With the Indian market flooded with small cars, it seems a bit mind numbing to think that there are very few diesel cars in this segment. Finally though, General Motors has come with a diesel offering in its new Chevrolet Beat TCDi. With no real opponents to compete with, the Beat diesel will serve as a tester for all the companies fighting it out in this arena.
Beat is powered by 936cc 3-cylinder derivative of the 1.3-litre Multijet diesel engine from FIAT. The engine is good for 56-60PS of power and should be a lucrative proposition for the mileage conscious entry level customer. It is said that this particular engine is being locally developed by the Indian arm of FIAT Powertrain Technologies (FPT) for Chevrolet India. GM engineers have managed to attain excellent NVH levels on the car and the vibrations are even lower than the Volkswagen Polo Diesel. The Polo Diesel also uses a 3-cylinder motor, but produces more power and significantly better torque.
Mr. Rajiv Bajaj said that they will be launching the Pulsar 220 soon. Bajaj Auto has come up with new upgraded bike Pulsar with new colors scheme and graphics. Pulsar now feature dual tone paint, to make the Pulsar distinguishable from the populated Pulsar motorcycles on the road. The front fairing, handlebars and grab rails are now completely black, while the gearbox cover is in silver colour. The silver treatment from the gearbox has been extended to the foot pegs as well.
In July 2007, Bajaj began selling the Bajaj Pulsar 220 DTS-Fi and Pulsar 200 DTS-i, the former featuring fuel injection and oil cooled engines, a digital dash, and modern styling. This bike has some features which are totally new to the Indian market, like the fuel injection itself, rear disc brake and clip-on handlebars (the first two only available in the 220 model). Bajaj launched a carbureted version of Pulsar 220 on June 2009, tagging it as “the fastest bike in India”. Bajaj has been famous for developing new technology and upgrading the bike every year.
We all have seen what happened to Renault’s Logan people had issues with its dated looks, service and maintenance issues. French auto manufacturer have decided to launch Fluence in India to give what the Indian customer wants.
Renault has been struggling to attract the customer with the launch of Fluence, Renault has now started thinking about the one of the most fastest growing Indian market. It has started taking steps to improve its image firstly with Fluence and KOLEOS (4×4 SUV). Three more cars will be launched in 2012 including a small hatchback.
It has been loaded with pleanty of features like Alloy Wheels, Chrome Finish, Driver Lumbar Support, Storage Boxes Cup holders Tilt + Telescopic Steering, Engine Start/Stop, Smart Access, Cruise Control, Bluetooth connectivity to name a few. Safety has been given utmost importance in this car with SRS Airbags (Driver + Passenger), ABS with EBD, Electronic Stability Program and ASR coming as standard with the two versions on sale here in India.
In the small car segment Spark and Beat are doing a fair amount of success, like Ford which has been selling Figo like no other in the segment because of its Diesel option with any waiting period. Chevrolet decided to increase its sales by giving the edgy and sporty Beat a new heart.
Beat was first showcased as a concept model in 2009 it is very similar to its concept model. Chevrolet Beat was launched in 2010 Delhi Auto-Expo where it had 1.2litre petrol engine which churns out 80.5 bhp and 108nm torque. It just changed the look of the segment with its radical design, sporty image and refreshing looks.