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.
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6 Indian SUV’s That Has Received Humongous Price Drop Post GST
In our previous article, we have explained every detail that you would possibly want to know about the GST tax structure that the Indian Government has implemented from July 1st, 2017.
Under the new tax structure, almost all the cars have become cheaper except few which belong to the Hybrid category. However, also do keep in mind the fact that the car makers will now be able to propose a uniformed pricing across the Country. But you also do have to bear in mind the fact that the GST prices do not count the road tax which varies state to state.
With that note, we continue with the list of 5 cars which has received the biggest price cut from the Auto manufacturers Post GST.
Here Are 5 Quick Points About The Sixth Generation Volkswagen Polo
The Volkswagen Polo is one hatchback which has won people’s hearts since 1975; this Supermini is practical as well as stylish at the same time which perhaps attracted the attention of many. Now after almost 2009, Volkswagen introduced the sixth generation Polo which not only is evolutionary but also uses an entirely new platform developed by VW group.
There is no doubt that the new generation Polo surely looks much more matured, technologically advanced as well as spacious and balances practicality and sportiness correctly. There is almost everything in the hatchback which the new and young buyers looks forward in their first car.
Below provided are five quick but important points that you should be aware of the new generation Polo hatchback
2018 Volkswagen Polo
There is no doubt that the Polo is a popular name throughout the world when it comes to compact or supermini cars since the year 1975 until now VW was able to sell 14 million worldwide which itself speaks about its popularity.
Today, Volkswagen unveiled the new generation Polo in Berlin. The German Auto giant recently shared two teaser images of the new hatchback online which gives us a glimpse of its exterior styling and now that the car is out infront of the public we must tell you that the new generation Car takes the game to a whole new level. Such tremendous amount of technology and details were not expected from VW.
The reports online also stated that the new Polo is bigger than its predecessor and features a new evolutionary design but like you all knew Volkswagen will never interfere with the Polo’s overall DNA and thus kept the hatchbacks distinct identity intact. The hatchback is all set to enter production this month only; this is the sixth generation Polo which underpins Volkswagens new MQB AO platform. You can also expect the hatchback also to get new petrol and diesel engines under its hood. The lightweight platform will automatically translate into much more responsive handling.
Update 16.06.2017:- Volkswagen has taken the covers off the new generation Polo hatchback at VW Wolfsburg headquarters in Germany today. ER have updated the overview accordingly.
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Volkswagen Tiguan Vs Ford Endeavour
Volkswagen launched the new Tiguan in India yesterday, and although this is the first Volkswagen SUV in India and the only one, this is not exactly a fully fledged SUV like the bigger Ford Endeavour or Toyota Fortuner. However, the only reason why we are comparing both these SUV’s is that of the fact the Tiguan is launched with a four-wheel drive as standard and also because both these SUV’s are priced in the same price range.
Now compared to the Tiguan the Endeavour is big and also offers a third-row seating option at the rear plus it also has atleast 3 engine options including a petrol compared to the single diesel engine option in the newly launched Tiguan.
Still there are plenty of things where the Tiguan can take on its competition directly. So go through the comparison below and find out where the newly launched Tiguan standard in the race
Volkswagen Launches Tiguan SUV In India (Prices, Specs & Other Details)
Volkswagen has launched their first and only SUV Tiguan in India today. This is the second generation SUV which has hit the Indian market priced at INR. 27.98 lakh(ex-showroom, New Delhi) in India. The good thing is that it will be assembled in India at the Auto manufacturers Aurangabad plant, this is the same plant which also assembles some other Volkswagens group’s products like that of the Skoda.
The new Tiguan is based on Volkswagen’s MQB platform which also underpins some other cars like the Skoda Octavia and the Superb and also the Audi A3.The new TIgaun is available in two trims which include the Comfortline and Highline trims. The Tiguan will compete directly with rivals like Hyundai Tucson, Ford Endeavour and also the upcoming Jeep Compass SUV.
The Tiguan was first showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo in India and comes with five seat options.
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Volkswagen Tiguan Officially Launching On 24th May 2017
The rumours of Volkswagen launching the Tiguan SUV in India were doing rounds on the internet for quite some time now. The rumours then turned out to be true when Volkswagen actually listed the Tiguan on their official website. Now Volkswagen officially confirmed that they would be launching their first SUV for the Indian market on 24th May 2017.
The soon to be launched SUV was caught being tested a couple of times on the Indian road while the bookings for the Tiguan has also commenced in some showrooms already. The production of this new SUV has already begun at the Volkswagen Group’s manufacturing facility in Aurangabad. This is actually the same car which was showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo after its global premiere at the 2015 Geneva Motor show.
