Friday, September 6, 2013

'Indonesia – Yamaha Byson (FZ16) gets new decals' plus 14 more

'Indonesia – Yamaha Byson (FZ16) gets new decals' plus 14 more

Indonesia – Yamaha Byson (FZ16) gets new decals

Posted: 06 Sep 2013 05:39 AM PDT

The Yamaha FZ16 along with the YZF-R15 helped the Japanese two wheeler maker sustain operations in India.

Yamaha Byson Indonesia - Black red

The head of the Byson has decals that follow the “Secret of Darkness” theme

The expansion of the FZ series resulted in a very healthy growth in sales for India Yamaha Motor. However, the same cannot be told about the naked motorcycle’s Indonesian venture.

Yamaha Byson Indonesia - Blue Black

Launched under the name Yamaha Byson roughly a year after its Indian debut, the brawny small displacement sportsbike didn’t gather even a fraction of the attention as it did in the sub-continent.

Yamaha Byson Indonesia - Read black

While the FZ series received regular cosmetic updates in the form of new decals in India, the FZ16 continued its lone run in Indonesia without any real changes, constantly outsold by the Honda Mega Pro.

Indonesians will take notice now as Yamaha has given the Byson a cosmetic makeover. The bike comes with sporty decals on the fuel tank, radiator cowl and the tailpiece, terming the color theme as the “Secret of Darkness”.

Yamaha Byson Indonesia - White and Green

Mechanically, the Byson is identical to the India-spec FZ16. The 153cc air cooled 4-stroke engine breathes via a carburetor. The power and torque output stand at 14PS and 13.6 Nm respectively.

The price of the Yamaha Byson remains unchanged at 21.5 million Rupiah (around Rs. 1.25 lakhs).

IAB Rendering – Next generation Ford Mustang headed to India

Posted: 06 Sep 2013 05:25 AM PDT

The next generation 2015 Ford Mustang is being developed as we speak. While we have shown you many renderings of the legendary muscle car in the past, this rendering comes from Indian Autos Blog’s Shoeb!

2015 Mustang

The 2015 Mustang will be made in left hand drive and right hand drive trims.

Apart from its aggressive stance and the huge grille, the next generation Mustang also celebrates the brand’s 50th anniversary. To commemorate this, a special edition of the next gen model would be released during its launch. It is rumored to be called the 2014.5 (2014 and-a-half) edition. While this edition may not be heading to India, the regular Mustang might!

Yes, you read that right. Autocar India reports that the next gen Mustang, which would be made in right hand drive trim, could be seen at your neighborhood Ford dealership.

2014.5 Mustang 50th anniversary

Mustang will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a ’2014.5 edition’.

The report says that Ford is evaluating the feasibility of launching the muscle car in India. Even if Ford India is not targeting any specific volume, the Mustang would be a great brand builder for Ford. Currently, Ford India’s flagship product happens to be the Endeavour, which is also headed for a replacement soon.

Though the Mustang is available in coupe and convertible body styles, we do not know which model would come to India, if at all there are such plans. If the Mustang retains its American pricing of about 22,000 USD when it moves to the next generation, we expect it to be priced at INR 30 lakh in India.

[News source - Autocar India]

Mahindra teases a Scorpio Special Edition

Posted: 06 Sep 2013 05:11 AM PDT

Mahindra has released a teaser image of the Scorpio Special Edition on its Facebook page. The post also confirms that the car will “come soon” with “some luxurious features”.

Mahindra Scorpio Special Edition teaser

The Scorpio Special Edition is expected to be launched ahead of the festival season.

The image shows a veiled car with a partially exposed front fascia. From what we see, there is nothing new about the Mahindra Scorpio Special Edition. Going back to 2010, Mahindra had launched a Scorpio Special Edition at the Delhi Auto Expo and it seems as if this is being re-introduced for this festive season.

The chequered flag decal above the front foglamp, blacked out scuff plate and the chrome plated alloy wheels from the teaser perfectly match the features on the 2010 special edition.

So, is Mahindra going to replicate the old Scorpio Special Edition to the last feature? If yes, expect features such as chequered flag decals on the sides and Special Edition badge on the tailgate apart from the details revealed in the teaser.

