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  1. There was news earlier that Hyundai was planning a compact SUV but now it looks its already in the next phase. Here are some shots of a test mule that was caught testing in South Korea. This definitely looks like the compact SUV that Hyundai was talking about. The trest mule does wear the Hyundai badge. This one will surely be coming to India as it is a very important market for Hyundai. This will directly take the fight to the Ford Ecosport, Renault Duster and Nissan's Terrano. The compact SUV market will see lots of action in the next year or so. Here are the pictures Pics Source:
  2. Spy shots of the Hyundai Elantra facelift have surfaced online. The front bumper and the foglamps are likely to be revised. Headlamps get new detailing which look more premium than that of the current car. As with most facelifts, the alloy wheel pattern has changed to a more interesting design. The rear of the car also gets slight revisions with the combination lamp getting new elements. The interior would not undergo any drastic changes while the same applies to the hardware as well. The Indian Elantra would continue to use the 1.6 litre 126bhp diesel and the 1.8 litre 147 bhp petrol engines mated to 6-speed manual or automatic gearboxes. The 2014 Hyundai Elantra is expected to make its global premiere towards the end of 2013. Source: IndianAutosBlog
  3. These are the first leaked photographs of the next-generation Toyota Corolla.Toyota had showcased a saloon concept called the Corolla Furia at January’s Detroit Motor Show, which was believed to preview the new Corolla’s styling. From these first pictures it seems that although much of the aggressive detailing has been toned down for production, the car’s basic shape and sharp lines have remained faithful to the concept. The styling also appears to be heavily influenced by Toyota’s other recently launched international models – the Rav4 and Auris, and there are hints of the new Camry in there as well. The front looks very Etiosish to me really. Read the whole story here:,new-2014-toyota-corolla-leaked.aspx
  4. My friend was driving on the Mumbai Pune Expressway when he spotted this car. Thanks to him for sending these pictures to me. Im sharing them here
  5. The new Honda CRV is all set to hit Indian shores early 2013. Looks good and overall seems to be a nice car too. But it lacks the all important thing..a diesel engine. The current CRV hasnt been moving of the shelves in recent times and sales are next to nothing. And here comes an all new model which Im sure will be more expensive. Last I knew the CRV touch almost 30 lakhs on road Mumbai. What do you think the pricing will be now? Is it good time to launch a petrol softroader when petrol prices are going sky high? Here is Autocar Indias review of the car as well,2013-honda-cr-v-review-test-drive.aspx
  6. The original Sumo was a big hit with private buyers and the yellow plate market alike. It was one of Tata's best seller by far. But the same cannot be said of the Grande which didnt sell that much and was outdone by better products from rival companies. Now Tata Motors is set to give the Sumo Grand a makeover and design cues are said to be coming from the new Range Rover / Land Rover SUVs. Things will remain same under the hood, the 2.2 Liter DICOR turbo diesel engine with the variable geometry turbo charger will be retained, along with the rear wheel drive layout that the current version of the Grande comes with. It is also said that all of Tatas products will take engineering inputs from LR which I think is a way in the right direction. Here are some design sketches of the Sumo Grande facelift Source:
  7. The newly launched Isuzu V-Cross and D-Max have become a hot favourite in the off-roading enthusias communityt. Been seeing quite a few tastefully modified ones lately. Its also good to see the pick-up culture coming up in India. Here are some pics from the V-Cross D-Max Facebook group. A big shout out to the group for bringing together owners and enthusiasts of the machine from across the country. Here are some selected photos from the group Source
  8. Baja has finally launched the Dominar at Rs. 1.36 lakh. It is powered by a 373cc,fuel-injected, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine that is also seen in the KTM 390 series. Bajaj claims 0-100kph in 8.23sec and reach a top-speed of 148kph for the new bike. Seems to be well priced in my opinion Here are some pics
  9. Pics: Maruti Baleno RS spied testing

