Thursday, 31 October 2013

Petrol prices cut by Rs 1.15 per liter and diesel hiked by Rs 0.50 wef midnight

Petrol price on Thursday was cut by Rs. 1.15 per litre, while diesel rate was hiked by 50 paise a litre, both excluding of local state levies. The revised rates will come into effect from midnight tonight.

This is the second reduction in as many months in petrol prices. On September 30, petrol price was cut by Rs. 3.05 per litre, which was the first reduction in rates in over five months and the steepest in over five years.

Petrol prices have been slashed owing to softening of global oil prices and appreciation of the rupee.

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

2014 Skoda Rapid with subtle changes arrives at dealerships

2014 Skoda Rapid with subtle changes has now reached the respective dealerships, expect the same to be launched soon. The first information about the introduction of new model came to us via their official website and now comes the actual images before the launch.

The changes in the new car includes projector headlamps on the exteriors and a new gear lever with leather knob for a better grip, three spoke steering wheel with audio mounted controls and bluetooth.

Skoda Rapid 2014 would be available in both petrol and diesel variants with petrol version available in Ambition Plus MT, Elegance MT, Ambition Plus AT and Elegance AT and the Diesel version as Elegance model. The special edition ‘Leisure’, which was introduced a few months ago, does not receive the 2014 MY updates.

Skoda has also updated the base Ambition Plus model. This variant receives all the features of the Elegance model apart from the projector headlights, automatic AC, alloy wheels and the adjustment of the front passenger seat from the rear.

No other changes in the mechanicals of the car have been made. Stay tuned while we bring you the information on the availability of this new model to mass consumers at Skoda showrooms. 

Next gen Honda City diesel to be unveiled in Diwali - to be bigger & beautiful

Honda's ace selling model - City which has recently lost its top slot to the current market leader, Hyundai Verna is all set for the competition again. The fourth gen Honda City will be unveiled next month with both petrol and diesel variants. The car would be available in both Manual transmission and Automatic transmission in Petrol variants.

The car would be powered by same 1.5L Diesel engine which currently powers the Amaze mid segment sedan. Honda has till date sold 35,000  Amaze sedans, particularly due to availability of diesel option, the City too expects similar figures from the market. The Japanese carmaker grew by 69% during the current year when compared to same period last year.

The City is based on the Jazz hatchback platform and will have more design lines flowing on the exterior to make it more fluidic styled and appealing for the C-segment customers.

It would have bigger wrap around clear lens headlamps with projector lights to give a clean look with a totally reworked integrated LED tail-lights on the rear. According to the same source, the City, which has been the mainstay for Honda Cars in India, would now be bigger in size and positioned above the current model to provide differentiation for the sub 4-metre Amaze compact sedan and also take up the vacuum of Civic that was phased out earlier this year.

There is no concrete information on the launch date of the car but as per the sources within the company, the could would be unveiled later this month. 

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Video - Honda's Mobilio MPV video revealed

Honda's first MPV - Mobilio premiered at Indonesian Motor Show 2013 on 19th September 2013, has now come out with their first video. PT Honda Prospect Motor, the local subsidiary of Honda, have now released this presentation film on the LMPV (Low Multi Purpose Vehicle) which will launch in Indonesia early next year.

The car will first be unveiled in Indonesian market and will later be brought to the Indian market. We expect the same to come to India during end of year 2014. The car will be powered by 1.5L Earthdreams diesel engine along with the ongoing 1.6L Petrol engine currently powering the City sedan.

The video tries to capture the features of the car which includes the ground clearance - 185mm, which the Japanese carmaker claims to be the best in class.

Inside, the middle row seat will have a 60:40 (split) arrangement. The middle row seats are adjustable and can be adjusted to provide more flexible seating for the third row passengers.

On the 4,390mm long Mobilio, this is more of a necessity rather than a feature, especially in a place like India which gets very hot and humid during summers.

The video also focuses / highlights the roof mounted aircons placed just above the second row of passengers, and useful for both second and third rows.

The Mobilio seems to sport a capacious boot even with all three rows in place. However, luggage capacity can be further expanded by folding and tumbling the third row.

