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Suzuki Wagon R MPV concept unveiled at 2013 Indonesia International Motor Show

In a surprise move, Suzuki unveiled a Wagon R MPV concept at the recently concluded Indonesia International Motor Show 2013. High demand of MPVs in Indonesia could have prompted Suzuki to develop a mpv concept on Wagon R platform, that could cater to the lower end of the mpv segment in the country.

Datsun and Honda had shown their MPVs based on GO and Brio hatchbacks in the beginning of the show. With Ertiga sitting on the top end of MPV segment, Suzuki seriously had a deficiency in the entry level mpv segment. As seen from the picture, a few millimetres have to added to Wagon R to accommodate the third row of seats. Company sources reveal, there has been no change in the wheelbase of the car.

Davy Tuilan, Marketing Director of PT Suzuki Indomobil Sales, says - “It’s still a concept and no decision has been made”. However, it has been confirmed that if this Wagon R goes into production, it would be a contender for the Indonesian LCGC (Low Cost Green Car) project, thereby availing some tax benefits.

Since he is speaking of tax benefits, will the Wagon R MPV come to India?. Suzuki might consider bringing it to India to keep the aging Wagon R going. Without a diesel engine it would be hard for Suzuki to convince its buyers for a mini MPV. 

Suzuki Wagon R MPV Picture Gallery:

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Honda Mobilio spied on road in Indonesia

Honda Mobilio was unveiled at Indonesian Motor Show last week and guess what? a production mule has been spotted on Indonesian roads, thanks to for getting the spy photo of Mobilio on the roads.

As the mule has been found on the road, probably for testing, the things have been moving fast at Honda. The Mobilio is expected to be launched early next year in Indonesia and soon will be followed by its Indian launch. 

Honda Mobilio details:
  • 4.4 meters in length
  • Ground clearance of 185 mm  
  • Wheelbase of 2650mm
  • 1.5L petrol i-VTEC engine with an optional automatic transmission in Indonesia. Indian model could come in both petrol and diesel.
  • Interiors same as that of Brio and Amaze
  • Third row could be the best in the competiton.
  • Could be priced around Rs. 10 lakh in India.

Honda Mobilio along with Datsun GO+ MPV will be good competitors for Maruti Ertiga which has been the leader in the segment.
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Fiat Linea Classic launched in India at Rs. 5.99 lakh

Fiat Linea Classic caters to the lower C segment of car making it a value for money product - “Longest Car In The Price Segment”!

Fiat today launched a basic version of its Linea sedan in India. The basic model called ‘Linea Classic’ caters to the C- lower segment giving value for money it customers and hopes to gain some volumes for Fiat in India.

Looks wise you will hardly find any difference in ‘Linea Classic’. Only a monogram on the boot can make you identify this model amongst its elder siblings. There is no alloy wheels, foglights, chrome inserts in the grille and door handles seen on the top end Linea.

The interior also takes the beating. The beige livere is now replaced by all-black-theme found in base Punto. Other features such automatic climate control, steering mounted audio controls, Blue & Me, driver airbag, front armrest, and electrically controlled wing mirrors has been axed from ‘Linea Classic’.

Fiat Linea Classic is avaialbe in two fuel options – 1.4L 88 Bhp petrol and 1.3L 75 Bhp diesel.

Fiat Linea Classic Price:
Fiat Linea Classic 1.4-liter Petrol – Rs. 5.99 lakhs
Fiat Linea Classic 1.3-liter Diesel – Rs. 6.95 lakhs
Fiat Linea Classic Plus 1.3-liter Diesel – Rs. 7.50 lakhs

Fiat Linea Classis TV Commercial

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Toyota Innova facelift 2013 prices

All prices indicative, Ex-showroom New Delhi.

2013 Toyota Innova facelift Diesel facelift prices

2013 Toyota Innova facelift G (7s) Diesel Price  
₹ 10,89,364
2013 Toyota Innova facelift G (8s) Diesel Price
₹ 10,93,981
2013 Toyota Innova facelift GX (7s) Diesel Price
₹ 12,45,604
2013 Toyota Innova facelift GX (8s) Diesel Price
₹ 12,50,366
2013 Toyota Innova facelift Z (7s) Diesel Price
₹ 14,53,136
2013 Toyota Innova facelift VX (8s) Diesel Price
₹ 14,57,780
2013 Toyota Innova facelift VX (7s) Diesel Price
₹ 15,06,718

2013 Toyota Innova facelift Petrol facelift prices

2013 Toyota Innova facelift G (8s) Petrol Price  
₹ 10,20,345
2013 Toyota Innova facelift GX (8s) Petrol Price
₹ 11,58,740
2013 Toyota Innova facelift VX (7s) Petrol Price
₹ 13,69,530

Source: MotorBeam
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Honda Mobilio MPV prototype unveiled at Indonesia Motor Show

Honda Mobilio MPV which is based on Brio hatchback will be the first MPV from Honda in India which be launched in 2015.

