The ‘My Volkswagen Connect’ app, Volkswagen’s new connected-car technology, has been rolled out in India. A SIM-based app, My Volkswagen Connect includes several convenience and safety features for customers. The app can be downloaded on any Android/ iOS device. Offered on the Polo GT TSI and Vento Highline Plus. Available with three-year free subscription and warranty. My Volkswagen Connect features In order to access the connected features, customers have to plug a dongle into the on-board diagnostics (OBD) port of the car and download the ‘My Volkswagen Connect’ application on their smartphone. The app can be downloaded on any smartphone and paired to any Android/ iOS device, post a secure OTP exchange on the registered mobile number. The My Volkswagen Connect app can analyse an individual’s driving style, which includes speed, braking behaviour, coolant temperature, acceleration and RPM. The app enables customers to locate points of interest and also to reach out to customer care or Roadside Assistance, in case of emergencies. Additionally, customers can use the app to scan, upload and store all the important vehicular documents for a paperless experience. Customers can also use the app to set renewal reminders for vehicle insurance and receive ‘over the air’ (OTA) software updates. The My Volkswagen Connect feature comes as standard fitment in the Polo GT TSI and Vento Highline Plus and is available with three years of free subscription and warranty. Speaking about the My Volkswagen Connect app, Steffen Knapp, director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars India said, “At Volkswagen India, we have relentlessly been working towards enhancing and providing our customers the best of technology and connected solutions. Today, we introduced the upgraded ‘My Volkswagen Connect’ app that offers customer convenience and safety at their fingertips. Customers will have access to real-time vehicle analysis and assistance that would make them aware of their vehicle condition, driving patterns and enhance the overall fun-to-drive experience that a Volkswagen stands for.” Volkswagen in India Volkswagen currently offers the Polo, Vento, T-Roc and Tiguan AllSpace in the Indian market. In 2021, the carmaker will launch the much-anticipated, made-for-India Taigun SUV, which will rival the likes of the Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos. Volkswagen will also bring down the all-electric ID.4 crossover to our shores in 2022. Recently, Skoda Auto Volkswagen India Pvt Ltd (SAVWIPL) achieved the milestone of exporting five lakh made-in-India cars in 10 years. Also see: Buying used: (2014-2019) Volkswagen Polo GT Volkswagen Polo, Vento Special Edition variants launched
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Dublin, Oct. 28, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "Global Low Speed Vehicle Market 2020-2025 by Vehicle Type, Power Output, Fuel Used, Application, Geography, Impact of COVID-19, Ansoff's Analysis" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering. The Global Low Speed Vehicle Market is estimated to be USD 3.9 Bn in 2020 and is expected to reach USD 6.36 Bn by 2025 growing at CAGR of 8.5%. Growth of the market is attributed to the increasing Geriatric population, Growing infrastructure for EV charging and strict emission regulations. The market is hampered due to the lack of safety standards and absence of fail-safe electric and electronic components used in the LSVs. Advancements in mobility solution, increasing use of connected technology and use of Lithium-ion batteries will create opportunities in the market. Low speed vehicles are four wheeled vehicles with speed range of 20-25 miles per hour and GVWR not exceeding 2500 pounds. Typically, the LSVs are used for hunting, golfing, ground keeping, campus security etc. Hotels, Golf Clubs, Airports are some of the key users of LSVs. Segments Covered By Applications, Hotels and Resorts are estimated to have largest market share, due to increased spending on leisure, growth of the segment in the recent years etc. The demand from Golf clubs is expected to increase significantly during forecast period. North America is anticipated to have a large market share and is expected to grow significantly during the forecast period. The growth of the market is attributed to the demand of LSVs in various application such as Golf clubs, resorts, airports etc. The Global Low Speed Vehicle Market is segmented based vehicle type, power output, fuel used, application and geography. IGR Competitive Quadrant The report includes IGR Competitive Quadrant, a proprietary tool to analyze and evaluate the position of companies based on their Industry Position score and Market Performance score. The tool uses various factors for categorizing the players into four categories. Some of these factors considered for analysis are financial performance over the last 3 years, growth strategies, innovation score, new product launches, investments, growth in market share etc. Some of the companies covered in this report are Bintelli Electric Vehicles, Club Car LLC, Cruise Car, Inc., Deere & Company, HDK Co., Ltd., Moto Electric Vehicles, Polaris Inc., Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc., The Toro Company, Yamaha Golf-Car Company. Market Dynamics Drivers * Increasing Geriatric Population * Growing EV charging infrastructure * Stringent emission regulationsRestraints * Lack of safety standards * Absence of fail-proof componentsOpportunities * Advancements in Mobility Solutions * Use of Lithium-ion batteries * Connected Vehicle TechnologyKey Topics Covered: 1 Report Description 1.1 Study Objectives 1.2 Market Definition 1.3 Currency 1.4 Years Considered 1.5 Language 1.6 Key Shareholders 2 Research Methodology 2.1 Research Process 2.2 Data Collection and Validation 2.2.1 Secondary Research 2.2.2 Primary Research 2.3 Market Size Estimation 2.4 Assumptions of the Study 2.5 Limitations of the Study 3 Executive Summary 4 Market Overview 4.1 Introduction 4.2 Market Dynamics 4.2.1 Drivers 4.2.2 Restraints 4.2.3 Opportunities 4.3 Trends 5 Market Analysis 5.1 Porter's Five Forces Analysis 5.2 Impact of COVID-19 5.3 Ansoff Matrix Analysis 6 Global Low Speed Vehicle Market, by Vehicle Type 6.1 Introduction 6.2 Golf Cart 6.3 Commercial Turf Utility Vehicle 6.4 Industrial Utility Vehicle 6.5 Personal Mobility Vehicle 7 Global Low Speed Vehicle Market, by Power Output 7.1 Introduction 7.2 Less than 8 Kw 7.3 8 Kw-15 Kw 7.4 More than 15 Kw 8 Global Low Speed Vehicle Market, by Fuel Used 8.1 Introduction 8.2 Electric 8.3 Gasoline 8.4 Diesel 9 Global Low Speed Vehicle Market, by Application Type 9.1 Introduction 9.2 Golf Courses 9.3 Hotels & Resorts 9.4 Airports 9.5 Industrial Facilities 10 Global Low Speed Vehicle Market, by Geography 11 Competitive Landscape 11.1 IGR Competitive Quadrants 11.2 Market Share Analysis 11.3 Competitive Scenario 12 Company Profiles 12.1 Bintelli Electric Vehicles 12.2 Club Car, LLC 12.3 Cruise Car, Inc. 12.4 Deere & Company 12.5 Hdk Co. Ltd. 12.6 Moto Electric Vehicles 12.7 Polaris Inc. 12.8 Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc. 12.9 the Toro Company 12.10 Yamaha Golf-Car Company For more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/r/dp2cnf Research and Markets also offers Custom Research services providing focused, comprehensive and tailored research. CONTACT: CONTACT: ResearchAndMarkets.com Laura Wood, Senior Press Manager firstname.lastname@example.org For E.S.T Office Hours Call 1-917-300-0470 For U.S./CAN Toll Free Call 1-800-526-8630 For GMT Office Hours Call +353-1-416-8900
