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Skoda Lauretta is the new Fabia sedan

     The new sedan based on the Fabia will be called Lauretta and not Rapid. The sedan was spied testing near Skoda’s factory in Gujarat few days ago.


     The Skoda Lauretta shares design cures from its younger sibling Fabia hatchback and cousin VW Vento. It will be powered by VW’s 1.6 L petrol and diesel engine and will be priced below the Vento sedan.


     The Lauretta is expected to be launched in October this year and aims to grab a substantial share in the popular C segment.
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Hyundai EON is the new small car from Hyundai for India

     We had showed you some spy pictures of Hyundai small car being tested near Hyundai’s factory in Chennai. The small car from Hyundai will be called ‘EON’ which will take on the market leader Maruti Alto.


     The Hyundai EON bears the Hyundai’s new design philosophy of fluidic sculpture design. Most of you will find hard to differentiate it from the i10 but believe us the small car has been built on an entirely new platform and the car has nothing to do with the i10.


     
Hyundai EON will be powered by a 800cc 3 cylinder engine and we are sure Hyundai would have done its home work on the engine to give maximum mileage which is the essence of the segment.


     The Hyundai EON is expected to be launched by November this year and will be priced around Rs. 2.5 lakh ex-showroom India.

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2012 Mercedes Benz B Class hatch unveiled

     The all new 2012 Mercedes Benz B Class hatchback has been unveiled ahead of its public debut at Frankfurt Motor Show. The new B Class looks sportier and shares its design cues with the R Class.


     Mercedes has plans to install lot of tech goodies in the new B Class which include Adaptive Headlamp Assist, Blind Spot Assist / Lane Keeping Assist, Attention Assist, Speed Limit Assist, Start Stop system, Active Parking Assist, Linguatronic, DISTRONIC PLUS, PRE-SAFE and COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST with adaptive Brake Assist.


     Power plant for the new B Class will be 1.6L petrol and 1.8 diesel with different power and torque outputs. Transmissions on the offer are the 6-speed manual and 7-speed 7G-DCT dual clutch gearbox.





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Now take home a Nano with down payment of Rs. 15,000

     Tata Motors through its finance division has come up with a new finance scheme in which a customer can walk into any Tata Motors dealership and can drive home a Nano with a down payment of Rs. 15000 for the base model. The rest of the payment can be made through a five year loan term with equated monthly installments of Rs. 3325.


     The finance scheme for Nano CX is Rs. 22,000 down payment and Rs. 3910 per month for five years and for Nano LX it is Rs. 24,000 down payment and Rs. 4493 per month for five years.
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Here is how the next gen Audi R8 front will look

     Audi has released the image of the 2013 R8 sports car. As seen from the picture, the next generation R8 features a large air intakes, futuristic LED headlights and a revised grill that is carried out from 2012 A5 and A6.


     The new R8 will be launched next year with two engine options – 450 Ps, 4.2 liter V8 and 540 Ps, 5.2 liter V10. The seven-speed S-tronic transmission could replace the present R-tronic gearbox.


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New BMW X3 launched in India

     German luxury car maker BMW has launched the next generation X3 SUV in India priced between Rs. 41.2 - 47.9 ex-showroom Pune.


     The new BMW X3 comes in two variants – xDrive 20d and xDrive 30d. It sports new features such as Brake regeneration technology, EPS, Star-Stop system and run flat tires. 8 colour options is available with choice of 5 colours for the leather in the interior.



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Mitsubishi Outlander Chrome Limited Edition launched in India

     Mitsubishi has launched a Limited Edition version of Outlander SUV named as Outlander Chrome in India. The Outlander Chrome sports many new features such as – Side protection moulding, Larger rear spoiler, Side ari dam with inlay, Floor illumination, Roof mounted DVD player with screen and Chrome plated door mirror cover.



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Volkswagen UP unveiled, to debut at Frankfurt Motor Show

     In our earlier post we had mentioned about Volkswagen’s plan of debuting its Up small car at Frankfurt Motor Show.  Volkswagen has unveiled UP city car before its debut at the auto show. To remind, Volkswagen had showed the Up concept for the first time at the same Frankfurt Motor Show in 2007. After 4 long years, Volkswagen has come up with production ready Up which is now front wheel drive as against earlier shown rear wheel drive concept.


