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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Auto Expo 2012 Dates India, Delhi Auto Expo 2012 Venue & Organizer Details

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11Th Auto Expo 2012 Will Focus On The Indian Automobile And Auto-Component Industry.

Auto Expo 2012 India

Delhi Auto Expo 2012 Dates:
7 Jan 2012 to 11 Jan 2012

Auto Expo 2012 Venue:
Pragati Maidan
New Delhi
India

Delhi Auto Expo 2012 Show Timings:

DateDays / CategoryTimings
5-6 January 2012Media Days, Special Invitee1000 – 1900 hrs
6 January 2012Inauguration1530 hrs
7-8 January 2012Weekends ( General Public Days )1000 – 1900 hrs
9-11 January 2012Weekdays Premium Hours1000 – 1300 hrs
9-11 January 2012Weekdays General Visitors1300 – 1900 hrs
Entry strictly on Invitation / Tickets only
Open for Public from 7th January 2012 onwards.


Industry Focus:
Automotive

Overview:
11Th Auto Expo 2012 Will Focus On The Indian Automobile And Auto-Component Industry

Products:
Vehicles, Components, Auto Electricals, Accessories, Theme Pavilion, It For Auto Industry, Garage & Workshop Equipments, Oil And Lubricants, Audio, Video. Auto Electronics, Navigation Systems, Leasing/Financial Companies, Insurance Companies, Battery Operated Vehicles, Cad/Cam Solutions, Cng Units, Coach Builders / Design Vehicles And Design Concepts.

Organizer:
Confederation Of Indian Industries - New Delhi (Hq)
Address: Mantosh Sondhi Centre, 23, Institutional Area, Lodhi Road, New Delhi, New Delhi, New Delhi, India - 110003.
Telephone No.: 91 - 011 - 24629994
Fax No.: 91 - 011 - 24621649,24633168,2460198


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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Mahindra Scorpio EX Launched in India; Price Starts @ Rs 7.21 Lakhs

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Mahindra Scorpio EXMahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (M&M), a part of the US $11.1 bn Mahindra Group, today announced the launch of the Scorpio Ex, a new, entry-level offering from the Mighty Muscular Scorpio stable. Powered by a 75bhp m2DiCR engine, the Scorpio Ex offers great drivability and refined performance along with an impressive 14kmpl mileage (as per ARAI). This new offering is attractively priced at Rs.7.21 lakhs (ex-showroom Pune, for BSIV).

The new 2.5 litre m2DiCR engine with 75bhp power and 220NM torque, is a product of efficient engineering. It is equipped with the fuel-saving Micro Hybrid technology, which allows it to intelligently switch the engine into the standby mode, when not required – ensuring lower fuel consumption while being more environment-friendly too. Compliant with stringent BSIV emission norms, the Scorpio Ex emits lower emissions leading to a reduced carbon footprint.

Additional features include crash protection crumple zones, to protect passengers in the unfortunate event of a collision and the digital immobilizer which protects the vehicle from theft.Further, effortless acceleration enables the vehicle to go from 0 to 60 kmph in just 11.2 seconds. The Scorpio Ex is available in four attractive colours namely Rocky Beige, Diamond White, Fiery Black and Mist Silver.

Commenting on the launch, Vivek Nayer, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Automotive Division, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., said "At Mahindra, our endeavour has always been to offer the best-in-class products and this new offering from the Scorpio stable is no exception. With its easy drivability, great mileage and refined performance, I am sure that the Scorpio Ex will be an instant hit with young customers looking for an affordable entry point into the Scorpio franchise. An unmitigated success in the SUV segment since its launch, the Scorpio has kept up its momentum with constant up-gradations and new offerings."

Source: M&M

Renault Fluence Now in India; Price Starts @ Rs. 12.99 Lakh

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- The report stated that Renault Fluence priced between Rs. 12.99 lakh and Rs. 14.40 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).

Renault FluenceFrench carmaker Renault on Monday launched its luxury sedan 'Fluence' in India.

The Fluence diesel is priced at Rs. 12.99 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), while the petrol model is priced at Rs. 14.4 lakh. There is just one trim level for both the petrol and diesel.

The Fluence diesel is powered by a 1.5-litre motor with 112 bhp of power. It has a 6-speed manual.

The petrol version is a 2.0-litre motor with 135 bhp and is linked to a six-speed CVT gearbox.

The V4 Diesel powerplant is capable of producing 106 PS @ 4000 rpm with 240 Nm of torque @ 2000 rpm.

The multipoint Petrol injection offers 137 PS @ 6000 rpm with 190 Nm of torque @ 3700 rpm.

Renault is planning to invest of Rs. 45bn by 2015 at its Chennai facility, which will have a total production capacity of 4 lakh units a year.

