Japanese automobile manufacturer Honda is expected to slash the prices of Activa and Unicorn by 3-5% after GST roll-out July 1. According to reports, other top automakers, including Hero, Suzuki, Yamaha and TVS Motors are also said to reduce the prices of their scooters and bikes. Notably, Bajaj and Royal Enfield had already cut the prices of their motorcycles.
Indian motorcycle manufacturer Royal Enfield has reportedly started offering GST-linked discounts on its motorcycles under 350cc. According to reports, the motorcycles with up to 350cc cubic capacity will attract 28 per cent of tax under the GST tax structure. Notably, Royal Enfield Classic 350, Bullet 350 and Bullet ES motorcycles fall under this category.
Automaker Ford India has reportedly discontinued two variants of its popular SUV Endeavour. According to reports, the Trend variants with 2.2 litre engine and manual transmission and 3.2 litre motor and automatic transmission have been discontinued. Notably, Ford is expected to launch a new facelifted version of Endeavour in 2018 with cosmetic updates.
Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) reportedly sent an invite for its all-new offering that will be launched on Wednesday. The two-wheeler maker's invite points towards a utilitarian offering targeted at rural markets. The company has kept details on the upcoming offering are well under wraps.
American automaker Jeep has reportedly started the pre-bookings for its upcoming Compass. According to reports, the SUV, which is likely to be priced between Rs 18 - 25 lakh, can be booked at an advance amount of Rs 50,000. Notably, Compass features a 1.4-litre petrol or a 2-litre diesel engine, 6-speed manual or 7-speed automatic gearbox, four-wheel-drive system, etc.
According to reports, the Indian Railways is expected to propose to make Rajdhani Express commuting on Mumbai and Howrah lines faster by 30%, making the travel between Delhi-Mumbai to complete in as many as 12 hours, compared to the existing 16 hours. In this case, the Rajdhani is expected to run at its top speed of 200 km/h. Notably, this comes after the recent launch of Tejas Express with up to 200 km/h speed.
South Korean multinational automaker Hyundai is expected to launch its new 2017 Verna by the end of August 2017. According to reports, the upcoming sedan is likely to feature a 1.4 litre petrol motor or a 1.6 litre diesel engine with manual transmission, LED tail lamps, 15-inch alloy wheels, anti-lock braking system, dual airbags, 8-inch infotainment system compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay apps.
Indian automaker Royal Enfield has reportedly showcased two new custom builds, Surf Racer and Gentleman Brat at the Wheels and Waves Festival in France. According to reports, Surf Racer looks similar to Continental GT, while Gentleman Brat is based on RE Himalayan. Notably, Royal Enfield has collaborated with UK-based Sinroja Motorcycles to develop the custom builds.
German automaker Volkswagen on Friday reportedly unveiled the sixth generation of the Volkswagen Polo in Berlin. The new generation of Polo reportedly offers an increase in boot size and also more space for driver and passengers. Apart from that, the new Polo also comes with a host of new features like adaptive cruise control, optional keyless access and semi-automated park assist system.
South Korean automotive manufacturer Hyundai has reportedly announced that it would launch its 2017 Verna in India in August. According to reports, the sedan will sport a new dashboard, re-designed cabin, 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, anti-lock braking system, dual airbags, etc. Notably, Verna was earlier spotted testing in Chennai roads.
Italian automobile manufacturing company Ducati has temporarily discontinued its Scrambler, Monster 821 and Panigale 1299 motorcycles in India. According to reports, the company’s sudden move comes due to the implementation of BS IV emission norms. Notably, Ducati had earlier provided discounts the BS III models of these motorcycles.
According to reports, the Competition Commission of India has imposed Rs 87 crore penalty on South Korean car manufacturer Hyundai over unfair business practices on providing discounts for cars. Reportedly, the CCI found Hyundai guilty of imposing arrangements upon its dealers, which are in violation of provisions of the Competition Act. The company has been directed to cease from such anti-competitive practices.
German luxury car maker BMW has reportedly unveiled its new 2018 6 Series Gran Turismo. According to reports, the luxury sedan, which is set to make its first public appearance at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show, will come in 2.0-litre or 3.0-litre petrol engine and a 3.0-litre diesel motor variants. Notably, Gran Turismo will also sport a 8-speed automatic gearbox, touchscreen infotainment system, LED headlights with LED DRLs etc.
German luxury vehicle manufacturer BMW has reportedly begun the production of its new 5 Series sedan in India. According to reports, the sedan is manufactured at a plant in Chennai and the company’s Chennai plant MD Jochen Stallkamp has said that BMW 5 Series would further increase their momentum in the Indian luxury car segment. Notably, the sedan is set to be launched on June 29.
Italian sports bike maker, Ducati has reportedly launched a naked superbike Monster 797 in India on Wednesday. According to reports, Monster 797 has been launched for a price of Rs. 7.77 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Ducati also launched another tourer Multistrada 950 for the price of Rs. 12.60 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Triumph Motorcycles India on Tuesday launched its Street Triple superbike. According to reports, the street triple has been launched for a starting price of Rs. 8.50 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). This new naked Triumph Street Triple reportedly sports an all-new engine, updated suspension and a lighter chassis. Notably, the street triple is also the lightest bike in its class with a dry weight of 166 kg.
South Korean automaker Hyundai has reportedly unveiled its new subcompact SUV Kona built for the US and the European markets. According to reports, the company is set to showcase Kona at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. Notably, Kona is said to feature a 2-litre MPI petrol engine and a 1.6-litre turbocharged diesel motor with a six-speed manual gearbox.
Most expected entry-level S variant motorcycle Triumph Street Triple has reportedly been launched in India at a price of Rs 8.50 lakh. According to reports, Triumph Street Triple sports a 765 cc in-line triple engine, 41 mm USD forks at front and preload adjustable monoshock unit at the rear, 1410 mm wheelbase, dual-channel ABS and is available in Diablo Red and Phantom Black colour variants.
Indian automobile manufacturer Tata Motors has reportedly overtaken Japanese automaker Honda to become fourth largest carmaker in India. According to reports, Tata had sold 12,499 units in May 2017, while 11,278 units were sold by Honda in the same month. Notably, Maruti Suzuki India, Hyundai Motor India and Mahindra & Mahindra remained in top three spots.
Japanese automobile maker Nissan has on Friday launched the new Micra with intelligent features and sporty design starting at Rs 5.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The vehicle reportedly comes with CVT Automatic Transmission, Automatic Headlamps and handy Rain-Sensing Wipers for inconsistent rains. Further, Nissan Micra's exciting new 'Lead Me To Car' feature helps users find their cars in dark parking spots.