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Toyota has unveiled facelifted Corolla Altis in Malaysia, do we get it in India?

Japanese automobile giant Toyota has unveiled the facelifted Corolla Altis in Malaysia. Since Corolla Altis was recently launched (a year ago) in India, we guess we have to wait for some time to see the car on our roads.

The facelifted Altis has undergone some important changes in exterior, interior as well as under the hood. In the exterior it sports a new grill which looks similar to the earlier generation Innova, new headlamps powered by HID lamps mounted in smoked glass enclosure and newly designed taillamps. The major change in the Interior is the three spoke steering wheel and paddle shifters.

In the engine department, Toyota has planted a 2.0ltr dual VVTI engine in place of 1.6ltr engine coupled with a CVT (Continuous Variable Transmission) gearbox. The new engine and gearbox further boost the fuel efficiency.
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Scoop: Force Motors MPV spied testing

     The spy picture of Force Motors MPV based on its Trump light commercial truck was taken while being testing, Thanks to From the picture it is evident that the MPV will be purely a people carrier like the Tata Ace Magic. The MPV is expected to be named Force Trip.
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Facelifted Hyundai i10 Brochure

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Hyundai Verna Prices in Bangalore

Price of Hyundai Verna in Bangalore
All prices (indicative) ex-showroom as of Feb 2010, prices may vary

Verna 1.6 VTVT - Rs 6,53,566/-

Verna 1.6 SX VTVT – Rs 7,29,631/-

Verna 1.5 CRDi VGT – Rs 7,76,952/-

Verna 1.5 SX CRDi VGT – Rs 8,27, 692/-

Verna 1.5 SX CRDi VGT AT – Rs 8, 91,966/-

Hyundai Verna Specifications
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Toyota Prius: Most fuel efficient car in India

     Toyota Prius hybrid is judged as the most fuel efficient car in India with fuel efficiency of 23.9 Kmpl.
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Scoop: Facelifted Skoda Fabia spied in India

Facelifted Skoda Fabia was spied at Pune and will be soon launched in the Indian market.

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Mahindra 125cc Cevalo and 300cc Diablo coming

     Mahindra two wheelers will launch its 125cc Cevalo and 300cc Diable bikes in India soon. The teaser video below states “Tested In Italy Coming To India”. Bajaj Auto better watch…

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Volkswagen Polo 1.6 Petrol launched in India

     Volkswagen India has launched more powerful Polo with 1.6L Petrol engine in India priced at Rs 6.16 lakh ex-showroom New Delhi.

     The Polo 1.6 is powered by a 4 cylinder 1598 cc engine with power output of 103.63bhp @ 5250rpm and torque of 15.6kgm @ 3759rpm. The engine is the same one powering the Vento petrol sedan. The engine is mated to a 5 speed manual gear box.

The Polo 1.6 will be available in only Highline variant. Its sports following features

  • body coloured bumpers
  • chrome strip in the front grille
  • body coloured door handles/mirrors
  • galvanized body with 6-years anti-corrosion warranty
  • 15-inch alloy wheels

  • CD MP3 player
  • split seats
  • rear wash/wipe
  • multi-function display
  • remote locking
  • fog lamps
  • ABS
  • driver and co-passenger airbags
  • chrome inserts on the gear shift knobs and door handles
  • ‘livon’ upholstery
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Maruti Suzuki A Star Automatic launched in India

     On the 63rd Indian Independence day, Maruti launched an Automatic Transmission variant of its popular hatch back A Star priced at Rs 4.34 lakh ex-showroom New Delhi.

     The A Star Automatic is available in only one variant – Vxi with ABS and EBD as standard fitment. A Star competes with Hyundai’s i10 Automatic which is Rs 22,000/- costlier than the former. A Star Automatic delivers fuel economy of 17 kmpl as compared to 16.67 kmpl by its Hyundai counterpart.
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Chevrolet Beat LPG and Diesel to be launched by year end

     Chevrolet will launch the LPG variant and a Diesel powered Beat small car in Indian market by this year end. Chevrolet Beat LPG was spied during its test run near its factory at Talegon.

