Festive season is around the corner and many carmakers are coming up with refreshed versions of their best-selling vehicles to spruce up the occasion. 2018 Skoda Rapid gets a new edition named Onyx at a price of Rs.9.75 lakh. The same design language which went into the making of Octavia Onyx is seen on this edition as well. With few cosmetic updates on the interiors and exteriors, this new version of the C-segment sedan looks distinct from the outgoing model.
Jeep launched Compass Limited Plus, the top spec variant of their best-selling SUV Compass in India at a price of Rs.21.07 lakh (Ex-showroom Delhi). The new variant comes at a premium of one lakh than the Limited (O) variant.
Tata Nexon, the subcompact car from India’s very own carmaker was launched an year ago. The model had received an overwhelming response from car lovers and still continues to be the company’s best-selling vehicle with average monthly sales of around 4000 units.
India’s own SUV maker Mahindra & Mahindra has launched Marazzo, an MPV (Multi-Purpose Vehicle) to take on the rivalry of leading vehicles in the market like Toyota Innova Crysta, Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and Tata Hexa. The 7 seater/8-seater vehicle is offered in four variants with introductory prices ranging between Rs.9.9 lakh and Rs.13.90 lakh (Ex-showroom Delhi) for which bookings have already begun.
BMW has added a new M Sport edition to the BMW X1 sDrive20d variant in India priced at Rs.41.50 lakh (Ex showroom India).
Audi launched special design editions of Audi Q3 and Q7 in India at Rs.40.76 lakh and Rs.82.37 lakh respectively. The new design editions get cosmetic tweaks on the exteriors while their interiors receive additional equipment
The entry of the Maserati Ghibli dates back to 2014 and was then introduced in the midsize luxury sedan segment. The 2014 Ghibli was offered with a turbocharged Six-cylinder engine satisfying both luxury and performance equally. The latest, 2018 Ghibli gets a little cosmetic adjustment from Maserati which is appealing in all its senses.
Tata owned Jaguar Land Rover India (JLR India) launched two new petrol variants of their best-selling SUV Range Rover earlier this week. The 2018 version of Range Rover and the Range Rover Sport with more loaded features are the new comers. Both these luxury cars are tagged at a price range of Rs.99.5 lakh to 1.96 Cr in India.
Mitsubishi finally launched the all new outlander in India at a price range starting from Rs.31.54 lakh. It took almost 6 years for Mitsubishi to finally come up with a vehicle and it is a SUV. The Outlander was previously launched as a facelift in the international market in 2015 but it took a while to reach the Indian market.
Mercedes-Benz has a very peculiar sense of designing for all its series of vehicles. The E-Class like other class models of Mercedes-Benz does stand apart for its style of designing. This car received good appeal among the young buyers in the country ever since its debut.
2017 was definitely a good year for the brand JEEP in India as it made its debut in the country with three robust SUVs. The Jeep Wrangler, Grand Cherokee, Grand Cherokee SRT and the Jeep Compass are the ones you may recall. Next expected is Jeep Renegade that could be launched any time soon in the country.
Bentley launched the Bentayga in India in the year 2016. Back then, it was a W12 petrol engine and was claimed to be the fastest SUV of its time. Two years past its debut, Bentley has come up with a less powerful version of the same powered by a V8 petrol engine. The former was priced at Rs. 3.85 crore while the latter is priced at Rs. 3.78 crore (ex-showroom) in India.
Hyundai India launched the CVT transmission of their best seller hatchback Elite i20 in two variants namely Magna Executive and Asta. Priced at Rs.7.04 lakh and Rs.8.16 lakh respectively, these two trims fall below the competitors in the segment making them the most affordable of the lot.
2018 has had many car launches so far and Audi couldn’t just fall back in the race. Maintaining its lead in the market, the German Car Manufacturer has launched the second generation RS 5 Sports Coupe at a price of Rs 1.10 crore (ex-showroom) in India. The RS 5 is a debut entry into the coupe style design of new generation A5 in India.
Hyundai Creta made its first appearance in the Indian market three years ago. The vehicle grabbed a lot of attention back then. Thanks to the company’s designer team who rendered the vehicle its stunning style and rigid design!
Honda has commenced production of 2018 Honda Amaze at their Tapukara plant in Rajasthan. The second generation model is expected to launch on May 16th when these cars have begun being manufactured at the company’s manufacturing unit.
BMW has launched its much awaited third generation BMW X3 in India starting at Rs.49.99 lakh for (xDrive 20d Expedition) for the expedition variant and Rs.56.70 lakh (xDrive 20d Luxury Line) for the luxury line. The X3 is among the most promising models in the SUV lineup of BMW. The company’s plant at Chennai, where the 20th anniversary was celebrated, reportedly has already begun manufacture and assembly of the new generation X3.
Mercedes-Benz India launched the GLS Grand Editions of GLS 400 and GLS 350d recently in Petrol and Diesel variants respectively. Apparently, both these trims are priced at Rs.86.90 lakh each (Ex-showroom) that is, four lakhs costlier than the outgoing version.
