Maruti Suzuki launched the ‘entirely new’ Swift Dzire about a month back with a smaller boot to qualify for the excise cut, thereby being able to offer more for less. This move was appreciated by personal car buyers as they got a brand new platform, better quality plastics, better interiors, more mileage and more goodies at a lesser price.

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But the old Dzire was a hot seller, a patience tester in some ways as it was a very popular model amongst the commercial market because of its ample luggage space, efficient engine and exciting price. The waiting period didn’t come down even after headlines of a successor using the new Swift platform appeared on leading newspapers and websites.

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Nissan is conducting a press conference in Mumbai tomorrow morning, hosted by the senior management members. Nissan describes the press conference as an “important strategic announcement.”

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Nissan will announce the revival of the Datsun brand and also announce the broader scope of work with its LCV partner Ashok Leyland, who will play an important hand in developing the low cost vehicle, tomorrow at the press conference. Nissan and Ashok Leyland will start working on the low cost vehicle this year and the first model will roll out in 2014. Nissan could either use the Oragadam facility in Chennai where Micra and Sunny are manufactured, to build the cars or sanction a new manufacturing facility in another part of India for this purpose.

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Mercedes Benz W222 2013 S-ClassMercedes Benz is busy testing their latest offering for 2013, the new S-Class. Spyshots of the same have been shared previously and renderings of the front fascia have also surfaced. Today we show you what the new luxury sedan might look like from the rear.

The car now sports new curves, the new design seems to be based on both the F800 and F700 concepts shown at motor shows in recent years.

While the front and side profiles have character lines that seem to be borrowed from the F800 concept, the rear seems to have utilized the styling elements of the F700, especially the tailgate and the tail-lamp design.

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Chevrolet Tavera Neo3Though the Chevrolet Tavera Neo3 is now a common sight on the roads, General Motors will conduct its official launch tomorrow in New Delhi. The launch could be to announce the revised prices influenced by the budget and generate some buzz to build on the vehicle’s good start.

General Motors unveiled this product at the Auto Expo alongside the Captiva 2.2 on day 1 of the Expo. It was a media day, but 70,000 people turned up! It was also the first media interaction for Mr Lowell Paddock, the incoming CEO who took over from Mr Karl Slym.

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Moments ago, Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn has confirmed the revival of the Datsun brand, providing new details on the list of markets and nature of the product. The Datsun brand will be used expand the group’s presence in India, Russia and Indonesia with low cost models.

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He was addressing the media in Indonesia where $400 million is being injected for plant expansion to double output by 2014. Ghosn said the capacity expansion was to meet demand locally and exports from the Indonesian region was a slim possibility.

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Audi India will launch the TT sportscar on the 23rd of March. Not much is known about this CBU model which is expected to be priced at around 60 lakh rupees to lock horns with Porsche’s Boxster and the Mercedes Benz’ SLK Class. Unlike the A3, A4 or A6, this model is primarily for brand shaping purposes with an estimated sales target of not more than 50 units/years.

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Under the hood, Audi could introduce the new 3-liter supercharged motor, used on the A6 and A7 models, producing around 300bhp, coupled to a 7-speed twin-clutch gearbox. It could receive a revised MMI infotainment system and LED headlights as an optional extra.

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Our Brazilian friends at BlogdoEcoSport managed to chase down a convoy of Ford EcoSports in Brazil and recorded the action with a video camera. The production version of the EcoSport could be revealed at Auto China in Beijing next month following which it will reach markets like India and Brazil.

Ford has withheld the date of launch of the mini SUV. Our forecast is production will begin at the Chennai plant in mid-2012.

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Nissan Sunny CVT IndiaThe Sunny brought some much needed sunshine to Nissan India’s sales figures. Before that only the little Micra, in its diesel avatar, was responsible for raking in the volumes. However the Nissan Sunny was perfectly positioned and carefully priced to make sure that Nissan India comes into mainstream limelight.

Then, they also brought the diesel version to India and kaboom! Highest sales figure ever recorded by Nissan India.

But the Japanese automaker is not stopping there. There is a rising trend of automatic transmissions in India. Many automakers are bringing in their automatic variants to India. Even Customers are very much tempted to forgo the stick shift. Nissan India has recognized that trend and is testing the Sunny automatic in India as reported on Team-BHP.

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