Aug 22, 2013


Fiat India Repositions the Current Linea Model to Classic C Segment

Fiat India is planning a new generation model launch in the coming year. The 2014 will be up with some real exciting surprises for all. It is planning to launch a better and newer version of current Linea. Though the current model will exist and be further known as Fiat Linea Classic as soon as the new model has been launched. This similar pattern was noticed from Ford when they launched a new model and named the previous as Classic.



The present Linea model is said to be categorized in the C-Lower Segment making way for the new model and giving it space in the upper segment. Linea Classic shall retain the same old 1.4 liter petrol engine whereas the diesel model will be powered with same Multijet 1.3 diesel engine. Isn't this a fab news that you get a newer version of the Fiat Linea and the current will remain with a new name Linea Classic.

Great interiors, great engine and beautifully designed car is all want and Fiat India is constantly working on it. The  enhanced Linea model will come in 1.4 liter T-jet turbo petrol model and there is a possibility of new turbo diesel with more powerful 1.6 liter Multijet unit. After the launch of this model Fiat will have 2 models in the C Segment that will bring a big boom in the Automobile Industry. Further Fiat plans to launch Grand Punto hatchback in 2014. So there is a lot in store, the Pandora's box jut need to be opened and you will have more choices when you plan to buy your Fiat model.

Jun 25, 2013


Get a Super Cool Stylish look of Ritz with Maruti Suzuki Ritz @ buzZ

Maruti Suzuki India, the India's most preferred car manufacturer, are up with a new limited edition of its popular small hatchback Ritz. This Maruti Suzuki Ritz model has been dubbed as Ritz @buzZ and has a stylish exterior body graphics to lure the car lovers.

The Maruti Ritz hatchback was somewhere slipping off the minds of the Indian car consumers as a variety of small hatchback and compact cars have flooded in India. Therefore, Maruti Suzuki have come up with this limited edition of the car which has 12 new cosmetic upgrades in the interiors as well as exteriors. The new limited edition of Ritz @buzZ has better looks as well as features strong bumper protectors, set of durable mud flaps, elegant steering wheel, convenient rear parcel tray, smart door visors and much more.


Additional features includes a rear-parcel tray on the LXI and LDI variants, standard on the VXI and VDI, a 2-DIN Nippon music system with USB, Aux-in, Bluetooth and rear parking sensors. Maruti Ritz@ buzZ is available in both petrol and diesel engine options with transmission options as well.

The price for Ritz @buzZ limited edition is estimated to be around Rs. 15000 to Rs. 20.000 over the standard Ritz car. The company has introduced these exterior and interior cosmetic features hoping to prop up the falling sales of the Ritz hatchback in the market.

May 27, 2013


Bikers to see Bajaj Six New Motorcycles in 2014

Great news for all those who are planning to buy a good bike in the coming year! Bajaj Auto Limited has six upcoming Bajaj bikes to come this 2013-2014. Soon bikers will be seen with the most flaunting bikes to match their images and fit their pockets. It is not easy to get the perfect bike of one’s choice but Bajaj always manages to take the top position and having bikes that give good average.

In an Interview Mr. Rajiv Bajaj the Managing Director of Bajaj Auto said “We have several launches lined up for this year. We have at least two new Pulsars. I can say this much - one will be smaller than Pulsar 200NS and one that will be much bigger. So I think that is going to help us defend our leadership of this


The new Pulsar bikes would be loved by all the bikers. They plan to bring in the Bajaj Pulsar 150cc and Bajaj Pulsar 355cc version this time that will be built on the KTM Duke 390 platform.  The main focus of Bajaj Auto is to promote the Discover brand and the Discover segment because they received amazing response for Discover 100T. With the same hopes and expecting the same results soon India will see more of Bajaj Discover Models. The coming will prove to better for all those who face problem commuting and can’t find better bikes to suit their daily needs.

Recent news said that Bajaj Motorcycles India leads the Indian Sports Motorcycle division, holding as much as 10% in the Indian Market. But Bajaj has bigger dreams and wishes to enhance the Indian commuter bike segment that currently holds 63% of the total market. These bikes have been manufactured keeping in mind the students, working class people, and even the executives of good companies. The details of bikes have not yet been disclosed but there is huge market scope that Bajaj Auto will capture this time.

Apr 30, 2013


BMW Unveils the Sumptuous 2013 BMW 7 Series that is Classy & Powerful

It is the time to be ready to take out the time to sit and have a lavish time in the all new BMW 7 Series launched recently. This car is sleek, powerful and the most classy series of BMW. The BMW7 Series is heart throbbing when you look at time and will make others give you respect automatically. It a perfect style statement that makes you excited to grab the keys and go on road in the car right away.

