Recently the Auto Expo, 2012 took place in Delhi where Maruti Suzuki showcased Solio to the Indian enthusiasts. The car in some manner bears a resemblance to the WagonR which is one of the most sold cars of Maruti Suzuki in the Indian market. The prospects that Maruti has attached to Solio in India are high as it has been over a decade that Maruti has been ruling over the Indian automobile market. Maruti Suzuki said that the idea behind the design of Solio was taken from WagonR as a matter of fact and thus the car can in terms be called as the more improvised version of WagonR.
There are ample chances that the Solio which was showcased by Suzuki at the 11th Auto Expo is slated to go through another phase of refurbishment as the makers are considering the addition of a additional row of seats so that the car can be termed as a perfect mini MPV. There has been a while since Maruti Suzuki has been giving hints to the Indian enthusiasts that they will be launching a new three-row car following the launch of the luxury sedan Kizashi. Now since Kizashi has hit the market and garnered a good response, thus Maruti is now considering prospects of launching Solio into the Indian market said to be one of the most prominent markets for MPVs and other varieties of cars.
Presently Solio runs in Japan only and thus the Automobile Titan of Japan is now considering the launch of Solio in the global automobile market. Maruti Suzuki presently has an active manufacturing unit based in Indonesia which will be manufacturing most number of units of Solio for the global markets. There are lots of MPVs that are coming to India in the near future and Maruti Suzuki wants three-row mini MPV Solio to lead the race.
The small car market of India is huge and thus whichever car makers come here with its set of small cars, it always runs into high profits. This is one reason why other car-makers have not been able to overthrow Maruti Suzuki off the throne since it has the most number of small cars for the common man and that too since over last three decades. The latest cars that Maruti brought to the 11th Auto Expo were MR Wagon, Palette and Solio as Maruti wanted these three cars to be in the limelight as they shared a strong prospect with the interests of Indian customers. The upgrades that Maruti does to its cars are something that Indian customers highly appreciate and thus the company is one of the most trusted brand names in the Indian subcontinent. The original Swift DZire is still in demand even after upgraded and revamped version of the car has been launched.
The expected price range of Maruti Suzuki Solio is said to fall in the range of INR 3.5-5 Lakhs which might compete with WagonR, A-Star as well as other small cars & MPVs.
With the success of the all muscle Cruze, GM India seems confident on taking a step ahead and launching its top-end muscle car, the Chevrolet Camaro. The Chevrolet Camaro has been a symbol of vintage muscle, since it was first seen in the late 60’s. But the fifth generation Camaro gained its popularity after its appearance as ‘Bumblebee’ in the movie Transformers.
It is still not certain yet which version of the Camaro will be coming to India, the coupe or convertible. Also GM has not declared the power house of the muscle car. Internationally it is powered by a base 3.6-litre V6 churning up to 312bhp, and a mighty 6.2-litre V8 producing 426bhp.
In India, the two-door car will carry an import duty of 110%, thus cost upwards of Rs 30 lacs. However, the all muscle Camaro has an entire generation of fans and will be Chevrolet’s flagship in India.
GM India is also launching the face-lifted version of Chevrolet Captiva SUV by the end of March 2012. This SUV was previously seen at the Auto Expo 2012 in Delhi. Powered by a 2.2-litre diesel, the Captiva comes as a CBU kit from South Korea. It appears that GM is buckling up to grab maximum sales this year under premium class segment.
If there was one car that forced the visitors to stop and take notice, it would definitely be the Tata Pixel concept car from Tata. The Tata Pixel was unveiled at the 2012 Auto Expo on the very first day of the event and since then it has drawn a magnitude of car revelers to the Tata gallery. It was definitely the star as far as the Tata pavilion is concerned.
This is not the first time the Tata Pixel is being displayed to general public. It was first displayed at the 81st Geneva Motor Show in March 2010. The car is currently at the concept stage and the production plans of Tata regarding the Pixel are not known clearly.
Pixel is a three door gull-winged small car, which has the same dimension as the famed Nano. But the Tata Pixel has much larger space inside compared to the Nano and can comfortably accommodate four passengers. Tata had earlier declared that the Pixel would have 1.2 liter diesel engine with a mileage of 29kmpl and CO2 emission of 89grams/km.
According to the company, the Pixel will also have much more robust safety features built into it, which the current versions of the Nano do not have. The Tata Pixel is also a ‘zero-turn’ drive vehicle and thus, it can easily be parked in the tightest of places. The turning circle radius of the Pixel is as low as 2.6 meters. Folks from Tata have revealed to Indian Drives that the Pixel was designed to be quite spacious inside keeping the European market in mind.
Another unique thing about the Pixel is that it will be equipped with “My Tata Connect”, which is the first integrated Human Machine Interface (HMI) from Tata Motors for use in its future vehicles. This particular system allows seamless integration of smartphones and tablets with the car’s infotainment system.