Demand for luxury cars in India is increasing over the years due to growth in disposable incomes and growth of private enterprise. The battle for market share among world’s top luxury automakers BMW, Mercedes Benz and Audi followed by Jaguar Land Rover has also become fierce which each one introducing new models every few months. German carmaker Audi which has finally managed to become India’s top luxury car firm beating long time rival Mercedes Benz has recently revamped its portfolio by launch of new models in Auto Expo 2014. The Audi A8 L facelift has continued old body proportions with fresh features to give a better appearance.
Its front façade has single radiator grille with chrome outline while bumper is modified with groves and air-dam stretches across entire lower end for bumper with tiny fog lights. Headlights cluster has rectangular structure with 25 LED high beam lights with reflector across both headlights. Audi calls this variant a chrome trim therefore its front façade, boot cover and interiors have chrome outline which makes it more striking while creases on bonnet are pronounced. The rear seats design has been modified to increase boot space without increasing car length and its GPS system clearly determines route and focuses LED according to road quality. The Audi A8 L facelift will be assembled in India and brought as CBU therefore will be priced between 1.10 – 2 crores.
Facelifted Audi A8L has an elegant wooden interior trim on central console and doors to provide a premium feel while new leather covers on seats creates a natural and breathable atmosphere inside the car. The navigation paraphernalia also comprises of features like active lane assist, sensors for parking assistance and soft touch display. Though all engine options will remain same as before its power levels have been modified to make them more fuel efficient and reduce emissions. Eight speed automatic gear transmission has been provided to all trims along with twin quad exhausts and with chrome cladding below rear bumper. To give its side profile a new look the car’s wheels are available in both 17 inch and 21 inch alloy type with elegant wheel covers.
Like its predecessor, the Porsche Boxter is the best sportscar available in market with smart exterior body and technologically impressive engine technology and interior comfort. The recently introduced upgrade to Porsche Boxter includes a new range of metallic colors comprising Rhodium Silver and Sapphire Blue besides regular shades. Its older chassis has been replaced with new lighter chassis which is stiffer than before since it is fitted with struts at every angle, making it easier to drive and maneuver. The car is available in India within price range of Rs. 55 – 75 lakhs depending on base and Porsche Boxter S variant. While the older model was more curvaceous with rounded body structure, new model is sharper and aggressive with large air intake scoops.
The new Porsche 2014 has been greeted with excitement and since it is smaller and less expensive than base Porsche Boxter model. It has been fitted with Volkswagen’s engine architecture which is generally meant for mid segment cars and was previewed on BlueSport concept model in 2009. To make it lighter to suit nickname of sports car its hood and door panels are made of aluminum panels while the car measures 157.5 inches and is based on 95.7 inch wheelbase making it weigh only 2700 pounds. Standard end to end leather upholstery twin sports seats and Bose surround sound technology make the Porsche Boxter 2014 a formidable combination.
Its new machinery comprises 2.7 liter petrol engine which has automatic start and stop functions ideal for city traffic which can accelerate from 0-60 kmph within 5.5 seconds. Its flexible seven speed automatic dual clutch mechanism enables fuel economy of 16-22 kmpl. Interiors have been slightly changed to include Panamera like sloping center console with stylish design and plastic quality. Display system comprises of 4.6 inch TFT screen to manage audio, navigation and various other functions. Convenience is provided with 10 cubic feet of cargo space and electronically manageable soft top which can be managed via button functions on front console. To this new range besides the base and S variant Porsche has added Sport Chrono package comprising digital and analog display equipment along with Porsche Active Suspension Management Switch to move from general model to sport mode.
To enhance its brand value and image Skoda is revamping its product range by introducing new products and concept models. The Skoda Vision C is a concept design of five door coupe which will be developed by Skoda depending on feedback and public opinion. This design showcases Skoda’s vision of future through innovative chassis and body design. Through this design concept Skoda is demonstrating a change or evolution in its engineering expertise which shows dynamism of the brand and its ability to continuously innovate and evolve over the years. Vision Concept C has a fresh outlook and brings together contoured body lines with concave surfaces to create a vision which will impress viewers at first glance.
