Mercedes Benz SLS AMG

The launch of the Mercedes Benz SLS AMG has just come to a close at the Imperial hotel in Janpat, New Delhi. IAB’s representative on ground zero informs us that the car is priced between two and two and a half crore rupees depending on the extent of customization.

A car takes 6-8 months for delivery from the time of booking.

Stay tuned for images and a detailed report today evening.

Posted on Jul 16 2010 - 6:22am by Shrawan Raja

Renault Fluence

We will introduce the first sedan Fluence by 2011 and a SUV Koleos by 2012-13.

Renault India Country General Manager and Managing Director Marc Nassif talks to reporters this week on Renault’s models lined up for India in the coming years.

IAB is going to spend the day in VW’s Chakan plant in Pune. Posting frequency will be less, but we’ll come back tonight and posting will be back to full-throttle!

2011 bmw x3 india

The next generation BMW X3 has been unveiled internationally. The 1st generation of the small Sports Activity Vehicle (in BMW lingo) sold more than 6,00,000 units worldwide.

The BMW X3 was the first German compact premium SUV and its success even tempted Audi to develop the Q5. But the X3 got old in the tooth and Q5 took the lead in the segment and with the new 2011 X3 going to be launched soon, the game is all set to change.

The 2011 BMW X3 would come to India by the first quarter of 2011 after BMW India starts assembling the X1 in India. The BMW X3 which would have its eyes firmly set on its arch rival Audi Q5 would most probably assembled in India to be priced competitively.

We expect the BMW X3 to be priced between 35 to 45 lakh Rupees.

Detailed review and more pictures coming soon on Indian Autos Blog. Stay tuned.

Nissan Micra brick red

Nissan has sent us the press release containing details of the Nissan Micra’s prices. The Nissan Micra is based on the new Nissan V-Platform which will also see the birth of a new sedan and a MPV.

Read all the details in the attached press release

Press Release

Nissan India announces the launch of new Nissan ‘Micra’

· Nationwide sales will commence from July 15, 2010

· Available in 3 variants and six colours

· To be priced at INR 3,98,000 – XE (entry), INR 4,69,500 – XL (Mid) & INR 528,800 – XV (Top) – all ex-showroom Delhi.

· Car equipped with multiple ‘first-of-it’s-kind’ features in its segment like Intelligent Key plus Immobilizer, a push-button engine start-stop system and electric foldable mirror.

· Nissan also announces a host of Customer Care and Service Schemes

click through to read the press release

2011 Chevrolet Aveo sedan

Thanks to Carscoop, we’re able to bring you patent drawings of the 2011 Aveo twins heading to India next year. General Motors will bring the Aveo sedan to India in the first quarter of 2011. It might bring the Aveo hatchback by the end of next year or the beginning of 2012.

These new Aveos are important models for the Indian wing since it doesn’t have a diesel hatchback to challenge the might of the Suzuki Swift, Hyundai i20 or Indica Vista. General Motors will fit the internationally acclaimed 1.3-liter Fiat Multi-jet engines to these cars and that will place GM in a suitable position to grab vital market share. The current Aveos don’t have the important diesel option and that reflects in the poor sales numbers.

GM has said in the recent past that the current Aveos will not receive any upgrades this year. It does not have any plans to phase out the models either.

Internationally the Aveo twins will lock horns with the Ford Fiesta hatch and sedan. The hatchback model has been shown in the form of the Aveo RS concept at the North American Motor Show in January this year.

Since these models are based on the 300 Series platform, there will be many similarities between the smaller Spark (Beat) and Aveo. Many components will be shared, the hidden rear door handles is just one example.

The Aveo twins could debut at the Paris Motor Show.

There is no doubt that the Aveo twins will be the most striking and concept car-like designs in India. GM should market these models aggressively, run television commercials that strike a chord and are true to the product’ traits. Competition in the form of the next generation Swift, Etios twins and Honda’s small car is coming next year, and GM better work on getting a head start.

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2011 Land Rover Freelander2011 Land Rover Freelander2011 Land Rover Freelander

Brochure scans of the 2011 year model Land Rover Freelander SUV have been leaked online, and it wasn’t until the Moscow Motor Show in August or the Paris Motor Show scheduled for September 2010 were we supposed to see this.

The economy model in the Land Rover lineup, the Freelander is a very important model for India as Tata Motors is planning to assemble this product in India to make it more cost competitive. Reports suggest Tata Motors will utilize the idling Pimpri facility to put the Freelander together as early as next year. This 2011 year model leaked here will be the vehicle assembled, then.

There are no drastic changes to the 2011 Freelander. Cosmetic changes are limited to a new grille, reworked front bumper, new fog lamps and air intakes. The new alloy wheel is another notable change.

Will there be any changes in the engine bay? Will Land Rover give it a more powerful engine or a new transmission? We have to wait for the unveiling for answers.

Nissan Micra brick red

Today evening at around 7:00 PM, the cat will be out of the bag. Prices of the widely talked about Nissan Micra will be announced for the Indian market from the event taking place in Delhi.

Nissan has no option but to keep it as competitive as possible. During the media drive which IAB took part last month, Nissan’s engineers and marketeers told us the base model’s pricing will attract customers to Nissan showrooms. Expect the base variant’s price to surpass many expectations.

Nissan has found 1,500 willing customers for its hatchback and roping in Ranbir Kapoor to endorse the vehicle has worked till this point. The car’s commercials on television underline the car’s byword – Simplicity.

Stay tuned for more on the Micra!