Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has presented the Union Budget in the Indian parliament and has made some major announcements that will benefit the auto industry if not immediately, then over the course of this financial year.
The BMW i8, unarguably, is truly a game changer in the sports car world. With its space-age looks and a powerful yet efficient hybrid drive-train, the two-door sports car has helped redefine performance hybrid vehicles. It is hardly surprising, then that the i8 has just been crowned UK Car of the Year for 2015.
After previewing it through several teaser images, McLaren has now taken the wraps off its Geneva-bound model. Called the 675LT, this new model apparently puts clear focus on performance, being lightweight and on driver engagement.
The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider will make its European debut alongside the updated 4C coupe on March 3 at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. While the coupe now benefits from a number of big changes for 2015, including more standard features and a wider range of options, it’s the convertible 4C Spider that will eventually dominate the limelight in Geneva.
The third generation Audi TT went on sale in 2014, surprisingly without a safety rating for the European market. Following last year’s controversy in the UK, Euro NCAP has taken the initiative to put the car to the test themselves.
The likes of Volkswagen Cross Polo, Fiat Avventura and Toyota Etios Cross are about to come across a tough contender as Hyundai India is about to launch its own hatchback based crossover model. According to a few recent reports, Hyundai is expected to launch the i20 Active on March 17 in India.
About a decade ago India got its favourite MPV – the Toyota Innova, though it is now due to be replaced with a new model. While we have been getting images of camouflaged test mules of the 2016 Innova, a solo image of a production ready model has been leaked on the internet.
The 2015-2016 Union Budget will be presented in the Indian Parliament on February 28 and ahead of its highly anticipated arrival the auto industry is echoing common sentiments across segments and sectors. There is hope that this government will bring some further relief to the industry.
The Tata Bolt is going places. The hatchback’s next stop, as we gather, will be at the Geneva Motor Show 2015 and that too in a sportier avatar.
This should be interesting news for the fledgling electric vehicle segment in India. According to a report in ET, Mahindra Reva has said it is ready to license electric vehicle technology to other carmakers.