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Chevrolet launches faceifted Captiva in India

     General Motors has quietly launched the Captiva facelift in India with price starting from Rs. 18. 74 lakh. The Captiva facelift was showed at the Auto Expo 2012 and we in our earlier post had posted some spy pictures as well. Chevrolet offers three variants of Captiva with two engine options. The old 2.0L diesel is available with manual transmission and the automatic variant will get the new 2.2L engine. Here are the ex-showroom, New Delhi pirces of new Captiva - 

Chevrolet Captiva 2.0 MT – Rs. 18,74,062/-
Chevrolet Captiva 2.0 Xtreme – Rs. 19,48,347/-
Chevrolet Captiva 2.2 AT AWD – Rs. 24,59,000/-

     The new Captiva features Chevrolet’s latest design philosophy. The big front grill with the Chevy’s bow logo is the main highlight of the new generation Chevy cars.  The new Captiva was launched internationally couple of years ago and the Indian launch was in the waiting. The new Captiva in India gets a new 2.2L engine available only in the top of the line Automatic variant with 6 speed automatic gearbox. Interiors get all black theme as seen in the Cruze sedan. Though Chevrolet has priced the base variant competitively against Fortuner and Endeavour, the top of the line automatic Rs. 25 lakh price tag is bit overpriced.

Some of the key  features in the top of the line Captiva automatic:
Climate control system
Cruise control
Rain-sensing wipers
Electric parking brake
8-way power adjustable driver seat
Remote-operated tailgate glass
6 Airbags

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More spy pictures of Mahindra Verito facelift

     More spy pictures of facelfited Mahindra Verito has surfaced, thanks to MotorVikatan who managed to click these picture of the facelfited car.

      As seen from the picture, there is all new bumper, new grill which resembles that of Mahindra family and the headlamps covered on the top and bottom. The headlamp will incorporate turn indicators on the top and LED lights in the bottom as seen the XUV500. Other than these changes the car seems to be the same as the Logan.

     The rear too gets redesigned bumpers and tail lamps and the boot has also been redesigned to suit the tail lamps which has clear lens finishing. The number plate seems to have moved over the the boot from the bumper.

     The facelfited Verito could get alloy wheels as seen in the picture. Expect to get some more luxury features in the new car.

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Honda Brio caught testing again, now with video

     The hot news in the Indian automobile industry is about the Honda Brio. Last month we had posted about the Honda Brio being tested on the Indian roads, and the spy pictures did not prove that it was indeed the Brio diesel. Now GTO of team-bhp has come up with a video which clearly shows the Brio diesel is indeed on the test run, which means we can expect the car launch very soon.

     Honda sensing that without a diesel it will be hard in the future to survive in India, has fasten the development and launch plans of its diesel powered cars as the proposal of hike in excise duty of diesel cars going up comes from the petroleum ministry. The Brio diesel could be the first diesel offering from Honda in India as Brio is aimed at mass market and Honda wants to tap it with a bang. The next to follow will be Jazz and City. Honda had announced a 1.6L diesel for the Civic which will come in its new avatar next year. The same engine might be carried over in the City as well.

     From the video it is very clear that the car in the test run is indeed the diesel from the engine clutter when the driver tried to accelerate. It is still not known whether it is a 3 or 4 cylinder engine. Honda had hinted that it is developing a 1.2L diesel for Brio, so engine seen in the video is a 1.2L diesel. The engine clutter seems to be little louder, to be in line with that of the Fabia and the Beat. However Honda would have done proper insulation to reduce the noise and vibrations reaching the cabin. A small and dynamic car like Brio with a diesel engine is what the car expected from the customers in India and Honda if priced will could steal the Swift show, or is it hard to beat the Swift? Your comments are awaited...
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Renault to launch Duster in India on 26th June

     The long awaited Renault Duster SUV will be launched in India on 26th of June 2012. Renault has been testing Duster in India from 2 months and spy pictures of Duster have been posted in many Indian automobile blogs. Renault wants to launch the Duster before the Ford Ecosport which has also been found testing without camouflage recently.

