Monday, June 27, 2011

Toyota Etios Liva: Entry Level Hatchback Car in India

  • Hiroji Onishi , President TMAP launches the Etios Liva
  • Toyota forays into the popular hatchback segment
  • Toyota Etios Liva Price Rs. 3,99,000/- ex showroom Delhi
  • Booking and deliveries start today

  • June 27, 2011, Delhi:
    Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) today announced its entry into the popular hatchback segment in India, with the launch of Etios Liva. Etios sedan and the hatchback Etios Liva - built on the same platform – have been specifically developed for the Indian customers. Etios Liva inherits its name from its sedan, Etios. The word Liva has been coined from the dynamic and positive terms - Lively and Live Life to the fullest - which reflects the spirit and image of the car. It is targeted at today’s youth whose spirit and belief is translated into the advertising line for Etios Liva -“LIV TMRRW 2DAY”.
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    Tagged – ‘Q Class Hatch’ - Etios Liva is stylishly designed and portrays a youthful and sporty image. Etios Liva will carry forward the ‘Q’ Class experience from Etios and will offer Toyota’s legendary QDR standard – Quality, Durability and Reliability at an affordable price.
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    Etios Liva will be available in four variants, J, G, V and VX, competitively priced between xxx and xxx ex-showroom Delhi. The product highlights include youthful and sporty design, best-in-class cabin space, superior ride comfort and best-in-class fuel efficiency.
    Etios Liva was launched by Mr. Hiroji Onishi, (President, Toyota Motor Asia Pacific, Marketing and Sales) in the presence of Mr. Vikram Kirloskar (Vice Chairman, TKM), Mr. Hiroshi Nakagawa (Managing Director, TKM), Mr. Sandeep Singh (Deputy Managing Director-Marketing, TKM) and Mr. Yoshinori Noritake, (Chief Engineer of the Etios and Etios Liva, Toyota Motor Corporation).
    Commenting on the launch of the Etios, Mr. Hiroji Onishi, President, TMAP, Marketing and Sales said: “India is an integral part of our global growth strategy. The Etios project is a milestone not only for Toyota in India but for Toyota globally. The Etios Liva has been designed focusing on the Indian customer’s aspirations, tastes and preferences that were gathered, studied and understood through extensive research. We are delighted by the overwhelming response received by the Etios customers. The Etios has been well accepted by our customers. We hope the Etios Liva will further reinforce the Toyota brand in India, making Toyota a household name.”
    Mr. Vikram Kirloskar, Vice Chairman, TKM, said “The Etios project is the first of its kind not for TKM alone, but also for Toyota across the globe. The key to this project, is to make TKM self sufficient by increasing the level of localization. As announced earlier, we plan to locally produce engines and transmissions at Toyota Kirloskar Auto Parts, in the third quarter of 2012. This will help us increase the local parts content in the Etios and further contribute to the social and economic growth, by enhancing self sufficiency, generating employment and expanding operations in India. Localization will further help us develop our suppliers and facilitate them to meet global standards of production. It will also generate employment and provide opportunity for expansion and growth, further strengthening our supplier base in India.”
    Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Hiroshi Nakagawa, MD, TKM, said “I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our Etios customers. After the good response received by the Etios, we further expanded our production in order to cater to the huge demand. The annual production capacity will be increased to 2,10,000 units by the second quarter of 2012.
    In line with our ‘customer first philosophy’, we wish to keep our customers happy and satisfied by understanding the customer’s preferences and enhancing the product by incorporating their feedback. With the Etios Liva we have now entered the mass volume segment. Toyota vehicles are now available to all aspirational buyers in the middle income group.
    At Toyota, we truly believe in growing with the society. We wish to sell many more vehicles and contribute to the growth of the Indian automobile industry. Entering into the mass volume segment will help us realize this aim.”
    Mr. Yoshinori Noritake, Chief Engineer of Etios and Etios Liva said “With the Etios Liva, we aspire to offer the best suited car for the Indian customer at an affordable price, while providing a vehicle that is “one class above”. After interviewing and studying the customer preferences in India, we found, the need for affordably priced, quality cars was constantly growing. We first observed various aspects that were sought after by the customer and then enhanced the features and performance aspects that were truly needed while doing away with the excessive design elements.
    The stylish, sporty and trendy Etios Liva has been designed to appeal to today’s youth. We have also added style by offering aero kits with front, rear and side skirt that is sure to make heads turn. The sporty steering wheel, instrument panel -designed to give a aircraft cockpit image, a premium audio system, audio system with Aux in, USB and a wireless remote adds on to the fun, youthful and sporty image of the car.”
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    Talking about the Etios Sales and Marketing strategy in India, Sandeep Singh, DMD-Marketing, TKM, said “ The marketing campaign for the Etios Liva is exciting, innovative and abreast with the latest marketing tools, digital initiatives and promotions. Promotional activities targeting the youth have been planned in the popular youth hangouts like malls, pubs and also in colleges. Music maestro A R Rahman, the Brand Ambassador for Etios and Etios Liva has composed a special tune for Etios Liva ad campaign. He will also feature in a trendy music video. The music composed by Rahman, captures the spirit of today’s youth and the sporty image of Etios Liva – “Bari Humari Hai” (Its our turn now). Watch out for Rahman’s Etios Liva tune in the TV commercial and the music video on your television screens starting today. It is also available on our website "" and "".
    We have more than 20,000 happy Etios customers across the nation. Etios has been received well and appreciated by our customers. The sale for Etios was overwhelming, as we sold more than we actually planned. We have brought down the waiting period to less than a month by increasing the production. We look forward to serving more and more customers with Etios Liva and hope that we continue to delight our customers with the Q Class experience. Etios Liva will go on sale and is on display at all our dealerships starting today. We currently have 158 dealerships and will expand our dealer network to 175 by the end of this year. We aim to come closer to our customers and help them avail the best of Toyota’s “Q” Class Service. ”
    Toyota Etios Liva is priced between Rs 3,99,000. and Rs 5,99,000. ex showroom, Delhi.

