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Honda India Plans to Export Mobilio to South Africa

Honda India is in the process of getting necessary approvals done from the government of South Africa as the company is planning to export its latest MPV, the Mobilio, to the country in the coming few months. Once the process of approval is done, the company will start exporting the MPV from India.

Honda India Plans to Export Mobilio to South Africa

The sources from Honda India have confirmed that it has already made around 7,000 bookings in the sub-continent and the counting is still in progress. The Japanese manufacturer has sold even more than 46,000 units in Indonesia since its launch in January 2014.

“We are trying to create a new segment through this vehicle, the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga being the closest competition. We will start exports in some time from now, the exact time is not yet decided,” said Shigeru Yamazaki, senior vice-president, sales and marketing, Honda Cars India.

Honda India Plans to Export Mobilio to South Africa

The Honda Mobilio is engineered on the Brio hatchback’s versatile platform on which the Amaze compact sedan was designed. The Japanese manufacturer has made a lot of effort in the design department to ensure that the Honda Mobilio gives look and feel of a compact MPV, but the dimensions reveals a different story altogether. At 4.4 metres, the Mobilio is longer than both its rivals, the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and the Chevrolet Enjoy.

 

Tata Zest to Launch Next Month

Tata Motors has started the production of the new Zest and the new vehicle is scheduled to launch next month. The new Tata Zest is in production at the Tata-Fiat Ranjangoan plant. Images of the roll out ceremony have been revealed on internet.

Tata Zest to Launch Next Month

The new Tata Zest is re-engineered on X1 platform, which is the same as used by the Manza and the Vista. Developed using inputs from Tata’s design studios in Pune, UK and Italy; the Zest marks a new footmark for Tata Motors in its design and technology. The car looks thoroughly modern and features quite a few segment-first features.

The Tata Zest will launch next month with two engine options – 1.3-litre diesel and the new Revortron 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine. Both the trims will come featured with the 5-speed manual gearbox, while the revolutionary AMT gearbox will come only with the diesel version.

After losing a bit of market share to other car manufacturers in the last couple of years, Tata Motors is planning to regain some of them with its new launch. The company even has the new Bolt hatchback in its queue for the launch and will be seen competing against other premium hatchbacks like the Maruti Suzuki Swift, Volkswagen Polo and the upcoming Honda Jazz. The car is in final stage of development.

Tata Zest to Launch Next Month

Coming over to the Zest again, the compact sedan is scheduled to launch in august and will compete with new Hyundai Xcent, Maruti Suzuki Dzire and the Honda Amaze.

New Mercedes-Benz C-Class has Arrived for Homologation

Mercedes-Benz has always been introducing new products for the Indian car lovers. The two major launches of the luxury car maker include the GLA-Class and the new-generation C-Class, both of which will make debut by the end of this year. Mercedes-Benz will bring the new C-Class with C200 CGI and C220 CDI options. The C220 CDI has reached at the ARAI (Automotive Research Authority of India) for the homologation.

New Mercedes-Benz C-Class has Arrived for Homologation

 

To avoid the same engine sharing between the E-Class and the C-Class, the C250 CDI will not be made available immediately. The 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel engine will come equipped with the selective catalytic reduction technology for an eco-friendly driving. From a speed of just below 70 kmph, aerodynamic drag exceeds the sum total of all other driving resistance factors.

New Mercedes-Benz C-Class has Arrived for Homologation

Mercedes-Benz has got a completely new structural design that has used an unusually high proportion of aluminium, to make the new vehicle a very lightweight construction. The share of aluminium has increased from even less than 10 per cent to almost 50 per cent. The new C-Class is featured with a steel suspension along with three other DIRECT CONTROL suspensions namely a comfort suspension, a comfortable Avantgarde suspension and a sports suspension that is lowered by 15 millimetres.

New Mercedes-Benz C-Class has Arrived for Homologation
All variants of the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class family will come with an electromechanical Direct Steer system as standard. It combines road-speed-dependent power assistance from the speed-sensitive power steering system with a steering ratio that actually varies according to the given steering angle. COMAND Online offers a larger display with a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels.

 

Porsche Macan entered the Indian Market with a tag of Rs. 1 crore

Porsche Macan has just made its way to India. The car maker has launched it in two variants, amongst which the Macan S Diesel is a more laid-back variant and has been priced tagged as Rs. 1 crore while the mighty Macan Turbo petrol will be sold for Rs. 1.1 crore, Ex-Showroom Delhi.

Porsche Macan entered the Indian Market with a tag of Rs. 1 crore

The Porsche Macan is made upon the Audi Q5’s platform, but the company claims that two-thirds of the architecture has been redesigned to give all new look and feel to Macan. The car has been styled with trademark Porsche design cues making it appear quite similar to the Cayenne, though the compact dimensions has given Macan a sportier style.

Porsche Macan features air suspension system with ride height adjustment, fully variable all-wheel drive, lighting package, bi-xenon headlamps, three-zone climate control and an electronically operated tailgate.

