• Renault Kwid, Maruti Suzuki Celerio, Maruti Suzuki Eeco, Mahindra Scorpio and Hyundai Eon • Absence of dual airbags
The news came as a shocker when the Global NCAP conducted crash test on five Indian cars and gave them all a zero rating. The unfortunate ones were the Renault Kwid, Maruti Suzuki Celerio, Maruti Suzuki Eeco, Mahindra Scorpio and Hyundai Eon. The absence of dual airbags which was a mandatory safety requirement was the main reason all five cars failed the test. Four cars were given 2 stars for child safety where again Maruti Suzuki Celerio failed. Crash test has failed in the past in India yet this news turned out to be a huge disappointment for the auto lovers. The Global NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme) conducts assessment programmes to check the safety of vehicles in markets where consumers do not have much information on the safety standards. It also encourages emerging automobile markets to conduct its own NCAP by setting better safety regulations and norms. As a part of this initiative, the Global NCAP has encouraged India to develop its own NCAP the reason being India's astounding growth in the automobile industry, ready to leap ahead of South Korea and Germany and reach the 4th position by 2020. David Ward, Secretary General of Global NCAP stated that he was surprised to see a manufacturer like Renault had overlooked one of the basic safety requirements in its car, the Kwid. He also said that the company has committed to take corrective measures and is already working on it while the others haven't yet commented.
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.
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 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
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 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 (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.