Thursday, January 5, 2012

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Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Launched

Priced between Rs 5.89 lakh to Rs 8.45 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) the new Maruti Suzuki Ertiga has essentially opened doors to a parched premium people carrier segment in the country, and from the looks of it, it's hit the nail right on the head.

It’s probably the most searched passenger vehicle on Google in the country at the moment, and not without reason. The Ertiga, besides being a Maruti Suzuki product, a brand that continues to outsell the growing competition, has been quite a few years in the making and for those who got a touch and feel of the production-ready vehicle at this year’s Auto Expo, price and not the product itself lies as the final consideration.

Well that wait is finally over, and MSIL have finally announced the availability of the MPV for the Indian masses in six variants starting from a price of Rs 5.89 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) for the base Lxi Petrol version all the way up to Rs 8.45 lakh for the fully equipped Diesel model.

Yes, the new Ertiga will offer you a choice of both petrol and diesel models. A brand-new 1.4-litre VVT petrol engine which turned out to be quite a revelation on a recent test drive (Read : First Drive) in Goa, is capable of making 95PS @ 6000rpm and a rather decent 130Nm of torque @ 4000rpm. The diesel on the other hand, is the tried-and-tested, state-of-the-art 1.3 DDiS diesel unit fitted with a turbocharger and churns out 90PS @ 4000 rpm and a solid 200Nm of torque @ 1750 rpm. Both models are mated to a five-speed gearbox, and from what we experienced makes for a great drive both in the city and along the highways.

The high-end variants of this 5+2 seater from Maruti Suzuki get best in class comfort features like electronic power steering, power windows, steering-mounted audio controls, a high-end stereo system with AUX/USB in, electronically adjustable ORVMs, air conditioning and heating with blowers for the second row of seats as well and safety features such as ABS, EBD and two front airbags being offered as standard on this vehicle.

One of the stand out features in this MPV has to be its adjustable second and third row of seats which can easily be retracted or turned upright as and when required. The third row, which can comfortably seat two full sized adults is essentially your boot and when made flat provides sufficient room for basic luggage and storage equipment.

The new Ertiga (Read : Special Coverage) as we see it has tremendous potential owing to its unique seat adjustment configurations, comfort features, compact design and affordable pricing as compared to the current competition, which very naturally would be larger vehicles the likes of the Toyota Innova and the Mahindra Xylo. Complete variant wise pricing of the new Ertiga is listed below.

LXi - 5.89 lakh
VXi - 6.60 lakh
ZXi - 7.30 lakh


LDi - 7.30 lakh
VDi - 7.90 lakh
ZDi- 8.45 lakh

* All prices are ex-showroom Delhi

Auto Expo 2012 Delhi, Auto Expo New Launches 7th January 2012, Auto Expo 2012 Delhi : India, Auto Expo Cars 2012, Auto Expo 2012: New launches to dazzle visitors
content from : zigwheels, timesofindia & economic times

A prestigious launchpad for the biggest names in the business, Auto Expo 2012 features sports cars, concept vehicles, custom bikes and more. Amitabh Bachchan, John Abraham and Katrina Kaif lent starpower to horsepower at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.

With the world economy in the middle of a slump, the big boys of the auto industry are
making a beeline for India, including British cult bikemaker Triumph and the iconic BMW

The first day of the Delhi Auto Expo saw a host of showstoppers hog the limelight and wow audiences as major brands set foot in India, many looking to crack the code in one of the world's most promising markets. Joining the gleaming metal beauties were stars from the film world, adding glam quotient to the show that runs for the next six days.

MINI, one of the world's most iconic car brand, finally set foot in India, joining rivals like Volkswagen Beetle and Fiat500. BMW made light of the brand's late entry, saying that the MINI's strong branding will make it a success here too. "As one of the world's top growth markets , India is a great place to continue accelerating MINI's global momentum . We are sure MINI fans in India are as excited as we are," Kay Segler, Sr VP for the MINI Brand Management, said.

The brand will be present through the MINI (MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S), MINI Cooper Convertible and MINI Cooper S Countryman , and its price will start at Rs 24.9 lakh
(ex-showroom ).

