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Toyota Etios Hatchback To Compete Against Maruti Suzuki Swift

Posted: 23 Oct 2010 09:51 AM PDT

Toyota so far has offered well built and luxurious cars with an average price tag of as much as three times that of Maruti Suzuki's small cars. Maruti holds more than a quarter share of the Indian small car sector and is working to achieve even a greater share.

Maruti is the market leader and sells cars like hotcakes which no other brand has matched upto till date but Toyota is one brand which has plans in its mind of giving the former some competition.


Hiroshi Nakagawa, managing director of Toyota's India unit, said ,"The new car, also to be sold in China and Brazil, will be priced in the range of market leader Maruti's Swift compact (Rs 405,300)"

He further added "It has been a challenge to build quality at a lower price. The Indian car market is one of the toughest markets in the world. Customers and car owners are very cost-conscious"

Earlier in an interview on 4th October Executive Vice President Yukitoshi Funo said  "Bringing procurement cost to a very competitive level is a do or die challenge for our procurement and production teams,"

Now that even Toyota has realized the importance of low cost cars, it will have to strike the balance between sales in low-cost car segments in emerging markets and its reputation for quality. The company will reduce the cost of its new car by purchasing most of the parts from local vendors.

Almost 70 percent of the parts will be locally sourced including local manufacturing of engine and transmission from 2012 and all these steps will help the brand drastically cut the cost of its new model.

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BMW 520d Launch In India Soon – Detailed Specifications Features & Price

Posted: 23 Oct 2010 02:30 AM PDT

Sedans have always been a preference for most of the upper middle class families as they are spacious enough to accommodate a normal family of 5 persons and have their very own distinctive road presence. It is not that sedans are always too expensive. A lot of sedans existing in the Indian market are cheap and can fit anybody's pocket extremely well.

Apart from upcoming and existing sedans like Fiat Linea, Volkswagen Vento , Maruti Suzuki Kizashi, Volkswagen Jetta, Volkswagen Passat etc which are affordable and are a good value for money, there are a few brands like Mercedes-Benz, Audi and BMW whose cars are a bit too expensive.


Inspite of being expensive these cars offer a lot more than what you can expect from an ordinary family sedan and once its in your garage, visitors wont take their eyes of them. BMW presently sells two cars under its BMW 5 Series, 525d and 530d which cost a buyer somewhere around Rs 40 lakh or even more, but now it is considering of bringing in BMW 520d which is said to be the cheapest of them all.

Being cheap doesn't mean it will come at the cost of a Linea of Vento and will lack the numerous feature, but it is way less expensive than its siblings and yet delivers a handful.

Specifications Of BMW 520d


Body Type



Medium Car




4 In-Line



Bore – Stroke

84mm x 90mm

Compression Ratio




Fuel System


Induction System


Max Power

185BHP @ 4000rpm

Max Torque

350Nm @ 1750rpm


8.4 seconds (claimed)

Kerb weight



5.6 l/100km (claimed)

CO2 Emissions



6-Speed Automatic

Drive Type


Fuel Tank Capacity

70 litres

Suspension Front

MacPherson strut with coil springs, stabiliser bar

Suspension Rear

Multi-link independent suspension coil springs and stabiliser bar


Ventilated discs, sliding calipers


16-inch alloy, steel space saver spare


225/55R16 Pirelli P7



Track Front


Track Rear



Seats 5

Luggage Space

520 litres

Features Of BMW 520d



Towing Capacity braked


Towing Capacity Un-Braked


Active safety features

ABS, EBD, brake assist, stability control, traction control

Passive Safety Features

Dual front airbags, side airbags for front and rear, full-length curtain airbags, three-point seatbelts on all seats, pretensioners on front seatbelts,

Euro NCAP Rating

4 star

Options Fitted To Test Vehicle

Professional Package

Interior Trim Type


Audio System

6-disc CD audio system with MP3 compatibility and auxiliary USB input

Navigation System


Headlight Type

Halogen, Xenon optional

Cruise Control Type

Manual Cruise Control

Price Of BMW 520d In India

The car as mentioned above will come with a price tag way below than other variants of its series and will cost around Rs 35 Lakh.

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Renault Cars Launch In India In 2011

Posted: 22 Oct 2010 05:30 AM PDT

The Indian Automobile market is growing as rapidly as ever and major manufacturers including Indian and others are busy introducing their new models but there are still a few brands who have not been able to launch their very own cars, which are popular overseas.


On one hand Fiat is working all day long on its strategies for the new exclusive showrooms it is going to introduce in the coming months while on the other Renault is planning to enter with its own line-up existing in the overseas markets, in India in the year 2011.

Earlier the company had announced of making an independent foray into our market and recently reinforcing the above Mr. Marc Nassif, MD of Renault India said, "Since April this year, we have moved very fast in getting our product plans in place. We are ahead of plan on selecting and appointing dealers and are on track to meet the challenging targets that we have set for ourselves in India and to ensure that we live up to the brand promise that Renault will bring to its Indian customers."

The finalization of different agencies to handle various departments like creative, media and PR has already been done and to start with the brand will enter with Renault Fluence sedan and Renault Koleos SUV. It also carries intentions of launching three more cars including a small car by 2013 mid.

Click Here: Renault Koleos SUV Detailed Specifications & Features

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