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The Tata Hexa was first showcased as a concept at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. Unveiled later as a production version at the 2016 Delhi Auto Expo, the Hexa will be Tatas flagship model in India and is likely to hit the roads in January 2017. But does the Tata Hexa have enough arsenal in its armory to outclass the Toyota Innova Crysta and the Mahindra XUV500? We got behind the wheel of the top XT automatic and manual variants and took it for a spin around Hyderabad the city of Nizams.
Hyundai Motor India Limited has launched the much awaited, all new Elantra last month with introductory prices (ex-showroom Delhi) starting from Rs 12.99 lakh for the base petrol and Rs 14.79 lakh for the base diesel variants. Last week, we took the 2016 Hyundai Elantra for a spin on the East Coast Road near Chennai. Read on to find out what we discovered.
Just two years after the brand made its debut in the Indian market, Datsun is expanding its product portfolio by introducing an all-new compact hatchback redi-GO aimed at young, first-time buyers.
Indian carmaker Tata Motors has launched the much anticipated Tiago hatchback earlier this month. Last December, we were invited to Goa to check out the Tiago is flesh and take her for a spin around town. Read on to find out what we discovered.
Built on Ford latest global platform, the all-new Figo is an able and worthy successor to one of Ford most well-known and trusted nameplates in India. We got behind the wheel of the second generation Ford Figo 1.5-litre TiVCT petrol and 1.5-litre TDCi diesel for a drive from Delhi to Agra and back. Read on to find out what we discovered.
Korean carmaker Hyundai has recently launched its much awaited compact SUV Creta with prices starting from Rs 8.60 lakh for the base petrol and Rs 9.46 lakh for the base diesel (ex-showroom, New Delhi).
Following the footsteps of Maruti Suzuki, Honda, Hyundai and Tata, American carmaker Ford has become the most recent auto manufacturer to join the bandwagon as they gear up to launch the Figo Aspire compact sedan in August. Created specifically for the Indian market, the sub-four-metre Figo Aspire hopes to woe customers with its dynamic design, smart technology, advanced safety features, and fuel efficient petrol and diesel engines.
Japanese carmaker Honda is gearing up to launch the new Jazz in India on July 8, 2015. The Honda Jazz will compete with the Hyundai Elite i20 and Volkswagen Polo. But does the new Jazz have what it takes to outsell the Elite i20 or beat the Polo hands down? We spent an entire day with the all new Honda Jazz VX (Petrol), V (Petrol CVT) and V (Diesel) in Goa to unravel the mystery for you. Read on to find out what we discovered.
Maruti Suzuki launched the facelifted Alto K10 featuring styling updates both on the exterior and interior along with a new chassis and automated manual gearbox. The new gen Alto K10 is available in six variants including a CNG variant. The VXi (optional) variant also gets a driver-side airbag.
We had first seen the 2014 Toyota Corolla Altis in flesh at the Delhi Auto Expo held in February this year and the vehicle is presently in its 11th generation. Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) recently launched the New Toyota Corolla Altis with prices starting from Rs 12,52,021 for the base petrol and Rs 13,60,344 for the base diesel (ex-showroom Kolkata).
In order to further strengthen its position in this segment, Hyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL) has introduced the 1.0-litre Kappa engine for Eon priced at Rs 3.94 lakh (ex-showroom Kolkata). The new 1.0-litre Eon is being offered along with the existing 0.8-litre Eon range and will be available in a single Magna+ trim only for the time being.
here a perception bump the Nano needs to overcome. With this GenX version, we are confident that customers will see just how much value the Nano provides.These are the words from a top Tata Motors official, and that exactly what wee here to find out.
Renault tasted success in India with the Duster SUV. While some of its other products have been slow sellers, the all-new Lodgy MPV has all the ingredients to make it a best-seller from the get go. Here why we think so.
Four years ago, when Hyundai first launched the new luidicVerna in India, it did the seemingly impossible: knocked the Honda City off its perch as the king of the C segment. The King is Dead, Long Live the King. But that history; today C-segment cars have taken the game to the next level, and Hyundai is the one who fallen behind. We drive the ewVerna, and see if it good enough to beat the best in what is now an extremely competitive and crowded segment of the Indian car market.
