Indian auto industry was abuzz with the rumors of Honda planning to launch Honda Citydiesel in India by the end of 2012. Diesel cars in India have been selling like hot cakes and are gaining popularity due to the rising petrol price. One of our sources close to development informed us that the company has no plans to plan any launch of Honda City in diesel guise in the year 2012. Not just Honda City, the company has apparently ruled out launch of any of the model in diesel variant in 2012. Speculations were rife that Honda will bring its premium sedan Civic with a diesel heart, but now it seemsHonda Civic diesel launch will take time.
Honda currently does not have any diesel car in its India portfolio. Due to the lack of diesel variants in …Read more >
The German car maker Volkswagen is all set to launch small cars in India, China and Brazil. Volkswagen has created a mark in Indian auto market with its smaller cars likePolo. Volkswagen admits that the small cars fetch good business in the domestic market and also bring good profits. The company is planning to continue this pattern by introducing new small car in the Asian markets like India, China and Brazil. This small car will be based on UP! platform. The company officials have not disclosed any details yet regarding the car and the launch date of the new car. But rumours suggest that the car could be launched next year after it is unveiled at the Paris Grand Palais, Champs Elysees, Paris. So we have to wait for another year to see th…Read more >
Land Rover will introduce Range Rover Evoque convertible concept at next month's Geneva auto show. According to the company the model could become a production reality if public reaction is positive.
The soft-top, four-seat SUV has a fully retractable roof system with a roll-over protection system.
Land Rover is working on a technical solution that would make it possible to open and close the soft top in about 12 seconds.
The convertible top would add minimal weight and have little effect on the vehicle's torsional rigidity, Land Rover said.
The concept keeps the production Evoque's rising waist line and the car's distinctive shape has been retained.
The new convertible body style has been achieved with minimal changes to weight and torsional r…Read more >
Volvo the Swedish car maker will be forming a joint venture with its parent company Zhejiang Geely Holdings Group Co in China. According to reports, Geely plans announce a project to develop and produce an indigenousbrand of cars with Volvo in two months.
It was reported that Geely, which bought Volvo Car in2010 and controls Hong Kong-listed Geely Automobile Holdings Ltd, would set up a 50/50 joint venture with Volvo, according to spokesman Yang Xueliang who quoted Chairman Li Shufu.
Like other sino-foreign car joint ventures, Geely/Volvo the planned venture would develop and launch a self-owned brand and new energy cars in China. Li's remarks were confirmed by Yang and said the two companies were expected to announce details of the own-bran…Read more >
Ferrari, the stylish car maker is all set to launch the Ferrari F620 GT on 29 th of February, 2012 and is being claimed as one of the most powerful cars of present generation. The F620 GT will be a successor to the mighty 599 model of the company which turned out to be a huge success during its time. According to reports, the F620 GT will be powered with a V12 engine which will generate a maximum power of 720 PS. The engine will be mated to a seven speed dual clutch transmission gearbox.
An electronic lock rear differential mechanism system will be sending the power to the back wheels. If rumours are to be believed, the company will be using aluminium in place of carbon fibre for the construction of chassis. As far as the design and looks o…Read more >
Home grown car maker of India and manufacturer of the world’s cheapest car Nano, Tata Motors , is all set to build an assembly plant for Jaguar and Land Rover in China. One of the top officials from Tata Motors said that they are waiting for the regulatory approvals from the authorities for the setup of assembly plant for Britain's luxury car models Jaguar and Land Rover . The senior executive of Tata Motors said that they will be soon making an official announcement in this regard. Chinese Market is reckoned as a key market for Jaguar and Land Rover. However, the economic changes that are recent in Europe has resulted in low sales of Jaguar and Land Rover in Europe.
Tata Motors announced a net profit of 34.06 bill rupees for three months u…Read more >
NEW DELHI: Hero MotoCorp, the world's largest two-wheeler maker, has signed a technology-sharing deal with US motorcycle firm Erik Buell Racing (EBR), a year after ending a 27-year-old pact with Japan's Honda Motors.