Source: Renault

New Skoda Bicycle Models Launched For 2011 Summer Season

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Just in time for the current summer season, SKODA Genuine Parts presents a new offering of bicycles and cycling clothes.

The current bike range by the Czech manufacturer impresses through its attractive design and perfect technology and ranges from bikes for children to those for trips in the city and the country up to professional racing bikes and carbon mountain bikes. The two-time cyclocross world champion Zdeněk Stybar is the ambassador and face of this collection of products. The new offering is available at all authorized SKODA dealers now.

The two-time cyclocross world champion Zdeněk Stybar will act as the ambassador and face of the new SKODA bikes. His opinion vouches for the quality of the collection: "The new offer is as varied as never before. There is something for every taste and every need. The latest technology paired with an attractive design – that's what people expect of SKODA. That is 'simply clever'," emphasizes Stybar, who has been dominating the cyclocross world championship during the past two years.

A total of seven bicycle types can be chosen from. The bikes were developed in cooperation by the company Superior. Clothes and accessories, bearing the new corporate logo for the first time, were developed by the company KalaS. Cycling friends have already been familiar with and appreciate the bikes made by SKODA Genuine Parts for a long time as this is already the ninth collection by the Czech manufacturer.

The brand thus underscores its close association with cycling, currently expressed through the sponsorship of the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia, among others. From a historical viewpoint, SKODA has a particular relationship with bicycles anyway: In the year 1895, before the first automobile was built in Mladá Boleslav, company founders Laurin & Klement manufactured bicycles. The current, new top model by the Czechs is the mountain bike Super 2000. For the first time ever, a SKODA mountain bike has a carbon frame.

The design in the colors of the rally car Fabia Super 2000 pays homage to SKODA's victory in the rally series IRC (Intercontinental Rally Challenge) in 2010 and to the successes of the brand in the rally sport. The mountain bike Fabia Rs. also centers on the motor sports activities of the manufacturer and bears the name of the fastest street Fabia ever. Fans of demanding trips "in the rough" will receive a lot of enjoyment from the Fabia Rs. The mountain bike will be at home even on the most demanding terrain and is equipped with SRAM X-Z components.

Friends of street cycling will get their money's worth with the model Mont Ventoux. The name says it all and is a reference to the primary purpose of this high-tech bike. The weight of the bike amounts to only 7.9 kilogram. The light alloy frame and the front fork are made of carbon (Carbon UD). The use of high-quality brand components will make the heart of every cycling enthusiast beat faster. For the first time, SKODA offers a model in the category "city bike" – a type of bike that is particularly popular in Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands.

The bike with the name Tour convinces through comfort and liveliness, in particular regarding trips through town and over shorter distances. The designation "Tour" was chosen based of the popular vehicle Octavia Tour. Contrary to that, the cross model Octavia is more suitable for longer trips. But SKODA also has a two-wheel offer that is appropriate for children. The entry-level model is the children's bicycle My First SKODA. With its 20" wheels, the next higher model Race offers a perfect opportunity to switch to a larger model later.

Source: Skoda

Hyundai Fluidic Verna Lifts Sales in May 2011

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Hyundai Fluidic VernaHyundai Motor India Ltd, the country's second largest car manufacturer and the largest passenger car exporter continued to grow with domestic sales growing steadily at 14.6% for the month of May, 2011.

HMIL's total sales for May, 2011 stood at 47,766 units as against 46,808 units in May, 2010 registering a cumulative growth of 2%. The domestic sales accounted for 31,123 units as against 27,151 units in May, 2010 while the exports dropped by around 15.3% from 19,657 units in May, 2010 to 16,643 units in May, 2011.

Commenting on May, 2011 sales, Arvind Saxena, Director - Marketing and Sales, HMIL said, "The market has slowed down considerably after the first quarter of the year because of increasing interest rates and rising fuel prices among other factors. HMIL riding on the success of it's recently launched Fluidic Verna which has received over 12,000 bookings has maintained its positive growth."

HMIL sales
May, 2011
May, 2010
Growth (%)
Domestic
31,123
27,151
14.6
Exports
16,643
19,657
- 15.3
Cumulative
47,766
46,808
2


The segment-wise cumulative sales for the month of May, 2011 are as follows: A2 segment (Santro, i10, i20) 40,520 units; A3 Segment (Accent & Verna) 7,110 units; A5 segment (Sonata Transform) 14 units; Santa Fe (SUV) 122 units.

Source: Hyundai Motor India Ltd.

Nissan Micra Record Sales in May 2011

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Nissan MicraNissan Motor India Private Ltd (NMIPL) announced that it has clocked a domestic sales of 1588 nos. in the month of May 2011 compared to 56 units of CBUs in May 2010.

The Micra compact hatchback - the first model to be produced at Nissan's Chennai plant - is driving this sales boost and accounted 1566 units in May 2011. The X-TRAIL lifestyle SUV, Teana sedan and iconic 370Z sports car comprised the remaining sales.

