This week was an action-packed one as there was the Beijing Motor Show, the fastest growing car market in the world. The Beijing Motor Show showcased several new concept cars and several were electric like the previous iteration. Bentley revealed its electric plans in Beijing and even other Chinese car makers showcased several of their upcoming products in the form of concepts, technology and production ready cars.
Volkswagen is all-set to introduce the facelift version of its Polo. This hatchback will now come with day-time running lamps and we can expect a change in its interiors too. A new diesel engine will power the Polo and this will be available as an automatic too. Hyundai too has plans to upgrade the Sonata. The coming months will exciting as we shall see a sea of new car launches too, several are aligned in May and June alone.
VW Polo facelift coming in September
Volkswagen has revealed the images of the facelift version of the Polo and this will make its way into India as well by September. The Polo model year 2014 has a upgrade with a redesigned bumper and headlamps with LED running lamps. The new Polo for India will also get a new engine too. This will be the 1.5-litre diesel engine and it will replace the current GT TDI with the 1.6-litre diesel engine.
Beijing Motor Show Gallery
China is one of the largest car markets in the world and all the major manufacturers are focusing on China. But the Chinese car market is huge and even the Chinese players are large enough to occupy a major chunk. So, the Beijing Motor Show showcased Chinese and European cars too. We could even see the American Jeep showcase its cars and even Lincoln for the first time was displayed in the Beijing Motor Show.
Tata to launch a new small car in sub-4 lakh bracket
Tata Motors is set to introduce a new small hatchback by 2015 in the range of Rs 3-4 lakh. This new car will be the company's latest B segment offering that will compete with the present segment leaders Hyundai i10 and Maruti Suzuki Wagon R. The new car will be based on the 'X0' platform; it is the same platform which underpins the Indica eV2.
Lamborghini introduces Aventador LP 700-4 Nazionale
Lamborghini introduced the Aventador LP 700-4 Nazionale at the ongoing Beijing Motor Show. The sports car is designed by the company's Ad Personam division, and it features a Bianco Opalis exterior. Considering the name it has received-Nazionale, the Italian word for “national”, it's not surprising to see the exteriors are painted with colors from Italian flag which is well suited with the overall white appeal of the car. The model also showcases red brake calipers, a transparent engine cover and 20/21- inch forged wheels with a titanium finish.
Exclusive: Renault to launch two new cars in 2015; Duster Facelift Soon
Renault India is one of the latest entrants in the Indian market, despite the fact, the company has grown tremendously and acquired 2.5 percent share of the Indian four wheeler space in a short span of two years. Duster is a crucial product for the company as it is being one of the reasons for this fast growth. Today, in an interview with us, Mr. Sumit Sawhney, MD and CEO, Renault India talked about their upcoming products and plans for Duster. He told us that Renault is planning to launch Duster 4X4 by 2014 end and the company is also planning to launch two new cars in 2015.
Mini unveils the Paceman at the Beijing Motor Show
The MINI Paceman has always offered athletic design and a sporty driving experience. Now with the unveiling of the new version at the Auto China Beijing show, there is even more on offer to appeal to design-conscious customers.
Mercedes-Benz reveals images of the Concept Coupe SUV
After announcing the launch of Concept Coupe SUV, Mercedes-Benz has npw revealed the images of this concept. The Stuttgart-based manufacturer now claims that this extremely sporty study impresses as a typical representative of the long-standing coupé tradition at Mercedes-Benz, with a flowing sideline, stretched cabin and striking radiator grille with central chrome louvre.
Hyundai to introduce the new Sonata in 2015
Hyundai introduced its all-new seventh-generation 2015 Sonata at the 2014 New York International Auto Show. Following the incredible success of the outgoing Sonata globally, the all-new generation offers a subtle look through a new Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language. Hyundai claims that the new Sonata has a stiffer body structure, better ride quality, reduced noise, vibration and harshness and advanced safety and convenience features. This new Sonata will be going on sale in the American and European markets by this spring and we can expect it come to India by the early 2015.
Volkswagen Jetta facelift coming in 2015
The Jetta and Passat were amongst the first Volkswagen products to make their way into India. They came with powerful and yet fuel-efficient engines. To carry forward the momentum, a new generation Jetta was introduced in 2011. Now, with an upgrade on the existing Jetta, we can expect the new Jetta to be launched sometime by early 2015 in India.
Ford EcoSport now comes with an optional DRL headlamps
Ford dealers are providing an optional Day-Time-Running-LED (DRL) headlamp cluster which features a continuous strip-LED. The signature headlamps costs approximately INR 14,000 a source said, DRLs can be fitted to all the existing EcoSport variants plus you can also get it replaced in the brand new one – all at dealer's end. The DRLs are 'in thing' nowadays, they looks snazzy plus improves the visibility of the vehicle in foggy weather.
Cars to be launched in May-June this year
Globally, automobile companies bring new vehicles, adorn facelifts, give offers, etc to propel their sales and the scenario is no different in one of the fastest growing car markets of the world, India. Most of the auto companies plan to launch new vehicles at selected time of a year which could be festive season or year end to gain maximum benefit from the market. However, there are other car makers as well that believe in their products more and launch vehicles at offbeat period of the year. In the same league, there are few cars lined-up that will be launched in the present quarter i.e. second quarter of 2014. This year, too, will witness several new vehicles arriving in each segment whether it may be SUV, Sedan, Hatchback or MPV. Lets take a look at the cars specifically coming in the next couple of months this year.
Tata Safari Storme Reliability Report
Tata Safari is the first premium SUV that India got. It has been a made for Indians by the Indians, as it was manufactured by the home-grown brand Tata Motors, back in 1998. Since, then the chassis has remained the same and now Tata has introduced the Safari Storme that is based on the X2 platform. We get our hands on the Safari Storme and find out how good it is in the long run. Read our reliability reports to understand more about the Safari Storme.
Source : CarDekho