Maruti Suzuki India first unveiled the Vitara Brezza at the Auto Expo 2016. The new sub-4 metre SUV from the Indo-Japanese carmaker is based on the bigger, Suzuki Vitara that retails in a number of global markets. Though nearly the same size as the Ford EcoSport, the Vitara Brezza is more beefy, aggressive, and bettering looking SUV compared to the EcoSport. The SUV comes with a number of style additions like projector headlamps, dual tone body colour and other customisation options that gives it a more premium feel. The car will be available only with the 1.3-litre diesel engine that produces a maximum of 88.5bhp and a peak toque of 200 Nm that comes mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox.
Luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz today launched its seven-seater sports utility vehicle GL 63 AMG in India with a price tag of Rs 1.66 crore (ex-showroom Mumbai).
With this, the German high-end carmaker, which unveiled the AMG range for the first time in India, has introduced its fourth model so far this year in one of the fastest-growing auto markets in the world.
The company plans to roll out 10 products by December, Mercedes-Benz India managing director and chief executive officer Eberhard Kern told reporters after the launch here.
“The GL 63 AMG is one of the most revolutionary products to come from Mercedes-Benz. This is the perfect car for our customers and enthusiasts, who are passionate about performance driving and want an adrenaline gushing experience from their cars,” Kern said
Benz in India
Stating that the company posted a 32% growth in volumes in 2013, Kern said, “Sales in the January-March period grew by 27.12% to 2,554 units.” The German firm had reported a 31.62% increase in sales in 2013 at 9,003 units as against 6,840 in 2012.
“We are confident of achieving double-digit growth this year as well. Our best-selling products remain the C-Class and new E-Class but other models, including GL 63 AMG, will also contribute significantly volume growth,” he said.
Kern said the process of doubling capacity at the Chakan plant in Pune is almost complete. “More vehicles will be produced locally. However, there are no plans to produce GL 63 AMG locally at this stage,” he said.
The Mercedes-Benz India product portfolio comprises the locally produced S, E, C, GL and M-Class models. Completely built imported cars include the A, CLS and SLK-Class and the luxury tourer B-Class and luxury SUV GL 63 AMG. The company sells these models through 54 dealerships in 35 Indian cities.
Source: Economic Times
This fast motorcycle was an innovation of Ducati from Italy. Itâ€™s using L-Twin Cylinder Engine with 4 valver for each cylinder with Desmodromic and liquid cooled. The top speed that can be reached by this motorcycle is 169 mph (271 km/h) while the power of this Ducati can reach 119.3 kW (160.0 bhp) @ 9750 rpm. This Ducati 1098s is using 6 speed chain transmissions.
According to an official press release issued by Ferrari, the FF will make its world premiere today, February 23rd 2011, at 6:00pm CET on Ferrari.com.
Clients and enthusiasts can experience this exceptional event in eight different languages by simply connecting to the website.
The world premiere in Maranello will be presented by Ferrari Chairman Luca di Montezemolo and CEO Amedeo Felisa.
The exclusive presentation on the Internet can also be seen on iPhone and iPad in English and Italian.
To see the car from close up it is necessary to wait for the Geneva Motorshow, where the FF has already been listed as the main protagonist of the Swiss event.
It’s not easy being the owner of an exceedingly expensive car in India. Just ask Rishabh Jain, whose Lamborghini Murcielago LP640, in a shade of Grigio Telesto (metallic gray), spends an inordinate amount of time under a cover, parked in his affluent Malabar Hill apartment building.
On a recent Sunday outing along the sea-hugging Marine Drive (one of the Mumbaiâ€™s wider roads), Jain detailed the woes that afflict supercar owners in a tropical city known for traffic jams, erratic driving and crumbling infrastructure. “The most challenging thing is the roads, because they are bumpy as hell,” said Jain, a slight 26-year-old who wore designer jeans, Aviator sunglasses and a polo-style shirt with upturned collar.
Jain has deflated his tires by 6 pounds to compensate, but every lump in the road still announced itself with a thud of the tightly coiled suspension. The low-profile tires are also prone to puncture on pitted roads, and in April, one of the hottest months, the car is undrivable for long stretches lest it overheat, said Jain, who says he owns a construction company.