Munjals-owned Hero MotoCorp will buy technology from EBR without sharing profits or ownership. After its December 2010 breakup with Honda, the Indian company had been scouting for new technology to compete better in the domestic two-wheeler segment where it holds 56% market share.
"It's a very flexible partnership where they will develop cutting-edge technology based on our needs and market demands," Hero MotoCorp managing director and CEO Pawan Munjal said, adding that the company will first develop bikes bigger than its top-en…Read more >
DETROIT -- General Motors CEO Dan Akerson and his wife, Karin, donated $1 million to start a Habitat for Humanity initiative called Leaders to ReBuild Detroit.
“What we can do is a drop in the bucket of what needs to be done,” Akerson said in a speech to about 100 at a school in which the community to be funded resides. “That’s why we wanted to get involved with this $25 million initiative that Habitat for Humanity started. We wanted to give it a jump start because we wanted to help others.”
Dan Akerson maintains residences in both Detroit and Washington.
Habitat for Humanity Michigan said the initiative is a three-year, multimillion-dollar initiative designed to engage Detroit’s corporate leaders in revitalizing the city.
The project will ser…Read more >
The Indian utility major Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) is looking forward to assemble its products in Russia through the distributor of its South Korean subsidiary SsangYong in the coming years. The reports quoted Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) President (Automotive and Farm Equipment Sectors), Pawan Goenka as saying “Talks are on with the Russian distributor of SsangYong on assembling Mahindra products there. It is at a very initial stage and we are in the process of deciding what products it should be.” He continued saying that SsangYong already has an assembly of semi-knocked down units in Russia through its distributor Solaris. “But if the Mahindra products are to be assembled, it will be in CKD route.” When asked about the timeline, he said “I…Read more >
Ford Motor Co. will take the wraps off the Tourneo Custom concept next month at the Geneva auto show, a styling exercise that shows the design direction for the redesigned Ford Transit.
Many of the Tourneo's styling cues will be incorporated into the light-duty Transit van that will be sold in Europe and Asia.
Today, the light- and heavy-duty Transit in Europe "look almost identical. It is very hard to tell the difference between the two," said Mike Levine, a Ford spokesman.
"The styling now will be very different between the one-ton, light-duty version and the two-ton, heavy-duty version," Levine said.
Both production models are expected to be revealed this year.
The front-wheel-drive Tourneo concept features what Ford calls "a luxurious carli…Read more >
NEW DELHI: Whilethe Customs Duty rate on tyres and the peak rate of Customs Duty on all non agricultural products were progressively reduced in the Union Budgets during the last few years, in the case of Natural Rubber the rate of 20% Customs Duty has remained unchanged for over a decade.
This has resulted in a serious anomaly of Customs Duty on raw-material (Natural Rubber@20%) being higher than the Customs Duty on finished product (Tyres @10%).
FICCI in its pre-budget memorandum has said that it is imperative that Customs duty of principal Raw material of tyre industry i.e. Natural Rubber is revisited and reduced from 20% to a suggested level of 7.5% to make duty paid imports viable.
Or else, Increase in Customs Duty on tyres - from current…Read more >
U.S. Fiat dealers are seeing the first results of Chrysler Group's efforts to fix its poorly executed Fiat 500 launch.
With more advertising, 0 percent financing for consumers, new products and new brand leadership, Fiat dealers is in a better place than they were six months ago.
Fiat also has stopped airing TV commercials starring entertainer Jennifer Lopez.
Tim Kuniskis, 45, took over as head of the Fiat brand in North America in November, replacing Laura Soave, who left the company after 20 months. Kuniskis had been assisting Soave during her last several months on the job while also working as head of marketing for the Chrysler brand.
Since his promotion -- and armed with a mandate from Chrysler-Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne to fix what had g…Read more >
CHENNAI: Looking forward to spread its presence, US car maker Ford today launched 45 dealer outlets of its Indian subsidiary across 35 cities in the country.
We will continue our growth commitment in India with the launching new outlets every 10 days, Ford India President and Managing Director Michael Boneham said inaugurating one of new outlets here.
Ford has planned to introduce eight new models by the middle of this decade. Two of the eight products -- Ford Figo and Ford Ecosport -- have already been introduced.