Mahindra Scorpio Special Edition

The image of the 2010 Scorpio Special Edition perfectly matches the teaser.

As in the previous special edition, the new Scorpio would come with leather upholstery and leather wrapped steering wheel. Expected to be based on the high-end variant, the special edition would offer all the bells and whistles in addition to a roof mounted DVD player.

The 2010 Scorpio Special Edition had a limited run of 1,000 units and we expect the same for the soon-to-be launched version. The Scorpio outsold the Renault Duster last month and the special edition would take advantage of the onset of the festive season to build the lead.

China – Mercedes launches locally made, long wheelbase E Class facelift

Posted: 06 Sep 2013 04:39 AM PDT

Regular readers are aware that at the 2013 Auto Shanghai, the Mercedes-Benz E Class L was shown, which is nothing but the long wheelbase version of the E Class. Mercedes has now conducted the market launch for the E Class L (at the ongoing Chengdu Motor Show) shortly after the start of local production.

2014 Mercedes E Class Long Wheelbase production China

Production of the 2014 Mercedes E Class Long Wheelbase has commenced in China. Seen here is the ‘Sport Sedan’ model.

The E Class L has been tailor-made for the Chinese market, which happens to be the second biggest E Class market for Mercedes-Benz (the first being the USA). Last year, Mercedes sold a record 40,000 units of the E Class in China alone! Beijing Benz Automotive Company (BBAC) is the sole manufacturer of the long wheelbase executive luxury sedan.

2014 Mercedes E Class Long Wheelbase E260L

E Class L has been christened the E260L.

The rear seat legroom has been enhanced by 14cm, while Mercedes claims the E Class L to have the “longest rear seat cushion” in its class. Rear seat passengers can also adjust the front passenger seat and the panoramic sunroof through dedicated buttons. Two variants of the E Class L have been launched – ‘Sedan’ and ‘Sport Sedan’.

While the ‘Sedan’ gets a 3D radiator grille in a ‘three-louvre’ look with the Mercedes logo on the bonnet, the ‘Sport Sedan’ gets a centrally positioned logo on the grille.

2014 Mercedes E Class Long Wheelbase front

Seen here is the E Class L ‘Sedan’ variant with the logo placed on the bonnet.

Mercedes also announce in this press release that the BBAC facility is being expanded to make the upcoming GLA Class.

2014 Mercedes E Class LWB Image Gallery from 2013 Auto Shanghai

2014 Mercedes E Class Long wheelbase display 2014 Mercedes E Class Long wheelbase door handles 2014 Mercedes E Class Long wheelbase front three quarter 2014 Mercedes E Class Long wheelbase front 2014 Mercedes E Class Long wheelbase legroom 2014 Mercedes E Class Long wheelbase rear door 2014 Mercedes E Class Long wheelbase rear quarter 2014 Mercedes E Class Long wheelbase rear seats 2014 Mercedes E Class Long wheelbase rear three quarter 2014 Mercedes E Class Long wheelbase side 2014 Mercedes E Class Long wheelbase steering wheel 2014 Mercedes E Class Long wheelbase

Press release on Page 2.

Rendering – Hyundai’s EcoSport rival gets envisioned again

Posted: 06 Sep 2013 04:19 AM PDT

Hyundai’s compact crossover SUV is still sometime away but it has already caught the fantasy of rendering artists throughout the world.

Hyundai Mini SUV rendering

The Hyundai SUV traits are evident in the front fascia.

In fact, we started it all! Our in-house design specialist Shoeb came up with the first ever speculative rendering of the mini SUV and now we witness many such renderings from other websites!

The latest addition to the list is from Every rendering points towards the same design direction of our speculative image.

Hyundai Mini Suv rendering

Here is our speculative rendering of the upcoming mini SUV.

Talking about its development, testing of the SUV started earlier this year in South Korea. Given it’s dimensions, we expect it to wage a war with the Ford EcoSport which goes on sale in Europe later this year.

The front fascia derives its roots from Hyundai’s Storm Edge design philosophy that is used by the new Santa Fe. However the profile and the rear of the car is unlike any existing Hyundai SUV. The roofline reminds us of the Hyundai CURB concept that was unveiled at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show.

