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Mahindra Sales Degraded by 7.7 Per cent

Mahindra & Mahindra has announced that its vehicle sales in the month of August are 35,175 units. The total passenger vehicles sold by the company in August this year were 14,140 as compared to 15,812 units during August last year. The passenger vehicle sale has been cut by about 11.8 per cent, while the overall sales(that even includes commercial vehicles) is degraded by around 7.7 per cent.

Mahindra Sales Degraded by 7.7 Per cent

Speaking over the monthly performance, Pravin Shah, Chief Executive, Automotive Division & International Operations (AFS), Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. said, “In spite of our overall sales remaining flat in August, we continue to be optimistic due to the industry’s enhanced business confidence which is reflected by the manufacturing sector showing signs of revival. We do hope that the government continues to drive the agenda of reforms together with execution which would spur investments. The automotive industry, including us, is hopeful of a better demand leading up to the ensuing festival season.”

Though, the sales are down but the hopes are still high as the company pulls its sleeves for the launch of the Scorpio facelift. Mahindra even said that they will now launch two new products every year. We expect the sales to make an upward graph after the launch of the new Scorpio.

Maruti Ciaz: Details Revealed

The Ciaz is more than just a new car for Maruti, rather it is a big chance for the company to take the brand upscale and compete with Honda, Hyundai and VW. The car has got a long 2650mm wheelbase, 4490mm length and 16 inch wheels that make the car more stylish and well proportioned. The Maruti Ciaz will be available in four trim levels V, V+, Z and Z+ and seven colour shades.

Maruti Ciaz: Details Revealed

On the safety front, only the higher variant will get the best safety kit. ABS, EBD and the driver-side airbag comes as standard in all the versions. The Z and higher trim gets dual front airbags.

Talking about the interiors, the car has got a premium touch of the silver accents around the air-convents and some of the buttons. The dashboard design is quite unremarkable with the controls logically laid out. The centre console in the Z+ version is featured by the touch screen that controls the infotainment functions. The car has a good cabin space at the rear along with a huge legroom and decent headroom.

The Maruti Ciaz comes featured with projector headlamps, electrically-foldable wing mirrors with integrated turn-indicators and auto-dimming inside rear view mirror. It also gets an Automatic climate control and keyless entry, a leather wrapped steering wheel, rear parking sensors, rear AC vents, and power sockets and twin reading lights for rear passengers. The car has also got a driver’s seat height adjust and electric boot-release.  The car maker also offers a rear sunshade, steering mounted audio controls, push-button start in some variants and a music system with four speakers and two tweeters.

The car has been offered with two engines- 1.4 litre K10B petrol that gives 91bhp and a 1.3-litre Fiat-sourced diesel that produces 89bhp.The dealers are expected to accept bookings for the Ciaz from September 3, 2014 onwards while the car will be showcased at the Paris Motor show 2014 and will hit the market in October 2014.

Skoda Yeti Facelift: Details Revealed

A few days ahead of the launch, the Skoda Yeti facelift details have been revealed. The new and updated car will come only with the option of the top-end elegance trim and gets an option of front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions.

Skoda Yeti Facelift: Details Revealed

The new Skoda Yeti facelift has got many cosmetic changes that include new aggressive front and rear bumpers, bi-xenon headlamps, LED tail lamps, new housings for the wing mirrors, new alloys and colour options for the roof, while the changes under the roof are not so prominent except for the new steering wheel that is taken from the Skoda Octavia.

Some additions include keyless entry, climate control, leather-wrapped seats and steering, electrically-foldable wing mirrors and an eight-speaker audio system. The car maker has not skipped the safety features and has provided the car with cruise control, ABS, EBD, brake assist, tyre pressure monitors, ESP and hill-hold.

The car has been powered by the 2.0-litre TDI motor that gives 108.5bhp in the front-wheel-drive variant and has a five-speed manual gearbox, and 138bhp in the all-wheel-drive variant mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.

Mercedes-AMG GT will be Revealed on September 9

Mercedes-Benz has confirmed that its powerful and potent Mercedes-AMG GT will be revealed on the ninth day of September. This official announcement has been made at the end of teaser video launched by the company. The luxury carmaker has tested this vehicle in over 15 different countries with a great temperature variation from around chilling minus 30 to as hot as around 50 degree Celsius. Interiors and engine details are already out, that says that the car will come with a 4.0 Liter V8 Biturbo engine.

Mercedes-AMG GT will be revealed on September 9

According to the manufacturer, Mercedes-AMG GT has been developed by constant engineering road-tests of over 32 months. To keep the vehicle disguised, Mercedes has used 2.974 square meters of camouflage sheets. The road test was done by 50 different test drivers. After being revealed, the car will make its first public debut at the Paris Motor Show.

