News highlights of the day include Maruti Suzuki, Ather, Skoda, KTM and Nissan.
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Facelift – Maruti Suzuki will take the wraps off the refreshed Vitara Brezza SUV on 6th February – the second day of the 2020 Auto Expo. The compact SUV will get a BS6-compliant 1.5-litre petrol engine along with some cosmetic tweaks inside and out.
Ather 450X – Ather has announced that the 450X with new features, better specs, and more intelligent features, will first be launched in Hyderabad, Mumbai, Delhi-NCR, Pune, Chennai and Bengaluru, followed by Ahmedabad, Kochi, Coimbatore and Kolkata.
Skoda Karoq – Skoda Auto India plans to reveal the India-spec Karoq SUV on 3rd February 2020. The model will sit below the Kodiaq in the brand’s India portfolio and will be shown to the general public at the 2020 Auto Expo.
BS6 KTM Duke 390 – KTM India is set to launch BS6 versions of the Duke and RC family in January 2020. The introduction will begin with the Duke 250, the Duke 390 followed by the RC 390. Even the KTM Duke 200 and RC 200 will be available in BS6 form by the end of January 2020.
Nissan-Renault Split – Owing to the financial misconduct of Mr. Carlos Ghosn, Nissan is planning to split itself from Alliance partner Renault. It is speculated that the companies are planning to negotiate a total divide between the two brands in the engineering and manufacturing departments.
Motor Trivia – Did you know, the word “automobile” is a combination of the word “auto,” which means “self,” and “mobile,” which means “moving”?
Comment of the day – Go_kool – Underrated brand, their marketing & strategy to blame, they are losing their brand loyalist too. I’m biased towards Ford, but after owning Figo D(1st gen) I don’t have any worthy vehicle to upgrade from ford.