Posted on Jul 21 2010 - 6:27am IST

fiat india CEO rajeev kapoor

Yes, the numbers could have been better

Fiat India CEO, Rajeev Kapoor on the not-so-successful JV with Tata in India. Tata is failing to boost sales numbers for Fiat in India and the JV isn’t as fruitful as Fiat would expect it to be.

ford commercial vehicle india

Ford India is said to be planning to enter the ever growing Indian commercial vehicle segment.

The Tata Ace started the revolution and even global players like General Motors and Nissan are tempted to enter the lucrative segment. Ford could be next?

A Ford India insider to Financial Express -

Ford has mega plans for Indian commercial vehicle market and the company is already in the last leg of strategising its approach for the Indian market. A formal announcement is expected in the next few months.

When company officials were contacted to confirm this news, they declined to comment but considering the company’s confidence levels soaring high after the Figo’s success, someting could be cooking at Ford India.

We will bring you more updates (or raher confirmations) on Ford India’s commercial vehicle segment foray soon.

fiat new small car 2012 palio

Fiat India has officially confirmed that the new small car for the Indian market would come with a 1.0 liter engine and would hit the markets sometime in in 2012. The new small car that would be positioned below the Grande Punto would be Fiat’s key to capture the volumes segment.

Rajeev Kapoor, President & CEO, Fiat India -

Our new small car, smaller than the Punto and powered by a 1.0-litre engine, would hit in 2012 and we expect it to be a volume product for the company.

The new small car would generously borrow design cues from the Fiat Grande Punto.

The new small car would come with a new 1.0 liter petrol engine, possibly with Multiair technology. The new car would be developed jointly by Fiat’s Italian and Indian engineers.

This new small car could well be the 2012 Fiat Palio we have been talking about for long. The new small car could be based on the new Fiat Uno’s platform.

Toyota corolla altis diesel india

The Toyota Corolla Altis Diesel’s launch is minutes away and we at IAB are committed to updating you at every opportunity we get.

The Toyota Corolla Diesel would be priced between 10.95 to 13.75 lakh Rupees (ex-showroom Delhi). This is an incredibly competitive price for the diesel Corolla Altis and the car is sure to give its competition a serious run for their money.

The Toyota Corolla Altis diesel comes with a 1.4 liter D-4D common rail engine that pumps out 88.4 PS and 205 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. The diesel Corolla is incredibly efficient and is certified to return 21.43 kmpl by ARAI.

The car doesn’t look drastically different from the petrol version but for the sporty mesh grille. The company claims that there have been a few tweaks to make the car more aerodynamic. The Corolla Altis Diesel would be offered in seven body colors.

More updates and pics coming in a few hours!

toyota corolla altis diesel india

Toyota India would be launching the much awaited Corolla Altis Diesel today at the country’s capital.

Indian Autos Blog is in New Delhi covering the Toyota Corolla Altis Diesel launch and we would be bringing all the details of the car later today.

The diesel version of the Corolla Altis Diesel could come with a 4-cylinder common rail 1.4 liter D-4D with VGT. The engine would be good for 89 hp and 190 Nm of torque.

The diesel Corolla is all set to take on stiff competitionin the form of the Chevrolet Cruze, Skoda Laura and Volkswagen Jetta.

VW Polo bomb

We came across this video on Youtube. Our first impression is this could not have come from VW’s official advertising division. Since the video proves a point, it’s worth a view.

This previous generation Volkswagen Polo ad runs with a suicide bomber trying to detonate his bomb from inside the Polo. Bad luck for him and good luck for the others, the car contains the explosion and lets out just a flash of light!

Click HERE to view the video!

Posted on Jul 20 2010 - 9:39am IST

Rajeev Kapoor Fiat Punto

We are adding another high-end variant of Linea later this year, over and above the high-powered diesel variant of the Grande Punto launched recently

Mr.Rajeev Kapoor, CEO of Fiat India speaking to Business Standard about model plans for 2010.

BS4 Chevrolet Tavera

General Motors will revamp its sole MPV model for India, the Tavera, for a re-launch later this year. General Motors would source a sub 2-liter CRDI engine from Sonalika that will enable the Tavera to meet BS4 emission norms that are in effect across major cities in India.

The Tavera will get a 100bhp CRDI engine which should work wonders for the aging workhorse. General Motors could also give the BS4 Tavera a cosmetic overhaul to imply to the layman that there’s something new about it.

Sonalika’s diesel engine is expected to return close to 16-17km/l. General Motors has said that its future offerings will all have diesel engine options and the advantage of diesel fuel cannot be overlooked anymore.

We’ve tried to fuse the next generation Chevrolet front-end with the Tavera and the result isn’t too bad. General Motors should add alloy wheels, roof rails, body graphics, etc to the new Tavera to set it further apart from the taxi cab model, which we see all the time.