The Audi TT Sportback concept

Oct 31, 2014 (0 views)

A speedy sports car with four seats and five doors, that is what Audi presented as the TT Sportback concept at the recently concluded Paris Motor Show. The exterior of the show car invokes the design idiom of the classic TT, developing it into a new and elongated sculpture that looks quite captivating.  The distinctive horizontal lines at the front end of the new Audi TT Sportback concept reinforce the broad and sporty look. Bearing the quattro badge on its lower edge, the Singleframe grille is flatter and wider than on the two-door coupe and features a honeycomb grille insert with a resplendent dark aluminum look. The Audi virtual cockpit dominates the elegantly designed interior of the show car, with the 12.3-inch screen replacing the conventional instruments and the MMI monitor. The screen provides top-quality graphics and enables the driver to choose between multiple display levels.

The 2.0 TFSI engine in the Audi TT Sportback concept captivates with its performance characteristics and it generates 400bhp at 6,400 rpm, with a specific output of 200bhp per liter of displacement. The four-cylinder engine puts 450 Nm of torque on the crankshaft between 2,400 and 6,000 rpm, with over 300 Nm already available at just 1,900 rpm. But that’s not all, because the overall driving dynamics are also influenced by the suspension that reflects the technological expertise behind the Audi TT Sportback concept. The front suspension is based on a McPherson system with aluminum components that reduce the weight of the unsprung chassis masses. The four-link rear suspension can process the longitudinal and transverse forces separately. The car is yet to be put into production but it surely will be on roads very soon.

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The Dacia Duster Oroch concept

Oct 31, 2014 (0 views)

Renault is set to unveil the Duster Oroch show car in a world premiere at the upcoming Sao Paulo Motor Show in Brazil. The car has been designed by the Renault design centre for Latin America in Sao Paulo, the Duster Oroch show car is a styling exercise for a recreational pick-up truck with enough room for five people and the robust stance of a true SUV.

The new design is quite impressive, and it looks like something that can be accepted in the Indian market as well. The car’s body colour is an exclusive combination of satin-finish white and touches of orange, which highlight its sporty personality and the world of kitesurfing, which inspired the vehicle’s design. The vehicle’s front end features the new brand identity and carries over some of the styling cues explored previously on the D-Cross concept car, which was a reinterpretation of the Renault Duster presented at the Sao Paulo Motor Show two years ago. The large front and rear bumpers also convey an impression of strength and power giving it more visual appeal. In true ‘go anywhere’ style, the Renault Duster Oroch offers a spacious cabin, high ground clearance, 18-inch wheels and broad side protective mouldings. On the inside the dashboard features a multimedia screen which displays in real time the images captured by the two cameras installed in the rear of the dual cab outside the vehicle. A rotary control on the centre console is used to operate these cameras. The car has been designed to tailor for the Latin American market, but with the tremendous success of the Duster in India, it would be nice to see such concepts on our shores as well.

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Fiat India rolls out Avventura Compact SUV

Oct 22, 2014 (0 views)

Fiat Group Automobiles India unveiled the new Avventura – Contemporary Urban Vehicle (CUV) in a launch held at the Taj Palace hotel in Delhi on 21-October-2014. With price ranging from Rs. 5,99,064 to Rs. 8,17,065 (Ex-showroom Delhi), the car will compete with other compact SUVs in the Indian market such as the Ford EcoSport. It will be available in both petrol and diesel variants and has a fuel efficiency of 20.5kmpl in diesel and 14.4kmpl in petrol variants.

The Avventura is designed keeping Indian conditions and need in mind. The car will be produced at FIAT’s Ranjangaon plant in Pune and will be initially sold in India. Speaking on the launch Mr. Nagesh Basavanhalli, President and MD, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, India Operations said, “The Avventura showcases FIAT’s commitment to India to produce cars designed for India and manufactured for India. As per our 3 pillar strategy, we have strengthened our dealer network, after sales service and with our unique 2014 product portfolio we aim to become one of the most favoured car companies in India.”

