Skoda launches new Octavia

Czech automobile manufacturer, Skoda on Thursday launched the new Octavia facelift in India with an ex-showroom price tag of Rs 15.49 lakh. Octavia is available in petrol and diesel engine options and has been priced below the outgoing model by about Rs 7,000. The New Octavia is now available in four colour options – Candy White, Magic Black, Quartz Grey and Brilliant Silver.

After dieselgate, Volkswagen loosens reins on empire

When Volkswagen boss Matthias Mueller vowed to reform the carmaker after its emissions scandal, decentralising power from its Wolfsburg headquarters in Germany was a top priority.
That commitment is now being put to the test in one of the company’s most important international projects: building a low-cost car for India. Mueller said in March he was giving the job to the group’s Czech brand Skoda, which is now leading partnership talks with Tata Motors.
Skoda has been authorised to take “incremental” decisions, while keeping Wolfsburg informed, a source at the brand said.

Audi unveilS all new A8

German luxury carmaker Audi, which unveiled its new fourth-generation flagship sedan Audi A8 on Tuesday in Barcelona, plans to start sales in Germany in October with a starting price of ¤90,600.
The new sedan will be introduced in India, Asia’s third biggest car mart, next year, an industry source told Financial Chronicle.
The new saloon has been comprehensively re-engineered, the Ingolstadt-headquartered company said in a statement.

No change in plans for hybrid vehicles post GST: Toyota

Toyota Kirloskar Motor today said it will not change its plans for hybrid vehicles in India despite increase in tax rates on the category of vehicles under GST resulting in higher prices.
Under the new tax regime, prices of the company's popular hybrid sedan Camry have gone up by an average of Rs 3 lakh.
The model, which is assembled at the company's Bengaluru plant, now costs around Rs 35 lakh as against Rs 32 lakh (rpt) 32 lakh earlier.

First Drive: New Volvo V90 Cross Country estate wagon

The much awaited Volvo V90 Cross Country estate wagon, designed and developed in Sweden, will be launched tomorrow (July 12) in New Delhi, completing its 90 Series line-up. Having made its global debut last year, Volvo V90 Cross Country is capable of tackling the most rugged of terrain and the most adverse climatic conditions.

Nissan cuts vehicle prices by up to 3 pc

Japanese automaker Nissan today announced reduction in prices of its vehicles, including Datsun brand, by an average of 3 percent to pass on the GST benefit to customers.
Ex-showroom prices of the company's products have been reduced by an average of 3 percent, depending on city and model specification, Nissan Motor India said in a statement.
"The implementation of the GST is a positive move for both automobile manufacturers and customers. We are happy to pass on the benefits to our customers for a more attractive value proposition," Nissan Motor India MD Arun Malhotra said.

Mercedes launches new GLA at Rs 30.65 lakh

German automobile major Mercedes-Benz, India’s biggest luxury carmaker by sales, on Wednesday introduced the GLA facelift, a compact sports utility vehicle (SUV), to maintain its leadership in Asia’s third largest car market.
With a price band of Rs 30.65 lakh to Rs 36.75 lakh at Mumbai showroom, it will compete against rivals such as new generation BMW X1 and Audi Q3 facelift, both of which were launched last year.

Tata Motors, Renault cut prices to pass on GST benefit

Auto majors Tata Motors and Renault India today reduced prices of passenger vehicles by up to Rs 2.17 lakh, passing on GST benefits to customers.
Tata Motors has cut passenger vehicle prices between Rs 3,300 and Rs 2.17 lakh while Renault's price reduction ranges from Rs 5,200 to Rs 1.04 lakh.
Under the GST regime, passenger vehicles now attract top rate of 28 percent with a cess in the range of 1 to 15 percent but the total tax incidence on a majority of vehicles has come down, except for hybrids segment.

China’s SAIC to manufacture in India

SAIC Motor, the $100 billion Chinese giant car manufacturer, listed on the Shanghai stock exchange, will be setting up its first fully-owned car manufacturing facility in India and start commercial operations by 2019.
The Shanghai-based car manufacturer will be operating in the Indian market under the "MG" (Morris Garages) brand, as MG Motor India. But it will not be a cake walk for the new entrant.

The $130,000 Love Child Between a Supercar and a Station Wagon

Yes, there is such a thing as a Corvette wagon.
Made in Temecula, Calif., the Callaway Corvette Aerowagen combines the best of a lot of worlds in a strikingly unusual frame. The hatchback rear will fit three large golf bags, and a 757-horsepower V8 engine is under the hood. It can hit 60 mph in 2.7 seconds.
It also costs a fraction of the price of the multiple six-figure supercars from Lamborghini, Ferrari, and McLaren with similar power. A base 2016 Z06 Coupe costs just under $110,000, but most Callaway Corvettes cost anywhere between $120,000 and $150,000.