     Renault Duster will come with both petrol and diesel variants. The base 1.6 L petrol variant will be priced around Rs. 6.5 lakh (ex showroom) and its diesel counterpart will have a price tag of Rs. 7.5 lakh (ex- showroom).

     The Duster launching in India will have some changes to the one shown at the Auto Expo earlier this year. The Indian version of Duster has black finish on the lower part of front bumper, black part on wing mirrors as compared to the International model which has full body colour on front bumper and wing mirrors.

     The Duster will come in five trim levels. The petrol vehicle is powered by a 1.6L engine with 120 Bhp of power and the diesel is powered by 1.5L engine with two different outputs of 85 Bhp and 110 Bhp. 
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All new Hyundai Sonata Features

Dual front airbags with passenger detection system
Side and curtain airbags
Active head rest
Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with ABS, EBD & Brake assist
Rear parking assist system with display on instrument cluster
Impact sensing door unlock
Speed sensing auto door lock
Height adjustable front seat belts
Engine immobiliser
Keyless entry with security alarm
Central door locking
Door courtesy lamp
Rear defogger with timer
ECM (Electro chromic mirror)
Rear view camera
Auto headlight control
Foot type parking brake (Available with AT only)

R17” Alloy Wheels
Silica Tyre
Chrome radiator grille
High intensity xenon head lamps with washer
Fog lamps-front
LED rear combination lamps
Body colored outside mirror housing wtih LED turn indicators
Chrome outside door handles
Glass antenna
Dual chrome exhausts
2-Tone beige interiors
Blue LED illumination
Leather seats and trim
Leather wrapped steering wheel
Leather & metal finish gear knob
Chrome inside door handles
Wood finish interior inserts
LED roomlamp
VFD Cluster
Solar glass for both windshield & doors
Rain sensing wipers

Cruise Control (Available with AT only)
Paddle shifter (Available with AT only)
10-way adjustable power driver seat with lumbar support
4-way power adjustable front passenger seat
Rear seat ventilation
Front seat ventilation (Available with AT only)
Front seat warmer (Available with AT only)
Tilt and telescopic steering
Dual zone fully automatic temperature contrl
Cluster ionizer
Outside mirrors – electric retractable, electric adjustable and heated
2-Din audio with MP3 player, USB, AUX in,
iPod connectivity, Bluetooth and 6 CD changer
6 speaker system with amplifier and woofer
Steering with audio remote & Bluetooth function
Cool glove box
MT shift indicator (MT)  / Eco indicator (Available with AT only)
Front centre arm console with storage
Sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors
Sunglass holder
Front and rear power windows with driver autodown and safety function
Smart Key with push button start (Available with AT only)
Driver’s seat memory setting (Available with AT only)
Rear airvent
Battery saver
Rear armrest with in-built audio remote control and power outlet
Alternator management system (AMS)

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Mahindra 2 Wheeler Dealers in Bangalore

Phone No.
CVS Motors
No.14, Bellary - Sankey Road, Bangalore
Tel.: 080 23344113
Mob.: 9886500044
Mansi Motors
No.112/Y, 4th Main,4th Phase, Outer Ring Road, 7th Block, Banashankari 3rd Stage, Bangalore
Tel.: 080-65831606
Mob.: 9986034169
Skanda Motors
1036,Dr Raj Kumar Road 4th Block, Rajaji Nagar, Bangalore
Tel.: 080-23158811
Mob.: 9880229999
Sri Mahaveer Motors
No. 8/2, Bannergatta Road, Near Sagar Hospital, Bangalore
Tel.: 080 26780956
Mob.: 9686455336
Esquire Motors
No.65/8, Hsr Layout,Agara Circle, Sarjapura, Outer Ring Road, Bangalore
Tel.: 080-22587700
Mob.: 9845003210
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Skoda Yeti to get facelift soon

     Skoda Auto will give a mild facelift to its premium SUV Yeti soon. The facelift will include reworked front end in the exterior and upholstery change in the interior. With sales being poor, Skoda recently launched a budget edition 4x2 Yeti. However there is no news of a 7 seater Yeti yet.

