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Tata GenX Nano

Tata Motors Group including Jaguar Land Rover released its global wholesale number, which stands at 76,602 in June 2015, with a cumulative wholesale for this fiscal is 233,487 which means the figure is almost flat and it has increased to 2% only than the same period last year.

In June 2015, the commercial vehicles sold under the brand name of Tata and Tata Daewoo brands stands at 31,083, which is not impressive compared to last year’s sales figure. The cumulative commercial vehicle wholesale figure is 86,766 which is only a marginal rise from the same period last fiscal. In June, 2015 global wholesale for all commercial vehicles, including the brand of Tata Motors and JLR stands at 45,519 units, which is only 3% growth than June 2014. Although the cumulative passenger vehicles sales figure shows in that sector there is a little brightness as the figure for this fiscal stands at 146,721 units, which means the sales has increased by a 4% margin than the last fiscal

Sale of the groups luxury brand JLR also took the hit, as the brand sold 34,908 units globally, which is a huge drop from the last year sales figure, as in June 2014 the sales figure was 39,594 units worldwide. Therefore the sales figure has dropped by 11.8%.

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Back in 2013 Hyundai launched N performance edition, in the segment i20 WRC was the first car of the lineup, which also participated in 2014 WRC season. This time the South Korean giant auto manufacturer is all set to bring a new car in that segment which will be the road going new i30 N.

We came to know that, this car is all set to get launched in two years, albeit in a very selectively small number. Although Hyundai claims, i30 N project is still wears a “work under progress” tag, but we already got a look of the forthcoming vehicle going under tests at Nürburgring of Germany, which proves the project is way forward. According to the photographs surfaced from that test, we can see this dashing car got a few changes towards the front profile, such as a front bumper, which is thinly camouflaged, it also gets lowered suspension as well a new dashboard.

Beside that it looks like this car also have a larger body kit and much bigger alloy wheels too, which might have been borrowed from a KIA Pro CEE’d GT. At the rear profile it could also sport bigger exhaust, as the photograph suggests.

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The RUF CTR3 Club Sport is the fastest Porsche around which actually is road legal. So the head auto test driver of Autobild actually test this car around on a race track to find out is this car really good as it says.

In this video watch this fastest road legal car in action but before we go into other details let me explain it to you how this car is actually being build. They have taken a brand new Porsche and shifted the axis back 30 Cm and put the engine back and placed it in 180 degrees and actually transformed this car from a rear engine to a mid-mounted engine. The Result more centre of gravity which actually helps it to bend faster and also come out of the corner fast without losing balance. Watch how the car moves when the turbo kicks in at 3500 rpm which are not seen in normal cars. This car produces an impressive 1000 Nm of torque while the car weighs about 1400 Kilograms.

This fast Porsche is actually powered by a 3.8 Litre unit which helps this fast car to sprint from 0-300 km/h mark is twice as fast from the standard car which is a Porsche 911 Turbo. The engine has been mated to a sequential 6 gear gearbox is manually operated which makes this even better and more exciting and also helps you to give all the controls.

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Ford is definitely planning some new strategies to expand their market share over India, to achieve their target they need some new products which could help them enter and maybe later dominate the different popular segments present in the Indian market. The upcoming product lineup surely looks interesting and will bring everything for everybody.

According to the recent reports the American Auto manufacturer has plans to introduce three new models within the next nine months. Ford officials also revealed that the three models which are lined up for India are the new Ford Figo Aspire which will help Ford to establish their dominance over the compact sedan market.

The next from their stable will be the Figo hatchback which actually shares the same components and platform with the sedan.

Lastly they also have plans to introduce the premium SUV Endeavour later which we all are eagerly waiting for.

First lets start with the Figo Aspire. As already mentioned above the Figo Aspire will help Ford to mark their presence felt in the profitable compact sedan segment of the country, which is currently dominated by Maruti Maruti Suzuki Suzuki , Honda, Hyundai Hyundai and Tata Tata . Now as far as the product is concerned it comes with many new features which are also segment first which actually also includes both driver and front passenger side airbags as standard across all the trim. According to the officials although this car has been designed for India it is actually built keeping the global quality and standard in mind.

Source: Zigwheels
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Renault KWID

When Tata Nano came to market, almost everyone was talking about it, basically which was like a silent revolution in Indian automobile market. A four wheeler in such a low budget of around 1 lakh rupees, although it’s not just 1 lakh anymore, but the initiative definitely brought the best efforts from the auto manufacturers. Almost every auto makers, both homegrown and multinationals are trying to impress the buyers with their range of budget hatchbacks.

As Indian buyers are basically concentrated towards the budget hatchbacks rather the other automobile segments, therefore almost all the auto makers are trying to get a fare share of the very much profitable Indian market. In recent past we have seen various auto makers launched their hatches, as well as within a few months we are expecting a few, many of those are already quite popular.

However, we are here to discuss about the upcoming hatchbacks in Indian market, which has gained popularity already, much before their launch.

So let’s take a look.

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The Toyota Fortuner is a mid-size SUV sold by Toyota in mainly the Asian countries. The SUV was launched in India and was assembled from CKD kits at the company’s plant located at Bidadi in Bangalore, Karnataka. The Fortuner is the best selling SUV in this segment and it out sells its competitors by a huge margin. Indian customers love its rugged look that gives it a commanding road presence.

