Mahindra First Choice Wheels is expanding its big enterprise into a bigger unit

The used car market in India is just expanding like never before, it is now equally prestigious to opt for a second hand car. Many years ago, the phrase second hand car was unheard of, now there are tons of such firms. Mahindra First Choice Wheels Limited is among the esteemed of the lot.

2013 Mahindra First Choice Wheels to build

Mahindra First Choice Wheels have a vast dealership network of 368 units, and it is keen to achieve massive capacity of 500 in the near future. Consumers will have loads and loads of vehicles to choose from in the years to come. The company’s outlets stretches to 210 cities, Mahindra First Choice Wheels has recently opened its first authorised outlet in Tirupur surrounding a vast acreage area of 4,000 sq feet. In the state of Tamil Nadu itself there are 22 outlets, the establishment of new dealerships that will touch the 500 mark will increase the convenience factor for customers who can access dealerships, shops and so on.

The production capacity of second hand car market is massive, it is true, and every month about 400 vehicles are released. The company is keen to increase the potential value of the segment. The auto market in India was constrained for the past two years when the effect of recession was harsher than ever before. Customer buying power and sentiment dipped, auto companies did not meet the desired profit market. The figures just dwindled from the corresponding period, it is only in the month of May that some signs of revival were witnessed and the trend spilt over to June.

During the troubled times, the used car market seems an attractive option to push sales. Second hand cars have the same level of sheen as new ones, and the vehicles are sold at probably the same or lesser rates than new cars. The dependence factor with cars has increased, mainly because of new attractive employment opportunities and salary packages. Some of the industries are situated far away from regular city areas, owning a car comes as a great source of convenience.

The establishment of many units of Mahindra First Choice Wheels is a boon; consumers will have the liberty to barge into a second hand car unit as easily as a new vehicle dealership outlet. Cars today are viewed as something that is stylish and dependable at the same time.

For those who are keen to buy a second hand vehicle from Mahindra First Choice Wheels, it is a great place to head to. The company conducts rigorous fifty point checks for all its vehicles. Consumers can avail free drop and pick up within 5km radius. There is an excellent Super Service Combo order to look forward to with 31% discount. The benefits are tire rotation, wheel balancing, wheel alignment and paid service labour. On the website there is an Ask Now option, just hit the button and a page will pop up where you can post your query and get immediate answers.

The Mahindra S101 test prototype model gets spied once again

The upcoming highly awaited Mahindra S101 compact SUV has been already spied a number of times before, with the more recent ones revealing some of its interior features. The S101 has again been caught by the spy shutterbugs and this time around, the spy pictures reveal some more interesting bits of details on the upcoming vehicle.

Mahindra S101 spy pic caught

Mahindra S101 spy pic caught

On several occasions, it has been observed that the Mahindra S101 test mules are testing along with dummy headlamps. The dummy headlights are often simply bolted on and look scruffy. However in the recent spy pictures, one can notice the S101 is testing with an unusual bob that is perched much higher above where the vehicle’s headlamps should actually be.

An experienced eye can figure out that the Mahindra S101’s test prototype model looks as if it has been inspired by the Range Rover Evoque. The test mule’s headlight assembly seems to be strangely similar to the upswept, slim and tapering headlight enclosures of the Evoque. Are the Mahindra’s designers actually thinking to create something drawing inspiration from the Evoque? Moreover, even when the S101 always gets spotted with full heavy camouflaged, it does appear that the compact vehicle’s overall profile somehow bears some sort of similarity to the Range Rover Evoque. For instance, the vehicle’s slopping roofline and the prominent window line that rises up a bit upwards all seem to be similar to that of the Evoque.

However, while the front and the side profiles of the upcoming Mahindra S101 seem to be really stylish and premium, the vehicle’s rear profile looks like it has been worked on in a real jiffy. The rather chubby and non proportionate rear part seems to be a misfit with the rest of the car. While the front end of Mahindra S101’s test mule from even under the heavy veils appears to be very aggressive and menacing, the rear end seems to be pretty boring and bulky. Moreover, the tail lights also seem to be equally boring and do nothing to salvage the rear styling. Will the Mahindra’s engineers continue with this rear design or will it get fine tuned further? This remains a big question still now.