Hyundai Curb concept

This is the Hyundai Curb concept shown at the 2011 Detroit Motor Show.

The SUV is likely to be powered by turbocharged petrol and diesel engines. Both manual and automatic transmissions should be available. Going by what’s available to the current Hyundai products, expect the forthcoming SUV to have a tempting equipment list.

We expect the car to debut internationally in about a year’s time.


2014 Renault Megane Facelift revealed ahead of its Frankfurt debut

Posted: 06 Sep 2013 03:08 AM PDT

Renault has just revealed the 2014 Renault Megane facelift online. It will be world premiered at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show commencing on September 10th. The updated styling is rolled across all four variant lines of the Megane – the hatchback, the coupe, the estate and the performance oriented R.S version.

2014 Renault Megane facelift

Facelift extends to all variant lines of the Megane.

The major change is the new front bumper, which sports the distinctive Renault family identity, seen first on the new Clio last year. The new elliptical headlights ensures that the Megane’s looks are aligned with the rest of the range. Inside, the updated Meganes feature Renault’s new R-Link multimedia system.

Powertrain wise, the Megane range would feature a new engine which happens to be a 128bhp 1.2-liter TCe (130) engine. This engine would be mated to Renault’s EDC dual-clutch gearbox. It is to be noted that this particular engine could also be featured on the Dacia Duster facelift, which is also set to debut in Frankfurt.

2014 Renault Megane facelift coupe front

Elliptical headlights and a new front bumper are the major differences.

2012 Renault Megane

Current Megane added for reference.

The updated Meganes would first sell in Europe, starting in the first quarter of 2014. The refresh would be rolled out across other markets through the course of next year.

Apart from this updated Megane, the Renault brand would be presenting 6 concept cars at the Frankfurt Motor Show, all designed under the leadership of Laurens van den Acker.

2014 Renault Megane facelift Image Gallery

2014 Renault Megane facelift 2014 Renault Megane facelift RS 2014 Renault Megane facelift hatchback 2014 Renault Megane facelift GT 2014 Renault Megane facelift estate 2014 Renault Megane facelift coupe 2014 Renault Megane facelift coupe front

Press release on Page 2.

Report – Honda Brio MPV to be called the Honda Mobilio

Posted: 06 Sep 2013 02:52 AM PDT has learned from HPM sources that the Honda Brio MPV is christened the Honda Mobilio. Honda has rarely used regional looks or names (the City is the Ballade in South Africa, and the Jazz is the Fit in the US) and this could be the name registered in all markets the car is destined for.

Honda Brio MPV

The Brio MPV will come to India next year, and a diesel option will certainly be listed.

The Honda Mobilio will launch in Indonesia in three trim levels (S, E, E CVT) with a 1.5-liter petrol engine, at the Indonesian International Motor Show on September 19th. Though dealers are accepting bookings, production of the car begins not before early next year at the company’s new Karawang plant in West Java.

The Mobilio was jointly developed by Honda’s R&D Asia Pacific team in Thailand and PT Honda Prospect’s R&D team in Indonesia. The low cost family van will compete with cars such as the Toyota Avanza, Daihatsu Xenia, Chevrolet Spin and the Maruti Ertiga.

Honda Mobilio

The seven-seat Mobilio was retired in 2008 to be replaced by the Freed.

Another interesting fact about the Mobilio is its name, which comes from the archives. The Mobilio was a large MPV sold in Japan between 2001 and 2008. It was then replaced by the Honda Freed. Like the Terrano, there is some legacy to the name.

It is reported that the Honda Freed will remain on the market even after the Mobilio’s introduction.

Rolls Royce opens a new dealer showroom in Ahmedabad

Posted: 06 Sep 2013 02:22 AM PDT

Rolls Royce Motor Cars have opened their fourth showroom in India in the city of Ahmedabad, Gujarat. The showroom is that of Navnit Motors, who opened the first ever Indian Rolls Royce dealership in Mumbai in 2005.

Herfried Hasenoehrl at the newly opened Rolls Royce showroom in Ahmedabad

Herfried Hasenoehrl, GM of emerging markets, Asia, at the newly opened Rolls Royce showroom in Ahmedabad.

