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Maruti Suzuki is all set to step into the commercial vehicle market. A new LCV codenamed Y9T will roll out from its Gujarat plant once it becomes operational in 2016. Senior Maruti executives communicated this decision at an offsite with its vendors in Malaysia last week. The new LCV is already under development and will compete head-on with the Tata Ace. It will be powered by a new 2-cylinder 800cc diesel engine, now in advanced stages of development. The new LCV is being developed ground up at the India research and development centre, a sign of the Japanese parent's growing confidence in the Indian subsidiary's R&D capabilities. Maruti Suzuki's new R&D facility in Rohtak is expected to go live next year. Four people close to the development told ET that the two-cylinder 800cc engine, a naturally aspirated variant for LCV and turbocharged variant for small cars are at an advanced stage of development. The company is also strongly considering extending the family of diesel engines to the 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine and 1.4-litre four-cylinder engine. The new LCV follows the success of the Tata Motors Ace, which now sells 2 lakh units every year. Mahindra & Mahindra's Maxximo is another competitor in this segment. Source: Economic Times
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Japanese carmaker Nissan has revealed its future game plan for the Indian market. The company announced plans to launch around 10 new offerings here by 2016. First up will be the Micra CVT which will come with the same petrol motor that powers the manual variant. The X-Tronic CVT gearbox will do duty instead of the five-speed manual transmission. The Micra CVT will compete with the likes of the Ritz automatic and Brio automatic. Next in line will be a version of the Sunny equipped with the X-Tronic CVT gearbox. Expect Nissan to price the Sunny CVT below the badge-engineered Scala CVT. When launched, it is likely to compete with the likes of clutchless versions of the Vento, Rapid, Verna and the City. The third offering from Nissan will be for the compact SUV segment. This will be Nissan’s spin on the Renault Duster. However, the new SUV (Codename: NH87) will be more than just a re-badged Duster and will have some significant sheet metal changes as well. As seen from the brand hierarchy, we can expect Nissan to price the NH87 below the Duster. It is expected to enter showrooms end of 2013. Nissan will bring the low-cost Datsun Brand to India in 2014. Autocar India was the first to break the news about Datsun’s comeback in the June 2011 issue. For India, two Datsun hatchbacks are planned, both of which will slot below the Nissan Micra. The first model will be a Rs 4 lakh hatchback (code: K2) based on the two-generations old K11 Nissan Micra. Believed to incredibly spacious for its size, the K2 will feature an all-new ‘top hat’ and will come with a 1.0-litre petrol engine. A cheaper Rs 3 lakh model (code: I2) is also being developed to compete with the Maruti Alto.