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Skoda Auto India, part of Europe’s largest-carmaker Volkswagen, will launch three new variants of its flagship hatchback Fabia, including a new sports model this year, a top company executive said.

The new sports car, Fabia Sportline, will have newly-designed interiors and alloy wheels. It will be fired by a powerful 1800-cc engine to cater to the growing demand for sports vehicles. The existing Fabia range comes with 1200-1600 cc engine capacity.
“We will launch multiple variants of the Fabia to leverage on its popularity. We will introduce Fabia Combi (estate version) and the tallboy Roomster models to consolidate the brand in the Indian market. We will also showcase the Fabia Rally car, though it will not be available for retail sale,” Skoda’s head (sales and marketing) Thomas Kuehl said.

Skoda, the maker of premium cars, is among the few auto makers whose sales have increased in the domestic market when total auto sales have declined due to the financial meltdown. Its sales grew 22% to 11,309 cars in the April-December period.

Fabia is its largest selling brand and the company sold over 7,000 cars in 2008, the first year of its launch.
Currently, Fabia is assembled at Skoda’s Aurangabad facility that will move to Volkswagen’s upcoming plant at Pune in Maharashtra in April-May. Skoda will also launch the next generation models of sedans Superb and Laura in the next few months.

“We have finalised plans to launch the next generation Superb in India and the new Laura will hit the market in the middle of 2009. We want to remain the segment leader in the Rs 10-25 lakh bracket,” Mr Kuehl said.

The company will also venture into the sports utility vehicle (SUV) segment with the launch of its Yeti model in early 2010, expected to be priced around Rs 10 lakh. It will expand its dealership network to 60 this year.

In a bid to augment spare part supplies from its European facilities, Skoda has set up a warehouse at Aurangabad at an investment of Rs 12 crore.

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Fiat Grande Punto

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Fiat grande punto

Surprisingly spacious and slightly bigger than the average small car Fiat’s Grande Punto has 75 bhp 1.3 multijet diesel.Styling of the car is really good. In this solid and compact car you may feel nimble footed on city roads. However, the car feels a bit awkward at slow speed and feels great only when it gains momentum in speed and what’s more is also expected to be good in fuel economy. ….
Expected Price: Not Available
Expected In : January, 2009

Maruti Splash

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Maruti splash

Maruti is expected to come up with its Splash model early 2009.First showcased at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the car has been put into production in Magyar Suzuki Corporation in Hungary. Inspired by its popular Swift, this hatchback would be targeted at families who need extra space in the car. It’s slightly bigger then the regular hatchback’s in Indian Market. Splash will come in both petrol(1.3 litre) and diesel engines(1.3 litre multi jet ) versions.….
Expected Price: 4,00,000
Expected In : January, 2009

Mahindra Ingenio

Manhindra Ingenio

Manhindra Ingenio

Toyota Innova and Chevrolet Tavera will face their new competitor Ingenio by early 2009.Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) to built Ingenio on an all-new platform, it would be equipped with latest technology and will have contemporary styling and spacious interiors.It is also expected that Ingenio will come with a variety of engine options, including the M&M™ indigenously developed common rail direct injection diesel engine and hybrid option. Which will definately make Ingenio a great competitor.….
Expected Price: Not Available
Expected In : February, 2009

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