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With Nissan already doing well with the Sunny, looks like they want to have the Micra reach out to more customers. They are doing this by readying a low cost Micra (code G02A) to go head on with the i10 and Brio. The car seen in the picture was snapped by an Autocar India reader on the outskirts of Chennai and did have taped tail lamps and badging. the updated Micra could get a new tail-lamp cluster. However, the rear bumper and wheel cap designs look similar to the current car and are unlikely to be changed. The interiors however, will see some changes owing to cost cutting efforts by the carmaker. The adjustable front headrests will to be replaced by a cheaper single piece design that is integrated with the seat. Nissan plans to delete some other features as well. The current Micra is priced at Rs 4.23 lakh for the base petrol and Rs 5.98 lakh for the base diesel variant (ex-showroom, Delhi). However, the G02A is expected to cost around Rs. 70,000 less and is expected to be launched in March this year
BMW and its Chinese partner Brilliance Auto are reportedly setting up a new sub-brand for the domestic market. According to reports from Chinese media, vehicles sold under the new sub-brand will be based on the previous generation 3-Series’ platform. The same reports also mention that the BMW-Brilliance joint venture has registered a new brand name called “Zhi Nuo”, which translates into English as “The Promise”. However, neither BMW nor Brilliance haven't confirmed these reports. But why would BMW want to create a sub-brand for China? Well, it doesn't It has to, as regulations are becoming stricter for foreign manufacturers in the biggest car market in the world. For the last ten years or so, overseas automakers have been forced to collaborate with a local manufacturer (most of the time state-owned) in order to get permission to sell their cars there, with production facilities split 50/50 between the two parties. If they refuse, the government would impose sky-high tarrifs making their cars impossible to sell in China. Now, the Chinese government is stepping up the game in order to make its own car makers more competitive. China is pushing for the creation of sub-brands within the existing joint ventures because the sub-brands will be 100 percent Chinese and will have all the rights on intellectual property. Nevertheless, the cat and mouse game continues, as foreign automakers are not so foolish to give the Chinese their latest technology. They are putting on the table older platforms in order to comply with the government’s requests and remain on the market. For BMW the situation is simple: if it sets up the sub-brand, it will be granted permission to build a new plant with Brilliance in Shenyang. Expect the new sub-brand to be launched at this year’s Shanghai Auto Show which is proposed to take place during April 21-29! It will be Interesting to watch some cheaper options from BMW & they may bring those products to developing counties like India! Do share your views on it! (Source - www.carscoops.com)
Tata Motors has just launched a cheaper stripped down variant of its MUV the Aria called the Pure LX. This new variant is priced at Rs. 9.95 lakhs ex showroom Delhi. This looks like Tata is aiming for the tourist taxi market, which is something they did not want earlier i guess. The Pure LX is only available in 4x2. So what does this cheap variant lose over the other variants? Quite a bit actually Dual-mass flywheel; the cost-down Aria uses a single-mass flywheel instead. Airbags, ABS and EBD. Fabric/Leather seats; you now get Vinyl/Art-leather seats. Music System Rear wash, pipe and de-fogger Roof-storage bins Follow-me home lamps Chrome inside door-handles Body-coloured rub-rails Chrome radiator grille surrounds However, the Pure LX gets to keep its body coloured bumpers, projector head lamps, disc brakes, keyless entry and rear AC vents Good move by Tata Motors to tap the lower end of the MUV market. Source: goaonwheels.com