Assembled in India Mercedes-Benz ML350 and GL-Class to be introduced in 2013

The Luxury car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz, which launched the locally fabricated ML250 CDI on 10th of the exiting month with a price label of Rs 46.5 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi), has now authoritatively stated to locally fabricate the ML350 and GL-Class at its Chakan based plant with an aim to turn them more reasonably priced buy in the Indian market. .

Whilst the assembly of ML350 is expected to begin by the coming 2-3 months, the GL-Class‘ local fabrication will commence by later 2013, possibly by the last half of the coming year.

In addition, Mercedes-Benz will also begin setting up the sport utility vehicle in two other South East Asian nations that comprise Thailand and Indonesia.

Mercedes-Benz ML350

While talking about the same, Daimler has published a report on its internet site, “The obligatory arrangements at the preferred three production sites in India, Thailand as well as Indonesia are going well.”

The report added up, “Afterward in the year, concluding assembly of the M-Class utilizing SKD kits will begin there for the respective local market.”

This will be the first time, that Mercedes-Benz will begin the final congregation of the sport utility vehicle model series for the innovative Mercedes-Benz M and GL-Class out of the sport utility vehicle parent facility in Tuscaloosa/Alabama. The auto giant anticipates launching the first units of the GL-Class in the Indian and Indonesian market by next year.

At the present time, Merc makes a few of its flagship sedans C, E and S-Class and sport utility vehicle ML250 at its Chakan plant.

Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

While talking about the future proposals, Wolfgang Bernhard, Daimler AG Member of the Board of Management stated that their new sport utility vehicles are too popular with their clients.

Wolfgang Bernhard said that they anticipate high rates of growth also in the rising market regions and, therefore, expand their local production.

The auto giant has made an investment of Rs 200 crore to boast the facilities such aswater-based painting technology and eco-friendly painting expertise at the premises.

And like Peter Hoengg, Mercedes-Benz India’s Managing Director and chief executive officer had already stated to media people during August, 2012 that the Luxury sport utility vehicle is the best ever growing section in the Indian automotive business and M-Class is the section head.

Hyundai and Broadcom join hands to develop revolutionary technology

Hyundai is distinguished for equipping its vehicles with high technology traits for its valuable clients. And fulfilling that criterion, the auto giant is out with its most up-to-date piece of technology. In a tie up with Broadcom, the well known car maker is ready to integrate the most modern characteristics such as surround view parking and lane departure caution in its next generation vehicles.

The company will also fit in Broadcom’s proprietary BroadR-Reach Ethernet Technology with the intention to remove the requirement for cabling in a car. The system, which offers up a high bandwidth in-vehicle network of 100 megabits per second, will take out the necessity for wiring in a vehicle thereby cutting down cost as well as weight.

Hyundai and Broadcom join hands to develop revolutionary technology

Hyundai head of infotainment design Mr. Sunjai Lee stated, “The in-vehicle Ethernet network will permit major traits comprising infotainment, lane departure caution, park help and telematics to offer up greater value to our clients.”

Mr. Lee added that they preferred to ink deal with Broadcom as they deliver advanced Ethernet-based innovation to augment the driver as well as traveler experience.

Broadcom said that the affiliation will incorporate infotainment, telematics and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) traits including surround view parking and lane departure caution into Hyundai cars.

Car manufacturers require in-car connectivity, which can handle additional data-heavy apps in a money-spinning approach. Broadcom’s BroadR-Reach technology can run more than single unshielded twisted pair (UTP) cabling that is less costly and weighs below shielded cable.

Isuzu planning to bring MU-7 to Indian market

In July Japanese Auto maker Isuzu stated its desire to enter Indian auto market and now it is confirmed that it is planning to introduce MU-7 on Indian roads. Isuzu’s MU-7 SUV was spotted during a test run in Pune. MU-7 is a 7-seater SUV that inherits D-Max truck’s chassis. Currently the SUV is being powered by a 3.0 litre turbo charged diesel engine that churns out maximum power of about 146 bhp and about 249 Nm of torque.

