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  1. Keeping its worst ever pace, Indian car market in June 2013 dropped 5.2% from last year ending an awful first half down 10.1%. Launching the locally produced SUV Ecosport, Ford finally attacked this market, almost doubling share.
  2. Here are spy pics of the Mahindra Quanto 4x4. Looks like Mahindra plans to take on the upcoming Duster 4x4 which was also seen testing recently. This test vehicle was spotted around the Pune bypass road and it was accompanied by a BS3 Mahindra Bolero. If you could not locate the give-away still, just gaze at the front wheel hubs (pic below) which read a pronounced ‘4WD‘ (4 wheel Drive).Another thing to note is was that this Quanto appeared to be a 5-seater and was devoid of the rearmost jump seats. Hence, there is no foot step at the back to climb up. There is a possibility of this Quanto carrying the bigger 4 cylinder motor from the Xylo as well. Pics & Source: Motorbash
  3. A while ago, many Mahindra dealers across India stopped taking bookings for the automatic gearbox equipped Scorpio SUV. The pause in bookings reflected the trouble that Mahindra was facing when it came to sourcing the automatic gearbox from Drivetrain Systems International(DSI) Australia, an transmission maker from whom Mahindra used to source the 6 speed automatic gearbox for the Scorpio Automatic. DSI has now been acquired by Geely, a Chinese automaker. Mahindra, for its part, has turned to German auto parts giant Bosch, for sourcing an automatic transmission for the Scorpio. With the 6 speed automatic transmission’s sourcing from Bosch secured, the Scorpio Automatic once again becomes the only affordable automatic SUV to be sold in India. The Mahindra Scorpio SUV, in automatic guise, comes in two wheel drive and four wheel drive guises. The two wheel drive model of the Scorpio Automatic is priced at 11.47 lakh rupees while the four wheel drive version of the Scorpio Automatic is priced at 12.5 lakh rupees, both prices reflecting ex-showroom Delhi figures. The engine of the Scorpio is a 2.2 Liter mHawk turbo diesel motor that outputs a peak power of 120 Bhp while peak torque is rated at 290 Nm. The Scorpio Automatic is available in VLX trim, a fully loaded trim level of this SUV. Source:indiancarbikes.in
  4. India's largest utility vehicle maker, Mahindra &Mahindra announced on Friday that it would carry out voluntary replacement of certain components of the select batch of its hot selling sports utility vehicle, XUV5OO. A first recall from the company in the automotive space, M&M will replace three parts namely fluid hose, front power window units and left wiper blade cover of select number of over 60,000 to 65,000 units of XUV on the roads sold in 2011 and 2012. M&M did not disclose the number of vehicles, which needs replacement. "This recall is in keeping with the M&M's customer centric approach as well the compliance with the recently announced voluntary code on vehicle recall," said the statement issued by the company. The company will carry out the replacement of parts free of cost and the replacement will be carried out immediately. In the past, the Group's two wheeler division had stalled the production of Stallio because of product related issues. While, this is M&M's first recall, In the past car makers like Ford, Toyota, Honda and Maruti Suzuki have proactively resorted to voluntarily recall in case of faulty components. Industry body, Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturer Association member companies implemented "Voluntary Code on Vehicle Recall" with effect from 1st July 2012 . This voluntary recall code is a reinforcement of their sustained commitment towards the consumers and to the society at large by ensuring that the vehicles continue will perform effectively during its operation. The Recall Code is a uniform frame work for recalling the vehicles by vehicle manufacturers. The code is applicable on the registered passenger cars, two wheelers and commercial vehicles. For CBU imports by the member companies or independent importers, the concerned importers shall bear the responsibility of enforcement of the code. The Voluntary Code on Vehicle Recall will address potential issues that exist in a motor vehicle which do not meet the safety requirement due to manufacturing defect and the remedial actions taken in this regard. The vehicle shall be covered under safety recall for a period of seven years. The decision on Recall will take into account the degree of seriousness or severity of occurrence of any possible hazard involved. The Code ensures that the recall information will also be posted on the company website and the communication will be received by the vehicle owners. The reported vehicle will be rectified by the manufacturer through its dealers at no cost to the customer. It was shared that the recall penetration rate may be improved by the correct information of vehicle owners. (Source - www.zigwheels.com)
  5. After Tata Motors picking up JLR few years ago, another iconic British marque may also come under India ownership. According to news on bloomberg.com, Aston Martin’s controlling shareholder, Investment Dar Co., has approached potential buyers for the maker of luxury sports cars featured in James Bond movies, said five people with knowledge of the matter. The Kuwaiti company, which owns 64 percent of Gaydon, U.K.- based Aston Martin, has hired Rothschild to advise on the sale, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the talks are private. Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (MM), the Indian automaker, is among potential suitors Investment Dar has approached in recent few months, two of the people said. Source and full story here : http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-11-09/aston-martin-owner-said-to-approach-suitors-for-carmaker.html
  6. Since launch of Scorpio, the face of Mahindra has changed in mind of many customers. People started looking at Mahindra vehicles as attractive, well packaged, appealing and more VFM products. They successfully managed to change their image of commercial vehicle manufacturer to Maruti of SUV segment unlike Tata. Mahindra went crazy for shopping and bought out many companies ranging from two wheeler mfg to premium SUV mfg, which widened their portfolio. Then they came out with XUV 500 and Quanto which are remarkable products. Which is followed by rumors about the All New Bolero in the works along with All new Scorpio. Also Mahindra is set foray into compact car segment to challenge some settled players. This and many more things makes us to think about the success of Mahindra. What do you feel, will Mahindra be a successful player in long run? Can it manage all new businesses like 2 wheelers, passenger cars and premium SUVs well and keep the momentum? Will it emerge as business house bigger than Tata?
