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The year 2010 has been the year of car launches with cars like Ford Figo, Chevrolet Beat, Nissan Micra, Tata Aria, Hyundai Santa Fe etc coming to Indian showrooms. The year is likely to end on a similar high with Toyota’s much awaited hatchback Toyota Etios launching in Bangalore on December 1. Most likely Toyota’s President, Akio Toyoda would be present. The car has been designed keeping in mind the Indian market. The company just roped in A R Rahman as the brand ambassador for Toyota Etios and expect the model to make up for about 50 per cent of the total sales in the coming future.
The Indian automobile market was recently showered with some reigning beauties across various segments. Some appealed the masses, some hit the classes but overall the festive days of Navratri have been full of activity and surprises in the Indian automobile arena. Amongst all the cars launched and facelifted, some caught the buyers fantasies in the most impactful means. These included Tata Aria and Hyundai Santa Fe. Coming from two of the most popular and widely respected auto makers, the cars have been immensely popular much before there actual launch in India. Most of the buyers investing money in this segment have been amazed and weighing the pros and cons of each. Lets introspect into what makes a perfect investment.
Skoda’s premium sedan Skoda Octavia stopped selling in 13 cities across the country after the Bharat IV emission norms were implemented in the country. Now Skoda India is developing a new car to replace the premium sedan Skoda Octavia in the country. According to SkodaAuto India Sales and Marketing Director Thomas Kuehl, “We are developing a completely new car, to be successor of Octavia. It will be a car also positioned in the 'C' segment.” The car is in its development stage and the engineers are working on the model, which is likely to be in India by the second half of 2011.
Tata Aria, a seven seater much awaited premium SUV has been finally launched in India by the ace car maker Tata Motors. The car has been attractively priced in the range of Rs. 12 to 14 Lacs and is sure to give a tough fight to all its contemporaries namely Maruti Grand Vitara, Toyota Innova, Honda CRV, Ford Endeavour, Chevrolet Captiva, Toyota Fortuner and upcoming Skoda Yeti. One of the highlights that grabbed the atttention of car buyers across the country is the power-packed 2.2L, DICOR (Direct Injection Common Rail) engine, which powers the current market leader Tata Safari. The engine is capable of delivering 140bhp power at 4000rpm with a thumping 320Nm torque at 1700-2700rpm. Apart from its super engine, the car comes with a range of features both for the safety and comfort of the riding passengers.
The Indian Automobile sector is witnessing a boom in the industry. With almost new cars in all segments it looks promising. The car market is buzzing with new launches and some amazing facelifts. Three cars recently emerged as the mega contenders in receiving maximum spotlights. These included Tata Aria, Toyota Etios and Ford Figo.
The entry-level Indian car segment is dominated by Maruti Suzuki and its models like Maruti Alto. Even though Tata Motors has its ultra low cost Tata Nano placed below it, Maruti is still the market leader. But Tata Motors is now planning to launch a new car that will be positioned between the Tata Nano and the Tata Indica. According to Carl Peter Forster, this is a wide space that needs to be addressed. He said this at the launch of the company’s first cross-over vehicle Tata Aria.
Skoda India gifted the Indian car market with a refurbished Skoda Fabia this festive season. The hatchback now comes with a powerful 1.2 L Petrol engine, which has added an extra bit of power to the car's performance. The same engine pumps power in one of the most popular hatchbacks on the Indian turf today Volkswagen Polo. The all new Skoda Fabia has been launched in three engine options each of which comes in three variants. The three engines powering the all new Skoda Fabia are 1.2L, 3 Cylinder, 75bhp, MPI petrol engine (Same engine that comes in Polo petrol),1.6 MPI, 105 bhp petrol engine (same engine that comes in Polo sports and Vento petrol) and 1.2L, 3 Cylinder, 75 bhp, TDI diesel engine (Polo diesel's engine). The all new Skoda Fabia has been attractively shelved at Rs. 4.19 Lacs (Base Variant).
Hyundai Motors India Pvt. Ltd launched the eagerly awaited SUV Hyundai Santa Fe in India on Wednesday amidst tremendous buyer enthusiasm and industry expectations. The car has been launched in two variants shelved in an attractive price bracket of Rs 20.95 – 22.95 lakh (ex-showroom New Delhi). The 4*2 (two wheel drive) variant is priced at Rs. 20.95 Lacs while the 4*4 four wheel drive variant is shelved at an amount that is approximately 2 Lacs dearer. Hyundai Santa comes with a 2.2L CRDI engine that pumps an excellent power figure of 197 PS @3800 rpm and an impressive torque of 420Nm between 1800-2500 rpm. The Euro V engine with 4 cylinders and 16 valves with DOHC (Double Over Head Camshafts) is known to be more fuel efficient and offers clearer emission on roads. The CRDI technology would help the car to offer greater fuel economy and enhanced power packed performance to its buyers.
All new seven seater Hyundai Santa Fe has been finally launched in India with a 2.2L CRDI engine. Hyundai has given the market a great SUV option for this festive season. This fully loaded powerpack SUV comes with the benefit of a CRDI (Common Rail Direct Injection) fuel system that is bound to deliver excellent engine performance and a better fuel efficiency. The all new Hyundai Santa Fe is available in two versions – the 4X2 (two wheel drive) version that has been priced at Rs. 20.95 lakh and the 4x4 (four wheel drive) version priced at Rs. 22.95 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi). For clear emission and efficient torque the Euro V engine has 4 cylinders and 16 valves with DOHC (Double Over Head Camshafts) which is already pleasing the car lovers acroos the country. The power wheeler 2.2L engine with 6 Speed Manual Transmission Gearbox produces an impressive power of 197 PS of peak power at 3800 rpm and hits out 420Nm of torque between 1800-2500 rpm which is sure to give a great driving comfort to one and all.
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