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Volkswagen Jetta has been undoubtedly one of the best products that come out of the Volkswagen factory. The German auto giant unveiled the 2015 Jetta at the ongoing New York Auto Show carrying subtle changes over the previous model and loaded with host of new equipments, Jetta has changed for better.

Volkswagen Jetta remained as best selling mid-size sedan for the year 2013 and minor tweaks done with the new model makes the car at par with the rivals in terms of fuel efficiency and equipment list.

The front fascia of the 2015 Jetta now gets a revised grille with three horizontal strips painted in chrome along with a new pair of headlamps. The headlamp unit has new riguer L-shaped daytime running lamps forming the eyebrow of the Bi-xenon module on the top of the line version. The shapes of the tail-lamp which also gets LED treatment takes its inspiration from the Audi A4 sedan. With redesigned bumper, which now houses revised foglamps and chrome garnish provides wider stance for the mid-size sedan.

VW claims visual changes like the active radiator shutter are incorporated to provide enhanced aerodynamic efficiency.

Inside the new 2015 Jetta, Volkswagen did not try giving it a complete makeover; instead, small portions have been enhanced with chrome accents to provide new and refreshed feeling. There is ambient lighting; new fabric colors and new design for seats. The equipment list now also consists of Blind Spot Detection, frontal collision warning and rear cross-traffic alert to increase the safety to a new standard.

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The first BMW M5 rolled off the production lines in 1986. That is also when I was born. But, that’s not important so, back to the M5. The recipe for creating the world’s fastest sedan included a standard 535i donor chassis and an engine from the M1 supercar. Built by BMW’s Motorsport Division, the BMW M5 has gone through an evolutionary process spanning five generations.

The current F10 generation M5 went into production in 2010. Marking 30 years of the M5, BMW has released this short video clearly highlighting the potential of the four-door executive sedan, which at the touch of a button turns into a sports car; an extremely well sorted out performance machine with little or no drawbacks.

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Audi R8

The German luxury brand Audi announced that it will increase the prices across its range in India by 3 percent. The announcement of increasing the price is fallout of fluctuations in currency which increased the overall input costs.

The revised price will be effective from 1st of May. With the new prices, the Audi A4 (diesel) will now cost Rs. 33.96 lakh, which is over a lakh more than the current price of Rs. 32.81 lakh. The A6 (diesel) will see an increase of Rs. 1.60 lakh and will come with a price tag of Rs. 44.91 lakh. While their supercar R8 will see a huge rise from current price of Rs. 1.63 crore to Rs. 1.68 crore! All prices being ex-showroom Delhi, the on-road cost would also see a change.

Audi reported an increase of 18 percent as against the sales figures of March 2013. This year the German carmaker sold 1,404 units against the 1,104 units last year sold during the same period. Audi also has been increasing its dealer network in India with new showrooms now operational at Udaipur, Visakhapatnm and Nashik. With these additions, the total number of Audi branded outlets stand at 32.

In India, the Audi catalogue offers the A4, A6, A7 Sportback, A8L, Q3, Q3S , Q5 , A7 , S4, S6, RS 5 Coupe, RS 7 Sportsback, TT Coupe , R8, R8 Spyder and R8 V10 Plus.

Source: ET
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Volkswagen unveiled the second generation of its premium SUV Touareg at 2014, Beijing Auto Show. The Touareg is in market since 2011 and needed some sort of makeover to keep it sharp for the tough competition in the market.

The 2015 Touareg carries many changes over the previous version. The new curves at the front and rear along with the better and bigger headlamps powered by bi-xenon technology are the most distinctive feature of the new 2015 Touareg. The newly minted grille with trimmed four transverse chrome fins visually increases the width of the SUV. Volkswagen also spent time to redesign the lower front bumper and air-intakes. From the side, Touareg gets two new sets of wheels. One is the 18-inch Arica alloy while the other is a 20-inch Masafi alloy wheels. Volkswagen also added optional side windows which absorb 90 percent of light instead of 65 percent on the standard ones to provide more opaque look from the outside.

On the inside, Volkswagen gave attention to details. The aluminum rotary knobs for the Climatronic system, running gear adjustment, air-suspension, radio navigation system, mirror adjustment and the air vent knobs, everything is now been replaced by a newly designed rotary knob, which has been crafted to perfection and is beautiful to look and feel. Volkswagen also increased the number of upholstery materials and colors.

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In the months to follow, Fiat will be putting out a barrage of new models to tackle the competition. The latest offensive will include a compact crossover and a hatchback. The company made its intentions quite clear at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo, where they unveiled the new Linea and the Avventura concept.

They have already launched the new Linea with a facelift exterior and a redone interior. On similar lines, Fiat will launch also an updated Punto. A test mule was recently spotted which clearly revealed some new and interesting cosmetic upgrades.

While the dashboard of the car is similar to the one seen on the new Linea, the exterior will be given a thorough makeover. The front end will be redesigned to give the premium hatchback a new lease of life. However, the rear is where a striking feature has been noted. The tail lamp graphic is roughly similar to the current Punto wrapping the upper part of the C-pillar, it now features LED lights in place of the usual reflective surface, and this adds a neat and sporty touch to the Punto.

The Punto is known for its spirited performance and precise handling. This has made it quite popular with enthusiasts. The new styling features would certainly make this an even more attractive car, especially for those who love to drive. The engine options will remain the same with a 1.3-liter diesel and 1.2-liter base petrol. The 1.4-liter petrol with 90 horsepower will be bought by those who really know their cars.