Avventura which was unveiled globally at Delhi Auto Expo earlier this year comes with several new and innovative features like high terrain gauges, audio system with self-adjusting volume, fire prevention system prevents damage from inflammatory objects, smart airbags with early crash sensors, smart headlamps which remain on after you leave the vehicle, rear a/c vents, 60:40 split seats for extra room and solid metal backed seats to keep you safe in a crash. It also has high ground clearance of 205 mm to give a smooth ride, keeping Indian road conditions in mind.

Variant Price (INR) Ex-Showroom Delhi
Petrol 1.4 Fire Petrol Active 5,99,064
1.4 Fire Petrol Dynamic 7,05,066
Diesel 1.3 Multijet Diesel Active 6,89,065
1.3 Multijet Diesel Dynamic 7,65,064
1.3 Multijet Diesel Eemotion 8,17,065

Avventura will be available at exclusive FIAT showrooms across country. FIAT has made remote parts of the country accessible to after sales service with a hub and spoke model where a major distributor in key cities supports neighbourhood centres. FIAT has strengthened its presence in India by opening 125 exclusive dealerships in 98 cities across 24 states, which provides world class service to the customers. The company also provides a customer relationship manager to every owner of a FIAT car under its Amico program.

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New Honda Jazz looks appealing

Oct 13, 2014 (724 views)

Honda has taken the time to show us a prototype of their latest 2015 Honda Jazz. This prototype introduces a completely new body shell for the popular model, with a sleek and modern design that hints at the significant advances to be introduced in this latest model. The external dimensions have changed with the length being 15mm longer and the wheelbase 30mm longer helping to create an even more spacious cabin. As part of Honda’s ‘small series’ range, the third generation European Jazz will be built on the company’s global compact platform. It will retain the center fuel tank layout that is already found in the current model, as well as the Honda Civic and recently-announced Honda HR-V.

This space-saving layout delivers genuine customer benefits in terms of versatility, interior practicality and storage solutions. Due to go on sale in summer 2015, the new European Jazz will offer improved fuel economy and higher performance thanks to its new Earth Dreams Technology engine. The new 1.3 litre i-VTEC petrol engine is supported by either a six-speed manual (replacing the previous five-speed unit) or a CVT transmission.

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Jaguar has officially unveiled the 2015 XE – the baby Jag

Oct 6, 2014 (248 views)

This will be the most important launch for Jaguar. The British luxury car maker has lagged behind the Germans in terms of sales for far too long, and they are pinning their hopes on the new Jaguar XE to be their best-seller. The XE is based much along the lines of the XF, but the front section looks just like the XJ. The overall looks however are very aggressive and the car has sensational on-road presence. The XE S will be powered by a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that produces 330bhp and 450Nm of torque. It will be connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission, which will enable the car to accelerate from 0-100kmph in 4.9 seconds before hitting an electronically limited top speed of 250kmph. The XE will also be offered with a variety of 2.0-liter Ingenium four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. Full specifications will be announced soon, but Jaguar says the diesel will provide a fantastic fuel economy. The new XE rides on an all-new modular platform that uses aluminum for more than 75 percent of its body structure. Jaguar Chief Technical Specialist Mark White said, “The XE is as strong and light as it could possibly be thanks to exhaustive analysis and by bringing the latest engineering techniques to bear on its design. It has been challenging to accomplish but the XE’s structure is absolutely at the cutting edge of what is achievable today.” The XE will also make its way to India very soon.

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Mercedes AMG GT finally out in the open

Oct 6, 2014 (126 views)

We knew this was coming for some time now, and finally the German with the three pointed star has unveiled its all new sports car called the AMG GT. Designed by a team led by Gorden Wagener, Vice President of Design, Daimler AG and developed entirely in house by AMG, led by its Chairman, Tobias Moers, the GT is an all-new two seater sports car mixing the exhilaration expected of an AMG with precision, comfort and practicality. The car looks stunning and looks the part as an everyday sports car. There will also be two different engine variants available. The V8 engine – codenamed M178 – displaces 3,982 cc and is equipped with dry sump lubrication and twin turbochargers. In GT S form it produces its peak of 510hp and 650Nm of torque, while the stock GT version gets a tuning of 462bhp and 600Nm. The GT is the second sports car developed entirely in-house by Mercedes-AMG. Its front mid-engine concept with transaxle and the intelligent aluminium lightweight construction form the basis for a highly dynamic driving experience. It has everything you would expect from an authentic Mercedes-AMG sports car – from the characteristic styling, thoroughbred motorsport technology to the optimum weight distribution. Top figures such as 3.8 seconds from zero to 100kmph and a top speed of 320kmph, combined with the outstanding driving dynamics will undoubtedly translate into extremely fast laps on the racetrack.