Monday, 28 October 2013

Mahindra & Mahindra to start selling branded apples from next month

The 16.2 BUSD group, Mahindra & Mahindra now enters into a more niche segment - branded fruit. The home grown carmaker has tied up with food retailers such as Godrej Nature's Basket, Heritage Foods to sell the apples under the brand name - "Saboro", which means - "taste" in Spanish.

The company is also in discussion with Reliance fresh to sell the fruits in the domestic market making use of their extensive and vast distribution channel.

The launch will kick off with branded apples sourced from Kinnaur in Himachal Pradesh, where they will be graded and sorted in 15 outlets in Hyderabad early next month. "Consumers want consistent quality, backed by a trusted brand and are willing to pay a 5-10% premium," says Ashok Sharma, chief executive, agri & allied business, M&M.

So quality has been the focus for this initiative: grapes were sorted according to size and colour, apples according to firmness, colour and taste and bananas according to shelf life, appearance and taste. M&M will add bananas and grapes - which it produces for export at present - and mangoes to stores in phase 2 of its launch.

According to K Ravindranath, head B&M (F&V) marketing, Heritage Foods: "The Indian fruits and vegetables market today is faced with a challenge of delivering continuous and consistent quality fruits to the consumers. As a retailer our biggest struggle today is to deliver this consistency, for which we have to check every lot that comes to our stores.

With Mahindra, we can be sure that a consistent product experience will be delivered to our consumers." Said another senior official from a gourmet store: "In a commoditised fruits and vegetables market, a consumer-facing brand will play an important role in promising consistent quality."

Other than the Adani Group's Farm Pick brand of apples, the only fruit "brands" on offer to the Indian consumer are international ones - such as Chiquita bananas and Zespri kiwis. While M&M plans to export its Saboro brand, it is also looking at importing citrus fruits and pears from South America, kiwis from Australia and apples (during off-season) from the US and China. It will also import exotic fruits like dragon fruit, passion fruit and the star fruit.

2014 Mini teased ahead of its 18th November 2013 global unveiling

The next generation BMW Mini will be globally unveiled on 18th November 2013 at the company's Oxford plant. The date symbolizes the 107th birthday of original Mini designer - Sir Alex Issigonis.

The 2014 Mini will be available with three- and four-cylinder engines at the time of the launch. The new car would be available with 3 powertrain options to choose from - with two in gasoline and one in diesel. Starting with the petrol options - the car would be available with 3 cylinder 1.5L turbocharged petrol engine which produces 136 bhp and 220 N-m of torque. With a press of overboost function, it could be taken to 230 Nm.

The second engine option available would be a four cylinder 2.0L petrol engine producing 192 bhp and 280 Nm of torque and similar to the first one, with the use of overboost function, it could be taken to 300 Nm.

The car would also be available with a diesel engine - 3 cylinder 1.5L engine producing 116 bhp at 270 Nm of torque.

Stay tuned for more. 

Scoop ! New spy shots of upcoming facelifted Ford Endeavour

Spy shots of the Australian developed Ford's Endeavour has surfaced on the web. The images captured here are those of the pre production prototype and hence fitted with some loose parts, or parts with some uneven gaps. ran this image accompanied by a report which claims that the new Endeavour would be 100mm longer than the Territory. The extra length would make the cabin roomier for second- and third-row passengers.

The new Ford Endeavour would start its production at its Thailand plant in 2015, as we all know by 2016, Ford would be shutting its Australian plant. Motoring Australia is regarding the 3.2-litre five-cylinder engine, and a 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine as top candidates. Transmission choices would be a six-speed manual and automatic units.

Stay tuned for more information on the same. 

Datsun Go spied testing for the first time in Chennai, India

Datsun GO, which was revealed for the first time in Gurgaon on 15th July 2013 at Kingdom of Dreams is spied testing here in Chennai. The white colored small car for which "Datsun" and "GO" logo on the bootlid were hidden for some reason is scheduled for a launch here in India during January 2014.

Based on the Nissan Micra’s ‘V’ platform, the Go will be powered by the same 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine powering the Micra, though Nissan engineers will be tuning it to optimize economy. While the specifications of the engine were not revealed, we expect the ARAI to rate it in the region of 20km/l (given that the Micra Active delivers 19.49km/l).

The Datsun's GO will be manufactured at Renault Nissan's Chennai facility and will also be exported to other countries including Indonesia, South Africa and Russia apart from being sold in India.

