After seeing the launch of the new Superb and the refreshed Laura last month, the Skoda Octavia should feel miserably left out. Skoda’s first offering in the country and remains largely the same, the exciting vRS version came and left during this tenure, and so did the unappealing Combi version.

The Octavia technically belongs to the earlier generation of models; its latest iteration is the Laura, which is the Octavia in other parts of the world. Skoda won’t call the shots as Indians place faith on tried-and-tested cars, the Octavia being one such.

8,000 units of the Laura and Octavia have made it to Indian homes in 2008-09 period. This number is second only to the Honda Civic in the D-Segment. Such strong numbers has prompted Skoda to think of giving the Octavia (which is sold as the Octavia Tour overseas) a much welcome revision.

Skoda has planned to continue to Octavia in the Indian market. In a few years time, the Octavia wears new clothes and the underlying platform would itself be revamped. Details have not been disclosed, but it is clear the car would roll out of the Chakan plant.

VW Polo sedan

The VW Polo manufacturing at the Pune plant in 2010 is old news. A sedan based on the new Polo hatchback scheduled to be displayed at the Delhi Auto Expo next year is recent, while Roberto’s rendering of the car is unknown to many.

The VW Polo sedan will fit into the sedan group comprising of Tata’s new Indigo, Suzuki’s Swift Dzire, Ford’s new Fiesta and Renault’s refreshed Logan.

The sedan will be made available with a spread of diesel and petrol engines. No test mules have been caught in India, but something tells me it will be shortly.

BMW becomes the number one luxury car maker in India after overtaking rivals Mercedes Benz and Audi. In April-May 2009, BMW India sold 466 cars as compared to Mercedes’ 371 units and Audi’s 233 units.

Fiat’s production line in Betim produced the 10 millionth car (a bright red Palio) in Brazil. Established in 1976, Fiat Brazil’s impeccable sales record for 33 years was celebrated by the plant workers as they remembered the very first model produced in Brazil – the Fiat 147.

Skoda’s Vrchlabi plant (located in Czech Republic) celebrated its 100th anniversary, this weekend. The Vrchlabi plant manufactures the Skoda Octavia sedan, ships it to India in the form of Completely Knocked Down units, which is then assembled at Skoda’s facility in Aurangabad, Maharashtra.

Posted on Jun 8 2009 - 1:11am by Shrawan Raja

Up to this point, the 2013 Audi Q7 existed in our imagination, and one person decided to represent it as a drawing.

The future Audi Q7 sizzles with inspiration from the existing model, gets LED indicator lamps placed on its bumper, shorter and more sharp-edged headlamps like on the latest Skoda Superb. The trademark Audi grille has evolved into a hexagon (would the 2020 Audi Q7 be a decagon then?)

The illustration brings out two vital differences – smaller windows and the abundant, excess fat.

There is no telling how a future Audi would look like but from the spyshots and concepts like the Q3 crossover, we can get gather a few hints to determine how the future Audi roster would eventually turn out to look like.

The Fiat Uno’s successor illustrated and spied on previous occasions (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 times), is placed right under our spotlight once again.

Small cars make up the bulk of sales in India, this one looks and feels like an able challenger to the WagonR and Estilo with its simple, low cost styling- two reasons why Fiat should bring this to India, and two good ones.

Of all small cars in the Fiat line-up, this would be the cheapest, positioned under the Panda and sold throughout Europe with safety features like Airbags as standard fitment. The 2010 Fiat Uno could use a sub-1000cc engine mated to a 5-speed transmission.

This 2010 Fiat Uno is the first of the many such small cars from all major automakers including Hyundai, Ford, Mitsubishi and Honda.

It is true! Honda’s city car rivaling the Toyota iQ and Smart Fortwo is a smaller version of the proven Honda Jazz.

Honda’s mini car dreams have got us dreaming. Honda, I think is emulating the Honda City’s strategy meaning a smaller version of the flagship car. In the mini car’s case it is the Jazz with the guiding light.

The mini Jazz could go on sale as early as 2011 reports say, which is very unlikely considering the high level of work required to bring out a car. It could take a year longer than that, but then this is Honda, and they are capable of anything.

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