MotorBeam Daily News Roundup – 10th December
News highlights of the day include Mercedes, Toyota, Magnite and Aprilia.
Mercedes – The German luxury carmaker has crossed a big milestone of 4 lakh units productions of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class. It was launched in 1979 and has been in production since 41 years. The 4,00,000th model is going to a customer in Germany who owns 20 models of the G-Class. The off-roader is currently being manufactured in Austria. It is available in India with a diesel engine and a high performance AMG petrol engine option.
Toyota – The Japanese carmaker has always been a pioneer of hybrid vehicles. Now, Toyota is planning to introduce an all-new all-electric SUV in 2021 with a dedicated EV platform. It will be based on the new e-TNGA platform which will also be shared with Suzuki. It will be targeted at the European market. This platform will also spawn a sedan and an MPV in the future.
Nissan – The Magnite is surprisingly getting a lot of demand as Nissan’s order books cross 6000 bookings for the compact SUV. There is a waiting period for the base variant for up to 6 months. The deliveries of the car will commence in January. They are setting up new touchpoints across the country as they believe the Magnite will bring in a lot of volumes for the company.
Aprilia – The premium Italian two-wheeler maker is all se to commence bookings of the much awaited Aprilia SXR 160 from tomorrow in India. It is expected to be priced around Rs. 1.30 lakhs (ex-showroom). It was showcased for the first time at the 2020 Auto Expo and the audience appreciated the fresh and premium styling of the scooter. Launch is scheduled to happen later this month.
Motor Trivia – Did you know, Bugatti used to have elephants as hood ornaments.
Comment of the day – Vinay Kumar – “Yessssssssss!!!!!! All supersport owners….grace this circuit for track days!!!!! Let’s give them confidence to open more racetracks.”