Four metres: cars that are less than or equal to 4,000 mm in length enjoy excise benefits in India. While the compact sedan class today contributes a large chunk of the market, Datsun take is distinctly different. So, what do we have here? Mini-MPV? Station-wagon? An XL-sized hatch?
After the success Tata Motors has enjoyed with the recently-launched Zest compact sedan, the company is now following through with the Bolt hatchback. The hatchback segment is far more crowded and competitive, and so the Bolt will surely face tougher going compared to the Zest, but wee here to check out whether this Tata hatchling can ruffle the feathers of the establishment.
There always the risk of drowning in superlatives when you drive something like a Mercedes-Benz S-Class, but as our road test has proved, these plaudits are not without reason. Here, we get inside and behind the wheel of the S 500 L.
Adjectives aside, the new Elite i20 from Hyundai is an all-new car, designed and engineered to take on the biggest global brands in the ultra-competitive hatchback market. We give it the thorough road test treatment to see how the new i20 stacks up.
Jaguar 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged XF may be the cheapest car it sells in India, but does that compromise this big cat character in any way? We seek to find out after this road test, which combined city driving, highway and handling tests.
There something awesome about driving a segment-first car. Arguably, the new Audi A3 is exactly that a compact luxury sedan. So, just how compact, and how much luxury exactly? We find out
One can say there has been much Great Expectation from Tata Motors, ever since it revealed its plans for an all-new compact sedan and hatchback at the Auto Expo this year. Wee had a go in in this eagerly-awaited compact sedan at last. The Tata Zest is the first in a triumvirate of three exciting and relevant new cars from Tata Motors, the other two being the Tata Bolt hatch and the Nexon compact SUV. So, just how much zest does the little Tata pack?
Honda stated aim of becoming India third-largest car-maker is already coming true. But the Big H is far from resting on its laurels. The new Honda Mobilio MPV is due to be launched in India on July 23rd. We get behind the wheel to bring you this exhaustive road test of Honda India latest family car.
Ford is gearing up to launch the 2014 Ford Fiesta in India sometime later this month. With a stunning new look, revised interiors, improved safety and several segment-first features like the globally acclaimed SYNC with Ford AppLink, the American carmaker is aiming to carve a niche for itself in the mid-size sedan segment.
Three years after it was launched, Nissan has revamped the Sunny. While the most obvious changes are to the exterior styling and interior appointments, it has numerous changes which are more than skin deep. We get behind the wheel in Port Blair to bring you this in-depth road test of the new Nissan Sunny.
The 2014 Fiat Linea was first unveiled in India at this year Delhi Auto Expo. An array of design changes on the exterior and an all-new dashboard on the inside seems to form the crux of this face-lift exercise with the powertrain and most others aspects being carried forward from the outgoing model.
Globally, Mercedes-Benz wants to increase its product offerings beyond the traditional Luxury segments it operates in. The new A-Class hatchback is Mercedespremium offering for customers in this class. In India, the new A-Class is offered in both petrol and diesel versions, and we get behind the wheel of both to bring you this detailed road test of the Mercedes-Benz India A180 Sport and A180 CDI Style.
The ewRenault Koleos receives a face-lift, two new powertrain options, and a reduced price. Does this make it a compelling proposition? We test drove the new Koleos for a day to bring you this SUV review.
Renault Fluence heralded the car-maker entry into the Indian passenger car market back in 2011. Three years later, Renault India has launched a revised, refreshed and face-lifted version of the Fluence sedan. We get behind the wheel to see what it is all about. Read our detailed road test of the new Renault Fluence.
We told you Hyundai would be making a compact sedan version of the Grand i10; we told you it would be cheaper than both the Dzire and the Amaze, and we told you it would reprise the ccentnameplate. Well, wee finally gotten behind the wheel of the new Hyundai Xcent to bring you a complete, in-depth road test of the latest challenger in the compact sedan market.
Maruti all-new Celerio sets the tone for what could be an exciting new chapter in Indian motoring history. Equipped with an Auto Gear Shift, or what Maruti-Suzuki calls Z Drive Technology the new Celerio aims to provide the convenience of an automatic transmission without the traditional disadvantages, viz. poorer fuel efficiency, which used to dog traditional automatic transmissions. So does it work? That what wee here to find out.
