MotorBeam Daily News Roundup – 4th November
News highlights of the day include Ather, Ford, Mahindra and Benelli.
Ather – The Indian electric scooter maker is currently expanding its network across the country. Ather will introduce the new 450X in 6 new cities on 7th November including Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Pune. Deliveries will commence by the end of this month. Ather will set up charging stations in these cities.
Ford – The American carmaker has increased their coverage options with their latest extended warranty package. The Ford Protect Extended Warranty now comes with coverage of up to 1,50,000 km or 6 years. This will cover all mechanical and electrical failures including labour for repairs. This extended warranty is available in all cars including Figo, Aspire, Freestyle, EcoSport and Endeavour.
Mahindra – The new generation Mahindra Thar is getting a lot of attention. The lifestyle vehicle has received more than 20,000 bookings already within a month of launch. Waiting period has now increased to 7 months. According to the Indian carmaker, the hard top variants are getting a lot of demand be it petrol or diesel.
Benelli – This festive season manufacturers have come up with some new offers to boost their sales. The Imperiale 400 is being offered with multiple schemes with the ‘Diwali Sparkle Offer’. Customers can save up to Rs. 12,000/- for the black and red colour options. There is a low cos EMI offer too for Rs. 4999/- with up to 85 percent finance.
Motor Trivia – Did you know, Aston Martin Vantage uses Mercedes-AMG’s twin-turbo V8 engine.
Comment of the day – Mahesh Thampi – “Fuel injection, Dual channel ABS with RLP, slipper clutch, riding modes, adjustable front suspension, LED headlamps, crawl mode,…….. The RTR 200 got upgraded with all these features in just 4 years since launch. While the only 2 things that our beloved NS200 got in all the 8 years since launch are FI and single channel ABS. Thank to Bs6 norms otherwise the FI version still would’ve been export only. TVS has took the the Fiero platform to another level. Kudos to them. P.S- Ask any TVS dealer about this new variant and they would mostly be clueless. This was the case with Wego disc variant and RTR200 ABS version (Bs4). TVS is awfully slow at informing their dealers. And that new blue shade looks lovely.”