Exactly, two years back, on February 16, we opened 26 dealerships on a single day. Today,we are inaugurating 45 new outlets. This is on the success of our (hatchback) Ford Figo and we will continue to open new outlets every 10days. …Read more >
Confirmation came from Porsche the name of its new SUV as the Macan. Derived from the Indonesian word for tiger, the Macan combines the core characteristics of how a Sports Utility Vehicle should be.Bernhard Maier, Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing, Porsche AG said, “The Macan combines all sports car characteristics with the benefits of an SUV and is a genuine Porsche.”
Combining suppleness, power, fascination and dynamics, the Macan will be the key pillar of the company’s strategy codenamed ‘Strategy 2018’. The production of the new SUV will start from 2013 at the Leipzig Porsche factory.
At present the site is being expanded into an independent production plant with an investment of 500 million euros (~Rs. 321 crore) making it …Read more >
Lexus promised they would bring two new models to the 2012 Geneva Motor Show and now that we’re weeks away from one of the biggest auto events of the calendar year, we know what those two models are.
One of the twonew Geneva-bound vehicles is the Lexus RX F-Sport , joining the face-lifted 2013 Lexus RX in the Japanese automaker’s booth in Geneva. The former appears to carry a lot of Lexus’ new design language and, in particular, the new spindle grille looks pretty aggressive and menacing. These features provide more evidence of an aggressive new look for the high-performance crossover that’s a far departure from the more subdued versions of the past. In addition to the spindle grille, the RX F-Sport also comes with a new front lip spoiler, …Read more >
Kia will launch the company's first-ever production rear-wheel sedan in Korea in the first half of this year. It is code-named "KH," and it shares a platform with the Equus, Hyundai's top-of-the-line RWD sedan.
The car will be sold around the world, Kia said in a statement. Still, a spokesman in Korea declined to say whether the KH is coming to the United States.
"Kia Motors America is still evaluating plans for KH in the U.S. market, and there is nothing further to announce at this time," the spokesman told Autoweek. A U.S.-based spokesperson also said that the RWD car is being evaluated, though the official wouldn't elaborate.
Kia has been experiencing tremendous growth in the United States, with sales surging 36 percent last year to 485,49…Read more >
A joint venture between Japanese automobile manufacturer and Indian enterprise Honda Siel Cars India (HSCI) will soon come up with the diesel variant of its Honda Brio hatchback. Earlier, the company revealed that it is keen to bring the diesel variants of all its models by the year 2013.
Currently, the Indian automobile market is dominated by diesel variants. In the wake of continuous increase in petrol prices, automobile companies brought diesel versions of their car models. Hence, to withstand the fierce competition, Honda has to come up with its own diesel variants. The news of Honda Brio diesel variant has certainly brought relief to its potential customers in India.
As mentioned in the reports, HSCI will most probably introduce the die…Read more >
To boost output of the VW Passat at its new plant in Chattanooga planned by Volkswagen AG, Tenn., by 13 percent and add 200 jobs.
The automaker will hike production of the redesigned Passat from 31 to 35 cars per hour. According to VW the new jobs will be integrated into the plant's current two-shift operation and be filled by full-time Volkswagen employees.
The plant is currently staffed with 2,000 Volkswagen employees and an additional 500 workers employed by Aerotek, the automaker's staffing partner.
Volkswagen said it planned to hire production positions, supervisors and engineers.
The $1 billion plant opened in 2011 and is the centerpiece of a plan to boost annual U.S. sales of the VW brand to 800,000 by 2018.
U.S. sales of the VW brand hi…Read more >
The LCV market of India is growing up by the day with more and more players eying the potential. Now Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV), a 100 per cent subsidiary of Daimler AG, Germany, and also the makers of Mercedes Benz cars may look to tap India’s mini-truck segment, challenging the country’s largest truck maker Tata Motors’ Ace, the current market leader in the category.
As per a report Bharat Benz, the India-specific brand that DICV unveiled earlier this month at the Delhi Auto Expo, is currently gearing up to launch its entire truck portfolio, comprising 17-19 vehicles in the 6-49-tonne range. It was mentioned that the company’s foray into the competitive 1-1.5-tonne truck segment would be based on the success of the Bharat Be…Read more >
LOS ANGELES -- American Honda Motor Co. will break out big-time celebrities and comedic license in a pair of 60-second TV commercials that will run during the Super Bowl.