Exactly sixteen years and three generations since the Honda City was first introduced in India in January 1998, Honda Cars India Ltd. (HCIL) has launched the all-new fourth-generation Honda City with prices starting from Rs 7.39 lakh for the base petrol trim. The bigger news is that the Honda City will now be available in diesel too with the base diesel variant being priced at Rs 8.60 lakh, ex-showroom Kolkata.
The all-new Datsun Go is the first new car from the resurrected Datsun brand. Thirty-three years after Nissan put Datsun to rest, it has revived the brand as its low-cost arm in emerging markets. Wee just driven its first new car, called simply the Go. So, just how much get-up-and-Go does this little hatchback provide?
Hyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL) has launched the third generation Santa Fe at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo. The refreshed Hyundai Santa Fe is available in a single engine option - the third generation 2.2-litre CRDi engine equipped with e-VGT turbocharger with prices starting from Rs 2,630,000 for the 2WD MT and going up to Rs 2,925,000 for the 4WD AT, (ex-showroom, Delhi).
General Motors India has launched the facelifted Chevrolet Cruze in October 2013 with prices starting at Rs 14.12 lakh for the base LT trim and going up to Rs 16.69 lakh for the top LTZ AT variant (ex-showroom, Kolkata).
Italian auto manufacturer Fiat has launched the Linea Classic in September 2013. The Linea Classic is a more economically priced version of the regular Linea sedan.
The new BMW 3 Series was launched by none other than Sachin Tendulkar. The batting maestro has since retired, but we reprise a drive in the 3 Series, arguably BMW single most important model in the country. The new BMW 3 Series is available in a total of 5 variants, with two engine options. Here, wee driven the BMW 320d Sport Line.
Jaguar Land Rover is riding the crest of a wave of growing sales and burgeoning profitability worldwide. This golden period is driven primarily by its product pipeline and superb brand management. Things have never been this good for Land Rover, and we get behind the wheel of the latest Range Rover Sport, which reaffirms the company?s credentials as a maker of unimpeachable luxury off-roaders. Did I just give the game away? Perhaps, but let me tell you more.
In principle, the concept is sound; a sporty, fun-to-drive hatchback with all the character BMWs are renowned for. We get behind the wheel of BMW’s smallest car offering in India to see whether the 1 Series truly is the best sporting luxury hatchback one can buy in the country.
Maruti Suzuki has launched a new version of the popular WagonR hatchback called the Stingray. Priced at Rs 4.34 lakh (ex-showroom, Kolkata) for the base LXi trim, the Stingray slots in above the current WagonR and is powered by the same K-series petrol powerplant that does duty on its stable mate – the Wagon R. The Maruti Suzuki Stingray will be available in LXi and VXi variants with ABS and driver airbag available as a cost option on the top VXi trim.
We told you Nissan would make its own version of Alliance partner Renault’s popular Duster SUV for the Indian market over a year ago. Well, we finally get to drive it. Here’s the lowdown on this new compact SUV, which is sure to shake up this increasingly-crowded segment a little more.
This is the all-new, third-generation Skoda Octavia, the most important car in the Czech manufacturer’s line-up. It will be launched in India in early October. We get behind the wheel of the new Octavia sedan in Himachal Pradesh, putting it through its paces in some truly gruelling terrain. I don’t want to give the game away, but we did come back mighty impressed. Skoda will launch the new Octavia with a total of four different powertrain options, of which we’ve driven three.
The new Mahindra XUV 500 has been launched to rapturous applause. We get behind the wheel of M&M’s winner. The variant we’ve driven is the front-wheel drive W8, which is fully-loaded with all the features you could wish for.
Hyundai has designs on becoming the No 1 car-maker in India. To usurp Maruti’s throne, Hyundai knows it has to fight in the compact segment, which is where the Grand i10 comes in. Smartly positioned between the existing i10 and i20, the new Grand i10 will form the fifth hatchback model from Hyundai. We drive this latest hatchback car, to give you the complete lowdown of how it performs.