The Ahmedabad showroom will retail models such as the Phantom, Ghost and the newly launched Wraith. Spread over 2,637 sq.ft, the showroom will house two display vehicles and also features a bespoke lounge where customers can choose from over 44,000 exterior colors and an infinite selection of wood, leather and interior combinations.

Rolls Royce will open another showroom in India in the month of October this year. Located in Chandigarh, this would be the fifth Rolls Royce showroom in India.

Sharad Kachalia with Rolls Royce trims at Ahmedabad

Sharad Kachalia, Director of Sales and Marketing, Rolls Royce Mumbai and Ahmedabad.

Herfried Hasenoehrl, General Manager, Emerging Markets Asia said -

Along with Mumbai, New Delhi, Hyderabad and Chandigarh, Ahmedabad is another milestone in our strategy of gradual, sustainable business growth.

Regular Indian Autos Blog readers may already know that Rolls Royce is considering an ‘India’ special edition, which according to Mr. Hasenoehrl would be ‘magnificent’.

Press release on Page 2.

First visuals and variant-wise equipment list of the Honda Brio MPV leak

Posted: 06 Sep 2013 02:19 AM PDT have leaked a few blurry images and the on-board features of the Honda Brio MPV. The world premiere of the Ertiga rival is scheduled at the IIMS 2013 which begins on the 19th of September in Jakarta.

Honda Brio MPV variants

The Brio MPV will be launched by Honda Prospect Motor at IIMS this month. Bookings have already open, with deliveries set to start early next year.

The presentation slides reveal that the Brio MPV launches in three trim levels – S,E and E CVT.

All variants receive adjustable steering, tumble seats for the 2nd and 3rd row, dual airbags and an engine immobilizer. The E and E (CVT) come with double blower air conditioning, and the automatic transmission variant is the safest with ABS brakes.

Honda Brio MPV variant classes with equipment

  • The ‘S’ variant comes with body colored door mirrors, 15-inch rims, rear wiper and washer, single DIN audio system with two speakers, tilt steering, power windows, powered mirrors and dual front airbags.
  • The ‘E (MT)’ variant has 15-inch alloy wheels, foglamps, indicators on door mirrors, parking sensors, 2-DIN audio system with two speakers and iPod connectivity, sliding second row seats, keyless entry and dual AC.
  • The ‘E (CVT) variant has all the features of the E (MT) plus bumper garnish, ABS and a CVT gearbox. The interiors are loaded with the E’s features along with chrome aircon vents.
Honda Brio MPV

The Brio MPV was developed in Indonesia and has also enrolled for the ASEAN NCAP crash test. It gets a 1.5L petrol engine in Indonesia, and when it comes to India next year, it will also list the 1.5L diesel.

The name of the Brio MPV has not been revealed in this dealer training material.

Brazil – Toyota ‘Cross Etios’ variant coming next year

Posted: 06 Sep 2013 01:32 AM PDT

Hatchbacks with a rough road package are making their way into India in the hope of creating a new segment. The Skoda Fabia Scout, the first contender in the segment had a lackluster start and now the VW Cross Polo is attempting to reboot the segment. In the coming months, the Tata Vista and the Fiat Punto would also be available with the flair of a crossover.

Toyota Etios Liva Facelift side view

Sales of the Etios twins in Brazil are not very encouraging and the Cross variant is expected to help the state of affairs.

We always said that the auto markets of Brazil and India are similar in many ways. Just like in India, carmakers are looking to explore the potential of hatchbacks with crossover looks in Brazil. The trend was started last decade when VW launched the CrossFox. reports that Toyota is planning to introduce a Cross variant of the Etios hatchback (Liva in India) when the model gets a minor refresh for 2014.

The Toyota Cross Etios is most likely to come with a new front apron, plastic wheel arch extensions and a body sill set. Also set to change are the alloy wheels, roof railing and the a ‘cross’ prefix or suffix badge to announce its pseudo-crossover identity. The interior is expected to undergo slight revisions with new trims and colors.

Toyota Etios Liva Facelift rear view

The Etios Cross will have a look enrichment like the Cross Polo in a bid to have a crossover appeal.

To be based on the top end XLS variant, the Etios Cross would be powered by a 1.5  litre flex fuel motor which is good for 96bhp. Expect the Cross variant to be sold at a considerable premium over the regular variant.

