Dec 16, 2008

Volvo Car India to sell 25 special edition SUVs

Volvo Cars IndiaBy having association with Volvo Ocean Race Kochi, Volvo Car India introduced 25 special edition SUV's and their plan to sell them got stopover.

The company has planned to bring 25 limited edition cars to India, said Paul de Voijs, the Managing Director of Volvo Car India at Volvo Ocean Race village.

Since India is a vital marketplace for their company, the company targets to well establish their brand in India, said Voijs. The company is intended to improve their brand which was introduced a year ago in India, he added.

The company has sold around 100 cars in the period from January 2008 to December 2008.

As an outcome of the nine-month extended Volvo Ocean Race, a count of 10000 special edition cars are anticipated to be sold in all over the world. The limited editions are expected to be released at various stopovers.

Even though there is recession, the luxury division experienced less reflection due to the retardation in the sales in India. Currently, there is no idea for opening any plant in India and also the cars are imported as a whole.

Presently, with the assistance of four dealerships located at Mumbai, Delhi, Chandigarh and Hyderabad, the company is marketing its products in India. Further, Volvo has planned to have six additional dealerships in India in 2009 comprising one at Kochi, said Voijs.

In Blue Pearl and Electric Silver metallic colors, the Volvo XC90 Ocean Race Edition is striking the market. An elite Ocean Race emblem is outfitted on the roof banisters and on the side shield. The price of five-seater SUV is Rs.50 lakh and the price of seven-seater is Rs.51.5 lakh.

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Dec 3, 2008

Six New Bikes from Bajaj in 2009

Bajaj Auto announced that it plans to launch six new models in India in 2009. It will undertake serious product initiatives to boost the sales and will launch one new model every month for the next six months beginning January 2009. Bajaj Auto’s sales fell by 37 per cent in November 2008 at 131,681 units compared with 209,876 units in November 2007. The company does not foresee any boost in sales in December 2008 either as the dealers have refused to pickup any more deliveries due to inventory pile up.

The Indian customers can expect all new face-lifted Pulsar 220cc, new Pulsar 200 FI, XCD sprint and Blade scooter. The company also aims to launch its new low cost product which might be christened as Steel. There is one more unnamed product in the product portfolio that will be launched next year.

The company is also offering cheaper financing from Bajaj Auto Finance Limited. The company will finance all the vehicles purchased from the Bajaj dealer and will offer cheaper loan options to its customers. The company is one amongst the other auto makers in India that are reeling under the pressure of ongoing credit crunch in the market.


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Nov 25, 2008

Honda India to hike prices of their models

The weak rupee is showing its ugly face. Honda is likely to hike car prices across most models by Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 1.5 lakh starting January 2008. The price hike has been attributed to the depreciation of the rupee. Since most auto parts are imported, the rupee's depreciation has made them expensive, forcing Honda to go for a price hike despite a slowdown in the market.

Honda CarsThe highest impact would be on the sports-utility vehicle CR-V, which is imported to India as a completely-built unit. The price of the CR-V is expected go up by at least a lakh. While price of the luxury sedan Accord will go up by Rs 30,000-50,000, Civic will likely to be dearer by Rs 10,000-20,000.

As of now Honda has no plans to increase the price of the City. Its new model has just been launched and Honda will deliver them at the announced price. Currently, there are as many as 5000 bookings.

Honda's price hike comes at a time when the car industry in India is in the grip of a slowdown due to record-high interest rates and tight retail financing by banks. Sales of Honda fell by almost 28% for the months April-October compared to the same period last year.

The slowdown has also forced the company to go slow on its upcoming second plant in Rajasthan where it has decided to delay production of cars from the earlier-scheduled 2009 to 2010.

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Nov 20, 2008 announces the confirmed acquisition of

Leading online retailer has acquired Bangalore based photo printing and customized gifts company Picsquare was founded in 2005 and continues to be the most preferred online destination for gifts during special occasions like birthdays, weddings and festival season. The founders Manish Agrawal and Kartik Jain are both alumni of IIT Mumbai and will continue with Infibeam post acquisition.

With this acquisition, will offer the largest selection of retail and customized goods at most attractive prices for consuming India. The Founder & CEO of Mr. Vishal Mehta said "The acquisition of will perfectly complement our existing product lines like cameras and gift stores. Choose a gift product and you can add a personal touch to it by adding a photo picture, designs or words that reflect your emotions." He further added "Picsquare will continue as a stand-alone website and customers can expect many more innovative products and features in coming weeks".

"Now with the support of Infibeam, we'll be able to devote more of our time to expanding product selection and improving product features" said Manish Agarwal, co-founder and CEO of He added " has always put the customer at the center of everything it does, and we look forward to making even better for our customers in weeks to come".

About & is an exciting new shopping destination online. With innovative search and navigation, detailed product descriptions, crisp images and best customer service, the team at is dedicated to providing customers with an unparalleled shopping experience right at your doorstep. Choose the product you want and leave the rest to is a market leader in online photo printing and customized gifts. Personalized products such as photo greeting cards, collage posters, photo-books, t-shirts from Picsquare are ideal gifts for special events such as birthdays and festivals.

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Nov 18, 2008

Beetle from Volkswagen to buzz on Indian roads next year

Volkswagen, Europe’s largest carmaker, is planning to import and sell the iconic car brand in India next year. It would be a completely built unit import, which means that the beetle will have a steep price tag.

The CBU imports attract over 100%duty and VW is currently looking for a niche market, for the new car in India.

This would be positioned in the lifestyle car and the pricing for India is yet to be decided. Volkswagen is present in India as Volkswagen India, Skoda Auto India and Audi India.

The carmaker has a 30,000-unit manufacturing capacity at Aurangabad and is in the process of setting up a 1.1-lakh unit facility at Chakan (Pune), which is planned for release next year.

Despite the global slowdown Volkswagen has remained mostly unaffected. It is all set to give competition to other hatchbacks despite no tweak in its pricing.

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Nov 12, 2008

Now Nissan Motor in Korea

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. (NML) announced the Nissan brand officially launches today in Korea. Leading the Nissan brand expansion into Korea are the Murano premium mid-size crossover and the Rogue compact crossover. The Nissan range will be available through four showrooms in Seoul, Gyeonggi and Busan.

"The introduction of the Nissan brand in Korea represents an important part of the company's continuing focus on our global business growth," said Gilles Normand, corporate vice president in charge of the Korean market business at NML. "Korea is in fact, one of the last major global automotive markets not served by the Nissan brand, and so today has special significance for the company."

The initial lineup of Nissan models will be followed first by the Altima sedan early next year and then the high performance Nissan GT-R supercar. The Nissan brand comes to the Korean market three years after the introduction of Infiniti, the company's luxury brand.

"With the arrival of the Nissan brand to the Korean market today, we now have two distinctive brands to meet our customers' diverse needs, and we are the first Japanese automotive company to introduce both the luxury and the premium brand in the market," said Greg Phillips, President of Nissan Korea Co., Ltd. (NKL). "We're confident that the globally recognized Nissan brand will be welcomed in this new market."

In addition to the four Nissan showrooms now open, NKL schedules to open a Nissan outlet next year in Incheon as just one more sales point in a dedicated dealer network being built for the Nissan brand across the country.

Murano is available at 48.9 million won, including VAT. Rogue is offered as 2WD, 4WD Deluxe and 4WD Premium and is priced at 29.9 million won, 34.6 million won and 35.9 million won, including VAT, respectively.

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Nov 7, 2008

Tata Nano to roll out first batch from Pantnagar by early 2009

Tata has geared up to roll out its first batch of Tata Nano cars by the first quarter of 2009 from its Pantnagar facility in Uttarakhand. After the Singur walkout, it has become evident that Tata Nano is going to miss its promised launch by the end of this calendar year.