The company has promised a starting price below INR 4 lakhs, thus putting it in the league of the Maruti Wagon R, Hyundai i10, Chevrolet Spark and not to mention, its very own Micra Active. The company has aggressively targeted to sell 100,000 cars during the first year and later increase it to 250,000 cars per annum while it starts getting exported. 

Friday, 25 October 2013

Official - BMW 2 series fully unveiled

BMW 2 series, the replacement of the 1 series has been unveiled now. Though the 1 series was available both in Coupe and Convertible however the 2 series is available only in coupe as of now. The convertible 2 series would be disclosed couple of days later.

The powertrain and the variant details have been disclosed for the European spec car. The 2 series could be purchased in Sport Line, Modern Line and M Sports Package. The engine ranges from 2.0L four cylinder TwinPower Turbocharged engine developing 184 bhp and 270 Nm of torque. Christened ’220i’, this variant can accelerate from 0-100km/h in 7 seconds while the top-speed is rated at 235km/h.

The diesel variant of 2 series would be powered by 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo outputting 184 hp and 380 Nm of torque and would be called as 220d. This enables an acceleration from 0-100km/h in 7.2 seconds and onwards to a top-speed of 230km/h.

The M235i would be powered by a 3.0L inline six cylinder engine with BMWs TwinPower Turbo technology ensures 326 hp and 450 Nm of torque. Coupled with the 8-speed automatic transmission, the M235i has a supercar rivaling 0-100km/h time of 4.8 seconds, while top-speed is limited to 250km/h.

The car will go on sale in Europe and USA next year. In the USA, the 2 Series will have a starting price of USD 33,025 (INR 20.3 lakhs) for the 228i variant, while the M235i is priced at USD 44,025 (INR 27.06 lakhs).

Official now - Triumph Motorcyles to launch in India on 28th November 2013

After two years of unveiling their first motorcycle in India during 2012 Auto Expo, the UK based bike manufacturer will launch their first bike in India on 28th November 2013. Though the date is confirmed by the company, the company has still not confirmed about the exact models that will be launched first, or even the number of dealerships and their locations.

The company has recently appointed Mr. Vimal Sumbly, former General Manager of Sales at Bajaj Auto, as the brand head for Triumph Motorcycles in India.

Triumph Motorcycles will first start assembling the bikes at their Manesar facility which is in joint collaboration with their supply chain partner. However, the company does have plans to open their own manufacturing facility in Bangalore and the start of construction of plant might happen in 2017.

The Triumph range in India is expected to start at about INR 5.5 lakhs and extend up to INR 20 lakhs. Stay tuned for more on 28th November 2013. 

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Chevrolet Cruze facelift launched in India at Rs 13.75 Lakh

Chevrolet Cruze has been updated once again with some mild changes on the exteriors. The new changes includes revised bumpers with a triangular fog lamp housings, 16 inch alloy wheels.

The interiors of the car remains the same and no change has been done to the powertrain division too. It is powered by the same 2.0-litre diesel engine that puts out 164bhp and 38.7kgm of torque, which can either be mated to a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.

Renault Duster Anniversary Edition launched in a new Cosmos Blue color

Renault India is celebrating the first anniversary edition of their Compact SUV - Duster. The French carmaker has launched a special edition with a new color called Blue Cosmos. The Renault Duster Anniversary Edition this will be called and will be available only in above said color.

When asked about introducing the color for the Indian market, Renault India’s CEO, Mr. Marc Nassif, said that if there was enough demand for it, he would eventually introduce it in India as well. Currently, the color would be manufactured under Dacia brand and would be exported to various other markets.

The Duster Anniversary edition is available only on the top-end model and as a result, the Cosmos Blue color is also available only on the top-end RxZ 110 PS version. We’re informed by dealers that Renault is charging INR 50,000 more for the anniversary edition.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Mahindra XUV 5OO W4 to be launched at Rs 10.99 Lakh

As our readers would already know that the homegrown SUV maker, Mahindra & Mahindra would launch the base variant of their already well selling car, XUV 5OO. The base variant would be called as W4 and would compete with Renault's Duster, Nissan Terrano and Tata Safari.

As we already hinted you that the new car could be launched at a very competitive price tag of INR 10.99 Lakh, we once again got the hint from one of our source that this is the price range that Mahindra's are looking at to launch this vehicle.

