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Loan crisis?  Market slowdown?  Commodity price out of control?

Kushan Mitra        Print Edition: November 2, 2008

While these question are frightening bankers and brokers across the world, automobiles Manufaction are carried on, all guns blazing, with their aggressive launch schedules. This is just a sampling of the cars scheduled for launch over the next six month.

Skoda Superb
German in disguise
It might not have the badge, but the new Superb promises to have the performance and value-for-money proposition to crush the opposition
Expected launch: Early 2009
Expected price: Rs 25-30lakes
Competition: Audi A4, BMW 3-series, Mercedes C-Cass

Maruti-Suzuki A-Star
Redefining Small
Maruti's newsiest small car may not look as radical as the lazed-up version showing at the Auto Expo, but it is will be a challenger. for the small car crown and offers extreme fuel efficiency.
Expected launch: November-December 2008
Expected price: Rs 3-3.5 lakh
Competition: Hyundai Santro, Chevrolet spark

Fiat Lines
Italian Fair is black
It has been a while since Flat launched a new 'Made in India' car and the Linea will add some spice to a segment that is devoid of good looks.
Expected launch: Late 2008
Expected price: Rs 6.5-8 lakh
Computation : Honda city, Hyundai Verna, Maruti-Suzuki SX4

Maruti-Suzuki Splash
Small-big or big -small?
Closely following the A-Star will be its bigger brother, the splash which will slot between the A-Star and Swift Maruti is getting quite snazzy nowadays.
Expected launch: Early 2009
Expected price: Rs 3.5-4.5 lakh
Competition:  Hyundai i10, Tata Indica Vista, Flat Palio

Tata Nanu
Now Gujarati!
Despite everything, the tat Nano should start hitting the road in the early 2009, but production might be very limited until the new plant comes up.
Expected launch: December 2008- January 2009
Expected price: Rs 1.2-1.5 lakh
Competition: None in four wheels

Hyundai i20
'I'ing a bigger share
Hyundai's second 'I' car will be bigger than the i10 and will be perfect for those looking for a modern 'small but big' car!
Expected launch: November 2008
Expected price: Rs 4-5 lakh
Competition Suzuki Swit, Skoda Fabia

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