Mahindra’s MUV has won a certain fan following, but sales of this utility vehicle haven’t been spectacular. With the H-Series Xylo (so called because the mHawk engine replaces the previous mEagle power unit), M&M is hoping for better numbers. It has widened the Xylo’s appeal by offering a broader spread of variants, and equipping the Xylo with many features to make it as good value as possible. Has Mahindra pulled it off? We put the new Xylo to the test to find out.
Jaguar’s re-emergence as a luxury car-maker has ridden much on the shoulders of the XF saloon. From being a company which was regarded as a has-been to being the only brand globally to rub shoulders with the German Big Three of Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi, Jaguar today is poised for greater things. Developed under Ford’s watch, the XF as we know it is now over 5 years old. It has received a face-lift in 2012, and now it has a new 2.2-litre oil burner under the hood as well.
The Toyota Innova forms a very important part of Toyota’s product portfolio in the Indian market. The Innova was launched in 2005 and ever since it has proved itself to be a good performer contributing significantly to Toyota’s revenue in India. Toyota Kirloskar Motors claims to have sold over 4 lakh units of the Innova MPV since the time of its launch. Today, the Toyota Innova is common sight on Indian roads and beyond doubt enjoys the status of being regarded as a very popular and reliable MPV.
Call it a hatchback, notchback, compact car or by whatever name that you desire, but the long and short of it is that the Mahindra Verito Vibe is a sub-4 metre version of the company's Verito sedan with a chopped and redesigned rear.
First impressions often end up being lasting impressions. We get behind the wheel of Force Motors’ first attempt at the burgeoning SUV market in India. Is the Force One simply a case of mere opportunism, or does there lay real substance behind rough and tough exterior? Join us for the drive as we attempt to find out.
Rising petrol prices over the last year and half and a steadily increasing demand for diesel vehicles finally witnessed Japanese auto manufacturer Honda take the plunge and launch their first ever diesel vehicle in India – the 1.5-litre i-DTEC powered Honda Amaze compact sedan.
General Motors (GM) India has launched the Chevrolet Enjoy MPV. The Enjoy is the third product from the company’s Chinese partner Shanghai Automotive Industries Corporation (SAIC) in the last six months. GM India has launched the Sail U-VA hatchback last November and the Sail sedan this February. The Chevrolet Enjoy will compete with the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and the Nissan Evalia.
The Micra always had a lot going for it, from good built quality and Japanese reliability, a fuel-efficient petrol engine (a diesel joined the range soon after) and a fast-expanding dealer network. Despite all the right ingredients, the Micra never found the sales numbers it richly deserved. Now however, with Nissan having addressed the Micra’s one valid criticism – the designed by committee approach was always fraught with pitfalls – can this car stage a fight back?
The Jaguar F-Type returns the brand to its original roots, that of a sportscar manufacturer. The name ‘F-Type’ is the greatest clue yet, a powerful homage to the grand old E-Type from the 1960s and ‘70s. The new Jaguar F-Type will be available with a choice of three different engines, which includes two 3.0-litre V6 engines and a 5.0-litre V8. We drive Jaguar’s most recent offering along some sinuous roads in Spain’s wine country to bring you this exclusive test drive report.
The Ssangyong Rexton ‘by Mahindra’ is the first product from the Korean car-maker in India, better known for its SUVs. For those bewildered by M&M’s acquisition of the beleaguered Korean car company, don’t be; it may not be a ‘sexy’ brand like Land Rover, but it has potential, not just in developing markets like India, but in evolved automotive market places as well. While that might be a story for another day, let’s focus our attention on the big, brawny but not so beautiful Ssangyong Rexton.
Positioned as a no-nonsense, no-frills offering in the entry-level sedan segment, the Toyota Etios is available in six variants in three trim levels each in petrol and diesel.
The quest to discover just how good the special edition Audi A6 has fared took us all the way from Calcutta (city of joy) to Jaipur (the pink city) where we got behind the wheel of an Audi A6 2.0 TDI and drove down the Jaipur-Agra Highway. Read on to find out how it performed.
