Hyundai Launches the ‘Grand i10’


– Global debut of Grand i10 in India

– Introduces advanced 2nd generation U2 CRDi diesel engine

New Delhi, September 3, 2013: Hyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL), the country’s largest exporter and the second-largest car manufacturer today launched the much awaited Grand i10. The launch marks the global debut of Grand i10 in India.


Model Era Magna Sportz Asta
Petrol (ex- showroom, Delhi) Rs. 429,900 449,400 488,800 547,800
Diesel (ex- showroom, Delhi) Rs. 523,700 543,200 582,600 641,600



Speaking at the launch, Mr. B S Seo, Managing Director & CEO, HMIL said,

“The Grand is a world-class product developed for the Indian market. The Grand symbolizes Hyundai’s commitment to Indian customers by offering high standards of quality, durability and reliability. It offers an ideal urban mobility with a complete package from style to performance creating a new benchmark in the Compact High Entry Segment. We expect Grand with its excellent value proposition and its unique features, will serve wide range of customers in India.”



The Grand will be available with two engine options the 1.1 litre advanced 2nd generation U2 CRDi dieseland 1.2 litre Kappa Dual VTVT petrol offering a combination of optimum performance and best-in-class fuel economy.

The advanced 2nd generation U2 CRDi diesel delivers 71PS@4,000rpm of maximum power and16.3kgm@1,500~2,750rpm of peak torque with best-in-class mileage of 24.0 kmpl (ARAI figure). This environment friendly U2 CRDi diesel engine is Euro V ready with low emission and NVH levels. The U2 engine operates at a high pressure of 1,800 bar and generates high low end torque resulting in lesser gear shifts in city driving conditions. The linear power delivery and flat torque over wide range of rpm’s ensure smooth and jerk free drive. The diesel engine is mated with a 5-speed manual transmission offering higher driving pleasure with enhanced fuel efficiency and refinement.

The all-aluminum 1.2 litre Kappa petrol engine comes with Dual VTVT mechanism delivering optimum engine performance with 83PS@6,000rpm of maximum power and 11.6Kgm@4,000rpm of peak torque with best-in-class mileage of 18.9 kmpl (ARAI figure). The petrol engine offers the choice of 5-speed manual transmission and Automatic Transmission.



Grand has been designed at Hyundai European design centre in Germany using design cues of Hyundai’s globally acclaimed ‘Fluidic Design’ theme. The Grand has been developed for the Indian market to cater to the needs of the evolved Compact High Entry buyers who values, style, space, economy and technological features. Hyundai Motor India Ltd. and Hyundai Motor Company Namyang R&D Engineers have worked closely from the conceptual stage to the final product development. The Grand showcases a Modern, Sporty, Trendy and Progressive styling. The slopping roofline along with integrated roof rails gives a sporty and aerodynamic feel while the elongated sharp headlamps, sleek wraparound tail lamps and segment unique 2 tone diamond cut alloy wheels lend a premium and sporty feel to the Grand. The interiors of Grand instill a wide sense of space with high quality fit and finish. To address the space related needs of the Indian customers the spacious cabin of Grand offers generous legroom, ample headroom and shoulder room along with large boot space. The 2-Tone Beige and black interior gives premium and luxury touch to the interiors of Grand. To suit the requirements of the Indian customers there are some India specific developments carried out on Grand. Dimensionally Grand is longer and has larger wheelbase compared to its European version to cater to the space related need of Indian customers. For enhanced comfort of the rear passenger the Grand offers first-in-segment Rear AC vents which also ensures efficient all round cooling. Moreover, the rear window design on Grand is wider to avoid claustrophobic feel for the rear occupants. The Grand offers host of advance and hi-tech features like smart key with push button start and stop for keyless entry/exit and ignition on/off, auto folding outside mirrors which automatically opens and folds when the car is unlocked and locked. The tilt steering offers the most comfortable driving position while the cooled glove box keeps the beverages and food items cool & fresh. The Grand offers unmatched audio experience with integrated 2-DIN music system with first-in-segment 1 GB internal memory to store and play music of choice. It offers Bluetooth, USB and Aux-in connectivity for unlimited music access. Moreover, the steering wheel has audio, bluetooth and trip meter controls for enhanced driving pleasure.



