IAB’s Mumbai representative is busy clicking away at two variants (XL and XV) of the Nissan Sunny on display at the press conference. IndianAutosBlog.com is the first to bring you live images and we’re going to post a few more snaps of this kind for your viewing pleasure.

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Nissan has placed a rear AC vent on the two variants shown today. Both cars sport beige interiors. Nissan could offer a low spec variant with black interiors, manual AC and no hub caps. Our reader Sree Ganesh spotted this variant on test in Chennai not very long ago.

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Caption – Mr. Kiminobu Tokuyama, Managing Director & CEO, NMIPL with Mr. Dinesh Jain, CEO, HAI pose with the Sunny sedan for the Indian market, moments ago in Mumbai.

In a Mumbai press conference that is rolling as we bring this to you, Nissan has confirmed that it will use the name ‘Sunny’ for its sedan. The word “Sunny” according to Nissan depicts sun god which also means good beginning in the morning (surya namaskar).

Nissan has sold 16 million examples of the Sunny worldwide. The vehicle has just been launched in China and will also reach Canada and Mexico shortly.

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Nissan describes the Sunny as a car with a premium design interior and exterior, roomy interior and good performance. Our man on ground zero says the car looks exactly the same as the US model as Nissan adds in the background that this is a “benchmark” sedan.

There are 52 operative dealers and 78 appointed dealers for Nissan who will retail the Sunny. It is powered either by a 1.5-liter diesel engine or a 1.6-liter petrol engine.

An IndianAutosBlog.com reader has passed on pictures of the C-Class facelift sitting in a yard somewhere in India. The location of these pictures are not clear, but this is undoubtedly the new C-Class which we expect in September-October period. The variant spied is the C200 Avantgarde with all the bells and whistles.

The C-Class is Mercedes’ best selling model. In the period of January-June 2011, the C-Class became the company’s flagship car by registering a 88% growth by reaching 1,746 customers compared to 928 units last year.

About 2,000 new components have been changed on the new C-Class compared to the outgoing car. The front-end has been completely revised with a new peeled back headlamps and a light-weight aluminium hood is installed. The rear bumper and one-piece jewel case type tail light are new.

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Curtains have fallen on the new A6 in Gurgaon, and as I lay this down, members of the Audi India management are explaining the features and business plan of the new A6 to the Indian media.

The new A6 is available in four engine options with the top-end model loaded with features such as BOSE Surround sound system, touch sensitive MMI, 7 inch display for driver information system, Parking system, etc. 20% of the Audi A6 is built using aluminum. LED lights are embedded to the front and rear for purpose, looks and efficiency.

new Audi A6 India

Variants and prices of new Audi A6

All prices are ex-showroom New Delhi –

– 2.0 TDI – Rs 37.7 lakh
– 2.8 FSI – Rs 38.9 lakh
– 3.0 TFSI – Rs 47 lakh
– 3.0 TDI Quattro – Rs 46.95 lakh

The new A6 is available in white, black, silver, gray and blue colors.

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Posted on Aug 3 2011 - 4:26am IST

If you have been tuning into IndianAutosBlog.com, you will know that Honda will not bring the 2012 Civic to the Delhi Auto Expo. While we think this is because Honda wants to place undivided energy on the Brio’s launch, a consolation for Honda fans are these images released in Malaysia.

2012 Honda Civic Studio shot side

The Malaysian version sports minor styling differences from the American Civic range. India could get this version featuring a unique grille and bumper design. The head lamps consist of clear turn indicators instead of the amber lights that are a legal requirement in the US.

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Unless you’ve been marooned in a forest for the last few years, you will not know about Fiat’s small car than it intends to position under Punto. Fiat can revive its fortunes with one successful product. We’ve seen what Figo did to Ford India. It made Ford look like a completely different company. The morale of the company can change when a product wins big.

2012 Fiat Palio

The learning from products like the Swift, Alto, City, etc is that to be a segment champion you don’t need to have the best styling, most features or the lowest price. Fiat has the advantage of Italian styling, the diesel technology widely acknowledged as world class, and many innovative features. The ingredients for a blockbuster is there.

2012 Fiat Palio front

While we can’t confirm which small car is coming to India, it is not the Uno and is unlikely to be the new Panda. We’re not aware of other small cars in Fiat’s international pipeline. Surely it has to be the new Palio you see testing here with tapes in Brazil. Fiat India might want to call it something else as bad blood simmers with Palio. We expect to see it at the Delhi Auto Expo next year.

Fiat’s small car for India will have a 1-liter petrol engine and the existing Multi-jet engine could be used in the original or modified form.

What are your thoughts on the 2012 Palio?

2013 Mercedes Benz CLCMercedes Benz’ baby CLS, based on the upcoming A-Class, is testing with a lot of camouflage in Europe, but its sporty looks and resemblance to the CLS needs more than camouflage to hide.

This will be the German’s company mini “four-door coupe” to take on the likes of the Audi A3 sedan and BMW 1 Series sedan. Both front wheel and four wheel drive will be offered on the CLC. It will draw many styling cues from the Mercedes Benz F800 Style study shown a while back at the Geneva Motor Show.

Expected in late 2013, the Mercedes Benz CLC will sit under the C-Class in the class of the Accords, Camrys, Passats, etc. The three new compact German cars will not offer the same comfort or space as other Japanese or European rivals and will rely on the badge value to cut out a position for themselves.

Here’s a new twist to the V-Platform sedan’s tale. Hours before the vehicle’s unveiling in Mumbai, sources have told IndianAutosBlog.com that Nissan could use the Sunny name in India too.

Nissan Sunny China

While one Nissan official back in October last year told us that Nissan will not use the Sunny name the situation could have changed allowing them to run with this branding. Sunny was a registered trademark of Bajaj (remember the 50cc scooter?) while Versa belonged to Maruti Suzuki. The current status of these names are not known but how often do we see companies picking up on names that have been used by competitors in the same market?

One can argue that when one Jaguar is uber-luxury sedan another can be a bath fitting (having similar spelling and pronunciation) living in peace with each other. Given that Sunny was used on another automobile, the relationship becomes a little more complicated. Does Sunny evoke a special feeling for Nissan to miss something?

If Sunny isn’t the name, Nissan will disclose details on the actual branding and the powertrains in tomorrow’s event. IndianAutosBlog.com will be at the event to provide you with every details. Stay tuned!