Bentley has pulled its wraps off the new Bentley Continental GT3 Race car and is expected to be available by the year 2020.
When Tata launched its most awaited car Nexon in the compact SUV segment last year, the response was overwhelming. The company has now launched yet another variant under this car, Tata Nexon XZ.
A new Platinum Edition of Toyota Etios has been launched by the company with more features than the outgoing model. This limited edition comes available in both trims- petrol variants priced at Rs.7.84 lakh and diesel variants priced at Rs.8.94 lakh (Both ex-showroom prices, Delhi).
Hyundai let out a teaser of their all new electric SUV, Kona that is about to make its global debut at the Geneva Motor Show. The compact SUV was unveiled last year and the fully electric version will be launched in the second half of 2018 in US. However, the details and specifications of Kona will be officially made available at the end of this month.
India’s largest car maker Maruti Suzuki is all set to create news once again with the largest vehicle display at the Auto Expo 2018. This time, the company has set up a massive pavilion of 4200 square meters, built on the theme of ‘Transformotion’. Through this theme, Maruti Suzuki intends to show their transformation towards developing innovative ideas, design and technology that usher the consumers to a whole new level of future.
Auto Expo 2018 is just round the corner with various carmakers planning to unveil new models. Toyota isn’t behind either and this time; they have a premium sedan Yaris from their global portfolio, that’s getting ready to be unveiled at the upcoming show.
Tata Power opened up two more new Electric vehicle charging stations at two shopping malls in the metro city of Mumbai. The first EV charging station by the company was installed in Vikhroli last year. With the country planning to have an all-electric car fleet by 2030, these additional stations have been installed by Tata Power at the Palladium Mall in Lower Parel and Phoenix Market City in Kurla. The company also has plans to install two more in the business areas of Bandra-Kurla Complex and along Western Express Highway in Borivali in another few weeks.
India’s leading carmaker Maruti Suzuki is expected to launch the most awaited version of their best-selling model Swift at the Auto Expo 2018. Upon launch, the third generation Maruti Suzuki Swift will lock horns with Hyundai Grand i10, Volkswagen Polo GT TSI and Ford Figo Sport. While bookings have already begun for this model across various company dealerships at a token amount of Rs.11000, spied images of the same have been circulating online.
Indian Automobile Industry under SIAM proposes to the government to have only two GST rates for passenger vehicles instead of multiple ones. The SIAM (Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers) recently highlighted this request amongst few suggestions they were planning to present in the upcoming Union Budget 2018-19.
Volvo launched their premium SUV, XC60 in a new avatar at a price of Rs.55.90 lakh. The second generation model appears in only one variant named Inscription and is based on the company’s in-house developed SPA platform.
Jaguar Land Rover launched their much anticipated SUV offering, Range Rover Velar in India at a starting price of Rs.78.83 lakh. Bookings for this vehicle had already begun in the beginning of this month. The Tata Motors owned company has now officially revealed the prices of the different variants of this particular model that has its base variant priced at Rs.78.83 lakh and top end variant at Rs.1.37 crore.
Leading Auto companies recorded double digit sales in India last month in contrary to the sales in October. Top car makers Maruti Suzuki and Toyota were the major gainers along with Ford, Hyundai, Tata Motors and M&M to follow.
• Toyota Vios sedan to reach India by 2018
• The Indian spec model could feature a Diesel trim with CVT gearbox
• Vios to challenge Hyundai Verna and Honda City
Tata Motors is all set to launch the electric version of their small car Nano in a new brand name Neo, by joining hands with Coimbatore based JayemAutomotives. In March, the two companies had entered into a joint venture to produce special vehicles in the country.
• Mahindra Scorpio 2017 -the most powerful Scorpio ever launched
• Price begins at Rs.9.97 lakh ranging to Rs.16.01 lakh
• Gets plenty of updates inside and outside
• Mercedes Benz launches AMG GLA 45 and CLA 45
• Facelift versions also get a new Aero Edition
• Both cars get 19-inch alloy wheels and other cosmetic updates
• Both models are powered by 2L Bi-Turbo Petrol engine
• Renault Captur launched in India at a starting price of Rs.9.99 lakh
• Company’s new flagship model is built on the MO platform as the Duster
• Has many new first in-segment premium features
• 2017 Ford EcoSport launched in five variants
• Available in new Dragon Series Petrol engine
• ARAI certified fuel efficiency of 17kmpl(Petrol) and 23kmpl(Diesel)
Indian Automobile Industry has been growing tremendously year after year, as more and more auto companies unveil new cars and SUVs. Last couple of months had displayed one of the finest car launches ever witnessed in the global industry. It can thereby be presumed that coming months have more in store for the Indians in terms of exceptional vehicle launches.
