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Hyundai Eon micro website up, bookings start from 1st October

     The micro website of Hyundai’s all new small car for India had come up Hyundai will start bookings for Eon from 1st of October. As per the website, the Eon will be launched on 12th of October and the cars are likely to hit the roads by early November.

     Hyundai Eon is an ambitious product from the company to rival the bestselling car Maruti Alto. Last year Maruti sold over 3 lakh vehicles which made Alto the largest selling single brand car. With the launch of Eon, the supremacy of Alto will be put to test for the first time by any rival company. Eon with its fluidic design styling has an upper hand as compared to the Alto. But again, we say it is the price which plays a major role. Hyundai unlike its other cars like i10 and i20 should price Eon almost equally with that of the Maruti Alto. Otherwise they will miss a great chance to make a mark in India again.

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Mahindra XUV500 priced suprisingly at Rs. 10.8 lakh

     Mahindra has shockingly priced its premium SUV XUV500 at Rs. 10.8 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi) for the base 2WD(W6) variant. The other variants available are 2WD(W8) and top of the line 4WD(W8) which are priced Rs. 11.95 lakh and Rs. 12.88 lakh respectively (All prices ex-showroom, New Delhi). These are introductory prices and in coming months Mahindra is likely to revise the rates of XUV500.

     The Mahindra XUV500 is powered by the same 2.2L mHawk diesel engine carried over from the Scorpio. However, the XUV500 deliver more power and torque of 140 Bhp and 33.33 Kgm. The engine is placed transversly, which is first of its kind in Mahindra vehicles. The engine is mated to a new cable operated 6 speed manual transmission which is developed in the help of Riccardo. The new cable operated transmission provides more torque than the Scorpio gearbox. Mahindra is also working on an automatic transmission for XUV500.

The XUV500 is loaded with features such as
  • LED reading lights, ESP
  • Tyre-pressure monitoring
  • Six airbags, traction control
  • ESP, hill-descent control
  • Voice commands
  • Cruise and audio controls on steering wheel
  • 6-inch touch screen Infotainment System with Sat-Nav
  • USB and iPod connectivity

     Mahindra will soon launch the XUV500 in South Africa followed by Australia, Sourth America, Western Europe and SAARC countries. In the phase 1, the XUV500 will be available only in Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Chennai and Bangalore.

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Mahindra XUV500 launched in India

     Mahindra has launched its premium SUV (Codename: W201) XUV500 in India. The Mahindra XUV500 was launched today in a grand launch ceremony at New Delhi. However, Mr. Pawan Goenka, MD of Mahindra Automotive has not disclosed the price of the XUV500. He asked the journalist present at the launch venue to wait till tomorrow for the price.

     At the launch ceremony, Mr. Pawan Goenka presented two contests for the media folks. In the first contest, the media folks were asked to guess the correct price of the XUV500 and in the second, he asked to name 5 new features which were added to Mahindra vehicles lately. The winners of these contests (5 each in contest 1 & 2) will get a free ticket (worth Rs. 30,000/-) to India Grand Prix being held on October 28th this year. 

Some screen shots from the launch ceremony

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Mahindra XUV500 pictures

Mahindra has launched the much awaited SUV XUV500 in India.

Source: Zigwheels
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Tata Motors drop ‘Sumo’ name from Grande, releases updated version

     Tata Motors in its restructuring process has dropped the “Sumo” name from its MUV Grande. Now the vehicle will be just called Tata Grande instead of Tata Sumo Grande.

     Apart from dropping the “Sumo” name, Tata Motors has released an updated version of the Grande. Tata Grande is powered by a 2.2L DICOR engine which delivers 120 Ps of power and 250 Nm of flat Torque.  Now Tata class “Size does matter” with its new Grande.

There are some cosmetic changes in the new Grande which include -

  1. Chrome lined broad front grill and side finishers with new glossy grey finish
  2. New chrome lined door handles
  3. Chrome inserted rub rails
  4. Sporty steel wheel rims and
  5.  blinkers on ORVMS
  6. Stunning new body graphics

Tata Grande Brochure

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Honda Brio launched in India, priced at Rs. 3.95 lakh

     Honda has launched its much awaited small car Brio in India with price starting from Rs. 3.95 lakh ex-showroom New Delhi for the base E variant. Available in 4 variants, the Brio is priced at Rs. 4.35 lakh for S, Rs. 4.9 lakh for S(O) and Rs. 5.1 lakh for the top of the line V variant.