Since it went on sale last July 2010, Nissan has already sold over 14,711 Micras in India until April 2011, and it continues to be exported to world markets. Last month South Africa became the latest market to launch the Indian-produced hatch.

NMIPL Managing Director & CEO, Kiminobu Tokuyama said: "Our domestic sales performance in May is very encouraging and demonstrates Nissan's long-term commitment to sustainably increase our presence within the Indian market.

"This is being supported by the locally-produced Micra, together with the rapid expansion of our dealer network which is continuing across all regions."

Source: Nissan

Auto Sales Start to Slowdown in May 2011

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The Automobile sector has started to show the effects of the increased interest rates. The RBI on May 3 announced a steep 50 basis points hike in key short-term rates. For the Automobile sector, the rising interest rates mean direct impact on their sales as loans for purchasing vehicles turn dearer.

It was anticipated that the auto companies would have a tough time navigating the coming months and quarters given that the high interest rate scenario, is here to stay for a while.

Automobile sales in India grew at a record 27% in the financial year ended March 31 to 15.51 million units but the industry expects the pace this year to be around 12%-15% due to the higher sales base.

New Look Yamaha FZ Series Bikes in New Colors & Price

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- Yamaha Introduces an exciting new range of colours and graphics that would adorn these spectacular bikes

New Yamaha FZ Series BikesWith its focus on consistently delivering innovation and novelty to its valued customers, India Yamaha Motor has introduced new variants of the FZ, FZ-S and Fazer bikes of its popular FZ series with a complete makeover. Vibrant colors will adorn these muscular machines along with new logos and graphics to match the changing tastes of the discerning customers. The launch will be complemented by an aggressive media campaign featuring Yamaha brand advisor in India and Bollywood heartthrob – John Abraham.

All the models - FZ, FZ-S and Fazer of the FZ family will now have a kick start option and will continue to sport the signature Yamaha look that instills a sense of pride in ownership.

Yamaha FZ Series Bikes Colors:
After much research on colors and customer preferences, Yamaha has introduced four new colors for FZ-S – Golden Streak, Competition White, Black Cyber Green and Yellow Streak. All four colors of FZ-S have different characteristics which speak for themselves and at the same time maintain their earlier positioning of being the ‘Lord of the Streets’. Fazer will also be seen in four new colors - Competition White, Black Cyber Green, Midnight Black and Lava Red while FZ will be available in two new colors - Midnight Black and Lava Red. The overall idea is to have freshness in the product category which is in line with the company’s promise to give newness to its customers.

Speaking about the bikes, Mr. Hiroyuki Suzuki, CEO & MD, India Yamaha Motor, said, “The FZ series has gained immense popularity among youngsters since its launch in September 2008. The introduction of the FZ series in a whole new look is in line with our strategy to consistently provide our customers with fresh and new offerings. These bikes have been instrumental in taking our sales to a higher trajectory. We are confident that the new variants too will be an instant hit among the biking enthusiasts. We have also charted out an extensive plan for the promotional campaign of the new variants featuring our brand advisor John Abraham.”

New Yamaha FZ Series Bikes Price in India:
The new FZ will be available at a price of Rs. 67,000, FZ-S at Rs. 69,000 while Fazer will bear the price tag of Rs. 74,000. All these prices are Ex-showroom Delhi.

Yamaha will follow a 360 degree approach for the promotional strategy of these new offerings covering all the elements of television, print and web. For the television commercial, Yamaha will bring on board its brand advisor John Abraham who, along with the products, will take centre stage in the commercial.

With the Triple Macho concept projecting the muscular silhouette, muscular body parts and muscular chassis, the 153cc FZ series bikes reflect visual expression of performance.

Source: Yamaha

Honda Cars Sells 2334 Units in May 2011

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Honda Siel Cars India Ltd. (HSCI), leading manufacturer of premium cars in India reported sales of 2,334 units during the month of May 2011 as against 2,012 units sold during April 2011 recording a growth of 16%.

HSCI is currently operating on 50% of its planned production volume in the wake of the shortage of components from Japan. As the parts supply situation is improving in Japan, HSCI is likely to resume normal production from the festival season.

Model wise sales break-up: Jazz: 170; City: 1828; Civic: 190; Accord: 115; CR-V: 31

Source: Honda Siel Cars India Ltd.

Ford Fiesta Futuristic Collection by Swapnil Shinde

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Justify Full- Eminent fashion designer Swapnil Shinde, displays his 'Ford Fiesta Futuristic Collection' inspired by the all-new Fiesta sedan in New Delhi

- The trendy clothing line has a strong international design cues inspired by the all-new premium Ford Fiesta

- The fashion event draws celebrated models and fans alike, with live streaming witnessed by many more

Ford Fiesta Futuristic Collection by Swapnil Shinde
Known for his simple yet elegant creations, illustrious fashion designer Swapnil Shinde presented the 'Ford Fiesta Futuristic Collection' at the Fiesta Café in Select Citywalk Mall, New Delhi today. Exuding 'Energy in Motion', the collection is inspired by Ford's Kinetic Design philosophy which exemplifies the bold and futuristic styling of its premium and global all-new Fiesta sedan.

