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That the launch of the Tata Bolt is close is not news, but Tata Motors is currently testing its latest hatchback without any camouflaging whatsoever. Readers of Auto Column have sent in images of a fully visible Tata Bolt running around the company’s facilities in Pune. Thanks to the considerable amount of changes Tata Motors has made to the Bolt, the hatchback looks nothing like the Vista that...

The BMW X7, set for a 2017 launch, has been spied parked in Germany’s state of Bavaria. The BMW X7 is a seven-seater luxury SUV that will compete against the Audi Q7 and the Mercedes-Benz GL Class. The X7 was officially announced towards the end of March. The flagship SUV will enter production exclusively in the company’s Spartanburg, South Carolina plant. The X7 will be a seven-seater...

A new Mahindra light commercial vehicle has been caught testing near Chennai. A report on Tamil Magazine Motor Vikatan says that the truck, codenamed Mahindra P601, could either be the new Mahindra Maxximo or an all-new vehicle that will be slotted between the Mahindra Maxximo and the Mahindra Gio. Visually, the truck looks a lot bigger than either the Maxximo Plus or the Gio. While the Maxximo Plus...

Datsun is on its way to launching its second product in Russia, a hatchback based on the Lada Kalina. Datsun have announced three models for the Russian market, without identifying them. The Datsun mi-DO is based on the Lada Kalina hatchback. A report on Russian website wroom shows pictures of a heavily camouflaged hatchback which will be branded as the Datsun mi-DO. Datsun had earlier made its Russian...

After announcing that its first models would be launched in October this year, a couple of UM Global models have been spotted testing in Pune. The UM Hypersport 2015 has been caught testing in India for the first time. Two models were spotted by readers of Autocolumn, one of which is the confirmed-for-India UM Renegade and the other being the Hypersport 2015. While the Renegade was showcased at the...

The successor to BMWs entry-level crossover, the X1, is reported to go on sale next year. The second generation X1 will ditch the rear wheel drive architecture (borrowed from the previous generation 3 Series) and will instead use the new front wheel drive UKL platform. The 2016 BMW X1 will launch next year. First seen on the new Mini, and then on the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, this platform will underpin...

Ford will launch the new generation Ford Escort at the Beijing Auto Show next Sunday. The C+ segment sedan is made for China to sandwich the Fiesta and the Mondeo, battling the VW Sagitar, Citroen C4L, Hyundai Mistra and the Qoros 3 sedan – all Chinese-specific creations. The car maybe of interest to Indians as it revives a familiar nameplate. It returning to India depends on the evolution of...

Ford India has officially begun building up for the launch of the Ford Fiesta facelift, which is their next product program. The company has created a website for the sedan, putting up information about the technology, engine, design and safety features. Most likely the Fiesta facelift will launch within a couple of months. Our reader Ram R Pillai has spotted a ‘Kinetic Blue’ Fiesta facelift...