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Special Benefits on Audi A4 and A6 Announced

Special Benefits on Audi A4 and A6 AnnouncedTo celebrate for the 10,000 new customers in 2014, Audi has announced special offers on the A4 and A6 sedans. The cars will now avail free service for three years or till 45,000km, whichever comes first, free warranty for the period of three years along with free insurance and road side assistance. But the surprise come with a twist, that is these benefits are applicable on the first 300 bookings pan-India after the offer has been announced. The company will give this offer on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Audi A4 and A6 have been big sellers for the company. The luxury carmaker has recently introduced the Audi A4 Premium Sport edition with some cosmetic changes to differentiate it from the previous A4.

The biggest rival of the Audi A4 in the luxury segment is the BMW 3-series, which sells an equal number of units. Then comes the Mercedes-Benz that has also recently launched the new C-class.

President Mayank Pareek Disappointed Over High Waiting Period of Tata Zest

Mayank Pareek Disappointed Over High Waiting Period of Tata ZestTata Motors is in the process of increasing the production capacity of Zest to meet its customers demand, as the company believes that it should not miss the golden opportunity to serve its customers. Tata Motors is in continuous talks with its vendors to fasten its production.

After working hard for the couple of years in the country, the company can see a bright future. Also, the efforts done to bring up the Zest seems to be fruitful. Mayank Pareek, President Passenger division Tata Motors said that he is disappointed over a high waiting period and said that Tata Motors is trying to somehow reduce the waiting period of the car. He has shown concern over the delay in the deliveries of their high in demand sedan, the Zest that was launched in August 2014.

“We should supply to the customer just when he wants. Efforts are on to ramp up production as we also speak to vendors to up the supplies where there is a shortage,” he commented. “We should have managed the supplies better,” seem like they underestimated the customer demands for the feature loaded Tata Zest!

Being the only automatic in the compact sedan category, Tata Zest is being preffered over its rivals such as Hyundai Xcent, Honda Amaze and Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire. The car is equipped with F-tronic transmission, and offers an ease of driving in the congested cities. The car has been powered with the new 1.2-liter Revotron turbocharged petrol motor and also offers three driving modes.

BMW M3 and M4 Launched at Rs. 1.19cr and Rs. 1.21cr Respectively

BMW M3 and M4 Launched at Rs. 1.19cr and Rs. 1.21cr RespectivelyJust after the launch of BMW M5, the luxury car maker has now launched two more performance-centric models namely BMW M3 and M4 in India. The BMW M3 has been tagged at the price of Rs. 1.19 crore while M4 has been priced at Rs. 1.21 crore (Ex-Showroom, India) respectively. The M4 is slightly more low-slung than the M3, which gets two extra doors, as its a sedan.

The highlighted feature of the M duo is its powerful yet efficient 3.0-litre six-cylinder twin-turbo petrol engine that produces maximum power of 425bhp and highest torque of 56.1kgm. The power reaches the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox with paddle-shifters. The luxury car maker claims that BMW M3 and M4 accelerate from 0-100kph in just a little more than four seconds, and can reach the top speed of 250kph.

The engineers could get the cars weigh less than 1,500kg by the use of lightweight material such as carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) and aluminium for a number of chassis and body components that eventually helps improve performance. The M-Twins are 25 per cent more fuel efficient and are prone to lower CO2 emissions despite of increased power and torque figures than its predecessor.

Both the BMW M3 and M4 share similar design elements. On the electronics front, cars have been featured with track-inspired systems like Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Stability Clutch Control (SCC), three driving modes (Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus) and launch control function.

Jaguar XE will Expectedly Launch in India in 2016

Jaguar XE will Expectedly Launch in India in 2016Jaguar is expected to launch the XE for the Indian market in 2016 and will be available in dealerships through the CKD route. The British automaker revealed the new mid-level luxury sedan earlier this year and now it is available in various European markets.

Jaguar had revealed the new entry-level sedan- the XE ahead of the Paris Motor Show in September 2014. The XE’s bodywork is manufactured by pressed aluminium sheets and castings joined together with the help of rivets and aerospace adhesives.

The Jaguar XE is powered with a new ‘Ingenium’ range of 2.0-litre four-cylinder mill. The Ingenium engines are a new family of premium, lightweight, low-friction, low-emission four-cylinder petrol and diesel units and are designed to run in a wide range of setups.
This engine powers the XE to run at 299 km/h with lesser CO2 emissions of 100g/km. The Jaguar XE is placed under the XF sedan and it rivals with the German trio of BMW 3 Series, Mercedes C-Class and the Audi A4.

