1937 Japanese entrepreneur Kiichiro Toyoda founded Toyota Motors as a part of his business. Since then the company has went on to become the biggest auto maker in the world, by production and employ more than 330,000 people worldwide. It also has the distinction of building the bestselling car of all time, the ‘Corolla’ sedan. It is also the first company to build more than 10 million vehicles per year. In 1997, Toyota formally entered the Indian automobile market. For operation in the Indian market Toyota formed a joint venture with the Kirloskar group, known as the Toyota Kirloskar Pvt. Ltd. Now after almost two decades after its entry, Toyota holds a decent position in the Indian soil and is the fourth biggest automaker in the country. After building and selling some of its well known global models like ‘Corolla’ and ‘Camry’ where the repair can be easily done in chimeramotors.com, Toyota focused on developing models keeping in mind the preferences of Indian customers and the company has been successful in this regard. One such bright example is the ‘Etios’ range of cars. The range consists of subcompact sedans and hatchbacks that were made especially for the Indian market. The sedan version was launched in 2010, followed by the hatchback version called the ‘Etios Liva’. After the success of the model, Toyota began selling the model in countries like Brazil, South Africa and Indonesia. Despite competition on both the sedan and hatchback segment from renowned brands like Ford, Hyundai , Maruti Suzuki , Honda etc. , the models have managed to sell in impressive numbers. In 2013, Toyota added some interior and enhancements to the range. Now for the 2014 model year, Toyota has decided to face lift both the ‘Etios’ and the ‘Etios Liva’. The face lift will contain only cosmetic changes and no change on the mechanical front. Toyota cars were accused of being somewhat bland in style and now the makers are looking to address the issue. Toyota has already announced the prices. The sedan will still be powered by a DOHC 1.5 liter petrol engine and a D-4D 1.4 liter Diesel engine. The hatchback will get a 1.2 liter petrol engine and the same diesel engine as the sedan.
- Stylish new front radiator grille
- New ORVM ( electric adjustment ) with turn indicator (integrated)
- New attractive pearl white body color exclusively for the model
- New armrest with wooden finish for extra comfort
- Alloy wheels with 12 spoke design
- Door handles with chrome plating
- New premium quality fabric for the seats. Driver seat has height adjustment function.
- LCD screen with combimeter and digital clock
- Additional 2 speakers for the rear in addition to the front speakers for enhanced sound effect.
- High quality 2 DIN audio system with functions like Bluetooth, remote control and USB Aux –in.
- Steering wheel with audio controls mounted in them
- glove box with cooling feature
- SRS bags in the front for both driver and passenger. The bags are standardized across grades.
- Reverse parking sensors for convenience
- Alert/ warning system for open door, seatbelt, and headlamp.
If you are not satisfied with the standard features and is looking for more, do not worry as Toyota is also offering additional appearance packages for the face lifted model.
Real Luxury collection package for Etios sedan
- chrome garnish for the tail lamp
- Chrome garnish for the rear door
- Wooden finish for the gear knob
- Stylish headlamps with chrome garnish
- Chrome Garnish for the side mirrors
- Chrome plated side visor
Décor Collection for Etios Liva hatchback
- Visor for the side door
- Chrome molding for the side doors
- Special protector for the bumper corners
- Spoiler on the roof
- Comfortable car cushions and cover for the steering wheel.
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Iconic German auto maker Volkswagen first launched the ‘Passat’, a large family car in the year 1973. Since then it has gone through several generation changes. The current generation is the eighth generation and the model number is B8. ‘Passat’ has the distinction of being one of the most successful car models of all time and finds itself in the list of 10 top selling cars. The current generation of the ‘Passat’ that is on sale in Europe market is built on VW’s acclaimed MQB platform. However the German brand is ready to expand the model range and has introduced a new hybrid variant called the ‘VW Passat GTE’. The official public appearance will take place at the upcoming Paris Motor Show. Ahead of the release VW has revealed detailed information about the car. The model is called ‘Passat GTE’, the ‘GTE’ indicating the plug-in hybrid nature, peachy clean austin as seen in ‘Golf GTE’. For the very first time VW is releasing a plug-in hybrid in saloon (sedan) and estate body styles. The sale of the model will start from October of 2015. While the initial launch will be in the European market, a US spec version is also expected in future.
