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Hyundai Grand i10 plans to make its grand entry earlier than expected

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Since its launch in 2014, i10 has been that popular car which won the hearts of millions across the nation. With a commendable increase in sales volume, the Grand i10 managed to maintain the momentum even without any changes on its overall appearance. But when Hyundai decided to give it a facelift and premiered it at the Paris Motor Show 2016, the wait for its Indian launch naturally began.

Hyundai Grand i10 is likely to be named Hyundai Grand i10 Prime as per reports. This well liked hatchback, on its facelift version seems to be loaded with few striking features on its exteriors and interiors. On the front there is the wide hexagonal grille followed by a prominent bonnet, redesigned bumper and headlamps with LED daytime running lamps while on the rear, the bumper, tailgate and fog lamps provides a sporty look. The 14 inch alloy wheels and rear spoilers with brake light are all new features to this cool city car.

Interiors host a plethora of features beginning with a dual tone dashboard, new upholstery, touch screen infotainment system, start/stop button, updated centre console, electrically operated external mirrors, rear AC vents and so on.

The new Grand i10 is available in both petrol and diesel trims with the existing 1.2L 4-cylinder Kappa petrol engine and 1.1L 3-cylinderiRDE diesel engine. Both engines are merged with 5- speed manual gearbox while the Petrol trim alone comes with a 4-speed automatic transmission variant as well.

Safety features include airbags as standard with ABS likely to be added along. There are also reports that the facelift version includes two new safety technologies introduced as Lane Departure Warning System and Forward Collision Warning System as part of the Driver Assist Pack but whether the India spec new i10 will have the above two is unsure. The Grand i10 Facelift/Prime however they call it, is expected to be launched before April 2017 and is likely to be priced in the Rs.5-7 lakh range. India is likely to witness tough competition once again between Hyundai and Maruti in the coming days with the latter about to launch Ignis and Swift 2017.

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Tata launches Tiago Wizz in India at Rs.4.52 lakh

Tata Motors launched the limited edition Tiago Wizz in the country at a price of Rs.4.52 lakh for the Petrol variant and Rs.5.30 lakh for the Diesel variant (both ex-showroom prices, Delhi).


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Auto Industry warned to face agony in near future: NitinGadkari

Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari warned the automobile industry to come up with advanced technology to develop vehicles using alternative fuels instead of petrol and diesel. He also pointed out that he wanted the pollution and import bill to be reduced in the country. At the 57th annual event organized by SIAM to discuss on various programmes for the Automobile Industry, the Transport Minister clearly warned the auto makers that without choice, they will have to move to production of vehicles that run on electricity, bio-diesel, ethanol and compressed natural gas; else he will bulldoze the existing fuel setup completely that is polluting the country. He also added that the government has a crystal clear policy to reduce the import bills of crude oil and arrest pollution to a great extent.

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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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A quick look at the much awaited Hyundai Verna 2017

While the launch of 2017 Hyundai verna is awaited by many in India, the Korean carmaker has officially let out a teaser of the same to amuse these enthusiasts. From this, few details have been revealed though not all of them. The facelifted mid-size sedan was launched in China last year. But the Indian spec model will resemble Hyundai Solaris that was unveiled in Russia earlier this year and not the China one. Hyundai verna 2017 will be manufactured at the company facility in Chennai from where it will also be exported to other global markets. The launch is expected to be in the month of August this year.

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Will India be lucky to witness the launch of Kia Stonic?

Korean automaker Kia has unveiled their upcoming subcompact SUV, Stonic. This happens days after their sister concern Hyundai lifted the veil over their new subcompact SUV Kona in the international markets. While automobile enthusiasts are still pondering over the most common questionwhether this comes as an answer to Hyundai, here are a few things that have been shared on this newly revealed small SUV.

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2017 Hyundai Xcent launched at Rs.5.38 lakh in India

Hyundai India recently launched the facelift version of their subcompact sedan Xcent in the country at a starting price of Rs.5.38 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). Xcent was first introduced in 2014 based on the design of Grand i10, but this time it gets a proper facelift with a host of changes compared to the existing model. The prices begin at Rs.5.38 lakh for petrol trims and range upto Rs.6.28 lakh for diesel trims (both ex-showroom prices, Delhi).

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DATSUN Redi-GO

Kolkatta: A city of dirty streets and bungalow type colonies. At the same time, a city of grand residential “palaces” and skyscrapers . City of yellow-painted Ambassador taxis. It was at the last stage of a drive from Kochi to Bhutan that we landed in Kolkatta. The route to Bhutan was from Kochi to Kolkatta-Siliguri-Jaigaon.

This time, the visit to Kolkatta was with a different purpose. The purpose was to test drive the small hatchback DATSUN Redi-GO. This is the vehicle segment that sells most in India. The land of Maruti Alto 800, Hyundai Eon and Reno Quid. Into this market enters DATSUN Redi-Go. The earlier models of DATSUN were GO and GO+. Lack of standard was the reason for their failure. The Indian prefers a vehicle of high standard even if somewhat more costly. The cost-reduction focus was the undoing of GO and GO+. While driving Redi-GO, one felt that DATSUN had learned the lessons from these failures. Here follows a detailed Test Drive Report.

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Vitara Brezza

All these years, Maruti Suzuki lacked just one thing inspite of earning the fan following of millions of Indians- a compact SUV. Even though an SUV Vitara was launched into the market long back, its heavy pricing and lack of a diesel variant kept it away from us Indians who had a general notion of opting any other brand instead of Maruti while planning for an expensive vehicle. But as they introduced the launch of a premium sedan Ciaz and a lifestyle hatchback Baleno retailed through its lifestyle showroom Nexa, the whole approach of people towards Maruti Suzuki changed. People came forward to buy expensive vehicles from the same brand they had ignored a couple of years ago.

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