General Motors officials today at the launch of the Tavera Neo3 said the the launch of the refreshed Captiva sporting the 2.2-liter diesel engine will be conducted in the next two-three weeks.

General Motors at Auto Expo 2012-7

The Captiva was presented at the Auto Expo where some details on the car’s specification were shared. It is powered by a new 2.2-liter 184bhp diesel engine preparing it for war against the next generation Santa Fe and the Pajero Sport.

Chevrolet Trailblazer Thailand unveilingAt the launch of the Chevrolet Tavera Neo3 in New Delhi today morning, GM India’s CEO Mr Lowell Paddock made it clear that the Chevrolet Trailblazer, unveiled today in Thailand, isn’t an opportunity they want to miss.

Lowell Paddock on the Chevy Trailblazer to Indian Autos Blog –

I think its a perfect product. At this point there are no plans for that vehicle in India. Certainly as the SUV market develops we’ll keep paying attention to it..but its a very impressive product.

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In this video released by Nissan on its Youtube channel, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn addresses the media in Japan, outlining the objectives of the Datsun rebirth and talking about its strategic importance in the Power 88 mid-term plan.

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Ghosn was speaking in Indonesia yesterday where capacity will be doubled by 2014 to meet local demand. Indonesia has rolled out an eco car project, which Nissan expects to account for 40% of the passenger car volumes.

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Pointers from the press conference

Datsun grille

  • Target – 8% global share of the passenger car market in 2016 and 8% profitability
  • Fluctuation of currency, Thailand floods and Japanese earthquake affected production
  • Nissan Sunny – 185k units already sold in China, 15k units delivered in India since September 2011, Thailand, Mexico, Brazil – car has received many awards
  • 284k units of the Nissan Sunny sold in high growth markets
  • Sales outlets in India now at 60 centers
  • Capacity ramped up from 2 lakh – 4 lakh units at Oragadam – Indonesia, Mexico, Brazil and China – production has been expanded.
  • We wanted to satisfy growth in high growth markets – Solution – it has now come to a stage where we can announce it.

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General Motors unveiled the Chevrolet Trailblazer SUV in Thailand today. The seven-seat ladder frame built SUV will be on view at the Bangkok Motor Show which starts on the 26th of this month. Here’s a quick round-up of its features –

Chevrolet Trailblazer

  • Two engine choices – 2.5-liter (producing 150PS/350Nm paired to a 5-speed MT) or 2.8-liter (180PS/470Nm paired to a 6-speed AT) Duramax diesel engine.
  • Hill Start Assist, Hill Descent Control, Braking system with the following aids – ABS, EBD, TCS, ESC, PBA, CBC, HBA and HBFA (refer to the brochure attached after the break for the abbreviations)

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GM India moments ago revealed the prices for the Chevrolet Tavera Neo3 variants in New Delhi. GM India has already sold many hundred units of this vehicle after the car’s unveiling at the Auto Expo and the revised prices come after the duty-related announcements made during the budget.

Chevrolet Tavera Neo3 launch live imageChevrolet Tavera Neo3

Chevrolet Tavera Neo3 Prices (ex-showroom Delhi)

  • Tavera Neo 3 – 7.51
  • Tavera Neo 3 Max – 8.37
  • Tavera Neo 3 LS – 9.15
  • Tavera Neo 3 LT – 10.34

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Remember the Chevrolet Trailblazer, the SUV concept many of you asked us to request GM India to considering launching in India? Our reader Arjun Shrie even sent us live pics from the Dubai International Motor Show last year, where the concept was showcased.

Chevrolet Trailblazer front three quartersChevrolet Trailblazer rear three quarters

GM has released two images of the Trailblazer production model. The unveiling of the vehicle will be held in Thailand today, so more details will follow in a few hours.

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With the world economy is tightening around the necks of car makers, the luxury brands are getting hit massively in sales. Many of the luxury are bringing out cut-price cars to boost volumes. Others are just diluting their DNA is search of new products.

Jaguar SUV

The best example of the scenario is the Porsche Panamera and Cayenne which were not all the sort of ‘sporty’ cars that Porsche was known for.

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