Mercedes-AMG GT will be revealed on September 9

Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH on interiors of the car said, “The new Mercedes-AMG GT shows that we will be positioning AMG more vehemently and aggressively than to date as a dynamic sports car brand. The technological substance of the Mercedes-AMG GT underscores our high aspirations with regard to driving dynamics, agility and sportiness. Following the global success of the SLS AMG, the new GT is the second sports car developed fully independently by Mercedes-AMG. An initial exclusive look at the design of the interior shows what is in store for our customers; a GT sports car in its purest form. “

Mercedes-AMG GT will be revealed on September 9

According to the German car maker the upcoming Mercedes-AMG GT will make use of a twin-turbo 4-litre V8 engine that churns out 510bhp of power at 6,250rpm and 650Nm of torque between 1,750 rpm and 4,750rpm. Codenamed as M178, this Euro 6-compliant engine is the newest member of the BlueDIRECT engine family that claims high level of performance and efficiency.

Mercedes-AMG GT will be revealed on September 9

2014 BMW X3 Launched for Rs. 44.90 lakh

BMW has finally launched the X3 facelift in India with the starting price of Rs. 44.90 lakh (Ex-Showroom, India). The new facelifted BMW X3 made its debut at the 2014 Geneva motor show, gets many cosmetic changes, but only a few mechanical tweaks.

2014 BMW X3 Launched for Rs. 44.90 lakh

The updated X3 has got a new design language. The kidney-grille is prominent while the twin-circular headlights are large, similar to the larger X5. The new facelift features restyled bumpers, new wing mirrors with integrated turn indicators, new tail-lamps and new alloys. Though the overall dimension of X3 remains same, the updated model still looks very stylish and sharper.

Under the roof, the car has been featured with new leather upholstery, piano black center console, new cup holders and automatic boot opener. The HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) display is also new in the car.

Mechanically, the 2014 BMW X3 has the same engine as its previous version with some changes. The TwinPower 2.0-litre diesel unit now gives 190bhp instead of the previous 184bhp. Power is being driven to all four wheels through an 8-speed ZF automatic gearbox. The new X3 20d xDrive is price tagged at Rs. 44.90 lakh while the top of the trim 20d xDrive xLine is for Rs. 49.90 lakh.

The new and stylish X3 will rival with the Audi Q5 and Freelander 2. Where the Freelander 2 TD4 S trim is priced at Rs. 39.74 lakh, SE at Rs 43.38 lakh and the HSE at Rs 48.72 lakh, the Audi quotes Q5 30 TDI Premium trim for Rs. 47.16 lakh, Premium+ costing Rs. 49.46 lakh and the Technology Pack for Rs. 53.44 lakh.

Mercedes-Benz to Revise its Nomenclature

Mercedes-Benz has decided to revise its nomenclature next year. The first vehicle to come up with a new name would be the third generation M-Class which will be known as GLE-Class.. Earlier there were some rumours that the luxury carmaker can name the M-Class as ML Coupe, but now the SUV shall be called GLE Coupe, where ‘E’ refers to the similarly-sized E-Class family.

Mercedes-Benz to Revise its Nomenclature

The SUV in the picture is a crossover-coupe version that will now be named as GLE-Class Coupe, and would rival with BMW X6. This nomenclature change is somehow similar to Audi’s mid-90s renaming spree, which actually converted Audi 80 into A4 and the Audi 100 into A6.

This step of new nomenclatures will affect the next-gen GLK-Class also that will get changed to GLC-Class so as to align it with the brand’s C-Class. The new GLC-Class is expected to hit the market late next year or early 2016.

Also, the GL-Class is expectedly will be re-named to GLS-Class so that it can be aligned with the luxury S-Class. Most probably the G-Class will keep its name, due to the iconic status it enjoys.

 

 

Maruti Suzuki Swift Facelift Showcased at 2014 Moscow International Auto Salon

The most awaited Swift facelift was being showcased at the 2014 Moscow International Auto Salon, Russia. Maruti Suzuki Swift Facelift will get similar changes and will launch in October end or in the first week of November, as the car is already being sold in the market of Europe.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Facelift Showcased at the 2014 Moscow International Auto Salon

The updated Suzuki Swift features L-shaped LED DRLs, redesigned fog lamps, a new ‘boost blue’ metallic shade and 16-inch alloy wheels as optional. The exterior profile has now got chrome detailing along with new front and rear bumpers.

Under the roof, the Swift facelift has got auto drop down function for front passenger window, engine start/stop push button, follow me headlamps and power ORVMs. In Russia, the car is even available with 3-door and 5-door options with an all-wheel drive system in the top-end variant.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Facelift Showcased at the 2014 Moscow International Auto Salon

The Maruti Suzuki Swift Facelift is powered by 1.2-litre VVT engine that produces 92bhp of maximum power and peak torque of 118 Nm and comes with 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic gearboxes. It is expected that the car will drop the automatic transmission in India while rest of the features remains same.