An Acura spot -- the first Super Bowl appearance for the brand -- will feature comedian Jerry Seinfeld going to ridiculous lengths to bribe the man who holds the rights to the first 2015 Acura NSX supercar.
Meanwhile, Matthew Broderick will reprise his role as high school truant Ferris Bueller, calling in sick to an acting gig and spending the day gallivanting in a Honda CR-V crossover.
Both commercials will have 30-second versions that will run on TV through spring, as well as links to social media and "Easter egg" prize hunts. Outtakes and extended versions will run online…Read more >
Much anticipated re-entry in Le Mans Toyota is the first manufacturer to confirm its participation in the FIA World Endurance Racing Championship with a hybrid vehicle. The new team that is based out of Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG) in Cologne, Germany will make its on track debut on May 5, 2011 in Six Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, the second round of the World Endurance Racing Championship, with their THS-R (Toyota Hybrid System Racing) TS030 car. The company intends to use the same car in the 24 hours of Le Mans later in the year.
The THS-R powertrain of the TS030 features an all-new 3.4-litre V8 petrol engine and also a hybrid system with capacitor storage. Having tested the new TS030, the data from the test will help further developments …Read more >
Good looking cars are aplenty in the world, and luxurious ones are available at large, but what makes Rolls Royce so very different from any other lap of luxury on four wheeler is its unparalleled bespoke operations in Goodwood, that has over so many years of its existence perfected the art of automobile customization.
While, the British luxury car makers best-selling flagship saloon, the Phantom continues to attract more and more bespoke customers with every passing year, 2011 saw a notable rise in the company’s comparatively smaller and inexpensive Ghost model. Just to put things in perspective, in total, 56% of the Ghost and Ghost Extended Wheelbase models sold around the world featured bespoke design in 2011.
Commenting on this positive …Read more >
As Peugeot 's announced that it'll end its endurance racing program for motorsport it turned into miserable day -, sidestepping this year's wondrous Le Mans 24 hour race for financial reasons.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, Peugeot said: "This decision has been taken in the context of a difficult economic environment in Europe. Peugeot has chosen to concentrate resources on its sales performance in 2012."
Which begs the question - will main rivals and fellow dieselists, Audi, bother to turn up? Its motorsports spokesman refused to comment on the company's 2012 entry, but did say: "We're sad with the news - Audi's had some great duals with Peugeot. Our plans will be announced on February 2 - I would hope we will [turn up]."
So, if Audi do…Read more >
DETROIT – As the temperature drops Corvette 's future is crystallizing. By spy shooter the C7 was captured in cold-weather testing in the Great White North, and the profile indicates a wedge-like silhouette, curvy, slightly flared fenders and a potentially longer wheelbase.
By next year the production of the next-generation 2014 Chevrolet Corvette will begin. These shots advance previous knowledge of the C7, which now appears to have been photographed in an actual body shell. Older pictures indicated the wider wheelbase but were C6-bodied.
These fresh shots from KGP Photography, show the quad exhaust in the rear, the distinctive taillights and a prominent air intake in front. We also expect the C7 to employ an all-aluminum frame and perhaps …Read more >
Recently, there was an announcement made by the British premium marquee Aston Martin for the opening of its largest flagship store, in the Pudong district of Shanghai. It was reported that the showroom has room for up to 18 new Aston Martins, as well as offering complete service with a café, lounge, Aston Martin merchandise display, sales area, fully equipped service centre, Jaeger-LeCoultre time-pieces and Bang & Olufsen Audi o/visual displays.
This is the seventh dealership to open in China for Aston Martin. Dr Matthew Bennett, Asia Pacific regional director said, "We are excited with Aston Martin 's ongoing development and performance in China. This wonderful new dealership sets the benchmark for luxury car showrooms across Asia and the …Read more >
After the Detroit Motor Show it does not take long to close its doors before automakers start dishing out details on their lineup for the Geneva Motor Show. Mitsubishi is ready to jump into the kitchen with the first teaser image for a new global product set to be unveiled in March. This project takes another step towards the company’s "Jump 2013" business plan for a greener and more global Mitsubishi .
