Audi has started testing the facelift of the Q5 mini SUV in Northern Sweden. On a casual look there’s no difference.

Audi Q5 facelift2009 Audi Q5 front fascia

Note the differences in the fog light areas and headlights. This is a very delicate operation.

But look closely and you’ll see that the grille slabs are placed further apart and the fog light module is designed like a speedo needle design, sportier compared to the current model’s H-Shaped design.

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The spyshots of the Hyundai i20 facelift continue to flow on Indian Autos Blog, the latest collection is from our good friend “Action Kumar” who spotted the LHD version of the i20 near his home and even managed to snag a few shots of its interior!

2013 Hyundai i20 facelift dashboard

The main change we can make out are the aircon vents that are mounted and adjusted vertically, as opposed to the current model’s horizontal mounting. All air vents on the dashboard follow the new pattern.

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Chevrolet Njoy MPV ConceptIAB reader Suhas Shirole snapped up the Chevrolet MPV (branding still work in progress) testing in Western Express Highway near Mumbai. He took a clear snap of the test mule on the Goregaon flyover of the basic model that lacks foglights.

Showcased as the Chevrolet MPV Concept at the Delhi Auto Expo, the vehicle was developed by GM-SAIC-Wuling in China and was sent to Lotus Engineering to fine tune its suspension. It is sold as the Wuling Honguang in China. The same name cannot be used in India as Wuling is an unknown brand and HongGuang may not translate to anything sensible in any of India’s hundred languages.

Under the hood GM will use the Talegaon-made 1.3-liter XSDE engine. A petrol variant is possible through the use of the Aveo’s 1.4-liter engine.

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Ford EcoSport Concept side viewSpeaking to MissMalini.com, VP of Ford’s Global Product Design Derrick Kuzak said the Ecosport SUV, showcased as a near-production ready concept at the Delhi Auto Expo last month, will be sold in over 100 markets across the world. Kuzak said the Ecosport, like the Fusion (Mondeo), is an example of a global vehicle.

Having the design, ground clearance and body cladding of an SUV, its footprint is similar to the Fiesta. The EcoSport is the fourth top-hat on the B-Platform after the Fiesta twins and B-Max.

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New spyshots of the Hyundai i20 facelift arrived in our inbox today thanks to Ashwin Keerthivasan Ravichandran and Rohan Dhanraj from Chennai. Rohan’s spyshots reveal LED lights on the car’s bumper hinting at an i30-inspired face while Ashwin’s pictures show the enlarged tail lamp and a reworked tailgate.

Hyundai i20 front endHyundai i20 facelift LED lights

Left – The existing i20; Right – The new i20 has a snaking headlight design and LED strips on the bumper.

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Nissan Micra sketchIAB has learned that Nissan is making excellent progress on a new small car using the Micra’s V-Platform. Codenamed K2, the new Nissan model is aimed squarely at the Maruti Wagon R and Hyundai i10, a segment below the Micra’s, IAB can reveal.

Nissan is said to be discussing a mid-2013 launch for the toddler soon after the Evalia reaches a good position. It is a crucial model for Nissan to expand its presence in India as the Micra’s price prevents it from taking the fight to Maruti and Hyundai in the lower segments.

Nissan’s sole major launch in 2012 is the Evalia. It is a year of consolidation and the beefing-up of dealer network to prepare a launch pad for the inexpensive model’s entry.

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Posted on Feb 13 2012 - 6:43am IST

M&M recently launched the facelifted Xylo for the Indian market. On the occasion, we caught up with a couple of people of the senior management from Mahindra and here is what we could get from them:

REVA NXR at Auto Expo 2012mini Xylo Mahindra rendering

  1. The VCT technology (Voice control feature) for the Xylo E9 is being worked upon to adapt it for the XUV500. It will debut in 6 months from now.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire head lampThe word ‘compact’ is pretty much eternally ‘in’. Everyone loves things that are compact – compact discs, compact mp3 players, compact furniture et al. But car makers in India have suddenly started realizing the potential of the word ‘Compact’. The Auto Expo saw a flurry of compact SUVs (or their concept cousins) taking center stage. And now it’s the turn of compact sedans.

Before we dwell into further details, let’s take a look at how this ‘Compact’ malarkey started. Back in 2006, the government passed a rule that any car which has a length of no more than 4 meters, powered by a petrol engine of 1.2L or a diesel engine of 1.5L will bear the excise duty of 10%. Anything bigger in size or engine will bear the duty of 22% or higher.

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