This year's Auto Expo will see 32 car launches. Of these, 8 will be global launches - cars that will be showcased for the first time anywhere across the world. First-time participants like Ferrari and Peugeot would look to leave an impression while existing players would seek to bolster their line-up with new models for India as well as the world. ZigWheels gives you the details on what cars to look out for at arguably Asia's biggest motor show.

Renault showcase plans
After the recent launches in the form of the D-segment Fluence and the Koleos SUV, Renault also unveiled its small car for the Indian market, the Pulse back in October. But now with the Delhi Auto Expo 2012 just round the corner, the company is all set to launch their compact SUV, the Duster showing great resolve in sticking to its strategy for India.

The Duster, which Renault will launch in India is an SUV that was originally developed by Renault’s Romanian subsidiary, Dacia. The expected price for India will range between Rs. 7 to 9 lakh.

The Duster will face strong competition from Mahindra Scorpio which has been priced at Rs. 7.59 to 12.40 lakh and Tata Motors Sumo Grande at Rs. 7.30 to 8.39 lakh.

The Czech carmaker's ambitious new sedan MissionL and a compact hatchback based on the Volkswagen Up! will be on focus Skoda is looking to step up its game in India with a bunch of new cars for India. Foremost among them is the MissionL. Inspired from the VisionD concept, the MissionL concept was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Skoda is now ready with a production-ready model that will be showcased at the Delhi Auto Expo 2012. The compact sedan will don a different look and spec depending on the market it’s sold in. So Indians would drive the four-door avatar (as against the liftback version for European and Russian markets).

The MissionL will straddle Skoda’s Fabia and Laura models, giving the Czech carmaker the ammo it needs to slug it out in the fiercely battled midsize sedan segment. Details regarding its features are still sketchy, but two engines could be on offer: 1.6-litre petrol and diesel units borrowed from its cousin, Volkswagen Vento. In fact, the MissionL may just end up competing with the Vento if Skoda prices it in the Rs. 8 lakh – Rs. 10 lakh bracket.

After several false starts, Tata Motors may finally lift the wraps off the Nano diesel, or will they? Tata Motors’ stand at the Auto Expo may turn out to be the busiest. No, not because they’re bringing skimpily-clad models to pose with their cars. Rather, the spotlight will be on a model that’s arguably the most important car launch of 2012: the Nano diesel, which Tata Motors may unveil at the Expo.

The Nano diesel was first rumoured to launch in September but refinement issues probably led Tata Motors to postpone the rollout. While it isn’t expected to look any different from its recently upgraded petrol sibling, the big change will come in the form of a new two-cylinder, 800 cc common rail diesel engine. Developed in partnership with Bosch, the diesel engine will produce 39 PS – around 4 PS more than the petrol Nano, and deliver an estimated 40 kmpl, making it the most fuel-efficient car in the market. We’ll have to wait and see what pricing strategy Tata Motors adopts though we estimate the Nano diesel to cost 15-20% more than the petrol Nano.

Hyundai India will be showcasing some significant India-bound cars at the Delhi Auto Expo. Here are the highlights that will be on display at the Hyundai's stall India’s second largest car maker Hyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL) will be making its presence in the upcoming 2012 Delhi Auto Expo with the global premier of its concept compact MPV, the HND-7. The significance of Hyundai unveiling the HND-7 concept in the Delhi Auto Expo is all the more with Maruti Suzuki planning to showcase its production-ready seven-seater Ertiga MPV.

Back in 2008 Hyundai had also showcased their Veloster concept car. At the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo, Hyundai will showcase a three-door version of the Veloster which is a radical take on a utility coupe. Considering mainstream car makers like Ford and Maruti Suzuki are planning on launching compact Sports Activity Vehicles (SAVs) in India backed by tremendous market potential, it won’t come as a surprise to see Hyundai launch a five-door version of the Veloster in the country. The Veloster comes with Hyundai's new BlueLink system with automatic crash notifications, vehicle diagnostics, etc. The Veloster comes with a 1.6-litre petrol engine with three varying power outputs. The base model develops 130 PS of power, the middle of the line with direct injection puts out 140PS while the top of the line gets a turbocharger to peg output at 211PS of power.


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