ICYMI Nov 16th Weekly Flashback

This week had a high point early on when the Mclaren Sport series, codenamed P13, was spotted undergoing testing.It will come with a 3.8L V8 which will be detuned to get around 450-500 bhp. Considering it is based on the same carbon fiber frame as the 12C, it looks tempting.

McLaren Sports Series

McLaren Sports Series

One look at the BMW i8 and you know you are living in the future. The hybrid technology, laser headlamps, geometric angles make it an inevitable example of where the automobile industry is headed, and we like it! The first 8 cars were ready for customers and we summarized the concept for you here.

BMW i8 delivery in Germany for first 8 customers

BMW i8 delivery in Germany for first 8 customers

Football is to Brazil what Baseball is to the US. Hence Nissan decided to showcase a concept car with the nomenclature “Kick”. The Nissan Kick is supposedly “inspired from the streets of Brazil” and has been designed by the Nissan studio in Brazil(i did not know that either). With Brazil being the main market, India might just get the Kick a few years down the line as all manufacturers agree both countries have similar demographics.

2014 Nissan-Kick-Front Three Quarters

2014 Nissan-Kick-Front Three Quarters

On the whole, Toyota looks like it is going great guns in India with the response to the new Camry and perennial high sales of the Innova and (white) Fortuners, but it is not so. In fact the car maker is struggling in the affordable segment of cars and hence is looking at sister company Daihatsu for help in launching small cars.

Toyota Daihatsu Logo

Toyota-Daihatsu

Menawhile, Fiat has entered into a JV with Tofas in Turkey to build three cars for them starting 2016. This will include the Bravo, the Linea sedan and a new station-wagon.

2014 Fiat Bravo

2014 Fiat Bravo

Mitsubishi has started accepting bookings for the Pajero Sport Automatic. The car will be available with a 2WD option only and will continue  with the 2.5L 16-valve intercooled turbocharged DOHC engine with power and torque outputs of 178 PS (175.49 bhp) at 4,000 rpm and 400 Nm of torque between 2,000–2,500 rpm.

2014 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport India

2014 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport

Toyota Aygo imported for R&D. This could be new benchmark for the next generation Liva hatchback.

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VW’s 268 bhp 2.0L diesel engine <– this is total droolmaal. VW is always known as enthusiats brand and this is one more fantastic engine from the company.

VW's new diesel engine

VW’s new diesel engine

7Seater WagonR confirmed by Suzuki. The MPV segment is getting more and more attention in India and the market is growing continuously. Based on Suzuki WagonR 3 row concept, Maruti Suzuki confirmed 7 seater WagonR.

Our friends spotted a Blue MS Ciaz, which has again given Maruti something to smile about. It has already surpassed Honda City in terms of bookings in the last month. Entering  a new car, with not so good history in the segment, to compete against a car ruling the segment for the past decade and surpassing it is quite an achievement.

Two Revels: 2015 Ford Endeavour official

Mercedes to change Nomenclature for future cars.

Also spotted this week was the Maruti Suzuki YRA hatchback . The car will be launched next year and will compete in the Premium Hatchback segment against the VW Polo.

 

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