Volkswagen launched Polo Crest, Vento Crest, Ameo Crest editions in India

Volkswagen launched Polo Crest, Vento Crest, Ameo Crest editions in India

Volkswagen India, the domestic unit of German auto giant, has launched the limited edition of the existing VW models, Polo, Vento and Ameo. The limited editions named as VW Polo Crest, Vento Crest and Ameo Crest, which are available at the authorised Volkswagen showrooms with monthly EMI of Rs. 10,999, Rs. 14,999 and Rs. 11,999 respectively.

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Three models get the Wolfsburg crest on the C-pillars, gloss black side foil and matte black roof. Coming to the specification list, the Polo and Ameo limited editions available with the black tailgate or trunk garnish, but the Volkswagen Vento offers with the boot-mounted spoiler. Additionally, the Polo comes with the roof-mounted spoiler in gloss black color.

The interior of the three VW special models is offered with the exclusive features, including the premium textile mats, front centre armrest, doorstep garnish, leather seat covers with the print of Wolfsburg crest and diamond stitching, and attachable sun blinds. Moreover, all three models get the regular Polo features.

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Both Polo Crest hatchback and Ameo Crest compact sedan models offered with the 1.2L MPI and updated 1.5L TDI engines, which paired with the transmissions, 5-speed manual and 7-speed DSG automatic (only in Ameo). The Vento sedan offered with the 1.6L MPi petrol, 1.2 TSI and the updated 1.5 TDI engines, which mated to the 5-speed manual gearbox, 6-speed automatic (petrol) gearbox and the seven-speed DSG automatic (diesel).

Maruti Suzuki Domestic Sales Reported 14.2% Growth in November 2016

Maruti Suzuki Domestic Sales Reported 14.2% Growth in November 2016

The Indian carmaker, Maruti Suzuki announced its sales report for the last month and reported 14.2% growth in the domestic sales by the sales of 1,26,325 units. The carmaker has sold 1,10,599 units in the country in November 2015. The company’s total sales increased to 1,35,550 units in November 2016  and achieved the growth of 12.2% compared to 1,20,824 units in the year-ago month.

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Maruti Suzuki has sold a total of 96,767 passenger cars in the earlier month in the country and gained the single digit growth of 8.1% against the November 2015 sales of 89,479 units. In the PV segment, the Mini car’s segment reported the growth of 8.1% with the sales of 38,886 units in the last month. With the Maruti Swift, Celerio, Ritz, Swift Dzire and Baleno, the compact segment reported the 10.8% growth to 49,431 units in November 2016. The same compact segment achieved 44,626 units in November 2015.

The super compact and mid-size segments have achieved the negative sales in the last month. With the introduction of Maruti Vitara Brezza, the Ciaz sales dropped to 5,433 units in November 2016, from 5,509 units in the same month in 2015.

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The segment of utility vehicles with the launch of Vitara Brezza, S-Cross and Ertiga Hybrid has reported the highest growth of 98.1% in the country to 17,215units. Maruti Suzuki’s UV segment had 8,688 units of sales in November 2015.

The biggest carmaker has sold 115 units of Super Carry LCVs in India in the previous month while the segment of Vans reported 1.6% decrement in the November sales. Moreover, the company’s export sales also decreased 9.8% in the last month to 9,225 units from 10,225 units in the corresponding month of the earlier year.

Till the November, the company has sold 10,36,256 units, of which 9,55,459 units from the domestic sales and 80,797 units from the exports and reported 9.1% growth.

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Segment November 2016 November 2015 %Change
Mini 38,886 35,981 8.1%
Compact 49,431 44,626 10.8%
Super Compact 3,017 3,363 -10.3%
Mid-Size 5,433 5,509 -1.4%
Passenger Cars 96,767 89,479 8.1%
Utility Vehicles 17,215 8,688 98.1%
Vans 12,238 12,432 -1.6%
Total PVs (Domestic) 1,26,220 1,10,599 14.1%
Light Commercial Vehicles 105 NA
Total Domestic Sales 1,26,325 1,10,599 14.2%
Total Export Sales 9,225 10,225 -9.8%
Total Sales 1,35,550 1,20,824 12.2%

The company’s net profit increased to 60.2% with Rs. 2398 crore and the net sales reported 29.5% growth to 17,594.60 crores in the second quarter ended in September 2016, as against Q2 ended in September 2015.

