New Year Goodies

For Nepali consumers who are on the lookout for new products, there will be a range of enticing automobiles and gadgets in the market

SUMAN BASHYAL

New Year Goodies

With New Year arriving, domestic dealers of automobiles, consumer electronics and gadgets are working on their lists of products to be rolled out in 2015. Here is a lowdown on some of the cars, motorcycles, smartphones and tablets that will hit the Nepali market with the beginning of the New Year.

Automobile

Hyundai Ix 25
Hyundai is launching its Ix 25 compact SUV by early 2015. Rupesh Sharma Bhatta, assistant general manager of Laxmi Intercontinental, authorised distributor of Hyundai in Nepal, says the car is 4,270 mm long, 1,780 mm wide and 1,630 mm tall, and is powered by a 1.6-litre petrol or diesel engine. The company also plans to launch Hyundai’s second-generation model Elite i20 hatchback, which comes with the company’s Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design elements, including fluid aesthetics, a modern appeal, and premium interiors. Although the engine will be the same as used by the i20 (1.2-litre Kappa 2 petrol and the 1.4-litre CRDi diesel), the vehicle is built on a new platform to replace the existing i20, according to the company.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz
CG Motocorp, authorised distributor of Maruti Suzuki in Nepal, is all set to launch the Ciaz sedan by January next year. According to the company, Ciaz is a complete package of contemporary design and best-in-class fuel efficiency. The vehicle features such accessories as a SmartPlay in-car infotainment system, Auto Day/ Night IRVM, projector headlamps, glass integrated antenna, reverse parking sensors, reverse parking camera, and electric trunk lid opening and intelligent key push start/stop, among others.  

Tata Bolt and Zest
Tata’s authorised distributor in Nepal, Sipradi Trading, will be launching two new small cars, the Bolt hatchback and the Zest, an entry-level sedan. Prabin Khatiwada, head of the passenger car division at the company, says that both the cars will feature the new 1.2-litre Revotron petrol engine. Although the company has not announced the price of these vehicles yet, Khatiwada says these vehicles will arrive in early 2015.  

Datsun Go Plus
Datsun, which made its debut with the launch of the GO hatchback in September in Nepal, is planning to roll out the GO Plus seven-seater multi utility vehicle by February next year. The vehicle will be powered by a 1200 cc engine, which produces 70bhp of power and 104Nm of torque, according to the company. The vehicle will be competing with the Honda Mobilio and Maruti Suzuki Ertiga. Gyanendra Chand, senior manager of the company, says that the entry-level model will cost somewhere between Rs 2.3 to Rs 2.4 million in the domestic market.
 
Fiat Avventura
Life Automobiles, authorised distributor of Fiat in Nepal, has planned to bring the Fiat Avventura cross over by early 2015. According to the company, the Avventura will be powered by a 1.4-litre FIRE petrol and 1.3-litre multijet diesel engine options. Both engines come mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. The vehicle features 16-inch alloy wheels, dual front airbags, height adjustments for the driver’s seat, Fiat’s Blue & Me system for telephony,
steering-mounted controls, automatic climate control and rear AC vents, among others.

Volkswagen Scirocco
Volkswagen’s authorised distributor in Nepal, Pooja International, will be rolling out the Scirocco hatchback in 2015. The entry-level Scirocco boasts a 1.4-litre and 1.8-litre TSI engine and features a touch-screen infotainment system, Bluetooth connectivity, USB and iPod ports, automatic headlamps, adjustable sports seats, leather-covered steering wheel and 17-inch alloy wheels, among others.

Honda Civic
Honda will be unveiling the New Civic sedan, which comes equipped with a 2.2 i-DTEC engine, in 2015. Saurav Jyoti, chairman of Syakar Trading Company, authorised distributor of Honda vehicles in Nepal, says that the new Civic has various features like LCD display, rear view camera, steering controls, USB and Bluetooth and new integrated fog lights, along with various auto safety features. Jyoti says that the sedan will cost approximately Rs seven million in the domestic market.

Hero Xtreme Sports
Nepal General Marketing, authorised distributor of Hero in Nepal, is all set to launch the Hero Xtreme Sports bike by February. The bike, which was unveiled at the NADA Auto Show 2014 in Kathmandu, gets a refreshed design with various added features. The motorcycle features a smarter-looking headlamp cowl, new tank shrouds, an underbelly guard, a completely new instrument console, a new split saddle and sporty new body panels. The 150 cc bike will produce 15bhp of power and 1.3kgm of torque. Dinesh Ratna Bajracharya, head of Hero division at the company, says that the Xtreme Sports will cost around Rs 222,000.

