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New Hyundai Creta Crosses 1.15 Lakh Bookings In India - GaadiWaadi.com
2020 Hyundai Creta has been responsible for the brand posting 26 per cent SUV segment market share in CY2020
Hyundai Motor India Limited has today announced that the second generation Creta launched in March 2020 has reached a total reservation count of well over 1,15,000. The mid-size SUV made its domestic premiere at the 2020 Auto Expo in February and it has definitely been well received amongst the domestic buyers. The five-seater has regained its position at the top of the sales charts from Kia Seltos as it continues to post good sales tally and even registered the highest volume figures for an SUV for consecutive months. Speaking on the achievement, Tarun Garg, Director – Sales, Marketing & Service, HMIL said, The overwhelming response reiterates trust and love of the Indian customers in the CRETA brand name.” The Creta debuted in India back in mid 2015 and it set the benchmark for a slew of mid-size SUVs to follow. Along with the compact SUV space, the mid-size SUV segment is hotly contested with high level competition and capable models. Over the last five years, the Creta’s cumulative domestic sales stands at an impressive 5.20 lakh units. Moreover, the Creta and Venue have helped the second largest carmaker in the country in expanding its UV market share. The passenger vehicle market share in the January to September 2020 period is at 17.6 per cent according to the brand, and last month the Creta garnered a total of 12,325 unit sales to continue its reign at the top. In CY2020, Hyundai’s market share in the SUV segment has grown to 26 per cent and the diesel-powered variants continue to see more takers at a whopping 60 per cent. The Click to Buy initiative has aided Hyundai in recording over 1,100 bookings for the Creta. The BlueLink enabled variants have been responsible for posting 25,000 units. The Creta derives power from three BSVI compliant engines as a 1.5-litre petrol, a 1.5-litre diesel and a 1.4-litre turbo petrol motors are utilised. The turbo unit is good enough to generate a maximum power output of 140 PS and 242 Nm of peak torque. It is paired with a seven-speed DCT. The SUV comes with 3 Years/unlimited km or 4 years/60,000 km or 5 years/50,000 km warranty options.
Hero To Contract Manufacture 300-600cc Harley Davidson Bike In India - Report - GaadiWaadi.com
Harley-Davidson's 33 dealerships could come under the management of Hero MotoCorp as a new deal is reportedly set in place for local distribution
Harley-Davidson made its debut in India in August 2009 and its first dealership was set up the following year locally. The famed American premium motorcycle manufacturer has an assembly plant in the state of Haryana and after a decade of being in the business, the brand is exiting the domestic market as part of its new restructuring plans. We cannot just point out a single factor as global trade tensions and local taxation policies are part of the main reasons. However, the brand did not adopt to changes in the motorcycling industry and its woes were well documented in recent times – exacerbated by the reliability issues and lack of modern technologies in its motorcycles. The company announced back in August that it would be quitting the markets with low sales demand and as only 2,500 units were sold in India in the last financial year, it came as a no surprise that it was part of the list. Speculations surrounding the Milwaukee-based brand’s possible partnership with Hero MotoCorp have been there for a few weeks now. According to recent reports, HD and Hero are in talks for a distribution deal and it will importantly allow the former’s motorcycles to be retailed in India. The distribution deal will allow Harley Davidsons to be imported from abroad as Hero appears to act as the lone distributor. An interesting part of the collaboration will be will be contract manufacturing. The largest two-wheeler manufacturer in the country could act as a contract producer for at least one of Harley-Davidson’s motorcycle that could be in the 300 to 600 cc range. While no official details on the partnership are out yet, we hope to know more about the relationship in the coming days including the financial aspirations. The deal could benefit Hero MotoCorp as well as it has largely remained as a commuter-based volume drawing manufacturer with affordable price tags. Harley is said to provide technology support and inputs on premium quality standards and its 33 sales outlets could come under the management of Hero.