Honda today unveiled its Brio based MPV prototype Mobilio at the Indonesia Motor Show. The Mobilio is the new Multi Purpose Vehicle from Honda for Asian Markets. 

Speaking at the Indonesian International Auto Show, Mr. Takanobu Ito, President, Chief Executive Officer and Representative Director Honda Motor Co., Ltd  said “Honda Mobilio is especially designed based on Indonesian customer needs. I believe Honda Mobilio would fulfill Indonesian customers dream of an affordable family car with high standard quality from Honda.”

Honda Mobilio MPV is 4.4 m long, 1.68 m wide and 1.61 m tall. It has a wheelbase of 2.65 m and a class leading ground clearance of 185 mm. Its 1.5L petrol engine is the most powerful in its category and the all new 1.5L diesel makes perfect sense in this MPV with 7 seating options. Being more than 4 m in length it will have no cost benefits when launched in India, which again makes the Datson GO+MPV the only 7 seater MPV to be under the 4 m length mark. 

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Next Generation Maruti A Star spied in India

2014 Maruti A Star to debut 800cc diesel engine in India.

The next generation Maruti A Star has been spied testing in Gurgaon India. The new Maruti A Star codename ‘YL7’ had already been spied in southern Europe some time ago. Thanks to Vipin of for bringing us the spy photo.

The ‘YL7’ is Suzuki’s global model likely to replace A Star and Ritz. Since Ritz is doing well in India, Maruti Suzuki might keep the Ritz along with the new A Star. Possibly the company had intensions to replace the existing A Star and Estilo with the ‘YL7’ model and hence stopped the production of Estilo. The sales of A Star is not too good and don’t be surprised to hear about axing A Star very soon.

The big thing about next generation A-Star/’YL7’ is that Maruti’s might bring in the 800cc 2 cylinder diesel engine with this model. Currently development of the small 800cc engine is going on and according to sources company aims at achieving record breaking fuel efficiency of 30 Kmpl.

The next generation A Star will make its appearance at the Auto Expo 2014 held in January 2014 at New Delhi. 
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Datsun GO+ MPV unveiled in Indonesia

Datsun GO+ which is a sub 4 meter length vehicle will give volumes to Datsun when launched in India.

Datsun has unveiled its second model GO+ at the Indonesian Motor Show. Indonesia is the biggest market for MPV and hence Datsun chose to unveil the GO+ MPV there. To remind our readers, Datsun unveiled its hatchback GO in India as the hatchback market here is the biggest in the world.

Datsun GO+ MPV is built on the GO hatchback platform. It retains the same wheelbase of GO hatchback which is 2450mm and hence makes production easier and cheaper for Datsun. Though Maruti Ertiga is built on Ritz/Swift platform, it has longer wheelbase and hence production of Ertiga is costlier, the large rear doors and extended part to be produced separately. This cost factor will put Datsun GO+ MPV ahead of Ertiga when it will be launched in India in mid-2014.

The Datsun GO+ retains the same look of GO hatchback right from front to end. The rear portion of the car has been stretched to accommodate the 3rd row of seats which sits in the overhang portion of the car. Though built on a hatchback platform, the GO+ MPV looks well proportionate from all angles, unlike other stretched or notched MPVs which gets its looks ruined. The good thing is that it is less than 4 meters in length and hence Datsun can pass on the cost benefit to the customers.

The Datsun GO+ MPV will be powered by the same 1.2L petrol engine of GO hatchback and as of now Datsun has no plans to launch a diesel powered GO+ MPV. If it does we are sure this vehicle will certainly surge way ahead in the competiton.

The Datsun GO+ MPV is expected to be launched in mid-2014, 6 months after the launch of GO hatchback in India. As per speculations, the GO+ MPV might be priced between Rs. 4.5 to 5 lakh (Ex-showroom).