    Vehicle Outline
    (a) Exterior
    Etios Liva is designed around the concept of ‘Bold Simplicity’. A cutting-edge and leading design that aims for a body frame and stance that stands out in a crowd. A distinctive front grille with a smile line, sculpted surface and dynamic character-line in the front and rear, enhance the presence of the Etios Liva. The aero kit – with front and rear bumper skirt, side skirt and roof spoiler. The roof has a unique design for better aerodynamics and clean appearance.
    (b) Interior
    The two toned ergonomically designed interiors are comfortable and sporty. The area surrounding the driver’s seat is given the image of a cockpit by separating the operating zone from the display zone. Large centre meter panel, that provides excellent visibility and easy to read dials. The interiors are simple yet functional, giving a high sense of quality.
    The Etios Liva has best-in-class cabin space, large boot space with 251L capacity, a spacious 13L cooled glove box, seven one litre bottle holders, mobile holder and many more such useful storage spaces inside the car.
    (c) Performance and Comfort
    A newly developed 1.2L, 16V DOHC engine coupled with a 5-Speed manual transmission that produces high output for superior driving performance. The torque is available at low rpm for less gear shifting and stress-free city driving.
    The Etios has a best-in-class mileage of 18.31kmpl as certified by testing agency.
    Electric power steering for excellent maneuverability and tilt steering ensures a good ergonomic driving experience. The steering comes with audio controls for comfort at the driver’s fingertips.
    The flat type rear floor design offers ease of movement for rear seat passengers. With its rigid body structure and world class Mac Pherson Strut, the Etios has superior dampening performance providing superior ride comfort.
    A class-first ‘clean air filter’ which is standard across all grades for purified air in the cabin.
    (d) Safety
    The Etios has various active and passive safety features like (i) Energy absorbing body shell (ii) Driver & Passenger Air bags and (iii) ABS with EBD and (iv) Seatbelts.
    It’s centrally located combimeter reduces eye movement and hence the driver can concentrate on the road.
    (e) Special Treatment
  • To adopt to the various diverse climate and usage conditions in India, special treatment and countermeasures have been implemented.

  • Good ground clearance of 170mm

  • Under body protection to prevent damage to fuel and brake lines.

  • Anti-corrosion steel sheets at areas prone to rusting and stone hits.

  • Chipping resistant paint on rocker mould & fender.

  • Vehicle Specifications
    Toyota Etios LIVA
    J, G, V, VX
    EngineType4-Cylinder 16V DOHC
    Size (cm3)1197
    Power (PS @ rpm)80 @ 5600
    Torque (Nm @ rpm)104 @ 3100
    Transmission5 Speed Manual
    SuspensionFrontMacPherson Strut
    RearTorsion Beam
    DimensionLength (mm)3775
    Width (mm)1695
    Height (mm)1510
    Wheelbase (mm)2460
    Ground Clearance (mm)170
    Fuel Tank Capacity (L)45 L
    Turning Circle Radius (m)4.8
    Boot Space (L)251
    Tyre Size175 / 65 R 14185 / 60 R 15
    Kerb Weight (kg)890900920

    Overview of TKM
    Company nameToyota Kirloskar Motor Private Limited
    Managing DirectorHiroshi Nakagawa
    EstablishedOctober 1997 (start of production: December 1999)
    LocationSuburb of Bangalore, Karnataka State
    ProductsCorolla Altis, Innova and Fortuner manufactured in India. Camry, Prado, Land Cruiser and Prius imported as CBUs.
    Annual production capacityApprox. 80,000 units
    Equity participationTMC: 89%, Kirloskar group: 11%
    Number of employeesApprox. 5,000
    Land areaApprox. 432 acres (approx.1,700,000 m²)
    Building area74,000 m²

    Overview of TKM 2nd Plant

    LocationOn the site of Toyota Kirloskar Motor Private Limited (on the outskirts of Bangalore, Karnataka State)
    ProductsEtios Sedan (on sale since December 2010) &
    Hatchback Etios Liva (will go on sale from 27 June 2011)
    Start of productionDecember 2010
    Annual production capacity70,000 units.