A car is an extension of who you are. It’s a reflection of how you think and feel. It is a statement of not only what you have achieved, but also how you have grown. And for those who have grown to understand that power can be elegantly balanced with luxury, refinement and the best in technology, there are the Mercedes-Benz GLE SUVs. Designed for those that enjoy that elegant balance there are three variants of the Mercedes-Benz GLE LWB. For those that prefer an extra dose of refined aggression, there is the Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 4Matic+ Coupe. And both versions provide something that only Mercedes-Benz vehicles excel at – being luxuriously-appointed accomplished all-rounders. The Mercedes-Benz GLE LWB Unparalleled comfort. That is the focus of the Mercedes-GLE LWB. This is a thoroughly modern SUV that allows you to go almost anywhere without putting a hair out of place. Every single thing about every variant of this SUV, including the engine, the suspension, the features and the interiors have been fine tuned for driver and passenger comfort. Speaking of variants, you get to choose from two diesel options the GLE 300 d and the GLE 400 d and an all-new petrol GLE 450 4MATIC version with a first-in-India EQ Boost technology. The GLE 300 d is an upgrade from the GLE 250 d which was the best-selling Mercedes-Benz SUV in India. The GLE 400 d and the GLE 450 4MATIC are the new top-end variants. Design & Comfort All variants, however, share a distinctive, elegant design. The Mercedes-Benz GLE’s sheer size makes a strong first impression. Its signature raked-forward C-pillar that makes it easy to identify on the move. Its powerful shoulders give it a wide, planted stance. The LED high-performance headlamps with the two LED bars subtly indicate that it’s the E-Class of SUVs. The ridges on the long, gently-sloping bonnet and the tight lines around its nose complete the elegant, yet powerful look. The design story continues on the inside with an added layer of luxury. The comfortable and supportive ARTICO man-made leather seats on both rows are electrically adjustable and recline for added relaxation. Then there’s the massive legroom thanks to its extended wheelbase. The ambient interior lighting system presents a choice of 64 colours at the owner’s disposal. And let’s not forget the panoramic sliding sunroof that adds a dimension of lightness and space to the interior like nothing else. Technology & the MBUX Advantage A highlight, though, is the technology. Take the MBUX infotainment system – an intelligent natural voice control and touchscreen system that learns about the driver’s habits and preferences to control the many features of the Mercedes-Benz GLE LWB. The system includes MBUX interior assist that smartly differentiate between the driver and passenger. The widescreen cockpit with two customisable 12.3-inch displays, control a host of functions while sitting elegantly in the dashboard. The multi-function steering wheel offers perfect control while driving and has touchpads so you can control the infotainment system without letting go of the wheel. The MBUX system also features Hard-Disc navigation that displays high-quality 2D or 3D maps to help you plan your route. The result, thanks to the intuitive MBUX system, is an SUV that, over time, becomes personalised to your preferences. Performance Despite the size of the Mercedes-Benz GLE LWB, there’s enough oomph in every available engine to make this SUV feel light on its feet. With the GLE 300 d, it’s hard to believe that this responsive engine displaces only 1,950cc. The twin sequential turbos and the 9-speed gearbox also help. The GLE 400 d is the most powerful diesel engine that Mercedes-Benz has ever made and churns out 330hp and 700Nm of torque. Power Up with EQ Boost The petrol GLE 450 debuts a straight six 3.0-litre petrol engine that generates 367hp and 500Nm of torque. Its special feature is a 48V EQ Boost mild hybrid system that provides a 22hp and 250Nm boost to the engine. This system features an integrated starter-alternator that boosts and recovers energy. What this translates into is higher efficiency and a 0-100kph time of 5.7 seconds. However, if your quest for power isn’t satisfied, there is another option. The Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 4MATIC+ Coupe This is the first of the powerful AMG 53 series in India. It unleashes a new level of performance by combining sporty design, performance and efficiency with hybrid power. The athletic new Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 4MATIC+ Coupe wears this incredible power well under its captivating, elegant, striking, and distinct design. It is powered by a new AMG growl generating twin-turbo 3.0-litre, in-line six-cylinder engine mated to a 9-speed gearbox that churns out 435hp. It’s enough to hurl its 2250kg bulk from 0 -100kph in 5.3 seconds. But there’s more. Throttle response gets a boost from a 48V EQ Boost system that features a start-stop system that adds efficiency. It also sharpens low-end responses and adds up to 22hp and 250Nm of torque. It also features AMG’s active ride control that makes pushing this SUV around corners very safe yet very exciting. This power is balanced by a healthy dose of intelligence with the Mercedes me connect (MMC) system. It includes a communications module that keeps it connected to the internet giving you access to a host of services and a personal digital assistant that can be used to learn about the status of the GLE 53, navigate routes, set reminders, and book appointments. So, if you’ve grown enough to enjoy the trappings of luxury, refinement, power and the prestige of a three-pointed star, the only way to show you’ve arrived is in a Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV.
Increase in sales of electric vehicle to reduce the carbon emission and need to curb the dependency on conventional fuel have boosted the growth of the global wireless charging for electric vehicle market. The market across Europe contributed the highest share in 2019. However, due to Covid-19 pandemic, the major EV charger manufacturers have suspended their operations, which would hamper the market.Portland, OR, Oct. 28, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- According to the report published by Allied Market Research, the global wireless charging for electric vehicle market generated $7.5 million in 2019 and is estimated to reach $210.1 million by 2030, registering a CAGR of 36.4% from 2020 to 2030. The report offers an extensive analysis of changing market dynamics, key winning strategies, business performance, major segments, and competitive scenarios.The surge in sales of an electric vehicle to curb carbon emission and the need to reduce the dependency on conventional fuel drive the growth of the global wireless charging for the electric vehicle market. However, slower charging an expensive integration of technology hinders market growth. On the other hand, technological advancements and an increase in research activities in the field of wireless charging technologies create new opportunities for the market player in the coming years. Download Report Sample at https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/request-sample/5224Covid-19 scenario: * The demand for wireless electric vehicle charging is likely to decrease during the Covid-19 pandemic as various electric vehicle manufacturers have halted their operation amid lockdown. * The revenue generated from the commercial installation segment is likely to decrease due to reduced electric vehicle infrastructure activities including construction of charging stations amid lockdown. * The government of India is expected to start the second phase of Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles (FAME-II) after lifting the lockdown. The initiative was announced in 2019 which includes setting up around 2,700 charging stations in metro cities. This is likely to drive the growth of the wireless electric vehicle charging market.Get detailed COVID-19 impact analysis on the Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging Market Request Here!The report offers detailed segmentation of the global wireless EV charging market-based on the mode of power source, charging method, installation, distribution channel, vehicle type, and region. Based on the power source, the 11–50 kW segment contributed to the largest share in 2019, accounting for more than 90% of the total share, and is estimated to maintain its dominant position during the forecast period. However, the greater than 50 kW segment is estimated to portray the highest CAGR of 40.7% during the forecast period.Based on the installation, the commercial segment accounted for the largest share in 2019, holding more than 90%of the total share, and is expected to maintain the largest share throughout the forecast period. However, the home segment is expected to register the highest CAGR of 41.2% from 2020 to 2030.Interested to Procure The Data? Inquire here at https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/purchase-enquiry/5224Based on region, Europe contributed the highest share, accounting for more than half of the total market share in 2019, and will maintain its dominance throughout the forecast period. 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Martin Schwenk, MD & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India, exuded confidence in the potential of the Indian market to emerge even stronger out of the current slowdown induced by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The momentum is part of global expansion plans for both Tesla and Apple -- in an important potential market where Apple earlier missed the bus and Tesla doesn't play yet.
