Toyota’s India Announcement Belies a Greater Shift for Japanese Automakers

Toyota said Thursday that it would begin selling the Etios, a compact sedan and hatchback developed and produced in India, to customers in South Africa, marking the first time that the brand’s India division would export a car to another market.
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Rolls Royce launches the Ghost Extended Wheelbase

Rolls Royce today launched the Ghost extended wheelbase in India at Rs 3.05crore. This is the sixth new Rolls- Royce Motor Cars model in India.

The Ghost since its launch in 2009 has been popular amongst many and has a good demand in India. So to revive this principle further, Rolls Royce has now introduced the Ghost Extended Wheelbase.
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Chevrolet Beat E.V. Hints at G.M.’s Electric Ambitions for India

Absent the populist bombast that accompanied the introduction of the Tata Nano, General Motors India recently unveiled an electric vehicle prototype here based on the Chevrolet Beat, a microcar related to the Sonic subcompact coming to market in the United States and marketed elsewhere as the Spark. The Beat would be the likely platform if G.M. were to produce a purely electric car for India.

A dance-club remix of the Carl Orff composition “Carmina Burana” accompanied the Beat as it rolled down the aisle of a ballroom in a five-star south Delhi hotel, awash in green laser light. The soundtrack seemed prescient, with its lyric, “O Fortune, like the moon, you are changeable.” A multitude of variables will determine if G.M. decides to undertake an E.V. project here.
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Volkswagen to drive in Passat Bluemotion this year

Frugality in India is all set to reach a new height with Volkswagen India’s new offering Passat. Equipped with VW trademark Bluemotion technology. With this, the new Passat will be eco-friendly as well as fuel efficient, exactly what India needs and wants.

Coming to what exactly this technology is, brake energy recuperation, DSG duel clutch gear box, gear shift indicator and an extremely fuel efficient engine with start-stop system and NOx exhaust treatment which all work together to make a Volkswagen more economical and to reduce emissions.
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Americans Open to Vehicles From China and India

Great Wall DeerNewly released research shows fifteen percent of new car buyers in the United States say they would consider purchasing their next vehicle from China, and eleven percent would consider buying a car from India, without knowing specific brands or vehicles. This compares with sixteen percent who said they would consider a vehicle from Korea, which has been marketing vehicles in the U. S. since the 1980s.

“As Hyundai and Kia have been on the American scene for decades now, it’s surprising that consideration for Chinese and Indian brands, sight unseen, would be about as strong as it is for the Korean brands,” said George Peterson, president of automotive research firm AutoPacific and author of the study. “However, with so many premium and high-tech non-automotive products already being made in China and purchased by Americans, why not automobiles too? It appears that buyers in America are willing to give Chinese and Indian vehicles a chance right out of the box. Understanding these consumers will be critically important to the success of any newcomer.” Continue reading Americans Open to Vehicles From China and India