Ford India may strip down Fiesta for a cheaper variant

We bought you the review of Ford’s new Fiesta that was launched in Delhi on 28 Feb, with a price tag of Rs 8.99 lacs. With just two days into the launch, Ford now announces that they may cut down the price of Ford models in India, starting with Fiesta to come up to the competition in market.

Sources say Ford India may do away with some features in the base variant in order to bring down its cost. The new Fiesta features Automatic PowerShift transmission, which has several features sporting in the entry level Fiesta as well. This package was deemed for a very steep starting price. Also, the base variants of the other C-segment cars are nearly 1 lac cheaper than Fiesta.

Ford India may strip down Fiesta for a cheaper variant
With European rivals giving premium segment models at more reasonable prices, the American carmaker had to come up with a strategy to make use of the available resources. Mr. Nigel Wark, Sales and Marketing Director, Ford India said, “While we sold the car on its technology and capability, the perception is that we do not have an entry point at Rs 8.23 lacs. We will do a review of a whole range of options. Margins are very tight. The profitability is hit by the slowdown in petrol car market, rising input costs as well as the huge discounts.”

2012 VW Golf GTI Cabriolet uncovered

Our favorite hot hatch is back, and now with a drop-top roof. The most powerful VW Golf GTI will make its debut at the Geneva Motor show next week.

Why we love this car so much is because it reminds us of the Mkl model of the 80’s. The Golf GTI Cabrio Concept was revealed at Worthersee VW tuning event in Austria last year, and it has paved the way for the production model.

VW gives the Golf GTI Cabriolet a restyling, starting with the radiator grille, which gets honeycomb structure. Framed in red, the grille also gets embraced by GTI badge. It also carries forward the traditional vertical fog light of the Golf. The rear features two circular-cross-section chrome-tipped tailpipes, and taillights featuring dark LED units. Attempts have been made to give the car very sporty and aggressive look. And it seems to have worked pretty well.

2012 VW Golf GTI Cabriolet uncovered

On the interior, there is class and luxury, featuring ‘Jacara’ cloth upholstery with an optional Vienna leather upholstery. Leather finishing is carried on for the steering wheel, handbrake and gear lever gaiter, which also feature contrasting red stitches, stainless steel pedals plus back ‘Edge’ accents.

With the roof up, Volkswagen has accentuated the inside of the soft-top in black, with windscreen pillars to match. This is another GTI cue that’s complemented by high-gloss black stripe dashboard inlays. As expected, the car’s 19-inch alloy and extreme bodykit have been replaced by more conventional styling in line with the GTI hatch. The car’s fabric roof takes just 9.5 seconds to fold away at operating speeds of up to 30kmph.

2012 VW Golf GTI Cabriolet uncovered

Powerplant of the Golf GTI Cabrio is borrowed from the hatch; a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, giving a max output of 210 hp and 280 Nm of torque propels the car from 0-100kmph in under 7.3 seconds. The car has options for the transmission from a six-speed manual and a six-speed dual-clutch DSG gearbox, giving it a top speed of 236kmph and 233kmph respectively.

On the technology end, the GTI Cabrio sports EDS electronic differential lock and XDS transverse differential lock, together with automatically deploying rollover protection, front and side head/thorax airbags and a driver’s knee airbag is also standard.

The GTI Cabrio will hit the UK market in September 2012, with prices not announced closer to launch date. We will get you more of it when it celebrates its world debut at Geneva next week.

2012 VW Golf GTI Cabriolet uncovered

2012 Volvo V40 officially revealed

We have already brought to you several of leaked images of the 2012 Volvo V40. By now, everyone is already familiar with every curve of hatch. With just a few more days to Geneva, the Swedish carmaker has officially revealed its new 2012 Volvo V40.

The Swedish rival of BMW 1-Series, Mercedes A-Class and Volkswagen Golf claims that the V40 will account about 90,000 annual sales, with Europe taking 85% of production. With Volvo’s D3 variant car’s launched about a week ago in India, there is a very good chance of the V40 making it to the shore.

2012 Volvo V40 officially revealed

Roughly the size of Honda Jazz, the V40 is a four-door hatchback measuring 172inches in length, 80.3inches in width and 56.9inches in height.

The biggest surprise is under the hood, with T5 kept in range. The petrol lineup starts with 1.6-litre turbocharged engine, with 150PS taking the hatch from 0-100kmph in 8.8 seconds. Its top speed is 210kmph.