Tesla In Preliminary Talks To Establish R&D Centre In Bengaluru - GaadiWaadi.com
Tesla is said to be in initial talks with Karnataka government for setting up a research and development facility in the state capital
The Karnataka state government is seeking investments from Tesla Inc and the preliminary talks were held on September 10 according to a report. The American EV producer is expected to establish a research facility in Bengaluru and a more profound meeting will take place later this month. The company appears to have shown initial interest in investing in the R&D centre. Tesla’s Chief Executive Offer Elon Musk has been vocal about his brand’s entry into India on Twitter and he hopes to bring the range of zero-emission Teslas hopefully soon to our country but we all know that having the lack of proper charging infrastructure is a major hurdle. Tesla has been working on expanding its production facilities across the globe as well. If the R&D centre comes into fruition, it will be only the second of such kind from Tesla outside of the United States. Many international technology giants have Bengaluru as their headquarters and the state government’s push for green mobility could come in hand in luring brand Tesla. It is aiming to generate investment of more than Rs. 31,000 crore in production and R&D for EVs. Tesla’s vast Gigafactory in China was responsible for rolling out more than 50,000 vehicles in the first six months of the year. The brand rose to the fame as the highest seller of EVs in China while a research and development centre there could also be on cards. Firstly, Tesla is looking to finish the Gigafactory in Germany while a second facility in the United States is also in the works. The second Gigafactory in Asia will be outside of China but there is no concrete information on where it could be established. The world’s most valuable automaker has seen its stocks rise consistently in recent times. When the bookings for the Tesla Model 3 opened, many buyers from India, including top notch businessmen, reserved the electric sedan but the deliveries have not been made yet. We do hope to see Tesla entering India in the near future and the government should implement concentre regulations to attract more investors on EV technology.
Ford Endeavour 'Sport' Reaches dealership, Walkaround Video - GaadiWaadi.com
Ford Endeavour Sport will lock horns with the Toyota Fortuner TRD limited, and will cost slightly more than regular Endeavour
Earlier this month, an undisguised test mule of a special edition variant of the Ford Endeavour SUV was spotted on test, followed by a sighting at a dealership yard. The said variant was none other than the Endeavour Sport, which is basically a limited-edition variant of the full-size SUV that gets some visual enhancements to enhance the SUV’s visual appeal. Now, Ford has released a teaser image of the upcoming Endeavour Sport on its official social media accounts. It will be launched soon in India on September 22 and here we have a walkaround video out it already from a showroom. Talking about the Endeavour Sport, Ford already retails the said variant of the SUV in the Australian market, where it is sold as the Everest Sport since late last year. As compared to the regular Endeavour currently on sale, the Sport edition distinguishes itself with a dark theme. The chrome elements of the Endeavour will be replaced with black inserts to make the car look sportier. Up front, the Endeavour Sport will sport an all-black grille with a mesh pattern, along with a blacked out lower bumper. Apart from that, the Sport variant will also get a new set of blacked out alloy wheels, black wing mirrors, as well as a black rear name-plate marque and rear bumper insert. In addition, the ‘Sport’ badges on the tailgate as well as the bottom of the rear doors will let everyone else know that it is not a regular Endeavour that you’re driving. While Ford hasn’t revealed the interiors of the car yet, we expect the black theme to be carried over to the cabin as well. No changes are expected to be made to the Endeavour’s engine and the limited edition is expected to help in bringing more customers into its fold during the festive season time. That being said, the popular full-size SUV uses a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine that generates 170 PS of maximum power, along with 420 Nm of peak torque. The transmission duties are handled by a 10-speed automatic gearbox as standard.
