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In this five-part story, we put the spotlight on 7 A-Segment/entry-level hatchbacks that are approaching India in the next 18 months. These are cars which attract first time buyers, and households which need a second or a third vehicle for short drives. The base of the pyramid was most talked about part of the auto market in the last half of the previous decade, but ambitions were thwarted by expensive...

Forget the sub-4 meter SUVs/crossovers we covered a few weeks ago. The cars listed here, in comparison to the compact SUVs, can be considered full-sized. These cars have a more rugged appeal, get seven seats, and some have the 4×4 option. 1. Mahindra Scorpio Facelift The Mahindra Scorpio facelift has been testing for over a year now and we should see the car launch by the middle of the year....

The only exhibits we were interested in at Dacia’s stall at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show were the Lodgy MPV and the Duster facelift. The Dacia Lodgy is expected to launch in India by March 2015 (though it will be called the Renault Lodgy here) and figured in our list of top 6 MPVs expected in India over the course of two years. Based on the Logan’s platform, which is well localized in India for...

Renault has unveiled a new 1.6-liter twin turbo diesel engine at the Geneva Motor Show. The French company says that the engine would be put into use on its D and E segment models. The 1,598 cc engine can make 160 hp and 380 Nm of torque and is claimed to be 25 percent more fuel efficient compared to a similar competitor engine. Called the Renault Energy dCi, the 1.6-liter engine is the first from...

Besides the new Twingo, Renault also unveiled the new Clio RS Monaco GP edition at the Geneva Motor Show. The car gets a host of exterior and interior changes. The hot hatch wears an exclusive White Frost Pearl exterior paint that contrasts with glossy touches on the grille, mirror cassings, lower section of the front bumper and window surrounds. A fresh set of 18-inch five-spoke alloys also find...

Renault has unveiled the new Renault Twingo at the Geneva Motor Show. The new Twingo is now rear-engined and gets a choice of two engines. First is an all-new SCe 70 engine, a normally aspirated derivative of Renault’s TCe lineup of engines. This 999 cc three-cylinder engine makes 70 hp and 91 Nm. The second option is a smaller 898 cc 3-cylinder Renault TCe 90 engine that is turbocharged to...

Two segments which witnessed robust sales growth in India last year were the compact sedan segment and the mini SUV segment. Essentially, these segments are identical in the fact that these cars are designed to take advantage of India’s sub-4 meter excise benefit. In this story, we list out 7 upcoming mini SUVs, all of which have one thing in common apart from their length: To match or exceed...

The utility vehicle market has the fancy of every automaker in India. Renault India has made a living by selling the Duster to this market, enjoying an 8 percent share in the UV segment from 0 percent within 18 months, whereas Ford has managed to shift to a comeback lane with the EcoSport which makes up for over 50 percent of the company’s sales. Meanwhile market leader Maruti Suzuki used the...