The car is based on the Toyota Hilux which is regarded as one of the best built pick-up trucks of all time. Top Gear UK tested the truck and termed it as an ‘indestructible truck’ after it survived all their attempts to kill, which incuded setting the car on fire. Later, Top Gear UK took the car to the North Pole and also to the edge of an active volcano in Iceland and the car did the trips without any hiccups.

Toyota has now globally launched the next generation 2016 Fortuner simultaneously in Australia and Thailand. This is the first time that the SUV will be offered in Australia. It continues to share its underpinning with the Hilux pick-up truck.

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Renault KWID

We all are excited about the new and upcoming KWID which is the entry level hatchback from the French auto manufacturer Renault. Until now we all knew that the KWID will be launched in the Indian market with only a smaller 800 cc, 3 cylinder petrol engine which will return an impressive amount of fuel efficiency while also producing almost same amount of power as any the other 800 cc vehicle available in the Indian market in its segment.

Now according to the recent report the KWID will also be getting a more powerful 1.0 Litre engine which will be introduced in the market after Renault launches the KWID hatch with the 800 cc engine. What is even more interesting is also the fact that the KWID will be launched in many variants and there will also be a sportier variant as well which will actually sport the more powerful 1.0 Litre petrol engine. This petrol engine will also get advantage of AMT gearbox as well just like the smaller unit. However unlike Maruti Maruti this AMT gearbox is actually developed in-house Renault and not taken from any other manufacturer and this has been done deliberately to cut the cost.

The Renault KWID is built on the CMF- A platform and which is highly flexible and helped them to cut costs because of the high localization and also bring in some new products based on this platform for Renault and Nissan.

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Last month, Audi revealed the next generation of the 2016 A4. They have now published live pictures of the station wagon variant, the A4 Avant.

The 2016 A4 gets a new exterior and interior along with new engines. The new design of the A4 is more evolutionary, rather than revolutionary. Audi has just modified the design on the previous generation A4. So, overall the car looks fresh but similar to the outgoing model.

Even though there aren’t any major changes to the exterior design, Audi claim a drag coefficient of 0.23. The next generation Audi A4 Audi A4 is based on the MLB platform. Hence the car is longer in the overall length and wheelbase. This has also increased legroom at the rear. Audi claims that the use of lightweight materials has reduced the weight of the A4 by 120 kgs. All these contribute to a 21 percent increase in fuel efficiency.

The equipment list includes optional Matrix LED headlights with Dynamic Turn Signals and LED tail lights. The instrument cluster will now get a 12.3 inch LCD display and the Virtual Cockpit which was seen on the Audi TT .

The new generation engines that the 2016 Audi A4 will get are a four cylinder TFSI petrol, a four cylinder TDI diesel and a 3.0 litre V6 TDI diesel that produces 272 HP. The Audi S4 Audi S4 and the Audi RS4 are still under development. Transmission options will include a 7-speed DSG gearbox or an 8-speed Triptronic gearbox.

After launching the RS6 Avant in India, Audi is planning to release more Avant vehicles in the country. The manufacturer is expected to launch the 2016 A4 in India early next year. They will continue assembling the sedan from CKD kits.

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Hyundai Elite i20

The premium hatchback offering from Hyundai who also happens to be a direct rival of the newly launched Honda Jazz surely lost some of its bling. The Korean auto manufacturer decided some of the features which were available with the hatchback earlier.

The Magnum trim of theElite i20 has not received any changes but the other trim including base Era trim, the i20 Sportz trim and the Sports (O) trim and the top of the line Asta Trim will now come with some reduced features. Now talking about the changes the base Era trim will not be getting the passenger side vanity mirror anymore, while the i20 Sportz trim won’t be getting the leather wrapped steering wheel and knob which actually means that now only the top of the line Asta trim will benefit from the leather wrapped steering wheel and gear knob. The Sportz trim will also miss out the driver side window auto up function and will also get a single folding key instead of the two folding keys that it used to offer earlier.

If you actually think the top of the line Asta trim remains untouched from all the changes then you will be wrong because it will now be offered with a single 12V power outlet instead of two that it used to offer earlier. Apart from these major changes al the trims now also gets differently styled seat upholstery as well and they won’t also be getting the ticket holder as well.

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Honda Jazz

Basically in Indian market there are various segments with various customer choices, a part of buyers are looking for compact SUVs, while the other half is always up for sedans, but the largest chunk of customer base is always keen to go for hatchbacks. A 4/5 seater car is always in their mind, while going for a buy.

Keeping that in mind more or less all the automobile manufacturers, be it homegrown or an international brand, are making hatchbacks their prime segment to cater the particular customer base, and here comes the fiery fight of hatchbacks.

In Indian automobile market now a day, two facts are visibly noticeable. It’s all about compact SUV’s and hatchbacks. Recently we saw a few compact cars made their way into the market, among which most popular and hyped was Honda Jazz , and there are many more to hit the Indian shores soon, in the form of new Ford Figo, new Hyundai Eon , Tata Kite , Fiat Panda, Renault Kwid and many more.

So today let us take a quick look at seven hatchbacks precisely, which are very popular at present scenario in Indian automobile market.

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