MotorBeam Daily News Roundup – 31st August
News highlights of the day include Toyota,Royal Enfield, Maruti and Audi.
Toyota – Toyota Yaris Cross launched in Japan, priced from 1,798,000 yen (Rs. 12.45 lakhs). It is powered by a 1.5-litre petrol engine which is available in two variants. It comes with features like Full Speed Range Radar Cruise Control, Lane Tracing Assist (LTA), Adaptive Hi-beam System (AHS), Pre-collision Safety System, Low Speed Acceleration Control, Emergency Steering Assist and Road Sign Assist (RSA).
Royal Enfield – The bike maker delivers over 1000 bikes in Kerala in a single day on the auspicious festival of Onam. It is a big festival in South India. Royal Enfield has over 59 dealerships and 25 studio stores in Kerala. The Indian bike maker is currently preparing to introduce new Meteor 350 and is testing many more bikes for India launch in the near future.
Maruti Suzuki – Maruti Arena dealership network turns 3 year old today. India’s largest carmaker introduced a tech savvy dealership layout with touchscreen systems and customisation zones along with a cafe to improve the customer experience. They currently have over 745 such outlets across the country.
Audi – The German luxury carmaker has appointed Jubilant MotorWorks as their new dealer partner for Audi Mumbai South. Their showrooms is spread over 5500 sq. ft. and has a 5 car display. The workshop is spread over 40,000 sq. ft. and houses 20 bays. Now Audi’s Mumbai network has 2 sales showrooms & 3 service workshops including 1 workshop in Thane.
Motor Trivia – Did you know, the interior upholstery of a Bentley requires around 480 leather elements laced with 40,000 stitches, most of which is hand stitched.
Comment of the day – Sandyzen – “When heart meets the mind with genuine facts and figures, then this is the outcome; brilliant editorial ever in EV space by Praveen. My favorite pick “Our country has to look at our needs and not blindly copy what Westerners do” with “Indian people are what should matter to the government and not some law made by Europeans”. Exactly, thats should be the reality; we should be putting our own weight like our requirement, availability and convenience, rather then flown away like kites by wrong Western winds and falling into waste. IMO, whether its EV or ICE, its the fuel source that decides the fate of these technologies; and the fact is – we’re still far from the right source.”