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News of Excise Duty hike on diesel cars resurfaces again

     The news of hiking the Excise Duty on diesel cars has surfaced again after a steep hike of over Rs. 5 on petrol. The finance ministry is looking at the issue after the petroleum ministry insisted on the hike to discourse people from using highly subsidised diesel. The oil ministry suggests that the additional amount collected from the excise hike can be utilised to compensate the loss that fuel retailers suffer on the sale of diesel at government controlled rates.

     The huge gap between petrol (Rs. 80/liter) and diesel (Rs. 45/liter) is prompting people to go for diesel cars. In fact last month the sales of Swift (80% of which sold are diesel) surpassed the Alto (which is a petrol vehicle) inspite of the former’s price being double that of the later.

     The Govt. is providing subsidy of Rs. 15.35 per liter on the diesel. Diesel in our country is perceived mainly as a fuel for mass transportation (goods & people) and agriculture. Any increase in diesel prices will automatically raise the already raised inflation. There has been argument for a long time that, rich should not get subsidised fuel and the subsidised fuel should only be available to poor people (aam admi). But the fact is that, the main loss to the Government is the multiple levels of taxes state government charges on the fuel.

     If the excise duty hike does take place for diesel cars, the India growth story in the Automobile segment will be hit significantly.
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Top twenty car sales in May 2012 in India

1. Maruti Alto – 20,724
2. Maruti Swift – 20,050
3. Maruti Dzire – 17,707
4. Mahindra Bolero – 9,584
5. Tata Nano – 8,507
6. Hyundai i20 – 7,675
7. Maruti Omni – 7,452
8. Hyundai Eon – 7,346
9. Maruti WagonR – 7,101
10. Hyundai i10 – 6,959
11. Maruti Ertiga – 6,802
12. Toyota Innova – 6,710
13. Indica+Vista – 5,467
14. Hyundai Verna – 5,403
15. Ford Figo – 4,726
16. Honda Brio – 4,512
17. Toyota Etios – 4,270
18. Mahindra Scorpio – 4,269
19. Hyundai Santro – 4,192
20. Chevrolet Beat – 4,104 
Source: team-bhp
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All new Hyundai Elantra coming soon to India

     Hyundai will soon launch the new generation Elantra in India. The new Elantra which is the third product from Hyundai on the fluidic-sculpture design was recently spied testing in South India.

     The new Elantra reflects Hyundai’s fluidic sculpture design and we feel it is the best fluidic sculpture design from the Hyundai stable. The dimensions of the car has given designers more room for stretching creases which was difficult in Fluidic Verna and Eon because of their smaller size. The interiors of the car are equally attractive and the striking feature is the multimedia screen which dominates the whole dashboard. 

     The new Elantra will be powered by a 147 Bhp, 1.8 liter petrol and 1.8 liter diesel engines. The new Elantra will compete against Skoda Laura, Volkswagen Jetta, Renault Fluence, Chevrolet Cruze and Toyota Corolla in India.
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Tata Motors Blaze De Rajasthan 2012 starts on 9th June 2012

     Tata Motors motorsports division ‘Tata Motors Full Throttle’ has launched an off-road rally competition for all rally enthusiast called ‘TATA MOTORS BLAZE DE RAJASTHAN’ happening on 9th and 10th of June 2012. The rally starts and ends in Jaipur covering adventurous terrain stretch of 300 Km. 

     The rally has three categories – 2WD, 4WD and Women’s team. The competition is open to all the rally enthusiasts and any make of the vehicle. The rally stretch encompass in-city drives, hilly tarmac sections, sandy trails, specially made tracks to test the navigation skills of the participants. Thar Motorsports is the program partner for planning and execution of this event and Tata Motors will take care of all logistical, medical and service support. 