The Tiguan will be sold in the Indian market with five-seat configuration and is based on the Volkswagen’s modular transverse matrix (MQB) platform which is also used by many Volkswagen Group of cars. The SUV at present will be offered with a single diesel engine options. The 2.0 Litre TDI diesel motor churns out about 140 Ps of peak power and 350 NM of torque. The engine will be paired to a seven-speed DSG gearbox which will send power to the four wheels at the same time with the help of 4MOTION four-wheel drive options. However, Volkswagen will also offer a two wheel drive option as well for their base level trims.
Once launched the Tiguan will compete directly with the likes of Ford Endeavour, Chevrolet Trailblazer, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, Hyundai Santa Fe, Toyota Fortuner, etc. and will be priced in the range of 25-30 Lakh rupee mark.
5 New Cars Launching In Coming Months
The year 2017 has been an outstanding year for the Auto manufacturers as well as the Indian customers. We have already seen plenty of new launches within the first 4 months. Now as we are almost approaching towards the middle of the year 2017 the Automakers have stacked plenty of new products for the year 2017. While some of them are good budget and economy cars, others fall under the premium category of cars. Whatever may be the case we can assure that there will be atleast 5 assured car launches within the next couple of month.
So without any further due let us get straight into our topic of 5 new cars launching in India within the next few months.
5 Quick Points About The Soon To Be Launched Volkswagen Tiguan
Back in 2016, we were informed that Volkswagen would be launching the Tiguan SUV in India and after almost a year Volkswagen has finally decided to launch the much-awaited SUV here. The Tiguan SUV has already been listed on their official Indian website which proves that the launch is not far away.
There is no doubt in the fact that Indian SUV market has flourished in recent years and almost every other manufacturer has atleast one SUV offering in their lineup except this German Auto giant. So to expand their product portfolio and get a better hold over the Indian market Volkswagen has finally decided to introduce the Tiguan which will take on some of its rivals like the Ford Endeavour and the Toyota Fortuner. The reports state that the production of this SUV has already commenced at Volkswagen’s facility in Aurangabad.
Below provided are five quick points that you need to know about this soon to be launched SUV
Tata Tigor Vs Rivals
Tata launched their compact sedan the Tigor yesterday in India, and surprisingly the car not only looks good but also is priced quite competitively as well. But does it have everything to compete with some of its already established rivals who have been ruling the Compact sedan of India for quite some time now Well, let’s find out?
The Tata Tigor is the compact sedan variant based on their popular Tiago hatchback and like you all already know it was showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo as a concept. But now that it’s finally launched here we can surely provide you all with the facts and figures. But before we just go into anything else let us inform you that the car uses the same but slightly modified XO platform which also underpins the Tiago hatchback. As far as the drivetrains are concerned the compact sedan shares the same petrol and diesel units with the Tiago hatchback. So before we dig deep into the facts let us also inform you that the TIgor hasn’t received any option of an AMT yet and thus both the powertrains are paired to a 5-speed manual transmission.
The Tigor competes directly with the Honda Amaze, Maruti Suzuki DSWift Dzire, Hyundai Xcent, Ford Figo Aspire and the Volkswagen Ameo So without any further due let us get straight into the spec comparison of the Tigor vs. its rivals.
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:-
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:-
Volkswagen To Launch The Second-Generation Tiguan SUV In 2017!
According to the recent reports, Volkswagen is all set to launch the Tiguan SUV in India this year while they also have plans to launch the all-new Passat as well around the month of July 2017. Now Volkswagen already used to sell the Passat but discontinued the model back in 2013 due to low sales figures whereas the Tiguan will be a completely new product which will actually help the German auto manufacturer to set foot in the executive vehicle segment of the Country.
The second generation SUV first made its official appearance at the 2015 Geneva Motor show while the first generation SUV did not reach the Indian shores. Volkswagen did showcase the second-generation Tiguan at the 2016 Auto Expo, though. The new generation SUV will also be their first SUV which will underpin their MQB platform. The car will be most likely being assembled at their manufacturing facility in Aurangabad after being imported by the CKD route.
Powering the new Tiguan SUV will be a 2.0 Litre, four-cylinder diesel unit which is expected to produce around 177 Hp of peak power and 350 Nm of peak torque. The engine will most likely be paired to a seven-speed DSG gearbox. The good thing about the upcoming SUV is that it will also get a four wheel drive option as well.
Below provided are few quick points that you should know about this soon to be launched SUV
List of hatchbacks which are made to look like SUVs/crossovers
Given the fact of immensely rising popularity of compact SUVs and crossovers in the Indian market, it is a no surprise how deeply we Indians have a thing for owning SUVs. It is this serious love for SUVs among Indian customers of today, which is why all the manufactures, especially the global ones, have gone back to their design tables and come up with models which are designed in India for the world. Such is the fascination for SUVs among Indians, that the automakers are not shying off from coming up with hatchback based crossovers.
A category of vehicles rather unheard globally, the hatchback based crossovers come with some added design elements and changes inside and out, which make them look more rugged than their hatchback counterparts. Though, it doesn’t mean that they are off-road ready, for the changes are just aesthetic rather than being functional. The majority of the automakers have taken this rather unique step to raise their sales in the market, which surprisingly is paying them as well.