     Volkswagen UP is built on Volkswagen’s new MQB platform. The UP measures 3540mmx1420mmx1480mm and can seat 5 persons. It has boot size of 250 liters. Powering the UP will be a 1.0L TSI engine which pumps out 60-75 hp of power. 






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Ssangyong to debut XUV 1 concept at Frankfurt Motor Show

     Mahindra & Mahindra owned Ssangyong Motors has teased its XUV 1 concept before its debut at 64th International Motor Show being held at Frankfurt next month.


     The XUV1 concept reflects the new design philosophy of Ssangyong Motors. From the teaser pictures the concept looks very futuristic. The XUV1 concept will have a flexi seating options.




Official press release


SSANGYONG TO REVEAL THE CONCEPT XUV 1 IN FRANKFURT AA International Motor Show 2011


- Compact SUV concept illustrates SsangYong’s latest design and engineering


- Full details of Concept XUV 1 will be released at the IAA next month


- Available to view on stand D10 in Hall 8.0


When the doors open to the 64th IAA International Motor Show on the 13th September, SsangYong will be ready to reveal one of the stars of the event – an innovative new compact crossover concept.


The Concept XUV 1 has at its core the ideals of a moving communication space. SsangYong’s designers set themselves the goal of creating a new automobile culture based on performance, safety and an awareness of the environment.


A showcase for the latest SsangYong design capabilities, the Concept XUV 1 uses extensive glass areas along with carefully curved bodywork to look imposing without seeming to appear ‘aggressive’. The wraparound windscreen visually extends the glass area virtually uninterrupted to the large C-pillars, perfectly complemented by a full length glass roof.


Described by its creators as a premium CUV – Crossover Utility Vehicle – the Concept XUV 1 perfectly illustrates the robust image of SsangYong vehicles coupled with an appearance highlighting speed and power. The innovative interior design introduces new 1+1+2 or 1+3 seating layouts, challenging conventional cabin design and highlighting the flexibility available from SsangYong’s latest platform technology.


The spacious interior is also packed with the latest automotive technology, leading to the show car’s name: Concept XUV 1 is derived from Excellent User Interface Vehicle 1. All major cabin functions are controlled via mobile devices and smart instruments, while the coach style door offers easy access to the futuristic cabin.


All this versatility comes within the confines of a compact B segment sized vehicle, a sector which has experienced rapid growth in crossover models in recent years. Offering the high seating position and rugged feel of a full sized SUV without any compromise in running costs, crossover models on a supermini scale are fast becoming the ideal motoring solution for today’s driver.

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Bookings for Tata Indica Vista facelift begins

     The bookings for the Tata Indica Vista have already begun, before the launch of the car on August 22nd. Tata Motors dealers are taking bookings with a deposit of Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 25,000 depending up on the dealership.


     As said in our earlier post, the Indica Vista facelift gets the front fascia of that of the Manza sedan. Chrome grill and triple barrel head lamps give the Indica Vista a Manza look. However there is not much change in the rear. In the interior, but for the dashboard, everything seems to be borrowed from the Manza as well. The dashboard remains the same with centrally mounted console, though now comes in dual tone colours.


     Since it is just a facelift and looking at the down turn of the car market in India we guess Tata Motors might absorb the excess cost and will not price the Indica Vista facelift above the current model.



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Indian Grand Prix tickets on sale

     The country is waiting for the biggest event in Indian automotive racing history. The Indian Grand Prix named as Airtel Indian Grand Prix will start on 28th of October this year. The tickets for the Grand Prix are on sale with prices starting from Rs. 2,500 going up to Rs. 35,000.
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Toyota Etios user experience and complaints

     We came across the website myetios.com where in Etios owners have expressed their views and complaints. The author of the website Mr. Munish Ahuja in his article points out the cost saving factor of Toyota by not having a water gasket on the doors leads to lots of problems. Firstly there is chance of water leakage when it rains and Mr. Munish says, the absence of the gaskets will makes it convenient for insects, cockroaches, ants, spiders and lizards to get inside the vehicle as soon as the door is opened. A good thought which Toyota did not think. Secondly these gaskets will reduce the noise and vibrations inside the cabin, so without the gaskets Eitos is not quite enough as it should have been. Mr. Munish has demonstrated the vibrations of Etios in his video as well.