Reliable sources say that the Indian automaker has already begun Nano's production at its Pantnagar existing facility. And it has reportedly asked its vendors to supply components for only 3,500 - 4,000 Nanos on a monthly basis for now.

Working towards an early and quality release of the Tata Nano, a group of Tata Motors officials would be meeting the Uttarakhand government by the first week of November'08. The meeting would thrash out all details about its initial plans for Nano, until its mother plant at Sanand in Gujarat is ready for commercial production.

Another source said that the Tatas are also eyeing an integrated land of about 1,100 acres at Pantnagar to manufacture both the Ace pick-up truck and Tata Nano in tandem.

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Oct 31, 2008

New Ford Ikon in November 2008

Ford is planning to launch its popular model, the new Ford Ikon, with fresh looks and style. One of India’s most popular sedans, the Ford Ikon, was introduced in 2001 amongst Indian customers marking the presence of entry-level sedans in the Indian auto market.

New Ford IkonIt is re-entering the market with a new look and a more refined 1.4 litre diesel option. The 1.4 litre TDCi Dura Torq engine already marks a strong presence in the Ford Fiesta and has established its performance capabilities amongst the Indian customers. The high pressure common rail diesel engine pumps out 68PS of maximum power at 4000rpm and 160Nm of maximum torque.The engine is extremely frugal and returns 13kmpl in the Fiesta. The new Ford Ikon will be launched to spurt sales and the design modifications will lend a new impression to the Indian customers.

The new model has more European looks with new headlamps and fresh front bumpers. The new Ford Ikon carries a young and aggressive look to get back into competition with Dzire, Logan and Fabia. The price of model has not been revealed as yet but it's expected to be priced around Rs. 5 lakh.


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Oct 25, 2008

Maruti Suzuki increases prices on some models

Maruti Suzuki India has announced that it will increase the price of select models by up to Rs. 6,000 just before Diwali. The price rise ranges from Rs. 2,000 to Rs. 6,000 according to a company official.

Maruti WagonRThe post price hike prices of Maruti Suzuki will be costlier by Rs. 2,000 while that of the Alto will be higher by Rs. 2,500. The price of the cars in the compact segment Zen Estillo and Wagon R has been increased by Rs. 3,000 and that of the Omni van has increased by Rs. 2,200.

The Sedan SX4 will be expensive by Rs. 6,000 while the utility vehicle Versa will additionally cost Rs. 3,500. While the Gypsy will cost more by Rs. 5,500, select variants of the premium hatchback Swift will increase by Rs 4,500.

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Oct 22, 2008

Nano could miss October-December Launch

It seems that Tata Motors could miss the original Nano rollout deadline of October-December 2008, which could now be launched in the January-March 2009 quarter.

At the moment, the company has set an internal target of rolling out 42,000 to 48,000 Nanos on an annual basis from its Pantnagar plant.

According to sources that are familiar with the situation, “The Gujarat plant will take at least a year to set up. Till such time, the company has told its vendors to supply components for 3,500-4,000 Nanos on a monthly basis.

The company took the decision to defer the timeline of Nano launch since it wanted to ensure continuous supply once the car is launched in India. Work at its Pantnagar plant is going on in full swing to ensure steady supply of Nano.”

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Nissan’s SuperMini in India by 2010

The Japanese car maker, Nissan, will launch its super minicar, Nissan March in India by 2010. Tata Nano is slated for launch in early 2009. However, the full scale launch of Nano will be possible only in the second half 2009. In other words, the Singur fiasco has resulted in a boon for Nano competitors.

''The small, next-generation car 'March' will be launched in India by 2010 in the 'A' segmentNissan SuperMini India category. The car would be manufactured at the company's plant situated at Oragadam in Tamil Nadu, though initially the car would be rolled out from the company's Thailand facility followed by India,” said Shouhei Kimura, Managing Director, Nissan Motor India. ''We would have a total of nine Nissan models by the year 2012 in the Indian market and this car would be one of the new models," he added.

Nissan plans to export nearly 110,000 units including the new model. It has recently signed MoU with the Ennore Port in Tamil Nadu which will be the main port for the company to export its cars. Nissan envisions India as one of five most competitive countries amongst is global manufacturing network for exporting and manufacturing its cars.


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Oct 20, 2008

Toyota Venza AS V by Five Axis to debut at 2008 SEMA Show

To illustrate the versatility of the new 2009 Toyota Venza a specially modified show vehicle by Five Axis will make its public debut at the 2008 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas from November 4-7.

The Five Axis Venza Active Sports Versatility (AS V) was created to illustrate the versatile applications of the new 2009 Toyota Venza with an emphasis on active sports. It is outfitted with several features offering unique solutions for the transport and storage of all types of winter sports equipment.

The rear of the vehicle houses a very unique utility system. Created by Magna Car Top Systems, an Integrated Cargo Carrier (ICC) stow away rack system provides numerous opportunities for transporting a variety of wet and dry goods such as skis and bicycles.

To complement the ICC system, Five Axis designed and created a multi-purpose rear cargo unit that allows for storage of various items. This hideaway design offers both privacy and protection from other heavier items that can be easily stored on top of the unit. The system also allows for isolated storage of messy items, offering further protection to the interior.

ASV exterior body enhancements include new front and rear bumpers and over-fenders for a more rugged appearance. Wider 20 x 10.5-inch wheels and larger diameter tires also complement the new look of the Venza AS V.

To best illustrate the active sports theme, an emphasis on winter sports was chosen. The Magna Car Top Systems' ICC unit is fitted with a unique snowboard and ski carrier. At the SEMA Show the Venza ASV will be hitched to a trailer mounted with a snowmobile to display its towing capability.

Finally, a Five Axis custom-blended earth tone color palette of Lunar White and Bronze accents finish off the exterior for a fresh reference to some of latest trends in winter fashion.


Designed by Five Axis

Exterior Modifications:
• Five Axis custom body enhancement
• Five Axis custom paint and accents
• Five Axis AD R6:F_SPEC wheels
- Front 20"x10.5"
- Rear 20"x10.5"

• Yokohama Advan ST tires
- Front 305/45ZR20
- Rear 305/45ZR20
• Five Axis custom exhaust finishers
• Custom multi-purpose rear cargo storage unit
• Magna Car Top Systems Integrated Cargo Carrier

Brake Modifications:
• TRD Big Brakes
- Front 15" diameter
- Rear 13.6" diameter
• TRD forged calipers
- Front 6 piston
- Rear 4 piston

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Oct 14, 2008

Chevrolet announces pricing for the 2010 Camaro

Chevrolet announced pricing for the all-new, 2010 Camaro. It starts at $22,995 MSRP for the V-6-powered LS model, and $30,995 for the V-8-powered Camaro SS (all prices include $750 destination charge). Customer ordering opened on Oct. 13, with production scheduled to start in first quarter of 2009.

“The wait is almost over,” said Ed Peper, GM North America vice president, Chevrolet. “The return of the Camaro gives sports car enthusiasts a reason to rejoice. It’s a 21 st century sports car with a distinctly American legacy.

2010 Chevrolet CamaroMore than 600,000 enthusiasts have requested information on the Camaro since its production was announced. Chevrolet is reaching out to give them the opportunity to be the first to order one.

The Web site carries information regarding early ordering, along with vehicle packaging information, a specification sheet and anticipated frequently asked questions about the ordering process.

Production is scheduled to begin in mid-February at GM’s Oshawa, Ontario production facility, with dealership deliveries shortly thereafter. Complementing the Camaro’s introduction is a range of performance, appearance and convenience accessories – including 21-inch wheels and tires; ground effects and stripe kits; and even a classic-styled Hurst shifter – that customers can order and have installed at their dealership. In some cases, the cost of the accessories and their installation can be rolled into the monthly payments.

“My Own Worst Enemy”
Enthusiasts will see the new Camaro this fall as part of NBC’s new drama, “My Own Worst Enemy.” It stars Christian Slater as a man with two personalities – a suburban dad and covert spy – with the Camaro featured prominently, along with the new Chevy Traverse crossover. The show premiers Oct. 13, the same day ordering opens for the Camaro.

