Thursday, April 14, 2016

Datsun Redigo unveiled, bookings open from 1st May [Details]


What is it: Datsun's entry level hatchback
What is it called: Redigo, an Urban Cross vehicle
Price: should be from Rs 2.99 lakh onwards
Engine: Same 800cc petrol motor from the Kwid
USP: Design, segment best space, segment best economy
Bookings: Open from 1st May

The world premier of Datsun's all-new lost cost car for India took place today. Its called the Redigo and bookings for the car start on 1st May 2016. Datsun has confirmed that the car will be on roads by 1st June. Pricing is yet to be announced and we feel the Redigo will be priced from Rs 2.99 lakh onwards.

The Redigo is being positioned as a compact Urban Cross vehicle and comes with segment best ground clearance of 185mm. The design is surely eye catching and will make the Redigo stand out from among the crop of current small cars in India.

The front is aggressive and looks like a mix of the Chevrolet Beat and the Datsun Go hatchback. But we arent complaining as it is definitely eye catching. The Redigo will also come with DRLs or day time running lights. The car lot of prominent design lines which are visible from the side as well. We like the rear executive too, specially the small vertical tail lamps.

Datsun Redigo will come with  segment best cabin space and on offer will be a driver side Airbag too. The cabin design seems better than the Datsun Go and thankfully, there are no connected seats up front. It also has a proper audio system as opposed to the docket station we see in the Go hatchback.

The Redigo will come powered by the same 3 cylinder 800cc engine that also powers the Kwid. It will be mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox with an expected rated fuel economy of over 25kmpl.

20 Most fuel efficient cars in India [Updated 14th April 2016]


Fuel economy is still among the top three priorities of new car buyers in India and the same is now understood by manufacturers. Cars today are capable of delivering close to 20 kmpl in real world conditions and over 25kmpl at highway speeds.
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Here is our updated list of the twenty most fuel efficient cars on sale in India. Note that the list does not take into account hybrid cars as they outside the budget of an average car buyer. 

1. Maruti Ciaz Diesel: 28.09kmpl

Maruti remains the fuel economy champion with their mid-size sedan offering. The Ciaz diesel comes with Suzuki's mild hybrid technology which further allows the engine to run at lower loads which in turn makes it more efficient. 

2. Maruti Celerio Diesel: 27.62kmpl

With an ARAI certified economy of 27.62kmpl, the Celerio is also the most efficient hatchback in India. It uses a 2 cylinder 793cc DDiS 125 engine which offers decent performance but excellent economy.

3. Maruti Baleno Diesel: 27.39kmpl

The top three most efficient cars in India are from Maruti including the premium hatchback, Baleno. It uses the same 1.3-litre DDiS 200 engine which does duty on the Swift and the Dzire but is more efficient in this case due to lower weight of the car. 

4. Honda Jazz Diesel: 27.3kmpl

With an ARAI rated economy of 27.3kmpl, the Jazz offers an unbeatable combination of power (100PS) and low running costs. Infact, the difference in real world economies of the Jazz and Baleno is negligible. 

5. Tata Tiago Diesel: 27.28kmpl

The fifth most efficient car in India comes from Tata Motors. Infact, very little differentiates the Baleno, Jazz and Tiago in terms of rated figures. For us, all these three cars will fare equally well. 

6. Maruti Dzire Diesel: 26.59kmpl

The fourth Maruti in the list, and the second most efficient sedan in India is the Dzire. It is also the largest selling sedan in the country and remains unbeatable since its launch. 

7. Honda City Diesel: 26kmpl

The City uses Honda new 1.5-litre diesel engine, the same unit that powers the Jazz, Mobilio and the BR-V. The City, at 26kmpl, remains the most efficient 100PS sedan in India.

8. Ford Aspire / Figo Diesel: 25.83kmpl

The Figo and Aspire twins not only offer spacious and a comfortable ride but also a potent 100PS 1.5-litre diesel engine that offers segment best performance. And ofcourse, it is efficient as well. 

9. Honda Amaze Diesel: 25.8kmpl

The third Honda in the list is the Amaze. The Amaze got a major facelift a few months back and now becomes even more desirable.

10. Chevrolet Beat Diesel: 25.44kmpl

The Beat diesel uses a 3 cylinder 936cc diesel engine : its a 3 cylinder version of the same 4-cylinder multijet unit that powers a dozen other cars in India. The Beat is a funky looking efficient hatchback but has not been able to do well in India. 

11-20: Here is a list of the ten other cars. The Mahindra KUV, at 11th number, is quite a surprise!

