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It’s raining small cars on the Indian car market it seems. After Ford, Volkswagen, Fiat et al, it is Czech car-maker Skoda’s turn to launch one. The company has announced that it would launch a small car in the Indian market by early 2012 priced between INR 3-5 lakh. According to Skoda Auto India Board Member and Director (Sales and Marketing) Thomas Kuehl’s quote in the press, “We had announced to roll out one new model every year. As part of this strategy, we will enter the volume segment and will launch a small car in early 2012.” The car is currently in its development stage and would be available in both petrol and diesel versions and would be below the company’s existing hatchback model Skoda Fabia.
The race to the top slot in the luxury segment keeps getting more and more interesting month after month. As per the July sales figures, German luxury car maker, Mercedes Benz is once again on the number one slot followed by counterpart BMW. Mercedes saw a jump of 79.31 per cent in sales.
Recently launched hatchbacks like the Volkswagen Polo and Ford Figo are doing well in the Indian market because they provide a lot of choice to the Indian buyer. For him the average of the car is very important and this average is much better when the car is diesel. So, to add this advantage to its product, US automaker General Motors is all set to introduce Chevrolet Beat diesel soon. According to General Motors India Vice-President P Balendran, "We will introduce the diesel variant of 'Beat' soon. We are planning to launch it in the first quarter of 2011 (calender year).”
Maruti Suzuki, has finally taking a giant leap by launching an automatic transmission variant in its premium hatchback A Star. The car has been priced at 4.34 lacs (ex-showroom New Delhi). The Vxi (ABS) Version of the existing A Star has now been blessed with a new 4 speed automatic gearbox. Most of the features have been inherited fom the original model and some of the extra bit of goodies that this new car would offer includes integrated music system, seat height adjuster, 4 power windows and central locking. A Star has been a popular car in the hatchback segment of India with its fuel efficient engine. The gearbox would sport a slot shift mechanism rather than the conventional (press button and shift) mechanism.
Maruti Suzuki, the country's largest car maker after launching the CNG variants of its five most popular models is going to launch the Maruti A Star in Automatic Transmission tomorrow on 15th August. We had a chance to get the first driving experience of the car on the roads of Agra-Delhi highway and in the city areas of the two cities as well. Mesmerized with the vehicle we wish to provide you with a detailed report on what the car offers when on road. The introduction of Maruti A Star AT in such an affordable range seems to be an intelligent and thoughtful move from the car maker as the traffic conditions are getting worse day by day and this would only provide a relief and extra driving comfort to the passengers.
Country's largest car maker Maruti Suzuki blessed the Indian buyers with CNG equipped versions of the five most popular models Maruti SX4, Maruti Eeco, Maruti Wagon R, Maruti Zen Estilo and Maruti Alto. The CNG vehicles were unveiled by Mr. Jairam Ramesh, Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent Charge) Environment and Forests in the presence of senior government dignitaries and Maruti Suzuki management team. The models are being launched in Delhi NCR, Mumbai and Gujrat. With this initiative, the CNG footprint of the company spreads across entry level cars, compact cars, sedans and MPV segments. The models have been shelved in the price range of Rs. 3.23 Lacs for Alto Lxi, Rs. 3.64 Lacs for Eeco 5 seater AC, Rs 7.47 Lacs for SX4 Vxi, Rs 4.11 Lacs for Wagon R Lxi and Rs 4.05 Lacs for Estilo Lxi.
Carmakers seem to be going on another price hiking spree in the wake of rising input costs. After Maruti Suzuki hiking its prices by upto Rs7000, it is time for another big carmaker, Hyundai Motor India, to follow in its footsteps. Hyundai is likely to increase prices of its products due to rising input costs. According to Arvind Saxena’s, Hyundai Motor India Director (Marketing and Sales), statement, “There will be something, but I can not say when and how much... We are still evaluating it."
Volkswagen Vento Features Volkswagen Vento, the premium sedan from the European car major Volkswagen has been finally launched today in the Indian market. The car has been awaited in the Indian market since a long time now and the launch has been accepted very well amidst the buyers and industry experts.
Volkswagen, the European car major launched the much awaited premium sedan Volkswagen Vento today amidst immense speculations from various industry sources. The car is sure to give a tough competition to Honda City as Volkswagen has priced the sedan at an attractive tag of Rs 6.99 lakhs, for the 1.6 litre petrol variant and Rs. 7.99 lakhs for the diesel variant, Ex. Showroom New Delhi. The New Vento will go on sale from September 6, 2010 across India at various dealer outlets.
Toyota Fortuner has gone on to become Toyota’s bestseller in the country. There is a mad rush for its bookings and Toyota Kirloskar Motors (TKM) has suspended bookings of the Toyota Fortuner one again this time till January 2011. Toyota had opened bookings of the SUV for a month from July 1 but Toyota dealers received 3004 bookings that is about 100 bookings a day.
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