The updated 2021 Jeep Compass facelift, will finally see light of day sometime next month. The refreshed SUV is expected to be unveiled first in China at the Guangzhou international automobile exhibition that is scheduled to take place in the second-half of next month. 2021 Jeep Compass facelift will get sharper styling Will get new steering wheel, larger touchscreen and better upholstery India launch will take place in early 2021 Jeep Compass facelift: Exterior changes The current Jeep Compass has been in existence since 2016 and while the updated model will look more or less the same, it will however, carry quite a few styling changes to its outside. The 2021 Compass will have slightly slimmer headlamps with LED units in higher variants. The grille will have a sharper look too and will look similar to the recently unveiled, Grand Wagoneer and the upcoming next-gen, Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs. Additionally, new front and rear bumpers and updated alloy wheel designs will sum up the changes on the refreshed SUV’s exterior. Jeep Compass facelift: Interior changes While the exterior of the updated Jeep Compass may not see bigger changes, it’s the interior that will have the major share of the updates. First up, the Compass facelift will come with an all-new steering wheel design which will again be shared with other future SUVs and trucks from the FCA stable, like the Grand Cherokee and the RAM 1500 pickup, to name a few. The dashboard will have better quality materials and taking centerstage will be a much larger touchscreen infotainment system that we told you about first, back in July this year. Additionally, the seats are expected to get better upholstery as well. Jeep Compass facelift: technology updates The new Jeep Compass will come with FCA’s UConnect 5 infotainment system and will most likely come with a 10.1 inch screen setup for the higher variants. As far as features go, this new system comes bundled with integrated Amazon Alexa support, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, and can also receive over-the-air updates to name a few. Sources also tell us that higher variants will come with a full-digital instrument cluster (not seen on this prototype), a 360-degree camera, wireless charging and full LED lighting as well. Additionally, the 2021 Jeep Compass facelift is also expected to come with latest L2 (or Level 2) autonomous driving system, which allows the vehicle to feature advancements like highway assist, traffic jam assists, traffic sign recognition, lane keep assist, active blind-spot assist, and driver attention alert. Jeep Compass facelift: India launch details Like the outgoing model, India will be the mother plant for all right-hand drive Compass units that will be sold locally, as well as in countries in the Asia Pacific region, including Australia. Along with the cosmetic and technology updates, Jeep will also introduce a 1.3-liter turbo petrol engine and even plug-in hybrid versions of the Compass facelift in most international markets. For India, while the refreshed Compass is expected to retain almost all styling and cosmetic changes, including the advanced infotainment system, however, we don’t expect the level-two autonomous tech to be available in the India-spec Jeep Compass facelift. As far as powertrain options go, the Compass sold in India has already received updated BS6 compliant engines quite recently, we do not expect the new 1.3-liter turbo petrol or the plug-in hybrid electric powertrain 4Xe to come to our shores with this mid-cycle update. Jeep will continue to build the right-hand drive Compass facelift just like the outgoing model at its Ranjangaon plant for India, as well as overseas markets. Jeep's future line-up for India According to sources, the refreshed Compass will go on sale in India sometime early next year. The updated Compass is one of many new product introductions expected from Jeep's stable in India. The company will also introduce a larger seven-seat derivative of the Compass sometime late next year in our market. Further on, there will be a sub-four-meter compact SUV as well that the brand will introduce thereafter. Source
As impressive as the Mahindra XUV300 is, it has always been amongst the pricier cars in its class. However, with the recent price correction of up to Rs 72,000 across the range, Mahindra made the XUV300 a lot more appealing than before. The reason why we are reviewing the XUV300 petrol in 2020, though, is to find out whether the BS6 version performs any differently compared to the BS4 version. 2020 Mahindra XUV300 petrol ride, handling and performance For the transition to BS6, smaller-capacity petrol cars usually require a larger or an upgraded catalytic converter. In the XUV300 petrol’s case, the catalytic converter is the same as the BS4 version, although it gets some tweaks to meet the new emission norms. The good news is that neither performance, nor the drivability has been affected in any way. So, like before, the boost comes in around 2,200rpm, after which it accelerates with a greater sense of urgency. This isn’t a high-revving engine, so the revs max out at 6,000rpm, but you will do well to upshift at around 4,500rpm, as that’s where the power delivery remains the strongest. In terms of outright performance, the BS6 timings were identical to the BS4 version, and even the slight variance in the fourth gear from 40-80kph is barely noticeable from behind the wheel. What’s also nice is that this three-cylinder turbo petrol engine is very refined, be it at idle or on the move. With its light controls, the XUV300 petrol remains nice and easy to drive in the city, although the clutch pedal travel is a bit too long and it takes some getting used to its bite point. Mahindra has got the ride and handling balance spot on. The ride comfort is so good that it absorbs road shocks like a much more expensive car. It also remains composed around corners and changes directions very competently. We only wish the steering were a bit more communicative. There are multiple steering modes that adjust its weight, but these don’t make it any sportier or sharper. 2020 Mahindra XUV300 petrol interiors SsangYong’s Korean influence is evident in the Mahindra XUV300’s well-appointed interiors, high-quality plastics and overall fit-finish. The seat comfort is great, the driving position is very SUV-like, and visibility all around is nice as well. Space at the back is rather generous, with a good amount of headroom and knee room, and a wide seat that can accommodate three in comfort. What’s also nice is the inclusion of three individual head restraints, as well as a proper three-point seatbelt for the middle passenger. Not all is perfect, as some storage areas could have been design better. The biggest fly in the ointment, though, is its tiny 257-litre boot, which is smaller than some hatchbacks, and its loading lip is high too. In terms of equipment, this W8 O variant is fully-loaded and gets features like dual-zone climate control, touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, cruise control, sunroof, keyless entry and go, reversing camera, auto headlamps with rain-sensing wipers and a lot more. What’s reassuring is that this is one of the safest compact SUVs you can buy in India. Not only is it equipped with ABS with EBD, ESP, seven airbags and all-wheel disc brakes, the XUV300 has also secured a solid 5 stars in Global NCAP crash tests. Should you buy the 2020 Mahindra XUV300 petrol? The price correction does make the XUV300 more appealing than before, but it is still one of the pricier cars in its class. But factor in its safety credentials, mature driving manners, and its equipment list, and this car does offer you your money’s worth. This is one of the most polished packages to wear a Mahindra badge, and it is one that deserves a serious consideration. Also see: MG Gloster vs Toyota Fortuner vs Ford Endeavour vs Mahindra Alturas G4 comparison 2020 Mahindra Thar garners over 15,000 bookings in 18 days Mahindra Scorpio now gets Android Auto, Apple CarPlay Mahindra XUV300 Sportz gets new mStallion petrol engine Kia Sonet vs rivals: spec comparison
New features on the Honda CR-V Special Edition are an active cornering function for the LED headlamps, a four-way adjustable passenger seat, a hands-free powered tailgate, auto-folding ORVMs and front parking sensors.
