This week we witnessed three launches. First being of the Tata Movus, which is the replacement for Sumo Grande. This is a refreshed SUV from Tata Motors with a new engine and several new features. This is Tata Motors SUV between the Sumo Gold and the Tata Safari.
On the other hand, Toyota has introduced the Etios Cross in the market. This is a rugged looking Etios Liva, with the same ground clearance and similar engine options too. The Toyota Etios Cross will be available in three engine options. Also, we see the Chevrolet Enjoy Limited Edition as another new entrant. If you think you have missed out on all the action this week. We have our weekly news wrap-up for you.
Tata Motors launches Movus at 6.99 lacs
Tata Motors launched an all-new Tata Movus MUV (Multi-Utility-Vehicle). The base variant of the Movus is priced at INR 6.99 lacs (Ex-Showroom, New Delhi). The vehicle features the tried and tested 2.2 liter VARICOR engine from the Tata stable. The engine is already doing duty in Grande and in Safari & Aria range (though in different state of tune). MUV will offer plenty of space, higher fuel efficiency and easy city maneuvering and driveability. The Movus is based on the Grande and is an entry level utility vehicle from the home grown automaker.
Mahindra launches SsangYong Rexton RX6 variant at Rs.19.96 lakhs
Mahindra has launched a new variant for the SsangYong Rexton today, the ‘RX6’, with manual transmission and a host of features priced at Rs 19.96 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). The RX6 will be an addition to the existing model range of Rexton - RX5 and RX7. While the RX5 is the entry level variant with manual transmission, the RX7 is the top end variant with E-tronic automatic transmission with Mercedes Benz technology.
Toyota Etios Cross launched in India at Rs.5.76 lakhs
Toyota has launched the new Etios Cross today in India with prices starting from Rs 5.76 lakhs ex-showroom Delhi. Unveiled at the 12th Auto Expo in February, the Etios Cross will be the third member of the Etios family after Etios and Liva. The new Etios Cross will be available in three engine options - two petrol (1.5-litre and 1.2-litre) and one diesel (1.4-litre) and combines the rugged looks of an SUV with the easy drive, fuel efficiency and maneuverability of a hatchback.
Mercedes-Benz ML 63 AMG launch on 15th May
After the GL 63 AMG, it is now time for the ML 63 AMG to be launched. Mercedes-Benz will launch the ML 63 AMG on the 15th of May, 2014. This mid-size SUV is lighter than the GL and at the same time, it will be powered by the same 5.5-litre bi-turbo engine. The AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine with a maximum power output of 557bhp and maximum torque of 760 Newton metres will be the specifications for this SUV. This will be the new most powerful SUV in the Indian car market.
Renault-Nissan growing strongly towards its goal?
Nissan Group of India’s year-on-year sales indicated a healthy growth at 328% for the month of April in spite of tough market conditions. The company sold 5,301 vehicles in April 2014 as against 1,239 vehicles in April 2013.
Honda recalls more than 30,000 units of Brio and Amaze
Honda Cars India Ltd (HCIL) has announced a recall of 31,226 units on the selected variants of its compact sedan Amaze and hatchback Brio. The company will examine the 'proportioning valve' of non-ABS variants of Brio and non-ABS variants of petrol Amaze.
Chevrolet Enjoy turns one; Limited Edition launched
Chevrolet Enjoy was launched in May 2013 in the MPV-B segment, Enjoy has turned one and to commemorated this, General Motors India has launched – Chevrolet Enjoy 1st Anniversary edition. The special first birthday version is available for a limited period of time.
Jeep Cherokee 2014 soon available in European market
Jeep Cherokee is the mid-size Sport Utility Vehicle of the Jeep brand. The new Jeep Cherokee powered by the efficient 2.0-litre Multijet II turbo diesel engine in combination with the new nine-speed automatic transmission is making its début at the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show. This new Jeep could make its way into India too. As the Indian market prefers smaller and efficient engines, this will be the perfect fit for Indian buyers.
