Toyota Camry to be showcased at the 2012 Auto Expo

Toyota has already made a lot of changes to the latest variants of its Innova and Fortuner and both these vehicles are going to be present at the Delhi Auto Expo. These two vehicles are also going to be accompanied by a refreshed version of its Prius hybrid. However, in a move that is bound to excite a lot of car lovers in India, Toyota is planning to launch its latest Toyota Camryvariant at the Delhi Auto Expo. The auto maker from Japan has also opted for assembling the car in India from CKD kits rather than having it wholly imported. This is bound to bring down the price at which the car is going to be offered to Indian consumers.

Toyota Camry to be showcased at the 2012 Auto ExpoBoth the Toyota Fortuner and the Toyota Innova are being provided with refreshing changes to their interior and exterior. The exterior changes have been restricted to newer lights, grilles and bumpers whereas a latest entertainment system has been provided inside the cars. The Toyota Fortuner has been further boosted with its driver seat being provided with power adjustable capability. The vehicle has also been offered in a new variant having automatic transmission.

Toyota Fortuner in India Toyota Innova in India

The Toyota Prius has not been designed by Toyota for high volume sales, but the car manufacturer is still providing the market with fresh design model. The Toyota Prius has been provided with a changed front bumper along with its front air-dam. A newer bumper has been provided at its rear also. Changes to the interior have been restricted to the latest infotainment system with touchscreen.

BMW makes its Magazine application available for the iPad

BMW is going to display its Magazine application at the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo. This application makes available to its readers a unique multimedia experience of its brand, which goes far beyond its printed version. Sound and video files along with a series of photos have been beautifully integrated into its layout. Additionally a game called “Find the Pair” is clearly adding a lot more value compared to the print version of the magazine. The Magazine application has been designed with a uniquely designed navigation system. It can be tapped, turned, tilted and swiped by the user, who can make use of the themes that have been mixed in a lively manner. The Magazine application also offers some nice video clips, enjoyable animation and additionally provides direct internet links that can provide the users with useful reading material along with the pleasure of listening and viewing exciting videos.

BMW makes its Magazine application available for the iPadBMW Magazine applications, including its Mobile Car Configuration are going to be made available to the iPad users. The users will be able to download the same from the App Store. However, the Indian version is only going to be available from the month of April 2012. The Mobile Car Configuration tool is going to prove useful for users who will now be able to customize their cars by making use of a varied range of inventory including color, wheel rims, upholstery and a lot more. Using the convenience of their iPad, users can completely configure the car according to their preference in an interactive and fun filled manner.

People, who are going to visit the Pavilion of BMW, will be provided with the opportunity of connecting with their online friends to share their feelings about the happenings in the Auto Expo by making use of the Connect Card from BMW. By making use of RFID technology, the Connect Card will give the visitors the capability to log in to their accounts on Facebook for posting pictures as well as highlighting their most preferred BMW Cars.

BMW Pavilion is also providing the visitors with the opportunity of having content directly downloaded to their phones using Bluetooth. Once you turn on the Bluetooth on your phone, it will immediate connect to the network of BMW inside its Pavilion and will offer you options of downloading videos and wallpapers pertaining to BMW cars.

Renault Duster SUV to be unveiled on 6th January

In order to register a significant presence at the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo, Renault India has been putting in a lot of concerted efforts. The result is for everyone to see as the car maker is bringing in two of its latest cars to the auto event, the hatchback Renault Pulse and its SUV, the Renault Duster. The company has chosen the platform provided by the Auto Expo to launch the Renault Pulse on the 6th of January. At that very occasion, Renault is also going to unveil its Duster SUV. Gracing this occasion with their presence will be Renault SAS, Executive V.P. Mr. K. Nakamura and Renault India Managing Director, Mr. Marc Nassif. A lot of other top executives from Renault are expected to grace this occasion to be held at its stall at the Pragati Maidan in New Delhi.