Suzuki Models Showcased at Thai Motor Expo

Suzuki Models Showcased at Thai Motor Expo

Suzuki Motor Thailand has showcased the Ertiga Dreza, Ertiga GX, Celerio limited edition and Ciaz RS limited edition at the 2016 Thai Motor Expo. As per Suzuki Thailand news, the Ertiga facelift is only available in GL variant and now, the company is introduced the Ertiga GX version at the motor show. The new variant, Ertiga GT is priced 695,000 baht and slots between the Ertiga Dreza and Ertiga GL.

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The Suzuki Ertiga Dreza is also showcased at the motor show and priced 735,000 baht. Coming to the features, the GX variant gets some of the features from the Dreza variant that is available with the ABS with EBD, steering mounted buttons, anti-theft Immobilizer, chrome foglamp garnish, chrome door handles and seat height adjuster.

The appearance of the Dreza variant is different from the Ertiga GX and offered with the front bumper with the unique grille, new foglight enclosures, LED DRLs, new diamond cut alloy wheels, chrome garnished rear bumper, side sill guards, the roof-mounted spoiler, wood trim interior and dual-tone leather upholstery.

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Both Ertiga Dreza and GX variants powered by the four-cylinder 1.4-litre K14B engine that is mated to the 4-speed torque converter (automatic gearbox) and rated at the maximum outputs of 92hp and 130Nm.

The Suzuki Ciaz RS and Celerio limited editions also showcased at the expo and the models get the sporty graphics. As of now, the Celerio limited edition is available to the customer but, there is no information if the Ciaz RS is going to sale or not.

The Maruti Ciaz RS comes with the sportier exterior, matte black contrast roof, gloss black ORVM caps, the chrome grille surrounded by the faux carbon fibre garnish. It is offered with the regular Ciaz’s 1.25L 4-cylinder petrol engine, which has the capability to produce the maximum output of 91hpn and 118NM and attached with a CVT. The regular Ciaz RS (sedan) is priced 675,000 baht in Thailand.

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The Japanese automaker offers the same treatment to the Celerio hatchback that features the red and black graphics on the exterior with the black roof and C-Pillar. The Celerio limited edition to be powered by the three-cylinder 1.0L engine with the output of 68hp and 90Nm.

Audi’s Quattro division set to rename Audi Sport

Audi’s Quattro division set to rename Audi Sport

The German based luxury carmaker, Audi has announced that the Quattro GmbH division will be renamed to Audi Sport GmbH. The Quattro is the performance and technology division established in Neckarsulm in 1983 and around 1,200 employees working over there. With the new Sport brand name, the carmaker will manage the Audi sporty RS models, customer race cars, R8 models and Audi Sport lifestyle products.

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Audi Sport GmbH will plan to introduce the eight new models in the next 18 months to increase the company’s position in the luxury car market. Additionally, the authorised Audi Sport dealers to be increased from 370 to 600 by the end of the next year.

Currently, the Audi Sport GmbH division has the huge list of product portfolio that consists of the Audi RS3 sedan, Audi RS6 Avant and RS6 Avant Performance, Audi RS Q and Audi RS Q3 performance, Audi RS7 Sportback and RS7 Sportback performance, Audi R8 Coupe and Audi R8 Spyder, Audi TT RS Coupe, Audi TT RS Roadster and Audi S8 Plus.

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The Audi A6 and A7 models to get the sports versions along with the fastest versions of the Audi Q5 and Audi Q7 SUVs from the new Sports division. In fact, the Audi A6 and A7 models have received the facelifts in the market.

Currently, the few RS versions available in the Indian market and the new announcement creates the interest in the Indian customers like what models will come to India in the coming months. Some of the Sports models confirmed for the global market will also be offered in India.