     Apart from the views of the author, there is lot of comments posted on the site. We feel the site is a must visit for not just Etios owners but to all who are planning to buy a car, not necessarily the Etios. Such user experience website will help the car buyers in making good decisions.


Source: myetios.com
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Force One SUV launched, priced at Rs. 10.65 lakh

     The much awaited Force One SUV has been launched at a price tag of Rs. 10.65 lakh ex-showroom, Mumbai. The Force One SUV will be available in only one variant across 22 Force Motors dealerships across the country. The Force One SUV will reach the dealerships by 1st September.


     The Force One SUV is powered by a Mercedes OM 611 2148cc diesel engine with 141 Ps of power and 320 Nm of torque. This engine is the same one which powers the Mercedes Benz C Class diesel. Transmission is through 5 speed manual gearbox. The electronics of the SUV has been validated by Mercedes Benz and the suspension has been tuned by Lotus Engineering of UK.





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Tata Indica Vista facelift clear pictures

     In our earlier post we had posted some spy pictures of Tata Indica Vista facelift. TheAutomotiveIndia.com has got has some good pictures of the new Indica Vista which indeed looks refreshed.


     Tata Motors has tried to give the Indica Vista a new look to stay in the competition. Unlike the old Indica V2, the Vista however could not make a mark in the market. We feel this would be the final effort by the company on the Indica Vista as there are news that the third generation Indica is already on the drawing board.




     The new Indica Vista will be launched on 22nd of this month. The company has borrowed lots of things from Manza to make Indica Vista look upmarket.
As seen in the picture, the front end of the new Indica Vista is no different than the Manza. The triple barrel headlamps, chrome grill and fog lamps all makes one difficult to differentiate the new Indica Vista from its bigger brother. In the rear you will find some changes in the tail lamps, but the major change can be seen on the tailgate. A black strip below the rear windscreen is the highlight and so do TATA emblem below it.


     In the interior every bit seem to be of the Manza, however the dashboard has not been borrowed from it. The dashboard is same as that of the Indica Vista with speedo console in the centre. Some goodies like Bluetooth and steering mounted control is now present in the new Indica Vista as well.


      


     We feel, Tata might sell the new Indica Vista in average numbers as the latest entrant – the New Swift and soon to be launched Toyota Etios Liva diesel will dominate the segment.

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Honda Jazz facelift launched, priced at Rs. 5.5 lakh

     Honda today launched the Jazz facelift and what is surprise is the Jazz is now priced at Rs. 5.5 lakh ex-showroom, New Delhi.


     The base Jazz S which was priced Rs. 7.12 lakh now is available at Rs. 5.5 lakh. The Select and Jazz X variants are priced at Rs. 5.75 lakh and Rs. 6.06 lakh respectively which were earlier Rs. 7.24 lakh and Rs. 7.48 lakh.


     The Jazz facelift features redesigned bumpers and headlamps in the exterior with an addition of a paint shade. Interiors get dual tone (beige and black), a height adjustable driver seat and power retractable outside rear view mirrors on the top-end version. USB interface now becomes standard on all variants. The Select and Jazz X variants get an added feature of reclining rear seats.






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New Volkswagen Jetta Pictures

Volkswagen has launched its 6th generation Jetta in India. Here are the pictures…









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New Volkswagen Jetta launched in India

     Volkswagen has launched 6th generation Jetta in India priced at Rs. Rs 14.12 lakh, ex-showroom New Delhi. The new Jetta will be available in three trim levels – Trendline, Comfortline and Highline.


     Powering the new Jetta will be 2.0L TDI common rail diesel engine which produces 138 Bhp @ 4200 rpm of power and 32.4 Kgm @ 1750-2500 rpm of torque. Two drive options are on the offer, a six speed manual transmission and a DSG Gearbox.


