The Fiat Linea has been refreshed and launched now, the pricing starts at Rs 6.99 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). The refreshed Linea does look stylish but the power ratings remain the same, and no change has been made to it.
On the other hand, the Geneva Motor Show has got several concepts and new cars, which are India-bound as well. The Lamborghini Huracan, the announced Jaguar XE will make it, the Nissan X-Trail, Juke could be another contender and the list keeps on going on.
Fiat Linea 2014 launched today. Prices start at Rs 6.99 Lakh
Fiat had introduced the Linea in 2009 and since then it is the first time that this sedan gets a facelift. The Linea 2014 gets a new fascia, with a new two bar grille and redesigned front bumpers. The ORVMs now get side indicators on them and even the rear gets a chrome treatment. The Linea 2014 has undergone a cosmetic change on the exterior.
Fiat Linea vs Honda City
Fiat India finally launches the facelift model of Linea at the starting price of Rs. 6.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The sedan is pitched against strong contenders likes Honda City, Hyundai Verna and Volkswagen Vento. As far as upgrades are concerned, the new Linea has received major updates to its interiors, while few tweaks to its exteriors. Whole of the revamp process has come out well, as the sedan now appears more appealing and all-set to show strong competition to its competitors. Lets make a brief comparison between the facelift Linea and Honda City.
Nissan showcases the new generation X-Trail
Built on the new, jointly-developed Renault-Nissan Alliance Common Module Family (CMF) platform, the new X-Trail is just as tough and accomplished as the previous generation model, but adds crossover style and efficiency, exciting design, innovative technology and exceptional comfort.
Lamborghini launches the Huracan at the Geneva Motor SHow
Automobili Lamborghini has showcased the with the newly developed Huracán LP 610-4, the successor to the Gallardo. Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini said: "With the Huracán, Lamborghini is writing the next chapter in its great history."
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.
Jeep Unveils 'Baby SUV' Renegade at the 84th Geneva Motor Show
Jeep unveiled a low cost entry level variant 'Renegade' into its lineup at the Geneva, the images of the 2015 Renegade compact SUV leaked couple of days before its global unveil at the motor show. This quirky looking SUV with full on JEEP DNA will hit the market by 2015 and will be produced at Melfi, Italy.
2014 Fiat Punto facelift spied, launch by mid-2014
CarDekho has been constantly informing you about Fiat's aggressive product and expansion plans for the Indian car market. The company has announced that it will launch 4 cars this year, out of which three were unveiled at the recently concluded Auto Expo. The Italian carmaker unveiled the facelifted Linea, Avventura crossover and its performance oriented Abarth500. Adding to the list, the company is all set to introduce the refurbished Punto hatchback, which is likely to make its debut by the mid-2014.
ARAI giving Special Consideration to Quadricycles; Might give clearance on 11th March
Quadricycle is not a familiar term in India, but ever since Bajaj introduced its RE60, a lot of has been written and spoken about it. Basically, a Quadricycle is a motorized light vehicle that is mostly used as a leisure vehicle. As far, the Quadricycles are not legal in India and therefore Bajaj is trying hard to get an approval on its much hyped Quadricycle. Our close sources in the industry confirmed that a meeting has been called by ARAI (Automotive Research Association of India) on 11th March to carry out the necessary amendments for the Quadricycles.
The 'AMT' success story Alto K10 to get automatic (AMT) by the end of 2014
Maruti is on a joy ride after the over expected demand for the recently launched hatch Celerio. The car debuted as India's first vehicle to be equipped with automatic manual transmission (AMT). Maruti calls it 'EZ Drive', the car is also the least expensive automatic in the country yet. Maruti has recored over 14,000 booking for the hatch and the best part is that more than half bookings were leaned towards the AMT version, finally Indians are accepting automatics!
Dismissal of criminal proceedings against Senior Porsche Executives
Porsche hereby announce that the criminal proceedings brought against its Senior Executives by its former local importer in India, Ashish Chordia of Precision Cars, have been dismissed.
