Nissan has been focussing major efforts on spreading its reach across segments. At the bottom end it has been tasting success with the Datsun Redigo while the other end of the spectrum it will launch the GT-R supercar later this year. As a part of this plan it will also bring the next generation of the X-Trail SUV but this time in a hybrid guise and in the upper echelons of the D-segment. It had unveiled the car at the 2016 Auto Expo and now more details of the vehicle have been revealed.
The Indian market has always been considered to be one of the best across the globe. By 2020, the Indian market is expected to emerge as the third biggest auto market in the world. Making a note of this, South Korea’s second-largest automaker, Kia Motors, is considering investing in the Indian market. The company is currently shortlisting sites where it can setup its first production facility in the country.
After three months and nearly 4,500km, it is time to return the Maruti Suzuki Baleno to its maker. And, it has been an interesting run. I still haven’t warmed up to the car’s exterior styling, but its interiors continue to impress. Spacious, well put together, and in this Alpha trim, there are a good array of bells and whistles to keep your mood buoyant. I like the seats too – front and back. The cushioning has proved to be comfortable and supportive even on long drives. And, thanks to the car’s interior width, I never heard the rear passengers complain about the car being cramped in any way.