News highlights of the day include Tata, Royal Enfield, Mercedes, Volkswagen and Toyota.
Tata Nexon EV – The first electric compact SUV in India, the Nexon EV will be introduced by the end of January. It comes in a facelifted avatar of the regular Nexon with sharper design cues and updated interiors. It will be available with 30.2kWh lithium-ion battery with a range of up to 300 km on single charge.
Royal Enfield – The Indian bike maker has stopped accepting bookings for its 500cc offerings. Royal Enfield will discontinue the 500cc engine bikes as they don’t plant to upgrade the slow selling models to BS6.
Mercedes GLE – The German luxury carmaker will introduce the new generation Mercedes GLE in India on 28th January. It comes with a new design language, advanced tech on offer and will be available with both BS6 compliant petrol and diesel engine options.
Volkswagen – The German carmaker will showcase a range of new products including the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace, T-Roc and ID Crozz electric SUV concept. The T-Roc and Tiguan Allspace will be launched in India. The SUVs will be imported via CBU route.
Toyota Yaris – Toyota is considering to introduce the Yaris CNG version during the festive season this year. The C-segment sedan isn’t doing well in the market compared to the Maruti Ciaz, Honda City and Hyundai Verna. It is not available in a diesel engine option. The Japanese carmaker is betting big on the CNG version.
Motor Trivia – Did you know, the Toyota Qualis recorded highest monthly sales at the time of its discontinuation announcement. It was one of the highest resale value cars in the Indian car market. Mahindra Bolero sales increased only after the discontinuation of Qualis.
Comment of the day – Jezza – “A great circuit like BIC is out of F1 calendar but boring circuits like China ,French etc. are in long-term contract!”