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There were reports that the Toyota Liva is going to be launched in March this year. Is it still on this schedule and when will bookings open?

Brijesh Jaggi

You are right, the Liva was to be launched in March as indicated by Toyota but the company has delayed the launch by a month and it is now expected to go on sale at the end of April. The reason for the delay is the huge response to the Etios saloon, which has resulted in waiting lists that stretch for months. Since the Etios saloon and the Liva hatchback will be produced on the same assembly line, the launch of the Liva would only add to the capacity crunch and stretch waiting lists further. Toyota is now furiously working at ramping up capacity and will pull forward the commencement of a second shift in the factory.

I have a Maruti Swift with the older 1.3 engine. Will 97 octane improve its performance? I don't mind spending more on fuel if it makes my car run better.

N. Singh

Cars with high compression ratios which are typical of high-performance cars mainly need 97 Octane. However, for your Swift, the use of 97 octane will not give you any discernible improvement in performance and, quite frankly, you will be wasting money using this fuel that is considerably more expensive than regular fuel.

I plan to buy a small diesel car that costs not more than Rs. 5 lakh. Is it worth waiting for the upcoming Chevrolet Beat diesel as I am keen on a good fuel efficient and low- maintenance car? Also, when is this car expected to hit the market?

Niranjan Kumar

The Beat diesel is certainly worth waiting for as it promises to be the most fuel-efficient car in the country. This 936cc motor is essentially a three-cylinder version of the Fiat 1.3 Multijet diesel which is a proven engine. The Beat diesel was expected in January this year but has been delayed to around June.

I am very keen on buying the Volkswagen Golf but the company hasn't revealed any plans to launch it. Is it expected and what is the estimated price?

Nishant Magavi

There are no immediate plans to launch the Golf in India as it would cost between Rs. 10 lakh and Rs. 12 lakh and there is no market for a hatchback at this price. However, the Golf is the face of VW in many countries and one can expect the German car company to bring its celebrated model at some point, perhaps in the next two to three years, to slot in below the Jetta.

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