Pune

Passenger vehicles sales skid 2.46% in August

With 2.46 per cent drop in August, passenger vehicle sa­les in Asia’s third biggest car mart declined for the se­cond month in a row due to high base effect and partial impact of floods in Kerala.

The latest report from the Society of Indian Automobi­le Manufacturers (Siam), automobile industry bo­dy, said on Tuesday that the passenger vehicles, which incl­ude cars, utility vehicles and vans, stood at 2,87,186 units last month against 2,94,416 units in August 2017.

Lamborghini delivers the first Urus in India

India's rich and super rich are in the queue for a year to own the super sports utility car—the Lamborghini Urus. The most-awaited car was launched in December last year globally.

With a base price of Rs 3.11 crore, the Lamborghini Urus will cost Rs 4.2 crore on road, which includes 25 per cent customisation cost and upto 20 per cent of the price of car for registration. All imported luxury cars attract more than 100 per cent duties and taxes.

Audi distances itself from arrested dealer Todd brothers

With the arrest of its car dealers in the capital for defa­ulting on a Rs 270 crore loan from a consortium of banks, the reputation of Volkswagen group has plunged again in India after the dieselgate scandal. The dealers of Audi and Porsche luxury car brands were arrested by police at Delhi internati­onal airport last week while fleeing to UK. Rash Pal Singh Todd and Mandhir Singh Todd were picked up after HDFC Bank filed a complaint of forgery and cheating aga­inst them on August 29. The Todds are British nationals of Indian origin.

Tata Motors drives in Nexon KRAZ; to cost Rs 7.14 lakh

Tata Motors, India’s biggest automaker by revenues, on Wedn­es­day introduced limited edition Nexon KRAZ (pronounced as craze, /kreiz/), to mark the first anniversary of the Nexon brand and push sales during the festive season.

The Nexon obtained a 4-star rating, adult safety score (13.56/17.00), which is claimed to be the highest amongst all the models tested across the Indian market by the Global New Car Assessment Programme and said to be the safest SUV tested by Global NCAP.

Cashing on military heritage

Royal Enfield, the Eicher Motors-owned cruiser and touring bike specialist, is cashing on its rich military heritage to strengthen its brand image and drive sales worldwide.

The latest attempt is the launch of the new Classic Signals 350 motorcycle priced at Rs 1.62 lakh last week to boost sales in Asia’s third biggest economy.

The new motorcycle pays homage to the Indian Air Force and Army and carries a premium of around Rs 15,000 over the standard rear-disc brake equipped non-ABS Classic 350 bike model.

Force Motors drives in new range of made-in-India Monobuses

Force Motors, the commercial vehicle manufacturer, last week showcased India’s first new mid-level 33- and 41-seater Monobuses at the Bus World 2018 Exhibition in Bangalore.

The Pune-based automobile major, which sells its inter and intra city buses under the brand name of Traveller, plans to launch the 33-seater and 41-seater options in standard and school bus variants during the upcoming festive season in October-November.

The new Monobus has been developed at the company's R&D team and is made by pressed steel panels using automated and robotic arms.

First Drive- Stay connected with new Land Rover Discovery Sport HSE Luxury

The new 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport has been introduced in India with a suite of advanced technology features and latest in-car infotainment. These provide a more connected experience, especially to the tech-savvy customers in the country.

These include Wi-Fi Hotspot and Pro Services in addition to the existing InControl Apps feature.

The Wi-Fi Hotspot uses a customer sourced SIM to provide in car access to a 4G hotspot for up to eight devices. This easily allows the occupants in the car to simultaneously stay connected, work or be entertained throughout the journey.

M&M aims to recover lost market share with new car Marazzo

Mahindra and Mahindra on Monday drove in an all-new multi-utility vehicle Marazzo to recover lost market share in the growing category.

The company, which is India’s second biggest utility vehicles maker by sales, has spent around Rs 1,500 crore to develop the vehicle over the past four years. It hopes to regain some of the utility vehicle (UV) and sports utility vehicle (SUV) market share it has lost to rivals like Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai and Toyota.

Pune police get 90 more days to file charge sheet against activists held in June

A Pune court on Sunday granted extension of 90 days for filing charge sheet against five persons arrested in June for alleged Maoist links. The court of special Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) judge K D Vadhane granted the extension sought by Pune police, said assistant commissioner of police Shivaji Pawar, the investigating officer in the case.

Kerala floods, high fuel, interest costs hit August car sales

Automobile honchos and analysts said Kerala floods, unfavourable base effect, high fuel and interest costs subdued monthly sales of select Indian automobile companies in August.

They also said natural calamities in some parts of the country due to heavy monsoon rains also dampened buyers' sentiments.

Last week-end, market leader Maruti Suzuki India, which sells one car out of two bought in the country, Hyundai, second biggest car maker, reported decline in sales, while Tata Motors, Mahindra & Mahindra and Toyota Kirloslar Motor saw healthy growth last month.

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