The second largest car maker of India, Hyundai Motor India Limited, is living no chance to stay in close touch with its consumers. Being one the most favorite car makers (Maruti Suzuki) in India, it very well understands the importance of an efficient sales and service network. Recently the company launched “Hyundai Care” mobile app that will help its consumers in finding its service networks, urgent after sales service, and service schedules, etc. Presently the mobile app is available only for iOS smartphones and Android smartphones. Users may download it from Apple iTunes Store and Google Play Store. Through this application Hyundai India intents to simplify its sales and after sales service process for all its consumers using smartphones. This app will be available for all models that are sold under Hyundai India ownership and will be helping them in scheduling their services and get more information in respect to car servicing and other related matters. Some of the wide applications of “Hyundai Care” from Hyundai India are:
Indian Automobile market may be passing through a slowdown but carmakers across the world are showing an increasing interest in the market lately. The latest example was set by the classic Italian car maker Lamborghini that recently opened its second dealership in India. The first one is already there in Mumbai and the second one was opened in New Delhi. Lamborghini shortly plans to open its third dealership in Bangalore.
Fiat India seems pretty desperate for brand recognition through its pair of models. That is the reason why it is trying to promote its portfolio of just two vehicles in all the way it can. Adding one more milestone into that Fiat India will be launching Linea Classic in Delhi today. The sedan will be entering the hottest car segment of India and will be helping the Italian car maker in gaining a firm ground against other carmakers. The C+ segment is presently full of some of the best selling cars like Honda Amaze, Maruti Suzuki Swift, Ford Classic, Sail Sedan, and several others.
Not much time has passed since BMW declared that it may launch the BMW 3-Series GT in 2014 Indian Auto Expo. Recently a camouflaged version of this car was caught testing on Pune roads. Its larger dimensions and extra adjustable space that makes it stand apart from other BMW 3-Series models. Along with these additions the 2014 BMW 3-Series is expected to be loaded with a much powerful 3-liter diesel engine that will be in a capacity to generate power worth 256PS against a peak torque of 560Nm.
The long awaited all new Skoda Octavia is all set to launch in Indian automotive market on 3rd October 2013. The final pricing of the car is yet to be known but features and specifications have already been disclosed by Skoda India. Skoda Octavia was launched in India in 1998, the car was one of the most successful sedans of its times. It was discontinued in 2010 following a steep decline in sales figures. Apart from Octavia, Fabia and Rapid are the only two models that have returned handsome revenues to Skoda.
The time of festivities is one time when no business man wants to lose a chance to earn a few extra bucks. Renault India too walking on same path, recently introduced the ‘Exchange and Upgrade’ offer under which it is allowing buyers to save up to Rs.30, 000 and exchange their old cars for new Renault cars. The offer mainly presents a window opportunity for those buyers who have been looking forward to upgrade their cars this year. Those who wish to buy a new car may drive in their old car to Renault’s old showroom and choose any of the top five Renault models. The amount of discount depends on the model they may choose among the five Renault car models. The five models that can be exchanged for old cars are – Renault Duster, Renault Fluence, Renault Rapid, Renalt Koleo, Renault Scala, and Renault Pulse.
Hyundai Motors India Limited announced a price hike of up to Rs.20000 across its complete range of models. One of the main reasons quoted by company for this price rise is the depreciating value of Rupee. Prices for all Hyundai car models will be increased in the price range of Rs.4000 – Rs.20000 except its latest launch Hyundai Grand i10. And it is not only Hyundai India who has taken this decision; almost all other carmakers have been adopting the same strategy to compensate inflationary trends and lack of demand. Other than Hyundai, Tata Motors plans an increase of 1-1.5% while Maruti Suzuki is yet to decide on figures. Toyota too recently announced price increase of up to Rs.24000 that will be in effect from 21st September, 2013.
The depreciating value of Rupee and rising importing costs has left no other option for foreign car makers than to start assembling their vehicles in India. Working over the same principle Audi India recently started assembling Audi Q3 in Aurangabad. The price range of Audi Q3 that was yet being imported in India stretched between Rs.24.99-Rs.34.35 lakhs. The prices of this domestically assembled crossover are yet to be announced in India. As Audi Q3 joins the league of domestically assembled Audi cars, the total number of such Audi cars rose to 5.
Recently, the reports indicated that Mahindra will soon reveal the new version of Thar with several upgrades on the basis of customer’s feedback and suggestions. Finally, the automaker has launched the upgraded Thar, which has been updated with some mechanical and functional changes making it even better and tougher off-roader of the country.
The major changes inside the vehicle are; new door handles, the inside door handles were quite flimsy and easy to break have been replaced by better quality plastic, new AC controls borrowed from Mahindra Bolero which are of much better quality and new design. One important change is the new crossbar between A and B-pillar to improve body’s rigidity. The rear seats have been lowered down by 6mm that provides more headroom for rear seat-occupant. The soft-top design that had pins for the front portion of canopy has been replaced by four-screw system which makes it much easier to mounting and dismounting the canopy.
On Sunday, India’s leading automaker Tata Motors launched the updated Indica as the Tata Indica V2 NA MY13 in Nepali auto market. This is the second consecutive vehicle launched by Tata in Nepal this month after ‘Xenon pick-up’. The Indica V2 NA MY13 was first introduced at the 2013 Nepal Automobiles Dealers Association (NADA) auto show and now along with the launch its sales have also commenced.
Tata Motors revealed the ‘Indica MY 13’ at the HORIZONEXT event earlier this year. In Nepal, it will be available in two variants- LX and LS and both variants are powered by a 1.4-litre diesel engine that produces 49PS at 5,000rpm and a peak torque of 2,500rpm.