The SUV comes in both 4×2 and 4×4 variants and is quite popular in Japanese market. But the main question still remains the same, how it will be introduced in Indian market? During the rising trend of SUVs in India, several international players have jumped in cash out some profit. Although Isuzu is not new in India is still quite not popular here. Isuzu supplies diesel engine in collaboration with Swaraj-Mazada. Since the JV mainly deals with trade of technology the Isuzu is not a quite well known car brand in India.

Isuzu planning to bring MU-7 to Indian market

It will need some serious campaign planning from Isuzu to establish itself as an automaker in Indian market before it can even think of giving some serious competition to the market leaders in the segment. From the sources, it is evident that Isuzu is planning to import MU-7 from Thailand and assemble it at the HM plant in Chennai. Further Isuzu is also planning to set up its own facility by 2015. The cost of the plant is expected to get around Rs. 1000 crores. Hopefully we will be able to witness the MU-7 in the Indian Market by early or mid 2013.

Isuzu planning to bring MU-7 to Indian market

Nissan reveals its Altima V8 supercar

After the seven month of the announcement, Nissan has finally revealed its $1.56M supercar Nissan Altima for the Australian V8 Supercar series. The car has been unveiled in Melbourne by Kelly Racing, the racing machine is Nissan investment for the new regulations based on Car of the Future(COFT) that has also credited in return of some of the other manufacturers back to the series. The car is powered by Nissan’s VK56DE engine, a 5.6 litre V8 that will also be featuring in the 2013 Nissan Patrol SUV. The engine has been downsized according to regulations and can churn out about 600 horsepower.

Kelly Racing’s Todd Kelly says that it wasn’t a big challenge to transform production version of Altima to fit over the chassis. He further added that the widening of rear guard, extending of the roof, doors, bonnet and body panels helped it to become a supercar. All the entries from the various manufacturers will be tested to ensure its aerodynamic parity.

Nissan reveals its Altima V8 supercar
Kelly Racing’s Todd and Rick will be the man behind the wheels during the season’s Feb opener at Adelaide. Currently the team is called Nissan Motorsports but the attire that was witnesses is only for the launch, the competing car will be featuring Jack Daniels sponsorship that is being worn by team’s Holden Commodore racecars. Nissan has not entered the race in last two decades after its car was rejected from the competition.

2nd Indian Grand Prix witnesses low attendance rate

Indian Grand Prix Formula One finally returned to Greater Noida for the second year but this year’s event failed to attract as many racing enthusiasts as it attracted last year. This year’s Formula One also saw less celebrity clamor than the inaugural Grand Prix.

Nevertheless, the event brought superlative motor sporting action for racing enthusiasts.

Red Bull Racing’s two-time world champ Sebastian Vettel staved off the confront from Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and succeeded in retaining his Indian Grand Prix title by completing a breathtaking race with a 9.4 second lead.

2nd Indian Grand Prix witnesses low attendance rate
Mark Webber, a teammate of Vettel, grabbed the third position and completed his 4th podium finish of the season.

Vettel also managed to widen the championship title gap with Ferrari’s Alonso from six points to thirteen points.

“Two years and two triumphs here, it’s a very unique Grand Prix; I don’t know what it is about this circuit… This is another positive action (to the title) for us but there is still a long path to go,” Vettel stated after the contest that witnessed the German setting his best ever laptime in the concluding lap.

2nd Indian Grand Prix witnesses low attendance rate
Overall, Red Bull Racing is now ahead of Ferrari in the constructor’s championship, with a huge gap of 91 points, as three Grand Prix events are still remaining for the end of the season.

HRT F1 Team’s Indian driver Narain Kartikeyan could secure 21st position in the race. Both HRT cars had developed some issues relating to overheating in its brakes. Kartikeyan’s teammate Pedro de la Rosa could not even complete the race.

Banker Uday Kotak added that he was attending owing to his teenage boy’s curiosity and networking was not on his intellect.

Naina Lal Kidwai, HSBC India country head, stated, “It’s a method of having enjoyment with the individuals you do biz with. Obviously, there is a fair amount of business networking.”

Fiat unveils Bravo Xtreme Concept

Fiat recently introduced the world to its Bravo Xtreme Concept, which boast some unique features that the manufacturer believes would help it to stand out of the crowd of ohers.