Camaro’s supporting role on “My Own Worst Enemy” follows its big-screen debut as the Autobot named Bumblebee in the blockbuster 2007 movie, “Transformers.”

World-class performance, American heritage
Built on GM’s new, global rear-wheel-drive architecture, the Camaro is offered in V-6-powered LS and LT models, as well as the V-8-powered SS. All models and powertrain combinations are matched with fuel-saving six-speed transmissions. Advanced technologies, including engines with direct injection and Active Fuel Management, enable a satisfying balance of exhilarating performance and good fuel economy.

Camaro product highlights also include:
• Sleek styling with heritage cues and 10 available exterior colors
• Four-wheel independent suspension system, including a 4.5-link rear suspension
• Four-wheel disc brake systems standard on all models, including four-piston Brembo calipers on SS models
• StabiliTrak stability control system and traction control standard on all models
• Family of 18-, 19- and 20-inch wheels
• Six standard air bags, including head curtain side-impact air bags and front seat-mounted thorax side air bags
• RS appearance package available on LT and SS, including HID headlamps with integrated halo rings, spoiler, specific taillamps and 20-inch wheels
• Bluetooth phone connectivity
• USB connectivity
• Remote vehicle starting system
• OnStar
• XM Satellite Radio

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Oct 8, 2008

The New Audi Q7 4.0 TDI cleanest diesel in the world

The new Audi Q7 3.0 TDI with ultra low emission system is the cleanest diesel in the world, and an extremely economical form of propulsion into the bargain. This was demonstrated on the very first leg of the Audi Mileage Marathon on Monday, from New York to Washington. The best participants in this major real-life test criss-crossing the American continent achieved an average fuel consumption of an impressive 7.4 liters per 100 kilometers (31.79 US mpg).

The starting flag went up on the Audi Mileage Marathon at nine o’clock on Monday morning, in New York’s Central Park. The endurance test for this fleet of 23 vehicles from the Audi Q7, Audi Q5, Audi A4 and Audi A3 car lines started with a battle through the heavy traffic of Manhattan. Between now and October 20, the fleet will be covering almost 8,000 kilometers (around 5,000 miles) on its way to Los Angeles, passing through major US cities and the natural wonders of the West. 184 drivers from all over the world will be testing both the supreme sportiness and the extraordinary efficiency of the TDI models on this tour.

The Audi Q7 3.0 TDI with ultra low emission system is putting in its first public appearance here. Its exhaust emission control system reduces nitrogen oxides by as much as 90 percent, and thus complies with the world’s toughest emission standard, California’s ULEV II BIN 5. And it already undercuts the limit values of the Euro 6 standard that will not come into force until 2014. Read More...

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Sep 29, 2008

Renault Logan exported to South Africa

Mahindra Renault’s Logan will be exported to South Africa. The first consignment of 200 cars was shipped to that country on Saturday.

According to Mr. Nalin Mehta Chief Executive Officer, Mahindra Renault, “We are exploring all right-hand drive markets.

We will soon export Logan to a few more countries” The car is already being exported to Mauritius and Nepal.

Therefore, South Africa is the third export market for Logan. According to Mr. Mehta, sales of the limited edition of the Logan Edge have exceeded the internal target of 500 units.

This has taken place well before the third week of October. Additionally, the launch of two upgraded variants of Logan has also been planned within a fortnight.

A CNG variant of Logan is also planned.

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Tata Motors launches top-end variants on the Indigo CS

Tata Motors today announced the launch of three new fully loaded variants on its popular Tata Indigo CS range. The Tata Indigo CS – Compact Sedan, launched at the Auto Expo at New Delhi in January 2008, has received an overwhelming response from customers across the country making the Indigo range clock over 84% growth this fiscal at an average of 4400 units per month.

The new variants are the petrol GLX model and two diesel LX models – in the Turbo-charged Diesel with Intercooler and DICOR (Direct Injection Common Rail) engine options. All three models will offer front and rear powered windows, a rear windscreen defogger and central locking to enhance customer comfort and security. The exteriors of the car on these variants will sport clTata Indigo CSassy looking body coloured rub-rails with chrome inserts and body coloured ORVMs (Outer Rear View Mirrors). The interiors – beige for petrol and charcoal black for diesel – will offer a new look front console. The premium seat fabric and sporty leather-wrapped steering wheel will further add to the plush feel inside the cabin.

The Indigo CS itself carries forward the cabin seating comfort and space package that is now closely associated with the Indigo range and a capacious 380-litre boot. Clever and efficient design has made it possible to encapsulate this entire package within the four metre length, making this car a complete package to address the combined demands of space and manoeuvrability in our congested cities.

These new variants have been attractively priced at Rs. 4.08 lakhs for the GLX, Rs. 4.63 lakhs for the LX TDi and Rs. 5.10 lakhs for the LX DiCOR model. The Indigo CS range starts at Rs. 3.74 lakhs (all prices ex-showroom Delhi). All the newly introduced variants offer Heating, Ventilation and Air-conditioning (HVAC) and Power Steering as standard options along with body coloured bumpers. They will be available in a range of six colour shade options.

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Sep 26, 2008

Gifts galore for the corporate world at launches its all exclusive collection of a wide array of gift items which promises to cater gift requirements of the corporate world. Occasions may be numerous and variety of gifts fewer, has come up with innovative ideas for presenting just the right gift to business-partners, clients, customers and employees.

Speaking at its launch the founder and CEO Mr. Vishal Mehta said "A thank you note or a token of appreciation, gifts have become synonymous with cCorporate Giftselebrations in the corporate world". He also added "in the recent past the novelty in the gifts presented has seen an upsurge and we at have come up with novel ideas and a wide array of gifts to cater to the requirement"

Corporate gifts are generally exchanged between business partners, customers, clients and employees especially during festive occasions like Diwali, Christmas and New Year. The corporate gifts include electronics, crockery, silver and gold coins, sweets, cakes, dry fruits, flowers, combos, gift vouchers and curios to list a few.

There may be several reasons that necessitate exchange of gifts - appreciation for work well done, festivals, anniversaries and birthdays are however the principal occasions. has an elite assortment of corporate gifts for Diwali as well.

The online retail giant is confident of meeting the client requirements with the wide range of gift items mentioned above. Online shopping is by far the easiest as it involves a few minutes of search and a series of simple clicks to buy. can enhance the gifts program with their comprehensive range or customized products as per personal choices.

About is a wonderful and exciting new destination online. The company focuses on selling a variety of products via internet, which includes new and used cars and bikes, mobiles and accessories, books, cameras, watches, gifts, and a lot more at guaranteed lowest prices.

Choose the product and leave the rest to The company has a special corporate team dedicated to provide the lowest prices, excellent selection, and a really cool experience found no where else online.

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'Third Generation Honda City' - New Launch by Honda

Honda Siel Cars India, leading manufacturer of premium cars in India, today launched its all-new Third Generation Honda City with a completely new design, new engine, spacious cabin and equipped with various active and passive safety features.

The all new Honda City - which has been designed for Indian market - was unveiled by Mr. Takeo Fukui, President and CEO, Honda Motor Company, Japan.

With its aesthetically appealing strong & sleek exterior style, the third generation Honda City is sure to be the most stunning car on Indian roads. The all-new City’s unique 'Arrow Shot Form' design gives it a powerful and imposing presence. Seen from the front, the streamlined grill and sharp headlights deliver a distinctive road presence. With the City's shortened rear end, the aerodynamic looking rear combination lights enhance its sporty looking tail design. The new City offers 15 inch wheel base and the design contribute to making the Arrow-shot form even more impressive.

