Maruti Suzuki Swift emerges as highest selling car in India

Maruti Suzuki Swift has emerged as the highest selling vehicle in the Indian automobile market in April 2012. The automaker sold 19,484 units of the Swift as against 17,842 units of the Alto last month. This has effected the sales of Maruti Alto last month as it slipped by 49.4% as compared to 35245 units in March 2012.

The Alto has been the highest selling car in India for more than seven years since the sales figures have been well above 20,000 units per month – even in the labour strikes last year. As more consumers are opting for diesel vehicles, popularity of petrol cars are low. It has been said that diesel powered premium hatchback, Swift, has put up a good performance despite the surge in taxes in the budget.

Maruti Alto needs components from the Manesar units, along with other popular models such as Swift, Dzire, Ertiga and WagonR. It has been confirmed that Maruti will surge the production of diesel cars.

TVS Motor unveils new Apache RTR 2012 bike series

Two-wheeler auto maker TVS Motor Company has announced the launch of the new Apache RTR 2012 series comprising cosmetic changes. The Apache RTR series incorporates new beast themed styling.

“The new design, all lines pulled back, excesses eliminated and curves chiseled to perfection, synergises with a high performance powertrain to look dynamic,” as per the statement issued by the company.

All Apache models incorporate the new design and styling, namely RTR 160, RTR 180 and RTR 180ABS. In addition, the new range would have new pilot lamps integrated with LED light and a new aerodynamic styling reducing the engine heat.

HS Goindi, TVS Motor Company President (Marketing), said, “We have taken the Apache RTR to the next level with obsessive engineering and menacing design. The priority in every step of the Apache brand’s development has been race bred performance. Every system, detail and component has been tuned to maximise performance.”

The new TVS Apache RTR 160 is available in four dual tone colours — green, red. Yellow and grey with black being the base colour and priced at Rs 67,505 (ex showroom Delhi). The 180 RTR series also comes in four colours of white, yellow, grey and black while the ABS version in white and black and priced at Rs 72,090 (ex showroom Delhi). The RTR 180 ABS version would cost Rs 82,780 (ex showroom Delhi).

Lamborghini’s 2nd showroom in India opens in Mumbai

Lamborghini has opened its second showroom in India at its financial capital in Prabhadevi. It is the Italian supercar maker’s second showroom in the country after the Delhi based Exclusive Motors showroom.

For this city, Lamborghini has roped in Autohanger, who is the main dealer for Mercedes Benz here. The showroom has been opened by company CEO Stephan Winkelmann.

Winkelmann said, “Lamborghini has always eyed the Indian market with a lot of interest. The past year saw the market grow substantially and we realize that being in one centre alone will not be enough. I hope soon, I will be here again to say, two were not nearly enough.”

The firm is hoping to sell almost 40-50 cars by the year 2015. Lamborghini is also planning to start its national sales office in the country soon which displays the firm’s strong commitment to the market.

Vespa LX 125 scooter in India at Rs 66,661

Italian two-wheeler manufacturer Piaggio has launched Vespa LX 125 scooter in India at the price range of Rs 66,661 ex-showroom Maharashtra.

With this product the company is looking to create a premium category in the domestic scooter segment with this product. PVPL is a fully-owned subsidiary of Piaggio.

Firstly, Vespa was sold in India in the 1960s and the 1970s in alliance with Bajaj Auto. After ending that venture, Piaggio collaborated with LML till 1999, when the LML-Piaggio venture ended.

The scooter is being manufactured at Piaggio’s new two-wheeler plant at Baramati near Pune where it also manufactures its commercial three- and four-wheelers.

Piaggio Vehicles Pvt Ltd Chairman and Managing Director Ravi Chopra said, “Right now there is no premium segment in the Indian scooter market but we believe there is a significant number of brand conscious young people who would like to make a statement. Vespa is creating a premium segment by targeting those customers.”

However, Chopra refuse to comment on the details and timeline for launching other models. It has brands like Aprilia, Derbi, Gilera, Moto Guzzi and Scarabeo under its portfolio.

Skoda Fabia ‘Scout’ unveiled in India

Premium Czech car manufacturer Skoda Auto has unveiled the awaited model Fabia ‘Scout’ in India. The petrol and diesel variants are priced at Rs 6.79 lakh and Rs 8.10 lakh ex-showroom, respectively.