Mahindra KUV Diesel: 25.32kmpl
Maruti Swift Diesel: 25.2kmpl

Renault Kwid: 25.17kmpl
Ford Fiesta Diesel: 25.01kmpl
Hyundai Verna 1.4 Diesel: 24.8kmpl

Maruti Ertiga Diesel: 24.52kmpl
Hyundai Xcent Diesel: 24.4kmpl
Maruti Brezza Diesel: 24.3kmpl
Honda Mobilio Diesel: 24.2kmpl
Maruti Alto K10: 24.07

Key Notes:
  • 9 out of the top 20 cars are sedans. This busts the old myth of small cars, or hatchbacks, being more efficient. 
  • 8 out of the top 20 cars are from Maruti. This re-confirms the fact that Maruti still makes the most efficient cars in India! 
  • 18 out of 20 cars are diesel run. Diesel engines still return 20-30% better economy that their petrol counterparts. 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Toyota Innova Crysta price to start at Rs 13 lakh, launch on 3rd May

Engine options: 2.4-litre & 2.8-litre diesel 
Transmissions: Manual & Automatic
Pricing: Rs 13 lakh onwards
Rivals: Mahindra XUV5OO, D segment sedans
USP: Reliability, interiors, features, automatic

Toyota will launch the all-new Innova Crysta in India on 3rd May 2016. The Crysta was showcased at the Auto Expo in February earlier this year and going by the design and feature list, seems all set to cater to private buyers as well. The big news is that Toyota will offer an optional automatic with the diesel option.

The new Innova Crysta bears no resemblance with the outgoing version. Infact, at 4735mm in length, 1830mm in width and 1795mm in height, it is significantly bigger as well. It takes time before getting used to the radical design but it will surely go down well with private buyers.

Interiors of the new Innova Crysta are all-new and very sedan like. Infact, the Crysta can easily give D segment sedans a run for their money. And this includes the long list of standard features.

The new Toyota Innova Crysta will initially come with a choice of two diesel engines which include a 149 PS 2.4-litre GD motor. There are very strong chances of the Crysta also getting a larger 2.8-litre diesel motor launch - this one produces 177PS of power. The Innova Crysta will also be available with an optional 6-speed automatic transmission.

Expect prices to start at around Rs 13 lakh, going all the way to Rs 20 lakh for the top end automatic version.

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Top 10 selling SUVs in March 2016 [Report]

Creta remains the largest selling SUV in India

March was a good month in terms of automotive sales in India with the passenger car market witnessing a growth of 8% over February 2016. The SUV market also saw lot of action and a very positive growth. Infact, new comers like the Vitara and NuvoSport sold as many as 5563 and 1298 units respectively. 

Here's our list of the top 10 selling SUVs in India in March 2016 

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1. Hyundai Creta : 8132 units

The Creta remains the highest selling SUV in India. At 8132 units, it is also the only SUV to make it to the top 10 selling cars in India list. No, we do not consider the Bolero as a SUV and hence it is not in this list. Hyundai is adding two more versions to the line-up this month (click to read)

2. Maruti Vitara Brezza : 5563 units

The new Brezza climbs to the 2nd position in its first month!
Maruti's newcomer climbed to the 2nd position in the first month itself. At 5563 units, people have loved this compact SUV and infact the waiting period for the top end version is now exceeding 4 months in various cities.

3. Ford EcoSport: 4456 units
Price revision has resulted in higher sales of the EcoSport
Ford had slashed the price of the EcoSport by over a lakh (for the diesel versions) and this resulted in a huge spike in its sales. As compared to Feb'16, sales of the EcoSport grew by 68.91 % - read our special report.

4. Mahindra Scorpio: 4015 units
The Scorpio has been the largest selling SUV of all times in India and continues to perform very well even today. The new 1.99-litre version has also gone on sale in Delhi.

5. Mahindra XUV: 3161 units
The second Mahindra in the list also benefits from the inclusion of the new 1.99-litre diesel motor for Delhi. The XUV is a value packed vehicle and continues to do very well in India.

6. Mahindra TUV: 2614 units
The TUV3OO compact SUV is now maintaining an average of about 2000-2200 units on a monthly basis. But the newly launched NuvoSport might end up eating into sales.

7. Renault Duster: 1941 units
The new Duster went on sale last month. As a result, sales grew by 321% over Feb'16. The new Duster also comes in optional AMT form which increases its consumer base by a big margin. 

8. Mahindra NuvoSport: 1298 units
1298 units of the new NuvoSport were officially dispatched off from the factory. Sales began this month only which also means this number will rise significantly very soon. 

9. Nissan Terrano: 587 units
The Terrano needs an update now and deserves to sell more. Nissan should seriously consider offering an AMT option with this SUV.

10. Safari / Storme: 542 units
And finally, India's most loved SUV at one point of time - the Safari. Its sad to see Tata Motors being able to sell only 542 units of the Safari and the Storme. This SUV deserves a lot more! 

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Exclusive: Hyundai Creta SX+ A/T to get more features

The Creta is India's largest selling SUV but Hyundai wants to offer more to the end consumer it seems. The SX+ automatic version (diesel) that is currently on sale will now come with two features from the top-end SX(O) version : 17-inch diamond cut alloy wheels as well as leather pack for the steering and gear knob. These features will not be provided in the SX+ manual version.

