MotorBeam Daily News Roundup – 29th December
News highlights of the day include Honda, Skoda, Ducati and BMW.
Honda – The Japanese two-wheeler maker is offering year-end cashback deals on multiple scooters and motorcycles in India. Honda is offering Rs. 5000/- cashback on the Grazia 125, SP 125, Hornet 2.0, Activa 6G and the CD 110 Dream. This scheme is available if you finance the purchase with ICICI, Federal Bank, Standard Chartered, Bank of Baroda and Yes Bank.
Skoda – Carmakers announcing price hike from January is a yearly ritual for most of the companies. Soon after the announcement from Maruti Suzuki for price hike across its range from January 2021, the majority of the automakers joined the drive. The latest one to announce the hike is Skoda. They will increase the pricing across the lineup by 2.50 percent. Rising input costs is the reason behind this price hike.
Ducati – The Italian premium motorcycle maker has recalled 1072 units of the Ducati Scrambler 1100 in the USA. Units manufactured between March 2018 and October 2020 are affected under this recall over potential short-circuit issue. There is a likelihood of the exhaust flapper cable coming in contact with the battery that may cause potential short-circuiting in the motorcycle. Ducati hasn’t announced a recall for this issue yet in India.
BMW – The German luxury carmaker has announced that they want 20 percent of their vehicles to be electric by 2023. Currently, they have a lineup with 8 percent of all-electric cars. They recently revealed their all-electric production-ready iX SUV that exhibits the brand’s future in the electric world.
Motor Trivia – Did you know, Audi was the first car manufacturer to win Le Mans with both diesel and hybrid cars.
Comment of the day – Vedanta Dasgupta – “I think a minimum rating of 3 star in crash test should also be made mandatory.”