Ranbir Kapoor is now the brand ambassador of Renault India. Earlier, Ranbir Kapoor has also been brand ambassador for Nissan India. The news has been confirmed by Renault India. He will be starring in a new series of TVCs from Renault India, including one which will showcase all their cars on offer in India.According to the sources, Ranbir is seen driving the new Lodgy MPV and Duster SUV. The teaser also shows the sketches of Kwid,which depicts that he might be the face of Renault Kwid as well.
Renault’s new Kwid hatchback is a small entry level car and will set a competition against Maruti Alto, Hyundai Eon and Datsun Go. The model will come up with more equipment, colours, and space. The main target of Renault Kwid are the young car buyers in India.
Renault India completes four years in India and this year, they will launch one of their most ambitious project in the history of Renault Group – Kwid. The Renault Kwid will be priced under Rs 4 lakhs and has made its global appearance in India earlier this year. It is also working towards widening their network of dealers.According to the sources, the Renault India dealerships and service outlets are expected to touch 280 by the end of 2015.
Renault Kwid will feature a new 800 cc petrol engine and will come with manual and AMT gearboxes. The car will be produced at the Renault CMF-A platform and due to its low price, the car localization level has
Mahindra U301 SUV is the first model among the three SUV’s that is being planned by the company. The launch of the model will be followed by the S101 and S102. Though, all these models have been spotted while test muling on the roads.Mahindra U301 will be affordable price wise but will be placed below Scorpio, but above Bolero. According to the sources, Mahindra will reveal the official name of this SUV on 30th July. Currently, SUV is codenamed as U301, but it is not the launch date of the car as this date is regarding the release of official name.
The model is underpinned on a new ladder frame chassis . The same platform is shared by the new Scorpio. Mahindra U301 might get a new range of diesel and petrol engine options. This engine will be developed by the utility vehicle maker. It could be in a form of four cylinder petrol and four cylinder diesel engines. It has also been estimated that the U301 will be one of the most fuel efficient compact SUVs in the segment.
Currently, Mahindra U301 was spotted near Chennai while test muling where the company has both R&D operations and product development facility. Few interior details have been noticed like new steering wheel design, a large central screen with touchscreen infotainment system, Bluetooth, USB and AUX-in connectivity, air conditioning and power windows.
Mahindra is expected to be priced for Rs 6 – 9 lakhs.
The French multinational automobile manufacturer- Renault is going to come up with Renault Duster automatic India. The automatic variant of the Duster with a facelift might be launched somewhere in the year, 2016. Though, the company has not revealed any details regarding the changes done in the facelift version. Still, the sources have informed that the model will bear few similarities from the Adventure Edition.
The Renault Duster facelift might feature smoked alloy wheels, secondary fog lamps, revised plastic cladding across the lower body of the car and silver front and rear skid plates. Though, the interior of the facelifted version is expected to be the same. The model will get the same engine lineup as at the present the Duster is produced in both petrol and diesel engines. The petrol powered variant makes use a 1.6 l four cylinder mill that delivers a power output of 102 hp at the rate of 5850 RPM and a peak torque of 145 Nm at the rate of 3750 RPM. The diesel will get a four cylinder 1.5 l DCi unit in two states of tune.
The lower variants of the diesel Duster generates a power output of 84 hp at the rate of 3750 RPM and peak torque of 200 Nm at the rate of 1900 RPM while higher variants churn out 108 hp at the rate of 3900 RPM and 248 Nm at the rate of 2250 RPM. Renault is the only manufacturer in the compact crossover segment to offer its entry with an all-wheel drive system. The new automatic Duster variant is expected to come with a 6-speed dual clutch transmission. The sources have informed that the new automatic gearbox will be offered with the two-wheel drive variant of the Duster only.
The Renault Duster will set a tough competition against Ford EcoSport, Hyundai Creta, Nissan Terrano and Maruti Suzuki S Cross.
Since 2012, the Volkswagen Pune Plant is working towards its goal to achieve higher eco-friendly manufacturing environment. The Volkswagen Pune Plant pursues the company’s ‘Think Blue Factory.’ By achieving its goal Volkswagen will be able to reduce the impact of its production process on the environment by 25% per car globally.