Trendy and chic in style and form, the line of clothing displayed an international touch that matched the Ford Fiesta's global DNA. With a clever use of cues inspired by the car's underlying design theme, Swapnil's creativity was stimulated by the aspects of the car –flowing lines from the kinetic design, bold colour palette with the vivid shades, and smart cuts from the car's dynamic yet aesthetic spirit.

Starting the show with a collection that drapes the futuristic, yet elegant and bold look of the Ford Fiesta, Swapnil brought alive the striking features of this iconic machine. His creation showcased innovative designs that electrified the ramp. Inspired by the intuitive and impressively modern styling of the Fiesta, the collection was simply a treat to watch.

Talking about the collection, designer Swapnil Shinde said "The new Fiesta brings with it a refreshing and energetic touch to design and style. The thought of translating the car's bold kinetic design theme into my creations was a true inspiration. It is great to have designed a collection that's a tribute to the stylish and innovative Fiesta which has already gained high interest even before its official launch."

At the occasion Michael Boneham, president and managing director, Ford India said, "The thought of being associated with the fast-paced and scintillating fashion industry was exciting for us. Swapnil Shinde's Fiesta Futuristic Collection aptly brings out the smart substance that we see appealing our target customer Ajay. I am happy to see the Fiesta Café become a hot-spot for all mall visitors and we will continue to engage with our customers here."

The glitzy and glamorous event saw celebrated models such as Carol Gracias and Lakshmi Rana walk the ramp exhibiting Swapnil's Ford Fiesta Futuristic Collection. The fashion show was a well-defined act choreographed by Achala Sachdev that transformed Fiesta Café into a style hot-spot. The show was live streamed on the Ford Fiesta Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/fordfiesta) drawing fans and fashion enthusiasts to the event.

The Fiesta Café is high-tech zone to connect to the new generation of young, urban achievers in India whom Ford targets as customers of the all-new global Fiesta – the latest B-segment premium sedan unveiled by Ford at the Café on April 14. The Digital Café plans to do so in many interesting ways. The display area in itself is unique – with technology aiding the effort through iPads, interactive touch-screens and a human-gesture-controlled 'fanwall'. The Café has and will continue to host other lifestyle and fashion events and video-conferencing with Ford technology experts.

Source: Ford India

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Ferrari Debuts in India Officially

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Starting from today all the Ferrari enthusiasts and clients in India can count on the official presence of Ferrari in the country, 58th market of the Prancing Horse, as the first dealership in the heart of New Delhi opens its doors. The Grand Opening, dedicated to the local and international medias, was hosted by Ferrari CEO Amedeo Felisa, Ferrari Commercial and Marketing Director Enrico Galliera, and Ashish Chordia, Chairman of the Shreyans Group, the Ferrari importer for the country. The Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro drivers, Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa, already in Montecarlo for next race, sent their greetings to the guests through a video message, looking forward to coming to India in October for the first Indian GP.

The street facing the New Delhi location was panelled for the occasion with great images of the Ferrari past and present, to tell the story of the passion, the races and the style. The special preview for the medias was held in the over 500 square metres on two levels of the dealership, with the ground floor entirely dedicated to the range, and the personalization area to support the client to uniquely configure their new Ferrari.

The range of Ferrari which will be sold in the Indian market includes the 8 cylinders Ferrari California, a convertible GT with a retractable hard top that melds uncompromising sportiness with superb versatility and driving pleasure, and 458 Italia, an extreme mid-rear mounted engine two-seater sports car capable to providing unique driving emotions. In the line-up also the Prancing Horse’s traditional 12 cylinders with the 599 GTB Fiorano, the highest performance 12-cylinder berlinetta ever built at Maranello, and the FF, the latest release of the Prancing Horse, that with four seats and the Ferrari four wheel drive technology (4RM) is the very pinnacle of achievement in the GT sport cars range.

The dealership carries the Ferrari Corporate Identity with elegant, timeless and authentic design. It is also sided by the official Ferrari Service, and their combination will guarantee a top level experience enhanced by the customer best in class service. Tonight an exclusive dinner will be dedicated to the Indian clients and enthusiast to celebrate the event.

The Shreyans Group has played significant role in transforming luxury retail in India, distributing and retailing luxury products. From the inception of the business, the Shreyans management has had the very clear vision to offer the highest quality products and after sales service, providing customers with an unprecedented buying experience.