The Etios twins feel dull compared to its Chevy Onix-Prisma and Hyundai HB20-HB20S, and hence sales in design-conscious Brazil aren’t very encouraging, with the Chevys and Hyundais outselling it every month. Toyota is hoping to improve volumes of the Etios nameplate with the model year updates and through the Cross variant.

If the VW Cross Polo sells in decently good numbers, will Toyota Kirloskar Motor consider bringing the Etios Liva Cross to India?

[Note: The images of the Etios Liva hatchback are used only for illustration purposes]


Japan – BMW 116i Fashionista limited edition launched

Posted: 05 Sep 2013 11:58 PM PDT

The BMW 116i Fashionista limited edition has been launched in Japan as a lifestyle product.

BMW 116i Fashionista - front

The chrome finished kidney grille and Y-Shaped alloy wheels differentiate the Fashionista variant from regular variants.

Limited to 490 units, the Fashionista gets a number of accessories to improve its style statement. The exterior of the Fashionista edition is differentiated by chrome finished slats in the kidney grille and 17-inch Y-shaped alloy wheels. The car is available in four exterior color options – Arupin White, Crimson Red, Deep Sea Blue and Mineral White.

BMW 116i Fashionista - side

The interior trim is made up of white acrylic, glass and Dakota Oyster leather upholstery with the Fashionista badge.

BMW 116i Fashionista - rear

In terms of equipment, the premium hatchback receives a servotronic steering which weighs down at parking speeds, rear parking camera, park distance control, a handsfree telephone, heated front seats, light package (ambient lighting), lane departure warning, collision control and cruise control.

BMW 116i Fashionista - interior

The interior gets Dakota Oyster leather upholstery with Fashionista badges.

The BMW 116i is powered by a 1.6-litre TwinPower turbocharged petrol engine that develops 136bhp. The motor comes mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.

The 116i Fashionista limited edition retails at 3.66 million Yen (around Rs. 24.22 lakhs). BMW claims that the additional equipment results in a benefit of 3,00,000 Yen (around 1.98 lakhs) to the customer.

The BMW 1 Series was just launched in India with the 116i being the entry level model. The car is priced from Rs. 20.9 lakhs (ex-showroom pan-India).

Audi India launches more powerful 177bhp A4 2.0 TDI at INR 31.74 lakhs

Posted: 05 Sep 2013 11:44 PM PDT

Audi India has introduced a more powerful version of the Audi A4 2.0 TDI. Earlier, this A4 used to output only 140bhp and 32kgm of torque. The updated model now gets 177bhp and 380Nm of torque.

Audi A4 2L TDI 177bhp

Earlier A4 used to output only 140bhp, while the updated model gets a power boost to 177bhp.

Audi claims a fuel efficiency of 17.11km/l for this more powerful model, a 3% increase over the less powerful 140bhp A4. 0-100km/h now takes 7.9 seconds as against the 10-odd seconds of the previous model.

The Audi Drive Select (which allows the driver to alter the suspension settings from Dynamic, Comfort, Auto and certain engine and steering parameters) will be available on the ‘Technology’ variant of the A4.

The 177bhp A4 is priced from INR 31.74 lakhs (ex-Showroom, Mumbai) and is available pan India.

Audi A4 facelift convoy lines up in the pitlane

Audi India launched the facelifted A4 in May last year.

Mr. Joe King, the newly appointed head of Audi India, said -

The Audi A4 has been Audi's longest and best selling sedan for close to 40 years now. With its progressive design, efficient driving dynamics and class defining interiors, the Audi A4 enjoys a very wide customer base. The powerful new 177 hp Audi A4 with the Audi Drive Select offers 27% more power and offers 3% more fuel efficiency than it's predecessor. This car packs a powerful punch with its on-road performance which will appeal to both our discerning customers as well as the enthusiast.

Press release on Page 2.

Official: Datsun to unveil their next car on September 17 in Indonesia

Posted: 05 Sep 2013 10:57 PM PDT

The Datsun brand will unveil an all-new car on September 17th. The second car of the modern day Datsun brand would be unveiled in Jakarta, Indonesia, two days before the start of the 2013 Indonesian International Motor Show.

