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Last updated on: January 6, 2012 10:58 IST

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Renault displayed its much anticipated and talked about DeZir concept at the Auto Expo 2012 in New Delhi.

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The 150 HP engine is very fast and gears up the speed of 100 km per hour in merely five seconds.

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The use of Kevlar and the tubular steel frame chassis maintains the weight of 830 kilograms.

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This is just a concept for the time being and Renault is not in plans to get into production in near future.

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This two-seater concept car is certainly a head turner and the designing is done with complete care and concern.

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BMW Mini

The iconic British brand Mini made its debut in India. The most awaited  premium  small cars of the generation are finally here. Mini launched, the Mini Cooper and Mini Cooper S hatchbacks priced at Rs 24.9 lakh and Rs 27.9 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) respectively.

Apart from these Mini has also launched the Mini Cooper S Countryman at Rs 31.99 lakh and Mini Cooper Convertible at Rs 29.99 lakh (ex- showroom Delhi).

These cars will come to India through CBU route initially, Mini will have two exclusive showrooms in India at present in Delhi and Mumbai. Well this is not all we  from the BMW pavilion this season. The all new BMW M5 sedan has also been launched at Rs 95.9 lakh.

Most probably all the mini line-up for India will house a 1.2 L petrol engine while the diesel engine could also be considered for the Indian car market.

The Mini Countryman S however, could be a perfect choice for many carrying a price tag of around Rs 27.9 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) with ample interior space and an accommodation for four passengers. So, keep your senses intact until then to watch the surprise BMW is going to deliver before the end of the day.


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Tata unveils the Safari Storme SUV

After each car manufacturer making big announcements of their accomplishments at the 2012 Auto Expo, it is Tata's turn now.

Country's leading auto giant has unveiled the Tata Safari Storme to stun the spectators for the moment with the new design concept, a huge deviation from the Tata Safari on which it is based on. However, ruling out all the speculations of dropping the Safari name, the SUV carries the bold Safari name which is quite prominent stressing on its parentage.

The unique looking grille and a matching air-duct with the in-vogue wrap around headlamps quite takes the cake to add a certain charm to the otherwise macho-looking SUV. The twin exhausts at the rear end is another interesting bit of addition with the chrome outline, but certainly not ugly by any standards.

The exhaust pipes not spoil the overall look one little bit and the same goes for the Stepney as well, where the extra tyre is placed under the body unlike the rugged SUVs we see of late.

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The SUV interiors matches up to the rest with the all leather beige colored upholstery and matching accessories to go with it like the leather cover on the power steering.

The wooden inserts on the dashboard once again asserts our speculations on the SUV as seen on the spotted model numerous times before with an attractive instrument panel covering all the essential features on the SUV.

Ergonomically, the Safari Storme could be an ideal choice as a family car with the 2.2 L DiCor engine is just the same as in Safari belting out the 140 Bhp and 320 Nm peak power and torque numbers.

Tata Storme claims to be the one to offer the best turning radius among the SUV lot apart from the most loveable feature with the Easy Shift on Fly, which enables the user toggling between the 4x2 and 4x4 drive when opted.

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Mercedes brings in SLS AMG Roadster and M Class

Mercedes is certainly using the Auto Expo 2012 platform very intelligently. The German auto major brings the new SLS AMG Roadster along with the M class SUV.

Both the automobiles are unique in its class and are technically sound. The SLS AMG Roadster is powered with the V8 four cylinder engine that has a displacement of 6208cc and has the carbon dioxide emission of 308 grams per kilometer with a compression ratio of 11.3:1.

The engine has the capability to generate 571 HP of peak power at the rate of 6800 rpm. It takes merely 3.8 seconds to go from 0 to 100 and has a top speed of 317. SLS AMG Roadster is also up-to-the mark in style and looks.

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The car sure is a head turner and the pricing details are still kept under cover. The other offering by Mercedes is Mercedes M Class SUV, which is considered to be one of the most capable German sports utility vehicle in the market.

The engine has the capability to generate 571 HP of peak power at the rate of 6800 rpm. It takes merely 3.8 seconds to go from 0 to 100 and has a top speed of 317. SLS AMG Roadster is also up-to-the mark in style and looks.

