Shorter Vehicle Delivery Time Strongly Influences Dealership Selection: JD Power Asia Pacific Report

JD Power Asia Pacific Report had always been enticing us for the most of car buying decisions in our country. Hence this time a new report from the firm is claiming that buyers are getting lured to the brands who are offering short delivery period on their vehicles, rather than those who cue up for longer waiting periods.

The report further states, during the past five years, several shifts have occurred among new-vehicle buyers in the various regions of India pertaining to shopping behavior, the ownership experience and how the vehicle is used.

Mentioned below are the shifts what the JD Power Asia Pacific has found out during the course of research:

  • A surge of first-time new-vehicle buyers is a regional phenomenon limited to the East and the West regions of India. Nearly 70 percent of buyers in the West and 57 percent of buyers in the East are purchasing a new vehicle for the first time. In contrast, the proportion of first-time new-vehicle buyers has declined over time in the North region and has remained nearly unchanged in the South.
  • Although attractive design and styling has increasingly become the most influential reason for vehicle selection among buyers in the North region, it has been declining in the South, where new-vehicle buyers frequently state good fuel efficiency as a reason for purchase.

Maruti Suzuki

  • New-vehicle buyers in the South region are more methodical in their purchase process—which involves conducting extensive preliminary research, visiting dealerships, taking test drives and negotiating—compared with buyers in the North who tend to do less research before visiting the dealership and rely on the salesperson for information and are less likely to test-drive the vehicle.
  • Internet usage for research during the vehicle-shopping process has increased in the South region to 42 percent in 2013 from 21 percent in 2009. In contrast, in the North, where shoppers are highly influenced by the opinions of friends and relatives in deciding on their vehicle purchase, Internet usage for research has declined to 13 percent in 2013 from 20 percent in 2009.
  • While the number of households owning multiple vehicles is at least 1.6 times higher in the North than in any other region, the average number of people riding in vehicles is much higher in the West and the South regions.
  • The penetration of small cars is declining at a faster pace in the North region, with consumers increasingly preferring larger vehicles.

As per to the gist, the dealer which has remained closest to the potential buyer’s home enjoys the status of being the most influential dealer for selection. It is also been witnessed, ‘immediate delivery’ temperament is increasingly emerging as a key consideration in choosing a dealer, cited by 16 percent of customers as the most influential reason for selecting a dealer in 2013, up from 8 percent in 2009.

Longer delivery period is said to be the second-most-influential reason for rejecting a vehicle that shoppers had initially considered purchasing. An increase in vehicle delivery time to 12 days in 2013 from five days in 2009 has likely driven this as a key consideration during the purchase process, as 17 percent of shoppers in 2013 have rejected the vehicle they initially considered due to the longer delivery period.

Overall, Maruti Suzuki has remained the most considered nameplate among vehicle shoppers for a ninth consecutive year, with 37 percent of all shoppers eventually purchasing one of its models. New-vehicle buyers who purchase Ford and Fiat models shop around the most before purchasing their vehicle, while buyers of such national brands as Tata, Mahindra and Maruti Suzuki are least likely to consider another model during the shopping process.

Jeffrey Kruger scores a hatrick at Buddh International Circuit

Some days back, we reported about the JK Tyre Volkswagen Polo R Cup 2013 been moved to Buddh International Circuit for Round 3. Now the results of same concluded, Jeffrey Kruger gifted his Indian Capital fans the daring and dominant drive they came to see. Starting from the pole position, Jeffrey pulled away from the pack from lap 1 itself and kept on increasing his lead to eventually win the race with a huge margin.

Championship contender, Rahil Noorani started from 2nd position but he made a mistake on the 1st lap which dropped him down to the 7th position, ultimately leading to him to finish 6th. The fight for 2ndand 3rd spot was exciting as it was on till the last corner of final lap.Prashanth snatched an excellent podium by overtaking his brother Karthik Tharani in the middle of the race and overtook Yatin to finish second. He was followed by Karthik, Angad and Rahil.

“I had come to this round with a lot of determination and confidence. The intention is to always win and each win is special. I am elated and no words can express how I feel. I am looking forward to the last round here at Buddh International Circuit,” said Jeffrey Kruger

Jeffrey Kruger scores a hatrick at Buddh International Circuit
Prithviraj Siddappa, Head of Motorsports, said, “The penultimate round of 2013 Volkswagen Polo R Cup made for a thrilling weekend with not 2 but 3 races with the clear domination from South African driver Jeffery Kruger. Jeffrey won all 3 races this weekend posting some of the fastest lap times.”

