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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.

 

Skoda Reveals Third Generation Fabia sketches

Skoda has unveiled its all-new Fabia sketch, officially revealing the hatchback’s revised design for the first time.

Skoda Reveals Third Generation Fabia sketches

The new Fabia will be benefited from its sharply styled panels, shorter overhangs and better shoulder line definition that has already become a hallmark of the VW Group’s current output.

The third generation fabia is even less than four metres in length even though it retains its sub-compact credentials. The supermini is 90mm in width to apparently incorporate new axle’s front and back.

Reports suggest that the Skoda Fabia 3 is not based on the new MQB platform, but on an updated version of its old underpinnings. The engine has been carried over with improvements in fuel consumption and emissions. Under the roof, the brand promises a completely new, versatile interior with options for customization.

The third generation Fabia will bring a range of fuel-efficient, Euro 6 compliant engines, including two version of the 1.4 TDI diesel, that will give 59bhp and 74bhp 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engines and a 1.2-litre TSI with either 89bhp or 109bhp.

Lamborghini Released Huracan LP 610-4 Racing Edition Images

Sports car maker Lamborghini has revealed the first few images of its all-new car Huracan LP 610-4 racing edition that will be competing in the Super Trofeo racing series next year onwards. Recently, Squadra Corse, Italian carmaker’s motorsport arm said that it has been hiring some special drivers to test the vehicle, and that the initial shakedown testing has gotten underway at the Vallelunga race track.

Lamborghini Released Huracan LP 610-4 Racing Edition Images

Discussing the testing, Sanna said, “The first shakedown is always a very special moment. I’ve followed the development phase step by step in Sant’Agata Bolognese, and we are all enthusiastic about this very important moment. We have full confidence in both Zaugg and Babini, as well as in the young drivers who will contribute to refining the new car. The new Huracán Super Trofeo will ensure Lamborghini a key role in International motor sport.”

Lamborghini Released Huracan LP 610-4 Racing Edition Images

Huracan LP 610-4 Super Trofeo is the new race car that is powered by a 601 bhp-5.2-litre V-10 mill. As the picture depicts, the new race coupe carry some major modifications in its fascia that will provide extra cooling to the car.

Lamborghini Released Huracan LP 610-4 Racing Edition Images

The Huracan will most expectedly be developed into a GT3-spec race car and will replace the current Gallardo GT3. In 2015 when the Lamborghini Huracan will hit the track, it will compete around the world in all the three Lamborghini Super Trofeo Series in Europe, Asia and North America

 

2015 Range Rover line-up gets Cosmetic Updates

The new and updated Range Rover and Range Rover Sport that is expected in the international market by 2015 will undergo some cosmetic changes. The updated models will get features like new alloy wheel designs, some personalisation features, new convenience options and a new ‘InControl’ feature that will connect the car to a smartphone and will even help to track the car if stolen.

2015 Range Rover line-up gets Cosmetic Updates

Both the models are powered by SDV8 engine that produces a peak torque of 75.5kgm on 1700-3300rpm. The cars are fitted with a revised eight-speed automatic gearbox.

2015 Range Rover line-up gets Cosmetic Updates

Deliveries for the ‘Autobiography Black’ trim are expected to start in the international market in August 2014. The Autobiography Black Range Rovers will only come with long-wheelbase form and some luxurious features like two individual rear seats and leather interior. Exterior details include new black and chrome exterior trim, LED tail lights with unique 21- and 22-inch alloy wheels.

2015 Range Rover line-up gets Cosmetic Updates

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