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In the recent years the Indian mid-size sedan market is getting flooded with many worthy competitors. Honda launching their next Generation City with a diesel engine and then Ford after their success with the compact SUV Ecosport also took their chance and launched a refreshed Fiesta with many updated features while we already had some tough competitors in this C-segment from before like the stylish Hyundai Vena Fludic with plenty of engine options and the worthy Fiat Linea

Meanwhile Maruti who is mostly known for their hatchbacks was losing their grip over this segment because their only contender SX4 was not getting the attention that they would have hoped for. So in order to comeback Maruti needed a strong contender which could compete with the other C segment competitors and that’s why they have decided to build a car from scratch which comes with a new sporty styling, both diesel and petrol drivetrain options and a spacious and comfortable cabin with all the modern gadgets that one could think of.

Maruti showcased the Ciaz at the 2014, Auto Expo Delhi and it surely was the star attraction of the Maruti Maruti Suzuki stand at the expo, then at the Beijing Motor show Suzuki displayed the Alivio concept which looked more practical and almost production ready. Now after all the research and road tests Maruti has finally decided to launch this mid-size sedan in the Indian market to take on its competitors.

Now we have collected some important information that I am sure most of the readers would like to know. So below provided are all the details of the upcoming sedan the Maruti Ciaz.

Source: Maruti Ciaz
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Once the renowned Auto Journalist Jeremy Clarkson of the popular Television hit series Topgear performed some unbelievable stunts with a Skoda Yeti and proved it an impressive SUV which can compete with all the other compact SUV’s and still can win it with flying colors, I mean how many of you can even think of landing a helicopter on top of the roof of a SUV.

Skoda launched the Yeti in the Indian market back in the year 2010 although there is no dount in the fact that it is a very capable SUV but somehow this sophisticated looking abominable snowman (that’s what the word Yeti really means) was unable to impress us Indians and which is clearly reflected if we go through its sales figures. But now Skoda is all set to launch the 2014, Yeti facelift in India which comes with hosts of new features and also an improved physical appearance.

This new Compact SUV from the Czech auto manufacturer will soon be launched in the Indian market. We decided to give you a thorough detail of what changes you will notice in this new SUV and how does it differ from its predecessor.

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Mercedes Benz CLA Class

Although this compact four door coupe has not been launched in our Indian market yet but we all are quite eager to keep ourselves informed about this new piece of toy that came out of Mercedes-Benz stable not so long ago. The Mercedes-Benz CLA Class which also happens to be one of the most practical and affordable Mercedes 4 door Coupe achieved a new milestone Worldwide because believe it or not Mercedes Benz handed over the keys of the CLA Class to more than 100,000 happy customers until now across the World.

Alongside that Mercedes Benz new generation of sporty and young compact cars sales has also reached as staggering 800,000 units. While since the beginning of the year 2014 alone the compact cars with three pointed stars including theA , B , CLA and the GLA Class has reached more than 250,000 units. All these amazing sales figures quite clearly depicts that the compact cars from Mercs are quite popular amongst the people. The Stuggart based luxury car maker are leaving no stones unturned to make their products more appealing so that they could target a new group of buyers while also retaining the loyalty of existing customers.

Although the CLA Class has not yet been launched in India but the more powerful AMG version is already available in the market and this baby AMG is attracting lot of consumers too because of its exceptional good looks while Mercedes-Benz are also planning to launch the GLA Class soon in the Indian market alongside the compact CLA Class. Presently the CLA Class is available in the markets of USA where it is sold as Mercedes-Benz entry level model.

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Its another Saturday and just like every other Saturday today also we are here with yet another mindblowing video.

Now we often have seen auto enthusiast tune their cars and modify them to extract more power out of their stock cars. But an American tuning house who used to modify various exotics like the Ferrari , Porsche and McLaren has taken tuning very seriously and to a whole new level. Ladies and Gentleman sit back, relax and enjoy the ride because the next 10 minutes is going to be the most awesome! ten minutes of your life.