This finely crafted car will give you a understated mention of aggression that makes this new 7 Series BMW the most attractive and beautiful car. This new version of BMW will be available to you in its comprehensive wheelbase avatar and 730Ld the single engine. It is a perfect combination of dynamics, ultimate luxury and exclusive performance that has been the forte of BMW since years. This car makes a statement among the other luxury cars.


The Indian Shores will be offered with a single engine option named 2993cc in line with a 6 cylinder diesel unit for the BMW 7 series. This new engine is said to deliver 258Hp @ 4000rpm as opposed to 231 horses earlier. The torque has gone from 520 Nm to 560 Nm that kicks in as low as 1500rpm. They have given a slightly new look to it and another thing that will allure you are the LED headlights that highlight the hallmark BMW corona rings and an incorporated accent strip.

There are some slight changes in the interiors of the BMW 7 Series sedan. They made narrowed down the seats and have crafted them with leather for comfort. In this way the cabin gets more airy and beautiful too. You will find utmost peace and air in the cabin. With smooth finish and use of exclusive material and colour combination is top class with perfect finish that would make you fall in love with the car. To give the rear passenger more ease and comfort they have updated the i-drive with easy functioning and more features added to it. Along with the tank like construction the car has taken care of features with great safety. Have a great time driving the car.

Apr 2, 2013


Be the First to Buy the 2013 Maruti Suzuki SX4 Facelift Model

Yes, you read it right the leader in the car market Maruti Suzuki has unveiled its upgraded and highly fuel efficient model for SX4 which has previously been four times the winner of the JD Power appeal study and the Maruti Suzuki Raid De Himalaya (Adventure). It has been redesigned with new exteriors, interiors and giving much better performance in this expensive period. The new SX4 is said to  use 6% less fuel @16.51 kmpl in petrol. It will now deliver a 21.79 kmpl. If opting for the CNG car it will run approximately 22.1 km/kg.

The 2013 Maruti Suzuki SX4 facelift model has a muscular bumper with 2-tone front grille, a fog lamp with dual – tone garnish and an elegant with wide & stable stance in its exteriors. The Luxurious interiors that are more than alluring are a superior premium feel cabin, an integrated dashboard a superb finish, out of the class seat fabric with dual tone beige and black making it look extremely beautiful, Chrome finish AC side with louvers and inside side handles.


The added and advanced features used are it has Touch screen Audio with Bluetooth and Navigation. It also has connectivity options with GPS and Audio for directions. Mr. Manohar Bhat Vice President Marekting said while explaining the new features of SX4 that "The all new Maruti Suzuki SX4 has new looks, and also brings new features such as touch screen audio navigation and electronically foldable ORVMs with turn indicator. In addition, the improved fuel efficiency is sure to delight users of this segment. Powered by two celebrated engines the Super Turbo 1.3 Litre diesel and the 1.6 Litre VVT petrol engine, the car now offers much more to the car connoisseurs in this segment. ".

The new SX4 is 10mm longer making it more stylish and eye-catching. The all new SX4 is said to be powered by a 1.6-litre VVT petrol engine that tends to deliver a highest power of 104.7 PS at 5600 rpm and a peak torque of 145NM at 4100 rpm. The elite SX4 Diesel has a high powered 1.3 litre Super Turbo DDiS diesel engine that gives back a power of 90PS @ 4000 rpm and a peak torque of 200NM @ 1750 rpm. With the race of manufacturing fuel-efficient cars Maruti Suzuki has gone ahead as it has not changed the price of the car. So now own this beautiful, alluring and upgraded car with price remaining unchanged.

Mar 13, 2013


Honda Introduces an All New 150cc Bike CB Trigger in India


Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Private Limited (HMSI) is out with their latest 150 cc bike- CB Trigger that gives a mileage of 60 Kpl in India. It is a promising bike of today with a best in class combination of features and style and is straight in competition with Bajaj’s Pulsar and TVS Apache.

India’s second largest two-wheeler company, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Private Limited (HMSI) is out with their latest 150 cc bike- CB Trigger in India. The bike is chiseled to perfection like a hulk with its contoured tank, unique 3D Honda emblem, floating side cowls and arrow shaped trendy side panel that adds up to its aggressive looks.
 

This bike is set out to create a rave amongst the young bikers especially the college going youth. The Operating Officer of Honda Motor Company, Shinji Aoyama said, “Today the market is almost 1.4 crore (units) in India. So, if (it) remains (at the) same level, no growth happening, we may become number one in 2015 or 16.” The bike has been introduced to give a tough competition to the already prevailing Bajaj’s Pulsar, TVS Apache RTR and Yamaha FZ-Series.

Honda CB Trigger features a fully digital front panel, LED tail lamps, alloy wheels, mono-shock at the rear, dual disc brakes, wide tubeless tyres, maintenance free battery, air filter, and full gear lever. It is said to be available in three variants and colors- Black, Meteor Green and Siena Red, Standard variant with front disc and rear drum brakes, Deluxe with front and rear disc brakes, and the top variant CBS adorns one lever operating for both front and rear brakes.

