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Next-gen Suzuki Jimny to be made-in-India – Report
Reported to be based on the Baleno’s lightweight platform. Car and Bike reports that Suzuki will make India the production hub for the next generation Suzuki Jimny. It could be launched in markets like Brazil, Indonesia and Europe before the end of the decade. The Jimny could be launched in markets like Brazil, Indonesia and Europe before the end of the decade. Suzuki’s tough-as-teeth SUV will be based on the Maruti Baleno‘s lightweight platform, offering significant weight savings that could be beneficial when traversing mucky terrain. It will continue to offer the characteristic 4×4 drivetrain, but could be powered by the 112 PS 1.0L Boosterjet engine from the export-spec Maruti Baleno. Given that a 3-door mini SUV is a niche in the Indian market, Maruti is likely to introduce the Jimny as an extended, 4-door version in India, should the manufacturer consider a launch. As the Jimny name would be new to regular car buyers, Maruti could consider launching it as a long-time successor to the iconic Gypsy to garner attention. Like the Maruti Vitara Brezza, it can be sold as a sub-4m SUV, competing against the likes of the Mahindra TUV300. Given that a 3-door mini SUV is a niche in the Indian market, Maruti is likely to introduce the Jimny as an extended, 4-door version in India. Also Read: Maruti Ignis reportedly getting AMT in petrol and diesel The Jimny will be manufactured at Maruti’s new plant in Gujarat, which will commence operations in 2017. The first car to be produced will be the Maruti Baleno, followed by the next gen Suzuki Swift Dzire reportedly. Suzuki Jimny – Image Gallery [Source: Car and Bike] [...]
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Kia to finalize Indian plant next month, Andhra likely option – Report
Likely to be located closer to Hyundai India’s plant. According to Reuters, Kia Motors will finalize a location for their first production plant in India next month. Reports suggest that it will be located in Andhra Pradesh, so as to have a close proximity with sister brand Hyundai’s plant located in the outskirts of Chennai. One likely product Kia could consider for India is the Picanto, which is based on the Hyundai i10. Operations are expected to commence in 2019, and the plant will be capable of producing 300,000 vehicles a year. Kia’s products for India would share platforms with Hyundai’s established models, which are almost fully localized in the market. Other than working on local production, Kia will also develop independent retail network and strategies, rather than leveraging on sister brand Hyundai’s wide dealership network. This will help Kia establish a distinct brand identity, similar to the likes of Nissan and Renault’s relationship. Kia will also develop an independent retail network and strategies. Also Read: 2017 Kia Rio sedan spotted for the first time Rumors of Kia’s entry in India have been circling for a long time. Various products like the Kia Picanto and Kia Venga have been spotted testing on Indian roads, although the tests were not affiliated with Kia’s entry into India; rather rival carmakers were using these for benchmarking purposes. Kia Picanto – Image Gallery [Source: Reuters] [...]
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F1: Rosberg snatches Hungary pole in wild session
Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo wound up third fastest, just 0.172s slower than second-placed Hamilton in a session he called "crazy". [...]
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Fifteen new Mclaren models by 2022
Mclaren Track22 strategy entails new car launches that include hybrids, track specials and an iconic F1 remake. [...]
