OnCars India Buzz: 03 May 2013

- Inspired by the performance computer maker Alienware, Mr Shane Baxley - an Art Center College of Design graduate and a contract designer in Los Angeles  came up with a radical and quirky looking concept car. Based on the high performance gaming/processing Alienware laptops and desktops PCs, Shane got overwhelmed by the idea of an Alienware future race car and started envisioning and contouring the idea on the drawing board since last year.


- After launching the facelifted Ertiga in Indonesia earlier during the year, Suzuki has now reportedly introduced the automatic version of the popular MPV. According to the sources, the Ertiga automatic is available in the Indonesian market with on-road prices ranging between 173.8 million Indonesia Rupiah (around Rs 9.6 lakh) and 185.8 million Indonesian Rupiah (around Rs 10.26 lakh).


- Furthermore, the 2013 Suzuki Splash, which is known in the Indian market as the facelifted Maruti Suzuki Ritz has also been launched in the Indonesian market with an option of an automatic transmission. The new AT variant will retail at a starting price of 151 million Indonesian Rupiah (Rs 8.5 lakh approximately).


- According to new reports coming out of the country today regarding the Ford EcoSport, we hear that the urban compact crossover will be offered in a total 4 trim levels - Ambiente, Trend, Titanium and Titanium Optional. Click here to get more details of the upcoming Ford EcoSport. 


- Nissan has once again upped the ante in the high-tech supercar wars. With the 2014 GT-R Track Edition, Nissan says that its new model “is designed to take the legendary street supercar even closer to a pure motorsports competition machine”. The GT-R Track Edition is now on sale in the US market. Only 150 units will be built for the US market and with each costing $115,710 (about Rs 62.3 lakh in Indian rupee), the GT-R Track Edition is both rare and a fair bit expensive. 


- The government of India today has extended the date of completion for the country's major automotive and research project, costing about Rs 2,300 crore to the end of next year. The National Automotive Testing and R&D Infrastructure Project (NATRiP) is a flagship plan of the Department of Heavy Industry and is one of the largest and the most significant initiatives in the sector so far. 


- Dr Stefan David Schlipf has been appointed as managing director and chief executive officer of BMW Financial Services India. Prior to joining BMW Financial Services India, Dr Schlipf worked as the managing director of new markets and co-operation management, BMW Financial Services and was based out of Munich. 


- In a surprising announcement this morning, Economic Times has revealed that Neeraj Garg, Vice President, commercial and passenger car unit of Tata Motors, has resigned from the company. Mr. Garg has called it quits after serving as the Vice President for just seven months.


Tata Group Innovation Forum (TGIF) announced the winners of the Tata Innovista 2013, at an awards ceremony held in Mumbai, today. Tata Innovista is a group-wide programme held annually to encourage, recognise and showcase outstanding innovations done by Tata companies across the globe.


- The talented young racer and the reigning Formula Pilota Asia Champion, Parth Ghorpade will be testing a Formula 3 car at the Ferrari Driving Academy at Fiorano in Italy on May 7, 2013, becoming the first Indian to make his foray into the Prancing Horse's abode. 


After making its appearance online in the form of numerous test mules, Porsche 911 Turbo finally sees the light of the day! German carmaker Porsche has revealed the 2014 911 Turbo and the 911 Turbo S models. 


- We always knew that the Honda Amaze would turn out to be the company's golden-egg-laying chicken in the Indian market. And ever since its launch in the country, the numbers have been raking up for the Amaze sedan. This time around we hear that the entry-level sedan has registered over 22,000 bookings in just three weeks time and we reckon the figures are just going to sky rocket in the coming weeks.


McLaren has managed to sell an impressive 250 units of the P1 supercar, out of the total 375 example, which will be produced. Two thirds of the McLaren P1 have found new owners just a couple of months after the impressive hybrid supercar was launched at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. 


- Audi AG is planing to introduce a new flagship model, over the following year, which will be tagged as the A9. The new model will sit above the current A8 and will debut in the international market by 2015. 


- Honda is planning to build a transmission plant in Mexico, for which the company will infuse an investment of 470 U.S dollars. The new plant will be opened in the second half of 2015 and will roll out 700,000 continuously variable transmission annually. 


- The production of the first generation Range Rover Sport has been recently stopped in order to make room for the brand new 2014 model year. The first genii model has been on the assembly line since 2005 and the model was based on the T5 platform. According to the British marquee, more than 400,000 units of the original Range Rover Sport have been sold across the world. 


- Nissan unveiled the new facelifted version of the Micra hatchback in Thailand back in March 2013. And in an OnCars exclusive, we reported that the model shown in the Thai market will not be the same to debut in the India. Now, the Japanese automaker have announced that the facelifted version of the Micra for the U.K market will debut sometime next week. And we reckon, this will be the same model that will be seen in the Indian showrooms as well, given that the Micra built in the Indian market is exported to the U.K.


- Mercedes Benz has announced a recall for its B-Class Sports Tourer in Germany because of a problem with its rear seat, which can fold in an event of a crash. A total of 2,524 units of the B-Class have been affected by the aforementioned recall.