Will be on sale from August to October 2016.
Following the teaser, Datsun India has launched the Datsun GO and GO+ ‘Style’ editions. It will be sold in limited numbers between August to October 2016 and is priced at INR 4,06,974 and INR 4,77,552 (ex-showroom Delhi) for the GO Style and GO+ Style, respectively.
The GO+ Style features roof rails, rear spoiler, body graphics and limited edition ‘Style’ logo.
As part of the ‘Style’ edition, the exteriors of both the Datsun GO and GO+ can be finished in an exclusive New Blue or White and Ruby colors. It features roof rails, rear spoiler, body graphics, chrome finished exhaust pipe (Go Style) and limited edition ‘Style’ logo.
Inside, the Go and Go+ feature a dual-tone black-and-beige interior with piano black trim around the centre console, silver finished accents around the gear lever, center console and HVAC vents, black steering wheel and dual-tone faux leather seat covers.
Inside, the Go and Go+ feature a dual-tone black and beige interior with piano black trim around the centre console.
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Both the Datsun GO and GO+ Style editions share the 1.2-liter 3-cylinder petrol engine that outputs 68 bhp and 104 Nm of torque. It’s coupled to a 5-speed manual gearbox that sends power to the front wheels.
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Market launch expected in early-September.
Dealerships have begun accepting bookings for the 2016 Hyundai Elantra in India for a deposit of INR 25,000. Indian Autos Blog contacted at least three dealerships of Hyundai India who confirmed the start of bookings for the new Elantra. However, an email to Hyundai Motor India’s communications department went unanswered at the time of publishing this story.
The new Elantra is expected to be manufactured at Hyundai’s factory in the outskirts of Chennai.
Poised to launch in early-September, the new Elantra is expected to be manufactured at Hyundai’s factory in the outskirts of Chennai. It has been spotted testing on Indian roads multiple times, with camouflage covering up an evolutionary exterior influenced by Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design philosophy. The new Elantra is 20 mm longer and 25 mm wider than the outgoing model.
Inside, the 2016 Elantra will feature a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with satellite navigation, automatic climate control, cruise control, rain sensing wipers and start/stop button.
The new Elantra is 20 mm longer and 25 mm wider than the outgoing model.
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Engine lineup will include a 2.0-liter MPI four-cylinder petrol engine with 149 PS (146.90 hp)/183 Nm of torque and a 1.6-litre four-cylinder CRDi VGT diesel engine that produces 136 PS (134.09 hp) and 306 Nm of torque. Transmission options are reported to be 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic gearboxes.
2016 Hyundai Elantra – Image Gallery [...]
Mercedes has invested Rs 2.65 crore to set up the training centre; course to focus on automotive crash and body structure repair related activity. [...]
A 1,000hp streamliner piloted by Guy Martin to break the motorcycle speed record at the Bonneville Speed Week this month. [...]
The 520d M Sport remains mechanically unchanged, but gets exterior and interior additions; to be produced in Chennai. [...]
Will have its Brazilian debut in November.
The Hyundai Creta has been spied testing in Brazil by Autos Segredos reader Nathalia Mourao. The Hyundai Creta, essentially the global version of the Chinese Hyundai ix25, will reportedly have its Brazilian debut at the 2016 Sao Paulo Auto Show in November.
The Brazilian-spec Hyundai Creta will be powered by the Hyundai HB20’s 1.6-litre CVVT flex-fuel engine.
An earlier report, citing Cassio Pagliarini, Marketing Director, Hyundai Motor Brasil, said that the company is yet to decide if it should go for the ‘Hyundai ix25’ branding or the ‘Hyundai Creta’ branding.
According to the Brazilian publication’s report, the Hyundai Creta will be offered in Brazil with the Hyundai HB20’s 1.6-litre CVVT flex-fuel engine that produces up to 128 bhp and up to 16.5 kgf.m (161.81 Nm) of torque. 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic are likely to be the transmission choices.
The Brazilian-spec Hyundai Creta will be made at the company’s plant in Piracicaba.
Also Read: Production next-generation 2017 Hyundai Verna fully revealed
The Hyundai Creta for Brazil, and possibly many other South American markets, will be made at the Piracicaba plant in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The extent of localization should be a full-scale manufacturing. It will rival the likes of the Honda HR-V, Nissan Juke and Renault Duster in the South American market.
