MotorBeam Daily News Roundup – 8th January
News highlights of the day include Honda, Mercedes, Mahindra and BMW.
Honda – The Japanese bike maker has silently increased the pricing of the recently launched Honda H’Ness CB 350. It is now expensive by up to Rs. 2500/-. The DLX variant gets a price hike of Rs. 1500/-. This is the first price hike for the motorcycles since its launch in October 2020.
Mercedes – The German luxury carmaker has joined the bandwagon of price hike. They will increase the pricing of all their models in India from 15th January by 5 percent. They claim the increasing input costs and weakening of the Indian currency compared to Europe has led to this move by Mercedes-Benz India.
Mahindra – The Indian carmaker has announced a price hike across its range by 1.9 percent which applies from 8th January. The price increase is in the range of Rs. 4500-40,000/-. According to Mahindra, the price hike has been done due to the increase in commodity prices and rising input costs.
BMW – The BMW Group has delivered a total of 6604 cars in India in 2020. Out of these 512 cars belonged to the MINI brand. Their two-wheeler division BMW Motorrad delivered 2563 units in 2020. 50 percent of the contribution in sales came from the locally assembled SUVs – BMW X1, X3 and X5.
Motor Trivia – Did you know, replacing one wheel of the Ford Shelby GT350R costs $6000 (Rs. 4.40 lakhs) .
Comment of the day – Vedanta Dasgupta – “Personally I think 0-100 timing does not matter a lot. The companies should instead mention roll on acceleration, braking distance, head light illumination range etc.”