The yet-to-named concept features a re-focused design language that will be used for all the future models and has been designed as "an open design concept, meant to be flexible enough to suit specific vehicle requirements whilst staging Mitsubishi’s famous Three Diamond logo accordingly."
No other details have been provided yet, but Mitsubis…Read more >
Porsche ’s decision for putting the baby Boxster on hold because the current generation may not be ready for it may just have started a domino effect for similar proposed vehicles. Volkswagen has just announced that the production version of the mid-engine Blue Sport Concept is also uncertain, stating the same reasons as Porsche: the company can’t find enough sales to justify investing in the model.
This may put a little hiccup in Volkswagen’s plans to increase sales to 800,000 units a year by 2018, but according to Volkswagen of America boss Jonathan Browning, "we don’t need to keep adding to our portfolio of models. We’re concentrating on our core models." Nice sidestep, but this only means that the company failed to find the market neede…Read more >
DETROIT – Fiat may get a boost after a disappointing return to the North American market following a 30-year hiatus, with a new wagon version of its iconic 500 subcompact.
The Italian auto manufacturer, which also is the majority owner of Chrysler Group LLC, will introduce a five-door model "related" to its subcompact 500 at the Geneva motor show in March, said Olivier Francois, head of the Fiat brand.
The new model, he said, will be sold in the U.S starting next year. The company has a lot riding on the 500 , inspired from the tiny 1950s original. Fiat sold almost 4 million 500s from 1957 to 1975, years when the model was as recognizable as Italian movie stars Sophia Loren and Gina Lollobrigida. Fiat has sold more than 770,000 of the model …Read more >
If you want to own XUV500, but could not due to withdrawal of reservations, here's the good news! Mahindra & Mahindra will re-open the reservations of his late model SUV XUV500, for a limited period of 10 days from January 25 after being suspended last year due to overwhelming response.
However, you must be very lucky to have her. Because the company also said in the case of more than 7200 bookings will be held a lottery to award the sports utility vehicle XUV500 Mahindra (SUV).M&M Senior Vice President (Marketing, Automotive Division) Vivek Nayer stated that, “To ensure that our customers do not have to wait beyond a reasonable period, we are undertaking an XUV500 draw, which will ensure fair and transparent allotment of the vehicle to ou… Read more >
The BMW 1 Series has been a shadow in the BMW range otherwise bright and shiny. The only positive side of the range was within the limited edition Coupe 1M. BMW realizes this and the second generation of a wide range will receive a dose of BMWness to make the car up to the plate.
As the base model 1 of the series with its 1.6-liter gasoline engine and 2.0 liter diesel will remain available as a 5 door hatchback. The 1 Series range will be more exciting and dare we say 'happy' models.
There are two new engines which includes a 2.0 liter diesel and 2.0 liter petrol that offer. The 125d diesel engine features a twin stage turbocharger; the engine will develop 221PS of power with 450Nm of torque. The 125i petrol engine will feature a twin scroll…Read more >
India’s first ever supercar, DC Avanti was unveiled by ‘Shahenshah of Bollywood’ Mr. Amitabh Bachchan at the 11th Auto Expo 2012. The supercar was revealed with a reasonable price tag and the looks make the car a total stunner altogether. It was a joyous moment for all as the wraps were took off from the new DC Avanti by Sr. Bachchan. But, if we go through the latest reports then this new Indian supercar will get into the commercial production in about a year. DC Avanti is expected to hit the Indian roads by the year 2013.
The dazzling supercar DC Avanti no doubt has fabulous looks. The exotic design has a marvelous low slung shape factor that has enhanced the overall look of the first Indian supercar. The front end of the car is stylish, e…Read more >
Lamborghini in 2009, unveiled the Gallardo LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni - a 550 HP special edition limited to only 250 units. The following model was only offered in a coupe version, however at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show, Lamborghini has brought out a Spyder version to offer a "stunning level of open-air driving fun that can come only from a super sports car with a folding roof and an unbelievably agile and spontaneous handling." The new roadster model has dropped the "Valentino Balboni" name and is simply called the "Gallardo LP550-2 Spyder."
