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Maruti Ritz facelift clear pictures, launch around the corner

     The Ritz facelift has been undergoing test runs for a while and now we have clear images of the Ritz facelift posted on a Facebook page. The Ritz facelift has a redesigned front bumper which includes redesigned grill and foglamps. The Ritz now looks more stylish with prominent creases on the front bumper. Apart from the change in the front bumper, there seems to be absolutely no change in the car.

     Maruti has been upgrading its vehicles to woo customers who demand for something different as the time goes on. The Ritz is just 3 years old in India (launched on 15th May 2009), so a next generation model is still couple of years away. With new entrants coming in Maruti wants to keep the Ritz alive which has been a decent substitute for Swift buyers who do not want to wait for long (Swift still commands a waiting period of over 7-8 months). Just go and ask any Maruti dealer about the Swift, the sales person will try to pacify you by referring to the Ritz. The Ritz success credit for some extent has been due to the Swift long booking periods and Maruti just don’t want the car buyers to go in for another brand just because of the waiting period.

     The Ritz facelift could get an automatic option, new seat fabrics and new colour options. The petrol Ritz might get the VVT technology for increased fuel efficiency.

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Renault Scala, the rebadged Nissan Sunny for India

     It is indeed a good news to hear that Renault is launching a sedan in India by the mid of this year. But again Renault has disappointed us because the sedan named Scala will be the same Nissan Sunny with a Renault badge.

     The Scala will be powered by the same Sunny’s 1.5L diesel engine. Only the diesel version is expected to be launched though Renault has not ruled out petrol Scala at a later date. Like the Pulse, the Scala is expected to have some cosmetic changes to differentiate it from Sunny and the changes will be minimal in the form of redesigned bumpers and grill.

     With Scala, the Renault-Nissan alliance seems to be going strong in India. To avoid cannibalization Renault will price the Scala little higher than the Sunny. At last what we have to say is, just by changing the name and bumpers you cannot make us believe that a new car is being launched. Renault has failed once; don’t know why they are repeating the mistakes. Renault, are u hearing? 

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Get ready to drive a diesel Brio in couple of years

     Honda developing a diesel engine is definitely a big new in the automotive world. Whats good news is Honda has announced that a 1.6L diesel engine has already been developed under the banner ‘EarthDreams’ and will soon find its place under the hood of Civic and probably City. Honda has also mentioned that a smaller diesel engine is underdevelopment and will come only by next year.

     Honda is a pioneer in petrol engine manufacturing, but being relatively new player in sub 2L diesel, it is surprising to know that the 1.6L ‘EarthDreams’ diesel produces 120 Bhp of power with high fuel efficiency and low carbon emissions. Who better than Honda know about environmental friendliness as its iVTEC petrol engine is already E10 complaint.

     Having lost its No. 1 position in mid-sized sedan segment to the new comer Volkswagen, Honda will not take any chance for its small cars Brio and Jazz. India being a main market for Honda and the magnitude of diesel car sold here will definitely make Honda launch a diesel Brio and Jazz to stay in the completion. According to some sources, Honda is developing a 1.2 L 4 cylinder 80-90 Bhp diesel for Brio and Jazz. But we feel Honda will cut down one cylinder from its 1.6L ‘EarthDreams’ and make a 3 cylinder one to cut down cost. A 3 cylinder diesel with 80 Bhp would be sufficient to power any Honda vehicles which have performance as its main strength.

     We at Automobile Planet wishes Honda develops the small diesel engine very soon and hope to see the diesel Brio and Jazz by at least mid on next year. But according to Honda spokesperson the Brio and Jazz will only come after 2 to 3 years in India.

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Maruti renames previous generation Dzire as Dzire Tour, on sale next month

     Like Ford renamed the old Fiesta as Fiesta Classic after the launch of the all new Fiesta, Maruti Suzuki has renamed the last generation Dzire as Dzire Tour which will go on sale next month. The last generation Dzire was stopped after the launch of new Dzire which is shorter in length and comes under small car category.

     The Swift Dzire has been a huge success story for Maruti Suzuki after the Swift. The comfortable rear seats and loads of luggage space wooed customers to buy this not so good looking sedan. Though through some angles the Dzire did look like a premium car, the overall side profile has been disappointing. Having said this we also feel that the current Swift has also some design flaws especially from the side. It is understandable because the Dzire has been built in on the Swift platform designed to be customized for Indian conditions.