     The Honda Brio is powered by the same 1.2L i-VTEC 4 cylinder petrol engine which powers the Jazz. It produces peak power of 88Ps @ 6000 rpm and peak torque of 109 Nm @ 4600 rpm. The engine is mated to a 5 speed manual transmission. Honda claims the Brio to deliver a class leading fuel efficiency of 18.4 Kmpl (ARAI Certified).

     Honda terms the Brio has been designed based on two triangles, a Dynamic Triangle and Sporty Triangle which give express energy and vigor to the car. Honda claims the light rear of the hatch aids visibility and improves fuel efficiency as well. The Brio incorporated Honda’s philosophy of “Man Maximum Machine Minimum”.

     The Honda Brio has the turning radius of 4.5m which is the shortest in its Class. Honda claims the Brio to have the pedestrian injury mitigation technology as standard. Also the Honda’s G-Con technology adds to the balance and performance of the car. The top 2 variants of Brio feature Dual SRS front airbags with the driver side opening in a swirl manner there by reducing the impact to the driver.

The Honda Brio with its advanced design, superior packaging and brilliant fuel efficiency has delivered a product which we Indians have been waiting from Honda. The Honda Brio is available in 6 different colour shades - Blue, Red, Titanium, Silver, White and Black.

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Hyundai launches Santa Fe 4x4 Automatic Transmission in India

     Hyundai has launched automatic transmission variant of its SUV 4WD Santa Fe in India. The Santa Fe 4x4 AT is priced at Rs. 24.36 lakh ex-showroom New Delhi. The Santa Fe 4x4 AT comes with a 6 speed automatic transmission.

     The Santa Fe 4x4 AT which is powered by a 2.2L CRDi engine also gets additional features such as push button start and smart key. The Santa Fe 4x4 is available in five different colours.

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Video: History of Ferrari prancing horse

     The black prancing horse on a yellow background has a detailed and a fascinating story that Enzo Ferrari told only once. The horse was painted on the fuselarge of the fighter plane of Francesco Baracca, a heroic airman of the First World War. At 23 Enzo met Countenrico Baracca, Francesco Baracca’s father and his mother Countes Paulina who said to Enzo one day, “Ferrari put my son’s prancing horse on your cars, it will bring you good luck”. The horse was and still is back and Enzo added the Canary Yellow background which is the colour of Modena. In 1932 the Ferrari shield first appeared on the Alfa Romeo cars of the Scuderia racing team in the grand prix of SPA. In 1947 the 125S, first car produced at the Maranello, the pracing horse appeared on the yellow background and always with the Italian flag at the top. Now the shield is replaced by a rectangle with S and F instead of Ferrari. Thus the Ferrari brand was born. 

Source: worldcarfans
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Hyundai EON spied inside out without camouflage

     We managed to find these pictures of red Hyundai EON on a blog This is the first time that the interiors of EON have been seen in the digital world. The red EON looks simply fabulous with its flowing creases evident more in this colour. The interiors especially have been designed brilliantly which again reflect Hyundai’s fluidic design theme. Such interiors in its class is the first time, we know everybody has got bored with the Alto’s interior.

     We in our earlier post had mentioned that the EON has been over designed. But looking the car in red colour we will have to take back our words. EON in red looks like a small beauty and the interiors are fantastic. It is the price now which we are waiting. If Hyundai is really planning to compete with Alto, EON has no competition.

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Range Rover Evoque India launch before the end of 2011

     Tata Motors owned Land Rover will launch the Range Rover Evoque in India before the end of this year. By launching the Evoque as early as possible Land Rover want to capitalize the segment before rivals Audi, BMW, Mercedes & Volvo capture it. The Range Rover Evoque will be launched in both three and five door versions with price starting from Rs. 49 lakh ex-showroom Mumbai.
In our earlier post we had showed you Range Rover Evoque spied during its test runs in Pune. After seeing the spy pictures it is evident that Evoque’s launch is around the corner.

     The Evoque is a very import product from the Range Rover range. The new design and latest technology features makes it the best SUV in its class. The Evoque is shorter in length and is lighter than the Freelander, because of extensive use of aluminum and plastics in its body parts.

     The three door version of Evoque will be powered by a 2.0L, 237 Bhp turbo petrol and will be available only in ‘Dynamic’ trim. The five door version will be offered in three trims – ‘Pure’, ‘Prestige’ and ‘Dynamic’. It will be powered by a 2.2L, 187 Bhp common rail turbo diesel mated to a six speed automatic transmission delivering power to all the four wheels.

