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Tata Nano Diesel Variant Launch delayed indefinitely

Tata has announced that their earlier plans to launch a diesel version in India have been cancelled. According to the carmaker this was done due to the popularity of and inclination to petrol engines among Indian customers, along with the high cost of developing the new technology. Consequently, the diesel variant has been put indefinitely on hold.

Tata Nano Diesel Variant Launch Deferred

The Nano has been a difficult product for Tata since its launch, with sales figure never really reaching the company’s expectations. In the last financial year a meager 21,129 units were sold making it the car’s most terrible performance yet. Therefore sales of the Nano in the financial year 2013 decreased by a whopping 61%. Throughout its run 250,283 units of the car have been sold up till now.

Rising diesel prices have resulted in customers preferring petrol model over diesel. Keeping in mind the changing market dynamics, Tata has decided not to introduce an entry level diesel car.

Tata Nano Diesel Variant Launch Deferred

The most important reason for not making this call was the company’s reluctance to stray beyond the current price range of the Nano. Currently, the car costs around Rs. 1,41,258 and a diesel variant’s 800cc 2-cylinder DOHC engine would increase the price to more than Rs 3 lakhs making it a competitor of the Hyundai Eon and Chevrolet Spark.

Tata’s big plans to achieve record level fuel efficiency made it collaborate with the German manufacturer Bosch, which resulted in the development of a direct injection common rail engine, however as matters stand the engine cannot be utilized by Tata currently.

While the Tata Nano Diesel variant has been indefinitely postponed, it might still see the light of day. According to a company spokesperson Tata already has the technology for the diesel variant and there is every possibility that it might be launched when market conditions change in its favour.

Mercedes-Benz Launches GL 63 AMG at Rs 1.66 crore

Mercedes-Benz GL 63 AMG has finally entered markets at a price of Rs 1.66 crore (ex-showroom, Mumbai). The GL 63 AMG is a seven-seater weighing 2.5 tonnes.

Mercedes-Benz Launches GL 63 AMG at Rs 1.66 crore


The GL SUV in its AMG variant is equipped with a 5.5-litre biturbo V8 engine that churns out a whopping 550bhp of power and is coupled to a seven-speed 7G-Tronic automatic gearbox, along with all-wheel drive with a 40/60 front-rear distribution. The SUV can jump from 0 to100kph in a mere 4.9 seconds and can achieve a maximum speed to 250kph. The ‘AMG Ride Control’ package provides adaptive, self-levelling air suspension with active anti roll-bars.

Mercedes-Benz Launches GL 63 AMG at Rs 1.66 crore
The Mercedes-Benz GL 63 AMG has taken the CBU route and comes as a fully imported model.


2014 Ford Fiesta to arrive soon

Ford made big news in the Indian automobile market with the launch of the Figo, Fiesta and EcoSport. However the American carmaker has been unable to sell a single Ford Fiesta in three months. Rumours are rife that the 2014 Ford Fiesta unveiled at the Delhi Auto Expo will hit markets probably in the next month. The current Ford Fiesta is not available at car dealerships and there are reports of bookings for the all new Ford Fiesta to start soon.
2014 Ford Fiesta to arrive soonThe car will be available in both diesel and petrol variants. The 1.5 liter petrol engine will churn out an impressive 197bhp of power and 140Nm of peak torque. Whereas the 1.5 litre diesel mill will generate a total of 89bhp of power and maximum torque of 204Nm. Given the overwhelmingly positive response to the Ford Ecosport’s EcoBoost engine, the 2014 Ford Fiesta may also be equipped with the same. The new 2014 Ford Fiesta will challenge the likes of the Honda City, Hyundai Verna, Fiat Linea, Skoda Rapid and Volkswagen Vento in the Indian car market.


SsangYong to Launch Rexton RX6

The Mahindra-owned company, SsangYong, is gearing up to launch the Rexton RX6, a new variant of its Rexton SUV. The new SUV will be powered by the same engine, sourced from Mercedes, as its other variants. This is a 162bhp, 2.7-litre, five-cylinder, turbo-diesel mill, available with a five-speed manual transmission.

Hyundai Eon to be Powered by new 1.0-litre engine

The Rexton RX6 will be equipped with all the features that are fitted into the the high-end automatic RX7 variant. These include memory function which has three presets for the driver’s seat position along with wing mirrors, automatic headlamps electronic sunroof with sunblind, rain-sensing wipers and all-wheel-drive system.

The design language inside the cabin will feature an eight-way electrically adjustable driver’s seat, a leather-encased steering wheel and premium leather upholstery. Other features include LED daytime-running lamps, as well as LED tail-lamps.

Since its launch around 3,600 Rextons have been sold by SsangYong. Mahindra has now endeavored to make all features of the high-end variant along with a manual gearbox available in the new RX6 in an effort to boost the sluggish sales of the SUV.