Skoda has been manufacturing cars for almost a decade now therefore has perfected technique of carmaking in terms of design and performance. Therefore its next stage of development through VisionC concept is to use its expertise to demonstrate engineering ability and dynamism. The five door coupe design of Skoda Vision C features emotional design with value of experience and innovation. The concept model’s surface is precisely proportioned to demonstrate perfect arrangement of light and shadow in interiors along with confidence and energy in front façade. Its rear tailgate design is radical which presents an element of surprise to the onlooker. Therefore this Vision C concept demonstrates Skoda’s engineers’ ability and ingenuity to work in collaboration and unity to create technologically superior products.
From the designs presented it is clear that Skoda VisionC concept has fairly large interiors to comfortably seat four passengers and also accommodate their luggage. Its large boot is spacious due to creation by MQB technology through which low weight cars have optimum space due to aerodynamically created space. Through VisionC concept a series of drive system will be created by Skoda in near future which will provide individual mobility to a large section of city goers. The car will be powered by either CNG or petrol fuel with 1.4 TSI turbo engine and due to fuel efficiency it consumes only 3.4 kg of CNG fuel per kilometer keeping emission low. With this concept Skoda has made advanced leap into fuel efficiency by making a product that will meet current demands of low emissions with traditional fuel.
Japanese carmaker Mitsubishi has been fairly inactive in passenger car industry for quite a few years and has not introduced any models since Pajero Sport SUV. But a wave of energy seems to have energized Mitsubishi urging it to announce nearly five new offerings comprising of sports utility vehicles too within next couple of years. During announcement of automatic version of Pajero Sport, Mitusbishi’s CEO stated that the firm is following a new global business strategies under which will launch vehicles across the world at same time. Presently the firm is selling only one or two vehicles in all ASEAN nations which is likely to change under new strategy. Five new vehicles will be produced at various locations and will be exported in the region.
Since India is nation which loves hatchbacks Mitsubishi is likely to start the year 2014 with new Mirage hatchback. The Mirage is similar in size and capacity to Maruti’s new Celerio and Hyundai’s i20 and is expected to perk up interest of people towards the brand. The Mirage is fitted with 1.2 liter petrol engine and is powered by three cylinder manual transmission system helping it to provide 77 bhp of power. The Mirage will be followed by sedan Attrage and will have 1.2 liter petrol engine and will be longer than 4 meters therefore will not quality for excise duty exception. Its management has declared that under new market strategy India will be a nation under focus since it is among fastest emerging markets in Asian region with reasonable disposable incomes.
The firm is considering import of sports utility vehicles from its international portfolio like the Mitsubishi Outlander but high import duty will make this vehicle quite expensive in India. The company is therefore mulling cost of getting it as a CBU and assembling it in local production facility at Chennai which may reduce costs. Looking at the lack of interest in expensive SUV’s unless it is from luxury brands, Mitsubishi is mulling development of compact SUV models as it is the fastest growing market in India. The firm has launched three new concepts in Tokyo Auto Show during 2013, which depending on viability may be developed into production models and brought to India.
Hyundai has constantly startled the public with its glossy and lavish pieces; the company has explored all the possible car style genres. The Santa Fe is one car most people would desire, and is among the most sparkling SUV’s that exist in the market. For some delicious news Hyundai will showcase its new Santa Fe facelift project at 2014 Auto expo.
2014 Hyundai Santa Fe
The mystery behind Hyundai’s super grand creation is the invention of cutting-edge style techniques like Fluidic design philosophy. The new Santa Fe facelift is a progression of Fluidic design philosophy called Storme edge design theme. The car will run on a potent diesel 2.2 liter engine that was used in the earlier model. The engine will pump out 436 Nm and 194 bhp. The transmission options used are manual or automatic and the drive system is either a four or two wheel drive mode.
Those who are excited by the launch of 2014 Santa Fe facelift, expect to see greater surprises on the exterior front. The car will have a more aggressive looking grille, and the head light design is incredibly creative and extends to the sides. On the side are smooth flowing lines that bring out the secret of Hyundai’s splendid Fluidic design creation. The 2014 Santa Fe has a longer wheelbase dimension by about 9 centimeters compared to its predecessor. There will also be a shorter glass structure between C and D pillar.