    Wednesday, May 11, 2011

    Audi Launches New Audi A7 Sportback: Luxury Sedan Car in India

    - Powered with a 3.0 TDI V6 engine, the Audi A7 Sportback sets benchmarks in luxury, design and technology

    - Winner of the “Auto Bild” Design Summit 2011

    - The new Audi A7 Sportback will be available at Audi dealerships across India from May 2011
    Delhi: Audi, the German luxury car manufacturer, today announced the launch of its design marvel, the new Audi A7 Sportback. Equipped with a powerful and efficient 3.0 TDI V6 engine, the luxury sedan is priced from INR 6,400,000 onwards (ex showroom Delhi). The new Audi A7 Sportback was unveiled by Michael Perschke, Head, Audi India, along with leading Bollywood Actor, Deepika Padukone, who is also a proud Audi owner.

    “The introduction of the new Audi A7 Sportback in India reiterates our unwavering commitment to offer the discerning Indian customer with products of highest technical perfection and design finesse. Driven by our philosophy of 'Vorsprung durch Technik', the new five – door executive sports coupe is targeted at individuals who seek the luxury of customization and a sense of freedom. The launch of the new Audi A7 is in line with our top down strategy, which started with the introduction of the all new Audi A8 early this year. With its sporty driving qualities combined with impressive efficiency, I am confident that the all new Audi A7 Sportback will set a benchmark for style, performance, progressiveness and luxury in its segment”, said Michael Perschke, Head, Audi India

    The Audi A7 Sportback is a moving sculpture. Measuring 4.97 meters in length, 1.91 meters in width, and only 1.42 meters in height, the lines of this five - door coupe convey aesthetic athleticism and sophistication.

    “A perfect synthesis of prestige, sportiness and modern technology, the Audi A7 combines the strengths of a coupe, a sedan and an avant in a highly attractive concept which truly symbolizes progressiveness. The new Audi A7 Sportback breaks free from the shackles of conventional design and expresses a distinct lightness thereby setting a new definition of contemporary luxury”, he added.


    The new Audi A7 Sportback will debut in India with the 3.0 TDI V6 engine which produces 500 Nm of torque at 1400 - 3250 rpm and 180 kW (245 hp) at 4000 - 4500 rpm. S tronic and quattro drive are standard with this engine. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h takes 6.3 seconds and top speed is limited to 250 km/h. Fuel consumption is just 6.0 liters of fuel per 100 km on average.

    Pioneering Design

    The new A7 Sportback is an Audi in new top form. Its low, dynamically drawn roofline lends it the character of a coupe. The design presents the aesthetics of modern technology in every detail – in the sharp and precise stroke of the lines. Optional LED headlights accentuate the distinctive expression. These use light-emitting diodes to provide all functions and simultaneously consume little energy.

    Interiors: A perfect culmination of luxury and style

    In true Audi tradition, the interiors of the Audi A7 Sportback have been carefully crafted, with utmost levels of perfection. The car features top-class new materials such as layered wood veneers, and an optional ambient lighting system. The front seats are available with optional ventilation and massage functions.

    The head up display is a new, high-end feature that Audi makes available as an option in the A7 Sportback. It projects the most important data for the driver to see onto the windshield as symbols and digits. The information appears in a 26 x 9 centimeter window roughly 2.5 meters in front of the windshield.

    The Audi A7 Sportback was selected as the winner of the “Auto Bild” Design Summit 2011. The five-door coupé was voted No.1 by a wide margin for its outstanding design.

    Globally, Audi recorded significant growth rate worldwide in the luxury class. With 422,000 cars delivered in the first four months (2010: 360,706), Audi sold 17 percent more cars worldwide than in the same period last year.

    Audi India recorded an impressive 105 percent growth from Jan – April 2011 with a sale of 1986 cars (967 cars: Jan – April 2010). In April 2011, the company sold 375 cars – a growth of 98 percent over the same period last year (189 cars: April 2010).

    The Audi model range in India includes Audi A4, Audi A6, Audi A7 Sportback, Audi A8, Audi Q5, Audi Q7, Audi RS 5 Coupé, the super sports car Audi R8 and the Audi R8 Spyder available across the country: in Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, Ludhiana, Mumbai West and Pune. Further developments include Coimbatore, Delhi West, Indore, Lucknow, Mumbai South and Surat.

    Tata Motors Launches Magic IRIS: New Small Passenger Carrier

    The country’s largest vehicle maker Tata Motors launched a new four-wheel small passenger carrier – Magic IRIS – in the Indian market on Tuesday. The new IRIS model has been priced at Rs 1.90 lakh (ex-showroom Thane, near Mumbai). The all new IRIS model has been launched as a better substitute for current three-wheeler passenger carriers.

    Speaking to the reporters, Tata Motors President, Commercial (CVBU), Ravi Pisharody said, "Magic IRIS is a better alternative to auto rickshaws and other similar three-wheeler passenger carriers. This small passenger vehicle segment is doing well and we hope people accept this vehicle."

    Powered by a 611-cc, water-cooled engine, the IRIS model is capable of delivering a peak power of 11hp. The new model carries a warranty of one year/ 36,000 kms. It has been offered in four exciting colors including arctic white, ruby red, school yellow and jet black.

