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  • autoX and Quattroruote Form an Editorial Partnership

    New Delhi, Delhi, India, Tuesday, March 12, 2013 -- (Business Wire India) -- autoX, the fastest growing Indian motoring magazine, joins hands with Italy's number one automotive magazine, Quattroruote, to provide the world's best automotive content to Indian readers

    autoX celebrates its 75th issue in April 2013 by announcing an editorial partnership with Italy's number one automotive title, Quattroruote, produced by Editoriale Domus - one of the oldest, and most respected, publishers in Italy.

    autoX, fuelled by passionate motoring junkies since 2006, is the fastest growing automotive lifestyle publication and portal in India. The features produced by autoX are both thorough and entertaining, to not only inform readers but also form an emotional connect with them. The reviews meet the highest standards of editorial quality & integrity, and autoX is also the only motoring magazine that conducts monthly performance testing at the Buddh International Circuit.

    Conversely, Quattroruote is the only publication in the world that has its own test track, which is used both by Formula 1 teams and also automotive manufacturers for testing. Since 1956, Quattroruote has been a benchmark for industry and consumers alike - making it Europe's most authoritative car magazine. Quattroruote's tests are among the most comprehensive in the world, and will continue to ensure that autoX provides the best motoring content on the planet.

    "We share the same values of transparency and objectivity, so collaborating with Quattroruote is the logical next step in our evolution towards being one of the most influential, informative and entertaining automotive resources in India," said Dhruv Behl, Managing Editor & Publisher,autoX

    "Tradition, quality, intellectual value and innovation have been part of the history of Editoriale Domus since its foundation in 1929. Over the years our publishing house has built an effective communication system around its brands, capable of connecting consumers and businesses. We work with taste, passion and seriousness, and our products are renowned for their authoritativeness and reliability. We look forward to bringing these values to Indian readers by collaborating with autoX," said Maria Giovanna Mazzocchi, President of the Board of the Directors and owner of Editoriale Domus.


    Legislation to Compel Vehicle Manufacturers to Launch New Models and Features in India, Finds Frost & Sullivan

    Legislation to Compel Vehicle Manufacturers to Launch New Models and Features in India, Finds Frost & Sullivan
    Vehicle manufacturers have to walk the fine line between reducing the vehicle's weight and still offering new functionalities

    Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, Wednesday, March 13, 2013 -- (Business Wire India) -- Social and legislative factors such as better urban infrastructure, and safety and emission norms play a vital role in the evolution of automotive technologies. India's large population and a low car penetration rate of approximately eight cars per 1,000 people translate to significant untapped potential for the automotive industry.

    New analysis from Frost & Sullivan , Indian Vehicle Technologies Evolution Roadmap, finds that airbags and anti-lock braking system (ABS) are likely to become mandatory in Indian passenger vehicles by FY'14. Keyless entry, engine immobilizer and seat-belt warning are expected to have high penetration rates.

    Government's continued reduction of import tariffs coupled with investor-friendly laws are expected to go a long way in enhancing the prospects of the automotive industry. Further, the rising middle class is moving away from motorcycles to entry-level cars, giving vehicle manufacturers opportunities to strategize and innovate.

    Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) tend to gravitate toward entry-level sedans under 4 meters for the domestic market to avail duty benefits and meet emission norms. Using superior technologies such as variable valve timing (VVT) and double overhead cam (DOHC), vehicle manufacturers have been able to extract more horse power and thereby, higher efficiency and torque, from a low-capacity engine. "OEMs are focusing their R&D initiatives on developing alternative fuel vehicles, which run on compressed natural gas/liquefied petroleum gas," said Frost & Sullivan Analyst. "Penetration levels for automatic transmission, currently at 4 percent, are expected to increase in the near future."

    The 58.2 per cent penetration rate for electric power steering in passenger vehicles is projected to grow by 20-22 per cent by FY'17. Multilink suspension systems will continue to be used over the next five years, as these systems are economical. Vehicle manufacturers offer vehicle stability features only in the high-end variants of compact segment models. However, by 2014, ABS and electronic brake distribution (EBD) is expected to become mandatory in all models at all trim levels. Tire pressure monitoring systems and electronic stability programs (ESPs) are likely to witness 100 per cent penetration by FY'16 in the utility vehicle segment. Comfort and conveyance features such as power windows, remote locking, fog lamp, and rear AC vents will witness more than 80 per cent penetration over the next five years.

