All-new BMW X4 luxury SUV launched at Rs 60.60 lakh

BMW, Indian second biggest German luxury carmaker by sales, on Monday expanded its product portfolio by introducing the all new second generation BMW X4, a sports activity coupe to take on archrival Mercedes-Benz and others.

Produced at its Chennai factory, the top end BMW X4 xDrive30d M Sport is priced at Rs 65.90 lakh while base variant BMW X4 xDrive20d M Sport costs   Rs. 60.60 lakh at pan India showroom. The petrol variant called BMW X4 xDrive30i M Sport is priced at Rs 63.50 lakh.

Yamaha launches third generation FZ-FI and FZS-FI bikes with ABS

Japanese giant Yamaha Motor on Monday expanded the fast selling 150 cc range of bikes by launching the all new third generation 150 cc FZ-FI and FZS-FI bikes with ABS to boost sales in Asia’s third biggest economy.

The Yamaha FZ-FI and Yamaha FZS-FI bikes are priced at Rs 95,000 and Rs 97,000 respectively at Delhi showroom.

The new FZ bikes, now coupled with stylish and sporty features, would flaunt a design proportion that resembles a classic ambush pose of an urban fighter.

Bajaj Auto brands itself as The World’s Favourite Indian

Bajaj Auto, India’s biggest exporter of motorcycles, on Monday released its new identity as ‘The World’s Favourite Indian’ to announce its distinction from a domestic scooter maker to a global motorcycle powerhouse.

The Pune-based automaker also announced that it would launch an electric scooter “soon”.

Rajiv Bajaj, managing director at Bajaj Auto, said “the launch of the electric scooter will happen soon" at the launch of a new brand campaign for Bajaj Auto in New Delhi.

First Drive BMW 530d M Sport is luxury and fun to drive

The German luxury car maker BMW has launched the all-new BMW 5 Series to attract varied customers with an active lifestyle to personal taste. The three diesel variants are the BMW 520d Sport Line, the BMW 520d Luxury Line and the BMW 530d M Sport and one petrol variant is the BMW 530i Sport Line. Calling them the ‘Business Athlete’, they are locally produced at its Chennai factory.

Continental to invest in clean tech

The Euro 44.4 billion Dax-listed German technology major Continental is investing about Rs 800-Rs 900 crore in low-emission technologies for the world’s fifth largest automotive industry in India over the next two years.

The 10-year-old Continental India is also creating 2,000 jobs as it plans to increase its permanent headcount from the present 8,000 to 10,000 by 2020.

First Drive: Range Rover, Sport, Diesel, facelift, offers, luxury, driveability

The Tata Motors-owned British sports car maker Jaguar Land Rover has introduced the 2018 Range Rover Sport, which is a midlife update. Arguably, it is one of the most popular and highly respected names in the world of luxury SUVs globally.

The Range Rover Sport is smaller than the full-sized Range Rover, but boasts the same road presence as its elder sibling and also comes equipped with the best of off-roading tech from Land Rover, a brand that needs no introduction as the maker of some of the most luxurious yet immensely capable SUVs in the world.

Mercedes-Benz retains pole position, sells 15,538 cars in 2018

Mercedes-Benz, India’s biggest German luxury car maker by sales, has retained its pole position in the luxury segment for the fourth year in a row. Sales at the Pune-headquartered automaker gr-ew 1.4 per cent at 15,538 units in December 2018 despite strong macro-economic headwinds in the second half of this year.

Home sales growth tepid at 6% in 2018

Housing sales in eight major cities in India rose six per cent in 2018 as developers reduced prices and offered indirect freebies to lure buyers, property consultant Knight Frank India said in its report on Tuesday.

Sale of residential units increased in six cities such as Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad but declined in two cities of Kolkata and Pune.

Sales volumes in 2018 were estimated to be 2,42,328 units as against 2,28,072 units in the previous year, Knight Frank India report said.

Lexus RX450h F-Sport is luxury & fun to drive

Lexus, the Japanese Toyota-owned luxury car brand, began its operations in India in March 2017 with the Lexus RX450h. This mid-size luxury SUV is offered in India in two trims - Luxury and F-Sport. I drove the latter attractive hybrid SUV for a long and exhaustive road test to find out if it is worth the Rs 1.32 crore price tag at pan India showroom. It is priced higher because it is an imported car and attracts high import duties and the hybrid powertrain.

Volvo, BMW sales in top gear

At a time when auto makers are struggling to sell passenger vehicles in the world’s fifth and Asia’s third biggest car market and reported decline, the luxury car brands such as Swedish Volvo and German BMW have bucked the trend recording double digit growth albeit on lower base last calendar year.

Driven by new product range such as XC40 and XC60 sport utility vehicles, the Indian arm of the Swedish brand famous for its safety has in fact emerged as the fastest growing brand in India.