Hyundai Creta – Image Gallery
[Source: Autos Segredos] [...]
Also features a secondary display mounted on the fuel tank.
New spyshots from Motoroids offer a much closer look at the Bajaj Pulsar CS400, ahead of its launch in the coming weeks. The CS400 will be Bajaj’s most powerful motorcycle in its lineup, when it goes on sale.
The spyshot offers a first look at the digital instrument cluster of the production-spec Bajaj Pulsar CS400.
The spyshots offers a first look at the digital instrument cluster of the Pulsar CS400, which displays most of the real-time info in one screen. It also has a small secondary screen on the fuel tank, although it’s unclear as to what info it displays. Other features seen in close-up shots include LED headlamps, telescopic forks, mono-shock rear suspension, single front and rear disc brakes. A single-channel ABS could be standard, while a dual-channel system could be optional.
Powering the Pulsar CS400 is a modified version of the KTM Duke 390’s 373.2 cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine, which will feature Bajaj’s familiar DTS-i spark ignition system and a 6-speed transmission with revised gear ratios.
Powering the Pulsar CS400 is a modified version of the KTM Duke 390’s 373.2 cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine.
Also Read: Bajaj V sells 100,000 units in 120 days – Report
The Bajaj Pulsar CS400 was previewed by the Bajaj Cruiser Sport concept at the Auto Expo 2014. Compared to the concept, there are very little styling changes. The only significant change is that the concept’s front suspension was an inverted fork, while the production-spec model features a conventional telescopic fork.
Bajaj Pulsar CS400 – Image Gallery
[Source: Motoroids] [...]
Mercedes’ SLK convertible has now become the SLC. And there’s quite a bit else that’s accompanied the name change. [...]
Event to enable car enthusiasts to test the carmaker’s M model cars and challenge their driving skills. [...]
Could arrive in showrooms later this month or in September.
A spyshot featuring the side profile of a lightly-camouflaged Tata Hexa has surfaced online, ahead of its market launch expected to take place later this month or in September.
The Hexa features black plastic cladding and side sills, projector headlamps, signature LED DRLs and dual exhaust tailpipes.
The Hexa measures 4,764 mm in length, 1,895 mm in width and 1,780 mm in height, and has a wheelbase of 2,850 mm. The exterior of the Hexa comprises of black plastic cladding and side sills, projector headlamps, signature LED DRLs and dual exhaust tailpipes.
It will be the most feature-packed Tata product when launched, with equipment such as ESP (electronic stability program), diamond-cut alloy wheels, optional 6-seat configuration with captain seats, Harman toucshcreen infotainment system, leather upholstery with twin-needle stitching, mood lighting and 6 airbags.
The Hexa will be the most feature-packed Tata product when launched.
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Under the hood, the Tata Hexa could pack a sub-2.0L diesel engine based on the current 2.2L VARICOR unit, which would enable Tata to sell the Hexa in the Delhi NCR, where diesel-powered cars displacing over 2000 cc are banned. It will be paired to a 6-speed manual or automatic gearbox, and an AWD system will be offered in top-end grade.
Tata Hexa – Image Gallery
[Source: Team-BHP] [...]
South American debut to take place in November.
The Renault Kaptur has been spied testing in Brazil yet again, courtesy Autos Segredos. The new crossover was introduced in Russia in March and will have its South American debut at the 2016 Sao Paulo Auto Show in November.
The Renault Kaptur shares the B0/Logan platform with the Dacia Duster (Renault Duster).
The Renault Kaptur is based on the Dacia Duster‘s B0/Logan platform and is targeted largely at developing countries. It measures 4,333 mm in length, 1,813 mm (excluding door mirrors) in width and 1,613 mm in height, and has a wheelbase of 2,674 mm and a ground clearance of 204 mm. In Russia, Renault offers two engine options: 84 kW (112.60 hp) 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol and 105 kW (140 hp) 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol.
The Renault Kaptur is reported to be offered in Brazil only with the 2.0-litre 16V flex-fuel engine from the Renault Duster initially when it goes on sale in H1 2017. In the second half of the year, a Nissan-sourced 1.6-litre engine will be made available optionally. Both engines will be mated to a continuously variable transmission. Four-wheel drive system, however, will be available only in the 2.0-litre engine model, that too optionally.
The Renault Kaptur is reported to be launched in India in October 2017.
