The trend of new model launches continued well into this week too with as many as four launches in the two and four wheeler space. Here is the list of all the important developments from the automotive world.
*DSK launches Benelli 302R
Pune-based DSK Motowheels added yet another performance bike to its kitty with the launch of Benelli 302R priced at Rs 3.48 lakh. This latest bike from the Italian manufacturer will be made at the facility owned by DSK near Pune.
The Benelli 302R certainly does not come cheap when compared with the 10 models it will compete against. Only the Kawasaki Ninja 300 is priced higher than the Italian model. The fully faired bike gets in-line two cylinder, 4-stroke engine.
*Triumph Tiger Explorer launched
British premium bike maker Triumph launched the 2017 Tiger Explorer XCx priced at Rs 18.75 lakh. The bike will be fully imported in India through the completely built unit route.
Powered by a 1200cc triple engine the new bike replaces the outgoing model with a first in class electrically adjustable front screen that allows the rider to alter the wind resistance. Available in three colours the rider can also switch from Sports, Comfort or Normal riding types.
*Nitin Gadkari: Wont allow driverless cars
Expressing concern over possible impact on jobs Minister for road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari declared that the government will block the concept of driverless vehicles in India, a new transport concept which will eliminate human intervention.
“We will not allow driver-less cars in India. India suffers a huge shortage of 22 lakh drivers...Cab aggregators take advantage of these. We are not going to promote any technology or policy that will render people jobless," said Gadkari. A number of companies, including some Indian companies, have started work on partial and full driverless vehicle technologies lining up investment running into several million dollars.
*Tata Motors unveils Nexon
Mumbai-based India’s fifth largest car maker Tata Motors unveiled the Nexon, its first sports utility vehicle (SUV) in more than a decade. Features and several other details such as engine specifications of the compact SUV were disclosed by the company.
The Nexon, which will be seen in two engine options (petrol and diesel) will debut in end of September this year and will compete against the segment leader Maruti Brezza, Ford Ecosport, Mahindra TUV300 and KUV100.
*Maruti Suzuki and Hero Q1
Maruti Suzuki, the country’s largest carmaker, declared a below estimate profit for the quarter ended June 30, 2017 as one-time dealer compensation hit margins. The Delhi-based company reported profit of Rs 1556 crore for the quarter an increase of 4.4 percent compared to the same quarter last year.
Meanwhile two-wheeler market leader Hero Motocorp reported a rise of 3.5 percent in profits for the quarter ended June 30, 2017 to Rs 914 crore as compared to Rs 883 crore. The company’s performance was lower than the expectations of the market.
*Datsun Redigo 1 litre & Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic launched
Datsun, the low-cost car brand owned by Nissan, launched the 1 litre version of the compact hatchback redi-Go for Rs 3.57 lakh. The redi-Go 1 litre generates 68ps of peal power which is higher than segment leader Maruti Suzuki Alto K10.
Meanwhile Tata Motors-owned Land Rover launched the Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic at Rs 2.79 crore. Created by Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations unit this new SUV gets supercharged 5 litre, V8 engine that generates peak power of 540bhp.