To set it apart from other variants VW has put in some visual changes to this new version. The upper front fascia now carries a new chrome grille with a blue line on top. The front bumper has also been redesigned and is now fitted with air inlet panels and daytime running lights (LED). Blue color and ‘C’-shaped LED headlights have become a kind of signature VW styling for its hybrid models and the new ‘Passat’ is no exception. It carries both the C-shaped lights and the color blue on the grille. To increase the style even more, VW has added the new plug-in hybrid with 17-inch ‘Astana’ style alloy wheels. Call voip phone number to get more info
Like the outside, the inside too has been changed in some places. The makers have taken effort to match the interior with the drive system. There are standard features like- leather covered steering wheel with blue stitching , ambient lighting (blue), gear knob with stylish blue stitching etc. The ‘Sevilla’ cloth based seats are very comfortable to sit in. The seats have a blue basic structure that has been configured especially for this new ‘GTE’ model. To match the advanced powertrain, VW has fitted the new ‘Passat GTE’ with the advanced ‘Composition Media’ system. The system comes with a high resolution screen in 6.5-inch or 8 inch size. Some of the higher systems have radio-navigation in them. The other highlights include- post collision automatic braking, Driver Alert, special rain sensors, Emergency Braking system, Led headlights and ParkPilot system.
The hybrid power system of the new ‘Passat’ is based on a combination of a battery run electric motor and petrol consuming engine. Here the petrol engine is a 1.4 liter TSI unit that has been re-tuned. While engine can create 156 HP power, the electric motor can create an output of 115 HP and 400 Nm torque. Thus the total output becomes 218 HP. The powertrain is mated to a six speed dual-clutch auto transmission.
Volkswagen has claimed that the car will consume fuel on an average of 2 liter for every 100 km or 141 miles with each gallon. The Co2 emission is also on the lower side with 45 g per km. With a full tank and full charge ,the car can travel up to 1000 km or 622 miles. Under eight seconds it can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph( 100 km). The top speed of the car is 220 km (137 miles ) per hour.
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The Indian division of famous German manufacturer has brought to the country, a top of the range variant of the Q3 luxury SUV, called the ‘Dynamic’. The model will have to compete against BMW X1 and the soon to be released ‘Mercedes GLA’. For this reason Audi has fully loaded the car with Audi Drive Select and several other features that will help the brand to make its footing firm in the compact luxury SUV segment.
From the styling aspect, there is features like- full chrome radiator grille, guards for the under body at both rear and front and special heat-insulating glass. The ‘Audi Q3 Dynamic’ also has Xenon Plus headlamps with LED daytime lights, LED tail lights, and stylishly designed 5 spoke 17-inch alloy wheels. The German automaker will offer three exterior colors to the buyers- Mythos black, Florett silver, and monsoon grey. Inside the cabin there is a multi-functional steering wheel covered with leather. There is a high-gloss package that adds special finish to the interior. For the comfort of the front passengers there are comfortable electrically adjustable seats. The new model also has a driver information system and rain and light sensor as an option. To make the ‘Dynamic’ name true, the range topping ‘Q3’ has features like hill start assist, auto release function, Dual-zone AC and cruise control.
A 10 speakers Audi sound system with sub-woofer is also there. Other notable features include- concert radio, voice dialog system, and Audi music interface. The infotainment options are displayed in 5.8-inch retractable MMI screen. Connectivity features include audio streaming and Bluetooth. The new ‘Q3 Dynamic’ receives power from TDI diesel 2.0-litre engine with an output of 177 HP power and torque of 380 Nm. The engine is paired with a 7-speed S Tronic transmission. Safety features include- ESP, 6 airbags, quattro all-wheel drive and parking aid plus.
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German manufacturer Mercedes-Benz (division of Daimler AG) is one of the most reputed and best-selling car brands in the world. Last year, the face lifted ‘E-Class’ sedan was launched in India with 4-cylinder engines. But after seeing a strong demand for a more powerful engine in the Indian market, Mercedes has finally launched the 2014 model year ‘E350 CDI’ with a new engine. The front fascia of the face lifted model has a bold looking front grille and single headlamps with double LED units.
The biggest talking point from the latest ‘E350 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY’ is a V6 3.0-litre turbo diesel engine that gives an output of 258 BHP power and a segment topping torque of 620 Nm. Power to the rear wheels is sent with the help of a 7G-TRONIC auto transmission unit. The ‘E350 CDI’ is capable of going from 0 to 00 km/hr sprint in only 6.6 seconds. The top speed is
electronically limited to 250 km/hr. For more efficiency the E350 is fitted with an ECO Start-Stop system.
The other features that make the ‘Mercedes E350’ different from the previously launched ‘E250’ are- 14 speaker 610 watt Harman Kardon audio system, panoramic camera (covers 360 degree), COMAND infotainment system with advanced navigation. The car also has a panoramic sunroof (now available on all E-Class variants) and driver assistance features like lane keeping assist, blind spot warning , cruise control (adaptive), cross-traffic alert, adaptive high-beam lights, auto parking etc. Optional features include rear seat entertainment pack and 17-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels.
