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Ratan Tata dreams of running a car fueled by water

     Ratan Tata is an industrialist who does not want to hang up his boots. After the launch of Rs 1 lakh car which was his dream, he has an other dream of running a car on water. It might sound strange but the way scientists are going the possibility of a car being run on water might come true.

     Ratan Tata has invested US $ 15 Million with a Professor of Massechusetts Institute of Technology for reseach on breaking the hydrogen and oxygen from water in a new way to propel the vehicle. Mr. Tata intends to buy the technology which it comes true. 

     The information of the funding was given by noted Scientist of India and Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister Prof C N R Rao.
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New car launches for India in 2011

Chevrolet Beat LPG and Diesel: Launch Jan 2011

Maruti Suzuki Kizashi: Launch Jan 2011

Next Gen. Maruti Swift/Dzire: Launch April 2011

Renault Fluence: Launch early 2011

Honda Brio: Launch March 2011

New Volkswagen Jetta: Launch 2011

Nissan Sunny: Launch mid 2011

Skoda SK215: Launch Sep 2011

Toyota Etios Liva: Launch mid 2011

New Ford Fiesta: Launch Dec 2011

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Maruti Suzuki min SUV launch in India by 2012

     India's largest car manufacturer Maruti Suzuki has hinted about the launch of a mini SUV in Indian market. The company is finding hard to maintain its 50% share in Indian market, thanks to the launch of small cars from Chevrolet, Ford and Nissan. Inspite of though going in the last 2-3 months of 2010, it managed to register double digit growth which is phenonmenal.

     Suzuki, the parent company of Maruti Suzuki has currently one mini SUV in its portfolio - "Jimny". It is more likely that Jimny will be launched as a mini SUV in India. Jimny, sold in Japan is powered by a petrol engine will find a diesel heart in India as petrol SUVs are not percieved well in India. The diesel engine could be the same 1.3 DDiS currenty powering Swift, Ritz and Dizre cars or it could be outsoured from Volkswagen.

     A little modifications in the body can be expected to make it a four doored vehicle. Again, since Jimny is a two doored vehicle, it will not be well percieved by the Indians.
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Maruti to launch 7 new models in next 2 years

     Maruti is one company which is always on its toes. Whatever the market demands the company has the capacity to fulfill it in a short possible time. When there was small car wars launch in 1998 when the country's first indegenous car Tata Indica was launched, most of the industry experts thought it be end of the road to Maruti. Maruti's market share of 84% was in a huge danger. But the company bounced back by series of launches and upgradation of its products and finally could maintain 50% of the market share inspite of all the Global leaders launcing their latest cars in the country.

     Now Maruti has different plans for furute in India. It wants to tap the unattended potential segments to reamain the market leader for much more time. Here are the launches from Maruti in the next two years
  1. Jimny - Mini SUV
  2. Kizashi - Luxury Sedan
  3. SX4 Diesel - Mid Sedan with Diesel engine
  4. Next Generation Swift - Upgradation of its premier hatchback
  5. Next Generation Dzire - Upgradation of its entry level sedan
  6. R3 - Multi Utility Vehicle
  7. Small Car - Indegenously built small car to rival Nano
  8. Cervo - New small car in A2 segment
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Maruti Suzuki Kizashi launch on January 28th 2011

     Maruti Suzuki will launch its luxury sedan Kizashi on the 28th of January 2011. It will be first car from the company in the luxury car segment.

     Kizashi will be imported completely as CBU and is likely to be priced over Rs. 15 lakh. Powering the Kizashi will be 2.4 liter four cylinder petrol engine which currently powers the Grand Vitara. Maximum power output of 185 Bhp @ 6500 Rpm and torque of 235 Nm @ 4000 Rpm is achieved.

     Kizashi will compete with Skoda Superb, Honda Accord, Toyota Camry in the segment. 
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Chevrolet Sail EV Concept introduced at Guangzhou Auto Show

     General Motors has introduced Chevrolet Sail Electric Vehicle Concept at the Guangzhou Auto Show in China. The Sail EV Concept developed in association with PATAC (Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center) has a distinct design features with the grill inspired from Volt, flush door handles and turbine like looking wheels.

     Powering the Sail EV Concept is a small electric motor that produces power of 65 Kw and torque of 220 Nm. Top speed of 130 Kmph is achieved with travel distance of 150 Km with every recharge.

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Toyota Prius MPV to debut at Detroit Motor Show 2011

     Toyota will make world premier of Prius family of vehicles at Detroit Auto Show next month. Apart from Prius MPV which will be named 'Alpha', a plug-in hybrid and a new Prius concept will make its appearance at the show.

