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2016 Renault Kwid long term review, final report  

2016 Renault Kwid long term review, final report

The Kwid’s job here is done. We look at what impressed us and what didn’t.
4 days ago by Akbar Merchant
Entry-level hatchbacks
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Land Rover Discovery Sport with 2.0 Ingenium now on sale 

Land Rover Discovery Sport with 2.0 Ingenium now on sale

The 2017 Discovery Sport range now comes with two diesel and a petrol engine option; 2.2-litre motor discontinued.
Thursday 16 March 2017 by Akbar Merchant
Luxury SUVs
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2017 Toyota Corolla Altis to launch soon 

2017 Toyota Corolla Altis to launch soon

The Corolla Altis facelift will use the current line-up of engines; features revised styling and interiors; bookings open now.
Wednesday 15 March 2017 by Akbar Merchant
Executive saloons
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Renault Kwid Climber launched at Rs 4.30 lakh 

Renault Kwid Climber launched at Rs 4.30 lakh

Based on the 1.0-litre Kwid, the Climber gets additional cosmetic detailing and all-new alloy wheels; available with an AMT gearbox option.
Thursday 9 March 2017 by Akbar Merchant
Budget hatchbacks
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Best new car discounts this month 

Best new car discounts this month

Here is a list of some of the most exciting discounts that you can avail at dealerships for the month of March.
Monday 6 March 2017 by Akbar Merchant
SUV/Crossovers
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Next-gen Skoda Yeti spied 

Next-gen Skoda Yeti spied

The all-new Skoda Yeti seen in near-production guise ahead of 2018 unveil; wheelbase longer than previous model.
Monday 27 February 2017 by Akbar Merchant
SUV/Crossovers
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New 2017 Honda CR-V diesel details revealed 

New 2017 Honda CR-V diesel details revealed

All-new Honda CR-V for the ASEAN markets gets two engine options and a seven-seat layout.
Monday 27 February 2017 by Akbar Merchant
SUV/Crossovers
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2015 Renault Lodgy long-term review, final report 

2015 Renault Lodgy long-term review, final report

The MPV spent a lot of time with us on the road and we aren’t thrilled to see it go.
Tuesday 21 February 2017 by Akbar Merchant
MPV/MUVs
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Mahindra bets big on Innova-rivalling MPV 

Mahindra bets big on Innova-rivalling MPV

Company has announced Rs 1,500 crore investment in two of its Maharashtra plants that will produce the MPV.
Friday 10 February 2017 by Akbar Merchant
MPV/MUVs
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Lexus India launch on March 24, 2017; bookings open 

Lexus India launch on March 24, 2017; bookings open

The luxury brand will offer three models initially; first dealership to be set up in Mumbai.
Tuesday 7 February 2017 by Akbar Merchant
SUV/Crossovers
3
  
Off-roading with the Jeep Wrangler and Grand Cherokee  

Off-roading with the Jeep Wrangler and Grand Cherokee

​​We experience the Jeep Wrangler and the Grand Cherokee’s off-road capabilities on a specially designed track in Mumbai.
Tuesday 7 February 2017 by Akbar Merchant
Premium luxury SUVs
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Tata Q501 SUV mule spied testing 

Tata Q501 SUV mule spied testing

Tata Motors’s all-new Land Rover Discovery-based SUV to rival Tucson. launch likely in 2018.
Thursday 2 February 2017 by Akbar Merchant
Premium SUVs
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All-new Mercedes GLB SUV takes shape 

All-new Mercedes GLB SUV takes shape

Latest Merc SUV to get G-class like styling; will be based on MFA2 architecture.
Thursday 2 February 2017 by Akbar Merchant
Premium Luxury Saloons
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2017 Volkswagen Vento Highline Plus priced from Rs 11.39 lakh 

2017 Volkswagen Vento Highline Plus priced from Rs 11.39 lakh

New top-spec Vento Highline Plus gets LED headlamps and a reverse camera.
Tuesday 31 January 2017 by Akbar Merchant
Mid-size Saloons
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India-spec Isuzu MU-X interior spied 

India-spec Isuzu MU-X interior spied

The SUV is expected to be assembled at Isuzu's Andhra Pradesh plant; cabin to share components with the D-Max V-Cross.
Friday 27 January 2017 by Akbar Merchant
SUV/Crossovers
2
  
Next-gen Mitsubishi Montero likely to get Nissan underpinnings 

Next-gen Mitsubishi Montero likely to get Nissan underpinnings

Nissan's Patrol SUV could be the platform-donor for next-gen Montero
Tuesday 24 January 2017 by Akbar Merchant
SUV/Crossovers
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Two-month waiting for Maruti Ignis 

Two-month waiting for Maruti Ignis

Available in four variants; deliveries are expected to begin in the second week of February.
Tuesday 24 January 2017 by Akbar Merchant
Premium hatchbacks
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2017 Toyota Vios revealed 

2017 Toyota Vios revealed

Refreshed Toyota Vios gets Camry-like looks and more equipment.
Monday 23 January 2017 by Akbar Merchant
Executive saloons
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Mahindra TUV long wheelbase expected to get a 1.99-litre diesel engine 

Mahindra TUV long wheelbase expected to get a 1.99-litre diesel engine

The 1.99 mHawk unit is a downsized version of the 2.2 mHawk engine seen on the XUV500.
Friday 20 January 2017 by Akbar Merchant
SUV/Crossovers
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Tata Hexa launch today 

Tata Hexa launch today

The new crossover flagship to get two engines and three gearbox options across five trims.
Wednesday 18 January 2017 by Akbar Merchant
SUV/Crossovers
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Autocar Magazine

Issue: 212 | Autocar India: April 2017

Our reviews of the Tata Tigor, the Honda WR-V, the Audi A5 Cabriolet, comparison of the Audi A4 diesel and its rivals and plenty more await you inside.
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