According to reports, the car maker is finding options to locally assemble other models at its facility outside Pune, which means when JLR was making plans for the XE, it had already included India on the list as a destination for local assembly.

Generally Jaguar’s products have always been a bit exclusive, that actually results in smaller numbers of production due to the higher price point. The indian-spec is likely to be priced in the range of Rs. 30 lakh to Rs. 45 lakh.

Merc-Benz Launches new C-Class in India at Rs. 40.90 Lakh

Merc-Benz launches new C-Class in India at Rs. 40.90 Lakh
The luxury car giant Mercedes-Benz has launched the new C-Class in India with a price tag of Rs. 40.90 lakh (Ex-Showroom, Delhi). The luxury car will rival with other sedans such as Audi A4 and BMW 3-Series.

The new C-Class has got an elegant look, taken from the German car manufacturer’s latest design language. The front fascia has been featured with a long hood that combines twin-slat grille with the three-pointed star at the centre. The car has also got new LED head-lamps, a low stance and short front overhangs. The rear of the car is a complete imitation of its sibling- the S-Class.

The C-Class is made upon on the company’s new lightweight modular rear-drive MRA (Mercedes Rear-drive Architecture) platform. The luxury sedan measures 4686mm in length, 1810mm in width and 1442mm in height making it 95mm longer and 40mm wider than its predecessor while the height of the car is reduced by 5mm.

The new C-Class is launched only in a petrol version, while the diesel version is expected later. The car comes fitted with a 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder engine that develops 181bhp and 300Nm. The engine comes mated to a new 7-speed automatic transmission (7G-TRONIC Plus), transferring power to the rear wheels.

Ford India Recalls 3,072 units of the Fiesta Diesel Variant

Ford India Recalls 3,072 units of the Fiesta Diesel VariantFord India has recalled 3,072 units of its midsize sedan Fiesta diesel models. The recall is for the vehicles manufactured between October 2010 and December 2011 to replace the faulty part that aid in starting of diesel engine.

Ford India said, “We have initiated a field service action to correct a product concern on 3,072 Ford Fiesta TDCi vehicles. It further added that the dealers will contact the concerned customers to fix an appointment to replace the faulty part free of cost. The company will install newly designed, waterproofed Glow Plug Control Module which is a controlling unit of the ‘glow plug control’-a heating device used to aid starting diesel engines.

“This is a proactive, voluntary recall action to ensure customers’ safety and satisfaction and no accidents or injuries related to this concern have been reported,” the company said.

Since July 2012, various car manufacturers have made a recall to replace faulty parts. Car giants like Maruti Suzuki, Ford, Honda, Mahindra & Mahindra, Nissan and General Motors have collectively recalled over seven lakh vehicles.


Save Rs. 69,800 on Maruti Suzuki WagonR Krest Limited Edition

To make new customers, Maruti Suzuki first launched the Limited Edition WagonR Krest in festive season and now to capture even more market, the company is now offering a saving of Rs. 69,800. The limited edition is available in factory fitted CNG kit with i-GPI technology kit.

Save Rs. 69,800 on Maruti Suzuki WagonR Krest Limited Edition

The WagonR Krest limited edition has got ten new features that include new front grille, limited edition body graphic and stylish wheel covers. In its interiors, the car has been featured with new seat covers, steering wheel cover and carpet floor mats. The limited edition model has the feature of keyless central locking and 2-din audio system with blue tooth.

Mechanically, the Limited Edition WagonR Krest is powered by 1.0-litre, 3pot, K-series engine that produces maximum power of 67.1bhp and peak torque of 90Nm. The company claims the tested-mileage of 20.51 kmpl in petrol, 26.6km/kg in CNG and 14.6km/l in LPG.

Mercedes-Benz India Inaugurated a new Dealership in Kanpur

Mercedes-Benz has inaugurated a new dealership in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh making it the 67th dealership in India. Merc has the highest number of facilities in country than any luxury car manufacturer. Inauguration was done by Boris Fitz, VP Sales and Network Development, Mercedes-Benz India and Neeraj Agarwal, Managing Director, SRM Smart Hoops Pvt. Ltd.

Mercedes-Benz India Inaugurated a new Dealership in Kanpur

The Smart Hoops showroom is located at The Mall, PPN Market in Kanpur and has been built over a period of 11 months with an investment of Rs. 2.5 crore. The dealership expands over the area of 4,000 sq. ft. and can display five cars at a time. The showroom also houses the café Mercedes and video wall.