Fuel economy is at the back of all bikes producer and Honda is no different, the all new Honda CB Trigger will give 60 Kpl for the Indian roads. Hence, Honda CB Trigger is a promising bike of today with a best in class combination of features and style.

Feb 25, 2013


Join the Celebration of the launch of Hyundai iTech i10 Special Edition


Hold your breath as Hyundai comes to us with a new reason to celebrate. It is planning to launch the iTech i10 Special Edition. Hyundai is claiming that it has sold over 12 lakh i10. Hence this upgraded version of i10 is to celebrate its success and give the customers more than they could think of.  It being the second largest car maker has made this new and special i10 edition which will be available in both 1 and 1.1 litres petrol displacement cc.

Loaded with awesome features that will not allow you keep your hands off it once it launched. Some dealers are even taking pre-orders for the same. It features sporty interiors like red accent on areas like the dashboard, doors trims and the ac vents. It comes with alluring seats with the combination of Red and beige colors. The Hyundai iTech i10 Special Edition has included rear view mirror with a parking camera fitted in this special edition. The exteriors are same except car graphics. This beautifully designed car will also have special graphics like iTech written on the side body of the car.

 

What more could one expect in a car? But the Hyundai iTech i10 Special Edition has some tempting features like car steering having the remote that helps to control the Bluetooth system of the car. Not much of the details have been unveiled as Hyundai wants to leave its customer spell bound when they launch the Hyundai iTech i10 Special Edition.

If you are looking to buy a new car then wait till the launch of this beautifully designed Hyundai iTech i10 Special Edition as it has a lot more than expected from other cars. It’s comfortable, has sporty interiors and is more than beautiful. Plan your next vacation with the iTech i10 Special Edition. There may be many more cars but the sales figures make it clear that its affordable, durable and will give the best driving experience to you.

Oct 23, 2012


Infibeam Launches Wallet Offer for a Limited Time Period


Infibeam.com, the favorite online shopping portal for more than lacs of people across the globe, has launched the "Aam Aadmi Offer" for its valued customers. Infibeam announces the launch of Wallet that works like a personal prepaid account allowing users to make hassle free frequent purchases on the site without having to use Credit card or Net banking every time. Keeping up with the festive spirit, Infibeam has come up with a not-to-be-missed offer for their customers which is valid till 15th November 2012.

This offer is quite simple. Customers need to make a purchase using their credit card or net banking from infibeam.com and get Rs. 11 /- instant cash back while the wallet gets credited with 10% of the purchase amount up to Rs. 2000/-. Customers are required to use promo-code "MANGOPEOPLE" at the time of check-out to avail the wallet offer. Here is how the offer works.
 Infibeam Aam Aadmi Wallet Offer Online

This Diwali, Infibeam has plenty to offer. The concept of wallet has been introduced to save the precious time of customers and let them have an easy shopping transition. The Wallet will allow the shoppers to experience simple and faster check-out process. Customers can say goodbye to the worries of failed payments by making use of the wallet, which is their own prepaid account without an expiry date!

Commenting on the launch of this new feature, Mr. Vishal Mehta, Founder & CEO of Infibeam.com said "We, at Infibeam, are determined to provide our customers a simpler and better shopping experience. It's festive time and hassle free shopping experience is what all customers look forward to. The Wallet has been launched with an aim to provide our customers an unbelievably simple and easy shopping experience."

This is a great opportunity for the Infibeam customers to purchase their favorite products, avail credits in their Wallet and get instant cash back.

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Sep 17, 2012


New Yamaha 250cc Sports Bike Will Soon Add to The Race


You will soon see roads filled with another 250cc Sports Bike that will be launched by Yamaha. We all have known Yamaha for ages; it has given great and superb bikes. It is now planning to launch a new Yamaha 250cc Sports Bike for the smart gentry. This could be a big launch from Yamaha, but yet things have not been disclosed except that the 250cc Sports Bike will get assembled as well as manufactured by the Japanese Motorcycle in the country. 

As we all know that the market of 250cc Sports Bike is on the hike, the competition is increasing a lot. Thus Yamaha has done a proper research on what are the demands of the people for a 250cc Sports Bike. Thus they are manufacturing this bike in the country itself keeping in mind all the requirements of common man. Well, we finally get to know of this upon its launch. The Yamaha fans are awaiting the launch of this bike. The research done by Yamaha on the 250cc sports bike tells them that riders are not completely satisfied with the features in the bike. They are looking for something more, thus Yamaha 250cc Sports bike is expected to come with something new for the riders.
The talk of the launch of Yamaha 250cc Sports bike has been in the air for several months but they have just delayed its launch. The reason for delay is that they want to manufacture a bike that bike lovers actually want and is trying to meet the requirement of the riders’ requests. All are waiting for the launch.