    "In the infotainment technology segment, Bluetooth connectivity and USB port are expected to witness higher uptake," noted the analyst. "AUX In-Port and Bluetooth user interface are also generally offered in high-end vehicles due to the price factor, but with time, the penetration rate of AUX In-Port is anticipated to increase in the mid-size car and hatchback segments."

    If you are interested in a virtual brochure, which provides a brief synopsis of the research and a table of contents, then send an e-mail to Ravinder Kaur/Priya George, Corporate Communications, at ravinder.kaur@frost.com / priyag@frost.com with your full name, company name, title, telephone number, company e-mail address, company website, city, state and country. Upon receipt of the above information, a brochure will be sent to you by e-mail.


    Hyundai Motor India Launches the First Edition of Cross Country Drive - ‘i-Drive India’

    New Delhi, Delhi, India, Tuesday, March 05, 2013 -- (Business Wire India) -- Hyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL), the country's second largest car manufacturer and the largest passenger car exporter, today flagged off the first edition of its cross country drive 'i-Drive India' with the new special edition iTech i10. The flag off ceremony was held at Hyundai Motor Plaza, New Delhi.

    The cross country drive with i Tech i10 will cover a distance of more than 9,000 kms over a period of 25 days through numerous destinations along the 'Golden Quadrilateral' route and will culminate in New Delhi on March 29, 2013. The Hyundai i10 has been one of the most successful flagship model from Hyundai's portfolio since its launch in 2007 and offers great styling, comfort, mileage, performance and reliability. Hyundai i10 has commanded unprecedented leadership, celebrating over 12 Lakh customers worldwide. 

    Mr. Nalin Kapoor, Senior General Manager and Group Head of Marketing, HMIL, commented at the 'i-Drive India' flag off ceremony, "We are delighted to launch the first edition of Hyundai's cross country drive i-Drive India with the special edition of our most successful car i-10. We are certain that the new special edition with its innovative and advanced features will be appreciated by all the participants of this drive. Through Modern Premium brand direction, we provide new value and Hyundai experience to our customers"

    'i-Drive India's' route has been planned to explore the key iconic locations, myriad landscape and culture and diversity of India before reaching the final destination. During the drive the participants will traverse through diverse terrains high altitude mountainous terrains, beaches, flat highways, congested city roads and the interiors of India to showcase the durability, performance, reliability and fuel efficiency of i-Tech i10. 

    'i-Drive'Route:Delhi-Jaipur-Udaipur-Silvassa-Mumbai-Goa-Hubli-Bangalore-Coimbatore-Kochi-Salem-Chennai-Vijayawada-Vishakhapatnam-Bhubaneshwar-Kolkata-Gaya-Varanasi-Agra-Delhi-Jammu-Delhi.

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    Tata Motors February sales at 61,998 nos.

    Tata Motors' total sales (including exports) of Tata commercial and passenger vehicles in February 2013 were 61,998 vehicles. The company's domestic sales of Tata commercial and passenger vehicles for February 2013 were 58,002 nos.

    Cumulative sales (including exports) for the company for the fiscal were 737,408 nos.

    Commercial Vehicles 
    The company's sales of commercial vehicles in February 2013 in the domestic market were 47,389 nos. LCV sales were 36,760 nos., while M&HCV sales stood at 10,629 nos.

    Cumulative sales of commercial vehicles in the domestic market for the fiscal were 480,330 nos. Cumulative LCV sales were 351,801 nos., while M&HCV sales stood at 128,529 nos.

    In February, Tata Motors' Jamshedpur plant rolled out its two millionth truck. The company bagged an order for its fully indigenous Tata 6x6 multi-axle high mobility mobile platforms, from Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL).

    Tata Motors will be launching two new exciting applications for intercity transportation and staff transportation in the MCV bus segment - the Front Engine Luxury AC Intercity Coach- 45-Seater and Luxury Staff Bus, in a phased manner shortly.