It all started with the Shelby Cobra back in the year 1962 when a man named Carroll Shelby from Texas installed a biggest engine that was available back then onto a lightweight chassis of a British Roadster and created what is considered to be the most scariest and powerful car of all time. Much later a person named John Hennessey too decided to go fast and I mean really fast, so what he did was absolutely amazing, he used a lightweight Lotus Exige chassis and changed the whole body and made it up of carbon fiber which also features adjustable aerodynamics and modified every bit of it and installed a twin turbocharged 7.0 Liter V8 which also features iron block and aluminum head, now the power this engine produces is beyond your wildest imagination but if you all still are interested then let me inform you that this engine has been tuned to produce 1,244 bhp of peak power at 6000 rpm and 1,566 N•m of torque at 4400 rpm, now that’s insane! amount of power and torque even more than your Ferrari Ferrari Yes! Ladies and Gentleman this is the same car which broke the Guiness Book of Records for being the fastest production car from 0–300 km/h. .

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We all know Chris Harris and of you are a regular reader of topspeed.in you might also have seen that we put up some of his videos in which he describes and drives some of the World’s most luxurious and fast cars. Today we have shared a video of him driving the exotic Pagani Huayra Yes readers you can actually watch him sitting behind the wheels of this powerful machine.

The Pagani is actually new in this auto manufacturing business but what they have done in this short period of time is actually way beyond our imagination. Horacio Pagani who happens to be the owner of this company was a man with a vision and he was the person who designed his cars and brought them to life. The first supercar that rolled out from the production line of this auto manufacturer was called the Zonda which was actually powered by a 6.0 Liter Mercedes-Benz derived V12 engine producing 394 Ps of peak power and 570 Nm of torque. The massive V12 engine was mated to a 5 speed manual transmission and this car was able to reach the 100km/h mark in just 4.2 seconds. And from there Mr. Argentinian Horacio Pagani never had to look back.

His latest creation is the Huayra which debuted back in the year 2011. The title Huayra actually has been named after the Incan god of wind. Now the Huayra is powered by a Mercedes Mercedes -AMG M158 V12 twin-Turbo engine displacing 5980 cc, this engine produces about 752 hp of peak power and hold on! A staggering 1000 Nm of torque, the engine has been mated to a transverse sequential seven speed gearbox. While the car itself weighs only about 1,350 Kilograms and the weight distribution is 44 percent at the front and 56 percent at the rear.

This car has brutal acceleration and if you watch the video you will come to know more about this car and all other details.

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It is really a big day for the Czech auto manufacturer because Skoda because they rolled out their new generation Fabia hatch from their parent plant in Mladá Boleslav which is a city situated in the Central Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic.

The first third generation Skoda that rolled of the production plant was painted in Race Blue shade and it received a standing ovation from the plant employees as it passed the final inspection test. This Fabia hatch has always been a popular car amongst the Skoda lineup and sold more than approx. 3.4 million vehicles to date worldwide. Skoda is hopeful that this new generation car will set new standards in the small car segment in terms of space, comfort and practicality. The new Fabia is the first product from Skoda to embrace the company’s new rich design language, smooth proportions, crystalline shapes and clear cut lines besides being much more developed and expressive. This new car also comes with more customization option for the customers both in its interiors as well as exterior and last but not the least it has the largest boot space in its class.

The new generation Fabia also comes with new innovative technology, safety features and a brand new infotainment system with MirrorLink technology which can actually be found in higher segment cars. This car also gets a new range of engines to power the hatch which actually makes the new Fabia most ecological and more economical, we already have informed you readers that the new Fabia will actually deliver 17 percent better fuel efficiency compared to its predecessor.

This will definitely arrive in our Indian market next year.

You can read our full first impression of this new generation Fabia hatch here .

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Suzuki has released an official image of their new crossover Vitara along with a teaser video of this new vehicle which will be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show, starting from 2nd October, 2014. The Grand Vitara SUV has been here in the Indian market for a long time now but the truth is it never was a hit in the Indian market mainly because Suzuki always had a reputation of making small cars while the Vitara was actually a SUV which was meant for both on and off road. While the second reason for not being popular was perhaps that it is an expensive vehicle and we also do agree with it that the Grand Vitara with manual transmission is priced at Rs. 22, 68064 (EX showroom Delhi) while the same SUV with automatic transmission has been priced at Rs. 24, 60529 (EX showroom Delhi). Now that’s a lot of money considering the fact that you have lot of other options in your hand.

But this Crossover is completely a different vehicle and is based on the Suzuki iV-4 Concept model which was first showcased at the 2013, Frankfurt motor show. Suzuki has just release the first official image and honestly the newly designed crossover looks extremely attractive and we are here to give you a brief idea of what the new Suzuki Vitara is all about.

