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Top Stories in Indian Automobile Sector this week

This week, BMW India said that the luxury car maker will be aggressive about Indian market and will bring out coupe version of 6 series. The company has also planned to launch BMW 3 series convertible by the end of this year in India.

BMW has been doing pretty well in India and owns mor than 40% market share in premium car segment. The company president Andreas Schaaf is confident that they will be able to sell over 10k cars this year. The company has already sold 5364 cars till July. With the new model launch and better marketing efforts, the company can reach around 50% market share in India.

BMW X3 launch was delayed in India due to technical reasons. The car has been recenly launched with starting range of Rs 42 lakh.

To compete with market leader BMW, Audi has reduced the price of 2.0 litre TDI engine Q5 price to 35 lakh. Audi has been trying hard to increase its market share in India. As other markets in Eurozone and US still face lower sales, the premium car segment has been growing in India.

BMW has also raised its Chennai plant capacity to meet rising demand in Indian market. The company has capacity of making 11k SUVs and cars at present.

Another car maker betting high on the Indian market is Renault Nissan. The company informed that its Chennai facility has reached 100k petrol engine milestone. The plant started petrol engine manufacturing May 2010.

The Chennai facility manufactures Renault Fluence and Micra at present and plans to shortly start Renault Koleos and Nissan Sunny. Companies are expecting mid size car markets to have better growth in coming quarters.

Volkswagen was not able to impress the Indian consumer with its Jetta. However, the company is trying hard to bring back customer interest with an updated version launch. The Jetta comes with diesel engine and offers better performance.

Jetta Trendline is priced at Rs 13.8 lakh while Jetta Highline DSG comes with a price tag of Rs 17.47 lakhs. Time will tell if Indian consumers will buy the car which offers good performance but seems expensive at current price tag. There are many other options in this price range and some cars which offer better value for money.

Hindustan Motors-Mitsubishi has launched limited edition Mitsubishi Outlander Chrome with a price tag of Rs 20.5 lakh. The car comes with side skirts, upgraded interiors, LED floor illumination lamps and many other features which add class. There are many more options for SUV lovers in India now.

Renault-Nissan may form a tie-up with Ashok Leyland

Renault-Nissan has hinted that it may go in for a partnership with the Indian firm, Ashok Leyland.

Both the companies are already engaged in talks with the management of Ashok Leyland for the purpose of this agreement.

The companies have anticipated that such a partnership will help both the parties to produce and sell an all new passenger car.

Renault-Nissan has targeted to position the product in between its ultra-low-cost car project and the V-platform car, ‘Micra.’

However, both the companies haven’t confirmed the alliance but it is expected that soon they may end up with an-almost-certain partnership deal.

The Chairman of Renault-Nissan, Carlos Ghosn has informed that his company is all set to work with Ashok Leyland to produce some common projects. He has also denied that there will be no tie-ups between Renault-Nissan and Bajaj.

Ghosn made these statements during the launch of Renault-Nissan’s first ever green-field car plant in Chennai.

According to Ghosn, the new project, that both the companies are looking forward to, will be designed for the Indian market as well as some of the emerging markets across the globe.