Volvo, BMW sales in top gear

At a time when auto makers are struggling to sell passenger vehicles in the world’s fifth and Asia’s third biggest car market and reported decline, the luxury car brands such as Swedish Volvo and German BMW have bucked the trend recording double digit growth albeit on lower base last calendar year.

Driven by new product range such as XC40 and XC60 sport utility vehicles, the Indian arm of the Swedish brand famous for its safety has in fact emerged as the fastest growing brand in India.

Mahindra to launch new compact SUV XUV300 in Feb

Mahindra and Mahindra on We-dnesday unveiled the brand name of its much awaited new car as the XUV300 (pronounced as XUV, 3 double ‘Oh’) SUV to regain its lost share to Maruti Suzuki.

The company confirmed that it would launch its all-new subcompact SUV in February next year in the highly price conscious world’s fifth and Asia’s third biggest car mart to take on Maruti Suzuki which had snatched its pole position as utility vehicle maker in the country last fiscal.

Audi E-tron GT concept car unveiled as electric flagship

German luxury car maker on Thursday announced a new electric vehicle or EV called the E-Tron GT Concept at the LA Auto Show just two months after it had debuted its first electric car, the E-Tron SUV.

It’s a sleek sedan that gets its electric power from the same drivetrain and battery platform that will be in Porsche’s first EV, the Taycan. Audi said the Concept car was unveiled at this week’s LA Auto Show, and will go on sale in just two years, with deliveries starting in early 2021.

Porsche launches next-gen 911 range

Porsche, the German super sports car maker, has launched the eighth generation of its iconic sports car, Porsche 911, the top range in the international market.

Though there is no word on when the new 911 range will come to India, its two variants — 911 Carrera S and 911 Carrera 4S — models are available for order now.

First deliveries are expected mid next year even as the company has not yet revealed its price.

Maruti Suzuki Swift crosses 2m sales milestone

Maruti Suzuki, India’s biggest carmaker by sales, on Tuesday crossed the 2 million sales milestone of its popular model Swift hatchback in the country, Asia’s third largest car market.

Maruti Swift hatchback was launched 13 years ago in May 2005 in the fiercely price conscious competitive domestic car market. The Swift has seen three generations since its launch and is notable for being one of the first premium hatchbacks to have been sold in the country.

Austrian brand launches KTM 125 Duke ABS at Rs 1.18 lakh

Austrian sports bike brand KTM, Europe’s biggest motorcycle makers by sales and the fastest growing sports motorcycle brand in India, has launched its KTM 125 Duke ABS in the country priced at Rs 1.18 lakh in Delhi showroom. The Pune-headquartered Bajaj Auto, India’s second largest motorcycle maker, has 48 per cent stake in KTM.

The new KTM 125 Duke ABS is the off-road bike maker’s most affordable street-naked offering for the Indian bike market. At present, there is no direct rival to the new KTM motorcycle and it is the most powerful and premium 125cc motorcycle on sale.


Jawa, the iconic Czech motorcycle brand with 90-year-old legacy, has been brought back to India by auto major Mahindra group. It launched the first range of new heritage premium motorcycles in the country on Thursday, giving bike enthusiasts a new choice, and turned the heat on archrival Royal Enfield which has ruled the roost till now.

The brand is expected to give tough competition to Royal Enfield in the country, which alone sells over 70,000 bikes every month.

Kawasaki rides in new motocross & enduro bikes

Japanese motorcycle g­i­­ant Kawasaki Motors Corporation has int­rod­uced the 2019 versions of KX250, KX450 motocross co­mpetition bikes and 2019 KLX450R enduro bike in In­dia. While KX250 bike is pri­ced at Rs 7.43 lakh, KX450 costs Rs 7.79 lakh at pan In­dia showroom. KLX450R enduro bike is priced Rs 8.49 lakh. Chan­g­es have been made to KX450’s engine and cycle parts while KX250 gets minor graphical alterations.

The engine of the 2019 KX450 bike has been revised with the inclusion of a finger-follower valve actuation accompanied by hydraulic clutch and electric starter.

Car makers shower discounts on models due for facelift

It is raining discounts in the Indian automobile market. A lot of car models, which are about to get a facelift, are being rolled out of showrooms on huge discounts. In some cases, the price cut is as high as Rs 1.5 lakh. The offers will last till Diwali in November, may be beyond. “Car companies are struggling with unsold inventory piled up at dealerships across the country. That is why many are indulging in discounts and other gimmicks to desperately woo buyers,” Shekar Viswanathan, vice chairman & whole-time director at Toyota Kirloskar Motor told Financial Chronicle.

Datsun to drive in GO hatchback, GO+MPV

Nissan Motor, Japanese car giant’s sister brand Datsun has opened pre-booki­n­gs for the new Datsun GO hatchback and Datsun GO+ multipurpose vehicle (MPV) for Rs 11,000 ahead of the festive season.

Car makes in India, the world’s fifth and Asia’s thi­rd largest car market, lau­nch vehicles during the festive season, especially during Diwali when sales account for about 15 per cent of the annual sales.