Even though the much talked about Mahindra S101 compact SUV has been getting constantly spied for quite a long time now, the vehicle never revealed any definite design language. However, recently it seems to be getting closer to the final production ready model. We surely hope that Mahindra certainly does a better job at the rear side of the S101, as it is the expected primary upcoming rival of the very successful and stylish Ford EcoSport.

Mahindra is hoped to roll out an aggressively styled monocoque compact SUV. The rumor mills are spinning about saying that the Mahindra S101 might be christened as the XUV300, thus it will be a placed under the larger XUV500. The Mahindra S101 is speculated to be powered by a newly developed 1.2 liter petrol mill as well as diesel engine.

The all-new 2016 Mahindra Bolero gets spotted again

The Indian utility space ruler, the Mahindra Bolero’s next-gen version is testing at full swing, implying that the vehicle could launch in India sooner than what was though earlier. The all new Bolero was earlier expected to launch sometime in the year 2016. However, now given the high frequency of the vehicle’s test on the roads, it is though that the 2016 Bolero could launch in India by the end of next year.

mahindra bolero special edition

Mahindra Bolero Special Edition

The new Bolero is codenamed as the project U301 and would be launching this time around in two length versions, namely the regular full-sized body length and a new sub 4 meter version. Recently, the smaller sub 4 meter version of the Bolero has been getting spotted several times. Mahindra is working on a sub-4 meter compact version of the popular Bolero in order to tap the very lucrative segment of the compact utility vehicles, and also to avail the excise duty benefits that the Indian government offers for the sub-4 meter vehicles.

The most recent spy shots of the all new 2016 Bolero point out that the next-gen model of the MUV will be following Mahindra’s patent front face styling with a toothy grille. The spare wheel of the vehicle will also continue to be mounted on its tail gate as usual. The new Mahindra Bolero compact MUV is tall and wide and should also have great street presence when compared against the other compact vehicles such as hatchbacks as well compact sedans.

The under 4 meter baby Bolero will be aiming to lure in the personal car consumers as a lifestyle utility vehicle that will be a better choice for those who wish to upgrade to a larger vehicles from the hatchback as well as compact sedans. On the other hand, the U301 Bolero which is a full sized version will have a longer than 4 meters body style and will continue to attract the current Bolero lovers, including the taxi and tour operators.

It is being speculated that the compact Bolero may borrow the Quanto’s engine that is a 1.5 liter 3 cylinder diesel engine with twin turbochargers. This compact engine on the U301 Bolero compact will also help mark the MUV totally classified as a compact vehicle and enable its tax benefits.

The all new Bolero will be using a hydroformed strengthened body chassis which will make it lighter and more performance oriented. Moreover, the excise duty benefits will enable Mahindra to price the U301 Bolero very aggressively making it a more attractive choice for the Indian utility vehicle buyers.

The Mahindra Bolero has been an iconic vehicle for the Indian utility vehicle leader. The Bolero has been present in the Indian market for around 14 years and it remains to be the top selling utility vehicle in the country with its all time popularity intact. The all new Mahindra Bolero with its new design and features updates is expected to take the vehicle’s popularity to a new high.

Get ready to jump into Scorpio facelift in the fun filled festive season

Mahindra is all geared to launch its classic new Scorpio facelift, the due arrival date is the fun-filled festive season. So much is written about the car; car enthusiasts have tracked every stage of its development from completely disguised to guised state.

2014 mahindra scorpio

2014 mahindra scorpio

The public is obsessed with Scorpio; Mahindra has not meddled with the car too much. The forthcoming car is the first modification project since 2009, Scorpio is a rugged vehicle and it continues to stand out in a crowd amidst an array of plush SUV’s. Mahindra has filled the upcoming Scorpio with a new surprise package. The exteriors are different with heavy cosmetic modification seen in bonnet scoop, bumper, front grille, head lights and front fascia. Nothing has really changed on the side, there are surprised to look into, inscribed on the rear and alloy wheels. The back portion has restructured LED type of tail lights.

The interiors too are a modern leap from the past, with revamped instrument cluster, steering wheel and dashboard. Mahindra has not changed the engine power. The forthcoming Scorpio facelift will continue to run on the same mHawk 2.2 liter engine that generates peak efficiencies of 290Nm and 120 hp. The power train is attached to five speed manual transmission gearbox and the company might use a six speed transmission operating system.

