Volkswagen Taigun will compete with Ford EcoSport and Mahindra Quanto: Sub 4 meter SUV’s in India

Yesterday, Volkswagen unveiled their all new mini SUV called Taigun at the 2012 Sao Paulo Motor Show in Brazil. At just 3.85 meters long, Taigun…

Yesterday, Volkswagen unveiled their all new mini SUV called Taigun at the 2012 Sao Paulo Motor Show in Brazil. At just 3.85 meters long, Taigun is expected to arrive in auto markets around the globe by 2014. Once launched in India, Volkswagen Taigun will compete directly with the Ford EcoSport, which arrives in India next year. EcoSport too is a sub 4 meter SUV and so is Mahindra Quanto which was launched last month in India and received record bookings of 5,000 in just 21 days.

Just like EcoSport, which is powered by Ford’s next gen 3 cylinder 1.0 liter EcoBoost engine, Volkswagen too will be powering the Taigun with their next gen 3 cylinder 1.0L engine which will also power their new cars like UP! GT. In the Taigun, the new Volkswagen engine will deliver 110 PS power and a peak torque of 175 Nm @ just 1500 rpm. According to Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Brand for Technical Development, comments: “The torque-strong three-cylinder is an ideal engine for such a compact SUV; it is a companion for driving through the urban environment that is as efficient as it is dynamic.”

Volkswagen Taigun mini SUV can attain a top speed of 186 kmph and can accelerate from 0-100 kmph in just 9.2 seconds. Volkswagen says Taigun will deliver a mileage of 22.22 kmpl approximately, thanks to its lightweight of just 985 kgs. VW Taigun tire size is at 205/50 R17 with 17 inch alloys.

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São Paulo International Motor Show: World premiere of the Volkswagen “Taigun” concept

Compact SUV comes with new 1.0-litre TSI

Wolfsburg/São Paulo, 22 October 2012 – At the 2012 São Paulo International Motor Show in Brazil, Volkswagen is presenting the concept of a newly developed SUV in compact format in a world premiere: the Taigun.

Technically, the Taigun resembles the very contemporary New Small Family by Volkswagen, which it would round out in an upward direction if it were to be produced. The concept’s exterior look follows the very concise and clear Volkswagen design DNA. This gives the Sport Utility Vehicle a sophisticated and powerful appearance. The Taigun is 3,859 mm long, 1,728 mm wide and 1,570 mm tall. Between the front and rear bumpers, the vehicle sports a wheelbase of 2,470 mm, which is large in relation to its exterior length. The results: short overhangs and appealing proportions.

The four-seat concept car is powered by a new 1.0-litre TSI engine with 81 kW / 110 PS. The Taigun engine extends the range of the three-cylinder petrol engines by adding direct fuel injection plus turbocharging technology, which opens a new chapter in downsizing strategy at Volkswagen. The engine delivers a high torque of 175 Nm at a low 1,500/min. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Brand for Technical Development, comments: “The torque-strong three-cylinder is an ideal engine for such a compact SUV; it is a companion for driving through the urban environment that is as efficient as it is dynamic.” The lightweight concept car, weighing 985 kg, has a top speed of 186 km/h and accelerates to 100 km/h in 9.2 seconds; its combined fuel consumption is about four and one-half litres of fuel per 100 km.

The Taigun, which is equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels and size 205/50 R17 tyres, is also adept at handling offroad terrain thanks to its high engine torque and high ground clearance. Also providing a plus in active safety is the ESC electronic stabilisation programme.

The styling of the concept car, which is painted in “Seaside Blue”, lives up to its sophisticated technological concept. The Taigun has an exterior look that is independent, confident and very logical and clean. In a side view, the flared wings catch the eye; their powerful form is smoothly integrated into the side section and extends into the doors.

The front and rear sections of the concept car are visually joined by a precisely sculpted character line beneath the side windows; at the rear, this line transitions into the C-pillars.

In the lower body area, the rugged side trim panels are appealing; they cover the side sills, wheel arches and lower sections of the bumpers. The vehicle’s short overhangs are advantageous both visually and for space utilisation; in front the overhang is just 708 mm, and at the rear 681 mm. Last but not least, practical roof rails with integrated LED spotlights upgrade the vehicle’s look in side profile.

Like the Volkswagen Tiguan and Touareg SUVs, the Taigun also exhibits lines that are dominated by horizontal design elements in front. A metal underbody protection panel was designed into the bumper. This was also done at the rear bumper. Overall, horizontal lines also define the styling at the rear section. The tailgate of the concept is designed in two-part construction. The upper section that extends down to the lower edge of the rear lights swings upward, while the lower section (1/3) extending to the underbody protection swings downwards towards the road.