As marvelously grand as the exteriors is the interiors with premium leather upholstered cushions, engine start or stop system, and GPS equipment. The interior room is luxuriously spacious to accommodate three occupants with ease and the interior grandness is highlighted by smooth flow of vivacious beige shade.
Excited by the characteristics of the car, then head to auto expo to view the lavish new Santa Fe piece from head to toe. The car costs Rs 24 to 27 lakhs.
General Motors has some interesting launches this year; nothing can be more exciting than a new facelift Beat launch. The company will launch the car on the 5th of February. There is another exciting new product that will be on display at 2014 Auto expo called Adra SUV concept.
The past year or so has witnessed an influx of highly modern sport utility vehicles like Ford EcoSport, Nissan Terrano and Renault Duster etc. The SUV battle is going to be pretty intense this year, with established firms waiting to launch their SUV products. General Motors is also geared to fight the drill with the Adra SUV concept.
Adra concept is a below four meter SUV, and the expected launch date of the car is the early periods of 2015. The base structure of the car is derived from Gamma two platform, and the car will maneuver with a potent diesel 1.3 liter engine used in Enjoy and Sail. The powerful engine will churn 77bhp, and according to the buzz the company might bring in its new Trax SUV model which will have a 4.2 m dimension and will arrive with a greater price tag.
General Motors is an acclaimed global auto brand, and has once again emerged with a classic product the Adra SUV. The car looks uniquely trendy, and the uniqueness is highlighted by the round headlights and simple straight grille. Adra portrays a one of a kind caravan like image.
Adra is one SUV to look forward to which is different from the usual sturdy ones; the launch of the car will intensify the cut-throat competition that exists in SUV segment. Few arch rivals of Adra is Nissan Terrano, Maruti Suzuki XA Alpha, Renault Duster, Ford Ecosport etc.
The expected launch date of Adra is early 2015, and this is one piece to look forward to for those keen to experiment on varied SUV styles.
Today, more and more women are becoming self independent. Running a vehicle will be really easy today. It is convenient for a lady to ride own private vehicle than those of travelling on public conveyance. But, women have different necessities with regards to own a vehicle as compared to men. They want a car which would be small and compact. Some factors include ease of maintenance and wide accessibility in drive. Women would hardly wish to avail a vehicle which has complex features.
One among best small cars in India that can suit the needs of women includes Alto K10. The vehicle should be so convenient that, it should be in a state to be driven within the city traffic. The turning radius of this vehicle would allow the driver to park the vehicle easily. The feature of visibility is also developed over here. There are a variety of such cars that have been launched in the Indian market with a view of satisfying women as well as the youngsters. Alto K10 is one of the entry level hatchbacks in the market that is liked by many ladies. Economically, it is quite cheap and suits the budget of many individuals.
Another type of liked small cars in Indian market for women is Honda brio. It is a small hatchback vehicle brought by Honda with quite sweet shape and small and convenient for the ladies. Other varieties of small vehicles in the Indian market for women include Hyundai i10, Wagon-R etc. All these vehicles form a wonderful comfort zone for the ladies. Women can easily move these vehicles from one place to another without much difficulty. They don’t need the support of any other companion or her partner to drive this vehicle. If you are considering about the looks, Honda brio would be a wonderful option in front of you. If you want a diesel variation of this vehicle, it is also possible to go ahead with the same. The market is flooded with variety of vehicles for women traveling on own vehicle. You just need to choose an appropriate one.
Indian cars have become really advanced today with regards to its technological up gradation. Along with leg space, comfort and engine capacity of the vehicles, people are also looking out to purchase such a vehicle from the market which has automatic climatic control. These days, Indian climate has become worse due to global warming. But, you can easily get comfort inside your vehicle with the automatic climatic control facility.
People have almost forgotten those days when AC was considered as a great feature of a vehicle. With time, AC is no more a luxurious facility. Rather, for some it has become a standard feature and for another group of people it has become a necessity of life. The popular feature of the new vehicles in the present era is the automatic climatic control feature.