2013 is said to do the honors. Well till now Yamaha has never disappointed its riders so hoping the same this time too. Though we have had a lot of 250cc sports bike this year, but Yamaha will surely hit the market with a big bang. This year Yamaha has also planned to concentrate on scooters whose launch is expected soon in the year. Though they are focusing on scooters bikes will never go out of the blue. Like earlier too you will keep getting to see more and more Sports Bike from Yamaha.

Sep 5, 2012


The elite TVS Phoenix 125cc Bike Hits the Indian Market


The two – wheeler market was recently banged with the extra-ordinary launch of TVS Phoenix 125cc bike. This exclusive Phoenix-125cc bike was launched in a conference in Bangkok. Don’t worry, soon we will get to see it in India too. Soon the roads will be filled with the newly launched bike. Not being very costly, people will be able to own this bike with 4-stroke, electric start button, single cylinder and an air cooling engine that will deliver high power and torque of 10.4 bhp with a 4-speed  manual equipment box at a cost of only Rs. 45000/-. There is a possibility that TVS Phoenix, will be brought home by many during this Diwali.

The main objective of TVS Phoenix 125cc bike is to fit itself well in the 125cc motor bike market. We have seen HeroCorp and Bajaj making (or made) a brand image in the 2-wheeler market. The last we heard of an extraordinary make by TVS was Victor. Hopefully, this 125cc bike will come to many homes and be a part of many people’s happiness making the launch successful.
 

Bikes are one special 2-wheeler that every teenager or every second person from a middle class family owns and has built many memories with. We cannot forget that TVS also own the brand Scotty which is a special ride for many women and even loved by them. For sure, TVS Phoenix will also catch hearts of many and help them build memories and will also be a solution to those who find it difficult to commute within the city. Get rid of the buses and the local trains, you can own this bike and live a life filled with the freedom to commute at your pace and convenience.

The 2-wheeler new model of TVS Phoenix 125cc bike is very appealing and attractive, with a completely black engine and suspensions. Keeping in mind the standard accessories this bike will be offered with– kill button, danger warning facility, along with the 6-spoke alloy wheels adding more to the overall looks of the bike. It has got very head lights, electric start, etc. This bike will come with many more advancements making life much simpler for the biker.

TVS Phoenix 125cc bike is ready to compete with the makers of the best 125cc bikes like Bajaj and Hero.

Aug 23, 2012


Renault schedules Scala for launch in Indian market around Diwali


The French car manufacturer Renault is all set to launch Renault Scala with a high-end variant in the Indian market. This car is the fifth car in the line-up of cars that this company has launched in India. And possibly its automatic variant also might come in future – but not in near future. It is one of the 30 different cars from different car manufacturers scheduled to be launched in the Indian car market around Diwali.

 
As it appears on the Net, the car’s outward appearance is quite impressive indeed with its butch front and hexagonal grille from Pulse hatchback. Renault Scala is quite comfortable with roomy passenger seat and rear AC vents. Its high-end version offers twin air-bags and anti-lock braking system towards increased safety. The one which runs on petrol comes with 1.5 litre HR 15DE petrol motor which produces maximum 100 bhp and the other which runs on diesel comes with 1.5 litre K9K turbo diesel motor which produces 85 bhp.

The manufacturing cost of this car is not much higher than Nissan Sunny of which it is a re-engineered version. The reason is that most of the features of the above-mentioned car are retained in this new car in order to cut the additional development charges which otherwise it might incur. And since this new model will be coming with a price tag which is about Rs 20,000 to 60,000 higher than the older model, the company stands to gain higher margin of profit over it.

Small wonder that Renault is very much hopeful about Renault Scala’s success both in Indian market and on Indian roads. Nissan Sunny succeeded that way. 

By: Bertrand Hatia

Aug 14, 2012


Hyundai Elantra Fluidic Launched in India at Rs. 12.51 lacs Only


In a bid to take the number one position, the leading South Korean car manufacturer, Hyundai Motor, launched an all new Elantra Fluidic sedan in the Indian market, falling within the price range of Rs. 16 lacs only.

This Elantra raises much promise for the Indian auto market since it was launched in the US in 2011 and has been greeted with tremendous success. There are a number of reasons behind its illustrious success.


This luxurious sedan is not only great lookswise but also very much comfortable and technologically superior to other competitors in this car segment. Moreover, it comes with the choice of petrol and diesel engine. The petrol model sports 1797 cc, 1.8 litre Multi Port Fuel Injection (MPFi) engine, capable of producing maximum of 147.4 bhp engine output at 6500 rpm with a maximum torque of 177.5 Nm at 4700 revolutions per minute.

The diesel model of this Elantra has 1582 cc, 1.6 litre engine that produces 126.2 bhp engine output at 4000 revolutions per minute with the maximum torque limit of 259.8 Nm at 1900-2750 rpm.

