The Renault Lodgy has been spotted undergoing trials in Chennai. While the French manufacturer’s other products haven’t been very successful in India, it struck gold with the Duster, which has helped in building the brand image of the French manufacturer. Renault will hope to strengthen its position in the country with this seven seater MPV, which will be pitted directly against the Toyota Innova.
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Back in February this year, Suzuki added a new special edition version of the Swift in the UK. Following its successful initial stint in the market, the brand has recently reintroduced the special edition Swift. Called the Swift SZ-L, the hatchback is priced between £11,099 (Rs 11.40 lakh) and £11,599 (Rs 11.91 lakh) for the three-door and the five-door models respectively.
Reports suggest that the Audi A3 sedan might be launched in India on August 7. The A3 sedan will be the most affordable car in Audi’s line-up and will compete with other entry-level luxury cars like the Mercedes-Benz A-Class and the BMW 1 Series.
In a bid to further expand Volkswagen Group's after-sales and spare parts setup in the country, Volkswagen India has announced that its second Part Distribution Centre (PDC) will be functional by the second quarter of 2015. The upcoming facility, located in Bangalore, will join VW’s exiting Gurgaon-based centre set up in 2012.
The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz has been spotted testing once again, this time in Delhi. As in previous instances, the car was heavily camouflaged, though it does let out small details like the double barrel headlamps and OVRMs with integrated turn indicators.
Nissan is taking the Indian car market seriously. The company recently launched its budget brand, Datsun. Now, there are rumours that the Japanese carmaker might bring its luxury brand Infiniti here.
Mahindra & Mahindra has announced a special scheme, 'Bankers’ Bonanza', exclusively for bank employees. The initiative has been introduced to recognise the contribution of financiers across the country in making customers’ dream of owning a vehicle a reality. As part of this initiative, bank employees will be able to avail benefits up to Rs 25,000 on the personal range of Mahindra four wheeler vehicles.
A successor for the mighty Bugatti Veyron is expected to be unveiled in 2015. It is expected to be powered by the same quad turbo 8.0-litre engine but this time with a hybrid setup that is slated to produce 1480bhp a jump of 296bhp over the Grand Sport’s 1200bhp.
Honda Cars India took some drastic steps to increase its sales. A few slow-selling models were axed, and the Japanese carmaker also introduced its diesel engine. In this quest to cater to our market better Honda has ended up gaining the trust of Indian car buyers and now is poised to become India’s third largest carmaker.
The entire Indian manufacturing industry has heard about the famous Fiat India case that happened two years ago. The Italian manufacturer was asked to cough around Rs 400 crore as excise duty by the Supreme Court.