"With the Gallardo LP 550-2 Spyder, we are expanding the Lamborghini lineup with a purist model that adds yet another dimension of driving fun. This will appeal in particular to a very special group…Read more >
The Jaguar C X16 Concept has been recognised by the British readers of What Car? In 2012 they would like to see the Magazine as the vehicle launched. Despite strong competition, the C X16 Concept, originally unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2011, emerged as the clear winner. Adrian Hallmark, Global Brand Director,Jaguar Cars and Ian Callum, Director of Design, accepted the Award for the 'Most Exciting Car to be Launched in 2012' from Chas Hallett, Editor-in-Chief of What Car?
Chas Hallett commented: 'Whatcar.com is more popular than ever, and its users are kept right up to speed on the latest models. They’ve voted the Jaguar C X16 as the car they are most excited to see this year, and we share their enthusiasm'. The C X16 C…Read more >
The automotive industry in general is a big change. The economic slowdown has eaten literally the world auto market live, while the segment of super luxury cars managed to survive without being eliminated. On the contrary, are selling in a big way by an extraordinary growth and the super luxury car BMW subsidiary of Rolls Royce is the best example we have. The famous British brand recorded sales of 3,200 units outstanding at the top, 2011, in the last century, since 1905, growing dramatically from 2711 units in 2010. Connecting with Rolls-Royce India dates back to times in history when the Nizams rich and famous Rolls Royce cars in his power to boast of their wealth redundant even before BMW had no power on the mark British.
Rolls Royce whi…Read more >
Ford used to offer the Mondeo in India long ago, and if Ford ever decided to bring the car back it will be this, the Fusion. It is even sold as the Mondeo in Europe and other parts of the world this is the latest version, which was shown at the Detroit motor show and will go on sale in America this year.The new nose is pretty striking. Some might say Aston-ish, but really no-one’s going to say ‘Oh gosh! Was that minicab you came in an Aston Martin Rapide ?’ Anyway it’s very elegant, and we like.
And yes, it’s an all-new car, with techy innovations that include a new multi-link rear suspension. There’s also electric steering, which (if you switch the options on) can nudge you in the right direction if you drift out of lane, or will steer int…Read more >
The best thing about the 2012 Detroit Auto Show is that it is full of new cars. Yes, that sounds obvious, but going to stay with me for a moment.
For years, who had come here and all the revelations would be swollen and 4x4 trucks. That was designed to reach the end of the world or take a ton of wood, but are marketed and used for Bubba and Billy Bob bowling. He did visit the Europeans feel like total strangers.
There was time of total bankruptcy and near-economic meltdown. The American industry was deep in a panic and tried like mad to distract us with feckless half-baked lentil-powered alternative-energy concepts that'd never see the light (honorable exception, Chevy Volt).
But this year it was proper cars everywhere you looked. Not just t…Read more >
Maserati , the Italian super car maker has unveiled its first-ever sport utility vehicle that targets the lucrative luxury crossover market with Italian styling and part but constructed in Detroit auto show. It was reported that the Kubang fills a hole in Maserati's product line nine years after the company first showed a sport luxury SUV concept car at the 2003 Detroit auto show.
Chief executive of Maserati Harald Wester said that, “It's a natural direction to strengthen our product range." It was also mentioned that the company said that the Kubang concept creates discontinuity by entering a new segment and continuity by maintaining the integrity of Maserati's DNA.
Further, Maserati, part of the Fiat group that owns the number three US aut…Read more >
If you've wedged your head firmly under a bush for the last, oooh, decade, chances are you won't have heard about the Toyota GT 86 /Subaru BRZ/Scion FR-S born-to-drift triumvirate. To gather more information go to blue bits.
For the rest of the world, here's a picture of the first 2012 Scioyotaru Formula Drift racer.
