This has been a quiet week as elections are started in different parts of the country. With the Hyundai XCent going on sale, Maruti Suzuki has ben offering discounts on its Swift DZire. The effect of Hyundai’s new compact sedan’s entry can be seen. Read our comparison of the compact sedans. In the meanwhile, we can see the new Jaguar sports sedan XE being shown as listed on their Indian website. Expect the XE to be unveiled this year itself.
Ford has also introduced a new 1.0-litre ECOnetic engine, which could be seen on the recently unveiled Figo Concept. We drive the new facelift version of the new Koleos and do a special travel story with the Nissan Terrano.
Maruti Swift Dzire offering discounts; 'Hyundai Xcent' effect?
Maruti Swift Dzire has been for quite some time compared to the recently launched Hyundai Xcent and Honda Amaze (last year). The increasing sales of Amaze and the booming waiting period of the Xcent has definitely affected the Dzire sales – which was once the lone contender in sub-compact sedan arena. In one of the daily today the company advertised Dzire with heavy discount of 48 thousand – is it the 'Xcent effect'? The sub-4m meter space is getting crowded,Tata Zest launch is expected to happen in few months, Figo compact sedan will hit next year. Other manufacturer like VW and Nissan are also eying on this segment. Lets quickly compare the three in terms of pricing.
Ford introduces new 1.0-litre ECOnetic Engine to be used in nex-gen Ford Figo
Ford Motors has opened a new engine plant in Camacari, Brazil situated in Ford Northeast Industrial Complex. The plant was inaugurated on April 9th and is entitled to produce all-new 3-cylinder 1.0 liter ECOnetic petrol engine. The company has already started the production of the 1.0 liter ECOnetic motor that incorporates dual-command TiVCT (Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing). The motor will be used in the nex-gen Ford KA/Figo and Figo compact sedan (displayed at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo). This engine will also power the 'Blue Ovals' upcoming compact line-ups.
Ferrari to offer warranty for 12 years
Ferrari announces yet another first for an automotive manufacturer: extended warranty cover that offers peace of mind for owners of Ferraris up to the 12th year of the vehicle’s life*.
Tata Motors launches the all-new Aria at Rs 9.95 lakh
Tata Motors has silently launched the facelift version of its SUV Aria at Rs 9.95 lakh (Ex-showroom, Delhi). The updated Tata Aria now features projector headlamps, 'Aria' body decals, JBL Harman infotainment system, the all-new VARICOR 2.2 litre engine to name a few.
Honda Tapukara plant to produce new Jazz; Greater Noida to Mobilio
Honda's Noida facility will manufacture Honda Mobilio MPV, while the recently inaugrated plant in Tapukara will be making the new Honda Jazz. The company officials have declared that Mobilio will be produced in volumes of 45,000 units per annum at the Greater Noida plant. Apart from this, the company also seeks positive response from the Indian market reason being Mobilio MPV to will be the most fuel-efficient car in its category. Considerably, the new Honda MPV appears to offer a tougher competition as it will come powered by the same- 1.5-litre i-DTEC; frugal diesel engine also powers the Amaze and City, and both of these are rulers in their respective segments.
Mercedes- Benz CLA to arrive by end of 2014
Mercedes-Benz India will soon come up with another luxury defining premium sedan all new Mercedes Benz CLA, by the end of this year. The new CLA will be pitted against Audi A3 and BMW 1 Series sedans in India. The new CLA will be powered by both petrol and diesel engines. The diesel version is expected to be powered by a 2.2-litre engine producing max power of 107bhp and max torque of 250Nm. It returns an impressive mileage of 20kmpl. The petrol version gets a 1.6-litre engine that churns max power of 121bhp along with top torque of 200Nm. The petrol model returns mileage of 15-16kmpl. Also, an AMG version is expected to make its debut in India, which would be powered by a 2.0-litre engine developing 360bhp and 450Nm of outputs.
Fiat India getting aggressive with its products and expansion plans
Fiat India seem to be learning better market strategies, thereby striving hard to get hold of Indian auto sector. The Italian carmaker is all-set to launch three new vehicles this year in the country. The upcoming list of cars includes Fiat Avventura, Fiat Abarth 500 and Fiat Punto facelift. The brand in particular has not been able to show substantial growth pertaining to the fierce competition already existing in this market. Standing against brands like Maruti, Hyundai and Honda, is certainly not a cake walk for any brand to gain its share of market. But, Fiat India seem quite a potential in a way, as there are several merits that are attached with this brand. In terms of top-class engines and products representing impressive Italian craftsmanship, Fiat's class has not been replicated by any other brand in India.
Audi teases Q4 Concept ahead of 2014 Beijing Motor Show
Audi teases online about its upcoming new Q4 concept off-roader scheduled to hit the world at the upcoming Beijing Motor Show scheduled at the end of this month. The new SUV- crossover will sit in between the Q3 and Q5 and is christened as Q4. It is supposingly the Audi's fend to latest entrants BMW X4 and Porsche Macan.
Honda India considering Gujarat for its third manufacturing plant
Honda Cars India is soon planning to expand with its third manufacturing plant, and as per the reports generated, the company is considering Gujarat for the same. The reports further quotes that the company is showing interest in a 250 acre land parcel in Vithalapur. The site is close to Gujarat's industrial areas like Sanand and Hansalpur, the same place where Maruti Suzuki is set to come. This is further followed by two-wheeler maker Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI), that too bought a plot to set up a facility near Ahmedabad. The 200 acres of land costs around Rs 15-20 lakh an acre to HMSI.
Renault Koleos facelift review
Renault has undergone changes on its other SUV, the Koleos recently. We get our hands on the Koleos and find out how good it is. The Koleos hasn't taken off well, even though it is a brilliant product. It has the underpinnings of the Nissan X-Trail and shares the same powertrain too. Renault has upgraded the Koleos and we try our hands on this premium SUV from the French manufacturer. We drive it from Ooty to Bangalore and find out how well does it fare in the Nilgiris.
End of Xth Board Exam is certainly a reason for some celebration and a short holiday. Anyone whose child has written the Xth Board Exam will understand the logic. So that is how it came to be – a family holiday to enjoy the cool climate at Ooty with hope of wildlife sightings thrown in on the way back.
Source : CarDekho