MotorBeam Daily News Roundup – 10th November
News highlights of the day include Audi, Kia, Hyundai and FasTag.
Audi – The German luxury carmaker has announced price hike of up to 2 percent across all its cars on offer in India from 1st January 2021. Audi India claims that rising inputs costs and currency fluctuations have put a strain on their cost structure, thereby the decision to increase the ex-showroom pricing across the model range in our country.
Kia – The South Korean carmaker has crossed a new milestone of achieving 1.25 lakh sales of their first product in India, the Kia Seltos. It became popular instantly after its launch last year. Within 14 months of launch, the compact SUV has achieved more than 1.25 lakh sales. It was updated a few months back with new features and mild cosmetic tweaks for some variants to keep it relevant amongst the new arrivals in the segment.
Hyundai – This is the season of attractive schemes and offers and Hyundai has jumped in to introduce yet another service camp christened as pre-Diwali service camp this time around. This will include 20 percent discount on paint protection, exterior beautification, interior enrichment, interior form cleaning, engine cleaning and wind screen treatment.
FasTag – Another day, another FasTag norm. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highway has announced that FasTags are mandatory on all four-wheelers from 1st January, 2021. It is mandatory regardless of the year of manufacture. Also, new third-party vehicle insurance applicants will be required to have a valid FasTag, this rule will be implemented from 1st April, 2021.
Motor Trivia – Did you know, MINI Cooper Clubvan is the rarest MINI Cooper ever produced.
Comment of the day – Mahesh Thampi – “I am doubtful whether the Gravitas will sell or not. Design and dimension wise, Gravitas is almost 90% Harrier itself. Even engine and transmission options are the same.Only USP’s of Gravitas are the 3rd row seats (which are not much spacious, at least as per the reviews at auto expo), electronic parking brake and rear disc brakes. There should have been a bit more cosmetic differentiation between Harrier and Gravitas. Like Maruti Ertiga & XL6.”