Tata Nexon EV Beats MG ZS, Hyundai Kona Electric Again In August 2020 - GaadiWaadi.com
Tata Nexon EV claims to have a driving range of 312 km as it comes equipped with a 30.2 kWh lithium-ion battery pack
Recently, Tata Motors announced the roll out of the 1,000th Nexon EV from its production lines in Pune and it has become the highly attractive passenger electric vehicle ever since it went on sale. It was launched alongside a slew of updated products from Tata and the all-new Altroz premium hatchback earlier this year. The most affordable zero-emission SUV in India costs just over Rs. 1.2 lakh when compared to the top-spec diesel variant of the regular IC-engined Nexon. The base Nexon EV XM is priced at Rs. 13.99 lakh and it costs Rs. 14.99 lakh for XZ Plus and Rs. 15.99 lakh for XZ Plus LUX variant (all prices, ex-showroom). In August 2020, Tata sold 296 units of the Nexon EV across the country while MG retailed 119 units of the ZS EV and Hyundai with 26 units of the globally popular Kona Electric. The volume numbers of the Nexon EV have steadily been increasing in recent months as 78 units were recorded in May, 188 units in June and 286 units in July 2020. Tata Nexon EV rear three quarter The competitors could not do as much though as Tata Motors claims that the Nexon EV has more than 60 per cent market share in the electric vehicle space this FY. Based on the facelifted Nexon in terms of design, the homegrown manufacturer has given exterior enhancements like blue accents to differentiate itself from the regular IC-engined sibling. Moreover, the features list of the Nexon EV also replicates that of the regular Nexon. Part of the Nexon EV’s rise in popularity is down to the driving range it offers that is more ideal for driving around the cities between charges. It comes equipped with a Lithium-ion battery pack having 30.2 kWh capacity. It is good enough to generate a maximum power output of 127 bhp and 245 Nm of peak torque while the zero to 100 kmph is claimed in under ten seconds. The certified driving range of the Tata Nexon EV stands at 312 km and it takes up to nine hours to charge back to full capacity using the standard charger. Additionally, the DC fast charger helps in reducing the time from zero to 80 per cent to less than an hour.
5 Things To Know About Upcoming 2021 Maruti Suzuki Celerio - GaadiWaadi.com
Camouflaged test mule of the new-gen Celerio was spied on test recently, hinting that the updated car could be launched by this festive season itself
The Maruti Suzuki Celerio was originally launched back in 2014, but the manufacturer has only updated the hatchback once in 2017, which was also a mid-life refresh. While the Celerio continues to live on without many updates, all its rivals seem to be outperforming it in terms of features as well as safety tech. After almost six years of being on sale, Maruti Suzuki is now finally working on bringing a new-gen model for the entry-level hatchback, and a launch is expected to take place this year itself. While the carmaker is yet to officially confirm anything about the new-gen Celerio, here is a list of 5 things that the new-gen model is expected to come equipped with – 1. Platform The new-gen Celerio has been internally codenamed ‘YNC’, and the new-gen version of the popular hatch is expected to be based on the fifth-generation version of Maruti’s lightweight Heartect platform. This will be the same Heartect K architecture that also underpins the S-Presso. 2. Powertrains Under the hood of the car will likely be the same 1.0-litre three-cylinder K10B naturally aspirated petrol engine that is offered with the current-gen model. The said engine puts out 68 PS of maximum power, along with 90 Nm of peak torque. Also on offer this time could be Maruti’s 1.2-litre NA petrol engine rated at 83 PS/113 Nm. This is the same engine that currently also performs duties on the Swift and Wagon R. Considering the current market trend, the carmaker will also likely introduce a petrol-CNG option for the next-gen Celerio. The transmission duties are expected to be taken care of by a 5-speed manual gearbox, along with an optional automatic. 3. Design As compared to the current Celerio, the new-gen model is expected to grow in size, which will lend it a more spacious cabin over the former. The new-gen Celerio will also feature an all-new fresh design, since the current-gen version has now started to look outdated. 4. Features The current-gen Celerio’s equipment list is pretty scarce, and hence, the car seems to feel outdated now given the fact that rivals offer way more features. As of now, the Celerio’s feature list includes an integrated Bluetooth entertainment system, steering-mounted audio controls, seat height-adjust for driver, electrically adjustable wing mirrors, power windows, manual AC etc. However, the upcoming second-gen Celerio will certainly be higher on features and safety tech. The top-end version of the next-gen model is expected to be offered with the latest version of Maruti Suzuki’s Smartplay Studio touchscreen infotainment system (7-inch unit) integrated with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, front fog lamps, dual frontal airbags, a high-speed alert system, ABS with EBD, front seatbelt reminder, reverse parking sensors and much more. 5. Launch & Price The current-gen Maruti Suzuki is priced between Rs 4.41 – 5.68 lakh, however, with all the changes, new features and powertrains in place, the price of the next-gen model will also go up. The updated hatchback is expected to be launched in the Indian market by the end of this year, and could be priced from Rs 4.6 lakh onwards, going up to Rs 6 lakh (all prices, ex-showroom).