The revival in the Indian automobile industry is, not surprisingly, being led by the passenger vehicle (26.45 percent in September 2020) and two-wheeler (11.64 percent in September 2020) segments. While SUVs (24.50 percent) are delivering the goods in the PV market, it is motorcycles (17.30 percentage) that are bringing home the bacon for two-wheeler manufacturers. Of the total 18,49,546 two-wheelers sold last month (11.64 percent), motorcycles comprised the bulk of them with 12,24,117 units (66 percent), while scooters, with 5,56,205 units, accounted for 30 percent and mopeds with 68,929 units (20.33 percent) and 3.72 percent share of the total comprised of EVs. Compared to August 2020’s 10,32,476 (10.13 percent) units, the September numbers are an 18 percent month-on-month improvement. And that’s thanks to the growing demand for commuter motorcycles. Here’s taking a closer look at the top 10 motorcycles of September 2020, of which the top four – Hero Splendor, Hero HF Deluxe, Honda CB Shine and Bajaj Pulsar – accounted for 7,17,153 or nearly 40 percent of total sales in the month. Expectedly, in view of the festive season beginning in mid-October, two-wheeler manufacturers, like their PV counterparts, were busy beefing up their dealer inventories with popular models, which also translates into more sales of individual model. Hero Splendor: 2,80,250 units The Hero Splendor, the bestselling motorcycle in the world every month, sold 2,80,250 units in September 2020. Do the math and that’s 9,341 units every single day! That’s much better than August 2020’s 2,32,301 units, which was 7,493 Splendors being sold every single day. One of India’s first BS6-compliant two-wheelers, the Splendor range consists of three models – the Splendor Plus, Splendor iSmart and the Super Splendor. The Splendor Plus continues to be the most affordable, with a starting price of Rs 59,600. The Super Splendor, meanwhile, is the most expensive variant, starting at Rs 67,300. The Splendor iSmart is priced at Rs 67,100. The Splendor uses a new engine – a 113.2cc, single-cylinder, fuel-injected unit that develops 9.1hp at 7,500rpm and 9.89Nm torque at 5,500rpm. It also features Hero’s i3s start-stop technology and uses a 240mm front disc and 130mm rear drum brake as standard. What’s driving demand for the Splendor range is the uptick from rural India, which has seen a good kharif season. The coming months, which will see farmers increase their transport operations, demand for fuel-sipping commuter bikes will only grow. Hero HF Deluxe: 2,16,201 units The HF Deluxe is the second commuter bike with sales of over 2,00,000 units in a month. At 2,16,201 units in September 2020, this Hero saw a 22 percent month-on-month increase (August 2020: 1,77,168). Early in January 2020, Hero launched the BS6 HF Deluxe and priced the base variant at Rs 55,925 and the i3S variant at Rs 57,250 (both prices, ex-showroom, Delhi). The updated HF Deluxe features a 100cc, single-cylinder fuel-injected engine, which develops 7.94hp and 8.05Nm. Hero claims the new engine is 9 percent more fuel efficient and has better performance, with 6 percent faster acceleration. The new HF Deluxe also features Hero’s i3S (idle start-stop system). Honda CB Shine: 1,18,004 units A Honda makes it to third place, in the form of the CB Shine, with 1,18,004 units, which constitutes smart 32 percent YoY growth (September 2019: 88,893), and 11 percent month-on-month growth (August 2020: 1,06,133). This Honda was among India’s first bikes to get the BS6 treatment. The same 124.73cc, single cylinder , air-cooled engine has been upgraded to BS6-spec, which has seen the power figure rise from 10.31hp to 10.88hp. While the hike in power is marginal, the BS6 CB Shine features electronic fuel injection, which translates into crisp and smooth throttle response. The engine is paired to a 5-speed transmission. Bajaj Pulsar: 1,02,698 units The sporty Pulsar family – which is all of nine variants strong, Pulsar 125, Pulsar 150, 150 Neon, 150 Twin Disc, Pulsar 180F, Pulsar 220, NS160, NS200, and RS200 – clocked sales of 1,02,698 units in September 2020, an 18 percent month-on-month increase (August 2020: 87,202). Between May and July 2020, Bajaj Auto has hiked its product portfolio prices twice – first by Rs 500, to Rs 4,500, and two months ago from just under Rs 1,000 to just over Rs 2,400. But that has done little to dampen the enthusiasm of buyers, who still want to have that feeling of a Pulsar. According to Rakesh Sharma, executive director, Bajaj Auto, who spoke to Autocar India, the sales recovery can be attributed to a positive customer sentiment during the festivities. Moreover, rural demand remains buoyed due to an adequate monsoon, while urban customers seem to be drawn to the showrooms in search of affordable forms of personal mobility at a time when social distancing is the norm. “So, when we put all three things together, we can expect a normal festive season; it (demand) should be equal to last year,” he commented. The senior Bajaj executive, however, is cautiously optimistic about the path to normalcy, with a few red flags that need to be assessed. Hero Glamour: 69,477 units The Hero Glamour is the third Hero MotoCorp bike in the top 10, and it looks to be getting back some of its former market momentum. It registered 69,477 units in September, which is a 28 percent month-on-month improvement (August 2020: 54,315). What is likely to give the Glamour a new charge is the bike’s recent entry into the 125cc segment. This space currently houses some popular motorcycles like the Honda SP 125 and the Bajaj Pulsar 125, so the Glamour definitely has its work cut out. While it displaces an identical 124.7cc, the single-cylinder engine powering the new Glamour is new and gets a 5-speed gearbox in place of the 4-speed unit on the older bike. The Glamour is available in two variants – one with a drum brake at the front and the other with a disc brake – priced at Rs 69,750 and Rs 73,250, respectively, which is just Rs 2,300 more than their corresponding fuel-injected BS4 models. At the price point, the Glamour costs around Rs 1,500 less than the Pulsar 125 and around Rs 4,000 less than the Honda SP 125. For not a lot extra, Hero is giving more refinement and features, in addition to all that the Glamour previously had to offer, which is a pretty good deal. Hero Passion: 63,296 units The fuel-sipping Hero Passion will not go out of fashion anytime soon. Numbers are gradually improving and September saw dispatches of 63,296 units, up 20.63 percent month on month (August 2020: 52,471). Hero MotoCorp seems to have things well sorted out