Today, people also look for affordability along with the features. You can now get the advancement over the air conditioning system in a vehicle. This system allows you to set up a temperature and the feature will maintain the same temperature throughout the journey. You can also go back to the history and find many electronic devices which also have climatic control system. In the year 1964, the first climatic control car was launched by the General Motors, which combined both heating as well as air conditioning in the compact car. The vehicle was really affordable in the market.
Today, you can easily get more sophisticated with regards to the climatic variation. You can easily get comfortable and pleasing temperature inside the vehicle that has a climate control variation with the advanced and dual system. Setting different temperature in different zone is now possible with the help of the climatic control car variety in the market today. If it is a necessity to maintain different temperature in the driver’s zone and that of the passenger’s zone, the same can also be done with the help of the new temperature control system. It is now possible for the owner to install the complete climate control system in the car in order to enhance its cosmfort. You can also get climate control kit in the market.
The 12th Annual Auto Expo which this year is being held at Noida instead of within Delhi like earlier due to large number of participants and guests is getting more exciting each other with announcement of new models. This year Volkswagen stall will see plenty of action with nearly four models which are all popular in international markets. Besides its compact SUV car Taigun, Volkswagen is also launching compact crossover model Tiguan along with WRC Polo R which is a rally car and showcases its power capabilities. The 2014 version of Passat sedan will be presented with latest Beetle and UP small car.
The Taigun and Tiguan will be large utility vehicles aimed towards adventure loving individuals who like city cars with off road capabilities which are also priced reasonably below 20 – 25 lakhs. While the Taigun will compete against existing models like Ford Ecosport and Nissan’s Terrano being a compact SUV with sub-4 meter length. The Taigun car is powered with 1.0 liter TSI engine, weighs around 985 kgs and can accelerate within 9 seconds to reach top speeds of 186 kmph. The Tiguan is based on Volkswagen’s Golf platform and is powered by Jetta’s TSI petrol engine and is mated to six speed manual transmission.
Volkswagen’s showstopper will be the WRC Polo rally car which can accelerate within 4 seconds and has power of 300 bhp. The Tiguan compact car will compete against Toyota Fortuner, Renault Koleos and other local variants and is likely to be priced around 25 lakhs like petrol variants from Audi, Volvo and Mercedes Benz. Volkswagen’s new compact SUV cars are based on its MQB platform though their upper body and wheel designs are varied to give them varied appearance. Though confirmation has been received from Volkswagen about only these four models, car enthusiasts are expecting launch of its popular hatchback UP which if introduced will be priced below 7 lakhs.
French carmaker Renault has revived its market share in India after partnering with Nissan and has built charming range of models to compete in diverse segments like utility vehicles and compact sedans which are suited to both even and rough terrains. The first to be presented will be facelifted variants of its existing sports utility vehicles Koleos, Fluence and popular Duster. An entirely new model which Renault will bring in will be Lodgy multi-purpose vehicle which is sold in international markets as Dacia brand and can comfortably accommodate five passengers. Unveiled for the first time at Geneva, Lodgy will have engine configuration similar to Duster and will be sold within price range of 7- 9 lakhs.
Updated version of Renault Koleos will continue with existing engineering details but its front façade will change with new grille and alloy tyres. Besides these changes both Koleos and Duster will be fitted with R – Link navigation system which will comprise of 7 inch touch screen and comprise of integrated audio and Bluetooth controls which can be managed by button controls on steering wheel. Renault’s Duster and Koleos models will have same artistic grille with chrome band on both sides and xenon headlamps cluster.
Mr. Sumit Sawhney, Country CEO and Managing Director- Renault in India said, “I am glad that Mr. Salman Khan is the first owner of the All New Koleos. The New Koleos dawns all the attributes of Mr. Salman Khan as the vehicle is adventurous and sophisticated, guaranteed to turn heads with its presence and performance.”
Besides these cars Renault will also be showcasing a new concept car which will be premiered on 5th Feb 2014. Since only teaser images about its interior and exterior features have been shown one is not very clear about actual make and design of the concept. Market sources state that the new concept car is likely to be called “Captur” as it was showcased in Frankfurt Auto Show during 2009. The “Captur” concept has since then gone through various changes and has finally emerged as a two seater compact car suited for a newly-wed couple exploring the world around them.