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Scoop: Next Generation Hyundai i10 spied in India

     India’s largest selling automobile magazine Autocarindia has yet again come out with a scoop. This time it is next generation Hyundai being tested in India amid heavy camouflage. Couple of weeks ago the next gen i10 was spied somewhere in Europe and the pictures were published in an international automobile site.

     The prototype features a new bumper with large air intakes, swept back headlamps, upward sweeping shoulder line and a sloping roofline. The car seems to be wider from the rear angle picture.

     Next Gen Hyundai i10 was rumoured to be displayed at 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show. But as we see the prototype being tested in India, the launch could be sooner than expected. Hyundai might as well consider launching a diesel version in India seeing the demand for diesel cars here. Hyundai i10 diesel is what Indian customers are looking for, so can we assume finally there is vehicle in the making to compete the invincible Swift?

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Volkswagen Showrooms and Workshops in Mumbai

Volkswagen Showrooms in Mumbai
Dealers Name
Volkswagen Downtown Mumbai
Shaman Cars Pvt. Ltd.
Sumer Apartments, Shankar Ghanekar Marg,
Mumbai - 400 025
022- 66044444

Head of Sales
Volkswagen Mumbai West
Tornado Motors Pvt. Ltd.
4/5, Vikas center, 104, S.V.Road,
Near Milan Subway,
Santacruz West,
Mumbai - 400 054

Head of Sales

Volkswagen Mumbai East
KSM Motors Pvt. Ltd.
19 A/B, 20A/B, Bezzola Complex,
Suman Nagar, Sion Trombay Road,
Mumbai - 400 074
022-42027100, Fax: 022-42027133

Head of Sales

Volkswagen Mumbai West
Tornado Motors Pvt. Ltd.
9/10/11, Kartik Complex, Gr. Floor,
Opp Laxmi Indl. Est.
New Link RD, Andheri West
Mumbai - 400053
022 49160000

Head of Sales

Volkswagen Downtown Mumbai
Shaman Cars Pvt. Ltd.
Hughes Road,
Plaza Heights
Mumbai - 400007
022 49128888

Head of Sales
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TVS to launch Phoenix 125cc motorcycle soon, appears in a video

     TVS Motors has been testing a 125cc commuter motorcycle to be launched in India soon. The bike is named a Phoenix 125 which is basically the street version of Radeon 125 concept shown earlier this year at Auto Expo 2012. This is the second motorcycle from TVS Motors in 125cc segment and caters to increasing demand of commuter motorcycles in India. We came across a video of Phoenix 125; probable could be a dealer video show from Thailand.

The new TVS Phoenix 125 comes with range of features such as:

* Clear lens headlamp with pilot lamps
* Digital instrumentation console that comes with a range of functions like distance covered, speed, trip meter and a fuel guage.
* LED tail lamp
* Dual spring rear suspension
* Petal disc brake
* Alloy Wheels
* Electric Start

     The motorcycle will be powered by the same Flame SR125 engine. The Flame’s 125cc, 4 stroke engine which operates through 3 valves produces peak power of 10.5 Bhp and peak torque of 10 Nm. The engine is mated to a four speed gearbox.

     With loads of features, TVS Phoenix 125 will give tough competition for Honda Shine and Bajaj Discover 125 ahead.

TVS Phoenix 125 Video

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Maruti all geared to launch new 800

     In spite of having problems at it Manesar plant Maruti Suzuki is leaving no stones unturned to launch its bread and butter car ‘800’ in a new avatar. The car, as you see picture might have already reached some dealers which means the launch is going to be very soon. Earlier, the New Maruti 800 was slated for a Diwali launch this year.  