The past two years or so has not been fruitful for the Indian auto market; the country faced the helm of recession. There were very few buyers for cars, the obvious practical choice was to save lump some money caused by undesirable triggers like increase in commodity and fuel prices. Like other segments the competition levels in SUV segment rose to new heights. The strong recent contenders are Renault Duster, Ford EcoSport, Volkswagen Taigun and Nissan Terrano.

Mahindra is all set to fight the fierce battle with current and forthcoming SUV’s. There are tons of reviews on the new Scorpio facelift, car buffs were amazed with the car since early testing stages. It just has something new to offer, more excitement is concentrated on the interiors. It is a modern take of the past inspired by the grandeur of XUV500.

Driving the Scorpio is a fun experience; it offers a different kind of thrill, perfect to head on an amazing off-road vacation. There is so much more tucked into the new car, and imagine the fun of driving the modernized Scorpio facelift inside dark terrains. Mahindra has chosen the best period to launch the car, the festive season.

The festive season is the start of a new beginning, the same is tucked into 2014 Scorpio facelift. Even after twelve years of glory Scorpio is still a dormant factor in auto market. Its profit status is higher than recent best seller Renault Duster.

It will be interesting to view the competition level of Scorpio facelift in the years to come. There are also other new Mahindra cars to consider which are S101 and 2016 Bolero. The company recently confirmed of its plan to launch a product every year till 2019. Ardent Mahindra buffs have a lot to look forward to in the future.

New facelift Mahindra Scorpio spied with new smocked projector headlight clusters

The new refreshed 2014 Mahindra Scorpio is one of the highly awaited vehicle launches this year. As its market launch nears, the facelift Scorpio is getting spied more often as it embarks on a vigorous testing session. The new 2014 Mahindra Scorpio SUV is also one of the most spied vehicles in India at present, as innumerable sets of spy pictures have been flooding on the internet every now and then. So far, it is confirmed that the new refreshed Scorpio is going to come with a comprehensive design makeover, a new front face as well as some mechanical tweaks.

Mahindra Scorpio Facelift 001

Mahindra Scorpio Facelift 2015

The upcoming Mahindra Scorpio facelift has by caught by the spy shutterbugs again, this time around catching its dark headlight clusters. The smocked headlights also have been caught projector headlamps. The shape and styling of the new headlights are also very contemporary and edgy and its tinted finish adds to the appeal. The refreshed version of the iconic Indian SUV has also been spied sporting dual barrel headlamps which comprises of one projector and one halogen unit. The headlights also come with integrated turn indicators at the bottom. However, the test prototype model did not show off any LED daytime running lights which were expected to come in the package.

The totally reworked front fascia of the 2014 refreshed Scorpio is said to have drawn inspiration from the larger XUV500 premium SUV. The new facelift Scorpio’s rear design has been also improved with a mild redesign that includes revised rear bumper, and new LED lamps from the tail lights, while the arrangement remains the same.

On the inside also, the Mahindra Scorpio facelift is going to come with a new dashboard design, new upholstery and some added features along with a large infotainment screen and A.C vents in new shape. The new refreshed version of the Scorpio is also said to be more premium than the current model and come with up-market materials and better fit and finish. The new Scorpio has also borrowed the new steering wheel straight from the XUV500 SUV.

The upcoming 2014 Mahindra Scorpio facelift is a refreshed model and is thus expected to retain the same 2.2 liter mHawk turbocharged diesel engine without any major changes. However, Mahindra & Mahindra is expected to tweak the Scorpio’s engine to offer better power and road performance. It is also speculated that the Indian car major also might introduce a new transmission gearbox on the refreshed Scorpio.

The stylish and powerful Mahindra Scorpio has been ruling the SUV space of India for over a decade now, and its popularity seems to be on the rise recently. The next-gen Scorpio is due to launch sometime in the year 2016, while for the time being Mahindra is going to excite the Scorpio lovers with the all improved more stunning Scorpio facelift.

The new refreshed 2014 Mahindra Scorpio is expected to launch in India in this year’s festive season. The Scorpio’s primary market rivals in India are the Renault Duster, Tata Safari Storme and the Nissan Terrano.