The Pune Plant has been working over this plan since 2012. The impact on environment is measured through manufacturing processes is measured across five key areas of ‘Energy Consumption’, ‘CO2 Emissions’, ‘Water Consumption’, ‘Waste Generation’ and ‘VOC Emissions’. Volkswagen Pune Plant has undertaken various projects and has also implemented them successfully.
The Think Blue Factory project 2015 acts as a heat exchanger that was commissioned at the exhaust end of the Top Coat Oven in Paint Shop. The results were seen by generating hot water using the exhaust flue gases which are vented out at 320 degree centigrade and then the hot water is used for heating application in Pre-treatment process in the Paint Shop itself.
80% reduction in hot water generation was noted that saved 492,483 SCM of Natural Gas consumption and 37 MWh/a of electricity. It also helps to reduce CO2 emissions by 1013 tons/a. The savings in consumption of Natural Gas is equal to 4916 MWh/a. On an average, it helps to translates to the energy consumed by nearly 1300 Indian households in a year.
Mercedes-Benz is in plan to increase the production capacity by investing 1 billion Euros at their Rastatt plant in Germany. They are in plan to set up their growth strategy within a time period of 2015 to 2020. This will help in the expansion of the plant and in technological development.
Markus Schäfer, Member of the Divisional Board of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Production and Supply Chain Management says “With our transformation plan for the Mercedes-Benz Rastatt plant we have laid the foundation for the successful production of the next generation of our compact cars. We will achieve significant gains in flexibility and efficiency. At the same time, we will strengthen the role of the location as the lead plant for compact cars within our global production network”.
The manufacturing plant at Rastatt is trying to generate full capacity. In the year 2014, the company recorded production of 292,784 vehicles. A 27% growth rate have been noticed in the sale’s record. The factory manufactures compact cars for Mercedes, including the A-Class, B-Class, CLA and GLA.
The expansion plans for the plant not only increases the capacity but also intensifies measure to improve ergonomic working conditions as well as set up of a health care centre which is currently in the planning stage.
The Rastatt plant is the biggest employer in the region as it has a workforce capacity of about 6500. It has the distinction of being the lead plant for production of the A-Class, B-Class, B-Class Electric Drive and GLA compact SUV.
The new Honda Jazz is all set to launch on 8th July, 2015. The model will come with two option like petrol and diesel engine. Honda was able to register sales of 18,380 units in June, 2015. In comparison to the June 2014, company was able to increase the sales by 13%. Honda Jazz has come up with 90% localization level.
New Honda Jazz has also become a reason for boosting its sale. Honda has already booked 2,336 units of upgraded Jazz. Even, the official price has not yet revealed but still 2,336 units of new Jazz have already been spoken. The price will be disclosed on 8th July, 2015.
The model will come with two option- petrol and diesel engine. The petrol engine is coupled a five speed gearbox or a CVT with seven step steering mounted paddle shifters. The diesel engine will be mated to a six speed manual transmission.
In the month of June, Honda City has been regarded as the best selling car. The company dealers were able to sell around 7,187 units. The second best selling Honda model is Amaze that hits the sale around 6,834 units. Other cars like Jazz, Mobilio, Brio and CR-V are expected to mark a sale of 2,336 units, 1,043 units, 923 units and 57 units respectively.
The company is able to exports for 350 units, that means that it is declined by 52.6%. In the last year, the company was able to export 739 units. The Honda Jazz facelift is expected to be priced for Rs 5 to 8.5 lakhs.
Nissan is in plan to come up with Xtronic continuously variable transmission (CVT) on the XL variant of Micra in India. The Japanese automakers are trying to bring add VFM and is also in plan to raise convenience offered by an automatic transmission. The CVT-equipped Micra XL will come with additional features in comparison to its predecessor. The upgraded model comes with features like audio system, reverse parking sensors, and safety nannies such anti-lock brakes and a driver-side airbag.
The CVT used to come with XV trim of the Micra. The Nissan Micra XL CVT will feature a 1.2-litre three-pot petrol engine that continues to deliver a power output of 77 PS of max power and 104 Nm of torque.The model will feature revised bumpers, the engine hood, headlamps and tail lamps it has completely changed the character of the design. Micra carries its parent name with a small logo on the hood. The massive integrated grille in the bumper with chrome surround pushing the triangular fog lamps to the edge in attempt to use the fog lamps as a part of design.
