There is nothing too far these days and the world is becoming smaller as the day passes. We are experimenting with more freedom and in automobiles especially, the boundaries have been erased. ICML is planning to bring the Haval H5 SUV in India which is based on the Japanese Isuzu Axiom. The Haval 5 has already been spotted during testing in Chandigarh and we can expect it to be launched later this year or early in 2013. The SUV which has a body on frame configuration will be available in both five and seven seats configurations and will come in 2WD and 4WD variants. The Haval H5 will be available with features packed to the brim and at a competitive price of between 7 to 9lahks which would put it in direct competition with the Tata Safari and the Force One.
We have a soft corner for a manufacturer like the ICML because it reminds us of the David versus Goliath story. Pitching the Rhino, the first passenger car build by ICML which is better known for its tractor business against the likes of Chevrolet, Tata and Mahindra is an unfair bout. Unfair because fighters should only scrap opponents of equal size and the Rhino taking on the Innova or even the Bolero is everything but an equal and fair fight and is a classic mismatch. But that’s why we and many others like the Rhino and ICML because they represent belief and the ‘can do spirit’. With prices starting from 6,25,957 to Rs 7,19,000 ex-showroom New Delhi is the Rhino a serious contender in the peoples carrier segment?