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 Toyota Corolla Altis
Toyota launched the Corolla Altis Facelift in India yesterday. The Altis is the potential rival to the Octavia and Elantra in India. The Indian spec Corolla Altis resembles a lot to the Thai-spec Corolla.
The Corolla according to Toyota is built on Toyota’s legendary Quality, Durability and Reliability with significantly enhanced quality in every aspect of its design and engineering. This global sedan has been appreciated throughout the world Tokyo, Sydney, Shanghai, Moscow, San Francisco and Rio - de- Janeiro. There is no doubt that this global sedan has made its presence felt across 150 countries across the world and also was able to bring smiles to the faces of over 44 million customers worldwide.
The Corolla Altis Facelift is available in India with both diesel and petrol drivetrains and an option of both manuals as well as an automatic transmission.
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Toyota To Launch Innova Crysta Sport In April
Toyota launched their most popular MPV back in 2004, and there is no doubt that there is absolutely no other car in its segment which comes close to this MPV when it comes to its sales figures. Last year Toyota introduced the new generation Innova and christened it as the Innova Crysta. Apart fro the Indian market Toyota also sells the Innova in the markets of Indonesia. Recently they have introduced a top-spec variant of the MPV in their market called the Innova Venturer. Now according to the recent reports, Toyota will launch the same car in the Indian market as well, and it too will be sold as the top spec variant. However, the top spec MPV will be called ‘Touring Sport’.
The car is expected to get the same styling inspiration seen on the Toyota Venturer. On the outside, the Innova Touring sport will get black body claddings on the front bumper as well on the wheel arches towards the side profile. In addition to the bumper, the car also features new side skirts as well which adds a slightly bolder look to the MPV. Expect the new top end variant of the Innova Crysta also to feature chrome embellishments as well across the exterior. Thus expect the front grille of the Innova Crysta to feature chrome surrounds, while the outer ORVM’s and rear bumpers will also get touches of chrome as well. The Innova Crysta Touring Sport variant will also get slightly bigger alloy wheels 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:-
2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid
The concept of Hybrid vehicles might still be new for most of us Indians, and our Government is not doing enough to promote Green vehicles in our Country. But, some Auto manufacturers like Toyota, Mahindra and BMW has introduced Hybrid vehicles for our Indian market with very few takers, though.
Toyota Motor Corporation has sold more than 10.5 million Hybrid vehicles globally and has made constant efforts to Hybridise India. Recently they have introduced two new hybrid vehicles for the Indian market which includes the new Camry Hybrid and the Hybrid Pioneer: All-new Toyota Prius. According to Toyota these environment-friendly vehicles definitely can have a positive impact on the environment if they are used across the globe. They also did mention that they are euphoric to announce that they already have sold more than 10 million hybrid vehicles globally.
The Camry sedan is definitely India’s first Hybrid car which is manufactured here in India. The car promises a revolutionary hybrid technology, a modern and sporty exterior, the highest level of comfort inside and unmatched safety standard. All these features make the Camry hybrid a complete package.
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2017 Toyota Etios Liva Duel Tone
Toyota Kirloskar Motors introduced the duel tone Etios Liva in India, the hatchback not only gets a duel tone overall design but also class-leading cabin space and safety features.
Toyota made their presence felt in one of the most competitive segments of the Indian market by launching the Etios Liva hatchback back in 2011 just after a year of the launch of the Etios sedan. Toyota extended their Etios family of hatchbacks by introducing the Etios Cross back in the year 2014. Last year Toyota also introduced the Platinum Etios in Indian market which has helped the auto manufacturer to register an overall growth of 7 percent towards the last quarter of 2016.
Compared to some other hatchback of its segment the Etios Liva failed to impress the crowd despite its feature packed interior, abundant safety feature and fuel-efficient drivetrains. Toyota launched the refreshed Etios and Liva hatchback last year and although these are not exactly new generation cars but mid-life refresh they certainly looked sportier and bolder than the older cars.
Coming to the newly introduced Dueltone variant, the hatchback not only gets some cosmetic updates to its exterior but interior as well. With an option of both petrol and diesel drivetrains on offer the Etios Liva Duel tone surely looks like a compact package.
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List Of New Cars Launching In The Month Of January 2017
We already mentioned in some of our earlier articles that the year 2016 has been one important and eventful year for both the auto manufacturer as well the buyers. Now that we stepped into the New Year we definitely will start the year with a bang. We have reported that Tata Motors have already introduced their first product now it’s time for other manufacturers to launch their exciting new products in the Indian market as well.
So today we have decided to make a list of most exciting new car launches that will happen within the next two months.
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A Look Back In 2016: List Of SUV’s Launched Last Year
The year 2016 has been an eventful year for all of us. We have witnessed plenty of new launches previous year from different auto manufacturers. One particular segment which has left a really deep impact on the minds of Indian customers and also in the industry is the SUV segment especially the compact SUV segment.
Maruti for the first time in many years offered a compact SUV which went on to become the Indian car of the year. Renault on the other hand too introduced the facelift variant of the Duster which was equipped with plenty of new features and above all an AMT transmission system.
Now as we have already stepped into the New Year we have decided to take a look back at the list of some popular SUV’s launched last year.
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Toyota Launches Its First Driving School In Kolkata One Of Its First In Eastern India
Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) has launched their first “Toyota Driving School” in Eastern India at Kolkata to promote their new safety mission ‘Safest Car with Safest Driver’. This entire campaign is being managed by Toyota’s leading dealership Topsel Toyota. Before Kolkata Toyota has already has setup 5 different schools across India but this happens to be Eastern zones first driving school and fifth all over India. The four other driving schools across India are present in Kochi, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Chennai.
