It’s carried and shepherded bureaucratic babus, tourists and whole families all over the country for over five decades, in process becoming a national icon. Now after being declared the world’s best taxi by BBC’s Top Gear during the course of their 20th season, the Hindustan Ambassador is set to be re-launched in a new avatar and design next year in a bid to carry forward a rich legacy of motoring to the next generation of drivers.
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The news of the rebadging M3 coupe to the M4 coupe has finally sunk into the minds of its fans after much despair. The two-door car will disappear after three decades but all is not lost, BMW has reaffirmed that the name change will only be a technicality. According to BMW M Performance Automobile's managing director Friedrich Nitschke, the pair is set for their debut at the next Detroit Motor Show scheduled for January next year.
Dacia, the Romanian subsidiary of Renault and the creators of the Logan and the Duster, have managed to get themselves into the 2013 Goodwood FoS by creating a special edition of the Duster compact SUV called the Black Edition. Much like the other special edition of the car, it gets cosmetic changes all over and is based on the UK spec Ambiance dCi 110 4x2, positioned similar to the 110PS RxL diesel variant in India.
It has now been 30 years since BMW introduced diesel engines for its cars. While this might not seem like such an oddity now (diesel engined cars) given that current technology is quite advanced from 30 years ago, the move to introduce a diesel sedan in a place like Germany in 1983 was one that raised many eyebrows but thanks to their persistence, ultimately started a revolution.
The mini SUV from Porsche is all set to move to the production phase by the end of this year. The car will be manufactured at Porsche's Leipzig facility and will most likely be unveiled at this year’s Los Angeles Motor Show.
Honda India’s plan to resurrect the Jazz along with the introduction of three other models as part of expansion plans for India was earlier confirmed by Honda officials. Following this news, speculative rendering images of the 2014 Jazz were leaked last month. Honda has now released official pictures of the car that closely resemble the previously revealed renderings.
The Renault-Nissan alliance has announced that it will stop badge engineering in the Indian market once the Duster based Nissan Terrano is launched sometime in the latter half of this year. The alliance has so far launched the Nissan Micra based Renault Pulse and the Nissan Sunny based Renault Scala.
GM had earlier halted production of the Sail sedan and hatchback to rectify quality issues while the Tavera BSIII was put on hold due to niggles related to the emissions. General Motors India Vice-President P Balendran has now said that they will resume production for the Sail models by the end of this month and the Tavera by the end of August.
Honda has revealed sketches of its Brio based MPV in Indonesia. The Japanese automaker plans to introduce the vehicle as an LMPV (Low Multi-Purpose Vehicle) and will feature a lower roofline on an elongated wheelbase. The car will make its international debut at this year’s Indonesian Moto Show and is expected to be on sale in India by mid-2014.
Renault had showcased the facelift Fluence at the Istanbul Auto Expo in 2012. The car is currently on sale in a number of European markets and was expected to come to India by the end of this year. That expectation has now gained momentum with the car having been spotted near the French automaker’s manufacturing plant at Oragadam, off Chennai.