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Supreme Court lifted the existing diesel ban

News - Supreme Court lifted the existing diesel ban

Auto makers heave a sigh of relief as the Supreme Court on Friday lifted the existing diesel ban in Delhi-NCR region and allowed the vehicles back on road. Diesel cars and SUVs with engines over 2000cc were banned in the capital in December 2015 following the concerns expressed by the Green Tribunal as a measure to prevent further air pollution

This came as a huge shocker to the big car makers like Mercedes, Mahindra and Toyota who earned a major portion of their revenue from the diesel segment vehicles in the Delhi- NCR.

Following this, a joint petition was made by the Mercedes, a Toyota dealer and SIAM to remove the existing ban stating that they were ready to pay a cess until a judgement has been made on the Diesel engine's contribution to air pollution in the capital. They appealed on the ground that the pollution was not caused by the diesel vehicles alone and the right reason need to be figured out soon.

On Friday , a bench headed by Chief Justice of India T.S.Thakur modified the ban stating that the auto companies will be charged a 1% of the ex-showroom price on all diesel vehicles as 'Environment Protection Charges' towards the compensation for the pollution that their vehicles are likely to cause.

This judgement was opposed by the Central Government claiming that any right to levy tax was the right of the legislative and not to be done by any court. The Supreme Court is said to have agreed to consider this opposition positively.

Meanwhile, the environment charges will have to be paid by the manufacturers to a private bank in the state. Whether this tax will be passed on to the customers is yet unknown, but the automobile giants seemed to have been completely relieved after the removal of the ban. A top official from Mahindra said that they can now focus better on producing vehicles that comply with BS 6 norms.

Volvo’s latest SUV, XC60 launched in India at Rs.55.90 lakh
Volvo’s latest SUV, XC60 launched in India at Rs.55.90 lakh

Volvo launched their premium SUV, XC60 in a new avatar at a price of Rs.55.90 lakh. The second generation model appears in only one variant named Inscription and is based on the company’s in-house developed SPA platform.


Range Rover Velar launched at Rs.78.83 lakh
Range Rover Velar launched at Rs.78.83 lakh

Jaguar Land Rover launched their much anticipated SUV offering, Range Rover Velar in India at a starting price of Rs.78.83 lakh. Bookings for this vehicle had already begun in the beginning of this month. The Tata Motors owned company has now officially revealed the prices of the different variants of this particular model that has its base variant priced at Rs.78.83 lakh and top end variant at Rs.1.37 crore.

 Maruti Suzuki Ignis all set to be launched next month
Maruti Suzuki Ignis all set to be launched next month

Maruti Suzuki Ignis to be launched on 13th January 2017

• Addressed as a premium urban crossover, Ignis comes with a lot of unique features for the Indian specific model

• Available in both Petrol and Diesel trims and expected to be priced around Rs.5-7 lakh approximately


Peugeot buys Ambassador Car brand from Hindustan Motors
Peugeot buys Ambassador Car brand from Hindustan Motors

Hindustan Motors has signed an agreement with Peugeot, selling Ambassador Brand and certain related rights at a sum of Rs.80 crore. It also said that the proceeds of the sale will be used to clear all pending dues of employees and lenders.


Maruti Suzuki Swift 2017- Old wine in a new bottle? Find out!
Maruti Suzuki Swift 2017- Old wine in a new bottle? Find out!

Maruti Suzuki has launched the New Swift 2017 in Japan and it is just months away to the Indian launch. It is expected to reach India in the second half of 2017 and there has been some real buzz about it for quite some time now.
The unique and most loved car since 2005 has chosen a new avatar for the 2017 launch and is being awaited by the enthusiasts all over.


Honda WR-V ready to hit Indian roads on March 16th, 2017
Honda WR-V ready to hit Indian roads on March 16th, 2017

Honda WR-V (Winsome Runabout Vehicle), the sub compact crossover was unveiled at the 2016 Sao Paulo Motor Show in Brazil. Now, Honda is about to launch the same here in the country on March 16th, 2017. As WR-V rolls here, India will earn the name for being the first country to produce and launch it in the world. Previously named as the Jazz Twist, this crossover is based on the company’s best seller Honda Jazz but is slightly longer and taller than the latter.


Mercedes Benz India announces plans to bring hybrid & electric car
Mercedes Benz India announces plans to bring hybrid & electric car

As the Indian Government has been taking quicker and necessary steps to curb the growing pollution in the country, the automobile market too seems to be rapidly making moves alongside. This year, Indian Government planned to skip the implementation of BS-V norms altogether and is about to leap from BS-IV to VI in next four years, i.e. stricter emission norms by 2020.


Jeep Compass expected to be priced around 25 lakh
Jeep Compass expected to be priced around 25 lakh

August 1st witnessed the launch of the iconic Jeep Grand Cherokee in India. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles which brought the brand to India as CBU (Completely Built Up) units with a heavy price tag had promised that they will soon launch a Made in India SUV at their new facility (JV with Tata) in Ranjangaon, Pune.


Isuzu MU-X launched in India at a starting price of Rs.23.99 lakh
Isuzu MU-X launched in India at a starting price of Rs.23.99 lakh

MU-X, A new SUV from Isuzu Motors India was launched in India on Thursday replacing the MU-7 from their Indian line-up. This robust utility vehicle comes in two variants- a 4x2 variant priced at Rs.23.99 lakh and 4x4 variant at Rs.25.99 lakh (Both Ex-showroom Delhi). The MU-X shares its platform with the new-generation D-Max and rivals against the likes of Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour. The MU-X had conquered the global market until March 2017 after which a facelifted version of the same was launched there. The facelift MU-X will reach India in another year or so, depending on how good the Indian markets welcome this model here.


2017 Maruti Dzire- Bookings open at Rs.11,000 token amount
2017 Maruti Dzire- Bookings open at Rs.11,000 token amount

Maruti Suzuki has geared up for the launch of its most popular sub compact sedan, the 2017 Dzire in India on May 16th. The company dealerships have officially started to accept bookings for the same at a token amount of Rs.11,000. There is also an option for customers who have already booked the outgoing model to upgrade it to the third generation Dzire.


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Merc-AMG CLA 45 and GLA 45 launched at starting price of Rs.75.20 lakh
Merc-AMG CLA 45 and GLA 45 launched at starting price of Rs.75.20 lakh

• Mercedes Benz launches AMG GLA 45 and CLA 45

• Facelift versions also get a new Aero Edition

• Both cars get 19-inch alloy wheels and other cosmetic updates

• Both models are powered by 2L Bi-Turbo Petrol engine

Merc launches Edition C variant in C-class, prices start at Rs.42.45 l
Merc launches Edition C variant in C-class, prices start at Rs.42.45 l

• Edition C of Mercedes Benz C-class launched at a starting price of Rs.42.45 lakh

• Three models of C-class Avantgarde receive the new trim

• Edition C rivals BMW 3-series, Audi A4 and Volvo S60

Mercedes Benz A-class and B-class Night editions show off in daylight
Mercedes Benz A-class and B-class Night editions show off in daylight

Last month, Mercedes Benz launched two limited edition hatchbacks, fondly named as the Night Edition of the A-class and B-class in India. The luxury carmaker that launched almost 16 models in 2016 seems to have more surprises in 2017. Both the A-class and B-class night editions are limited to just 100 units each. Targeting the younger generation in particular, both these cars are available in two variants each with cosmetic touches for a sportier appeal.

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