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Tata Bolt Launched for Rs. 4.4 Lakh

Just a few months after the introduction of the Zest sedan, Tata Motors has now launched its chopped-boot version, the Bolt in India starting at Rs. 4.44 lakh (Ex-Showroom, Delhi) for the petrol variant, while the diesel variant starts at Rs. 5.49 lakh. Tata Bolt is built upon X1 platform similar to Vista hatchback, but is re-engineered and takes most of its styling cues from the Zest. The Bolt will come in four trims namely XE, XM, XMS and XT.

Tata Bolt Launched for Rs. 4.4 Lakh

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. 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.

The Tata Bolt will compete with Maruti Swift, Volkswagen Polo, Fiat Punto and the Hyundai i20. The hatchback comes with both petrol and diesel engine options. The petrol version is 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.

Tata Bolt Prices (Ex-Showroom, Delhi)

Petrol Version
XE – Rs. 4.44 lakh
XM – Rs. 5.15 lakh
XMS – Rs. 5.40 lakh
XT – Rs. 6.05 lakh

Diesel Version
XE – Rs. 5.49 lakh
XM – Rs. 6.11 lakh
XMS – Rs. 6.34 lakh
XT – Rs. 6.99 lakh

Renault India Recalls 646 Cars over Faulty Airbag

Renault India has initiated a recall in the country. The company has recalled 646 cars that include 620 units of Pulse and 26 units of Scala in the country, manufactured between September 2011 and July 2012. The French automaker says that it needs to check both petrol and diesel variants of Pulse while only the diesel variant of Scala. In India, both the vehicles are rolled out of the Renault-Nissan manufacturing facility in Chennai.

Renault India Recalls 646 Cars over Faulty Airbag

The company claims that the recall is made due to the faulty driver airbags which are supplied by the Takata Corporation. Affected Renault customers will be contacted by the dealerships and the necessary actions will be taken.

Renault India Recalls 646 Cars over Faulty Airbag

Renault India spokesperson said, “Renault is conducting a voluntary check on certain potentially affected Renault vehicles (620 Pulse and 26 Scala — produced between September 2011 and July 2012) which may have a possibility of driver airbag problem.”

Jaguar XE to Launch at Auto Expo 2016

Jaguar will launch its much-awaited XE sedan at the next Auto Expo in India that is scheduled to take place in February 2016. The car will compete with the Audi A4, BMW 3-series, Mercedes-Benz C-class and Volvo S60. However, the sources have revealed that the Jaguar XE could be priced slightly higher than its rivals, because of the reason that in India, the XE is likely to be sold only in fully loaded form. Jaguar India wants to underscore the luxury aspect of its cars and company officials believe ‘base versions’ with few features work against that end.

Jaguar XE to Launch at Auto Expo 2016

Mechanically, XE sedan will be powered by 2.0-litre diesel engine from Jaguar-Land Rover’s (JLR) latest Ingenium engine family that will develop 161bhp. Also, a similar capacity petrol engine is expected to join the line-up later. Power will reach the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic gearbox, though a six-speed manual will also be offered in the International markets.

Jaguar XE to Launch at Auto Expo 2016

Jaguar has not yet confirmed if the company will import the XE sedan or will assemble it locally JLR’s facility in Pune but the company may import the first lot of cars and will assemble it locally later.

Jaguar XE to Launch at Auto Expo 2016

BMW Planning M2, X3 M, X4 M

Head of BMW M, Frank van Meel, boss has revealed at the Detroit motor show 2015, that the car maker is all set to launch M2 in the international market. BMW M2 will come up with the M versions of the X3 and X4. Van Meel, who has recently switched from Audi’s RS division to head BMW’s M range, announced that he would love to develop something on the lines of the 1-series M Coupe.

BMW Planning M2, X3 M, X4 M

He also pointed out on the chances of the production of M versions of the X3 and X4. “There are more opportunities than at present but not on every BMW, as it makes no sense. There might be a business opportunity with the X3, X4,” he said.