Geneva Motor Show - Image Gallery
The Geneva Motor Show is one of the largest Motor Shows that is filled with several concepts and new models and this year was no less. We saw the Lamborghni Huracan, Toyota Aygo, Nissan Juke, Nissan X-Trail, Hyundai Intrado, Mclaren 650S Coupe and the Spider. The list is extremely long and hence, we have done a gallery special of the Geneva Motor Show to give the complete glimpse of this motor show.
Refreshed India bound sharper looking BMW X3 unveiled at Geneva
BMW unveiled meaner looking X3 at the ongoing 84th Geneva Motor Show. The changes are just not limited to cosmetic one, the refreshed X3 gets new 2.0 litre efficient turbo diesel motor. The car is expected to land in India later this year. BMW India is keen to bring this product asap as the rival Audi Q3 is getting on the nerves of X3 and also the updated engine powers plenty of cars in the BMW India lineup.
Mitsubishi showcased its three hybrid vehicles
Mitsubishi, the Japanese automaker has showcased its three new concept at the ongoing 84th Geneva Motor Show named as Concept AR, Concept GC – PHEV, and Concept XR-PHEV. First unveiled in the Tokyo Motor Show in November '13, the three concepts outlines the manufacturers innovative thinking in the field of hybrid segment.
All-new 2014 Tata Bolt- preview
Tata Motors India has unveiled the sporty and dynamic premium hatchback, Bolt which is intended to redefine the passenger car market in India. The new Bolt is set to usher in an all-new design philosophy, and as claimed by the company, it will offer segment-defining driving experience and high-tech infotainment system. There are three big highlights that Tata has implemented with the upcoming Bolt- DesignNext, DriveNext and ConnectNext. Tata's upcoming products are definitely made to exhibit technological advancement, be it with the interiors, engine or entertainment needs, all are going to be top notch. When it comes to the performance, as the name 'Bolt' signifies, the car has got best-in-class offerings for performance alongwith delivering impressive fuel efficiency. With the launch of Bolt in India, the hatch will directly compete against the likes of Hyundai Grand i10 and Maruti Swift. Well, looking at the names of competitors, it will certainly be not a cake walk for Tata's upcoming product in the passenger car segment. Tata has been keeping its audience on their toes in anticipation with the new Bolt's arrival. With expected launch by mid 2014, Tata Bolt prices are expect to be priced in between Rs. 4-5 lakh (ex-showroom).
Mercedes unveils coupe version of 'World's Best Car' S Class at Geneva
Mercedes-Benz world previewed the coupe version of the car which in company's words is 'best car in the world' – the S Class. This S500 Coupe will replace the Cl Class worldwide and will hit the market in second half of 2014. The car is based on the S Class Coupe Concept showcased at the 2013 Frankfort Motor Show.
Datsun Go Expert Review
India is one of the fastest growing car markets and majority are first-time buyers. This is one reason why entry-level hatchbacks are selling the most. However, in the A+ segment there aren’t many players except for Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai. One needs to have complete localisation to reach this segment and this is what Datsun also targets. Producing localised products designed and catering to the local market and even making them affordable. The GO is the first Datsun to be launched in India and it competes in the A+ segment. We get our hands on this hatchback and find out how good it is.
A day at Honda's new Tapukara manufacturing unit
Honda Cars India Limited (HCIL), a highly acclaimed brand in the Indian auto sector, is recognized severely among masses because of its stylish cars that tend to woo an individual with their charisma and grace. Already known, 2013 wasn't so kind for most of the auto-majors in India, but Honda has an all new different story to tell. When almost every auto company was striving for sales; the Japanese auto maker strike the right chord by launching Amaze, a mid-sized sedan, in April 2013, which dominated the first half of 2013 comprehensively. Then, in the second half of 2013, there came the unveiling of City saloon, for the first time ever in diesel fuel trim, that gave company's sales charts a new height of glory.