Deutsche car maker has let its online configurator go live for its 2012 edition of 3-series online configurator. One can now build his/her own BMW 3 -series sedan as per his needs.

Users can play around with the interactive configurator changing colors, wheel designs and trim levels, which include the basic, Sport, Modern and Luxury lines along with the M Sport kit.

Once you've arrived at your ideal choice you can then swivel the car around 360 degrees for final inspection before sending out a notice to your local BMW dealer.

The Modern Line (ZML) and Luxury Line (ZLL) will sell for an additional $2,100 for the 328i and $1,400 for the 335i model. The Sport Line (ZSL) will make you spend $2,500 for the 328i and $1,700 for 335i.

The following exterior colors are available for the new BMW 3 Series: Melbourne Red, Glacier Silver, Imperial Blue, Mineral Grey, Black Sapphire, Mojave and Alpine White.

Click here to head to do your customizations and book a 2012 BMW 3-series sedan. Just few days before, Ferrari too has given an option for customization. Click here for more details.

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Thursday, 19 January 2012

Have you seen the New Skoda Rapid TV Commercial ?

Skoda has recently unveiled the TVC of its latest launched passenger vehicle for the Indian market. The descent looking Sedan which looks similar to its sibling Vento from its sister concern, Volkswagen. The car maker in its recently unveiled TVC tries to connect with the Indian consumers by giving it a family effect and hence boost its sales for the Indian market.

Have a look at the Video.

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Work in style with Aston Martin Furniture

The new “Aston Martin Drive me Home Interiors” furniture collection, with its striking form, is distinguished as an integrated proposal for home, office and contract, complete with accessories and lighting. Making its world premiere at the Grand Starhotels Rosa in Milan, the Aston Martin Interiors line is manufactured and distributed exclusively by Formitalia Luxury Group spa. The collection, made in Italy, represents a blend of advanced industrial technologies and the use of valuable hides.

Most might assume that the stylish design could hamper functionality, but that’s when the experience of Formatalia Luxury Group plays its part. Noticeable items in the collection are the drawer cabinets, the armchair and the desk. Made out of mainly carbon fibre or sanded aluminium, the fabrication was done with drum dyed aniline leather which comes in two colours – black and tan. The desks have been given the feature of push buttons which make the much tedious task of opening and closing drawers a rather convenient thing to do.

Now along with moving in style, make your office look like the kings palace and let other know you are an auto freak. Work in style along with Aston Martin furniture range.

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