Mr. Jatin Lakra, Head Marketing-Sumo and Grande, Tata Motors said,”After a series of successes in rallies, Tata Motors Full Throttle brings the joy of competitive rallying to all motorsports enthusiast across the country. Rajasthan is a popular destination for off-roading and a natural choice for us to hold our first one-day off-roading rally. The state has some of the most extensive networks of roads that connect even small towns and villages and are fairly isolated with little traffic load, ideal for such sporting events.”

     Tata Motors Full Throttle recently launched two off-roading events for the owners of Tata Motors SUVs called Tata Motors Full Throttle Experience and Tata Motors Full Throttle Trails. The Full Thorttle Experience will be flagged off from New Delhi on June 22 and goes on for number of days. The Full Throttle Trails are half day offroading events with total of 21 trails. 

To take part in these adventurous rallying activities email to Tata Motors at - 

You can visit for more details.

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Husqvarna Motorcycles to come to India

     Husqvarna Motorcycles, the name seems to be very new in India. But Husqvarna Motorcyles has a very strong history dating back to 1903. Husqvarna was established in 1903 in Sweden and made bicycles before starting making motorcycles. In 1987 Husqvarna became a part of MV Agusta and currently is owned by BMW Motorrad. Husqvarna is headquartered at Varese, Italy.

     Husqvarna makes a range of motorcycles for Off-road, Supermotor and Street use. The company aims to bring Husqvarna Nuda 900R as its first offering for India. The other bikes from Husqvarna are less than 800cc and need homologation before bringing it to India. The Nuda 900R is powered by a 900cc engine sourced from the BMWF800R parallel twin motor. The capacity of the engine has been increased to 900cc and Husqvarna has tuned the engine to their requirements. The engine produces 105 Ps of power and 100 Nm of torque and weighs 175 Kgm. The Husqvarna Nuda 900R is expected to be priced at Rs. 14 lakh in India.

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Honda aims big for India, hopes to sell 1 million cars by 2015-16

     Honda has never been so serious in Indian markets. The tragedies in Japan and Thailand prompted the Japanese motorcycle to car manufacturer ‘Honda Motor Corporation’ to focus more on the developing markets to break even volumes and thus profits.

     Honda first entered India in 1998 with a sole mode ‘City’ sedan. The City since then almost ruled the segment in spite of being priced high, just because of the sheer pleasure it give to its customers. In fact the ‘City’ lost its dominance recently to the new entrants Volkswagen Vento and Hyundai Verna. It was not due to the better quality and value for money of the new enterants, but just for the lack of a diesel option.

     Honda has developed a 1.6 L diesel (i-DTEC) which will power the ‘City’ sedan and hopefully the Civic as well. Though the engine and its technology is the first from Honda in the segment, the strong heritage of quality products of Honda assures us to have a wonderful diesel engine which could surpass its competitors in most of the parameters. A smaller 1.2 L diesel is also under development to propel Jazz and Brio to be launched early next year. The diesel Brio has already been spied testing in Noida, which means the Brio diesel will come sooner than expected.

     With range of diesel vehicles in the Honda’s portfolio, the company aims to sell over 1 million units in India by the next 4 to 5 years. To attain this Honda has to sell over a lakh of vehicles per year which is possible only when it prices its vehicles cheaper than its competitors. Also Honda has to bring more range of cars in different segments to get the volumes going. The launch of Brio petrol with a price tag of Rs. 3.95 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi) and re pricing of Jazz petrol is a classical example which has made Honda to rethink about its strategies in India.

     We at have faith that Honda has all the capabilities to be another Suzuki Motor Company in India. With Honda’s brilliant technology, futuristic design, strong quality maintenance, environmental awareness and the zeel to make a better automobile, we Indians will have a wonderful time motoring in the coming days. We would also like to see Honda Freed, Honda Concept S and Honda Odyssey plying on our roads. 

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