Datsun GO+ MPV Photos

Datsun GO+ MPV Video

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Datsun GO+ MPV Photos

Datsun unveiled its GO+ MPV at Indonesian Motor Show which will come to India by mid-2014.

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All new Toyota Corolla 2014 spied in Bangalore

Toyota Corolla 2014 has been started testing in India, launch will very soon.

Toyota has started testing the next generation Corolla 2014 sedan in India. Couple of test mules have been found going around Bangalore, near which Toyota has its manufacturing plant. The cars seen in the pictures are European version which will come to India unlike the American version, which is more sleek and sportier.

Picture Source: Autocarindia

The 11th generation Toyota Corolla is built on Toyota’s Furia concept which was unveiled at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. The Furia concept hinted at Toyota’s future design philosophy for its largest selling compact car “Corolla”. The Furia Concept has a striking face with narrow headlights, vertical marker lights and a massive eight-sided grill, while its short hood and raked windshield give it a more modern look.

The all new Toyota Corolla 2014 will be launched in mid-2014 in India. It will be powered by the same 138bhp 1.8-litre petrol and the 87bhp 1.4-litre diesel with some minor upgrades. The petrol variant might come with a 6-speed manual or a 7-step CVT gearbox. The new Toyota Corolla with its contemporary look will definitely ignite stiff competition in the D segment. 

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Next Generation Nissan X-Trail unveiled at Frankfurt Motor Show

The all new Nissan X-Trail will have seven seat arrangement and stands at the top of Nissan’s vehicle portfolio.

Nissan unveiled the fourth generation Nissan X-Trail at the ongoing Frankfurt Motor Show 2013. Nissan in 2012 at Geneva Motor Show had showed the stylish Hi-Cross concept, on which the all new Nissan X-Trail is built. With next generation Nissan Qashqai expected to come next year, which will be offered in only 5 seat arrangements, the X-Trail becomes the sole SUV in the Nissan’s portfolio.
According to Nissan, the new X-Trail has better ride and handling than the outgoing model. The improved styling and dynamics has not affected the off-road capability of the car. The new Nissan X-Trail is as capable as the old modle when equipped with optional four-wheel drive system.

Under the hood of the new Nissan X-Trail will be the updated version of current X-Trail’s 2.0 L diesel engine, optionally coupled with the newly developed Xtronic CVT gearbox. The interiors have also been improved in terms of design and quality.

The major factor in the all new Nissan X-Trail is its design. The new Nissan X-Trail sheds it boxy look and is now rounder and muscular. The new grill with nicely designed big front bumper adds muscularity to the vehicle. The bonnet scoops and lines running on the body makes the SUV look more like a car than an off-road vehicle. The rear of the car has also been designed with neatly integrated wraparound tail lamps.

At the Frankfurt Auto Show 2013 Renault-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn said "This fourth generation model builds on the X-Trail's earned reputation for value, innovation, style and reliability. This also replaces the US market Rogue to become a sole global car for us; it will be built in five plants worldwide and sold in more than 100 markets. It's another segment busting model for us like the Juke and Qashqai. The X-Trail introduces a new platform (Common Module Family) that will be rolled out over next five years on everything from a small Indian market car to a large premium offering. (The Module) maximises volume and cost efficiency and allows us to pass on savings, the economy is up to 20 percent better model for model.”
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Suzuki iV-4 concept SUV unveiled at Frankfurt Motor Show 2013

Maruti’s mini SUV, the Alfa XA will be built on Suzuki iV-4 concept

Suzuki unveiled an out-of-the-age SUV iV-4 concept at the ongoing Frankfurt Motor Show 2013. The Suzuki iV-4 concept forms the base of the compact SUV, which Maruti Suzuki is planning to launch in India. Earlier Maruti Suzuki had showed a mini SUV concept named Alpha XA  with looks very similar to the iV-4 concept.

The usage of ‘i’ in the vehicle/concept name has become a common term by automobile manufacturers these days. Hyundai and BMW are the other two companies which uses ‘i’ in their vehicle naming trend. Eg: Hyundai i10, i20 etc and BMW i3 and i8. Here in Suzuki iV-4 concept, the ‘i’ stands for individuality, V stands for Vehicle and the 4 represents all wheel drive system. With Suzuki iV-4 concept, Suzuki launches an all new all wheel drive technology termed “Allgrip”. According to the company “Allgrip” will offer a combination of design and off-road performance that goes beyond a typical city SUV.