• M&M launches a new feature loaded variant- W9 of XUV500
• W9 priced at Rs.15.45 lakh
• This could be M&M’s answer to Jeep Compass
• Edition C of Mercedes Benz C-class launched at a starting price of Rs.42.45 lakh
• Three models of C-class Avantgarde receive the new trim
• Edition C rivals BMW 3-series, Audi A4 and Volvo S60
Maruti Suzuki launched an Utsav edition for Alto 800, their popular tiny hatchback on account of the festive season. Not all variants, but the VXi(O) trim that gets this special edition priced at Rs.3.94 lakh. This price is around Rs.20000 (for the accessory kit) more than the outgoing VXi(O) variant. Alto 800 is a vehicle that hasn’t seen much of an upgrade in the recent past, yet managed to remain as one of the best sellers from the company.
Mahindra and Mahindra announce petrol heads have to wait a year more for the all new G4 SsangYong Rexton. That's disappointing, of course. The carmakers say they need to make a machine that predicts the future of their product in a cost perspective.
As per dealer reports, Toyota Kirloskar India is about to launch the TRD Sportivo variant of the Fortuner in the Indian market. However, we will have to wait until they declare the official launch date after which deliveries of the SUV will begin. The new Fortuner expected to be priced at around Rs.30 lakh, appears trimmed but not shaved and looks exactly like a saber tooth. The company has made the Fortuner switch its expression by giving sharper details like an extended chin, black grille and headlamps.
Tata Motors launched the limited edition Tiago Wizz in the country at a price of Rs.4.52 lakh for the Petrol variant and Rs.5.30 lakh for the Diesel variant (both ex-showroom prices, Delhi).
Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari warned the automobile industry to come up with advanced technology to develop vehicles using alternative fuels instead of petrol and diesel. He also pointed out that he wanted the pollution and import bill to be reduced in the country. At the 57th annual event organized by SIAM to discuss on various programmes for the Automobile Industry, the Transport Minister clearly warned the auto makers that without choice, they will have to move to production of vehicles that run on electricity, bio-diesel, ethanol and compressed natural gas; else he will bulldoze the existing fuel setup completely that is polluting the country. He also added that the government has a crystal clear policy to reduce the import bills of crude oil and arrest pollution to a great extent.
Indian Automobile market seems to be going through ups and downs post GST. India’s leading carmaker Maruti Suzuki has managed to remain as the topper with Hyundai and Mahindra to follow. Few companies like Toyota and Ford had considerable decline in sales owing to the drop in export figures while the hike in prices of luxury cars post GST and delayed production contributed to the drop in sales of passenger cars altogether. Let us take a look at the sales figures across different segments:
Gone are the days when customization was done only on high end luxury vehicles. Maruti Suzuki had launched their iCreate personalization concept for Vitara Brezza for the first time. After the success on this popular model, the carmaker has decided to introduce the concept on their best-selling hatchback, Swift too.
Indian Government is on the move to curb pollution levels in the country taking measures at various levels. The latest one to hear is the mandatory requirement of a valid PUC (Pollution under Control) certificate for insurance renewal. The Honourable Supreme Court under a bench headed by Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Deepak Gupta released an order stating that all vehicles in the Delhi-NCR should have a valid PUC certificate to get the insurance renewed annually.
The most anticipated SUV of the year, Jeep Compass was officially launched in India on July 31st 2017. Being a locally assembled SUV from Jeep was one of the reasons that paved way for excitement towards this launch. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles had launched two vehicles from the same brand last year, but with a heavy price owing to the fact that they reached India through the CBU route. As a result, these vehicles did not fare well in the Indian market. This was when the company announced its decision to locally manufacture an SUV for retailing not just in India, but also exporting to all right hand drive markets. Now, the wait has come to an end and Jeep Compass rolls out with an affordable price tag with all components of a premium SUV.
Launched two years ago, Bajaj Qute was exported to various countries outside India while it was restricted for sale here considering its lack of safety. But now, according to reports from sources, Bajaj Auto seems to have confirmed its launch in the country. It has been a long fight for the company against various Public Interest Litigations in concern of safety measures adopted on this tiny car. However, it is understood that the company is positive on the launch of Qute in India by the year end.
Over the last few days, India has witnessed some of the best launches in the sub compact SUV segment. The latest to join the bandwagon is Tata Nexon which is about to be launched soon in the country. Though a bit late for the party, the Indian carmaker seems to have pumped up this upcoming SUV with a plethora of first in segment features. Let us do the detailing one by one here:
Tygr, a Kolkata-based cab service planner, and provider is trying to take a new step and bring a change in the cab service sector in Mumbai city. The founder and CEO of Tygr, Mr. Aditya Poddar said they are planning to introduce the concept of two wheeler taxis in the city. If the rules of the state allow, the company plans to start the same as soon as possible. Tygr approached Mumbai city initially with 5000 new cabs on roads. The field is already under control of giants like, Ola and Uber, which made Tygr approach the city with something new.
It’s raining discounts at the Indian Automobile Industry with vehicles being sold at rock bottom prices. A couple of days back, before GST came to force on July 1st, auto makers were offering discounts to customers as part of clearing stocks. Post GST implementation, the prices of most vehicles have come down and as a result the car makers are willing to share the benefits to the customers and have once again announced huge discounts on various models.