Renault to unveil its Duster SUV on 6th JanuaryRenault India unveiled its Renault Pulse for the first time before the start of the Formula I race held at Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida. This Renault Pulse can however be considered a rebadged version of the Nissan Micra. This is because both these cars are making use of the common V platform, which has resulted in the car fascia getting a lot of changes. The car is going to retain it’s fully diesel K9K Micra engine that is going to have the capacity to deliver maximum power of 69Bhp and a peak torque of 160Nm. The Renault Pulse will be produced locally at the Oragadam plant of the manufacturer in Chennai. This is the same plant in which Renault India and Nissan jointly develop their cars.

Renault Pulse in IndiaThe Renault Duster is going to follow in the same lines of the Pulse and is going for a more localized production. It is also going to be produced at the Oragadam plant of Renault. It is expected that the Duster SUV will make use of the same platform that had been used by the erstwhile Renault Logan and this explains the strong similarities that these two sedans have. The Renault Duster is being offered in both diesel and petrol variants. It is being expected that Renault is going to make use of a 1.6L petrol engine that will offer a peak power of 106PS. For its diesel variant, the car maker is going for the 1.5L K9K engine from Nissan, which is going to be offered with different power outputs. According to the tuning of the engine, it will have the capacity of delivering peak power in the range of 91PS to 108PS. The Renault Duster is expected to strongly compete with the Ford EcoSport in its segment. It is expected that the car is going to be priced between Rs.7 Lacs and Rs.10 Lacs, when it is going to be launched in the Indian market. However, it does not seem likely that the launch is going to take place any time before the middle of 2012.

Audi A3 to be launched in India in 2012

Audi has been working hard to topple BMW from the top slot in the luxury car market of India. Its latest sedan the Audi A3 could become the ideal tool in helping Audi achieve this ambition. It is, however, being felt that the German car maker is showing the urgency of bringing the sedan out as early as possible in 2012. The car maker has decided not to waste any time to send this present concept car to the production unit. It is being felt by some experts that Audi might be looking for measures of cost cutting with this car in lines with the strategy that BMW follows. The company has however strongly denied such claims.

Audi A3 to be launched in India in 2012It is being expected that the Audi A3 is going to be priced very competitively even by the standards of other Audi vehicles so that it can counter the plans of BMW. It also looks like 2012 is going to be great year for the car market as far as offerings from Audi to this market is concerned. The company is also planning to come out with a hybrid variant of its A8 limousine, which could see the light early in 2012. This is going to be followed by an electrical sports car variant of its Audi A8 that is going to come out in the second half of 2012. However, the cars that are on the immediate plans of the car maker are the latest Audi A4 as well as its sedan the Audi A6. Both these cars are expected to feature at the 2012 Auto Expo in Delhi. It is also going to feature its Q3 SUV, which if priced correctly, has all the potential to become a perfect response for the X1 series of BMW. This product is also going to be showcased at the Delhi Auto Expo.

Auto experts are also watching with excitement the steps that Audi is going to take, as far as electric cars are concerned. The car maker has, of late, developed a passion for these cars. It is not very common to see a sports vehicle that has been fitted with a fully electric motor. It has only been Tesla, the company that has certain degree of experience as far as manufacturing of electric cars go, which has put in some amount of work in this segment. All said and done, the product range that Audi is coming up with is clearly indicating that Audi is focused at growing in the Indian market. This is not surprising considering the fact that the company has achieved remarkable growth in 2011 in India, growing more than 80% compared to 2010 figures.

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Honda City:

The latest Honda City is a perfect blend of high levels of performance, enhanced safety features and a very appealing styling. The face of the Honda City resembles an arrow tip whereas its rear has been shaped like feathers of an arrow. Four variants of the latest Honda City has been made available, they are SMT, EMT, VAT and VMT. All these variants get their power from 1.5L, 4-cylinder, i-VTEC engines that have the capacity of generating maximum power of 116Bhp. The car has been provided with both five-speed manual and automatic transmissions. The interior of this car has been enhanced by its high quality beige fabric seats. The safety aspect of the car is totally uncompromised with Honda providing the car with ABS having brake assist, EBD, a system for engine immobilization among the multiple features. Honda City has been a leader in the sedan market segment for a significant time though it is handicapped by the absence of a diesel variant in its sedan portfolio. The price of the Honda City has recently been slashed by the car manufacturer and this has also helped the sedan immensely in capturing a huge part of the market share. The Honda City has now been made available starting Rs.7.49 Lakh.