The car sure is a head turner and the pricing details are still kept under cover. The other offering by Mercedes is Mercedes M Class SUV, which is considered to be one of the most capable German sports utility vehicle in the market.

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Tata reveals Manza Hybrid and Nano CNG

Our very own Tata Motors is here with its set of new cars for the Indian audience. This time around Tata Motors is looking forward to more fuel economical cars.

At the Auto Expo 2012, the auto major displayed one pretty technical but a clever piece of engineering.

The company unveiled the Manza Hybrid concept for which it seems to be very serious. This car is powered with three cylinder version of company's DICOR engine, known as 1.05 DICOR.

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Furthermore, Tata Motors has made use of balancer shaft and few other changes have been made to enhance the fuel efficiency of the engine.

What is more interesting here is the electric power source that has a 45KW electric traction motor.

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The power will be taken from the costly Li-Ion batteries. The solar panel on the roof will sprinkle the some charge to the Li-Ion batteries.

The Manza Hybrid is the first car of Tata to get bi-xenon headlamps. The 1.05 DICOR engine is also likely to power Tata Vista.

This car is in its testing stage and the engineers are claiming that it will deliver astounding fuel efficiency, which would certainly set a new benchmark in the Indian auto industry.

The three cylinder engine will be more efficient than four cylinder engine, reason being the lower internal friction and reduced cubic capacity. Besides this hybrid car concept, Tata Motors also showcased its new cars, which includes Tata Nano CNG, Tata Pixel and Tata Safari Storme 4WD.

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Nissan unveils the Evalia MPV at the Auto Expo

Nissan has finally pulled the wraps off the imposing Nissan Evalia MPV which was popularly known by its codename-NV200 until now.

None other than Normand Gilles, the Nissan Vice-President of Africa, Middle-East and India has unveiled the locally developed Nissan MUV at the Auto Expo 2012. The MPV is undoubtedly majestic is basically an eight–seater but the box like structure is making it look heavy and much bulkier.

On an overall the MUV is decent enough if you ignore the caravan like structure as mentioned before with the dimensions of 4.44 m in length, 1.69 m width and 1.88 m in height.

The dimensions are enough to kickstart you imagination which might as well give you a rough sketch in your mind's eye the narrow form although looking tall enough towering high over the passing cars.

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With a short bonnet and a sliding rear doors, the Nissan Evalia MPV reminds us of the age old Maruti Omni but the similarity goes only that far.

The new Nissan MPV will not go into production until the later half of 2012, is what the top executive had stated.

The wheelbase however is not bad in fact more than the Nissan XTrail at least by 95 mm with 2.73 m in length. Another big plus for the MPV is the all-diesel engine Nissan Sunny's 1.5 L powertrain which is more of an advantage as the lack of petrol engine usually does not garner attention as the diesel engine deficit does.

The company has to come up with the pricing and other details of the MUV. The Nissan GT-R and the Nissan Leaf electric are the other cars from the Japanese car manufacturer which are already put up for a display at Nissan's stall in the New Delhi Auto Expo.

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New Toyota Camry, Land Cruiser setting stage on fire

With New Toyota Camry the company hopes to fly in the sky of success. Now, that the auto major has the revamped version in hand, Toyota has set for itself some really big target of 360,000 units this time. Stay tuned for more updates.

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Jaguar Land Rover unveils C X16

Among the sea of new launches there is another addition from the British luxury car manufacturer, Jaguar Land Rover.

Jaguar has pulled out two new concepts out of the bag defying the prediction of a single CX16 sports car concept when the CX 75 concept is basically a surprise to many.

As for the Land Rover's stance at the Auto Expo, the renowned SUV manufacturer has brought the Defender Concept 100 Sports (DC 100 S) with some exceptional features to boast about.

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The British manufacturer claims of some high fuel efficiency numbers endowed by the cutting edge technology brought into the car which undoubtedly carries some advanced features to give an insight as to how the new Defender will look like.

The eons long existence of Land Rover Defender in the global markets is not unknown but the new design philosophy will override the old model at any cost.

Carrying the 100 inch wheel base, the SUV concept is quite deceptive coming to the special features it carries on the inside.