Jeffrey Kruger scores a hatrick

Race 2 of Round 3 result (provisional):

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Winners of Race 1 of Round 3 of Polo R Cup 2013

Koenigsegg Announces ‘Pre Owned Certification Program’

The guys at Supercar Kids seem to have gone aggressive these days.

The last report on their portal was claiming Aston Martin Cygnet being officially axed from the brand’s repertoire. Now referring to one of most renowned brand of industry “Koenigsegg”, they had claimed the Swedish supercar maker to start the ‘Koenigsegg Pre Owned Certification Program’ for its customers.

Under the program, hypercar maker will offer customers warranty and a level of service close to what is offered on a new Koenigsegg hypercar.

And for adhering to organization’s standard, the brand has set certain norms for its cars to be certified under Pre Owned Certification hat. It is stated as, the vehicle shall undergo an inspection process of the regarded officials, and also to be updated and refurbished according to criteria’s set by hypercar brand.

Koenigsegg Pre Owned Certification Program
After passing out the aforementioned conditions and norms, car will then reach ‘approved pre-owned’ criteria. It will be then made available for retail under the tropic of Koenigsegg Pre Owned Certification Program. These vehicles will there be claiming themselves to be almost near to the factory fresh striates, said Jens Sverdrup.

The Koenigsegg Pre Owned Certification Program is exclusively for and only available through official Koenigsegg representatives.

These dealers are ordered to offer up to two year factory warranty and free service on approved pre owned Koenigsegg vehicles.

Source: The Supercar Kids.

Ferrari sends Webber invoice for Singapore taxi ride

Ferrari joined the ‘taxi ride’ fun after the recent Singapore grand prix, sending Mark Webber a hefty bill for hitching a ride back to the pits with Fernando Alonso.

Webber, who will serve a ten-place grid penalty in Korea next weekend, angrily slammed the stewards’ decision to reprimand him after breaking down towards the end of last Sunday’s race.

Spaniard Alonso, however, saw the funny side, posting on Twitter a photoshopped image of a film poster depicting himself and Webber in a taxi.

Ferrari apparently also joined the fun, as the German newspaper Bild published a joke invoice sent from the team’s Maranello headquarters to Australian Webber.

Ferrari sends Webber invoice for Singapore taxi ride

The bill, listing the salesperson as ‘Fernando’, charged Webber a whopping $27,500 – including a $2,500 ‘tip’ – for the ‘after hours’ taxi service.

F1 legend Niki Lauda, however, backed the FIA’s decision to penalise Webber.

“Yes,” he told Osterreich newspaper, “because it’s against the rules, it’s damn dangerous and because it was always punished with a warning.”

Aston Martin Cygnet Axed: Report

Well, the officials at Aston Martin too sometimes get bored of their products, and cut them down from the product list. This time it turned out to be the hatchback Cygnet who now faced the discontinuation from the brand.

Thoughtfully, this piece of news is confirmed by the Supercar Kids report. Hence, they had also claimed the hatchback too is available at some of the dealers who had stocked it in abundance.

Knowing more about it, the Cygnet is based on the platform of Toyota iQ and was introduced as a concept vehicle in 2010. It then entered production in 2011 and finally ended the tenure on the production line in 2013.

Aston Martin Cygnet axed

Cygnet is powered by a 1.33-liter four-cylinder engine developing 98 HP (72 kW) and 125 Nm (92 lb-ft) of torque. It enables the model to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in just 11.6 seconds, and average at 5-5.2 L/100km (45.2-47 mpg US / 54.3-56.4 mpg UK).

Cygnet was priced at EUR35,000.

Mitsubishi Colt hatchback is expected for India!

Hatchback segment of India is facing a fiery competition with numbers of competitors entering the fray. Hence, to name the latest in the said, ‘Mitsubishi’ is seemed to be setting its foot with its hatchback called ‘Colt’ for the Indian market.

Colt is sold in Europe for a good numbers past many years; the Japanese carmaker wants to replicate the same in India too.

Upcoming festive season may pose a good ground for the Colt to land its feet on the initial paddock.

We can expect the launch of Colt to happen here because, Mitsubishi recently axed Lancer EVO X, Cedia Sports and Outlander from the Indian repertoire. And the vehicle which is remained on the list is just SUV “Pajero”, helping the carmaker to excel in the fast moving lane of Indian auto fraternity. Moreover, the brand also doesn’t raveled any of the new vehicle on Indian shores since years, so the roll-out of Colt here will prove a boon to the badge in the rusting times of economy.