Hyundai has always led the way when it comes to ensuring safety and security of passengers. The Grand is packed with an array of active and passive safety features for the occupants. It is equipped with dual airbags, a passive safety feature which acts as a supplementary restraint system, to reduce injury risk in case of frontal impact. The ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) ensures effective braking and prevents possibility of wheel lock-up during panic braking. Grand also offers central locking, engine immobilizer and Rear parking sensor for enhanced convenience and easy parking.



• Rear AC vents (Segment Unique)

• Diamond cut Alloy wheels- unique 2 tone design (Segment Unique)

• Integrated 2-DIN MP3 audio with in- built – 1GB memory (Segment Unique)

• Smart Key with Push button Start and Stop • Bluetooth connectivity

• Multifunction steering wheel with Bluetooth, audio and trip meter controls

• Auto folding outside mirrors with electric adjustment function

• Rear parking sensors

• Turn indicators on outside mirrors

• Cooled glove Box

• Tilt steering

• Leather steering wheel

• Front and rear power windows with driver auto down function

• Rear spoiler

• Chrome outside door handles

• Chrome surround front fog lamps

• Rear defogger

• Rear washer and wiper

• Roof rails

• Body side molding

• Driver seat height adjustment

• Dual airbags and ABS

• Front and rear power outlets

Grand i10 will be available in a range of 8 exciting new colours.

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Datsun to bank on Nissan’s dealer network in India

Datsun is looking to capitalise on Nissan’s dealer network when it begins rolling out cars from 2014 — a move analysts feel may not work in the newly revived brand’s favour


Datsun Go hatchback


Datsun will not set up an independent retail network when it starts selling in India next year but will rather piggyback on parent Nissan’s infrastructure to sell and service cars. The move, however, is not being seen as a positive by industry analysts, who feel that an elaborate and self-run retail network is a requisite for a company that plans to take on industry heavyweights like Maruti and Hyundai.

Vincent Cobee, global head of Datsun, said the company will bank on the network of Nissan when it starts rolling out cars from 2014. However, it will not be a product placement within the Nissan network, but rather Datsun will have a separate and distinct branding bay within the retail set-up.

“Datsun will be sold in a fully-branded environment. In other words, the branding around the car, the sales person, the process and services will be Datsun specific and Datsun-branded,” Cobee told TOI, while elaborating on the distinct identity of the brand that Nissan is reviving after over 30 years to tap buyers in emerging markets like India, Russia and Indonesia. He said existing dealers of Nissan will have the right of first refusal when Datsun spreads its wings in the country.


Tata Fiat tie up


However, analysts doubted the company’s strategy in view of the strength of Datsun’s rivals and also due to the bad response to a similar initiative undertaken by Fiat and Tata Motors, which finally had to be dismantled as the Italian company’s sales had crashed massively.

“Nissan currently has a very limited presence in India and the strategy is not really very convincing. I am just a little worried,” said Deepesh Rathore, an independent auto analyst. “If you are in a market for a long run, the right solution is to have a network of your own which has to be big.”


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Nissan’s upcoming 10 car line-up for India


It’s well-known that Nissan plans to introduce 10 new products in the Indian market by March 2017, and with it, garner a 10 per cent marketshare. But what about these offerings – are these new nameplates, facelifts or generation upgrades? And, what role will Datsun play in all of this, if at all? We have all the answers.

Nissan Terrano sketch

Nissan Terrano sketch

The 10 per cent marketshare in sales volume will come 50 per cent from Datsun and 50 per cent from Nissan products. The Datsun line-up will only comprise three products while there will be seven new offerings from Nissan. And by new, we mean new nameplates and generation upgrades. Facelifts like those of the Evalia and the Sunny which are expected before the end of this year, will not count against this number. Neither will engine or gearbox changes on existing nameplates.

The first product from Datsun has already been unveiled. The Go is a Micra-sized hatchback with tremendous space on the inside. It will cost about Rs 3.6 lakh when it goes on sale early next year and will threaten the likes of the Hyundai i10. The next product from Datsun will be an MPV along similar lines as the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga. It too, will be based on the same modified B-platform as the Go and will make its debut in Indonesia in the later part of 2014.

