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Road Transport in Viet Nam improvements expected with help from ADB

MANILA, PHILIPPINES, Oct 18, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) A $1 million technical assistance (TA) grant from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) will help to increase efficiency in road transport administration and attract investment in Viet Nam's rapidly expanding road transport network.

The grant, sourced from the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction and funded by the Government of Japan, will provide the Ministry of Transport and its support agencies with guidelines to strengthen institutional and financial arrangements, operation and maintenance, and governance.

Tata Aria, the first Indian four-wheel drive Crossover, hits the road

CALCUTTA, Oct 11, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / pressreleasepoint) Tata Motors today launched the Tata Aria, the first Indian four-wheel drive crossover, a luxurious creation with the finesse of a sedan and the muscle of an SUV all blended in one car.

The Tata Aria redefines several benchmarks with its design and technologies, offering class leading features that take comfort and safety to a new height. The selectable 4x4 is equipped with a Torque-on-Demand System which significantly enhances all-terrain capabilities. It is the first in its segment with an In-dash GPS-based Navigation System . It is also among those rare cars in India to offer advanced safety features like the Electronic Stability Programme (ESP), which ensures the car's stability, and six airbags to ensure safety in exigencies.

Finesse of a sedan in the Tata Aria

The Aria's styling is a blend of bold proportions, uncluttered lines and uncompromising aesthetics. The aggressive, well planted stance is tempered by a lunging silhouette and a dynamic roofline. Wraparound dual barreled headlamps complement the signature Tata grille. Chrome detailing on the sides accentuates its premium class. The interiors reflect the same richness and elegance in design, layout, and visual appeal. Premium leather upholstery enhances richly textured trims in single or dual tone themes. Air-conditioning louvres on pillars and a sweeping row of roof utility spaces add to the distinctive appeal.

Tata Motors Group global sales grow by 19% at 86,996 vehicles in September 2010

CALCUTTA, Oct 15, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / pressreleasepoint) The Tata Motors Group global sales, comprising of Tata, Tata Daewoo and Hispano Carrocera range of commercial vehicles, Tata passenger vehicles along with distributed brands in India, and Jaguar and Land Rover, were 86,996 nos. in September 2010, a growth of 19% over September 2009. Cumulative sales for the fiscal (April 2010 - September 2010) are 511,934 higher by 38% compared to the corresponding period in 2009-10.

Sales of all commercial vehicles were 40,961 nos. in September 2010, a growth of 18%. Cumulative sales for the fiscal are 233,573 nos., a growth of 32%.

Autocar Performance Show in India

Mumbai, India, Oct 15, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / pressreleasepoint) In 2005, more than 40,000 people congregated at Mumbai’s Nehru Centre to visit the first Autocar Performance Show. Since then, every year, the show has been getting bigger and better. In 2009 over 80,000 visitors came to the show. A growing list of reputed exhibitors Audi, Bajaj, BMW, Chevrolet, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar – Land Rover Lamborghini, Mahindra, Mitsubishi, Porsche, Yamaha and TVS prompted the organisers to switch to a larger venue at Mumbai’s MMRDA grounds. The reason for this phenomenal growth is because this is not just another auto show.

The Autocar Performance Show is one-of-a-kind, dedicated to the car and bike enthusiasts in this country. It is a show that celebrates the sensual over the sensible, the extravagant rather than the economical and spectacular scores over sober.

Now here are 10 good reason for you not to miss APS 2010.

Mercedes Sprinter claims top position from Ford Transit van

The Mercedes Sprinter has knocked the Ford Transit van off the top spot of favourite makes of vans according to Swinton Commercial customers.

The UK van insurance retailer's annual poll of favourite makes of van found that 31% now preferred the Mercedes Sprinter to the Ford Transit, while the Ford Courier came in third.

Although Ford lost its top spot position it is the only manufacturer of van to hold two of the five positions in the poll.

The top five favourite make of vans according to Swinton Commercial customers are:

Chennai (Madras) India auto show : Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Porsches, Bentleys, Rolls Royce Phantom, Lotus Elise, Ariel Atom

Chennai (Madras), India, Oct 10, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / prurgent) A first time for the city, get a glimpse of the most coveted dream machines like Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Porsches, Bentleys, Rolls Royce Phantom, Lotus Elise, Ariel Atom and others at the ‘Parx Super Car Show’ on Sunday, October 10th, 2010 from 12 noon onwards at Madras Motor Sports Club Track, Irungaattukottai, near Sriperumbudur.

Fiat Linea T Jet and T Jet Plus launched in India at Rs 8.55 - 8.99 lakh

FIAT Linea T-JET INDIA CAR REVIEWThe FIAT Linea T-JET - a subcompact sold in India

Mumbai, India, Oct 9, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) WBRi keeps you updated with the latest auto news and reviews from India - check back regularly. Its festive season and every carmaker is taking a note of it. Fiat is one among such carmakers who has shifted the auto market's attention towards itself by launching two variants of its flagship model- Fiat Line T Jet priced at 8.84 lakh (ex-showroom Mumbai) and 8.55 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) and Fiat Linea T Jet Plus priced at 9.29 lakh (ex-showroom Mumbai) and 8.99 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).

President and Chief Executive, Fiat, Rajeev Kapoor looked happy for obvious reasons and stated that Linea T Jet has set a standard in the C plus segment with its powerful engine and a long list of features it boasts. He further added, rather confidently that the model would give other contenders in the same segment a tough time.

New Generation Electric Cars Peugeot iON & Citroen C-Zero available in 2011

LONDON, ENGLAND, October 08, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / 24-7PressRelease) Europcar, the European leader in car hire, has announced that the first new-generation electric vehicles to hit the European car hire market, the Peugeot iON and Citroen C-Zero, will be introduced in 2011. The new vehicles will allow Europcar customers to drive up to 150km with a fully charged battery. The vehicles will be silent and will not emit any CO2 or other pollutants, further enhancing their ecological benefit.

Superformance Racing Car GT40/R picks up where its ancestors left off

GT40/R Racing Car

September 2, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / The Superformance GT40/R is continuing in the footsteps of its legendary ancestors, collecting wins in several vintage racing events since its introduction in late 2009. In fact, in its very first vintage race outing, the new Superformance GT40/R was driven to victory by experienced GT40® racer and Superformance owner, Dennis Olthoff. It has finished first at the US Vintage Grand Prix at Watkins Glen and first in the New York Governor’s Cup Race in 2009 as well.

The Superformance GT40/R picks up where its ancestors left off. The Superformance GT40/R picks up where its ancestors left off. The Superformance GT40/R picks up where its ancestors left off.

From Chandighar to Chennai in a Ford Figo

Chandigarh, Punjab, October 6, 2010 /Washington Bangla Radio - India PRwire/ -- To celebrate the production of the 50,000th Ford Figo, Ford India today launched a Figo road trip campaign in which a customised Figo will be driven from Chandigarh to Chennai. "Besides celebrating the 50,000 milestone, the objective of the Pan-India drive and associated events is to thank Figo customers nationwide for their support in making Figo the most popular car in its segment," said Ford India President and Managing Director, Michael Boneham.

"Since its launch in March, Figo has captured the imagination of new car buyers across India and the response has been extraordinary. Based on feedback and correspondence, Figo buyers like its best-in-class features and performance as well as the superior sales and service support provided by our strong dealer network."

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