Apart from these technical features, its offerings include heated door mirrors and steering wheel, electric and ventilated front seats of which the driver seat is endowed with memory function, cruise control, touch-screen featuring navigation system and Bluetooth, superb sunroof, front and rear parking sensors, keyless entry with start/stop function, anti-lock braking system, electronic stability programme and two air bags in the basic and six in the top version.

By: Bertrand Hatia

Jul 31, 2012


Mahindra & Mahindra inaugurates a new avatar of Verito on Thursday

Mahindra & Mahindra rolled out a new avatar of Verito, a compact car, on Thursday, in direct competition of cars like Maruti Dzire, Ford Classic, Toyota Etios and Tata Indigo. It is evolved out of Logan, a remarkable product of Mahindra-Renault joint venture.

Mahindra Verito compact car

Developing this Verito on Logan platform held out to the renowned manufacturer few very obvious advantages. It took less manufacturing time and made the manufacturing process easier and cheaper. Moreover, the outcome of such practice could be very salutary. This new version of Verito proves this by improving upon the previous version by introducing around two dozen changes. The result is a much better car and customer satisfaction. The company pumps in Rs 50 crore worth of fresh investment. 
 
For Mahindra, already established as a utility vehicle manufacturer, this experience seems to have sunk quite well. This could be deduced from the interview given by the CEO, Mr. Pravin Shah, who freely talked about the possibility of venturing into the small car market piggybacking on the same Logan platform provided customers are enthusiastic about it.

Also under consideration is a sub four metre Verito sedan that will hold out the benefit of lower excise duty. Since the under-floor area of the proposed car remains the same, the possibility is other parts of the cars might also remain the same. And, as usual, Renault will supply the engine and driveline for it. But a lot will be depending upon customer response. That’s for sure.

By: Bertrand Hatia

Jun 9, 2012


New Bajaj Pulsar 200 NS Launched in India at Rs 84,096

Bajaj Auto, in keeping with its prolific manufacturing practice, trots out an all-new Pulsar 200 NS in Pune. While it is already out for sale in Mumbai and Pune, it is slated to hit showrooms across the country by August this year.

Bajaj Pulsar 200 NS



The main selling points of Bajaj Pulsar 200 NS are its 200cc SOHC 4-valve, triple-spark engine, the Nitrox Mono central suspension, and safe disk brakes for both the wheels. The big advantage triple-spark offers lies in fast and optimal combustion. The state-of-the-art liquid-cooling system ensures long engine life and low noise. Another important feature is the six-speed gearbox that performs well across the entire band of revolution per minute.

Bajaj Pulsar 200 NS strikes a brave appearance with its strong looks. The new changes introduced in its design apply mainly to its alloy wheels, instrument cluster, fuel tank and side scoops.

Finally, all the new technological changes introduced in this machine make it worth Rs. 84, 096 only. It fully returns the value in terms of safe and superlative driving experience that its users will get.   


By: Bertrand Hatia

May 29, 2012


2013 BMW 7 Series Images Out Now, in India Next Year

 The BMW 7 series was one of the much awaited models and as the official images were released by the company much fervor has been created. The car is likely to be rolled out into the Indian market next year. It will be introduced in the company`s foreign markets in the second half of this year.

 2013 BMW 7 series

Unlike its counterpart the Audi A8, the 2013 BMW will not be based on any new platform. The major changes will include new headlamps with full-LED treatment, new fog lamps with chrome treatment and newly crafted turn indicators that are positioned differently. The interiors will also have a host of changes including new front passenger leather seats and optional individual seat for the front passengers. The optional Bang and Olufsen High-End Surround sound system and front display screens incorporating new 3D graphics and new iDrive system among others.

The BMW 740i model will carry xDrive intelligent all wheel drive system. This was not available in the phone earlier. Besides, the BMW 760Li model will remain the top end 7 series model with 6.0-litre Twin Turbo V12 engine.

That is not all; the company has incorporated a number of enhancements in the engine units of 740Li and 750Li models, offering enhanced performance and efficiency.

By: Amrith K. A.

May 18, 2012


Mercedes-Benz Launches New M-Class in India

World renowned German luxury car maker Mercedes-Benz announced the third generation sports utility vehicle M-Class priced at Rs.56.9 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). With technologies like customized setting for engine performance, anti-lock braking, electronic stability and automatic transmission, the new M class is gearing up for a very good response.

Mercedes-Benz New M-Class SUV

 Commenting on the launch, Peter Honegg, managing director and chief executive, Mercedes-Benz, said, "At the start of this year, we had promised to introduce exciting new models into the market. We are proud to present today the new M-Class." He added, "We are confident that the quality drive and the luxurious experience it can deliver will be a big hit with the customers and it will be warmly received".