The all new Honda City is longer, wider and sturdier. It measures 4420 mm in length (5 mm longer than its predecessor if license plate is excluded) and 1695 mm in width (5 mm wider) While maintaining the same ground clearance and same head clearance, the height has been lowered by 15 mm to 1480 mm delivering a sleeker and sturdier body shape which gives the City a refined driving position. With its wheelbase extended by an additional 100 mm, efficient use of space has been made for both driver and occupants to create a spacious cabin interior. The all-new City has a practical and spacious trunk offering a one class above capacity of 506 liters.

The interiors of the car look very attractive with the advanced looking meter design and soothingClick here to See Honda City Online Showroom colour contrasts of the new City promises its consumers with a stylish, spacious and comfortable lounge.

The all-new Honda City comes equipped with a 1.5L, 4 cylinder new generation i-VTEC engine that delivers class leading power of 118PS while providing good fuel economy similar to the City ZX. In line with the Honda's policy of reducing impact on the environment the engine is E10 compliant and has Euro IV emission levels.

The higher body rigidity with Improved MacPherson strut in front and H Type torso beam suspension in the rear offers solid road handling and supple ride feeling.

The 3rd generation Honda City will be the only car in its segment to be equipped with 5 Speed Automatic Transmission with a "Paddle Shift" option to allow the driver to enjoy a manual transmission-like driving feel.

Safety of passengers and pedestrians is a first priority for Honda. With the new City, safety features are now a standard offering across the entire range of Honda in the Indian market The new Honda City comes fully loaded with various active and passive safety features including ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) with Brake Assist (BA), Dual SRS airbags, pre-tensioner seat belts and G-CON (G-Force Control Technology) body with a crush-proof survival zone. The front body structure of the new Honda City ensures advanced pedestrian safety features.

The all new City features an Advanced Integrated Audio System - which is the world’s first car audio exclusive to digital media. This advanced Audio system offers consumers the liberty to integrate with any of the newer technologies like iPOD, MP3player, USB Memory, cell phone with MP3 Player. The system promises a high quality sound with advanced functionalities. The audio system comes with steering mounted controls & separate remote control.

The all new Honda City has two grades 1.5E (MT) and 1.5S (MT and AT) and is available in six colours – Habenero Red Pearl, Alabaster Silver Metallic, Polished Metal Metallic, Bold Beige Metallic, Tafetta White and Crystal Black Pearl. The 1.5E MT comes with Grayish Beige interior colour while 1.5S (MT & AT) has Beige interiors.

The all new Honda City comes with a 2+2 year warranty and 24-hr roadside assistance as standard value for all City buyers.

Bookings for the all new City will start immediately at all Honda dealers nationwide however deliveries will begin from the month of November 08.

The First Generation of Honda City was introduced in mid 90's responding to the requirements of automobiles among Asian people. Completing its advancement, the Third generation Honda City will move on to a new stage in 2008. The 'City' of Asia becomes the 'City' for the world and would be sold in several new markets.

Speaking on the occasion Mr. Fukui said, "The all-new, third-generation Honda City unveiled today, is Honda’s most significant model in this market. The new Honda City will strengthen the Honda brand, as it meets all the global concerns of Honda – safety, fuel efficiency and conservation of the environment."

Mr. M. Takedagawa, President and CEO, Honda Siel Cars India said, "Honda City is one of the most successful car brands in the country and certainly the most desirable sedan in its category. With this launch, India will become the largest market for Honda City in this region."

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Tata Motors to say bye to Singur

Tata NanoTata Motors has started moving equipment and other paraphernalia out of its factory in Singur. Tata Nano - Exclusive Information Online

At the same time, it is scrambling to launch its ultra cheap car as planned earlier.

Tata Motors has suspended work at their plant in Singur due to violent protests by farmers who were unhappy with the compensation that was offered for their lands.

Earlier, it was reported that the company would make a public announcement about its exit from West Bengal, but a Tata Spokesman declined to comment on the issue.

About the issue concerning alternative land for the Nano project, the company is looking at an offer made by the Karnataka government.

According to analysts, it may also be able to roll out a few hundred or a few thousand Nano cars from its plant in Pantnagar in Uttarkhand, or from Pune.


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Sep 21, 2008

Would you like to miss the value for money deals at

The online retail giant introduces a 'Deal of the Day' concept for a wide range of products. Everyday, at midnight a new deal of the day is announced. Each deal has a limited quantity and customers will receive the product on first come first serve basis.

Speaking at its launch the founder and CEO, Mr. Vishal Mehta said "We are glad to announce the new Deal of the Day scheme, launches new products at a stroke of the midnight hour". He stated "technology has paved way for shopping online through the night and our store caters to the customers' needs even at midnight"

The deal of the day gets updated every midnight on a daily basis and shoppers who decide quickly and accurately are bound to avail the benefits. Customers and visitors can have several reasons to go in for the eye-catching deal, one of them being cost effective purchase. The Deal of the Day offer at is time specific and on till stocks last. Other discounted items at the site include jewelry, electronics and assorted gift items. has stores dedicated to gifts, jewelry, electronics, lifestyle, home furnishings and automobiles. has the reputation of exceeding customer satisfaction with its diligent service. Free shipping is done across India. It has never been easier to gift items to friends and family in India. Overseas customers and visitors can avail the best deals at the site and have a whole new shopping experience.

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Sep 20, 2008

New version of Honda CR-V launched

A new version of the sports utility vehicle Honda CR-V was launched recently by the leading carmaker Honda Siel Cars India (HSCI).

It is priced between RS. 18.4 Lakhs and Rs. 19.1 lakhs in Delhi.

It comes in two variants – 6 speed manual and 5 speed automatic. It is powered by a 2.41 l petrol engine.

Luxury features include electrically operated sun roof and real time 4-WD.

"It is our constant endeavour to study customers emerging demand and introduce features that make our cars even more desirable," HSCI Senior General Manager Jnaneswar Sen said.

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New Infiniti G37 Sedan launched in Korea

Infiniti, the global luxury brand of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., announced the release of the all-new Infiniti G37 sedan in Korea.

The all-new Infiniti G37 sedan succeeds the previous G35 sedan, which has been leading it's segment and been a key factor in driving Infiniti's growth in Korea. The Infiniti G37 delivers more power and performance through its new engine and transmission, while achieving the highest level of fuel efficiency among competitors at 9.5 km/L.

The Infiniti G37 sedan is equipped with the V6 3.7L VQ37VHR engine, which is the only engine in the world to have made Ward's 10-best engines list for the past 14 consecutive years. It generates maximum power of 330hp and maximum torque of 36.8Kgm. The VVEL (Variable Valve Event and Lift) system contributes to the fuel economy, as well as clean emissions. An all-new 7-speed automatic transmission delivers the balance between performance and economy.

The G37 sedan is available in Premium and Sport versions, both outfitted with cutting-edge technologies. The all-new G37 also comes with more features and enhanced equipment offered as standard. This includes Scratch Guard Coat and an Advanced Climate Control System. On the Sport version, standard features include wide screen navigation, Bluetooth and Adoptive Front Lighting System. The Premium version is available at 49 million won (including VAT) and the Sport version is available at 52.2 million won (including VAT).

Infiniti now has four dealerships in Korea - two in Seoul, one in Bundang and one in Busan. In fiscal year 2007, owing to the strong sales of the G35 sedan, Infiniti sold 3,340 units, representing a growth of more than 65 percent compared to the previous year.

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Sep 10, 2008

Volkswagen Accelerates Focus on Southern India Market

Volkswagen India today announced the appointment of Volkswagen Cochin as its authorized dealer in Cochin. Mr. Joerg Mueller, President and Managing Director, Volkswagen Group-India said, “This partnership is in line with our strategy to extend Volkswagen’s reach in the country. We see a growing demand for our cars and this step is towards a greater pan-India presence and easier accessibility to customers.”

This announcement come at a time when the company is witnessing an upsurge in demand from across the country and is building up a plant in Chakan, Pune with a start of production in the year 2009.

