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New Skoda Superb 2016 Looks Revealed

The Czech carmaker has revealed a sketch of the 2016 Skoda Superb just a few days ago. Based on the Vision-C concept revealed at Geneva Motor Show 2014, India bound third generation Superb is expected to be lighter, longer and more luxurious than the current model.

New Skoda Superb 2016 Looks Revealed

The new Skoda Superb 2016 sketch reveals an all new design with more muscular lines, giving it more appealing looks. It seems that some changes have been made to the fog lamp housing as the Skoda’s proprietary mustache grille now looks like it has been moved forward a bit. Though, the production model has got an extra length but will carry all the traditional Skoda lines.

Pictures of the interior of the new Skoda Superb 2016 reveal that a lot more elements have been added to the car, while many will be carried forward. It seems that a lot of the buttons will be scrapped because of the touchscreen system. Mechanically, the 2016 Superb will expectedly come with the 1.8-litre petrol, 2.0-litre diesel globally but will also come fitted with a 1.4-litre petrol as well as a 1.6-litre diesel unit.

Going by the rumours, it is expected that the Superb will be revealed in pictures by February and then make its official debut in March at 2015.

BMW 6 Series and M6 Facelifts Revealed

BMW has officially unveiled the facelifts of the 6 Series, 6 Series Gran Coupe, 6 Series Convertible and the M6 models just before Detroit Motor Show, 2015.

BMW 6 Series and M6 Facelifts Revealed

The fascia of the new BMW 6 Series and M6 facelifts have got new LED headlamps and fog lights and the kidney grille now has nine bars instead of 10 which contributes to the cooling of the engine. The bumper has been altered a bit which now features a full-width air-vent. The facelifts have got redesigned mirrors to improve the airflow around the car. The rear has got more chrome on the boot and bigger exhaust pipes in the six-cylinder models. The cars also get new designs for the alloy wheels and new paint schemes.

BMW 6 Series and M6 Facelifts Revealed

In the interiors, the new cars have LEDs and leather bits for the dashboard. Mechanical changes include the rear-wheel steering and minor alteration in the damper settings. The petrol cars now have sport exhaust system as standard, which produces a throatier exhaust note. BMW claims the improved efficiency in the newer models.

BMW 6 Series and M6 Facelifts Revealed

BMW India to Increase Prices w.e.f. January 1st, 2015

Just after the announcement made by the General Motors about increasing the prices of its entire model lineup from January 2015,  BMW India has also decided to hike the prices of the entire BMW and Mini range by up to five per cent. The increase in prices will be effective from January 1, 2015.

BMW India to Increase Prices w.e.f. January 1st, 2015

Philipp Von Sahr, President, BMW Group India, said, “The success of BMW Group India has always been built on long-term thinking and responsible action. We want to maintain sustainable leadership in the Indian market with a strong brand and an exceptional model range with unbeatable product substance. With the price increase, BMW Group will maintain its premium positioning in the Indian luxury car segment.”

Furthermore, to expand its line-up, the automaker has launched the M3 sedan and M4 coupe and has updated the M5 sedan. All of these variants will be available as Completely Built Units (CBU) in dealerships across the nation. The M5 sedan is price tagged at Rs. 1.35 Crore while the M3 sedan and M4 coupe are priced at Rs. 1.19 Crore and Rs. 1.21 Crore respectively. The prices are Ex-Showroom.

BMW India to Increase Prices w.e.f. January 1st, 2015

The updated version of BMW M5 has been powered with 4.4-litre M Twin Power Turbo V8 petrol engine that develops a maximum power of 560bhp and a peak torque of 680Nm. The engine comes mated to seven-speed M dual-clutch transmission with paddle shifters and can reach100 kmph from rest in just 4.3 seconds.

While the M3 sedan and M4 coupe are fitted with new 3.0 litre, twin-turbocharged, six-cylinder petrol engine which produces a power of 431bhp at 5500-7300 rpm and a peak torque of 550Nm at 1850-5500 rpm. Both the cars can reach from 0 to 100 kmph in 4.1 seconds.

The new Audi Q7 Images Released

The German car giant has released the pictures of second generation Audi Q7 SUV on its website just before its official debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. The new Q7 will make its world premier next month at the Auto Show.

The new Audi Q7 Images Released

The new Audi Q7 has undergone some detailed weight reduction process and is 325kg lighter than its predecessor. The dimensions of the new Audi Q7 stand at 505mm in length, 1970mm width and 1740mm in height. The wheelbase of the car is 2990mm.

The new Audi Q7 Images Released

Mechanically, the Q7 will come with two petrol and one diesel engine option. The petrol variants will have either a 3.0 litre or 4.0-litre TFSI units, while a 3.0-litre TDI mill will power the diesel model. An ‘e-tron’ plug-in hybrid version will be powered by a 3.0-litre V6 diesel with an electric motor.