Honda City in India

Volkswagen Vento:

The latest Volkswagen Vento is a brilliant output of German engineering and has also been beautifully styled. This sedan has been made available both in diesel and petrol variants having 1.6L engines. The petrol variant engine of the Vento has been blessed with the capacity of generating a maximum power of 105Bhp at 5250rpm whereas it achieves a peak torque 153Nm at 3800rpm. The diesel engine variant, on the other hand, achieves a maximum power of 105PS at 4400 rpm with a peak torque 250Nm at 1500-2500rpm. The car has been made available in five-speed manual transmission and six-speed auto transmission gearbox. The front suspension of the car has been provided with McPherson struts having stabilizer bar whereas a semi-independent trailing arm has been deployed for its rear suspension. The interior provided to the Volkswagen Vento reflects style and luxury. The latest Vento has been provided with safety features that include electronic immobilizer for theft prevention, two airbags, rear as well as front fog lights and ABS. It has a starting price of Rs.6.99 Lakh.

Volkswagen Vento in India

Tata Indigo Manza:

The Tata Indigo Manza from Tata Motors is a sedan blessed with good looks and spacious interiors. It has been made available in two engine variants, the 1.4L Safire Petrol and the 1.3L Quadrajet Diesel. Both the cars can achieve the same maximum power of 88.5Bhp at 4,000rpm. But the petrol version scores over its diesel cousin on the torque factor achieving 160Nm against the 116Nm of the latter. The car has been provided with an easily shifting 5+1 manual transmission gearbox, which increases the vehicle handling capacity of the sedan. The Manza has also been provided with significant space in its interior, which enables its users to get a convenient and comfortable driving experience. The Tata Indigo Manza has also been provided with excellent features including stereo controls along with Bluetooth connectivity that has been mounted on its steering wheels and a multiple functioning display. It has also been provided with active safety features including two front airbags, ABS, Disc brakes at the front, engine immobilizer for theft prevention, front seat with height adjustable feature, child safety locks, central locking and seat belt reminder. The Tata Indigo Manza has a starting price of Rs.5.39 Lakh.

Tata Indigo Manza in India

Ford Fiesta Classic:

Ford has come out with its latest Ford Fiesta Classic that has been equipped with excellent features and a high quality interior. It has also been made available in both diesel and petrol variants. The petrol version has been provided with 1.6L MPFI Duratec engine whereas the diesel variant comes with 1.4L CRDI Duratorq engine. Both the car variants have been mated with five-speed gearbox. The Ford Fiesta Classic car has been equipped with a beautifully crafted interior and has immense features to ensure passenger comfort. Alloy wheels of Hyper Silver have been provided to the Ford Fiesta Classic. Prominent among its safety features are the ABS with EBD, air bags for the driver and the front passenger, anti-theft system, central locking along with auto re-locking and keyless entry features. It comes at a starting price of Rs.5.49 Lakh.

Ford Fiesta Classic in India

Toyota Etios:

The Toyota Etios is the entry-level contribution by the Japanese car maker in the segment of family sedans. The car has been made available in five variants but only with petrol engine. It has been provided with a 16V 1496cc DOHC petrol engine, which is mated to its five-speed manual transmission gearbox. The engine is capable of delivering a maximum power of 88.7Bhp. The Toyota Etios has been provided with an effective suspension system having McPherson struts at its front and a torsion beam taking care of its rear. This enables the car to smoothly handle Indian road conditions. It has been provided with adequate boot space along with an air cooled glove compartment of 13L. All the latest safety features including ABS, EBD, and multiple air bags for front passenger and driver have been provided to the car that has a body shell capable of absorbing energy. The Toyota Etios has a starting price of Rs.4.99 Lakh.