Mitsubishi Colt hatchback
Hence, engine specifications will be done with the 1.5 litre (for top end variant), while the lower ones to be donning a chopped-off version of same (that’s for attaining the economy).

Price of Colt is expected to be near to Rs. 600,000.

Mercedes Benz Arrow460 Granturismo Yacht Unveiled in Monaco

Though, not many of auto freaks would be interested in learning about the yachts and its luxuries, but despite that we had been covering the yachting segment immensely, looking to it as a next mode of transportation for the most of world in the near future. However, earlier this year a teaser of Silver Arrow Mercedes Benz yacht was found doing rounds across the web, now been complied with the teaser image, German automaker finally unveiled new luxury yacht Arrow460 Granturismo at Monaco Yacht Show recently.

Well, it is no doubt whatever the Mercedes Benz does it does in the ‘Style’. Hence, we now can lend the bet for Mercedes-Benz Arrow460 Granturismo to prove itself as the S Class of the sea.

Price for the same is quoted as 1.25 million Euros, excluding Value Added Tax. Deliveries to customers are said to commence from early 2015.

Interiors and exteriors too are taken care with regards to the precise luxuries. Mercedes is claiming the yacht to be used for both, day trips and overnight excursions.

Mercedes-Benz Arrow460 Granturismo

At interiors, customers can expect the nubuck leather and eucalyptus wood panelling, as well as sophisticated colour combinations for the theme conceptualization of the yacht.

The windows of the yacht comes with ‘automatically darkening feature’ to control glare from the sun. Sliding dining table and beds gives the yacht ‘multi-functionality’ oomph for the cabin space.

The Arrow460 Granturismo yacht is capable of accommodating ‘ten’ people at a time.

To an addition, Mercedes Benz had said, the first ten units of it will be sold as the limited “Edition 1”, which will dwell air-conditioning and a premium audio system along with a wine cellar and ice-making machine.

New Mercedes-Benz Arrow460 Granturismo

However, the ARROW460 Granturismo gets its power from two diesel engines developing 353 kW (480 hp) each. One can refer the more technical specifications mentioned below:

Technical data of the ARROW460 – Granturismo

Overall length
14.14 metres

Hull length
13.85 metres

Draft
0.93 metres

Maximum beam
3.97 metres

Maximum displacement
13.58 tonnes

Fuel tank capacity
1200 litres

Water tank capacity
500 litres

Engines
2 Yanmar 6LY3-ETP diesel engines each developing 353 kW (480 hp)

Cruising speed
28 to 30 knots (in calm seas)

Top speed
40+ knots (in light ship conditions)

Design category

Class B

Mahindra Bolero CNG spied testing in India

However, Mahindra managed to make out the best of its utility platform, which one of them of them is the Bolero maxi Truck Plus. We had reported about its launch in detail. Hence, now confirming the tests for one more its variant, we now found that Mahindra is spotted testing the CNG trim of the Maxi Plus somewhere on the roads of Pune, Maharashtra.

Lest, there isn’t any ‘confirmed’ bit of information about the technical specification of the vehicle, we are expecting the pickup to be as same as the diesel variant on the cosmetic front.

Mahindra’s current lineup in this segment includes the Maxi Truck Plus, the Maxi Truck and the Maxi Truck CNG. A CNG variant on the Truck Plus would complete their lineup of having two variants, each with two fuel types.

Hence, looking at a report on internet, it can be physically claimed that 2.5-liter engine producing 70hp and 180Nm of torque of Maxi Truck CNG can be carried forward on the Plus pickup.

Mahindra Bolero CNG

In addition, the Indian UV maker Mahindra had also introduced 1 year/unlimited km warranty on the Maxi Truck Plus.

Mahindra Bolero CNG Back View
New Mahindra Bolero CNG
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Tata Motors launches the all new Tata XENON XT in South Africa

The Tata Xenon XT is packed with extra features in all aspects – performance, safety, comfort, style and functionality – it is truly built to TAKE IT TO THE XTREME.

The Tata Xenon XT comes with impressive features that give it a competitive edge amongst other lifestyle bakkie options in the South African market. The Tata Xenon XT range comes in 4 variants – Single Cab (4X4), Single Cab (4X2), Double Cab (4X2) and Double Cab (4X4). The range has a perfect blend of looks, safety, comfort, convenience and performance thanks to its state-of-the-art European styling; features like navigation, Bluetooth, dual airbags, ABS, differential lock (double cabs), and limited slip differential (single cabs). The Tata Xenon XT’s common rail diesel engine deliver high power and torque providing overall performance of an efficient work-horse.

