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Already 1000 bookings of the Etios Liva reported by Toyota

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Already 1000 bookings of the Etios Liva reported by Toyota
Its just been days since the Toyota Etios Liva was launched and it already has generated a huge response. So much so that, just before a week could be completed from its launch date, the Liva has garnered about a 1000 confirmed bookings from all over the country. Top officials from Toyota say that they have so far received about 15k enquiries for the Liva and more are being counted in. More than 40k Etios sedans and 20k Etios Liva units are expected to sell this fiscal. Waiting periods of the Etios sedan have been reduced to a mere 30 days from the earlier 3-4 months. The Liva price in Mumbai (ex-show room) starts from Rs 4.12 lakhs. Moreover, Toyota are currently in an expansion mode and want [...]

No to Petrol on 1st July 2011

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No to Petrol on 1st July 2011
Automobiles are close to any automobile enthusiasts heart. But then the rising price of fuel is compelling many to actually sell their vehicles or keep them at home and use public transport. Looks like the Government of India doesn’t pay any heed to all this and infact, just two week back, the price of petrol was increased, once again in the same year. In protest of this, a “No Petrol” day is being observed pan India on 1st July 2011. It is said that the petrol companies stand to lose about Rs 4.8 billion on this very day if no one buys petrol from their outlets. The rates of petrol from some other countries like Pakistan stand at Rs 44.80, Russia at Rs 42.27, UAE at Rs 15.6, [...]

In the future, diesel engines to be the key for Ford India

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In the future, diesel engines to be the key for Ford India
Rising fuel prices have contributed to a majority of slump in sales of cars in India. However, buyers are getting more attracted to diesel cars simply because of the reason that price of diesel don’t increase to hyperventilating levels like those of petrol. One company which has taken due note of this is Ford India. They have taken a sort of pledge that most of their future car launches in India would mainly be diesel ones. Nigel Wark, their Executive Director has said that as the prices of petrol are touching the sky with each coming day, more and more buyers are concentrating on getting diesel engines and thus, in the future, more and more companies would be shifting momentum to diesel [...]

Rs 4000 crore plant to be setup by Peugeot in Tamil Nadu

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Rs 4000 crore plant to be setup by Peugeot in Tamil Nadu
After much speculations on whether Peugeot Citroen would setup shop in Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat or Tamil Nadu, the French car maker has finally selected the latter for its manufacturing facility in India. This plant is being constructed at a whopping cost of Rs 4000 crores. Peugeot joins the rank of manufacturers like Ford, Hyundai, Renault-Nissan and also BMW who have setup their facilities in this state. The Peugeot chosen site is near to the one where Hyundai have currently set up their facility, Sriperumbudur. Initially, the company would be manufacturing close to 3 lakh cars each year. Later on, the capacity can be ramped upto 3.8 lakh cars every year. These cars would not only be sold in [...]

Tips on buying a second hand Premier Padmini in India

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Tips on buying a second hand Premier Padmini in India
Premier Padmini cars were amongst the first cars in India and many wouldn’t even believe it that this cars commanded a 6 months or even 2 years waiting period back then. Cut to the present and people would scoff at these cars for their rudimentary technology. Many, however, would still be in love with this classics and are ready to give and arm and leg in the process. However for buying a second hand Premier Padmini, one doesn’t have to let go of their arm and leg. Infact buying one would cost just half of a middle class person’s salary or sometimes, even a quarter of it. But then finding one in good and repairable condition is an Herculean task. We have listed out some tips [...]
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