As on the exterior, the designers developed a look for the interior that reflects, in its clarity, the spirit of the times in our urban world. Those with an affinity for the latest smart phones or tablet computers will also like the interior design, the feel of its surfaces and the layout of controls in the Taigun. The SUV is also a prime example of optimal space utilisation. The tailgate encloses a 280 litre bootspace; when the rear bench seat is folded down, cargo capacity increases to 987 litres.

The operation of all interior functional elements is intuitive. Furthermore, the clean design, many storage surfaces and exceptionally good space conditions generate a very positive spacious feeling. Meanwhile, the youthful colour and material combinations highlight the offroad character of the Taigun. Similarly, the concept development team designed individual solutions for user controls in the SUV as well. They include dials in the air nozzles on the dashboard – which for the first time can be used to control the temperature and blower speed and read their settings.

Mahindra takes a ‘Quanto’ leap – unveils its first compact SUV

Technology & Feature packed Quanto priced from Rs. 5.82 lac to Rs 7.36 lac (Ex showroom Thane)

September 20, 2012, Mumbai: Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (M&M), a part of the US $ 15.4 billion Mahindra Group, today unveiled the eagerly awaited all new compact and versatile SUV QUANTO in Mumbai. Designed and developed in-house by Mahindra on the robust, proven and highly successful Ingenio platform, the Quanto is a direct outcome of customer insights pointing to the need for a compact and affordable SUV.

The Quanto will be available nationally at Mahindra dealerships, with four distinct and attractive variants – C2, C4, C6 & C8. The Quanto price range starts from Rs. 5.82 lac (ex-showroom Thane) for the base C2 model, to Rs. 7.36 lac (ex showroom Thane) for the fully loaded top end C8 model. All the Quanto variants are powered by a 1.5 litre mCR100 diesel engine giving a category best output of 100bhp & a massive 240nm of torque. The mCR100 engine has India’s first twin stage turbo technology for maximum power and excellent torque delivery.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Pawan Goenka, President, Automotive & Farm Equipment Sectors, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. said, “The launch of Quanto, our first compact SUV, is another defining moment in our automotive journey. For the Mahindra Group, the Quanto represents yet another example of our alternative thinking approach. It has been developed keeping in mind the evolving needs of our customers. I am confident that the Quanto will create a new category within the SUV segment while offering a unique value proposition to our customers”.

Pravin Shah, Chief Executive, Automotive Division, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. while speaking at the launch stated, “The Quanto offers aspirational and distinctive SUV styling, superior technology, space and convenience, along with best in class features, all of which make it attractive to the younger buyer who leads an active lifestyle. Its compact size and versatility, at an affordable price, makes this product very unique and innovative”.

Rajan Wadhera, Chief Executive, Technology Product Development & Sourcing, Automotive & Farm Equipment Sectors, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. mentioned, “The Quanto is powered by a state of the art 1.5 litre mCR100 CRDe engine. This 1.5 litre engine is fitted with a twin stage turbo, the first of its kind in India. With Mahindra’s revolutionary micro hybrid technology, the Quanto boasts of an impressive mileage of 17.2 KMPL (ARAI certified value)”.

Quanto – The versatile and compact SUV

Quanto with a sub 4m length and a tight turning radius of 5.4m has the compactness and convenience of a city car, innovatively packaged with 5+2 seats. The class leading power of 100 bhp and 180mm ground clearance give it the power and ruggedness of a typical Mahindra SUV. It is a perfect blend of smart city run about and capable weekend SUV.

Class leading performance

This sporty compact SUV is powered by a state-of-the-art 1.5 litre mCR100 engine, which is the newest Common Rail Diesel engine in Mahindra’s SUV portfolio. The mCR100 engine delivers a power-packed 100 bhp and torque of 240 Nm. The 1.5 litre engine is fitted with a twin stage turbo – India’s first, which delivers maximum power & excellent torque. Mahindra Quanto’s 1.5 litre mCR100 engine is in line with global trends. The Quanto also boasts Mahindra’s revolutionary micro hybrid technology which has further enhanced its mileage, which is certified by ARAI at a class leading 17.2 kmpl.

A perfect blend of elegance and distinctive appeal

The Quanto leaves you in no doubt about its tough and powerful SUV lineage. Starting with its imposing and robust front fascia, along with the macho and rugged design, the Quanto perfectly embodies the aggressive stance of a SUV. The chunky alloy wheels, stylish rear stepney and sporty roof rails add to this SUV’s stature and character. All this makes the Quanto a real head turner on the road.

To complete the picture, the Quanto is available in 4 exciting variants and 6 elegant colours to suit a variety of tastes. These include Fiery Black, Mist Silver, Toreador Red, Java Brown, Diamond White and Rocky Beige.

It comes with a two tone granite themed dashboard giving the interiors a premium feel and a touch of elegance.

