The Eastern Promises Edition

In which we bring you motoring news from around the Web:

• As reported in last Sunday’s Automobiles section and by our colleagues at India Ink, the Detroit auto show was preceded by some notable debuts at the Delhi auto expo. The plush Ford EcoSport crossover was stared down in Delhi by a trucklike concept from Maruti Suzuki, the largest automaker by sales volume in India. The XA Alpha concept, measuring roughly 13 feet in length, makes a play for young urban-dwelling Indians with eyes for the Range Rover Evoque but not necessarily the rupees. A production vehicle would be powered by a range of gasoline and diesel engines, the automaker said. (Maruti Suzuki)

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Auto Expo 2012: Maruti to launch 4 new cars across segments this year


India’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki plans to launch at least four cars in 2012 across different segments to shrug off a forgettable 2011 and regain market share that dipped below 40% this fiscal.

The company plans to enter the multi-passenger segment with its all-new Ertiga, while a compact version of its highly-popular Dzire would hit the market next month. The Ertiga will be powered by the K14 (1.4-litre) engine and will also have a 1.3 litre multijet diesel variant. It aims to regain 50% market share by 2015 even though it fears a massive dip in production this year.

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