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BMW Rolls out 40,000th Locally-Produced Car from Chennai Plant

The luxury car maker, BMW has reached the milestone by rolling out 40,000th locally-produced car from its manufacturing facility in Chennai. The 40,000th car produced was a 5 Series sedan in the presence of Philipp von Sahr, president, BMW India and Robert Frittrang, MD, BMW Plant Chennai.

BMW Rolls out 40,000th Locally-Produced Car from Chennai Plant

The Chennai plant was inaugurated in 2007 and has the capacity to produce 11,000 units per year on double shift basis. Presently the unit is capable of manufacturing the BMW 1 Series hatchback, BMW 3 Series sedan, the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo, the BMW 5 Series sedan, the BMW 7 Series sedan, the BMW X1, BMW X3 and the BMW X5.

BMW Rolls out 40,000th Locally-Produced Car from Chennai Plant

The Chennai plant also manufactures the MINI Countryman as MINI is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BMW Group. Like most luxury brands, BMW’s focus on localisation plays an important role in keeping the cost of the cars under control.

Ford Shows off Next-gen Figo and Compact Sedan at Sao Paulo Motor Show 2014

Ford Motor Company has displayed next generation Ford Figo and its twin compact sedan at Sao Paulo Motor Show 2014. The Blue Oval Company has also showed three new modified concepts of EcoSport – Storm, Beauty and Beast along with the above mentioned Indian bound cars.

Ford Shows off Next-gen Figo and Compact Sedan at Sao Paulo Motor Show 2014

The next gen Figo (known as KA in Brazil) and the compact sedan – KA+ are already being sold in the Brazilian Market. The company had started selling hatch in the Brazilian market around two months ago and is a big success there while the sedan has been launched recently and will expectedly get a good response by the customers.

Ford Shows off Next-gen Figo and Compact Sedan at Sao Paulo Motor Show 2014

Talking about the Indian market, both the cars will expectedly launch early next year and are reportedly the very first cars to be produced from Ford’s upcoming manufacturing facility in Gujarat. Both the Brazilian and the Indian bound Figo and Compact Sedan will be featured with Ford’s SYNC audio system, AppLink smartphone integration, Emergency Assistance and MyFord Dock.

The current power mill of Ford Figo is expectedly to get replaced by one in the Brazilian version. The KA and KA+ comes with a new 1.0 litre Ti-VCT (Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing) naturally aspirated petrol along with the 1.5 Ti-VCT. The engine produces power in the range of 80-85bhp and 105Nm of torque. In Brazil both the cars are available only with petrol engine.

BMW Reveals X5M and X6M Performance SUVs for the Privileged Few

BMW’s new X5 M and X6 M performance SUV have officially made their debut ahead of the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show. Based on the latest X5 and X6, the updated duo carries more power, extra gears and a host of other technological enhancements.
The performance duo is powered by upgraded twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8, that churns out 575-bhp and 750 nm of peak torque. Both models come mated to a common eight-speed Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic, and can reach to 100 km/h from zero in just 4.2 seconds. Both the M arms have BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive as standard.

BMW Reveals X5M and X6M Performance SUVs for the privileged few

The system comes fitted with an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch for the distribution of drive between the front and rear axles, from 100 percent at the rear to up to 100 percent at the front.

BMW officials said that among the numerous modes featured in the two models’ software lies one called MDM for “M Dynamic Mode” which is basicallly a setting that loosens the hold of the stability control just enough for what BMW calls “mild drifts.”
The X5M and X6M performance SUVs carries modified upper wishbones that results into enhanced camber along with optimized camber progression, and steering pivot axis to aid agility in corners.

BMW Reveals X5M and X6M Performance SUVs for the privileged few

The SUVs have got 21-inch light alloy wheels, wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres, measuring 285/35 up front and 325/30 in the rear. The brakes have steel discs with massive six-piston calipers up front and a single-piston set at the rear. The cars are offered with two colour choices as Long Beach Blue Metallic and Donington Gray Metallic.

Hyundai Elite i20 Gets Over 40,000 Bookings in Two Months

Hyundai had launched the Elite i20 on 11th day of August and since then it is being highly appreciated by the customers. The second generation model of the i20 that is Elite i20 has fetched more than 40,000 bookings since then.

Named as ‘The Elite i20′, this new generation model is now the Hyundai’s most selling hatchback. The car was designed at Hyundai Motor’s Design Centre Europe in Russelsheim, Germany with an investment of Rs. 1,050 crore. The new-generation model has got the company’s ‘Fluidic Sculpture 2.0′ design philosophy that gives it a complete and a new look.

Hyundai Elite i20 Gets Over 40,000 Bookings in Two Months

Hyundai Elite i20 has got company’s new design language and comes with numerous features and equipment. Top-of-the-line variant come equipped with automatic headlamps, reversing camera, dual airbags, ABS, rear air convents, electrically-folding wing mirrors, climate control and the keyless entry.

