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Recently, many cars have appeared on the Indian road - some with exciting technologies and radical design features unheard of in the subcontinent till now. Land Rover, the British marque now owned by Tata Motors has come to India - along with another venerable marque - Jaguar. Toyota has brought in Land Cruiser with a V8 5.6 Liter diesel engine which produces some 381 Horse Powers. Toyota offers many SUVs - Prado, Land Cruiser and Fortuner. Although automobile market the world over is facing acute downward spiral with the top auto manufacturers going bust or declaring crippling losses, Indian scenario is strikingly buoyant.


Compact cars are always in demand from the time of Maruti 800 in India. Tata Nano signalled the arrival of mature Compact cars. Maruti Ciaz, Datsun Go+ and Tata Bolt have arrived to hot up the scene. Tata Bolt follows its earlier sibling Tata Zest with similar power mill. Petrol Version of Bolt has 1193 cc 4 cylinder Revotron engine which belts 90 Bhp and 140 Nm torque figure. The diesel version uses the reliable Quadrajet engine that belts 75 Bhp but more torque - 190 Nm. Tata Bolt comes in many variants - XE at the lower end costing Rs.443617/- in Chennai for the Petrol version while the higher end version goes up to Rs.7 Lakh.


Mahindra - seems to touch the pulse of the average Indian car buyer with its Cross Over XUV500 and now with its pared down version of Xylo - Quanto. This small sized SUV uses a cut down version of mHawk direct injection diesel engine - this time with 3 cylinders. It also has its spare wheel mounted on the tail gate. Mahindra claims that the base end version will be offered at a shade less than 6 lakh Rupees. When the dust settles, it remains to be seen how far they can keep this claim.

French Car manufacturer Renault has set up a major car plant with Nissan in Oragadam, near Chennai in 2010. They have pumped in nearly 800 million dollars as investment and plan to produce cars and automobile components for their combined operations. Renault has brought out the Sedan - Fluence and SUV Duster. Their earlier partnership enterprise with M&M in the year 2005 resulted in Logan - car favored at one time by the travel cab operators.

Renault Duster - offered at less than 10 Lakh - competes with the likes of Tata Safari, M&M's Scorpio and the forthcoming Ford Ecosport.

The brilliant Fiat 1.3 L with Multijet technology in the diesel version and the frugal 1.4 L Fire Petrol engine version is noteworthy for other innovation as well - Blue & Me System which integrates Microsoft's Windows Mobile technology with automotive applications developed by Fiat.


This system uses Bluetooth to enable your Mobile phone or PDA to communicate with the Car's Onboard system which can read aloud your SMS messages, lets you speak the name of the caller to call him and hear turn-by-turn directions through a GPS add-on. The sleek lines from the legendary Italian designers make this car - visually appealing as well. The extra active safety features like Anti-lock braking (ABS) with Electronic Brake force distribution (EBD) along with passive Safety features - Airbags for driver and co-driver complement the ruggedness of this car.



The sturdy Fiat Linea comes with 2 options for the power plant:

The common rail Direct Injection diesel mill uses the Fiat/Bosch Multijet which offers extra ordinary economy and lower emissions/NVH levels. Originally developed by Fiat group which was later handed to Bosch - Multijet technology features a number of smaller injection of fuel into the combustion chamber which translates to smoother and quieter combustion of fuel and increased performance. The same Multijet powers other cars on the Indian Roads - Tata's Indica Vista and Maruti Suzuki's Swift Diesel. Linea's 1248 CC 16 Valves Multijet belts out 90 BHP @ 4000 RPM. It returns a remarkable fuel economy of almost 20 Km per liter of fuel on the highways. The top speed is about 165 km per hour.


The Petrol Linea uses a 1368 CC engine with an output of 76 BHP @ 6000 RPM.



Product Fuel Type Price Engine Power Torque Segment
Tata Nexon
Petrol
Rs.5.85 Lakh
1198 cc Revotron
110 BHP
170 Nm
SUV
Tata Hexa
Diesel
Rs.11.72 Lakh
2179 cc 4 cyl
156 BHP
400 Nm
SUV
Tata Tigor
Petrol
Rs.4.64 Lakh
1199 cc 3 cyl
85 BHP
114 Nm
Hatchback
Tata Tiago
Petrol
Rs.3.2 Lakh
3 cyl 1198 Revotron
85 BHP
114 Nm
Hatchback
Maruti Brezza
Diesel
Rs.7.2 Lakh
4cy 1248 CC
66 BHP
200 Nm
SUV
Renault Kwid
Petrol
Rs.3.75 Lakh
3 cyl 799 CC
53 BHP
72 Nm
Hatchback
Mahindra TUV300
Diesel
Rs.7.4 Lakh
1493CC 3 cyl
84 BHP
230 Nm
SUV
Hyundai Creta
Petrol
Rs.8.8 Lakh
4cy 1591cc
121 BHP
151 Nm
SUV
Hyundai Xcent
Petrol
Rs.4.89 Lakh
4 cyl 1197cc
82 BHP
114 Nm
Sedan
Datsun Go
Petrol
Rs.3.79 Lakh
3 cyl 1198 CC
68 BHP
104 Nm
Hatchback
Tata Bolt
Petrol
Rs.4.43 Lakh
4 cyl 1193 CC Revotr
90 BHP
140 Nm
Hatchback
Maruti Ciaz
Petrol
Rs.7.45 Lakh
1400 cc K 14
93 BHP
130 Nm
Hatchback
Tata Zest
Petrol
Rs.4.64 Lakh
1.2 L Revotron
90 BHP
140 Nm
Hatchback
Honda Amaze
Petrol
Rs.5.16 Lakh
1.2 L i-VTEC
87 BHP
109 Nm
Hatchback
Maruti Celerio
Petrol
Rs.3.89 Lakh
3 cy 998 CC
68 BHP
90 Nm
Hatchback
Ford Ecosport
Diesel
Rs.8.25 Lakh
1499 CC 4 cy
112 BHP
140 Nm
SUV
Mahindra Rexton
Diesel
Rs.19 Lakh
2700cc 5cyl
162 BHP
340 Nm
SUV
Renault Scala
Diesel
Rs.6.75 Lakh
4cyl-1.5 L
86 BHP
200 Nm
Sedan
Tata Storme
Diesel
Rs.9.6 Lakh
2.2 L Varicor
140 BHP
320 Nm
SUV
Skoda Rapid
Petrol
Rs.18.37 Lakh
4cyl-MPI
105 BHP
153 Nm
Sedan
Skoda Yeti
Diesel
Rs.15.31 Lakh
4 cyl - 2 L TDI CR
110 BHP
250 Nm
SUV
Maruti Ertiga
Petrol
Rs.6.2 Lakh
4cyl-K14WT
95 BHP
130 Nm
MUV
Mahindra Quanto
Diesel
Rs.5.9 Lakh
3 cyl 1.5 L CR
98 BHP
240 Nm
SUV
Nissan Micra P
Petrol
Rs.4.24 Lakh
3 cyl 1.2 L
75 BHP
104 Nm
Hatchback
Fiat Linea Interior View
Fiat Linea Sleek Lines