Nissan Murano in India in 2009

The name ‘Murano’ originates from the region of Venice, Italy which is known for hand blown glass production.

The Murano, when launched, will be one of the most unique crossover designs ever sold in India. The Murano has a powerful 3.5litre V6 engine that produces a potent 245bhp. The car is a front wheel drive (FWD) vehicle and is available with all wheel drive as an option. The Murano is the largest vehicle to have a CVT (Continuously variable transmission).

Expected in Mid 2009
Estimated price: Rs 35-40 lakh


Skoda Laura and Octavia in 2009

Skoda Octavia is one of the most popular Skoda car in India. It is one of the first diesel powered entry luxury car in India. Though it was very popular car when it was launched, it has to face tough competition from the new launches. Skoda is planning a new and improved Skoda Octavia in end of 2009 in order to appeal to its new buyers. It is going for both cosmetic changes and changes under the hood.

The new and improved 2009 Skoda Octavia is going to come with a choice of 2 new engines, 1.4 litre 3 cylinder diesel similar to the engine used in Skoda Fabia and new 1.4 litre TSI petrol. The TSI petrol motor is going to produce 120 bhp and is going to appeal the buyers more.

Skoda Laura is ma Favorite!! The new Skoda Laura is going to get a face lift and will be launched in the mid of 2009. There is going to be lot of cosmetic changes and remarkable changes under the hood.

First the headlights will loose its rectangular form and would wrap well around the nose of the car. The front bumper and grille is also going to be restyled. The new Skoda Laura is going to look softer then its previous version. The interior for the car will also get a boost with a new and prettier dashboard and a four spoked steering wheel. Laura would have either new 1.8 litre TSI producing 160 bhp or 200 bhp TFSI.


Honda Electric Motorcycle By 2010

Honda is currently developing a battery-powered electric motorcycle which emits no CO2 during operation, because the characteristics of a battery can be better utilized in the area of motorcycles, which are often used for short distance travel.


Toyota Fortuner - Upcoming Car in India

2009 Toyota Fortuner is expected on Indian roads by June 2009. It will be priced at around 18 lakhs. The project for Fortuner was launched in late 2004 and since then it is one of the better selling multipurpose vehicles in lot of Asian countries.

Toyota Fortuner is already a hit in other Asian markets. Indian love big diesel cars and that is why Toyota is bringing its all new Toyota Fortuner in India by mid of 2009. The available variants for Indian markets will be 2.7V Petrol & 2.5G Diesel. Toyota Fortuner will be assembled in India at Toyota’s Bidadi factory in Bangalore.


Honda to release CBF 150 n limited edition Unicorn

Honda intends to launch limited edition models of Unicorn and its 150cc bike. The all new variants of Unicorn will be loaded with special body graphics and new features.

Besides this, another model from Honda in the 150cc segment will be launched to challenge Yamaha’s FZ-16, launched last year. CBF 150 was the first model with Fuel Injection technology to be launched in India from Honda stables.

Although the company is yet to announce the style and launch date of CBF 150, it is likely to come with sporty designs and a fat rear tyre.


Ducati to launch showroom in India

Ducati Motor Holding is set to open its first showroom in Mumbai this summer. The official distributor of Ducati is Precision Motors who have announced that they would open a showroom in every metro city across the country.

A company representative said, although India is not a major market for Ducati at present, five years from now it would be. Ducati Motor CEO Gabriele Del Torchio announced that he has asked MotoGP CEO to bring grand prix to India. With the F1 circuit plans firming up, a full fledged motorcycle racing season can also be held.

The company is one of the largest sponsors of motor racing and is aiming at a long term potential in India. Equipped with the technology to produce the world’s fastest bikes, Ducati sees a substantial potential for super bikes in India.


Honda to launch new superbike - VFR1000 in India

Honda is all set to launch a new super bike in India by 2010. Dubbed VFR 1000, the bike will be powered by 5 - cylinder unit with 3 cylinder facing the front and 2 cylinders at the rear end.

The new VFR 1000 will also sport Honda’s new combined ABS system making its one of the safest bikes on road. The VFR1000 model will be a replacement VFR800 and CBR1100XX in the international market.


Meanwhile, Honda has already announced the launch of two new international models as CBU in 2009. According to the industry sources, Honda may introduce the bikes named CBR1000 and VR800 in India soon.

The company has set its eyes on the super bikes market in the country and is assessing the market potential as well. It has admitted that it also plans to bring a higher capacity VFR bike to India next year.


Harley Davidson Bikes plans in India

Harley-Davidson, the well-known American motorcycle manufacturer is planning to expand its operations in India. The Milwaukee-based motorcycle manufacturer is already in talks with the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) in India, with regard to securing permission for setting up its retail outlets in the country.

Among the company’s future launches in the country is an array of its models beginning with Fatboy, which would be imported as a Completely Built Unit (CBU), and is estimated to sport a price tag of over Rs. 20 lakh. At a later point of time, it may consider assembling its low-end Sportster 883 at its proposed greenfield assembly facility (in a CKD form), although the location has not yet been finalized.

This would be its third assembly unit in India after Singapore and Thailand. At the moment, it is scouting for an office in Gurgaon. It is widely believed that Harley's CBU imports are expected to come to India by end-2009, while the company may only start assembly of its bikes here by 2010-11.


New Chevrolet Spark Music Edition

General Motors has launched a new edition of its popular small car, Chevrolet Spark Muzic. It is a limited edition variant that comes with host of new features including 2DIN music system. The new Spark Muzic is priced at Rs. 3.27 lakh with its added features.