     The Dzire has been so successful that every the good looking SX4 could not match half of its sales, thanks to the pricing of the later. The typical Indian customer who wanted more for less got a suitable recipe in the form of Dzire. The Dzire Tour will obviously cost more than the current Dzire because of its length commanding higher tax. With both the current and earlier Dzire on the roads, it is hard to who will be sold in big numbers.

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Mahindra to increase prices of its vehicles post budget

     President of Automotive and Farm Equipment division of Mahindra, Mr. Pavan Goenka has announced that the company will raise the prices of its vehicles ranging between Rs. 3,000 to Rs. 35,000 depending upon the model. Mr Goenka applauded the Finance Ministers budget called it a mixed budget with both positive and negative impacts. He welcomed the reduction in taxes and duties for hybrid and electric vehicle components.

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Volkswagen brings in Polo and Vento IPL II Edition, no extra cost

     Having seen good success with IPL I edition of Polo and Vento, Volkswagen now brings special IPL II editions of Polo and Vento with no added cost. The cars are already on display at Volkswagen showrooms and will go on sale in April 2012 when the IPL season 5 starts.

     The Volkswagen Polo and Vento IPL II editon price starts at Rs. 6.13 lakh and Rs. 7.08 lakh respectively. The Polo IPL II edition come in three trim levels where as you get 4 trim levels for the Vento.

     The Volkswagen Polo and Vento IPL II Special edition will get interactive car pad with multimedia entertainment system. A GPS based Navigation system helps to find directions. Also there will be social networking options for the rear seat passengers. In the interiors both Polo and Vento IPL II gets dual tone leatherette seat covers, special IPL floor mats, door sill design and IPL branding on the boot.

Prices of Volkswagen Polo and Vento IPL II Editions (ex-showroom, New Delhi)
Volkswagen Polo IPL II 1.2 Petrol Highline – Rs. 6.13 Lakhs
Volkswagen Polo IPL II 1.6 Petrol Highline – Rs. 6.48 Lakhs
Volkswagen Polo IPL II 1.2 Diesel Highline – Rs. 7.16 Lakhs
Volkswagen Vento IPL II 1.6 Petrol Trendline – Rs. 7.08 Lakhs
Volkswagen Vento IPL II 1.6 Petrol Highline – Rs. 8.23 Lakhs
Volkswagen Vento IPL II 1.6 Petrol Highline AT – Rs. 9.21 Lakhs
Volkswagen Vento IPL II 1.6 Diesel Trendline – Rs. 8.28 Lakhs

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Toyota Corolla Altis on road Price in Bangalore

All prices wef & as of 17th March 2012 at Ravindu Toyota Bangalore
Toyota Corolla Altis Petrol on road Price in Bangalore

Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8J Petrol on road Price in Bangalore – Rs. 13,67,586/-

Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8G-MT Petrol on road Price in Bangalore – Rs. 16,06,401/-

Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8G-AT Petrol on road Price in Bangalore – Rs. 17,55,868/-

Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8GL Petrol on road Price in Bangalore – Rs. 17,78,377/-

Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8VL Petrol on road Price in Bangalore – Rs. 19,12,610/-

Toyota Corolla Altis Diesel on road Price in Bangalore

Toyota Corolla Altis DJ Diesel on road Price in Bangalore – Rs. 14,89,400/-

Toyota Corolla Altis DG Diesel on road Price in Bangalore – Rs. 17,29,976/-

Toyota Corolla Altis DGL Diesel on road Price in Bangalore – Rs. 18,85,102/-

Note: Prices prevailing at the time of delivery will be applicable irrespective of booking date.

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Volkswagen introduces ‘Comfortline’ trim variant of Vento diesel

     Acting to the market demand Volkswagen has introduced the mid level Comfortline trim variant of its Vento diesel sedan. Till now the Vento diesel was available in only base Trendline and top Highline variant only. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Neeraj Garg mentioned that, since the Vento launch, customers have been asking for a mid level variant of Vento diesel which the company has fulfilled now.

     Apart form the features of Trendline variant, the Comforline is equipped with radio with CD, MP3 player music system, rear center arm rest, fog light front and rear, height adjustable driver seat, electrically adjustable outside rear mirror. In addition to this the new variant gets body coloured - door handles and rear view mirrors.