The Hyundai Elite i20 is powered with an 82bhp 1.2-litre petrol engine or an 89bhp 1.4-litre diesel engine. The petrol car comes mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. Out of the total bookings received by the company for the new coupe, 52 per cent of the bookings comprise of the diesel models.

Hyundai Elite i20 is going to give a strong competition to the Maruti Swift, Volkswagen Polo and the Fiat Punto Evo.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Facelift Launched in India at Rs. 4.42 lakh

India’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki has launched the facelifted Swift hatchback while the bookings for this new version had already started a week ago. The petrol car is priced at Rs. 4.42 lakh, while the diesel model LDi starts at Rs. 5.56 Lakh (Ex-showroom, Delhi). The updated Swift has got a push start button, reverse parking assistant, new front profile, premium interiors and higher fuel efficiency of around 10 per cent. The updated model now comes in 3 new colour options as Mysterious Violet, Fire Red and Granite Gray.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Facelift Launched in India at Rs. 4.42 lakh

The feature list of the Maruti Suzuki Swift Facelift includes distinctive new bumper, stylish grille, bezel fog lamps, new trendy alloys, premium upholstery, push button start, power ORVMs with side indicators, steering mounted audio controls, speed sensing audio system with Bluetooth connectivity, electromagnetic back door opener, 60:40 rear seat split and new generation ABS with EBD. On the safety front the car has got reverse parking sensor and dual airbags.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Facelift Launched in India at Rs. 4.42 lakh

On the occasion, Mr. R.S. Kalsi, Executive Director Marketing & Sales, Maruti Suzuki India said “We have over 12 lakh proud Swift owners. The Swift now comes Smart facts on Swift with improved fuel efficiency of 10% and a rich equipment list like push start button, a 60:40 split rear seat, electric retractable outside mirrors, reverse parking sensor etc. With this change, we retain the DNA of the Swift and yet add features to make excitement come alive. The reborn Swift is a tribute to the bestseller of the industry and in line with Maruti Suzuki’s commitment to the customers to keep refining our models and win their hearts.”

Maruti Suzuki Swift Facelift Launched in India at Rs. 4.42 lakh

The Swift facelift is powered by the same 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine that gives out maximum power of 74bhp and peak torque of 190 Nm. The diesel model delivers a fuel economy of 25.2kmpl that is 10 per cent more than the current version. The petrol model has got a 1.2-litre K-Series VVT engine that gives an output of 83.2bhp and a maximum torque of 115 Nm. The mileage of petrol model is also improved by 9.67 per cent which is now 20.4kmpl.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Facelift Launched in India at Rs. 4.42 lakh

The price list of the Petrol version of the updated Swift is mentioned below:
LXi : Rs. 4.42 lakh
LXi(O) : Rs. 4.49 lakh
VXi : Rs. 5.08 lakh
ZXi : Rs. 5.90 lakh

The price list of the Diesel version of the updated Swift is mentioned below:
LDi : Rs. 5.56 lakh
VDi : Rs. 5.99 lakh
ZDi : Rs. 6.95 lakh

All Prices are Ex-Showroom, Delhi

Fiat Avventura Launched in Chennai for Rs.6.12 lakh

Fiat India has launched the rugged in looks Fiat Avventura in Chennai with a price tag of Rs.6.12 lakh. The Fiat Avventura is the spruced up version of the Punto Evo that will come in both petrol and diesel models. The Avventura has got several functional upgrades along with the cosmetic changes such as 205 mm ground clearance, functional roof rails, high terrain gauges and 16-inch alloy wheel.

Fiat Avventura Launched in Chennai for Rs.6.12 lakh

On the occasion, Mr. Nagesh Basavanhalli, President and MD, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, India Operations commented, “We are thrilled to launch Avventura, India’s first Contemporary Urban Vehicle (CUV), a lifestyle product which is specially designed for someone who is continuously in search of enthusiasm. 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.”

He also added that Fiat took a long time to listen to its customers and collected their feedback to put some new features in the Avventura. He also said that India is the first country to get the Fiat Avventura and in future export of the car might take place from India.

Commenting on their next coming product from the Fiat, Mr. Nagesh Basavanhalli said that the Abarth 500 will hit Indian car market in December and will be brought in as CBUs initially.

Fiat Avventura Variants with Price (Ex-Showroom, Chennai):

1.4 Fire Petrol Active:             Rs.6,12,120
1.4 Fire Petrol Dynamic:         Rs.7,20,555
1.3 Multijet Diesel Active:        Rs.7,04,189
1.3 Multijet Diesel Dynamic:    Rs.7,81,924
1.3 Multijet Diesel Emotion:     Rs.8,35,117

Future Mercedes to get new 4.0 litre V8 Engine

Mercedes-Benz AMG will replace the existing V8 power engine with the new 4.0-litre V8 engine. The 4.0-litre V8 is currently powering the models like the AMG C63 and the flagship AMG GT. Tobias Moers, AMG head said that “the engine will replace our 5.5-litre engine.”

