The Italian car maker has a long way to go and lots of ground to cover when it comes to the Indian market. Despite launching cars like the Fiat Punto, Fiat Linea and the recently launched Fiat Linea T jet – the company is not able to cash registers ring the way it wants to.
So far the company has managed to sell 24,000 units as of this October. The company had set itself a target of selling 46,000 units in India in 2010.
Fiat India is facing stiff competition in every segment in the country and as per a quote by Rajeev Kapoor, CEO and president Fiat India the company is going to fall short of its sales target this year. Fiat India had the target of doubling its sales in 2010. The company had a target of achieving 46,000 units from 23,000 units it managed to sell in 2009.
Tata Motors seems to be keen on the plans of launching an all new Tata Manza CS model in the Indian market soon. This new entrant would be a much more compact version as compared to the current model on the Indian turf. The car however would be powered with the same Diesel engine that drives the current version of Vista and Manza.
The all new compact sedan would measure 4mm less in length when compared to the current version, which would mean compromising a bit on the boot space. The trimming would not have any effects in terms of the interior spacing of the car, while the luggage space at the back would be compromised a bit. This all new refurnished Indigo Manza CS is going to have much sportier look with freshly done exteriors including new grill and lights.
Fiat India has launched its Fiat Linea T – Jet at the Auto Show East, 2010 in Kolkata and with its launching, they have now opened the bookings of upgraded model of Linea T – Jet in Kolkata . Linea has got remarkable achievements in its kitty since its launch in 2009 . With the launching of this new C segment car, the company has brought next generation Linea T – Jet in the market with its redefined performance and luxury benchmarks in the C segment.
Linea T – Jet is now even more powerful car with its new T – Jet engine and will have an array of classy features. This car offers a maximum power of 114 PS and maximum torque of 207 NM which is a treat for the buyers of this upgraded beauty. In premium segment Linea is the only car which boasts of turbo-charged petrol engine.
Nissan Micra Diesel is all set to be launched in India by Christmas this year and the bookings for the car is already begun. The small car with diesel engine will be a milestone in Nissan Motors and will give stiff competition to the likes of Hyundai i20, Fiat Punto, Maruti Ritz and Ford Figo. The car is announced to be available with two variants namely Nissan Micra Diesel XV and Nissan Micra Diesel XV Premium.; the variants are expected to be fall in price band of Rs 6 lakh.
Volvo XC60, the power SUV to be launched in November has already created a curiosity among the car admirers. Volvo India, has already started marketing for SUV XC60 which will be unveiled soon. The new SUV which will be launched soon will get the lasser assisted braking, that will be affixed with the technology which can sense collision up to 50kmph and will automatically apply the brakes. The launch of this super technologically advanced machine will be on 24th of November and it is speculated to be priced between Rs 55 lacs to Rs 60 lacs.
Volvo, the Swedish automobile company is planning to come with luxury which will be a compact crossover or SUV Volvo XC60 in India. The power SUV has advanced style and technology, it is sure to give comfort along with great performance. The new SUV is already the talk of the town much before its launch as it has exceptional and advanced technology. The premium luxury has already created ripple among its contemporaries.
Volkswagen Vento, one of the recent offerings from the Volkswagen stable has been pitched by the company against the segment ruler Honda City and the car has been able to deliver great results that can be viewed in terms of sales that the vehicle has clocked. Volkswagen now seems to be aiming at the other side of the spectrum cluttered with Aveo, Fiesta and Manza, as one of the recent developments include the plans to launch a 1.4 litre sibling of Volkswagen Vento. The 1.4l Vento would be hitting the Indian market by early next year according to the speculations in the industry.
Tamed down in terms of engine, the car will be placed at a cheaper price tag then its 1.6l sibling and would be able to produce 85PS of power at 6000Rpm and 135Nm of peak torque. In terms of cost the new 1.4l new Vento would be Rs. 60,000/- cheaper than the 1.6l version. Although, the car would be costing cheaper, it would be more cost efficient than its predecessor.
Hindustan Motors has launched Mitsubishi's SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle) the all New Montero and its rally sports car Evolution X today at the Autocar Performance Show, 2010 in Mumbai commencing today. The New Montero is is the upgraded model of its previous Mitsubishi Montero whereas the Evo X is inspired from current sedan Mitsubishi Lancer.
New Montero is still available with the same 4-cylinder engine with 3200 cubic capacity with a turbo-diesel engine which is mated to a 5 speed manual transmission gearbox, is BS – 4 compliant with the inclusion of a new catalytic converter and swirl control bulb addition. Its power has increased by 37 bhp to bring the grand total to 199.28 bhp whereas the extra 59NM torque takes the twist force to 450 NM which is more than the previous model.Minor changes have been made in from and rear bumper to make it more stylish. Price for this SUV is expected to be Rs. 38.95 lakh rupees (Ex-showroom in New Delhi).
Tata Motors recently launched Tata Aria, the first crossover manufactured by an Indian company. Ever since the launch of the car was announced the car had been pitched against Toyota Innova and Mahindra Xylo, the players that had already established their dominance in the same segment. Indian automobile market is growing strong with every passing day and every brand wants to grab a considerable share of this attractive pie. One of the biggest and the most interesting brawl to witness by the Indian car buyers and enthusiasts is the one between the new entrant Tata Aria and the current segment ruler ToyotaInnova.
Skoda Yeti has been the latest entrant from Skoda Motors and has been welcomed with open arms by the Indian buyers. The car has managed to attract 1000 bookings already and is sure to give a tough run for money to its competitors in the segment. Skoda Motors is expecting to draw huge sales from Skoda Yeti as this is one strong package from the company's stable. In one of the recent conversations of the company officials with the media it was revealed that Skoda Yeti is expected to draw at least 6,000-8,000 units in 2011.
Toyota Kirloskar Motors (TKM) is facing order backlog of 5,000 cars for its Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) Toyota Fortuner and closed the new bookings again. Toyota opened the bookings recently in the month of August after holding it in January as there was huge order piled up already.
As per Hiroshi Nakagawa, MD Toyota Kirloskar, the company is already having a huge booking backlog of Toyota Fortuner and it cannot not take on any new bookings as of now. It will take five to six months to fulfill the order. The company has increased the manufacturing to 1,000 cars every month which was 500 cars few months back. Toyota Motors is beaming with orders on other models as well but the bookings are also piled up for the sedan Toyota Corolla Altis and SUV Toyota Innova. Toyoya Innova and Toyota Corolla together have recorded orders for more than 2,000 units.
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