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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
SIAM CUTS CAR SALES TARGET TO 1-3% FROM 9-11% Domestic passenger car sales in September grew the slowest in 11 years. Though Utility Vehicle sales continued to zoom, sales of hatchbacks and sedans were in a slow lane. In September, domestic sales fell 5.4%, the second consecutive monthly decline, while motorcycle segment dipped 18.85%. Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) cuts future targets drastically. Now, passenger cars would grow by as low as 1-3%, a huge drop from July's forecast of 9-11% and the total market growth is pegged at 8-10% as against previous forecast of 11-13%. SIAM also said that as of now the industry is short of a whopping $34 billion of its 2016 target of $145 bn. Source : First Post Read more here: http://www.firstpost...ain-485972.html