     The new Jetta is bigger as compared to the outgoing model and looks very similar to its younger brother Vento from the front angle. The new Jetta will compete will Skoda Laura, Chevrolet Cruze, Toyota Corolla Altis, Renalut Fluence and Honda Civic in the D-Segment.










New Volkswagen Jetta Press Release:


Volkswagen unveils the all-new Jetta in India
• All new Jetta now to be available at an even better price starting Rs. 14.12 lakhs*
• Bookings start today
• Now 27 percent more powerful and larger by 90 mm
• All new design add to the appeal of the Jetta
Mumbai, August 17, 2011: Volkswagen, Europe’s leading car manufacturer unveiled the all-new Jetta for India today.
With a totally new design and a powerful engine, the all-new Jetta will be available to customers in the diesel variant in both automatic and manual transmissions starting at Rs. 14.12 lakhs, ex showroom New Delhi. It will be available in four variants –Trendline, Comfortline and Highline manual and DSG gearbox.
Speaking during the presentation of the all-new Jetta, Mr. Neeraj Garg, Member of Board and Director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Volkswagen Group Sales India Pvt. Ltd. said, “The Jetta has been a worldwide bestseller for Volkswagen, and with the sixth generation we are confident to continue this success story in an important market like India.“
He further adds “With the introduction of the all-new Jetta our entire carline from the Polo to the Passat now offers the latest and the best to our customers, reiterating our commitment here in India. And the good news is that this new carline will be available for customers at an even better price than the outgoing Jetta.”
Mr. Lutz Kothe, Head of Marketing and PR, Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Volkswagen Group Sales India Pvt. Ltd. added by saying, “with a sleek new design and a very powerful engine we aim to entice customers who love their cars to perform. We are confident that the all-new Jetta with its latest drive technologies will set standards in its segment.”
The Vehicle Outline:
The all New Jetta is equipped with 2.0Litre, 4 cylinder CRDi engine with a maximum power output of (140PS) @ 4200rpm and a maximum torque of 320 Nm @1750-2500 rpm with a 6 Speed Gear Box in both manual and automatic transmission (DSG).
* Ex-Showroom New Delhi
Exterior
The new generation Jetta now comes with an entirely new design and is 90 mm longer than its previous generation thereby making it more comfortable for the passengers.
The interplay of its exterior dimensions generates a powerful ratio of proportions. In parallel, the all new Jetta “design DNA” sharpens its style. This has resulted in clear precise lines and muscular surfaces, which give the Jetta an image of timeless elegance and dynamic styling.
The Exterior is equipped with:
• “Navarra” alloy wheels 205/55 R 16 tyres
• Day time running lights,
• Rear Fog lights
• Side turn signal lights integrated in exterior mirrors
• Dual exhaust pipes
Interior
The designers and engineers have also crafted the interior right down to the last detail; the quality and perfection in details decisively go beyond boundaries. The extended wheelbase of the new Jetta has enabled a rear seating layout that is significantly more comfortable.
The very wide and coupe like rear window offers excellent visibility and simultaneously emphasizes its dynamic lines. Its interplay with the C-pillars, as striking as they are elegant, and the clearly sculpted shoulder section, produces a design that is extremely dominant, generating a strong and powerful presence.
The interior is equipped with:
• Leatherette seat upholstery
• Leather package for steering wheel, gear shift knob, hand brake grip
• Front center armrest with storage box
• Storage compartments on headliner
• Rear AC vents for comfort,
• Driver’s seat height adjustments for better drivability,
• Lockable and illuminated glove compartment
• Multi-function display
Comfort and Convenience
On comfort the car has a number of unique, thoughtful touches. It is equipped with:
• 12 way electrically adjustable driver seat
• RCD 510 touch screen music system with CD player
• Aux-in & 8 speakers
• Cruise control
• Park distance with acoustic warning and display of front infotainment
• Climatic air conditioner
• Front seat with height adjustment for better visibility
Safety and Security
Advanced occupant safety is one of the key features of the all-new Jetta which comes equipped with:
• Electronic Stability Programme (ESP)
• 8 airbags
• Front seat belt with height adjustment and seat-belt tensioner,
• Central locking with 2 remote control folding keys,
• 3-point belt for center rear seat,
• Electronic engine immobilizer,
• Engine and transmission guard,
• Hill hold control.
The all New Jetta will be offered in 6 different colours:
• Candy white
• Reflex silver
• Toffee braun
• Deep black pearl
• Platinum grey
• Silver leaf
About Volkswagen:
Volkswagen, the leading carmaker in Europe, sells its broad model range from the Fox to the Phaeton in more than 150 countries worldwide. In India, Volkswagen offers the luxurious Phaeton, Passat, Jetta, the iconic New Beetle, the powerful SUV Touareg, the Polo and the Vento.
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All new Maruti Suzuki Swift launched in India