    Passenger Vehicles 
    Sales of passenger vehicles for February 2013 were at 10,613 nos. Sales of the Nano/ Indica/ Indigo range in February 2013 were 7,769 nos. The Sumo/ Safari/ Aria/ Venture range sales were 2,844 nos.

    During the month, Tata Motors claimed a sweeping win in India's first-ever National TSD (Time-Speed-Distance) Rally Championship - FMSCI-JK Tyre Indian National TSD rally. The Tata Indigo eCS set a new endurance record and entered the Limca Book of Records with a remarkable feat of a non-stop nation-wide mileage run; touching all four gateways - from Koteshwar in West to Kibithu in East, from Kashmir in the North to Kanyakumari in the South, crossing 19 states and union territories, covering 14,000 kms in just 15 days.

    Cumulative sales of passenger vehicles were 209,799 nos. Cumulative sales of the Nano/ Indica/ Indigo range were at 165,789 nos. Cumulative sales of the Sumo/Safari/ Aria/ Venture range were 44,010 nos.

    Exports
    The company's sales from exports are 3,996 vehicles in February 2013. Cumulative sales from exports for the fiscal were 47,279 nos.


     

    Hyundai introduces Special Edition 'iTech' i10

    New Delhi, March 4, 2013: Hyundai Motor India Ltd. (HMIL), the country’s largest passenger car exporter and second largest car manufacturer today introduced the Special Edition – ‘i Tech’ i10 celebrating over 12 Lakh i10 customers worldwide. The i10 has been one of the successful flagship model from Hyundai’s portfolio since its launch in 2007.

    The Special Edition i10 has host of first-in-the-segment innovative and high-tech features like Rear-View parking Camera and Electro-Chromic function on cabin rear view mirror and Steering-mounted Bluetooth device. On the exterior, the styling is complemented by sporty ‘i Tech’ body graphics. Inside the cabin, it has sporty interiors with dual tone red and beige upholstery seats with red dashboard and door armrest inserts. The special Edition i10 will be available in 1.1 ltr Era and 1.2 ltr Magna variants.
     
    Commenting on the special edition ‘i Tech’ i10 Mr Rakesh Srivastava, Vice President, sales and marketing, HMIL said, “We are delighted to introduce the Special Edition ‘i Tech’ i10 to our valued customers. The Special Edition i10 has set of innovative and high-tech features along with the stylish enhancements. It is our continuous effort to gauge changing customer preferences and keep introducing new features in our products to give our customers enhanced value offering.”

    The special edition i10 is available at all Hyundai showrooms across India. The Ex-showroom price in New Delhi as follows:


    Model Variant Price
    i10 1.1 Era 424,163
    i10 1.2 Magna 457,265
     

    Tata Manza Club Class diesel prices revised!

    Range now starts at Rs. 5.99 lakhs
    Introduces Club Class Buyback Assurance - Get 60% Resale Value after 3 years

    After Club Class Features, Club Class Service, Tata Manza has launched yet another industry first and has introduced the 'Club Class Buyback Assurance'. With the Club Class Buyback Assurance, Tata Motors offers its customers 60% of the purchase price after 3 years.

    Designed for the discerning new-age customer, the Tata Manza Club Class, is an enticing combination of first-in-class human-machine interface, best-in-class cabin space and contemporary styling. Taking forward its luxurious lineage, the new Tata Manza has been launched with a powerful positioning of 'the Club Class Sedan' since it has set a new benchmark for sedan buyers in the mid-sized car segment with its plush interiors and state-of-the-art technology features, making it the most premium sedan in its class.

    In order to make the value proposition even more attractive, Tata Motors has revised the Manza prices and is now offering the range at special reduced prices. The price range is as below.


    Description Earlier Ex Showroom Prices New Delhi New Ex-Showroom Prices New Delhi
    MANZA LS QJET 90PS BS4 6,49,337 Rs. 5,99,500
    MANZA LX QJET 90PS BS4 6,93,729 Rs. 6,54,873
    MANZA VX QJET 90PS BS4 7,55,048 Rs. 7,19,402
    MANZA EX QJET 90PS BS4 8,43,264 Rs. 8,14,409
     
     
 
 

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