The Xenon XT is an ideal bakkie for segments like family and leisure, farming, mining, construction, small businesses and municipalities. Its excellent off-roading capabilities also make it an ideal vehicle for 4X4 enthusiasts.

According to Mr. RT Wasan, Head – International Business, Commercial Vehicles, Tata Motors, said, “We are excited to launch the all-new Tata Xenon XT, yet another addition to our offerings for the South African market. South Africa is a key strategic market for Tata Motors and our focused efforts for this market is validated by our increasing presence and market share here. The launch of the Tata Xenon XT will further fortify our position in the South African automotive industry and motivate us to develop more such exciting vehicles for our South African customers”

Tata Xenon XT

“In the past few years, Tata Motors has taken the South African automotive market by storm with its spectacular range of products that suits the very needs of this region. The Tata Xenon XT is yet another proof point of the fact that the South African market will continue to witness some state-of-the-art products from the Tata Motors brand name. South Africa has the highest number of Tata passenger cars outside India which goes to show the unwavering trust the South African consumer has placed in the Tata brand. This trust will continue to grow as more and more PVs and CVs are added to the impressive list of Tata vehicles in our country” said, Mr. Phonnie Cilliers, COO, Accordian Investments, at the launch.

The Tata Xenon XT is packed with XTreme Technology. It is powered by a new generation 2.2L VTT DiCOR (Variable Turbine Technology, Direct Injection Common Rail) engine that is controlled by a 32-bit electronic control unit and incorporates state-of-the-art technology. This is the same Euro V engine that powers the Xenon range across the world. This engine has been fine-tuned to meet domestic Euro II requirements. The new engine delivers an incredible peak power of 110 kW @ 4000 rpm and peak torque of 320 Nm over a wide rpm range of 1500 – 3000.

Tata Xenon XT has been designed not only for extreme performance but also to give a comfortable driving experience with low NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness). With electric windows, power steering, navigation, Bluetooth, radio, MP3, side steps, bucket seats with armrests, tiltable steering column etc. The Tata Xenon XT is truly a resort on wheels.

With the 5 yrs/ 90 000 km service plan, 4 yrs/120 000 km vehicle warranty, 4 yrs/120 000 km anti-corrosion warranty & 4 yrs, unlimited km roadside assistance, the Tata Xenon XT offers complete peace of mind. With this launch, Tata Motors will also increase its service initiatives. The company will increase the warranty from 3 years/ 100000 km to 4 years/ 120 000 km and roadside assistance from 3 years/ unlimited kms to 4 years/ unlimited kms.

With the addition of the Xenon XT range, Tata Motors now boasts of an impressive bakkie portfolio catering to every discerning need of the South African automotive market and suiting every consumer segment. The company’s portfolio comprises of Super ACE (1T mini truck), 207 DI turbo (3.0L worker), the existing Xenon range with eleven variants and the newly launched Xenon XT range with four variants.

The Xenon XT will be available in South Africa with the below price range:

  • Xenon XT Single Cab 4X2: R 189 995 (incl. VAT)
  • Xenon XT Single Cab 4X4: R 245 995 (incl. VAT)
  • Xenon XT Double Cab 4X2: R 239 995 (incl. VAT)
  • Xenon XT Double Cab 4X4: R 269 995 (incl. VAT)

Honda Brio based MPV Mobilio spy shots appeared for the first time

We reported last week that Honda unveiled Brio based MPV in Indonesia, which is known as Mobilio. the same now spied testing for the first time in that country.

Hence, the launch of Mobilio is expected to happen by end of this year in Indonesia, where India is expected to receive it in 2014.

Coming to the spy-shots we learnt, the test mule was seen wearing conventional silver-colored 10-spoke alloys, unlike than the diamond cut 10-spoke alloys of the Indonesian Motor Show prototype. Lest, all of the styling cues were the same to that of the Motor Show unveiled model. Silver paint job on its body was making it to look a bit conventional, but that’s ok when given the badge of Honda shining brightly under the sun.

Engine specifications of Mobilio is said to be of the 1.5-liter i-VTEC (petrol) borrowed from the Honda City producing 118PS and 144Nm of torque. Indonesia is given an option of a 5-speed manual and a CVT gearbox. To an addition, India is said to also dwell the 1.5-liter diesel powerplant from that of the Amaze to contrast the rising petrol prices and high notched per kilometer running cost.

Honda Mobilio spied Indonesia

Indonesian price for Mobilio is expected to start from 150-180 million Indonesian Rupiah (Rs. 8.41 lakhs to Rs. 10.09 lakhs).

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