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Mercedes roadmap reveals GLA Coupe, new E Class models, S Class facelift – Report
All-new Mercedes G-Class not arriving before 2018. So far this year, Daimler has unveiled the 2016 Mercedes E-Class, 2016 Mercedes E-Class LWB, 2016 Mercedes E-Class Estate, 2016 Mercedes CLA and Mercedes GLC Coupe. The German auto giant has many more models set to roll-out in 2017, which it has revealed in its Q2 and H2 2016 results report. The new generation Mercedes E-Class range will be expanded next year with introduction of coupe and cabriolet versions. In 2017, Daimler will introduce the next-gen Mercedes E-Class Coupe, next-gen Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet, a rugged version of the Mercedes E-Class Estate, which it currently refers to as ‘Mercedes E-Class All Terrain’ and the new Mercedes GLA (facelift) in the mainstream passenger car range. Also debuting in 2017, will be the Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster, that will be followed by the Mercedes-AMG GT C Coupe. Perhaps, the most important debut will be from the Mercedes-Benz Vans brand – the Mercedes Pickup (name TBA). The first-ever Mercedes-Benz pickup truck is said to be named Mercedes-Benz GLT, and has been confirmed to launch in Latin America, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Europe. The Mercedes-Benz pickup has been confirmed to launch in Latin America, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Europe. Also See: 2017 Mercedes GLA (facelift) spotted – Video The official document confirms that the second generation Mercedes G-Class won’t be introduced in 2017. In India, the new Mercedes models expected to be launched by 2017 include the new generation Mercedes E-Class, new Mercedes CLA (facelift), Mercedes GLC Coupe and new Mercedes GLA (facelift). Mercedes-AMG E 43 Estate – Image Gallery [...]
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MV Agusta inaugurates MotoRoyale dealership in Ahmedabad
The new MV Agusta store sold eight bikes on the day of its opening; retails five of the bike maker's models. [...]
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India-bound Skoda Kodiaq teased in new images, premieres on Sept 1
Will have its world premiere on 1 September. As its debut nears, the Skoda Kodiaq‘s marketing campaign has seen release of a set of new teaser images. Along with releasing the new images, the Czech automaker has also slipped in an announcement that the Skoda Kodiaq will have its world premiere in Berlin on 1 September. Then, at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, the Skoda Kodiaq will have its public debut. The Skoda Kodiaq will be the company’s first production mid-size crossover. Previewed by the Skoda VisionS concept – also a design study showcasing the design language of future Skoda crossovers/SUVs – the Skoda Kodiaq is the company’s first mid-size crossover to be launched in the market. Once launched, the Skoda Superb‘s crossover equivalent will likely become the brand’s new flagship product. The Skoda Kodiaq is based on the VW Group’s MQB platform and will be offered with three TSI petrol and two TDI diesel engines initially. A German media report from earlier this month said that the output of the three petrol engines will range from 125 PS to 180 PS (123.24 hp to 177.47 hp), while the the two diesel engines will produce 150 PS and 190 PS (147.89 hp and 187.33 hp). Transmission choices will include 6-speed manual and DSG dual-clutch automatic. The Skoda Kodiaq will be based on the Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform. Also See: 2017 Skoda Yeti – Rendering The Skoda Kodiaq will go on sale in Europe in early-2017. Its Indian launch is reported to take place in the second half of 2017. While the international markets will get the Kodiaq in 5- and 7-seat versions, it remains to be seen what product strategy Skoda takes up for India. Skoda Kodiaq – Image Gallery [...]
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Isuzu MU-X (Toyota Fortuner-rival) to launch in India this year – Report
Will be assembled in Isuzu’s new plant in Sri City, Andhra Pradesh. Overdrive reports that Isuzu will replace the aged MU-7 with the all new Isuzu MU-X later this year. The MU-X is a body-on-frame SUV that rivals the Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour. The MU-X is a body-on-frame SUV that rivals the Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour. Sharing its underpinnings with the Chevrolet Trailblazer, the Isuzu MU-X features a more contemporary styling that borrows cues from the new D-Max. It sports a chrome grille, flared wheel arches, 16-inch alloy wheels and a wraparound rear windshield similar to the Trailblazer. The similarities with the Trailblazer are also seen inside. The MU-X comes with a silver accented steering wheel, 6-way electrically adjustable driver seat, 6-speaker touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth and navigation, roof-mounted 10-inch DVD monitor, climate control, split and fold second and third row seats, 12 cup holders and 19 cubby holes. Compared to the MU-7, the Isuzu MU-X features a more contemporary styling that borrows cues from the new D-Max. Also Read: Isuzu D-Max V-Cross price starts from INR 12.49 Lakhs [Update] It’s unclear if the MU-X will launch with the smaller RZ4E-TC 1.9-litre turbo-diesel engine that produces 150 PS at 3,600 rpm and 350 Nm at 1,800-2,600 rpm, or the 4JJ1-TCX 3.0-litre turbo-diesel motor that develops 177 PS at 3,600 rpm and 380 Nm at 1,800-2,800 rpm. With the 1.9-liter engine, Isuzu can sell the MU-X in Delhi-NCR where there’s a ban on diesel engines displacing more than 2,000cc. Isuzu MU-X – Image Gallery [Source: Overdrive] [...]