While the launch of 2017 Hyundai verna is awaited by many in India, the Korean carmaker has officially let out a teaser of the same to amuse these enthusiasts. From this, few details have been revealed though not all of them. The facelifted mid-size sedan was launched in China last year. But the Indian spec model will resemble Hyundai Solaris that was unveiled in Russia earlier this year and not the China one. Hyundai verna 2017 will be manufactured at the company facility in Chennai from where it will also be exported to other global markets. The launch is expected to be in the month of August this year.
Korean automaker Kia has unveiled their upcoming subcompact SUV, Stonic. This happens days after their sister concern Hyundai lifted the veil over their new subcompact SUV Kona in the international markets. While automobile enthusiasts are still pondering over the most common questionwhether this comes as an answer to Hyundai, here are a few things that have been shared on this newly revealed small SUV.
Nissan Micra 2017 has been launched in the country with cosmetic upgrades while the mechanicals remain the same. Despite the fact that this model isn’t the Gen5 one that was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, the new 2017 Micra does have a few tweaks to show off on its exteriors as well as the interiors. The updated hatchback that comes in both petrol and diesel trims is available at prices ranging from Rs.5.99 lakh to Rs.7.23 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
German Carmaker Volkswagen launched its international best seller SUV, Tiguan in India at a starting price of Rs.27.68 lakh (ex-showroom Mumbai). Tiguan is the second SUV to reach India after Touareg which was discontinued due to low sales volumes. However, it also comes with a lower price tag compared to the phased out model and competes against the likes of Toyota Fortuner New, Skoda Kodiaq, Isuzu MU-X and Ford Endeavour.
MU-X, A new SUV from Isuzu Motors India was launched in India on Thursday replacing the MU-7 from their Indian line-up. This robust utility vehicle comes in two variants- a 4x2 variant priced at Rs.23.99 lakh and 4x4 variant at Rs.25.99 lakh (Both Ex-showroom Delhi). The MU-X shares its platform with the new-generation D-Max and rivals against the likes of Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour. The MU-X had conquered the global market until March 2017 after which a facelifted version of the same was launched there. The facelift MU-X will reach India in another year or so, depending on how good the Indian markets welcome this model here.
Maruti Suzuki has geared up for the launch of its most popular sub compact sedan, the 2017 Dzire in India on May 16th. The company dealerships have officially started to accept bookings for the same at a token amount of Rs.11,000. There is also an option for customers who have already booked the outgoing model to upgrade it to the third generation Dzire.
German Automaker, Volkswagen launched a limited edition of their popular hatchback Polo GT named as Polo GT Sport. This sports model is available in two variants, TDI and TSI at a price of Rs.8.70 lakh and Rs.8.77 lakh (Both prices Ex-showroom Delhi). Priced at Rs.20000 more than the existing models, the sports duo comes tweaked with few changes on the exteriors as well as the interiors.
Hyundai India recently launched the facelift version of their subcompact sedan Xcent in the country at a starting price of Rs.5.38 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). Xcent was first introduced in 2014 based on the design of Grand i10, but this time it gets a proper facelift with a host of changes compared to the existing model. The prices begin at Rs.5.38 lakh for petrol trims and range upto Rs.6.28 lakh for diesel trims (both ex-showroom prices, Delhi).
As performance segment cars have been marking their presence in India, Polestar, the performance brand of Volvo too makes its big entry here with its S60 Polestar launched at Rs.52.50 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). Volvo, a brand popular with sedans and cross country vehicles launched the 2017 iteration of the S60 Polestar in the country with improved engine and cosmetic upgrades.
As India readies itself to receive the luxury SUV-Jeep Compass, here is a quick insight into the few specifications which makes it distinct from its rivals. The American luxury carmaker is all set to launch this Indian made SUV in August and has let out the video teaser of the same. Even though there isn’t anything new to be revealed in the video, there is a reminder fact that this luxury vehicle comes at a price which makes it the most affordable SUV in the Jeep India portfolio. Thanks to the company facility at Ranjangaon which made this possible. The prices are expected to range between Rs.20 lakh to Rs.25 lakh and will compete against Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, Toyota Fortuner and SsangYong Rexton upon launch.
April 2017 witnessed the Supreme Court ban of sale/registration on all new BS-III vehicles across India thereby allowing only BS-IV vehicles to go on sale. This initiative was begun in 2000 by the Government of India by introducing Bharat Stage Emission norms (BS) to curb the rising pollution levels in the country. Now, the launch of BS-IV vehicles is followed by yet another move, the launch of BS-IV graded fuel in the country.
India welcomes Tata Tigor, the sub four meter sedan from Tata Motors. This car has been officially termed as a Styleback, resembling a notchback design with the extended boot space that hatchbacks usually don’t offer. With its launch around a price range of Rs.4.5 lakh- 6 lakh, the Tata Tigor will be the most affordable car in India from the subcompact segment. Even though it is developed on the brand’s Impact Design Philosophy and based on the Tiago hatchback, the presence of an extended boot space and few notable added features and options keep it unique from every other sub compact cars seen in the country.
