Maruti Ciaz needs to watch out for new Volkswagen Vento, Skoda Rapid

This week, two European carmakers, Volkswagen and Skoda, refurbished their sedans…

This week, two European carmakers?Volkswagen and group company Skoda?refurbished their sedans. Honda City, Hyundai Verna and the upcoming Maruti Ciaz need to watch out…

The new Skoda Rapid

Skoda, the Czech automaker, launched the new Rapid at a starting price of Rs 7.22 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi. While Skoda has not changed the design of the car, the sedan gets

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a new engine and an automatic gearbox?the 1.5-litre TDI diesel engine mated to the 7-speed DSG gearbox. The petrol model is unchanged and features the old 1.6-litre 104 bhp engine. This time around, Skoda has introduced an accessory pack called the Black Package. The top-end DSG model will cost you Rs 10.97 lakh.

The new Volkswagen Vento

Volkswagen?s new Vento gets a range of four-cylinder engines?1.6 MPI, 1.2 TSI and 1.5 TDI. The 1.5 TDI gets the 7-Speed DSG transmission. The fuel economy figure for this engine is 21.21 kmpl. There are other changes too, such as dual front airbags on all variants, redesigned alloy wheels and more powerful dual-beam headlamps. Priced from Rs 7.44 lakh to Rs 10.49 lakh, ex-showroom, Mumbai.

Honda City

The current favourite, it has claimed 50% share in the segment. Priced from Rs 7.19 lakh (petrol) and Rs 8.37 lakh (diesel)

Hyundai Verna

Was the leader until Honda came out with the new City last year. Priced from Rs 7.39 lakh (petrol) and Rs 8.56 lakh (diesel)

Maruti Ciaz

To be launched next month, we expect Maruti to price the Ciaz from Rs 7 lakh onwards.

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First published on: 27-09-2014 at 11:24 IST