With just about week to go for the New York Auto Show (NYAS), automakers around the world are preparing to showcase their prowess to one of the world’s biggest car markets. At such a time, Chevrolet has managed to grab our attention by announcing the introduction of a new variant of the Corvette at the event on April 15.
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The upcoming Honda Mobilio is slated for a launch this year by July and was supposed to be made at the company’s new plant in Tapukara, Rajasthan. However, a report by a website reads production of the Mobilio will begin June onwards at the Japanese car major’s existing plant in Greater Noida.
This is probably the best news fans of Formula One and the seven-time world racing champion, Michael Schumacher, have heard in a long time. The racing legend’s fall and injury during a skiing accident had rendered him hospitalized and comatose for a considerable period of time. Now there are encouraging reports that he is having ‘moments of consciousness’ and he is making eye-contact and is responding to voices.
The standoff between Toyota and its workers continues with no resolve yet. The workers union announced an indefinite hunger strike last week for government intervention to meet their demands. A new report says one of the workers on the strike was hospitalised owing to low blood pressure.
Tata Motors is planning to bring out an all-new premium SUV to rival the likes of the Toyota Fortuner in the Rs 20-25 lakh price bracket. Codenamed Q5, the SUV will be jointly developed by Tata and its subsidiary, Land Rover and is expected to be ready sometime in 2016.
Fiat is planning to introduce its Chrysler models for the Indian car market. The Italian car maker will first import the models directly as completely built units (CBU) and depending upon the market response, will start local assembly of the cars.
Lewis Hamilton won the nail biting 2014 Bahrain Grand Prix marginally ahead of his team mate Nico Rosberg, while Force India managed to grab the final place on the podium courtesy of a very gritty drive from Sergio Perez. This only the second time that the Indian team has grabbed the podium in Formula 1.
The all-new Ford Everest (Endeavour in India) has been spied testing in Australia. The SUV slated for an early 2015 launch for the first time will be sold outside ASEAN countries.
In December, last year, it was revealed that Hyundai was considering bringing its full-size luxury offerings, the Genesis and Equus to India. Though the old version of the Genesis was available only in left-hand-drive markets, the 2015 model has been developed in right-hand-drive version too. Now, according to a report, it seems that Hyundai might launch the 2015 Genesis in India in limited numbers. The car will be brought in as a completely-built-unit (CBU) and is expected to improve Hyundai’s brand perception in the country.
Mercedes continued to dominate the proceedings in the third Grand Prix of the 2014 season, taking one-two in the qualifiers with Nico Rosberg taking the pole position ahead of Hamilton. Ricciardo got some cheers for Red Bull showing qualifying third fastest, however penalty from last week means he will start P13 and promoting Bottas in Williams to P3.