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  • Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Sport expected to launch in India by end of 2019

    Maruti Suzuki had recently introduced a new diesel engine for the Ertiga. According to some sources, it is expected that Maruti Suzuki will be launching a top-end variant of the Ertiga. Likely to be known as the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Sport, the car model made its worldwide debut in Indonesia in the month of March 2019. This sporty version of the Ertiga is expected to launch in India sometime at the end of 2019. As the name says, the Ertiga Sport will be equipped with a sporty body kit that comes with a faux skid plate, side skirts, rear spoilers, and bumper extensions. The car will also be making use of LED daytime running lights, diamond cut alloy wheels, and a brand-new mesh grille. The car will be having a fully black cabin with wood inserts on the door and the dashboard. Furthermore, there are rumours that the Ertiga Sport will be coming with a six seat layout with separate captain seats provided in the middle row of the car. The Ertiga Sport will take a lot of inspiration from the top end Z+ variant of the Ertiga.

    13th July 2019

  • Maruti Wagon R leads segment sales in April 2019 despite a drop in the demand

    The new generation variant of the Maruti Wagon R was launched by Maruti at the start of the year. This compact hatchback registered a drop in sales of close to 30% in the month of April when compared to the sales numbers in the month of March. All the cars in this segment barring the Datsun GO saw the demand go down. The Datsun GO only makes up less than 1 percent of the sales of the segment. The Maruti Wagon R is currently the most popular car in the segment as a new generation variant of the car was launched very recently. The Wagon R ended the last financial year 2018-19 very brightly selling more than 16,000 units in the month of March. The numbers however dropped close to 11,000 for the month of April. However, the sales number recorded for the month of April was similar to the sales recorded in months other than March. This could essentially mean that the sales numbers recorded for the month of March could be a one-off success.

    13th May 2019

  • Ford planning to launch a Hyundai Creta rival in 2022

    Ford at the time being does not have a major presence in the SUV segment other than the Endeavour and EcoSport in India. The company is now planning to rectify that by launching two new SUVs in India by 2022. The first of the two SUVs will mostly be launching sometime around 2020 and will be part of the mid-size segment. The car will rival the likes of the Jeep Compass. The second car model to be launched in 2022 will be a smaller SUV in comparison and will be going against the likes of the Hyundai Creta. Both the cars to launched will be a result of the partnership between Ford and Mahindra. The car, named the BX745 for now, will be developed by Ford and Mahindra together. The car will be making use the chassis and engines of Mahindra. The platform used to manufacture the vehicle will be the SsangYong Tivoli. This is the same platform that was used to create the XUV300. The engine options provided will be same as the one offered on the Marazzo. The engine will be a 1.5 litre diesel engine. It is expected that Mahindra will be adding a 1.5 litre petrol engine to the Marazzo.

    16th May 2019

  • Skoda planning a 2021 release for the next-gen Rapid

    Skoda is expected to launch a number of new cars for the Indian market as part of the ‘India 2.0’ initiative taken by the Volkswagen group. The focus of this plan is to bring the world-renowned MQB platform to the country. The company is also planning to completely restructure the product portfolio for both Volkswagen and Skoda brands. Skoda recently unveiled that the company is working on a new sedan model that will be replacing the Rapid in India. Skoda is planning to bring two cars to India in the year 2021. One of the cars will be the Skoda Kamiq and the other will be the car that will be replacing the Skoda Rapid in India. The car to replace the Skoda Rapid will be making using of the new MQB-A0 platform developed by Volkswagen group specifically targeting markets like in Brazil and India. As the emission norms in the country are getting stricter, Skoda is planning to add CNG as a fuel option sometime in the coming future. Many car companies have started to launch hybrid models but CNG seems to have a better scope with the government taking initiatives to increase the number of CNG pumps to 10,000 from the existing 1,400.

    16th May 2019

  • MG Hector has now been officially unveiled before June 2019 launch

    After a lot of anticipation and a number of leaked pictures and documents, the MG Hector has finally been unveiled in the country. Most of the details of the car were not very clear, but the complete list of specifications of the car is now out. The car is longer compared to some of its counterparts like the Mahindra XUV500 and the Tata Harrier. While the car is not as wide as some of the competitors, the MG Hector will be having the longest wheelbase compared to the other vehicles in the same segment. This car can be used to carry close to 587 litres of luggage in the boot of the vehicle. The design of the vehicles is mainly inspired by the Baojun 530. Some of the prominent features of the car includes projector headlights, blacked out pillars, matte finished grille, and slim DRLs on top of the projector headlights. The clean looking dashboard is the main aspect of the vehicle interiors. The car is equipped with a 10.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The company has named this feature iSmart and will be providing a number of connectivity features. The car is expected to be priced somewhere between Rs.15 lakh and Rs.20 lakh.