in the commuter bike segment. The 100-110cc segment essentially comprises two sub-segments – the more affordable, straightforward offerings and the other with a bit more style and features. While the popular Splendor fits the former category, the Passion gives the buyer a more premium experience. The Passion’s been around for two decades now and Hero has recently introduced the 2020 Passion Pro to introduce more passion into the commuter bike arena. This machine now gets the updated BS6 113cc engine from the Splendor iSmart and develops 9.15hp and 9.9Nm of torque. Bajaj Platina: 55,496 units After the popular Pulsar, the Platina is the second Bajaj bike in the top 10 chart. With 55,496 units to its credit, the Platina has delivered 26 percent YoY growth (September 2019: 43,978) and 37 percent month-on-month growth (August 2020: 40,294). In early July, Bajaj added a new ES (Electric Start) Disc Brake variant to the Platina 100’s line-up, taking the total number of variants to three. This new variant is priced at Rs 59,373 while the KS Alloy Drum Brake and ES Alloy Drum Brake variants are priced at Rs 49,261 and Rs 55,546, respectively (all prices, ex-showroom, Delhi). Powering the Platina 100 is a BS6-compliant 102cc, single-cylinder engine with peak output figures of 7.9hp and 8.34Nm. This engine is mated to a 4-speed gearbox. The Platina 100 is now one of the only 100cc commuter bikes to feature a disc brake, though the additional money it demands puts it in the same price bracket as some 110cc commuters, like the TVS Radeon, prices for which start at Rs 59,742. Bajaj CT: 45,105 units India’s most affordable motorcycle sold a total of 45,105 units, improving on its August 2020 sales of 34,863 units. At a starting price of Rs 42,790, the Bajaj CT100 is a refined, good-quality product and is a true representation of the affordable engineering that India Inc can deliver. It is actually surprising how the company manages to price it so low. Royal Enfield Classic 350: 38,827 units The iconic thumper from the Chennai-based manufacturer makes its appearance in the bestsellers’ chart at No. 9 position, with 38,827 units. It had the same rank in August 2020, with 34,791 units. The Classic 350 is Royal Enfield’s most popular motorcycle and remains the mainstay of its range. FY2019 saw Royal Enfield sell 6,56,651 motorcycles, with the Classic 350 accounting for 60 percent of them. In BS6 form, the Classic 350 gets a fuel-injection system that develops 19.8hp and 28Nm of torque. With prices starting at Rs 1,78,000, the new Classic is about Rs 11,000 more expensive than it was in BS4 spec. TVS Apache: 37,788 units The flagship motorcycle and the premium bike brand of TVS Motor Co, the Apache is seeing growing in demand. In September 2020, the Apache clocked sales of 37,788 units, improving on August’s 33,540 units. In early August, the company hiked prices for multiple models – including the Apache RTR 160, RTR 180, RTR 160 4V and RTR 200 4V – in its line-up by around Rs 1,000, but that would have done little to dampen buyer enthusiasm for the Apache. On October 12, total Apache sales rode past the four-million-unit sales milestone globally. This premium brand was launched in 2005, which means it took 15 years to go from 0 to 40,00,000 units. Interestingly, the last million or 10 lakh unit sales have come in just two years. The TVS Apache crossed the three-million-unit sales milestone on September 10, 2018. Growth outlook While there is little doubt that, sensing the upbeat mood in the vast swathes of rural India, motorcycle manufacturers have despatched increased volumes to their dealers across the country, which has translated into much-improved September numbers, it will take at least three months or more to confirm if the market recovery is real. Most manufacturers are running their factories at full clip, fervently hoping that the festive season sales will help reduce the COVID-19-induced hit on sales in the April-July 2020 period. What will continue to give a fillip to motorcycle sales is that, with the need for social distancing paramount, demand for personal transport will remain on the upswing, particularly in urban India with office commuters.
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As Tesla <TSLA.O> touts the cutting-edge nature of its new Full Self Driving software, rival Mercedes-Benz says it has developed a similar system but stops short of allowing members of the public to take it on urban roads. The Germans, pioneers in developing advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), are taking a step-by-step approach to releasing new technology, waiting for their own engineers, rather than the general public, to validate their system. Advanced driver assistance systems can provide steering, braking and acceleration support under limited circumstances, generally on highways.
We move on with our maintenance cost comparison and shift focus to the volume-driven premium hatchback segment. In case you’ve missed it, do check out Part 1 (premium and executive SUVs), Part 2 (premium and executive sedans), Part 3 (mid-size SUVs), Part 4 (compact SUVs), Part 5 (mid-size sedans), and Part 6 (compact sedans) of this study. Maintenance costs calculated over 60,000km Premium hatchbacks’ maintenance costs compared Factors in service life as well as cost of parts and labour (ex-Delhi, inclusive of taxes) Once a segment with a fair share of diesel offerings, the premium hatchback segment is now largely a petrol-only space, due to the advent of the strict BS6 emission norms. Hyundai, Maruti, Honda and Volkswagen have all been familiar players in this segment and have offered diesels in the past, but they now only have petrol models. For Hyundai, though, this is only a temporary case, the company decided to skip the BS6 upgrade of the i20’s diesel engine, as the new-generation i20 model is launching this year. The new car will offer a diesel engine option, just like in the pre-BS6 era. Until then, though it’s the newest entrant, the Tata Altroz, which gets a diesel engine option. Unfortunately, Maruti didn’t wish to participate in this study. However, we did manage to source the costs for the Baleno from various dealer sources. Thus, the prices for the Baleno should be treated as estimates. Premium hatchbacks maintenance cost comparison The Japanese and Korean models in this segment have a one year or 10,000km service interval, while Volkswagen and Tata require a service every 15,000km. The Tata Altroz, however, requires a routine check-up every 7,500km, chargeable at Rs 1,000 from 22,500km onwards. Hyundai charges for labour only from the 