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Old 26th March 2007, 17:07   #16
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Is there any release dates for FIAT Punto with MJD and Getz CRDi ??

I hope both FIAT and Hyundai launch these two car soon, so that car buyers have more choice in this segment with Diesel option.
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Is there any release dates for FIAT Punto with MJD and Getz CRDi ??
Punto : next year
Getz D : near Aug'07
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Old 26th March 2007, 17:35   #18
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Now when is the SX4 / New Maruthi Baleno to be expected? No news about that??

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Old 26th March 2007, 17:46   #19
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Exciting times ahead! Any news on the OPTRA Diesel front? I read it somewhere here, that it was on the cards as well.
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Old 27th March 2007, 14:57   #20
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Ford India is consolidating operations in calender 2007. Towards this, the company plans to spruce up existing models — Ikon, Endeavour, Fiesta and Fusion — to maintain 20% marketshare in the country’s mid-sized car segment this year.

Talking to ET, Mr Scott McCormack, vice-president (marketing, sales & services) at Ford India said: “We’ve decided to consolidate operations in calender 2007. There are no plans to introduce new models this year.

We will take action on the products front and launch new variants of existing models with added features. We expect this will help maintain 20% marketshare in the mid-sized car segment.”

India sells nearly 20,000 mid sized cars (B and B+) per month. Ford India has also stopped importing CBUs (complete build-up units) of Ford Mondeo for the Indian market. The company spokesperson said: “Our parent, Ford Motor Co, has introduced the new Ford Mondeo at the recent Geneva Auto Show.

Hence, there’s no point in selling the old Ford Mondeo model in India anymore.” Incidentally, the parent company has no immediate plans to launch the new Ford Mondeo in India.

While unveiling the consolidation plan, Mr McCormack said: “We’ve introduced a number of new features to the Ford Ikon. More will be introduced in coming months.” The 2007 Ikon will offer customers plush beige and dark parchment interiors, matching seat fabric and trims and new instrument panel.

Ford India will also offer other features like sporty alloy wheels, anti-theft alarm, chrome decklid handle and others at an additional cost of Rs 35,000. The company has also introduced new shades to the Ikon like jeans blue, paprika red, moondust silver to diamond white.

“The Ford Ikon is aimed at 25-30 year old aspiring individual, typically employed in the knowledge sector. The new features will add to his personality,” Mr McCormack said.

The company has also introduced a new 1.4 litre petrol ZXi version for its Ford Fiesta model. “Aggressively priced at Rs 6.30 lakh (ex-showroom New Delhi), the new 1.4 litre petrol Fiesta ZXi will strengthen Ford’s position in the growing mid-size automotive segment,” he added.

Story : Ford to spruce up existing models-Automobiles-Auto-News By Industry-News-The Economic Times
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“We’ve introduced a number of new features to the Ford Ikon. More will be introduced in coming months.
Seems like many more versions of the IKON is expected. I guess that rules out phasing out of the IKON for the next two years
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New Getz being exported from Chennai

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Old 27th March 2007, 18:17   #23
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need to check the price tag for SX4/New Maruthi Baleno once it is released. Hopefully will be the same.
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Is the S320 CDi cheaper than the S350...still CBU?
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Old 28th March 2007, 08:09   #25
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Its official now, Spark will be released on April 17.
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Old 28th March 2007, 17:28   #26
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Default Maruti Udyog to launch two big car models

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It is gearing up to launch two new models- mid-size SX4 and Grand Vitara in three to four months.Grand Vitara will be made in India. The sports utility vehicle is currently imported as completely built units.

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Old 29th March 2007, 17:29   #27
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Default Getz gets a powerful makeover

Getz gets a powerful makeover

We all know that small cars are big business in India and Hyundai has been one of the leading manufacturers in this segment. But with every passing day, the compeition is getting stronger. So, Hyundai have decided to strengthen their small car line-up.
Looking at the new scowling headlights, grimacing grille and sculpted bumpers, you know the Getz is dying to get a bite out off the Suzuki Swift. New tail-lamps and bumpers spruce up the rear. But it's basically still the same Getz as before and is some way off from the funky design of the Swift. There aren't any sweeping changes on the inside either. Drivers have a new steering wheel to grip and a slightly awkwardly positioned tray. The digital clock has moved to a more central position, and the dashboard finish and new seat fabric also make things a little cheerier on the inside.
But does the familiar, workhorse from the Santro deliver the goods in the heavier and bigger Getz? Hyundai is hoping that the Santro's 1086 cc petrol engine and the associated 8% excise cut can work some off its magic on the Getz's sales graph. To sweeten the deal, power has been upped by a couple of bhp to 66bhp and torque is up to 10.4kg/m.