     There will be no change under the hood. The Comfortline is powered by the same 1.6ltr, 4-cylinder diesel engine which produces 105 bhp of power at 4400 RPM and 250 Nm of torque at 1500 RPM which is mated with 5 speed gearbox.

     The Vento Comforline diesel is priced at Rs. 8.56 lakh ex-showroom Maharashtra and prices in other states will increase by Rs. 18,000. With the introduction of this new variant, Volkswagen aims to gain a good market share in the segment in which it is slowly getting domination. 

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Maruti Suzuki Car Dealers in Bangalore

Mandovi Motors Pvt Ltd
#132, Wheeler Road Cox Town, Bangalore, Karnataka, 560005 -
Phone: 080-41253434 / 30583388
Fax: 41253535

Mandovi Motors Pvt. Ltd. (DL)
#40/4 , Lavelle Road,Ulsoor, Bangalore, Karnataka - 560001
Phone: 080-22293434 / 22293249 / 41503902 
Fax: 41151515

Sagar Automobiles
Address:No. 39/2,Bannerghatta Road, Bangalore.,
Bangalore, Karnataka - 560029
Phone: 080-41503900 / 41503901 / 30583333 
Fax: 41503935

RNS Motors
#2275, Tumkur Road, Gurguntepalya,Yeshwantpur, Bangalore, Karnataka - 560022
Phone: 080-23474354 / 23474355
Fax: 23475140

RNS Motors
Hosur Road, Garvebavi Palya, Bomanahalli, Bangalore, Karnataka - 560068
Phone: 080-41115901 / 41115915
Fax: 41115915

Kalyani Motors Pvt Ltd.
562/640/1/2/3, Bilekahali , Bannerghatta Road, Bangalore, Karnataka - 560029
Phone: 080-42439999 / 28606264
Fax: 41425691

Kalyani Motors Pvt. Ltd.
24/1, 25/1, Near Nayandahalli Signal, 100ft Ring Road, Mysore Road, Bangalore, Karnataka - 560026
Phone: 080-28606262 / 28606263

Bimal Auto Agency
60/2, Mahadevpura, Whitefield Road, Bangalore, Karnataka - 560048
Phone: 080-28518282 / 28518944
Fax: 28518940

Bimal Auto Agency
Old airport road, Opp. Total Mall, Bangalore, Karnataka - 560038
Phone: 080-30583386 / 30583387 / 22370843
Fax: 30583396

Garuda Autocraft P Ltd.
No.29, Lalbagh Road, Near Poornima Theatre, Bangalore, Karnataka - 560027
Phone: 080-22976165 / 22976161

Pratham Motors Pvt Ltd.
#16, Belandur, Sarjapur,Marthahalli,Outer Ring Road, Bangalore, Karnataka - 560037
Phone: 080-41309100
Fax: 41309315

Pratham Motors Pvt Ltd.
#332, Thimmaiah Road, Off Queens Road Darus Salam Building, Bangalore, Karnataka - 560001
Phone: 080-22370841 / 22370842
Fax: 22370845

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Chevrolet car dealers in Mumbai

AVK Auto Mart (Sales Outlet)
Shop NO 8-12, Girishma Garden, Vasai, Thane Dist, Mumbai.
Phone: +91-022-3219888

AVK Automart Pvt Ltd (Service Center)
Fida Hussain Industrial Estate, Near Samrat Hotel, Pandurang Wadi Road, Mera Road (West), Mumbai - 401104
Phone: +91-022-28453178

Ram Mandir Road, Somanigrams, Next to Central Warehouse Corp, Oshiwara, Goregaon (West), Mumbai.

Ashtavinayak Auto Pvt Ltd (Sales Outlet)
D Mall, Off Veera Desai Road, Andheri (West), Mumbai - 4000053
Phone: +91-022-66488888
Fax: +91-022-66488880

Nikhil Automobiles Pvt Ltd (Sales Outlet)
264-265, Vaswani Chambers, Opp Old Passport Office, Dr. Annie Besent Road, Worli, MUMBAI, 400025
Phone: +91-022-43494444

Nikhil Automobiles Pvt Ltd  (Service Center)
Jai Bhim Nagar, Near Sujala Hotel, Darukhana Road, Reay Road (E), Mumbai - 400010

