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In a country where people break coconuts, and pray to god when they buy and bring a new car home, and while they almost worship their car, it is quite expected, that those people want their car right; as we say; from head to toe.

In recent times small passenger vehicles or rather say compact hatchbacks has done quite well in the great Indian automotive race, as people of this country looks for a car which will serve their purpose for daily commuting, highway drives at occasional weekends, as well as they expect this car to give an extensive mileage, as many people mockingly say, the first thing an Indian buyer asks in the showroom, “How much does it give (Mileage)?” Apart from that, the present generation of automobile customers’ looks for another thing, which is automatic transmission, as driving through congested Indian roads needs a person quite some skills and experience to drive properly with constantly shifting gears.

In this segment Maruti Suzuki Celerio has done quite well in recent times, as it came with a technology Automated Manual Transmission (AMT), which is a good alternative of conventional automatic transmission system. A few months back Maruti Maruti Suzuki launched the diesel version of Celerio, although it came with manual gear box, but still this diesel variant managed to be popular, as the name Celerio was already in the mind of people at large, and a diesel powered car is always hot favourite for common Indian people, as the fuel is cheaper than petrol and thus the fuel economy saves quite a few extra bucks.

The prime competitor for Celerio diesel is basically one and only Chevrolet Beat diesels, as these are two small diesel hatches in Indian market with a compact budget. And Celerio is practically the most loved hatchback of the country.

Here we tried to bring our readers a quick look at the spec sheet based comparison review between these two small diesel powered hatchbacks.

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We were all little disappointed with Chevrolet for not launching the Beat hatchback yet but definitely Chevrolet has some big plans. As the compact sedan segment is popularly growing in our market and like many other auto manufacturer, Chevrolet too has plans to launch a new compact sedan in this segment to take on the other competitions.

Their new notchback will be based on their upcoming Beat hatchback, and just every other car of its segment this too will be a sub-4 metre offering and thus will reap the excise benefits, which will also help them to price it aggressively. Just like the hatchback, the notchback too will be based on the M300 platform.

As far as its styling is concerned, just like any other compact sedan the Beat sedan too will take most of its styling inspiration from the soon to be launched new generation Beat hatchback. Almost every component of the notchback will be shared with the Beat hatchback including the drivetrain. You can expect the soon to be launched Beat hatchback will be launched in the Indian market with the 1.0-litre, three cylinder petrol unit which has been tuned for better fuel efficiency. There might also be a fair chance of an automatic transmission paired with the new engines as well because more and more people are getting inclined towards an automatic transmission nowadays.

Expect the new Chevrolet Beat compact sedan to be launched in the Indian market in 2017, and it will compete with the likes of the soon to be launched Ford Figo Aspre, Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Honda Amaze, and Hyundai Xcent .

Source: Zigwheels
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American automobile manufacturer General Motors announced their plan to invest $1 billion in Indian market, which is a part of their global growth strategy. General Motors is keen to double their market share in India by the year 2020, and to that they are all set to invest huge amount of money in India which is part of their plan of global investment amount of $5 billion, with this investment plan General Motors will be able to create approximately 12, 000 jobs directly and indirectly in Indian automobile market at large.

In a huge plan, which includes this investment project, General Motors are all set to bring 10 new vehicles in India in next 5 years, starting with Chevrolet Trailblazer which is set to be launched in coming October, followed by the Spin MPV which will hit the market in early 2017.

They are also planning to make India their global export hub, which means the American auto manufacturer will see a better profit margin due to the low costing of this country, and in this plan the Telegaon manufacturing plant is all set to be stronger and it will be their export hub, although General Motors Halol facility is expected to cease production in the second half of 2016. In her second visit to India in last 12 months General Motors CEO, Mary Barra unveiled their plan for Indian market as well as she met with the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to tell him about GMs plan.

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American automobile manufacturer Chevrolet is recalling 1,55,000 vehicles in India in a call to fix the wiring problems of remote keyless entry accessory. This is going to be the largest such exercise in the country till date from the company. Earlier Chevrolet recalled 1,14,000 Tavera, the popular MUV in 2013, to fix the issues of emission standards and other regulatory specifications. This time also they took such a drive to show the business goodwill.