In this feature story, we are throwing some light on all those hatchback based crossovers, which have turned to be game changers for their respective parent manufacturers. Following is a complete list of all such hatchbacks which look like jacked up SUVs.
2016 Volkswagen Polo GTI
Volkswagen did unveil the updated Polo GTI already at the 2016 Auto expo and now they have launched it here in the Indian market. This three door hatchback is unfortunately available in three door variant only and limited just 99 units only for the Indian market as of now. This new hatchback with a powerful 1.8 Litre Turbopetrol engine definitely will attract the driving enthusiast of the Country.
Although the hatchback is priced at a premium but we are sure that there will be plenty of takers afterall.
There is no doubt that the Indian hot hatchback segment is flourishing and fast and now ewe have plenty of new competition in the Indisan market in this niche segment. It was Fiat who introduced the Abarth brand in India and even launched two of their new premium hot hatches in the form of the the Punto Abarth anbd the more premium Fiat 595 Competizione.
Volkswagen already has a Polo GT TSI variant in India which is actually powered by 1.2 litre turbocharged, 4 cylinder SOHC, MPI petrol unit which produces about 103 Bhp while the diesel variant powered by 1.5 Litre unit produces about 103 Hp of peak power. However the 3 door GTI is almost 17 Lakhs more costlier and packs a 1.8 Litre TSI, four cylinder turbopetrol engine which produces enough juice to bring a smile on the face of those who sits behind its wheels.
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List of hatchback-compact sedan pairs of Indian market
When it comes to the popularity and volume churner segment of the Indian market, the Indian market has become a bit more mature than before and has moved up the ladder and is investing in more premium and up-market cars, owing to increasing need for adequate space and safety. It is the reason why in urban markets, the trend of want for premium hatchbacks and compact sedans based on them is increasing day by day. While the segment of entry level and compact hatchbacks has been witnessing the same level of growth in the rural and Tier II and III cities, it is in the metros and Tier-I cities, where the demand of premium hatchbacks and sedans based on them has seen a commendable growth.
In this feature story, we are going to throw some light on all the pairs of hatchbacks and the compact or sub-4 meter sedans based on them, and the essential points which make them so important for the Indian market and its growth. Here you go.
Volkswagen Launches Ameo Diesel Variant In India
Volkswagen has introduced the diesel variant of the Ameo in India the prices of the diesel variant of the compact sedan starts from INR. 6.33 Lakhs and goes all the way to INR. 9.32 Lakhs for the top end variant.
The reason for launching the diesel variant after few months of the launch of the petrol variant was Volkswagen was working to improve the diesel engine. The new diesel engine has now received some minor jump in its overall power output thanks to the new set of turbochargers.
The 1.5 Litre, 4 cylinder unit now produces about 110 Ps of peak power and 250 Nm of torque. This actually also makes the Ameo the most powerful compact sedan of its segment which is then followed by the Ford Figo Aspire which produces about 100 ps of peak power. The new and more powerful 1.5 Litre unit is paired to a 5 speed manual transmission as standard while there is also an optional 7 speed DSG unit as well on offer. However the automatic transmission is available exclusively with the top two trims only.
If we talk about safety features the Ameo Diesel variant gets cruise control, static cornering lights, ESP and hill hold control (DSG only), rain sensing wipe. Moreover it also gets dual airbags and ABS available as standard with the compact sedan.
On the inside the Ameo gets touchscreen infotainment system with Mirror link system. The rest of the interior looks identical to what you will find in the Petrol variant as well.
2016 Volkswagen Ameo
It has been the talk of the town for quite some time that, Volkswagen is all set to launch their first compact sedan in Indian market. As the compact sedan is one of the most happening segments of Indian automobile market, the most popular German brand in India cannot afford to keep itself away from the race. Therefore Volkswagen is bringing their compact sedan in the fray, which will be christened as the Volkswagen Ameo, as the German automaker has confirmed.
The name “Ameo” is derived from the Latin word “Amo”, which means “I love”. Volkswagen claims, it will be a game changer in the Indian market and this car will come with a package of best in class safety features great build quality and of course a great driving experience. The sub four metre sedan is manufactured on the VW Polo platform. The German automaker has been testing the car at the Chakan plant since long time. Now they have also confirmed that the Volkswagen Ameo will be showcased at the upcoming 2016 New Delhi Auto Expo, the production will be started around middle of the 2016 although. Interestingly, despite having a long Indian model line up, Volkswagen is planning big with the compact sedan in the country. They have earlier announced about investing a total of INR. 1500 crores in the market, while a total of INR. 720 crores were allotted for the compact sedan.
Now before the car gets unveiled at the Auto Expo we took the opportunity to bring you a brief review of the car. Take a look.
Update 30.09.2016:- Volkswagen has introduced the Diesel variant of the Ameo in India today. The article has been updated with all the information
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