Suzuki Swift R Concept

The Suzuki Swift has always been a boy racers car. Its fast, its cheap, handles well, easy to repair and it looks good as well.

You can see a lot of them modded on city streets. But those are all aftermarket jobs. But when the company itself rolls up its sleeves, what you get is an R Concept or simply put a really mental Swift.

The Suzuki Swift R Concept, which will debut at the upcoming Beijing Auto Show, takes its inspiration from the GSX-R bikes and is quite evident from the really aggressive body work and very fat tires that it sits on. This front wheeled drive hot hatch is expected to be powered by a 1.4L liter turbocharged petrol unit that makes a whooping 180 bhp! All this power is harnessed by a 7 speed dual-clutch transmission borrowed from VW.

All said and done, we just can’t wait for the Beijing Motor Show later this year.

2012 VW Beetle

Hitler’s brainchild and a car that gave VW its name, is all set to get refreshed in early 2011. The spy pics reveal that the new car is much longer and more aerodynamic than its predecessor. Based on the A5 platform, this car is expected to debut at the Los Angeles Car Show in November 2010. It is expected to be powered by 2.5 litre inline-5 petrol engine which is the same as the current one.

The new car features a much sweptback roofline which curves dramatically as it reaches the C pillar. VW is trying for a sportier look for the new car to appeal to male audience world wide. We attribute it to the worldwide drop in sales since the 2000. Hence by widening the target market, they will try to boost sales.

The car will be produced in Mexico next to Jetta.

Back home VW is trying really hard to make a niche for the Beetle. If you have been following bollywood films lately, you will see a lot of them being driven by the lead female actor.

But the big question is – Will VW bring the Beetle to India in the form of a CKD soon after its global launch? If all goes well, we can even expect an open top version coming our way.

Next gen 2012 Ford Endeavour IndiaFord has unveiled the all new 2011 Ranger pickup truck for the Asia Pacific. Essentially this is the next generation Ford Endeavour SUV for India (Everest for other markets) in a pickup truck avatar. The all new Ranger is probably the most technologically advanced small pick up truck and not to mention is one hell of a good looking vehicle.

So when can we see the next gen Endeavour? We can expect the Everest/Endeavour, based on the Ranger to be unveiled by the first quarter of 2011 and the butch looking SUV could be launched in India by early 2012.

The new 2012 Ford Endeavour is likely to come with two DuraTorq engines, a base 2.2 l inline 4 producing 150 hp and 375 NM of torque and a behemoth 3.2 l inline 5 producing 200 hp 470 Nm of torque (a 5 cylinder for the first time). The Endeavour would come with either a 6 speed manual or a 6 speed automatic transmission.

Next gen 2012 Ford Endeavour IndiaNext gen 2012 Ford Endeavour India

The interiors of the car are extremely well designed and exude European flair to some extent. The design of the dash is very modern and can easily match a Honda CR-V (and that’s a very goo thing). I can safely say when this car comes to India, it would have one of the best looking interiors in its segment.

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Posted on Oct 14 2010 - 4:11am IST

Anand mahindra ssangyong

We believe that when the global presence of Mahindra and Ssangyong is combined, jointly we will be able to achieve more success in the global market.

Anand Mahindra expressing confidence over Mahindra & Mahindra’s planned acquisition of troubled Korean carmaker Ssangyong. The acquisition is expected to be completed by March 2011.

Hyundai Santa Fe India launch

Update – We were unable to drive the Santa Fe today but we had an interesting chat with certain key members of the Hyundai India management. We shall post that instead tonight.

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Hyundai India has (finally) launched the much awaited Santa Fe SUV in India yesterday. Only two variants of the svelte SUV would be offered, a 4×2 variant which has been priced at Rs. 20.95 lakhs and a 4×4 variant at Rs.22.95 lakhs (prices ex-showroom New-Delhi).

The Hyundai Santa Fe comes with a 2.2 liter CRDi diesel engine which produces 197 bhp and is equipped with a six speed manual transmission. Even the 4×2 variant has been equipped well and comes with ESP, Cruise control and six airbags. The car comes in four colours- Phantom Black, Sleek Silver, Vanilla White and Steel Blue.

Indian Autos Blog covered the event yesterday and would be driving the Hyundai Santa Fe through the grueling deserts and hot Rajasthan roads later today. Stay tuned for a detailed report on the launch and detailed test drive report later today.

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The Hyundai RB sedan has been spotted testing near Kodaikkanal, Tamil Nadu. The RB sedan on which we have been bringing you regular updates since the day it was shown as a concept would be Hyundai’s global compact sedan specifically designed for growing markets like Russia, India and China. The Hyundai RB is essentially the Korean automaker’s answer to the Volkswagen Vento sedan in developing markets.

The Hyundai RB which is based on the i20 platform sports the ‘Fluidic Sculpture’ design language and looks very smart. The Hyundai RB which has been christened the Solaris in Russia would roll off Hyundai’s Russian plant in January 2011 and the car is expected to launched in the India market by the end of 2011.

It unclear how Hyundai India would position the car as the facelifted Verna Transform has only been launched recently. We believe positioning the RB both above and below the Verna Transform would be catastrophic. Our guess is that the Hyundai RB could be priced above the Verna and to compete with the likes of the VW Vento, Fiat Linea T-Jet and the Honda City and under the next generation Elantra/Avante.

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Piaggio Ape mini 0.5 truck india

Piaggio India has launched the 0.5 tonne Ape Mini truck and has priced its new four wheel light commercial vehicle at Rs. 1.74 lakhs across all of India. Regular readers would remember we had brought spy pics of the Ape Mini few months ago.

The Ape Mini is said to return 29 kms to the liter, thanks to its incredibly fuel efficient engine and comes with a 15-month warranty and 5 free services. We expect a passenger version of the Ape Mini 4-wheeler to follow soon.

Ravi Chopra, Chairman and Managing Director, Piaggio India –

We have consistently gone to the market with our customers in mind. We are confident that the ape mini will outclass others in the half-tonne four-wheeler segment.

Piaggio India is one of the leading players in the light commercial vehicle segment with the Ape three wheeler having more than 10 lakh customers so far. With the Ape Mini four wheeler Piaggio would be take the fight right to the doorstep of Mahindra Gio and the soon to be launched Tata Ace Zip (Penguin).

Bugatti veyron India

Bugatti Veyron is all set to enter India at a whopping price tag of 12 crores Rupees through its sole dealer Exclusive Motors, New Delhi. We had already brought this news to you months ago and broke the news that Exclusive Motors would be the official dealer.

The Bugatti Veyron is expected to be launched on the 28th of October and sources say there are already four confirmed orders for the supercar. The Veyron would come only as a Left Hand Drive and the car maker has specially made a request to Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) to exempt the Veyron and permit it to ply on Indian roads as a LHD.

Satya Bagla, MD, Exclusive Motors

The car is slated for launch soon but we cannot disclose its price. There are a few customers for Bugatti, but again their identities cannot be revealed now.

We hope Bugatti’s entry into India prompts other supercar manufacturers like Pagani, Spyker, SSC and Koenigsegg to enter the Indian market soon.