India's Biggest Automobile Showroom Online - Buy / Sell Cars & Bikes - Find Reviews and Users CommentThe Volkswagen Cochin showroom is spread over an area of 7,500 sq. ft. It is located at NH Bye-pass, Kannadikadu Maradu. The showroom promises a premium buying experience to its customers, at par with the world-class Volkswagen standards of sales and services. Additionally, Volkswagen Cochin is also setting up a state-of-the-art service facility well-equipped with tools and equipment capable of servicing 40 cars per day. The facility will be ready by October 2008.

Commenting on Volkswagen’s dealer network strategy Mr. Makham Dhalivaal, Managing Director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars India said, “Our partnership with Volkswagen Cochin reiterates Volkswagen’s strong focus on widening our presence across key markets and providing world class services to our customers. We are confident that this partnership will be major milestone for Volkswagen’s expansion plans in India.”

Volkswagen currently operates Franchises in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chandigarh and Ludhiana and now adds Cochin. In the year 2008 Volkswagen aims to operate 15 outlets in India and will soon finalize its further network partners. The company is aiming to open around 30 outlets in India by end 2009.

According to Mr. Sabu Johny, Managing Director, Volkswagen Cochin, “We are pleased to partner with Volkswagen and look forward to building strong relationships with our premium customers in Cochin and Kerala. We are confident of providing world-class Volkswagen standards of experience to our customers as any other Volkswagen international dealership.”

As with every other Volkswagen dealership, Volkswagen Cochin has been provided intense training in management of sales, service, spare parts and business systems to assure customers of the best-in-class pre and post sales ownership experience.

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Nano clears ARAI road test

Although the Singur plant may not be ready yet to produce the Nano, the Rs. 1 lakh car has passed the road tests, signifying the car is worth for the Indian roads. Buy Tata Nano Car Online - Find Specification, Features, Prices and Interiros

The car is successfully ‘homologated’ by the Pune based Automotive research Association of India (ARAI).

Thus, the car has met the specified criteria for road worthiness that have been laid down by the Indian government.

Therefore, it can now ply on the Indian roads. The Nano comes with a twin cylinder 623 cc rear mounted petrol engine. It generates 33 horsepower.

This makes it the smallest engine in the India. The fuel efficiency as scored in the tests with ARAI is 24 kmpl. This means that it will deliver well over 20 kmpl on Indian roads.

The Nano confirms to Euro IV emission norms, which is going to come into effect in India in 2010.

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Sep 6, 2008

Pricing for 2009 Nissan Quest

Nissan North America, Inc. announced pricing on the 2009 Nissan Quest. The 2009 Nissan Quest continues as the most distinctive and original minivan on the market – as well as one of the roomiest minivans in its segment. Following a major redesign just two years ago, changes for 2009 include new automatic door locks and a new Tuscan Sun exterior paint color.

The 2009 Quest is offered in four well-equipped models: Quest 3.5, 3.5 S, 3.5 SL and 3.5 SE – each equipped with standard 235-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine, 5-speed automatic transmission, responsive suspension design and numerous standard safety features.

Prices start at a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)* of $25,950 for the Quest 3.5; $26,650 for Quest 3.5 S; $30,550 for Quest 3.5 SL; and $35,650 for Quest 3.5 SE.

India's Biggest Automobile Showroom Online - Buy / Sell Cars & Bikes - Find Reviews and Users CommentAvailable features and packages include leather-appointed seats, 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, RearView Monitor, rear sonar system, SkyView glass-paneled roof and Nissan Navigation System.

Complete 2009 Nissan Quest pricing and options are available on the attached sheet.

In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing.

Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program 2010, whose key priorities are reducing CO2 emissions, cutting other emissions and increasing recycling.

Courtesy: Nissan North America


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Toyota launches Corolla Altis

Corolla AltisJapanese car manufacturer Toyota has launched an advanced version of its popular sedan Corolla called the Corolla Altis. It also has announced its plans to roll out its small car by the year 2010.

The price of the 10th generation Corolla Altis is between 10.83 lakhs and 12.83 lakhs (ex showroom, New Delhi).

It comes with a 1.3 litre petrol engine and in three different variants. It is equipped with a variety of advanced safety and styling features to suit Indian conditions. Under test conditions, it gives a mileage of 14-15 km per litre under company test conditions. While launching the new Corolla, Managing director of the company Hiroshi Nakagawa mentioned that the compay intended to sell around 2,000 Altis per month in the country.

Toyota Kirloskar Motors Vice-Chairman Vikram Kirlposkr said that the company had planned several new models to meet its targets.

Toyota Corolla Models Available in India:
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Aug 30, 2008

Automobile Portal expands with Consumer Electronic Store

Online Car and Bike Portal now launches its new and exclusive Consumer Portable Electronics store, which has a wide selection of gadgets like Video Players, MP3 Players, Voice Recorders and much more. Store include features like FM Radio, Photo Playback, Video Player, FM recorder, Voice Recorder and hold key to list a few. The display is more precise with the specific product names and price tags. The launch is bound to enhance the prospects for online shopping. allows easy and fast selection and buying with its unique presentation of product bouquet that offers unmatched quality, prices, reliability and execution in the shortest possible time.

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Aug 20, 2008

Fiat plans to export right hand drive cars from India

Amongst its many plans, Fiat India is considering export of right hand drive cars from India in the Asia Oceania region. Further, in accordance with the CEO of the Fiat-TATA joint venture – Mr. Rajeev Kapoor, the company is also considering to introduce its line of latest models in India also.

Mr. Kapoor said that there are several important markets like Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and United Kingdom can be serviced from their India production base. Some of the global brands that Fiat is working on are Fiat 500, Alfa Rome, Ferrari, Maserati, and so on.

However, Mr. Kapoor was unrevealing when asked if Fiat’s outfit in India could become the manufacturing hub for right hand cars for exports all around the globe. Additionally, Fiat is planning to launch its exciting model the Grand Punto at the end of the current year, and the much awaited C-segment car Fiat Linea by the end of next year.


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Skoda plans to introduce eight new models in India

Skoda, which made a first appearance in India with D segment car Skoda Octavia, is planning to introduce eight new models in the car market in the next 5 years. Currently, the automaker has placed the Fabia, Octavia, Laura, and Superb in the Indian markets.

The Fabia is popular in the small car segment. Among other plans, it intends to bring in one model every year. It also aims to introduce a small car below the Fabia’s price of Rs. 3 -5 lakh.

The new Superb, which is a successful model in Europe, may also be launched here in India. Currently, Skoda has 56 dealers all over India and it plans to increase this figure to 75 by the end of 2009.

It has already doubled its capacity at its Aurangabad plant, and plans up to use local resources of up to 50% in the next three years. The company will look forward to resource local partners for the same.


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Aug 18, 2008

New Honda City to be launched in September

Japanese car manufacturer Honda is all set with its plans to launch an updated version of the Honda City in the market.

The Honda City will debut the markets in mid-September. The new model will include a number of features that could make it costlier than the earlier version. This is Honda’s third upgraded model in India.

It is all set to include a new power train with a G-CON type structure, paddle shift gear option, multi airbags, and integrated music system with steering mounted controls, anti-lock system, temperature control, and electronically adjustable front seats.

Honda is looking forward to include some of these options as standard features in future cars. Honda Siel India President and CEO Masahiro Takedagawa announced that in addition, it was their commitment to provide world class products to the Indian Market.


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Mahindra & Mahindra locked in dispute with Chrysler

Mahindra and Mahindra (M&M) has got into a dispute with Chrysler, this time about the front grill design about the Scorpio. Chrysler has pointed out that M&M has copied the design from the Jeep.

Some sources speculate that Chrysler could initiate legal action against M&M. This could delay the plans to launch the Scorpio in the United States

Earlier this year, the South African arm of Chrysler resisted M&M’s use of the word Jeep in some of itsMahindra heritage advertising campaigns in South Africa.

