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The business conglomerate, Mahindra and Mahindra, among other things also dabbles in automobiles. It began its operations as a joint venture with the Ford Company and was the exclusive seller of the Willy’s Jeep’ model in India. However, with time it branched out to become a full fledged automobile producer in India and registered its footprints in many segments such as bikes, cars, tractors, SUVs, MUV’s, and Light Commercial Vehicles. The models of the company that became quite a rage in their respective segments include Bolero, Scorpio, Xylo, XUV500, Verito etc. This article delves into the top selling Mahindra cars in the country and their relative specifications.

Mahindra Bolero

This rugged SUV happens to be the highest selling car for the company and has occupied the numero uno position in the overall SUV segment in the country. The Mahindra Bolero onroad price in india is Available at a price range of Rs.6 lakhs to Rs.7.8 lakhs (Ex Showroom, Delhi), Bolero has a plethora of variants, all with diesel as the fuel option though compliant to either BSIII or BSIV efficiency norms. The BSIII compliant engine of 2.6 litre 2523cc 4 cylinder DI turbo powertrain gives maximum power and torque output of 63bhp at 3200rpm and 180Nm at 1440 – 1500rpm. Also, the mileage accrued by this engine comes around to 9.4kmpl and 13.6kmpl, within the city and outside.

The BSIV compliant engine on the other hand, is a 2.5 litre 2523cc 4 cylinder 8V M2DiCR powertrain delivering 62.1bhp at 3200rpm of peak power and 195Nm at 1400 – 2200rpm of peak torque. Also, the engine returns a mileage of 12.4kmpl and 15.96kmpl, within and outside the city limits.

Mahindra Scorpio

This too is one of the popular SUV models from the company and comes in six variants. Its facelifted version has hit the rubber wherein, the S2 trim houses a 2.5 litre 2523cc mi2DiCR powertrain giving 75bhp at 3200rpm of maximum power and 200Nm at 1400 – 2200rpm of maximum torque. Also, 12kmpl and 14kmpl are the fuel economy figures clocked by this SUV, within and outside the city.

The rest of the variants boast of a 2.2 litre 2179cc 4 cylinder 16V mHawk diesel powertrain having 120bhp at 4000rpm of maximum power and 280Nm at 1800-2800rpm of maximum torque respectively. Also, the mileage figures of this BSIV compliant engine are in the range of 9.02kmpl and 12.05kmpl.

Mahindra XUV500 

This SUV designed as a prowling cheetah is aggressive and powerful from the word go. When launched in 2011, car enthusiasts evinced tremendous response to this SUV making its sales graph to hit the roof. Available in 4 trims, this SUV carries a price tag of Rs.11.3 lakhs to Rs.15.1 lakhs (Ex Showroom, Delhi). The trims run on a 2.2 litre 2179cc DOHC mHawk powertrain churning out 140bhp at 3750rpm and 330Nm at 1600-2800rpm of power and torque figures. It further garners mileage figures in the range of 12.0kmpl to 15.1kmpl.

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Mercedes-Benz today launched its new Pre-Owned car brand, ‘Mercedes-Benz Certified’ in India.  The launch of the new brand was celebrated by the simultaneous inauguration of 12 new ‘Mercedes-Benz Certified’ outlets across India.

The new brand will provide the pre-owned car customers an experience equivalent to a new car purchase. It will be offering class leading facilities, infrastructure, hassle-free documentation, tailor-made financing options, exciting warranty and service packages.

Specified for the Indian market, it has been planned keeping in mind that Mercedes-Benz has witnessed 39 per cent growth from Jan-Sept.  Customers will get easy access to the pre-owned cars. The new warranty offerings, a new website, iPad sales software, and specially trained staff of over 100 consultants will be at the service of customers. ‘Mercedes-Benz Certified’ also offers finance options from Daimler Financial Services, at very attractive rates to make it conveninent for buyers.

Simultaneously launched today, the 12 new ‘Mercedes-Benz Certified’ outlets are: Shaman Wheels, Auto Hangar (Mumbai), Sundaram Motors, Akshaya Motors , (Bangalore), B.U. Bhandari (Pune), Panjab Motors (Mohali), T&T Motors (West Delhi), T&T Motors (Mathura Road), Joshi Autozone (Chandigarh), Rajasree Motors (Cochin), Transcar (Chennai), Adishwar Motors (Hyderabad). Of these Shaman Wheels, Auto Hangar and Sundaram Motors are stand-alone outlets while the other outlets are shopin-shops, where an exclusive showroom and display within the existing facility provides the best customer experience with ‘Mercedes-Benz Certified’. These shop-in-shop outlets will also be upgraded into standalone facilities for ‘Mercedes-Benz Certified’ when required, based on the business volumes.

The cars enlisted under ‘Mercedes-Benz Certified’ will be selected based on quality checks by trained Mercedes-Benz staff and will follow stringent global standards. Pre-owned cars will have to fulfil certain criteria: the age of the Mercedes-Benz car will need to be less than five years, should have run less than 100,000 kilometres, have no accident history and should not have more than two owners. The car will then be available for sale to customers under a manufacturer-backed warranty of one year or 20,000 kms. Non- Mercedes-Benz cars will be sold without warranty.

Mercedes-Benz with this move, have become the first premium luxury carmaker to have a dedicated brand for its used cars. This becomes an important tool for the brand as it helps them bring into their fold those customers who cannot afford their new cars.