The new Audi Q7 Images Released

The front fascia of the second generation Audi Q7 has got rectangular headlights with LED clusters and a hexagonal 3D grille. The flanks and crisp character lines on the SUV are similar to those of the new A8 sedan. At the rear, the new rectangular taillights and set of chrome-garnished exhausts are some of the prominent features of the car. The cabin of the new Q7 has got a neat driver-focused dash layout along with a digital customizable cluster as seen in the TT sports car and VW Passat. Other highlights of the car include the new electric architecture and refinements to the floor plan which has used a greater amount of hot-formed high-strength steel and aluminium. The new Audi Q7 has standard 18-inch wheels.

The new Audi Q7 Images Released

The luxury car maker will position the new Audi Q7 above all its cars as the new SUV has got a highly contemporary styled dashboard with minimal switchgear, free-standing infotainment monitor, digital instrument cluster along with a prominent centre console with uniquely designed MMI controller and gear selector.

DC Avanti to Launch in 2015

India’s first own sports car DC Avanti will launch in early 2015 with a price tag of Rs. 35 lakh (approximately, Ex-Showroom, Mumbai). Designed by Dilip Chabaria, founder and promoter of DC Design, Avanti was showcased at the 2012 Auto Expo in New Delhi. Avanti definitely has a sharp design and its top speed of 250 kmph is sure to excite sports car lovers. Moreover, with a price tag of Rs 35 lakhs, Avanti could well be the world’s cheapest sports car.

DC Avanti to Launch in 2015

Engine and Performance

Powered by a Ford Eco-Boost 2.0-litre four-cylinder, DOHC 16-valve engine, Avanti will churn out 248bhp, and 24.6kgm of torque. The coupe will have six speed manual transmission, seating capacity for two and will hold fuel up to 43 litres.

Specifications of DC Avanti

At a kerb weight of 1562 kgs, the car will feature coil cover shock absorbers for the rear suspension. Ground clearance of Avanti will be 170 mm and its wheelbase 2700 mm. The dimension of DC Avanti is really high at a length of 4550mm, 1965mm width and 1200mm of height. Stopping power for the car comes from 330mm ventilated four-pot disc brakes at the front while 295mm at the rear. Anti-lock braking system, which has been developed by Continental, comes standard on the Avanti.

Features of DC Avanti

In its interiors, the Avanti will be featured with a three-spoke steering wheel, hooded dials, a centre console with stacked screens, chrome surrounds and body coloured separators. Some other features include a touchscreen infotainment system and soft touch buttons for the air-conditioning system. The coupe is expected to be equipped with a digital instrument panel and few new bits on the centre console.

What is DC Design?

Dilip Chabaria Design Pvt Ltd was set up by famous car designer Dilip Chabaria. The company is famous for fulfilling the fantasies of car owners by customizing cars to their liking. This is the first time that the company will roll out its own car.

For those who haven’t heard of DC Design, it must be enough to know that the company has never disappointed car owners who deck up their cars for exclusivity and comfort.

Porsche Cayenne Facelift Launched in India for Rs. 1.02 Crore

Porsche has made a successful launch of the updated Cayenne in India with a price tag starting at Rs. 1.04 crore (Ex-Showroom, Delhi). This facelifted Porsche SUV has got some design twist, standard equipment and a few mechanical tweaks.

Porsche Cayenne Facelift Launched in India for Rs. 1.02 Crore

Some of the cosmetic changes made in the Porsche Cayenne facelift include revised bumpers, redesigned head and tail lights, new air inlets upfront and new exhaust tailpipes. Under the roof, a new 918-type steering wheel is being featured along with a new Sport Plus driving mode, and the improved space in the rear.

Standard equipment in the Porsche Cayenne facelift include bi-xenon headlamps, automatic bootlid, four-zone automatic climate control, panoramic sunroof, paddle shifters for the automatic transmission and Porsche’s air suspension.

The Cayenne diesel gets powered by a 3.0-litre V6 engine that develops 241.7bhp, while the Cayenne S diesel has 4.2-litre V8 that produces 380bhp. Speaking about the petrol engines, the Cayenne S gets the 414bhp 3.6-litre V6. The flagship Cayenne Turbo continues with the 4.8-litre V8 that makes a whopping 513bhp.

Porsche has introduced only four variants while the most powerful of the Cayenne variants, the Turbo S could be introduced sometime later.

Price List (Ex-Showroom, Delhi)

Cayenne diesel – Rs. 1.04 crore

Cayenne S – Rs. 1.18 crore

Cayenne S diesel – Rs. 1.21 crore

Cayenne Turbo – Rs. 1.78 crore

Price List (Ex-Showroom, Maharashtra)

Cayenne diesel – Rs. 1.02 crore

Cayenne S – Rs. 1.16 crore

Cayenne S diesel – Rs. 1.18 crore

Cayenne Turbo – Rs. 1.74 crore

Hyundai Elite i20 gets Over 56,000 Bookings in 4 Months

Hyundai India has got over 56,000 bookings for the Elite i20 in four months of its successful launch. The Korean manufacturer has sold more than 10,500 units of this premium hatchback in November, making it the highest selling among its strong portfolio.

Hyundai Elite i20 gets Over 56,000 Bookings in 4 Months

The car giant claims that the new Hyundai Elite i20 has received more than 3 lakh enquiries which creates a milestone for a car in this segment. Based on the Fluidic Sculpture 2.0, the Hyundai Elite i20 is doing well in the Indian market and has grabbed the attention of customers.

