2017 Frankfurt motor show Preview: 8 Cars That We All Should Look Out For
The doors to the 67th IAA International Motor Show will be open to the public from September 16th onward. As usual, you can expect some exciting new releases and alongside futuristic concept cars at the show.
What we are interested in is the facts how many cars from the Frankfurt Motor show are relevant for the Indian market. Thus we have picked 10 of the most exciting cars which will be displayed at the Auto show along with their details.
Click past the jump to know more about those cars which are relevant for our Indian market from the 67th IAA International Motor show.
End Of The Road For Honda Mobilio MPV
After its disappointing sales performance for the past one year or so Honda Cars India Limited was forced to take the harsh decision, they finally did stop selling the Mobilio MPV in India. The Mobilio was even taken down from their official website which confirmed the news.
To everyone’s surprise, the Mobilio MPV was a new model launched back only in the year 2014. The car was launched to take on its biggest rival the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga which was selling like hot pancakes back then. During the time of its introduction and even after a year of its launch the MPV was selling in real numbers, it even went on to beat its rivals. However, the increasing popularity of the SUV’s and decreasing demand of MPV cars recently could also be one the primary reasons for its poor sales figures.
The Mobilio was a relatively large car which underpinned the same platform that also supported the Amaze and the Brio. This MPV sourced its power from the same 1.5 Litre petrol and diesel engine which powers the City sedan. Honda even launched a sportier version of the MPV called the Mobilio RS to attract more attention of the customers and also to increase the falling sales figures. Although the standard MPV hasn’t received any updates since its launch, the RS variant did get few cosmetic updates in the form of a sportier front and rear bumpers and a spoiler, but it still was not enough.
According to HCIL because of the decline in the personal use of MPV segment, they have decided not to sell the Mobilio in Indian market anymore. However, Honda will ensure the availability of spare parts for their existing customers while the dealers will also continue the service of the current cars.
The New Civic Came For A Visit At Honda’s Rajasthan Factory
Yes! I too have the same question in my mind. What is this new generation Civic doing at the Honda’s factory in Tapukara, Rajasthan. Now according to the reports on India today there is a possibility of Honda launching the new generation Civic in India within this year. The Civic introduced in 2006 and later discontinued in 2013 due to weak sales numbers. One of the leading causes of such poor sales figures was the lack of a diesel engine option.
Now that the new Civic was spotted recently at the Tapukara facility in Rajasthan could it mean that Honda is planning to relaunch the sedan in the Indian market once again?
Next Generation Honda Accord Teased To Be Revealed Later This Year
Honda has released a new teaser image of their tenth generation Accord which will launch later this year. The new generation sedan according to Honda has been completely redesigned and re-engineered for the year 2018. There is no doubt in the fact that the Accord has been the number one choice for individual American car buyers since 2010.
The new generation Accord will also get two new turbocharged petrol engines in the form of 1.5 Litre, direct-injected DOHC Turbo with dual variable cam timing (dual VTC)-litre and a 2.0-litre unit. Both engines will be paired to a 6-speed manual gearbox Moreover the 1.5 Litre unit will also get an optional CVT gearbox, while the 2.0 Litre unit will get an advanced 10-speed automatic gearbox.
The sedan will be launched first in the US where it has been the best seller in the midsize sedan segment for four straight years (2013-2016). For the first five months of 2017, according to the Sales Data, the Accord is still the top-selling midsize sedan in America and the second best-selling passenger car overall.
Although the car has not been revealed in the images, it will get a wider and athletic stance. The additional details of the new sedan will be released within the next few weeks.
2017 Honda Jazz
It looks like Honda has been readying the facelift Jazz hatchback in Japan. This is the mid-life facelift that the new generation hatchback will receive. Some Reports states that the facelift Jazz hatchback which is popularly known as Honda Fit will be launching within the next few months in the markets of Japan. Now the popularity of the premium hatchback from Honda has risen to a great extent in the recent year’s credit goes to the Indian consumers who are now getting their hands on the premium hatchbacks as well.
The upcoming Jazz hatchbacks according to the leaked reports on the internet are getting plenty of exterior as well interior changes. These changes will make the hatchback a far better competitive rival to the Hyundai Elite i20, Maruti Baleno.
Update 16.05.2017: - Honda has unveiled the new facelift Jazz (Fit) for the markets of Japan. This is the mid-life facelift that the hatchback from Honda has received. We have updated this overview with all the available details of the facelift Jazz hatchback.