After years of wait, Toyota has finally brought its luxury car brand Lexus to India. The brand has made its Indian debut with the launch of three new models of which two are hybrid vehicles. The hybrid SUV RX comes in two variants, RX 450h and RX Fsport priced at Rs.1.07 and 1.09 crore respectively, while the price of SUV LX 450d (Diesel only) which is the top end model hasn’t been officially announced yet. However, it is expected to be priced around Rs.2.30 crore. The hybrid sedan ES 300h is priced at Rs.55.27 lakh. All above mentioned prices are ex-showroom prices in Delhi. The three cars which were launched are extremely high in price while comparing it to its rivals in India owing to the currency difference from Yen to INR as they are being imported as CBU units all the way from Japan.
Porsche India launched an All-wheel Drive Panamera Turbo in the country with price ranging from Rs.1.93 crore to Rs.2.05 crore (Ex-showroom Maharashtra) where there will be an executive version too for this model. The German sports car maker introduced the second generation Turbo with plenty of cosmetic upgrades on the vehicle as a whole. Engine, transmission, chassis and the design has gone for a complete transformation to provide it the looks of a sports car while maintaining the comfort of a luxury saloon.
Honda Cars India launched their much awaited cross over, Honda WR-V yesterday in India. The price ranges from Rs.7.75 lakh to Rs.8.89 lakh for petrol trim and Rs.8.99 lakh to Rs.9.99 lakh for Diesel trim (ex-showroom Delhi). Both the trims are available in two variants named S and VX.
Honda WR-V (Winsome Runabout Vehicle), the sub compact crossover was unveiled at the 2016 Sao Paulo Motor Show in Brazil. Now, Honda is about to launch the same here in the country on March 16th, 2017. As WR-V rolls here, India will earn the name for being the first country to produce and launch it in the world. Previously named as the Jazz Twist, this crossover is based on the company’s best seller Honda Jazz but is slightly longer and taller than the latter.
Maruti Suzuki launched the Baleno RS (Road Sport for Maruti Suzuki) in India on 3rd March 2017, making their first step into the hot-hatch segment introducing Suzuki Booster jet engines in India. It gets a fairly new design compared to the outgoing model with a host of features that accentuate the sportier look of the vehicle. Aggressively priced at Rs.8.69 lakh (Ex-Showroom, Delhi), the New Baleno RS openly challenges its rivals, Fiat Abarth Punto and Volkswagen Polo GT.
Toyota Kirloskar India recently launched the facelift version of their successful model Camry in India with minor cosmetic updates. This hybrid sedan, developed on the company’s Hybrid Synergy Drive technology made its debut four years ago. The 2017 Camry is priced at Rs.31.98 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) and boasts of more features compared to its previous generation.
Last month, Mercedes Benz launched two limited edition hatchbacks, fondly named as the Night Edition of the A-class and B-class in India. The luxury carmaker that launched almost 16 models in 2016 seems to have more surprises in 2017. Both the A-class and B-class night editions are limited to just 100 units each. Targeting the younger generation in particular, both these cars are available in two variants each with cosmetic touches for a sportier appeal.
Jaguar XF made its Indian debut way back in 2009 as imported units. Later in 2016, when the updated version of XF was launched globally, the company also decided to manufacture the premium sedan locally and roll it out to the Indian market increasing its portfolio here. Now the day has come and Jaguar Land Rover India has launched the Indian Jaguar XF at a base price of Rs.47.50 lakh (Ex-showroom New Delhi) which is two lakhs lesser than the imported model.
German Carmaker Audi launched the A4 Diesel variant in India on Monday at Rs.40.2 lakh (Ex-Showroom Delhi). It carries the same design and features as the Petrol variant that was launched in September 2016.
Hindustan Motors has signed an agreement with Peugeot, selling Ambassador Brand and certain related rights at a sum of Rs.80 crore. It also said that the proceeds of the sale will be used to clear all pending dues of employees and lenders.
Among the recent silent launches happening in the nation, German Carmaker Audi too joined the bandwagon by introducing the facelift version of A3 Cabriolet into the market. Apparently, A3 Cabriolet was first launched in the year 2014. While the Audi A3 sedan and A4 Diesel was being expected to be launched soon, the entry of the Cabriolet facelift was indeed a surprise.
Toyota launched the All New Etios Liva in a dual tone with price starting at Rs.5.94 lakh. It is available in both Petrol and Diesel variants priced between Rs.5.94 lakh to Rs.6.44 lakh for Petrol and Rs.7.24 to Rs.7.61 lakh for Diesel (ex-showroom Mumbai).