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The new Terrain-i technology featured in the concept has the potential to take the under development SUV generations ahead this time which fore-warns the user well ahead of the upcoming obstacles especially on the difficult terrains.

The SUV concept boasts of the technology which can make the SUV deliver sheer performance even through water bodies which makes one difficult to assess without the help of Wade Air Sonar technology.

The Terrain Response feature on the DC 100 concept makes it perfect for all terrains be it on or off-roading.

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Hyundai Stall features DON2 zone

In keeping with its design philosophy Hyundai has created its stall on the Fluidic Sculpture lines.

There are special zones with different themes like digital, sports, cricket, bollywood, technology. And a zone for Eon. The Digital Zone has been created with the aim to give visitors an interactive experience in digital media.

The various stalls at this zone enable the visitor to update his/her wall with posts and pictures on a real time basis on their Facebooks and emails using RFID cards - the pavilion is blu-fi enabled.

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New Innova at Rs 9.40 lakh

The string of launches from different car manufacturers has already begun amidst the electrifying atmosphere at the Auto Expo 2012.

The precession of new cars has already started and the latest versions of Toyota's flagship models Toyota Innova and Toyota Fortuner are launched with a plethora of visible changes along the revamped versions.

Toyota India has delivered true to its word coming up with the exterior facelift which is clearly evident with the redesigned grille, new pair of headlamps design which is thoroughly carried out to the rear end as well to look more dazzling than ever before

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Fortuner facelift priced at Rs 19.9 lakh

The new Toyota Innova price is raised by a considerable amount to Rs 9.40 lakh for the base petrol variant.

Although, the good news is Toyota India has decided to increase the production of its best-selling MPV in a step to shorten the wait period of the MPV which now stands at over 3-4 months.

The Toyota Innova is offered in both petrol and diesel variants with a 2.0 L 4-cylinder petrol engine to churn out a 132 PS and 181 Nm peak power and torque, while the 2.5 L diesel powertrain generates a 102 PS and 200 Nm maximum power and torque numbers.

The all new Toyota Fortuner is another car model the auto major launched for the benefit of car enthusiasts today, which is again fraught with ample changes along the interiors and exteriors of the car.


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Toyota Fortuner

Apart from the apparent changes to proffer a fresher appeal to the MPV, the intention was mainly to offer more variants for ample options to the consumer.

Toyota India has now introduced the 4x2 variant which was missing before with a new Toyota Fortuner price of Rs 19.99 lakh.

The Toyota Fortuner was launched with all-diesel 3.0 L D-4D 168 Bhp power and 343 Nm torque generating engine mated with a 5-speed manual gearbox to power the car which is completely devoid of an automatic gearbox despite the Toyota Fortuner price of Rs 20.5 lakh.

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Hyundai Veloster

Hyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL) the country's largest exporter and the second-largest car manufacturer, announced the launch of the all-new 2.4 liter GDI engine powered Sonata at the 11th Auto Expo.

The global premiere of the multi-purpose vehicle concept Hexa Space (code named HND-7) was the other key highlight of the day.

Speaking at the launch H W Park, MD & CEO, HMIL said: "The premium Sonata and Hexa Space further establish Hyundai as a pioneer in innovation and design. Both the vehicles will raise the bar and set new benchmarks in India's fast growing automobile market.

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Hyundai Elantra

The Indian customer deserves the best in the world, Hyundai is committed to bringing the best to India. A testimony of this commitment is the GDI engine that comes to India in the Sonata, it is present in the Hexa Space and the Veloster as well."

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Hyundai Hexa Space

Keeping in mind the beauty of the orchid flower the all new Sonata is crafted on the principles of "Fluidic Sculpture" where contrasting surfaces create a vision of continuous motion.

The cues for the front grille design are taken from the harmony of flowing water. Fluidic Sculpture lends the sedan cutting-edge architecture and top-line interiors.

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Hexa Space

This sixth generation new Sonata has interesting features like front and rear seat ventilation, high intensity Xenon head lamps, cruise control, paddle shift, 10-way adjustable power seat with lumbar support and a 4-way power adjustable front co-driver seat.



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