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The WR-V Becomes Second Best Selling Car From Honda For 2 Consecutive Months
Honda launched the Jazz based Crossover WR-V in March 2017, and it actually proved to be a successful product for Honda. The Japanese manufacturer sold a total of 3, 833 units of the car in March and 3, 266 units of the Crossover in the month of April making it the second best-selling product from Honda for two months in a row. Now if you are wondering what the best selling model from the Japanese Auto manufacturer is then there is no doubt that it is definitely their popular City sedan.
Honda has also announced that they have received over 12, 000 bookings for the new WR-V Crossover. There is no doubt that the Crossover is contributing a lot to the auto manufacturer’s growth in India.
There is no doubt that the WR-V is turning out to be a successful product for Honda in India. Though the WR-v is based on the Jazz hatchback, it still has an own unique identity. The front headlamps and grille are different than the usual hatchback which has helped it in giving its unique face. The WR-V also gets a spacious cabin just like its hatchback counterpart. Inside the Crossover gets a big 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Furthermore, the interior also gets some other premium features like push start/stop button and off course a segment first electric sunroof. For the safety of the passengers inside the Crossover gets ABS with EBD and Dual airbags as standard across the range.
5 Of The Most Powerful Budget Hatchbacks You Can Buy Under 10 Lakh
Hatchbacks were never meant to be powerful they were made to carry a 4 or 5 person from one place to another without much of hustle in bumper to bumper City traffic where space is limited. They are also meant to be fuel efficient and economical at the same time. However, in recent years the idea of hatchback seems to be changing people have now moved on from their humble Maruti 800 and budget hatchback concept and eager to embrace something new. As a result of all that we have seen plenty of new small cars with powerful engines under the hood recently.
Below provided is the list of 5 of the most powerful budget hatchbacks available in the Indian market.
Best Of 5 Series: 5 Most Fuel Efficient Diesel Hatchbacks (Part III)
If you have gone through our part II of the best of 5 series list of articles then you will surely find some common cars here in this article as well.
Fuel efficiency has always been the top priority of Indian customers when it comes to buying Automobiles. The Term "Kitna Deti Hai" is common now for almost all the Automobile buyers who have also prompted the Automakers doing their bit in making their present as well as future products as much fuel efficient as they can.
When we talk about Indian Auto market, we speak of budget and economical cars meant for average Indian buyers. Hatchbacks have always been an important part and parcel of average budget frenzy Indian car buyers and why they won’t be? Let’s face the facts here they are compact, easily manoeuvrable in City traffic, not hard to maintain so there you have it.
Now is it worth buying a diesel hatchback in today’s Indian market where the petrol and diesel prices have almost levelled. The answer is WHY NOT? Do not forget the fact that the diesel vehicles still definitely are more fuel efficient than the petrol cars and although the prices of the fuel have gone up Diesel is still cheaper than fuel by some amount.
So keeping all those facts aside now let us dig straight into our topic here which says 5 most fuel efficient Budget hatchbacks.
Honda Launched the New WR-V In West Bengal, Everything You Need To Know About The Crosshatch
Honda Cars India Limited has launched the all new WR-V in West Bengal. The WR-V is a new sports lifestyle vehicle which underpins the same Jazz platform. The WR-V also happens to be the first model which is developed by Honda R&D India along with Honda R&D Japan. The R&D i9n India has worked particularly on the design and engineering concept suitable for the right-hand drive and India based powerplants.
MR Yoichiro Ueno, President and CEO Honda Cars India LTD, said at the launch event that India is one of the fast evolving markets of the world and here they have strong demands for the compact vehicles which are stylish,.comfortable and also gets premium features. He also included that the WR-V would provide everything that one looks for when they take the vehicle out for recreational usage and comfortable driving for daily use within the city.
The WR-V is developed under the concept of "Refresh For Urban India". This concept focuses on three things which include Urban Active lifestyle, smart compact exterior and pleasurable high-quality interiors. The WR-V Crosshatch is made available in two exclusive trims only the VX and the S trims. The new Crosshatch shares the same drivetrains with the Jazz hatchback. The petrol variant6 gets the 1.2 Litre SOHC i-VTEC motor which produces about 90 Ps of peak power at 6000 rpm and 110 Nm of torque at 4, 800 rpm. The diesel variant, on the other hand, gets the tried and tested 1.5 Litre DOHC i-DTEC motor which churns out about 100 Ps of peak power at 3, 600 rpm and 200 Nm of torque at 1750 rpm. The petrol variant gets the 5-speed manual a 6-speed manual paired to the diesel trim. Honda claims that they have tweaked the gearbox to extract more performance from the petrol variant.