Top 2 SUVs that never failed Mahindra

Mahindra & Mahindra is a company who needs no introduction. It has established itself firmly on the Indian grounds in all these years. Each and every part of an automobile company is responsible for its successful career in any automobile market. And when they work together they produce reliable, durable, consistent and mind blowing vehicles, for example Mahindra. It is well known to have all these qualities in its products. Every vehicle that Mahindra has ever manufactured has helped it to move higher in the Indian market. But there are two SUVs which have never let Mahindra down- the Mahindra Bolero and the Mahindra Scorpio.

Mahindra Bolero Facelift Rear

Mahindra Bolero was launched around 13 years ago in the domestic market. It was targeted mostly for the rural areas of the country but who knew that it would become a hit in the urban market as well. Mahindra Bolero was even used by the Govt. Officials. It had that presence and sheer power. The Bolero when launched, just like any other vehicle, had flaws which Mahindra got rid of when it launched a new variant of it which included some really striking cosmetic changes with new colour combinations and also the interiors of the Bolero were taken to the next level. Another major change in the new variant of the Bolero was the engine. Mahindra installed a new in-house mill in the Bolero which was a 2.5L turbocharged diesel engine which produces 72 bhp of max power mated to a 5 speed manual transmission. Mahindra Bolero is still selling in good numbers across the country and we hope that it will continue to do so.

2014 mahindra scorpio

2014 mahindra scorpio

The other SUV which we were talking about is the Mahindra Scorpio. This vehicle completely turned the market upside down when it first came here. The looks of the Scorpio was refreshing and so was the size. The huge tyres and the mighty powerful engine were toppings to the dish. It didn’t take long for the Indians to start craving for this SUV and soon we could see numerous Scorpios ruling the Indian roads. Mahindra has evolved the Scorpio in all these years. Now, it is powered by a 2.2 litre mHawk turbocharged diesel engine which produces around 120 hp. The Scorpio is not just a SUV, it has now become a status symbol. When it comes out on the roads it demands attention and other cars have to give way to it, respectfully.

Mahindra Scorpio and Mahindra Bolero, both of them are still being sold in good numbers. Although, there are new competitors in the market but the trust and faith of the people which Mahindra has earned in all its years in our country is not a joke. No matter how many years would go by and how many new SUVs would enter the market, the Scorpio and Bolero have already reserved their safe place in the hearts and minds of the people. The will always remain the game changer of their segment in the Indian car market and also for Mahindra.

Mahindra Verito Vibe vs Maruti Suzuki Swift vs Hyundai Grand i10

In order to dominate the Indian car market, an automobile maker has to have a good compact car for the people. Many companies like Maruti Suzuki- made Swift, Hyundai- produced Grand i10, and etc opted for this method and benefited from it. While others did try but couldn’t achieve the same (Mahindra produced the Verito Vibe).

Mahindra Verito Vibe launched in india

Mahindra Verito Vibe

Mahindra is well known for its reliable, durable and strong SUVs and MPVs. The company has achieved success with its Scorpio and Bolero. A few years ago, Mahindra tried their hand in the compact cars and produced the Mahindra Verito Vibe. This car was exactly the same as the Mahindra Verito sedan expect it had been cut down to fit into the compact car segment. The Vibe wasn’t a looker and neither was the Verito. It didn’t has a symmetrical design and it felt like it was designed by two different people. The cabin of the Vibe was simple with nothing which would take away your breath. The space was good for a compact car. Mahindra provided a boot lid which open up separately such that the rear windshield remains intact, which makes you do a lot of work in order to load up your luggage. The boot space is decent. The Vibe was powered only by a 1.5L diesel engine which performed pretty well in the city and gave some good mileage numbers. Mahindra tried to make a practical product but it failed at many factors. It still had much more to learn about compact cars.

Maruti Suzuki Swift is in the market for many years now and it shares a good part of it even today. Swift proved to be one of the top selling cars of Maruti. In fact, it became one of the top selling cars of India. It is available in two engine options, a petrol and a diesel. Both the engines performs very well in city as well as on the open roads. The Swift looks modern, dynamic and confident. Although, the latest model has big headlights which could take you while to digest. The interiors of the Swift are very comfortable and posh. The rear passengers does not have enough space and would be cramped. There is a decent boot space and overall the car is a nice package. We do not need to talk much about the Swift, it speaks for itself.