The sales last month have dropped to just 2,200 + units and this has caused a lot of concern for the home grown carmaker. With dropping sales of Quanto, Xylo and Verito, the carmaker needs to be cautious for the current year and hence is developing new products.

Stay tuned to more information. 

VW Vento Corporate Edition introduced

Volkswagen India introduced a "Corporate Edition" accessory package on Vento. The new accessory package can be introduced on any variant - Trendline, Comfortline or Highline and could also be added to any variant - Petrol or Diesel powered.

The total cost of the accessory package is INR 40,000 and includes the following -

  • Alloy wheels
  • Trunk garnish
  • Seat covers
  • Navigation system with rear view camera
  • Window chrome set
  • Door protectors
  • Mud reflectors
  • Mud flaps
If you notice, the VW Vento Corporate Edition model doesn’t have smoked headlights that were introduced late last year.

Mechanically, the car remains the same. No other changes in the car. The existing features remains in the car as it is. 

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Toyota Fortuner Sportivo launched in India at Rs 24.26 Lakh

Toyota Kirloskar Motors India just launched a limited edition version of Fortuner Sportivo. The SUV is priced at Rs 24.26 Lakh, ex-showroom, New Delhi.

Mr. Sandeep Singh, DMD & COO, TKM said -

ortuner has been the leader in its segment since launch and has sold more than 54,000 units. With an aim to provide newness, we have introduced the Fortuner Limited edition for the festive season. Sought after for both off-roading and city driving, the limited edition with its sporty image will provide exclusivity to our customers. We have recently launched the New Innova and the limited editions of Etios and Liva to make this festive season a very special one for all our customers and further reiterate Toyota’s efforts to provide our customers new and advanced vehicles every time we refresh our products.

The new car with 4x4 manual transmission variant boasts of dual front and rear bumper spoiler, TRD engraved side body strip, TRD emblem at the rear, rear roof spoiler and radiator grille with TRD logo. 

Friday, 11 October 2013

VW Vento TSI launched in India at Rs 9.99 Lakh

Volkswagen India just launched the Vento TSI in India at a price tag of Rs 9.99 Lakh. The sales of the new will be available from today at selected dealerships.

The Vento TSI is available only in a single trim level, the Highline variant. However, VW will offer the car with a choice of six body colors – Shadow Blue, Candy White, Pepper Grey, Terra Beige, Deep Black and Reflex Silver.

The new car will be powered by a 1.2L TSI Gasoline engine mated to a 7 speed DSG gearbox. The ARAI certified fuel economy of the Vento TSI stands at 16.93km/l.

Mr. Arvind Saxena, Managing Director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Volkswagen Group Sales India Pvt. Ltd said -

With the new Vento TSI, Volkswagen takes the lead with producing cars that are high-tech, powerful and fuel-efficient. With a turbocharged petrol engine and 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox, the Vento TSI provides excellent performance and fuel economy.

The new car will compete with all other Automatic options available in the market - Maruti Suzuki SX4, Honda City, Nissan Sunny, Renault Scala, Hyundai Verna, Skoda Rapid and Ford Fiesta.

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Salman Khan shows anger on twitter after his Range Rover SUV broke down

Salman Khan was unhappy and tweeted about the shoddy service by Land Rover India. The actor has vented out his anger over twitter after his Range Rover broke down on road while he was way back home. With over 5 million followers on Twitter and almost 10 million followers on Facebook, this news is a PR nightmare for Jaguar Land Rover India.

Salman Khan's first tweet on Twitter reads, “Meri bichari Range Rover ke hal kharab hai in last 1&1/2 yrs 9times brakepads hv failed 1bari pura suspension gaya or kal gadi he baith gayi.” He meant, my Range Rover's brake pads have been changed 9 times in last 1 and half years, entire suspension changed once and finally the car broke down yesterday.

The second tweet reads, "The company guys say its a heavy car so the break pads vil wear off hehehe toh bus truck aur train n planes ka rose badalte hongay kya.” He meant, The company officials and customer service tells him that as the Range Rover is a heavy car, this things keep happening.” To which he tweets, “If that’s the case, bus, truck, trains and planes change brakepads everyday?”

The third tweet by Salman says, "“so kinda pissed with the attitude of the people at Range Rover they hv no concept of customer service.”