As he drove, Jain accelerated briskly between intersections, occasionally touching 90 mph – at one point leaving in his wake a Toyota Camry with a “police” placard on its windshield – before braking hard at red lights to yield to the sea of motorised humanity pouring onto Marine Drive. (In Mumbai, speed limits are rarely enforced, and police officers often accept bribes not to write tickets.)
Then there’s the public. “Another problem is the crowd that surrounds these cars when we take them out,” Jain said, adding that he often spends more time posing for photographs than driving. In India, the public tends to react to displays of wealth with envy rather than resentment.
These and other nuisances aside, “the main problem in India is actually the duty,” Jain said, referring to import taxes and other tariffs that can inflate the sticker price of an imported car nearly threefold. “People are very passionate about these cars,” he said.
Upward Demand Graph
That passion, along with a new willingness to spend among the growing affluent class in India, has lured high-end automakers to India. Wealth-X, a consulting firm that compiles data on “ultrahigh net worth” people, says India has the fifth-most billionaires of any country.
Abdul Majeed, an auto analyst at PricewaterhouseCoopers, predicts that growth in the high-end segment will be “fantastic” despite recent lackluster economic indicators. Initially, he said, automakers were hesitant to enter a market beset by high import duties and road taxes, and skeptical about India’s rapid creation of wealth.
“[Around] 10 years back, they were not too sure if the trend would continue,” Majeed said. “Now they are convinced this is a long-haul market, and they want to make sure they are here.”
Formal partnerships between automakers and local dealers, he said, have essentially snuffed out a gray market in which expensive cars often changed hands in off-the-books cash transactions.
Rolls-Royce Wraith. Image Courtesy Rolls-Royce
Taking Cue From Rolls-Royce
Before it opened a dealership in Mumbai in 2005, Rolls-Royce noticed that its cars were being imported either directly by customers or through independent dealers, said Herfried Hasenoehrl, the company’s head of business development for South Asia. Speaking in February at the opening in Hyderabad of Rolls-Royceâ€™s third Indian dealership, he said, “It became clear India is a very important market for us.”
The company is also exploring dealerships in Chandigarh, Ahmedabad and Chennai, Hasenoehrl said, and is hoping to capitalise on its long ties to India.
The first Rolls-Royce dealership opened here in 1911, in what was then known as Bombay, according to a 2003 book “The Automobiles of the Maharajas” by Sharada Dwivedi and Manvendra Singh Barwani. The cars were embraced by royalty including the Maharajah of Kotah, whose 1925 Phantom Torpedo was outfitted with crocodile-skin seats and, for tiger hunts, with more than a dozen lamps and spotlights.
Of more than 800 Rolls-Royces that arrived in that first wave, as few as 200 remain. Many went abroad before India banned classic car exports in 1979, according to the book, and now sell for huge sums in Europe and the United States.
Hasenoehrl declined to disclose sales figures, but he said there were about 250 modern Rolls-Royces in India.
Yohan Poonawalla, a racehorse breeder, says he bought the first Rolls-Royce from the Mumbai dealership, a 2005 Phantom. “It was quite sad that after independence India clamped down on imports, and all foreign cars stopped coming in, so I was very happy when they re-launched,” he said.
Source: Economic Times
Supercar performance in an estate body â€“ the RS4 Avant offers everything except great fuel economy. The V8 engine provides thrilling acceleration but enthusiasts will mourn the loss of the manual gearbox.
Price: $150, 000
The Picanto is a great example of how Kia is moving beyond its humble budget roots with cars that combine keen pricing with real style and ability. Beaten by Volkswagenâ€™s up! for cabin quality though.
It doesn’t get much more excessive than this: putting the V8-powered Boss Hoss motorcycles to shame, MTT’s Streetfighter packs nothing less than a Rolls-Royce-Allison turbine– the same sort of powertrain you’d find in a helicopter– that drives 320 horsepower to a Pirelli Diablo 240mm rear tire. A tubular aluminum frame, rear-mounted camera with LCD color display, and carbon fiber fairings come standard, but serious speed freaks will tick the box that upgrades to a 420 horsepower turbine that produces 500 lb-ft of torque… yikes!
Lighter than last year’s model with rear-wheel drive the Porsche 911 Carrera is the option for drivers seeking to blur the line between road and track, reaching for the gusto. Zero to 60 mph in four seconds in the hardtop coupe, with approximately a half-second added to the convertible’s time. A seven-speed double-clutch automated transmission is optional, and a six-speed manual transmission comes standard…naturally.