With the same size engine, V40 retuned to T4 develops 180PS, capable of pushing the car from 0-100kmph in 7.7 seconds and to a top speed of 225kmph.

2012 Volvo V40 officially revealed

Hot hatch T5 variant is Volvo’s trademark, and develops 245PS. With a top speed of 250kmph, the hatch can sprint to 100kmph in under 6.5 seconds.

Volvo will be offering V40 in extensive choice from petrol and diesel. The diesel variant with D2 1.6-litre turbodiesel develops 115PS and with just 94g/km of emission, it is a very clean turbo diesel variant. V40’s D3 produces 150PS while the D4 produces 177PS.

This is the first time that we have received images of the interior of the Volvo V40. If we believe the picture, the hatch will have a premium class interior that builds on impressive quality in the line of XC60 SUV, S60 sedan and V60 wagon.

2012 Volvo V40 officially revealed

Also featuring the hatch are stitched leather seats and door trim. Extensive use of leather is made with finishing touch given on steering wheel and handbrake lever.

The instrument panel includes a color display with digital speedometer and tachometer, while a multi-function screen in the centre of the dash is likely to feature interchangeable information such as audio and safety systems.

Swedish carmaker is renowned for the safety it offers in its cars. Featuring the V40’s safety is Volvo’s Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake system, Active Cruise Control and Lane Departure warning.

We are not certain, which of these features are standard for the hatch range. However, the pricing of the hatch will be kept competitive against the German brands.

2012 Volvo V40 officially revealed

Chevrolet Cruze Facelift unveiled

Just over a week ago, we bought you the image of the Cruze Wagon, which was to make its debut at Geneva in a few days. From the press release picture of Chevrolet, we could clearly make out the rear of the hideous looking wagon; however, the front remained concealed.

From the new images, it can be clearly made out, what design and restyling is done on the Cruze Wagon. Deducing that the Sedan will also share the same face, we have the facelifted Cruze Sedan. After several leaks and spy photos, the real stuff is finally out.

Chevrolet Cruze Facelift unveiled
With styling to the front end including horizontal slats for the grille, instead of honeycomb, the changes have been kept to minimum. Bumper receives restyling with lower grille replaced for an integrated slat. However, it still holds the mean muscular appeal of the predecessor.

Making its debut in Geneva in just a few days, the Cruze Wagon will hit the European market in summer 2012. The powerplants for the Wagon include, 1.4-litre trubo diesel, 1.7-litre turbo diesel and 2.0-litre turbo diesel. Petrol variants includes 1.6-litre and 1.8-litre natural aspirated petrol engines.

For India however, Cruze will be housing a 2.0-litre CRDe developing 163 PS. It is expected to hit the Indian market by 2013.

Peugeot and Ford offered tax exemption for building manufacturing plants in Gujarat

In its continued commitment towards boosting industrial growth in the state, the government of Gujarat has waived off stamp duty as well as registration charges for the car making giants Peugeot and Ford thereby creating a positive atmosphere for both the companies to record their presence in the state. The Industrial Minister of State in Gujarat has also announced that the state government is going to provide further tax benefits to Peugeot and Ford, which is going to include refunding the VAT that the companies are going to pay in the upcoming fifteen years. It has also been disclosed by the minister that an agreement has already been signed by the state government extending support to Peugeot and Ford. The leading car manufacturer of India, Maruti Suzuki has also asked permission from the Gujarat government for establishing a manufacturing unit in the state. The state government in Gujarat is considering this proposal as of now. It is reported that Ford has made an investment of Indian Rupees 49 billion in order to construct this car making unit at Gujarat.

Ford and Peugeot get tax exempt to build plant in GujaratIt is expected that the new unit is going to deliver its first vehicle and engine by 2014. This facility center of Ford has been established at Sanand, which is located at a distance of 70 kilometers from the state capital. This new manufacturing unit is expected to generate around 5000 new jobs for people based in Sanand and its nearby areas. It is expected that this facility center is going to be blessed with the capacity of producing to the tune of 2.7 lakh engines AND 2.4 lakh vehicles annually. Peugeot is also making plans of producing around 3.4 lakh vehicles by the year 2016. The car maker from France is also setting up its manufacturing unit at Sanand. It needs to be added that the state government in Gujarat is continuously inviting various companies to establish factories in the state. This is being done with the aim of generating further opportunities of employment in Gujarat, which is going to benefit both the state as well as the country.

