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Renault launches Kwid 1.0 at Rs.3.82 lakhs

Renault has launched a more powerful 1.0-litre engine equipped Kwid at Rs.3.82 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). Powering the new Kwid 1.0 is a three cylinder petrol engine with a displacement of 999cc. The engine is paired to a 5-speed Manual gearbox and churns out peak power and torque figures of 68hp and 91Nm respectively.

The 1.0-litre engine is available only in the top-spec RXT variant. Though the cabin remains unchanged, the new Kwid 1.0 features some minor updates including silver-finished wing mirror housings and a checkered strip along the lower door panels. Also, for the first time in the segment, the updated Kwid gets seatbelt pretensioners and load limiters along with optional driver-side airbag.

It is expected that Renault will offer an AMT option for the Kwid 1.0 in the near future. The price (ex-showroom, Delhi) details of the Kwid 1.0 variants are

(i) Renault Kwid 1.0 RXT – Rs.3,98,000

(ii) Renault Kwid 1.0 RXT (O) – Rs.4,12,000

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Bajaj V launches “Mission Vikrant 1971” for searching 1971 war team of INS Vikrant

Bajaj Auto’s ‘V’, made from the metal of the invincible INS Vikrant has launched “Mission Vikrant 1971” to search for the 1300 officers and sailors that served on India’s first iconic aircraft carrier during the 1971 Indo-Pak war. Mission Vikrant 1971, is a digital initiative to identify and share details of these war heroes that served on the INS Vikrant and preserve their stories for posterity.

Bajaj V through a dedicated micro-site – http://www.bajajauto.com/v/mission71/ invites entries from friends, families and well-wishers of 1971 INS Vikrant war veterans. The details will allow Bajaj Auto to trace and connect with these veteran naval bravehearts. The intent will be to find out more about their enduring journey on the INS Vikrant four and a half decades ago which will be showcased to the Indian Public.

Commenting on the campaign Mr Sumeet Narang, Vice President Marketing Bajaj Auto Ltd said “Ever since we unveiled the Bajaj V on Republic Day we have been inundated with calls asking us about the erstwhile INS Vikrant. We had made a celebrated documentary ‘Sons of Vikrant’ which captured stories and experiences of senior naval officers who served on INS Vikrant. We are pleased to announce the launch of Mission Vikrant 1971 which is the biggest ever countrywide search for the 1971 Vikrant war vetrans. We would like to record their stories for posterity, and present it to the country. The campaign is unique as it will use digital and social media to urge every Indian to help in the search.”

Bajaj V has launched a campaign on 15th August, Independence Day to let people know about the initiative which has reached around 40 lakh Indians. The endeavour is to reach 150 lakh people over the next 40 days so that they can in turn spread the message to trace and hear the stories of Indian war hero’s. On Republic Day, 26 Jan 2016, Bajaj Auto unveiled its new brand Bajaj V, which is made of the invincible metal of INS Vikrant. It has had huge success with across 1 lakh bikes sold in just 120 days of launch.

Honda offers Dream Yuga with a new dual-tone color

Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt. Ltd (HMSI) has offered a new dual tone color scheme for its 110cc Dream Yuga motorcycle. The newly introduced color is Black with Athletic Blue Metallic and is available in addition to the existing colors without any additional cost.

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The Dream Yuga is powered by an air-cooled 4-stroke, 110 cc, single-cylinder engine producing 8.25bhp of power and 8.63Nm of torque. The engine gets mated to a four-speed transmission gearbox.The engine is equipped with the revolutionary HET (Honda Eco Technology) which helps in delivering enhanced mileage. The tubeless tyres, viscous air filter and maintenance free battery significantly increase the durability of Dream Yuga. The motorcycle is comfortable to ride on both smooth roads and difficult terrains. This superb comfort is provided by light weight yet sturdy frame, longer suspension stroke and comfortable riding posture.