     General Motors has invested Rs 5000 crores for setting up its new engine plant which will be operational by November this year. The plant will have a capacity of 1,60,000 engines per year manufacturing both Petrol and Diesel power trains.

     The small diesel engine which will be fit into the Beat will be manufactured in the same plant. The engine will use 1.3L Multi Jet technology with one cylinder less. This makes the engine to be under 1.0L and hence lighter. It is expected to deliver power of 55 to 60 bhp which will be very good for a small car.

Spy pictures of Chevrolet Beat LPG

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Maruti launches CNG variants of Alto, Eeco, Estilo, Wagon R and SX4

India’s largest car manufacturer Maruti Suzuki launched CNG variants of 5 cars – Alto, Eeco, Estilo, Wagon R and SX4 which can run both on Petrol and CNG. The price of CNG variants ranges from Rs 3.23 lakh to Rs 7.47 lakh ex showroom New Delhi.

Maruti is desperate to regain the supremacy in the Indian automotive industry which it has dominated for more than 15 years. With more number of small cars being launched by other manufacturers, Maruti’s share has been falling for a while. With the launch of these 5 new CNG variants Maruti looks forward to gain more margins in its profits. Also in the pipeline is A star Automatic which will be launched soon.

Prices of Maruti’s CNG vehicles (Ex-showroom, New Delhi)

Alto Lxi – Rs 3.23 lakh

Eeco 5-seater Ac – Rs 3.64 lakh

Estilo Lxi – Rs 4.05 lakh

Wagon R Lxi – Rs 4.11 lakh

SX4 Vxi – Rs 7.47 lakh

Press Release:
“The development is significant on multiple counts. This is the first instance when a car manufacturer has developed and launched factory-fitted, technologically superior CNG engines in India,”.“The company’s big ticket entry into the CNG fuel segment augurs well for the environment,” - Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) managing director and CEO Shinzo Nakanishi.
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Mahindra Ssangyong deal confirmed

     Now Mahindra is the owner of the Ssangyong Motors of South Korea. Mahindra won the buy out bid for Ssangyong Motors defeating another India bidder PK Ruia Group and a South Korean company Young An Hat Co Ltd, the owner of Daewoo Bus.
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VW Polo 1.6 caught in Chakan Plant

     Indianautosblog editor Mr Shrawan happen to click the picture of the Volkswagen Polo 1.6 at the Chakan plant waiting to run for the test track. VW had plans to launch Polo 1.6 somewhere at this time in India, but due to huge waiting peroid for the regular Polos the company has shelved the plan to launch it soon.

     Polo 1.6 with its powerful engine is expected to carve a niche for itself with young performance oriented people option for it. The current Polo with 1.2 L engine though is fuel efficient, lack the performance punch especially on the highways.

     Polo's 1.6 liter petrol engine develops 103.5 bhp of max power and 15.6 kgm of max torque. It is flat 3 seconds quicker than its 1.2 L sibling in 0-100 km mark and cruise to the top speed of 184 kmph.

     VW showrooms have already started booking the Polo 1.6 with a booking amount of Rs 50,000. But neither the showrooms nor the company have disclosed any information about the Polo 1.6 launch at its price.
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Honda Jazz X launched in India

     Honda cars has launched a new variant of its premium hatchback Jazz christened Jazz X in India priced at Rs 7.53 lakh (ex-showroom New Delhi) with a premium of Rs 42,000/- over the current Jazz.

     Jazz X comes with modifications to both exterior as well as interior. In the exterior, Jazz X sports alloy wheels, new front fog lamps, new grill and rear spoiler. In the interior, Honda has added a USB port to the audio system, rear parcel shelf, height adjustable driver seat and blue black combination of seat colours.