     The Evoque’s equipment list is endless. The ‘Pure’ which is a base version features  Range Rover’s Terrain Response off-road system, cruise control, a fixed panoramic glass roof, Xenon headlamps, 17-inch alloy wheels, keyless go, climate control, electric adjust front seats, leather seats, paddle-shifters a touch-screen audio, Bluetooth connectivity and an 11-speaker Meridian audio system.

     The middle variant ‘Prestige’ features luxury interior and exterior styling kit, 18-inch alloy wheels, premium leather seats, contrast painted roof and keyless entry along with all the features available in ‘Pure’ variant. The top of the line ‘Dynamic’ comes with all of the ‘Pure’ and ‘Prestige’ features puls a sporty exterior and interior styling kit and perforated leather seats. 

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New Honda City 2011 launched in Thailand

     The new Honda City 2011 that is the facelifted Honda City has been launched in Thailand. To remind, we had posted some spy pictures of Honda City facelift being tested in India. Honda had announced that it will give a facelift to not much old Honda City which was launched just three years ago to make the car look fresh and stay ahead in the competition.

     Honda City has been the benchmark car in India since its launch way back in 1998. However the dominance of City was challenged by new entrants like Volkswagen Vento and Hyundai Fluidic Verna. A lack of diesel option and rising petrol prices made City to lose its battle ground and made Honda to cut its prices by over Rs. 60,000. With the refreshed look Honda wants to get back into the competition. But still Honda has to think about its pricing strategies in India. What do you feel?

     We found the new Honda City 2011 video. Watch it and enjoy!

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Mahindra releases XUV500 teaser ad

     Mahindra will launch its most ambitious project vehicle XUV500 on the 28th of this month. Mahindra has already released a 19 sec teaser ad of XUV500 which features a Cheeta running right into the camera. Mahindra in its contest for “Guess the XUV500 price” had asked a question which says Which animal is XUV500 is inspired from? Now the answer is clear that it is the Cheeta which has inspired the styling of XUV500. The Cheeta with its flexible body is capable of attaining high speeds and most importantly with style. Mahindra says its monochoque front wheel driven XUV500 resemble that of the Cheeta in stlye and performance, but we should say XUV500 is not built like a sports car for high speeds.

     We managed to gets some inside details of XUV500 which we liked to share with you

  • --> Powering XUV500 will be a refined 2.2L mHawk diesel engine with 140 Bhp of power and 330 Nm of torque. NVH levels are best for its class and the trubolag is next to nil.
  • --> 3 Variants at launch – Base, Top and Top+ , No AT variant in 2011.
  • --> 2WD & 4WD will be launched on 28th September.
  • --> 6 speed manual transmission.
  • --> Micro-hybrid technology, alloy wheels with all wheel disc brakes on top-end variant,.
  • --> Refrigerator and Touch screen infotainment system in select variants.
  • --> Top-end model has features such as ABS, EBD, ESP and TCS.

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Volkswagen's innovative ad campaign for UP outside Frankfurt Motor Show

     We all know that Volkswagen published a talking ad in India’s leading news paper Times of India for its sedan Vento. It was an innovative idea which no body till then had thought about it. It might have cost much for Volkswagen, but by the way its Sedan is selling, VW will not complain though.

     VW after unveiling its latest small car UP at the Frankfurt Motor Show did some interesting things which is worth watching. Have a look at the video and find out how VW targeted the cars parked outside the Frankfurt Motor Show.

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Skoda Superb facelift spied in Alps

     Spy pictures of Skoda Superb facelift has been caught in Alps Mountains which shows the front and rear end of the car completely camouflaged. This means there could be heavy changes in the head and tail lamps including both the front and rear bumper. The facelifted Superb might be launched in 2012. We in India too might get the facelifted one very soon next year.  

Source: worldcarfans
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2012 Honda CR-V official designs

     Honda has already unveiled the next generation 2012 CR-V. We found the patent drawings of the CR-V at Carscoop which clearly indicates the new CR-V is much bigger than the older one. Engine option of 2012 CR-V is still remote, but Honda has assured that the new Engines will be more efficient and deliver better fuel economy. However there is no mention of a diesel mill to the 2012 CR-V. The 2012 Honda CR-V will be launched in US next year.

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