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After months of wait Suzuki India has finally launched the ‘Gixxer 155’, its flagship motorcycle. Priced very competitively, this is the second effort from the Japanese manufacturer in the 150cc segment. The new ‘Gixxer’ has a sporty engine, and great styling that can make it a hot property. The bike has a length of 2050 mm, width of 785 mm and height of 1030 mm. The wheelbase is 1330 mm. The target audience of the bike is mainly people between 18-25 years of age. The makers are also claiming that the bike will give a mileage of 63.5 km/l. In case of styling, the ‘Suzuki Gixxer’ has muscular overtones. The fuel tank is brawny and raised and takes the centre stage in the design. In addition the raised rear seat has added a sporty touch. Suzuki has said that the Gixxer’s has been inspired by the famous Suzuki GSX-R series. Other styling highlights include- powerful LED tail lights, stylish alloy wheels and dual exhaust muffler. The bike has been fitted with a fully digital instrument cluster that shows all vital information and is also easy to read. The new ‘Suzuki Gixxer’ will be powered by a single cylinder 154.9cc , air-cooled, 2-valve engine. It can produce 14.8 PS of power (8000 RPM) and torque of 14 Nm (6000 RPM). The engine is paired with a 5-speed gearbox. The new motorcycle is also powered with new technology Suzuki Eco Performance. It helps to improve the bike’s performance and its fuel efficiency. While it is not remarkably powerful, it delivers real driving fun. While the ‘Suzuki Gixxer’ has telescopic forks in the front, the rear wheel has a monoshock suspension. setup. There is a disc brake on the front while rear has a drum brake. The delivery of the bike has already started. It comes with an option of 5 colours – blue, black grey, white and red.
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German auto maker has managed to find a strong footing in India since its arrival in 2007 with successful cars like the Volkswagen Polo and the ‘Vento’ sedan. The ‘Vento’ was especially developed for the Indian market. It is stretched version the ‘Polo’ hatchback. The model was praised for its build-quality and engine and has sold in good numbers. To celebrate the success of the model in India Volkswagen will launch a limited edition special model that has been named the ‘Vento Konekt’. Volkswagen India’s passenger car director Michael Mayer said that the ‘Vento Konekt’ will fulfill the requirements of the customers with fast paced lifestyles. These customers look for uninterrupted, 24×7 digital connectivity and entertainment in their vehicle. Since the ‘Vento Konekt’ has features like- advanced GPS navigation, social network connectivity and Bluetooth telephony, it is perfectly suited for the digital age. There is also an Android tablet for the rear seat passengers, providing them access to useful apps and games at a few clicks. The makers are hopeful that the ‘Konekt’ will truly connect with the customers.
Volkswagen will be offering the ‘Vento Konekt’ in six exciting exterior colors- Reflex Silver, Deep Black, Candy White, Shadow Blue, Pepper Grey and Terra Beige. The car sits on sporty looking alloy wheels. The body of the car is galvanized and it comes with anti-perforation warranty that is valid for six years. It will also come with parking sensors and ‘Konekt’ badging. Like the exterior, the interior is also more decked up than before. The limited edition model has useful features like Climatronic AC, telescopic steering wheel and upgraded upholstery for more comfort. Another great highlight is the Blaupunkt touchscreen infotainment system. It comes with Bluetooth, SDHC, USB, DVD player and Igo-navtech maps. For the passengers of the rear seat, there is a Blaupunkt 8-inch android tablet. The tablet has features like With Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth, dual SIM slots and HD display.
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India is a huge market for two-wheelers and it is given importance by the world’s top manufacturers of motorcycles. Japanese manufacturer Suzuki, one of the world’s best known motorcycle manufacturers has decided to launch the new ‘Gixxer’ in the Indian market. The new offering is a vital bike for Suzuki’s India division. The ‘Gixxer’ can help Suzuki to become stronger in the two-wheeler market. Till now the company was only focusing and working on scooters. Its previous bike the ‘GS150R’ did not do well in the 150cc bike segment. As result the company is heavily depending on the ‘Gixxer’. It will have to compete against the likes of the ageing but top selling, Bajaj Pulsar, the new updated Yamaha FZ 2.0, the CB Trigger from Honda, the Apache RTR 160 from TVS and the Hero Xtreme . Suzuki has already started to take bookings from buyers and will start delivering immediately after the launch.
It is going to be the flagship product of Suzuki in the Indian market. The launch of the ‘Gixxer 155’ will be on 10th of August. According to the Suzuki the chassis and the engine of the new bike has been developed by the engineers who were behind the famous GSX-R series of motorcycles. From the photos it is clear that the ‘Gixxer’ has a great look with a naked design, leanbody styling and fat 140-section rear tire.
