Prepare for blood… Discover the Top 8 trends currently affecting the Chinese market below. China’s new vehicle market growth is smoothing out. The perception out there is that the entire market is slowing down, whereas only its growth is for now – a big difference. Some analysts say this is the beginning of the end, I say the Chinese new vehicle market remains the most dynamic and the fastest evolving in the world and will continue to be so for many years to come. Even if its growth did stop forever, we would still be left with a 25 million annual units Chinese market in our hands vs. 17 million for the U.S. and 15 million for Europe currently – including commercials. But the growth hasn’t stopped and Chinese sales trends are evolving faster than ever, with segments like microvans rapidly losing ground while others like MPVs and SUVs outperforming the market 6-fold… A record 75 new nameplates have kick-started … [Read more...] about Where is the Chinese market headed?
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Automatic cars are fast gaining popularity in India and the major reason for this has to be the affordable AMT / AGS transmission set-up. As the name suggests, these are automated versions of the same manual gearbox that powers the car and manufacturing these are cheaper than conventional automatics. You do have as many as 25 different car models under Rs 10 lakh that come with an optional automatic – the range includes both AMT / AGS as well as torque convertors and CVT set-ups. We have filtered down the list for all those car models that can be bought for less than Rs 10 lakh on-road. Lets have a look: 1) Automatic Cars In India Under 10 Lakh: Datsun redi-GO AMT Price: Rs 4.38 lakh onwards (on-road, before discounts)Discounts: 1st Year Insurance + 1 Gram Gold Coin (800 cc) / 2 Gram Gold Coin (1 Litre) + Rs 10K Exchange Benefits + 3 Year Road Side Assistance (October) India’s most affordable automatic car comes from Datsun and is available in two versions of T(O) and … [Read more...] about Automatic Cars In India Under 10 Lakhs : Alto to Brezza
If you are in the market looking for a new car and have a budget of Rs 7 lakh (on-road price), be ready for a long list of options! From hatchbacks to compact sedans and even sub 4 meter SUVs, there is no limitation in terms of sheer variety available. In terms of fuel choices, you can pick from petrol, diesel, CNG, LPG and even an electric option from the house of Mahindra. Both manual and automatic transmissions options are available. Do note that for larger hatchbacks and compact sedans, you can only buy certain trim levels and we have mentioned the same under such cars. Please note that we have not included cars with extremely poor sales – these include the Mahindra Verito Vibe, Fiat Linea, Nissan Sunny, ICML Rhino and the Tata Nano. 1) Cars under Rs 7 lakh : Alto 800 Price: Rs 2.87 lakh onwards (on-road, before discounts)Current Offers: Upto Rs 30,000 cash, upto Rs 30000 exchange bonus (November)Versions under Rs 7 lakh: All This is the new age ‘M800’ of India … [Read more...] about Cars Under Rs 7 Lakh In India : Hatchbacks to an Electric Car
If you are in the market looking for a new car and have a budget of just Rs 5 lakh in terms of on-road pricing, worry not as you have about ten different cars to choose from. Ofcourse all these are hatchbacks and come with a petrol engine as well as an optional automatic / AMT in some cases. Four among the ten cars come from the house of Maruti which shows how stiff competition has become from other players in recent times. So which are these cars that can be purchased for less than Rs 5 lakh on-road, lets have a look. Do note that we haven’t included cars like the Omni, Eeco, Supro etc as they are more geared towards commercial usage. 1) Cars under Rs 5 lakh : Alto 800 Price: Rs 2.87 lakh onwards (on-road, before discounts)Current Offers: Upto Rs 30,000 cash, upto Rs 30000 exchange bonus (November)Versions under Rs 5 lakh: All This is the new age ‘M800’ of India – launched in 2000 as the replacement for the good old Maruti 800, the Alto 800 is … [Read more...] about Cars under Rs 5 lakh (on-road price) in India
Priorities change as we enter different phases in life. The good ol’ hot hatch is the weapon of choice for the young and dangerous, before a premium-badged sport sedan becomes the dream reward for that big career break. Those who are less enthusiast and more practical have their own automotive ladder to climb – think Myvi-Vios-Camry or the Mazda equivalent illustrated by this nice timeline video. More or less. Now, this writer may be a little more stagnant than Joe Corporate, but even I had the impure thought of a fast but plush luxury express; one to chariot you from A to B, back to A again before heading across town to C for dinner, with minimum sweat. You know what I’m talking about, those days when the clock is a cheat and other motorists are conspiring with traffic lights to impede your progress. And of course, that motorcycle. After four manuals (three are still around), surely I have paid my dues to the Stick Shift Club and earned the right to point and … [Read more...] about DRIVEN: B9 Audi A4