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Top 10: The best of auto in India in 2013

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 As a nation we have been striving for decades to make a significant mark in the international motorsport arena. True we put a couple of drivers in the premier motorsport discipline of F1 but not much has come out of there. We also put a young, shy, struggling to speak English lad in a premier motorcycle discipline but he continued to struggle. Finally in 2013 India managed to strike not one but three critical milestones in motorsport. First it was the news of Pune-based Sanjay Takale winning the Production Cup championship in the APRC.  (Source: Overdrive)
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As a nation we have been striving for decades to make a significant mark in the international motorsport arena. True we put a couple of drivers in the premier motorsport discipline of F1 but not much has come out of there. We also put a young, shy, struggling to speak English lad in a premier motorcycle discipline but he continued to struggle. Finally in 2013 India managed to strike not one but three critical milestones in motorsport. First it was the news of Pune-based Sanjay Takale winning the Production Cup championship in the APRC. (Source: Overdrive)

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 Towards the middle of 2013, KTM India finally unveiled the Duke 390 and it became the first made in India motorcycle to breach the 40PS mark. (Source: Overdrive)
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Towards the middle of 2013, KTM India finally unveiled the Duke 390 and it became the first made in India motorcycle to breach the 40PS mark. (Source: Overdrive)

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 BMW made a global announcement that they would soon get into the sub-500cc motorcycle segment enlisting the assistance of Chennai-based two-wheeler major TVS as a development, engineering and manufacturing partner.  (Source: Overdrive)
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BMW made a global announcement that they would soon get into the sub-500cc motorcycle segment enlisting the assistance of Chennai-based two-wheeler major TVS as a development, engineering and manufacturing partner. (Source: Overdrive)

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 In 2011, the Indian Grand Prix gave a big boost to motorsport in India. But two years later in 2013 came the crushing news that impractical taxation, archaic laws and a poor outlook to what the world considers sport, not entertainment would lead to the Indian GP being discontinued. In 2011, the Indian Grand Prix gave a big boost to motorsport in India. But two years later in 2013 came the crushing news that impractical taxation, archaic laws and a poor outlook to what the world considers sport, not entertainment would lead to the Indian GP being discontinued. (Source: Overdrive)
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In 2011, the Indian Grand Prix gave a big boost to motorsport in India. But two years later in 2013 came the crushing news that impractical taxation, archaic laws and a poor outlook to what the world considers sport, not entertainment would lead to the Indian GP being discontinued. In 2011, the Indian Grand Prix gave a big boost to motorsport in India. But two years later in 2013 came the crushing news that impractical taxation, archaic laws and a poor outlook to what the world considers sport, not entertainment would lead to the Indian GP being discontinued. (Source: Overdrive)

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 013 was a tough year for the Indian automotive industry but it did not stop manufacturers from creating new milestones. Some of these were commendable and our list focuses on the 10 best moments in the industry that helped shape 2013. This list is not in chronological order of importance. <br><br> The luxury hatchbacks came to India in 2013. Mercedes was the first to make the move into the hatchback segment with the B-Class followed shortly by the A-Class, one a large and generous hatch, the latter full of style and gorgeous design.(Source: Overdrive)
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013 was a tough year for the Indian automotive industry but it did not stop manufacturers from creating new milestones. Some of these were commendable and our list focuses on the 10 best moments in the industry that helped shape 2013. This list is not in chronological order of importance.

The luxury hatchbacks came to India in 2013. Mercedes was the first to make the move into the hatchback segment with the B-Class followed shortly by the A-Class, one a large and generous hatch, the latter full of style and gorgeous design.(Source: Overdrive)

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 At a time when the Indian market was still bickering over petrol and diesel, Mahindra made a brave move. They introduced the e2o - a little electric car when even hybrids found it difficult to gain attention. (Source: Overdrive)
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At a time when the Indian market was still bickering over petrol and diesel, Mahindra made a brave move. They introduced the e2o - a little electric car when even hybrids found it difficult to gain attention. (Source: Overdrive)