At the MIAS, Swift facelift is priced between 584,000 Rubles to 769,000 Rubles that is between Rs. 9.79 lakh to Rs. 12.89 lakh. But since the facelift version of Swift in India will be manufactured at Manesar plant of the company, we expect Swift Facelift to be priced between Rs. 4.60 lakh to Rs. 6.90 lakh.

New Suzuki Vitara Unveiled

Maruti Suzuki has finally released the official image of the all new Vitara. The company has revealed the SUV ahead of its global debut at the Paris Motor Show 2014. According to the company officials, Vitara is a production model that is based on the iV-4 concept, which was first exhibited at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2013. It is a new platform, which is expected to underpin a number of future vehicles.

New Suzuki Vitara Unveiled

The new Vitara will roll out from the Suzuki’s Hungarian plant and is part of a model expansion plan. The SUV is expected to battle with the Nissan Juke and Ford Ecosport in the globally competitive and fast-growing compact crossover segment.

The Japanese car maker has issued a statement confirming its premiere and one single image, but has yet to reveal full technical details of the vehicle. Suzuki says the Vitara “will have a striking road presence with distinctive design.” Customers, round the globe, will have the option of getting their cars personalised with various colour and trim customisation options. Suzuki also states the Vitara will have “excellent fuel economy” and introduce “advanced technologies” creating a sensation in the auto industry.

The Suzuki Vitara will expectedly arrive in Australian showrooms in 2015 with both petrol and diesel engine options, using the 86kW/156Nm 1.6-litre four cylinder from the S-Cross and a new 88kW/320Nm 1.6-litre turbo diesel. Vitara, a four-wheel-drive option will be offered via the AllGrip system.

2015 Skoda Fabia Interiors Revealed

Skoda has been showing the new Fabia online before revealing it. The car has now got more premium and classy look with its new features. The car has become mature, wider & longer than the on-going version with an increased boot space of 330 litres. The car has got new steering wheel and larger dials while the dash features a dual tone finish.

2015 Skoda Fabia Interiors Revealed

Dr. Frank Welsch, ŠKODA Board Member for Technical Development, quoted on the revealing of 2015 Fabia’s interiors, “The new ŠKODA Fabia is a real champion in terms of practicality, offering a wide variety of opportunities for use – it is the ideal car for modern yet practical urban mobility and also possesses the perfect combination of functionality and emotionally-rich design.”

2015 Skoda Fabia Interiors Revealed

The car features touch screen MirrorLink powered infotainment system that allows smartphone to link with it allowing them to use certain apps on the screen just like you use them on your mobile.

To connect the smartphone to car’s infotainment system, one just needs to plug-in the phone to the infotainment system using a USB cable and select the MirrorLink mode on the touch screen – and the MirrorLink certified apps will be displayed on the car’s screen.

2015 Skoda Fabia Interiors Revealed

2015 Skoda Fabia also features SmartGate technology, with the help of this technology one can even get their vehicle’s essential data on their smartphone apps like fuel consumption, average speed, journey costs and many more. The data can be transmitted through a WiFi technology.

Volvo XC90 to Launch in March 2015

Volvo has officially unveiled its premium XC90 SUV before its public debut at the Paris Motor Show. XC90 is the first model that is based on Volvo’s bespoke Scalable Premium Architecture (SPA) platform and will replace the 12 year old on-going model.

Volvo XC90 to Launch in March 2015

Volvo officials have confirmed that the new XC90 will be launched in India in March 2015, while the deliveries will start from August. The car will be priced around Rs. 65-70 lakh.

Volvo XC90 to Launch in March 2015

The upcoming seven seater has been featured with 9.5-inch tablet-like touch screen central console, satellite-navigation, keyless entry, a tailgate that can be opened by waving your foot under the rear bumper and full connectivity to the internet. With these features the car will rival with Audi Q7, BMW X5 and Mercedes Benz GL Class.

Volvo XC90 to Launch in March 2015

The 9.5-inch tablet-like touch screen control is divided into the four sections-navigation, media, phone and weather with the Apple’s new CarPlay system. The Swedish luxury brand calls this tablet-like touchscreen-controlled infotainment system as Human Machine Interface that manages most of the car’s functions.

Volvo XC90 to Launch in March 2015

The exterior of the car has a stylish LED lights at the front with T-shaped daytime running lights paired with bold front grille and ‘iron mark’ badge. The Volvo XC90 gets Bowers & Wilkins audio system for music lovers while on the safety front the car gets airbags for all the seven passengers, 360-degree camera, and the Park Assist Pilot.

Volvo XC90 to Launch in March 2015

XC90 will come in three trims Momentum, R-Design and Inscription, each of which will be available with the two diesel and one petrol-electric hybrid option. Top of the line variant gets Twin Engine that is a plug-in electric hybrid car and houses 2.0-litre supercharged and turbocharged petrol engine. It produces a maximum power output of 395bhp and 640 Nm of torque.

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