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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.
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 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.
Boxer 150 Bharat Bike spec sheet
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: 4 speed constant mesh
Gear shift pattern: All down
Primary reduction: 3.571:1
Final reduction: 3.071:1
Suspension, Brakes & Tyres
Front: 125mm fork travel telescopic
Rear 100mm wheel travel SNS
Front:130mm Drum , Rear: 130mm Drum
Front: 3.00 x 17, 45 P
Rear: Tube type, 100/90 x 17, 55 P
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
Battery 12V / 2.5Ah or 5Ah
Head lamp 35/35W, HS 1
Tail / stop lamp 5/21W
Image & specs: ICB
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-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.”