That this is the Santro engine with a ECU Mod is not difficult to guess. It has that slightly throaty feel to it, only now it feels more relaxed and sober. It's quite astonishing how well the engine is coping with the additional 200 kgs of the Getz. It is quite easy to drive even with the airconditioner on. But I think it will feel a bit weak when the car is fully loaded. Though, that in no way takes away from the package and Hyundai should have thought of this a long time back. So, this is good improvement but Hyundai has not announced the official prices of the revamped Getz yet.

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Maruti officials have been heard exclaiming that it is unfair to compare the new Chevrolet UV-A and the Suzuki Swift. Unfair because the benefits from the lower excise duty rate being applied on it, thanks to the smaller 1.2-litre engine under its bonnet, has helped GM price the Chevy hatch more aggressively.
Well, Maruti will have to contend with one more premium hatch that has gained pricing power with its new, smaller engine and consequent lower excise levy. The Hyundai Getz will hit the roads next week in a new avatar — redesigned and with the same compact 1.1-litre eRLX engine that is offered in the Santro Xing. Will Maruti, the eternal price competitor, launch the Swift with the Wagon-R's engine to counter the new Getz Prime 1.1?
We drove the new Getz Prime 1.1 along some of the most scenic county roads in the UK and came away wanting more time in this tough, new competitor in the premium hatch segment. Our exclusive first drive in the Getz Prime 1.1 took us from Berkshire, near London, through to Winchester and Goodwood (with the God of Goodwood — Rolls-Royce somewhere in the vicinity).
The Getz Prime 1.1 kept us engaged with its performance and proved that it was not just a distraction in what was one of the most picturesque drives we have been on.

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Hyundai has reworked the 1.1-litre eRLX engine to pull up its performance to match the Getz's requirements. The same engine in the Santro Xing develops a lower 63bhp of peak power. In the Getz, the engine has been re-rated to offer a higher 66.7bhp of maximum power at 5,500 rpm and the peak torque is also a respectable 10.4KgM at 3,200 rpm.

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Hyundai has rationalised the trim levels that will be available for the Getz. So, the base 1.1-litre Getz Prime will be available in two trims, GLE and GVS, and the 1.3 Getz Prime also in two trims, GLS and GLX, instead of the earlier four trims with one engine option.
We expect the price of the base Getz Prime 1.1 GLE to be about Rs 3.75 lakh and the GVS could be closer to Rs 4.1 lakh. With the model change, Hyundai plans to increase the prices of the 1.3-litre variants. This may also help Hyundai give the two engine option variants a bigger gap in terms of the price differential. But, of course, it will also mean that Hyundai is ready to let the 1.3-litre variant get the cold shoulder from buyers.




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More Here : The Hindu Business Line : Hyundai Getz a new zing in its Prime

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Why would hyundai first export the new getz and then put it in sale over here.
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Default Four new cars to hit roads this month

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TIMES NEWS NETWORK[ MONDAY, APRIL 02, 2007 11:00:29 AM]

CHENNAI/MUMBAI: With mercury soaring, get ready for new cars to scorch down Indian roads this summer. As many as four cars are slated for launch in April.

Hyundai Motors India will hit the street first with its Getz Prime. The vehicle will be fitted with a 1.1 litre petrol engine , largely to avail of excise duty benefits that small cars enjoy. “The excise duty benefit of 8% is something which we want to capitalise on. We are therefore fitting the 1.1 litre petrol engine on Getz. The cost benefit will be passed on to the consumers,’’ H S Lheem told TOI. In India, cars fitted with petrol engines of a capacity less than 1.3 litre enjoy excise duty rates at 16% while those more than that have a levy of 24%.

The much-awaited launch this summer will be of Renault Logan from the Mahindra Renault JV early next week. The car which has turned Renault’s fortunes globally will be made in M&M’s Nasik plant. Carlos Ghosn, CEO of the Renault Nissan combine, is expected to be in the country for the launch. The Mahindra Renault JV will kick off its operations with the sedan variant of the Logan, followed by a station wagon version later in the year.

Three more variants of the car will be rolled out in due course from Chennai where the three way JV between Mahindra, Renault and Nissan is setting up a manufacturing unit. The pricing of the car is expected to be aggressive and could well turn out to be the best deal in the entry level C segment.

Next in line is the face lifted Palio Stile—the first product to roll out of Fiat’s Ranjangaon plant. Fiat will be betting big on this model as it will be the first test of its revamped operations. The car will be introduced on April 4 in Mumbai.

Also on the cards is the launch of Chevrolet Spark. Rick Wagoner, chairman of General Motors, is the VIP for this launch. Pegged for April 17, Chevy Spark will be made at Halol with completely knocked down kits being imported into the country. “There will be a good amount of localisation ,’’ General Motors sources told.
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