The SX+ A/T currently comes with these 16-inch alloys
Further, the company is all set to launch two new versions of the Creta Automatic : SX+ petrol and S+ Diesel.  The SX+ petrol automatic will get the above mentioned features as standard. By offering an automatic option with the petrol engine, Hyundai is increasing the value proposition of the Creta and making it more viable for those who don't want an oil burner.

We expect the following prices for these two new versions:
Creta SX+ Automatic petrol price: Rs 12.9 lakh (approx, ex-Delhi)
Creta S+ Automatic diesel price: Rs 13.2 lakh (approx, ex-Delhi)

Hyundai sold 8132 units of the Creta last month. This puts it at the 9th position in terms of top 10 selling cars in India. The Creta faces mild competition from the likes of Nissan Terrano and Mahindra Scorpio. The upcoming Honda BR-V will also rival the Creta.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Suzuki to launch rear disc Gixxer on 15th April

What is it: Another 'safer' version of the Gixxer
Changes: Rear disc, new color option
Launch: 15th April
Price: Approx 88500 (on-road Delhi)
Rivals: Yamaha FZ-S, Honda CB Hornet

Suzuki two wheelers had showcased new Gixxer and Gixxer SF versions at the Auto Expo earlier this year and finally one of the versions will be unveiled at the upcoming "Gixxer Day" on 15th in New Delhi.
The new version, as seen, will come with a rear disc brake and a new color option. It is not clear at this time if fuel injection will be offered as well or not. The current front disc / rear drum version retails at 85,000 (on-road Delhi) and the new version is expected to be 3000-4000 more expensive.

Stay tuned for more details. Please note that the event is also open to current Gixxer owners via prior registration. Want more? Read about Yamaha's new two-wheeler launch on 14th April (click to read)

5 things about the Datsun Redigo [MUST READ]

Datsun's current products, the Go hatchback and Go+ MPVs haven't really done well in terms of sales but their next offering for India seems all set to challenge the rivals. Its called the Redigo and here are five facts you should know about the car

1. Showcase Date:
The Datsun Redigo will make its world premier right here in New Delhi on the 14th April 2016. We will be sharing a webcast link with you so that you can catch all the action LIVE at our blog. Note that this will only be a showcase with commercial launch due for later part of the year

2. The design:

The Redigo will be the sportiest looking hatchback in its segment and dare we say, it will be the funkiest too. Thankfully, the production version looks a lot similar to the concept vehicle that we all have been seeing for the past year or so. It will also sport segment best ground clearance

3. The engine:

The Redigo will come with the same 3-cylinder 799cc petrol engine that powers the Renault Kwid as well. How? Well, Datsun is owned by Nissan and both Nissan and Renault have a JV in India. For example, the Nissan Terrano is based on the Renault Duster and the Renault Scala is based on the Nissan Sunny. Anyway, back to the engine, it puts out 53 bhp of power and 72Nm of torque which will be just about adequate to get this thing moving fast.
Later in the year, the Redigo will get a larger 1000cc engine that will also come in the, you guessed it right, the Kwid!

4. The interiors:

Though Datsun has not shared any images or sketch of the cabin, we are told the Redigo will end up offering 'a lot' of space, thanks to its tall stance. The cabin will have an airy feel and we do expect the company to load it up with features and clever touches. Remember the Go hatchback's docking station for example?

5. And the price?

The Datsun Redigo price is expected to start at the same level as the Renault Kwid which means an approximate base version price of Rs 2.6 - 2.7 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). At this price, the Redigo will be an exciting option for the young at heart. The Kwid is already among the top ten selling cars in India and the Redigo might just end up turning the tables for Datsun in India.

If you are interested in the Redigo, come back to us on the 14th April 2016 for a LIVE webcast to see what the Redigo is all about! 

Ford EcoSport Price revision increases sales by 68.9% [Details Inside]

The Ford EcoSport was India's first ever compact SUV (under 4 meters in length) and went on to enjoy leadership for years. However, Mahindra's TUV3OO gave it tough competition and Ford knew Maruti's Vitara Brezza would further hit it badly as well. The only way out was a big cut in the sticker price across the range to make sure prospective customers stayed away from other rivals.

EcoSport's pricing: Old vs New (click to enlarge)
On 11th March, Ford announced the new pricing which took everyone by surprise. Infact, this did result in higher sales of the EcoSport last month - the company sold 4456 units of the EcoSport in March 2016 as compared to 2638 units sold in February 2016, an increase of 68.9%.
Change in sales - Feb vs March
In contrast, Mahindra sold 2614 units of the TUV3OO. Maruti however has had a good start with the Vitara Brezza and managed to sell 5563 units last month.

Ford's strategic move to cut down the prices has indeed reaped benefits. The rise in EcoSport's sales has also resulted in Ford selling 7560 units in March 2016 as compared to 5483 in February 2016, an increase of 37.8%. It will be interesting to see if the EcoSport can manage to remain over the 4k mark for the coming few months or not.

Want more? Read about Datsun's 3 lakh rupee hatch for India (click to read)