The present model of the Nissan comes with XV variant of the Micra with their Xtronic CVT gearbox. The model is priced for Rs 7 lakh whereas the CVT-equipped XL trim variant of the Micra is to be priced around INR 6 lakh.
Audi has come up with the facelift of Audi A4. The B9 A4 is larger than its predecessor model. The vehicle measures 4.73 m length that is 25mm longer than the older version, 1.84 m wider, 1.43 m in height and a wheelbase of 2.82 m. The model is based on the MQB platform, the new gen model is lighter by up to 120 kg. The drag coefficient for sedan and Avant variants stand at 0.23 and 0.26 respectively.
The interior design theme is similar to the Audi Q7. It comes with camouflaged AC vents. The features included in the model are Audi Virtual Cockpit instrument panel (optional) which debuted in the TT, 8.3-inch MMI system compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bang & Olufsen music system, 10.1-inch displays for rear seat occupants, 30 color LED ambient lighting, redesigned seats and enhanced rear legroom of 23 mm are the interior highlights.
The model also supports safety features, LED lighting, Audi pre sense city, Adaptive Cruise Control with Traffic-Jam Assist and Tour Assist, parking assist with 12 radar sensors and so on.
The Audi A4 facelift features a range of turbocharged direct injection petrol and diesel engines. The petrol range will generate a power output 150 PS and a peak torque of 250Nm. Another 1.4-litre TFSI and a 2.0-litre TFSI which comes with two offers and generates a power output of 190 PS and a peak torque of 320 Nm and 252 PS/370 Nm.
The diesel lineup comprises a 2.0-litre TDI which delivers a power output of 150 PS and a peak torque of 320 Nm and 190 PS/400 Nm tunes. The top range variants houses a 3.0-litre V6 TDI.
The four ringed brand has launched new Audi Q3, earlier this month. The Audi Q3 manual variant is priced for Rs 28.99 lakhs and automatic variant starts from Rs 33.50 lakhs. The earlier version of Audi Q3 S was launched in India in 2013 for Rs 24.99 lakhs. Audi Q3 is the only diesel luxury car that is affordable price wise.
The Audi Q3 S, attracted a vast number of customers attention. Yet, the production capacity was limited and so many of the customers have to remain in the queue and are still waiting for booking. According to the sources, Mr Joe King, the Head of Audi India said that only 100 Audi Q3 SUVs was produced out of which 90 was automatic and only 10 was manual.
The four-ringed brand has come out with the solution to raise the production capacity of Audi Q3 S by making the production double. This will help to bring down the waiting period appreciably. The company is in plan to raise its production capacity over 10,000 units annually which can go up to 14,000 units annually on a single shifts. It is in plan to announce a significant new phase of investment
Audi has always been in competition against Mercedes Benz. The rival Mercedes Benz has also declare the start of new production line which has increased their production capacity to 20,000 units a month.
Once again, the Japanese brand Nissan has issued recall for Micra and Sunny. The earlier recall was made in Oct 2014, when the company had recalled 9,000 units in total of both these cars. The recall was done due to the faulty airbags. The brand Nissan has recalled 12,000 units of Sunny sedan and Micra small car. The cars that were produced between June 2013 and March 2015 were recalled. The global recall has afflicted about 2.7 lakh cars.
According to the sources, the Nissan service dealers are being informed to carry out the improvement and replacements of parts on an urgent basis and this will be a free service to the customers and giving a guarantee of complete satisfaction.
The defective airbags have been produced by the Japanese parts maker Takata. Not only Nissan, but other carmakers like Honda has also been affected by the parts maker Takata. Last month Honda Cars India recalled 11,381 units of Accord, CRV and Civic manufactured between 2003 and 2007. The company replaced defective part both in passenger and driver side airbags.
The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) has started the vehicle recall policy in July 2012. Seven lakhs of cars have been recalled. The impacts of the defective airbags are that it may cause inflators to explode with extensive too force, causing more danger than protection to the lives of both drivers and passengers.