Considering this to be one of the worst incidents that could have happened to Range Rover in India, we do not know what would be the next step from the UK based company.

Finally, Salman signs off with, “Kal raat ko jab gadi bandh padi had to take a rick home, really enjoyed the rickshaw ride : )”, meaning, “after the car broke down last night, I took a rickshaw back home.” 

Nissan Terrano launched at Rs 9.58 Lakh

The Ford EcoSport and Renault Duster competitor, Nissan Terrano is finally here and has been launched in India at a starting price tag of Rs 9.58 Lakh. The Nissan Terrano gets different bumpers, tailgate, headlamps, tail-lights and an all-new grille that's a family trademark. However, most of the changes are on the outside and the cabin is similar to the Duster's.

Nissan has restyled the exteriors of the Terrano to better differentiate it from the Duster. There will be the familiar 1.5-litre DCI diesel engine with two different power outputs -- 84bhp and 109bhp -- and a 1.6-litre petrol engine on offer.

Nissan Terrano prices in Chennai -

  • Nissan Terrano XL 1.6L petrol – INR  978,165
  • Nissan Terrano XE 1.5L 85PS – INR 958,892 
  • Nissan Terrano XL 1.5L 85PS – INR 1,065,035 
  • Nissan Terrano XL Plus 1.5L 85PS -INR 1,092,744 
  • Nissan Terrano XL 1.5L 110PS – INR 1,131,936 
  • Nissan Terrano XV 1.5L 110PS – INR 1,214,862 
  • Nissan Terrano XV Premium 1.5L 110PS – INR 1,244,820

Mahindra Scorpio Special edition launched at Rs 11.88 Lakh

The homegrown Auto maker and largest SUV maker, Mahindra & Mahindra just launched Scorpio Limited edition, couple of minutes ago priced at Rs 11.88 Lakh.

The Mahindra Scorpio Special Edition has come in a Pearl White colour and gets chrome plated alloy wheels and racy decals. Inside the cabin, the car receives high gloss wood finish centre bezel, rich tan and beige European leather seat upholstery, which give the car a better ambience. Moreover, the steering wheel, gearshift and gear-knob are encased in leather to add a touch of class. The list of additional features doesn't end here, it also gets a roof mounted 9" DVD player, a great feature for the music enthusiasts.

Speaking on the Scorpio Special Edition, Vivek Nayer, Chief Marketing Officer, Automotive Division, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. said, "With its classy appearance and plush interiors, I am sure that the Scorpio Special Edition will be an instant hit with consumers. An unmitigated success since its launch, the iconic Scorpio has kept up the momentum even in its 11th year. I am sure that this limited edition will create a new benchmark in class and exclusivity to further spruce up the appeal of the Mighty Muscular Scorpio for its consumers.”

Since it's a special edition, there are no mechanical changes given to the car. It continues to derive its power from the same 2.2-litre 4-cylinder mHawk diesel engine, which churns out the maximum power output of 120bhp.

Ashok Leyland Stile launched in Mumbai at INR 7.49 Lakh

The home grown Commercial vehicle manufacturer, Ashok Leyland had launched Stile in Mumbai today in three variants - LE, LS and LX. The MPV has been launched at a starting price of INR 7.49 Lakh. Standard across the lineup are features such as air conditioning, power steering, tilt-adjustable steering and foldable seats.

It will be powered by the same 1.5-litre dCi (K9K) diesel engine and will have an output of 75 PS and 185 Nm and is mated to a 5-speed transmission. The engine is capable of returning a fuel economy of 19.5 kmpl, claims Ashok Leyland.

Ashok Leyland’s Stile will be available in five different shades, namely, sparking white, silky grey, moon grey, passion red and imperial black. The MPV comes with a 2 year or 50,000 km warranty and will be sold through the company’s 130 LCV outlets across the country. Ashok Leyland is also looking to introduce its LCV dealerships in the north east market.

“We are extremely delighted to launch the second product from the Ashok Leyland Nissan JV, which we believe will change the dynamics of Indian MPVs. With Stile our mission was clear - to deliver to the Indian customer a contemporary MPV with lots of space, contemporary styling, comfort features and most of all, class leading fuel efficiency. Stile is developed on a trusted and reliable vehicle platform that reflects our continued focus on offering Japanese technology and quality at Indian cost. With the Stile also in our portfolio, we are now better positioned to cater to a wider customer base and range of transportation needs, said Dr. V Sumantran, Vice Chairman, Ashok Leyland.