     As seen from the picture, we feel Maruti has tried to copy not one but many cars. The rear tail lamps and side profile reminds us of the Hyundai i20. In the front, the headlamps looks to be copied from Figo and looking closer don’t you think the grill/airdam has been lifted from Renault Pulse/Scala? You can see side cresses going from front to back and wheel arch bulges look prominent. Whatever, Maruti Suzuki has tried to bring in a better designed car than the earlier 800 at an affordable cost. Though we think Maruti could have done a better job.
     The interior is likely to be lifted from Alto, which means almost similar dashboard and headrest integrated seats. The new Maruti 800 will replace the Alto LXi where as the Alto K10 continues to be sold. The same 796cc 3 Cylinder engine of Alto which has been modified to meet the emission norms will power the new 800. Maruti is likely to price the new 800 below Rs. 2 lakh to compete with Tata Nano. 
Picture Source: Autocarindia
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Toyota Etios Liva gets beige interiors

     Toyota has upgraded its Etios Liva hatchback with beige interiors. Now the dashboard and door pads get beige treatment adding little bit of premium feel to the car.

     It has almost a year since Toyota launched the Etios Liva hatchback and as everyone expected the car to compete against the market leader Swift, it could not live up to the expectations. The main let back of the Etios twins was their shoddy interiors. The dashboard looked no better than a Alto and customers turned away with its looks thought it was built by a Toyota. Toyota has responded to the customer feedback with beige interiors which will please B Segment car buyers. 

     Though Toyota is responding to customer feedback we feel it lost a good opportunity with Etios in India. We guess the Japanese underestimated the Indian customer sentiment of buying a car thinking that, a not so good looking car with a good quality reputation of Toyota can sell well in spite of pricing it high. Hyundai has set a classic example of understanding the buyer’s sentiment. Off late Hyundai has launched some good looking cars in India and in spite of high price of ownership experience people are making a beeline to own a Hyundai. Verna, i20 and Eon are no better than its competitors but still well because of its design and functionality. We hope Toyota gets good market analyzer in India.

Picture Source: Indianautosblog
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Volkswagen Touareg features

18 inch "Karakum" alloy wheels
Panoramic sunroof
Roof rails
Front fog lamps with fixed bending lights
"Vienna" leather upholstery
Tray with cover on dashboard
Scuff plates in door aperture
"Vavona" ornamental wood decorative inserts for dashboard, door trim panels and centre console
Driver and passenger airbags
Electronic stability control (ESC)
Electrically operated child lock for rear doors
Warning lights on doors
Climatronic AC with 4-zone temperature control
RCD 550 with MP3 and MP4 compatibility and integrated 6-CD changer and 8 speakers
KESSY- Keyless locking and starting system
Automatic headlamp activation with "coming home" and "leaving home" function


Diesel: 3L Diesel, 6-cylinder,TDI

18 inch "Karakum" alloy wheels
Panoramic sunroof
Roof rails
Aspherical right side exterior mirror
Bi-Xenon headlamps with cornering lights
LED Daytime running lights
Front fog lamps with fixed bending lights
Headlamp washer system
Rectangular chrome plated tail pipes
Chrome mouldings on doors and side windows
"Vienna" leather upholstery
Tray with cover on dashboard
Comfort front seats
Scuff plates in door aperture
Carpet floor mats- Front and rear
Leather wrapped steering wheel
Ornamental wood centre console
Rear centre armrest with cup holders
"Vavona" ornamental wood decorative inserts for dashboard, door trim panels and centre console
Leather gear selector lever with aluminium decorative inserts
Stainless steel trunk sill protection
2 cup holders in front centre console
Double sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors
Two piece front centre armrest, movable with storage compartment
Footwell lamps front and rear
Front and rear reading lights
"Premium" multi-function display


Climatronic AC with 4-zone temperature control
RCD 550 with MP3 and MP4 compatibility and integrated 6-CD changer and 8 speakers
Bluetooth interface for mobile phone connectivity with voice command activation
"MEDIA IN" with USB adaptor cable and "AUX-IN"
Remote unlocking for rear seat
Green heat insulating glass on side and rear windows
4 corner air suspension with electronic shock absorption control
Full size spare wheel
Multi-function steering wheel
4-way electrically adjustable steering wheel with memory function
Glove compartment cooling system
14-way electrically adjustable front seats
Heated front seats with active climate control
Memory function for front seats
Roll up sun screen for rear window glasses
Remote unlocking for luggage compartment and fuel filler door
KESSY- Keyless locking and starting system
Exterior mirrors electrically adjustable and foldable
Heated exterior mirrors, auto dimming with memory function on driver’s side
Regenerative braking
Electrically adjustable lumbar support for front seats
Park distance control
Cruise control
Automatic headlamp activation with "coming home" and "leaving home" function
Electric parking brake