Compact SUV Sales Down By 13% While Mid-Size SUVs Up By 87% - GaadiWaadi.com
The combined sales of the compact and mid-size SUVs stood at more than 53,000 units in July 2020 in India and the scenario could improve further
In recent years, the compact and mid-size SUV segments are hotly contested in the domestic market and both the spaces have seen many launches to address the requirements of the customers. The global trend for buying SUVs and crossovers has really caught on amongst Indians and resultantly we have seen manufacturers raising the bar consistently to create an impact. While the entry-level segments among for the bulk of the volume, the increase in marker share of the SUVs should not be undermined. It is not coincidence that Kia and MG debuted in India last year with SUVs while Citroen is also entering the folklore with a premium crossover. In July 2020, the affordable hatchback segment garnered just over 46,100 units. It accounts for more than a quarter of the total sales volume as 1,97,610 units were sold last month as against 1,99,354 units in July 2019. The compact and mid-size SUV segments combined to record 53,067 units last month but the latter had an impressive Year-on-Year sales growth of 87 per cent. It saw a total of 28,509 units as against 15,208 units with 87 per cent volume increase. The sub-four-metre SUV space, on the other hand, posted 24,558 units as against 28,281 units during the same period in 2019 with 13 per cent de-growth. The new generation Hyundai Creta launched in March 2020 made a sizeable impression as it endured 11,549 units as against 6,585 units with 75 per cent YoY sales increase while Seltos contributed 8,270 units. The Creta was the most sold SUV in the country last month as the compact SUV segment topping Vitara Brezza managed to register 7,807 units and the second-placed Hyundai Venue garnered 6,734 units ahead of Tata Nexon and Mahindra XUV300. The sub-four-metre SUV space will see plenty of activity in the coming months as Kia Sonet has just been unveiled ahead of its launch next month. Nissan will be bringing its Magnite in early 2021 while the Renault Kiger will more likely be introduced later this year. New mid-size SUVs are in the horizon too but the three-row versions of the existing mid-size SUVs are coming out thick and fast.
New-Gen Maruti Suzuki Celerio Coming - 5 Things To Know - GaadiWaadi.com
The Maruti Suzuki Celerio has seen a dip in sales and is in dire need of a major update to regain popularity in the market
The Maruti Suzuki Celerio has been on sale in the country since 2014, but the carmaker has only released one mid-life update of the car, which was launched in 2017. After six years of being on sale in the first-gen avatar, Maruti Suzuki is finally working on a new-gen model for the entry-level hatchback, and a launch could take place this year itself. While Maruti Suzuki is yet to officially confirm any news about the launch of the new-gen Celerio, we put together a list of 5 things you should know about the upcoming hatchback, take a read to know more about it in detail – 1. Platform The upcoming new-gen model of the Celerio has been internally codenamed ‘YNC’, and the updated hatch is expected to be based on the Kei version of Maruti’s lightweight Heartect platform, which also underpins the S-presso. 2. Powertrain Powering the new-gen Celerio will likely be the same 1.0-litre three-cylinder K10B naturally aspirated petrol engine that is offered with the current-gen model. The said engine puts out 68 PS of maximum power, along with 90 Nm of peak torque. The transmission duties will likely continue to be taken care of by a 5-speed manual gearbox, along with an optional automatic. 3. Features The top-end variant of the new-gen Celerio is expected to be packed with features like the latest version of Maruti Suzuki’s Smartplay touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, steering mounted audio and Bluetooth controls, power windows, front fog lamps etc. The safety features will include dual frontal airbags, ABS with EBD, a high-speed alert system, front seatbelt reminder, reverse parking sensors etc. 4. Expected Launch & Price Maruti Suzuki is expected to launch the new-gen Celerio in the Indian market by the end of this year, and the updated hatchback is expected to be priced from Rs 4.6 lakh (ex-showroom) onwards. 5. Rivals Upon launch, the updated Celerio will continue to be pitted against the likes of the Hyundai Santro, Tata Tiago, and other similarly priced hatchbacks in the country. *Pics for reference only