The variant wise price list is as follows -
  • Ashok Leyland Stile LE 8 seater – Rs 7.49 Lakh 
  • Ashok Leyland Stile LE 7 seater – Rs 7.99 Lakh 
  • Ashok Leyland Stile LS 8 seater – Rs 8.49 Lakh 
  • Ashok Leyland Stile LS 7 seater – Rs 8.79 Lakh 
  • Ashok Leyland Stile LX 8 seater -Rs 8.29 Lakh 
  • Ashok Leyland Stile LX 7 seater – Rs 8.99 Lakh 
  • Ashok Leyland Stile LX 7 seater with optional alloy wheels – Rs 9.29 Lakh

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

2014 Hyundai i20 spied testing in India

New Hyundai i20, which is slated for a 2014 launch will be based on completely new platform and will be much bigger than the current i20.

In terms of styling, the new i20 will get an evolution of its fluidic design sculpture, and the current car’s 1.2-litre petrol and 1.4-litre diesel engines are expected to be carried over.

Meanwhile, it has also been in news that Hyundai will also be readying up a Compact sedan variant of the new car and is scheduled to be launched in India during 2015.

The new i20 will compete with the Honda's upcoming Jazz hatchback which will also be as bigger and stylish compared to the Hyundai's i20.

Tata Nano CNG emax launched in India at Rs 2.52 Lakh

Tata Motors launched the Nano CNG variant in India - available in two variants, the car is priced at Rs 2.52 Lakh. Powered with an engine that fires CNG and petrol, it has the lowest CO2 emissions among petrol cars of 75.6 g/km and is India’s most fuel efficient IC-engined car with a fuel efficiency of 36 km/kg (as per ARAI certification).

Mr. Ankush Arora- Sr. Vice President, Passenger Vehicle Business Unit (Commercial), Tata Motors Ltd -

"From its inception, the Nano has been a path-breaking invention and the CNG version only adds to that and also underlines our commitment to be a sustainable automotive player"

The CNG tank (4-liter capacity) is installed under the driver seat, thus not intruding into the luggage compartment. The system offers a range of 150km on CNG, in addition to the 375km range on petrol. The 4 year/60,000 km warranty on the car covers the CNG kit.

The Nano CNG is priced at 2.52 lakhs (ex-showroom Mumbai) for the CX model and 2.77 lakhs (ex-showroom Mumbai) for the LX model.

Spied - Ashok Leyland Dost interiors revealed

Ashok Leyland Dost Express, which is a passenger carrier variant of the Dost has been spied testing around. There have been news earlier about the Indian CV maker launching a passenger carrier variant of the same, however this is the first time when the spy images have been revealed.

As per the sources, the Dost Express features a fiber body which has been mounted on to the Dost's driver's cabin, thereby making it a complete vehicle. As per the sources, the rear body has been designed by Ashok Leyland and the Dost regular vehicle goes to the respective vendor for assembly of the rear body and dispatches it to the dealers.

The passenger cabin can accommodate 12 people inside the van, thanks to the 3 seater benches placed on the side of the vehicle. Through an opening, the driver can communicate with other passengers on the rear side. The 1.5-liter three-cylinder diesel engine will continue unchanged outputting 58bhp and 157.5Nm of torque. Initial price estimates tag the Dost Express in the range of INR 6-7 lakhs.

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Maruti Suzuki's small Diesel engine to power Small "Carry LCV"

Maruti Suzuki's small Diesel engine is no more a secret now. The engineers at Suzuki Motor Corporation, Japan have been working on development of this small 0.8L Diesel engine for quite some time now however it would not be before early 2015 that the engine would be seen on cars running on Indian roads.

As per our close sources, there are two versions of this engine under development out of which one would be a "Turbocharged" one. The first vehicle to carry this small engine would be Carry LCV. Also, the new small car which would be launched as a replacement of A-Star and Estilo soon would also be powered by the same small diesel engine. It must be noted that the small car, codenamed YL-7 which is scheduled to launch soon would firstly be launched only in Petrol. Later, in 2015 the car would get a diesel heart as well.