Driver and passenger airbags
Side airbags front with curtain airbags for front and rear passengers
Deactivation system for front passenger airbag
Electronic stability control (ESC)
ABS with brake assistant, ASR, EDL and EDTC
Extended pedestrian protection measures
Permanent all wheel drive "4 motion" with self locking centre differential
Front & rear disc brakes
Height adjustable front seat belts with seat belt tensioner
3-point rear seat belts
Seat belt reminder
Electrically operated child lock for rear doors
Safety optimised front head restraints with longitudinal and height adjustment
Electronic immobiliser
Rear fog lamp
Warning lights on doors
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Volkswagen Showrooms & Workshops in Chennai

Volkswagen Showrooms in Chennai
Dealers Name
Volkswagen Chennai
ABRA Motors Pvt. Ltd.
Rais Towers, Plot No. 2054-B
Second Avenue, Anna Nagar,
Chennai - 600 040
Tamil Nadu

Head of Sales
Volkswagen Chennai
ABRA Motors Pvt. Ltd.
No. 41 First Main Road,
Cit Nagar, Chennai - 600 035
Tamil Nadu
044 39151000

Head of Sales
Volkswagen Mount Road
Sundaram Motors Pvt.Ltd.
7, Whites Road,
Chennai - 600014
Tamil Nadu
044 40407070

Head of Sales

Volkswagen Workshops in Chennai
Dealers Name
Volkswagen Chennai
No: 80, Southern Avenue,
Ambattur Industrial Estate,
Chennai - 600 058
Tamil Nadu

Service Head
Volkswagen Mount Road
sundaram motors
7, Whites Road,
Chennai - 6000014
Tamil Nadu
044 40407080

Service Head

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Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Accessories Price List

Price List of Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Accessories as of 25-08-2012

1. Double din stereo with USB connectivity
Rs. 9,490
2. Floor mats
Rs. 400
3. Rear spoiler
Rs. 2,900
4. Car perfume
Rs. 180
5. Bumper protection rubber strips
Rs. 490
6. Wheel covers
Rs. 1,180
7. Side moulding
Rs. 1,200
8. 4 Speakers
Rs. 1,200
9. Body graphics
Rs. 2,750
10. Seat covers
Rs. 3,950
11. Security system
Rs. 4,925
12. Steering wheel cover
Rs. 250
13. Spoiler paint
Rs. 1,085
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Honda plans to introduce CNG variant of City by Diwali

     Honda City was once the segment benchmark car in C Segment. As we have told many times, a lack of diesel option from Honda has made the City the biggest casualty in its portfolio of cars. Honda is now planning to roll out a CNG variant of City to boost its sale. This seems to be a temporary answer by Honda to attract customers till it fits a brand new diesel motor in the City.

     According to sources Honda has been working on the CNG variant of City for some time. The suspension of the car has been strengthened as the CNG tank will be housed in the boot of the car. Also some minor changes to the engine has been done in line with the requirements of a CNG car. The instruement cluster will also show some changes to reflect the CNG requirements.

     The CNG City is likely to be introduced by Diwali. Expect the CNG variant of City to be costlier by Rs 50,000 compared to the petrol car. 
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Suzuki S-Cross Concept, will it replace the aging SX4?

     Suzuki will display its new S-Cross Concept at the Paris Motor Show this September. No much details are available but from the official sketch and teaser it looks to be a C Segment cross over and might replace the aging SX4.

     Seen from the sketch, teh S-Cross Concept resembles the Kizashi concept from the front. The teaser image shows the protective body moulding and skid plate under the car’s front, but nothing can be confirmed till we see the production version.