Prices for the Honda WR-V S MT Petrol starts at INR. 8, 04, 500 while the diesel S MT trim priced at INR 9, 11, 400. The top end VX MT Petrol priced at
INR 9, 31, 900 while the top of the line diesel VX trim priced at INR 10, 35, 600.
All the above are ex-showroom based prices Kolkata.
List of Cars Best Suited For Hardcore Travellers
In recent years, the words like ‘travel’ and ‘roadtrips’ have become much more synonymous than ever before. The new generation of Indians is now much open to the idea of travelling, and that too on four wheels by enrolling the concept of drive and reach, to make their journeys much more memorable. Thankfully, the cut-throat competition among all the manufacturers has resulted into some cars which make perfect sense and match with the idea of road trips. For falling under this category of vehicles, the primary requirements of a car are the spacious and well-thought cabin, powertrain options punchy enough to breathe comfortably for long miles and a ride quality which is plush sufficiently to keep the people inside the cabin as free of fatigue as possible.
In this feature story, we are pointing and throwing some light on all such cars made for mass market buyers which fulfil all the requirements mentioned above to call themselves the best cars with which you can write new travel stories and memories. Following is a category-wise list of all such cars which are best suited for travel lovers, which ranges from an entry-level mini hatchback and going all the way up to a full-fledged SUV.
2017 Honda WR-V
Honda unveiled the WR-V Crossover last year in Brazil. The compact SUV made its world premiere at the Sao Paulo International Motor Show 2016 which commenced from the second week of November.
We all know the demand for Crossovers and SUV’s in the Indian market and the compact SUV segment is flooded with many brand new products. So it was quite obvious that Honda would have introduced this new Crossover too in the Indian market as well after its launch in the markets of Brazil and some other countries in South America.
The car was also caught a couple of times testing on the road with full camouflage. For all your information this newest Crossover WR-V is based on the Jazz hatchback platform and is the same car under the hood. It will make it to the Indian market as well to take on some other sub-compact Crossovers.
Update 16.03.2017:- Honda Launched the WR-V Crossover in India today. The newest Crossover joins the Honda lineup and is made available with both diesel and petrol drivetrains. The overview article has been updated with all the information.
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Honda To Launch WR-V Crossover Tomorrow Launches New Teaser: Video
Honda unveiled the Jazz based Crossover the WR-V last year in Brazil, and to everyone’s surprise, the Japanese Automaker actually decided to launch it in the Indian market. Now, that they already sell the Jazz hatchback here the WR-V is based on the same hatch. The WR-V is the smallest Crossover from Honda which will launch in the Indian market and will be positioned above the existing hatchback.
Honda has already started the production of this Crossover at their Tapukara plant in Rajasthan. Hopefully, this new Crossover will be able to bring some sales numbers for the company because apart from the City and the Amaze none of the Honda products was actually able to impress the Indian crowd.
Coming to the WR-V, the Crossover looks exactly like the Jazz hatchback besides few additional changes that we usually witness in a hatchback based Crossover. The front profile gets a restyled headlamp design followed by a new hood and also new bumpers which also gets skid plates. The large front grille also gets a thick looking Chrome bar with the Honda logo in the middle. Towards the side profile, the WR-V also gets sporty looking alloy wheels. The Crossover also gets turn indicators on ORVM’s.
Just like the exterior the interior too gets plenty of new features like a one-touch open and close sunroof, climate control. The WR-V will also get the new 7.0-inch Digipad touchscreen infotainment system with satellite navigation which is carried over from the City sedan. The infotainment system also gets an internal memory of 1.5 GB and also supports Apple Car Play and Android Auto.
Honda Discontinued The Mobilio MPV From India
It might come to many as a shock, but Honda has discontinued their only MPV offering Mobilio from the Indian market due to poor sales figures and demand. They will also decide within the next two months whether they will bring back the new version of the entry-level people mover or not.
The reports also suggest that the Japanese car maker has stopped manufacturing the vehicle and exhausted all their current stocks. Honda launched the Mobilio MPV back in July 2014, and it evidently impressed the crowd with its clean exterior and interior and even managed to outsell its biggest rival the Maruti Ertiga in India soon after its launch. Until now Honda was able to sell a total of 40, 789 units till date but the demand for the people mover declined slowly, and last month Honda was not able to sell even a single unit of this MPV.
The Honda officials said that they are still thinking and taking a decision on whether they will launch the facelifted model in the Country or not. India will implement the new safety regulations soon, and the current Mobilio does not match the safety confrontations. So to continue the sale of the vehicle the company needs to invest a lot of money to modify the car to make it compliant with the norms.