2012 Hyundai Sonata: More details emerges

Ever since Hyundai gave a hint that they will soon be throwing the covers off the new 2012 Sonata, the buzz has circulated all across and now then new look of the car has been revealed. Hyundai has done its part in generating anticipation amongst the people and has been working on the new Sonata for a long time now. Finally they have disclosed details of the car on their website and thus the traffic on Hyundai’s website has increased manifold. The website now has details regarding the ergonomics of the car as well as the interiors and exteriors. Hyundai has also given out details of dealership points and have released lots of technical specifications on the website. One can also find brochures and loads of downloadable wallpapers on the site. Other general information regarding new 2012 Hyundai Sonata is also available on the website.

2012 Hyundai Sonata: More details emerges

Hyundai has revealed the new Sonata 2012 at the recent auto expo and the car received a good response from the crowd. Thus owing to the response Hyundai gave a hint to the customers that the new Sonata 2012 will probably make its way to the Indian roads in March this year but there are no confirmations of the revelation. It is being said that Hyundai Sonata 2012 takes its design inspiration from orchid flower as the fluidic design of the car bears a strong resemblance to the flower. Hyundai has done its share of amalgamation of splendor into level-headedness. The exteriors of the car have been revamped to a great extent and the front grille along with the fog lights have been designed in such a manner so that they compliment the overall appeal of the car. If the front part of the car is praiseworthy then the same goes with the rear part of the car as it features LED lamp and the design of the tail-lights has received cheers from the critics. So in one word we can say that the design of the car is dynamic in all respects.

The rear tip of the car has been covered using chrome and has dual exhausts. Ergonomically the car has been upgraded to a great extent and the new Sonata 2012 now features a powerful 2.4 L GDI engine capable of pushing the car to deliver a power of 201 PS at 6300 rpm and this engine has been made to bond with a six-speed gearbox which has automatic transmission. The car features a climate control system which is dual zone and fully automatic thus adjusting the temperature as per the comfort level of the passenger. Along with the interiors, Hyundai has also focused on the safety standards of the car and thus the car is equipped with modern safety functionalities such as anti lock breaking system which comes with EBD, dual front airbags, and brake assist, impact sensing door lock, electronic stability program and reverse parking sensors. All these features add to the zest of the car and make the passenger feel safe inside the luxurious 2012 Sonata.

Ferrari 599 replacement images leaked

Slated as a masterpiece out of the Ferrari garage, Ferrari 599 started off with a rage amongst Ferrari enthusiasts as it had everything a racing aficionado always aspired for. It has been a while since Ferrari is claiming that it will reveal a first look of the improvised and meaner version of the 599 and this hype has been spreading like wildfire amongst the people who have always considered Ferrari as the epitome of innovation and power. But it appears that the secret of the new Ferrari 599 has not be able to be kept behind covers for long as a new picture has been revealed which is said to be of the upgraded version of Ferrari 599. The new successor to the masterpiece is stated to be one of the most prevailing and dominant supercars to ever roll out of a Ferrari manufacturing unit.

Ferrari 599 replacement images leaked
It is being told that the new Ferrari 599 will be delivering a staggering power of 700 bhp which is something that has not been seen in any other Ferrari cars till date. Maranello is said to be the hub of Ferrari and houses the biggest manufacturing unit of Ferrari all across the world. It is the same place where Ferrari makes its Formula1 cars and tests them. Ferrari has given out a statement saying that the new look of the Ferrari 599 will officially be unveiled next Wednesday and thus the hype is building up like anything. Ferrari has already partially revealed the look of the new 599 in some teaser videos and now will finally be throwing the cover off the magnum opus.

GT spirit.com was the platform where the new Ferrari 599 was launched. It is being said that the picture is of the new 599 and presents an aesthetic view of the car. Further specifications of the car have not been disclosed yet and Ferrari plans to reveal everything next Wednesday once they showcase the new Ferrari 599. The new Ferrari 599 is powered by a 6.3 L V12 engine capable of direct injection which is better than the previous engine of the 599 GT. The FXX Evoluzione version is capable of delivering a maximum power of 850 bhp. According to the reports, the new Ferrari 599 will be capable of delivering 710 bhp power which is almost 100 more than that of its predecessor.

The design of the car has been altered to a great extent and the ergonomics of the car have also been revamped to a considerable extent. Ferrari has always been setting a benchmark in the industry of automobiles with their groundbreaking innovations and designs. The new Ferrari 599 GT has been remodeled and the new design is said to be making an impact amongst Ferrari enthusiasts. The upgrade of ergonomics has increased the appeal of the car to a great extent and thus the hype circulating the launch of the new model is increasing at a considerable rate.

