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.
Ford India is set to enter the next phase with its upcoming launch sub-4 metre sedan. The compact sedan was revealed at the company’s production plant named Sanand plant. The model is ready to launch in the festive season of 2015. The sub-4 metre sedan is based on next gen Figo and would replace the older Classic. The Ford Figo Aspire’s sales success is key factor for the company in India.
According to the sources, Umashankar PK, the vice president of Customer Service Operations, Ford India, said that the company’s expectation level are high for Figo Aspire among customers than in comparison to the original Figo and EcoSport. The sub-4 metre sedan segment is expected to grow at an important stage in the years and expanding into such a profitable segment that would help to continue to sales growth.
The model will feature a 2-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with variable valve technology and a 1.5-litre diesel engine derived from EcoSport. Ford has commenced that the version will be available with both manual and automatic gearboxes. Though, it’s not yet declared that 1.5-litre/6-speed Powershift dual-clutch combo from EcoSport will be offered or not.
The installed production capacity in India to 4.4 lakh units per annum. 2.4 lakh units per annum at Sanand plant and rest is distributed in Chennai. The American auto giant is trying to reduce the maintenance and repair costs of its vehicles.
Maruti Suzuki is ready to come up with its first home grown diesel engine. It will be featured in the Maruti Celerio. The sources have informed that it took around 4.5 years to develop this engine. The engine has also went under significant testing in different climatic conditions.
Reportedly, C.V. Raman the engineering head of Maruti Suzuki said that the company has tested and ratified the Maruti Celerio Diesel for 4-5 lakh km in hot and cold temperatures and also in high altitudes.
The 793 cc twin-cylinder diesel motor delivers a power output of 47 hp and a peak torque of 125 Nm while delivering an ARAI certified mileage of 27.6 kmpl. The Indian Maruti’s engineers are liable for meeting up the requirements. The Suzuki’s Japan headquarters are responsible to look towards design and engineering aspects of the development. The
The entities jointly works towards the localization of the engine in India. 97% of the engine is sourced in India and percentage includes a casting component, timing chain and others are being imported. The smallest diesel unit is 793 cc to be employed in a production car. The aluminium block engine features a compact fuel injection system which occupies a small block where fuel is stored at 1,400 bar of pressure before being distributed to the injectors. Borgwarner has designed the small turbocharger.
Maruti may also choose to introduce the DDiS 125 in cars like WagonR and Celerio.
Fiat Punto Abarth and Avventura T-Jet has been spotted together in Pune. The images shows that Abarth Punto comes with fancy red decals on the doors, splendidly machined alloy wheels and a ‘T-Jet’ moniker.The Abarth Punto features a scorpion claw design alloy wheels. On the other hand, Avventura comes in fancy shades and gives a sporty look.
The cabin of Abarth Punto comes in black layout and the Avventura T-Jet’s interior comes with a dual-tone dashboard that is added by the Alcantara. The Avventura also features brown and beige seat upholstery that comes with Avventura tag. Other features present in the car’s cabin is similar to the older version of Punto Evo and Avventura.
The most interesting feature present in both the model is that both the models features a 1.4-litre turbocharged T-Jet petrol engine which generates a power output of 135 PS and is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The Linea T-Jet delivers a powerof 113 bhp.
Fiat adds up the suspension of the two Abarth-mobiles to give a speedy ride. The model houses handling characteristic and fitted disc brakes on all four corners. The Fiat Abarth Punto and Avventura T-Jet is expected to launch around this upcoming festive season, 2015. The Punto Abarth and the Avventura Abarth will compete against Volkswagen Polo GT TSI and Tata Bolt Sport. The models will be priced around Rs 10 lakhs.
Mercedes-Benz India is planning to make a world tour with its ‘Made in India’ GLA 200 CDI. The model will be produced at Pune plant, India. The Mercedes GLA 200 will take a ride across the six continents, seventeen countries and clocking more than 50,000 kms, before returning to Pune after six months.
According to the sources, Eberhard Kern the Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India says,“Mercedes-Benz vehicles are synonymous with safety, luxury, comfort and reliability. All these attributes that make the GLA on top of customer preference today, will be put to a stringent test during this World Tour. We are confident that the ‘Made in India’ GLA will prove its reliability during this arduous global drive and reaffirm strongly the reason for its growing popularity amongst the Indian customers. We are glad to be scripting a memorable precedence regarding the reliability and success of the GLA with this unique Great overLand Adventure. I wish the team all the best for the drive and a time of their life.”
The Mercedes Benz India will be associated with the NDTV network for the GLA model. The ride will start from middle of July from Mercedes-Benz India production plant in Pune, will cross varying geographies and travel through Europe, Northern and South Africa, North and South America, Australia and Asia. Mercedes-Benz India started the local assembly of the GLA in June 2015.