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New Hyundai Santa Fe: Leaked images promise a better look

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Article by Devasish Ray
New Hyundai Santa Fe: Leaked images promise a better look
If one were to go by the images of the new Hyundai Santa Fe, he would realize that this vehicle has been given a new look at the front, with more forceful overtones. This new stylish looking vehicle retains its five passenger hold and is positioned in the premium sub crossover category. While no specific modifications or updates have been revealed by the Korean Automotive giant, one can expect a detailed report at the upcoming New York Auto Show. What we do know is that Hyundai is going with its generic “hexagonal grille”, which bears a resemblance to the one seen on the soon to be introduced Hyundai Sonata. Again a closer look at the images, which have been conveniently leaked, the [...]

Land Rover Defender likely to be manufactured in Pune

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Article by Devasish Ray
Land Rover Defender likely to be manufactured in Pune
The all new Land Rover Defender is all set to find a new manufacturing assembly plant at Tata Motors plant in Pune, Maharashtra. The plant is scheduled to begin manufacturing the vehicle soon. It seems strange that the Land Rover Defender, which was listed to be phased out by 2015 due to EU regulations and later got a reprieve till 2017, will set shop in Pune. So, could we expect a radically changed iconic vehicle? Though the European Union has relaxed its emission rules, this vehicle can only have a mass sell (as far as Europe is concerned) if it conforms to EU standards.  As far as India is concerned, it remains to be seen if this vehicle will have an all new eco-friendly engine or not.  [...]

FIAT 500 cars will now have 5 and 7-seater variants

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FIAT 500 cars will now have 5 and 7-seater variants
FIAT is finally in the race and competing hard by planning to introduce various models of its 500 series car, hence, the birth of the FIAT 500L (read “Large”). The vehicle will sport an elongated look, stretched by almost 60 mm. It will have 5 doors, higher top-crown, but the front end will have no changes. The new FIAT 500L will be showcased for the first time at the upcoming Geneva Motor show in March, this year. FIAT will roll out two versions of the vehicle, a 5 seat standard passenger car and also a 7-seater version. The 7-seater will be a bit longer than the 5-seater and will begin sales in Europe come July, 2012. The United States gets only the 5-seater model as Americans [...]

Maruti Alto comes ahead of Volkswagen Golf for the second time in a row

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Article by Saptarshi Pal
Maruti Alto comes ahead of Volkswagen Golf for the second time in a row
In India, the company that has always reigned supreme when it came to the car manufacturing is Maruti. The company has a range of compact cars custom made to suit India’s lack of parking space and twisted lanes and deep curves. The car company has emerged on top after years of fulfilling India’s needs. With its wide variety of models, the company caters to diverse needs, from compact cars to luxury drives, to other heavy duty vehicles.  Now the company has gone on to claim another title, that too once again making it the only one of its kind to ever do so in India. Maruti Alto bustled its way ahead of the race, claiming the title ‘Worlds highest selling small car‘ this year as [...]

Volvo looking for an ally for development of small segment cars

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Article by Priyam Chatterjee
Volvo looking for an ally for development of small segment cars
Over the past few years, Volvo has emerged as one of the most revered automobile brands in the prospective global market and thus now they are aspiring to launch small-segment cars in the markets. Volvo is in search of a supporting automobile magnate to assist Volvo in the development of its small car variants. Volvo was earlier owned by Ford Motors but was then bought by a Chinese firm by the name of Geely. This transfer of ownership has made Volvo a bigger enterprise now and thus Volvo is seeking compatriots who can help them with the production costs involved for manufacturing their costs. A joint business enterprise and undertaking is something that Volvo is highly anticipating and there [...]
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