    The company has also launched a new 600Kg smart micro truck, Ace Zip that has been priced at Rs 1.90 lakh (ex-showroom Thane, near Mumbai). The Ace pick-up carries the same warranty of one year/ 36,000 kms.

    In a statement given on Tuesday, Tata Motors' Managing Director (India Operations), P M Telang, said, "Tata Motors has been a pioneer in creating and growing the small commercial vehicles market in India with the Tata Ace and the Tata Magic. With the introduction of Magic IRIS and Ace Zip the company will more comprehensively address the burgeoning need of public transportation and goods movement."

    Thursday, April 28, 2011

    Mahindra launches Maxximo Mini Van: Next Generation Passenger Car in India

    Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., a part of the US $11.1 billion Mahindra Group, today announced the launch of the Maxximo Mini Van, its next generation passenger carrier, in Mumbai. Developed on the technologically superior Maxximo platform, the Mini Van is set to redefine the face of the entry-level contract carriage and stage carriage segments in India. Equipped with best-in-class comfort and safety features and powered by the advanced C2 CRDe fuel-efficient diesel engine, this stylish people mover is competitively priced at Rs. 3.2 lac (Ex-Showroom BS3, Navi Mumbai).
    Leading the pack with its wide-body with proper hardtop design, the spacious Maxximo Mini Van comes with ergonomically designed and well-cushioned seats that up the comfort factor. This, along with the Maxximo Independent Front Suspension system raises the bar of riding in comfort.

    With its robust monocoque chassis, constructed with bigger box-sections for greater rigidity, and booster-assisted Twin LSPV brakes, the Mini Van is also one of the safest products in its category. Performance meets economy with Mahindra's proven C2 CRDe diesel technology which pumps out 25 HP power and still gives 18 kilometres to the litre. All of this is packaged in what is clearly the most stylish offering in this segment.

    Speaking at the launch of the Maxximo Mini Van, Dr. Pawan Goenka, President, Automotive & Farm Equipment Sectors, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., said, "A product from Mahindra's state-of-the-art Chakan plant, the Maxximo Mini Van is the perfect embodiment of Mahindra's philosophy of "Rise."It will drive positive change in the lives of our customers by helping them prosper with the power of advanced C2 CRDe technology, car-like comfort and safety, all in a stylishly designed package. At Mahindra, our endeavour has always been to offer best-in-class products and the Maxximo Mini Van, is no exception."

    According to Rajesh Jejurikar, Chief Executive, Automotive Division, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd, "Last year, the minivan segment in India was more than 1.4 lac vehicles. Such vehicles are increasingly being preferred by both the entry-level contract carriage and the stage carriage segment. We expect the Maxximo Mini Van to be nothing less than a game-changer in this segment. It will also change the face of the entry-level contract carriage segment, as the ideal vehicle for tour & travel operators, schools and other institutions".

    About Maxximo Mini Van
    Car-like Comfort & Space
    The Maxximo Mini Van comes with a wide-body design to comfortably seat eight adults.

    Ergonomically designed and well-cushioned seats reduce the fatigue of long journeys, while the well-thought out butterfly windows provide good ventilation.

    Maxximo's Independent Front Suspension system absorbs the shock and bumps of the roughest terrain and the cable operated gear-shift gives a smooth car-like feel while changing gears.

    In addition to a spacious passenger cell, the Mini Van comes with ample luggage space as well.

    Stylish Look
    The Maxximo Mini Van boasts of a stylish van design and a proper hard-top body.The attractive front grille and futuristic, clear-lens wraparound headlights give the Mini Van a distinguished on-road presence.It is available in two attractive colour options –Diamond White and Appy Red.

    Segment-best Safety Features
    The Mini Van provides 360-degree-safety with a monocoque body, a proper roof and a fixed-glass rear door. Unlike other offerings in the segment, the Mini Van's monocoque body is made of bigger box sections. This provides greater roll-over strength and greater resistance to roof-crush.

    Furthermore, the doors are constructed with intrusion beams to protect occupants in the event of a side-impact.

    Twin LSPV (Load Sensing Proportioning Valve) brakes, not seen on competing offerings, provide effective and precise control while braking and booster-assist reduces the effort required by the driver while braking.

    Advanced Technology
    The Mini Van comes with the proven C2 CRDe diesel technology that powers the Maxximo today.

    Along with superior pulling power of 25 HP and a top speed of more than 70 Kmph, the Mini Van offers best-in-class fuel economy of 18 Kmpl, meaning an ideal balance of power and economy for the customer.

    About The Mahindra Group
    The Mahindra Group focuses on enabling people to rise. Mahindra operates in the key industries that drive economic growth, enjoying a leadership position in tractors, utility vehicles, and information technology and vacation ownership. Mahindra has a presence in the automotive industry, agribusiness, aerospace, components, consulting services, defence, energy, financial services, industrial equipment, logistics, real estate, retail, steel and two wheelers.

    A US $11.1 billion multinational group based in Mumbai, India, Mahindra employs more than 117,000 people in over 100 countries.

