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Will India be lucky to witness the launch of Kia Stonic?

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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.

Stonic and Kona shares a good resemblance in profile and design. Although underpinnings too have been known to be same, Stonic will possess more of Kia qualities and is thereafter expected to carry a heavier price tag as well. Kia’s design studios in Europe and South Korea takes credit for the design of this new sub compact SUV. Stonic measures 4.1 metres in length now. But Kia will have to cut down on the length with a few revisions on the bumpers to make a 4 metre SUV if it reaches India.

Exteriors of Stonic feature a tiger nose grille, sleek angular headlights with LED daytime running lights, tough bonnet, flared wheel arches, large alloy wheels and impressive character lines that enhance its brawny nature. The roofline gets a dual tone paint scheme with a combination of five colours to choose from. Interiors come with the best of ergonomics and get a large touchscreen infotainment systemcompatible to Android Auto, Apple car Play. Other features include navigation, cruise control, keyless entry and so on. Kia Stonic will be made available to the global markets in both petrol and diesel trims with both manual and automatic transmission. However, this moel will come only as front wheel drive.

While Kia has already announced its plan to reach India, this new SUV could be the first vehicle to be introduced here in the market taking into account the likes of Indians on sub compact SUVs. If launched here, it will challenge against Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and Ford Ecosport who are the current market leaders in the segment.

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Bentley Launches 2018 Bentayga V8 with a less powerful engine

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.


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Hyundai Elite i20 gets CVT transmission variants at Rs 7.04 Lakh

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.

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Maruti Suzuki Ignis all set to be launched next month

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


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Peugeot buys Ambassador Car brand from Hindustan Motors

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.


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Maruti Suzuki Swift 2017 Old wine in a new bottle Find out

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.


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Honda WR-V ready to hit Indian roads on March 16th, 2017

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.


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Mercedes Benz India announces plans to bring hybrid & electric car

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.


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Jeep Compass expected to be priced around 25 lakh

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.


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Isuzu MU-X launched in India at a starting price of Rs.23.99 lakh

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.


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2017 Maruti Dzire- Bookings open at Rs.11,000 token amount

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.


CAR COMPARISON
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Creta Facelift

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Hyundai Elite i20 gets CVT transmission variants at Rs 7.04 Lakh

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.

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Hyundai Creta Facelift spotted testing again, launch expected soon

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!

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Hyundai Kona Electric teaser out ahead of global debut

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.

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DATSUN Redi-GO

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.

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Vitara Brezza

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.

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