The distinguished guests who were present on the occasion included Mr Suvendu Adhikari, Transport Minister, West Bengal, Mr Alapan Bandyopadhyay, Honorable Transport Secretary, Government of West Bengal,Mr Ashok Manaktala, Dealer Principal, Topsel Toyota, Mr Amit Manakatala, Director, Topsel Toyota and Mr N. Raja, Senior Vice President & Director, Toyota Kirloskar Motor.
The Toyota driving school is an unique step taken by Toyota to improve the safety standards of the Indian road by making every student responsible and safe driver. The entire programme will provide comprehensive driver training by providing high quality and futuristic training approaches. Toyota has also made arrangements for training models like the driver simulator mechanism which is expected to deliver a realistic experience. The realistic driving simulator gets an actual steering wheel and seats from the original Etios car. The simulator is an important part of the training programme which is expected to provide a hand on experience on how to handle in car controls like steering wheel, accelerator, brakes and gear shifts. The simulator also can replicate various weather conditions as well including dim light, uphill and downhill terrain. This also happens to be the only simulator in India which gets Full High Definition Computer graphics in an immersive Curved Projection environment.
Few Important Things That You Should Be Aware Of The Newly Introduced Toyota Fortuner
Toyota has finally decided to introduce the new generation Fortuner in India this November 2016.The new generation model shares or looks nothing like the old Fortuner, it even is based on a completely new and Innovative International Multi-purpose Vehicle (IMV) platform which also underpins Innova and Hilux Revo pickup truck.
Before we go into any other details let us inform you all that the new Fortuner prices in India start from INR. 25.92 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The Fortuner will compete directly with its all time biggest rival the Ford Endeavour which was introduced back in January 2016 and has been here in the Indian market for almost 11 months now. The all new SUV provides seating for 7 occupants inside, talking about interiors the New Fortuner gets an all new interior which provides more refinement and luxury inside.
The new Fortuner is made available with both the option of a petrol as well diesel engines which are paired to a 5 speed manual, 6 speed manual as ell as an automatic. These drivetrains sends power to the rear wheels for both petrol and diesel however there is also an optional all wheel drive system available as well with the diesel variant only.
Toyota Fortuner Teased Ahead Of Its Launch On 7th November
Toyota Kirloskar Motor has already teased the new Fortuner SUV just few days ahead of its official launch. Toyota has decided to launch the new Fortuner on 7th November 2016 while some dealers have already started taking bookings for the SUV as well.
The new generation Toyota SUV will be based on the ladder frame chassis which also supports the Hilux trick as well as the new Innova Crysta SUV. The SUV definitely also is slightly bigger and looks quite sharp compared to its predecessor. The new features in the SUV include LED projector lamps which also get daytime running lamps as well inside. An electric tailgate, bigger alloy wheels and also LED tailamps towards the rear. The SUV also gets lot of new and interesting stuffs inside as well, to begin with the Fortuner gets a completely new dashboard which gets a big 7 inch T-Connect infotainment system with satellite navigation, this screen will also act as a screen for the reversing camera. It further also gets a push start/stop button start as well.The
All The Details Of The New Gen Toyota Fortuner Launching November 7th 2016
Toyota will be launching the new generation Fortuner in India on 7th November 2016. Thus expect the bookings for the Ford Endeavor rival to commence within next few weeks.
Although we thought that Toyota will be launching the new gen Fortuner towards early next year but perhaps the less demand of the current generation model and strong competition from rival Ford Motors has prompted them to pre pone the launch date.
The new Fortuner underpins the same IMV platform which also supports the new Innova Crysta MPV which is already launched in India and received positive response from the people.
As far as the features are concerned the new Fortuner will get projector headlamps complete with LED lamps and integrated daytime running lamps, sharper overall styling, newly designed taillamps on the outside. While inside the SUV gets a redesigned dashboard which also has been equipped with a 7 inch touchscreen infotainment system, this infotainments system also gets navigation system as well. The other features also include an electrically adjustable driver seat, cruise control etc.
Did You Watch The New Toyota Etios Platinum TVC: Video
Toyota has recently introduced the facelift variant of the new Etios twins in the Indian market. Both the hatchback as well as the Etios sedan received plenty of new updates which are worth looking at. In this new TVS Toyota highlights some of the new features that the Etios has received.
On its exterior the sedan has received a completely new grille and also a new sport front bumper as well. Towards the rear there is a chrome strip which runs along with the bootlid. Although there are not many changes on the outside but the sedan surely received quite significant changes inside the cabin. Inside the Etios sedan gets some new completely new upholstery which has been finished in Ivory. The instrument cluster too gets a new Optitron Combimeter which displays some essential information as well.
The car also features plenty of safety features as well which includes ABS with EBD and also dual airbags as standard. The sedan also features new dual ISOFIX child seat locks. The sedan also features 5 seat belts for the safety of the passengers. The front seat belts also gets Pre-Tensioner and Force Limiter (PTFL).
Under the hood the Etios Platinum sedan gets choices of both a petrol as well as diesel engine. The petrol variant is powered by 1.5-liter 16v DOHC unit while the diesel variant gets the 1.4-liter D-4D unit.
The prices of the Petrol Toyota Etios Platinum edition starts from INR 643,000 Lakhs ex showroom, Mumbai while the diesel variant prices starts from INR. 756, 000 ex showroom, Mumbai.