It claims that it holds a trade mark to this name, but M&M says that it uses the word ‘jeep’ with a lower case ‘j’ to indicate the generic nature of this product. Currently, the Advertising Standards Authority of South Africa is looking into the issue.


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Aug 14, 2008

Proton Cars UK begins new PDI facility

Proton Cars (UK) Ltd. have successfully launched a new in-house Pre-Delivery Inspection (PDI) facility at their head office and parts distribution centre in Avonmouth, Bristol.

The move is designed to support dealers and customers by improving the speed of delivery and quality. The new facility, which includes a full technical workshop and paint shop, will enable Proton to prepare and store vehicles ready for next-day despatch as well as producing Limited Edition vehicles and offering retail-prepared used cars to the highest standard.

These actions serve to enhance Proton’s reputation as one of the best value small franchises available. With exceptionally low start up costs, minimal running costs and good margins, the Proton franchise generates realistic achievable income for either an existing franchise or a small independent dealership.

Brian Machin, Sales Manager at Ryders of Warrington, is impressed with the new service; "We ordered three Proton GEN-2s last Friday and received them the following Tuesday, which is a superb delivery time. More importantly, the presentation and finish of the cars was excellent".

The 4.5 acre site comprises of 100,000 sq. feet of storage which can accommodate up to 250 vehicles under cover plus 14 acres of additional parking nearby. There is also an on-site training centre, which provides new and existing Proton dealers with technical, product and sales training. In addition, Proton Cars (UK) have awarded a new contract to CPR transporters, which so far has reduced the time from order to delivery by an average of 2-3 days.

According to Brian Collier, MD of Proton Cars (UK), the new PDI centre will significantly improve the quality of service to Proton dealers; "This is a huge investment designed to bring benefits to our network. The new facility will improve our already high dealer support operation by reducing delivery times and costs for dealers as well as supporting our sales plans for the coming year."


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Pontiac G8 ST on target for late 2009 launch

After sifting through more than 18,000 possibilities, Pontiac has chosen to keep it simple, naming the recently revealed G8 sport truck the “G8 ST.”

Thousands of fans submitted suggestions during a “Tame the Name” promotion, which delayed a final announcement until each possibility was considered and cleared for possible trademark use.

“Frankly, we were blown away by both the volume and quality of the names that were submitted,” said Craig Bierley, BPG product marketing director for cars and crossovers. “’ G8 ST’ was one of the most popular suggestions, plus we noticed a far broader trend toward simple, easy-to-remember names.”

“El Camino” was also a sentimental favorite, given the G8 ST’s resemblance to the classic Chevy.

“We actually thought very long about El Camino,” said Bierley. “In the end, we felt it was more appropriate to honor the El Camino’s unique place as part of Chevy’s heritage and not use that nameplate on a Pontiac.”

Perhaps the ultimate reflection of the blurring line between cars and trucks, the G8 ST will create a unique niche segment in the marketplace: a sports car with truck-like cargo and towing capabilities. Sharing the basic architecture and 361 hp V8 engine as the G8 GT performance sedan, it will offer a 73.9-inch cargo bed that has 42.7 cubic feet of cargo space and can carry a payload of 1,000 pounds (453 kg) or tow a 3,500-pound (1,587 kg) trailer.

Thanks to its six-speed automatic transmission and Active Fuel Management system, the G8 ST should offer some of the best fuel economy numbers for V8-powered vehicles with similar cargo/towing ratings while still turning in zero-to-60 times of 5.4 seconds.

The G8 ST will be available in late 2009 as a 2010 model and will be backed by GM’s industry best 100,000 mile, 5-year powertrain warranty. Pricing will be announced closer to availability.


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Speaking at its launch the CEO and Founder Mr. Vishal Mehta said “the launch of the store is a step towards increasing selection, to make a one stop shop for all apparel needs”

He also mentioned that “the visitors not only have a wide range of apparel to choose from but also accessories to complement them.” went online with online stores on various merchandises like automobiles, mobile phones, cameras, health equipment, gifts, apparel, festival specific stores and now apparel accessories.

The store includes belts, shawls, wallets, handbags, eye wear and mojris. The products come in varying styles and price tags. The previously launched apparel store was the first step towards launching assorted clothing and now with the launch of the accessories store the shopping experience is bound to be a pleasant one.

The process of procuring involves a series of clicks and few minutes of search, to place an order. has always promised free and timely delivery to customers within India and has the distinction of exceeding customer satisfaction. Now with the launch of the accessories store, only aspires to move forward in giving its customers the best, in quality and price.

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Aug 13, 2008

Audi Q7 earns IIHS top safety pick award for 2008

The Audi Q7, a luxury performance SUV, earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's (IIHS) Top Safety Pick award for 2008. The 2008 Q7 received a "good" rating in all three crash tests: side impact, offset frontal and rear impact seat tests.

In addition to the Q7, three Audi car models -- the A3, A4 and A6 -- have also been recognized as Top Safety Picks in 2008, earning Audi the most Top Safety Pick designations for 2008 models of any luxury automaker this year. The Q7's 2008 rating applies to models built after December 2007 and willcarry over to the 2009 model year.
Audi Q7
"For Audi, safety and performance have always gone hand in hand: our cars are engineered to offer the best not just in crash protection, but in preventing traffic accidents altogether," said Johan de Nysschen, executive vice president, Audi of America. "With the launch of the Audi Q7 TDI clean diesel in 2009, American SUV buyers will have even more options from which to choose for safety as well as fuel economy, convenience and performance."

To qualify for the IIHS's Top Safety Pick award, a vehicle must earn the highest rating of good in the Institute's front, side, and rear tests and be equipped with electronic stability control, which Audi has standard on every model it produces.

Audi's commitment to safety goes beyond crash test safety ratings to include a comprehensive list of active and passive safety features. Every Audi sold in the U.S. has standard four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock braking system (ABS), an electronic stability program, daytime running lights (DRL) and a standard tire pressure monitoring system.

The Q7 also features Audi's quattro permanent all-wheel standard on all models, providing high levels of active safety and traction on virtually any surface. All of these features are designed to help reduce the chances of a collision.

In 2006, the Audi Q7 pioneered blind spot protection with Audi side assist. The Audi side assist system, currently standard on the Audi Q7 3.6 Prestige and 4.2 Prestige models, monitors up to 165 feet behind the vehicle and alerts the driver when someone is in their blind spot using a directional amber LED that appears in the inner housing of the exterior mirror. Should the driver attempt to merge into the lane occupied by a vehicle in their blind spot, the LED will flash brightly when the turn signal is pushed.

At the same time, Audi is enjoying industry recognition, strong consumer interest and growing market share in the U.S. In June, Audi posted the greatest ranking improvement in initial quality in the results from J.D. Power and Associates' 2008 industry-wide study. Audi has enjoyed increased dealer traffic and strong sales of the A4 and TT models, with robust sales in key markets. This confluence of positive news positions Audi well as the company gears up for several major U.S. product launches in Fall 2008.


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Ford aims best-in-class quality on upcoming small vehicles

After climbing to the upper ranks in vehicle quality in the past two years, Ford Motor Company said it has set an aggressive new target -- best-in-class initial quality for compact cars the company will launch in North America in 2010.

"We aim to launch our new compact vehicles at 800 things gone wrong per 1,000 vehicles," said Bennie Fowler, Ford's group vice president, Global Quality. "That's more than 500 TGWs less than the predicted industry average -- and we believe these levels will ensure our upcoming small cars will achieve industry-best initial quality."

As part of its product-led transformation, Ford has announced plans to convert three light truck plants to small vehicle production, paving the way to sell several European-designed small vehicles in North America.

Ford said today its Ford Focus compact car built off a global C-car platform will debut in North America in 2010 with best-in-class quality. In addition, Ford expects other small vehicles derived from Ford's global C-car to achieve similar initial quality levels.