The Scout model has been displayed at the 2012 Auto Expo this year. This new one is considered as the sporty version of current Fabia hatchback. The exteriors features consists of front bumper spoiler and headlamps with projector beam along with enhanced body peripheral cladding and rear bumper diffuser.

The truly spacious cabin also got new leatherette seats also newly incorporated modern music system. The convenience and safety aspects consist of power windows, sporty stainless steel pedal and remote locking along with air bags for driver and passenger in the front.
Skoda Fabia Scout also got a 1.2L MPI 3-cylinder petrol engine.

Tata Motors to supply military trucks to Malaysian armed forces

Leading vehicles manufacturer Tata Motors announced that the company has signed a cooperation agreement with a Malaysian firm.

The purpose of this agreement is to develop, endorse and market the Indian company’s high mobility military 4×4 trucks with payloads ranging from 2.5 tonnes to 5.0 tonnes for the armed forces of Malaysia.

According to a Tata release, these vehicles are appropriate for various configurations such as troop carriers, command post, ambulance, reconnaissance missions, as an armoured carrier communication shelter and others.

Since 1958, Tata Motors has been connected with the Indian country’s off-road defence and security forces and has provided over one lakh vehicles to the country’s military and paramilitary forces till now.

Wide range of specialised defence vehicles meeting stringent requirements are exported by Tata Motors to various regions across the world, including South Asian, South East Asian and African regions.

Hyundai boosts diesel Verna, i20 supply by 50%

With the aim to match the risen demand for diesel variants of the i20 hatch and the Verna sedan, Hyundai Motor India has raised the supply of both the models by 50%.

It is likely to halve the waiting period on the diesel Verna, while lowering the delivery date for new diesel i20 to one month.

Arvind Saxena, Director, Marketing and Sales, Hyundai Motor India Ltd, said, “Increased supply will ease the waiting period substantially. Our customers have shown great patience, they have waited for many months.”

The Korean car manufacturer has been boosted by Centre’s decision to not place an extra tax on diesel cars in the Budget last month even after facing pressures. It is thus boosting the supply of the diesel versions of both the models to 10,500 units a month as compared to the current level of 7,500 units by boosting diesel engine imports from South Korea.

In 2011, Hyundai’s domestic sales jumped 5% to 3.73-lakh units.

Booking for Audi Q3 to start from Apr-end in India

Audi’s SUV Q3 has been revealed here with bookings to kick off from April end and deliveries in May. The Audi Q3 is expected to get Q5/Q7 quality at affordable package.

The Q3 will be unveiled with 2.0-litre TDI engine producing 176PS of power mated to a 7-speed S-tronic box, with the 2.0-litre TFSI scheduled to be unveiled during the later part of this year.

Audi will also be offering optional paddle-shifters on the steering wheel also. The standard features consist of daytime running lamps with LEDs, quattro and Start Stop system. The list will also consist of a panoramic sunroof.

The compact SUV measures 4.39 metres in length, 1.83 metres wide and 1.60 metres high. Q3 is expected to be priced around Rs 28-32 lakh. Its price is significantly higher than X1, Audi hopes to straddle the gap between the Bimmer and Range Rover Evoque.

Audi is planning to bring the Q3 through the CBU route with CKD operations to commence at later stages.

Maruti Introduce MPV Ertiga

India’s prominent car manufacturer Maruti Suzuki India will unveil its multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) Ertiga on April 12 in the national capital. The vehicle is likely to be priced below Rs 10 lakh.

The petrol variant of the Ertiga comes powered by an all new 1.4 litre K-series engine, K-14 which delivers a mileage of 16.02 kmpl. The diesel variant comes powered by 1.3 litre DDiS engine with a mileage of 20.77 kmpl.

With nearly 4.2 metres in length, the Ertiga is short of its competitors such as Toyota Innova and Mahindra Xylo which measure around 4.5 metres.

The new seven seater compact MPV has been introduced at the 11th Auto Expo in January 2012. Ertiga’s top end variant will be having features such as keyless entry, ABS system, steering mounted audio controls and two-tone beige interiors.

The car has been developed on Swift platform and it will be unveiled in six variants – three diesel and three petrol . The car will be available in seven colours. The auto major will rollout the new car at its plant in Gurgaon.

Mayank Pareek, Managing Executive Offer-Sales & Marketing, said, “The car is for young people who like adventure and also for office goers. Ertiga’s first focus is India. Later on, we may look at introducing the vehicle in ASEAN countries like Indonesia.”