The American auto giant Ford of late announced its plan to launch eight cars by 2015, amongst the eight cars Ford Fiesta is the first one to be launched this year. With the sudden surge in sales of its flagship Ford Figo, the company has come up with the idea of expanding its portfolio in order to strengthen its grip in the growing India auto market.
Michael Boneham, president and managing director, Ford India expressed his views over the launch, he said that the company is extremely happy over the launch of the stunning sedan in the Indian auto market. He also added that the refreshed and improved Ford Fiesta has been designed keeping in mind the new market trends and the necessities of the India customers. He mentioned that the stunning sedan will be endowed with better technology, style and will offer high performance.
Maruti India Ltd today unveiled the much awaited Maruti SX4 Diesel which is more cleaner and fuel efficient than the other cars in its category. It comes in three variants, VDi ex-showroom price at Rs 7.74 lac, ZDi ex showroom price at Rs 8.64 lac and ZDi (with letter upholstery). The Maruti SX4 Diesel has Super Turbo DDiS which can deliver 90 PS of peak power at 4000rpm. This engine offers a maximum torque of 200 Nm at 1750 rpm whereas its competitor offers this torque in higher capacity engines. In general, it means excellent response and acceleration and particularly suited for city driving conditions.
The Maruti SX4 Diesel offers an average of 21.5 Kilometers per litre (as per CMVR rules) which is 8 per cent more than its competitors. It is the first OBD-2 certified car in the country. OBD refers to on board diagnostics and OBD-2 keeps a check of any malfunction in the emission system due to an increase in exhaust emission and intimates the customer about it.
Toyota Motors the Japanese auto mobile is wishing to spare the horror of long awaited ques for its popular sedan Toyota Etios. The saloon was launched in December 2010 and had order backlog of 12,000 booking only in 15 days from its launch. It was such a toll on the Japanese auto company as they had to purposefully close the bookings from December 6th to 9th.
Toyota was expecting long ques but the abundant call for the new sedan is hard to handle due to its demand and popularity which has left the maker's in fix. The waiting period for the car is 8 months which is giving Toyota sleepless nights. The new buyers are shunning away to book the sedan just because of the long waiting period. The new buyers can expect to deliver the sedan in more than half year. However the company is loosing its buyers as the customers are cancelling their bookings and going to the rival company car brands like Hyundai Verna, Ford Fiesta, Maruti Dzire and Tata Indigo CS.
Maruti Swift ever since its launch had created a hysteria in the Indian auto industry, it performed extremely well in the small car segment. It is being highly speculated that the Indian auto industry czar is keen on rolling out the 2011 Maruti Swift by May 2011. Maruti Swift is one of the most popular hatchback which is all set to sweep its counterparts. The hatchback will undergo some changes and will be unveiled in May. A lot of proud customers of Maruti Swift have been eagerly waiting for the launch. The car is expected to be spacious than the current model and some changes will also be made to the interiors.
Ford Motors India is on cloud nine with the demand it is enjoying for its cars in India. The American auto giant will expand its portfolio in India by launching eight new cars. The news was reveled by a top executive from Ford India, he said that Ford India will launch eight new cars in the Indian auto sector.
Anurag Mehrotra, Vice-President- Marketing, Ford India, said that the auto giant clocked its best sales figures in January 2011. Ford India has sold over 10,000 cars in the first month of 2011. Now the auto giant is looking forward to launch eight new car models in the next four years time. Also the company is willing to expand on its dealerships by adding almost 30 dealers and making the count to 200 outlets.
Recalls have come to haut carmakers again and this time it is none other than the trusted Honda Siel Cars India. The carmaker will recall the bestselling Honda City saloon. The car needs a replacement of a faulty part in the valve train.
Honda City models made between November 2008 to December 2009 will get a preventive part replacement of the lost motion spring in the valve train. According to the carmaker the replacement will be done for 57,853 units of the Honda City.
The third generation Honda City needs a change of lost motion springs. These are compressed by rocker arms in normal engine use.
When Hyundai launched the Santro it took the Indian small car market by storm. The model was hugely successful and soon became the company’s bestseller. Today, years after its launch the Hyundai Santro has touched another milestone. Hyundai Motor India has exported five lakh units of the flagship Hyundai Santro from India.
The car is known for its performance and easy on the pocket features. There is no doubt that the car is widely appreciated for its design, technology and safety too. Hyundai has been exporting cars since 1999. It sent a batch of 20 Santro cars to Nepal by 2004 it had exported one lakh cars across models. At present the made in India Hyundai Santro is exported to 80 countries world over.
Toyota Kirloskar Motor India will soon hit the Indian hatchback car market with its upcoming venture, Toyota Etios Liva this April. But the company is now looking to manufacture a smaller car in Indonesia aimed at emerging markets.
Last year the world’s number one automobile company Toyota Motor Corp was plagued by recalls and law suits. But the company has emerged from the crisis and is now looking at consolidating its presence in the emerging Asian markets where the growth lies.
As a step in that direction the company will build a low cost car in Indonesia along with Daihatsu. The car will be aimed at consumers in Indonesia and in neighbouring countries.
The automatic transmission cars in India are in vogue in the domestic auto market but still can't term it popular among the buyers due to various reasons. Way back in 1997 Maruti brought a hatchback Maruti Zen in two different transmission options, manual and automatic with a difference of Rs 85,000. Now Maruti A-Star which comes in two options have a difference Rs 50,000 in the pricing. The automatic transmission were quite expensive and not fuel efficient when compared to the manual variants. The reasons always contributed in not making the automatic transmission cars popular in India. The automatic transmission cars in India could not pick up on the trend as it could only offer three or four gears which always questioned on the performance of the cars. But now with the changing trends and technology, the automatic transmission has improved by rendering the required.
World over the focus is shifting to electric cars – be it the Nissan Leaf or the Chevrolet Volt or other hybrids almost every carmaker across the world is developing newer models for the future.
The Indian government doesn’t want to be left behind and it seems it is working on a policy to boost manufacturing of hybrid cars in India. The government is likely to do this by giving some excise duty concessions.
Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Praful Patel is likely to spearhead the process. The government is likely to use fiscal sops like differential excise to boost research and development on hybrid vehicles. The Department of Heavy Industry would need the Cabinet approval for the formation of a high-level panel on the issue. If all goes as per plan there will be a policy by September.
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