Toyota has released a Prius Family teaser video featuring X Games skateboarder Bob Burnquist. The Prius MPV will seat 7 persons and will have 50% more storage space. Watch the teaser video…

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Maruti Suzuki SX4 Signature Limited Edition launched in India

     India’s largest car manufacturer Maruti Suzuki has launched Signature Limited Edition of its sedan SX4. The SX4 Signature Edition comes with goodies worth Rs. 80,000/-.

     The SX4 Signature Edition is loaded with accessories such as Reverse Parking Sensor with Camera, Bluetooth Connectivity, Feel Leather Seat Cover, Rear Spoiler, GPS etc. 
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Buy a Tata Nano with zero down payment

     Tata Motors have come out with an innovative plan to sell its small car Nano. The company is offering 100% finance through Tata Motor Finance that means you need not have to pay down payment to take home a Nano. According to the company all you have to pay is Rs. 22,000 for insurance and registration. However the company said the offer is limited to the good profile customers which later on will be extended to everyone. Tata Motors Finance charges 14% interest for the 100% loan scheme.

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Next Generation Toyota Yaris breaks cover

     Toyota has uncovered the third generation Yaris hatchback in Japan. Yaris, also called Vitz in International ly features a sharp styling with compact exterior outlook yet with roomy interiors.  The engine has been developed to give outstanding figures of 26.5 Kmpl.


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Bajaj Motorcycle Dealers in Bangalore

No. 40, Srinidhi Building, G.B.Palya, Hosure Main Road, Bangalore 560068
Phone: (080) 41100382, 25732487 / 9845826588
E mail:

No. 10/2 Kasturba Road, Bangalore 560001
Phone: (080) 65979728, 65959795 / 98844118002 (Mobile)
E mail:


No. 237, Mysore Road, Bangalore 560039
Phone: (080) 26748588, 26748580 / 9844025256 (Mobile)
E mail:

No. 7, Achaiah Shetty Layout, RMV Extension, Hebbal Road, Bangalore 560080
Phone: (080) 41138210, 41138185 / 9844109983 (Mobile)
E mail:

No. 43/1B, DRC Post, Opp. Sagar Hospital, Bannerghatta Road, Bangalore 560029
Phone: (080) 26689845, 26689846 / 9845133589 (Mobile)
E mail:

No. 459, Dhanalakshmi Building, Goodshed Road, Cottonpet, Bangalore 560053
Phone: (080) 26707940, 26707943 / 9845023953 (Mobile)
E mail:
Source: bajajauto

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BMW X1 launched in India, priced at Rs. 22 lakh

     BMW has launched its compact SUV in India with prices starting from Rs. 22 lakh. X1 is available in three variants – Corporate Edition, Highline and Cool Elegance. It will be powered by 1.8 liter petrol and 2.0 liter diesel engines.

     The X1 CE sports basic features and you miss the features available in Highline and Cool Elegance variants. That means you don’t get to see sunroof, i-drive interface and 6-CD changer in the X1 CE. Apart from the features mentioned earlier, the Highline variant gets goodies such as Xenon headlamps, parking sensors and leather seats. The top of the line Cool Elegance variant gets a Anthracite Headliner and an exclusive contrasting piping on the leather seats.

     The X1 sDrive 1.8i is powered by a 1995cc 4 cylinder petrol engine with power of 147.5 Bhp and torque of 20.4 Kgm. The X1 sDrive 2.0d will feature a 1995cc 4 cylinder diesel engine with power of 174 Bhp and 35.7 Kgm of torque.

The prices of X1 variants are as follows (Prices ex-showroom New Delhi)
  • X1 sDrive 1.8i CE – Rs. 22.00 lakh
  • X1 sDrive 2.0d CE – Rs. 23.90 lakh
  • X1 sDrive 2.0d Highline – Rs. 29.90 lakh
  • X1 sDrive 2.0d Cool Elegance – Rs. 32.50 lakh
BMW X1 Pictures

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Ford Dealers in Bangalore

No. 448, Opp. IIMB, Banerghatta road, Bangalore South - 560076
Phone: (080) 41107999, Fax: (080) 41107111

Hommadevanahalli,C K Palya Main Road, Begurholi, Bangalore - 560076
Phone: (080) 22711263, Fax: (080) 28429169

No. 63, St. Marks Road, Bangalore - 560001
Phone: 080- 25320388, 25594254, Fax: 080-41121660