The launch of the Toyota Etios Liva marked the Japanese car manufacturer’s foray into the fiercely competitive and crowded Indian small car segment. The Etios Liva is the most inexpensive Toyota on offer in the Indian market and competes with the likes of Hyundai i20, Volkswagen Polo, Ford Figo and the hot selling Maruti Swift.
Ford India has had a tough innings in India. Apart from the Ford Figo, and the Ford Ikon before that, there has been no car which wears the Blue Oval badge which seems to have caught the Indian car buyer’s fancy. All that could change though with this, the new Ford EcoSport urban SUV. We get behind the wheel to bring you this comprehensive test drive report.
Not too long after introducing the new Sail U-VA hatchback into the Indian market, Chevrolet has brought in its next offering, the new Sail sedan, based on the same platform. We get behind the wheel of Chevrolet’s new entry mid-size challenger to bring you this exclusive twin test of both the petrol and diesel versions.
Mercedes has made a commitment to India; a commitment to offer as many models as possible from its vast repertoire. While the locally-built sedans are obviously the bread-and-butter models for Mercedes, it does offer most of its range as completely built-up units, or CBUs, in our market. We get behind the wheel of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet, which is fully-imported. In India, the E-Class Cabriolet is available with a single engine option – a 3.5-litre petrol V6, christened the E350.
After the success of Nissan Micra petrol, the Japanese auto manufacturer followed it with the launch of the diesel version of the Micra hatchback, utilizing the popular 1.5-litre dCi diesel from the Renault Pulse.
There is little doubt that the Micra hatchback is perhaps the most important car among Nissan’s product line in India. We got behind the wheel of the Nissan Micra Petrol XV and drove it down Rajarhat to discover has got what it takes to topple some of its more established competitors. Read on to find out what we found out.
Maruti Suzuki has recently launched a face-lifted version of its ‘Blue-Eyed-Boy’ – the WagonR hatchback at a price of Rs 3.77 lakh for the base LX variant, ex-showroom Kolkata.
Renault’s Scala sedan is a recent entrant to the hyper-competitive mid-size sedan segment, but has managed to carve a niche all its own. Based largely on the Nissan Sunny, Renault has tried to position the Scala as the more premium of the two, a strategy which has met with measure success. Now, Renault has broadened its product offering with the launch of the new Scala CVT. The Renault Scala CVT is the automatic transmission variant, sporting a compact and frugal continuously variable transmission.
The Nissan Sunny is the company’s second Indian made vehicle and forms an important part of the company’s product portfolio. First to arrive was the petrol variant in September 2011 and in less than three months, the company launched the diesel variant keeping in tune with the market demand and rising petrol prices across the globe.
In many ways, the new Hyundai Elantra is the Korean car-maker’s most significant model globally. To put it in context, you need to understand that the Neo Fluidic Elantra takes on the big guns, viz. the Toyota Corolla and the Honda Civic, in that most competitive market of them all – North America. It’s a battle that Hyundai desperately wants to win, and so has thrown in all the delectable ingredients, including premium styling, a feature-rich cabin and wide variety of powertrain options.
Maruti Suzuki has launched the new Alto 800 at the price of Rs 2.60 lakh for the base petrol variant, ex-showroom Kolkata. The Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 will be manufactured at the company’s Gurgaon facility and will be available in three petrol and three factory fitted CNG variants namely the Standard, LX and LXi.
General Motors has launched the much anticipated Chevrolet Sail U-VA hatchback in India earlier this month. The Chevrolet Sail U-VA will be replacing the Aveo U-VA hatchback and has been developed in collaboration with General Motor’s Chinese counterpart – Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC).
The original Range Rover created a sensation when it was first launched more than 40 years ago. Touted as being the most versatile car in the world, Land Rover engineers faced a huge task in improving upon the concept. In fact, so thrilled are existing Range Rover customers, they insisted to Land Rover engineers: “don’t change anything, just make it better”! It’s been a task the company has been hard at work fulfilling. We drive it – no, make that really give it the beans – in Morocco.
Mercedes-Benz has arguably invented the car itself, so if I were to tell you that the convertible hardtop/coupe concept is also a Mercedes original, you shouldn’t be too surprised. Here, we put the car which invented this genre, the Mercedes SLK, through its paces. This is the third-generation Mercedes-Benz SLK, internally designated as the R172, which was launched internationally a little over a year ago.