Unveiled at the 2012 Sao Paulo Motor Show, the Bravo Xtreme comes equipped with a 1.4-litre 16V T-Jet engine that produces a maximum power of 253bhp at 6,600rpm and a peak torque of 332Nm.

Its new, fascinating design, redesigned headlamps, LED tail lights, a redesigned front bumper with a large grille, and either side vents accompanied by built-in LED daytime running lights earned it much appreciation at the event.

Fiat unveils Bravo Xtreme Concept
In addition, it has redesigned, more muscular rear bumper, more aggressive side skirts, two exhaust pipes, two-tone alloys, and a roof spoiler further adds to its beauty.

In addition, the concept car has been equipped with other technology upgrades like a suspension which uses stiffer springs and brings the vehicle 5mm closer to the road.

Fiat unveils Bravo Xtreme Concept
Inside the cabin, the new Fiat concept has received a cluster of notable features, such as ASK audio system, new centre console, an ultra-modern dashboard and an integrated screen into the headrest of front seats.

However, the manufacturer hasn’t revealed anything about when the Bravo Xtreme Concept will get into mass production.

Mercedes-Benz A-Class: The most successful launch in brand’s history

Pre-orders for the 2012 Mercedes-Benz A-Class in Western Europe hit 70,000 – a figure that would represent a 10 per cent conversion rate of potential customers who were invited to pre-launch events. That would make the launch of the third-generation Mercedes-Benz A-Class one of the most successful launches in Mercedes history.

Thus, Mercedes-Benz A-Class launch emerged as an auspicious start for a car maker that is currently under intense pressure from poor economic growth in Europe and cut-throat competition from rivals manufacturers like Audi and BMW.

Mercedes-Benz A-Class The most successful launch in brand's history
Dieter Zetsche, chief executive of Mercedes-Benz, also said that 1 for every 10 who attended pre-launch events placed pre orders for the new Mercedes-Benz and that it was the most successful launch in the brand’s history.

However, Zetsche admitted that the brand’s absence in key segments like the small sports utility vehicle (SUV) has caused the brand lag far behind Audi and BMW.

He said Mercedes would also launch a small SUV based on the MFA platform, which underpins the A-Class. Speaking on the topic, he said, “These are not excuses, and we will close the gap in the next five years.”

The A-Class segment has been continually expanding and is expected to be an important battleground, particularly as Mercedes as well as Audi are making hard efforts to grab the number one spot in the list of luxury carmaker by the year of 2020, taking over from current leader – BMW.

Formula One OPUS makes way to the Indian market

In harmonization with the Formula One fervor, which has spellbound the country with the conclusion of the Indian Grand Prix; the timing is positive for the launching of the Official Formula One Opus.

Via a strategic coalition with RK Global, the company carries on to swell its attendance in the country.

The official launch was observed at an occasion co-hosted by Amit Bhagchandka, Group chief executive officer, RK Global, Karl Fowler, chief executive officer and Originator, Opus Media Group.

Formula One OPUS makes way to the Indian market
The more exciting thing was that Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor attended the ceremony.

In addition, the occasion was also attended by a few of the nation’s top notch personalities, comprising Bollywood actors, Formula One drivers, cricket players, well-known faces from the fashion, biz and political arenas and other sensitive consumers of top brands, the event was a grand triumph.

Anil Kapoor inked the official F1 Opus copy himself. The copy that is half a meter square, 852 pages long and weighs 37 kilogram, is the largest and weightiest publication to ever be formed.

Formula One OPUS makes way to the Indian market
Anil Kapoor stated, “As a F1 buff, I am happy to be a part of the special incident to roll out an eternal luxury piece that captivates the tale behind story of Formula 1 over the past sixty years. The amount of investigation and detailing which has been put behind the smallest constituents of the Official Formula One Opus is irresistible. For F1 buffs, there can never be any better record that detains unheard tales and imagery of the motorsport.”

Karl Fowler, chief executive officer and Founder, Opus Media Group said, “We are eager to introduce The Official F1 Opus in the country today. With the Indian Grand Prix this weekend, we couldn’t have asked for a healthier platform to roll out the Official Formula One Opus. A collection of never seen before imagery and stories on the history of F1, that will make it a valued possession for the passionate fans and collectors alike. We are extremely positive about the future growth and teamworks within the Indian market and our coalition with RK Global will assist us further expand our attendance in India in the coming years.”