Survey No. 69/2, Mallasandra Village, Hessaraghatta Road, Bangalore - 560088
Phone: (080) 28392237/38, Fax: (080) 28392237

METRO FORD (Workshop),
NO.113, 1st 6008Main Road, St, Thomas Town, Lingarajpuram, Bangaloe - 560084
Phone: (080) 25803010/11/12

No 1 , Palace Cross Road , Bangalore
Phone: (080) 23348631/32/33, Fax: (080) 23342774
E mail:

No. 2 (Old No.8), Binnayston Garden, Magadi Road, Bangalore
Phone: (080) 22966251/52/53/54, Fax: (080) 22966255
Source: Ford India 

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Nissan Dealer in Bangalore

No. 15, Queens Road, Bangalore - 560052
Phone: (080) 4123 5305 / 2235 5407
Mobile: 9880019438, 9008101909

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Lotus Proton City Car gets production signal

     The small car jointly developed by Lotus Cars of UK and Proton of Malaysia has got approval for production of the concept. The City Car is aimed at European and Asian markets. A sportier version of the car is also on the cards.

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Mahindra Thar launched in India

     Mahindra has launched the Thar jeep with 4x4 and 4x2 options. Thar looks like the old MM540 but with new chassis and loads of features. It is an off-roader with 2 and 4 wheel drive options and available in DI and CRDe  engine versions. It is a perfect vehicle for go anywhere attitude and the company is targeting such people who would like to do more of offroading.

     Thar is priced at Rs. 5.99 lakh for CRDe BSIV variant and Rs. 4.47 lakh for the DI 4x2 variant (prices ex-showroom Jaipur). The vehicle will be launched in New Delhi, Chandigarh, Bangalore and Mangalore by the end of December and all over the country in January.

     Mahindra gives an option for customization of Thar jeep which would cost Rs 2 lakh more than the cost price. Customization offered include – alloys, black leather seats with red piping and winch etc. 

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Nissan Sunny officially unveiled at Guangzhou

     Nissan has officially unveiled its global sedan Sunny at the 8th China International Automobile Exhibition held at Guangzhou, China. It will go on sale in China from January next year and later sells in 170 countries under different names.

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Tata Nano new TV Commercial

     Tata Motors have come up with a touching TV commercial to boot the sales of Tata Nano

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Peugeot Citroen to enter Indian Market

     French automobile manufacturer Peugeot Citroen is scouting to enter Indian Market by setting up facility in India. The company has already looked two sites in Chittor and Sitarampet both located in Andhra Pradesh. The company is in talks with the Andhra Govt. to provide incentives and also insist that the Govt. purchase their vehicles.

     Peugeot Citroen will invest around Rs 10,000 Crores in coming years. The company aims to create employment to over 10,000 people in India. 
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Honda CB Twister named Indian Motorcycle of the Year(IMOTY) for 2010

     Honda CB Twister has been named as the Indian Motorcycle of the Year(IMOTY) for 2010 by a jury comprising of top journalists from various Indian automobile magazines. The jury incuded included Aspi Bhathena of Bike India, Pablo Chaterjee of BS Motoring, Girish Karkera and Debabrata Sarkar of Top Gear India, Vikrant Singh of Auto Bild besides Sirish Chandran and Shubhabrata Marmar of OVERDRIVE.

     CB Twister beat its nearest competitor Bajaj Pulsar 135 LS by mere 3 points. Other bikes in the contention were TVS Jive, Bajaj Discover150, Mahindra Stallio and TVS Max 4R.
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Ford Figo named Indian Car of the Year (ICOTY) for 2010

     Ford Figo has been named as the Indian Car of the Year(ICOTY) for the year 2010. ICOTY is India’s prestigious award given by a jury consisting of top journalists of India’s best automobile magazines. Figo is followed closely by VW Vento with just difference of 26 points. The other cars in the contention were Chevrolet Beat, New Maruti Suzuki Wagon R, Nissan Micra, Skoda Yeti, Tata Aria and the VW Polo.