The AMG is yet another variant of the new vehicle, priced at Rs 66 lakh. It was completely sold off through pre-bookings even prior to the launch. According to Honegg, the company is looking forward to a boost in sales once the compact segment brands such as A-Class and B-Class make their foray into the market.

By: Amrith K. A.

May 12, 2012


Renault Launches Pulse Petrol Variant in India


Renault India launches the petrol variant of the Pulse barely four months after the diesel variant of Pulse hatchback was launched. The petrol variant will be offered in three trim levels and six colors. Powered by an inline 1198cc, 3-cylinder engine with an output of 76PS of power and 104Nm of torque this beauty is raring to go.

 Renault Pulse Petrol Variant

The engine has a 5-speed manual transmission and the manufacturer claims that the Pulse will deliver a fuel efficiency of 18.03kmpl. The Pulse petrol variant comes with 14 inch wheels and driver airbag, central locking and electronic power steering. Besides, air conditioning, follow-me headlamps while only the top-end RxZ has dual airbags and ABS with EBD apart from automatic climate control, smart access key, engine start/stop button and rear defogger with timer are the other features included.

Speaking on the occasion, Marc Nassif, managing director, Renault India Pvt. Ltd. said, “Pulse is a mass market product for India, designed and developed at our design studio in Mumbai, has always been an important product for Renault India. We are highly pleased with the product's performance and it has been well accepted by the Indian customers. The new Pulse petrol is a product launched for our Indian customers and it will help Renault to broaden its customer base and cater to customers who are looking for a comfortable premium hatch with a competitive price tag.”

The Renault Pulse will go on sale across India and the car will be built at the Renault Nissan Alliance plant at Oragadam, Chennai alongside the Pulse diesel and Nissan Micra.

By: Amrith Aiyanna 

May 7, 2012


JLR to Invest in F-Type Sports Car Factory at Castle Bromwich

Jaguar, owned by Indian conglomerate Tata is looking at expanding the plant. The investment plans in Castle Bromwich is already under discussion with the trade unions. The plant at Castle Bromwich will build new Jaguar models. The investment is likely to be around 200 million pounds to expand the facility by 50 percent.

The company will manufacture the new Jaguar F-Type sports car, the successor to the historic E-type, at the Castle Bromwich plant. The investment plans come three years after the factory was considering a closure by cutting its UK workforce. The step was taken in order to cope with the sharp drop in sales.

JLR F-Type Sports Car

Though the future of Jaguar was quite uncertain, in the past it has witnessed a 180 degree since it was acquired by the Indian auto giant Tata Motors. It was acquired for 2.4 billion pounds in 2008 and now the British luxury car brand is valued at 14 billion pounds. The brand has been excelling at a global level and JLR intends to maintain the gained steam by investing in its facilities world wide.

The company also announced its plans to recruit 1,000 more employees for the third shift that was commencing at the Halewood factory in Merseyside. The step was in sync with the global demand of the Land Rover Freelander 2 and the Range Rover Evoque.

The expansion plans that are being worked out will be a boost for the coalition Government, more so, since it is looking at increasing British exports to rebalance the economy.


By: Amrith K. A.

May 3, 2012


Audi India Launches the New Audi A4

Keeping in mind the launch of the BMW 3 series in India, Audi India has preponed the launch of its New Audi A4 to May 3, 2012. The New Audi A4 was expected to glide through Indian roads early next year.

The luxurious sedan has been given a complete makeover. The new Audi 4 has been introduced with a major exterior and interior styling. The front facia seem to have adorned with maximum number of changes.  The curved lamps of the predecessor have been replaced by new edgier headlights.  The rear end changes include an all new LED graphics lamp and a refreshed bumper. The jaw of the car is also more streamlined with all new bumpers and grille.
New Audi A4

The interiors, as always give you an air of sophistication. By getting a new way of operations, the Multimedia interface system has been simplified along with new LED elements. As far as comfort is concerned, nothing less than high level of luxury can be expected from the new Audi A4.

The new Audi A4 will be launched in India, in both petrol and diesel model. Not only limiting the makeover to the change in designs, new engines have been introduced. In the international market, the German car maker offers a total of 6 diesel and petrol engines that have forced induction as well as Audi's patented FSI direct injection technologies. In India the New Audi A4 will be launched with 2.0 L turbocharged petrol engine and 2.0 L diesel engine, though the 1.8 L TSFI unit will be missing. The petrol engine coming to India will deliver 18 bhp of power, whereas the diesel unit will produce 158 bhp.

The Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive technology, which provides superior traction and handling and a balanced drive no matter the road condition, would be found with all engines except the 1.8 petrol motor. The FWD variant of the 2.0 L diesel engine may also be launched in India in order to offer a highly fuel efficient model in the country. Sports differential with torque vectoring will come with the variants that are powered by V6 engine in order to improve their handling.