      Suzuki badly needs a SX4 replacement, expecially in Inida. The new enternts like Fluidic Verna, Volkswagen Vento, Nissan Sunny and soon to be launched Renault Scala have almost pushed the SX4 to the sideline. Suzuki also need a bigger diesel engine for its future SX4 and we hope with the new concept Suzuki might as well develop its own 1.6L diesel motor!
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Maruti launches Limited Edition Wagon R Pro

     Maruti Suzuki has launched yet another Limited Edition car in the form of Wagon R Pro. The Limited Edition Wagon R Pro comes loaded with 13 accessories and is priced at Rs. 4.50 lakh On-road New Delhi. This is a smart way from Maruti to push Wagon R sales which has been hit by the high petrol price.

     The Wagon R Pro is basically the Wagon R LXi with 13 accessories added. The added accessories on the Wagon R Pro are Double din stereo with USB connectivity, Floor mats, Rear spoiler, Car perfume, Bumper protection rubber strips, Wheel covers, Side moulding, 4 Speakers, Body graphics, Seat covers, Security system, Steering wheel cover and Spoiler paint.

     The accessories are worth Rs. 30,000. Maruti is also offereing a 32 inch Sony Bravia LCD television worth Rs. 22,000 free to all Wagon R buyers. Customers can avail cash discount if they do not wish to go for the TV. An additional cash discount of Rs. 11,000 is also available on the Wagon R. This makes the effective price of the Wagon R to Rs. 4.17 lakh (On-Road, New Delhi).

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New Toyota Camry launched in India, priced at Rs. 23. 8 Lakhs

     Toyota Kirloskar Motor Ltd. today launched the 7th Generation Camry in India priced at Rs. 23.8 lakh ex-showroom, New Delhi. The new Camry was spied some days ago while undergoing test run on Bangalore roads.

     Unlike the last generation Camry, the 7th Generation Camry will be assembled in India. The rupee depreciation and duty increase prometed Toyota to assemble the car in India. Toyota’s Bidadi plant becomes the 10th plant to manufacture the legendary Camry.

     The Camry has been a highly successful vehicle for Toyota. The Camry was first launched in Japan way back in 1982 and made its Indian debut in 2002. Since then 6500 units of Camry has hit Indian roads. Worldwide over 14 million Camrys has been sold and along with Corolla, Camry constitutes 60% of total Toyota sales.

     The major makets for Camry is the US and Middle East followed by Japan and Australia. However, the Camry could not make good sales in India, thanks to its high price. With the price of around Rs. 30 lakh, Camry lost its pace to Mercedes C Class, BMW 3 Series and Audi A4. Indian customers preferred German luxury brands rather than bland and bulky looking Camry. But things might change now as the Camry is assembled in India and hence will cost less compared to the previous model.

     The new Camry is powered by a new 2.5 liter petrol engine which produces 181 Ps @ 6000 rpm of power and 233 Nm @4100 rpm of torque. The engine is mated to a 6 Speed Automatic gearbox (Sequential shift). The new engine is more powerful and fuel efficient than the old 2.4L petrol engine. Currenty Toyota has no plans to launch a diesel powered Camry in India.

     The Camry is offered in 4 colour shades - Beige metallic, Attitude black, White pearl crystal shine and Silver metallic. Test drives and booking for the car begin from today at all Toyota dealerships.

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Different Phases When Selling Your Car

Selling a car involves a few different steps, and it is good to be self-aware of each phase of the selling process. It can be made very simple with a little added help; these include informational websites, classifieds, appraisers, and more. If you are going about this process on your own, then you have come to the right place to familiarize yourself with the selling game.

Determining the Price of Your Vehicle

Before you can even begin to market your car, you need to figure out just how much your vehicle is actually worth. You can do this by surfing different websites to find out what the base value of your car is; such as Blue Book value. Then, you must check to see the supply and demand of your model within the local area. This will greatly affect the price that your vehicle will bring. Damages and mileage are also important. If your vehicle has been wrecked, or the interior is not in great condition, it will sell for much less. Mechanically, the vehicle must be sound. Mileage is also a driving factor for potential buyers, so you will need to drop your asking price if the mileage on the vehicle is higher than the recommended mileage for that model and year.