    Dun & Bradstreet, the world's leading source of global business information, knowledge and insight, recently ranked Mahindra at No. 1 in the automobile sector in its list of India's Top 500 Companies. In 2010, Mahindra was featured in the Forbes Asian Fab 50 list and the Credit Suisse Great Brands of Tomorrow.

    Its flagship company Mahindra & Mahindra Limited has also earned the distinction of being the only Indian automobile manufacturer to feature in the top 10 list of the Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index in India - 2010, created by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).

    In 2011, Mahindra acquired a majority stake in Korea's SsangYong Motor Company.

    Wednesday, April 27, 2011

    Mahindra Launches Verito: Sporty Styling Sedan Car in India

    Verito to sport Mahindra badge and emblem

    Styling elements added to unique proposition of space, mileage and performance

    Competitively Mahindra Verito priced at Rs 4.82 lakh (petrol) & 5.62 lakh (diesel) for BS3 version pan India

    Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., a part of the US $ 11.1 billion Mahindra Group, today announced the launch of its sedan - the Verito. The new Verito retains the famed strengths of the Logan, while adding a new style with some key changes. Now equipped with several rugged and sporty styling elements, the Verito is all set to be the most exciting buy in the entry level sedan category for Indian consumers. It is competitively priced at Rs. 4.82 lakh (petrol BS3 version) & 5.62 lakh (Diesel BS3 version). The BS4 compliant version is also available for BS4 markets.
    Verito which is derived from the Latin word 'Veritas' means truth and goes with the overall image of an honest, sensible and dependable car.

    Powered by the Renault engine, the Verito is a sedan which remains true to itself and the consumer by offering the unique proposition of space, mileage and performance along with style. The exterior of this car is quite unique with ski racks and side cladding, which are available for the first time on a sedan in the Indian market. The chrome rear appliqué and rear spoiler increases the car's premium quotient and gives it a distinctive look at the rear. These new additions on the exterior align with the tough, rugged and sporty DNA of a Mahindra vehicle.

    On the performance front, the Verito retains all the strengths of the Logan. The new Verito offers the same Renault drive train with the option of a 1.5 DCi CRDi diesel engine or 1.4 MPFI petrol engine. Equipped with this, the Verito offers an amazing 21.03 KMPL fuel efficiency (diesel mileage as per ARAI). The Verito remains the broadest car in its segment, offering unmatched cabin space. It also boasts of a spacious seating capacity and a boot space which is one of the largest, with 510 litre capacity.

    Similar to the Logan, the Verito offers a host of safety and technology features like ABS with EBD, Driver Airbag, head restraint for all seats, side impact beams, driver information system etc. Further, a long wheel base of 2630 mm ensures a very smooth ride even on Indian roads.

    Packed with class leading space, comfort, proven technology, safety features and a low running and maintenance cost, the Verito scores highly over its nearest competitors.
    Mr. Rajesh Jejurikar, Chief Executive, Automotive Division, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. said “The Verito, with its unique value proposition aligns with the Mahindra DNA of offering tough, rugged and sporty vehicles. For the first time, we are using social media platforms to unveil a new product, reflecting alternative thinking. The earlier Logan will continue to get complete service and spares support from us.”

    Features of the Verito

    The Verito has several new features which include:

    Mahindra Logo
    New bold fog lamps
    Side cladding
    Roof rails/ski rack
    Rear Chrome appliqué
    New Upholstery
    New Colour – Twilight Blue

    About The Mahindra Group
    The Mahindra Group focuses on enabling people to rise. Mahindra operates in the key industries that drive economic growth, enjoying a leadership position in tractors, utility vehicles, information technology and vacation ownership. Mahindra has a presence in the automotive industry, agribusiness, aerospace, components, consulting services, defence, energy, financial services, industrial equipment, logistics, real estate, retail, steel and two wheelers.

    A US $ 11.1 billion multinational group based in Mumbai, India, Mahindra employs more than 117,000 people in over 100 countries.

    Dun & Bradstreet, the world's leading source of global business information, knowledge and insight, recently ranked Mahindra at No. 1 in the automobile sector in its list of India's Top 500 Companies. In 2010, Mahindra was featured in the Forbes Asian Fab 50 list and the Credit Suisse Great Brands of Tomorrow.

    Its flagship company Mahindra & Mahindra Limited has also earned the distinction of being the only Indian automobile manufacturer to feature in the top 10 list of the Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index in India - 2010, created by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).
    In 2011, Mahindra acquired a majority stake in Korea's SsangYong Motor Company.

    Tuesday, April 5, 2011

    2011 Bajaj Discover 125cc Price Around Rs. 45K Launched in India

    2011 Bajaj Discover 125cc
    Bajaj Auto launched new Bajaj Discover 125cc bike with DTS-i power. Bajaj Discover 125cc DTS-i will be addition to Bajaj Discover bike family of Discover 100 and the Discover 150 models.

