Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari warned the automobile industry to come up with advanced technology to develop vehicles using alternative fuels instead of petrol and diesel. He also pointed out that he wanted the pollution and import bill to be reduced in the country. At the 57th annual event organized by SIAM to discuss on various programmes for the Automobile Industry, the Transport Minister clearly warned the auto makers that without choice, they will have to move to production of vehicles that run on electricity, bio-diesel, ethanol and compressed natural gas; else he will bulldoze the existing fuel setup completely that is polluting the country. He also added that the government has a crystal clear policy to reduce the import bills of crude oil and arrest pollution to a great extent.
NitinGadkari urged the automakers to shift to public transport and find solutions for their existing problem through diversification. As part of the initiative to go all-electric by 2030, the union transport minister also stated that they the government has decided to introduce 15 industries for second generation ethanol that can be produced from eco-friendly raw materials like agro-based cotton straw, wheat straw, rice straw, bagass and bamboo which is import substitute and cost effective too. Automakers were quite disappointed that the policy changes were too quick and difficult for them to keep up with the pace. Gadkari on the other hand strongly stated that whoever was against the government’s plans would not receive any support from the government. He went on to suggest a solution that the battery for electric cars should be made in India to make it economically viable as the costs of manufacturing for the same has come down from what it used to be initially.
Tata Power opened up two more new Electric vehicle charging stations at two shopping malls in the metro city of Mumbai. The first EV charging station by the company was installed in Vikhroli last year. With the country planning to have an all-electric car fleet by 2030, these additional stations have been installed by Tata Power at the Palladium Mall in Lower Parel and Phoenix Market City in Kurla. The company also has plans to install two more in the business areas of Bandra-Kurla Complex and along Western Express Highway in Borivali in another few weeks.
India’s leading carmaker Maruti Suzuki is expected to launch the most awaited version of their best-selling model Swift at the Auto Expo 2018. Upon launch, the third generation Maruti Suzuki Swift will lock horns with Hyundai Grand i10, Volkswagen Polo GT TSI and Ford Figo Sport. While bookings have already begun for this model across various company dealerships at a token amount of Rs.11000, spied images of the same have been circulating online.
• 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.