Speaking Monday at the Center for Automotive Research's Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, Fowler said the company will meet this aggressive quality target in the midst of its "One Ford" transformation that includes globalized product development and manufacturing operations.

"We're following a set of standardized processes around the world in product development, manufacturing and purchasing with a discipline this company has never seen," Fowler said. "We are leveraging these same disciplined, standardized processes to ensure world-class quality around the world."

In 2007, best-in-class initial quality in the small car segment was 1,058 things gone wrong, while the industry average was 1,512.

Ford's continuing quality push comes as the company shifts towards a more balanced portfolio of small cars and crossovers that will be sold alongside the company's lineup of trucks and SUVs.

Last year, passenger cars represented 49 percent of sales industry-wide. Trucks and large SUVs accounted for 32 percent. Crossovers were 19 percent. The product mix at Ford was nearly the opposite, with trucks and SUVs accounting for 52 percent while cars were at 30 percent. Crossovers were 18 percent.

Within the next five years, Ford's product mix will change dramatically. Trucks and SUVs is expected to account for 38 percent of the company's mix, cars will grow to about 38 percent. Crossovers will climb to 24 percent.

"By 2012, we'll be building 1 million cars around the world on our new B-car platform, and 2 million vehicles our global C-car platform," Fowler said. "Those vehicles will launch with the best quality ever."

Ford's commitment to the world-class quality extends beyond initial quality measured in the first 90 days of ownership. Customer-driven product features, such as fuel economy, craftsmanship, and quiet interiors are designed into the vehicle and checked for maximum quality and durability.

Using Ford's industry-leading virtual tools, up to 40,000 design standards are checked in the Virtual Engineer Lab. Virtual technology is also used to confirm that the product can be manufactured in the assembly plant for which it is slated - and without stress or injury to the operator.

"As a result of our virtual technology, we've cut time-to-market by eight to fourteen months, depending on the vehicle program," Fowler said. "We've reduced costly late engineering changes. We're building fewer - but better - physical prototypes. And we have the lowest work-related injury rate in our company's history."

Processes such as Early Claims Binning in manufacturing streamline communications about potential quality issues between plants and dealerships. Warranty claims are fed to the assembly plant every day where the issue is dissected and either traced back to the installation process or fed back to the design engineer.

Fowler also said the company has trained an "army of problem solvers among product designers, manufacturing engineers and hourly work force. Around the world, we have 60,000 Six Sigma green belts, over 7,000 black belts and 400 master black belts."

Additionally, Wayne State University of Detroit will offer a course this fall for UAW-represented Ford employees to become certified Six Sigma black belts.


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Aug 12, 2008

World’s most expensive production car to use volcanic rock

Barotex Technology Corporation (BARX), inventor and producer of the remarkable Barotex inorganic fiber, announced that it has become the newest Technology Partner to work with DiMora Motorcar to develop and produce the Natalia SLS 2 sport luxury sedan.

Barotex materials have characteristics that make them superior to carbon fiber, fiberglass, Kevlar, and other advanced materials in a variety of applications. “Barotex enables our design team to create some of the strongest and most durable automotive components ever produced,” stated Alfred DiMora, Founder and CEO of DiMora Motorcar.Volcanicn Rock

DiMora further noted, “For the Natalia SLS 2, Barotex will be formed into various body panels and our revolutionary D-Tek chassis, where its high strength will add significantly to the automobile’s torsional rigidity. Yet our chassis will be more than a thousand pounds lighter than the conventional steel chassis found on other luxury automobiles of similar size.”

Barotex starts as volcanic rock, widely available throughout the world. “In contrast, carbon fiber products are petroleum-based, and we know about the challenges that involves,” said Lilo Beuzieron, CEO of Barotex Technology Corporation and inventor of Barotex. “Not only is lava rock more abundant, but our manufacturing process requires far less energy. It is friendly to the environment, and the automobiles built with Barotex are lighter, so they use less energy every mile traveled.”

“We recently received our patent for the proprietary process used to produce Barotex,” noted Beuzieron. “We are delighted that the first production automobile to integrate this technology will be DiMora’s Natalia SLS 2, which abounds with technological breakthroughs from bumper to bumper.”

The versatility of Barotex fiber materials brings exceptional uses to a wide variety of products for markets including automotive, aerospace, ballistics, industrial, and sporting goods. In fabric form, Barotex offers an excellent combination of properties, from high strength and impact resistance to fire resistance and design adaptability. The design potential and flexibility possible are almost unlimited, thanks to the wide range of yarn sizes and weaving patterns that are available. Barotex does not stretch or shrink after exposure to very high or low temperatures, making it extremely stable in the production of automobile bodies and related parts.

The high strength-to-weight ratio of Barotex fiber makes it a superior material in many automotive applications. Barotex fiber is an inorganic material that will not burn or support combustion, which also improves passenger safety.

DiMora added, “When we began designing our 16-cylinder engine that would erupt with 1200 horsepower, we decided to call it the Volcano V16. It’s only natural that we now surround the DiMora Volcano with volcanic rock from Barotex.”


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2009 Toyota Venza plans to go on sale later this year

The 2009 Toyota Venza, scheduled to go on sale later this year, is the first example of Toyota's new direction in passenger car design combining elegance, innovation, comfort and utility.

"We wanted to create something entirely different," said Kevin Hunter, president of Toyota's Calty Design Research in Newport Beach, Calif., and Ann Arbor, Mich. "Not an SUV, not a wagon, not a coupe and not a sedan. We aimed for a more road-focused vehicle and sporty direction."2009 Toyota Venza

Venza is based on the FT-SX concept vehicle that debuted at the 2005 Detroit Auto Show. With an overwhelmingly positive response to the show vehicle, Toyota decided to develop Venza with a distinctly American plan.

Toyota's U.S. design and engineering teams worked together to bring this bold design to production. It was one of the first times an American styling group created an overall design concept that engineers would follow for development. Venza will be assembled at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Ky., home of the Camry, Solara and Avalon. More than 70 percent of its components will come from North American suppliers.

A new genre in personal transportation, Venza incorporates SUV utility and roominess, while maintaining passenger car essentials, such as ease of ingress/egress, performance, a lower, sleek side profile with aerodynamic lines, and unrivaled interior features to deliver optimal comfort.

"We used Toyota's design philosophy, 'Vibrant Clarity' to create a more exciting drive for the customer while still maintaining its high functionality," explained Hunter.

Exterior Design Features
The exterior styling was directed by Calty Project Chief Designer, Ian Cartabiano, in Newport Beach. From a design perspective, Venza achieves aerodynamic sculpted lines that not only look elegant, but help to increase fuel economy by reducing wind resistance. Freeform geometrics define the integration of fluid surfaces defined by smooth lines, which promote even airflow and reduce turbulence. Venza's 20-inch wheels, stylish backlight and integrated aero spoiler make a bold, sporty statement.

"The overall stance of the vehicle is very strong, with the wheels placed out to make it look sure-footed and glued to the ground," said Cartabiano.

Interior Design Features
Venza's impressive "look-at-me" exterior styling leads to a thoughtful interior with surprising roominess, comfort and utility. Integral to the vehicle's design was the idea to make the journey as rewarding as the destination. Interior features make the cabin seem spacious and comfortable

with plenty of storage. Calty Ann Arbor's Project Chief Designer, Ben Jimenez, integrated key design features such as a floating concept of the instrument cluster to create a 60/60 center dashboard.

"Most car interiors are like dual cockpits, where both driver and front passengers feel as if they only have access to 40 percent of the available space," Jimenez said.

"The flow of Venza's center console is a bit of an optical illusion," he continued. "Both driver and passenger will feel as if 60 percent of the space is in their personal zone."

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Available in front- and all-wheel drive, Venza will be powered by a choice of engines -- a V6 or an all-new four-cylinder. Both engines will be mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Twenty-inch wheels will only be available on V6 models.