Hyundai Eon to be Powered by new 1.0-litre engine

Hyundai’s entry level hatchback, the Eon, will be revitalized with a bigger and more powerful engine, increasing the price tag of the new model compared to the current version.

Hyundai Eon to be Powered by new 1.0-litre engine

The current Eon is powered by an 814cc, 3-cylinder engine that makes 55bhp of power and gives 7.6kgm of torque. The new engine that will be fitted into the Eon will be the same as in the European-spec Hyundai i10, a 1.0-litre 3-cylinder engine, which delivers 65bhp of power and 9.7kgm of torque. This engine will be fine tuned by Hyundai especially for India to increase its fuel efficiency.

The Hyundai Eon can be considered one of the most chic members of the entry-level hatchback segment, and it is not expected of the carmaker to significantly change the design language of the car, with the exception of a few subtle alterations. Also, the Eon is the most well-equipped of entry-level hatchbacks, however customers can expect the addition of some more exciting features to the high-end versions of the car.

By equipping itself with the new 1.0-litre engine, the Hyundai Eon will be gearing up on its performance, making it a much more worthy opponent to its challengers, like the Maruti Alto K10 and the Datsun Go.

Volkswagen and Nissan to Launch sub-4 meter cars in India

Volkswagen and Nissan Motor have set their sights on the sub-4 meter sedan and compact SUV segment in India, which is fast becoming one of the country’s most rapidly emerging markets.

Volkswagen has all but finalized their plans regarding their sub-4 meter venture, while Nissan Motor India is still considering the potentials of the sub-4 metre sedan for their Sunny as well as the SUV segment in India.

Volkswagen and Nissan to Launch sub-4 meter cars in India

According to a Volkswagen India spokesperson, the details of their sub 4 metre sedan have been finalized internally and now the company is looking to contact vendors regarding the quotations (RFQ) for sourcing of the car’s component. He further said:
“The project is codenamed VW 251\2. If the RFQ’s hit the market in the next couple of months, the product will hit the market by mid-2016. The company hopes to bring in incremental volumes of 40,000 to 60,000 units per annum depending on the market condition”.

According to the spokesperson, the company is yet to flag off the project and “If all decisions are taken and the projects are approved, we expect that the first set of new products from Volkswagen will hit the market in 2016″.

While Volkswagen was initially considering just the Indian market for their new project, however they are now looking to explore the potential of the automobile markets of BRIC nations where the carmaker already sells the Vento as Polo. This accounts for the slight delay in the launch of the new project.

The German car maker is thinking of employing an Indian company for the design and engineering of the sub 4 metre car, possibly Defiance of the Hinduja Group.

Meanwhile Nissan Motor India’s product line-up will include both a sub-4 meter Sunny and sub-4 meter SUV. According to reports, 10 products will be launched by Nissan India by 2016-17 of which two sub-4 meter products are a possibility. They have yet to arrive at an agreement regarding the price-value equation. Consequently, both Volkswagen and Nissan are looking to explore the sub-4 meter segment of the Indian market, which for them is an opportunity to further make their mark in the country.



Maruti Suzuki Celerio Crossed the 35,000 mark

Maruti Suzuki has yet again written a success story with their latest release of the Celerio. Since the car’s launch two months ago, 35,100 units have already been booked of which 17,200 are of the AMT variant. With an automatic clutch, the AMT variant have done away with gear shifting making it a car suited to urban use. It is especially popular among women with 10% more women customer than men.

Maruti Suzuki Celerio Crossed the 35,000 mark

The Celerio also comes equipped with a 5 speed manual gearbox. The important aspect of the Celerio’s success is the popularity of the automated manual transmission in India anticipating a new era for the Indian automobile industry. Maruti Suzuki, as the leaders of this revolution, will possibly launch more cars with automated manual transmission gearbox in future. The Alto K10 and the WagonR, using the same 1 liter K series petrol engine as the Celerio, are expected to be launched with AMT gearbox soon.

The waiting period for the AMT model of the Maruti Suzuki Celerio has extended to 6 month mark in many parts of the country. The AMT for the car is manufactured in Italy by Magneti Marelli. The company has been notified of the increased demand and will be supplying more AMT gearboxes to the car maker in the coming months.

Maruti Suzuki is also considering the manufacture of the AMT gearbox locally in India with licensing from Magneti Marelli. This will enable the car maker to increase their use of the AMT in a variety of models, according to the emerging demand in the Indian market. Furthermore, local manufacturing will significantly decrease the price of the AMT gearbox.

Toyota Etios Cross to Launch on May 7

Toyota’s Etios Cross will formally hit the markets on the 7th of May 2014. First showcased at the 2014 Auto Expo, the new Etios Cross is basically a revitalized Etios Liva.

 Toyota Etios Cross to Launch on May 7

Bookings for the car have been underway since February at Rs. 50,000 and the waiting period has been estimated at one month. The Toyota Etios Cross will cost about Rs. 60,000 more than the company’s standard Liva.