CarMax Inc. rolled higher as used-car sales drove increases in profit and overall sales in the most recent period, topping expectations. A $2 billion jump in the company’s share buyback program also boosted its stock price. Despite a slowing market for used cars following a strong showing last year, CarMax posted an increase of 17 percent in used-car sales to $2.79 billion, while same-store used-car sales rose 7.4 percent. Total sales and operating revenue rose 16 percent to $3.41 billion.


In 2001, your choice of hybrid cars in the United States was limited to two models: the Honda Insight and the Toyota Prius. By 2010, you could pick from 27 models of cars that used both a gasoline engine and an electric motor for greater fuel efficiency. Come 2015, about 55 different hybrids are expected to be available [source:].

Hybrids have arrived. Early models might have appealed largely to the greener-than-thou crowd or serious techies, but as hybrid versions of popular cars like the Honda Civic and the Toyota Camry have appeared, interest has definitely gone mainstream. More than 290,000 hybrids were sold in the United States in 2009 [source:]. And if the government, as some expect, boosts the mileage requirements for U.S. fleets to 60 miles per gallon by 2025, hybrids are bound to play a part in our auto future [source:].

There are reasons why hybrids are appealing to a wider audience. Their mileage is increasing: The first-generation Prius chalked up a combined mileage of 41 miles per gallon; by 2010 it was getting 50 miles per gallon [source: Vijayenthiran]. To attract buyers, car makers often fit hybrids with luxurious interiors and all the latest gadgets. As a bonus, the cars now boast better performance and faster acceleration.

How do you decide if a hybrid is right for you? Which one do you want? Because it’s a rapidly developing technology, choosing a hybrid takes some thinking. Read on for five tips that will help you make an informed hybrid decision.

Buying a used car is all about luck and as they rightly say luck favours those who work hard. A used car purchase can be a big gamble or a sought after decision. In either case, you will be the one paying for it and more importantly living with it. It’s not a bad idea to purchase a used car considering a four wheeler is a depreciating asset at the end of the day. However preparation towards buying a used car will help you take the right decision on which car favours you the most.

Here is our step by step guide to buying a used car in India

Step 1 – Select The Car

You may have a specific car in mind or from a specific segment that you wish to own. Look for the car that suits your need. Does it fulfill your requirements of performance or comfort? Do you need a petrol or a diesel? Remember even used diesel cars are more expensive than their petrol counterparts. Do you need a 7 seat car for day to day running? What kind of parking space do you have? Do you have any particular manufacturer or model in mind?

You should be prepared with all these preliminary answers before moving forward. Then select the car depending on your budget.

Step 2 – Allocate The Budget

It all begins with allocating a budget for your vehicle. You may have a particular car in mind, but does your budget allow you to purchase that specific car. If you plan to take a loan for the car, workout the EMI that you will pay along with the ownership costs for the car on a monthly basis. Calculate your monthly fuel expenses, service and maintenance bills, loan installments and other small expenditures that you will be making over the car, which should not exceed more than 20 percent of your monthly income. After allocating the budget, you can reconsider the car of your choice and then opt for either a bigger car or a smaller car; whatever your budget allows. For a sum of Rs. 5 lakhs the Swift and Accord both are available in the used market; however you need to choose as per your priority which car to go for.

Step 3 – Do Your Homework

More than new cars, buying a used car will take extensive homework. Check online for deals from different owners and dealers, while also checking out the ownership experience of the car available on different forums. Forums will prepare you to look out for specific problems in particular when going out to test drive the car before buying. You will specifically look for issues at those places in the car, which could have gone easily unnoticed.

You also need to compare prices of different models being sold of the same year. That way you know the current market price for the car. There are plenty of price evaluators online that will give you an approximate estimate of what should be the cost of the car. Once you have listed down the deals online, it is time to head down to the dealer or seller to have a look at the car.

Step 4 – Check The Credibility Of The Seller

The organized sector of used cars is very small in India and tends to be tad bit more expensive when compared to the unorganized used car market. However, the reliability is more certain with the organized used car seller. Check for the credibility of the dealer, before you do any business with him. Ask around or look for ratings about the dealer and his service. To be on a safer side, you could choose for larger multi-brand used car dealerships like Mahindra First Choice, Carnation or could go for manufacturer’s used car service like Toyota certified and Maruti True Value that will give you the warranty and service like that of a new car, but will obviously come with a higher purchasing cost.

Finding about the credibility, if the seller is an individual can be very difficult and the most you can do is pay him a visit personally and then assess whether his offer is genuine or not. However, when dealing with an individual you are likely to get a far better deal resulting in a lower purchase cost, but you will have to run around to get all the transfer and insurance papers in your name.

Step 5 – Examine The Exteriors

Make sure you test drive and examine the car during day light so that you can clearly look for any small issues that the car may have. Do a walk around the car and thoroughly have a look at every corner, panel and door sill of the car. You should be looking for panel gaps, loose doors, difference in colour on the panels, all signs of a replacement. Make sure you make a note of it to ask for an explanation from the owner later. Look at the scratches on the bumper and does it have any major dents that need immediate attention. Check the glass area across the car and look for any cracked windows or windshield that have been or need to be replaced. Make a note of your observations; they will serve a major purpose later.

Also examine the life left on the tyres. Tyres ideally should be changed after 5 – 6 years. After checking the tread, make a quick analysis on whether you will need a set of new tyres later.