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  • The cat is out of the bag. Prices of the widely talked about Nissan Micra have been announced for the Indian market — INR 3,98,000 — XE (entry), INR 4,69,500 — XL (Mid) & INR 528,800 — XV (Top) — all ex-showroom Delhi. Nationwide sales of Micra will commence from July 15.

    Positioned in the B+ car segment, the new Micra is equipped with some key technological innovations, which are designed to simplify day-to-day life for its owners. It offers first-in-its-class Intelligent Key plus Immobilizer, push-button engine start-stop system and electric foldable mirror.

    The company is planning to open 30 more dealerships by the end of this fiscal all over the country. Micra rolls out at a time when the B-segment is abuzz with new launches. So will this bubbly small car be able to withstand the formidable competition and turn out to be a champ on Indian roads? Let's wait and watch.

    Has Nissan been able to strategically price the Micra? Express your views below or connect with me on

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  • "Ferrari doesn't sell really a car, it sells a dream."

    Let it be the launch of the world's cheapest car or the acquisition of JLR, Ratan Tata never stops to amuse us; and this time, by bringing the iconic Ferrari to India.

    BSMotoring reports that Ferrari is looking to open its first dealership in India in the next six to eight months and is likely to appoint Tata Motors or a sub-division of it as its sole Indian distributor and dealer. With Tata-Fiat joint venture in full swing in India and Fiat being the parent company of Ferrari, the move appears to be practical and convenient.

    Speaking to BBC News, Ferrari Chairman Luca Di Montezemolo said that he is looking at opening a dealership here in India this year itself, although that might be a little premature. Ferrari is planning to open two dealerships in two of the largest metros in India, New Delhi and Mumbai with the latter most likely to be the first one.

    Ferrari manufactures road-going sportscars, supercars and grand

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  • The Beginning of the End for the Human Race

    Crocs are evil.

    Not those monstrosities some people wear on their feet, though they are evil too — one gaudy colour at a time. I once saw a pair of fuchsia crocs on a man that has left me scarred for life, remind me to tell you that story sometime.

    I'm talking about crocodiles. If they're anything like Doob Doob in Tinkle, you can still cut them some slack. But what when they want to steal the thunder from right under an octopus's, um, tentacles? It's not everyday that octopuses are talked about in nice terms. You either have to stump the crystal ball-gazing/tarot-reading/all-knowing soothsayers of the world or you have to be the inspiration for a Bond movie title. Tell me which other instance have you heard of an eight-legged sea-dwelling tentacular animal with nine brains being spoken of in flattering terms?

    Right — none.

    So where were we? Ah, crocs, yes. So riding on the tentacle-tails of OctoPaul, the friendly aquatic oracle that waddled over to whichever box its rump

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  • As far as the automobile industry is concerned, 2010 has been an eventful year, especially after the Auto Expo that witnessed as many as 25 launches in various segments. Yet, hatchbacks rule the growing car market in India and the segment has been abuzz, with more foreign players entering the arena. From new launches by iconic brands like Volkswagen and Nissan to facelifts to the existing models, there were more than enough reasons for the middle-class car buyers to rejoice. Since the much awaited Nissan Micra is already here and there are not many launches slated for this year, this is the right time to have a quick analysis of the new and top five hatches of the year.

    Nissan Micra

    The Nissan Micra is the latest one to plunge into the already overcrowded B segment. Micra has enjoyed huge success across the world and now the Japanese carmaker is offering this bubbly car to Indian buyers with the latest generation technologies. Hope you all have read the road test and review

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  • Say What?

    We have all suffered this syndrome at some point in our lives, some of us more so than others and still continue to be plagued by it. This illness proves expensive for those who let it spiral out of their control. And it is worse when it inflicts those under the media glare, like politicians.

    It's called the "foot-in-mouth syndrome".

    When you or I make remarks that we wish we hadn't, it's usually ok.  The person we dissed may get a little angry, but we can deal with that, right?  However, what happens when national leaders are inflicted with this disease? It causes embarrassment to the government and to their party, not to mention a dip in their popularity.

    Gordon Brown's labour party lost the UK general elections this year. But it couldn't have been just the party's performance that led to their loss. Brown himself has a lot to answer for since he is the face of the party. So, calling a possible vote a "bigot" is a complete no-no. Even a high school kid knows that much

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  • Hyundai Motor India on Wednesday launched the all new Verna Transform, a 'Dynamic by DNA' luxury sedan. Loaded with dynamic features and a distinctive sporty styling, the all new Verna Transform aims to answer the customer's need for dynamic styling by complementing the power-packed performance.

    The exteriors of Verna Transform get a fresh, new look with features like 'Sharp eye' headlamps that provide better illumination and also complement the new bumper design. The stylish new front grille with body-coloured styled inserts gives Verna Transform a more aggressive look. The 'cascade mesh' air dam provides for a smooth yet dynamic look. New circular front fog lamps in stylish trapezoidal bezels make it much safer and easier to drive during the foggy winters. To complement the sporty looks, the Verna Transform has trendy LED Turn Indicators on Outside Rear View Mirrors that enhances visibility. A new set of rear combination lamps and dual tone chrome rear garnish along with

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