Now, the new car is already available for sale in the markets of Indonesia the company is thus still wondering whether to launch the facelifted car in India or not. The Mobilio was developed entirely at Honda’s R&D facility in Bangkok and was for sale exclusively for the Asian markets. During the time of the launch, the car was priced in between INR. 6.49 lakhs to INR. 10.49 Lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi). The current prices of the base variant of the Mobilio rose to INR 7.38 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) presently.
10 Most Fun To Drive Hatchbacks In India
We Indians buy cars for a variety of reasons. Some buy for only ferrying themselves and their family members and friends from point A to point B, some buy for fulfilling their business purposes. However, there is one section of buyers in India, which buys car for the pure driving pleasure and to fulfill their craving and love for automobiles. They drive cars to enjoy every bit of it - the way the engine kicks down, the way the gears shift with precision, the way the steering handles with a certain perfection. There are very few such cars which fulfill these requirements and wishes of driving enthusiasts of India, for the market is more tilted towards making feature rich and fuel efficient cars
However, there exist some budget hatchbacks which do fulfill the aforementioned criteria of giving a thrilling experience every time its driver is behind its steering wheel. Some cars are purposely built to give a focused driver’s appeal, while some of them have unknowingly became the cars which are more targeted towards functionality, general appeal and fuel efficiency. Following is a list of ten such hatchbacks in the Indian mass market for cars, which are made for those driving enthusiasts which do not have pockets deep enough to splurge on a proper sportscar, but then these cars are worthy enough to be fun to drive as well as practical at the same time. Here you go:-
Honda WR-V Launch On 16th March Teased On Indian Website
Honda is all set to introduce the WR-V in India on 16th March 2017 and they have also teased the new upcoming Crossover on their Indian website. Honda has also released the Countdown timer for their new WR-V Crossover which also said that the launch is on 16th March. Like you all know the WR-V made its World debut at the 2016 Sao Paula Motor Show. According to Honda The ‘WR-V’ acronym for ‘Winsome Runabout Vehicle’.
For the Indian market the WR-V will take on the likes of Toyota Etios Cross and the Volkswagen Cross Polo. The WR-V in simple words is the rugged variant of the Jazz hatchback and shares a lot with the former car. To make it appear more brawny the WR-V gets an additional body claddings, roof rails and a slightly larger wheels. The front profile features a chrome appliqué for the front grille, stylish looking headlamps which looks slightly different than the Jazz hatchback the headlamp unit also gets integrated LED DRL’s as well. The lower front bumper also features faux skid plates as well. Towards the rear the WR-V features LED taillamps. Inside the cabin the WR-V gets leather seat upholstery and a touchscreen infotainment system carried over from the new City sedan, the top end trim will also feature a sunroof as well.
Seven Popular Cars which Are Making A comeback Soon!
Remember the good old times, not more than a decade ago, when the Indian car market was much lesser crowded than what it was. The first 10 years of the 21st century saw the advent of most of the big giants in the country, which initiated their journey with some world class products which were much popular overseas. However, call it the end of their long lifecycle, their much-ahead-of-the-time or their ill fate of not being received with open hands, most of these globally hit cars died off after a time frame.
Thankfully, all their parent manufacturers still have some soft corners in their hearts for these cars, which is why some of them are making a full-fledged comeback, in all new generation models. These cars will now feature massive changes in and out and are planning to now shake up the well-settled up segment, rather than just creating them what their previous generation models did. Following is a list of seven such previously available cars which are making a comeback in 2017 in the Indian car market:-
Honda WR-V Interior Revealed In New Spyshots Launch In March!
Honda will be launching the Jazz based Crossover WR-V soon in India. The vehicle was spotted a number of times being tested and also in some spyshots where it was seen arriving at some dealerships. However, until now no details of the interiors were revealed. Recently Team-BHP was able to get their hands on some interior shots of the soon to be launched Crossover which reveals quite a number of details about the interior as well as the list of equipment which you can expect from the upcoming Crossover.
As you can clearly see from the spyshots the WR-V will get a completely blacked-out dashboard. The steering wheel, as well as the instrument cluster too, has been shared with the hatchback. While the list of equipment which you can expect in the WR-V Crossover includes a sunroof which will definitely be available with the top end trims, the rest of the interior equipment includes push button start, new touchscreen infotainment system which is also shared with the recently introduced facelift City sedan. This will also be a 5-Seater Crossover and the seats too have been taken from the Jazz hatchback as well.
If we talk about the exterior styling then surely the WR-V looks completely different from the Jazz hatchback. It gets completely different looking headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lamps, restyled front and rear bumpers and also different style wheels.