Google may redefine diversification by entering the auto manufacturing industry in the future. If you are of the belief that automatic self-parking cars and driving assist are changing driving experience, then Google’s self-driving car is as close to virtual reality one can get in an actual road car.
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Mercedes-Benz has commenced the assembly of the GL-Class from today at their facility in Pune. It is priced at Rs 72.58 lakh (ex-showroom Maharashtra). The car was first launched in India on the 16th of May at a price of Rs 77.50 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), with 100 launch edition GL-Class models, all of which were sold as CBUs. The local assembly has helped Mercedes to bring down price considerably and enable the GL-Class to compete with the Audi Q7.
Skoda is readying its next generation Fabia which will be based on Skoda’s new VisionD design philosophy. Set for an unveiling in the last quarter of 2014, the Fabia will be manufactured on new shorter version of the Golf’s MQB platform. Though positioned alongside the Polo the Fabia will be the first small car from the VW group to implement the new platform which will eventually be inherited by the VW Polo, the SEAT Ibiza and Audi A1.
BMW has revealed its plan to move towards hybrid technology for its future SUVs with the unveiling of the X5 eDrive concept. Marked for a public debut during the coming Frankfurt Motor Show, the eDrive concept features three modes of operation; all-electric, hybrid and save battery.
Tata has launched a new Explorer Edition for the Safari Storme at Rs 10.86 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The limited edition comes with a number of added cosmetic editions which include decals and a prominent front nudge guard.
Hyundai’s highly successful Verna sedan is all set for a minor upgrade. The Korean auto manufacturer will add a few details to its existing features both in and out in an effort to improve the already feature loaded Verna.
Maruti Suzuki is likely to axe production of the Estilo hatchback due to lack of demand and consequently low sales numbers. The car was introduced to the Indian market in 2007 as a replacement for the legendary Zen hatchback and is slightly toned down version of now discontinued JDM spec Suzuki MR Wagon.
Basking in the overwhelming success of the EcoSport, Ford now plan to cash in on the hype and introduce the Fiesta facelift in India by the beginning of next year. The facelift was first unveiled at the Sao Paolo Motor Show last year and has been on sale in the global market ever since. The facelift though mainly cosmetic is a prominent one and features a distinctive new grille designed along the lines of the EcoSport.
Chevrolet has unveiled a convertible version of its Camaro muscle car. Based on the 2014 Coupe that was unveiled this year, it sports an automatic canvas roof that folds into to the boot at the press of a button. However the changes done to make the car a convertible have minimally affected the overall design of the vehicle thus Chevrolet has been able to retain all major cues that define the Camaro.
Ford has stopped takings bookings for certain variants of the EcoSport compact crossover due to excess demand. The company is believed to be facing extended waiting periods for the vehicle and has now told its dealers to stop the bookings till the backlog is cleared.