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Volkswagen Golf is one hot vehicle. Probably the hottest hatchback available in the whole world! Now to up raise the stake even more, Volkswagen has released sketches of Golf R400 four wheel drive concept ahead of the Beijing Motor Show, where the vehicle will be unveiled to the world.

The Golf R400 concept carries an upgraded engine which produces 400PS of maximum power instead of 300PS in Golf R hatchback. The transmission used is an advanced DSG set-up which helps the R400 to reach 100km/h from standstill in just 3.9 seconds, which is a second faster than the Golf R’s timing. Volkswagen claims the top-speed to be 280 km/h. Apart from a highly tuned engine for more power, the concept vehicle also features changes in bumper and body. With higher specification wheels, flared wheel arches, the interiors get motorsport shell seats with integrated head restraints.

The Golf R400 concept rather looks even more attractive than the regular Golf R. With gloss black roof and door mirror caps wrapped in carbon fiber. To highlight the car, lemon yellow has been evident all around the vehicle. The stitching in the interior also is in lemon yellow color.

Volkswagen has not released any production plans yet and the car is still in its concept stages. Maybe the German auto giant will announce something in the near future about which will be a welcome move for the enthusiasts.

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Tata Motors unveiled new Zest and Bolt ahead of the Auto Expo (Image Gallery updated)

The 2014 Delhi Auto Expo saw the global unveiling of two brand new products from Tata Motors
. The Tata Zest compact sedan and Bolt hatchback were revealed to the public during India’s largest automotive exhibition. Both these cars are designed to take on the global markets and packed with modern technology, design and features.

Although, there’s still time for the actual launch of the cars into the India market, Tata Motors is leaving no stone unturned when it comes to promoting them. The company has just released a pulsating ringtones for both the new models. According to Tata Motors, the Zest signifies enthusiasm of life for the sense of excitement, anticipation, and energy it brings, approaching life as an adventure. The Zest power tune signifies vivaciousness.

On the other hand, the BOLT, with its name signifying speed, represents an attitude of winning and staying ahead. This attitude is embodied in the new, BOLT Ringtone.

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Tata Motors Launches 10 new Prima LX trucks

Tata Motors announced their partnership with IPL team Kings XI Punjab. Tata Prima will be the title sponsor of the team this IPL season. King XI Punjab is among the eight competing teams of the seventh edition of the IPL or Indian Premier League.

Mr. Ravi Pisharody, Executive Director, Commercial Vehicles, Tata Motors said, “Cricket is as pervasive and inherently connected to Indian psyche as our trucks are a part of the country’s DNA. We, at Tata Motors, are delighted to be a part of the Indian Premier Premier League - that continues to remain one of the most exhilarating cricket tournaments - through the partnership with Kings XI Punjab team, one of the most exciting franchises in the IPL for this upcoming season, with players such as Virendra Sehwag, C Pujara, S Marsh and many others. We bring the same passionate commitment to our customers as this star line-up brings to their cricket. We wish ‘The Lions’ the very best for this season of IPL.”

With their association with the popular sport of cricket, Tata Motors hopes to promote the Tata Prima heavy duty trucks, In-stadium branding as well as logo and kit branding for top players from the team like Indian ace Virendra Sehwag, C Pujara and S Marsh among others.

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Volkswagen India appointed a new Director; Berndt Buchmann who will now take care of Volkswagen Group Sales India Private Limited. Mr. Buchmann will take on the position from 1st May, 2014. Brendt as a head of sales will be responsible for an array of things which includes Parts Operations and Warehousing, Technical Service and Warranty, Training Academy for Sales and After Sales and Vehicle Logistics for Volkswagen Group Sales India.

Buchmann is 48 years old and belongs from Austria. He holds a Diploma in Master of Business Administration and has a vast experience of 20 years in the automotive industry. He specially holds experience in the areas of manufacturing, wholesale and retail.

Volkswagen has seen steady growth in past in India and also has been doing a very good job with the group of companies it owns. Under the vast group, Volkswagen has Skoda , Audi , Porsche , Lamborghini , Bugatti, SEAT, Ducati , and Bentley . Volkswagen Group also owns MAN, Scania, Neoplan and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.

The company started its operations in Germany way back in 1937 and launched the Beetle. Later the company went on a take-over spree and acquired brands from around the world. Volkswagen is one the biggest automobile companies in the world and controls major markets across the globe.

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Fiat Punto Sport 90HP Special Edition

Fiat India has been dying a slow death, some say it is because of the narrow offerings and customers not getting the good after-sales service.

Fiat Group Automobiles India Pvt Ltd (FGAIPL) has announced that the company will launch three more cars by December 2014. To refresh the Indian line-up, Fiat will launch the Avventura, an utility vehicle along with new Punto and Abarth 500. Fiat has changed gears and has become more aggressive this year and will also work on its dealership network across the country. By December 2014, Fiat targets to touch the figure of 150 dealerships and service network. Fiat expects that its journey will be steadier with the launch of new cars.

Fiat is planning to grow even while the market was down by 5 percent in 2013-2014. Despite that Fiat achieved 80 percent growth by selling 1500 cars last month. Fiat will not set any targets for 2014-2015 but will push to grow more during the current year. The Italian company also stated that there will be no near future price revisions and also there will no introduction of automatic gears or electric vehicles until the market is more stable.

Fiat-Tata dealership ties snapped sometime back but the production of new Punto will continue to be taken care by the joint-venture.

Currently Fiat offers Punto hatchback and Linea sedan in India. The new additions to its line-up will surely increase the chances of steady growth for Indian market.

Source: ETAuto

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