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Tata Motors launches Bolt hatchback starting at Rs 4.44 lakh

NEW DELHI: Tata Motors on Thursday launched its new hatchback, the Bolt at a starting price of Rs 4.44 lakh for the petrol version & Rs 5.49 lakh for the diesel version (ex-showroom Delhi).

While the petrol versions of the Bolt will range from Rs 4.44 lakh to Rs 6.05 lakh, the diesel variant prices will range from Rs 5.49 lakh to Rs 6.99 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).

Bolt was launched in 4 trim levels: XE, XM, XMS & XT. Bolt, which was showcased in the Auto Expo 2014, can be booked on the company's website for Rs 11,000.

After Zest, Bolt is the second model from Tata Motors' Horizonnext umbrella. The hatchback will be available in both petrol and diesel variants. The petrol variant, which is powered by a 1.2 litre turbocharged multi-point fuel injection (MPFi) engine Revotron, will churn out maximum power of 90 PS and have a week peak torque of 140 Nm.

The diesel variant, which will come with a 75 Ps75PS engine, will deliver 190 Nm torque. The company has also added ninth generation ABS by Bosch for improved braking efficiency. It will also have an added safety feature in corner stability control (CSC).

Bolt, which will be the first hatchback with a multi-drive function, is pitted against Maruti Swift, Volkswagen Polo, Nissan Micra and Renault Pulse.

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Audi A3 Cabriolet launched at Rs 44.75 lakh

Audi has launched the A3 Cabriolet in India at Rs 44.75 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi. The A3 Cabriolet is a 4-seater two door car with a soft top fabric roof. The roof can open in or close in less than 18 seconds at speeds of up to 50kmph. It will be sold as a CBU in India.

Powering the A3 Cabriolet is the 40TFSI 1.8-litre petrol motor producing 180PS of peak power and 250Nm of torque. It comes mated to a seven speed dual clutch gearbox. The A3 Cabriolet also gets optional paddle shifters and a 4-spoke multifunction steering wheel. The 2.0-litre diesel will not be offered in the Cabriolet. 

With the top down, the A3 Cabriolet gets a wind deflector and active rollover protection system in the event of a rollover. Besides active rollover protection, the A3 Cabriolet gets ESP, traction control, ABS and airbags. Head level heating is also available. On the interiors front, the same design and equipment as the top-end sedan will be available in the A3 Cabriolet – the pop up infotainment screen for the Audi MMI, the optional bang and Olufsen sound system and cruise control.
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Honda plans to launch over 10 two-wheeler models in 2015

Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India on Thursday said it plans to launch over 10 new models in the country during the next year. These launches will include seven new products and a few refreshed models.

“During the course of next year we plan to launch over ten models,” HMSI President & CEO Keita Muramatsu told reporters at the sidelines of the launch of CB Unicorn 160.

The two wheeler manufacturer presently sells a over 20 motorcycle and scooter models in the country.

Out of over 10 product launches planned for the next year, seven would be completely new platforms while others would be upgrades of the existing models, he added.

Asked about company’s plans to launch low-cost models in the country, Muramatsu said, “We are working on two models, a bike and a scooter, but there is no definite time frame set for the project.”

The low-cost bike for India will be developed with the help of local R&D. The Japanese two-wheeler major already sells low-cost bikes in Africa priced at around $600.

Meanwhile, the CB Unicorn 160 is the company’s fourth launch of 2014 after Activa 125, CD110 and Gold Wing.

“With this launch, Honda is strengthening its portfolio in the 150-180cc segment, which is the fastest growing segment in the motorcycles. We already have significant

presence in the commuter segment,” HMSI Vice President Sales & Marketing YS Guleria said, adding HMSI has a market share of around 20 per cent in the segment.

The company sells CB Unicorn 150, CBR 150 R and CB Trigger models in the 150-180cc range.
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Fiat Avventura to launch on October 21

One of Fiat’s most-awaited models, the Avventura, will be launched on October 21. A crossover based on the Punto hatchback, the Avventura boasts of some mechanical changes over the Punto that give it the driving dynamics to back its brazen looks.

For starters, the Avventura has a ground clearance of 205mm; that’s well in the range of what capable 4x4s boast of. It also gets large 16-inch rims, and additions like a tilt meter and a compass will add to the crossover’s aura.

To be made available in both petrol and diesel guise, it gets the 89bhp 1.4-litre FIRE petrol engine, and the 92bhp 1.3-litre Multijet diesel. It will be available in three trims - Active, Dynamic and Emotion.

The Fiat Avventura is expected to be priced around the Rs 7 lakh mark, and will take on the likes of the Ford Ecosport, Volkswagen Cross Polo and the Toyota Etios Cross when it goes on sale.

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