     Under the hood Jazz X has no changes and will be powered by the same 1198 cc SOHC i-VTEC petrol engine with max power of 90 PS@6200rpm and max torque of 110Nm@4800rpm.

     Along with other colours Jazz X is offered with a new colour - Rallye Red. The exisiting colours on Jazz are Tafetta White, Alabaster Silver, Crystal Black Pearl, Sherbet Blue and Deep Sapphire Blue.
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Maruti Alto K10 launched in India

     Maruti Suzuki has launched Alto K10 in India priced at Rs 3.03 lakh and Rs 3.16 lakh (ex-showroom New Delhi) for LXi and VXi model respectively. Alto K10 is powered by a 998cc K series petrol engine which is also seen in other Maruti vehicles such as Wagon R and A-Star. Apart from engine change the Alto K10 has some cosmetic changes as well.

     In the Exterior, there is a new bumper in the front, new head lamps and a new grill which all together increase the size of the nose and hence the length of the car. In the rear the bumper has been re-designed and so do the tail gate which accommodate the number plate unlike the earlier model in which the number plate was incorporated in the bumper. The tail lamps are also re-designed with a round break lights looking prominent.

     In the Interior, there is all new steering wheel borrowed from Wagon R and many other features such as front power windows, 12v power socket, parcel shelf, colour coordinated fabrics, engine immobilizer etc.

     In the performance category the new Alto K10 does 0-100 kmph in jus 13.3 seconds. It also gets a new cable operated gearbox, upgraded brakes and stiffened suspension. In-spite of more powerful engine Alto K10 returns mileage of 20.2 kmpl according to ARAI.
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2011 Porsche Cayenne launched in India

German sports car manufacturer Porsche has launched the new 2011 Cayenne SUV in India, just 4 months after its International launch at Geneva.

The new Porsche Cayenne will be available in all five engine options in India including Cayenne Diesel and the Cayenne S Hybrid. The pricing of Cayenne in India is as follows.

All prices ex-showroom in India

Porsche Cayenne – Rs. 65,82,000/-

Porsche Cayenne S – Rs. 78,62,000/-

Porsche Cayenne Turbo – Rs. 1,27,10,000/-

Porsche Cayenne Diesel – Rs. 59,22,00/-

Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid – Rs. 75,46,000/-

Porsche Cayenne Engine Specifications

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Volkswagen small car to be named 'Lupo'

     Volkswagen has been developing a small car to be positioned below the Polo hatchback. The small car based on the 'UP!' concept will be named Lupo. Volkswagen produced Lupo to position below the Golf from 1999 to 2005. Now Lupo will find a place below the Polo which would give large volumes to the company. Lupo falls under a new family which Volkswagon has titled ‘New Small Family’ (NSF).

     The 'UP!' based small car will be also be made by Volkswagen’s subsidiaries Audi, Seat and Skoda in their own versions. The Lupo is also expected to make it to India and positioned below the Polo at Rs 4 lakh. The Indian Lupo might come with a 1 L petrol K Series engine sourced from Suzuki.
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Chevrolet Tavera to get Rhino engine

     Since the Chevrolet Tavera did not meet the new BS IV emission norms, it was pulled out from BS IV cities. Now Chevrolet has planned to source the engine from local manufacturer ICML. The engine sourced will be a sub 2 liter diesel with 100 bhp which does the duty in ICML Rhino MUV.

     Chevrolet Tavera was powered by a 2.5 liter diesel which did not meet the BS IV emission norms. Hence it had to be pulled out by major cities which caused drastic fall in the MUV sales.

     Chevrolet will launch the ICML engine powered Tavera by the end of this year and hopes to boost sales in MUV segment.
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Nissan Micra priced very competitively at Rs. 3.98 lakh

     Nissan has competitively priced its small car Micra at Rs. 3.98 lakh for the base petrol model (XE) ex-showroom New Delhi. The top end petrol model (XV) is priced at Rs 5.28 lakh.

