Toyota has just launched the Camry hybrid and it has priced it aggressively at Rs 29.75 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). The vehicle comes loaded with so many features and many of these aren’t even available on the regular Camry. Toyota has pulled it off well and this is also the first hybrid vehicle that is assembled in India.
The GL-Class is now assembled in India and this has helped Mercedes-Benz to reduce the cost by a good Rs 8-9lakhs. The company rolled out the first GL-Class this week from its Chakan plant. Nissan and Hyundai dealers have started taking pre-bookings for the Terrano and the Grand i10 respectively. We also speak to the Fiat Caffe owner in Bengaluru and to the Product head of Nissan India for their company’s respective plans.
Toyota Kirloskar Motor launches New Camry Hybrid
Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) today launched India’s first ever locally manufactured hybrid - The All New Camry Hybrid. The vehicle will be manufactured at a separate assembly line within TKM’s second plant located in Bidadi, near Bangalore, in Karnataka. Globally India is the 9th country to manufacture Toyota hybrid vehicles. The petrol Camry, the legendary cornerstone of Toyota brand, was first introduced in 2002, in India. In 2012, TKM began locally manufacturing the petrol Camry. Like its petrol counterpart, the New Camry hybrid is based on the 7th generation of the Camry.
Nissan’s global team designed the Terrano
With the launch of Nissan Terrano inching closer, we got an opportunity to speak to Mr Chikuya Takada and learn more from him about this new upcoming SUV. The platform for this SUV is shared with the already selling Renault Duster, we ask him about the new SUVs plan and what possibly lies in the future.
Hyundai updated Verna Sedan
The South Korean automaker, Hyundai India has silently updated its flagship sedan, Verna. The Verna with small updates are now available at the all the company's dealership across the nation. Hyundai has mostly updated the car's functional designs to further enhance the functionalities of the vehicle.
Nissan Dealers start taking pre-orders for Terrano
Japanese auto maker Nissan that officially unveiled the much awaited compact SUV Terrano on August 20th in India, is now all set to launch the vehicle by September end or early October. Although the official bookings are likely to start only early next month, Nissan dealers across the country have started taking pre-orders on their own. We spoke to a few dealers in Delhi, who are taking a sum of Rs. 51,000 to get the car booked. And when we spoke to our trusted sources about the pricing, they hinted at a starting price of Rs. 8.50 lakh for the entry level variant.
Volkswagen may unveil Taigun compact SUV at Frankfurt Motor Show?
Last year, the German auto major Volkswagen had unveiled its first compact SUV concept, the Taigun at the Sao Paulo Motor Show. If rumors are to be believed, the production version of the Volkswagen's new small crossover will be unveiled at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show. The vehicle will be launched in the Brazilian market by 2015-16.
Tata Motors considering VW-MQB type Advanced Modular Platform
The leading auto manufacturer, Tata Motors is working on a Volkswagen-like modular architecture strategy to develop a new range of passenger cars. The company aims to target the German giant and the other global giants, which are using the common platforms to develop their vehicles. The Indian manufacturer has an ambition to expand its foot prints in the global markets, and this strategy will certainly help it embark its ambitious passenger vehicle overhaul and international market expansion from 2014.
The next generation of Volvo design
The new Volvo Concept Coupé is the first of a series of three concept cars that reveal the design possibilities created by the company’s new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA). After more than a year of rising expectations, the first design by the new Senior Vice President of Design, Thomas Ingenlath, showcases how design builds emotion into the Volvo brand and points towards the next generation of Volvo models, starting with the forthcoming XC90 in 2014.
Hyundai Grand i10 bookings open at dealer level
India's second largest carmaker Hyundai Motors India has officially announced to launch the much anticipated Grand i10 in India on 3rd September, a week before its global debut at the 12th Frankfurt Motor Show, which is scheduled to start on 10th September. Hyundai will position the Grand i10 between the company's two top-selling hatchbacks i10 and i20. However, the company hasn't officially started the bookings of the car, several Hyundai dealers across the country have started taking pre-orders for the car. For instance in Delhi, we spoke to two different Hyundai dealers, who are taking a sum of Rs. 25,000- 40,000 to get the car booked. Whereas, a few Mumbai dealers too are taking pre-orders against the sum of Rs. 50,0000.
Diesel prices to be hiked by Rs. 4-6 per litre
The regular depreciation in Rupee value against Dollar has made imports costlier, which directly increases the prices of the essential products. As the rupee breaches to 68-mark against dollar, one more bad news is on the way for the car owners. The decline of Rupee and strengthening global oil prices, have increased India's crude oil import bills, hence it seems like the diesel and petrol prices are soon going to touch new heights.
Ferrari organises an Iconic Rally
Ferrari hosted over 60 owners and admirers of its mythic sports cars on a rally from New York’s Battery Park to Bridgehampton on the East End of Long Island, with the ultimate destination being the Bridgehampton Polo Club to celebrate the season closer and the gathering of these exceptional Ferrari models. The rally began on the southern most tip of Manhattan and took a northern route through the city, Times Square, Central Park South and over the Queensboro Bridge before pointing toward Long Island.
Renault-Nissan alliance may launch Micra based compact sedan?
In the past one year, we saw car manufacturers aiming the compact sedan segment, populated by the Honda Amaze, Maruti Swift Dzire and the Tata Indigo eCS. Hyundai is working on a compact sedan based on the upcoming Grand i10, and now reports are coming that Renault-Nissan alliance could launch a sedan based on the Pulse and Micra hatchbacks.
Infiniti Q30 Concept clear picture revealed ahead of Frankfurt debut
Infiniti has released the first ever clear picture of the Q30 Concept, which will have its world premiere at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. It will be Infiniti's next big product into new premium segments. The Infiniti Q30 Concept has a contemporary design vision for a compact Infiniti vehicle, which will target a new generation of premium customers.
Joe King Appointed as Head of Audi India
Joe King has been appointed as the Head of Audi India, effective September 1st, 2013. He takes over from Michael Perschke who will move as Head of Network Strategy and Business Management, international level, at AUDI AG.
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class now costs Rs 72.58 lakh
Mercedes-Benz has begun the production of the GL-Class in India. The Chakan plant of Mercedes-Benz India is the company's second plant in the world to make the GL. The other plant is the Tuscaloosa, USA.
First privately owned Fiat Caffe opens in Bengaluru, we speak to the dealer principal
Fiat India has opened the third cafe in Bengaluru and this is the first-time that the company has opened a privately owned Caffe. The other major difference in this Caffe is that it will serve alcohol and European cuisine food too, instead of Lavazza Coffee and sandwiches. We get a chance to speak to the owner for the Caffe and understand his view points, as KHT Fiat Caffe is the second largest Fiat dealership in India from a sales point of view, and probably one of the best when it comes to service. We speak to Adit Morzaria and ask him a few questions.
Volkswagen Cross Polo Vs Competition- Will it make any difference?
Volkswagen has launched its much anticipated muscular version of the smart looking Polo, Volkswagen Cross Polo on 22nd August, 2013 in the Indian auto market. With the launch of Volkswagen Cross Polo, another version is added to the Polo line up which sits above the top of the line diesel Highline variant. Cross Polo already sells in Europe and its introduction in India presents very faint chance to German carmaker to up its sales.
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Expert Review
The E-Class has been the best selling vehicle for Mercedes-Benz, and the Stuttgart-based manufacturer could not have delayed the launch of the facelift version especially when it has gone all aggressive with its new product strategy.
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