Source: Ferrari

Thursday, May 12, 2011

New Audi A7 Sportback Unveiled by Audi India; Price @ Rs. 64 Lakh Onwards

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New Audi A7 Sportback Unveiled by Audi India
- New Audi A7 Sportback Price @ INR 6,400,000 onwards (ex showroom Delhi)
- Powered with a 3.0 TDI V6 engine, the Audi A7 Sportback sets benchmarks in luxury, design and technology
- Winner of the "Auto Bild" Design Summit 2011
- The new Audi A7 Sportback will be available at Audi dealerships across India from May 2011
- new Audi A7 Sportback was unveiled by Michael Perschke, Head, Audi India, along with leading Bollywood Actor, Deepika Padukone, who is also a proud Audi owner.

Audi, the German luxury car manufacturer, today announced the launch of its design marvel, the new Audi A7 Sportback. Equipped with a powerful and efficient 3.0 TDI V6 engine, the luxury sedan is priced from INR 6,400,000 onwards (ex showroom Delhi). The new Audi A7 Sportback was unveiled by Michael Perschke, Head, Audi India, along with leading Bollywood Actor, Deepika Padukone, who is also a proud Audi owner.

"The introduction of the new Audi A7 Sportback in India reiterates our unwavering commitment to offer the discerning Indian customer with products of highest technical perfection and design finesse. Driven by our philosophy of 'Vorsprung durch Technik', the new five – door executive sports coupe is targeted at individuals who seek the luxury of customization and a sense of freedom. The launch of the new Audi A7 is in line with our top down strategy, which started with the introduction of the all new Audi A8 early this year. With its sporty driving qualities combined with impressive efficiency, I am confident that the all new Audi A7 Sportback will set a benchmark for style, performance, progressiveness and luxury in its segment", said Michael Perschke, Head, Audi India

The Audi A7 Sportback is a moving sculpture. Measuring 4.97 meters in length, 1.91 meters in width, and only 1.42 meters in height, the lines of this five - door coupe convey aesthetic athleticism and sophistication.

"A perfect synthesis of prestige, sportiness and modern technology, the Audi A7 combines the strengths of a coupe, a sedan and an avant in a highly attractive concept which truly symbolizes progressiveness. The new Audi A7 Sportback breaks free from the shackles of conventional design and expresses a distinct lightness thereby setting a new definition of contemporary luxury", he added.

Engine:

The new Audi A7 Sportback will debut in India with the 3.0 TDI V6 engine which produces 500 Nm of torque at 1400 - 3250 rpm and 180 kW (245 hp) at 4000 - 4500 rpm. S tronic and quattro drive are standard with this engine. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h takes 6.3 seconds and top speed is limited to 250 km/h. Fuel consumption is just 6.0 liters of fuel per 100 km on average.

Pioneering Design:

The new A7 Sportback is an Audi in new top form. Its low, dynamically drawn roofline lends it the character of a coupe. The design presents the aesthetics of modern technology in every detail – in the sharp and precise stroke of the lines. Optional LED headlights accentuate the distinctive expression. These use light-emitting diodes to provide all functions and simultaneously consume little energy.

Interiors: A perfect culmination of luxury and style:

In true Audi tradition, the interiors of the Audi A7 Sportback have been carefully crafted, with utmost levels of perfection. The car features top-class new materials such as layered wood veneers, and an optional ambient lighting system. The front seats are available with optional ventilation and massage functions.

The head up display is a new, high-end feature that Audi makes available as an option in the A7 Sportback. It projects the most important data for the driver to see onto the windshield as symbols and digits. The information appears in a 26 x 9 centimeter window roughly 2.5 meters in front of the windshield.

The Audi A7 Sportback was selected as the winner of the "Auto Bild" Design Summit 2011. The five-door coupé was voted No.1 by a wide margin for its outstanding design.

Globally, Audi recorded significant growth rate worldwide in the luxury class. With 422,000 cars delivered in the first four months (2010: 360,706), Audi sold 17 percent more cars worldwide than in the same period last year.

Audi India recorded an impressive 105 percent growth from Jan – April 2011 with a sale of 1986 cars (967 cars: Jan – April 2010). In April 2011, the company sold 375 cars – a growth of 98 percent over the same period last year (189 cars: April 2010).

The Audi model range in India includes Audi A4, Audi A6, Audi A7 Sportback, Audi A8, Audi Q5, Audi Q7, Audi RS 5 Coupé, the super sports car Audi R8 and the Audi R8 Spyder available across the country: in Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, Ludhiana, Mumbai West and Pune. Further developments include Coimbatore, Delhi West, Indore, Lucknow, Mumbai South and Surat.

Source: Audi India

BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Concept Car Unveil By Praful Patel

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BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Concept Car
The BMW Vision EfficientDynamics concept car was unveiled at Deutsche Motoren by Mr. Praful Patel, Honorable Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises. The German Ambassador to India, Mr. Thomas Matussek was present as the Guest of Honour.