     After much hype Maruti Suzuki has finally launched the new Swift in India. The new Swift price starts from Rs 4.22 lakh (ex-showroom New Delhi).


     Like the earlier model, the new Swift is available in both petrol and diesel variants. The petrol Swift is powered by the same 1.2L engine which now gets variable valve timing (VVT) increasing the power to 86 Bhp. The diesel Swift however has the same engine as the old one which produces 74 Bhp power.




     The all new Swift though looks familiar with the outgoing model, it has been designed from the scratch. The new Swift is 90mm longer and 5mm wider with wheelbase increased by 40mm.


     The petrol Swift is priced between Rs. 4.22-5.53 lakh and the diesel is priced between Rs. 5.15-6.33 lakh.
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Nissan offers Rs. 1,00,000 discount on X-Trail

     Nissan is offereing cash discount of Rs. 1,00,000 on its X-Trail SUV. Since its launch, the CBU X-Trail has not been doing well on the sales chart because of its price. X-Trail is priced between Rs. 22.2-26.5 lakh which is much higher than its competitors Fortuner and Captiva.


     In July 2011, Nissan sold just 35 units of X-Trail while its competitors Toyota Fortuner and Chevrolet Captiva sold 1060 and 113 units respectively. BMW X1, though being costly than the X-Trail sold 484 units in the month of July.



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Tata Manza CS spied

     In our earlier post when we showed you a yellow facelifted Indica Vista spied while testing, a Manza with the bumper covered was found in front of the Indica Vista which opened up the speculation of Manza CS being launched along with the new Vista. Carwale.com has come up with a picture of Manza CS from the side, which in fact looks better than the current Manza.


     Unlike the Indigo CS, the Manza CS looks to be a complete car without any design flaws while shortening the boot. With tall boot, the Manza CS will give a class leading luggage space in the segment. Having known about the interior space of the Manza, the CS version of it will make it a car with lots of space; yet cheap to buy as the CS version being less than 4 meters in length qualifies for the excise sops.



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2012 Hyundai i20 spied

     The next generation Hyundai i20 has been spied in Europe. Though the 2012 Hyundai i20 will be a facelift, the redesigned front and rear end would make the car look entirely different from the current model. The i20 will also bear the same front fascia like that of the Fludic Verna, sticking to the Fludic Sculpture design theme.


     We expect the car to make its appearance at the Auto Show next year in New Delhi.




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Tata Aria chase TV commercial

     Soon after the launch of Aria 4x2, Tata Motors has come up with a breathtaking commercial where the Aria is being chased by enemies. See how the secret agent who drives the Aria escapes from the enemy attack.


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Force One launch on 19th August

     The much awaited SUV from Force Motors ‘Force One’ will be launched on 19th of August. The dealers have been informed about the launch and a word of ‘get ready’ has been delivered to them.


     Force Motors is betting big on its SUV and is likely to be priced competitively. At around Rs. 11-13 lakh, Force One will give stiff competition to Tata Safari, Mahindra Scorpio & Tata Aria. But the major one to get hit will be Innova. People buying a MUV like Innova will definitely opt the Force One because of its spaciousness and off road capability.


     Force Motors has gone into an agreement with Mercedes Benz, which provides the engine for ‘Force One’ SUV. The Force One engine is the same one we see in the C Class but with various output. Expect the Force One engine to deliver class leading performance, which no other vehicles in the segment can match.

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Scoop: Maruti R3 clear images

     Till now we had been seeing the spy pictures of the Maruti R3 MPV, now Carwale.com has provided us the clear images of the R3 MPV.