Mr. Yadvinder Singh Guleria, Senior Vice-President, Sales and Marketing, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. said, “Customers are looking for more options in terms of modern styling and greater performance in the commuter segment. Dream Yuga leads Honda’s Dream series motorcycles which are proven, reliable, easy to maintain & highly fuel efficient. The new color will bring in additional youthfulness to the Dream Yuga.”

With the addition of new color, Honda Dream Yuga is now available in 6 sensational colors including Black with Athletic Blue Metallic, Pearl Amazing White, Black, Black with Radiant Red Metallic, Black with Heavy Grey Metallic and Sports Red.

Toyota launches petrol-powered Innova Crysta at Rs.13.72 lakhs

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After the huge success of the recently launched Innova Crysta, Toyota Kirloskar Motor today introduced the leading MPV in its petrol variant. The only vehicle in its segment, the all-new Innova Crysta petrol is equipped with a new 2.7 L Dual VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing with Intelligence) petrol engine. Available in both Automatic & Manual transmission, the Innova Crysta Petrol delivers a power output of 166 PS and a torque of 245 Nm which translates to an experience of an enhanced cabin quietness, reduced vibration and faster acceleration.

Competitively priced in the range of Rs.13,72,800 and Rs.19,62,300 (ex-showroom, New Delhi) the bookings & deliveries of new Innova Crysta petrol will begin today.

A perfect combination of flawless luxury and effortless power, the Innova Crysta is designed to offer sport-utility inspired styling, robust engine and well-thought out features. It sets a new benchmark for tough and sophisticated exterior, enhanced interior, powerful and efficient powertrain and uncompromised luxury with a living-room-like comfort never seen before.

Speaking on the occasion Mr. Akito Tachibana, Managing Director of Toyota Kirloskar Motor said, “The Innova is an iconic brand and has long established itself as the number 1 MPV in the Indian market. This can be further reiterated with the overwhelming success of the new Innova Crysta which was launched earlier this year.

Often referred to as the segment creator, the brand Innova has proved itself again by being the first in the segment to offer a vehicle with a petrol variant. At Toyota, we are constantly striving to make our products even better catering to the varied and changing needs of our customers. We are confident that the new petrol variant of the Innova Crysta further reiterates Toyota’s commitment to the Indian market and will add to customer delight,” continued Mr. Tachibana.

Also sharing his thoughts on Toyota’s new offering, Mr. N. Raja, Director & Senior Vice President (Sales & Marketing), Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt. Ltd said, “The recently launched Innova Crysta has received an overwhelming response from the market. We are very thankful to our customers who have helped us realize this dream. We have already sold more than 24,000 units in a short span of two months and have a pending order of over 9,000 units for the Innova Crysta. This for us reiterates the success of the product. Toyota has always been driven by the ‘Customer First’ philosophy and it is because of this underlying philosophy that we are constantly striving to make our products better so that we can cater to the varied needs of our customers. We felt, one such need existed for our customers who wanted a MPV with a petrol engine and the Innova Crysta is the first in the segment to meet this requirement. We are confident that the Innova Crysta petrol will be equally successful in continuing the legacy that the iconic brand Innova has created in the Indian MPV market”.

Bajaj offers new colors for Avenger Street bikes

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Bajaj Auto has introduced new color schemes for its Avenger Street and Cruise bikes. The new colors come at no additional charges and include shades of Cosmic Red and Matte Wild Green. The Cosmic Red shade is offered to Avenger Street 150 and Matte Wild Green for the Street 220 model while the Avenger Cruise 220 remains to be in the Divine Black and the recently launched Desert Gold colors.

No Mechanical changes are seen on the bikes and so the engines powering the bikes remain unchanged. As the new colors are offered at no extra cost, the pricing of the bikes also remains the same at Rs.85,497 (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the Cruise & Street 220 and at Rs.75,500 (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the Avenger Street 150 model.

Hyundai to hike prices from August 16, 2016

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Hyundai is likely to increase the prices of all its models by up to Rs.20,000 from 16th of this month. The impact of rupee depreciation and the rising input costs are the major causes for this price hike by Hyundai.