Spacious enough to swallow a hatchback

The all new Mahindra Quanto offers its customers plenty of space and flexibility, as it is the only sub 4m SUV in India with a 5+2 seating arrangement. This places the vehicle in all together different league, while the folding third row increases luggage carrying capacity when needed. Other thoughtful features include foldable snack trays and individual arm rests for the driver and co-passenger. The Quanto also has plenty of utility spaces, including 5 bottle holders, magazine pockets and under-seat storage.

Technology par excellence

Quanto comes packed with state of the art technology and features. These include the Digital Drive Assist System (DDAS), Intellipark Reverse Assist, 2 DIN music system with CD, MP3, USB & Aux in, state of art 5MT320 transmission and Micro Hybrid technology.

Rock solid safety

Few vehicles are as safe as the Quanto, which offer dual air bags, ABS with EBD, an engine immobilizer, fog lamps and a high speed warning system.

The high seating position and better overall visibility (due to the large glass area) gives the driver confidence ensuring safer driving. The robust and sturdy design also makes the Quanto a much safer vehicle for all its occupants.

Mahindra with you Hamesha

Quanto offers reassuring service support backed by Mahindra’s extensive service set up, warranty of 2 years/ 50,000km and free 24×7 road side assistance for one year. Coupled with competitively priced parts this ensures a hassle free ownership experience.

About The Mahindra Group

The Mahindra Group focuses on enabling people to rise. Mahindra operates in the key industries that drive economic growth, enjoying a leadership position in tractors, utility vehicles, information technology and vacation ownership. Mahindra has a presence in the automotive industry, agribusiness, aerospace, components, consulting services, defence, energy, financial services, industrial equipment, logistics, real estate, retail, steel and two wheelers.

A USD 15.4 billion multinational group based in Mumbai, India, Mahindra employs more than 144,000 people in over 100 countries. In 2011, Mahindra featured on the Forbes Global 2000 list, a listing of the biggest and most powerful listed companies in the world. Dun & Bradstreet also ranked Mahindra at No. 1 in the automobile sector in its list of India’s Top 500 Companies. In 2010, Mahindra featured in the Credit Suisse Great Brands of Tomorrow. In 2011, Mahindra acquired a majority stake in Korea’s SsangYong Motor Company.

Ford Previews All-New EcoSport at New Delhi Auto Expo As New Product Momentum in Asia Continues to Build

Wed, Jan 4, 2012

  • Ford’s global product family grows with a new compact SUV, Ford EcoSport
  • New EcoSport will arrive with the most advanced level of design, quality and sustainability in its class to attract new generations of consumers
  • Unveiled by Ford Motor Company President and CEO Alan Mulally, the global compact SUV is the second of eight new vehicles that Ford plans to bring to India by mid-decade
  • The vehicle will expand Ford’s presence in Brazil, India, ASEAN markets and others to be announced at a later time, with world-class technology and quality, sharing the new B-class platform which is expected to sell more than 2 million units by mid-decade

Expanding its relentless push into the heart of Asia’s car market, Ford introduces the all-new Ford EcoSport at Auto Expo 2012 this week. The new compact SUV will further augment Ford’s offering in India, as well as in many other markets across the globe.

Modern and innovative, the all-new Ford EcoSport was designed to combine best-in-class design, technology, quality and safety aimed at attracting a new generation of consumers in different global markets.

Created as the latest One Ford global product, the EcoSport will be a key model in expanding Ford’s presence in major worldwide growth markets, including India, Brazil and the ASEAN markets. It has been developed in South America at one of Ford’s eight global product development centers in conjunction with teams from Asia, Europe and North America to meet the needs of markets across the globe.

“The all-new Ford EcoSport reflects our commitment to serve our customers with the cars and trucks they truly want and value,” said Alan Mulally, president and CEO, Ford Motor Company. “Our engineering team used their years of EcoSport experience to make every aspect of the next-generation EcoSport even stronger.”

The all-new Ford EcoSport exemplifies the DNA of Ford global vehicles and its versatility broadens the horizons of mobility and use. Its genuine SUV confidence starts in the stability of the chassis, reinforced by the body’s robust build, high torsional stiffness and high levels of protection for its occupants. Yet, its innovative design reduces the weight and ensures good fuel efficiency.

Contemporary new EcoSport shape

The all-new EcoSport’s contemporary shape conveys confidence while combining refinement and an adventurous spirit in an intelligent and modern package. It sports key SUV cues such as the confident stance, command driving position and signature spare wheel mounted on a swinggate at the rear of the vehicle.

The EcoSport’s hardy character and strong stance give it the appearance of a larger vehicle, while retaining the agility and practicality of a compact car. It features high ground clearance and integrated lower body cladding for robustness.