The two-cylinder 800cc unit would power the next-generation Carry (codenamed Y9T) before finding application on the company’s passenger cars. Also, expectations of drivability and refinement are relatively lower in the commercial segment and hence Maruti engineers can make the necessary modifications before introducing it in their cars.

Stay tuned for more. 

Friday, 4 October 2013

Spy Images - Mahindra's first Intercity bus !

Here are the first spy images of Mahindra's first Intercity bus manufactured at Mahindra Trucks and Buses Limited (MTBL) having a manufacturing facility at Chakan, Pune. The image shot is also on the highway near the manufacturing plant.

Mahindra's current bus line up "Tourister" comprises of 4 buses powered by 2.5L , 2.6L and 3.3L diesel engines. The bus range comprises of 16,25, 32 and 40 seater. The 25 seater version is also available in BS4 CNG variant.

The large bus would compete with offerings from Ashok Leyland, Volvo, Scania, Mercedes Benz and Tata Motors, though understandably priced lower relative to foreign competitors.

The new 40 seater bus could be powered by a 7.2L Navistar engine that can produce 202hp and offer a peak torque of 880Nm.

Stay tuned for more information. 

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Infosys signs a multi-year contract with Toyota Motor Europe

India's second largest software services company Infosys said it has signed a multi-year contract with Toyota Motor Europe.

The four-year contract will see Infosys managing the automakers technology applications across Europe, including its core automotive processes such as supply chain, manufacturing, after sales etc.

The Bangalore based firm said it will support over 150 applications for Toyota across Europe through a managed services model aimed at providing higher customer satisfaction and cost benefit to the automaker. Infosys declined to reveal the financial details of the deal.

"This program will further strengthen our partnership with Toyota Motor Europe as well as our focus on the automotive sector - a sector which is a key engine of our growth in Europe," Nitesh Bansal, regional head manufacturing, Europe for Infosys said in a statement.

Manufacturing is Infosys's third largest vertical contributing about 22% of the company's overall revenues in the previous quarter. The company gets 24% of its revenues from customers in Europe.

In June, Infosys recalled its retired chairman and co-founder NR Narayana Murthy, who has been making significant operational changes at the company, including increased focussed on winning large deals, as he seeks to build a "desirable" Infosys.

Suzuki Access Special edition launched in India at Rs 58,975, join hands with Salman Khan's "Being human"

Suzuki two wheelers today launched special edition of their popular selling scooter "Access 125". The new variant would be simply called Suzuki Access 125 Special edition with many new features added at slightly higher price. The same is being priced at Rs 58,975 units.

In terms of features, the new variant gets chrome side mirrors, some more chrome on the body, tanned leatherite seat cover, Being Human logo placed near Access logo. New body stickers also form part of the scooter.

This special edition Access will be offered in a single body color called Pearl Mirage White. Suzuki is expecting to sell about 40,000 units of this special edition which is priced at INR 58,975 (on-road Mumbai). For reference, the regular Access is priced at INR 57,887 (on-road Mumbai).

The company has partnered with Salman Khan's "Being Human" to roll out these special scooters. The company also announced that a certain portion of their revenue (earned from selling this special edition Access and various ‘Being Human’ merchandise) will be used to educate the underprivileged apart from conducting cataract operations and heart surgeries.

Skoda India launches Octavia at Rs 13.95 Lakh

Skoda launched the Octavia in India just a couple of minutes ago. The car was first teased by Czech carmaker couple of months ago. Here are the details of the same. The car available in 3 engine variants - 2 petrol and 1 diesel. We had already shown you couple of images showing the arrival of Octavia at the dealerships thereby preparing for today's launch. The new gen Octavia will replace the ongoing Laura. The pricing for the new Skoda Octavia are as follows -

  • Skoda Octavia 1.4 TSI Active (M) – 13.95 lakhs
  • Skoda Octavia 1.4 TSI Ambition (M) – 14.95 lakhs
  • Skoda Octavia 1.8 TSI Elegance (AT) – 18.25 lakhs
  • Skoda Octavia Active 2.0 TDI (M) – 15.55 lakhs
  • Skoda Octavia Ambition 2.0 TDI (M) – 16.55 lakhs
  • Skoda Octavia Ambition 2.0 TDI (AT) – 17.55 lakhs
  • Skoda Octavia Elegance 2.0 TDI  (AT) – 19.45 lakhs
The car will be offered in three trims, Active, Ambition and Elegance. The 1.8 TSI is only available in the top Elegance spec, and you can get the 2.0 TDI automatic in this spec too. One step lower, the Ambition spec can be had on the 1.4 TSI, as well as the 2.0 TDI (in either manual or automatic guise). And finally, the base Active trim can only be had on the 1.4 TSI and the 2.0 TDI manual.