Frank van Meel has confirmed that BMW M cars will come with the four-wheel drive while the next-gen M5 and M6 being the most likely candidates. He added, the models will be rear-biased. “The philosophy will remain rear-wheel drive, even if there is all-wheel drive. As we increase power and torque, then the M5 and M6 will have large outputs, so we’ll look at those solutions (all-wheel drive) with these cars in the future,” he said.

BMW 1-Series Facelift Revealed

BMW has released first pictures of its updated 1-series hatchback, along with some information. The updated BMW 1-series will be showcased at the Geneva motor show 2015.

BMW 1-Series Facelift Revealed

Some of the highlights of the BMW 1-series facelift include a revised front and rear styling, a better infotainment system and a new range of three-cylinder engines for international markets. The new diesel engine line-up is shared by the new Mini Cooper D (3- and 5-Door) which is already available in India. The updated BMW is expected to launch later this year.

BMW 1-Series Facelift Revealed

The updated BMW 1-series will be featured with the updated ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox that will come standard in the line-up. Three 2.0-litre diesel-powered models that will churn out 148bhp 118d, 188bhp 120d and 221bhp 125d will also be sold in international markets while a few variants will even come fitted with BMW’s xDrive four-wheel-drive tech.

BMW 1-Series Facelift Revealed

The BMW 1 Series facelift has also got a new 3-cylinder 1.5-liter turbo petrol engine. The petrol engine develops 109 hp of max power and 180 Nm of peak torque. BMW presently offers 1 Series with 1.6-liter petrol engine and 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine in the Indian Market.

BMW 1-Series Facelift Revealed

In its exterior, the quirky headlight in the present version of BMW has been replaced by the beemer face featuring large ‘kidney grille’. The updated 1-Series now comes standard with daytime running LEDs while complete LED lighting system that includes LED headlights with High-Beam-Assistant function and LED fogs with cornering function is optional. Under the roof, dashboard has got some changes in terms of aesthetics along with updated infotainment systems.

BMW 1-Series Facelift Revealed

Honda to Launch New Range of ‘Turbo VTEC’ Petrol Engines in 2015

At the on-going Detroit Motor Show 2015, Honda has announced that they will soon introduce new range of ‘Turbo VTEC’ petrol engines. Honda currently has ‘Earth Dreams’ and ‘Hybrid’ family of engines and will introduce the new range of ‘Turbo VTEC’ petrol engines by the end of 2015. The car maker announced that they are investing an amount of $340 million at its Anna, Ohio, USA engine manufacturing facility where the turbo VTEC will be manufactured. The displacement of the new turbocharged petrol engines could be in the range of 1.0L, 1.5L and 2.0L.

Honda to Launch New Range of 'Turbo V-TEC' Petrol Engines in 2015

Keeping in view the popularity and the rising competition among the turbo petrol engines in India, one can expect the company to launch the new range of VTEC engines in the country soon. Moreover, Hyundai is also expected to feature the Elite i20 with 1.0-liter T-GDi this year. The T-GDi engine was shown at the Paris Motor Show 2014 and is scheduled to launch this year in i20 globally with few other models.

Honda’s Indian engine line-up is directly competing with few engines namely 1.0-liter EcoBoost from Ford, 1.2 TSI from Volkswagen, 1.4-liter T-Jet Fiat and 1.2-liter Revotron from Tata so the Japanese car maker could even launch the 1.0 VTEC in India soon.

 

Hyundai to Launch Facelifted Verna on 16th February

Hyundai will launch the facelifted Verna, on February 16. The car has always been appreciated for its ‘fluidic’ looks and feature-rich cabin and took the company on the top of its class when it was launched earlier in 2011. In order to enhance the sales graph of the Hyundai Verna and to give it a fresh look, the company will now update the car for the second time since its launch.

Hyundai to Launch Facelifted Verna on 16th February

The car will get a new longer and pointed nose along with the elongated headlights and wider grille. The LED daytime-running lights are in the shape of ‘inverted comma’. The rear of the facelift is similar to the current version. Also, the car is not likely to get many changes under the hood.

The company says that they have worked hard on improving the power steering and the current version of Verna has a very light steering so Hyundai has also worked over the steering linkages and the electrical assistance system.