Mr.Rakesh Srivastava, Senior Vice-President (sales & marketing) of Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL) reported, “The rupee depreciation and the increase in input costs have impacted our overall cost. We have been absorbing most of the cost. Now, we have been compelled to increase prices. We are currently working out the details and the increase in prices will range from Rs.3,000 to Rs.20,000 across models.”

He further said the price hike will be effective August 16, 2016.

Hyundai sells a range of vehicles in India starting from entry-level small car Eon to premium SUV Santa Fe, which are priced between Rs.3.25 lakhs and Rs.31.75 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi).

New Penalty List of 2016 Motor Vehicle Amendment Bill

Union Cabinet has approved the Motor Vehicle Amendment Bill proposed for this year. The newly proposed penalties are much higher than the older ones. Starting from Rs.500, the penalty range goes up to Rs.1 lakh. For drunken driving, the person has to pay a fine of Rs.10,000. PFB the proposed amendments in various penalties under Motor Vehicle Amendment Bill – 2016.

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Datsun introduces ‘Style’ Limited Edition of GO and GO+

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Datsun GO and GO+ models have been offered with a new special edition christened as ‘Style’. The new edition gets an additional New Blue colour along with a lot of exciting new features. At a price of Rs.4,06,974 and Rs.4,77,552 (both ex-showroom, Delhi), the Datsun GO Style and GO+ Style will be on sale from August to October 2016 at all the 231 sales outlets of Nissan and Datsun.

Datsun GO and GO+ come loaded with features like Follow-me-home headlamps, speed sensitive electric power steering, powerful air conditioning, front power windows, universal mobile phone holder, auxiliary-in and USB charger, central locking and full wheel covers. With exterior options such as new roof rails, a rear spoiler, body graphics and the limited edition ‘Style’ logo, the #ISayYes generation now have more choices to further accessorize their Datsun GO and GO+. Inside the vehicle, owners can choose a dual tone black and beige interior and a piano black centre instrument cluster with silver finish accents.

Commenting on the launch of the Datsun ‘Style’ editions, Arun Malhotra, Managing Director, Nissan Motor India Pvt. Ltd. said, “The ‘Style’ editions add more choices for customers and complement Datsun GO and GO+’s attractive design, making these cars even more appealing to the youthful risers of India. We will continue to serve our customers with exciting products that embrace the Datsun brand’s heritage of Japanese technology together with eye-catching, modern design.”

Datsun GO and GO+ deliver superior fuel economy of 20.6 kmpl. Both models come with a two year/unlimited kilometres warranty with Free Road Side Assistance. The warranty can be extended up to an unmatched five year/unlimited kilometres with Free Road Side Assistance, making Datsun the first manufacturer to provide unlimited mileage coverage under the extended warranty.

Honda celebrates first anniversary of Livo 110cc bike

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HMSI has celebrated the first anniversary of its Livo 110cc model by offering two new exciting colours – Imperial Red Metallic and Matte Axis Gray Metallic to the bike. Livo with its new colour schemes, looks stunning and gets a more sporty look.

Livo, the stylish and successful motorcycle of Honda has sold up to 2.5 lac units so far since its launch a year ago. The bike is available in two variants including Self-Drum-Alloy and Self-Disc-Alloy.

On the occasion of LIVO’s first-anniversary, Mr. Y. S. Guleria, Senior Vice President – Sales & Marketing, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. said, “In the past 12 months, the LIVO successfully went against the wind and outperformed, while the 100-110cc segment was under stress and faced a negative growth. With 2.5 lac units sold in a year, LIVO is now Honda’s best-selling motorcycle in the segment & the new exciting color options will further enhance LIVO’s sporty character and youth appeal.”

With the addition of two new colours, the Livo is now available in 6 stunning colors namely Imperial Red Metallic, Matte Axis Gray Metallic, Athletic Blue Metallic, Pearl Amazing White, Sunset Brown Metallic and Sunset Black Metallic.