Hyundai has launched the XCent, its new compact sedan that will compete with the Honda Amaze and the Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire. Hyundai is the second largest player in the Indian car market and this product will further help them to boost their current sales. Honda has already increased the capacity of the Amaze, since the inaugural of its new Rajasthan plant.
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Hyundai launches the XCent at Rs 4.66 lakhs
Hyundai has launched the new XCent, which is the Grand i10 sedan. It shares the same platform with the Grand i10 and comes loaded with several features. The XCent name refreshes the memory of the Accent sedan that Hyundai had introduced in its initial years. The XCent is available in petrol and diesel engine options.
Hyundai Xcent V/S Competitors
Bringing the old charm of Accent, Hyundai now gears up to bring in the all new Hyundai Xcent, which is certain to pose a serious threat to its competitors. With the launch of Xcent nearing, it seems to be a rising threat for its competitors in the name of Honda Amaze and Maruti Swift Dzire. Other than the already exisiting models, the upcoming cars like Tata Zest and Ford Figo concept, also fall in the list of competitors for Xcent. The launch is scheduled on 12th March, and with this the sedan segment will get another strong player in the market. The new Xcent is based on Hyundai's very popular hatchback car, the Grand i10, which as of facts are concerned has captured a good market share with sales numbers reaching 10,000+ units per month.The sedan comes powered with both petrol and diesel engines. The 1.2-litre petrol engine is capable to belt out max power of 82bhp and 114Nm of torque. While, the oil burner gets a 1.1-litre diesel engine producing max power output of 70bhp and160Nm of top torque. Both the engines are clubbed to a five-speed manual transmission, while the petrol variant also gets the option of four-speed automatic gearbox.
Lamborghini turns a turnover of 508 million Euros
In the Fiscal Year 2013 (31.12.2013), Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. improved its key financial figures once more and marked another successful step in its brand history of more than 50 years.
Datsun Go launch on the 19th of March. In depth Analysis
Datsun will launch the Go on the 19th of March and this will be the first product from this new brand, not just in India but globally also. Based on the Micra platform, the Go is an entry-level hatchback that will target first-time car buyers in the price bracket of under Rs 4 lakhs. The main competition to the Datsun Go will be the Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 and the Hyundai Eon.
Tata Sumo Grande will be rebadged as Movus
Tata will rebadge its Sumo Grande as the Movus and will be launching it soon this month. The Movus will get a major exterior and interior upgrade. Firstly, it will have the new 2.2-litre VariCOR engine, which powers the new Safari Storme. The DiCOR engine will be discontinued, and even the power ratings on the Movus will remain the same at 120bhp.
Nissan Sunny facelift launch in September
Nissan will launch the facelift Sunny in the month of September. The facelift Sunny was showcased at the Auto Expo last month. It possesses a larger front grille, redesigned headlamps making the fascia look aggressive. The rear also gets some chrome treatment and now it does look a lot stylish than before. The exterior has received some good cosmetic upgrades to differentiate it from the current model.
Hyundai could surprise us with a compact SUV this year
Hyundai has been working on a compact SUV and there is no hiding in it. It is the new segment that most of the automotive manufacturers are eyeing and Hyundai being one of the largest car-seller in India will target this segment.
Mahindra Quanto AMT could change the game
Mahindra was the first manufacturer to be ready with the automated manual transmission that has been launched in the Maruti Suzuki Celerio. This new transmission is basically the brain for shifting, which means no clutch is required. The Quanto will be the first vehicle in its segment to get this transmission.
Honda Brio and Amaze available at an attractive price
With most of the big names announcing their discount scheme's, Honda too have gone ahead and announced an attractive price discount on their popular products such as the Brio and the Amaze. 'Great quality always pays off' brings attention to their attributes as a brand which is known for durability & reliability, low maintenance cost, high resale value, exciting driving experience and pride of ownership, Honda, therefore is offering the Brio at a price tag of Rs 3,99,900 starting (Ex-showroom Delhi). When compared with its initial price of Rs 4,18,550, the Brio is currently being offered at a discounted rate of Rs 18,650 (Courtesy the revision of Excise Duty).
Maruti set to display products and technologies through its brand centers across the country
In order to make the brand more appealing and to showcase current and future technologies and product lineup, the home gown automaker Maruti is all set to open new brand centers at prominent cities across India from where it draws maximum sales. The company in turn wants to elevate the Maruti's brand imaging from not just the India's largest automobile manufacturer to a technologically advanced customer centric automaker.
Maruti unmoved over the Gujarat plant transfer deal with Suzuki
Maruti Suzuki India is firm with their decision to transfer the functioning of Gujarat manufacturing plant to Suzuki- the parent firm. With this the company officials say that there will not be any impact on the manufacturing activities and send out an assurance to the shareholders, who are constantly criticising this move of the company.
BMW's futuristic hybrid - i8 will go in production this April
Remember the white i8 grabbing the eye balls at the BMW stand in the 2014 Auto Expo Delhi. Well, the German automaker has announced the production plan for this futuristic hybrid car and not to mention the most efficient one! The production of the i8 will start this April and the initial deliveries of the vehicle will start by June in few location across the globe.
Beckham is Jaguar's ambassador for China
David Beckham has joined Jaguar as a brand ambassador and will support significant forthcoming Jaguar product launches in China. British sporting icon Beckham will feature in above-the-line marketing campaigns for the brand in one of its most significant international markets.
Nissan Electric to be used as cabs in Amsterdam
Taxi Electric will be the first private taxi company to add the new 100 percent electric Nissan e-NV200 taxi to its green-energy-fuelled, zero-emission fleet.
The CVT Puzzle- solved by Honda City
Let me start with explaining a shocking but an emerging trend. Despite getting increasingly pressured by the Darwinian evolutionary pressure towards extinction in the developed markets, the venerable clutch pedal was holding its own in the fuel efficiency conscious climatic condition that prevails in India. But the situation has become quite fluid. As explained in the earlier story Automatic Conundrum, modern Autoboxes – DCT (Dual Clutch direct shifting gearbox Transmisssions), CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) or the hoi-polloi targeted AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) - have managed to find the holy-grail which provides the necessary mitigation from mechanical inefficiency and extra fuel consumption. With this development, “clutch pedal free cars” may become the new darlings and the venerable clutch pedal may become extinct or much diminished in number, like the Lions and Tigers of the country.
Hyundai Verna vs Honda City Expert Review
The Fluidic Verna has been a runaway success for Hyundai. Everyone liked the Fluidic Sculpture and this became the new design language across the Hyundai product range. This year the Korean manufacturer revived the Fluidic Verna and we get our hands on the Fluidic Verna Model Year 2014 and tell you if it is any better and if it can still retain its 40 percent market share. We pit this, to the all new Honda City and tell you the correct sedan.
Source : CarDekho