2015 Mahindra S101 Compact SUV: New 1.2 Liter turbo petrol engine and 6 seat configuration likely specs
Mahindra &Mahindra is busy testing its second ever monocoque design SUV in the form of the S101 compact SUV. The S101 is expected to make a debut in late 2014, as a rugged alternative to the B+ segment hatchbacks sold in India. Even as end 2014 is a good year and half away, the folks at AutoCarIndia are carrying new details about the S101 SUV. The S101 SUV could feature a unique seating layout, in a 3+3 form. A dashboard mounted gear shift lever will facilitate a 3+3 seat design, seen in the likes of the Premier Padminis and the Hindustan Ambassadors of yore, when the steering column mounted gear shifter was in vogue.
Bajaj Auto is looking at launching not one, not two, but six new motorcycles based on the Discover platform. While 6 motorcycles are the maximum number of new Discover models Bajaj Auto intends to launch in 2013, the Pune based two and three wheeler giant is looking at launching at least four new motorcycle based on the Discover platform. The new range of Discover motorcycles are aimed at strengthening Bajaj Auto’s position in the executive commuter motorcycle segment in India.
Best known for its retro range of motorcycle that sell briskly amid the older rider in developed countries such as the US and the UK, Royal Enfield has ambitions that transcend developed markets. The Chennai based motorcycle major wants to foray into emerging markets across the globe and to do this, Royal Enfield is working on a range of motorcycles that will be aimed at buyers in emerging markets. Eventually, Royal Enfield wants to become a global leader in the mid size motorcycle segment, a segment that plays host to motorcycles with displacements between the 200cc and 800cc. Given Royal Enfield’s positioning as a lifestyle retro motorcycle maker, the brand’s motorcycles are quite unique in that they are aimed at relaxed leisure riding.
South Korean car maker Hyundai is all set to launch the next generation i10, codenamed the BA and that could be also called the Brilliant, by the end of 2013 globally. The car could be launched in India 3 months from now, before the Indian festive season of Dusshera and Diwali. Even as Hyundai continues to test the India spec 2014 i10 extensively, here’s a video showcasing the next generation i1o’s interiors and from what we can see, the car seems to be continuing Hyundai’s tradition of offering high quality interiors. The video lined up below will show you just that.
The Skoda Fabia, it seems is the latest in the slow selling cars to get the culling treatment from its maker. Over the past one year, we’ve seen a slew of cars hitting the discontinue button in the Indian car market. The Honda Jazz, the Honda Civic, the Mitsubishi Lancer, the Mitsubishi Cedia and the Mitsubishi Pajero are the few such cars that were pulled off showroom shelves. A common thread that ran across all these cars were the fact that they were slow sellers that resulted in losses for the car makers. While the Honda Jazz will make a comeback through an all new next generation version in 2014, the rest of the cars might not make a comeback.
Ford India came up with a unique contest in the run up to the launch of what promises to be the biggest launches of the year in the Indian car space, the EcoSport crossover. The contest, dubbed the EcoSport Discoveries Campaign, allows the winners of the contest to experience the EcoSport for a few weeks and give their feedback to Ford India. Across big Indian cities such as Chennai, Bangalore and Delhi, The winners of the contest have now gotten their EcoSports and keep your eyes wide open, an EcoSport equipped with the 1 Liter EcoBoost turbo petrol engine might just pull alongside you when you stop at that traffic signal. This unique promotional effort by Ford India is aimed at making the EcoSport more visible on Indian roads.