Armada Grand launched in India
NEW DELHI - Mahindra & Mahindra has launched the Armada Grand, a luxury version of its Armada sport-utility vehicle. The company is also expanding its engine line, offering a 2.4-liter diesel from PSA. Next year the Armada's suspension and steering will be improved.
Fiat burns alcohol
SAO PAULO - Fiat has resumed production of cars that run on alcohol in Brazil.
Political pressure has forced Brazilian federal, state and municipal governments to begin buying only ethanol-powered light vehicles for their fleets. They buy a total of 80,000 vehicles a year.
Brazil had a similar policy in the 1980s, but an ethanol shortage in the early 1990s saw the market share of alcohol cars plunge from near 95 percent to under 1 percent.
GAZ vehicle output rises
MOSCOW - First half vehicle production at GAZ increased 2.9 percent, and the company still projects growth of 9.8 percent, to 242,000 vehicles, for the whole of 1998.
Production at Nizhegorod Motors, a joint venture between GAZ and Fiat, is scheduled to begin 1 October, with intended production of 20,000 vehicles by the end of the year.
Toyota considers small India car
NEW DELHI - Toyota-Kirloskar Motor, Toyota's Indian joint venture, may produce a small car in India in addition to the utility vehicle it will launch in 1999.
Sources said the car could be based on the Daihatsu Mira mini, with a 1.0-liter diesel from the Daihatsu Charade.
The utility vehicle will be a modified Toyota Kijang, currently manufactured in Indonesia and South Africa. The company aims to sell 20,000 units, priced $15,000, in the first year.