Hyundai came into the compact segment with its i10 years ago and a while back it launched a new avatar of i10 with some major changes and named it the Grand i10. As the name suggests, this car is really something. It not only looks a lot better than its predecessor it has tonnes of features which you wouldn’t find in any other car of this segment. Hyundai has done a great job here. Hyundai Grand i10 has got three engine options now, a diesel, and a petrol and recently, Hyundai launched a LPG variant too. Hyundai is also planning to launch an automatic model. The Grand i10 is a great car available in different variants to choose from depending up on your budget.

Mahindra S101 vs Ford EcoSport vs Renault Duster

Just like the compact car segment, the compact SUV segment in India is at its brim. Various automobile manufacturers are contending each other to win the top position and Ford, with its EcoSport, made sure that they have to work days and nights to reach there.

mahindra s101 rendering

Mahindra S101 Rendering

It has been months now since Mahindra began testing its upcoming compact SUV codenamed as the S101. Mahindra S101 has been spotted testing on the roads numerous times since last year. Recently, it was spotted again. The test mule which Mahindra used was still highly disguised and did not reveal much of the vehicle. Also, nothing much has found to be changed since the S101 was last spotted. Mahindra, perhaps, would unveil the S101 late in 2015 and its being rumoured that it will be called as the XUV 300. It is likely that Mahindra will equip the S101 with its new engines- a 1.2L, 3 cylinder petrol engine and a 1.5L, 3 cylinder mCR100 engine. These are the same engines which are doing their jobs in the Mahindra Quanto. We are expecting Mahindra to put a price tag of Rs 5-7 lakhs on the Mahindra S101 but still everything is blurred right now.

ford ecosport

Ford, literally, blew up the minds of the car makers when in launched the EcoSport in the Indian car market. No one was expecting such an amazing product from Ford and that’s when the Americans fired their weapon. The Ford EcoSport is a compact SUV or a mini SUV which has bagged in various awards to its name. Ford played tricky here. The EcoSport is available in more than 8 variants in India and you have many things to choose from. It has three engine options: 1.0L petrol EcoBoost, 1.5L petrol and 1.5L diesel engines. All the engines are fabulous, especially, the 1.0L EcoBoost unit. Ford EcoSport is a complete package of looks, comfort, space and power.

Renault Duster

Renault Duster

Renault launched the Duster in India to establish itself in the domestic market. The Duster got some mixed reactions by the people. Some liked the tough thing while some said it won’t stand a chance here. Well, the Duster is competing against the Ford EcoSport and the Nissan Terrano. Renault is new to the Indian market and has around 3-4 more products here. The Duster is a well thought out vehicle by Renault. Perhaps, it doesn’t look much like a SUV but it tries to keep on. It is a handsome looking vehicle and has got ample spacious cabin. 5-6 people can easily fit in. The Duster is available in a 1.5L diesel engine which has been tuned to produce 85PS and 110PS of max power. You can choose the one which you require. There is also a 1.6L petrol engine on the stock too. All the engines are mated to a manual transmission and an automatic transmission is absent. Renault Duster falls in the price bracket of Rs 9-12 lakhs whereas you can get the top end variant of the EcoSport in around Rs 9.6 lakhs.

Good old Mahindra Scorpio beats market rival Renault Duster SUV

The good old warhorse from Mahindra & Mahindra, the Scorpio SUV maintains to be the bestselling SUV in India in its own segment even after a decade’s market presence and at a time when the market is getting flooded with several new SUV models. The Iconic Mahindra SUV has been a leader ever since it launched in India. The Scorpio has been the most popular stylish yet powerful SUV ruling the hearts of the Indians.

Mahindra Scorpio Vlx BS IV

Mahindra Scorpio

This leading SUV’s sales rates were affected after the much newer and very popular Renault Duster came into the Indian market in 2012. The Scorpio’s popularity was further affected a bit after the Japanese car maker Nissan came up with its sub compact SUV Terrano. However, the ever popular Mahindra Scorpio could not be suppressed for long and it soon again crossed the sales rates of its primary new rival the Duster. Once again, in this year’s quarterly sales, the Mahindra Scorpio has managed to remain the undisputed leader of its own segment in India.