BMW Vision EfficientDynamics is a road ready, four seater concept sports car that combines the performance and emotional character of a BMW M Car with extraordinary fuel economy and emission management. BMW Vision EfficientDynamics with its outstanding fuel efficiency of 26.5 kilometres/litre and an exemplary CO² emission rating of 99 grams/kilometre is far superior to all conventional hybrid cars. It is capable of achieving a top speed of 250 kilometres/hour with acceleration from 0 to 100 km/hr in just 4.8 seconds. The car is powered by ground breaking BMW ActiveHybrid technology and cutting-edge drive systems.

Mr. Praful Patel, Honorable Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises said, “The Indian automobile market is one of the fastest growing markets in the world and is poised to grow at an unprecedented rate. As the Indian automobile industry grows, it will eventually be challenged with the need for reduction of energy consumption for environment protection. BMW Vision EfficientDynamics is a road ready technology showcase vehicle by BMW engineers and designers that illustrates a successful research and development strategy which holds tremendous potential for sustainable growth.”

BMW Vision EfficientDynamics is presented in India for the first time and will be exhibited at the new BMW Studio, Connaught Place, New Delhi till 24 May 2011.

Mr. Thomas Matussek, German Ambassador to India said, “The German automotive industry has been continuously progressing to secure a sustainable future with fuel saving engines, state of the art recycling techniques and greener production facilities. The German industry is proud to have BMW as one of the most sustainable car companies in the world who have pioneered CO² emission cuts and have next generation fuel efficiency standards in engines. I am glad to know that BMW is already engaged in developing ground breaking technologies which will define how cars of tomorrow will be conceptualized.”

BMW EfficientDynamics is the world’s most comprehensive package for the reduction of fuel consumption and emissions while simultaneously increasing Sheer Driving Pleasure.

Dr. Andreas Schaaf, President, BMW India said, “BMW Vision EfficientDynamics as an example of cutting-edge technology is simply a continuation of BMW EfficientDynamics development strategy. Some of the technologies used in the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics are implemented in current BMW models that enable enhanced performance and lower emissions; others will soon be ready for series production. Or, to put it simply, the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics is a remarkable vision that is soon to become an exciting reality.”

Dr. Andreas Schaaf, further added, “When it comes to dealing with resources in a sustainable and responsible manner, BMW outperforms all other competitors in the premium segment through its BMW EfficientDynamics strategy. Thanks to BMW concept of ‘One Fleet, One Package’, we have reduced CO² emissions and fuel consumption across our entire fleet while boosting driving dynamics at the same time. For these reasons, BMW has been the sector leader in Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the last six years.”

BMW Vision EfficientDynamics:

1.24 metres high, the four-seater BMW Vision EfficientDynamics takes up the characteristic BMW shaping style, geared consistently towards aesthetic appeal and dynamic performance. Wing doors facilitate entry to both rows of seats, while extensive aerodynamic measures reduce the drag coefficient to 0.22.

The combination of a three-cylinder turbo diesel with a hybrid synchronous motor at the front axle and a full-hybrid engine at the rear axle enables an overall system output of 241 kW/328 bhp. The innovative design of the BMW ActiveHybrid technology allows performance figures at the level of a sports car, with just 4.8 seconds required for the sprint from 0 to 100 km/hr - with average fuel consumption of 26.5 km/ltr in the EU test cycle and a CO² emission rating of 99 gm/km.

This unique relation between dynamic performance and efficiency derives from the high level of efficiency of all engine components, intelligent linking of the power output of the three engines, as well as precisely controlled energy management including Brake Energy Regeneration. What is more, the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics is conceived as a plug-in hybrid. The especially designed lithium-polymer rechargeable battery housed centrally in a longitudinal chassis element can be fully charged at a conventional power socket within just two and half hours. The use of electrical energy alone permits zero-emissions motoring with a range of some 50 km, while a 24 ltr diesel tank extends the total action radius of the vehicle to up to 700 kms.

Source: BMW

Audi Rs 5 Coupe Launched in India; Price @ Rs. 76 Lakh

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Audi Rs 5 Coupe India
Audi, the German luxury car manufacturer, today announced the launch of the Audi Rs 5 Coupe, priced at INR 7,600,000 (ex-showroom Delhi). The high revving 4.2 FSI V8 with its 331 kW (450 hp) unleashes powerful performance yet uses fuel efficiently.

“With its athletic and powerful identity, spontaneous responsiveness and extraordinarily high revving, the new Audi Rs 5 is the ideal high performance Coupe which embodies the core essence of our brand DNA, ‘Vorsprung durch Technik’. Equipped with a powerful V8 engine, a new permanent all – wheel drive system and a whole series of performance characteristics, the Audi Rs 5 truly epitomizes progressiveness and is unmatched in terms of style, performance and driving dynamics. I am confident that the launch of the new Audi Rs 5 will further help us consolidate our position in the sports car segment”, said Mr. Michael Perschke, Head – Audi India.