    S.Sridhar, President Motorcycle Business, Bajaj Auto said “Although we are riding high on the success of the Discover 100 and the Discover 150, there is still a significant base of commuters who prefer an optimum combination of mileage & power. The Discover 125 is expected to cater to the unfulfilled need of the above set of commuters and spread the Discover excitement across the commuter segment,”

    Country’s second largest two wheeler maker launched the DTS-i powered Discover 100 in July 2009. This strong and sporty bike offered outstanding mileage and was an instant success in a market hitherto completely dominated by Hero Honda executive bikes. It reached volumes of 80000+ per month within a year of its launch.It next launched the Discover 150 in May 2010 which gave the Indian consumer an opportunity to own a 150cc commuter at an affordable price. This flanking strategy against its major competitor has given instant results with another 35,000 bikes being contributed by this powerful variant.

    Bajaj Discover 125cc Price in India:
    Bajaj Discover 125cc price at Rs. 45,500/- (ex-showroom, Delhi) and will be launched in phase-wise manner across the country.

    2011 Volkswagen Passat Price @ Rs. 20.80 Lakhs Launched in India

    2011 Volkswagen Passat
    Volkswagen, Europe’s leading car manufacturer unveiled the all-new Passat with the highly innovative BlueMotion Technologies for India today.

    The all-new Passat will be available to customers in the diesel variant in both automatic and manual transmissions, starting at 20.80 lakh ex showroom Delhi. Sales of the all new Passat will start with the Highline and Comfortline which will later be followed by the Trendline.

    Speaking about this new launch, Neeraj Garg, Member of Board and Director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Volkswagen Group Sales India Pvt. Ltd. said, “We started our journey in India with the introduction of the Passat in 2007, and three successful years later it gives us great pleasure to bring the latest generation to the market.

    The all-new Passat will be exclusively available with BlueMotion Technologies in India and the distinctive innovations will work together to achieve good fuel efficiency and reduced emissions without depriving customers from the fun of driving.

    It is a design into the future with upgraded comfort, convenience, quality and safety, and more importantly cleaner and extremely fuel efficient.”

    Mr. Lutz Kothe, Head of Marketing and PR Volkswagen Group Sales Pvt. Ltd. added by saying, “The Volkswagen Brand’s commitment to sustainability is translated through the innovations of the BlueMotion Technologies. These efficient technologies have been implemented in a range of Volkswagen cars and are among the cleanest and most fuel efficient in the world. The introduction of the all-new Passat further emphasizes Volkswagen Brand’s commitment to India.”

    Source: Volkswagen

    Hyundai Accent 2011 Edition in India; Price Starts @ Rs. 5 Lakh

    Hyundai Accent 2011 Edition
    Hyundai Motor India Ltd. (HMIL), the country's largest exporter and the second largest car manufacturer, today announced the launch of the Accent 2011 edition. The exteriors of the Accent gets a new look with chrome finish front grille lending a premium look. The body colored waistline molding now comes with chrome inserts to enhance the elegance. Also, the chrome garnish over license plate gives a classic look to the Accent 2011 edition.

    Commenting on the new offering, Arvind Saxena, Director, Marketing and Sales, HMIL said, "The Accent 2011 edition comes with elegant styling which makes it more sophisticated and desirable. It is our continuous effort to gauge changing customer preferences and keep introducing new features in our products. We are confident that with the new styling the Accent 2011 edition will become even more popular".

    Hyundai Accent 2011 Edition Price in India:
    The Hyundai Accent 2011 edition will be available with a special price of Rs 501,900 (ex-showroom, New Delhi)

    The Accent which was launched in 1999 has won many awards including top ranks in the prestigious Hyundai Accent has topped the JD Power Asia Pacific IQS for 2002 and the APEAL study for 2001 and 2002.JD Power Asia Pacific ‘IQS' and ‘APEAL' studies. The wooden finish interiors, leather-wrapped gear knob & steering wheel, rear defogger and front & rear power windows come as part of the standard package in the Accent. It is also available with alternate fuel options such as CNG and LPG. Sold in the Indian as well as overseas markets, the highly popular Accent has sold over 3 lakh units.

    Source: Hyundai Motor India Ltd. (HMIL)

    Honda CBR250R 250cc Bike Launched in India; Price Starts @ Rs. 1.5 Lakh

    250cc Bike Honda CBR250R
    Rev up the ignition to silence your buzzing thoughts. Mount the drop-dead styled CBR 250R and head out. With every mile, you will discover something new. The unrivaled comfort. The superb throttle. The fun of maneuvering. You will know the unknown about the CBR.

    Honda CBR250R Price in India:
    - Honda CBR250R ABS Price will be around 1.7 Lakh Rs.
    - Honda CBR250R non-ABS price will be around 1.5 Lakh Rs.

    Honda CBR250R will be available in 3 colours like Red, Black and Silver.

    Honda CBR250R will give good competition to Kawasaki Ninja, Bajaj Pulsar, TVS Apache and Hero Honda Karizma. Honda CBR250R will be a great addition to the bike family for Honda in India.

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    New Audi Q5 in India; Price Starts @ Rs. 39 Lakhs

    New Audi Q5
    Audi, the German luxury car manufacturer has announced the launch of the Audi Q5 2.0 TDI quattro, the most recent addition to the highly successful luxury SUV in India. The new Audi Q5 2.0 TDI q is priced at Rs3,905,000 (ex-showroom Maharashtra). Deliveries to customers will begin in April 2011.