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New video shows BMW G310R alongside KTM Duke 390, Yamaha MT-03
The BMW G310R is expected to launch in India this financial year. The video below, shot in Russia by HM Channel, shows the BMW G310R alongside the KTM Duke 390 and the Yamaha MT-03, two of the key rivals of the G310R. The video allows for an enthusiast to listen to the G310R’s exhaust, and watch its acceleration in comparison to its rivals. [YouTube link] According to a recent report, the BMW G310R will not launch in India this calendar year, rather towards the end of this financial year (February-March 2017). However, TVS Motor, the joint venture partner responsible for manufacturing the motorcycle, will begin exports of the G310R from its plant in Hosur, Tamil Nadu this year. Initial markets include European countries including BMW Motorrad’s home market in Germany. Among the lot, the BMW G310R sports the smallest engine: a 313 cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled unit that develops 34 PS at 9,500 and a peak torque of 28 Nm at 7,500 rpm. The KTM relies on a 375 cc single-cylinder unit while the Yamaha is powered by a 321 cc parallel-twin. ABS and disc brakes at the front and rear will be standard fitment on the BMW G310R. Also read: BMW working on 6-cylinder 160 PS superbike – Rendering The BMW G310R is equipped with a 6-speed gearbox, as is the competition. The G310R also gets disc brakes at both ends and ABS as standard. According to the company, the naked street-fighter has a top-speed of 143 km/h with a kerb weight of 158.5 kg. BMW G310R – Image Gallery [...]
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Mclaren to reinvent iconic F1 with new GT car
The all-new GT car is expected to be powered by a 700hp plus V8 engine; likely to debut in 2018. [...]
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Compact SUV and pick-up part of Tesla’s updated master plan
The second phase of Tesla’s master plan includes increased autonomy and solar-powered roofs. [...]
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Perodua Bezza gets 4,028 bookings in 5 days, launches tonight – Malaysia
To be offered with two engine options. According to a report on Paultan, the Perodua Bezza, which will have its market launch tonight in Malaysia, has racked up 4,028 bookings within a 5-day span. Among the five available variants, 50 percent of bookings was for the 1.3L Advance variant, 35 percent for the 1.3L Premium variant, while the remaining 15 percent comprised the 1.0L variants. The Perodua Bezza is based on the Perodua Axia’s platform, and shares wheelbase dimension with the hatchback. To recap, the Perodua Bezza will offer two petrol engine options. A 1.0 liter 1KR-VE VVT-i unit develops 67 hp and 91 Nm of torque and is paired to 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic transmissions. Next up is a 1.3 liter 1NR-VE Dual VVT-i engine capable of 94 hp and 121 Nm, also available with a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic. Billed as the first sedan for Perodua, the Bezza cost RM 300 million to develop and has 95 percent local content. In recent news, the ASEAN NCAP gave the Bezza a five-star rating for variants equipped with VSC, whereas other models received a four-star rating. Both engine options get 5-MT and 4-AT gearbox options. Also read: 2016 Perodua Myvi 1.5L Advance – In Images The Perodua Bezza is based on the Perodua Axia‘s platform. At the tape, it measures 4,150 mm in length, 1,620 mm in width, 1,510 mm in height, but it shares the 2,455 mm wheelbase with the Axia. At 508 liters, the Bezza has double the trunk capacity of the Axia. Perodua Bezza – Image Gallery [Source: Paultan] [...]
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