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Blaupunkt Launches Tokyo 110 and Manchester 110 Car Music System

World’s most popular car infotainment manufacturer Blaupunkt has got into the entry level car music system segment by launching its two new models – Tokyo 110 and Manchester 110 that have been priced at Rs. 4990 and Rs. 5990 respectively. These are single DIN radios and features MP3, WMA, USB, AUX-in and iPod control.

Out of the two Blaupunkt car music system, the Manchester 110 comes with a CD slot while the Tokyo 110 does not carry that feature but it has an SD card slot for one to play music.

Some of the detailed features of both the music systems are listed below.

Tokyo 110

Radio: World Tuner; FM/AM; Radio Data System (RDS)
Playback format: MP3, WMA
Amplifier: Pre amplifier: 2 channel
Max Power: 4X50 Watt
Data carrier: SD and USB
Inputs: Front USB, SD Slot and Front Aux-in
General: IR Handheld remote control
Night design: Blue
Front panel: detachable
Panel case is included

Blaupunkt Launches Tokyo 110 and Manchester 110 Car Music System

Manchester 110

Radio: World Tuner: FM/AM; : Radio Data System
Playback formats: MP3, WMA
Fast playback from USB
MP3/WMA comfort browsing
Selectable display modes: ID3-tags, folder, file, playtime, clock
Control through: iPOD/ Phone control
Data Carrier: CD-DA, CD-R, CD-RW, USB
Inputs: Front USB (Standard A-type), Front Aux-in
Equalizer: Sound presets Rock, Pop and Classic
Amplifier: 2-channel Preamp-out (2 V)
Max power :4 X 50 Watt
General: Release panel
Permanent preset memory after battery disconnect
IR remote control included
Panel case included

Blaupunkt Launches Tokyo 110 and Manchester 110 Car Music System

On the launch of Tokyo 110 and Manchester 110, Preeti Bakshi, Marketing Head, Blaupunkt India said, “With Tokyo and Manchester, Blaupunkt has once again demonstrated its ability to provide unmatched value across its product portfolio, be it in the high-end multimedia navigation space, sound solutions or with low priced single din radios like these. After a phenomenal response worldwide, we expect these products to be very successful in the Indian market. These models raise the bar on value, while lowering the price point for a quality car radio, allowing a larger segment of customers to enjoy Blaupunkt’s signature sound.”

With the launch of these two new music systems Blaupunkt plans to take into consideration the second hand car buyers and taxi fleet owners as well, as this segment is capable of obtaining good music systems in a budgeted price range.

Fiat Abarth 500 to Come Next Month

Fiat is all set to launch its performance oriented ‘Abarth’ brand next month in India and its debut car– Abarth 500. The hatch was witnessed at the Auto Expo in Feb. The price of the Abarth 500 will expectedly be kept below Rs. 25 lakh which makes it one of the most exciting hatches around.

Fiat Abarth 500 to Come Next Month

The biggest competitor of this Italian hatch is the British car – Mini Cooper S. According to the sources, the hatch has arrived at some dealership which is not for sale but for the training purpose only. Eventually, Fiat will expand its Abarth lineup in the country with its next product as the Punto EVO Abarth which will hit the market next year.

Fiat Abarth 500 to Come Next Month

The Fiat Abarth 500 will be powered by 1.4 litre Fiat’s T-JET turbo petrol engine and will give out 135hp at 5,500rpm and 206Nm of torque at 3000rpm. The hatch will be mated to a 5-speed manual unit.

Fiat Abarth 500 to Come Next Month

Abarth has a Competizione gearbox version that is a 5-speed automated manual box which gets power bump of 5hp producing 140hp at 3000rpm and the torque remains same. Top-speed of the hatch is likely to be the max of 200km/h. some of the features of the car includes Abarth decals, Abarth badging, sporty bumpers while on the inside it gets leather-alcantara upholstery with contrasting stitching.

Fiat Abarth 500 to Come Next Month

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Next-Gen Honda Brio to Get a Three-Cylinder Diesel Engine

Honda has brighter plans to bring the diesel technology in India and it seems like their only car that didn’t get an oil burner – the Brio, is going to get one. The sources say that the next-gen Honda Brio will get a new 1.2-litre three-cylinder motor.

Next-Gen Honda Brio to Get a Three-Cylinder Diesel Engine

There are rumours that the new engine will be the 1.5-litre minus one cylinder but the engine will not come with the present model, instead it will be launched with the next-gen Honda Brio that will come into production at least after three years.

The car maker is presently working hard to give the car better interior equipment and features and might give the car a more conventional tailgate.

Honda will expectedly bring some remarkable changes in the new Brio. It might also prove to be one of the most frugal diesel engines in India.

Isuzu Motors Inaugurates Dealership in Noida

Isuzu Motors has come up with some big plans for the Indian auto market. The Japanese automaker is best known for its pick-up truck and commercial vehicle range around the globe. The company aims to start up its 60 dealerships all over India till the beginning of year 2016.

