Swedish Luxury arriving in a new face

Swedish Luxury arriving in a new face

Showcased at the Geneva Motor Show, Volvo’s premium SUV, the XC60, will be welcomed in India on 12th December, 2017. The newest iteration of the car is certainly well-balanced with some nice little touches like the 'Thor's Hammer' daytime running light arrangement which help it in standing out of the crowd. The new XC60 is the second model from the Swedish car maker that is based on the Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform. A lot of new touches are evident on the shell of the car. The new XC60’s Scandinavian design looks a lot like its elder sibling, the XC90. Exterior features include a sporty front bumper with large air intakes and air dam, the signature multi-slat grille, sporty alloy wheels and vertically stacked LED tail lamps that give the…
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rediGO soon to show off an AMT version

rediGO soon to show off an AMT version

January will mark the entry of Datsun in the fleet of AMT driven cars. The Japanese brand confirmed to add an automatic variant to its entry-level hatchback redi-GO line-up by January 2018. We are curious to see if the redi-GO AMT will make use of a conventional gear lever or a rotary dial system for the gearbox like its French competitor Renault Kwid AMT. Speaking of the features that the package offers; no changes are expected. Datsun redi-GO already offers several amenities like the LED daytime running lights, a regular CD player, an AUX-In, and optional driver side airbags offered only on the top-end trim. Not to forget, there is an all-black cabin, sporty red accents for the seats as well as silver finish on the AC vents and the…
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Tata Electric = Jayem Neo

Tata Electric = Jayem Neo

Tata has marked 28th November, 2017 in their calendars because on that day, the Nano is making a major comeback; this time with an electric power train. The much-rumoured Tata Nano electric will be launched with a new badge this time- the Jayem Neo. The electric version of the cheapest car in the world will be jointly manufactured by Tata Motors and Coimbatore-based Jayem Automotives. Tata Motors have planned to supply finished Nano bodies to Jayem Automotives who will breathe the engine and transmission into the car and market the EV. Jayem Automotives has a history of association with Tata Motors and recently the two automakers have entered a joint venture to develop sporty versions of select Tata models. Jayem will source the electric power train from the one-stop shop…
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Luxury exports to India the NX300H

Luxury exports to India the NX300H

Lexus has set afoot in India once more with the NX300H which is the brand's smallest offering. The SUV is kept around the 60 lakhs price bracket. The latest car from the manufacturer is available in two variants – the entry-level Luxury trim and the top-spec F-Sport trim. The NX300H from the outside is similar to what we have seen on other models from the house of Lexus, with a sharp, distinctive face and large grille. The Lexus logo on the NX300H's grille gets a blue backlight as well. To top the bulky SUV look, it also gets side skirts, roof rails and black plastic cladding on the wheel arches. The rear typically sports sharp, angular tail lights and bold character lines on the tail gate. Lexus has not left…
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Duster will soon dust leader boards in a new Avatar

Duster will soon dust leader boards in a new Avatar

Renault has finally taken the lid off and revealed the updated Duster. The 2018 Renault Duster breathes everything new. The latest iteration of Renault Duster seems to be expressing the off-roading abilities of the car which revived the compact SUV segment in India five years ago. The first distinguishable factor of the new car is the refurbished grille. The grille now flows slightly downwards to meet the front bumper. A large Renault logo sits in the centre, surrounded by subtle chrome bits on its side. The Renault Duster also gets LED daytime running lights and LED inserts for its tail-lamps. The alloy wheel design is slightly different and looks more upmarket, as expected. The wheels are five-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels which are housed under flared wheel arches. The black trim…
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Scorpio stings with fresh teeth

Scorpio stings with fresh teeth

Mahindra launched the exhilarated Scorpio on 14th November, 2017. The refreshed car comes in seven, eight and nine-seater configurations and gets a few cosmetic changes to its exterior as well as interior and a more powerful engine. The exterior features a new grille design with seven slats, an improved front bumper, new projector headlamps, new round fog lamps, turn indicators on the wing mirrors and new 17-inch alloy wheels. There is a new bumper at the rear, a new red theme for the LED tail-lamps, a new wiper, and a redesigned tailgate. On the inside, the higher-spec variants now sport new faux leather upholstery wrapping the steering wheel and gear lever as well. The touchscreen infotainment system that comes with navigation doubles as a rear parking camera. In terms of tech,…
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Ford has competitors all around

It has hardly been a week since the Ford EcoSport was launched and it has already drawn comparison tests by its competitors. Exterior While the new Ford EcoSport still has the same back as its predecessor, the front gets a striking new face. Most prominent is the new Ford family grille, accompanied by larger projector headlamps and LED daytime running lamps. The bumper is new too, with triangular housings for the fogs and indicators. The EcoSport hasn’t really changed in profile, save for the new-design 17-inch alloys. Although the Maruti Vitara Brezza has a relatively straightforward style, it has won hearts of the Indian buyers on account of its traditional, two-box SUV appeal with its contrast-coloured roof. The Brezza’s SUV styling is further augmented by its 198mm ground clearance. The…
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X7 soon to burn the Indian roads

X7 soon to burn the Indian roads

The BMW Concept X7 iPerformance is the quintessence of automotive luxury. An innovative design of groundbreaking design and inspiring presence, equipped with an unbelievable amount of space and comfort. Hendrik von Kuenheim, senior vice-president BMW, has confirmed that BMW’s flagship luxury SUV, the X7, is on its way to India. The model is expected to come to showrooms towards the end of 2018.   The X7 is different from all other Xs in an array of ways. To start with is that massive upright kidney grille that stands out and clearly marks it out as a BMW. It’s a bit too large, has a bit too much chrome and looks a bit like an add-on. The lines of the X7 are also quite different from the norm. For BMW, a…
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Shanghai over India for Elon

Shanghai over India for Elon

Tesla has finalised a new manufacturing unit outside Shanghai in a free-trade zone after declining several invitations by the Indian Transport Ministry. Tesla has become the first foreign company to set up a factory on its own in China. In 2017 the Asian country has accounted for 18.7% of Tesla's total sales. From Tesla’s point of view, China already has driven a fair distance in terms of electric mobility. The total electric vehicle sales in China stood at 3.51 lakh units last year and the country aims to cross the 70 lakh unit sales mark by 2025. In September, the country announced that it was working on a plan to phase out conventionally powered cars. On the occasion of the company's Q3 results, Elon Musk revealed that the production is tentatively…
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When Bhavish met Satya

When Bhavish met Satya

Connecting cars with mobile phones has been a common trait in present cars. The latest company to enter the fray is Ola. The cab aggregator announced that it is going to join hands with Microsoft to build a new connected vehicle platform, which will be offered to car-makers across the globe for integration with their vehicle systems.   As part of this partnership, Microsoft's Azure cloud computing platform will power the existing in-cab infotainment console, Ola Play, and bring on board features such as vehicle diagnostics, telematics and navigation guidance along with predictive maintenance of vehicles.   Customers who opt for Ola Play-enabled vehicles will be able to use Office 365 and Skype, as well as voice-assisted controls on the way to their destination. Ola says the system will enable…
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