    The Maruti Baleno RS was first shown at the Auto Expo this year. The car is expected launch during the festive season this year. The 1.0 litre turbo petrol with Bossjet tech will develop 111 horses and 160 Nm torque. Whats more its expected to come with a 6 speed auto box with paddle shifters. Here are some spy shots This could be a serious rival to the Punto Abarth and the VW Polo GT TSI. Hopefully Maruti prices it aggressively with a sub 10 lakh rupee price tag. Im seriously tempted for this. What do you think guys? Pics source
  10. Well the next i10 has been spotted testing all over including India but here are pics of another Hyundai Prototype hatch testing in Korea. Its longer than the i10 for sure. That brings a thought to mind. Could this be the next generation i20 that has already started testing. It could be possible. Anyways here are the pictures. Souce:
  11. The Ford Mustang has is one of the the most iconic cars of its times. And it has evolved and how. While the new one is loaded with tech and more power, nothing quite comes close to the charm out the original pony car. Given a choice money no object, which wold you buy? The classic Mustang from the 60s or the current gen car that is now sold in India as well
  12. It was announced in December that Chrysler will be entering India with the Jeep brand. And now here we have a scoop picture of the Jeep models which are slated to be launched in India. This pic was taken by an Autocar India reader. The first Jeep product to hit our shores will be the iconic Wrangler. The Jeep Wrangler made its debut in 1987 as the successor to the famous World War II Jeep, also known as Willys CJ (Civilian Jeep). The latest-generation Wrangler (code: JK), like the original CJ, uses front and rear live-axles. Fiat is testing the short as well as the long wheelbase versions, and is likely to launch both in India. The Jeep Wrangler arriving here is expected to be powered by a 2.8-litre common-rail diesel engine that’s good for 197bhp. The next Jeep model seen in the spy picture is the Grand Cherokee. Codenamed WK2, this is the fourth-gen Grand Cherokee, powered by a 3.0-litre common-rail diesel that makes 237bhp and is a proper luxury SUV. The Grand Cherokee was recently given a facelift that included some cosmetic as well as mechanical upgrades such as an 8-speed gearbox. Although this looks like the pre-facelift version, we expect Jeep to launch the updated model in India. The Grand Cherokee is based on the Mercedes-Benz M-class – it is thoroughly modern and promises to offer superb off-road ability with plush, comfortable interiors. Initially, both the Wrangler and the Grand Cherokee will be offered as CBUs. Chrysler has already set up an R&D centre in Chennai that houses about 1,000 employees and is the third-largest Chrysler R&D facility worldwide.
  13. The Renault Kaptur SUV has been spotted testing in Brazil and is expected to be be Renault's next SUV offering in India. Its a full size SUV and will be positioned above the Duster. A 2.0 litre diesel motor with 4wd and automatic gearbox should be a great combination in my opinion If priced well, should be a sucess what do you think? Source
  14. Honda Urban SUV first spy pics

    Honda had first showcased the urban SUV concept at the Detroit Motor Show and looks like Honda is doing some serious testing of the vehicle. Here are the first spy shots of the Urban SUV testing .The car seems to look a lot similar to the concept that was shown earlier this year. The SUV is based on the new Jazz and should go on sale next year. This would also be perfect for India and the it should come here with the 1.5 litre diesel engine that is currently doing duty in the Amaze. This will go up against the existing compact SUVs in our market. Here are the spy shots and Ive also attached pics of the concept for comparison and pics of the concept for reference Pics are grabbed from a video at this source:
  15. My old Honda City automatic 2003 had been serving me well for the past 10 years. Extremely reliable and a constant companion, this car had a special place in my heart. The car in total is 13 years old and there was no way I could stress the old girl longer. So the time came for me to go in for a change. I dint not have to go through the fuss of deciding which car I wanted to buy. I wanted a car with solid build quality, loaded with all modern features and yes it had to be an automatic. And with all this in mind, there was only one car I wanted. The Volkswagen Polo GT TSI. I booked the car end of August and was given a waiting of about 1.5 months. The GT TSI is offered in three colours only. White seemed to common and red was too loud for me. So we went ahead with Carbon Steel grey. I somehow managed to pull some strings at VW and got the car alloted to me in two weeks. However due to the inauspicious shraadh period, we had to delay delivery and we finally brought the car home on 2nd October 2016. Total on road price came to 10.51 lakh. I did my own zero dep insurance through a friend so saved a bit there. Rest the are no offers on the GT at all. They are selling quite well as I saw during my time at the showroom. The car has such a fantastic feel to it. Its an expensive hatch but comes loaded to the brim. My version gets touch screen audio, auto dimming internal mirror and rain sensing wipers as well. The flat bottom steering is nice to hold and Im a big fan of all black dashboards. The mirror adjust switch feels a little fragile in an otherwise nicely finished and well built cabin. Space is cramped at the rear but that isnt a bother for me since I drive solo most of the time. The 7 speed DSG is a gem of a gearbox. Shifts are super quick and Im sure that will reflect in the FE figures, add to that I drive with a light foot as well. The car is still in the run in period, I have done just 370 km till date. Got ceramic coating done for the car, got new number plates and a set of mats. There are a couple of things I have ordered from Ali Express but more on that later. I also got rid of the GT TSI stickers on the C pillar. I feel they look too wanna be. I also upgraded my tyres. The car came with JK Vectra 185 profile stock. I exchanged them for a set of Yokohama S-Drives with 195 profile. Thats it for now. Will keep updating this thread as I munch up the kms. Till then here are some pictures
  16. Passionate Girl Car lover - Hellooooo