Consumers will even get options in the gearbox which will be the six-speed manual, the Multitronic CVT gearbox, and the seven-speed DSG unit called the S-Tronic. An eight-speed automatic will be available in some markets across the world, but might not make it to Indian shores.

Addressing fuel problems, the new Audi A4 has been launched with electromechanical steering systems. The new A4 also gets automatic start/stop, brake energy recuperation and other features that make it consumer power only on demand. This makes it 11 per cent more fuel efficient than the outgoing A4.


By: Hemal Asher

May 2, 2012


Yamaha Launches New Variants of FZ-S, FZ and Fazer Bike

Yamaha launches new variants in the popular FZ series. The revamped series is set to take bikers by storm with the new and dazzling improvements. Vibrant colors and graphics is just the tip of the ice berg. The FZ series always scored high on the looks and now it is designed to fulfill the need for style and comfort. The new variant is engraved with technique and is in sync with style conscious customers.

The new variants of FZ-S and Fazer come with new features, color and graphics. The cool and exciting graphics make the bikes look super-stylish and they also offer a contemporary and sporty look. The two variants also have a longer and wider pillion seat and a stylish grab bar. It not only acts as a back rest but also as something the person riding pillion can hold on to, if the roads get bumpy. There is a large rear fender to prevent mud splash. The chain protector ensures that loose clothing doesn’t get stuck on the chain. The Full Liquid Crystal Display is the trendy new meter console.

Yamaha FZ-S FZ Fazer Bike

Commenting on the launch, Hiroyuki Suzuki, CEO & MD, India Yamaha Motor said, “Since the launch of FZ series in 2008, these bikes have gained immense popularity amongst customers, especially youngsters. The launch of new variants in FZ series is a clear illustration of how the market has responded to our bikes in this series. Our strategic intent is to provide customers with stylish variant to suite his fashion statement and personality. These bikes have been instrumental in catapulting our sales to an altogether new level. We have kept the essence of FZ series bikes intact while altering the aesthetics to exemplify the masculine feeling these tough machines are known for. We are confident that these variants too will be an instant hit among the biking enthusiasts.”

The new variants of these bikes are placed in the price segment of Rs 69,250 and Rs 76,380 (Ex-showroom Delhi). The new FZ series is available at Rs 69,250, and the FZ-S and Fazer are priced at Rs 71,280 and Rs 76,380 respectively.


By: Amrith Aiyanna

Apr 28, 2012


Piaggio Vespa LX125 Rides into India


World renowned Italian two-wheeler manufacturer Piaggio unveiled its brand new Vespa scooter - LX-125 in India, priced at Rs 66,000 (ex-showroom Mumbai). The launch is a second innings for Vespa which was first sold in India in the 1960s till the 80s through the collaboration with Bajaj Auto.

Commenting on the launch, Mr Ravi Chopra, Vehicles Chairman and Managing Director at Piaggio said, "Right now there is no premium segment in the Indian scooter market but we believe there is a significant number of brand conscious young people who would like to make a statement. Vespa is creating a premium segment by targeting those customers." He added, “Baramati plant for Vespa has initial capacity at 150,000 units per annum.”

Piaggio Vespa LX125

The company is targeting annual sales of 3 lakh Vespa scooters by 2013 across a network of 50 showrooms in 35 cities across India.  Additionally, the company has invested €50 million (approximately Rs 350 crore) to set up a plant in Baramati, Maharashtra. According to Chopra, the plant will have a monthly capacity of 12,000 units by September. The capacity will however be scaled up to 15,000 and 20,000 in a phased manner.

Piaggio Vespa is the scooter with the most expensive price tag. The retro design with unique colors and lots of chrome are bound to appeal to the masses. Will this be a success story- only time can tell.

By: Amrith K. A.

Apr 27, 2012


Mothers Day Gifts at Infibeam.com


Mothers Day is round the corner and what better way to celebrate than to zero in on the best gifts from a wide selection. Infibeam's Mother's Day gifts section now has a revamped look with new gifts, enticing offers and more. Revelers have a special reason to rejoice as Infibeam offers the best selection of gifts and easy options to send them to any destination across India.

Commenting on the exclusive and revamped gifts section, Mr. Anish Parikh, Vice President, Lifestyle, Infibeam.Com said, "The revamped selection of gifts will help shoppers choose better gifts. The wide selection is accompanied with some really enticing price tags so a shopper with a small budget will not have to think twice before zeroing in on gifts".

Though Mothers Day is predominantly a western festival, it is gaining popularity in different parts of the world. In India it is a festival much looked forward to. It is marked by special Mothers Day greeting cards and expressive gifts. Infibeam has been offering shoppers nothing but the best gifts. This Mothers Day, the catalog is even better. There are gifts ranging from cakes and sweets to eternal gifts like jewelry. Contemporary gifts like gift vouchers and customized presents also form an integral part of the gifts section.

