Aurus Debuts Senat In Russia, To Serve As Russia’s Presidential Limo

Aurus Debuts Senat In Russia, To Serve As Russia’s Presidential Limo

Want to see what the Russian President, one of the most powerful man in the world, travels in? Russian car maker Aurus has unveiled the Senat and the Senat Limousine at the Moscow Auto Show, which will serve as the state vehicle in Russia, meaning it would be used to as the official car for the Russian President Vladimir Putin. The car, according to its maker, ‘offers uncompromising level of ballistic and explosive protection.’

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BMW Launches X6 M in India at a Price of Rs.1.6 crore

The BMW X6 has seen its fair share of controversy since its launch owing to its unique design and now, the company has released the X6 M edition of the car which has been developed by the M division of the car maker and has priced it at Rs.1.6 crore.

The car is an absolute powerhouse and runs on the 4.4-litre, twin turbocharged V8 that delivers 575bhp in terms of power and 750Nm when it comes t

o torque. This means that it has a standstill to 100kmph time of just 4.2 seconds and has a top speed of 250kmph to which it has been electronically limited.


What makes the “M” model different is that it has the distinguishing characteristics of the brand. This includes side grilles with a model badge, large front air intakes, quad tail pipes as well as signature M exterior mirrors. A rear spoiler is also being offered by BMW for this crossover.

In terms of interiors too, the car has an M specific look and feel, which includes a unique steering wheel, aluminium gearshift paddles, as well as an M specific display that comes with rev band, shift lights and gear indicator.

In addition to the X6M, the company has also launched the X5 M here in India. The car is likely to take on the mighty Cayenne Turbo from Porsche and will be much sought after for its sporty looks and appearance.

Base and Automatic Variants of Scala Discontinued by Renault

The base RxE variant as well as the automatic variants of the Scala has been discontinued by Renault in India. Launched in 2012 with as many as five variant options, now only two options of the Scala are available in the market.

The initial variants on offer included the RxE and RxL with manual transmission, the RxL which came with a CVT Automatic gearbox and two diesel models.

Renault Scala

However, the present line up has one diesel and one petrol option. The petrol engine delivers 98bhp in terms of power as well as 134Nm of torque while the diesel is the 1.5-litre dCi K9K engine that delivers 85bhp of power as well as 200Nm of torque. Both the engines are mated to a five speed manual transmission. The fuel efficiency of the Scala Diesel is pegged at 21.64kmpl while the petrol Scala has a fuel efficiency of 16.95kmpl.

Renault is presently offering discounts of as much as Rs.35000 on the Scala and is trying to keep itself competitive in the C-segment in India. There are many competitors in this category and this includes the Hyundai Verna, Honda City, the Ciaz from Maruti Suzuki and many others. The demand for Scala has seen a considerable decline lately and it is expected that Renault might just have to launch an updated edition of the car very soon in order to keep up with the competition.


Updated EcoSport Launched by Ford at Rs.6.79 Lakh

The new edition of the EcoSport has been launched by Ford for markets in India at a starting price of Rs.6.79 lakh. The new model has very few changes apart from a 10bhp increase in power which has been made on the diesel variant.

The car will continue to sell in three engine options. This includes the 1.0-litre three-cylinder EcoBoost and 1.5-litre Ti-VCT petrol engines which have not been changed. The 1.5-litre TDCi diesel engine though has been tweaked to deliver 98.6bhp in terms of power as well as 205Nm in terms of torque. The transmission will continue to be available in a six speed automatic and a five speed manual option.

Another change is that a new colour option will be available on the EcoSport now. A new “Golden Brown” colour option will be available now and there will also be DRL’s available on the top end models.

Ford EcoSport

According to President and Managing Director of Ford India, Nigel Harris, with more than 2,00,000 Ford EcoSport owners, Ford has managed to create the standard and is continuing to garner praise for both their value as well as quality in terms of the EcoSport. The new launch is to make the EcoSport even more irresistible during the festive season and the new features look more stylish and have added the benefit of added power to the SUV.

The Ford EcoSport has already seen a lot of success in the Indian markets but will now face tough competition following this launch.


Chevrolet Planning Competitor for Honda City?

As per the latest rumours and reports, GM is looking to build on the existing line up of cars in the Chevrolet portfolio and will release a minimum of five models by 2017. In addition to this, it is also being rumoured that Chevrolet would introduce a global C-segment sedan that would make its place below the Chevrolet Cruze.

It is also being rumoured that the Indian version of this model would have a turbo petrol unit or even may have a diesel option. GM India has already made it clear that all the future models of the manufacturer would be manufactured at the Talegaon, Maharashtra plant of the company.

As per reports, the model has already been undergoing testing and may be globally unveiled by the end of 2016.

Since India is one of the largest volume markets in this segment, GM is quite likely to launch it with much fanfare here and if launched it would be above the sub four-meter Chevrolet Beat sedan that is likely to go on sale in 2017.

GM has already had an unsuccessful attempt at the C-segment in India. They had released the Optra SRV premium hatchback as well as the Optra sedan in the past and both did miserably in the markets and were axed soon after the initial blitz. However, the brand is likely to learn from these mistakes and it will be interesting to see how this car shapes up for the global market.