Hyundai today said that it would launch a diesel variant of i20 hatchback before the end of 2009. “Hyundai plans to introduce at least two new products in the Indian market annually for the next couple of years. The i20 diesel variant would be the next in line with launch scheduled for later in 2009.” With the success of i10 an i20, Hyundai also hopes to grab larger market share in the burgeoning Indian car market. “We currently have a 20.4 per cent market share. For the year ending 2009 we will look at growing our market share further by three per cent,” Hyundai Motor Senior Vice-President (Asia & Pacific Division) Young-Kil Chun said.
As Indian auto market shows signs of recovery, Toyota plans to follow the footsteps of bigger luxury car makers like BMW,Mercedes and Audi. The much expected Lexus brand will foray into the indian market soon. The luxury car market seen a growth of 22% last year. “We are very much looking at introducing Lexus, based on the feedback of our dealers and distributors, but are yet to decide on a final timeframe to launch it in India,” Toyota Kirlosakar Motors, MD Hiroshi Nakagawa said.
Toyota also plans to hike its production as the market back on track. Toyota is now producing around 3500 units a month at its Karanataka plant and plans to ramp it up to 5000 (to its full capacity) by July. “On the basis of the market’s performance last year, we cut our output, but since in the last four months the market is coming back on track, we will increase the production of our vehicles from May,” Toyota Kirlosakar Motors, Deputy Managing Director (Marketing) Sandeep Singh said.
As part of 2009 pulsar series, Bajaj will launch a new upgraded version of pulsar 150cc. The changes are cosmetic and it comes with the same 150cc engine. The new pulsar gets tank scoops borrowed from the pulsar 200cc and all black theme. Also the headlight now gets power directly from the battery.
Picture of new pulsar 150cc
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MLR Motors promoted by Hyundai Motor India’s former president B V R Subbu has said that it’s on its way to showcase a prototype of its small car at the 2010 New Delhi auto show. MLR Motors acquired the defunct Daewoo facility in Andhra Pradhesh and said it would to launch two compact diesel cars of 850-900 cc and 1,500 cc in 2009. But the economic slowdown and the infrastructure problem is delaying the project. “We are in discussions with banks and financial institutions and private equity players to close funding for the first phase of the car project, which entails investment of about Rs 1,250 crore,” Mr Rao said. “Typically, development of a car takes five-six years and MLR has made significant progress since we announced our intention to set up a car manufacturing base” Managing Director of MLR Motors Ltd, Mr M. Lokeswara Rao, said . “The designs have been firmed up after restyling; work on the engines is underway in Europe and a prototype will be ready soon,” he added. MLR motors plans to launch petrol and diesel variants of hatchback.
Struggling automakers Jaguar and LandRover plans to bring their models into India at the earliest. “We’re still finalising plans, but the likelihood is within a few months. I can’t be more precise simply because the exact timing will be dependent on how the planning goes,” a JLR spokesperson said. The spokesperson added Tata Motors would be the distributor of these brands in India. Though auto enthusiast may give heartning welcome to these legendary models, the acceptability of the customers is under question. Since both the brands plans to import the models as a CBU (Completely Built Unit) which means it will attract a heavy import duty of 110% and it will double the cost. When BMW,Mercedes and Audi are being assembled in India, JLR models would the cost advantage to the locally assembled models. “Because our volume will initially be fairly low, it will be a case of seeing how things develop. Who knows what could happen in the future if there is a strong demand? For the foreseeable future, though, we will be concentrating on establishing the brands properly in India,” said the JLR spokesperson.
How should i call this?? inaction or complacency..When governments across globe are running behind companies to make fresh investements and create new jobs. The voice of Hyundai has not reached Government of India. Hyundai has decided to have one more production base for its i20 cars outside India. Hyundai earlier said that India will be the sole production base for i20. But Hyundai has been making request to Government to support exporters. Voltaility of rupee is making life tougher for exporters. Also the electricity which has become a big problem in Tamilnadu is hurting industries, Hyundai is no exception. The combination of various factors – voltaility of the rupee, poor power availability, inadequate export incentive and labour problem might have forced to Hyundai to look for new base. Will the Goverment of India wake up??