In the recall drive started from Monday, Chevrolet is recalling 1,55,000 units of the hatchbacks Beat and Spark and multipurpose vehicle Enjoy, which were all manufactured in between the year 2007 and 2014. As we know, these all Chevrolet cars are equipped with a gadget which allows the owners open their cars without traditionally mechanical key. Although this remote entry device meets all relevant regulatory standards, but a few objections came in public where the Spark, Beat and Enjoy were detected with faulty accessories, which prompted the auto manufacturer to recall vehicles in such a large number throughout the country. According to the manufacturer, these faults are results of a potential wiring defect which are making the malfunction and locking the customers outside the car. In such a case of malfunction of the remote entry device, customers have to take their car to their Chevrolet dealers, informed the company.

Source: Reuters
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Chevrolet launched an updated Enjoy MPV in India with prices starting at INR. 6.24 Lakhs (ex showroom Delhi). The updated Enjoy gets few cosmetic upgrades to its exterior whole the interior too have been tweaked but it has not received any mechanical upgrades under its hood.

Let’s start talking about the changes that you will notice on the exterior of this updated MPV, honestly it took us quite some time to actually spot the difference with the old Enjoy. The changes includes a fully blacked out B -pillar which helps give the exterior more premium feel while the Enjoy also gets the chrome garnish on top of the rear license plate now which actually comes as a standard feature. The rest of the exterior styling is defined by the signature golden bowtie toward the front, while the three dimensional grille has been also finished in chrome. The leaf styled foglamps and the chrome meshed air dam completes the overall look of the front. Towards the rear the Swoosh styled jewel effect taillamps finishes the overall styling of the MPV.

Chevrolet has also tried to make the interior of this updated MPV more premium as possible and the updated interior now gets new 3 spoke steering wheel with integrated audio control switches apart from that the steering wheel also gets golden Chevrolet bowtie symbol and also some silver accents. The Enjoy also gets new premium leather upholstery and also fair amount of chrome detailing inside the cabin. As far as the safety is concerned the Chevrolet Enjoy top end variant gets equipped with ABS, EBD and dual front airbags for the safety of the passengers.

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The first generation Cruze hit the market back in the year 2008 and since then it has been one important product for Chevrolet because Chevy was able to sell more than 3.5 Million units of the car which speaks of its popularity not only in the US market but global market as well. This car is not only popular in the US market but Indian market as well and since the Cruze has been here since 2009 people are well aware of this particular sedan.

Only recently Chevrolet has taken the wraps off from the second generation Cruze which according to the American Auto manufacturer is lighter, loaded and more fuel efficient than the sedan it replaces. What is even more exciting is the fact that the new generation Cruze looks totally different from its predecessor and if you look at it then you will release that this sedan appears to be more athletic and slim and is also based on GM’s new D2 FWD platform.

Not only has Chevrolet made some serious changes to its exterior but the interior too received some fair bit of change as well including a new infotainment system and roomier interiors. Under the hood the Cruze gets an all new 1.4L turbo engine with direct injection unit which promises to offer an impressive amount of power as well as fuel efficiency at the same time. The new Cruze definitely looks promising and will help give its competitors some tough competition.

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Chevrolet unveiled the all new generation Cruze yesterday and this new Cruze definitely promises to be bigger in space, fuel efficient and more sophisticated sedan compared to its predecessor. The Cruze which also happens to be Chevrolet’s best selling global car also comes equipped with plenty of new technologies including Andriod Auto, Apple Car play and also new active safety features which could save your life during a mishap. Apart from the technology the new sedan is also more spacious while the exterior too is much different than the previous generation car.

When we talk about performance the new 2016 Cruze is actually powered by a new turbo engine while it also was able to shed almost 24 Kilograms which was possible because of the leaner and slimmer architecture. The new Cruze definitely looks sharper and has been built around an all new stronger and lighter body structure which not only takes care of its performance but also its fuel efficiency as well.

Coming to the styling the Cruze definitely has lost some muscle and looks slimmer and in par with its rivals. The front profile gets new projector headlamps along with integrated LED signature lamps. Beside the new headlamps the sedan also gets a completely restyled front grille along with new bumpers. While towards the side profile things definitely looks more aerodynamic and less muscular, apart from the swooping roofline the Cruze also comes with new set of alloy wheels (15 inch for the lower variants while the top end variants gets 17-inch or 18-inch wheels). Towards the rear things look sharper with cuts and creases and new set of taillamps.