This new car would be the first of two models to go on sale in Indonesia in 2014. Datsun says that the car was “developed locally” and that the target audience would be the “new generation of aspirational customers”.

Datsun Go with Mr. Carlos Ghosn

Datsun’s first car for the 21st century was unveiled on July 15th in India by Mr. Carlos Ghosn, CEO and COO, Renault-Nissan.

The press release uses the same words that we read for the Datsun Go and calls the car “modern, attractive, accessible and reliable”. The company also announces that the car would be priced below 100 million Indonesian Rupiah (INR 5.93 lakhs).

There is a good possibility that the second car is the rumored Datsun 7-seater MPV based on the Go. Datsun may want to capitalize on the fact that Indonesia is an MPV friendly market, and it certainly makes sense to have their first product cater to the LMPV (low cost MPV) segment.

Datsun Go front three quarters official image

Rumor has it that an MPV based on the Datsun Go would be the first car for the Indonesian market.

The first Datsun for India will be the Go hatchback which was unveiled on July 15th. With prices promised below INR 4 lakhs, the Go hits the market in early 2014.

[Note: Images of the Datsun Go are used for illustrative purposes only.]

Press release on Page 2.

Jaguar C-X17 concept SUV revealed!

Posted: 05 Sep 2013 08:42 PM PDT

A leaked image showing the front of the Jaguar C-X17 concept SUV has been uncovered by CarScoops reader, Alex. Jaguar had earlier announced this week confirming past rumors that a concept SUV would indeed be shown at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show commencing on September 10th.

However, selected media would be getting a special preview of the C-X17 on September 9th and yes, Indian Autos Blog would be coming to you Live from the preview so do check back at 16:30 CET (21:00 IST) on that day.

Jaguar C-X17 concept SUV

C-X17 seems inspired by the Jaguar XF, especially those headlights.

Coming back to this image, the headlights seem to wear that mean and aggressive look which we see on the Jaguar XF and the XJ. Even the engine hood with a raised central portion resembles that of the XF. While Jaguar calls it a concept, this looks production ready!

Apart from previewing the design of their future SUV, the C-X17 also showcases Jaguar’s new highly advanced modular aluminium architecture. This aluminium architecture would also be the basis for Jag’s BMW 3 Series-rivaling sedan which is expected in 2014 or early 2015.

We think Jaguar has planned several models on this platform as the press release clearly mentions about the “diversity of vehicles that could be produced using this architecture", while also mentioning that it underpins the "innovative future of the Jaguar brand".

[Image from - CarScoops]

Honda announces “EXCITING H DESIGN!!!” design concept

Posted: 05 Sep 2013 07:50 PM PDT

Honda has just announced their new design concept called the “EXCITING H DESIGN!!!”. And yes, those three exclamations do have a meaning as you will soon find out.


The Japanese car maker says that this design concept would be applied to all their global products for a “more unique character and stronger presence around the world”. Think of this like the Audi Bulgarian Beard, which though being only a design characteristic, is applied to all Audi’s big and small.

2014 Honda Jazz hybrid

EXCITING H DESIGN!!! debuted on the all-new Jazz/Fit that was launched in Japan yesterday.

The first of these H DESIGN!!!’s would be seen on the 2014 Honda Jazz/Fit, which was launched in Japan yesterday. If you compare the front of the new Jazz to the image of the H DESIGN!!!, you’ll notice that the grille is made of two distinctive elements – a broad element that connects the headlights and a slimmer element that runs underneath it, looking like a trough. Honda calls this the “Solid Wing Face”.

As far as the three exclamations are concerned, they symbolize the following:

Honda EXCITING H DESIGN!!! concept

The three exclamations symbolize three pillars of design and technology.

High Tech.

Exteriors will adopt the Solid Wing Face and an advanced and uninterrupted design would follow. Interiors get an easy-to-use “Advanced Interface”.

High Tension

Exteriors get a “well toned” body while the interiors get a “sporty and emotional” looking cockpit.

High Touch

On the outside, cars will have “Dramatic Surfacing” for emotional attraction while the interiors focus on the texture of materials used.

Expect to see the H DESIGN!!! take shape on the Urban SUV, which like the new Jazz, is bound for India.

Press release on Page 2.

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