Maruti Suzuki launches New Grand Vitara

Maruti suzuki has launched the new grand Vitara Suv for the Indian car market. It is the third major new car launch by the Maruti Suzuki in india after a-star and ritz this year.
Mayank Pareek, executive officer (m&s) Maruti Suzuki India limited said, “the new version of grand Vitara takes the three decades of Suzuki Suv heritage to the next level. Highly popular the world over, the grand vitara is one of the global strategic models in Suzuki Range. For all those customers, who are increasingly looking at suvs, the grand vitara 2

The new Grand Vitara is an advanced version of the older suv and will be priced around rs 16.67 lakh and rs 17.97 lakh (ex-showroom delhi). The new grand vitara will be available with a 2.4 litre vvt petrol engine with choice of either manual or automatic transmissions.

The new engine in the Grand Vitara offers an amazing 163.6 bhp of power and 225 nm of torque. It gets an all time 4-mode 4-wheel drive which helps it conquer differ types of terrain with ease the new grand vitara 2 4 comes with enhanced safety features like the disc brakes on rear wheels which provide superior braking power and provide additional stability at all times

O add style to the already chiseled exterior styling, a new prominent front grille and a front bumper are provided to give it a tougher look. Its profile is enhanced by the 17 inch alloys wheels which also give added traction. The interiors have been gives a slight tweak to provide a refined look. More gadgets and gizmos are provided to add fun to the drive in a Grand Vitara

General Motors New Beat Spark

The new Spark based on the Beat model is expected to launch later this year after Cruze is launched in the market.
The spy pictures of the new model from General Motors which may be launched as the new Spark or even as Chevrolet Beat in India. GM India is ready to launch new model of its small car model Spark in India and the company has already assured that it remains unaffected from any problems with its parent company.
Chevrolet Beat or the new Spark is expected to be one of the most stylish models with complete overhaul of exteriors as well as interiors. GM India is banking upon this model to boost its sales and capture a larger market share in India.

Saturn Vue plug-in replacement SUV on track, GM considering electric city car

General Motors is on track to launch a plug-in sport-utility vehicle in 2011 despite scrapping its Saturn brand as part of a sweeping reorganization in bankruptcy, according to the automaker's product chief.
"I can tell you that I won't lose one day in terms of customers being able to walk into dealerships and actually purchase a plug-in," GM Vice Chairman Tom Stephens said in an interview.
Stephens also said GM could consider launching an all-electric small car for congested cities that would mark the automaker's return to a technology it dropped in 2003 with the decision to scrap the battery-powered EV1 in California.
"I think there's pent-up demand for the technology," said Stephens of GM's work on electric-drive vehicles, including the highly touted Chevy Volt.
"My job is to get it out there and get it right the first time but then get it cost-effective so that we can do a huge number," said Stephens, who took over as GM's product chief in April, just as its business plans came under scrutiny from the Obama administration's autos task force.
Under the product plans that underpin its U.S.-government financed turnaround effort, GM has promised to launch 14 new, fuel-saving hybrid models by 2012.
The centerpiece of GM's effort to reinvent itself has been the Volt, an electric-drive car GM aims to introduce by late 2010. The Volt will have a 40-mile driving range on a single battery charge, a distance that GM projects will cover a round-trip for most urban commuters.
But the Volt, which will also have a small gas-engine for extended-range driving, is expected to cost consumers over $30,000 after a federal rebate.
The pricey first generation Volt will not give GM the volume it needs to bring down costs sharply, Stephens said.
"If I had to go with my first generation, we couldn't really pencil a business case," he said. "Any new technology is expensive, but if you get to the second or third generation you find that the cost goes way down."
Last year GM also announced plans for a plug-in version of its Saturn Vue SUV that would carry a lithium-ion battery pack rechargeable at a standard outlet, reducing the need for gas consumption from its 3.6-liter engine.
The Saturn Vue plug-in was being designed with the ability to be driven 10 miles on electric power alone.
But GM's plans to launch the rechargeable SUV were complicated by a decision to drop the Saturn brand this year.
Stephens said work on the plug-in technology behind the Saturn Vue remained on track. He said the vehicle that would replace the now-scrapped Saturn would be an SUV from one of GM's four remaining brands: Chevy, Cadillac, Buick and GMC.
GM's mass-market rivals, including Toyota Motor Corp, Nissan Motor Co and Ford Motor Co are also pushing ahead with plans for rechargeable and pure-electric vehicles.