Toyota Etios in India

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CNG prices may increase by Rs.2/kg

There are strong speculations that CNG prices in India might be increased by Rs.2/kg within a few days. The depreciating Indian Rupee is the main factor behind this. Most local gas retailers in the country that are involved in CNG supply to automobiles get their raw materials either from the state operated GAIL or the Reliance Industries. The raw material prices have increased following the rupee depreciation. Supplies from the gas fields of Reliance have also drastically reduced which is forcing the gas retailers to go for the more expensive imported LNG.

Most gas retailers in New Delhi, including IGL, are expected to announce increase in fuel prices by this weekend. IGL along with Mumbai based Mahanagar Gas Limited are currently procuring the imported LNG, which is going to force them to go for a price revision within the next few days.

CNG prices may increase by Rs.2/kg

Increase in CNG prices will affect not only the owners of CNG cars but will also have an impact on cab and Auto Rickshaw drivers. This is going to result in increase in fares of public transport. Petrol prices are also expected to be revised shortly by Rs.2/liter expected from December 31st.

Hyundai HND-7 global premiere at the Delhi Auto Expo

Hyundai India is the largest car exporter in the country and also the second largest manufacturer of cars in India. The company is going to conduct the global showcasing of its compact concept SUV called the HND-7 at the very first day of the Delhi Auto Expo on the 5th of January, 2012. Other offerings from the company will include its three-door Veloster, its Elantra premium sedan and a utility vehicle. The latest variants of the existing company cars including the Eon and Santa Fe are also going to be displayed.

Hyundai HND-7 global premiere at the Delhi Auto ExpoThe Veloster had been initially launched as a concept vehicle at the Auto Expo of 2008. This year, the car makes its presence felt as a crossover vehicle in the premium segment. Internationally, the car is regarded as one of the most successful vehicles from Hyundai. The latest Elantra that is also going to be showcased at the Delhi Expo comes with new sporty looks. The car has been made available internationally with two engines, both having automatic and manual transmission. A senior executive of the company has confirmed the participation of these exciting cars at the Delhi Auto Expo.

Toyota to Introduce Prius C at Detroit Motor Show & Prius Hybrid Sedan at 2012 Auto Expo

Toyota Prius C or Aqua Compact will be introduced in the month of January by Japanese automaker at Detroit Motor Show. This hybrid model of the company is considered to be one of the most fuel efficient vehicles in the market providing 35 kilometers per litre of fuel economy. It will continue to get same TSD (Toyota Synergy Drive) technology like the original Prius saloon with petrol engine-electric motor layout for propulsion. Powering the Prius C will be a petrol 1.5 liter engine, instead of 1.8 liter powertrain, which is found on sedan, pumping out 72 horsepower. The Prius C will be introduced at Detroit Motor Show with Prius V and redesigned Prius sedan.

Toyota Prius C at Detroit Motor ShowFor India, the company will be introducing redesigned Prius Hybrid Sedan at 2012 Auto Expo and is the only hybrid car in India by Toyota. The 11th Auto Expo will witness plenty of hybrid and electric cars by several Indian automobile manufacturing companies. Mahindra will introduce its Reva NXR and Verito C segment saloon, while Tata Motors will pull off surprise of sorts, as it plans to reveal the Manza Hybrid concept at the show. In coming years, electric vehicles in India are likely to eventually join mainstream automotive market.

Prius Hybrid Sedan

Chevrolet will be showcasing six vehicles at the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo

General Motors has finally revealed the list of cars it is going to showcase at the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo. Among all its offerings, the two major surprises are going to be its Sail compact hatchback and its race car, WTCC Cruze. Also coming in expected lines will be its revamped variant of the economic car the Chevrolet Tavera as well as the Chevrolet Captiva premium SUV. Another car that can become the cynosure of all eyes is its Wuling MPV, which has been seen a few times with its Chevrolet underpinning. But all eyes will be focused on the Chevrolet Sail, probably the most eagerly awaited car, which is expected to be launched in India in April 2012. The car is being showcased for the first time in India at the upcoming 2012 Delhi Auto Expo. The compactness of this car is going to surprise a lot of people. GM China has developed this car jointly with SIAC. The car is going to carry the same petrol engine of 1.2L that has been fitted to the Chevrolet Beat and is expected to deliver maximum power of 79Bhp.

