Coming back to post on your blog after a long break feels somewhat like driving your car for the the first time after a long holiday. Starts are iffy, it takes a while to stay on a straight line and you sometimes get into the whole thing with absolutely no idea of where you're headed. So, in the blogging equivalent of driving your down a quiet, uncrowded street just so you can 'get the feel back', here are some quick and easies:
- The Toyota Innova is out. Base models of the petrol and diesel were launched today with the promise of even better things to come. Toyota has, quite clearly thrown the gauntlet to General Motors' Tavera and Mahindra's Scorpio.
- Mahindra & Mahindra and Renault have finally inked the deal to produce the 'low-cost' sedan, the Logan in India. The car will hit the roads in late 2006 or early to mid-2007.
- Hyundai's price hikes on the Euro III versions of the Santro (up by Rs. 6000) and the Accent (up by Rs. 9000) will come into effect this week.
- This could be the year of the Swift, the Innova, the Spark, the new Lancer, the Honda Civic, the Ford Focus, the Fabia, the Logan and lots, lots more.
- The D and E segments of the Indian car market have been recording some scorching growth over the past 9 months, thanks to some innovatively designed (and named) finance schemes.
- Fiat insists that India is an important market for them and that their all-but-dead Indian operations will get the attention they so badly deserve.
- Overdrive does the Honda City VTEC. And has me sufficiently impressed. (Heck, any car that warrants a comparison to 'Naughty Girl' Knowles is alright by my book!)
- And finally, here's how you buy a used Maruti Baleno.