Honda City 2017, one of the most anticipated cars of this new year is all set to be launched on the 14th of February. The best seller sedan that once ruled the Indian streets had lost its market in its course, due to an array of new launches in the country. Honda expects to win back the market share with this facelift model and therefore planned to enter India well ahead of the launch of its rivals. The Honda City facelift that made its global debut in Thailand last month has chosen Valentine’s Day as the right day to enter the Indian market. Honda has begun to accept bookings for the same at a token amount of Rs.21,000 through its nationwide dealerships.
Last week, Maruti Suzuki silently launched a limited edition car, their last update on the present generation Swift Dzire. With just months left for the 2017 Swift Dzire to be launched in the country, the existing model was given a final update in the form of an add-on package and named Allure. Hence this limited edition that is available in all existing variants will get only cosmetic tweaks for a premium appeal while mechanicals remain the same as the selected trim. Apparently, the model is yet to reach all dealerships across the country after which it will be available only for a limited period in all colours as the existing Swift Dzire.
Wagon R VXI Plus was launched recently in the country at a price ranging from Rs.4.69 lakh- Rs.5.36 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). This new variant addition to its existing Wagon R portfolio has stirred those souls who wished for more from this tall boy. With the same design, the Stingray model VXi Plus has a lot more to offer than the existing variants.
Maruti Suzuki India raised prices across their entire line-up of vehicles at a scale of Rs.1500 to Rs.8014 with immediate effect. However, their new offering Ignis has been excluded from this price hike which was said to have been initiated due to the price hike in commodities, transportation and administrative costs. All other vehicles sold through both Maruti Suzuki and Nexa outlets will be subjected to this increase in price.
The ever successful Mercedes Benz E- class sedan in its fifth generation model will roll on Indian roads in February 2017. It had gone on global sale last year and now it is time for us to welcome this new styled best seller here in the country. The fourth generation E-class which was launched in 2013 claimed over 2000 updates at that time thereby setting high expectations for all the upcoming vehicles from Mercedes.
Nissan launched its popular mid-size sedan, 2017 Sunnyin India in a new style on January 17 this year. Prices begin at Rs.7.91 lakh (ex- showroom Delhi) for this C-segment sedan which comes with an earthly new shade and a handful of cosmetic changes. The new Sandstone Brown exterior colour accompanied with chrome door handles and an optional all-black interior with new upholstery adds splendour to the 2017 model. However, it is still available in other existing shades as well.
Sony India launched their new product XAV-AX100, an In-car audio system that not only plays music, but also navigates, communicates and enables smart driving through voice control or touch panel control. The XAV- AX100 is compatible with Android Auto and Apple Car play which is a common feature on almost all vehicles launched recently. Navigation has not been enabled for Car Play in India though.
Honda Mobilio was revealed earlier this week at the company’s Indonesian website ahead of its global launch. Images have disclosed the cosmetic changes undergone by the car and it does look impressive. It looks like a good deal of effort has been taken by Hondato enhance the looks of Mobilio. Being a mid-cycle upgrade, this MPV does not have much to claim in terms of modifications. Yet, whatever has been done has definitely given the Mobilio a decent facelift.
With more than a dozen cars launched last year in India, Mercedes Benz does not seem to take a break. The International luxury car maker has revealed their latest facelift GLA 45 at Detroit Auto Show recently and is expected to launch in India soon.
Since its launch in 2014, i10 has been that popular car which won the hearts of millions across the nation. With a commendable increase in sales volume, the Grand i10 managed to maintain the momentum even without any changes on its overall appearance. But when Hyundai decided to give it a facelift and premiered it at the Paris Motor Show 2016, the wait for its Indian launch naturally began.
Maruti Suzuki has launched the New Swift 2017 in Japan and it is just months away to the Indian launch. It is expected to reach India in the second half of 2017 and there has been some real buzz about it for quite some time now.
The unique and most loved car since 2005 has chosen a new avatar for the 2017 launch and is being awaited by the enthusiasts all over.
• Launch on 18th January 2017 and deliveries to commence immediately after launch
• Bookings already on for Tata Hexa at a token amount of Rs.11,000
• MPV available in six variants to be priced between Rs.13-18 lakh
•Tata Hexa will compete with Mahindra XUV 500and Toyota Innova Crysta
Skoda Kodiaq, the upcoming 2017 SUV is claimed to possess all attributes of the true Skoda rendering vigour, agility and performance fused with the best of technology in its interiors. It comes as a standard five seater with an optional row of additional seats behind. Kodiaq challenges the competitors with its huge boot space at 2065 litres in the five seater arrangement.
Next time you want to buy a car, you may have to find a parking space for the same as the Union Government has proposed for a new rule that will make it mandatory for all new car owners in Delhi to have a parking space for their vehicle. If implemented, the rule will demand a certificate from the nearby police station after a physical verification by the transport department that proves parking space availability for your new vehicle. Only then can the vehicle registration be done. In short, if you don’t manage to have a parking lot, you will not be able to register the vehicle.
• All New MINI Clubman launched in India at Rs. 37.90 lakh
• Clubman is MINI’s longest model in their entire range of vehicles
• The 4 seater arrives in India as CBU(Completely Built Up)units and promises a top speed of 228kmph
• Renault Kwid and Datsun Redi GO face recall over a faulty fuel hose.