Also Read: Renault Megane Sedan to launch in India next year
Renault will launch the Kaptur in India reportedly in October 2017. It has already been imported in the country for local testing. It will be manufactured alongside the Renault Duster at the Renault-Nissan’s Alliance plant in Oragadam near Chennai.
Renault Kaptur – Image Gallery
[Source – AutosSegredos] [...]
Will enter production by the end of the decade.
In March 2015, Daimler confirmed that it plans to launch the first Mercedes-Benz pickup in the market under the Mercedes-Benz Vans brand. Now, the Mercedes pickup (Mercedes GLT according to media rumors) has been seen in a spy video published on the walkoART YouTube channel.
The Mercedes GLT will be a one-tonne, mid-sized pickup. It’s being developed in cooperation with the Renault-Nissan Alliance. To be specific, it will be Nissan and Daimler who will jointly develop the vehicle. It will be available only in double-cab body style and be targeted at personal-use and commercial customers.
The Mercedes pickup will share some of the architecture with the third generation Nissan NP300 (Nissan Navara). The same pickup truck also spawned the first one-tonne pickup from Renault recently – the Renault Alaskan.
The Mercedes pickup will share some of the architecture with the third generation Nissan NP300 (Nissan Navara).
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The Mercedes GLT will be built by Nissan in the Renault plant in Cordoba, Argentina, along with the Nissan NP300 and the Renault Alaskan, as well as in the Nissan plant in Barcelona, Spain. Production in both locations will commence by the end of the decade. The Mercedes GLT will be targeted at Europe, Australia, South Africa and Latin America.
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Rendering based on the Toyota Passo.
Theophilus Chin has created a rendering of the next generation Perodua Myvi, which is expected to be based on the Toyota Passo hatchback. It could launch in Malaysia next year; almost six years after the current Myvi was launched.
The next gen Myvi could launch in Malaysia next year; almost six years after the current Myvi was launched.
As seen in the rendering, it combines the design cues of the Toyota Passo with the front-end of the Perodua Bezza sedan. The styling in the rendering looks slightly more sedate and mature than the current Myvi, which underwent a minor facelift this year.
It could also source the feature list from the Bezza sedan, where the top-end Advance trim gets keyless entry, push button start, touchscreen infotainment system, an automatic engine start/stop system and Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) on range-topping variants.
The next gen Myvi could source the feature list from the Bezza sedan (pictured).
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Engines for the next gen Perodua Myvi could be sourced from the Toyota NR family, which includes the 1NR-VE 1.3 litre DOHC engine with Dual VVT-i producing 97 hp/121 Nm and 2NR-VE 1.5 litre engine with 104 PS/139 Nm. A 5-speed manual will be standard, while a 4-speed E-AT may be optional.
2016 Perodua Myvi 1.5L Advance – Image Gallery
[Source: Theophilus Chin] [...]
Could be manufactured at Toyota’s new engine plant in Jigani, Karnataka.
Autocar Professional reports that Toyota could manufacture small displacement diesel engines like the 1.4L D-4D at their new engine plant in Jigani, Karnataka, which currently produces the GD-series of engines for the Toyota Innova Crysta.
Currently, the 1.4L engine is imported from Japan, thus amassing custom duties and taxes that affect the final pricing.
The 1.4L diesel engine powers cars like the Toyota Etios and Etios Liva, as well as the Corolla Altis. Given that Toyota is rethinking new investments on the Indian market following the crack-down on diesel powered cars, there is still some uncertainty on its local production.
Should the engine go into local production, it will allow TKM to price its products more competitively. Currently, the 1.4L engine is imported from Japan, thus amassing custom duties and taxes that affect the final pricing of the car.
Based on the Etios sedan, the Etios C (codename) will feature the 1.4L engine in the diesel variant. Seen here is a rendering of the Etios C by Car and Driver Brasil.
Also read: Bookings open for Toyota Innova Crysta petrol
With Toyota looking to introduce a facelift for the Etios as well as a premium Honda City-rival (codenamed Etios C), competitive pricing could help push more volumes in the market. A locally manufactured engine attracts far fewer taxes, thus contributing to a competitive final price.
Toyota Etios Liva Special Edition – Image Gallery
[Source: Autocar Professional] [...]
The Porsche Pajun is likely to get a 507hp engine; to rival Audi A6, Mercedes E-class and BMW 5-series. [...]
