Wednesday, September 19, 2012
By Shilpa Chopra
Mahindra Quanto, Mauti Alto 800 and many more new cars coming this festive season
Within few years the Indian auto industry has seen sea changes in terms of the products companies are proffering to lure the customers. Sky high fuel prices, spiralling car loans etc have landed the car makers is a tight spot. It isn’t easy these days to convince the customers, unless something ‘extra’ is being served on the platter which tempts them. Gone are days when a suave looking 800 would do the trick, the auto industry in India is now heading towards fresh vehicles, which are compact in size yet offer a bunch of things at a lucrative price.
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With the festive season approaching soon, car makers have lined up a slew of launches of such vehicles. Out of the new cars coming in India, Maruti Alto 800cc and Mahindra Quanto SUV are high;y anticipated and most talked about cars. Mercedes Benz too launched the cheapest priced car from its stable, Mercedes Benz B Class ‘sports tourer’ in India yesterday. Mercedes Benz B Class has been tagged aggressively at Rs 21.5 lakhs (ex-showroom Mumbai), this is the perfect gift from the German luxury car maker during this festive season for the Indian customers. The domestic market has been stung hard with the low monthly sales for a long time now, to combat the situation car makers are developing new cars with affordable price tag to come out of this situation. Hopefully the car loan could see a slump, if this happens this is going to contribute towards boosting the cars sales in India.
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Throwing some more light on the upcoming launches, Maruti Alto 800 is going to one of the most anticipated launches of the year. The hatchback has been developed over a time of four years, this is going to be an amalgamation of Maruti 800 and Maruti Alto. With scanty choices left in the entry level segment, Maruti is looking at this car as a major breakthrough, M800 and Alto had been favourites in this section and as per MSI Alto 800 will continue this saga. A whopping fuel economy of 19 kmpl is what seems to be proffered by the new car replacing M800 and Alto. Auto pundits opine that Alto 800 will be rendered to the Indian customers during the commencement of pious Navrata festival this year which begins in October. Expect a price of Rs 2 lakhs to Rs 2.5 lakhs which on the same lines as that of M800 and Alto. However, possibility of a diesel version seems bleak at the moment.
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Mahindra & Mahindra is all set to play its trump card in the form of Mahindra Quanto SUV which had been in news for quite some time now. The SUV which is targeted at the entry level buyers will be uncovered tomorrow. A sudden shift has been seen from hatchbacks to SUVs of late, customers these days are looking for a competitively priced car that offers ample space and compact SUVs fit the bill. Housed with a 1500 cc engine Quanto will carry a lucrative price tag which will be its USP. Mahindra could price the mini SUV around Rs 6 lakhs which is extremely affordable considering that SUVs come with a hefty price tag. Quanto will have a length less than four meters which will help it achieve this price range.
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Yet another low priced vehicle and this time it is coming from Mercedes Benz India which is a little surprising. To keep abreast in the competition the German car maker has rolled out the lowest priced car from its stables for the Indian customers, its other two German counterparts, BMW and Audi have already rendered low priced products in the form of BMW X1 and Audi Q3. And now Mercedes has launched its cheapest car in India in the form of Mercedes Benz B Class ‘sports tourer’. B Class has been unleashed in petrol version; however the diesel avatar will follow the suite soon. Mercedes Benz India has high hopes from the hatchback and expects that this is going to prick the low sales trend that the company had been witnessing in the past few months.