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.
This news created sparks in the automobile industry and soon we started hearing from most automobile companies working on alternative fuels while some even planning to manufacture hybrid and electric cars for the Indian market. Now the latest to join the bandwagon is none other than the luxury car maker Mercedes Benz
Mercedes Benz India has announced plans to introduce their hybrid and electric cars to India by 2018, which is two years ahead of the time fixed by the Indian Government for implementing stricter emission norms. Roland Folger, MD and Chief executive of Mercedes Benz.India said in an interview "We can easily meet the BS-VI requirements. All we need is a year to make the changes. And we can bring in models with alternative drive trains including plug-in hybrids and full-electric vehicles from our global portfolio. We already have one of the widest ranges of such models globally”.
Merc has always been one of the leaders in the global automobile market with their wide range of vehicles. In the global platform, some of their vehicles include
• C350 plug in hybrid sedan (electric+gasoline)
• S 550 plug in hybrid sedan (electric+gasoline)
• B Class sedan (full electric)
• GLE 550e plug in hybrid SUV (electric+gasoline) and the list goes on…. A few have been unveiled at the ongoing Paris Motor Show 2016.
While this news does bring few wide smiles across the car lovers, India is about to witness not only a greener India but also the toughest competition in the auto market in the coming years.
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.