Porsche Macan entered the Indian Market with a tag of Rs. 1 crore

The Macan Turbo comes fitted with a twin-turbo 3.6-litre petrol V6 engine that produces 394bhp and 550Nm of torque and is capable of reaching to 100kmph in just 4.8 seconds. The 3.0-litre V6 diesel gives 241bhp and 580Nm of torque and will hit the limiter at a humble 230kmph. All-wheel-drive and the PDK gearbox are offered as standard in both the trims.

On conversation with Anil Reddi, director, Porsche India said, “With the launch of the Macan, we intend to expand this market share further, but we don’t want to lose out on the exclusivity that Porsche guarantees. We are not in the pursuit of volumes and as a policy, we will always sell one car less than what the market demands. Given the demand, we are requesting our HQ for priority allocation for India despite our small volumes.”

Porsche Macan entered the Indian Market with a tag of Rs. 1 crore

According to sources, Porsche has already sold out the entire lot of 50,000 units assigned for this year. Only a limited number of cars have been allotted to India, all of which are currently sold out.

Mercedes Benz CLA 45 AMG Launched for Rs. 68.5 Lakh

Mercedes Benz has launched one more AMG model in India, the CLA 45 AMG which is price tagged at Rs. 68.5 lakh Ex-Showroom, Delhi. The CLA 45 is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine featuring direct injection and a twin-scroll turbo that produces 355bhp and 45.9kgm of torque. The CLA 45 AMG even uses Mercedes 4Matic four-wheel-drive system.

Mercedes Benz CLA 45 AMG Launched for Rs. 68.5 Lakh

Made upon the Modular Front Architecture (MFA) platform as that of the A and B-Class hatchback, CLA 45 AMG is the performance-oriented version of the sub-compact sedan CLA-Class. The car takes the CBU (Complete Built Unit) route in India and come here as a direct import from Germany.

Eberhard Kern, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India commented, “The launch of the CLA 45 AMG in India is a significant step forward towards the evolution of performance driving in the country. We are extremely delighted to introduce the first ever four-cylinder AMG in India and are confident that the CLA 45 AMG with its fascinatingly sporty design, scintillating driving experience impressive craftsmanship and individuality; will be a resounding success among our young customer groups. The CLA 45 AMG is a perfect embodiment of the AMG DNA and reflects the AMG brand pledge of ‘Driving Performance’. Boasting of the ‘most powerful four-cylinder series production engine in the world’ the CLA 45 AMG is an unmistakable result of Mercedes-AMG’s unsurpassable expertise in motorsports and engine development over four and half decades.”

“The launch of CLA 45 AMG is inspired by the resounding success of our New Generation Compact cars in India. We have seen a rising demand among our growing young customer base for a stylish and high performance car which makes a strong personal style statement adding practicality of everyday use simultaneously. The CLA 45 AMG suits the requirement of these young customers like no other AMG in the portfolio. The CLA 45 AMG is the seventh AMG product available in the Indian market and signifies the growing penchant for the performance sedan segment in India. With the launch of the CLA 45 AMG we not only pioneer the ‘Compact Performance Sedan’ segment in India, but also fortify our AMG strategy for India.” Mr. Kern further added

Inside the roof, the dashboard is similar to that of A-class hatchback. The steering is Alcantara-trimmed and there is enough of red stitching and red seatbelts. The gear selector is typically AMG. The front seats are heated and electrically adjustable.

Toyota Plans to Bring New Vios Sedan to India

Toyota has been planning to get the new Vios sedan to Indian customers. The car is being manufactured for growing south-east Asian markets, and is positioned below the Corolla and it even rivals Honda City in most of these countries.

Toyota Plans to Bring New Vios Sedan to India

Considering it a strategic car for emerging economies, the Toyota Vios could be manufactured in India by the year 2017 and will replace the Etios sedan.

The new Toyota Vios is going to be much more visually appealing than Toyota’s current compact sedan, the Etios. The third-generation Vios is manufactured on Toyota’s new design language, and gets an all-new fascia and sharper and stronger profile.

Toyota Plans to Bring New Vios Sedan to India

The bumper has a big air dam and the grille has a lot of chrome for the sporty look of the new Vios Sedan. The LED daytime-running lights lies just below the fog lights. The interiors come with chrome inserts, sporty looking dials and a touchscreen, mated to a black and beige colour theme.

Toyota Plans to Bring New Vios Sedan to India

Internally, the Vios will feature a 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine that churns out 107bhp. The car comes mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. The 1.4-litre diesel motor will also be available in this car.

Tata Zest e- Booking Starts at Rs 21,000

Tata Motors has started the booking of its most awaited sub-4 metre sedan, the Zest, with a token amount of Rs 21,000. These bookings can only be made online with the payment option either through credit card or debit card.

The car maker has given its buyers the privilege to choose only petrol and diesel variant of the Zest. The detailed variants will be made available through dealerships after the official launch of the car.