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 Triumph managed to deliver on its big promise and it delivered in spades. A lineup of 10 motorcycles from the word go, a commitment to assembling the Bonneville, the Street Triple and the Daytona at their upcoming facility in Manesar and a starting price point of under Rs 6 lakh held them in good stead. (Source: Overdrive)
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Triumph managed to deliver on its big promise and it delivered in spades. A lineup of 10 motorcycles from the word go, a commitment to assembling the Bonneville, the Street Triple and the Daytona at their upcoming facility in Manesar and a starting price point of under Rs 6 lakh held them in good stead. (Source: Overdrive)

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 2013 was a landmark turning point in Honda%u2019s India chapter. They introduced the Amaze, an entry level sedan with the 4-cylinder 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel. (Source: Overdrive)
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2013 was a landmark turning point in Honda%u2019s India chapter. They introduced the Amaze, an entry level sedan with the 4-cylinder 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel. (Source: Overdrive)

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 Royal Enfield launched the Continetal GT and it took the Indian market by storm. Suddenly every other manufacturer paid Royal Enfield a lot more attention. (Source: Overdrive)
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Royal Enfield launched the Continetal GT and it took the Indian market by storm. Suddenly every other manufacturer paid Royal Enfield a lot more attention. (Source: Overdrive)

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The initiative to get back the rights to host this event started off with the 2013 Chikmagalur rally. An assessment as a contention round to first host the Asia Zone rally championship in 2014 has been successful. (Source: Overdrive)" /> Around a decade ago India was host to the Asia Pacific Rally Championship, a premier international rally championship hosted currently across two continents and seven countries. Poor planning and even poorer execution saw us lose the rights to host that event. It%u2019s only after a long span of time that we once again have the opportunity to host this event, albeit only in the year 2015.

The initiative to get back the rights to host this event started off with the 2013 Chikmagalur rally. An assessment as a contention round to first host the Asia Zone rally championship in 2014 has been successful. (Source: Overdrive)[/caption]" title="[caption id="attachment_928410"]<img class="size-full wp-image-928410" src="http://revamp.ibnlive.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/10-auto-best-301213.jpg" alt="Around a decade ago India was host to the Asia Pacific Rally Championship, a premier international rally championship hosted currently across two continents and seven countries. Poor planning and even poorer execution saw us lose the rights to host that event. It%u2019s only after a long span of time that we once again have the opportunity to host this event, albeit only in the year 2015.

The initiative to get back the rights to host this event started off with the 2013 Chikmagalur rally. An assessment as a contention round to first host the Asia Zone rally championship in 2014 has been successful. (Source: Overdrive)" />
Around a decade ago India was host to the Asia Pacific Rally Championship, a premier international rally championship hosted currently across two continents and seven countries. Poor planning and even poorer execution saw us lose the rights to host that event. It%u2019s only after a long span of time that we once again have the opportunity to host this event, albeit only in the year 2015.

The initiative to get back the rights to host this event started off with the 2013 Chikmagalur rally. An assessment as a contention round to first host the Asia Zone rally championship in 2014 has been successful. (Source: Overdrive)[/caption]">
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[caption id="attachment_928410"]<img class="size-full wp-image-928410" src="http://revamp.ibnlive.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/10-auto-best-301213.jpg" alt="Around a decade ago India was host to the Asia Pacific Rally Championship, a premier international rally championship hosted currently across two continents and seven countries. Poor planning and even poorer execution saw us lose the rights to host that event. It%u2019s only after a long span of time that we once again have the opportunity to host this event, albeit only in the year 2015.

The initiative to get back the rights to host this event started off with the 2013 Chikmagalur rally. An assessment as a contention round to first host the Asia Zone rally championship in 2014 has been successful. (Source: Overdrive)" />
Around a decade ago India was host to the Asia Pacific Rally Championship, a premier international rally championship hosted currently across two continents and seven countries. Poor planning and even poorer execution saw us lose the rights to host that event. It%u2019s only after a long span of time that we once again have the opportunity to host this event, albeit only in the year 2015.

The initiative to get back the rights to host this event started off with the 2013 Chikmagalur rally. An assessment as a contention round to first host the Asia Zone rally championship in 2014 has been successful. (Source: Overdrive)[/caption]

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