Deciding: How to Sell

When I decided to sell my car in London, I took a look at WeWillBuyYourCar. Sites such as this make you an offer on your vehicle, can make a quick payment to you, and then proceed to pick up the vehicle- all within a short amount of time. This can be a wise option if you are short on time.
If you decide to sell it the old school way, you should proceed to making classified ads online and in newspapers. The more ads you place, the greater your reach will be; allowing more interested individuals to contact you. Your advertisement should be very alluring and captivating in order to snag the attention of those who pass by your ad. If you make your car sound irresistible, you will generate better leads.

Meeting Potential Buyers

When meeting with interested people, you should be sure to educate them on the specs of your vehicle. Afterwards, allow them to fully inspect the car as they please. They may also wish to have it evaluated by a mechanic. Test driving is very important to any potential buyer, so do not turn down this request. If all goes well and the individual is still interested in the vehicle, they may begin to barter your asking price. You should negotiate wisely; do not allow yourself to be ripped off, but do not allow a great offer to walk away, either.

Finalizing the Sale

Once the buyer and you have come to an agreement on the price, it is time to finalize the sale and allow them to take your vehicle home with them. The title should be transferred to the new buyer, and a bill of sale and receipt should be generated. Consider contacting a car dealer or lawyer in your area to ask for advice, to ensure that you are taking care of the legalities in the proper way.

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Renault Scala clear pictures, adds a CVT varaint

     Our friend Indianautosblog has posted clear pictures of soon to be launched Renault Scala. We thought we will show you these pictures of Renault Scala and tell you how it is different from the Nissan Sunny.

     As you can see from the pictures and our earlier post, the Scala is a rebadged Nissan Sunny with some modifications in the front and rear. The Scala features Renault’s distinctive styling in the front bumper (bull dog face appearance), redesigned headlamps and ofcourse the prominent Renault’s diamond logo. In the rear the tail lamp design remains the same but the assembly cluster has been changed which has indicator lights continuing with the chrome strip on the boot. The Scala written on the chrome strip reminds us of the Duster.

     The Scala will be powered by both petrol and diesel motors. The petrol engine is 1.5L with 99 Ps power and fuel efficiency of 16.95 Kmpl and the diesel motor produces 86 Ps of power and 21.54 Kmpl of fuel efficiency (Fuel efficiency figures as per ARAI).

     Renault Scala will be launched in the first week of September. The front and rear of Scala has been designed by Indian designers at Renault’s design studio in Mumbai. A CVT variant is an addition to the petrol model in comparison with the Nissan Sunny. Scala will be sold in two petrol (RxE, RxZ) and two diesel (RxL and RxZ) trims.

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Scoop: Mahindra mini Xylo to be named ‘Quanto’, launch soon

     The much hyped Mahindra’s mini Xylo will be named as ‘Quanto’, the name being in line with Mahindra vehicle’s ending with the letter ‘O’. We in our earlier post had showed spy pictures of the mini Xylo, naaa Mahindra Qunato doing testing rounds. We had also mentioned about a new 1.5L 3 cylinder mHawk diesel engine developed by Mahindra for Quanto.

     The Quanto uses the same Xylo’s latter on frame platform but the chassis has been shortened to make the overall length of the vehicle to come under 4 meters. Mahindra Quanto features short front and rear overhangs, redesigned tail lamps, spare wheel on the rear door and smaller wheels. Because of smaller wheels, the wheelbase would be reduced considerably and hence the Quanto will have a better ride than its bigger brother Xylo.

     The interiors including the dashboard will the same as that of Xylo and so do the suspension settings. Mahindra has removed one cylinder from 2.2L mHawk diesel engine and reduced the reaming 3 cylinder bores to develop a 1.5L diesel engine for this vehicle which still produces 100 Bhp of power. A seven seater version (the rear two seats facing each other like the ones in Bolero) is likely to come later on which might help fleet operators to push two more seats in their business.
Picture Source: Team-Bhp

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