Carlos Ghosn with the new Datsun GO

Carlos Ghosn with the new Datsun GO

Expect seating for seven, and similar equipment and quality levels as the Go. It will be powered by the same 1.2-litre petrol engine as the Datsun hatch, and will additionally come with the 1.5-litre diesel currently found under the hood of the Micra. The Datsun MPV, we believe, will undercut the Ertiga and Enjoy pricing and should cost a little under Rs 5 lakh when it makes its Indian debut towards the end of next year. The final car from Datsun will be a sedan. Again, it will share its underpinnings with the Go and we don’t expect too many changes to the interior either.

As for Nissan-branded products, there will be two all-new nameplates. The first will be the Duster-based, five-seater SUV, the Terrano. It will come with two engine options — one petrol and one diesel — and the diesel will further come in two states of tune, similar to the Duster. There will also be an all wheel drive version of the Terrano.

Nissan will also debut its crossover the Qashqai sometime in 2014. But, it’s not the current model that will come to India but the next-generation version which will be built on Renault-Nissan’s new modular platform, the CMF. Nissan hasn’t yet confirmed whether the crossover will come in via the CBU route or will be assembled here, but it would make more sense to take the latter route. It will help keep the pricing reasonable and with it, attract higher number of buyers. The Qashqai in India will seat seven.

Other new models will include the next generation X-Trail, again based on the CMF platform as well as the all new 370Z sports car. We don’t expect either of these models to contribute handsomely towards Nissan’s 10 per cent marketshare, especially the 370Z which operates in a very small niche.

In 2015, Nissan will launch the all-new Micra. It will be based on the CMF-A modular platform. The CMF-A has been designed specifically for emerging markets and with India as its biggest production hub. The next-generation Sunny will also be based on this platform and will debut after the Micra.

The last product which hit showrooms in 2016-17 will be an MPV. It could replace the Evalia or could carry an all new nameplate. But, like the Micra and the Sunny, it too will be built on the CMF-A.

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Ashok Leyland unveils its Stile MPV

Developed by the Ashok Leyland – Nissan Motor Company Joint Venture, this multi-purpose vehicle is based on a new-generation LCV platform, and will follow the successful DOST as the second product offering from Ashok Leyland’s fast-growing Light Vehicle business

Ashok Leyland unveils its Stile MPV


“Our brand-new vehicle reflects our continued focus on offering Japanese Technology and Quality at Indian Cost,” were Dr. V Sumantran, Vice Chairman, Ashok Leyland and Chairman, Nissan Ashok Leyland Powertrain Ltd’s words, which quite aptly describes what this vehicle really stands for.

While its pricing as compared to the almost identical Nissan Evalia are yet to be officially announced, the Stile, one must admit is an indication of Ashok Leyland trying to step out of its more conventional CV expertise and offer its customers something that has wider appeal across the industry.

A product of the Ashok Leyland- Nissan Motor Company Joint Venture, the Stile is a multi-purpose vehicle based on a contemporary award-winning platform, and is the second product offering from Ashok Leyland after the DOST.

Taking full advantage of the Evalia’s monocoque body construction, advanced Common Rail diesel engine, the Stile has been further tuned for low NVH (Noise, Vibration, Harshness) and should offer great efficiency like its Japanese counterpart. The interiors as expected are very spacious and offer good ergonomics. The low floor feature makes for easy entry and exit, while sliding doors on both sides allow for easy access in tight parking spaces.


Ashok Leyland unveils its Stile MPV


Taking all this into consideration, and the fact that this would priced lower than the Nissan model, the Stile would be ideal for various applications like seating 7-8 people, use in both urban and rural areas, be used as hotel shuttles, taxis, ambulances, panel vans, courier services, inter-city and intra-city travel and so on. 

Speaking at the unveil of the Ashok Leyland, Stile, G P Hinduja, Chairman, Hinduja Group, said “Partnership for Growth is one of the five guiding principles of our Group. In this spirit, we are extremely happy with the way our association with Nissan has grown from strength to strength. Our shared vision and philosophies have found expression in both the products that we have engineered thus far – DOST and STILE. I wish both the Nissan and the Ashok Leyland teams the very best and I am certain that they have brought forth another winner.”