2017 Audi Q5 Luxury SUV Spied in Mumbai

2017 Audi Q5 Luxury SUV Spied in Mumbai

The 2017 Audi Q5 is the upcoming luxury SUV that has been spied for the testing at Mumbai surroundings, according to the automotive industry report.  The pre-production Audi Q5 model has attended the test with no camouflage and the model will be assembled at the company’s Aurangabad plant. The upcoming luxury SUV is the second generation model that will most probably launch in the second-half of the next year in the country.

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The Audi Q5 will be developed based on the MLB-Evo platform, which also shares in new generation Audi cars, such as Audi Q7, Audi A4 and Audi A5. The new Audi Q5 is 34mm longer, 4mm taller, 51mm wider and 12mm longer in wheelbase compared to the existing model.

Let’s talk about the specifications, the current Audi Q5 is only offered with the 2.0 TDI engine and the drivetrain of Quattro AWD. The engine is mated with the 7-Speed S-Tronic gearbox to send the power to all wheels. This combination is expected to be offered in the upcoming Audi Q5 with slightly more power.

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The Audi Q5 petrol variant to be offered at the launch and the model comes with the specifications pack of the 2.0L TFSI 252PS petrol, standard Quattro AWD and 7-speed S-Tronic. The expected specifications of the Audi Q5 are Matrix LED headlights, ambient lighting with the around 30 different colors, dynamic turn signals, Audi Virtual Cockpit included with the high-resolution 12.3-inch display, MMI Navigation Plus infotainment with the MMI touch and 8.3-inch display, tri-zone climate control and Qi wireless charging.

The 2017 Audi Q5 to be available in the Indian showrooms in the mid months of 2017.

All Volkswagen Polo and Vento versions get dual airbags and ABS

All Volkswagen Polo and Vento versions get dual airbags and ABS

Volkswagen, the German car company has announced that all variants of the VW Polo and Vento get the standard safety features of Antilock Braking System and dual airbags. Both Volkswagen cars with the standard features are available with the all authorised Volkswagen dealerships in the country. The introduction of the standard features on the best-selling Volkswagen cars is worthy for the Indian customers.

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Michael Mayer, director of VW Passenger Cars India, said we at Volkswagen believe that the safety features are the primary need in cars so that the company has announced the standard safety features. The Introduction of the standard safety features to increase the company’s market range in India, according to him.

With the committed announcement, the Indian customers will enjoy the safe driving experience. In fact, the Volkswagen Polo has obtained the 4-star safety rating in the protection of the adult occupant in the global agency’s crash test. Very recently, the company has introduced the performance-based version, Polo GTI in India for the potential customers. Currently, the German company is also available with the more powerful Polo GT TSI and GT TDI versions.

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The Volkswagen Vento is also offered with the limited edition, namely Vento Preferred in India along with the different versions, which consist of three engine options, such as 1.5L TDI, 1.6L MPI and 1.2L TSI.

Suzuki Baleno (Maruti Baleno) launched in Bahrain

Suzuki Baleno (Maruti Baleno) launched in Bahrain

The India-made Baleno has launched as the Suzuki Baleno in Bahrain at BHD 4,850, equal to Rs. 8.82lakhs in Indian currency. The hatchback on sale in Bahrain offered with the chrome finished door handles, HID projector headlights, LED DRLs, privacy glass, roof spoiler, rear wiper, 16-inch alloy wheels and 185/55 R16 tyres. The Bahrain-specific Suzuki Baleno comes with the boot volume of 355-litres that can be extended to 1,085 litres with the folded rear seat.

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The interior of the Baleno hatchback offers with the new dashboard with silver accents, fabric upholstery, 2-DIN music system, six audio speakers, leather covered multi-function steering wheel, 4.2-inch TFT color display, as well. The safety features offered in the Baleno are ABS, six airbags, EBD, rear disc brakes and EBA.

Speaking of the mechanical specifications, the hatchback on sale in Bahrain is offered by the 1.4-litre K14B petrol engine, which is naturally-aspirated and rated at 94PS power and 130Nm torque. The local-specific Baleno is available with either 5-speed manual gearbox or 4-speed automatic gearbox.

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The Baleno is offered in Bahrain with the warranty of five years and unlimited kilometres along with the insurance, registration, as well. With this kind of facilities, the Baleno will have the best market in the country.