Almost two years since the Ford Figo was launched in India, the company decided to give its B segment hatchback a face-lift and launch its refreshed avatar just ahead of the upcoming festive season to cash in on the upbeat mood.
The original Safari, launched in 1998, well and truly took the market by storm, being the first ‘upmarket’ product in that space. Fourteen years later, here we have it – the new Tata Safari Storme. We drive the new Safari Storme on a brief off-road course and some broken terrain, while also quickly putting it through its paces on the twisty hills around Pune. Does the new Safari have enough in its armoury to take the Indian SUV market by Storme?
The low development cost base offered in China was something which could be leveraged very lucratively and that is how the Chevrolet Sail hatchback and sedan were pencilled in to GM’s India model strategy. The name Sail U-VA for the hatchback variant we’ve driven here (the sedan will come towards the end of 2012, or maybe early 2013), was something we’d exclusively confirmed back in May. The U-VA suffix is a nod to the earlier Aveo U-VA, which didn’t set sales charts on fire in India.
Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) has launched the much awaited Quanto compact UV last week at the price point of Rs 6.23 lakh (ex-showroom Kolkata) for the base C2 variant. The name 'Quanto' is a derivative of the word 'Quantum'. The Quanto name has been chosen by Mahindra to associate the new vehicle with qualities like maximum space, seats, power and performance.
Tata Motors’ journey as a car maker isn’t that old. But its utility-vehicle derived heritage nonetheless, Tata Motors has evolved into a maker of modern cars, fit for sale in markets around the world. In some ways, the Aria is the boldest statement from Tata yet, and is the biggest and most expensive passenger vehicle to emerge from its factories.
The numeral “4” in the Land Rover Discovery 4’s name doesn’t stand for four-wheel drive, as some may assume, but instead establishes this model of the Discovery as the fourth-generation in the genesis of this popular luxury off-roader.
Mahindra Verito is a no-frills, entry level sedan that offers a lot of space, good reliability and fuel efficiency at the best price. Mahindra has recently launched the New Look Verito with a facelift. Mahindra has priced the new Verito at Rs 5.30 lakh for the base petrol and Rs 6.30 lakh for the base diesel model, both prices being ex-showroom, Kolkata.
In May 2011, French carmaker Renault launched its very first car in the Indian market – Renault Fluence. At the launch, Len Curran of Renault had made a promise to everyone gathered that afternoon that Renault will launch five cars across segments in the coming 18 months. In months to follow, Renault went on to launch the Koleos, followed by the Pulse and finally the Duster. And a little over 15 months since the promise was made, Renault is all set to launch its fifth car in India – Renault Scala.
The soon-to-be-launched Nissan Evalia is the third made-in-India vehicle from the Japanese manufacturer, after the Micra hatchback and the Sunny sedan. With the Evalia, Nissan hopes to tackle the lucrative MPV/MUV segment in the country, which is displaying robust growth.
For India, the X3 is available with a choice of two different engine variants, which include a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel and a 3.0-litre 6-cylinder diesel. Both variants have all-time four wheel drive and both come with an 8-speed gearbox as standard. The variant we’ve driven here is the BMW X3 xDrive30d, which has the 3.0-litre engine.
Would it be a claim too high to say the new Renault Duster is one of the most eagerly anticipated launches of 2012? Perhaps not. French car maker Renault has much to say about how the Indianised Duster with a lot of ‘masala’ will be a segment breaker. We get behind the wheel to find out.
The Rapid is the newest member of the Skoda family. Just one look at this latest offering from Skoda’s stable and one can’t but help be reminded of the Volkswagen Vento. It is no hidden secret that Volkswagen and Skoda share engines and platforms and the Skoda Rapid is basically the VW Vento with a few tweaks.
Skoda is an ambitious brand for sure. After initially tasting success with the Octavia and Laura, the company has followed it up with the new Superb. Our test drive reveals why the Skoda Superb remains the pick of the Premium Sedan market.