    16th June 2019

  • Car sales in India drop by 16% in April, worst numbers in 8 years

    Sales of cars in the country saw a decline of 15.9% in the month of April. This percentage is the worst recorded in India in the last eight years. Many experts of the industry are fearing the recovery from the slump will take time and will depend a lot on a number of external factors which includes many things ranging from a good monsoon to the new economic policy of the government after the results for the general elections are announced. According to the data available with the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers, April 2019 is the tenth consecutive month where the car sales numbers dropped. The entire automobile industry managed to sell 2,001,096 cars in the month of April. During the same period in the year 2018, the company sold 2,380,294 units. Decline in sales was happening across all the car categories. Even passenger vehicles, the most popular vehicle segment registered a 17% decline in sales numbers. Sales of scooters in urban areas dropped by 26%. Rural areas, where motorcycles are much more popular, there was a 16% decline in sales numbers.

    14th May 2019

  • A closer look at the upcoming Ford Aspire EV

    Ford and Mahindra recently announced a tie-up and will start the by developing an electric sedan based on the Aspire. The all electric vehicle will be coming with a charging socket and will be launching the car before the end of 2020. From the early indications, it looks like this electric variant derived from the Aspire does not belong to the sub-four metre category like the care on sale at the Indian market. The car is instead a full-sized sedan and is 4.2m long, similar to the Ford Aspire models that are exported to other markets such as South Africa. The car is manufactured along with the compact sedan Aspire that is sold domestically. The low tax rate for cars that are under 4 metres does not apply when it comes to electric vehicles. All the electric vehicles in India will have to pay 12 percent. The length of the car does not have any impact in this case. The company decided to go with a sedan as the extra cost was negligible for the car manufacturer. There have been no updates on the pricing of the Aspire EV, but it is expected that the car will be priced under Rs.15 lakh.

    14th May 2019

  • BMW 7 Series facelift is coming to India

    The facelift edition of the BMW 7 Series was showcased by the company at the start of the year. The car is expected to be launched in India soon. BMW India has plans in place to offer a 745Le plug-in hybrid as the flagship model of the facelifted range of the 7 Series. This 745Le will be coming with a wide range of options. This will include the four seat layout that will comprise of a central which will feature fold out tables. In the 745Le, there is also the option of rear wheel steering or Integral Active Steering. This will help in making the care more responsive while driving in traffic and will also be more stable when driving at a higher speed. The 7 Series plug-in hybrid will feature a six cylinder petrol engine that produces a power of 286 hp and a torque of 450 Nm. This engine is connected to an electric motor that produces a power of 113 hp and a peak torque of 265 Nm. The rating for the 745Le is a combination of both, with a power rating of 394 hp and a peak torque of 600 Nm. Batteries used for the hybrid powertrain will be positioned under the rear seats. These batteries have been upgraded to 12 kWh. Other premium features in the car includes a premium audio system manufactured by Bowers and Wilkins. The price of the car is expected to be more than Rs.1.5 crore.

    8th May 2019

  • Hyundai Verna beats Maruti Suzuki Ciaz in April sales this year

    Hyundai is the second most popular car brand in India after Maruti Suzuki. The company has however overtaken Maruti Suzuki and has claimed the top spot in the mid-sized sedan segment. Sales numbers now show that the Hyundai Verna has more popularity when compared to Maruti Suzuki Ciaz. For the month of April, Hyundai Verna managed to sell 2,932 cars in Indian market. The car managed to sell 143 units more than the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz with the car registering sales of 2,789 units for the month of April. Hyundai Verna had achieved a similar feat in the month of February this year when the car managed to sell more units than the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and the Honda City. The Hyundai Verna is currently offered in 4 different engine option. Petrol or diesel is mated to either manual or automatic transmission. There are two diesel engine options available. The 1.6 L turbocharged engine produces a power of 126 bhp and a torque of 260 Nm. This engine is mated either to a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. The 1.4 L turbocharged diesel engine produces a power of 89 bhp and a torque of 200 Nm. This is mated to 6-speed manual transmission. The Hyundai Verna competes with the likes of Honda City, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Skoda Rapid, Toyota Yaris, and the Volkswagen Vento. The price of the car starts at Rs.8.10 lakh (ex-showroom).

    8th May 2019

  • Kia SP India to be revealed by the company on June 20, 2019

    The Kia SP SUV was first unveiled by the company at the 2018 Auto Expo. The company has managed to attract quite a lot of interest since then. The new SUV is all set to become the first Kia car in India. It is expected that the car could be named the Trailster. The car has been spotted testing numerous times and now Kia Motors has given a confirmation that the car will be revealed on 20 June 2019. The market launch of the car is scheduled to happen sometime later this year. The production model of the Kia SP is expected to have a lot of similarities to the SP Signature concept that was unveiled by Kia at the 2019 Seoul Motor Show. The Kia SP will be retaining the bold looking LED light and the ‘Tiger Nose’ grille. The car will be equipped with LED fog lamps, contrast roof, chunkier chrome bar, new look for the D-pillar, and pull type door handles. The chrome bar will connect the exhaust garnish and the tail lights that have been reshaped. A number of segment first features have been added to the car. Wireless charging and in-car WiFi are some of the new features that can be seen in the Kia SP. The price of the Kia SP is expected to range between Rs.10 lakh and Rs.16 lakh. The car will rival the likes of the Hyundai Creta and Tata Harrier.

    8th May 2019

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