Tata Motors has presented promotional footage of the next generation Safari – the Safari Storme – on its Youtube channel. The Storme retains the predecessor’s 2.2-liter DICOR engine making 140PS@4,000 RPM and 320Nm@1,700-2,700 RPM.

Tata Safari Storme front three-quartersTata Safari Storme front fasciaTata Safari Storme side profile

It is exactly the same length as the original, but slightly wider (1965 mm compared to 1918 mm) and a wee bit shorter (1922mm). The wheelbase is identical and the ground clearance has been reduced by 5mm. An improved 5-speed manual transmission and electronic shift on the fly to 4×4 are also carried over.

Tata Safari Storme side profileTata Safari StormeTata Safari Storme rear

The new Safari comes with features such as pull type door handles, wooden finish on the center console and doors, underfloor spare wheel mounting and reverse parking system.

Images shot by IAB reader Siddharth Shankar.

Fiat small carFiat India’s CEO Mr.Rajeev Kapoor spoke to IndianAutosBlog.com at the Fiat Caffe unveiling in Janpat, New Delhi. He was not very forthcoming about future products but his answer was filled with clues on the upcoming car that is going to be positioned in the high volume segment.

Rajeev Kapoor to IndianAutosBlog.com –

You see any product that is coming to India now by us or any other manufacturer has to be very India specific because, India is turning out to be a predominant diesel market. Any car which comes to India has to very India centric because they have to address specific needs that the customers want. So yes we’ve been working on a car. The market has been evolving for us in the sense that in the last two years we’ve been trying to focus on these two cars (Punto and Linea), we got some good learning from launching these cars from our customers, like battery, AC etc, so we said we need to sit down and perfect those first. So in the coming future you will see a car from Fiat. That car could be on any available platform of Fiat. That’s not an issue. You have seen Panda, Uno, 500, this car could be on any platform but it should be suitable for India..so the work is going on and at the right time we’ll let you know!

Mr Kapoor insisted that Fiat’s new car is an India specific model and the focus this year is on the Punto and Linea. The Uno, Palio and Panda are not India specific cars. They have been designed and developed for South American and some European markets where those nameplates are heavyweights. The small car for India is likely to come out next year.

Following the heels of the Dost, Ashok Leyland is on a launch spree. It showcased a range of vehicles at the Expo, but the two capturing our interest is the Stile and Partner. Yes, you know what they are! The Stile is the NV200 or Evalia with a new face while the Partner is the Nissan Atlas badges as Ashok Leyland.

The Stile will take up various assignments in the Indian market. Ashok Leyland has said that a slew of variants such as ambulance, panel vans, courier service vehicle, shuttle bus and hotel shuttles are planned for the Stile. It sports attractive features (for a commercial vehicle) such as sliding doors, two and three row seating configurations and dual tone interiors and will be available in CNG and diesel avatars.

Ashok Leyland StileAshok Leyland PartnerAshok Leyland Dost CNG

On the other hand, the Partner (spied by our readers Sree Ganesh and SR Vishnuvardan during tests) is a 6-tonne LCV with a tiltable cab. Power is derived via a 120hp CRDI engine. Ashok Leyland has ambitious plans with the Partner. It proposes the release of a range of applications like tippers, containers and refrigerators.

Ashok Leyland is also showing the CNG variant of the Dost at its stall. It will reach the market in 2012 whereas the Nissan-derived models are scheduled for a launch in mid-2013.

Maruti Suzuki Astar Cabriolet (3)We all must have dreamt of zooming down the street in a convertible car at some point either during college or when we earned our first pay cheque. Sure, there may be a lot of pollution and unfavorable weather conditions in India, but that doesn’t deter us from dreaming. The only affordable convertible in India is the San Storm which is neither aspirational nor well built.

Maruti gave a teaser of such a kind of vehicle with the A-Star cabriolet concept. It is a yellow-colored, soft top version of the A-Star hatchback. It can theoretically seat four people on its leather wrapped bucket seats.

At the rear, there are dual exhaust pipes with a tiny rear spoiler. Sporty alloy wheels compliment the overall look.

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The XA Alpha Concept may have been a show stopper for the company at the Expo, but there were a few interesting cars showcased as well. First up is the SX4 Sport which is a crossover spin off from the popular sedan. The SX4 Sport is marketed as a must have car for the adventure lover. It is has a higher ground clearance than the sedan along with roof rails (to carry your bicycles of course)

SX4 SportMaruti Suzuki SX4 Poise

The SX4 Poise features a custom paint job, HID projectors and a sporty body kit

Maruti Suzuki Swift Sport 2Maruti Suzuki Swift Sport

The Swift Sport was not there at the Expo but a slightly sportier Swift was present. It dons a full body kit, sporty alloys with a customized paint job

GM India had the most numbers of show stoppers in their pavilion. No, we are not talking about the ladies (we are silly petrolheads remember) we are talking about the cool cars on display. There was a Volt, Stingray Concept, WTCC Cruze and the EN-V. No shortage of flashy new wheels as the MPV, Sail, Captiva 2.2 and Tavera Neo3 were unveiled in two separate press conferences.

But a few of them REALLY caught our attention.

Chevrolet Beat Music EditionChevrolet Beat Music Edition (2)Chevrolet Beat Music Edition (3)

First up is the Beat music edition which features:

  • Custom Orange color with white graphics
  • White alloy wheels
  • A chrome tip muffler
  • White OVRMS
  • And as the name suggest, a custom Music System

GM said it was testing the response of the public to the orange color for the showroom models.

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ICML, the makers of Sonalika tractors, exhibited single and dual cab pickup versions of the Qualis-aping Rhino MUV. The single cab Windy and the dual cab Oyster are powered by the 2.0-liter CRDI engine ICML supplies to General Motors for the Tavera Neo3. On the ICML models, the engine series is named G-One. The font style and size is exactly similar to the film poster with stills of Shahrukh Khan’s RA.One role!

ICML Oyster front three-quartersICML Windy front three-quarters

According to a representative at the stall, the pickups are scheduled to come out by April 2012.

Even if the new Bolero’s TV spot does not cast a muscle-flexing or skin-flaunting celebrity, its definitely worth watching for the canine that serves its master very loyally!