30,000km service onwards, at a flat Rs 2,873, and with low cost of replacement parts, the i20 is the most pocket-friendly model to run. The Maruti Baleno’s twin from the Toyota stable, the Glanza, is the second most affordable car to maintain, followed by the non-turbo version of the Volkswagen Polo petrol. Interestingly, the mild-hybrid version of the Glanza is a bit more expensive to run than the standard version, and the maintenance cost per kilometre is at par with the Honda Jazz and Tata Altroz petrol. But the priciest petrol hatchback to maintain is the Volkswagen Polo TSI, with a cost per km equivalent to a Tata Altroz diesel. Labour charges account for Rs 10,222, spread over the three chargeable services up to 60,000km. Did you find this maintenance cost comparison helpful? Tell us what you think in the comments section and stay tuned for more maintenance cost comparison surveys of other segments that are coming soon. Premium Hatchbacks maintenance costs (in Rupees)Honda JazzToyota Glanza Toyota Glanza Tata Altroz Tata Altroz Volkswagen Polo Volkswagen Polo Hyundai i20Maruti BalenoEngine1.2P1.2P Kseries1.2P Dualjet1.2P1.5D1.0P1.0TSI1.2P1.2P KseriesCOST OF PARTSAir Filter437285287826550338382275290Oil Filter175828516319299998990Fuel FilterNANANANANANANA1376265Washer Drain Plug36882222155155NA6Spark Plug (for entire set)7057841322342NA891891302800Fan Belt/ DrivebeltNANANANANA1406382NANACoolant14133533538481060NANANA338Engine Oil101112311231192528002688384013681736Brake fluid 330366183218218648648NA355Pollen / HVAC filter 779357357157157614614266NAService Intervals1 year or 10,000km1 year or 10,000km1 year or 10,000km1 year or 15,000km 1 year or 15,000km 1 year or 15,000km 1 year or 15,000km 1 year or 10,000km1 year or 10,000km1st Service Cost (parts+labour)2021132015633634451937084860145718322nd Service Cost (parts+labour)5349456448077339997674109284170251223rd Service Cost (parts+labour)4357420159499130960954777425460543694th Service Cost (parts+labour)60575632535281869975912111450457564475th Service Cost (parts+labour)402738454088NANANANA433043696th Service Cost (parts+labour)626349206668NANANANA63985412Total Cost280742448228427282893407925716330192306727551Maintenance cost per km0.470.410.470.470.570.430.550.380.46
In our last report, when we revealed that Harley-Davidson has ended its wholly-owned business in India, we also said that all hope was not lost and an agreement might be announced with a local player. That has just happened, and the local player in question happens to be the world’s biggest two-wheeler manufacturer, Hero MotoCorp. ● Hero will handle sales and after-sales for Harley-Davidson in India ● Hero will develop a range of premium products, bikes under the Harley name ● Future platforms could also be used under the Hero name Harley-Davidson may have shut down its plant in Haryana and announced the closure of its wholly-owned business in India, but it’s not all bad news for fans of the American icon. Hero Motocorp has just released a statement that confirms long-held rumours that the two companies were tying up. Harley-Davidson sales continue in India While Hero’s statement has not specified if all the existing Harley-Davidson dealerships will continue to function, it clearly mentions that Hero Motorcorp will sell and service Harley-Davidson motorcycles in India. Harley also has a huge line up of accessories and apparels and this too will be retailed by Hero, in India. The statement goes on to say that retail will be via brand-exclusive, Harley-Davidson dealerships as well as Hero’s existing dealers in India. While you may not be able to walk into your local Hero dealership and ride out with a Harley-Davidson Fatboy, you might just be able to buy some cool accessories wearing the American brand’s logo. Hero will develop new Harley-Davidson motorcycles This is by far the more exciting part of the announcement. Companies like Bajaj and TVS already have thriving partnerships with foreign motorcycle brands and while it’s certainly late to the party, it looks like Hero has finally joined in. The press release states that as per a new licensing agreement, Hero will develop and sell a range of premium motorcycles under the Harley-Davidson brand. While the press release doesn’t say so, it’s fair to expect that Hero will have its own product lines born from these future platforms as well, just as TVS and Bajaj already do. It’s unlikely that we’ll see any co-developed small capacity Harley-Davidsons for at least a couple of years, but the good news is that the brand gets to live on in India and that its tens of thousands of existing customers won’t be left in the lurch.
Continuing with sedans, after studying the maintenance costs of executive sedans in Part 2 and the mid-size sedans in Part 5 of our maintenance cost study, we now move on to the extremely competitive compact sedan space. Maintenance costs calculated over 60,000km Compact sedans maintenance costs compared Factors in service life as well as cost of parts and labour (ex-Delhi, inclusive of taxes) The sub-four-metre sedan or compact sedan is a segment unique to India. Born out of the regulation that gives vehicles under four metres – and with engines less than 1.2 litre (petrol) and 1.5 litre (diesel) – certain tax breaks, the compact sedan was designed to provide the aspiration of a sedan at an incremental price over a hatchback. And although this segment has witnessed an onslaught by compact SUVs, it still remains a populated space with six offerings, namely Tata Tigor, Honda Amaze, Ford Aspire, Hyundai Xcent, Hyundai Aura and the segment leader, Maruti Dzire. With the onset of the stricter BS6 emission norms, Ford, Honda and Hyundai still offer petrol and diesel engine options, whereas Maruti and Tata are petrol only. Compact sedans maintenance cost comparison One year or 10,000km service interval is a norm in this segment, however, the Tata Tigor has a comparatively longer, 15,000km service interval. Interestingly though, Tata calls in Tigor owners for a routine check-up every 7,500km, which is chargeable from the 22,500km mark, at Rs 850 per visit. What’s interesting is that, among the petrol sedans, the Honda Amaze, Ford Aspire and Hyundai Aura (with either the 1.0-litre or the 1.2-litre engine) are the most affordable to maintain, with identical costs of Rs 0.34/km. The Ford Aspire and Hyundai Aura also lock horns in the diesel segment and are the two most affordable ones, with near-identical costs of Rs 0.45/km and Rs 0.44/km, respectively. Ford’s labour rate is set at a flat Rs 1,926 from the 20,000km service onwards, which is the lowest in this segment. Surprisingly, the