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Today we have got some bad news for you all according to the report Chevrolet won’t be launching the new Spark (A.K.A Beat) in India but don’t get extremely disappointed because Chevrolet will definitely launch a new generation Beat in the Indian market which will be based on the current generation Beat hatchback platform available in the Indian market.

According to the Chevrolet the new generation Spark which was unveiled couple of months ago is based on the new M2 platform which is mainly targeted towards the developed markets of the World and hence will prove too costly for the Indian market as it is a developing market. As a result the cost structure which is required to build the new Chevrolet Spark/Beat will be too high to make it work for markets such as India which actually is a very cost competitive market.

But because the current Beat is also ageing and its competitors are definitely taking on the market by storm, Chevrolet decided to introduce a new generation Beat which will be based on the M300 platform which is actually used by the current generation Beat. Now the reports also states that that the next generation Beat which although will be based on the old platform will share lot of its components from the new generation Spark which was introduced in the International market. Just to give you an idea the new generation Beat which will be launched in the Indian market will borrow the same infotainments system from the new International Spark which also comes with a 7 inch touchscsreen.

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In this flourishing MPV market most of the manufacturers were lucky enough to reap the benefits with their own products including Maruti, Hyundai and offcourse! Toyota but unfortunately one manufacturer really did not see the success and that was Chevrolet.

Chevrolet launched the Enjoy MPV couple of years ago in India but it did not performed as they would have expected it but perhaps they have got themselves to blame because the Enjoy possessed an unattractive boxy design, while the interior too looked bland. But now perhaps everything is going to change because recently Gaadi.com was able to click some image of the facelift Enjoy while it was being tested, surprisingly the interiors looked quite trendy compared to currently available Enjoy.

Take a clear look at the spy image and you will notice that the facelift Enjoy interior received a new three spoke steering wheel with the Golden Chevrolet logo in the middle (the earlier steering wheel had the logo carved in Black color), beside the steering wheel the facelift Enjoy also gets leatherette seat cover which most probably it would be available with the top end variants. We can also notice some silver accents on the round air con vents while the pre-facelift variant came with black chrome vents.

Just like the interior the exterior too will receive some cosmetic upgrades as well which comes in the form of a new blacked out B and C pillars, which will help give the Enjoy MPV some premium appearance. The other change that you might also notice will be the some chrome garnish placed towards the rear license plate. Under the hood don’t expect any sort of changes though the facelift Enjoy will still be powered by the 1.3 litre, four cylinders, turbo diesel engine while the petrol engine variant will be used 1.4 litres, four cylinders, naturally aspirated petrol engine. Both these engines are mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox.

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Chevrolet has never actually tasted success in the Indian market, although their recent product portfolio consists of some worthy products including the Enjoy MPV, the Sail hatchback and compact sedan perhaps all these is going to change soon.

According to the recent reports Chevrolet is planning to introduce the Trailblazer SUV which will take on the Toyota Fortuner in the Indian market by the second half of 2015, while they also have plans to launch the Spin MPV towards the first half of 2016.

Recently Motorbash caught the Trailblazer SUV being tested on Indian roads covered in heavy camouflage. The Chevrolet Chevrolet Trailblazer is already on sale in the markets of Philippines and Thailand where it is available with the 2.5 Litre and a more powerful 2.8 Litre diesel engines. These engines offer an impressive amount of power and torque, expect the new Trailblazer SUV to come with the bigger 2.8 Litre engine which produces an impressive 200 Hp of peak power and 500 NM of torque while the smaller 2.5 Litre engine produces about 163 Hp of peak power and 380 Nm of torque, the Trailblazer SUV to get the 6 speed automatic as well as the 6 speed manual transmission and also with 4 wheel drive system.

The Trailblazer will take on the Toyota Fortuner as well as the popular Ford Endeavour (Everest) and as you all know that these are all big boys’ toys while the upcoming Trailblazer too is not a small machine either, it measures about 4, 878 meters in length and also has an impressive ground clearance of 241 mm. With an impressive length and long wheelbase you can expect an impressive amount of space inside, this upcoming SUV can carry 7 occupants inside comfortably, while talking about comfort the Trailblazer’s interior as well as Dashboard looks quite upmarket too but we are still not sure what kind of equipments will this Indian spec Trailblazer will receive yet.


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