With its launch date steadily approaching here is a closer look at the new Bajaj CS 400. [...]
Will be the most powerful Bajaj Pulsar ever launched.
Citing Bajaj Auto President (Business Development & Assurance) S Ravikumar, a report said in May that the Bajaj Pulsar CS400 will be launched in Q3 2016. Now, as per various reports, the the Pulsar CS400 will be launched in August. The development was confirmed by Rajiv Bajaj, CEO, Bajaj Auto, at the company’s annual general meeting, reportedly. The Bajaj Pulsar CS400 is expected to be priced around INR 1.8 lakhs (ex-showroom).
The Bajaj Pulsar CS400 will be powered by a modified version of the KTM Duke 390’s 373.2 cc liquid cooled engine.
Thanks to the regular appearance of test mules through the course of the motorcycle’s development, it’s clear now that the Bajaj Pulsar CS400 hasn’t changed much in appearance in production form from the concept at Auto Expo 2014. A leaked sketch reaffirmed the same.
While previously it was reported that the Bajaj Pulsar CS400 is based on the Bajaj Pulsar RS200’s platform, the new report says that the Bajaj Pulsar CS400 shares its underpinnings with the KTM Duke 390. Also shared with KTM’s sub-400 cc motorcycle, will be a modified version of its 373.2 cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine.
Bajaj has incorporated its DTS-i technology in the KTM Duke 390’s engine according to reports.
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The engine will be mated to a 6-speed transmission. The concept version’s upside-down forks have been replaced by conventional telescopic forks, while at the rear, there will be a monoshock suspension. Carried over from the concept version, will be the all-digital instrument panel and auxiliary digital display. Single front and rear disc brakes with dual-channel ABS will provide the stopping power.
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Mercedes’ first fully electric truck has an admissible total weight of up to 26 tonnes. [...]
The Unstoppable Drive will see Autocar India drive across South-east Asia in yet another epic road trip. [...]
Will be built in the USA and China.
The VW CrossBlue concept was introduced at the 2013 North American International Auto in Detroit. As Volkswagen continues with the development of the CrossBlue concept’s production version using Jeep Grand Cherokee’s body, one of its engineering mules has been spied yet again, courtesy auto.sohu.com.
The VW CrossBlue concept’s production version will be based on the MQB platform.
The VW CrossBlue concept’s production version will share the MQB platform with the VW Tiguan and VW Tiguan LWB (name TBA). The VW CrossBlue concept’s production version will sit as a mid-size crossover rivaling the Honda Pilot and the likes. Positioned even higher, will be the VW T-Prime Concept GTE‘s production version, a full-size premium crossover.
The VW CrossBlue concept’s production version is expected to be largely targeted at USA, Canada and China. The North American-spec model will be manufactured by Volkswagen Group of America at the Chattanooga plant in Tennessee, USA, while the China-spec model will be made locally by SAIC Volkswagen. Production at the Chattanooga plant has been confirmed to commence at the end of 2016.
The VW CrossBlue concept’s production version will enter production at the Chattanooga plant at the end of 2016.
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The VW CrossBlue concept’s production version could be offered with the 3.6-litre V6 from the VW Passat and a 2.0-litre turbocharged gasoline engine in the U.S. market. Also, considering the high demand of electrified vehicles in the USA and China, a hybrid variant may also be in the cards.
VW CrossBlue – Image Gallery
[Image Source: auto.sohu.com] [...]
Hyundai India is prepping to launch the next generation 2016 Hyundai Elantra this year, with reports narrowing it down to a date in September. Here are five things we know about Hyundai’s latest executive sedan.
1. Dimensions and design
The new Elantra measures 4,610 mm in length, 1,800 mm in width and 1,450 mm in height, and has a wheelbase of 2,700 mm, making it 20 mm longer and 25 mm wider than the outgoing model.
The exterior of the 2016 Hyundai Elantra is influenced by Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design philosophy, and is an evolution of the previous design. The India-spec Elantra will get sleek projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights, large hexagonal grille with chrome inserts, 16-inch alloy rims, LED taillights, shark fin antenna and parking sensors
2. Engine options
According to various reports, the India-spec 2016 Hyundai Elantra will offer an option between a 2.0-liter MPI four-cylinder petrol engine with 149 PS (146.90 hp)/183 Nm of torque and a 1.6-litre four-cylinder CRDi VGT diesel engine that produces 136 PS (134.09 hp) and 306 Nm of torque. Transmission options are reported to be 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic gearboxes.