The turbo'd FR-S was built in collaboration with Japanese tuners, GReddy, and gets parts honed by Blighty's own Cosworth. This makes it quite feisty - 600bhp, to be precise.Read more >
In Detroit Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, was unveiled the 911 Carrera Cabriolet . The 911 is making its debut with a completely new roof concept that combines the elegant styling of the Coupé with the advantages of a fabric hood. So it is that the Cabriolet continues all the innovations of the new 911 Carrera family, complemented by new features for open sports cars: intelligent light weight design ensures less weight and more sportiness, lower fuel consumption and greater comfort. As with the Coupés, the new Cabriolets start with the 911 Carrera , powered by a 350 Hp (257 kW), 3.4-litre six-cylinder engine and the 911 Carrera S with 400 hp (294 kW) flat engine and 3.8 litre displacement.
President and Chief Executive Officer of …Read more >
VW E-Bugster Concept which is the latest Beetle's sporty theme has two-seat. An electric motor provides 85 kWh of power, which can propel it from 0 to 100 km/h in 10.9 seconds. The best part is a complete battery recharge can be done in 35 minutes precisely.
The quick charging is possible to a new Combined Charging System that was developed in co-operation with Audi, BMW, Daimler, Porsche, Ford and General Motors/Opel. This allows charging via single-phase AC sources or via ultra-fast DC sources at specific charging stations. To succeed, this will require the development of a uniform industry standard for sockets and plugs and also for the charge controller, so that all charging types can be handled.
Volkswagen E-Bugster is not only gets cha…Read more >
The 2013 Ford Fusion offers the broadest selection of powertrains in fuel-efficient midsize car segment. It offers plug-in hybrids and hybrid alternatives, a pair of four-cylinder EcoBoost, a naturally aspirated four-cylinder, automatic starting system shutdown to turn off the engine at idle steady, with front-wheel drive applications, and choose from automatic six-speed manual gearbox.
It is expected that 1.6-liter EcoBoost is to deliver best-in-class four-cylinder non-hybrid fuel efficiency in the city and on the highway. The 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine - paired with a paddle-shifted six-speed Select Shift Automatic transmission, which is available with 19-inch wheels and tires, and all-wheel drive with the ability to send additional torque…Read more >
Compact SUV seems to be the hottest among the lot of the afternoon. Almost all car manufacturers are running back to develop a compact SUV Peugeot is the one behind to join the race. Several times to test the model could not reach the Auto Expo is now known to undergo a transformation to a costume emrge SUV. Well, this does not mean it will reduce your original skin, which is a hatchback from beginning to end. What the automaker seems to take the rear window frame, to take advantage of growing demand for compact SUVs on the market. Therefore, we assume that there is a mistake to assume that Peugeot will use the pricing strategy as Ford or Renault Duster EcoSport found in the support price for the Peugeot 208 SUV project.
Whereas this is the…Read more >
The Honda NSX is back. And like the original clone is a super hammer, but fascinating, intriguing contemporary gender.
OK, this is just a concept, unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show - and for geographical reasons also called an Acura. The real thing is three years away. That time gap allows the engineers to be maddeningly unspecific about some of the details (such as power, or even the engine size). But designers are promising that it will look a lot like this.
Good. It’s sharp, dramatic without being flashy, and refreshingly compact – actually shorter than the original. It’s edgier than the original too, as the passing years dictate. But it’s still got a few sly nods to its father, like the rear lights, and the overall proportions.
Under the…Read more >
India Chevrolet has unveiled the Vela and MPV models at the Auto Expo 2012. The two cars are the first models to be launched from China SAIC GM portfolio in India a couple of models.
Sailing is a sub 4 meter sedan (total length of 3947mm) which is scheduled to go on sale in mid-2012. While the style may not break new ground, the sail is very pleasing to the eye. Linking sailing with the rest of the range of Chevrolet's split grille with the bowtie emblem in the middle. The candle looks very elegant on the back, with its tail section almost vertical. A 2465mm wheelbase promises good interior space. Like the exterior, the cabin is very clear too, but not really outstanding in terms of design
The Sail will be launched with a 81bhp 1.2-litre pet…Read more >
The Volkswagen up! is not there but the India-bound hatchback’s absence was compensated by three other car unveilings – the 2012 Beetle, new Touareg and the XL1 diesel hybrid concept, claimed to be the world’s most efficient concept car. The XL1 is powered by a two-cylinder, 800 cc TDI engine that puts out 49 PS supplemented by a 27 PS electric motor to deliver over 111 kmpl.