    “We are confident that the addition of the powerful 2.0 TDI q engine to the Audi Q5 range in India will strengthen and sustain our leadership position in the luxury SUV segment. The all new Audi Q5 2.0 TDI q, resonates higher efficiency and dynamic performance with its new engine and refreshed array of characteristics, that reflect our core brand essence of „Vorsprung durch Technik‟,” said Michael Perschke, Head – Audi India.

    The Audi Q5 2.0 TDI q with 125kW / 170 hp reaches a maximum torque of 350 Nm 1,750 rpm and develops its power evenly, leading to a fascinating driving experience. It is equipped with the dynamic 7–speed automatic S tronic transmission, which is impressive for its short, sporty shift times and smooth gearshift across the entire spread between the shortest and the longest ratios. 2/3

    The Audi Q5 range is also powered by a petrol engine – the 2.0 TFSI q and a diesel engine – the 3.0 TDI q. The new 2.0 TDI q engine would be available as CKD.

    Audi India sold 3003 cars in 2010, exceeding targets yet again to achieve record growth of 81%. “This encouraging performance reinforces the increased aspiration for technical finesse and progressive sophistication among luxury automotive customers in India. Audi India will continue to expand its product line up and deliver path breaking and award winning cars to cater to this rising need,” added Michael Perschke.

    Audi India is also focused at strengthening its dealer network across India. This year, the brand with the four rings has already opened showrooms in Delhi and Chennai with Ludhiana to follow soon. Last year, the company inaugurated showrooms in Mumbai West, Kolkata, Jaipur and Bengaluru.

    The Audi model range in India includes Audi A4, Audi A6, Audi A8, Audi Q5, Audi Q7, Audi TT, the super sports car Audi R8 and the recently launched Audi R8 Spyder available across the country: in Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, Ludhiana, Mumbai West and Pune. Further developments include Surat, Mumbai South, Coimbatore, Indore, Lucknow and Delhi West.

    Source: Audi India

    Sunday, March 6, 2011

    Yamaha Electric Bike Soon in India

    The leading Japanese bike maker Yamaha announced on Saturday that it is mulling over the option of rolling-out an electric bike in the Indian market to provide an alternative transportation mode. The Indian subsidiary of the Yamaha Motors is developing an India specific scooter that will hit the Indian roads in near future.

    In a statement given to PTI, India Yamaha Motor Director (Sales and Marketing) Jun Nakata said, "For rising fuel prices, electric bike is a good option. Currently we are selling electric bikes in Japan and Europe. There is a possibility for the Indian market for introducing these products." However, the company is yet to disclose the specification and pricing details of this prospective electric bike in the country.

    The company had announced last year that it would focus more on Indian market with more investment. The company is aiming to have 10 per cent of its total global sales from India in coming 3 to 4 years.

    While answering a query regarding the scooter segment, Mr. Nakata said, "We are preparing to enter the scooter market. The product is under development in Japan and it will be an India-specific product."

    GM India to Launch Chevrolet Beat Electric Next Month

    Following a bonanza for the electric and hybrid cars manufactured in India, General Motors (GM) is all set to showcase an electric version of its small car Chevrolet Beat next month. In the coming future, the car may become the second electric car after Reva to be launched in the country, provided the government follows up with more incentives for alternate fuel vehicles, GM said.

    “We are glad that the government has woken up to the need to encourage alternate fuel and electric vehicles,” said Karl Slym, president and managing director, GM India. “We will showcase an electric version of our mini car next month. Though we have not decided whether to launch it here or not, if the government follows up the budget with more incentives, it will only help us decide.”

    The government announced full exemption from customs duty, special additional duty and countervailing duty on some specified parts of hybrid vehicles such as battery pack and chargers as also for spare battery packs for electric vehicles.

    Further, excise duty has been halved for hybrid kits and their parts.

    In the past, GM had tied up with Reva electric car company to develop an electric version of its other small car Spark.

    The project met with an untimely death after Reva was acquired by utility vehicle major Mahindra & Mahindra and the two companies went their separate ways.

    GM sold 88,568 units in April-January 2010-11, up 37% over the previous year. It has 235 dealers in the country.
    Currently, India has only one hybrid vehicle the Toyota Prius.

    Toyota Etios Liva Launch Delayed to June

    Toyota’s much-anticipated Etios Liva hatchback’s launch has been pushed from April to June 2011. The step was announced to channelize the existing capacity towards production of the recently launched Etios sedan, which has been plagued with waiting periods that run as long as 7 months!

    Aside from delaying the Liva’s launch, Toyota is also initiating a second shift at its plant, faster production time per vehicle and production enhancement in order to speed up the Etios’ deliveries. The second shift production will help the company dish out a total of 5,000 units a month from the current 2,500 units at its Bangalore plant. The plant has an annual production capacity of 70,000 cars.