The Chevrolet Tavera started life as an Isuzu Panther. General Motors at one time held a controlling stake in Isuzu (now no longer), which is how the Tavera nee Panther found its way to Indian shores. So what’s new about the Neo 3? A mild facelift for starters, but more significantly, a new engine. Read on for more.
The cheeky little Chevrolet Spark has been around for a number of years now. Chevrolet India is keen to maintain its presence in the lucrative sub-compact segment of the Indian car market. We drive the revised and improved Chevy Spark, ahead of the face-lifted new model which we expect by end-2012.
With an all new-fluidic styling and first-in-segment features that should help in prolonging the shelf life of this premium hatchback in India, the new Hyundai i-Gen i20 has been launched in 12 variants (seven petrol and five diesel) and six colour options.
The Ford Fiesta Classic nee Fiesta was first launched in 2006. At the time, it was available with a choice of three engines – two petrols and one diesel. The new Ford Fiesta was launched last year, and the original Fiesta was renamed ‘Fiesta Classic’. We test drive the 1.6 Duratec Classic, which slots in at the lower end of the mid-size sedan market.
The Honda Brio is the first true small car from the Japanese manufacturer. After a torrid 2011, which saw Honda having to discount its models heavily to keep sales going, the Brio has helped hold the fort. We get behind the wheel of Honda’s first mass market car for India – the little Honda Brio hatchback. But has Honda finally managed to crack the code?
After two years of launching its budget sedan, the Indigo CS, Tata Motors came up with a new range of Indigo CS called the Indigo eCS series. This new car’s engine is BS IV emission norms compliant which make the car eligible to be sold in the 13 cities which have upgraded to BS IV emission norms.
The Maruti Ertiga MPV is a first of sorts from the Indo-Japanese manufacturer. A luxurious family vehicle rather than a bare-basics people carrier unlike the Omni and Eeco, Maruti hopes to capture a whole new segment of the market, and accelerate its market share beyond 50 % once again.
The new Audi Q3 might be fashionably late, but it has enough and more in its arsenal to be the life of the party. ‘Start Young’ is Audi’s slogan for the soon-to-be-launched Q3 SUV, and makes things clear as to the demographic the company is targeting. There’s much to like about the new Q3, and it makes a very good first impression.
Hyundai’s new Eon is a significant car for the Korean manufacturer, and a model which marks a new strategy and approach to the Indian market. For the first time in its illustrious history in India, will there be two products from its stable competing at a similar price point. The new Hyundai Eon is slightly cheaper than its Santro stable mate, but the two cars’ prices overlap across the range. But let’s not judge the Eon that way, and instead let’s look at it independently.
The recently launched Renault Pulse is the first of the truly mass-market Renaults in India. Following on from the successful introduction of the Fluence sedan and Koleos SUV, the Pulse will in many ways drive the Renault brand into the mindspace of the Indian car buyer.
The new for 2012 Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire seeks to capitalise on what seemingly is a loophole in government legislation – excise benefits for cars less than 4 metres in length. With this being the major talking point of the new Dzire, Maruti’s engineers have worked backwards to ensure the car meets this critical parameter.
History, past, precedent, call it what you will, the fact remains that India and Indians continue to view Hyundai as a maker of small cars. All has been hunky-dory in the B and C segments, but the marketplace hasn’t caught on fire with the car-maker’s other offerings. With the Santa Fe, all that could change
Hindustani is a dialect widely spoken throughout India. It is a pot-pourri of mainly Hindi and Urdu, peppered with Arabic, Sanskrit and Persian words and phrases, and lately English as well. Widely spoken in the Indian subcontinent, it is the default lingua franca in most parts of our country. Into this eclectic mix, Renault has thrown in some French flavour
Ford’s new Fiesta will be parachuted straight into the fire-fight of 2011 – the Battle of the Sedan. It brings enough ammo though, including the choice of petrol and diesel motors, voice-recognition technology, a blend of nimble handling and planted ride, and good looks.
Michael Jackson would probably drive this car, so a little plagiarism from one of his hit songs is apt for this little Chevy.
Nissan’s second made-in-India product, the new Sunny sedan. The new Nissan Sunny is global car, and will be sold in 170 countries around the world. Indian production will be exported to the Middle East, Africa and Europe.
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