Maruti has had some of the best selling models in our market for a considerable period of time. One of the biggest reasons for this is the fact that the company's products are primarily targeted at the budget segment, the most popular one here. But now, other manufacturers are catching on and also launching competitive products here. So, Maruti is now readying as many as seven new models for launch in the next few years. We take a look at what's in store. Plus, in our petrol special, we test 12 cars that will make you reconsider that diesel car purchase.
New Honda Jazz and Mobilio
Following the success of the new Amaze saloon, the Japanese carmaker is geared up with some more launches to make a serious impression on the Indian market. We take a look at the all-new Jazz hatchback that is expected here sometime next year. It's based on a new platform, and the best part? It's expected to be a lot more affordable than the previous-gen car. The other exciting upcoming product is the Brio-based MPV, the Mobilio, which will rival the ruling segment king, the Maruti Ertiga.
Volkswagen Vento TSI
Volkswagen has been very prompt with its GT series in India and soon after launching a Polo GT with a diesel engine, it has plonked the Polo GT TSI's new 1.2-litre petrol motor in its competent mid-size saloon, the Vento. And the saloon also gets the new seven-speed DSG gearbox. So how do these replacements reflect on the car's performance? It's all in our first drive.
Hyundai Grand i10 vs Honda Brio
Hyundai's latest product for the hatchback segment, the Grand i10, goes up against the fun-to-drive and capable Brio from Honda. While the Grand's sibling, the i10, lost out to the Brio in a comparison we'd done earlier, now, Hyundai has made considerable improvement with the 'grander' i10. Find out how the Hyundai fares against the Honda this time.
Mercedes-Benz A-class vs BMW 1-series
The latest luxury offerings from two prominent Germans in our market are the first luxury hatchbacks to hit our markets. They both look fantastic and obviously, have the impressive bits wanted by those looking to add opulence to their driving experience. We pit the petrol versions of both the cars to see which one is worth its price.
Audi A6 2.0 TFSI vs Mercedes-Benz E 200 CGI
The luxury segment is witnessing as much excitement as any other despite the slowing market and in many cases, because of it. Carmakers are offering more and more choices of base trims of luxury cars, to make entry into the elite club easier. We watch the base petrol versions of the Audi A6 and facelifted Mercedes-Benz E-class slug it out to woo customers who are looking for a proper luxury saloon.
2013 Autocar Performance Show
Get the details of this year's Autocar Performance Show. There were supercars, luxury cars, performance monsters, superbikes, car accessories, an off-roading course and the usual bevy of the more easily-spotted-on-the-road cars. It was a great, fun-filled three days for everyone from hardcore enthusiasts to those who simply wanted to catch a glimpse of automobile marvels over the weekend.
Audi Q3 S
India's top luxury carmaker is taking on the freshly launched luxury hatchbacks with a pared down version of its baby SUV, the Q3 S. The manufacturer has added the moniker of S and taken away some of the Audi-typical features so as to be able to lower the price tag. We get behind the wheel to test if this stripped down version is still worth the Audi badge.
Harley-Davidson Street 750
Harley-Davidson hardly needs an introduction. It's made its presence felt and established a strong footprint in India. And now, it will manufacture the Street 750, recently revealed at Milan, right here. Many parts for the bike will also be locally produced, implying a possible effect on price tag. We take a close look at what this 'desi' Harley is like.
The Indian GP saw the crowning of this season's world champion, Sebastian Vettel. We have an in-depth analysis for you and in addition, there's a lot of stuff that was not on-screen. Catch all the action in the issue. We also cover the kick-off of the second season of the MRF Challenge.
Grab a copy of Autocar India's December 2013 issue today!