The 1.8 TSI will be available only with a seven-speed automatic transmission while the base petrol will be available only with a manual gearbox. The 2.0-litre diesel will be available with the option of both a manual and a six-speed automatic transmission.

Ashok Leyland Stile to be launched in India on 8th October 2013

Ashok Leyland Stile, first exposed to public during 2012 Auto Expo is all set for a launch on 8th October 2013. As you would already know it is a re-engineered Nissan badged Evalia, however we are happy to see the completely changed front fascia, and many other welcoming changes including butterfly shaped rear windows, which can now be opened. The captain seats for middle row, redesigned glove compartment and floor mounted aircon vents for middle row.

The engine is also de-tuned and is properly called "DIET". The new engine is detuned to 75 bhp and 185 N-m of torque whereas the one on Evalia is 90 bhp and 200 N-m of torque. The same engine, K9K 1.5L Diesel is used on both th vehicles.

Stay tuned for more about Stile on 8th October 2013.

Spied - Facelifted Toyota Innova interiors revealed

Toyota Kirloskar Motors, the world's largest automobile major has seen the sales of Innova going down in last few months. The car major has already planned a facelift for the model and spied images and other details including the pricing of the new car has already reached our readers, could be seen again here.

The top end variant, "Z" as would be introduced this time is priced a notch higher than the top end VX variant of ongoing Innova. The Innova Z variant would be priced at Rs 15.08 Lakh, appx. Rs 53,000 higher than current top end. We were to identify the features included in the new top end and thus the reason for the high price.

We had earlier assumed that the new top end could get DVD player and roof mounted screen, however to out surprise there is a bad news. The new car which is priced higher than the current top end has none other changes than changed faux wood on the dashboard of the new car.

The rear seat though gets dual colored leather seating but it is not sure as of now that it would be available as an accessory or as a standard feature. Similar goes with body graphics as could be seen here and chrome strip running across entire length of the car. We will have to wait and watch for the launch to list out exact features that the new top end gets above the current version top end to justify the higher price.

The launch is speculated to be on 5th October or 9th October however no confirmation from the carmaker as of now. Stay tuned for more, while pricing and other info. could be viewed here.

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Nissan hikes prices of its mid-sized sedan Sunny, Micra by upto 2.9%

Japanese auto maker Nissan today hiked prices of its mid-sized sedan Sunny and compact car Micra by up to 2.9 per cent from immediate effect, to partially offset the impact of rupee depreciation and escalating input costs.

The increase, ranging from 1.4 per cent to 2.9 per cent, applies to most variants of Sunny, Micra and Micra Active and would be effective from today, the company said in a statement.

"The prices are revised to minimise the impact of rupee depreciation and offset rising input costs and raw materials costs due to inflation," Hover Automotive India (Nissan's National Sales Company in India) Director - Sales & Marketing Nitish Tipnis said.

The price increase is marginal and the company is confident that the customers will appreciate its efforts to offer globally renowned products at affordable prices, he added. Nissan's mid-sized sedan Sunny is priced between Rs 6.29 lakh to Rs 9.86 lakh, while compact car Micra costs between Rs 4.90 lakh to Rs 7.21 lakh. Micra Active is priced between Rs 3.50 lakh and Rs 4.79 lakh (all prices are ex-showroom Delhi).

Last week, Mahindra & Mahindra had announced a hike in prices of its passenger cars and commercial vehicles in the range of Rs 6,000 to Rs 20,000 from October 1.

Earlier, Maruti Suzuki India had announced hike in prices of its entire range of models by up to Rs 10,000 from October first week, mainly due to depreciation of rupee.

Hyundai and General Motors have also announced increase in vehicle prices by up to Rs 20,000 to offset the impact of rupee depreciation and rising input costs, resulting in higher spending by new car buyers in the festive season.

Although the rupee has recovered some ground against the dollar in the past weeks, it had depreciated for a prolonged period. It has weakened against the dollar since April, pushing up import and input costs.

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