The back of the vehicle is marked by a large rear window which wraps around to the sides and oblique shaped taillights. This characteristic defines the striking personality of the EcoSport family: a sporty and casual car, for consumers who want to stand out and who want more from life, but in an intelligent and sustainable way.

New global products for growth markets

Previewing the vehicle design first at the 11th Annual Auto Expo in New Delhi gives Ford the opportunity to introduce EcoSport to consumers in one of the world’s biggest automotive growth markets ahead of its future global rollouts.

The new EcoSport was developed on Ford’s new global B-segment platform, which will be the basis for an array of new small-car products from Ford in the coming years. By mid-decade, the new Ford B-platform family of vehicles will represent more than 2 million units of annual production as compact cars continue to drive global growth.

The EcoSport has been a market phenomenon since it was launched in South America in 2003 as the region’s first affordable SUV, selling 700,000 vehicles in nine years. It created a new segment and popularized features that many consumers had wanted.

The EcoSport will be produced at ultra-modern, flexible assembly plants in Brazil, India, and other markets to be announced at a later time. The EcoSport as a global vehicle is an example of the technical ability of Ford’s global engineering and high level of integration of the design and engineering centres around the world.

The project was led by Ford’s Development Center in Camaçari, Brazil, one of the most specialized in the development of compact cars. The team leveraged Ford engineering strength and SUV expertise from around the world to create the all-new EcoSport.

“The new EcoSport is a significant milestone for our global product development process,” said Derrick Kuzak, group vice president, Global Product Development. “It proves that great smallcar models for growth markets can be created in growth markets, using One Ford to leverage our global design and engineering expertise.”

EcoSport’s development was shaped by market research in all of the regions where it will be sold. This helped create a unique vehicle, focused on the needs and desires of consumers. It will eventually be sold in nearly 100 markets worldwide.

Fuelling expansion in Asia and beyond

The all-new EcoSport is a significant linchpin in Ford’s aggressive global plan to achieve its goal of increasing worldwide sales by nearly 50 percent by mid-decade to 8 million vehicles a year. Of that figure, 60 to 70 percent is expected to come from the Asia Pacific and Africa region.

“We’ve promised to bring more than 50 new vehicles and powertrains to Asia Pacific and Africa by mid-decade and the all-new EcoSport continues to deliver on that pledge,” said Joe Hinrichs, president, Ford Asia Pacific and Africa. “Endowed with traits that customers in markets like India will want and value, this exciting compact SUV will define a new segment in the small car market.”

The EcoSport is the second of eight products slated to be launched in India by mid-decade and will bring about further momentum in a business transformation that was kick started by the Ford Figo and strengthened by the new Ford Fiesta sedan. Ford India’s shift from niche automaker to volume player is supported by several new investments in the country.

Ford recently broke ground in Sanand, Gujarat as part of an investment of approximately USD 1 billion to build new vehicle manufacturing and engine plants. Ford also announced earlier an investment of USD 72 million by this year (2012) to expand its already operating powertrain facility in Chennai. Ford’s total investment in India to date is approximately USD 2 billion.

The new EcoSport will be produced in the integrated Chennai manufacturing facility which has been transformed with an annual production capacity of 200,000 units and is now positioned as a Ford regional centre of excellence for compact-car engineering and production. Ford EcoSport models will be also produced at the plant for export to international markets.

“Following the success of the game-changing Ford Figo and ‘tech-tastic’ Fiesta sedan, the allnew Ford EcoSport will certainly broaden our showroom offering in India, keeping in step with the aspirations of our customers,” said Michael Boneham, president and managing director, Ford India. “With its tremendous value story, we’re confident this compact SUV will greatly bolster our presence in the competitive Indian market.”

Strengths Under EcoSport’s New Shape

Designed to offer balanced performance on paved roads as well as off-road terrain, the all-new Ford EcoSport is ideal for the urban consumer who wants the versatility to escape the city.

Developed to world-class product standards via the Ford global product development system, the next-generation model delivers on key traits customers all around the world demand:

Smart – New technology and features from Ford will be central to the all-new Ford EcoSport ownership experience. It will offer innovative equipment normally not found in this class of vehicle.

Green – Fuel efficiency was a key factor in the development process, as Ford targets the EcoSport to deliver leading fuel economy in its segment.

Safe – The all-new Ford EcoSport has been engineered to meet the most demanding safety standards in the various markets where it will be sold. Its weight-optimized, highly resistant body, developed with advanced software and design tools, combines zones aimed to absorb the forces of impact with an extremely rigid cell to protect its occupants.

Quality – The all-new Ford EcoSport will deliver impressive levels of quality and craftsmanship, reflecting its new world-class design and engineering story, and has endured rigorous developmental testing around the globe. Low maintenance costs and great durability were also key objectives in the development process.

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