• Around 50K units of Renault Kwid and 932 units of Redi GO affected.
• Both cars will get a free inspection of the fuel system and a new hose clip added to it.
•Kwid manufactured between September 2015 and May 2016 and Redi GO manufactured until May 2016 will be inspected.
• Maruti Suzuki Ignis to be launched on 13th January 2017
• Addressed as a premium urban crossover, Ignis comes with a lot of unique features for the Indian specific model
• Available in both Petrol and Diesel trims and expected to be priced around Rs.5-7 lakh approximately
BMW India President, Frank Schloeder had announced that the company will soon feature petrol engines on all their existing models and the process seems to have begun. BMW has kept their word by launching the petrol variants of the popular SUVs; X3 xDrive28i and X5 xDrive35i in Indiaon December 7th. Both the models are being locally manufactured in their Chennai plant and are available showrooms across the country.
December has always been the month of freebies, discounts and deals in the auto sector. But this time, the competition is huge as all companies are rushing to clear up their stocks by offering much more than what they used to, as a result of demonetisation. This news also comes as a warning signal for the price hike expected next year owing to the rise in raw material prices. Most companies like Toyota have already announced a rise of 3% in January 2017 while Honda is likely to raise the price by 2%.
• When the GST bill was passed by the Rajya Sabha, Automobile industry welcomed it with both hands as it was expected to bring some good amount of changes on the pricing of the vehicles with the exemption of various indirect taxes.
World's luxury car maker BMW launched the all new 520d M Sport, an upgraded model of the existing luxury sedan under the same name. The Msport has been fabricated in its Chennai factory and made available to the customers through its dealers across India. The sedan now gets revamped sporty looks along with fine touches of excellence and a host of new features all over, to stand apart from the old executive version.
On November 14, Hyundai launched its latest SUV, Hyundai Tucson in the country. Since then, the company dealers have been busy attending calls and queries for the same vehicle which was once not received well, in 2005, when it made its first entry here. HYUNDAI has managed to win Indian Car of the Year Award consecutively for three years as a testament to the company’s hard work towards excellence.
• Both trims of Skoda Rapid Facelift gets cosmetic tweaks and updates
• Bookings already begun at a token amount of Rs.1 lakh
• Diesel variant of the Rapid 2016 comes with an upgraded engine
• Prices range from Rs.8.27 to Rs.11.36 lakh for Petrol and Rs.9.48 to Rs.12.67 lakh for Diesel (Both ex-showroom Delhi)
As the Indian Government has been taking quicker and necessary steps to curb the growing pollution in the country, the automobile market too seems to be rapidly making moves alongside. This year, Indian Government planned to skip the implementation of BS-V norms altogether and is about to leap from BS-IV to VI in next four years, i.e. stricter emission norms by 2020.
After seven long years, Toyota Fortuner was launched in a new avatar in the country on November 7, 2016 at a starting price of Rs.25.92 lakh ranging to 31.12 lakh for the top end variant. After the launch of Innova Crysta, Toyota Kirloskar Motor did not take much time to launch its second product, the much awaited New Fortuner. The new faced seven seater SUV is here with plenty of updates, on its interiors as well as exteriors.
•e2o plus gets its name from a concept that states `Energy to Oxygen and Plus’
• It comes with four doors and slightly different in dimensions compared to current e2o.
•e2o pluss comes in four variants- P2(commercial use), P4, P6 and P8
• Prices range from Rs.5.46 lakh to Rs.8.46 lakh( ex-showroom Delhi)
August 1st witnessed the launch of the iconic Jeep Grand Cherokee in India. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles which brought the brand to India as CBU (Completely Built Up) units with a heavy price tag had promised that they will soon launch a Made in India SUV at their new facility (JV with Tata) in Ranjangaon, Pune.
Since its debut at the Auto Expo 2016, Jeep India has been planning the launch of its SUVs in the country which kept getting delayed due to many reasons. Jeep, the legendary American utility vehicle brand owned by Fiat-Chrysler started its Indian operations with the launch of its two vehicles - Grand Cherokee and Wrangler.
With days ahead of the festive season, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles India officially launched the Avventura Urban Cross in the nation with introductory prices starting at 6.85 lakh. The deliveries for the early bookings are expected to be handed over by October first week, just in time for the festivities to begin.
If you wished for a limited edition, there is a reason to smile now. TheSwift Deca is here.
• Maruti Suzuki launches sports model Swift Deca
• Same engine, but plenty of changes on the interiors and exteriors
• Available in two variants VXi and VDi
• Ex showroom prices at 5.94 lakh(Petrol –VXi) and 6.86 lakh(Diesel-VDi)
NuTonomy , a startup company by two MIT brains Karl Iagnemma and Emilio Frazzoli had been engaged all the while in the process of developing driverless taxis in Singapore.