Commenting on Joint Venture, Carlos Ghosn, CEO, Nissan-Renault Alliance, said “This collaboration has accelerated Ashok Leyland sales and increased Nissan’s economies of scale, while providing customers with unique products specifically tailored to Indian preferences. Our partnership with Ashok Leyland is an obvious ‘win-win-win’ for both companies and the consumer.”

Set to hit the roads before the festival season, the Ashok Leyland Stile will roll out from Nissan’s manufacturing plant at Oragadam, near Chennai. It will be available in both Diesel and CNG versions, with a wide choice of seating options of 2 and 3 rows. 

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Ashok Leyland Stile to be launched on July 16

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A year-and-a-half ago at the Auto Expo, Nissan had showcased the NV200 badged as Evalia for the Indian market. At the same expo, its Indian partner Ashok Leyland had on offer their version of the Evalia, the Stile. Now almost a year after Evalia’s launch, Ashok Leyland has announced that the Stile will be launched in Indian on July 16.

On the outside, the Stile looks the same as the Evalia barring subtle revisions to its fascia such as the logo on the bonnet rather than the grille and a slightly reworked bumper. At the rear, the only change is the logo.

Inside, it’s the same story. It’s Evalia with the Nissan badges replaced with Ashok Leyland ones. There are rumours that Ashok Leyland may provide captain seats for the middle row. Nissan is looking at updating the Evalia with the same seating arrangement. Seating space and luggage capacity will be similar to the Evalia as well. However, the CNG tank at the rear will eat into the luggage space.

At the launch Ashok Leyland will offer two engine options – diesel and petrol/CNG. The 85PS 1.5-litre k9k diesel engine is a proven warrior. The specifications of the CNG engine though are a mystery at the moment. There will be multiple application variants of the Stile on offer such as a hotel shuttle, ambulance, courier van and for large families. Expect the Stile to be priced lower by around Rs 50,000 than the Evalia. It will compete with the Tata Winger and to some extent the Tavera.

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  • Datsun is back; new Datsun GO unveiled in New Delhi, India.
  • Datsun GO is the first Datsun car for the 21st century.
  • Developed locally, Datsun GO will also be locally produced.
  • Datsun is the third Nissan Motor Company’s brand.
  • Datsun stands for Dream, Access and Trust (D.A.T.).

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Delhi, India (July 15, 2013) – Datsun today unveiled the first new Datsun car for the 21st century. The all-new Datsun GO will be on sale in India in early 2014.

The Datsun GO is the realization of the commitment made by Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. in March 2012 to return the Datsun brand to the marketplace. Datsun is the third brand for the Nissan Motor Company along with the company’s Nissan and Infiniti brands. Datsun will play an important role in the Nissan Power 88 mid-term business plan.

“This is an historic day for Nissan Motor Company and for our customers and partners in some of the world’s fastest-growing markets. It’s also an exciting moment for many women and men here in India who – today – come one step closer to realizing the dream of purchasing a car,” said Carlos Ghosn, Nissan Motor President and CEO, when unveiling the car.

The five-door, front-wheel drive hatchback will come with a 1.2 liter engine paired with a five-speed manual transmission that offers optimal response time and agility in congested traffic.

With comparatively compact body dimensions (width – 1635mm; height – 1485mm; length– 3785mm), the car is spacious inside thanks to a wide stance and large wheelbase (2450mm), and offers ample headroom and an expanded front seating configuration. It will be a reliable partner for families, providing comfort to five occupants and agility in congested traffic.

For those customers never wanting to part with their favorite music and pictures, Datsun GO will offer a very practical solution – Mobile Docking Station to connect with their smartphones.

Datsun GO is expected to be “a category up” in its price range, attractively priced below INR 400,000.

This all-new car has been built to meet the needs of recent rising group of optimistic customers in high-growth markets who seek better value propositions. These are people who want transportation that supports their everyday needs, but that also fulfills their dreams and ambitions for a better tomorrow. They are literally “on the move.” They want to GO further, so the name of the car reflects this aspiration.