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Mercedes-Benz India targets 10,000 unit sales by 2014 end

Oct 2, 2014 (0 views)

Mercedes-Benz India, the Indian arm of the German luxury car manufacturer Mercedes Benz has set a target of achieving the 10,000 unit sales mark by the end of the year 2014.

The carmaker has already sold a total of 7,529 units in the January – September 2014 period in comparison to 6,461 units sold in the same period in 2013, increasing 16 percent year on year. The month of September 2014 has witnessed the highest sales for the month ever.

Meanwhile, rival luxury brand Audi had already achieved the 10,000 mark in 2013 with the sales of 10,002 units, thus becoming the first luxury car maker to cross the mark in India. Mercedes Benz follows the tally with 9,003 units in 2013 while BMW India stands at 7,745 units in 2013.

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Honda teases their new Small SUV

Oct 1, 2014 (494 views)

Honda has revealed the first images of the brand’s new European version of its small SUV ahead of its world premiere at the 2014 Mondial de l’Automobile in Paris next month. The HR-V is Honda’s new entry into Europe’s fast-growing small SUV segment, but there are rumours that the car will also make its way to India as well, since the compact SSUV segment is booming. The unique exterior design of the new HR-V prototype echoes that of a coupé, with sharp, dynamic lines that link the sleek upper body with the stable and planted lower body. This coupe-esque elegance is achieved without compromising the interior practicality of the car.

The HR-V features a centre fuel tank location to create one of the most spacious and adaptable small SUV cabins. Honda Magic Seats  make use of this versatility by enabling a wide range of seating configurations, with the ability to fold the second row seats completely flat for added cargo space. More details and full specifications of the engine will be announced soon.

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BMW 2-Series Convertible unveiled

Oct 1, 2014 (131 views)

BMW today announces the third model in its 2 Series portfolio, the BMW 2 Series Convertible. It will join the 2 Series Coupe and 2 Series Active Tourer in the line-up from February 2015. The BMW 2 Series Convertible is longer by 72mm and wider by 26mm than the model it replaces, and has a wheelbase which has been elongated by 30mm. These increases have been put to good use to enhance passenger access and space, increase driving enjoyment with the roof down and change the proportions so that BMW’s latest compact convertible looks even more stylish. The BMW 2 Series Convertible will be available with a choice of four engines, including a new 2.0-litre diesel for the 220d and, for the first time in a BMW convertible, an M Performance variant, the M235i. The M Performance 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine in the M235i develops 326hp and 450Nm of torque from only 1,300rpm with the aid of twin-scroll turbocharging, high-precision centrally positioned multi-hole direct injectors, VALVETRONIC variable valve timing and Double-VANOS variable camshaft timing. Acceleration from zero to 100kmph is achieved in 5.2 seconds with the manual gearbox and 5.0 seconds with the automatic.

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Nissan Motor India reports 64.2 percent increase in September 2014 sales

Oct 1, 2014 (0 views)

Nissan Motor India, the Indian subsidiary of the Japanese automobile manufacturer Nissan has reported a growth of 64.2 percent in its sales for the month of September 2014. The carmaker sold a total of 4,145 units in the month in comparison to 2,527 units sold in the same month in 2013.

The automaker has closed the second quarter of the 2014-15 fiscal with the total sales of 25,741 units as compared with 12,515 units sold in the same period in the fiscal 2013-14.

Nissan Motor India, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Japanese automaker Nissan Motor has a combined manufacturing facility with its global alliance partner Renault along with a Research and Development facility near Chennai.

Currently, Nissan operates the two brands, namely Nissan and Datsun in the Indian car market.