Chevrolet Tavera in IndiaLovers of diesel car variants need not be disappointed too much by this piece of news. This is because GM is coming out pretty soon with a diesel variant of this car, which is going to get its power from a Multijet 1.3L diesel engine. A saloon variant of the Chevrolet Sail will also be making its way to the Indian auto market, expectedly in the month of September. However, this car, which has been provided with a petrol engine of 1.4L under its hood, is also going to feature at the 2012 Auto Expo. The latest Wuling MPV has also been pulled out by GM India from the product portfolio of its partner in China, Wuling. This is because the auto maker wants to register a strong presence in the segment of MPV cars. Hence, it has introduced the CN-100 Wuling MPV, which is also known as the Wuling Sunshine into the Indian auto market.

Chevrolet Sail in IndiaThe petrol variant of the Wuling CN-100 is going to be powered by a 1.4L engine that has the capacity to generate a maximum power of 102Bhp. The diesel version of this car is going to retain its 1.3L diesel engine from Fiat. Lovers of sporty vehicles are going to get an adrenaline rush at the Expo through the WTCC Cruze. This sports car delivered a mind blowing performance at a Performance Show in Mumbai this November and is also going to light up the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo courtesy its 2.0L engine that delivers a peak power of 285Bhp.

The latest Chevrolet Captiva has been provided with a huge makeover to its exteriors and is also going to be present at the pavilion of General Motors. The erstwhile version of the Captiva was often deemed to be a too much of a soft looking SUV. However, the latest changes to its exteriors has completely shed off that tag and blessed the car with outright macho looks this time around. But, the car has retained the same power packed diesel engine of 2.2L under its hood. Alongside this, the latest Chevrolet Tavera is also expected to feature in the Expo with its well-tuned diesel power engine courtesy ICL Sonalika. This engine is blessed with additional power, but still conforms to the new emission norms of  BS IV. The diesel engine is expected to deliver 100Bhp maximum power, which is an increase of 30Bhp from the previously seen model.

Chevrolet Captiva in India

Top Five Sedan cars in India – Indian Drives way Part 1

Ownership of a sedan is always regarded as a statement that the person is successful in life. It is the dream of common people to graduate from ownership of two wheelers to that of small cars and this usually culminates with a sedan. Indian Drives brings to you the list of top ten sedans that have been able to firmly entrench themselves in the Indian automobile market. It needs to be mentioned that the order in which the cars have been placed is completely random.

Mahindra Verito:

The Mahindra Logan has been restyled with changes in design and re-launched as the Mahindra Verito. The auto maker is already famous for the high performing and impressive technology it offers. The vehicle has been made available in both petrol and diesel engine variants. This is the only sedan that has been provided with three head rests in its rear seat. The vehicle comes with a 172mm ground clearance that makes the vehicle handle rough roads easily. The Verito has been equipped with the best in safety features that includes ABS along with EBD, head restraint in all its seats, Driver Airbag and a comprehensive information system for the driver. The Mahindra Verito offers all the features of a sedan though it has been priced similar to small cars. Excellent space has been offered inside the car. The Mahindra Verito base edition comes at a starting price of Rs.4.82 Lakh.

Mahindra Verito in India

Maruti Swift Dzire:

The Maruti Swift Dzire has been blessed with sporty looks and has also been provided with a comfortable interior along with offering excellent ride quality. All these factors have combined to make this sedan one of the best riding on Indian roads. The Maruti Swift Dzire offered by Maruti Suzuki has been based on its high popular Swift hatchback model. Its front and side exterior profiles have been given sporty looks whereas its rear is similar looking to the other sedan model from Maruti, the SX4. The vehicle has been provided with European styling and combines superb performance with excellent comfort levels. It has been made available in both diesel and petrol variants. It retains similar 1.3L diesel and petrol engines as its hatchback model. The cars have been mated with an excellent five-speed manual transmission gearbox. Its well designed interior has been equipped with multiple luxury features. It has also been provided with excellent boot space of 450L, which can make you comfortably use the vehicle for long distance travelling. It has been equipped with multiple safety features as well including a collapsible steering, safety locks for children, and seat belts for both its rear and front seats along with twin side-impact beams. Its top-end models, the ZDi and the ZXi have been also equipped with two front airbags and ABD. An engine immobilizer called the iCATS has been standardized in all variants of the car. The Maruti Swift Dzire has been offered at starting prices of Rs.4.95Lakh.