The Elite i20 is available for the Indian market in five variants, each in petrol and diesel engines, namely Era, Magna, Sportz, Sportz (O) and Asta. Talking about the transmission, the petrol engine comes mated to a five-speed manual unit while the diesel engine gets six-speed manual transmission.

“We are overwhelmed by 56,000 customer bookings on strong appreciation and acceptance of the new Elite i20 making it a huge success. The demand of Elite i20 has doubled and in November we sold 10,500 units. We are working towards increasing its production for faster deliveries to offer a delightful experience to customers. The Elite i20 has seen heightened response across the country for petrol and diesel variants creating new Elite customers for future. Hyundai reaffirms its commitment to the customer and will continue to bring world-class products,” said Rakesh Srivastava, senior vice-president, sales & marketing, Hyundai.

Ford India to Offer Special Benefits on Complete Line-up

Ford India has announced special benefits on its entire range that includes Figo, Classic, Fiesta, EcoSport and Endeavour. The offer is for a very limited period and is valid for the bookings that will be made between 3rd to 7th December, 2014 and deliveries that will be made on or before 31st December 2014. Ford India will give an assured gift on every booking while the total estimated value of the gifts are 5 crore. The customers can avail an additional discount of 50 per cent on the selected genuine accessories.

Ford India to Offer Special Benefits on Complete Line-up

Ford EcoSport is priced at Rs. 6.46 lakh gets a monthly EMI offer. An EcoSport booked between 3rd to 7th December 2014 will fetch an EMI of 9,999 per month. The EMI of 9,999 is applicable on a loan amount of Rs. 5,89,300 for 7 years at 11 per cent ROI. On the updated Endeavour which starts at Rs. 20.32 lakh the customer will get a special benefit worth Rs. 1.5 lakh.

Ford India to Offer Special Benefits on Complete Line-up

The sedan Classic (also known as Fiesta) gets a special offer of Rs. 75,000 while the updated version of Ford Figo attracts a special benefit of Rs. 77,000. The 2014 Ford Fiesta avails a special benefit of Rs. 54,000.

India’s First Green Sports Car Displayed in Gujarat

The prototypes of the ‘green sports car’ at the Auto show at Gandhinagar, Gujarat, captured the attention of the audience. Some other carmaker that participated are Maruti Suzuki, BMW, Honda, Rolls-Royce, Tata Motors, Hyundai and Mahindra.

India's First Green Sports Car Displayed in Gujarat

The first green sports car prototype is named Supernova Electric Vehicle (SNEV). The company claims that it can run 1,000 kms in a single charge and can reach a top speed of 150kmph. The car will be offered with a choice of three batteries – lead acid, lithium ion and super-capacitors. The lead acid battery have been claimed to have a charge time of eight hours, the lithium ion batteries two hours, while the super capacitors gets charged in less than five minutes.

India's First Green Sports Car Displayed in Gujarat

The SNEV was developed by Ahmedabad-based Golden Arrow Wireless Pvt. Ltd. at the company’s facility in Aslali, Gujarat. The manufacturer has even signed a memorandum of understanding with Madhya Pradesh government to establish a plant in 50 acres of land near Raipur in Chhattisgarh.

India's First Green Sports Car Displayed in Gujarat

Shashi Vyas, founder of Golden Arrow Wireless, said, “We are, however, looking at setting up plants at multiple locations including Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Raipur and also somewhere in Gujarat. We would need around Rs 2,500 crore to set up the manufacturing sites. We already have around 250 bookings, and can deliver them by the end 2015 if the ARAI approval comes through.”

Tata Bolt to Launch in 2015

Just a few months after the introduction of the Zest sedan, Tata Motors is now all set to launch its chopped-boot version, the Bolt hatchback.

The Tata Bolt hatchback has got the new grille in its front that merges with the headlamps. The Bolt has got a bolder look with the front bumpers, lamp assemblies and fine creases, but the car retains the Tata ethos. The Blacked out C-Pillar at the rear gives it a floating roof look.

Tata Bolt to Launch in 2015

Like the Zest sedan, Tata is also expected to give Bolt numerous features. Feature list on top-spec models include ABS, Front airbags, fog lamps, rear defogger, projector headlamps, remote central locking, 15-inch alloys, turn indicators on wing mirrors and a touchscreen-based infotainment system. Some more information about the features loaded in the car will be available near to the launch date of the car.

Tata Bolt to Launch in 2015

The Tata Bolt is expected to launch in early 2015 and will compete with Maruti Swift, Volkswagen Polo, Fiat Punto and the Hyundai i20. The hatchback will come with both petrol and diesel engine options. The petrol version will be powered by the 1.2-litre Revotron turbocharged engine and will develop 88.7bhp and 14.3kgm of torque. This engine comes with the drive selector to choose between, Eco, City and Sport. The diesel engine is 1.3-litre Multijet that produces 74bhp and 19.4kgm of torque. Both the engines are coupled with a five-speed manual gearbox.

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