Volkswagen India has stopped the sales of the base variant of the Polo. The dealers have stopped taking bookings for now but also confirmed the sales will be resumed in next few weeks. The reason the sales have stopped is because the German manufacturer is equipping the base trendline variant with airbags.
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BMW India has realised that in order to have a profitable growth, it has to focus on the high-end models as well along with its bread and butter luxury sedans and SUVs. The German manufacturer has been concentrating on generating volumes in last few years but now wants to explore the niche markets that can get them considerable amount of sales.
It’s raining hybrids and the latest to join the bandwagon is the Volkswagen-owned British manufacturer, Bentley. It will preview a new hybrid car based on its Mulsanne luxury sedan at the Chinese Motor Show but has not revealed any details on the power train apart from the fact that it make use of the 6/3-litre V8 engine mated to an electric motor.
Italian car maker Fiat’s Indian subsidiary, Fiat India Automobiles Ltd, rolled out the 300,000th car from its Ranjangaon plant in Pune. A joint-venture between Fiat S.p.A and Tata Motors, FIAL also makes and supplies petrol and diesel engines to automobile companies in India like Maruti Suzuki and Tata Motors. Last year, the company also achieved the milestone of manufacturing 5,00,000 engines from its facility.
The new upcoming hatchback from Tata Motors, the Bolt, was spotted testing again, this time in Bangalore. The Bolt and the Zest compact sedan, have been spotted testing many times earlier. This time we have a picture of the interiors of the Bolt as well.
Mercedes-Benz has announced their latest project. Their zippy SL roadster is set to get a power boost. The company has announced that the twin-turbocharged SL 400 will be rolling in, replacing the naturally-aspirated SL 350.
Mercedes-Benz has previewed its BMW X6 rivalling Concept Coupe SUV ahead of the 2014 Beijing Motor Show. Rumoured to be called the MLC, it follows exactly the same idea as the X6-sporty proportions with coupe styling but on a raised platform with pseudo off-roading credentials.
Volkswagen has added another milestone to its Indian journey as the company rolled out its 50,000th car from its factory in Chakan, Pune. The company began exporting cars from 2011 onwards catering to the South African market. Currently, VW India caters to about 32 countries worldwide. The jubilee export car was a left-hand-drive Vento which will be shipped to Mexico.
The X1 might not be the most sought-after BMWs of recent times but its crossover design, sporty dynamics and affordable prices are the reasons why you see so many of them on the road. Good sales, however, doesn’t necessarily mean that it is perfect. The X1, in fact, has seen heavy criticism for being more of a jacked up estate car than a true crossover.
Ferrari has cut ties with its Indian distributor Shreyans Group. The legendary Italian sports car maker will handle customer inquiries pertaining to ownership experience and after-sales service until they appoint a new distributor.