Also on display is the much-anticipated new Beetle, which Volkswagen debuted at the Shanghai Motor Show in April 2011. The German car maker has tried not to tinker too much with the original Beetle’s looks, retaining the iconic car’s retro styling. If anything, the Beetle is now longer and wider than its predecessor. As expected, the new Beetle will available in India …Read more >
The Triumph Speed Triple launched at Auto Expo 2012 is a wolf in a well, the wolf's clothing. That along with his younger brother the Street Triple sport both as a great 'Street Fighter' is combined with a serious performance. The larger of the two triples was initiated in 1994 and was called the T300 Speed Triple. It was a tribute to "two speeds" of 1938 became known as a performance bike.
The original steel bike was only through the tubes and uses the engine as a stressed, with front and rear suspension, fully adjustable to show their "performance" Triumph label also launched a single-make racing series with the bike in 1994.
In 1997 the Speed Triple received a refresh with a larger engine and notably twin 'bug eye' headlamps. The frame ch…Read more >
At the Auto Expo 2012 in New Delhi Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt. Ltd. (TKM) today launched the all new variant of Prius - a pioneer and global leader in Hybrid technology. Toyota furthered its endeavour to “serve the society” with the launch of Easy Seat – a customized swivel seat for people with special mobility needs. The new Prius is priced between Rs. 27, 38,500/- to Rs.29, 40,500/- ex-showrooms Delhi
The Prius - third generation - was first introduced in India in 2010. Prius is a pioneer in hybrid technology and the first mass production hybrid vehicle. Much more than delivering exceptional fuel efficiency and lower carbon emission, it shaped a revolution in various ways including advanced design and powerful driving performance and rece…Read more >
DETROIT -- Nissan Motor Co. and Daimler AG declared about the agreement to produce four-cylinder Mercedes-Benz gasoline engines at Nissan's Decherd, Tenn., engine factory from 2014 to be fitted on Mercedes and Infiniti models.
To have a wide-range Nissan and its alliance partner Renault SA have made the agreement with Daimler to share vehicle and powertrain technologies. The automakers launched the joint effort in April 2010.
"This is the newest milestone in our pragmatic collaboration and our most significant project outside of Europe so far," Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said in a statement today. "Localized capacity reduces exposure to foreign exchange rates while rapidly enabling a good business development in North America – a win-wi…Read more >
An announcement came from JR Motorsport that their Nissan Nismo GT-R GT3 back in September 2011, but Nissan themselves have already gone to work on a GT-R GT3 Nismo that they plan to unveil at next week’s Dubai 24 Hours. The new car will compete in the A6 class at the hands of Michael Krumm (GER), Tom Kimber-Smith (UK), Franck Mailleux (FRA), and Alex Buncombe (UK).
The new GT-R GT3 Nismo is powered by a 3.8 liter V6 twin-turbo engine that delivers a total of 500 HP and 479 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a Hewland 6-speed sequential gearbox with a Sachs 4- plate sintered clutch and a semi automatic pneumatic paddle.
The GT3 Nismo has also been equipped with a new set of 18" RAYS center-lock, aluminum forged wheels and a new set of B…Read more >
Audi the German auto maker has launched the Q3 2.0T Quattro petrol at the 2012 Auto Expo. Audi launched the Q3 with Peter Schwarzenbauer, member of the board of management of Audi for marketing and sales along with Michael Perschke, head, Audi India. Adding glamour to the already red hotQ3 on display, were Katrina Kaif and Lisa Ray. Adding to it even the A3 e-tron was showcased, which encapsulates Audi’s expertise in hybrid electric propulsion and drive train technology, the Audi A6 and the Audi Q7 V12 .
According to the reports, Audi has also declared that an important step for the company's India operations would be to achieve their targetted sales figure of overall 8000 units in the country by the end of 2012. The car comes powered by a …Read more >