Monthly Archives September 2008

Rolls-Royce sets up shop in New Delhi

Delhiites with a couple of crores to spare can now buy a Rolls-Royce Phantom from this showroom, situated at The Shangri-La Hotel in Connaught Place

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, which had opened a showroom in Mumbai in 2005, has opened its second showroom in the country, in New Delhi. Located at The Shangri-La Hotel in Connaught Place, the new Rolls-Royce showroom will be managed by Select Cars Pvt. Ltd., which is owned by the Kapur family.

Rolls-Royce’s dealership in New Delhi was inaugurated by Graeme Grieve, Director – Sales and Marketing, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. ‘This is yet another milestone since our successful return to India in 2005, after an absence of 50 years...

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HKAG gets serious about hybrids and fuel-cell cars

The Hyundai Kia Automotive Group (HKAG) has announced that it will develop low-carbon emitting, eco-friendly cars, and as reported here earlier, Hyundai will launch its first small hybrid car, the Elantra Hybrid LPI, in July 2009. This will be the company’s first step in its larger strategy for a greener automotive future.

HKAG plans to expand its small hybrid car lineup to include mid-size sedans in the next two years – it plans to produce 30,000 hybrid vehicles by 2010, and 500,000 hybrid vehicles by 2018. HKAG also plans to manufacture fuel-cell electric vehicles, starting in 2012. The group will produce 1,000 units of fuel-cell vehicles that year, going up to 30,000 units by 2018.

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Mazda develops SISS for better fuel economy, new plastic moulding tech for weight reduction

With SISS, Mazda has put a new spin on engine stop-start technology

Mazda has developed a new technology that’s said to improve fuel economy by about 10 percent. Mazda’s Smart Idle Stop System (SISS) is meant for congested urban traffic conditions, where the driver has to stop frequently for stoplights.

Mazda, which plans to introduce SISS on some of its cars by 2010, says that the system uses direct injection technology, and provides seamless, automatic engine stop-start, which does not cause any inconvenience to the driver.

SISS saves fuel by shutting down the car’s engine automatically when the vehicle is stationary, and restarts it when the driver presses the throttle pedal...

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IEA insists India should do away with fuel subsidies

The Paris-based International Energy Agency (IEA) has suggested that India should phase out fuel subsidies in order to moderate demand. The IEA and some other similar organizations have been saying that the recent worldwide increase in the prices of fuel is largely due to increased demand in countries like India and China. They’ve also said that these countries’ policies for subsidizing fuel are to blame for fuel price hikes.

On its part, OPEC says that Asian countries are not to blame for the price hikes. Instead, says OPEC, it’s market speculators and the weakening dollar which are responsible for the record rise in oil prices, which touched US$147.40 a barrel in July this year.

IEA, however, continues to insist that India should do away with fuel subsidies...

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Work in progress: Suzuki Kizashi

The all-new Suzuki Kizashi is expected to hit the Indian market by end-2009, and will take on cars like the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla Altis

From Autoblog, these are the first line drawings of the upcoming Suzuki Kizashi mid-size sedan, which is coming to India by end-2009, to take on cars like the Toyota Altis and Honda Civic.

In India, the Maruti Suzuki brand is associated with smaller cars, and bigger cars from the MS stable – like the Baleno sedan and Grand Vitara SUV – have not done too well. However, the SX4 seems to have changed things for the better for the company, and the Kizashi sedan may take Maruti Suzuki’s ‘image’ another notch higher.

While the Kizashi will be available with a V6 engine and even 4WD in some markets, the India-spec Kizashi will definitel...

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