Isuzu Motors Inaugurates Dealership in Noida

Isuzu Motors has a decent number of dealerships in four southern states and has put Maharashtra to its list of one of the largest market for pick-up trucks in the nation. Now, the car maker has initiated its first dealership in Noida, Uttar Pradesh. Isuzu has launched MU-7 and the D-Max pick up range in the local market price tagged at Rs. 19.99 lakh and Rs. 6.13 lakh onwards respectively (Ex-Showroom, Noida).

Managing Director Takashi Kikuchi says that “UP is the third largest economy of India that contributes to around 15 per cent of the total automobile sales in the country.” Isuzu is now present across seven states that includes Delhi, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Telengana and Karnataka.

 

Land Rover’s First Discovery Sport Rolled Out

Land Rover’s Halewood manufacturing plant in UK has graced the autocar industry with its first production model of Discovery Sport. The first model will be received by Virgin Galactic’s headquarters where it will be used by the aerospace company to support its UK operation in creating world’s first commercial spaceline. The Halewood plant in UK employs 4750 people.

Land Rover’s First Discovery Sport Rolled Out

The Discovery Sport is the first SUV member from the new Discovery family and the car will replace the Freelander2. Discovery Sport features a seating arrangement of 5+2.

Murray Dietsch, Director of Land Rover Programmes commented, “It fills me with pride to have seen the first new Discovery Sport coming off the line here at our world-class Halewood production facility. We are now even more excited to hand the keys over to the crew at Virgin Galactic. The new car embodies Land Rover’s spirit of Above and Beyond, so it’s fitting that it will be used by a similarly pioneering company in Virgin Galactic.”

Land Rover’s First Discovery Sport Rolled Out

Discovery Sport comes powered with a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol or 2.2-litre diesel engine options, each of which has nine-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive.

Richard Else, Jaguar Land Rover Halewood Operations Director said: “Today marks another incredibly proud moment for the Halewood plant, its workforce and the region as a whole.”

He further added, “The decision to build the Land Rover Discovery Sport here at Halewood is a testament to our tremendous team who are committed to delivering outstanding customer quality as demonstrated by the award winning Range Rover Evoque. Investment in the plant since 2011 now stands at £500mn and has most recently been demonstrated with the installation of a £45mn state-of-the-art Aida servo press line which provided the backdrop to today’s event.”

Volkswagen Inaugurates New Dealership in Mumbai

VW India has inaugurated its new dealership in northern region of Mumbai – Volkswagen Mumbai North, Mody Auto Corp. Pvt. Ltd. Now the Volkswagen has six facilities in Mumbai, including this new dealership.

Volkswagen Inaugurates New Dealership in Mumbai

The Volkswagen Mumbai North dealership, Mody Auto Corp. Pvt. Ltd. is situated at Borivali West, and can display seven cars at a time. It has its workshop on Mira Road, Mumbai. This new dealership even features a dedicated workshop for accident repair and body paint.

Michael Mayer, director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars, says, “Mumbai is an important market for Volkswagen, and the opening of this dealership underlines our commitment to strengthening our presence in this region”.

Fiat Avventura to be Launched on October 21

Fiat’s most-awaited model, the Avventura, is all set to hit the market on October 21. The Avventura is based on the Punto hatchback and has got few mechanical changes over the Punto.

Fiat Avventura to be Launched on October 21

The Avventura will feature a ground clearance of 205mm and will also get 16-inch rims. Additions like a tilt meter and a compass will add to the feature list of the crossover.

Fiat Avventura to be Launched on October 21

The car will come in both petrol and diesel version, and will expectedly get 89bhp 1.4-litre FIRE petrol engine, and the 92bhp 1.3-litre Multijet diesel. The Fiat Avventura will be made available in three trims – Active, Dynamic and Emotion.

Fiat Avventura to be Launched on October 21

The Fiat Avventura will expectedly be priced around the Rs. 7 lakh, and will rival with the Ford Ecosport, Volkswagen Cross Polo and the Toyota Etios Cross after it launches.

Volvo Boosts Production for New XC90 Launch

After getting a great market response for the new XC90, Volvo has decided to increase the production capacity so as to meet the growing market demand.

Volvo Boosts Production for New XC90 Launch

The report says that the Swedish carmaker will open 1,300 vacancies and increase the production at its manufacturing facility in Sweden to meet high demand for the flagship XC90 SUV and some other new models.

The company is planning to start a third working shift in Sweden that has an annual capacity of three lakh units. The model ranges that roll out from this facility includes the S60, S80, V60, V70, XC70 and now the new XC90. The new XC90 has proved to be a big success for the company, with 1,927 units of the First Edition sold in just 47 hours.

Volvo Boosts Production for New XC90 Launch

Volvo is working hard with its new car launches and upgraded production facilities to make a bigger share of high end luxury market. Volvo is aiming to be a competitor of luxury brands like Mercedes-Benz, Audi and BMW in the long run.