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Maruti Suzuki India posts 4.6 percent sales increment in September 2014

Oct 1, 2014 (0 views)

Maruti Suzuki India, the largest car manufacturer in India has posted a growth of 4.6 percent in its sales for the month of September 2014. The carmaker sold a total of 1,09,742 units in the month in comparison to 1,04,964 units sold in the same month in 2013.

The domestic sales of the carmaker in the month stood at 99,290 units, a hike of 9.8 percent in comparison to 90,399 units sold in September 2013.

The increment in sales was led by the compact segment of the carmaker including the Swift and the Ritz hatchback and the DZire compact sedan which reported a growth of 18.1 percent. The mini car segment including the Alto, the A-Star and the WagonR on the other hand witnessed a decline of 13.4 percent.

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Hyundai India posts marginal increase in September 2014 sales

Oct 1, 2014 (0 views)

Hyundai Motor India, the largest car exporter and the second largest car manufacturer in India has posted a marginal increase in its sales for the month of September 2014.

The automaker sold a total of 51,471 units in the month of September 2014 in comparison to 51,417 units sold in the same month in 2013. The domestic sales of the carmaker stood at 35,041 units in September 2014 in comparison to 30,601 units sold in September 2013, an increment of 14.5 percent.

The exports of the automaker declined by 21.1 percent with the sales of 16,430 units in the month in comparison to 20,816 units exported in the same month in 2014.

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Honda Cars India posts 45 percent growth in September 2014 domestic sales

Oct 1, 2014 (0 views)

Honda Cars India, the wholly owned subsidiary of the Japanese automobile manufacturer Honda has posted a 45 percent increment in its domestic sales for the month of September 2014. The carmaker sold a total of 15,015 units in comparison to 10,354 units sold in the same month in 2013.

The sales increment was led by the Mobilio multi-utility vehicle which sold 5,329 units followed by the mid-sized sedan City which sold 4,600 units. The Amaze compact sedan sold a total of 3,848 units while the Brio small car sold 1,152 units in the month. The automaker also sold 86 units of the CR-V sport utility vehicle.

The Japanese automaker also exported a total of 38 units during the month of September 2014. Commenting about the sales performance of the carmaker, Mr. Jnaneswar Sen Senior Vice-President (Marketing and Sales) Honda Car Sales stated that festive season has enabled a strong demand in the month.

The carmaker is witnessing significant demand for the City sedan the production of which was resumed in September 2014. Mr. Sen stated that the carmaker will be ensuring better availability and timely deliveries to fulfill the increasing demand.

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Maruti Suzuki India to recall 69,555 vehicles

Sep 30, 2014 (0 views)

Maruti Suzuki, India’s largest car manufacturer has announced that it will be recalling 69,555 cars in order to rectify a potentially faulty wiring harness issue. The recall affects diesel car manufactured between the dates March 8, 2010 and August 11, 2013.

The recalled vehicles will include car models only from the compact segment, namely the DZire compact sedan, the Swift compact hatchback and the Ritz hatchback. According to a statement by the carmaker, the dealers will be contacting the car owners and will be carrying out the inspection of the faulty wiring and the requisite repair free of cost.

The statement also said that the fault was noticed during feedback monitoring and internal checks by the automaker.

The Maruti Suzuki diesel car owners can also log onto the company website www.marutisuzuki.com to check if their vehicle belongs to the recalled set of vehicles.

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Ferrari celebrates 60 years in America

Sep 22, 2014 (399 views)

Ferrari, the legendary sports car maker from Italy, has announced plans to celebrate their 60th anniversary in the United States by unveiling a “special” car in October. “It gives all of us here at Ferrari a sense of great satisfaction to continue to achieve record financial results, particularly given that production was limited. I am sure that in a few months’ time, we will be marking the end of a truly extraordinary and unprecedented year. Sales will also increase by several percentage points to avoid excessively long waiting lists,” declared Luca di Montezemolo, adding: “To celebrate Ferrari’s 60th year in the USA, we have developed a special car of which just 10 examples will be built, in addition to planning a major event in Los Angeles to bring together all our American clients and collectors, and a charity initiative.” Unfortunately after this announcement Luca di Montezemolo resigned a president of Ferrari. The full details of his special car are not known, but because only 10 examples will b made we do know for a fact that the cost of the car will be somewhere above US$ 1.5 million.

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