    May your tribe increase. From a GTR to an SV thats some upgrade. Good luck with your channel Cheers
  17. Automatics have a come along way in India. While buyers would earlier shy away from automatics due to fuel efficiency and maintenance concerns, things have started changing. More people are going in for automatics now and we have now a slew of automatics with various gearbox technologies on offer. And now we have entry level auto hatches as well with the AMT gearbox. The Alto K10 AMT has been around for a while now but the newest kid on the block is the Renault Kwid AMT. All things considered which one would you choose to buy given a choice between these two? The Alto AMT or the Kwid AMT. ?
  18. Close on the heels of the launch of the new Fortuner, Toyota has organised a 4x4 Experience Boot Camp in three Indian cities simultaneously to showcase the off-roading prowess of the new SUV. While most Fortuners are highly unlikely to see that kind of terrain, this is a good way to show owners what this thing can really do. The event is happening from 12th November to 20th November in three Indian cities simultaneously: Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru. The event is by invitation only by Toyota dealers for its customers. One can also call this number +91 8422028750 and try to book a slot for the event I got a chance to attend the event held at Film City in Mumbai and chose an early morning slot. On arriving at the venue I was greeted by the Toyota team and taken to a lounge area where there were two Fortuners on display for everyone to check out. Following a product and safety briefing (this is important especially for first timers), you are first taken to small track where the instructor takes you for a short spin. The highlight of this track area is the wheel articulation showcase. Here are some pics: Continuing into the next post...
  19. Pics: Toyota Innova Venturer leaked ahead of unveil

    A couple of more pics of the Venturer and a brochure scan Source
  20. Found this rendering of a Swift convertible.. Looks quite nice me thinks Source
  21. So the new Swift has finally been unveiled in Japan and will come to India next year. We should be getting the sport version as well hopefully. The new cr looks a lot more sportier than before. New Audi style grille and the headlamps look Jaguar F Type inspired for sure. The 1.2 petrol and 1.3 litre diesel should do duty in the India spec Swift for now with the diesel getting a bump up in power. Hope the Boosterjet petrol makes it into the Indian Swift as well. It remains to be seen if the new in house 1.5 litre diesel is offered. Hopefully the new Swift will get an automatic gearbox in India. Thats an important thing that the car has been missing all these years . The interior gets a minimalist dashboard, a new upmarket steering wheel, and a sporty two-pod instrument cluster. However, the India-bound model is expected to get a unique interior that’ll be shared with the next-gen Swift Dzire. Fully-loaded variants are expected to get a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink compatibility, similar to the SmartPlay system on the Baleno and the Vitara Brezza. Some official pics
  22. The Toyota Fortuner and the Ford Endeavour have been top dog in the SUV space for a long time. And now new generations of both these mammoth SUVs have hit Indian roads. The Fortuner is priced slightly higher than the Endy but has a reputation of being bullet proof. The Endy on the other hand has a choice of a 3.2 litre engine as well apart from the 2.2 litre motor. Both come in manual and auto. If you were in the market for an SUV and were to choose between these two, which one would it be?
  23. The Fiat Classic Car Club of Bombay
  24. I had seen a Brembo factory when I had visited Mercedes at Chakan and now I have come to know that Brembo brake pads and discs are now available in India for our cars . The official distributor is in Goa and the products can be ordered from them. Im placing an order for my Honda City and the cost is coming to Rs. 2700/- for the set inclusive of courier which I feel is awesome value Here is the link to their facebook page Carzspares They have stuff for all cars including all Hondas, Renault Duster etc. If you see their page they seem to be very friendly in giving prices and assistance. Pics sourced from their FB page
  25. Hola petrol heads

    Hi and welcome aboard Nice to have someone from the auto industry on the forum. Where are you based? Would be nice to know more about your work See you around