Maruti Swift Dzire in India

All-New Ford Fiesta:

The latest Ford Fiesta is the newest offering in the sedan category from the world reputed auto maker, Ford Motors. The product has been designed with the philosophy of Kinetic and has been rated as the one of the most beautifully crafted sedans that has been made available in the Indian auto market. This sedan gets its power from a 1.5L TDCi engine in its diesel variant and a 1.5L Ti-VCT engine in its petrol variant. Both these car engines have been mated to five-speed manual transmitting gearbox. The car has been provided with an excellent interior that has been equipped with a host of comfortable features. Driving dynamics of the car is also excellent and the overall handling of the car is very refined. It has been equipped with a lot of critical features of safety that includes anti-lock brake system along with EBD, airbags for the Front passenger, centralized locking, keyless entry, anti-theft system, automatic re-locking and the likes. The starting price of the latest Ford Fiesta is Rs.8.23 Lakh.

Ford Fiesta in India

Fiat Linea:

The Fiat Linea has been designed as a premium sedan in the medium sized category and has been provided with graceful and stylish Italian design that has makes the vehicle a show stealer whenever it passes by the road. It has also been gifted with a lively performance. Three variants of the car have been made available in the Indian market. They are the Active, Emotion and Dynamic variants, all being available in both diesel and petrol versions. The petrol models get power from a 1.4L FIRE engine whereas powers to the diesel variants come from its Multijet 1.3L engine. All the car engines have been mated with five-speed manual transmission gearbox. Its classically designed exterior has been provided with twin parabola headlights, a contemporary retro grille that has been surrounded with chrome and fog lamps at both its front and rear; all these features have combined to give this sedan an aggressive and bold look. The interior of the sedan boasts of a spacious cabin that has been provided with multiple convenient and comfortable features. The dual toned interiors in beiger and black is well spaced and the look factor is significantly enhanced by its fabric inserts and two-toned dashboard. A latest technology called Blue & Me, provided by Microsoft, has been provided in the Fiat Linea. This technology allows you to make or receive phone calls without using the hands. The Fiat Linea sedan is a perfect example that the car maker from Italy makes no compromise as far as safety aspects are concerned. It has been provided with a system of Fire Prevention, two front airbags, engine immobilizer for preventing theft ad ABS along with EBD. The Fiat Linea has a starting price of Rs.8.56 Lakh.

Fiat Linea in India

Hyundai Verna Fluidic:

Hyundai has launched its latest Verna by making use of its new philosophy of Fluidic sculpture. The latest Hyundai Verna has been provided with a completely new exterior design and body. The latest features have also been loaded with immense innovative features. At the same time, the manufacturer has not neglected the safety aspects of the car and has provided it with multiple features including 6 units of airbags and ABD along with EBD to ensure the safety of the passengers travelling on it. The car has been provided in both diesel and petrol variants having 1.4L and 1.6L engines. The latest Hyundai Verna has been made available in 10 different variants, 5 each in petrol and diesel. The 1.4L petrol engine has the capacity of delivering a maximum power of 105Bhp whereas the diesel engine of the same capacity offers peak power of 88.7Bhp. The 1.6L engines for the petrol and the diesel variants have maximum power delivering capacity of 121Bhp and 126Bhp respectively. The car has been offered with three different transmissions, its manual transmission having the option of five-speed and six-speed gearbox whereas the automatic transmission has been provided with a four-speed gearbox. Starting price of the Hyundai Verna Fluidic is Rs.7 Lakh.

Hyundai Verna Fluidic in India

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