Nissan previews next-gen X-Trail SUV with Hi-Cross Concept

Nissan gives a preview of what the X-Trail, its next-gen SUV will look like by revealing its Hi-Cross Concept at the Geneva Motor Show next week.

With the Nissan X-Trail still under development stage, Nissan gives a preview of the Hi-Cross Concept in a teaser video. The detailed review of the concept will only be revealed at Geneva.

From the video, we can make out the flow-lines of the SUV concept. It probably has LED headlight, and a very aerodynamic design that follows at the rear with the spoiler in place. A darkened B-pillar and pronounced wheels arches also feature in the concept SUV. The aviation inspired steering and console however, are not likely to be seen when the SUV goes into production. The digital display shows the vehicle’s orientation could be a lane-assist or park-assist feature of the car.

Nissan previews next-gen X-Trail SUV with Hi-Cross Concept

Further details will be available only after Geneva Motor Show, however, some details suggest that the new X-Trail will come in both front-wheel and all-wheel drive configurations. Powerplant for the X-Trail is said to be 2.0-litre diesel, with choices from petrol and diesel on a smaller size engine.

More information will be released at Geneva, starting on March 6.

Honda plans to kick-start productions in Rajasthan

2011 did not fare well for Honda owing to the Flash Floods that hit Thailand and as a result the productions and sales rate of Honda locomotives fell all across the word. Honda which has electronic component making units in Thailand lost all its plants to the flood and thus there was a massive downfall in the sales rate of Honda. Now since Honda has given out its blood and bone to come back to the right track, they have doubled the production rate of their automobiles to a great extent and as a result the sales rate of Honda is now increasing. Honda India was optimistic at the beginning of this year and thus the company has now started on a good note and is selling multiple units. The production rate of Honda automobiles at the Greater Noida plant is also set to increase and upon that, Honda plans to open a manufacturing plant in Rajasthan as well which will help them to meet up with the increasing demand. Honda has already increased the production rate of its Greater Noida Plant to a staggering 120,000 units and hopes to gross the same figure from the Rajasthan plant.

Honda plans to kick-start productions in Rajasthan

The Rajasthan unit of Honda presently controls the components of the car at the moment and thus now total production of the car will be done from the plant from now on. By doing this, Honda feels that it will be able to meet up to the demands of their cars and can be in a position to increase the production rate whenever it is needed. The Rajasthan plant will be holding up a major part of the production and Honda has said that the plant will start with an aim of manufacturing 60,000 units per year and will increase the rate of production accordingly. Honda predicts that the figure will somewhat rise to around 2 lakh units per year once Honda launches more of their automobiles in the market.

Honda reported has around 600 acres of land in Rajasthan on which they will be setting up the manufacturing plants of two of their cars. Another point that Honda is taking into consideration is that the prices of petrol are increasing at an alarming rate and thus more and more people are going for diesel cars than petrol cars. And Honda hardly has any diesel cars in India. Thus in order to increase their rate of sales, Honda now plans to bring diesel variants of its cars in India in order to ascertain a stronghold over the Indian market. There are three cars on which Honda is working right now. These are Jazz, City and Brio. These three cars will probably have diesel engines now so that the sales demand of Honda cars can escalate and bring forth a good percentage in the growth. But unfortunately people have to wait since Honda is in no hurry to launch these cars in 2012 and will take time to bring them here to India.

Mercedes CL C216 Black Edition by Prior Design

As if it wasn’t mean enough already, the Mercedes CL C16 gets more beefed up by the German tuner Prior Design.

Previously seen Black Edition variants of Mercedes are the SLS AMG and C63 AMG, and Prior Design just pushes the envelope by providing the second string of Mercedes models a more majestic appeal. Inclusive in the Black Edition package is a very bulky body kit with revised front fascia sporting huge air vents, new front mud wings, extended wheel arches and revised side skirts. The cosmetic makeover continues on the rear with widened bumpers featuring massive fender flares. There is also ventilated hood, a roof-mounted air scoop, which add to the sporty muscle of the car. The car sits on 20-inch alloy wheels, finished in gunmetal gray complimenting the matt black dress of the body.

The customers get to choose the body kit from either high-grade Duraflex or Carbon fiber.

Mercedes CL C216 Black Edition by Prior Design