3. Features expected
The next gen Elantra is likely to be a feature-packed sedan, considering the segment it’s competing in. It will feature a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system that could offer Android Auto and Apple Carplay support, satellite navigation, automatic climate control, cruise control, rain sensing wipers and start/stop button.
4. Market Launch
A report from NDTV’s Car and Bike stated that the 2016 Hyundai Elantra will see its Indian market launch in the first week of September 2016. Currently, it’s undergoing testing at various cities in India.
5. Expected price
Hyundai India will assemble the 2016 Hyundai Elantra with CKD kits, and could be priced between INR 15-18 Lakhs for the petrol variant and INR 16-20 Lakhs for diesel (ex-showroom)
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Launch pushed back to end of this year.
According to Overdrive, Hyundai India could push back the launch of the 2016 Hyundai Tucson from September (rumored) to the end of this year. So far, Hyundai is yet to confirm a launch date of the mid-size 5-seat SUV in India.
Reports suggest that the Tucson could be priced between INR 17-22 lakhs (ex-showroom).
Overdrive believes that the Hyundai Tucson could cannibalize the sales of the new 2016 Hyundai Elantra, which is also expected to launch in September. Given that SUVs are more popular in the market and the two models could be closely priced, Hyundai could give the new Elantra some time to establish itself in the market before launching its SUV sibling.
Both models will be assembled locally with CKD kits at good localization levels, thus allowing Hyundai to price them competitively. Reports suggest that the Tucson could be priced between INR 17-22 lakhs, while the Elantra’s prices are expected to range between 12-18 lakh (both ex-showroom).
Hyundai could give the new Elantra some time to establish itself in the market before launching its SUV sibling.
Also Read: Hyundai Creta prices to increase by INR 15,000 – Report
Unlike the Elantra, Hyundai had revealed the Tucson to the Indian public at the Auto Expo 2016 this February. It could pack a 2.0-liter (1,995 cc) CRDi engine available in power outputs of 136 PS and 184 PS, and with 6-speed manual and automatic transmissions.
2016 Hyundai Tucson – Image Gallery
[Source: Overdrive] [...]
Will launch in Indonesia at GIIAS 2016.
A Toyota Calya is being showcased at a dealership in Indonesia ahead of its launch expected to take place at the 2016 Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show, which will be held between August 11-21 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Dealers could be accepting bookings for the Calya MPV ahead of its premiere.
Top-end variants of the Toyota Calya will ride on 14 inch alloy wheels, as seen in the model above.
As seen in older images of undisguised examples, the front fascia has a bold chrome bar flanked by a pair of angular headlamps, while the bumper houses a large hexagonal grille with a chrome applique and round foglamps. At the back, it features Toyota Innova Crysta-inspired taillamps, roof spoiler and a bold chrome garnish above the registration plate area.
Top-end variants will ride on 14 inch alloy wheels, as seen in the model above. The Calya measures 4,070 mm in length, 1,655 mm in width and 1,600 mm in height, and has a wheelbase of 2,525 mm and a ground clearance of 180 mm.
The Calya gets a plain three-spoke steering wheel and analogue instrument cluster with a small multi-info display and round HVAC vents on either sides.
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Inside, the Calya features a console mounted gear selector that sits beside the HVAC controls and floating dashboard design finished in dual-tone beige and black. It also gets a plain three-spoke steering wheel and analogue instrument cluster with a small multi-info display and round HVAC vents on either sides.
The Toyota Calya is only available with a 3NR-FE 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 88 PS (87.76 hp) at 6,000 rpm and 108 Nm of torque at 4,200 rpm. Transmission options include a 5-speed manual as standard, while a 4-speed automatic transmission is optional.
Toyota Calya – Image Gallery
[Source: AutonetMagz] [...]
Will be launched in India in August.
Just days after its sketch was leaked, the Bajaj Pulsar CS400 has been spied sans camouflage for the first time, courtesy Autocar India. The Bajaj Pulsar CS400 will reportedly be launched in India in August.
The concept version’s USD forks have been replaced by conventional telescopic forks.
The Bajaj Pulsar CS400 was first showcased as a concept ‘Cruiser Sport’ motorcycle at Auto Expo 2014. The production version will debut after over two years, but with little aesthetic changes, if any. The company seems to be bridging the gap between the sports and naked motorcycles with a hybrid of the two. The production CS400 looks very much like how we had previewed in renderings earlier this year.