Xcent, which shares its 1.2-litre petrol and diesel engine with the Aura, is a bit pricier to maintain. Hyundai also charges higher labour rates for the Xcent, at Rs 2,873 per service, while the newer Aura’s labour charges are Rs 2,620 per service, both from the 30,000km service mark. Curiously, the Xcent’s pollen filter costs much more than the Aura’s. The Tata Tigor requires the least number of services due to the longer service interval, but it is the second most costly to maintain. The Maruti Dzire is the costliest compact sedan to maintain, and while the cost of replacement parts isn’t particularly expensive, it is the labour charges from the 20,000km service, which average at Rs 2,700, that adds to the costs. The Honda Amaze diesel is much heavier on the pocket, compared to the Ford Aspire, Hyundai Aura and Xcent. It is the only diesel car that requires a coolant change at the end of 60 months, which adds to its costs. And although not by a big margin, the Honda’s labour costs are also a bit higher than the rest. Did you find this maintenance cost comparison helpful? Tell us what you think in the comments section and stay tuned for maintenance cost comparison surveys of other segments that are coming soon. Compact sedan maintenance costs (in Rupees)Tata TigorHonda Amaze Honda Amaze Ford Aspire Ford Aspire Hyundai AuraHyundai AuraHyundai AuraHyundai Xcent Hyundai Xcent Maruti DzireEngine1.2P1.2P1.5D1.2P1.5D1.0P1.2P1.2D1.2P1.2D1.2PCOST OF PARTSAir Filter602437390358360184184184184184290Oil Filter16317539513214889894258942590Fuel FilterNA499125059511403973979753971249265Washer Drain Plug223636429NANANANANA6Spark Plug (for entire set)342705NA375NANA302NA282NA800Coolant84810421256NANANANANANANA338Engine Oil19251011202412242041136813681633136816691735Brake fluid 218165165489489NANANANANA355Pollen / HVAC filter 232NANA163163198198198394394NAService Intervals1 year or 15,000km1 year or 10,000km 1 year or 10,000km 1 year or 10,000km 1 year or 10,000km 1 year or 10,000km 1 year or 10,000km 1 year or 10,000km 1 year or 10,000km 1 year or 10,000km 1 year or 10,000km 1st Service Cost (parts+labour)363412222455139821981457145720581457209418322nd Service Cost (parts+labour)710338786762348742871824164033241820379251453rd Service Cost (parts+labour)867133225004417161134077426146784514496745464th Service Cost (parts+labour)710345866762348742874444426059444693666566535th Service Cost (parts+labour)NA31576095332441244077407746784330496744526th Service Cost (parts+labour)NA4503751048155787481048105944550366665298Total Cost2651120668345882068226796206892050526626223172915127926Maintenance cost per km (up to 60,000km)0.440.340.580.340.450.340.340.440.370.490.47
The new Hyundai i20 is all set to be launched in India on Thursday, November 5, 2020. Hyundai already revealed the international-spec, third-generation i20 earlier this year. The model for India will receive majority of the features and styling of the international model. Hyundai has also officially begun accepting bookings for the new i20 at its dealerships and online retail platform, with the booking amount set for Rs 21,000. New i20 will come with two petrol and one diesel engine options. Its styling will be much sharper and sportier than the outgoing model. It will rival the Tata Altroz, Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Toyota Glanza and Honda Jazz New Hyundai i20 design When compared to the current Elite i20 offered in India, the all-new i20 will come with much sharper, sportier and more angular overall styling. Making use of Hyundai’s ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ design language, the new i20 will also feature a new, wider 'cascading grille' design, new headlight and DRL design, along with new taillights with angular Z-shaped LED inserts. The new i20 will be available in 6 colours - Polar White, Typhoon Silver, Titan Grey, Fiery Red, Starry Night, Metallic Copper. Additionally, it will also be offered in two dual tone finishes - Polar White with Black Roof and Fiery Red with Black Roof. New Hyundai i20 engines Under the hood, the all-new Hyundai i20 will come with two petrol and one diesel engine option in India. The petrol units in question will be a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol for the lower trims, while the higher-trims will get a 120hp, 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine. The 1.2-litre engine will come with the option of both a 5-speed manual and Hyundai’s iVT automatic gearbox. While the 1.0-litre will come with a 7-speed DCT automatic gearbox (like in the Venue). Hyundai will also offer its new iMT (clutch-less manual) gearbox with the 1.0 turbo-petrol. Coming to the diesel engine, it is expected to be the 100hp, 1.5-litre diesel unit (also present in the Venue and Creta in higher states of tune). The engine will likely come paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox. New Hyundai i20 features Hyundai plan to pack the new i20 with a large feature list, with the hatchback getting a large 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Hyundai’s ‘BlueLink’ connected car features. In its higher trims, the new i20 is also expected to get a digital instrument cluster, wireless phone charger, ambient lighting and even ventilated front seats. At launch, the new Hyundai i20 will be available in four trim-levels –Magna, Sportz, Asta and Asta (O). New Hyundai i20 rivals Being a premium hatchback, the new Hyundai i20 will compete with the likes of the Tata Altroz, Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Toyota Glanza and Honda Jazz once launched. In terms of pricing, we expect Hyundai to price the new i20 between Rs 5.5-9.5 lakh (ex-showroom). Also see: 2020 Hyundai i20 for India - What to expect 2020 Hyundai i20 image gallery
This has been a “mast year” when the fruiting trees turn it up to 11 and scatter the forest floor with cob nuts, acorns, conkers and chestnuts. I know this because I pocketed a feast’s worth of chestnuts in the steeply wooded hills around Land Rover’s famed test facility at Eastnor Castle last week while I waited for the caravan of new Defenders to catch up. Motoring hacks blithely witter on about driving over terrain you couldn’t stand up on, but watching David Sneath, Land Rover’s driving experience manager and architect of this tortuous launch route, slide down the gloop like Bambi in wellingtons, was a hilarious exercise in mud overcoming friction. This was the 1989 qualifying route for the Land Rover-organised G4 Challenge contestants, blazed through the Herefordshire hills that are still used to hone the company’s renowned off-road vehicles.