With an innovative design direction and impressive driving features, Venza represents the future of Toyota design.

"We need to continue to develop products that are smart and practical," explains Hunter. "But, given the competitive landscape of today's marketplace, they must also evoke an emotional response."


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Aug 9, 2008

Volkswagen Jetta TDI makes red carpet debut at TEEN CHOICE 2008

Volkswagen of America, Inc. teamed up with FOX Television and TEEN CHOICE 2008 to support the initiative to “green” Teen Choice. Young Hollywood showed their support for the environment by arriving at the eco-friendlyVolkswagen Jetta TDI TEEN CHOICE 2008 in Volkswagen’s fleet of highly-anticipated 2009 Jetta TDIs - the newly released, clean diesel sedan. Over fifteen members of the elite Young Hollywood chose to be the first to ride in the new TDI’s including Chase Crawford, Leighton Meester, Ed Westwick, Drake Bell, Katharine McPhee, Brittany Snow, JoJo, James Marsden, Jerry O’Connell, Rachel Bilson and Sophia Bush among others.

“We are pleased to partner with FOX and TEEN CHOICE to support their eco-friendly efforts by providing talent transportation in our new clean diesel vehicles,” said Mya Walters, Manager Lifestyle Public Relations, Volkswagen of America, Inc. “Who better to show the importance of environmental sustainability than teens – the future leaders in the movement to protect our environment and embrace alternative fuel solutions.”

TEEN CHOICE kicked off its green initiatives last year and continue using biodegradable fuels, recyclable set material and press credentials and signage printed on recycled paper. With the 2009 Jetta TDI, TEEN CHOICE 2008 continues to lead by example and promote sustainable practices amongst teens.

The hood of a Volkswagen Jetta TDI was autographed backstage at Teen Choice by attendees including Jerry O’Connell, Randy Jackson, Natasha Bedingfield, and Chris Brown, among others, and will be donated to City of Hope, a leading research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.

The newest edition to the Volkswagen family, the Jetta TDI runs on high-performance, ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel. Its reduced emissions meet the most stringent fuel emissions standards in California and all 50 states. The “T” stands for turbocharged, proving that you don’t have to sacrifice power and performance to be environmentally-friendly.

TEEN CHOICE 2008 is executive-produced by Bob Bain (“Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards”) and Michael Burg. Paul Flattery serves as producer, Kelly Brock is co-producer and Greg Sills serves as supervising producer.


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2009 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid arrives in US

The launch of the world’s first hybrid applied to a large luxury SUV, the 2009 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid, begins this month. Achieving a 50-percent improvement in fuel economy in city driving, Escalade Hybrid arrives at Cadillac dealerships in the United States with an MSRP of $71,685. That represents a premium of only $3,600 over a comparably-equipped Escalade.

“In a changing marketplace emphasizing fuel2009 Cadillac Escalade economy technology, Cadillac is proud to be the only luxury brand offering a hybrid in this segment,” said Jim Taylor, Cadillac general manager.

Escalade Hybrid features GM’s advanced Two-Mode Hybrid technology, enabling EPA fuel economy ratings of 20/21 miles per gallon (city/highway). The hybrid system can operate the vehicle entirely on battery-electric power during idling or low-speed driving situations. Escalade Hybrid also incorporates Active Fuel Management technology that enables the Vortec V-8 engine to operate on only four cylinders in certain driving conditions to save fuel. Escalade Hybrid is offered as a total package, including nearly all available luxury and technical features as standard. The two extra-cost options are four-wheel drive and power running boards.


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Aug 8, 2008

JD Power releases report on satellite radio & navigation systems

Growth in consumer demand for high-tech features supplied in new vehicles has led to a significant increase in market penetration for satellite radio and navigation systems according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2008 Multimedia Quality and Satisfaction Study released.

The study finds that 55 percent of new-vehicle owners report having satellite radio capability in their audio system, up considerably from 39 percent in 2007. Additionally, market penetration for navigation systems has also increased -- up to 25 percent in 2008 from 20 percent in 2007.

"New-vehicle buyers are looking for the latest technologies in audio systems, and the presence of features such as satellite radio and navigation systems will only increase as manufacturers try to meet consumer demand," said Allison LaDuc, senior research manager of automotive product quality at J.D. Power and Associates. "For instance, nearly 60 percent of consumers say they want a navigation system on their next vehicle, and 66 percent of consumers want the ability to play MP3 files. To meet or exceed consumer expectations, manufacturers will need to focus on incorporating high-tech features in multimedia systems while avoiding increases in problem levels."

The study evaluates owner experiences with the quality, design satisfaction and features of automotive multimedia systems in their new vehicles. Problems are measured per 100 vehicles (PP100). A lower PP100 score indicates higher quality. Twenty-eight different multimedia permutations are evaluated, which include different combinations of the following systems: AM/FM radio; cassette player; single CD player; multiple CD changer; navigation system; and satellite radio. Multimedia system suppliers are ranked based on the number of problems experienced per 100 vehicles (PP100) in four segments: AM/FM/single CD player, AM/FM/multi-CD changer, AM/FM/single CD player/satellite radio and AM/FM/multi-CD changer/satellite radio.

Alpine Electronics of America ranks highest in the AM/FM/single CD player segment with an overall PP100 score of 2.6, marking an improvement of 1.3 PP100 from 2007. Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America (4.4 PP100) follows Alpine in the rankings, while Clarion Corp. of America and Continental Corp. tie to rank third with 4.5 PP100.

In the AM/FM/multi-CD changer segment, Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America ranks highest with an overall PP100 score of 4.3, followed by Pioneer (4.6 PP100). SANYO Automotive U.S.A. ranks third with 5.0 PP100.

Delphi Corp. ranks highest in the AM/FM/single CD player/satellite radio segment with an overall PP100 score of 2.7. Visteon Corp. (3.6 PP100) and Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America (4.1 PP100) follow in the rankings.

Ranking highest in the AM/FM/multi-CD changer/satellite radio segment is Clarion Corp. with an overall PP100 score of 5.4, followed by Delphi Corp. (5.6 PP100) and Visteon Corp. (6.0 PP100).

The study also finds that, for a third consecutive year, the three most commonly reported multimedia problems are front audio/entertainment system controls difficult to understand/difficult to use/poor location; navigation system map/wrong directions/poor location; and AM/FM radio poor/no reception. These issues account for nearly 60 percent of the total reported multimedia problems.

The 2008 Multimedia Quality and Satisfaction Study is based on responses from 81,530 new-vehicle owners who purchased a 2008 model-year vehicle. The study was fielded between February and April 2008.


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Jamie Lee Curtis gets Honda FCX Clarity car

American Honda Motor Co., Inc., announced that its second FCX Clarity customer, Jamie Lee Curtis, took delivery of the vehicle on July 31, 2008. Curtis and husband Christopher Guest are the second of approximately 200 customers who will begin leasing the vehicle in the United States and Japan over the next three years.

Honda FCX Clarity car"I really wasn't expecting it to be so luxurious," said Curtis. "It's luxurious, luxurious, luxurious! I love the interior layout, design and access to controls. It is user-friendly and very modern."

Actress and children's book author Curtis and her husband, filmmaker Guest, live in Santa Monica. They have owned other alternative fuel and hybrid vehicles and continue to seek out ways to live and advocate a greener lifestyle.

Ron Yerxa and Annette Ballester, Santa Monica residents, took delivery of the first FCX Clarity on July 25, 2008.

The FCX Clarity is a next-generation, hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicle. Significant advances over Honda's previous generation FCX include a 25 percent increase in combined fuel economy to 72 miles/kg-H2 (74 mpg GGE <>) and a greater than 30 percent increase in driving range up to 280 miles. Propelled by an electric motor that runs on electricity generated in the fuel cell, the vehicle's only by-products are heat and water, and its fuel efficiency is three times that of a modern gasoline-powered automobile.


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