BMW 6-Series GT is luxury & practical

In the growing luxury car market in India, the mid-size luxury sedan space offers multiple options for buyers. With the recent launch of the Mercedes E-Class LWB, a game changer model in the country, its German archrival BMW started feeling the heat.

But soon the Bavaria-based automaker introduced the BMW 6-Series Gran Turismo (GT for short) to take on competition and provide a good product for the competitive Indian luxury car market.

I took a long test drive to check it out.

Commercial vehicle growth remains strong despite liquidity crunch

The commercial vehicle (CV) segment in India is expected to grow despite the liquidity crunch and decline in profitability from fleet operators, credit rating agency, Icra said in its year end assessment.

Tightened financial scenario would have a near- term impact on commercial vehicles or CVs and small fleet operators (SFOs) with relatively weak credit profile would have biggest impact, the report said.

Passenger vehicle sales decline on adverse macro economic factors

The passenger vehicle sales in November got into a negative territory with two biggest car manufacturers Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai, which command nearly 70 per cent of the market share, reporting decline in offtake during the month in Asia’s third biggest car mart. Analysts said unfavourable base effect, and adverse macro economic conditions such as high fuel and interest costs dented the monthly sales of some manufacturers.

New Jaguar XJ50 drives into India

Tata Motors-owned British luxury sports car maker Jaguar Land Rover on Monday launched a special edition of its Jaguar XJ model called XJ50 to celebrate five decades of the XJ being on sale globally. Bookings for the company’s flagship luxury saloon are now open in India.

The Jaguar XJ50, which measures over 5.2 metre in length, is one of the longest saloons on sale in the country. With a price tag of Rs 1.11 crore in India, the range-topping Jaguar sedan rivals flagship models from Germany’s big three brands such as the BMW 7 Series, Mercedes-Benz S-Class and the Audi A8.

Tata Trusts, Mars Inc to fight malnutrition

Mars, the $35-billion American family-owned global manufacturer of confectionery, and Tata Trusts plan to tackle malnutrition among schoolchildren in the 6-18 age group in all population segments by delivering enhanced nutrition products manufactured locally in the country.

The two partners introduced the GoMo Dal Crunchies, priced between Rs 10 and Rs 20, for school children, pregnant and lactating women initially in Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh through select NGOs and other partner organisations.

First Drive: New Volvo XC60 SUV is fun to drive

Swedish luxury car brand Volvo’s new XC60 is a mid-size luxury SUV that does almost everything right.

But safety is first for Volvo and the brand is known for that the world over.

After driving the four-wheel drive XC60 extensively on highways, now I can tell why this car has been the largest selling model with nearly a million units sold globally as well as in India.

In fact, it makes up almost a third of Volvo’s total sales in this competitive luxury car market in the country, dominated by German brand Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi and British Jaguar Land Rover.

Audi E-tron GT concept car unveiled as electric flagship

German luxury car maker on Thursday announced a new electric vehicle or EV called the E-Tron GT Concept at the LA Auto Show just two months after it had debuted its first electric car, the E-Tron SUV.

It’s a sleek sedan that gets its electric power from the same drivetrain and battery platform that will be in Porsche’s first EV, the Taycan. Audi said the Concept car was unveiled at this week’s LA Auto Show, and will go on sale in just two years, with deliveries starting in early 2021.

Porsche launches next-gen 911 range

Porsche, the German super sports car maker, has launched the eighth generation of its iconic sports car, Porsche 911, the top range in the international market.

Though there is no word on when the new 911 range will come to India, its two variants — 911 Carrera S and 911 Carrera 4S — models are available for order now.

First deliveries are expected mid next year even as the company has not yet revealed its price.

Maruti Suzuki Swift crosses 2m sales milestone

Maruti Suzuki, India’s biggest carmaker by sales, on Tuesday crossed the 2 million sales milestone of its popular model Swift hatchback in the country, Asia’s third largest car market.

Maruti Swift hatchback was launched 13 years ago in May 2005 in the fiercely price conscious competitive domestic car market. The Swift has seen three generations since its launch and is notable for being one of the first premium hatchbacks to have been sold in the country.

Austrian brand launches KTM 125 Duke ABS at Rs 1.18 lakh

Austrian sports bike brand KTM, Europe’s biggest motorcycle makers by sales and the fastest growing sports motorcycle brand in India, has launched its KTM 125 Duke ABS in the country priced at Rs 1.18 lakh in Delhi showroom. The Pune-headquartered Bajaj Auto, India’s second largest motorcycle maker, has 48 per cent stake in KTM.

The new KTM 125 Duke ABS is the off-road bike maker’s most affordable street-naked offering for the Indian bike market. At present, there is no direct rival to the new KTM motorcycle and it is the most powerful and premium 125cc motorcycle on sale.