Powering the new ‘Suzuki Gixxer’ will be a single-cylinder 150cc air-cooled, SOHC engine with around 13.9 BHP of power and torque of 13.4 Nm. It is paired to a 5-speed gearbox. The bike has telescopic fork suspension at the front, while the rear wheel gets a mono-shock suspension setup. The front wheel features a powerful disc brake while a drum brake setup has been given to the rear wheel. Suzuki is offering SEP (Suzuki Eco Performance) technology for better power and fuel efficiency.
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Earlier this year Ford had revealed plans for the launch of a redesigned version of the popular ‘Figo’ hatchback. The American manufacturer also revealed the KA (another badge for the Figo) hatchback in some markets. Now the reports have been proven true as Ford has launched the new version of the ‘Figo’ in the Brazilian market. Ford sells the hatchback as the ‘KA’ in Brazil. It is available in two variants SE and SEL.
The new ‘KA’ hatchback will also be released by Ford as the 2015 model year Figo in India, replacing the current model. it is expected that the American manufacturer will launch it by early 2015. The release of a ‘Figo’ sedan is also in the plans.
Ford has provided the new car with a 3 cylinder 1.0-litre petrol engine. It can produce peak torque of 107 Nm and max power of 85 bhp. The engine has been paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox and a front wheel drive. However it remains to be seen whether Ford provides only a cosmetic makeover to the Indian edition or a mechanical change as well. The 2015 ‘Ford Figo’ has been inspired by the ‘Figo’ concept that was showcased at this year’s Auto Expo in New Delhi.
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The compact MPV ‘Ertiga’ (means Swift with three rows in Indonesian language) was first launched in 2012, first in India and then in Indonesia. In the Indian market it competed with cars like- Mahindra Xylo, Tata Sumo Grande, and Toyota Innova. It was based on the Suzuki Swift platform and powered by a K-Series petrol/ Fiat Multijet engine. This month (July 2014) Maruti Suzuki took the decision to introduce the car for the export market. It also launched a limited edition version of the ‘Ertiga’ to celebrate the sale of 1.50 Lakh units in India. The limited edition model will be available with petrol, diesel as well as CNG powertrain.
Maruti Suzuki released an official statement saying, “This is in line with the company’s vision to offer product differentiation to customers who aspire for features over and above the product strengths of high fuel efficiency, interior comfort, ease of driving and flexi seating,”. Manohar Bhat, VP of marketing, Maruti Suzuki India said: “The new Ertiga Limited Edition, with a sleek chrome grille, plush interiors, aesthetically designed spoilers with classy body graphics and decals is a tasteful product…The additional features on the Ertiga Limited Edition highlight the company’s focus on product differentiation for the customer…Limited editions help us strengthen the brand and enhance the overall appeal of the car… Overall, we have sold over 150,000 units in domestic market. Ertiga was the fastest to achieve this milestone in B segment. Customers have appreciated the Ertiga for its compact size, contemporary looks, ergonomic design and the flexibility of 5+2 seating.”
The models will come with the new Pearl Blaze Blue body color option and the previously available superior white and silky silver metallic colors.
Other key features include:
- Sleek chrome front grille
- Rear Spoiler
- 10 Spoke Alloy Wheel
- Dual-Tone interiors with wooden trims
- Reverse Parking sensor
- Integrated Audio console
- Attractive Body graphics and Decals
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South Korean auto makers Hyundai will be releasing the seventh generation of the ‘Sonata’, their flagship product, in India early next year. The car was given its official release in South Korea few months ago. In India, the outgoing sixth generation was sold from 2012. The car was praised for its ‘fluidic sculpture’ looks, good tech features and a powerful engine. But the latest generation of Hyundai Sonata promises to be more refined and mature in style and more features heavy than its predecessor.
While the previous generation ‘Sonata’ was great looking, it had some overflowing bodylines which would not appeal to some up-market buyers. With the seventh generation, the styling has been massively revised. It is based on the Hyundai’s design philosophy of evolved Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 and the lines are now under control. There is a new trapezoidal grille and sweptback headlights on the front and a new bumper with integrated LED DRL’s. The rear has been kept simple with clean tapered lines and premium looking tail lights. The roofline has been designed to make the 2015 Sonata a bit sportier than before. 51 percent of the body is constructed from high strength steel, making the car lighter than before.The interior layout has a touch of sophistication and the cabin is packed with features. The steering wheel is multi functional and other notable features include 8-inch touch screen display for infotainment, Bluetooth, USB, AUX and Smartphone connectivity, voice recognition etc.
As of now, no major change in the engine department has been made. The ‘2015 Hyundai Sonata’ will come fitted with 4-cylinder 2.4 liter GDI engine that can produce 201 PS of power and torque of 250 Nm. It is mated to 6-speed manual or SHIFTRONIC auto transmission. Reports also suggest that Hyundai may launch a CRDi diesel engine next year along with the car.
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