Tata Zest e- Booking Starts at Rs 21,000

While booking the car, the buyer needs to fill a form where he has to enter the city and the state where they want the car to be delivered. Once entered, the website will show a list of dealerships available in the area. After entering the dealership, the buyer has to pay the fixed amount that will be transferred to the dealership selected. Once the Zest is launched, the buyer will have to visit the selected dealership to select the variant and colour of the car and to pay the remaining amount. The booking formalities will then proceed and the car will be made available to the customer as soon as the stock comes to the dealer.

After Audi and Skoda, Tata Motors wants to take advantage of the online booking system which is not only easy but also covers a wide range of buyers across the nation.

The Tata Zest compact sedan will hit the market with two engine options – 1.3-litre diesel and an all-new Revortron 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine. Both the variants come fitted with a 5-speed manual gearbox and the diesel engine also has the segment-first AMT gearbox.

Audi Commences Local Production of A3 Sedan

The luxury car maker Audi has commenced the production of the Audi A3 sedan at its Aurangabad plant. The A3 will be the sixth model to be produced at this plant after the production of A6, A4, Q5, Q7 and the Q3. The Audi A3 will hit the Indian market on August 7.

Audi Commences Local Production of A3 Sedan

“The local production of the Audi A3 sedan in India is in continuation of our growth strategy and consistent focus on the Indian market,” said Hubert Waltl, Audi board member for production. “The market potential coupled with the world-class infrastructure in the plant, efficient working processes, qualified workforce and a well-developed logistics environment were the factors that motivated us to expand the product portfolio at the Aurangabad plant” he added.

The A3 is Audi’s new entry-level offering that will rival other luxury cars such as A-class and B-class from Mercedes and BMW 1-series. The A3 resembles the carmaker’s bigger sedans and focuses on the looks of the car, driving experience and performance. Expected to be price tagged at Rs. 27 lakh, this compact luxury sedan may appeal the most to Indian luxury car buyer

“The Audi A3 sedan will attract an entirely new customer segment into the Audi family. We will start the local production of the A3 Sedan right from the launch phase as we are convinced that this model is the right product for the Indian market at the right time,” said Joe King, head, Audi India.

 

New Mazda 2 Production Version Revealed

Mazda has unveiled the production version of its next-generation 2 before its debut in Paris motor show in October and next year’s international launch.

New Mazda 2 Production Version Revealed

The fourth Mazda is going to give a strong competition to the Ford Fiesta as both fall under the SkyActiv technology banner and Kodo design language. The supermini segment is the largest in Europe, and Mazda will offer good performance, fuel economy, safety and driving fun as a great combination. According to sources, the next-generation 2 would be lighter, more agile and more frugal than the current 2.

Mazda next-generation 2 is powered by a new 1.5-litre turbodiesel SkyActiv engine and will be featured with various different power outputs, along with six-speed SkyActiv automatic and manual transmissions.

New Mazda 2 Production Version Revealed

The new 2 is likely to be on the lightest superminis in the segment, with its body weight below 1000kg expected which states that it is going to be structurally smaller than Mazda 3 and other larger models.

The company claims that the 2’s interior is “remarkably spacious” and it has been revealed by the pictures of the car having a long wheelbase that will surely maximize interior room. The interior of the car is influenced by the 3. Higher quality materials have been used and the switchgear is pared back. A simple central controller is used to operate a screen to manage most of the functions.

The exterior styling of the car is said to be a collaborative effort, led by Japan with inputs from Germany and California.

The new Mazda 2 also features the new MZD Connect in-car connectivity system that can link to a user’s smartphone. A pack of active safety technologies grouped under the ‘i-Activesense’ banner will be optional.

BMW Issues Global Recall for Faulty Airbag

BMW, the luxury carmaker has globally issued the recall of BMW 3 Series manufactured between May 1999 and August 2006 to fix the faulty airbags. The company is recalling more than 16 lakh cars worldwide on the safety concern of the airbag installation.

BMW Issues Global Recall for Faulty Airbag

BMW will change the passenger-side front airbag which has been processed by the Takata Corp. Recently, its been found that the airbags are deployed in such a way that causes a crack in the inflator’s metal case which end up injuring the passengers.

In June 2014, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration looked into the air bags manufactured by Takata Corp. . In the statement, the agency said,”Based on the limited data available at this time, NHTSA supports efforts by automakers to address the immediate risk in areas that have consistently hot, humid conditions over extended periods of time.”

While the Japanese based company Takata Corp which deals in making seat belts and airbags justified in a statement that it will encourage the NHTSA investigation in all the way “Our objective is to do all that is possible to ensure the safety and well-being of the public.”

BMW Issues Global Recall for Faulty Airbag

Over the past few years, more than 1 crore vehicles have been recalled worldwide by famous manufacturers like Toyota, Honda and Subaru because of the airbag issues.

In the beginning of this year, Honda claims that two US drivers were killed after being hit by metal shards from these faulty airbags. However, BMW said that the global recall for faulty airbag made by the company was just a precautionary measure and that the car maker is not aware of any injuries caused by inflators rupturing on BMW vehicles.

 

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