Day one of our sister publication Autocar Professional’s Two-Wheeler Virtual Conclave brought together a host of industry veterans. Though the pick-up in demand and the expectation of festive boost to sales brought some cheer, experts remained concerned about how sustainable the demand will be over the long term. According to most of the speakers, it is an arduous road to recovery and green shoots remain patchy. The panel of speakers on Day 1 included: Rakesh Sharma, executive director, Bajaj Auto, and president, International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA), Deepak Jain, president, ACMA, and CMD, Lumax Industries, Vinkesh Gulati, President, FADA It was moderated by Murali Gopalan, consulting editor, Autocar Professional. Rakesh Sharma: ‘I think the road to recovery is long and arduous.’ Rakesh Sharma, executive director, Bajaj Auto, and president, International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA), said the “road to recovery is long and arduous. Despite the fragility in the supply chain, they have done a tremendous job. Because of that, I do not see supply side issues as a huge concern. The Indian supply chain has shown its resilience. I am more concerned about the vitality of the demand situation.” Sharma emphasises on the need to take stock of the situation after the festive season as he is apprehensive about, “problems on the demand side rather than supply side.” Commenting on policy moves and key legislations, Sharma reiterates the, “need to look at the current situation in a holistic fashion. Consistency in policy is crucial to bring back sustainable demand.” He points out that price and demand are very elastic and lowering GST can have huge implications, “GST reduction could be an important initiative that the Govt can take and can surely catalyse demand. A thriving two-wheeler industry can enable India to take a leadership role in the global arena. GST cut reduces prices and given that demand is price-sensitive and elastic, it has strong correlation with demand.” Sharma highlighted how both, demand and supply side remained vulnerable due to the COVID-19 situation, especially for the next 18 months, but he feels there is a case for lower inventory, “With increasing digitisation, there is a case for lower inventory levels. High inventory levels should not be seen as a dealer problem. It is a manufacturer problem." Commenting on how the electric two-wheeler demand will pan out going forward, Sharma feels it is still early days, “The customer is value conscious; the last few years’ trend indicates that if the power storage cost reduces, the business will pick up pace. The general consensus is that in five to seven years, EVs will become a real threat to conventional IC engines.” Overall, he sees headwinds for the industry over the next two to three years. “ I see strong winds of change hitting the industry, the two-wheeler sector needs to be prepared. The level of integration is still not adequate on the demand side. I think businesses needs to adapt to new normal requirements. Need to take advantage of digitisation, analytics and other technological tools available.” Vinkesh Gulati, president, FADA: ‘Need for caution primary on the inventory level’ Even dealers seem to be worried about how sustainable the demand is over the long term. According to Vinkesh Gulati, president, FADA, “though we see growth on a month-on-month basis, it will take time to witness some year-on-year growth. We are still not there at the pre-COVID-19 level. The September figure showed degrowth of around 12 percent YoY. Also, there is a good enquiry level this festive season. Even with the rural buoyancy, there are still some factors where we do not see demands that we usually see during this time. ‘Work From Home’ and online schools, colleges have impacted the demand for two-wheelers.” Also, FADA is cautious and advised the manufacturers and dealers to take more precaution to avert any unfortunate situations. He also says that dealers have to be more cautious on the inventory during the festive season. “Even the last two festive seasons were not as we expected and that was the trigger for the automotive slowdown in the Indian market. We are recovering now and hope it gets better and gives us the last year numbers. But there are industries that have not reached the level that the auto industry has reached. Even manufacturers are gunning for full production. Also, if there is dampness in sales, excess inventory will cause a concern,” he explained. “The sale during Navratri was a mixed bag. For example, the state of Gujarat had a 30 percent decline over the last year. Overall, we expect a 10-15 percent drop. This is because of the restricted activity due to COVID-19. Things might change for the Diwali season and we hope it will push for sales. If the sales numbers go up, the issue will slowly come down. And, in two to three years, with support from industry and the government, we will see the growth coming back,” Vinkesh added. Sharing his views on the Atma Nirbhar Bharat of two-wheelers and the effect it will have over the customers, the FADA president said, “Higher two-wheeler exports will help support the domestic market and also enable access to cost-effective two-wheelers. Higher localised content will reduce product costs. Margins are important but reduced prices will help give demand an impetus. Indian two-wheeler is not a luxury but a need and necessity. If a two-wheeler becomes Atma Nirbhar, it will be best for Indian customers." He is hopeful that, “positive demand scenario continues in Q4 current fiscal too. I hope COVID-19 has been successfully put in the rear-view mirror.” Deepak Jain: ‘Q4 FY2021 to be the litmus test in terms of demand in the automotive sector’ Bringing in an auto component supplier’s perspective at this juncture, Deepak Jain, president, ACMA, and CMD, Lumax Industries, says, “Q4 of FY2021 will be the litmus test in terms of demand in the automotive sector. Need to see when we can restart investment in the supply side. Jain is cautiously optimistic about the growth prospects of the two-wheeler segment and says, “Festive demand has put a lot of pressure on supply chains. Restaffing of workforce due to migration of labourers has led to retraining of staff and that takes a lot of time. Raw material shortage is also a concern. There is financial stress in the supply chain too.” According to Jain, the current adversity has brought about unity within the automotive segment. There is massive collaboration between all stakeholders, from supply side to dealer front. The two-wheeler industry is a shining example of Atma Nirbharta.” Jain highlights that self-reliance, “especially in two-wheeler space, is doable, given the domestic scale and capacity that is truly global. The industry has given a lot of impetus for undertaking engineering collaboration, helping innovation and making it easier for exports too.” Sharing his outlook for the two-wheeler segment, Jain says the current crisis has “given a fillip to industry and helped industry showcase its resilience. We have to be cautious and take the lessons learnt in future to make industry value-based, quality conscious.”
2020 Hyundai i20 bookings have opened unofficially ahead of its launch in November. Hyundai dealers are now accepting orders for the new-generation i20, with the booking amount set at Rs 25,000. The 2020 Hyundai i20’s India launch is set to take place in the first week of November, and dealer sources say, a handful of customers have already made bookings to get their hands on the very first units when deliveries commence by Diwali. 2020 Hyundai i20 bookings open unofficially New i20 India launch set to take place early-November Deliveries of the new i20 to commence by Diwali 2020 Hyundai i20 interior and exterior details Spy images leaked a few days ago, and Hyundai’s official sketches, have already confirmed the India-spec 2020 Hyundai i20, remains largely identical to the international-spec model revealed, earlier this year, both inside and out. That said, a new promo confirms the India-spec model ditches the all-LED headlights of the international-spec i20 and instead has projector headlights with LED DRLs. On the inside, the new i20 appears to sport a dual-tone theme, combining black with coffee brown accents for certain trim elements, leather upholstery and contrast stitching. Standing out on the dashboard is a large, 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system. There’s also a digital instrument display, but unlike the high-resolution 10.25-inch colour screen found in the international-spec i20, it's a more cost-effective digital readout panel; the same unit as seen in the Verna facelift. The touchscreen sits above the central AC vents, which are incorporated into the horizontal blades that stretch all the way to the other end of the dashboard. The new Hyundai i20 for India, has the same four-spoke steering wheel as seen inside the second-gen Hyundai Creta. Among other features of the new i20 visible in the spy pictures are cruise control, front centre armrest, Bose sound system, centre armrest for the rear seat passengers and an air purifier placed between the front seats. What most will also be thrilled to know is that the range-topping 2020 Hyundai i20 Asta will also have a sunroof. Expect to see Hyundai’s BlueLink connected-car technology to feature as well. Dealer sources say the new i20 will follow the same variant nomenclature as the outgoing model, with the range expected to include Era, Magna, Sportz, Asta and Asta (O) trims. New Hyundai i20 engine and gearbox options The 2020 Hyundai i20 Asta automatic, seen in previous spy pictures wears the DCT badge, which confirms the new-gen hatchback will come with the 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox that does duty in a number of other Hyundai India models. This gearbox will be paired with the 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine, expected to put out close to 120hp. Entry-level i20 models are likely to come with a 1.2-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine paired with a 5-speed manual, and there will also be a 1.5-litre diesel engine option that’s expected to be offered in its 100hp state of tune. Hyundai is also set to offer its intelligent manual transmission (iMT) option on the new i20, which will most likely be an alternative transmission option for the 1.0 turbo-petrol. Expected 2020 Hyundai i20 price When it is launched next week, the new-generation i20 will take the fight to the segment-leader, the Maruti Suzuki Baleno, as well as the Toyota Glanza, Honda Jazz and the Tata Altroz. Expect the 2020 Hyundai i20’s price to range from Rs 5.5 lakh to Rs 9.5 lakh (ex-showroom). Think the new Hyundai i20 has what it takes to surge to the top of the premium hatchback segment? Let us know in the comments. Also see: Up to Rs 1 lakh off on Hyundai cars in October 2020