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Mercedes Benz GLA Faceliftexpected to launch in India soon

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With more than a dozen cars launched last year in India, Mercedes Benz does not seem to take a break. The International luxury car maker has revealed their latest facelift GLA 45 at Detroit Auto Show recently and is expected to launch in India soon.

The compact SUV has undergone a decent makeover starting from the design to its engine. The exterior design is tweaked with a newly designed grille with new chrome inserts, revamped bumpers, circular fog lamps and optional LED lamps replacing the existing bi-xenon headlamps. New alloy wheels have been provided while the GLA facelift has also grown taller by 30mm accentuating the SUV stance. Rear tail lights also appear new with tinted borders.

Interiors are provided with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with new needles and dials on its instrument cluster. New upholstery and chrome finish on the electric seat controls and the centre console are other visible features on the Facelift GLA.

Under the hood, this new compact SUV gets the same engine for both petrol and diesel while the AMG variant GLA 45 gets a 2L supercharged petrol engine that churns 371bhp and 474.5Nm of torque. The latter sprints from 0-100kmph in 4.4 seconds and its top speed is 250kmph.

As part of the safety features, the GLA 2017 facelift gets a new Active Brake Assist along with the Attention Assist system.

A new top end variant named Yellow Night Edition will be available in a black and yellow dual tone colour scheme with yellow interior highlights as well.

BMW X1 and Audi’s upcoming all new Q3 will be the strong rivals when this facelift model reaches India.

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Vehicle insurance to be renewed only with a valid PUC certificate

Indian Government is on the move to curb pollution levels in the country taking measures at various levels. The latest one to hear is the mandatory requirement of a valid PUC (Pollution under Control) certificate for insurance renewal. The Honourable Supreme Court under a bench headed by Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Deepak Gupta released an order stating that all vehicles in the Delhi-NCR should have a valid PUC certificate to get the insurance renewed annually.


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Jeep Compass rolls out in India at prices starting from Rs.14.95 lakh

The most anticipated SUV of the year, Jeep Compass was officially launched in India on July 31st 2017. Being a locally assembled SUV from Jeep was one of the reasons that paved way for excitement towards this launch. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles had launched two vehicles from the same brand last year, but with a heavy price owing to the fact that they reached India through the CBU route. As a result, these vehicles did not fare well in the Indian market. This was when the company announced its decision to locally manufacture an SUV for retailing not just in India, but also exporting to all right hand drive markets. Now, the wait has come to an end and Jeep Compass rolls out with an affordable price tag with all components of a premium SUV.

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Maruti Suzuki Ignis all set to be launched next month

Maruti Suzuki Ignis to be launched on 13th January 2017

• Addressed as a premium urban crossover, Ignis comes with a lot of unique features for the Indian specific model

• Available in both Petrol and Diesel trims and expected to be priced around Rs.5-7 lakh approximately


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Peugeot buys Ambassador Car brand from Hindustan Motors

Hindustan Motors has signed an agreement with Peugeot, selling Ambassador Brand and certain related rights at a sum of Rs.80 crore. It also said that the proceeds of the sale will be used to clear all pending dues of employees and lenders.


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Maruti Suzuki Swift 2017- Old wine in a new bottle? Find out!

Maruti Suzuki has launched the New Swift 2017 in Japan and it is just months away to the Indian launch. It is expected to reach India in the second half of 2017 and there has been some real buzz about it for quite some time now.
The unique and most loved car since 2005 has chosen a new avatar for the 2017 launch and is being awaited by the enthusiasts all over.


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Honda WR-V ready to hit Indian roads on March 16th, 2017

Honda WR-V (Winsome Runabout Vehicle), the sub compact crossover was unveiled at the 2016 Sao Paulo Motor Show in Brazil. Now, Honda is about to launch the same here in the country on March 16th, 2017. As WR-V rolls here, India will earn the name for being the first country to produce and launch it in the world. Previously named as the Jazz Twist, this crossover is based on the company’s best seller Honda Jazz but is slightly longer and taller than the latter.


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Mercedes Benz India announces plans to bring hybrid & electric car

As the Indian Government has been taking quicker and necessary steps to curb the growing pollution in the country, the automobile market too seems to be rapidly making moves alongside. This year, Indian Government planned to skip the implementation of BS-V norms altogether and is about to leap from BS-IV to VI in next four years, i.e. stricter emission norms by 2020.


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Jeep Compass expected to be priced around 25 lakh

August 1st witnessed the launch of the iconic Jeep Grand Cherokee in India. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles which brought the brand to India as CBU (Completely Built Up) units with a heavy price tag had promised that they will soon launch a Made in India SUV at their new facility (JV with Tata) in Ranjangaon, Pune.


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Isuzu MU-X launched in India at a starting price of Rs.23.99 lakh

MU-X, A new SUV from Isuzu Motors India was launched in India on Thursday replacing the MU-7 from their Indian line-up. This robust utility vehicle comes in two variants- a 4x2 variant priced at Rs.23.99 lakh and 4x4 variant at Rs.25.99 lakh (Both Ex-showroom Delhi). The MU-X shares its platform with the new-generation D-Max and rivals against the likes of Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour. The MU-X had conquered the global market until March 2017 after which a facelifted version of the same was launched there. The facelift MU-X will reach India in another year or so, depending on how good the Indian markets welcome this model here.


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2017 Maruti Dzire- Bookings open at Rs.11,000 token amount

Maruti Suzuki has geared up for the launch of its most popular sub compact sedan, the 2017 Dzire in India on May 16th. The company dealerships have officially started to accept bookings for the same at a token amount of Rs.11,000. There is also an option for customers who have already booked the outgoing model to upgrade it to the third generation Dzire.


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Compass

2.0 Limited Option
18.75 Lakh

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Terrano

XL Plus 85 PS
11.7 Lakh

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Mercedes Benz A-class and B-class Night editions show off in daylight

Last month, Mercedes Benz launched two limited edition hatchbacks, fondly named as the Night Edition of the A-class and B-class in India. The luxury carmaker that launched almost 16 models in 2016 seems to have more surprises in 2017. Both the A-class and B-class night editions are limited to just 100 units each. Targeting the younger generation in particular, both these cars are available in two variants each with cosmetic touches for a sportier appeal.

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Mercedes Benz Next Gen E-class to reach Indian markets by next month

The ever successful Mercedes Benz E- class sedan in its fifth generation model will roll on Indian roads in February 2017. It had gone on global sale last year and now it is time for us to welcome this new styled best seller here in the country. The fourth generation E-class which was launched in 2013 claimed over 2000 updates at that time thereby setting high expectations for all the upcoming vehicles from Mercedes.

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Know about the impact of GST on Automobiles

• When the GST bill was passed by the Rajya Sabha, Automobile industry welcomed it with both hands as it was expected to bring some good amount of changes on the pricing of the vehicles with the exemption of various indirect taxes.

ALTERNATIVE MODELS
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MINI 3 Door

31.80 Lakh TO 34.65 Lakh

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AUDI A3

24.6 Lakhs TO Rs 33.8 Lakh

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VOLVO V40

27.0 Lakhs TO 34.0 Lakhs

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BMW X1

Rs 30.99 Lakh TO Rs 40.99 Lakh

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MINI 5 Door

35.20 Lakh TO 35.20 Lakh

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AUDI A3 facelift

30.5 Lakh TO 35.65 Lakh