As another month came to an end, most of the auto companies reported a remarkable growth in sales of passenger vehicles on a YoY (Year over Year)basis. Apparently, the automobile sector seems to thank the pleasant monsoons and the implementation of the seventh pay commission for this growth.Some of the companies that came up with astounding sales figures were Maruti Suzuki, Toyota Kirloskar, Renault, Mahindra, Nissan and Hyundai.
While the GST Bill or The Goods and Services Tax Bill was tabled at the RajyaSabha on the 3rd of August 2016, all industries in India seem to be anxiously awaiting to analyse the pros and cons on the implementation of this tag regime.
On December 2015, National Green Tribunal (NGT) efforts to reduce the air pollution in Delhi -NCR region ended up with the Supreme Court issuing a ban on new registration of diesel cars and SUVs over 2000cc until March 30th 2016. The court later extended the date until April 30th after which the ban was decided to continue until further orders.
• Renault Kwid, Maruti Suzuki Celerio, Maruti Suzuki Eeco, Mahindra Scorpio and Hyundai Eon • Absence of dual airbags
Honda Cars India Ltd. recalled almost 2 lakhs cars in India
Tata motors launches Tiago with an overwhelming response of over lakh enquiries
Japanese carmaker Toyota breathed a sigh of relief at the end of PRIUS trademark battle
Auto makers heave a sigh of relief as the Supreme Court on Friday lifted the existing diesel ban in Delhi-NCR region and allowed the vehicles back on road. Diesel cars and SUVs with engines over 2000cc were banned in the capital in December 2015 following the concerns expressed by the Green Tribunal as a measure to prevent further air pollution
Ford Mustang GT , the legend reaches India today after a wait of long 52 yrs. It has been launched in India with a hefty price tag starting at 65 lakhs, but the Indian auto enthusiasts seem to have welcomed this brawny car with wide smiles.
Maruti Suzuki having set new record for its rocket sales figures in the month of July 2016. The automobile pioneers managed to make a whopping sales of 1,25,778 vehicles in India and
The diesel vehicle ban is going to create socioeconomic problems in the country.
Auto stocks plunge as news of Brexit shocks the global economy
BIGGER AT HEART
It has been over a year since Datsun launched the redi-GO in India and the car has been selling in good numbers all this while. Though they had launched two other budget cars- the GO and GO+ earlier, none of them managed to sell much. This is when the redi-GO arrives as the ‘life-saver’ for the Japanese automaker in the country.
We Indians have been familiar with the term Jeep through many models from Mahindra. Recently did many of us come to realise that Jeep was in fact not a vehicle model, but the American Car maker brand who introduced few of the prestigious SUVs to the world since 1941. Back then, they were named American Motors and were quite popular through the ubiquitous Jeep Willys of that time.
Kolkatta: A city of dirty streets and bungalow type colonies. At the same time, a city of grand residential “palaces” and skyscrapers . City of yellow-painted Ambassador taxis. It was at the last stage of a drive from Kochi to Bhutan that we landed in Kolkatta. The route to Bhutan was from Kochi to Kolkatta-Siliguri-Jaigaon.
This time, the visit to Kolkatta was with a different purpose. The purpose was to test drive the small hatchback DATSUN Redi-GO. This is the vehicle segment that sells most in India. The land of Maruti Alto 800, Hyundai Eon and Reno Quid. Into this market enters DATSUN Redi-Go. The earlier models of DATSUN were GO and GO+. Lack of standard was the reason for their failure. The Indian prefers a vehicle of high standard even if somewhat more costly. The cost-reduction focus was the undoing of GO and GO+. While driving Redi-GO, one felt that DATSUN had learned the lessons from these failures. Here follows a detailed Test Drive Report.
All these years, Maruti Suzuki lacked just one thing inspite of earning the fan following of millions of Indians- a compact SUV. Even though an SUV Vitara was launched into the market long back, its heavy pricing and lack of a diesel variant kept it away from us Indians who had a general notion of opting any other brand instead of Maruti while planning for an expensive vehicle. But as they introduced the launch of a premium sedan Ciaz and a lifestyle hatchback Baleno retailed through its lifestyle showroom Nexa, the whole approach of people towards Maruti Suzuki changed. People came forward to buy expensive vehicles from the same brand they had ignored a couple of years ago.
In the last couple of years, there had been one vehicle which used to be called the baby SUV . None other than the X1! The smallest member of the macho X Series with a cool engine , miniature body line and an affordable price tag. As it successfully completes its seventh year , BMW decided to give it a total revamp thereby launching the second generation X1. This all new X1 2016 spells the term 'Next Generation' in every part with its sophisticated technology and uber cool design.
The customers who drive Volkswagen cars will naturally become fans of this model whether they pick to drive hatchback model Polo or luxury vehicle Passat. With German engineering as its base Volkswagen has a good exterior styling. It has also very stable handling. Volkswagen started making compact sedan named Ameo for the Indian Auto market two years back. The company was extremely cautious that this particular model cannot afford to fail in this market. The model possessed all elements required to look extremely attractive, competitive and look distinct on the road.