Toyota is firing on all cylinders to make its upcoming small car a grand success. Toyota has said that its small car would be in the premium hatchback segment and it would compete with the likes of Volkswagen Polo, Fiat Grande Punto and Honda Jazz. “The compact car will be priced in the B+ category,” said Sandeep Singh, Deputy MD,Toyota Kirloskar Motor said. Toyota’s small car is expected to be priced in the range of Rs5 to Rs7 lakhs. Toyota hopes to sell 6000 units of this small car every month. The small car would will have a localisation of 65% when the car hits the showroom which will gradually increased to 90% by 2011. The compact car will have a localisation of 65% to start with, and will gradually be taken to 90% by 2011, said Shekar Viswanathan, deputy MD (Commercial) said. “With the compact car, we want to be in semi-rural and rural towns,” he added.With the launch of small car, Toyota will also expand the dealer network from the current 82 to 150. Seems like Japanese auto giant is cooking big things for Indian market.
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As you read it, Honda launches a new Activa in Delhi.
Honda new Activa gets a redesigned front and rear section. The front is dominated by curvy and aerodynamic styling with redesigned headlamps. Clear lens turn indicators dominates the rear. Honda laos makes use of impact resistant ABS plastic panels to reduce the overall weight of the two-wheeler. The new activa is powered by 109cc 4-stroke engine pumping out 8bhp at 7500rpm and 0.9Kgm at 5500rpm. As we told you earlier, the redesigning result in reduced fuel tank capacity. The fuel tank capacity of new activa is 5.3L. New activa comes with kick and self start option. The new activa also gets combined braking system. Honda CBS is a safety system on motorcycles that balances the engagement of both front and rear brakes. CBS applies front braking force whenever the rear brake is operated.
Apart from the styling and engine changes, the new activa gets loads of comfort features. This includes largert 18L storage space, optional inner/glove box (still optional!!!),key shutter and rear tuff-up tube.
While the ground clearance remains the same as the old one (145mm), the length and breadth is limited to 1761mm and 710mm from 1765mm and 715mm. However this full body male scooter has grown taller 17mm and subquently the saddle height now stoods at 765mm versus the earlier 760mm. The new activa comes in six colours – geny grey metallic,candy lucid red,black,force silver metallic,wild purple metallic and pearl sunbeam white.
The new activa is priced Rs39,800 (ex-showroom Delhi). Price in other cities
Price Ex-show room –
Pune – Rs. 41,300
Bengulru – Rs. 41,340
Kolkata – Rs. 41,320
The new activa comes in two variants – activa standard and activa deluxe. The prices mentioned here are of the standard variant. The deluxe variant which will come with combi brakes will be launched soon. The punchline for the new activa is “Joy ON & ON”.
Wallpapers of New Activa 110cc
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As we reported earlier, Honda is a launching a new mass model scooter on March 27th. The mass model scooter would be new activa with changes in styling and engine. The new Activa comes with a 110cc engine for more power. Even with increased displacement, Honda claims the new activa would return between 45 and 50kmpl. Honda claims the use of ABS plastics similar to Aviator helps it to reduce the weight adn thus increased mileage or fuel efficiency.
Apart from the new engine, new activa comes with as many as 14 changes (approximately). The front apron is more stylish with flowing lines and curves.The rectangular headlamps also gives way for a angular one. Also new is the full length fibre pillion grab rail for more upmarket look. The rear gets clear lens turn indicators. The pentagonal instrument cluster replaces the squarish one and it looks pleasing. But still the activa misses the few basic features like glovebox. Because of the new styling, the fuel tank capacity of new activa is slightly reduced from the current 6L. With the launch of new Activa, Honda is phasing out the current 100cc activa and the new activa is expected to be priced around Rs42,000 (on-road Delhi).
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Pictures of new Activa
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TVS today launched a new variant of apache RTR called apache RTR 160 RD. ‘RD’ denotes Rear Disc. The Apache RTR 160 RD now comes with a factory fitted 200mm Rear Petal Disc Brake.With the introduction of 200mm Petal Rear Disc brake, the Apache RTR adds a new performance dimension offering Incomparable Braking Performance. The rear disc brake variant called Apache RTR 160 RD is available at a nominal premium of Rs. 2000/- over the existing rear drum brake version.
Pictures of new TVS apache RTR 160 RD