     Micra competes with Maruti Swift, Ford Figo, Volkswagen Polo, Hyundai i20, Fiat Grande Punto and Tata Indica Vista. The base model of Swift is priced at Rs. 3.99 lakh where as the base Polo costs Rs 4.42 lakh (All prices ex-showroom New Delhi). The only car in the segment priced lower than Micra is Figo which is priced at Rs. 3.53 lakh (ex-showroom New Delhi) for the base petrol variant.

     Micra is available in 3 variants – XE priced at Rs. 3.98 lakh, XL priced at Rs 4.69 lakh and XV priced at Rs 5.28 lakh (All prices ex-showroom New Delhi).
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Bajaj launches Avenger 220 cruise bike

     Bajaj Auto has launched Avenger 220 cruise bike in the Indian two wheeler market. The Avenger 220 cruise bike is powered by a 220 cc engine which also powers Pulsar 220cc motorcycle. The bookings for the bike is open and deliveries will be made in next 2 weeks.

     Avenger 220cc has a maximum power of 21 PS @ 8500 rpm and maximum torque of 19.12 Nm @ 7000 rpm. It is priced at Rs 76,876/- on road Pune. Colours to choose from are Black, Red, Blue and Silver.
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Hyundai i10 facelift to be launched soon in India

     Hyundai will launch the facelifted i10 small car in India soon. The i10 facelift will get new set of headlamps, taillamps and front bumper giving a neat look to the car.

     Hyundai i10 sales have come down due to tough competition from new comers in the market - Chevrolet Beat and Ford Figo. This seams to be a desperate effort by the company to bring i10 back to life. Well...... Shah Rukh Khan might be getting ready with a facelift too for the new i10 ad!
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Volkswagen Vento launched in India

     Volkswagen has launched a premium sedan christened Vento in India. Vento is built on the Polo hatchback platform. The car will be availabe for purchase only by September-October this year. Though the specifications of Vento has been released, the company is mum on the price details. We expect it to be priced between Rs 7-9 lakh.

     Vento seam to give a strong competition to market leader Honda City. Since City has only petrol motor, Vento with its diesel oil burner has an advantage to take away the competition.
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New Volvo XC 60 SUV to be launched in India soon

Our friends at Indianautosblog have got us some pictures of soon to be launched New Volvo XC 60 SUV.

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Ford Figo bookings reaching 25,000 mark

     Ford India has already recieved 24,000 bookings for its small car Figo in a span of just 4 months since its launch. The booking is still counting is close to 25,000.

     Ford India has started 2nd shift at its Maraimalainagar plant in Chennai due to overwhelming demand for Figo in India. Ford will increase its employees number by over 600 in few days. The company is working on to increase its dealer outlets to 185 by the end of this year.

Press Release:
Ford India Executive Director (Marketing & Sales) Nigel E. Wark said “Yes, we have started our second production shift at our Chennai plant to meet the increasing demand for Figo. Figo is getting a good response from the market and the company has received 24,000 purchase orders in the first four months of launch. This small car is helping to drive our sales growth.”
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Mahindra to re-launch Kinetic Boss 115cc

     Mahindra is keen to make its foot hold strong in the 2 wheeler segment. After its take over from Kinetic Mahindra has re launched products which was earlier in the name of Kinetic namely Flyte and Duro with slight modifications. However Rodeo is an exception which has a distinct stlying.

    Now Mahindra wants to re-launch the Kinetic Boss 115cc entry level motorcycle. The bike has been codenamed as A01 and is likely to be priced between Rs 35,000 to Rs 40,000. Expect few cosmetic changes in this entry level motorcycle. A 200cc performance motorcycle is also on the cards which will be built in collaboration with SYM motors.
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Fiat Palio 2012 sketch surfaces on the net

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Mercedes Benz low floor buses to hit Indian roads

     To cater to the Indian urban needs Mercedes Benz has decided to launch low floor city buses. A prototype with capacity of 38 person low floor city bus was showcased recently. At present the company has 2-axle and 3-axle inter city luxury coaches in India.