In the first quarter of the current financial year, which is period comprising of the months of April to June, the Mahindra Scorpio again proved to be the clear winner in its segment. The Scorpio’s sales rates in the first quarter of this fiscal far exceed the sales rates that of the Renault Duster. The Scorpio’s sales volumes in the said three months were recorded to be 11,943 units as compared against the sales of Duster which was recorded to be 10,296 units. Then again, from an average sales volume gap of 1,041 units in quarterly lead, the Scorpio has managed to increase it to 1,647 units over its rival Duster in the first quarter of the ongoing financial year.

The old star Mahindra Scorpio SUV is now in its 12th running year in the Indian SUV market and has able to firmly hold on to its leading position in its own segment and the position of the second top selling SUV after its cousin Bolero. This has been possible because of several factors including time tested reliability, rugged style, great overall cost of ownership, superb off-road capabilities, reasonable pricing and superior fuel efficiency.

Mahindra & Mahindra, the leading Utility Vehicle maker in India currently has over 270 dealership & service outlets across the country, which is not offered by the company’s market rivals. Moreover, the age-old superior Scorpio SUV is priced at Rs. 7.78 lakhs as compared against the Renault Duster’s tag of Rs. 8 lakhs.

The Scorpio is soon going to get a comprehensive makeover, which is expected to further boost its sales a great deal. The refreshed Scorpio is speculated to be a much more premium and stylish looking SUV than the current model along with some mechanical tweaks. The new 2014 facelift Scorpio is expected to be launched during the upcoming festive season.

In the meantime, Renault is preparing to launch a refreshed Duster, which would launch around the same time.

Mahindra plans big to expand in Africa

India’s leading SUV maker, Mahindra & Mahindra is a fast growing car maker in Africa. The Indian car major is conscious about its slow selling vehicles in India and is actively working to boost its sales as fast as possible. At the same time, the company is also very ambitious regarding its global growth and is planning to expand more in the lucrative car market of Africa, where it has become popular in no time.

Mahindra rise new logo

Mahindra Rise New Logo

Last year, in the month of December, the top executives of the Mahindra group firms all got together in Cape Town, South Africa for the Industrial group’s annual strategic planning, which goes by the name of Blue Chip Conference. Mahindra & Mahindra’s chairman and MD, MR. Anand G. Mahindra said that the meeting was aimed at discussing the strategic importance of Africa for the $16.7 billion worth Indian Industrial giant that includes everything from motorcycles, automobiles, aerospace, IT, finance, farm equipment and many others.

As part of the annual growth expansion plans, Mahindra Group will introduce its whole range of products as well services, including IT, SUVs, financial & logistics services, in all the 56 nations in the continent of Africa in over the next 4 to 5 years’ time. At present, Mahindra already has its footprint in 35 African countries.

The Mahindra Group started focusing on the African continent in small steps a decade ago with the export of its quality SUV model Scorpio to South Africa, and now the company is ready to take huge leaps. The quality and powerful Mahindra SUVs and tractors are very popular in the African countries for their rugged quality, practicality as well as very affordable pricing. This very positive response of its products in Africa has encouraged the Indian automobile major to plan major expansions in the entire African continent.

Mahindra Group is now planning a comprehensive expansion in Africa, not only in terms of automobiles, but also other products and services. The company will aim at launching and expanding its off-grid solar power projects in several regions of Africa where the company already sells diesel generator sets. The company’s agricultural businesses such as its fresh fruits arm called the Mahindra ShubhLabh Services Ltd, will also increase its presence in the African continent. According to the chief executive of the agri & allied business of Mahindra, Mr. Ashok Sharma, ShubhLabh is expected to commence sourcing grapes from Egypt and then export them to the European market soon. On the other hand, the Mahindra Financial services will soon set its foot into the several Africa countries in about 6 months from now, according the company’s financial services’ managing director, Ramesh Iyer.

As far as automobiles are concerned, Mahindra & Mahindra has big plans of both product and market expansions all over the world. The company is now busy working on several projects, new platforms and a new family of engines for this massive product expansion that includes India, Africa and several other international markets.