Though Suzuki iV-4 concept is an all wheel drive vehicle, Maruti’s mini SUV in India might not get the all wheel drive options, at least not in the near future. 

Suzuki All-Grip 4WD System Explanation

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Honda announces new ‘EXCITING H DESIGN!!!’ concept for its future cars

Honda’s new ‘EXCITING H DESIGN!!!’ concept is the new face of Honda cars around the world.

Japanese auto major Honda has announced a new design concept ‘EXCITING H DESIGN!!!’ which will be incorporated in all its vehicles globally. Honda with this new design concept plans to promote a unique character and stronger presence around the world.

Honda's New design identity: "Solid Wing Face"
The three exclamatory marks in ‘EXCITING H DESIGN!!!’ represents three design factors – “High Tech” representing an innovative spirit, “High Tension” representing a beautiful body structure and layout and “High Touch” representing finely-honed surfacing and texture. The new design concept has been first applied in the all new Honda Fit which was launched in Japan yesterday.

Honda's New design concept: "EXCITING H DESIGN!!!"

Exterior design:

High Tech
Honda's new design identity, "Solid Wing Face," is adopted. While positioning the "H" mark in the center, the area from the front grill to the headlights will be designed in an advanced style as one uninterrupted flow.

High Tension
A well-toned body with beautiful proportion, "Athlete Form," is realized.

High Touch
Honda strives to realize "Dramatic Surfacing," well-elaborated form that provides an emotional attraction.

Interior design:

High Tech
Honda pursues an easy-to-see/easy-to-use "Advanced Interface" by adopting advanced technologies.

High Tension
A sporty and emotional "Personal Cockpit" is realized.

High Touch
Honda expresses its "Craftsmanship" by creating thoughtful interiors with an emphasis on the texture of materials.

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Hyundai Grand i10 Petrol and Diesel launched in India

Hyundai today launched the next generation i10 named Grand i10 at New Delhi. The Grand i10 is available in both petrol and diesel variants and will be sold along with the current model. It will be placed in between the current i10 and i20 in terms of hierarchy.

The Hyundai Grand i10 is bigger than the current model. In fact the wheelbase of the Grand i10 is 100 mm longer than the Euro spec model which will be launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show next week. Design wise the Grand i10 has nothing much to talk about. There is change in headlamp and tail lamp designs outside and an all new dashboard in the interior.

The most interesting part of the Grand i10 is it comes in two fuel options – Petrol and Diesel. Till now i10 was available in only petrol variant and a diesel option now widens the range of i10 buyers. The diesel engine in the Grand i10 is 1.1L CRDi 3 cylinder engine, which is basically the scaled down version of i20s 1.4L CRDi. The engine could manage to deliver good fuel efficiency of about 24 Kmpl. 

Hyundai Grand i10 Price (All prices Ex-showroom, New Delhi)

Hyundai Grand i10 Petrol Price

Hyundai Grand i10 Petrol Era Price – Rs. 4,29,900
Hyundai Grand i10 Petrol Magna Price - Rs. 4,49,400
Hyundai Grand i10 Petrol Sportz Price - Rs. 4,88,800
Hyundai Grand i10 Petrol Asta Price - Rs. 5,47,800

Hyundai Grand i10 Diesel Price

Hyundai Grand i10 Petrol Era Price - Rs. 5,23,700
Hyundai Grand i10 Petrol Magna Price - Rs. 5,43,200
Hyundai Grand i10 Petrol Sportz Price - Rs. 5,82,600

Hyundai Grand i10 Petrol Asta Price - Rs. 6,41,600
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Mahindra Scorpio facelift spied

A major facelift to Mahindra Scorpio is in the pipeline

It was full 4 years back when the Scorpio got a facelift. The Scorpio in 2009 got a major facelift with clear lens headlamp, new grill and bumper and minor tweaks here and there. Now, as we see in the picture, the Scorpio is going to get another facelift before the launch of all new model in 2015.

The changes will not be just in the exterior. There will be also some changes in the dashboard and seats as they were also covered in the spy photo vehicle. Mahindra might also work on the  mileage, power and sound insulation and improve the current vehicle as seen in the updated XUV 500.

Stay tuned for more news about Mahindra Scorpio facelift. 

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