     The company plans to set up a dedicated assembly line that will cater to the production requirements of the city buses. The new body building facility for the city buses will be set up at Pune.

     Mercedes will send prototypes of the city buses to various cities and take feedback from urban commuters. Based on the feedback the company will fine tune the vehicle as per the commuter requirements. This would take about 6 to 9 months before the final batch of buses roll out. We can expect the new Mercedes city buses by early next year.

     The demand for low floor city buses has risen exponentially in India, Thanks to JnNRUM and promotion of public transport system. Mercedes estimates to produce and sell 500 units of these buses per annum.
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Hyundai Verna Transform launched in India

     Hyundai Motor India has launched the facelifted Verna termed ‘Transform’. The company calls it as ‘Dynamic by DNA’ luxury sedan. The Verna Transform has only cosmetic changes and there is no change in the technical specification what so ever.

     The cosmetic changes in the Verna Transform are - new headlamps, radiator grill and bumper. The rear also gets some cosmetic changes and so do the interiors. Two petrol and three diesel variants are available with the top end diesel variant having automatic transmission option.

     The Hyundai Verna Transform is priced in the range of Rs 6.55 to 7.50 lakh for the petrol and Rs 7.87 to 9.21 lakh for the diesel variants.

     On the occasion of the launch, H W Park, MD & CEO, HMIL, said, “The Verna Transform is all set to boost Hyundai’s already superior line-up of products in India by raising the benchmark in the sedan segment, even further. The car’s distinctive sporty styling and dynamic features complement the refined power and thrilling performance that the Verna brand stands for. We are confident that the new Verna will prove to be very popular with car enthusiasts and will transform ownership into a thrilling experience. “
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Chevrolet Beat Diesel launch by early 2011

     General Motors will launch diesel variant of Chevrolet Beat hatchback by early next year. The company has announced the manufacturing of 1 litre diesel engines from its Talegaon plant which will power the Beat. Beat has been received well by the customers and a diesel option will be a feather in the GMs crown.
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Peugeot planning to re-enter India

     Europe’s second largest auto manufacturer Peugeot Citroen is planning to re-enter Indian market. The company is in search for the location in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh to set up its manufacturing plant.

     According to the research conducted by the company last year, it is likely to bring in its hatchback 307 and sedan C5 in India. C5 sedan had been spotted testing in Bangalore few months ago.

     Peugeot had discussions with ARAI regarding understating of regulations and homologation for its products in India. The company officials have confirmed the report of them approaching Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh Govt.

     The company has already had discussions with the Automotive Research Association of India to understand the regulations and homologation (making the vehicles meet the Indian rules and norm) needs for its products, the sources said.

     "The global economic crisis has slowed the plans and that the company is strongly in favour of operations in India as and when conditions become favorable." said Mr Rajesh Nellore Vice President India, Peugeot Citroen.
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Tata Nano Convertible

Two Tata Nanos roof chopped ferrying visitors at its plant in Sanand

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Next Generation Suzuki Swift revealed in Hungary

     The next generation Suzuki Swift slated for 2011 has been revealed in Hungary. The new Swift is ligher, longer and more spacious that its older sibling. The new Swift is also has better dynamics, increased performance and reduced CO2 emissions.

     The wheelbase has been increased by mm and overall lenght by mm. The increase in wheelbase might create more space for rear passengers. Use of high strength steel has made the car chassis ligher and stiffer. Front brakes and Rear brakes are wider by 10mm and 5mm respectively.

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Scoop: 2011 Suzuki Swift caught without camouflage

     The spy pictures of the next generation Suzuki Swift has been doing rounds in the net for a while. But nothing like this pictures without camouflage had surfaced earlier. The pictures show the rear end of the Swift which looks similar to the present model with little modifications. The tail lights tapper with more angular edges and blend neatly with the boot. With these image we can comment little on the car but Suzuki would have done their job to provide good leg space at the rear which is lacking in the present model.

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