Audi A3 sedan

Audi launched the A3 Sedan with an eye on the Indian luxury car market. The diesel A3 is available in four variants, namely, Attraction at Rs. 22.95 lakh, Premium at Rs. 25.95 lakh, Premium + at Rs. 29.95 lakh and the top-end Technology Pack at Rs. 32.66 lakh. All prices are indicative of ex-showroom Delhi.

The petrol fueled Audi A3 sedan is available only in a single Premium + variant that is priced at Rs. 28.95 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).

The petrol Audi A3 sedan is powered by a 1.8 litre, 4-cylinder, turbocharged engine generating 182.5PS of power @ 5,100 rpm and 6,200 rpm and 250Nm of torque between 1,250 rpm and 5,000 rpm. The engine is mated to a seven-speed double clutch automatic gearbox.

The 2.0 litre turbo diesel engine in the A3 develops 144PS of power between 3,500 rpm and 4,000 rpm along with peak torque of 320Nm between 1,750 rpm and 3,000 rpm. The diesel engine is mated to a six-speed double clutch gearbox.



Toyota Corolla Altis

The new, 11th generation Toyota Corolla Altis made its Indian debut at the 2014 Auto Expo. The new Altis starts from Rs 11.99 lakh for the base petrol J (S) manual, going up to Rs 16.89 lakh for the fully loaded VL (CVT) petrol automatic, with diesel models slotted in between as well (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi).

It will be carrying forward the same 1.8-litre VVTi petrol engine and the 1.4-litre D4-D diesel engine producing the same 140PS and 90PS of power respectively. Both the motors would get six-speed manual gearboxes as standard, while the petrol model will also be offered with a 7-speed CVT gearbox. (Also read: 2014 Toyota Corolla Altis review)

Toyota has priced the new 2014 Toyota Corolla Altis diesel variant from Rs 13.07 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).



Nissan Datsun Go

Japanese auto major Nissan's Datsun brand on Wednesday made a global comeback with the company launching its entry level car 'Datsun Go' priced between Rs 3.12 lakh and Rs 3.70 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) in India, intensifying competition in the small car segment.

The five-door front-wheel drive Datsun GO comes with a 1.2 litre engine with a five speed manual transmission. The car is being manufactured at the Oragadam plant, a joint venture between Nissan and France-based automaker Renault. Both the companies have invested about Rs 4,400 crore.

Nissan Motor would sell the Datsun GO and other models from the Datsun range on its own in India.



Honda Mobilio

Honda Cars India launched its new Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV), the Mobilio at a starting price of Rs 6.49 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The petrol car will cost Rs 6.49 lakh for the E variant; Rs 7.50 lakh for S variant and Rs 8.76 lakh for the V variant. The diesel variants have been priced between Rs 7.89 lakh to Rs 10.86 lakh.

The Honda Mobilio MPV is 4.4-metre long with a wheelbase of 2.6-metre and has a ground clearance of 185mm. The Mobilio will be powered by the new 1.5-litre turbocharged Earth Dreams diesel engine churning out power of 100ps@3600 rpm and torque of 200 Nm@ 1750 rpm.

The petrol variant gets the 1.5-litre i-VTEC unit producing a power of 119ps@6600 rpm and 145Nm of torque and is peppy and is the same that powers the City. Both engines are mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.



Toyota Etios Cross

Toyota India launched the much awaited Etios Cross in India in two petrol and one diesel engine options with four grades. The car is priced between Rs. 5.76 lakh and Rs. 7.40 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

Etios Cross is available in three engine options - 1.5-litre petrol, 1.2-litre petrol and 1.4-litre diesel, capable of churning out 88bhp, 78bhp and 67bhp, respectively.

The car receives new grille with guard, roof rails, unique side cladding, diamond cut alloy wheels, fog lamps with integrated turn indicators, ORVMs with turn indicators and rear defogger with wiper, giving it quite a bold look.

A 2 Din Audio system with Bluetooth, USB and AUX-in support and leather wrapped steering wheel with audio controls mounted come standard on the top variant of the Etios Cross.


Hyundai Elite i20

Hyundai launched the new Elite i20 in India starting at Rs 4.89 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The new Elite i20 comes with the options of a petrol and diesel engine.

The 89bhp 1.4-litre U2 CRDi diesel and the 81bhp 1.2-litre Kappa2 petrol engines mated to a five-speed manual transmission have been retained from the i20. Both petrol and diesel engines are available in four trims – Era, Magna, Sportz and Asta. There's an options pack for the Sportz trim for which you pay extra.