Mercedes-Benz Unveils Future Engine Technology

Mercedes-Benz have unveiled some new technologies that can meet long and short term European emission legislation, the company’s technical chiefs have disclosed, for which, the car maker will concentrate on more efficient engines, plug-in hybrids, electric vehicles and fuel cells in the next decade.

Mercedes-Benz Unveils Future Engine Technology

The company is trying to make some developments in engine by improving its efficiency and performance. Decrementing engine capacity limits friction and also reduces the pumping losses caused by the effort of drawing air into the engine thereby improving engine efficiency. The new V8 engine of Mercedes-AMG GT and C63 has also been made upon the same approach.

So, the capacity of the engine has been reduced to 4.0-litres by complimenting it with twin-turbocharging to maintain power. ‘Nanoslide’ technology that limits the friction has been carried over in the cylinder bores, which allow pistons to slide with less resistance. This nanoslide technology results in an improved efficiency of 30 percent as compared to the previous model. Turbocharging can even a produce higher torque at lower engine speed on both petrol and diesel mill.

Thomas Weber, group board member responsible for research and car development at Mercedes, forecasts a future where all the cars will be built over electric technology, “Even in lane one, we will see mild hybrids using belt-driven starter-generators or crankshaft integrated starter-generators. In lane two we will have the premium plug-in hybrids and by 2017 we will launch 10 plug-in hybrids. The third lane will be zero-emissions vehicles powered by batteries or fuel cells.”

He added, “By 2020, we expect the energy density of battery technology to have doubled and the cost halved. Without any other changes being made, the range of the B-Class Electric Drive could increase to 185 or 250 miles.”

“Lithium sulphur will be the next step after lithium ion, followed perhaps by lithium air. Lithium sulphur is comparable to lithium ion but lithium air will be a completely different world.”

Toyota Launches Facelifted Etios and Etios Liva

Toyota India has launched the facelifted Etios sedan price tagged at Rs. 5.74 lakh and the Etios Liva hatch starting at Rs. 4.76 lakh. Some styling modifications have been made to the Etios series that now comes with added comfort features while the cars remains unaltered mechanically.

Toyota Launches Facelifted Etios and Etios Liva

The exterior of the car has a new grille, electrically adjustable ORVM (outside rear view mirror), new pearl white colour (available only in Etios sedan) and the chrome inserts on the door handles while the interiors have got a bigger multi-info LCD display along with seatbelt, door ajar and headlamp buzzer. Seating of the Etios has new premium fabric upholstery with height adjustable driver’s seat. Etios sedan has got 2 new rear speakers along with the speakers in front.

Talking about the safety features, the dual front SRS airbags comes standard with the facelifted Etios range and the duo has got reverse parking sensors for easy reversing.

Toyota Launches Facelifted Etios and Etios Liva

Mr. N Raja, Senior Vice President & Director (Sales & Marketing), Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt. Ltd. stated at the launch of the Etios-duo, “We launched Etios in 2010 and since then have been constantly enhancing the product with upgrades, limited editions and variants. The Etios line up over the years has grown and catered to customers with varied demands. The All New Etios with its premium look is designed to provide a true sedan experience. Most of us spend long hours commuting every day. A car seems to be our second home. The All New Etios Liva is aimed at offering the best of comfort and space of a home. We would like to thank our customers for their appreciation and hope to create more customer delight with these latest introductions in the lineup. The new models have been launched to provide product excitement during the festive season.”

He then added, “Toyota is constantly working towards developing better technology to provide enhanced safety. With increased accidents and growing concerns over safety, as a first step we have standardized driver and passenger airbags for Etios, Etios Liva and Etios Cross across all grades. We have also seen a growing importance of safety among customers nowadays. The standardization of air bags across grades is to further reinforce this thought and ensure the safety of our customers and their families.”

Mechanically, both the facelifted Etios diesel cars comes featured with a 1.4 litre D-4D diesel that produces 67.1bhp at 3800 rpm and 170Nm of max torque in between 1800-2400rpm. Both the cars come fitted with a 5-speed manual transmission and the company claims an ARAI certified mileage of 23.59km/l. The petrol version of the facelifted Etios sedan has a 1.5-liter unit whereas the hatch features a 1.2 litre motor. The 1.5 litre mill gives out 88.8bhp at 5600rpm and 132Nm at 3000rpm complimented to a five-speed unit delivering 16.78km/l. Liva’s 1.2-liter unit produces 78.9bhp of power at 5600rpm and 104Nm of torque at 3100rpm and comes with a 5-speed unit delivering 17.71km/l.

Price of Etios (Ex- Showroom, Delhi):

  • Petrol: Rs. 5,74,081 and Rs. 7,06,567 Lakhs
  • Diesel: Rs. 6,84,081 and Rs. 8,16,567 Lakhs

Price of Etios Liva (Ex- Showroom, Delhi):

  • Petrol: Rs. 4,76,142 and Rs. 6,57,105 Lakhs
  • Diesel: Rs. 5,94,642 and Rs. 6,95,460 Lakhs
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