     The R3 bears some resemblance with the new Swift, but the entire front end including the headlamps has no association with the Swift. In fact the R3 MPV is built on the extended Ritz platform.


     The side profile looks impressive and one gets a feeling of a big vehicle, which the R3 is indeed. The wrap around tail lamps looks great as well. Overall we would say the R3 has been designed will by Maruti Suzuki. It is all about the price now which decides the R3 fate in Indian market.




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Honda CR-V 2012 spied inside out in China

     The next generation Honda CR-V has been spied beneath camouflage in China. Few days back Honda had released the photo of the Honda CR-V 2012 and the spy pictures from China resembles very much that released by the company.


     From the spy pictures we can see the headlamps integrated with the front grill giving a floating appearance. The front bumper looks sporty with nicely designed fog lamp slots. The rear of the vehicle looks similar to the Volvo XC series vehicles; the Honda CR-V has a distinctive character.


Like the exterior the interior too looks futuristic with new steering wheel and dashboard. The new Honda CR-V will continue from where the current generation model leaves and we have to say that Honda has yet again proved that they make cars which looks like space age ones.












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Honda Brio spied again, now with less camouflage

     The small car from Honda, Brio has been spotted again testing near its factory in Noida. In our earlier post we had posted some spy pictures but nothing like these pictures below which will show the complete without much camouflage.


     Honda will launch the Brio at the time of Diwali which will be in September. Since the Brio will be launched only in petrol engine, Honda is trying hard to position the car in the right segment. Any overpricing will make the Brio suffer like its big brother Jazz did.




     The Brio will be powered by a 1.2L petrol engine, which is lifted from the Jazz. However the engine will be down tuned to match the small Brio. 5 speed manual transmission will be offered, but a 4 speed automatic cannot be ruled out at a later stage. Honda wants Brio to be positioned in a segment where people want performance of a petrol car with fuel efficiency of a diesel one. The Brio is expected to deliver 20 Km per liter of petrol.


     As we see from the second picture, the rear windscreen is smaller unlike in the Thai version where the entire Tail gate consists of glass. May be Honda has redesigned the tail gate for India which now has a smaller rear glass area.
Picture Source: Carwale & Autobuild
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Toyota introduces Innova Crysta Limited Edition

     Toyota has intruded a Limited Editon version of its popular MUV Innova, named as Innova Crysta. Only 1000 units of Innova Crysta will be produced and sold. The Innova Crysta commands a premium of Rs. 1 lakh compared to top of the line V variant.


The Limited Edition Innova Crysta has following new features:


Smoked Alloy wheels
Body Graphics
Rear Roof Spoiler
Muffler Cutter
Dual Tone leather seat cover
Dark wood panel
Floor mats






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New Mercedes Benz SLK Class launched in India

     Mercedes Benz today launched SLK Class sports car at New Delhi priced at Rs. 61.9 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi). At the launch, Mr. Debashis Mitra, Director Sales & Marketing, Mercedes-Benz India said the 3.5L SLK 350 is one of the most revolutionary products from Mercedes stable.