The name of the new car is inspired by the first Datsun, the DAT-GO, launched almost a century ago in Japan. Back then the cars brought mobility to people who had never dreamed of car ownership before. The reignited Datsun brand and the Datsun GO will bring a similar combination of aspiration and trustworthiness. Datsun GO is high-quality, stylish and modern, delivering an engaging driving experience. The overall Datsun customer offer will include a worry-free ownership experience, competitive total cost, accessible services, with transparent pricing, and dealership proximity.

“When a customer buys his first new car in countries like India, Indonesia, Russia and South Africa, first he dreams about it. To realize the dream, customers need to have access, feel a sense of belonging towards the Brand. Also, as this purchase will represent a significant part of their disposal income, it is important for them to have full trust in the brand and the product. So Dream, Access and Trust are key values for which the Datsun brand stands now,” said Vincent Cobee, who leads Datsun.

Datsun models will be individually developed for different markets, but the concept will follow a common inspiration. Datsun GO will be the first of several Datsun models that will be launched later in 2014 in Indonesia, Russia and South Africa.

While Nissan Motor’s Global design center in Japan was responsible for the Datsun GO styling, R&D and engineering development for the project were entrusted to local engineering resources and suppliers to ensure the product would suit local market conditions, preferences, tastes and needs, and would be accessible in terms of price and supply. The project development was of course backed by the full assurance of the global Japanese car manufacturer’s accumulated expertise and quality assurance.
Datsun GO will be produced at one of the newest Renault-Nissan Alliance factories at Oragadam, in Chennai.


MUMBAI, India – Nissan announced the name of its new premium SUV, Nissan Terrano and revealed a sketch of the new model, which is planned to launch in the 2013 financial year.


Terrano will be produced at Nissan’s Oragadam Plant alongside the premium hatchback Micra, Sunny sedan and Evalia urban class utility vehicle, expanding Nissan’s locally-built model range to four.

Yamaha Ray wins the prestigious India Design Mark (I Mark) Award 2013



India Yamaha Motor Pvt. Ltd. (IYM) is proud to announce that that the stylishly designed “RAY” scooter is the recipient of the prestigious India Design Mark (I Mark)* awarded by the India Design Council. Following last year’s award for the YZF-R15, this is Yamaha Motor’s second consecutive I Mark award.

The India Design Council is affiliated with India’s Ministry of Commerce & Industry and is made up of eminent people in academia, design and industry organizations. Its India Design Mark (I Mark) awards program was initiated in cooperation with the Japan Institute of Design Promotion, and in line with the same standards set by Japan’s Good Design Award (G Mark). Open application and judging for the first I Mark awards was in 2012, and in the award’s second year, 2013, the Yamaha RAY was one of the 39 I Mark recipients.

As the Indian economy grows and more young women play an increasingly large role in the society, there is a growing demand for compact, easy-to-use, stylishly designed women-oriented scooters. Launched in September 2012, the RAY was developed to meet these needs and is the Yamaha brand’s first scooter model for the Indian market.

Its innovative styling is based on a design concept of “cool & beauty,” and the model is full of fine touches that women appreciate, such as a seat designed with easy leg reach to the ground, good comfort with powerful and smooth acceleration for tandem riding, good fuel mileage, convenient and practical storage space and easy-to-operate center and side stands.

Commenting on this achievement, Mr. Hiroyuki Suzuki, CEO & MD, India Yamaha Motor Pvt. Ltd. said, “Appreciation in any form is a welcome boost to a company and its products. I am very pleased with this recognition that I Mark has bestowed upon us and our scooter RAY. The response that we have been receiving for RAY is indeed very positive and encouraging. We understand the needs of our customers and thus take great detail in our products in terms of styling and design. Therefore, this award not just realizes our efforts but also motivates us to continue creating more new and innovative products.”

About India Design Mark (I Mark):

First held in 2012, this design award is intended to increase design awareness and promote value of design in the industry and society in India and improve the quality of life overall by encouraging and giving recognition to good design. Of the 39 recipients of the India Design Mark in the second awards (2013) were five products from three Japanese companies. Applicants for the I Mark award must satisfy any two of the three requirements: (1) “Made in India” (2) “Designed in India” or (3) “Sold in India.” Furthermore, the product must pass other requirements, including that it is a complete and mass-produced product. (Translated from a report from the Japan Institute of Design Promotion)