Indian Autos Blog was present in Mumbai yesterday when Volkswagen India launched its pre-owned car business in India. Called as the ‘Das WeltAuto’, the plans to launch the business was shared way back at the 2012 New Delhi Auto Expo.

Das WeltAutoArvind Saxena, MD of Volkswagen Passenger Cars

The business has commenced with 15 dealerships across the country.

Ford-1.0-litre ecoboost engine Mr Alan MulallyFord’s diminutive yet powerful 1.0L EcoBoost engine was designed to be flexible in varying its displacement, says Mr. Andrew Fraser, head of petrol engine development at Ford.

The three cylinder 1.0 litre EcoBoost which is powering most of the Ford’s new global models has won many accolades including the coveted world engine of the year title for 2012.

A chopped mini UV based on the Tata Aria? Last year Tata Motors did not consider that idea worthy!

Tata Aria Steering Wheel

But in about a year’s time, that decision has changed, or the market has forced them into changing it.

It won’t be an exaggeration to state that the compact crossover SUVs dictate the way the auto industry works today.

Volvo V40 Cross Country frontVolvo V40 Cross Country rear

The new segment assumed a pivotal role in such a short period that many automakers never saw it coming.

Mercedes should be given the credit of inventing the four door coupe segment with the Mercedes CLS and the three pointed star is ready with a cheaper four door coupe, the Mercedes CLA Class, for 2013.

2014 Mercedes CLA sedan spied2014 Mercedes CLA sedan rear spied

The Mercedes CLA is an affordable coupe style sedan which is based on the MFA (Modular Front wheel Architecture). In simpler words, the CLA is the sedan version of the A Class which just raked up a record number of bookings in Europe.

Mahindra has resorted to a phased approach with the launch of Ssangyong Rexton in India.

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Sources have told that BMW India is not going to upgrade its flagship 7 Series sedan in 2012.

2013 BMW 7 Series rear2013 BMW 7 Series front

The refreshed luxury barge (code – BMW F02 LCI), that comes only in the long wheelbase version, was expected to touch down in 2012, but according to our sources, it is not on the business plan for 2012. BMW began assembling the 7 Series at its Chennai plant earlier this year.

We are very much excited about the next generation Mercedes C Class which promises to be a game changer in the 30 lakh rupee premium sedan market.

Mercedes SLS AMG grill

It needs to be an extremely good package because the competition such the BMW 3 Series (F30) have stepped up the game tremendously.