  7. Reader from Indian Autos Blog, Mr. S.R.Vishnuvardhan has spotted the fully electric Mahindra Maxximo Minivan being tested in Bangalore. The test mule was painted in green and the rear carries a bold ‘Electric’ monicker. The test mule also had alloy wheels suggesting that it may be used for a public display anytime soon. The badge reads ‘Maxximo powered by Reva’. This can only mean that the Minivan was engineered by Mahindra-Reva in Bengaluru. The specifications of the electric powertrain is not yet to be revealed. There is no change in the styling of the vehicle and the only visual change is the missing tailpipe. Mahindra had showcased the electric version of Maxximo load carrier at the 2010 Delhi Auto Expo and the Varito EV was brought to the 2012 New Delhi Auto Expo and .These vehicles, except for the Maxximo load carrier, were powered by Reva’s hardware. Next Story is about Gio based 6 seater electric Rikshaw! Indian autos blog officials have managed to grab some pics of it & also tried their hands on it & surprisingly they were pretty impressed with it! According to them it comfortably manages 50 Kmph! Reva’s products having clocked more number of electric miles on road than any other electric car manufacturer in the world and their experience in electric powertrains is sure to give Mahindra a clear advantage in zero emission technologies. Sources tell IndianAutosBlog.com that Mahindra is reportedly working on the hybrid version of the XUV500 which will be benefited by the Reva’s know-how of electric motors. However, whether India is ready to embrace the electric propulsion technology is yet to be seen. According to sources, XUV500 EV is also in the workshop & may hit the street within next 2 years
  8. A couple of days ago a friend of mine casually walked into a Mahindra dealership here in Mumbai for a test drive of the Quanto. He was promptly offered the TD in a new demo car with the official stickering etc al. Few minutes into the test drive, when my friend tried to brake, there was no braking at all. The car wouldnt stop and my friend had to unfortunately ram into an auto rickshaw damaging both the auto and the Quanto. The brakes on the demo car had failed. Thankfully there was no injury to anyone. My friend lashed out at the dealership staff for this. They tried to cool him down and offered him the Rexton for a TD. Brake failure on a new Quanto is not a good sign. It is a very serious issue. With Mahindra claiming over 5,000 bookings for the Quanto, this certainly cannot be ignored. The consequences would have been far worse. A cause for concern? What do you guys think?
  9. Continuing its series of launches, Mahindra today launched the first product from the SsangYong portfolio, the Rexton SUV in Mumbai in two variants: RX5 2.7 litre RX270 XDi engine 5 speed manual transmission, intelligent 4x4 162 bhp and 340Nm torque Price: Rs. 17.67 lakhs RX7 2.7 litre RX270 XVT engine 5 speed E Tronic Automatic Transmission with AWD 184 bhp and 402Nm torque Price: Rs 19.67 lakhs All prices are ex showroom Mumbai Other high points from the launch: The Rexton is being sold in 70 countries since its launch in 2002. This is the 3rd generation Rexton which is being launched here. The Automatic transmission is built with Mercedes Benz technology. The Rexton will be manufactured and assembled at Mahindras Chakan facility near Pune Components will be sourced from SsangYong Korea and from India. Standard warranty of 2 years/ 1,00,000 kms with option for one year extra warranty. 24x7 road side assistance for a year. And now for the detailed pictures:
  10. Mahindra 2-Wheelers have inaugurated a two-wheeler specific research and development (R&D) center in Pune. The company claims this facility is the third largest of its kind in India, set-up with an investment of Rs 90-100 crore. A team of 175 engineers are employed, headed by two-wheeler industry veteran, PS Ashok. Mahindra 2-Wheelers showcased their air-cooled, single-cylinder and 110cc Stallio commuter bike engine, with a liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, 300cc engine to be used on the Mojo, along with a Duro DZ scooter that has incorporated micro hybrid technology; engine stops and restarts automatically when stationary for better efficiency. Mahindra 2-Wheeler’s announced they are working towards re-launch of the withdrawn Stallio motorcycle by the upcoming festive season, while the Mojo motorcycle launch has now been further delayed to Jan-March 2013. Anand Mahindra, vice chairman and managing director, Mahindra Group while disclosing a Rs 20,000 crore revenue target from his two-wheeler business by 2020, shared that this new two-wheeler R&D facility becomes a part of Mahindra’s ‘neural network’ of R&D facilities, that will benefit the company to develop innovative new products. He mentioned Mahindra aims to develop an electric scooter using technology sharing with the M&M owned Reva electric car. M&M plans to invest a further Rs 500 crore across all R&D facilities in the coming five years. I see this as a very postive move by Mahindra. They are already doing decently well in Motorsport. Do you think this move will see the advent of better quality 2 wheelers from M&M in the Indian market which would also be good value for money?
  11. Team Autocar went off-roading at the recent Mahindra Great Escape 2012. Checkout some of the images here and a complete gallery here