That is not all; if you want to gift your mother, special and thoughtful gifts; there are special skin care products. Diamonds are gifts for forever and you could choose from an exclusive selection of branded diamond jewelry. There are cost effective yet elegant gifts to choose from in this all improved Mothers Day gift section.

This Mothers Day can be really special with well thought out gifts for the special and most deserving person. Log in to Infibeam.com and get nothing but the best.

http://www.infibeam.com/Mothers_Day_Gifts/

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Apr 19, 2012


Maruti Suzuki to Phase out Maruti 800 and Announce A New Car

India's most popular family car is set to witness a cease in production as Maruti Suzuki is preparing to phase out the car. Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) has stated that the company will discontinue the longstanding entry level hatchback '800' from April 2012. This will bring an end of an era in the auto industry. The ultimate family car will soon have a replacement.

A company official said "A replacement for the 800cc model makes sense as it hasn't been selling very aggressively at about 2,000 units a month. This will be a totally new small car, though based on an existing platform."



A Peek Into the Past:
Maruti 800 was launched in the year 1983 and it was the first passenger vehicle aimed at the middle class family. The first unit was handed over to an Air Force officer. Over the last three decades, the brand has sold approximately 2.7 million units of the Maruti 800.

Considered to be an inexpensive and practical family drive, the 800 is popular even to this day. When it was launched, it was a very good alternative to the then popular Padmini and the Ambassador models. It is interesting how the car has held its own amidst stiff competition from other makes and also its own sibling Alto.

The Debacle:
A slump in sales was witnessed when better models with improved features, fuel efficiency and mileage were launched in similar price brackets. The stringent BSIV emission norms, was yet another obstacle. Owing to these glitches, the car was sold in semi-urban and rural areas of India. Maruti Suzuki decided to stop selling the 800 model in 11 cities across India. However, despite these measures, the company successfully sells 2, 000 units of Maruti 800 every month.

Despite lower sales volumes, the company refrained from announcing the discontinuation of Maruti 800 till now. But now announcements are being made that India's most popular family car will have a replacement. What the new car has to offer and if it will be an effective replacement for the 800, time will tell.

By: Amrith K. A.

Apr 16, 2012


Maruti Launches the Much Awaited MUV Maruti Ertiga

The most awaited MUV is finally set to vroom on the Indian roads. The all new Maruti Suzuki Ertiga makes its foray into the Indian auto world. The stylishly designed Ertiga will be available in both the petrol and the diesel variants. The Petrol version is powered by a new K-series cc VVT engine and the diesel variant will come with the 1248 cc DDis VGT engine.

Maruti Suzuki Maruti Ertiga
The MUV space is dominated by Mahindra & Mahindra and Toyota. However, in the recent years, there have been other brands that have made their presence felt in that space. Maruti`s launch is likely to start a new trend. India's most popular family car maker has entered into the MUV space and how.

The Ertiga is a seven seat utility vehicle that offers three rows of seats which may be adjusted in many ways. The Ertiga will be offered with a 1.4 Litre petrol engine developing 95bhp. The 1.3 litre diesel will offer 90 bhp something similar and to the tune of the SX4.

It is interesting to note that the MUV segment has grown by ~20% in the past three years. The MUVs currently account for 10% of the Indian automobile industry and this is a segment that is raring to go. Ertiga will first be launched in India followed by other markets in South East Asia. It will be offered in six variants namely LXi, VXi, ZXi(petrol) and LDi, VDi and ZDi( diesel).

By: Amrith K. A.

Apr 12, 2012


BMW Launches F650GS Bike in India for Rs. 9.99 Lacs

BMW is a world renowned German automobile giant. The BMW Motoradd announced the 2012 BMW F650GS bike in India on the 10th of April. It was launched with the price tag of Rs 9.99 lakhs ex-showroom Delhi. The BMW F650 GS will come into India in completely built units owing to which the makers will pay75% import duties.



The major highlight of this much awaited bike is the engine. It is powered by a 798cc parallel twin engine which generates peak power of 71 hp and maximum torque of 75Nm. The liquid cooled and fuel injected engine is mated to a 6 speed gear box.

The stunning features of the bike do not end there, as the off-road qualities are pretty impressive. The motorcycle holds a 19 inches heel in the front and 17 inches wheel at the rear. The disc brakes allow better user comfort. The suspension at the front comes with telescopic layout and monoshock suspension provided at the rear.

The vehicle also comes with the ABS feature that is bound to impress the off-road freaks. The most surprising factor is that the vehicle is apt for people in the average height range. The bike promises to offer excellent riding position and great off-road options for the tough rider. So the next time you plan to take on the terrains, the 2012 BMW F650GS can be an ideal bet.

Weighing 200 Kg and equipped with a powerful and reliable engine, the 2012 BMW F650GS is one of the fastest two wheelers available in the Indian market.

By: Amrith K. A.

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