BMW introduces a M5 Jahre Edition
To celebrate 30 years of M5, BMW has created a special-edition of the current, fifth-generation model. The BMW M5 30 Jahre Edition (30 years of the M5) will be produced in a limited run of just 300 vehicles worldwide.
Carlos Ghosn tenure extended in Renault as Chairman CEO for next 4-years
The man behind the booming alliance - Renault-Nissan JV; chief operating officer of Renault and Nissan and chairman of the Russian auto group AvtoVAZ (better known as Lada automobiles) – Carlos Ghosn re-elected as chairman CEO of Reanult till 2017. Renault group has anounced that the Carlos Ghosn will be the CEO for the forthcoming 4-years. The decision was taken by the General Assembly and approved by 81.17% of the members. Ghosn extented his contract till decenber 2017. Renault, Nissan and their subsidiaries Dacia and Datsun all the four companies are doing wonders under one man - Carlos Ghosn.
Ford EcoSport booking resumed for all variants
Ford India has resumed the booking of Ford EcoSport, now all the variants of the 'Urban SUV' as they call it are open for booking! The company closed the booking for several variants lately due to enormous demand. Recently, the American manufacturer increased the production of the Ecosport at their plant in Chennai to crater the domestic needs. The sub-4m package, blistering price tag, plethora of features and gadgetry on board, head turning design and array of safety features EcoSport has it all – these are the reasons lying behind the success. The baby Ford SUV also repeated the status of its sibling Figo of being – India's most awarded vehicle, yet again.
Nissan to open separate showrooms for Datsun; 2014 Sunny and GO+ coming
Nissan has planned a separate route for its subsidiary brand Datsun from this fiscal year; the company will shortly start opening new dealership for Datsun within the forthcoming six to seven month. By the next three years' the Japanese auto maker expect for a completely separate dealership outlets for the two brands – Nissan and Datsun. "The Datsun brand is currently sold from Nissan showrooms but within this fiscal you may see separate showrooms for the Datsun," Nissan India Operations President Kenichiro Yomura told PTI. Datsun was revived nearly after three decades of sleep last year in New Delhi.
Next generation Skoda Fabia coming this year; What's so FAB in it?
Blessings to Fabia lovers, the third generation Skoda Fabia will see the light of the day in the month of October at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. The other sibling in the VW umbrella, the Polo has already made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show this year couple of months ago as a mid-life refresh. The premium hatchback space is ramping-up this year with almost entire line-up getting updated like the mid-life refreshed VW Polo, facelifted Maruti Suzuki Swift, highly updated FIAT Punto, nex-gen Hyundai i20, next generation Ford Figo/KA and new Tata Bolt.
Toyota Etios Cross Expert Review
With the growing market for compact SUV market, several manufacturers want to cash in this new segment and they are now introducing even a cross-country version of their existing hatchbacks. The first one to do so was Volkswagen with the Cross Polo, then Fiat and Toyota showcased their versions of the cross country. The latter will soon be introducing the new Etios Cross. We get our hands on this and find out how good it is.
Power with finesse - Volkswagen Vento TSI
Right from the early days of automotive technology development, there has been distinct fuel preference segmentation in the industry - gasoline (petrol) for light vehicles and personal vehicles viz. cars, SUVs and diesel for commercial vehicles viz. bus, trucks. Reason was simple: gasoline engines used to produce more power (specific power output for a given engine size) and diesel engines were more fuel efficient but suffered from tardy acceleration and lacked refinement. This situation persisted for many years but slowly diesel engines started gnawing at the dominance of gasoline engines in cars and SUVs application. An important development which provided the initial thrust was introduction of indirect injection diesel engines (IDI Diesel Engines) where a pre-combustion chamber was employed to reduce the harshness, vibration and unpleasant noise typical of such compression ignition engines as well as expand the engine speed (rotational) range for higher peak power.
Exquisite Volvo S60
If the cover of a book can be deceiving than beauty can be more misleading. Volvo's S60 is one such machine which demands all the attention it can get. In actuality is it worth the effort is something that we are here to find out.
Source : CarDekho