Mercedes-Benz had recently updated the sedan range with a facelift model of the E-Class and an all-new S-Class. Next up in line is the C-Class, one of the most successful models from the German auto manufacturer. Mercedes has been readying the C-Class for a while now and now spots shots have emerged revealing more styling cues of the luxury sedan.
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General Motors has announced that they will up the prices of their cars by Rs 10000 from next month. The depreciating value of the rupee has taken its toll on all car manufacturers and GM is no exception. With the rupee to dollar ratio expected to peak beyond 70 to 1, price hikes by auto manufacturers will be inevitable as they depend on imports even while assembling their cars locally.
Mahindra had earlier pulled a fast one with the current ground clearance norm by adding a stone guard under the engine, thereby reducing the ground clearance of the car. The government has taken notice of this loop hole in the norm and has decided to redefine the rule to make it more air tight. This will mean that, if the new rule comes into practice, the price of the XUV 500 will go up by about Rs 30,000 again.
Dacia has released official images of the facelift Duster ahead of its unveiling at the Frankfurt scheduled for the 10 September. Dacia has opted to drift away from the D-Cross concept that was showcased at the Sao Paulo Motor Show last year. The changes will most definitely be replicated by the Renault Duster when it arrives in India next year.
It doesn’t look like the dollar is the only American to outperform their Indian counterparts. Following the news of Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 underperforming at the Latin American NCAP testing, news has emerged that Tesla’s new Model S has performed a similar test in the USA so well; it broke NHTSA's testing equipment.
The future now looks more electrically lit than ever, with VW releasing the images of the e-Golf and the e-Up prior to its global unveiling at this year’s Fankfurt Motor Show. Following the lines laid by BMW with its i3 hatchback, VW has opted for a pure electric hatchback, but thought a range extender. The cars are production ready and will hit European markets soon after its launch next month.
Maruti Suzuki has announced that their proposed Rs 4000 crore project to set up a manufacturing plant in Gujarat will not be functional by FY2016. The Gujarat government had earlier allocated 700 acres to the company to establish a facility with an initial capacity of 2,50,000 units and was expected to be operational by the beginning of 2016.
Toyota has launched the new Camry Hybrid in India for Rs 29.75 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The new sedan is the first locally assembled hybrid car in India with an ARAI efficiency of 19.16kpl and low CO2 emission of 122.8 grams per kg.
Toyota has officially unveiled the 2013 Land Cruiser Prado facelift for the global market. Official images of the car had earlier leaked on the inter web along with a video which was believed to be the possible launch promo. All doubts have been put to rest with the company officially revealed the car along with the alleged video.
Renault-Nissan alliance is in talks to enter the compact sedan segment in India with the Micra-Pulse platform. Currently this segment is the only segment apart from the compact SUVs that is showing growth in the weak market – the Swift Drize is one of the highest selling models for Maruti and the Amaze is solely responsible for reviving Honda sales. While this seems like a lucrative route for companies looking to swell numbers, it comes as bit of a surprise as the alliance has recently announced their plans to shelve badge engineering.