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Audi A4 facelift on the cards, caught testing in India

Seems like the luxury car makers are not in a mood to put the throttle pedal down. Mercedes launched the facelifted C-Class on the 1st of September, BMW is planning to launch the new 3 Series in 2012 and Audi is testing the facelifted A4 in India.

The Audi A4 Sedan has been around for 4 years  in the Indian market without any major facelift and it is high time that the A4 Sedan gets some fresh looks and gadgetry.

The facelift is a cosmetic make over with possibly some stripped down versions to help lower the prices to make the car a better buy.

Well 2012 could be the exact launch and the Auto Expo could be a good moment to launch it. Engine options will largely remain the same with 2 diesel and 2 petrol.


Range rover Evoque caught testing in India

The Range Rover Evoque was caught testing in India in Pune. The Evoque 3 door version was seen at a junction on Paud Road in Pune, the road to the hill on which the Automobile Research Association of India(ARAI) is situated.

From the pics its very clear the 3 door version will make it first which could be followed by the 5 door version. Land Rover wants to cash on the very stylish SUV in India as fast as it can.

The Evoque could hit the streets in Diwali with a 2.2 litre diesel engine with 150 or 190 power output .

Well the Evoque will be get  higher price tag as the SUV will be bought to India via the CBU route. Assembling will start much later in 2012 and hopefully we could see more models and variants being offered.

Image Credit – Siddharth Devasthali of NDTV Car and Bike Show Facebook Page.


Bajaj’s new work horse Boxer 150

Bajaj has unveiled the new Boxer BM150, which is more than a bike  aimed at customers who reside in semi-rural and rural areas where motorcycles are subjected to grueling operating conditions.

Bajaj have taken a leap forward by introducing a more powerful and torquey bike. A motorcycle in these areas does the work of a mini truck, form carrying milk cans to vegetables, riding with 4 people to carrying rice sacks.

Bajaj has provided a 150cc bike and a affordable price. Considering the growing requirements and rising incomes in rural the bike makes a lot sense.

The Boxer gets a 150cc engine borrowed from the Discover 150 power output of 11.8 Bhp@7,500 rpm and a peak torque of 12.26 Nm@5,000 rpm. The engine is mated to 4 speed gear box.

The bike is competitively priced at Rs. 42,000, which is very close to a 100cc bike offered by its competitors.

Bajaj Boxer BM 150 Specifications

Boxer 150 Bharat Bike spec sheet

Engine

Type:Single cylinder, 4 stroke, air cooled

Bore (mm) X Stroke (mm): 56 x 58.8

Displacement (cc): 144.8

Valve per cylinder: 2

Compression ratio: 9.5 ± 0.5 : 1

Fuelling                Carburetor – Ucal UVD20

Max. Power (Ps @ rpm): 12.01 @ 7500

Max. Torque (Nm @ rpm): 12.26 @ 5000

Starting                Kick + Self

Transmission:

Clutch:Wet multiplate

Transmission: 4 speed constant mesh

Gear shift pattern: All down

Primary reduction: 3.571:1

Gear ratio           

First: 2.833:1

Second: 1.733:1

Third: 1.227:1

Fourth: 0.958:1

Final reduction: 3.071:1

Suspension, Brakes & Tyres

Suspension

 Front: 125mm fork travel telescopic

Rear       100mm wheel travel SNS

Brakes                                    

Front:130mm Drum , Rear: 130mm Drum

Tyres

Front: 3.00 x 17, 45 P

Rear: Tube type, 100/90 x 17, 55 P

Dimensions       

Overall Length (mm)      2016

Overall Width (mm)        740

Overall Height (mm)       1055

Wheel base (mm)            1285

Ground Clearance (mm)               190

Saddle height (mm)        803

Kerb weight (kg)              123

Fuel tank capacity (lits)                Full: 11, Usable reserve: 2.5

Electricals  

Battery 12V / 2.5Ah or 5Ah

Head lamp          35/35W, HS 1

Tail / stop lamp 5/21W

Image & specs: ICB


Honda City rules the segment again, Honda sales up

Honda has just cracked the code right. A price cut of the city followed by corrected price Jazz and the result is Honda sales up by 25%.

The City sales have almost touched 6000 units, a few more 100o units and the car will enter the top ten sales chart. Honda does not really a diesel which has clearly show by sales this month. What it needed was a price correction.

The Jazz not shown a huge jump in sales mainly due to production issues which is limited as of now. But we feel in coming months the sales will surely jump 4 digits.

The Brio is the next big launch which will see Honda enter the real competition. Well that will surely help the company see a larger share of the market.

Official Press release

Honda Siel Cars India (HSCI), leading manufacturer of premium cars in India, registered an impressive growth of 25% in August 2011. The company reported a robust 6,907 units in sales for the month of August 2011 as against 5,518 units in August 2010 making it the highest ever for the month.

This remarkable growth in sales is fuelled by the sales of Honda City. The company sold 5,819 units of the Honda City in August 2011 registering 35% growth from the 4,251 units sold in August 2010.

Model wise break-up:  Jazz: 600; City: 5819, Civic: 330; Accord: 132, CR-V: 26


Mercedes sells 614 units in August, bets more with new C-Class launch

Mercedes-Benz India regains ground in August 2011 with a total sale of 614 units, recording a growth of 7% over August 2010 (August 2010: 573 units). The company also grew by 40% by clocking 4890 units in the period from January-August 2011 as compared to the same period in 2010 (January-August 2010: 3495 units).

Major enablers driving this growth have been the company’s flagship sedan: the E-Class and the company’s best seller-the C-Class. While the E-Class sold 189 units in August 2011, the C-Class even in its phase out stage continued with its popularity run by selling an impressive 319 units, registering a healthy 25 % growth (August 2010: 256 units), thereby retaining its segment leadership yet again.

The high acceptability of the Mercedes-Benz SUV comprising the ML-Class and the GL-Class continued with a combined sale of 59 units in August 2011 (August 2010: 37 units). Another segment leader from Mercedes-Benz portfolio, the S-Class sold 22 units (Aug 2010 42 units).

In the period from January-August 2011, Mercedes-Benz India grew by a healthy 40% clocking 4890 units as compared to January-August 2010. Mercedes-Benz India’s sedan segment comprising the C-Class, E-Class & the S-Class grew steadily at 33% in the January-August 2011 period by registering sales of 4230 units (Jan-Aug 2010: 3180 units). The SUV segment comprising the ML-Class and GL-Class also registered a robust growth of almost 125%. (Jan-Aug 2011: 539 units; Jan-Aug 2010: 237 units)

Mr. Debashis Mitra, Director, Marketing & Sales elaborated, “The growing preference amongst customers for a premium brand like Mercedes-Benz reiterates their faith in our exciting product offering, world class after sales service and our impeccable brand value. With the launch of the exciting New C-Class and an aggressive launch calendar this festive season, we are bullish to retain the ongoing good momentum. Overall we are going good and well on course towards achieving our targets and do not see the need to revise them.”


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