The Power Packed Performer:
The V8 in the Rs 5 Coupe conveys the skin-tingling feeling of power and emotion.
Displacing 4,163 cc, the 4.2 FSI delivers impressive torque and just like a race engine is right at home even at high revs. It puts out 331 kW (450 hp) at 8,250 rpm, and the peak torque of 430 Nm is available between 4,000 and 6,000 rpm. The sonorous V8 catapults the two-door model from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds on its way to an electronically governed top speed of 280 km/h.

The engine is partnered by an enhanced seven-speed S tronic shift. This innovative dual-clutch transmission enables gear shifts to be executed in a few hundredths of a second with virtually no interruption in power flow.

A perfect combination of sporty design and luxurious style:
The Rs 5 Coupe has an athletic road stance, and its classically elegant two-door lines dazzle with new and clear-cut accents. Its single-frame grille bears a glossy anthracite-gray rhombus-pattern grid. Xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights come standard. The striking bumpers, with large air intakes, at the front and a sporty diffuser insert at the rear also help to create the trademark Audi Rs. look, as do the flared wheel arches and side sill extensions that have been included to differentiate the body.

Dynamic elegance: the interior:
The vehicle’s exclusive and dynamically elegant styling extends to the interior. The sport seats are power-adjustable and include a four-way lumbar support and an extendable thigh rest. Aluminum inlays adorn the door sill trims. The three-spoke multifunction steering wheel in the Rs 5 Coupe has a thick rim and is covered with perforated leather with contrasting gray stitching. The selector lever for the seven-speed S tronic has a knob of perforated leather and a cuff with gray seams.

Globally, Audi recorded significant growth rate worldwide in the luxury class. With 422,000 cars delivered in the first four months (2010: 360,706), Audi sold 17 percent more cars worldwide than in the same period last year.

Audi India recorded an impressive 105 percent growth from Jan – April 2011 with a sale of 1986 cars (967 cars: Jan - April 2010). In April 2011, the company sold 375 cars – a growth of 98 percent over the same period last year (189 cars: April 2010).

The Audi model range in India includes Audi A4, Audi A6, Audi A7 Sportback, Audi A8, Audi Q5, Audi Q7, Audi Rs 5 Coupe, the super sports car Audi R8 and the Audi R8 Spyder available across the country: in Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, Ludhiana, Mumbai West and Pune. Further developments include Coimbatore, Delhi West, Indore, Lucknow, Mumbai South and Surat.

Source: Audi India

All-New Fluidic Verna Launched by Hyundai in India; Price @ Rs. 7 Lakh Onwards

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Hyundai Motor India Limited, the country’s largest exporter and the second-largest car manufacturer, launched the all-new Fluidic Verna today. The new Verna bears Hyundai’s new design philosophy of ‘Fluidic Sculpture’.

The Fluidic Verna boasts of futuristic looks, luxurious interiors, cutting-edge technology and premium appeal. Speaking at the launch of the much-awaited Fluidic Verna sedan, Mr. H W Park, MD & CEO, HMIL, said, “The Verna has been a trendsetter since it was first launched in 2006. We are confident that the all-new Fluidic Verna will create a new benchmark and raise the bar for the upper mid size cars in India. The launch today further reinstates our commitment to provide the best-in-class design, quality and technology to our customers here.”

Present on the occasion of the new Verna launch was Mr. S.S. Yang, President & CEO, Hyundai Motor Company, South Korea.

DYNAMIC AND FUTURISTIC DESIGN:
The new Fluidic Verna pioneers a host of premium and futuristic design elements based on the Fluidic Sculpture Design Philosophy. The car’s futuristic design sports a coupe like side profile which is further refined by elegant and continuous character lines. On the front, the Fluidic Verna displays the next generation hexagonal grille, eagle eye headlamps with wide air dam and distinctive ‘L’ shaped fog lamps that enhances the overall look of the car.

Fluidic Sculpture design is further accentuated by premium features like chrome plated 2 tone rear garnish and stylish new tail lamp cluster. The 16-inch alloy wheels give the new Verna a bold new stance. Bold rear bumper (with reflectors) add on to the sporty look of the car.

The car boasts of features which are specially developed for India. The interiors have luxurious elements and textures including two-tone beige and black high gloss interiors with wood finish. One of the unique features of the Fluidic Verna is the cluster ionizer which improves the quality of air inside the cabin by producing ion-plasma that traps bacteria and other impurities and comes into operation automatically as the AC is switched on. The rear end of the car is fitted with dual chrome tipped exhaust which adds on to the sporty feel. The car also comes with the convenience of an audio hand remote that allows quick surfing though the options.