Future Mercedes to get new 4.0 litre V8 Engine

Non-AMG vehicles will also get powered by new V8 mill as Mercedes-Benz will roll out its own version on a standard production line. Also, AMG cars like GT and C63 will get a Mercedes-AMG badge instead of the standard Mercedes’ badge.

Moers has also completely declined about the production of AMG hypercar in the coming future, saying, “You’d have to ask Porsche or Ferrari about the business case, but it is important for us not to overestimate our own brand. AMG is not at the level to do that. Not yet at least.”

He also mentioned that the company is not working on any Black Series product. “We have so much incredible stuff coming through the normal product lines, we can’t think about anything else right now,” he said.

He also clarifies that no AMG or any all-wheel drive version of the GT will be powered by diesel, though from now onwards every new rear-drive AMG will get a limited-slip differential as standard.

Mahindra Introduces Thar Adventure Edition

Mahindra has introduced the Adventure Edition of Thar SUV that is limited to 30 units only. The car is made available at selected dealerships and apart from the cosmetic upgrades, the Adventure Edition has got a new Java Brown colour with stylish Adventure body decals. The Adventure Edition is available only with CRDe trim.

Mahindra Introduces Thar Adventure Edition

Mahindra Thar Adventure Edition features new colour option with tail lamp protectors, chaff screen, seat covers with black and orange stitching, extended wheel arches, moulded floor mats and new centre console. The updated Thar also features 2D map and compass to explore the road less travelled.

The Thar Adventure Edition is powered with 2.5-litre CRDe engine that produces a maximum power of 103bhp and a peak torque of 247Nm. The engine will come mated to five-speed manual gearbox. With the ground clearance of 200mm, the SUV can very smoothly glide over the uneven path.

Though Mahindra has not disclosed anything about the prices of the limited edition, it is expected that the Thar Adventure Edition will be around Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 35,000 expensive than the standard model. The Delhi Ex-showroom price of CRDe variant is Rs.7.37 lakh.

Honda SENSING: New safety technology by Honda

Honda Motor Company has introduced new Advanced Driver-Assistive System that will be named as “Honda SENSING”. This Advanced Driver-Assistive System will be equipped on the new cars that will launch in the Japanese market this year. The Honda SENSING is a move by the company towards a safe and collision-free motoring for all the road users including occupants and motorcyclists.

Honda SENSING: New safety technology by Honda

Honda SENSING is a blend of two types of sensors with different characteristics, one is millimetre-wave radar fitted inside the first grille while another is a monocular camera placed on the upper part of the windscreen.

The scope of the new millimetre-wave radar gets increased due to the detection that include pedestrians that are considered hard to detect due to their low rate of radio wave reflection and the position and speed of target object. While, the monocular camera checks the attributes and sizes of pedestrians and other target objects that comes in range of 60m of area ahead of the vehicle, achieving recognition with improved accuracy.

Honda SENSING: New safety technology by Honda

These upgrades have further improved the precision of the two sensing devices with functions such as Pedestrian Collision Mitigation Steering System (world’s first), Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) system, Pedestrian Collision Mitigation Steering System (another world first), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow, Traffic Sign Recognition, False Start Prevention Function and Lead Car Departure Notification System.

But to accommodate these innumerable functions, the betterment of the data processing capability of the system is necessary. SENSING not only recognises the surroundings but also the intentions of the driver and conditions of the vehicle, and applies collaborative control over some parts of the vehicle like braking system and the steering wheel.

Honda Recalls Amaze, Brio and CR-V over Faulty Air Bag Inflator

Honda Cars India has officially announced that the company will call 1,040 units of Brio, 1,235 units of the Amaze and 63 units of the CR-V that were manufactured between September 2011 and July 2014 for the preventive replacement of driver side air bag Inflators. This move has been made as part of Honda’s global recall regarding a possible incorrect assembly of the Baffle Plate in the Inflator.

Honda Recalls Amaze, Brio and CR-V over Faulty Air Bag Inflator

The car maker has mentioned that, “In case of certain vehicles, due to incorrect assembly of Baffle Plate, the pressure within the Inflator may rise excessively when the Driver Side Airbag deploys in an accident or other situation, causing damage to the container. HCIL is carrying out the part replacement as part of a global exercise by Honda Motor Company to ensure stringent quality standards for its products. There has been no reporting of any incident related to this part in India.”

The company will contact the owners individually and will carry out replacement free of cost at HCIL dealerships across India. The customer can check if their car is covered under this campaign by submitting their 17 character alpha-numeric Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on the special microsite which on the company’s website.

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