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Mercedes-Benz to launch limited-edition Maybach Zeppelin

For a mere Rs 3 crore (plus import duties), you can have the world’s most ostentatious luxury car – the Maybach Zeppelin 62

According to the sales and marketing wizards at Mercedes-Benz, this is apparently the right time to announce a limited-edition variant of the world’s most ostentatious luxury car. Hence, the German carmaker has announced the Maybach Zeppelin, which will make its official debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show this year.

According to Mercedes-Benz, the new Maybach Zeppelin will be a worthy successor to the 1930s car of the same name, which was the company’s top-end luxury model at that time. The new car would, of course, feature the highest quality paint and the best materials, and only 100 cars will be built for worldwide distribution.

The Maybach Zeppeli...

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GMI launches Spark Music, looks at introducing mini commercial vehicles from Wuling

The new Chevy Spark Music. Did they really have to stick on those pink-and-blue graphics on the car for it to be considered ‘cool’…?

General Motors India (GMI) has launched a new variant of its small hatchback, the Spark. Called the Spark Music, the new variant is priced at Rs 3.27 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) and comes with a 2-DIN, 4-speaker music system, new seat fabric, remote keyless entry, body-colour door handles, turn indicators integrated into the outside rear-view mirrors and some stick-on graphics…

GMI, which is looking at launching the Cruze sedan and a bigger hatchback that would take on the Maruti Swift and Hyundai i20 in India over the next few months, is not restricting its India game plan to cars alone...

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HMIL launches new Verna, prices start at Rs 6.38 lakh

The mildly updated Hyundai Verna, now with an optional automatic gearbox
The mildly updated Hyundai Verna, now with an optional automatic gearbox

Hyundai Motor India Ltd. (HMIL) has announced the launch of an updated variant of the Verna sedan, which, among other things, will now also be available with an automatic transmission. The car, which is available with a choice of 1.6-litre petrol and 1.5-litre common-rail diesel engines, is priced between Rs 6.38-8.65 lakh.

The Verna’s 1.6-litre petrol engine makes 103.2PS@5,500rpm and 14.9kgm of torque at 3,000rpm, while the 1.5-litre CRDi engine produces 110PS@4,000rpm and 24kgm of torque at 1,900-2,750rpm. Both versions are fitted with a five-speed manual gearbox, and the top-end diesel model comes with an optional four-speed automatic.

Hyundai has updated the car in terms of cosmetics – new radiator gr...

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Toyota launches facelifted Innova, may start assembling Camry in India

The new, facelifted Toyota Innova. Prices start at Rs 7.66 lakh
Within a few days of M&M having launched its all-new MPV, the Xylo, Toyota has responded with a facelifted version of its own MPV, the Innova. The ‘new’ Innova is priced between Rs 7.66 lakh (base version) and Rs 11.06 lakh (top end model), ex-showroom Delhi. The vehicle remains unchanged mechanically, and only features minor cosmetic upgrades externally, and slightly updated interiors.

Apart from the revamped Innova, Toyota is also said to be considering the possibility of assembling the Camry sedan in India. The car is currently imported into the country as a CBU, which makes it considerably more expensive than its main rival, the Honda Accord...

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GMI launches automatic variant of the Chevrolet Captiva SUV

The Chevrolet Captiva is now available with automatic transmission
The Chevrolet Captiva is now available with automatic transmission

General Motors India has launched a new variant of its SUV, the Chevrolet Captiva. The vehicle is fitted with an automatic gearbox and is priced at Rs 20.30 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi.

With its 150bhp, 2.0-litre common-rail diesel engine and automatic all-wheel-drive (AWD), the new Captiva will take on SUVs like the Honda CR-V, Ford Endeavour and the Mitsubishi Outlander. GMI sold around 2,500 units of the Captiva last year and hopes to better than number in 2009.

On a greener note, GMI is also preparing to launch more LPG / CNG powered variants of some of its vehicles, the first of which is expected to be out in the market in the first half of this year.

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