Displayed at the Delhi auto expo early this year, the globally popular Skoda Yeti would hit the Indian shores by this summer. The car was earlier exhibited at the Geneva Auto show in 2009. Skoda known for its obsession into quality and premium cars, is strategically going to launch the SUV in an economical segment of Rs. 12 to 15 lakhs. Skoda Yeti has been an international bestseller for a while now and with the India auto industry on its way to zenith, this seems to be the perfect timing to debut the car in India. Mahindra Scorpio, Tata Safari and Toyota Innova and Mahindra Xylo to face a tough competition, standing all geared up ahead. Skoda Yeti would be placed between Skoda Fabia and Skoda Octavia.
Why don't we peep into some of the basic and some of the exclusive features Skoda Yeti would come packed with???
Maruti Suzuki the country’s oldest car makers have reached yet another milestone with their immensely popular hatchback Maruti Swift. The premium compact car MarutiSwift by the country's largest carmaker Maruti SuzukiIndia now has over 4.5 lakh units on the road. Maruti Swift reached this sales mark about five years after its launch in 2005. The Maruti Swift comes in a 1.2 litre K-series petrol engine and a 1.3 litre DDiS diesel engine.
Nissan on this day is a little known car maker in India, but soon the way we look at the brand is all going to change with the launch of its all new hatchback Nissan Micra. It just seems that Nissan knows it right on what it takes for a brand to take over the hatchback segment in India. Nissan proficiently describes the character of their new entrant Micra as "clean, good and fun". Indeed Nissan wants to make this feature-packed Micra its selling point. While reading the review you would be convinced on the fact that Nissan is a king when it comes to engineering and innovation skills.
Volkswagen and Fiat, the two popular and trusted auto makers are soon to launch their much hyped cars in the sedan segment. Fiat would launch Fiat Linea T Jet in the month of July'2010 that would be priced in the bracket of Rs 7 to 9 lakhs. Volkswagen Vento whose sketch was revealed lately is expected to launch around the same time in India. It is speculated that Volkswagen Vento is based on the famous hatchback Polo's platform. The cars would surely compete hands down, so lets have a preliminary assessment of various features of the cars.
The shining new two-door Mercedes Benz SLS AMG is being drooled over by car lovers for a long time. But the car is going to come at a high price. If you are planning to buy this one, you should be prepared to shell out close to Rs 5-6 crore. The car could be much more expensive in India than in Europe. According to Piyush Arora, Mercedes-Benz India director (technical) and board member, “The SLS will be available in India in the third quarter, though a date for the official launch has not yet been determined.
In a recent visit of two days by CarDekho to the Ford's manufacturing plant at Henry Ford road in Chennai, the mechanisms used at every stage of Ford car's production took our breaths away. The facility is widely spread and has designed a customized robotic mechanism for every phase of manufacturing except the assembling of glasses. We found out a niche that Ford has imbibed in all its cars, due to which one does not need to change every part on damage. Having a look of all the sections in the plant it is pretty simple to assume that Ford has invested a lot in making the manufacturing unit and the work experience for its employees class apart. The unit presently has a staff of 4000 employees, but with the escalating demand of Ford Figo the company is keen on increasing production by increasing the number of shifts over time.
More news is coming in from the Indian hatchback segment and this time it has wafted in from the Maruti’s stable. Maruti is planning to give one of its highest selling models – Maruti Alto – a face lift and a heart transplant. The Maruti Alto is one of the best selling car models in India and sells about 20,000 units per month, a figure coveted by many car makers. The car has managed to sell about 13.5 lakh units since its launch in September 2000.
Industry sources reveal that the new Alto might have a one-litre K-series petrol engine. R C Bhargava, Maruti Suzuki India Chairman told a news agency, “Alto needs a face-lift. It has been there for quite a while.”
Skoda Auto is soon to introduce its latest member of the Skoda Family; The Skoda Yeti. The SUV is currently touring the country, before being officially launched. The company is organizing an official meet-up of Skoda enthusiasts and automobile aficionados to offer a sneak preview and a glimpse of what this world popular SUV Skoda Yeti would deliver.
The tweet-up would be held on 22nd May 2010 at Arshia Motors, Showroom No. 8, Atma Ram Mansion (Scindia House), Connaught Circus, New Delhi. Skoda Yeti has been an extremely popular SUV in the international automobile market, especially in Europe. There are huge expectations from the car, that would soon be launched in India. The industry is continuously chirping the hope that the car would be successful in winning hearts across India too.
Volkswagen Rocktan, a new SUV on the block is going to launch soon. There have been recent reports about the tie-up between Volkswagen and Maruti Suzuki, wherein Volkswagen has acquired a 19.9% stake in Suzuki. This car would be one of the first to be launched after the partnership. Volkswagen Rocktan is based on Maruti SX4 platform.
The sketch of the German carmaker Volkswagen’s next ‘made for India’ sedan has been released. The car has been designed keeping in mind Indian needs and the production of the new sedan is expected to begin at Volkswagen’s Chakan plant near Pune. The sedan in question is not the ‘Polo Sedan’ that has been the cause of much speculation lately. The car would most likely be name Volkswagen Vento. “We have already started producing the new sedan which would be bigger than Polo but smaller than Jetta. We are currently producing it in small numbers and would commercially launch it by August this year,” said Kurt Rippholz, head, communications India Volkswagen group and brand, to a national newspaper.