Nikhil Automobiles Pvt Ltd (Sales Outlet)
A70, T.T.C. Industrail Area, Near Ici Colour Co, Thane Belapur Road, Khargar
Mumbai - 400701
Phone: +91-022-40708888
Fax: +91-022-40708899

Nikhil Automobiles Ltd (Service Center)
Plot No:D-238-A, TTC Industrial Area, MIDC,, Near Uran Phata, Shiravane, Nerul, Mumbai - 400706
Phone: +91-9820230609

Gian Motors Service Center
Gowala Compound, LBS Road, Opp Fauziya Hospital, Kurla (West), MUMBAI - 400070

Gian Motors (Sales Outlet)
Om Trimurti Towers, Sion Trombay Road, Chunabhatti, MUMBAI - 400022
Phone: +91-022-22925747
Fax: +91-022-24055365

SC Auto Corporation Service Center
Pioneer Estate Corporation, 133-134, Pokhran Road No 2, Opp Oswal Park
Thane - 400601

SC Auto Sales Outlet
Modi House, Opp To LIC Building, Eastern Express Highway, Thane - 421601
Phone: +91-022- 67610000

Singh Cycle & Motor Co Sales Outlet
Krishna Complex, S.No. 38/4, Hadapsar Bypass, Kharadi, Pune - 411014
Phone: +91-020-32407006

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Mitsubishi launches Pajero Sport in India, priced at Rs. 23.53 lakh

     The boss of all SUVs just got better. Mitsubishi has launched the next generation Pajero sport in India priced at Rs. 23.53 lakh ex-showroom New Delhi. With its new looks Pajero Sport promises good future for Mitsubishi in India which is planning to launch its small car range in the near future.

     The Pajero Sport is powered by a 2.5 liter 16 valve intercooled turbocharged diesel engine which pumps out 175 Bhp of power and 40.4 Kgm of torque. Mitsubishi’s rally-proven shift-on-the-fly Super Select 4WD finds its place in the new Pajero Sport. The engine is mated to a 5 speed manual transmission. The high 215mm of ground clearance makes its one of the best SUVs ever seen in the automotive history.

     The Pajero Sport come with driver and passenger airbags, ABS with EBD, leather wrapped gear knob, USB equipped music player and a multi information display. An addition of third row of seats makes the Pajero Sport a 7 seater SUV.

      The Pajero Sport is brought to India via CBU route and hence the price of the vehicle is on higher side as compared to its competitors Toyota Fortuner and Hyundai Santa Fe with are cool Rs. 3 lakh cheaper. But if you are looking for serious offroading you cannot get a vehicle cheaper than the Pajero Sport. Mitsubishi plans to assemble the Pajero Sport in India in future which might bring down the cost of the vehicle. The current generation Pajero will be phased out soon. 

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Honda Brio e Brochure and Wallpapers

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Tata Motors unveils ‘MegaPixel’ concept at Geneva Motor Show

     It is indeed surprising to see a futuristic vehicle such as the ‘Megapixel’ by home grown automaker Tata Motors. Tata Motors has been known from decades for its value engineering and something like the MegaPixel as the first from the company, of course after the Pixel small car.

     Tata Motors has unveiled ‘MegaPixel’ concept micro car at the ongoing 82nd Geneva Motor Show. According to a Tata Motors spokesperson, the ‘MegaPixel’ is the result of the progress the company has made on the Pixel microcar which was unveiled last year.

     Unlike the Pixel which had scissor doors, the ‘MegaPixel’ has intelligent sliding door which help in easy access to the car. The ‘MegaPixel’ reflects the future of mobility with new and innovative technological features which makes driving much easier and efficient.

     The MegaPixel is driven by four independent electric motors mounted on each wheel which is powered by a 13kWh lithium-ion phosphate battery pack giving the car an all electric range of 86 km. The batteries are charged using an induction charging system that is you need to park the car just below the induction charging unit and the car battery gets charged. In case the battery power gets exhausted, a 30 Bhp 325cc single cylinder petrol engine kicks in to extend the range up to over 900 km. The car can reach a maximum speed of 110 Kmph.

     The most impressive feature of the ‘MegaPixel’ is its turning circle radius of just 2.8 meters. The parking assist system helps the car is very tight parking places. The car sports some of the unique features such as floating seats, rear projected HMI, interface controller and front and rear sling doors. The ventilation, driving modes, temperature and performance of the car can be controlled using a smart phone that docks with the center console.


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