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  1. The Duster has got Renault great success in the Indian market. So now they are thinking of launching an MPV from the Dacia portfolio, the Lodgy. This 7-seat, three row MPV would be a direct competitor of the Maruti Ertiga, the compact MPV which has opened up an all-new segment in the Indian market. It could be launched here in 2014. The Lodgy would relatively be easy to manufacture in India as it borrows a lot of its mechanicals from the Duster. It will be powered by the venerable Renault 1.5 diesel K9K that is now the staple engine for most Renault-Nissan products in India. However, keeping the practical characteristics of the Lodgy in mind, Renault is likely to offer just the 84bhp version of the K9K motor, which would be less expensive and more fuel efficient than the 110bhp option that comes in the Duster. The Duster’s 1.6 petrol engine is likely to power the entry level Lodgy. If it is priced between 7 to 10 lakh rupees, Renault will have another winner on its hands in India.
  2. BMW is currently testing an MPV which is said to be a 7 seater. It is said to be based on the 1 Series so that does make it too big in size. Since the 1 Series is coming to India this year, there is no doubt that the MPV makes sense for our country. So would you be interested in buying one if it is sold here? What do you think would be the right price? Pics source: Autoplus.fr
  3. Force Motors was always said to be working on an MPV and this one was spotted testing in disguise in Bangalore. It is based on the old Mercedes Vito van and not the Viano. It will use the same 2.2L Diesel engine as the Force One SUV (139 BHP, 321 Nm of Torque), albeit in a different state of tune. The company has already hinted that the 8 seater MPV will target the corporate travel and hospitality sector. The new MPV will likely target existing/new customers for the now dated Tempo Traveller, who are looking at a more upmarket offering. The new MPV is after all basically a cargo van, and unlikely to appeal to the private buyer. Source: Team BHP
  4. Straight from the horses mouth, Hyundai Motor India CEO & MD Bo Shin Seo has said that HMI will 'soon' launch a slew of products for the Indian market, including a compact SUV, an MPV as well as a compact car positioned between its i10and i20 models. He also said that the launches will be supported by a new diesel focus on the back of HMI's recentinvestments in diesel engine capacity. Speaking to TOI, Seo said the carmaker's Korean parent Hyundai Motor Company has a "very strong line up" and "HMI will launch a small SUV soon. The SUV will come earlier, followed by an MPV", he added. The compact SUV segment has seen a buzz with the Renault Duster becoming a runaway hit. HMI's arch rival Maruti has already launched an MPV in the Ertiga and its top brass have been quoted talking about more products in the compact SUV/crossover category. Other players like GM are planning products like the Chevy Enjoy in the same segment. Source: Times of India Read full article here: http://timesofindia....ow/19266223.cms
  5. First-ever spy pictures of the Isuzu MU-7 spied in India. Carries an MH-12 red plate, any guesses who is planning to bring this to India? This one comes with a 3.0-litre diesel engine with approx 146bhp in ASEAN markets. Do you think this is good enough to compete with Fortuner and the new Rexton? Images sent by Autocar India readers: Bharat Manghnani and Rohit Tonapi.
  6. After signalling its foray into high-end personal vehicles with the Force One SUV, Force Motors is keen on adding another high-end product, this time a MPV. During the launch of the Force Traveller-26 in Chennai, Mr. Naresh Kumar Rattan, Chief Operation Officer (COO) and President of Force Motors informed that the company will add a new assembly line to its manufacturing facility at Pithampur, Madhya Pradesh to accommodate the new high-end MPV. He said, “We want to have a multi-purpose high end van. It is right now under development. We have to put an assembly line in the factory in Pithampur. It will take the existing plant into a new level.” Mr. Rattan also informed that the Force One SUV will have 2 to 3 new variants possibly with features like four wheel drive and ABS. The company had sold 2,000 Force Ones so far against a target of 4,000 units in the first year. The high end MPV planned is most likely to be the old Mercedes Viano which will be manufactured under license from Daimler with few modifications. The Daimler sourced 2.2L FMTECH engine which powers the Force One is expected to be shared by the MPV too. The Force MPV will be positioned to rival the segment king Innova and the Tata Aria. Force Motors, in order to make any impact, need to improve its sales and service network. [source: Rediff.com; Images from NetCarShow.com]
  7. Sonalika Rhino goes Xtreme!

    This may not be a very intresting launch, but it deserve an applause, as an Indian Tractor manufacturer dares to compete against automotive gaints like GM, Toyota, Maruti & Mahindra! ICML or International Cars & Motors Limited had launched a new MUV called ‘Extreme’ in Hydrabad, yesterday. Although its last offering, the Rhino, didn’t do all that well despite its close resemblance to the defunct Toyota Qualis, ICML hopes to turn around affairs with the launch of the Extreme, which is a tweaked version of the Rhino. Based on the Rhino platform, the ICML Extreme is offered in two engine options, i.e. DI and CRD-Fi 2.0 L diesel engines churning out 99bhp/240Nm and 120bhp/285Nm of power respectively. The latter also features on the Chevrolet Tavera Neo3 variant. A flexible seating layout can accommodate between 7 to 10 occupants. The car will come in four variants, Extreme LD (non-ac), LD (with ac), SD and VD. The car has been showcased in south India, which will be followed by a north India showcase and finally a pan India launch. A part of the Sonalika group, ICML currently has a dealer network of over 100 outlets across India. The SUV/MUV segment witnessed a growth of over 25% which is pushing the manufacturers to introduce new models. According to reports, ICML is also planning to bolster its presence in the UV segment with the launch Haval 5 SUV in the future, which is way better than this Extreme n' rhino! Share your views on it!
  8. Nissan is all-set to launch the new Evalia MPV in first-week of September, we drove it in the UK earlier, here's our review. To read our full review: Click here
  9. Chevy ENJOY is coming....

    Toyota Qualice was a good vehicle & shocked the MPV market! It was instant hit with winning hearts of large families, Tour Oprators & our Favorite ACP Pradyumna! It's replacement the INNOVA showed Similar magic! but It was more upmarket & more carlike, so It doesn't appeal that much to rural parts & cheap tour operators! Chevy grabbed this opportunity & filled this emty place with their Tavera! Though no-one appreciated, It sold very well! But due to new entries like Xylo Facelift, Maruti Ertiga & Nissan Evalia, GM was pertty tensed & they launched their MPV, which may provide them a reason to ENJOY! A guy named, Neeraj Setpal from www.indianautosblog.com caught it tasting & according to sources on the same site, It'll launch after the Sail twins have been deployed, so expect the launch to coincide with Diwali time. In pictures we can see, base model which lacks alloy wheels, body colored mirrors and door handles, fog lights and metallic paint. It's front grill & Headlamps are vey similar to Ford Endeavour. Acoording to them they've also caught fully loaded version, but were unable to capture it in camera. They mentioned that, GM India has been testing fully loaded Enjoys with black interior and entry-level variants with beige interior, which is weired! According too rumors, It will be powered by the same 1.3L Fiat-sourced Multi-jet engine and a modified 1.4L petrol engine, currently serving on the Aveo. The Enjoy’s suspension was tuned by Lotus Engineering, credited with lending many Indian cars a magic carpet of a ride! It could give tough time to Evalia, Ertiga & Xylo! Do share your views about this!