Top 10 Selling Cars In July 2020 - Maruti, Hyundai Dominate The List - GaadiWaadi.com
Maruti Suzuki Alto finished on top ahead of Wagon R and Baleno while the fourth placed Hyundai Creta was the most sold SUV in the country
The Indian automotive industry is certainly making a big recovery as evident from the sales charts for the month of July 2020. The overall volumes showed a very minimal negative YoY growth as most of the top manufacturers performed well including Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Tata, Mahindra, Kia and Renault. Maruti Suzuki’s combined domestic sales led to the brand enduring 1.8 per cent growth in July 2020 and the scenario is expected to improve in the months to come. The Alto entry level hatchback sat at the top of the sales table as 13,654 units were sold last month. It finished ahead of Wagon R, Baleno, Creta and Swift. The second-placed Wagon R garnered a total of 13,515 units last month and it continued to impress with its tally. The electric version of the third generation Wagon R is only expected to arrive in the domestic market sometime next year. The Baleno ended up third with 11,575 units as it beat its main rival Hyundai Elite i20 in a comprehensive fashion.
|Model||July 2020 Sales||July 2019 Sales||Growth|
|1. Maruti Alto||13,654||11,577||17.9%|
|2. Maruti Wagon R||13,515||15,062||-10.3%|
|3. Maruti Baleno||11,575||10,482||10.4%|
|4. Hyundai Creta||11,549||6,585||75.4%|
|5. Maruti Swift||10,173||12,677||-19.8%|
|6. Maruti Dzire||9,046||12,923||-30.0%|
|7. Maruti Ertiga||8,504||9,222||-7.8%|
|8. Maruti Eeco||8,501||9,814||-13.4%|
|9. Hyundai Grand i10||8,368||5,081||64.7%|
|10. Kia Seltos||8,270||New Launch||–|
BS6 Honda Civic Diesel India Launch Next Week - GaadiWaadi.com
The BS4 diesel variants of the Honda Civic were priced from Rs 20.5 lakh to Rs 22.35 lakh (ex-showroom), but the BS6 models are expected to carry a price hike of about Rs 60,000
Honda Cars India launched the Civic in March last year with a BS6-compliant 1.8-litre petrol engine, and a BS4 1.6-litre BS4 engine. Since the petrol powertrain was already compliant to the latest emission norms, it continued to live on while the oil burner was discontinued once the BS6 emission norms became mandatory. Now, Honda is finally set to launch the BS6 Civic diesel 1.6 in the Indian market next week, and the company has already started taking pre-bookings for the car. While Honda is yet to reveal the price of the updated diesel variants of the D-segment sedan, other details are readily available. The Civic will retain the 1.6-litre i-DTEC turbo diesel engine that comes mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard. The said engine puts out 120 PS of max power, and 300 Nm of peak torque. No changes will continue to be offered in the same state of tune, and will retain the sole transmission on offer. Honda is expected to hike the price of the BS6 diesel variants of the Civic by around Rs 60,000, which means that the Civic diesel will likely be priced between Rs 21 – 23 lakh (ex-showroom) On the other hand, the BS6 1.8-litre i-VTEC petrol engine carries on. The petrol variants of the car are priced between Rs 17.93 lakh for the entry-level V trim and Rs 21.24 lakh (both prices, ex-showroom) for the top-end ZX variant. The 1.8-litre i-VTEC engine belts out 141 PS of power and 174 Nm of torque. The transmission duties on the petrol variants are handled by a CVT auto gearbox. The Civic has been equipped with features like a LaneWatch camera, remote engine start, an 8-way adjustable driver’s seat, dual-zone climate control, cruise control, an electric sunroof and ambient lighting as well. As of now, the Honda Civic has only one rival in the Indian market i.e. Hyundai Elantra, while it’s rivalry with the Skoda Octavia will be reinstated once the new-gen model launches in India next year.