The fluidic design concept extends to the interiors too with a Y shaped crash pad and comfortable and spacious interior seating. The longer wheelbase (2570mm) generates ample leg space and the wide seats offer comfortable seating. The interiors feature an array of luxurious elements and textures including leather upholstery to give the car an elegant look and feel.

The centre front armrest comes with segment first sliding function, whereas both front and rear armrests have storage space for enhanced convenience. Other thoughtful convenience features for the driver include driver’s side front and rear power windows with auto down and time lag function, electrically adjustable and foldable mirrors, tilt steering, electro chromic inside rear view mirror and steering mounted audio controls and Bluetooth connectivity that minimizes driver’s effort.

In the new Fluidic Verna customers will enjoy unmatched audio experience. The car is loaded with fabulous infotainment system which supports Bluetooth connectivity and comes with features like Radio/CD/MP3/USB/Aux-in/i-Pod connectivity for unlimited music access. To make driving pleasurable in summers it has a Fully Automatic Temperature Control (FATC) system with a cooled glove-box.

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION:
The new Fluidic Verna will be available with four engine options - 1.4 litre VTVT delivering 107PS@6300rpm of maximum power and 13.8Kgm@5000rpm of peak torque, the petrol 1.6 litre VTVT engine with 123PS@6300rpm maximum power and 15.8@4200rpm peak torque, the Common Rail diesel 1.4 litre CRDi with 90PS@4000rpm max power and 22.43kgm@1750 – 2750rpm of peak torque and the diesel 1.6 litre VGT CRDi, with range topping 128@4000rpm max power and 26.5kgm@1900-2750rpm of peak torque.

Both the 1.6 litre petrol and the diesel engines are mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission while the manual transmission option is available with all the four engine options. The super-efficient 1.4 litre petrol engine gives a mileage of 17.43 kmpl (ARAI figures) while the 1.4 litre diesel version clocks 23.5 kmpl making the new Fluidic Verna the most fuel-efficient car in the segment.

UNMATCHED CLASS LEADING SAFETY:
Hyundai has always led the way when it comes to ensuring safety and security in its vehicles. The new Fluidic Verna is packed with an array of necessary safety features and effective safety technologies to enable occupant’s safety. It has been awarded a Five Star Safety Rating by C-NCAP (China- New Car Assessment Program) making it one of the safest mid-size sedan.

The new Verna is equipped with first in class 6 airbags for occupant protection as a passive safety feature while the EBD (Electronic Brake force distribution and ABS (anti lock braking system) provide the much needed active safety systems to help the driver control the car better.

The philosophy of “Fluidic Sculpture” also guarantees safety and stability of the car. In order to ensure over-all strength and safety, the body of new Fluidic Verna is built with high strength steel. External features like a ring type structure in the centre pillar area provides more strength and protection against side impacts.

Hyundai is also the first to come up with Rear Parking Camera (with display on the inside rearview mirror) in the mid-size sedan segment along with reverse parking sensors which helps in ensuring safe and easy parking of the car.

One of the essential safety features brought in by Hyundai in this segment is the automatic unlocking of the door on collision which facilitates quick exit of the occupants. Speed sensing auto door lock prevents accidental opening of the door while moving which adds to unparallel safety while driving. The car is also equipped with a clutch lock system which adds to the safety of the car when parked.

The new Verna goes on sale immediately and will be available in a range of 6 exciting new colours with 8 trim options.

All-New Verna Features:
- Engine start/stop button
- Smart key
- Rear parking camera
- Rear parking sensors
- Auto dim Electro Chromic rearview mirrors
- Clean air cluster ionizer
- Sliding centre armrest
- Electrically foldable outside mirrors
- Supervision cluster
- Eco indicator for automatic transmission
- Dual Chrome tipped exhaust
- 6 Airbags
- Speed sensing auto door lock
- Impact sensing auto door unlock
- Front & rear disc brakes
- 6 speed manual transmission for the diesel

New VERNA Petrol & Diesel Variants Price List (Ex Showroom Delhi)

New VERNA Petrol Price (Ex Showroom Delhi)
1.4 - 699,000
1.6 - 764,500
1.6 SX - 824,500
1.6 SX(O) - 894,500
1.6 SX(O) AT - 964,500

New VERNA Diesel Price (Ex Showroom Delhi)
1.4 - 809,000
1.6 - 874,500
1.6 SX - 934,500
1.6 SX(O) - 1,004,500
1.6 SX(O) AT - 1,074,500

About HMIL:
Hyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company (HMC), South Korea and is the largest passenger car exporter and the second largest car manufacturer in India. HMIL presently markets 7 models of passenger cars across segments. The A2 segment includes the Santro, i10 and the i20, the A3 segment includes the Accent and the Verna , the A5 segment includes the Sonata Transform and the SUV segment includes the Santa Fe.

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