The facelifted Verna is expected to come with only a small correction in prices.

Audi R8 LMX Launched for Rs. 2.97 Crore

The luxury car maker has launched the most powerful version of the Audi supercar in India, the R8 LMX, at Rs. 2.97 Crore (Ex-Showroom, Mumbai). The R8 LMX comes featured with laser headlight technology which will make it first ever production car in the country to have this feature.

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Mechanically, the Audi R8 LMX is powered by an upgraded naturally aspirated 5.2-litre V10 petrol motor, which even powers the R8 V10 Plus. The engine develops a maximum power of 562bhp (20bhp more than R8 V10 Plus) which transmits to all four wheels through a seven-speed automatic gearbox. Audi claims a 0-100kph sprint time of 3.4seconds and a top speed of 320kph.

Audi had revealed the R8 LMX in May 2014, but its rival luxury car maker, BMW, had started delivering the laser-light equipped i8 in the international markets in June 2014.

Datsun Go+ MPV Launched for Rs. 3.79 Lakh

The Datsun GO+ MPV has been launched in India with a price tag of Rs. 3.79 lakh (Ex-showroom Delhi). The Japanese auto maker first launched it for the Indonesian market and later unveiled it for the Indian market at the 2014 Auto Expo.

Datsun Go+ MPV Launched for Rs. 3.79 Lakh

The MPV is 3,995mm in length, 1,635mm in width and 1,490mm in height and has a wheelbase of 2.45 metres. The car has got a boot space of 48 litres which can be increased to 347 litres if the third row is folded down. The Datsun GO+ has got the same external design as the hatchback and appears to be the stretched out version of the GO due to the large boot. Inside the cabin, the MPV has a seating configuration of 2+3+2.

The Datsun GO+ is available in four variants namely D, D1, A and the top of the line T variant that will come features with AC, power steering, front power windows, manual central locking, wheel covers, body coloured bumpers, HVAC system, USB connection for mobile phone charging and an AUX-IN connection. Datsun GO+ will be offered with an optional driver’s side airbag in its T variant.

Mechanically, the MPV will be powered by the same three-cylinder 1.2-litre petrol engine as seen in the GO hatchback that develops 67bhp and 104Nm of torque. The power is transmitted to the front wheels through a five-speed manual gearbox.

Prices for Datsun GO+ MPV (Ex-Showroom, Delhi)
Datsun Go+ D-Rs. 3.79 lakh
Datsun Go+ D1- Rs. 3.82 lakh
Datsun Go+ A- Rs. 4.15 lakh
Datsun Go+ T- Rs. 4.61 lakh

Mercedes-Benz India to Increase Prices of Entire Line-Up

Mercedes-Benz India has announced that the prices of its entire line-up will increase by up to 4%. The price hike will come in effect from 22nd January, 2015 and the company says that the end of the excise duty cut on 31-December, 2014 is the prime reason for the increase in price. Mercedes-Benz has declared that under the company’s STAR Agility Finance scheme, the buyer can avail an interest rate of 9.99% for the new cars.

Mercedes-Benz India to Increase Prices of Entire Line-Up

Mr. Eberhard Kern, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India said, “Mercedes-Benz India offers the ‘Top of Pyramid’ products for its discerning customers, creating more value to the total cost of ownership. The excise duty cut was of much relief to the automotive sector in general and luxury cars, in particular. However, the end of excise benefit left us with no option but to pass on the additional cost to our customers. Mercedes Benz India is on a strong growth curve with a clear focus on maintaining a profitable and sustainable growth. We want to maintain our premium brand positioning in the market and sustain the strong foundation which we have created for the brand in India.”

Mr. Kern added “Despite the price hike, the smart financial solutions from Mercedes-Benz Financial Services like ‘STAR Agility or STAR Lease’ are specially curated for our customers. One of the new highlight offerings will be the unmatched interest rate of 9.99% for New Generation Cars customers. These solutions will provide benchmark value proposition, enabling a hassle free purchase, while our service programmes like Star Care, Star Ease and On Road Assistance programmes, will enhance the customer’s overall ownership experience.”

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