     The jury included Bob Rupani and Gautam Sen of Auto India, Aspi Bhathena of Car India, Srinivas Krishnan and Pablo Chaterji of BS Motoring, Girish Karkera and Sriram Satyanarayanan of BBC Top Gear India, Yogendra Pratap and Vikrant Singh of Auto Bild besides Sirish Chandran and Bertrand D’souza of OVERDRIVE.
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Discounts offered by manufactures in India this December

• Maruti Suzuki is offering discounts ranging from Rs 20,000 on an Alto K10 to Rs 60,000 on an Estilo or an A-star to maximum value of Rs 40,000 on the SX4. The company is also offering exchange bonus up to Rs 25,000.
• Hyundai is offering a saving of 33,000 on Santro and Rs 40,000 new i10. It is also offering benefits worth Rs 45,000 on the Verna.
• General Motors has discounted the prices of Chevrolet Spark from Rs 3.22 lakh to Rs 2.73 lakh and for Beat from 3.53 lakh to 3.32 lakh.
• Ford is offering a huge discount of Rs 71,000 on the Fiesta. It also offering only 8 per cent rate of interest for Ford Endeavour and and Ford Figo
• Buy a Mahindra Xylo or a Scorpio before December and you can get a discount of Rs 50,000.
• Fiat is offering Rs 55,000 worth of benefits on the purchase of its Linea and Punto.
• Honda Siel is offering discounts on Jazz worth Rs 60,000
• Tata Motors is offering discounts on all models ranging from 50,000-100,000
• Volkswagen has issued a warning. It will raise Polo prices by 2.9% from January 2011. Current prices last only till December 31.
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Hero & Honda finally exit for the joint venture

     Hero Motors of India and Honda Motor Company of Japan has officially called off the joint venture in the Indian two wheeler segment. The JV dates back to 1984 in which Hero group held 26% shares, Honda held 26% shares and rest held with other partners. This JV saw a great success in Indian two wheeler segment by introducing the first 4 stroke motorcycles in India. Models such as CD100 and Splendor made a tremendous impact on the market, thanks to its great fuel efficiency.

     Honda will sell its 26% shares to the Hero Group. This makes the company to be wholly owned by Hero Group headed by Munjal family. A new licensing agreement will be signed in which the currently company will continue producing, selling and servicing its current products. The company’s brand name will be changed from Hero Honda to a new one.
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December discounts on Chevrolet Spark and Beat

     Chevrolet is offering a great discount offer on its small cars Spark and Beat this month (December). After discount Chevrolet Spark price starts from Rs. 2.69 lakh and Beat price starts from Rs. 3.29 lakh (Both the prices ex-showroom New Delhi). Chevrolet is also offering three years or 1 lakh km warranty with free service maintenance for three years.
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New Chevrolet Mini Van Specifications

Price: Rs. 5-6 Lakh (Expected)
Variants: NA

Length: 3860 mm
Width: 1570 mm
Height: 1860 mm
Wheel Base: 2500 mm
Ground Clearance:
Front Track: 1280 mm
Rear Track: 1290 mm
Kerb Weight: 1095 Kg
Gross Weight:  1615 Kg
No. of Doors: 5 Door Mini Van
Seating Capacity: 5-8 Persons
Fuel Tank Capacity: 40 Liters

Type: Petrol
Displacement: 1206 cc
Power: 85 Bhp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 108 Nm @ 4000 rpm
Compression Ratio:  9.8:1
No Of Cylinders: 4
Cylinder Configuration: NA
Valves Per Cylinder: NA

Type: 5 Forward Speed with Synchronizer
Gears: 5 Forward, 1 Reverse

Type: Rack & Pinion
Min Turning Radius: 5 Meters

Front: Mac Pherson Strut
Rear: Leaf Spring / Coil Spring

Front: Disc
Rear: Drum

Wheels and Tyres 
Wheel Size: 13 Inch
Tyres Size & Type: 165/70R13

Max Speed: 135 Kmph
0-100 kmph: NA

Fuel Economy  (Approx)
Overall: NA
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More spy pictures and video of Chevrolet (GM) mini-van being tested in India

     We in our earlier post had showed you the spy pictures of the GM mini-van being tested in India. Digitosam of Team-Bhp has managed to click more detailed pictures of the mini-van.  Indianautosblog went further to post a video of the mini-van doing testing in city traffic. 


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GM's new mini-van spied in India

Guess what we have got for you? Its the new mini-van from the General Motors for Indian market. The mini-van you see in the picture is called as Wuling Hong Tu in China. GM has partnered with Wuling Motors of China to build and sell the later's vehicles in India.

The mini-van will be positioned to rial against Maruti Eeco. It is powered by a 1.2 Liter petrol engine with 85 Bhp of power. It will be less than 4 meter length and hence will qualify for the small car norm to avail the excise benefits in India. The engine is coupled with a 5 speed manual transmission. The base variant has rear leaf spring suspension while the top variant gets coil springs.

GM also has plans to launch various models from the Wuling range. These vehicles  are expected to be price competitive and is likely to give stiff competition to the market leader Maruti Suzuki.

Wuling Hong Tu

Source: Autocarindia
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