Speaking on the occasion, Boris Fitz, VP Sales and Network Development, Mercedes-Benz India said, “Mercedes-Benz India is committed to the Indian market and inauguration of a new dealership in Kanpur underlines this commitment. We are creating benchmark in modern luxury across markets and our first-ever outlet in Kanpur is a reiteration of our pledge of extending the luxury automotive experience to the growing customer base in emerging markets.”

He further added, “Mercedes-Benz’s strategic network expansion caters to customers who aspire to own the Three Pointed Star. 2014, our ‘Year of Excellence’ has been exciting for us, as we continue to fascinate our customers and bring the Mercedes-Benz brand even closer to our discerning customers in newer markets. Our strategy is on track and is paying off well and we are confident of ending the year on a strong note.”

Mercedes-Benz India Inaugurated a new Dealership in Kanpur

Neeraj Agarwal, Managing Director, Smart Hoops Pvt. Ltd. replied: “With the new outlet in Kanpur we are extremely proud to further expand our association with the prestigious global icon -Mercedes-Benz, which has been redefining luxury motoring across continents. This strategically located showroom will enable us to fulfill the rising demand of luxury cars in the region and be a part of Mercedes-Benz India’s growth story. We are excited about the immense opportunities in Kanpur and confident to provide an unparalleled luxury car ownership experience to our customers.”

Mercedes-Benz has inaugurated five new outlets in 2014 at Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar, Chandigarh, Mohali and Raipur while the Smart Hoops Kanpur is the third outlet of Mercedes-Benz in Uttar Pradesh. The new showroom should provide easy access to the Merc-Benz customers in Kanpur.

Mini 3-door and Mini 5-door 2015 Versions Launched in India

BMW has launched the new third-generation three-door Mini Cooper D in India at Rs. 31.85 lakh and new five-door Mini at a price of Rs. 35.20 lakh (Prices Ex-Showroom, India). Mini has launched the new 2015 3-door and 5-door hatchbacks, at an event in Mumbai and for the first time in its history, the luxury brand has introduced a 5-door version of the standard hatchback.

Mini 3-door and Mini 5-door 2015 Versions Launched in India

Talking about the design, both the models have got chrome surround headlamps, a hexagonal radiator grille, black body bordering and tail lamps embellished in chrome. The cars have also been equipped with head-up display, park assist and a rear-view camera. On the safety front, Mini has included front and side airbags, side curtain airbags, three-point automatic belts and tyre pressure control along with active cruise control, collision and pedestrian warning with initial brake function, high beam assistant and road sign detection.

“To ensure the new generation of Mini is as successful as its predecessors, we have made just subtle modifications to its design,” Philipp von Sahr, President, BMW Group India said at the launch. “But beneath the skin is a brand new car with an absolutely revamped interior stacked with state-of-the art technologies seen for the first time in a small car.”

“We trust the long term development of the Indian market and we could decide to produce it in India in future. We are open to it” he added.

Mini 3-door and Mini 5-door 2015 Versions Launched in India

The new Mini 3-door and Mini 5-door 2015 versions are developed on the front-wheel-drive UKL architecture and benefits from a host of mechanical changes.

The 2015 Mini range comes with three engine options. A new twin-turbo 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine produces 135bhp of power and 220Nm of torque. A bigger 2-litre, four-cylinder unit churns out 191bhp and 280Nm. The 2-litre four-cylinder diesel engine develops 168bhp of power and 360Nm of torque.

Audi A4 Premium Sport Launched in India for Rs. 38 lakh

Audi has launched the Premium Sport variant of A4 with a price tag of Rs. 38 lakh (Ex-Showroom, Delhi). The car is being featured in two exterior shades of red and white. Premium Sport is a middle-level variant that sits between the Premium and Technology variants. Some of cosmetic changes have been made to the vehicle and the car has got a diesel engine option.

Audi A4 Premium Sport Launched in India for Rs. 38 lakh

Some of the changes in Audi A4 Premium Sport variant include the S Line exterior package, sunroof, electrically folding OVRMs, S Line logos and either 17-inch five arm alloy wheels or 17-inch 20 spoke wheels. Under the roof, Audi A4 Premium Sport has got an all-black design along with the features of the Premium variant.

Mechanically, the car is powered by the 2.0-litre four-pot diesel engine that churns out 177bhp and 380Nm of torque and the power is sent to the front wheels through a CVT gearbox. The A4 premium Sport variant will be available to customers in the shades.

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