 Toyota Etios Cross to Launch on May 7

It has been given a more sportier and rugged look with thickened sides and a matte black plastic band wrapping around the entire body of the car. Complementing this are silver finished skid plates. A new front grill, turn indicators in the fog lamps and wing mirrors, roof rails, a rear spoiler and a set of diamond-finished 15-inch alloy wheels, are some of the new features of the car’s exterior. The Etios Cross badge at the rear of the car completes its aggressive stance. The car is bigger than the standard Liva, being 120mm longer, 40mm wider and 45mm taller. The Cross will be made available in 8 different color options.

 Toyota Etios Cross to Launch on May 7

Inside the cabin, a piano black finish and sporty upholstery are further embellished by the Etios Cross badging. Bluetooth and USB compatible, the car is equipped with a 2-DIN audio system. The higher end variants of the car will have audio controls featured on the steering wheel, along with rear window defogger and wiper. The safety features of the car include ABS and EBD and dual front airbags.

Mechanically the new Etios Cross will be identical to the standard Etios Liva. Featuring the same engine options, the Cross will come with the same 1.2-litre petrol engine giving an output of 79bhp and 1.5-litre mill capable of generating 89 bhp. The 1.4-litre diesel mill will churn out a total of 68bhp. The top end variant will feature the 1.5-litre petrol motor.

Tata and Land Rover to Launch entry-level SUV by 2017

When one speaks of off-roading vehicles, the name Land Rover comes to mind. The carmaker has consistently been producing high-performing and luxurious SUVs, one of the latest in its line-up being the Evoque. Before it was launch, its compact size, smallest-ever for a Land Rover, roused expectations of a matching low price. However, this did not prove to be the case.

Tata and Land Rover to Launch entry-level SUV by 2017

In spite of the Evoque’s striking looks and award winning performance, it proved to be unsuitable for the Indian market due to its hefty price tag. The Indian consumer base mostly shops for cars within the range of 30 lakhs. Moreover an environmentally conscious society demands more economical vehicles. To fulfill the need of the potential market in India, Tata and Land Rover have joined resources to produce an entry level luxury SUV. This new car is expected to be priced around 25 lakhs.

The upcoming SUV has been codenamed Q5 and will challenge the likes of the Audi Q3, Toyota Fortuner and Hyundai Santa Fe. Compared to entry level SUVs of other carmakers like Audi and BMW, the Q5 will be much bigger in size. It will underpin the Freelander 2’s platform and will have a 5+2 seating capacity. According to official reports the Q5 will differ greatly from the SUV that it is modeled on. In a bid to attract Indian customers, Land Rover will be opting for a Tata badging. After the poorly received Tata Aria, this collaboration with Land Rover on the Q5 may be a chance for Tata to make their presence felt in the luxury car segment.

Honda to manufacture Mobilio MPV at Greater Noida, Jazz Hatchback at Tapukara

The Mobilio MPV by Honda will be launched in the market sometime in the latter half of this year. This will be the first time that the Indian Car Market will be introduced to a unique product like the Honda MPV. Modeled on the Brio platform, the Mobilio MPV is all set to be built in Honda’s factory in Greater Noida. The Mobilio, which will soon be taking after the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, was first showcased at the Delhi Motor Show.

Honda to manufacture Mobilio MPV at Greater Noida, Jazz Hatchback at Tapukara

The Mobilio boasts of being a seven-seater and beats the Ertiga in length. The MPV will come with both diesel and petrol engines. Mimicking the Honda City Sedan, the MPV’s petrol engine is a motor with a capacity of 1.5 litres. The diesel engine on the other hand, also a turbo diesel motor with the same capacity, takes after cars like Amaze and City. 5-speed manual gearboxes come equipped with both these engines.

Honda to manufacture Mobilio MPV at Greater Noida, Jazz Hatchback at Tapukara

Indonesia’s car market has already seen the launch and subsequent sales of the Honda MPV, albeit without diesel engines, with India next in line to become a major market for the same. The City Sedan launched by Honda, which hit the market in India in 2014, came equipped with a state-of-the-art CVT gearbox and following suit, this option could also be expected with the Honda MPV.

Moving on, Honda is all prepped to launch another car by the end of 2014- the much awaited Honda Jazz. While the Jazz too will come with both petrol and diesel engines, the petrol engine will take after cars like Brio and Amaze and will be a 1.2 liter motor, as opposed to the MPV’s 1.5 liter. The diesel engine will remain a 1.5 liter unit.

The Jazz uses the same platform as the City Sedan. While around 45,000 units of the Mobilio are launched by Honda in India every year, it has decided to produce comparatively lesser units of the Jazz, roughly ranging from 18 to 20,000 per year. Honda will start the production of the Mobilio in the month of June. Meanwhile, Honda promises production of the Jazz in the month of July in Honda’s brand new factory at Tapukara in Rajasthan.


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