Ford India rolls out quick repair and routine maintenance service- ‘Quick Lane’

Car Servicing is progressively becoming a significant measure in buying decision and with the intention to deal with this key requirement, Ford India is commencing Quick Lane service centre to provide speedy service to its hectic clients.

US car manufacturer, on Monday, kicked off the first ‘Quick Lane’ service centre in Yeshwantpur, Bangalore.

Via this innovative centre, a client, without a prior engagement can obtain his routine vehicle maintenance or light repair requirements speedily met comprising oil and filter alterations, exhaust systems, brake systems, suspension systems, tires, tune-ups and alignments, via ‘While you wait’ or ‘no appointment’ service rolled out by the well known auto firm.

The newly opened ‘Quick Lane’ service shop in Bangalore is fitted with infrastructure to overhaul 35 vehicles on a daily basis. The set up covers upa region 10,000 sq. ft and can service cars speedily.

Ford India rolls out quick repair and routine maintenance service Quick Lane

The new centre provides helps such as comprehensive operating hours during days of the week and Saturdays. Ford India said that, the Quick Lane is planned to augment the service know-how for its clients who are short on time.

John Cooper, executive director, customer service operations, Ford Asia Pacific and Africa stated, “We have now rolled out the alternative of quick, no-appointment needed service during hours, which fit the busy timetables of our clientele.”

Clients who visit a Quick Lane centre are furthered to intermingle straightly with service consultants on the shop floor in addition. They can also calm down in an AC reception region, which has Wi-fi access to offer expediency and ease during the service.

Ford India rolls out quick repair and routine maintenance service Quick Lane

“At Quick Lane centers, clients will have the poise of knowing their cars are being serviced by the company’s special technicians utilizing quality parts,” Cooper also said.

Ford India has over 241 sales as well as service centres crosswise 127 cities and proposes to grow it to more than 500 by mid-decade.

While the key Ford Service shops will act as place to pick all kinds of services particularly major requirements, Quick Lane will provide speedy and competent services, like minor repairs.

Ford India rolls out quick repair and routine maintenance service Quick Lane

“With a guarantee of bringing eight latest products to the country by mid-decade, we are concentrated on increasing the client experience with our first-rate service initiatives. Quick Lane service provides our clients another choice of suitable, high-class service at the dealership,” added Umashankar, vice president, customer service operations, Ford India.

Chevrolet Sail U-VA Hatchback’s teaser photo appears prior to its launch

Chevrolet Sail U-VA hatchback is hitting newspaper headlines from the time when it was exhibited at the 2012 Indian Auto Expo.

As per reports, Chevrolet Sail U-VA hatchback will hit markets on 2nd November. At this moment, the GM has showcased the hint/teasers of the forthcoming hatchback on its Indian internet site together with a video recording.

The automaker is making plans to place the Chevrolet Sail U-VA right above its flagship hatchback, the Beat to clash with other well known vehicles including Nissan Micra, Ford Figo, Maruti Suzuki Swift, Toyota Etios Liva and many others.

Chevrolet Sail U-VA Hatchback's teaser photo

The new Chevrolet Sail will hit markets in both diesel and petrol engine options.

The car’s petrol edition will boast the identical Smartech 1.2-litre petrol, which presently does it function to the Beat, whilst the diesel edition will be catered by the fiat sourced 1.3-litre turbo jet diesel engine.

Chevrolet Sail U-VA Hatchback's teaser photo Chevrolet Sail U-VA Hatchback's teaser photo

As per reports, both the versions of the car will help people in saving fuel with the help of proven and strong engines. But the appearances aren’t surprising, it manages to look fine enough.

And with an anticipated value of Rs 4.5-6 lakh, the vehicle will aid GM India augment its sales figure.

Chevrolet Sail U-VA Hatchback's teaser photo Chevrolet Sail U-VA Hatchback's teaser photo

GM that has recently rolled out the facelifted Chevrolet Spark, has also give confirmation to launch the Sail sedan and the Enjoy MPV by the month of December.

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