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BMW X3

BMW today launched the facelift X3 in the Indian market priced at Rs. 44.90 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi); the new X3 received some cosmetic change and few tweaks in its engine. Although BMW has many other X vehicles in their lineup but we Indians only get the entry level X1, the mid-size X3 and the bigger X5. However during today’s press conference Mr. Philipp von Sahr, President, BMW Group India promised that they will launch the sporty M3 and M4 Coupe along with the M5 sedan in India by this year end and also promised to launch the most talked about car of this year the i8 too in Indian market.

So that’s lot of new offerings that our Indian BMW fans will get this year but let us inform you that the X3 facelift will be available with a 2.0 Liter diesel engine which produces about 190 PS of peak power at 4000 rpm and 400 Nm of torque in between 1750-5750 rpm which is actually almost 6 More Ps and 20 Nm more torque than what is predecessor used to produce. This engine has been mated to an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox which sends power to all 4 wheels because this is actually a 4 wheel drive vehicle which uses the X Drive (AWD) system of BMW. This SUV is capable of hiiting the 100 km/h mark from standstill in 8.1 seconds while it has a top speed of 210 km/h mark.

Source: BMW India
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This SUV made its first appearance at the Pebbles Beach this year and now it has made its big debut at the prestigious Moscow International Auto Show (MIAS) today along with few other cars from the Jaguar and Land Rover lineup.

This SUV is really special for Land Rover because this is the first vehicle to wear the SVR badge. The Range Rover Sport SVR is powered by a V8 supercharged engine, which delivers a mind blowing 550 PS of peak power 680 Nm of torque and mated to a ZF 8HP70 8-speed automatic transmission. This SUV is really fast and can reach the 100 km/h mark from standstill in just 4.7 seconds and also handles brilliantly all the credit goes to an all-aluminium monocoque chassis.

The Range Rover Sport SVR surely will attract lots of attention at the Expo considering the fact that this is the most powerful and fastest SUV that came out of the Land Rover stable and managed to lap the entire Nürburgring Nordschleife racetrack in just 8 minutes 14 seconds. Which is one of the fastest recorded time ever by a standard production SUV.

Beside the Range Rover SVR Jaguar Land Rover also displayed the Discovery Vision concept which comes with many advanced features like the next generation HMI which do not distract the driver from the road, it also comes with ’Transparent Bonnet’ technology.

Jaguar showcased their CX-17 concept which is their first sports crossover which first debuted at Frankfurt in 2013. Jaguar claims that the XC-17 concept will combine the driving experience of a sports car, this crossover also uses Jaguar’s all-new advanced aluminum monocoque chassis.

You can read our entire review of the new Range Rover Sport SVR here .

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After years of speculation and deep research finally the XC90 SUV from Volvo has made its world premiere. But hold on! This is not exactly a new SUV, the mid-size luxury SUV has been one of the most prestigious models of the Volvo car lineup since the year, 2002 and also has been one of the popular selling models of the Swedish carmaker lineup.

So, why we actually liked this SUV? Many say that Volvo XC90 is built like a tank and the safety features were outstanding. The person owning it can take their family anywhere in this SUV with a feeling that they are perhaps seating in the world’s safest vehicle, while others praised it for its powerful engine under the hood. The first generation Volvo XC90 Volvo XC90 was powered by a 2.9 liter engine which produced an impressive amount of power while the base variant was offered with a 2.5 Liter turbocharged engine. Much later in the year 2005, Volvo introduced the V8 which kicked about 288 hp of power. We also have to mention here that besides just being family friendly this car also won many awards all over the World. But as the years went by Volvo XC90 showed signs of aging and quite frankly it started to look like a SUV which will only be preferred by Grandfathers, so Volvo Volvo decided to introduce a new generation XC90 which obviously carried the best bits of its predecessor while also wearing the new clothes and adopting all the modern technologies that are presently available to mankind.

Volvo was already leaving hints and also revealed some of the key characteristics of their new generation SUV and we here on topspeed provided you with all the updates and now that the SUV has been revealed infront of our eyes, let us introduce you all the details of this brand new XC90 which has many features worth mentioning.

So let’s just get into all the details, shall we?

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