The Bajaj Pulsar CS400 will reportedly be powered by a modified version of the KTM Duke 390’s 373.2 cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine. This engine will feature the familiar DTS-i spark ignition system and channel power to the wheel via a 6-speed transmission.
The Bajaj Pulsar CS400 will be powered by a modified version of the KTM Duke 390’s 373.2 cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine.
Also See: Bajaj Pulsar CS400 shows its headlight and taillight pattern
A few key features of the Bajaj Pulsar CS400 known so far are telescopic forks, mono-shock rear suspension, all-digital instrument cluster, auxiliary digital display on the fuel tank and single front and rear disc brakes. Word out there is that there will be a single-channel ABS as standard, while a dual-channel could be made available optionally.
Bajaj Pulsar CS400 – Image Gallery
[Source: Autocar India] [...]
Tax breaks for cars powered by sub-3.0-litre engines in India has enabled Mercedes to price the AMG SLC 43 at a lower rate. [...]
Changes could be similar to the Brazilian-spec 2016 Toyota Etios.
Toyota is road-testing an updated version of the Toyota Etios sedan in Bangalore, featuring strategically-placed wraps that hide the cosmetic changes. It’s expected to launch in the country during the festive season this year.
The facelifted Etios is expected to launch in the country during the festive season.
To look contemporary in today’s market, it features a redesigned grille, where the sleek lines flow to form a V-shaped grille in the center with 4 slats, as well as new intakes and foglamp enclosures that look similar to the Toyota Vios. The rear-end has a new chrome bar running between the taillamps and a slightly redesigned lower bumper.
An older spyshot has revealed the interior of the new Etios, which seems to feature a new fabric material for the seat upholstery and an updated steering pad with a digital instrument cluster similar to the unit fitted in the Brazilian-spec Etios and the Toyota Prius.
The rear-end has a new chrome bar running between the taillamps and a slightly redesigned lower bumper.
Also Read: Toyota Etios-based sedan (Honda City rival) to launch in Brazil first – Report
Expect the engine lineup to remain unchanged. The current Etios is available with a 1.5L petrol engine and 1.4L diesel engine, which produces 90 PS/132 Nm of torque and 68 PS/170 Nm respectively. The only transmission option is a 5-speed manual gearbox in both variants.
Brazilian-spec 2016 Toyota Etios – Image Gallery
[Source: Motorbeam] [...]
Will be made in Thailand.
The current, second generation Mazda BT-50 is based on the Ford Ranger. Introduced at the 2010 Australian International Motor Show, the pickup truck was given a mid-life facelift last year. Now, with talks about the third generation Mazda BT-50 having started, a report from Paultan says that it will be based on the Isuzu D-Max. A speculative rendering from Theophilus Chin previews the next-gen Mazda BT-50 featuring the company’s latest family design.
Both co-developed pickup trucks will have unique designs.
According to the report, the development was brought to light during a performance presentation for the ASEAN region in Japan by Hiroshi Inoue, the company’s Executive Officer in charge of New Emerging Market Operation (excepting Latin America). Speaking on the collaborative work that will be be done with the new commercial vehicle partner Isuzu, Mr. Inoue confirmed that the alliance will co-develop a new pick-up truck to replace the BT-50.
Mr. Inoue indicated that Mazda and Isuzu iterations will be a lot more different than just their branding, saying that a strategy similar to what’s being used for the Mazda BT-50 and Ford Ranger – having completely different exterior body panels and dashboard – will be used for the new co-developed pickup trucks.
The next-gen Mazda BT-50 will be made alongside the Isuzu D-Max at one of Isuzu’s plants in Thailand.
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Furthermore, Mr. Inoue also spoke about the production of the co-developed pickup trucks. The Thai production of the Mazda BT-50 will continue, but will be relocated from the AutoAlliance Thailand plant in Rayong to one of the Isuzu’s plants where the Isuzu version will also be made. There won’t be an SUV version of the Mazda BT-50, Mr. Inoue confirmed reasoning limited market potential for such vehicles.
2016 Mazda BT-50 – Image Gallery
[Source: Paultan] [...]
The new GLE SUV will likely get a more aggressive look; to be introduced in international markets in 2018. [...]