Bajaj Discover F 150
HH Bajaj, authorised distributor of Bajaj in Nepal, plans to roll out updated versions of the Discover F-150 motorcycle next year. Punam Singh, head of marketing at the company, says that the Discover would cost between Rs 190,000 and Rs 210,000 in the domestic market. According to her, the new model of Discover will have more sporty looks than its predecessors and will be launched by the beginning of next year.   

Mahindra Mojo
Mahindra’s upcoming model Mojo is powered by a 300CC engine. The bike, which was introduced in September during the NADA Auto Show in Kathmandu, is expected to be launched by early 2015 in the domestic market, according to Balkrishna Puri, operation head of SG Global, authorised distributor of Mahindra two-wheelers in Nepal. The motorcycles feature Pirelli tyres, wave disc brakes, dual exhausts, dual headlights and twin headlights, among others. The company is yet to announce the price of the bike.
 
Mobiles

Samsung Galaxy
A 3 and A 5
Samsung is expected to launch the first Galaxy A series, the A3 and A 5 early next month. Dikesh Malhotra, president of Integrated Mobility Solutions (IMS), the authorised distributor of Samsung in Nepal, says that all these phones will come with a full metal body. The A 3 comes with a 4.5 inch screen, while the A 5 will have 5 inch screen. Both the phones will have a 5 Mp rear camera and will run on the latest Android operating system. Although the company has not announced the price of these phones yet, these phones will be mid-range products.

Apple iPad
Air 2 and iPad mini 3
Generation Next Communication (Genxt), authorised distributor of Apple iPhone and iPad in Nepal, is all set to launch iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 by January.
The Air 2 will come in 16, 32 64 and 128 GB variants, with three colour options, including space grey, silver and gold. The iPad 2 Air is 6.1mm thick and the iPad Mini 3 has a 7.9-inch retina display.
The company is yet to announce the price of these products. Apple is also working to launch mini versions of the iPhone 6 by May-June next year, says Pawan Kumar Bhimsariya, managing director of Genxt.

Micromax Canvas Selfie
Pashupati Trade Link, authorised distributor of Micromax in Nepal, has stated that it will unveil the Canvas Selfie, a mobile for the image-conscious crowd. The phone comes with a 13MP rear and front facing camera, along with various beautification tools like eye-enhancement, face-slimming, skin-smoothening and teeth-whitening tools, among others. The Selfie comes with 4.7 inch IPS display protected by a Coring Gorilla Glass 3 screen. The phone features a 1.7 GHz MediaTek octa core processor, 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage (expandable up to 32 GB). According to the company, the phone will cost between Rs 32,000 and Rs 33,000 in the domestic market.   

Colors K 33 FAB  
Teletalk Nepal, manufacturer of Colors mobiles, is all set to launch the Pearl Black K 33 FAB phablet in January. The handset will cost approximately Rs 20,000. Niru Dhougoda, senior marketing executive of the company, says that the K 33 will have a 5.5-inch HD IPS OGS capacitive touchscreen.
The phablet is powered by a 1.3 GHz quad core
processor and runs on Android Kitkat 4.4 OS. It sports a 13 MP rear camera with flash and a 2 MP front facing camera and is equipped with a 3,000 mAh battery.

The polity

Faking democracy

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- SEIRA TAMANG

Diplomacy

Beyond the borders

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- Anil Giri

The law

Code equality

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- Weena Pun

Disaster

Reassessing a year of disasters

The year 2014 was plagued by disasters that resulted in the loss of hundreds of lives

- Prateebha Tuladhar

Entrepreneurship

Startup nation

A whole host of entrepreneurs are finding market niches to explore

- Shibani Pandey

Infrastructure

A liveable metropolis

Pre-Saarc, the Capital received a makeover. But will these changes be preserved and will infrastructure development continue at the same, rapid pace?

- Samik Kharel

Headliners

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Med schools

An industry run amok

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- MANISH GAUTAM

Interview

A portrait of the artist

Sushma Joshi is a writer and filmmaker. Her book of short stories, ‘The End of the World’, was longlisted for the Frank O’Connor Short Story Award in 2009. Her second book, ‘The Prediction’, was published in 2014. A novel is forthcoming. She has a BA in International Relations from Brown University, and an MA in Cultural Anthropology from the New School for Social Research. She runs Sansar Media, a publishing and film production company. The Post spoke to Joshi about her career as a writer and Nepali writings in English.

- Sushma Joshi