In the recent times, Indian automotive market has become one of the most happening business hubs across the globe. As the automakers here, consist of heaps of sophisticated and innovative vehicles that hold the potential to exert a pull on the middle class buyers. With every passing year, the number of launches in India is growing at a healthy rate. The last couple of years have witnessed many different sorts of launches in the auto sector that can shortlisted as hyped launch, Silent launch, hyped and promising launch along with another new category hyped+ potential + exciting, but never launched till date. Nonetheless, from last couple of months there are nearly ten new car models that have been in news with strong speculations and spying of their test mules. And the industry sources have got enough oomph factors that these vehicles will surely see the sun this year.
The upcoming Skoda Citigo hatchback, which is the seventh car model from the company, has been launched in the domestic market of Czech Republic previous year. The city oriented two-seater Citigo that will be tweaked into a 4-seater is expected to hit Indian shore by the start of winter 2012. Under the bonnet, it will have an alignment of 1.0 litre three cylinder engine churning out maximum power of 60-70bhp. The compact and sporty exterior of Citigo looks appealing. The five door version of Citigo will be launched in the European market amid this year offering maximum utilization of the space. The interiors will be jazzy-n-trendy along with latest and modern gadgets featuring at the dash and console.
The French automaker Renault seems very aggressive for its expansion of the Indian operations and all set to open its triumph cards on their merits. The next generation ‘Renault Modus’ hatchback-cum-mini MPV will be fifth edition from the family, which is expected to launch by late 2012 or early next year. The Renault Modus will come boosted with the 1.2 litre petrol engine coupled with 5-speed manual transmission offering maximum power of 70-75bhp. It will be sported with various handy features like automatic climate control, power windows, central locking, power steering, together with smaller turning radius and foldable rear seat etc.
The entry-level Maruti Cervo is one among the most anticipated small cars by Maruti that have an agile sporty appearance and peppy engine, which can be yours at an affordable price. Gracing with the 0.7 litre, 660cc petrol engine it will deliver a peak power of 60bhp. According to the auto expert’s speculations, in terms of fuel efficiency, power, performance and elegance the new Maruti Cervo will be the best vehicle in this segment. Maruti Cervo will hit showrooms by the last quarter of the calendar year 2012. It said to be a Tata Nano competitor, due to its low engine displacement.
The futuristic Renault Twingo has already got popularity for its premium quality and exceptional styling features. The next generation Twingo, which is basically Twingo II, will be available with a diesel powered engine that yields an outstanding performance. The improved aerodynamics reduced CO2 emissions, sporty case of Dynamique in interior and optional electrically operated fabric sunroof are the significant features of the vehicle. This hatchback Renault product is expected to be launched by amid 2012 in the country.
The leading German auto brand, Volkswagen is aiming to mark its appearance in the compact car segment with the launch of upcoming Volkswagen Up, first showcased at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2007. It will be available in three body styles: a two door hatchback, a four door hatchback & a four door wagon with longer wheelbase, expected to hit the Indian market by the end of 2012. There will be two engine options available for the buyers a 1.2 litre 4-cylinder petrol engine and a 0.8 litre 2 or 3-cylinder, turbocharged diesel/petrol engine. The stylish exterior will attract the new and young buyer, while the fit and finish levels in the interiors will be at its best being a German car.
New Ford Fiesta already launched, the Ford EcoSport is impending, what next on the Ford agenda? It’s Ford B-Max, which will have the production version unveiled at Geneva Auto Show this year, after which by late 2012 India may see its launch. It’s a compact MPV looks like to challenge Maruti Ertiga MPV. The innovative 1.0L EcoBoost engine will be seen powering the New Ford MPV.
The third generation Skoda Octavia, which will replace the current Skoda Laura, is one of hottest discussion topics in the auto industry. As per the news it was seen testing in Europe and is projected to be launched by amid 2012. This Skoda sedan will face the tough competition with C segment cars like Volkswagen Vento, Hyundai Verna Fluidic and Honda Civic. It will be based on an all new platform that has latest Greenline technology that will offer brilliant performance with the carbon dioxide emission less than 100g/km. Whereas, its top line-up will be represented by the RS version sporting 2.0 litre TSI engine producing maximum power of 270hp.
The five door electric hatchback that is expected to be launched late 2012 or early next year has been hovering over the minds of hatch lovers in India. After its global launch in 2010, it has won many accolades for its distinctive features and power packed performance along with most important factor, the affordable pricing.
One of the best selling elite hatchbacks of Volkswagen has stolen the million of hearts with its cutting-edge technology and sporty looks across the world. The model will compete with premium hatchbacks likes Honda Jazz, Hyundai i20 and Skoda Fabia. This compact car will be loaded with plenty of functional features along with the superior exteriors. The Volkswagen Golf will be graced with a 2.0 litre TDI power-train petrol or diesel engine producing a peak power of around 170hp at 4200rpm and torque of 350Nm. This engine will be mated with six speed manual/automatic gearbox.
The Chevrolet Sail siblings that comprise of Sail sedan and Sail hatchback have been in news for quite some time, especially the hatchback version, and the chances of India launch boosted when it was unveiled at 2012 Delhi Auto Expo. The hatch will fall in premium segment and will have direct competition with Hyundai i20 with its extraordinary and advanced features inside-out when it goes into production amid this year.
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