Press Release
Mercedes-Benz opens Newer horizons in India with the launch of the New Roadster SLK 350 BlueEFFICIENCY
· SLK pioneered the Roadster segment in the world. With the SLK, Mercedes-Benz reinvents the Roadster yet again; introduces the world’s first Magic Sky Control
· Rated as one of safest cars in its class: Awarded the Euro NCAP 5 Star Safety Ratings
· Combines fun with responsibility: Powered by 3.5L engine; yet implementing BlueEFFICIENCY measures which ensures optimal performance and environment compatibility
Delhi– Mercedes-Benz India today unveiled the exemplary and stunning New generation SLK 350, showcasing its distinctively aggressive design and an impressive sporty architecture, mirroring the sharp lineage of the SLS-AMG and the SL Class. Adding another highlight to Mercedes-Benz India’s luxury car portfolio, this engineering marvel introduces the ‘MAGIC SKY CONTROL’ panoramic vario-roof for the first time ever. Blending sporty inspiration with unrivalled safety, the New SLK embodies the luxurious performance of trend setting technology.
Mr. Debashis Mitra, Director Sales & Marketing, Mercedes-Benz India: “The New SLK 350 is one of the most revolutionary products to come from the stable of Mercedes-Benz! Demonstrating the rich blend of sophistication with the latest in design and technology, the car is a testament to our continued endeavor to offer a thrilling experience to our customers. With its powerful innovative features and state of the art technology, the car proves not just to be an exhilarating experience to the driver but also a visual delight, consolidating its status as a benchmark product world over.”
For the first time ever – MAGIC SKY CONTROL
Proving yet again its leadership in technological advancements, this stunning roadster takes its pioneering concept of the vario-roof to a New level, with the introduction of the world’s first ‘Magic Sky Control’ panoramic vario-roof. The third generation of the SLK family offers its driver a never before advantage, as this meticulous design breakthrough transforms the roadster into a coupĂ© at the touch of a button. Blending harmoniously into the overall design, the roof offers a brighter and more natural interior, offering a spectacular view of the skies.
Supreme design mirroring leadership in technology
Designed to be thrilling, powerful and yet royal, the SLK 350 boasts of sleek lines and shapely contours demonstrating its supremacy with a bolder look. With symmetrically arranged headlamps and bumpers, the contours of the car invoke the car’s all powerful character, as the hallmark Mercedes V-Shape adds the final finishing touch. From the side and from the front, the car is sculpted to rise and glide likes a powerful machine, exuding its lively, sporty presence. With authentic sporty trimmings, sweeping lines and stylish seating mechanisms, the interiors of the SLK have been intricately crafted to offer the pinnacle in luxury and comfort.
Ingenious material mix and high levels of safety
The striking New SLK 350 impresses with the New BlueEFFICIENCY technology, unleashing a slew of revolutionary features for the most tempting driving experience. Designers and engineers have integrated superior maintaining the edge in new age technology accompanied with stylish designs. Safety is an important benchmark for every Mercedes vehicle. The SLK 350 has achieved the much coveted 5 stars in the Euro NCAP Crash Rating making it the epitome in safety. The third generation of the powerful trend-setter will make use of a whole host of the latest assistance systems to support the driver. These include the drowsiness detection system ATTENTION ASSIST which predicts the level of driver attentiveness to provide an early warning of overtiredness. The parking guidance system PARKTRONIC aids in representing the recommended parking manoeuver.
SLK-Class: Engine specifications
The New SLK-Class is equipped with a V6 engine and a capacity of 3.498cc with a 306hp output and 360Nm torque making its engine a force to reckon with. The exemplary efficiency is coupled with a torque that offers a high level of responsiveness making this roadster impressive in every aspect.
Priced at Rs. 61.9 Lakhs (Ex-Showroom Delhi), the New SLK 350 will be retailed through Mercedes-Benz Dealerships across the country.
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Hero MotoCorp unveils Impulse dirt bike and Maestro scooter at London

     India’s largest two wheeler manufacturer Hero MotoCorp has unveiled two models at the logo unveiling ceremony in London. The two vehicles are a dirt bike named ‘Impulse’ and a scooter named ‘Maestro’.


     The Hero Impulse is a dirt bike with engine capacity of 150cc. It is basically the Honda NXR and we guess Hero MotoCorp would have bought the license from Honda to manufacture and sell the product in India.


     The bike has maximum power of 13.8 Bhp at 8000 rpm and maximum torque of 13.6 Nm at 6000 rpm and is coupled to a 5 speed manual transmission.


Hero Impulse/Honda NXR specs and features:


Fuel tank capacity: 12 Liters, 2.3 Liters reserve
Front Suspension: Telescopic with 180 mm stroke
Rear Suspension: Monoshock with 150 mm stroke
Saddle height: 830 mm
Max. Ground Clearance: 244 mm
Dry Weight: 119.1 Kg
Wheel Base: 1353 mm


     The bike will be available in Black, Vibrant Blue Metallic, Sports Red, Leaf Green Metallic and Vibrant Orange colours.


     The Hero Maestro is the scooter which will be positioned as male-specific gearless scooter. Hero has another product ‘Pleasure’ which is positioned as female-specific product. More details of ‘Maestro’ have not emerged but expect this 110cc scooter to have lot of resemblance to the Honda Aviator.
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