In terms of equipment, there's automatic headlamps, auto folding wing mirrors, rear parking sensors, rear view camera and auto climate control, among other features, on the higher-spec models.



Fiat Avventura

Fiat India launched the much- awaited compact crossover, Avventura at a starting price of Rs. 5.99 lakh for the base petrol model (Active variant), which goes all the way up to Rs. 8.17 lakh for the top end diesel model (Emotion variant).

Under the hood, the new Fiat Avventura gets the same two engine options which the Punto Evo is bolstered with. The petrol variants are powered by the 1.4 liter FIRE engine, which belts out 90PS of power and 115Nm of torque, while the diesel engine is the familiar 1.3 liter Multijet engine, which churns out 93PS of power and 209Nm of torque.

The diesel Avventura is available in three variants (Active, Dynamic and Emotion), the petrol Avventura can be fetched in only two variants (Active and Dynamic). The ARAI fuel efficiency claims are 14.4km/l for the petrol version and 20.5 km/l for the diesel version.


Maruti Suzuki Celerio

Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) launched 'Celerio' priced between Rs 3.9 lakh and Rs 4.96 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).

The manual transmission models are priced between Rs 3.9 lakh and Rs 4.96 lakh, while the auto gear shift variants are priced at Rs 4.29 lakh and Rs 4.59 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).

Celerio Auto Gear Shift variants will have the flexibility of both manual mode and auto drive mode in the same car, with a simple shift of gear lever.

Currently, an automatic transmission (AT) version of a car in the market is more expensive by up to Rs. 1.1 lakh than its manual transmission version. The Celerio will offer a fuel efficiency of 23.1 km per litre. The car comes with features like alloy-wheels and blue-tooth connectivity across variants. Celerio which sports 1 litre K-next engine,  would be available in seven colours.



Hyundai Xcent

Hyundai launched the Xcent, a sedan based on the Grand i10 platform at a starting price of Rs 4.66 lakh. Xcent is available  in both petrol and diesel variants and has been priced between Rs 4.66 lakh and Rs 7.38 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). While the petrol variant prices range from Rs 4.66 lakh to Rs 6.47 lakh, the diesel variant prices are from Rs 5.56 lakh to Rs 7.38 lakh.

The Xcent is available in two engine options - the 1.1 litre second generation U2 CRDi diesel and the 1.2 litre Kappa Dual VTVT petrol. While the diesel mill delivers 72PS@4000 rpm of power and peak torque at 18.4kgm@1750-2500, the petrol engine churns out 83PS@6000rpm of power and 11.6 kgm@4000 rpm of peak torque.

Hyundai says the diesel will give a mileage if 24.4 kmpl, the petrol is expected to deliver mileage of 19.1 kmpl (ARAI figure). The diesel comes with 5-speed manual transmission while the petrol gets 5-speed manual and a 4- speed automatic.



Tata Zest

Tata Motors launched its much anticipated sub-compact sedan -the Zest in India at a starting price of Rs. 4.64 lakh (ex-showroom).

Tata has offered the new car with two engine options: a 1.2-litre MPFi turbocharged Revotron petrol engine and a 1.3-litre multijet diesel units. While the diesel motor is the same that powers the Vista, the 1.2-litre Revotron is Tata's newly-developed turbocharged petrol engine. While the regular petrol and diesel variants of the car come mated to a 5-speed manual transmission, there is one AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) powered diesel variant as well.

The Zest gets new Tata signature grille with the new 'Humanity Line', which flows into the head-lamps. Other fascinating design elements are projector head-lamps with chrome accents, LED lamps at the rear and a new set of 15-inch alloy wheels.



Maruti Suzuki Ciaz

Maruti Suzuki India  (MSI) launched the mid-sized sedan Ciaz with an introductory price starting at Rs 6.99 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The petrol variants of the sedan are priced between Rs 6.99 lakh and Rs 9.34 lakh while the diesel variants are priced between Rs 8.04 lakh and Rs 9.8 lakh, respectively (ex-showroom Delhi).

Ciaz comes in petrol and diesel options, powered by 1.4 litre and 1.3 litre engines, respectively. The mid-sized sedan has been developed on a completely new platform.

In India, Ciaz competes with Honda City, priced between Rs 7.19 lakh and Rs 11.05 lakh and Hyundai Verna tagged between Rs 7.39 lakh and Rs 11.72 lakh, respectively (ex showroom Delhi).