    Toyota Kirloskar Motors (TKM) Managing Director Hiroshi Nakagawa said that Toyota is thankful for the positive consumer responses to the Etios and for the resulting demand. He added that Toyota’s consumer-first philosophy has meant that they put the customers’ needs ahead of everything else. Further, the consumer-first philosophy has helped Toyota manufacture quality products and maximize customer satisfaction, said Nakagawa.

    TKM’s Deputy MD Sandeep Singh was apologetic about the Liva’s postponement saying, “We would like to sincerely apologize to people eagerly awaiting the hatchback – Etios Liva, for the postponement of the launch. We will do everything we can to limit the inconvenience caused to our customers.”

    Toyota Etios Liva launch, price and competition
    Toyota Etios Liva, which will now be launched in June 2011, is the hatchback version of Etios, and will be powered by a 1.2-litre petrol engine. Price around Rs. 4.5 lakh, the Liva will be the cheapest Toyota in the country and will take on Maruti Swift and Ritz, Hyundai i10 and i20, Tata Indica Vista, Ford Figo, Volkswagen Polo, Nissan Micra and Fiat Punto. But Toyota will have a mammoth task ensuring deliveries of the Liva are met promptly. Also read: Toyota Etios Liva vs Honda Brio vs Suzuki Swift and the rest

    Toyota Etios launch, price, demand and waiting period
    The Toyota Etios, launched on December 1st 2010, is the cheapest compact sedan in India starting at a competitive price of Rs. 4.96 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) that’s slam bang in the Swift Dzire and Tata Manza price bracket. Toyota has received bookings for more than 26,500 cars, which has led to waiting periods stretching as much as 7 months!

    Toyota delivered 1,651 units and 2,686 units of Etios sedans during January and February 2011 respectively. The number of cars to be delivered in the following months will increase gradually once the second shift at Toyota’s plant begins. Related: Toyota Etios vs Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire

    The Etios is powered by a 1,496 cc, 16-valve, DOHC, 4-cylinder engine that churns out 90 PS of power at 5,600 rpm and 132 Nm of torque at 3,000 rpm. It’s mated to a 5-speed manual transmission that doesn’t need frequent shifts.

    During the Toyota Etios road test, we found the sedan to be a practical, budget saloon that’s easy to drive, great on interior space with enough leg room at the rear (550 litres boot space, too). Powered by a peppy engine that offer’s quick acceleration, the Etios returns a mileage of 17.6 kmpl (as per ARAI).

    Toyota Etios Price of Different Variants: (ex-showroom, Delhi)
    Model Colors Interiors Price
    Etios J White, Silver Black Rs. 4.96 lakh
    Etios G All six Black Rs. 5.46 lakh
    Etios G + ABS, EBD All six Black Rs. 5.96 lakh
    Etios V + ABS, EBD All six Black & grey Rs. 6.41 lakh
    Etios VX + ABS, EBD All six Black & red Rs. 6.86 lakh

    Maruti Kizashi Features & Specifications

    Maruti Kizashi Features & Specifications in India is given below:

    Six Speed manual Transmission
    5 Seater Car with Four doors
    3 spokes power steerting
    Leather covered steering wheel
    Tilt and telescopic adjustable Steering
    Audio system, 7 Speakers
    Instrument panel
    AC vents
    Storage boxes
    Armrests and Cup holders
    Split Folding Rear Seat
    Macpherson strut suspension
    Multi link frond and rear coil springs
    17 inche alloy wheels
    8 airbags (front, rear and curtain)
    Pushbutton keyless start
    Power steering
    Windows and mirrors
    Dual-zone climate control
    EPS Stability control and ABS
    Projector beam headlamps
    Front vented Disk brakes
    Rear Solid Disk brakes
    Force limiter and height adjusters
    LATCH Child seat tether anchorages x3
    ISOFIX child seat anchorages
    Child safety locks
    Daytime Running Lights
    Front wheel Drive
    optional all wheel drive
    Headlight cluster with headlamp
    Turn indicators
    Rain sensing automatic wiper
    LED brake light cluster
    CD/MP3 player
    Energy-absorbing trim on pillars
    Roof-side rails
    Side impact rear door beams
    Front seats
    3-point ELR (Emergency Locking Retractor)
    Seatbelts with pretensioner
    Integrated bluetooth
    Audio streaming
    Wireless mobile phone integration
    USB/iPod input port
    Electronic stability program with TCS
    Intelligent vehicle stability program
    Anti-lock Braking System with EBD
    Brake assist function
    Vehicle security system Alarm
    Dual-zone automatic climate control
    Height adjustable driver’s seat
    Adjustable rear heater vents
    Power windows
    Mirrors and door locks

    Maruti Kizashi Engine Specification in India

    Maruti Kizashi Engine Specification in India is given below:

    - 2.4 litre petrol Engine
    - 4 cylinder, 16 valves DOHC.
    - Power – 185 hp @ 6,500 rpm
    - Maximum torque – 170 Nm @ 4,000 rpm

    Maruti Kizashi Mileage & Fuel Capacity in India

    Maruti Kizashi Mileage & Fuel Capacity in India is given below:

    - City Mileage – 9 kmpl
    - Highway Mileage – 12 kmpl
    - Fuel Tank Capacity – 63 liter